Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Epic Liberal Hypocrisy Alert

Featured image Melania Trump’s cultural appropriation of some of Michelle Obama’s convention speech clichés from eight years ago now has the LMC (Liberal Media ComplexTM) on hair trigger alert to spot other instances of plagiarism, which the media will then report in identical prose in their filings. (Heh.) I thought Rush Limbaugh had the right idea yesterday: Melania should offer an interview to Brian Williams to explain it. Yes, it was sloppy »

Energy: Power Line Vindicated Again in the NY Times

Featured image It was almost exactly a month ago that we explained here why the climatista fetish for renewable energy uber alles would backfire on their cherished goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in the course of which we introduced readers to the arcane world of California’s electricity demand “duck curve.” And separately we reported on how Germany and other northern European countries were slamming the brakes on further renewable energy, perhaps »

Behold the Power of Power Line

Featured image I’m still digging out from two long weeks in Washington DC teaching two concentrated summer school courses, so I’m slow catching up with everything going on at the Republican convention. John and I mulled over the idea of attending the convention with press credentials, but decided against it. But maybe we should have turned up. PoliticoPro (subscription only) reported this yesterday: GOP platform aims to turn EPA into commission By »

The Week in Pictures: Notorious Edition

Featured image Michael Walsh likes to describe the Democratic Party as a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party, but maybe we should just call them the “Notorious Party.” The Notorious RBG is already a well known moniker, but Crooked Hillary can be rendered Notorious Hillary, too. And Obama showed once again that he just can’t help himself. And finally. . . another Power Line reader exercises her First and Second Amendment »

About That Harvard Study on Police Use of Force. . .

Featured image A few days ago I linked to the New York Times article and Harvard study about police use of force broken out by racial categories. A sharp-eyed and highly numerate reader delved into the numbers in the study, did some extra math, and sends along this very interesting analysis: Hi Steve, I was struck by dramatic differences in odds ratio for use of force for “compliant” vs. “all” encounters in »

The Power Line Show, Episode 39: The Shape of the Race, and the Omens of Brexit

Featured image I caught up with Henry Olsen in Washington DC yesterday, and on the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland we discuss the shape of the race right now as well as the prospects for a return of ticket-splitting in down-ballot races if Trump loses. Also, one more victory lap for the fabulous Brexit vote, with a look at the surprising fallout in the British government under new PM Theresa May. As always, »

How Hard Is This To Figure Out?

Featured image About the latest terror attack in Nice, the usual predictable reactions rolled out right on schedule, as depicted in this first meme: But is it really so hard? Any questions? Chaser: »

Civil War on the Left, Part 28: Varieties of Climate Change Thinkers

Featured image Berkeley physicist Richard Muller offers in his book Energy for Future Presidents a typology of thought on climate change: So how do you classify me? A climate change denier? A global warming believer? In my book, Energy for Future Presidents (pig 74) I give the following categories: Alarmists. They pay little attention to the details of the science. They are “unconvincibles.” They say the danger is imminent, so scare tactics are »

A Progressive Project We Should Support?

Featured image The latest email missive from The Nation magazine asks me to lend my support to the Progressive Turnout Project, which is a drive to make election day a national holiday. Here’s now The Nation explains it: In 2014, voter turnout hit a 70-year low. This was catastrophic for Democrats. Republicans gained control of Congress and gave Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (now Paul Ryan) unprecedented ability to advance their right-wing »

The Ginsburg Proviso [Updated]

Featured image Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is living up to her hip-hop nickname as the “Notorious RGB” with her completely intemperate remarks about Donald Trump and also the potential cases and controversies she has obviously prejudged. A lower federal court judge might well face sanctions for such behavior. Check out Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges: Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity (A) General Prohibitions. A »

Split on the Rock?

Featured image I post this four-minute 2007 sketch from Chris Rock on “How not to get your ass kicked by the police” for the quaint purpose of suggesting how badly things have deteriorated, for it is doubtful Rock could perform this routine today—certainly not on a college campus. (Special bonus: It’s sexist as well as racist! And needless to say with a Chris Rock routine—severe language warning!) »

Chicago, San Francisco, and Other Progressive Utopias

Featured image I spent the day in Chicago yesterday, where I lucked into my first ever up close up encounter with a Black Lives Matter march. (Photos nearby.) The throng blocked the intersection at Wacker Avenue and the Chicago River downtown right at the beginning of the evening rush hour. The police did nothing to disperse the crowd; to the contrary, they police enabled the march to proceed. One fellow got up »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Talking About Racism Is Racist?

Featured image As the old saying goes, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar (even when it involves Bill Clinton), and sometimes talking about racism is actually about racism. But apparently, for the rarified academic mind, talking about racism is actually . . . racist! At least I think that’s one reading of this week’s absurd abstract, taken from the Journal of Applied Philosophy: On White Ignorance, White Shame, and Other Pitfalls »

Democrats Recreate 1968 and 1972

Featured image The unrest on our streets has caused a number of greybeards to suggest we’re living through a repeat of 1968, and this seems reasonable enough on the surface. But the Democrats are also reverting to 1972 when McGovern dragged the party sharply to the left, judging by the results that have come out from their platform committee meetings so far. From David Weigel’s dispatch in the Washington Post yesterday: Democrats »

Don Surber’s “Trump the Press”

Featured image The independent internet journalist Don Surber has produced a terrific short catalogue and analysis of how everyone—but especially the conservative commentariat—missed or misunderstood the rise of Donald Trump. You can order the e-book version of Trump the Press: Don Surber’s Take on How the Pundits Blew the 2016 Republican Race directly from Amazon subsidiary CreateSpace. The book is a wonderful catalogue of all the pundits who completely dismissed Trump from »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 38: Has Energy Come Out of the Wilderness?

Featured image In this special edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with author Robert Bryce about the new world of global oil prices which has ended, probably forever, OPEC’s 40-year dominance. We also talk about the perverse subsidies for and output from “renewable” energy, and why nuclear power may be poised for a comeback. As always, you can listen to or download the show at the panel below or from »

The Week in Pictures: Clintons Forever Edition

Featured image We may as well just admit it. The Clintons are the undead of American politics, the zombies of our dead body politic. We’ll never be rid of them. The Energizer Bunny will run out of power before the Clinton’s run out of their will to power. Better pre-book Chelsea Clinton speeches now, before her $60,000 speaking fee goes up after mom moves into the White House. And finally. . . »