Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Power Line on the Road: The East Coast Tour

Featured image Since Scott has mentioned his upcoming lecture about “Rathergate Ten Years Later” at Lyon College on Thursday, I may as well post up my speaking schedule this week, for the benefit of any Pittsburgh or Syracuse-based readers who need something to kill time between the Super Bowl and the start of Spring training. Tuesday I’ll be at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, speaking at noon on “The Climategate »

The Week in Pictures, Supplemental: Brian’s Song Edition

Featured image The ridicule and memes of Brian Williams are coming in faster than RPG rounds at an NBC News crisis management meeting, while Maureen Dowd writes today in the New York Times: WASHINGTON — THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that »

The Week in Pictures: Fraudcast News Edition

Featured image Did I ever tell you about the time I was hanging with Pablo Picasso, quaffing espresso at a Parisian cafe, and how I helped him conceive Guernica?  Oh, wait—no, I didn’t do that.  I had Picasso confused with my kid’s kindergarten finger painting project, and we were in McDonalds.  So easy to get these kind of things confused when you’re a busy newsman. And finally. . . »

Has NBC Started a Countdown Clock for Firing Brian Williams?

Featured image The New York Post‘s Page Six reports that Tom Brokaw wants Brian Williams fired from NBC News for his lies about his helicopter bravura: You know you’re in trouble when Tom Brokaw is out for your blood. NBC’s most revered journalist is furious that Brian Williams is still in the anchor chair after he sheepishly admitted he hadn’t traveled on a helicopter hit by enemy fire. “Brokaw wants Williams’ head on a platter,” an »

The Neutrality Hypocrisy of Obama

Featured image When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tried to prevent Boeing from relocating some of its aircraft manufacturing to South Carolina (a right-to-work state), Obama dodged responsibility, in a widely reported remark: The President today put distance between his administration and the labor board stressing  that it is “an independent agency.” This week the fiction of the “independence” of federal regulatory agencies was made clear by the Federal Communication Commission’s »

Jonathan Gruber: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image Thought you’d heard the last of Jonathan Gruber, did you?  Check this out, from the end of a paper he delivered in 2010 to the National Institute for Health Care Management entitled “Taxing Sin to Modify Behavior and Raise Revenue” (PDF link): Ultimately, what may be needed to address the obesity problem are direct taxes on body weight. While it is hard to conceive of this approach being a common »

Climate Peace in Our Time

Featured image As Paul explains below, Barack Obama is clearly angling to be the Neville Chamberlain of our time by obtaining a “peace of paper” with Iran declaring “peace in our time.” It is amazing that the Iranians haven’t grasped their opening, or perhaps they realize how desperate Obama is and as such will wait for another year and get even better terms than are on offer now. Likewise, as everyone knows »

Sir Martin Gilbert, RIP

Featured image Sad news from London this morning of the passing of Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, and the author of something like 40 other books—many of them big, big books, some of them about Jewish history and the Holocaust. He began his career as a research assistant to Randolph Churchill, and after Randolph died succeeded him as the official biographer, going on to write six of the »

Civil War on the Right (Part 1?)

Featured image I’ve got an old clip from the Wall Street Journal that quotes a Michigan legislator some years ago saying, “Some of our friends wanted it in the bill, some of our friends wanted it out, and Jerry and I are going to stick with our friends.” That’s how I feel about a Wall Street Journal story this morning that lifts the lid on a growing split among conservatives that I’ve »

Some of the Worst Will Be Hardest Hit

Featured image About ten years back when I was co-authoring (with Joel Schwartz) Air Quality in America: A Dose of Reality on Air Pollution Levels, Trends, and Health Risks (yes—scintillating reading indeed) we took note of a trope in both advocacy and media coverage of air pollution—what might be called “the reverse Lake Woebegone Effect for Air Pollution.” Just about every local environmental press release, and subsequent news story, contained the claim »

Does Israel Need a Bibi-Sitter?

Featured image American-style political campaigning has been advancing around the world for a long while now, but I’m not sure even a “family values” candidate in the U.S. would run an ad quite like this one currently airing in Israel ahead of the upcoming elections.  Still, I rather like it, and wholly agree that Israelis should vote for Bibi.  (Be sure to watch it all the way through to the end—only one »

Hitler Learns About Pete Carroll’s Goal Line Call

Featured image Actually Pete Carroll had the right inclination to pass on second down with under 30 seconds to play and only one time out.  But the better call would have been to have Wilson roll out and have the option of running, throwing for a receiver in the corner, or throwing it away.  The inside slant pass was the poorest option.  Couldn’t happen to a more deserving jerk than Carroll, who »

The Climatistas’ Climate of Hate

Featured image I guess the strictures against “hate speech” don’t apply to the climatistas, or at least about their invective against climate skeptics. In our “Picks” section we linked David Rose’s Daily Mail column about the death threats he’s received for being environmentally incorrect (though Rose is, like Matt Ridley and several others, a “lukewarmer”—a category that the climatistas will not acknowledge or tolerate): Some would say this makes me a ‘lukewarmer’ »

Speaking of Underinflated Balls. . .

Featured image Did you catch the economic news yesterday? The U.S. economy hit “speed bumps,” according to the Wall Street Journal’s lede story, but it would appear that those berms may be quicksand traps. Fourth quarter economic growth came in at only 2.6 percent, well below the summer’s 5 percent pace. Given that the middling economic growth we have enjoyed has been largely consumer driven, it suggests a fragile economy that could »

Charles Blows Again

Featured image We took note here last summer of the feebleness of New York Times columnist Charles Blow, and now he’s offered up another howler for our instruction. Last week he wrote to complain about the harassment young black males receive from police, and this time it was personal because his son, a Yale student, had been briefly detained at gunpoint on the University’s grounds. Blow’s son’s account went as follows: “I »

Another Reason to Home School Your Kids

Featured image A faithful reader passes along the snapshot of a high school world history textbook that notes the “fantastic economic results” of Stalin’s management of the Soviet economy back in the glory days of the successive Five Year plans. No wonder people fall for Elizabeth Warren. Here’s the text in case you can’t make out the photo: These forceful means of making the Soviet Union a modern industrial nation took a »

The Week in Pictures: Super Bowl Edition

Featured image Everybody got their munchies locked and loaded?  I say Seattle by a fair margin, like last year.  New England looks distracted by all the deflated footballs silliness.  Speaking of playing with deflated footballs, Obama . . . oh never mind.  You know where that was going. And finally. . . »