Posting will be a little lighter than usual at SteynOnline as Mark continues to deal with family matters overseas. He will be back in America in plenty of time for An Evening With Mark Steyn to be hosted by the Center of the American Experiment in Minnesota. If you'd like to join Steyn live at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on October 9th, you can find more details here.
In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:
~He began the week with a double-spin salute to Sixties hitmaker Bob Crewe, who died this month: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore".
~It was a very bad week for Big Climate alarmist and fraudulent Nobel Laureate Michael E Mann. Monday was the deadline for the filing of amicus briefs supporting Mann in his lawsuit against Steyn, National Review, Rand Simberg and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. No one filed any. Mann claims to be taking a stand for science, but science is evidently disinclined to take a stand for Mann. This was our most-read piece of the week.
~On Tuesday, apropos the Scottish referendum and a very prescient Steyn column from 1997, Mark dusted off some damning comments about the difference between ancient Scotland's daubed Bravehearts and today's fried Mars-hearts.
~Michael E Mann's very bad week continued on Wednesday with a disastrous Twitter Q&A and the implosion of his hashtag #AskDrMann, characterized by one Tweeter as "the Barbra Streisand effect on steroids". Mann's few remaining defenders blamed Steyn for "intimidating" the serial litigant.
~On Thursday Mark returned to The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss current politics, but also continued his grim catalogue of the broader trend: the remorseless militarization of every aspect of American government - including Swat teams for hairdressing-license inspections.
~At the weekend, we continued with our Scottish theme. Mark's Saturday film feature was an odd tale of love in the highlands - between Queen Victoria and her ghillie John Brown.
~Notwithstanding Michael E Mann's fiasco of a week, we're preparing for the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and to #AskDrMann to get on with discovery and deposition. Mark thanks SteynOnline readers for their generous support for his pushback against the climate mullahs via the Steyn store.
A new week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our Song of the Week.