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Mark Steyn

Documented vs Undocumented

The eminent historian Max Hastings and I have not always seen eye to eye. (Example:

I have spent a lifetime resisting my father's prejudice, that men who affect beards should be regarded with the gravest suspicion. Yet every time I read the rantings of Mark Steyn about what he perceives as decadent European hostility towards the US, I have to fight down an ignoble sensation that daddy was right.

He didn't fight it down that hard.)

Be that as it may, Sir Max is spot on in this poignant opening:

All over the world, from Vimy Ridge and El Alamein to Rangoon and Rorke's Drift, stand memorials to British war dead, most of them places of pilgrimage for descendants and tourists.

Future travellers, however, will find no such proud relic at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. When the Army lowered the Union flag there on Sunday, our memorial — etched with hundreds of names of the fallen — had been dismantled and flown home.

Had it remained in war-torn Helmand province, it seemed certain to face desecration and destruction. There could be no more vivid manifestation of the failure of Britain's Afghan mission.

In my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, there is a section called "September 12th". Beginning with my first sight of "Ground Zero", it's a series of snapshots that chart over the years the remorseless evaporation of western will, descending bumpily in its latter stretch through our reliance on drones, the disgrace of Benghazi, and some thoughts from me on the man at the Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq - contrasting the US soldier who glanced at my Canadian passport when I crossed a few weeks after the fall of Saddam with the Islamic State goon who occupies the post today. That's a profound image of total defeat. But so too are those last soldiers dismantling the British war memorial. As I wrote two-and-a-half years ago:

In the last couple of months, two prominent politicians of different nations visiting their troops on the ground have used the same image to me for Western military bases: crusader forts. Behind the fortifications, a mini-West has been built in a cheerless land: There are Coke machines and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Safely back within the gates, a man can climb out of the full RoboCop and stop pretending he enjoys three cups of tea with the duplicitous warlords, drug barons, and pederasts who pass for Afghanistan's ruling class. The visiting Western dignitary is cautiously shuttled through outer and inner perimeters, and reminded that even here there are areas he would be ill-advised to venture unaccompanied, and tries to banish memories of his first tour all those years ago when aides still twittered optimistically about the possibility of a photo op at a girls' schoolroom in Jalalabad or an Internet start-up in Kabul.

The last crusader fort I visited was Kerak Castle in Jordan a few years ago. It was built in the 1140s, and still impresses today. I doubt there will be any remains of our latter-day fortresses a millennium hence. Six weeks after the last NATO soldier leaves Afghanistan, it will be as if we were never there. Before the election in 2010, the New York Post carried a picture of women registering to vote in Herat, all in identical top-to-toe bright blue burkas, just as they would have looked on September 10, 2001. We came, we saw, we left no trace. America's longest war will leave nothing behind.

What did I say? "Six weeks after the last NATO soldier leaves"? In Helmand province, it's not yet six days, and it's already as if we were never there.

~Ah, well. At least the Afghans are back playing cricket. The thwack of leather on willow briefly reared its unAmerican head during my conversation with Simon Conway on WHO in Iowa. Once upon a time, WHO's on-air announcers included Ronald Reagan. Now they've been reduced to hiring some bloke from BBC Radio Leeds. However, unlike me sneaking across the Canadian border in the trunk of a jihadist neighbor's Honda Civic (I was hidden under the rusty scimitar and dirty nuke), Simon is a fully legal, fully credentialed, documented-up-the-wazoo immigrant. So on his show yesterday he put me through a grueling round of "Documented vs Undocumented". I think you'll enjoy this interview. Click here to listen.

Among my other ports of call yesterday were a trip to The Schilling Show in Charlottesville, Virginia (I turn up about halfway through) and a reunion with my old pal and piano-playing imam Andrew Lawton in London, Ontario. Click below to listen:

~Today, Thursday, I start another round of media interviews bright and early, with AM Tampa Bay on WFLA in Florida at 8am. Later, I'll check in with the great Dennis Prager live coast to coast at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific, followed by Kelley & Company on KNUS Denver at 1pm Mountain Time, Kate Dalley on Fox News 1450 in Utah at 2pm Mountain Time, and Chris Daniel on KMJN Fresno after 2pm Pacific. I'll round out the day keeping my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt, nationwide at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific. Full details of each day's TV and radio appearances can be found in our On The Air box at right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it right now all major US retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and all major Canadian ones, too, including Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson. It's also in eBook - via Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. We're currently the Number One political humor bestseller in America, because, notwithstanding that gloomy "September 12th" section I mentioned above, much of the book is actually pretty funny. At any rate, apparently funnier than Russell Brand. Or Stephen Colbert.

October 30, 2014 at 12:01 am  |  Permalink

Live from the CBC Bondage Dungeon

I was in the middle of a "rough" bondage session with Peter Mansbridge, Anna Maria Tremonti and Evan Solomon when John Oakley called (that's a CBC joke: non-Canadians, see here). But I quickly unmanacled myself and we had a productive discussion on various topical matters, including my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. Click below to listen:

~There's more radio for me this afternoon. I'll kick off with Dom Giordano just after 1pm on The Big Talker in Philadelphia, followed by The Schilling Show in Charlottesville, and then my old piano-playing imam Andrew Lawton on AM980 in London, Ontario. For Jay Severin listeners expecting me at The Blaze yesterday, I'll be on the show today. At 2pm Pacific, I'll talk to Ben Shapiro at KTTH Seattle, and at 4.30pm Central comprehensively documented immigrant Simon Conway at WHO in Des Moines. For full details of all my media appearances each day, please see the On The Air box at right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or in eBook - via Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. We're currently the Number One political humor bestseller in America, which is worth bearing in mind when I get too gloomy and apocalyptic in some of the above interviews: Much of the book is actually pretty funny, all things considered, and I'm glad readers find it so - well, at any rate, funnier than Russell Brand. Or Stephen Colbert.

October 29, 2014 at 10:27 am  |  Permalink

Koch-Funded Democrat Tourette's Syndrome

I've been on the radio most of the day promoting my new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn (see below, or above). It's always a fun time when I get to shoot the breeze with the great Howie Carr at WRKO Boston. When you're on with Howie, the conversation always takes a few surprising turns, and this one includes me conjugating the Latin verb ebolo, ebolas, ebolat, and wondering why ISIS have better gag writers than Jon Stewart. Click below to listen:

By the way, re The National Post's line on the Ottawa carnage ("It's been a tough week for Canadian Muslims"), the gentleman who came up with the withering retort was Michael Greenspan:

National Post, Nov. 28, 1963: "It's been a tough week for the Oswald family"

~As you can hear, the Koch/Tourette's thing arose in a consideration of the Jeanne Shaheen/Scott Brown debate. Last night's debate was between the candidates for New Hampshire's second Congressional district: I thought Marilinda Garcia was very impressive, and Annie Kuster rather overdid it with all those condescending "naive and inexperienced" sneers. For a look at Mrs Kuster's "experience" in action, see here:

First, even though the question has been submitted in writing, she has no idea what "Benghazi" is.

Then, pleading in mitigation that she's there to talk about the Middle East, she reveals that she has no idea where Benghazi is.

Finally, when her constituents helpfully point out that Benghazi is in Libya, she turns to the side and gives that pitiful look that is the single thing I most loathe about American politics – the look a floundering empty suit gives to her minder when she needs him to come and rescue her. Which the minder immediately does.

That's the "experienced" Annie Kuster. Go, Marilinda!

~In the course of the day, I also checked in with Scott Sands in Toledo, Will Dance in Tallahassee, Brian Thomas in Cincinnati, and with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV to discuss Obama and the post-constitutional order,

~The Daily Caller picks up my remarks on Fox News about the euphemisms and evasions our leaders deploy to avoid stating the obvious:

"It tells our enemies that we don't have the will even to acknowledge the enemy that we're trying to fight," said Steyn. "They want to make this about just a few isolated mentally ill people here and there who suddenly decide to attack a policeman, or attack a soldier, or behead a woman in her place of work in Oklahoma.

"In fact, every story is slightly different, and yet they're all the same. They're all recent converts to Islam. They all have Facebook pages and other social media that make it clear that in fact they're Islamic State fan boys."

Janet Albrechtsen also takes up the issue in The Australian:

Pollyanna critics use the "lone-wolf" descriptor as the latest excuse to ignore the implications of terrorism. As Canadian Mark Steyn wrote last week after the terrorist attack in Ottawa, "it suits them to say, 'Oh no this is just some mentally ill guy in Ottawa and this is another guy who's a bit goofy in New York and there's no connection between the two.' Because otherwise you … have to treat it like ideological Ebola and you have to stop the infection."

