Trump critic Avenatti indicted for ripping off Stormy Daniels, extorting Nike

Trump critic Avenatti indicted for ripping off Stormy Daniels, extorting Nike, by Reuters.

Michael Avenatti’s legal troubles escalated on Wednesday as federal prosecutors announced new criminal charges accusing the lawyer and prominent critic of U.S. President Donald Trump of stealing from porn star Stormy Daniels and extorting Nike Inc.

Prosecutors accused Avenatti, 48, of stealing about $300,000 from Daniels, about half of which has not been repaid, after helping his former client secure a book contract.

They also said he has been indicted on previously announced charges that he tried to blackmail Nike out of more than $20 million by threatening to expose what he called the athletic wear company’s improper payments to recruits for college basketball teams it sponsored. …

Avenatti also faces dozens of charges in California, where prosecutors on April 11 accused him of stealing millions of dollars from clients to pay for personal and business expenses, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a Mississippi bank about his finances.

Charles:

I saw the figures on this scumbag lawyer tonight. He made 121 appearances on CNN and 108 on MSNBC. That should tell you all you need to know about the corrupt networks.

Steven Hayward:

Avenatti was entirely the creation of the media, right down to the idea, which CNN and MSNBC took seriously, that he could be a presidential candidate in 2020. It is emerging now that the media knew first hand that Avenatti is a first class jerk, from the outrageous and rude way he treated the low- and mid-level media people (producers, etc) he dealt with in his nonstop media campaign. But because he was saying what the media wanted to hear (Trump is a horrible human being), the media were willing overlook all of the slime this reptile was leaving in media green rooms and on TV sets.

Support the narrative and you might be considered for US President, even if you are lying thieving lowlife and creepy porn lawyer.

hat-tip Charles

World’s oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support

World’s oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support, by Ben Beaumont-Thomas.

Spillers Records, the world’s oldest record shop, has banned Morrissey albums from sale.

The shop in Cardiff made the decision due to Morrissey’s support for the far-right political party For Britain, including wearing a badge with the party’s logo when performing on a US talk show this month. …

Wearing that badge got him banned

Anne Marie Waters, leader of For Britain, has described Islam as evil and as “a culture that does not fit with ours”. …

The former Smiths frontman has become an increasingly controversial figure in recent years for a string of remarks and his support for the far right. He voiced support for EDL founder Tommy Robinson in the wake of his sentencing for contempt of court, saying: “It’s very obvious that Labour or the Tories do not believe in free speech … I mean, look at the shocking treatment of Tommy Robinson.” He described halal meat preparation as evil and “requires certification that can only be given by supporters of Isis”; he told the NME in 2007 that “the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears … the gates of England are flooded.

Must not oppose the narrative, even if you were once a left wing icon and popstar to the hip and trendy.

When the Authorities Tell You to Dissent

When the Authorities Tell You to Dissent, by Zachary Smith.

The University of Melbourne advertises itself as Australia’s best university — the first and only member of the Australian Ivy League. …

Naturally, I was pleased and even proud to have been accepted into the University of Melbourne’s 2017 Master of Journalism program. I believed, without really thinking about it, that I was in for a challenging year and a half at a school far more rigorous than the one from which I received my baccalaureate. ((The University of Oklahoma… )…

The first indication I received that something had gone awry at Australia’s best university was in a criminology class titled “Violence, Trauma, and Reconciliation.” …

The instructor, Dr. Juliet Rogers, devoted a lecture to female genital mutilation — a natural enough topic for a class on trauma. In Rogers’s view, however, the true source of trauma was not the practice of FGM itself, but the “violence” of anti-FGM laws. After all, Western societies pressure women into body modification in the form of ear piercings — so who are we to pass judgment on those who practice clitorectomies and infibulations on children? And isn’t it true that legislators’ supposed concern with FGM is actually motivated by “Islamophobia”?

Another peculiar class was Terror, Law, and War, ostensibly a survey of legal and military responses to terrorism. In practice, the class focused almost exclusively on American, European, and Israeli misbehavior, and on the perceived ridiculousness of Australian anti-terrorism measures. Islamist terrorism was left unconsidered except as a hallucination of xenophobic Westerners. As if to drive the point home, one presentation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict referred to Palestinian suicide bombings as “terrorism,” in scare quotes. …

We spent a period discussing a televised interview with Wassim Doureihi, spokesman for the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. … The subsequent class discussion became something like a rally: we unanimously acclaimed Doureihi’s dignity and courage and took turns mocking Alberici’s hypocrisy and ill-concealed racism. …. Some of the students who rose to voice their support for Doureihi were so agitated that their voices shook. Somehow, throughout this bacchanal of self-righteousness, the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir is an explicitly anti-democratic organization that supports the killing of apostates and whose leaders describe Jews as “the most evil creatures of Allah” escaped mention. Evidently, one can’t take sides between liberalism and totalitarianism without knowing the pigmentations of those involved. …

To hear Australia’s most privileged youth praise a theocrat like Doureihi was unsettling, but classes equally often took a turn for the comical. On one occasion, Rogers interrupted a Violence, Trauma and Reconciliation lecture to tell us about Lego’s “criminal” figure … the criminal, you see, is depicted with visible chest hair. This chest hair is a coded indication that the criminal is nonwhite, thereby implying that people of color are criminals and terrorists.

Students were always instructed to question their assumptions rather than acquiescing mindlessly to the status quo. At the University of Melbourne, however, the assumption that racial identification is of paramount significance, that Western societies are uniquely malignant and oppressive, that Islamist theocrats are victims and not perpetrators, et cetera, is the status quo. What does it signify when the authorities tell you to dissent? …

During one and a half years attending journalism classes, I was exposed to surprisingly little information on the actual craft of journalism. …

I graduated in December 2018, amidst rallies against “fascism on campus.” (Given that, in 18 months on campus, I encountered no fascists, these rallies seem to have been very effective.) …

Was pursuing a degree at Australia’s top university a waste of time? Not necessarily. The name of an institution whose superiority is supported by so many statistics surely helps beautify my résumé. And I was granted the chance to dip into a strange emerging culture, one whose existence I probably would not have accepted if I hadn’t seen it for myself.

Obviously indoctrination, not education.

U.S. Isn’t Becoming Europe, but Rome

U.S. Isn’t Becoming Europe, but Rome, by Ann Coulter.

Can we have a quick reality check and acknowledge that what is happening to America is a million times worse than what’s happening in Europe and is of much greater consequence?

Conservatives regularly point to the mass migration afflicting Europe as if it’s the “Ghost of Christmas Future” for America. Since waves of Third World migrants began sweeping into the European Union, we’ve seen terrorism, knifings, rape gangs and riots popping up all over the birthplace of Western civilization. Sweden has gone from a country where rape was essentially nonexistent to the Rape Capital of the World.

It’s sweet of Americans to be so concerned about Europe, but maybe they should look at their own country. On account of a mass immigration policy imposed on us by our government, the United States has undergone a transformation unprecedented in all of world history.

From 1620 to 1970, the U.S. was demographically stable — not to be confused with “a nation of immigrants.” The country was about 85% to 90% white, almost entirely British, German, French and Dutch, and 10% to 15% African American. (The American Indian population, technically in their own nations, steadily plummeted—an example of how vast numbers of new people can displace the old, both accidentally and on purpose.)

In a generation, the white majority has nearly disappeared, while the black percentage has remained about the same, with more than 90% of African Americans still native-born. White Americans are one border surge away from becoming a minority in their own country.

In 2016, non-Hispanic whites were 61.3% of the population and 54% of all births. That was two years ago, before Trump came in and flung open the border to all of Latin America, especially children and pregnant ladies hoping to have an anchor baby. …

This isn’t about race — though it might be of some concern to the rapidly diminishing white population that our cultural overlords are so tormented by “whiteness.”

