Author Archives: Steven Hayward

More on the Supreme Court vs the EPA

Featured image The Supreme Court’s stay of Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” yesterday is fairly unusual. But it may have come about because the EPA essentially dared the judiciary to stop it. Jonathan Adler has some useful observations up on this point at The Volokh Conspiracy yesterday: Looking back over the various stay applications, I suspect that the EPA’s arguments against the stay were undermined by the Agency’s own statements about the potentially »

Another Friendly Reminder of Peak Nonsense

Featured image I know I posted just yesterday the National Geographic cover (from back around 2006 or so) about the end of cheap oil, but I can’t resist doing so again today because of the headline this morning in the Wall Street Journal, posted right below: Heh. Remember this when the oil cycle moves up again, as it inevitably will at some point (though that point may be longer and slower in »

The 3 am Call at the DNC Tonight

Featured image The most astonishing thing about the result in New Hampshire tonight is not Bernie Sanders’s large margin of victory, but the exit poll result that showed a third of Democratic voters chose “honesty and trustworthiness” as the main thing that determined their vote. Sanders won these voters by a margin of more than 9 – 1. Clinton is finished. I’ll bet even Bill knows this. The DNC has to be »

Breaking: Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Climate Plan

Featured image This is huge. The Supreme Court, by a 5 – 4 vote, has just issued a stay of Obama’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” pending a full review of the case by a lower appeals court. ABC News reports: A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration »

The Spirit Of Dick Tuck Lives!

Featured image Dick Tuck is the legendary political prankster who, among other stunts, hired some pregnant black women to parade outside a Nixon rally in 1968 with signs bearing Nixon’s campaign slogan, “Nixon’s the one!” Tuck is still alive (at least according to the internet, so it must be true) but retired from political pranking. Or is he? He seems just like the person who’d come out of retirement for Bernie. Take »

The China Question

Featured image As we periodically ponder what is going on with China’s slowing economy, it might be worth stepping back to take in a more fundamental question. China’s fabulous growth over the last 25 years appears to call into question a favorite thesis of free marketeers such as Milton Friedman, namely, that in the long run you can’t have free markets and undemocratic government. You can for a while—think Chile in the »

William Tucker, RIP

Featured image Sad news yesterday of the passing of William Tucker, one of the great freelance journalists of our time. I didn’t know Bill especially well, but we spoke on the phone now and then, visited a few times in Washington, and were together just last September at an event at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, speaking about energy and environmentalism. I always learned something useful and original from him every time »

Dogging College PC

Featured image Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog takes on takes on campus political correctness, and this ten minute video, just out yesterday, is worth every second, because even the students who get the joke are clearly uncomfortable. And that’s before the police sketch artist shows up. Strong language and crudity warning! But it’s still really great: Did I mention it has strong language and lots of crudity? Sorry, but wasn’t it worth it? »

A Friendly Reminder

Featured image Remember: these are the same people who say that we know everything we need to know about climate change and how to fix it, and if you disagree you’re an immoral person and should shut up or be prosecuted and jailed: Matt Ridley wrote in the London Times yesterday (behind a paywall so forget a link): The shale revolution is the dominant reason for the fall. I know columnists are »

Jeb to Conservatives: Drop Dead

Featured image Back in September in “Bush League De-Regulation,” I took note of Jeb Bush’s Wall Street Journal op-ed about his views on regulation. I wondered whether he really understands the problem sufficiently, and concluded: This is another sign that Bush, as good as he is in many ways, is not good enough. He doesn’t get the full depths of the problem. Like his dad and older brother. Today, as reported by »

Monday Morning News Roundup

Featured image I was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers: From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer: U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct »

Sports for Politics’ Sake at the Washington Post [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Paul notes below the irrepressible reflexes of the Washington Post’s arts and entertainment coverage that often appears in their misnamed Style section (misnamed because its relentless politicization shows it has little style and no class). But apparently the problem extends to the Sports section as well. I don’t often take in the Post’s sports section any more, but this morning happened to find me in Washington, DC, where I made »

The Coming Hillary Meltdown?

Featured image Interesting tidings in the media the last 24 hours that suggest a smoldering volcano of Democratic discontent and near panic. The Democratic establishment has cleared the field for Hillary, and she’s having trouble putting away Bernie Sanders! If she can’t handle Bernie Sanders, how will she match up with a Republican nominee? Colbert King, a reliable liberal columnist at the Washington Post, sends out the message: Clinton email scandal: Why it »

The Week in Pictures: Happy Birthday, Gipper Edition

Featured image Today is Ronald Reagan’s 105th birthday, and we might well wonder, as Charles Krauthammer does in the first panel below, how it is that after the experience of the second half of the 20th century, we’d find ourselves with a substantial portion of the electorate pining for an openly socialist candidate, and a stealth socialist candidate in a pantsuit. I have my theories, but that’s for another post. On to »

Obama to Oil Companies (and Motorists): Drop Dead

Featured image One of the great things about being a leftist is that you never have to be consistent. Fossil fuels are too cheap!, we are constantly told, and their overuse is wrecking the planet. But when oil prices and gasoline pump prices soar, the left complains that the oil industry is gouging us. But when oil prices collapse and the pump price goes down, what does the left want? Higher taxes »

More Comedy from the Times

Featured image As I mentioned the other day, standup comedians employ what they call “runners,” which are themes and punch lines they set up for recurrent laughs. Think of Jerry Seinfeld’s “did you ever notice. . .” or “not that there’s anything wrong with that” schtick. Only days after the New York Times pranked us with their endorsement of John Kasich for the GOP nomination, they have returned with another of their »

Jimmy Carter Endorses Ted Cruz!

Featured image Well not really, but as with Damon Linker’s article attacking Marco Rubio, it reads like high praise of Cruz indeed. Speaking earlier today in London, old peanut brain said that if he had to choose, he preferred Donald Trump because Trump is more “malleable.” Here’s the report from The Mirror: “If I had a choice of Republican nominees, between Cruz and Trump, I think I would choose. Trump – which »