Friday, August 02, 2013

Fri Aug 2nd Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Joe Hockey and Max Oh. Born on the same day, across the years, along with, John Tyndall (1820), Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834), Jack Warner (1892), Peter O'Toole (1932), Wes Craven (1939), Mary-Louise Parker (1964), Susie O'Neill (1973) and Sam Worthington (1976). On your day, Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
338 BC – A Macedonian army defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes at the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony over the majority of Ancient Greece.
1870 – Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opened beneath the River Thames in London.
1903 – The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization started the Ilinden Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in Macedonia.
1923 – Calvin Coolidge became the 30th President of the United States after Warren G. Harding suffered a fatal heart attack.
1947 – A British South American Airways airliner crashed into Mount Tupungato in the Argentine Andes, the wreckage from which was not found until 1998.
1989 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The Indian Peace Keeping Force began killing 64 minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians over a two-day period in Valvettithurai, Sri Lanka. Try to keep peace keeping peace loving .. and don't kill people. If you must crash, crash safely. You can be anything so try to be what you wish without others dying .. it is a challenge. A back can convert your ottoman to a lovely sofa or chair. The name 'Tower' in Tower Subway was ironic. Ancient victory does not mean tomorrows hegemony.

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If you create a cesspool it can only ever breed slime

Piers Akerman – Thursday, August 01, 2013 (8:35pm)

IF disgraced former NSW Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid is Eddie the Octopus, with tentacles everywhere, the NSW Labor Party is the reeking pool which nourished the foetid culture.

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NO STRIKE RULE

Tim Blair – Friday, August 02, 2013 (12:52am)

Ordinarily, you’ve got to actually hit the ball to be given out caught. That quaint concept doesn’t apply under the current Ashes referral system:


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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (4:54pm)

On The Bolt Report on Sunday…
Labor’s election pitch: it’s blown the Budget again and hiked the taxes. Can it have your vote now?
Innes Willox of the Australian Industry Group. How much more of Labor can business really take?
Former Labor president Warren Mundine and former Liberal Finance Minister Nick Minchin on debt, scandal and advice for Tony Abbott.
And out! - the last time you’ll see Labor and Liberals unite.
The Bolt Report is on Channel 10 at 10am and 4.00pm on Sunday.

The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear

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Labor’s deficits blow out by $30 billion, 2015 surplus is gone

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (1:04pm)

In May Labor’s then Treasurer said he’d found the “savings” to pay for Labor promises for the next decade:
What I’m most proud of in this budget is our ability as a consequence of taking those savings to fully and sustainably fund critical investments in schools and disability care over the next 10 years and beyond.
Instead, Labor has stuffed up the books again - and dreadfully.
Not three months later new Treasurer Chris Bowen admits the Budget has developed a $33 billion hole.
That’s right. In three months the Government admits its already out by $33 billion. Despite huge tax hikes,it’s added $30 billion to the national debt.
The balanced Budget it promised two years from now will be yet another Labor deficit - of $4.7 billion.
The $6.6 surplus it promised from 2016 will be $4 billion.
Unemployment this financial year will rise to 6.2 per cent, rather than the originally predicted 5.75 per cent.
Growth will fall to 2.5 per cent, rather than the originally predicted 2.75 per cent.
Taxes go up. Smokers will be asked to pay $6.8 billion more.
The public service faces a cut of nearly $2 billion.
UPDATE
The cost of the PNG deal in aid, infrastructure and running costs is around $1.7 billion - the latest bill for Labor’s failure.
Labor claims there will be more than $400 million in savings from no longer having to process boat people here - but those savings are only real if the deal works.
UPDATE
Labor claimed the deficit this financial year would be $18 billion, and $10.9 billion the year after..
Wrong ahead. Both have blown out big time. From Bowen’s speech today:

With the impacts of the terms of trade and economic transition expected to fall most strongly in the next two years the expected deficit in 2013-14 is now $30.1 billion, and the expected deficit in 2014?15 is now $24 billion.
The $800 million surplus promised for 2015/16 is now a deficit, too - another $4.7 billion.
That’s another $30 billion added to the nation’s credit card above what Labor promised just three months ago.
This is a scandal.
UPDATE
The Budget update still forecasts the carbon price to rise to $38 in six years from now - or more than 50 per cent higher than today.
Remember how Rudd claimed to have “terminated” the carbon tax?
UPDATE
Just can’t stop spending:

The economic statement shows the growth in outlays will be 5.7 per cent this financial year, a crucial time for the election. It will fall later and the average growth per year over the forward estimates will be 1.3 per cent.

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Liberal polling suggests a 10-seat win

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (9:34am)

I don’t much trust “leaked” party polling.  But here’s the latest:

LEAKED Coalition polling suggests ... it remains on course to win in 14 Labor-held seats, which include former Labor MP Craig Thomson’s electorate of Dobell.

The internal Coalition polling showed that three sitting Liberal National Party members in Queensland were behind their Labor opponents: the members for Forde (Bert van Manen), Bonner (Ross Vasta) and Brisbane (Teresa Gambaro).

If the Coalition wins the 14 Labor-held seats it is polling ahead of the government in, but loses the three LNP-held seats in which it trails, Tony Abbott would become prime minister with 86 seats in the House of Representatives, 10 more than he needs to form government. This scenario assumes that the Coalition wins the three independent-held seats of Lyne, New England and Fisher.

New Labor Party polling shows its most vulnerable seats under Julia Gillard are now “line-ball”, with a two-party-preferred vote at 48 per cent, and strategists said the Rudd government could win “anywhere between no seats and six” from the LNP.

A senior LNP strategist said the campaign was now about defending the Coalition’s more marginal seats amid hopes of snagging at least two Labor-held seats, Moreton (1.2 per cent) and Petrie (2.6 per cent), as well as the Sunshine Coast seat of Fisher, held by LNP defector Peter Slipper…

The biggest gains for the opposition according to the leaked internal Coalition polling are in NSW, where it continues to lead the government in five Labor-held seats (Banks, Parramatta, Greenway, Lindsay and Reid) as well as Dobell. In Tasmania, the Liberals are tracking for victories in Braddon and Bass, however, a Liberal source said the size of the leads had “worryingly slipped”.

The Coalition is also on track to pick up frontbencher Warren Snowdon’s seat of Lingiari in the Northern Territory, the South Australian seat of Hindmarsh and the Victorian electorates of Deakin, La Trobe and Corangamite.
But there seems to me a lack of traction in the Liberal campaign, as if Tony Abbott has not yet begun to fight. Part of this is no doubt due to Rudd sucking the oxygen from the room, and part from the Liberals needing to get his measure. The Liberals also can’t risk announcing policies now, when Rudd is perfectly free to steal what he finds convenient.
Abbott also is being hampered by his great caution - notably a tendency to speak in clearly scripted sound grabs which, set beside Rudd’s free-wheeling rhetoric, make him seem limited and lacking confidence. Not prime ministerial. He will have to shift the angle of light so that he seems tough and dependable instead. (A small suggestion here: smile with mouth closed, please.)
That said, the campaign will be a great leveler. Abbott will get a bigger share of the spotlight, and will be able to - or will have to - talk more about policies, not least the economy. Much depends on what work he and his shadow ministers have done. But the experience of the last campaign shows that Abbott is a better campaigner than many tend to give him credit for, although he will this time have to demonstrate more fluidity and facility, not least in debate.
I’d put Abbott just ahead of Rudd, with the campaign to decide the outcome.
Key points for the Liberals:

- To make clear the election is not just a judgment between competing promises, but also a judgment of Labor’s past performance. There has to be an accounting for the catastrophic errors in the Budget management and boat people policy in particular. We can’t have people escape punishment for such incompetence. What’s more, a party’s past tells us best what to expect in the future.
- Allied to that, the Liberals must make clear this isn’t about Kevin Rudd or the Rudd Government. It isn’t about a Prime Minister who leads a government just one month old. It is about Labor - the party in power for the past chaotic six years. The Liberals need to talk a bit less about Kevin Rudd and a lot, lot more about Labor. Kevin Rudd is merely the temporary leader of the Labor Party that produced years of deficits and waste, two prime ministers it had to sack, a boat people catastrophe, corruption scandals and a carbon tax that’s being switched next year to a carbon price the Budget projects will soar to $38. Labor did that. Rudd is just its latest salesman.

