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Mark Steyn om Præsident Obama og Dronning Elizabeth

Lidt Steyn er altid godt:

Ground Control to President Obama

Logo National Review Online WeekendWe don’t need attempts at soaring rhetoric in a time of earthbound problems.

Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: “Ask yourself — are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

But, in fact, you don’t need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans’ median net worth fell 38.8 percent — or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. Oh, dear. As I mentioned a few months ago, when readers asked me to recommend countries they could flee to, most of the countries worth fleeing to Americans can no longer afford to live in.

Mere HER i National Review Online. Orange County Register her.

Vivat Regina

Mark Steyn – 10 June 2012

The trick to monarchy is not queening it. In The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth’s great novel of the Habsburg twilight, the Emperor Franz Joseph has it down to a tee:

‘At times he feigned ignorance and was delighted when someone gave him a longwinded explanation about things he knew thoroughly… He was delighted at their vanity in proving to themselves that they were smarter than he …for it does not behoove an emperor to be as smart as his advisers.’

At dinner in Melbourne and Sydney, as in Toronto and Montreal, I have sat next to clever, dazzling politicians — the coming men of the coming republic — mimicking Her Majesty’s absurd voice and mocking her dreary stolidity. ‘If people smirked behind his back, he pretended not to know about it,’ wrote Roth of Franz Joseph. ‘It does not behoove an emperor to compete with wags and sophisticates.’ And a year or three later the coming men have come and gone, and there’s the Queen, opening a hospital, touring a school.

Mere HER i The Spectator.

Mark Steyn om Europas “far right”

Sommetider bliver jeg lidt træt af amerikanernes opfattelse af “the welfare state”. Pavlovs hunde kunne ikke have gjort det bedre. Europa har nogle og 50 selvstændige lande og endnu flere velfærdssystemer. De evindelige generaliseringer er irriterende. Men som lovet – Steyn:

Give-and-Take

Mark Steyn – June 5, 2012

Some years ago in this space, I cited a famous Gerald Ford line he liked to use when trying to ingratiate himself with conservative audiences: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.” And I posited an alternative thesis: A government big enough to give you everything you want isn’t big enough to get you to give any of it back.

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That’s what the political class of Europe’s cradle-to-grave welfare states have spent the last three years doing: trying to persuade their electorates to give some of it back. Not a lot, just a bit. In France, President Sarkozy raised the retirement age from 60 to 62. French life expectancy is 80.7, so you still get to enjoy a quarter of your entire human existence as one long holiday weekend. In Greece, where those in officially designated “hazardous” professions such as hairdressing and TV-announcing get to retire at 50, the government raised the possibility of ending the agreeable arrangement by which public-sector employees receive 14 monthly paychecks per annum.[...]

Mere HER hos SteynOnline.

“youth unemployment in France is already 22 percent; Sweden, 23 percent; Poland, 27 percent; Hungary, 28 percent; Ireland, 30 percent; Bulgaria, 33 percent; Slovakia, 34 percent; Portugal, 36 percent; Italy, 36 percent; Greece, 51 percent; Spain, 51.1 percent.”
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Andre kilder: National Review Online, National Review Online, Orange County Register, Orange County Register,

Video, præsident Obama og den famøse fødselsattest

Den hidsige debat om præsidentens fødested er blusset op nu igen. Arizona truer med ikke at ville sætte Barak Obama på stemmesedlen, hvis ikke der fremlægges ordentlig dokumentation. Præsidenten lyver desuden. Manden har både oplyst, at han er født i Kenya og at han er født på Hawaii. Begge dele kan jo ikke være rigtige:

Hawaii Five-O: Sheriff Joe sends detectives to Honolulu

Cold Case Posse seeks to crack mystery of Obama’s birth 50 years ago

In a major development in his probe of Barack Obama’s eligibility for Arizona’s 2012 presidential ballot, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has dispatched his lead Cold Case Posse investigator and a deputy detective to Hawaii.

The mission to Obama’s purported birthplace comes as the Hawaii Department of Health continues to resist efforts by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to verify that the Honolulu agency has a valid birth certificate on file for Obama.

Hawaii Five-O: Sheriff Joe sends detectives to Honolulu

Cold Case Posse seeks to crack mystery of Obama’s birth 50 years ago

Mere HER i WND. Også Breitbart har nyt i sagen:

The Vetting – Exclusive – Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii’

by Joel B. Pollak – May 17, 2012

Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

The booklet, which was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.

Mere HER hos Breitbart News.

