Friday, November 28, 2014

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The abuses of the left with respect to truth are long-standing. Medical grade radioactive isotopes are routinely injected into patients to diagnose cancer. Much lower, safer doses are used by mining the same way to track underground liquids and gasses too. And the anti-mining lobby learns of it and hysterically reports it to left wing journalists who report it without balance. The radioactive isotopes used in mining, and fracking, are the same, but weaker, than those used in medicine. They are no threat to the environment. But then the issue of radiation has been overstated since Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. The hysterics are now claiming milk bottle lids are contaminated waste. Not because of radiation, but even so, the label is misleading and hysterical without being funny. 

There is a need to cut and control spending. It is untenable that our children be forced to live worse than we do, to pay for our comforts. Or worse, to be indebted to people who do not celebrate freedom, liberty or equality. Yet the ALP in Australia, and Democrats in the US threaten exactly that. The Australian federal budget cuts were modest, but they must get bigger the longer they are delayed. Meanwhile, extremist leftwing organisations like the ABC, challenged to cut their fingernails with 5%, are cutting off their own limbs and refusing to do core services. Tonight, the second last 7:30 report in NSW was dedicated to opposing Liberal government policy on selling assets to pay for infrastructure. But that is what good government does. It is not the role of good government to maintain pricey services and not build infrastructure. 

Frightbats, proud of their efforts to hurt and abuse decent people in triumph of the left, have a party in which they claim to drink the tears of some of their victims. Poet Ben Pobjie defends his abuse of Sean Abbott and Tony Abbott, but fails to account for it. Such rudeness is inexcusable, but mean and small. Meanwhile in the US the meme of white racism is resulting in riots and death. The abuses of the left are not responsible behaviour. 

A new report is out describing how Clive Palmer initiated his own political demise by attacking China, apparently illegally. Two jihadist males being tried in an Australian Court refuse to stand for the judge. This threatens many and suggests intimidation. Before it goes much further, contempt of court rulings should settle it. It works with non jihadists too. 

The tragic death of Phil Hughes has not been publicly resolved yet. The public will not move on until they are allowed. But a tragic death like this, lamentable and sad, is also a cultural asset. Twelve cricketers have died as a result of their play on the field. Including the Prince of Wales in 1751. 

The Prince of Wales' epigram (quoted by William Makepeace Thackeray"Four Georges"):
"Here lies poor Fred who was alive and is dead,
Had it been his father I had much rather,
Had it been his sister nobody would have missed her,
Had it been his brother, still better than another,
Had it been the whole generation, so much better for the nation,
But since it is Fred who was alive and is dead,
There is no more to be said!"
Historical perspectives on this day

In 587, Treaty of Andelot: King Guntram of Burgundy recognised Childebert II as his heir. In 936, Shi Jingtang was enthroned as the first emperor of the Later Jin by Emperor Taizong of Liao, following a revolt against Emperor Fei of Later Tang. In 1443, Skanderbeg and his forces liberated Kruja in central Albania and raised the Albanian flag. In 1520, after navigating through a strait at the southern end of South America, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first European ships to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. In 1582, in Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a £40 bond for their marriage licence. In 1627, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Navy had its greatest and last victory in the Battle of Oliwa. In 1660, at Gresham College, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decided to found what is later known as the Royal Society. In 1666, at least 3,000 men of the Scottish Royal Army led by Tam Dalyell of the Binns defeated about 900 Covenanter rebels in the Battle of Rullion Green. In 1785, The Treaty of Hopewell was signed.

