Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Eddie blunder exposes AFL fraud

Miranda Devine – Thursday, May 30, 2013 (5:15pm)

SO is Eddie McGuire the face of racism now?

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CITY CONFUSED

Tim Blair – Thursday, May 30, 2013 (2:50pm)

It has 400 seats, a coffee bar, gelateria, pizzeria, panetteria and an a la carte restaurant.
But it seems there is no space for a customer toilet … 
Difficult territory is a cornerstone of the visual arts – so artist Mikala Dwyer knew it would be confronting last night when she invited Balletlab dancers to empty their bowels as part of a performance at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. 

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SANDWICH THROWN II

Tim Blair – Thursday, May 30, 2013 (2:01pm)

Another unpleasant scene, this time in Canberra
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had a sandwich thrown at her during a school visit for the second time this month. 
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Ms Gillard was walking in a crowded foyer at Lyneham High School – where she was announcing the ACT had signed up to her Gonski reforms – when the salami sandwich was thrown.
It was lobbed from behind, over the top of her head, and landed at her feet. 
Stephanie Peatling reports
Here you can see the sandwich flying in front of the PM on her way into Lyneham High School in Canberra. The PM was not hit. I repeat the PM was not hit by the sandwich. Her adviser says she was not even aware of it until someone informed her afterwards. 
Other reports claim a sandwich impact
The bread-based missile, which appeared to contain salami and what was possibly a slice of cheese, was lobbed by an as-yet unidentified culprit in a crowd of students. It is reported to have hit her arm before falling to the ground …
The Prime Minister did not react at the time to the sandwich, but when asked about it in a later press conference, remarked: “They must have thought I was hungry.” 
Video of the incident clearly shows contact. Stupid kids.

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COWERING TO POWER

Tim Blair – Thursday, May 30, 2013 (11:39am)

“These people are cowards,” notes Scott Ott, joining PJTV’s Bill Whittle and Stephen Green to review timid coverage of London’s latest Islamic atrocity. “They’re afraid of their own heads rolling.” Meanwhile, in France
Police investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris have arrested a suspect sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam” …
Sources close to the investigation said the 22-year-old man has been a follower of a “traditionalist even radical Islam for the last three or four years”.
But the sources urged caution in a case that is still in its early stages, saying the suspect was not known to be a jihadist. 
And in Australia
ASIO director-general David Irvine has warned of a dramatic increase in the number of young ethnic men travelling to take part in the Syrian war. “We are talking in the hundreds and not the tens,” Mr Irvine has said.
Community leader Dr Jamal Rifi has seen them come back.
“When they come back they are radicalised,” Dr Rifi said. 
Here’s a helpful map of Sydney’s jihadi joy zones.

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GOOD BOY PEACH

Tim Blair – Thursday, May 30, 2013 (5:00am)

I love that the dog congratulates himself

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(Story isn’t new, but a good police dog item is timeless.) 

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Two sandwiches more than a joke

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (12:32pm)

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This kind of disrespect is ugly and alarming:

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has had a sandwich thrown at her during a school visit for the second time this month. 

Ms Gillard was walking in a crowded foyer at Lyneham High School - where she was announcing the ACT had signed up to her Gonski reforms - when the salami sandwich was thrown.

It was lobbed from behind, over the top of her head, and landed at her feet.
The past few years have seen politicians set a toxic example. But the students responsible for these contemptuous attacks need to be made examples of themselves. This kind of thing can very easily spiral out of control. It would be a terrible shame if politicians no longer dared visit schools.     

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Mark Dreyfus the last man trying to snatch $60 million for votes

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (10:56am)

Dreyfus really has no political judgement at all. Why cling to this for a second longer when the Liberals have walked away?

THE controversial plan to increase taxpayer funding for politicians by $58 million has been shelved after a voter backlash. 

The Gillard Government has abandoned plans to put the legislation to a vote on Thursday in Parliament after the Liberals withdrew their support.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus was trying to resurrect the deal, which he said had been negotiated over “many months’’ with the Coalition.
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A rare misjudgment of the politics and the public by the Opposition Leader, and one that Labor and the Greens are exploiting - even though they were the last with their hands still out:

And it was that day, to wit last week, that Mr Abbott wrote back to Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, advising: ‘’I am satisfied with the agreement reached and indicate the Coalition’s intention to support the legislation and to deal with it, as requested, before the end of sittings.’’
The letter in full.

