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NPR goes rogue

Featured image Reader EC advises: We interrupt this forum for a special bulletin: *****NPR HAS GONE ROGUE***** They just broadcast an hour-long episode of “This American Life,” which was a devastating critique of the disability program. Devastating. They called it the new default welfare program, pointing out that it costs the taxpayers vastly more than all other welfare programs put together. They went on and on and on and on and on »

Sports Illustrated Swimsuits Versus Lyndon Johnson

Featured image Okay, so this may be the weirdest Power Line headline ever.  You’ll have to bear with me here, though maybe I should say “bare” with me.  Because I was briefly inclined to post an embedded video of “Secrets of a Sports Illustrated Body Paint Model” (because this is clearly an important topic, even though I’m crazy busy this week), but then after reviewing the video several times (quality control you »

Wednesday Wonders

Featured image So I’m out of pocket for one whole day, and what happens?  The stock market makes a new all-time high, despite—or perhaps because of?—the sequester.  Yesterday it was reported late in the day that Obama was picking up the phone and calling Republican leaders seeking some kind of deal to end the sequester.  Sounds like someone just blinked, as John notes was a distinct possibility in his post yesterday. As »

Does This Government Make Me Look Fat?

Featured image As a person who, like Scott, has occasionally flirted with joining the minority group known as “Hefto-Americans,” I tend to follow news about obesity and nutrition.  And like Scott, I’ve become a huge fan of Gary Taubes—though a little less “huge” than I was a few years ago because of Taubes’s advice. But the news reported in the New York Times the other day that overweight people might actually have »

Time out for Dave Brubeck tonight

Featured image My friend Bill McClay writes: You might want to post something on PL about this. Ken Dryden is a friend and a solid jazz journalist, both on radio and in print. He’s written liner notes for literally hundreds of albums. (Joe Biden has not entirely ruined the word “literally” for me, not yet.) I haven’t heard this particular show yet, but I’ve heard other things Ken has done on Brubeck, »

Chart Time

Featured image I’m making my students this semester produce time-series charts and graphs as part of their assignments for a variety of reasons in addition to the usual sadism of all classroom instructors.  Chiefly because a good data graph can tell a story more dramatically than straight prose, which you may not take in or believe anyway.  So here are a few stunners out right now. From, this wonderful chart showing »

News you can use, CNN edition

Featured image Responding to my complaint about being trapped in CNN hell at Newark’s Liberty International Airport Gate 62, several readers pointed out the handy TV B Gone device. This is a device ranking in necessity with the neck pillow for the long distance traveler. The site explains: Your TV-B-Gone® universal remote control resembles other TV remote controls, but is different in two important ways. First, it only has a power button »

Even New Age Looks Old in Crumbling California

Featured image How’s this for irony: USA Today is reporting that the Esalen Institute, home of new agey spirituality, is facing a mid-life crisis.  Sort of like the welfare state itself, of which California is a prime example, having decided to adopt a Mediterranean fiscal policy to go along with its Mediterranean climate. I’ll let USA Today tell some of the best parts: But today, as this iconic hot springs spa and »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image So I was at a private wine-tasting event yesterday at Adelaida Cellars in Paso Robles, and lo and behold, I ran into . . . Power Line readers!  You just never know where you’ll run into discerning readers . . . and wine drinkers.  I suspect there is a metaphysical connection here. »

Another Obama Lie Debunked by . . . The New York Times!

Featured image Michelle Obama, the nation’s pre-eminent childhood nutritionist, has been arguing that much of the childhood obesity problem is due to the fact that too many urban children live in “food deserts,” lacking access to fresh fruits and vegetables, etc.  But, as the New York Times’ Gina Kolata reports today, it isn’t true: But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and »

Dept. of Complaints

Featured image We get an amazing — amazing to me, anyway — number and variety of complaints from readers. They range from the the font size of comments (too small) to the occasional Obama ads (we shouldn’t allow them). We try to respond, usually through the intervention of our publisher, Joe Malchow, when the complaint is reasonable and we are able to do something about it. Joe manages to take care of »

Doomsday, Obama or Zombies?

Featured image ABC News reports that buyers in record numbers are flooding into gun stores. Ammo is flying off the shelves: “The reasons for the spike, last seen in 2009, include fears that a second Obama administration might restrict gun ownership and the popularity of TV shows devoted to doomsday preparation and killing zombies.” ABC does not present these explanations as mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they are mutually reenforcing. They are »

Clearing my spindle

Featured image I am still unable to add Picks to our panel above. Here is what I have been looking at around the Web. Andrew Ferguson takes a look at the proposed Frank Gehry design of the Eisenhower Memorial in the Weekly Standard editorial opposing it. The closer you look, the uglier it gets. I thought that President Obama deserved credit for events leading to GM’s temporary suspension of production of that »

Clearing my spindle

Featured image When we redesigned this site, we added the “Picks” feature above so that we could note news as it was breaking, bring items of interest to the attention of readers about which we didn’t necessarily have anything to say, or take note of pieces that were otherwise worthy of your attention. For some reason I am unable to add Picks this morning. It’s the kind of software glitch that seems »

This, That, and the Other Thing

Featured image So this is a catch-up post, updating and extending some previous stories here, and with a few new short items worthy of note. When I wrote my Commentary magazine cover story in October on how liberals were abusing the legacy of Ronald Reagan (especially the gross distortion that “Reagan raised taxes” as a predicate for Obama’s design to raise income taxes today), a friend remarked to me that I’d be »

Media Alert

Featured image So I’ll be turning up on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning around 7:35 am (eastern time) to talk energy, Iowa caucuses, the conservative movement, and whatever else we can get to in two segments.  You can look up your local station, or listen live-stream through the magic of the Interwebs, at As a preview, I’ll have a long post up tomorrow morning with my pre-Iowa caucus observations, how »

Bagless in Seattle: Resistance is not futile

Featured image A reader from Lincoln City, Oregon, writes in response to “Bagless in Seattle: Victory is at hand” about creative workarounds for the Seattle plastic bag ban: The Oregon coast town I live in is also currently considering a plastic bag ban. One gets the feeling after listening to these ardent loonies that collecting that 5-cent per paper bag extortion fee (to fund more green sillines) is vastly more important than »