Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Fun Times in Ohio

Featured image Ohio.  Land of contrasts.  Or is that New Mexico?  Well it doesn’t matter.  All I know is, LeBron is back in Cleveland, James Traficant is still in prison (unless he was finally beamed up after all), my pals at the Ashbrook Center are rolling along (Ben Carson appearing there August 21), and the punch line of “What goes ‘clop, clop, bang’?” (answer: an Amish drive-by shooting) isn’t all that funny. »

Bibi at 28

Featured image The video below shows 10 minutes of a 28 year old Bibi Netanyahu (identified as Ben Nitay for some reason) appearing on the old PBS show “The Advocates” commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He handles Fouad Ajami quite easily.  Worth a look. »

The Week in Pictures: Snarknado Edition

Featured image The thought struck me watching the awesomely awful Sharknado 2 on Wednesday: Do we have the Obama presidency all wrong?  Could this really be the Sharknado presidency—so awful it’s good?  (That would help explain Joe Biden, wouldn’t it?)  He’s certainly accomplished one of his objectives—diminishing U.S. influence in the world.  Wonder if he’d like to have some of that back just now?  More likely he thinks his Sharknado performance is »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment & Green Weenie Award

Featured image Stiff competition for the biggest climate embarrassment of the week.  It could be the screenwriter of Sharknado 2, the improbably named Thunder Levin, who said on MSNBC that climate change could cause Sharknado to come true.  Said Levin: “You know we just felt it was time that the world was alerted to the perils of global warming and bio-meteorology, so it was just a matter of doing our research and »

Civil War on the Left, Part 9

Featured image Further to our occasional series about the civil war on the left (part 8 here), it is worth taking note of a new article by Paul Waldman in The American Prospect (one of the more smartly written lefty journals) entitled “Can Liberalism Survive Obama? Yes, It Can.”  I’ll skip over the obvious ironic mocking of the title, and proceed to some relevant excerpts: It isn’t hard to find discontent with »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Milton Friedman’s Birthday

Featured image It’s Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday today, and as such a good excuse for some reminders of his greatness, and a few pics that illustrate the economic divide of our time.  This is perhaps my favorite Milton Friedman quote, just as true now as when he first wrote it: “The society that puts [economic] equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end »

Breaking: The (Leftist) Billionaire Boys Club

Featured image This afternoon there’s an important update on the story of the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, the billionaire promising to spend $100 million on behalf of Democrats, and John’s long analysis of the Democracy Alliance. The Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have released a new report entitled The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and »

The Evil Empire Is Back

Featured image So Obama, ever the bright and prompt one when it comes to foreign affairs, has declared the Soviet Union Russia to be in violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty—Ronald Reagan’s famous “zero option.”  The violation occurred in 2009.  Guess it would have got in the way of that whole “reset” thing to have brought it up at the time. As it happens, I’m working on a new »

The Great War and Modern Memory

Featured image Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war on Serbia—the official beginning of hostilities of what became World War I.  There’s a ton of new books about the Great War (as it was called before the sequel caused a re-numbering), but in many ways my favorite remains Paul Fussell’s treatment of the literary legacy of the war from the 1970s, The Great War and Modern Memory. A few »

Who You Calling Extreme? [With Comments By John]

Featured image My old pal and occasional sparring partner Norm Ornstein and his trusty sidekick Tom Mann have been arguing for years now that our current political gridlock owes to the asymmetric extremism of Republicans.  And they have a chart to prove it! This chart, based on an analysis of roll call votes in the House, supposedly shows that Republicans have become more conservative while liberals have only nudged a wee little »

Inversion Therapy for Liberals

Featured image As we note here frequently—like yesterday, on the minimum wage—when it comes to economics liberals suffer from a severe case of cranial-rectal inversion. Liberalism’s latest trip to a tight dark place is over the issue of —irony alert— “inversions,” whereby American corporations buy foreign companies and “relocate” their headquarters to a foreign nation to lower their corporate income taxes.  Kind of like what rich northeasterners do when they retire and »

Remy Rings a Bell

Featured image The New York Times Magazine today carries a cover story about why math is hard, and perhaps that helps explain widespread economic illiteracy. Maybe the Times should do a sequel on this very topic, except that it might expose too many of its premier columnists (not mentioning any names of course). Anyway, most economists will tell you that your attitude about the minimum wage is a test as to whether you »

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

Featured image Ho-hum, another week, another loss for the Obama Administration in federal court (looks like still more work for Dread Pirate Roberts to sort out), another foreign crisis, another fundraising trip by Obama.  As Edna St. Vincent-Millay is reported to have said, “History isn’t one damn thing after another; it’s the same damn thing over and over again.”  Certainly is with the Obama White House. And finally, a special shout out »

The Eternal Spotlessness of the Sunshine Mind

Featured image In today’s climate news, those crazy people who are sometimes called “climate skeptics” have from time to time pointed at the bright yellow thing in the sky during the daytime and suggested that maybe it has something to do with the earth’s climate.  Noooooo, say the climatistas—it’s SUV emissions all the way down.  Shut up.  Because 97 percent! The Los Angeles Times, which proudly announced it would publish no more »

Are The Oceans Warming?

Featured image We’re reported previously (here and here, among others) about one of the leading explanations for the current lull in global warming climate change, namely, that the heat is going into the oceans—particularly deep in the ocean, where, convenviently for the climatistas, we have very little data—instead of the atmosphere.  It is a plausible hypothesis, and while there is some data to support ocean warming, it is very incomplete and over »

Today’s Silly News

Featured image Looks like someone has finally decided to strike back against the obnoxious French knights of Monty Python and the Holy Grail: British Inventor Builds Giant ‘Fart Machine’ to Fire at France Colin Furze, a plumber and inventor from Stamford, Lincolnshire, has begun building the biggest fart machine ever, which he plans to place on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim across the Channel towards France. His hope is »

Was Lois Lerner Transferred to the FAA?

Featured image It is quite clear that Lois Lerner was the designated political hit-person for Obama at the IRS, targeting Obama’s political opponents.  Could she have been transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration and no one was told? The question arises from the peculiar decision of the FAA to prohibit American air carriers from flying to Israel, now extended to a second day, despite there being no new incidents of rockets falling »