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The police who grilled the 13-year-old should now grill McGuire

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (8:49am)

Why have police not interviewed Eddie McGuire, an adult, for making the same racial slur as did a 13-year-old girl?
Why have police not contacted Adam Goodes to ask if he wishes to press charges against McGuire, as they did with the 13-year-old girl?
Why the double standard?
MCG security told her family to remain seated as they ejected the girl - and police detained her for what she said was two hours.
The teenager was initially questioned by police without an adult present. When police found out she was only 13, they went and got her grandmother.
Her mother said she believed her daughter was “very scared” when she was taken away by security.
“It was ridiculous that she was in there for so long. For two hours they interviewed her over her saying, ‘You’re an ape’,” she said.
Another double standard:
I was taken to court and had two articles banned from re-publication for having discussed how some people identified as Aboriginal.
The law I was found to have breached was this:

It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:
(a) the act is reasonably likely in all the circumstances to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group of people, and
(b) the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or some or all of the people in the group.
Why is McGuire not also being sued?
Disclaimer:
While I disapprove of McGuire’s comments - and those of the girl - I do not think he should be grilled by police, charged or sued. McGuire’s heart is basically good, and his error is being punished more than enough already in the only court that should deal with such matters - the court of public opinion. What I’m pointing out here is not just the double standards, but the absurd reach of some laws. And I’m laughing that McGuire, having helped set the bar so ludicrously high for a 13-year-old, must now jump over it himself.  

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The tweets that made Russell Skelton a perfect ABC fact-checker

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (8:33am)

The Coalition is naturally curious why the ABC appointed yet another Leftist - this time the husband of ABC host Virginia Trioli - as head of its new fact-checking unit, recently funded by a grateful Labor Government:
THE Coalition has lashed the head of the ABC’s newly formed fact-checking unit, using Senate estimates to question his independence and integrity and calling on the broadcaster to reconsider his employment. 

The ABC announced last week that former Fairfax journalist Russell Skelton had been appointed to the role…

Afghan asylum-seekers but were deemed to be from Pakistan.
Opposition Senate leader Eric Abetz produced a sheaf of tweets from Skelton on a Twitter feed under his ABC title that Senator Abetz claimed vilified himself, Tony Abbott, Barnaby Joyce, Joe Hockey, Scott Morrison and Peter Reith.
“Abbott’s extremism on display,” Skelton commented on a retweet of a story on asylum-seeker policy.
“No statesman, no style,” he added to a retweet of a report of remarks by the Prime Minister on Mr Abbott.
In others retweets Mr Skelton described the Opposition Leader as “a shameless opportunist” and “a liability”.
He dismissed Senator Joyce as “a dense, opportunistic carpetbagger”, called Mr Morrison “the LP’s one trick pony”, and accused Mr Reith of “rewriting history”.
“There are dozens and dozens of them showing bias against the Coalition,” Senator Abetz told the committee, citing other articles retweeted by Skelton with remarks lauding Ms Gillard…
ABC managing director Mark Scott said Skelton was not an ABC employee at the time most of the remarks were made. 
But Skelton sure is an ABC employee now. 

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The Belmoktar letter: paying al-Qaeda to kill us

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (8:00am)

Moktar Belmoktar is slammed by his al-Qaeda bosses for being a rude terrorist:

Your letter ... contained some amount of backbiting, name-calling and sneering...
He should be more polite when blowing up people.
But this bizarre letter from the al-Qaeda chiefs to Belmoktar exposes how European government, by giving in to terrorists, are funding more of what they fear:

First and foremost, they quibble over the amount of money raised by the 2008 kidnapping of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler, the highest-ranking United Nations official in Niger, and his colleague. Belmoktar’s men held both for four months, and in a book he later published, Fowler said he did not know if a ransom was paid.
The letter says they referred the case to al-Qaeda central to force concessions in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, a plan stymied when Belmoktar struck his own deal for 700,000 euros (about $A900,000) for both men. That’s far below the $3 million per hostage that European governments were normally paying, according to global intelligence unit Stratfor.
“Rather than walking alongside us in the plan we outlined, he managed the case as he liked,’’ they write indignantly. “Here we must ask, who handled this important abduction poorly? ... Does it come from the unilateral behavior along the lines of our brother Abu Abbas, which produced a blatant inadequacy: Trading the weightiest case (Canadian diplomats!!) for the most meager price (700,000 euros)!!’’
How much of that hostage money was used to kill others?
And within months [of the letter, Belmoktar] carried out two lethal operations that killed 101 people in all: one of the largest hostage-takings in history at a BP-operated gas plant in Algeria in January, and simultaneous bombings at a military base and a French uranium mine in Niger just last week.

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Eddie McGuire is dumb, and the Indigenous Round made it worse

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (7:51am)

EDDIE McGuire is of course a bigger racist than the 13-year-old girl he helped to smear last week.
But I blame the AFL’s Indigenous Round for helping to make a monkey of the Collingwood president. 

First, let’s compare. On Friday, a 13-year-old Collingwood fan at the football with her Nan shouts “ape” at bearded Sydney player Adam Goodes. 

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  Labor’s boat people disaster corrupts our immigration program

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (7:43am)

FIRST we were told we had too few boat people to worry about. Now we’ve got too many to stop.
This is Labor’s greatest policy disaster, and not just because it’s cost more than 1000 lives and billions of dollars.
It has also corrupted our immigration program, damaged national security, overwhelmed charities and endangered public safety.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard herself designed the new “compassionate” border laws that in 2008 replaced the tough ones that had cut boat arrivals to an average of only three a year.
Two years later Gillard was still pooh-poohing warnings that Labor had opened the door to illegal immigration. 

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Abbott must act fast to get the economy in shape for 2016

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (7:25am)

The Abbott Government will inherit deep trouble, and will need to act very fast if it wants the economy in reasonable shape by the 2016 election:

The Australian Industry Group has been warning for some time of deteriorating conditions. While the official jobless rate hovers around 5.5 per cent, the Ai Group’s CEO, Innes Willox, believes Treasury projections of a jobless rate of 5.75 per cent for 2013-14 and 2014-15, then dropping back to 5 per cent after that, might understate the severity of the coming business response to a softening economy.
‘’We have data which is way ahead of the official data and we’re very concerned about what’s around the corner for the economy,’’ he said… Willox said construction and manufacturing had been in decline for three years, and the services sector is now also slowing quite substantially…
The OECD - which relies heavily on data supplied by Australia’s Treasury to help construct its picture - predicted in a report released on Wednesday night that Australian growth would slow to 2.5 per cent in 2013. ‘’The persisting high exchange rate and still fragile confidence are inhibiting the emergence of new drivers of growth,’’ it said.
Bureau of Statistics figures released on Wednesday also pointed to a faster-than-expected slide in economic activity, noting that construction work slipped 2 per cent in the March quarter against market expectations of an increase of 1 per cent. That could take 0.2 percentage points off GDP when the March quarter national accounts are released next week.
More trouble:
The world’s biggest bond fund, PIMCO, on Wednesday said the Reserve Bank of Australia may need to cut official interest rates even lower as investment in resource projects slows and a weaker Chinese economy saps demand for iron ore, coal and other exports…
... a global report card from ­Switzerland said Australia’s competitiveness had hit its lowest level in at least 17?years. Rising costs, weak labour productivity growth and a fractious political climate that has sapped business confidence have added to the deterioration, according to business school IMD and Melbourne’s Committee for ­Economic Development.
Terry McCrann gives the example of BHP Billiton:
CAPITAL expenditure will peak in fiscal 2013 with no new major projects planned.” With one crisp bullet point in a presentation, Australia’s largest company, BHP Billiton captured the bleak reality of the end of our fabulous resources boom…
Last year it made nearly $US2 billion of EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) from its coking-coal mines. In 2008-09 it made nearly $US5 billion.
In the first half of this year it made zip as the prices it got for its coal dropped sharply while its operating costs leapt.
Plus it got hit by higher Queensland royalties, the carbon tax and the high value of the Aussie dollar.

