Holidays

Happy Easter!

Featured image …to our Christian friends and readers. I have been in Texas for the last few days, mostly for an aunt’s 100th birthday party. This morning, as our group was eating breakfast at the hotel where we are staying, a waitress invited everyone to a church service at the hotel that was to begin in 20 minutes or so. After the announcement, she and another member of the staff burst into »

Happy Power Line New Year

Featured image I hear it is cold where most of our readers live. At least that’s what John says. Well out here at Power Line’s Western Command, it’s another ludicrously sunny and clement New Year’s Day. Which could only mean one thing. Polar bear swim at noon, followed by an afternoon of grilling and football in the sun. »

Christmas Day Greetings

Featured image For those of you who are simply addicted to the Internet, rather than taking the day off as you should, a few seasonal thoughts and observations. First, as the pic nearby attests, I was on Santa’s Not-Naughty List this year. Obviously. And isn’t “Dividing Opinions Since 1815” the perfect motto for the perfect whiskey for a polemicist? Next, it has been some time since I last dipped into my usual »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image Here in Minnesota, Christmas morning dawned clear and cold–in fact, where I live, the temperature isn’t expected to rise above zero today. So we are battening down and enjoying our Christmas presents. Through the miracle of Google, over the last 48 hours more than 11,000 people have made their way to this “Merry Christmas” post from 2015, presumably because they Googled “Merry Christmas.” Not sure why anyone would do that, »

A Very Power Line Thanksgiving

Featured image It was a balmy 72 degrees out here on the left coast today, so that meant I had to grill a turkey, and wash down the whole thing with a first course of McPrice-Myers 2014 Viognier, followed by a Sea Smoke 2013 Pinot Noir “TEN.” (And the “TEN” is not the bottle price. Believe me, as Trump might say.) People have been saying I should do more cooking/grilling/wine videos, so here’s »

Remy: Halloween Trigger Warning

Featured image Trying to decide what is the more frightening costume to wear tonight: a conservative white male, or a Hollywood producer? In any case, just in time for Halloween, Remy comes along with “Trigger,” reminding us that one of the ratchets in college craziness came out of Yale a couple years back when someone suggested that maybe, possibly, people might just chill a bit about potentially “offensive” Halloween costumes. There’s some »

Reporting From the Land of the Free

Featured image I started to write an essay on the philosophical significance of fireworks as a form of resistance to the nanny state, but it was lousy so I trashed it. Instead, this is a straightforward account of an Independence Day spent in the land of the free–by which I mean my native state of South Dakota. Visiting family here over the Fourth of July is a longstanding tradition. Any visit at »

Some Additional July 4 Notes

Featured image My favorite indictment against King George III in the Declaration of Independence is this short passage that applies more fully today than in 1776: He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance. Yep. That’s why this is the feel good story of the day, even though CBS surely doesn’t think so: Meanwhile, the next time »

Happy Easter…

Featured image …to all of our Christian readers and friends! Easter’s eternal message of hope and renewal seems more desperately needed than ever this year. But, then, it seems that way every year. We hope you enjoy the day! »

A High Quality Valentine’s Day Gift

Featured image We had a fun Valentine’s Day. I pored over a flower display before selecting–as I always do–a dozen yellow roses, my favorites. And my wife made a lovely dinner. St. Valentine goes back a long way, to the 3rd century, and Valentine’s Day has been around for quite a while, too. Today the British Museum did an Instagram post that reminds us that love has been making the world go »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image Merry Christmas to our Christian readers, or rather, to all who celebrate either the religious or the secular version of the holiday. Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which is great because it means we can go to church at 9:30 this morning instead of trying to stay up long enough for a 10 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. I hope Santa was good to all of you this »

One More Thanksgiving Cartoon

Featured image Before the holiday completely passes by, here is one more Thanksgiving-themed cartoon by Michael Ramirez. I think it’s pretty funny, but seriously, I suspect this might actually work for the turkey, what with its being an oppressed species and all. Click to enlarge: »

Thanksgiving Day in Pictures

Featured image Because by Saturday all the good Thanksgiving Day memes will be as cold and stale as today’s leftovers. So to start with, here’s how my crystal clear day on the Left Coast began–with a short palate-cleansing run, and popovers (I’ll append updates as I get the rotisserie going for the bird later on): And finally. . . »

Democrats Prepare to Enjoy the Holidays

Featured image Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a “Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives.” Click to enlarge: It isn’t worth the trouble to fact-check this whole mass of talking points, »

Keep the Gov’t Away from Your Grill (Updated)(Updated Again With Bikini Pic)

Featured image Not sure whether I shared this Remy video back in 2003 when it came out, but it’s worth running again on this July 4, as a healthy reminder to annoy liberals everywhere by grilling your beef rare, drinking domestic beer (from a can—bonus points), waving the flag, and enjoying fireworks. »

Back From the Outback [Updated With Beer]

Featured image Well, we didn’t actually get a glimpse of the Outback: we spent two weeks in Melbourne and a couple of days in Sydney. But we are home from Australia, anyway, and I thought some of our readers might be interested in a report. The main purpose of our trip was to spend some time with my daughter Laura and her husband Peter. Peter’s job has taken them to Melbourne for »

Happy New Year!

Featured image Happy New Year to all! Australia is one of the first places to ring in the new year, and my oldest daughter took this picture in Melbourne: (She, by the way, has a fun web site called Laura and Peter Down Under.) I am tempted to say, good riddance to 2015, which was an awful year in many ways. Still, as so often happens, regardless of the broader trends it »