Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Fox News, But Hedgehog Principles

Featured image The most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a large audience for a news source that offered an alternative to the lockstep liberal TV network news bureaus. And that audience turned »

The Week in Pictures: Trumpnado Edition

Featured image Really, can there be any other plausible subject line for this week’s gallery? Trump proved Thursday night that he can go toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton at least for looonnng speeches. Is this what Trump state of the union addresses will be like if he is elected? Meanwhile, Hillary has picked Tim Kaine, who she hopes is able. Or as one friend put it, the Democrats are offering a ticket of »

Breaking: Mass Shooting in Munich Shopping Mall (Updated)

Featured image News is breaking in the last few minutes of a mass shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Early reports say as many as 10 people were killed, though CNN right now is reporting only one fatality. No word yet on whether a telltale religious slogan was uttered, but stay tuned. We’ll update this post as more details come in. Let’s keep in mind that Germany experienced the Germanwing »

Back to the Future?

Featured image From the Republican convention: Republican tariffs and immigration restrictions account largely for American wages being more than in any other country. Not only are our wages higher than in any other land, but American standards of living are far higher, hours of labor shorter and working conditions better than in any other nation. The object of a tariff is to benefit and protect our workingmen, from the lower wages, longer »

Meanwhile, Across the Pond. . .

Featured image While we await the summa of Trumpismo tonight, it’s worth a look across the pond at the early outings of Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May. I’d never heard of her before the Brexit vote, but at least two early moves look promising. First, she appointed Boris Johnson foreign secretary, which is more recondite punishment for John Kerry. Second, May has indicated her government will shut down or downgrade climate »

American Greatness: It’s Baaaack!

Featured image Last month we noted the passing of the anonymously written Journal of American Greatness, complete with a “Hitler Learns About” video. Well, a simulacrum of JAG has been reborn, under the site name American Greatness (or amgreatness.com—americangreatness.com wasn’t available at a reasonable price), this time with no cloak of anonymity. Now, I’m not saying that the people currently appearing under their real names (with the apparent exception of “Violet Wisteria“) »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Alliteration Abuse

Featured image We interrupt the Cleveland Carnival to bring you this week’s academic absurdity, flagged for everyone as usual by the heroic NewRealPeerReview. This week’s winner achieves the triple play of the usual jargon, combined with an attack on meat, mind you, along with a felony violation, Aggravated Alliteration Abuse. From the journal Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment: Meat, Men and Marriage: Models of Masculinity Jeffery »

Epic Liberal Hypocrisy Alert

Featured image Melania Trump’s cultural appropriation of some of Michelle Obama’s convention speech clichés from eight years ago now has the LMC (Liberal Media ComplexTM) on hair trigger alert to spot other instances of plagiarism, which the media will then report in identical prose in their filings. (Heh.) I thought Rush Limbaugh had the right idea yesterday: Melania should offer an interview to Brian Williams to explain it. Yes, it was sloppy »

Energy: Power Line Vindicated Again in the NY Times

Featured image It was almost exactly a month ago that we explained here why the climatista fetish for renewable energy uber alles would backfire on their cherished goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in the course of which we introduced readers to the arcane world of California’s electricity demand “duck curve.” And separately we reported on how Germany and other northern European countries were slamming the brakes on further renewable energy, perhaps »

Behold the Power of Power Line

Featured image I’m still digging out from two long weeks in Washington DC teaching two concentrated summer school courses, so I’m slow catching up with everything going on at the Republican convention. John and I mulled over the idea of attending the convention with press credentials, but decided against it. But maybe we should have turned up. PoliticoPro (subscription only) reported this yesterday: GOP platform aims to turn EPA into commission By »

The Week in Pictures: Notorious Edition

Featured image Michael Walsh likes to describe the Democratic Party as a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party, but maybe we should just call them the “Notorious Party.” The Notorious RBG is already a well known moniker, but Crooked Hillary can be rendered Notorious Hillary, too. And Obama showed once again that he just can’t help himself. And finally. . . another Power Line reader exercises her First and Second Amendment »

About That Harvard Study on Police Use of Force. . .

Featured image A few days ago I linked to the New York Times article and Harvard study about police use of force broken out by racial categories. A sharp-eyed and highly numerate reader delved into the numbers in the study, did some extra math, and sends along this very interesting analysis: Hi Steve, I was struck by dramatic differences in odds ratio for use of force for “compliant” vs. “all” encounters in »

The Power Line Show, Episode 39: The Shape of the Race, and the Omens of Brexit

Featured image I caught up with Henry Olsen in Washington DC yesterday, and on the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland we discuss the shape of the race right now as well as the prospects for a return of ticket-splitting in down-ballot races if Trump loses. Also, one more victory lap for the fabulous Brexit vote, with a look at the surprising fallout in the British government under new PM Theresa May. As always, »

How Hard Is This To Figure Out?

Featured image About the latest terror attack in Nice, the usual predictable reactions rolled out right on schedule, as depicted in this first meme: But is it really so hard? Any questions? Chaser: »

Civil War on the Left, Part 28: Varieties of Climate Change Thinkers

Featured image Berkeley physicist Richard Muller offers in his book Energy for Future Presidents a typology of thought on climate change: So how do you classify me? A climate change denier? A global warming believer? In my book, Energy for Future Presidents (pig 74) I give the following categories: Alarmists. They pay little attention to the details of the science. They are “unconvincibles.” They say the danger is imminent, so scare tactics are »

A Progressive Project We Should Support?

Featured image The latest email missive from The Nation magazine asks me to lend my support to the Progressive Turnout Project, which is a drive to make election day a national holiday. Here’s now The Nation explains it: In 2014, voter turnout hit a 70-year low. This was catastrophic for Democrats. Republicans gained control of Congress and gave Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (now Paul Ryan) unprecedented ability to advance their right-wing »

The Ginsburg Proviso [Updated]

Featured image Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is living up to her hip-hop nickname as the “Notorious RGB” with her completely intemperate remarks about Donald Trump and also the potential cases and controversies she has obviously prejudged. A lower federal court judge might well face sanctions for such behavior. Check out Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges: Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity (A) General Prohibitions. A »