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A Bone is Thrown

Laura Rosen Cohen has been very patient, but it's getting to her:

This has got to end. I can't take it anymore.

I'm looking for signs of life, reported sightings, a lifeline, a something JUST THROW US A BONE!

**SOBS INTO HERMES SCARF***

...COME BACK, MARK STEYN, COME BACK!

That dull thud you hear is a thrown bone. After several months overseas researching a forthcoming project, Mark will be briefly interrupting his hiatus to return to the Golden EIB Microphone tomorrow, Friday, to guest-host for Rush on America's Number One radio show!

If you're in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, we hope you'll dial him 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. It all starts live across America at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific - and don't forget Friday is Open Line Friday, which means you can call Mark and talk about whatever you want to talk about - Hillary's pneumonia, Trump's maternity-leave plan, Fijian rugby, Sri Lankan cricket, whatever's uppermost in your mind Mark will be happy to chew over with you.

~Throughout Mark's absence, there have been a steady stream of Tweets and emails like this one:

Reading @MarkSteynOnline's 2006 book, America Alone & amazed at how precisely correct his predictions have been.

And this one:

All these attacks from radical Islam make "America Alone" by @MarkSteynOnline look like Nostradamus. Amazing.

And one more:

Have you ever read America Alone by @MarkSteynOnline ? It was written in 2006. Basically everything he predicted largely came true

If you'd read Mark's bestseller ten years ago, the grim events of the last three months - from Orlando to Nice to Munich and beyond - would not have surprised you: in many ways, Europe 2016 has been the Summer of America Alone. The book is still available - and, if you order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore in paperback or hardback, Mark will be pleased to autograph it to you as soon as he's off the air after Rush.

As for the state of America this turbulent election season, let's not forget this Tweet:

Reading "After America." You're a prophet @MarkSteynOnline.

That's also available direct from the Steyn store in paperback or hardback.

~If you've missed Mark's entry into the overcrowded cat-video market, here it is - for every put-upon guy scrunched up at the end of the sofa:

That's Mark with Tony-nominated actress Marla Schaffel and "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from his cat album Feline Groovy - 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, including this one from Kathy headlined simply "Love It!"

I bought it for my husband's birthday. BIG HIT! And he loves this guy also. When you listen to Mark do his version of Cat Scratch Fever, you cannot help but smile big!!! Entire CD is great. Helps if you love cats too. :D

And you'll be smiling big, too. Mark looks forward to your company on the radio this Friday.

September 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm  |  Permalink

A Note to our Readers (and Listeners, and Viewers)

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 ménage.

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.

July 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm  |  Permalink

The Insecure Security Line

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:

Ataturk Airport is one of the international gateways between East and West, between North and South, and with the start of the holiday season, while all security is focused on the European Football Championship, it represents the perfect target.

By beginning their attack outside the security perimeter of the airport, the terrorists simply overcame all security measures inside. This means theoretically that, in order to establish airport security from now on, the security perimeter will have to be made wider and will have to span around the airport...

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:

SIX years ago, following the introduction of further airport security measures in the US, American-based columnist and author Mark Steyn made the following acute observation:

"The second thought that strikes you is that the ever- longer lines to get into the 'secure' area are now the least secure area in America. Why not blow up the security line? You could kill as many people as on an aeroplane, and inflict more long-term economic damage.

"But don't worry. The Transportation Security Administration has plans to expand the 'secure' area, so the insecure perimeter will be somewhere else, with even more vulnerable people standing around waiting to get into it."

Steyn's views from 2010 rang true following the terrorist attacks in March at Brussels airport, which targeted two security check-in areas, and they ring true again following yesterday's horrific terrorist attacks at Istanbul's Ataturk International, which also occurred at a security point.

An initial and understandable impulse may be that we need to rethink how airport security should operate — perhaps by expanding the secure areas. But as Steyn more recently pointed out, that would only shift potential targets:

"Clearly we need a secure zone outside the secure zone — maybe, say, outside the concourse. So everyone has to crowd on the sidewalk. And then when they blow that up we can move it back to the perimeter of the airport. And then ..."

And then ... where?

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.

June 29, 2016 at 11:17 am  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right" (cont) (again)

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:

At a hearing in Maryland arising from Kimberlin's "lawfare" campaign, the blogger Aaron Walker was arrested. Aside from the merits of the case, I was struck by the appalling performance of the presiding judge, one C. J. Vaughey. As is increasingly the way with our decaying justice system, there is no easily searchable court transcript, only an audio tape that a few individual bloggers have been painstakingly transcribing. Judge Vaughey comes across as a near parodic combination of bluster, ignorance and narcissism...

Over the years, I've faced unsympathetic judges in various courts around the world, but I can't recall ever listening to such a stream of unjudicial drivel from the bench as that which poured from Judge Vaughey... I'm genuinely curious: Is this Vaughey clod unusually awful? Or all too typical?

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.)

June 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong" (cont)

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:

On Wednesday, revisiting Mark's bestseller America Alone, The Toronto Sun's Tarek Fatah wrote:

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

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":

I smell a bet. I propose the following terms to Steyn (or up to any three other people):

If any current EU member with a population over 10 million people in 2007 officially withdraws from the EU before January 1, 2020, I will pay you $100. Otherwise, you owe me $100.

