Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Wed 2nd Jan Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Pamela Huynh,Sarah Elsammak and Xin Ha. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. Those who live longest have the most.


Dads don't get a lot of credit for being the soothing, nurturing types. But if you ask most dads, you'll find that, out of love and sheer necessity, they have indeed developed their own special ways to soothe their babies. 

Feel your baby's pain

Humming your baby’s favourite nursery rhyme will not stop her being hungry, nor will changing her nappy help if she’s teething. In other words, before you do anything else, you need to find the real reason your baby is crying. Yes, this seems almost too logical, but when your baby’s screaming is bringing the house down, it can be hard to think straight. 

Try the pinky

If you're not sure what's causing the problem, wash your hands then whip out your little finger and offer it to your baby to suck on. This could be a much better alternative to the "handing-baby-back-to-partner" technique. The key is to insert your finger upside down, so that you don't scratch the roof of your baby's mouth with your fingernail. 

Get a drink

For your baby, we mean. Try offering your little one a warm bottle of expressed breastmilkor formula

Rock and swing

Babies love movement and what better way to swing around than in daddy’s strong arms? It can double up as an effective exercise routine for you, too. 

Tiny dancer

Try this little move to calm an agitated baby. Hold your baby up to your shoulder and wrap her arms around your neck. Then, dance gently, rocking slowly back and forth, with a gentle spin or two thrown in for good measure. Tap the floor with your foot and try chanting. It doesn't really matter what you chant, as long as it's repetitive and matches the beat of your dance. Gradually lower your voice as your baby begins to settle. 

Practice embarrassing personal stunts

Bodily function noises. Horrific contorted faces. Spontaneous belly flops onto the nearest hard surface. Finally, there is an appreciative audience for the physical gags you've practiced since childhood. It’s a great way to turn your baby’s cries into stares and giggles. Repeat until boredom (baby's) sets in. This may take some time. 

Wear your baby

Place your baby in a sling. Between the warmth of your body, the rhythmic beating of your heart, the rise and fall of your breathing, and the gentle swaying motion as you walk, at least one of you should be asleep in minutes. 

Wait it out

Mums may view this as a decidedly detached and therefore "male" approach, but sometimes, babies are just going to cry, and sometimes what they want is for you to listen. If your baby's not in pain, she's not hungry, tired or wet, and she doesn't want to be jiggled or rocked, then stay close by and let her cry. 

January 2Perihelion of the Earth (04:38 UTC, 2013); Feast Day of Gregory of Nazianzus (Roman Catholic Church)
Luis Muñoz Marín





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Back-biting Labor leaders display less loyalty than dogs

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (7:03am)

CABINET documents just released reveal how extraordinarily bitter relations between the former World’s Best Treasurer Paul Keating and Labor’s longest-serving Prime Minister Bob Hawke actually were.
Despite all the praise Keating and Hawke received for their economic reforms – almost entirely based on work done by the Campbell Committee appointed by previous Treasurer John Howard – and their willingness to accept the bouquets, Labor’s dynamic duo was estranged by a hate-filled rivalry.
Throughout 1984 and 1985 Keating made notes on newspaper clippings which display in all their immature ugliness the animosity he felt towards Hawke - long before he challenged him for the leadership.
According to a report in The Australian on New Year’s Day, Keating wrote: “The envious little bastard did everything to destroy it,” on a September 1985 report saying Hawke was concerned about the likely political impact of Keating’s planned tax crackdown and that the prime minister wanted to water it down.
Keating obsessively scanned 10,000 pages of news-clippings he had compiled since 1977 and gave them to the National Archives 10 years ago, but their existence has only just been revealed.
The clippings, complete with references to were released along with extensive cabinet records from 1984 and 1985.
Hawke has told The Australian that Keating’s “envious little bastard” comment was “just absolute bullshit and totally wrong” and that he felt “sorry for the poor bugger”.
Keating, in turn, told The Australian Mr Hawke appeared to lose interest in tax reform after the tax summit in early 1985.
“Bob and I shared many of the same instincts in reform, but when he went into the big attenuated mental fog after the tax summit, he wanted to walk away from the whole tax reform process,” the former treasurer said.
Keating, a lifelong reader of newspapers, made frequent notes in the margins of stories he agreed with or disagreed with strongly.
On a report about Hawke travelling abroad, Keating has written: “Hawke went to Papua New Guinea leaving me to get the tax package not just through cabinet, but the full ministry (of all things) . . . this was a Hawke tactic set up to see the package fail. After the tax summit he completely lost interest in tax reform.”
On a September 1985 story saying a poll indicated that most people supported Labor’s tax changes, Keating circled the key sentence and wrote in capitals: “No thanks to Hawke.”
Keating explained in his interview that he believed Hawke set him up with a cabinet sub-committee that he thought would not let his tax plan through.
“When I got it through, he decided I had to get it through the full ministry, winning the support of avowed leftists for measures such as lowering the top rate of marginal tax and introducing dividend imputation,” Keating said.
“It was like a hurdle race at Ascot where the horses keep having to jump higher.”
Bear this rancour in mind this year when assessing Labor before the election.
These are the elder statesman of yesteryear, bile-filled superannuated has-beens still trying to be the players they once were.
Measure their spiteful remarks against the extraordinary vitriol unleashed by members of the current Labor Cabinet against former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the disgraceful torrent of abuse Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched last year in her notorious smear of Opposition leader Tony Abbott.
This is the real face of what Labor believes is leadership in all its disgusting and repellent revulsion.
The average dog has more statesmanship, diplomacy and loyalty than these curs.


Grand Mufti’s agenda not very unifying

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (6:45am)

AUSTRALIA’S Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, presents himself as a moderate, with the unity of Muslims and non-Muslims as his priority.
But his Christmas vist to the Gaza strip, which he called “the land of jihad”, and his support for Hamas, suggest unity may not be the first thing on his mind.
The visit reportedly was hailed as a publicity “coup” by Hamas, whose militant wing has been listed as a terrorist entity by Australia since 2001.
Mohamed met Hamas senior leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is on record praising Osama Bin Laden as a “Muslim and Arabic warrior”
“We came here in order to learn from Gaza,” Mohamed said.
Learn what?
Egyptian born Mohamed is smoother than his most famous predecessor, Sheikh Taj al-din al-Hilali, who once described women who dressed immodestly as “uncovered meat”.
But, like Hilali, he does not speak English fluently and gives interviews through an interpreter, which tends to cloud his meaning.
Previously he has alluded to the Israel-Palestine conflict as a factor in any potential threat of homegrown terrorism. He has indicated that Australia having troops in Afghanistan might inflame passions in the community. And he has defended Sharia law as misunderstood and wholly consistent with Australian values.
Even interpreted with maximum diplomacy, when seen with his Hamas visit, his agenda looks pushy, and not exactly unifying.
Another worrying sign that Australia’s moderate Muslim community may become less laid back was the fatwa declared against Christmas by the Lakemba mosque.
The fatwa was quickly removed from the Mosque’s Facebook page, a credit to the moderate Muslims who complained about it.
But the fact it appeared at all is troubling, as was the excuse given that it was posted by an overeager “youth worker” who had copied the text from another Islamic website.
The fatwa warned Muslims it is a ‘’sin’’ to wish people Merry Christmas, and followed a lecture by Lakemba’s head imam saying much the same.
Moderate Muslims have always said that Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, born of the virgin Mary, so there should be no inconsistency with Christmas greetings.
But we cannot view our own relatively minor issues in isolation from the radicalisation of Islam elsewhere in the world, and the increasingly dangerous predicament for Christians persecuted in lands where they have lived peacefully with the Muslim majority for generations.
On Christmas Eve, for instance, in Nigeria, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group, Boko Haram, attacked two churches, including an evangelical church in which people were burned alive.
An upcoming book, Persecuted: the Global Assault on Christians, points out that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, modern martyrs being murdered for their faith every day in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations.
We are not immune from the ideological forces sweeping the world, and as a Christian country we should be prepared actively to discriminate in favour of persecuted Christian refugees, who understand the threat of radical Islamism better than most. 



Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (3:48pm)

From the same council that brought us musical bike paths
What could be the nation’s most expensive bike pump, costing ratepayers $4300 because it was “robust”, has broken down. 
It lasted on Bourke St for just three months before it began carrying an “out of order” sign urging cyclists not to use it. The model was the first of five stainless steel bike pumps that Sydney City Council bought for $21,500 to save cyclists from getting stuck with flat tyres. 
Unforgivably, even when these pumps are working, cyclists are still required to get off their bikes and manually engage them. Where are the valets?



Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (3:43pm)

It’s car-b-q season again in France: 
Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire byyoung revellers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls says.
His announcement on Tuesday was the first time in three years that such figures have been released.
The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime – and not play into the hands of car-torching youthswho try to outdo each other. 
But something still isn’t being published. These “youths” and “revellers” … any clues to their background? 
Car-torching took a new step in France when it became a way to mark the arrival of the New Year. The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths – often in poor neighbourhoods– in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France.
It also became a voice of protest during the fiery unrest by despairing youths from housing projects that swept France in the autumn of 2005. At the time, police counted 8810 vehicles burned in less than three weeks.
Yet even then, cars were not burned in big cities like Paris and that remained the case this New Year’s Eve. 
Due to a lack of youths, probably.



Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 01, 2013 (7:43pm)

The only interesting thing Jenny Macklin has ever said, and it gets cut
Families Minister Jenny Macklin has said she could live on the dole of just $35 a day, but her answer has been omitted from the transcript of a press conference issued by her office.
Asked this morning whether she could live on the Newstart allowance of $246 a week, Ms Macklin told reporters ‘‘I could.’’
But when Ms Macklin’s office later issued a transcript of the press conference, held at a hospital in the Minister’s Melbourne electorate, both the question and answer were recorded ‘‘inaudible.’’ 
The same terrible thing happened last year to attorney general Nicola Roxon. Who is silencing these influential women?
UPDATE. The Minister for Inaudibility blames a car
Last night, her office claimed its recording had been affected by a revving car. 
Here’s video. Listen for the arrival of that sound-erasing monster vehicle:

UPDATE II. More Macklin machinations
Families Minister Jenny Macklin’s office is declining to hand over its press conference recording on which an incomplete transcript was based, omitting the minister’s claim that she could survive on the dole …
On Tuesday, Ms Macklin’s spokeswoman said the transcript had been written ‘’from a recording done on an iPhone of an outdoor press conference’’ – suggesting there had been some sound interference at the crucial moment.
On Wednesday morning, after Fairfax Media asked for the recording, the spokeswoman responded initially by sending via email a generic statement that ‘’the transcript did not intentionally exclude comments from the minister’’.
She has not responded to subsequent requests. 
Just dub this in and it’ll all be fine.

Guide cat gives blind dog better lifeSometimes one must look for help outside of family - ed
Wasted - ed

Swan prepares to reveal the dire condition of Australia's budget - ed
Fiscal cliff agreement not enough: Swan===


No charges are anticipated against the motorist. Nobody appreciates an artist - ed
Paparazzo chasing Justin Bieber's Ferrari died after being struck by car===

The parallels between the Gillard Government and the totalitarian regime in George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ are uncanny. (see the link in the comments for just few previous examples)

In the novel ‘1984’ Winston worked in the Ministry of Truth, where he was responsible for “historical revisionism” - altering documents to rewrite the past to fit with the Party's ever-changing ‘official version’ of history; thus making the government of Oceania seem omniscient.

And today, Families Minister Jenny Macklin when attempting to spin why the Gillard Govt was “clawing back” money from single moms to pay for Labor’s reckless & wasteful spending, said she could live on the dole of just $35 a day.

But in an act of “historical revisionism” her words about living on $35 a day were omitted from the offical transcript of a press conference issued by her office - with both the question and answer recorded ‘‘inaudible.’’

We know we can’t trust a word that this Government says - but now we can’t even trust the transcripts that they issue. Just another reason to vote out Australia's worst ever government come the election.

She will have an opportunity to prove her claim following the next election .. but my bet is she will claim the parliamentary pension. It is funny her office redacted her statement. - ed===


Former QLD premier Peter Beattie has called for the abolition of the states in Australia, saying they could be replaced by larger councils.

Could this be a good idea? Do you think states should be abolished?

More details:
The overinflation you refer to was partly a result of people buying property .. wealth building. Thanks to ALP, fewer people can afford that .. but they still need a roof .. and rent has sky rocketed .. - ed===




Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sarah was impatient, Elijah was depressed, Mosses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old, and Lazarus was dead...

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED! Re-post this if you know you are NOT perfect but that God is working in your life anyway...

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Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.
The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."

The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous.
I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people.

The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama's arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same.
I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.

He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

It is my intention to do all within my ability to ensure their reign is one term. I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House" - "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood...

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed."




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