Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Global Warming? Not So Fast Say Scientists!

Featured image The climatistas really are a fun and lovable bunch to watch. Also pathetic. They are victims of their own doomsday scenarios of inexorably rising greenhouse gas levels and the parade of horribles soon to follow. The Paris Accord, even if fully implemented, will barely slow any future warming accord to the standard climate orthodoxy (better known as “The Consensus”). That’s why the former NASA chief climatista James Hansen called the »

The Wages of Borking

Featured image This week marks the 30th anniversary of one of the turning points in modern American politics: the travesty of the Bork confirmation hearings. The “Borking” of Bork changed the rules of judicial appointments, and have poisoned judicial politics, ever since. It was a shameful moment because of the duplicity and hypocrisy of Democrats. Several days before President Reagan announced Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Howard Baker and Ed Meese »

Demography and the End of Diversity?

Featured image “Diversity” has become the touchstone of contemporary liberalism, rivaling even equality as its first principle, though of course the two can co-exist. Democrats have placed all their chips on diversity, seeing the rising coalition of minorities and elite white professionals as their ticket to political dominance at some point in the future (the Teixeira-Judis hypothesis). A lot of Trump’s white voters in the midwest are old and will start to »

Loose Ends (29)

Featured image • Last night the Ole Miss “Rebels” played football against the Cal Bears—in Berkeley. And yet Antifa didn’t riot. Seems they are losing their touch. Seriously—how can Berkeley tolerate a team with such a name? Let alone their mascot—the old one (left) was blatant, but isn’t the new one close to a trademark infringement on the Cal Bears? • Speaking of Berkeley, I haven’t had anything to say about Ben »

What’s Happening With Trump?

Featured image I stayed up late last night because I couldn’t reconcile myself to Stanford’s bizarre loss to San Diego State, and decided to tune in to Boob Tube News—I mean, CNN—which was running a documentary called “The Reagan Show,” described thus: “Made up entirely of archival news and White House footage, this documentary captures the pageantry, absurdity, and mastery of the made-for-TV politics of Ronald Reagan.” Supposedly we were going to »

The Week in Pictures: Hurricane Hillary Edition

Featured image The hurricane season has several more weeks to run until the oceans cool down, but the boiling ocean that is the Democratic Party will never cool down if the storm system named “Clinton” has its way. Has one person ever wreaked so much destruction on a political party? I hope she stays on the road forever, and keeps hope alive for a 202o campaign. And this is exactly how antitrust »

Memo to CNN: They Don’t Call It The “Boob Tube” for Nothing

Featured image So here is the CNN video highlight of the year. Today CNN had on someone named Clay Travis, who apparently is a popular sports radio host (I don’t listen to sports talk radio), talking about the ESPN controversy over Jamele Hill saying something mean about Trump (I don’t watch ESPN either), and Travis repeated several times that the only two things he believes in are the First Amendment and. . »

Sanders Admits His Health Plan Will Bankrupt the US

Featured image Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health care plan released yesterday offered no cost estimate, and no funding mechanism, though a credible estimate from the Urban Institute of a previous Sanders proposal came in at $32 trillion of new spending for the first ten years. I suspect that for Sanders, this is a feature and not a bug. Over at Reason, Peter Suderman has done yeoman work in digging up a 1987 event »

Three Cheers for Imperialism

Featured image It stands to reason that any academic who stands up for old fashioned imperialism is asking for it. Last week, Third World Quarterly (does that just sound like the best name ever?) published “The Case for Colonialism,” by Prof. Bruce Gilley of Portland State University. Now, I’m thinking that the good Prof. Gilley must go around in disguise in Portland, or perhaps he is punking everybody. Just take in the »

It’s Official: Democrats Now the Socialist Party of America

Featured image With new survey evidence showing that the base Democratic Party voter has been steadily shifting to the left for the last 15 years, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post yesterday made it official: When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful »

It’s Clinton’s Fault!—Bill, That Is

Featured image With mounting evidence that the Democratic Party is shifting massively further to the left (separate post on this coming soon), Hillary’s remembrances of things past is not going over well with a party base that has been slowly revolting against her husband for a long time. And now comes Newsweek, with a cover story saying that everything wrong with America today is Bill’s fault! The story is actually an excerpt »

Have Colleges Completely Lost Their Minds? (2)

Featured image The college meltdown continues. The sharp decline in applications and new student enrollments that have taken place at the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College has spread to Oberlin College, which also saw the administration cater to radical students and deranged faculty. The Daily Caller reports: Yet another American college is suffering an “unexpected” plunge in enrollment and a massive budget deficit after a series of outbursts by radical »

Want to See a Real Nightmare?

Featured image Paul brings our attention below to the NY Post account of Hillary’s atrocious book debut in New York yesterday, and at this point in life I simply can’t be bothered to follow the rollout and howlers of Hillary’s latest apologia (her third in 15 years, I think?). I’ve already linked here before to my 2003 review of Hillary’s Living History, which apparently required six ghostwriters. I’ll just repair once more »

Coates Versus Douglass

Featured image Ta-Nehesi Coates has a new essay out about Trump that is generating a lot of buzz, entitled “The First White President.” Here are a couple of excerpts about what he has to say about Trump: He is preeminently the white man’s President, entirely devoted to the welfare of white men. He is ready and willing at any time during the first year of his administration to deny, postpone, and sacrifice »

A Chappaquiddick Reckoning At Last? [With Comment by John]

Featured image I paid no attention to the fact that Hollywood was producing a biopic of Ted Kennedy’s famous “accident” at Chappaquiddick in 1969, and would have assumed that it was a typical gauzy pro-Kennedy puff piece if I had known. But Variety magazine, the main trade journal of Hollywood, offers a review that not only says that the forthcoming movie Chappaquiddick is suitably harsh on Teddy, but that he—and the Kennedy »

Have Colleges Completely Lost Their Minds?

Featured image Monty Python fans may remember the long sketch about the “lethal joke” that was so funny you would die from laughter, and which was weaponized for battlefield use in World War II. (If you have 10 minutes you can watch the sketch here.) The sketch culminates in the worldwide banning of jokes of mass destruction through the Geneva Convention, but it seems the University of Oregon takes the idea seriously. »

The Dems 2020 Field Taking Shape

Featured image And what a shape it is. The Washington Post helpfully handicaps the top 15 Democratic presidential prospects for 2020, but from surveying the list one wonders whether the Post confused the office of President of the United States with president of the AARP. There are a few younger candidates from the margins of the long shots, like Mark Zuckerberg (39 in 2020), or Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (49 in 2020), »