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Statue of Limitations

A week ago, I suggested that, sixteen years into "the war on terror", we were making the same mistake as the British at Singapore and pointing our guns in the wrong direction. The only difference is that we've been doing it for a decade and a half and don't seem to notice that, while we've been firing straight ahead, our buttocks have been entirely blown off. So we continue to run around the Hindu Kush in order that, in the President's words, terrorists will "never again have a safe haven" in Kandahar or Jalalabad, while simultaneously allowing them ever safer havens in Manchester and Brussels and Paris and Stockholm, Ottawa, Orlando, Sydney... I've tried to ease up on the "As I wrote some years ago..." shtick, not only because it ...

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Steyn on Europe

When Opposite World Moves In Next Door

A couple of items from the passing parade: The Lancashire Constabulary have "added two new liveried cars to our fleet to highlight the Trans and bi-sexual community". These are decked out with their exciting new badge (right), showing the rainbow flag under the crown of Royal authority and bearing the slogan "Police with Pride". Some years ago I wrote about an Oxford student who spent a night in the slammer and was fined £80 for asking a mounted policeman (if you'll forgive the expression): "Do you know your horse is gay?" With hindsight, it seems entirely reasonable to assume, if their cruisers are gay, so are their mounts. I'm old enough to remember being advised never to use the public toilets at Piccadilly Circus because the place was ...

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On the Air

Terror and Twaddle

On Monday I started the week with Steve, Ainsley and Pete on "Fox & Friends" to discuss two subjects - first, the Syrian "refugee" arrested in the Parsons Green "bucket bombing" in London, and, before that, the drearily politicized Emmy Awards, which insulted not President Trump, who can take care of himself, but by implication the half of the American people who do not regard themselves as racists or bigots because they voted for him. It was a cheerless spectacle, bereft of the honest laughter of good cheer and coasting on the self-congratulatory applause of ideological uniformity: "They would never write for themselves the leaden material they spouted last night," Steyn said of Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, both of whom came down hard on ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo

Exactly three-quarters of a century ago, an entirely forgettable film opened. And, as happened quite often in those days, it produced three unforgettable songs - one of which is bigger today than it ever was back then. The film was Orchestra Wives, which opened in September 1942, back when the husbands of orchestra wives were some of the biggest celebrities on the planet, and the biggest orchestra husband of all was Glenn Miller. If the bland, bespectacled, somewhat portly Miller seems an unlikely movie star, well, so what? He was an unlikely pop star, too, but it didn't stop him: It was an age when instrumentalists, chaps in tuxedos fronting orchestras, were as lustrous as any Hollywood leading man. Their moment did not long outlast the ...

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Mark at the Movies

To Have and Have Not

Here's a classic film set in the French West Indies that introduced the world to a great Hoagy Carmichael number, and to Lauren Bacall...

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Mark's Mailbox

Practiced Victims and Student Emirs

Steyn answers questions from Mark Steyn Club members around the planet on everything from whether we're getting too used to terrorism to why the US Justice Department let Lois Lerner & Co skate:

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On the Air

A Bargain at Only $250 per Second

On Thursday Steyn checked in with John Oakley on Toronto's AM640 for a quick gallop round various topics - from the Great Triggering on American campuses to the cost per second of a meet-and-greet with Hillary:

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Topical Take

When Harry Met Hillary

A Steyn classic from a couple of Hillary memoirs back

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On the Air

Hillary Goes Looking for the Real Killers

On Wednesday Mark kept his midweek date with Tucker Carlson on Fox News. The subject was the official launch of the Hillary Blame Tour:

As always, Mark Steyn Club members who dissent...

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Defend Free Speech!

The Vertigo at the Top of the Stick

In a couple of months, Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me will enter its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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The Mark Steyn Club

Waterloo Sunset

Programming note: Tomorrow, Wednesday, I'll be keeping my midweek date with Tucker Carlson, live on Fox News at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Hope you'll tune in if you're in the vicinity of the receiving apparatus. One of the suspects in last Friday's Parsons Green bombing was captured attempting to flee Britain. It is the first instinct even of paradise-minded terrorists - to get out of the country, to somewhere else. And so it was for the anarchists of Joseph Conrad's days, in The Secret Agent. In tonight's penultimate episode of this Tale for Our Time, Winnie Verloc and Comrade Ossipon determine to head for the Continent ...except that the latter suspects a trap: He did not believe the woman, or rather he was incapable by now of judging ...

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Of Pipperoos and Packets

Before we get to Episode Eighteen of our nightly audio adventure, The Secret Agent, let's get the important stuff out of the way. Yesterday, regarding "Oh, what a gal! A real pipperoo!" in our Song of the Week, I wondered whether anyone, anywhere had ever used "pipperoo" in ordinary conversation. Vincent Perricelli of Cleveland, Ohio responds: I did a little online searching and found several earlier usages. I'm including two. Here's one from The Harrisburg Telegraph from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for August 30, 1937, page 25: 'Bill Granoff. the fite producer, has a terrific clout session booked for Wednesday in the Izzy Richter - John Whitted scrap... It should be a pipperoo...'

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"The Drop Given was Fourteen Feet"

In Episode Seventeen of Mark's audio adaptation of The Secret Agent, Winnie Verloc faces what she has done, and dreads the price she will pay for it...

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The Last Star of a Pyrotechnic Display

In the wake of yesterday's Tube bombing, here's Episode Sixteen of The Secret Agent...

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Everything But That

Mark reads Part Fifteen of The Secret Agent

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Quaking in Our Shoes

Welcome to Episode Fourteen of The Secret Agent

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All Mixed Up Together

Here's the 13th episode of our current Tale for Our Time - Joseph Conrad's story of terrorists walking the streets of London just over a century ago...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Glory of Love

If you saw singer/pianist Carol Welsman do "As Time Goes By" as our Sunday song a few weeks back, you'll know that she can freshen up the most familiar standard. So we're thrilled to have Carol back live, accompanied by the Steyn house band:

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Steyn's Song of the Week

At Long Last Love

Another live-performance edition, with Robert Davi singing Cole Porter:

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

Big Mac en rose

Michael Keaton's biopic of the man behind McDonald's; a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore; and Canada's disco diva Patsy Gallant recalls Édith Piaf:

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