On my weekly appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Hugh and I discussed President Obama's peculiar decision to commit America to a war it can only lose. From The Daily Caller:
We also discussed the latest revelations on the Clinton front - the clandestine appointment of Sid Blumenthal as personal Counselor of State to Queen Hillary, and the reality that, while the American people will never know what was in her emails, anyone who matters in Beijing, Moscow and beyond certainly does:
I didn't quite believe it when I heard that America's commander-in-chief had addressed the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy and delivered a speech about climate change. But it's true:
What a bore this time of year is. There seems to be only a couple of topics the ever shrinking list of approved speakers get to talk about to America's youth. So Obama droned on about climate change and Mann-boosting hack Bill Nye the Science Guy discoursed on race. Maybe someone switched their speeches.
Over at The Washington Free Beacon, Aaron MacLean kept a cool head about the President's Warmageddon scenario:
Obama's estimated tab for sea-level rise of $200 billion over 85 years works out per annum to (put on scary Dr Evil voice) two-and-a-third billion dollars - which is a rounding error in federal budgeting.
This part of the crappy sloughed-off boilerplate suggests the truly indestructible insulation of the Obama bunker:
"Globally, we could see a rise in climate change refugees": What - from zero to three? At the beginning of this week, Ramadi fell, and so far, from just one Iraqi city, 100,000 refugees have been sent fleeing westward to Baghdad. The implosion of the Middle East has driven millions of refugees everywhere from Jordan (where they're destabilizing the least worst Arab nation) to the shores of Italy and Greece.
And Obama hasn't let this vast refugee tide cut short a single golf game. Why should he take a mythical herd of sparkly unicorns fleeing climate change any more seriously? "I guarantee you the Coast Guard will" never "have to respond" to the President's climate-change refugee crisis. Not this century.
~The real tragedy is that these guys appear to be serious about it. Today's Tweet from the State Department:
So with global warming we're going to lose wars more sweatily?
~As you know, along with Dr Willie Soon, Dr Richard Lindzen and other figures targeted by Obama's political allies, I'm a co-author of the new book Climate Change: The Facts. I'm glad to say Climate Change is doing rather well on the Climatology Hit Parade - although Michael E Mann's latest tome is nipping at our heels at Big Hit Sound #452,354. So, when I first heard Obama's warning to the Coast Guard cadets to be alert for "climate change", I confess I thought Dr Mann had tipped him off to our new book and the threat it poses to the Big Climate consensus:
That's true. We've shipped copies to Lithuania and Singapore and Vanuatu.
Act now! Buy a copy of Mann's new book - before the hurricane of denialism sweeps you away!
Yes!!! Help Dr Mann readjust his sales!!!!!
I certainly hope so.
~Later today I'll check in with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific. Hope you can join me.
On Tuesday night I swung by the Hannity show on Fox News to chew over the latest revelations re Hillary Clinton, her simulacrum of a "presidential campaign", her phony "charitable foundation", her latest illegal private email account, etc, etc. Jeff Foxworthy, host of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?", was also on the show, and I suggested to Sean that Hillary's campaign was a brand new series: "Are You Dumber Than A Box of Rocks?" - because that's what she's evidently figurea the American electorate for.
You can see the full interview here.
Over at Breitbart, Jeff Poor reported:
Well, reasonably honestly. As I put it a few weeks back:
As I've said before, the overriding issue for me this electoral season is the corruption. Hillary has a contempt for the rules, a contempt for the law, a contempt for public accountability, transparency and open government, a contempt for the basic seemliness of official conduct in civilized societies - and a boundless appetite for cronyism, special favors, backroom deals, and protection of her associates when it comes to money, sex and everything else. The government she runs will be a sewer.
UPDATE: More from last night's appearance courtesy of The Daily Caller:
~If you're wondering about the book Sean plugged at the top of the interview, it's Climate Change: The Facts, which features me along with Richard Lindzen, Willie Soon and other scientists the climate mullahs don't want you to hear from. It's been such a hit that Amazon are having difficulty keeping it in stock. But you can always order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore, and I'll be happy to autograph it for you. If you can't wait for that, it can be yours in seconds via Kindle.
~Tomorrow, Thursday, I'll be keeping my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.
~Today is Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. We'll have a few thoughts on the occasion a little later.
Tonight, Tuesday, I'll be joining Hannity on Fox News to discuss the latest revelations re designated President-in-Waiting Hillary Clinton. Hope you can tune in - 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific.
~On a related subject, a few days ago I gave my take on the George Stephanopoulos scandal:
It turns out it's worse than that:
Seventy-five grand in "donations" is nothing to Stephanopoulos. But the amount of time he has given the Clintons is far more valuable: He is lending them his reputation, and giving them his endorsement. He was a "member" of the Clinton Global Initiative - whatever that means, but let's take it at face value: it's equivalent to being a member of the Girl Scouts or the Elks or the Ladies' Aid Society or the Ku Klux Klan. How could neither he nor ABC not think this was something to be "disclosed"? Or, indeed, a disqualifying factor from conducting the interview in the first place?
And that's before you consider the ludicrous thrust of Stephanopoulos' interview: We can't trust Peter Schweizer on the Clintons because he worked for Bush for four months, says a man who's worked for the Clintons since he was in Third Grade.
So the entire Schweizer/Stephanopoulos interview was a fraud perpetrated on ABC's audience. Picture it the other way around:
Karl Rove is hired as an anchorman by ABC News. Whoa, you can stop right there. We're already in the realm of the fantastical, even though it is, objectively, exactly the same as hiring Stephanopoulos.
But Rove says not to worry, my partisan days are behind me. I'm strictly Mister Even-Handed Newsman now.
And then he spends ten years as a high-profile pitchman for the George W and Jeb Bush Foundation.
And, when he interviews some guy who's written a book on all the dodgy donations to the Jeb Bush Foundation, he doesn't mention that he's a member of it.
The only interesting question is whether ABC knew about all this, and colluded with Stephanopoulos in perpetrating a fraud on their audience.
As for Stephanopoulos' regret that he didn't go "the extra mile" in disclosure, the loyal Clinton flunkey didn't go the initial inch-and-a-half. At the very least, he should be dropped from all election coverage between now and November 2016. There's plenty of other stuff he could do - Kim'n' Kanye, Bruce transitioning - where his faithful service to his longtime benefactors is of less obvious advantage.
~In recent weeks, I've tiptoed nervously into areas that attract a colossal mailbag from hardcore nitpickers and pedant anoraks. My review of the terrible film of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was one, and so was my celebration of the late Jack Kirby, co-creator of almost all the great Marvel superheroes. We'll try to run a selection of them in the days ahead, but I did think this missive made some interesting points - from reader Greg Nielsen:
On that last point, I meant to say something a few months back when Archie (of all people) took a bullet for his gay best friend. Turning Green Lantern gay (or Green Arrow - I can never remember) and Superman anti-American and making Spider-Man black and Robin the Boy Wonder trans and Dr Strange Muslim is what the left in other circumstances would call "cultural appropriation". If these guys were to create Gay Lantern or Trans-Girl from scratch, nobody would care. Their only value is as established cultural icons from the pre-identity-group era, and their enforced conscription to the cause is an act of cultural vandalism.
~As you know, Climate Change: The Facts features me and some of the world's most eminent scientists on the state of the climate debate as the global-warming "pause" prepares to enter its third decade. It's a brisk seller, and alas, as fast as it comes in at Amazon, it sells out again. So don't forget you can always order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore, and I'll be happy to autograph it for you.
And don't forget on June 11th and 12th, you can join me and my co-authors Anthony Watts, Willie Soon, Bob Carter and Alan Moran in Washington, DC for the Heartland Institute's 10th International Conference on Climate Change. For more information on the conference, see here.
In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:
The big news of the week was that Vienna has installed "gay-friendly traffic lights". So, if you jump the lights, it's vehicular homophobia.
But, rather more prosaically, it began with UK election victor David Cameron putting together his second ministry. Steyn offered some historical perspective on a very disunited kingdom.
~On Monday, Mark celebrated one of the great songs of the Second World War, "I'll Be Seeing You".
~On Tuesday, in what became our most-read piece of the week, Steyn looked at higher education in Massachusetts, where "motherhood" is a social construct and "white college males" are a problem population.
