Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Why Jimmy Carter Is Smiling Right Now

Featured image During those wonderful decades when the great Chick Hearn called LA Lakers basketball games, whenever the Lakers had a game in the bag in the 4th quarter, Chick would let fly with favorite formula: “This game’s in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’!” You can start saying that about Obama’s presidency.  Or, if you »

Trust Us, We’re Scientists

Featured image So if the scientific establishment is so robust and full of integrity and credibility, how does this happen: This scientific journal just had to retract 60 papers One of the biggest cases of scientific misconduct in history was uncovered this week. On July 8, scientific publisher SAGE announced that it was retracting a whopping 60 scientific papers connected to Taiwanese researcher Peter Chen, in what appears to be an elaborate work »

The World Cup Week in Pictures: Holy Cow!

Featured image So it’s Argentina versus Germany in the final.  I’ll naturally defer to Paul handicapping how the two teams match up on the field in the conventional way, but if we consider the matter theologically, Germany has to be favored for a simple reason: The retired German Pope (Benedict) is philosophically and theologically superior to Pope Francis.  While you’d think God would be neutral between his two living Popes, I say »

Are A Few Journalists Starting to Figure It Out?

Featured image Looks like maybe a few journalists are starting to resent being the palace guard for Obama.    Yesterday a group of journalists transmitted the following letter to the White House, reproduced here in full but omitting all of the signatories at the bottom: President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C July 8, 2014 Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic »

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 »