Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Bathroom Wars Edition

When people used to say that the country is going down the toilet, they had no idea how literally this would turn out to be. I was sure, 48 hours ago, that I we could see the winning ticket for November: Trump-Schilling 2016! Then Trump had to go flub the issue totally, apparently reverting to those New York Values. Pretty clean the new mission of the conservative movement is to »

Happy Earth Day!

In all the excitement today (Fox Business News appearance this morning, then graduation ceremonies on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu for the 2016 class at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy), I almost forgot that it’s Lenin’s birthday Earth Day! Actually Earth Day has become quite a bore, and the sheer repetition of reminding folks of the invincible ignorance and malice of environmentalists is equally tiresome, but »

Cruz’s Take on Hillary’s War Room [Updated by John]

Featured image This is an excellent, artful, humorous, and well-produced Cruz campaign video that skewers Trump and Hillary at the same time. I wonder if Zucker and Abrahams are behind this: »

Brain-Dead Conservatism? I Tried to Warn You

Featured image Both Tevi Troy, in Politico, and Matthew Continetti, in Commentary, are out with articles in the last few days about the estrangement between the conservative intellectual movement and the political class. Continetti writes in “The Coming Conservative Dark Age“: Lately, though, it’s seemed as if the process by which William F. Buckley legitimized American conservatism has gone into reverse. . . As conservative media has proliferated, the authority of any one »

Photo of the Week

Featured image Talk about strange bedfellows: This is Cornel West and Robert P. George—Princeton’s conservative—holding Harriet Tubman’s Bible: And here’s Robbie being sworn in as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by Chief Justice John Roberts while West holds the Tubman Bible: West may be a hard lefty (though a curious and occasionally interesting and independent-minded one—that’s why he hangs out with Robbie), but I’ll bet he doesn’t join »

Leftists Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20

Featured image After years of complaining that America’s paper money featured only dead white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill. You can practically hear them: “We didn’t mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing Republican black woman! We meant Angela Davis!” Take in someone who goes by the name “Feminista Jones” (described as »

Trump-Schilling 2016!

Featured image I think I have the winning ticket for Trump. He should immediately name legendary Boston pitcher Curt Schilling as his running mate. Schilling was fired from ESPN yesterday for stating what most Americans of common sense believe about . . . bathrooms. From the New York Times: ESPN Fires Curt Schilling Over an Offensive Social Media Post . . . The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and »

Four and Twenty

Featured image Several folks are wondering whether my previous post about the presidential prospects of the Dowager Countess of Chappaqua was written under the influence of some hallucinogenic substance, and all I’ll say is that you should note the day on the calendar, which gives me the excuse to post some memes that really can’t wait until Saturday:   Meanwhile, somewhere in Colorado: And this is the scene at the University of »

The Agony of the Democrats

Featured image It appears that it will be very difficult now to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination, and while something extraordinary could happen, like a serious third party candidacy or an indictment of Hillary, Trump’s nomination will assure the election of Hillary Clinton in November. That is cause for good cheer and optimism, for it will doom the Democrats. Hillary Clinton will take office with the highest unpopularity rating »

Waiting for Brexit

Featured image I haven’t had time yet to put together my thoughts on the upcoming vote on “Brexit”—the referendum in the U.K. on whether to drop out of the European Union (I say vote Yes on leaving), but for the moment we should take in the useful analysis of the defects of the EU on the old “Yes, Minister” series: »

Oh Goody—Another Energy Bill!

Featured image News out of Washington is that the Senate yesterday passed an energy bill—the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016! Hooray! We’re saved at last! (Assuming, that is, it passes the House, too.) I’m sure it will do at least as much as the energy bills of 2005 and 2007—you remember those, don’t you? It was the Energy Policy Act of 2005—1,725 pages long—that promised to deliver us “clean coal” and »

Peak Hoaxing?

Featured image Never mind the Whole Foods hate cake hoax, or the various campus hate crime hoaxes that happen almost daily right now. I think I may have spotted the greatest hoax against pretentiousness since Clifford Irving fooled the New York publishing industry with his Howard Hughes “autobiography”40 years ago. It’s called “Helena,” and it’s website opens with this: Helena is an organization of thirty global influencers who work together to achieve »

Whole Foods Hate Cake Update

Featured image Regarding our item yesterday on the supposed “hate cake” from the Austin, TX Whole Foods—yup, it was a complete fraud. Whole Foods has released the following security camera footage showing the complainant, the “Rev.” Jordan Brown, checking out with the cake at Whole Foods, where the top of the cake was clearly visible through the cellophane window (Brown turns up at the lower right late in this one-minute video). [UPDATE: »

The New Republic: The Unserious Bernie Sanders

Featured image I suppose I could file this and the previous item under our “Civil War on the Left” series. It’s not just the Washington Post; it’s also The New Republic (which I didn’t know still existed) attacking Bernie for his anti-nuclear power stance: There’s one issue on which Sanders has been hyperconsistently wrong. One yuuuuge-ly important, planet-saving, tiny little thing. It’s his irrational, evidence-free opposition to nuclear energy. Sanders—along with much »

Washington Post: The Unserious Bernie Sanders

Featured image The Washington Post editorial page yesterday took after Bernie Sanders for his childish views on energy, noting that if he had his way it would set back the cause of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Worth a sampling: CAN THE country do without nuclear power and natural gas? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) thinks so. But his position would set back the fight against global warming. . . he had already promised to »

Climate Egg on Their Face

Featured image Here’s another sign of the bankruptcy of both the climatistas and the liberals who fawn over “democracy” until the people don’t do exactly what they want. Science authorities in Britain put the naming of a new Arctic research ship to an online vote of the public. And the public chose—by a landslide margin—”Boaty McBoatface.” Which I suppose is better than “Big McLargehuge,” for you MST3K fans out there. Anyway, Her »

Resolving the Contradiction of “Progressivism”

Featured image Historians and political theorists have long puzzled over how to resolve the glaring contradiction of Progressive ideology—namely, that Progressive “reform” emphasizes greater “democracy,” and championed innovations like the direct election of Senators, the initiative and referendum, etc. Give the people what they want! Up with democracy! At the same time, Progressives also advanced the theory of government administration deliberately remote from politics and popular accountability—the Administrative State staffed by elite »