Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Today’s News in the Administrative State

Featured image Today may go down in history as one of the crucial turning points in the reversal of the Administrative State. The Supreme Court is hearing Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy, where the issue of whether administrative law judges beholden to executive agencies, rather than bona fide Article III judges and juries at trial, can decide whether or not patent property rights deserve protection. The Wall Street Journal editorial page has a »

A Visual Lesson in Energy Density

Featured image I normally try to stay away from posting complicated charts and graphs, for the simple reason that they are hard to decode. But the chart below, from Max Roser, the project director of the terrific “Our World in Data” site housed at Oxford University, is just too brilliant not to pass along. It shows in two panels how pathetic is the energy contribution of wind and solar power, and why »

The Millennial Job Interview

Featured image People often ask how the tender, safe-spaced, and cosseted “millennials” are going to fare in the real world. Fortunately we don’t have to wonder any longer: Daniel Brea of LA Reel House has put together this short video of how a job interview with the typical millennial might go. Looks accurate to me! »

The Sex Harassment Scandal Goes International

Featured image The elevation of sexual harassment to the pole position of current media-political concern may have actually begun overseas before it snowballed here with l’affaire Weinstein. I didn’t follow the story closely, but I do recall a few years ago that the prominent and beloved television host Jimmy Savile over in the UK was revealed to have been a Weinstein-scale pedophile of long standing—sort of a Brit version of Charlie Rose »

The Gathering Storm in the Western Pacific

Featured image The South China Morning Post, one of the favorite go-to sources for my old professor of grand strategy Harold Rood, had an interesting article about China and North Korea a couple days ago—and notice how even the Post headline editors aren’t buying the official story: Main link between China and North Korea to be cut when Friendship Bridge closes ‘for repairs’ The closure of the Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge in »

The Week in Pictures: Pervnado Edition

Featured image The cascade of sexual harassment charges against liberal grandees has become dizzying. I fully expect that when the details of settlements by members of Congress eventually come out—and they will come out—it will include a number of Republicans as well as Democrats. But so far the problem seems disproportionately to occur among liberals in the media and Hollywood. Gee, I wonder if there’s a connection? Headlines of the week: And »

Will We Ever Be Rid of Hillary?

Featured image Don’t say I haven’t been warning you that Hillary Clinton’s desire for the White House is akin to Gollum’s obsession with the One Ring of power.  If you need some weekend amusement, check out Salon‘s case for Hillary in 2020: 1. Hillary Clinton is the Winston Churchill to Vladimir Putin’s Adolf Hitler. I agree with the basic principle of Godwin’s Law: The first person to invoke Hitler in a political »

Feel Good Headline of the Day

Featured image From the most unlikely of places—The Guardian. Savor this one for all of its yummy schadenfreude: Trump’s judicial picks: ‘The goal is to end the progressive state’ . . .  The makeup of America’s judges is quietly becoming the site of one of Trump’s most unequivocal successes: nominating and installing judges who reflect his own worldview at a speed and volume unseen in recent memory. Trump could conceivably have handpicked »

A Very Power Line Thanksgiving

Featured image It was a balmy 72 degrees out here on the left coast today, so that meant I had to grill a turkey, and wash down the whole thing with a first course of McPrice-Myers 2014 Viognier, followed by a Sea Smoke 2013 Pinot Noir “TEN.” (And the “TEN” is not the bottle price. Believe me, as Trump might say.) People have been saying I should do more cooking/grilling/wine videos, so here’s »

The Conyers Conundrum for Democrats

Featured image There are starting to be calls coming from House Democrats for Rep. John Conyers to resign over the allegations of sexual harassment, with the principal reason being that he paid a dodgy settlement (who pays severance to a “temporary employee”?) out of his office account, rather than through the House Office of Compliance, where the other $15 million in settlements have been paid out.  This seems to be a rather »

Profiles in Liberal Condescension

Featured image Ironically, once upon a time liberals loved Winston Churchill, while many conservatives didn’t much care for him. Go back to the 1950s and you’ll see encomia to Churchill from Arthur Schlesinger and Isaiah Berlin (among others), and let’s not forget how much John F. Kennedy loved Churchill, and was disappointed he couldn’t lure Churchill to the White House on Churchill’s last visit to the U.S. in 1961. Meanwhile, many conservatives »

Today in . . . What the Hell?

Featured image Just when you think things can’t get any weirder, they do: GOP rep apologizes for lewd photo shared on Twitter Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is apologizing for not using “better judgment” after a nude photo of him surfaced on social media earlier this week, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday. Barton’s acknowledgement that he appears in the photo emphasizes that the women he was involved with in the past, one of whom may have shared the photo, were above the »

The Diversity Fraud, Apple-Style

Featured image Remember our items about how Apple Corp. fired its black vice president of diversity for saying white people could actually be diverse, too? Well, guess what? The story gets even crazier. I’ll just let this pitch perfect report Michael Harriot from The Root tell it: I am not saying that God, the universe, Rihannayoncé or whoever you worship as a higher power is petty, but in one of the most »

Today in Sexual Harassment

Featured image So, who is it going to be today? I think we need a poll where everyone can vote his or her preferences/predictions: »

The Corruption of the Climatisatas

Featured image Here’s a paradox that few people in the fawning green media seem to perceive: the more serious you think the problem of global warming may be in the future, the more farcical and unserious are the policy prescriptions of the “climate change community.” In fact I’ll go further: if perchance we do experience catastrophic, man-made global warming many decades from now, historians will look back and blame the environmental community »

Today in Sexual Harassment

Featured image I didn’t think the morning news that Melissa Gilbert has accused Oliver Stone of sexual harassment way back in 1991 (I’d kinda forgotten who Melissa Gilbert is, and Oliver Stone is best forgotten on general principle), but then I saw the news that came out later that Pixar’s major creative force, John Lasseter, is “taking a leave” from the animation powerhouse because of the usual problem: John Lasseter, the head »

Loose Ends (31)

Featured image • The Financial Times has an interesting article on Chinese universities, and especially how the authoritarian regime would like to exert better control over foreign-funded universities and branch campuses. The government is going to place trusted Communist Party members on the board of trustees on all these joint-venture universities, and make them vice chancellors as well. This passage in particular stands out: “This changes the nature of the game and »