Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Allen Weinstein, RIP

Featured image One of the things Hugh Hewitt likes to do when he has a liberal journalist or thinker on his radio show—especially a younger one—is to ask first, “Do you think Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy?” He does this for two reasons. First, to test historical literacy. It is amazing how many young liberals know nothing of the Hiss case, and as such this question is a good proxy for »

The Week In Pictures: Trumped-Up Edition

Featured image Donald Trump! The Donald! Duck! Yup, Donald Duck would be a more credible candidate.  I’ve got it—the perfect ticket: Trump-Dolezal 2016! Think of it as a pigment of your imagination. Who knew that Rachel Dolezal would keep on giving so generously. I hope she gets her “reality” show, since she clearly has no grasp on reality. Seems to be a pervasive problem on the left these days. In fact, why »

Liberal Hypocrisy in Two Tweets

Featured image Not sure who caught this, but it does convey why no one should ever take Salon.com seriously: »

All We Are Saying Is Give Bernie a Chance!

Featured image I’ve been wondering from the beginning how serious Sen. Bernie Sanders is about running for president. Is he raising money (supposedly yes, $6 million so far, which is barely an ante in a presidential campaign), hiring staff, and—most importantly—organizing serious campaigns in caucus states and elsewhere? Is he doing the legwork to get on primary ballots as a Democrat? Or is this just a vanity project, a way of raising »

Obama’s Howler

Featured image Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us: Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France Genildo »

The Best #TBT Ever

Featured image Those of you who inhabit Facebook may be acquainted with the practice of “Throwback Thursday,” where typically you post old photos of yourself or something. Well, I have the ultimate Throwback Thursday item for today. I spent most of today going through a treasure trove of Harry Jaffa papers. Found this: a 1952 mash note to Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Jaffa had quoted as the frontispiece to his great first »

“Earth First! We’ll Drill the Other Planets Later”

Featured image That’s the snarky bumper sticker I recall from the late 1980s and early 1990s when the monkey wrench gang known as Earth First! was in its heyday. Why not: Earth First’s unofficial motto was “Back to the Pleistocene!” The perfect slogan, I thought, for reactionary environmentalism. I’ve been meaning for a while to make note of the total collapse of one of liberalism’s most dear clichés about energy: that the »

A Grab Bag of Things

Featured image I’m on the road today and tomorrow doing some archival research for a book project, so postings will be light. But here are a couple of placeholders in the meantime: • I’m working on several energy and climate items, but for the moment it is worth noting that the indispensable Energy Information Administration (EIA) has produced an independent assessment of the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Tomorrow

Featured image For early risers, I’ll be on the Bill Bennett show tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 8:05 eastern time, to talk chiefly about the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change. We’ve mentioned it here before and will be again, but for the meantime, take in Bjorn Lomborg in USA Today on what’s wrong with what we know so far about the forthcoming encyclical: But the Pope after his letter is officially published, »

“. . . She’s Laura Linney White!”

Featured image The good folks at Comedy Central did not disappoint in their handling of the Rachel Dolezal scandal. Jon Stewart strives mightily to turn it into an attack on Fox News, but unconvincingly. The far better takedown came from Larry Whitmore, formerly The DailyShow‘s “senior black correspondent” before he got his own show. His segment was called “Crazypants White Lady Pretends to Be Black,” and it pretty much explodes all the »

Jesus Christ, Climate Scientist

Featured image So the imminent Vatican encyclical on climate change has leaked out, and it sounds from news accounts as though Pope Francis is going all-in with the climatistas.  (If you read Italian, here it is in a PDF.) We’ll wait for the final draft (what leaked may or may not be the final version) to appear in translation for a full verdict, but for now the news sent me running to »

Hunt vs. Dolezal (Updated)

Featured image In my “Who Turned the Crazy Machine Up to 11” post last Friday, I noted the breaking stories of Rachel Dolezal, the race-hustling Social Justice Warrior of Spokane, and Tim Hunt, the University of London Nobel Prize winning biologist, who told a bad joke of why he doesn’t like women in scientific labs.  Hunt has lost his job over making his bad joke, as though he was a member of »

Happy Birthday, Magna Carta

Featured image Today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the first Magna Carta.  There was more than one “Magna Carta” from those olden times, with later versions being perhaps more legally significant—I once got to see an original King Edward Magna Carta owned privately by a collector in Australia—but the first one was the most politically important. To contemporary readers, there are some odd parts to the first Magna Carta, »

More Blues for the Greens

Featured image Now matter how many greenbacks the government throws at “green” energy, everyone ends up feeling blue. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal updated the story we’ve been covering for a long time now about the dismal performance of the Brightsource solar energy array in the California desert: High Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver $2.2 Billion California Project Generates 40% of Expected Electricity By Cassandra Sweet Some costly high-tech solar power »

The Week in Pictures: Special Dolezal Bonus Edition!

Featured image If The Daily Show isn’t working up a total smashup segment on the Dolezal scandal then Jon Stewart ought not to show up for work Monday. In the meantime, the Internet meme generators are doing Stewart’s work for him, though these pics came in too late to make the main “Week in Pictures” feature this morning. »

Time for Sachs to Get Sacked

Featured image If there’s anybody who can rival Paul Krugman and Tom Friedman for knowitall smugness, it’s Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs. We’ve taken note before of Sachs’s high self-regard (here and here) and even praised him once for taking down Krugman. Last month he wrote in the Catholic magazine America that his fondest hope for Pope Francis’s upcoming fall visit to the United States is that the Pope will try to »

The Cost of Liberalism

Featured image From today’s New York Times: West Baltimore’s Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar By Richard A. Oppel, Jr. BALTIMORE — From the steps of her New Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Rev. Lisa Weah looked down the block to the open-air drug market outside the bodega on the corner a few hundred feet away. The traffic there had been slowing until the chaos that followed the death of Freddie Gray on »