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"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong" (cont)

With a plunging pound and predictions of economic collapse, the political earthquake in Europe and the United Kingdom is nevertheless looking pretty sweet for a certain Canadian doom-monger:

On Wednesday, revisiting Mark's bestseller America Alone, The Toronto Sun's Tarek Fatah wrote:

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

Economist Bryan Caplan was equally unimpressed by America Alone's analysis of Europe, and back in April 2008 responded with a piece called "Win Mark Steyn's Money":

I smell a bet. I propose the following terms to Steyn (or up to any three other people):

If any current EU member with a population over 10 million people in 2007 officially withdraws from the EU before January 1, 2020, I will pay you $100. Otherwise, you owe me $100.

Any takers? (I've emailed this link to Mark Steyn's website, though I doubt it will actually filter up to him).

In fact, Mark responded:

Throwing caution and my children's college fees to the wind, I've recklessly taken this guy's bet...

Professor Caplan enthused that "The Bet's On":

Mark Steyn's graciously accepted my latest Euro bet... In the process, Steyn raises a fair question:

'Hey, why not make it a grand? A hundred bucks'll barely buy you a falafel at the Tour d'Argent in the Paris of 2020.'

Mr Caplan declined to make it a grand - but, on this historic day when for the first time a "current EU member" has voted to leave, "winning Mark Steyn's money" appears to be trickier than the experts think.

~In a preview of last night's excitement, Mark shared the stage with Brexit victor Nigel Farage a few weeks ago at the Munk Debate in Toronto.

~Don't forget that autographed copies of America Alone are available at the SteynOnline bookstore. Mark is abroad researching a forthcoming book, but, following Wednesday's column by Tarek Fatah, several readers wrote to wonder why there isn't an updated, tenth-anniversary edition of America Alone. Well, we tried, but the book's publisher, Regnery, turned it down.

June 24, 2016 at 1:34 am  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong"

Mark is overseas in connection with research for a new book. But his decade-old bestseller America Alone is timelier than ever. Tarek Fatah begins his column in today's Toronto Sun as follows:

Almost 10 years ago, Maclean's magazine published an essay by Mark Steyn titled, "The future belongs to Islam".

In it, he suggested, "the West is growing old and enfeebled, and lacks the will to rebuff those who would supplant it."

It was an extract from Steyn's then best-selling book America Alone, where he concluded, "It's the end of the world as we've known it..."

There was an outcry among Canada's Islamists, who took Steyn and Maclean's to the Ontario and British Columbia Human Rights Commissions.

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

Read the rest of Mr Fatah's column to see why. America Alone was, as he says, a bestseller, and many presidents, prime ministers and other influential politicians read it and cited it. But too few western leaders made any serious attempt to change course. Autographed copies are available at the SteynOnline bookstore, and approaching its tenth birthday Mark's book remains an indispensable guide to the new world now emerging.

June 22, 2016 at 3:38 am  |  Permalink

A Note to our Readers (and Listeners, and Viewers)

Summer is here, and I shall be traveling overseas for some time as part of my research for a forthcoming project. We'll have more news of that in a few weeks.

~This Thursday's big vote? Go, Brexit! As the Wolfe Tones would sing:

And Ireland ...whoops, Britain... long a province, be a nation once again!

~A day after the Orlando slaughter, I reported a small shaft of good news:

So far there's been no sign of that self-promoting opportunist twerp who drags his piano to the scenes of jihadist slaughter in Europe and plays 'Imagine'.

Right pianist, right dirge, wrong atrocity. He turned up at Jo Cox's murder scene instead.

~As we've had cause to note with previous bloodbaths, whoever the actual dead are, the real victims are always Muslims. This New York Times headline is an especially choice example:

Orlando Killings Rob Young New York Muslims of a Cherished Holiday Respite

Aww, nasty Islamophobes, harshing your Ramadan mellow. In humdrum reality, the Orlando killings robbed young Florida non-Muslims of their lives. But who cares about the Pulse nightclub when there's a 24/7 Islamic pity-party going on?

