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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 »

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 Healthcare.gov 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 »