Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The New Republic @100: R.I.P.

Featured image The venerable New Republic turned 100 this year, and despite its ups-and-downs over the decades (such as being virtually pro-Soviet for a time in the late 1940s under the Communist editor and KGB agent Michael Straight), it was an important publication for thoughtful liberalism. It does not appear the magazine will make it to its 101st birthday, at least not in any recognizable form that a serious person will ever »

Corporate Good Guy of the Week: Koch Industries

Featured image Most big businesses that decry “big government” and “Washington interference” also lobby heavily for favorable tax treatment and anti-competitive regulations.  So it is worth noting that Koch Industries (cue evil mustache-twirl music now if you are a mindless liberal) is publicly arguing right now to let expire all of the “temporary” tax “extender” measures that Congress likes to roll over every year and that benefit a number of Koch’s own »

Number 40,000 For Us!

Featured image According to our site stats, Scott’s post this morning, “Michael Ramirez—Call Your Office,”  was Power Line’s 40,000th post since the start of the site in 2002. According to our archives, this was the very first post from May 2002: Notwithstanding the political ads, this place is pretty idyllic. Maybe it only lasts for a few days at the end of May, but if you’re trying to approximate Eden, check out »

The Spirit of Salem Lives On

Featured image I was in graduate school in southern California 30 years ago when the McMartin preschool sex abuse scandal erupted in the news media, featuring incredible tales of Satanic rituals, underground tunnels, group sex with animals and children, and various alleged acrobatic acts that would challenge Cirque du Soliel, all believed credulously by the media and California prosecutors. A six-year criminal trial ultimately concluded that the charges were all bogus—every single »

Democrats Get Cooked

Featured image Charlie Cook(ed) that is.  Political analyst Charlie Cook shoots fairly straight, so his article in today’s National Journal, “Democrats Paved the Way for Their Own Decline,” is worth taking in and savoring over a nice cup of fair trade coffee. Key passage: There are many reasons for this decline in support for Democrats among certain groups. But an argument can be made that it is because Democrats have subordinated their traditional »

The PETA Democrats

Featured image You can now mark down PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, though my own personal PETA chapter stands for “People Eating Tasty Animals”) as part of the Democratic Party establishment whose demands must now be met. Back on January 1 of this year I noted that New York’s incoming Sandinista Mayor Bill DeBlasio was promising to shut down New York’s horse-drawn carriages—not because of horse dung or other »

Green Weenie of the Week: Germany’s Energiewende Uber Alles

Featured image Germany is as monomaniacal about its green energy nonsense as it has been about every other fanaticism that has overtaken its senses in the past. The good folks at the NoTricksZone bring to our attention the German effort to encourage people to turn out the lights when having sex so as to . . . save electricity: Germany’s Ministry of Environment headed by socialist Barbara Hendricks has produced a series »

Surprise, Surprise: Russia Sponsoring Foreign Environmental Protests

Featured image Put on your best Gomer Pyle imitation (“surprise, surprise, surprise!”) for this next story. We know that back during the Cold War, the Soviet Union provided substantial funding and organizational heft to the useful idiots protesting against Western plans such as the intermediate-range missile deployment in 1983. So given that Russia is now ruled by a former KGB officer, why should we be surprised, as the New York Times seems »

Another Explanation of the Global Warming Pause in Doubt

Featured image One of the leading explanations of the decade-and-a-half “pause” in global warming is that aerosols—fine particles of various kinds, mostly man-made, but also volcanic in origin—have increased the albedo (reflectiveness) of clouds.  The cooling effect of high pollution in the early period of the industrial revolution in the 19th and early 20th century is well known and documented. Geophysical Research Letters, one of the leading scientific journals in the climate »

Happy Birthday, Sir Winston

Featured image It’s Winston Churchill’s 140th birthday today. Needless to say, I doubt there will be an observance in the White House. I wonder what Sir Winston would have made of Obama? Not much. I was casting about for a passage from the great man that might apply to Obama, and came up with this fragment from an obscure essay dismissing H.G. Wells for his various unfounded resentments against Britain. It’s not »

A Desire Named Streetcar

Featured image After the fetish for renewable energy that’s expensive and intermittent, the greatest fixation of the utopian left is mass transit, especially light rail—a 19th century technology for 21st century mobility needs. (Who says the left isn’t reactionary?) It has long been an embarrassment that the cars for our various light rail systems that taxpayers have been massively subsidizing come mostly from overseas manufacturers. That’s why one of the items buried »

Civil War on the Left, Part 12

Featured image Time to update our Civil War on the Left series, which is set to run longer than Cats. Paul has already dilated Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer’s tergiversations from the White House party line about Obamacare, but this is likely just the beginning of the bloodletting on the left as 2016 approaches and it becomes apparent to desperate Democrats that Hillary Clinton is a really terrible presidential candidate. The problem is »

The Week in Pictures: Emperor’s New Clothes Edition

Featured image This week we learned that Hagel is not Hegel: he does not represent the end of Obama’s historical mission to return the U.S. to its isolation of the 1920s and 1930s.  (But nice of Obama to give Iran seven more months to build a Bomb.  It must be frustrating to Obama that it is taking so long.)  And people are starting to catch on to Obama’s imperial presidency.  Oh yeah, »

When Pigs Fly, The Sequel

Featured image Back in May I posted an account of the time a flyer brought a pig on an American Airlines flight on the pretext that the pig was a “service animal” like a seeing eye dog.  It didn’t end well.  That was back in the year 2000. It has happened again just a few days ago, this time on US Airways (which is currently in the process of merging with American). »

Down the Road: Amnesty for Gitmo Detainees?

Featured image We all remember how Bill Clinton left office with a flurry of pardons to dozens of dubious people, from fugitive financier Marc Rich (represented by an attorney named Eric Holder), to an obscure figure in Arkansas who had been jailed for rolling back automobile odometers.  Touching how far Clinton’s pain-feeling extended. How can Obama top this?  Easy: if you think granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens was »

EPA Lost in the Ozone, As Usual

Featured image Just one day after the Supreme Court granted cert to review the EPA’s ridiculous mercury regulations, the EPA announced that it would lower the ozone standard to .06 parts per million, from the current .075 parts per million. This is the same regulation that President Obama cancelled in 2011 because, as the New York Times described it, “Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry »

The Telos of the Liberal Mind?

Featured image Remember the old joke from the 1960s about the liberal cleric who told his congregation that he had been mugged, but that he sympathized with his mugger, because injustice, etc. . . Whereupon an elderly lady in the back of the pews mutters loudly, “Mug him again.” The joke has come to life in Georgetown, where a student who was recently mugged at gunpoint has written an article justifying the »