Friday, April 05, 2013

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Tim Blair – Friday, April 05, 2013 (3:55pm)

From yesterday’s bizarre Julia Gillard speech
It seems hardly a week passes when a respected overseas journal or international organisation doesn’t point out Australia’s good fortune and puzzle over our fractious politics …
The UK Guardian recently noted that as “the world lurches from crisis to economic crisis, the land of Oz is powering ahead”. 
In fact, that piece was by ex-SMH writer Paola Totaro, and is now loaded with corrections: 
This article was amended on 22 March 2013. It previously referred to asylum seekers arriving “illegally” – that word has been removed. It also moved an incorrect reference to a 2% budget surplus. A sentence which implied that yesterday’s attempt to remove Gillard was instigated by Kevin Rudd has been amended to clarify that it is the third attempt by either himself or his supporters to do so. 
The piece still claims that “surpluses have been delivered”. This outright falsehood also escapes correction: 
Aussie voters happily travel with more money in their pockets than ever before, and still they grouch about wavering national confidence, or rail against the couple of hundred sad souls who land on their shores seeking asylum. 
No wonder Julia enjoyed this article so much. There’s another reason, too. Totaro’s central themeechoes the views of Gillard’s communications director John McTernan, as revealed in a 2012 profile piece by then-Sydney based Totaro: 
To the outsider, it seems almost bizarre that the government is so desperately in the doldrums when Australia is the only developed country with unemployment at less than 5 per cent and has an economy that’s escaped relatively unscathed from the financial crisis. McTernan won’t discuss the problems but his views are well known around Canberra. He’s not seen around the gallery much but his fingerprints can often be read in the work of key commentators. 
Quite so.



Tim Blair – Friday, April 05, 2013 (3:32pm)

Commies clamber over Robert Doyle’s car as Melbourne’s Lord Mayor arrives at last night’s IPA event:


At left in the below image you can see a little commie girl attempting to deflate one of the vehicle’s tyres:


End result: 
Police spokeswoman Belle Nolan said there had been no arrests … 



Tim Blair – Friday, April 05, 2013 (3:23pm)

“We will cope with the US nuclear threat with a merciless nuclear attack,” vows North Korean state television. “And we will face this infiltration with a justified all-out-war. This is our military and our people’s unchangeable stance. The US and those followers should clearly know that everything is different in the era of respected Kim Jong-un.”
That’s pretty tough talk from a nation that can’t even afford an autocue. Still, nukes is nukes: 
The most probable outcome of all these tensions is a low-level “tactical” strike from North Korea.
But don’t worry, it’ll be “a relatively small attack that won’t leave many people dead,” Sue Mi Terry, a Columbia University professor who served as a senior analyst on North Korea at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, told Wired’s Spencer Ackermann.
Analysts in the military, political, and intelligence fields have all pretty much said the same thing: Kim Jong-Un has painted himself into a corner, and the only way out is a gunfight. 
This might be the first international conflict launched via photoshop.


Does Gillard lack confidence or character?

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (12:41pm)

John Roskam says Julia Gillard lacks confidence. What he describes is what I’d actually call “character”:

Hawke was confident enough in his own abilities and his own policies to go after 50-plus-1 per cent of the vote. There wasn’t a vote Hawke did not believe he couldn’t get…
So confident was Hawke in his ability to get people to agree with him that the last thing he would have wanted was to permanently alienate key segments of the community.
In contrast, the modern-day Labor Party has no qualms about declaring its opponents to be, for example, anyone it classes as a carbon “polluter”, a successful mining entrepreneur, or as a “cossetted silvertail” on Sydney’s North Shore who is not in touch with “real families”.
The Prime Minister and her Treasurer appear to have given up trying to persuade anyone of anything. They are shoring up the ALP’s core vote of 30 per cent of the electorate by distributing favours and privileges to their trade union base…
It takes confidence to be inclusive. Likewise magnanimity is a product of confidence. When someone goes looking for enemies (real or imagined), it’s usually because they’re scared, or paranoid, or both. The federal party appears to believe a person is judged by the quality of his or her enemies - not his or her friends. This might apply in some circumstances, but it isn’t helpful when your enemies get a vote.