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IPCC finally starts to cool down

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (9:25am)

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The Economist says the IPCC may have finally agreed it exaggerated just how much man’s gasses would warm the planet:
The sign in question is about climate sensitivity. This is the measure used by researchers of how much they expect the world’s average temperature to increase in response to particular increases in levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. According to one table from the unpublished report, which was seen by The Economist (above), at CO2 concentrations of between 425 parts per million and 485 ppm, temperatures in 2100 would be 1.3-1.7°C above their pre-industrial levels. That seems lower than the IPCC’s previous assessment, made in 2007. Then, it thought concentrations of 445-490 ppm were likely to result in a rise in temperature of 2.0-2.4°C.

The two findings are not strictly comparable. The 2007 report talks about equilibrium temperatures in the very long term (over centuries); the forthcoming one talks about them in 2100. But the practical distinction would not be great so long as concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse-gas emissions were stable or falling by 2100. It is clear that some IPCC scientists think the projected rise in CO2 levels might not have such a big warming effect as was once thought.

There are several caveats. The table comes from a draft version of the report, and could thus change. It was put together by the IPCC working group on mitigating climate change, rather than the group looking at physical sciences. It derives from a relatively simple model of the climate, rather than the big complex ones usually used by the IPCC. And the literature to back it up has not yet been published.
Still, over the past year, several other papers have suggested that views on climate sensitivity are changing. Both the 2007 IPCC report and a previous draft of the new assessment reflected earlier views on the matter by saying that the standard measure of climate sensitivity (the likely rise in equilibrium temperature in response to a doubling of CO2 concentration) was between 2°C and 4.5°C, with 3°C the most probable figure. In the new draft, the lower end of the range has been reduced to 1.5°C and the “most likely” figure has been scrapped. That seems to reflect a growing sense that climate sensitivity may have been overestimated in the past and that the science is too uncertain to justify a single estimate of future rises.
Paul C. Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels say the coming IPCC report won’t be able to cope with the change, which contradicts the basis of so many projections. The probably solution? Fudge it. 

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Obeid claims Rudd’s his man

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (9:07am)

Eddie Obeid seems to want to take Labor down with him, now claiming he helped Kevin Rudd become Prime Minister:
DISGRACED ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid claims he actively lobbied members of the powerful NSW Right faction to support Kevin Rudd’s push to become the party’s leader in 2006
Mr Obeid, who faces possible criminal prosecution after this week being declared corrupt by ICAC, told The Australian yesterday he lobbied on behalf of Mr Rudd when he challenged Kim Beazley for the leadership of the federal Labor party in 2006. “We all helped him. I rang a number of MPs that were friends of mine, and said they should vote for Rudd, but I’m not counting that as anything other than doing my duty at the time,” he said…
A spokesman for Mr Rudd said last night the Prime Minister “does not have, nor has he ever had a personal or political relationship with Mr Obeid"…
Among Labor sources, the only recollection of Mr Obeid directly intervening on behalf of a federal Labor politician was believed to be one occasion when he supported John Murphy during a preselection battle over his inner-west Sydney seat. 
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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Hacking scandal at Fairfax, not News. So no big deal

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (8:36am)

Reader Gab is right. Just as well it wasn’t me or some other wicked Murdoch minion who’d done the hacking, or there’d be a Royal Commission - or worse:

THREE Fairfax journalists have admitted illegally accessing a confidential ALP database but will escape conviction after reaching a deal with Commonwealth prosecutors. Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick McKenzie are each charged with unauthorised access to restricted data held in the ALP’s electoral database during the 2010 Victorian election campaign.

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A record 4309 boat people in a single month

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (8:27am)

Another 47 boats arrived in July, bringing the most illegal immigrants in a single month - 4309.
Oops. The Press Council says I cannot call them illegal immigrants. I meant “asylum seekers”.  I do apologise to the Free Speech Police for daring to say what I think.
UPDATE
Greg Sheridan:
Kevin Rudd and Immigration Minister Tony Burke say that everyone who comes to Australia by boat seeking asylum will go to PNG for processing and, if found to be refugees, will be resettled in PNG. The problem is, that’s not what PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says…
In an interview with The Australian, O’Neill said he was confident far fewer than 3000 boatpeople would ever go to PNG. Yet, in the two weeks since Rudd announced the PNG Solution, 1500 people have arrived in Australia by boat seeking asylum. The capacity of Manus Island today, according to the government, is 464 people ... with no capacity for women, children or families. O’Neill also made it clear that his government had not moved on carrying out refugee assessments on asylum-seekers who go to Manus, nor had he worked out or committed to any potential number of resettlement places.
The price of this “fix” to the damage Labor caused? At least $600 million, plus a redirection of aid:

KEVIN Rudd’s vow to send asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea will come at a headline cost of $1 billion in the government’s budget update today, but the price tag will be cut by $400 million through savings on reduced onshore processing. The economic statement to be released by Chris Bowen will also reveal plans to redirect $400m from the existing international aid program to PNG over four years to help cover the cost of the health and education projects that helped secure the border-protection deal…
The Prime Minister’s agreement with PNG, which is being budgeted at a net cost of $600 million over the forward estimate...includes spending on accommodation, resettlement, education, health and security.
(Thanks to readers Gab and Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

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No more Czechs for renewable power

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (8:24am)

The politics of useless green gestures costs too much for the Czech Government:
The Czech government approved a draft law to end support for renewable energy, proposing to stop subsidies for new projects at the end of this year…
“The reason for this law amendment is the rising financial burden for electricity consumers,” Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said in the statement. “It threatens the competitiveness of our industry and raises consumers’ uncertainty about power prices.”
Pray that this sense one day overtakes our own politicians.
UPDATE
But in South Australia the green madness continues, and residents must pay:
HOUSEHOLDERS will pay an extra $90 a year for the next three years on their power bills to pay for the State Government’s generous solar rebate scheme
SA Power Networks (formerly ETSA) estimates the scheme will cost $1.53 billion over 20 years - and every South Australian is paying for it via their electricity bill.
(Thanks to reader Dean.) 

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More of those costs this government said it was easing

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (8:11am)

What Kevin Rudd says - July 15, 2013:

The government is moving in this direction because a floating price (on carbon dioxide) takes cost-of-living pressures off of Australian families . . .
Reader Baldrick counts the cost of what Kevin Rudd does:
Bank tax ($750 million)
Increase cigarette tax ($5.3 billion)
Fringe Benefit Tax changes ($3.4 billion)
Don’t these add to the cost-of-living pressures Rudd says he was easing? 

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Russia insults Obama by giving Snowden sanctuary

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (7:56am)

Russia snubs the Obama Administration - and gains a potentially useful asset:
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory.
Will Obama just take it?

Russia is confident that the latest development in the Snowden case will not affect US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Moscow, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said. 

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Rudd promised to consult more, and then rushed off

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (7:32am)

Kevin Rudd promised to consult more with business this time:

In his first speech after the leadership spill, Mr Rudd made a direct plea to business: “Let me say this to Australian business: I want to work closely with you… Business is a group that this government will work with very closely.”
Bankers haven’t noticed that consultation:
Australia’s banks were caught by surprise by plans for a new levy on savings accounts, prompting claims of a lack of consultation by the government on the charge that will raise more than $700 million in the first 18 months. ..
The government said Mr Bowen consulted the banks over recent weeks and that it remained open to further consultation. But the banks said they received a one-page letter from Mr Bowen last week via the ABA presenting the measure as a fait accompli.
Car industry and salary packagers weren’t consulted, either:

The motor industry is attacking the federal government’s proposed changes to fringe benefits tax rules for cars, saying it hasn’t been consulted and that sales will suffer… The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says the changes were developed without any input from industry.
Big business found consultation meant nothing:
KEVIN Rudd has failed his first test in repairing relations with business by ramming through Julia Gillard’s union-backed crackdown on 457 visa rules. The new Prime Minister, who last night vowed to work closely with business, had been under pressure from union-affiliated caucus members to forge ahead with the bill.
The power industry got a surprise, too:
The latest change in carbon policy—bringing forward the shift to emissions trading—was financed partly ... by reducing compensation to high-emission brown-coal generators… With the government lowering the carbon price, it cancelled $770 million of that compensation. That is a big hit to the balance sheets of the affected generators and adds to the level of risk that global financiers perceive in Australian energy projects… It raises the cost of capital across the energy sector.
I’m not sure Rush-Rush Rudd is delivering what he promised. 

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A Treasury without credit

Andrew Bolt August 02 2013 (7:17am)

Professor Sinclair Davidson isn’t surprised the Coalition is suspicious of the Treasury, which has performed badly under Labor:
It was [Treasury secretary] Ken Henry who advocated the “Go early, go hard, go household” mantra that the first Rudd government adopted in its response to the GFC. The cash handout that was mostly saved, instead of being spent, was wasted money. The perfectly good school halls that were demolished only to be rebuilt made for fine Keynesian economics but poor policy…
The 2010 budget papers provided an analysis “proving” that those economies that had adopted a “go early, go hard” approach to stimulus had performed well during the crisis. Unfortunately for Treasury I was able to show that the data in that analysis had been cherry-picked and there was no evidence to support the “go early, go hard” fiscal stimulus.
During the 2010 mining tax debate Treasury - through the Henry review - advocated a massive tax that it didn’t understand. This left the government arguing that banks would lend mining companies money on the basis of vague government promises. Treasury also didn’t know how much tax the miners paid. They relied on an unpublished PhD student’s paper to argue that miners paid 13 per cent in tax when public ATO data showed they paid close to 28 per cent…
The minerals resource rent tax was expected to raise $2.4bn in 2013-14 but raised only $120 million. This is a consequence of the design features of the tax - again it appears that Treasury didn’t understand how the tax would work. Yet the revenue forecasts were included in the budget and the money spent…
While politically dishonest, it shouldn’t have mattered much that the government fudged the books in an election year [2010]. The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook should have corrected any government bias in the budget papers.
But ... the PEFO made things worse… The PEFO forecast a deficit of $10.2bn for 2011-12. The actual figure came in at $43bn.

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Pastor Rick Warren
The sign that a church is personality-driven NOT purpose-driven is that the pastor is always tired. I can teach you a better way.

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Pastor Rick Warren
Your illness isn't your identity.Your sickness isn't your soul. Many have strong character and weak chemistry. 

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Pastor Rick Warren
They are inviting .. but I have to convey that better - ed
Is your ministry blocking your family from getting to Jesus? "Jesus' mother and brothers couldn't get to him because of the crowds." Luke 8:19

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Much prayer,much power. Little prayer,little power. No prayer,no power.

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Why this Rabbi Went To Church Last Sunday" really moved me. Please read and share it: http://huff.to/15z8iRP

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Pastor Rick Warren
PASTORS: Many pastors this week have asked if they could show the video of of my sermon from last weekend "How We Got Through It" to their entire church. The answer is "Of course!" Just email me at PastorRick@saddleback.com for download instructions. (No cost)

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Pastor Rick Warren
The most comforting notes that I've received since my son died have been from the people that Matthew led to Jesus. 
In God's garden of Grace,even broken trees bear fruit.

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Faith and Patience Are The Key To Success.
Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12, NKJ).
Did you know that in the Bible, David was 17 years old when he was anointed to be king, but yet he did not take the throne until he was 30? I’m sure during those 13 years there were temptations to think it wasn’t going to happen. Here he was being faithful, but all those years he saw no sign of the promise coming to pass.

I’m sure David had to fight the same negative thoughts that we do; thoughts that were telling him “It’s not going to happen. David, you didn’t hear from God. Just accept it.” The battle was taking place in his mind just like our battles take place in our minds. During those times when it seems like you aren’t getting any closer to seeing your dream come to pass, remember, the scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God.Today,I am asking you to be faithful and patient as God can not fail.God bless you.

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
You Can Dream It, Believe It,Live It.
The Scripture says,Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

Learning to walk in the destiny God has for you is a process. The first step is to get a vision, a clear picture from God that you can see. The next step is to trust Him — to believe in faith that it will happen. And then finally, you take a step of faith and live out what God has promised no matter what your circumstances or people around you have to say.

First you dream it, than you believe it, and then you live it. Every dream I’ve ever received from God has followed this same pattern. We see in scripture that even the great men and women of the Bible walked through this process. They had to overcome doubts, they struggled on their journey, but they held fast to what God said knowing that He is faithful to complete what He started in them.

Today, if you are having a hard time believing what God has promised will come to pass, understand that you are in a process. Don’t empower doubt with your words. Instead, keep declaring that He who promised is faithful. Keep the vision in front of you knowing that it is for an appointed time. Dream it and believe it because it won’t be long until you are living the blessed life God has prepared for you.God bless you.

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Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better. Matthew Henry

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www.diamondimports.com.au — with Daniel Frank Katz at Diamond Imports.
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Did Obama just save Hamas?
If Obama had a son...

The national debt has been stuck on $16,699,396,000,000.00 — for 70 straight days. Nevertheless, the Treasury has sold at least $53.267 billion in debt, while somehow remaining $25 million under the debt ceiling.
But the president has decided to circumvent Congress yet again…
With a stroke of his pen,
Dictator President Barack Obama paved the way for more aid to the Palestinian Authority on Friday, waiving congressional restrictions on funding to the organization — again.
Citing the United States’ “national security interests,” the president signed an executive order providing $148 million to the Palestinian Authority. That is in addition to the $500 million Obama authorized just four months ago, also in apparent violation of congressional authority. At that time, Secretary of State John Kerry said he would like to see an additional $200 million go to the Palestinian group, according to The Washington Times.
“Some lawmakers oppose the aid, both because of sequestration budget cuts and the Palestinian Authority’s ties to the terrorist organization Hamas,” the Times reported.
A group of U.S. citizens filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal district court on Nov. 25, 2012, seeking an end to Palestinian Authority aid. The action challenges congressional restrictions on providing direct aid to the group.
Section 3 of the Palestinian Accountability Act provides in part, “No funds available to any United States Government department or agency to carry out the provisions of chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for any fiscal year may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.”
An administration official referred to the $148 million in aid as, “the most immediate and efficient means of helping the PA maintain and build the foundations of a viable, peaceful Palestinian state.”
Think of that $148 million as Obama’s personal Ramadan gift to the Palestinian Authority.
Obama has been handing out Ramadan gifts aplenty this week including the release of 5 Taliban and 2 Algerians from Gitmo.
Congress is incompetent or corrupt or both.

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Amethyst Cocktail Ring
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That is a Billion dollars a week and more since the budget was tabled. Every week ALP is costing us more than a billion dollars. - ed
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Lol, my inner balance got caught in my spring. I love the patience and discipline of Chinese character writing. I get so annoyed at inconsiderate party people. I don't have the ability to execute this ala ninja, but I share the dream.

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Many thanks Eric Kalemen .. before Chol 3.9, Trig 1.7, HbAc 8.1 .. now .. 3.5, 1.3, 6.3 .. effort trumps laziness ;)
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More poverty .. that's a change
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The CIA is polygraphing its operatives on a regular basis in an “unprecedented” effort to prevent Benghazi secrets from leaking out, CNN’s Drew Griffin is reporting, citing unnamed inside sources.
“Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings,” the bombshell report reveals. “The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.”

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Full moon bringing light to the Byron Bay, New South Wales | Surflife Australia Photography
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Allyson Christy
"Mr. Obama may well consider Snowden a flaky slacker, but he is a hero to much of the world, and his flight from justice is a global cause célèbre. From the perspective of the global community being targeted by the NSA, Moscow is seizing the moral high ground. 

Mr. Obama’s lack of response makes him look weaker by the day, and his studied indifference to the case only magnifies his impotence.

He claims he “shouldn’t have to” get involved in resolving the situation, but there is a growing belief that the real reason he isn’t trying to resolve it is because he can’t." - James S Robbins

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The Australian team is home now from Colombia but here's a pic of them at the IMO Closing Ceremony with their impressive haul of 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Gold medal winner Alex Gunning from Victoria was ranked 8th in the world. Fantastic result Alex and the whole team!http://www.amt.edu.au/imo2013.html
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Netanyahu then approached the podium and said, “I did not plan to speak, but I heard Member of Knesset Zahalka’s statement. You said, ‘We were here before you and we’ll be here after you’re gone.’ The first part is not true and the second part will never happen.”
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
"knows that true joy does not come from being self centered, spouse centered, work centered or money centered, it only comes from being Christ centered."

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It's official: Doctor Who's next Doctor to be unveiled in a live special Sunday at 2 pm ET on BBC America: http://bit.ly/143xPCS
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Get your tissues ready… The touching story behind this photo of a Marine helping a boy finish a 5K race: http://tinyurl.com/ot2apnn
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Recently the IDF was widely condemned after left-wing Israeli groups publicized a video clip showing Israeli soldiers allegedly arresting a sobbing Arab child in the city of Hevron. The child was taken into custody after hurling rocks at Israelis who were driving past.
Now IDF legal experts have spoken out to explain why the child was detained – and why the detention was for his own good.