~Before I check out for a while, a lot of listeners commented on my observations re Orlando on The Rush Limbaugh Show - especially my thoughts on a phrase Douglas Murray used to me, about "a party at the end of the world". By popular request, here it is. Click to listen:

~On a less somber note, every put-upon guy frosted out down the far end of the sofa can relate to this one. Enjoy!

That's "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from my cat album Feline Groovy, with Harold, a corpulent Quebecker as "the cat" and Best Actress Tony nominee Marla Schaffel as the missus - and me as the superfluous trois in the ménage.

For more on the cat and the song, see here (scroll down). Don't forget Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available at iTunes, where it has a four-and-a-half star rating, and at Amazon, where it's stacked up a ton of five-star reviews, and via CD Baby and other retailers in CD and/or digital format.

~Enjoy your "cherished holiday respite" from SteynOnline. See you soon.

June 19, 2016 at 9:51 pm  |  Permalink

A Man, a Judge, and a Fat Cat

I'll be starting the week back behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live from 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific on Monday. If you're in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up for three hours of substitute-host-level excellence in broadcasting, either on one of 600 radio stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream or your Rush 24/7 subscription. [SUNDAY UPDATE: The mass slaughter at a gay nightclub by yet another of Islam's "known wolves" will likely take up much of the show.]

~Climate mullah Michael E Mann's lawsuit against me has been stalled in the clogged latrine of DC justice for four years - indeed, it's stalled so long that a key witness has died. So this month I filed a "Renewed Request for Expedited Hearing and to Lift Stay of Discovery" to get the buggers moving again. Dr Mann, notwithstanding his ongoing, remorseless "emotional distress" at my accurate characterization of his ridiculous hockey stick and his alleged desire for his day in court to ameliorate it, objected to my motion to get the hell on with it and get this thing to trial. Judge Weisberg likewise feels that there's nothing wrong with the DC courts' stewardship of this case that another three or four years of thumb-twiddling can't cure, so on Thursday he denied my request:

This matter is before the court on Defendant Mark Steyn's Renewed Request For Expedited Hearing And To Lift Stay Of Discovery and the responses of Plaintiff and the other three Defendants. Only one thing has changed since the court last considered this issue on April 11, 2014 – the date.

Uh, yeah. Which was kinda the point of my motion.

I'm beginning to wonder if he's biased against me because he hasn't got "Canadian heritage".

~What to do when facing another half-decade in a sclerotic and dysfunctional court system? Make a cat video! Every put-upon guy scrunched up at the end of the sofa can relate to this one. Enjoy!

That's me with Kevin Amos and the band and "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from our cat album Feline Groovy.

I'm honored to be joined for the video by Best Actress Tony nominee Marla Schaffel as the missus. Marla is awfully sporting to slum it and act along with an old ham like me. The cat is not my own beloved black cat Marvin, who inspired the album but whom I adjudged insufficiently lazy and corpulent for the role of this particular feline. So I procured Harold, a Quebecker by origin, and brought him south of the border to do the jobs American cats won't do. Of course, now I'm stuck with him. But June is apparently Adopt-a-Cat Month, so I'm happy to have done my part. But if I have to get a new cat for every track on the album, this place is gonna be hairball heaven.

As for the song, it was written by C W Kalb Jr, and turned up many, many years ago as Side 2 Track 5 on a Ray Stevens album. I always liked the profound truth at the heart of the joke, so we gave it a little bit of a different orchestration and added some backing singers and took a crack at it. Hope you like it. If so, don't forget this oldie but goodie.

Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available at iTunes, where it has a four-and-a-half star rating, and at Amazon, where it's stacked up a ton of five-star reviews, and via CD Baby and other retailers in CD and/or digital format.

See you on the radio Monday.

June 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm  |  Permalink

The Glass is One-Sixteenth Full

If you're near a radio dial this week, on Wednesday and Thursday I'll be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live from 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific. If you are in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, I hope you'll tune in either on one of 600 radio stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream or your Rush 24/7 subscription.

