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.


    America’s exceptional faith

    Today we got to enjoy Vladimir Putin’s critique of American exceptionalism at the New York Times: My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. | Read More »

    Do NOT bring Mom and Dad to your job interview

    I’m reasonably certain this is not a prank, because the Wall Street Journal doesn’t usually run gag articles, outside of April Fool’s Day.  The title of this one is enough to make you gag: “Should You Bring Mom and Dad to Your Job Interview?” Millennials—people born between 1981 and the early 2000s—are much closer to their parents than previous generations, and they have gained a reputation for | Read More »

    Libya: Obama’s other foreign-policy disaster

    The Weekly Standard offers a glum assessment of Obama’s fiasco in Syria: “With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.” Reset with Russia was originally a strategic priority for the Obama administration because it saw Moscow as the key to getting Iran to come to the negotiating table. Putin, from the White House’s perspective, was destined | Read More »

    Illegitimate states, dubious wars, and diplomacy by gaffe

    Let’s see if I’ve got this right: our headlong rush to war in Syria was so important that not even the U.S. Constitution could be allowed to stand in its way.  But at the eleventh hour, President Obama decided he needed some accomplices in case it turns into a fiasco, and the British Parliament vote against was in Syria made unilateral cowboy aggression by Obama | Read More »

    Blame vs. responsibility

    The New Yorker has a long, fascinating piece by Ariel Levy on the Steubenville, West Virginia rape case – a confusing affair in which teenage drinking, old town culture, and New Media hysteria combined to produce an incomprehensible mess.  The basic outlines of the case are clear enough, as a teenage girl drank enough to pass out, and was mistreated by a group of high-school athletes.  It’s | Read More »

    Selling your labor

    Much of the discussion at the 2013 Defending the American Dream summit in Orlando, Florida concerned the importance of cultural engagement.  Bill Whittle gave a riotously funny, but also very thoughtful, speech about the difficulty of doing battle with a popular culture that portrays some element of the conservative movement or Republican Party as the villain in every story and song. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) | Read More »

    Clean living, pure thought, and high aspirations

    It has been sad, but predictable, to watch a parade of leftist hacks draft the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. into service this week, to promote some bit of Democrat Party dogma or other.  Impeached former President Bill Clinton took the cake by uncorking a bizarre finger-wagging rant that was presumably intended to slam voter-ID laws by comparing them to the process of purchasing | Read More »

    Twerking towards Gomorrah

    Viewers of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night were treated to a bizarre dance routine from former Disney child actress Miley Cyrus, which CBS News describes as “one performance that won’t be forgotten very quickly:” Cyrus gave Robin Thicke a lap dance, paraded around with dancing bears, twerked her butt off and grabbed her crotch a few times. Not to mention the tongue. | Read More »

    Unbeatable villains and perpetual despair

    What passes for “leadership” in the modern “civil-rights” community has frequently compared the shooting of Trayvon Martin to the brutal murder of black teenager Emmett Till in the 1950s.  One of the people who did this is billionaire Oprah Winfrey, fresh from nearly destroying the life of an innocent Swiss shop clerk by falsely accusing her of racism.  Asked about Winfrey’s comparison on MSNBC Friday | Read More »

    Life on the margins

    Early in his 2012 run for the presidency, Newt Gingrich remarked, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.  I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”  He was referring specifically to Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform proposals, which led to a bit of tension | Read More »

    The ruling class war against voter ID

    It’s funny how majority support is supposed to be decisive for some issues, but completely irrelevant for others.  Voter ID laws are enormously popular with the general public, routinely scoring 70 to 80 percent approval.  That stacks up pretty well against the most popular gun-control measures you could name.  But the political class and its media allies will never portray voter ID as an urgent | Read More »

    Marco Rubio and the immigration surrender

    Of all the arguments advanced in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, perhaps the most outrageous came from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a radio interview on Tuesday with Preston Scott on WFLA out of Tallahassee, Florida.  Outrage should not be exclusively directed at Rubio, because what he said is very possibly true.  And outrage should not be limited to the immigration issue, because what | Read More »

    Bono, born-again capitalist evangelist

    Rock star Bono of the group U2 has been saying some very interesting things lately.  Let’s concede up front that it’s all too easy to celebrate someone for coming around to your way of thinking.  Merit badges for genius are easily awarded to people who agree with you. I won’t belittle this particular celebrity by lavishing him with insincere praise for saying something that agrees | Read More »

    President Obama’s auto fatality gaffe

    President Obama said some rather strange things during his appearance on The Tonight Show last week, but one gaffe in particular has flown low under the radar.  While he was attempting to downplay the resurgence of al-Qaeda, the President said, “The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately.” This was before he | Read More »

    The real class war

    Somehow Marxist class theory has been written into American politics at the genetic level.  It’s easy to understand why politicians, especially the dedicated Big Government types, want us to think this way.  We never should have played along.  But we did, so now Americans view themselves as a great, shapeless, saintly Middle Class, floating above a shadowy Lower Class from which we have no right | Read More »