Holidays

Happy New Year! [With Polar Bear Comment by John]

Featured image Happy New Year from the left coast. If I can get my newfangled mobile technology to work right, I’m going to attempt to livestream the Cayucos Polar Bear swim right at 12 noon sharp Pacific time, on Facebook. I don’t think you need to belong to Facebook to watch. Just try my address here.  I’ll probably spin it up and go live around 11:56 am or so, and give some »

Merry Christmas in Video

Featured image Ian Bremmer’s “Puppet Regime” videos are pretty good, even if slanted a bit center-left. This Christmas video is good for a chuckle: And for balance, how about the Black Rifle Coffee Company tapping out “Jingle Bells” and other classics with varying calibers of ammunition: And as a special bonus: P.S. Oh why not: »

Merry Christmas!

Featured image To all of our friends and readers who celebrate the holiday, Merry Christmas! Christmas is, in principle, a good time to stay offline. On the other hand, there really isn’t much to do, as most things are closed. If you are a Lutheran, like me, you can’t even go to church. So quite a few of us will find ourselves web surfing before the day is over. A fun fact »

Videos of the Week: Electric Boogaloo

Featured image Elon Musk is getting his usual attention for his latest gee-whiz stunt of running a mile of tunnel under Los Angeles and proposing to solve the city’s legendary traffic congestion by turning Angelenos into commuting Mole People—with electric cars, or course, and guess who makes those? I wouldn’t rule out the idea, and in general think that Musk gets more shade than he probably deserves. But surely he deserves some. »

The Ultimate Photobomb for the Holidays

Featured image Bear with me for a brief preface for the video below. Years ago—like almost 50 years ago—there was a thriving annual “UFO-Flying Saucer” convention out in the California desert that drew thousands of UFO believers from all over the country. (You can read about it here or here.) It was full of full-scale nutters. I know because I went several times as a little kid. Not to participate in UFO »

Attn: Shoppers—The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Featured image Looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop for person? Well, this may not be the perfect gift, but tomorrow Encounter Books will release—just in time for Christmas stockings!—the paperback edition of Patriotism Is Not Enough, available on Amazon at the bargain price of just $11.59 ($5.50 off the cover price). The paperback edition features an all new preface. Because I finished writing the book before Trump was even nominated, let »

It Is *Too* A Christmas Movie

Featured image For some reason, the debate rages on about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Of course it is! And this video—really an exercise in Straussian esoteric interpretation—proves it once and for all—just look at all the clear Christmas call-outs embedded in the movie: And a reminder: »

Baby, It’s Dumb Outside

Featured image The silly season has returned, with radio stations (do they still exist?) declining to play “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” because #MeToo or something. The best takedown of this silliness remains Michele Bregande’s great article about it a year ago over at American Greatness. But a couple of merry pranksters have given it the old YouTube try: And from the great J.P. Sears: Of course, maybe the left has a point, »

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! »