I worry a bit about Janet's conclusion:

We are in the midst of another extraordinary war that requires extraordinary powers because without security, liberty is a meaningless Pollyanna dream.

Western governments already have "extraordinary powers". The NSA has the power to monitor every letter I send, every email I write, every telephone call I make and every credit card purchase I charge - all of which would seem pretty "extraordinary" to previous generations of Americans. The reason they do this is because government, for reasons of cultural sensitivity, feels unable to identify honestly the source of the threat and act accordingly. You don't need an NSA for Facebook, Twitter or YouTube - the preferred methods of dissemination of jihadist incitement: that's public speech, that's published. Much of it openly supports the Islamic State, a declared enemy of the United States, Australia and Canada, whose spokesmen pledge to fly the black flag of ISIS over the White House and Buckingham Palace. If you are a US or Australian citizen and you support the Islamic State and you work to advance their goals, fine, that's your choice. But you are a traitor - and you should be tried and hanged for treason. If western civilization were not hollowed out by cultural relativism and still took the concepts of citizenship and allegiance seriously, this would not be a difficult problem.

Instead, we will probably further wall off our political class behind even more metal detectors and security perimeters, and further burden the law-abiding rather than offending the multiculti pieties.

~It's another dizzying day on the air for me, starting just after 8am Eastern with Ben Ball on North Carolina's Coastal Daybreak. At 8.30am I'll be keeping my regular date with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, on AM640, and then it's on to Bryan Nehman at WBAL Baltimore at 9.30. The afternoon kicks off with Dom Giordano just after 1pm on The Big Talker in Philadelphia, followed by The Schilling Show in Charlottesville, my old piano-playing imam Andrew Lawton on AM980 in London, Ontario, and Jay Severin at The Blaze. At 2pm Pacific, I'll talk to Ben Shapiro at KTTH Seattle, and at 4.30pm Central Simon Conway at WHO in Des Moines. For full details of all my media appearances each day, please see the On The Air box at right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. We're currently the Number One political humor bestseller in America, cleaning Russell Brand's clock. Alas, up north Russell's kicking my butt.

October 29, 2014 at 12:01 am  |  Permalink

Dégringolade with Élan

The New Criterion puts in a word for my new book:

No one else combines Steyn's dazzling humor, astonishing erudition, and gripping apocalyptic prognostication. All is not well in the fruited plains of this great republic, and no one provides chapter and verse of our unfolding dégringolade with the authority and rhetorical élan of Mark Steyn. It's a neat trick, making societal collapse seem entertaining as well as horrifying, but Steyn manages the feat with consummate skill.

I'll take that. It's not often you get dégringolade in the same sentence as élan.

~As I've said, I've been growing angrier by the day over the murders of Canadian soldiers in St Jean and Ottawa - and the appalling reaction in much of the media. Here I am chewing things over with the great Tommy Schnurmacher at CJAD 800 in Montreal. Press play to listen:

I warmed to the theme on last night's Hannity on Fox News:

I don't think that actually more metal detectors, and more security men, and more guys with reflector shades and telephone cords hanging out of their ears is the answer. The fact is this is an ideological war. It's an ideological Ebola that is now infecting citizens of Western nations, and we have to fight it ideologically by driving a stake through it. And John Kerry and Barack Obama and David Cameron pretending to be the greatest Islamic scholars in the world, as if they've all attended the most prestigious madrassa in Pakistan, and assuring us this has nothing to do with Islam is part of the problem.

~I hope to be in studio on Tommy's show to talk about The [Un]documented Mark Steyn in the next few weeks. However, I will be back on the air today, Tuesday, starting at 8am Eastern with Brian Thomas on 55KRC in Cincinnati, followed at 8.30 by Will Dance the Pirate Hunter on Freedom 93 in Tallahassee. Later, I'll join Scott Sands at WSPD Toledo, Howie Carr at WRKO Boston, and Jay Severin on The Blaze. Full details of my media appearances can be found each day in our On The Air box at right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's currently a "political humour" bestseller in Canada, trailing Russell Brand (how pitiful is that?). On the other hand, south of the border, I'm giving Russell a run for his money.

