The Media’s Shameful Refusal To Report On Putin’s Ties To The American Left

The Media’s Shameful Refusal To Report On Putin’s Ties To The American Left, by Eugene Slaven.

Russia has been in the business of influencing Americans’ beliefs and indirectly our electoral decisions for 100 years. Virtually every faction of the 60s era Left got its Marxist talking points from Moscow, and many of the themes pervading mainstream liberal schools emanated from Russia. …

The evidence of Russia’s prolific history of meddling in U.S. politics is incontrovertible. And it would behoove our elected leaders to shed some light on this insidious foreign influence. A good starting point is Russia’s financial ties to powerful anti-fracking and anti-oil lobbies in the United States.

But now that Russia is suspected of helping the right … foul!

Will my baby granddaughter pay the price of my fight for equality? Sixties feminist sees the emotional emptiness facing women today

Will my baby granddaughter pay the price of my fight for equality? Sixties feminist sees the emotional emptiness facing women today. By Jeannette Kupferman.

The moment I held Amber Ann in my arms — just minutes after her birth — an unexpected cocktail of emotions nearly floored me; what can best be described as a mixture of unbridled joy mingled with apprehension.

My first grandchild was so perfectly formed, her eyes blinking in the bright hospital lights, her little fingers intertwined with mine. Of course, every baby is an individual miracle — but Amber was something of an actual miracle too, as my daughter-in-law Ewa, who suffered from endometriosis, had never believed she could conceive. …

Much as I’d always longed for grandchildren, when I turned 70 I’d almost given up.

Both my son, Elias, a historian, now 52, and daughter, Mina, an editor and photographer, 50, married late in life, and I knew the chances were diminishing. Yet here was Amber Ann, my son’s first child, snuggling into my arms.

Has feminism improved the lot of upper middle class women? Perhaps not.

It makes me wonder what happened to the Brave New World we’d envisaged for our daughters and granddaughters. A world of unlimited possibilities, choices and equality for girls to become or do anything?

A world I — like many women — fought for in the Sixties.

Has feminism made life worse, not better, for today’s generation of girls?

Certainly, women have never existed in such a bleak emotional landscape.

The porn culture has virtually taken over every area of life, perhaps born from those Sixties cries for sexual liberation that you should have as much sex as you like, with whoever you like. …

Meanwhile, traditional roles have become ever more ideologically despised — so much so that last week the very act of being a housewife or mother was banned from advertisements for perpetuating ‘outdated’ gender stereotypes. …

But aren’t young girls today just as imprisoned by the drive to bear their flesh as the cliched Victorian wife in crinolines? It’s almost as compulsory for a young woman to take a pouting semi-naked selfie today as it was for a teenager in the Fifties to wear bobby socks. …

Who could have predicted such an obsession with thinness or worship of celebrities for the near-Frankensteinian outrages they inflict on their bodies? …

The well-meaning battles we embarked on in idealistic youth have somehow robbed young women of the soul of femininity. We’ve lost something precious, distinctive and unique. …

I have learned, over the years, that the ‘stereotypical’ roles of femininity can give a sense of identity and security unmatched by anything in the corporate or professional world.

Glenn Reynolds:

Fish develops appreciation for bicycle-based culture. And not only did your — only, miraculously born — granddaughter pay the price, but so did the ones you never had.

‘All whites racist’ scandal at Cambridge

‘All whites racist’ scandal at Cambridge, by Rosemary Bennett.

Cambridge University is investigating remarks by the head of an equality group who claimed “all white people are racist” and praised protesters who clashed violently with police.

Jason Osamede Okundaye, 20, who runs the university students’ Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign, posted the comment on Twitter on Friday night after protests over the death of Rashan Charles turned violent and police were attacked in London.

Tweets from his account encouraged the protesters and claimed that white people had “colonised” the Dalston neighbourhood of east London. Police are also investigating his remarks.

One tweet said: “Watching these middle-class white people despair over black people protesting in their colonised Dalston is absolutely delicious.” Another read: “ALL white people are racist. White middle class, white working class, white men, white women, white gays, white children they can ALL geddit.” …

A Cambridge University spokesman said the college is looking into this matter “and will respond appropriately”.

More than half the continental US is within range of latest North Korean missile test, defense experts say

More than half the continental US is within range of latest North Korean missile test, defense experts say, by Michael Sheetz.

North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Friday, which defense experts say could reach as far as New York or other U.S. East Coast cities.

The most recent test lofted the North Korean missile on a very high trajectory, bringing it down in the Sea of Japan. Preliminary data from the launch reveals that half, if not most, of the continental U.S. would be in range of the missile tested Friday.

“Looks like it pretty much can get to New York, Boston and probably falls just short of Washington,” David Wright, co-director and senior scientist for the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told CNBC.

The missile flew for 47 minutes, traveled a distance of 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles) and reached an altitude as high as 3,700 kilometers (nearly 2,300 miles), South Korean military told Reuters.

And all of Australia too.

755 US diplomats must leave Russia: Putin

755 US diplomats must leave Russia: Putin, by AFP.

President Vladimir Putin said 755 US diplomats must leave Russia and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time, in a move Sunday that followed tough new American sanctions.

The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 — the same number Moscow has in the US. …

On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

What do all those “diplomats” do? It seems an awful lot.

Nigel Farage backs Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit saying he is tougher than the Tories

Nigel Farage backs Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit saying he is tougher than the Tories, by Hugo Gye.

Mr Farage warned that the Government is betraying voters who supported Brexit because they are keen to stop mass migration.

He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “The Brexit-voting public is not in denial over immigration. Many now want a total stop to it.

“For a nation to rise up against the establishment and secure a historic victory, only to have its hopes thwarted by an out-of-touch elite, is a recipe for dangerous division.

“It is strange to think that Jeremy Corbyn is now offering a tougher line than the Government when he says he would ban the wholesale importation of low-skilled EU workers.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Femme fatale Mia Ash is honeytrap to steal your secrets

Femme fatale Mia Ash is honeytrap to steal your secrets, by Mark Bridge.

Mia Ash is an attractive 29-year-old freelance photographer living in London who listens to indie music and adores social media.

She’s a bit of a hipster, having studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, and previously worked at the Clapham Picturehouse, and she is in the market for romance. Ms Ash, who hails from Great Wyrley in Staffordshire, often sports a sexy bob rather like Audrey Tautou’s in the film Amélie.

She doesn’t go for creative professionals but has a thing for older men in senior roles in the energy, IT and aerospace industries.

The trouble is, she doesn’t exist. In reality, hers is a detailed fake persona, a honeytrap conceived to steal confidential information. …

The scheme successfully lured senior figures in sensitive industries in the US, Israel, India and Saudi Arabia to reveal confidential data. Mia also planted snooping software on their companies’ computer networks to harvest data before the sting unravelled in February. …

Example:

An employee with an interest in photography had been communicating with a British “admirer” for more than a month.

The staffer had been flattered when Mia approached him on LinkedIn with questions about their mutual passion. Soon they were friends on Facebook, where they flirted and chatted frankly about their work and hobbies.

Her accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Blogger showed that she was friends with prominent photographers, so was clearly the real deal.

And her relationship status was “it’s complicated” — signalling availability. All in all, it felt like the beginning of something special.

One day she asked if her special friend could do her a favour. She needed feedback for a photography survey. It was simply a case of completing an Excel spreadsheet.

He would have to complete it on his office computer otherwise the technology would sometimes play up. Such a faff, she admitted, but she would be so grateful.

And he fell for it hook, line and sinker. Once he clicked, the attachment promptly tried to install malware on to the computer, which would enable hackers to infiltrate the network. …

Her creation:

The investigation revealed that Mia Ash’s persona had been crafted for almost a year, and her handlers had spent months befriending real photographers online to give the trap greater credibility.

The numerous photos posted of Ms Ash were lifted from the social media accounts of a Romanian student and blogger and her CV details and regular status updates were influenced by genuine LinkedIn profiles of creative professionals.

Unlike Trump, Canada aggressively pushes transgender in military

Unlike Trump, Canada aggressively pushes transgender in military, by Lianne Laurence.

Justin Trudeau’s government have hit back this week at President Trump by emphasizing that they are actively recruiting “transgendered” people for the Canadian military. …

Between 2008 and October 2015, the Canadian Forces paid out $309,000 for 19 sex-reassignment operations, Le Bouthillier told the CTV.

Homosexual, bisexual and lesbian individuals have been allowed to serve in the Canadian Forces following a 1992 court case, the CTV reports.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australian Government and Abbott’s mission

Australian Government and Abbott’s mission, by Ross Fitzgerald.