Assimilation not even requested:

This stunning demographic replacement matters because American culture is the envy of the world. Not only was this wonderful culture created by white Western Europeans, but merely asking immigrants to assimilate to it is generally considered a hate crime.

If everyone assimilated to our culture, who cares what race they are? But given sufficient numbers, they don’t. They don’t need to, and we certainly aren’t asking them to. The reason we successfully assimilated not-so-different European cultures was that we controlled the numbers — essentially stopping immigration for 50 years while we forged an American character. …

Rome:

It seems as if progress is inevitable, that things always get better and never retrogress. …

And then the Dark Ages came. In the blink of an eye, all that was lost. The people no longer had the technological know-how even to repair bridges and aqueducts built by the Romans…

Whatever the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire, one thing is for damn sure: There were not vast bands of powerful Romans prattling about “Roman privilege,” demanding that the Huns be given preference over Romans and writing articles with titles like “Abolish the Romans!”

YouTube’s ‘Trending’ Tab is Rigged in Favor of Big Media

YouTube’s ‘Trending’ Tab is Rigged in Favor of Big Media, by Paul Joseph Watson.

The study showed that independent creator Philip DeFranco, who produces a daily news show, appeared on the trending tab only twice despite amassing an average of 1.4 million views per video, while AP, which averages 10,000 views per video trended seven times.

In all, 95% of all videos from news creators that appeared on the trending tab came from legacy media outlets. …

Despite having the most subscribed channel by far in the United States, PewDiePie only appeared on the trending tab in the U.S. once compared to 45 times in Canada, proving that the U.S. trending tab is being curated to exclude him. …

Corporate network ‘comedy’ shows which routinely push left-wing political narratives like Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert appeared dozens of times on the trending tab.

As we have previously highlighted, YouTube openly rigs its own search engine to exclude independent news content creators, burying them under a wall of mainstream media videos.

Google (which owns YouTube) is the modern evil.

Why The Left Mocks The Bible: As opposed as any two worldviews can be

Why The Left Mocks The Bible: As opposed as any two worldviews can be. By Dennis Prager.

At PragerU, we have released about 400 videos on virtually every subject outside of the natural sciences and math. Along with 2 billion views, the videos have garnered tens of thousands of comments. So we have a pretty good handle on what people most love and most hate. For example, any video defending America or Israel inevitably receives many negative responses. But no videos elicit the amount of contempt and mockery that videos defending religion, explaining the Bible or arguing for God do.

Why is that?

There is a good reason. The Bible and the left (not liberalism, leftism) are as opposed as any two worldviews can be. While there are people who claim to hold both a Bible-based worldview and left-wing views, these people are few in number. Moreover, what they do is take left-wing positions and wrap them in a few Bible verses. But on virtually every important value in life, the left and the Bible are diametrically opposed.

Yep. Three examples:

The biblical view is that people are not basically good. Evil therefore comes from within human nature. For the left, human nature is not the source of evil. Capitalism, patriarchy, poverty, religion, nationalism or some other external cause is the source of evil. …

The biblical view is that the human being has free will. The left-wing view — again, the view of all secular outlooks — is that human beings have no free will. Everything we do is determined by environment, genes and the matter of which we are composed. Firing neurons, not free will, explain both murders and kindness. …

The biblical view holds that wisdom begins with acknowledging God. The secular view is that is that God is unnecessary for wisdom, and the left-wing view is that God is destructive to wisdom. But if you want to know which view is more accurate, look at the most godless and Bible-less institution in our society: the universities. They are, without competition, the most foolish institutions in our society.

Why Political Commentary has Become Boring, on Both the Left and Right

Why Political Commentary has Become Boring, on Both the Left and Right. By the Z-Blog.

