Friday, July 05, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Thomas Pitt (1653), P.T. Barnum (1810), Cecil Rhodes (1853), John Howard Northrop (1891), Peter McNamara (1955). Born on the same day, across the years. In 1687, The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton was first published, describing his laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation. In 1937, The Hormel Foods Corporation introduced Spam, the canned precooked meat product that would eventually enter into pop culture, folklore, and urban legend. In 1950, Korean War: In the first encounter between North Korean and American forces, the unprepared and undisciplined U.S. Army task force was routed. In 2006, The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting hours after North Korea reportedly tested at least seven separate ballistic missiles. In 2009, A series of violent riots broke out in Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. You didn't become famous by leaving things unfinished. Cheers!
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Rudd is the magician’s apprentice of labour

Piers Akerman – Thursday, July 04, 2013 (11:18pm)

KEVIN Rudd yesterday boasted he was in the business of attracting people with business experience into the Labor Party.

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26 YEARS OF AMAZONIAN FOOTBALL

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (4:50pm)

Congratulations to all players and officials from the Rainforest Football League, now beginning their next quarter-century of an excellent expansion program:

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FRIDAY OFF THEIR MINDS

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (3:22pm)

Egypt’s Mo Bros say no: 
An Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood appealed to Egyptians on Thursday to demonstrate across the nation in a “Friday of Rejection” against a military coup that ousted elected President Mohamed Mursi. 
(Via Alan R.M. Jones, who emails: “I’m going with Friday of Casualness followed by Friday of Martini and Saturday of Sailing and Rugby, Sunday of Recovery, moving straight to Tuesday of Skipping Monday, Wednesday of Halfway Through and Thursday of Yay! It’s Nearly Friday.")

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FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (3:16pm)

Stanford bird nerds slow down nature’s fastest fliers


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DRUM SLUMP

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (3:14pm)

Professor Bunyip notes a decline at The Drum
The wonderful post-Crikey zaniness that former editor Jonathan Green brought to The Drum has gone walkabout. No more Alene Compostas, not a sign of Bob Ellis doing to a web page what recent meals have inflicted on the front of his jumper. Not a trace of the fresh and approved opinionists of the sort the ABC sees as its sacred duty to save from lives of endless shuffling in those Centrelink queues. The best the site has been able to manage of late are Daily Life and the Conversation re-treads, Clementine Ford and Ruby Hamad. 
Speaking of retreads, the Drum is now running pieces by Traceeee Hutchison, whose describes deadly asylum seeker vessels as merely “pesky”

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NO NEW POSTS UNTIL WE HAVE A CORRECT ANSWER

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (2:27pm)

Name the last England cricket captain who failed to hit a six during his entire Test career.
UPDATE. First correct answer from reader bmw: Mike Brearley, 39 Tests, 66 innings, 131 fours and no sixes. Plus a remarkable, and still painful, 1981 Ashes victory.

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EASY FOR THEM TO SAY

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:42am)

OutrageOutrageOutrageOutrage! Hateful Liberals are accused of mocking stutterers
A Liberal Party advertisement ridiculing new Kevin Rudd minister Julie Collins is “offensive” to stutterers, a sufferer of the condition has said.
The short video, posted on YouTube, shows Ms Collins stumbling over her words at a press conference and then she is mocked for being “one of the most senior” Labor ministers.
The advertisement has provoked outrage from those who say it’s unfair to depict stuttering as a sign for incompetence. 
As it happens, Collins’s stumbling – not stuttering – was first mocked by the ABC. And the minister isn’t verbally afflicted: 
It is understood Ms Collins, who was promoted to Housing and Status of Women Minister this week,does not have a stutter. 

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JUST ONE OF THOSE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:36am)

Note the distance Kevin Rudd places between himself and a deadly Rudd policy
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has apologised to the families of the tradesmen who died during the implementation of his Government’s “pink batts” scheme.
He said that he could not begin to comprehend the grief of the parents affected by the “unspeakable tragedy”.
“As the Prime Minister of the country, I am deeply sorry for what has occurred and of course I apologise for these deaths, given that it was a government program,” he said.
“Let’s not beat around the bush. This was a government program.” 
More precisely, it was a Rudd government program. The PM seems to think his own policies are as remote from himself as were the stolen generations.

