From north of the border, Rob Rheaume spotted the alarming juxtaposition at right in his local bookstore and wondered:
What's that idiot doing next to Mark Steyn?
My best guess is: 20% off during Intense Stare With Beard month at Indigo?
If so, I hope you'll favor my tome over Russell Brand's in your last-minute Christmas shopping. The [Un]documented Mark Steyn isn't just for pogonophiliacs. It's also one of Politico's Top Ten political bestsellers. And as Rush says in The Limbaugh Letter, it's a "must-read new book" from a guy who's "gutsy" and "courageous as hell". (By the way, I'll be guest-hosting for Rush behind the Golden EIB Microphone today, Monday, from 12 noon Eastern.) The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in America from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and even Costco (at a bargain price, too). In Canada you can pick it up from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson. And, wherever you are on the planet (well, maybe not Pyongyang), you can be reading it within seconds - via Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks.
What's it about? Pretty much everything - from Osama to Obama, Reagan to road signs, Maggie to Marilyn, guns to groping, clones to drones, rock'n'crocs, all in one handy volume. And don't forget the book's a two-fer: You not only get a great read, but my royalties therefrom go to support my pushback against global warm-monger Michael E Mann in the upcoming trial of the century (see below). As I said, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available at all good bookstores, but right here at SteynOnline is the only place you can get a personally autographed copy for your near and dear ones under the tree this Christmas morning. To order, simply click here.
~Tony S writes:
Met you at the Hoover several years ago and have enjoyed your writings over the years.
I ordered your book and look forward to the pearls in it.
What happened with the lawsuit? Hope it went your way.
Er, no. It's now in its third year, and it hasn't gone anybody's way. That seems to be the point of a sclerotic "justice" system in which (all together now) the process is the punishment.
For latecomers to the party: I'm being sued for defamation by climate mullah Michael E Mann for calling his global-warming "hockey stick" fraudulent. Which it is, as I'm happy to demonstrate at trial - if the choked toilet of the DC court system ever succeeds in flushing Mann onto the witness stand. We're now in Year Three of the procedural folderol, and before it's done we may outrun Cats - which is yet another reason why courts can't settle science.
Nevertheless, if Mann and the Big Climate enforcers were to win, this would be the biggest setback for the First Amendment in half-a-century. You can help support the cause of free speech through our exclusive range of trial merchandise. We've introduced two new designs, "Steyn vs the Stick" and "Clash of Sticks", that are now available both as T-shirts and sweat shirts (for men and women) and on mousepads and coffee mugs. And for this Christmas season only, you can pick up my latest book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn as part of our Steyn vs the Stick Winter Warmer special.
~If you're unsure which books to get or what size T-shirt to order for your loved one, our SteynOnline gift certificates make a great seasonal gift, as well as an easy way to help support my end of the Mann vs Steyn case. You can buy a gift certificate starting at $25 (and soaring way up from there), and let your friends and relatives load up with Steyn books and music and trial merchandise at their leisure. The gift certificates have no expiration date, so if, in ten years' time, your favorite nephew has a sudden yen for $100 worth of my Goldfinger CD, it'll still be valid.
The gift certificates are available online here. Alternatively, US and Canadian customers can purchase them - or any other product from the Steyn store - by calling (866) 799-4500 toll free from 8am to 3pm Eastern time on weekdays.
~If you want to make your Yuletide party go with a swing, my new CD Goldfinger is, according to Hugh Hewitt, "terrific" and "a lot of fun" - and his listeners appear to dig it, too. The set includes my rendition of "Cat Scratch Fever", which is very diffferent from Ted Nugent's hard-rockin' original, but Ted seems to like it ("Mark Steyn nails the soulfullness of my classic song!"). And Kathy Shaidle is trying to think of other rockers I can cover in what Ed Driscoll calls "swingin' Sinatra style". In the meantime, Goldfinger includes "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "The Way You Look Tonight" (in French), "Slow Boat To China" and, of course, the title song (combined with the killer James Bond theme) - which has prompted Brian Gardiner to launch a new campaign:
Can it be a coincidence that this CD shows up in my mailbox the same day they announce the latest Bond movie, Smersh? His rendition of Goldfinger leads to an obvious choice to do the theme song for Smersh, and it's not to let Madonna ruin another Bond intro. No, never mind the Mark Steyn for Senate petition that was floating around a year or so back, it's time for a Mark Steyn for the Bond theme song movement.
I'm flattered, but I share the view of my friend Don Black (lyricist of "Diamonds Are Forever", "Thunderball", "The World Is Not Enough", etc) that Shirley Bassey should sing them all.
Goldfinger is available from the Steyn store either on CD or via digital download or as part of a Christmas-special double-bill with Mark's new book. It's also on sale at Amazon and CD Baby, and makes an arresting stocking stuffer.
~We introduced a new plus-size eBook edition of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade this year. Of all the books I've written, it's one of my favorites, and I'm glad to find Douglas LeBlanc, associate editor of The Living Church, likes it, too:
I return often to Mark Steyn's Passing Parade: Obituaries and Appreciations (Stockade Books, 2006). Steyn, a busy pundit, writes obituaries on the side. His wide range includes Ray Charles, Katharine Graham, Evel Knievel, Eugene McCarthy, Arthur Miller, and Karol Wojtyła; this year's ebook adds a few fresher items. He mentions the dead's rough edges, sometimes roughly, but also with disarming humor.
The new expanded eBook is available from Amazon around the world and at all the other digital outlets. But, even taking a chisel to the Kindle, I haven't figured out a way to autograph eBooks, so, if you'd like a copy personally inscribed to the love of your life, the good old-fashioned print edition is the way to go.
~Whether you're in the mood for "A Marshmallow World" or the post-American world, I hope you'll make the Steyn store one of your ports of call this Yuletide. And don't forget, there are savings galore if you buy The [Un]documented Mark Steyn or Goldfinger or our other fine products as part of our exclusive SteynOnline special offers. It's less stressful than most malls - and frees up more time to spend listening to the radio between 12 noon and 3pm Eastern. See you on the air.