Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”

Featured image I had to do a double shot to make sure that this headline really came from CBS News: The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth Not a half-truth, a semi-myth, a sort of small lie. A “complete myth.” Just take in the lede: According to all the media headlines about a new White House report, there’s still a big pay gap between men and women in America. The report »

Heh: House of Bricks, Indeed

Featured image Everyone waiting to binge-watch the next installment of House of Cards next week ought to satisfy himself in the meantime with this four-minute Sesame Street parody.  (I didn’t know Sesame Street was still on, and for the record, in my opinion the original British House of Cards from 25 years ago was better, and when is someone going to make the American version of Yes, Prime Minister?  What’s that you »

The Appalling Hypocrisy of Obama and Hillary

Featured image Yeah, I know, a headline about liberal hypocrisy is not exactly a man-bites-dog story, but I understand some starlet at the Oscars last night (I didn’t watch, for about the 30th year in a row) bleated about inequality in wages between men and women. I wonder if she’s had a look at womens’ wages in Obama’s White House, or in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Mark Perry has done the work »

The Jihadi Jobs Program

Featured image Thanks to Doug Giles of ClashDaily, we have seen some of the early job applications for Marie Harf’s jobs-for-jihadis program run through the Obama State Department. Maybe, as one application helpfully suggests, they will call this “Be-Head Start.”  At least for the youth brigades.  No word yet on whether these jobs will pay higher than minimum wage, which I hears is 72 of some currency.  Also no word yet how »

Striking a Nerve With the Nerviest

Featured image Rudy Giuliani’s skepticism regarding Barack Obama’s true sentiments about America seems to have struck a raw nerve among liberals. Which means he’s surely on to something. At the very least, shouldn’t some reporter ask Obama or his crew about Michelle’s famous remark from 2008 that “for the first time” she was proud of her country? Just what was her attitude, or the causes of her relatively lower lack of pride »

Some Minorities Are More Equal Than Others?

Featured image If you break into admission statistics to elite colleges and universities you discover a pattern of “disparate impact” (as the civil rights term of art goes) against Asians. It appears Asians are being actively discriminated against just as Jews were for decades. The New York Times reported in November: To get into the top schools, they need SAT scores that are about 140 points higher than those of their white »

“She evidently had a baton in her knapsack”

Featured image Back in the fall we inducted Richard Morgan of Bowdoin College into the (temporarily dormant) Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series. When Dick passed away from cancer a few months later, we were flattered that the local Brunswick paper chose Power Line’s photo of him to use in their obituaries. We had done the “Who Reads Power Line?” segment with him quite hastily on the spur of the »

Apparently More Climate Chakras Need Releasing

Featured image What is it with the leading climatistas like Al Gore? Now it turns out that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s IPCC, is in a bit of hot water for his, um, urges: UN Climate Panel Chief Pachauri Booked for Sexual Harassment (Bloomberg) — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based »

The Week in Pictures: Harfing Biden Edition

Featured image Oh my goodness, after a week like this, we almost need two photo/cartoon/meme spreads.  This week’s is without doubt the biggest and most politically incorrect Week in Pictures ever, and that’s before you get to the special video bonus for folks shivering to death in half the country from global warming climate change.  And what’s up with Vice Groper Joe Biden?  Is he planning on a post-Obama career in the »

A KDS Update

Featured image KDS stands for “Koch Derangement Syndrome,” and it is known to cause politicians to engage in all manner of self-flagellation, most especially Harry Reid. There are two stories out today suggesting Reid is going to want to punch himself in the mirror even harder than he did at Christmas following the Dems’ 2014 midterm wipeout. The Washington Times reports today that Democratic Party strategists have concluded that their Koch obsession »

Classics Revisited: A Shot of Oakeshott

Featured image I think it was nearly three years ago that I wrote a series that ought to have been called “Hayek Tuesday” (because I wrote most of these entries on Tuesday mornings following a Monday night class at the Ashbrook Center that semester based mostly on Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty), with excerpts and observations drawn from that great political thinker and Nobel Prize winner. Subsequently there have been brief serials here »

Drowning in An Ocean of Misinformation?

Featured image The oceans are dying, says . . . just about everyone. Well at least the New York Times, which reported last month that “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says.” And the Times never makes any factual mistakes; I checked to make sure this story wasn’t from Gail Collins. But to my amazement, there’s a broad study out in the latest issue of BioScience, a premier journal in the »

Announcing a New Term: “Harfing”

Featured image The term “Fisking” apparently originated with someone’s takedown of a really bad column by British journalist Robert Fisk about 10 years back.  I never read anything by Fisk, but this is what the Urban Dictionary says: The word is derived from articles written by Robert Fisk that were easily refuted, and refers to a point-by-point debunking of lies and/or idiocies.  So we need a similar term for debunking the serial »

The “New Left” Is Growing Old (and Senile?)

Featured image Somewhere the old social democrat Irving Howe wrote of his disgust with Tom Hayden and the New Left when it arose in the early 1960s, saying (if memory serves) after a contentious meeting with Hayden in New York that they were a bunch of “knowitall shits,” and writing in Dissent that the energy of the New Left was mostly “a gesture of moral rectitude.” Those New Left “gestures” of moral »

“It Could Be Worse for Obama. . .”

Featured image Of perhaps you can file this post under “If you’ve lost the Brookings Institution. . .” The center-liberal Brookings Institution reported last week on the range of surveys of presidential experts (mostly liberals one can safely assume) who rank Obama as no more than middling. But Brookings decided to do their own survey of academic political scientists, and some of it is rather brutal for The One: First, President Obama »

The High Cost of Energy Illiteracy

Featured image “Energy romanticism” is perhaps the single greatest intellectual failing of environmentalists—the dreamy view that we can generate 95 quads of energy with puppy dog treadmills, unicorn flopsweat, and of course their beloved wind and solar. (Of course, most enviros say “What’s a ‘quad’?” when I ask for even a cursory inventory of energy sources that would supply America’s annual energy use.) At the base of this is near total illiteracy »

Obamacare Benchwarmers Working the Refs Again

Featured image The Wall Street Journal mentions this morning that our now-socialized health care sector is filing panicked Supreme Court briefs in the upcoming King v. Burwell case that emphasize not legal arguments but the disruption to their business model if Obamacare’s state subsidies are struck down. In other words, they mostly submitted policy briefs to the Supreme Court—not legal briefs. I wonder if their lawyers gave them the appropriate policy wonk »