Mark Steyn

A Se'nnight of Steyn, March 13-19

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:

~The week began with a Song of the Week special with a brace of 007 guests: Bond lyricist Don Black and Bond villain Robert Davi joined Mark to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first British song to win an Oscar - "Born Free". Click below to watch:

~Monday found Steyn back behind the Golden EIB Microphone guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. While he was on the air, litigious climate mullah Michael E Mann filed his response to the latest proceduralist folderol in the Mann vs Steyn case, soon to enter its sixth year. At The Washington Post, Jonathan Adler analyzed the latest development.

~On Tuesday's Mark Steyn Show, Mark presented a full-length interview with the man who interrogated Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other A-list terrorists, James E Mitchell. Click below to watch:

~On Wednesday's SteynPost Mark considered issues of immigration, diversity, free speech ...and some famous lines of Kipling.

~On Thursday's SteynPost Mark mused on the supposedly non-existent "Deep State".

~On Friday's brand new episode of The Mark Steyn Show, Mark talked to Christopher Caldwell about immigration and Islam, in Europe and America.

~The week ended with The Australian republishing Steyn's much admired tribute to a great free-speech warrior, the late cartoonist Bill Leak.

As we mentioned last weekend, these days Mark is pretty much living off royalties from his his cat album. So the good news is that Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats continues to sell quite well. The bad news is that it's sold so well the CD has completely sold out at Amazon. More copies are en route (pay no attention to that "two to five weeks" notice), and should arrive tomorrow, Monday. In the meantime, you can pick up the physical album at CD Baby or direct from the Steyn store. And of course if you're downloadably minded, it can be yours in seconds via Amazon or iTunes.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with a live performance of an iconic Song of the Week. And don't miss Mark on the radio later this week.

March 19, 2017 at 6:44 am  |  Permalink

Feline Rushy

Today, Monday, I'll be starting the week behind the Golden EIB Microphone on America's Number One radio show. Three hours of substitute-host-level excellence in broadcasting starts at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific. If you're in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up, either on one of 600 Rush affiliate stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream.

~I'm still digesting the sudden death of a great cartoonist and a magnificent free-speech warrior, The Australian's Bill Leak. Tim Blair has an interesting vignette on how the totalitarian enforcers police their own:

Rather than join the left-wing online hatefest against artist Bill Leak, who died on Friday, Marlton actually wrote something nice, touching and true.

"Oh Bill. This is very sad," [Guardian leftie Andrew Marlton] tweeted about his fellow Walkley Award-winning cartoonist. "We didn't agree on much, but he was a lovely bloke in person."

Indeed he was, as Bill's huge number of friends will attest. But that brief yet heartfelt farewell was too much for Marlton's leftie followers, who raged that Leak was a terrible racist­, homophobe and misogynist who deserves no respect even in death. "F ... right off," seethed one respondent to Marlton's post, damning Leak as "a racist c ...".

So what did Marlton do? Did he stand by his words? Did he argue with the hostile Twitter legions? Did he defend himself? Did he insist that in his personal experience Bill Leak was in fact a lovely bloke? No. In a spectacular act of absolute cowardice, Marlton caved. He wimped it. He melted like the fragile little snowflake that he is. He deleted the post.

Worse still, he then indicated his agreement with the piece of garbage who smeared Bill as a racist c ... "Yeah fair point," Marlton wrote, of a man he'd just described as "lovely".

That's where the left is today. They'll write all manner of savage and inaccurate slurs but censor themselves when they express something pleasant. Even if they sincerely believe in something, they won't say it if it risks upsetting their group-thinking comrades.

Who would wish to belong to such a side? The left professes to be "scared" of Trumpists and racists and fascists and transphobes. But, as Andrew Marlton's behavior reveals, in the end what they're really scared of is their own thuggish enforcers. I'll have an appalling American example of the same psychosis on Rush in an hour or two.

~Later in the week I'll be joining Robert Davi on his radio show. Yes, aside from being an actor and singer and all-round entertainer and unusually creepy Bond villain (License To Kill), Robert is also a radio host. On this weekend's Song of the Week, the 007 villain joined me and longtime 007 lyricist Don Black to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first British song to win an Oscar: "Born Free." Don talks about writing the famous film theme, after which, in a world premiere performance, Robert sings it with the Mark Steyn Show Band. You can watch the episode here.

PS Speaking of all-round entertainers, I woke up this Monday morning to find that I'm Amazon's Number One bestselling jazz vocalist. I'm stunned, humbled, and a little relieved - because, since I got fired by CRTV, I'm pretty much living off my cat album royalties. If you haven't yet picked up a copy of Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to my own groovy feline Marvin, it's available on CD - or, for instant gratification, via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

On the other hand, if you're saying "Nuts to your cats album, Steyn!", I am currently working on a new book on a big-picture civilizational theme, and I've got quite a few ones I made earlier (as they say on the cooking shows) that still stand up quite well. If you know a would-be Steyn reader, they might appreciate a SteynOnline gift certificate, starting at $25 and going up from there. On the subject of books, should hockey-stick huckster Michael Mann's interminable lawsuit against me succeed, it would be the worst setback for the First Amendment in half-a-century. Such unlikely Steyn allies as NBC, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, etc, all agree on that - in their amicus briefs - as does The New York Post in this editorial: "DC Court of Appeals' Global Warming Decision Threatens First Amendment". If you're interested in keeping me in the game until this outrageous case comes to trial, well, I wrote a whole book on this subject.

~Re my above-mentioned firing by CRTV, among the responses from their subscribers was this one, by John Morgan:

Dear CRTV,

Just allowed my CRTV subscription to expire; may or may not renew. So, here's my summation of THE STATE OF FLEDGLING "CRTV":

umm . . it is mostly a few shows of guys sitting in front of microphones (sorry, but that's a format called radio, not TV; --yes, Levin's microphone is fake, but it's still very visible on his awesome set).

Michelle Malkin's show started strong, but then it mostly went away (and we can glean the show is clearly going to be very periodic).

Stephen Crowder's show is great--and it appeals to my son and his generation as well--hooray!-- still, most days it's Stephen and his great crew in front of--wait for it-- microphones!

Steve Deace, (watch --or, er, listened???) just once––he was decent; i agreed with him, but nothing exciting to watch (to be kind) and-- once again-- clearly a radio guy with a big old microphone in front of him.

Again, there is nothing visually interesting about a host and their cohorts sitting in front of microphones talking--this is simply filmed radio. I realize it must be cheap to do, but CRTV is supposed to be "Television" (It's in your brand name, for God sake).

Now we get to the recently deceased --but many of us are praying-- eventually resurrected--"Mark Steyn Show". This was actually television--in fact it was a Variety Television Show (and probably should've been labeled "the Marc Steyn Variety Show"--as it was much in the format of that well-known genre)... the big shows often featured live performance, interesting guests, movie and art discussion (BTW, newsflash--many conservatives actually value art and culture!), plus they offered Mark's unique political insight and humor. And, other than the host or his guests singing into microphones, I don't believe I saw one on the set; this was clearly a TV SHOW!!

In case you can't figure it out--people like me felt this was a POSITIVE to your CRTV lineup of shows, not a NEGATIVE! CRTV minus the Marc Steyn show IS a negative--because CRTV is simply way less interesting. Bring him back; I will gladly resubscribe--with gusto! I want you guys to succeed. TRULY.

However, I recommend being careful about adding any more shows featuring guy/gals sitting behind microphones (... because we can listen to radio for free).

You can listen to America's Number One radio show for free starting at noon Eastern. See you then!

March 13, 2017 at 10:57 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, March 6-12

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:

~The week began with a SteynPost arising from President Trump's recent remarks on Sweden: Mark addressed what's really going on in the country, and the media's remarkable lack of interest. Click below to watch:

~Monday's Mark Steyn Show featured the unsettled science of climate change, your questions in Mark's Mailbox, and an interview with the bestselling historian Amity Shlaes on Coolidge's relevance in the age of Trump.

~On Tuesday's SteynPost, Mark considered questions of age and identity as seen in France, America, Turkey, Britain and elsewhere.

~On Wednesday Steyn joined New England radio colossus Howie Carr to chew over Trump Tweeting and media bleating. North of the border he visited with his former piano-playing imam Andrew Lawton to talk immigration and identity politics.

~Thursday's Mark Steyn Show featured something special: Steyn on stage, looking at where America and the world are headed. Click below to watch:

~On Friday morning the Australian cartoonist Bill Leak died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Mark paid tribute to a great free-speech warrior who stood up to both Islamic supremacists and leftist totalitarians.