In 1811, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, premiered at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In 1814, The Times in London was for the first time printed by automatic, steam-powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience. In 1821, Panama Independence Day: Panama separated from Spain and joined Gran Colombia. In 1828, Greek War of Independence: The French Morea expedition to recapture Morea (now the Peloponnese) ended when the last Ottoman forces departed the peninsula. In 1843, Ka Lā Hui (Hawaiian Independence Day): The Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation. In 1862, American Civil War: In the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General James G. Blunt defeated General John Marmaduke's Confederates. In 1885, Bulgarian victory in the Serbo-Bulgarian War preserved the Unification of Bulgaria. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in which women vote in a national election. In 1895, the first American automobile race took place over the 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois. Frank Duryea won in approximately 10 hours. In 1899, the Second Boer War: a British column was engaged by Boer forces at the Battle of Modder River; although the Boers withdrew, the British suffered heavy casualties. 

In 1905, Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith founded Sinn Féin as a political party with the main aim of establishing a dual monarchy in Ireland. In 1907, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theatre. In 1909, Sergei Rachmaninoff made the debut performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire. In 1910, the Liberal Party, led by Eleftherios Venizelos, won the second Greek general election of the year. In 1912, Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire. In 1914, World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opened for bond trading. In 1917, the Estonian Provincial Assembly declared itself the sovereign power of Estonia. In 1918, Bukovina voted for union with the Kingdom of Romania. In 1919, Lady Astor was elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She was the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. (Countess Markievicz, the first to be elected, refused to sit.)

In 1920, Irish War of Independence: Kilmichael Ambush – The Irish Republican Army ambushed a convoy of British Auxiliaries and killed seventeen. In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn Dance. In 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts, a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub killed 492 people. In 1943, World War II: Tehran Conference – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin met in Tehran, Iran, to discuss war strategy. In 1958, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon became autonomous republics within the French Community. In 1960, Mauritania became independent of France. In 1964, Mariner program: NASA launched the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars. Also, Vietnam War: National Security Council members agreed to recommend that U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson adopt a plan for a two-stage escalation of bombing in North Vietnam. In 1965, Vietnam War: In response to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for "more flags" in Vietnam, Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos announced he would send troops to help fight in South Vietnam. In 1966, Michel Micombero overthrew the monarchy of Burundi and made himself the first president.

In 1971, Fred Quilt, a leader of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation suffered severe abdominal injuries allegedly caused by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers; he died two days later. Also, Wasfi al-Tal, Prime Minister of Jordan, was assassinated by the Black September unit of the Palestine Liberation Organization. In 1972, last executions in Paris: Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems were guillotined at La Santé Prison. The chief executioner was André Obrecht. (Bontems had been found innocent of murder, but as Buffet's accomplice was condemned to death anyway). In 1975, East Timor declared its independence from Portugal. In 1979, Air New Zealand Flight 901, a DC-10 sightseeing flight over Antarctica, crashed into Mount Erebus, killing all 257 people on board. In 1980, Iran–Iraq War: Operation Morvarid – The bulk of the Iraqi Navy was destroyed by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf. (Commemorated in Iran as Navy Day.) In 1981, Our Lady of Kibeho: Schoolchildren in Kibeho, Rwanda, experience the first of a series of Marian apparitions. In 1987, South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on board. In 1989, Cold War: Velvet Revolution – In the face of protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced it would give up its monopoly on political power. In 1991, South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia. In 2002, suicide bombers blew up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya; their colleagues fail in their attempt to bring down Arkia Israel Airlines Flight 582 with surface-to-air missiles. In 2013 a 5.6 earthquake in Iran killed seven people and injured 45.

2013

The left are crowing at being able to drown people who are desperate and poor. They call it compassion. In order to achieve their aim, they needed to attack Australia's foreign relations with Indonesia and China. A highly partisan ABC have taken the lead as an opposition since the ALP collapsed in its popularity. Fairfax polls were produced showing it to be ALP Christmas time. But, it is still early days. The ALP are not popular. ABC journalists are not competent and the improvement benefits of a conservative government have not been hammered home .. or away. NSW State government has been unfairly criticised. Bolt has pointed his finger of balance. But despite Bolt wanting to see the ALP make one good decision, anywhere, they stubbornly resist.

