Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Berkeley Today: After Action Report

Featured image Busy day here on campus with my regular classes and hosting a terrific afternoon lecture by Yuval Levin. Things not quite back to normal. Driving up to campus I spotted several buildings that had been covered with graffiti reading “Kill Trump.” Okay, we can see where this is going. By the time I wandered back, clean up crews had cleared most of it: The media was still out in force »

The Trumpocalypse Goes Global

Featured image It isn’t just in the halls of Washington where Trump has everyone in an uproar. In the House of Commons over in Britain, the Corbynite Labour Party had a conniption fit, culminating in this nice exchange between Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May, who I must say is reminding me more and more of Margaret Thatcher all the time (about 1:30 long): There was a similar debate up in Canada »

Berkeley Update: Anti-Fascists Resort to Fascism to Shut Down Milo

Featured image Berkeley still has rent control, but it hasn’t stopped Milo Yiannapoulos from living rent-free in the heads of the left. So in another triumph for his ironic performance art, a mini-riot has forced the cancelation of his speech here tonight. I turned up for the beginning of the protest at 5 pm, and it was pretty silly sounding and unimpressive. But I noticed there were TV helicopters circling around above »

Today and Tomorrow at UC Berkeley (Updated)

Featured image Today is Milo day at UC Berkeley. Yup, Milo Yiannopoulos is speaking tonight for the College Republicans at a sold out event, and the professional left is planning a huge protest this afternoon in an attempt to shut Milo down. There is rain in the forecast, though, so we’ll see whether the left here is a fair-weather left. In any case, barricades are going up near Sproul Plaza, as the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 37: Is Ellison Too Right-Wing for the DNC?

Featured image The race for the DNC chairpersonship just got mildly more interesting with the news that one of the candidates has somehow been disqualified for criticizing Keith Ellison’s Muslim faith. Is this a case of rank “Islamophobia” from a closet rightist inside the Democratic tent? Quite the contrary, as it emerges when you read down into the story a little bit: DNC boots candidate from chairmanship race for criticizing Ellison’s Islamic faith »

Green Weenie of the Week: Standing Rock Blockheads

Featured image This news story from Reuters requires no commentary to explain why the pretentious protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock deserve a coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award: Clean-up begins at Dakota pipeline protest camp Dump trucks and heavy machinery rolled into the protest camp near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, and crews began filling large dumpsters with garbage that has accumulated, much of »

New Rules? Trump’s Epic Struggle with the Left

Featured image It is evident that the left, with the active cooperation of the news media, wishes to drive Trump from office. Nothing will sate the left or get them to calm down into a recognizably responsible opposition force. And why shouldn’t the left think this can succeed? It has worked before. They bagged two presidents in succession back in the 1960s and 1970s—Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. “In a sense,” Daniel »

Supreme Court Showdown: Keep Your Eye on Ed

Featured image With President Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination coming in a few hours, you can expect all hell to break loose from the left. Whoever it is will be portrayed as the worst person since . . . the last person Trump named to something yesterday. (Which is why I don’t think any nominee can be successfully “Borked.”) But in any case as this unfolds everyone should make a regular daily »

Breaking: Trump to Acting AG: “You’re Fired!”

Featured image When I heard earlier today that acting attorney general Janice Yates at the Justice Department, an Obama holdover, had directed Justice not to defend Trump’s immigration executive order because she thinks it is unlawful, I wondered how fast it would take for Trump to re-enact his most famous TV role. Answer: About four hours. I’m wondering how this conversation went down: [On the telephone] Ms. Yates? Yes, this is chief of »

From the Archives: A Power Line Flashback

Featured image Courtesy of one of those time machine widgets on social media, it turns out that today, January 30, is the sixth anniversary of my very first Power Line article, on the subject of monster trucks. I had a look back, and thought it worth reposting, with the caveat that if I’d been more perceptive, I might have recognized a clear sign of Trump’s America taking shape. We all know about »

Russian Influence in American Politics You Say?

Featured image News item: Sierra Club to oppose further natural gas power plants and pipelines. A report produced by the Sierra Club, subject of a Time magazine article on Thursday, revealed the club intends to build an environmental coalition to halt the next wave of the country’s natural gas expansion: over 200 planned natural gas power plants and pipeline projects, the club told Time. . . Many environmental groups—including the Sierra Club—once considered natural gas as part of »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: It’s All About Us

Featured image Courtesy of the good people at Real Peer Review, herewith a dissertation from the University of Utah that you won’t want to miss: “Wow, that bitch is crazy!”: Exploring gendered performances in leisure spaces surrounding reality television by Spencer, Callie Cross, Ph.D., THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, 2014, 202 pages Abstract In Reality Bites Back, Jennifer L. Pozner states, “Women are bitches. Women are stupid. Women are incompetent at work and failures at home. Women »

Social Media Refrigerators?

Featured image One of the stranger things in the world of energy is that the Department of Energy does not yet offer an official estimate of how much electricity use is now accounted for by our wireless world. Right now the official statistics only break down energy and electricity use by four broad sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation. But wireless technology—and all the energy-hungry internet server farms, cell towers, and end-use »

Civil War on the Left, Part 36

Featured image How good is President Trump? He not only makes Chuck Schumer cry, but he also has the left spitting mad at Schumer: Chuck Schumer under fire from left-wing activists Left-wing activists have found a collateral target in their efforts to resist President Trump — powerful Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. Enraged that the Senate Minority Leader has voted in favor of several cabinet nominees, a coalition of political, environmental and anti-poverty organizations »

The Implausible Donald Trump

Featured image I know we’ve posted this video here once or twice before, but it’s even more fun to take in now that he’s been in office for 10 days and the left is losing its mind. So let’s enjoy an extra thick and delicious helping of schadenfreude once again: »

How to Drive a Liberal Completely Insane

Featured image I distinctly recall, during the George W. Bush years, reading and overhearing liberals express a strange new respect for previous Republican presidents like George H.W. Bush and Reagan, who they now said towered head and shoulders above the cretinous, antedulivian, swaggering Texan that the GOP had forced upon the nation. But now that Donald Trump is president, guess what? Yup—strange new respect from liberals for George W. Bush, as reported »

The Week in Pictures: Trumpocalypse Now Edition

Featured image Has any recent president raced as fast out of the gate as Trump? I can’t think of one. He’s issuing executive orders faster than he tweets No wonder the left is in full meltdown mode.   And Congress hasn’t even gotten in on the act yet. It already seems like Obama’s presidency was in the last century, not last week. Anyway, extra big lineup this week.     And finally. »