Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Loose Ends (10)

Featured image • Seven almonds? Seven?? Lightly salted? This, the New York Times tells us this morning, is the snack Obama allows himself at the White House in the evening. I know successful politicians need to be very disciplined (except for Bill Clinton), but this is ridiculous. You’d think Obama would at least go for skinned olives instead. And doesn’t Obama know that each almond grown in California (where most come from) »

Piers Morgan Has a Stopped-Clock Moment

Featured image Like most sensible people I found Piers Morgan completely insufferable when he was on CNN. I didn’t think anything could make me miss Larry King—until Morgan began his haughty huffings. I’d rather watch a Justin Bieber concert than listen to Morgan speak another word about the Second Amendment. I’d submit to listening to the Oak Ridge Boys sing “Elvira” for a month nonstop rather than listen to Morgan (though I »

The Week in Pictures: Brexit of Champions Edition

Featured image Between a Supreme Court that has totally lost its way without Nino, and a fresh terror attack that has thrown the Obama Administration into confusion (their standard operating mode on Islamic terrorism), it’s been a bad week. But there’s the supernova bright spot of Brexit to cheer us up—a gift that will keep on giving I expect. And finally. . . »

Can Reagan Save Another Clinton Presidency?

Featured image First of all, I’ll pause for a moment to let you get over the shudder at the thought of “another Clinton presidency” in this headline. Take a shot or two of whiskey if necessary. Or deep cleansing breaths. Whatever it takes. Now, to the main topic. I’ve been thinking for a while that there’s not much wrong with this country that a sustained period of 4 percent economic growth wouldn’t »

What Went Down on the Tarmac?

Featured image What the hell was Bill Clinton thinking in springing a “spontaneous” visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Phoenix airport? He’s way too smart to know that the visit wouldn’t be explosive if revealed. There is reporting out this afternoon from The Observer that Clinton delayed his departure from Phoenix so that he could meet Lynch, and that he caught Lynch by surprise. The first part of this is »

Energiewoopsie, Or, What Happens When You Dump Nuclear Power

Featured image The greens have been aflutter for years about Germany’s energiewende, or “energy revolution,” partly because it involves a lot of their sacred windmills and solar panels and partly because it’s a revolution man, so dig it! Better put the patchouli-infused hemp robes away for the moment, because Germany is backpedalling fast. From Reuters yesterday: Germany waters down climate protection plan Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to »

Sir Roger Scruton on Brexit

Featured image I don’t know why I didn’t think of looking weeks or months ago to see what SIR Roger Scruton had to say about the Brexit question, but naturally it turns out he said quite a lot, and all of  it sensible. This video from last December is very short, obviously on a continental TV show, and he explains that the Brexit question is much less economical than political and cultural: »

Do You Feel the Johnson?

Featured image Forget “Feel the Bern.” Do you “Feel the Johnson”? As in Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president? The Johnson-Weld ticket is the most serious ticket the Libertarian Party has ever nominated, which to be sure is like being the tallest building in Wichita, but still, if ever the Libertarian ticket might actually contend it is this year. I’ve been saying for a while that if Johnson, who can »

Savoring the Brexit Freakout

Featured image The collective freakout by the elites finds no better expression than in the indignation of CNN’s execrable Christiane Amanpour, who gets smacked back quite effectively by the impressive Daniel Hannan: »

Follow the Science, They Say

Featured image When it comes to the climate uber alles crowd, environmentalists insist we “follow the science.” Well let’s see whether Greenpeace follows this science. This morning in Washington DC there will be a press conference where a petition by 107 Nobel laureate scientists will call on Greenpeace to cease its reactionary opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Washington Post reports: 107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs By »

The FBI Investigation of Hillary: Is the Fix In?

Featured image Now I know what you’re thinking based on this headline: Of course the fix is in, you idiot! What makes you think the Obama Administration will allow the First Woman President to be indicted for mere sloppiness about emails? And then there’s this breaking story out of Arizona this morning: Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix PHOENIX – Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email and »

The European Union: What Went Wrong

Featured image The migrant crisis is thought to be the chief precipitating event behind the shocking UK Brexit vote outcome, along with the general sense that the European Union and its ever expanding bureaucracy and high-handed intrusiveness is becoming intolerable. But remember that the decision to hold a referendum in Britain was made three years ago, after several years of agitation by EU critics, who are not limited to just the UK. »

Chronicle of Higher Education Beclowns Itself

Featured image A few days back I reported here on the Chronicle of Higher Education symposium to which I contributed on what a “Trump 101” course syllabus might look like, noting that some of the commenters complained that there was  “Not much diversity in the faculty or the authors of the readings,” and adding that “I’m not sure how much more diverse in ideology you can get than [Harvey] Mansfield and Alan »

Brexit Week in Pictures

Featured image There’s just so much good material on Brexit piling up that it can’t wait for Saturday. So here’s “Brexit Week in Pictures.” Enjoy! And finally (okay, so there’s no gun, but this is close enough for Brexit work, as it explains why Brexit won): »

Liberalism’s All-Purpose, Universal Scam

Featured image You may have missed the story yesterday of the arrest over the weekend of civil rights bit player Walter Fauntroy, who returned over the weekend from what the Washington Post described as a “four-year sojourn in the Persian Gulf,” where he had fled to skip out on a $55,000 tab for an inauguration party he held for Barack Obama back in 2009: In January 2012, Fauntroy left the United States »

Nigel Farage Takes a Victory Lap at the EU

Featured image It has been great fun watching Nigel Farage flay the European Parliament these last few years usually to looks of derision, and here he is today taking a well-earned victory lap in front of his future former colleagues, who are not amused—so much so that the speaker of the parliament has to tell the crowd to settle down. (I especially like “I know that virtually none of you have ever »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Darth Vader Studies [With Comment by John]

Featured image Just when you thought the Star Wars prequels couldn’t get any worse. You knew something like this was out there (“out there” in both senses of the term) in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique: Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe Joshua Atkinson (Bowling Green State University) and Bernadette Calafell (University of Denver) In this essay, we »