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  • LOOTING FOR WINSTON SMITH OR SOMEONE LIKE HIM

    06/04/2021 8:06:58 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | JUNE 4, 2021 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Smith (if it was Smith) was the target of an arrest operation that went down in the heart of Minneapolis yesterday afternoon. John wrote about the shooting last night here. I offer these notes based on preliminary reports subject to correction assuming Smith was the target of the arrest operation. • A joint law enforcement task force conducted the arrest operation. • The arrest operation was led by the United States Marshals Service. The Marshals Service is a federal law enforcement agency. • The arrest operation included other local Twin Cities law enforcement agencies including the Hennepin County Sheriffs office....
  • BIDEN’S OBSESSION BREAKS OUT

    05/29/2021 6:51:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 29,2021 | John Hinderaker
    Over the last 18 hours or so, this video has been widely shared. If you haven’t already seen it, it opens another window onto Joe Biden’s Many have seen this as another instance of Biden’s weird obsession with little girls. Yes, but I think the truth is worse than that. Biden’s handlers have undoubtedly warned him many times not to act inappropriately toward little girls, but when he goes off-script, as here, he can’t help himself. As indicated, too, by the manner in which he speaks, I think Biden is well into his dotage. Like many elderly people suffering from...
  • IS RACE DISCRIMINATION ILLEGAL?

    05/29/2021 11:36:20 AM PDT · by Twotone · 24 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | May 28, 2021 | John Hinderaker
    Most Americans naively believe that the 14th Amendment precludes our governments from discriminating on the basis of race. Sadly, that isn’t how the courts see it. Nevertheless, race discrimination is at least sometimes illegal, as a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday. The case relates to Joe Biden’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, the terms of which are discriminatory. Hans Bader has the story: On Thursday, a federal appeals court issued an injunction against prioritizing COVID relief to restaurants based on their owners’ race and sex, finding that was unconstitutionally discriminatory. The ruling involved the Restaurant Revitalization Fund,...
  • AN EPIC PRESIDENTIAL MISMATCH

    05/20/2021 2:14:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 20,2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    I saw a video clip of Joe Biden’s inept speech to a Coast Guard Academy graduating class a few days ago, but didn’t get the full impact until I saw the side-by-side comparison below. It turns out that Biden was trying to steal a joke from Ronald Reagan, who used the same line when he addressed a Coast Guard class years ago. Here it is, a master vs. a disaster: Having heard the original quote as delivered by Reagan, I now understand that the problem wasn’t only Biden’s inept delivery. He actually blew the line, rendering it meaningless and suggesting...
  • BIDEN TELLS NETANYAHU HE EXPECTS SIGNIFICANT DE-ESCALATION TODAY

    05/19/2021 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 19, 2021 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Joe Biden reportedly has told Benjamin Netanyahu that he expects “significant de-escalation today” of the conflict between Israel and its Palestinian attackers. A White House spokesperson stated: [Biden] wants this to be de-escalated. He wants this to be a sustainable calm. This is what we have been calling for, for the past eight days, and this is what we’re continuing to do. Does Biden really expect Israel to “de-escalate” while Hamas rockets continue to bombard its farms, suburbs, and cities? Or is his statement for show — an attempt to appease the increasingly strong anti-Israel faction of the Democratic Party?...
  • THE DEEP UNPOPULARITY OF KAMALA HARRIS

    05/17/2021 3:49:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 89 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 17, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    To me, Kamala Harris was one of the mysteries of the 2020 election cycle. She seemed to check a lot of boxes, and I saw her as an attractive candidate who had a good shot–maybe the best–at the Democratic presidential nomination. Instead, her campaign crumbled out of the starting gate, and notwithstanding ample initial fundraising, she didn’t make it to the Iowa caucuses. Despite having a number of superficial advantages, to paraphrase the old joke about dog food, the voters just didn’t like her. Now, a YouGov poll finds Harris under water, with 41% viewing her favorably and 48% unfavorably....
  • RUFO VERSUS DISNEY: AN UPDATE