Following his firing by CRTV, Steyn is now all but totally dependent on his cat album royalties. So, as Andrew Lawton mentioned on the radio, he was modestly cheered to find that he was, somewhat improbably, Amazon's Number One bestselling jazz vocalist last week, thanks to an uptick in sales for Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own groovy feline Marvin:

If you'd like to help make it the bestselling album of the year, Feline Groovy is available on CD - or, for instant gratification, via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with an Oscar-winning Song of the Week. Tomorrow, Monday, Mark will be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone to host America's Number One radio show for a full three hours starting at 12 noon Eastern.

March 12, 2017 at 7:02 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, February 27-March 5

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:

~The week began with Steyn in Ottawa, where he surveyed the global scene in an interview by The Rebel's Brian Lilley .

~On Monday Mark was fired and his TV show canceled by CRTV, who issued one of those bland statements no sentient creature believes a word of. For contrasting takes on what really happened, here's a view from the left (at Salon) and a view from the right (at Conservative Treehouse). For the views of CRTV's customers, see here. As for Steyn, desperate times call for desperate measures.

~On Tuesday Mark paid tribute to his sometime co-host at Fox News, the late Alan Colmes, and reflected on the lameness of labels.

~On Wednesday Steyn returned to one of his favorite TV shows, "Varney & Company" at Fox Business. He talked about President Trump's joint address and then the Obamas' book deal:

~Thursday's Mark Steyn Show was devoted to a full-length interview with one of the sharpest minds in America, Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn. Click below to watch:

~On Friday Mark returned to Fox News to discuss immigration and terrorism with Neil Cavuto, and then joined Liz MacDonald on Fox Business for the related subject of immigration and gang violence.

At the end of a miserable week for Steyn at the hands of dishonorable men, he was modestly heartened to find that his cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own groovy feline Marvin, continuing to stack up five-star reviews at Amazon, including this one from Jeffrey Meyer:

Cute and funny

Only 1 bad tune on the album, in my opinion.

Next time don't be so coy, Mr Meyer: Tell us which one it is. If you'd like to figure it out for yourself, Feline Groovy is available on CD - and, for instant gratification, via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with Steyn on Sweden.

March 5, 2017 at 7:06 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, January 23-29

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:

~The week began with Steyn's Song of the Week and a haunting, klezmerized version of his favorite Leonard Cohen number.

~On Tuesday's edition of The Mark Steyn Show, Mark considered the "women's march" in Washington and hosted Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, authors of a brand new book on the biggest serial killer Americans have never heard of. (Ann also joined him on America's Number One radio show two days later.)

Mark also addressed the performance of the American media in the Trump era: having got the pre-election period entirely wrong, they're now determined to get the post-election period even wronger.

~On Wednesday a distinguished but dissident climate scientist, Dr Judith Curry, filed an important amicus brief in the long-running suit brought by hockey-stick huckster Michael E Mann against Steyn and others. As longtime readers know, the case is a major threat to free speech in America. Dr Curry's blistering brief exposes the appalling double standards and unscientific behavior of Mann. As she puts it:

Mann wants a legal guarantee that he can dish it out, but he doesn't have to take it.

Shame on the DC courts for entertaining such a proposition. You can read the full brief by one of climate science's bravest practitioners here. Mark remains grateful to readers and viewers around the world who've supported him in this interminable, time-consuming battle against the Big Climate enforcers, and especially those who've bought his climatological bestseller on Mann's damage to science.

~Thursday brought a double dose of Steyn on the airwaves. First, he guest-hosted for Rush on America's Number One radio show, addressing such topics as EPA employees sobbing their way to work in the new Trump terror. Later, on Thursday's edition of The Mark Steyn Show, apropos of the new president's pledge to "fight fire with fire", he conducted an in-depth interview with the man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other A-list terrorists, Dr James Mitchell.

~On Friday Mark was dismayed to find that a sarcastic Steyn aside has apparently been adopted as official government policy by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: We're gonna need a lot more bollards.

~On the weekend edition of The Mark Steyn Show, Mark looked at the new Michael Keaton film about the man who made McDonald's a global brand. He also welcomed the great Patsy Gallant to perform a trio of Édith Piaf songs, revealed his ties to MI6, and tipped his hat to the late Mary Tyler Moore.

A new se'nnight of Steyn begins tonight with our Song of the Week - and stay tuned for this week's episodes of The Mark Steyn Show, on which his guests will include a triple Oscar winner, and a beleaguered university professor pushing back against identity-politics totalitarianism. In February he'll be bringing the show live to the annual Manning Conference in Ottawa. For more details on The Mark Steyn Show, see here.

