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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 »

Breaking Glad

Featured image Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio served a 64-month prison sentence that recently ended with his release. (Nacchio served time following conviction on 19 counts of insider trading. The convictions were reversed by a panel of the Tenth Circuit and reinstated by the full court.) The Wall Street Journal reports on Nacchio’s time behind bars in “Tales from a white-collar prison sentence” by Dionne Searcey (behind the Journal’s jealously guarded paywall, »

Road & Track in the rearview mirror

Featured image Daniel Gelernter is the chief executive officer of the tech startup Lifestreams. Dan writes: Road & Track was looking for a cute analogy to use in their July 2013 review of the Jaguar F-Type. So they said the car was so great, “only someone with the insensitivity of a Guantanamo guard” wouldn’t notice it right away. As it happens, I have a friend who was an Army MP down in »

A few NR cruise notes

Featured image We returned from our National Review cruise of the Norwegian fjords yesterday afternoon. I want to offer a few notes for interested readers. We loved the cruise for all the obvious reasons. The programming was great and our fellow NR cruisers were outstanding. We met people we liked every day. The cruise is expensive and many of the cruisers are retired or of retirement age, but its therapeutic value all »

Reporting from Amsterdam: Impressions

Featured image Amsterdam is a beautiful city whose canals and bridges are the outward signs of the engineering feat that created it. We are told it sits on millions of wooden pilings dating from the seventeenth century. The city was essentially created by a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town, accompanied by the repositioning inland of »

Reporting from Amsterdam: The Anne Frank Museum

Featured image I last visited the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam 50 years ago, as a kid. It’s a different experience for me now as an adult father of three daughters, but the museum has become a phenomenon (along with Anne’s diary) of universal appeal. It now draws large crowds of visitors from all over the world. How many of these visitors have any sympathy for the state of Israel or the »

Blogs to Log

Featured image Aside from Power Line, where else do you find worthy blog action these days? I like to take in the Post-Modern Conservative blog, which is a project of the good people at First Things.  I’m not convinced that “post-modern conservatism” (a project of one of the main contributors to the site, Peter Lawler of Berry College) isn’t an oxymoron, or at least hugely problematic, but the entries on this site »

A national park on the moon?

Featured image While we worry over the future of the United States, Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson are somehow able to keep their eye on the big picture. The Hill reports that they have proposed a bill to establish a national historical park on the surface of the moon to mark where the Apollo missions landed between 1969 and 1972. The Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park is to »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured image With the Obama IRS scandal news and other above-the-fold stories dominating our attention, it is easy to miss some one-offs that deserve notice.  Such as the Germans doing away with the longest word in the German language. »

Yesterday’s news this morning

Featured image Ed Driscoll reviews the news of the day yesterday under in “Through the looking glass.” He quotes David Burge, who condenses much of it in fewer than 140 characters: “Bombing at Boston Marathon, mushroom cloud over Texas, Elvis ricin attack, presidential temper tantrum. #newsinbrief.” Our prayers for all those suffering in the ordeal of the Texas fertilizer plant to which Burge refers. Missing from Burge’s summary is Jenny Sanford’s confirmation »

We’re number 34

Featured image Over at NRO’s Corner, Veronique de Rugy draws attention to the Freedom in the Fifty States Index just released by Professor William Ruger and Jason Sorens. Professors Ruger and Sorens have a companion column on the index in USA Today. The index ranks states based on public policies affecting economic, social, and personal freedoms (e.g., bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, licensing laws, taxes, mandated family »

Hillman’s homeless gig

Featured image You may recall the case of the shoeless beggar found on a New York City street this past November by a NYPD officer. A passerby photographed NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo kneeling beside the man on a cold November night in Times Square, giving him a pair of boots. The photo, shot by tourist Jennifer Foster on her phone, went viral. I originally found the story here via ABC News. The »

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 »