The threat to label a child for not attending a museum is obscene. Education committees agonise over how to give a child a broad liberal education. But it is parents that make the best decisions. A system might be very bad, but few would notice as the parents do what they do. ALP failed Australia with its attempt at Gonski reform. Pyne, with the Liberals, is setting it right. Maybe some programs will have to be cut. But that will be a good thing. No essential program will be cut. The worst thing that will happen is that teachers will be forced to do what they are paid to do. Something that has never fussed the ABC.


There is a rumour that Tanya Plibersek will roll Shorten over an allegation of sexual assault. I had predicted it would be Jason Clare. Shorten's bad decision making seems to be geared to making it easier to roll him. The allegation is premature if that were the intention, because for drama reasons Clare would need to assert himself with less than a year to go to an election. But Tanya Plibersek may want to be the incompetent that gets toppled, if Shorten is incapable of being merely incompetent. Remember, none of the ALP have shown ability on any issue.

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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 Vivian Truong. Born on the same day, across the years, as 
Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill at Tehran
You have the letter. You are part of society. You are first, kind of. We have discussed it. Smoking is bad. Let us party. 
Matches
Hatches
Despatches
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2014
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Radioactive meltdown a total beat-up

Piers Akerman – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:01am)

THE anti-coal seam gas lobby has jumped the shark with its phoney scare campaign against drilling in NSW and Queensland. While there are legitimate arguments about access to good farming land and discussions about artesian water to be had, the Lock the Gate Alliance and its media promoters at the ABC and in the Fairfax press are promoting utterly nonsensical claims to feed the inherent biases of their green-left anti-development followers.

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THOSE FRIGHTBATS KNOW HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

Tim Blair – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:55am)

This was the centrepiece at the Christmas party for Fairfax’s Ladypages.
I’m not sure that Fairfax’s Frightgals have ever made any man cry – with the possible exception of Antony Loewenstein, who won’t be happy that Clementine Ford and her battleaxe battalion have misspelled both his names. 
(Via Padraic M.)
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GARBAGE AUDITED

Tim Blair – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:41am)

Milk bottle lids are now “contaminated waste”.
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WHAT IS IT WITH FAIRFAX COLUMNISTS AND TWITTER?

Tim Blair – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:20am)

Following Phil Hughes’s injury at the SCG on Tuesday, Fairfax columnist Ben Pobjie posted this:

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Pobjie later deleted the post. Hurt by criticism, he now offers this remarkable excuse
I made a tweet 2 days ago, before it was known Hughes was seriously injured. I deleted it 2 days ago when the situation became clear. 
This seems implausible. Hughes received mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before he was taken from the field. Even the earliest reports indicated the seriousness of his condition. Moreover, Pobjie knows cricket, at least in sufficient amount to write the occasional freelance piece (in this item, from October, Pobjie makes a good case for Hughes to bat at three for Australia). He would presumably know, then, that any head injury caused by a ball impact is potentially serious. Yet he claims not to have been aware that Hughes was seriously injured.
No. Not buying it. The denier continues
If anyone is seeing this tweet after the tragic news, it is only because others are spreading it in order to attack me. 
This from someone who used a cricketer’s injury, which proved fatal, in order to attack Tony Abbott. Own your words, Ben.
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ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY

Tim Blair – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:18am)

Bolshie blather from our friends at the billion-dollar broadcaster: 
ABC staff in Sydney and Melbourne have voted on a motion condemning the “brutal budget cut handed down by the Federal Government” and its management’s response.
Staff have also rejected the “skills assessment matrix” process of assessing staff and vowed not to participate in “this duplicitous process” and vowed to “take any and all steps necessary to demonstrate to our employer that ABC employees are opposed to involuntary redundancy”. 
Beautiful. These people are channelling Fred Kite:



In Canberra, a Greens politician is worried for the future of women’s sport: 
The announcement earlier this week that the Federal Government would cut $254 million from the budget of our national broadcaster, along with $50m from SBS, will have a detrimental impact on local media coverage and a potentially devastating impact on women’s sport, said ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury …
“It is likely that televising a number of women’s sports will cease, including the W-League and the WNBL.
“This is a betrayal of women’s sport, which has grown vastly in the past few decades. Many of the teams now have a considerable supporter base and substantial sponsorship deals.
“With no TV coverage, teams could struggle to attract the same level of sponsorship …” 
Is Rattenbury actually arguing for the ABC to apply commercial considerations to its programming? If so, let him take it to the logical conclusion. Privatise the ABC.
(Via A.R.M. Jones and Noel G.)
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IT’S LIKE AN EDIBLE SKYWHALE

Tim Blair – Friday, November 28, 2014 (1:04am)

Behold the delicious cthurkey.
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David Leyonhjelm’s challenge: cut spending. Here’s his list. Where’s yours?

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (7:18pm)

Economy, Politics - federal

Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm on the need to cut spending.
He starts with a challenge:
My hope for this general business debate is for Senators from across the Chamber to outline spending cuts they would support. 
And he’s alive to Labor’s tricks:

I also hope that each Senator proposes more spending cuts than they oppose.
Leyonhjelm’s list:
- ... MPs to travel in economy class by default, to abandon junkets overseas, and to leave their spouses behind when they travel.
- ... abolish government-provided foreign aid, other than short term humanitarian responses to natural disasters, including the Ebola outbreak.
- ...  I support ending what people normally think of as industry assistance, like spending on agriculture, tourism, mining, manufacturing, and construction industries.  But industry assistance goes beyond that.  It includes funding for the arts industry, the sports industry, and the communications industry, including the ABC and SBS
- ....  responsible spending cuts are possible in defence… This implies less of a need for other aspects of our current military, like most of the navy’s surface fleet
- ... cut ... subsidies to landowners to support biodiversity, subsidies to employers for taking on apprentices, and subsidies for ‘clean technology’ and carbon capture and storage.

- ... cuts to higher education and the Australian Research Council
- ...  cuts to Medicare rebates for GPs and the private health insurance rebate
- ... cuts to welfare payments for individuals and corporate welfare
- ...  Commonwealth payments to the States, Territories and local governments… should be abolished. Abolition would prompt the States to means test access to public hospitals and schools, and to put tolls on arterial roads and highways… The abolition of Commonwealth payments to States would increase the autonomy and accountability of the States, and allow greater competition and experimentation between the States.
- ... get rid of middle class welfare and indeed upper class welfare.... We need ... the removal of the Schoolkids Bonus and Family Tax Benefit Part B.
- ... We need to target Family Tax Benefit Part A to families with the least income. 
- ... And we need to include the family home in the assets test for the aged pension.
- ... The typical wage across the entire Australian workforce is around $62,000.  But that’s roughly what a public service graduate gets at the start of their career.  By the time they have worked for a few years many are on around $100,000 per year… A cut to public service budgets totalling $2 billion could prompt salary cuts of around ten per cent.

Yes, there’s no chance yet of the big parties and the Greens cutting like that and offending the millions of people who’ve come to feel entitled to their handouts. Voters have become clients of government as much as its master, and are playing it like a poker machine.
Leyonhjelm notes the result:
[Mr President], after accounting for inflation, Commonwealth Government spending per person has increased by more than a third since the introduction of the GST.  Commonwealth Government spending is more than a quarter of GDP, which is well above the post GST average. 
It’s time for the denial to end.  Our Government has a spending problem.  And it is time for an intervention.
But that intervention must start with the voters. Demand cuts in spending now, before it’s too late.
The full speech here:


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On The Bolt Report on Sunday, November 30

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (4:59pm)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 on Sunday at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial: Why do we pay the $27 million Human Rights Commission after its incredible bias?
My guest:  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison
The panel: former Labor advisor Cassandra Wilkinson and IPA boss John Roskam
NewsWatch:  Rowan Dean, Australian Spectator editor, Financial Review columnist and Sky News commentator. Dissecting the ABC’s anti-Murdoch conspiracy theory - and checking just which media organisation is balanced.
Plus the Victorian election roundup and a debate: does the Abbott Government need a reshuffle?
The videos of the shows appear here.
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The white racism meme no longer explains this mayhem

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (9:21am)

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Jason L Riley on the lies the Left tell about Michael Brown:

WE now know that Michael Brown was much more of a menace than a martyr, but that won’t stop US liberals from pushing an anti-police narrative that harms the black poor in the name of helping them. 

