Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sat Aug 10th Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Grant Laing. Born on the same day as Le Hoan (941), James II of Aragon (1267), Samuel Arnold (1740), Henri Nestlé (1814), Herbert Hoover (1874), Charles Darrow (1889) and Claudia Christian (1965). Also on your day, Feast Day of Saint Lawrence (Roman Catholic Church)
1270 – Yekuno Amlak deposed the last Zagwe king and seized the imperial throne of Ethiopia, beginning the reign of the Solomonic dynasty that would last for more than 700 years.
1793 – The Louvre officially opened in Paris with an exhibition of 537 paintings.
1861 – American Civil War: The first major battle west of the Mississippi River, the Battle of Wilson's Creek, was fought.
1953 – First Indochina War: The French Union withdrew its forces from Operation Camargue against the Viet Minh in central modern-day Vietnam.
1988 – Japanese American internment: The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 became law, authorizing US$20,000 in reparations to each surviving internee.
Forget Zagwe .. yesteryear. The Louvre opened despite the depredations of revolution. It isn't our battles which define us before God, but our choices.


Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (4:16pm)

Obsessive fan “Tobias Ziegler” – he’s been drooling over me for years – now joins the election race under his real name: 
With only one month until the federal election, the Greens have announced a candidate for Calare.
David Mallard, a former Charles Sturt University psychology lecturer in Bathurst and parliamentary adviser who has lived in Orange for the past five years, said he was pre-selected several weeks ago but due to work commitments could not announce his candidacy until yesterday. 
Dr Mallard, a former PP Boy, is also an accomplished head tilter.
UPDATE. Grim news for Greens in Grayndler
The Greens are losing support even in their inner-city strongholds, with a Guardian Lonergan poll in the Sydney seat of Grayndler dashing the minor party’s hopes that voters would switch in protest at the big parties’ hardline asylum policies.
The poll, taken on Thursday night, shows the Greens candidate Hall Greenland on just 22% of the primary vote, losing 4 percentage points compared with his 2010 result, when the Greens came in second and reduced deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese’s margin to 4.2%. 
I worked with Hall at the old Bulletin. Nice guy and a terrific subeditor, but politically he’s just Marxism for babies.



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (4:47am)

British Labour MP Tom Watson, the West Bromwich waddler, explains his Australian election quest
“I’m coming out there to ask some serious questions about whether Rupert Murdoch has learned the lesson of the Leveson inquiry in the United Kingdom.
“Looking at the headlines in some of his newspapers, it seems to me he has learned nothing from the scandal.” 
The Leveson inquiry’s overwhelming focus was on illegal phone interceptions by British journalists. In Watson’s world, this means newspapers in Sydney should go soft on Labor during an Australian election. Considering his mass, Watson is capable of some astonishing leaps. 
Watson plans to fly out some time in the next fortnight and said he did not have a schedule, although he has had offers and is hoping to give speeches and hold community meetings while in the country. 
These should be the most exciting community meetings since Tim Flannery’s Travelling Carbon Tax Circus. Whatever happened to that, by the way?
Watson said he would meet with members of the ALP and, although he had not been in contact with Kevin Rudd’s office, he said he would be happy to meet him. 
Watson’s hopes are as high as his expenses claims and daily calorie inhalation. A Labor campaign staffer I spoke with yesterday seemed underwhelmed and even slightly apprehensive about the Labour MP’s visit, stressing that the ALP wouldn’t be paying for it: “We have not invited him. We’re just being completely neutral.”



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (4:23am)

The Northern Daily Leader reviews this week’s diplomatic mission to the Wallabadah General Store, following a scandalous Tele-ban
Just before lunchtime yesterday a man in a suit showed up to the store unannounced and proceeded to order a coffee.
“We had no idea. He just fronted up while we were serving,” Mr Sheluchin said.
“He said, ‘I’d like a flat white coffee and my name’s Tim, I’m from the Tele,” Mr Sheluchin said.
“I was thinking, ‘here we go, we’re going to get cut off from the paper’.” 
Well, that was always Plan B. Happily, peace reigned.



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (4:18am)

Happy news: Achewood is back after a 415-day break between strips.
Sad news: Based on global mortality rates, 60,738,155 people died in the meantime.
(Via Thon Brocket)



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (2:52am)

Monash University senior politics lecturer Nick Economou believes Kevin Rudd hasn’t changed: 
“He’s not a changed man, it’s the party that has collapsed around him,” Dr Economou said …
“What has changed is the disappearance of a number of names from the political landscape. Gillard, Combet, Emerson, Swan, Slipper, Oakeshott, Windsor, Thomson, they’ve vanished,” he said.
“It’s like the last three years never happened …”
Dr Economou said Mr Rudd’s leadership style was never a problem when he was campaigning – the problems came about when he was governing.
“He’s a terrific campaigner. He’s perfect – the boundless energy, he’s all over the joint, freed from the burdens of responsibility. The problems arise when he’s in government,” Dr Economou said. 
According to the latest Fairfax poll, that might not be an issue
The Coalition has pulled ahead of Labor with 52 per cent support to Labor’s 48 per cent during the first week of an election campaign pitched by both sides as a referendum on economic management.
Tony Abbott has also overtaken Kevin Rudd on the question of personal trustworthiness in the 1400-strong Fairfax-Nielsen poll taken from Tuesday to Thursday.
In a major turnaround since July, 47 per cent of voters now rate Mr Abbott as more trust-worthy than Mr Rudd, who scored a 40 per cent rating …
Labor’s primary vote support, which had climbed as high as 39 per cent after Mr Rudd replaced Ms Gillard, has dropped back again by 2 points to be 37 per cent. 
It’s a gentle Ruddslide. So far.



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (2:47am)

“A lecture from The Age on ethics,” notes The Australian, “is a rich and extraordinary thing.” Similar terms are used, on a similar topic, by an over-sharing Guardian correspondent.
UPDATE. Roger Franklin celebrates ex-Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes’s new Age gig
That smirk and the death’s head grin don’t translate very well to the printed page, but the supercilious arrogance remains undiminished. This makes Holmes the perfect recruit for The Age …
Holmes and The Age are made for each other, starting with the oh-so-precious assumption that a dim electorate is a given – outside the enlightened specimens to be found at the ABC and in Fairfax newsrooms, of course. The Age has done a wonderful job of shedding readers in this despised demographic, in part, perhaps, to honour its stated principles and shrink carbon emissions. With very few copies finding buyers outside suburbs where the family car is a bicycle, Age delivery trucks no longer need to be driven very far at all from the CBD. 
Do read on.



Tim Blair – Saturday, August 10, 2013 (2:45am)

Lawyer and Labor candidate Geoff Lake is endorsed by Kevin Rudd, Simon Crean, Stephen Conroy, Steve Bracks and Richard Marles – but misses out on any support from former council colleague Kathy Magee. And for good reason.
UPDATE. At the beginning of his first term, Kevin Rudd was said to have hit the ground reviewing. He’s still the same old Rudd: 
Kevin Rudd has called in ALP chiefs to review two Labor candidates plunged into controversy after one admitted abusing a wheelchair-bound woman and another attacked Tony Abbott’s religion …
Mr Rudd today said he would comment in due course.
“I will get a report from the national secretary on that,” he said.
“Once we’ve seen the report, we will speak to you further.” 


