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  • Waterboard Abdulmutallab!

    12/31/2009 1:46:38 PM PST · by yoe · 40 replies · 1,023+ views
    Power Line ^ | December 31, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    That's what voters say, according to today's (Rasmussen survey:)Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure. There's this, too: Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters think the attempt by the Nigerian Muslim to blow up the airliner as it landed in Detroit should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act. Only 22%...
  • A Republican Congress in 2010?

    08/14/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | 08/14/2009 | John Hinderaker
    Byron York says that Republicans are "thinking the unthinkable." They could retake the Congress next year: It's a possibility many Republicans speak of only in whispers and Democrats are just now beginning to face. After passionate and contentious fights over health care, the environment, and taxes, could Democrats lose big -- really big -- in next year's elections?
  • The Real Sarah Palin (Record in office has not been as conservative as she is personally)

    07/09/2009 8:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 2,379+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/9/2009 | John Hindraker
    I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation "seems bizarre to me." Here are some additional thoughts on the subject. I am, to begin with, an admirer of Governor Palin--the real Sarah Palin, not the creature of myth. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Palin phenomenon is that the mythical version, a caricature of Palin as arch-conservative, especially on the social issues, and populist almost to the point of know-nothingism, has been embraced by many of her supporters as avidly as by her...
  • A Miserable Failure (Obamanomics)

    07/02/2009 8:32:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 779+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/2/09 | John Hinderaker
    That's the Obama administration's "stimulus" plan, which mainly stimulated Democratic constituencies with great gobs of pork. The web site Innocent Bystanders has done a service by plotting the actual unemployment rate against the Obama administration's prediction of what would happen with and without the "stimulus." Here is the latest, updated through June; click to enlarge: The administration's forecast provides a benchmark against which we can judge the success or failure of the $700 billion porkapalooza. The result is obvious: it was a failure. The best thing Congress could do is to cancel the rest of the program--the large majority that...
  • Walpin Speaks, Obama Administration Clams Up

    06/17/2009 10:16:08 PM PDT · by pissant · 80 replies · 2,099+ views
    Powerline ^ | 6/17/09 | John Hinderaker
    Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin has responded aggressively to new claims by the Obama administration that he was fired from his job because he was "confused," and, perhaps, senile. Byron York records Walpin's response, which is, to say the least, coherent, much more than we can say for Obama's ever-shifting stories about why he fired an Inspector General who caused trouble for a prominent supporter of the administration. Byron himself notes that Walpin exhibits no sign of any "confusion:" The White House suggestion that Walpin, who is 77 years old, is somehow mentally not up to his job and cannot...
  • World's Worst Columnist? ( and the prize goes to.... )

    04/14/2009 4:24:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 923+ views
    Powerline ^ | 4/13/2009 | John Hindraker
    It's a tough competition, of course, but it's hard to imagine that any columnist in America could be more inept than Paul Krugman. I used to enjoy beating up on Krugman, but haven't read him for a long time--life is short. But today I happened to notice this column, which attacks the Republican Party and the tea party movement. I'd rebut Krugman's arguments, only he doesn't make any. Does he ever? Krugman doesn't argue, he just vents. This is what we used to call "mailing it in." If Krugman spent more than 20 minutes writing this column, I'd be shocked....
  • Watch Out For Those Crazy Right Wingers

    04/14/2009 2:00:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2,492+ views
    PowerLine ^ | April 14, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    The Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security has released a report titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." You can read it here. Of course, there are crazies of all stripes, and it's possible that a small group of "right wingers" could pose a terrorist threat. In principle, there is nothing wrong with assessing such threats from whatever direction they may come. Still, this report is an odd document. It is almost entirely unmoored to any empirical reality and appears to be heavily influenced...
  • Who's Going to Lend the Money?

    03/25/2009 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 20 replies · 796+ views
    Power Line ^ | 3/25/09 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama administration has embarked on a spree of borrowing that eclipses anything seen in world history. The Democratic Congress is nervous, but seems willing to go along. But this borrowing is not occurring in a vacuum; many other governments are also floating debt. So, who's going to lend the trillions of dollars that governments need to disguise the fact that their ideas are bankrupt? Maybe nobody. Yesterday, the British government offered its "gilt-edged bonds" for sale. For the first time in over a decade, the auction failed as not enough buyers appeared to cover the bonds that were offered:...
  • The Economy: Sound After All!

    03/15/2009 5:37:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies · 603+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 15, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    As we noted (here), Barack Obama has had to calibrate his position on the economy carefully to achieve a series of political goals. During the Presidential campaign, he said the economy was in dire straits and relentlessly ridiculed John McCain when McCain said the economy was "fundamentally sound." Once he took office, the situation became even graver, as Obama wanted to 1) make the sure the bar was set so low that anything that happens in the next four years will be seen as an improvement, and 2) justify a series of liberal initiatives that have nothing to do with...
  • House Republicans Hold Firm (On Stimulus spending. Finally, a party worth supporting)

    01/28/2009 7:36:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies · 1,764+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan 28,2009 | John Hindraker
    Congratulations to the House Republicans: all 177 voted against the Democrats' pork-fest bill. Eleven Democrats joined the Republicans in rejecting Nancy Pelosi's fiscal insanity, which, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed yesterday, would actually cost $1.1 trillion. The Republicans put together their own stimulus package; they say that, using Christina Romer's methodology--she will be the Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers--their program will create 6.2 million jobs. Whether that's right or not, the Republicans' plan, unlike the Democrats', was actually geared to job creation. Here are a few highlights. The Republican proposal would: * Reduce the lowest individual tax rates...
  • Biggest Boondoggle in American History

