Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Great Moments in Media Probity

Featured image The media consults “experts.” And then get the story completely wrong. There’s a deeper story at work right now, and it is simply this: all the action on constitutional interpretation now is on the right—the reverse of circumstances of the Warren Court era in the 1960s, when elaborate new liberal theories beloved of the “living Constitutionalists” were spinning forth from law schools every day. Today’s reversal is not merely because »

Loose Ends (149)

Featured image • I’m not a sports fanatic, but I can’t remember ever seeing a quarterback as relaxed in the passing pocket as Josh Allen was in last night’s thrashing of the Patriots. Apparently a record: no punts, no interceptions, no field goals. Touchdowns on every possession. • This video discussing the Tonga volcano eruption is well worth the eight minutes. Some of the satellite pics and ancillary effects are stunning. (If »

Loose Ends (148)

Featured image • Okay, who had “underwater volcano” on their Bingo card for 2022? • It must be quite difficult to be a New York Times columnist. From today’s Maureen Dowd column: Biden was elected to be Not Trump, to be a comfortable old shoe. He overpromised and underdelivered. People wanted competence and stability and instead we get incompetence and instability. But. . . As hapless as Biden and his coterie are, »

The Latest in Racism

Featured image Guess what’s racist now? Yes, everything is racist, as we know, but specifically what new thing is racist? Traffic cameras. ProPublica reports: A ProPublica analysis found that traffic cameras in Chicago disproportionately ticket Black and Latino motorists. . . An analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and »

Podcast: The 3WHH On Biden’s Horrible No Good Very Bad Week

Featured image Both Steve and Lucretia get through three different whiskys each in this gala episode, recorded with a live audience on Zoom, celebrating the Biden-Harris administration’s worst week in office yet, though as the noted political analyst Homer Simpson might say, “their worst week—so far.” It took Jimmy Carter three years to hit bottom in the summer of 1979, when even The New Republic declared that he had “packed it in” »

The Week in Pictures: 10 Year Challenge Edition

Featured image What’s with this sudden “Ten Year Challenge” business? And when will it be applied to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (also AOC, in between her busy dating schedule), i.e., in ten years can they come up with a coherent sentence? I’m reminded of the old Will Rogers saying, “It’s no trouble at all being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.” The good news is that »

Reminder: Live @ Five!

Featured image In case you missed this morning’s announcement, the Three Whisky Happy Hour Podcast will be taping live at 5 pm Pacific this evening (about 90 minutes from now). We’ll get out a lot of guffaws at the agony of Biden and the Democrats, but also responding to your questions and comments about pretty much any subject. To join in, just clink on this Zoom link, and you’ll be good. Though »

End Your Week with a Live Happy Hour Podcast!

Featured image Looking for a way to end this terrific week (terrific because Biden and Harris are in free fall, with no bottom in sight)? Join “Lucretia” and me at 5 pm Pacific time today as we will do a live taping of this week’s episode of the Three Whisky Happy Hour and dissect just how bad things are going for the left just now. We might even come up with a »

The Miserable Life in Woke Silicon Valley

Featured image A reader directed me to this Twitter thread from someone who goes by the name Hazard Harrington, who works in Silicon Valley. I have no way of verifying the truth of the person or his position, but it certainly squares with a lot of other accounts of how woefully woke Silicon Valley has become—the more so in the time of COVID—so I am reasonably confident it is authentic: I work »

Podcast: Roy Spencer on Climate Change Censorship, and Cool Satellites

Featured image This Power Line Classic format podcast features Dr. Roy Spencer of NASA and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Spencer is one of the nation’s most accomplished climate scientists, having won awards for his work developing the satellite monitoring system that provides some of the best weather and climate trend data available. But because he is modest about what climate science actually knows about the future, he dissents from the extreme »

Notes on Religion Today

Featured image It’s hardly news any more that mainline Protestant denominations (Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc) have been shrinking fast in proportion as they’ve become politicized adjuncts of leftism, transforming themselves into the Church of What’s Happening Now instead of ministering to the horizon of eternity. Meanwhile, evangelical denominations continue to thrive and grow rapidly, not just here in the U.S., but around the world. But what about the Catholic Church? Many parishes »

The Geek in Pictures: Disapproval Edition

Featured image Look around the world and you’ll see that many heads of state are underwater in their public approval ratings—many of them worse off that Slow Joe Biden. But there are some exceptions. India’s Modi is clearly doing something right. I’m hard pressed to explain Mario Draghi though. Boris Johnson’s problems are easily explained: he’s been a disaster on COVID, and an even worse disaster on energy prices, because he inexplicably »

Hillary 2024!?

Featured image With Joe Biden in free fall and Kamala Harris an obvious non-starter as a plausible successor, what can the Democratic Party do? Hey—why not the Hillary Option!? That’s the position taken in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday by long-time Democratic factotums Douglas Schoen and Andrew Stein, who are almost as long in the tooth as Hillary herself: Several circumstances—President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for »

A Story to Quicken The Pulse

Featured image I was awake ridiculously early this morning (like 4 am), and was caught short by the news of the FAA ground stop and landing order for air traffic in the western U.S. yesterday in hair trigger response to a North Korean test launch of a hypersonic missile. The FAA’s statement left things pretty vague as to why. I note the mainstream media caught up with this unusual story today, but »

The Misery of the Diversity Protection Racket

Featured image It is hard to know which is the best descriptor of university “diversity, equity, and inclusion” enforcers: is DEI best thought of as an ideological protection racket, or as the campus equivalent of the Stasi? Gangsters or commissars? I suppose we should embrace the power of and here, and not think these descriptions are mutually exclusive. “Nice little academic career you have here Comrade Rubashov. Shame if anything should happen »

Podcast: The 3WHH, on Why the Jan. 6 Narrative Is Like Climate Change

Featured image We open this first episode of the 3WHH of 2022 with the existential question: why is Lucretia so mean to me? Actually she has a really good reason, but you have to get all the way to the end for the reward—or is it a redemption? (I do attempt to mellow Lucretia with a Snickers Bar of an op-ed in the middle, with some success.) In any case, we try »

The Week in Pictures: Dating Game Edition

Featured image If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not exist, Steve Bannon would have to invent her. She is indeed the gift that keeps on giving, well after the holiday season is over. And now we learn that the person whose “democratic” socialism requires carbon dating to see how old and decrepit it is thinks Republicans don’t like her because they secretly want to date her. How that’s hot, as in hot mess. I »