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  • Steyn on the Sidewalk

    06/21/2024 4:54:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 21, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    In London last week for my suit against the UK media censor Ofcom over our coverage of the Covid vaccines, I did wind up making a brief statement outside the Royal Courts of Justice. But, to be honest, having flown in a day after leaving hospital, I was pretty under par, and was happy to let my comrade in arms, Naomi Wolf, handle the full-strength pavement performance. I haven't had the stamina for stage and screen (or even, really, audio) for almost a year now, and it kind of shows. However, those interested can hear what I had to say...
  • "Regulating" the Will of the People

    06/19/2024 8:17:30 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 17, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~As I first wrote over two decades ago, Islamic supremacism attaches great importance to the annexation of the public space. To mark the Canadian centennial of 1967, half of Dominion Square in Montreal was renamed Place du Canada. Half-a-century later, during a Defund-the-Police protest, the magnificent statue of Sir John A Macdonald was toppled and decapitated, and the craven city council decided he would not be returned to his pride of place. But these are mere poseur flourishes. (Pierre) Trudeaupian nationalism is dead, and the "anti-colonialist" nihilism that supplanted it is a mere death-spasm of demographically irrelevant western youth. Like...
  • Pride Before the Fall

    06/18/2024 7:12:18 AM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 18, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~I believe there's only another seven or twelve weeks till "Pride Month" ends, so I trust readers will forgive me for belatedly attending to a story I didn't get to because of my legal travails. In Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, the festivities began with the Pride Parade being disrupted by pro-Hamas protestors chanting "No Pride in Genocide". The American right mostly played it as just another pass-the-popcorn I-don't-have-a-dog-in-this-fight moment: Pro Palestine protesters blocking the Philly pride parade from continuing is a perfect distillation of left wing politics. This is where it inevitably ends: with two left wing interest...
  • Trial and Tribulation

    06/14/2024 6:38:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 14, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    Last Wednesday, over lunch, I had another heart attack (mild), necessitating a trip to hospital, where a couple of days later I had yet another (milder). If you're going to have heart attacks, a medical facility (other than the NHS or the University of Vermont Medical Center) is about the best place to have them, so the doctors and nurses couldn't understand why I was so eager to bust free of their ministrations and leap on a flight to Heathrow for the additional stresses of a hearing in the English High Court: Before MRS JUSTICE FARBEY DBE | COURT 2...
  • The "Far Right" Moves Nearer

    06/10/2024 6:10:31 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 10, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ...In such a world, the European election results are ...well, modestly encouraging. On the basis of mere exit polls, the Belgian Prime Minister has been forced to resign and the French President has been bounced into doing a Sunak - dissolving the National Assembly and calling a "snap election" for the end of the month. An election he is certainly going to lose, and very badly. So the bigshots whooping it up at Normandy just a couple of days ago had a bad night: Macron's party got less than half the votes of Marine Le Pen's. Indeed, between her triumphant...
  • In the Very Best of Hands

    06/07/2024 4:45:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 7, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~The quality of western leadership on display at the D-Day observances was not impressive. Biden was more enfeebled than veterans two decades older than him. The King, for reasons not clear, delegated all but one of the big ceremonies to the Prince of Wales. Rishi Sunak, for reasons even less clear, delegated the main international heads-of-government beano to "Lord" Cameron, which doesn't bear thinking about. (The tin-eared tosspot has now been forced to apologise for ducking out early.) So what does that leave? Macron, Justin ...oh, and "guest of honour" Zelenskyy, still doing his Lana Turner sweater-girl routine. Churchill enjoyed...
  • Just Leave It to the Experts

    06/04/2024 6:06:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 4, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~As you know, one week from today my case against the UK media censor Ofcom comes to the High Court of England. It is ridiculous that I should have to be prosecuting this suit, given that almost every aspect of the official Covid narrative enforced by Commissar Grade, Commissar Dawes and the rest of their totalitarian goons is no longer operative. Oh, lookee here, what's this - very belatedly - in today's Daily Telegraph? "Covid jab may have led to rise in excess deaths"? Hang on, wasn't there a Brit telly show that was pointing that out night after night...
  • Pier Review

    06/03/2024 5:10:58 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 3, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    To start the week, a few thoughts on the passing scene: ~So what else is going on? Oh, look... China's Chang'e-6 mission lander made a successful soft landing on the far side of the moon late Saturday and will soon begin collecting unique lunar samples. Has the moon signed up for Peking's Belt & Road Initiative yet? Give it another three months. ~Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth: Officials with the US Central Command first brought up the option of building a temporary pier off the coast of Gaza in late October, the senior administration official told CNN. The risks however...
  • We'll Meet Again

    06/02/2024 1:44:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | June 2, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    I hadn't intended to write about war songs this week. But I was struck by some of the responses to yesterday's D-Day special, and, as always, impressed by the resilience of the accompanying music. It's eighty years since June 6th 1944, four score and six since the first troops shipped out, and yet that sound remains unmistakeable. For those who were there, a few bars of "White Cliffs of Dover" will always mean a crowded railway platform in East Anglia as the troop train pulls out, and a snatch of "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner" will always evoke the...
  • A Republic? You Can Keep It.

    05/31/2024 5:08:52 AM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 31, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    As everybody but the New Guinea tribesmen who ate Joe Biden's uncle knows by now, Donald J Trump has been found "guilty on all counts" - a quintessentially American expression because, of course, the multiple-counts racket is one of the many perversions of judicial norms that have long disgraced the US courthouse. Just twenty-four hours ago, my friend John Hinderaker was writing: Experience has given me a lot of faith in the basic fairness of juries. Late yesterday, he remembered - oh, yeah, I've been here before: It is very much like the lawsuit that Michael Mann brought against Mark...
  • An Irrelevant Election

    05/28/2024 3:38:17 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 28, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~As you know, two weeks from today my suit against the media censor Ofcom comes to the High Court of England. I shall be landing at Heathrow just as the UK election campaign kicks into what commentators insist will be "high gear". And yet I can muster zero interest in its outcome now that Nigel Farage has - for the second time - whiffed his rendezvous with destiny. Cometh the hour, cometh Nigel's absurd contention that he's unfortunately needed in America to get Trump across the finish line. Patrick O'Flynn, a favourite Steyn Show guest from the GB News days,...
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    05/27/2024 1:14:54 PM PDT · by Twotone · 24 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 26, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    Every generation has a sleeping lion just waiting to wake and roar up the charts. In the early Eighties "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" got to Number One in Britain for Tight Fit. Can't quite place Tight Fit? It sounds like a vaguely parodic name for a boy band, but in fact they were a coed combo - one boy, two girls, a male model and two female dancers, hired as a photogenic front after the record had already been made. The girls had failed to make the cut at an audition for the more successfully contrived group, Bucks Fizz, and...
  • Dam-Busted

    05/21/2024 5:04:50 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 21, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~This month marks The Mark Steyn Club's seventh birthday, and I thank profoundly all those First Fortnight Founding Members who've opted to sign on for an eighth year. We hope, as the days proceed, that our First Month Founding Members will want to do the same. ~I don't have anything to say about the death of the President of Iran, except that I was struck by the curious detail that he and his Azerbaijani counterpart had been opening two new dams. American presidents don't do that: Instead, the US demolishes dams at the rate of over fifty a year. If...
  • (Ghost) Riders in the Sky

    05/19/2024 3:29:16 PM PDT · by Twotone · 44 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 19, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~yesterday...I played America's Number One record from exactly three-quarters of a century ago - May 1949: Listeners seemed to enjoy it, and many wanted to know more about it. I don't blame them. It's extremely catchy for a song with no consistent title: "Ghost Riders in the Sky"? "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky"? "Riders in the Sky"? "Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)"? Or maybe you prefer just plain "Ghost Riders", or "Ghostriders", or half-a-dozen other variations over the years. But, however you label it, it's a song unlike any other. It made its appearance seventy-five years ago, and...
  • Curiouser and Curiouser

    05/17/2024 6:31:54 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 17, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~The western world's one-size-fits-all response to the Covid - lockdowns, mandates, silencing of dissenting voices, assault on core liberties such as freedom of movement and freedom of worship - remains their template for the years ahead, as manifested in impending restraints such as "Net Zero", "fifteen-minute cities" and the World Health Organisation treaty. And, if you're minded to talk about any of that, the most effective assault has been on freedom of speech, where in the interests of "preventing misinformation" governments around the west are taking Covidstan's crushing of dissent to the next level. If you look at what happened...
  • Diversity is Our Death

    05/13/2024 5:32:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | March 13, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    ~In recent days, I've had requests to write another apocalyptic bestseller so I can do my tedious "As I said ten years ago..." shtick on a whole bunch of other subjects a decade hence. But I'm not sure I have it in me. At this stage, unless you're less sentient than an earthworm, if you don't get what's happening, it's because you choose not to get it. As millions do. Headline from my old paper, The Daily Telegraph: Sales of new petrol motorcycles set to be banned from 2040 This is the priority of a supposedly "conservative" government. But don't...
  • Steyn on Europe: Malmö and Me

    05/10/2024 6:15:27 AM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 10, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    In Malmö, the twenty-year-old Israeli Eurovision contestant, Eden Golan, sits as a prisoner in her hotel room and requires a police helicopter and over a hundred officers to get her safely to the competition venue: BREAKING: 100+ Swedish policemen are transporting the Israeli singer Eden Golan to Malmo Arena in a very long convoy of police cars A police helicopter is flying above the convoy Eden is competing in the Eurovision Song Contest tonight in a city infamous for its antisemitism — Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) May 9, 2024 Miss Golan is actually younger than the diminutive Greta Thunberg howling...
  • Seven Up!

    05/06/2024 5:22:13 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | May 6, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    snip ~Back in 2017, I was the guest-host for Rush Limbaugh and Tucker Carlson. But Rush died and Tucker got fired, and, with one or two exceptions, the conversation these days on talk-radio and cable-news seems to be nowhere near where it needs to be to effect meaningful change. Seven years ago, the two major anglophone electorates had just voted for such change - Trump and Brexit - and the permanent state on either side of the Atlantic immediately set about subverting the people's will, and teaching the ingrate masses a hard lesson in what happens when you start looking...
  • The Three Rs

    05/05/2024 6:57:20 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | April 29, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    Does anyone still talk about the Three Rs in education? That would be reading, writing and racism ...whoops, my mistake, 'rithmetic. It isn't difficult. Every weekend, my inbox fills up with readers demanding to know what I think about this or that news story, but in the end all the news stories are the same. Just from the last couple of days: ~At McGill University in Montreal, cute young predominantly female students in masks and keffiyehs take over the campus to demand "intifada until victory"; ~At the University of Texas in Austin, a comedian attempts to point out to members...
  • CCA IV: The American Musical

    04/29/2024 7:44:59 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Hillsdale ^ | March 6, 2024 | Mark Steyn
    The heyday of the American musical began in the late 1920s and lasted into the 1960s. The music that came out of Broadway and Hollywood during that period represents one of the pinnacles of American popular culture. This fourth and final CCA of the 2023-2024 academic year will consider the history and character of the American musical.