Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Whiskey and Freedom!

Featured image Our friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute have just this morning released a new seven-minute film, “I, Whiskey,” in which they remind us of the valuable principle that “the story of whiskey is the story of freedom. . . the classic American story.” Hear, hear. (The title is an obvious homage to the previous short film CEI produced of the classic Leonard Read essay, “I, Pencil.” Also worth a watch »

And Now for Something Completely Different

Featured image One of the great things about the internet is how it makes possible unofficial comedy (like the endless “Hitler Learns About. . .” parodies). Herewith Sunday night’s debate rendered as a musical number: And here, from the geniuses at Bad Lip Reading: Dirty dancing indeed. »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: The Pinnacle of Human Nature Denialism

Featured image It’s Monday, so it can only mean one thing: time to dive once again into the leading academic journals, this week NORA: The Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. Now for a while it has been clear that at the heart of the postmodern left is the denial of human nature, because once you admit that human beings have a nature, you have to admit to limits on human »

What If?

Featured image I started noodling on a few “What if” thoughts about this long election cycle the other day, but the one on my mind this afternoon is this: What if the electoral college actually worked the way the framers intended—as a gathering of eminent citizens who would pick a good man to be president, rather than a Byzantine mechanism merely for channeling a popular majority? Remember, in most states you aren’t »

What Now for Trump?

Featured image I’ve finally stopped smacking my head against my desk, and it does feel good to end the pounding. But the Trump Train Wreck is still happening. A few thoughts: I got a lot of Twitter traffic today (@stevenfhayward if you don’t already follow)—maybe the most ever—for recounting Ronald Reagan’s reaction to the news of Gary Hart’s sexual peccadillos in 1987: “Boys will be boys—but boys will not be president.” While »

The Week in Pictures: Creepy Clown Edition

Featured image A few years ago the great public panic was . . . shark attacks. Then we had Sharknado 1, 2, & 3, and the fear went away. Suddenly the national panic is over . . . creepy clowns. (I received a robocall last night from the local school district informing that the creepy clown scare is nothing to worry about. It’s come to that.) Oh, wait—it’s just the presidential candidates. »

Epic Greenfail of the Day

Featured image I hate to pile on the our earnest scientists trying to save the earth, and I’ve already given out a Green Weenie today, but this story is just too irresistible: Satellite tagging caused northwest orca’s fatal infection National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a male orca died due to an infection at the site where it had been satellite-tagged. An expert panel says a dart tag deployed on endangered Puget »

Green Weenie of the Week: Baseball Cranks

Featured image Back in 2007 Sports Illustrated that jumped on the climate change bandwagon with a cover mock up of a baseball player up to his thighs in water, because of sea level rise don’t you know. Now a new climate threat to baseball has been identified: More on-field brawls, and more home runs. I kid you not. From E&E Daily (subscription only unfortunately): Climate change is affecting more than just polar caps »

Another Environmental Epic Fail

Featured image As everyone who follows the dreary world of environmental politics knows, the great concern these days is with “environmental justice,” which is exactly what you think it is—an attempted fusing of the Edmund Pettis Bridge with the Cuyahoga River fire. So it is with a great deal of amusement that I see a new report from USC, UC Berkeley and Occidental College casts doubt on the effectiveness of California’s cap »

The Obama Years in One Chart

Featured image Obama’s approval ratings are doing fairly well these days—comfortably and consistently over 50 percent. This, while the number of Americans who say the country is on the “wrong track” is at or near an all-time high. One polling guru I know says that Obama’s good numbers owe to the fact that he looks good in comparison to Hillary and Trump, which makes sense. And also that the “wrong track” number »

Thanks Famous Actors!

Featured image I’m sure some of you saw the panicky video from a bunch of Hollywood celebrities last week telling us how important it is that we all register and (vote for Hillary) in November. It gave a whole new meaning to “A-List” actors, didn’t it? Well, as expected, someone has come along and replied with a nice parody: Also, this (language warning): »

Reviving Religious Tests for Public Office

Featured image Article VI of the Constitution contains the clause that reads, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This is was the first time that any nation had explicitly rejected religious discrimination (Britain under the Toleration Act still maintained numerous religious tests to be a member of the government.) Apparently Leo DiCaprio wishes to junk this provision of »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Skorting the Truth?

Featured image Back when the abomination of “Casual Friday” was degrading the professional workplace, I remember there was lively debate about whether “skorts” (would you believe there’s no Wikipedia entry for “skorts”?) met the guidelines for acceptable casual wear. Never fear, academia is here, 20 years late, offering this gem of analysis appearing in the journal Cultural Studies: Sporting a Skort: The Biopolitics of Materiality M. Katie Flanagan, Florida State University Abstract This »

Loose Ends (12)

Featured image • Can you imagine what the leaks to the media will be like from a Trump White House? Trump will probably be one of the biggest leakers. • As we call remember last year Yale University melted down over . . . Halloween costumes. This month the University of Wisconsin is taking steps to make sure no such thing happens on their campus, so the university’s Ethnic and Racial Studies »

The Week in Pictures: Pumpkin Spice Edition

Featured image It’s October, which means crisper days, baseball playoffs, more presidential debates, and—pumpkin spice. Maybe we can think of this as the pumpkin spice election, since one candidate is orange like a pumpkin. Some people love pumpkin spice; others find it an abomination. Make of that what you will. But it’s certain we get too much of it all. And finally. . . »

Does Trump Really Want to Win?

Featured image From the very beginning I’ve wondered whether Trump was really running for president thinking he’d be a real contender, or whether this was just a yuuuge business branding exercise. Because once again the Trump presidential campaign is looking more like a college frat prank that got out of hand. I thought that Trump’s Twitter feed had been brought under control, but in the middle of the night last night Trump »

Coming Soon: A New Dark Age?

Featured image Environmentalists always guffaw if you suggest they want us all to go back to living in caves, but the consequent logic of their practical positions certainly points that way. Consider these recent news stories: Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then The Sierra Club has adopted a position that would effectively require all electricity in Michigan to come from renewable sources such as wind »