As Adam Smith once observed, in most nations there’s often a lot of ruin. His point was that it takes much more than a short period of bad government to inflict major damage on a strong country.

In a well-developed civil society, very little requires the express say-so of government. People are always trying to improve their lot, and largely succeeding, even when the government of the day is consistently getting it wrong. That said, government matters because it sets the framework within which people make their own decisions. A government that over-burdens its citizens diminishes their ability to make the best choices and, over time, generates sustained national decline.

For 25 years, under prime ministers Hawke and Howard, Australia was essentially well governed. The leading members of those governments had sufficient character to keep their personal ambitions in check, or at least not to let them interfere with the pursuit of a strong policy agenda. …

Malcolm Turnbull has an opinion poll deficit, not because his predecessor is undermining him, but because he’s dumped the Liberal party’s core principles. The Coalition won the 2013 election promising to cut spending, cut taxes and end Labor’s climate change obsessions. With a post-Finkel Report Clean Energy Target looming, the government is doing the exact opposite. …

Apart from the fact that his regicide of Abbott was a massive blunder, Turnbull should never have adopted Labor’s Gonski schools policy. He shouldn’t have abandoned his predecessor’s pledge not to make adverse changes to superannuation. He shouldn’t have alienated business with a bank tax. It shouldn’t have taken him so long to discover that national security is not just the first task of government but important political equity for the Coalition. He shouldn’t have run an election campaign on a vacuous slogan and ignored Labor’s weaknesses on power prices, border protection and union control.

A mistake that might still be rectified is his failure to put Tony Abbott into Cabinet, but magnanimity seems quite beyond him. …

The best contribution that Abbott can now make is to stay on the backbench where he can legitimately articulate policy stances that discourage Coalition defections to fringe conservative parties. …

The medium future:

A decade back, after a quarter century of effective government, Australia was one of the world’s most successful countries. Now we can’t even look across the Tasman without embarrassment.

Unfortunately, it’s almost certain to get worse before it gets better. Our next federal Labor government will have more in common with Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders than with Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. There will be more taxing, more spending, and a much more intrusive nanny state. A serious brain drain and capital flight will only be avoided if comparable countries are making similar mistakes.

‘Embarrassing’ Health-Bill Defeat Casts Doubt on GOP’s Can-Do Pledge

‘Embarrassing’ Health-Bill Defeat Casts Doubt on GOP’s Can-Do Pledge, by Janet Hook.

The collapse of Republicans’ drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act is prompting a wave of GOP anger and anxiety across the country, as the defeat has widened divisions within the party and emboldened Democrats hoping for major gains in the 2018 midterm elections.

The implosion of legislation to remake the U.S. health-care system has Republicans worried not just because they have failed to deliver on a marquee campaign pledge, but because it casts doubt on the broader promise to be a can-do governing party after years in the opposition. …

Republicans split and angry:

The party splintered and turned on itself in the hours after the predawn Senate vote rejecting a last-ditch GOP health-care bill. House Republicans grumbled about their Senate counterparts. Conservatives complained about centrists who cast the deciding votes. And the chasm between congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump, who has threatened to help mount primary challenges to wayward Republicans, widened.

“The anger is palpable,” said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, who said she got 200 emails from irate conservatives within hours of the vote. …

Mr. Trump said in aTwitter message that Congress should now let the health-care system fall into disarray, and hope that will drive Democrats to compromise. Congressional Republicans aren’t happy with that approach, and worry that the problems of the health-care system will weigh on their electoral prospects. …

“The GOP base won’t stand for being lied to for seven years,” said [GOP pollster Chris Wilson]. “The GOP has to do something that they can defend next fall. ‘We tried and failed, now re-elect us’ isn’t going to work.” …

Democrats appear to have won the health issue for now:

But many Republicans saw the Senate vote as the death knell for the party’s seven-year-old promise to repeal the Obama-era health law. It was a triumph for the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump “resistance” movement, whose demonstrations supporting the Affordable Care Act at congressional town-hall meetings pressured Republicans and helped boost the public’s once-tepid support for the law.

The GOP has no common vision about the future, because it is split between an establishment that goes along with the left (the B-team of PC progressiveness, the A-team being the Democrats) and the Tea Party that rejects PC.

