Posting will be a little lighter than usual at SteynOnline as Mark continues to deal with family matters overseas. He will be back in America in plenty of time for An Evening With Mark Steyn to be hosted by the Center of the American Experiment in Minnesota. If you'd like to join Steyn live at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on October 9th, you can find more details here.
In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:
~He began the week with a double-spin salute to Sixties hitmaker Bob Crewe, who died this month: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".
~It was a very bad week for Big Climate alarmist and fraudulent Nobel Laureate Michael E Mann. Monday was the deadline for the filing of amicus briefs supporting Mann in his lawsuit against Steyn, National Review, Rand Simberg and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. No one filed any. Mann claims to be taking a stand for science, but science is evidently disinclined to take a stand for Mann. This was our most-read piece of the week.
~On Tuesday, apropos the Scottish referendum and a very prescient Steyn column from 1997, Mark dusted off some damning comments about the difference between ancient Scotland's daubed Bravehearts and today's fried Mars-hearts.
~Michael E Mann's very bad week continued on Wednesday with a disastrous Twitter Q&A and the implosion of his hashtag #AskDrMann, characterized by one Tweeter as "the Barbra Streisand effect on steroids". Mann's few remaining defenders blamed Steyn for "intimidating" the serial litigant.
~On Thursday Mark returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss current politics, but also continued his grim catalogue of the broader trend: the remorseless militarization of every aspect of American government - including Swat teams for hairdressing-license inspections.
~At the weekend, we continued with our Scottish theme. Mark's Saturday film feature was an odd tale of love in the highlands - between Queen Victoria and her ghillie John Brown.
~Notwithstanding Michael E Mann's fiasco of a week, we're preparing for the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and to #AskDrMann to get on with discovery and deposition. Mark thanks SteynOnline readers for their generous support for his pushback against the climate mullahs via the Steyn store.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
After a couple of weeks overseas, I returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show for my weekly chit-chat with the maestro. Hugh was kind enough to mention my forthcoming appearance in Minneapolis, presented by the Center of the American Experiment live at Orchestra Hall on October 9th. You can get more info and book tickets here.
The Daily Caller was more interested in what I had to say to Hugh about Obama and ISIS:
You can hear the audio here.
~In the end Scotland decided to stick with their Sassenach sugar daddy. Certain consequences will flow from that vote, which we will consider in the weeks ahead - not least the matter of how long the English can be denied a "nationalist movement" of the kind encouraged and deferred to among the Scots, Irish and Welsh. Meanwhile, Scotland's "First Minister" and the former future Father of his Country Alex Salmond has announced his intention to resign, but here at SteynOnline, in the morning after the wild Hogmanay the night before, we'll be waggling the sporran with some referendum-related entertainment this weekend.
A few days ago, we dusted off my prescient Sunday Telegraph column on Blairite devolution from 17 years ago. As a postscript to that, we're re-posting a companion piece from the archives, from January 2006. Mr Salmond arranged for 16- and 17-year-olds to get a vote in Thursday's referendum, for the obvious reason that, as with Quebecers in M Parizeau's referendum two decades back, young Scots trend more secessionist than their elders. Unfortunately, as in Quebec, there aren't enough of them. Here's what I wrote in The Daily Telegraph eight-and-a-half years ago:
Oh, and that ancient column comes with the obligatory Braveheart quote, too!
You can read that entire 2006 column here.
~It was a bad week for self-conferred Nobel Laureate Michael E Mann, starting on Monday with the remarkable fact that not a single person was willing to file an amicus brief in support of him and his deranged lawsuit, and continuing on Wednesday with the world's most hilarious hashtag debacle. Halls of Macadamia deftly encapsulates Mann's dilemma here, The Pointman waxes somewhat more luridly:
As flattered as I am by that scenario, I don't think that's actually what happened - anymore than did Greg Laden's great Twitter conspiracy masterminded by yours truly. I've been busy with rather distressing family matters thousands of miles from Penn State these last two weeks, and in no position to mastermind any conspiracy. And even on a good day I lack the command of "social media" that the lads at ISIS have.
No, what really happened can be figured out by reading all those questions at #AskDrMann: They're remarkably well informed about Mann's shenanigans. That's to say, too many people now know that the public identity he invented for himself - world-renowned scientist whose hockey stick has been endorsed by NOAA, Lord Oxburgh, the British Government and the Nobel Prize Committee - is a crock from top to toe. Even more telling than the hostile questions was the near total absence of friendly ones: People who support the climate-change "consensus" increasingly understand that there is something malodorous about Dr Mann that (as I put it, channeling Lady Macbeth, in my countersuit to his complaint) "all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten".
I gather Mann is off to speak in Bristol (in England, the non-secessionist bit of the UK) on Monday, where no doubt he'll be assured of a warmer welcome.
We press onward - to discovery, deposition and trial. Thanks for your continuing support.
I often joke with my hairdresser Amanda about the number of state permits she requires for the privilege of cutting my hair. As I point out on page 49 of After America (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc):
That's tyrannous - which is bad enough, albeit not unique to America: The entire developed world has massively expanded the hyper-regulatory state. But only in America does the Department of Paperwork command lethal force:
What sort of lunatic handcuffs a barber in order to check his license is valid? The gauleiter in question is Inspector Amanda Fields of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation - and, in a sane world, she'd be the one in handcuffs. But, as far as I can tell, she still has her job. Judge Rosenbaum's opinion for the US 11th Circuit is unusually vivid:
I would doubt it. Amanda Fields and her chums feel no shame about what they did - which is the real problem. If a constable does not instinctively understand that there is something wrong - and, indeed, profoundly wicked - about a "license inspection" that involves handcuffing the barber, he's unlikely to be unduly disturbed by the possibility of a judicial slapdown four years hence, assuming that the rubes he's cuffing are savvy enough to take it that far. For a sense of the esprit of the Florida regulatory environment, consider the words of one officer to barber Reginald Trammon:
Indeed. As Laura Rosen Cohen comments:
Where's the so-called "party of small government" on this? Because, whatever else may be said about a regime that dispatches a Swat team to check barbering licenses, small government it's not. You can't complain about big, bloated, out-of-control government, and then make an exception when Hair Team Six wants to check Kelli-Sue's curling permit.
~The results of the Scottish independence referendum are due in a few hours. I said a few words on the subject here, and dusted off a rather prescient 17-year-old column of mine here, and added a postscript on contemporary Scottish identity here. On Wednesday's John Oakley show in Toronto, I said my best guess would be a narrow victory for the "no" side, which would be just enough to make the issue a permanent and destabilizing feature of British political life, as Quebec's secessionist shakedown operation is for Canada.
As a postscript to my comments on Thursday's referendum and my Sunday Telegraph column from 17 years ago, a commenter over at Lucianne.com has turned up some throwaway observations of mine on contemporary Scotland:
I think I originally extemporized that analysis in an interview with Benjamin Weingarten at The Blaze. But it happens to be true. There's a big difference between Braveheart and Fried Mars-hearts.
~Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, I'll be back with the great John Oakley, Toronto's Number One morning man, live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern.
~I'll be returning to Minneapolis for the first time in some years on Thursday October 9th for An Evening With Mark Steyn presented by the Center of the American Experiment at Orchestra Hall. For more info and to book tickets, please click here.
~On Monday we began the week with Obama, Putin and a Steyn I-told-you-so moment.
~Tuesday marked one month till Mark returns to Minneapolis for An Evening With Mark Steyn to be hosted by the Center of the American Experiment. If you'd like to join Mark live at Orchestra Hall on October 9th, you can find more details here.
~On Wednesday the President gave his big speech on ISIS and announced what Steyn called his grand Coalition of the Unwilling.
~Thursday was the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Mark marked the occasion with a celebration of "God Bless America".
~On Friday Mark brought readers up to date on the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century with what became our most-read piece of the week, "Michael E Mann Repudiates His Own Hockey Stick" - on the latest fraudulent claims in Dr Mann's legal pleadings. Fortunately, SteynOnline readers have continued to support Mark's pushback against Mann and the other Big Climate thugs through their generous support of the Steyn store. We will continue to expose Mann's lies in the run-up to trial.
~At the weekend, Mark's Saturday film feature was the perfect date movie - if you had a date in Nuremberg 80 years ago: Triumph Of The Will.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
Obama on August 29th:
Steyn on August 29th:
Putin on September 5th:
From Benghazi to the Baltic, the world has the measure of Obama. The only people who don't are America's besotted, parochial elite and the deluded electorate who made this man "leader of the free world".
