Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Natalie Nicole Ngo. Born on a day in which in 1900, A Daoist monk discovered the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of documents from the 5th to 11th centuries, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China. In 1913, More than 50,000 Union and Confederate veterans gathered at the Gettysburg Battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the largest combined reunion of American Civil War veterans ever held. In 1944, World War II: United States Navy and Royal Navy ships bombarded Cherbourg, France, to support U.S. Army units engaged in the Battle of Cherbourg. In 1978, The rainbow flag representing gay pride first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. And, in 2009, Swedish authorities removed eight-year-old Domenic Johansson from the custody of his parents on the grounds that he was not being properly educated. What a Day! Raise the flag in pride. Expect many to attend. That birth certificate is a precious document. But then a well educated person such as yourself (they are your parents, right?) would know that.
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When it comes to sacking, cricketers show Labor how to act decisively

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (12:09am)

EVEN the ABC couldn’t resist remarking on the speed with which Australian cricket dumped coach Mickey Arthur in comparison with the ALP’s paralysis over its leadership problem.
When the Prime Ministership becomes a national joke on the Left-leaning national broadcaster, surely the message will get through to the players.
But it seems that the two principals – Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – have each resolved not to act in the national interest and break the impasse.
The first of the last week of Parliament provided another unnecessary reminder of how awful Gillard’s performance actually is.
Shrill and shrieking (memo to aggressive feminists: factual, not an outbreak of misogyny), Gillard avoided the questions most based on the statements she made when she organised Rudd’s political assassination three years ago to the day.
By her own yardstick, she has failed in all of the areas that she claimed Rudd had been a disaster.
And she has had an additional failure – she has brought the Budget into deficit.
Rudd was still spending the Howard legacy and the national income when he was ousted.
Gillard can’t duck her broken promises on the carbon dioxide tax, private health insurance, or even her pledge to Independent Andrew Wilkie.
She couldn’t spell integrity.
The government debt is now rapidly approaching the new $300 billion debt ceiling and the annual interest runs to $8 billion.
The blow-out on her failed border protection which has ushered in the daily illegal ferry service from Indonesia and Sri Lanka runs to around $5 billion.
Then there is the ballooning bill for the uncosted NBN project, now slowed because of the asbestos fears.
Calamity Jane isn’t in the race.
For the first time in memory, even those senior Labor folk who usually pretend to know what is going on even if they don’t are admitting they don’t have a clue as to what will happen next.
It may be pouring in Sydney but the situation in Canberra is far more fluid.
Not to worry, though, there is a finite end to this catastrophe looming – September 14.
The nightmare may end sooner but, like all things this Labor-minority government has attempted, who knows?
Perhaps the faceless men should ask Cricket Australia how things should be done. 

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UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY NEEDS

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (3:48am)

May 25: Prime Minister Julia Gillard tells Labor MPs, Labor candidates and Labor volunteers in western Sydney about Labor values and the importance of “making sure we understand community needs and community pressures.”
Later on May 25: Prime Minister Julia Gillard takes six staffers, a stylist, a makeup artist and several changes of costume to a photographic studio and poses for five hours with a woollen kangaroo she is knitting for royalty. As senior advisor John McTernan says: “It was a no-brainer.”
He got that right. Paul Murray’s reaction:


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YOU’RE THE VOICE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (3:45am)

It’s true. Take a bow.

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CENTURIES OF YOUTH

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (3:13am)

Among the youthful speakers at next month’s Australian Youth Climate Coalition youth climate summit:
• James Hansen (72)
• Tim Flannery (57)
• Bill McKibben (159 – in lemur years)
• Julian Burnside (64)
• Robyn Eckersley (50-ish)
As readers already know, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition is completely youthless.
(via Mem)

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THE ABBOTT EXODUS

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (2:34am)

They’re headed for New Zealand, people.
(Via culinary supersite PWAF)

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INVISIBLE CRIMINALS

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (2:24am)

Suspects of no identity in NYC: 
The latest New York City Council push is for police to shut their eyes to a suspect’s gender, race, age and disability, out of concern that such descriptions constitute unfair profiling …
“It will ban cops from identifying a suspect’s age, gender, color or disability,” said [New York Police Department Captains Endowment Association] president, Roy Richter, in the Post. “When we have wanted suspects and patterns of crimes, those are very important descriptive terms to let officers know who to look for.” 
Suspect is hatless! Repeat, hatless!

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Richo says Rudd will challenge on Thursday and win

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (4:56pm)

On Ben Fordham’s 2GB show just now, Graham Richardson said he’s been talking to Rudd backers and believes there will be a challenge on Thursday, and Rudd will win it. 

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Man makes Prime Minister Gillard knit him a kangaroo

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (3:09pm)

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Great, great headline.
But more importantly, the image perfectly illustrates not just that Julia Gillard is obsessed with spin, but is so bad at it that everything screams “fake!”:

The remarkable image, on sale tomorrow in the latest Australian Women’s Weekly, was not the magazine’s idea. Instead, the concept of a cosy PM knitting a toy kangaroo - while in the company of her cavoodle Reuben - came directly from Ms Gillard’s own staff.
The Prime Minister’s chief press officer John McTernan is credited by the Weekly for coming up with the idea.
After the magazine approached Ms Gillard’s office in April for an interview, Mr McTernan responded that the PM wanted to pose for shots as she knitted a toy kangaroo for the baby of Prince William and expectant wife Catherine.
“It was a no-brainer,” Mr McTernan told the magazine…
Ms Gillard took five hours out of her schedule on May 25 to pose for the photograph at a studio in Alexandria.
Six prime ministerial staffers, including personal stylists and make-up artists, accompanied Ms Gillard to the shoot.
The PM brought several changes of outfit but ended up choosing clothes selected by Women’s Weekly…
“I think I can explain (why I’m doing it),” Ms Gillard tells the Weekly about posing for the photograph. “If there is something I hope that I’ve done for the image of women in public life is that we can go into an adversarial environment like parliament and we can dominate it and make it our own, and we can conquer it.”
Despite being an avowed republican, Gillard said she was happy to knit a royal baby’s gift…
During the actual photographic session, Ms Gillard seemed to have second thoughts. As she took her place in the armchair and took up the knitting needles, the Prime Minister told staffers: “This feels slightly absurd.”

