Archive for ‘Mark Steyn’

July 28, 2009

America Agrees: Best. Book. Evah!

Professor Glenn Reynolds:

Not long ago, people were saying that right-leaning books didn’t sell. Now reader Gordy Dalman writes: “Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption is now #1 on Amazon. It’s good to see both Glenn Beck and Mark Levin in the Top 10 as well.”

OK, so even if those other guys didn’t give me a shout-out (see p. 291 of the Best. Book. Evah!) you should still go ahead and buy all three.

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May 14, 2009

Best Read of the Day

by Smitty

The Dead Hand has a link to Mark Steyn’s “Live Free or Die” essay.
TDH says:

Steyn has hit the nail squarely on the thumb: Citizenship is what we DO, not a stamp on our birth certificates. And the larger Government grows, the fewer Citizens there are in any meaningful sense, as those who remain are transformed into wrinkly, post-adolescent wards of the State.
This is not 1789 or 1917. There is no La Fayette or Lenin storming the gates of our civil society. Rather, the destruction of our liberty and national character is proceeding one tiny step at a time, and it MUST be opposed as such. Otherwise, the BIG steps–like the nationalizations of giant swathes of the automotive and banking industries (in the past three months) or the health care industry (later this year) will have far too much momentum to stop.

Steyn has a immigrant’s passion for his adopted land. Avail yourself of a motivational read.

February 19, 2009

‘Pay no attention . . .’

“. . . to that dead body; the real victim here is Islam.”

January 18, 2009

Cracker-Americans for Steyn

Whatever idiot sent that stupid e-mail to Mark Steyn, he doesn’t speak for the entirety of “cracker Appalachia,” and he certainly doesn’t speak for me.

When a man suffers what Steyn suffered for political incorrectness, he is my ally. And when you consider that what Steyn is saying about demographics, immigration and culture is, to a great degree, the same thing that Pat Buchanan has been saying about demographics, immigration and culture — well, you see the basis for a new fusionism, an opportunity to heal the bitter breach between paleoconservatives and neoconservatives that goes back to Mel Bradford.

Why do I feel like I’m the only one who sees these things? Peter Brimelow includes Michelle Malkin on his VDare blogroll. Phyllis Chesler favorably cites The Camp of the Saints. In Godless, Ann Coulter paid tribute to Joe Sobran (!) as a mentor. Could the basis of a tactical ceasefire be any more apparent? If we view the embarrassing defeat of Crazy Cousin John as the final debacle of the GOP’s open-borders wing, is it not possible that, at a very minimum, conservatives in the circular firing squad could agree to form a semi-circle for the next four years?

As I said this morning in reference to Ron Paul, with Obama in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, “Republican foreign policy” is now a moot debate. Can we call an intermission in the Sharks-vs.-Jets quarrel over imperialism? Conservatism is at coffin corner, and one good thing about having your back against the wall is, it makes it much harder for your “friends” to backstab you.

If we cannot unite on a few basic issues, Team Obama will run the table so completely, there will be nothing left worth fighting over. I attended a roundtable last week during which one conservative suggested that, with 41 Republican senators, a filibuster is possible. I couldn’t restrain myself: “Susan Collins? Are you kidding me?

Conservatives who imagine that the current crisis allows leisure for internal feuding over ancient grievances and philosophical disputes are woefully underestimating the severity of the crisis. Folks, if Obama gets nationalized health care, that’s it: Game over. Hello, Permanent Welfare State, a la Scandinavia.

As my remark about Susan Collins was meant to suggest, our only hope of stopping such a measure is to bring unbearable heat on enough red-state Democratic senators to force them to join in a filibuster with the 30-something Republicans who can be counted on for the cloture vote. If a national health-care plan passes cloture, even some of those 30-odd GOP stalwarts will peel off, the plan will pass with 70-plus votes and — if history is any guide — it can never be repealed.

Seems to me some of my fellow Cracker-Americans are living in a dreamland, spoiled by a quarter-century of Republican ascendance, imagining they can be finicky in their choice of allies in the battles to come. The Hell No Coalition — “Hell, no” to the stimulus, “Hell, no” to open borders, “Hell, no” to national health-care — can ill afford such self-destructive infighting. In this hour of great peril, start fighting the common foe, or forfeit any right to call yourself a friend of conservatism.

UPDATE: Banner linked at Steyn Online.

November 30, 2008

The Mother of All Fiskings

Some self-designated “doctor of journalism” decided to take on Mark Steyn, who opens up a can of forensic whupass on the aforesaid professor:

Not for the first time you realise that, for the lazy white liberal, driving around with a “CELEBRATE DIVERSITY” sticker absolves one from having to take the slightest interest in other cultures. . . .
I think Professor Waggy-Finger is doing what they call “projecting”. He’s accusing me of everything he’s been doing himself. . . . . To be more charitable to you than you deserve, you assume that Oriana Fallaci and I so want to think the worst of Islam that we’ll fall for any old hooey. Actually not. On the other hand, you so want to think the worst of us blowhard provocateurs that you assume we’re as ignorant of Islam as you evidently are. . . .
[H]e has accused me of failing to provide a source for a quote: False. He’s accused me of making up famous rulings of the Ayatollah: False. He’s declared flat out that there is no such thing as a Khomeini “Blue Book”: False. And people pay money to study “responsible journalism” with this guy?

The subject is the Ayatollah’s rulings on, inter alia, having sex with 9-year-olds — a green light, Allahu Akbar! — so read the whole thing.

Critics of Islamic barbarism are denounced by liberals for much the same reason Joe McCarthy was denounced by liberals. It is vitally important for liberals to convince Americans that they have no enemies other than Republicans. Ergo, liberals worried less about the subversive efforts of Kremlin stooges than about the Republican effort to expose the stooges, and they worry less about terrorism than about Republican efforts to apprehend terrorists. And conservative columnists who tell the truth about the Ayatollah’s rulings are more of a danger, liberals would have you believe, than the genocidal Jew-hating regime in Tehran.

I wonder if hating Republicans is considered a violation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission?