Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: We Want Tattoo Edition

Featured image I’m dizzy from this week. Why does the news cycle in the Trump era seem more like a blender turned on high (and with the lid off)? Is the the week Capitol Hill Republicans packed it in and ratified the old judgment that they are indeed the Stupid Party? If Trump pardons himself, will our political system go blind? One thing is certain: if Trump is driven from office, I »

Can Sea Monsters Be Far Off?

Featured image Jonah Goldberg notes in a recent column that climate change alarmism seems to have turned itself up past 11, probably because (my theory) Trump has driven them out of what little of their minds was left: One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He »

Christina Sommers Returns Serve

Featured image What do you get when you cross sports with hyper-genderism? You get the usual outrage machine train wreck of course. Like when tennis great John McEnroe said that if Serena Williams played in men’s professional tennis she’d rank around 700th. The media erupted as if to say, “You cannot be serious!” Yes, he can—as even Williams herself agreed. Fortunately we have The Factual Feminist, Christina Hoff Sommers, on the case, »

Oddities of the Noor Shooting

Featured image John and Scott have both offered long posts about the shooting of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, and I have only two questions to add. First, I am surprised I haven’t seen more questions or comments about a most peculiar aspect of the story—that officer Noor fired at Damond from the passenger seat out the driver’s side window, meaning he shot past his partner. I am no »

Can We Have Constantinople Back?

Featured image Turkey, sometimes an unsteady ally during the Cold War and in Middle Eastern affairs but an ally nonetheless, is showing increasing signs under Erdogan of tilting toward Islamism and away from the West. And that’s leaving aside the appalling scene from Erdogan’s recent visit to Washington, which featured his security goons beating up on protestors in the streets of Washington outside the Turkish embassy. Today the Wall Street Journal reports »

Scenes from the Higher Ed Apocalypse

Featured image Unless you read the LA Times, you may have missed this astounding story from Monday about the now-former dean of the University of Southern California’s medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito. It is a long story, so here are the highlights: An Overdose, a Young Companion, Drug-Fueled Parties: The Secret Life of USC Med School Dean During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug »

When You’ve Lost Rick Perlstein . . .

Featured image I offered a long reflection here the other day on what is shaping up as the most scandalously bad book since Michael Bellesiles’s fraudulent Arming America—Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains. I decided to get a copy for myself (despite complaining that the criticism of the book is yet another Koch-directed conspiracy, MacLean must be delighted that the controversy is juicing sales), and there is literally a howler on every page. »

Today in the Annals of Liberal Race Obsession

Featured image Along with Darkest Hour, the forthcoming Churchill movie we noted here the other day, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk opens tomorrow. From the trailers it looks to be extremely impressive, which is what you’d expect from Nolan, and most early reviews are glowing. There is, however, this passage in the USA Today review yesterday by Brian Truitt: The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, »

Jamie Dimon for President?

Featured image You may have heard the rant about Washington’s unseriousness about economic growth that JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon delivered on an earnings call the other day. In case you missed it, here it is (with some key bits marked in bold): Since the Great Recession, which is now 8 years old, we’ve been growing at 1.5 to 2 percent in spite of stupidity and political gridlock. Because the American business »

The Scandal of the Liberal Mind

Featured image Some years ago the evangelical scholar Mark Noll wrote an influential book titled The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. It was a critique of the lack of intellectual seriousness and depth among his fellow evangelicals, and a clarion call to for evangelical thinkers to step up their game. Christianity Today named it the “Book of the Year” in 1994, and it provoked far-reaching and long-lasting discussion among evangelicals. I wonder »

The Week in Pictures: Groundhog Day Edition

Featured image As I surveyed the cartoons, memes, and photos in the large inventory for this week, I couldn’t help but think—”Isn’t this just like last week? And the week before? Is CNN still beclowning itself? Is Trump still provoking Tweetrages? More Russia fanaticism from everyone? Is Gov. Christie still on that beach?” I’m afraid right now that we may be in this pattern for the next three and a half years. »

Some Pictures Just Can’t Wait Till Saturday Morning

Featured image I’m traveling today, but not to worry: I’ve got the Week in Pictures in hand for tomorrow morning, going up at 6 am (central time) sharp as usual. But sometimes a picture comes along that is so extraordinary that it deserves to be separated from the crowd: I mean seriously: what the hell? Clinton between two Bushes? Does Slick Willie not know how symbolically accurate this photo is, displaying his »

Churchill, Done Right

Featured image There was a new movie about Churchill right before D-Day out this spring, starring Brian Cox as Winston, that was so bad I didn’t even bother with a smackdown here. Andrew Roberts wrote that “The only problem with the movie – written by the historian Alex von Tunzelmann – is that it gets absolutely everything wrong. Never in the course of movie-making have so many specious errors been made in »

Electric Car Talk

Featured image My post on the problem of subsidies for electric cars here the other day prompted a vigorous discussion in the comment thread, much of it about things I didn’t say.* Let me step back and reset the discussion with a few broad propositions about the subject before introducing something new. 1. Electrification of our overall energy use is a trend that has been under way for some time, and will »

Civil War on the Left, Part 43: I Can’t Even

Featured image Just imagine all of the problems this story is going to cause the left, who won’t be able to sort out the competing Victimology and Moral Purity claims: Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains A fifth of male fish are now transgender because of chemicals from the contraceptive pill being flushed down household drains, a study by has suggested. Male river fish are displaying feminised traits and even »

The G20 Hangover: The Humbug from Hamburg

Featured image Does any sentient human being actually read the complete communiques that these splashy G20 summits produce every year? I doubt it. Still, it is kind of fun to take in two paragraphs about global warming climate change that appear in the most recent declaration from the meeting in Hamburg last week.  Note the difference between these two paragraphs: We take note of the decision of the United States of America »

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Featured image The North Korean situation is reaching a crisis point, beyond which the United States will be in the position of having to acquiesce to the Nork’s status in the nuclear club. As is widely understood, the military options today are fraught with peril. Armchair generals might spin out scenarios of a decapitating strike on North Korea, but in the real world the chances of success are too uncertain. Austin Bay, »