Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of Laura's Links. If I sound a bit tired it's because I just got back from Barack Obama's birthday bash at Martha's Vineyard. HA HA HA ya just kidding. Take two: If I sound tired it's because my fingers and brain are exhausted from trying to understand from our betters why someone like His Majesty Obama 44 can have 700 "sophisticated, vaccinated" maskless people at his birthday party, but my children are supposed to be masked for eight hours a day in this pathetic place called Ontario, IF (and it's a big whopping if) they get back to school in person this fall. In evil Toronto, governed by the absolutely ineffectual idiot Mayor John Tory, even kindergarteners are supposed to be masked all day.
Parents: this is a hill worth dying on. (Ontario parents feel free to contact me to see what hell we can raise together.)
One of my very favourite Steyn columns is from Maclean's magazine, where he talks about Canada's repulsive hate speech laws (yours truly was peripherally involved), titled "I hate to say I told you so. Actually, I don't. I love it." You should read the whole thing because it's amazing, and also because even back then, almost a decade ago, Mark realized the important things of our age cannot be classified according to a left-right divide, but rather according to a free-unfree divide. The Great Prophet Steyn was so right!!!
Anyway, I quite like that line and I quite like being right, but this is something I talked about last week and now it's happening! It is NOT A GOOD THING when my worst extrapolations about vaccine tyrants shacking up with Big Tech wankers and weakling Western politicians in grotesquely dangerous liaisons borne of Chairman Xi's wet dreams come to pass. NOT GOOD!!!! So, again, I love to be right but boy do I wish I were wrong about this. On some level, maybe I should be on the side of censorship, at least then I'd have a chance of somehow burying this story before Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his hysterical TV doctors get any ideas. Freaking out here, people!!!
Speaking of Maclean's, it should be noted that all the real, actual talent was purged from its pages over the past decade or so and now it's about as exciting as a dollop of unsalted margarine on Wonder Bread. One of the other major talents that was ousted from its pages was none other than Barbara Amiel, wife of Conrad Black. Mark, of course, covered Lord Black's ghastly witch trial in real time. It appears there is a lot that couldn't be said at the time by Lady Amiel or Lord Black. Fortunately, Ms. Amiel wrote "Friends and Enemies: A Memoir" and I devoured most of it over the weekend, and am almost done! WHOA, NELLY. Do I ever highly recommend it. Barbara Amiel is a brilliant writer, and there are dozens and dozens of eyebrow-raising tales, poignant insights, and reflections. I just love how ballsy she has always been. On some level I do feel a certain sense of shvesterhood (Yiddish sisterhood) comradeship and kinship with her as a fellow non-lefty Jewish female writer. It's very hard to get through the passages about the many disgraceful betrayals they went through, but I'd recommend slogging through it if only to get a real sense not of how the mighty fall, but how, as it happens, many are pushed!
The painful thing is reading how the fall is so wickedly relished and celebrated by so very many truly rotten humans. Also, the stories of Lord Black's gracious philosemitism and their combined, unabashed Zionism makes for a completely compelling read. Other parts are just scintillating, so don't miss it.
And now... Steyn bits and bites! Over the week, Mark shared a special double mutation version of The Mark Steyn Show, some thoughts as the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, an incredible spot on Tucker Carlson Tonight (and do not miss Tucker's interview with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. There was also a regular episode of The Mark Steyn Show, Walkers and Talkers, some deep, depressing thoughts on the post-covid, ever-covid world via his Song of the Week, Stars Fell on Alabama, and, of course, Mark's Monday Notebook. Don't miss a single thing.
Take care and I'll see you in the comments!
A letter to the unvaccinated (Canada).
Natural immunity versus vaccine-induced immunity: the definitive summary.
Candace Malcolm: It's time for Canada to start living again. Endorsed.
The Capitol cop who shot Ashli Babbitt ambushed her without warning.
This is not a "whoops". It's intentionally showing you exactly who rules you, you dumb-bum, flyover, bumpkin, poopy-faced, grossout, unwashed deplorables. This is why they won't and can't be shamed, never apologize and why Dr. Ghoulish Gnome Flip Flop Fauci will not comment. Conservatives really could learn a few tricks about taking power seriously from the satanic left on this front.
Americans have forgotten about communism. "Americans and others across the West have simply forgotten about it all, or never learned about it in the first place: the Soviet dictators, the purges and terror, the dissidents and refuseniks, the gulags and famines and genocides, the millions shot, starved, worked, and frozen to death. All of it hardly exists in our common imagination. Most Americans have no idea what Soviet communism, which was still around relatively recently, actually looked like." Alternate theory: a lot of people think it's a great system that just hasn't been implemented properly.
Israel and Jews:
What is "L'Chaim"? To life, to life. Always to life.
"I have a weird fear of death." Advice here.
Three doses later... what is the end game?
Evil, sick bastards. That is the most polite thing I can say. Utterly evil pigs.
The Formerly Great Britain:
Who will call out Covid's prophets of doom? Oh, I don't know. Probably nobody.
Give us your tired and poor and weary, blah blah, your abusers, your murderers and your head choppers! Your "Minnesota" men. Nothing but the best and the brightest! And shut up you haters! Immigration good! Poem on statue! America was simply "unable" to deport this chap, you primitive, unwashed masses.
I could not agree with you more, Mr. Fox.
Will anyone remember her name?
Today In Satan:
Yes, there is evil. And it's man-made and -funded.
"The left has a pedophilia problem and it's out in the open." Indeed. The problem is they don't think it's a problem.
Addiction to social media is an intentional creation of Big Tech. Depression and suicides of "influencers" is not uncommon. This is a sad story, with a brilliant comment on lives led in half-reality and half in posed tableaux. Via the witty and insightful Mr. Dan Flynn of the American Spectator: "Sad. An Instagram influencer from Hong Kong plummeted to her death when she attempted to take a picture on the ledge of a waterfall. Documenting a cropped and airbrushed concocted life, rather than living a real one, comes with dangers. The least of these involves falling off a cliff. The most likely one pertains to missing out on experiences by fixating on the creation of a record of pseudo-experiences. A tagline on her page read: 'Life should be fun not dumb.' At least this beautiful young woman understood that in an intellectual sense."
Kudos to Frenchtown, New Jersey. Lovely.
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