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.


    Eric Holder’s resignation and the midterm elections

    I think the conventional wisdom about the political fallout from Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation has it wrong.  This isn’t necessarily going to be a problem for Democrats.  It’s a roll of the dice, a Hail Mary pass, but  with a little luck, it could be a significant asset to them in the midterm elections.  In fact, the more I think about it, the more I see | Read More »

    The War on Poverty: failure redefined as success

    On the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation posted a devastating after-action report pronouncing it “a colossal flop” at the Daily Signal: Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution. | Read More »

    Scotland and the end of centralization

    Mark Leonard at Reuters has some interesting thoughts about how the Scottish independence vote could be “the canary in the independence coal mine,” a harbinger of both statehood movements and political trends in “many nations that do not face imminent break-up – from America to Zambia.”  He specifies four of those trends as a desire for self-government that trumps economic interests, resurgent nationalism (which he | Read More »

    Natural law and the War on Wives

    Human progress can be portrayed as a long, difficult, but highly successful war against nature, which retaliates with some very spectacular counter-attacks to remind us of our technological limits.  Whenever I hear the state of nature romanticized, I find myself thinking that the “natural” life of man involves surviving a highly risky birthing process – ideally without killing our mothers on the way out – | Read More »

    Respecting the faith of non-Islamic terrorists

    It hasn’t been pretty watching the political culture of the United States beat itself senseless over the cruel realities of Islamic terrorism for the past thirteen years.  If the beginning of this process was the Bush Administration’s “Religion of Peace” rhetoric, the darkly comical endgame is Barack Obama lecturing the Islamic State for not being Islamic. “ISIL is not ‘Islamic,'” Obama said in his speech last | Read More »

    The piecemeal presidency

    How bad are President Obama’s poll numbers?  So bad that the poll-crazed media has essentially stopped talking about them, as the Media Research Center noticed on Monday.  Last week’s cataclysmic Gallup poll was given zero coverage on the Big Three networks.  They scarcely bother to report their own partnership polls. That’s quite a contrast with the way polls were used to drive news coverage of the Bush | Read More »

    You don’t want a job

    The August jobs report gives us some depressing new numbers to chew over.  The workforce shrank again, hitting another historic low.  Job creation fell far below expectations, and far below the level needed to keep up with population growth.  Wage growth continued its anemic limp through the “recovery.”  Recent data from the Federal Reserve paint the “income inequality” gap as worse than ever, as the rich quite | Read More »

    Be polite to the police

    I guess I’ll take up the RedState counter-point position on whether it’s “fascist” for a former police officer to encourage polite behavior during encounters with the cops.  That word is remarkably ill-chosen.  Even if you think the author in question, former LAPD officer and current Colorado Tech professor of homeland security Sunil Dutta, is endorsing arrogance or authoritarianism, that’s well short of “fascism.”  The Eff Word should not be | Read More »

    Swept away on the Tides of Narrative

    I made an observation on Twitter about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri this morning, and a helpful reader noted that C.S. Lewis had already expressed the same idea with great eloquence: @Doc_0 C. S. Lewis “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been; how gloriously different are the saints.” — Darla (@Darla2015) August 19, 2014 There are many different ways for a | Read More »

    The wisdom of the cheap

    In the course of dissecting the latest “conservative fix to ObamaCare” from Avik Roy, Drew M. at Ace of Spades makes a profound observation: Here’s the dirty little secret politicians and health care wonks either won’t admit or only acknowledge silently to themselves in the dark of night…you can’t provide health insurance and health care services to people who can’t afford it without bankrupting the | Read More »

    Society cracks along the Ferguson fault line

    A third night of riots and looting swept through Ferguson, Missouri, a largely black suburb of St. Louis, on Tuesday.  This time the festivities ended with a man getting shot by police, after he brandished a gun at them.  The shock waves may have reached as far as the Galleria mall in St. Louis, which was the scene of a melee with over forty participants | Read More »

    The best lack all conviction

    It was depressing to watch President Obama fawn over a collection of African thugs, dictators, and thieves at his big Africa summit this week.  Sure, diplomacy means occasionally inviting bad people to share good food… but it matters what the “leader of the free world” says when he’s surrounded by people who routinely loot their $2-per-day populace to fund their art collections and hundred-room estates | Read More »

    What marriage conserves

    Damon Linker has an interesting article at The Week in which he makes the case that the Culture Wars are really all about sex, and while he identifies himself as in tune with the new understanding of sexual morality, he urges respectful contemplation of traditional beliefs.  In essence, he’s saying that maybe those traditions endured through centuries – right up through the late Two Thousands – because | Read More »

    Speak-o softly, and carry a big subsidy stick

    While we’re all having a good time with the concentrated stupidity of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber (who allegedly holds some sort of advanced degree from a major institution) claiming he repeatedly made “verbal typos” when clearly stating that only state-run exchanges would be eligible for ObamaCare subsidies, let’s keep an eye on the big picture.  Gruber’s “speak-o” is another way of saying that ObamaCare is | Read More »

    Did Obama help Hamas score a “great victory” at Ben Gurion Airport?

    After American authorities canceled flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion airport, the rest of the West quickly followed suit.  “The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure,” crowed a spokesman for the terrorist gang. The single Palestinian rocket that prompted this action didn’t actually hit the Tel Aviv airport.  The New York | Read More »

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