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.


    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 »

    Queen Michelle versus the young knuckleheads

    If you want to sum up everything wrong with the way our arrogant Ruling Class looks upon its child-citizens, you could use Michelle Obama’s deep thoughts about why young people should be racing to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.  The young have largely turned up their noses at ObamaCare thus far, despite one of the most massive, expensive advertising campaigns in history, including | Read More »

    The minimum wage: a regressive tax on the poor and young

    Socialist politics are an unflagging quest to repeal the laws of supply and demand at any expense, provided the expense is paid by someone other than the socialists.  Thus we have the great Democrat Party economic brain trust – the same people who said unemployment benefits are the most powerful job-creating stimulus in the universe – gasping like fish stranded on the sun-baked deck of | Read More »

    The ObamaCare insurance industry bailout warms up on its launch pad

    It’s the bailout none dare speak of, the bailout we’re not even supposed to refer to as a “bailout.”  No, no, you’re just fearmongering by using that term!  Instead, you must talk about “risk corridors.”  A risk corridor is a passageway wide enough to accommodate a few billion dollars of bailout money.  If you think of the boulder that almost crushed Indiana Jones at the | Read More »

    Stimulating the Leviathan State

    So here we are, five years into Obama’s trillion-dollar “stimulus” program, and the only thing that got “stimulated” was the Leviathan State.  I mean that fairly literally, since as Michelle Malkin reminds us, a good 75 percent of the “shovel-ready” jobs created by stimulus spending were government jobs: In 2012, Ohio State University economics professor Bill Dupor reported that more than three-quarters of the jobs created or | Read More »

    The burden of truth

    How are ObamaCare enrollments coming along?  The correct answer is: nobody knows. By this I mean no one who knows the answer with better than 75 percent accuracy is willing to say so in public.  This week the Administration updated its official count to 3.3 million enrollments.  This number is absolutely false, and everyone knows it.  Industry experts believe more than 20 percent of the enrollments counted by | Read More »

    An appetite for domination

    Author Brad Thor tied together a couple of creepy media sideshows in a Tweet this afternoon: Wow, between this and Geraldo’s “Majesty” comment re: #Obama on @oreillyfactor… NBC producer: #BOWDOWN — Brad Thor (@BradThor) February 12, 2014 The first incident Thor referred to was Geraldo Rivera scolding fellow Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly for daring to ask Barack Obama serious questions during his pre-Super | Read More »

    Who will save us from debt lock?

    Today’s word of Republican capitulation on the “clean” debt increase might be defensible as don’t-rock-the-boat political strategy for 2014, but it’s pretty sad from a philosophical standpoint.  All the Beltway solons agree that compelling even the tiniest bit of spending restraint in exchange for another debt hike is impossible.  It would be a costly political conflict leading to shutdown brinksmanship, said to be a sure | Read More »

    Erasing your identity

    Moe Lane earlier discussed the remarkable hypocrisy of a march against voter ID in North Carolina requiring participants to bring their photo ID cards to the event.  I’m not sure “hypocrisy” is quite the right word, although it has been widely used in connection with this story.  The charge of hypocrisy would imply the North Carolina activists (well, actually, they bused in manpower from across | Read More »

    Statism: the distilled essence of pessimism

    While I writing to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan, I found myself reflecting on his good cheer and optimism.  Liberals hated him for that.  No one born after the Reagan years can really appreciate how much his confident humor got under the skin of his opponents, who caricatured him as an “amiable dunce” because he was upbeat.  (If you’re old enough to have lived through the | Read More »

    Family honor

    The value of intact families has been vigorously debated for the past few years, always in the muted tones appropriate to social-issues discussions the Left doesn’t like.  There is little question that broken families and illegitimacy are enormous handicaps for children; controlling for illegitimacy greatly reduces every other demographic factor in crime and poverty.  The upper class in America tends to marry young, have children, | Read More »