Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Power Line’s Drones Go Rogue

Featured image Power Line’s drone air force went rogue this afternoon, as you’ll see below. Alfred Hitchcock, call your office! Though I blame the Supreme Court. Or Cyberdyne Systems. Or something. (Less than 30 seconds long.) »

Bobbleheads vs. Bubbleheads, or Why You Should Be a VIP Subscriber

Featured image The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead supposedly once said (I say “supposedly” because this quote is too good to check out) that “There are two kinds of people in the world: the simpleminded, and the muddleheaded.” Always better to be simpleminded than muddleheaded I say. Also better to be a Power Line VIP subscriber. Only $4 a month gets you ad-free access to the site (better than Ad Blocker, which sometimes »

Behold, the Supreme Court’s Magical Warp Field Generator!

Featured image I recall once reading an interview with one of the head writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation—you know, the faux Star Trek series where the role of Captain Kirk was reimagined by the UN and the National Organization of Women.  (No: This is not arguable. Just as there is only one real James Bond—Sean Connery, damnit—there is only one Star Trek. Simple rule: if it doesn’t have William Shatner, »

And Still More Environmental Epic Fail

Featured image It never rains (especially in climate change-stricken California) but it pours (which it will probably do next winter in California this El Nino-fueled year). No sooner do I deliver the latest eco-backfire news this morning that my (gluten free/non-animal-tested) in-box fills up with two fresh howlers. First, all those places like universities (natch) that are banning bottled water because there are too many plastic bottles in the waste stream? It »

Hillary Clinton, Race-Baiter

Featured image John and others have already noted the Democratic/Clintonian hypocrisy about the Confederate battle flag, but get a load of this moment from Hillary Clinton from 2008 (just 45 seconds long) talking about her support from “hard working Americans, white Americans,” and ask yourself what the media industrial complex would have said if it had come from a Republican: »

More Environmental Epic Fail

Featured image Does it seem like most environmental policies backfire to some extent, or just 95 percent of them? I lately returned to the 2012 National Bureau of Economic Research paper on how electric cars are actually more polluting in some states, depending on the electricity source, e.g. if you live in Indiana, every Tesla should come with a bumper sticker that says “How Do You Like My Coal-Powered Car?”  Heh. Earlier »

Hillary Sagging, Sanders Surging?

Featured image As a public service for you, we regularly screen Salon —yes, it is indeed the news review equivalent of an enema. Salon’s featured article right now is “An Open Letter to White America” about the aftermath of the Charleston massacre. Yes, you’d be right in thinking this letter’s “openness” is about as open as driving school for girls in Saudi Arabia. First sentence: “The Charleston shooting is a textbook example »

The Pope’s Encyclical (1)

Featured image About Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, some preliminary observations: First, although “encyclical” bears some etymological relation to “encyclopedia,” Laudate Si is either too short to be considered an adequate treatment of the wide range of concrete issues and philosophical themes it treats, or too long because it tries to do too much but does it poorly. It raises specific scientific controversies it would have been better to »

Allen Weinstein, RIP

Featured image One of the things Hugh Hewitt likes to do when he has a liberal journalist or thinker on his radio show—especially a younger one—is to ask first, “Do you think Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy?” He does this for two reasons. First, to test historical literacy. It is amazing how many young liberals know nothing of the Hiss case, and as such this question is a good proxy for »

The Week In Pictures: Trumped-Up Edition

Featured image Donald Trump! The Donald! Duck! Yup, Donald Duck would be a more credible candidate.  I’ve got it—the perfect ticket: Trump-Dolezal 2016! Think of it as a pigment of your imagination. Who knew that Rachel Dolezal would keep on giving so generously. I hope she gets her “reality” show, since she clearly has no grasp on reality. Seems to be a pervasive problem on the left these days. In fact, why »

Liberal Hypocrisy in Two Tweets

Featured image Not sure who caught this, but it does convey why no one should ever take Salon.com seriously: »

All We Are Saying Is Give Bernie a Chance!

Featured image I’ve been wondering from the beginning how serious Sen. Bernie Sanders is about running for president. Is he raising money (supposedly yes, $6 million so far, which is barely an ante in a presidential campaign), hiring staff, and—most importantly—organizing serious campaigns in caucus states and elsewhere? Is he doing the legwork to get on primary ballots as a Democrat? Or is this just a vanity project, a way of raising »

Obama’s Howler

Featured image Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us: Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France Genildo »

The Best #TBT Ever

Featured image Those of you who inhabit Facebook may be acquainted with the practice of “Throwback Thursday,” where typically you post old photos of yourself or something. Well, I have the ultimate Throwback Thursday item for today. I spent most of today going through a treasure trove of Harry Jaffa papers. Found this: a 1952 mash note to Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Jaffa had quoted as the frontispiece to his great first »

“Earth First! We’ll Drill the Other Planets Later”

Featured image That’s the snarky bumper sticker I recall from the late 1980s and early 1990s when the monkey wrench gang known as Earth First! was in its heyday. Why not: Earth First’s unofficial motto was “Back to the Pleistocene!” The perfect slogan, I thought, for reactionary environmentalism. I’ve been meaning for a while to make note of the total collapse of one of liberalism’s most dear clichés about energy: that the »

A Grab Bag of Things

Featured image I’m on the road today and tomorrow doing some archival research for a book project, so postings will be light. But here are a couple of placeholders in the meantime: • I’m working on several energy and climate items, but for the moment it is worth noting that the indispensable Energy Information Administration (EIA) has produced an independent assessment of the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Tomorrow

Featured image For early risers, I’ll be on the Bill Bennett show tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 8:05 eastern time, to talk chiefly about the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on climate change. We’ve mentioned it here before and will be again, but for the meantime, take in Bjorn Lomborg in USA Today on what’s wrong with what we know so far about the forthcoming encyclical: But the Pope after his letter is officially published, »