On February 17, 2023 at 2:55 pm, Mike Lyons wrote:
I grieve for not having the ability to hear the takes of both Rush and Christie Blatchford through these dark times. Two years seems a lifetime ago, another, almost unrecognizable, world. Rush's sense of humour and Christie's BS detector would have aided greatly in persisting through these times.
On February 17, 2023 at 2:56 pm, Larry Durham wrote:
...While out on our various adventures, a common question between my wife and I is, " I wonder what El Rushbo" would be saying about that?". I am certain it is that way for millions.
On February 17, 2023 at 2:57 pm, Hart Leonard wrote:
...Today, in remembrance of Rush, I must admit that I owe my allegiance to SteynOnline to Rush - after becoming fully aware of you by your undocumented-alien-guest-host spots. I remember one show, in particular, where you correctly poo-pooed the mouth-watering expectations by conservatives of "THE DURHAM REPORT." (Echo sound imagined....) At that time you were the only one casting doubts on the devoutly-hoped-for revelations and prosecutions to result from THE DURHAM REPORT. Surprise and Shazzam!....turns out you were right.
But on this day, I would humbly recommend one particular remembrance of Rush. If one, in this age of childish self-absorption, happens to be searching for an example of a real man to emulate (a sexist, old-fashioned notion, to be sure) - a man of grace, strength, talent and confidence, but tempered by humility, decency and faith, then one would do well to listen to Rush's opening comments of his show of 23 December 2020...his final show of that year. I believe this to be one of the greatest broadcast segments in all of radio history....and it remains a wonderful example of dignity and goodness for us all. https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/videos/audio-clips/a-year-to-think-about-what-is-important/
Stay well - stay strong.
On February 17, 2023 at 2:58 pm, Kelton wrote:
Hello Mark. I do not have a question for today's Q&A, but I would like to make a couple of comments about Rush. Not only do I miss the issues that he would address during his program or his humour, but I also miss his desire to make a difference. When he wrote his Rush Revere series of books, he was not writing the latest conservative manifesto that made the rounds on Fox News before being forgotten. He instead made an attempt to insert himself into the education of children and the culture. He wanted his presence to be felt instead of allowing those areas to be further ceded. Additionally, what Rush did with this series of books did not require a large amount of bravery, and certainly not the strength he needed when he was behind the microphone while he was ill. I wish we could see a little bit of that bravery and strength these days. We have lost so much in him, and I must admit that 12:06pm has become a rather lonely time of day. I hope you are able to stay well between your health and what is a particularly sad day Mark.
On February 17, 2023 at 2:58 pm, Jack Yates wrote:
Big Fan of Mark's, but I especially like his keeping Rush's memory alive. I still remember the day, August 6, 1993, I was waiting in our car as my wife was having a cashier's check issued for the closing on our first boat purchase and tuned the radio to 1210AM in Philly and heard this guy named Limbaugh saying things that I had always thought. Still miss him.
On February 17, 2023 at 2:59 pm, George Pazin wrote:
Two questions, Mark. Actually, one is more of a request:
1) Can you share a simple anecdote of your experiences with Rush and/or the EIB staff we haven't heard before?
2) I know you've expressed many times recently your opinion of the superiority of the French healthcare system versus the UK's, but do you have a thought as to why? Why do the French seem to get it right in the ways the UK gets it wrong?
Thanks for all you and your team and wonderful guests do, as always.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:02 pm, Pete Procopio wrote:
Mark! I trust you've been resting the ventricles...
I was wondering if you could talk a bit about the first time you filled in for El Rushbo? How much radio had you done? Did you have a strategy? When it was over, were you pleased with your performance? Did you feel more pressure filling in before or after you developed a friendship?
The first time I heard Rush I was in 1988 riding in the car with my dad. They died one month apart, and it pains me to say there is a small part of me that is grateful they don't have to see the state of things today.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:03 pm, Robert Fox wrote:
I didn't listen to Rush's show that much, but one of the things I always marveled about Rush was he never on air felt the need to respond to criticism launched at him from the the various corners of media. Many launched ugly and unfair criticism of Rush but he so confident in his positions and viewpoints he never felt like he had to defend himself. His ideas spoke for themselves.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:07 pm, Marilyn Connell wrote:
I'm a new member and very happy with your new show. Also bought your book 'The Undocumented Mark Steyn' and just wanted to say thank you for the pithy comment on the flyleaf. Sorry, I can't think of an intelligent question to ask but when I do I'll let you know. Thank you for your continued voice and presence.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:08 pm, Cara C. NJ wrote:
Dear Mr. Steyn,
Thanks be to God that you're with us and getting stronger each day, especially to mark the second anniversary of Rush Limbaugh's death. Perhaps in your extraordinary way, you will mark this day with a special song halfway through the Q and A in honor of Rush. Besides missing Rush' insight on my radio, as you stated, the "gut punch" you felt that morning two years ago, also hit me and anyone else who listens to the radio and has a nostalgic heart. His talent was "on loan from God," as is yours, and he found a way through all of the daily mud to calm the listeners through his unique words of wisdom. You have the similar effect when you share your extraordinary insights on music. The lyric, "if you think that love isn't found on the radio, then tune right in you may find the love you lost" written by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer, makes me think of Rush because for many of us, Rush's voice was that of our late parents or grandparents, who were both funny and brilliant. He brought their voices back to many of us. Thanks Mr. Steyn, you're always remembered in my prayers.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:10 pm, Anne Pinkava wrote:
Hello Mark! I know you may not want to comment on it, but since you mentioned it in passing what do you think of the Steven Crowder/Daily Wire situation? I would miss Rush anyways, but it makes me miss him more to see other conservative news commentators (GB News included) prove to be less than courageous when it comes to pressures on content moderation. Thank you for staying strong!
On February 17, 2023 at 3:11 pm, K.D. wrote:
I listened to Toby Young with James Delingpole and my jaw was injured when it dropped to the floor in shock at his rather spirited defense of Ofcom, so strange for the head of the Free Speech Union. I agree with Delingpole, maybe he is bucking for Melanie Dawes' position. Could there be a knighthood in it too if he is a good boy? Were you surprised at his volte-face or does nothing surprise you anymore?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:12 pm, LeaveTheGun-TakeTheCannoli wrote:
Quick question surrounding the Toby thing...
How many of Toby's articles at The Daily Sceptic would be called into question by OFCOM?
Certainly a rhetorical question for us observers but it would be interesting to hear Toby's stammering reply.
Cheers (and take care of those stents)
Niagara on the Lake
On February 17, 2023 at 3:12 pm, Mark Lipniacki wrote:
Did GB News make Toby Young an offer he could not refuse, hence the coat turning?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:13 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
If Toby Young has let you down (and the cause of free speech), when are you going to get James Delingpole on as a guest?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:14 pm, Sandra Robinson wrote:
Good evening Mark, What is a realistic proposal to the WEF's revealed shut down of the Internet – To exist, communicate and associate.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:15 pm, George Pereira wrote:
You mentioned that GB News stiffed a bunch of people who made Neil Farage covering for you possible when you returned from La Belle France.
You also mentioned that you covered all their expenses. Two heart attacks, no income except cat album residuals and you paid out of pocket including Neil Farage's expenses.
Let's put the limelight on Neil for the moment.
Neil looked away and left you to make things right? Alone?
Neil didn't offer to help?
Please tell me I have my facts wrong.
I thought Neil was a better man than this.
Stay safe. Stay Free. Stay Well.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:17 pm, SIMON ARNOLD wrote:
I have been a big fan of Talk Radio since around 1981.
I was wondering what you think about old money as it was before this time 52 years ago when the UK went decimal. I believe all the financial problems began with decimalisation in 1971.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:18 pm, Patrick Geagan wrote:
Dear Mark, now that the most lavishly funded military in the history of man has shot down some 12 dollar weather balloons I was wondering if you feel as safe as I do?
I noticed the "BUTCH" boys aren't singing the praises of our absolutely fine airforce!
On February 17, 2023 at 3:20 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Mark and fellow Club members, has the western media, or at least the US media, finally gone full Pravda in service of "the narrative?" How many barrels of proverbial ink have been spent on climate change, yet stories like the US government being connected to the Nordstream pipeline or the 50 train car derailment of toxic chemicals into river water table are back page news? Why is it that the stories that matter get pushed to the back page but the "narrative" always seems to take precedence?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:21 pm, Chris Davies wrote:
Mark, If Knowsley is far right, does that make Ireland, far far right?
At what point (if ever) will these New World Order clowns realise that more and more of us see right through them and their LTNs, 15 minute cities, Net Zero BS and bugs in our burgers?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:22 pm, Robert Bridges wrote:
Now that the Court has ruled that silent prayer in distant view of an abortion facility is permitted, what will the woked and wanked do now? Will we see the "silence is violence" moniker raised in Parliament and at #10?
In a true and just world, the wanker coppers should be , at least temporarily, demoted to dog doo-doo clean up.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:23 pm, Diane M Calabrese wrote:
Has MS an opinion regarding the conducting of Toscanini? Have read about Robert Maxwell and Meredith Willson connections to AT in the MS archives, and know MS is too young -- age is all the rage now -- to have heard AT conduct, but...perhaps some words about conducting, opera, music, anything except what is now...Thanks.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:25 pm, Yvonne LeBlanc wrote:
What do you think of the state of the arts in the West? The cheesy statue in NYC to abortion, which besides the despicable theme, looks like a leftover from a Holywood B movie and the demonic performance at the Grammies, which had no artistic value that I could see with its chubby satan and a "female" posse of fantomes, seem to illustrate the decline of the arts in the West. What is your take?