It seems to be as bad as the British Tories or European right parties such as the Swedish Alliance, the French conservative parties, or the CDU in Germany.

The socialist – internationalist bureaucracies always have a long term vision of an unelected world government, and are steering the West — increasingly over the wishes of the electorate.

The left is cognitively blind to Trump’s achievements

The left is cognitively blind to Trump’s achievements, by Scott Adams.

I have often said Trump supporters and anti-Trumpers are in the same movie theater but watching different movies on the same screen. You’ve seen lots of evidence of that, but I’m going to give you an experiment you can try at home….

1. Identify your most lefty, Trump-hating friend or family member.

2. Share this link of President Trump’s accomplishments while you are in the same room so you can watch them read it.

3. Watch as your lefty friend turns “cognitively blind” to the list of accomplishments as if it is not really there. Your subject will KNOW President has accomplished nothing, and all of his or her friends know it, and the television channels they watch know it. So how-the-hell could there be in existence an extensive list of legitimate accomplishments that make perfect sense and can easily be verified?

The only way that list of accomplishments can exist in your anti-Trumper’s world is if the anti-Trumper has been in a hallucination for months, duped by the media and everyone they love. The existence of the list of accomplishments will form a crack in their reality. It simply can’t exist. That’s the trigger for cognitive blindness. The list will simply be “invisible,” but not in the literal sense, only the mental sense. If you check back in two days, your anti-Trumper will claim once again no such list exists. Watch their eyes when they say it. It will be freaky. …

My prediction is that President Trump’s reelection chances (should he run again) will depend mostly on what happens with health care. If President Trump gets that right, on top of the things already going well, Mt. Rushmore could get crowded.

For the curious, here is another list of the Trump administration’s achievements to date. I couldn’t find any serious ones in the mainstream media, though they had lots of lists attacking him.

hat-tip byrmol

The media on Trump will soon turn to “Effective, but we don’t like it.”

The media on Trump will soon turn to “Effective, but we don’t like it.” By Scott Adams.

Prior to President Trump’s inauguration, I predicted a coming story arc in three acts.

One:

Act one involved mass protests in the streets because Hillary Clinton’s campaign had successfully branded Trump as the next Hitler. … I predicted that the Hitler phase would evaporate by summer for lack of supporting evidence. That happened.

Two:

I also predicted the anti-Trumpers would modify their attack from “Hitler” to “incompetent,” and that phase would last the summer. That happened too. The president’s critics called him incompetent and said the White House was in “chaos.” …

Three:

Now comes the fun part.

I predicted that the end of this three-part story would involve President Trump’s critics complaining that indeed he was “effective, but we don’t like it.” …

How does the anti-Trump media gracefully pivot from “chaos and incompetence” to a story of “effective, but we don’t like it”? They need an external event to justify the turn. They need a visible sign of the White House moving from rookie status to professional status. They need General John Kelly to replace Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff. Done.

Watch in awe as the anti-Trump coverage grudgingly admits things are starting to look more professional and “disciplined” at the White House. And as the president’s accomplishments start to mount up, you will see his critics’ grudging acceptance of his effectiveness, but not his policy choices,

hat-tip byrmol

Australia has escaped large-scale, high-casualty terror attacks because of necessary evils

Australia has escaped large-scale, high-casualty terror attacks because of necessary evils, by Rita Panahi.

The only reason Australia has escaped a high casualty terror event is due to a combination of luck, distance and the work of our counter-terrorism forces. …

Meanwhile, fringe-dwelling-tinfoil-hat-wearing members of the loony Left opine that the raids were part of some vast conspiracy to sell newspapers and prop up the Turnbull Government.

Normally, that type of lunacy is best ignored but the number of university-educated, supposedly sane folks on social media who rail against the men and women who keep this country safe is worthy of condemnation.

When there were similar raids in 2014, elements of the Muslim community responded with outrage, not at the extremists in their midst, but against counter-terrorism forces who they claimed were unfairly focusing on their community.

Back then, the protesters at Lakemba chanted “we reject the terror laws, they only serve American wars” and held placards proclaiming “terror raids can’t break the spirit of Muslims” and “stop terrorising Muslims”. That sort of wilful blindness only creates division and alienates the community from the mainstream.

