Author Archives: Steven Hayward

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. »

Have They Left Yet?

Featured image I wonder how Hollywood is even going to able to hold the Academy Awards this year since so many of its leading celebrities and stars have “literally” fled the country in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. The Washington Free Beacon has tallied the exodus: Wait, what’s that? None of them have actually left? You mean they were just blowing smoke? Can we start a fund »

The Booker Freakout

Featured image I talk frequently with students about the nature of political ambition, starting with the ambiguity of ambition itself. Ambition is necessary, in public as in private life, but sometimes ambition can be ugly to see and distorting to the soul. Just think of how people sometimes use the term “ambition” negatively or sarcastically: “My goodness, he is certainly ambitious!” This is preface for taking in the sad decline of New Jersey »

Hillary Forever?

Featured image The Clintons really are Freddy Krueger of politics. Every time you think they’re slayed and buried for good, they come back to life. Can we really be so lucky, as the Daily Mail reports, to have Hillary Clinton actually start a TV talk show as a platform for another run at the White House? Hillary Clinton is considering another run for president – and is mulling the idea of launching »

Civil War on the Left, Part 35: Brock’s Bridge to Nowhere

Featured image Heck, the pixels are barely set on my Meltdown item last night that Democrats think David Brock is the person to help them talk to “real people,” and lo and behold today the Daily Beast offers up a feast of Democrats running terror from this Freddy Krueger figure of their party: Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us By Asawin Suebsaeng As David Brock attempts to position himself as »

Video of the Day: How to Shut Down a Silly Protest

Featured image A reader passes along this 18-second video of a bunch of campus chuckleheads offering a protest chant in the library at the University of Washington. And you won’t believe what happens next! (Seriously: that’s not just click bait doggerel for once.) »