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  • Welcome to the New Year, Same as the Old

    01/02/2018 10:36:25 AM PST · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 2, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    France greets the New Year with the traditional ceremonial Torching of the Citroëns Happy New Year to you. On the Eighth Day of Christmas the multiculti fetishists gave to us: An eight o'clock curfew: VAST areas of East, North and South London have been declared "no-go zones" by terrified delivery drivers because of the acid attack epidemic, The Sun can reveal. Moped riders say they won't go to the violent hotspots after 8pm because they fear being attacked with acid or knives. They have been forced to cut down their hours - taking a massive pay cut - thanks to...
  • New Year at the Movies

    12/30/2017 4:55:23 PM PST · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 30, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Happy New Year to you and yours. Here in northern New Hampshire we're in the midst of a big wintry chill - twenty below zero (Fahrenheit), as I write - which may put a bit of frostbite in the first-footing. But, even in balmier locales, we've come to that point on the calendar when film critics advise you to skip New Year's Eve and rent a movie instead. Better yet, rent a New Year movie, for it's a curious fact that almost any picture about December 31st somehow takes on the same depressing, desperate quality as the night itself. The...
  • The Perfect "Perfect Christmas" Book

    12/25/2017 7:22:17 AM PST · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 23, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    I'm one of those guys who tend to leave the old Yuletide preparations until around 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve only to discover that half the stores closed early at 1 p.m. and those still open have got nothing left except for massive storewide clearances on Hanukkah wrapping paper. Yet for a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-Santa-suit-pants kind of guy I seem to have acquired over the years an enormous number of books on how to have the perfect Christmas. There's Checklist for a Perfect Christmas by Judith Blahink, and How to Have a Perfect Christmas by Helen Isolde, and The Absolutely Without a...
  • We Are the Bollards

    12/21/2017 10:40:37 AM PST · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 21, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    So there will be more empty seats round the Christmas table this year, after an "Australian citizen" mowed down pedestrians at the junction of Flinders Street and Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. The casualties include "a pre-schooler with serious head injuries". The "Australian citizen" (I presume this designation is being used to emphasize that he's entirely eligible to serve in Mr Turnbull's cabinet) did it deliberately, but relax, lighten up, there's no need to worry because, according to Victoria's police commissioner, all this terrifying terror is "not terror-related". So he's not a crack operative with the Islamic State's Australian branch office,...
  • Mistake Waltz

    12/21/2017 7:33:55 AM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct. 13, 2013 | New York City Ballet
    The Mistake Waltz from the New York City Ballet Company.
  • A Kwanzaa Carol

    12/18/2017 7:59:43 AM PST · by Twotone · 16 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 17, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    There have been many parodies of Dickens' tale over the last century and a half - and, in fact, I did one myself, fifteen years ago for my column in The Chicago Sun-Times and other papers. The inspiration was, of all things, Trent Lott. Senator Lott had had a good election in November 2002. The Republicans had re-captured the Senate, and Lott was thus about to resume his old job of Senate Majority Leader. Then he went to Strom Thurmond's hundredth birthday party on December 5th. Strom was about to retire as the oldest senator in the history of the...
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas

    12/17/2017 7:03:46 PM PST · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 17, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    We began our celebration of the big hits from the Christmas songbook with Mark and Irving Berlin's daughter gathered around her father's piano to recall the family tragedy behind "White Christmas". This week's song is one of many written in the wake of "White Christmas" and in the shadow of war, as Mark and Linda Purl note in the video below. Linda has been a fixture on American TV screens from "Happy Days" to "The Office", "Matlock" to "Homeland". Click here to see Linda's marvelous performance, and afterwards Mark will tell the story behind the song: (audio at site) If...
  • White Christmas