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Tim Blair – Friday, August 09, 2013 (4:33pm)

The gentle sound of leather on silicon returns tonight with the start of the Fourth Test. A draw in the last match cost us the Ashes, but avoided a catastrophic losing streak that would have matched our worst record since 1888.
So there’s that. Also, Australia has slashed our runs deficit in the 26-game Anglo-Australian super series. Lamentably, the victory deficit remains:
England: Three wins, 1974 runs
Australia: No wins, 1859 runs


Labor forgives worse in its own than it imagines in Abbott. UPDATE:  Lake dumped

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (9:20pm)

Labor still vilifies Tony Abbott as a misogynist unfit for office for allegedly punching a wall next to a woman’s head when he was 19 - a suspect claim he denies.
Yet Labor pre-selects a man who abused a disabled woman when he was 22 - a claim he admits:

KEVIN Rudd’s political reform agenda has been undermined after Labor Party members released a dirt file on one of their own candidates to reveal he once called a disabled woman a “ slut”.
Geoff Lake, a local Melbourne Mayor, was slapped with a sexual harassment claim by a Liberal councillor Kathy Magee in 2002, after calling her a “ bitch” and a “ slut” during a council meeting.
Mr Lake, who was 22 at the time and fighting a bitter reform war on the council, was also subject to court orders alleging he stalked and harassed two other councillors…

Mr Lake is fighting for former minister Simon Crean’s seat and was endorsed by Mr Crean, former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and Trade Minister Richard Marles…
Mr Lake was forced by the Equal Opportunities Commission to issue a written and public apology to Ms Magee in a secret settlement mediated by the tribunal…
Ms Magee has never forgotten Mr Lake’s expletive-laden tirade and admits she “wouldn’t vote for him”.
“He pushed me back in my wheelchair and told me I was a slut,” she said.
The issue for me isn’t so much whether Lake is remorseful:

He said he was a “young and inexperienced 22-year-old mayor still driving around with P-plates on the car” at the time he made the comments. “I don’t excuse it. I made a mistake, I paid a price for it. I still pay a price for it,” he said.
The issue is whether Labor is disgracefully hypocritical.
An example of the new “positive” Labor under Kevin Rudd:

JUST days after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called for a “positive” campaign, one of his Queensland Labor candidates has accused Tony Abbott of being a racist and secretly wanting to bring back the White Australia policy.
Repeatedly referring to the Opposition Leader as “rabbit”, Kennedy candidate Ken Robertson described him as a “very, very bigoted person” and said he hoped Australia “never has to suffer his Catholicism”.
Mr Robertson was recently announced as Labor’s candidate to take on Bob Katter after the seat failed to attract any other preselection nominations.
Will Rudd make Robertson apologise for these slurs?
After all, Labor demanded Abbott apologise for a sexist menu written by a restaurant owner for the amusement of his son while they prepared dinner for Liberals. In this case the political responsibility is actually real and clear.
Labor disendorses Geoff Lake as its candidate for Holt. Labor’s shambles continues. 


ReachTEL: Coalition pulling head, Abbott beats Rudd

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (8:23pm)

All the momentum in the polls is now with Tony Abbott. From ReachTEL today:



Another boat?

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (6:44pm)

Boat people policy
There is now almost a boat a day arriving or calling for help, despite Kevin Rudd’s threats:

FM RCC AUSTRALIA 100659Z AUG 2013 AUSSAR 2013/5369

Reader Jeff:

I calculated it’s about 153 km NW of Christmas Island.


And every word for the Liberals written by Labor

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (6:28pm)

A very simple but highly effective Liberal ad in the paper today that cuts through the spin:



Steer our own worm for tomorrow’s debate. I’m Worm One

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (4:29pm)

I’ll have a blog worm going during tomorrow’s debate between Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd. Blog readers can give the most sensible reaction you’ll probably get to the debate. I may even drive my own worm. Instruction on how to join in will be posted here shortly. It will involve downloading free app. If I could do it - and I just did - then anyone can manage it.
Let’s show what a conservative worm - sure, tormented by some trolls - thinks of the debate.
With Roy Morgan’s help, the instructions on how to join:

If you have iPhone or Android smartphone, you can react in real time to the Leaders’ Debate as it televised from 6.30 pm Sunday on ABC1.
Or just watch how Australians react, second-by-second to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.  You’ll be able to see the reactions of various audience segments, including Bolt Report Viewers and even a special ‘Worm’ of just my reactions - that is, when I’m not posting an update on the blog.

If you’d like to react, go to your Apple or Android App Store and download the free Reactor App (search for Roy Morgan Reactor).
At or about 6.20pm tomorrow, open the app and choose the ‘Election Debate – Sunday August 11’ program.  (It’s best to put your device on WiFi if it’s available.)
Choose ‘Bolt Viewer’ and enter the code ‘’BV’ and then continuously score the debate with the Reactor slider-bar.
You can watch the Reactor results live right here.


Forgiveable error in The Age

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (3:07pm)

An understandable typo.
(Thanks to readers Michael of Brisbane and Michael.) 


The Bolt Report tomorrow

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:52am)

On The Bolt Report tomorrow:
Coalition foreign affairs spokesman Julie Bishop, fresh from her most extraordinary interview. The panel - Michael Kroger and John McTernan, Julia Gillard’s former spin doctor. Who won week one?
And Rudd’s Latham moment?
On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.

The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear


Mundine to head Abbott’s drive to fix Aboriginal disadvantage

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (11:43am)

A good signing by Tony Abbott. An indictment of Labor:

Former ALP president Warren Mundine has agreed to head a new indigenous advisory board for Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, should the Coalition be elected in September.
Mr Abbott is flying to north-east Arnhem Land on Saturday to announce the election policy. The proposed board would have indigenous and non-indigenous representatives and would meet with the prime minister three times a year to drive improvements for indigenous people.
I am worried about Abbott’s call for the constitution to be rewritten on racist grounds - acknowledging Indigenous Australians. But I do not doubt for a single second his passion for lifting Aboriginal communities out of poverty. I believe Mundine will give him advice that is practical, and less likely to be distorted by the Noble Savage romanticism of so many white Leftists. Mundine is a good, rational man.
An absolute key, in my opinion, will be treat people as individuals, and not members of a tribe or “race”.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, surely the most over-rated and least self-aware MP in Parliament, attacks Abbott’s move with a blindlngly stupid self-criticism:

He cited the Howard government’s refusal to apologise to indigenous people…
“All of this tells you that it’s all talk and it won’t be any action,” he said.
What else was the apology but all talk and no action?
I think Mundine will drag Aboriginal policy closer to where it should be:
While Mr Mundine has been a critic of Labor’s approach to indigenous affairs, describing the long-standing attitudes as treating Aborigines as “sacred koalas” and promoting a “cargo cult” of “welfare poison”, he has been highly critical of the Howard government’s intervention in the Northern Territory communities, describing it as Mal Brough “sending in the tanks”.
Mr Mundine ... will today reveal a radical four-tiered plan to rewrite Aboriginal affairs by abolishing scores of statutory indigenous governance bodies, which he says hinder development, opening up communities to the outside world and excising townships from the communally owned land system to create private home ownership and business development. Mr Mundine, the executive chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, will deliver a keynote speech at the Garma Festival, in which he calls for dramatic changes to land ownership to create more economic opportunities.
Mr Mundine’s steadfast view that commercial development offered the only chance for indigenous communities to escape poverty has long stood in opposition to the rights-based agenda of the Labor Left.


New, democratic Labor installs old-style factional boss

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:50am)

Never mind the flim flam about a new Labor that gives more power to the grass roots supporters:

Labor’s high-profile NSW secretary Sam Dastyari has won the backing of the powerful right faction for a Senate seat.
The endorsement all but assures that Mr Dastyari, 30, will fill the casual vacancy left by Matt Thistlethwaite, who is retiring from the Senate to contest the Lower House seat of Kingsford-Smith in Sydney.


