Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Field Narrows: Paul Ryan Out for 2016

Featured image Paul Ryan has announced this afternoon that he won’t run for president in 2016: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, told NBC News in an interview Monday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016,” Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is “at peace” with the »

Breaking: CENTCOM Hacked

Featured image Good grief: just as Obama is giving a speech on cybersecurity to the Federal Trade Commission, the Twitter and YouTube accounts of U.S. Central Command—CENTCOM—have been hacked and taken over by someone claiming to be ISIS: The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission. The hack, by an individual or group claiming to »

Walter Berns and Harry V. Jaffa, RIP

Featured image By an extraordinary coincidence that summons up the idea of Providence, Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa both passed away yesterday. These two intellectual giants, graduate school classmates and students of Leo Strauss, carried on a long-running and sometimes bitter feud (“the feud that saved conservatism,” as I shall argue more fully in a couple days). This found me caught in the middle, as a student of Jaffa and a colleague »

A Reminder from . . . Woody Allen?

Featured image It is not often that I turn to Woody Allen for practical wisdom—or any other kind of wisdom—but John Podhoretz brings to our attention a fragment of dialogue from Manhattan that fits the Charlie Hebdo aftermath just right: “Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey, you know? We should go there, get some guys together. Get some bricks and baseball bats and explain things to ‘em.” »

The Community College Subversion?

Featured image Is Obama’s initiative for “free” community college an oblique shout-out to the cancelled NBC show? It wouldn’t seem to have much else to recommend it, and it can be seen as yet another payoff to a key constituency group—community college professors and students. But a sharp-eyed Power Line reader sends in another way of looking at this idea: The One has created a real opportunity for creating havoc in a »

Looking for a Summer Vacation Idea?

Featured image How about a Baltic cruise with Jonah Goldberg, Amity Shlaes, Arthur Laffer, Charles Kesler, and  . . . me?  Yup, that’s right: my pals at the Pacific Research Institute have organized their first ever “Liberty-at-Sea Cruise,” sailing from Copenhagen to Helsinki and St. Petersburg from August 16-23, and I’ll be on board for the whole thing.  You can find out all about it here (including the rest of the speakers), »

The Week in Pictures: Charlie Hebdo Edition

Featured image There is something obviously wrong with all of the “brave” cartoonists doing “pen is mightier than the sword” images.  Yes, ideas rule over the long term, but in the short term bullets can cancel ballots, and end cartoonists, too.  The idea of free expression depends on it being used for what the cultural left calls “transgressive” purposes.  So how about some “transgressive” images directed at “the Prophet”? We’ll go there. »

Take Pity on the Pity Party

Featured image Don’t miss Bill Voegeli in today’s edition of The Weekly Standard on the “Liars’ Remorse” of Democrats over the ongoing albatross of Obamacare, but you should also take in the second installment of Voegeli’s conversation with Charles Kesler on The American Mind about how liberals understand “compassion,” based on his book The Pity Party (about 12 minutes): »

California’s Boxer Rebellion (Updated)

Featured image The cheery news that California’s Senator Babs Boxer is going to retire at the end of this term is tempered by the fact that California is such a heavily Democratic state now that she is likely to be replaced by someone just as bad, but 20 years younger and therefore prolonging California’s national embarrassment for another couple of decades. (You know things are bad when Dianne Feinstein is considered the »

School of Mock

Featured image Way back when Salman Rushie got his fatwa from the Ayatollah Khomeini for The Satanic Verses,* I wondered immediately: How come Richard Grenier (RIP) didn’t get a fatwa for the much more blasphemous novel, The Marrakesh One-Two? If you’ve never read this 1983 work of comic genius, go order it second-hand. The novel’s protagonist, Burt Nelson, is a filmmaker attempting to make a feature film of the life of Mohammed »

After Charlie Hebdo: Revisiting “The Tyranny of Silence”

Featured image This Saturday’s photo roundup will be be the Charlie Hebdo edition, and we’re currently collecting the most offensive Mohammed images for maximum effect.  In the meantime, it is worth taking note of Flemming Rose’s recent book, The Tyranny of Silence. Rose is the editor of the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten, and he commissioned the series of cartoons about Mohammed in 2005 that ignited a firestorm of controversy, and his book reflects on »

Guess What, Mom? Trees Like CO2

Featured image To wonder whether higher levels of carbon dioxide might stimulate more rapid plant growth—perhaps even in the tropics!—is one of those heresies that brings down instant condemnation from the climatistas, and yet a few brave scientists have decided to study and measure the topic. Last week the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published “Effect of increasing CO2 on the terrestrial carbon cycle,” by two professors from CalTech »

Pass Out the Eggs: There Are Some Faces That Need Some

Featured image I know, keeping track of failed environmental doomsday predictions is such bad form, and is too easy besides. But it is necessary to remind everyone anyway. Over at Fox News Maxim Lott reminds us of five predictions for the year 2015 that don’t looks so good right now: 1) UN overestimated global warming by 2015 2) All Rainforest Species Will Be Extinct 3) Oil will run out by 2015 4) »

The Medieval Warm Period Lives!

Featured image The climatistas hate the Medieval Warm Period (MWP), when global temperatures were in all likelihood as high or higher than they are today—yet there were no SUVs around to drive up greenhouse gas levels. Which means our current warming may not be unprecedented, and may have more to do with factors besides or in addition to greenhouse gas emissions. So the climatistas have tried to claim that the MWP was »

In Case You Missed It. . .

Featured image Last Saturday the Washington Post published a rundown of the feminist agenda—or at least who the Post thinks are “leading feminists”—of what they want to accomplish in 2015. All I can say is—if this is what “leading feminists” have on their mind, their movement is about over. Some samples: Leigh Stein, 30 | BinderCon co-founder: I would like to see less digital dualism, which perpetuates the fallacy that online harassment isn’t »

Did Ted Turner Have CNN Keep an End-of-the-World Video?

Featured image I was ten years ago that I spent an evening with Ted Turner up at his enormo buffalo ranch outside Bozeman, Montana—a tale I recalled on NoLeftTurns. In a sentence, Turner is as big a barking loon as you’d expect, but he is funny as hell and hard not to like in the ordinary way. He’s also dedicated to the idea that humanity has less than 50 years to go. »

RFK Jr: Okay, Now He’s Just Trolling Us

Featured image Robert F. “Little Bobby” Kennedy Jr, winner of multiple Green Weenie Awards (most recently for suggesting the Koch brothers be jailed as war criminals or something) is now out with a column singing the praises of Cuba. That is so 1980s, dude! Can’t you do better than “literacy” and “universal health care”? Despite its poverty, Cuba has managed some impressive accomplishments. Cuba’s government boasts the highest literacy rates for its »