Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Next Up: Charlie Rose

Featured image Geez—the updates of the next person to fall under the cloud of suspicion for sexual harassment may need to become an hourly affair instead of a daily affair. The Washington Post is reporting this afternoon that Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women: Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking »

The Never Ending Climate Hustle

Featured image The climatistas and their toadies in the media can’t stop scratching their heads and asking/demanding why conservatives/Republicans refuse to credit “the science” about climate change. Maybe because of articles like the one in the New York Times today, which makes clear that the left sees climate change as an excuse for a massive political power grab: The Climate Crisis: It’s Capitalism, Stupid By Benjamin Y. Fong . . . The real »

Today in Sexual Harassment News

Featured image While we await the inevitable cascade of additional accusations against Al Franken (because character is destiny, and Franken’s essential jerkiness is well-established by this point), we note today’s newest suspect: New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush. Here’s part of a first hand account from Laura McGann at Vox: Thrush and the young woman met at her colleague’s going-away party at a bar near the Politico newsroom, she told me, and »

The Clinton Wrecking Machine

Featured image There’s an old moral precept, derived from classical teaching, that virtue is its own reward. Right about now liberals may be slowly coming to learn the wisdom behind this thought. You can see this in the way many liberals are now engaged in self-flaggelation about whether Clinton should have resigned from office in 1998 when the Lewinsky scandal blew up. To be sure, much of this is political posturing, since »

Trump Versus the Administrative State

Featured image Last month I noted here and in the Los Angeles Times that the Trump Administration is conducting the most serious effort at de-regulation and true regulatory reform (as opposed to mere temporary relief) since the Reagan Administration, and in some ways superior to the Reagan efforts. (Though to be fair, many of the worst excesses of executive branch regulation have grown up since the Reagan years.) Yesterday my regulatory rabbi »

Only One Kind of Apple Apparently

Featured image When you go to the produce section of the store, you have your choice of various kinds of apples to select: red delicious, macintosh, green, etc. You might even call it a diversity of apples to choose from. When it comes to the Apple Corporation, however, it seems diversity means uniformity. We reported last month about how Apple’s vice president for diversity and inclusion had transgressed the catechism of political »

The Week in Pictures: More Cowbell Edition

Featured image We’ve definitely reached the “more cowbell” moment of the sexual harassment panic on the left. Yesterday I tweeted out how I had gone to the store, and wondered what new sexual harassment news I had missed. And before I could even unpack my French chablis and brie wheel, there came the news that Rocky himself was now caught up in the net. Where will it end? Probably with Mike Pence »

The Week in Pictures: Special Al Franken Edition

Featured image Not to worry: there will be a regular full edition of the Week in Pictures tomorrow morning around 9 am eastern time as usual, but there are so many Al Franken memes blowing up the interwebs that it calls for a special edition. Who knew that Hollywood would come up with a whole new monster genre, the Frankenweinstein. The Onion has the best take on this, and leads off our »

Today in Climatista Power Grabbing

Featured image There’s another UN world climate conference under way over in Germany right now, which I have resolutely ignored because life is too short, and besides, Trump has doomed the planet by withdrawing from the Paris Accord, so what’s the point? However, I do have some friends who are gluttons for punishment and are attending. One of them sends along this note: I had just purchased my morning cup of tea »

Bottom Stories of the Day

Featured image While we await the breaking news of this hour’s sexual harasser, let’s take in a couple of news stories that seem fitting for the stupid time in which we live. From Detroit: two groups of undercover cops bust each other in a story line that sounds like it’s right out of Brooklyn 99 (which is a great show, by the way): Sources say it started when two special ops officers »

The Nation Whine Club

Featured image I guess cruises with the ever delightful Katrina van den Heuvel and junkets to Cuba just aren’t enough for the cosmopolite readership of The Nation. They have a Nation Whine Club now! Oh wait, it’s a Wine Club, but you can understand how the confusion could creep in. I already belong to too many wine clubs, and in any case wouldn’t trust The Nation to select wines anyway. Because I am »

Portlandia Lives Up to Parody

Featured image Having just made a visit to Portland, Oregon, I got a fresh reminder that lots of people there think “Portlandia” is a true-to-life documentary rather than a “mockumentary.” Take for example a recent news report about a study on substance abuse commissioned by the Portland City Club. The study found that substance abuse is—wait for it—a serious problem. An epidemic even! Oregon is facing an epidemic of alcohol and drug »

You Think Things Are Bad Here. . .

Featured image It’s not just the Republican Party that is riven with infighting that threatens its hold on power. The Tory Party in Britain is coming apart right now, too. Part of the problem is the turmoil over Brexit, over the lack of progress in putting together a Brexit scheme. But other aspects of current Tory government policy are not going well, and appear deeply unpopular with voters. Several cabinet and sub-cabinet »

History Is Bunk, Indeed

Featured image Henry Ford is reported to have once said, “History is bunk.” Upon Ford’s death, the eminent historian Arnold Toynbee remarked, “Henry Ford is history.” Touché! But I wonder if Henry Ford isn’t having the last laugh on this question, at least when it comes to academic history. I’ve been making mischief for the last few years among academic historians by asking the simple question, “Why is it that nearly all of »

The Liberal Cult in Action

Featured image No sooner do I note yesterday that GQ magazine has consistently disgraced itself with its choice of cover honorees (culminating in naming Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year”) than Marie Claire decided to say “Hold my beer” and offer up this tweet: Now, I do not follow Taylor Swift at all, and couldn’t pick one of her tunes out of a police lineup. But I know that she is »

About That “Climate Consensus”

Featured image The most tiresome cliché of the climatistas is that “97 percent of scientists ‘believe’ in human caused climate change,” though I am always grateful for how they used the term “believe,” since the whole matter has taken on the attributes of religious commitment, if not fanaticism in many cases. The backup for this refrain is exceedingly weak. One study purporting to establish the “97 percent” consensus figure, from John Cook of the »

Tweet of the Day!

Featured image I expect you’ve heard that GQ magazine has named Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year.” Which is contradictory on its face, since the whole point of Kaepernick’s caper is to repudiate his citizenship. This Tweet wins the internet for today, for showing what unerring judgment GQ magazine has—why it’s even worse than the Sports Illustrated cover curse: »