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  • The Folding Stuff

    09/17/2018 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 17, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Constitution Day to all our American readers. Brett Kavanaugh's high school years continue to roil Washington. Charles C W Cooke concludes: "Unfair as it may be, the core calculation now will not be whether the charges are true (we don't know) or whether the timings and assumptions are fair (they are not), but what the various players consider the least dangerous course politically." Oh, my. To modify my old gag from the Obama years, Republicans are so good at folding they should be Chuck Schumer's valet. If you were Judge Kavanaugh, would you want to bet your future on...
  • Charleston/Carolina in the Morning

    09/16/2018 4:52:55 PM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 16, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    This time last year, when Hurricane Irma swept up the spine of Florida, we tracked its progress in song, from "Key Largo" north to "The Swanee River". I'm not as familiar with the geography of the Carolinas, but, with Tropical Storm Florence afflicting our many readers in the neighborhood, I thought I'd take a trip to "Carolina In My Mind", as James Taylor put it. Which is not to be confused with "South Carolina On My Mind", which is the deputy state song of said jurisdiction. Carolina is one - or actually two - of the more hymned American states,...
  • The Word That Can't Be Questioned

    09/16/2018 8:19:44 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 12, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    The Florida gubernatorial race is being portrayed as a Trump vs Sanders proxy fight with a far left Bernie bro running for the Dems and a Trump-supported congressman for the Republicans. So it is necessary for the media to find what they can to destroy the latter. The Washington Post has certainly got the goods on the GOP's Ron DeSantis - because he made the mistake of attending a conference whose speakers included, me: At the same conference, conservative author Mark Steyn praised Trump as the first politician to talk about immigration policy from the perspective of people already...
  • Cape Fear

    09/15/2018 4:15:47 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 15, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    We hope our many readers on the Carolina coast are safe and well or, better yet, snug and cozy this weekend as Hurricane Florence batters the shoreline, and all residents within one mile of the Cape Fear River are ordered to evacuate. For most of us non-Carolingians, any mention on the Weather Channel of "Cape Fear" is as likely to evoke not the actual cape but a movie title (cf "Key Largo"). As I understand it, Cape Fear is the fifth oldest English place name in America, so christened by the petrified crew on Sir Richard Grenville's expedition of 1585....
  • All Or Nothing At All

    09/09/2018 7:42:20 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 9, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Exactly three-quarters of a century ago this week the Number One hit in America was not a new record, but an old one. Which was an odd accomplishment, as the concept of "oldies" had yet to be invented. "All Or Nothing At All" had it all in September 1943, but it had had nothing at all for the previous four years. This is the story of how it, and its boy vocalist Frank Sinatra, came out on top... It was June 1939 and the singer Louise Tobin was in her room in the Lincoln Hotel in Manhattan, packing for a...
  • Deliverance

    09/08/2018 3:51:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 33 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 8, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    In a line much quoted since his death on Thursday, Burt Reynolds observed, "I may not be the best actor in the world, but I'm the best Burt Reynolds in the world." And he was. It made him a huge box-office star in the Seventies, and thus the best Burt Reynolds in the world cruised amiably through Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run and variants thereof for a hugely lucrative decade. He took his bankability and invested it in things he liked - a football team, a petting zoo, and a lovely little theatre in Jupiter, Florida. Squire to an...
  • A Nation for All Except Its Nationals

    08/25/2018 8:09:26 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 Aug 2018 | Mark Steyn
    ... One of the occupational hazards of this line of work is that at a certain point you've seen it all before. For example, not many people outside the United Kingdom retain any memory of Gordon Brown, Tony Blair's woeful and short-lived successor as prime minister. Mr Brown led the Labour Party to defeat in the 2010 election. Here's what I had to say about it at the time: The official "defining moment" of the campaign was Gordon Brown's unguarded post-photo-op dismissal of Gillian Duffy as a "bigoted woman." Mrs. Duffy, a plain-spoken working-class granny and lifelong Labour voter, had...
  • The Spiller Spilled

    08/25/2018 8:40:05 AM PDT · by Twotone
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 25, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    If you saw me on stage for our live show from the Manning Conference in Ottawa last year, you'll know I was doing a lot of Canadian sesquicentennial gags that day: "It's a hundred and fifty years since the Tory leadership race began..." and so forth. That was a very slight exaggeration, but it is a fact that the post-Harper Conservative Party decided to have a multi-year campaign to succeed him. In Australia, by contrast, a leadership race in the (supposedly) right-of-center Liberal Party lasts 150 seconds, if you're lucky. They're called "spills", which is not a reference to the...
  • The Constitutional Right to a Security Clearance

    08/18/2018 6:41:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 17, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    On Thursday evening I kept my regular date with "Tucker Carlson Tonight", talking about, of course, the removal of John Brennan's security clearance. Brennan, a man psychologically unfit to be either CIA director or "former CIA director", is now the darling of the left - the people's spook, on whose behalf Senator Blumenthal is arguing that America's founders had cannily foreseen the need for a security clearance. Click here to watch: Incidentally, that New York Times column by Brennan bears the headline "President Trump's Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash". The only evidence the ex-Director of Central Intelligence adduces to...
  • Steyn: Dems 'moving farther left at extraordinary rate' (7:44 Video)

    08/07/2018 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/6/2018
    Author and radio host Mark Steyn on the increasing leftist and radical turn - and future - of the Democratic Party.
  • Happy Father's Day!

