Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Wednesday Morning Notes

Featured image Germany by a touchdown?  I suppose that’s what happens when you have all those old Panzer divisions hiding out in the jungle in Brazil for all these decades.  Maybe the Germans really are the mas–. . . never mind, better not go there.  I’m reading Paul’s posts with keen interest right now, since he obviously has real mastery of this subject.  Heck, I might even tune in to a game. »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment—Not The Usual

Featured image Today’s New York Times (sigh) carries an article from Justin Gillis wringing has hands about what do about climate change—especially methane emissions.  But take in the second sentence of his lede very slowly and carefully: Climate scientists long ago settled among themselves the question of whether human emissions of greenhouse gases are a problem, concluding that we are running some grave risks. But the field still features vigorous debate about »

Media Alert: Tomorrow’s Final Lineup

Featured image Media update: Okay, the lineup is set for my turn tomorrow morning as guest host for Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio show (6 – 9 am EDT). In the first hour I’ll have on Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (gee–I wonder what our topic will be?); in hour 2, I have on Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, to talk about his efforts to wrest control of »

Dionne Again, Naturally

Featured image It’s been a few months since I’ve beaten up on an E.J. Dionne column, but he’s done it again today with his column entitled “It’s Time for Progressives to Reclaim the Constitution.”  Yeah, go ahead and sit down and break out your smelling salts, since the exact opposite is the case: Progressives have been running roughshod over the Constitution for more than a century now.  In addition, Dionne takes after »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Salon.com (yes, I know) is celebrating that the BBC has decided to go full Pravda on us and cease allowing “climate deniers” on the air.  Well, it is a government-run media establishment.  But that would be the same BBC that refused to allow Churchill to broadcast his “appeasement denial” views back in the 1930s.  Yup, same slimy people. Anyway, quoth a jubilant Salon: Good news for viewers of BBC News: you’ll »

Media Alert for Tuesday

Featured image Here’s an early warning: I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show from 6 – 9 am eastern time on Tuesday.  I’m working on putting together a loose theme for the show about “liberalism vs. progressivism,” inspired in part by Charles Murray’s op-ed on this subject in the Wall Street Journal last week.  Charles will be joining me during the 8 am hour of the show, and I’m »

A Fishy Story

Featured image I’m going to get in trouble for this post, but this Los Angeles Times story today caught my eye: Intersex Fish Found in Pennsylvania Rivers Spur Search for Chemicals Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has begun an extensive sampling of chemical contaminants in response to the discovery of intersex fish in three of the state’s rivers, a department spokeswoman said. . . Now frankly, I’m disturbed by the blatant hetero-normativity »

Prying My Beer from My Cold, Frothy Mug. . .

Featured image Jimmy Carter deserves credit for deregulating the airlines and trucking, but by far his most significant deregulatory effort was . . . craft beer, as we noted here in this video last year (sort of). But now in the Age of Obama, the dadgum guvmint regulators are back suppressing craft beer brewing once again: [T]he costs of complying with excessive regulations keep many aspiring brewers from starting businesses. They also »

Divorce and Social Science

Featured image On Thursday USA Today reported on what has been the next shoe waiting to drop for a long time: the first gay divorces: BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The mood was festive as Judge Valeri Haughton spent the morning of June 26 presiding over marriage ceremonies for gay couples who rushed to the Monroe County courthouse here after a federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. That afternoon, the judge »

The Week in Pictures: Disbarment Edition

Featured image Let’s see: the U.S. soccer team may be out of the World Cup, but they have a better record than Obama at the Supreme Court.  He was 0 for 2 this week, one by a shutout.  If the Republican House doesn’t want to impeach him, at least they ought to figure out how to disbar him, since this ostensible “professor of constitutional law” obviously doesn’t understand our founding charter.  And »

Today’s Climate Scandal

Featured image I’ve decided to upgrade today’s climate embarrassment to a Category 1 climate scandal.  But there’s a back story to go with it. About ten years back I organized a high level conference in Washington, with participants from Europe and Asia as well as the U.S., on the arcane subject of greenhouse gas emissions forecasting.  Forget for the moment the intricacies of computer climate modeling and temperature forecasts—what estimate do you plug »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image A reader up in the Great White North directs our attention to the fact that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are both suffering from severe flooding at the moment, which automatically sets off talk of . . . now wait for it, darn it . . . climate change!  There’s just one inconvenient problem: a careful study reported yesterday in the National Post finds that extreme precipitation events in the region are »

Here’s An Idea: Talk Like Normal Human Beings

Featured image One of the first things you notice when you move to Washington DC from the rest of America is how the specialized vocabulary of the Beltway dominates everyday conversation.  Washington is the only place I know of where you can have complete conversations conducted almost wholly in acronyms and seemingly plain terms not used elsewhere: “I’ll be sending out an RFP for the OMB’s reverse markup of the omnibus stopgap »

The Fed Bubble?

Featured image Further to yesterday’s note on “Behind the Levitation” about the Federal Reserve’s easy money policy, Ron Greiss of The Chart Store kindly sent along these four graphs that display the astronomical expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet in the aftermath of the crash of 2008.  These make for sober viewing indeed.  Hard to see how this ends well (click to enlarge any of these): Ron Greiss notes that correlation does not equal »

Behind the Levitation

Featured image Last week when I commented on the downward revision of the already weak First Quarter GDP numbers, several commenters wrote in to ask: what is keeping the stock market so high?  Great question, with the best answer being ZIRP, the Federal Reserve’s “zero interest rate policy,” now matched by many other central banks (with some actually now employing negative interest rates).  I’ll leave for another time whether the risk of »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment [With Comments and Video By John]

Featured image For a while now we’re heard that the steadily dropping level of the Great Lakes is yet another sign of—wait for it now—global warming . . . er, climate change . . . er, climate “disruption,” or whatever we’re supposed to call it this week.  The hotlink to “Great Lakes drop” on The Warmlist has gone dead, and by the way, is there still some snow and ice in the »

“The Dread Signal of Armageddon”

Featured image Today is the 100th anniversary of Gavrilo Princep’s assassination of the Archduke Francis Fertinand and his consort in Sarajevo, what Churchill called “the dread signal of Armageddon.”  We’re about to start a four-year palooza of commemorations of the signal episodes from the Great War, including lots of chin-stroking about whether something like it could happen again in the heart of Europe (or on the periphery, like, say, Ukraine).  I offered »