Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Is California Starting to Circle the Drain?

Featured image I recently became a crime victim for one of the few times in my life. My car was burgled while I was up in the Bay Area on my weekly sojourn to the Peoples Republic of Berkeley. I say “burgled” rather than “broken into,” because there was no smashed window, or picked lock, nor did I leave the car unlocked. Rather, I was the victim of a clever gang of »

The Week in Pictures: Oh, Canada Edition

Featured image Say what you will about Donald Trump, at least he’s not a blithering idiot like Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I expect you heard his correcting a questioner this week at a public forum who said “mankind,” to which Pretty Boy Justin suggested that she should say “personkind” instead. You can’t say “personkind,” you idiot! It is still a masculine ending (person). Doesn’t the idiot know that the correct pronoun »

Who You Callin’ Eccentric?

Featured image I really like Joseph Bottum (Jody to his friends), the literary editor of the Weekly Standard back at its launch, author of a terrific book (An Anxious Age) and nowadays head of the CLASSICS Institute at Dakota State University in his home state of South Dakota. (Which makes him some kind of 8th cousin of Hinderaker, doesn’t it?) He’s quite the polymath as well as an extraordinary dinner host, as »

Democrats Won’t Stand for This!

Featured image Actually, as we know, Democrats won’t stand (up) for much of anything these days. One might say it’s because they’re old, they’ve fallen and can’t get up, or something. In any case, this is a party that needs Life Alert monitors. (Don’t bother with any Mancrates.) The RNC has put together this highlight reel of Democrats doing what they do best: sitting on their a–. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 55: Fe, Fi, Fo, FISA

Featured image We’re back midweek with a special, 10-minute short edition of the Power Line podcast with a quick overview of FISA and “The Memo” with the great John Yoo. I got curious about one small detail toward the end of The Memo, namely, the passage that said the FISA warrant to continue snooping on Carter Page was renewed three times after the initial warrant based on the Steele dossier, but that »

Green Weenie of the Week: Madam Hillary

Featured image No sooner do I throw up my hands in despair of finding new and plausible winners of Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award (we don’t give these out to just anybody, you know: there’s a rigorous review committee) than we get an obvious winner: Madam Hillary herself. You know the old joke about how the liberal media would cover the end of the world: “World To End Tomorrow: Women and »

Green Wee. . . Oh Forget It, I Give Up

Featured image Back in the 1960s, when Ronald Reagan spotted a bedraggled hippie protester with the sign saying “Make love, not war,” the Gipper quipped that from the looks of them, they weren’t capable of doing much of either. Today I think he’d say this about the climatistas. Yesterday the New York Times reported on the latest intramural controversy among the climatistas: whether they should reproduce. Now personally I can think of no »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 54: The Next Iranian Revolution?

Featured image Kelly Jane Torrance, the deputy managing editor of the Weekly Standard, and, not insignificantly, the Cocktail Queen of Washington, busts in on the Power Line mancave for this episode of the Power Line Show to talk about the protests in Iran, which Kelly Jane has been following more closely than just about any other American journalist (here and here, with more coming soon). She’s just back from her second trip to »

How Crazy? California Crazy

Featured image Last week some readers thought I had taken leave of my senses when I wrote that—relatively speaking (the key qualifier)—Jerry Brown is about the only adult in the room among California Democrats (though this may apply to California Republicans, too, as I’ll demonstrate shortly). I wrote: “If you doubt me, just wait till we have a governor named ‘Gavin’ next year (which California richly deserves), and you’ll see what I »

Super PC Bowl

Featured image I am wondering whether any of the players at the Super Bowl will take a knee during the national anthem, and if so, whether the TV broadcast will show it. NBC, which is broadcasting this year’s game, has refused to run this ad because it makes fun of North Korea’s Little Kim: Over the last few years the Super Bowl games have actually gotten better; more close games instead of »

Affirmative Action and Upward Mobility

Featured image The following paper uploaded to the Social Science Research Network a few days ago caught the eye of Charles Murray. You’ll see why toward the end of the abstract: The Effects of Affirmative Action Bans on Low-Income College Access and Upward Mobility Sungoh Kwan, University of Connecticut Abstract In recent years, many states in the U.S. have banned race-based affirmative action in college admissions. Public universities in these states have »

The Shallow End of the Deep State

Featured image I’m not sure whether I have yet written here about why I’m not wild about the newly popular term “deep state,” which has become shorthand for the longer term I and many others have been using for a long time—the “administrative state.” The two terms overlap, but are not essentially the same thing. The “administrative state” refers to the Progressive constitutionalism that consciously seeks to supplant democratic self-government with rule »

The Week in Pictures: State of the Union Edition

Featured image From the sour looks on the faces of Democrats who turned up for President Trump’s State of the Union address, I’m thinking Trump must have tricked them into thinking he was giving a “State of the Onion” address. I’ve never seen so many dyspeptic expressions. If they keep this up, I might start to think Trump knows what he’s doing. And how about that Joe Kennedy the XIVth, or whatever »

Breaking: The Memo Is Out!

Featured image The infamous Nunes memo has been released in the last hour. The House website is intermittently clogging up as you might imagine, but you can try to download it yourself here or here. On a quick first read, there is not much in it that we didn’t already know in general terms— the flyblown Steele dossier was the sole “evidence” the FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant to monitor »

How the Swamp Regarded Trump

Featured image As the FBI-gate story continues to unfold at a languid pace, once again Yes, Prime Minister reveals the inner truth of how to understand the matter with this prescient scene where Sir Humphrey and Sir Arnold recommend that a PM candidate’s MI-5 file (Britain’s equivalent of a raw FBI file) should be reviewed for a “good laugh.” But of course the idea of Jim Hacker Donald Trump as chief executive »

Power Line Show, Episode 53: When Harry Became Sally

Featured image The Power Line podcast returns to the airwaves today with some big news—we have a sponsor! Not just any sponsor, but the coolest sponsor ever: ManCrates (“Awesome gifts for men!”). Could there be a better-named sponsor for a site run by four dudes? (Though I hasten to add, it is the perfect site for all of our Ammo Grrrll readers, too. For the upcoming Valentine’s Day, for instance, you can order »

The Memo Muddle: The Five Basic Excuses

Featured image It is still far from clear as of this writing just what is going to come of the drama over the Nunes memo, the FBI inspector general’s report, and the opposition memo that probably ought to be known as the Attempted Schiff Shaft. But if this all reveals large corruption, incompetence, or political malfeasance on the part of some rogue FBI officials, you can expect the basic five bureaucratic excuses »