    01/18/2009 5:28:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 789+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan 18, 2009 | John Hindraker
    We are living in a historical moment that in some ways represents uncharted territory. In other respects, however, the current moment is a return to a simpler and clearer past, when the hallmark of conservatism was opposition to extravagant spending boondoggles proposed by liberals. For a variety of reasons the fiscal battle lines have been blurred in recent years, but these days we are back to the paradigm that held sway decades ago. Yesterday, Minority Leader John Boehner sent out an email on the House Democrats' ridiculous $825 billion "stimulus" bill. It is worth reproducing in its entirety: A Dozen...
  • Hand-Wringing Over Terrorism (Why the NYT can't call a terrorist a terrorist)

    12/14/2008 8:54:59 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 1,614+ views
    Powerline ^ | 12/14/2008 | John Hinderaker
    In today's column, the New York Times' Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, examines the paper's use (or non-use) of the words "terrorist" and "terrorism." It's a revealing exercise: "WHEN 10 young men in an inflatable lifeboat came ashore in Mumbai last month and went on a rampage with machine guns and grenades, taking hostages, setting fires and murdering men, women and children, they were initially described in The Times by many labels." "They were "militants," "gunmen," "attackers" and "assailants." Their actions, which left bodies strewn in the city's largest train station, five-star hotels, a Jewish center, a cafe and a hospital...
  • Coleman v. Franken: Reconciling the Recount Numbers

    12/06/2008 9:39:08 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 33 replies · 2,092+ views
    Power Line ^ | December 6, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    As we noted last night, Minnesota's Senate recount is over, with just one precinct outstanding. That precinct is Minneapolis's Ward 3, Precinct 1, where election officials found that 133 more votes were recorded on a voting machine than there were ballots inside the machine. That discrepancy has triggered a hunt for the 133 "missing" ballots. Several journalists from other states have asked us about the discrepancy between the vote totals as reported by the Minnesota Secretary of State and by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Currently, the Secretary of State shows Norm Coleman leading by 687 votes with a single precinct...
  • No Landslide

    11/05/2008 8:21:14 AM PST · by astyanax · 64 replies · 2,138+ views
    Power Line ^ | 5Nov08 | John Hinderaker
    Barack Obama's victory last night was no doubt historic, and the Democrats, as expected, extended their leads in the House and the Senate. But their victory was no landslide, despite what appeared to be overwhelming advantages. Obama won around 52 percent of the popular vote, defeating John McCain by between five and six points. That's nothing like the true landslides of the past: Reagan by ten points in 1980 and 18 in 1984; Nixon by 23 in 1972; or even Bush by eight in 1988. And yet, with hindsight, it is remarkable how much Obama had going for him. After...
  • Obama's Fraud Continues

    10/23/2008 10:57:08 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 26 replies · 1,076+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | October 23, 2008 | John Hinderacker
    October 23, 2008 Posted by John at 9:22 PM We noted here and elsewhere the astonishing degree of fraud that has fueled Barack Obama's record fundraising. The ultimate instance of Obama-fraud was achieved by a reader of The Corner: So I went to the Obama website this afternoon and clicked on the "Donate" button. I used my real MasterCard number (but was not asked for the 3 digit security code). Used the following information and it was accepted... First name: Fake Last Name: Donor Address: 1 Dollar To Prove A Point City: Fraudulent State: AL Zip / Post: 33333 Email...
  • The Most Bizarre Journalistic Malpractice Yet (AP Claims Linking Ayers with Obama is Racist)

    10/05/2008 4:56:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 1,249+ views
    Powerline ^ | Oct 5, 2008 | John Hindraker
    <p>It's a contender, anyway: the Associated Press claims that Sarah Palin's criticism of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers was racist!</p> <p>By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign. And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret. ...</p>
  • A Report From the House

    09/27/2008 11:05:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies · 1,054+ views
    Power line Blog ^ | September 27, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    A spokesman for House Republicans wrote this morning: Staff negotiations on the economic stability package lasted until about 2:30 this morning and will resume in about an hour.... It appears that some progress is being made on the inclusion of key Republican principles that include tax payer and home owner protections and adoption of some free market points in the final package. Mr. Blunt, as the Republican’s lead negotiator, [has] reemphasized that fact that Democrats are in charge, they are in the majority and if they want Republicans to help pass this package – as they’ve said – then there...
  • Time for Anger Management Therapy (Anti-Franken ad in MN)

    09/13/2008 12:13:06 AM PDT · by vwatto · 13 replies · 177+ views
    Powerline ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker
    Norm Coleman's campaign has produced a new ad, "Angry Al." It highlights Al Franken's frequently hotheaded, profane and inappropriate conduct:
  • The Press: Mad As Hell, and Not Going to Take It Any More (cause their guy is losing)

    09/12/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies · 214+ views
    PowerLine ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker
    Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing. The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad. Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional: "The media are getting mad. Whether it's the latest back-and-forth over attack ads, the silly lipstick flap or the continuing debate over Sarah and sexism, you can just feel the tension level rising several notches. Maybe it's a sense that this is crunch time, that the election is on the line, that the press is being manipulated (not that there's anything new about that)." There certainly isn't. Barack Obama has been manipulating the press...
  • Russia Threatens Nuclear Attack On Poland

    08/15/2008 11:45:44 AM PDT · by pissant · 46 replies · 311+ views
    Powerline ^ | 8/15/08 | John Hinderaker
    Much is happening today in Georgia and other states formerly under the thumb of Russia. President Saakashvili has signed a cease-fire agreement; Russian troops have nevertheless advanced within 35 miles of Tbilisi; President Bush denounced Russia for "bullying and intimidation" and said that "Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory," something Russia plainly has no intention of doing. Yesterday, in what may or may not have been a coincidence of timing, the U.S and Poland announced that after 18 months of negotiations, they have reached on an agreement whereby the U.S. will furnish...