October 28, 2014 at 12:03 am  |  Permalink

The Serious Side of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn

Hugh Hewitt has kindly devoted three hours of his radio show to my new book, which is very gracious of him. The first two, last Monday, were mostly about the lighter stuff, and it was so enjoyable I thought we'd provide some accompanying audio entertainment. But then an Islamic barbarian decided to go rampaging around Ottawa, and so Hugh's final hour on my book dealt with Islam, foreign policy et al, and was titled "The Serious Side of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn" - which sounds like the sort of title you get when a comic makes an LP of ballads: "The Mellow Side of Jerry Lewis", "The Intimate Side of Peewee Herman".

Anyway, in this case it was deadly serious. I was angry about what happened, and I'm still angry:

I do not want a world that is built to accommodate these people. In other words, I don't want us to change to deal with the fact that we have lunatics who have got this kind of ideological Ebola in their bloodstream, and who want to pump bullets into a corporal from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, because he's standing in front of the Canadian War Memorial, and they want to destroy all that that represents. The price we're being asked to pay is too high. I want to kill that ideology. It is an ideological Ebola, and we have got to eradicate it. And I'm not interested in more detectors and more rules and taking my shoes off and taking my underwear off and taking everything off and shuffling like a zombie through ever-longer security lines because we don't have the guts to deal with it.

Hugh walked me through many different passages of my book dealing with the various faces of Islam, but I was glad he brought up this one in particular:

HUGH HEWITT: There is a piece in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, "There Is No More Molly", which is very, very chilling. "Too many people in the free world have internalized Islam's view of them." You point out that there's a brand new copy of the Koran in every cell hung in surgical masks, and that our crazy pastors in Florida get batted about, and well and good for that, but that General Petraeus never said a word about the "rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pashtun men in Kandahar." In other words, we unilaterally surrendered in the war against the Ebola ideology even as we were crushing their fighters for ten years.

MARK STEYN: Yeah, and that title, "There Is No More Molly", is a reference to a cartoonist I had some correspondence with there at the time ...a very liberal, leftist woman, I think she's in Oregon or Washington State. She's not there anymore. Nobody knows where she is. The FBI changed her identity and put her in the witness protection program. And quite by accident, not because she's been doing it for years like me or Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Geert Wilders or anybody else, quite by accident she fell afoul of Islam and got death threats issued against her. And her alternative newspaper - for this impeccably liberal woman -simply announced, "There is no more Molly," and this cartoonist, Molly Norris, not a word has been heard from her since. She's disappeared. An American citizen's life has been erased, and she's gone into hiding, and she has ceased to exist because the crazy guys rampaging around Ottawa yesterday decided that they didn't want her doing cartoons anymore. And that liberal newspaper in Washington State or Oregon or wherever it was gave in and just said in this limp-wristed way, "There is no more Molly." And Obama, the man who stands up for the right for women to be put in lifelong body bags in Cairo, never said a word about the erasure of an American citizen, an American woman's entire life. He never said a word about it. And it's chilling to me. I think about Molly Norris. I wonder if she's still alive. I wonder if she's still in America. I wonder if she's fled to New Zealand or somewhere else. I think about this poor, liberal woman who discovered the hard way that when the chips are down, the liberal left isn't there for you.

HH: And you write, "The basic rule of life that is if you reward bad behavior, you get more of it, every time Muslims commit violence or threaten it, we reward them by capitulating. Indeed, Obama and Company are now telling Islam you don't have to kill anyone. You don't even have to threaten to kill anyone. We'll be your enforcers."

You can find the entire conversation with Hugh here.

Don't forget tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific I'll be with Sean Hannity coast to coast on Fox News. For all my TV and radio appearances each day, check the On The Air box at right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's currently Canada's Number One bestseller in "Literary Essays", whatever that means. But at any rate I'm outselling that loser Nietzsche.

October 27, 2014 at 11:41 am  |  Permalink

No Way, José, Eh?

My new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, takes its title from a throwaway line that kinda stuck when I was guest-hosting for Rush Limbaugh a few years ago: Rush calls himself America's anchorman, so I said I was an undocumented anchorman. When the left (in an example of the linguistic audacity I spoke about on TV and radio last week) declared the term "illegal immigrant" no longer acceptable in polite society and replaced it with the absurd "undocumented", I scoffed, being one of nature's scoffers. So I started referring to "fine upstanding members of the Undocumented-American community". I intended it as a joke, but I'd reckoned without Harry Reid:

About five years or so back, I started making references in columns to "fine upstanding members of the Undocumented-American community." But from the lame Steyn joke of yesteryear to the reality of tomorrow is a mere hop and a skip. A few days ago, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, declared:

"This week we will vote on cloture and final passage of a comprehensive bill that will strengthen border security, bring the 12 million undocumented Americans out of the shadows, and keep our economy strong."

