It was a turbulent week, and a good one for terrorism, from Sydney to Sony. In case you missed it, here's how it looked to Mark:
He started the week with a 20th anniversary salute to "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
~On Monday, Mark guest-hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, and discussed everything from the rotten CRomnibus bill to the siege at the Lindt coffee shop Down Under. He returned to the latter subject for what became our most-read column of the week: "I Wish That Bird Would Fly Away..."
~On Monday, Steyn called the Sydney hostage-taker "the Deranged Mohammedan of the Week (So Far)". The parenthetic qualification was a shrewd move. On Tuesday, various of Sheikh Haron's co-religionists burned a schoolteacher to death in front of his pupils, whom they then proceeded to shoot. Mark was struck by an ironic imperial footnote to that day's Islamic atrocity.
~The biggest story of the week - the one with the most disturbing implications for a fainthearted free world retreating into darkness - came on Wednesday: tinpot dictator Kim Jong-Un vaporized Hollywood's big Christmas opening and erased it from every multiplex in the country.
~On Thursday Mark joined Brian Lilley on Sun News in Canada to discuss his new CD Goldfinger and other musical matters. Mark's album is available from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, or direct from the Steyn store. Hugh Hewitt calls it "a lot of fun".
~On Friday, in a round-up of recent radio appearances on Cuba and North Korea and other topics, Steyn returned to the subject of Kim Jong-Un's two thumbs down, and the hollowness of America's supposedly all-conquering pop culture.
He ended the week with a tip of his hat to the indomitable Mandy Rice-Davies, of Britain's famous Profumo scandal, who died on Thursday.
For our Saturday movie feature, Mark took a celluloid sleigh ride through the remoter corners of the Christmas movie catalogue.
This week Steyn found himself sharing Canadian bookstore displays with Russell Brand. Which reminds us that, if you're ever more frenziedly seeking the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas, he or she is sure to love either Mark's new book or his new CD or both together. The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is available in America from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, not to mention Costco, and from Indigo-Chapters, Amazon and McNally-Robinson in Canada. Or, for instant gratification, get it in eBook - in Kindle, Kobo, Nook or iBooks.
While we're waiting to clear the latest tedious procedural hurdle in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, we hope you'll consider supporting Mark's pushback against the climate mullahs by purchasing a SteynOnline gift certificate or our exclusive range of commemorative Mann vs Steyn trial merchandise. And for that special someone in your life don't forget our limited-time holiday offer: the Steyn vs the Stick Winter Warmer.
A happy Hannukah to all our Jewish readers. Christmas week at SteynOnline begins tonight with our seasonal Song of the Week.