    05/13/2021 10:23:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 13, 2021 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Chris Rufo has doggedly documented the metastasis of Critical Race Theory throughout our institutions. In his May 7 City Journal column “The wokest place on earth,” Rufo reported the spread of CRT to Disney. Yesterday morning, Rufo updated his report via email stating that Disney has backed down: The Walt Disney Company responded to my reporting about its divisive “diversity and inclusion” program with a statement defending the company’s commitment to “inclusivity.” The statement was riddled with errors and evasions, as I noted on social media. Today, multiple sources have told me that Disney has completely removed its diversity and...
  • THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY: DISMAYED BY AMERICA, INSPIRED BY CHINA

    05/11/2021 1:27:10 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 11, 2021 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Disney has passed judgment on America. America has come up short — way short. We’re chronic racists and homophobes. We need to deal with our guilt and shame. If our racism prevents us from feeling guilty and ashamed, then we need to be pressured, and probably coerced, into experiencing these sentiments. Disney seems like a tough grader. Is there any nation that meets its exacting standards? Why, yes. China does. Bob Iger, Chairman and former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, has said he’s “inspired by China’s vision.” In remarks at the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) gala in...
  • BIDEN STRUGGLES ON

    05/06/2021 6:10:31 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 6,2021 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    As “president,” poor decrepit Joe Biden can’t entirely avoid public appearances, as he pretty much did during the campaign. But when he tries to speak publicly, the results are, to put it politely, concerning. Here (via PJ Media), Biden tries to read his teleprompter on the “Restaurant Revitalization Fund.” It isn’t pretty: It is obvious, I think, that Joe Biden has less mental acuity than the average high school student. And, unlike the average high school student, he is moving in the wrong direction. For how long will our slavish press continue to pretend that this poor fossil is, in...
  • A MOMENT IN THE LIFE…

    05/06/2021 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 6, 2021 | John Hinderaker
    of a police officer. The threat to the officer unfolds with stunning rapidity. His response is incredibly fast and effective. And he he as the presence of mind not to fire at the second guy who could easily have been perceived as another threat. But of course this won’t be considered newsworthy: Another Twitter comment: “Gonna be some dead social workers in the future.” Yes. It is remarkable that in some places, like the City of Minneapolis near where I live, public officials are moving forward with plans to replace police officers, wholly or in part, with ill-defined employees who...
  • SHOULD WE LET CHINA CONTROL OUR ENERGY SUPPLY?

    05/06/2021 8:37:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 05, 2021 | OHN HINDERAKER
    So environmentalists contemplate the greatest explosion of mining in world history, while at the same time blocking any mines from being developed in the U.S. or Europe. We are on a collision course with a multi-faceted disaster: 1) Governments mandate electric vehicles and other “green” energy measures even though the mandates cannot possibly be met. 2) Trillions of dollars are spent in a futile effort to satisfy those mandates, enriching a handful of politically connected developers, lobbyists and utilities but impoverishing the rest of us. 3) The materials necessary for the “green revolution” may or may not exist on the...
  • COVID IS NOW SAVING LIVES (2)

    05/05/2021 10:15:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 5, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    More precisely, fewer Americans are now dying than would be the case if the Wuhan virus did not exist. Total mortality in the U.S., per this CDC chart, is sinking like a stone and is now below demographic projections: The last two weeks of data are incomplete, but the point is obvious. A large majority of “covid deaths” were people who were both elderly and already very sick. My own review of data from thousands of death certificates in Minnesota confirms that in most cases, given the number of severe conditions itemized as contributors to a “covid death”–i.e, one in...
  • SEN CORNYN’S UNPERSUASIVE DEFENSE OF HIS BADLY FLAWED “CIVICS” LEGISLATION,

    05/04/2021 1:26:18 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 4, 2021 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    As we have explained, per Stanley Kurtz, this legislation, coupled with the new Biden rule favoring education grants that push Critical Race Theory, is a disaster for America. It will result in the large scale indoctrination of America’s students in the teachings of BLM and others who despise America and its founding. Yesterday, the Civics Alliance convened by the National Association of Scholars issued an open letter to Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Tom Cole, the Republican House sponsor of Civics Secures Democracy. The letter appeals to them to withdraw their co-sponsorship, particularly in light of the new Biden rule. Cornyn...
  • THIS WEEK IN BASEBALL HISTORY