~Anybody who's written as much as I have over the decades gets a ton of stuff wrong. But one thing I got right, very early, was that Islam sends its sons to the west not as immigrants, or refugees, but as colonizers. From page 42 of my bestselling book America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It: "Europe is the colony now."

That was 2006. Daniel Pipes was a little wary of my thesis back then, but returns to the question of Europe's - or more specifically France's - future in an examination of two novels separated by four decades, Jean Raspail's The Camp Of The Saints and Michel Houellebecq's Submission. He concludes:

Jumping another 42 years ahead, what story might a futuristic novel published in 2057 tell? Such thinkers as Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye'or, and Mark Steyn would expect an account that assumes Islam's victory and narrates the chasing down of France's few remaining Christian believers. But I predict nearly the opposite: a report that assumes Camus' great replacement failed and imagines a violent repression of Muslims (in the words of Claire Berlinski) "shambling out of the mists of European history" accompanied by a nativist French reassertion.

The key word there is "shambling". I'd say "tottering", and in need of a walker: The neo-fascist resurgence may be leaving things, demographically speaking, a little too late. It's hard to turn to a strong man on a horse when the strong man is no longer strong enough to get up on the horse. In The Weekly Standard, contemplating Western Europe's headlong rush to civilizational suicide, Jean Kaufman riffs on my recent visit to Sweden:

Not only do the countries of Western Europe seem to be rejecting national individualism, but their leaders seem to want their citizens to reject what Mann called "the European tradition as a whole" in favor of accepting a large number of people from third-world countries without expecting or demanding that they assimilate. What's more, the Western European leaders are trying to impose both of these renunciations on the countries of Eastern Europe, which are still loath to cooperate. One culture is seen as just as desirable and ethical as another to Western Europeans raised on the gospel of cultural and moral relativism, who have been taught that tolerance almost without limits is the highest good.

That brings us to reason number four, which can be characterized as a combination of inertia and ennui that seems to have taken over much of Western Europe. Here's Steyn again:

'But, just as I took my seat [on a train from Copenhagen to Malmö] and settled in, a gaggle of Abdul's fellow "refugees" swarmed in, young bearded men and a smaller number of covered women, the lads shooing away those first-class ticket-holders not as nimble in securing their seats as I. The conductor gave a shrug, the great universal shorthand for there's-nothing-I-can-do...

'There were more shrugs at Malmö, when I asked a station official about it. He told me that, on the train from Stockholm the other day, a group of "refugees" had looted the café car. The staff were too frightened to resist. "Everyone wants a quiet life," he offered by way of explanation. Sweden prides itself on accepting more "refugees" per capita than any other European country, and up to a thousand a day are registering for asylum in Malmö.'

That last paragraph unites two already-mentioned elements: the lack of energy to change anything, and pride in being the charitable ones who cannot be accused of bigotry.

So the choice remains as I put it all those years ago: the glass is either fifteen-sixteenths empty (civilizational exhaustion) or one-sixteenth full (bloody fascist resurgence). Very sad.

On a related theme, Daniel Greenfield looks at the matter from Islam's viewpoint:

Outside Israel, agriculture in the Middle East is sparse. The strong attachment to the land that is found among Israelis or Europeans is absent. Feudalism associates working the land with inferiority and feudalism is a more recent memory among Muslims than among most Europeans. Success means expanding into someone else's land and living off the spoils rather than staying and working your own...

Western societies seek to settle permanently. They plan for the long term. Nomadic tribals burn through resources, viewing cities and institutions as assets to strip, raid and dispose of, before moving on. The Islamic migration is not a new phenomenon and Europe is not meant to be its stopping point.

Some years ago I said Islam was like an industrial-scale version of the small Abenaki settlements in my corner of northern New England. They settled somewhere, killed and devoured everything around them, and, when there was nothing left to kill and devour, moved on to fresher fields. Europe is a very lush pasture.

