Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Contemptible Bernie Sanders [Updated]

Featured image Most or all of the Democratic presidential contenders rushed to blame President Trump for the mass shooting in El Paso. This is deeply contemptible. There were mass murders during the Obama administration too, so was Obama responsible for them? Of course not. But the most egregious Democrat is Bernie Sanders, who pontificated: I am sure that President Trump does not want anybody in this country to go around shooting other »

Wind Energy Collapsing In Germany

Featured image Steve has written a number of times about Germany’s experience with wind power, which illustrates the futility of thinking that renewables can ever replace reliable energy sources like coal, nuclear and natural gas. The latest news from Germany offers an original twist: The expansion of wind power in the first half of this year collapsed to its lowest level since the introduction of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in 2000. »

The Declining Prestige of Higher Education

Featured image In the New York Times, Bret Stephens decries the decline of higher education. He cites a familiar litany of leftist presumption and abuse: Anyone who has followed the news from college campuses over the past few years knows they are experiencing forms of unrest unseen since the late 1960s. Now, as then, campuses have become an arena for political combat. Now, as then, race is a central issue. Now, as »

Stop at Zero

Featured image When Paul and I were seniors in college, we roomed together along with a friend who was a year or two younger than we were. One day our roommate turned up sporting a button that said “Stop at two.” Paul and I were puzzled. We tried to guess what it might mean, but finally gave up. Our roommate explained that it meant not having more than two children, for the »

Biden’s Corruption Problem

Featured image Joe Biden is being portrayed as the Democrats’ safest potential presidential nominee, despite his obvious flaws as a candidate. But one wonders how Biden’s history of swamp corruption will play if he actually faces the scrutiny of a national run. Biden’s family has gotten wealthy, like those of so many low-paid “public servants”–Tom Daschle and Harry Reid are obvious examples. How does that happen? Politico headlines: “Biden Inc. Over his »

About Last Night

Featured image I was curious to see whether, in the second round of presidential debates, the main contenders would moderate their headlong flight off the leftwardmost cliff. Last night, at least, it didn’t happen. The contenders apparently think there is no point on the spectrum that is too far left for Democratic primary voters. That might be true. However, Bernie Sanders accused Democrats of being “afraid of big ideas.” The problem, I »

“Without Evidence”

Featured image One of the left’s favorite tricks is to assert that a conservative has said something “without evidence.” The formula has become ritual, but usually it just means that the liberal employing it has no idea whether the conservative’s statement is correct, and is too lazy to try to find out. An entertaining instance comes from InstaPundit. Kyle Griffin is with MSNBC: Which drew this response on Twitter: Glenn Reynolds comments: »

Meet the Squad

Featured image The White House has taken aim against the the Squad (“leaders of the Democrat Party”) with this highly effective video. It features President Trump quoting Squad members before an audience, followed by video of the Squad member (Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) saying exactly what Trump alleged. The video clips expose the Squad’s racism, anti-Americanism, and sheer stupidity. I expect this ad will rack up millions »

In One Respect, Trump Is a Lot Like Obama

Featured image For the first two years of President Trump’s administration, Democratic Party press outlets would recite, ritualistically, that he was a historically unpopular president. We haven’t seen much of that lately. In fact, for most of his first term Trump has been as popular as Barack Obama was during his first term. You can see that graphically in this Rasmussen Reports chart: During Obama’s first term, his approval rating was usually »

Leftists Rule at the Whitney

Featured image Liberals are vicious people. Not all of them, of course, but the activists. We see that in a variety of contexts. They try to get conservatives fired; they get them “deplatformed” by social media companies; they slander them endlessly; and–the instance at hand–they wreck their efforts at philanthropy. Warren Kanders was, until a few days ago, the vice chairman of the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He »

Damn the Torpedoes!

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that Nancy Pelosi has been battling with members of her caucus who want to vote impeachment articles against President Trump. Many speculate that she is irate with, for example, Jerry Nadler, who purports to be using House committee hearings to build a case for impeachment. On a radio show last Friday, I said that I am not sure any such conflict exists. Pelosi may very well »

Baltimore vs. Minneapolis

Featured image President Trump’s tweet storm against Rep. Elijah Cummings (who richly deserves it) has brought attention to the city of Baltimore. Trump has done a number of tweets on the subject; these were the first: ….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, »

Four Pinocchios for the Washington Post

Featured image The Washington Post’s fact checker, Glenn Kessler, accuses Marco Rubio of a “misleading tweet” involving “manipulated video,” and assigns Rubio’s tweet (actually a retweet) four Pinocchios. Sounds serious! Here it is: I am sure the media will now hound every Democrat to denounce this statement as racist. Right? — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 25, 2019 So what, exactly, is the “manipulation”? The video that Rubio tweeted was deceptively edited, »

Nobody Knows the Troubles You’ve Seen

Featured image What to do about the booming Trump economy is a problem the Democrats have yet to solve. Democratic presidential candidates always want to run as though it is 1932 and their mission is to end a depression, but that is hard to do when employment is at record highs, wages are rising, and in general the economy is perhaps the strongest in American history. For the most part, the Democrats’ »

The Left vs. Alan Dershowitz

Featured image Alan Dershowitz is a lifelong liberal, but in recent years he has diverged from the left-wing line on a few issues, including Israel and, to a degree, the Trump administration. That has brought the knives out. Liberal anti-Semites, in particular, are out to get him. The New Yorker, a disgusting rag, has been “researching” a hit piece on Dershowitz for some time. Apparently the magazine has dredged up two “accusers” »

Tulsi Sues Google

Featured image Yesterday, presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign sued Google, alleging that the company wrongly suspended the campaign’s Google Ads account during the critical hours following the first Democratic debate. The Complaint is venued in federal court in central California. Its allegations are explosive. Gabbard accuses Google of trying to sabotage her presidential campaign because she, like Elizabeth Warren, has argued in favor of reining in the tech monopolies, including Google. Here »

This Is CNN [Update]

Featured image I guess we can add CNN to the leftist/anti-Semitic axis of the New York Times and Ilhan Omar: Who is Mohammed Elshamy? A CNN photo editor: If you peruse Elshamy’s Twitter feed, you see the usual far left, anti-Semitic nonsense that you would expect from a CNN employee. It is almost as if Ilhan Omar were running Elshamy’s social media accounts. In fact, it includes a retweet of an Omar »