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A note to commenters

Featured image I last posted “A note to commenters” a year ago. I moderate comments with the assistance of our software. I wrote the rules. I enforce the rules that I wrote to the best of my ability under the circumstances. If you comment here and are unfamiliar with the law as I have laid it down, please check out my 2019 note. I want to emphasize one point. If you employ »

A note to commenters

Featured image This site exists for the primary purpose of publishing and publicizing the work of its four contributors. Comments are a late addition and secondary feature. We (I) would not have them without moderation. Our Disqus software holds certain comments for moderation. I do not review comments except those withheld for moderation. If I am otherwise engaged or sleeping, they await my arrival. All comments with links are sent to moderation »

A note to commenters

Featured image This site exists for the primary purpose of publishing and publicizing the work of its contributors. Comments are a late addition and secondary feature. We (I) would not have them without moderation. Our Disqus software holds certain comments for moderation. I do not review comments except those withheld for moderation. If I am otherwise engaged or sleeping, they await my arrival. All comments with links are sent to moderation. This »

A note to commenters

Featured image Our comments have been inundated with pornographic spam over the past week. This is not acceptable to us. I have therefore combed though comments to remove the pornographic spam that has evaded our filters. It is a mind-numbing and time-consuming chore to try to keep up with the spam. I am sure that I have overlooked some in the process. I have accordingly had our software settings changed to withhold »

A note to commenters (rated R)

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters, but I find it necessary to reiterate our guidelines. Scrolling through the comments on a daily basis, I am continually astounded by the liberties some commenters take. They seem to think they can turn »

A note to commenters (rated R)

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters, but I find it necessary to reiterate our guidelines. I review comments for abuse and vulgarity. Most of our commenters have no problem speaking in polite company. However, every day I now moderate comments »

A note to commenters (rated R)

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters. I review comments for abuse and vulgarity. Most of our commenters have no problem speaking in polite company. However, every day I now moderate comments by commenters who are routinely vulgar. Some commenters appear »

A note to commenters

Featured image Our community of commenters has been a relatively congenial group for a long time. The comments have added an element of fun and fellowship to the site. We therefore try to afford our readers a wide ambit for robust comments, but the current campaigns seems to be bringing out the worst in enthusiasts of various of the candidates. I have previously observed that Donald Trump is not only vulgar in »

A reminder to commenters

Featured image Using the Disqus software, I moderate comments on Power Line. I have posted my note to commenters several times, most recently here this past June. I won’t repeat it now. Ignorance is not an excuse, but there is no excuse to be ignorant in this case. We welcome civil comments of all stripes. All points of view are welcome. I simply want to reiterate that I ban commenters who fail »

Musical notes

Featured image I am crazy about American popular music. I admire the songwriters, the performers, the musicians, the producers, the historians and even (in the case of Norman Granz) the managers. In just the past year, for example, I have paid tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (and Granz), Bob Dylan, David Bromberg, Ann Hampton Callaway, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy LaMott, Philip Furia (for his books »

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 »

Iowa Game Day Notes

Featured image So today’s it’s the Iowa Caucus Bowl, matching up the three strongest teams from the last coaches’ poll of the BCS series. . . wait, no, that was yesterday.  I’m still working off my football hangover, and marveling that yet again Stanford proves itself to be the biggest gridiron head case since Wrong Way Riegels, as I suppose befits a brainiac university. The GOP field has seemingly featured nothing but »

Courtside Notes

Featured image I noted here on June 20 that the left had a really bad day at the Supreme Court, and they had another one yesterday especially with the decision striking down Arizona’s welfare-for-politicians campaign matching funds scheme in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. (Just try to say the plaintiff’s name three times fast. Or just once fast.) It was another 5 – 4 decision along familiar lines, »

Hugh Asks, I Answer: How to Talk About Climate Change on the Campaign Trail

This is a long post; better get yourself a cup of coffee. Brother Hugh Hewitt takes note of one of Mitt Romney’s potential tergiversations about climate change last Friday and made a shout out to me for guidance on how GOP candidates should think and talk about the issue on the stump (and suggesting I post the answer here). Hugh got a lot of e-mails attacking Mitt as a RINO »

Podcast: The 3WHH on Democracy at Easter

Featured image Winston Churchill wrote that “No two cities have counted more with mankind than Athens and Jerusalem. Their messages in religion, philosophy, and art have been the main guiding lights of modern faith and culture.” For Easter and Passover Lucretia and I decided to take up the Jerusalem side of this theme with the help of a forgotten figure who was a major influence on the young Churchill—the American politician Bourke »

Confessions of a limp noodle

Featured image We have received a small stream of emails from readers and noted a few comments calling us out for not “standing with” President Trump and disparaging our manhood as well — this because we have not decried the “rigged” election that robbed President Trump of reelection. One professed long-time reader sent us a message announcing that he has “resigned” from the site. I particularly appreciate the imputation of cowardice to »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll professes AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. She writes: The year 2020 has been one heckuva rough ride. But yesterday was Thanksgiving and be grateful we must. All the important people say so, not just Yoda. The Psalmist, for example, ended that magnificent Book with “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” I have a lucky t-shirt that says “No Bad Days” on it. I wear it often despite »