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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,  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 »

The All-Purpose, One-Stop Shopping Racism Hub

Featured image Regular readers of Power Line know that we keep close tabs on The Warmlist, the site that catalogues everything caused by global warming climate change, which now spans 883 things starting with AIDS and ending with zoonotic diseases.  (Yeah—I had to look that one up, too.  It has to do with diseases transmitted by insects, etc.  Nothing that a little DDT wouldn’t beat back in many cases. . .) Well, »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured image I’ll be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning at 7:30 Eastern time to discuss the Obama Administration’s climate policy proposal released today and referenced here this morning.  I’ve spent much of the day trying to make sense of the 645-page “rule” and the accompanying 345-page “regulatory impact analysis.”  The whole thing is opaque (on purpose), and is a farce in many ways.  But also deeply sinister. »

News for Denver/Boulder Peeps

Featured image The spring semester may be all finished as of this week, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over!  No indeed—starting next week, I’ll be offering three informal evening lectures on the following topics, all free and open to the public: May 13: The Lost Art of Statesmanship, from Max Weber to Winston Churchill Everyone craves the “statesman,” but not only is a precise definition or clear understanding nearly impossible (“A »

Media Alert: Kudlow Report Tonight

Featured image I’m booked on the Kudlow Report on CNBC for the 7 pm (eastern) hour tonight, to talk about the global warming that isn’t exactly happening right now.  Not sure when during the hour I’ll appear, and I may not have a chance to update between meetings and rushing to a Denver remote studio this afternoon.  But you’ll already have your TV on getting the dip mixed and chips out for »

Who Reads Power Line? [With Comment By John]

Featured image Rush Limbaugh, that’s who.  He’s picked up our posts before, but it’s nice he liked my recent post on the long-term prospects for the current fracas in Washington, even if the GOP loses the immediate battle.  I especially like his bit here about how “charts are useless on the radio”: Now, I mentioned a piece in Power Line earlier. I don’t mention Power Line much, but here’s a piece by »

Adventures in Obamacare

Featured image With the October 1 rollout of the portal for Obamacare, the fun is just beginning. Readers are sampling and experimenting. One of them writes: As you say, the technical issues of Obamacare rollout do not go to the root of the evil. Even so, I decided to have a peek at the site and try to sign on. I gave it up after the first little hiccup, which I »

A note on Mosaic

Featured image Mosaic is the online magazine that succeeded Jewish Ideas Daily. The editor of Mosaic is Neal Kozodoy, the formidable former editor of Commentary following the retirement of Norman Podhoretz. In a recent message Neal explains that “Mosaic launched in June. We do one long-form essay a month, accompanied over the course of the month by solicited responses and then a reply by the author. The essays focus on themes and »

Media Alert: Bennett Show Tomorrow

Featured image So I’m scheduled to be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” show tomorrow at 7:05 eastern time to talk about the IPCC climate report, but probably a lot of other things, including the government shutdown, my time here as an inmate at the University of Colorado, football, who knows?  Do tune in–and call in–if you can!  If the show isn’t on your local radio, you can tune in online. »

The unbearable lightness of Gravity

Featured image We enjoyed the 3D version of Gravity at the local cineplex last night. The 3D effects are spectacular, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock charismatic, but the story is a little lightweight (and not at all unbearable) as it works through the challenges faced by the two astronauts who survive the disaster with which the story begins. It seems to me to provide a modestly feminist update on The Perils of »