Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Who Turned the Crazy Machine Up to 11?

Featured image It’s almost impossible to keep up with the crazy this week. It’s causing my “Week in Pictures” compass to spin like a top, almost as if the Earth’s magnetic polarity was flipping out. (Oh, wait. . .) First, we have the utterly predictable—but still fully absurd—story out of Spokane, Washington, that the local head of the NAACP is in fact a white woman. What the heck, if Elizabeth Warren and »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Ignorance

Featured image Seth Meyers, in his Late Show monologue last night: Chipotle has announced plans to provide paid vacation, tuition, reimbursement, and sick days for hourly workers, which is great. But now if you want guacamole, it’s $400. If a late night talk show host gets this, why can’t our legislators, or the New York Times editorial page? Meanwhile, regarding Paul’s earlier note on “white privilege,” worth six minutes to review the »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 9

Featured image Nature magazine reports today: Irreproducible Biology Research Costs Put at $28 Billion Per Year Scientists in the United States spend $28 billion each year on basic biomedical research that cannot be repeated successfully. That is the conclusion of a study published on 9 June in PLoS Biology1 that attempts to quantify the causes, and costs, of irreproducibility. John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University in California who studies scientific robustness, says that »

Blurred Lines

Featured image One of Jerry Seinfeld’s complaints about political correctness ruining comedy is that “the lines keep moving.” As it happened, I ran across a line that the great Florence King wrote back in 1978 that shows the problem: Feminists won’t be satisfied until every abortion is performed by a black gay doctor under an endangered tree on a reservation for handicapped Indians. Hoo boy, she’d be drummed off of any college »

The PC Left Doubles Down on Stupid

Featured image Jerry Seinfeld has been getting a lot of pixels lately for saying comedians should avoid college campuses because they are humorless zones of political correctness: Jerry Seinfeld: Political Correctness Will Destroy Comedy Jerry Seinfeld believes political correctness has put comedy on a self-destructive path. During a recent ESPN interview, host Colin Cowherd mentioned to Seinfeld that Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy intentionally don’t perform at college campuses because »

I Think I’ll Have a Cheeseburger

Featured image Is that even a question that needs reflection? Maybe, but better make it a Thickburger, because, Yes, this is the greatest cheeseburger ad ever. I only post this here as a public service because it may not be airing your media market. That’s how Power Line looks out for you. »

Is the Obama Justice Department Secretly Supporting Rand Paul?

Featured image What can possibly explain the Justice Department’s subpoena of Reason demanding the identities of anonymous commenters on its website? Bloomberg columnist Virginia Postrel (the editor of Reason magazine back in the 1990s when I wrote for it frequently) explains: This is happening in America — weirdly, to a site I founded, and one whose commenters often earned my public contempt. Los Angeles legal blogger Ken White has obtained a grand »

The Crisis of the Administrative State, Part 6

Featured image Now this is very interesting: Federal Judge Rules SEC’s In-House Judge’s Appointment “Likely Unconstitutional” A federal judge ruled Monday that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of an in-house judge to preside over an insider-trading case was “likely unconstitutional,” a potential blow to the agency’s controversial use of its internal tribunal. The decision possibly creates a serious headache for the SEC, which is increasingly using its five administrative-law judges to »

How To End the Title Nein Fascism in Five Minutes

Featured image By now it is evident even to honest liberals that Title IX is an out of control monster that makes old fashioned political correctness and speech codes look like a John Stuart Mill seminar. The Laura Kipness episode at Northwestern University might prove a tipping point, but I doubt it: between the determination of the will-to-power left, the cravenness of most college administrations (including Northwestern’s feckless president Mort Schapiro—I’ve got »

The Liberal Learning Curve Is Flat

Featured image Last fall Ross Koningstein (whom I know slightly) and David Fork, two Google engineers who headed up Google’s ambitious RE<C project—which stood for “Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal”—wrote a cogent explanation of why Google decided to pull the plug on RE<C: Unfortunately, not every Google moon shot leaves Earth orbit. In 2011, the company decided that RE<C was not on track to meet its target and shut down the initiative. »

The Progress of Progressivism

Featured image In trying to decide for a previous post what version of the Progressive Operating System (POS) we’re currently using (6.0? 8.0?), I just arbitrarily decided to go with 12.0. Oh, now do pipe down; Microsoft Windows is my model here; the acronym POS is a pure coincidence. But in any case I’m sure Progressives will scorn this as “Whole Numberism,” which is defined in the PC Dictionary as a “microaggressive »

When Liberal Pieties Collide

Featured image I didn’t expect to read this in the New York Times this morning: Do women and men have different brains? Back when Lawrence H. Summers was president of Harvard and suggested that they did, the reaction was swift and merciless. Pundits branded him sexist. Faculty members deemed him a troglodyte. Alumni withheld donations. But when Bruce Jenner said much the same thing in an April interview with Diane Sawyer, he »

Highlights from First VIP Livecast

Featured image We started Power Line VIP membership service a few months ago primarily as an option for people who requested some way of accessing the site without ads, over which we do not exercise complete control. (Though I must say I do enjoy it when a left-wing ad pops up on our site. I always make a point of clicking on it, since it costs the advertiser some money, even if »

The Week in Pictures: FIFA Red Card Edition

Featured image I’ve got it! Bruce Caitlyn Jenner should be the new head of FIFA. What was more unlikely a year ago: that Bruce Jenner would switch teams, or that the hooligans who run international soccer would be brought to justice? Now both have happened. As Churchill put it in My Early Life, “Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything »

Dems Looking for the Panic Button?

Featured image John mentioned on Tuesday that Democrats should be very worried about the early and obvious weakness of their presumptive nominee, and Fred Barnes takes up the theme in today’s edition of the Weekly Standard in “The Coming Democratic Panic”: That Clinton’s candidacy is in trouble is indisputable. She’s not threatened with losing the Democratic nomination—at least not yet. She has the well-financed Clinton machine and a national network of supporters »

Jen, Jenny, Jenner (2)

Featured image I wasn’t going to take the bait that the identity politics left is dangling like so much shark chum hoping to score some cheap points against us retrograde defenders of human nature, but then two worthy stories related to the Bruce Caitlyn Jenner matter crossed the screen. First, Damon Linker of The Week, a centrist not afraid of laying some smack on cultural conservatives—including a column a few days ago »

The Dems’ Missing Linc

Featured image Lincoln Chafee—who I liked to call the “Missing Linc” during his brief tenure as a U.S. Senator—has made moving to the metric system a key plank of his presidential campaign. What—is he trying to allow Jon Stewart’s writers to get the day off? Trying to make Bernie Sanders look sensible by comparison? But the Missing Linc has missed his real opening if he really wants to get the approval of »