Let us turn from the post-Thanksgiving scenes of inflamed mobs clubbing each other to the ground for a discounted television set to the comparatively placid boulevards of the Middle East. In Cairo, no sooner had Hillary Clinton´s plane cleared Egyptian air space then Mohammed Morsi issued one-man constitutional amendments declaring himself and his Muslim Brotherhood buddies free from judicial oversight and announced that his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, would be retried for all the stuff he was acquitted of in the previous trial.
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FTA: it seems a fitting comment on America´s longest unwon war that the last two U.S. commanders exit in a Benny Hill finale, trousers round their ankles, pursued to speeded-up chase music by bunny-boiling mistresses, stalker socialites, identical twins and Bubba the Love Sponge.
I love this man. To read him - to listen to him - I just love this man...
While I´m a big fan of Steyn, and this is classic Steyn at his best, the state of our country and the world is so corrupt and the actions of world leaders so insane that this piece hardly leaves me laughing. In fact the humor seems to barely match the absurdity of the reality to which it alludes. And when the reality is almost as outrageous as the humor, the result is sadness inducing and depressing.
FTA: "As for Afghanistan, it seems a fitting comment on America´s longest unwon war that the last two U.S. commanders exit in a Benny Hill finale, trousers round their ankles, pursued to speeded-up chase music by bunny-boiling mistresses, stalker socialites, identical twins and Bubba the Love Sponge"
I laughed out loud and woke up the dog and then laughter turned to sorrow as I realized the lack of respect for this country these two generals have. They speak of honor but have none and their lack of judgment is monumental. The Generals and their paramours have grabbed the brass ring of "entitlement". This time the benefits being sexual, but the mindset is the same. I deserve this and will worry about the consequences tomorrow.
Who cares who gets to be Sec. of STate. The whole regiem is so messed up, one more or 20 more gekes are not going to make a difference. Our country is as bad as Egypt. Obama wants to be a dictator just like Morsi and I think he will suceed. We have no say anymore. We are outnumbered by the "takers" of this country.
Agree with all above posters who vote this as Steyn´s best. However, #13 expressed what I feel deep down: "the reality is almost as outrageous as the humor, the result is sadness inducing and depressing."
When looking back over the administrations on which I exercised my vote - 1960 being the first - I think America has had some very strange characters around each Administration. However, none of the previous Administrations, can hold a candle to the people Obama has chosen as leaders or their hangers on. Of course, all those people are just a reflection of Obama himself - think Valerie Jarrett.
Oops #23 I must be half asleep! I´m not that old! I didn´t vote in the 1960 election because I wasn´t old enough! I was quite engaged, though, in that election. My next door neighbor (a year younger than I) was pro JFK and I was pro Nixon. She really rubbed it in when Nixon lost. I cast my first presidential vote for Barry Goldwater in 1964.
The Great Steyn at his most mordant! We cannot but rejoice in his barbecueing of General Allen -- Allen who deployed social-climber-on-steroids Kelley as his personal diplomatic representative, acting on behalf of his aggrieved Muslim friends. Kelley for Secretary of State, why not? Actually she would be a notch or two above either Hillary or the worthless Susan Rice.
My local rag is full of Krugmans and Dowds and Friedmans and Reichs and local lefties, but all they´d have to do to achieve editorial objectivity would be to run Mark Steyn´s weekly column and that rag would instantly become balanced (if not tilt rightward.) Best polemicist on the planet!
The United States Navy would not currently have its quickly movable and versatile carrier task forces had it not been for the "Revolt of the Admirals." This occurred in April 1949, during the tumult of reorganization of the War Department into the Department of Defense, when Louis A. Johnson, the brand new Secretary of Defense, cancelled the funding of the super carrier program and replaced it with the super-bomber program of the U.S. Air Force.
A group of admirals and important civilians resigned in protest of this action and convinced congress to change Johnson´s mind.
An overlook of the current crop of three and four star military, wet and dry, doesn´t seem to reveal the type of person to put his country first and career second when push comes to shove;
Mark Steyn sets the pace. Mark´s article is an outright gift to us, his writings acting as a perfect model for future news obscuro, ALL of it to be written in mocking exaggeration. Think of these monarchial fools, we call them leaders, see them as the Marx Brothers running up and down government halls and in and out of endless doors. It´s all a non explicable comedy act. The only way for a reporter to stick with the truth is to slap a cream pie in the face of Obama, puglosi, Boehner, Cantor, Reid, laughing Joe. They all play comedy straight and we slap them facially with pies and stumbling down pratfalls. Mark shows us perhaps the best way to deal with these privileged criminals to make outright fun of them. Mel Brooks did it with SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER. We have a vote giving festival with Holder standing by the border handing out voting passes as he invites the illiterates through the Golden Giveaway Gates. 47 billion food stamp abusers, receive “One Vote For Obama” stamps. We show the signs pointing dorectly to WELFARE. Actually showing Moochel’s giant staff, on their half billion dollar weekend trips. Steyn´s pacesetting example has the tone of craziness needed in these impossible times. Mark see it so clearly. It’s all a charade, it’s all farce, and we are the simpleton fall guy
With a few exceptions, the world, along with American liberals, has long been looking forward to a post-America World Order, or whatever you want to call it, a time when America has lost it´s influence and/or ability to shape events. They´re seeing the first stages of it now.
Broadwell and Ireland should both be given medals - for meritoriously serving under the generals - and on top, as required. It should be noted that they also fended off many rear attacks, only surrendering when ordered.
The FBI was initially reported to have printed out 20,000 to 30,000 pages of emails and other communications between Gen. John Allen, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Jill Kelley of Tampa, one-half of a pair of identical twins dressed like understudies for the CENTCOM mess hall production of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Thirty thousand pages! The complete works of Shakespeare come to about three-and-a-half-thousand pages, but American officials can´t even have a sex scandal without getting bogged down in the paperwork.
So Kelley was a "social liaison" to the military. Hmmm. In my day that was called a madam. And I´m with 20. It doesn´t matter much who gets to be SecState. America will be sold down the river anyway. (Is that racist?)
The incomparable Mr. Mark Steyn is able (always) to distill the most seemingly complex issues of the moment into pure and coherent commentary that both informs and educates. That he is able to deliver that same commentary with rollicking humor and with distinguished grace is nothing short of phenomenal. How very fortunate we are to have him.
FTA:*But don´t worry. As America´s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, assured the House Intelligence Committee at the time of Mubarak´s fall, the Muslim Brotherhood is a "largely secular" organization. The name´s just for show, same as the Episcopal Church.*
WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached final agreement on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February, with votes in the House and Senate possibly to begin this afternoon, according to aides familiar with the negotiations. Senate Republicans have gathered for a final review, but lawmakers have given no indication they will block it. A government shutdown into its third week yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance premiums under the new health care law.
In 20 or so years of political speechwriting, the only condition I have ever set down in advance of being hired is that I would never, under any circumstances, assist any candidate or officeholder in promoting the cause of abortion. (Snip) Come to think of it, I first learned about the “abortion rights” cause and about the ruthlessness of industrialized farming around the same time, at the age of 13 or 14, and my reaction to both was similar: You just don’t treat life that way. Look at pictures of the victims in each case, at the thing itself, and
On his radio show the other day, Hugh Hewitt caught me by surprise and asked me about running for the United States Senate from New Hampshire. My various consultants, pollsters, PACs and exploratory committees haven’t fine-tuned every detail of my platform just yet, but I can say this without a doubt: I will not vote for any “comprehensive” bill, whether on immigration, health care or anything else. “Comprehensive” today is a euphemism for interminably long, poorly drafted, and entirely unread – not just by the peoples’ representatives but by our robed rulers, too (how many of those Supreme Court justices
In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. (Snip) But when he discovered credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble. Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment
Sanford, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty on Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. He also was acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. After three weeks of testimony, the six-woman jury rejected the prosecution’s contention that Mr. Zimmerman had deliberately pursued Mr. Martin because he viewed the hoodie-clad teenager as a criminal and instigated the fight that led to his death. Mr. Zimmerman said he shot
SANFORD, Fla. — The jury deliberating George Zimmerman´s fate has reached a verdict. They reached the verdict after deliberating all day on Saturday. Late in the evening the jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter. At about 6 p.m. ET lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about the manslaughter question and then recessed court.
Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn´t sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity. In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state´s "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it´s something.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues