Tag: Mark Steyn

Penn State on Trial, Again – Mark Steyn Edition


The Odyssey length trial against Mark Steyn and Rand Simberg by Climate Change scientist Micheal Mann has put Penn State University back into the legal headlines. This case might jog some people’s memories, vaguely remembering something about a football coach who fiddled with the kiddies and an intransigent administration. For many Pennsylvanians, like myself, it was something you certainly never forgot. Simberg and Steyn highlighted another scandal at Penn State at around the same time with Micheal Mann. Steyn appropriately points out that the same corruption that existed under then President Graham Spanier on the serial child abuse scandal was not simply confined to that one area. Spanier was a close ally to Mann. Evidence includes the consistent acknowledgements Mann gave to Spanier, even after he was sitting in prison. Spanier assured that a phony investigation into the conduct of Mann would lead to a PR stunt and a predetermined exoneration. Just like in the case of the serial child abuser Jerry Sandusky. However, in the case of Sandusky the lid could not be kept on it, whereas in the case of Mann the lid essentially held.

Once the Penn State system was circumvented and Sandusky was finally arrested, he was perp walked in a jacket that had “Penn State Wrestling” visible on the front. It reinforced to me that the universe has a caustic sense of humor. I specifically remember an exchange between a probing reporter asking then head Football coach Joe Paterno about his former long time assistant coach (Sandusky) and the emerging scandal that shocked the public. Joe “Pa” was then pretty much a figure head of the football program who refused to retire. He appeared to solidify himself as a crusty, old curmudgeon. His assistants did the coaching and Joe Pa didn’t even wear a headset for most of the games. Paterno’s response to the reporter’s questions was rather revealing… perhaps symbolic too; Joe Pa responded with the school chant “We Are, Penn State!, We Are, Penn State!”.

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Michael Mann’s hockey game is set to resume play as the Supreme Court today denied certiorari in Mann’s defamation cases against National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute (now over 7 years old). Alito dissent:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-1451_dc8f.pdf Preview Open

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Sorry, couldn’t resist. Mark Steyn once joked about Mitt Romney’s annual gathering in Utah as the ‘GOP Spectre board meeting’. Well Lord Ashcroft, former Conservative Party deputy chairman and owner of the excellent Conservative Home website, gave a speech to Mitt’s band of goons this year. Far from being a secret plan to destroy the […]

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Just Cruising


Having returned from my first cruise, I’m going to attempt to do my favorite story justice. First of all, a pro tip: go on your first cruise with someone experienced, who knows that you should never lose your key card (for me the importance was that it’s currency at the bar) and to lock your passport in the safe. Bonus points for someone responsible who doesn’t stay up all night in the bar.

Last night, because it was our last night, I chose to wear a dress that was a little too short and heels that were a little too high. I’d been informed that my luggage would be picked up at midnight, so I casually threw a pair of jeans and a t-shirt on my bed. My good friend and seasoned traveler (and responsible adult) left the bar before midnight and said she would take care of getting our luggage ready.

Neocolonialists and Immigration


Mark Steyn made a fascinating observation recently, as he is wont to do. Referring to “neocolonial condescension” in comparison with the supposed condescension of Western colonialism, Steyn noted a similar attitude among people who think all the world should be eagerly welcomed as immigrants into our great nation.

A century ago, a proud imperialist would claim the citizens of poor and war-torn nations would benefit from the Anglosphere’s legal, moral, and political examples. By imposing these models, or at least arguing for their adoption in foreign societies, Western citizens sought to aid poor peoples by exporting a superior culture.

Book Review: The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray


In the year that terrorist attacks in the UK start to resemble those suffered recently on the European continent, Douglas Murray’s new book, The Strange Death of Europe—Immigration, Identity, Islam, captures the zeitgeist perfectly. For those acquainted with Mark Steyn’s warnings in America Alone, Murray’s work is the bookend. Steyn and many others from Salman Rushdie to Pope Benedict were ignored, this is now the new reality. Murray discusses his book on the Mark Steyn Show for those interested and on a podcast with James Delingpole.

As Steyn notes this is not really a book about Islam, though it is in the subtitle. And while there is a quiet yet deepening anger which builds with Murray’s narrative, one never feels it directed at the immigrants themselves, Islamic or otherwise. It is aimed rather at the politicians, officials and intellectuals who blithely assured anyone who asked that there was nothing to worry about and that you are a bigot to even think about the subject. Murray argues that this is a cultural masochism due to existentialism and a guilt that has so permeated the continent that even neutral Sweden shares the blame for the crimes of the 20th century.

Having traveled all over Europe, speaking with both locals and recent arrivals from Lampedusa to Lesbos and from Malmo to Marseille, Murray writes a vivid account of how a long process culminated in a crisis. There is no lack of pathos for the migrants, refugee or not, but Murray’s main plea is for Europeans who are “losing the only place they have to call home.”

The Mark Steyn Show Is No More


I just came across a bit of disappointing news this evening via SteynOnline: The Mark Steyn Show, which had been broadcast on CRTV since its inception on December 21, 2016, has been cancelled. Mark Steyn writes:

In less congenial telly news, today was perhaps the most sobering and humbling day since this poor old Canadian came to the United States many years ago. I had only been doing the show for a little over a month, and had hoped to be doing it for a long time to come. There is always a story between the lines, and everyone of course is free to speculate. I hope to be able to say more in the days ahead.

Bonfire of the Sophisticates (Part 2)


(Note: This is the second of a two-part essay, the first part centered on the proposition that the Republican party, through its own self-destructive tendencies, has reduced conservatism itself to little more than an academic exercise.)

The second proposition is as follows:

Donald Trump is less an instrument of political vandalism than of utter and complete exasperation.

Mann v. National Review, Judges v. First Amendment


The assault on the First Amendment continues. On December 22, more than two years after it heard our appeal of a lower-court ruling, a sweet-time-taking three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the Mann v. National Review case. The case stems from this July 15, 2012 Corner post in which Mark Steyn, quoting in part from something Rand Simberg had posted on the Competitive Enterprise Institute website, laid into global-warmist Penn State prof Michael Mann’s infamous “hockey stick” graph, Mann himself, and his Penn State bosses.

On the ruling’s upside: The court tossed out Mann’s defamation claim against National Review and Rich Lowry over his August, 2012 “Get Lost” NRO piece replying to Mann’s lawsuit threat.

But that aside, in legal gobbledyegook that even John Yoo might have a hard time deciphering, the judges said the case against NR, Steyn, CEI, and Simberg could proceed to trial. Here is the ruling and here is the website for NoDoz (you might need it). It’s not difficult to see why some very initial reports of the ruling (which claimed the judges tossed the case) were wrong.

Angela Merkel Doesn’t Think That’s Funny


merkel burqaOne time my husband and I were having a fabulous dinner with friends — he from France, she American. We laughed about everything all night long, until someone made a joke about food. Our Frenchman instantly sobered up. “Food,” he said reprovingly, “is not funny.” Which of course caused the rest of us even greater hilarity.

Mark Steyn has a blistering, brilliant essay on the case of the German satirist facing a criminal inquiry from the German government (at the request of the Ottoman Empire Turkish government) for making a joke about a goat and Recep Erdogan:

A free society does not threaten a guy with years in gaol for writing a poem. If you don’t know that that’s wrong, you should just cut to the chase and appoint yourself mutasarrıfa of Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman sanjak of Berlin.

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Should the huddled masses yearning to breathe free come here to do so? In Toronto on Friday, Mark Steyn and Nigel Farage changed the numbers from 77% in favor, 23% opposed before the debate to 55% in favor, 45% opposed by the end of the evening, even though before the debate 79% of these same […]

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A Pundit’s Prerogative


I noticed that this article by Mark Steyn has already received 2,000 likes on his Facebook page and hundreds of shares, whereas usually when Steyn links to his articles on Facebook, they only receive a couple hundred likes and dozens of shares, if that.

It’s interesting that readers seek out particular pundits during particular scenarios. After an Islamic attack in Europe, people apparently look to Steyn. If a city declares bankruptcy, perhaps they would look to Kevin Williamson.