Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Blockchain Edition

Featured image So with this edition, Power Line and the Week in Pictures is going blockchain. I have no idea what that means, but I am sure that it means it will henceforth be very au courant, and shower us with virtual tokens, bitmaps, fitbits, blockcoins instead of round coins, and spontaneous pictures that will self-assemble themselves. And a new reason for some of our blockhead readers to get upset. Headlines of »

Deutschland Uber Nobody?

Featured image Did you know that Germany is now in its fifth month without a government? Frau Merkel, the colossus bestriding Europe according to Davosman, has been unable to gather a coalition with enough other parties to reach a governing majority in the Bundestag, since she rules out including the new Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), which has gone from nowhere to winning 92 seats in the last election, and which, according »

President Le Trump?

Featured image Over in France—enlightened, cosmopolitan, welcoming France; the country most American liberals wish we were more like—President Emmanuel Macron made the following announcement earlier this week: Migrants who cross the Alps from Italy to France face a year in jail under a tough new law announced by President Macron’s government yesterday. The bill, which is designed to curb illegal immigration, makes it a criminal offence to enter France without going through »

California Suicide Watch, Part 2

Featured image Last we checked in on California circling the drain (which I’m rechristening here as our “California Suicide Watch”), we passed along the story of Sharky Laguana (yes, that’s his real name) and his frustration with the San Francisco police who were unwilling to lend him any assistance to recover a van stolen from his rental fleet. I don’t know whether our mention helped or not (Sharky’s tweetstorm went viral), but »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 57: Fred Siegel Explains It All

Featured image Just in time for your Tuesday morning, post-Presidents’ Day holiday weekend commute, a podcast with the great Fred Siegel. Now, I know I overuse the adjective “great” about friends and people I admire, but it really does apply to Fred. Although he lives in Brooklyn, I vividly recall a phone call from Fred once back around the year 2000, in which he was asking for my view on some aspects »

The Week in Pictures: Indictments Edition

Featured image So finally, Rocky the Flying Squirrel (aka Rod Rosenstein) and Bullwinkle (aka special prosecutor Robert Mueller) have indicted Boris and Natasha. I won’t be happy until Misha the Olympic bear is brought down, too. This nested doll of a scandal will probably go on longer than The Simpsons. Meanwhile, I won’t hold my breath for Russia to extradite any of the 13 who were indicted yesterday. More likely they’re all »

What Were the Russians Up To?

Featured image John has offered his take on the Mueller news just below. Here’s my first pass at it: The indictment of 13 Russians handed down today by special prosecutor Robert Mueller is going to dominate the news cycle at least through the weekend and likely beyond. This is a “Groundhog Day” event, assuring at least six more weeks (if not months) of the Trump-Russia story line. The indictment provides details of »

On Guns, a Cost-ly Mistake by Slow Joe

Featured image I don’t watch Morning Joe on MSNBC, partly because why would any sensible person do so, but also because I imagine the Saturday Night Live spoofs of Joe and Mika groping each other on camera are probably accurate in at least one sense: Mika has gotten inside Joe Scarborough’s head. Right now I gather Slow Joe is in full outrage mode that Congress won’t do anything on guns. Mediaite captures »

Did Russia Waste Its Money on the 2016 Election?

Featured image There’s an old joke that half of all advertising spending is wasted; the problem for the marketing department is determining which half. The Madison Avenue ad agencies depend on no one ever being able to figure this puzzle out because their business model would collapse. A similar controversy has been going on in political science for some time; namely, whether political campaigns (and presidential debates, etc) actually change or affect »

Tribe Trips Again

Featured image My normal mode in the wake of a mass shooting is to say nothing. There’s not much point in assailing the usual fixed positions of liberals on gun control. But Laurence Tribe, having already beclowned himself once this week, decided to double down again with this tweet about the Florida school shooting: One might just as well reflect on the fact that so many of the recent mass shooters come »

Newsweek No Longer Fit for Fishwrap

Featured image It really hasn’t been worth the trouble of taking notice of the ongoing collapse of Newsweek over the last several months, but this week Newsweek has moved from collapse mode to sluicing down the sewer pipe at a rapid clip. To wit: MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS PRESSURING TRUMP TOWARD ‘PUSHING THE NUCLEAR BUTTON,’ MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT SAYS By Jessica Kwong President Donald Trump’s mental health is “deteriorating” and special counsel Robert »

Liberals Double Down on Dumb

Featured image Paul and I have already commented on the invincible ignorance of Sen. Brian Schatz’s comment that invoking “Anglo-American heritage” is racist, and it really does seem as though Sen. Schatz was jumping to someone’s talking points memo about what right-thinking people on the coasts should say about Attorney General Sessions. Because Schatz has company, such as this from the likely next governor of California: Not to be left behind is »

Feel Good Headline of the Day

Featured image The New York Times has this headline up at the moment: From the story: MOSCOW — Four Russian nationals, and perhaps dozens more, were killed in fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria and members of the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, according to Russian and Syrian officials. A Syrian military officer said that about 100 Syrian soldiers had been killed in the fighting on Feb. 7 and »

The Weak in Portraits: Obama Edition

Featured image The unveiling of the portraits of the Obamas for the National Portrait Gallery puts me in mind of Winston Churchill’s reaction to the ghastly Graham Sutherland portrait (left) presented to him for his 80th birthday, which Churchill (a talented painter in his own right, keep in mind—see his great short essay “Painting as a Pastime”) called “a remarkable example of modern art,” to much laughter in the audience. That was, »

Is Invincible Ignorance Required to Be a Liberal?

Featured image William F. Buckley used to remark about what he called the “invincible ignorance” of liberals. Too bad he didn’t live to see Sen. Brian Schatz. After Senator Schatz complained about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s use of “Anglo-American tradition” as a “dog whistle” for racists, Paul called him a moron, presumably because there aren’t many stronger words available for ignorance this epic. On thing I will say for liberals like Schatz: they »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 56: The Missing Linker?

Featured image Is it possible to be a liberal but not be a “Progressive”? A lot of people think that there’s little or no difference between a liberal and a Progressive, but that may be partly because liberalism so lost its way that “Progressivism” made a comeback. After all, even Hillary Clinton herself, back around 2007 or so, declared that she was not a liberal—rather, she said “I am a Progressive.” I »

A Reminder from Lincoln at Cooper Union

Featured image Scott has already posted notices about Lincoln’s birthday today, but I want to add one more that has direct contemporary relevance, drawn from his Cooper Union address from February 1860—the speech that had much to do with his winning the Republican presidential nomination months later, as it showed he had the most profound understanding of the slavery crisis. Lincoln noted toward the very end of the speech that the pro-slavery »