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  • 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...
  • 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,”...
  • Lather, Rinse, and Repeat

    03/22/2012 6:30:16 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies · 2+ views
    NRO ^ | 22 mar 2012 | Mark Steyn
    The killer of French schoolchildren and soldiers turns out to be a man called Mohammed Merah. The story can now proceed according to time-honored tradition: Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist,” in the words of NRO commenter ExpatAsia, echoed by Chrisman and Galt’s Bain. Up north, this view was shared by Canada’s most prominent establishment Jew and the Liberal Party attack poodle Warren Kinsella (whom NR readers may recall from my free-speech cover story, which mentioned the groveling apology he was forced to make to “the Chinese community” after...
  • Obama’s History Lesson [Mark Steyn]

    03/18/2012 6:40:10 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 35 replies · 2+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/17/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Our lesson for today comes from George and Ira Gershwin:       They all laughed at Christopher Columbus        When he said the world was round        They all laughed when Edison recorded sound        They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother        When they said that man could fly        They told Marconi wireless was a phony . . . Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang it in the film Shall We Dance? (1937). Seventy-five years on, the president revived it to tap dance around his rising gas prices and falling approval numbers. Delivering his big speech on energy at...
  • Obama Mangles History To Defend His Poor Record

    03/16/2012 5:00:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 16, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    Our lesson for today comes from George and Ira Gershwin: "They all laughed at Christopher Columbus/When he said the world was round/They all laughed when Edison recorded sound/They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother/When they said that man could fly/They told Marconi wireless was a phony ..." Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang it in the 1937 film "Shall We Dance?" Seventy-five years on, the president revived it to tap-dance around his rising gas prices and falling approval numbers. Delivering his big speech on energy at Prince George's Community College, he insisted the American economy will be going gangbusters...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Monday, March 12, 2012

    03/12/2012 8:03:56 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 114 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 03/12/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • The Fluke Charade - Why should we have to fund a middle-aged schoolgirl’s sex life?

    03/11/2012 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Marguerite · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    As I understand it, Sandra Fluke is a young coed who attends Georgetown Law, and recently testified before Congress. Oh, wait, no. Update: It wasn’t a congressional hearing; the Democrats just got it up to look like one, like summer stock, with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid doing the show right here in the barn, and providing a cardboard set for the world premiere of Miss Fluke Goes to Washington, with full supporting cast led by Chuck Schumer strolling in through the French windows in tennis whites and drawling, “Anyone for bull****?” Oh, and the “young coed” turns out to...
  • Mark Steyn: Miss Fluke goes to Washington

    03/10/2012 4:21:50 AM PST · by radioone · 43 replies
    OC Register ^ | 3-9-12 | Mark Steyn
    When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you're pretty much done for.I'm writing this from Australia, so, if I'm not quite up to speed on recent events in the United States, bear with me – the telegraph updates are a bit slow here in the bush. As I understand it, Sandra Fluke is a young coed who attends Georgetown Law and recently testified before Congress. Oh, wait, no. Update: It wasn't a congressional hearing; the Democrats just got it up to look like one, like summer stock, with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid doing the show right here...
  • The Fluke Charade: A Middle-Age Child's Nutty Demand

    03/09/2012 4:32:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 9, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    I'm writing this from Australia, so, if I'm not quite up to speed on recent events in the United States, bear with me — the telegraph updates are a bit slow here in the bush. As I understand it, Sandra Fluke is a young coed who attends Georgetown Law, and recently testified before Congress. Oh, wait, no. Update: It wasn't a Congressional hearing; the Democrats just got it up to look like one, like summer stock, with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid doing the show right here in the barn, and providing a cardboard set for the world premiere of...
  • 'Die, die Foreigners!' [Mark Steyn]