Labor spending us into disaster

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:42am)

Henry Ergas on Labor’s mad spending spree:
LABOR’S policy decisions since 2007 increased commonwealth revenues across the 10 years to 2016-17 by $78 billion. At the same time, however, they increased spending by $138bn.The result, according to last week’s economic statement, is a cash deficit that in the next two years alone will exceed $54bn, while the structural deficit (which corrects the budget position for the level of economic activity) is about 9 per cent of gross domestic product.
The longer-term outlook is gloomier yet. Today’s structural deficit seems set to worsen by four percentage points of GDP (equivalent to more than $2500 a person annually) across the period to 2022-23, with rising outlays on healthcare and pension entitlements being substantial contributors.
Even that assessment does not reflect the full extent of spending commitments. For example, DisabilityCare Australia’s costs are still highly uncertain, as is the final bill for the Gonski package, but there are good grounds for thinking both will exceed initial projections. As for defence, announced plans for the Australian Defence Force are unaffordable within present funding projections. And published estimates of the structural deficit ignore likely multi-billion-dollar losses on Labor’s National Broadband Network.
In short, wherever one looks, we are making promises to each other that we cannot keep. Sure, to avoid facing that fact, we could continue borrowing, in an inter-generational Ponzi scheme ultimately doomed to collapse.
Mind you, we need to hear a lot more from the Coalition on how it will fix this. I fear it is not seeking a mandate for the changes we need.
Paul Kelly also worries about the lack of mandate for change - and believes Abbott will instead try to get one for the 2016 election instead, which may be three years too late:
Abbott and Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey have another agenda - a big agenda for 2016.
If elected, they promise the first outside audit of national government agencies and spending for 16 years, a white paper on full reform of the tax system, a review by the Productivity Commission of the industrial relations system, a white paper on reform of federal-state relations to revive the states and attack duplication, a root-and-branch competition policy review. There are many more.
What does this mean? It means Abbott will only advance a true reform agenda from office. He thinks doing this from opposition is political suicide. It means the main reforms will be put at the 2016 election…
Aware of the power of negative politics (given that Abbott ruined Julia Gillard on negatives), the Liberals want to implement these major changes without being destroyed in the process…
Hockey made clear that at the end of its spending/savings process the Coalition will show net savings to the bottom line… But that delivery is high-risk. It won’t be easy. Last Thursday The Australian published a table showing the Coalition still needs about $30 billion in savings to cover announced pledges. When and how will they arrive? Labor still hopes to catch and destroy the Coalition at this task.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


Where is that warming? Is cooling next?

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:31am)

More questioning of the global warming faith, this time by scientists in a Danish paper:

This could mean that the temperature will not rise for the next 30 years or maybe begin to decrease.
(Thanks to reader cynical1.) 


Rudd tramples over the rules, using taxpayer money for Labor propaganda

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:26am)

What an outrageous breach of the caretaker conventions - and of taxpayer money:
KEVIN Rudd has taken a controversial decision to continue advertising for the Papua New Guinea asylum seeker deal - and there maybe nothing Tony Abbott can do about it.
In a clear breach of election “caretaker” conventions, the Government ignored warnings from the Coalition to announce it will run advertisements in newspapers and on television and radio.
The campaign - which has a budget of $30 million - will run throughout the campaign.
The Coalition heavily criticised the decision as a “scandal” and an “unprecedented” breach of the caretaker rules, which require bipartisan support to continue taxpayer funded advertising…
Mr Dreyfus on Monday wrote to the Mr Abbott, asking for permission to continue the asylum seeker campaign - both overseas and domestically.
The caretaker convention - which came into force on Monday - says that “bipartisan agreement is sought for campaigns to continue"… However, the Government has decided to ignore the Coalition’s opposition to the domestic campaign.
Just shameless.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 


Failing the “fair dinkum” test

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (10:20am)

Chris Kenny on Labor’s problem with the “fair dinkum” test:
We should not forget that at the last election Gillard attempted to neutralise the border protection issue by promising the East Timor solution, to neutralise climate change by ruling out a carbon tax and by promising a gradual, consensual approach to a possible emissions trading scheme, and to neutralise economic concerns by guaranteeing a return to surplus by 2013…
Now Rudd is attempting to neutralise the asylum-seeker issue with Papua New Guinea and Nauru solutions, neutralise the carbon tax by accelerating the switch to an emissions trading scheme and, again, is pledging a return to surplus in three years…
There is a pattern here.
Add to that the 2007 campaign, when Rudd promised to stop the “reckless spending”, take a “meat axe” to the public service and turn back the boats - and did none of the above.
On border protection, climate change policy and economic management, it has never carried out in government what it promised during the campaign...(T)his history identifies a core challenge for media scrutiny in this campaign - don’t focus on Labor’s promises, focus on its record…
This will be the underlying doubt in the electorate: We hear what you are saying but will you do it? This is the hurdle Labor will have to get over with mainstream voters.
Is Rudd’s Twitter campaign making it harder for him to pass the “fair dinkum” test:

WHEN Kevin Rudd posted a “selfie” last month, complete with Norman Gunston-style shaving injury, 8141 people liked the image on Instagram, while several hundred followers on Twitter sent the picture forward into the social-media universe.
The Prime Minister was no doubt pleased with the results and some of the approving comments it generated.
“Bloody legend, Tony shat himself when he saw thid (sic),” master-magic posted. “F . . k yeh kev,” wrote chelseapenkk.
The reality is we don’t know how these tweeters will vote or even if they are old enough to head to the polls on September 7. And it seems unlikely the image will have any cut-through in the marginal seats of western Sydney or southeast Queensland that Labor so desperately needs to win if it is to retain government.
ALP research based on focus groups suggest voters - rather than Twitter followers - don’t like Mr Rudd’s “selfie” obsession much at all.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


PolitiFlack exposed

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (9:56am)

PolitiFact claims to be a ”non-partisan, independent journalistic venture”
But the Leftist leaning of this venture can be determined by a simple metric.
Recent statements by Tony Abbott checked: six.
Recent statements by Kevin Rudd checked: two.
And remember: Rudd is the leader falsely suggesting the Liberals will put a GST on food and disconnect the NBN from homes.
Reader Sherlock says the Fairfax Fact Checker is no better. It’s checked five Coalition statements to just one from Labor. 


As good a panel as could be hoped for from the Press Gallery

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (8:27am)

I like Simon Benson, no question. Tough and fair. Close to the NSW Right, and as a reporter was right on top of the leadership plotting that toppled Julia Gillard.
But let’s not kid ourselves: the cast of journalists for the first debate is drawn entirely from the Left, unless Curtis is a closet conservative:

Sky News political editor David Speers will moderate the event and a panel of three senior parliamentary journalists will grill the leaders.  The panel will consist of Lyndal Curtis from the ABC, Simon Benson from News Corp Australia and Peter Hartcher from Fairfax.
Hartcher, for instance, is a global warming believer.
That said, none of those chosen is openly partisan, although Hartcher is still battling to shrug his reputation from having been Rudd’s favorite media outlet.
(Thanks to reader Gab.) 


The Guardian covers the big ones

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (8:16am)

Big things were promised:

British newspaper The Guardian has announced it is launching a new digital edition in Australia this year… Launch editor Katharine Viner says the operation aims to capitalise on the existing Australian readership.
“We already have a large number of Australian readers, who tell us they want more of our on-the-ground reporting, lively commentary and groundbreaking open journalism… We will build a small Australian team to cover the issues that really matter to the nation...”
Big things are now delivered. Here’s The Guardian’s latest groundbreaking open journalism on issues that really matter to the nation:

Back to what The Guardian promised:
Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger said the Australian expansion comes as a “natural next step” for the publication…
“It will be of real benefit to our global audience, to see how dominant questions of our time - economics, geopolitics, climate change, immigration, media, democracy and more - are being grasped in such an important part of the world.” 


A moral lecture from Tom Watson

Andrew Bolt August 10 2013 (8:05am)

Tom Watson is on a mission:

BRITISH anti-Murdoch campaigner Tom Watson says he is coming to Australia to take on the nation’s tabloid editors over their coverage of Kevin Rudd.
The Labour MP, who shot to prominence during the Leveson phone hacking inquiry, announced the move on Twitter last night.
“That @dailytelegraph front page did it,” he said, referring to yesterday’s Daily Telegraph splash featuring Mr Rudd as Colonel Klink, from Hogan’s Heroes.
No wonder Watson is cross. After all, the wicked Murdoch press caused him to walk out on his wife and children:

MIDLAND MP Tom Watson has found new love - four months after announcing that his marriage had ended. Mr Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, declared that he had separated from his wife, Siobhan, in April. The couple, who had been married for 11 years, have two children. Siobhan was also his constituency secretary ... Mr Watson said the “pressures” of taking on Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers were responsible for his marriage break-up.
What a hero. Yet he’s back in the battle, risking God knows what damage this time to his relationships.
Can’t wait to hear Watson lecturing Murdoch journalists about abuses of power:

Tom Watson has resigned from his post as Labour’s campaign co-ordinator after finding himself at the heart of a row over claims a trade union was trying to fix the selection of candidates.
Mr Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) came under fire over claims the union tried to install his Parliamentary aide Karie Murphy as the candidate in Falkirk, Scotland.
Labour was forced to suspend the selection process after it was alleged up to 150 Unite members signed up to the local party, with their membership fees paid with a single cheque from the union, as part of a campaign to decide the outcome.
Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, is a former flatmate of Mr Watson.
Watson seems a very well-fed moral crusader:

Mr Watson also featured in the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal disclosures. Mr Watson … spent the maximum of £4,800 in a single year on food, and had his expenses cut after buying a set of dining room chairs that exceeded the limit set by the fees office.
He was forced to defend the appearance of a receipt for a “pizza wheel” on a Marks & Spencer receipt he submitted, saying it was given as a free gift after he went on a £150 spending spree at the store.
He also used his parliamentary allowances, along with fellow Labour minister Iain Wright, to lavish more than £100,000 on a shared central London crash pad since the last general election.
(Thanks to reader John.) 


Labor slips, Rudd slides - even in Queensland

Andrew Bolt August 09 2013 (8:27pm)

Politics - polls
Kevin Rudd is on the slide, according to the latest Nielsen poll, and Labor now looks fairly sure to lose. Souffles do not rise twice:

The Coalition has pulled ahead of Labor with 52 per cent support to Labor’s 48 per cent...
In a major turnaround since July, 47 per cent of voters now rate Mr Abbott as more trust-worthy than Mr Rudd, who scored a 40 per cent rating.
Mr Rudd had led Mr Abbott 45 to 40 on the same question in July, shortly after taking over from Julia Gillard.
More bad news for Labor. Kevin Rudd cannot even get the swing or the seats he needs in his home state:

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has failed to deliver his promised boost in votes for Labor in his home state after the first week of the election campaign...
The Courier-Mail/Galaxy poll suggests the Government will struggle to pick up any extra seats…
The new poll found the party’s primary vote was 34 per cent - roughly in line with its result in the last election. This would see Labor’s two- party preferred vote in Queensland stuck at 44 per cent, based on preference flows from the last election and would see it just hold its current eight seats in the state.
No extra seats for Rudd in Queensland spells defeat, and possibly a substantial one. Labor will lose at least several seats in NSW, one in Tasmania and perhaps two in Victoria. That’s a bare minimum.
Here’s one seat I’ve very happy for Labor to retain:

The Greens are losing support even in inner-city strongholds, with a Guardian Lonergan poll in the Sydney seat of Grayndler dashing the minor party’s hopes that voters would switch in protest at the big parties’ hard-line asylum policies.
The poll, taken on Thursday night, shows the Greens candidate Hall Greenland on just 22% of the primary vote, losing 4 percentage points compared with his 2010 result, when he came in second and reduced deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese’s margin to 4.2%.
The poll of 966 voters shows Greenland coming third, well behind the Liberal Cedric Spencer on 28% and Albanese on 47%.

(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Peter Beattie on Kevin Rudd……………

"For me, Rudd's lack of political judgment was demonstrated in the introduction of the mining tax without proper consultation, the backflip on timing of the emissions trading scheme and the bungled home insulation program.

"His failure to listen to a broad range of advice particularly on issues in which he had little expertise also demonstrated poor judgement. Sadly, Kevin self-destructed.''

"If you did make a return to the prime ministership by removing Julia it would be akin to Napoleon's 100 glory days after his return from exile, when he was defeated at Waterloo by Wellington.''

"Napoleon's return was short-lived but his exile to St Helena in the South Atlantic was permanent, and he finally died at the hands of a trusted lieutenant through arsenic poisoning.''


Oped by Jo Nova ………(and this is exactly where Labor wants to take Australia)

"The real cost of moral-vanity, of name-calling, poor reasoning, selecting one’s evidence, and the triumph of doing things because they “feel-good” rather than because of the cold hard numbers, is measured in the trillions.

This disaster was entirely foreseeable, totally predictable, and completely unnecessary.

Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy strategy is dying on the vine. Green dreams are giving way to hard economic realities.

Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.

The flagrantly wasted resources are simply obscene:

EU members states have spent about €600 billion ($882bn) on renewable energy projects since 2005, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Germany’s green energy transition alone may cost consumers up to €1 trillion by 2030, the German government recently warned.

That this kind of waste and mismanagement should have occurred under Western Governments when the financial nonsense of it was obvious long before the money was spent, stands as an argument against Big-Government and a warning of where gullible Green economics leads.

Real people have toiled fruitlessly across Europe to pay for these ridiculous schemes.

Their quality of life reduced by the failure of big-government, of mentally weak, ethically bankrupt academics, of poorly trained overconfident poseur journalists.

It’s a case of lose-lose all around, everyone — taxpayers, investors, renewables companies, gas companies — all lost.

Waste and stupidity on a colossal scale.

None of this even counts the flow-on effects of expensive energy — how much was lost from European manufacturing which could not compete? Investors are “pouring money into the US, where energy prices have fallen to one-third of those in the EU, thanks to the shale gas revolution.”

This is burning money on a scale that only Big-Government can manage, misdirected malinvestment so “successful” that we can only guess how many people have lost jobs, lost years of work, and in the case of homes without electricity, lost lives.




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Obedience rendered without delight in rendering it is only half obedience.


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In you're future are many uncertainties, but God’s love for you isn't one of them.


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Satan wants you to question God’s goodness, love,and His Word. In the first step of temptation he whispers “Did God REALLY say...?”


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The reason we can trust God completely is that he worthy of it. He is good, loving, and flawless.


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When you feel like giving up, remember ‪#‎why‬ you started. WHY always determines how long you do anything.


When you feel like giving up, remember WHY you started. The WHY always determines HOW LONG you stick with anything.


We would like to invite you to join us for Catalyst One Day. One Day is a different type of Catalyst gathering designed to focus on answering the practical "how-to" and "what-about" questions we just aren't able to cover at a larger event.

In this brand new series we are excited to be focusing on Leadership Essentials. Andy and Craig will take their collective experiences in leading effective ministries and share with you what they've found to be the core elements of church leadership. These core elements include vision casting, decision making, team building, work/life balance, and much more.

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The Bible plainly shows that righteous people don't get problem-free lives, but in reality, are usually refined by intense firey trials.


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"If you stay pure and live with integrity, God will rise up and restore you. Though you started with little, you'll end with much." Job 8:6-7




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AICM One Scholarship Competition
Top 20 Finalist - Susan Jon Rose
Performing: 'I Will Always Love You', Whitney Houston

After receiving hundreds of entries from across Australia, the top twenty were selected and recorded live at AICM. These are their videos.

It's now up to YOU to decide the Top 10! ‘Like’ and 'Share' this video to help Susan make the finals!

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When Failure Carries No Cost August 9, 2013, 8:35 AM by Caroline Glick 
Rather than define Hasan's attack as an enemy attack or a terrorist act, the administration has defined it as a case of "workplace violence." THE SAME is the case with regards to the September 11, 2012, attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. N ISRAEL'S case, the first place where the lesson of this state of affairs needs to be internalized is in regards to Iran's nuclear weapons program. Obama's latest ploy for running the clock down is his embrace of the fiction that Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a moderate interested, (and perforce empowered), to cut a nuclear deal with the US that would see Iran voluntarily and credibly end its uranium enrichment activities.




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Believe it or not… Many people actually believe that Israel is trying to exterminate the Palestinians! 

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The Palestinian population in the West Bank increased from 462,000 in 1949 to more than 2.5 million today. In Gaza, the population increased from 82,000 in 1949 to 1.7 million today.

Additionally, to add further context: The number of Arabs killed (since 1920) in Arab-Israeli wars is less than the number of Arabs killed by Arabs in Syria alone since 2011.

As a point of reference, the Jewish population of Gaza and Palestinian controlled West Bank is practically zero (save a few pro-Palestinian “journalists” who reside there), while the Jewish population in the entire Arab Middle East has decreased from over 850,000 in 1949 to less than 5,000 today.

The broad charge that Jews are ethnically cleansing Arabs (Palestinians or otherwise) in the Middle East, based on the numbers, represents the opposite of the truth. In the territory where Jews rule or have ruled in some manner since 1948 the Arab population has increased dramatically, while territories in the region where Arabs rule (representing over 99% of the total land) have slowly become either nearly or completely Judenrein.




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Quick Pix: Lucille Ball w/Video

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy, and was one of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime. Ball had one of Hollywood’s longest careers, especially on television.