The black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, robbed a store, attacked a white police officer and was shot dead while resisting arrest. That was the conclusion of a St Louis County grand jury that brought no charges against the officer after considering all the physical evidence, along with eyewitness accounts from blacks in the vicinity of the confrontation.

Not that any amount of evidence would have stopped the hooligans in Ferguson this week who were determined to use Brown’s death as a pretext for more bad behaviour. Nor will evidence thwart liberals who are bent on making excuses for black criminality and pretending that police shootings are responsible for America’s high black body count.
According to the FBI, homicide is the leading cause of death among young black men, who are 10 times more likely than their white counterparts to be murdered. And while you’d never know it watching MSNBC, the police are not to blame. Blacks are just 13 per cent of the population but responsible for a majority of murders in the US, and more than 90 per cent of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Liberals like to point out that most whites are killed by other whites, too. That’s true but beside the point given that the white crime rate is so much lower than the black rate.
Blacks commit violent crimes at seven to 10 times the rate that whites do. The fact that their victims tend to be of the same race suggests that young black men in the ghetto live in danger of being shot by each other, not cops. Nor is this a function of “over-policing” certain neighbourhoods to juice black arrest rates. Research has long shown that the rate at which blacks are arrested is nearly identical to the rate at which crime victims identify blacks as their assailants. The police are in these communities because that’s where the emergency calls originate, and they spend much of their time trying to stop residents of the same race from harming one another…
And if black criminal behaviour is a response to white racism, how is it that black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 50s, when black poverty was higher, racial discrimination was rampant and legal, and the country was more than a half-century away from twice electing a black president?
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Joe Hockey in the gun

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (8:45am)

The Australian sends a signal:

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 1000 times, it’s time for a rethink on big-hearted Joe
I like Hockey. I think he’s a better communicator than The Australian implies. He’s being blamed in part for the decisions of the team. And Abbott is highly unlikely to want to shift him.
But should Abbott change his mind, here is how it could go. Hockey to Foreign Affairs, a marvellous consolation prize. Bishop to Treasury, the only job she’s likely to accept if she wants to be Prime Minister - and a job more likely to shift votes than Foreign Affairs.
Christian Porter, a former WA Finance Minister and fresh face, in as Assistant Treasurer to help her. (It will help logistically that both are from WA.)
Elevate Michaelia Cash to Cabinet, replacing David Johnston, both to reward performance and to freshen and sharpen the sales.
Give Scott Morrison a bigger job, and a problem to fix. An expanded national security position is a minimum.
Make Kelly O’Dwyer a Parliamentary Secretary, again to reward talent and effort, but also to address the deficit of senior women and prominent Victorians.
Replace any Minister likely to quit at the next election and lacking cut-through.  Pack the ministry with fighters. There are people in the list of Parliamentary Secretaries I’ve never heard speak. Yet people like Peter Hendy and Paul Fletcher are on the back bench? Give more say to the articulate, like Simon Birmingham.
Fight. 
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How Clive Palmer started the fire under his feet

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (8:42am)

Hedley Thomas on Clive Palmer’s biggest mistake:

CLIVE Palmer, a tycoon with the traits of an all-or-nothing gambler, made an impossible bet in early February this year. 

He told his solicitor, Michael Dunham, to slip down to the Federal Court’s registry in Perth. He started a conflagration that, once started, would be hard to douse. Palmer tried to wind up China Inc.

