On September 13, 2019 at 3:51 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
The war on free speech and words gets worse and worse. From the refusal to aknowledge Islamic terrorism in the US on 9/11 and in the UK to being punished for bringing up mass immigration, the left has gone Orwell on the term "All are Welcome" when it comes to people's views and beliefs in these matters. In other words: All are welcome but some are more welcome than others. Tell me if I'm wrong on this or am I just scratching the surface. Thanks.
On September 13, 2019 at 3:51 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Hi Mark - love the club! Kudos to the SteynOnline crew for adding Laura's Links as a weekly feature!
A bit off topic: in the flatlands of New Hampshire, the "big" issue this week was the sexual assault and rape charges against newly-acquired Patriots receiver Antonio Brown. As with most things in life, I have no clue what happened. What I do know is that it's amusing to watch members of the media who were so quick to run over Brett Kavanaugh with the #metoo train attempt to delicately pick apart the story from Brown's accuser. What happened to #BelieveAllWomen? My question: are we stupid? Pick a topic, any topic - whenever a sensational story breaks, we run to our phones and keyboards, seemingly in an effort to be incorrect first.
On September 13, 2019 at 3:51 pm, Tom Bruck wrote:
The recent news that Comey would not be subject to prosecution, has been somewhat tempered by the signs that McCabe may be. The fact remains, there is a sense of two tiers of justice in the country. I think it has a highly corrosive effect on the trust we have in our institutions, What is your take on the fact that the connected seem to escape justice? Is the media disinterest, when it is their team, a significant contributing factor?
On September 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm, Michael Seth wrote:
Mark, welcome home. You were spot on with Tucker last night regarding Hillary and her undying lust for relevance. She certainly is waiting for the call to save the Democrats and I'm not sure I blame her. There wasn't a single person on the Democrat debate stage who looked sane, nevermind impressive. I still believe we have yet to hear from whomever the actual candidate will be. It won't be Hillary, and Rush has basically ruled out Mrs. Obama. Any theories on a last minute entry?
On September 13, 2019 at 3:53 pm, Drew wrote:
Elizabeth Warren proposed increasing social security payments by $200/month and tax "the rich" to pay for it. She stated "It's time Washington stopped trying to slash Social Security benefits for people who've earned them". More brazen lying about the system. Today's system actually subsidizes lower earners who receive more favorable returns than their contributions would dictate, and higher earners see lower returns. Warren's proposal would move social security even closer to a full blown welfare scheme to transfer wealth. All part of Dem's transformation to get more people dependent on government checks, much of it in the form of handouts. Your thoughts? - Drew
On September 13, 2019 at 4:05 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Hi Mark, did you catch the story about the Australian-British couple who decided to tour (Islamic hellhole) countries to prove they are not so bad, and ended up in an Iranian jail? Do you think they didn't have internet or something because this reminds me of that Italian lady who decided to hitchhike alone through the Muslim world to prove it was safe and ended up raped and dead.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
If the Brexit referendum result is overturned, would I be within my rights to deny the legitimacy of any election in the UK that I do not personally agree with?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:11 pm, Corazon wrote:
Dear Mark: Could you please spend a moment or two contrasting the conduct of Speaker Bercow over the past week with the conduct expected of the House of Commons Speaker? I appreciate that the Speaker's role is not readily compared with that of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, but any insight on the differences would be most appreciated.
All the best.
[founding member] Loretta
On September 13, 2019 at 4:13 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Michelle Bachman did steal the show. I was dying.
Also, her hair! That blow out. She's hysterical, gorgeous and graceful.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:14 pm, CrossBorderGal wrote:
During the Q&A portion of the Climate Apocalypse session on last week's Alaska Cruise, my husband asked what was happening with Dr. William Happer and the Presidential Council on Climate Security (PCCS) he had been tapped to head. Ross McKitrick's answer was that members of the Trump administration had resisted the formation of that Council and they had "chickened out." Well, the efforts of the resistance have paid off — Dr. Happer has resigned, and without the voice of a serious scientific body that the PCCS would have been, the claims of the alarmists will remain unanswered and allowed to spread. We find this development extremely distressing. What is your take on it?
Herbie (and Bernard) Rochet
Mayne Island, BC
On September 13, 2019 at 4:14 pm, Midwestern Tim wrote:
Paul Mirengoff wrote on the Powerline Blog today that:
"McCabe is an enemy and fierce critic of President Trump. I always worry when enemies of the president face criminal prosecution. Sending political enemies to prison is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes."
How do thoughts like this come from someone who is ostensibly on the 'right'? Is McCabe the first domino or is he an anomaly?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm, Kristine Dewey wrote:
Tommy Robinson just released and not much by the media to say about it. At least still alive. I would be interested in his experience.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm, Beth wrote:
The cruise was absolutely amazing! Thank you and your incredible staff for an awesome, memorable experience!
Back in Los Angeles, home of 60,000 homeless, thousands of rats, typhoid, typhus, bubonic plague and now, possibly leprosy. I wonder if there is a tipping point at which a formerly livable city becomes completely unlivable? That is, I think residents will hang in there for a while, but at some point people will just flee the city, leaving the problems behind. I suspect that it is like what Hemingway said about going bankrupt -- first slowly, then quickly. Is there a way to turn things around before we reach that tipping point? Maybe by reopening the mental institutions?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:17 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
Hope you had a great trip! I am curious as to know your thoughts about the Trump administration's recent win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with respect to its change to the asylum laws (requiring that anybody seeking asylum in the U.S. must first apply in the first country they come to). The Supreme Court upheld this decision 7-2 a few days ago. So, will the Ninth Circus actually follow the rule of law going forward? Has Trump successfully reshaped this circuit?