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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:19am)

Ignite one gallon of nitromethane per second inside a 496 cubic inch V8 and you’ll generate around 8000 horsepower. Of course, there may be occasional minor reliability issues: 



(Via Road and Track)

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NOT SO SECRET

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:15am)

Labor politicians (Wayne Swan, for example) love talking about their armed protection. Here’s acting Prime MinisterAnthony Albanese
He couldn’t resist spilling the beans about the secret protection the Australian Federal Police were arranging at his suburban home while he was Acting Big Shot.
‘’My son did suggest, along with the AFP people currently … there is a lot of activity in a suburban street in Marrickville providing protection that has been set up in the last 24 hours,’’ he chuckled, mangling the language as only Albo can do.
‘’You weren’t supposed to tell them that, by the way,’’ Mr Rudd interrupted. Mr Albanese was merely warming up. ‘’Let me tell you, it’s not subtle!’’ he declared. 
These people are children.

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WHAT WE REALLY NEED ARE MUMMY CHECKERS

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:02am)

Fact-checking sites are to 2013 as mummy bloggers were to 2012.

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KEVNI MERKELED

Tim Blair – Friday, July 05, 2013 (5:00am)

A linguistic honour for Angela Merkel
After the German Chancellor used the word to describe the eurozone crisis, “shitstorm” has been officially included in the standard German dictionary. 
Sadly, no such recognition for Kevin Rudd, who beat Merkel by three years

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Indonesia gives Rudd nothing to stop the boats

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (4:20pm)

Kevin Rudd got nothing from Indonesia to tackle people smuggling.
Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, simply offered another conference of countries which were both the source and transit countries for asylum seekers en route to Australia. Trouble is, we already have just such a thing - the Bali process. But President Yudhoyono said this conference would be more about “action”, which suggests the Bali conference is not.
Which means Australia was offered only a conference like the other conference only pretends to be.
The problem is that the only help Indonesia really can give is the help Rudd didn’t ask for. Help to turn back the boats. 

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Rudd had better talk fast. A boat is sinking

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (3:06pm)

Boat people policy
While Kevin Rudd is asking Indonesia’s help to fix his worst mistake:
A navy patrol boat is heading towards an asylum seeker boat with 80 passengers taking on water south of Java

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Tony Abbott on the Obama administration: “most left of centre” in 50 years

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (3:01pm)

Mary Kissel gets Tony Abbott to say the blinding obvious about Barack Obama:
Abbott concedes that conservatism is on the retreat around the world, although that might be changing in the US, given the scandals that hit Washington this spring. He blames the financial crisis and the fact that the “charismatic center-left politicians who embraced market capitalism have passed from the scene"—politicians like Australia’s Bob Hawke, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair. “Rather than heralding a sustained shift in center-left thinking, they now look to be aberrations,” he says. “The Rudd-Gillard government has been a highly statist government, the Brown government reverted to statism with a vengeance in Britain, and Obama is the most left-of-center government in at least half a century.” (At this, the media minder shifts in his chair.)
“Now I’m not being critical of Obama,” Abbott adds, soft-pedaling his response in a way he probably wouldn’t have a few years ago, when he was a minister in the Howard government. “He’s following a well-trod path. But I think it is a fact that the Obama government is a much more statist government than the Clinton administration.”
(Thanks to reader Kenn.) 

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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (2:07pm)

On The Bolt Report on Network 10 at 10 and 4pm.
New Kevin’s good first week ends in a mess with two brutal reminders of Old Kevin.
Gillard goes and Labor’s ban on the show ends after two and half years - a Labor frontbencher agrees to come on the show. it’s Ed Husic, on the new Kevin, his Koran and ending the culture of complaint.
The panel - Professor Judith Sloan and former NSW Labor Minister John Della Bosca - on Tony Abbott dodging debate and Kevin Rudd making up policies.
And the real election battle: between New Kevin and Old Kevin.
The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear

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Military men say turning back boats can work

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (1:37pm)

Retired Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, who was Chief of Navy between 2002 and 2005, says turning back the boats can work - despite what so many journalists of the Left seem to think:
A turn-back operation as it was practised in 2001 is a hazardous, risky task because of the nature of the people that you’re dealing with. They’re people who are intent on getting to Australia and you’re trying to turn them back from Australia.
But nevertheless it’s a legitimate Navy operation. It’s something that Navy’s have done over centuries. And in that sense, if the government gives a direction to do it, then Navy people will do it and they’ll do it well.
The journalist wonders why just four were turned back:

TONY EASTLEY: Why did the practice stop when it did?
CHIRS RITCHIE: No more boats came.
TONY EASTLEY: None at all?
CHIRS RITCHIE: None at all. None at all.
TONY EASTLEY: If that same model of returning boats was to be reinstituted today, do you think it would still work?
CHIRS RITCHIE: If the conditions were replicated, it could still work.
Australia’s most recent defence attaché to Jakarta agrees and dismisses Kevin Rudd’s absurd warnings of Tony Abbott’s policy risking war:
Retired Brigadier Gary Hogan, who finished his three-year posting in Jakarta last year, says it is not realistic to talk about risking conflict with our northern neighbour.
“I think the strength of our strategic partnership would make that an unlikely scenario,” he said…
“I do think it’s possible for us to push back boats or to intercept boats and to lead them back to their source,” he told ABC News 24.
“We can’t do it on our own, we must do it with the Indonesians and I think we can do it with the Indonesians.
“I think it’s possible for us to get that level of cooperation with the Indonesian navy, in fact we already have that level of cooperation with the navy in the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago.”
But instead of endless talk about whether future policies of a Coalition Government might work, how about demanding what the Government will do to change policies that don’t? 

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Red Gillard: victim of bigotry

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (9:21am)

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A Fairfax writer blames discrimination for the fall of Julia Gillard:

Gillard’s red hair wasn’t everything, and it wasn’t nothing. But it was something. And it’s time we started, as a nation, to work out what role her crimson mop played.
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More complaints of discrimination:
The Victorian Women’s Trust has placed full-page advertisements in a number of Australian newspapers praising Ms Gillard’s achievements and slamming both Labor and the Liberal parties for their actions over the past three years.
The statement says Mr Rudd orchestrated a treacherous “seek-and-destroy” mission against Ms Gillard, while Tony Abbott made opportunistic appeals to people’s prejudices.
The trust says the past three years were poisonous and led to a great loss of civility and decency.
The ad:
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Graham Richardson mentions a few things that might better explain Gillard’s fall - things overlooked by the professional victim’s lobby:
Even if her great defenders have forgotten, the electorate never forgave Gillard for breaking her promise on the carbon tax. Her credibility never recovered from that one, and it didn’t end there. The very idea of bringing the Malaysian solution back to parliament for another defeat was crazy. Demanding Labor members march into the House of Representatives and vote to protect Peter Slipper on the very day his disgusting sexist texts were made public defied logic, let alone a basic standard of decency…
I didn’t count the number of times she promised a surplus despite a mountain of evidence that made her eventual capitulation on the issue inevitable. And I should not omit the brand new mining tax that was supposed to raise $10 billion and raised a paltry $250 million. The announcement of a seven-month-long election campaign was just another shocker added to an already long list.
Only space prevents me giving more examples of her notoriously bad judgment.
They’d include:
- Falsely smearing Tony Abbott as a misogynist to pit women against men.
- The “blue ties” speech, urging women not to vote for a man.
- Failing to stop people smugglers, with boat people now arriving at 100 a day.
- Cynically pretending abortion was an issue at the election.
- Killing the live cattle trade trade.
- Breaking a promise of a “citizen’s assembly” to first get consensus on a price on carbon dioxide.
- Breaking a promise of a company tax.
- Breaking a promise to Independent Andrew Wilkie of poker machine reforms.
- The dud promise of an East Timor Detention Centre, made without even consulting the East Timor Government.
- Threatening to muzzle free speech and punish the “hate media”.
- Defending MP Craig Thomson, since charged over alleged corruption.
- Signing an unnecessary deal giving the Greens influence over Government policy.
- Having staff create a mini race riot on Australia Day by spreading false stories about Tony Abbott.
- Playing class war against employers and especially miners.
- Demonising foreign workers.
- Talking at voters as if they were children.
- Blowing the budget on welfare spending, rather than investments for the future.
- Pushing ahead with a massively expensive NBN involving cost blowouts and an asbestos scare.
- Spinning badly, most notoriously by promising to unveil the “real Julia” and posing for Women’s Weekly as she knitted a kangaroo for a royal.
- Knifing a sitting Prime Minister without any satisfactory excuse.
- Giving misleading and implausible defences of her role in the AWU corruption scandal now being investigated by police. (Gillard insists she did nothing wrong)
Seriously, could any male Prime Minister have survived such a record of deceit, division and failure? 

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Liberals lean to Labor over Adam Bandt

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (9:17am)

The Liberals should put principle first - the Greens are more dangerous to Australia’s national interest than is Labor, and by a very long shot:

Labor federal election campaigners are increasingly confident of reclaiming their one-time heartland seat of Melbourne as it becomes clear the Liberal Party intends to preference the ALP ahead of the Greens’ only House of Representative MP, Adam Bandt.

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Another green scheme crashes

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (9:08am)

Why do so many green schemes collapse? Here’s the latest:

A message on the AusAID website states that the $47 million Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP) in Indonesia has come to a close
The initial goals of the project was to protect 70,000 hectares of peat forests, re-flood 200,000 ha of dried peatland, and plant 100 million trees. The AusAID website states that only 2.6 million seedlings have been produced and makes no reference to trees successfully planted. The major work of re-wetting peatland through canal blocking has not been done.
(Thanks to reader marg of nambour.) 

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Rudd accused of wimping Labor corruption reform

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (8:58am)

Laura Tingle:
The scope of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s push for an intervention into the affairs of the party’s corruption-hit NSW branch has fallen well short of what reformers expected, leading to claims it will do ­little to overhaul the party machine…

The decision was designed to head off the political fallout from the release this month of what is expected to be a damning report by ICAC…

Asked if the changes would stop the rise to power of a figure like Mr Obeid, long-term internal critic ­Rodney Cavalier said: “The answer is they don’t.”

“Every one of these proposals is fine and good and I hope they make a difference but they won’t alter the culture of the party which will not change while the trade unions ­control the party,” he said.

He argued “property developers did not need to get into parliament to get their way” and the changes do nothing to change the party’s relationship with hotels, clubs or the gambling industry…

In a telling silence, party elder and NSW senator John Faulkner declined to comment on the changes.

In a speech last December, Senator Faulkner outlined seven changes “that would go some way to changing the practices and the culture that have produced the recent unedifying spectacle in ICAC"…
It appears Mr Rudd has insisted on only three or four of these proposals.
Peter van Onselen is almost as sceptical:
There is little to disagree with when one looks at the proposed changes to the way NSW Labor does business: powers to expel anyone under investigation for corruption; bans on property developers running for office; an opening up of who can win appointment to the powerful administrative committee of the NSW ALP. While some questions about procedural fairness do exist with these reforms—for example, why should property developers be denied the right to run for office within the Labor Party?—the need to be seen to act was undeniable…
But it would be a mistake to think that these changes ... go to the heart of Labor’s internal problems as a party....
... there is no escaping the fact many of the high-profile names that surround Rudd on the frontbench right now have been beneficiaries of the very organisational system he is seeking to amend. Names such as new Treasurer Chris Bowen, new Immigration Minister Tony Burke and often touted future leader Jason Clare. Bob Carr was the NSW premier for more than 10 years… Senator Matt Thistlethwaite was the NSW state secretary during the final term of the Labor government, and he is now running for the vacant seat of Kingsford Smith at the next election, with the tacit support of Labor’s head office.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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Liberals offend chickens

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (8:36am)

Reader Dougal:

A Liberal Party advertisement featuring chickens has offended the organisation Poultry Rights Against Titillation (PRAT).
The advertisement featured on national TV last month has provoked outrage amongst the Order of Galliformes. Spokesman Colonel Sanders of Kentucky remarked; “I find it utterly outrageous that this advertisement features headless chooks running around and fowling up everything. The Liberal Party should apologise to all chickens immediately.”
The Animal Rights Commission has launched an online petition to force the Liberal Party to preselect 10% of candidates from the poultry family. The Red Junglefowl, one of the chickens featured in the offensive advert, posted the following Squawk; “I was offended when Tony Abbott stood in front or signs advertising Red Rooster, I was offended when Tony Abbott would not let me taste his coq au vin, I will not be lectured to…” Unfortunately, the Squawk was cut off suddenly by a Ruddy knife to the neck and was Shortenly followed by the Mute Swan fleeing the coop.
The Conservation Group “BluePeace” has dismissed the criticism as a beat-up and again called on the Government to announce the date of hunting season.

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Climate scepticism explained

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (8:27am)

Climatologist Dr Roy Spencer offers his ”Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies”.
Conclusion:

I tend to shy away from long-term predictions, because there are still so many uncertainties. When pressed, though, I tend to say that I think cooling in our future is just as real a possibility as warming. Of course, a third possibility is relatively steady temperatures, without significant long-term warming or cooling.
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Evidence that the Bureau of Meteorology’s temperature data - used to demonstrate warming - is wrong.
UPDATE
Anthony Watts:
New study using GRACE data shows ..  sea levels have risen over the past 9 years [2002-2011] at a rate of only 1.7 mm/yr, equivalent to 6.7 inches per century, matching tide gauge data rates.
Just 17cm of sea rise in a century?
Let’s remember some scaremongering from 2007 - the high water mark of the global warming hysteria. From a radio interview with Robyn Williams, the chief science presenter of the ABC:
Andrew Bolt: I’m telling you, there’s a lot of fear out there. So what I do is, when I see an outlandish claim being made...so Tim Flannery suggesting rising seas this next century eight stories high, Professor Mike Archer, dean of engineering at the University of NSW…
Robyn Williams: Dean of science.
Andrew Bolt: Dean of science...suggesting rising seas this next century of up to 100 metres, or Al Gore six metres. When I see things like that I know these are false. You mentioned the IPCC report; that suggests, at worst on best scenarios, 59 centimetres.
Robyn Williams: Well, whether you take the surge or whether you take the actual average rise are different things.
Andrew Bolt: I ask you, Robyn, 100 metres in the next century...do you really think that?
Robyn Williams: It is possible, yes.
(Thanks to readers Rocky and streetcred.) 

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Boats arrive, lawyers cheer

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (7:44am)

Law journal publisher Richard Ackland, one of the unbroken line of Leftist hosts of Media Watch, sees lawyers having a picnic and once again pronounces it good:

After the Tampa affair in August 2001 the Howard government introduced a batch of measures designed to deter ‘’irregular maritime arrivals’’.
Among them was an attempt to exclude judges from reviewing migration decisions - the notorious ‘’privative clause’’… The High Court effectively smacked down this audacious executive power grab…
Try as politicians might to cut Australian law out of the process, the courts are doing their level best to get it back in.
All very well in theory, but this is the circus in practice - as described still by the approving Ackland:
Towards the end of the 1990s, 68 per cent of the Federal Court’s work came from Refugee Review Tribunal appeals. When the Federal Magistrates Court, now the Federal Circuit Court, got jurisdiction to review those decisions, its work increased tenfold. Last year migration cases filed in the Federal Magistrates Court represented about 60 per cent of the general federal law workload.
We pay for this Jarndyce v Jarndyce logjam not just with our taxes but through the delay of justice to other petitioners. 

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Rudd mentioned the war, but isn’t getting away with it

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (7:28am)

Even more reason to dismiss this excuse Kevin Rudd offered for his worst mistake:

LEIGH SALES: Do you now accept that you were wrong when you were elected to dismantle the Howard Government’s Pacific Solution?
KEVIN RUDD: Well what I said before was that we took a policy to the ‘07 election. We were returned on the basis of that policy. I said we’d implement the policies we took to the people. When we got to 2009-’10, what happened was that you suddenly had, as I said before, a war in Sri Lanka; you also had new people movements out of countries such as Afghanistan and elsewhere ...
The Australian reports:

AFGHAN asylum-seekers outnumbered Sri Lankans by two to one in 2009, casting doubt on Labor’s claim that its failure to toughen immigration policy after Sri Lanka’s civil war was pivotal in the revival of the smuggling trade…
An analysis of Immigration Department figures showed that in 2009 just 736 Sri Lankans arrived by boat, or about 27 per cent of total arrivals for that year. By comparison, 1409 Afghans arrived in 2009…
Sri Lankans did not start arriving en masse until last year when 6428 arrived.... 

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Rudd honeymoon over. Grieving parents remind of his past

Andrew Bolt July 05 2013 (6:56am)

A tragedy for the poor parents - and the end of the political honeymoon of Kevin Rudd:
KEVIN Rudd’s home insulation scheme put the need for economic stimulus ahead of human life, with the pace of the rollout and a disregard for safety warnings major factors in the deaths of three young men.
A damning coroner’s report into the electrocution of the insulation installers found the so-called pink batts program, unveiled by Mr Rudd as prime minister in 2009, was pursued with such haste that proper safety measures were not taken…
The Home Insulation Program also was blamed for more than 220 house fires, more than 1000 potentially electrified roofs and 240,000 dangerous or substandard insulation jobs, with the cost blowing out by $1 billion more than the original budget of $2.45bn.
Rudd apologises on behalf the government rather than personally:

As the Prime Minister of the country, I am deeply sorry for what has occurred and of course I apologise for these deaths given that it was a government program.
(Watch here.)
But two of the parents blame not “the government” but Rudd personally:
Matthew Fuller’s parents, Kevin and Christine, said last night they held three people responsible for their son’s death - Mr Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan...
From their interview:

LEIGH SALES: So who do you hold responsible for Matthew’s death?
KEVIN FULLER: Not only the politicians, being - the three people that put that whole system together originally was Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Swan.
LEIGH SALES: Has anybody ever apologised to you?
KEVIN FULLER: We’ve had junior politicians apologise and the Senate inquiry apologised, but the then Prime Minister couldn’t remember our names and has never apologised to our face. Just we get that everybody’s apologised, but they don’t apologise to the appropriate people, and we’re not necessarily talking only us. It’s the Australian public. The program wasted four lives - don’t forget the one in NSW. There were numerous people were seriously injured or nearly killed. There were too many fires in houses and a lot of people were scared of their home simply because of the foil insulation in the house until it got fixed. So, everyone really talks about the deaths; they don’t talk about the whole program which was poorly done, the way it was rushed, the way that things were done on the fly. Nothing was managed well. If it was us running our own business or doing things, then we would have been held more accountable than whether it’s the politicians or the public servants. The public servants and politicians in both federal and state didn’t communicate together, didn’t work together and all hid from the problem.
LEIGH SALES: Mrs Fuller, do you have anything to add to that?
CHRISTINE FULLER: That’s pretty - that’s it. That’s my feelings also.
LEIGH SALES: Mr Fuller referred there to the then Prime Minister, who was Kevin Rudd. Mrs Fuller, is there anything that you would like at this stage from Kevin Rudd?
CHRISTINE FULLER: I’d like for him to disappear.
Where the Government will be hounded:

The report found that Queensland’s Building Services Authority wrote to Julie Yeend of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on April 1, 2009, saying that “given the likely flood of insulation activity from 1 July, 2009, I’d appreciate your views on what additional advice/action (if any) might be taken to ensure that licensed installation installers (with large backlogs of work) undertake a competent and safe job”. It did not receive a response…
Mr Rudd was challenged last week, in one of the first questions put to him during question time, about whether he would apologise to all those affected by the bungled program, given his government had received at least 10 direct warnings about the scheme.
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt labelled the coroner’s findings “deeply serious"…
“...Mr Rudd should have no hesitation in releasing all warnings, letters and briefings received by himself and his department,” Mr Hunt said.

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Most Badass Elderly Couple Ever Lives In China.: http://bit.ly/12CNgPr
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HOW EXPORTS TO CHINA SAVED OUR BACON

One of the great Labor lies that will be peddled at this election is that Australia was “saved” from the GFC by the brillance of Wayne Swan and wasteful government spending on the Pink Batts farce and B.E.R scandal.

What they won’t tell you, is how Australia’s exports to China boomed during the GFC, and how it was that additional export income flowing into the country (in combination with the sound position that Howard/Costello left the nations finances in) that saved our bacon.

The facts are that over the last 6 years, China as a nation has increased their purchases from Australia every single year.

And last financial year 2011/12 - China’s purchases from Australia were almost $50 billion higher than 2007/8.

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only way to fix a dint on a budget, make it look like its supposed to be there... 
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"Give the American people a good cause, and there’s nothing they can’t lick.” - JOHN WAYNE
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John Adams – Declaration of Independence

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/john-adams-declaration-of-independence/

Congress approves the Declaration of Independence, brilliant scene from John Adams mini-series. Happy Independence Day!
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Pastor Rick Warren
Every great accomplishment is really a series of small accomplishments in a row.

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Today, the Coalition announced it will build the largest standing environmental workforce in Australia’s history and deliver hundreds of on-the-ground environmental projects each year across Australia. http://lbr.al/17xb
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Even so, there is hope, for what words have torn apart when friends bicker, the Lord can heal. One needs to put faith in the Lord, not in themselves. - ed
James 3:6 compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire - the tongue's wickedness has its source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage. Satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one another. Idle and hateful words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, AND NO ONE CAN STOP THE RESULTS ONCE THEY ARE SPOKEN. We dare not be careless with what we say, THINKING WE CAN APOLOGIZE LATER, BECAUSE EVEN IF WE DO, THE SCARS REMAIN. A few words spoken in anger can damage a relationship that took years to build.

So, before you speak, REMEMBER THAT WORDS ARE LIKE FIRE, you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.

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Dean Hamstead'
"When you're a sysadmin with a hammer, everyone's head looks like a nail."

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Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, 
A tale of a fateful government 
That started from this group of incompetants 
Aboard this Labor ship. 

Beazley was a mighty Labor man,
Swan completely out of his depth.
Five comrades set sail that day
For a three year tour, a three year tour.

The in-fighting started getting rough,
The caucus was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless people
The nation would be lost, the nation would be lost.

The movement set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan (Swan)
The Skipper too, (Beazley, before Rudd knifed him)
The millionaire and his wife, (Crean & Macklin)
The movie star (Gillard)
The professor and Mary Ann, (Rudd & Roxon)
Here on Labors Isle.

So this is the tale of the throwaways,
They're been here for a long, long time,
We'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others uncomfortable,
In the tropic island mess.

No sense, no financial responsibility, no morality,
Not a single moment of accountability,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded unworthy despots,
Here on "Labors Isle."

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“It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are. They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not "meet halfway" those who do not want to meet you.”-- The Ethics Of The Iron Wall: By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923
✡via Kosher Culture Foundation www.facebook.com/KosherCulture
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Spring Squall, Arkansas. Taken on my way to Memphis while on tour with Yahoo! as their in house weather photographer.
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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
This Month Will Give Birth to Your Dreams.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world (John 16:21, NIV)
This month is a month of blessings,your pains will come to an end.When we conceive something in our hearts from God, it’s so exciting. It’s easy to stay encouraged and full of faith during that time. But the real test is when we go through the development process. Are we willing to keep a good attitude even when we’re uncomfortable and things aren’t going our way? Are we willing to stand and fight the good fight of faith until we give birth to our dreams? If you believe,this month will give birth to those dreams.
If you’re standing for something today, keep standing. Keep believing even when you don’t see anything happening. Hold on to that promise even when it’s uncomfortable because this month, you will give birth to every dream and desire the Lord has placed in your heart.God bless you.

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Friend,
Karen, the kids and I want to wish you a very happy Independence Day!  As we settle in with family and friends to celebrate our nation's independence, we wanted to share this video with you. 
Independence Day screen shot

Thank you and God Bless America,
 Rick Santorum signature 
Rick Santorum

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July 5Aphelion (14:44 UTC, 2013); Independence Day in Cape Verde (1975) and Venezuela (1811); Saints Cyril and Methodius Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Isaac Newton

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