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  • IS IT IMMORAL TO DRIVE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

    06/11/2022 11:30:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 9,2022 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    Ronald Stein makes excellent points in his column titled “Is it ethical to purchase a lithium battery powered EV?” The lower image is just one lithium supply mine where entire mountains are eliminated. Each mine usually consists of thirty-five to forty humongous 797 Caterpillar haul trucks along with hundreds of other large equipment. Each 797 uses around half a million gallons of diesel a year. So, with an inventory of just thirty-five the haul trucks alone are using 17.5 million gallons of fuel a year for just one lithium site. *** Today, a typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds....
  • THE WEEK IN PICTURES: COLLIDING NARRATIVES EDITION

    05/28/2022 6:01:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Powerline ^ | MAY 28, 2022 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    President Obama’s grotesque tweet that Scott highlighted earlier in the week shows the single-minded fanaticism of the left in action: how dare someone shoot up a school during George Floyd week! Gets totally in the way of the narrative. What’s Al Sharpton to do at a moment like this? There’s no percentage in it. Meanwhile, inflation
  • WALK RIGHT BACK

    05/23/2022 5:22:26 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 23,2022 | BY SCOTT JOHNSON
    President” Biden made big news this morning with his announcement that the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion by China. See the triple-bylined AP story “Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan.” The AP reports from Tokyo: President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” when...
  • The O’Keefe Project: Tucker Carlson edition

    04/16/2022 11:11:00 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 10 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | April 15, 2022 | Scott Johnson
    We haven’t heard anything about developments in the government’s persecution of Project Veritas in the matter of Ashley Biden’s diary since I wrote about the case last month. All my posts tracking the story are accessible here. I find the story chilling and do not want to let it recede from sight. Harmeet Dhillon is one of the Project Veritas attorneys lending a hand in the case. She appeared last night on Tucker Carlson’s show for a brief interview in which she brought the story up to date as of my most recent posts. In his intro Tucker stated that...
  • OUR GERIATRIC POLITICAL CLASS NEEDS TO GO

    04/15/2022 8:28:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Powerline ^ | APRIL 15, 2022 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    After Biden finished his speech, he turned around and tried to shake hands with thin air and then wandered around looking confused Joe Biden had been, for decades, a corrupt and incompetent pol. Today, he is either an extreme left-winger or an empty vessel through which the extreme left is exerting control over America But Biden isn’t the only one. Nancy Pelosi is gaga, a fact that she can’t hide with multiple plastic surgeries. A member of the U.S. Senate recently said–privately–that one-third of senators belong in nursing homes. In the New York Post, Maureen Callahan argues for age limits...
  • TRUMP ON UKRAINE, OIL PRICES, CHINA, AND THE REST

    03/22/2022 5:56:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 21,2022 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Remember how everyone said Trump was Putin’s poodle, and an isolationist to boot? Worth taking in his interview this morning with Stuart Varney on Fox Business: So much for the “Trump as isolationist Russian stooge.” You get a good sense here why Putin didn’t invade Ukraine on Trump’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-c1Me0Kezg
  • If He's Not a Man, It Can't be Rape

    03/18/2022 6:43:45 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 24 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | MARCH 17, 2022 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    A hospital told the police that a patient could not have been raped because her alleged attacker was trans, the House of Lords has heard. The attack took place a year ago and the woman reported it but when officers contacted the hospital, which has not been named, they were told “that there was no male in the hospital, therefore the rape could not have happened”.
  • MESSAGE FROM THE MULLAHS

    03/13/2022 12:32:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 13, 2022 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    The AP reports on the message from the mullahs that landed in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan province: “Iran has claimed responsibility for a missile barrage that struck early Sunday near a sprawling U.S. consulate complex in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, saying it was retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard….Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said on its website that it launched the attack against an Israeli ‘strategic center of conspiracy’ in Irbil.” MENA’s Simon Rushton has more here and Israel National News adds this: “A senior US official confirmed to Fox News...
  • HAS PUTIN BOTCHED THE WAR?

    02/26/2022 3:39:46 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 184 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 24,2022 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Here’s an interesting Twitter thread from someone named Riho Terras, a member of the European Parliament, posted a few hours ago. Obviously we’re not in any position to vouch for the accuracy of this thread (and some of it seems dubious), but pass it along in the interest of broad coverage: THREAD 1/7 Intel from a Ukrainian officer about a meeting in Putin’s lair in Urals. Oligarchs convened there so no one would flee. Putin is furious, he thought that the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in 1-4 days. Russians didn’t have a tactical plan....
  • WHY DID PUTIN INVADE?

    02/25/2022 5:42:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 24,2022 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    guessed wrong on this one. I thought Putin would bluff and bluster, and then cash in his chips. I thought the weak Western powers would agree to a partition of Ukraine, with the largely Russian-speaking Eastern provinces going to Russia, along with other considerations, unrelated to Ukraine, that would be more or less secret. But Putin invaded instead, and seems bent on conquering all of Ukraine and perhaps more besides. What made Putin so bold? A key factor no doubt was the weakness of Western leaders, pre-eminently the doddering Joe Biden. But the West’s weakness is not a function of...
  • INSIDE THE BIZARRE HELLWORLD OF MINNEAPOLIS