    03/03/2012 2:20:47 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/3/2012 | Mark Steyn
    Say what you like about Afghans, but they’re admirably straightforward. The mobs outside the bases enflamed over the latest Western affront to their exquisitely refined cultural sensitivities couldn’t put it any plainer: “Die, die, foreigners!” And foreigners do die. USAF Lieutenant Colonel John Loftis, 44, and Army Major Robert Marchanti II, 48, lost their lives not on some mission out on the far horizon in wild tribal lands in the dead of night but in the offices of the Afghan Interior Ministry. In a “secure room” that required a numerical code to access. Gunned down by an Afghan “intelligence officer.”...
  • The Perversion of Rights [Mark Steyn]

    02/25/2012 7:58:24 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/25/2012 | Mark Steyn
    CNN’s John King did his best the other night, producing a question from one of his viewers: “Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control, and if not, why?” To their credit, no Republican candidate was inclined to accept the premise of the question. King might have done better to put the issue to Danica Patrick. For some reason, Michelle Fields of the Daily Caller sought the views of the NASCAR driver and Sports Illustrated swimwear model about “the Obama administration’s dictate that religious employers provide health-care plans that cover contraceptives.” Miss Patrick, a...
  • Contraception Misdirection [Mark Steyn]

    02/18/2012 3:18:37 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/18/2012 | Mark Steyn
    A universal birth-control mandate is a curious priority for a dying republic.Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight line going straight up before disappearing off the top right-hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 ...
  • The Church of Obama [Mark Steyn]

    02/11/2012 7:32:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Announcing his support for Commissar Sebelius’s edicts on contraception, sterilization, and pharmacological abortion, that noted theologian the Most Reverend Al Sharpton explained: “If we are going to have a separation of church and state, we’re going to have a separation of church and state.”</p>
  • Mark Steyn Live on C-Span2 Right Now

    02/05/2012 9:30:59 AM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 5 replies
    C-Span2 | 5 February, 2012
    Mark Steyn, author of "America Alone" and other conservative writings, is appearing right now on this month's In-Depth from C-Span2 - program will run to 3:00PM Eastern (with taped repeats tonight) and is live with Steyn discussing his works and answering questions from viewers via email and phone callins.......
  • Mark Steyn: Komen has its awareness raised

    02/04/2012 4:49:27 AM PST · by rhema · 67 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 2/3/12 | Mark Steyn
    [ . . . . ] Liberals take the same view as the proprietors of the Dar al-Islam: Once they hold this land, they hold it forever. Notwithstanding that those who give to the Foundation are specifically giving to support breast cancer research, Komen could not be permitted to get away with disrespecting Big Abortion. We don't want to return to the bad old days of the back alley, when a poor vulnerable person who made the mistake of stepping out of line had to be forced into the shadows and have the realities explained to them with a tire...
  • Re: What is Wrong with This Guy? (Guy = Romney)

    02/01/2012 9:21:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Jonah, I agree with you on the general tin-ear of Romney. He’s extremely un-nimble on the stump, which means that Republicans will be gambling that he can be sufficiently insulated and managed across the finish line without offering up any campaign-detonating hostage to fortune.
  • Mark Steyn: Sorry, Newt. Only the debt ceiling will reach the moon

    01/29/2012 9:05:14 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 56 replies
    OC Register ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans: "The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter. Thank you and goodnight! You've been a terrific crowd!" I gather that Americans prefer something a little more upbeat, so one would not begrudge a speechwriter fluffing it up by holding out at least the possibility of some change of fortune, however remote. Instead, President Obama assured us at great length that nothing is going to change, not now, not never. Indeed the Union's state...
  • The State of Our Union Is Broke

    01/28/2012 5:31:02 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 28,2012 | Mark Steyn
    Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans: “The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter. Thank you and goodnight! You’ve been a terrific crowd!” An honest leader would feel he owed it to the citizenry to impress upon them one central truth — that we can’t have any new programs because we’ve spent all the money. It’s gone. The cupboard is bare. What’s Obama’s plan to restock it? “Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary,”...
  • Obama Promises More Of The Unaffordable Same

    01/27/2012 5:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 27, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    Had I been asked to deliver the State of the Union address, it would not have delayed your dinner plans: "The State of our Union is broke, heading for bankrupt, and total collapse shortly thereafter. Thank you and good night! You've been a terrific crowd!" I gather that Americans prefer something more upbeat, so one would not begrudge a speechwriter fluffing it up by holding out at least the possibility of some change of fortune, however remote. Instead, President Obama assured us at great length that nothing is going to change, not now, not never. Indeed the Union's state —...
  • The Sinking of the West

    01/21/2012 9:24:39 AM PST · by Shery · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | January 21, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine tweets: Is there any chance that Mark Steyn won’t use the Italian captain fleeing the sinking ship as the lead metaphor in a column on EU collapse? Oh, dear. You’ve got to get up early in the morning to beat me to civilizational-collapse metaphors. Been there, done that. See page 185 of my most recent book, where I contrast the orderly, dignified, and moving behavior of those on the Titanic (the ship, not the mendacious Hollywood blockbuster) with that manifested in more recent disasters. There was no orderly evacuation from the Costa Concordia, just chaos...
  • (Mark Steyn) The End Of Social Norms, From The Titanic To The Concordia

    01/20/2012 7:35:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 20, 2012 | MARK STEYN
    Abe Greenwald of Commentary magazine tweets: "Is there any chance that Mark Steyn won't use the Italian captain fleeing the sinking ship as the lead metaphor in a column on EU collapse?" Oh, dear. You've got to get up early in the morning to beat me to civilizational-collapse metaphors. Been there, done that. See page 185 of my most recent book, where I contrast the orderly, dignified and moving behavior of those on the Titanic (the ship, not the mendacious Hollywood blockbuster) with that manifested in more recent disasters. There was no orderly evacuation from the Costa Concordia, just chaos...
  • Rick Wronged

    01/20/2012 9:05:27 AM PST · by passionfruit · 37 replies
    NRO, The Corner ^ | 1/19/2010 | Mark Steyn
    As I think about it, the inability of the boobs who run the Iowa caucuses to declare reliably a winner until over two weeks after voting is not a small thing. Obviously, a couple of dozen votes one way or another is statistically insignificant, but then so, in Iowa, are the total votes: 121,000-and-something Iowans participated in the Republican caucuses and they have more say over the presidential nominating process than all 37 million Californians. So they could at least get it right, and in a timely manner. The horse-race headlines matter. Just nine days ago, the bigfoot media line...
  • Mark Steyn: Ron Paul beckons GOP to Fortress America

    01/13/2012 4:28:27 PM PST · by passionfruit · 30 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    In the 2010 election the New Hampshire Republican Party took 298 out of 400 House seats, 19 out of 24 state Senate seats, and all five seats on the Executive Council. A little over a year later, in the state's presidential primary, the same (more or less) electorate gave over 56 percent of its votes to a couple of moneyed "moderates," one of whom served in the Obama administration and the other of whom left no trace in office other than the pilot program for Obamacare. Another 23 percent voted for Ron Paul. Supporters of the three other "major" candidates...
  • The Left’s So-Called Empathy [Mark Steyn]

    01/07/2012 9:19:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/7/2012 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Lest you doubt that we’re headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within ten minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum. Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the “crazy things” he’s said and done.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Politics trumps Left's empathy

    01/07/2012 6:31:22 AM PST · by passionfruit · 58 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | Jan 6, 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Lest you doubt that we're headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within 10 minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum. Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the "crazy things" he's said and done. Santorum has certainly said and done many crazy things, as have most members of America's political class, but the "crazy thing" Colmes chose to focus on was Santorum's "taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after childbirth home," whereupon he "played with it." My National Review colleague Rich Lowry...
  • Mark Steyn: Puncture the cocoon of denial

    01/04/2012 6:11:46 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1 Jan 2012 | Mark Steyn
    Ring out the new, ring in the old. No, hang on, that should be the other way around, shouldn't it? Not as far as 2011 was concerned. The year began with a tea-powered Republican caucus taking control of the House of Representatives and pledging to rein in spendaholic government. It ended with President Obama making a pro forma request for a mere $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. This will raise government debt to $16.4 trillion – a new world record! If only until he demands the next debt-ceiling increase in three months' time.
  • Puncture the cocoon of denial

    01/02/2012 3:32:02 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/2/12 | Mark Steyn
    Ring out the new, ring in the old. No, hang on, that should be the other way around, shouldn't it? Not as far as 2011 was concerned. The year began with a tea-powered Republican caucus taking control of the House of Representatives and pledging to rein in spendaholic government. It ended with President Obama making a pro forma request for a mere $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. This will raise government debt to $16.4 trillion – a new world record! If only until he demands the next debt-ceiling increase in three months' time. At the end of 2011,...
  • Mark Steyn fills in for Rush Limbaugh 12/29/11

    12/29/2011 9:10:21 AM PST · by mylife · 119 replies
    WWW.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 12/29/11 | Mark Steyn
    Mark fills in for Rush today behind the Golden EIB microphone. Rush will appear in an hour long interview with Gretta Van Sustern tonight.
  • Gingrich Gets Another Endorsement (Video)

    12/27/2011 2:52:32 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    Gingrich Gets Another Endorsement Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts on his 2012 choice
  • Ann Coulter: NEWT HELPED FORMULATE CHRISTMAS (Massive Shark Jumping Festival)

    12/21/2011 3:20:34 PM PST · by Syncro · 188 replies · 2+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | December 21, 2011 | Ann Coulter
    NEWT HELPED FORMULATE CHRISTMAS December 21, 2011Every few years, heinous Democratic policies -- abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, Hillarycare, Obamacare, to name a few -- compel previously uninvolved Americans to leap into politics. This is great, except for two things: (1) We have to get heinous Democratic policies first; and (2) newcomers have short memories, sometimes no memories at all. The second point is the only possible explanation for why some conservatives seem to view Newt Gingrich as the anti-Establishment outsider who will shake up Washington. Newly active right-wingers would do well to spend a little more time quietly...
  • Merry War on Christmas! [Steyn]

    12/18/2011 6:33:51 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/17/2011 | Mark Steyn
    Christmas in America is a season of time-honored traditions — the sacred performance of the annual ACLU lawsuit over the presence of an insufficiently secular “holiday” tree; the ritual provocations of the atheist displays licensed by pitifully appeasing municipalities to sit between the menorah and the giant Frosty the Snowman; the familiar strains of every hack columnist’s “war on Christmas” column rolling off the keyboard as easily as Richard Clayderman playing “Winter Wonderland” . . . (snip) One sympathizes, up to a point. As America degenerates from a land of laws to a land of legalisms, much of life is...
  • Statist Delusions [Mark Steyn]

    12/10/2011 9:57:01 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>The president of the United States came to Osawatomie, Kan., last week to deliver a speech of such fascinating awfulness archeologists of the future sifting through the rubble of our civilization will surely doubt whether it could really have been delivered by the chief executive of the global superpower in the year 2011.</p>
  • Egypt's Descent [Mark Steyn]

    12/03/2011 9:45:09 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/3/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>I’ve been alarmed by the latest polls. No, not from Iowa and New Hampshire, although they’re unnerving enough. It’s the polls from Egypt. Foreign policy has not played a part in the U.S. presidential campaign, mainly because we’re so broke that the electorate seems minded to take the view that if government is going to throw trillions of dollars down the toilet they’d rather it was an Al Gore–compliant Kohler model in Des Moines or Poughkeepsie than an outhouse in Waziristan. Alas, reality does not arrange its affairs quite so neatly, and the world that is arising in the second decade of the 21st century is increasingly inimical to American interests, and likely to prove even more expensive to boot.</p>
  • SIGN OF THE TIMES ... Mark Steyn

