On Friday, I covered for a hurricane-afflicted Rush and guest-hosted America's Number One radio show. You can find a few moments from the show here. We send Rush and our colleagues all good wishes as they leave EIB Southern Command and endeavor to stay one step ahead of Hurricane Irma and the largest evacuation in American history.
Perhaps the least useful bit of meteorological commentary these last 24 hours was that of the actress Jennifer Lawrence, who suggested Irma was "Mother Nature's rage" at America voting for Trump. It's always striking how parochial these global celebrities are:
Ninety-five per cent of Barbudan structures have been destroyed, so presumably Mother Nature hates Barbuda even more than Trump.
Two-thirds of Saint Martin, a French territory, has been destroyed, so presumably Mother Nature hates France for not only signing the Paris Climate Accord but hosting the post-signing banquet.
Richard Branson's Necker Island has been utterly devastated and his home destroyed, so presumably Mother Nature hates Sir Richard for his "Virgin Earth Challenge" and longtime dedicated leadership on climate change.
Robert De Niro's luxury Caribbean resort has been wiped out, so presumably Mother Nature hates Hollywood celebrities and their grotesque obscene wealth even more than it hates Trump and Trump Tower.
Alternatively: Mother Nature does not know who Jennifer Lawrence is and is completely indifferent to her dreary modish predictable obsessions. Evidently Miss Lawrence's brain gave every last cell in there the order to evacuate some time ago, and the joint is completely deserted now.
~Every so often someone demands to hear my take on the recent turbulence within Fox News, and I always reply that I don't really know anything about it - except that I'm occasionally asked to guest-host for one of the missing. And so it was that on Thursday I filled in for the suspended Eric Bolling on "The Fox News Specialists". The following day, Friday, Fox announced that Eric would not be returning and the "Specialists" was canceled immediately. To be honest, it had never really recovered from his disappearance. So this turned out to be the very final moments not just of my turn at the anchor desk but of the entire series:
A few hours after Fox's announcement, the ructions at the network turned tragic with the death of Eric Bolling's only child. I thought I knew something about how quickly one's life can unravel, but the dizzying, devastating turn of events that have befallen the Bolling family in the last month is truly appalling. Please spare a thought for Eric and Adrienne at this terrible time.
~We'll be back this evening with our weekend movie selection, plus another episode of The Secret Agent. Also for Mark Steyn Club members, we'll be having another of our Clubland Q&A sessions live around the planet this Monday. If you had difficulty getting through on the telephone when I was hosting Rush, you can always try shooting me a question on Monday.
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