Slightly absurd?

She’s a republican knitting a present for the baby of the monarch’s grandson.
She’s a Prime Minister who has spent five hours of her day- with six staff in attendance - simply to pose with knitting needles.
She is a modern feminist posing with the tools of a domestic lifestyle of a pre-feminist era.
She uses stylists to pose in a dress that clashes violently with the chair.
She is showing she is her own woman by adopting a PR stunt dreamed up by her male PR adviser.
She is giving encouragement to young female politicians by plying a hobby now synonymous with mad old aunts.
She is showing her authenticity by spending five hours in a photographer’s studio pretending to knit.
I thought the “blue tie” speech marked the nadir of her spin. Now it’s knitting the bush kangaroo.
Tim Blair and Paul Murray react.
UPDATE
Women’s Weekly associate editor Caroline Overington on ABC radio this morning implied the magazine was reluctant to do a photo shoot with Gillard knitting, but was told firmly this was what the Prime Minister wanted. She said Gillard’s office last night wanted to be sent some of the photos from the shoot, but she hadn’t heard the request repeated this morning after the “negative” reaction from the media.
Overington also said the Weekly limited the spread in the magazine to just one photograph over two pages. She said the readers didn’t like the magazine getting political or pushing anyone.
I guess it learned that lesson the hard way three years ago, when it ran an astonishing 13-page puff piece on Gillard just before the election:
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No pictures then of Gillard knitting. No frumpy frocks. Back then the Women’s Weekly was pushing Gillard hard:
So, while we wanted to rejoice (at Gillard becoming prime minister) and while we wanted to mark the moment and support the sisterhood by celebrating her promotion, first of all, we wanted to know just a little bit more about her.

The only negative note in the whole 13-page tribute then was relegated to a couple of anodyne lines on the final page:
When asked if Craig was still married when their relationship began, Julia replies: “That’s really a set of issues between Craig and his wife that I really wouldn’t want to canvas...”
The state of Craig Emerson’s marriage at the time, specifically whether he was separated or otherwise estranged from his wife prior to starting the relationship with Julia, is not known.

When you’ve lost the Weekly’s readers, you’ve lost Australia.
UPDATE
John McTernan denies the idea was his:
Sources from the PM’s office rejected the account given of Mr McTernan’s involvement in the March decision to do the story.
They said the story and shoot had been the magazine’s decision, even to the extent of bringing in kangaroos.
The AWW had been told the knitting was for the British royals.

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Alistair Campbell tries to save John McTernan

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (3:00pm)

John McTernan, Julia Gillard’s communications director, is being fitted up as the scapegoat for her catastrophic failure - and knows it.
His former colleague, Alistair Campbell, worked as Tony Blair’s communications director and did his best last night to save him:
EMMA ALBERICI: Now, John McTernan is Julia Gillard’s director of communications. He was brought in from the UK, considered to have skills we didn’t have here in Australia. You worked together in Tony Blair’s office?
ALISTAIR CAMPBELL: I’d left by the time John was political secretary, but I’ve known him in the Labour Party for years and years and years.
EMMA ALBERICI: And what was his take on his current job versus his old one?
ALISTAIR CAMPBELL: ...  I was a lightning conductor for Tony Blair at the time, I think John does some of that for Julia Gillard and I think it just goes with the territory. I don’t think it’s a big deal. And I think John made the point to me actually that he’s - he could walk down most streets in Australia and people wouldn’t have a clue who he was. I don’t think I can say that when I’m in Britain. So I think it’s one - I sort of feel the John McTernan thing is a very inside the beltway. I think the - you know, when people are coming up to an election period, I think the public - they do think about big things, they do think about the economy and jobs and schools and hospitals and all that stuff. So, I don’t think John McTernan’s that big an issue.
EMMA ALBERICI: He doesn’t feel he’s having a big hand in what’s going on?
ALISTAIR CAMPBELL: No, I think he’s an important advisor to the Prime Minister, but ultimately, particularly when you’re in a situation like she’s in now - the other sense I get of Julia Gillard is that she’s somebody who makes her own decisions… I mean, ultimately, you - if you’re the person at the top, you take the decisions and you listen to advice or you don’t listen to advice - entirely up to you.
EMMA ALBERICI: Because a lot of the commentary around Julia Gillard’s problems at the moment has to do with her communications.
ALISTAIR CAMPBELL: No, I think a lot of the problem to do with the commentary around Julia Gillard at the moment is to do with division, and it’s to do with the fact that there’s a sense of it almost being like a - less like a government and more like a soap opera. And once you get that, it’s very, very hard. I mean, like I say to you, if you’ve got a sense of - this is the kind of political strategist’s hat on now. I come in and I sort of get a sense of where the country feels like it’s going and the economics doing pretty well particularly post-crash and all the rest of it, and then the politics don’t seem aligned to that. And then you have to think, “Well where is the sort of counter-narrative that is making that happen,” and it’s not John McTernan. I mean, let’s be honest: if you went to most homes in Australia tonight and said, “If there’s a problem for Julia Gillard, is it coming from John McTernan?,” they’re probably say, “Excuse me?” If you said, “Is it coming from relationship with Kevin Rudd, I think they might say, “Yeah, it probably is.” And that’s I think a bigger story.

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Candidate threatens to quit unless Rudd and Gillard settle things

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (2:55pm)

There would be many in Labor who have likewise had the fight knocked out of them:
A QUEENSLAND Labor candidate and former MP in a marginal seat says he will consider quitting the race - and stop ``wasting’’ his ``time and effort’’ - if the party’s leadership issues are not resolved this week.
Chris Trevor lost the seat of Flynn (which takes in Gladstone and Bundaberg) in 2010 after Kevin Rudd was deposed, but was selected this year to recontest it, facing a margin of 3.6 per cent.
Mr Trevor, who sought Mr Rudd’s blessing before his latest tilt at the seat, fears the leadership speculation and internal tussles have damaged local Queensland campaigns to the point where ``nobody’s listening``…
``Why am I wasting my time and effort if I can’t get any clean air?`` he said.
(Thanks to reader David.) 