~Turning from total civilizational collapse to my cat album, thank you for your continued support for my new CD Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to my own beloved cat Marvin. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a ton of five-star reviews at Amazon. I liked this one from Glen Flint:

Mellow covers of some rock and roll classics. The most laid back treatment of Cat Scratch Fever you could imagine!

I'm not sure "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" counts as a rock'n'roll classic, but we do our best. If you buy only one feline concept album this year, make it Feline Groovy.

~My book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is just out in audio format - and narrated by yours truly. It's a Top Three bestseller on the political humor hit parade. Currently it's available for download, but if you'd prefer it in good old-fashioned CD form that's coming soon and you can pre-order it right now.

June 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 16-22

Happy Victoria Day weekend to our Canadian readers. On Wednesday Mark will be back on the air with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, live at 8.30am Eastern on AM640.

This week Steyn was behind the Golden EIB Microphone guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. You can find a few moments from Monday's show here, and from Tuesday's show here. On the upcoming election showdown, Mark declared confidently:

The Hillary blowout is not going to happen.

The general-election polls later in the week tended to support this.

Steyn's views on the corrupt Clinton Foundation and its principal beneficiaries attracted much attention. As for the divisions roiling the Republican Party, Mark saw it as Captain America: Civil War for the Beltway crowd. Click below to listen:

There have been many surprising turns in this US presidential election season, but Steyn feels he called it, on both the Democrat and Republican sides, in his column ten-and-a-half months ago. If you'd read "Last Stand of the Old White Men" back on July 10th last year, where we are today would not surprise you.

~On Tuesday, Mark interviewed Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, on Washington's usurpation of one of the core functions of local government: The feds want to take control of municipal zoning in the cause of Democrat social engineering. Click below to hear the full interview:

In the end, the Mike Lee amendment did not pass, and 16 Republicans provided cover for an outrageous centralized-power grab by the Obama Administration. Much to Mark's regret, and notwithstanding his remarks above, his own senator, Kelly Ayotte, was among those who supported the bill - and thereby repudiated the very principles of New Hampshire town government that Tocqueville so admired.

~If you're interested in global warm-monger Michael E Mann's ongoing lawsuit against Steyn, and the broader crackdown on apostates by the climate mullahs, Mark provides an update here: "The Criminalization of Dissent."

~As for a certain cat album Steyn happened to mention on the air, that would be Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own beloved cat Marvin. The CD has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon. As appreciative listener Dave tweets:

I have it! I love it! Mark, you definitely can sing the swing! Great stuff!

If you buy only one feline concept album this year, make it Feline Groovy.

~Steyn's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is just out in audio format - and narrated by Mark himself! It's a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade. Currently it's available for download, but if you'd prefer it in good old-fashioned CD form that's coming soon and you can pre-order it right now.

May 22, 2016 at 8:10 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 9-15

Happy Independence Day to our Paraguayan readers. Tomorrow, Monday, Mark will be starting the week behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live from 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific. We hope you'll tune in either on one of 600 radio stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream or your Rush 24/7 subscription. And, if you miss Monday's show, he'll be back for a second stint on Tuesday.

This week Mark joined Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley to survey a range of current issues, from transgendered bathrooms to the Fort McMurray fire via the vexed question of whether Melania Trump is too hot for the White House. Most of these global problems are apparently all Steyn's fault. You can hear the full interview with Mark here.

As Steyn told Oakley, the point about the US Justice Department's suit against North Carolina is to teach the rest of us that there is now only one permitted view on transgender issues - and it therefore joins a long list of conversational topics to which traditional understandings of freedom of speech no longer apply: There is only the approved, enforced, official line. Mark's favorite Aussie morning man, Alan Jones, quoted Steyn's ever lengthening laundry list on Sky News this week:

~Readers have asked for an update on global warm-monger Michael E Mann's defamation suit against Steyn, about to enter its fifth year in the dank toilet of DC justice. Tom McLaughlin, columnist of The Conway Daily Sun in Mark's home state of New Hampshire, mentions the state of play here:

I also look forward to Mark Steyn's day in court, the legal preliminaries for which have dragged on for almost five years. Penn State University climatologist Michael Mann, author of the infamous hockey-stick graph purporting to demonstrate anthropogenic global warming, has sued Steyn for defamation after he accused Mann of fraud. Steyn refused to apologize and wants a trial to further expose Mann's specious research.