Talk about "a fast track to citizenship"! Never mind probationary visas, Z-visas and Green Cards, in the eyes of the Democrat steering "comprehensive immigration reform" through Congress these guys are already "undocumented Americans."

But whaddayaknow? Today, the "illegal" immigrant is back - albeit only in a sitcom. ABC has announced a new show called "Totally Illegal", about an actual illegal alien. No way, José! Actually, make that, no way, Hoser! Because the "Totally Illegal" immigrant is Canadian! No way, eh? And, better yet, he's taken in by a family of totally legal Mexican-Americans!

This is what I was referring to all last week when I said the right needed to get back in the pop-culture biz, especially when the left's popular culture isn't necessarily that popular, merely effective propaganda. On the other hand, I should have taken my own advice and pitched The [Un]documented Mark Steyn as a sitcom about an illegal Canadian guest-host living in Rush's basement.

~After last week's events in Ottawa, I wasn't in the mood for the usual no-Islam-to-see-here drivel, but this piece at least takes it to the next level:

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the 'green' religion?
Scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr makes the case for Islam's environmental credentials

As I usually say on these occasions: Behead me with a tree ring. But Professor Nasr has a point. Once the six billion non-Muslims have been bombed, shot, decapitated, hatcheted or run over, humanity's carbon footprint will be significantly lower.

~If you missed me discussing the murderous "recent convert" in Ottawa with Hugh Hewitt, you can hear part of our conversation in Townhall's Weekend Journal. Another week of TV and radio appearances begins today, Monday. This morning, I'll join Sam Malone on AM1070 in Houston just after 7.30am Central, followed by Peter Boyles on 710 KNUS Denver at 7am Mountain, Greg Knapp at KCMO Kansas City at 8.30am Central, Bryan Nichols on WTAD in Illinois, and Bill Cunningham on WLW The Big Talker in Ohio. Then it's telly time with Glenn Beck on The Blaze at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific, and Sean Hannity on Fox News coast to coast at 10pm Eastern. For full details of my media schedule each day, please check our On The Air box in the right-hand sidebar.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's currently Canada's Number One bestseller in "Literary Essays", whatever that means. But at any rate I'm outselling that loser Nietzsche.

October 27, 2014 at 12:01 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 20-26

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

He began and ended the week with a musical postscript to his new book, as noted by Hugh Hewitt.

~On Monday The [Un]documented Mark Steyn was published in the US and Canada. Mark appeared on Fox & Friends to chew over one of the book's themes - that culture trumps politics. Monica Lewinsky also lent a hand. As one satisfied customer enthused, "Total civilizational collapse has never been so much fun."

~On Tuesday (Trafalgar Day), Gough Whitlam died. He was famously the only Aussie Prime Minister to be fired by the Governor-General, and thus had a direct connection to one of the odder episodes in Mark's new book.

~On Wednesday, the latest murderous Muslim convert stormed the Parliament of Canada after killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the national war memorial. Mark discussed this act of Islamic barbarism on TV and radio north and south of the border.

~It was not a good week for the "CO-EXIST" bumper sticker. On Thursday, yet another murderous Muslim convert stuck a hatchet in the head of a New York police officer, and Steyn offered his thoughts on the latest card-carrying member of Local 473 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves. He also found time to discuss James Bond's pronunciation of "ma'am" with Glenn Beck.

~On Friday, Mark checked in with the great Alan Jones on the radio Down Under, and both men agreed that the west's Soldiers of Allah should be charged with treason.

~At the weekend, Steyn joined Hannity, Jindal, Big John and Amy et al in Chicago for the Freedom Summit.

~Mark was happy to take a week off from his legal woes re the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century. But he was glad to see someone ask Doctor Fraudpants face to face about his fake Nobel claims. We're grateful to all those readers continuing to support Mark by buying SteynOnline gift certificates and patronizing the Steyn store to pick up the new book and more.

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

Mark will be on the Bill Cunningham show tonight, Sunday, and with Howie Carr, Jay Severin, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and more during the coming week. You can find full details of Steyn's media appearances in our daily "On The Air" box in the top right-hand corner at SteynOnline.

As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks.

