Monday, July 01, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Faris Australia. Today is Canada Day! Enjoy something with maple syrup. On this day in 1879, American evangelist Charles Taze Russell published the first issue of The Watchtower, the most widely circulated magazine in the world. In 1911, The German gunboat Panther arrived in the Moroccan port of Agadir, sparking the Agadir Crisis between Germany, Great Britain, and France. In 1963, The British government revealed that former MI6 agent Kim Philby had engaged in espionage for the Soviet Union. Sometimes those little things you do cause a big ruckus. Generally you sell your message well, but not everything should be free. Keep your heart with the Lord and avoid its betrayal .. and on this day .. well .. be nice. Enjoy your day!

Spineless sisterhood to be rewarded

Piers Akerman – Monday, July 01, 2013 (12:19am)

THE Collective known as the ABC ran hot with the News Ltd Galaxy Poll yesterday as it indicated recycled Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was enjoying a burst of popularity.
As he would, just as a Celebrity Chef or winner of the Voice competition would resonate – for a moment – in the public mind.
But, and isn’t it curious, there was not a murmur about the analysis provided by the ABC’s own election specialist Antony Green.
Why, you may well ask? Why, indeed.
Probably because on Green’s calculation, the Coalition would handily still win the election were it called now.
“First Rudd PM Galaxy Poll gives Coalition an 8 seat majority,” tweeted Green on Saturday night when the Galaxy results were released.
Those ABC newshounds must have had their sniffers somewhere else.
Gauging by their gushing coverage of the poll result, it is fair to say, those sniffers were fairly close to the Prime Ministerial rear end.
One ABC announcer enthused over the result of the personal popularity portion of the survey which rated Rudd the better choice for prime minister by 51 per cent of voters compared with Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s 34 per cent.
“Now for the primary vote,” she said, with a tremor of hope in her voice. 
The same poll showed the ALP trailing the Opposition 49 per cent to 51 per cent.
These results were well within expectation.
Just getting rid of Gillard would have given the ALP a huge sugar hit.
The hangover will come Monday when Rudd announces his new-look team.
His talent pool is now fairly limited.
Genuinely experienced individuals like Martin Ferguson are highly unlikely to want to go back into Cabinet having experienced the two worst Prime Ministers in history.
Much will be made of the rise of the handbag hit squad – but where else is Rudd to go with all the desertions?
The reality is that the females who will be elevated have shown their credentials in the most peculiar manner – their ticket to the top was bought at the expense of any principle they might once have held.
Childcare Minister Kate Ellis epitomised the lack of principle Friday when she insisted that integrity should be dumped if it meant giving up senior roles in male-dominated government “just to send a message”.
She told ABC local radio that: “I’m not really interested in sending messages . . . (but) we need to make sure that we have women in public life and we need to have more women in senior roles.
“I don’t think that anyone would be serving either Julia Gillard, the Labor Party or the Australian people if we decided to make some childish statement and walk away and leave us with zero female representation.”
Those silly, silly men who resigned their Cabinet positions must feel really stupid at being found to have made a pointless gesture.
Still, every woman who takes up one of the empty posts will be reminder to the public that the ministry they hold was once the province of someone who actually had a spine and believed in a principle.
Thank you, Ms Ellis, for reminding us what you and the sisterhood so clearly lack.



Tim Blair – Monday, July 01, 2013 (6:04am)

Kevolution! Ruddmentum! Kevnilevitation! Behold the restorative effect of Kevin Rudd’s blue tide
Kevin Rudd has stormed ahead of Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister and dramatically lifted Labor’s primary vote to a six-month high only days after becoming the party’s leader again.
The Prime Minister has improved on the lead he had over the Opposition Leader as preferred prime minister three years ago when Julia Gillard replaced him and Labor’s primary vote is the same as it was the weekend before he was dumped – 35 per cent. 
For all of Julia Gillard’s talk about moving forward, we’re right back to where we were before she came to power: 
As Labor MPs expected, the removal of Ms Gillard last Wednesday night – three years after Mr Rudd was removed because of poor polling and having lost his way – instantly shifted the polls in Mr Rudd’s favour and has given Labor a fighting chance through to the election.
Labor would still lose an election if one were held now based on this national survey but a “catastrophic loss”, which Mr Rudd said Labor was headed for at the scheduled September 14 election, would be averted. 
Some within Labor are now hopeful of victory, although post-honeymoon problems loom
The Galaxy poll revealed Mr Rudd had won over his own party, with 55 per cent of Labor supporters believing he was a new man who had learnt from the mistakes of the past.
But overall, 43 per cent of all voters don’t believe he has transformed from the “chaotic and dysfunctional” days of his past leadership which ended on June 24, 2010. 
Rudd’s present leadership remains a work in progress
He and his staff were given 45 minutes to get out when he was rolled in 2010. After five days he still awaits permission to reclaim his former office. 



Tim Blair – Monday, July 01, 2013 (5:28am)

bogus quote attributed to ex-PM Julia Gillard has gained currency at leftist sites over the past few months: 
“There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but let me be clear, I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an ETS.” 
The first section of the quote is accurate. But the bolded section appears to be entirely invented, in order to clear Gillard of accusations she misled voters prior to the 2010 election. Now the fake quote makes it to the mainstream. Andrew Bolt deals with this deception.



Tim Blair – Monday, July 01, 2013 (5:01am)

A few years ago, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri delivered one of his organisation’s typically ridiculous announcements about climate change.
“It is the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit,” declared Pachauri.
This was great news for climate change worriers, who tend to be the richest of the rich. In fact, the world’s poor have absolutely thrived during recent decades of alleged climate change. The Wall Street Journal‘s Sudeep Reddy reported in April that “the total number of people living in extreme poverty has dropped in every developing region over the past three decades. About 21 per cent of the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day in 2010. In 1981 it was 52 per cent.”
The greatest improvements occurred in nations now accused of driving climate change through economic expansion. China’s extreme poverty rate was 84 per cent in 1981. Now it’s down to just 12 per cent. Around two-thirds of India’s population suffered extreme poverty three decades ago. Only one-third is now so afflicted.
You want to see some genuine casualties of climate change? Look no further than Australian politicians, the planet’s leading climate change hysteria victim class.



Tim Blair – Monday, July 01, 2013 (4:58am)

Sunni versus Shiites in Sydney and Syria
During a lecture last month, Campbelltown Sheikh Jamil el-Biza said Shiites should be destroyed ‘’either with our hands or with our blood’’. He berated young Muslims for caring more about the Canterbury Bulldogs NRL team than what is happening to their ‘’brothers’’ in Syria, Chechnya, Kashmir and Somalia …
Zaky Mallah, who runs an office for the Free Syrian Army from his Parramatta garage, promises he can get young Australians into Syria in less than 24 hours but strongly denies he is recruiting people for the resistance. 
Wacky Zaky, previously employed at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, now dreams of doom: 
Zaky Mallah’s aim is to die in Syria.
‘’I wouldn’t mind being granted martyrdom,’’ he said. ‘’Call me crazy, call me weird, call me whatever but it’s a cause I’m willing to die for.’’ 
While awaiting his heroic martyrdom, Zaky currently leads all local extremist beauty contests in the sensitive posingcategory.


Rudd still behind in almost every poll. And in policies

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (7:55pm)

Is Kevin Rudd’s poll surge a sugar hit or just the start?
If this is as good as it gets, then Labor will lose.
Essential: Labor 48, Coalition 52
Newspoll: Labor 49, Coalition 51
Galaxy: Labor 49, Coalition 51
ReachTEL: Labor 48, Coalition 52
The only poll which has Labor ahead is Morgan‘s today: Labor 51.5 to the Coalition’s 48.6.
I think Rudd will be pleased with his start. He has communicated well his new “inclusive” style - whether fake or real. He is also smiling everywhere, which is a welcome contrast after years of Julia Gillard’s politics of division.
Yes, he’s had a lot of talent walk out of his ministry, and probably more than he’d hoped. His Ministry is therefore weaker, but strong performers have been put in the key portfolios (Albanese, Shorten in particular).
His gaffe about war with Indonesia does come with a benefit - turning scrutiny onto Tony Abbott.
But what Rudd has not given us is policy. What exactly will he change? What will he do to stop the boats he brought in? What will he do to bring the Budget back into order, especially with signs China is slowing? What will he do to stop the blowouts of the NBN? How can he kick-start the non-mining economy? What will be do about the carbon tax, now four times higher than the world price?  What exactly are his policies?
I don’t think policy ever was Rudd’s strong suit, which may why he has little to say about it yet. This is where the Liberals must attack. 


Mathieson speaks

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (5:33pm)

Ex-First Bloke Tim Mathieson rings a Melbourne radio station to talk about trying to watch rugby league while his partner was being sacked, and reminisces about being called gay, going to lots of free sport, and nights with mates like ABC host Barrie Cassidy and having to now get a job. Listen here.
Some highlights:
His comments came during an impromptu phone call to Melbourne’s SEN sports station after he had “just finished doing Julia’s hair” and was trapped in The Lodge by the media…
In the interview on SEN, Mr Mathieson said gay television personality Molly Meldrum recently approached him at a Storm NRL match after the Howard Sattler gay slur controversy.
“I said, ‘G’day mate’ cos I know Molly pretty well. Anyway, he goes “Don’t come anywhere near me they’ll think you’re gay!” Mr Mathieson joked…
Referring to Ms Gillard as “27” and Kevin Rudd as “26”, Mr Mathieson said he was staying with his parents in “Sheppo” on the night Sattler asked Ms Gillard if Mr Mathieson was gay.
“We woke up at 6 in the morning and turned the TV on and Mum goes, “what’s all this mean, Tim?” he said.
“I said, ‘I dunno anyway, mum’. My father, he’s a classic, you know, he gets up and says, ‘my father was a barber in Shepparton. He must have been gay as well’…
Mr Mathieson has faced criticism for his love of attending major sports events but hosed down suggestions he had over indulged in the gravy train, saying “most of the time I say no”.
“I don’t think my PA even exists anymore so they might stop coming in,” he said.
“I still have that little thing that goes around your neck that says VIP to the V8 Supercars.
“I am an aficionado of V8 Supercar Racing. I love coming to the footy and I love watching the Storm. So those three, hopefully, won’t stop."…
Mr Mathieson was on the Gold Coast watching the State of Origin match on Wednesday night while Ms Gillard was being knifed as prime minister.
“I sort of thought the week had passed and the PM would get through but, umm, it wasn’t meant to be,” he said.
“I couldn’t kind of watch and concentrate after 7pm so I was just sort of back and forth so I thought, ah well, it was a one sided Queensland win anyway, so I thought I’ll just take some calls and have a few beers and have a debrief.” 


Hugh Jackman is asked the question that got Howard Sattler sacked

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (2:49pm)

Wasn’t this same question, asked of Julia Gillard about her partner Tim, meant to show how outrageously sexist and cruel Australians were to the first female Prime Minister?

HUGH Jackman has again dismissed rumours he’s gay as “silly”.
Promoting his new film, Wolverine, the Australian actor said the rumours were frustrating, particularly for his older wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
“If I was, I would be,” Jackman told 60 Minutes.
(Full exchange from around 12:45)
Is reporter Tara Brown going to be sacked as broadcaster Howard Sattler was? Or did critics of Gillard get held to a higher standard?
Perhaps former Gillard communications direct John McTernan can at least put his sense of grievance in perspective:
Gillard has faced serial abuse as a woman on a scale I believe is unprecedented in modern politics. ... The next day she was asked live on air by radio host Howard Sattler if her partner Tim was gay. Just imagine. That question was asked of the prime minister of Australia. It took me back to Britain in the 1980s, where a largely successful battle was fought to end the use of racist or sexist abuse in public discourse. Australia is 30 years behind. 


Simon Crean now quits, too

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (8:34am)

Simon Crean is now quitting politics at the next election.
This is the man who stood for deputy prime minister at last Wednesday’s Caucus meeting and got thrashed by Anthony Albanese.
On 3AW he says he would have served under Kevin Rudd as a Minister until the election, but Rudd had told him he’d rather give the position to someone else if Crean was leaving anyway.
Andrew Leigh, a Gillard backer and former professor, has resigned as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Kate Lundy has demoted from Minister for Sport to Minister for Multicultural Relations.
The full list of former Gillard Ministers quitting at the election:
Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister
Greg Combet, former Climate Change Minister
Simon Crean, former Regional Australia Minister
Stephen Smith, Defence Minister
Nicola Roxon, former Attorney General
Craig Emerson, former Trade Minister
Martin Ferguson, former Resources Minister
Robert McClelland, former Attorney General
Chris Evans, former Government Leader in the Senate
Peter Garrett, former School Education Minister.
Quit as a Minister but not leaving:

Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister
Wayne Swan, former Treasurer
Joe Ludwig, former Agriculture Minister

The list of Gillard Ministers who have resigned from the Ministry or been sacked in the just the past week:

Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister
Wayne Swan, former Treasurer
Greg Combet, former Climate Change Minister

Craig Emerson, former Trade Minister

Peter Garrett, former School Education Minister.
Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister
Joe Ludwig, former Agriculture Minister
Andrew Leigh, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. 


