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Mark Steyn

Fit of Peak

Today, Tuesday, is the official release date of my new book "A Disgrace To The Profession". I'll be appearing with Sean Hannity later tonight on Fox News (details at right), but I'd like to thank His Holiness the Pope for arranging the ultimate promotional tie-in by proclaiming my book's launch day as the International Day of Prayer for Climate Change. Thousands of Kindle pre-order customers will find their prayers answered, as the digital "Disgrace" is magically waiting to greet them when they wake up this morning. As for the old-fashioned paper version, we're already on the book's third printing, which is a nice place to be on the first official day of sale in the United States and Canada and elsewhere. And it's Number One on the Climatology Hit Parade, with its sister book Climate Change: The Facts holding at Number Eight, and Michael E Mann's Dreary Predictions down at Number 15. "A Disgrace To The Profession" is also available in Nook and Kobo eBook format from today.

~The second highest peak in North America is Mount Logan in the Yukon, named after Sir William Logan, founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. When Pierre Trudeau died 15 years ago, his successor, Jean Chrétien, announced airily that Mount Logan would be renamed for the late Prime Minister. Given the number of women who got to mount Trudeau in the course of his life, having an actual Mount Trudeau seemed an oddly superfluous honor. But, in its insult to and obliteration of Sir William Logan, a Canadian of great accomplishments, it was a typically Trudeaupian act of historical vandalism.

So some of us pushed back against Chrétien's banana-republican name-change, and, unusually for the deranged Dominion, Mount Logan got to keep its name.

The only higher peak in North America was not so fortunate. On Monday, Barack Obama, by executive order, removed the name of his predecessor from Mount McKinley. It is a strange thing to do - the sort of public humiliation that in normal circumstances would accompany the revelation that the man was a pedophile or racist or some such. And it is an especially undeserved fate for William McKinley, who took a bullet for his country - back in the days before American presidents retreated behind the 40-car motorcade and no citizen could be permitted into their presence without a background check. It was a characteristically petty act for Obama, adding insult to injury, to fly to Alaska personally to strip McKinley of his mountain. I don't altogether rule out him detonating those guys off Mount Rushmore before his term's up.

~I regret while I was on The Tommy Schnurmacher Show in Montreal yesterday that I neglected to speak out against Quebec's appalling Bill 59, which gives the province's wretched "Human Rights" Commission the authority to launch "hate speech" prosecutions even when nobody's made a complaint. Jacques Frémont, the statist hack who heads the commission, has already signaled his intention to use his new powers to sue "people who would write against ...the Islamic religion".

Screw off, creep. Free people are entitled to "write against" Islam or any other religion whatever some state commissar in a cosy and entirely unnecessary sinecure thinks. Marc Lebuis, whose invaluable Point de Bascule website seems likely to be an early target of Commissar Frémont, provides an English translation of his very thorough evidence to the National Assembly in Quebec City:

We can never repeat it enough: the role of the State is to protect the individual freedom of expression: that is the freedom of individuals to criticize ideas and NOT to protect ideas from the criticism of individuals.

Instead, the proponents of Bill 59 argue that it is necessary to throttle freedom in order to save it:

Ironically, Lebuis says, supporters justify the bill by suggesting it will protect democracy against terrorism. They reason that "terrorism is a reaction towards people who criticize their religion," he explains, "so by banning the criticism of Islam, we would end terrorism." Such arguments have been made both by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and by Muslim groups such as the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec (AMAL).

Shame on M Couillard for adopting as his own one of Islam's most stupid arguments: If you say we're crazy and violent, we'll go bananas and kill you.

To which the Government of Quebec adds: Because Muslims go nuts at the slightest provocation, we'll ban the slightest provocation, and therefore they'll no longer need to go nuts. Good luck with that.

If this bill passes, it will become necessary for all of us to break it and render it unworkable - and to support Marc Lebuis, a rare champion of genuine liberty in a province that could use more like him and a lot fewer totalitarian toads like Frémont and Couillard. It is exhausting to have to fight the same battle over and over and over again, but I am not prepared to let the western world retreat into darkness one jurisdiction at a time. As some bloke once said, Vive le Québec libre!

~For those who miss my old Uighur Wednesday routines on The Rush Limbaugh Show, try Hillary Clinton's actual State Department Uighur gags.

August 31, 2015 at 11:09 pm  |  Permalink

Sewers and Servers

I always enjoy my visits to The Tommy Schnurmacher Show at Montreal's CJAD 800. This morning I put in a word for my new book "A Disgrace To The Profession", which is officially released tomorrow in the United States and Canada, so, if you're Kindle-minded, order now and, courtesy of the Tome Fairy, it'll be magically waiting for you when you awake on Tuesday morning. It will also be available in Nook and Kobo eBook format from tomorrow.

Aside from the book, Tommy and I also talked election prospects north and south of the border re Trump, Trudeau, Hillary, Harper, as well as the magnificent facial shrubbery of Sir Mackenzie Bowell, the not so subtle insult of a memorial gazebo, and a passing reference to Montreal's "state of the art" super-hospital, which is mostly state-of-the-art in its world-beating ability to back up sewage in the maternity ward. Click below to listen:

~Tomorrow I'll be swinging by Sean Hannity's show on Fox News, coast to coast at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. Later in the week: John Oakley, Buck Sexton, Hugh Hewitt, and Glenn Beck - full details in our On the Air box at right.

August 31, 2015 at 4:48 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, August 24-30

Mark will be starting the week with the great Tommy Schnurmacher on 800 CJAD in Montreal, and then Sean Hannity south of the border on Fox News. His new book, available personally autographed exclusively from SteynOnline, is officially released on Tuesday, but is already burning through its third printing. It's tickling the Top 250 at Amazon Canada, and is a big Climatology seller at Amazon US.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:

The week began with Mark sitting in for Rush as EIB's very own anchor baby. On Monday's show the inspirational story of the day was three young Americans and a middle-aged Brit on a French train. On Tuesday's show Mark discussed the consequences of Hillary Clinton's insecure server, in Benghazi and beyond.

~With a week to go to the official launch of "A Disgrace to the Profession", on Monday Mark got into serious book-plug mode. On Tuesday the Prussian reflected that "Mann should really have listened to me when he had the chance".

~Wednesday began with a savage double-murder, of a young reporter and her cameraman, on air, by a "disgruntled colleague". In contrast to Fleet Street, the American press seemed strikingly uninterested in the particulars of the case.

~On Thursday, Mark returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show to advance his theory on Hillary Clinton's eventual withdrawal from the presidential race.

~Mark's Friday Sinatra song was the classic "Come Fly With Me". So for our weekend movie date he paired it with a film that uses it very well: Catch Me If You Can.

Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, with Mark revisiting his before and after columns. The first line of our Sinatra Century song seems pertinent, too: First the tide rushes in...

Since Mark began previewing his latest work, "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists - in their Own Words - on Michael E Mann, his Hockey Stick, and their Damage to Science - Volume One, folks around the Internet have been commenting on it: At Canada's Rebel Media, Laura Rosen Cohen called it "probably the longest, funniest, most savvily organized and meticulous "screw you" in the history of Western literature". At Watts Up With That, Andy May hailed it as "an outstanding and important book". "Highly recommended," agreed Duane Hershberger.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week. Look for more from Mark about "A Disgrace To The Profession" in the days ahead - and don't miss his radio and TV appearances, listed daily in our On the Air box at top right.

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August 30, 2015 at 10:20 am  |  Permalink

Hillary is Deleting Herself

My weekly conversation with Hugh Hewitt was devoted to the plight of the 45th President-in-Waiting, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Many years ago, at the end of the impeachment trial, my then senator Bob Smith sighed wearily, "He's won. He always wins. Let's move on." That's been generally true of the Clintons. But there is an exception to every rule - and the one guy on the planet who can claim to have blown a rocket through the supposedly invincible Clinton Machine is Barack Obama in 2008. On Rush earlier this week, I advanced a basic proposition - that he's gearing up to do it all over again. Because a Biden presidency is an Obama third term in the way that a Hillary presidency isn't. Obama has always loathed the Clintons. Once you accept that, everything that's happening to her campaign right now makes perfect sense.

With that in mind, here's what I said to Hugh:

HUGH HEWITT: She gets away with saying things like this in Iowa yesterday. . .

HILLARY CLINTON: I'm confident that this process will prove that I never sent nor received any email that was marked classified. And I'm going to keep talking about what the American people talk to me about. What's on their minds.

HH: You know, Mark, that ought to get a separate exhibit in the Clinton Library because it is pitch-perfect Clintonianism. "Email that was marked classified" and then a variation of "I'm going to get back to the work the American people elected me to do."

MARK STEYN: Right, right. All while standing in front of a John Deere tractor which presumably she uses to plow whatever bit of lawn in Chappaqua that she's got the original emails buried under.