The above prompted an indignant response from Dr Mann himself.

~Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own beloved cat Marvin, and starring him on the cover. The CD has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon, including from Stephen N Bowen:

Leave it to Mark Steyn for an album like this! Great! I"m a cat lover but due to allergies, can't have one or more in the house at my age... Yet through Mark's album and his very apropos voice I can relive those purring halcyon days.

If you buy only one feline concept album this year, make it Feline Groovy.

~If you dislike Mark's singing voice, wait'll you hear his speaking voice: Steyn's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is out now in audio format - and narrated by Mark himself! It's a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade.

Don't forget to tune your dial EIB-wards tomorrow, Monday, when Mark guest-hosts for Rush, live at 12 noon Eastern.

May 15, 2016 at 6:34 am  |  Permalink

Steyn, As Played By Steyn

On Wednesday morning Mark starts the day with one of his favorite radio hosts north or south of the border - John Oakley, live on Toronto's AM640 at 8.30am Eastern. If you're near a wireless receiver, we hope you'll dial him up.

~Mark's other favorite morning man is the great Alan Jones in Sydney. Alan also has a TV show on Sky News Australia, and, as part of a riveting conversation with former Labor leader Mark Latham, just quoted Steyn's ever lengthening laundry list of areas where free speech no longer applies:

~Don't forget that Mark's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is out now in audio format - and narrated by the author himself! We like this five-star review at Amazon by V Schappert:

The best part about the Audiobook version is the reader. I'm listening to a few other audiobooks currently voiced by what appear to be professional readers and they're kind of ... boring. Mark Steyn has fun doing Mark Steyn and it makes a much more entertaining listen!

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade, so apparently it's not just Mark having fun. We hope you'll consider it for your next long-haul flight or car journey.

~Steyn's ongoing battle with climate mullah Michael E Mann recently made the papers in Mark's backyard of New Hampshire. Tom McLaughlin's Conway Daily Sun column on campus craziness includes this passing reference:

I also look forward to Mark Steyn's day in court, the legal preliminaries for which have dragged on for almost five years. Penn State University climatologist Michael Mann, author of the infamous hockey-stick graph purporting to demonstrate anthropogenic global warming, has sued Steyn for defamation after he accused Mann of fraud. Steyn refused to apologize and wants a trial to further expose Mann's specious research.

That was too much for Mann, who promptly wrote to the Sun:

An individual named Tom McLaughlin did a tremendous disservice to your readership by spreading falsehoods about the topic of human-caused climate change, and about my scientific work specifically, in his misguided recent commentary...

We like the exquisite condescension of that opening paragraph: "An individual named Tom McLaughlin" - as opposed to (as Mann signs himself) a "distinguished professor of atmospheric science", not to mention a fake Nobel Laureate. We can't have mere "individuals" weighing in on matters of public policy, can we?

(As for Tom Mclaughlin, he may be no more than "an individual", but he provided one of Hillary Clinton's toughest moments on the campaign trail to date.)

May 10, 2016 at 7:04 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 25-May 1

Happy May Day to readers around the world. Mark's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is now out in audio format - read by the author himself! More details below.

This week The New Criterion posted Ben Weingarten's in-depth interview with Steyn on Big Climate and its ever more naked hostility to free speech and intellectual inquiry. Here's their exchange on the similarities between the Islamic supremacists and the climate mullahs:

If you enjoyed that, you can watch the full Steyn/Weingarten interview here.

Speaking of the climate mullahs, Christian Thalacker, "environmental journalist" and one of hockey-stick inventor Michael E Mann's few remaining Mann-boys, attempted this week to revive Mann's fraudulent claim to be a Nobel Prize winner by posting Mann's photocopy of an actual Nobel Prize certificate. Mark linked to the Director of the Nobel Institute declaring "Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize", and the spokesperson of the Nobel Committee saying "He has never won the Nobel Prize", and even audio of the latter, but the last devoted Mann-boy on earth was determined to go down with his master's melting ice-floe.

