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  • Country Matters

    07/24/2017 4:10:40 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 24, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As I've said before, I've said it before. One of the occupational hazards of the commentative biz is that what's new - the daily news item - simply illustrates the same old thesis you've been hammering for years, so that life's rich pageant comes to seem like a Broadway catalogue song, a great torrent of accumulation all making the ever wearier point - that "You're the Top", "The Lady is a Tramp", "These Foolish Things remind me of you". Or in our case: We're the Pits, The Lady is a Transitioning Gentleman, and These Foolish Things remind me that our...
  • The Son of the Man who Put the Saud in Saudi Arabia

    07/23/2017 4:40:49 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 18, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    I see that Prince Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz al Saud died the other day. If you're having trouble keeping track of your Saudi princes, well, I don't blame you. Unlike the closely held princely titles of the House of Windsor, the House of Saud is somewhat promiscuous with the designation: there are (at the time of writing) over 10,000 Saudi "princes" running around the country - and, in fact, at this time of year, more likely running around Mayfair and the French Riviera, exhausting the poor old blondes from the escort agencies. I believe that's Abdul-Rahman at right, although to be...
  • Keeping His Hand In

    07/22/2017 4:35:44 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 22, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Martin Landau died a week ago at the age of 89. He was a versatile actor who connected less often than he should have with the perfect part, but, when he did, there was none better. In the late Sixties, he was a TV fixture on "Mission: Impossible", playing the most watchable character Rollin Hand, a master of disguise who could pass himself off as almost anyone. It was a fun role for Landau, and created for him (the name of the part in early scripts was "Martin Land") and his particular talents: half the time, to make it even...
  • Diversity and Disintegration

    07/21/2017 12:14:58 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 21, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    The most important determination the media make is deciding what category a story falls into. For example, NPR recently ran a report asking the following: How Did Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Pop Up In Spain? Oddly enough, despite the headline, the reporter doesn't seem that interested in answering the question. What follows is a public-health story: The disease is a tick-borne, Ebola-like virus. Because it's a lesser-known illness, it is often misdiagnosed. So there aren't very good official statistics on the number of cases in many parts of the world. It's normally found in North Africa, the Middle East and Central...
  • SteynPost #18: The Biggest Issue of our Time (deathbed demography)video

    07/17/2017 10:00:10 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 17 replies
    Mark Steyn via YouTube ^ | July 17, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Longtime Steyn readers will be familiar with the demographic thesis of his 2006 international bestseller America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It. Almost the entire developed world is mired in deathbed demography from which no functioning society has ever recovered. Mark's book was a big success a decade ago. But it is a melancholy fact that most people in the western world remain entirely unaware of this remorseless arithmetic or its likely consequences. So this brand new SteynPost is a kind of primer on demographic trends, and where they lead.
  • TUCKER CARLSON ROAST SESSION W/ MARK STEYN

    07/13/2017 12:44:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    You Tube/Fox News ^ | 12 July 2017 | Tucker Carlson interviews Mark Steyn
    Video 7:52 Hilarious
  • The Case of the Nationalist Dog Whistle

    07/11/2017 5:21:08 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 7-11-17 | MOTUS
    Sometimes the “tale” does wag the dog.I guess the  “Donald J. Trump Jr. met with Russians!” story isn’t strong enough to propel journOlists  through the end of the week in their looking glass world. Hence we continue to see an onslaught of articles critical of President Donald J. Trump’s “nationalist” (read “white-nationalist”) speech in Warsaw. I leave Mark Steyn to comment: Apologies to all my readers: Last week I carelessly wrote about President Trump's Warsaw speech as if the words therein corresponded to the definitions ascribed to them by Oxford, Webster's or any other English dictionary. My mistake. Apparently the...
  • Lutey Tunes

    07/10/2017 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 10, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Apologies to all my readers: Last week I carelessly wrote about President Trump's Warsaw speech as if the words therein corresponded to the definitions ascribed to them by Oxford, Webster's or any other English dictionary. My mistake. Apparently the plain meaning of the words is entirely irrelevant. Because the words aren't words per se, they're "dog whistles": Trump's white-nationalist dog whistles in Warsaw As James Taranto noted during a previous dog-whistling frenzy: "The thing we adore about these dog-whistle kerfuffles is that the people who react to the whistle always assume it's intended for somebody else," he wrote. "The whole...
  • The Will of the West

    07/07/2017 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 7, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    President Trump's speech in Warsaw was a remarkable statement from a western leader in the 21st century - which is why the enforcers of our public discourse have gone bananas over it and denounced it as "blood and soil" "nativism" (The New Republic), "racial and religious paranoia" (The Atlantic), and "tinpot dictator sh*t" (some comedian having a meltdown on Twitter). Much of the speech was just the usual boosterish boilerplate that one foreign leader sloughs off while visiting the capital of another. But that wasn't what caused the mass pearl-clutching. This was the offending passage: There is nothing like our...
  • The First Post-National Holiday

    07/05/2017 10:56:01 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 5, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Justin Trudeau has moved on - he's getting an honorary degree from Edinburgh University for being nice to Syrian refugees (like this one) - and his Scottish hosts are even less interested in Canada's sesquicentennial than Canadians turned out to be. Nevertheless, the complete stinkeroo Justin's Liberals made of the anniversary is fascinating, and revealing about the state of civilizational self-loathing that afflicts the west's political class. It is in that sense relevant beyond Canada - not just for the other settler nations of the Anglosphere, and the mother country itself, but for all kinds of other places - Sweden,...
  • America The Beautiful

    07/04/2017 10:15:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 4, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    To all our American readers, a happy Independence Day! This much requested essay is taken from Mark's book A Song For The Season: In 1893, a Massachusetts professor called Katharine Lee Bates was giving a series of summer lectures on English literature at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs. "One day," she recalled, "some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon. Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules. I was very tired. But when I saw...
  • Bollards of the Mind

    07/03/2017 11:11:49 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 3, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Occasionally, in the wake of a terror attack somewhere in the western world, I'll find myself in a TV studio where highly intelligent experts are arguing that this is why we need to hit Raqaa right now, or institute even more extreme vetting, or get better cooperation between our 473 police and intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies, or devote more resources to anti-extremism outreach programs, or install bollards up and down the land until every bollard is itself ring-fenced with bollards, which appears to be the plan Malcolm Turnbull is implementing in Australia, bollards upon bollards upon bollards... All of which...
  • An Ambivalent Anniversary: Canada 150

    07/01/2017 1:07:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 7-1-17 | Mark Steyn
    To all my compatriots at home and abroad, a happy 150th birthday! At noon on this day in 1867, the British North America Act came into effect and the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Canada - that's Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec) - were united into the new Dominion of Canada under a constitutional document that has since been applied, all but unaltered, to newborn nations in almost every corner of the globe. Something to celebrate, you'd think. But, for any Canadians old enough to remember the glorious centennial year of 1967, this is a much...
  • Hilarious: Steyn Mocks Acosta’s ‘Drama Queen-ery,’ ‘Cooper with Elmo as His Co-Pilot’

    06/29/2017 7:24:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | June 29, 2017 | Curtis Houck
    Having a bad day? Well, you’ve come to the right place. On Wednesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, conservative pundit Mark Steyn hysterically dismantled CNN’s Russia coverage, arguing it was worse than their Malaysian plane coverage and the only plot twist left is for “Anderson Cooper and Elmo in the CNN space ship” to save “Earth...from the rupture in the space time continuum.” The nearly-seven-minutes of fun kicked off with Steyn making an analogy about CNN selling empty bags of potato chips and then another about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370: They went bananas over that Malaysian plane that disappeared a couple of...
  • Pass Me My Sharia Niblick

    06/28/2017 11:55:28 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 28, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    The formal observances of Canada's 150th birthday have included a sesquicentennial viceregal gaffe and a pair of commemorative prime ministerial socks. But of course what most Canadians like to do when we're not trapping beaver and huffing poutine is celebrate diversity. And so it was that at the Canadian Tire store in Scarborough a "Scarborough woman" went full Allahu Akbar in the paint aisle, but, touchingly, instead of just slashing at her "fellow Canadians" with the traditional machete of her own cultural inheritance, she also embraced Canadian values by clobbering her victims with a golf club as if berating the...
  • The Numero Uno Sock Puppet

    06/27/2017 1:32:14 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 7 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 27 June 2017 | Mark Steyn
    When I first heard that Justin Trudeau had marched in the Toronto Pride Parade wearing Ramadan socks, my first reaction was that that was a bit under-dressed even for him. My mistake. It turns out the Prime Minister wasn't wearing just his Ramadan socks but also shirt and trousers. Which, on reflection, is a bit boringly overdressed. Perhaps for next year's parade he could wear a niqab with cutaway buttocks and a crescent tramp stamp. Just trying to be inclusive here. The official explanation here is that he wished to celebrate both Pride and Eid. Which makes you wonder why...
  • Getting Used to It

    06/07/2017 11:22:59 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 7, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Britain goes to the polls tomorrow, and Theresa May seems all but certain to be extending her stay in Downing Street - despite having fought a remarkably inept election campaign, in the course of which 29 people have been killed in terrorist attacks by "known wolves" so known that one had been reported to MI5 by at least three foreign governments (the French, Italians and Americans) and the other had starred in a Channel 4 documentary called The Jihadis Next Door. I joked on Monday morning that the latter was Emmy-nominated for Best Jihadist in a British Extremism Documentary, but...
  • The New Mancunians [Steyn on Manchester bombing]

    06/02/2017 5:52:07 AM PDT · by Enchante · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 1, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As the number of Muslims increase, the number of extremists increase. As the number of extremists increase, the number of terrorists increase. As the number of terrorists increase, so the word "terrorist" has to be defined down so that a beleaguered security state can refine its priorities: There's no time for your nickel'n'dime Isis recruits, brides of Isis, "Islamic Fighting Group" commanders, bomb-makers, embassy-bombing masterminds... When it's an ever more stretched net with ever more gaping holes, everyone slips through. Salman Abedi did not become a terrorist, a murderer, an "extremist", until the final moments of his life. But it's...
  • The Larger Imagination of a "Dsspoiler of Women"

    05/30/2017 6:15:24 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 May 217 | Mark Steyn
    We mark the centenary of John F Kennedy's birth at SteynOnline with a song central to his widow's instant mythologizing of her slain husband. But that focuses on the end of his short life, and I felt, on his hundredth birthday, I ought to say something about the pre-mythological Jack, the Kennedy of those formative years. I've met a handful of Kennedys in the course of my life, including, briefly, JFK Jr, and in no instance have I ever felt the slightest desire to prolong the acquaintance. All gave off a more than faintly obnoxious sense of entitlement, unredeemed -...
  • The Ruin of England

    05/30/2017 6:08:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 30, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    The groupthink in our public discourse is so pervasive it goes as unnoticed as the air. For example, let's say a bunch of young girls are blown up at a pop concert. You have to say something about it. But what? Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, on what he called the "incident" (seriously) at Manchester Arena: We will not allow terrorists who seek to sow fear and division to achieve their aims. Likewise, Amber Rudd, the British Home Secretary, had no doubt about the intent of the attack: Its intention was to sow fear - its intention...