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By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack

The half-brother of the President of the United States is the Executive Secretary of an organization that was founded by an Sudanese Islamic terrorist – Hassan al-Turabi – who was extremely close with the masterminds behind each World Trade Center attack (2/26/93 and 9/11/01). As the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), Malik Obama is connected to Sudan’s genocidal President Omar al-Bashir, through the IDO. Consider that Turabi was proven to be connected to the “blind Sheikh”, who was the mastermind of the first World Trade Center attack (bombing) in 1993. In 1994, the Clinton administration’s Secretary of State – Warren Christopher – “placed Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism” and it’s been there ever since.

In our May 28th report, we showed photos of al-Bashir, Suar Al Dahab (Malik’s boss), and Malik himself at the 23rd IDO Conference in Khartoum in 2010. Al Dahab has hobnobbed with both the Prime Minister of Hamas – Ismail Haniyeh – and the Spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood – Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

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<Imagine what else archaeologists and historians would have found had the Muslim authorities not systematically destroyed artifacts and historical discoveries in what Natan Sharansky has called the largest archeological catastrophe in history.

Obviously there is a savage movement afoot that doesn't want to know; nor do they want anyone else to, either.

MK Aryeh Eldad has brought to the floor of the Knesset the unsupervised digging carried out by the Muslim authorities (the "Wakf") on the Temple Mount by means of heavy machinery. "I received a series of photographs of digs on the Temple Mount near the Dome of the Rock," the parliamentary question read. "The police are present on the scene but there is no supervision by the Department of Antiquities regarding finds taken out of the digs, and there is a serious concern that they could be destroyed by the Wakf. What will be done in the short term to stop the destruction of the remains of the Temple?"

Here we see the systematic destruction, maybe the biggest destruction in the history of geology/archaeology: the destruction of the most important artifacts for Christianity and Judaism. And the world knows nothing of this and does nothing about this. Nobody is permitted to go and see and watch what's happening. Excavators are working there. They are taking thousands and thousands of pounds and thousands of artifacts and simply throwing them out.>


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hing to do is to stop feeding the beast and stop believing there's more than one hound. It's all one animal. And it hates us. And it will go on hating us. And it will go on biting us as long as we let it. We are no longer bidding for the Muslim world as an ally. We are bidding to prevent it from being our enemy. But the very people we are bidding for, already see us as the enemy. We are not going to change that with free weapons and speeches praising their enlightenment. By competing for their favor, we are only bidding against ourselves, and paying out to our enemies. By competing for their favor, we are only undercutting ourselves.> - See more at: http://sultanknish.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/playing-for-islam-against-ourselves.html#sthash.G5vjJERC.dpuf
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Original Daniel Boone Opening
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At this link:
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Pro-abortion protestors gathered outside of one Republican Governor's house after he signed a pro-life bill.

You won't believe the kind gesture he performed that made them pack up and leave...
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Check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s disingenuous excuse for its ridiculous, fact-challenged ‘Glenn Beck’s Nazi exhibit’ op-ed ==>http://twitchy.com/2013/08/01/salt-lake-tribunes-disingenuous-excuse-for-fact-challenged-glenn-becks-nazi-exhibit-op-ed/
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The Green Berets – Trailer
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At this link:
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C. H. Spurgeon
Unbelief will destroy the best of us: faith will save the worst of us.

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This is why Fresh Water Muscle
Produced Pearls are So Much
Cheaper than the Saltwater Pearls
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Get ready folks – the Twelfth Doctor will be exclusively revealed in a special one-off live television event this Sunday on BBC One (7pm BST) and BBC America (2/1c)…http://bbc.in/15z0r6X
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Don't let the stoics win - ed
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The SFFD... — at SF Bay Bridge.
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I walked into Tripodi's office asking for help .. and felt my life was threatened for it. I was stunned at the power Tripodi apparently had among the media. Apparently, he is losing friends. - ed
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<Another whining wet-behind-the-ears pinko former Labor lawyer who will still probably prop up Labor indirectly by preferential voting. But he takes a good swipe at Rudd's hypocrisy on boats so it's worth a read.>
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