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Only a misogynist would not also mention Rudd’s sleeping bag

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (1:39pm)

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I’d hate to be accused of misogyny for mocking Julia Gillard’s knitting stunt but letting Kevin Rudd’s sleeping bag stunt pass unnoticed.
SOMEONE needs to help Kevin Rudd pack, for it was surely only poor suitcase-management skills that obliged him to carry his sleeping bag to Canberra in his hand luggage. There have been suggestions, entirely unfounded, that this was no mere oversight but a display of conspicuous compassion, that the sleeping bag was merely a prop to tell the world that Rudd is a decent sort of chap, the kind who would sleep rough in the middle of winter to raise money for the homeless.
Over to you. Which stunt was worse?
UPDATE
To help you decide ... remember, Rudd’s main home is in Brisbane:
He posed for the media with a sleeping bag under his arm as he arrived at Canberra airport to travel to Brisbane for the event.

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Poll: half Labor’s seats could go

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (10:58am)

Over the cliff they go with Julia Gillard. And what’s spooky is that the voters really, really want her stay and take her medicine:

Labor is on track to lose up to 35 of its 71 seats at the federal election, including nine held by ministers, according to an exclusive new poll of the party’s most vulnerable electorates.
The poll of the 47 Labor seats held by a margin of 12 per cent or less shows there has been a nationwide 7.6 per cent two-party-preferred swing against the ALP in these seats since the August 2010 election…
The poll finds 26 per cent of voters in these seats who are intending to vote for the Coalition are “more likely” to vote Labor if Mr Rudd took over. Conversely, 54 per cent of all voters in these seats believe Labor should not change leaders while just 33 per cent believe there should be a change…
The poll of 3903 voters was conducted on Saturday and Sunday by JWS Research and was commissioned by The Australian Financial Review and ECG Advisory Solutions. It finds that in the 47 seats Labor holds by a margin of 12 per cent or less, the Coalition now leads on a two-party-preferred basis by 51.7 per cent to 48.3 per cent...
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 

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Fighters for small government named

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (10:46am)

Sinclair Davidson names the virtuous:

Voting “No” to the Local Government referendum
Several Senators have federalist principles:

Chris Back, Liberal, WA
Cory Bernardi, Liberal, SA
David Bushby, Liberal, TAS
Alan Eggleston, Liberal, WA
David Fawcett, Liberal, SA
John Madigan, DLP, VIC
Bridget McKenzie, National, VIC
Dean Smith, Liberal WA
All these fine people voted against the local government referendum bill. A number of others abstained: Eric Abetz, Michaelia Cash, Richard Colbeck, Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield, Bill Heffernan, Brett Mason, Scott Ryan, and Stephen Parry.
The bill passed the Senate 46 – 8.
Adds reader Peter:
ABC Online exposes a bias with its use of the word ‘damages’, but that aside, its point is made well enough:
AM understands there will not be recriminations within the Opposition, but it further damages the prospect of the referendum succeeding.

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Would Labor really sack Prime Minister Mickey Arthur just before its test?

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (10:34am)

Is this what Julia Gillard’s supporters will be pointing out to Kevin Rudd’s backers?
AUSTRALIA’S Ashes campaign has descended further into chaos and Cricket Australia’s management is being questioned after the sacking of national coach Mickey Arthur two weeks before the first Test.
I’d say the odds are rising that Gillard will survive as Prime Minister. Until September 14.
A third push to reinstall Kevin Rudd as Labor leader was in disarray on Monday evening as it emerged its singular strategy of forcing pro-Gillard ministers to take the initiative and ‘’tap’’ the Prime Minister on the shoulder had come to nothing…
While the Labor caucus meets on Tuesday morning, Mr Rudd will not be present as he travels to Sydney to attend the memorial for Hazel Hawke from 1.30pm…
...an uneasy consensus is emerging that it will be up to Mr Rudd to force a spill through demonstrating overwhelming support in the 102-member caucus…
Ms Gillard affirmed on Monday that she was ‘’absolutely’’ confident of her caucus majority...
For Rudd to have a chance of being competitive, he needs to get the leadership by acclamation, with the men who knifed him admitting to error. He also cannot afford to start with a Gillard-like broken promise - challenging when he said he wouldn’t.
So Gillard is now likely to keep leading Labor to a terrible defeat. As a second prize, that’s pretty good for Rudd.
UPDATE
Greg Combet is punished by Rudd backers, who out him as a self-serving and mendacious double-dealer:

CLIMATE Change Minister Greg Combet reportedly told Kevin Rudd 18 months ago that, if a leadership change was to happen, he wanted to become treasurer as part of the deal.
The conversation, in which Mr Combet was reported to have expressed frustration at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s handling of the carbon tax debate, is said to have taken place in Mr Rudd’s office at the end of 2011, just months before the first challenge to Ms Gillard’s leadership.
Two senior government sources confirmed they had been told of the conversation at the time and had decided to raise it now because they were shocked at Mr Combet’s “aggressive” attacks on Mr Rudd over the past several days in which he has goaded the former PM to challenge again if he believed he had the numbers. The sources claimed Mr Rudd rejected Mr Combet’s alleged approach for the Treasury job.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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Police seek man with underpants on head. Conroy assisting

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (10:32am)

Should we ask the Communications Minister for clues?
Crime of the Week
Police are searching for a man who disguised himself by wearing something resembling underwear on his head...

