Uncategorized

The Week in Pictures: Can Anyone Trump This Edition

Featured image Another week—though it seems like a month—another turn-it-up-to-11 on the Liberal/Media Trumpomatic Outrage Meter. Can they keep this up? Yes, because it is the most congenial mode of contemporary liberalism. I think the most secure job in America right now is Keith Olbermann’s psychiatrist, or perhaps Michael Moore’s dietitian.   Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

Join the National Civic Art Society for a Classical Tour of Washington, D.C.

Featured image In my spare time, I serve on the volunteer Board of the National Civic Art Society, an excellent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and focused on enforcing aesthetic standards in public architecture. Readers won’t be surprised to learn that the federal government lavishes tens of millions on “starchitects” of low taste and great fame on the global capital cocktail circuit. This summer, the Society is going to run a series »

Getting to 50 — a note on Sen. Murkowski

Featured image In discussing the prospect of getting to 50 to confirm a successor to Justice Kennedy, if he resigns, I discussed Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Some have worried that she, along with Sen. Susan Collins, would reject a strong conservative nominee, especially if the nominee seems openly to be pro-life. I expressed some skepticism that Murkowski would pose a problem. I noted that she has often argued that the president should enjoy »

Le Pen upstages Macron in his home town

Featured image Emmanuel Macron, the frontrunner in France’s presidential election hails from Amiens in the north of France. Amiens is a beautiful city (or was when I visited 15 years ago). Amiens Cathedral is generally considered one of the five most impressive in France. It didn’t disappoint me. But Amiens suffers from economic difficulties. For example, a troubled Whirlpool appliance factory plans to move its tumble-dryer production to Poland. More than 500 »

The Week in Pictures: The End is Nye Edition

Featured image Who had the worst week in America? It has to be Bill Nye, once the Science Guy but now the Weimar Guy, noted here a few days ago for celebrating the World’s Worst Music Video Ever. Shall we make him the new face of Nyehilism? Yes, I think we shall. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party and the campus left (but I repeat myself) continues its rapid descent into the abyss of »

“The global effort to flatter Ivanka” [With Comment by John]

Featured image That’s the title of this article by Amy Davidson of the New Yorker. It would be difficult to deny that such an effort is underway, as Davidson shows. The effort makes great sense. From all that appears, Ivanka Trump has influence with her father. Along with her husband, who apparently has become very influential, she is viewed as a force for moderation in the White House. Naturally, then, international elites »

When clothes don’t make the man

Featured image Six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon: $5.34 Copy of Hillbilly Elegy (hardcover): $15.67 Designer jeans caked in fake dirt and mud: $425 The appearance of escaping a liberal bubble: priceless. So writes Philip Wegmann regarding Nordstrom’s “dirty jeans,” which it sells for $425. Nordstrom advertises the jeans this way: These heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that »

How to Drive the Left Insane, Part 12,895

Featured image Wanna drive the left out of its mind? Just invite Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and their girlfriends to the Oval Office, and then release the pic: The sit back and let liberals throw a snit: Really? Less dignified than what Bill Clinton did in the Oval Office? Less dignified than this: Or this? »

VIP Live Event on Wednesday!

Featured image On Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central we will do a live event for Power Line VIPs. If you have signed up for the VIP program (at only $4 a month or $40 a year!) you will get an email containing a YouTube link that allows you to attend the event. You can also ask questions or make comments. We are hoping–health and technology permitting–that Norman Podhoretz will join us as »

Explosions in Dortmund [UPDATED]

Featured image I have just returned from two weeks in Japan during which I paid scant attentions either to the news or to soccer. Now, both have jolted my consciousness, due to a series of explosions near a bus carrying the Dortmund soccer team to a big European match against Monaco. Early reports indicate that the team bus was rocked by three explosions. One Dortmund player, Marc Bartra (a decent center-back formerly »

I Can’t Even

Featured image John offered us a portrait last night (about a portrait!) of how the left has lost its mind, but if you need further evidence of the left’s flight from reason and reality, take in (a very little) of this video of “Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice at Ivanka Trump’s House.” I think this is what is meant by “intersectionality”?  (/sarc) Hat tip: PJ Media. P.S. I’m tagging this “uncategorized,” »

Loose Ends (18)

Featured image • Yesterday I spent a nice 20 minutes with a very sharp undergraduate on Radio Free Hillsdale, which aspires to bring the good sense of Hillsdale beyond the borders of that fine campus (maybe it should be called “Radio Free Michigan” or “Radio Free America”). The topic was a certain recent book that you may have heard about, and in case you haven’t you can listen to the interview below—I think »

Energy Aces

Featured image Everything is coming up aces for energy today. President Trump is using Obama’s pen and phone to put the brakes on the crazy (and ineffectual) climate change schemes of the EPA, and over at the Wall Street Journal Mark Mills writes today about how the inexorable progress of American technology is slowly destroying OPEC: Oil prices started to collapse in 2014 because American shale businesses oversupplied markets. The Saudis responded by »

Everyone behaving badly

Featured image One of my favorite law professors once said, after returning from a conference in Las Vegas, that the place made him wonder not just whether America will survive, but whether it should. America survived the Las Vegas of the early 1970s, and I believe we will survive the Washington of the mid 2010s. But I wonder. Consider the last weeks of the Obama administration. The New York Times has reported »

Leonard Leo: We’re not that stupid

Featured image Leonard Leo is President Trump’s adviser for the Supreme Court (on leave from the Federalist Society). Leonard has forwarded a statement reacting to the report that Democrats are looking to cut a deal on filibustering judicial nominations: “Democrats must be delusional to think that Leader McConnell or any of his Republican colleagues would reward Democrats for their awful treatment of Neil Gorsuch by agreeing to a 60-vote threshold for future »

N.Y. Times lends opinion page to strange conspiracy theorist

Featured image Glenn Greenwald has said that “many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies,” notably “a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence.” Among those he references are Rachel Maddow and Ken Gude of the Center for American Progress. I would add another name — Louise Mensch, journalist, digital media executive at the News Corporation, and »

Trump picks strong critic of Putin for key post

Featured image Lost in all the fake news about President Trump’s alleged affinity for Russia is the real news that he has tapped a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin to be the White House senior director for Russia and Europe. The Putin-critic he reportedly has selected is Fiona Hill, a former intelligence officer now with the Brookings Institution. Hill was on the National Intelligence Council from 2006-09, serving under Presidents Bush and »