This new infographic from the National Shooting Sports Foundation seemingly debunks one of the most crucial anti-gun claims. Details:

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Father,I thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for filling me with Your strength and joy. I thank You for Your love and grace upon me.I praise and worship You. Right now, I let go of all the distractions of life and focus on You. I choose to be still, to get quiet before You and thank You for Your peace all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Being Quiet.
Be still, and know that I am God.(Psalm 46:10, NKJV)
People today find themselves caught up in the day-to-day busyness of life, driven to do more in less time. It seems people constantly strive to find ways to cram more into their already overcrowded schedules. But at the same time, God is constantly inviting us to step away from the hectic pace of life and come to Him to find rest for our souls. He invites us to be still before Him, to get quiet so that we can hear His voice and set our hearts and minds at peace.

Every day, you should take time to read the scripture and meditate on God’s promises. Every time you’re in the car, put on some good praise music. Make it a point to spend time with God throughout the day. When you are in a quiet place, say, “God, I love You. Lord,I thank You for my life, my family, my dreams.” That’s what is going to keep you strong. That’s what’s going to keep you moving forward in the right direction.

Today, make it a point to be still before God. Quiet your mind of all the things on your agenda and just focus on Him. Let Him love you, let Him speak to your heart, and let Him fill you with peace and strength each and every day,in Jesus Name,Amen.


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This week, after a three-and-a-half-year delay, US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was finally placed on trial for massacring 13 and wounding 32 at Ft. Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.

Hasan was a self-identified jihadist. His paper and electronic trail provided mountains of evidence that he committed the massacre to advance the cause of Islamic supremacy. Islamic supremacists like Hasan, and his early mentor al-Qaida operations chief Anwar al-Awlaki, view as enemies all people who oppose totalitarian Islam's quest for global domination.

Before, during and following his assault, Hasan made his jihadist motives obvious to the point of caricature in his statements about the US, the US military and the duties of pious Muslims. But rather than believe Hasan, and so do justice to his victims, the Obama administration, with the active collusion of senior US military commanders went to great lengths to cover up Hasan's ideological motivations and hence the nature of his crime.

On the day of the attack, Lt.-Gen. Robert Cone, then commander of III Corps at Ft. Hood, said preliminary evidence didn't suggest that the shooting was terrorism. Cone said this even though it was immediately known that before he began shooting Hasan called out "Allahu akhbar." He called himself a "Soldier of Allah" on his business cards.

In an interview with CNN three days after the attack, US Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said, "Our diversity, not only in our army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."

The intensity of the Obama administration's participation in this cover-up became clear in May 2012. At that time, Congress had placed a clause inside the Defense Appropriations Act requiring the Pentagon to award Purple Hearts to Ft. Hood's victims. Rather than accept this eminently reasonable demand, which simply required the administration to acknowledge reality, Obama's emissaries announced he would veto the appropriations bill and so leave the Pentagon without a budget unless the clause was removed.

Rather than define Hasan's attack as an enemy attack or a terrorist act, the administration has defined it as a case of "workplace violence." Following this determination, those wounded in the attack, as well as the families of the murdered, are denied the support conferred on soldiers killed or wounded by enemy fire.

At the first day of Hasan's trial this week, he admitted that he perpetrated the murderous attack because he is a jihadist who "switched sides" in the war. That is, he told the court that he conducted the attack as an act of war against the United States to advance the goals of the global jihad.

Hasan's statement made clear, once again, that in its efforts to describe his actions as "workplace violence," the administration is engaging in a cover-up. Its purpose is to deny the American people the truth about the nature of the jihadist threat to their country.

Outside the conservative media, and certain circles of the Republican Party, there has been no public outcry over the government's decision to cover up the nature of Hasan's actions. The public's passivity in the face of the government's mendacious, unjust behavior owes to the fact that the mainstream media have not castigated the administration for its decision to hide that Hasan was not a garden variety disgruntled employee but a traitor who acted in the service of declared enemies of the United States. In the absence of a media-induced public outcry, the administration has no reason to change its behavior. It has no impetus to acknowledge the truth and act accordingly.

THE SAME is the case with regards to the September 11, 2012, attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. Already on the day of the attack, it was apparent that the US mission and the CIA annex had been targeted in a premeditated, preplanned attack. Footage of the attack broadcast in real time showed armed men attacking the consulate with rocket-propelled grenades. It was not an act of savage mob violence. Mobs do not carry RPGs or act in a coordinated manner. That is, already at the time of the attack it was apparent that it was not a spontaneous protest in response to an anti-Islamic video on YouTube.

And yet, from the outset, the administration covered up what happened. And the media colluded. Fox News was the only major network that pursued the story. A US ambassador was raped and murdered on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. US personnel were under multi-pronged attack for hours. Their desperate pleas for assistance were denied by the administration. And the US media went along with the fiction that the attack was a spontaneous outburst of rage over a YouTube video no one had ever seen.

The media's collusion was so great that CNN anchor Candy Crowley threw a US presidential debate when she defended Barack Obama's handling of the attack by inserting false information in the middle of the debate that she was moderating.

The Benghazi story keeps getting more and more outrageous. Last week we learned that some two dozen CIA personnel were on the ground during the attack. The administration has reportedly scattered these operatives throughout the US and forced them to adopt new identities. They have reportedly been prohibited from speaking to the media or congressional investigators, and subjected to monthly polygraph tests.

US personnel wounded in the attack have been hidden from investigators since the attack took place.

This behavior is scandalous, and unprecedented. Yet, outside of the "usual suspects" in the conservative media and the Republican Party, there is no outrage. The media coverage of this shocking revelation is nearly nonexistent, and where it exists, the reportage is laconic, indifferent.

Here, too, the administration feels comfortable perpetuating its cover-up. As in the case of Ft. Hood, why come clean if there is no price to pay for lying and covering up? 

Speaking of the frequent US failures in understanding events in faraway lands, Winston Churchill famously quipped, "We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities." 

But what if the other possibilities are never exhausted? The media's collusion with the Obama administration's false portrayal of jihadist attacks on US targets gives foreign leaders concerned about the US's lackadaisical attitude toward jihadist threats no reason for confidence. In the absence of public pressure, the Obama administration has no reason to change course when its policies fail.

IN ISRAEL'S case, the first place where the lesson of this state of affairs needs to be internalized is in regards to Iran's nuclear weapons program. Since taking office, Obama has repeatedly claimed that he will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. But in practice, his actions have enabled Iran to vastly expand its nuclear weapons program. Due to his malfeasance, today Iran has arrived at the cusp of a nuclear arsenal. More than his words, Obama's actions have made clear that he has no intention whatsoever of conducting military strikes against Iran's nuclear installations to prevent the regime from developing nuclear weapons.

Obama's latest ploy for running the clock down is his embrace of the fiction that Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a moderate interested, (and perforce empowered), to cut a nuclear deal with the US that would see Iran voluntarily and credibly end its uranium enrichment activities.

Speaking of Rouhani this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred to him as "a wolf in sheep's clothing," and warned US and European officials not to be taken in by his act. Netanyahu also noted that Iran has expanded its nuclear activities since Rouhani was elected two months ago.

But he might as well save his breath.

Rouhani's act - like that of his supposedly moderate predecessors Mohammad Khatami and Ahkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani - is so thin that it can only work on people who will be taken in by anyone. And indeed, the Obama administration was taken in by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. For five years Obama insisted on conducting self-evidently futile negotiations with Iran while Ahmadinejad - the anti-moderate - was serving as president.

The US and Europe are not taken in by Iran because Iran is good at hiding its true intentions. They are taken in by Iran because they want to be taken in. They want to believe that they don't have to attack Iran and overthrow the regime to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power. They want to believe they can appease Iran by pretending it isn't a danger, just as they believe they can end the threat of terror by jihadists in the US military and Benghazi by pretending they don't exist.

They want to believe these threats can be ignored, or appeased away. And just as Obama and his followers are willing to pretend away Hasan's actions to protect "diversity," and to pretend away the September 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi to protect the myth of the Arab Spring, so they are willing to permit Iran to go nuclear to protect the sanctity of appeasement.

