On December 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm, Tim Boggs aka Midwestern Tim wrote:
What's worse: The Omnibus budget or two heart attacks???
On December 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm, Kirk05 wrote:
Blessings to Mark for a complete and speedy recovery, and a happy and healthy 2023!!
Question: "Life After Trump": when will the GOP finally dump him? Trump is the only Republican nominee that Biden or some other Dem (other than Kamila) could defeat. Aside from being a horrible human being, Trump is a LOSER politically. Time for the Trumpanzees to cut him loose! (Even Lord Black has called for Trump to step aside in his NP column.)
On December 23, 2022 at 3:01 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Hi Mark, I hope you're feeling better and recuperating. There are so many of us who need you to stay healthy. Any thoughts on Zelinsky's score with the Ruling Class in the Congress and Biden's goal with regards to Putin? Are they trying to force Regime Change? p.s. I know it's not actually Sleepy Joe making decisions.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:02 pm, Jamie wrote:
Do you think Zelenskyy will be the Democratic nominee in 2024 at this rate, Mark?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:02 pm, Joshua Carson wrote:
Hello Mark, my best wishes for your health and recovery and Merry Christmas to you and yours. I wonder if you could share your thoughts on the visit of Volodymyr Zelenskyy to America wearing a sweatshirt, asking for more money and claiming it isn't charity. What the heck is going on here? I don't remember the last time I saw Nancy Pelosi wave an American flag. What is this obsession with Ukraine, and where is the money supposed to come from?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm, Bryce Goodman wrote:
Dear Mark, I hope you are getting excellent care in France and that someone has snuck in a first rate Bûche de Noël to the hospital for you. I am not going to wave the Constitution at you, I just want to know if you think the Republican party can do anything right? What kind of power lock does Mitch McConnell have on the party, and why is Ronna McDaniel treated also as irreplaceable? I'm so sick of this. Mitch McConnell just said that Ukraine was the number one priority of the American government. Not the border, not unemployment, not the fentanyl crisis-Ukraine. Why do you think both parties want to destroy what's left of America?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm, Rosette wrote:
My heartfelt wishes for a Merry Christmas and a good start into the New Year!
All the Club Members are sendng you prayers and good vibes. That will surely help to a quick recovery.
But it is up to you to get plenty of rest and unload your mind. Everything is running smoothly and it is going to be fine. You will overcome it, no doubt! I am sure that by the cruise time this difficult period will be just a bad souvenir.
With my sincere admiration for your strenght, dedication and accomplishments, may I add a huge Thank You!!!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
Hi Mark, how many 'long covid' cases do you think might actually be vaccine related?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:07 pm, Ian wrote:
A tale for our times rather than a question as such. When I was a child I used to go swimming in a lovely hotel pool near to where we lived (ordinary middle class rural England.) It wasn't expensive or particularly fancy, it was just a pleasant hotel with a nice indoor pool.
I recently looked up going there in the new year. It no longer accepts guests because it's apparently part of the UK government's scheme to 'temporarily' house asylum seekers. The Sun covered the fact they laid off the hotel staff with just 13 days notice. Judging by the asylum seekers photos in the paper these were entirely young men from the Middle East, hanging round on the lawn browsing on their iPhones. None of us are surprised about that. But I am shocked that this lovely hotel was just taken over in this way, forever changing it.
What will become of the men? Will they just disappear into the local black economy? What will it mean for the town? And the nice hotel- will that ever reopen? Will people want to stay there again given its current usage? Just a personal reflection of something quite sad that is forever lost.
Anyway - putting that aside; Merry Christmas to you, hope you are able to enjoy some nice French wine this year
On December 23, 2022 at 3:08 pm, SIMON ARNOLD wrote:
I was reading on Twitter a comment about Elon Musk, talking about the US paying for others' border security. Nobody seems to spend anything on UK border security. I hope you are feeling much better, Merry Christmas,
On December 23, 2022 at 3:10 pm, Wayne Lanham wrote:
Have you ever considered writing a James Bond novel or film script? Given the downturn in script quality and the increasing complexity of geopolitics, it seems like a fitting challenge for you. How can Bond possibly save the day when Spectre has so thoroughly infiltrated western governments? What happens when M and Q are working for the other side? Or even the prime minister?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:11 pm, Gabriel Garcia Moreno wrote:
Hope you're taking it easy whilst recuperating en France; lay off the Bordeaux en ce moment!
In post-Christian Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon's separatists have used the last few days before Christmas to force radical self-identification gender legislation through parliament. Fittingly the Scottish parliamentarians cancelled a planned carol service for Ukrainian refugees in order to do so.
Do you reckon this the end stage of civilisational decline as alluded by GK Chesterton (man's loss of belief in God replaced not by nothing but by anything) or upon hitting rock bottom is there any optimism we can bounce back from the madness which is engulfing our society?
Have a happy and holy Christmas!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:14 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Mark and fellow Club members, it seems the trend in the west is to concentrate power and wealth into an ever more higher and more remote elite. The Europeans have managed to cede power beyond their own national governments and even a post brexit Britain is beholden to international government over its immigration laws. Here in the United States, power is concentrated somewhere, but it isn't the Congress and it certainly isn't Joe Biden. What do we do when there's truly no voting out of this?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm, Allen Randall wrote:
Your heart issues has us biting our nails and concern for you is heavy on OUR hearts! Good to hear your strong voice today!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:17 pm, David wrote:
Hi Mark: I agree with Kate, take it easy and get your health issues sorted, life will be still here when you're back up and running. No political question tonight: what's the most enjoyable thing that's happened to you during your "séjour" in France? Besides being kept alive, of course. Get well soon!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:19 pm, Louis deBoer wrote:
Merry Christmas, Mark and my prayers go out to you as you recover. For the most part, there seems to be little curiosity in the mainstream media about the "Twitter Files" being released by Elon Musk and a hand-picked group of journalists. The censoring and social media blacklisting of Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of the Great Barrington Declaration is particularly egregious. Dr. Bhattacharya recently said that censorship by Big Tech cost lives. He said that world leaders with Big Tech tried to create an illusion of scientific consensus by censoring discussion. Where do we go from here? How can we ever trust doctors and scientists and our own governments ever again?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:21 pm, Erick Redmon (Louisville, KY) wrote:
May the Light of Christmas heal you, cheer you, and usher you back into our mortal spotlight of admiration.
So many of us miss you madly and yearn for your return to our appreciated fountain of insights.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:22 pm, Hart Leonard wrote:
Mark.....no questions; no comments on current events...just a brief note to say that I pray you are recuperating nicely and are back to full form very soon. From one "imperialist" to another....Merry Christmas to you and your family - and a very Happy New Year! Take care of yourself.....watch the blood pressure...
On December 23, 2022 at 3:23 pm, Scott Schertzer wrote:
No question today, just wanted to share how happy I am that you are on the mend. I'm not sure how close we were to losing you but thank goodness for the French (I never thought I would write those words!).
Please know that you are in our thoughts this this Christmas season. Stay well as the decline of western civilization will not be nearly as fun without you! Looking forward to seeing a very fit Mark Steyn on the cruise in July.
Happy Holidays to all club members!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:24 pm, Pete Procopio wrote:
How is it possible to be Catholic and support abortion? From what I can gather, there's a half hearted attempt to rationalize these seemingly mutually exclusive beliefs by saying
"while I believe it to be true that we should not abort babies, I don't want to force other people to believe what I believe to be true."
Does that sound about right? Have I been mislead for 40 years or missed some new papal dictate? I'm finding it harder and harder to understand the ever changing progressive world. There seems to be no limit to the flexibility of progressive principles.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm, chris kinney wrote:
I joined specifically to thank you for your kindness to Kathy Shaidle. She was a friend and correspondent for many years. To know that you helped her in her last days is a great comfort. Please get better yourself, and Merry Christmas.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm, Carla Micallef wrote:
Hi Mark, I hope you are continuing to feel better. I don't know what the weather is like in France, but here in Oregon I'm ready for some global warming --its icy and in the mid-20's. I for one continue to be thankful for hydrocarbons keeping me warm! Merry Christmas, Carla
On December 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Don't see any snow forecast for Paris, just rain and riots. Any signs of reduced use of energy in France besides the Eiffel Tour lights off part of the evening and plugs pulled on machines in your hospital at vital times?
