Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: The Amnesty and the Ecstasy Edition

Featured image So, executive amnesty for illegal aliens next week, eh?  And a veto of a Keystone pipeline, eh?  Is Obama now trying to shoot the moon—become the most unpopular president ever? Is the bubble around the White House that bad, as Peggy Noonan suggests in her Saturday WSJ column?  Starting to look like it.  And oh goody—we’re going to regulate the Internet now—under a statute written in 1934.  I’m sure Jonathan »

Hallelujah! Climate Salvation in Our Time!

Featured image The New York Times lead editorial today is headlined “A Major Breakthrough on Climate Change.” Naturally I was looking forward to the news that someone had at last developed a low- or non-carbon source of cheap energy that is quickly scalable for the whole world. What might this innovative breakthrough be? Algae-biofuels? The long-promised fusion breakthrough? A Back-to-the-Future style banana-peel powered DeLorean? No: the New York Times is heralding . »

We’re Saved: Dr. No Signs a Climate Agreement!

Featured image I still can’t get over the “Dr. No” attire of the APEC summit meeting, though it does fit Obama in a certain way. In any case, I’m enjoying the spectacle of Obama and his acolytes celebrating the piece of paper Obama has signed with the Chinese dictator assuring us climate peace in our time. Even Reuters can see through it: Nov 12 (Reuters) – The joint statement by the United »

Obama as Bond Villain?

Featured image So what’s up with the regional costumes for this year’s APEC meeting over in China?  The whole mob of world leaders look like a casting call for a remake of “Dr. No.”  But doesn’t Obama and everyone else know that Dr. No is Mitch McConnell’s job? »

Heckling the Catcall Narrative

Featured image John wrote sagely about the rumpus over the now infamous “catcall” video back on November 1, and our pal Christina Hoff Sommers weighs in with her own video commentary in her “Factual Feminist” series: »

Obese Government, and Other Fashionable Ideas

Featured image I’m just back from two long days getting back and forth from that great oasis of sanity, Hillsdale College, Michigan.  I was there for a conference on energy, and my lecture was entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Global Warming.”  A video will be available in the fullness of time, and I’ll post it here. And what do I find in the news upon my return?  Al »

Still More Troops to Iraq?

Featured image As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, Nobel Peace Prize update: Obama Says More Troops to Iraq Possible. We’re told that the 1,500 additional troops sent last week are for “training” purposes.  What difference will training make at this point, if all the training of the last decade failed so miserably?  The problem isn’t training: it’s that large numbers of Iraqi troops dropped their weapons and ran at the first sight »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 2

Featured image FWIW, here are some excerpts of my account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the larger currents around it from the Epilogue of The Age of Reagan, picking up right in the middle. One part of this at the end—that revolutionary politics are over—is clearly incorrect, though the “crisis on the Left” bit remains more true than ever: The material and structural factors [of the end of the »

Mayday Sends Out an S.O.S.

Featured image The other day in “Less, Lesser, Lessig” we outlined the embarrassment that is Harvard’s Larry Lessig and his super-ironic strategy of having a super-PAC to end all super-PACs. We noted that this media/academic diva was suddenly clamming up on his Mayday PAC election faceplant. Now he’s out with a defense of his strategy, as reported on recode.net, which notes: Not surprisingly, the Harvard Law professor got a tad upset earlier in »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 1

Featured image Today everyone is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the signal event of the end of the Cold War. I find that students today, all born after the demise of the Soviet Union, have a hard time grasping the depth and vividness of the conflict. The Cold War might as well be the Boer War, and the Berlin Wall is as hazy as Hadrian’s Wall. It »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »

Hitler Learns About the Midterm Election

Featured image Okay, I said I was going to quit doing these, but c’mon—the election just provided too much good material not to do one. So without further ado, “Hitler Learns About the Midterm GOP Landslide.” (If an ad pops up and blocks the subtitles, just go to full screen and it will shrink down. I tried to get rid of them, but YouTube seems to insist.) »

Yes—Let Liberals Bail Out Detroit

Featured image Back in May I suggested, less than half facetiously, that if we are indeed to consider paying reparations for slavery, the Democratic Party should have to pick up the entire tab, for all of the obvious reasons. I was reminded of that idea when stumbling across the most interesting story on the front page of today’s New York Times: “Finding $816 Million, and Fast, to Save Detroit.” The details are »

The Week in Pictures: Schadenfreude Edition

Featured image I mean really, what else could be the theme for this week’s photo/cartoon roundup?  This week’s beatdown of the Democratic Party was the most epic since . . . 2010, or 1994, or 1980, or 1966, or 1946, or 1938, etc.  I have a field theory that swing voters fall for the blandishments of liberalism, until they see the results, at which point they reverse course and yell “Stop!”  Republicans »

Dionne Gets One Right

Featured image Having beaten up on E.J. Dionne several times in the past for tendentious columns, fairness suggests noting when he gets something right, or at least partly right.  His post-election column doesn’t sugarcoat things for Democrats, nor engage in the excuses (turnout) or evasions (if only everyone was required to vote) that many liberals are using to comfort themselves. For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It »

Breaking: Supreme Court to Take Up Another Obamacare Challenge

Featured image As Paul discussed at the time, the DC Circuit Court’s Halbig ruling striking down Obamacare’s state subsidies would be unlikely to survive an en banc rehearing with all of the new judges that Harry Reid enabled Obama to appoint.  And the 4th Circuit upheld the state subsidies in a separate case. But this afternoon the Supreme Court announced that it won’t wait for the DC Circuit’s rehearing, and will take up an »

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

Featured image How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Here’s a sample of the comic fare from the actual event, from Seth Meyers: “Let’s »