Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tue Jul 30th Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Anders Jørgensen. Born on the same day, across the years, as Maria Anna Mozart (1751), Emily Brontë (1818), Henry Ford (1863), Paul Anka (1941), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), Kate Bush (1958), Lisa Kudrow (1963), Markus Näslund (1973), Hilary Swank (1974) and Prince Hridayendra of Nepal (2002). On your day, Independence Day in Vanuatu (1980)
762 – Al-Mansur, the Caliph of Islam, founded the city of Baghdad to be the capital of the Islamic empire under the Abbasids.
1865 – Off the coast of Crescent City, California, US, the steamship Brother Jonathan, carrying a large shipment of gold coins that would not be retrieved until 1996, struck an uncharted rock and sank, killing 225 people.
1916 – German agents caused a major explosion when they sabotaged American ammunition supplies to prevent the materiel from being used by the Allies of World War I.
1930 – Uruguay defeated Argentina, 4–2, in front of their home crowd at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo to win the first Football World Cup.
2012 – The largest power outage in history occurred across 22 Indian states, affecting over 620 million people, or about 9% of the world's population. Come out of the dark. Stand proudly with Uruguay. Take care not to antagonise German insurgents. Steam home. Hold that bag for dad. You remind me of Reinhardt Sosin with that band name .. he was part of Rasta Wookie ..

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Rogue nation Fiji slams Rudd plan

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (12:18am)

ROGUE Pacific nation Fiji is the latest voice to condemn Kevin Rudd’s ill-prepared attempt to reconstruct the Pacific Solution which he wilfully destroyed.
In a stinging speech, the military dictatorship’s foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, slammed Rudd’s PNG Asylum Seeker Solution at the first meeting of the Australia/Fiji Business Forum to be held since 2006.
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said Australia was bullying PNG to accept thousands of people who were not Pacific Islanders.
“The Melanesian solution threatens to destabilise the already delicate social and economic balances in our societies,” he said in Brisbane yesterday.
The Australian Government has used its economic muscle to persu"de one of our Melanesian governments to accept thousands of people who are not Pacific Islanders - a great number of them permanently.
“This was done to solve a domestic political problem, and for short-term political gain without proper consideration of the long-term consequences.”
The criticism mirrored that sunk Julia Gillard’s equally lightweight East Timor Solution shortly after she took office.
“This deal, and those mooted with the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, clearly threatens our interests by altering the fundamental social fabric of any member country that accepts a deal with Australia,” the Fijian foreign minister said.
“We are deeply troubled by the consequent threat to the stability of these countries, and the white and Melanesian community, by the scale of what is being envisaged.”
The criticism follows similar condemnation from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees who has warned that settling subsidised asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea under the deal could spark local resentment among a population already suffering significant disadvantage, thus leading to instability.
“History has shown us that such instability will have far-reaching ripple effects for not only Papua New Guinea, but for the rest of the region. So, ladies and gentlemen, it is our business, and before this goes any further, we want thorough regional consultation. We want not… no, no, we demand to have our voices heard,” Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said.
He said Fiji wasn’t concerned about the outcome of the election but was deeply concerned about the impact of Australian politics on Fiji’s own affairs.
“As Pacific Islanders we share the horror of many in the international community of the deaths of more than 1000 asylum seekers trying to reach Australia.
“It is a terrible human tragedy and our hearts go out to the families of those involved. But we cannot remain silent when the current Australian Government dumps this problem - which is arguably in its own making - on our doorstep.
“Regrettably, from Fiji’s perspective, this deal continues a pattern of behaviour on the part of the Australian Government, that is inconsiderate, prescriptive, high-handed and arrogant.”
Whoa. Could this “inconsiderate, prescriptive, high-handed and arrogant” government actually be led by a man who lays claim to some sort of foreign relations expertise?
You betcha.
And it has taken a nation which has demonstrated scant regard for the niceties of democracy and diplomacy to point out just how low Australia has fallen in the eyes of its immediate neighbours since Rudd announced this dubious scheme.
When even the rogues say Australia is not fit company, something is disastrously wrong.

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NINA ISLAND

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (10:50am)

A little-known fact – nearly everybody in Tasmania is named Nina Lyhne and works for the Department of Transport:



Brought to you by the ABC’s elite fact-checking unit and reader Maurie S. In other fact-checking developments, every Fairfax title in the land is now running this postscript
Correction: Therese Rein is not the first prime minister’s wife to accompany her husband to a war zone. John Gorton’s wife Bettina visited Australian troops in 1968 during the war in Vietnam. 

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DRUGS BLAMED

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (10:36am)

Adelaide antics
A bad batch of ecstasy has been linked to a series of bizarre incidents in Adelaide including one person licking the dance floor at a nightclub and another acting like a chicken in the back of a taxi. 
Well, these things are relative. In the South Australian capital, where even dogs have Adelaide names, this sort of behaviour is more usually categorised as performance art.

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FORCE FOR GOOD

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (10:18am)

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all,” writes Professor Bunyip. “That is the motto at the Billabong and always will be.”

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LOW INTEREST RAKE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, July 30, 2013 (9:41am)

Fairfax’s Martin Gilmour meets Tony Abbott: 
He doesn’t appear to change from public to private. He is happy to speak off the record and discuss any issue but he always seems to be holding something back – like the election is his to lose if he says something clumsy. Maybe that reserved exterior doesn’t gel with some voters. 
Fair call. Gilmour has also lately encountered the Prime Minister: 
Much has been written and said about Kevin Rudd when the camera is rolling and Kevin Rudd in private.
Based on my experience on Thursday morning when the doors closed, he was about as engaged and charismatic as a silt rake. 
At least Gilmour didn’t get the hands-on treatment.

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DEAL SEALED

Tim Blair – Monday, July 29, 2013 (10:21pm)


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Lured to their deaths

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (1:34pm)

These are only the deaths the ACC knows of:
IN a little over 10 years, almost 1000 asylum-seekers have died at sea while trying to reach Australia by boat, a new report says.
The Australian Crime Commission’s biannual report into organised crime says 964 people died, or are presumed to have died, between October 2001 and June 2012.
The figures do not include the recent spate of asylum-seeker deaths on boats that foundered in Australian waters or on their way here…
Of the 964 deaths cited in the report, 605 died since October 2009 - more than one every two days.
Labor scrapped the tough border laws in 2008, and the dying resumed in early 2009, as I noted at the time.
In 2011 Labor’s then Immigration Minister estimated the death toll to be far higher than what the ACC now suggests:
The ugly spat was prompted by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s admission on Tuesday that his department believed up to 4 per cent of boat people died on their way to Australia.
Given 46,000 people boat people have arrived under Labor, that’s around 1840 deaths just since 2008, according to Bowen’s figures. 

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Nina-mania

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (1:32pm)

Tim Blair:
A little-known fact – nearly everybody in Tasmania is named Nina Lyhne and works for the Department of Transport:
Blair has the video evidence to prove it.

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You pay the carbon tax, D’Ath forgets how much

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (12:32pm)

Astonishing. The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Yvette D’Ath, does not know the level of the carbon tax her own government has imposed on business. 

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Phillip Adams on how to be a moral bullsh…er

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (8:56am)

How to be a moral poseur - a mere Man of Seeming, blind to the Doing - as demonstrated by the ABC’s Phillip Adams.
First, link our attempts to control our own borders to some incomparable past horror by invoking even Godwin’s Law:
PEOPLE have been seeking sanctuary in holy places from the dawn of history… . [including] the all-too-few Jews people-smuggled from the Nazis’ human abattoirs.
Next, pretend the boat people are fleeing unimaginable horrors and killing fields, rather than Sri Lanka or Iran:

It takes a lot to force people to abandon their homes, villages, cultures. It takes “ethnic cleansing” and genocide. From an English decision to evict the Scots from their highlands to the machetes of Rwanda and butcheries of the Balkans. Or the simple crop failure of the Irish potato famine.
Throw in some lurid climate porn inspired almost entirely by a heated imagination, not reality, for extra moral stature:

Soon their numbers will be drowned by the tidal movements of climate change refugees, as rising waters submerge Bangladesh and the Pacific islands, and by the dispossession caused by drought.
Next, minimise the numbers arriving - actually at more than 100 a day, or enough to stock a Canberra every 10 years, even without family reunions. Don’t mention that most boat people will still be on benefits five years from now, and fewer than 10 per cent of Afghans, for instance, will have jobs:

For the past 20 years Australians, whose problems with refugees are minuscule in the scheme of things...
See every attempt to regulate arrivals to this country as simply racist, even if that requires you overlook the obvious counterfactuals - our huge immigration program and one of the most generous refugee intakes in the world, now running a 20,000 a year:

For decades we’d kept people of the wrong colour out of this country with a pre-emptive form of ethnic cleansing known as White Australia. In the late 1960s and early 70s we decided we were tolerant - proclaimed that as our national virtue - and scrapped the poisonous policy. Only to bring it back in our incremental responses to “boatpeople”.
Misrepresent the issue by again playing the racism card, this time by falsely assuming Jesus could come here only as a boat person and not, say, as a legal immigrant or approved refugee:

Two leaders who make much of their Christianity are advocating policies that would have Jesus, that brown-skinned Middle Eastern, behind the razor wire.
Then pretend you’ve covered all the moral angles, while actually ignoring the greatest weakness in your own position - that weakening the border laws has meant luring some 1600 men, women and children to their deaths at sea - the horrific price of your superior “compassion”:

Every religious teaching, every ethical precept, every iota of common sense, tells us we’re behaving badly… [Our] approach to the boatpeople is brutal, bigoted and absolute bullshit.
Adams’ moralising is vain, dishonest, evasive and blind to consequences. He is all posture, no responsibility. He is the perfect 21st Century bullshitter. 

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Decades to repay Labor debt, with nothing to show for the spending

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (8:52am)

Judith Sloan says it could take decades to pay back Labor’s debt:
But when [new Treasurer Chris] Bowen says he endorses Swan’s fiscal rule that budget surpluses must be returned on balance across the course of the cycle, he needs to demonstrate that this is possible.
He should define the period he is talking about - one newspaper commentator put 10 years as the length of the cycle - and to outline how it is even feasible to meet the rule, particularly given the out-year spending commitments for DisabilityCare and Better Schools.
On the basis of the government’s own figures, there will be accumulated deficits of more than $220bn across seven years. That gives the government three years to run surpluses that add up to this figure - or $73bn a year - to meet the stated fiscal rule. Even Peter Costello didn’t manage surpluses of that magnitude.
If we define the cycle as 15 years, annual surpluses will still need to exceed $27bn each year for eight years.
This looks like a bridge too far for this government.
At this stage, it will be decades before budget surpluses are returned on balance.

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People smuggling model explained

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (8:28am)

Reader Albert sums up Labor’s people smuggling model:

1. Dismantle Pacific Solution
2. People smugglers dancing in the streets in Indonesia
3. Boats resume
4. Drownings resume
5. Rudd/Gillard refuse to restore Howard’s solution that worked
6. People smugglers extremely wealthy
7. Lure refugees from everywhere
8. Send them to Devil’s Island to win election

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People smugglers calling Rudd’s bluff

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (7:38am)

The Manus deal may not fool people for long:
People smugglers in Indonesia are still selling their passengers the idea that the way to Australia is open, saying Papua New Guinea will be unable to handle the volume of people now arriving on boats.
A people smuggler source has revealed the marketing spiel that has already driven 1300 fresh asylum seekers to Christmas Island since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his tough new ‘’PNG solution’’ on July 19.
And an Iranian asylum seeker in Cisarua has said the smugglers are ‘’deceiving’’ their passengers by telling them that, after one year, ‘’they will be sent [from PNG] to another country, for example, Canada, New Zealand’’.
Ten days after Mr Rudd’s announcement, a people smuggler source said it was business as usual. ‘’In the first days it was a big panic. Now it is back to normal again - busier than normal.’’
But Rudd could be “lucky”. The boat arrivals could slow after three sinkings in three weeks, and the typhoon season starting in just a month. No boats have arrived for the past three days, and after the recent deaths I’m not surprised. 

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Run! The seas will rise 14cm in a century!

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (7:27am)

More climate alarmism from the ABC:
MARK COLVIN: Tiny atolls scattered across the Pacific, the Marshall Islands suffered one of the forgotten tragedies of the 20th century when US nuclear bomb testing made parts of the area unliveable for thousands of years.
Now they fear the 21st century may be no kinder because climate change already appears to be affecting the islands terribly…
Senator Tony de Brum is the minister in assistance to the president of the Republic of the Marshalls, effectively the vice-president…
TONY DE BRUM: If the rains return it will take years before the crop, the food crop and the water supplies, underground water supplies, are restored and salt inundation is curbed…
MARK COLVIN: And you’ve also had huge storm surges?
TONY DE BRUM: In the south.
MARK COLVIN: Very, very high tides?
TONY DE BRUM: That’s correct. We have had to shut down our airport because of these tides - three large portions of the seawall that keeps the saltwater off of the runway in the main airport, there were three breaches, one as long as 100 feet.
MARK COLVIN: Has this happened before? I mean do you think this is about climate change? Is this new, all of this?
TONY DE BRUM: Absolutely. I’ve lived almost 70 years in the Marshalls and I’ve never seen it before…
We are having to tell our children that in a few years you won’t be able to stay where you are, we’re going to have to move you someplace else.
Just how much our emissions are contributing to the rebound from the Little Ice Age is debatable, but de Brum sure is making a metre out of a millimetre:

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That trend, incidentally, looks more like a step.
(Thanks to reader Aussieute.) 

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Yet more handouts: another $118,000 per Holden job

Andrew Bolt July 30 2013 (7:05am)

Another handout to save union jobs - at the expense of others:
HOLDEN is close to securing a new deal for a further $200 million in taxpayer money - a double dip that follows the $275 million pledged last year to maintain its manufacturing operations until 2022…
Since then Holden has sacked 400 factory workers and 100 engineers ...  and its manufacturing workforce has shrunk to 1700 from a peak of more than 7000 in 2004.
Reader The Watcher:
That works out at $117,647 per employee.
My small business employs only four people, but surely they have every right to expect a government bailout at the same ratio when our invoicing starts to get a bit tight each month, so we can keep the doors open?

Note also: first Labor whacks Holden with FBT changes to save money. Now it hands Holden money to save jobs. That money comes in part from companies trying to stay in business themselves.
Very little of this pass-the-envelope makes sense. But it does make for a series of nice political headlines, however misleading: “Government scraps rort”, “Government cuts spending”, “Government saves jobs”.
UPDATE
Just repairing what they smashed:

LOCAL carmakers claim their sales could fall 20 per cent and the total new car market will fall 10 per cent as a result of Labor’s fringe benefits tax changes to company and salary-sacrificed vehicles...
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said new car sales were expected to drop by 10 per cent or more annually - about 100,000 cars - if the Rudd government continued with its commitment to eliminate FBT statutory formula method for salary-sacrificed and employer-provided cars…
Australian Salary Packaging Industry Association president Leigh Penberthy has estimated that 3000 jobs were at stake after 10,000 vehicle orders were cancelled in the first week after the change was announced a fortnight ago.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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Daddy had better be very good to mummy for a long time .. - ed
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This was my best image from the 2013 short two days of chasing. It was a nice huge shelf cloud over Newcastle, Oklahoma. — at Newcastle Ok.
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Lower backpain has always stopped me from training harder and running longer distances (I had a bad back injury in 2006 from over-training and it's never quite been the same) It started getting much worse lately which made me realise just how much I couldn't let it hold me back, I simply refuse to let it restrict me. Luckily I came across Rocktape recently and it's helped me train harder without feeling like my spine is gonna pop right out of my damn back. I still can't rely on it though, it only does a bit extra so the rest is still up to me to maintain a strong back and core through conditioning. Special thanks goes to my Mum for taping me up everytime! I learn more and more each day just how powerful the mind is, the only thing truly stopping us are our excuses.
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A research team in the United States has actually found that overweight people who are discriminated against are two to three times more likely to become obese.

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John Wayne 1974 BBC Interview

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/john-wayne-1974-bbc-interview/

“Well, at the time, it seemed rather serious, and they (Communists in Hollywood) were getting themselves into a position where they could control who did the writing.” John Wayne
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Some say "How heartless were the guards" but it was the world which lacks compassion. - ed
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Extract of Oped by Tim Montgommery.

No half-decent politician in any part of the developing world was ever going to delay economic progress by embracing expensive energy sources.

Any policies that prevent a clinic in India from being able to refrigerate medicines or a student in China from being able to read at night were always destined to fail ……..

The demands of millions of wealthy green campaigners will continue to be overwhelmed by the demand from billions of poor people for economic growth and the social justice that it affords them.

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This is what a water bottle looks like before it's expanded using compressed air.
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AUNTY IS A CLOSED, LEFT-WING WORKSHOP

Don’t worry about Fairfax, that irrelevant organisation is slowly pulling its own plug. But the ABC is government-funded and its charter is to cater for a range of views.

If the ABC was a private enterprise venture it would be insolvent within a week. It has no interest in ratings (as ratings clearly show) but its programming has been excellent and many, butnot enough, enjoy its non-commercial basis.

Those who wish to see the abolition of “Aunty” will be disappointed. Those who wish to see its reformation have reason to be hopeful because it has clearly overstepped the mark of late.

There is no doubting its proclivity for Left-wing bias, but that’s not unusual, all developed nations have their “government” media outlets and all are bereft of a conservative view.

Commercial stations are forced, via advertising, to cater for a broad audience.

The ABC’s annual budget of $1.2 billion in taxpayer funds should rightly be used to appeal to a cross section of its paying supporters.

Of course the ABC doesn’t even aspire to that, and the reason is that it simply doesn’t have to.

SBS’s charter was to cater for the ethnic viewer and that seems to have got lost along the way, except for its addiction to soccer.

SBS has a modicum of commercials and many see the answer to the ABC’s far Left self-indulgence is to convert it to a commercial licence or combine it with SBS. This won’t happen.

As daily newspapers rapidly disintegrate into on-line news services, so too will free-to-air channels eventually succumb to pay TV.

It would be intolerable to further split diminishing advertising dollars available to the free-to-air channels by creating more commercial licences.

So, how can the people’s ABC be reformed? It clearly can’t be allowed to continue as it has been.

It can only be reformed from the top.

Jim Spigelman, the current ABC Chairman, is an ALP appointment and a former Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to Gough Whitlam. He is of the Left.

These sort of blatantly political appointments from either side of politics are damaging Aunty in the long run.

When Abbott is elected he will no doubt make some changes but the effects will be generational as the acolyte appointees of Spigelman are already firmly ensconced in a middle management system that has employed those who choose what we see and those who present it to us.

The ABC is in dire need of jolting back to the centre and if Abbott could he would take the knife to middle management too. But he can't do that.

So, we will need to endure the rabid Left until those changes take effect.

Unfortunately, by the time the ABC behemoth is restored to a political centre it will be time to vote in another Labor Government.

It's time to rid government from our government station.

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Tony Abbott
Earlier today I committed the Coalition to providing for the fair indexation of military superannuation pensions.

The Coalition will keep faith with the 57,000 recipients of military superannuation pensions by providing fair indexation.

You can read our policy here: http://lbr.al/defsup
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Caroline Glick
Bibi - Shame on you!
Below is a link to an oped written by Adi Moses, a victim of terror. Her pregnant mother and little brother were murdered. She was critically wounded. And to make Obama and Kerry happy, Bibi decided to release their murderers, along with another 103 murderers. Just to make Obama and Kerry happy.
You think they'll bomb Iran now?
Bibi, you are a disgrace to your people, and to the memory of your brother. Shame on you.
I'm following this post, not 'liking' it. I am reminded of how JFK was paired with a 'partner in peace' with Khrushchev. Khrushchev negotiated with JFK and backed down over the Cuban Missile crisis. Thing was, Khrushchev also negotiated missiles out of Turkey. Not being able to discuss about Turkey, Khrushchev looked weak and was rolled by the monster Breshnev. I don't know why Netanyahu has done what he has done, it cannot have a good excuse. But I know it is Obama's fault and there is none to replace Netanyahu that is better for Israel atm. - ed

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Craig Kelly.
not only in the UK
- as an MP with the number of disturbing cases I have heard, we need an inquiry to child protection in Australia.>
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Institute of Public Affairs
IPA like to excuse their historical preference for the ALP with such empty rhetoric. The fact is that policy influences industry profoundly, and can, as the ALP have demonstrated time and again, wreck a lot. - ed

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Australia should be competitive .. with the qualifiers .. - ed
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This is what a Russian Caucasian Mountain Dog looks like
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Sunrise at Jannali railway station earlier today.

Interesting to note that Jannali station has become substantially busier since it was upgraded by the NSW Liberals.
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Debt.So easy to get in to, so hard to get out of.
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You can tell the size of our God by looking at the size of our worry list. The longer our list, the smaller our God

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Pastor Rick Warren
When life doesn't make sense, an explanation doesn't ease your pain; the presence of God does.

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I would hope next time Pope Francis offers to meet with the press, they would take to heart his message about fearless service and report to their readers what he actually said, rather than what they wish they had heard. 
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The Monthly but this is a good, non-politically partisan piece.



Essentially, nobody likes being lectured about how racist they are. That quaint notion of national sovereignty, however unfashionable among the inner-city set, still holds sway in many parts of the country.>===



Desert Shadows. This is one of the very first images I ever took with a DSLR back on June 30th, 2006. My brother Randy let me borrow his girlfriends' Canon and get a feel. I was too broke to afford one of my own at the time, and it was absolute torture waiting for the day when I would finally be able to give up the point and click camera I had been using and abusing. I was hooked, but without a quick fix to be seen in the near future. This picture was taken as a desert monsoon storm was forming above us. Soon there would be lightning and high winds. I was in heaven! I continue with my obsession of the DSLR and desert storms to this day. I also get to teach others how to shoot these darned contraptions, which is pretty cool.

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AT&T Offers $250,000 Reward for Fiber Vandalism 17 Apr 2013
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Gunshots-Vandalism-at-PGE-Substation-in-San-Jose-203200601.html
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Terrorism has led to sad and inglorious appeasement. And because the Palestinian leadership has always used terrorism as the tactic of first resort, their cause has received worldwide recognition.
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G Dan Mitchell
In reply to (yet another) example of asking the false question about so-called post-processing, I wrote:
"It is time to stop being defensive about so-called "processing" of photographs. It is simply a bizarre and unsupportable myth that great photographs reflect reality (in fact, every photograph lies!) or are produced simply by making brilliant decisions about what to point that camera at and when. To suggest that great photography comes only from careful capture - without denying the importance of that part of the process - is akin to suggesting that great cooking is purely the result of great farming."

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I said He would make me younger .. BP 120 over 70 .. not bad for 46 .. but still drug enhanced .. Eric Kalemen
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Iron oxide isn't rare either - ed
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“I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.” Psalm 119:93 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Nevertheless I am continually with thee."
Psalm 73:23
"Nevertheless,"--As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings "nevertheless I am continually with thee." Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph's confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say "nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!" By this is meant continually upon his mind, he is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye;--the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in his hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on his heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart forever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, thou beholdest me as wearing Christ's garments, and washed in his blood, and thus I stand accepted in thy presence. I am thus continually in thy favour--"continually with thee." Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within--look at the calm without. "Nevertheless"--O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. "Nevertheless I am continually with thee."

Evening

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me."
John 6:37
This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come; however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall be brought out of darkness into God's marvellous light. It teaches us the indispensable necessity of faith; for even those who are given to Christ are not saved except they come to Jesus. Even they must come, for there is no other way to heaven but by the door, Christ Jesus. All that the Father gives to our Redeemer must come to him, therefore none can come to heaven except they come to Christ.
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words "shall come." He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they "shall come." The Lord Jesus doth by his messengers, his word, and his Spirit, sweetly and graciously compel men to come in that they may eat of his marriage supper; and this he does, not by any violation of the free agency of man, but by the power of his grace. I may exercise power over another man's will, and yet that other man's will may be perfectly free, because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the laws of the human mind. Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of his Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once rebellious, he yields cheerfully to his government, subdued by sovereign love. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen? By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ, and come to him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon him as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus come to Jesus?
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Today's reading: Psalm 49-50, Romans 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 49-50

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me--
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 1

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ....
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Esau

[Ē'sôu] - hairyThe eldest son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob by Rebekah. His name is associated with his appearance at birth (Gen. 25:25).