January 29, 2017 at 7:19 am  |  Permalink

Wrong and Wronger

On the latest edition of The Mark Steyn Show, I begin with The New York Times' and other media's lack of self-awareness about how they got everything wrong these last eighteen months. If I were in their position, I think I'd pause before charging straight ahead and getting the post-election period as wrong as the pre-election. But apparently not.

By way of contrast, here's me on Tuesday August 18th 2015 - or just two months after Donald Trump announced his candidacy, back when everyone was saying don't worry, he's got a ceiling of 15 per cent, he'll be gone long before Iowa, etc:

The takeaway, courtesy of this Fox News headline:

Steyn: Trump Has as Good a Shot as Anybody at Winning the General Election

That was 15 months before Election Day.

"The Republican establishment needs to consider the fact that this guy is a serious leading candidate. He could well win the nomination and he has as good a shot as anybody else at actually winning the general election," Steyn said.

Did I get everything right? No. Me on Hillary:

I don't think she'll be the candidate either, Sean. I think that is the way to bet...

Well, if I had bet, I'd have lost. In mitigation, if the Democrat nominating process were not rigged, Bernie would have won. Likewise, if instead of bleating "I'm sick of your damn emails" he'd had have had the killer instinct to do to Hill what Trump did to Jeb, Bernie would have won.

But I'm always aware of what I called right and what I got wrong. And, if I'd been as wrong as The New York Times et al were about this race until approximately 10.30pm Eastern on election night, I'd be very wary of blundering through Trump's first hundred days with the same indestructible tunnel vision.

~Also on the most recent Mark Steyn Show, and also on the subject of media dereliction, I talked to Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer about their brilliant and shaming new book on mass murderer Kermit Gosnell. Here's what I had to say about him a few years back:

During the trial of "Dr" Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia reproductive-rights provider, the blogger Pundette compiled a list of questions she hoped that prosecuting counsel might ask him:

'Why did you routinely suction out the brains and crush the skulls of babies after they were fully delivered?'

Indeed. Usually the suctioning of the brains and crushing of the skull has to occur when the "calvarium" is still in the uterus. If you do it on the table, people might get the icky idea that it's infanticide or something. So the trick is to get to the head before it's cleared the cervix...

But Kermit Gosnell wasn't that good a doctor. So he preferred just to snip the spinal column. Which certainly kills the fetus. But then he additionally suctioned out the brain and crushed the skull.

Why? To make sure the dead baby was really, truly dead? Or just because he could? Or, like "Dr" Nucatola, once you've de-humanized what you do to get through the day, and you've decided that killing a healthy gurgling newborn isn't really killing at all, why restrict yourself to merely killing her once when you can kill her thrice? The Pundette posed another question of "Dr" Gosnell:

'Why did you chop off and preserve baby hands and feet and display them in jars?'

Which he did, like pickled eggs by the cash register of an English pub. There's no compelling medical reason for "Dr" Gosnell's extensive collection, but bottled baby feet certainly make a novelty paperweight or doorstop.

In the end he never took the stand, and the Pundette was obliged to provide her own response. "I think we already know the answer," she wrote. "He enjoyed it."

Kermit Gosnell was the most successful mass murderer in American history, but because he was a "women's health care provider" nobody knows that. The case barely made the papers. The enterprising and indefatigable Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are crowdfunding a feature film about Gosnell mainly because no Hollywood studio or TV network ever will.

Ann and Phelim's new book is terrific, and the film will be well worth the wait.

~Stay tuned for more TV later this week, and more radio tomorrow, Thursday, when I'll be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone of a certain Number One radio show...

January 25, 2017 at 8:49 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, January 16-22

Happy Day Three of the Trump Era to our American readers. Much of the week was preoccupied with the countdown to inauguration, but there were a few other events that caught Mark's eye. In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:

The week began with Mark's Song of the Week and a slinky, shimmering tribute to the late Leon Russell.

~On Monday Steyn noted the passing of a once glamorous figure from Swinging London - Princess Margaret's former consort, society photographer Lord Snowdon.

~On Tuesday's edition of the new Mark Steyn Show, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann swung by the studio to preview the next four years, Mark looked at celebrity boycotts of the inauguration - and at great inaugural disasters of the past 200 years. And, for Canuck, Aussie and other Commonwealth viewers, he played an opening round of "Know Your Ensigns". More details on the show here.

~As longtime Steyn readers know too well, free speech is in a parlous state through much of the western world. Two years after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, he highlighted a particularly revolting false equivalence from the British Prime Minister. Also midweek, the Cato Institute weighed in on the latest developments in the interminable suit against Mark brought by Big Climate's hockey-stick huckster Michael E Mann. In Cato's view:

The court's reasoning could put thousands of articles, blogposts, and even tweets under a cloud of potential liability, thereby chilling the speech that is the lifeblood of Washington politics.

It is modestly encouraging to see influential American institutions somewhat belatedly waking up to the implications of where this slapdash jurisprudence will take us. We thank everyone around the world who's supported Mark in this long battle, and especially those who've picked up a copy of his climatological bestseller on Mann's damage to science.

~On Thursday night, the eve of inauguration, Steyn looked back at the outgoing and incoming presidents in what became our most-read piece of the week. He also addressed one of the odder columnar trends of the Obama/Trump transition: the Rat Pack on the Potomac.

~On Friday Mark hosted the third weekend edition of The Mark Steyn Show. On the first day of the new administration, the bestselling author Andrew Klavan joined him to consider the intersection of politics and culture in the years ahead. Plus, live from the Steyn stage, a great klezmer performance of his favorite Leonard Cohen song:

~For our Saturday picture date, Mark looked at some memorable movie presidents.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week - and stay tuned for this week's episodes of The Mark Steyn Show, including a new book on the mass murderer America's media refused to cover, and, by way of contrast, Édith Piaf's loveliest love song.

January 22, 2017 at 6:55 am  |  Permalink

Pallies on the Potomac

According to my inspired compatriot Kathy Shaidle, Donald Trump is President Sinatra:

Here are two paradigmatic New Yorkers who brawled their way to the top; tabloid liaisons here, a trio of devoted children there; men of eye-watering generosity (you've heard the "we've paid off your mortgage" story by now) and spleen (the name of Sinatra's record company, Reprise, was pronounced with a long "i," as in "reprisal").

Note, too, the almost belligerent philo-Semitism: In 1948, as a favor to a stranger he met in a bar, Sinatra couriered a million dollars cash to a ship full of arms earmarked for Israel, docked at a New York pier; Trump, dead set on making Mar-a-Lago nonrestricted, taunted Palm Beach's town council by sending them copies of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner...

[Sinatra would] also recognize Trump as another swaggering, short-fused, thin-skinned alpha, worthy of his fealty, and who'd be more loyal than John F., too.

Sinatra's not around, alas.

Or is he?

Who needs a Sinatra to sing, spectacular as that would be, when we've got one taking the Oath of frickin' Office?

On the other hand, according to Bruce Bawer ...and, incidentally, Bruce and I once shared a stage with Frank's opening act, the great Tom Dreesen... anyway, according to Bruce Bawer, Barack Obama is President Dino:

That "cool" factor seduced a lot of voters in 2008. But over the years it has seemed increasingly clear that that "cool" factor was a function of his indifference. I was thinking about this the other day and it suddenly occurred to me whom he reminded me of : Dean Martin.

Yes, Dean Martin. Humor me here. Martin was cool, too. Audiences loved his laid-back style: he never seemed to be trying too hard. As Bob Greene wrote in 2012, "Frank Sinatra may have liked the image of being Chairman of the Board, but the core of Martin's enduring allure is that not only did he not want to be chairman, he didn't even want to serve on the board: It would mean that he would be cooped up in some boardroom for meetings when he'd rather be out playing golf." Hey, whom does that remind you of? Writing about Martin this year, jazz critic Ted Gioia noted that "There's a term in Italian for this kind of attitude: menefreghismo, a couldn't-care-less manner that brings with it overtones of extreme macho coolness and total disregard for all consequences." Ahem.

So Trump is Frank and Obama is Dean. I'm an old Fleet Street hand, and I'm fully aware it takes three to make a trend. So c'mon:

Bernie Sanders is Sammy Davis Jr? They're both Jews. Like Sam, Bernie is the Candy Man, luring millions of impressionable children with promises of a rainbow utopia:

Who can take tomorrow
Dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow
And collect up all the cream?

The Sandy Man
(The Sandy Man)
The Sandy Man can
'Cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good...

Er, okay. How about Ted Cruz is Peter Lawford? They're both British subjects who married into powerful American dynasties (Fitzgerald Kennedys, Goldman Sachs). They both had relatives involved in the Kennedy assassination...

No? Well, how about Marco Rubio is Joey Bishop? The lovable shnook with the great line in Vegas shtick: "Hey, have you seen Donald's hands? You know what they say: Small hands, small bird, pally..."

Okay. Hillary Clinton is Angie Dickinson. Like Angie, Hillary is a stand-up broad. Well, except for the standing-up part...

~Dispatches from Neverland: Eminent national-security Republicans, after declaring themselves #NeverTrump and denouncing him as "a danger to the nation", are apparently puzzled as to why they haven't been offered jobs in his administration. They're befuddled and bewildered. Why, it's almost like he took their principled stand seriously!

As Trump would say: Sad! You'd think "experts" on such internecine tribal sinkholes as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc, would have a better understanding that, when it comes to switching sides, you never want to leave it too late.

~On last night's Mark Steyn Show, we discussed a small manifestation of our incremental surrender - the Tweet by a Canadian cabinet minister that she is "fascinated" by Sharia. But these days who isn't? At Indiana's New Albany-Floyd County school district, they're also fascinated:

Parents in Southern Indiana are upset by a middle school worksheet's portrayal of "Sharia law," which they say casts the Islamic code in a positive light while ignoring human rights violations and the oppression of women...

"I'm just not OK with my daughter – or any child that age – leaving class with the understanding that anything about Sharia law is OK..."

"That document by itself, it's almost propaganda," said Jon Baker, whose daughter also received the worksheet. "If you read that, you would think everything's wonderful in that world."

Of course. That's the purpose of it. Soon we'll have advanced to the next stage, which many European schools are already at: You can't teach the Crusades or the Holocaust, because they're too "controversial", but the joys of Sharia are something we can all agree on.

If you missed The Mark Steyn Show, you can catch it at your leisure here. Michele Bachmann previews the incoming Trump Administration, I take a look at who's who in the celeb-Dem boycotts, there's a stroll down memory lane with some inaugural disasters from the past couple of centuries, and, for Canuck and Commonwealth viewers, we play a round of "Know Your Ensigns". More details here.

January 18, 2017 at 10:53 am  |  Permalink

Tribulations, But No Trials

On Tuesday's eve-of-inauguration edition of The Mark Steyn Show, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann swings by the studio to preview what the next four years might bring. Also in presidential mode, I offer a few inaugural observations - and consider the attempt to de-legitimize the incoming chief executive. And it's Flag Day on the Steyn set - if only for Canucks and Aussies. For more details on The Mark Steyn Show, see here.

~On the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath, Douglas Murray looks at the pitiful condition of France's satirical magazine - and the parlous state of free speech throughout the west:

Most of the people who said they cared about the right to say what they wanted when they wanted, about everything and anything -- including one particularly stern and unamused religion -- were willing to walk the walk: that is, they were willing to walk through Paris with a pencil in the air. Or they were willing to talk the talk, proclaiming "Je Suis Charlie." But almost no one really meant it. If they had, then -- as Mark Steyn pointed out -- those crowds in Paris would not have been parading through the streets holding pencils, but holding cartoons of Mohammed. "You're going to have to get us all" would have been the message.

Douglas cites this particularly egregious betrayal of the principle of free speech, from a land that was once the crucible of liberty:

Even the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, asked in the House of Commons to stand up for the right of an athlete not to have his career destroyed because of one fleeting, drunken joke, equivocated:

"This is a balance that we need to find. We value freedom of expression and freedom of speech in this country -- that is absolutely essential in underpinning our democracy.

"But we also value tolerance to others. We also value tolerance in relation to religions. This is one of the issues that we have looked at in the counter-extremism strategy that the Government has produced.

"I think we need to ensure that yes it is right that people can have that freedom of expression, but in doing so that right has a responsibility too -- and that is a responsibility to recognise the importance of tolerance to others."

For the last two years, we have learned for certain that any such tolerance is a one-way street. Our societies had been walking up it. But from the other direction came the Kalashnikov brigade who only had to fire once; in the face of it, the whole civilised world chose to U-turn and run back the other way.

The likes of Mrs May are conditioning us to tolerate the avowedly intolerant: That way lies a descent into endless night. I wrote a book on that theme a decade ago, but, alas, the western leadership class chose to spend the last ten years accelerating the process. Nevertheless, a few prominent Europeans are none too happy about where they're headed:

Monsignor Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Emeritus of Pompeii, said that Islam will soon become Europe's main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.

