Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Gobbling Gruber Edition

Featured image Some time next week President Obama will perform the annual ritual of pardoning a giant Thanksgiving turkey, which will then be sent to live out its days on a farm somewhere.  My guess is next week he’ll want to pardon the biggest gobbler of all, Jonathan Gruber.  More to the point: someone on Capitol Hill ought revive and reinvent Sen. Proxmire’s famous “Golden Fleece” award for ridiculous spending, but this »

When Even the Climatistas Know You Are a Fool . . .

Featured image I thought by now it would be ungentlemanly to keep piling on Naomi Klein’s ridiculous climate-change-means-we-have-to-smash-capitalism book, This Changes Everything. But then I ran across Elizabeth Kolbert’s review of Klein in the latest edition of the New York Review of Books, and I can’t resist. Kolbert is one of the most distraught of the climatistas, and writes the doomiest of the gloom-and-doom climate articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere. »

Energy Flotsam and Jetsam

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal story about the production difficulties of the Arizona supplier that Apple selected to make sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 was fascinating in its own right, but there was one little detail in the story that zipped by too quickly: Mr. Squiller, the GT operations chief, told the bankruptcy court that GT lost three months of production to power outages and delays building the facility. Whoa, »

A Tangled Webb for 2016?

Featured image There’s been some talk of former Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb running for president in 2016, and yesterday he took the official first step, launching the obligatory “exploratory committee” to begin raising funds and sponsoring campaign activities.  Below is his 14 minute YouTube video explaining the idea. That’s longer than it should be, and you can read the text of the video here. Webb doesn’t fit today’s Democratic Party, which »

In Re: Bill Cosby

Featured image Having been a Bill Cosby fan since I first heard the punch line, “Noah—how long can you tread water?” as a kid, the charges piling up against him are sickening. Whether or not they can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, his career appears to be over and his reputation will be forever in disgrace.. Equally sickening is how the left is already exploiting Cosby’s downfall as a means of »

Time for a Border Fence—For Canada?

Featured image It turns out that the Manitoba Herald newspaper does not exist (at least not since 1877), nor is there a real journalist named “Clive Runnels,” and this story is four years old, but aside from that, I thought this was worth passing along while we await Emperor Obama’s immigration decree tomorrow: Canadians: “Build a Damn Fence!” From The Manitoba Herald , Canada ; “Reported” by Clive Runnels The flood of American »

If You Like Your Utility Rates, You Can Keep Your Utility Rates

Featured image When the EPA announced in June its proposed climate change regulations that it admitted would do nothing about climate change, it also claimed that its aggressive restructuring of the American electric power sector would see cost reductions for consumers. You almost expected EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to say, “If you like your utility rates, you can keep your utility rates.” No one over the age of six, or not a »

Grubergate and the Romney Blowback [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Talk of running Mitt Romney again in 2016 has died down in the aftermath of the mid-term election, where so many potential candidates look a lot stronger now, but the last nail in the coffin of a Romney repeat is his connection with Jonathan Gruber.  The video below, put together by the Obama campaign in 2012, uses Gruber extensively to attack Romney (which, once again, shows that the White House »

Gruber Gets the Remy Treatment

Featured image Having reached my quota of “Hitler Learns About” parodies for this month, the only thing left is for the incomparable Remy Munasifi to step up with this video, complete with topical Bill Cosby and Lena Dunham references just for fun.  (Only 1:30 long.) »

Interstellar and the Climate-Culture War

Featured image Although I am a sucker for high concept sci-fi movies (I actually made my mother take me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey at Grauman’s Chinese Theater the Cinerama* in Hollywood when I was just 10 years old—I think I understood it better then than I do now), I haven’t seen Interstellar yet, so there won’t be any spoilers in this post. Instead, I’m spoiling for a fight about how the »

Delusional Democrats

Featured image Yes, I know—the headline is redundant. But it is part of a headline that appears in the New York Times today, in an interesting article that debunks a number of favorite Democratic theories and talking points. I thought the name of the author, novelist Kevin Baker, was familiar, and sure enough, he wrote a nasty review of my first Age of Reagan volumes in Harper’s magazine way back in 2002. »

The Week in Pictures: The Amnesty and the Ecstasy Edition

Featured image So, executive amnesty for illegal aliens next week, eh?  And a veto of a Keystone pipeline, eh?  Is Obama now trying to shoot the moon—become the most unpopular president ever? Is the bubble around the White House that bad, as Peggy Noonan suggests in her Saturday WSJ column?  Starting to look like it.  And oh goody—we’re going to regulate the Internet now—under a statute written in 1934.  I’m sure Jonathan »

Hallelujah! Climate Salvation in Our Time!

Featured image The New York Times lead editorial today is headlined “A Major Breakthrough on Climate Change.” Naturally I was looking forward to the news that someone had at last developed a low- or non-carbon source of cheap energy that is quickly scalable for the whole world. What might this innovative breakthrough be? Algae-biofuels? The long-promised fusion breakthrough? A Back-to-the-Future style banana-peel powered DeLorean? No: the New York Times is heralding . »

We’re Saved: Dr. No Signs a Climate Agreement!

Featured image I still can’t get over the “Dr. No” attire of the APEC summit meeting, though it does fit Obama in a certain way. In any case, I’m enjoying the spectacle of Obama and his acolytes celebrating the piece of paper Obama has signed with the Chinese dictator assuring us climate peace in our time. Even Reuters can see through it: Nov 12 (Reuters) – The joint statement by the United »

Obama as Bond Villain?

Featured image So what’s up with the regional costumes for this year’s APEC meeting over in China?  The whole mob of world leaders look like a casting call for a remake of “Dr. No.”  But doesn’t Obama and everyone else know that Dr. No is Mitch McConnell’s job? »

Heckling the Catcall Narrative

Featured image John wrote sagely about the rumpus over the now infamous “catcall” video back on November 1, and our pal Christina Hoff Sommers weighs in with her own video commentary in her “Factual Feminist” series: »

Obese Government, and Other Fashionable Ideas

Featured image I’m just back from two long days getting back and forth from that great oasis of sanity, Hillsdale College, Michigan.  I was there for a conference on energy, and my lecture was entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Global Warming.”  A video will be available in the fullness of time, and I’ll post it here. And what do I find in the news upon my return?  Al »