Friday, October 24, 2014

Fri Oct 24th Todays News

It hasn't been covered by mainstream media well, but Lachlan Murdoch spoke cogently at the Keith Murdoch lecture and has raised worthy issues of free speech while reminding us of history. Only, his message is bigger than he seems aware and it informs us in ways he doesn't seem to mean. Lachlan was addressing the issue of censorship over security which is growing as a result of the war on terror. The war on terror has fifth columnists who feel it is legitimate to attack cultural assets regardless of consequence. Some really stupid people are falling for terrorist propaganda partly because of censorship which prevents the average person from saying what they think on cultural and religious issues. Lachlan seems to accept those restrictions, while objecting to increased security which might arbitrarily have a field security officer deeming a news article to not be in the public interest. 

A brilliant example by Lachlan is to remind of the activity of Keith Murdoch to end the Gallipoli campaign. Keith had been tasked by the Australian PM, Fisher, to find the truth about what was happening. Many younger journalists had been heavily censored by the war office regarding casualties and losses. Keith was alarmed at what he heard from Charles Beane, bad officers and needless death through incompetence. Keith tried to get a colleague to write to the Great Britain's PM, Asquith, but the letter was censored, so Keith wrote to Fisher directly and sent a copy to Asquith. Within weeks the campaign was ended and the commanding officer relieved of command. Lachlan asks if the new legislation would prevent another Keith today from their action then. 

Keith was young then, and would not know what he had done, and few today seem aware of it, even though there is no active censorship regarding it. Keith had messed up big time and many tens of millions of deaths from civilians around the world have resulted from his activity. Keith did not improve the officer corp prosecuting the war. He ended a campaign shortly before it might have been successful. Certainly the retreat was hailed as bloodless after the Turks failed to press home an advantage. Had the campaign been successful Europe would have been open through the back door and the war ended, possibly by Christmas. Russia might not have fallen to Communism and China might not now be communist. There might never have been a Soviet Union, a Vietnam War or Korean war. The reparations on Germany might have been less and Nazism might have been crushed within Germany. Not to blame Keith Murdoch, but position what a civilian knows about military activity and the damage they do through ignorance. 

Currently the press show no awareness of the role of radical Islam in an open society, where we question what is right and fail to say what is wrong. 

Who is willing to say that a prize fighter's embrace of Islam is not manly, but a personal choice? Who is willing to say that terrorists don't speak for a majority? Impotent Islamic leaders haven't. But one must also, to be fair, point out that many impotent Christian leaders have failed to point to their cultural assets too. Lachlan is wrong not to push for an end of 18c first. He is wrong to flag press sensitivity to security when they are so actively working with the left wing to threaten world peace for Jews and conservatives and poor people who aren't on a left wing bandwagon. Currently the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is promoting an idea of a memorial to Whitlam. Maybe such a memorial is a nuclear crater in the middle of Tehran. 

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If Obama has to lie about helping a pregnant woman, what can he be relied on? A clue comes from a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore, who claimed PM Abbott was wrong to say that Global Warming wasn't behind Sydney Bush-fires. Actually, Gore claimed Abbott was like one of those who denied the link between smoking and cancer. Gore would know about that, he grew up on a tobacco farm. Gore accepted donations from tobacco companies for years after his sister died from lung cancer. Gore lives denial. 

Global Warming has paused for fifteen years, so if it were the cause of bush fires in Sydney, why not last year? Or the year before? The truth is the major cause of uncontrollable bush fires is fuel in the bush from lack of controlled burning related to ALP/Green policy. Bob Carr is responsible for the lost houses and people killed, which is worth considering as he resigns from his senate position to resume his extraordinarily large pension. 

