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  • Mark Steyn: Obama redefines 'Green Zone'

    06/08/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by radioone · 12 replies
    OC Register ^ | June 8, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee a few days ago – that's 60 years on the throne. Just to put it in perspective, she's been queen since Harry S. Truman was president. At any rate, her jubilee has been a huge success, save for a few churlish republicans in various corners of Her Majesty's realms from London to Toronto to Sydney pointing out how absurd it is for grown citizens to be fawning over a distant head of state who lives in a fabulous, glittering cocoon entirely disconnected from ordinary life. Which brings us to President Obama.
  • Give-and-Take ... Mark Steyn

    06/06/2012 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 2 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 5 June 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Some years ago in this space, I cited a famous Gerald Ford line he liked to use when trying to ingratiate himself with conservative audiences: "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." And I posited an alternative thesis: A government big enough to give you everything you want isn't big enough to get you to give any of it back. That's what the political class of Europe's cradle-to-grave welfare states have spent the last three years doing: trying to persuade their electorates to give some of it back....
  • Mark Steyn: Twilight of the West

    06/02/2012 10:32:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 2, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    The Eurovision Song Contest doesn’t get a lot of attention in the United States, but on the Continent it’s long been seen as the perfect Euro-metaphor. Years before the euro came along, it was the prototype pan-European institution, and predicated on the same assumptions. Eurovision took the national cultures that produced Mozart, Vivaldi, and Debussy, and in return gave us “Boom-Bang-a-Bang” (winner, 1969), “Ding-Ding-a-Dong” (winner, 1975), and “Diggi-Loo-Diggi-Ley” (winner, 1984). The euro took the mark, the lira, and the franc, and merged them to create the “Boom-Bang-a-Bang” of currencies. How will it all end? One recalls the 1990 Eurovision finals...
  • It's Not Our World ... Mark Steyn

    05/31/2012 5:54:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 May 2012 | Mark Steyn
    There is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and even more of it in the nation's publishing catalogue. Robert Kagan has noticed the resurgence of declinism; he doesn't care for it; and The World America Made is his response to it. For the record, I am not a declinist: I'm way beyond that, and am more of a collapsist, as may be adjudged from the title of my own contribution to the genre, After America, and even more from its subtitle, "Get Ready for Armageddon." As I'm always at pains to point out, an author doesn't get into...
  • Mark Steyn: The Facebook Caliphate

    05/26/2012 11:08:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    So how’s that old Arab Spring going? You remember — the “Facebook Revolution.” As I write, they’re counting the votes in Egypt’s presidential election, so by the time you read this the pecking order may have changed somewhat. But currently in first place is the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, who in an inspiring stump speech before the students of Cairo University the other night told them, “Death in the name of Allah is our goal.” Like! In second place is the military’s man Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and a man who in... --snip-- No one should...
  • Mark Steyn: Eternally shifting sands of Obama's biography

    05/18/2012 2:28:19 PM PDT · by radioone · 60 replies
    OC Register ^ | 5-18-12 | Mark Steyn
    It used to be a lot simpler. As E.C. Bentley deftly summarized it in 1905: "Geography is about maps, But Biography is about chaps." But that was then, and now Biography is also about maps. For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya? Whoa, that sounds like crazy Birther talk; don't go there! But Breitbart News did, and it turns out that the earliest recorded example of Birtherism is from the president's own literary agent, way back in 1991, in the official bio of her exciting new author: "Barack Obama,...
  • The Spirit of Geert Wilders [Steyn]

    05/14/2012 5:32:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 37 replies ^ | May 14, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    When I was asked to write a foreword to Geert Wilders’ new book, my first reaction, to be honest, was to pass. Mr. Wilders lives under 24/7 armed guard because significant numbers of motivated people wish to kill him, and it seemed to me, as someone who’s attracted more than enough homicidal attention over the years, that sharing space in these pages was likely to lead to an uptick in my own death threats. Who needs it? Why not just plead too crowded a schedule and suggest the author try elsewhere? I would imagine Geert Wilders gets quite a lot...
  • Composite Americans (Mark Steyn)

    05/05/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 5-4-2012 | Mark Steyn - Commentary
    <p>But being yourself is never going to be enough in the new composite America. Last week, in an election campaign ad, Barack revealed his latest composite girlfriend — “Julia.” She’s worse than the old New York girlfriend. She can’t even be herself. In fact, she can’t be anything without massive assistance from Barack every step of the way, from his “Head Start” program at the age of three through to his Social Security benefits at the age of 67. Everything good in her life she owes to him. When she writes her memoir, it will be thanks to a subvention from the Federal Publishing Assistance Program for Chronically Dependent Women but you’ll love it: Sweet Dreams from My Sugar Daddy. She’s what the lawyers would call “non composite mentis.” She’s not competent to do a single thing for herself — and, from Barack’s point of view, that’s exactly what he’s looking for in a woman, if only for a one-night stand on a Tuesday in early November.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Fauxcahontas and the melting pot

    05/04/2012 4:45:30 PM PDT · by radioone · 36 replies
    OCregister ^ | 5-4-12 | Mark Steyn
    Have you dated a composite woman? They're America's hottest new demographic. As with all the really cool stuff, Barack Obama was doing it years before the rest of us. In "Dreams from My Father," the world's all-time most-unread bestseller, he spills the inside dope on his composite white girlfriend: "When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn't be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn't. She could only be herself, and wasn't that enough..."
  • Middle Class Mick ... Mark Steyn

    05/01/2012 11:07:18 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 1 May 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Midway through a Julie Burchill column in the Guardian bemoaning the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I was startled to learn the following: Although fewer than 10 percent of British children attend private schools, their alumni make up over 60 percent of the acts on the U.K. pop charts. Twenty years ago, it was 1 percent. There's always been a bit of this, of course: Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics and made more money singing the songs of hardscrabble Mississippi bluesmen than the gnarled old-timers who'd lived those lyrics could ever dream of. But he was "middle class"...
  • Mark Steyn: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Entertainment

    04/30/2012 5:18:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 29, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>I share John Hinderaker’s general line on the general loathsomeness of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – I dislike both the self-flattering fake self-deprecation of the pols and the fawning defanged jabs of the comics. A ghastly business. But I also share his appreciation for the only novel aspect of last night’s affair. My weekend column addressed Romney’s dog-transporting and Obama’s dog-eating – the former referenced by New York Times columnist Gail Collins some four dozen or so times, the latter not at all by her or any other Times bigshot. And yet there was the President of the United States up on stage doing dog-eating shtick in front of the nation. That represents an amazingly swift victory for the man who, all but entirely via Twitter, injected the topic into the public discourse – Jim Treacher.</p>
  • Democrats Light Themselves Pair Of Exploding Cigars

    04/27/2012 6:06:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 27, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    A couple of days ago, Obama campaign top dog David Axelrod threw in the towel on the dog war. "I thought it was a little absurd to talk about what the president had done as a 10-year-old boy," he sniffed to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, which is as near as the suddenly sheepish attack dog will ever get to conceding that Barack Obama is the first dog-eating president in the history of the republic. For those coming late to the feud, the Democrats started it, assiduously promoting accounts of a 1983 Romney vacation to Canada in which the family pooch Seamus...
  • Mark Steyn: Grope and Change

    04/21/2012 10:04:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 21, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Unlike the government of the United States, I can’t claim any hands-on experience with Colombian hookers. But I was impressed by the rates charged by Miss Dania Suarez, and even more impressed by the U.S. Secret Service’s response to them. Cartagena’s most famous “escort” costs $800. For purposes of comparison, you can book Eliot Spitzer’s “escort” for $300. Yet, on the cold grey fiscally conservative morning after the wild socially liberal night before, Dania’s Secret Service agent offered her a mere $28. Twenty-eight bucks! What a remarkably precise sum. Thirty dollars less a federal handling fee? Why isn’t this guy...
  • Mark Steyn: Exodus (The Second End of European Jewry)

    04/18/2012 12:48:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 32 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 4/17/2012 | Mark Steyn
    ...If the flow of information is really controlled by Jews, as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright assured his students at the Chicago Theological Seminary a year or two back, you'd think they'd be a little better at making their media minions aware of one of the bleakest stories of the early 21st century: the extinguishing of what's left of Jewish life in Europe. It would seem to me that the first reaction, upon hearing of a Jewish school shooting, would be to put it in the context of the other targeted schools, synagogues, community centers, and cemeteries. And yet liberal American...
  • Re: Derb (Mark Steyn defends him)

    04/09/2012 1:11:54 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | April 9, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>I didn’t agree with Derb on many things, from Ron Paul and talk radio to God and science. For his part, he reckoned I was a bit of a wimp on what he called “the Great Unmentionables.” He thought that neuroscientists and geneticists’ understanding of race trumped my touching belief in “culture.” I’m not so sure: Why is Haiti Haiti and Barbados Barbados? Why is India India and Pakistan Pakistan? Skin color and biological determinism don’t get you very far on that.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Wait and see how flexible Obama will be

    04/08/2012 9:28:09 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    OC Register ^ | 6 Apr 2012 | Mark Steyn
    As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby observed in "The Road To Bali": "He gets his shirts straight from ParisCigarettes from the Nile He talks like a highbrow But he plays Chicago style..." I've no idea where President Barack Obama gets his shirts and smokes, but he certainly talks like a highbrow, sufficiently so to persuade presidential historian Michael Beschloss to pronounce him the day after the 2008 election "the smartest president ever." Yet, in the end, he plays Chicago style. You can take the community organizer out of Chicago, but you can't take the Chicago out of the community organizer....
  • Our Contemptuous President [Mark Steyn]

    04/07/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/7/2012 | Mark Steyn
    As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby observed in Road to Bali:He gets his shirts straight from Paris Cigarettes from the Nile He talks like a highbrow But he plays Chicago style . . . I’ve no idea where President Obama gets his shirts and smokes, but he certainly talks like a highbrow, sufficiently so to persuade presidential historian Michael Beschloss to pronounce him the day after the 2008 election “the smartest president ever.” Yet, in the end, he plays Chicago style. You can take the community organizer out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the community...
  • Will Justice Kennedy Swing Toward Fundamental Change?

    03/30/2012 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | March 30, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Swingin' Anthony Kennedy has been the swingingest swinger on the Supreme Court, the big Numero Cinco on all those 5-4 white-knuckle nail-biting final scores. So naturally court observers have been paying close attention to his interventions in the ObamaCare oral arguments. So far he doesn't sound terribly persuaded by the administration's line: "The government is saying that the federal government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases, and that changes the relationship of the federal government to...
  • Gradual insolvency about to speed up

    03/24/2012 1:33:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 2+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | March 24, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    "We are headed for the most predictable economic crisis in history," says Paul Ryan. And he's right. But precisely because it's so predictable the political class has already discounted it. Which is why a plan for pie now and spinach later, maybe even two decades later, is the only real menu on the table. There's a famous exchange in Hemingway's "A Place In The Sun." Someone asks Mike Campbell, "How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways," he replies. "Gradually, then suddenly." We've been going through the gradual phase so long, we're kinda used to it. But it's coming to an...
  • The Sun Also Sets ... Mark Steyn

    03/25/2012 5:15:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 24 March 2012 | Mark Steyn
    I was in Australia earlier this month and there, as elsewhere on my recent travels, the consensus among the politicians I met (at least in private) was that Washington lacked the will for meaningful course correction, and that, therefore, the trick was to ensure that, when the behemoth goes over the cliff, you’re not dragged down with it. It is faintly surreal to be sitting in paneled offices lined by formal portraits listening to eminent persons who assume the collapse of the dominant global power is a fait accompli. “I don’t feel America is quite a First World country anymore,”...