Any takers? (I've emailed this link to Mark Steyn's website, though I doubt it will actually filter up to him).

In fact, Mark responded:

Throwing caution and my children's college fees to the wind, I've recklessly taken this guy's bet...

Professor Caplan enthused that "The Bet's On":

Mark Steyn's graciously accepted my latest Euro bet... In the process, Steyn raises a fair question:

'Hey, why not make it a grand? A hundred bucks'll barely buy you a falafel at the Tour d'Argent in the Paris of 2020.'

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.

June 24, 2016 at 1:34 am  |  Permalink

"Steyn Was Right and I Was Wrong"

Mark is overseas in connection with research for a new book. But his decade-old bestseller America Alone is timelier than ever. Tarek Fatah begins his column in today's Toronto Sun as follows:

Almost 10 years ago, Maclean's magazine published an essay by Mark Steyn titled, "The future belongs to Islam".

In it, he suggested, "the West is growing old and enfeebled, and lacks the will to rebuff those who would supplant it."

It was an extract from Steyn's then best-selling book America Alone, where he concluded, "It's the end of the world as we've known it..."

There was an outcry among Canada's Islamists, who took Steyn and Maclean's to the Ontario and British Columbia Human Rights Commissions.

My fellow Sun columnist, Farzana Hassan, and I wrote a rejoinder in Maclean's titled, "Mark Steyn has a right to be wrong."

Today, I recognize, Steyn was right and I was wrong.

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.

June 22, 2016 at 3:38 am  |  Permalink

A Nation Once Again!

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:

And Ireland ...whoops, Britain... long a province, be a nation once again!

~A day after the Orlando slaughter, I reported a small shaft of good news:

So far there's been no sign of that self-promoting opportunist twerp who drags his piano to the scenes of jihadist slaughter in Europe and plays 'Imagine'.

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:

Orlando Killings Rob Young New York Muslims of a Cherished Holiday Respite

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.

June 19, 2016 at 9:24 pm  |  Permalink

A Man, a Judge, and a Fat Cat

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:

This matter is before the court on Defendant Mark Steyn's Renewed Request For Expedited Hearing And To Lift Stay Of Discovery and the responses of Plaintiff and the other three Defendants. Only one thing has changed since the court last considered this issue on April 11, 2014 – the date.

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!

That's me with Kevin Amos and the band and "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" from our cat album Feline Groovy.

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.

June 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm  |  Permalink

The Glass is One-Sixteenth Full

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:

Jumping another 42 years ahead, what story might a futuristic novel published in 2057 tell? Such thinkers as Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye'or, and Mark Steyn would expect an account that assumes Islam's victory and narrates the chasing down of France's few remaining Christian believers. But I predict nearly the opposite: a report that assumes Camus' great replacement failed and imagines a violent repression of Muslims (in the words of Claire Berlinski) "shambling out of the mists of European history" accompanied by a nativist French reassertion.

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:

Not only do the countries of Western Europe seem to be rejecting national individualism, but their leaders seem to want their citizens to reject what Mann called "the European tradition as a whole" in favor of accepting a large number of people from third-world countries without expecting or demanding that they assimilate. What's more, the Western European leaders are trying to impose both of these renunciations on the countries of Eastern Europe, which are still loath to cooperate. One culture is seen as just as desirable and ethical as another to Western Europeans raised on the gospel of cultural and moral relativism, who have been taught that tolerance almost without limits is the highest good.

That brings us to reason number four, which can be characterized as a combination of inertia and ennui that seems to have taken over much of Western Europe. Here's Steyn again:

'But, just as I took my seat [on a train from Copenhagen to Malmö] and settled in, a gaggle of Abdul's fellow "refugees" swarmed in, young bearded men and a smaller number of covered women, the lads shooing away those first-class ticket-holders not as nimble in securing their seats as I. The conductor gave a shrug, the great universal shorthand for there's-nothing-I-can-do...

'There were more shrugs at Malmö, when I asked a station official about it. He told me that, on the train from Stockholm the other day, a group of "refugees" had looted the café car. The staff were too frightened to resist. "Everyone wants a quiet life," he offered by way of explanation. Sweden prides itself on accepting more "refugees" per capita than any other European country, and up to a thousand a day are registering for asylum in Malmö.'

That last paragraph unites two already-mentioned elements: the lack of energy to change anything, and pride in being the charitable ones who cannot be accused of bigotry.

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:

Outside Israel, agriculture in the Middle East is sparse. The strong attachment to the land that is found among Israelis or Europeans is absent. Feudalism associates working the land with inferiority and feudalism is a more recent memory among Muslims than among most Europeans. Success means expanding into someone else's land and living off the spoils rather than staying and working your own...

Western societies seek to settle permanently. They plan for the long term. Nomadic tribals burn through resources, viewing cities and institutions as assets to strip, raid and dispose of, before moving on. The Islamic migration is not a new phenomenon and Europe is not meant to be its stopping point.

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!

I'm not sure "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" counts as a rock'n'roll classic, but we do our best. If you buy only one feline concept album this year, make it Feline Groovy.

~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.

June 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 16-22

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 Hillary blowout is not going to happen.

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.

May 22, 2016 at 8:10 am  |  Permalink

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