The only thing they are willing to put their foot down about is the prospect of an Israeli strike. And they have put their foot down on this issue for the past decade. It isn't that the US is deliberately enabling Iran to acquire a nuclear arsenal. It is just that the US elite in government and the media care more about protecting their faith in diversity and appeasement than they do about preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

They have convinced themselves that the prospect of appeasing Iran will evaporate if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear installations. And so we have seen a parade of senior US defense officials descending on Israel every time it appears that Israel is planning to attack Iran. We have seen a parade of former Israeli military and security chiefs with close ties to the US defense establishment declaring before every available microphone that Israel must not strike Iran and that we can count on Obama to protect us.

But we mustn't believe their assurances or succumb to their pressure. Obama will not change course. He doesn't have to. So long as he maintains faith with the god of appeasement, the US media will protect him. And so long as they protect him, he will pay no price for his failures. So he will repeat them.

Israel cannot countenance a nuclear Iran. So Israel needs to attack Iran's nuclear installations.

No more needs to be said.

Originally published in the Jerusalem Post. 


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Why this Christian Supports Israel By: Gary Bauer

The people of Israel love what we Americans love and honor what we Americans honor. Israel is built on the rule of law. Its Declaration of Independence is modeled after ours. We are joined at the heart. The only memorial in the Middle East to honor the three thousand innocent Americans brutally murdered on the morning of 9/11 is in Israel. As crowds in the West Bank and Gaza rushed into the streets to celebrate the murderous attack on America, Israelis mourned with us, lowered their flag as we lowered ours, and wept with us. If you want to pay your respects at a memorial to John F. Kennedy, you can do it in Arlington National Cemetery – or you can go to the JFK memorial outside of Jerusalem. You can go to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell – or you can visit not one but two replicas of it in Israel. You can honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Day in January here in the U.S. – and you can honor him in Israel, the only country outside the U.S. that officially commemorates Martin Luther King Day, by visiting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Forest in the Southern Galilee region. (Israel also has a Coretta Scott King Forest). Christians who support Israel are walking a trail blazed by great American heroes who also supported Israel. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin wanted the symbol of our new republic to be Moses leading the Jewish people to the Promised Land. The founders of our great country, to a man, were restorationists; they wanted Jews around the world to be restored to their ancient homeland. Abraham Lincoln told his friends he wanted to visit the home of the Jews after he left the presidency, but an assassin’s bullet ended his life before he could. Closer to our own time, Harry Truman told the State Department to go to hell and recognized modern Israel almost immediately after its rebirth as a modern nation. Ronald Reagan said we had no greater ally. Bobby Kennedy defended Israel and was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, Sirhan Sirhan. From Israel came the patriarchs, including Abraham, who saw God in a burning furnace. Israel gave us Moses, who chose suffering with his own people over the riches of Pharaoh’s house; Moses, who led his people across the Red Sea to the land promised them by God. I choose Israel because I want to stand with Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel and the prophets who conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, survived the mouths of lions, felled giants, and put foreign armies to flight. I stand with Israel because of the biblical General Barak, who defeated the Canaanite oppressors and united the tribes, and because of Gideon, who did not seek self-glorification but rather the glorification of God. I choose Israel because I remember the millions who perished at Auschwitz and Buchenwald and some fifteen thousand other Nazi labor, death and concentration camps. I stand with Israel because the Jews who live there are surrounded by millions of fanatics who lust for their blood and want a second Holocaust. I support Israel because I don’t want murderous Islamists dancing on the Via Delarosa. I don’t want to see Jewish graves desecrated, the Western Wall defiled and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher turned into a garbage dump. Israel guarantees religious freedom, the Palestinian extremists do not. Why do I support Israel? You may as well ask me why I choose good over evil. On one side of the divide are Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic jihad, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and mothers who strap bombs on their innocent children and send them to kill Jews. There is intolerance, injustice, sharia law, and crowds chanting death to America. There are Holocaust deniers and Hitler wannabes, UN bureaucrats and EU appeasers. Their culture worships death, where women are treated like cattle and terrorists are heroes. On the other side is the only Jewish nation in the world – the apple of God’s eye; one of the pillars of Judeo-Christian civilization; our most reliable ally in the Middle East; a people who tell their children to love life, not death; the land where the patriarchs lived; a country that believes in freedom and tolerance, whose people have turned a desert into an oasis of progress and achievement. It may be a tough call for the UN and for State Department bureaucrats, for Jimmy Carter and for the religious left, and for the legions of the ignorant and confused, but it is not a tough call for me. I choose Israel – yesterday, today and tomorrow


There are six States and two Territories in Australia. (Let’s leave the ACT out of this because it has always had blind Labor allegiance supporting half of Australia’s union membership.)

Of the six States only two are dire basket cases and those two are Labor States. The remaining four States are burdened with repairing the economic damage of Labor, after a period of all six States having endured Labor/Green annihilation.

Gillard governed in "coalition" with the Greens, yet there is just one Green member (Adam Bandt) in a House of 150 members, so to suggest the Greens are an over represented rabble is a gross understatement!

Lara Giddings, Labor Premier of Tasmania, rules with 23% of the vote compared to the Liberals 30%. But with the Greens’ vote at 20% (twice the national average) Giddings can comfortably govern with their assistance.

Jay Weatherill, Labor Premier of South Australia and ex-partner of Penny Wong, (say no more) rules the State of South Australia in his own right with a very influential Greens’ representation of 14% of the vote. (National polling is currently diminishing at 9%.)

Both Labor States have successfully fought off the Conservatives and proceeded to economically raze the landscape under the influence of gangrenous Greens.

As is usual, they have driven up unprecedented debt and unemployment with crazy feel-good policies that have failed miserably. They aim to destroy mineral mining, the coal industry and Israel. They want an egalitarian socialised society financed with borrowed funds.

The parlous economic failings of both South Australia and Tasmania is mirrored almost exactly in Canberra under Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Greens.

So, where am I going with this?

Okay, so why did Rudd need to pay billions to Nauru and PNG in exchange for internationally advertising their countries as backward shitboxes?

Why couldn’t he have said, “Anyone arriving by boat from now on will be confined to one of two Labor/Green States”?

Now, anyone wanting to build a new life, get a job or start a new business would be devastated at that prospect?

Surely that would have sent a message to those pesky, enterprising, illegal immigrants? And in the process saved us billions?

Or he could wait until September 8!

If he wins Office then the whole country will become a backward shitbox!

Boat problem solved!

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This is a MUST SEE VIDEO ABOUT THE 35 HEROES OF GUSH ETZION, on the 65th anniversary of their heroic deaths. These 35 died the day before the State of Israel was declared a State by David Ben-Gurion. It is thanks to their sacrifice that we have a State of Isreal today, where we can all vote for our own sovereign government. THANK YOU!
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In Israel’s War of Independence, more than 450 volunteers, Jews and Gentiles, came from over 50 countries to bring their World War II experience and skills to help build the State of Israel. These unsung heroes deserve much more recognition for what they did to help build the modern State of Israel. Watch this fascinating video featuring some of Israel’s english speaking heroes!
Check out this important historical film from the Spielberg Video Archive from 1946. A new fighting unit, the Jewish Brigade Group, was created in pre-State Israel. Many of the fighters were Jewish refugees from Europe, and they fought side by side with the Allied forces in Europe. They became part of the British 8th Army, fought as Jews – as free sons of the Land of Israel. Ultimately, they formed an essential part of the building of the Israel Defense Forces that would fight back the Arab Armies in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.
At the 8 minute mark, watch the Passover scene – with Jewish soliders eating the traditional Matzah – unleavened bread – as Jewish soldiers brought freedom to Jewish prisoners from German Concentration Camps.
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This trailer features the South African volunteers' contribution to the building up of the State of Israel.
Harry Truman withstood enormous pressure by his Secretary of State, George Marshall, and supported the establishment of the State of Israel. Clark Clifford played a key role too. Watch this fascinating short clip that brings light to the drama that preceded the decision by the US to support the establishment of the State of Israel.

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Israel Alert Newsletter3 Elul 5773August 9, 2013
Members of the US Congress have submitted legislation calling upon the United States to move her embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill, titled HR 2846: Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel Act, which is sponsored by Trent Franks (AZ-08), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Gene Green (TX-29), and Juan Vargas (CA-51), is now being circulated among members of Congress. Earlier in the year, members of the House and Senate proposed a similar bill.
"The United States was the first nation to recognize Israel's sovereignty, a mere 11 minutes after the new state was formed in 1948. Today, 65 years later, Israel remains a uniquely precious ally.Just as the United States has assisted the Jewish people in restoring their ancient state, it is only fitting that we lead the way in recognizing Jerusalem for what it is: the undivided, eternal capital of Israel," said Congressman Tent Franks.
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Students from Hebrew University, in conjunction with 'Stand with Us', recently held an International Women's Conference aiming to educate about women's rights in Israel and to promote worldwide gender equality. Leading public figures in Israeli society, including politicians, activists, businesswomen, journalists, and religious leaders were brought in to speak.
"Our main purpose was to expose our participants from around the world to the role that Women play in Israel. Israel faces many challenges, and so do the women in Israel, but our strong pluralistic and democratic society has achieved many goals and is constantly in flux,changing, growing and improving."
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A Google search for "1948 refugees" produces about 6 million results.
All but a few (at least through page six) are about the Palestinian Arab refugees, as if they were the only refugees of 1948. But it is estimated that from the beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War through the early 1970s, up to 1,000,000 Jews fled or were expelled from their ancestral homes in Muslim countries.

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Israeli Minister Speaks Out Against Releasing Terrorists
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, while attending the seventh memorial of his dear friend, Lt. Col. Emmanuel Moreno, who was killed in 2006 during Israel's Second Lebanon War, spoke out against releasing Palestinian terrorists to re-start peace negotiations.
"The decision to release terrorist killers is contrary to all the values we were taught in the IDF... no compromises in the fight against murderous terrorism."
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I want a new engagement with Aboriginal people to be one of the hallmarks of a Coalition government.

If elected, this will start from week one with the establishment of a Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

The establishment of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council will focus on practical changes to improve the lives of Aboriginal people.

Preserving Aboriginal cultures, as well as building reconciliation, means doing more to ensure that children go to schools, adults go to work and the ordinary rule of the land operates in Aboriginal communities.

I am honoured that Mr Warren Mundine has agreed to chair the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

I hope to be a Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and am delighted that Warren Mundine has taken up the call to be part of this journey.

There is so much goodwill. The challenge is to convert this into change for the better. In this area, the problem is not so much under-investment as under-engagement. I am confident that this will change with someone of Warren’s standing at my side.

Click here to read more about our announcement.


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We need your help.

Yesterday we discovered that Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party intend to continue spending more than 30 million dollars of taxpayer’s money to advertise their hastily put together boats policy to Australian voters, in the middle of the election campaign.

These Government ads are not about stopping the boats.  They're just about using taxpayers money to try and get votes.

What the government claims in the ads about their PNG deal is not even true.

Using your money in this way just doesn't pass the fair dinkum test, just like everything else with Kevin Rudd.

This is a new low for Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party.

Click here to sign the petition to Stop The Ads:

Kevin Rudd’s double standards are beyond belief. In 2007 on ABC’s 7:30 Report, he made his position on Government advertising very clear stating it “is a sick cancer within our system, It’s a cancer on democracy”.

Kevin Rudd is trying to con the Australian public, again.

We cannot allow this to happen, help us send a strong message, help us stop the ads by signing our petition.

Thanks for your help,
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Hi everyone! Here's the newsletter for August 9th. Enjoy!

From the Blog

The 'Filthy Filner' cover-up

Yuck. Is there a woman in his sights that pervy Democratic San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hasn’t harassed, molested, insulted, propositioned, groped, headlocked or slobbered on while holding public office?

Aw: Matt Damon says ‘Obama broke up with me’

How sad...

Cronyism update: Donations for tax breaks in New York

Cronyism: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner...

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“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"The city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it."
Revelation 21:23
Yonder in the better world, the inhabitants are independent of all creature comforts. They have no need of raiment; their white robes never wear out, neither shall they ever be defiled. They need no medicine to heal diseases, "for the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick." They need no sleep to recruit their frames--they rest not day nor night, but unweariedly praise him in his temple. They need no social relationship to minister comfort, and whatever happiness they may derive from association with their fellows is not essential to their bliss, for their Lord's society is enough for their largest desires. They need no teachers there; they doubtless commune with one another concerning the things of God, but they do not require this by way of instruction; they shall all be taught of the Lord. Ours are the alms at the king's gate, but they feast at the table itself. Here we lean upon the friendly arm, but there they lean upon their Beloved and upon him alone. Here we must have the help of our companions, but there they find all they want in Christ Jesus. Here we look to the meat which perisheth, and to the raiment which decays before the moth, but there they find everything in God. We use the bucket to fetch us water from the well, but there they drink from the fountain head, and put their lips down to the living water. Here the angels bring us blessings, but we shall want no messengers from heaven then. They shall need no Gabriels there to bring their love-notes from God, for there they shall see him face to face. Oh! what a blessed time shall that be when we shall have mounted above every second cause and shall rest upon the bare arm of God! What a glorious hour when God, and not his creatures; the Lord, and not his works, shall be our daily joy! Our souls shall then have attained the perfection of bliss.


"He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils."
Mark 16:9
Mary of Magdala was the victim of a fearful evil. She was possessed by not one devil only, but seven. These dreadful inmates caused much pain and pollution to the poor frame in which they had found a lodging. Hers was a hopeless, horrible case. She could not help herself, neither could any human succour avail. But Jesus passed that way, and unsought, and probably even resisted by the poor demoniac, he uttered the word of power, and Mary of Magdala became a trophy of the healing power of Jesus. All the seven demons left her, left her never to return, forcibly ejected by the Lord of all. What a blessed deliverance! What a happy change! From delirium to delight, from despair to peace, from hell to heaven! Straightway she became a constant follower of Jesus, catching his every word, following his devious steps, sharing his toilsome life; and withal she became his generous helper, first among that band of healed and grateful women who ministered unto him of their substance. When Jesus was lifted up in crucifixion, Mary remained the sharer of his shame: we find her first beholding from afar, and then drawing near to the foot of the cross. She could not die on the cross with Jesus, but she stood as near it as she could, and when his blessed body was taken down, she watched to see how and where it was laid. She was the faithful and watchful believer, last at the sepulchre where Jesus slept, first at the grave whence he arose. Her holy fidelity made her a favoured beholder of her beloved Rabboni, who deigned to call her by her name, and to make her his messenger of good news to the trembling disciples and Peter. Thus grace found her a maniac and made her a minister, cast out devils and gave her to behold angels, delivered her from Satan, and united her forever to the Lord Jesus. May I also be such a miracle of grace!

Today's reading: Psalm 77-78, Romans 10 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 77-78

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands,
and I would not be comforted.
3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 "Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 10

Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: "The person who does these things will live by them." 6But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) 7"or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, "Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame." 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Terah, Tarah, Thara

[Tē'rah,Tā'ra, Thā'ră] - wild goat orturning, wanderingA son of Nahorand father of Abraham and ancestor of Christ (Gen. 11:24-32; Josh. 24:2; 1 Chron. 1:26; Luke 3:34). SeeNumbers 33:27, 28.

The Man Who Died Half Way

Along with his three sons, Abraham, Nahor and Haran, Terah migrated from Ur of the Chaldees to Haran, where he died. The reference to him serving other gods led some of the Jewish Fathers to think of Terah as a maker of idols (Josh. 24:2). Why did Terah die at Haran? Was it not his intention to go to Canaan (Gen. 11:31, 32)?
It was God's purpose to separate Abraham from his kindred (Gen. 12:1 ), but Terah and Lot left with him, an exodus, perhaps, Abraham could not prevent. Lot, although he reached Canaan, was a constant grief to his uncle. The death of Terah seems to suggest that complete separation unto God often means the severance of some of earth's dearest ties. Terah is also a type of many who step out for Christ but whose hopes of discipleship die half way. Beginning in the Spirit they end in the flesh. Halfway converts never make wholehearted saints. Are you at Haran, or is yours the joy of living in Canaan?
August 9, 2011
Sandpaper People on Wheels
Today's Truth
You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Matthew 5:43-44, TNIV).
Friend To Friend
I am certainly not proud of the fact that I tend to have little or no patience with road hogs and seem to find ample opportunities for expressing my less-than-favorable opinion of the way they drive. I am working on my attitude and learning some lessons along the way.
We once lived in a small but rapidly growing town just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Because the town has outgrown its winding country roads, traffic from the city into our community was a daily nightmare. At one particular spot, a double lane narrows to a single lane. The change is clearly marked by several strategically placed signs and most people - the nice velvet people - pull into the single left lane long before the road narrows, knowing the right lane will soon merge with the left lane.
The sandpaper people, on the other hand, spot the merging lane signs and consider them an open invitation to speed ahead, worming their way into the long line of waiting cars. I consider it my personal responsibility to educate these road hogs in "The Ins and Outs of Traffic Courtesy According to Mary," by refusing to let them barge in front of me and secure a spot in "my" line. I never make eye contact with these sandpaper drivers, thus denying their existence while inching along as close as possible to the car in front of me, determined to hold my ground.
One day, however, I met my match. I saw him coming but stood firm in my resolve to enforce my "don't let 'em in no matter what" rule. When he tried to pull in front of me, I ignored him. He honked. I feigned deafness. Finally, in one last-ditch effort to merge before his lane ended, the man rolled down his window and yelled, "Look!" I couldn't help myself. He was holding up a napkin that read "Pleeeeeeeease!" I burst out laughing and motioned for him to pull in front of me. He applauded and danced a seated jig in celebration of his hard-earned place in line.
Life is like that - sandpaper people trying to capture our attention, ignoring the signs, breaking the relationship rules while barging into our lives. It takes a sense of humor to navigate the tumultuous waters of difficult relationships without capsizing. The secret of joy-filled relationships is to count on God's strength instead of our own. Joy comes from a continual reliance upon Him to hammer down the mountains in our difficult relationships, making the path straight and pointing us in the right direction.
In Philippians 4:11-12, the Apostle Paul says, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." This passage can also be applied to having healthy relationships and could easily read, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every relationship by depending upon the power of God's love at work. I can love anyonethrough Him who gives me strength." As we learn to laugh more and cultivate our God-given sense of humor, patience and the ability to deal with the difficult relationships in life will flourish.
Let's Pray
Father, I want to thank You for loving me even when I am so unlovable. Please teach me how to deal with difficult people in a way that pleases and honors You. I want others to see Your unconditional love at work in my relationships. Help me choose to forgive those who have hurt me and look for ways to find joy in the midst of it all.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
  • Write down the name of a sandpaper person in your life and list five reasons you consider that person to be abrasive.
  • Pray for that sandpaper person.
  • Thank God for bringing that abrasive person into your life. What do you believe God wants to accomplish through this difficult relationship? Are you willing to trust Him enough to praise Him for that person?
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Everything New - A Weeekly Devotional


If someone were to ask you, “Who are you, really?” a complete answer would have to include something about the invisible you, the part within and apart from the body. One of the truest things you can say about human beings is that there is so much more than meets the eye.
Yet we play to the eye.
Think of someone you know who, by most people’s standards, is extraordinarily handsome or beautiful, a picture of health, possessing a vivacity that turns people’s heads-but someone empty on the inside.
At 36 years old, Marilyn Monroe, one of the best-known female icons of the 20th century, who was sought for the best movie roles and the most popular magazine covers, took an overdose of pills to end her life. By becoming larger than life, almost revered as a goddess, she lost her inner self, and she put the icon in the grave.
The outward self can profoundly contradict the inward self.
The belief that we as human beings are nothing more than chemical factories changing oxygen and food into energy day by day until the factory breaks down and we die, is extraordinarily hard to maintain. It is not for lack of trying.
Many philosophies and religions limit themselves to the certainties of what we can touch and measure–things such as fingers and eyeballs and the amazing network of nerve fibers in the body. Proponents of this idea say, listen to common sense; what you can see is all there is. It’s all there ever will be. The sum total of a man or a woman is what can be placed on a scale or in a coffin. And yet, like a great hot air balloon that refuses to do anything but ascend, this idea that we are more than our bodies, that there is soul, that we’re not done when we’re dead, keeps rising in most people’s convictions.
We are body and soul, which throughout our lives are inseparable. One person, with two major aspects: the external (visible, fleshy, sensory), and the internal (thoughtful, moral, volitional). Your spiritual reactions come from the experiences you have with what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. A husband loves his wife well when he does it with devoted thoughtfulness, emotional understanding, and physical touch. God’s greatest command is that we love him with heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Our visible and invisible selves are like the relationship between house and home. “House” especially notes the physical thing, whereas “home,” though not separate from the house, points to the greater spiritual reality, a living thing. You repair a house, but you live at home.
Now there is that unique moment when the spiritual self is separated from the bodily self–when the last breath is exhaled and, like Jesus, we can pray, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” It is that time when our “earthly tent” is destroyed, when we go from being “at home in the body” to being “away from it” (2 Corinthians 5:1,9 ). How will we ever comprehend this as long as we are creatures of the earth? None of the stories of spirits haunting houses and ships or even having friendly exchanges are truthful or helpful. What the Gospels teach is that Jesus told the thief on the cross “today you will be with me in Paradise,” and Paul said that he knew that if he had to be “away from the body,” he would be “at home with the Lord.”
Next time: what does the Bible mean by body, soul, spirit, mind, etc.?


About The Author - Mel Lawrenz serves as minister at large for Elmbrook Church and leads The Brook Network. Having been in pastoral ministry for thirty years, the last decade as senior pastor of Elmbrook, Mel seeks to help Christian leaders engage with each other. Mel is the author of eleven books, the most recent for church leaders, Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement.
Marybeth Whalen
August 9, 2011
It Just Takes One
Marybeth Whalen
"But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!"Romans 5:15 (NIV)
"I just wanted to tell you," she said. "It just takes one." She knew we had our house up for sale and wanted to offer me a word of encouragement. She had also recently been through having her house on the market and knew what I was facing.
As she grabbed my hands in her own, she looked at me earnestly and said. "It just takes one person to come along and love your house and want to buy it. Hang onto that when you get overwhelmed. God will send that one."
I have thought about what she said to me, and how this Truth applies in many aspects of my life. God will send that one. The one person who can best encourage me. The one person who will provide the answers I am seeking. The one nugget of Truth my soul is craving. The one bit of hope when everything seems desperate around me.
What is that "one" thing you are waiting for God to send you right now? Maybe it is that one test result you are waiting for. Maybe it is that one check you need desperately to show up in the mail so you can make it to payday. Maybe it is that one affirmation you need to hear, but rarely do.
Do you believe that God will send that one? Do you walk in that belief, even when circumstances around you say otherwise? Do you focus on what is happening, or God's promises?
God's most wonderful promise came through the One who could be tempted yet sinless, Lion yet lamb, human yet God. God's plan for redemption came through His one and only Son.
It just took one-one sacrifice, one resurrection, one hope for eternity. Humanity cried out for restoration and God responded by sending that One.
"It just takes one," the woman told me. And that is true, even in this broken, fallen world. So many times that "one" seems far away, so insurmountable, that we despair of ever seeing it come to pass.
Make today the day that you live believing in that one thing happening-whether it is a sold sign in your yard or healing in a relationship; turn to the Creator of all things with whatever is on your heart. Spend today reflecting on that one sacrifice He made on your behalf, because of His unfailing love for you. Trust Him to do what is best for you-whatever His answer may be-and live in expectation of the abundant life He has promised.
Dear Lord, help me to trust in You to send the answers I need. Help me to take my eyes off my circumstances and focus solely on You. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your precious Son so that I could have salvation. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Do You Know Him?
She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen.
For more encouragement from Marybeth and to view all of her resources click here.
Application Steps:
In your journal, write a letter to God telling Him about that one thing your heart is crying out for. Offer the letter up to Him with a prayer of sacrifice and humble surrender. Reaffirm your trust in Him.
What is God teaching you through your time of waiting? How can you best use this time? In what ways is it making you stronger spiritually and in your relationship with Him?
Power Verses:
Acts 15:11, "No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are." (NIV)
Romans 5:12, "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned." (NIV)
Romans 5:10, "For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (NIV)
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