Programming note: We hope all our American and Canadian readers had a grand Labor Day or Labour Day according to taste. With the summer receding in the rear-view mirror, today and tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, I'll be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone for three hours of substitute-host-level Excellence In Broadcasting sitting in for Rush on America's Number One radio show. The fun starts at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific. Hope you'll dial us up either via the iHeart Radio app or on one of over 600 stations across the fruited plain, such as our old friends at WNTK New Hampshire, where you can listen to the full show from anywhere on the planet right here.
~The top story this morning is the Senate hearing (if one can dignify what we've heard so far as such) on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court. We'll cover all that as it happens, and try to get to any other burning issues, big and small.
~The big questions don't get much bigger than the downfall of western civilization, which Pankaj Mishra in The New York Times is very chipper about:
Today it has reached its final and most desperate phase, with existential fears about endangered white power feverishly circulating once again between the core and periphery of the greatest modern empire. "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive," President Trump said last year in a speech hailed by the British journalist Douglas Murray, the Canadian columnist Mark Steyn and the American editor Rich Lowry. More recently, Mr. Trump tweeted (falsely) about "large-scale killing" of white farmers in South Africa â€” a preoccupation, deepened by Rupert Murdoch's media, of white supremacists around the world.
I'm not entirely sure how that last sentence follows from the previous one, but, having been on the receiving end of it myself back in the Nineties, I'm well aware that under New York Times editing techniques a lot of stuff falls through the cracks. Still, my recollection is that appreciation of Trump's speech in Poland went beyond obscure "Canadian columnists". At any rate, Mr Mishra declares that "the religion of whiteness" has become "a suicide cult", and that this "wounded and swaggering identity geopolitics [a cute coinage, but a bit too obviously so] puts the world in grave danger".
~Meanwhile, back in the Swamp, life goes on. On Saturday I joined Ed, Rachel and Pete on the curvy couch at "Fox & Friends" and re-emphasized what remains the principal takeaway of the Steele-Comey-Mueller shenanigans:
That was part of a busy weekend at SteynOnline, beginning with a guest-co-hosting (or co-guest-hosting) stint at "The Five" and an appearance shortly thereafter with Martha MacCallum (I'm right at the top of the show). Our Labor Day movie date was a film about the ultimate laborers - Antz - although you may prefer Fritz Lang's Metropolis and/or some sobering thoughts about what happens in a world after work. My Song of the Week celebrated the most successful Italian song of the last century - Volare - and the latest installment of my video poetry anthology pushed back against the latest victim of cultural vandalism - Rudyard Kipling's If... If you were busy with the barbecue this long weekend, we hope you'll want to check out one or three of the foregoing.
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