Joyeux Noël. Not fun to be on exile during Christmas.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm, Wanda Sherratt wrote:
Mark, I've very much enjoyed hearing your reading of 'A Christmas Carol' again. What is your favourite film adaptation of the story?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm, Jan Schiebout (She - bowt) wrote:
I'm praying the very best recovery for you is proceeding well. Can't wait for an update.
As the world descends ever deeper into hell, on a lighter note, I have very much appreciated your Christmas presents, and so still miss your variety show. With regard to "The Christmas Carol"; my favorite cinema adaptation is "Patrick Stewart's" Hallmark production, with its wonderful staging and almost a completely British cast.
Do you have a favorite one, and why?
Is Buche de Noel allowed on your diet?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
I suspect we won't be hearing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" today, what Christmas music do you have in store for us?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm, John Frey wrote:
Hi, Mark. Though deeply saddened to learn of your illness, we are "heart-ened" to learn you are on the mend. No question from us today. Please rest and get well soon, knowing there is a great company of MSClubbers and others cheering for your recovery.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm, The Notorious Mr. J wrote:
I'm sure that your listeners are in support of the Ukraine's fight against Russian aggression. But there is the spanner-in-the-works of Reality that is the nature of the V. Zelensky regime- a regime that clamps down on political opposition and press, and now is suppressing the Russian Orthodox Church. It looks like both Moscow and Kiev could both use regime change. As Henry Kissinger famously snorted during the Iran-Iraq War, "It's a shame they can't both lose".
On December 23, 2022 at 3:40 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
Best wishes for a very healthy year ahead Mark! Your words are a very welcome gift for all of us and we appreciate your views on the variety of topics you cover. What's your view on the ever increasing amount of money being shovelled into Ukraine. Have your views on Zelensky changed since the beginning of the war?
On December 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm, George Pereira wrote:
One of the subtle things I noticed from last week's Q&A was that you were able, despite two heart attacks, from a hospital bed in France, wired up and connected to who knows what, were still able to deliver a glitch free, problem free broadcast while GB News, who has gotten better, still is unable to even get past 30 or 40 minutes without some noticeable broadcast problem.
Stay safe, stay free, get well.
Merry Christmas and hoping you have a better New Year.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:45 pm, Michael J. from Colorado wrote:
Most importantly today, I want to wish you all the best and pray that your recovery is complete and quick! Rest Well! Oh, how we need your backbone now more than ever! With the soon to be passed Omnibus Spending Bill, it seems to me that the Democrats have now achieved their ultimate goal of "one party rule." It's game, set, match for the Republicans. As you have said so often, "When the Democrats win, they hold POWER, When the Republicans win, they just hold OFFICE".
On December 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
The Nord Stream pipeline is near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm, Robert Stewart wrote:
Mark, I am delighted to hear you extemporizing on our comments with your normal insight, flare, and energy! I had a 5-tuple bypass five years ago and I can assure you that your recovery is at least a year ahead of mine!
I hope you are keeping up with revelations of the short- and long-term effects of the mRNA vaccine. Florida is undertaking a grand jury investigation of the lies and false promises that were spread to encourage undergoing the jab. My guess is that the spike of the alpha variant was the truly toxic portion of the virus, and it was just an accident that Operation Warp Speed chose that feature of the virus to replicate in exponentially vast quantities.
I was in a Freshman Chemistry lab when I heard JFK had been assassinated. I believe we were encouraged to finish transmuting lead into gold. Watching the first tower burn followed by the second aircraft crashing into the other on 9-11 is burned even more deeply into my otherwise leaky memory.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:49 pm, eaglepatriotminuteman1776 wrote:
First, regarding your comments on being properly dressed, can there be an exception for wearing t-shirts so long as you're from Texas and also wearing properly authorized jeans, boots, and a large belt buckle?
Also, since I arrived in Texas, I have started working as a teacher, and in my position, it is easy to see how far the rot has gone in Western Civilization. Students in this state are given the STAAR exam, to which a school's status is tied. As a result, teachers are forced to teach to this test all year round. No knowledge is gained.
Teachers and administrators love to complain about this exam and the Texas Education Agency, the bureaucrats responsible for creating the exam. I've voiced my opinion as to what the solution should be; refuse to give the exam and get as many school districts and parents onboard with the boycott as possible.
However, everyone always responds with, "Oh, well, we can't do that. The TEA would get mad and try to shut us down." Well, that's the bloody point, isn't it? Orwell was right when he said there is no turbulence left in England. There's none in "red state" gun-tottin' Texas either.
This refusal to take on these so-called civil servants and reassert sovereignty over our lives highlights the problem of our society: we are cowards.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:50 pm, Frank Gallenstein wrote:
I hope your health is improving, and we are still "hittin' the beads for ya" around this household as we Catholics say.
I have enjoyed your Song of the Week broadcasts on Serenade Radio this holiday season (and last year's as well). I first learned of them when my membership began in Nov 2021. They have given me some new holiday song material for the retirement communities I entertain year-round.
As a result of your shows, I've included the "Wexford Carol" and "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella", to my selections. I even include some of the factoids you share about songs with your listeners to my audience. They, like me are fascinated.
Speaking of your Songs of the Week broadcasts. have you ever considered shows dedicated to novelty/humor songs. Not the silly type that entertained me when I was a kid, but ones that are a little cleverer and more suited for adults. For instance, I make it a point of playing and singing "St. Stephen's Day Murders" for my audience during the Christmas season. It's a song composed by Paddy Maloney and Elvis Costello all about what you feel like doing to the hangers-on who won't leave when you're hosting the family Christmas gathering.
The Chieftains have a Christmas Album from several years ago that has become a seasonal staple for our family. It contains the Maloney/Costello song along with other very good selections you have featured on Songs of the Week.
Thanks Mark. You've made my holidays more delightful, Get better. That's an order!
On December 23, 2022 at 3:53 pm, Lynn Foster wrote:
Mark, I join the rest of the scribes on here to pray for your speedy and complete recovery from this cardiac adventure...I am sorry to say that I have decided NOT to stress myself anymore about what happens in America as it is clear the the average decent God fearing American citizen seems incapable of forcing change...Middle America aka the fly over States are armed and will prove to be dangerous...it saddens me to think of that kind of destruction of the United States of America, but here we are....as for Canada I see the tides of immigration swinging to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta....where the demands will be for the same benefits that Kbec enjoys...lets see how the federal Libs manage that one...and in my heart adios Ontario....Love you, stay healthy and lets all stay free, Merry Christmas.
On December 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm, Allen Randall wrote:
We're thinking you could use some R&R on Tuvalu
On December 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm, Patrick wrote:
Do you think a well-written conservative satirical novel can still have an impact on the culture wars these days, or are novels obsolete? Why haven't you written one yet?! Get well, mega love.
On December 23, 2022 at 4:02 pm, Saul Good wrote:
People have posited that Putin blew up his own pipeline, even the wife of a conservative radio host here in Boston. I think that's ridiculous, we're not talking about an asprin factory on the outskirts of some rural town. And Biden gave it away months before. What about this ?
On December 23, 2022 at 4:10 pm, Walt Trimmer wrote:
The Nord Stream 1 & 2 pipelines are no longer near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic.
On December 23, 2022 at 4:15 pm, SIMON ARNOLD wrote:
Fantastic song, and the video is even better.
On December 23, 2022 at 4:55 pm, Walt Trimmer wrote:
Here's hoping yo9r French chefs can make your boiled kale Christmas Dinner an event to be remembered;-)