Meanwhile, Obama has authorised Iran's pursuit of nuclear power despite UN advice. 
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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball


Or the US President at
https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice#
or
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns J.w Show. Born on the same day, across the years, as
51 – Domitian, Roman emperor (d. 96)
1561 – Anthony Babington, English leader of the Babington Plot (d. 1586)
1632 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microbiologist (d. 1723)
1896 – Jack Warner, English actor (d. 1981)
1930 – The Big Bopper, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)
1936 – Bill Wyman, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings)
1939 – F. Murray Abraham, American actor
1942 – Frank Delaney, Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster
1947 – Kevin Kline, American actor
1953 – David Wright, English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
1954 – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician
1960 – Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer
1981 – Tila Tequila, American model, actress, and singer
1997 – Raúl Chávez Sarmiento, Peruvian scientist
William Lassell
We have peace again. The moon is clear. We have victory. Musashi is with the fish. It is all good. Lets party. 
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WORLD’S WHITEST RAPPER WINS

Tim Blair – Friday, October 24, 2014 (5:39pm)

Greens councillor Matthew Robertson bravely turns his back on the rising oceans:

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This guy might be the finest Greens representative since pantomime performer Geoff Ebbs. But wait – here’s epsilon male Scott Ludlam rapping about data retention laws. You win, Scott. You are the Prime Green. The entire obscene debacle may be seen here.
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TAGS AWAY

Tim Blair – Friday, October 24, 2014 (1:42pm)

Scores more women have been  abducted by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria. You know what this means, Twitter activists: deploy the hashtags!

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(By A.R.M. Jones) 
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LOSING EVERYTHING

Tim Blair – Friday, October 24, 2014 (12:57am)

Send this far and wide. Mark Steyn on the latest Canadian Islamist atrocity
The sub-title of my new book is “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned”. I have been writing for over a decade now about the west’s wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts – or “reverts”, as they call them.
Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam’s contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians. Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it’s the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington.
I love Ottawa – I know every yard of that stretch of Wellington Street connecting Parliament and the Cenotaph: Chateau Laurier is where I always stay when in town; not so long ago I walked past the war memorial with a senior Minister of the Crown and we talked about how simple and dignified and profoundly moving it was; and during my battles with the “human rights” commissions I had the honour of testifying to the House of Commons and strolling that same Centre Block corridor that that Allahu Akbar loon rampaged down today.
That security-lite Ottawa is gone, and that is a loss. But there will be others in the years ahead. Because the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else. 
Do read on. And click on the video.
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Ricky Muir’s staff aren’t enthusiasts

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:07pm)

Ricky Muir is one of the Senators deciding how to run the country.
Pity he can’t even run his own office:
Motoring Enthusiast Senator Ricky Muir has lost his second chief of staff in three months after Sarah Mennie quit on Friday.
Ms Mennie had previously worked for independent senator Nick Xenophon and the head of the Fair Work Building and Construction commission, Nigel Hadgkiss.
Her exit comes after the so-called “preference whisperer”, Glenn Druery, was sacked by Senator Muir in August.
At the time, Mr Druery blamed his exit on Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party founder Keith Littler, who he accused of plotting to take Senator Muir’s seat in Parliament.
Another staffer, Susan Bloodworth, quit in protest at Mr Druery’s sacking. And just days later another staffer, Peter Breen joined the exodus as Senator Muir’s office imploded. 
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The Greens’ Les Patterson - without the jokes

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:00pm)

Even by the Greens’ standards, Senator Scott Ludlam is embarrassing - and foul-mouthed.
(Via Tim Blair.) 
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Another attack

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (8:47pm)

Possibly a copycat, possibly just a madman ... but:

New York police fear that a crazed hatchet attack on four police officers in Jamaica, Queens, today could be linked to terrorism.
Suspect Zale Thompson, 32, pictured in surveillance footage, was shot dead on the scene after slashing one cop in the arm and the other in the head at around without warning about 2pm.
The officer struck in the head was critically injured.
A 29-year-old female bystander a half-a-block away from the attack was critically injured after being shot by an errant police round. She is currently recovering from surgery at Jamaica Hospital and is listed in ‘grave’ condition. 

Police say they were investigating whether Thompson’s attack on the cops was linked to Islamic terrorism. ISIS has urged fighters to launch lone wolf attacks in the United States.
Thompson’s Facebook page features a photograph of a man dressed in Middle Eastern garb and a cover photo displaying Arabic writing.
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The Bolt Report on Sunday, October 26

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (4:45pm)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 tomorrow at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial:  More jihadist attacks. How to fight back.
My guest:  former Greenpeace boss Dr Patrick Moore on global warming and oiher green frauds.
The panel: Michael Costa and Peter Costello - on jihadism, Whitlam’s real legacy and the economy.
NewsWatch:  Rowan Dean on the ABC in mourning.
And lots more, including: is Jacquie Lambie unAustralian?