    06/17/2018 6:16:21 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 16, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Father's Day to you and yours. I miss my dad more as the years go by. He was very sick at the end, and I think it takes a while after death for the final grim stage to fade and for the departed to be restored to memory as they were in their prime. When I was a kid, he liked to sing along to this whenever it came on the radio, even though neither my sister nor I were much like the girl and boy in the song. Which is kind of the point of the number. This...
  • The Gripes of Roth

    06/02/2018 1:26:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 2, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    When the novelist Philip Roth died a few days ago, I thought, briefly, about re-posting an ancient piece of mine from The American Spectator. But de mortuis nihil nisi bonum and all that. Then I picked up The Daily Mail, and figured I might as well hop aboard the bandwagon. I came to Roth via the film of Goodbye, Columbus, with Ali McGraw and Richard Benjamin, who rather spoilt the book for me, and then read Portnoy's Complaint, and thereafter whatever review copy I was obliged to digest for my BBC artsy endeavors. As to the oeuvre, the defining Philip...
  • The Royal Couple in Pictures

    05/20/2018 5:45:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 68 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 19, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Well, today was the big day for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, so it seems appropriate to offer a few Royal romances as our Saturday movie date. The most directly relevant movie, Royal Wedding, made in 1947, was set in London against the background of Prince Harry's grandparents' nuptials and starred Fred Astaire and an actress whose dad was an actual guest at the actual real-life wedding - Sarah Churchill, daughter of Winston. But I'll say a few words about that tomorrow night in our Song of the Week department, and today cast our net a...
  • Heel, Hipster, Loner, Loser

    05/15/2018 8:45:51 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 13 May 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Frank Sinatra died twenty years ago - May 14th 1998. We'll pick out a few musical moments later tonight, but first, as a curtain-raiser and as a Mark at the Movies Sunday bonus, here's a look at Sinatra's film career. He was a memorable actor - and, as Sammy Cahn liked to say, that isn't even what he does: When he died in 1998, the Italians came out for Frank. Robert De Niro said not a day passed when he didn't listen to Sinatra, Martin Scorsese that Sinatra made it possible for all the rest of them - the guys...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,May 15-16,2018,WOR AM

    05/15/2018 8:23:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | May 15, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • It Was a Very Good Year

    05/14/2018 11:25:22 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 13, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Frank Sinatra was the most influential popular singer of the 20th century Ė not just because of a six-decade career of big hit records, but because his taste in music and the longevity of his success helped shape and expand the American Songbook. Not all icons survive death: I think of Leonard Bernstein or Bob Fosse, both at their passing the most celebrated practitioners in their respective fields, or Bing Crosby, the biggest selling recording artist of all time at the time he left us, and these days little more than a guy who gets played on the holiday channels...
  • Happy Birthday to You

    05/06/2018 2:24:41 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 6, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Today marks the first anniversary of The Mark Steyn Club, founded exactly twelve months ago on May 6th 2017. So we wish a happy birthday to us, and more importantly to all our first-day Founding Members, whom we hope will want to re-subscribe for another fun year to come. We welcome new members too, of course. But on this anniversary there's really only one song we could pick for our Song of the Week. Sometimes in this department, rock fans aren't familiar with the jazz standards, and jazz fans aren't familiar with the hymn tunes, and hymn fans aren't familiar...
  • Scouts' Honor?

    05/05/2018 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 88 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 4, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Two nights ago with Tucker Carlson, I discussed the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to drop the "Boy" bit. The ruination of a great civilizing institution has been accomplished in a mere two decades. As I wrote three years ago: In the late Nineties, the BSA said no to gay scoutmasters. I was on the floor of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles in 2000 when they had some Eagle scouts as an honor guard - and in my section of the crowd everyone booed. And I remember thinking, "Man, these Dems are nuts. Booing boy scouts?" But...
  • The Process is the Punishment (As Always)

    05/04/2018 2:04:49 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 3, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    There have been exciting developments in the "Russia investigation". There always are, because that is the nature of open-ended money-no-object investigations. But, to me, the most interesting development was the testimony of Michael Caputo, who appeared just before me on Tucker Carlson's show last night. Mr Caputo was, briefly, a very minor Trump campaign aide - and so his life has been destroyed. As he told the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday: "In 2009, my wife and I moved to my hometown of East Aurora, New York to have a family. Making far less money back home, we had a far...
  • The Odd Couple

    05/01/2018 12:21:23 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 28, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Fifty years ago this coming week - May 2nd 1968 - the world heard for the first time one of the great instrumental movie themes of all time, composed by Neal Hefti to accompany Jack Lemmon as he pads through a seedy Times Square at night and checks into a fleabag hotel to hurl himself to death from his bedroom window. Instead, he finds the window nailed shut, and, in frantically trying to open it so he can throw himself out, instead throws his back out. He winds up at a go-go bar and, uninterested in the dancers, throws back...