Author Archives: Steven Hayward

One Shovel-Ready Job: The Grave of the Dems Senate Majority?

Featured image As we noted here on May 29, the Department of Commerce reported that the nation’s economy contracted at an annual rate of about 1 percent during the first quarter of this year.  This morning the DoC is out with revised numbers, showing the economy shrank much more than previously thought: 2.9 percent.  Last year the White House had predicted 2.6 percent growth for the first quarter.  Oops. The suitably grumpy »

More Greenpeace Hypocrisy

Featured image Yesterday we noted that Greenpeace turns out to be really bad at currency trading.  Turns out the full story is much worse.  According to a story in The Guardian, Greenpeace suffers from multiple defects in its financial controls (“disarray” is the bland term The Guardian uses), such that if it were a bank or a U.S. for-profit corporation, the SEC might well slap it with fines or sanctions: The handling »

EPA Gets Smacked Around by SCOTUS

Featured image Today’s Supreme Court decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA is potentially a huge setback for the climatistas and the Obama administration’s recent proposal to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act, though it is a complicated opinion and will take a while to unravel.  It is a typical 5 -4 ruling along the usual lines, but in some ways appears to be a 9 – 0 vote »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image This story is just too fun not to pass along: Greenpeace Loses $5.2M on Rogue Employee Trading Greenpeace has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million) loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department. The environmental group, which is based in Amsterdam, said Monday the employee — who had bet the euro would not strengthen against other currencies »

Gaffe Time?

Featured image Two old remarks come back to mind as we survey the fraying foreign policy of Barack Obama.  The first is Henry Kissinger’s description of the achievement of Jimmy Carter, circa 1980: “The Carter administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end »

I’d Rather Get Advice from Pat Paulson

Featured image Henry “Hank” Paulson, President Bush’s hapless treasury secretary who undoubtedly made the panic of 2008 worse by his own public flop sweat over the collapse of Lehman Brothers (he had been known at Goldman Sachs more as a pure salesman than as an analyst or nitty-gritty dealmaker), takes to the pages of the New York Times today to draw parallels between the panic and crisis of 2008 and . . »

Trademark Infringement

Featured image Apparently there is a statute that gives the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the legal authority to revoke a trademark it deems to be ”immoral” “scandalous” or “disparaging,” and the Constitution explicitly grants Congress the power to regulate copyrights and patents (Article I, Section 8, clause 8), so the federal government’s revocation of the Washington Redskins name appears legal on the surface, though I can imagine a number of avenues for »

The Week in Pictures: The Dog Ate My Trademark Edition

Featured image The Week in PicturesTM is wondering when the U.S Patent and Trademark Office will get around to reviewing other potentially disparaging trademarks such as “Harry Reid,” which clearly disparages the U.S. Senate, let alone “Democratic Party,” whose disparagement of democracy goes back at least to Andy Jackson.  And don’t even get me started on the trademarks “Jesse Jackson” and “Al Sharpton.”  Meanwhile, where was the IRS when I needed an »

Hillary Clinton: Smartest Woman in the World

Featured image On the infrequent occasions when President Reagan was asked what he was reading, he typically answered with some lowbrow titles that confirmed the liberal stereotype that he was a lightweight.  One time he mentioned he was reading a Zane Grey novel; another time on TV, the memoirs of his old Hollywood friend George Burns.  He never mentioned the serious titles he was reading (at the moment of the Burns memoir, »

Feminazism After All

Featured image I always thought Rush Limbaugh was a little over the top with his designation of feminists as “Feminazis,” but being over the top is his job, after all.  It appears he was also prescient. Right now the most formidable critic of contemporary radical feminism is Christina Hoff Sommers.  You can view her new YouTube series of short weekly commentaries, “The Factual Feminist,” starting here. Well, rather than argue with the »

Hillary Down Under–or Going Under?

Featured image Apparently Hillary Clinton doesn’t just blow interviews here in the U.S.  Our former secretary of state also blows them overseas, too.  A few days ago she did an interview with Australia’s version of NPR, and managed to take an indirect swipe at the supposed “misogyny” of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott by way of an endorsement of a recent attack that ousted PM Julia Gillard made against Abbott: “I’m not »

Power Line Went on the Road, and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

Featured image I don’t ever fall for the click-bait headers that say something like “This dad went out to get the morning newspaper, and you won’t believe what happened next.”  But these headers must work because they’re everywhere.  So why not try one here? Power Line’s Western Bureau is currently on the road back to California, and the Power Line Dash Cam is recording much of the route.  Here’s two-minutes’ worth of »

Climate Mafia Chronicles

Featured image Okay, this Obama guy is really starting to annoy me.  John has already noted Obama’s risible comments about “climate deniers” in the commencement address he gave at UC Irvine the other day, and as I argued last week in the Weekly Standard, Obama and the rest of the climatistas are swatting after the thinnest of straw men, as there is virtually no one who is saying climate change doesn’t happen.  »

God Bless the USA (VA Edition)

Featured image Remy Munasifi has a new video not to be missed.  My next assignment for him will be a parody video of Lois Lerner’s missing emails. »

The Week In Pictures: Destitute Liberals Edition

Featured image We know that liberalism is destitute of ideas and common sense, but who knew that liberals—especially a certain prominent couple that occasionally billets in Chappaqua, NY—were literally destitute as well?  Poor, poor Hillary.  Speaking of destitute, it was hard to miss the wreck of Obama’s foreign policy this week.  One news report says were making plans to evacuate the American embassy in Baghdad–the one we spent a fortune worthy of »

Obama Versus America

Featured image I recall an episode during the Bush years when Vice President Dick Cheney took fire for wearing a parka and a ski cap during a solemn memorial ceremony at Auschwitz in Poland. “The vice president,” the Washington Post complained, “was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.  Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive »

Farewell to Boulder

Featured image I depart from Boulder on Friday morning to return to California.  The year certainly went by fast–too fast.  I should like to have stuck around for another year, since I know even better now how to torment campus liberals.  Anyway, I decided I needed to make one last gonzo bike ride through town and up and back down Boulder Canyon.  Here’s a three-minute highlight reel of the Final Bike Ride: »