Beijing’s state-owned Citic Pacific group, the international financial muscle of the Chinese Communist Party, could buy and sell Palmer and his company, Mineralogy, many times over.
Palmer had been demanding it pay him about $14 million. The Chinese were being invoiced this amount for the purported costs of running the port of Cape Preston. They were being pressured to cough up.
But the Chinese questioned the invoice and demands for the $14m — and they were scratching their heads as to how Palmer and his company had spent $12.167m of China’s funds in August and September last year on the remote port, as he was neither operating nor in possession of the port.
This is when Palmer doubled down. The wind-up proceedings were started by Dunham with a $3145 filing fee that he paid at 1.12pm on February 7. Dunham spoke to Palmer’s Brisbane-based PR adviser, Andrew Crook, who had been told by the federal member for Fairfax to put out a media release about how he was bringing to heel, bringing to its financial knees, the company spending $10 billion on China’s largest project in Australia.
Palmer is now in court. This could turn out very ugly for him. 
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The Left will destroy Australia out of spite for Abbott

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (7:59am)

Financial Review:
[Tony Abbott’s] wider failure to make the case for the budget, to explain why it is so important, has cost him a chance to get the country behind what is a very real job of economic repair…
The government now has $30 billion worth of cuts stalled in the Senate, and rapidly diminishing chances of reducing $200 billion in debt to zero by 2017-2018.
Yet while the government sits trapped in its own rhetoric of broken promises – which has emboldened Labor to oppose all sensible economy measures – the real-world case for making them gets stronger by the day…
Heavy investment in mining is over. The terms of trade boom peaked in 2011. The iron ore price has fallen steadily from $US140 to $US68 a tonne in 12 months and is unlikely to improve much…
Something has to give, and ... the Parliamentary Budget Office ... suggested that a further 10 per cent decline in the terms of trade will leave the budget $12 billion short in a decade. Workforce growth will not help: that peaked late last decade. And without much higher than average productivity growth to make up the shortfall elsewhere, says the PBO, then the budget hole could open up to $33 billion over the next 10 years.
I have been as critical as anyone about the Government sales pitch, but the Financial Review makes a mistake in thinking that failure is in any way comparable to Labor’s sabotage not just of Abbott’s program but of the rescue of our economy. Abbott could talk like Demosthenes and still have Labor, the Greens and Palmer’s rabble smash his attempts to repair the Budget, end the welfare culture and reform our workplaces.
Maurice Newman describes well this betrayal of Australia’s true interests by the Left:
The Shorten opposition still fails to acknowledge the magnitude of the problem. It plays semantic games questioning whether our deteriorating fiscal situation is a genuine budget emergency. It ignores the disturbing trajectory, made worse by the $10 billion hole it has blown in the government’s budget. It ignores copious evidence that a political tipping point is reached long before an economic crisis becomes a reality.
Labor pretends it has plenty of alternatives to the government’s “unfair” budget. It doesn’t. It talks populism and social engineering while denying the magnitude of the task of repairing the damage it has caused.
Labor may tax 16,000 wealthy superannuated retirees but that is little more than an exercise in class envy. With corporate tax rates declining around the world, upping Australian rates is not an option. Labor could net $3 billion a year through bracket creep, but already, full-time average weekly earnings are in the second highest category and, without an indexation freeze, will rise 25 per cent within the decade. Good luck with the economics and politics of that. This is not a Coalition-Labor problem. It is an Australian problem. With 64 per cent of tax being paid by the top 17 per cent of taxpayers, this goose looks decidedly unwell and its days of laying golden eggs are virtually over.
And, thanks to the “unfair budget” campaign, the 60 per cent of families who pay no net tax will strenuously resist any further attempt to extract concessions from them....
The mass-produced ignorance drummed up by “progressive” elites has encouraged a dangerous voter mindset. By playing to welfare dependence, class envy and the notion that there is nothing ser­ious to worry about, the illusion has been created that there is a painless growth option. Forget the Labor legacy and our deteriorating terms of trade, negative real wage growth and their collective impact on national income and tax revenue. Better to blame Abbott.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Proof that Tony Abbott lacks a communications guru

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (7:27am)

Yet more evidence that the Abbott Government lacks a strong media guru by the Prime Minister’s side:
Tony Abbott [told] coalition MPs mystified by their government’s miserable ratings that he would scrape one or two barnacles away before the summer break…
Abbott’s office ... [privately briefed] correspondents on Wednesday that in the first instance, just one thing would go by the wayside: the GP-charge on bulk-billed patients.
The unpopular measure cannot proceed in the current parliament, press gallery journalists from different organisations were told.
Yet just 12 hours later, ... Treasurer Joe Hockey told reporters the policy remained as central as it had been since the budget declaring “our policy stands”.
Reporter: “Why was the Prime Minister’s office briefing that it was gone yesterday?”
Hockey: “I haven’t heard that.”
On many levels this incident shows why Abbott needs an additional source of advice in the heart of its office - someone skilled in messaging and with the authority of a Nick Minchin or Peta Credlin to direct it.
Point one: the Government in this specific case has once again talked itself into trouble.
Point two: that the co-payment is so friendless although so necessary is itself evidence that the Government’s sales job has been poor.
Point three: those who briefed journalists into writing a story that was instantly contradicted have lost credibility and pull with the media they’re paid to influence.
Abbott should get himself that guru soon. He’d have trouble recruiting someone senior and talented if he waits so long that they get little time in the job and a much tougher challenge.
Minchin would be great. Or is there a backbencher Abbott trusts who could do it, as Peter Mandelsohn famously did for Tony Blair? 
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Voting for Labor to do what it promised not to

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (7:17am)


Victorian voters haven’t learned that they can’t have both Labor and the East West link:


[A] new Herald Sun/Galaxy poll ... shows Labor still on track to take government, ahead of the Coalition on a two-party-preferred basis by 52 points to 48.
About 60 per cent of people said they wanted the link built regardless of who they planned to vote for. This included 43 per cent of Labor supporters.
And back we go to a Greens/Labor government:

It’s likely that neither Labor nor the Coalition will control the Upper House on its own…
Oh dear. 
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On your feet

Andrew Bolt November 28 2014 (7:02am)

Again, we must ask how compatible Islam is to a secular nation like ours, comprising people of many faiths and none:

TWO Muslims have refused to stand for a District Court judge, with one claiming they are not “at the behest of any authority other than Islam”. 

Under NSW law an accused is required to stand to hear the charge against them and respond with a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Wassim Fayad and co-accused Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai both defied the law yesterday and remained seated during their arraignments on an aggravated break and enter charge in Parramatta District Court.
Fayad initially refused to stand for Judge Andrew Colefax in the morning but elected to stand in the afternoon and plead not guilty to one charge of aggravated break and enter and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Al-Ahmadzai, 24, has now been referred to NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard after refusing to stand for Judge Colefax three times during his proceedings…

The pair laughed and talked to each other while Judge Colefax addressed the court.
A statement should be made that this is a country bound by a common law. Don’t like it? Then leave. 
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SchweppesSippable Recipes 705x390 Sangria
http://www.cocktailrevolution.com.au/recipes/sangria/?gclid=CNHx2PjjhbsCFQQwpAodWiYARA#&slider1=1
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THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GONSKI SCAM

Bill Shorten’s hysteria over Gonski should fall on deaf ears because I’m certain my ears weren’t deaf when I heard Tony Abbott warn Gillard that her proposed Gonski scheme would not be valid unless it was a truly national scheme. 

Gillard then tried everything to get all States and territories on board but she failed. 

The extra millions in bribes may have worked for Napthine and O’Farrell but it disadvantaged Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory who had understandably refused to sign.

Then, in a fit of pique, the $1.2 billion that was originally allotted to those that didn’t sign was brought back into consolidated revenue by Labor to improve its budget position, leaving two States and the NT without any funding at all via Gonski.

Now Christopher Pyne has to renegotiate schools funding for the next 4 years with all States and Territories due to Labor’s initial funding mish-mash.

Of course those States who fell for Gillard’s web of bribery are now crying foul.

Pyne has had to find hundreds of millions to fill the gap in overall national funding.

Gillard was warned that her scheme needed to be national. It wasn’t!

Even David Gonski saw the idiocy of Gillard’s scheme and asked that his name be removed from the program.

It’s a shame the Press gallery didn’t understand what had happened.

Instead they were salivating at yet another opportunity to go Abbott bashing.
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"The ABC's decision to publish intelligence secrets stolen by the traitor Edward Snowden has whipped the Left into an extraordinary orgy of cant, conspiracy theories and stupidity."
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/abc-masters-the-fine-art-of-double-standards/story-fnj45fva-1226769880103
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Gittany is a Lebanese last name, from Zgharta .. ed
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Hannukah Lights
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“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord."
Zechariah 3:1
In Joshua the high priest we see a picture of each and every child of God, who has been made nigh by the blood of Christ, and has been taught to minister in holy things, and enter into that which is within the veil. Jesus has made us priests and kings unto God, and even here upon earth we exercise the priesthood of consecrated living and hallowed service. But this high priest is said to be "standing before the angel of the Lord," that is, standing to minister. This should be the perpetual position of every true believer. Every place is now God's temple, and his people can as truly serve him in their daily employments as in his house. They are to be always "ministering," offering the spiritual sacrifice of prayer and praise, and presenting themselves a "living sacrifice." But notice where it is that Joshua stands to minister, it is before the angel of Jehovah. It is only through a mediator that we poor defiled ones can ever become priests unto God. I present what I have before the messenger, the angel of the covenant, the Lord Jesus; and through him my prayers find acceptance wrapped up in his prayers; my praises become sweet as they are bound up with bundles of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia from Christ's own garden. If I can bring him nothing but my tears, he will put them with his own tears in his own bottle for he once wept; if I can bring him nothing but my groans and sighs, he will accept these as an acceptable sacrifice, for he once was broken in heart, and sighed heavily in spirit. I myself, standing in him, am accepted in the Beloved; and all my polluted works, though in themselves only objects of divine abhorrence, are so received, that God smelleth a sweet savour. He is content and I am blessed. See, then, the position of the Christian--"a priest--standing--before the angel of the Lord."

Evening

"The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."
Ephesians 1:7
Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, forever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be forgiven, forgiven altogether, and forever? Hell is my portion as a sinner--there is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me--can the load of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their hinges? Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear. Forever blessed be the revelation of atoning love which not only tells me that pardon is possible, but that it is secured to all who rest in Jesus. I have believed in the appointed propitiation, even Jesus crucified, and therefore my sins are at this moment, and forever, forgiven by virtue of his substitutionary pains and death. What joy is this! What bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul! My soul dedicates all her powers to him who of his own unpurchased love became my surety, and wrought out for me redemption through his blood. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! To forgive at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive forever! Here is a constellation of wonders; and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, and how gracious was the method by which pardon was sealed home to me, I am in a maze of wondering worshipping affection. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through whom I am this night a pardoned soul.
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Today's reading: Ezekiel 30-32, 1 Peter 4 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 30-32

A Lament Over Egypt
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“‘Wail and say,
“Alas for that day!”
3 For the day is near,
the day of the LORD is near—
a day of clouds,
a time of doom for the nations.
4 A sword will come against Egypt,
and anguish will come upon Cush.
When the slain fall in Egypt,
her wealth will be carried away
and her foundations torn down.
5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.
6 “‘This is what the LORD says:
“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
and her proud strength will fail....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Peter 4

Living for God
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit....
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