Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Touche to Hollywood

Featured image We’ve taken note here before of the clueless presumptuousness of Hollywood celebrities endlessly lecturing the American people, the Electoral College, and then Congress about their “duty” to stop Trump from becoming the duly elected 45th president. But no one has quite nailed the pretentiousness of the Hollywood enterprise better than our friends at Town Hall, who offer up this perfect 1:15 long parody of the Hollywood harpies: »

Reforming Intelligence (2)

Featured image Further to our item here yesterday on Trump’s apparent inclination to reform (or punish) the intelligence community, it’s worth looking back to another of Herbert Meyer’s reflections on the problems of intelligence that he wrote ten years ago when controversy over a leaked National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of the Bush Administration was much in the news. Here Herb reflects on the inherent problem of the institutional biases of intelligence agencies, »

Can—Or Should—Intelligence Be Reformed? (1)

Featured image Today’s most interesting story may be Trump’s intention to “reform” our intelligence community because the office of the Director of National Intelligence has become too bloated and politicized. The Wall Street Journal account says: One of the people familiar with Mr. Trump’s planning said advisers also are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out »

The Most Epic “Epic Media Fail” of All Time?

Featured image Put your cup of hot coffee far away from your keyboard before you read on. The Washington Post puts out a tabloid for Metro riders called Express, and here is its cover for the current issue: I may not be able to get any work done for the rest of the day I’m so convulsed with laughter. In fact I am dictating this post from flat on my back on »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Night at the Museum

Featured image Ben Stiller, call your agent! We’ve found the perfect idea for a script for Night at the Museum 4. From the Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research: Museums and Feminist Matters: Considerations of a Feminist Museology Arndís Bergsdóttir, University of Iceland Abstract This article speaks to a post-human feminist museology. It argues that considerations of a feminist museology would benefit from engaging with post-human feminist dialogues currently unfolding within »

Noam Chomsky Endorses Republicans!

Featured image You can always count on Noam Chomsky to get everything completely wrong, so his recent remarks on the outcome of the election cheered me greatly: On Nov. 8, the most powerful country in world history, which will set its stamp on what comes next, had an election. The outcome placed total control of the government—executive, Congress, the Supreme Court—in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most »

The Real Housewives of ISIS?!?!

Featured image I can’t believe this sketch was actually broadcast by the BBC—state-run media!—in Britain.  If it was broadcast here in the U.S., CAIR would have a cow give birth to piglets. I understand the comment threads and Twitter in the UK are blowing up (figuratively speaking of course). Definitely video of the week (only 1:45 long): »

Liberals Shocked to Discover Virtues of Limited Government

Featured image It’s always cute when liberals re-discover the virtue of constitutionally limited government. Strange, though, that it only seems to happen when there’s a Republican president. The correlation here comes in at the statistically significant .95 level, though anyone versed in situational ethics needn’t consult a statistician to recognize the phenomenon or understand its cause. The latest case in point is an article in the current issue of the lefty journal »

Judith Curry Bids Adieu to Academia

Featured image One of my failings here is not bringing regular attention to the important work of Prof. Judith Curry of Georgia Institute of Technology, and her terrific website Climate, Etc. Prof. Curry was the chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and was for a long time a member in good standing of the so-called “consensus” on climate change. Her CV shows a long list of accomplishments and »

The Trans-Train Trolls On

Featured image Readers might recall that I caused a bunch of trouble during my year at CU/Boulder for a post here on Power Line about not being able to keep up with the protean gender-identity acronyms (though that was nothing compared to Wesleyan University). In any case, I’ve been trumped surpassed. The Spectator of London offered up this story a little while back: Why be LGBT when you can be LGBTIQCAPGNGFNBA? By Matthew »

Preview: Varieties of Constitutional Originalism

Featured image Anyone who would like to get a head start on a certain book that is being published next month (and which you can pre-order now, right here!—hint, hint) can find an excerpt in the new issue of National Affairs under the title “Two Kinds of Originalism.”  This is adapted from Chapter 7 of the book, which is sure to sell out (so order early). The complete book chapter is longer »

Watch the New Yorker Crash and Burn

Featured image The oh-so-clever New Yorker has a cartoon in its current issue that is getting a lot of much deserved mockery: If airline pilots had as many catastrophic crashes, not to mention clueless navigation, as our political class, then this cartoon would actually make perfect sense. It’s almost as if the New Yorker was ironically intending to validate the infamous Flight 93 election article. But to a superficial liberal, I’m sure »

Media Mumbles

Featured image So when did the Washington Post hire Emily Litella as an editor? Having reported a couple days back that those evil Rooskies, who were never much of a threat during the Cold War remember, had hacked the power grid in Vermont!, the Post now says—never mind! Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation By Ellen Nakashima and Juliet Eilperin As federal »

It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World Out There. Oh, Wait

Featured image I sometimes wonder whether Disney movies featuring talking animals are responsible for the sentimentalization of nature at the heart of popular environmentalism. Case in point is the recent video everyone is going nuts over featuring a polar bear “petting” a dog (35 seconds): The Washington Post reports that “The man who shot the video praised the bear for showing ‘that kind of heart toward another animal.'” Now, if you have any sense at »

An Overdose for Koch-heads

Featured image Politico has a curious story out about how Donald Trump a few days ago ejected from his Palm Beach golf course Harry Hurt, who wrote critically of Trump 20 years ago. Now, this might be just another tale in the long roster of evidence of Trump’s thin skin or vindictiveness, but for one important detail: Hurt was playing in a foursome with David Koch (cue evil sinister music now if »

Has Liberalism Ruined College Football Bowl Season? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Anyone who watched either of yesterday’s BCS “playoff” games has to come away with disgust for whoever came up with the scheme to have a faux college football championship. Washington played creditably against Alabama for much of the game though the result never seemed much in doubt, but Ohio State didn’t even belong on the same field with Clemson. The Buckeyes took more black eyes than Rhonda Rousey in a »

Slow Learner in Germany?

Featured image Looks like Angela Merkel may be starting to get it. From the BBC: Merkel: Islamist terror is ‘greatest threat’ to Germany Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message. Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was “sickening” when acts of terror were carried out by people who had sought protection. »