Fabulously wealthy defined: $2 million in lifetime savings

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (11:47am)

Craig Emerson promised:
LABOR has no plans to lift taxes on the superannuation of ordinary Australians, but the super savings of the “fabulously wealthy” should be debated, Trade Minister Craig Emerson says.
Now the Gillard Government defines:

Bill Shorten and Wayne Swan managed to douse a firestorm of concern about possible taxes on superannuation this morning by limiting the practical effects to people with about $2 million in their accounts ...
Reader Sherlock says I’m wrong:

No, fabulously wealthy is being retired with an income of $100k per year.


Rattled Swan delivers some of his May Budget in April

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (11:12am)

Wayne Swan never reveals beforehand what the Budget will contain:
WAYNE SWAN: I don’t in the lead-up to any budget, Fran, this year or in any of my five budgets, go into that sort of rule-in, rule-out routine and I’m not doing it today.
Two days ago the Treasurer still wasn’t saying what the Budget would do to people’s super:

I’m not going to be in the position of responding to individual propositions.
But the speculation over Swan’s planned super raid is so damaging that the Government can’t hang on until May’s Budget, after all:

LABOR is poised to unveil its superannuation reforms this morning with the sector lining up press conferences to respond to a government announcement.
Sources have told News Limited Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten will reveal the eagerly-awaited reforms this morning before 11am.
Graham Richardson:

The politics of terrifying just about everyone on this super debate for week after week beggars belief.
Richardson rightly argues that fiddling with the super of the fabulously wealthy won’t raise the billions the Government is already promising to recklessly spend:

So much relief could be achieved by Labor if it abandoned the two planks of the Gillard government - the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Gonski reforms.
The bad news for the Coalition will be projected deficits in the out years. In the beginning spending on the NDIS is minimal. In three or four years’ time it grows astronomically. Tony Abbott will be forced to ditch this reform if he is to bring the budget back into surplus any time soon.
Wayne Swan and Bill Shorten announce less than what former Minister Simon Crean suggested they were planning:

The reforms will:

Cap the tax exemption for earnings on superannuation assets supporting income streams at $100,000, with a concessional tax rate of 15 per cent applying thereafter, and apply the same treatment to defined benefit funds [like the ones enjoyed by politicians];
Simplify the design and administration of the higher concessional contributions cap;
Reform the treatment of concessional contributions in excess of the annual cap;
Extend the normal deeming rules to superannuation account-based income streams;
Extend concessional tax treatment to deferred lifetime annuities; and
Further reform the arrangements for lost superannuation.
These reforms will save around $900 million over the forward estimates period.
That means the Gillard Government, after all that huff and puff and damage, will raise just another $225 million a year, on average, over four years. And that’s presuming its figures are right.
Bottom line:

RETIREES would have superannuation income over $100,000 taxed at 15 per cent under long-awaited proposals announced by the Gillard government today.
Labor said the change, to apply from July 1 next year, would only apply to Australians with a current superannuation balance of about $2 million or more.
But the proposed reforms will not be legislated before the election, raising doubts over the prospect of any part of the package being put into place…

Treasury estimates that around 16,000 individuals will be affected by this measure in 2014-15, which represents around 0.4 per cent of Australia’s projected 4.1 million retirees in that year.
Wonder why the hell they bothered. 


“Spring will begin in January”

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (10:04am)

Global warming - propaganda


Pigs can’t fly

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (9:57am)

Their faith, your diet:

QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.
Customers can’t make the choices just for themselves?
(Thanks to reader Case.) 


Gosh. Reefs recover

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (9:50am)

Remember the old scares? Well, well. More evidence the alarmists should say sorry:
AUSTRALIA’S isolated Scott Reef lost almost all its corals to bleaching when ocean temperatures rose and scientists thought it would take decades to recover.
But it’s made a quick recovery, suggesting new corals can be recruited from local sources when fish are plentiful and reefs are not disturbed.
...coral cover still increased from nine per cent to 44 per cent across the entire system in 12 years.
(Thanks to reader Jeff.) 


Dallas Scott: drop the race talk

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (9:28am)

I have long thought Dallas Scott the most interesting and thoughtful of Aboriginal writers today - although, again, it sells him short to simply pigeonhole him as an “Aboriginal writer”.
So let’s just say Dallas is a fine writer, good man and and above all individual, not some mere representative of a “race”.
From his piece in The Australian today:

I AM proud of my Aboriginal heritage but see myself fundamentally as no different from my fellow Australians and I have been involved in many discussions on Aboriginal identity. I was a guest on SBS’s Insight last year to debate this topic. During the discussion some people said that because they had some Aboriginal ancestry, they had rights and needs that were different from other Australians.
It is their right to identify how they wish, but when it comes to government spending and efforts to close the gap, it causes major problems. The question of who is Aboriginal and who is not, and what Aboriginal-identifying people are entitled to and how they should be treated, is a controversial and important topic. Some avoid discussing it for fear of being sued or branded as racist.
It is especially controversial now, given that the commonwealth Grants Commission recently reported that new estimates of the indigenous population have significantly affected GST shares in the Northern Territory. To quote from its report: “The new data revised down the Northern Territory share of indigenous people, reducing its GST share by around $121 million.” The Weekend Australian (March 23) attributed this to “the large increase in the self-identified Aboriginal-descent population of southern states over the most recent census period”.
Obviously, to the Aboriginal people of the Territory, it is a very important topic. And it should be an important topic for all Australians. While there are disadvantaged Aboriginal people across Australia (just as there are disadvantaged non-Aboriginal people), some Aborigines suffer disadvantage far worse than the vast majority of other Aborigines across the country. Many of these are clearly identifiable as Aboriginal.
So does it make sense that any and all who identify as Aboriginal should be entitled to the same benefits because they have some Aboriginal heritage? Should those who self-identify as Aboriginal be exempt from being questioned when they are the recipients of funds aimed at closing the gap? When we see soaring rates of Aboriginal university graduates, is this an indicator of success if the graduates are not disadvantaged and are largely indistinguishable from most other non-Aboriginal Australians?…
Let’s be need-focused, not race-focused.
Due to our crazy laws and those who interpret them, it is not safe for me to comment. Dallas, however, is Aboriginal, and knows he is therefore freer to debate these things. He takes his responsibility to do so very seriously.
Bookmark Dallas’ excellent Black Steam Train blog. 


Attention terrorists: our door is wide open

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (8:58am)

Isn’t this a grotesque dereliction of the Gillard Government’s duty to protect its citizens?:

MORE than 13,000 boatpeople who have arrived in Australia since the government suspended processing of refugee claims last year are yet to undergo full ASIO assessments, raising concerns about the rigour of the nation’s security checks.
The Australian has confirmed full ASIO security checks were suspended on August 13, at the same time that processing of asylum-seekers was suspended.
ASIO does not undertake full visa security assessments on asylum-seekers until they are deemed to be refugees, in a bid to avoid wasting time, money and resources vetting people who will not be staying in Australia…
A total of 13,548 asylum-seekers have arrived since the August 13 cut-off, overwhelming the detention centre network and forcing the government to approve the release of many of them into the community without work rights.
April sure started with a bang:

4 April 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessels
3 April 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
3 April 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessels
2 April 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel
2 April 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
1 April 2013 - Border Protection Command assists vessel
1 April 2013 - Border Protection Command intercepts vessel 


Go them, Gillard

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (8:41am)

How Julia Gillard launched her xenophobic attack on temporary foreign workers:
Listing five priorities for western Sydney for which she would fight, Ms Gillard said they would include stopping “foreign workers being put at the front of the queue with Australian workers at the back’’.
Will Gillard attack her Labor colleagues for putting Australian workers at the back of the queue?
LABOR governments in South Australia and Tasmania have emerged as the largest employers of 457 visa holders in their states, using foreign workers to meet labour shortages in their health systems and blunting the Gillard government’s crackdown on the temporary visa program.
Data released by Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor yesterday showed the South Australian and Tasmanian governments accounted for about 20 per cent of 457 visas granted in each state in the past eight months: the Tasmanian government applied for 60 of the 270 visas granted; the South Australian government 240 of 1360. The majority of the visas were for general medical practitioners and health workers.


Thank you to the protesters who acted like Stalin - or Conroy

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (8:20am)

Of course, the arrogance, violence and authoritarianism are despicable, but the protesters did a favor to those of us inside:

PROTESTERS have jumped on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s mayoral car outside the National Gallery of Victoria.
Up to 100 protesters ambushed Cr Doyle’s car as he approached the NGV about 6.50pm to attend the Institute of Public Affairs’ 70th anniversary dinner.
Cr Doyle told the Herald Sun that the protesters had surrounded his car, hammering on the windows, jumping on the bonnet and sitting on the roof, ‘’hammering their heels’’ against the windscreen…
‘’This wasn’t just a protest, this was violent, hate-filled....’’
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, mining magnate Gina Rinehart and Archbishop George Pell were invited guests.
See, the event inside, which I MC’d, was a celebration of freedom and the work done by the IPA to defend it. For several speakers, me included, the protesters served as a perfect demonstration of the totalitarian instinct to which we were opposed. More than one of us on the stage noted that the protesters who were so arrogantly trying to stop people from speaking and listening contained the like of a potential Gillard, Conroy or Roxon.
The enemies of the Open Society are always with us, and have been since the poisoning of Socrates.
I thank the protesters for allowing me to make this point so clearly. The audience seemed extremely receptive, and more money was raised than the IPA had expected.
To show the protesters how effective they’ve been, please consider joining the IPA today.
Incidentally, the video above was filmed by the Herald Sun editor himself, on his way to the dinner. A true professional.
Do not accept this protester’s invitation to dinner:

Far more nourishing, and far more civilised, was the speech by Rupert Murdoch:
The News Corporation chairman and chief executive was speaking last night in Melbourne at the 70th anniversary of the Institute of Public Affairs, the independent think tank started by a group of businessmen that included his father, Keith Murdoch. In delivering the key address of the night, Mr Murdoch warned of the consequences of neglecting free-market ideas.
“Instead of hearing about new initiatives that would make Australia more competitive and open up new opportunities for the Australian people, we hear more of the class-warfare rhetoric that has proved so toxic and so damaging for older nations,” he said.
“The cold, commercial word ‘market’ disguises its human character - a market is a collection of our aspirations, exertions, choices and desires."…
Mr Murdoch said believers in the free market usually made their argument on the economic superiority of the free market.
“But I believe we need to do something very different from what we are used to,” he said. “We need to defend the market on precisely the grounds that its critics attack it: on justice and fairness. Yes, the morality of free markets.”
An edited extract of Murdoch’s speech here


A toast to Wayne “Two Legs Better” Swan

Andrew Bolt April 05 2013 (7:55am)

Swan’s class war song:
WAYNE SWAN, TREASURER: “Poor man want to be rich, rich man want to be king, and a king ain’t satisfied till he rules everything.”
Now when I listened to that song again recently it struck me that Springsteen was talking expressly about a few people I’ve written about lately.
Maybe Springsteen was talking expressly about Swan himself, with his fabulously wealthy tastes:
FOR a man who paints himself as a working-class hero, Wayne Swan has a rich man’s taste.
The Treasury’s register of interests shows he accepted a bottle of 2004 Penfolds Grange, which retails for as much as $630, from the Australian Chinese Business Association in February.
Politicians are allowed to accept gifts valued at under $300 from private or industry sources, but for items worth more, they must pay the difference to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet or surrender the gift.
Mr Swan chose to keep the wine and his spokesman said: “The Treasurer paid for the balance of the cost of the gift out of his own pocket.”



Gnu York

Same can be said of a katana or atom bomb. But children don't play with them either .. they are regulated and licensed. Private citizens don't use an atom bomb for self defence.

The arguments sound over stated .. if they didn't want Obama they shouldn't have voted for him

A new national poll reveals that Americans differ along political party lines even in their endorsement of conspiracy theories, including the belief that President Obama is the Anti-Christ to the idea that global warming is a hoax.

Here, a REAL image of Buzz Aldrin saluting the U.S. flag on the surface of the moon.
Fascinating what they call a hoax - ed


To be fair shadow MP's such as Phillip Ruddock would be the same as these but you have to wonder how the heck Ministers like Tanya Plibersek who have been in Parliament for a realtively short space of time in comparison can be entitled to such large pensions. Also bear in mind that the individual super fund balances are irrelevant and don't justify the pension payments when compared to a retiree who has been frugal enough to have accumulated a super fund worth over one million dollars over their entire 40+ year working life.

For the first time, migrating great white sharks have been tagged and their movements around the oceans tracked for years, as opposed to a few months, according to a researcher.

HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: Forty-five years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically shot in Memphis. Explore 10 things you may not know about the inspiring civil rights leader here: (Flip Schulke/Corbis)

A collection of vicious weapons made of shark teeth reveals that two species of sharks vanished from the reefs of Kiribati, in the Pacific Ocean, before scientists even noticed the species were there.

Urgent prayer request from our brothers and sisters in North Korea to Christians all over the world.

Underground Christians describe the current atmosphere in North Korea as warlike, with many cars on the road concealed under camouflage nets and soldiers carrying guns and wearing helmets covered with dried branches. Despite Kim Jong-Un declaring all citizens need to be “combat ready”, Christians and other citizens of North Korea greatly fear war and its consequences.

Prayer seems more important now than ever, please join with us in praying for our brothers and sisters:

- Thank God for the bravery of all Christians in North Korea, to stand boldly for Him in a country where discovery of their faith can mean death.

- Pray for the protection of Christians in North Korea, especially those imprisoned in labour camps, and all those assisting believers who have escaped into surrounding countries.

- Pray for a calm resolution to the current crisis – that it will result in the peaceful release and restoration of the North Korean people, rather than war.

- Pray for the leadership of North Korea, that Kim Jong-Un and those around him will come to know Jesus as their saviour.

A letter smuggled out of North Korea reads, “We know that our journey will not be an easy one, but we are sure that our faith, desperate hope and passionate desire will someday bear many fruits.”


Classic Hollywood: ‘The Searchers’ camps for night at Aero

John Ford’s classic western starring John Wayne screens. Glenn Frankel will sign his new book about the film and the true story that inspired it.

Director Brendan Nelson and Peter Pickering at today's Open day Media event.






Good luck Melanie .. meditate .. be one with the universe

How amazing does this Chocolate lasagna look! Thanks for sharing XposedByEye PhotoArt :)

1 package regular Oreo cookies (Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies
6 Tablespoon butter, melted
1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cold milk
1- 12 ounce tub Cool Whip, divided
2 – 3.9 ounce packages Chocolate Instant Pudding.
3 1/4 cups cold milk
1 and 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips


1. Begin by crushing 36 Oreo cookies. I used my food processor for this, but you could also place them in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. When the Oreos have turned into fine crumbs, you are done.
2. Transfer the Oreo crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in 6 tablespoons melted butter and use a fork to incorporate the butter into the cookie crumbs. When the butter is distributed, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you work on the additional layers.
3. Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add in 2 Tablespoons of milk, and sugar, and mix well. Stir in 1 and 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread this mixture over the crust.
4. In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 and 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until the pudding starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the previous cream cheese layer. Allow the dessert to rest for about 5 minutes so that the pudding can firm up further.
5. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place in the freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.


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Open up a hot cake shop. Hot cakes sell like hot cakes....


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Artie: Ten
Clara: Eleven's the best. You’ll cry your eyes out. The good kind of crying...

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In the wake of an outrageous attempt to gag the Press, McTernan has arranged through the PM’s office to close Twitter accounts critical of Gillard and censor messages. This was achieved with the cooperation of Twitter’s roving publicist, Mike Brown.

Hundreds of complaints have been made to Twitter about messages being deleted and in some circumstances altered to appear as pro-Gillard Tweets.

Whether serious money changed hands or not cannot be established but why, immediately after a visit from McTernan, did a grubby little Yank going by the name of Mike Brown, start censoring Tweets?

Tweets critical of Abbott have remained untouched. Among those emanating from the PM’s office are particularly offensive such as from the account of AshGhebranious: “They will send Abbott’s daughters to Indonesia to have sex with Ministers till they allow coalition to tow back boats.” That tweet remains.

Another from the same account: “You planning to murder any refugees today? Putting it live stream for your fans” #730# Auspol @MathiasCorman.

There are too many instances to itemise, but these filthy messages remain uncensored while those critical of Gillard instantly disappear.

There have been many posts of incriminating material, regarding Gillard’s involvement in the AWU fraud, simply disappearing from my Facebook page.

No explanation and no reply from Facebook. If I repost I am immediately banned.

I understand that the strapon could be seen as offensive, but not a copy of a fraudulent application form in Gillard’s handwriting.

Thus the website The Pickering Post was born yet that website has also suffered continual hacking and DoS attacks rendering it unusable for days at a time until we can invent ways to stop them.

A female in the PM’s Office by the name of Tadlette and using the account name of “Apparatchik Tads”, appears to be the driving force behind this gutter level of Twitter bastardry.

Tadlette tweeted “Hi @TwitterAU the right wing trolls are posting personal info inciting harassment IRL... please monitor @anonOz1

Gillard and McTernan’s stated determination to emulate Obama’s re-election using social media techniques is starting to take shape.

There will be much more to come and the PM’s coffers are overflowing with hard union cash.

PS AshGhebranious just came up as the source of a corrupted link which has prevented me posting for a while. We will see what happens from here.


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This story will warm you better more than a coffee on a cold winter day...

"We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we're approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter -

'Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended'

They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: 'What are those 'suspended' coffees ?' 'Wait for it and you will see' she replies...

Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made for three lawyers - three for them and four 'suspended'.

While I still wonder what's the deal with those 'suspended' coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café.

Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks 'Do you have a suspended coffee ?'

It's simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage.

The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal."

Please Share :) Why not ask your local cafe if it's something they'll consider participating in





...He [is] the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed (Deut 31:8).
When Jesus performed the miracle in the account of the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish (Jn 6:1–14), He did not focus on the limited supply in His hands or the great number of people waiting to be fed. Instead, He looked up to heaven—to the unlimited supply of His Father God. 

Do the same today. See the Father’s over-supplying grace meeting your practical needs with 12 baskets full of leftovers. See your little become exceedingly much.
Demand Obama investigate the Burmese government's role in violence & impunity!

Tell President Obama that we demand an international investigation into the Burmese government's role in the escalating violence against minority Muslims.

The recent anti-Muslim violence in central Burma has displaced 12,000 people and left over 40 people dead. Police officers failed to control the mobs and in some cases further incited the violence. The most sacred responsibility of a state is to protect its people. But the failure of public authorities to intervene in the extreme anti-Muslim violence in Meiktila township, Mandalay Division that erupted on March 20th demonstrates the government's continuing complicity in violence against not only the Rohingya, but also the Kachin and the Letpadaung mine protestors.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma received reports of direct government involvement in acts of violence. He also reported many incidents "where the military, police and other civilian law enforcement forces have been standing by while atrocities have been committed before their very eyes." But instead of investigating government complicity, President Thein Sein threatened to use military force to stop the violence. President Thein Sein's willingness to employ force is ironic in light of his systematic unwillingness to pursue justice and accountability for those already implicated in unjust actions against people across Burma.

The Burmese government rarely sees value in restraint and is predisposed to use violence to control violence - a tactic that results in further impunity and injustice, which in turn fuels more violence. Impunity and shameless disrespect for the rule of law should no longer be tolerated by the international community. In order to attain peace, people in Burma need justice and accountability from their government, not imposed states of emergency and threats of military force. Take action and ask President Obama to push for justice and accountability in Burma.

USCB's joint Letter to President Obama regarding his trip to Burma, along with earlier Special Rapporteur's reports, predicted that the crisis in Arakan State would spread across Burma if the international community did not pressure the Burmese government to pursue justice and accountability. Indeed, President Obama sent the wrong message when he lifted the US investment ban a mere twelve hours after President Thein Sein said that the "only solution" to the Rohingya crisis is to deport the Rohingya and/or put them all into camps. 

The latest victims of the government's failure to recognize the rule of law are 13 boys who died when anti-Muslim actors in Rangoon set ablaze a Muslim school. Instead of immediately condemning the attack and pursuing justice, authorities at first intentionally and dishonestly attributed the fire to an electrical accident. 

Please join with us in demanding that President Obama calls for an international investigation into the Burmese government's complicity in escalating violence against minority Muslims, Kachin, and protestors. Like ourselves, the people of Burma deserve justice and accountability.

In solidarity,

Rachel Wagley, USCB

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