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  • The Deep State Goes Dangling

    05/21/2019 4:58:16 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 14, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    On this second anniversary of The Mark Steyn Club, we're proud to present the first of a special two-part edition of The Mark Steyn Show in which I talk with George Papadopoulos, the first Trump campaign member to plead "guilty" in the Mueller investigation. I've seen plenty of three-minute telly hits with Mr Papadopoulos and always wanted to know more, so I figured, after a year or more of waiting, that I might as well interview him myself. There were two reasons I was intrigued - first of all, because (as I've written before) young Papadopoulos seemed to me to...
  • Every Dog Should Have His Day

    05/14/2019 4:38:30 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | May 13, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    In the early hours of this morning, Doris Day died at her home in Carmel, California. Only a week or so back, my old boss Conrad Black and I were affectionately contemplating her hundredth birthday, but she fell, alas, a little short: Ninety-seven. It was a splendid run, notwithstanding that she chose to spend the last half-century taking care of her dogs rather than her fans. The song below is from half a lifetime ago, but was one of her last public performances: [Doris Day: The Way We Were] Below, from my book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, is my reflections...
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

    05/04/2019 4:29:13 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 4, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    On Monday The Mark Steyn Club turns two years old, and for much of this month we'll be running special anniversary observances. I chose this as our Mark at the Movies birthday picture pick because as the years go by I feel ever more like Julie in the I Know What You Did... franchise. In the run-up to May 6th, I suffer a wee bit of anniversary anxiety lest Mark Steyn Club Founding Members from those first days in 2017 decide they don't wish to re-up for another twelve months. And in that respect I feel I can relate more...
  • The Short of It

    04/28/2019 4:14:24 PM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 28, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Luigi Francisco Varlaro was born one hundred years ago in the Bronx - April 21st 1919. And if your reaction to that is "Who?", well, he belonged to that generation of Italian-American male vocalists who felt obligated to anglicize their names - Frank Sinatra being the notable exception to the rule and, to most promoters and managers, the exception that proved the rule. So Luigi changed his moniker to "Don Cornell". On paper, "Don Cornell" isn't any blander a handle than, say, Tony Bennett or Dean Martin. But Don did less with his. He had an impressive run of Billboard...
  • Fosse on Film

    04/27/2019 5:00:00 PM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 27, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Half-a-century ago this month - April 1969 - Bob Fosse began his career as a Hollywood director with Sweet Charity. It ended barely a decade later, and within the next both Fosse's Broadway bankability and then Fosse himself died too. Yet his name endures: Right now, the FX Network is halfway through a biodrama about him and (which he would have appreciated) with his name in the title - Fosse/Verdon, sharing billing with his missus and muse, Broadway's greatest dancer. Michelle Williams looks eerily like Gwen Verdon, at least from the side on the poster, although Sam Rockwell appears to...
  • Taqiyya for Easter

    04/23/2019 8:47:42 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 22 Apr 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Let's say a fire breaks out at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris at the start of Holy Week, and just after two of the city's other most prominent houses of worship - St Sulpice and the Basilica of St Denis - have been attacked and vandalized. Well, I think we can all confidently say as the first flames are beginning to lick the ceiling that it's undoubtedly an accident. Cigarette butt. Or maybe computer glitch. Probably just an overheated smart phone. We don't need to get in there and sift through the debris. We can just announce it. On the...
  • It's Not Unusual

    04/21/2019 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 21, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    At midnight on December 31st 1999, how did the world's only superpower celebrate the passing of the soi-disant millennium and a thousand years of cultural inheritance? Shakespeare? No. Mozart? Not a chance. Instead, Bill Clinton, the Lounge-Lizard-In-Chief, turned up at the Lincoln Memorial to listen to Tom Jones crank out well-loved favorites like "It's Not Unusual" - which, by happy coincidence, was also the President's defense to Paula Jones' allegations about the curvature of his, ah, "distinguishing characteristics". Millennia come and go, and Clinton is stooped and aged now, but the indestructible Welsh boyo is still on stage 250 nights...
  • Edelweiss über alles

    04/20/2019 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Twotone · 60 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 20, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    The moronization of society proceeds apace. As we mentioned on the show, a bigshot New York Times correspondent thinks that playing "Edelweiss" at the White House is some kind of Nazi dog-whistle to Trump supporters. It is tragic and profound the way even small artifacts of our inheritance get trashed in these witless arguments, so, if you want to know the real story of the very last song in the Oscar Hammerstein catalogue, here's what I had to say a couple of years back: Not long after Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote the song, Theodore Bikel was leaving the theatre when...
  • The Craven Pile-On of Hollow Conservatives

    04/12/2019 9:59:32 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 7 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11 Apr 2019 | Mark Steyn
    The real problem, in America, Britain, Canada, Oz, NZ, is not the left, who know what they want and are serious about getting it, but the pansy right. It's easy to mock AOC and Justin and Jacinta Ardern, but all they're doing is sailing full steam ahead for their desired utopia. The right, who profess to disdain the final destination, nevertheless follow along, albeit at a more desultory rate of knots. We see this routinely in their urge to "distance" themselves: In Washington, as I mentioned the other day, House Republicans ostentatiously distanced themselves from their colleague Steve King, because...
  • Some Enchanted Evening

    04/07/2019 4:00:28 PM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 7.\, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    In George Lucas' best film - no, not Star Wars Episode 12: The Force Awakens the Empire's Return of the Revenge of the Awakening of the Force, but American Graffiti - there's a scene where young Harrison Ford and young Cindy Williams are sitting sullenly in his '55 Chevy during a rather awkward moment in their relationship. Ford suggested to Lucas that it might be a good idea for him to serenade her in a somewhat sardonic fashion. The director liked the idea, and they tried the scene with a couple of Everly Brothers tunes (all the music in the...
  • Ministry of All the Fools

    04/01/2019 3:41:08 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 1, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    It's April 1st, and this was supposed to be the first business day of a post-EU United Kingdom, with planes dropping from the skies, Mars Bars melting in your hand, and doughty Irishmen of north and south paralyzed in permanent immobility by the psychological terrors of an invisible Berlin Wall that had mysteriously arisen overnight across sleepy country lanes in Killeen. Instead, thanks to Theresa ("Brexit means Brexit") May, Britain wakes up and finds itself still in the EU. It turns out Brexit doesn't mean Brexit, but, if you give 'em a couple more weeks or months or years, the...
  • April Fools

    03/31/2019 4:16:12 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 31, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I'm Gonna Miss You on Valentine's Day When I see all the young lovers together I'm Gonna Miss You on Washington's Birthday 'Cause I told a lie and I lost you I'm gonna feel like an April Fool When April first is due... I don't suppose one in a gazillion folks knows the above song. Mel Tormé wrote it, and you get the gist pretty quickly: he's gonna miss you on Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, Ramadan, Take Your Daughter To Work Day, you name it. The relationship of February 14th to romance is obvious, Washington's Birthday less so, but the...
  • Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

    03/30/2019 4:13:44 PM PDT · by Twotone · 30 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 30, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Asked about the difference between American and British comedy, Eric Morecambe replied that in America they had funny lines but no funny men. I sort of know what he means: A funny man is someone an audience is happy to hang out with even when the funny lines are thin on the ground. Likeability comes into it, but also the ability to disguise the comedian's desperate desire to be liked - which I recall talking about in one of the many pre-interviews I did for the tour dates with Dennis Miller. But, for a while, my favorite Hollywood funny man...
  • Lighting Out for the Territory

    03/30/2019 2:51:35 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 30, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    My book Lights Out takes its title from a famous observation by Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, as he looked out of his window at London at dusk on the eve of the Great War: The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime. Lights Out is about free speech (you can order personally autographed copies here), and thus relevant to my seven-year battle against the Big Climate enforcers. But let us not forget that the warm-mongers literally want the lights out. At 8.30pm tonight in my corner of...
  • EuroTrip

    03/24/2019 6:56:18 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 23, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I have a lousy week ahead of me, a se'nnight of non-stop litigious cockwombling. Which, even if one has right on one's side, is draining and depressing. So I find myself in the mood for some low comedy, and, as it's "EU Talent Day" on Monday, I thought I'd feature a quintessentially American take on the EU's talents. Among this picture's distinctions is the fact that it's Matt Damon's finest hour. Well, okay, finest three minutes. But maybe that's what he should stick to. We'll get to that later, as we celebrate the many pleasures of EuroTrip, which demonstrates a...
  • Batman at Eighty

    03/16/2019 4:33:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 32 replies
    Happy birthday to Batman, who made his debut eight decades ago in Detective Comics, issue number 27. It was dated May 1939, but actually hit newsstands in March that year. Batman made his screen debut in 1943 - see the somewhat saggy long underwear at right, and then took a two decade break till the campy TV series of the mid-Sixties. Another twenty years later he returned in a feature film by Tim Burton, and has been a fixture at the multiplex ever since. I was trying to recall whether I'd ever met anyone who's played Bruce Wayne, and to...
  • Tales of the Tape

    03/12/2019 1:45:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 12, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I've had the pleasure of appearing on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show. But, even if I hadn't, I would watch it. It is by far the most interesting show on cable news. (Don't take my word for it.) By definition, that world's a hamster wheel - let's go live to a press conference, a House vote, a court verdict, a car chase - and much of it doesn't matter a week later, never mind a year or a decade. But night after night Tucker uses the small details of the day to paint the big picture of our times -...
  • How Warner Bros Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kubrick's Bomb

    03/10/2019 6:30:46 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 9, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    What did the picture editor of Look see in the Bronx teenager's photograph? A weeping city news vendor surrounded by front pages announcing the death of President Roosevelt — and the small, tenderly caught moment that humanizes great events. It got its sixteen-year-old snapper, Stanley Kubrick, a staff job at the magazine, and he never did anything like it again — unless you count the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in which the computer HAL, the picture's only really human character, gets dismantled in what's easily the most moving death scene in the director's oeuvre. Stanley Kubrick died...
  • I'll Be Around

    03/03/2019 3:59:06 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 3, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    ...In the pithy summation of Terry Teachout, Alec Wilder "spent his life looking for cracks to fall through". Back in the days when we still had record stores, he didn't quite fit the pop bins or the classical bins or the jazz bins. Which is why, if you're hung up on categorization, it's easier to leave him out of the store altogether. As he himself acknowledged, his compositions "were gunned down by the jazz boys because they had a classical flavor, and they were gunned down by the classical boys because they had a jazz flavor." Still, discriminating persons at...
  • The Rain Maker

    03/02/2019 4:02:06 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 2, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    ...Stanley Donen died a week ago, and...was the last surviving major director of the Golden Age, mainly because he was barely out of short pants when he started. His films include On The Town, Singin' In The Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Indiscreet, Charade and Two for the Road. He started out directing Sinatra, Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and hung in there long enough to direct Lionel Richie, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore (topless), and Michael Jackson (for a Jekyll & Hyde adaptation aborted after the child-molestation charges). And, speaking of the Oscars, the last magical moment...