Despite the real threat of Islamist extremism, we have parliamentarians who want to expose the country to what amounts to open-border migration policies. The Greens continue to favour policies that would degrade Australia’s national security laws.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

The Death of Atheism — Because Atheists Will Die Off

The Death of Atheism — Because Atheists Will Die Off, by Lance Welton.

Atheism is on the rise and the new secularists may believe their triumph is inevitable. But new research indicates the collapse of faith is simply a phase. The future, in short, belongs to those who show up for it. And those who show up tend to be those who believe.

This may seem counter-intuitive because on the surface, it seems more and more people claim not to believe in God. Especially in Britain, the collapse of religion since the 1960s has been staggering. Books with titles like The Death of Christian Britain and God is Dead: Secularization in the West, trumpet the emergence of a secular, post-Christian society. …

It’s now normal to not believe in God. …

The secularization thesis assumes that modernization will make us less religious, and in turn, that modernization explains why we’re becoming less religious. However, like so many theories in sociology, it never incorporates biology and assumes everything is caused by environmental factors. …

A team led by Lee Ellis, a psychologist at the University of Malaya, conducted their study on “The Future of Secularism: a Biologically Informed Theory Supplemented with Cross-Cultural Evidence” because they were skeptical of the “secularization thesis.” … Ellis and his colleagues compared large samples of college students both in Malaysia and in the USA. …

They found the more religious you are, the more siblings you have. And Muslim students have the most siblings of all. …

Based on twin studies, it has been found that about 40% of the variance in how religious we are is explained by genes. We have been selected to be religious over thousands of years of evolution, because, among other things, religiousness reduces stress, and makes us more pro-social, meaning we’d be less likely to be cast out or killed by the prehistoric band. So it makes sense that how religious we are is significantly genetic.

Based on these findings, the team argues, we would expect the religious to eventually outbreed the non-religious and we would expect Muslims to eventually outbreed other kinds of religious people. We would expect the future to be more religious. …

The more intelligent you are, the less religious you tend to be. However, as Ellis and his colleagues note, the more intelligent you are the fewer children you tend to have. Western countries are suffering from “dysgenic fertility”: the smarter people don’t have many children, meaning that their genes, which tend to be associated with atheism, are simply dying out.

Based on all this, the researchers conclude that secularization must inevitably go into reverse and may well already be doing so. Atheists don’t have many children, meaning that they must eventually go the way of the dinosaurs. …

So why didn’t society become ever more and more religious throughout human history?

Research has shown that people become more religious when they are stressed. For most of human history, we have been extremely stressed and, for this reason, we all believed in God. Until the Industrial Revolution, life was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. Child mortality was roughly 40% and there was no reliable medicine or understanding of disease, so death could strike at any time. We were always a couple of bad harvests away from starvation. In other words, there were a lot of things to be stressed about.

With the turning point of the Industrial Revolution, the sources of our fears were gradually removed. Most obviously, child mortality in Western countries is now at negligible levels. The terrible fear which once possessed all parents that their beautiful little child would sicken and die has all but vanished.

Religiousness is about 60% a matter of environment. So all it would take for society to become less religious would be for the magnitude of the de-stressing effects of the Industrial Revolution to be stronger than the genetic effect of religious people having more children.

This is very likely what happened. The Industrial Revolution made life much more comfortable and did so at such breakneck speed. The anti-religious implications of this sweeping social change far outweighed the impact of breeding patterns that would make us more religious.

The “progressives” believe that society evolves from paganism to a monotheistic religion, then religion fades away in the face of science. Nope, they have got it wrong. It seems non-religious phases are passing, and the non-religious phases tend to be unsustainable — ending either in society’s moral decline and conquest, or becoming more religious again.

Strikingly, Islam is out-breeding and out-competing the much more advanced west.

Further, a lot of the progressive conceit is based on fake science. They have so corrupted the scientific process to suit their ideological purposes (largely via big government funding) that they no longer know what is true and what is fake (i.e. just politically correct). Examples include the blank slate hypothesis, the assumed statistical equivalence of different races and the two sexes, favoring environmental explanations over genetic, and of course the carbon dioxide theory of global warming.

Tracking Regulatory Modernization in the Trump Administration

Tracking Regulatory Modernization in the Trump Administration, by Sam Batkins in June.

