Mark is unwell, and in enough pain as it is without additional excruciating agony from prolonged exposure to Hillary campaigning, urban looting, the appalling behavior of anti-Charlie Hebdo novelists, the return from the grave of Canada's censorship law, the British election debate or any of the other high spots of the week. However, before he took to his sick bed, he did comment on a few things making the news:
~The week began with a cash-for-Cankles update: the Clintons somehow managed to wangle a $100 million finder's fee for facilitating the transfer of one-fifth of US uranium into the hands of Vladimir Putin. For most presidential candidates, this would be an unhelpful revelation, but apparently not for Hillary.
~Elsewhere, Mark found time to round-up his views on the prospective UK criminalization of "Islamophobia", Bruce Jenner, and - just in time for Baltimore - Ferguson: The Play.
~Our Sinatra Centenary song this week was a great ballad Frank recorded four times in four different decades: "Everything Happens To Me."
~As global warm-monger Michael E Mann's defamation suit against Steyn chugs toward the start of its fourth year, Mahmoud Abbas' son came along to gut the relevant law, as Mark saw it - or possibly not, according to Popehat.
While we're waiting for the Mann vs Steyn trial to get started, there's no better way to while away the global-warming "pause" than by reading Climate Change: The Facts, featuring Mark and some of the world's most eminent scientists with a cool appraisal on the state of the climate debate. The paperback keeps flying off the shelves at Amazon, but, if they're temporarily out of stock there, you can always order it direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - and get it personally autographed by Mark.
With each passing day, last week's visit by Julie Bishop, Aussie Foreign Minister, to the offices of Charlie Hebdo seems more and more like some strange dream - or glimpse of an alternative universe where the inheritors of western civilization are not a bunch of spineless grovelers frantically trading core liberties for multiculti delusions. Six days on, Miss Bishop is the exception that proves the rule:
Ondaatje is the guy who wrote The English Patient. He's not the only bigshot pulling out:
A few years ago, during my battles with Canada's "human rights" commissions and the Canadian Islamic Congress, Ken Whyte, the publisher of Maclean's, called me up and asked if I could see my way to coming to Ottawa for some "world press freedom" thing. I said I was a misanthropic type who lived in a cave in New Hampshire precisely in order to avoid having to go to these kinds of events. But Ken said the committee were very anxious to salute us for standing up for freedom of speech and all that, so I said yes, and Maclean's paid big bucks for a table, and starry colleagues like Paul Wells and my editor Diane de Gayardon de Fenoyl and the rest of the gang were corralled into showing up. And lo and behold, come the big day, the committee decided to salute some other fellows entirely. Afterwards, I was chit-chatting with one of the grandees when someone came up and asked him what it would have taken for them to honor me and Maclean's. And he looked thoughtful and said, with an amused twinkle, "Well, maybe if the Muslims killed Mark..."
I'm glad no one took him up on the offer. As we now know, for Michael Ondaatje, Garry Trudeau and many more, even that won't do it.
~In Britain, meanwhile, the assault on free speech is relentless. The control-freak lunatics of Her Majesty's Constabulary are now criminalizing hashtags. In a pitiful attempt at last-minute pandering, the Labour leader Ed Miliband has told Muslim News that, if he wins next week's election, he will "outlaw Islamophobia". Douglas Murray observes:
Indeed. A fear of Islam is highly rational: just ask those PEN novelists who don't want to go to any awards ceremony honoring Charlie Hebdo.
Douglas Murray has pledged, if Labour emerges triumphant next week, to test the new law immediately by organizing a conference on Islam, and daring the Miliband regime to drag him into court. I would be honored to participate at such a conference.
~As the world now knows, Bruce Jenner came out as a transitioning transgender woman and also came out as a Republican. The latter proved a closet too far:
So says Tweeter Del Stamp.
Can we make Bruce Jenner the GOP presidential nominee? He seems a sensible sort, as far as one can tell. Most Republicans do their "transitioning" between the November election night and the first "bipartisan" thousand-page omnibus bill the following January. I'd be happy to have a guy who's got it out of the way beforehand. If I understand him correctly, Mr Jenner, after completing his transition, intends to continue dating women. So he would be the first female transgender lesbian president. If that's what it takes to beat Hillary, let's go for it. Real hope, and real change.
~SteynOnline's political coverage, Mann vs Steyn trial-of-the-century previews and Sinatra centenary observances all briefly converged the other day when Philip Casnoff walked out of rehearsals for the first production of Ferguson - The Play. Twenty years ago, Tina Sinatra picked Casnoff to play her dad in the TV miniseries Sinatra. I can't say I recall having seen him in anything in the decades since, but Phelim McAleer evidently saw what Tina saw in him and put him in his new play. Mr Casnoff appears to have been expecting the Ferguson drama to be the usual hands-up-don't-shoot hooey. When it dawned on him that it wasn't, he and his fellow cast members skedaddled out of there faster than Michael Ondaatje at a free-speech rally.
Phelim is a multi-talent - documentarian, feature filmmaker and now playwright. A couple of months back, he and his wife Anne McElhinny somehow found time to fly in for a rather tedious court date in the unending Michael E Mann defamation suit. I introduced them to my lawyer, Dan Kornstein, whose clients include King Michael of Romania, and so, as we were waiting for the hearing to get going, we talked, as one does, of various dispossessed Balkan royals we had known. My publicist was a bit befuddled by the conversational topic, but I did my best to include her: "Don't be shy, jump in. You must have a Montenegrin crown prince or two you've run into."
Phelim is a fearless chap, as I noticed when he helped himself to the jug of water reserved for plaintiff's counsel. And, although he was still re-casting his play on Friday, I had no doubt the show would go on. It opened, as scheduled, on Sunday:
There's a few days left if you'd like to help with the funding. I would love to see this play on the Great White Way, but off-off-Broadway will do. Mr Casnoff, like Mr Ondaatje and Mr Trudeau, thinks "artistic freedom" runs only in one direction. It doesn't, and I'm glad Phelim McAleer is here to remind us of that.
~Whoa, is this becoming a stampede?
In the future, there will be no plays, no novels, no jokes - nothing that requires the spark of a free spirit. But you will be encouraged to engage in forced guffaws at state-certified humor:
Just a reminder. My new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn has a section on last laughs - and it's more timely than ever. Personally autographed copies are exclusively available from SteynOnline - and will help to ensure I'll be able to afford some A-list QC when Ed Miliband pulls me up on aggravated Islamophobia.
Mark was out on the airwaves last week promoting the official Earth Day launch of Climate Change: The Facts. More details below.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the rest of the week looked to Steyn:
~The week began with one of Alexander Pope's several contributions to the Hit Parade.
~On Monday, The New York Times and Newsweek reported on the Clinton scandals - no, not the old nickel-and-dime Clinton scandals from the Nineties, but bazillion-dollar planet-girding 21st-century Clinton scandals on a scale beyond the old Ozark hucksters' wildest dreams - scandals involving Kazakhs, Putin, uranium and cash-for-Cankles access, as Mark discussed on the radio with Hugh Hewitt.
~On Tuesday, Steyn's favorite foreign minister, Australia's Julie Bishop, was in Paris, and chose to visit the offices of Charlie Hebdo, bearing a far better message than #JeSuisCharlie: "Love your work."
~Wednesday was Earth Day, the official launch of the North American paperback edition of Climate Change: The Facts. While Bill Nye the Science Guy was bigging up his carbon footprint on Air Force One, Steyn spent the day talking climate with Bill Bennett, Joyce Kaufman, Sean Hannity and others. Whether because of Mark or all the eminent scientists among his co-authors, Climate Change: The Facts has proved surprisingly popular on the climatology charts.
~Friday was the one hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, and, as dignitaries gathered for the special Commonwealth service in Turkey, Mark pondered the words of A P Herbert: "To man a trench and live among the lice..."
For our Saturday movie date, Steyn picked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
As mentioned above, Earth Day saw the official North American paperback launch of Climate Change: The Facts. Listen for more radio interviews with Mark in the days ahead. And don't forget, you can pick up a personally autographed copy of the book direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - or if can do without Steyn's John Hancock, you can order it direct from Amazon in print or digital format.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
It turns out that, while we were all worrying about the mullahs' nuclear program, the Clintons' nuclear program was going gangbusters. Kazakhquiddick dominated the conversation on my weekly chat with Hugh Hewitt:
I think I've mentioned before that, for a while, the US Department of Labor used to call up my assistant once a year and demand to know whether we "worked with uranium". And once in a while they'd insist on speaking to me personally and I'd say, "Hmm. Let me have a think on that. Did we use any uranium in my Christmas disco single? No, wait, that was bongos..."
And, when they'd gone away, I used occasionally to wonder how many American businesses the vast federal bureaucracy had to harass before they got a positive response to that question. But it turns out that, if the Department of Labor were to call up the Clinton Foundation, which Hill's impressionable rubes seem to think is something to do with reducing diarrhea outbreaks in Africa, and ask them, "Do you work with uranium?", the answer is yes.
On the radio, I made one of my very rare interruptions of Hugh - because the big cynical American lawyer guy was for once sweetly naĂŻve enough to think that there is an actual thing called the "Clinton Foundation" that does "foundation"-type work:
It was a pale blue-and-white comforter from the mall in Trenton, Ontario. And you'd never get Chelsea Clinton to sleep on that. If this sleazy uranium'n'jailbait operation is returned to the White House, the republic is over.
You can find the full interview with Hugh here.
~I'll be back on the radio next week for more interviews re Climate Change: The Facts. That's the new book featuring me and some of the world's most eminent scientists on the state of the climate debate - and it's currently Number One on the Climatology Hit Parade, and also Number One on the Environmental Policy Hot 100.
On the other hand, serial litigant Michael E Mann's new book is nipping at our heels at Big Hit Sound #511,770.
I've had a fun time out on the Earth Day airwaves talking about Climate Change: The Facts. That's the new book featuring me and some of the world's most eminent scientists on the state of the climate debate as we prepare to enter the third decade of the global-warming pause. And I'm thrilled to find that the book is currently Number One on the Climatology Hit Parade, ahead of Naomi Klein, Naomi Oreskes and any number of Naomis, and also Number One on the Environmental Policy Hot 100.
If this keeps up, in the forthcoming Mann vs Steyn trial I may call myself as an expert witness.
My sincere thanks to everyone who's bought this important new book. The turn-of-the-century cartoon science of the hockey stick is over, and it's time for climate science to make a new start.
On the other hand, serial litigant Michael E Mann also has a new book out whose Earth Day orders have rocketed it up to Big Hit Sound #1,920,648.
~I had a grand time, as I always do, with Joyce Kaufman on the radio in Florida - shortly before Air Force One descended from the heavens bearing President Obama and Bill Nye the Science Guy for their Earth Day photo-op. Breitbart News have part of our conversation here:
More from my chat with Joyce here.
~Earlier I spoke to my old friend Michael Graham in Atlanta. You can find the interview here - click the April 22nd show, and I'm about 45 minutes in. We got detoured into bestiality - as often happens when Michael and I get together, but usually later in the evening and after a few more beers. In this case, it was the remarkably close vote by the Danish parliament to ban bestiality. So lots of mordant cracks about Great Danes, etc.
~By the way, Climate Change: The Facts, isn't just at Amazon outlets around the world. If you prefer Barnes & Noble or (in Canada) Indigo Chapters' respective digital formats, you can be reading it in the next 90 seconds.
I wrote on Saturday about my favorite foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and compared her fashion choices for meeting President Rouhani with her fashion choices for meeting with me. So it's only fair to note her visit on Tuesday to the offices of Charlie Hebdo:
So up yours, Garry Trudeau.
I was very touched by what the minister said about me on stage in Perth, but I was even more touched by what she said to the surviving editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo. I mentioned in that Trudeau post an upcoming engagement I'm doing on the Continent later this year and how I couldn't understand why they'd asked me - until I remembered that everyone ahead of me on the invitation list is either dead or in hiding. So the symbolism of what Julie Bishop chose to do is valuable and important - and stands in splendid contrast to the hollow pomposity of John Kerry and his stooge James Taylor.
And "Love your work" is a better expression of solidarity than "#JeSuisCharlie".
~Laura Rosen Cohen writes:
In fairness, I don't think Suha kissed Yasser that often. If you know what I mean.
