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  • No time for Kerry's Europhile delusions

    10/24/2004 2:50:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies · 1,492+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 24, 2004 | MARK STEYN
    Maybe I'm getting old. I've been covering politics for 53 years, and that's just since John Kerry's convention speech. I'm sick of this election, even before the Democratic Party's chad-diviners have managed to extend it to mid-December. These are serious times and the senator is not a serious man. And so we have a campaign that has a sharper position on Mary Cheney's lesbianism and the deficiencies of Laura Bush's curriculum vitae than on the central question of the age. There are legitimate differences of opinion about the war, but they don't include Kerry's silly debater's points. On the one...
  • Mark Steyn: We still don’t get it

    09/09/2004 6:40:41 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 92 replies · 3,577+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 09/11/04 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Steyn says that three years after 9/11 the West remains in denial over Islamic terrorism ‘He is sedated,’ said Bill Clinton’s heart surgeon on Tuesday. ‘But he is arousable.’ I’ve never doubted it. That seems as appropriate a thought as any with which to consider the state of the new war three years on. Like former President Clinton, much of the West is sedated. But is it arousable? On the eve of this week’s anniversary, hundreds of children were murdered in their schoolhouse by terrorists. Terrible. But even more terrible was the reaction of what passes for the civilised...
  • MARK STEYN: Nuanced? Kerry's story just doesn't add up

    08/09/2004 4:07:19 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 136 replies · 4,687+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 10, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    John Kerry is too strange to be president. I don't mean "strange" in the way of his predecessor. Al Gore, the first Android-American to run for president, was weird. But Kerry's strangeness is of an entirely different order.For purposes of comparison, go back a couple of months to that fevered few weeks when Michael Moore, bigshot Democrats and the media were hounding Bush over his allegedly spotty attendance in the Texas Air National Guard during the early Seventies. The point is, even if it were true, it fits the Bush narrative: he was a lackadaisical son of privilege who goofed...
  • Mark Steyn: He was complacent, arrogant and humourless. How they loved him

    07/31/2004 4:08:52 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 98 replies · 3,592+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 08/01/04 | Mark Steyn
    It was interesting to see Ben Affleck emerge as the Hollywood mascot of the Democratic Convention. The week reminded me of Ben's movie Pearl Harbor: wall-to-wall evocative military imagery, a cast of thousands, superb production values, but a huge gaping hole where the star performance was supposed to be. On TV the other night, young Mr Affleck offered a pearl of wisdom to Mr Kerry and his consultants: "You have to enervate the base," the Hollywood heartthrob advised solemnly. If it's enervating the base you're after, John F Kerry would seem to be the perfect candidate. On Thursday, for his...
  • Mark Steyn: Kerry can't shoot deer or stop terror

    07/26/2004 4:42:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 109 replies · 5,655+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/27/04 | Mark Steyn
    There's a bumper sticker I see on a lot of Vermont cars these days: "BE PATRIOTIC – VOTE GEORGE BUSH OUT". The trouble is you can't vote Bush out, you have to vote the other fellow in. And convention week marks the point when Americans begin to get to know the challenger the way they know the incumbent. I find it hard to believe that getting to know John F Kerry can possibly work to his advantage. He was in Wisconsin the other day, pretending to be a regular guy, and was asked what kind of hunting he preferred. "I'd...
  • Mark Steyn: Blame the UN cheerleaders

    07/25/2004 4:13:29 PM PDT · by aculeus · 27 replies · 1,478+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 26, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    I SEE the next decade's "Never again" story is here. Just as we all agreed the 1994 Rwandan genocide should never be allowed to happen again, so - in a year or two - we'll all be agreed that another 2004 Sudanese genocide should never be allowed to happen again. But right now it is happening, and you can't help wondering where all the great humanitarians are. Alas, Sudan doesn't seem to have much appeal to them, lacking as it does the crucial Bush angle and affording little opportunity for use of words such as "neocons" and "Halliburton". In the...
  • Mark Steyn: How a serial liar suckered Dems and the media