    11/29/2011 3:51:38 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 36 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 29 Nov 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Whenever I write in these pages about the corrosive effect of Big Government upon the citizenry in Britain, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere and note that this republic is fairly well advanced upon the same grim trajectory, I get a fair few letters on the lines of: "You still don't get it, Steyn. Americans aren't Europeans. Or Canadians. We're not gonna take it." I would like to believe it. It's certainly the case that Americans have more attitude than anybody else — or, at any rate, attitudinal slogans. I saw a fellow in a "Don't Tread on Me" T-shirt the other...
  • FOUR JILLS IN A JEEP

    11/27/2011 5:43:16 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 21 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11/27/2011 | Mark Steyn
    Half-a-decade ago, in the wake of America Alone, I was pondering the big demographic and existential questions that loom beyond relatively minor and disconnected news item. This quartet is still relevant: Have you seen a movie called "Four Jills In A Jeep"? Don't worry, it's not at the multiplex. It came out in 1944. A wartime movie, about the contribution of the gals to the big existential struggle. Great title, and downhill after that. This column is, metaphorically speaking, four Jills in a jeep: It's about a quartet of ladies who provide useful glimpses of where we're heading. The first...
  • More More More [Steyn]

    11/27/2011 7:27:19 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>In honor of Andrea’s passing, I have asked my congressman to propose the adoption of this song as the U.S. national anthem. True, Miss True wrote the number as an autobiographical reflection on her days as a porn-movie actress but, consciously or not, it accurately distills the essence of American governmental philosophy in the early 21st century: excess even unto oblivion.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Penn State's institutional wickedness

    11/19/2011 1:16:50 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 71 replies
    OC Register ^ | 19 Nov 2011 | Mark Steyn
    There is a famous if apocryphal tale of a Fleet Street theatre critic covering the first night of a new play in the West End of London. At the end of the evening, he went to a public telephone and dictated his review. The following morning, a furious editor called him and demanded to know why he had neglected to mention that, midway through the Third Act, the theater had caught fire and burned to the ground. The critic sniffily replied that it was not his business to report fires, but that, if the editor had read more carefully, he...
  • Committee Finds Savings By... Adding To Deficit? (Mark Steyn)

    11/12/2011 5:10:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 11, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    Have you been following this so-called supercommittee? They're the new superhero group of superfriends from the super-Congress who are going to save America from plummeting over the cliff and into the multitrillion-dollar abyss. There's Spender Woman (Patty Murray), Incumbent Boy (Max Baucus), Kept Man (John Kerry) and many other warriors for truth, justice and the American way of debt. The supercommittee is supposed to report back by the day before Thanksgiving on how to carve out $1.2 trillion dollars of deficit reduction and thereby save the republic. I had cynically assumed that the superfriends would address America's imminent debt catastrophe...
  • The Case for Pessimism

    11/02/2011 7:17:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Commentary ^ | November 2011 | Mark Steyn
    In September 2009, Barack Obama and Muammar Qaddafi both addressed the United Nations. It is a pitiful reflection upon the Republic in twilight that, when it comes to the transnational mush drooled by the leader of the free world or the conspiracist ramblings of a pseudo-Bedouin terrorist drag queen presiding over a one-man psycho-cult basket case, it’s more or less a toss-up as to which of them was the more unreal. Just so. Every time Barack Obama stands at his teleprompter and is forced to pretend that he’s interested in deficit reduction, we have taken a step toward that Milton...
  • Mark Steyn: Unsettling (Herman Cain's woes say more about us than him)

    11/01/2011 6:34:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/01/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>"There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable."</p> <p>What does that mean? Because, if you’re going to destroy a man’s life over it, it ought to mean something. A “gesture” that is not “sexual” but that makes women “uncomfortable” enough to threaten sexual harrassment?</p>
  • When the ’Stan Hits the Fan

    10/24/2011 6:26:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 10-24-11 | Mark Steyn
    <p>Don’t get me wrong, I like Herman Cain. I like “Imagine There’s No Pizza”: It would be the greatest presidential campaign song since “Tippecanoe And Tyler, Too.” I like his sunny disposition: Mien can be determinative — it’s why Rick Santorum is right on almost everything, and going nowhere. I like Cain’s electrified fence gags, on the general principle that no sane person should climb into the straitjackets of the politically correct enforcers.</p>
  • When the 'Stan Hits the Fan

    10/24/2011 2:09:11 PM PDT · by CharlesWayneCT · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/24/2011 | Mark Steyn
    ... And yet, and yet. . . . The foreign policy, hostage-trading, abortion stuff is becoming more difficult to ignore. I don’t think Charles Krauthammer’s assertion that Cain’s “winging it” fully explains it, nor does the Pundette’s that he is “incoherent.” Cain’s boast that he can’t name the president of Beki-beki-beki-beki-beki-beki-stan gets closer to it. It’s a cute line, notwithstanding that parochial braggadocio is easier to carry off when you’re a soaring hyperpower rather than a multi-trillion-dollar sinkhole whose citizens’ future is increasingly mortgaged to foreigners of one degree of unsavoriness or another. But the ’stan shtick is a glimpse...
  • Mark Steyn: Occupy Wall Street ‘lame,’ ‘pathetic’ import from Canada [VIDEO]

    10/21/2011 8:53:41 AM PDT · by Rocky · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 19, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    The Occupy Wall Street movement has had an incredible ascendency over the last few weeks. But despite its ambiguous aims — one has to wonder how this movement would measure up with other similar movements throughout history. On Rush Limbaugh’s Wednesday show, fill-in host Mark Steyn said he has low regard for Occupy Wall Street — not necessarily because it is a left-wing movement, but, he explained, because it is an imported movement. “I’m not sure how many people know this, but this whole thing — this is the most pathetic revolution in history,” Steyn said. “[French revolutionary] Robespierre would...
  • Re: What Will Qaddafi’s Death Teach Our Enemies? (Mark Steyn)

    10/20/2011 2:31:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | October 20, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Cliff, there is a lot of truth in what you say. No one should weep for the pock-marked old drag queen’s vicious end. But, if ‘twere done, ‘twere better it had been done by the Americans after Lockerbie, or by the Brits after one of his diplomats shot and killed a London policewoman, Yvonne Fletcher, in St James’s Square, or by any other western nation after one or other of his many provocations twenty years ago. The post-Iraq Gaddafi of the last eight years was seen throughout the Arab world as a western ally. As recently as this spring, his...
  • Crisis of Decadence [Mark Steyn]

    10/15/2011 6:19:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/15/2011 | Mark Steyn
    A society can live on the accumulated capital of a glorious inheritance for only so long.When the think-tank chappies ponder “decline,” they tend to see it in geopolitical terms. Great powers gradually being shunted off the world stage have increasing difficulties getting their way: Itsy-bitsy colonial policing operations in dusty ramshackle outposts drag on for years and putter out to no obvious conclusion. If that sounds vaguely familiar, well, the State Department reported last month that the last Christian church in Afghanistan was razed to the ground in 2010. This intriguing factoid came deep within their “International Religious Freedom Report.”...
  • America Wrongly Thinks Its Prosperity Can't End

    10/14/2011 4:20:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 14, 2011 | MARK STEYN
    When the think-tank chappies ponder "decline," they tend to see it in geopolitical terms. Great powers gradually being shunted off the world stage have increasing difficulties getting their way: Itsy-bitsy colonial policing operations in dusty ramshackle outposts drag on for years and putter out to no obvious conclusion. If that sounds vaguely familiar, well, the State Department reported that the last Christian church in Afghanistan was razed in 2010. This intriguing factoid came deep within their "International Religious Freedom Report." It is not, in any meaningful sense of that word, "international." For the last decade, Afghanistan has been a U.S....
  • American Autumn [Mark Steyn]

    10/09/2011 5:04:12 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/8/2011 | Mark Steyn
    <p>The zombie youth “occupying” Wall Street are contemptuous of the world that sustains their comforts.</p> <p>Michael Oher, offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, was online on Wednesday night when his Twitter feed started filling up with tributes to Steve Jobs. A bewildered Oher tweeted: “Can somebody help me out? Who was Steve Jobs!”</p>