Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Advice to Climatistas: Stop Sniffing Model Glue

Featured image Science Daily summarizes a new study in Geophysical Research Letters, one of the leading climate science journals, about how climate models are struggling (to put it mildly) to explain decade-by-decade climate variability.  On the one hand, the study seems to attempt to downplay the significance of the recent temperature “pause,” but at the price of inadvertently undermining the climate models themselves.  At least that’s how I read this summary: A »

Climate Cliche Watch, Chapter 1

Featured image It’s about time someone—why not Power Line?—developed a Climate Change Cliché Counter: a checklist and score sheet for the number of mindless clichés that appear in articles or statements about climate change. The idea occurred to me when I noted “A Clear and Present Danger to Planet Earth: Climate Change” in the pages of the National Interest, a normally sober-minded foreign policy journal nowadays published by the Nixon Center. It »

Occupy the Syllabus!

Featured image It appears the writers at The Onion have snuck one by the The Daily Californian, the student newspaper of UC Berkeley.  An op-ed published last week entitled “Occupy the Syllabus” complains about a course in “classical social theory” whose reading list consisted of “Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men.”  These authors are “obsolete,” the two »

Michael Moore Film Festival! (Not)

Featured image If you’re on Twitter, dial up the thread under #MichaelMooreMovies.  If you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing some great suggested movie titles for Michael Moore (and some good photos. a few of which I’ve excerpted below).  For example: Journey to the Center of the Girth Around the Waist in 80 Days Lord of the Onion Rings Diet Another Day Fahrenheit 7/11 The Ten Condiments The Hunt for Red Lobster Live »

When Climate Heretics Speak. . .

Featured image . . . They usually mop the floor with the climatistas. That’s one reason why the climate campaign has resorted to rank conformism and outright bullying. Matt Ridley offered his observations about the state of things in an article in the London Times a few days ago entitled “My Life as A Climate Lukewarmer.” I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made »

Churchill: Not the Last Lion

Featured image As we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Churchill today, I want to pick a minor quibble that I think is not so minor after you think it through a bit. Several fine commentators, such as Victor Davis Hanson, have embraced the theme of Churchill as “the Last Lion,” borrowing from the title of William Manchester’s compulsively readable three-volume biography of Churchill. To be sure, Churchill was, like »

The Week in Pictures: Barack ORobinHood Edition

Featured image Not much more to say about Obama’s deflated football of a State of the Union speech, but is there some kind of way we can float Obama and Michael Moore away on a one-person life raft somewhere? »

Leo Strauss on the Death of Churchill

Featured image Always worth taking in Leo Strauss’s spontaneous remarks in class in Chicago in January 1965, upon learning the news of Churchill’s death: The death of Churchill is a healthy reminder to academic students of political science of their limitations, the limitations of their craft. The tyrant stood at the pinnacle of his power. The contrast between the indomitable and magnanimous statesman and the insane tyrant—this spectacle in its clear simplicity »

Chewing Their CUDS

Featured image Of all the serial derangements of the left, the one that is most out of proportion is the fanaticism about the Citizens United decision.  I call it “Citizens United Derangement Syndrome,” or CUDS.  This week as you know we saw the nearly unprecedented disruption of the Supreme Court by a handful of losers protesting Citizens United.  I’m betting not a one of them has actually read the opinion, or indeed »

The Ultimate Climatista Farce

Featured image If the Olympics ever make Shark-Jumping an official sport, the climatistas will dominate the medals. It seems the desperate climatistas are really getting serious now: they’re going to hold a “Live Earth” rock concert!  Whoa—the planet is surely saved now!  Well, okay, so this is reported in Rolling Stone, which means it has less than a 50/50 chance of being accurate. But let’s give them the doubt of the benefit. »

Churchill’s Death, 50 Years On

Featured image This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Winston Churchill. The most moving account of the scene comes from the Hungarian-born historian John Lukacs, who traveled from the U.S. to London to attend. It was originally published in The American Spectator years ago (but seemingly unavailable online) and then subsequently included in his fine book, Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian. The Los Angeles Times, of all publications, noted this »

Civil War on the Left, Part 13

Featured image It was barely more than a week ago that I advised everyone to get a new popcorn machine for the identity politics infighting that is going to take place among Democrats in the California primary to replace Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer next year.  Just to remind you, I said: There’s lots of talk in the media about how Jerry Brown and our two old ladies in the Senate »

To BPA or Not to BPA, That Is The Question

Featured image In between gasps about the hottest year ever, and palpitations over fracking, environmentalists have been worked up for a long time now about BPA—bisphenol-A, an ingredient in many plastic products.  Environmentalists want it banned, because Rosie O’Donnell or something.  Well, European environmental regulators, who typically ban things before breakfast, have given BPA a clean bill of health.  They found . . . oh heck, why not let Ron Bailey, the »

Blast from the (Democratic) Past

Featured image Sen. Joni Ernst is getting mixed reviews for her delivery of the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.  I thought she did fine with an awful format.  I actually think the party might want to skip making a response, but we can have that discussion later. But if you’re in the camp that is critical of Ernst, you should see the Democratic response to Reagan in 1985, »

The Best Star Wars News Yet

Featured image I’m not sure I’m completely sold on the genius of J.J. Abrams—look, his TV show “Lost” was appropriately named—but I am glad he’s made the right call about dumping George Lucas into Hollywood’s celluloid ash heap, as reported deliciously by TMZ: Disney thinks the Force is no longer strong with George Lucas … because the legendary filmmaker says all his ideas for the new “Star Wars” film were tossed out the nearest »

The Tyrant and the Statesman

Featured image Remember when Obama remarked that “it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” It turns out? He just figured that out when he got to the White House? What closet did Valerie Jarrett stuff the hapless fellow who broke the news? Obama’s impatience with the Constitution—a document that went unmentioned in last night’s State of the »

Media Alert: SOTU, So You Don’t Have To

Featured image So I’m up to my neck in show prep for tomorrow morning’s Bill Bennett radio show, which will be devoted—all three hours—to “deconstructing” (time we used the academic left’s terminology against them) Obama’s State of the Union speech.  By all means you should skip it.  I’m watching it so you don’t have to.  Also radio.  So do tune in to the show in the morning if you can; I’ll have »