Author Archives: Steven Hayward

And Now For Something Completely Different

Featured image Well, not actually different, as you’ll see, but at least a small departure from the grim tidings of recent posts.  As everyone has heard, David Letterman announced his retirement yesterday.  While Jay Leno had his share of anti-Obama jokes, it turns out that Letterman has had a few good ones, too.  (Warning: One of these is insensitive to gays, because Letterman is a well-known bigot and hate-speech monger): • “What »

You Can’t Say That! This Is a University!

Featured image I sure picked a great day to travel to Chicago for the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Society, for which I was privileged to be president a few years back.  The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Road Ahead: Serfdom or Liberty?”  To which the answer is: Yes.  Unfortunately. Even as John notes the politically correct ousting of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla because, as Glenn Reynolds points »

Al Gore: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image No sooner does Bill McKibben come up with a great idea (climate scientists should go on strike) than I hear even better news: Al Gore is thinking about making a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.  From the Hollywood Reporter: Al Gore might need to dust off his projector. The creative forces behind the Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth are hatching plans for a sequel to the film that raised »

Cass Sunstein’s April Fools’ Joke

Featured image Yesterday Cass Sunstein, one of the most formidable thinkers on the left today, devoted his Bloomberg column to his eight favorite Supreme Court justices, whom he called the “Home Run Hitters of the Supreme Court.”  Why only eight?  Wouldn’t you want to field a full all-star team of nine, so we can get 5-4 rulings?  Why invite extra innings?  This may be the first sign that he was pulling our »

Climate Scientists Go on Strike? Oh Please Make It So!

Featured image I’ve written before here about the crashing bore that is Bill McKibben–the best exemplar of Churchill’s definition of a fanatic as someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  But he deserves kudos for today’s toddler-like temper tantrum over at,  fittingly,  He’s suggesting that since politicians, including John Kerry, won’t listen to the climate science community, then climate scientists should go on strike. So at this »

First World Problems in Boulder

Featured image As previously mentioned, the IPCC released it’s “impacts” report today, and the media did their duty by collectively wetting their pants.  You think I jest?  Check out—if you can stand it—NBC’s Brian Williams saying that “We’ve never been warned like this before” about climate change.  Really?  What 30 Rock has he been living under?  (Next he’ll tell us that nobody has ever warned us before about the dangers of cigarette »

Predictable Headline of the Day

Featured image We were told a few days ago that we were going to be able to resolve the Ukrainian crisis through diplomacy, because John Kerry is on the job. From the Wall Street Journal this morning: Kerry’s Talks With Russia’s Lavrov Fail to Ease Ukraine Crisis You were surprised at this news?  Forget the text of the story (well okay, just this: “Mr. Kerry, in remarks after the negotiations, said he »

“I Can See Climate Change From My House”

Featured image The “impacts” report of the IPCC is out today, and we’ll try to get through some of the highlights of the thousand-page plus report.  (Always reminds me of Churchill’s note about an overlong memo: “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”  We’ll take the risk.)  Turns out that an acquaintance of mine helped write the FAQ portion of the report. But we don’t »

Jeb Bush: Not Sure This Is a Good Idea

Featured image A little over a year ago I mentioned here taking in a Jeb Bush speech at the Reagan Library that sounded like the speech of someone at the early stages of a presidential campaign, albeit one that appeared to want to run as  . . . Jon Huntsman.  Ugh. This, from today’s Washington Post: Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race LAS VEGAS — Many of »

Time and Western Man

Featured image Pardon me while I intrude on Scott’s turf as Power Line’s official literary studies director.  Time and Western Man is the title of an obscure Wyndham Lewis book that I’ve always found impenetrable despite several attempts to struggle through it.  A more approachable book on the theme of time is Gary Saul Morson’s Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time.  (Morson, the Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities »

Climatistas Double Down on Stupid

Featured image When a liberal says it’s time for you to shut up, it usually means they’re losing an argument.  When they want you arrested and prosecuted, well. . .  Two weeks ago I noted here that the climatistas were getting so desperate that they were starting to call for climate skeptics to be arrested and prosecuted, because, like the Inquisition, the climatistas are in possession of the complete truth, so shut »

The Week in Pictures: Spring Climate Change Edition

Featured image With Monday’s release of the next harem-scarum IPCC climate change report, we’ll have more of our yummy coverage here later today and tomorrow.  But the other news out this morning is that Putin and Obama have spoken by phone again, and oh goody!–Secretary of State Neville Chamberlain John Kerry will meet in a few days with Russia’s foreign minister to work out a “diplomatic solution.”  This is sure to end well. And »

“Like Treating a Cold with Chemotherapy”

Featured image No sooner do I post last night’s item about the walkbacks coming in the next IPCC report on the impacts of climate change due out Monday than I come across Matt Ridley’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal saying much the same thing.  Some highlights: The forthcoming report apparently admits that climate change has extinguished no species so far and expresses “very little confidence” that it will do so. There »

The Collapsing Soufflé of Climate Change

Featured image The climate campaign is collapsing faster than one of my popover recipes made with old flour and not enough milk.  The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is set to release on Monday the report of Working Group II, on the projected impacts of climate change.  (See my Weekly Standard review of Working Group I’s report on the latest science of climate change released last September, “Pay No Attention »

Midweek in Video: Spring Break Edition

Featured image My posting has been light this week because it’s spring break, and I’m skiing up at Big Sky, Montana.  (But who needs to post when John is taking down the Washington Post.)  ”Skiing” and “blogging” may rhyme, but they don’t really go together.  Though maybe they would if we temporarily renamed this site “Powder Line Blog.”  I did get to meet one of my teenage heroes yesterday–the great skiing filmmaker »

What Happened to Flight 370?

Featured image Now that authorities are certain that Flight 370 went down in a faraway corner of the Indian Ocean, speculation is rising that this is a bizarre case of pilot suicide.  It still strikes me as odd that we haven’t heard much about the pilot’s family that reportedly moved out the day before the flight, a prelude to a forthcoming divorce.  Maybe these reports are incorrect.  Probably the Malaysians have the »

Intelligence Failure Revisited, Part 2

Featured image Musing about Putin’s swallowing up Crimea back on March 5, we posited that perhaps our intelligence agencies just aren’t that intelligent.  There’s a real howler in the lede of today’s Wall Street Journal front page article about the matter: U.S. military satellites spied Russian troops amassing within striking distance of Crimea last month. But intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn’t intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders »