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March 24, 2012


Steyn: Mehra Story Can Now Proceed According to Time-Honored Tradition

As usual, Mark Steyn explains in detail the kinds of ideas that lie poorly-formed in the rest of our heads:

Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist”
...Stage Two: Okay, he may be called Mohammed but he’s a “lone wolf.”
...Stage Three: Okay, even if there are enough lone wolves around to form their own Radio City Rockette line, it’s still nothing to do with Islam.
...Stage Four: The backlash that never happens. Because apparently the really bad thing about actual dead Jews is that it might lead to dead non-Jews: “French Muslims Fear Backlash After Shooting.” Likewise, after Major Hasan’s mountain of dead infidels, “Shooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army.” Likewise, after the London Tube slaughter, “British Muslims Fear Repercussions After Tomorrow’s Train Bombing.” Oh, no, wait, that’s a parody, though it’s hard to tell.

I’ve trimmed out a lot of the good stuff, so be sure to follow the link and read it all.


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Man . . . sometimes I worry that Mark Steyn is an actually Meaner Blogger Than I Am.

I know that it is hard to conceive, but sometime . . . I wake up haunted by this whisper in the middle of the night: “Mark Steyn is a shade meaner than you, Sarah.”

Do you think that could be true?  Or is it just the spirit of one of the other jealous StandFirm bloggers teleporting my way?

[1] Posted by Sarah on 3-24-2012 at 06:06 PM · [top]

Sarah:

A Canadian friend of ours passes on her Macleans magazine to us (Macleans is the Canadian weekly newsmagazine).  Until a year or so ago, they ran a Mark Steyn column in each issue, and, truth be told, the only really good read in it was the Steyn column.  They have very foolishly dropped Steyn, but I got hooked on his writing.

I can honestly say, now that you mention it, that your writing style is very much like Mark Steyn’s.  Like Mark, most of the time you are right (though sometimes not) but always exceedingly entertaining and irreverent (irreverent in a good sort of way).  You both slice and dice your way through stupid liberal arguments in a way that utterly skewers your opponents. 

As to who is meaner?  I think that you guys will have to find a topic you disagree on and go at it.

[2] Posted by jamesw on 3-24-2012 at 06:54 PM · [top]

Greg, you failed to cite the most acidic, accurate observation of all in the piece:

“The insistence that the killer was emblematic of an epidemic of right-wing hate sweeping the planet is, regrettably, no longer operative. Instead, the killer isn’t representative of anything at all.”

Precisely.  The Left was gearing up for a nice smear campaign against their mortal enemies on the Right, but now that it seems that political ally is the trigger man, the narrative will shift on a dime to exactly what Steyn says.  I can’t believe anyone would expect otherwise.

And Sarah, you need to ramp up the mean.

[3] Posted by Jeffersonian on 3-24-2012 at 08:30 PM · [top]

So who is this Mark Steyn fellow who’s trying to copy Sarah’s inimical style?

[4] Posted by j.m.c. on 3-25-2012 at 01:10 PM · [top]

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