    07/17/2004 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 124 replies · 8,127+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 07/18/04 | Mark Steyn
    Well, the week went pretty much as I predicted seven days ago: BUSH LIED!! Not. BLAIR LIED!!! Not. But it turns out JOE WILSON LIED! PEOPLE DIED. Of embarrassment mostly. At least I'm assuming that's why the New York Times, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, PBS drone Bill Moyers and all the other media bigwigs Joseph C. Wilson IV suckered have fallen silent on the subject of the white knight of integrity they've previously given the hold-the-front-page treatment, too. And what about John F. Kerry? Joe Wilson campaigned with Kerry in at least six states, and claims to have helped with the...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Mark Steyn: I still think Bush will win

    07/15/2004 6:16:26 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 110 replies · 3,948+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 07/17/04 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Steyn says the President’s chances of victory improve every time John Kerry appears on television New Hampshire There was an interesting headline in the International Herald Tribune the other day: ‘Front-Runner Is Leading In Presidential Race.’ It turned out to be an analysis of the Indonesian election, but I think the general principle applies over here as well. It seems safe to say the front-runner is leading in the US presidential race and that, if the front-runner can maintain that lead up to and including election day, he’s likely to win The only point of disagreement is over who’s...
  • BUSH DIDN'T LIE -- State Of The Union Speech Redeemed!

    07/14/2004 11:17:32 AM PDT · by BurkesLaw · 46 replies · 1,973+ views
    In other words, the British Government did learn that Saddam Hussein did seek significant quantities of uranium from Africa......
  • Mark Steyn: Blunkett's ban will fan the flames

    07/12/2004 4:10:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 44 replies · 1,912+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/13/04 | Mark Steyn
    A couple of years back, I mentioned the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and received a flurry of lively e-mails. It was Valentine's Day 1989, you'll recall, when the Ayatollah Khomeini issued his extraterritorial summary judgment on a British subject, and shortly thereafter large numbers of British Muslims were marching through English cities openly calling for Rushdie to be killed. A reader in Bradford recalled asking a West Yorkshire officer on the street that day why the various "Muslim community leaders" weren't being arrested for incitement to murder. The officer said they'd been told to "play it cool". The calls for...
  • Mark Steyn: Bush Lied!!!!!! (Not)

    07/08/2004 9:27:04 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 17 replies · 1,966+ views
    SteynOnline ^ | July 8, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    How do you feel about uranium from Niger?  That’s how I began a Spectator column on July 19th 2003 when Niger and “Bush’s LIE!!!!!!!” about it was supposedly the biggest issue of the day. One year later,  a British inquiry, led by Lord Butler, into pre-war intelligence has concluded that — whaddayaknow? — MI6 were justified in claiming Saddam was trying to buy uranium from Niger. Strange how, one by one, the “BUSH LIES!!!!!” turn out to be factually accurate. The obvious conclusion is that the “anti-war movement” is not so much anti-war as in denial. It denies that there is...
  • [Classic Steyn] Bell Don't Know Jack

    07/10/2004 6:51:28 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 7 replies · 1,931+ views
    Steyn Online, originally The National Post ^ | September 2nd, 1999 | Mark Steyn
    How do you like this new Bell Canada 411 Dial-And-Win 75¢ instant lotto game? It’s great fun. You simply dial 411, pay your 75¢ fee, name the person you want and then see if it’s one of the lucky numbers they have listed. “Celine Dion’s personal line? I’m sorry, we have no such listing. Better luck next time!” On the other hand, for 75¢, you could get my number. I asked Bell Canada for an unlisted one and they said sure, no problem. But, with that waspish sense of humour for which they’re renowned, they then stuck it in the...
  • Mark Steyn- The tearjerker (Profile: John Edwards)

    07/10/2004 3:22:08 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 92 replies · 2,885+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/11/04 | Mark Steyn
    'We've got better vision. We've got better ideas. We've got real plans. And we've got better hair," said John Kerry, introducing his running mate. The Kerry-Edwards vision, ideas, etc don't look so good in the cold light of day, but John Edwards's hair does. I can personally vouch for his beautiful layered nape, having spent much of New Hampshire primary season looking at the back of his tanned neck on chilly winter mornings. He likes to campaign in the round, so all winter, in Legion halls and diners, the advance men rearranged the furniture and then the pretty-boy Southerner would...
  • Mark Steyn: Iran got tough – Blair just crumpled

    07/05/2004 4:18:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 44 replies · 1,776+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/06/04 | Mark Steyn
    This past week these pages have been filled with daily meditations on the British embrace of loserdom - Boris Johnson, James Delingpole, our friends in the leader pen opposite. I'm not sure I'd pass Norman Tebbit's cricket test myself, but, if I did, I'd be as upset as the rest of the Telegraph types at Accrington Stanley losing in straight sets or Annabel Croft blowing the penalty shoot-out. Hard to take, year in, year out. None the less, it seems to me this morbid obsession with the national loser fetish obscured the really big British defeat - to Iran, in...
  • Mark Steyn: Connect the dots when you watch 'Fahrenheit'

    07/03/2004 3:31:41 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 66 replies · 1,005+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 07/04/04 | Mark Steyn
    Excited about "Fahrenheit 9/11?" It's the Palme d'Or-winning and doubtless soon to be Oscar-winning "documentary" from average blue-collar multimillionaire Michael Moore. I saw it last weekend with an audience composed wholly of informed, intelligent sophisticates. I knew they were informed, intelligent sophisticates because they howled with laughter at every joke about what a bozo Bush is. They split their sides during the patriotic ballad -- eagles soaring, etc. -- composed and sung by John Ashcroft, the famously sinister attorney general. Moore reveals -- and if you feel that knowing the plot would spoil the movie, please skip to the next...
  • Mark Steyn: Now it’s up to the Iraqis

    07/01/2004 5:55:10 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 34 replies · 1,587+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 07/05/04 | Mark Steyn
    America has succeeded in Iraq, says Mark Steyn, but the war on terror can still be lost at home New Hampshire ‘Let freedom reign!’ scribbled President Bush in the corner of the briefest of hand-written notes from his national security adviser: ‘Mr President, ‘Iraq is sovereign. Letter was passed from Bremer at 10.26 a.m. Iraq time — Condi.’ And that was it. No ostrich feathers, no Princess Alexandra, no tea on the lawn at Government House. After 15 months of running Iraq, the Americans are out. Sure, they’ve got a lot of troops there, but they’ve got a lot of...
  • The Irish at War [Mark Steyn Theater Review]

    06/30/2004 10:01:33 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 3 replies · 452+ views
    It is a sad fact that, whatever its merits in other respects, Irish independence has been a disaster for Irish drama. Since casting off the shackles of their English oppressor, the auld sod’s playwrights have been mired in a mawkish parochialism from which they seem barely able to lift their eyes to the broader horizon before slumping back to the comforting emerald glow of stage Irishness. This can be very lucrative, of course, but it owes more to Tin Pan Alley’s synthetic shamrock ballads of a century ago (“Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?”, etc.) than to any living dramatic...
  • Mark Steyn: Hamburgers Yes, Federalism No

    06/30/2004 1:54:14 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 37 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 30, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    "Europe and America," said President George W. Bush in Ireland on Saturday, "are linked by the ties of family, friendship, and common struggle and common values." Bush seems to have quite a common struggle articulating what those common values are. In Prague in 2002, he told fellow NATO members, "We share common values — the common values of freedom, human rights, and democracy." In a post-communist world, these are vague, unobjectionable generalities. It's when you try to flesh them out that it all gets more complicated. Here's another way to look at it: America, almost in inverse proportion to its...
  • MARK STEYN: The importance of being Michael Moore

    06/28/2004 4:14:09 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 56 replies · 548+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 29, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Excited about Fahrenheit 9/11? It's the Palme d'Or-winning and soon-to-be Oscar-winning documentary from average blue-collar multi-millionaire Michael Moore, and it opens in Britain next week. I saw it over the weekend on my side of the Atlantic, with an audience comprised wholly of informed, intelligent sophisticates. I knew they were informed, intelligent sophisticates because they howled with laughter at every joke about what a bozo Bush is. They split their sides during the patriotic ballad – eagles soaring, etc – composed and sung by John Ashcroft, the famously sinister US Attorney-General. Moore reveals – and if you feel that knowing...
  • How the Sept. 11 commission blew it

    06/26/2004 8:43:03 AM PDT · by anita · 52 replies · 704+ views
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | June 27, 2004 | MARK STEYN
    The big news out of the report was, as the Washington Post headline had it, "Al-Qaida-Hussein Link Is Dismissed." As it happens, the report didn't "dismiss" anything, but you can't blame the media for rushing out special commemorative editions and sending out 11-year old newsboys to shout, "Uxtry! Uxtry! New Bush Lie! Vote Kerry!" The actual report put it this way: "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated on attacks against the United States." That means what it says: As intelligence types always say, the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. And, insofar as...
  • Mark Steyn: South of the Border

    06/22/2004 3:21:11 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 499+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | June 21, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Mr Liam Quaide of Co Limerick has complained on this newspaper’s letters page that my “second eulogy in a week to Ronald Reagan addresses none of the main charges against the former president.” There then follows a somewhat lengthy list of charges he wishes me to address, and, alas, a columnist can’t write about everything. But for the sake of argument let’s take the first of my omissions from the Reagan record: “the oppression and poverty inflicted on Central America as a direct result of his foreign policies”. A few months before 9/11, I went to the Summit of the...
  • Mark Steyn: Vote 'No' for a federal Europe

    06/21/2004 4:41:37 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 30 replies · 245+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/22/04 | Mark Steyn
    Business as usual among the Europhiles. "The flurry of weekend opinion polling," quoth the Guardian, "has revealed a British nation that is strongly opposed to the European Union constitution and also deeply ignorant about it." Alas, the stupidity of the people is an abiding problem of democracy. Fortunately, the EU has come up with a set of institutions all but entirely insulated from it. At least for the moment.But for the purposes of argument, assume the Guardian is right, and the people are idiots. The paper argues that the electorate's concerns - "Many also fear that the British passport will...
  • MARK STEYN: Clinton still has 'heat' - but it's the Democrats who are getting burnt

    06/19/2004 4:18:27 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 105 replies · 851+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 20, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    There was a photograph in The New York Post a few weeks ago of Bill Clinton and some other fellow entering a room. Seven-eighths of the picture was Clinton with a big broad smile and his arms outstretched, like a cheesy Vegas lounge act acknowledging the applause of the crowd before launching into his opening number ("I Get a Kick Out of Me"). The gaunt, cadaverous fellow wedged into the left-hand sliver of the photograph proved on closer inspection to be Senator John Kerry, looking like a gloomy, aged retainer trying to remind the big guy that he's running late....
  • Mae Days [Mark Steyn on Mae West]

    06/20/2004 8:14:54 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 14 replies · 492+ views
    I've always found that a little of Mae West goes a long way, which sounds like the sort of thing she should have said about Errol Flynn. But quite a lot of Mae West is going quite a long way on the New York stage these days. It's been twenty years since her death, almost seventy since her career peaked, and, on a random sample, I find most people today have no very clear idea who she was. Yet she's out there, the phrases she planted in the language still in common currency-"Come up and see me ... ," "A...
  • Mark Steyn: We need you now, Ronnie

    06/17/2004 6:14:07 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 137 replies · 480+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 06/19/04 | Mark Steyn
    For all his greatness, George W. Bush cannot match the romantic eloquence of Ronald Reagan, says Mark Steyn New Hampshire I feel a bit like a guy who’s been dating a pleasant lady in the office for a couple of years and suddenly bumps into the gal he always adored in high school. As readers will know, I’m very supportive of George W. Bush, especially on the foreign policy front. But it was unfortunate that a week of 24/7 Ronald Reagan greatest hits on the cable networks should have had to stop once or twice a day to cross to...
  • Desensitized Beyond Belief [Mark Steyn theatrical review from 1999]

    06/16/2004 8:26:17 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 2 replies · 256+ views
    Steyn Online, originally The New Criterion ^ | September 1999 | Mark Steyn
    I see that English nurses are protesting against the movie The Snake Pit, because it represents nurses as hard and unsympathetic. The curse of today is the Pressure Group, especially in America. You can't take a step without getting picketed by someone. One odd aspect of it is that you can no longer put a negro on the stage unless you make him very dignified. Owing to the activities of the negro pressure group, comic negro characters are absolutely taboo. The result is that all the negro actors are out of work, because the playwrights won't write parts for them....
  • Mark Steyn: Debatable Points (Probably of interest only to Canadians; Yanks can safely ignore)

    06/16/2004 11:49:13 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 17 replies · 705+ views
    SteynOnline ^ | June 16, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    The debates are over, thank God, and you can find much useful analysis pus a soupcon of hooey from my old friends  Andrew Coyne and Paul Wells, and my new friends at The Western Standard. I have nothing much to add, except to say that any Canadian who still believes in the inherent superiority of his more civilized articulate politics over the debased “negative” American kind must be on crack. Both the French and English debates were embarrassments.  In part, it’s the format, designed by third-rate TV producers to get the politicians to “mix things up”. This rapidly becomes very boring....
  • Mark Steyn: The lunatic mainstream had better start worrying fast

    06/14/2004 4:06:57 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 53 replies · 268+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/15/04 | Mark Steyn
    Well, they may be Little Englanders, but they're getting bigger, and the big parties are getting littler. In Sunday's results, the only two governing parties most Britons have ever known couldn't muster 50 per cent of the vote between them. In a functioning party system, you're never going to agree with your party on everything. You might, for example, be opposed to wind farms or in favour of toppling Robert Mugabe. But, even if you are, it's unlikely to be the big political priority in your life. So you vote on the economy and Iraq and healthcare, and accept there'll...
  • [Mark Steyn] One Mo' Time!

    06/13/2004 9:42:18 AM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 9 replies · 301+ views
    The Western Standard via Steyn Online ^ | May 31, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    "Wow!" said Bono, the elderly rock star turned Zelig-like emissary to prime ministers and potentates. He was standing next to Paul Martin at the time, which made the "Wow!" all the more remarkable. "A politician who doesn't break his promises. This is real leadership."Paul looked pleased. It wasn't quite as fulsome an endorsement as the night U2 played Stockholm, when Benny and Bjorn from Abba joined them on stage for a rendition of "Dancing Queen" and Bono bowed before the two legendary Swedes and declared, "We are not worthy."On the other hand, it was a lot better than the night...
  • Mark Steyn: Like Thatcher, Americans Grasped Reagan's Worth

    06/12/2004 8:43:23 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 60 replies · 475+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    "It's so American," Margaret Thatcher is said to have remarked, watching from Bill Frist's Senate office as Ronald Reagan's casket was brought to the Capitol and 21 jets flew overhead in missing-man formation. She's right. Serious nations have serious ritual, but each in its own way. From this last extraordinary week, the memorable images have been spare and simple — the overhead shot of the caisson in the Rotunda — or small and human: Nancy Reagan running her finger along the broad stripes of the flag-draped coffin. Two years ago in London, when Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died, the...
  • Mark Steyn - Media met its match

    06/10/2004 10:48:46 PM PDT · by kattracks · 37 replies · 707+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/11/04 | Mark Steyn
    <p>All weekend long across the networks, media grandees who had voted for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, just like all their friends did, tried to explain the appeal of Ronald Reagan. He was "The Great Communicator." He had a wonderful sense of humor, he had a charming smile. Self-deprecating. The tilt of his head. Twinkle in his eye.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Reagan in Hollywood

    06/09/2004 8:02:57 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 24 replies · 372+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | June 12, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    If I understand correctly the left’s dismissal of Ronald Reagan, it’s that he was a third-rate B-movie ham of no consequence and simultaneously such an accomplished actor he was able to fool the American people into believing he was a real President rather than a mere cue-card reader for the military-industrial complex. These would appear at first glance to be somewhat inconsistent characterisations, but they can be reconciled if you have as exquisitely condescending a view of the American people as, say, Gore Vidal. Phrases like “bit player” and “B-movie” get bandied about a lot by the Reagan disparagers, especially...
  • Mark Steyn: Reagan knew why the EU won't work

    06/07/2004 4:35:07 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 62 replies · 779+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/08/04 | Mark Steyn
    'We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." Of all the marvellous Ronald Reagan lines retailed over the weekend, that's my favourite. He said it in his inaugural address in 1981, and it encapsulates his legacy at home and abroad. I like it because too often we "small government" conservatives can sound small ourselves - pinched and crabbed and reductive. Reagan made small government a big idea. I always think of him in those broad-shouldered suits, arms outstretched, an inch of cuff: he was awfully expansive about shrinking government. In the speech, he meant...
  • Tenet's fall shows that spies can't rely on television for intelligence (Mark Steyn)

    06/05/2004 5:06:40 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 59 replies · 467+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/06/2004 | Mark Steyn
    The good news is that George Tenet has resigned as CIA Director. The bad news is he's two-and-three-quarter years late getting around to it. Tenet is the second longest-serving director, after the 1950s spymaster Allen Dulles, but Dulles's longevity availed him nought after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. By any measure, September 11 was a much bigger fiasco, and Tenet should have gone on Carringtonian grounds: "There has been a British humiliation," said Lord Carrington after the Argies seized the Falklands. "I ought to take responsibility for it." Instead, he lingered on. Unlike the acres of floundering, speculative "analysis" in...
  • Mark Steyn: Time for some serious art about war

    06/05/2004 8:19:15 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 70 replies · 360+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/06/04 | Mark Steyn
    I bought a Glenn Miller CD the other day. Impulse purchase. I'd careered off the highway and into the mall to grab a big geopolitical analysis book I suddenly needed and, as I dashed in the store, I ran straight into a new best-of-Miller compilation they had on display. I had a long drive till past midnight ahead of me and it seemed just the thing. They'd had a lot of it on the TV last weekend: featurettes about Washington's new World War II memorial, plenty of interviews with veterans and plenty of period music in the background. Though, of...
  • Mark Steyn : Self-Flagellation

    06/03/2004 7:53:10 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 284+ views
    National Review ^ | May 24, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    It’s the crude sado-masochistic elements that bother me. Not in the photos, but in the ensuing ballyhoo. To witness an entire culture — media and political — toss all other business aside for a non-stop ritual self-flagellation session is a remarkable privilege. I use the term “self-flagellation” because, though many Democrats and pundits fancy themselves in the sado-dominant role and clearly enjoy flaying Bush, Rumsfeld and co, it is in the objective sense an act of masocho-submission, at least for America. Take, for example, Senator Edward M Kennedy: On March 19 2004, President Bush asked, ‘Who would prefer that Saddam’s...
  • Mark Steyn: Reality check

    06/03/2004 6:02:21 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 64 replies · 470+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 06/05/04 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Steyn says the so-called realists are wrong about the war on terror, and suggests that ‘creative destruction’ is the best way to deal with Saudi Arabia New Hampshire Here’s a headline from Tuesday’s Glasgow Herald: ‘Saudi Security Forces “Allowed the Killers to Escape”’. Hold that thought for a moment. For two-and-three-quarter years now, there’s been a continuing debate between, loosely, the ‘neoconservatives’ and the ‘realists’. The old realpolitik crowd dispute that the war on terror is a war at all, except in the debased sense of the ‘war on drugs’. That’s to say, terror, like drugs, will always be...
  • Animal Lovers [Classic Mark Steyn]

    06/02/2004 8:00:12 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 13 replies · 667+ views
    IN January, Diane Alexis Whipple, a good-looking, tanned lacrosse coach, was killed in the hallway of her San Francisco apartment house when her neighbours' two Presa Canario dogs lunged at her and tore out her throat. Since then, everything has proceeded like a TV movie whose rewrite guys can't quite get a handle on the theme. First, Miss Whipple's partner, Sharon Smith, filed a wrongful-death suit, a privilege California law somewhat surprisingly reserves only for spouses - i. e., heterosexuals. Miss Smith is very attractive, as is almost everyone involved in this case; not least the chief prosecutor, a boyishly...
  • Mark Steyn: A broadside in the war on blubber

    05/31/2004 2:51:21 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 48 replies · 770+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/01/04 | Mark Steyn
    Just for a change in the old columnar diet, I thought I'd weigh in on Britain's obesity epidemic. But, on closer inspection, the war on blubber seems to be the war on terror by other means. In the Guardian, for example, Polly Toynbee had no hesitation in deciding on the root cause: "America has by far the most unequal society and by far the fattest," she wrote. "Britain and Australia come next. Europe is better and the Scandinavian countries best of all. No doubt there are also social policy reasons for this: the best social democracies pick up family problems...
  • Mark Steyn : This Is One Armchair Warmonger Still Fighting

    05/29/2004 5:16:29 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 57 replies · 411+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | May 30, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    After a couple of weeks away, I return to spend a lonely evening talking to myself at the eerily deserted Armchair Warmongers Club (Fleet Street Branch). Where'd everybody go? A year ago, Anatole Kaletsky was buoyant and sunny: "The vast majority of Iraqis will soon find themselves incomparably freer and better off than at any time in the past 50 years." Now he's sunk in his own columnar quagmire: "Iraq will indeed now replace Vietnam as the byword for America's military humiliation, its strategic incompetence, its wayward moral compass," etc, etc. His Times colleague Mary Ann Sieghart has flounced off,...
  • Mark Steyn: Recalling a Time When Setbacks Didn't Deter Us

    05/29/2004 8:37:30 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 65 replies · 996+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 30, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Memorial Day in my corner of New Hampshire is always the same. A clutch of veterans from the Second World War to the Gulf march round the common, followed by the town band, and the scouts, and the fifth-graders. The band plays "Anchors Aweigh," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "God Bless America" and, in an alarming nod to modernity, Ray Stevens' "Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)" (Billboard No. 1, May 1970). One of the town's selectmen gives a short speech, so do a couple of representatives from state organizations, and then the fifth-graders recite the Gettsyburg Address and...
  • Mark Steyn: Don't Give Iraqis Self-Rule All At Once

    05/22/2004 1:03:45 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 25 replies · 560+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 23, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Here's a story no American news organization thought worth covering last week, so you'll just have to take it from me. In the southern Iraqi town of Amara, 20 men from Scotland's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders came under attack from 100 or so of Muqtada al-Sadr's ''insurgents.'' So they fixed bayonets and charged. It was the first British bayonet charge since the Falklands War 20 years ago. And at the end of it some 35 of the enemy were dead in return for three minor wounds on the Argylls' side. If you're used to smart bombs, unmanned drones and doing...
  • Mark Steyn: UN Fetish

    05/18/2004 5:33:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 37 replies · 668+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 18, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    One thing I noticed in Iraq was the missing body parts. Not immediately. I spend most of my time in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire and Quebec and, when you're in old mill towns, it's not unusual to find yourself sitting at a lunch counter with three codgers who can barely muster 10 fingers between them. So at first I didn't pay much attention to the missing digits and missing limbs. It was the third missing ear I saw — in Ramadi — that made me realize what was really going on. An ear's a hard thing to...
  • Mark Steyn: "Reproductive Rights"

    05/17/2004 6:25:10 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 26 replies · 317+ views
    National Review ^ | May 10, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    A decade ago, Elizabeth Taylor was going from one celebrity Aids rally to another urging us to make sure we “use a condom each and every time you make love”. Every time, Liz? Apparently so, until one day mankind is extinct and giant condoms roam the earth, bouncing across the ruins of our civilization like playful prophylactics in animated Scandinavian health-ministry announcements. The spirit of Liz lurked just below the surface at Washington’s Million Abortionist March or whatever it was called. For people who talked endlessly about “reproductive rights”, they seemed remarkably indifferent, if not downright hostile, to exercising them....
  • Tortuous Apology [Mark Steyn on Abu Graib]

    05/11/2004 9:18:26 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 13 replies · 544+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 11, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    'Just look at the way US army reservist Lynndie England holds the leash of the naked, bearded Iraqi," writes Robert Fisk, famed Middle East correspondent of the London Independent. "Take a close look at the leather strap, the pain on the prisoner's face. No sadistic movie could outdo the damage of this image. In September 2001, the planes smashed into the buildings; today, Lynndie smashes to pieces our entire morality with just one tug on the leash." Hmm. Sounds like Fiskie's the one straining at the leash here. You can practically hear him panting. Down, boy. For a week now,...
  • Mark Steyn: Kerry's just parroting his speechwriters

    05/08/2004 12:13:45 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 69 replies · 617+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/09/04 | Mark Steyn
    John Kerry said something amazing the other day. He was talking to the Wall Street Journal and was asked about his many attacks on ''Benedict Arnold CEOs'' -- for example: ''We will repeal every single benefit, every single loophole, every single reward for any Benedict Arnold CEO or corporation that take American jobs overseas and stick you with the bill.'' (Kerry in Virginia, Feb. 10) Senator Flippy has now decided this line is nonoperative. As he told the chaps at the Journal, ''You know, I called a couple of times to overzealous speechwriters and said 'Look, that's not what I'm...
  • From "Embedded" to "in bed with" [Mark Steyn on Tim Robbins play. Contains strong language.]

    05/01/2004 5:42:41 PM PDT · by NovemberCharlie · 21 replies · 484+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | May 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Six figures in masks enter the Office of Special Plans in Washington. They greet each other under portraits of Leo Strauss: COVE: … and this ignoramus writer says to me “The father of the neocons invented blue jeans?” I was embarrassed for him. “Leo,” I said, “you pecker. Not Levi. Leo Strauss.” DICK: Gentlemen, gentlemen, settle down. I’d like to call this meeting of the Office of Special Plans to order. Rum Rum, how does it look? RUM RUM: We are currently sufficiently deployed, locked and loaded, cocked and ready, champin’ at the bit, poised for engagement, steady ready Freddy....
  • Mark Steyn: Flagging Enthusiasm (Canada's unflyable flags)

    04/30/2004 9:22:09 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 24 replies · 939+ views
    The Western Standard ^ | April 9, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Canada is officially beyond parody. The latest development in Flagscam is that those Sheila Copps Maple Leafs — the flags needed to keep Quebec in Confederation, the flags only a $6 million Government program could organize, the flags whose $6 million Government program ballooned to $45 million, the flags whose free distribution wiped out the profits of Canadian flag retailers, the flags that no-one in Canada could make fast enough and so wound up being secretly imported from overseas, the flags for which millions of dollars were paid to well-connected Liberal Party middle-men for doing nothing, the flags for which...
  • Mark Steyn: Why the Palestinians are in such a state

    04/26/2004 1:46:54 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 38 replies · 331+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 04/27/04 | Mark Steyn
    There was an hilarious piece in the Washington Post on Sunday, under the plaintive headline, "Why Did Bush Take My Job?" The author was Saeb Erekat, and the job he claims Bush has taken from him is "senior Palestinian negotiator" with the Israelis. The other day, speaking in support of the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, President Bush stated the obvious: it was "unrealistic" to expect a return to the armistice lines of 1949, and there’s no point wasting time discussing the Palestinian "right of return" to what’s now Israel, because it’s never going to happen. But this shift in favour...