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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 »

Spread the Wealth Around

Featured image As John noted, the left has given us the first-person shooter game Tea Party Zombies Must Die. Power Line reader Philip Guthrie offers a game of a different stripe: Spread the Wealth Around: The Unauthorized Obama Board Game. Phil’s site describes the game as follows: Spread the Wealth Around exists to train you bitter clingers to practice the art of class warfare, dodge death panels, cheat on your taxes and »

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Featured image I had never purchased an iPhone app before the Obama clock arrived on the scene. Having first read about it at No Left Turns and Hugh Hewitt, I immediately sought it out and shelled out $0.99 for it. The app provides regular updates of Obama’s approval rating, the national debt, the unemployment level, the average price of regular gasoline per gallon, and the movement in the housing price index. And »

The ABC’s of Reg CC

Featured image Christopher Caldwell comes to praise former Obama administration czarina Elizabeth Warren in his Weekly Standard article “Elizabeth Warren, closet conservative.” Warren is the Harvard Law School professor who dreamed up the abominable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that went into operation last month. Yesterday I quoted Professor Todd Zywicki’s devastating explication of the statistical shenanigans that hoodwinked Caldwell. I noticed that Caldwell also made this statement in his article, finding another »