    12/10/2017 4:36:14 PM PST · by Twotone · 29 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 10, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Welcome to the first of our December celebrations of the big hits from the Christmas songbook. We start with one of the most beloved seasonal numbers, which celebrates its 75th birthday this holiday season: In December 1942, the Number One hit on the Billboard chart was the very first record of this song by Bing Crosby. This special Song of the Week audio edition includes rare material from the Steyn archive and a special live performance of "White Christmas". Mark visits the home of Mary Ellin Barrett, daughter of the man who gave us "God Bless America", "Blue Skies", "Easter...
  • Cause of Action Targets CFPB, EPA Feds Using Encryption to Hide Public Docs

    12/09/2017 5:14:50 PM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Lifezette ^ | December 9, 20217 | Brendan Kirby
    Agents of the federal government have been sending coded messages to one another, but they aren’t deep-cover spies evading the Russian spooks or transmitting North Korean launch codes. They are run-of-the-mill bureaucrats who appear to be using digital technology to evade the American people and their representatives in Congress and the White House. “There’s no elected control if the bureaucrats can have conversations that are not reviewable by elected officials,” said John Vecchione, president and CEO of the Cause of Action Institute (COA). “They can’t control the bureaucracy.” Vecchione’s group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request earlier this...
  • Polytechnique

    12/09/2017 4:23:21 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 9, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Last Wednesday marked the 28th anniversary of the "Montreal Massacre", when fourteen female students at the École Polytechnique were murdered by a man known to posterity as "Marc Lépine". Much followed from that terrible slaughter, including various "gun control" measures - and the official annual commemorations that, a quarter-century on, are attended by as many eminences as Remembrance Day or Dominion Day. A decade or so back, I heard the Quebec broadcaster Marie-France Bazzo remark how strange it was that, after all these years, nobody had made a work of art about what happened that day. And shortly thereafter someone...
  • A Land of Mini-Coups

    12/04/2017 11:45:50 AM PST · by Twotone · 16 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 4, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Following Michael Flynn's guilty plea for "lying to the FBI", there seem likely to be further feverish developments in Robert Mueller's "Russia investigation". Professor William Jacobson asks the obvious question: Why is Robert Mueller even investigating the presidential transition? The Order appointing Mueller concerns election interference, not post-election political decisions of the winning candidate. Indeed. First, it shouldn't be a crime to lie to the FBI given the way the FBI lies to us with impunity. Yours truly thirteen years ago: Martha, it seems, will be going to jail for telling a lie. Not in court, not under oath, not...
  • Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)

    12/03/2017 4:47:35 PM PST · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 3, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    December is here, and, before we get into our cornucopia of Christmas selections, I wanted to mark the anniversary of a non-seasonal song introduced to the world at the Coronet Theatre in New York seventy years ago this month - December 11th 1947. It's still widely known, although allusions to it can be perilous. A couple of years back, making some observations on Britain's "overseas development" budget, Godfrey Bloom, a UKIP member of the European Parliament, found himself in hot water - indeed, a veritable cannibal's cooking pot - when he opined that there's no point wasting taxpayers' money by...
  • Comedy and Tragedy

    12/02/2017 4:35:51 PM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 2, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    This week's movie date takes us back to the dawn of Hollywood, and a December night one hundred years ago - 1917 - at about four in the morning, when an automobile doing 60 miles per hour down Wilshire Boulevard crosses over to the wrong side of the road and hits an oncoming car near the intersection with Vermont Avenue. Everyone survived with minor injuries, except the driver of the speeding vehicle who was killed instantly. Because of his huge size, it took five hours to get him out of the wreckage. And, when they identified him, a stellar screen...
  • Feral Cats, Bloated Carcasses, and Doilies

    12/02/2017 12:37:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 2, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    For your weekend listening pleasure, a SteynOnline audio special with a rock legend: A couple of years back, Mark strayed on to unfamiliar turf and took a crack at Ted Nugent's rock classic, "Cat Scratch Fever". Ted was kinder about Mark's version than he was about Motorhead's ("Mark Steyn nails the soulfulness of my classic song"). Nevertheless, nothing beats the original, which this year celebrates its fortieth birthday. To mark the anniversary, we present a wide-ranging conversation in which Steyn talks to Ted Nugent about pop culture and politics, Motown and medical dictionaries - everything from Chuck Berry to Mitt...
  • Annual reminder that discount Christmas sales remain illegal in Idaho

    11/25/2017 6:49:22 AM PST · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | November 24, 2017 | Wayne Hoffman
    Every year since 2012, I have written and complained about Idaho’s Depression-era law that hurts businesses and consumers. Here it is again: In 1939, the Idaho Legislature passed the Unfair Sales Act. That statute says, “The practice of selling certain items of merchandise below cost in order to attract patronage is a deceptive form of advertising and an unfair method of competition. Such practice misleads the consumer, works back against the farmer, obstructs commerce and diverts business from dealers who maintain a fair price policy, with the result of unemployment, underpayment of employees, excessive working hours, nonpayment of taxes and...
  • The Ultimate Argument for Roy Moore

    11/23/2017 4:47:08 PM PST · by Twotone · 31 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 21, 2017 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    The argument has little to do with Roy Moore, and even less with what is acceptable behavior. It is about what Lenin succinctly called “who, whom?” — who can do what to whom or, as Amos ’n Andy used to say, who’s gonna be the “do-er” and who the “do-ee,” neither more nor less. The reason why the bipartisan ruling class of officials, corporate executives, educators, the media, entertainment, etc. demand Roy Moore’s political scalp is that it fell on Moore to be the focus of a pivotal effort to detach the Republican Party from that ruling class. It has...
  • The Rise of the Beta Male Sexual Harasser

    11/22/2017 1:58:15 PM PST · by Twotone · 24 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 22, 2017 | George Neumayr
    The winds of what the New York Post calls Pervnado continue to gather strength, carving a hole through the beta male worlds of NPR, PBS, Hollywood, the New Republic, Vox, the New York Times, and MSNBC, among others. What emerges from this storm of scandal is a clearer picture of a culture that trained men not to respect women but to respect feminism. In many ways, the Beta Male sexual harasser is the squalid offspring of the unhappy marriage between feminism and the sexual revolution, from whose chaotic household he learned virtue-signaling without virtue. The growing pile of confession notes...
  • Should The FBI Be Abolished?

    11/21/2017 10:53:14 AM PST · by Twotone · 61 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 20, 2017 | Steve Baldwin
    For the last few years, the media has been dominated by a number of sensational stories: that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election; that the Trump team was wiretapped by Obama intelligence officials; that Hillary used a private email server to transmit classified information; that Hillary and the DNC colluded with Russian sources to compile a dossier on Trump, and finally, that Russia acquired 20% of America’s uranium supply during the same time period $145 million miraculously appeared in the Clinton Foundation’s bank account. It all stinks to high heaven but it’s created a confusing array of...
  • Edelweiss

    11/19/2017 4:15:47 PM PST · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | November 19, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    The film of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music opened in March 1965, and was a smash. Its soundtrack album was just as phenomenal, and in Britain that year it quickly toppled Bob Dylan to become the country's Number One album. And it stayed Number One, on and off, for almost three years. The Rolling Stones and the Monkees and Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently would come along and hit the top for a week or two, and then Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer would effortlessly re-assert their dominance for another couple of months. Rodgers & Hammerstein were particularly...
  • EPA's Scott Pruitt drains the swamp like no one else in Washington

    11/17/2017 4:22:12 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2017 | Emmett McGroarty and Erin Tuttle
    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is a man who gets things done. Despite resistance from within his own agency and an environment lobby bent on stopping him, he’s doing his part to drain the swamp and return government to the people. He’s bringing what citizens demand of a federal agency: Transparency and reasoned, fact-based decision-making resting on sound statutory footing. Take the contentious issue of global warming. Pruitt called for a reasoned debate. But his critics mocked the suggestion, claiming it would be an outrage to place “fringe” views on an even platform with “established, peer-reviewed research.” But it is tyrants...