As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm traveling overseas for some time as part of my research for a forthcoming project. We'll have more news of that in a couple of months. However, I did make a brief reappearance a week ago on the morning after the Australian election (now more or less over), and in the month since I took off, on Brexit, the European Union, the Islamization of the west, and the insecure security state, things seem to be trending in a somewhat Steynian direction.
~Speaking of Australia, as the Lucky Country crawls out from the rubble of election night, you might enjoy this appearance of mine at the IPA in Melbourne back in February. The topical Aussie gags at the beginning may baffle American and Continental readers for a minute or two, although they're not without relevance to the election outcome. But I think the rest is of broader appeal - lots of of free speech, illegal gags, identity-group totalitarianism, and much more. Click below to watch:
~On a less apocalyptic 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 mĂ©nage.
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.
At the time of writing, the death toll in yesterday's savage attack in Istanbul is over 40. King's College security analyst Frederic Ischebeck-Baum:
As we observed yesterday, while Mark is traveling overseas researching a forthcoming book, we could easily run the "Steyn was right" series all summer. It would be too sad and bleak to do so, but today Australia's Daily Telegraph, in its editorial on the airport attack, takes note of another ancient insight from Mark:
Indeed. We mourn the dead in Istanbul as in Brussels, but, as Mark remarked on another occasion, you get the feeling our rulers are hoping we're getting used to it.
It looks like we'll be running this series all summer, while Mark is away overseas researching a forthcoming book.
A week ago The Toronto Sun's Tarek Fatah conceded that "Steyn was right and I was wrong" on the question of Islam and an enfeebled west.
A few days later, in the wake of Brexit, economist Bryan Caplan conceded that Steyn is likely to win their 2008 bet on the withdrawal of a major EU member by 2020 (although he's now pinning his hopes on bureaucratic torpor to pull it out the hat for him).
Just to make it a trifecta: Followers of Michelle Malkin and other bloggers will be familiar with the outrageous abuse of the court system by the thuggish Brett Kimberlin to hound his enemies. Four years ago, Mark wrote of one such lawsuit:
Mark wrote that in 2012, in a piece headlined "Bozo The Jurist".
The wheels of what Steyn calls America's "sclerotic and dysfunctional justice system" grind exceeding slow, but, four years on, Bozo the Jurist got his. On Monday Judge Cornelius J Vaughey was belatedly reprimanded by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities for his outrageous conduct in the Aaron Walker case.
As usual, even a simple and clear-cut matter takes the best part of half a decade in the American courts, and Mark regards it as disgraceful that Cornelius Vaughey remains on the bench at all, even in semi-retirement. However, Maryland's reprimand of Mr Vaughey (no "Your Honor" here) is still very welcome - even if it came four years after Steyn's.
(For Mark's own four-year courtroom hell, see here.)
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:
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":
In fact, Mark responded:
Professor Caplan enthused that "The Bet's On":
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.
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.
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:
~A day after the Orlando slaughter, I reported a small shaft of good news:
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:
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:
~Enjoy your "cherished holiday respite" from SteynOnline. See you soon.
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:
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!
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.
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:
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:
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:
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!
~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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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