(For more on the subject of the most notorious scientific graph of the 21st century, see Steyn's book on the subject.)

~In the US presidential race, it has been a long drawn-out contest on both the Democrat and Republican sides. But Tuesday's primaries made this November's match-up all but certain (with due allowance for an Indiana surprise). Mark considered the state of play here, and with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley on AM640 - where he also discussed the reaction of Justin Trudeau, Captain Quantum, to the beheading of a Canadian citizen by jihadist barbarians. You can hear the full Steyn/Oakley interview here.

~Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, dedicated to his own beloved cat Marvin, and starring him on the cover. The CD has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon. Among the satisfied customers is Jim Grichar of Woodstock, Virginia:

I just received my copy of "Feline Groovy" yesterday - It was superb!
My only question is "What gin does Marvin prefer in his martini and
do you prefer the same?"

Mark says:

I regret to say that Marvin's favorite gin is Tanqueray's Old Tom.

If you buy only one feline concept album this year, make it Feline Groovy.

~As mentioned above, Steyn's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is out now in audio format - and narrated by Mark himself! It's a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade, so, if you need some companionship for a long car journey, we hope you'll consider taking some Steynian apocalyptic wit along for the ride.

May 1, 2016 at 7:41 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, April 11-17

Greetings to SteynOnline readers around the world. Mark's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is now out in audio format - read by the author himself! More details below.

The week began with more commentary on Steyn's performance in the Munk Debate on the great migrations afflicting Europe and beyond. If you haven't yet seen it, here's Mark's closing statement:

~On a related theme, this week Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain's "Equality and Human Rights Commission" and the man largely responsible for introducing the word "Islamophobia" to western discourse, concluded that pretty much everything he and his chums have been saying for a quarter-century about Muslim immigration has been entirely wrong. Steyn welcomed Mr Phillips to the party, albeit somewhat belatedly.

~On Wednesday morning Mark joined Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley on AM640. Among the topics was Bono's proposal to the US Congress to fight ISIS with comedy. Click below to listen:

~Free speech continues to decline around the west. On Friday Steyn pondered the disgraceful decision of Chancellor Merkel and the German government to prosecute a comedian for mocking Turkey's President Erdogan.

~Also on the free-speech front, Brad Schaeffer at The Blaze looked at Mark's long legal battle with global warm-monger Michael E Mann, and the increasing hostility of the climate mullahs to freedom of expression. Soon to be entering its fifth year in the choked toilet of the DC Superior Court, the Mann vs Steyn case is the most consequential First Amendment battle of the last 50 years. We thank those many readers from Vancouver to Vanuatu who've continued to support Mark's end of this free-speech showdown via SteynOnline gift certificates and other Steyn store purchases - not to mention Mark's book on the subject.

~Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon. This week he was particularly touched by this latest thumb's-up from Brendan Smith, "I Categorically Recommend It":

An album of (mostly) cover songs about cats, by a cat lover and dedicated to his cat is not an item I expected to buy in this life time. What ultimately drew me in were the 30 second snippets provided by Amazon.

After many listens, I can tell you those snippets don't do this album justice. It's a treat not just for cat lovers, but more so for music lovers...

His renditions are clever, unique, and satisfying... He's assembled a fantastically talented band that just nails it, and seems to be having a great time in the process.This album exists in the sweet spot where hard work and fun, as well as cleverness and joy overlap, Whatever the theme of Steyn's next disc, I hope he brings these players back for an encore. They and he are utterly delightful.

Mr Smith is quite right about the fantastically talented band. Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available on CD, but, if you can't wait that long, it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.

~As mentioned above, Steyn's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is out now in audio format - and narrated by Mark himself! It's a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade, so, if you need some companionship for a long car journey, we hope you'll consider taking some Steynian apocalyptic wit along for the ride.

April 17, 2016 at 7:02 am  |  Permalink

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