HH: (laughs)

MS: I think this is getting more serious day by day in part because we now learn ...as I said on your show a few weeks ago... we now learn that in at least one 2011 email, Ambassador Stevens of Libya, his travel movements were actually discussed in one of these emails. We know that other allies did not want to use Hillary's private email. For example, the British Foreign Secretary at that time, David Milliband... The other foreign ministers know when they talk to each other, they're speaking on encrypted emails, and they don't want to do the same with Hilary Clinton because she's on this mom'n'pop thing that she's got going and they know that that's not secure. And then we learn from the way it's physically impossible on certain government computers to send a classified email to a non-classified address - so in other words, if something is marked as top-secret or confidential or whatever, you can't actually forward it to Secretary Clinton. So it's now becoming clear that her aides had to actually sort of disable and de-classify and remove the official government markings in order to send them to her, and that does look very much like explicit criminal activity–

HH: Oh it's 18 USC 1924... And that's why she said so carefully – listen to this again when she uses her "um" – she knows she has to go full Bill Clinton here and get it exactly right. Cut number one. . .

HC: I'm confident–

HH: I'm confident. . .

HC: . . . that this process will prove that I never sent nor received any email that was marked classifed-–

HH: And so Mark – did you hear that – how she paused and she had to think that through very carefully?

MS: Yeah, and I think if you actually see the video of that, you actually see her glance down at the paper to check whether she's got the wording correct... At some point, she will pull out in exchange for an understand from Obama that's there's going to be pardons for the entire Clinton inner circle who protected her.

Meanwhile, she staggers on, comparing Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood to ISIS:

HC: Extreme views about women – we expect that from someone with terrorist roots. We expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world. But it's a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the President of the United States.

It's also a little hard to take from a woman whose family racket of a foundation takes gazillions of dollars from the most misogynist regimes on the planet.

HH: So Mark Steyn, Hillary Clinton just compared Republicans to extremist groups – to terrorists. Scott Walker was once accused of doing that when he did not do that. Now, she has done it and no one seems to notice.

MS: No, and in fact, the reality of the situation here is that if you want to do those kind of crude comparisons – the head-choppers in the Islamic State are doing itpurely for fun. The head-choppers of Planned Parenthood shipping baby heads – decapitated baby heads - around the country are doing it for profit.

You can find the full interview here.

~I'll be back on the air next week, starting on Monday with Hannity, coast to coast on Fox News, and then out and about promoting my new book.

August 28, 2015 at 8:44 am  |  Permalink

The Saints Go Marching In

There is nothing worth reading in American newspapers and they entirely deserve to go out of business. An old editor of mine in Fleet Street liked to emphasize the importance of what she called a "f**k-me headline". In the United States, if a story does not fit their ideological needs, the media prefer a sedate-me headline. From The New York Times:

Suspect in Virginia Shooting of News Team Commits Suicide

Not quite passive and enervated enough for you? Try The Boston Globe:

Suspected gunman in Virginia TV killings dies at hospital

Etc.

On the other hand, from across the pond at The Daily Express:

Virginia gunman claimed he was bullied for being black and gay in rambling suicide-memo

From The Daily Mail:

Revenge race murder: Bitter black reporter who gunned down white ex-colleagues live on air and posted the video online blames Charleston shootings and anti-gay harassment in manifesto

From The Irish Independent:

Killer's fax to ABC News: 'You want a race war? Bring it then you white ....!!!'

In fairness, The Los Angeles Times does get into the race angle ...but only to complain that editors and producers are far more sensitive about white victims of violence:

Are news outlets simply less troubled by the deaths of black people, and thus making the rest of America so?

Of course. That's why when white people get gunned down by a black gay, there are immediate calls for a nationwide ban on the rainbow flag.

UPDATE! Oh, look, here it is - from another non-American newspaper:

In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found "many" sex toys, which may have "human material" on them, the source told this newspaper.

So "sex toys" are this month's Confederate flag: Let's ban them, too.

~Also from our best-not-to-mention-it files: Curt Schilling, formerly of the Boston Red Sox, is now a commentator for ESPN. Last week he reTweeted the following:

Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?

Mr Schilling was immediately suspended:

"Curt's tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company's perspective," ESPN said. "We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration."

No Little League for you, Curt! Mr Schilling was reTweeting (which, as Tweeters always like to say, isn't necessarily endorsing) the fairly common argument throughout history that what matters in any group of people is not who commands a majority but who makes the running - who wants it more. That's true in an historical sense. Of more immediate relevance, millions upon millions of Muslims openly if somewhat lethargically support ISIS, al-Qaeda, death for apostasy, and the eventual victory of Islam over the west. Why is pointing out something entirely obvious incompatible with being employed as a freelance commentator for ESPN?