(Rush has left a big hole in our hearts. He was talented but had integrity.I always listen to you and James (Bo).)
On February 17, 2023 at 3:27 pm, Ted MN wrote:
Hey Mark - I was a huge Rush fan for many years and always thought you were the best guest host ever (and I'm not even sucking up). What is your favorite memory from guest hosting?
Also - as an update - I've only been a member of the Mark Steyn Club for a little over a week but my skin has cleared up, my premature balding has halted and I've lost 5 lbs. Coincidence? - I think not!! ;) Keep up the great work and hope you are feeling stronger every day.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:30 pm, Jeff B. wrote:
When Rush died many people thought you should have been his permanent replacement. If that did happen would you have kept his theme music or used another tune?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:31 pm, chris kinney wrote:
One of the things I loved about Rush and I also love about your work is how much you both appreciate the importance of the Culture. Maybe it was the fact that you both were a couple of old DJ's, I'm not sure.
My grandfather listened to Rush and listening to him as a teenager with him changed my life. Rush's book "See I told you so" was the first book I can remember reading that made the case for America and conservative ideas.
The Song of the week is a must listen for me, partly because that same grandfather introduced me to the great American songbooks.
Besides your own "Broadway babies say goodnight", can you recommend any books to introduce my children to the songbook, as my grandfather did for me?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:33 pm, Frank Gallenstein wrote:
I just read in a publication called Church Pop, that provides my wife and I emails occasionally, of a miraculous survival story of a five-year-old boy rescued 192 hours (8 days) after the Turkey/Syria earthquake.
Upon questioning, authorities asked how he survived for so long.
According to the French organization SOS Christians of the East, the boy said while trapped a man dressed in white provided him food and water and disappeared.
Without asking you specifically about the authenticity of this story, in general, do you believe in miracles as my wife, and I do? Have any of your recent experiences influenced your beliefs?
P.S. I was touched by Snerdly's thoughts on your recent illness as I know you were. We miss Rush so much.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:35 pm, Lewis Selvidge wrote:
Mark, your story about Rush is touching, honest, and transparent. You are the true successor to Rush and the only one able to fill his shoes intellectually, comically and with honest personal relatability to your fans. Please take care!
On February 17, 2023 at 3:36 pm, LeftCoaster Claudia wrote:
We always miss Rush. He WAS the Great One.
Whiie you were recovering you were also sorely missed, Another loss at this particular moment would have been a crushing blow. We are grateful to have you back. May God continue to bless and keep you.
All the best to you and yours.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:37 pm, Wayne Cunnington wrote:
Sorry to hear of your continued health issues regarding a recovery Mark, it's easy to forget and get greedy and want some more of that 4 nightly episodic burst that we once had but it's good to have you back in any way, shape or form. Looking forward to the special shows next week.
I didn't really know of Rush I'm sad to say but I'm picking up a lot of positivity in his drive to protect his country that he loved so much and his fight for truth and for alternative media reporting. Much like your good self Mark, keep strong!
On February 17, 2023 at 3:38 pm, chris kinney wrote:
Get better Mark, Your voice is more important than ever.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:39 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
One of the things I miss most about Rush (besides his humor and intelligence) was his ability to put on a compelling radio show. Rush's pacing of his show was quick and almost always flawless. He clearly honed that skill during his years as a Top 40 DJ. With the exception of yourself, no else doing a conservative talk show started out doing radio and it shows.
The one other thing I also used to love with Rush was his ability to ad lib around a mistake -- be it a commercial read or misfired soundbite. Those ad libs usually left the listener and the staff cracking up.
Your tribute piece to Rush ("The Indispensable Man") remains one of my favorite pieces you have ever written.
So glad your health is improving. And appreciate all the hard work you put into the Club.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:40 pm, JON FACCI wrote:
Great Show, Mark. I want to share this beautiful singer with you. Her name is Amy Azzara. I cry a little inside everyday at noon eastern time. Now that Rush is gone. Peace.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:41 pm, Veronica L wrote:
Hope you're feeling okay and looking after the ventricles... here's a different question for you. Are you sad that 'Phantom of the Opera' is coming to an end on Broadway in April and to what reason(s) do you attribute the decision to end the show? Is it to do with the cumulative effects of Covid lockdowns on ticket sales and NY tourism plus the overall cost of staging the show or is it because 'Phantom' is now a very old-fashioned musical compared to most other offerings on Broadway? Not woke, nothing to do with the 'current narrative', unless you see the Phantom himself as a kind of 'incel' of course :) Interested to hear your thoughts on this vital issue and please take care.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:42 pm, Michael Trueblood wrote:
I'm joining late. Sorry. I was going to request "Up, Up and Away" for a musical interlude. The 5th Dimension.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:43 pm, Timothy McDonnell wrote:
One of the great joys of listening to your Q&A or GB News shows has been your liberal use of the word, "Totty." I laugh every time you say it. For the benefit of your world traveling club members and given your extensive travels, what neighborhoods in the Western World may proudly claim to have the best totty and please explain why? Thanks.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:44 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
In the same vein as Jack Yates comment, the first time I read an editorial by Mark when the National Post was newly published, was the first time in my life I'd ever read an editorial I agreed with and thought this is exactly what I think too. On another note, today I recieved a whiney/whingeing letter from GB News in response to my not exactly polite letter after they let you go,trying to justify their decision through some gobbledygook doublespeak. It basically came down to, it isn't our fault, we never told him he had to go, honestly, please watch GBNews!!
