Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Today’s Climate Embarrassment [With Comments and Video By John]

Featured image For a while now we’re heard that the steadily dropping level of the Great Lakes is yet another sign of—wait for it now—global warming . . . er, climate change . . . er, climate “disruption,” or whatever we’re supposed to call it this week.  The hotlink to “Great Lakes drop” on The Warmlist has gone dead, and by the way, is there still some snow and ice in the »

“The Dread Signal of Armageddon”

Featured image Today is the 100th anniversary of Gavrilo Princep’s assassination of the Archduke Francis Fertinand and his consort in Sarajevo, what Churchill called “the dread signal of Armageddon.”  We’re about to start a four-year palooza of commemorations of the signal episodes from the Great War, including lots of chin-stroking about whether something like it could happen again in the heart of Europe (or on the periphery, like, say, Ukraine).  I offered »

The Week in Pictures: Video Edition!

Featured image We’ve never included videos before in the Week in Pictures, but there’s always a first time. There’s a couple of good ones making the rounds right now.  Meanwhile, Hillary’s penury has legs, which spells trouble for her in the long run.  And Obama?  Obama who?  He’s now on the receiving end of 13 unanimous Supreme Court smackdowns.  Nixon only had one (the tapes) that I’m aware of. I think the »

The Week’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Tough competition for the most egregious embarrassment of the week for the Climatistas.  But you can add one more thing to The Warmlist’s 883 items caused by global warming climate change: the rise of ISIS in Iraq.  So says Slate.com: Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq? The short answer is a qualified yes . . . You know, I’m really not interested »

Obamacare Delenda Est

Featured image With the cascade of Administration scandals and the serial ineptitude of Obama’s foreign policy, it is easy to lose sight of the central issue that should swing a lot of the close Senate races this fall.  In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a 90-second video that makes the point elegantly: Democrats lied about Obamacare. And they’re not about to “fix” it. »

SCOTUS Smacks Obama Again, But . . .

Featured image Today’s the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the Obama Administration’s abuse of the recess appointment power in NLRB v. Canning.  Unanimous!  And not for the first time.  Think back to Sackett v. EPA two years ago, where a similarly unanimous Court ruled that the EPA had grossly exceeded its legal authority, or the Utility Air Regulatory Group decision on Monday, which, although 5 – 4, held that the EPA can’t »

Welcome to Japan: More on The Q1 GDP Report

Featured image John and I both took note of the disastrous first quarter GDP report yesterday.  Today it is worth bringing to your attention the observations of economist John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute, who is an unassuming and soft-spoken fellow (we were billeted in the same office suite) who has a very impressive track record of calling the shifts and directions in the economy.  His bottom line: forget about 3 »

Confirmed: The EPA Is Full of You-Know-What

Featured image So, what are those wacky folks at the EPA up to these days?  Writing regulations 38 times longer than the Bible?  Playing “Keeping Up with the IRS” in destroying emails that Congress has requested?  Worried about new forms of solid waste? If you guessed the last one, you’d be right.  More right than you might imagine.  Turns out EPA employees have been . . . pooping in EPA hallways.  Now, »

The All-Purpose, One-Stop Shopping Racism Hub

Featured image Regular readers of Power Line know that we keep close tabs on The Warmlist, the site that catalogues everything caused by global warming climate change, which now spans 883 things starting with AIDS and ending with zoonotic diseases.  (Yeah—I had to look that one up, too.  It has to do with diseases transmitted by insects, etc.  Nothing that a little DDT wouldn’t beat back in many cases. . .) Well, »

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 »