~A reader drew my attention to this:
Here's the transcript:
Oh, my. I've never said a word about Michael Savage except to object to Jacqui Smith banning him from entering the United Kingdom:
Most American conservative pundits never spoke up in defense of Savage, but I did - again and again. 'Cause I'm a free-speech guy, whether it's for Charlie Hebdo or Michael Savage. And I'd do it again, next time he's banned - from Canada, Sweden or wherever. But what a strange, insecure fellow...
~My actual "PR agent", as Savage would say, is in fact too busy "pushing" me on other shows. I'll be spending much of today - Earth Day - plugging Climate Change: The Facts on the airwaves, starting with Brian Sussman on KSFO San Francisco just after 7am Pacific. I see that's Michael Savage's home station, so I do hope he hasn't had me blackballed.
I'm out and about on the airwaves talking up Climate Change: The Facts this week, starting this morning with Bill Bennett's Morning in America. You can hear the whole show here - I'm on for the last half-hour, but the whole thing's a fun listen, starting with a little Livy on Bill's "Latin Tuesday" feature. Bill and I talked about climate issues - he's very well up on Antarctic expeditions, Scott and Admundsen et al, but we also chewed over a little electoral politics re Hillary, and some relevant history re Eleanor Roosevelt.
~Later today I'll be checking in with Sean Hannity's radio show and Brian Lilley's new podcast on The Blaze. Full details in our On The Air box at top right.
~As for the official North American paperback of Climate Change: The Facts, we're launching it just in time for Earth Day tomorrow. You can pick up a personally autographed copy of Climate Change: The Facts direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - but, if you can live without my signature, you can order it direct from Amazon in print or digital format.
Mark will be out on the airwaves this week promoting the official North American launch of Climate Change: The Facts - just in time for Earth Day! More details below.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Steyn:
~The week began with the amazingly inept - even by her own impressive standards - launch of the Hillary 2016 campaign. In honor of Mrs Clinton's official announcement of her regal progress toward Coronation Day, Mark reran some reader favorites from the Steyn archives - Clinton classics on the sex, the lies, and, er, the Masai tribal proverbs.
~Taking time off from suing Steyn for defamation, climate mullah Michael E Mann attempted to explain the near two-decade pause in global warming. He didn't do a very good job, as Mark was happy to point out on Tuesday. Ross McKitrick's demolition of Mann's "hockey stick" is one of the highlights of the aforementioned Climate Change: The Facts, by Steyn and some of the world's most eminent scientists and sharpest commentators.
~Wednesday saw our most-read piece of the week - Mark's response to the contemptible Garry Trudeau's appalling remarks about the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the Danish Mohammed cartoons.
~On Thursday, Steyn was honored to be the first guest on a brand new show hosted by his favorite piano-playing imam, Andrew Lawton. Later he joined Hugh Hewitt and observed, with respect to the curious priorities of our time, that "we'll be talking about transgendered bathrooms when the mullahs nuke us".
~On Friday Steyn's favorite foreign minister, Australia's Julie Bishop, departed Canberra for meetings in Tehran - and landed looking a little different from the way Mark last saw her.
For our weekend movie date, Steyn marked the 75th birthday of Al Pacino.
As mentioned above, we're happy to announce the official North American paperback launch of Climate Change: The Facts, just in time for Earth Day. Mark will be swinging by some favorite hosts, including Bill Bennett south of the border, Brian Lilley north thereof, Joyce Kaufman on the East Coast and Brian Sussman on the West. Check for details of his appearances each day in the top right-hand corner of this page. You can pick up a personally autographed copy of the book direct from the SteynOnline bookstore - or if you're indifferent to Mark's scrawl you can order it direct from Amazon in print or digital format.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.
On my weekly appearance with Hugh Hewitt, we got to all the doom and gloom, but mein host began with a fellow singing "Luck Be A Lady":
In fairness, Frank Loesser, aware of the situation, wrote a delightful song called "Adelaide", and gave it to Sinatra to sing in the picture. Adelaide's dropped out of fashion as a girl's name, but it's worth bringing back just because you'd have one of the loveliest name songs ever written.
But then it was on to the doom and gloom:
I accidentally added a zero to that number. In fact, the Germans figure it's 60 people you need to track each potential jihad boy. Canadian police aren't in disagreement about that. So this issue is consuming vast amounts of police resources - and good luck with the crime rate once the petty thieves and burglars and whatnot figure out the logic of that.
