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.
Justin Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years. Rose shot a closing 70 Sunday at Merion Golf Club for a 1-over 281 total and his first major championship. He finished two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old Rose overcame his share of misadventures on a challenging course. He took the solo lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both dropped shots at No. 15.
PARIS — World number one Serena Williams clinched her second French Open title when she beat defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4 6-4 in the final on Saturday. The 31-year-old American, who won her first Roland Garros title in 2002, became the oldest player since tennis turned professional in 1968 to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup after overpowering the second seed on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Imagine this: Newspapers and broadcasters in China suddenly start to denounce the British government. They call it a ‘regime’. They say that its treatment of its Muslim minority is cruel and unjust. (Snip) All the time, foreign media report in a wholly one-sided way, credulously trumpeting British government ‘atrocities’ without verification. And then all the major countries in the world agree to permit the direct supply of weapons to the rebels. Absurd? Wait and see. Something quite like this actually happened on a small scale in Northern Ireland, where American individuals helped buy guns and bombs
Renowned author Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. (snip) The critics said his writing was clumsy, ungrammatical, repetitive and repetitive. They said it was full of unnecessary tautology. They said his prose was swamped in a sea of mixed metaphors. For some reason they found something funny in sentences such as “His eyes went white, like a shark about to attack.”
Mark Sanford has won the South Carolina special election in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat. The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district. The AP called the race for Sanford early in the evening, with the Republican leading Colbert Busch 54 percent 46 percent.
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal