Author Archives: Steven Hayward

“Gamergate”: More Gaps Than a Nixon Tape

Featured image When it comes to “Gamergate,” I’m having a bit of an Emily Litella moment: What’s all this about Gamergate?  I’ve paid no attention to it at all.  Apparently video games are misogynistic or something.  I’m not a gamer, so I wouldn’t know.  But the response to it from the Sisters of the Perpetually Concerned is utterly predictable.  (And why is the ADL getting in on this?) Fortunately we have Christina »

A Quick Thought About Tom Cotton’s Letter

Featured image Judging from the reaction of the Left, Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran clearly struck a nerve.  Never mind the hypocrisy of Democrats on this (anyone remember the “Dear Comandante” letter from House Dems to Sandinista dictator Danny Ortega back in 1984? Or just have a glance at the photo below, and remember that the guy on the left is the same guy in the room with Iranians right now). »

You Can’t Beat the News Beat

Featured image This is my favorite news headline so far this year.  I’m not sure what’s more mordantly funny—that the New York Times would run such a deadpan headline, or that the story itself might actually be true and accurate.  Good to know that the CIA is on top of adapting to modern threats.  Just in the nick of time. I suspect by now they’ve finally “connected all the dots” on the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 17 [With note by Paul]

Featured image In an earlier installment of this series (Part 13), I mentioned how the identity politics mandate of the Democratic Party was causing friction in California, where Hispanics were loudly complaining against the presumptive anointment of Kamala Harris to be the successor of Barbara Boxer. Looks like the same fight is shaping up in Maryland, where the Democratic Party establishment’s attempt to clear the field for Rep. Chris Van Hollen to »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image John Tamny, that’s who.  (See the 15-second video below.)  John is a fellow at the Cato Institute, the editor of RealClearMarkets, frequently contributor to Fox Business, and a columnist for Forbes.  He’s also the author of a book coming out next month, Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics.  I’m enjoying the galleys right now, and although it doesn’t come out »

Back to the Future with Lanny Davis?

Featured image Like Scott, I turned on the TV this morning, out in Palm Springs after a wonderful afternoon Saturday with the great Fred Siegel (about which much more here in due course), to see a vaguely familiar face.  Is that . . . could it really be Lanny Davis?  Yes it is.  Wait—you mean Hillary has decided to summon from the Old Timer’s Game Lanny Davis to defend her on the »

Get Your Hillary Clinton Action Figure Now!

Featured image You know you’re going to need a Hillary Clinton Action Figure to get through the 2016 campaign.  See this 30-second spot for full details! »

Of Bottled Water and Bobbled Heads

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s “Notable & Quotable” section this morning flags one of Don Boudreaux’s typically insightful posts from his CafeHayek blog (very much worth reading for basic booster shots of economic literacy) about the emergence of bottled water a couple decades ago: I remember back in the late 1970s or early 1980s when I first noticed that still water began to be offered for sale in single-sized bottles.  I »

Conversations on the Environment

Featured image Last month I trekked up to Syracuse, New York, where global warming had brought temperatures around minus 10 F for my visit (that’s why I’m wearing a sweater in the thumbnail photo), for a conference on environmentalism broadly considered that was sponsored by SUNY’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry.  One of the things I did there was tape a broadcast of their “Conversations” series with Prof. Scott Turner, a »

The Week in Pictures: E-Mail Edition

Featured image So, this week we figured out who will be the Democratic Party ticket in 2016: Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner.  They’re the perfect running mates, given their email proclivities. But Hillary may be jealous of Lerner, since Lerner appears to have even better email stonewalling skills than the Clintons.  Prediction: if they ever get their hands on Hillary’s personal email server, they’ll find some old Rose Law Firm records and »

The Climate Beclowning Continues

Featured image Far be it from me to prevent a mediocre leftist Democratic congressman from beclowning himself like Rep. Grijalva, but today the whole story jumped more sharks than Sharknado I & II combined when the Malibu Times, a local sheet devoted chiefly to Kardashian sightings and Bruce Jenner accident reports, ran the headline, “Pepperdine Professor Investigated by Congressman.” Do you think the Malibu Times follows these Capitol Hill stories that closely? »

A Simple Question About Iran

Featured image We keep hearing from Democratic critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech that if we don’t reach an agreement with Iran, then the path will be clear for Iran to have a bomb soon.  Explicit is the idea that even a bad agreement is better than no agreement. Hold on a minute.  Isn’t there something missing here?  I thought “all options were on the table.”  Obama has said this repeatedly.  Now »

The Most Trusted Man in America on Climate Change

Featured image Heh.  Walter Cronkite—the Most Trusted Man in America, don’t forget—on the topic of climate change, in 1972.  Just 25 seconds long.  Heh, again: »

Old Americans for Freedom

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” section this morning reminds us that M. Stanton Evans was the author of the “Sharon Statement,” the founding manifesto of Young Americans for Freedom. It is called the “Sharon Statement” because it was adopted at a meeting at William F. Buckley’s home in Sharon, Connecticut. I was not even two years old at the time of its writing, so I took no notice »

Energy Sense from an Unlikely Source

Featured image In preparing for this week’s session of my graduate course on energy policy, I happened to stumble across a very sound discussion of why the energy romanticism of the Climate Haters (I think I’m going to retire “climatistas” and go with the more accurate Climate Haters instead, because settled science!) makes no sense. It is in a series called “Getting to Zero” (as in zero carbon emissions), written by a »

Why Hillary Won’t Make It

Featured image Time out briefly from the Obama Debacle to contemplate the Hillary 2016 debacle-in-waiting. Jennifer Rubin has a nice rundown of all of the new difficulties Hillary mas made for herself lately with all of the usual foibles we associate with the adjective “Clintonian” but without any of the Big Dog’s roguish charm. This includes her use of a personal email account at the State Department in what looks like an »

Pelosi: Netanyahu “Insults Our Intelligence”

Featured image I thought this had to be a hoax, but no—here’s Nancy Pelosi’s entire statement; you need to read it, not to believe it: Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Joint Meeting of Congress: “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests.  Ours is a »