Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Time for a Border Fence—For Canada?

Featured image It turns out that the Manitoba Herald newspaper does not exist (at least not since 1877), nor is there a real journalist named “Clive Runnels,” and this story is four years old, but aside from that, I thought this was worth passing along while we await Emperor Obama’s immigration decree tomorrow: Canadians: “Build a Damn Fence!” From The Manitoba Herald , Canada ; “Reported” by Clive Runnels The flood of American »

If You Like Your Utility Rates, You Can Keep Your Utility Rates

Featured image When the EPA announced in June its proposed climate change regulations that it admitted would do nothing about climate change, it also claimed that its aggressive restructuring of the American electric power sector would see cost reductions for consumers. You almost expected EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to say, “If you like your utility rates, you can keep your utility rates.” No one over the age of six, or not a »

Grubergate and the Romney Blowback [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Talk of running Mitt Romney again in 2016 has died down in the aftermath of the mid-term election, where so many potential candidates look a lot stronger now, but the last nail in the coffin of a Romney repeat is his connection with Jonathan Gruber.  The video below, put together by the Obama campaign in 2012, uses Gruber extensively to attack Romney (which, once again, shows that the White House »

Gruber Gets the Remy Treatment

Featured image Having reached my quota of “Hitler Learns About” parodies for this month, the only thing left is for the incomparable Remy Munasifi to step up with this video, complete with topical Bill Cosby and Lena Dunham references just for fun.  (Only 1:30 long.) »

Interstellar and the Climate-Culture War

Featured image Although I am a sucker for high concept sci-fi movies (I actually made my mother take me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at Grauman’s Chinese Theater the Cinerama* in Hollywood when I was just 10 years old—I think I understood it better then than I do now), I haven’t seen Interstellar yet, so there won’t be any spoilers in this post. Instead, I’m spoiling for a fight about how the »

Delusional Democrats

Featured image Yes, I know—the headline is redundant. But it is part of a headline that appears in the New York Times today, in an interesting article that debunks a number of favorite Democratic theories and talking points. I thought the name of the author, novelist Kevin Baker, was familiar, and sure enough, he wrote a nasty review of my first Age of Reagan volumes in Harper’s magazine way back in 2002. »

The Week in Pictures: The Amnesty and the Ecstasy Edition

Featured image So, executive amnesty for illegal aliens next week, eh?  And a veto of a Keystone pipeline, eh?  Is Obama now trying to shoot the moon—become the most unpopular president ever? Is the bubble around the White House that bad, as Peggy Noonan suggests in her Saturday WSJ column?  Starting to look like it.  And oh goody—we’re going to regulate the Internet now—under a statute written in 1934.  I’m sure Jonathan »

Hallelujah! Climate Salvation in Our Time!

Featured image The New York Times lead editorial today is headlined “A Major Breakthrough on Climate Change.” Naturally I was looking forward to the news that someone had at last developed a low- or non-carbon source of cheap energy that is quickly scalable for the whole world. What might this innovative breakthrough be? Algae-biofuels? The long-promised fusion breakthrough? A Back-to-the-Future style banana-peel powered DeLorean? No: the New York Times is heralding . »

We’re Saved: Dr. No Signs a Climate Agreement!

Featured image I still can’t get over the “Dr. No” attire of the APEC summit meeting, though it does fit Obama in a certain way. In any case, I’m enjoying the spectacle of Obama and his acolytes celebrating the piece of paper Obama has signed with the Chinese dictator assuring us climate peace in our time. Even Reuters can see through it: Nov 12 (Reuters) – The joint statement by the United »

Obama as Bond Villain?

Featured image So what’s up with the regional costumes for this year’s APEC meeting over in China?  The whole mob of world leaders look like a casting call for a remake of “Dr. No.”  But doesn’t Obama and everyone else know that Dr. No is Mitch McConnell’s job? »

Heckling the Catcall Narrative

Featured image John wrote sagely about the rumpus over the now infamous “catcall” video back on November 1, and our pal Christina Hoff Sommers weighs in with her own video commentary in her “Factual Feminist” series: »

Obese Government, and Other Fashionable Ideas

Featured image I’m just back from two long days getting back and forth from that great oasis of sanity, Hillsdale College, Michigan.  I was there for a conference on energy, and my lecture was entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Global Warming.”  A video will be available in the fullness of time, and I’ll post it here. And what do I find in the news upon my return?  Al »

Still More Troops to Iraq?

Featured image As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, Nobel Peace Prize update: Obama Says More Troops to Iraq Possible. We’re told that the 1,500 additional troops sent last week are for “training” purposes.  What difference will training make at this point, if all the training of the last decade failed so miserably?  The problem isn’t training: it’s that large numbers of Iraqi troops dropped their weapons and ran at the first sight »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 2

Featured image FWIW, here are some excerpts of my account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the larger currents around it from the Epilogue of The Age of Reagan, picking up right in the middle. One part of this at the end—that revolutionary politics are over—is clearly incorrect, though the “crisis on the Left” bit remains more true than ever: The material and structural factors [of the end of the »

Mayday Sends Out an S.O.S.

Featured image The other day in “Less, Lesser, Lessig” we outlined the embarrassment that is Harvard’s Larry Lessig and his super-ironic strategy of having a super-PAC to end all super-PACs. We noted that this media/academic diva was suddenly clamming up on his Mayday PAC election faceplant. Now he’s out with a defense of his strategy, as reported on recode.net, which notes: Not surprisingly, the Harvard Law professor got a tad upset earlier in »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 1

Featured image Today everyone is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the signal event of the end of the Cold War. I find that students today, all born after the demise of the Soviet Union, have a hard time grasping the depth and vividness of the conflict. The Cold War might as well be the Boer War, and the Berlin Wall is as hazy as Hadrian’s Wall. It »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »