Author Archives: Steven Hayward

“Green” Cars Are Actually Very Brown

Featured image Seth Borenstein, environmental writer for the AP, notes a new study out Monday from the National Academy of Sciences that finds electric cars have a strongly negative air pollution effect if they are run in states that generate most of their electricity from coal: People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make »

Hollywood Got the Hillary Memo

Featured image Hollywood is already caving in to liberal guilt over its capitulation to North Korean intimidation, apparently agreeing with Hillary Clinton that we need to empathize with our enemies. In an article out this afternoon in the LA Weekly that ostensibly laments giving in to threats, it isn’t long before the article goes full tilt boogie for liberal guilt: The movie about a talk TV crew’s CIA-initiated plot to assassinate a »

Profiles in Hollywood Courage: Sony Caves

Featured image No sooner than I suggest that Hollywood order up a whole slate of movies mocking North Korea than the news comes that Sony is pulling theatrical release of “The Interview,” about which the hackers have threatened terrorist violence.  Call me a cynic, but I wonder if this isn’t a brilliant marketing play on behalf of a movie that was heading for total bomb status at the box office.  Sony will »

Another Reason Not to Diet: Global Warming

Featured image I’ve joked over the years that Al Gore’s expanding girth was merely his personal, one-man carbon sequestration project.  Now the problem with humor like this is that it runs the risk of coming true, and then you’re defeated as a satirist. Sure enough, dieting contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.  As reported in EurekaAlert, a British Medical Journal study finds: The authors show that losing 10 kilograms of »

Breaking: McSally Wins!

Featured image Scott has followed Martha McSally’s race for an Arizona House seat here and here.  She’s just been officially declared the winner in the nation’s last remaining undecided House contest, by a margin of 167 votes.  From the AP: PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to the »

The Harmonic Convergence of Al Gore and Al Sharpton?

Featured image I’m afraid we may have to retire Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award. Because after this one, it is unlikely that anyone else could ever measure up. Unless we’re being punked by The Nation, but . . . yeah, if The Nation actually had a sense of satire or real humor, it would indeed be the very first time. What do the events of Ferguson, Missouri, have to do with »

How To Deter the Norks

Featured image So far most news reports about the massive Sony hack are expressing “uncertainty” about whether North Korea is behind the cyberattack. Today Variety reports that the hackers are threatening 9/11-style terrorist attacks on theaters that screen “The Interview,” the Seth Rogan/James Franco vehicle making fun of the latest Little Kim to tyrannize the unfortunate northern half of Korea. Frankly this threat makes me skeptical that the Norks are behind this. »

Breaking: Federal Judge Strikes Blow at Obama Executive Amnesty

Featured image What would we do without Jonathan Adler, whom AmericanHealthLine names today one of the top 14 “movers and shakers” in health care in 2014 because his legal analysis led to the upcoming Supreme Court case on Obamacare’s state subsidies that may blow the ACA sky high.  Anyway, Jon flags a U.S. District Court opinion out this morning that finds Obama’s immigration executive action exceeds the proper understanding of “prosecutorial discretion”: »

The Rape Hoax Epidemic

Featured image The Daily Caller performs the public service today of looking at eight other notorious campus rape cases that parallel the University of Virginia case that turned out to be hoaxes.  Gee—it really does seem more and more like we’re living in Salem, MA, in 1692. Meanwhile, Christina Hoff Sommers performs her usual public service in going over the witch-burning style ideological hysteria that drives this whole scene in her latest “Factual »

So Who Can You Still Joke About?

Featured image I’ve been trying to come up with a list of nationalities or ethnic groups—even subgroups—about whom it is still safe to make a joke publicly, since political correctness is shrinking the domain down to the vanishing point.  Before long you won’t be able to make jokes about “little green men” from Mars, for fear of offending illegal aliens “undocumented” immigrants.  I’m not even sure you can joke about white people any »

An Old Fashioned Fisking of Green Hyperbole

Featured image I had thought briefly yesterday of producing an old-fashioned fisking of Tom Friedman’s Sunday NY Times column, “Why 2014 Is A Big Deal,” which was lazy and superficial even by his low standards, but thought why bother at this point. How does he come up with gems like this: Technology is a cruel thing. The innovators who’ve made solar panels, wind power and batteries so efficient that they can now »

Dick Cheney For President

Featured image I agree with the suggestion of Bill Kristol, that this answer from Dick Cheney to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this morning deserves the award for Answer of the Year (only 40 seconds long), and it deserves upgrading from our “Picks” section: »

Coming Soon to a Utility Bill Near You?

Featured image The New York Times today has a long news story (“Energy Bills Send Shivers in New England”) about soaring utility bills in the Northeast, where many people are seeing 100 percent increases in their energy costs over just a few months ago: For October, [John York] had paid $376. For November, with virtually no change in his volume of work and without having turned up the thermostat in his two-room »

Prog Rock Digression for a Lazy Saturday

Featured image Okay, this is one of those posts you need to skip unless you’re a real 1970s obscure prog rock geek like me. No, seriously, I mean it.  Skip this post. You’ll thank me later. If you ignore this advice, you’ll soon know why. Don’t complain I didn’t warn you. I’ve gone as far as having our tech department block this post from Scott’s IP address, because he’ll be horrified. One »

The Week in Pictures: Cromnibus Gruber Torture Edition

Featured image This is one of those weeks where the term fratricide fits—too many big stories colliding into one another: the drip-drip torture that is the life of Jonathan Gruber, the drama over the Crominbus spending plan (MUCH more to say about this down the road), the twin meltdowns of Rolling Stone and The New Republic.  And is Al Sharpton still talking?  Sit back and pass the popcorn. Wait, what?: And finally, »

Grubered Again

Featured image I think “Grubered” should enter the modern political vocabulary along side “Borked.”  If “Borked” has come to mean “obstruct (someone, especially a candidate for public office) through systematic defamation or vilification,” then “Grubered” will mean “systematic defamation or vilification of oneself through one’s own words.” Over on TownHall Katie Pavlich has rounded several more videos where Gruber contradicts what he told the House committee earlier this week, namely, his disclaiming »

Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble [Update]

Featured image Further to our series on falling oil prices, the Dow Jones average closed down about 300 points today, finishing its worst week in more than two years. The usual buzz has it that the fall in oil prices is responsible for this slump. But falling oil prices ought to be a net plus for the economy as a whole and should be good for stocks overall in the long run, »