Rudd changed? Where?

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (7:03am)

Henry Ergas:

THE trouble with Kevin is that he’s unfit to govern. On that his former colleagues are right…
Incapable of setting priorities, reckless when caution was called for and paralysed when decisiveness was required, his (2007-2010) administration was a lesson in disaster.
Instead of a consistent approach to asylum-seekers, he flip-flopped between compassion and harshness. Instead of pursuing his emissions trading scheme, he panicked, shifting to a poorly judged blitz at hospital funding. Instead of tax reform, he sat on the Henry report and then tried to ram through its most questionable recommendation.
And instead of prudent economic management, he presided over an unprecedented increase in spending for no measureable improvement in outcomes, while unleashing a stimulus package that was disproportionate, inflexible and riddled with poor quality programs....
Rudd shows no sign of having changed. On the contrary, in merely four days, he has been as erratic as ever: one moment he recognises that the end of the resources boom makes competitiveness paramount; the next, he imposes punitive restrictions on 457 visas. Back also is the uncontrollable exaggeration, claiming a policy he once advocated would trigger war with our largest neighbour. And so is the utter disregard for the facts, justifying the National Broadband Network on the basis that “a bunch of Chinese students in Brissy said to me ‘what is it about your local broadband speeds Kevin?’ “, despite Brisbane’s broadband speeds being multiples of those in China.
Rudd’s colleagues know precisely what they’ve done by choosing survival over principle and popularity over good governance. Simon Benson describes the hatred at the Caucus at which Labor MPs voted to replace Gillard with Rudd:
KEVIN Rudd admitted to his new caucus last Wednesday that some of the people in the room “may hate my guts”. He promised no retribution and asked them to trust him.
After he had finally won, 57-45, it was Mr Rudd who went to shake the fallen leader’s hand. He said: “Thank you.” Several colleagues claimed that they didn’t think Ms Gillard even responded.
Mr Rudd also tried in his victory speech - which under the rules, was allowed - to sound magnanimous. He singled out Resources Minister Gary Gray as an example of his new generosity.
“I know Gary hates my guts,” he said, “but we need people like Gary for the future of the Labor Party.”..
Terry McCrann can’t see that change:

The two big messages of his opening remarks on Wednesday night were his commitment to forswear conflict and aim for inclusiveness; and that he in particular wanted to reach out to the business sector. Thursday was not a good start. It sent disturbing signals of a replay of the empty promises and the sheer narcissism of the old Rudd.
First was the matter of the Gillard government’s crackdown on 457 visas. Nothing could better and immediately have demonstrated key and necessary features of the future Rudd government. That it was genuine about reaching out to business. That it would rebalance the pendulum from its swing under Julia Gillard too far towards unions and regulation of industrial relations. Further, that the Rudd government decision-making would be informed by serious and objective analysis.
And more broadly, that it really would abandon the various class and gender wars embraced by a desperate prime minister this year.
Instead, he waved it through. Announcing that none of that would apply and the emptiness of his soothing rhetoric.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 


Kevin Rudd’s loose lips sink ships

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (7:01am)

Boat people policy
KEVIN Rudd’s reckless talk of war with Indonesia shows he hasn’t fixed one of his worst flaws.
No, not his boat people disaster. His mouth. 


Reckless Rudd talks war but has no answers to his disaster

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (6:17am)

The Immigration Department statistics tell the story of Kevin Rudd’s biggest blunder.
Reader Gab gives the latest figures:
Illegal boat arrivals for June 2013: 42 boats carrying 2975 and 55 drowned (that we know of). That’s 13,726 on 198 boats in 2013. This financial year, over 25,000 have arrived on nearly 400 boats - more than triple last year’s figure. All up 743 boats carrying over 45,000 have arrived since Kevin Rudd “lurched to the left” in 2008 and dismantled the Pacific Solution.
To disguise his failure, Kevin Rudd is trashing relations with Indonesia again. Greg Sheridan:

ON the eve of his first visit to Indonesia as a restored Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd has repeated his appallingly irresponsible remarks suggesting that Tony Abbott’s boat turnaround policy could indirectly lead to military conflict between Australia and Indonesia...
It is unprecedented, and unspeakably reckless and foolish, for an Australian leader to airily canvass the idea of military conflict with Australia’s closest considerable neighbour…
So far, although the Indonesians are very annoyed with Rudd, there has been little reaction from the Indonesian government.

Finally, and importantly, Rudd has given an enormous boost to the always powerful anti-Australian paranoia that traditionally runs through much of Indonesian Islamist and nationalist sentiment.
Incoming immigration minister Tony Burke keeps up the attack by telling lies about the Coalition policy:
No one should pretend that you can take Australian naval vessels to the Indonesian shoreline - when Indonesia’s saying ‘You can’t bring them here’ - without creating a problem.
No one is talking about using Australian naval vessels to invade Indonesian territory, and go even “to the Indonesian shoreline”. Burke is just making this up.
Here is Julie Bishop, the shadow foreign minister, explaining the real proposal:

What happened under the Howard Government, and what can happen again, is that Indonesian flag boats with Indonesian crews that have come from Indonesian ports can be turned back. That’s what happened in 2002. In fact, Julia Gillard was the shadow immigration minister at the time. And she applauded the Australian Navy for turning boats back, on international waters, back to Indonesia, and they went back - four of them....
Kevin Rudd, before the election, said that he would embrace a policy of turning around boats where it was safe to do so in international waters. Now, there is no suggestion that anything that we would do, nor anything the Howard Government did, would violate Indonesian territorial integrity. We’ve never said that.
This is exactly the proposal once supported by Kevin Rudd:

Rudd, February 23, 2007:

LABOR’S policy is that if people are intercepted on the high seas, then these vessels should be turned around.
Rudd, Radio 2GB, July 12, 2007:
ALAN Jones: (Someone) rang me this morning and asked if Kevin Rudd became PM and a boatload of people from Indonesia or somewhere else were waiting out in the ocean to come into Australia, would you turn them back or let them in?

Rudd: … If they’re out there in the high seas, what you would do is seek to turn them back through the agency of the Australian Navy.
Paul Kelly and Dennis Shanahan, The Australian, November 23, 2007:
YOU’D turn them back,” he said of boats approaching Australia, emphasising that Labor believed in an “orderly immigration system” enforced by deterrence … “Deterrence is effective through the detention system but also your preparedness to take appropriate action as the vessels approach Australian waters on the high seas.”
Labor is lying about the Coalition’s policy and offering none of its own.
(Thanks to readers Peter and Gab.) 


Man who stopped legal fishing boat now Immigration Minister

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (5:41am)

One Labor minister has experience in turning back a boat:
ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke banned the super-trawler Abel Tasman...
So a perfect pick:

LABOR will escalate its fight with Tony Abbott on border protection by moving former environment minister Tony Burke into the portfolio today ...

Burke’s rise means present immigration minister Brendan O’Connor is shifted out, after making such a hash of the 457 visa issue. So smart politics, as long as O’Connor thinks his second prize is good enough and doesn’t get cranky:
Brendan O’Connor, a close ally of former prime minister Julia ­Gillard, will move from the politically deadly immigration ministry into a new employment portfolio, responsible for employment, skills and training.
And is Shorten being stripped of status?

The employment portfolio was previously the ground of powerbroker Bill Shorten. Mr Shorten is expected to keep the crucial Workplace Relations port­folio but it is not clear whether he will stick to his financial services and super­annuation responsibilities or take on a new area.
Other appointments:
The Prime Minister will also name Anthony Albanese to the communications portfolio ...
It’s critical Labor has a strong performer like Albanese up against Malcolm Turnbull on such a tough issue.

Former industry minister Kim Carr is to be returned to his portfolio and the cabinet - reversing his sacking by Ms Gillard last year - as the government seeks to contrast its support for manufacturing against the Coalition plan to cut car industry assistance.
A bad signal. It seems Labor will keep pushing subsidies for unionised industries such as car-making, at the cost of everyone else.
The new Climate Change Minister, replacing walk-out Greg Combet, will have to figure a way of moving to emissions trading faster which won’t cost the Budget more than $4 billion a year. Good luck with that:
Revamping the maligned carbon tax would mean a significant hit to the federal budget, the incoming Climate Change Minister, Mark Butler, has acknowledged....
More leaks, which seem to have been divided fairly between all main papers:

Simon Crean is also thought to be in line for a frontbench position, possibly education.... Joel Fitzgibbon, who was Mr Rudd’s point man in his return to the leadership, is also expected to be rewarded.
No, Crean quits and Shorten gets an odd addition to Workplace Relations:

BILL Shorten has been appointed to the crucial education portfolio, taking responsibility for selling the Rudd government’s school funding reforms. 


Rudd gives Labor sugar hit, but Coalition still leads: 51 to 49

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (5:37am)

Kevin Rudd’s personal popularity, especially over Tony Abbott, has lifted Labor dramatically - but not enough to give it a lead over the Coalition:
According to the latest Newspoll survey, conducted exclusively for The Australian at the weekend, the ALP primary vote jumped six percentage points from 29 to 35 per cent after Mr Rudd was made Prime Minister…
Based on preference flows at the 2010 election, the Coalition still holds an election-winning lead of 51 per cent to Labor’s 49
Mr Rudd got 49 per cent as preferred prime minister - up 16 percentage points on Ms Gillard’s last poll of 33 per cent, her record low - and 16 points ahead of Mr Abbott who was on 35 per cent.


Sunday Age publishes fake quote excusing Gillard’s lie

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (12:16am)

The Sunday Age mindlessly repeats this falsehood from The Stalking of Julia Gillard, a new book by Gillard apologist Kerry-Anne Walsh:
Her critics claimed she had broken an ironclad election promise not to introduce a ‘’carbon tax’’. During the election campaign she had stated: ‘’There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but let me be clear: I will be putting a price on carbon and I will move to an emissions trading scheme.’’ This is what she announced, but not as far as those in the opposition and hysterical commentariat were concerned.
In fact, I am a member of the “hysterical commentariat” who called Gillard a liar and I now calls Walsh a fabricator - or simply a lazy Googlista.
If you search Google you will indeed find a couple of articles last year claiming Gillard said what Walsh claims. I can find only one article which gives a source - the full Channel 10 interview from which the above notorious clip is taken. The article by blogger The Sniper claims:

Ms Gillard had said this: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead but let me be perfectly clear, I will introduce a price on carbon and move on to an emissions trading scheme.” And this: “I don’t rule out the possibility of legislating a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, a market-based mechanism,” she said of the next parliament. “I rule out a carbon tax.” Mr Abbott condensed it into this: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead.” He then claims the Prime Minister has lied to the people and misled the Parliament…
References: Watch Ch10 News on YouTube, from 2.12 mark, or read this report in The Australian on 2010 election eve.
But check that video for yourself:

Here is the transcript of that interview:
There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead. What we will do is we will tackle the challenge of climate change.  We’ve invested record amounts in solar and renewable energies. Now I want to build the transmission lines that will bring that clean, green energy into the national electricity grid. I also want to make sure we have no more dirty coal-fired power stations. I want to make sure we’re driving greener cars and working from greener buildings. I will be delivering those things, and leading our national debate to reach a consensus about putting a cap on carbon pollution.
Neither that interview nor the Australian article contain the Gillard quote Walsh claims is “what she announced”.  Instead, the full Channel 10 transcript confirms Gillard indeed gave a false commitment about a carbon tax - a promise she promptly broke after the election.
Walsh is completely wrong, and her defence of Gillard’s lie is itself a con.
Will the Sunday Age correct this error?
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


The real price of carbon is political death

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (12:03am)

TWO years ago, six smiling politicians held a press conference in Canberra to announce they’d given us a carbon price.
On Saturday, the fifth of them paid with his career, and now we know the real price of carbon.
It’s professional death for any politician stupid enough to fall for the global-warming scare. 


Yet they still got their baby victim

Andrew Bolt July 01 2013 (12:00am)

This ghastly case should make us doubly vigilant about baby shopping:

Standing before an American court convicted of the most heinous of child sex crimes, the double lives of Australian citizen Mark J. Newton and his long-term boyfriend Peter Truong were laid bare…
Newton was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing the boy he and Truong, 36 from Queensland, had ‘‘adopted’’ after paying a Russian woman $8000 to be their surrogate in 2005.
Police believe the pair had adopted the boy ‘‘for the sole purpose of exploitation’’. The abuse began just days after his birth and over six years the couple travelled the world, offering him up for sex with at least eight men…
Newton and Truong gave an interview to a local ABC reporter in Far North Queensland in 2010 on their battle to have a child as a gay couple....
The family planned to live in Cairns but that was delayed because Australian authorities initially refused to grant the child a visa. That took 2 years and upon their eventual arrival in Australia they said Customs quizzed them for hours. Police were also sent to the family’s house in Cairns to check up on the pair.
In the radio interview, 20 months before their arrest, Newton was asked if he felt the extra attention was because authorities suspected there was ‘‘something dodgy ... something paedophlic going on here?’’
‘‘Absolutely, absolutely, I’m sure that was completely the concern,’’ Newton replied.


The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.
~ Exodus 14:14, NLT

I liked this lighthouse in Chatham Illinois and got off the road to find it. The owner turned out to be a great guy who gave me a complete tour of the place and we wound up talking and hanging out for a while. A nice little moment to break up a very long drive while on tour with Yahoo! on their On The Road campaign. — in Chatham, IL.
I am angry if what has been reported is the final outcome of the inquiry. I understand that the report says that child reporting should not be mandatory. Presumably, this would excuse parliamentarians from shredding legal documents in the case of a child gang rape in a state run detention centre. Rudd should face justice over the issue .. he is Prime Minister, not Prime Monster. - ed

... " Rudd is the uncooked sausage at every barbie." - Dallas Beaufort

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

Here we see Rudd trying to impress businessmen in Western Sydney.

Lack of eye contact is typical of those who have no empathy towards others typical of those who suffer from Aspbergers syndrome and schizophrenia.

Is Rudd mentally stable to be leading government ? The animosity towards him can be seen by the number of resignations.

This is a serious political crisis.Our nation is being squeezed to the last drop so Rudd can play his little mind games while the rich remain rich but the poor become poorer.

Rudd, a multi millionaire himself whose wife benefitted from Liberal employment policies,is no friend of working Australians.

Nouveau riche pratts never are.



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Not too many of us are aware nowadays, but there was a school of erudite thought in the 1930s that perceived Adolf Hitler as the Third Reich’s man caught in the middle. That broadminded view held that the fuehrer wasn’t the most extreme in the cast of Nazi characters, that it was possible to tame him – that he was pulled in contradictory directions by opposing forces.

The villains, according to this scenario, were Heinrich Himmler and Josef Goebbels who influenced Hitler to adopt ever more rigid positions, while his deputy Hermann Goering encouraged him to opt for a less belligerent stance.

Again, for those unaware, Goering was the egotistical, gluttonous and greedy hedonist who sadistically robbed helpless Jews and thereby amassed a vast personal fortune. Its crowning glory was an extraordinary art collection comprised initially foremost of works plundered from Jews. Goering ordered the registration of all Jewish property and personal belongings to make the pickings easier. Outrageously, the Nazis’ most prolific looter levied incredible fines on Germany’s Jews for damages inflicted upon them during the anti-Jewish rampages of Kristallnacht.

Most of the international community vilifies Israeli building across the Green Line (commonly referred to as the “1967 border,” but which in fact constitutes the 1949 armistice line that marked an end to the fighting during Israel’s War of Independence) as a form of expansionism, reflective of a morally-corrupt occupation. The reality, however, is that the construction of settlements was implemented as a security policy following the 1967 war; and, then, only after Israeli peace overtures were rebuffed by the Arab world.
Armed and uniformed: Hezbollah watching IDF movements - Ynet

"Northern command practice direct conflict with Hezbollah in bid to keep troops on toes, in wake of what commanders call Hezbollah's 'compulsive' documentation of IDF movements"

To anyone that's ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they're cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — which is specifically fitted to each wearer based on X-rays of the fractured bone and a 3D scan of its surrounding limb — introduces many benefits. First and foremost, you'd be able to wear a longsleeve shirt over the lightweight, ventilated nylon cast.

The Cortex would be 3D printed on site, according to Evill, and each cast would be most dense near the location of a wearer's fracture. "After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the twenty-first century," says Evill. His Cortex cast may still be awkward from a fashion perspective, but it's a marked improvement over where things stand today.


John Wayne: Playboy Interview – May 1971

“Well, the liberals seem to be quite willing to have Communists teach their kids in school. The Communists realized that they couldn’t start a workers’ revolution in the United States, since the workers were too affluent and too progressive. So the Commies decided on the next-best thing, and that’s to start on the schools, start on the kids. And they’ve managed to do it. They’re already in colleges; now they’re getting into high schools. I wouldn’t mind if they taught my children the basic philosophy of communism, in theory and how it works in actuality. But I don’t want somebody like Angela Davis inculcating an enemy doctrine in my kids’ minds.” ~ John Wayne

Pastor Rick Warren
Courage is continuing in spite of the pain.

- The Original Hero -

His name is Jesus, His name is Lord

He died to save us, He saved the world

He walked on water, He walked on clouds

He healed the sick, He fed the crowds

He raised the dead, and rose to life

He healed the lepers, removed their strife

He drove out demons, He drove out hate

He gave us love and He gave us faith

He is the Saviour, He is the Christ

the One Messiah, His name's no heist

He wore our shoes, and walked on our way

He showed us wonders, and saved the day

He taught us lessons, to understand

that it's by grace and not just by hand

that life and spirit, soul and mind

with truth and love, in God we'd find

He wore a thorn of crowns and wood

but never cursed even though He could

He had nails in His hands, and tears in His eyes

but His tears were for us, whom He'd never despise

He was whipped and spat on, by the people He saved

the same people, for Him, had cheered and waved

He's my own superhero, and even yours too

he Greatest, the First, the Only one true

His name is Jesus. His name is Lord.

He died to save us. He saved the world.

- Jamike Ekennia


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In life, we often find ourselves in a situation where we need to decide between what we like and what’s good for us. Should I eat salad or French fries?. Should I attend a church service or attend a party? Should I call her and apologize or play the waiting game?But here’s the thing… 
Each decision you make though may seems small will lead you to the quality of your life down the road. Your decision to skip reading your Bible this morning will not instantly take you away from the hands of God. But eventually may lead you to back slide.Make a decision now to read and study the Bible. You’re on assignment.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.(2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV) God has an assignment for you that nobody else can fulfill.Just like when He called Jonah. God needs you. He needs your gifts, your smile, your love, your passion. You are a part of His divine plan. You have something to offer nobody else can offer.Serve the Lord with your strength.He is waiting for you.God bless you.

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Recently, I praised members of the House of Representatives for passingH.R. 1787 - a bill which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy We have made great strides on protecting life since 2003, when I led the fight to ban partial birth abortions. This was an important step to preserving and protecting life.  
Now we have another opportunity to take a step for life, going toe-to-to against abortion supporters in Texas.
On Monday, July 1st, the Texas legislature will reconvene for a special session to vote on Senate Bill 5 which will outlaw abortions after 20 weeks.
You may recall last week the attention that Texas State Senator Wendy Davis received for filibustering this legislation, and you may be even more familiar with the misguided praise she's received from the liberal media for her efforts.
Well, we're giving this issue some attention, too.
Patriot Voices has launched a petition which we will deliver to Gov. Rick Perry asking Americans to stand with life and go 'toe-to-toe' against Senator Wendy Davis and anyone else who supports abortion at any time and for any reason.
Will you join us and sign our petition HERE? By signing you are saying this:  
  • Yes! I will go #toe2toe4life against Wendy Davis and anyone else to save an innocent life.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife in support of Texas Senate Bill 5 (#SB5) which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife and agree it was reprehensible for the President of the United States to send a 'shout-out' to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis for her 11-hour filibuster in support of abortion on demand at any stage and for any reason.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife by applauding Governor Rick Perry for calling the Texas Senate back into a special session so that the Senate body can vote their support for and pass #SB5, a landmark piece of pro-life legislation.
  • Yes! I #StandWithLife because I agree that these precious baby shoes, shown going 'toe-to-toe' with Wendy Davis' filibuster shoes, remind us that we must stand for those who can't stand for themselves!
Join us to #StandWithLife in support of Texas SB5 and all life! Sign our petition today.
And because this is the last day of our Stand Up for the Grassroots Moneybomb, we will donate all gifts made today to crisis pregnancy centers across the country to honor those who #StandWithLife everyday on the front lines. Please consider making a generous donation of $25, $35 or $50 today and it will go towards organizations who #StandWithLife.
Thank you and God Bless America!
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