The videos of the shows appear here.
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No, not a parody. ABC presenter wants Whitlam memorial

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:58am)

Melbourne ABC presenter Join Faine is now running a campaign to erect a memorial to Gough Whitlam, who ruled for less than three years, left the economy a ruin and lost his last two elections in landslides.
Suggestions, please. 
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More women enslaved by Boko Haram

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:42am)

In the name of Islam:
SCORES of women and children in northern Nigeria have been abducted by militants, only a day after the military declared a ceasefire with the Boko Haram Islamist group.
As reports of the kidnappings emerged,fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.
A police spokesman for the state, Mohammed Haruna, said a bomb blast at a bus station in Azare killed five people, with their bodies “burnt beyond recognition,” and injured 12 others.
No-one claimed responsibility, but Bauchi has been attacked repeatedly throughout Boko Haram’s brutal five-year uprising, which has left more than 10,000 people dead.
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Palmer scrambles for members, dead or alive

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:37am)

Clive Palmer seems to lurch from one problem to another:
THE Palmer United Party, under pressure to come up with a list of 500 Queensland members by Monday or face deregistration, is trying to claim people who have resigned from the party as active members. 
The party has four more days to prove to the Electoral Commission Queensland that it should remain eligible for inclusion on the state’s Register of Political Parties.
But former members have told The Australian the PUP advised them their memberships were automatically being reinstated, and that they would be listed as members of the political party in the PUP’s submission to the ECQ.  
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Jihadists just agree with the Left: the West is rotten

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:31am)

Tanveer Ahmed is right - Leftist hatred of our traditions and history has created a gap now being filled for some by the fierce pride of the jihadist:

Recent stormy debate over a T-shirt bearing an Australian flag and the slogan ‘Love it — or leave’ illustrates how difficult it is for Australian progressives to embrace outward displays of patriotism…
Patriotism is a dirty word. Indeed, hip-hop artist Matt Colwell not only labelled the Australian flag “racist” on the ABC’s Q&A, he said later: “The way those people have used the flag has so tarnished the flag for me personally that it stands for a sort of swastika symbol in my mind."…
Two world wars left a deep scar on the European psyche, especially on the notion of nationalism, which was seen as causing the rise of fascist Italy and Germany.
This ambivalence spawned a belief that countries such as Britain should be a culturally blank canvas; that patriotism is an old fashioned trapping of empire and countries such as Britain could be shaped afresh with new cultures living side by side in unity.
While we may lack the imperial guilt, there can be little doubt this view is apparent in Australia…
While Islamic terrorism is attractive to a very small proportion of the population, it highlights a weakness of liberal democracies in their lukewarm, sometimes conflicted promotion of a collective identity.
The gap for Islamists is filled by the fierce transnational identity that the Islamic notion of the ummah can build, a piety so strong they are prepared to sacrifice their lives. Macabre, evil and disgusting the actions may be, but the intensity of belief is in stark contrast to the relative apathy of mild-mannered secular atheists…
The strong patriotism of the US that integrates its extremely diverse population so successfully may explain why so few American-Muslims, as a proportion of the population, have gone to fight in Syria, compared with many thousands from Europe. The several hundred estimated to have travelled from Australia, as a percentage of our Muslim population, are many multiples greater than in America.
Jihadists, some educated in our universities, are taking the Left at its word - that this is an illegitimate nation built on theft, genocide, racism, rape and destruction. The jihadists just intend to do something vigorous about it. In many ways the Left has contributed to the rise of Islamism, through its cultural self-hated, its promotion of mass immigration, its gags on free speech and its constant rationalisation of jihadist attacks, notably those on Israel.
Ahron Shapiro:

Recent polls show that Islamic State is more popular overall — not just among Muslims — in some Western states than in most Middle Eastern ones. A poll by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy found just 3 per cent of Egyptians expressed a positive opinion about it, as did 5 per cent of Saudis. In Lebanon, it was less than 1 per cent. Yet in a poll in Aug­ust by ICM Research, 7 per cent of British respondents had a favourable view of the group, as did 16 per cent of French polled — rising to 27 per cent in the 18-24 demographic…
The message is chilling — Islamic State appears to have a tremendous ability to appeal to disaffected Muslims living in free societies in the West, more so than to populations within the Middle East, who perhaps have homes and families at stake, are more grounded in reality and less likely to be swept away by the hyped-up promise of a revolution.
This almost certainly also ­applies to some degree in Australia, as evidenced by the numerous Australians who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join up, and the positive view of this behaviour ­expressed by some of their peers.
The allure of groups such as Islamic State should be understood as similar to that which drew people to past murderous totalitarian movements and their atrocities — Nazism, fascism, communism, Maoism. All claimed their violence and genocide were a justified self-defence against race, class or external enemies.
It begins with rationalisations that extreme violence is justifiable under the right circumstances, that terrorists are humans and their behaviour is understandable and motivated by injustice.
Once that red line has been crossed, the distance from justification to embracing the violence, and then glorifying it, is short.
No wonder conservatives, more likely to value this society, are also the most likely to lead in its defence. Tony Abbott, for instance.
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The Left abandoned Israel first, and even now there’s little outrage if a jihadist murders a baby in Israel rather than a soldier in Canada.
Reader Ash:

Horrible events in Canada over the last few days with terrorists running over two soldiers, and the murder at the war memorial. Global congratulations for the sergeant of arms at Canadian Parliament who is lauded as a hero for killing the terrorist.
Contrast to events yesterday in Jerusalem, where a Hamas terrorist drove across a divided road, over the median strip and ploughed into a crowd of people at a light rail station. The terrorist killed a 3 month old baby and injured 7 others. He then fled on foot, but was shot by the police.
Hamas and other Palestinian organisations have praised the act as “a heroic blow against Israel”. There has barely been any (if any at all) coverage of this in Australia. No outcry about a 3 month baby being killed. No “scorecards” of number of deaths. No pictures of dead babies (although they are available). Certainly no marches in the streets protesting the tragic deaths of innocent children.
And remarkably - the global coverage by Associated Press was headlined “Israeli Police shoot man in East Jerusalem”.
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Praise the hero, scorn the jihadist

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:24am)

Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Canadian Parliament, grabbed his gun and shot dead jihadist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who’d just murdered an unarmed soldiers before taking his shotgun into Parliament.
The next day Vickers once again carried the ceremonial mace into the House of Commons:
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Public servants skip three weeks of work a year

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (9:15am)

Absolutely astonishing:
Public servants at the government’s largest department took more than three weeks off work on average in the past year in “unscheduled absence,” mostly sickies…
The 35,000-strong Human Services has reported another increase in its rate of unscheduled absences with the average full-time public servant at DHS failing to front for work on 16.25 days in the 2013-2014 financial year.
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Meet Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (8:55am)

Dr. Patrick Moore helped to create Greenpeace and was director of Greenpeace International for seven years, when it became the world’s largest environmental activist organisation.
But as Greenpeace became more radical and religious, Moore became more disillusioned and left Greenpeace in 1986;
Moore is in Australia for a speaking tour, discussing the global warming scare and other pathologies.
Catch him in Melbourne for the following functions:
Today
At 5:30pm
CQ Functions,
113 Queen Street
$20 at the door i
27 October
Noon
The Australian Club
110 William Street
$110, lunch included.
Full itinerary here.
Moore will also be my guest on The Bolt Report on Sunday. 
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The ABC using its funding to shout down rivals

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (8:15am)

The ABC is the country’s biggest media outfit by far, and unlike its rivals does not have to make money to survive.
Instead, it uses taxpayers’ cash to push its overwhelming Leftist agenda, shout down dissenting views and put other media out of business:

THE ABC is spending tens of thousands of dollars to damage its commercial media rivals by buying Google rankings that lure internet users to stories on its own news website.
Spending on “search engine marketing” ensures the ABC’s stories rank ahead of those written by other news organisations when users type in search terms such as “politics news”.
On Tuesday this week, the ABC outbid its commercial rivals to buy the term “Gough Whitlam” to ensure stories on its website ranked ahead of those by outlets such as News Corp (publisher of The Australian), Fairfax Media and the television networks. It spent an estimated $10,000. ­Higher-ranked stories typically attract significantly more readers.
I cannot understand why the Liberals continue to accept this gross abuse of power and taxes - and this gross distortion of public debate. Self-interest alone would demand action.
And the public interest is also not served by allowing a vast government media empire crush rival voices:
Former ABC chairman Maurice Newman described the practice as “unfair competition” that could diminish media diversity. 
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First we lost free speech. Then we lost free movement

Andrew Bolt October 24 2014 (7:40am)

Mark Steyn on the Islamist attacks in Canada:

I have been writing for over a decade now about the west’s wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts – or “reverts”, as they call them.
Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam’s contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians. Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it’s the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington…
That security-lite Ottawa is gone, and that is a loss. But there will be others in the years ahead. Because the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else.
Steyn’s warning risks action under anti-vilification laws, both a symbol of this loss of freedom and a gag to prevent us from resisting.
Yes, first we lost some of our freedom to frankly criticise Islam and then we lost some of freedom to move around without fear.
Remember the very first case brought under Victoria’s racial and religious vilification laws a decade ago?

Pastor Daniel Scot and Pastor Danny Nalliah were last week found to have committed religious vilification after the first trial under this new law.
Judge Michael Higgins found Scot offended by quoting the Koran in a way that got “a response from the audience at various times in the form of laughter"…
Meet May Helou, an official of the Islamic Council of Victoria, who’d also been hired by the Equal Opportunity Commission to ensure “Arabic and Muslim communities are aware of their rights under anti-discrimination laws”.
In 2002, Helou alerted several Muslim converts at the ICV to a seminar on jihad to be run by a Pentecostal church, Catch the Fire…
So they went, and were horrified to hear Scot, from Muslim Pakistan, discuss the Koran. Once they’d reported their horror to Helou, the case against Scot and Nalliah, the Catch the Fire leader, was on…
So what did Judge Higgins finally find in his summary judgment...? Most of his summary criticises Scot, who had “made fun of Muslim beliefs and conduct”. The judge gave 13 examples, starting like this: 

“Pastor Scot, during the course of the seminar, made statements --
“(1) that the (Koran) promotes violence, killing and looting
“(2) that it treats women badly ...
“(5) that Allah is not merciful and a thief’s hand is cut off for stealing ...
“(12) Muslim people have to fight Christians and Jews, humiliate them and fight them until they accept true religion (sic)...”
Indeed, at least eight of the accusations arose from Scot quoting the Koran at the seminar, and—it seems to me—for the most part accurately. The Koran indeed tells Muslims to “kill disbelievers where you find them” in defending Islam, to “fight those who believe not in God ... until they pay the jizya (a penalty tax for non-Muslims)”, and to share loot after a war.
It also instructs men how to punish “ill-conduct” in their wives—“admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (and last) beat them (lightly)”.
Thieves must indeed have hands lopped off, and so on.
So what did Scot, in those 13 examples the judge gave, say that was actually false?
Yes, this verdict was overturned on appeal, but trial by process is enough to warn people off opening their mouths.
Then just this year the Prime Minister explained he would not reform the Racial Discrimination Act - which also stifles debate on racial or ethnic politics - because he, too, had to placate the Muslim community and prevent even more violence:
Mr Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”.
The PM said he had made a “leadership call” to abandon the changes, because they had become a “complication” in the Government’s relationship with the Australian Muslim community.
“When it comes to counter-terrorism, everyone needs to be part of Team Australia,” Mr Abbott said.
“The Government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication in that respect....”
(Via Tim Blair.) 
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THE BENEFACTORS OF MANKIND by Prof. Paul Eidelberg
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No nation has been a greater benefactor of mankind than Israel and America—the one endowed humanity with spiritual freedom, the other with political freedom. Alfred North Whitehead, perhaps the world’s greatest philosopher of science and civilization, related these two blessings by saying: “The Jews are the first people that refused to worship the State.” This he could rightly say because the Jews taught mankind that there exists an Authority higher than the State—a revolutionary idea!
This revolutionary idea was dramatically manifested in 1776, when the American people issued their theologically-inspired Declaration of Independence. This primary foundational document of the United States acknowledges God in four ways: as the Creator, as the Author of the Laws of Nature, as the Supreme Judge, and as the Providential Benefactor of mankind, hence, as the ultimate Source of Plenitude and Justice.
Mankind is also indebted to America for its brilliant method of achieving wealth and justice by means of a Constitution whose system of institutional checks and balances secures the Declaration’s sacred ends of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Constitutionsl system secures the dignity of the individual by fostering private enterprise on the one hand, and by limiting the powers of government on the other.
This grand idea was first conceived not by John Locke or Adam Smith or Montesquieu but by the Hebrew Republic of antiquity. Enough to cite Harvard President Samuel Langdon, a Christian Hebraist who, at outbreak of the American Revolution, recommended the ancient Hebrew Republic—shorn of its ceremonial laws—as an excellent model for the emerging government of the United States. (Sadly, during the past 100 years, this portrait of American history has been eradicated from “higher learning”—a mark of profound ingratitude, the first sin of mankind, according to the Sages of Israel).
Now the question arises: if Israel and America have been the greatest benefactors of mankind, why is it that neither nation enjoys a “good press” in the world at large? The obvious answer is envy. This envy, however, is a manifestation of ingratitude—precisely the sin of which both nations are guilty insofar as both have more or less abandoned their Biblical heritage. “Measure for measure” is one of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” or of Divine Providence.
The lesson is clear: The benefactors of mankind must not forget their ultimate Benefactor.◙
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Obama to jump start talks with Iran , AGAINST UN mandates recognized Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Program . Rather than enable diplomacy, this concession poisoned it. With a single statement, Obama unilaterally stripped of authority three hard-fought Security Council Resolutions forbidding enrichment. Iranian authorities responded by ramping up enrichment and flatly rejecting to negotiate suspension.
Regressing on Iran Michael Rubin | Townhall Magazine 
July 31, 2012 
http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/middle-east-and-north-africa/regressing-on-iran/
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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Will ye also go away?"
John 6:67
Many have forsaken Christ, and have walked no more with him; but what reason have you to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient? He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been confounded? Have you not up till now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you, and has not simple faith in him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than he has been to you? Then change not the old and tried for new and false. As for the present, can that compel you to leave Christ? When we are hard beset with this world, or with the severer trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to pillow our head upon the bosom of our Saviour. This is the joy we have today that we are saved in him; and if this joy be satisfying, wherefore should we think of changing? Who barters gold for dross? We will not forswear the sun till we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold him with a grasp immortal, and bind his name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life be long--he changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that "neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!" We say with Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"

Evening

"Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."
Luke 22:46
When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travellers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. Christian went not to sleep when lions were in the way, or when he was wading through the river, or when fighting with Apollyon, but when he had climbed half way up the Hill Difficulty, and came to a delightful arbour, he sat down, and forthwith fell asleep, to his great sorrow and loss. The enchanted ground is a place of balmy breezes, laden with fragrant odours and soft influences, all tending to lull pilgrims to sleep. Remember Bunyan's description: "Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the weary pilgrims; for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with benches and settles. It had also in it a soft couch, where the weary might lean." "The arbour was called the Slothful's Friend, and was made on purpose to allure, if it might be, some of the pilgrims to take up their rest there when weary." Depend upon it, it is in easy places that men shut their eyes and wander into the dreamy land of forgetfulness. Old Erskine wisely remarked, "I like a roaring devil better than a sleeping devil." There is no temptation half so dangerous as not being tempted. The distressed soul does not sleep; it is after we enter into peaceful confidence and full assurance that we are in danger of slumbering. The disciples fell asleep after they had seen Jesus transfigured on the mountain top. Take heed, joyous Christian, good frames are near neighbours to temptations: be as happy as you will, only be watchful.
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 1-2, 1 Timothy 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 1-2

1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the LORD came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile.
The Call of Jeremiah
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant....”

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Timothy 3

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
8 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons....
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