Is it safe to laugh?

Featured image The omniscient Glenn Reynolds picked up the image below from a Twitter feed. If Obama’s own incompetence isn’t making him “seethe,” this photoshopped image just might do it. I’m filing this under Laughter is the Best Medicine. All I can say is thanks, I needed that. »

New frontiers in freedom

Featured imageI may be mistaken, but it has seemed to me for quite a while that the campaign for gay marriage is about something other than “freedom” or “acceptance” or “equal rights.” The point of the campaign seems to me that we are compelled to get our minds right, to borrow the resonant phrase of the jailers in Cool Hand Luke. The proponents of “marriage equality” demand our inner assent. We »

Tom Friedman Gets One Right

Featured imageMaybe this needs to be filed under the “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” department, but Tom Friedman actually wrote an interesting and probative column a couple days ago about what’s going on with the falling price of oil, and I’m still picking myself up off the floor in amazement. Here are the three key paragraphs: Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil »

Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ

Featured imageThe New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ’s litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company. As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. He reasons that the court may »

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Featured imageIf you haven’t noticed the little box in the upper right-hand corner of the page, you should check it out. That’s where you go to subscribe to Power Line VIP. Don’t worry: Power Line has always been free, and always will be. Nor have we ever adopted the obnoxious ads that you see on so many other sites, where you are reading a post or article and an ad materializes, »

“We Are Going To Win the Cold War”—A Conversation with Herbert Meyer, Part 3

Featured imageIn this installment of our conversations with Herbert Meyer (part one here, and part two here), we look back at the end of the Cold War, and especially Herb’s prescience in a memo he wrote in the fall of 1983, since declassified, entitled “Why Is the World So Dangerous?” (PDF link). Here he remarks that this memo was not just controversial, but also unwelcome even among many hard-liners in the »

The Week in Pictures: Quarantine Edition

Featured imageHere’s a thought: how about we quarantine the entire Obama Administration until January 2017?   Wouldn’t this be the greatest: Okay, let’s see who gets this one: And finally, new and improved with no trigger control issues, and special for Halloween! Okay, okay, if you must have real firearms, then let’s have one more salute to the ladies of the IDF:   »

The gathering storm, part CLVI

Featured imageWatching the Obama administration sell us out to Iran, as in the interim agreement entered into late last year, I feel despondent and hopeless. It’s the way I felt when the Democrats cut off American support of the South Vietnamese government and assured its fall to the Communists rolling into Saigon, or, more recently, when Obama withdrew all our forces from Iraq. What is to be done? I have no »

Tim Hauser, RIP

Featured imageWhen Manhattan Transfer came to town this past March for two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, we ran down to catch them both nights. And they put on a completely winning show, starting with “Spain” and ending with “Birdland” (video below) and “Route 66.” In between there were no lulls; it was an unadulterated expression of musical joy. MT won ardent fans all over the world in »

And the winner is…

Featured imageOur friend Hugh Hewitt publicized the adage If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat. Like “the things that you’re liable to read in the Bible,” in the lyrics Ira Gershwin gave to Sportin’ Life, “it ain’t necessarily so.” If it’s not close, they can still cheat. Consider the video contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up »

Ernst-Braley hold final debate, as Ernst leads the race narrowly

Featured imageTwo more polls released in the last few days have Joni Ernst (a Power Line pick) leading Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race. A USA Today/Suffolk poll shows Ernst ahead by 47-43. A Quinnipiac poll, with a larger sample, has it Ernst 47-Braley 45. This means that the four most recent publicly released polls all have Ernst ahead. The combined number of individuals polled in these surveys is nearly »

NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured imageToday’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

The people have spoken

Featured imageAmerican Commitment has claimed victory in the contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” The public was invited to vote on the contest entries. The public has spoken: American Commitment, a national advocacy organization committed to free markets and limited government, easily won the vote in »

Random Good News on a Friday Night

Featured imageHaving spent the evening at a lovely birthday dinner (not mine), I don’t have much to say about tonight’s news. So here are a couple of favorable data points from this morning. First, here in Minnesota, the KSTP/Survey USA poll has Power Line Pick Stewart Mills leading incumbent Rick Nolan by eight points, 47%-39%. That margin is surprising, but Stewart’s lead isn’t. He is a good candidate and Nolan is »

Tornado Blind Alley

Featured imageEveryone knows—or at least geniuses like Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, and John Kerry know—that global warming climate change means more severe weather. Like Sharknados! Or at least tornadoes. Science magazine reports on the subject this week, and since you can’t get any more 97 percenty than Science, this is worth passing along. “Increased Variability of Tornado Occurrence in the United States” finds no increase in the total number of tornadoes »

Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

Featured imageToday President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was »

Zombies at the CDC

Featured imageThe theme of government bureaucrats as zombies is as old as vampires at least, but sometimes they go out of their way to ratify its inner truth. The CDC “Zombie Pandemic” preparedness manual pictured here is not a parody pic for Power Line’s “Week in Pictures”—it’s real publication the CDC put out a couple years ago.  (Here’s the web link for the CDC’s zombie preparedness project—screen shot below.)  Remember this »