As the mass media moved from being a vocation to a profession, it began to adopt the habits seen in other areas of the managerial class. Commentary on current events is less about explaining what happened and more about the writer showing they memorized all the things that will be on the test. The opinion sections of news sites are echo chambers, where each writer salts their text with the latest fads, as if they are writing an essay for their high school social studies class.

The banality is not confined to Progressives. The so-called intellectual dark web is just as dull and cautious, but decorated with some risqué phrases picked up from dissident politics. Here’s a story from Claire Lehmann about the Australian election. She is sort-of from Australia, but the post reads like it was written by someone, who knows everything about the place from a text book. There are no insights or speculations, just a long proof that the writer has read all of the approved source material and passed the test.

She seems particularly proud of herself for using the term “champagne socialist” as if that is a catchy insight. It’s just a different ways of saying “limousine liberal” which was popular with conservatives in the 1980’s. Again, we see that strange echo. The New Left in the West is a weird museum exhibit on the 1970’s, while the New Right is nostalgia for the 1980’s. We have a generation of public intellectuals, who memorized the political fights of their parent’s generation, but have no idea what they meant.

So true! At the WR we tend to avoid the usual recitations, or at least mention them before they become commonplace.

The ‘shy conservatives’ sang out loud and clear

The ‘shy conservatives’ sang out loud and clear, by Greg Sheridan.

A definitive interpretation is elusive, but it is part of a big trend in the West. Consider the election results it most resembles, in particular David Cameron’s unexpected majority win in Britain in 2015, the Brexit referendum the following year and Donald Trump’s victory in the US later that same year.

One common feature of all of these was that the polls under­estim­ated the actual conservative vote by 1 or 2 per cent. This is a striking commonality. The Coali­tion hadn’t won a poll in Australia in three years. Were the polls alway­s inaccurate or did a couple of per cent of people turn conservativ­e at the last? …

Why?

Here are four clear factors: clim­ate change policies, religious freedom, cultural conservatism, patriotic identity. All these put together can produce a syndrome of “forgotten people” given a rare chance to have their say. …

Don’t tell us how to live. Don’t tell us our lives are inferior to yours. Don’t take away our livelihoods. Don’t patronise and belittle us, then expect us to vote for you.

Adani, the epitome of moral-vanity posturing for inner-city elites:

The Brexit symbol of this elect­ion was the Adani coalmine. This mine means tens of thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, and a great deal of new wealth for Queensland. Affluent public sector­ employees and the new wealthy in secure service jobs in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, having abandoned religion, oppose the Adani mine with religious fervour. It’s easy to oppose something when that costs you nothing.

If the Nationals could get Bob Brown to tour all their seats regularly, preferably with some inner-city celebrities, opposing mining and farming, they could form governmen­t on their own. …

Hillary Clinton lost all the coalmining states to Trump, having told left liberal audiences she wanted to shut coal down, then trying to say in the affected states that she was their friend. …

Religious freedom:

Modestly observant or even vaguely traditional Hindus, Bud­dhists, Sikhs and Muslims all feel culturally more at home with a relaxed Christian atmosphere than in a militantly atheist zeitgeist. They often pay a lot of money to send their kids to Christian schools, where they respect the schools’ Christian identity and their own religious identity is respected in turn. And when they do get the resources together to run their own schools, they want to be free to teach their beliefs. …

As big as Gough Whitlam’s win:

The Liberals should not over­interpret this result. Morrison campaigned brilliantly, with mag­nific­ent energy and discipline, and won a famous victory, but it was still only 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

Albanese vows to end Labor’s class-war rhetoric

Albanese vows to end Labor’s class-war rhetoric, by Simon Benson.

Anthony Albanese, who is poised to take over the Labor leadership as soon as today, has vowed to ­return a traumatised party to a Hawke-era pro-growth economic policy model, reopen the door to business and abandon the class-war politics that threatened to ­divide the nation.

Mr Albanese yesterday emerged as the most likely successor to Bill Shorten after Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen pulled out of the race, having launched his bid less than 24 hours earlier. …

In an exclusive interview, Mr Albanese, who narrowly lost to Mr Shorten in the 2013 leadership contest, flagged a review of all Labor’s tax policies in the face of a vulnerable global economy, and said he would move immediately to drop the party’s anti-business posture. “The language used was terrible … unions and employers have a common interest. Successful businesses are a precondition for employing more workers, and that is obvious,” the NSW left-wing powerbroker said in a blunt assessment of Labor’s failed ­campaign. …

Back to the center:

Despite once famously describing his political mission in life as “fighting Tories”, Mr Albanese said his membership of the Left faction had no bearing on what ­direction he would take the party.

He gave an unequivocal commitment to steer the party back to the policy centre, which had provided the ballast for 13 years of Labor government under Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

Excellent news. The Australian left is not making the mistake of the US left after the Trump win — refusing to accept his win, and subverting the bureaucracy and media. Or the mistake of the globalists after Brexit — trying to organize a “Brexit” that permanently makes Britain beholden to the EU, i.e. massively subverting Brexit.

Instead the Australian left is learning from the experience and changing their approach. Even better, they want to emulate Hawke — who in my opinion was the best Australian PM in my lifetime.

Although, knowing Anthony Albanese — whom I knew from political circles at university — class warfare rhetoric once came easy to him. Still, people change.

More from Greg Brown:

Anthony Albanese says all of Labor’s policies — including its 45 per cent emissions target — will be reviewed if he becomes party leader.

“We will look at all of our policies. What we won’t look at is our values. They are eternal the Labor values. They do change over time but our commitment to working people and lifting living standards does not,” Mr Albanese told Sky News this morning.

“Tearesa” May set to go after Andrea Leadsom quits over Brexit fiasco and Cabinet try to force her from power

“Tearesa” May set to go after Andrea Leadsom quits over Brexit fiasco and Cabinet try to force her from power. By Tom Dunn.

ISOLATED Theresa May was last night holed up in No10 amid an extraordinary Cabinet bid to force her from power.

Brexiteer Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom quit over the PM’s bid to offer MPs the chance of a second EU referendum.

And seven other Cabinet ministers also told No10 they will not back Mrs May — a clear signal for her to step down.

But the PM refused to budge, with aides saying: “She is going nowhere until she gets Brexit done.”

Mrs May even refused a series of ministers’ demands for face-to-face talks, scrapping an appointment with Scottish Secretary David Mundell with ten minutes’ notice.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith last night joked that Mrs May was virtually barricading herself in at Downing Street — saying: “The sofa is up against the door, she’s not leaving.

Cabinet rebels are furious at Mrs May for saying the Government will legislate for a second referendum, insisting they agreed only to offer the Commons a vote on it. …

Members had held a secret ballot on whether to change Tory rules to hold a fresh no confidence vote in her leadership, with their votes sealed in envelopes.

If she does not stand down, the envelopes will be opened by Sir Graham. One 1922 executive said last night there was “a clear majority” in the room for a rule change.

The senior MP added: “Theresa will have to go on Friday, whatever happens now.

What a farce. This is what comes of trying to directly disobey or massively subvert the clearly expressed view of the electorate.

Not our government

Not our government, by Arthur Chrenkoff.

It’s pretty much a hard political law that when the right loses an election they tend to blame themselves (“it was the infighting – the bloody moderates/conservatives [delete as appropriate] destabilised the party” or “what a shitty campaign that was; what idiots do we have in charge at the headquarters?”). If, on the other hand, the left loses they blame the voters, who are either evil or dumb. Or they blame the electoral system. The same system that seems to work OK every time they win, all of a sudden becomes problematic, outdated and deeply flawed when they don’t. …

Then there is everyone’s favourite political priest, Fr Rod Bower …

If Labor had won the election, as pretty much everyone expected, it’s unlikely that the Gosford Anglican Church board would have proudly proclaimed “Yay! ABC/Fairfax/Guardian chose our government this time!”