Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Is There a Method to Trump’s Madness? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul noted yesterday the bizarre and disquieting attack Donald Trump made Tuesday on New Mexico’s Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Is there an intelligible reason he might think this is a politically shrewd thing to do, or is this just another example of Trump improvising as he goes and letting loose some inner misogyny? I don’t know whether Martinez is a good or a bad governor. I’ve heard both, but haven’t »

Move Over, Pajama Boy

Featured image If you thought liberalism couldn’t beclown itself any worse than the self-mocking “Pajama Boy,” then you underestimated the Hillary Clinton campaign. This is the meme they’ve put out today (safety warning—put your coffee cup down first!): Is your keyboard still dry? One problem. Turns out this visage of pure hirsuteness is a stock photo: And he’s been used in some other ads: Maybe the Hillary campaign should stick with Venn »

A Dog’s Breakfast of Genders and Species

Featured image Forget gender categories. Last month we reported on the human being who is transitioning into a dragon, along with the prescient perception of Harry Jaffa thirty years ago that “Whether you want to belong to the human race is now a matter of personal preference.” More evidence of this comes today from The Guardian: The men who live as dogs: ‘We’re just the same as any person on the high »

Bathroom Break

Featured image Of all the publications you’d expect to be in full sympathy with Transgender Bathroom Nihilism (TBN), The New Yorker would have to be high on the list. So it is notable when that august publication takes note of the incoherence and legal pitfalls of the Obama Administration’s recent diktat on the subject. The New Yorker thinks it may well unravel Title IX—a thing much to be hoped for: It is »

Tom Cotton Tells the Truth About Harry Reid

Featured image In the last hour Sen. Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to denounce the “bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the minority leader,” the “cancerous” Harry Reid. And it gets better from there. Take it in—just two minutes long: Has there ever been a more squalid senator than Reid? More to the point: Do we have to wait for 2020? How about Cotton-Sasse 2016? »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured image I hate to keep picking on vegans—and I wouldn’t if so many didn’t make a righteous ideology out of it*—but this story (which wouldn’t be a news story if there weren’t an agenda behind it in the first place) is just too irresistible: Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among four dead on Mount Everest For Maria Strydom and her husband, Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to »

The Crisis of Scientific Credibility

Featured image Last year we had ten-part series on the problem of science fraud, and we return to the subject now because pop culture is catching up, which is usually a sign of larger public trouble. The Puffington Host is on the story, reporting on the widespread practice of selective use of data and statistical techniques to produce “meaningful” results that are essentially bogus. Dan Sarewitz has a good column on this »

Hillary’s Doom?

Featured image There are two big stories out today that in a rational world would sink Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Fortunately for her, the Democratic Party is not a rational organization. Increasingly the description of Democrats as a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party seems more and more accurate. The Daily Caller reports today that the Clinton Foundation received $100 million—serious Dr. Evil money—from an obscure foreign mining conglomerate long thought to »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Kardashian in the Ivory Tower [With Comment by John]

Featured image I have never kept up with the Kardashians. I can’t even, as the saying goes. Not even when, as America’s most trusted news source (TMZ) reports, Kim Kardashian suffers a “wardrobe malfunction” at the Cannes Film Festival. (Now if someone photographed her with a firearm, she might be able to make Power Line on a Saturday.) But never fear, academia is on it. From the journal Celebrity Studies: Hottentot in »

Trump Intends to Win

Featured image How can you tell Trump intends to win? Just check out this 25-second spot he released on Instagram this morning: Liberals are horrified, naturally. Mother Jones has reacted with indignation, pointing out that Trump has been accused of being less than a gentleman on many occasions. It mentions that Trump’s first wife, Ivana, had accused him of rape at one point. But if you scroll to the bottom, you find »

Green Weenie of the Week: Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Featured image I was remiss last week in not bringing to everyone’s attention Robert Bryce’s splendid Wall Street Journal article about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow wind energy producers to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles a year. It includes such gems as this: A 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that wind turbines killed about 888,000 bats and 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) in 2012 »

Brexit, The Movie

Featured image I’ve been meaning to spend some time here talking about the “Brexit” vote coming up in the U.K. next month. It is the single most important political event in postwar Europe. Lots to say about this, but for anyone who doesn’t grasp that the Trump phenomenon is not limited to our shores, note that in Austria today, the election for the mostly ceremonial post of president is in a virtual »

The SNL Indicator

Featured image Saturday Night Live has done it again, with a fresh Hillary-Bernie sketch last night that rubs raw all of the jangling nerves of the Democratic Party contest. It’s another amazing indicator of how the Democratic race is suddenly more interesting than the Republican race. (Either that, or Trump is hard to satirize because the real thing is so entertaining.) »

Political Pilgrims, 21st Century Style

Featured image Back in the late 1970s the political scientist Paul Hollander performed a great public service with his book Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society (still in print), in which he catalogued and eviscerated the naïve and mendacious leftists who always tromped off to the latest “people’s utopia” (Soviet Union, Cuba, Mao’s China, Albania, North Vietnam, even North Korea for a time, etc.) and came back proclaiming »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Portland School Board

Featured image The school board of Portland, Oregon, has passed a resolution banning any books that express any skepticism about climate change alarmism: The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame. It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes »

The Week in Pictures: Make Bathrooms Great Again Edition

Featured image The bathroom wars continue unabated, while the intensity of an intra-party feud threatens one of our major parties with likely defeat in November. You thought I meant Republicans? No—now it looks like the Democrats are the party that is going to come apart right in front of our eyes. That’s what happens when thieves fall out amongst themselves about the spoils. Hillary is getting so desperate she’s actually speaking kindly »

Epic Solar Power Fail Gets Even More Epic-er

Featured image Last we checked in on the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power facility out in the California desert, it was in danger of being shut down because it was failing to produce the promised amount of electricity, despite all that free desert sunshine. (Before that we reported on how it was merely incinerating birds by the hundreds.) Well it gets better. Yesterday Ivanpah managed the feat of setting itself on fire: »