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 »


Featured image About that certain book you might have heard mentioned once or twice, I’m finally back from a whirlwind trip doing the usual book promotion stunts in New York and Washington. Here’s a few highlights for folks who haven’t quite got their fill: Turns out yesterday (Wednesday) was a two-fer for Power Liners on the Seth & Chris Show on Patriot Radio. As Paul has mentioned, he was on talking about »

Why Is Democratic Governor Outraged that Trump Ceded Power to States?

Featured image I wrote this post on the Center of the American Experiment web site, but I think it has interest for a national audience, so I am reproducing it here. It is about the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Obama administration’s “guidance” on co-ed bathrooms and showers. The question I pose is, why would a Democratic governor be outraged that a Republican president has ceded power to his state? Here is »

This is what democracy looks like

Featured image Rep. Jim Jordan is a star. And not just because he had the good taste to hold a presidents’ day town hall meeting at the home of the vastly underrated Warren Harding. Jordan displayed his star quality by patiently fielding questions from protesters who swarmed the event. Crashing the town hall meetings of conservative congressmen has become the rage among left-wing protesters. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post aptly calls »

Fake Science Gets Smoked—and What It Means for Climate Change

Featured image Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when trial lawyers and state attorneys general were after the tobacco companies for what resulted in the “Master Settlement Agreement” by which the tobacco companies agreed to pay tribute of billions of dollars to the states for decades to come in exchange for relief from the uncertainty of endless private and public litigation. I think it was a great deal for Big »

Crime: Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured image Official federal crime statistics for 2016 from the Dept. of Justice won’t be available for several more months yet, but The Economist has done some data collecting on its own from big cities in the U.S. The findings about rising murder rates are not good: The Economist has gathered murder statistics for 2016 for the 50 cities with the most murders. These places contain 15% of the country’s population and around »

Podcasts New and Old

Featured image The Weekly Standard today outs “Decius,” author of the infamous “Flight 93 Election” article last fall, and one of the pillars of the Journal of American Greatness. It’s Michael Anton, who has joined Trump’s National Security Council. Anton, careful readers may recall, made a podcast appearance here a while ago, taking about his previous work on California politics, the Beach Boys, and Machiavelli. We didn’t discuss his “Decius” work in »