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  • The Last Copier in the Woods Arrives Sooner than Expected

    10/15/2020 5:03:51 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 15, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    If anybody is around to write history in a generation or two, October 14th 2020 will go down as the first day of a new Year Zero. Yesterday, with less than three weeks to go in a national election in a settled democratic society with an ostensibly free press, the woke billionaires of the social media cartel decided to freeze and/or cancel the Twitter/Facebook accounts of the President's press secretary, the Trump campaign, Republican Senate candidates and Republican House members. So America is now formally a one-party state, at least as far as fair access to media platforms is concerned....
  • Energy in the Executive

    10/05/2020 2:57:31 PM PDT · by Twotone
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 5, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    From yours truly in The Spectator two decades ago - February 10th 2001: I have been on a short vacation. Well, not that short as it turned out. Apparently, I was away so long I missed the entire duration of Jesse Jackson's withdrawal from public life. Citing his need to 'revive my spirit and reconnect with my family', the Reverend Jackson withdrew from public life on Thursday, 18 January. He returned to public life on Saturday, 20 January. I missed the whole thing. Two complete days without the Rev Jackson on TV! No fewer than forty-eight — count 'em! —...
  • The Saint Louis Blues

    10/04/2020 4:34:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 4, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Watching American cities burn across the map all summer long is a little dispiriting for those of us foreigners whose first acquaintance with these burgs was through American songs. I have been to St Louis a handful of times, but, if you sneak up on me unawares and yell the name at me, I'm more likely to eschew my limited personal experience and burst into a few bars of "Meet Me in St Louis" or "The Saint Louis Blues" - notwithstanding that the former renders the town exclusively as "St Louiee" and the latter does likewise in all but a...
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas

    09/27/2020 5:09:31 PM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 27, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Sixty-five years ago - September 1955 - America was reeling under one of those blockbuster Number Ones, so blockbuster indeed that it toppled "Rock Around the Clock" from the top spot. What does it take to knock off rock's first great iconic anthem? A beautiful Sinatra love ballad? A showstopping Rodgers & Hammerstein eleven o'clock number? Not a chance: To see off Bill Haley, all it takes a century old folk-song, heavy on the snare drums. And next thing you know you're blasting from every radio and jukebox: (video at link) Mitch Miller was a prodigious hitmaker of the early...
  • Autumn Leaves

    09/21/2020 4:53:02 PM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 20, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    A truly great song for the season isn't about the calendar, or the weather. It's about the seasons of life and love: Spring Is Here Why doesn't my heart go dancing? But then: The Things We Did Last Summer I'll remember all winter long... Of course, if you're not a young man whose fancy turns to love, spring fever may pass you by, and, if you're in late middle age, the summer may be no more likelier a prompter of romance than mid-November. Yet there is one great seasonal signifier that almost everyone responds to. You don't have to be...
  • Christians, Come Back

    09/07/2020 9:32:54 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 70 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Sept. 3, 2020 | Tal Bachman
    I remember when Christians used to actually believe in Christianity. Those were the days. (Some still do, but their numbers are shrinking.) Back then, you could still visit an average (Protestant) church and hear a pastor actually teach real doctrine and share authentic insights. You could hear his thoughts on how to live an upright Christian life, or on why bad things might happen to good people, or how Christian marriages might be improved. And you could hear it all supported by actual Bible passages. After the sermon, you could hear the congregation sing hymns affirming the importance of obedience,...
  • Midnight Sun

    09/07/2020 4:58:48 PM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 30, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    When Chicago burned, I offered a song about Chicago. So, with Kenosha burning, I thought I'd offer a song about Kenosha - figuring the way things are going in America this format should keep me going till retirement. Alas, I failed to anticipate that there are apparently no songs about Kenosha. Oh, well. There must be a songwriter or two born in Kenosha. But again, apparently not. There is, however, a very great instrumentalist who, while not born in Kenosha... After his father's death in the Great War, Hamp spent his boyhood in Kenosha, in the second decade of the...
  • The Girl from Ipanema

    09/07/2020 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Twotone · 38 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 6, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Monday is not only Labor Day in America and Labour Day in Canada but also Independence Day in Brazil, marking the moment when Prince Pedro was persuaded by the country's leaders to declare himself free of Lisbon. To be honest, it always depresses me to see various charmless presidents preside like mob bosses over Independence Day observances, as nothing makes me pine more for the old Empire of Brazil: South America does not do republics well. Be that as it may, there is no doubt that in global pop music Brazil punches above its weight, its contributions to the repertoire...
  • A House Divided

    08/29/2020 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 43 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 29, 2020 | Tal Bachman
    There must be something wrong with me. The fireworks closing off the Republican National Convention were sensational. The music was inspiring. The speakers throughout the entire convention did well—no major screw-ups that I saw. The stories worked. And through it all, Trump and his proxies articulated a clear case for re-election. As conventions go, it felt like a success. And yet as the last firework fizzled out, some melancholy seized me, and I wondered if the real story of the week wasn't the convention at all, or the upcoming debates, or even the winner of the 2020 election. I wondered...
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres No Longer in the Dark

    07/26/2020 1:58:11 PM PDT · by Twotone · 21 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 23, 2020 | Tal Bachman
    Pop quiz: What's the most important thing about opera singer Luciano Pavarotti? (A) He used his vocal gifts to bring joy to millions; or (B) He was white, and not black or Latino. If you're a normal person, you'd choose option A. But if you're the New York Times chief classical music critic, Tony Tommasini (or some other equally lousy person), you choose B. Tommasini last week published what might be the single worst arts piece ever published by the formerly revered, now auto-cannibalizing Gray Lady. And since I have no word limit on this column, I might as well...
  • Oklahoma!

    07/12/2020 4:19:41 PM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 12, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Today happens to be Oscar Hammerstein II's 125th birthday (he was born in New York City on July 12th 1895) and last week the US Supreme Court gave him a helluva present by chopping his song in half: We know we belong to the land And the land we belong to is grand! Except you've only got half as much land to feel grand about. When the wind comes sweepin' down the plain, the plain's a lot narrower to go sweepin' down. Thank you, Neil Gorsuch. But as the song and the license plate say: Oklahoma - OK! Oklahoma may...
  • The House I Live In

    07/06/2020 9:43:12 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | July 5, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    On our Independence Day edition of The Mark Steyn Show you'll hear "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "You're a Grand Old Flag", and other songs that celebrate love of country. Which is just as well, because, on this strangest of Fourths, patriotic songs seem to have joined other once universal phenomena, such as freedom of speech, in the suddenly partisan category. And don't get the lefties started on being "proud to be an American"... So I thought, in the interests of forming a more perfect union this weekend, I'd rustle up a patriotic song by a man...
  • Plywood Thursday

    06/04/2020 12:37:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 4, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Tuesday was #BlackoutTuesday, when high-end emporia and fashionable brands all blacked out their logos in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. I'm thinking of starting #PlywoodThursday, when SteynOnline covers up its logo with a sheet of plywood in solidarity with all those convenience stores and all-night pharmacies trying to ward off the looters. Perhaps we'll get a hashtag - #FunctioningSocietyMatters, if only to a few of us. The New Normal and the Old Normal operate simultaneously: it's illegal to barbecue a steak in your backyard but feel free to barbecue the entire supermarket you got it from. The internal contradictions of Lockdownistan holding...
  • Waterloo

    05/17/2020 5:05:53 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 17, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Among the many victims of Covid-19 is this year's Eurovision Song Contest. When its cancelation was first announced, Mark harked back to its Boom-Bang-a-Bang Ding-Ding-a-Dong heyday and talked to Dana about a lovely exception to that rule. Last night, the BBC, in lieu of the actual competition, invited viewers to vote for the all-time greatest Euro-blockbuster. The winners, not surprisingly, were the most successful act ever to come out of Eurovision. It was all more harmonious in the old days. One recalls the 1990 Eurovision finals in Zagreb, when the charming hostess, Helga Vlahović, presented her own fair country as...
  • The Permanent Emergency

    05/15/2020 8:18:29 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 05/14/2020 | Mark Steyn, COVID-19
    I suppose I might be more optimistic if we hadn't gone through this already with 9/11 - when, as it happens, some serious quarantine might actually have worked. That is, if the western world had been able to bring itself to say, "You know what - and with all due respect to you millions of peaceful Muslims? But we think it best to self-isolate from the contagion of the Koranovirus for a few years and halt all mass immigration from the Islamic world for the duration..."
  • Out Like Flynn

    04/30/2020 11:44:39 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 30, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    Under cover of Corona, the sewage of the DC septic tank flows on. The latest revelations in the Deep State entrapment of Michael Flynn (Trump's first National Security Advisor, for about twenty minutes) confirm what most sentient creatures have known for three years - that there was never any good-faith basis for the FBI's investigation, only (in the now released words of Assistant Counterintelligence Division Director Bill Priestap) the object "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired". The official pretext was that there might have been "a violation of the Logan Act". Oooooooh!...
  • Cry God for Speccie, England and St George!

    04/23/2020 2:35:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 23, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    April 23rd is England's unofficial national holiday - unofficial because, under Blairite devolution, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and selected Muslim neighborhoods of Greater London, Yorkshire and the Midlands are all legitimate nations, but English nationalism is a dark demon that must never be loosed upon the land. At the turn of the century, Tony Blair's ministry was gung-ho for Celtic semi-independence and pseudo-parliaments in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, but for England all the government was prepared to offer was a subdivision into artificial regions that commanded no allegiance from the masses and could therefore be safely entrusted with "regional assemblies"....
  • Leave Her to Heaven

    04/19/2020 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 200 | Kathy Shaidle
    Leave Her to Heaven (1945) is an audacious film strictly within the confines of its sprocket holes. Then you do a double take at that release date, and marvel that: This movie got green-lit in the first place; The studio released this movie — as their ballyhooed "Christmas" offering, no less — after they saw the final cut; and, It was the studio's top grossing film not just that year, but for the entire decade. If Leave Her To Heaven were made today, and were as popular now as it was then, dozens of think-pieces, amateur and professional, would be...
  • Bucky Stopped Here!

    04/04/2020 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Twotone · 18 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 4, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    On our new audio Mark Steyn Show, we've been memorializing some of those taken, day after day after day, by this stinking Coronavirus. As Gary Alexander, of Washington State's KLOI and of our Steyn Club family, has pointed out, Covid-19 has cut a particular swathe through the jazz world, in part because two of its grisliest American epicenters are New York and suburban New Jersey. Still and all, I was saddened to hear that the virus had claimed, at the age of 94, Bucky Pizzarelli. He was a maestro of the seven-string guitar, a mainstay of Doc Severinson's "Tonight Show"...
  • The Two Most Non-Essential Professions on the Planet

    04/02/2020 1:49:48 PM PDT · by Twotone · 54 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | April 2, 2020 | Mark Steyn
    The two most non-essential professions on the planet right now are that of Big Climate alarmist and his attorney in a vanity lawsuit. Yet Michael E Mann, inventor of the global-warming "hockey stick", and his counsel John Williams are disinclined to let their lousy eight-year-old defamation suit against me shelter in place for a couple of months, and the other day they made a surprise move. By which I mean a deranged and desperate move. Before we get to that, let me make a general observation: You'll have noticed that millions of people around the world are what one might...