On February 17, 2023 at 3:45 pm, Alan Miller wrote:
Hello Mark, thankyou for your unique endeavors to preserve Western civilization, and also entertain us at the same time :-)
The expression "The Biden administration" really annoys me. I feels like they're trying to say "Don't worry about this senile old man, because there's an entire administration of highly qualified staff behind him, walking back his mis-spokes and wiping his bottom, etc". But the expression feels a bit new or over-used, so I checked with Google searches.
'Trump administration' (as opposed to just referring to the president himself), occurs 180m times for a 4 year period of presidency plus 2 follow on years. "Biden administration" occurs 240m times for a 2 year presidency, so that makes at least 500m times for 4 years (because of cumulative references to the past). So yes, this loathsome expression is used at least 2.7 times more than the previous 'Trump administration' term.
We are so often victims of this kind of language manipulation (like the saying "a woman's right to choose" instead of "baby killing"). Thoughts?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:47 pm, Josh wrote:
As an American I am acutely aware of the cultural debt we owe the UK and am discouraged
the British do not realize they were a force for good in the world. Can this be changed or is the damage to their culture and cultural confidence irreversible?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:49 pm, Matt from Upstate NY wrote:
The discussion about TV themes a few weeks ago got me thinking about movie soundtracks, which often can make or break a movie, or move it from average to unforgettable (Star Wars comes to mind). In the Golden Age of Hollywood they also helped bind a common culture and helped tell a story with cues the audience was meant to catch. In John Ford's The Searchers, the opening minutes has two such cues, "Lorena," a popular love song from the Civil War (and still known in the 1950s) and the Southern ballad "Bonnie Blue Flag," giving you clues about John Wayne's character just coming into sight, as well as the woman watching him. There are other cues in the movie, such as "Gary Owen," telling the audience about the appearance of members of the 7th Cavalry without saying it outright. John Ford did that with many of his movies.
Audiences of the 1950s would have caught all that, as they were part of our common heritage. Now such things often have to be explained or they will go over a viewer's head.
To bring this to a question, besides the Bond theme, which you have spoken and written about before, what other movie scores do you find particularly memorable and why?
On February 17, 2023 at 3:52 pm, Douglas wrote:
Did you see any Nazis in Ukraine? Do you believe there is a Nazi element to the Azov Battalion, and, if so, why is it not an acceptable topic of conversation? It is possible to both condemn Russia for invading and maintain a persistent skepticism of the Ukrainian government.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:54 pm, Joseph Dornisch wrote:
About a year ago, you had Rex Murphy on your GB-News show. I was hoping to hear more from him - maybe you can have him on your steynonline programs.
On February 17, 2023 at 3:55 pm, Steven Johnson wrote:
Hi Mark -
Thanks for allowing us to spend some time with Rush today. Now that the GB News gig is a wrap, any chance you'll be hitting the road again for personal appearances, once the ticker is firing on it's carbon-based cylinders again?
Have a great weekend, sir!
On February 17, 2023 at 4:03 pm, PaulTyrone wrote:
Mark - God love you!
Do you think it's a coincidence that the most interesting radio and television personalities do not have a college degree?
Can I get my money back? I'm afraid that I might be boring. (Don't ask my wife or 5 y/o daughter)
Take care of yourself
On February 17, 2023 at 4:19 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
So glad you're ending the show with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders.
On February 17, 2023 at 4:25 pm, George Pereira wrote:
What a goof!
Neil instead of Nigel. What was I thinking?
On February 17, 2023 at 4:26 pm, Michael Trueblood wrote:
Some years ago, my wife and I would occasionally get to watch a couple of our grandsons in the afternoon. One was a baby, and the other one was four. Henry would report the day's activities to his parents over dinner. "Oma read us a story. Granddad went in the other room, and listened to Rush."
On February 17, 2023 at 4:26 pm, Erick Redmon wrote:
A genuine tour de force today, Mark! I can't see him from here, but I know Rush is smiling. May God bless you.
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