Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Harry Jaffa on the Famous “Extremism” Speech

Featured image Paul noted yesterday the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous—or infamous—convention speech in 1964.  Has there ever been another convention speech before or since that is as well recalled for a single line?  Only William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech comes close. Harry Jaffa, who turns 96 in a few weeks, reflected some time ago about the famous line—”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”—and his role in »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured image I checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Last month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image It’s really hard to settle on the latest embarrassment for the climatistas (or “Thermageddonites”—hat tip to Lord Monckton). On the technical side, there’s an interesting article by a team of Indian scientists in the current Journal of Geophysical Research about climate models and their ability to predict future precipitation amounts on a regional basis.  This is important because it bears on the claim, repeated almost daily, that climate change will »

Headline of the Day

Featured image Can the killer rabbit be very long in coming?  Because this is the headline of the day, if not the year, from the Wall Street Journal: Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s And we all remember who was president when the 1970s spun fully out of control?  Anyway, in case you don’t have a WSJ subscription, here’s the lede: WASHINGTON—A convergence of security crises is playing »

Annals of Government Incompetence

Featured image In a neglected speech by Calvin Coolidge entitled “The Limitations of the Law,” given to the American Bar Association in 1922 (but not available online that I’ve been able to find), Coolidge offers the following observation on one of the inherent defects of the Progressive theory of the Administrative State: Under this weight [of ever larger government] the former accuracy of administration breaks down.  The government has not at its »

The “97 Percent” Straw Man Revisited

Featured image This past week was the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas.  As I was teaching my summer school graduate course at the Ashbrook Center in Ohio last week I wasn’t able to attend, but you can take in videos of most the sessions here. We’ve commented here before about the climatistas’ dishonest, bad faith argument that “97 percent of scientists ‘believe’ in climate change,” as »

Are Journalists Starting to Figure It Out? (Chapter 2)

Featured image The answer is still probably No, as a close reading of today’s two samples will show. Power Line’s very favorite reporter at the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin (/sarc), is out with an article wondering whether Obama is essentially assuming the fetal position.  That’s not how she puts it; she says “running away,” and maybe we should go with the Monty Python refrain from Holy Grail.  Anyway, Eilperin: Bears, beer and »

The Week in Pictures: Run for the Border Edition

Featured image There’s a race on for the biggest political failure of the month, with stiff competition between the border chaos and Obama’s general failure and Hillary’s ongoing book fiasco.  But really, what’s with Obama and the guy with the horse’s head mask?  And did the dude get it at Hobby Lobby?  (And could they please put it in his bed next time, or will he suspect Michelle?)  Jimmy Carter’s attack rabbit »

Reaganpalooza

Featured image The Reagan Library and Foundation has posted online a complete video of the panel discussion I was kindly invited to be part of on June 5, the 10th anniversary of Reagan’s passing, chaired by Peggy Noonan and including journalist/biographer extraordinaire Lou Cannon, Michael Duffy of Time magazine, and fellow Reagan biographer Craig Shirley.  (James Baker was in the audience and spoke at lunch; at one or two places you’ll see »

Why Jimmy Carter Is Smiling Right Now

Featured image During those wonderful decades when the great Chick Hearn called LA Lakers basketball games, whenever the Lakers had a game in the bag in the 4th quarter, Chick would let fly with favorite formula: “This game’s in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’!” You can start saying that about Obama’s presidency.  Or, if you »

Trust Us, We’re Scientists

Featured image So if the scientific establishment is so robust and full of integrity and credibility, how does this happen: This scientific journal just had to retract 60 papers One of the biggest cases of scientific misconduct in history was uncovered this week. On July 8, scientific publisher SAGE announced that it was retracting a whopping 60 scientific papers connected to Taiwanese researcher Peter Chen, in what appears to be an elaborate work »

The World Cup Week in Pictures: Holy Cow!

Featured image So it’s Argentina versus Germany in the final.  I’ll naturally defer to Paul handicapping how the two teams match up on the field in the conventional way, but if we consider the matter theologically, Germany has to be favored for a simple reason: The retired German Pope (Benedict) is philosophically and theologically superior to Pope Francis.  While you’d think God would be neutral between his two living Popes, I say »

Are A Few Journalists Starting to Figure It Out?

Featured image Looks like maybe a few journalists are starting to resent being the palace guard for Obama.    Yesterday a group of journalists transmitted the following letter to the White House, reproduced here in full but omitting all of the signatories at the bottom: President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C July 8, 2014 Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic »

Wednesday Morning Notes

Featured image Germany by a touchdown?  I suppose that’s what happens when you have all those old Panzer divisions hiding out in the jungle in Brazil for all these decades.  Maybe the Germans really are the mas–. . . never mind, better not go there.  I’m reading Paul’s posts with keen interest right now, since he obviously has real mastery of this subject.  Heck, I might even tune in to a game. »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment—Not The Usual

Featured image Today’s New York Times (sigh) carries an article from Justin Gillis wringing has hands about what do about climate change—especially methane emissions.  But take in the second sentence of his lede very slowly and carefully: Climate scientists long ago settled among themselves the question of whether human emissions of greenhouse gases are a problem, concluding that we are running some grave risks. But the field still features vigorous debate about »

Media Alert: Tomorrow’s Final Lineup

Featured image Media update: Okay, the lineup is set for my turn tomorrow morning as guest host for Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio show (6 – 9 am EDT). In the first hour I’ll have on Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (gee–I wonder what our topic will be?); in hour 2, I have on Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, to talk about his efforts to wrest control of »