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  • Waterloo

    05/17/2020 5:05:53 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 17, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Among the many victims of Covid-19 is this year's Eurovision Song Contest. When its cancelation was first announced, Mark harked back to its Boom-Bang-a-Bang Ding-Ding-a-Dong heyday and talked to Dana about a lovely exception to that rule. Last night, the BBC, in lieu of the actual competition, invited viewers to vote for the all-time greatest Euro-blockbuster. The winners, not surprisingly, were the most successful act ever to come out of Eurovision. It was all more harmonious in the old days. One recalls the 1990 Eurovision finals in Zagreb, when the charming hostess, Helga Vlahović, presented her own fair country as...
  • The Permanent Emergency

    05/15/2020 8:18:29 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 05/14/2020 | Mark Steyn, COVID-19
    I suppose I might be more optimistic if we hadn't gone through this already with 9/11 - when, as it happens, some serious quarantine might actually have worked. That is, if the western world had been able to bring itself to say, "You know what - and with all due respect to you millions of peaceful Muslims? But we think it best to self-isolate from the contagion of the Koranovirus for a few years and halt all mass immigration from the Islamic world for the duration..."
  • Out Like Flynn

    04/30/2020 11:44:39 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 30, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Under cover of Corona, the sewage of the DC septic tank flows on. The latest revelations in the Deep State entrapment of Michael Flynn (Trump's first National Security Advisor, for about twenty minutes) confirm what most sentient creatures have known for three years - that there was never any good-faith basis for the FBI's investigation, only (in the now released words of Assistant Counterintelligence Division Director Bill Priestap) the object "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired". The official pretext was that there might have been "a violation of the Logan Act". Oooooooh!...
  • Cry God for Speccie, England and St George!

    04/23/2020 2:35:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 23, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    April 23rd is England's unofficial national holiday - unofficial because, under Blairite devolution, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and selected Muslim neighborhoods of Greater London, Yorkshire and the Midlands are all legitimate nations, but English nationalism is a dark demon that must never be loosed upon the land. At the turn of the century, Tony Blair's ministry was gung-ho for Celtic semi-independence and pseudo-parliaments in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, but for England all the government was prepared to offer was a subdivision into artificial regions that commanded no allegiance from the masses and could therefore be safely entrusted with "regional assemblies"....
  • Leave Her to Heaven

    04/19/2020 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 200 | Kathy Shaidle
    Leave Her to Heaven (1945) is an audacious film strictly within the confines of its sprocket holes. Then you do a double take at that release date, and marvel that: This movie got green-lit in the first place; The studio released this movie — as their ballyhooed "Christmas" offering, no less — after they saw the final cut; and, It was the studio's top grossing film not just that year, but for the entire decade. If Leave Her To Heaven were made today, and were as popular now as it was then, dozens of think-pieces, amateur and professional, would be...
  • Bucky Stopped Here!

    04/04/2020 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 4, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    On our new audio Mark Steyn Show, we've been memorializing some of those taken, day after day after day, by this stinking Coronavirus. As Gary Alexander, of Washington State's KLOI and of our Steyn Club family, has pointed out, Covid-19 has cut a particular swathe through the jazz world, in part because two of its grisliest American epicenters are New York and suburban New Jersey. Still and all, I was saddened to hear that the virus had claimed, at the age of 94, Bucky Pizzarelli. He was a maestro of the seven-string guitar, a mainstay of Doc Severinson's "Tonight Show"...
  • The Two Most Non-Essential Professions on the Planet

    04/02/2020 1:49:48 PM PDT · by Twotone · 54 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 2, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    The two most non-essential professions on the planet right now are that of Big Climate alarmist and his attorney in a vanity lawsuit. Yet Michael E Mann, inventor of the global-warming "hockey stick", and his counsel John Williams are disinclined to let their lousy eight-year-old defamation suit against me shelter in place for a couple of months, and the other day they made a surprise move. By which I mean a deranged and desperate move. Before we get to that, let me make a general observation: You'll have noticed that millions of people around the world are what one might...
  • The Preparedness of the 24/7 Surveillance State

    03/31/2020 10:35:42 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 31, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    When seconds count, the police are minutes away. When days count, the government is weeks away: Health Canada is expected to approve the use of the rapid test kits within a few weeks. You have to admire the bureaucratic jobsworth who can type that line with a straight face. Just because the test is rapid is no reason for Health Canada to be so. It's like a fast-food joint with a month-long tailback at the drive-thru window. ~Sample headlines from my old friends at The Spectator: Is France Being Pushed to Breaking Point? Spain Faces a Political Reckoning After Its...
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It

    03/30/2020 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 29, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Well, I've resisted the obvious for the last two or three weeks, mainly because, as with "Kung Flu Fighting", I had some previous history with it. In the case of "Kung Fu Fighting", I've been using it as a somewhat improbable free-speech anthem for a decade or so; in the case of this song, I managed to turn it into the sub-title to a bestseller on demographic doom: It's The End Of The World As We Know It It's The End Of The World As We Know It It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I...
  • Crowd Scenes

    03/29/2020 5:52:55 AM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 28, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    After years of guest-hosting for Rush and Tucker, this weekend I'm guest-hosting for Kathy Shaidle. Our Saturday movie columnist is taking a night off and yours truly has been pressed into service. To be honest, I'm not sure I'm up for it. Yesterday Governor Chris Sununu (whom I saw down in Bedford for "Fox & Friends" only a few weeks ago) ordered the whole of New Hampshire to shelter in place - and after thirty-six hours or so I'm already stir-crazy. Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine, house arrest, it's quarter to three, there's no one in the place but So...
  • Pitching the Wuhan

    03/24/2020 9:42:55 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 24, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    The banner at right flutters over a franchise of the Chinese restaurant chain Mama Yang. If you don't speak ChiCom Wuhu, it reads: Huge congratulations to the American epidemic and long live the epidemic in little Japan As Tucker Carlson likes to say, China is the most racist country on earth. But it's even more racist to point that out, according to the decadent halfwits of the American media. Their position - on an increasing range of subjects - is to throttle free speech ever tighter, to demand that every story be discussed within an ever narrower range of leftie...
  • Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town

    03/23/2020 5:25:02 PM PDT · by Twotone · 34 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 22, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Mark is feeling a little under the weather today, so in lieu of a brand new Song of the Week we thought we'd re-publish his thoughts on a boffo global hit of the Sixties. This essay first appeared a little over two years ago to mark the passing of Mel Tillis. We reprise it now to mark the passing of Kenny Rogers. This story starts with Mel and ends with Kenny, the man who gave Mel's song its most perfect expression: The Vietnam War cast, as they say, long shadows. It left, as they also say, deep scars in the...
  • The New Spanish Inquisition

    03/23/2020 12:34:52 PM PDT · by Twotone · 24 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 23, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    As a new week begins, some Chinese virus notes: ~What can disease-riddled New York learn from Italy? Well, à propos the photo at right, how about hotter curfew enforcers? Jill Filipovic tweets: I think I speak for all New Yorkers when I say, Spain, hi, can you deploy some of that in our direction? We will comply with your orders. No disrespect, but I'm not sure figure-hugging plunging-cleavage uniforms would work with the one-man small-town police departments of my neck of the woods. ~There are now over 350,000 Politburo Pandemic cases in some 170 out of 200 countries. A week...
  • Wand'rin' Star

    03/09/2020 1:23:21 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 8, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Fifty years ago, the dawn of the Seventies, the sound of spring on the British Hit Parade: There was rock (Canned Heat, "Let's Work Together"), soft rock (Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"), folk-rock (Judy Collins, "Both Sides Now"), pop (Steam, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"), session-group pop (Edison Lighthouse, "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes"), Motown (Jackson Five, "I Want You Back"), country (Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell, "All I Have to Do Is Dream"), all to one degree or another the soundtrack of the era. But the Number One bestselling record exactly half a century...
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water

    03/01/2020 4:47:58 PM PST · by Twotone · 41 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 1, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    When you're weary Feeling small When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all... When you're weary of songs that feel small, it's nice to have a song that feels big - seems to be about something more than just boy-meets-girl, goes on twice as long as your run-of-the-mill pop record, has a sense of its own importance but not to the point of self-parody ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). For a long time "Bridge Over Troubled Water" fulfilled that role. In 1973, when Capital Radio became the first ever (legal) commercial music-format radio station in the United Kingdom, Richard Attenborough...
  • (Love Is) The Tender Trap

    02/16/2020 11:01:18 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 9, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Tonight is Oscar Night in Hollywood, which I find all but unwatchable these days. It is our custom to have an Academy Award-winning Best Song on this night, but, for the first time, I'm beginning to wonder if we've exhausted the possibilities. Fifty years ago, the Oscar went to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", but we did that just the other day. Seventy-five years ago, it was "Swingin' on a Star", but we've done that, too. Seventy and eighty years ago, the winners were, respectively, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "Over the Rainbow", but we've done both of them....
  • Beam Movie Actor

    02/15/2020 5:06:00 PM PST · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 15, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Some great men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have great catchphrases said to them. James Doohan is an honorary member of that last category. He was the guy who spent four decades on the receiving end of the request to "Beam me up, Scotty" – if not on TV, where no character on Star Trek ever actually uttered the words, at least in real life, where fans would cheerfully bark the injunction across crowded airport concourses in distant lands, and rush-hour freeway drivers would lurch across four lanes of traffic to yell it out the window at...
  • A Valentine from Mohammed

    02/15/2020 5:43:27 AM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 15, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Five years ago, Valentine's Day was marked in Denmark by murder - not a lot of murder by the standards of similar events before and after, but this one struck close to home: It would be the last time my old comrade Lars Vilks appeared in public. My closing remarks below on the shriveling perimeters of free speech and the popular support it requires have proven sadly true in the half-decade since. Here is some of what I had to say about the events of February 14th 2015: Today, Valentine's Day, a café in Copenhagen hosted a discussion on "Art,...
  • Drones and Debacles

    02/08/2020 6:11:26 AM PST · by Twotone
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 6, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    If you missed our livestream Clubland Q&A on Friday afternoon, here's the action replay. Simply click above and settle back for an hour-plus of my answers to questions from Mark Steyn Club members around the planet. This latest edition began with a Friday-night droning and ended on a musical note with Matt Monro and "Rule, Britannia!" - not the former singing the latter, alas. In between came a variety of topics from impeachment and Iowa and the State of the Union to Boris and Greta and climate change via Wodehouse and Waugh and woeful stand-up. You don't have to be...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Mark Steyn

    02/07/2020 7:41:52 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 1 replies
    Self-Published | 2/7/2020 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Mark Steyn. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Mark Steyn, America's Undocumented Anchorman, is Rush Limbaugh's primary guest host. He is best known for his humorous quips behind an unrelenting defense of the Constitution.Welcome back, Rush! All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the...