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Mark Steyn

[Un]documented on the Air

Mark was up bright and early for morning radio today. Click here to listen to him on the air with Pat Campbell on KFAQ in Tulsa.

This afternoon, he'll be with John Gibson on Fox Radio, and a couple of long-distance hits to Sky News in London and the great Alan Jones in Sydney. Later, he'll check in with Mark Elfstrand in Chicago, Hugh Hewitt, Lars Larson and Larry Elder, before rounding out the day on TV with Ezra Levant north of the border and Megyn Kelly south of the border. See our On The Air box at right for full details of where Mark will be each day.

~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. As Brian Gardiner says:

From 9/11 to Japanese demography; Burkas to Viagra; James Bond to Doris Day, Steyn writes about it all with an eye on the big picture and humour. Total civilizational collapse has never been so much fun.

October 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm  |  Permalink

An Assault on the Heart of the Canadian State

On Wednesday morning, shortly before 10am, Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was murdered at Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa. The killer was a recent Muslim convert, as was the killer of another Canadian soldier in St Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday, and the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich in South London. In a detail almost too absurd, the Ottawa jihadist turned out to be the son of Susan Bibeau, the Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Division of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board. Her (now ex-)husband was a "Libyan businessman".

Before 10am, I'd expected a day of light book-plugging, but instead I found myself on TV and radio for a series of far grimmer discussions, some of which I link to here:

In the first hour, when the identity of the shooter was still unknown, I talked with Shannon Bream and Jon Scott, who did a great job sifting and organizing the pieces of the puzzle as they came in until the full picture emerged.

A couple of hours later, I joined Neil Cavuto, who spoke to me immediately after the President of the United States had given his response. Mine was somewhat different.

As you can see, I got angrier as the day went on. On Sun News in Canada, I spoke with my old Ottawa pal Brian Lilley:

And finally I joined Sean Hannity, and among other things I mentioned the only good news of the day: Kevin Vickers is the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, which is, most of the time, a ceremonial role - he's the fellow who wears a goofy looking hat and carries the mace into the chamber each day. But he knew enough to understand, in a split second, that the ceremonial role had turned real and to take down the western world's latest Soldier of Allah. Many more of us will need to recover that primal survival instinct in the years ahead.

The sub-title of my new book is "Don't Say You Weren't Warned". I have been writing for over a decade now about the west's wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts - or "reverts", as they call them. Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam's contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians. Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it's the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington. I love Ottawa - I know every yard of that stretch of Wellington Street connecting Parliament and the Cenotaph: Chateau Laurier is where I always stay when in town; not so long ago I walked past the war memorial with a senior Minister of the Crown and we talked about how simple and dignified and profoundly moving it was; and during my battles with the "human rights" commissions I had the honour of testifying to the House of Commons and strolling that same Centre Block corridor that that Allahu Akbar loon rampaged down today.

That security-lite Ottawa is gone, and that is a loss. But there will be others in the years ahead. Because the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else.

~I made some non-Canadian-related media appearances today. You can find them here:

"I Don't Believe Hillary Will Run In 2016" - my interview with The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein;

"Obama Has Never Broken A Sweat In His Life" - my interview with Townhall's Cortney O'Brien.

~Tomorrow, there'll be more analysis of events in Ottawa, and their implications for the wider world. I'll be joining Bill Bennett live coast to coast at 7.30am Eastern, followed by Pat Campbell in Tulsa at 7am Central, Mornings on the Mall in Washington, DC at 8.30am Eastern, and Mark Larson in San Diego at 6.30am Pacific. Afterwards, I'll be checking in with Glenn Beck nationwide, and all over the airwaves until signing off with Megyn Kelly at 9pm Eastern. See our "On The Air" box in the right-hand sidebar for full details.

October 23, 2014 at 12:02 am  |  Permalink

Non-"Senseless" Violence

The man shot dead by the Canadian Parliament's Serjeant-at-Arms has been named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and reported to be a "revert" to Islam. He killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (the Princess Louise's).

I spoke about this latest murderous assault to Neil Cavuto, who came to me shortly after the President of the United States had given his response. Mine was somewhat different. You can see the video here.

Earlier, I talked with Shannon Bream and Jon Scott. After 6pm Eastern, I'll be joining my Ottawa chum Brian Lilley on Sun News, just ahead of the Prime Minister's statement. At 7pm, I'll chew it over with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, and at 10pm I'll be live with Sean Hannity.

October 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm  |  Permalink

Canceling the Argument

As part of my book tour for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, I checked in with Sean Hannity on Fox News last night. It was an all-star edition - Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, Dana Loesch, Sarah Palin - so I was honored to be among their number:

Steyn was on "Hannity" to explain, telling Sean that a lot of people don't want to think about unpleasant issues – like Islam or massive debt.

"Liberals are very good at giving them a kind of cute slogan that says, 'This slogan will get you through.' […] You put a 'Coexist' bumper sticker on your car and you don't have to think about the problems in the world," he said.

Steyn said liberals "don't want to win the argument, they'd just as soon cancel the argument." If you query open border immigration, Steyn said they accuse you of being racist.

You can see the video here. I'll be back at Fox News later today to chew things over with Neil Cavuto. Full details in our On The Air box at right.

~The [Un]documented Mark Steyn 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 22, 2014 at 8:24 am  |  Permalink

Enough with the Jewfro

Day Two of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn's launch week saw my Monday soundbite about culture trumping politics spread faster than Ebola. Dana Loesch was asked about it on Fox & Friends, and later The Five devoted a segment to it, and then returned to the subject later in the hour when they heard I was in the building. (I was, but I was talking showtunes with Bill Hemmer.)

During the day, I also swung by Dana's radio show, Janet Mefferd's, and The Wilkow Majority. I also joined Stuart Varney on the telly for an hour of good company and lively discussion: Here I am with Lou Dobbs talking about the midterm elections and the death of Total's CEO in a plane crash on a Russian runway, and with Judge Napolitano talking about the government workers sitting at home on "paid leave".

~I'm delighted that so many listeners enjoyed my two-hour interview with Hugh Hewitt on Monday. I explained the thinking behind the book thus:

MARK STEYN: As you say, I've been on your show since I think just after the Iraq invasion.

HUGH HEWITT: Yes.

MS: So that's 2003 now. And a lot of people got to know me over the years through your show and through appearing in American publications. And they weren't aware that I had this sort of vast other life writing in Canadian and British and Australian publications. And so it's a kind of mélange. And sometimes, I think it's interesting, if you write something in a Canadian paper, and ten years later you suddenly go 'Oh, yeah, this is actually highly relevant to Obama's dependency culture...' You write something about the National Health Service a gazillion years ago, and it suddenly turns out to be highly relevant to Obamacare. So I had all these moldering old clippings yellowing in the basement, and I figured some of them still hold up over the years.

Or as I described to someone in the course of the day: Not everything's one of your greatest hits, but some of these pieces are my "Bohemian Rhapsody", or "My Way", or "I Will Always Love You".

Speaking of songs, my conversation with Hugh roamed far and wide musically:

Everybody has nicknames for Doris Day. I think Rock Hudson used to call her Eunice.... And a lot of her best friends call her Clara. But Bob Hope used to call her J.B, which stood for Jut Butt. And as he told me, he said it's because you could play bridge on her butt. And I don't believe Bob Hope ever did. I like to think of that, actually, you know - Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour playing bridge on Doris Day's butt - but I don't believe they ever did.

On the other hand, Doris Day has never felt the urge to record a song about her butt:

MS: I heard this song by Meghan Trainor, 'All About That Bass', which is like a huge hit at the moment. And it's basically ...a love song to Meghan Trainor's butt. It's about a woman who has like a ...not Doris Day's pert jut butt - I don't want to make this the subtext of the show, but she is rather more spectacularly endowed in that department ...and the song is basically 'yes, my butt is huge, and isn't it fabulous, and I'm singing this love song to my butt.' It's basically the 'I'll Be Seeing You' for butts. It's basically 'The Way You Look Tonight' for butts....