Well, because the American sports establishment are even bigger politically correct eunuchs than the Republican establishment. You may recall that last year Rush interviewed me for The Limbaugh Letter, and the subject came up:

STEYN: You're not usually there on the Monday after the Super Bowl, and I'm there sitting in for you [laughs], pretending to know stuff about a sport I'm entirely ignorant of.

RUSH: Well, let me say, it's trending as leftist as every other institution is.

STEYN: Exactly. So even something that is supposed to be kind of raw, and primal, and just about results, is now all tied up and ensnared by the most limp-wristed politically correct progressivism. So not even something as red-meat as sports actually has a conservative disposition anymore. So if you lose all this stuff, if you lose the TV shows, you lose the pop songs, you lose the movies, you lose the churches, you lose the universities, and even lose the locker room, then electing a guy with "R" after his name isn't going to be much use...

Re Curt Schilling, before I get the usual boring mail about how "this is nothing to do with the First Amendment, Steyn. A private company is entitled to do whatever it wants", yes, yes, yes, so bloody stipulated. I'm not talking about laws or regulations or constitutions, but about something bigger - the loss of a culture of speech, indeed the loss of a culture that accepts as a feature of free society the legitimacy of difference of opinion. "Diversity" necessitates ruthless uniformity, so that even the most prominent, popular and successful celebrities in the land cannot point out the obvious without being utterly ruined - which means that Mister No-Name of 27B Elm Street should just shut up and keep his head down.

~In Europe, despite the best efforts of the multiculti commissars, the obvious may be making a comeback. The crisis they face on their southern borders is of a different order than the one America confronts at the Rio Grande, where the First World abuts the corrupt and crime-ridden Latin half of the continent. That's the good news. The bad news is that, on Europe's southern flank, the First World abuts some of the most economically moribund and operationally dysfunctional countries on earth, and with some of the highest birth rates, too. Why stay there? If they can get to poor south-eastern Europe, they can usually make it through to the more welfare-indulgent north-eastern end of the Continent.

What to do? In America, politicians debate building a border wall for three decades or so, just to make sure all the fascinating nuances of the topic are fully explored. In Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, they're just getting on with it: The walls go up, every day. Glenn Reynolds writes:

Bulgaria is building one, with razor wire and steel 12 feet high. And Slovakia is flat-out refusing to accept Muslim migrants, viewing them as dangerous and destabilizing.

So presumably no Slovaks are eligible for ESPN Little League commentary.

Migrants have massed at the Macedonian border and are creating tensions between Serbia and Hungary. Hungary is building a fence too. Norwegian politicians are suggesting that Norway should do something similar to Australia, which is sending unwelcome refugees to New Guinea or to prison.

On the other hand, among the major European powers the reaction is rather more effete, which is why President Obama called to "congratulate" Angela Merkel on her measured (ie, entirely ineffectual) response. Unlike their cruder south-eastern neighbors with their sealed borders and razor wire, the Germans are threatening to seize their citizens' private property and hand it over to the "migrants":

Boris Palmer, the Green Party mayor of TĂĽbingen, told Welt newspaper the town was struggling to find accommodation for migrants.

"The Police Law has clear rules. If there is a threat of homelessness in a city, vacant houses can be seized for accommodation," Mr Palmer said.

"And this emergency can happen when shelters are overcrowded and on some days 50 refugees are still arriving at a time, as they are now in TĂĽbingen."

Mr Palmer said he was currently in talks with landlords over renting or buying empty properties from them, but that if the talks failed he would have no choice but to seize the buildings.

Jean Raspail's novel The Camp of the Saints was brilliant and prophetic, not just in its account of the migrant force arriving to take France, but in the establishment's characterization of them: They're saints, and we're camp.

~From yesterday's SteynPosts:

Unless [Jeb] ups his game fast, he'll be gone before Iowa.

From today's New York Post:

Political forecasters predict Jeb will take the Republican nomination

Oh, dear. Maybe I should put in my application to write his concession speech.

~Re my new book, "the longest, funniest, most savvily organized and meticulous 'screw you' in the history of Western literature" a reader writes:

Mann [after filing his lawsuit] was expecting a stunned silence. Instead he got ... well, you remember that opening scene in the first Back to the Future movie? The one where Marty tries out Doc Emmett's mondo amplifier?

Regards,
The Old and Unimproved Dave

And another:

Hi Mark,

You flattened David Appell not once but twice.That was just great, not just once but twice. Hence two orders of your new book forthcoming.

Thanks and all the Best to you and yours..

Brian Messacar

~We're still a few days from the official release of "A Disgrace to the Profession", and it's already doing well enough at Amazon to attract the steep bestseller discounts, if you're in the mood to save a few bucks - and it's doing well north of the border, too. And it's Number One on the Climatology Hit Parade.

~Today I'll be on the radio with Hugh Hewitt, live coast to coast at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.

August 27, 2015 at 10:42 am  |  Permalink

Killing on Camera

A 24-year old reporter, Alison Parker, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were murdered on camera this morning during a "live shot" for WDBJ Channel 7 in Roanoke, Virginia. Their killer was a "disgruntled" on-air colleague "Bryce Williams", whose real name was Vester Lee Flanagan. After uploading additional video of him shooting his co-workers to Facebook and Twitter, Flanagan attempted to take his own life but, as I write, is reported to be still alive. The victims are white, their killer is black - and Tweeted after murdering her that "Alison made racist comments". The stoking of phony grievance by race-industry hucksters has real consequences. [UPDATE: In a further complication for the identity-group grievance-mongers, Flanagan is black and gay.]

Other than that pathetic pretext, it is a horrible story for the families of the victims that doesn't seem to have any wider significance - although, even at the press conference, before the killer was identified, reporters were putting questions about gun control to the Governor. But a murderer posting video of the murders to social media is novel, and I wonder where Flanagan got the idea from. Just because he was a TV reporter? Or because the Islamic State and other groups do it and disaffected young men across the western world think it's super-cool, and it would be unreasonable to expect such an innovation to remain confined to the head-hackers? If it's the latter case, it would be a further grim marker on the transformation of murder into vaudeville. These guys seem more serious about the uses of "social" media than the rest of us.

One other curiosity to me: Why is the ATF - the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - one of the investigating agencies?

~I mentioned this New Hampshire poll on Rush yesterday, so you know the highlights. On the GOP side:

1) Donald Trump 35%;
2) John Kasich 11%;
3) Carly Fiorina 10%;
4) Jeb Bush 7%; Scott Walker 7%

On the Democrat side:

1) Bernie Sanders 42%;
2) Hillary Clinton 35%;
3) Jim Webb 6%;
4) Martin O'Malley 4%

So Hillary can't poll more in what's essentially a two-man race with Sanders than Trump gets in a 17-man field. As for the idea that it's all just "angry men", it doesn't look that way when you get into the weeds of Trump's numbers:

He leads with Tea Party voters (44%), men (39%), independents (36%), conservatives (36%), voters who are most concerned about electability (35%), both younger voters and seniors (at 34% with each), evangelicals (32%), women (30%), and moderates (29%).

On Monday I mentioned the way the experts have been assuring us all summer that Trump has a "celing" - 20%, no 25%, okay 32%... and that once the field had narrowed to Trump vs Mister Establishment Candidate, he'd be done. But right now it's Trump and not Hillary who keeps shattering those glass ceilings:

Trump has a 56/32 favorability rating and he also leads when you match him with the other Republican hopefuls head to head- it's 47/39 over Ben Carson, 53/35 over Scott Walker, 53/34 over Marco Rubio, and 56/33 over Jeb Bush.

The super-sophisticated consultant wisdom has had it that Trump is good for Bush, in that he'll suck all the air out of more viable anti-establishment campaigns - Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc - ensuring that their campaigns will die earlier than they would have and primary voters will cluster round Jeb as the most viable non-Trump. But that calculation appears to be off:

Bush is really struggling. Only 38% of primary voters have a favorable opinion of him to 41% with a negative one.

I said some time ago that I did not think Hillary would be the Democrat nominee. I expanded the thought on Rush, observing that Obama is the only guy who's ever successfully taken out the Clinton machine, and it seems pretty clear he's ready to do it again. As I told listeners, she could withdraw in a private deal for any pardons for her, Huma, Cheryl and the gang that might prove necessary by January 2017. But it's also looking more likely that Jeb isn't going to make it either. Even with all that dough, you can't be as lousy on the stump as he is. Unless he ups his game fast, he'll be gone before Iowa.

~I'm generally well-disposed toward Ted Cruz, and I'm often asked why I haven't written about him much. On most of the issues facing America, he's on the right(ish) side. But this interview with Megyn Kelly was not impressive. The senator was asked:

If you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants, and they had two children here who are American citizens — would you deport all of them?

That's a direct question and, despite several attempts by his interviewer, he did not give a direct answer, eventually complaining:

Megyn, I get that that's the question you want to ask. That's also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask.

It's an entirely fair question. I have the advantage on Senator Cruz in that I'm an immigrant - a legal immigrant, that is, and so an asshole from the Department of Assholian Security once threatened to deport my then middle-school daughter, who's also here perfectly legally and in full compliance with the Bureau of Compliance. So, unlike all the sentimentalist sob-sisters of the media, I know that America's dysfunctional and incompetent immigration bureaucracy is not shy about deporting minors, or at least threatening to. Nor are they shy about deporting anchor babies: as I told Sean Hannity, they threatened to deport Deena Gilbey and her two US-born children a week after her husband died in the World Trade Center.

