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A Se'nnight of Steyn, September 22-28

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

~He began the week by marking the grand if hilariously fractious opening of the Canadian Mausoleum of Human Rights.

~On Monday, notwithstanding the fall-out from the Scottish referendum, Mark took the high road and celebrated "Loch Lomond".

~For much of the early part of the week Mark was busy with sad family matters overseas and so SteynOnline was not quite so busy as usual. However, 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 and book tickets here.

~Michael E Mann, the world's most un-exonerated fake Nobel Laureate, was also on stage last week. In what became our most-read piece of the week, Mark looked at the Big Climate enforcer's improved comic timing, and his attempt to recover from the disasters of the previous week, including his hashtag debacle, #AskDrMann.

~On Thursday, a 54-year-old female employee at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma was beheaded by a Muslim convert who believes in stoning for women. But don't worry, it's - all together now - nothing to do with Islam.

~Mark rounded out the week in a kinda sorta classical vein by marking the centenary of Bob Wright, co-author of shows like Kismet and songs like "Stranger In Paradise", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and many others - with a bit of help from composing partners such as Borodin, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

~We continue to prepare for the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and to #AskDrMann to get on with discovery and deposition. Mark is enormously grateful to readers around the world for their ongoing support for his pushback against the climate mullahs via the Steyn store. You can find details about SteynOnline gift certificates here.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.

September 28, 2014 at 5:28 am  |  Permalink

Winning Heads and Minds

Moore is a municipality that lies between Norman, where a dear friend of mine lives, and Oklahoma City, which I know reasonably well. I can't claim to know Moore other than to drive through, but I do remember the water tower emblazoned with "Moore - Home of Toby Keith". Can't get more American than that, can you?

Colleen Hufford was born in 1960. Life is full of grim twists and cruel vicissitudes, but in mid-20th century America it would not have occurred to anyone that one needed to worry about going to work and being beheaded by a colleague. Yet that's what happened to Ms Hufford on Thursday: She turned up for her job at at the Vaughan Foods food processing plant in Moore, and Alton Alexander Nolen decapitated her.

Why would he do that? Well, as the initial reports were at pains to assure us, it's nothing to do with terrorism. That's true, in the sense that Mr Nolen is not a card-carrying member of an officially credentialed state-recognized terrorism-provider such as ISIS or al-Qaeda. It's true in the sense that he's not on any official US Department of Homeland Security terror watch list, because, under the geniuses running American national security, that honor is reserved for my fellow Hillsdale cruiser Steve Hayes. And, of course, it's also true in the sense that Mr Nolen is a recent convert to Islam and, as David Cameron and Barack Obama and many others are ever more eager to emphasize, terrorism is nothing to do with Islam. Mr Nolen had the Muslim greeting "As-salamu Alaikum" - "Peace be upon you" - tattooed upon his abdomen. And he'd tried, without success, to persuade his co-workers at Vaughan Foods to convert to Islam. So he wasn't just mildly Islamic in the nothing-to-do-with-terrorism sense, he was super-Islamic in the really-totally-no-terrorism-to-see-here sense.

So Colleen Hufford's death was, as Jim Hoft put it, just "a random workplace beheading". Indeed, many commenters at KOCO-TV seem more outraged by the mentioning of Mr Nolen's religion than by the beheading:

Truth is, Islam has nothing to do with it. And Christians are far from innocent.

What does his religion have to do with this tragedy???

What does his religious faith have to do with this story?

Why would you even through in anything about terrorism in this story? The writer of this story is a true DUMBASS!

I can cite plenty of instances where religion was used to justify the bombing of abortion clinics and the murder of abortion doctors.

I've read plenty of Christians calling for the indiscriminate murder of Muslims.

Here's some other examples of Christian terrorists, since you can't find it on Youtube.
The Centennial Olympic Park bombing, July 27, 1996 Planned Parenthood bombing, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1994 Suicide attack on IRS building in Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 2010 Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995
Seems Christians prefer to bomb more then beheading, since that's so archaic

Inquisition anyone?

Perhaps we wouldn't have these issues if the United States and Great Britain hadn't supported a coup in Iran in 1953 against a secular, democratically-elected leader who did not kiss our nation's rear and then reinstalled the Shah,

If he was converting to Christianity would you say that??

It seems many western heads have too little up there to be worth chopping off. Whether or not Ms Hufford's beheading is anything to do with Islam, the frantic insistence that Islam is no more prone to beheading than Buddhists or Episcopalians starts to sound like a psychosis. Asked "Who ya gonna believe - the multiculti pap or your lyin' eyes?", many Americans cheerily answer, "Mossadeq and Planned Parenthood."

More from the voluminous nothing-to-do-with-Islam files courtesy of Mr Nolen's Facebook page, where he appears to be known as Jah'Keem Yisrael.

~Colleen Hufford was not the first western woman beheaded this month. In Edmonton, north London, 82-year-old Palmira Silva, an Italian immigrant, was beheaded by Nicholas Salvadore, also a convert to Islam. Miss Silva's executioner was reported to have been "inspired" by recent Isis beheadings of westerners. As we know from President Obama, that's nothing to do with Islam, too. "Nothing to do with Islam" is not yet the leading cause of death in developed nations, but it's making impressive strides.

~In a much mocked column, grizzled leftie Rick Salutin considers the fate of Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud, amusingly known as Mo3, a "Canadian" who died fighting for ISIS in Syria. You'll be relieved to hear from Rick that Mo3 was just a typical Canuck going through adolescence:

He was 20. He'd been a bright kid, on student council, got involved in religion, then politics. Sounds familiar. Oh wait, that would be me in high school and the years after. These young people aren't monsters and haven't had their brains or bodies snatched. They're going through adolescence. It's dicey.

Or in the ISIS lads' case it's slice'n'dicey. As I say, Salutin's column was met with near universal derision, but he's stumbling around in the vicinity of a kind of point. As I wrote all those years ago in America Alone (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc, etc), Islam is "the ultimate global gang". In Oklahoma, Mr Nolen had a rap sheet as long as his knife. In London, Mr Salvatore was a not dissimilar type. All that's happened in the years since I first made that observation is that ISIS has supplanted al-Qaeda as the brand leader of the sharp end of Islam, and made the gang aesthetic even more explicit. As for Mo3's comrades, if you're a Canuck or Aussie or Frenchman or American having fun chopping heads off in Syria and Iraq, how much more fun it would be to go "home" and chop heads off in Toronto or Sydney,Toulouse or Minneapolis. Western leaders may insist that that's nothing to do with Islam, but, as the "reversions" of Messrs Nolen and Salvadore suggest, not all potential Muslims are willing to defer to Obama and Cameron's doubtless extensive Islamic scholarship. In the years to come, there will be more beheading, by more "reverts".

~Judging from the various comments sections, many westerners are willing to live with a certain amount of decapitation rather than abandon the multiculti pieties. It is not a pleasant way to die, in part because it requires more expertise than you might think. A decade ago, a young lady in my employ emailed a backgrounder on the subject to me in my room at the Grand Hyatt in Amman the night before I set off on my motoring tour of Iraq. If you're lucky, your killer will insert the knife from the side, the sharp edge pointing to your front. One skilled thrust forward will cut the jugular, the carotid artery, the esophagus - and it will all be over in seconds. On the evidence of their social media videos, the ISIS boys are not that good: They go in from the front, blade facing backward, sawing back and forth for minutes on end. As I said in America Alone:

Writing about the collapse of nations such as Somalia, The Atlantic Monthly's Robert D Kaplan referred to the "citizens" of such "states" as "re-primitivized man". When lifelong Torontonians are hot for decapitation, when Yorkshiremen born and bred and into fish'n'chips and cricket and lousy English pop music self-detonate on the London Tube, it would seem that the phenomenon of "re-primitivized man" is being successfully exported around the planet.

September 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, September 15-21

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.

~On Friday, with Scotland having declined to secede from the Union, Steyn put on his Notorious Demographic Bore hat to revisit the real problem with Scots nationalism: the dearth of Scots.

~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.

September 21, 2014 at 8:32 am  |  Permalink

Highland Flung

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:

"He wants to neutralize ISIS, not in terms of driving them from the map in the Middle East. He want to neutralize them as an issue in November," said the bestselling author. "He wants to seen to be appearing to do just enough to make ISIS go off the front pages."

"But other than that, he has absolutely no interest in driving a stake through them," said Steyn.

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:

Consider the following headline from The Scotsman the other week: "Teaching jobs in doubt as pensioners set to outnumber pupils by 2009."

This was a story by Peter MacMahon, the paper's "Scottish Government Editor", and it begins thus: "Scotland's demographic time bomb will explode in three years, when the number of pensioners north of the Border overtakes the number of children in school, the Executive has been warned."

Seems straightforward enough: the country's demographic death spiral is accelerating faster than expected. And, as far as The Scotsman is concerned, the alarming thing about this development is that it could put cushy state teaching jobs "in doubt". For crying out loud, man, get a grip. It puts every job "in doubt". It puts the continued existence of your country "in doubt". And it means the Scottish National Party is going through the motions: nobody needs a Scottish nation if there are no more Scottish nationals. See you, Jimmeh? Not for much longer.

Indeed, the remarkable feature of contemporary Scottish nationalism is that it has achieved all the features of a failed nation state without achieving the status of a nation state. "Teaching jobs" are the least of it. And doubtless the unions will see to it that, even when there is only one wee scrawny bairn left in the whole of Scotland, platoons of teachers will still be manning abandoned elementary schools across the kingdom. The jobs-for-life public-sector employee stood on the burning deck whence all the boys had fled.

With half the annual births it had in the 1950s and a population on the brink of falling below five million, Scotland has become a minor member of the axis of extinction: Germany, Japan, Russia - once great nations now recording net population loss. In its general approach to economic reality, not to mention the physical health of its population, Scotland is closer to the Russian end of the picture than to the German-Japanese end.

Oh, and that ancient column comes with the obligatory Braveheart quote, too!

Where is the spirit of Mel McGibson in Braveheart? "Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you'll live…at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take…OUR FREEDOM!"

But it's all more complicated than that. The modern Scot is prepared to fight - or, at any rate, strike - but only for the right to die in his bed on a government pension... Scotland is the canary in the United Kingdom's coal mine, but, given that three of the four component parts of the realm are mired in the same bloated, dead-end dependency culture, it would be foolish for the English to assume they won't get stuck with the bill for a Celtic fringe decaying into a long-term geriatric hospice. I doubt any Scot with an eye to electoral viability would want to run on anything that smacked of American conservatism, but surely they could at least learn something from Ireland, where, you will recall, Braveheart was filmed. They could have shot it in Scotland, but the Scots are too busy shooting themselves.

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:

The blood's in the water, the Steyn shark is circling in and you're treading water on your lonesome ownsome. It's just a matter of time.

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.

September 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm  |  Permalink

Descent into Barberism

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):

In the Fifties, one in twenty members of the workforce needed government permission in order to do his job. Today, it's one in three.

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:

On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by "between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents," who "rushed into" the barbershop "like [a] SWAT team." Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was "closed down indefinitely." They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers' driver's licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour.

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:

It was a scene right out of a Hollywood movie. On August 21, 2010, after more than a month of planning, teams from the Orange County Sheriff's Office descended on multiple target locations. They blocked the entrances and exits to the parking lots so no one could leave and no one could enter. With some team members dressed in ballistic vests and masks, and with guns drawn, the deputies rushed into their target destinations, handcuffed the stunned occupants — and demanded to see their barbers' licenses. The Orange County Sheriff's Office was providing muscle for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's administrative inspection of barbershops to discover licensing violations.

We first held nineteen years ago that conducting a run-of-the-mill administrative inspection as though it is a criminal raid, when no indication exists that safety will be threatened by the inspection, violates clearly established Fourth Amendment rights. See Swint v. City of Wadley , 51 F.3d 988 (11th Cir. 1995). We reaffirmed that principle in 2007 when we held that other deputies of the very same Orange County Sheriff's Office who participated in a similar warrantless criminal raid under the guise of executing an administrative inspection were not entitled to qualified immunity. See Bruce v. Beary , 498 F.3d 1232 (11th Cir. 2007). Today,we repeat that same message once again. We hope that the third time will be the charm.

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:

When Trammon argued to one of the officers that he had done nothing wrong, the officer responded, " It's a pretty big book, I'm pretty sure I can find something in here to take you to jail for."

Indeed. As Laura Rosen Cohen comments:

Let's recap a few basics.

The police are YOUR employees.

Your employees are pointing loaded guns at you and raiding your homes in military style.

That's a problem.

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.

September 18, 2014 at 11:20 pm  |  Permalink

Och Aye the Now!

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:

The Scots are almost everywhere you go – every corner on the planet, anything that's worth it, doesn't matter whether you're talking about banks in Hong Kong or rubber plantations in Malaya or the Canadian Pacific Railway, everywhere you go on the planet was built by Scots. And you go back to contemporary Scotland now, and they're this pathetic, feeble, passive economic swamp of dependency – parts of Glasgow, male life expectancy…they all sit around eating fried Mars bars all day, and life expectancy is getting down to West African rates in certain wards of Glasgow. So if you're someone who knows the Scottish diaspora, all that great stuff they did around the planet, and you go back to Scotland, you think, 'What the hell happened?' Well, what happened is government. What happened is welfare.

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.

September 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, September 8-14

Posting will be a little lighter than usual 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:

~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.

September 14, 2014 at 8:47 am  |  Permalink

Kicking Sand in Obama's Face

Obama on August 29th:

We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem... It is not in the cards for us to see a military confrontation between Russia and the United States in this region. Keep in mind, however, that I'm about to go to a NATO conference. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but a number of those states that are close by are. And we take our Article Five commitments to defend each other very seriously.

Steyn on August 29th:

If you were the Estonian government, would you actually be reassured by that? And if you were Putin, if you were Putin sitting in the Kremlin, and you just wanted to mess with Obama, wouldn't you be slightly ever-so-tempted just to invade Estonia, just to see whether Obama follows through on that Article Five thing?

Putin on September 5th:

On Friday morning, less than 48 hours after President Obama delivered a speech in Estonia warning that Russian aggression against Estonia could trigger war with the US and NATO, Russian security forces have seized an officer with Estonia's state security bureau at gunpoint and taken him into Russia.

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".

September 8, 2014 at 4:56 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, September 1-7

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.

September 7, 2014 at 11:09 am  |  Permalink

Training Freeborn Peoples to be a Compliant Herd

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.

September 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm  |  Permalink

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