Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Nork Diversion Edition

Featured image My hunch about Kim Jong Un is that he’s hiding out in a remote, undisclosed location to avoid contracting the coronavirus, but can’t dare show his face without provoking a backlash among the rest of the Nork elite along whom the virus is rumored to be running rampant. Better to cultivate uncertainty and confusion. Meanwhile, Joe Biden came out of hiding, tan, rested, and ready. Um. . . Headlines of »

Democrats and Their Reductio ad Hitlerum Slander

Featured image The usual hectoring elites are complaining that the virus crisis—another “moral equivalent of war”—isn’t generating oodles of national unity and good fellow feeling among citizens, like World War II. Quite the opposite: we seem just as divided as before. (And of course we are told this is Trump’s fault.) But it turns out much of that gauzy (and nowadays recreated) memory of the war years is distorted if not mistaken. »

Michael Moore Heresy Watch (2)

Featured image There’s not much new to report on the fuss on the left over the Michael Moore anti-renewable energy film “Planet of the Humans,” but as a public service I just have to share the agony of The Nation magazine, which today published this delicious headline and primal scream: Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore Like many of Moore’s fans, I thought, “Cool, how timely!” Trump is »

Observations on the Great Hunkering (13)

Featured image • Krazifornia’s Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he is closing all the beaches in California this weekend, to which I say, Good luck with that. Here’s to hoping there is massive civil disobedience—a vivid demonstration of what self-government looks like, and the limits of diktats. Newsom seems to be out of step with even the worst governors of other states. Even New York City, the most hard hit area, »

The Reade Allegation: Can Joe Keep On Biden His Time? [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Tara Reade story won’t go away quietly, partly because Joe Biden refuses to deal with it himself. There are several new stories in the mainstream media over the last 48 hours that exhibit great latent anxiety among Democrats over the story. The New York Times ran with a story that is a model of ventriloquist journalism and a memo to their candidate telling him to get his act together: »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Week Seven Edition

Featured image I truly did lose track of what day it is. It know it is a day that ends in “-day” but that’s no excuse. The surprise of the day is that the economy “only” fell at a 4.8% rate in the first quarter, which is way less than I was expecting (and in any case the economic hit didn’t start to come until late in the quarter), but the reason »

The Gathering Storm Over Tara Reade

Featured image Tara Reade’s allegations that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her back in 1993 continue to heat up to a slow boil, despite the major media’s best attempts to suppress or ignore them. No doubt the media are trying to “flatten the curve” of news stories to prevent them from becoming a pandemic that fatally infects the Biden campaign. But Biden’s weak pre-existing conditions mean that it might not take much exposure »

Michael Moore Heresy Watch (Cont’d)

Featured image The environmentalist freakout about Michael Moore’s new film “Planet of the Humans” continues. The Guardian reports today about demands that the “dangerous” film be “taken down” and suppressed: Planet of the Humans has provoked a furious reaction from scientists and campaigners, however, who have called for it be taken down. Films for Action, an online library of videos, temporarily took down the film after describing it as “full of misinformation”, »

“What Happens If We Break the Pencil?”

Featured image The most significant news of the day may well be the warning from Tyson Foods, made in a full-page ad in the New York Times and several other newspapers, that the food supply chain is breaking down, and could lead to food shortages in the U.S. in another few weeks. Meat packing plants, where workers are in close quarters in which contagious disease is easily spread, and which has led to »

The Power Line Show, Ep 183: Do Lockdowns Save Lives? The Data Say For Many Places, No

Featured image The Wall Street Journal this morning includes an article by T.J. Rodgers, the retired founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductors, with the provocative title, “Do Lockdowns Save Lives? In Most Places, the Data Say No.” Rodgers mentions in the first paragraph that much of the statistical work behind his article was done by our own Joe Malchow, who is Power Line’s Wizard of Oz behind the curtain who keeps up »

Civil War on the Left: Michael Moore Against the Greens

Featured image As John has already noted, the environmental left (aka, “the left”) is losing its lunch about the new Michael Moore-produced documentary “Planet of the Humans.” I have seen the the whole thing, and you might want to take it in, too, if you have 90 minutes to spare. If not, I have prepared a 10-minute highlight reel below that has a few (but only a very few!) of the best »

Observations on the Great Hunkering (12)

Featured image • How is this news? Coronavirus pandemic reveals Germans’ poor cooking skills The Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) said the coronavirus pandemic has exposed poor cooking skills among Germans. “We’ve known for years that cooking competence has drastically declined in Germany,” BVE General Manager Christoph Minhoff told the DPA news agency. . . “People are rather dramatically forced to rely on their own culinary skills now that »

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

Featured image Edna St. Vincent-Millay is reported to have once said that “History isn’t one damn thing after another—it’s the same damn thing over and over again.” That certainly describes the day-to-day news cycle right now, and the challenge of doing the weekly picture gallery. Have you heard? There’s a pandemic! And Orange Man Bad. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the pandemic of predatory politicians and the mindless media is going away »

Some Extra Pictures: Land ‘O Flakes Edition

Featured image Okay, so this is not quite a full Week in Pictures special edition, though the circumstances very nearly warrant it. As you may have heard amidst the unremitting din of coronavirus news, the Land ‘O Lakes butter people have removed the native American woman who has adorned their packaging for decades. Yes, insert “Elizabeth Warren hardest hit” jokes here. Below, behold my newest sacred relic—one of the last of the »

Observations on the Great Hunkering (11)

Featured image • Cast your mind back to the early weeks after 9/11. Who was the person who dominated the scene as New York City coped with the aftermath? Mayor Rudy Giuliani, of course, so much so that Time magazine made him its Person of the Year for 2001. Now look at New York City today. It is the most hard-hit city by the coronavirus crisis, and the dominating figure in dealing »

The Power Line Show, Ep 182: Earth Day at 50, with Terry Anderson

Featured image It’s Earth Day today—and not just any old Earth Day, but the 50th anniversary. It’s passing rather more quietly than in many previous years because the coronavirus crisis is eclipsing everything at the moment. But a lot has changed since the first Earth Day. Not only is the environment in the United States, and in most places around the world, in much better condition than it was in 1970, but »

Midweek in Pictures: Virus Crisis Volume 6

Featured image So this marks the sixth week in a row of a special midweek edition of Week in Pictures, which our operating guidelines say is only supposed to happen on weeks with extraordinary news events, etc. But as the lockdown has become the new normal, we’ll just have to see if we can keep this up. For now, meme-generation, along with stocking Nancy Pelosi’s ice cream supply, seem to be the »