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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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    They might be giants, or they might be boneheads

    During the one thousandth performance of his “Nothing Is My Fault” cross-country tour, President Obama tried to laugh off the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, the crash of ObamaCare, and all the other problems you little citizens keep worrying your pretty little heads about by saying “that whole idea that government is the problem or the enemy is just not true,” but “some federal workers | Read More »

    The requirements of civilization

    Our media has not made Americans as familiar as we should be with the plight of Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for “apostasy.”  Her “crime” was being Christian even though her largely unseen father was Muslim.  According to the Sudanese legal system, this nullified her marriage to American Daniel Wani, making her guilty of additional “crimes” due to | Read More »

    Absolute power corrupts comprehensively

    Everyone knows Lord Acton’s warning about how “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  It also has a way of corrupting comprehensively. Somehow the generations that grew up reciting Acton got the idea that if power is dispersed among many people, rather than being vested in a single monarch or dictator, corruption can be minimized.  We are in the middle of a long | Read More »

    Husband’s Day

    It has been said that the #EndFathersDay hashtag on Twitter was a bit of trolling, a joke, kicked off as a satire of modern feminism.  A fair number of excitable feminists and their fellow-traveler liberals appear to have taken it seriously.  In fairness, it can be hard to tell when feminists are joking.  Have you heard the knee-slapper about Planned Parenthood instructing teenagers in the | Read More »

    The gulf between Americans and their Ruling Class can be measured with amnesty

    Everyone in Punditopia is arguing about exactly how House Majority Leader Eric Cantor managed to lose his primary to an upstart challenger named Dave Brat, despite the powers of incumbency and a campaign war chest that made Brat’s campaign fund look like pocket money.  There’s never a single, simple, unified answer to such a question, especially in a House race, where local issues and the | Read More »

    The cost of government will get figured out on the back end

    The Associated Press writes of four Social Security judges appearing before Congress to “face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.”  They approved over 90 percent of the cases they heard.  One judge testified that he “heard thousands of cases and never had one overturned because the applicant was not disabled.”  Another judge had a 99 percent | Read More »

    The importance of partisanship

    I’ve always been fascinated by people who claim to detest politics – an extremely common proclamation at dinner-table conversations – but nevertheless support Big Government in all of its activist bloat.  A related bafflement involves people who complain endlessly about bitter partisan politics and “gridlock” when the government consumes or controls so much of American life. If you want a huge, dominant central government, then | Read More »

    Reparations and perpetual shame

    Reparations made it back into the news briefly last week, thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates writing an Atlantic cover story on the subject.  Kevin Williamson at National Review did a great job of deconstructing Coates’ argument, which was itself made with greater care than racial activists generally employ.  Even someone wholeheartedly and unalterably opposed to reparations can find some food for thought in how Coates describes the lingering effects of | Read More »

    Accountable government is impossible, according to liberals

    No sooner did I encourage Republicans to make accountability one of their primary campaign themes then I came across Ron Fournier at National Journal tearing into lefty Ezra Klein for arguing that accountable government is a superhero fantasy: “Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. Surely, the editor-in-chief of Vox is going to make the obvious point that presidents and presidential candidates should know | Read More »

    Running against the System

    The latest bad-news poll for Democrats is a Politico poll of battleground states that shows Republicans leading by a historically wide margin on the generic ballot: In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of | Read More »

    The criminal population

    Most people accept the basic proposition that a law-abiding citizen shouldn’t be harassed or punished by the government.  The almost universal initial reaction to contact with a government entity is, “But I didn’t do anything wrong!”  The vast majority of Americans would consider it outrageous if they were personally hassled, fined, or imprisoned without any legal violation.  In fact, leaving aside legal principles about how “ignorance | Read More »

    ObamaCare’s wasted millions

    Politico tallies up the financial damage from four failed ObamaCare state exchanges, coming up with $474 million in taxpayer money for nothing: Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and | Read More »

    The curse of self-interest

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was interrupted in the middle of his latest deranged rant against the Koch Brothers – law-abiding private citizens whose destruction is apparently the sole reason for the Democrat Party’s existence – and asked why he doesn’t direct similar calumny at Sheldon Adelson, another rich Republican donor, who is indisputably more influential in Republican circles than the Kochs are. The | Read More »

    Doomsday arrogance

    Even as the White House rolls out its new two-fisted climate-change agenda and dares anyone to stop them from cranking up the cost of energy, we learn California is pitching in by finding new ways to humiliate and control its citizens, courtesy of CBS News in Los Angeles: The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they | Read More »

    2014: Victory on a diminished battlefield

    Polls pop up here and there, auguring an even worse shellacking for Democrats in 2014 than they received in 2010.  The problem is that Republicans stand to win a bigger victory on a diminished battlefield.  The Left has worked hard to contract the boundaries of change.  Much of what has happened since 2010 was meant to be irreversible. The American people should not accept that, | Read More »


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