The Man Who Bartered His Birthright

This cunning hunter and man of the field (Gen. 25:27 ) supplies us with one of the tragic biographies among the men of the Bible. He is prominent in God's portrait gallery as the man rejected of God because he had sold his birthright. Let us briefly sketch what Scripture records of "Esau, who is Edom." Had he retained his birthright we might have read "Esau, who is Israel." The wrong act, however, left a black mark upon his future history.
He was a profane person. What a terrible epitome! It is like a label fastened to Esau as he disappears from Bible history (Heb. 12:16 ). The work "profane" does not mean that he delighted in profanity, but that he was a man of the earth who lived for worldly things and nothing else. With many good qualities, Esau was of the earth, earthy.
He sold his birthright . As the elder son of his father, even although he came from the womb only a half-hour before his twin brother, Jacob, he was entitled by law and custom to receive twice as much as a younger son's portion, and to be regarded in due time as the head of the family. But we all know the story of how, for a mess of pottage, he bartered away his spiritual and temporal rights. The record says that Esau sold his birthright because he "despised" it. How easily some men part with the rich blessings they are heirs to!
His was a fruitless repentance . Esau lifted up his voice and cried, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" But his repentant prayer was directed, not to God, but to Isaac. In the whole of Genesis Esau does not mention the name of God. Had Esau's repentance been Godward, what a different story we would have had! Esau only repented of his bargain, not ofhis sin. Such a bargain turned out to be a bad one, and he was sorry for it. Further, all Esau sought was restitution, not pardon. He had lost one blessing, and sought another.
Under grace the penitent sinner who has wasted his substance has a Saviour to turn to, and repenting of his sin, finds mercy. Esau, even with his tears, found no mercy. God was not in his thoughts, and he had therefore to abide by the consequences of what he had brought upon himself. Yet he learned his lesson, for Esau called his firstborn Eliphaz, "strength of God," and his second son Reuel, "joy of God."
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July 29, 2011
In His Eyes
Part 2
Today's Truth
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:14-15, NIV).
Friend to Friend
God can set you free to be all He created you to be. A healthy self-image is not rooted in pride and it does not exalt self above others. Success comes when we learn to accept God's evaluation instead of our own and when we give Him permission to make us what He created to be. Yesterday, we examined the first two steps we can take to understand who we are in His eyes. Today, we will look at four more steps.
Step three: Be yourself.
We should always be looking for something new to learn, an area where we can grow and changes that need to be made. Sit down with your mate or close friend and ask for a realistic evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. Constantly search for gifts and abilities on which you can work. Don't be afraid of change. It is a sign of life and growth. Change what needs to be changed, accept what you cannot change and quit whining about it! Don't waste another minute trying to be someone you were never created to be. Stop questioning God's design for your life. When an old man from the mountains of North Carolina was asked how he created such extraordinary wooden carvings of dogs, he replied, "Well, I just take my knife and a piece of wood and carve away everything that doesn't look like a dog." Learning to see your self through the eyes of God is like "carving away" everything that is not part of the original design - God's plan - and then learning how to accept what remains.
Step four: Guard your mind.
We are bombarded on all sides by the media, family and friends, co-workers and even enemies who have a certain identity they want to assign to us. We have a choice. No one makes us feel inferior without our permission. We will become what we allow our heart and mind to dwell on. An old adage says it well: "You can't keep a bird from flying over your head but you can keep it from building a nest in your hair." It is impossible to avoid destructive thinking entirely. We will be tempted. We will have negative thoughts and temptations, but we do not have to allow them to dwell in our minds. God has given us a "garbage disposal" for the mind.
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
We once lived in Miami, Florida, a place where ships come from all over world. However, before a ship is allowed to dock, an inspection team goes aboard with one assignment. Find every bit of contamination on board that ship. If contamination of any kind is found, the ship must be quarantined until it is cleaned up and inspected again. The ship is then allowed to dock. We need to control our thought life in the same way.
Step five: Control your tongue.
Our words either build up or tear down. Scripture tells us not to curse others because they are made in the image of God. So are we. As a mom, I constantly warned our children about the danger of critical words. I wanted them to learn how to encourage others with their words as well as have a healthy picture of who they are. One day, while standing in front my bathroom mirror, I began berating myself for something I had done. I didn't see our son who was quietly standing in our bedroom door where he could hear every word I said. "Mom, who are you talking to?" he asked. I sheepishly replied, "I was talking to myself." He thought for a moment and then offered a convicting observation, "Boy, if I talked like that, I'd be in big trouble!" I was immediately reminded of the words in Psalm 141:3: "Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips."
Words are like seeds. What we plant will grow. If we sow destructive, critical words, we will reap a life that is negative and critical, but if we sow words of truth, we will reap a life of peace and purpose, knowing who we are in His eyes.
Step six: Be Patient
Weeds spring up overnight but it takes years for a mighty oak to grow. Today, you can take the first step toward gaining a new perspective of who you are in Christ. Our Father says it this way in Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns."
Let's Pray
Lord, I want to know You more and learn to see myself as You see me. Please help me recognize and guard against anything or anyone who would chip away at Your truth working in my life. I believe You love me and cherish me as Your daughter. Help me to walk in that value and worth and then lead others to do the same. I praise You for validating my very existence as part of Your heart's plan. I love You, Father.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
Here is your assignment for the week. Read Psalm 139 at least one time every day. In your journal, write each verse in your own words. At the end of the week, set aside time to celebrate who you are in Christ. Have a praise party - just you and God - or invite a few girlfriends to join you in celebrating how special you are to Him.
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I pray that these devotions have helped you catch a new glimpse of just how precious you are to God. If you were never wanted or planned by human heart and mind, rest assured that you were wanted and planned by God Himself. He is with you and for you, girlfriend. He believes in you and has a plan that will prosper you and give you hope. Turn to Him. Trust Him. You are special in His eyes.
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Glynnis Whitwer
July 29, 2011
Are You Ready for a Do-Over?
Glynnis Whitwer
"Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 'Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.'" Jonah 3:1-2 (NIV)
Do-overs don't come along often. When they do, I've learned you need to be ready. One second it's a normal Sunday night, the next second God hands you a do-over on a silver platter.
That weekend my youngest son Robbie and my husband went to Rocky Point, Mexico, on a short mission trip. A team of nurses set up a weekend medical clinic, and my guys spent the day assisting the team, and playing games with the waiting children.
They had a great time and arrived home for dinner with the family on Sunday. Robbie helped me clean the kitchen afterwards, while we talked about the trip. My husband had already told me Robbie loved it, and bragged on how hard he worked. But at that moment it was just me and Robbie in the kitchen.
Robbie had his back to me, washing a counter. In a voice that sounded somewhat shaking and unsure, I heard him say, "I think I found my calling."
My response that Sunday night was VERY different than it would have been seven years ago. Seven years ago, if Robbie had made that same comment, shamefully, I would not have been very supportive.
ALL I would have thought about is how far away that might take the boy I desperately love. I would have thrown in a few "motherly" cautions and warnings. I might have expressed my concern not so much in words, but in held back affirmations. I've done it before.
Seven years ago, when his oldest brother wanted to go to Honduras at age 13, that's how I responded. He'd already gone to Mexico on a mission trip and it deeply shook his little suburban-self up. He wanted to pursue mission work and was excited about the idea of Honduras. I never said no, but in subtle ways, I influenced my loving son by what I said and didn't say. Josh eventually dropped the subject.
I'm ashamed. I've repented with many tears. I've regretted how I allowed my fears to hold back my son from obeying God's calling. I've lived with the "what ifs" for years. What if I had encouraged Josh to explore this potential calling? What would it have done in Josh's heart?
Sunday night, Robbie got a very different response. This time, I had to restrain my enthusiasm so he didn't feel embarrassed by my emotional response. A second chance had just been placed in my lap, and I wasn't about to mess it up.
"That's awesome!" I said. Then I stopped cleaning and turned to face him. "Have you thought about another trip you'd like to take? The church sponsors lots of trips, you know." (I could feel myself getting excited, and tried to rein myself in.)
"I'd like to go back to Mexico."
"What about Uganda or Honduras?" I suggested. (I was having trouble reining myself in.)
"I think I'd like to try Mexico again before taking a bigger trip." (Okay, so he's still got a bit of me in him.)
"Robbie," I said, making sure he saw the confidence and pride in my eyes. "We will do whatever it takes to allow you to go on any mission trip you want."
"Thanks Mom."
And in my heart I heard a whisper, Thanks Glynnis.
I smiled as I turned back to the dishes and bowed my head. No, thank You Lord, for a second chance.
Dear Lord, that You for forgiving me for the times I've allowed my fears to hold my loved ones back from obeying Your call. I want to be a woman who trusts You completely with the lives of my family. Help me to walk in faithful abandon, believing fully that You know what You are doing. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Visit Glynnis' blog for more on how to teach your child to overcome fear (and help yourself overcome fear in the process).
When Your Child Is Hurting by Glynnis Whitwer
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Application Steps:
Think of one thing you or a family member would like to do, but fear has held you back. Take some time to identify the root of the fear, and ask God to help you overcome it.
Reflections:
Do my fears affect anyone besides me? Family, friends, others? Describe.
List some of the attributes of God that tell of how powerful God is in the face of fears. (unchanging, all-knowing, etc.)
Power Verses:
Revelation 12:11, "They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death." (NIV)
Psalm 34:4, "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (NIV)
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