I mean, it would never have occurred to Nat King Cole to sing a love song to his butt. And what I find so odd about these things today is they're less and less about boy meets girls or whatever... they're essentially these naval-gazing songs about how fabulous I am. It's not about: Oh, some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger across a crowded room. No, it's some enchanted evening, you may look in the mirror and see how fabulous your butt looks.

Even though I was meant to be pushing my own book, I found time to plug a fellow author:

MS: If you only buy one Saudi government official's book this Christmas season - or this Ramadan season, according to taste - make it Yes, Saudi Minister by Ghazi Algosaibi.

That's what they call on Broadway a money quote. I so enjoyed my conversation with Hugh, and he certainly conveyed the full range of the book. I'll try to post a few more excerpts from it in the days ahead, but in the meantime you can find the whole thing here.

~The Canadian launch of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn elicited this response from The Financial Post's Peter Foster: "Naomi Klein vs Mark Steyn." It also proved the final straw for Scaramouche:

Another delicious dispatch from the culture wars--excerpted from Mark Steyn's newly-launched book--shows up today, this time in the National Post. The book may be new, but the photo featured in the paper's double spread is of Steyn circa--oh, I dunno--say, 1997?, at the height of his Seth Rogan-esque bushy-bearded Jew-fro days.

C'mon, NatPo editors. Can't you find--or, better yet, take--a photo of the man that's at least from this decade, if not this millennium?

When I was at the Telegraph in London, I think the general rule was that the picture bylines should be at least ten-to-fifteen years younger than the rheumy geezers and wizened crones they were meant to represent. But sometimes you can go back too far. That byline pic in the Post is by my dear friend and longtime UK assistant Moni - and, gulp, it may be closer to 1987 than 1997.

~Today, Wednesday, is Day Three, and I'll be starting it with Bruce & Dan in Chicago just after 7.30am Central. At 9.30am Eastern, I'll be joining Mike Gallagher nationwide, followed by Dennis Miller live coast to coast for the full hour at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. At 4pm Eastern I'll be with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, followed by Brian Lilley on Sun News in Canada, Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, and David Webb on Sirius XM.

Still to come this week: Megyn Kelly, Mark Larson, Laura Ingraham, John Gibson and more. Full details of my TV and radio appearances each day can be found in our "On The Air" box at right.

~The [Un]documented Mark Steyn 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, although, as Hugh's interview demonstrated, there's a lot more than politics in there.

By the way, parsimonious readers often complain that, even when my tomes are riding high on the bestseller list, it's hard actually to find them in public libraries. But, as Joël Cuerrier demonstrates with this photograph, even in Quebec les bibliothèques carry my books, albeit in this case seventeen years late.

October 22, 2014 at 12:02 am  |  Permalink

Me and My Little Black Dress

Today, Tuesday, is the launch day for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn in my delightfully deranged Dominion of Canada. If you're passing a newsstand from Vancouver to Gander, "Apocalypse STEYN" is plastered across the masthead on the front page of today's National Post, and inside you'll find a lengthy excerpt:

A decade or so back, early in the 2004 presidential election season, a publisher took me to lunch and pitched me a book. She wanted me to write a John Kerry election diary. Easy gig. All I had to do was follow him around and mock him mercilessly. Well, I hemmed and hawed and eventually she got the picture and said, "Okay, what would you like to write a book about?"

And so I replied, "Well, I've got this idea for a book called The End of the World."

And there was a pause and I could feel her metaphorically backing out of the room, and shortly thereafter she literally backed out of the room. But not before telling me, somewhat wistfully, "You know when I first started reading your stuff? Impeachment. Your column about Monica Lewinsky's dress was hilarious." She motioned to the waiter. "Check, please!" And I got the distinct impression she was feeling like the great pop guru Don Kirshner when the Monkees came to him and said they were sick of doing this bubblegum stuff and they needed to grow as artists...

If you're wondering how that Monica column went, well, it was a 1998 piece from the Telegraph, the Year of Impeachment, imagining an interview with the famous dress 20 years on, in 2018:

She is older now, her once dazzling looks undeniably faded, her famous beauty worn and creased.

"Sorry about that," she says. "I was supposed to get ironed yesterday."

Yes, it's "that dress" — the dress that, 20 years ago this month, held the fate of a presidency in her lap. It has been two decades since the day she gave her dramatic testimony to the grand jury and then promptly disappeared into the federal witness protection program. Even as she recalls her brief moment in the spotlight, she looks drawn. But that's because, following extensive reconstructive surgery, she's been living quietly as a pair of curtains in Idaho.

"What do you think?" she says, saucily brushing her hem against the sill as her pleats ripple across the mullions. "It cost less than Paula Jones' nose job."

To be honest, I was lucky to get the interview. The dress was supposed to be doing the BBC — the full sob-sister treatment, Martin Bashir, the works—but, to protect her identity, they wanted to do that undercover secret-location protect-your-identity trick with the camera that makes part of the screen go all fuzzy and blurry.

As I said, that 1998 column was whimsically datelined August 22nd 2018. Here we are a gazillion years later, and 2018 is almost upon us. Ed Driscoll asks "Is Mark Steyn's PR firm accepting new clients?"

Because seriously, I don't know how they do it. The week that After America came out in 2011, the Dow Jones dropped 512 points on Thursday, and S&P shorted America's credit rating on Friday...

Today, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, an anthology of his columns, hits the streets; its introduction is titled "Me and My Little Black Dress..."

Apparently to tie in with his book's launch, somehow Mark's PR people managed to convince Lewinsky to join Twitter on the very same day The [Un]documented Mark Steyn debuts.

Thanks, Monica!

~Also as part of Canadian festivities to launch the book, I'll be reunited with my fellow freespeecher Ezra Levant on the Sun News Network at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Full details in our "On The Air" box at right. The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in hardcover from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson across the Great White North - and south of the border you can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. For those of a digital bent, it's also in Kindle, Kobo, Nook - and, for your iPhone et al, iBooks. In a heartwarming hands-across-the-border, we're already in the Politics Top Ten in both Canada and America.

October 21, 2014 at 8:20 am  |  Permalink

Trafalgar Day Among the Undocumented

Happy Trafalgar Day to my Commonwealth cousins. It's not as big as it used to be, but it commemorates a decisive battle that determined the 19th century would belong to England not France. It therefore marks the dawn of the two centuries of Anglo-American dominance that, alas, now seems to be sputtering to an ignominious end.

This year Trafalgar Day is also, if you'll forgive an opportunistic appropriation, Day Two of the launch week for my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. The book's radio debut came yesterday afternoon with Sean Hannity, who wanted to talk more about the politics, and was followed by a two-hour special with Hugh Hewitt, who wanted to talk more about the pop culture and personal stuff. So both were fun rides for entirely different reasons. From the Hannity show:

"The week we're in right now, Sean, ought to be a teaching moment because when people think when you entrust government, it'll be there for you on 9/11, it'll be there for you with Ebola" he stated. And "people think 'well, the CDC, they've got this huge budget, why aren't they there for Ebola?' Well the reason is when you have big government, they regulate a lot of the stuff I talk about in the books, like Kinder Chocolate Eggs."

Steyn argued that this is because "government always goes for the soft target, and the soft target is always you, and never the Tsarnaev brothers at the Boston Marathon, the soft target is always the Kinder Chocolate Eggs, never the Ebola virus."

My morning appearance on Fox & Friends elicited a flurry of follow-up stories:

Mark Steyn: GOP May Win Elections, but Liberals Control US

Indeed.

