Monday, April 08, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Leang Tea,Pascasie Omari and John Tran's wife, and mother of his child, Kate. The Lord has blessed you all mightily. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live ..

Labor’s Super grab racket revealed

Piers Akerman – Monday, April 08, 2013 (1:27am)

IT didn’t take long for Labor’s super grab to be exposed as a major attack on prudent retirees.

Though Gillard government Treasurer Wayne Swan and Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten tried to frame their pickpocket attack as an assault on just the 16,000 wealthiest Australians, it took less than thirty six hours to show that was yet another Labor lie.

The number affected could be from 240,000 upward, according to a number of tax experts who have started to look at the fine print.
Writing in the Fairfax newspapers Sunday, economics writer David Potts, formerly of The Australian, focused on retirees with far less than $2 million in superannuation whom he said will face extra tax bills after the superannuation changes announced on Friday.

Pottsy has done the numbers and has found one of the hidden flaws in this ill-thought through policy.

He says the impact will be far broader than the forecast that only 16,000 people with $2 million or more in super will be hit by the tax on retirement earnings.

The “booby trap” for those with less than $2 million in super is the fact the new tax will apply to all earnings above $100,000 a year from 2014, no matter the size of the nest egg, he wrote.

The calculation on the low number of people facing the new tax is based on a 5 per cent rate of return from investments, leading to the $2 million figure.

But in a good year a super fund invested in a growth option of shares might return as much as 20 per cent and therefore earn more than $100,000, triggering the new tax on a balance of just over $500,000.

And one-off capital gains are counted in the total of earnings to be taxed. This means smaller self-managed funds could face the tax if the fund made, for example, a $120,000 gain on the sale of a $300,000 property.

Large capital gains can be expected as you near retirement, especially when switching from the saving to the payout phase.

The super grab was always going to be a fraud and it is surprising how many so-called experts fell for the con.

One of the greatest jokes is Labor’s promise to lift the current $25,000 limit on salary sacrificing to super.

This will rise to $35,000 on July 1 if you’re over 60 (and a year later if over 50). And the employer contribution will go up to 9.25 per cent of salary, on its way to 12 per cent by 2020.

But Labor didn’t mention that it was their chiselling government which so dramatically slashed the amount people could put in their super when they cut the Howard allowance of $100,000!

For Prime Minister Julia Gillard to attack Opposition leader Tony Abbott (whilst abroad in breach of the general convention against raising domestic political issues while on tour) just demonstrates how ignorant she is of her own policies.

Under Labor, a $70 billion surplus has been turned into a $150 billion-plus deficit.

And they think they’re smart money managers.



Tim Blair – Monday, April 08, 2013 (6:37pm)

The foreign minister’s Whitlam-era diplomat chat revealed: 
Previously secret US embassy and consulate reports incorporated into a new searchable database unveiled by WikiLeaks on Monday reveal that Senator Carr was a source for US diplomats seeking information on the Whitlam government and the broader Labor movement in the mid-1970s.
Then a rising star in NSW Labor, Carr was quick to join in criticism of prime minister Gough Whitlam as the federal Labor Government encountered growing political and economic difficulties after the May 1974 federal election.
In August 1974, the US Embassy in Canberra reported at length on what it described as “a pervasive sense of gloom and anxiety” as the Whitlam government “struggle[d] in [a] disorganised fashion …” 
To save energy, they can send the same reports now. And what is Carr’s view on all of this? 
Asked about his 1970s contacts with US diplomats, Senator Carr said on Monday: “I was in my 20s. I could have said anything.” 
Young and naïve! In fact, Carr turned 27 in 1974, but for Laborites the “young and naïve” defence applies at least until you’re 32.



Tim Blair – Monday, April 08, 2013 (11:48am)

In one corner: trembling lilybacks Bernard KeaneGraham Readfearn and Stephen Spencer, who are convinced that they saw a death threat in The Australian.
In the other corner: James Delingpole, who actually knows what words mean.
UPDATE. This is hilarious.



Tim Blair – Monday, April 08, 2013 (11:42am)

Enviropath Bill McKibben is bringing his crazy eyes to Australia in a bid to reduce local employment:

According to this talking lemur, coal is a rogue industry
‘’If the world ever takes climate change seriously, that coal simply has to stay in the ground,’’ Mr McKibben said. ‘’There’s no physical way to burn it, or Canada’s tar sands, or Venezuela’s shale oil, and not go over the red line that almost all governments, including Australia’s, have drawn at two degrees.’’
Mr McKibben, author of the first mainstream book about global warming, The End of Nature, will visit Australia in June to galvanise local campaigns for action against climate change …
Mr McKibben is travelling to Australia with, the group he helped found in 2008. ‘’At this point the fossil fuel industry is a rogue industry,’’ he said. ‘’It wants to burn five times the carbon that the most conservative governments on earth say is safe. They’re not outlaw against the laws of the state … they’re outlaw against the laws of physics. If they carry out their business plan, the planet tanks.’’ 
Enjoy your flight, Bill. Don’t bring the weather with you!



Tim Blair – Monday, April 08, 2013 (10:28am)

“Not a whole lot of energy conservation going on down there”: an illuminated view of New York City, the enviro-panic capital of the world.
(Via Correllio, who notes: “This is where Malcolm Turnbull gets all his climate science.") 



Tim Blair – Monday, April 08, 2013 (10:16am)

Only a few years ago, leftists were mocking then-Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman as the Liberal Party’s “most senior elected official”. With Labor now declining even in South Australia, it might soon be time to locate mainland Australia’s most senior elected ALP representative. 


Essential poll: still no Labor pulse

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (6:55pm)


Holden crashes, taking our money with it

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (6:36pm)

Your money lost - taken from good businesses to be wasted on (heavily unionised) bad:

A $275 million taxpayer subsidy has failed to prevent another round of job cuts at Holden’s Australian operations, with the car maker slashing 500 positions today.
Holden announced it will cut its Elizabeth workforce north of Adelaide by 400, with a further 100 jobs to be lost from its product development workforce in Victoria.
The car maker blamed a fall in demand for its locally-made Cruze car and difficult market conditions, including the strong Australian dollar.
The announcement comes a year after the Gillard government committed $215 million to the company to “secure” its Australian car-making operations, with an additional $60m from the South Australian and Victorian governments.
How Labor - and the Liberals before that - got us to this point:
February 2011:

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Minister for Innovation Kim Carr today welcomed the launch of the Australian-made Holden Cruze at the company’s Elizabeth Plant in South Australia.
The Gillard Government is very proud to have supported the production of this low emission car through a $149 million investment from the Government’s New Car Plan for a Greener Future.
February 2012:

Let us look at the Holden Ltd Enterprise Agreement. It was made with six unions… Between 1997 and 2010 the company gave pay increases of 63.33 per cent, a median increase of 4.87 per cent a year, hardly appropriate for a struggling business relying on government support… Yet the agreement prohibits the company from increasing, decreasing or rearranging the workforce without union approval… Holden cannot choose the labour hire company; they can only use a business selected by the unions.
February 2012:

GM Holden has agreed to an extraordinary wage deal that will lift the income of 4000 employees by up to 22 per cent by 2014, despite the carmaker seeking a taxpayer-funded assistance package from the Gillard government. In a deal hailed by union leaders as “spectacular”, workers will receive a “guaranteed” 18.3 per cent increase over the next three years, with some workers to receive up to 22.3 per cent… The Australian has obtained full details of the agreement, which the union said contained no productivity trade-offs…
March 2012:
The federal government has announced $275 million to keep Holden in Australia, as Manufacturing Minister Greg Combet warned that without government support, the car manufacturer would likely shut down in Australia.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the investment - shared by the South Australian and Victorian governments -today in a bid to keep the car manufacturer in the country until at least 2022. 
August 2012:

Cruze sales were down some 40.0 per cent to just 1875 units – the small car’s worst month since September 2009, 18 months before local production commenced – while the small-car segment overall rose 3.3 per cent.
November 2012:

HOLDEN has announced it will axe 170 manufacturing jobs at its factory in Elizabeth South Australia because of record-low sales of the Commodore and softening demand for its Cruze small car.
April 2013:

Figures released by Holden show it received $2.17 billion in state and federal government assistance over the past 12 years, compared to $1.1 billion for Ford and $1.2 billion for Toyota, News Limited can reveal.
This equates to Holden receiving an average of $180 million a year compared to Toyota taking $95.8 million a year and Ford getting $87.8 million a year.


Column - As we were saying when the Left’s stormtroopers broke in

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (4:11pm)

Free speech, Political things
I WAS in the National Gallery of Victoria on Thursday talking with people over drinks when I first saw them at the door.
Yes, them - the street-fighting goons of a totalitarian movement whose spiritual leaders are ministers of the Gillard Government.
They were protesters who’d burst through a gallery entrance and were now trying to push through scared security guards defending the entrance to our function room.
What they’d have done had they’d got their hands on us I don’t know. To judge by the posters attacking me and Rupert Murdoch, part of the “hate media” vilified by this Government, it might have been uncomfortable.
But Lord Mayor Robert Doyle later told me what they’d done to him outside.
(Read full story here.)
Fairfax’s Ben Butler reports with a sneer:

Rinehart paid another $25,000 to send six people to a filming of News Corp fulminator Andrew Bolt’s Ten Network show and have a cup of tea with the great man (Bolt, not Reagan) afterwards.
In fact two people each paid $25,000 to watch the filming of my show. Neither was Gina Rinehart.
The speech the protesters wanted to stop:


Three strikes left before Greer out

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:47am)

Perhaps if she’d started sooner, Germaine Greer might have lasted longer:

Now that I have only three columns left before my contract with Fairfax Media runs out, I had better use them to raise important issues...


Labor cruising for bruising in last mainland state

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:31am)

I met the new Opposition Leader, Stephen Marshall, for the first time last week and was impressed, even if he wouldn’t take my advice to blow up a symbolic wind generator or two:

VOTER support for South Australia’s Labor government has sunk just a year out from an election in the party’s last-held mainland state…
When preferences are factored in, the Marshall-led Liberals are up eight percentage points, with 54 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote compared with 46 per cent for Mr Weatherill’s Labor.


Business blasts Gillard’s class war

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:23am)

Labor once had the Heather Ridouts pumping its tyres. Now business knows Labor under present management is as vindictive and divisive as it is incompetent, waging a class war as it blows the budget:

Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd rang the alarm over the budget to a gathering of 65 chief executives as they mapped out an economic platform they will issue to influence the federal election campaign…
The speech was “enthusiastically” received at a closed forum that included chief executives such as Gail Kelly from Westpac, David Thodey from Telstra, Grant King from Origin Energy, Richard Goyder from Wesfarmers and Catherine Tanna from BG - who is also a Reserve Bank board member…
“My instinct remains to expect the unexpected and to expect the worst,” [Shepherd] said in the speech. ”I believe the upcoming budget will see more ad hoc, poorly-thought-through attacks on business that are going to destroy investment, confidence and jobs. More robbing Peter to pay Paul and more promises of things that can’t be delivered.”
Labor had embarked on a “desperate eight-month campaign” instead of governing.
This had led to an “appalling process” for policy decisions, and an agenda tilted against business. “We are experiencing a purposeful provocation through deliberate attacks on the business community and, in effect, everyone who works within it,” Mr Shepherd said.
“It is designed to marginalise us and to manufacture a ridiculous, fictitious and destructive class war.”
Mr Shepherd said Labor’s plans had one objective, “to shore up support from unions”...


Super saved, but Budget lost

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:16am)

THE real nightmare for the Gillard Government after last week’s super fiasco is that it’s been stopped from grabbing the cash it desperately needs.
Its Budget blowout is just about to get seriously worse.
(Read full article here.)
Uh oh:
[Finance Minister] Senator Wong refused on Sunday to confirm Labor was unable to deliver a surplus in the forward estimates. Instead, she highlighted an “unusual set” of economic circumstances that had led to a collapse in company profits and weaker than expected revenue ­collections.
In fact, your super may not be safe at all from Labor:

Superannuation accounts with less than $500,000 may be hit by the federal government’s proposed tax on earnings, experts warn, rejecting the government’s claim it is a tax on the rich.
Advisers said accounts with modest balances might easily be pushed over the earnings threshold if they made a big capital gain or a high double-digit return in any one year…
The government said the 15 per cent tax on all earnings above $100,000 would affect only individuals with more than $2 million in their super balances, or about 16,000 retirees. But the director of private wealth at accounting firm William Buck, Anna Carrabs, said: “They are attacking the average Australian. I don’t know where they get the 16,000 figure from. You could have half a million dollars and get caught.”
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Heights.) 


Claim: NBN to cost us $90 billion

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:06am)

The Communications Minister denies the Opposition’s claims, but even if the truth is somewhere in the middle, we’re in deep strife:
THE final cost of the NBN rollout could more than double and exceed $90 billion by the time it is finished, according to a new analysis contained in the Coalition’s broadband policy…
The Coalition document cited Macquarie Bank estimates from January this year of the real cost per household of the rollout, claiming they were 40 per cent higher than what was being forecast.
The document also estimated the current 50 per cent delay to the schedule if continued would mean it would not be completed until 2025 - a delay of four years.
The Coalition’s estimates of the real capital costs suggested they would be more likely to reach $71 billion, not the $37.4 billion claimed by NBN Co’s most recent estimates. The overall cost to the taxpayer, including overly optimistic revenue targets, would more likely reach $94 billion, the 12-page costing document claims.
Henry Ergas on the horrendous price we’re about to pay for this white elephant:

For the National Broadband Network has blown an additional $10 billion hole in Labor’s next budget.
Here’s how. Until now, the government has claimed the NBN will fully recover its costs. Every dollar the government gave NBN Co would therefore be matched by a dollar of future income. And additional liabilities would be matched by additional assets. Under the public sector accounting rules that meant outlays on the NBN only appeared in the budget as a cash purchase of equity.
However, NBN Co’s latest financial report, along with information just published in this paper and in The Australian Financial Review, confirms NBN costs are far higher than initially claimed, while its roll-out is way behind schedule. Combined, the higher upfront costs and slower roll-out mean that cost recovery is completely implausible…
While little data has been released on NBN Co’s costs, they are known to be 140 to 190 per cent above projections. As for roll-out, Julia Gillard promised in December 2010 that by June 2013 the fibre network would be available to 1.3 million premises, and in service at over half a million. But as of the end December 2012 only 10,400 households were connected, 98 per cent fewer than Gillard had promised…
Already operating revenues are a trivial $6 million, barely 5 per cent of the December 2010 projections, while outlays will reach $7.6 billion by the time of the election…
How large are NBN Co’s losses likely to be? A conservative estimate, based on a model Alex Robson and I developed in 2009 (and which has consistently proven more reliable than the government’s own claims), suggests a loss of $9.6bn to $18.3bn…

Ergas says normal accounting rules mean the NBN losses should appear in the Budget. But this is Labor…
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


800 boat people now in a week

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (9:01am)

Boat people policy
The Press Council says journalists should not call them illegal immigrants, which prevents an honest debate on why the floodgates are now wide open:
MORE than 800 asylum seekers - the amount the government wanted to send to Malaysia under its people swap deal to stop ongoing arrivals - have arrived in Australia in only a week.
Door wide open, so anyone can stroll through:
TWO asylum-seekers released into community detention and a third issued a bridging visa had to be hauled back into detention after ASIO found they were threats to national security
As The Australian reported last week, ASIO has not conducted full security assessments on any of the nearly 14,000 asylum-seekers to arrive since August 13—when the Houston panel handed down its report on border security.
(Thanks to reader Ken.) 


Greens advertise for free foreigners

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (8:54am)

Fanatics lack a sense of humor, which may explain a blindness to irony. Take the Greens:

ACT Greens campaign manager Ellen Sandell..., who is managing former GetUp! chief Simon Sheikh’s bid for the Senate, was looking to hire staff.
The email sent to campaign operatives around the world looking for “people to come to Australia and help out on the campaign” cast a wide net. “In particular,” Sandell wrote, “we need a data manager to manage our Nation Builder system (manage our volunteer, donor and voter contact data), as well as help with website and emails."…
...aside from the fact that the Greens were not looking for an Australian to perform the role, they did not intend to pay somebody to do it…
But at the same time they are looking for foreigners to be employed for free, they have been trying to win support for a bill to compel employers “to advertise locally before they bring in overseas workers,” as deputy leader Adam Bandt puts it.
...the advertisement for a foreign worker makes a mockery of the comments of Greens leader Christine Milne. “If the Prime Minister was serious about protecting local jobs,” the senator said last month, it should “get behind the Greens legislation to advertise jobs locally first.”


Look, in the sky! A hypocrite called McKibben

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (8:25am)

Let’s just kill a $40 billion a year industry:

Australian coalmining has become a ‘’rogue industry’’ and most of the coal slated for export must stay in the ground if the nation is to tackle climate change, according to prominent US environmentalist Bill McKibben…
‘’I think that, at this point, the fossil fuel industry is a rogue industry,’’ he said.
McKibben is coming to Australia to spread his eco-alarm:
Mr McKibben, the author of the first mainstream book about global warming, The End of Nature, will visit Australia in June to galvanise local campaigns for action against climate change. He is travelling to Australia with, the group he helped found in 2008.
And by which form of non-fossil fuel will he come? Gliders towed by trained albatrosses? A raft?
It’s not as if McKibben doesn’t understand he’s a hypocrite, using aircraft powered by the fossil fuels he condemns:

If you want to be active in every country on earth except North Korea, you better be prepared to fly…
I’d rather not fly. So in recent years I’ve learned to tell an increasing number of the people who ask me to speak (about ten a day, most days) that the only way I can “be” there is via Skype video.
The Skypeing doesn’t seem to have had much effect on McKibben’s insatiable appetite for fossil-fuelled travel:

A lovely line from McKibben’s website:
As he traveled the country in a sustainable bus....
His bus is “sustainable”?

The Age promotes another planet saver:
Erin Schrode 21-year-old veteran environmental and social activist
A veteran? At 21?
She’s another global warming extremist who’s flown here from the US using the fossil fuels she deplores. And. gosh, does she use a lot of them:

So, right now, we’re going out on a Conscious College Road Tour, hitting 14 universities across the United States.
Why does saving the planet from fossil fuels involve so much use of fossil fuels on yummy travel?

Having visited over sixty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective...
A global perspective, maybe, but no sense of irony at all. 


Worth the price of reading his books

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (8:15am)

Stephen Phelan’s list of five favorite literary homes misses probably the best of them - the former home, in Ravello, of Gore Vidal:
Mind you, his house is better than his writing. 


Waiting for warming

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (7:54am)

Reader Jack in Poland shows what mid-Spring looks like in Warsaw after decades of global warming.
And he’s not surprised to read that other countries in the neighborhood are tired of wasting big dollars on pretending to stop a warming that actually paused 16 years ago anyway. From The Wall Street Journal, European edition:

This week Bulgarian authorities ordered operators of renewable power plants in the country, which includes CEZ, to intermittently disconnect their solar and wind power generators from the grid in some regions where a weak economy and rising utility bills have reduced demand… Yesterday’s Bulgarian order to disconnect renewable sources for few hours comes as Romania is cutting renewable subsidies to new generators to avoid overcompensating renewable power production. 


Does gender count?

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (7:48am)

Woman in marriage breakdown kills her children - jailed 15 months.
Man in marriage breakdown kills his children - given three life sentences.
(Thanks to reader Chris.) 


