Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Aftermath Edition

Featured image Trump has effectively declared that the recently concluded summit with mini-Kim, the Mini-Me of Communist dictators (better known as “Little Rocket Man”), delivered “peace in our time,” which is what you’d expect from someone who embraces “America First” unironically or without any sense of historical awareness. Or maybe he’s just trolling everyone on every side of the scene? Never a dull moment with the Trump Show. Well, if the Nork »

Hillary Responds to IG Report

Featured image I’ve been on the move all day and haven’t had a chance to dip into the IG report on the FBI’s behavior during the 2016 election campaign that was released today, but I did catch up with Hillary Clinton’s response. It is three words long. Here it is: It’s still a total mystery why she lost the election. »

Food Justice??

Featured image One of the central affectations of the modern left is the irrepressible practice of attaching a modifier to the noun “justice.” Apparently, seeking to achieve plain old ordinary justice is not enough, even though Plato should have taught us in The Republic that simple justice is difficult enough to attain without any special adjectives. But the left is all about “social justice” (is there such a thing as “anti-social justice”?), and, »

Green Weenie of the Week: The DNC

Featured image How totally brave of the Democratic National Committee: DNC Quietly Adopts Ban on Fossil Fuel Company Donations The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned. The resolution ― proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter ― bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate political action committees tied to the oil, gas and »

Loose Ends (40)

Featured image • One of the results of yesterday’s primaries is that Nevada’s leading pimp won the Republican nomination for a state legislative seat. Going from pimp to the state legislature just seems like progress on the learning curve if you ask me. • Paging Mike Rowe! Talk about dirty jobs! First, we heard about Kim Jong Un bringing his own toilet with him to Singapore because it “will deny determined sewer »

Donald Trump as “Goldenhair”?

Featured image Okay, this is pretty funny: someone has done a really good job of mashing up Donald Trump and James Bond—totally worth your three minutes. Though I have a hard time thinking I’d believe “Trump. . .  Donald Trump.” »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 74: Suicide of the University Revisited

Featured image Last weekend I made a quick trip to Denver to participate in the Western Conservative Summit on a panel with Charles Copeland, president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), on the subject of “The Suicide of the University.” Sorry folks—I wasn’t able to score an interview with Saturday night’s headliners Diamond and Silk for our podcast, so instead you’ll have to settle for an edited version of the panel with »

How to Read a Newspaper (Updated)

Featured image One of the most important skills I learned from my teacher of international relations, the great Harold Rood of Claremont McKenna College, was how to read a newspaper. I’m not referring to what order to read the paper, or how to “deconstruct” news stories to surmise what is left out, but rather as clues to what is really going on and who has the initiative. This skill was a variation »

Loose Ends (39)

Featured image • I see the story out today that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has capitulated to the identity politics mob and apologized for eating at—and Tweeting approvingly about the experience—Chick-fil-A. This, because Chick-fil-A’s CEO opposes same-sex marriage. Judged by foot traffic, though, this is one culture war boycott the left is definitely losing. I’ve been through the Denver airport four times in recent weeks since Chick-fil-A opened an outlet in the middle »

A Climate Change Free Lunch?

Featured image One of the ideas floating around from time to time about how to deal with prospective catastrophic climate change from greenhouse gas emissions is “air capture,” which is exactly what it sounds like: extracting carbon dioxide from ambient air, and therefore reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere. There have been some small-scale technological demonstration projects, but the technology has appeared difficult to scale up because of high cost and very »

Monday in Pictures: G-7 Photoshop Edition

Featured image I really am starting to have that “deja vu all over again” feeling. It seems to me that President Trump is merely following good presidential precedent with his performance at the recent G-7 summit. Richard Nixon called Pierre Trudeau an “asshole.” President Reagan slammed Trudeau in one of the private sessions of the G-7 (in 1983, if memory serves correctly), because it was obvious that Trudeau was trying to channel »

Going Postal Revisited

Featured image Anyone remember the phrase “going postal”? It arose from the spate in incidents starting in the 1980s when disgruntled former postal workers, in at least 11 separate incidents, returned to a postal facility and shot up the place, killing 35 people according to Wikipedia. The phrase became common currently for workplace violence which spread beyond post offices, and sometimes the phrase was used casually, as in “I just might go »

Civil War on the Left, Part 61: Identity Politics Dilemmas

Featured image This is one of those blogging equivalents to Hannibal Smith on the “A-Team,” who liked to sign off with, “I love it when a plan comes together!” In this case, I get to say, “I love it when a ‘Civil War on the Left’ entry writes itself.” This, from Robert Kuttner at the left-leaning American Prospect: Race, Class, and Loyalty. Ayanna Pressley, 44, is a respected African American member of the »

Making the Trans Run on Time

Featured image Back during the good old days of the Cold War, Robin Williams had a joke that ran: “I really want to see sex made an Olympic sport, just to see what the East Germans come up with.” Back in those days, it was widely understood that East German athletes not only used performance-enhancing drugs, but in a few cases it was speculated that some of East Germany’s “women” athletes were »

The Week in Pictures: Fearful Summitry Edition

Featured image William Blake wrote of “fearful symmetry,” but right now in Washington everyone is fretting about “fearful summitry,” as the Trump-Kim Summit (Kim Jong Un, not Kim Khardashian, but you can understand the confusion) is hard upon us. Sometimes I can’t tell whether Trump is deliberately trolling everyone with comments such as he made Thursday that he didn’t need to prepare much for the summit because it was more about attitude. »

Tuckered Out

Featured image I am off very early tomorrow morning—absurdly early—to catch a flight to Denver to make a brief appearance Saturday afternoon at the Western Conservative Summit, where I know a few Power Line readers will be in attendance. And I’m worn out after a long week that included a quick road trip down to Los Angeles to tape a quick segment for Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News about my Wall »

Salute to Charles K

Featured image Scott has noted the sad news from Charles Krauthammer, which comes hard on the shocking earlier news of the morning of the apparent suicide of Anthony Bourdain. I had heard that Charles’s recovery from surgery several months ago was going poorly, and that the prognosis was not good. But as he explained in his note today, he’s had an amazing full life, and I know he has confided to close »