With the signature of a landmark executive order establishing a regulatory budget in the U.S., and the goal of $0 net regulatory costs for the remainder of the fiscal year, regulatory modernization is front-and-center in domestic policy. …

To date, Congress and the administration have repealed regulations with an estimated $4.1 billion in total net present value costs and 44.9 million hours of paperwork.

The paperwork figures are annual and the net present value figure represents the total cost during the life of the rule, according to the regulation’s regulatory impact analysis. … This reflects data from 2017 onward and all figures are from benefit-costs analyses provided by federal agencies.

There follows a long list of regulations, costs reduced, and paperwork hours saved. Interesting to see — definitely not a topic in the mainstream media.

Imran Awan Scandal Shows Just How Much Dirt Dems Wanted to Hide By Focusing on Trump-Russia

Imran Awan Scandal Shows Just How Much Dirt Dems Wanted to Hide By Focusing on Trump-Russia, by Tyler O’Neil.

When U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI, and Customs and Border Protection teamed up to arrest Imran Awan, an IT staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and other congressional Democrats, Americans began to realize just how broken and corrupt the Democratic Party has become. Indeed, such scandals beg the question of whether the Trump-Russia hype has not been a desperate attempt to distract the country from a long train of scandals on the Left. …

Politico reported that Awan is “at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of lawmakers.” He was arrested after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Pakistan, The Daily Caller reported. …

IT workers for the Democrats who got paid outrageous amounts and were untouchable. Blackmail?

The Awan brothers worked for more than 30 House and Senate Democrats, as well as former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who only fired Imran Awan on Tuesday after his arrest. News of the investigation broke in February, but Schultz kept Awan on staff for five months before firing him. Schultz even threatened Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa about the investigation in May.

The family had repeated long-term financial struggles, despite extraordinarily high salaries for congressional IT aides. Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old, was paid nearly $160,000 annually, three times the average House IT staff salary. Abid was paid $161,000 and Amran $165,000. Even so, the family has a history of massive debts and bankruptcy. …

Other House IT aides wondered whether the Awans were blackmailing the Democrats who waited so long to fire them. “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, Pat Sowers, a 12-year House IT aide told The Daily Caller.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” said a manager at a tech-services company that works with Democratic House offices. He also reported offering his company’s services to Democrat offices for one-fourth the price of Awan and his brothers, but the Democrats declined.

The Awans have collected $4 million since 2010.

Wasserman Schultz Seemingly Planned To Pay Suspect Even While He Lived In Pakistan, by Luke Rosiak.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemingly planned to pay cyber-probe suspect and IT aide Imran Awan even while he was living in Pakistan, if the FBI hadn’t stopped him from leaving the U.S. Monday. …

In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability. The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz’s computer files, work emails and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion.

Steyn: ‘Collusion’ Dems Are Looking for Is in Wasserman Schultz Staffer Probe, by Fox News.

Mark Steyn said all the aspects of “collusion” the Democrats and Robert Mueller are searching for regarding President Trump can be found in the ongoing story of a former IT staffer to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

As FoxNews.com reported, Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport on a bank fraud charge, and was found to have smashed hard drives in his possession.

“It’s about everything that the Democrats and the media spent months… trying to prove [with] the Russia investigation,” he said.

Steyn said Awan’s story involved a powerful political figure trying to interfere in a federal investigation.

“We have actual criminal elements,” he said. “Everything they’ve been looking for is… staring them in the face with this mysterious guy.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers, by Andrew McCarthy.

Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks. …

This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security. …

Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.

These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs.

Why has the investigation taken so long? Why so little enforcement action until this week? Why, most of all, were Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats so indulgent of the Awans? …

As evidence has mounted, the scores of Democrats for whom the Awans worked have expressed no alarm. Instead, we’ve heard slanderous suspicions that the investigation is a product of — all together now — “Islamophobia.”

But Samina Gilani, the Awan brothers’ stepmother, begs to differ. Gilani complained to Virginia police that the Awans secretly bugged her home and then used the recordings to blackmail her. She averred in court documents that she was pressured to surrender cash she had stored in Pakistan. Imran claimed to be “very powerful” — so powerful he could order her family members kidnapped.