Why? Because, as any third-rate "family court" judge from Maine to Hawaii can tell you, the government long ago assumed the right to decide where minor children get to live. If two parents found to be in the country illegally are deported back to, say, Guatemala, the assumption is that their kids would go with them - at least until they reach the age of majority. Only a week ago, on the self-same Megyn Kelly show on which Ted Cruz was unable to give a straight answer, an American actress called Kelly Rutherford had her American children ordered overseas by a New York judge to live with her German ex-husband in Monaco. American courts do this all the time.

That's my answer. But as I say I've already been threatened by the United States Government with the deportation of my kids so I don't recognize all this teary pap about "Golly, deporting children? That's not who we are." Actually, it's exactly who you are: you split up families every day of the week - husbands, wives, parents, children - with nary a thought. It's only the illegals who are exempt.

I don't suppose Ted Cruz agrees with me on that, so he should come up with another answer. But as a serious candidate he surely can't whine that he's entitled not to have any answer to the question at all.

~I'll be keeping my weekly date with Hugh Hewitt tomorrow, Thursday, at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.

August 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm  |  Permalink

Anchor Baby, Slip a Passport Under the Tree for Me...

America's Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, returns to the airwaves tomorrow, so, as EIB's very own Anchor Baby, I enjoyed a second day behind the Golden EIB Microphone. You can find a few moments from the show here:

The Republican Party has become the party of 'Nothing Can Be Done.' It's the Council of Despair. Donald Trump is the symptom, but the disease is a do-nothing Republican Party.

I asked the question during the show "What is the Republican Party for?" I'm not sure I got a satisfactory answer. One chap who might have provided one is Rick Wilson, the self-proclaimed top GOP strategist last heard from asking Ann Coulter if Donald Trump paid her more for anal sex. (Don't worry, he focus-grouped the line.) Mr Wilson spent yesterday Tweeting that I was a sniveling milquetoast pantywaist who didn't have the cojones to go mano a mano by having him on the show, so today we DM-ed him to ask for a phone number where we could reach him to put him on the air - and heard nothing back other than that he was "in a meeting".

In a two-party system, one party is useless and the other is corrupt. A few weeks ago I said to Hugh Hewitt:

I'm not a conspiracy theorist – but one thing that's struck me about events around Benghazi, not just in Libya, but also to do with other embassies in the region – is that the guys causing all the trouble overrunning the embassies and all the rest of it – were incredibly well-informed. I think it's highly likely that people hacked into Mrs. Clinton's emails early and often.

Last week Hugh invited me to return to the point:

HH: Now Mark, you were the first to hint at this, and I think you've been very cautious, but I think the question has to be raised – you hinted at what would be the consequences of the opponents of the United States reading in real-time the Secretary of State's internet traffic, and you hinted that would have been very bad. Increasingly people realize that was in fact happening...

MS: No, and as I said when I first mentioned that, I don't like to seem like a conspiracy guy, but I think it's clear that once it was known that this was the Secretary of State's email address, that the Russians, the Chinese, and other major sophisticated nations would've no problem getting into it. The question then is, who do they share it with? But it was interesting to me all around that period around Benghazi how well-informed America's enemies were. I mean, for example, just those guys in Benghazi knew the ambassador was not going to be in Tripoli but was going to be in Benghazi, where he was going to be in Benghazi that very night.

That's crazy talk, huh?

From way, way down deep in this New York Post story:

US intelligence officials so far have determined that at least four — and as many as 305 — of the more than 30,000 emails Clinton and her aides have printed out and turned over to investigators were classified at the time they were written.

They include a 2011 message from Clinton's top aides that contains military intelligence from United States Africa Command gleaned from satellite images of troop movements in Libya, along with the travel and protection plans for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was later killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

This email was classified TS/SI - "Top Secret/Signals Intelligence*" - but Hillary Clinton kept it on a server in the toilet of some guy's apartment in Colorado. So in 2011 she's chit-chatting on an insecure email account about the movements and security of Ambassador Stevens - and a year later he's dead at the hands of people who knew he wouldn't be at the embassy in Tripoli that night but at the compound in Benghazi.

Did America's enemies know her email was insecure? Of course! We can surmise that for no other reason than that America's allies knew it was insecure and wouldn't use it. Information from foreign governments is presumed classified from the get-go, so David Milliband, then Britain's Foreign Secretary, had a five-page memo about Afghanistan he wanted his US counterpart to see. Obviously he had Hillary's email address, but instead it was sent to Huma Abedin because "he doesn't want to send through the system" - ie, Hillary's system. Instead, Huma just forwarded Milliband's memo to Hillary at her private email.

So America's allies knew Hillary's system was insecure and tried to work around it. We can assume America's enemies also knew, and tried to burrow within it. So emails about Ambassador Stevens' travel and security plans wind up on a mom'n'pop server in a Colorado toilet - and Ambassador Stevens ends up dead.

The pajama boys at Daily Kos don't like the cut of my jib. But, as we discussed on Rush, it is remarkable to me that Hillary is still in the race at all.

~We also chewed over immigration:

Your grandmother in the wheelchair has to lift up her skirt and show her colostomy bag to the TSA until the end of time. Your grandfather, who got blown up serving his country in a war and has a leg brace, has to be degraded and show that to officialdom at the airport until the end of time. But millions and millions of people can just walk into the selfsame country across the southern border, and we're supposed to just accept it.

And lessons from the thwarted French train attack:

Six free born citizens accomplished what the state was not able to do and manage to protect the passengers on this train. In the same way courage is contagious, cowardice is demoralizing.

And some good news from Washington State:

Fiscal conservatism, a rare victory, and the people who benefit are not the special interest groups, but the citizens.

More from my Rush stint here.

~As for that new book of mine I mentioned on the air, it's called "A Disgrace to the Profession" and it's available from Amazon in print and Kindle. I'm thrilled to see it's currently Number One on the Climatology hit parade. "A Disgrace to the Profession"'s sister book Climate Change: The Facts is at Number 14, but that loser Michael E Mann's book, Dreary Predictions, is down at Number 19. We're in the Top 300, which isn't bad ahead of release date, and in Canada "A Disgrace To The Profession" is tickling the Top 250.

*CORRECTED: I originally said "Special Intelligence".

August 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm  |  Permalink

Your EIB Anchor Baby

America's Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, was away today, so, as EIB's very own Anchor Baby, I was honored to step in. You can find a few moments from the show right here:

You should always listen very carefully when the media are telling you what they don't want you to talk about, and that's what's been going on since Trump brought up birthright citizenship.

We discussed Trump, immigration, and their combined effect on the Republican Party. A certain must-read new book also came up:

Whether you're prostrating yourselves in front of kings or whether you're prostrating yourselves in front of judges, sometimes you need to stand up. My book about this big free speech case I'm in, "A Disgrace to the Profession", is about punching back twice as hard.

I also put in a word for the inspirational story of the day, the action taken by three young Americans plus one middle-aged Brit in taking down an Allahu Ankar baby on the Paris/Amsterdam train:

These three young unarmed Americans saw this guy with an AK on the French train and threw themselves at him, tackled him, and got the weapons away. It is something to be proud of that Americans, unlike many other people, still retain that survival instinct. The instinct of Todd Beamer and Flight 93 and 'Let's Roll.'

And Dr Helen Smith picks up at one of the minor news items I brought up today - the response of trigger queen John R Broderick, president of Old Dominion University, to the posting of three poster-sized micro-aggressions outside a male dorm house on campus:

Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time.

Freshman daughter drop off.

Go ahead and drop off mom too.

Dr Helen discourses on that last one, which happened to be my favorite, too.

I'll be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific for another three hours of substitute-host-level Excellence in Broadcasting. Hope you'll join me.

~As for that new book of mine I mentioned above, it's available from Amazon in print and Kindle - and I'm thrilled to see it's currently Number One on the Climatology hit parade. "A Disgrace to the Profession"'s sister book Climate Change: The Facts is at Number Seven, but that loser Michael E Mann's book, Dreary Predictions, is down at Number 15.

August 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm  |  Permalink

A Se'nnight of Steyn, August 17-23

Mark will be starting the week guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. His new book, personally autographed, is now available exclusively from SteynOnline - just ahead of its official launch on September 1st. It's tickling the Top 200 at Amazon Canada, and a big Climatology seller at Amazon US. It's a Meteorology bestseller in the United Kingdom, and Number One on the Environmental Science hit parade in Australia.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:

We have an interest in both meteorology and music at SteynOnline. The week began with a combination of the two: "Stars Fell On Alabama".

~On Monday Donald Trump unveiled his immigration proposals as he continued his domination of both the news media and the Republican presidential process. Mark considered the phenomenon in "The Trumping of Party".

~On Tuesday Mark checked in with Sean Hannity on Fox News to examine Trump's lead and his call for an end to birthright citizenship. He also touched on the day's other big story - the revelation that Hillary Clinton kept the confidential communications of American foreign policy on a private server in some bloke's toilet in Colorado: "On Her Majesty's Secret Server."

~Wednesday's SteynOnline Request of the Week answered Nigel Grigg's curiosity as to whether Mark liked any songs by his fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen. He also spent an enjoyable two hours on the air with his old boss Conrad Black and Chicago radio legend Milt Rosenberg. You can hear the full show here.

~Among those who've enjoyed Mark's new book is the eminent climate scientist Dr Judith Curry, who said it had "much wit and plenty of zingers". Dr Curry is a frequent target of the climate mullahs. On Thursday Mark considered one of the more repulsive aspects of the "climate wars": "The Ugly Misogyny of Big Climate."

~On Friday Mark was on Newsmax TV with Steve Malzberg and returned to the subject of Hillary's closet. Click below for the full interview:

Since Mark began previewing his latest work, "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists - in their Own Words - on Michael E Mann, his Hockey Stick, and their Damage to Science - Volume One, folks around the Internet have been commenting on it: in the words of one blogger, "my hat is off to Mark Steyn, not only because he is taking a courageous stand for free speech ...but also for doing so in an incredibly gutsy and brilliant way". Tom Dilatush calls it "an absolutely devastating summary" of Mann and his politicized cartoon science and says "it must give him a taste – a bitter, foul taste – of what he's up against in a fight with Mark Steyn". Mann's remaining defenders did not take it well and foolish supporters such as "science journalist" David Appell began making false accusations about the book without taking the trouble to read it.

Mark spent much of the week dusting off his rusty Finnish to try to figure out whether Helsinki University Professor Antero Järvinen was giving his tome two thumbs up or down, so SteynOnline was the place to be if you've ever wondered what "a disgrace to the profession", "brazen fraud" or "the most successful pseudoscientific fraud" is in Finnish ("häpeäksi ammattikunnalle", "julkeaan petokseen" and "menestynein pseudotieteellinen petos", respectively).

We like to kick our shoes off at the weekend. Friday's Sinatra Century song was a bewitching one. For our Saturday movie date, Mark went in search of a truly ridiculous thriller and found it in Bruce Willis' tale of The Jackal.

A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week. Look for more from Mark about "A Disgrace To The Profession" in the days ahead - and don't miss his return to the Golden EIB Microphone as he guest-hosts The Rush Limbaugh Show on Monday and Tuesday, live for three hours starting at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific.

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August 23, 2015 at 7:55 am  |  Permalink

Hillary in the Closet

This evening I joined Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV to talk over Hillary's server, Trump's surging, and the strange state of play in both the Democrat and Republican races. Click below to watch:

~I'll be starting the week back behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show. Hope you can tune in Monday and Tuesday starting at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific for a rollicking three hours.

~Re the book Steve was kind enough to mention, it's called "A Disgrace to the Profession", and I put it together because I'm in a big free-speech case over a bit of cartoon climatology that has had a disastrous impact on science and public policy. You can get a personally autographed copy of the book exclusively from the SteynOnline bookstore.

Over at The Conservative Review, Art McGrath puts the new book in the context of my previous free-speech battles:

Perhaps the most famous example was when the tribunal of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (HRC) filed "charges" against Steyn and Maclean's magazine for publishing an article that some Muslims found offensive. The HRC and the offended Muslims tried to put a lifetime ban on Steyn publishing anything else in Canada ever again. Steyn and Maclean's magazine fought back not just in front of the pseudo-court but in the court of public opinion. When they were done, not only had the case been thrown out, but Section 13 – the law which gave the HRC authority over free speech – was soon after repealed by Parliament.

I'm not sure we'll get that big a pay-off this time, but you never know, do you? Mr McGrath says of my new book:

It seems an odd way to fight a legal battle but the real danger from a court case like this is not the case itself but the climate of intimidation it creates. If a person is afraid to speak out for fear of ending up in court then the opponents of free speech have won.

As one scientist quoted in the book, Professor Ivar Giaever, says, "Global warming has become a new religion-because you can't discuss it, and that's not right."

And, unlike Michael Mann, who still falsely promotes himself as a Nobel Prize winner (although the Nobel Institute has told him to cut it out), Professor Giaever is a genuine Nobel Laureate in a real discipline - winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

~As for my book, personally autographed copies of "A Disgrace to the Profession" are available right now at the SteynOnline bookstore, and I'm signing them as fast as I can. Alternatively, you can pre-order it from Amazon in print and Kindle. Profits go toward my end of that upcoming DC trial - and Josh's cartoons are worth the price all by themselves.

August 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm  |  Permalink

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