    02/13/2022 7:16:36 AM PST · by Scarlett156 · 34 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune/Powerline Blog ^ | 13 February 2022 | Scott Johnson
    Rebecca Brannon describes herself as an independent photojournalist covering Minnesota politics, protests, and riots. Rebecca has the nerve to do much of her reporting from the inside. If I have the chronology right, Rebecca got inside the “two hour black bloc Antifa protest” on Lake Street in Minneapolis, and the perpetrators are not happy about it. They don’t really want the exposure. Say this for the Star Tribune. The paper’s nonfeasance is appreciated. Indeed, the Star Tribune’s nonfeasance is a critical component of the bizarre hellworld that Minneapolis has become. Below I have compiled Rebecca’s tweets on Friday night’s “protest”...
  • MIRANDA DEVINE: GOP IS ALL TALK

    01/31/2022 9:31:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 31,2022 | BY SCOTT JOHNSON
    My wife is a naturalized American citizen who seethes over illegal immigration. When we see the stories on FOX News that highlight the cancellation of our border under the Biden administration, she always asks why the GOP isn’t doing a blessed thing about it. Drawing on the recent news that we have followed on Power Line, Miranda Devine channels and amplifies my wife’s thoughts in the New York Post column “GOP can’t complain about Biden’s migrants when they’re not stepping in.” She writes: It’s all very well for Kevin McCarthy and other GOP members of Congress to rant on Fox...
  • THE LATEST IN RACISM

    01/15/2022 1:41:05 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Powerline ^ | JANUARY 15, 2022 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Guess what’s racist now? Yes, everything is racist, as we know, but specifically what new thing is racist? Traffic cameras. ProPublica reports: A ProPublica analysis found that traffic cameras in Chicago disproportionately ticket Black and Latino motorists. . . An analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019. Those evil racist cameras. But wait—there’s more! The coronavirus pandemic widened the ticketing disparities. So COVID is racist, too? It turns out that Chicago’s hapless Mayor Lori Lightweight was...
  • WHEN THE WIND DOESN’T BLOW

    01/09/2022 6:52:25 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 9,2022 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The basic point here is that wind energy shows up only sporadically and unpredictably, and tends to disappear when it is needed the most. The worst time for a blackout is when the mercury is at -20, as it was yesterday where I live. Note where electricity was actually coming from in the chart above: coal, the dark brown line, was the principal source, while natural gas, the light brown line, is only slightly behind. These are the sources that liberals want to do away with. Wind was flighty; sometimes it worked, but often it didn’t. Is that how you...
  • RIOTS, THEN AND NOW

    01/07/2022 6:52:13 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 7,2022 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. In response, radical Democrats gathered in Washington to riot. The riot was ugly and violent: Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump’s inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump’s formal procession and evening balls. *** about a mile from the National Mall, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed...
  • WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO OUR CHILDREN IS A CRIME

    12/26/2021 7:00:10 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 26,2021 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    I have said this many times, but it bears repeating: the shutdown policies that have devastated the lives of our children and young people were not just a blunder, but a crime. Jan Crawford of CBS put it well this morning on Face the Nation: “They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”: @JanCBS explains why she thinks 2021's biggest underreported story was the devastating impact of COVID policies on children pic.twitter.com/AUU1f6AFNi — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 26, 2021 Heck, the point is so obvious that even the New York Times might be catching...
  • Anthony Fauci, Political Thug

    12/19/2021 5:58:50 PM PST · by PROCON · 19 replies
    powerlineblog.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Recently disclosed emails show how political hack Anthony Fauci was enlisted to bully scientific voices on the coronavirus into silence:New emails released by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that last year, outgoing National Institutes of Health Dir. Dr. Francis Collins instructed Dr. Anthony Fauci to carry out a “quick and devastating” takedown of The Great Barrington Declaration, a document authored by experts who advocated for herd immunity to stop the pandemic, and “focused protection” for the most vulnerable populations over universal lockdowns.With hindsight, the tens of thousands of medical professionals who signed the Great Barrington Declaration were...
  • The O’Keefe Project: Project Veritas’s statement

    12/18/2021 5:17:15 AM PST · by T Ruth · 11 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | December 17, 2021 | Scott Johnson
    I followed up this morning on my post looking at the current New York Times story on the investigation of Project Veritas with PV attorney Paul Calli. I asked Mr. Calli for the questions submitted by the New York Times to PV and the response given to the Times, both of which were omitted from the story. Mr. Calli has provided the following as O’Keefe’s unquoted response to the questions submitted by the Times (the Times reporter addressed is Michael Schmidt). Mike, Mr. O’Keefe responds to your email on your deadline, as follows. Please include Mr. O’Keefe’s response in its...
  • DESANTIS STRIKES BACK

    12/12/2021 7:53:08 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Powerline ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2021 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    It seems that my friend may have been emailing Ron DeSantis: DeSantis Proposes $8 Million in Budget to Relocate Illegal Immigrants to Delaware, Martha’s Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set $8 million in his 2022–23 budget to transport illegal immigrants out of The Sunshine State. He proposed the spending in the Freedom First Budget to protect against harms resulting from illegal immigration. The spending may include the transportation of unauthorized aliens located within Florida to other states or the District of Columbia. “In yesterday’s budget, I put in $8 million for us to be able to transport people illegally [in...
  • Will France Save the West?

    12/01/2021 12:34:26 PM PST · by T Ruth · 27 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | November 30, 2021 | Steven Hayward
    Yesterday in our “Picks” section we linked to Christopher Caldwell’s terrific CRB essay “France on the Verge of Civil War,” which was a deep dive into the rise of Eric Zemmour on the French political scene. The controversial Zemmour has rocked to the top of the early polls ahead of the presidential election scheduled for next spring, leaping ahead of Marine Le Pen, the previous outsider candidate from the right. Today Zemmour released a video declaring his candidacy for president, and I’ve heard comparisons (including from a French student in my political science class this semester) comparing it to Charles...