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Today, Tuesday, we'll be attempting another Clubland Q&A session, live around the planet at 4pm Eastern in North America. We'll try to pin down the rest of the time zones below, but do, as they say, check local listings.
Whether or not you're a member of The Mark Steyn Club, you can listen to the Clubland Q&A live as it happens wherever you happen to be on this turbulent earth: Club membership is required only to ask a question. If you've been toying with signing up, either for a full year or a see-how-it-goes experimental quarter, there's still time to do so and shoot me a head-scratcher for today's show. As soon as we go live, Club members are welcome to log-in and submit their queries via our comment form below - and I'll answer them as-it-happens on the audio livestream that should magically appear above (or possibly below - I forget which). And, if you disagree with my response, feel free to object to it in the comments, and I'll try to address a couple of the objections as we go along.
For today's show I'd like to focus at least for the first half on the Deep State's subversion of the vox populi as manifested by the rogue FBI/Justice Department behavior confirmed by the Nunes memo - which also revealed that I'm maybe two degrees from Carter Page and this George Papadopoulos guy. The "sealed" complaint that first brought Page (as "Male-1") under the scrutiny of the surveillance state was laid before a judge called Frank Maas, before whom I have also appeared, fortunately in a non-national security matter. And, of course, Democrats cling to the fiction that it was Papadopoulos (not Christopher Steele) who started the ball rolling by boozing it up with "an Australian diplomat" in London. The diplomat in question is our old pal Alexander Downer, who's Australian High Commissioner in the UK, as his dad, Sir Alick, was before him. I've been out drinking with Alexander, which is not something to be undertaken lightly, so I can well understand how young Papadopoulos came a cropper. But even so the shallow feebleness of the Democrat-media reliance on this angle is quite amazing, starting with the fact that nobody in the American media knows what a "high commissioner" is, hence the vague references to an "Australian diplomat".
But so much for Comey, Steele et al. We'll also take on similar Deep State pushbacks elsewhere, such as the renewed determination to scuttle Brexit. And maybe halfway through we'll switch it up and turn to some other topics. See how it goes, play it by ear.
~Speaking of which, if you'd prefer to see me rather than hear me, and just a few feet from the end of your nose, I'll be live on stage in Colorado Springs this Friday at the Leadership Program of the Rockies retreat. Lots of other attractions, too: Fox Business star (and my old BBC New York comrade) Kennedy, Congressman (and my fellow Rush guest-host) Jason Lewis, The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, Laffer-curver Art Laffer and more. Please click here and enjoy a special discount on the ticket price by entering the promo code Steyn_Retreat_2018 at registration.
~As I always say, we're not paywalling off SteynOnline or any of that nonsense - and in fact this site offers more free content than ever before. But Club membership does support all our video, audio and print features around the world - and in return confers a few benefits, including not only participation in our Clubland Q&A but also our monthly audio adventures, Tales for Our Time, the eleventh of which airs later this month, and is a cracker, and our series of video poetry, which on Sunday marked the bicentennial of Shelley's "Ozymandias". We're a convivial band in The Mark Steyn Club, and, if you fancy joining, either for a full year or an experimental quarter, you can find out more about it right here - or sign up a chum for our new Gift Membership.
So see you back here live this afternoon at 4pm Eastern in North America. That's 5pm in the Maritimes, 5.30pm in Newfoundland, 6pm for all my Bermudan friends - and, beyond the Americas, 9pm Greenwich Mean Time, 10pm in Western Europe, 11pm in the Middle East, midnight in Moscow (to go all Kenny Ball on you), the wee small hours in India (sorry about that), a marginally less uncivilized hour of Wednesday morning in Oz, 10am in New Zealand and a little later in the rest of the Pacific.
But, whatever time it is where you are, we do hope you'll be able to join us. To listen to the livestream, simply click the "play" icon on the audio player (in certain browsers, the audio will start auto-playing). And to pose a question simply use the comment form below. See you in a few hours.