Later in the interview, Hugh asked me about all the presidential candidates traipsing through New Hampshire at the moment, but in fact they're all traipsing through his show. He's the New Hampshire Primary of talk radio, and his guest microphone is the audio equivalent of the pancake-flipping contest:
You can find the full interview here.
Next week, I'll be out and about promoting the official Earth Day release in North America of Climate Change: The Facts. We've been shipping out personally autographed copies for a couple of weeks as a SteynOnline exclusive, but starting next week you'll be able to get the paperback out in the wider world, too. It's already available in eBook format via Kindle, Nook or Kobo, so, wherever you are on the planet, you can be reading it in the next 90 seconds. But, as I said, the official launch is next week for Earth Day, so I'll be venturing onto the airwaves - as will my co-author Christopher Essex - and we'll keep you apprised of which shows and when.
If you were at Toronto's Metro Centre a couple of years back, you'll surely recall Andrew Lawton as my trusty on-stage imam in the warm-up to "My Sharia Amour" during the big Steynamite show. Alas, he's wearied of being my sidekick mullah and gone off to seek gainful employment at Ezra Levant's brand new Rebel Media. Today Andrew launched his own Rebel podcast, and all of us here wish him the very best with this new venture. I was honored to be asked by Andrew to be his first guest, and you can hear me talking about this and that, but also gamely plugging my contribution to the brand new book Climate Change: The Facts. Simply click below to listen - I turn up approx 43 minutes in, but there's lots of good stuff beforehand:
In the course of my chat with Andrew, I mentioned one of my co-authors on Climate Change: The Facts, Christopher Essex, who among other things is the Chairman of the World Federation of Scientists' Permanent Monitoring Panel on Climatology. Professor Essex was also out and about plugging our book today, and swung by The Bill Martinez Show. You can find the interview here - and it's a great listen.
There's lots of other good stuff in the book, too. I'm naturally drawn to some of the scientists who've paid a high price for speaking out against Michael E Mann and his fellow Warmanos - most recently Willie Soon, whom Dr Mann's mini-me Greg Laden has been trying to get fired; and Richard Lindzen, one of those targeted by the thuggish Congressman Grijalva of the House UnEnvironmental Activities Committee. Put together by my friends at Australia's Institute of Public Affairs, Climate Change: The Facts looks at the state of the climate debate in the broadest sense - the science, the policy and the politics - as we prepare to enter the third decade of the global-warming "pause". Inside, you'll find leading scientists and commentators from the US, UK, Canada and Oz, including among the scientists Patrick Michaels, Kesten Green, Jennifer Marohasy, Stewart Franks, John Abbot, J Scott Armstrong, Robert M Carter, Garth Paltridge, and Ian Plimer â€“ writing on flawed IPCC models, the role of the sun, geological history and natural variability. Other contributors include economics experts Rupert Darwall, Ross McKitrick, and Alan Moran; plus Anthony Watts of the world's most-read climate website; former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson; science writers Jo Nova and Bernie Lewin; my old National Post comrade Donna Laframboise - and, for a bit of knockabout, me, Andrew Bolt, and James Delingpole. Climate Change: The Facts is full of good stuff that will help you push back against the climate mullahs. It's brimming with facts and arguments - which is the best riposte to insecure dweebs whose debating technique is to insist that no debate can be permitted to take place. Roger Kimball calls it "an antidote to climate-change hysteria", while Brandon Shollenberger huffs that "anyone whose work is included in this book should be embarrassed by how bad a book it is".
Climate Change: The Facts is available in eBook format from Amazon and all the usual outlets. But, for hardcore deniers interested in contributing to mass deforestation, you can order it in paperback direct from SteynOnline - and I'll be happy to autograph it for you. We're also offering the paperback as part of a special deal with our Steyn vs the Stick Big Climate Special, and with my latest book in our Undocumented and Unsettled special - part of my efforts to ensure I can continue propping up my end of the interminable Mann vs Steyn lawsuit for the three, four, seven years it's got left to run. (This seems as good a moment as ever to put it in a pitch for our SteynOnline gift certificates, too.)
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