Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Some Power Line Victory Laps

Featured image It’s always nice to see folks catch up with the stories that we were on to early. • My old AEI colleague Desmond Lachman worried in The Hill a couple days ago that “An Italian financial crisis poses huge threat to global economy.” Do tell. In fact, we did, back in late July, in “Keep Your Eye on Italy.” • The Washington Post yesterday took note of how conservatives are »

Phyllis Schlafly, RIP

Featured image I met the great Mrs. Schlafly only once, when we were speakers together on a Hillsdale College cruise some years ago, and found her perfectly delightful, and still full of brim though she was over 80. I don’t think she got the full honors deserved from conservatives, let alone from the mainstream media and feminists, who have mostly airbrushed her out of the class picture of politically important women. Her »

A Narrow Shade of Green

Featured image If a major industrial area succeeded in eliminating all coal-fired electric power in a relatively short period of time, you’d think environmentalists would be celebrating, wouldn’t you? That’s the question Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen, authors of Climate Gamble, are asking: A historic moment in the fight against climate change took place in April 2014. A coal plant in Ontario, the biggest province in Canada, burned what was promised to be »

Hillary Launches The Health Issue More Than Her Campaign [Updated With a Second Coughing Fit]

Featured image Labor Day is the traditional or unofficial start of the presidential campaigns, though this is really an anachronism. Nevertheless, it is a journalistic totem if nothing else, so one wonders how Hillary’s launch party in Ohio earlier this afternoon will be presented by the media. After several days off the campaign trail to “rest,” she sounds . . . awful: Maybe it is just a clever attempt to distract us »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Political Indigestion

Featured image I had to miss the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which just wrapped up in Philadelphia. Among other things, it deprived me of taking in important advancements in political knowledge such as this: Digestion as Political Practice in Marx, Nietzsche, and Whitman. Tripp Rebrovick, Johns Hopkins University In Event: The Bios: Food, Bodies, Life Itself Sat, September 3, 2:00 to 3:30pm, PCC, 108-B Abstract This paper »

The Week in Pictures: Labor Day News Dump Edition

Featured image So I know what I’m not going to do for the Labor Day weekend. I’m not going to get sucked into reading the Hillary FBI file. I’m not going to waste my time thinking about Kaper Colonick, or whatever his name is. Tonight, in fact, I’m going to do something really silly: I’m going to take in what’s left of the old 70s prog-rock band Yes, playing nearby, and seeing »

Headline I Never Thought I’d See

Featured image This is not from The Onion. From the CBS News affiliate in San Francisco: Cow Fart Regulations Approved By California’s Legislature SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases. The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time »

Hillary’s FBI File Released Today

Featured image The oldest play in the Washington DC playbook is being employed this afternoon—releasing bad news on the Friday before an end-of-summer holiday weekend, with many journalists and editors away on vacation. So naturally Hillary Clinton’s FBI report is being released right now. You can download it here (two PDF files). Just what you wanted for your Labor Day weekend reading! (This is a perfect job for . . . Paul! »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 42: A Rising Star on the Right

Featured image I’ve done another of my “rogue” solo podcasts this week with someone I think is a rising star among conservative writers and thinkers—Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. This week he has a terrifically fun piece up at National Review about how lefties are opposing a carbon tax proposal in Washington state because it doesn’t grow government enough, proving once again that many lefties will never let the good get »

Reactionary Socialism in Action

Featured image We haven’t been keeping up sufficiently with the meltdown of the Labour Party over in the UK under Jeremy Corbyn, who makes Bernie Sanders look like a Ripon Society Republican. (Actually, come to think of it . . . never mind.) Anyway, what till you get a load of Corbyn’s latest: Corbyn wants to ban ‘sexist’ after-work drinks for quite sexist reason By Ashitha Nagesh Jeremy Corbyn has said after-work drinks »

Climate Change: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Featured image So, will global warming increase or decrease disease risk? The answer is Yes. The conventional wisdom about global warming and disease is that warming will cause more of it, even though it is curious to note that huge disparities in disease rates in tropical parts of the globe seem to stop at borders between rich and poor nations. Funny how that works. (And how oblivious the climatistas are to the »

Diversity on the Rocks

Featured image Is it still okay to make Jewish mother jokes? If not, Woody Allen is in deep trouble, and most of his old films will need to be banned. There are two answers to this question. The diversity mongers of the identity politics left will say that it is permissible to make jokes about people who enjoy positions of power (white males, and of course Jews, because of all the old »

Loose Ends (11)

Featured image • The fracks of life? The surprising news story of the day comes out of Colorado, where two initiatives to restrict hydraulic fracturing production of oil and natural gas have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The Wall Street Journal reports: Supporters of the measures, which could have severely limited oil-and-gas production in the energy-rich state, fell short of gathering the nearly 98,500 signatures each initiative needed to get »

Remy Does CNN

Featured image Given that CNN stands for “Clinton News Network” (and ABC stands for “All Behind Clinton” and NBC stands for “Nobody But Clinton,” etc), it was only a matter of time before Remy Munasifi turned his satirical gaze in their direction. Herewith “This Is CNN,” just out this morning: »

In Re: Kaepernick’s Caper

Featured image John has already noted the silliness of Colin Kaepernick’s stunt of refusing to stand for the national anthem, as though everyone who does somehow thinks the United States is perfect. Here’s a practical suggestion: the 49ers should include a small American flag on team helmets. Kaepernick clearly doesn’t need one anyway, since he has very little brain to protect. I’m also guessing there are a lot of NFL defensive linemen »

Academic Woo-Hoo of the Week: Ruining Porn

Featured image Warning: This post can’t achieve a PG-13 MPAA rating even with a heavy use of asterisks. As regular readers know, we have some regulations informal guidelines about content here, but sometimes the news, like the latest junk about Anthony Weiner’s junk, compels testing the outer limits. The whole thing reminds of the scene in Ghostbusters—the classic original, not the unfunny, estrogen-fueled remake—where Dr. Stantz (Dan Ackroyd) objects to Dr. Venkman »

Trump’s Doctor?

Featured image The Trump campaign has shopped around a letter from his long time physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, which he apparently wrote in haste while Trump staffers waited out on the street in a limo. The letter has typos (“To whom my concern. . .”), and is very general about how Trump’s health is a great as everything else about him. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest »