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  • They All Laughed

    10/13/2019 4:28:51 PM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 13, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    As nobody else seems to celebrate Columbus Day, we might as well. So herewith some authentic Columbian music. This essay is adapted from my book A Song For The Season: For a 15th century Italian explorer long out of favor with America's cultural elite, Christopher Columbus sure has a hammerlock on the standard repertoire. Cole Porter put him in the verse to a famous song: As Dorothy Parker once said to her boyfriend 'Fare thee well' As Columbus announced When he knew he was bounced 'It was swell, Isabelle, swell...' In those days (1935) Dorothy Parker was famous for leaving...
  • The Forger and the Scrounger

    10/12/2019 4:42:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 12, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    This column was prompted by readers of last week's. As you'll recall, we marked the centenary of Donald Pleasence by celebrating his definitive cinematic Blofeld. That of course prompted some comment about his other roles. Chris Hall, everyone's favorite Macedonian Content Farmer, writes: Donald Pleasence was not only an excellent Blofeld, but he and Jim Garner basically stole The Great Escape from Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. To which Calvert Whitehurst, a Steyn Club First Week Founding Member from Virginia, adds: The male bonding (if I may use that word) between James Garner and Donald Pleasence in The Great Escape....
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Mark Steyn

    10/11/2019 10:19:17 AM PDT · by GOP Congress · 1 replies
    Self-Published | 10/11/2019 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Mark Steyn. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Mark Steyn is an undocumented anchor man who works out of Ice Station EIB. His humorous conservative wit is surpassed only by his wry English accent. All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the puzzle into...
  • Having Your Yellowcake and Making Bush Eat It

    10/10/2019 7:10:24 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 9, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Joe Wilson had been fantasizing for over a decade and a half about the first sentence of his obituary: Joseph C. Wilson IV, the Bush I administration political appointee who did the most damage to the Bush II administration. By the time the Grim Reaper came calling, the Democrat-media industrial complex had moved on, to new whistleblowers, doing new damage to newer administrations. But he and his then wife, Valerie Plame, had a grand run for longer than might have been expected - and even parlayed their fifteen minutes into a movie deal: Fair Game, with Naomi Watts as Ms...
  • Distant Intimacy in the Dining Car

    09/22/2019 6:40:23 AM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 21, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of North by Northwest. Here's what Mark had to say about this classic film a few years ago: Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest contains what I think of as the all-time great strangers-on-a-train scene, and one I always recall if I'm in the dining car of an at least potentially exotic choo-choo - the Eurostar, say - and a glamorous femme comes sashaying down the aisle, even if she does park herself at some other guy's table. In a lifetime's travel, everyone should have a North by Northwest moment: on a...
  • Swingin' on a Star

    09/15/2019 4:26:02 PM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | September 15, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Three quarters of a century ago - September 1944 - this week's song was in the midst of a nine-week run at Number One on the Billboard pop chart. It's stuck around through all the decades since - which is unusual because it's not a timeless love ballad, but rather a cautionary tale for slacker schoolkids set among the grubbier habitués of the barnyard. It was introduced earlier that year in the film Going My Way, in which Bing Crosby played an unconventional Catholic priest and Barry Fitzgerald tagged along heavy on the blarney. The movie was a smash, cementing...
  • SteynPost #30: The Old World and the New Colonialism

    09/10/2019 5:20:57 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    SteynPost ^ | 9/9/19 | Mark Steyn
    In this brand new SteynPost, Mark considers the latest attempt to discuss the demographic transformation of Europe without getting damned as a racist white supremacist, etc, and the crude arithmetic of the latest UN population statistics.
  • End of the Peer Show

    08/24/2019 4:05:03 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | August 24, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Dr Tim Ball appears to have won the long legal jihad launched against him by climate mullah Michael E Mann. Because his court follows "the English rule" as opposed to the stinkeroo "American rule", the loser (Mann) will have to pay costs - which is as it should be after a decade of entirely meritless litigation. But what if there's a more effective way to silence your critics? Say, by proving scientifically that they should be expelled from polite society. Nature, founded in 1869, is generally regarded (with Science) as one of the two most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the...
  • A Titan Has Fallen

    06/28/2019 1:14:38 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 28, 2019 | Tal Bachman
    I was a 22 year old nobody when I first met Elliot Roberts. I don't believe the already-iconic music manager even knew I was related to his most famous client's boyhood chum. (My dad, Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and BTO, grew up with Elliot's client Neil Young in Winnipeg, Manitoba). I was just some guy playing with a band he was interested in. But even though I was a nobody, Elliot was a true mensch toward me – cool, funny, composed, respectful, and friendly, just as he was to everyone else. He even invited me and my young...
  • Cis-ters Are Doin' It For Themselves

    06/27/2019 12:01:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 24, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    A familiar name from the comment section, Australian club member Kate Smyth joins us above the jump with this SteynOnline guest column. I'm scared. I'm scared for women... These were the opening words of a viral tweet on May 18th, after the result of the Australian federal election was announced. What did the tweeter - a prominent young professional - and her supporters have to fear? The reinstalled (conservative-ish) prime minister, Scott Morrison, had not proposed oppressive "male guardianship" gender apartheid laws like those in Saudi Arabia. Not yet, at least. But on International Women's Day some months earlier he'd...
  • The Brother Who Blew It

    06/19/2019 3:39:02 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 19, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Those of us ensnared in litigation without end will surely feel a measure of sympathy and perhaps a dreadful portent in the manner of Mohamed Morsi's passing: He collapsed and died in court. I don't doubt that, as a group of British barristers found, the conditions in which he was held by his successor meet the definition of torture, and his various trials and re-trials were a joke. But, other than in his confinement and demise, he was not a sympathetic character, at least not to any non-Egyptians other than Turkish strongman ErdoÄŸan, who hailed him as a "martyr". Beyond...
  • From Social Platform to State Enforcer

    06/18/2019 10:29:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 18, 2019 | Andrew Lawton
    "No monarch, no parliament, no government, and certainly no bureaucratic agency operating the pseudo-law of section 13 can claim jurisdiction over my right to think freely, to read freely, to speak freely and to argue freely." Those were the closing words of Mark Steyn's testimony before parliamentarians on the Canadian House of Commons' so-called justice and human rights committee just two weeks ago. His call fell on deaf ears. Yesterday, the justice committee tabled its report on "online hate" in Canada's parliament. The report laid out nine recommendations, one of which being that government should provide a "civil remedy for...
  • Mark Steyn: “If the alternative is surrendering our liberty over death threats, to hell with that!”

    06/07/2019 7:58:01 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 4 Jun, 2019 | Baron Bodissey
    This morning Mark Steyn testified as a witness at a hearing on “online hate” held in the Canadian House of Commons by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. As you might expect, the occasion was one in which sanctimonious progressive pols hectored, badgered, bullied, and otherwise coerced witnesses to fall in line with Party doctrine on immigration, Multiculturalism, Islam, etc. Mr. Steyn, however, refused to be bullied. He repaid his tormentors in kind, and threw in extra invective just for them. He was superb. The next time I run into him I’ll say, “Steyn, you magnificent bastard! I...
  • JUST Desserts

    06/03/2019 2:55:17 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | June 3, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Parliamentary note: As I write, I'm still scheduled to give evidence to the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights, along with Lindsay Shepherd and John Robson, bright and early tomorrow morning, Tuesday, at 8.45am in Ottawa. However, over the weekend there were dramatic ructions around "JUST", as the committee is apparently abbreviated. On Friday, Faisal Khan Suri of the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council appeared and decided to link Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette to "conservative commentators". Michael Cooper, the Tory Vice-Chair of the committee (and presumably the chap who issued the invitations to Lindsay, John and...
  • Once More Unto the Breach...

    06/01/2019 9:18:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | May 31, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    This coming Tuesday, June 4th, I'll be returning to Ottawa to testify to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Last time I was there, a decade back, it was to trash Canada's ghastly and shameful "hate speech" law, Section 13 - after which, I'm glad to say, Section 13, got repealed by Parliament. But there are no permanent victories, and thus, the battles of the late oughts being long forgotten, today's Liberal-controlled House is minded to exhume Section 13 and restore it to hideous life. So here we go again. Joining me on Tuesday morning...
  • 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...