Corruption, collusion with foreigners, serious misbehavior by party leaders — reckon we’ll hear anything about this on the Australian ABC? Even a white-washed account explaining how the lefties are really not guilty? Meanwhile a year of investigating Trump-Russia connections has found nothing — so Mueller is delving in to Trump’s tax returns from 10 years ago — and that mud gets reported on the ABC …

Ed Driscoll:

As Iowahawk likes to say, “Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.” Just think of the media as Democrat operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

France shuts down its only de-radicalization center, says ‘experiment’ failed

France shuts down its only de-radicalization center, says ‘experiment’ failed, by RT.

The French government decided to open the center with the objective of “preparing and developing an educational program used for the reintegration of radicalized young people in the process of marginalization,”Le Parisien reported.

But since opening last September, the center has only welcomed nine volunteer residents, and none of them have completed the program, the interior ministry said, as cited by the French newspaper. …

The center is running empty, without a single volunteer, while thirty employees are paid without having a specific mission, French lawmakers said.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Anger as members of Rochdale grooming gang get legal aid to fight deportation… after already receiving £1m to unsuccessfully defend their criminal charges

Anger as members of Rochdale grooming gang get legal aid to fight deportation… after already receiving £1m to unsuccessfully defend their criminal charges, by Ian Drury.

Members of an Asian [Muslim] grooming gang are being given legal aid to fight deportation – after it emerged they have already received more than a £1million to unsuccessfully defend criminal charges.

There was outrage last night as it was revealed the paedophiles – who preyed on girls as young as 13 – are getting more taxpayers’ money to battle moves to strip them of their British passports and send them back to Pakistan.

Shabir Ahmed, 64, the ringleader of the Rochdale child sex gang, was given £249,707 to clear his name

The case is particularly sickening because, despite the depraved nature of their crimes, the men are trying to exploit Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – which safeguards the right to family life.

The four – who raped, abused and tormented young girls – claim booting them out of the country will harm their families. …

The four Pakistani men were convicted in May 2012 of preying on girls in Rochdale, plying them with drink and drugs before they were ‘passed around’ for sex.

Ahmed was given a 19-year sentence for conspiracy, two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and sex trafficking.

The others were given terms of between six and nine years and are already back on the streets after being released from jail.

Imagine if a British man moved to Pakistan and then raped a bunch of their young girls. Would he be given huge amounts of money to defend himself in court? What would happen to him? How they must laugh at the British — if a civilization cannot protect its young women, it has no future.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

My Conversion to Conservatism

My Conversion to Conservatism, by Tim Blair.

In 1983, during my solitary year at university, a boring but worthy anti-war left-wing film was followed by a young feminist speaker who declared there would be no violence if women led the world’s governments.

“What about Margaret Thatcher?” I asked, this being only a year after the Falklands War.

“She’s a man,” the speaker shot back. I laughed, but she didn’t, and neither did anyone else in the screening room. Small note to self: my comrades are not inclined to face awkward facts. …

Pilger nonsense:

In 1988, watching a John Pilger documentary with lefty friends, another such moment occurred.

Pilger, as usual, was complaining about colonialism and racism and Aboriginal injustice, so naturally we — uniformly white, urban and privileged — were lapping it up. The documentary then shifted to the former nuclear testing site at Maralinga in South Australia, where seven British bombs were detonated in the 1950s and 1960s. Pointing to a sign warning of radiation danger, Pilger observed mournfully that it was written in several languages — “but not in the Aboriginal language”.

Startled by this claim, I looked around the room. Everyone was silent, including a few who had studied Aboriginal history in considerable depth, and so must have known that Pilger’s line was completely wrong. So I just said it: “There is no single Aboriginal language. And no Aboriginal language has a written form.”

I didn’t last long with that bunch of friends, either. Small note to self: my comrades will deny even their own knowledge if it runs counter to a preferred leftist version of events.

Conservatism is easier for the same reason that honesty is easier:

Within another four years my conversion was complete. The best part of adopting conservatism after years of leftism, by the way, is how much easier life becomes. If you’re a conservative, facts are generally all you need to establish a case or mount an argument. If you’re a leftist, however, you always have to find a way around the facts, which is why combative lefties always sound like lawyers knowingly representing a guilty client.

Also, when you’re a conservative there’s a lot less marching. And the movies are better. …

On Mark Latham:

Entertainingly, many of Latham’s angriest critics would have voted for him in 2004. Then again, in an election against John Howard, your rusted-on Labor types would have voted for an animatronic flesh robot programmed to speak in a form of English known only to itself.

In fact, three years later they did.

Read it all.

hat-tip Joanne