One of the reasons I think Trump won in 2016 was due to the list federal judges he would consider for the Supreme Court vacancies if he were elected. I would hope he follows suit in 2020.
P.S. When will Fox News make you a full-time contributor?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm, John Diebel wrote:
Mark, I have not heard you comment on Michael Mann losing his libel suit against Dr. Tim Ball when the libel suit was dismissed for Mann's refusal to provide the underlying data behind his hockey stick. Can we expect this to have a positive impact on Mann's suit against you??
On September 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm, Walt Trimmer wrote:
Word of the Day: From Greek - kritarchy. Rule by judges. Apparently its racist.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm, Brandy Edwards wrote:
As we arrive home today, we just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for this year's MS cruise!
From the beautiful Alaska landscape to the daily sessions with your guest speakers... everything was just wonderful. Your entire Steyn at Sea crew (Cindy, Melissa, Andrew, Whit, Rachel...everyone!) worked so hard and were always exceedingly kind and patient with every guest.
Lastly, thank you, Mark, for being such a gracious host and for being so generous with your time. We met so many wonderful people in the group (including you!) and feel so lucky to have been on board. We can't wait for next year's cruise!
P.S. Sorry if I bugged you with all my goofy questions and stories. If I were red haired, you could have just told me to, "bog off you daft ginger". But, alas, I'm blonde, so you'll have to come up with something else for next year's cruise! :)
On September 13, 2019 at 4:21 pm, chickensoup wrote:
John Bolton is gone. Your thoughts? Does it affect our relationships with other countries?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm, Mark F wrote:
Nothing to do with the issues of the day but what happened to Chuck and Nancy? You don't hear about them much. Are they laying low or have they been overrun by "The Squad" wing of the Democratic party?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm, Corazon wrote:
Absolutely! (JMHO, Toby!)
On September 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm, Peter Duncan wrote:
Mister Steyn, I cant thank you enough for all of your hard work on this last cruise to Alaska. Your grand finale skit was one of the top three funniest things I've ever seen and it was an extreme pleasure to be there for it live. Have you considered maybe selling that bit in DVD format or something like that? I'm sure many of us club members would be more than happy to buy it and cherish it forever. Thanks!,
Peter Duncan, Shoreline, Wa
On September 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
Welcome back! Re: affirmative action in universities, the leader in the current New Yorker (by Jelani Cobb) glances towards the troubles of Asian-American students: "The success of Asian-American students, some from low-income families, doesn't imply that the system is fair; it suggests that unfairness can be mitigated by extraordinary effort." Wasn't it the premise of "elite" schools always that "extraordinary effort" gets rewards?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm, Lief Billings wrote:
Would you care to comment on the New York Times and their attempt to blame some airplanes that did something on 9/11 for the "lives lost"? Not sure if I can take any more of this rubbish.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm, chickensoup wrote:
The media and book industry pay for books contracts. as payola and has been used by the Left for many years. Remember the book deals that Obama received when he was a student, that helped fund him for his years before he was run for president. Payola also comes through non profits.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm, J wrote:
Loved the cruise. One moment that stood out was the odd harangue given by the Parks Service fellow over the PA system during the Glacier Bay sail prolefeeding us the gospel of Global Warming. I thought of the telescreen of Oceania blaring out its propaganda. A worse vision popped up, that scene of the young lad in the film Cabaret singing "Tomorrow Belongs to Me". The totalitarian flavour of it all was creepy. I wonder how many other passengers felt that way.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:42 pm, Fran Lavery wrote:
Good to see you back on the telly so soon after your Alaskan Cruise. Might we who missed the second cruise be treated to any selection of videos of panels or presentations aboard the Alaska Cruise? I so very much enjoyed last year's video of the discussion with you, Kathy Shaidle, Tal Bachman and Andrew Lawton.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
No matter what you think of the Quebec law imposing no religious garb or symbols for government employees in positions of any authority including teachers, what do you think of all the leaders in the first election debate adament at not interfering in the Quebec controversy? Green Party leader May even said she didn't want to reignite separatist sentiment in that province! Of course she doesn't care about triggering Western separatism by opposing any pipelines.
On September 13, 2019 at 4:44 pm, Andrew Vaccaro wrote:
Talking about corrupted injustice systems, here in Melbourne we have recently had the case of Australia's senior most Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, having not only been convicted of sexual abuse with an unlikely story, based solely on one person's evidence, but also having his appeal unjustly rejected. Pell has been a figure of much scorn from the Left here in Australia for decades, as he has been a solid conservative on social issues. The media has been stewing in bile for him for all this time, so there was little chance of a fair jury trial. At his appeal, two judges dropped his appeal with very little reason- the dissenting judge gave more reason to allow the appeal than the two judges that dropped it. Victoria's judicial system has been flooded with leftist judges over the past decade, which has seen much lenient sentencing, and an increase in crime as a result. Hopefully Pell's Appeal will be confirmed in the High Court. What is your opinion of the Pell case?
On September 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
Re: your response to AI Man ... ah, Nob Hill. There's a sweet little dog park there, only you have to be careful not to sit on any "sharps," and ... well, it isn't dog poop you're smelling, because the dog owners, unlike the other inhabitants, pick up after their pets. I used to review concerts at Grace Cathedral, but not any more.
On September 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm, Corazon wrote:
"No turbulence left in . . . . "
Dear Mark: These words of yours, uttered w/r/t Brexit, chill me. So I must move to HK, a place I lived for a dozen years (1983 - 1995).
What will happen when no more turbulence is left there . . . . . [note lack of query mark].
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