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  • Oligarchs for Hillary!

    04/26/2015 12:44:16 PM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Mark Steyn On-line ^ | April 20, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    For me, the issue this US election season is the corruption. Sure, I'd like a balanced budget and less debt and repeal of Obamacare, but I'm getting used to being sold out on those issues. So I'm down to the bare minimum requirement for a politician: The corruption nauseates me, and, if it doesn't nauseate the candidates, then that explains a lot about why nothing happens on any of those other matters. It's in the air, it's in my nostrils, and I'm sick of choking on it. We have a "justice" department that prosecutes a senator who made the mistake...
  • The Audacity of Hill ... Mark Steyn

    03/10/2015 11:01:35 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 31 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Marv2015 | Mark Steyn
    ... I'll be talking about today's Hillary Clinton press conference later tonight with Sean Hannity on Fox News, but it was an amazing performance. Amazingly wooden and unconvincing, of course, but in a sense that was part of its brazenness. Its sheer implausibility underlined her central message: Yeah, and what are you gonna do about it? Most political figures would be terrified at having to advance this thin a defense in public: Oh, well. I didn't have a government email address because I didn't want to be forced to carry "two devices". Who'd she get that one from? Bill? "Aw,...
  • Romancing the Stone ... Mark Steyn

    03/02/2015 11:08:16 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 2 Mar 2015 | Mark Steyn
    I'm a little under the weather (which is not as chronic as being under the climate), but I wanted to add something to what I said the other day about thug operator Raúl Grijalva, Democrat Representative from Arizona and Ranking Member of the House UnEnvironmental Activities Committee. It is not a small thing when even a jumped-up twerp hack announces that the national legislature of the world's superpower is targeting seven private citizens for disagreeing with him. In this case Commissar Grijalva is clamping the electrodes to various climate scientists - Robert Balling, John Christy, Judith Curry, Steven Hayward, David...
  • O Beautiful, For Specious Guys...(Mark Steyn)

    02/20/2015 11:24:00 PM PST · by beaversmom · 53 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | February 20, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    The US media have had a fit of the vapors over Rudy Giuliani's suggestion that Barack Obama does not love America. As the Instapundit says, their reaction suggests that Giuliani hit a nerve. For my own part, I am way beyond that. By the way, I'm growing rather weary of the cheap comparisons of Obama with Neville Chamberlain. The British Prime Minister got the biggest issue of the day wrong. But no one ever doubted that he loved his country. That's why, after his eviction from Downing Street, Churchill kept him on in his ministry as Lord President of the...
  • The War on Free Speech, Day In, Day Out ... Mark Steyn

    02/16/2015 1:29:13 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | Mark Steyn
    Today, Valentine's Day, a café in Copenhagen hosted a discussion on "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression". Islam knows not "freedom of expression", and the inclination of a certain proportion of its adherents is to respond to any "discussion" by opening fire. Why wouldn't they? As President Selfie told the UN General Assembly, "The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam." The fanatics of Islam take him at his word, and act accordingly. So at that café this afternoon they came in shooting and yelling "Allahu Akbar!" - which is Arabic for "Can't we all...
  • The Glamor of Evil ... Mark Steyn

    02/06/2015 10:42:30 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 5 Feb 2015 | Mark Steyn
    On Tuesday the Islamic State released a 22-minute video showing Flight Lieutenant Muath al-Kasasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force being doused in petrol and burned to death. It is an horrific way to die, and Flt Lt al-Kasasbeh showed uncommon bravery, standing stiff and dignified as the flames consumed him. And then he toppled, and the ISIS cameras rolled on, until what was left was charred and shapeless and unrecognizable as human. King Abdullah's response to this barbaric act was to execute two ISIS prisoners the following morning, including the evil woman who was part of the cell that...
  • Where's the Lead in the Pencil? Mark Steyn