~On his midweek visit with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley, Mark reflected on Elizabeth May, Canada's Green Party leader, working blue - and singing the praises of Omar Khadr, the murderer of a US Army medic and the pin-up of the Canadian left.
~On Thursday Steyn returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss George Stephanopoulos and his "charitable donations" to the Clinton "Foundation", Mark Halperin's sudden fascination with Hispanic culture, and King Hamid of Bahrain's urgent need to wash his hair.
~On Friday Mark shone the spotlight on another Sinatra centenary song, and a memorable Michelob commercial, "The Way You Look Tonight". He also marked the passing of the record company exec who wrote Frank's grooviest liner notes, the great Stan Cornyn, the man who made sleeve notes into an art form.
~For his weekend column, Steyn pondered Jeb Bush and The New York Times' plan to move Syria into Detroit - and see if anyone notices any difference. And with the new Avengers movie out in theaters he profiled the Marvel Comics artist who first conjured Thor, Iron-Man, Captain America et al into life, the legendary Jack Kirby.
On June 11th and 12th, Mark will be joining all the A-list deniers in Washington, DC for the Heartland Institute's 10th International Conference on Climate Change. For more information on the conference, see here. It's your chance to hear Steyn and some of his co-authors discuss the themes of their brand new book Climate Change: The Facts.
The book, meanwhile, is available at Amazon and elsewhere, and already the Number One bestseller on the Climatology Hit Parade - although Michael E Mann's new book is snapping at our heels at #300,795. Don't forget, you can always order Climate Change: The Facts direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - and get it personally autographed by Mark.
When I first saw this New York Times headline - "Let Syrians Settle Detroit" - I confess I misconstrued it as a proposal to let the post-industrial dystopia's fate be settled by some grand Hunger Games proxy war fought by Iran-backed thugs with chemical weapons and blood-soaked ISIS armies full of gung-ho western jihadists. But no, the Times wants to move bazillions of Syrian refugees in to revitalize the Motor City, and thereby, as Tim Blair's droll headline suggests, turn Motown into Motown:
I think that's a very subtle reference to Dearborn.
What a fascinating study. If that's how you make "active" citizens, let's drop the entire student body of Oberlin in the middle of Somalia and see what they're like when they get back.
Nevertheless, at least one Republican candidate was proposing this idea two years before the Times. Mark Krikorian writes:
Jeb Bush is running as this season's calm, reassuring, won't frighten-the-horses candidate who'll suck up all the money that might otherwise go to wild'n'crazy frothing loons like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, or whoever. Why, he's such a normal, reasonable chap he's even hot for action on "climate change". Can't get more normal than that, can you?
And yet he has some of the weirdest ideas of any candidate. It was often said of his brother that, to compensate for his preppy Waspy Connecticut Kennebunk blueblood background, he became exaggeratedly Texan, to the derangement of the left. Jeb seems to have taken it to a whole other level, and become exaggeratedly multicultural and, indeed, on his wilder shores, post-American. Aside from that business of self-identifying as "Hispanic" on his government paperwork, there seems to be a broader psychological impulse at play. David Frum:
That judgment is not always unwarranted, as in the case of the Democrat/union/welfare/race-huckster axis that has totaled Detroit. But, if you regard remorseless mass immigration as an existential threat to advanced societies, this doesn't seem to be one of those issues on which Jeb seems likely to triangulate. A man who wants to Islamize Detroit because it's worked out so well in Dearborn would seem an odd choice even for the Stupid Party.
~On the subject of ethnic tensions, I wrote the other day about the post-election Disunited Kingdom, where Scotland, Ulster and Wales are going their own way, but the English are obliged to keep being British. Reader Jim Gibson responds:
Give England Back To The English? What do you reckon? If England is Paul, is Scotland George and Ireland John? Wales is definitely Ringo.
Alternatively, if the United Kingdom is an Abbey Road album cover, why is England barefoot?
~In a couple of weeks' time, I'll be partying with all the A-list deniers in Washington, DC for the Heartland Institute's 10th International Conference on Climate Change. Poor old Michael E Mann's hashtag generator has fallen as flaccid as his hockey stick of late, but surely this will inspire him to new heights: #KochScaifeDenialMachine-a-palooza! For more information on the conference, see here.
