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.
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month. “It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. But he said the “economic lifeline” is in jeopardy. “All because Republicans in this Congress — which is on track to be the most unproductive in history — have so far refused to extend it” Mr. Obama said. If Congress doesn’t act before lawmakers leave on their holiday break, about
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election