A nation of cripples

Andrew Bolt April 08 2013 (7:08am)

How can a country with such great medical services be so unhealthy that more than 820,000 of us are deemed too sick to work?

THE social security system is itself a welfare case - with up to 400,000 people on the disability support pension (DSP) who could work with the right support.
Mission Australia chief Toby Hall questioned how Australia had reached a point at which more than $130 billion was expected to be allocated to welfare in next month’s Budget.
Government reforms in recent years have resulted in just 7826 people leaving the DSP, with 824,082 remaining…
The DSP is forecast to cost almost $15 billion this financial year…
Mr Hall said the DSP had grown 280 per cent in three decades but there was “certainly no evidence there has been a similar increase in disability”.
Brendan O’Neill says Britain’s welfarist governments have been making the workless feel useless:

The thing about receiving incapacity benefit is that you really start believing you’re incapable. The Government tells you you’re incapable, and it sinks in: I’m useless, I can’t work, I must be looked after.’
So says an old friend of mine who lives in the most deprived ward in Barnet, North London, where we both grew up. After suffering anxiety attacks, he’s been ‘on the sick’ — that is, receiving some form of sickness benefit — for nearly five years. It is, he assures me, an unpleasant existence.
‘You get sucked into a life of uselessness. The Government gives you enough money to live on, but you don’t live. You do the same thing day in, day out...’
More than two million Brits receive sickness-related benefits, and my friend reckons many of them must be like him: not really sick, but simply treated as sick by a welfare system with more money than sense.
He agrees with Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservative Party, who says of the army of sickness claimants: ‘It is not that these people were trying to play the system, so much as these people were forced into a system that played them.’…
In 2003, 40 per cent of benefits recipients agreed that ‘unemployment benefits are too high and discourage work’; in 2011, 59 per cent agreed. So a majority of actual benefits recipients now think the welfare state is too generous and fosters worklessness. 



In a regional centre in the Soviet Union in the 1950s a manufacturer of glass tumblers had a small problem. The glass tumblers were of excellent quality and the company had successfully traded for over a century.

The regional centre had become entirely dependent on the tumbler factory as it employed 100 of the locals including apprentices. 

The locals of course spent their wages at the general store, the bakery and the butcher and all was well in the micro financial village until... well, until other soviet States simply stopped buying their tumblers.

The factory was owned by a nice man called Ivan who would never even consider sacking one of his loyal workers. So the factory continued to manufacture unsaleable tumblers until there was nowhere left to store them.

Ivan went to the bank and borrowed money to build warehouses to store the tumblers. The village continued to prosper.

After a few years Ivan knew he had a problem when, after having built four large warehouses, he was again out of storage space and the bank was sending him nervous letters.

Ivan knew he had to do something so he engaged a Swiss business management consultant.

When the consultant arrived, Ivan told him he was prepared to do anything to rescue his business except lay off his employees, which would mean the death of the village.

The consultant spent a whole day going through Ivan’s factory and books and finally sat Ivan down that evening to relay his simple advice.

“Tomorrow you must tell your loyal staff to stay home on full pay until further notice.”

Ivan followed his advice.

His manufacturing costs immediately vanished. He didn’t need to borrow more money for warehouses.

His backlog of stock started to slowly diminish and he was able to sell his warehouses as they progressively emptied. After a few years he was able to ask his staff to return to work.

Many had retired and his apprentices had moved to other villages. But the numbers were exactly right to satisfy the smaller demand for his tumblers.

He was able to repay the bank and most important of all not one of his employees had been sacked. The village remained, replete with Ivan’s now thriving tumbler factory.

I was told this was a true story. I don't know.

Our successive Governments’ bankrolling of inefficient industries to save jobs prompted me to recall this story.

When a government doesn’t require $20 billion of taxpayer funds to be repaid by a motor car company who can’t sell motor cars, it has to end in tears.

The industry, the jobs and the money are eventually lost to another inviting Government with more money.

But one thing is certain, this company will continue to produce motor cars until this Government runs out of money... or has it already?

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Labor cannot be entrusted with our nations future with such reckless economic behaviour, particularly when they are more focused on themselves than the people of this great nation. >



The basics of interval training. It may be hard but it works. The key is getting the most out of each of the phases. When you are working, work hard. Earn your recovery. Ask yourself after every work phase "Could I have done more" if the answer is yes, then do more. If the answer is no, ask yourself the question again, then do more! 

Today we observe Yom Ha'Shoah. We Remember. AM ISRAEL CHAI! 

1. Get our cookbook 'Chocolate: A Love Story' 2. Make this 3. Have the best dinner parties in town!

Julia Gillard describes herself as feisty: 
Feisty is a word for someone who is touchy or quarrelsome. If you're huffy or thin-skinned, you're feisty. Feisty people often seem to be itching for a fight.
late 19th century: from earlier feist, fist 'small dog', from fisting cur or hound, a derogatory term for a lapdog, from Middle English fist 'break wind', of West Germanic origin.



"Atomic Kingdom" shoot — with Rip-Van Parks atThe Hideaway Retreat Blue Mountains.

Dory Hayes

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2013 begins in the evening of:
Sunday, April 7 and ends in the evening of Monday, April 8.



Great Bend supercell as seen from 10 miles southwest. Wow!!


Big Sur Coastline. I took this picture as a reminder for an area I want to further explore in the future. This part of the coast is about three hours from where I live, so I need to take notes. Anyways, it turned out nice enough to share. Not epic by any means, but it's Big Sur… how can you go wrong?



Just had a warm & productive meeting with ChinaPresident Xi Jinping on the 5th anniversary of our FTA.

They call it training ..

From the unparticle to dark-matter WIMPs, physicists' underground lairs could reveal some of the most elusive particles in the universe.

Here, the Large Underground Xenon detector in Homestake mine in South Dakota could reveal the particles that make up dark matter.


Two beautiful girls at brunch; my wife and my biggest sister.

John Wayne Interview: The Duke and Hollywood (Video)

“I feel that our country is losing – the thing that we’ve been talking about is personal dignity – our country seems to be losing that dignity.” John Wayne




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An alliance of political consultants and unprincipled politicians want to throw social conservatives like you and me out of the Republican Party. 
They say that social conservatives and our commitment to defending the right to life and standing up for traditional families are costing the Republican Party elections.  They say the GOP would be better off without us.
And what they are refusing to acknowledge is that we are a key part of this party - we are the ground troops, the grassroots activists, the phone bankers and the ones who stand up tirelessly fighting for our beliefs.  And frankly, without us, there is no Republican party.
And while it's a tough time for our party, I'm not about to sit back and allow the values that we cherish to be trampled over. 
Here is my three point plan:
First, we are going to identify and mobilize thousands of pro-family conservatives across America.  There is a concerted effort to strip support for the traditional view of marriage from the Republican Party platform.  We must be ready to fight back.
Then, we are going to push Republican congressional leaders to defund the monstrosity that is Planned Parenthood.  Too many in the GOP want to ignore the millions of innocent lives that have been extinguished by this vile organization.   Defunding Planned Parenthood is a winning issue.  The polls prove it.
Then we are going to blanket the airwaves and cable TV networks doing interviews refuting the lies and half-truths that our detractors in the GOP are spreading about us.
For instance, Mitt Romney didn't lose because of "social issues".  In fact, he never even brought them up! 
Hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of values voters stayed home last November.  They believed the Republican Party didn't care about protecting religious organizations from ObamaCare, cutting off Planned Parenthood or protecting marriage from being redefined forever by the radical left.
And that is what will happen in EVERY election in the future if the Republican Party continues with its efforts to abandon its social conservative base.
The people we are fighting are backed by the very wealthiest donors in the country.  They don't understand or care about the values of heartland Americans.  Their values aren't ours.  And they want to "modernize" the GOP and push us out of the Republican Party.
That's why we have to band together and fight back today.  Thank you in advance for all your help.  
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