I'll be there with Anthony Watts, Bob Carter and othe co-authors of the brand new book Climate Change: The Facts. It's available at Amazon and elsewhere, but you can always order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - and get it personally autographed by yours truly. Or you can be reading it within 90 seconds via Kindle, Nook at Barnes & Noble, or Kobo at Indigo-Chapters in Canada and around the world. We're currently the Number One bestseller on the Climatology Hit Parade, but Michael E Mann's new book is out of the gate and already snapping at our heels at #218,224.
It's already driving Doctor Fraudpants to new heights of derangement. Is it just me or is Mann becoming even loonier in his Nobel-winning peer-reviewed pronouncements? Here's how he describes the democratically elected Government of Australia:
Remind me to ask for his current medications when we're in discovery.
My weekly date with Hugh Hewitt was a zippy romp through the news of the day, starting with the revelation that the shady, shifty, murky donors to the Clinton Foundation include not only Ukrainian oligarchs, Saudi princes and sinister foreign governments, but also contraception awareness-raiser George Stephanopoulos:
After a comparison of the Israeli, British and US elections, Hugh's inner optimist came out:
We also touched on Mark Halperin's celebrated "Are you really Hispanic? Could you do the Mexican Hat Dance for me? Can you say "Lucy, choo got some 'splaining to do' in an amusing accent?" interview of Ted Cruz. Expect a lot more of this from the court eunuchs of the Democrat media as the months go by: Cruz and Rubio aren't real Hispanics, Ben Carson isn't a real African-American, Carly Fiorina isn't a real woman, Jeb Bush isn't a real Bush, etc, etc. My advice to the guys is to mix it up a little:
After a word about Rand Paul and the media, and Ben Carson and foreign policy, we concluded with the President's summit with himself:
You can find the full interview here.
One small step for a gay pedestrian, one giant leap for gaykind:
Because of last year's Eurovision victory by Austria's bearded lady, Conchita Wurst, Vienna is hosting this year's competition and is anxious to show its best face:
But don't brake too suddenly to admire the gay traffic lights or you could get rear-en... oh, never mind.
AFP has actual video of the "gay-friendly" lights (as opposed to the old, intolerant homophobic traffic lights) in action here.
Waiting till the lights change is totally gay.
~Alas, it will be a long time before gay pedestrians are given the green light in the Gambia:
You don't say. In the newly expanded eBook edition of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade, I point out that, according to the Vienna Institute of Demography, by mid-century a majority of Austrians under 15 will be Muslim. I wonder how many gay traffic lights they'll have then.
But enough of the internal contradictions of the diversity quilt. Islamic strongman Jammeh says he's never seen a gay turkey. Well, he would if the Gambia had more touring productions of Sondhei... oh, never mind.
Maybe not, but it'd make a helluva Viennese traffic light.
~According to Amnesty International, the Gambia's National Intelligence Agency claims to have a "device" it can insert into your bottom to determine your orientation. Hmm. Lacking such cutting-edge technology, Oxford University is forced to rely on more primitive means of final adjudication. So its rugby players will be obliged to ace "anti-sexism class" before they're permitted to play in this year's Cuppers Final.
Laura Rosen Cohen calls this "a gradual process of castration": a sustained effort to harass and hector the last redoubts of masculine culture into getting with the program, from the campaign to replace Britain's "lad culture" with "good lads" - ie, the usual new-male eunuchs willing to stand in the street, glassy-eyed and smiling, while holding up approved slogans - "A Good Lad ...understands that feminism isn't a dirty word" - to the politically correct US Army ordering its men to "walk a mile in her shoes". Objections to the latter led to one of the great headlines of our time, from The Washington Post:
That's an early frontrunner for this year's Epitaphs for the Republic competition.
The Gambian government makes gay men learn the Koran. The US Army makes straight men march down the street in red high heels. And we think the Gambian guy's weird.
~I'll be back on the radio Thursday for my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.