Speaking to Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, the archbishop said: "In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity. Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way... All of this moral and religious decadence favours Islam."

"We have a weak Christian faith," he added. "The Church nowadays does not work well and seminaries are empty... All this paves the way to Islam. In addition to this, they have children and we do not. We are in full decline."

One of the safest bets is that something beats nothing.

~I wrote the other day:

Next month, by the way, I'll be north of the border to see the litigious hockey-stick huckster [Michael E Mann] take on my compatriot Tim Ball in Vancouver. If you're in the neighbourhood, do swing by and say hello.

If you're in Goose Bay, Labrador and about to set off, save your Greyhound fare. The Mann vs Ball trial has now been mysteriously "adjourned" until a not yet specified later date. So yet again the court system appears willing to assist the litigious Mann's resort to interminable lawsuits that never actually get to trial. But I promise this: In BC as in DC, the courtroom doors will eventually be prised open, and I will be there.

~And, while I won't be in Vancouver next month, I will be north of the border. Three years ago, I spoke at the Manning Conference in Ottawa, which is, very roughly speaking, the Canadian equivalent of CPAC. My thesis was that the facts of life are conservative. This year I'm back, in very different circumstances for northern Tories. But, the Trudeaupian restoration notwithstanding, we will have fun and do our best to rouse the troops. The conference runs from February 23rd to the 25th, and you can find out more details here.

~W magazine - the magazine for George W Bush fans - has a feature called "Culture Diet", which I like to give the once-over every so often. The subject this week is Vanity Fair's maestro of profiles, Bob Colacello:

First thing you read in the morning:
The New York Post.

Books on your bedside table right now:
The Undocumented Mark Steyn. He's Canadian, conservative, and amazingly funny.

The TV show keeping you up at night:
Don Lemon on CNN.

Last movie you saw in theaters:
Hidden Figures. Loved it.

In the old days at the Speccie in London and Canada's National Post, I used to have a lot of readers who didn't agree with me politically but enjoyed reading me. My unexpected namecheck from Bob Colacello reminded me that, in all the years I've been in America, that's hardly ever happened here. As the new President would say: Sad!

See you tonight on the telly.

January 17, 2017 at 10:24 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, January 9-15

In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:

The week began with Steyn's Song of the Week and a wild jungle tribute to Debbie Reynolds.

~On Monday Mark addressed a huge media blind spot - the refusal to see the Islamization of Europe and what it portends - and their outright deception about a brutal attack in Chicago. It was our most-read piece of the week.

~On Tuesday Steyn unveiled the first current-events edition of the new Mark Steyn Show. He pushed back hard against Meryl Streep and Hollywood "victimhood", and noted that neither she nor other movie A-listers had said a word about film-makers and other artists who in recent years have been silenced for their art, even unto death. He also talked about the disease of "cultural appropriation" - can non-Mexicans wear a sombrero? can white novelists write black characters? - and celebrated a prototype reality star, Buffalo Bill. More details on the show here.

~Later in the week Mark's old boss Rich Lowry penned an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on climate mullah Michael E Mann's five-year lawsuit against Steyn, and the hockey-stick huckster's serial hostility to free speech for anyone who disagrees with him. We thank those readers around the world who've enthusiastically backed Mark, and especially those who've expressed their support by buying his climatological bestseller on Mann's damage to science.

~As Steyn noted this week, it cannot have been the intent of the authors of the First Amendment that Americans should enjoy fewer free-speech rights than those territories that remained within the British Empire. Just to underline that point, Breitbart's James Delingpole won an important victory in London this week over a Big Climate enforcer, but even in his hour of triumph he quoted a too familiar maxim:

As Mark Steyn says, the process is the punishment.

~On Friday Mark ended the week with the second weekend edition of The Mark Steyn Show. The theme was the future, the day after tomorrow - the America of 2029, as conjured in a new novel - but Mark and his guests also found time to pay tribute to the late songwriter Leon Russell, with his slinkiest, sultriest ballad.

~For our Saturday movie date, Steyn presented a special video edition of Mark at the Movies, celebrating a classic film and discussing both the high-tech security state and cinema's first sexy robot:

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week - and stay tuned for further episodes of The Mark Steyn Show: On our pre-inauguration show this Tuesday, he'll talk the state of the world, and what the new administration will do about it, with Michele Bachmann.

January 15, 2017 at 7:09 am  |  Permalink

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