Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Today’s Happy Climate News!

Featured image I can’t decide whether this story is proof that climate change isn’t all gloom-and-doom all the time, or whether climate change is just one more aspect of the Oppressive Patriarchy. From Science Daily: Climate change will see some males get sexier A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it’s all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population »

The Lighter Side of Trump

Featured image One of Donald Trump’s defects is that he doesn’t seem to have much of a sense of humor. There doesn’t seem to be much lighter side to him in his public presentation. Even in grim times, it usually works in politics to show some sense of humor, especially the self-deprecating kind (see: JFK, Reagan, Lincoln, Churchill, etc). But then there’s this video, where Trump plays to his image perfectly with »

The Unseriousness of Libertarians

Featured image I’ve got a major article about the election appearing later this week—stand by for details—but I’ll share one sentence of the draft here: “The fecklessness of the Libertarian Party in this election cycle, when a vigorous libertarian campaign might have broken out and possibly taken the election, means that we never have to take libertarians seriously again.” It seems I’m not the only person with this view. Writing in The »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Who’s Against Science Again?

Featured image Next time you hear someone repeat the thoughtless cliche that conservatives are “anti-science,” direct them to the YouTube video below, which has been making the rounds the last few days and has had nearly 600,000 views as of this afternoon. Here you will take in a typically politicized student, at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, arguing that “Science as a whole is a product of western modernity, and the whole »

Will the Nobel Prize Be Protested?

Featured image I’m sure readers will recall how the Academy Awards were protested because not enough minorities were nominated? (Because, as everyone knows, Hollywood is a hotbed of racism.) Wait until the social justice crowd notices the gender breakdown of Nobel Prizes: The American Council on Science and Health notes these data, and comments: And, even when women do win the prize, they are often not given full credit. Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a »

Civil War on the Left, Part 29: Leo in Trouble

Featured image This is just too much fun—a chance for a “Civil War on the Left” and a Green Weenie Award post at the same time. The “rainforest” people are mad at Leo DiCaprio. From the Hollywood Reporter: Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role By Alex Ritman In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to »

Who’s Deplorable?

Featured image One of the things that emerges clearly from the Wikileaks dump of John Podesta’s email chain, as noted here previously, is the utter contempt liberals have for “everyday Americans,” and their cherished institutions like the Catholic Church. The left has no problem discussing how they want to force the Catholic Church to change so as to conform to the current leftist party line. But this Podesta email, posted right after »

The Week in Pictures: Feeling Crotchety Edition

Featured image Heh—you thought something else from that headline, didn’t you? Well I’ll just let it pass. In any case, I think I’m going to start my election homestretch heavy drinking this weekend. Besides, pretty sure liver transplants are covered either by Obamacare, or the “amazing, incredible, beautiful” health care plan Trump will replace it with. What’s that? No. Get off my lawn. And finally. . . »

The Presidential Character

Featured image Surveying the electoral scene of the moment summons to mind Henry Adams’s mordant observation that the progression of presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant was a sufficient refutation of the theory of evolution. What would Adams think of our current candidates? I’m with John about the utter shamelessness and hypocrisy of the left over revelations and allegations of Trump’s bad behavior. It’s disgusting, to use one of The »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eco-Firestarter

Featured image There are times when the gods of the copybook headings really smile on our enterprise. Such as this story from the Financial Times last week: The timing was terrible. Six weeks before the greenest and prettiest — but one of the least known — of the Canary Islands was due to get its chance to shine, with new direct flights from the UK, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark, it was lit »

The Real Tom Steyer

Featured image News item from The Daily Caller: Hacked Emails Show Extent Of Left-Wing Billionaire’s Influence On White House Hacked emails show the extent to which billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer coordinated with the Obama administration to form energy policy and to divide Republicans on environmental issues. Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a Steyer aide, emailed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta in 2014 ironing out a strategy for a White House climate »

The Moral Bankruptcy Race

Featured image Remind yourself of one big fact: Richard Nixon’s proximate sin over Watergate was interfering with an FBI investigation. With that in mind, ponder this story: FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long »

More Wikileaks Paydirt: Democrats Hate America

Featured image I wish I had time thoroughly to go through the trove of John Podesta emails released by Wikileaks, but just a few I’ve seen reveal the deep disdain by which liberals regard the American people, American traditions and institutions. Everyone recalls how Hillary had to backtrack quickly from her remark that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables” and “irredeemable” (though her apology only really regretted saying “half”). The Podesta emails »

The Gathering Storm?

Featured image My late teacher of intelligence and strategy Harold Rood liked to say, “You run the show or the show runs you.” (Book here.) It was a corollary to his axiom that “Nothing happens for no good reason.” With these counsels in mind, there are some ominous news items from the last few days: USS Mason Fired 3 Missiles to Defend From Yemen Cruise Missiles Attack The crew of a guided-missile »

Whiskey and Freedom!

Featured image Our friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute have just this morning released a new seven-minute film, “I, Whiskey,” in which they remind us of the valuable principle that “the story of whiskey is the story of freedom. . . the classic American story.” Hear, hear. (The title is an obvious homage to the previous short film CEI produced of the classic Leonard Read essay, “I, Pencil.” Also worth a watch »

And Now for Something Completely Different

Featured image One of the great things about the internet is how it makes possible unofficial comedy (like the endless “Hitler Learns About. . .” parodies). Herewith Sunday night’s debate rendered as a musical number: And here, from the geniuses at Bad Lip Reading: Dirty dancing indeed. »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: The Pinnacle of Human Nature Denialism

Featured image It’s Monday, so it can only mean one thing: time to dive once again into the leading academic journals, this week NORA: The Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. Now for a while it has been clear that at the heart of the postmodern left is the denial of human nature, because once you admit that human beings have a nature, you have to admit to limits on human »