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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled "Doctor Zero: Year One." His work has also appeared at Human Events, the Daily Caller, Breitbart News, and the New York Post. His journey from prolific evening commenter in blog forums, to full-time professional writer, took just under two years. Prior to this mid-life career change, he had a long career in the computer software industry. John has an extensive background in technical writing, with an enduring interest in issues related to the Internet, technology, economics, and individual liberty.

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    Opening our eyes on Tax Day

    There’s no experience quite like filling out quarterly estimated taxes for the first time.  All of the mechanisms designed to make taxation as painless as a mosquito bite are disabled.  You calculate a very sizable percentage of your income – fingers crossed that you’ve got enough salted away to cover it! – and write a big check to the government. Of course, the people who | Read More »

    The war on wives

    “The Democrats have a marriage problem,” Investors Business Daily asserted, when unveiling the results of a new poll this week.  The survey found that “on issue after issue, single women are more liberal than their married counterparts – often by wide margins.”  Such issues included the overall direction of the country, the economy, President Obama’s approval rating, taxation, the minimum wage, and Big Government. On | Read More »

    Paying for your freedom

    In the early stages of the Hobby Lobby religious liberty lawsuit against ObamaCare, the justices installed by Barack Obama, Sotomayor and Kagan, had a little conversation about how the owners of the company could easily get their right of conscience back, if they would just pay a nice fat surcharge for it.  ”Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all,” Justice Kagan | Read More »

    Empire of intentions

    Back in 2012, when it become known he had donated $1000 in support of the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban in California four years previously, Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich insisted that his opposition to the re-definition of marriage was not founded in animosity toward homosexuals: Ignoring the abusive comments, I’m left with charges that I hate and I’m a bigot, based solely on the donation. | Read More »

    ObamaCare is a success, if you just ignore everything wrong with it

    Everyone would like their work to be judged solely on its merits, without a single mention of its flaws.  Politicians make this desire into an art form.  ObamaCare turns it into an outright psychosis. How else to explain a beaming President Obama taking a victory lap over supposedly reaching 7 million enrollments with a miraculous last-minute surge?  No one takes that number seriously, not even | Read More »

    Unserious faith

    Erick’s hilarious review of Darren Aronofsky’s new film “Noah” makes it sound ripe for the “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ treatment.  John Nolte at Breitbart salutes the technical achievements and solid acting performances, while condemning the overall message of the movie as “brilliantly sinister anti-Christian filmmaking.” Personally, I was of the “let’s give the movie a chance before we condemn it” school during the last few | Read More »

    Yes, the government can run out of money

    While we wait for the meat wagon to arrive and carry off what’s left of Matt Yglesias after Erick Erickson’s epic ground-and-pound this morning, let me add that the popular liberal fantasy of unlimited government money is one of the most dangerous ideas in the modern world.  Our children will grow to hate us if we don’t kill this idiotic talking point stone dead. The | Read More »

    Marxism 2.0

    If you were thinking the great “income inequality” crusade was a veiled effort to bring back Marxism, you’re dead wrong.  It’s not veiled at all. The Left’s academic brigades are giddy with delight that a modified version of Marxist theory is gaining purchase among Western politicians, who of course are themselves very happy to embrace a philosophy that serves as the gateway to unlimited power.  Marx | Read More »

    Making criminals of us all

    Every time the government grows, some new population of Americans is implicitly reduced to the status of suspected criminal.  The force of the State shouldn’t be deployed against law-abiding people, right?  By definition, when you feel the dread hand of government clap down upon your shoulder, you’re doing something wrong, breaking the law… you are a criminal, different only in degree from the convicts down | Read More »

    The ShamWow presidency

    The final, desperate days of ObamaCare signup before the individual mandate cutoff date have brought us one national humiliation after another.  We had the Administration pretending to be our mothers and ordering us to purchase health insurance:   I decided to invest a few moments in correcting this ad for accuracy: The campaign to treat us as a nation of children continues with a new | Read More »

    The never-ending lies of ObamaCare

    There are many things about Barack Obama’s America which our grandfathers, and perhaps fathers, would not recognize.  One of the most disturbing things is how we’ve grown comfortable with being lied to. You might counter by saying that people have complained about the government lying to them for ages.  Yes, and that’s the point: they complained about it.  The Obama Administration is a billowing cloud of | Read More »

    Dr. Carson’s prescription for gun control

    Dr. Ben Carson came in third on the CPAC straw poll for president, making him the not-Paul not-Cruz winner.  Not to sound flippant, but that’s a significant position, since the top two spots were pretty much pre-ordained.  Run through a mental list of all the folks Dr. Carson beat out for that bronze medal, and you can see why it matters, even if you don’t | Read More »

    Free speech: use it or lose it

    There have been some high-toned assaults on freedom of speech lately, such as dark muttering from the Church of Global Warming that heresy against its beliefs puts the Earth itself at risk.  Author and commentator Mark Steyn is fighting what could prove to be a landmark case against Dr. Michael E. Mann, who created the “hockey stick” temperature graph upon which so much of the | Read More »

    Ends, and means

    “The ends justify the means” is one of the most poisonous ideas of the modern era.  I limit this assessment to the modern era because prior to that, means tended to justify themselves.  The advent of democracy obliged Ruling Class types across the Western world to do a bit better than “because I said so” to secure obedience from their subjects.  The end result is, if anything, | Read More »

    The Left goes after Mike Rowe and Wal-Mart’s dirty money

    I’m a big fan of Mike Rowe, ever since his “Dirty Jobs” days.  That was my default TV show, before my present inexplicable fascination with home-remodeling programs began.  Every episode you’d see Mike throw himself into some unbelievably nasty line of work, cracking jokes as he was bathed in everything from raw sewage to bird droppings.  There will never be a show with more feces | Read More »


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