October 26, 2014 at 8:19 am  |  Permalink

Senseless Speak

I'm in Chicago this weekend - actually Schaumburg, for the municipally pedantic - with Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Ed Klein, Bobby Jindal, Big John & Amy, Steven Crowder et al for the Freedom Summit. I'll be on stage with Big John this afternoon, and afterwards signing copies of my brand new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn.

Book-promoting duties had me up bright and early this morning to take a ride downtown for Fox & Friends, where Tucker Carlson quizzed me about the President's curiously bloodless response to bloody terrorist attacks:

~Over at PJ Media, Kathy Shaidle has been wending her way through The [Un]documented Mark Steyn:

In those pre-9/11, pre-America Alone days, Steyn's columns were still political for the most part. Back then, however, our preoccupations were (in retrospect) more trivial.

Steyn nods to this fact in his all-new introduction. He looks back at a 1998 alt-history piece in which, a la "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," he's unable to set up an interview with Monica Lewinsky, so he settles for a chat with her infamous dress instead.

Since the scandal, we're informed, "that dress" has undergone "extensive reconstruction surgery" and has been "living quietly as a pair of curtains in Idaho."

Steyn acknowledges that writing such pieces was great fun, but:

'…then came the new century and the new war, and I felt like Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca when she tells Bogey, "I put that dress away. When the Germans march out, I'll wear it again." I put Monica's dress away. When the jihadists march out, I'll wear it again.'

Indeed. As Miss Shaidle points out, the new book "also includes examples of Steyn's live, free association musings when he's guest-hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show":

One afternoon, he walked listeners through "the cheery cut-out 'n' keep guide" to the safe disposal of those newfangled (and hardly harmless) new "curly" lightbulbs we're all obliged to use now.

These instructions sound more like a handbook for evacuating Chernobyl, except I don't think those Russian citizens needed a deck of playing cards (!?) to ensure their safety.

And two mason jars. And…

'You don't just need the drop cloth and the baby wipes and the pack of playing cards and the two mason jars and the new carpet, you also need additional items — like an eye dropper.'

My new book is almost as toxic as a curly-fry lightbulb, but, if you drop it, you don't need a mason jar. So there's that.

~In her weekly radio review, Kathy Shaidle also notes this characteristically generous tribute from Glenn Beck:

On the show to promote his new book, "The (Un)documented Mark Steyn," the author talked about everything from the terror attack in Ottawa to J.R.R. Tolkien's handwritten reply to a letter he'd written to him as a boy.

"Mark, I don't know why you're not on more," Beck said at the end of the interview. "I thoroughly enjoy you. You're really truly one of the bravest men alive today because you will not shut up or sit down."

A couple of other radio appearances you might have missed earlier in the week: with Jan Mickelson and Dana Loesch (with whom I'll be lunching shortly). This coming week, I'll be joining Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity on the telly, Bill Cunningham and Howie Carr on the radio and much more. For full details of all my media appearances each day, please check the "On The Air" box at top right.

~As for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn itself, that "great new book" (as Sean Hannity calls it), it's now available in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and all major US retailers, and in Canada from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon, McNally-Robinson and other fine bookstores. It's also in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's already in the Politics Top Ten in both Canada and America. As this Amazon reviewer says:

Great, well written Mark Steyn at his pithy best. A must read for all clear thinking Americans.

Also clear-thinking Canadians. And Australians. And even Frenchmen.

October 25, 2014 at 11:50 am  |  Permalink

Crying "Lone Wolf"

The guy who took a hatchet to a New York policeman was apparently a "lone wolf", just like the guy who took a double-barreled shotgun to a Canadian soldier was a "lone-wolf". Earlier today, I swung by Varney & Co on Fox Business to discuss the umpteenth member of Local 473 of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves:

"This term 'lone wolf' is a cop-out…the idea that they somehow have to have a membership card in Islamic State or in al Qaeda for it to be official, fully-credentialed terror, like getting a hairdresser's license in New York State is completely preposterous" he stated.

Steyn added that the rhetoric of "lone wolf" terrorists allows those who do not want to admit that radical Islam is a problem to brush off terror as isolated incidents, saying "all jihad is local. That actually suits them, to say, 'oh no this is just some mentally ill guy in Ottawa and this is another guy who's a bit goofy in New York and there's no connection between the two.' Because otherwise you have to treat it like your other big story. You have to treat it like ideological Ebola and you have to stop the infection..."

You can see the video here.

A little later I went rambling with Gambling. I don't think John Gambling uses that title at his new radio home, but that's what his grandfather called the show when it started in 1925, and that's how I think of it. John and I chewed over various topics - click below to listen. I come on about halfway through:

Yesterday evening I was a guest on Lars Larson' show, where I suggested that Ottawa and New York and London are the real battlefields the jihad's playing for, not some godforsaken patch of Yemeni desert or a smelly cave in Waziristan. Click below to listen:

One other thought on events in Ottawa and St Jean this week, courtesy of Laura Rosen Cohen:

I was listening to a popular morning radio show this morning and the discussion focused on several themes. One was how to support Canada's military in the wake of the terrorist attacks this week. This is a particularly important topic given that Canada's soldiers were instructed not to wear their uniforms in public.

This of course, is the absolutely wrong way of dealing with terrorism. The terrorists targeted our soldiers and killed our soldiers.

Traditionally, in human history, when hostile forces plot and murder your soldiers-that is called war.

The answer to a declaration of war is not taking off your uniform.

It's wearing it prouder. It's more uniforms, more soldiers, more direct engagement, and being more resolute and more public about your national pride and security.

She's right. If we have to have dress codes on the streets of free societies, I'd rather see more men like Corporal Cirillo in the uniform of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders ...and fewer women in head-to-toe black body bags. As I've said umpteen times on radio and TV these last two days, I'm tired of being told that we have to change to accommodate them.

~I'm about to hop a flight to Chicago for this weekend's Freedom Summit, with Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Bobby Jindal, Big John & Amy and more. I'll also be joining the weekend gang at Fox & Friends on Saturday morning. If you're in the Windy City neighborhood, do come and say hello. After my turn on stage, I'll be signing copies of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn.

Speaking of that "great new book" (as Sean Hannity calls it), it's now available in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and all major US retailers, and in Canada from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon, McNally-Robinson and other fine bookstores. It's also in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. It's already in the Politics Top Ten in both Canada and America. As this Amazon reviewer says:

Great, well written Mark Steyn at his pithy best. A must read for all clear thinking Americans.

Also clear-thinking Canadians. And Australians. And even Frenchmen.

October 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm  |  Permalink

Talking Treason

I said yesterday that I got angrier about the events in Ottawa as the day went on. My anger continued today. As I told Alan Jones on 2GB in Sydney, apropos Muslim "reverts" who want to engage in what the Premier of Quebec calls "spontaneous acts of extremism", I'm tired of being told that we have to change to accommodate them. They are the ones who have to change, or have change forced upon them. And, rather than confiscating passports and preventing these guys from leaving to fight for ISIS, I think we should wait till they get there to cancel their passports: If they prefer to be citizens of Headhackistan, so be it. But, if they attempt to return to Canada (or America, Britain, Australia, Europe), they should be charged with treason.

Here's my full interview with Alan Jones. I look forward to seeing Alan in studio when I'm Down Under in a couple of months.

~I spent much of Thursday on TV and radio. Here's a sampling of my other interviews for your listening pleasure:

Mornings On The Mall (from WMAL in Washington, DC);

Riley & Scot (from WROK in Rockford, Illinois);

Glenn Beck (with bonus Ramahanakwanzmas content);

John Gibson (Fox News Radio);

and Mike Gallagher.

And here I am on the Sun News network with Canada's great free-speech warrior Ezra Levant:

~On Friday morning, I'll be starting the day with Big John & Amy in Chicago at 8am Central. They'll be joining me, Sean Hannity, Dana Loesch, Bobby Jindal and more at the Freedom Summit this weekend.

Later on Friday, I'll check in with Mark Davis in Dallas, Armstrong & Getty up and down the California coast, Tommy Schnurmacher in Montreal, Stuart Varney on Fox Business, John Gambling in New York, and Buck Sexton at The Blaze. At 7.45pm London time, I'll be shooting the breeze with Adam Boulton at Sky News in the United Kingdom, and we'll round things out back in the US with Tom Sullivan on Fox Radio at 5.30pm Eastern/2.30pm Pacific.

~The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, Mark's "great new book" (as Sean Hannity calls it), is available in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other US retailers, and in Canada from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon, McNally-Robinson and fine bookstores from Nanaimo to Nunavut. E-book-wise, it's in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and, for your iPhone et al, iBooks. It's already in the Politics Top Ten in both Canada and America.

October 24, 2014 at 12:02 am  |  Permalink

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