On February 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm, Janet Long wrote:
Mark, if I'm not mistaken, I believe that I read in one of your essays about the climate change movement that Mr. Bloomberg was one of the founding alarmists along with Mr. Steyer. They have been very successful in their efforts and plan to greatly expand on that narrative. A frightening prospect, indeed. Am I completely wrong on this? If he was indeed one of the trio who put this hoax together, shouldn't that be addressed loudly and often?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
Earlier this week, there were reports that AG Barr had warned President Trump that he needs to stop tweeting about the Stone case since it is making his job harder (i.e. the dreaded appearance of impropriety). Subsequently, Trump admitted that this statement is correct. So, do you think the President will take AG Barr's warning to heart? What is your opinion of Barr and his work cleaning up the DOJ so far?
Still laughing at your new nickname for Senator Warren from last night! Looking forward to your thoughts, Mark.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm, Arnold Grey wrote:
Mark, do you think Bill Barr will drain the swamp? Or were his rather pathetic complaints about Trump's Tweets and his ability to do his job the first steps on the path leading out of the White House? His address at Notre Dame made me feel quite optimistic, but I can't shake the feeling that he's John Boltoning.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:03 pm, Holly wrote:
Mark, I'm interested to know what you think of the prospect of Prince Charles as King and then Prince William as King of the United Kingdom? Do you think either of them will be able to retain the love and support of the British people as Queen Elizabeth has done? Are either of them strong enough to shepherd the monarchy through difficult times? Thanks
On February 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm, CrossBorderGal wrote:
Is Boris starting on the same slippery slope as Justin when it comes to paying lip service to green (and indigenous) pressures? While Johnson and Trudeau acquiesce and pose, Canada and Britain may slide too far down the appeasement hill to mount any resistance when the extremists bring the national economies of both countries to their knees. Your opinion?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:05 pm, Poohbear wrote:
Mark... do you think that the Wuhan virus is a biologically engineered escapee from the Wuhan lab? The Chinese have been busted for stealing at the Canadian Level 4 Lab and American labs just within the past 12 months, as reported on CBC.CA on July 14 2019 "Chinese researcher escorted from infectious disease lab amid RCMP investigation" and on Justice.gov on 28 January 2020 "Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases" in which the Chinese person is busted trying to smuggle 21 vials of biological research out at Logan airport. Do you have any more insight into these cases?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:06 pm, Dave A wrote:
I'd be interested to hear your views on the "Buffalo Declaration" drafted and signed by four Alberta MPs (Michelle Rempel Garner, Blake Richards, Glen Motz and Arnold Viersen). You can find information about it at https://buffalodeclaration.com/. The declaration is about a much higher degree of autonomy for western provinces in areas such as taxation, immigration, policing, revenue sharing.
It seems the thought of western separation hardly registers on the radar of eastern Canada, except maybe as a source of amusement. I've lived in the west for 70 years and have never seen such a level of anger and frustration at the current state of Confederation. I have no doubt whatever there will either be a much higher level of autonomy for western provinces, or they will separate. Not tomorrow but within ten years.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:07 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
I'll preface my question by suggesting that a prize be awarded each Q&Q for most depressing question. A new mug with 'Cherokee Dominatrix' on it would be awesome.
My question concerns art. I just read an article about a Dutch museum debating censoring the display of a Degas in order to prevent offending a certain group of excitable, multicultural, not Amish, not Jewish, not Christian persons of a particular religion that starts with "I" and ends with "slam". Do you think this is yet another sign that Europe is beyond the point of no return in terms of culture? It's actually the Van Gough museum that is contemplating this revolting capitulation which makes it even worse i.e short memories of 'can't we talk about this' (spoiler alert-apparently not).
Who are the artists (visual, theatre, film, musicians whoever) defending the arts and our cultural heritage? Are there any?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm, Timothy McDonnell wrote:
How long until we start receiving ethnic Swedish refugees in America? The level of sexual violence against ethnic Swedish women by the immigrant population is such that women no longer feel safe in that country. How can we do a better job highlighting this problem in the West so we can get our leaders to listen?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
Leo Varadkar has resigned - do you expect him to receive a sinecure from the EU for services rendered?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:11 pm, Damien Carbury wrote:
G'day Mark! This is the first Q and A I've tuned into live.We have just been experiencing one in thirty year rainfall in New South Wales - after being told it would never rain again and we were heading for a new future of permafire and desertification. Despite the main reservoirs being 80% full and most of the state covered in puddles, the media assures us that 99% of NSW is still in drought and the Premier says water restrictions will remain. How in blazes (sorry) do we counter this fraudulent agenda? And when are you doing a double act with Tim Blair?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm, E. Williamson wrote:
Hi Mark, I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts about the NHS and their plans to refuse medical treatment to anyone suspected of making homophobic, transphobic or racist comments. This seems to me quite a dangerous path, actually a life and death issue as the NHS, i.e the government, holds a monopoly on medical care in Britain. It's not hard to picture this tactic being used immediately as a lethal weapon, one could easily murder a fellow citizen by withdrawal of care, never firing a shot or spilling a drop of blood with one's own hands.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm, Charlene Pinkava wrote:
So since your last Clubland I have listened to the Audible version of A Handful of Dust. You have an unusual taste in books. Definitely not the ending I was expecting. How about some Wodehouse for Tales for Our Time. Maybe some Psmith?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm, Robert Fox wrote:
Dear Mark, don't you think if one of the candidates wanted to surge past Bernie in the polls they would latch onto the same issue that propelled Trump to victory, namely immigration? Immigration really isn't a partisan issue. It would be appropriate for a Democratic candidate to tout immigration control.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:19 pm, Barbara Yunker wrote:
The Democrat "debate" was entertaining indeed, and encouraged my fervent hope for a Trump landslide, both Electoral College and popular vote. Do any of these delusional Dems have a chance to win the Presidency? If that happens, I'm moving to Canada!
On February 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm, Scott Schertzer wrote:
After the most recent Democrat party debate I am inclined to believe they have no intention of winning the presidency. Governing is too much work. It will be much easier (and much more profitable) for them to badger Donald Trump for another four years. Then maybe they will give it a more serious go in 2024. What say you?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:22 pm, David Kelley-Wood wrote:
So as not to steal any thunder away from a potential Song of the Week candidate's full glory, just a couple of lines seem appropriate for Roger Stone and others who've come under the heavy hand of partisan "justice:"
"In prison cell and dungeon vile,
Our thoughts to them go winging"
I suppose that's more comment than question, so maybe the question should be "Do you think there is any realistic cause for optimism with respect to a meaningful overhaul of the justice system within our lifetimes?"
On February 21, 2020 at 4:24 pm, David Watson wrote:
I haven't found reasons to take any of the Democrat candidates seriously yet, but the rising consensus toward socialism is worrisome. Do you think it represents a trend toward slackers wanting to be cared for, or is it just failure of the education system? I was hopeful DeVos would redirect that failing system toward more productive training, but haven't seen any progress yet. How do we get control of education to begin reestablishing a competitive nation?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:26 pm, Mark Stillman wrote:
Of the two most likely Democratic Presidential candidates, Sanders and Bloomberg, which one poses the greatest threat to Trump? In my opinion, they both don't stand a chance. But which one do you think would come closest and why?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
I rather liked Mayor Bloomberg's observation that the most famous socialist in America owns three homes. What is it about service in DC that generates so much moola? Biden was long considered especially frugal as Senators go, but he is also in the millionaires' club; only Buttigieg isn't, and (as some have since pointed out) that's only because he's only 38. What gives? Or, rather, who gives?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Hello Mark - as you already know, this club is the reason I get up in the morning!
I'm a glutton for punishment, so I usually watch the Democratic primary debates even though they're typically snoozers: softball questions, purple prose, mealy-mouthed answers, and of course the attacks on those evil Republicans. Wednesday night was a revelation. It was the only time I can recall where I thought, "I wish this went on for another two hours!" Everyone piled on Bloomberg, and while he may be a revolting person, he was the perfect foil to the economic authoritarian left, specifically Bernie and Warren. When he brought up Bernie's three houses, (including that small lake cabin - what Vermonters don't have a $600k cabin?), I was howling! What does it say about the Democrats when at least a quasi-capitalist gets shouted down by every other candidate? When Bernie wins the nomination, will Trump look for a Bloomberg endorsement?!
On February 21, 2020 at 4:33 pm, Chris Hall aka MCF wrote:
What advice would you give to Mayor Bloomberg? Should he fire all of his consultants and embrace his inner Dr Evil? Or would that more correctly be his inner Mini Me?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:35 pm, Michael Seth wrote:
Mark, aside from being the only person on Earth less likable than Hillary Clinton, I also believe Mayor Bloomberg is the most dangerous candidate on the stage. The Democrats will never call him on it but his greatest obsession is the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. If he were to be elected, he is absolutely arrogant and stupid enough to pursue gun confiscation on a national scale. Wondering if you agree this could be a breaking point in the Cold Civil War?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:37 pm, George Pereira wrote:
I've read that the conventional wisdom is that Mini-Mike failed big-time at the debate and to a large extent that is correct.
Instead of really going for the middle, instead of being wokey woke, Instead of standing tall and standing on the shoulders of Rudy; ie Rudy did a good job and stop and frisk saved black lives, a lot of lives. I continued those policies and saved even more black lives.
He should have stood his ground and force everyone else to defend policies that continued the massive loss of black lives.
As far as Chief Shrieking Harridan screaming at him; what guy hasn't been in that that situation? There was nothing he could have said. There was no way for him to win. Even if you'd never vote for Mini-Mike ( and I won't) there was a moment you felt for him. I believe the best he could do was to sit there and take it and let the world listen to Chief Shrieking Harridan and let the idea of "that"for four years sink in.
To change the subject:
Amy, the love child of Alfred E Neuman and Howdy Doody wasn't mocking you.
You did that to yourself!
On February 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
On another subject, I'm all for avoiding voter suppression, but do the advocates of this (Stacey Abrams et al.) really refuse purges of voter rolls tout court? There are districts with more registered voters in them than people eligible to vote. No one can possibly think that right.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:43 pm, Phil Beckley wrote:
Mark, I watched on Youtube today a talk given by Douglas Murray recently at the National Conservatism conference in Rome, followed by Viktor Orban. It all seemed reasonable enough to me, so I was shocked to see that a Conservative MP, Daniel Kawczynski, had been reprimanded by the Conservative party for attending. The headline in the 'Daily Telegraph" for February 7th was "Tory MP escapes suspension for speaking at far-Right event." The article quotes a Conservative spokeswoman as saying: "Daniel Kawczynski has been formally warned that his attendance at this event was not acceptable, particularly in the light of the views of some of those in attendance, which we utterly condemn, and that he is expected to hold himself to higher standards." I find this very depressing for the future of freedom of opinion and small 'C" conservatism in England. Am I being too pessimistic?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:45 pm, Al Man from CA wrote:
I am with you on the DOJ and the other corrupt organizations needing overhaul, along with the actual rules, laws, and everything else that allows travesties like Roger Stone and endless litigation, with you as our in-house example. Changing topic question: Since we have a Somali-American as a congressperson, do you think there would be a place in a Mayor Pete administration for Canadian Jessica (aka Jonathan) Yaniv? If not in jail,maybe he/she/? could be Ambassador to Brazil (-ian) or Secretary of The Exterior?
Asking for a friend.
On February 21, 2020 at 4:47 pm, Robert Stewart wrote:
Mark, your interview with George Papodolous was most informative. It appears that there are strong links between the campaign to snare George and the campaign to ruin General Michael Flynn, all centered on Stefan Halper. Svetlana Lokhova filed a complaint in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in May of last year alleging that Halper was the mastermind in a PR campaign that portrayed her as a Russian agent who had compromised Flynn. On page 7 of her complaint she states that Halper had received over $1M from the US Department of Defense, and "[o]ver half of the sum paid to Halper was for his counterintelligence efforts surrounding the 2016 Presidential election." She appears to be going nowhere with her suit, since the judge now handling the complaint points out that the target of the disinformation campaign was Flynn, not Lokhova. Apparently collateral damage, the false portrayal of Lokhova as a spy and mistress, is not the sort of thing our courts want to deal with. The time line with the Lokhova and Papodolous campaigns suggest that there was a rather extensive and long running conspiracy involving many actors in many countries. Halper was in contact with Papodolous in September of 2016, and the FBI was inserting agents to spy on Flynn about the same time. The PR campaign to embarrass Flynn was sprung in December of 2016 and the interviews by the FBI that resulted in Flynn's prosecution by the DoJ occurred in late January of 2017. Lokhova was falsely named as the mistress/honeypot in the Flynn PR fantasy in February of 2017 by a colleague who had previously offerred to co-author a book with Lokhova a year earlier. Sidney Powell is now representing Flynn. Do you think Powell will be successful in unravelling this conspiracy?
On February 21, 2020 at 4:49 pm, Ben Poser wrote:
As an unlikely yet devoted fan of your old chum Ezra Levant's magnificent Rebel News, I can say that Extinction Rebellion's illegal country-wide blockades of Canadian roads and railways truly scare me as an American because Grumpy Greta's little kiddie climate marches last year were nothing in comparison. What do you think is going to happen, and is this going to spread on the same scale to the U.S.? Also, what's your take on fake First Nations like the "Office of the Wet'suwet'en"?
— Ben Poser
On February 21, 2020 at 4:51 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
The problem with the train blockades in Canada is that there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.