Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Charles Blows Again

Featured image We took note here last summer of the feebleness of New York Times columnist Charles Blow, and now he’s offered up another howler for our instruction. Last week he wrote to complain about the harassment young black males receive from police, and this time it was personal because his son, a Yale student, had been briefly detained at gunpoint on the University’s grounds. Blow’s son’s account went as follows: “I »

Another Reason to Home School Your Kids

Featured image A faithful reader passes along the snapshot of a high school world history textbook that notes the “fantastic economic results” of Stalin’s management of the Soviet economy back in the glory days of the successive Five Year plans. No wonder people fall for Elizabeth Warren. Here’s the text in case you can’t make out the photo: These forceful means of making the Soviet Union a modern industrial nation took a »

The Week in Pictures: Super Bowl Edition

Featured image Everybody got their munchies locked and loaded?  I say Seattle by a fair margin, like last year.  New England looks distracted by all the deflated footballs silliness.  Speaking of playing with deflated footballs, Obama . . . oh never mind.  You know where that was going. And finally. . . »

A Modest Proposal to Reduce “Inequality”

Featured image So Obama has had to abandon his plan to tax 529 college savings plans to pay for his “free” community college proposal, because lo and behold lots of middle class people are 529 savers.  But Republicans could still enable Obama to pay for this proposal with a tax that actually hits the genuine rich: a surtax on large private college endowments—say on all endowments that are more than something like »

Looks Like the Warmists Were Right After All!

Featured image I’ve seen TV weather broadcasts go badly wrong, but this is one that might make even Michael Mann blush—Thermageddon after all!  (About 1 minute long.) »

Hashtag This!

Featured image The only real question is, what took Remy so long to mock our brilliant Hashtag diplomacy?  (Actually, he’s been really busy lately—we’ve talked—but there are priorities man!) »

Civil War on the Left, Part 15

Featured image While the ruckus over Jon Chait’s critique of PC grinds on (he’s getting a lot more blowback form the Left than from me), I note with amusement another act of Leftist cannibalism taking place over in the UK. When I was coming of age back in the 1970s, one of the leading feminist intelletuals was Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch. I recall her appearing on Buckley’s Firing Line, »

Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?

Featured image So we’re not hearing much about “peak oil” these days.  Probably because IT WAS WRONG.  But shouldn’t gloat.  Instead, let me direct your attention to another snappy five-minute video just out from the Pacific Research Institute’s “History’s Hysteria” series that was taped well before the current oil glut got into full swing.  You’ll recognize a familiar face. »

India, Defender of the West?

Featured image The media are downplaying the fact that Obama left India empty-handed on the chief object of his state visit: he wanted India to reach some kind of climate agreement like the phony one Obama made with China a few months ago. India refused. The Hindustan Times reports: India’s resistance to accept a peak year for emissions was a prime reason why US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi »

The Prediction Racket

Featured image One of John Kenneth Galbraith’s better and more sound witticisms was that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look good. He should have lived long enough to take in climate change predictions. While we continue Beta testing our Climate Change Cliché Counter and scoreboard, we are pleased to take note of a new website that will surely be indispensable: ClimateChangePredictions.org. This group effort looks to be a one-stop shopping »

Greek Socialists to Send Lump of Coal to the EU?

Featured image Greece has elected a far-left socialist government that plans to dump austerity (and perhaps the Euro currency with it) into the dustbin of history. The socialist government is also likely to harsh some mellows among enviro-socialists who think socialism is the path for saving the planet. The Guardian reports the reality: Syriza’s election victory has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, »

A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Chait’red Minds [With Derision by John]

Featured image Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has a very solid piece which we linked to in our picks section earlier today decrying the runaway political correctness on college campuses.  It contains a robust restatement and endorsement of the fundamental liberal case for democracy and free expression.  Good for him. Except that Chait doesn’t seem to live by his own principles.  Because last week he wrote a column in which he »

Manners, Courtesy, and Other Tools of Oppression

Featured image In my classrooms, I uniformly use the practice of the University of Chicago’s old graduate programs, in which I address students as “Mr. Jones” or “Ms. Smith.” It introduces a modicum of formality and respect, which counterbalances the more casual, conversational, and indeed often stream-of-consciousness style of my classes. (I hate straight-up lecturing; likewise I dislike the presumptuous faux-familiarity implied by the easy use of first names.) My sense is »

Mirror, Mirror: Who’s the Warmest. . .

Featured image The old paean to witchcraft is looking more and more applicable to the climatistas these days, as seen in the orgasmic response to the “news” that 2014 was the hottest year ever by a margin of two one-hundreths of a degree.  (Honey, can you turn up the A/C?  It’s feeling two one-hundreths of a degree warmer!) Yesterday Britain’s Met Office, one of the principal nodes of the Climate Establishment, offered »

Vexing the Vaxers

Featured image Is there a vaccine for liberalism? I guess not. Maybe Big Pharma ought to get to work on one—or at least announce a research program for a cure for liberalism. Think of the comedy gold you’d get from the Left. Not so funny is the growing anti-vax movement, which is mostly on the Left but finds a few adherents on the conspiratorial Right as well. (Maybe Big Pharma could disseminate »

You Knew This Was Coming [With Comments by John]

Featured image Oh what the heck, we might as well hit for the cycle today. Headline in the Puffington Host this afternoon: Is Climate Change To Blame for the Northeast Snow Storm? You can guess the answer: Of course it is, you ninny, because climate change does everything, remember.  I’m sure the connection between climate change and the New England Patriots’ under-inflated footballs is mere moments away. JOHN adds: The key point »

Hottest Year Claim Becomes Hot Potato

Featured image Oh, well, since I’m on a climate jag today, might as well pass along the following clarification offered by environmental reporter stenographer Seth Borenstein of the AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 16, The Associated Press reported that the odds that nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000 are about 650 million to one. These calculations, as the story noted, treated as equal the possibility of »