Today I started the day with Canada's Number One morning man John Oakley. We discussed two apparent victims of "sleep deprivation" - Elizabeth May, leader of Canada's Green Party, and Omar Khadr, the murderer of US Special Forces medic Christopher Speer. After being re-"patriated" from Gitmo to Canada, Omar is now out of gaol and the darling of the deranged Dominion's leftie establishment. As Ms May declared to the world, "Omar Khadr has more class than the entire f*cking cabinet."
I reminded John of a Canadian Prime Minister's words to one of Omar's brothers not so long ago: "Once I was the son of a farmer, and I became Prime Minister. Maybe one day you will become one." That particular PM-in-waiting got blown up in a Pakistani firefight, but maybe Jean just picked the wrong sibling.
We also chewed over some delicious Gitmo baklava. Click below to listen:
~Tomorrow, Thursday, I'll be keeping my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.
Just another day in the American academy:
Like this one:
Weird. Who'd have thought it'd be that difficult to find a Korean grocery store?
I'm not unsympathetic to this one:
"Incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies" is not a thing in actual universities. It's completely made up. Albeit not as much fun as "McNamara's Band".
Also from the Greater Boston Area:
This is no mere incoming assistant professor of sociology, but the President of Smith College. My old friend John Podhoretz responds:
I think he means, "So long, mankind." Unless they've gotten to John, too.
One of the few things I take issue with Tom Wolfe over was his confidence, around the time he was visiting colleges to research I Am Charlotte Simmons, that students force-fed political correctness just sat metaphorically rolling their eyes for four years and then got on with their lives. I don't think so. The damage done is real and profound. The first peddlers of this hooey had at least had the benefit of a real education themselves: Somewhere deep down they knew enough to know they were burning down their own inheritance. But look at that picture of young "Professor" Grundy: This is all she knows and all she's ever known.
Time to rethink our social construct of education.
~A word on the British election:
Yes, it's always fun to stick it to the pollsters and the media and especially Russell Milibrand (as I shall ever think of him). Characteristically myopic headline from my old newspaper, The Independent, just a week or two back:
Only to you. Maybe you need to get out of the house more.
It would be churlish to deny oneself the pleasure of hooting at the politico-media establishment, but, when that's done, this is a deeply unhealthy electoral result. The Conservatives won because Labour got wiped out in Scotland and the Liberals got wiped out in England. But the reality is that, for a supposedly United Kingdom, the country no longer has any national political party. England and Scotland have taken on the characteristics of Northern Ireland - hermetically sealed polities full of weird, unlovely regional parties ("SNP", "Conservative", "Labour") that have no meaning once you cross the border, and whose internal disputes are of no relevance to the other three-quarters of the kingdom: Nobody outside Ulster cares about "official" Unionists vs the more red-blooded Democratic Unionists. And so it goes with the Scots Nats and Labour in Scotland: nationalist socialists vs unionist socialists; Likewise, with the Tories and UKIP in England: transnationalist conservatives vs nationalist conservatives.
Wales is the exception that proves the rule, where UKIP outpolled Plaid Cymru, albeit with no seats to show for it. The Scottish National Party got 4.7 per cent of the UK vote, and 56 seats. UKIP had nearly thrice as many voters - 12.6 per cent - but only one seat. That discrepancy is because there is no longer any such thing as "the UK vote". I far prefer the Westminster first-past-the-post system to European "proportional representation", but it only works if you have genuinely national parties. If the system decays into four groups of regional parties, the House of Commons will look less and less like a genuine national parliament, and more and more like some surly conditional arrangement - Scottish Kurds, Tory Shia and seething Labour Sunni triangles.
The composition of the new house would strike any mid-20th century Briton as freakish and unsettling. It's a bit like Canada in the Nineties - where Reform couldn't break out of the west, the Bloc QuĂ©bĂ©cois dominated Quebec, the rump Tories clung on in the Atlantic provinces, and Ontario and a few seats hither and yon gave the Liberals their majority. The difference is that the Bloquistes are pretend separatists; the Scottish National Party are not.
And that's before you take into account the competing nationalist dynamics of the Anglo-Scottish victors: secession from the UK north of the border and detachment from the EU south. Cameron is a wily operator and one notices he uses the words "United Kingdom" far more than his predecessors. But saying will not make it so.
~Tomorrow I'll be back with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley live on AM640 at 8.30am Eastern. Hope you'll swing by.
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