The week began with more commentary on Steyn's performance in the Munk Debate on the great migrations afflicting Europe and beyond. If you haven't yet seen it, here's Mark's closing statement:
~On a related theme, this week Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain's "Equality and Human Rights Commission" and the man largely responsible for introducing the word "Islamophobia" to western discourse, concluded that pretty much everything he and his chums have been saying for a quarter-century about Muslim immigration has been entirely wrong. Steyn welcomed Mr Phillips to the party, albeit somewhat belatedly.
~On Wednesday morning Mark joined Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley on AM640. Among the topics was Bono's proposal to the US Congress to fight ISIS with comedy. Click below to listen:
~Free speech continues to decline around the west. On Friday Steyn pondered the disgraceful decision of Chancellor Merkel and the German government to prosecute a comedian for mocking Turkey's President Erdogan.
~Also on the free-speech front, Brad Schaeffer at The Blaze looked at Mark's long legal battle with global warm-monger Michael E Mann, and the increasing hostility of the climate mullahs to freedom of expression. Soon to be entering its fifth year in the choked toilet of the DC Superior Court, the Mann vs Steyn case is the most consequential First Amendment battle of the last 50 years. We thank those many readers from Vancouver to Vanuatu who've continued to support Mark's end of this free-speech showdown via SteynOnline gift certificates and other Steyn store purchases - not to mention Mark's book on the subject.
~Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon. This week he was particularly touched by this latest thumb's-up from Brendan Smith, "I Categorically Recommend It":
An album of (mostly) cover songs about cats, by a cat lover and dedicated to his cat is not an item I expected to buy in this life time. What ultimately drew me in were the 30 second snippets provided by Amazon.
After many listens, I can tell you those snippets don't do this album justice. It's a treat not just for cat lovers, but more so for music lovers...
His renditions are clever, unique, and satisfying... He's assembled a fantastically talented band that just nails it, and seems to be having a great time in the process.This album exists in the sweet spot where hard work and fun, as well as cleverness and joy overlap, Whatever the theme of Steyn's next disc, I hope he brings these players back for an encore. They and he are utterly delightful.
Mr Smith is quite right about the fantastically talented band. Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available on CD, but, if you can't wait that long, it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.
~As mentioned above, Steyn's book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn is out now in audio format - and narrated by Mark himself! It's a Top Five bestseller on the political humor hit parade, so, if you need some companionship for a long car journey, we hope you'll consider taking some Steynian apocalyptic wit along for the ride.