    01/15/2015 12:25:59 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Mark Steyn
    The cover of this week's Charlie Hebdo (right) shows Mohammed shedding a tear and holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the headline "Tout est pardonné" - all is forgiven. The illustration is unclear: Is Mohammed forgiving the secular leftie blasphemers? Or are the secular lefties forgiving Mohammed and his murderous believers? The Commentator devotes an editorial to the subject, and finds it "a strange cover" symbolic of "western confusion". On the other hand, Paul Berman in The Tablet thinks "uncertainty lends majesty". On the other other hand, over at Ace of Spades, they think Charlie's staff are mocking...
  • The Fire Rages

    01/08/2015 6:23:19 PM PST · by Lorianne · 65 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Mark Steyn
    In 2008, when the Canadian Islamic Congress attempted to criminalize my writing, we heard a lot of the usual hooey (courtesy of that eugenicist crackpot Oliver Wendell Holmes) that there was no right to shout fire in a crowded theatre. On the very last day of the trial in Vancouver, my old friend Julian Porter, QC summed up thus: Against the argument that you cannot cry fire in a crowded theatre: Oh yes you can — you must, if in your considered view there is a fire. In that case there is a duty to cry fire.The satirists of Charlie...
  • A Lesson From Luke

    12/23/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | December 23, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is a column we still get a lot of requests for this time of year - written eleven Christmases ago and riffing off an often overlooked corner of the Gospels. It represents one of my first forays into what would become the demographic thesis of America Alone. I'm happy to report that Israel's fertility looks a little healthier than Mr Netanyahu gave it credit for. Europe, alas, remains largely blind to what lies ahead: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou...
  • The NO Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,Mark Steyn,WOR AM,EST,12NOONPM-3PM,December 15,2014

    12/15/2014 8:52:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 131 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Mark Steyn Guests Hosts Today. Rush Will Be Back Tomorrow.
  • STEYN: OBAMA INCENTIVIZES THE LAWLESS AND PENALIZES THE LAWFUL

    11/30/2014 10:03:59 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/2014 | Jeff Poor
    In filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Friday show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn scoffed at the notion Republicans would handle impeachment well enough to even attempt. The author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn” responded a caller’s question about impeachment and acknowledge that Obama penalizes the lawful, while incentivizing the lawless, but was skeptical congressional Republicans would do anything about it. As it pertained to impeachment, he pointed to the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s and explained that based upon the Republican Senate leadership’s handling of impeachment at the time, there is no reason to...
  • Global Warming: Michael Mann defamation lawsuit against CEI, Mark Steyn, NR, argued today, 11/25/14

    11/25/2014 4:02:06 PM PST · by steelyourfaith · 14 replies
    Competitive Enterptise Institute | 11/25/14 | Sam Katzman, CEI general counsel
    Background (from Sam Katzman, Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel) going into the hearing of 11/25/14: “Regardless of where one stands on global warming, this case is about the First Amendment. Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit is an unfounded attempt to chill speech on a major issue of public concern. Professor Mann is a high-profile figure in the global warming debate, and he himself is responsible for much of the overheated rhetoric in that debate. His complaint about CEI’s criticism of his statistical methods belongs in the arena of public discussion and scientific inquiry, not in the courts. “This is precisely the...
  • But Enough About the Planet, Let's Talk About Me...

    11/03/2014 6:21:47 AM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 03 November 2014 | Mark Steyn
    I've been off the Big Climate beat out promoting my new book this last fortnight, so when this came wafting into my in-box the other day I read it carefully three or four times just to be certain it wasn't an ingenious parody: Climate Depression Is For Real. Just Ask A Scientist. By "climate depression", they don't mean a low-pressure system off Labrador. Rather, the massed ranks of climate scientists are depressed because nobody's listening to them - well, nobody except President Obama, the Prince of Wales, the European Union, John Kerry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Alba, etc. Reporter Madeleine Thomas...
  • The Strong Horse

    10/27/2014 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 12 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 27, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On March 11th 1917, General Maude's British Indian army marched into Baghdad and took as prisoners almost 10,000 Ottoman troops. If you had to locate the birth of the modern, post-caliphate Arab world in a single event, that would be it. Over the next few years, London and Paris drew lines in the sand and invented the western Middle East, and the states we treat with today - Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia. The British certainly understand the significance of March 1917: When they returned to Baghdad to topple Saddam a decade ago, they named their new military headquarters in...
  • Steyn: One Person Can Change Everything and ‘I Like Ted Cruz’

    10/24/2014 8:37:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 21, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Mark Steyn, author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn,” argued that culture is more important than elections, and that he liked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as someone who could shift American politics to the right in an appearance on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Steyn stated “vision’s the important part. What's actually happening is that the kind of model of the social democratic welfare dependency state since the Second World War has run out of gas. It's over, and to persuade people to move off that model actually requires you to have a conversation with the people and change...
  • An Assault on the Heart of the Canadian State ... Mark Steyn

    10/24/2014 8:14:45 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 23 Oct 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Wednesday morning, shortly before 10am, Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was murdered at Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa. The killer was a recent Muslim convert, as was the killer of another Canadian soldier in St Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday, and the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich in South London. In a detail almost too absurd, the Ottawa jihadist turned out to be the son of Susan Bibeau, the Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Division of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board. Her (now ex-)husband was a "Libyan businessman".
  • Celebrate Conformity (Cont)

    10/14/2014 8:51:51 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | October 14, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Many Americans seem to think that free speech and the First Amendment are synonymous. They're not: the former is a larger and more primal concept. But one consequence of that confusion is that, whenever free-speech questions arise, you always get a ton of emails droning, "There's no First Amendment issue here, Steyn. Mozilla/Brandeis/A&E/whoever is not the government. It's a private entity and is perfectly free to can its chief exec/disinvite Ayaan Hirsi Ali/suspend 'Duck Dynasty'/whatever if it wants to." Which is true as far as it goes, but doesn't address the core question of ugly thuggish identity-group enforcers remorselessly narrowing...
  • Heads We Lose ... Mark Steyn

    10/09/2014 8:22:53 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 9 Oct 2014 | Mark Steyn
    As ISIS prepares to take the Turkish border city of Kobani, the new Caliphate's use of social media as a promotional tool (which is rather more effective than, say, the Democrats' or Justin Trudeau's) has begun to inspire what Obama would presumably call the jihad's junior "junior varsity" teams: Boko Haram, the extremist Islamic group, reportedly beheaded seven people Monday in Nigeria in revenge attacks, which were described by one resident as the way butchers "slaughter goats." From the report, you might get the impression that that's a figure of speech. But it's literally true. At the end of my...
  • Ebola Yes, Bagpipes No

    10/06/2014 12:24:12 PM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 6, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Thomas Eric Duncan has the distinction of being America's Patient Zero - the first but not the last person to develop Ebola symptoms in the United States.</p> <p>Is he a US citizen? No, he's Liberian.</p> <p>Is he a resident of the United States? No, he landed at Washington's Dulles Airport on September 20th, in order to visit his sister and having quit his job in Monrovia a few weeks earlier.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: No reason to believe GOP will ever repeal Obamacare

    09/21/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT · by buffyt · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jeff Poor
    National Review columnist Mark Steyn blasted claims by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others that the best strategy is to allow Obamacare to crumble under its own weight and only then seek to repeal it. Filling in as host on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Monday, Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” explained to a caller named “Joe” that there is no reason to believe congressional Republicans have the will to repeal anything, especially considering that Carter-era institutions like the Department of Education and the Department of Energy have managed to flourish even in times of...
  • Mark Steyn: The Coalition of the Unwilling

    09/13/2014 4:55:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 09/13/2014 | Mark Steyn
    I was overseas when Obama gave his momentous Isis address, but figured I could pretty much guess how things would go. Despite being the greatest orator of the last thousand years, he's a complete bust at selling anything but himself, as comprehensively demonstrated in his first couple of years: see his rhetorical efforts on behalf of ObamaCare, or Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley, or Chicago's Olympics bid. When it comes to war, he suffers from an additional burden: before he can persuade anybody else, he first has to persuade himself. And he can't do it. So he gave the...
  • I Never Listen to the Experts

    09/11/2014 3:52:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/11/14 | Steve Berman
    They say I need to figure out what my readers want to read, and write that.  They say I’m supposed to get inside your heads and touch your emotions, hopes and fears.  They. You know, the experts.  People who know.  They say a lot of things.  Trouble is, I don’t listen to them.  Plus, my mind doesn’t work the same way as most people.  Really, it doesn’t. One of my few skills is writing computer programs.  I’ve been coding since I was 13, and that would warm Bill Gates’ heart, since coding is now considered a basic survival skill.  When...
  • Steyn: Difference In Obama Approach To Freeing Bergdahl Vs Sotloff, Foley "Fascinating"

    09/03/2014 7:03:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    In filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Tuesday radio show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn pointed to a contrast in the different approach President Barack Obama went through to free U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban versus the two decapitated journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley from ISIS.
  • The Reformation of Manners (Mark Steyn on Rotherham)

    08/30/2014 2:35:40 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday I appeared on Michael Graham's radio show to discuss, among other things, the appalling revelations from Rotherham, a drab town in South Yorkshire in which over the course of a decade and a half some 1,400 girls (as young as 11) were "groomed", drugged, raped, traded and, occasionally, doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. All the while, the entire apparatus of the state, from the political class to the police to the "child protection" agencies, looked the other way - for fear of appearing "racist" or "Islamophobic". The BBC describes the predators' actions as "brazen",...
  • The Sandy Man ... Mark Steyn

    08/29/2014 8:58:49 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Mark Steyn
    My weekly appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show chanced this week to follow a rare appearance by Barack Obama at the White House. He happened to have a couple of hours between the golf game and the fundraiser, and so thought he might as well climb into the lightweight suit and make a statement about Putin, Iraq and all the other peripheral stuff President Tee-Time doesn't usually have time for. This was his position on ISIS:We don't have a strategy yet. As Vlad and the mullahs and the ChiComs must be thinking: Wow! When he promised he'd be the most...
  • The Face of the Tiger ... Mark Steyn

    08/24/2014 6:36:03 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 23 Aug 2014 | Mark Steyn
    A few days ago, James Foley was beheaded by an ISIS jihadist, apparently British by upbringing and passport, if not in his primary identity. The decapitation of an American by an outfit he'd previously dismissed as the "jayvees" of jihad was sufficiently serious for President Obama to postpone his tee time, although not to any useful effect. Aside from the fake, tinny chumminess (all "Jim" this, "Jim that, just as for Ambassador Stevens it was all "Chris" this, "Chris that") the commander-in-chief reserves for the victims of an enemy he assured us was on the run, Obama's remarks were fatuous...
  • Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views

    08/14/2014 9:13:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data. But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case...
  • Young Turks (Mark Steyn)

    08/14/2014 4:59:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | August 13, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi: ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken ...is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken Which translated into English means roughly: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It's a preconceived plan by Zionists who want to deliberately blacken Islam's name. Who is Yasmina Haifi? She's an official at the Dutch Ministry of Justice who serves as project leader at the Netherlands' National Cyber Security Center. And she thinks Isis is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad. She could be right. On the other hand, maybe Yasmina Haifi is a...
  • The Home Front

    07/30/2014 11:59:51 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On Friday, writing about the four-hour detention by US Customs & Border Protection of a troop of Iowa boy scouts, I put it this way: American life is bifurcating into the undocumented and the overdocumented. On the southern border, the bazillions of US laws are meaningless - proof of identity, medical tests, none of it matters. And the less it matters on the Rio Grande the more the zealots on the 49th Parallel will take apart your car if they think you've got a Kinder egg in there. Anyone who thinks that attitude can be confined to the border and...
  • The Absence of America

    07/27/2014 8:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | July 26, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Dinesh D'Souza has a new movie out called America: Imagine A World Without Her - but we don't really have to "imagine", it's happening before our eyes. Nothing difficult and complicated about it: in this decline and fall, the Emperor simply went fundraising. At any rate, Jamie Weinstein sat in for Hugh Hewitt this week, and took me on a brisk trot round current topics: MARK STEYN: Well, what's going on in the world is of very little interest to President Fundraiser. He's got other priorities, and the rest of the planet, as I believe it's marked on the State...
  • The Man Who Never Calls

    07/24/2014 5:21:37 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 13 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | July 24, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    There was an odd moment during Tuesday's White House press briefing when Ed Henry of Fox News noted that the President was spending three out of five days this week fundraising for his party, and wondered, in effect, whether he still did any work. ... Shuttle diplomacy, of the kind the vainglorious Kerry is attempting, only works if you already have a relationship. You can't start trying to build one after the shooting's started. And in this case the regional leaders' crude self-interest outweighs whatever value they might place on staying on the right side of President Fundraiser and Secretary...
  • Mark Steyn: Israel and Ukraine, each fighting against the forces of terror and chaos

    07/24/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 17 replies
    National Post [Ca] ^ | July 23, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    The two big international headlines of the moment are the downing of the Malaysian jet over Ukraine and Israel’s incursion into Gaza. On the face of it, these two stories don’t have much in common, but they are in fact part of the same story. To know Israel it helps to know Ukraine, and to know Ukraine it helps to know Israel. This weekend will mark the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets re-took the city of Lviv (or Lvov, or Lemberg, according to taste) in western Ukraine, and ended a three-year German occupation. Before the Germans arrived, there...
  • The Ultimate Mark Steyn July 18th, 2014

    07/19/2014 4:26:47 PM PDT · by Third Person · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | July 18th, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Steyn on Rush Limbaugh Show - 7/18/14 (Full Episode)
  • Gun Control

    07/13/2014 1:52:17 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 48 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | May 6, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Aside from doing my bit for the First Amendment (your continued support is much appreciated), I've lately been taking a much greater interest in the Fourth Amendment, particularly since a meek mild-mannered mumsy employee of mine was unlawfully seized by an angry small-town cop last year. So I've been chewing over yesterday's Supreme Court ruling. The case began half a decade ago in Bellaire, Texas: During the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, 2008, police sergeant Jeffrey Cotton fired three bullets at Robert Tolan; one of those bullets hit its target and punctured Tolan's right lung. At the time...
  • Bill of Sale

    07/13/2014 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 07 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Toronto Dominion is a Canadian bank which also operates south of the border under the amusing name of "TD - America's Most Convenient Bank®". It's certainly proved remarkably convenient for Bill Clinton. TD has paid millions to the future first First Gentleman of the United States, during his wife's tenure as Secretary of State and in her ongoing role as designated President-in-Waiting. What exactly are they paying for? Speeches? He's less dull a public speaker than the average politician, or average former president (Gerald Ford, say). But nothing he says would seem to merit, for example, the $525,000 TD paid...
  • STEYN: 'WE ARE ENTERING A POST-AMERICAN WORLD'

    07/04/2014 11:27:20 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 4, 2014
    HEWITT: Mike O’Hanlon said this is common sense. Victor Davis Hanson said this reflects the evaporation of American power in the world, and it’s not going to be just Japan. It’s going to be everybody running to get their own guns. What do you think, Mark Steyn? STEYN: Yes, I tend to agree with that, and Victor is a believer in the American umbrella, which is the situation that’s prevailed since the Second World War, where some of the wealthiest countries in the world like Japan or like Germany were able to not, in a sense, put up the money...
  • American Innovation - For Export Only. ... Mark Steyn

    07/05/2014 3:07:42 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 3 Julyb2014 | Mark Steyn
    The Toronto Star has one of those heartwarming miracle-operation hospital stories that newspapers run from time to time, whose meaning for American readers is something else entirely. A 33-year-old Oklahoma man called Jon David Sacker (right) urgently needed a double-lung transplant after his body rejected the ones he'd received two years ago. So he went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, but was too weak to undergo the operation. The only possibility of saving him was something called the Hemolung Respiratory Assist System, which would stabilize his condition and buy time for the body to re-strengthen and for new...
  • Declaration of Dependence [Mark Steyn]

    07/05/2014 3:12:22 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 4 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In my weekly conversation with Hugh Hewitt, we looked at America at home and abroad on the nation's 238th birthday. I suggested to Hugh that, from Obama's point of view, everything was proceeding according to plan: MARK STEYN: Mr. Medvedev was, if you recall, Vladimir Putin's sock puppet as the nominal leader in Russia. And Obama was overheard saying 'Well, this'll be my last election, and afterwards, I'll have a lot more flexibility.' And we're now actually seeing what that flexibility means. We're seeing it in the retreat of American power not just across the globe, but actually the vanishing,...
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills ... Mark Steyn

    07/05/2014 3:31:42 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 2 July 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ...Paul Mazursky was middle-aged and still cool when I met him, and Down And Out In Beverly Hills had been a pretty big hit, and I thought he'd carry on making films like that for another quarter-century. It was not to be. But Hollywood is the poorer for it. ~Speaking of American Jews, in the wake of the murder by Hamas of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, Ben Shapiro has written a withering piece on "the Jew-hating Obama Administration". Whether or not they're Jew-haters, they're certainly very quiet: President Barack Obama said nothing about them publicly. His wife...
  • The Morning After ... Mark Steyn

    07/05/2014 3:45:24 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 30 June 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ...The great organizing principle of 21st-century American life is that everything should be fiendishly complicated. If, say, an Italian wishes to take a leak, he strolls six feet across the corridor to the bathroom and unzips. To achieve the same end in America, a Keystone pipeline-long catheter has to be inserted snaking from his underwear out the front door, down the road to his employer's human resources department, on to the chief executive at head office, across town to the micturition management services company, over to the bodily fluids evacuation insurance provider, down the railroad track to the federal bureaucracy...
  • Fighting Vainly the Old Ennui ... Mark Steyn

    06/29/2014 1:22:18 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 27 June 2014 | Mark Steyn
    On my weekly visit to The Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday, Hugh and I discussed the Clintons and their money - Bill can't stop talking about how much they have, Hillary can't stop talking about how poor they are, and poor Chelsea has declared, from her $10.5 million apartment, that she's just too, too bored by money. On Hugh's show, I put it this way:The problem here is it's a Mitt Romney problem. When Mitt ran, people talked about Bain Capital, and a lot of people couldn't understand what Bain Capital did. You know, he would talk about Staples, but everyone...
  • Letting the IRS Get Away With It ... Mark Steyn

    06/29/2014 1:11:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 16 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 28 June 2014 | Mark Steyn
    ... At any rate, ever since our suggestion that you might like to help out in this manner, we've had a steady stream of emails from readers explaining that this is all well and good but it's taxable income and what I really need to do is set up a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 or 501(c)87 or some such as a vehicle for this campaign. To which the answer is: well, we certainly considered the possibility, and a few years ago I might have entertained the notion. But not anymore. The National Organization for Marriage, which was founded to protect the...
  • Border Guards Then and Now (Iraq)

    06/27/2014 7:07:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne
    Steyn Online ^ | 23 June 2014 | Mark Steyn
    The Iraq/Syria border no longer exists: ISIS has simply erased the Anglo-French settlement of 1922. Jordan has just one border post with Iraq - the one I crossed all those years ago - and it's asking an awful lot of these lads to be more respectful of Jordan's sovereignty than they've been of Iraq's or Syria's. Where next? With Syrian refugees expanding the population of his country by 25 per cent, I wonder how Jordan's King Abdullah feels about being an "ally" of Obama's. Perhaps he nodded his head at the reported comments of the Polish Foreign Minister - that...
  • Hockey Sticks over Hasakah (Steyn)

    06/22/2014 1:13:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 20 June 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Following the news that global warming is to blame for those kidnapped Nigerian girls, Al Gore explains that it's also to blame for the unstoppable march of ISIS across Syria and Iraq. Fortunately, Secretary of State John Kerry has been keeping his eye on the big picture by devoting his energies to figuring out how to lower the oceans with renowned climate expert Leonardo di Caprio. It's a shame Leo's yacht is too big for the Tigris, since I'm sure he and John could settle this Iraq thing in nothing flat if they just anchored it at the Mosul Sailing...
  • Mark Steyn: Helicopters on the Roof

    06/12/2014 5:34:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 25 replies
    SteynOnlIne ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In May 2011, in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, CNN's Fareed Zakaria wrote a column headlined "Al Qaeda Is Over": The truth is this is a huge, devastating blow to al Qaeda, which had already been crippled by the Arab Spring. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the end of al Qaeda in any meaningful sense of the word. Al Qaeda is not an organization that commands massive resources. It doesn't have a big army. It doesn't have vast reservoirs of funds that it can direct easily across the world. Zakaria is famously a...
  • I'm Gonna Quash That Mann Right Out Of My Hair (Global Warming)

    06/09/2014 1:32:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 6-7-2014 | Mark Steyn
    Guest-hosting for Rush a few days ago, I said if your kid is graduating from high school this week there has been no global warming his entire life. And immediately the usual drama queens emailed that I was a know-nothing denialist. But, just to nail it down, there has been no global warming for 17 years and nine months. That's since September 1996. The High School Class of 2014 has been blessed to have lived its entire life in a warming-free world.We're supposed to ignore this nigh-on-two-decade warming "pause" because the "97 per cent scientific consensus" tell us to. But,...
  • June 6th 1944 ... Mark Steyn

    06/08/2014 12:26:49 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | June 6th 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In Dennis Sullivan's photograph above, a landing craft from HMCS Prince Henry carries Canadian troops toward Juno Beach in the early hours of D-Day. Many years ago, I spoke to someone who'd been aboard the Prince Henry's sister ship, HMCS Prince David, who talked about the subtly different dynamic among the guys on those landing craft. The Royal Canadian Navy men at the front are concerned to make their rendezvous on time: They're in the middle of the mission, and they want to complete it. The infantrymen behind them are waiting for theirs to start. As the Prince Henry recedes...
  • Inequality Before the Law ... Mark Steyn

    05/24/2014 4:11:44 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 23 May 2014 | Mark Steyn
    My former National Review shipmate Dinesh D'Souza has pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws. As part of the general sclerosis of the "justice" system, he will not be sentenced until September 23rd. If the judge operates to the sentencing guidelines, D'Souza will serve 10-16 months in jail. He will also be, unto the end of his days, a convicted "felon", and thus, depending upon what sentence he serves, unable to own a gun, and, depending upon which state he chooses to make his home, unable to run for public office and/or vote. For a $15,000 infraction. (Not 20K, as...
  • Steyn: Six Degrees of Warmerization

    05/17/2014 8:13:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | May 16, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Among the documents requested from me in discovery by Michael E Mann's Big Tobacco white-shoe legal team a couple of months ago was this column of mine from 2009: Here's what Phil Jones of the CRU and his colleague Michael Mann of Penn State mean by "peer review." When Climate Research published a paper dissenting from the Jones-Mann "consensus," Jones demanded that the journal "rid itself of this troublesome editor," and Mann advised that "we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer...
  • #BringBackOurBalls

    05/11/2014 10:56:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 5/11/14 | Merk Steyn
    t is hard not to have total contempt for a political culture that thinks the picture at right is a useful contribution to rescuing 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by jihadist savages in Nigeria. Yet some pajama boy at the White House evidently felt getting the First Lady to pose with this week's Hashtag of Western Impotence would reflect well upon the Administration. The horrible thing is they may be right: Michelle showed she cared - on social media! - and that's all that matters, isn't it? Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn't actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls...