Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Comey Chameleon Edition

Featured image Yes, I’d have to say Comey Comey Comey Comey Chameleon is the perfect persona for our media age of Boy George Stephanopoulos, not to mention Anderson Drooper-Cooper and the appropriately named Don Lemon. Why don’t we just get it over with and rename CNN the “Comey News Network.” And were you as disappointed as I was that Russian hookers didn’t get mentioned once in Thursday’s hearings? I was promised there »

Democrats on the Rocks?

Featured image President Trump may have poor approval ratings, and the Republican Congress looks a little shaky at the moment in the Getting Big Things Done Department (like repealing Obamacare and getting a serious tax reform package together), so in the ordinary cycle of politics you’d be reasonable to forecast a bad election for Republicans in 2018. This may yet come to pass for all of the conventional reasons, but it is »

Theresa May: Blunder Woman

Featured image I haven’t had time yet to compose my “Five Ways To Think about ComeyCon,” then the shocking U.K. election pops up to overtake the Comey Conundrum. Some observations: 1. Hindsight is always 20/20, but calling this snap election was a mistake. Don’t say we didn’t warn you that May was in danger of blowing it. Analysts will slice up Theresa May’s mistakes and how the recent terrorist attacks may have »

Climate: Time for “Team B”?

Featured image There is a lot of chatter and rending of garments about the proposal made recently by former Obama Administration energy appointee Steven Koonin in the Wall Street Journal that there ought to be a full-scale, independent “red team” to produce a rival climate change assessment to the “consensus” produced by the IPCC, noting how this was done in the past on foreign intelligence matters to good effect: The national-security community »

Book of the Year: St. Hillary of Hippo

Featured image While we await the threatened—and as yet untitled—memoir of Hillary Clinton, we can delight in a new book also about the inner reaches of Herself, coming in August: Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. It’s 416 pages! Maybe they are blank pages like that other recent classic, Michael Knowles’s Reasons to Vote for Democrats? No—this is apparently a serious book. Hillary doesn’t joke »

The Anti-Social Cost of the Climate Crusade

Featured image The linchpin of the Obama Administration’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is something called the “social cost of carbon,” which is a calculation of the net present value of future climate damages from greenhouse-gas caused global warming. The “official” figure the Obama EPA came up with in their regulatory analysis—about $40 a ton­—was necessary for the Clean Power Plan to pass a cost-benefit test. This calculation is tricky to do, »

Anarchy at Evergreen State

Featured image Journalists like to talk about “evergreen” topics, and is there anything more evergreen right now than the anarchy at Evergreen State College? The college is back up and running again, but not until after a student mob took it upon themselves to roam the campus with baseball bats smashing windows of science buildings, because science, with its dedication to objectivity and standards and all, is oppressive. Meanwhile, someone put up »

Get Ready for the Next Installment in the War on Cops

Featured image The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published a study based on the content analysis of body cam footage from Oakland police that shows racial disparities in the “respect” and “formality” police officers show to citizens they interact with. Hoo boy—you can guess right away where this is heading. Here’s the abstract of the study, “Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect”: »

From Fake News to Fake Polls

Featured image The media blob is making much of a Washington Post/ABC News poll that finds the public by a 2 to 1 margin opposes President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord: Most Americans oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with a majority saying the move will damage the United States’ global leadership, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Opposition to Trump’s decision outpaces »

Loose Ends (26)

Featured image • Reality Winner? Seriously? Is this person a long lost child of Frank Zappa or something? Another case of where Reality is stranger than fiction. “Yes, folks, Trump promised us so much winning we’d get tired of all the winning, but we have a Real Winner in the house!” I give up. Incidentally, just how did this leftist wacko loon get hired at the NSA in the first place? I »

Loose Ends (25)

Featured image • A few footnotes on Trump’s manly withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The best part of the whole thing was not that he decided to withdraw, but how he did it. Trump could have just issued a statement from behind his desk in the Oval Office, or had a press spokesperson make the announcement, just as President George W. Bush did in withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol back in »

Liberals: Men Without Chests

Featured image “Men without chests” is C.S. Lewis’s great description in The Abolition of Man of the type of human soul that modern relativism would produce. The complete quote is: “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Right now this applies to the increasing number of liberals who are wringing their hands over the »

Riding Bare/For Clean Air!

Featured image I recall several years ago coming across the statistic that the median age of members of nudist colonies is 55.  My first thought is that even mosquitos would find this fact unappealing. So what to make of this headline and story about yet another rending of, um, garments over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord: There’s video at the link, if you want something to make you want to gouge »

The Week in Pictures: Covfefe Edition

Featured image This week will go down in the history books as the week of Covfefe. All hail Covfefe! Is Covfefe the name of that great glowing orb Trump placed his hands on over in the Middle East? Or is it just another great example of how Trump is stimulating the economy—or at least the digital economy? Oh yeah, and Kathy Griffin committed career suicide this week, and Trump interred the Paris »

Pelosi Goes Full Theocrat

Featured image By invoking Pope Francis on climate change, Nancy Pelosi unwittingly confirms that the climate mania is indeed a matter of religious fanaticism, especially since she exhibits medieval ignorance about the subject by confusing greenhouse gases with “the air we breathe.” Or maybe the sainted Ms. Pelosi doesn’t exhale poisonous carbon dioxide with every breath? However crude and boorish Trump may seem at times, it becomes clear why he won when »

The Economy: Don’t Look Now But. . .

Featured image The stock market closed today at record highs, and today’s jobs report, though weak, showed steady progress (especially in mining—one of those sectors Trump had promised to improve). But I wonder if we might be seeing some early signs of trouble.  The good folks who produce the copious charts for the Wall Street Journal‘s Daily Shot note that a housing bubble may be reforming as housing sales suddenly show a »

A Lesson in Punching Back

Featured image We’re three weeks away from the Georgia special election to fill the open House seat of Tom Price, who moved up to be secretary of Health and Human Liabilities. By all accounts it is a very tight race in a district that Trump carried by a narrow margin, meaning it is winnable by either side. It’s one of those suburban districts where Trump is not especially popular even with many »