Posting will be a little light at SteynOnline as Mark continues to deal with a family emergency. In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to him:
We began the week with one of our most popular Songs of the Week of all time, "Over The Rainbow".
~Monday was Labor Day or Labour Day in the US and Canada, and Mark marked the occasion with some thoughts on the world after work.
~On Tuesday Steyn guest-hosted America's Number One radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show. It was a strange blend of geopolitical big-picture foreign policy, and marginalia on duck genitalia.
~Mark returned to the Golden EIB Microphone on Wednesday, to discuss everything from missing jets in Libya to missing marbles in US security bureaucracy.
~Many Minnesota listeners were interested to hear about An Evening With Mark Steyn to be hosted by the Center of the American Experiment on October 9th. You can find more details here.
~There were further developments in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century that Steyn considered in what became our most-read piece of the week, "When Science Is Settled - By Government". We're more grateful than ever to the many readers who've continued to support Mark's pushback against the climate mullahs by buying our exclusive trial merchandise, SteynOnline gift certificates and other products via the Steyn store. Mark has asked the court to expedite discovery and deposition of global warm-monger Michael E Mann.
~At the weekend, with the 13th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, Mark looked at the eerie cinematic pre-echoes of September 11th.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
Thanks for the kind and unkind words about my stint behind the Golden EIB Microphone on The Rush Limbaugh Show this week. You can sample a few moments from Wednesday's show here - with respect to hashtag foreign policy, missing Libyan jets and Ferguson, Missouri.
~Many listeners wanted to know more about my forthcoming Minneapolis appearance, courtesy of the Center of the American Experiment. It's on October 9th at Orchestra Hall, and you can get tickets and more information here.
~A family emergency may keep posting a little light over the next couple of days. I've just passed through airport "security" and was impressed to find it vindictive, petty and totalitarian even by normal TSA standards - all in all more than confirming my conclusion on the radio that the principal purpose of security theatre is to train formerly free people to behave as a bovine compliant herd.
I had a grand time guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. You can sample a few moments from the show - or, for Rush 24/7 subscribers, the full three hours - here. It was a strange blend of geopolitical foreign-policy big-picture strategy and, er, duck genitalia. In the grim roll call of America's retreat from the world, almost two years after the sacking of the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi and the murder of its ambassador, the Libyan embassy itself has also fallen:
As for the duck genitalia, that's something the United States Government is studying with your tax dollars. Apparently, the female duck has a vagina that is a clockwise corkscrew, and the male duck has a penis that is a counterclockwise corkscrew - which prompted one caller to observe that Obama is trying to insert is counterclockwise foreign policy into a clockwise corkscrew of a world. At any rate, HR chipped in with the following quatrain (author unknown):
Words to ponder.
HR, Mr Snerdley and I will be back for Wednesday's Rush Limbaugh Show, with three of live substitute-host-level excellence in broadcasting direct from Ice Station EIB starting at 12 noon Eastern.
A Happy Labor Day or Labour Day weekend, according to taste, to our American and Canadian readers. In case you missed it, here's the last seven days as seen by Mark:
We began the week with a rollicking song for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz.
~Our Monday Mark looked at the latest US corporation to vote with its feet, as Burger King declines to have it Obama's way and decamps to Canada to "have it your eh?".
~On Tuesday Steyn checked in with Hannity on Fox News to discuss the President's penetrating insight that ISIS was merely the junior varsity team of jihad. As Mark saw it, the only JV player on the geopolitical court is Obama.
~On Wednesday, in what became our most-read piece of the week, we noted that the peer-reviewed climate science has now caught up with Steyn, and a throwaway observation he made five years ago. With the Mann vs Steyn trial of the century approaching, Mark is very grateful to all who've helped support his pushback against the increasingly isolated Big Climate alarmists via the Steyn store. He is preparing to depose self-conferred Nobel Laureate Michael Mann.
~On Friday, Mark considered one of the most horrifying stories of the week - the failure and collusion of politicians, police and child "protection" agencies in the sexual "grooming" of 1,400 girls by Muslim rape gangs in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham.
~To end the week, Mark paid tribute to the great actor (of Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park) and director (of Gandhi and A Bridge Too Far) Richard Attenborough.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week. After Labor Day, Mark returns to the Golden EIB Microphone to guest-host for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live coast to coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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