    05/01/2021 8:03:04 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Powerline ^ | 28 Apr 2021 | Paul Mirengoff
    Fifty years ago, baseball was more entertaining than it is now, in my opinion. Walks, strikeouts, and home runs may (or may not) be baseball’s only “true outcomes,” but they are less fun to watch than fielding gems, triples, and the hit-and-run. Unfortunately, the analytics revolution has made the hit-and-run nearly extinct. And its emphasis on strikeouts and home runs means fewer balls in play, and thus less excitement on the bases and in the field. Yet, as entertaining as baseball was fifty years ago, games were not that well attended — not nearly as well attended as they are...
  • WHY WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY ARE DOOMED TO FAILURE

    04/25/2021 8:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    Power Line ^ | APRIL 24, 2021 | JOHN HINDERA KER
    Wind and solar energy are both essentially obsolete technologies. There is a reason why only the very rich or the very adventurous sail across oceans: the wind is unreliable, and at best produces relatively little energy. Nevertheless, liberals have concocted fantasies whereby all of our electricity, or perhaps our entire economy, will be powered by those fickle sources. There are a number of reasons why this will never happen, but a paper published last week by Center of the American Experiment argues that land use constraints are the most basic reason why wind and solar are inexorably destined to fail....
  • THOUGHTS ON THE CHAUVIN TRIAL AND VERDICT

    04/21/2021 9:23:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 21, 2021 | John Hinderaker
    * For some reason, Eric Nelson did not retain an expert to testify that the drug overdose was the exclusive, or nearly exclusive, cause of Floyd’s death. Instead, his expert testified that a number of factors combined to kill Floyd, and in the end the cause of his death was undetermined. Thus the prosecution experts’ testimony that Floyd died from asphyxia was not directly contradicted. * Nelson followed this up in his closing argument by saying that there were multiple factors in play, and if any of those other elements–the drug overdose, Floyd’s heart disease and hypertension–contributed in the slightest...
  • FIGHTING COVID? IT JUST DIDN’T MATTER

    04/20/2021 7:22:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | POSTED ON APRIL 19, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Prior to 2020, I don’t believe it had ever been suggested that a government could “fight” a virus. But in 2020, lots of governments tried–the feds and every state, in one way or another. We saw catastrophically destructive shutdowns, as governments around the world and here in the U.S. claimed that they could fine-tune virus transmission by destroying businesses and ordering citizens to stay home or congregate only in small groups. And we saw mask mandates come and go in most U.S. jurisdictions. These mandates were less destructive but comically ineffective. This interactive map from the Centers for Disease Control...
  • MOB RULE IN MINNESOTA

    04/19/2021 3:50:34 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 19, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    <p>Both Scott and I have questioned whether Chauvin can possibly get a fair trial in the current atmosphere. Jurors cannot fail to understand the consequences of a “not guilty” verdict.</p><p>It has been reported that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sold his Minneapolis home at a loss and moved out of the city after “protesters” besieged his house, and his office received “millions of e-mails and thousands of phone calls” about the George Floyd case. I have it on good authority that he is not the only public official who has sold his house and moved out of Minneapolis for reasons of personal safety.</p>
  • FROM THE BIZARRE TWIN CITIES HELLWORLD (5)

    04/18/2021 5:00:00 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 18,2021 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    A little while ago, a man carjacked a vehicle on a major road in a suburb adjacent to mine. Police gave chase, and he fired at them out of a window of the vehicle. With the police closing in, he rolled out of the moving car and ran onto an adjoining highway, trying to carjack a second vehicle. At some point he was shot by police officers: GRAPHIC VIDEO WARNING Person pursued by police jumps out of moving car, appears to point a gun at another car on Highway 13 at I-35W in Burnsville. Runs into grass median and goes...
  • RANDOM NOTES ON THE CHAUVIN TRIAL

    04/18/2021 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 18, 2021 | Scott Johnson
    On Monday the attorneys will make their closing arguments and Judge Cahill will instruct the jury in the law. The jury will be sequestered during their deliberations. They will begin deliberations with the election of a foreman. I would guess that the jury will return with a verdict by Wednesday. Chauvin rested his defense on Thursday with the invocation of his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. I am not a juror in the case and am free to draw my own inferences from Chauvin’s silence. I always infer guilt from silence. I was surprised by how far the case departed...