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Dickens recalled

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (10:08am)

Many readers today have urged me to recall A Tale of Two Cities:

Madame Defarge with her work in her hand was accustomed to pass from place to place and from group to group: a Missionary—there were many like her—such as the world will do well never to breed again. All the women knitted. They knitted worthless things; but, the mechanical work was a mechanical substitute for eating and drinking; the hands moved for the jaws and the digestive apparatus: if the bony fingers had been still, the stomachs would have been more famine-pinched…
The clocks are on the stroke of three, and the furrow ploughed among the populace is turning round, to come on into the place of execution, and end. The ridges thrown to this side and to that, now crumble in and close behind the last plough as it passes on, for all are following to the Guillotine. In front of it, seated in chairs, as in a garden of public diversion, are a number of women, busily knitting. On one of the fore-most chairs, stands The Vengeance, looking about for her friend.
“Therese!” she cries, in her shrill tones. “Who has seen her? Therese Defarge!”
“She never missed before,” says a knitting-woman of the sisterhood.
“No; nor will she miss now,” cries The Vengeance, petulantly. “Therese.”
“Louder,” the woman recommends.
Ay! Louder, Vengeance, much louder, and still she will scarcely hear thee. Louder yet, Vengeance, with a little oath or so added, and yet it will hardly bring her. Send other women up and down to seek her, lingering somewhere; and yet, although the messengers have done dread deeds, it is questionable whether of their own wills they will go far enough to find her!
“Bad Fortune!” cries The Vengeance, stamping her foot in the chair, “and here are the tumbrils! And Evremonde will be despatched in a wink, and she not here! See her knitting in my hand, and her empty chair ready for her. I cry with vexation and disappointment!”
As The Vengeance descends from her elevation to do it, the tumbrils begin to discharge their loads. The ministers of Sainte Guillotine are robed and ready. Crash!—A head is held up, and the knitting-women who scarcely lifted their eyes to look at it a moment ago when it could think and speak, count One.
The second tumbril empties and moves on; the third comes up. Crash!—And the knitting-women, never faltering or pausing in their Work, count Two.
The supposed Evremonde descends, and the seamstress is lifted out next after him. He has not relinquished her patient hand in getting out, but still holds it as he promised. He gently places her with her back to the crashing engine that constantly whirrs up and falls, and she looks into his face and thanks him.
“But for you, dear stranger, I should not be so composed, for I am naturally a poor little thing, faint of heart; nor should I have been able to raise my thoughts to Him who was put to death, that we might have hope and comfort here to-day. I think you were sent to me by Heaven.”
“Or you to me,” says Sydney Carton. “Keep your eyes upon me, dear child, and mind no other object.”
“I mind nothing while I hold your hand. I shall mind nothing when I let it go, if they are rapid.”
“They will be rapid. Fear not!”
The two stand in the fast-thinning throng of victims, but they speak as if they were alone. Eye to eye, voice to voice, hand to hand, heart to heart, these two children of the Universal Mother, else so wide apart and differing, have come together on the dark highway, to repair home together, and to rest in her bosom.
“Brave and generous friend, will you let me ask you one last question? I am very ignorant, and it troubles me—just a little.”
“Tell me what it is.”
“I have a cousin, an only relative and an orphan, like myself, whom I love very dearly. She is five years younger than I, and she lives in a farmer’s house in the south country. Poverty parted us, and she knows nothing of my fate—for I cannot write—and if I could, how should I tell her! It is better as it is.”
“Yes, yes: better as it is.”
“What I have been thinking as we came along, and what I am still thinking now, as I look into your kind strong face which gives me so much support, is this:—If the Republic really does good to the poor, and they come to be less hungry, and in all ways to suffer less, she may live a long time: she may even live to be old.”
“What then, my gentle sister?”
“Do you think:” the uncomplaining eyes in which there is so much endurance, fill with tears, and the lips part a little more and tremble: “that it will seem long to me, while I wait for her in the better land where I trust both you and I will be mercifully sheltered?”
“It cannot be, my child; there is no Time there, and no trouble there.”
“You comfort me so much! I am so ignorant. Am I to kiss you now? Is the moment come?”
“Yes.”
She kisses his lips; he kisses hers; they solemnly bless each other. The spare hand does not tremble as he releases it; nothing worse than a sweet, bright constancy is in the patient face. She goes next before him—is gone; the knitting-women count Twenty-Two.
“I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
The murmuring of many voices, the upturning of many faces, the pressing on of many footsteps in the outskirts of the crowd, so that it swells forward in a mass, like one great heave of water, all flashes away. Twenty-Three. 

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Pope shows cardinals their duty

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (9:52am)

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Stylish and strong:

A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.
The gala classical concert on Saturday was scheduled before his election in March. But the white papal armchair set up in the presumption that he would be there remained empty.
Minutes before the concert was due to start, an archbishop told the crowd of cardinals and Italian dignitaries that an “urgent commitment that cannot be postponed” would prevent Francis from attending.
The prelates, assured that health was not the reason for the no-show, looked disoriented, realizing that the message he wanted to send was that, with the Church in crisis, he - and perhaps they - had too much pastoral work to do to attend social events…
Since his election on March 13, Francis, the former cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, has not spent a single night in the opulent and spacious papal apartments.
He has preferred to live in a small suite in a busy Vatican guest house, where he takes most meals in a communal dining room and says Mass every morning in the house chapel rather than the private papal chapel in the Apostolic Palace.
The day before the concert, Francis said bishops should be “close to the people” and not have “the mentality of a prince”.
I doubt the cardinals at the concert would have enjoyed it much. 

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ABC’s star witness against Catholic church accused of riding “a saddle of lies”

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (9:07am)


Chief Inspector Peter Fox was the ABC’s star witness in the case against the Catholic Church, and had his every claim taken at face value. 
But I thought there was something just too glib, too eager, about him. He seemed to nurse a contempt for Catholics.  I have from the start regarded his evidence with suspicion, not least after he kept referring to Cardinal Pell as “Mr Pell”.
And now:
A FAIRFAX reporter who spent years working with the detective at the centre of a NSW government inquiry into Catholic church child abuse said yesterday the policeman might have been motivated by a personal agenda against his colleagues.
The reporter, Joanne McCarthy of The Newcastle Herald, moved to distance herself from the detective, Peter Fox, telling the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry that “my job, as he sees it, is to criticise the NSW Police”.
The inquiry was established after Detective Chief Inspector Fox publicly claimed he was “ordered to stand down” from the investigation into an alleged cover-up relating to a pedophile priest, Denis McAlinden…
In a 2010 email sent to McCarthy, two years before he went public with his claims, Chief Inspector Fox said he hoped to withhold witness statements he had taken from police investigating the alleged conspiracy. This email went on to state that two of his superior officers were “practising Catholics”, although McCarthy told the inquiry she “didn’t buy into” the policeman’s argument.
“Just because somebody is Catholic, it’s then a very large leap to say you’re not going to do your job,” McCarthy said…
Another email, sent after a meeting in which the detective was told he would not be part of the police investigation, stated: “The pricks can shove it. The whole thing stinks and they can bit (sic) me."…
McCarthy said she had begun to work with Chief Inspector Fox, providing him with the contact details for potential witnesses to church child abuse, although she did not realise he was keeping this information from other police…
The officer in charge of Strike Force Lantle, Jeffrey Little, told the hearing that many of Chief Inspector Fox’s other public claims, including that the investigation was “set up to fail”, were untrue.
“I was absolutely mortified by those comments . . . the mere fact that he’s ridden to glory on a saddle of lies at this point is a concern for me,” Sergeant Little said.
A wide-ranging internal report on church child abuse, prepared by Chief Inspector Fox in 2010, also contained significant inaccuracies, Sergeant Little said. Partly as a result of this, he had not been invited to join the investigation.
In previous hearings, the inquiry did discover certain problems with Fox’s credibility:

The New South Wales policeman at the centre of a special commission into the handling of sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church has admitted he deliberately ignored directions from his superior to cease contact with the media. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox faced intense scrutiny on day two of the inquiry in Newcastle. Peter Fox said he lied to colleagues because he thought they were not police with integrity, commitment or professionalism. 
The lie:
DCI Fox told the inquiry he intentionally disobeyed an order from the Newcastle commander Max Mitchell to bring all his investigation documents…
“So you lied to the police at the meeting?” she said.
PETER FOX...: Oh absolutely yes, I deliberately kept them myself
More:
JAMELLE WELLS: Peter Fox was cross-examined by Wayne Roser, the barrister for a number of police officers appearing at the inquiry. He accused Peter Fox of breaching a suppression order by tweeting information about witnesses. Mr Roser said the tweet was another example of Peter Fox trying to undermine the strike force set up to investigate child sexual abuse allegations. 
“… from July, 2010 until now you’ve used every endeavour to undermine the Strikeforce Lantle?”
“… I tried to assist it in every way ...”.
Peter Fox ... also denied that his appearance on the ABC’s Lateline program had been scripted for him, but he agreed that his intention was to push for a Royal Commission.
Fox was remarkably chummy with journalists, not least on the ABC:

The NSW Police Force has painted whistleblower Peter Fox as a troublemaker who passed on confidential documents to journalists to undermine the sex abuse investigation he was excluded from in 2010 in the hope he could write a book about it. 
Wayne Roser SC, the barrister representing several senior police, told the Commission of Inquiry Inspector Fox asked Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy to amend a six-page report on his sexual abuse investigations before he passed it on to his superiors…
The inquiry heard Inspector Fox appeared on ABC TV’s Lateline program the night his open letter to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell calling for a royal commission into the matter was published.
Mr Roser suggested Inspector Fox’s interview with Lateline presenter Tony Jones was scripted.
He read out emails from Inspector Fox to ABC journalist Suzanne Smith asking to drip feed information saying “it will only give us longer coverage"…
The inspector denied his answers were produced or that he had written a book.
Moral: some people get an armchair ride from the media if they simply say the welcome thing. 

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Pretending to pass a law that pretends to fix things

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (8:23am)

A fine read by Nick Cater on a government turning sanctimony into law - a true artifact of this preposterous Age of Seeming:

If you’re looking for hand-wringing symbolism, however, a statement that says merely, “I feel your pain”, it is hard to beat the Homelessness Bill 2013, that is solemnly progressing through parliament and could be law by the end of the week. Indeed “law” may be putting it a little strongly, for this is an instrument with no legislative purpose, other than to proclaim that the government’s heart is in the right place.
Full marks to the Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Mark Butler, for keeping a straight face during his second reading speech. “This bill,” he told the house, “is aimed at increasing recognition and awareness of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”
That is all there is to this spineless, sanctimonious statute—enlarged recognition and awareness raising. Its passing will be without consequence; homelessness will be as miserable an experience as it has always been, and the chances of finding a home will not have improved one jot. The act comes with no funding and no specific measures. Indeed, since homelessness is almost entirely a state concern, there is little the commonwealth can do except wring its hands and dole out money if it has any, which it hasn’t.

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Will Treasury echo Labor’s mad assurances again?

Andrew Bolt June 25 2013 (8:18am)

Judith Sloan challenges Treasury to do better before this election than it did before the last, when it so helped the Gillard Government’s wild spinning:
NO doubt I am one of the few people who is looking forward to the release of the pre-election economic and fiscal outlook, a document produced by Treasury and the Department of Finance.
Under the Charter of Budget Honesty Act, PEFO must be released 10 days after the issue of the writ for a general election.
I’m not sure I have fully recovered from reading the 2010 PEFO, released in July that year. You know the one in which the budget deficit for 2011-12 was estimated at $10 billion, down from $13bn forecast in the budget handed down just two months before… As events panned out, the deficit for 2011-12 was $43bn...
In the context of the 2010 election campaign, the release of PEFO and Treasury’s costings of selected opposition policies were pivotal. Recall that the government was keeping up the pretence that the budget would be returned to surplus in 2012-13. This was confirmed in the 2010 PEFO, with a projected budget surplus of $3.5bn in 2012-13, up from the budget projection of a shade over $1bn.
The Treasury’s endorsement that the “no ifs, no buts” budget surplus in 2012-13 would be delivered provided the Labor government with considerable political ammunition against the opposition.

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Muslim hate-preacher incites a fifth column

Andrew Bolt June 24 2013 (6:37pm)

Australian Islamist Musa Cerantonio is just one of many of that “tiny minority” who shout hatred and wink at extreme violence, stirring a potentially lethal anger. Here is one of his talks, from April:

The military headquarters of the U.S.A. is in the Pentagon. In Islam, if a plane happened to fly into the Pentagon – would they be considered innocent or not? They are not innocent. These are the ones who plan the wars on Islam. Yet you find Muslims responding by saying that 9/11 was forbidden. Ask yourselves. I am only giving you what Islam says. I’m not saying anything. Ask yourselves. Forget their financial center [The World Trade Center], which, according to many scholars, is also a permissible target. As for the one [attack] on the Pentagon – even if a Muslim happened to be there that day – is it now forbidden?…
So even if you happened to be in the Pentagon on that day, you [should] realize that your life is at your own risk. We, living here [in Australia], in the land of the infidels… If the Islamic army or state were to attack, our blood would not be protected. Yes, they should not target us [Muslims], but if they happen to kill us – we are guilty of having lived in this land. It is a risk that we took and we are responsible for.
So was the Pentagon a legitimate target? There is no doubt about it that it was a legitimate target. Yet you find Muslims mocking, attacking… By God, how dare you? They bomb us night and day in your silence, yet when the center of their military headquarters is hit, you are ashamed of this. This is not our Islam.
This in not our Islam, whereby you have condolences for three of them [i.e. Boston marathon bombing victims]. Of course, we are sorry. We don’t like to find that innocent people died – if they truly are innocent… But Islam has a way to go about this. You pay their blood money, and you get on with it. The blood of the Muslims is more dear.
MEMRI profiles this hate preacher, who seems to be to be fomenting an internal armed response by Muslims to Western foreign policy:

Musa Cerantonio, an Australian Catholic convert to Islam who currently lives in Egypt, hosts the live English-language TV show “Ask the Sheikh,” on which he answers viewers’ questions about Islam. The program, aired on the Saudi satellite network Iqraa, is shown daily in Europe, the U.S., Australia, Africa, and Asia. Cerantonio also voices his opinions and responds to readers’ questions and comments on his Facebook page, which currently has close to 6,000 followers.[1] His Facebook page indicates that, in addition to English, he speaks Italian, and that he travels extensively to give talks in many parts of the world, including Germany, Italy and, Egypt. In addition to “Ask the Sheikh,” he has presented another series titled “Our Legacy,” on Muslims in world history.
In his shows and Facebook page, Cerantonio promotes an extremist brand of Islam, praising jihad and jihad organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and the Somali Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen. He supports the cause of implementing shari’a law in various countries and ultimately establishing a global Islamic caliphate, encourages Western Muslims to join the fighting on the jihad fronts, condones intolerance towards non-Muslims, and denounces democracy and the West. He also expresses objectionable views on women, saying, for example, that women who do not follow the strictest Islamic dress code are asking to be abused…
In a talk that was posted on YouTube on November 30, 2012,[12] Cerantonio said: “Reestablishing the Islamic state is eventually going to be a military matter, and it is a matter that concerns a large part of the Islamic nation. So how do we go about doing this?… The advent of Imam Mahdi and the return of the Caliphate is going to be a time of great warfare and tribulation. Every single prophet, from Adam until Muhammad, warned their nation about this time. The greatest strife is going to be at the time that the Antichrist appears on the Earth.
“The answer to Palestine is not by holding hands with the infidels. It’s not by pleading to the U.N. to accept Palestine as a nation. The answer is, as the Prophet said, to fight the infidels until the religion belongs to Allah.
“The primary goal or strength that we are going to have is in physical warfare. For me and you today, this is not our utmost concern, being in Australia, but no doubt, as a nation, this is what we have to focus on. This is what we have to focus on… This isn’t going to come cheap. It’s not going to come easy. It is going to come with our effort, our life, our sweat, and our blood. I ask Allah to grant victory to all of those mujahideen who fight for His cause, to uphold the banner of “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger..."[13]  

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Fairfield City Council just voted unanimously to support my election commitment and will be writing to the NSW Government to seek support for building a multi purpose football stadium. Although I wanted it in the show ground, council is seeking for it to be built in the Western Sydney Parklands.

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Unchallenged lies, deception and distortion eventually develop into accepted truths, and in due course, propaganda becomes empowered, feeding ignorance and hatred. Ignorance then, unfortunately, supports many levels of hate agendas.
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Joe Hildebrand explains this week in politics, with the PM announcing a Gender Inquiry whilst knitting.
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HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: A new study by researchers has revealed that adding silver to antibiotics may increase the medications effectiveness. But helping antibiotics fight powerful drug-resistant bacteria is only the latest non-monetary use that humans have found for silver throughout history. Find out more:http://histv.co/11Zm4cw
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 24 June 2013), attended the unveiling of a memorial plaque at the Prof. Benzion Netanyahu School in the Samarian community of Barkan. Education Minister Shai Piron and Samaria Regional Council Chairman Gershon Mesika also attended the ceremony.

The Prof. Benzion Netanyahu School opened at the beginning of the current academic year and accepts pupils from Barkan, Nofim and Alei Zahav.

Prime Minister Netanyahu observed the exhibition on Benzion Netanyahu at the school and spoke with pupils.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "My father thought that the revival of the Jewish People was not self-evident, that it was something we had to want, to justify. He thought that with our return to our homeland and the re-establishment of our sovereignty, that there would be many would not agree with this and who would try to uproot us from our homeland and eliminate our state; therefore, he thought that a fundamental part of the establishment of the State of Israel as a renewed Jewish state was the ability of the Jews to defend themselves by themselves. This has guided me in every arena against every threat. Yesterday, rockets were fired at our communities – and the response was immediate. My policy is to strike at those who try to attack us. There is no trickle, there is no accumulation, this is how we will operate against both near and distant threats. This is the first thing that my father believed in, and I believe that the Jews must be capable of defending themselves by themselves and to take determined action against any enemy that tries to attack us.

The second thing – we believe in the rule of law. This says that there can be no lawbreakers. There is no Price Tag or any other kind of tag. Of course, we are acting against other enemies, real enemies, who seek our lives, and we cannot allow the law to fray from within. We are acting with a strong hand against this as well, and we will continue to do so.

But the most important thing my father believed in is that we need to believe in ourselves, in the justice of our cause, in our link to our land, which we will continue to develop, not just physically but also in terms of development, in terms of trees, I would say, in terms of branches and fruit, and of roots. The most important thing is to deepen the roots – because from these everything grows. Today, we are here deepening our roots, and I am proud that you have decided to name this fine school after my father Benzion. I simply regret that he cannot be here with us, but his spirit is with us."

Education Minister Piron said: "When I was a student I would read about Prof. Benzion Netanyahu almost every day, a man of values who deeply impressed me even as a child. It would be a great honor for Benzion's spirit to be part of your lives, more than the honor of naming a school after him."

Samaria Regional Council Chairman Mesika said: "It is a pleasure to commemorate the name of Prof, Benzion Netanyahu. The further we delved, the more we were exposed to his image and his personality which embody a love of the people and the land, amidst a strong faith in the revival of the Jewish People in its Land. When one studies about Benzion, one understands, Mr. Prime Minister, from where you draw the strength to lead the Jewish People."

Photo: Moshe Milner, GPO

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Mick Aston, a former resident academic on Channel 4's Time Team, has died at the age of 66.
He appeared on the show, which sees experts carry out archaeological digs, from its inception in 1994 until 2011.
Professor Aston lived in Somerset and taught at a number of UK universities.
Time Team's official Twitter account tweeted: "It is with a very heavy heart that we've been informed that our dear colleague Mick Aston has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family."
The exact circumstances of the death of Prof Aston, who was born and raised in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, and was known on the show for his colourful jumpers and unruly white hair, are not yet known.


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From Peter Lilley

G.K. Chesterton said that "when people stop believing in orthodox religion, rather than believe in nothing, they will believe in anything". One of the ersatz religions which fills the void in recent years is belief in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming. It claims to be based on science. But it has all the characteristics of an eschatological cult.
It has its own priesthood and ecclesiastical establishment - the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; they alone can interpret its sacred scriptures - the Assessment Reports; it anathematises as 'deniers' anyone who casts doubt on its certainties; above all it predicts imminent doom if we do not follow its precepts and make the sacrifices it prescribes.
What most clearly distinguishes the Catastrophic Global Warming cult from science is that it is not refutable by facts. As Parliament enacted the Climate Change Bill, on the presumption that the world was getting warmer, it snowed in London in October - the first time in 74 years. Supporters explained "extreme cold is a symptom of global warming"!
The Met Office - whose climate model is the cult's crystal ball to forecast centuries ahead - has made a series of spectacularly unreliable short term forecasts: "Our children will not experience snow" (that was 2000, before the recent run of cold winters), a barbecue summer (before the dismal 2011 summer), the drought will continue (last spring before the wettest summer on record). Now they say that rain and floods are the new normal. But - hot or cold, wet or dry - global warming is always to blame.
Alarmists are reluctant to admit that the global surface temperature has not increased for 16 years, despite CO2 emissions rising far more than predicted. They wave this inconvenient truth away with the non-sequitur that this decade is the hottest since records began, so the world is still warming. If you climb a hill and reach a flat plateau you are higher than before - but the plateau is flat, not rising. When cornered, global warming alarmists assert that the current pause is simply the result of unspecified 'natural variations'. That implies that the pronounced warming over the previous 25 years may have been amplified by 'natural variations' in the other direction. In which case, the likely temperature rise for a given increase in CO2 may be less than previously estimated or required to produce the threatened doom.
In 2006 I asked how long the pause in warming would have to persist before the Met Office would revise its model. They replied that, since it is based on known laws of physics, they would never adjust it. Just like the German philosopher Hegel, who claimed to derive the laws of nature from first principles: when told that the facts did not agree with his theories, Hegel replied: "So much the worse for the facts"! Climate models do incorporate some established physical laws including the basic greenhouse effect which, having studied physics at Cambridge, I accept. This implies that doubling the concentration of CO2 will raise the temperature by a fairly harmless 1.2ºC. But the models amplify this several fold using assumptions about complex phenomena which cannot yet be reduced to simple physical laws.

This cult enables adherents to feel morally superior at little personal cost. Buy a Prius or vote Green and save the planet. Unfortunately, costly renewables are driving many into fuel poverty and manufacturing jobs overseas. Action by Britain is pointless unless China, India and Africa join in. They are most vulnerable to climate change. But they are vulnerable because they are poor. They will remain poor until they harness energy like us. Requiring them to forego fossil fuels in favour of renewables costing several times more condemns them to remain poor. The cult requires sacrificing the poor to Gaia. As Professor Bruckner concludes: "save the earth, punish mankind" .
Peter Lilley was a speaker at this year's HowTheLightGetsIn festival

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American Betrayal: Diana West Outlines Soviet Infiltration of America During the Cold War (Video)

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/american-betrayal-diana-west-outlines-soviet-infiltration-of-america-during-the-cold-war-video/

Allen West sits down with Author Diana West to discuss her new book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault On Our Nation’s Character. Find out how hundreds of Soviet spies infiltrated the American government during the Cold War. Check out this fascinating interview to find out what effect this communist subversion had on U.S. policy.
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Israeli Scientist Discovers Treatment to Save Bee Colonies
An Israeli professor working alongside an Israeli start-up has discovered a treatment for bees affected by a destructive virus.
Hebrew University Prof. Ilan Sela has won this year’s Kaye Award for Innovation for discovering the IAPV virus, which is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder, and for finding a solution to the problem. The Kaye Award for Innovation has been given annually since 1994 as a means to encourage faculty and staff at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop innovative ideas with good commercial potential that benefit society at large.
Colony Collapse Disorder spreading within the bee population has caused $35 billion worth of damages in the US alone. Many crops rely on bees and farmers around the world have been quite worried about the adverse effect on certain crops due to the drastic reduction in the bee population. Until it was known that Colony Collapse Disorder was the culprit, many believed the bee population was being reduced due either to global warming or pesticide use.

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SYDNEY'S BEST SANDWICHES - LUNCH MAY BE LONG GONE, BUT THEY INVENTED THE TERM 'AFTERNOON SNACK' FOR A REASON
If you're looking for a way to indulge on the way home this afternoon, why not gorge yoursef on one of these?
Click here for the full list:www.urbansociety.com.au/urban-insider/dine/sydney-s-best-sandwiches
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The actual day may not be for another fifty years but this is a sensational cake for a good woman - ed
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Julia Gillard’s Baby Bonus

What kind of society gives $5,000 lump sum payments to women after an abortion?
What kind of society pays out parental leave schemes to mums and dads who have willingly killed their child?
And, just for the record, I’m not talking about the early abortions here. I’m talking about late-term abortions, when limbs are formed, the heart is pumping, pain is present and the child is viable.
The answer to those questions is simple. Our society.
And why not. If the government has no problem with the killing of a child, then why would it baulk at handing over great wads of taxpayer cash afterwards.
But hold on, I hear you cry. Where is the proof this happens?

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'Nothing done' as SIEV 358 boatpeople died
THE boat capsized in the dark. It was about 4.30am. There were 200 people on board. Asylum-seekers from Parachinar and Afghanistan, mostly, so crowded they had scarcely been able to move.
The boat had been in trouble for four days. Distress calls had been made to both Indonesian and Australian authorities. But no one had come for them.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Sean Hannity how the immigration bill hurts U.S. citizens, and what it has to do with ObamaCare. Watch:http://tinyurl.com/q22hj5p
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Last night I announced the Coalition’s commitment to protect the funding of Australia’s premier medical research funding body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). http://lbr.al/hg5k

Medical research is an essential part of the Coalition’s plan to build a more diverse, world-class five pillar economy. 
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Our great flag flying at half-mast over Parliament House this cold & wintery morning - as a mark of respect for the late Mrs Hazel Hawke AO.
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We need to be giving, to exercise that muscle. We need to strive to grow. But that might not be what they need. It gets back to what Dr Phil calls "Life Code" There are people who are pathological. They are conditioned to take. And when it is over, we need to grieve. - ed
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Here's a more accurate pie chart for that important meeting this morning. (credit: community channel / Natalie Tran).
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This water, in Slovenia, is so clear that the boat looks like floating in the air.
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Up at Noosa with 24 disabled kids on camp. How's this for the huge moon tonight and the salmon sky.
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Lieberman: Invade Gaza for 'Thorough Clean-Up'

Knesset Defense Committee Chair says Israel needs to seriously consider Gaza op following rocket salvo. - Israel National
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
The fear of hurt will hurt you more than facing that fear and finding freedom.

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PRAY ALONG.
O Lord my God.In every need let me come to You with humble trust saying, Jesus help me.In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, Jesus help me.In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, Jesus help me.In the failure of my plans and hopes, in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, Jesus help me.When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me, help me.When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, Jesus help me.When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, Jesus help me.When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me, Jesus help me.When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, Jesus help me. Always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus help me and never forsake me,in Your name that is above every name i pray.Amen.

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What I wrote in USA Today
I wrote an op-ed over the weekend in USA Todaythat focuses on the need for the Republican Party to speak to not just the business owners, but to the workers who make up those businesses.  This message of opportunity for all Americans is nothing new for me; it was something I discussed a great deal during my run for president in 2012 and in several speeches in the last few months. 
If you read anything in this newsletter, I hope it's this op-ed.  It provides what I believe is key if Republicans are going to win in the next election and future ones. 
Here's an excerpt below, or you can read the entire article by clicking here
"...2012 exit polling tells us that 21% of voters thought that the most important Presidential quality was that the candidate "cares about people like me" - and President Obama won these voters 81 to 18. This fact rekindled the discussion over the increasing "empathy gap."
The "gap" should come as no surprise. Republican rhetoric focuses on business creators without making the connection to the average American. Furthermore, the establishment Republicans policies have cooperated with Democrats to use the government to reward big businesses and big banks at the expense of these job creators. But Republicans often don't even talk about those who work in those businesses: the cooks, technicians, welders, truck drivers, administrative assistants, middle managers, laborers, and all the other good and honorable jobs that are the foundations of these companies. These employees also make the American economy run, and there are a lot more of them than employers.
We need to talk with them - and to them. Plus our policies must address their interests - and I don't mean just economic interests. True empathy is conveyed by message, messenger, and action.
The Republican establishment dismisses such "populism" just like they dismissed our 2012 presidential campaign. Contrary to the popular wisdom, we did not base our campaign on contraception and abortion..."
Thanks for reading
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Rick Santorum 

Patriot Voices Radio
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UN Disabilities Treaty
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That's why we need you to use our new digital tool to quickly and easily email your senators to tell them to VOTE NO on CRPD.  Simply click here and you'll be directed to our online tool which will ask you for your zip code then generate customizable letters that will go directly to your Senators.  It is easy and fast to do.  
Host a July 4th Our Sacred Honor Party
If you are planning a get-together over July 4th, add a special "patriotic touch" by showing the "Our Sacred Honor" DVD!  Please click here to get a DVD sent to you along with a complimentary July 4th host kit.  You must be signed up no later thanMidnight, June 26, 2013 to receive the DVD and party kit in time for July 4th.  To learn more about "Our Sacred Honor," please watch the movie's trailer atwww.oursacredhonormovie.com
EchoLight Studios
I hope you saw over the weekend that we announced that I've been named CEO of EchoLight Studios, a fast-growing faith and family film production company.  This is an exciting opportunity that allows me to have a platform to make a positive impact on our country's cultural challenges.  For too long, Hollywood has had a lock on influencing the youth of this country with a flawed message that goes against our values.  Now, we can change that.
EchoLight Studios has the resources and commitment to produce, finance and distribute faith-based and family friendly films.  This is a great opportunity to impact the entertainment industry, and I'm thrilled I get to work with EchoLight Studios to make it happen.  While this new venture gets off the ground, it will no doubt be busy and filled with exciting challenges.  I want to assure you that I will also be continuing my efforts with Patriot Voices to protect faith, family, freedom and opportunity and restore the American dream for all Americans.  Watch the trailer from EchoLight's upcoming first theatrical, THE REDEMPTION OF HENRY MYERS, slated for a fall 2013 release.  
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From the Blog

Mass illegal alien amnesty violates our founding principles

The Senate will continue debate on S.744, the Teddy Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act, this afternoon...

Updated amnesty bill would require completion of border fence … unless Janet ‘border is already secure’ Napolitano doesn’t think it’s necessary

Loophole-mania continues...

Tax Administration IG: IRS sent over $46 million in refunds to thousands of ‘unauthorized’ aliens at the same address in Atlanta

Understatement of the decade: The 2012 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report that the maddening information below comes from is entitled “Substantial Changes Are Needed to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program to Detect Fraudulent Applications”...

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