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Mark Steyn

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all our American readers. My youngest will be playing with the town band in the parade, and I do believe this number is on the song list. This essay is adapted from my book A Song For The Season:

Memorial Day in America – or, if you're a real old-timer, Decoration Day, a day for decorating the graves of the Civil War dead. The songs many of those soldiers marched to are still known today – "The Yellow Rose Of Texas", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Dixie". But this one belongs in a category all its own:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored...

In 1861, the United States had nothing that was recognized as a national anthem, and, given that they were now at war, it was thought they ought to find one – a song "that would inspire Americans to patriotism and military ardor"...

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Seasons of Steyn

Memorial Day, and Decoration Day

On the eve of Memorial Day, here's a piece we get a lot of requests for. It was first written for The Chicago Sun-Times and other papers in 2004, and is anthologized in my book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn. A lot of the controversies mentioned below - Abu Ghraib, etc - are forgotten, and others - Guantanamo Bay - became mysteriously less controversial after, oh, late January 2009. Time passes, and moss and lichen creep across ancient grave stones. But the men beneath them are forever young: ...

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Steyn on the Commonwealth

Scheer Surprise

The world's longest leadership campaign - for the Canadian Conservative Party - arranged as its climax a day-long transferable-vote process in 13 rounds, in the course of which 12 candidates were eliminated until only one remained standing: Andrew Scheer beat out Maxime Bernier by a whisker to become the new Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition. It was a surprising result to those who thought Mr Scheer, former Speaker of the House of Commons, was too socially conservative for contemporary ...

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On the Air

Ramadan Bombs Away!

Mark closed out the week with Cheryl Casone on Fox Business, looking at the pre-Ramadan killing spree from England to Egypt to Indonesia. He and Cheryl also found time to consider Nancy Pelosi's A-Z of foreign policy. Click below to watch:

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The Mark Steyn Show

"How Can You Possibly Be a Muslim Feminist?"

This edition of The Mark Steyn Show was recorded before the bloodbath in Manchester, when a Soldier of Allah consciously targeted mothers and young girls for violent, savage murder. But we think you'll find this conversation on women and Islam interesting and timely. Mark talks to poet and Muslim activist Raheel Raza, about the proliferation of covered females in the west, the possibilities of Islamic reform and other topics - though, at the end of another grim week, what may resonate most is his question about whether, for westerners, Islam, reformed or not, is worth the effort. Click below to watch:

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On the Air

Monitoring and Madness

On Wednesday night Mark joined Tucker Carlson and Nigel Farage on Fox News to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack, what to do about Britain's thousands of Soldiers of Allah, and the ever more ludicrous lies of officialdom:

Tonight, Thursday, join Mark for another edition of...

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SteynPosts

Republicans and Rainbows

A special SteynPost this week: Last Wednesday Mark hosted a live Q&A session with Mark Steyn Club Founding Members from around the planet. He rattled through a couple of dozen questions, but that still left plenty more unanswered. So he grabbed a bunch of them, on everything from Donald Trump to Oliver Twist, and used them for this video edition of Mark's Mailbox:

Mark will be back on TV...

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On the Air

An Orwellian Inversion of Language

Mark joins Evan Solomon on CFRA Ottawa to talk over the terrorist bloodbath in Manchester

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Steyn on Europe

"Dangerous Woman" Meets Dangerous Man

Mark on another jihadist bloodbath, and the need to not "carry on"

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Steyn on America

The Unchanging of the Guard

When Trump goes off script...

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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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Mark's Week in Review

A Se'nnight of Steyn, May 22-28

To all our American readers, Happy Memorial Day weekend. We shall have some words and music appropriate to the occasion later today. To all our Canadian readers, there was a surprise finish to the world's longest party leadership contest...

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Mark at the Movies

The Jolliest of Rogers

Steyn salutes Roger Moore, a longtime James Bond and the definitive Simon Templar

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Steyn on Culture

A Kinder, Gentler America ...By Half

Steyn's campaign for the decriminalization of Kinder Eggs in America wins a hollow victory...

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The Mark Steyn Club

The Sheepskin on the Sand

Mark reads the final episode of our nightly Tale for Our Time

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"A Poisonous Crowd When You Put 'Em in a Corner"

Welcome to the penultimate episode of our nightly adventure serial, The Tragedy of the Korosko, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1897...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Over The Rainbow

Mark celebrates one of the great iconic movie songs

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Moral Clarity and Civilizational Confidence

Part Thirteen of Mark's serialization of a Conan Doyle classic, The Tragedy of the Korosko, written in 1897 but timelier than ever

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"Devil Take the Flincher!"

Steyn reads Part Twelve of Conan Doyle's The Tragedy of the Korosko

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Sweet Little Lambs and the Book of the Camel

Part Eleven of Mark's serialization of Conan Doyle's The Tragedy of the Korosko

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Meaning of the Blues

We're honored to present another brand new live-performance edition of Mark's Song of the Week - with a very brooding ballad from 12-time Grammy winner Cheryl Bentyne:

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Steyn's Song of the Week

I'll Never Smile Again

Tal Bachman is a hitmaker in his own right, and the son of Seventies rocker Randy Bachman. But Mark had him in mind for an even earlier contribution to the Maple Songbook. Live on stage, a great Canadian performer sings a great Canadian song - for the very first time:

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Steyn's Song of the Week

As Time Goes By

From The Mark Steyn Show, a valentine to one of the great iconic love songs performed live by Mark's special guest, Carol Welsman:

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