Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Mid-Week in Pictures: Special DNC Edition

Featured image Yeah, there’s just too much piling up from the first 24 hours of the DNC, and I’m sure the last two days will offer even more material, so here’s a fillip for the meantime: And finally. . .  since the DNC is having trouble with the whole flag thing (never mind guns), let’s remind them how it’s done properly: »

Politically Incorrect Ad of the Year (Updated)

Featured image The good people of Canada who produce oil products from tar sands are high on the list of the left’s top environmental criminals. So it is rather delicious of Canada’s Oil Sands Community to rig up this ad for their Facebook page: Well, you can guess what happened next. All hell broke loose. From Canadian press account: “That poster was disgusting, fetishizing queer women and reducing the existence of lesbians »

Fuse Lit on the Pension Time Bomb, and the Next Tax Revolt?

Featured image One thing conspicuously missing from both party conventions is any talk of government debt and deficits. Even Democrats usually acknowledge grudgingly that our deficits are a time bomb waiting to go off, though this is usually in service of their Great White Whale obsession, which is to raise taxes on Great White Males. So it is with considerable interest that I note the increasing visibility of the real-time collapse of »

The Power Line Show, Episode 40: DNC First Reads, Scott Pumps Iron with Charlie Rangel, and Yuval Levin

Featured image Tune in for Episode #40 of the Power Line Show, which offers our reactions and analysis to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as well as reflections on Trump’s coronation last week; also, we rib Scott Johnson for running away to a Trump-branded health spa in Florida that did not offer Trump steaks, but did offer Scott the opportunity to exercise with legendary Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. Finally, »

Loose Ends, Convention Style

Featured image • There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »

The Wages of “Reform”

Featured image While the Democratic Party left is agitating to get rid of the unbound “superdelegates” that made it virtually impossible for Bernie Sanders to hope to overtake Hillary Clinton, I expect a move from Republicans to adopt the Democrats’ superdelegate scheme for the next election cycle, especially if Trump loses. But this is only a part of a larger story about our time, which is the dangerous weakness of party establishments. »

Academic Atrocity of the Week: I Have No Idea. . .

Featured image Even I, steeled as I am in academic absurdity, had to wonder whether this article from Qualitative Inquiry wasn’t a Sokal-style hoax: The A/Un/grammatical Child/hood/s and Writing Nature/Culture Edusemiotic Entangling With Affective Outside Encounters and Sustainability Events to Come Anne B. Reinertsen, Queen Maud University College,Trondheim, Norway Abstract This is about creating new ontologisations of sustainable child/hood/s and/as exceeding forms of contracts between generations through experimenting with bodily affects and »

The Chart-Topping DNC Email?

Featured image Lots of the DNC emails are getting scrutiny, but this one jumped out at me as the most revealing: And liberals wonder why we think they have a death wish and sympathize with our enemies. »

Kaine vs. Pence

Featured image I had no idea Mike Pence was such a reactionary. Consider some of his past positions, as reported by NR’s Jim Geraghty: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that marriage is a uniquely valuable institution that must be preserved.” “I supported reducing sales tax on food and prescription drugs. I supported tax reform that eliminated the marriage penalty, reduced everyone’s income tax, and took »

Let’s Pile On: Re-Create ’68?

Featured image The conventional wisdom about conventions was that the Republican convention would be a fraught and contentious affair, possibly with major protests in the street, while the Democratic convention would be a smooth affair now that Bernie had officially capitulated to Hillary. The first aspect of the GOP convention (contention in the hall) lived up to billing, but the protests fizzled out. As John notes immediately below, it now it looks »

Cyber-Watergate?

Featured image The release of the DNC emails provides lots of Schaednfreudtastic smiles at the expense of the criminal conspiracy that calls itself a political party, but if it is indeed the work of a foreign intelligence service (Russia most likely), then they probably have the RNC’s emails, too. Will they appear in due course? Perhaps this should be regarded as a cyber-Watergate: a political dirty trick aimed at helping one party »

Genderfication [With Comment by John]

Featured image Paul’s notice of the NBA’s grandstanding about North Carolina’s bathroom wars reminds me that I’ve neglected to flag the cover story I wrote for the Washington Examiner Sunday magazine late last month, entitled “The Genderfication of U.S. Politics.” It’s about 2,500 words long, but here is one key passage and the conclusion: The rejection of human nature is not just a strong skepticism or allowance for the diversity or mystery »

Fox News, But Hedgehog Principles

Featured image The most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a large audience for a news source that offered an alternative to the lockstep liberal TV network news bureaus. And that audience turned »

The Week in Pictures: Trumpnado Edition

Featured image Really, can there be any other plausible subject line for this week’s gallery? Trump proved Thursday night that he can go toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton at least for looonnng speeches. Is this what Trump state of the union addresses will be like if he is elected? Meanwhile, Hillary has picked Tim Kaine, who she hopes is able. Or as one friend put it, the Democrats are offering a ticket of »

Breaking: Mass Shooting in Munich Shopping Mall (Updated)

Featured image News is breaking in the last few minutes of a mass shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Early reports say as many as 10 people were killed, though CNN right now is reporting only one fatality. No word yet on whether a telltale religious slogan was uttered, but stay tuned. We’ll update this post as more details come in. Let’s keep in mind that Germany experienced the Germanwing »

Back to the Future?

Featured image From the Republican convention: Republican tariffs and immigration restrictions account largely for American wages being more than in any other country. Not only are our wages higher than in any other land, but American standards of living are far higher, hours of labor shorter and working conditions better than in any other nation. The object of a tariff is to benefit and protect our workingmen, from the lower wages, longer »

Meanwhile, Across the Pond. . .

Featured image While we await the summa of Trumpismo tonight, it’s worth a look across the pond at the early outings of Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May. I’d never heard of her before the Brexit vote, but at least two early moves look promising. First, she appointed Boris Johnson foreign secretary, which is more recondite punishment for John Kerry. Second, May has indicated her government will shut down or downgrade climate »