Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Climate Follies

Featured image Climate change is such a bore that I can scarcely be bothered to keep up with it any more, but now and then I try to check in. The latest news is that 2016 was the hottest year ever, well, that is the hottest year for which we have decent records, which is, at best, about 150 years. Seriously? Moreover, you have to dig past the breathless news reports to »

Burn, Baby, Burn?

Featured image Looks like the left’s 1960s riot nostalgia is returning with a vengeance. The Washington Examiner reports that the stretch limo protesters set afire in Washington on inauguration day was owned by a Muslim immigrant who was opposed to Trump. And he doesn’t know whether his insurance policy will cover damage from rioting. I wonder if Trump might score a PR coup by paying for a new limo for this guy, »

Going Gaga: A Very Judd Sequel [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I see that my tongue-in-cheek post yesterday about Ashley Judd going gaga at the Wymyn’s March generated a lot of comments, and I do apologize sincerely for not attaching a warning to viewers about it. But as we’re inquiring after celebrities going gaga, it sent me racking my brain trying to remember what it was that my old mentor M. Stanton Evans once said about Lady Gaga, who as you »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Heavy, Man, Heavy

Featured image Did you know there is an academic journal devoted to the study of heavy metal music? I didn’t either, but of course there is: Metal Music Studies. It’s your one-stop shopping venue for important scholarly analysis of Metallica and Iron Maiden. Also Nickelback. Here’s one especially precious intersectional offering: Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal »

Can You Blow Bubbles with This Tea?

Featured image National Review’s Jim Geraghty argues in his NR “Morning Jolt” today that the Wymyns March on Saturday is the nucleus of a potentially effective Tea Party of the left for the Trump years. Even though the march was an incoherent stew of contradictory and fringe-y causes, it is united by the simple impulse to oppose Donald Trump, which Geraghty thinks will be sufficient to hold it all together. Maybe so, »

The Imponderable Ashley Judd

Featured image I was traveling home from Texas yesterday and missed the various women’s marches, but I heard that actress Ashley Judd went totally bonkers at the Washington DC rally. The video of the speech rant is below, and it is indeed off-the-chart crazy. But you should approach it with an open mind and entertain the possibility that she’s actually a mole from the Trump campaign. I think the circumstantial evidence indeed supports »

The Tweet for the Trump Years

Featured image By general consensus the most emblematic tweet of the Obama years came from Jon Gabriel: But you’ll note that this took until halfway through Obama’s second term for this to emerge as the undisputed champion. Just one day into the Trump presidency, I think we can already declare the emblematic tweet, courtesy David Burge (aka, Iowahawk): »

The Week in Pictures: Regular Saturday Edition

Featured image Aw come on, this is just too much fun. So here’s a short bonus round to enjoy while we get ready for the NFL conference championships tomorrow. Many thanks, by the way, to the many Power Line readers who turned out in Austin yesterday to hear my lunch talk at the University about Ronaldus Magnus, which I’ll lead off with. But note, in the second pic, that Trump has indeed »

Obama Pardons Sideshow Bob

Featured image Anyone recall this scene from The Simpsons from way back in its first or second season (when George H.W. Bush was president): Well good grief: But on Thursday, his last full day in office, Obama announced 330 more commutations, for nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715. He has granted commutations to more people than the past 12 presidents combined, including 568 inmates with life sentences. »

The Week in Pictures: Special Inaugural Gala Edition

Featured image I know, the Week in Pictures usually appears on Saturday, but given that it’s Inauguration Day today, it seems to me that we ought to have it up as a nice way to pass the last few hours of President Obama. By noon, we can start saying that happy phrase, “EX-President Obama.” And right after, the remarkable words, “President Trump.” I distinctly remember being in Washington on January 20, 1981, »

Electric Dreams

Featured image I’m amazed that I somehow missed this “ad” for a Mercedes Benz electric car when it aired on Saturday Night Live several months ago, but better late than never. When I first saw it I didn’t know it was an SNL spoof, and thought for a moment it might be genuine. I was almost taken in with the opening line of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss holding up a AA battery and saying, »

What Trump Is Up Against

Featured image A lot of people are thinking—and hoping—that Trump will be the third term of Ronald Reagan. Certainly his cabinet is to the right of Reagan’s first cabinet in many ways, and we have the experience of the Reagan years to appreciate better the massive opposition of what people are starting to call the “deep state,” a more accurate term perhaps for the menacing character of the administrative state. I stumbled »

Washington Post Disgraces Itself

Featured image Normally I’m able to keep my equanimity in the face of the relentless stupidity of the media and even academia, but once in a while something sets me to full boil. Such as this headline and story in the Washington Post, which is beyond a disgrace even for the worst of the comPosters: David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump’s science adviser By Sarah Kaplan Now »

Syllogisms from the Headlines

Featured image This is fun. “Ripped from the headlines,” as they say on Law & Order. News item/major premise: 1,500 Law Professors Sign Statement Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. News item/minor premise: Law Schools Have Shed 1,460 Full-Time Faculty Since 2010. Conclusion: Law schools haven’t laid off nearly enough faculty yet. QED. For more on the disgrace of law professors, see this story over at American Greatness. »

Bottom Story of the Week

Featured image Since James Taranto has given up his daily “Best of the Web” column for the Wall Street Journal, others need to fill in the gap, especially his “Bottom Story of the Week” category. And here is another story out of Canada showing that we’re losing our minds: Moby Dick’s Restaurant Barred as an Offensive Name VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) – A business in Vancouver, B.C., has sued its building council for »

Tales from the Left Coast

Featured image So I’m up to my gills with the first week of the semester out here at UC Berkeley, hence my posts are a little scarce and light this week. I’m trying to get one of my classes recorded on video so I might share some parts here, but I couldn’t get the technology to work in the lecture hall yesterday. Meanwhile, some things are just too good not to share. »

Attention Austin Readers

Featured image For Power Line readers in the Austin, Texas, area, I’ll be giving a lecture about Ronald Reagan at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday at lunch time (one hour into the Trump Administration!!), as a guest of the Clements Center for National Security at UT. It’s part of a three-day conference the Clements Center is hosting on “Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Global Politics in the 1980s.” »