~If you heard either Hugh's show or Sean's, you'll know that Obama's in the book, and Osama, and Johnny Mercer. But what else? Well, it's an eclectic mix. For a sense of the book's range, I thought I'd pull out a random chunk of the index:

Mortenson, Greg,
Morvai, Krisztina
Moscow
Mosimann, Anton
Mosley, Oswald
Mosquitoes
Mounties
Mount Rushmore
Moussaoui, Zacarias
"Move Over, Darling"

Who are all those folks? Well...

*Greg Mortenson is the author of Three Cups Of Tea, which notwithstanding its risible thesis and widely discredited narrative became the dominant influence on Pentagon thinking in Afghanistan;

*Krisztina Morvai is the neo-nationalist blonde Hungarian hottie and former winner of the Freddie Mercury Prize for AIDS Awareness who in the course of her winning election campaign told Hungarian Jews to "go back to playing with their tiny little circumcised tails";

*Moscow is the capital of the once and future Evil Empire;

*Anton Mosimann is the gourmet chef cited in an epidemic of assaults on celebrities in the United Kingdom;

*Sir Oswald Mosley was the leader of the British Union of Fascists, famously parodied by P G Wodehouse in the Bertie and Jeeves novels as Sir Roderick Spode, leader of the Black Shorts;

*Mosquitoes arise in the context of the US military occupation of Cuba;

*Mounties are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;

*Mount Rushmore is a popular scenic attraction in South Dakota, where the National Parkstapo attempted to prevent tourists from even looking at the mountain during the 2013 government shutdown;

*Zacarias Moussaoui was the so-called "20th hijacker" on 9/11 and a terrorist welfare queen;

*and "Move Over, Darling" was a hit for Doris Day.

All that plus Hillary Rodham Clinton - only in The [Un]documented Mark Steyn.

~This morning I'm back on the promotional trail. I'll be starting the day with Bill Bennett live across America at 7.30am Eastern/4.30am Pacific, followed by Brian Kilmeade, also nationwide. Then it's the first telly stint of the day with Stuart Varney at Fox Business, followed by the Wilkow Majority at Sirius XM, live at 2.30pm Eastern/11.30am Pacific, and The Janet Mefferd Show at 4pm Eastern.

At 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific, I'll be launching The [Un]documented Mark Steyn in Canada with my fellow freespeecher Ezra Levant on the Sun News Network. Then it's back south of the border for Mark Levin at about 8.20pm Eastern, "The Independents" on Fox Business at 9pm Eastern, then Steve Deace on the radio, and Hannity on Fox News.

Phew. Still to come this week: Dennis Miller, Neil Cavuto, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and many more.You can find full details of each day's TV and radio appearances in our "On The Air" box at the top right-hand corner of the page.

~The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. It's also available in e-format via Kindle, Kobo, Nook - and, for your iPhone et al, via iBooks. North of the border, we're already in the Politics Top Ten.

Not everyone likes it, of course: Scaramouche tells the sad tale of my one-star Amazon reviewer.

October 21, 2014 at 12:06 am  |  Permalink

Moving the Center

Always fun to start the day with Fox & Friends. This morning I was up bright and early for interviews re my new book, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. Brian Kilmeade wanted to talk about the excerpt that appeared in The New York Post, arguing that politics trumps culture. Here's what I said to Brian:

"Effective conservative leaders, [Ronald] Reagan and [Margaret] Thatcher, take the two most obvious examples, move the center towards them," he said. "Mrs. Thatcher had a great line. Before you can win the election, you have to win the argument."

"Unless you are in there playing for the big culture stakes like the left does, you're going to lose, whoever is elected."

"The left is brilliant at framing the debate," Steyn told Kilmeade, noting specific buzz words for being "anti-women," "racist," and "homophobic," according to the left.

"When you let the left win the language wars…when you make it impossible even to bring up those subjects, you basically ensure that you're going to lose no matter who wins in November," he concluded.

~Oddly enough, while I was in the green room at Fox waiting to go on, all the small stories of the day underlined some of the themes of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. For example, Toys R Us are selling a "Breaking Bad" doll that comes with his own miniature meth lab - presumably so he can invite Ken and Barbie and GI Joe round to share his bag of meth. As far as I can recall, there's nothing about "Breaking Bad" in the book, but GI Joe and Barbie and even Ken all make an appearance some 300 pages or so in.

~I'll be launching the book on the radio with Sean Hannity during his afternoon show today. Later, I'll be checking in with Hugh Hewitt nationwide for a two-hour special. Hugh's show starts at 6pm Eastern, and he's graciously allocated the latter two-thirds to my book, starting at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific.

~Tomorrow, Tuesday, I'll be launching the book in Canada with my old comrade from the free-speech wars, Ezra Levant, on the Sun News network. And in the rest of the week I'll swing by Dennis Miller, Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Neil Cavuto, Janet Mefferd, Michael Medved and many more. You can find full details of my TV and radio appearances every day in our "On The Air" box on the right-hand side of this page.

~The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. It's also available in e-format via Kindle, Kobo, Nook - and, for your iPhone et al, via iBooks. North of the border, we're already in the Politics Top Ten.

October 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm  |  Permalink

Undocumented and Loving It

The [Un]documented Mark Steyn lands in bookstores across the US and Canada today and I'll be out and about plugging it all week. You can catch me live on Fox & Friends just after 8am Eastern/5am Pacific this morning, and on the radio with Sean Hannity coast to coast at 3pm Eastern. I'll be checking in with Hugh Hewitt nationwide for a two-hour special starting at 7pm Eastern. Full details at right.

Hugh gives the book "five stars for funny plus despair-inducing". I wouldn't say there's that much despair, but there's certainly plenty of funny. [Un]documented is a grand cavalcade of my writing from the last couple of decades or so, from publications around the world - America, Canada, Britain and beyond - plus some favorite riffs from my guest-hosting stints for Rush Limbaugh and even from my stage appearances. It deals with all the big topics - like Islam - but also all the small stuff - like Kinder Eggs - that help illuminate the big picture. The New York Post has a generous excerpt, which they introduce as follows:

Though his new collection of essays, "The Undocumented Mark Steyn: Don't Say You Weren't Warned" (Regnery), recounts many of the biggest political events of recent history, bestselling author Steyn says that's not the real battleground. While everyone is focused on the 2014 midterms, the question about where our country is headed is being decided in our entertainment and our schools.

That's to say, culture trumps politics. So, if you sit out the big cultural battles, you're losing. Scaramouche was struck by this passage:

What will we be playing catch-up to in another 28 years? Not so long ago, I might have suggested transsexual rights. But, barely pausing to celebrate their victory on gay marriage, the identity-group enforcers have gone full steam ahead on transgender issues. Once upon a time there were but two sexes. Now Facebook offers its 1.2 billion patrons the opportunity to select their preference from dozens of "genders": "male" and "female" are still on the drop-down menu, just about, but lost amid fifty shades of gay — "androgynous," "bi-gender," "intersex," "cisfemale," "trans*man," "gender fluid" . . .
Oh, you can laugh. But none of the people who matter in American culture are laughing.

Indeed. It's all very serious - as the Wellesley student found out when she transitioned into a bloke called Timothy and lost the gig as "diversity coordinator" on the grounds that she was now a white male.

Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, made the far shrewder decision to transition into a Cherokee. Here's another excerpt that tickled The New York Post's fancy:

Just in case you're having difficulty keeping up with all these Composite-Americans, George Zimmerman, the son of a Peruvian mestiza, is the embodiment of epidemic white racism and the reincarnation of Bull Connor, but Elizabeth Warren, the great-great-great-granddaughter of someone who might possibly have been listed as a Cherokee on an application for a marriage license, is a heartwarming testimony to how minorities are shattering the glass ceiling in Harvard Yard. Under the Third Reich's Nuremberg Laws, Mrs. Warren would have been classified as Aryan and Mr. Zimmerman as non-Aryan. Now it's the other way round. Progress!

There's lots more in the The [Un]documented Mark Steyn - from Viagra side-effects to the Magati Ke language, Osama to Obama, guns to groping, Reagan to road signs, clones to drones, rock'n'crocs... Along the way, I share some stories from dinner at Buckingham Palace, an aggrieved letter from Salman Rushdie's secure location, and my first thoughts on seeing Ground Zero.

~Tomorrow, Tuesday, I'll be launching the book in Canada with my old comrade from the free-speech wars, Ezra Levant, on the Sun News network. And keep an eye and ear out in the days ahead for media visits with Dennis Miller, Mark Levin, Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Neil Cavuto, Janet Mefferd, Michael Medved and many more. You can find full details of my TV and radio appearances every day in our "On The Air" box on the right-hand side of this page.

Also this week, I'll be joining Sean Hannity, Katie Pavlich, Bobby Jindal, Dana Loesch and more at the Chicago Freedom Summit starting this Friday.

~As for the book itself, you can buy it in hardcover from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. It's also available in e-format via Kindle, Kobo, Nook - and, for your iPhone et al, via iBooks.

North of the border, we're already in the Politics Top Ten, although there's a lot more than politics in the book. Hugh Hewitt calls my essay "'Moon River' And Me" worth the price of the book all by itself. So just for Hugh...

October 20, 2014 at 12:01 am  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, October 13-19

Mark will be spending the coming week on the promotional trail for The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, with many media dates in New York and rounding things out with a live appearance in Chicago on Saturday. There's an excerpt from the book in today's New York Post.

But, before all of that, here's how the last seven days looked to him:

Steyn began the week with a musical question: What's the connection between the Muslim call to prayer and Fred Astaire?

~Monday was Columbus Day in America and Thanksgiving in Canada, but Mark spent it signing copies of his new book - while, on the radio, Rush Limbaugh pondered one of its key points: that you can't have conservative government in a liberal culture.

~On Tuesday, as part of his free speech campaign, Steyn discussed one of the most appalling stories of the week - Houston City Council's full-out assault on the First Amendment.

~On Wednesday, Mark considered the awesome symbolism should Baghdad fall to ISIS.

~On Thursday, Steyn returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show to chew over the big news of the week - Ebola - and the wretched performance of the CDC, which Mark called the DMV with test tubes.

~On Friday, the Instapundit Glenn Reynolds suggested that the best way to cope with Ebola might be to buy Steyn's new book and die laughing.

~On the Big Climate front, Mark analyzed all the key developments: the US military's insistence that the critical threat to national security is climate change; grizzled rocker Neil Young's assertion that the critical threat to the planet is the US military's carbon footprint; and Nobel Fauxreate Michael E Mann's shocking revelation that the real threat to the world is Amazon customers posting one-star reviews of his book. With all these competing threats, we are more grateful than ever to everyone who's helped prop up Mark's end of the forthcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century by buying SteynOnline gift certificates and patronizing the Steyn store.

~What with all this Ebola, Mark was glad to kick off and relax at the weekend with an escapist movie about a lethal virus that leaps from Africa and is soon rampaging across America.

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

As mentioned above, Mark has a new book out tomorrow: He'll be launching The [Un]documented Mark Steyn on the telly with Fox & Friends on Monday morning, and on the radio with Sean Hannity in the afternoon. You can find full details of his media appearances in our daily "On The Air" box in the top right-hand corner at SteynOnline.

As for the book, you can buy it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million in America, or Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. As part of his book tour, Mark will be joining Sean Hannity, Katie Pavlich, Bobby Jindal, Dana Loesch and more this coming weekend at the Chicago Freedom Summit.

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