Who Is Barack Obama? The Question that Won’t Go Away

May 19, 2012 – by Roger Kimball

So now Chris Matthews isn’t the only one experiencing a little thrill when he thinks about Barack (omit middle name) Obama. The recent revelation that from the early 1990s until the day before yesterday—or, to be more accurate, until Obama made his decision to run for president—a biographical pamphlet circulated by his literary agents described him as having been “born in Kenya” has been setting the world of Twitter atwitter.

What should we think about that? An agency spokesman who claims to have been responsible for the “born in Kenya” wheeze has publicly said that it was a mistake, a typographical error, a slip of the pen that just went “unchecked” for, um, sixteen-seventeen years. I can understand that. She meant to write “Hawaii” and wrote “Kenya” instead. Could happen to anyone. They look and sound enough alike, don’t they,  that no one noticed. You meant to write “there” and you wrote “their” instead. You meant to write “cup” and you wrote “floccinaucinihilipilification” instead. No one—no one at the literary agency, not the author himself—could be expected to notice. You understand that, right?

Mere HER hos PJ Media.

The Great Barry

Self-invention on shifting postmodern sands.

By Mark Steyn – May 19, 2012

It used to be a lot simpler. As E. C. Bentley deftly summarized it in 1905:

Geography is about maps But Biography is about chaps.

But that was then, and now Biography is also about maps. For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya?

Whoa, that sounds like crazy Birther talk; don’t go there! But Breitbart News did, and it turns out that the earliest recorded example of Birtherism is from the president’s own literary agent, way back in 1991, in the official bio of her exciting new author: “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of The Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

Mere HER i National Review Online.

Like Warren, Obama Claims Cherokee Ancestry – But Offers No Proof

by Michael Patrick Leahy  – May 22, 2012

President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren have more in common than just their liberal political ideology, Harvard Law pedigree, and Democratic Party affiliation. Both claim Cherokee ancestry, and neither can prove it.

Ms. Warren’s claims are current and well known, but President Obama’s claims were made back in 1995, when his memoir, Dreams from My Father, was published. On pages 12 and 13 of the 2004 paperback edition, the President unequivocally asserts his Cherokee ancestry:

Mere HER hos Family Security Matters.

Videoen, der er af lidt ældre dato, har mere Obama-kritik:

Alan Keyes rightly calls Obama a radical communist

Alan Keyes was a featured speaker at a fundraiser for the Triple A Crisis Pregnancy Center in Hastings, Nebraska, on February 19, 2009, where a reporter from KHAS-TV interviewed him about his thoughts on Obama. With conviction, Alan firmly stated that Obama is a radical communist (which he is) and a usurper (which he has done since he hasn’t produced an original birth certificate). And that Obama supports infanticide–the killing of babies born alive after botched abortions.

The story was later picked up by Keith Olberman of MSNBC who spent time on the show calling Alan Keyes names in order to diminish the importance of what Alan said. Alan must have hit a nerve. Go Alan!

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Mark Steyn om Geert Wilders

Steyn har skrevet forordet til Wilders’ nye bog:

The Spirit of Geert Wilders

By Mark Steyn – May 14, 2012

A foreword to Wilders’ Marked for Death.

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When I was asked to write a foreword to Geert Wilders’ new book, my first reaction, to be honest, was to pass. Mr. Wilders lives under 24/7 armed guard because significant numbers of motivated people wish to kill him, and it seemed to me, as someone who’s attracted more than enough homicidal attention over the years, that sharing space in these pages was likely to lead to an uptick in my own death threats. Who needs it? Why not just plead too crowded a schedule and suggest the author try elsewhere? I would imagine Geert Wilders gets quite a lot of this.

And then I took a stroll in the woods, and felt vaguely ashamed at the ease with which I was willing to hand a small victory to his enemies. After I saw off the Islamic enforcers in my own country, their frontman crowed to The Canadian Arab News that, even though the Canadian Islamic Congress had struck out in three different jurisdictions in their attempt to criminalize my writing about Islam, the lawsuits had cost my magazine (he boasted) two million bucks, and thereby “attained our strategic objective — to increase the cost of publishing anti-Islamic material.” In the Netherlands, Mr. Wilders’ foes, whether murderous jihadists or the multicultural establishment, share the same “strategic objective” — to increase the cost of associating with him beyond that which most people are willing to bear. It is not easy to be Geert Wilders. He has spent almost a decade in a strange, claustrophobic, transient, and tenuous existence little different from kidnap victims or, in his words, a political prisoner. He is under round-the-clock guard because of explicit threats to murder him by Muslim extremists.

Mere HER i National Review Online. AINA her.

  • Desuden kan man se et ret godt interview med Wilders hos The Daily Caller her.

Andre kilder: The Guardian,

Video: Mark Steyn & Charles Adler om USAs nedtur

Fra Sun News TV den 8. maj 2012, men selve interviewet er optaget 18. april 2012:

Mark Steyn & Charles Adler – America’s Slow Suicide – May 8, 2012

Mark Steyn tells Charles Adler why he believes America is in the midst of a slow suicide.

Og endnu et interview:

Interview: ‘Happy warrior’ Mark Steyn dives gleefully into darkness

Joseph Brean – Apr 21, 2012

In a happier world, Mark Steyn would be spinning Peggy Lee records on a late-night radio show, not cracking jokes about America’s fiscally suicidal deficit, Europe’s culturally suicidal immigration and Canada’s “profoundly wicked” human rights legal regime.

It is a coy sentiment, because someone would surely give him that job. It is hard to imagine any media gig, however, that would not be a step down for the cross-platform media star, an arts critic turned syndicated political columnist with a busy TV schedule, a blog that touts him as a “one-man global content provider,” and a stage show that comes to Toronto next week with a gleefully cheeky vow to violate the human rights of all in attendance.

Mee HER i The National Post.

Andre kilder: The Toronto Sun, The Orange County Register, National Review Online,

Opdateret – nu virker videoen igen.

Audio: Mark Steyn, Paul Westcott, John O’Sullivan, Michael Graham

Om de to audioer herunder: lidt snik-snak, noget om venstrefløjen, konservative kvinder, præsident Obama og mere:

Smiley Microphone AudioPaul Speaks With Mark Steyn And John O’Sullivan

May 01, 2012

Paul sat down with John O’Sullivan, former Special Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, will discuss the political destiny of women, including how Lady Thatcher paved the way for women in contemporary politics.

And Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist AND fill in for Rush Limbaugh!

Man skal ind til The Paul Westcott Show for at lytte – link HER. Varer 9½ minut.

Fra The Michael Graham Show fra radio 96.9 Boston Talks den 30. april 2012:

Mark Steyn

The brilliant Mr Steyn is back.

Startes HER – åbner windows Media Player. Varighed 17 minutter.

Melanie Phillips, Andrew Bostom, Ann Snyder, Mark Steyn, Jerry Gordon, Soeren Kern om Lars Hedegaard

Udlandet reagerer meget positivt på nyheden om Hedegaards frifindelse. Mange pundits her:

Two cheers for Danish justice

Melanie Phillips – 22 April 2012

In the event, Denmark pulled back from the brink. Following my piece here a few days ago about the witch-hunt against the President of the Danish Free Press society Lars Hedegaard, the Danish Supreme Court ruled last Friday that he was not guilty after all of hate speech and racism – the second time he has been acquitted of this charge in a roller-coaster of a case which has stained Denmark’s reputation for justice, free speech and common-sense.

So a victory, certainly — but still only two cheers for Denmark’s legal system.  First, as has been the case throughout this saga, the acquittal – like the previous acquittal and conviction – turned merely on the narrow question of whether the remarks by Hedegaard which were in contention had been made in a private forum. The Supreme Court decided that he had had ‘no intention of disseminating his remarks to a wider audience’, and that therefore no offence had been committed.

Mere HER i The Daily Mail. Melanie Phillips har den her. Det er anden gang på få dage, Phillips skriver om sagen:

Europe’s auto-immune disease

Melanie Phillips – 17 April 2012

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In decadent Europe, freedom of speech is dying. Loudly trumpeted as a ‘human right’ for any attacks on America, Israel, Christians or on the core values of the west, it is swiftly transformed into ‘hate speech’ and the shutters are slammed down on the speaker whenever Islam is in the frame.

Lars Hedegaard is President of the Danish Free Press Society, which is devoted to defending freedom of expression — particularly against the threat from radical Islam to extinguish it on the spurious grounds of ‘Islamophobia’.  With no sense of irony, Denmark is trying its damnedest to shut Hedegaard up on precisely those grounds.

Mere HER i The Daily Mail. Melanie Phillips har den her.

The Prosecutor Lies in Wait

by Lars Hedegaard – April 23, 2012

Article 266b, under which I was charged, remains unchanged. Thus, we still have no right to refer to truth if we are indicted under this article.

I am satisfied that the Supreme Court has delivered a verdict in accordance with the evidence given in lower and superior court. The prosecution had this evidence before it decided to press charges so I cannot understand why it went ahead.

The prosecutor has burdened the courts and the taxpayers needlessly for more than two years.

This judgment is not necessarily a victory for free speech. Article 266b, under which I was charged, remains unchanged. It remains a disgrace to any civilised society and is an open invitation to frivolous trials. Thus, we still have no right to refer to truth if we are indicted under this article.

Mere HER hos Gatestone Institute.

Free Speech Found Guilty by Europe

by Soeren Kern – April 23, 2012

The ruling showed that while Judaism and Christianity can be disparaged with impunity, speaking the truth about Islam is subject to swift and hefty legal penalties. The Supreme Court stressed that the substance of the charges — public criticism of Islam – is still a crime punishable by imprisonment. Under Danish law, it is immaterial whether a statement is true or false. All that is needed for a conviction is for someone to feel offended.

Lars Hedegaard, the president of the Danish Free Press Society, has been acquitted by the Danish Supreme Court on charges of “hate speech” for critical comments he made about Islam.

The verdict, however represents only a partial victory for free speech in a Europe that is being stifled by politically correct restrictions on free speech, particularly on issues related to Islam.

Mere HER hos Gatestone Institute.

Infidel Hedegaard avoids prosecution for Islamic blasphemy in Denmark. For now.

Andrew G. Bostom – April 21, 2012

Intrepid Danish journalist, historian and President of the Free Press Society Lars Hedegaard, has been acquitted unanimously by a panel of seven Supreme Court justices.  led by Chief Justice Børge Dahl. Hedegaard was accused of intentionally denigrating Muslims in breach of Article 266b of the Danish Penal Code, which states,

Whoever publicly or with the intent of public dissemination issues a pronouncement or other communication by which a group of persons are threatened, insulted or denigrated due to their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation is liable to a fine or incarceration for up to two years.

Mere HER i The American Thinker. Kan også læses her hos Andrew Bostom.

Danish Supreme Court Acquits Hedegaard

by Ann Snyder  •  Apr 21, 2012

On April 20, 2012 in a 7-0 decision, the Danish Supreme Court acquitted Lars Hedegaard of violating Article 266(b), the infamous “hate speech” provision of the Danish penal code.

Hedegaard’s case has been winding its way through the courts for some time now.  Readers will recall that he was first acquitted and then retried and convicted—a decision he appealed to the country’s highest court.

Mere HER hos The Legal Project.

Lars Man Standing, Final Score

By Mark Steyn – April 22, 2012

I’ve written previously about Lars Hedegaard of the Danish Free Press Society, my host in Copenhagen in 2010. Lars was charged, acquitted, re-charged, convicted and fined 5,000 kroner for remarks about Islam made during a conversation in his own home. He appealed to the Danish Supreme Court, and late on Friday they struck down his conviction 7–0.

Mere HER i National Review Online.

Justice in Denmark: Supreme Court dismisses Lars Hedegaard’s racism and hate speech conviction

20 April 2012 – Jerry Gordon

There is sweet justice in Denmark. We received news that the Danish Supreme Court acquitted Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society of Prosecutor charges of ‘racism’ and “hate speech under Article 266b of the penal code that were upheld in a conviction and fine by the Eastern Superior Court in May 2011.  The headline of the Supreme Court  press release was “Dismiss the case on insulting and degrading statements about Muslims “  This is a major victory for free speech in Denmark and the EU.  This legal victory in Denmark should also be welcome news to the Hon. Geert Wilders in The Netherlands and hopefully useful news for Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in her legal proceedings in Austria. The opinion of the seven justices convened by the Danish Supreme Court was posted on the website of the Danish Supreme Court. Hedegaard indicated that he will have an English translation for us later today along with observations about the decision. As we can appreciate it he has been swamped with congratulatory phone calls and interviews by the Danish press. In our last post on  Hedegaard’s Supreme Court case heard last Friday, we noted:

Mere HER i The New English Review. Også Gordon har skrevet adskillige artikler om sagen:

Lars Hedegaard – The Scene at Yesterday’s Danish Supreme Court Hearing

Jerry Gordon – 14 April 2012

We had the occasion today to speak with Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society (DFPS) about the circumstances behind yesterday’s hearing before the Danish Supreme Court.  A mutual Canadian colleague and friend, Bjorn Larsen,  flew to Copenhagen to observe the proceedings. Larsen is a Board Member of both the Canadian and International Free Press Society. He sent us some photos of Hedegaard and his counsel, Karoly Németh and DFPS board member, Jette Dali.  Németh escaped from his native Hungary as a teenager during the 1956 Revolt and has become a brilliant advocate in his adopted country. Németh arrived at the Supreme Court on his own power. He rode a bicycle. Larsen said in an email that the entire proceeding lasted approximately three hours. The prosecutor spoke for almost two hours, Nemeth for 40 minutes and Hedegaard for approximately 10 minutes. [...]

Mere HER i The New English Review.

Opdatering – Karen Lugo skriver i The National Review Online den 30. april 2012:

Andre kilder: Calgary Herald, Jihad Watch,


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