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Let the imam explain his own role

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (6:41am)

Tiny minority etc etc:

POLICE investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris have arrested a suspect sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam”.
“The suspected perpetrator of the attack on a soldier Saturday evening in La Defense (business district) was arrested this morning,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement…
Sources close to the investigation said the 22-year-old man has been a follower of a “traditionalist even radical Islam for the last three or four years”.
The man’s imam should be asked to explain how this follower was radicalised and what steps the mosque is taking to prevent others from being radicalised, too. This practice should become standard with all such incidents. 

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“You’re not in Australia now”:  immigration becomes colonisation

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (6:32am)

No wonder a parliamentary inquiry finds great public concern that Muslim immigration in Sydney is more like Muslim colonisation:

THE message from the young men was blunt: ”You’re not in Australia now.”
They weren’t standing on a street in Iraq, Afghanistan or Lebanon. This is Bankstown.
UPDATE
How much have politicians encouraged this tribalism?

RIGHT-WING heavyweight David Feeney has emerged as an early frontrunner to win the heartland Melbourne seat of Batman [held by Martin Ferguson, now retiring] ... 
Senior ALP sources said that Senator Feeney was strongly aligned with the Maronite Lebanese forces in the electorate, which Left and Right sources said would have the majority of local votes.

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What did you do in the climate war?

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (6:25am)

In Britain, the dawn of scepticism in the political ruling class:

Humans may not be responsible for global warming, the MP who oversees government policy on climate change has said.
Tim Yeo, the chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change committee, said he accepts the earth’s temperature is increasing but said “natural phases” may be to blame.
He said: “Although I think the evidence that the climate is changing is now overwhelming, the causes are not absolutely clear. There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place.”
Mr Yeo has previously spoken with great certainty about the science of climate change. He said in 2009: “The dying gasps of the deniers will be put to bed. In five years time, no one will argue about a man-made contribution to climate change.”
We are slowly reaching the point when many will - and must - ask: where were you when the world lost its head to this scare? Were you on the side of reason or the mob?
It is a question of character. 

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Danger: teaching censorship to tomorrow’s lawyers

Andrew Bolt May 30 2013 (12:08am)

Free speech
From the very fine speech law graduate Daniel Ward made at the Sydney University Law School’s prize giving ceremony last week:
In 2010, the University of Sydney Senate approved a document called “Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy and Resolution Procedure”. It purports to ban, across all areas of university life, something called “unlawful harassment”. The policy defines that term as behaviour that offends, insults, humiliates or intimidates a person, and could reasonably have been expected to do so. It goes on to identify the grounds on which it is forbidden to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate. These grounds include things like race, sex and disability.
Astonishingly, though, they also include the following: “political belief, lack of a political belief, lack of a particular political belief (including trade union activity or lack of it, and student association activity or lack of it), religious belief, lack of a religious belief, and/or lack of a particular religious belief”.
It is nothing if not comprehensive.
If university has become a place where we can’t offend people on the grounds of their political or religious beliefs, then God help us all (and of course I say that without wishing to offend any atheists). What has university come to, if a jackbooted socialist can’t go up to a Young Liberal and hurl all the abuse his limited imagination can muster? What has it come to, if we have to think twice before aping a former Labor prime minister and labelling our opponents “desiccated coconuts” or “mangy maggots”? Surely university is the last place in the country where we should see a policy like this. Because it is precisely the place where debate should be at its most vigorous and, yes, at times, offensive, insulting and even humiliating.
I am reminded of something Justice Michael Kirby said in the 2004 case of Coleman v Power: “One might wish for more rationality, less superficiality, diminished invective and increased logic and persuasion in political discourse. But those of that view must find another homeland. From its earliest history, Australian politics has regularly included insult and emotion, calumny and invective, in its armoury of persuasion. They are part and parcel of the struggle of ideas.”
The University of Sydney’s policy on so-called “unlawful harassment” jeopardises free political discourse, and it is exactly the kind of thing that should set off alarm bells for law students (and indeed for legal academics). Not least because there may be a question whether the policy is even legal, given that the university senate only has as much power as the NSW parliament can constitutionally bestow, conformably with our implied constitutional freedom of political communication.
This kind of policy didn’t withstand the scrutiny of the wider public when Nicola Roxon tried it with the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill of 2012. So how does the university senate get away with it? If lawyers or budding lawyers are happy with their own university administrators tampering with something as fundamental as the freedom to speak, then how vigilant are they going to be in society more broadly?

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Liberals scrap Julia Gillard’s $60 million election reward

Andrew Bolt May 29 2013 (9:16pm)

Stupid plan sunk. Dreyfus caught out again:
JULIA Gillard’s plan to hit taxpayers with a $60 million bill to fund election campaigns has been torpedoed with the Coalition abandoning its support.
Liberal sources confirmed there was overwhelming momentum to ditch what had been bipartisan support for the deeply unpopular plan…
Special Minister of State Mark Drefyus claimed the funding deal which will be backdated to April 1 and deliver a windfall of around $15 million a year to the Coalition and Labor would reduce the parties’ reliance on corporate funding.
But News Limited can reveal corporate executives are being asked to shell out up to $10,000 for intimate ‘pay-per-view’ dinners with Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as Labor and the Coalition engage in a pre-election fundraising frenzy.

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Father,I thank You for giving me everything I need for life and godliness.I ask You to search my heart. Show me any bad seeds that need to be uprooted. Help me, by Your Spirit, to plant good seeds for my future. Use me for Your glory. I trust that as I draw close to You, You will reveal Yourself to me more. I bless You today and honor You in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

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YOU HAVE SEEDS OF GREATNESS IN YOU!
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.(2 Peter 1:3, NKJV)

When God created you, He deposited in you everything that you need in order to fulfill your calling. He gave you the desire and the ability. He equipped you with gifts and talents. No dream is too big. No challenge is too great.
What happens a lot of times is that people don’t recognize what’s been placed within them because at first it seems subtle. The gift may not be evident in the beginning. It starts out in seed form. But just like planting a seed and tending to it will help it grow and develop fruit, when you tend to the seeds inside of you, they will begin to produce. How do you tend to the seeds? By reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God. By following His commands and keeping Him first place in your life.

Always remember that even if you aren’t clear about God’s direction for your life, when You put Him first place, He promises to lead and guide you. As you draw close to Him, as you gain knowledge of Him, His power gives you everything that you need.God bless you.

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the contact lens was never seen again - ed
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Now we can sit down and maturely discuss race.
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May 20th, SE Oklahoma.
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You have to disconnect to connect - ed
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"Did you hear about this? The IRS has admitted they were targeting conservative groups. President Obama called it outrageous and said he would immediately have his Benghazi investigators look into it." 
"The latest scandal in Washington, of course, is raising questions about the IRS. You know, I have a question. Why is it called the Internal Revenue Service? How is having your money confiscated a service?" –Jay Leno
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פיתי היום בתרגיל פיקוד העורף המדמה נפילת טיל כימי בשכונת מגורים בירושלים. התרגיל נועד להגן על ישראל מפני איומים חדשים שהולכים ונערמים סביבנו.

אנחנו משקיעים הרבה מאמצים ומקיימים הרבה תרגולים. אנו פועלים בניסיון, בתבונה, בהרבה אחריות כדי להגן על אזרחי ישראל.

Today I observed a Homefront Command exercise simulating the fall of a chemical-tipped missile in a Jerusalem residential neighborhood. This exercise was intended to help Israel protect itself from the new threats that are piling up around us.

We are working hard and practicing intensively. We are applying our experience, intelligence and lots of responsibility to protecting Israeli citizens
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Life is a mix of both mountains and valleys, ups and downs, highs and lows, good and bad, sadness and joy. Even as I weep over my son’s death, I smile over my granddaughter’s life, and in all things I seek to honor Jesus. 

“... so that in ALL things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.” 1 Peter 4:11 Pastor Rick Warren
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Dear Lord as I come before you tonight I bless you for another day of life. Thank you for taking us safely all throughout this day. Now Lord I lift up broken vessels, hurting hearts and tired bodies. Restore your joy, peace and everlasting love upon them. Comfort them, build them up and strengthen them like never before. I ask these things in your precious name. Amen. - Holly
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