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Bobbleheads vs. Bubbleheads, or Why You Should Be a VIP Subscriber

Featured image The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead supposedly once said (I say “supposedly” because this quote is too good to check out) that “There are two kinds of people in the world: the simpleminded, and the muddleheaded.” Always better to be simpleminded than muddleheaded I say. Also better to be a Power Line VIP subscriber. Only $4 a month gets you ad-free access to the site (better than Ad Blocker, which sometimes »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Tomorrow

Featured image For early risers, I’ll be on the Bill Bennett show tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 8:05 eastern time, to talk chiefly about the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change. We’ve mentioned it here before and will be again, but for the meantime, take in Bjorn Lomborg in USA Today on what’s wrong with what we know so far about the forthcoming encyclical: But the Pope after his letter is officially published, »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured image For commuters in the east and early risers elsewhere, I’ll be a guest on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show at 8:05 am eastern time tomorrow (Monday) morning, to talk about the latest in climate science, and other topics. Tune in to your local station, or you can listen in online at BillBennett.com. Call in! Love to say hello to Power Line readers. »

How To Inoculate Your Daughter Against Campus Feminism

Featured image As a public service announcement, any Power Line readers with daughters heading off to college next fall ought to have a look at NeW, the Network of Enlightened Women.  No—seriously—I know what you’re thinking: “Enlightened” is often a euphemism for leftism, but in this case NeW is a nice twit of NOW (National Organization for Women), which really ought to be thought of as THEN (Thoroughly Harridan Egalitarian Nonsense), and »

A Spindle-Full of Weird

Featured image Scott clears his spindle from time to time, and I have my own spindle of weird but oddly compelling news.  Like video of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott downing a beer in seven seconds at a victory celebration of an Aussie soccer football team. Good on ‘ya, mate!  I knew there was a reason I liked Abbott. Speaking of consumption, any traveler along Interstate 40 or the old Route 66 »

Dust Jacket Blurb?

Featured image I think I’ve found my first dust jacket blurb for my next book (which I’m going to start writing soon—stay tuned for details).  From the second letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal: Steven Hayward’s honest pursuit of the truth is attractive to promising students seeking understanding, who have not yet been corrupted by an inability to think for themselves. . .  By preserving brilliant academics like Steven »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, bon vivant, and neck-and-neck with National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru as smartest man in America (except for when Paul Krugman dines alone)—that’s who.  He loves Power Line so much we had to do two takes! »

We’re number 4

Featured image I learn (via InstaPundit, of course) that Newsmax has announced its Top 50 Conservative Blogs of 2015. Accepting the award on behalf of InstaPundit, Glenn Reynolds comments: “It’s always nice to be number one.” In a competitive field, Power Line comes in at number 4. As we approach the end of our thirteenth year online, that’s not too shabby either. We try harder. The Newsmax Top 50 demonstrates familiarity with, »

Start a Government in Exile This Summer?

Featured image Two current controversies combine to suggest . . . a summer vacation idea! The Pacific Research Institute’s indefatigable leader Sally Pipes speculated some time ago that if the government continues to wreck health care with regulation and mandates, perhaps the answer would be offshore health clinics and hospitals—not like “offshore” banks in the Caymans or something, but offshore on ships, beyond the territorial boundaries of the United States, therefore making »

Power Line at 10,000 Feet

Featured image If we ever start doing a regular video show in addition to our semi-regular online broadcasts, I think we might have to use this short segment as our show opener: As it happens, I’m going to be out in Palm Springs next weekend videotaping a long interview with a significant writer and thinker, which will be edited into several segments for Power Line.  Stay tuned for details. And then there are »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Wednesday

Featured image I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show on Wednesday morning from 6 – 9 am eastern time.  Check the website for your local station, or listen online.  I’ll be breaking down President Obama’s State of the Union address from the night before, with maybe a detour about the leftist hysteria over the box office success of American Sniper, and a word or two about the “hottest year” hysteria »

Looking for a Summer Vacation Idea?

Featured image How about a Baltic cruise with Jonah Goldberg, Amity Shlaes, Arthur Laffer, Charles Kesler, and  . . . me?  Yup, that’s right: my pals at the Pacific Research Institute have organized their first ever “Liberty-at-Sea Cruise,” sailing from Copenhagen to Helsinki and St. Petersburg from August 16-23, and I’ll be on board for the whole thing.  You can find out all about it here (including the rest of the speakers), »

For Your Holiday Listening/Viewing Pleasure

Featured image If you’re tired of watching the umpteeth rerun of Burl Ives narrating the obvious Communist parable about the red-nosed reindeer, then here are two new electronic distractions worth taking in. First, our friends at Liberty Fund have done a terrific podcast with William Voegeli, author of The Pity Party.  (And as I’ve been saying for weeks, you can’t have a good party without inviting the author of The Pity Party. »

When Pigs Fly, The Sequel

Featured image Back in May I posted an account of the time a flyer brought a pig on an American Airlines flight on the pretext that the pig was a “service animal” like a seeing eye dog.  It didn’t end well.  That was back in the year 2000. It has happened again just a few days ago, this time on US Airways (which is currently in the process of merging with American). »

Hitler Learns About Power Line’s VIP Membership

Featured image Okay, you knew this was coming. And I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this device more than a little tired out?  Well, yes, and that’s why this one is different than any you’ve ever seen before.  For one thing, it is only half as long as the Standard Hitler Parody Video.  Second, it has a plot twist in the middle.  You’ll just have to watch to see what I mean. »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Thursday

Featured image Mark your calendar: I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show this Thursday morning, from 6 – 9 am eastern time.  You can find your local station through the show’s website, BillBennett.com.  We’re still working out the guest list, but it looks to include the great and fascinating Herbert Meyer, Bill Casey’s right hand man at the CIA during the Reagan years, and who was one of the »

Media Alert for Tuesday

Featured image Here’s an early warning: I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show from 6 – 9 am eastern time on Tuesday.  I’m working on putting together a loose theme for the show about “liberalism vs. progressivism,” inspired in part by Charles Murray’s op-ed on this subject in the Wall Street Journal last week.  Charles will be joining me during the 8 am hour of the show, and I’m »