Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sun Aug 4th Todays News

Happy birthday and many happy returns Johnny VuongDarren Lee andNestori Dez. Born on the same day, across the years. Along with Louis Vuitton (1821), John Venn (1834), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), Louis Armstrong (1901), Reg Grundy (1923), Barry Soetoro (1961, Kenya) and Jessica Mauboy (1989). On your day, Constitution Day in the Cook Islands (1965)
70 – First Jewish–Roman War: The Roman army, led by the future Emperor Titus, conquered the city of Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple.
1327 – First War of Scottish Independence: James Douglas led a raid into Weardale and almost killed Edward III of England.
1783 – A cataclysmic eruption of Mount Asama, the most active volcano in Japan, killed roughly 1,400 people and exacerbated a famine, resulting in another 20,000 deaths.
1983 – A coup d'état organised by Blaise Compaoré and supported by Libya made Thomas Sankara President of the Republic of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).
2006 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Seventeen employees of the French INGO ACF International were massacred in Muttur. Your day has such hope .. for a rebuilt temple, for independence, for salvation from natural disaster, from oppression and from civil war. Live your dream. Realise hope.

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Kevin Rudd’s greatest sin is total disregard for national security

Piers Akerman – Saturday, August 03, 2013 (11:42pm)

OF all the sins of the chaotic and dysfunctional Rudd government (and they are legion), the greatest is its total disregard for national security. 

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Eddie’s Way is still obeyed in federal Labor

Miranda Devine – Saturday, August 03, 2013 (11:44pm)

The most striking thing about Eddie Obeid in the ICAC witness box earlier this year was his chutzpah. 

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The ALP lolly-scramble betrayed us all

Miranda Devine – Saturday, August 03, 2013 (11:44pm)

One of the best political chronicles of Labor Inc, NSW branch, is former planning minister Frank Sartor’s 2011 book The Fog on the Hill. 

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A NEW WAY

Tim Blair – Sunday, August 04, 2013 (6:48pm)

Labor’s first election ad of 2013:



Interestingly, comments are closed. They’re open at the latest Coalition ad:


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AIR KEVNI

Tim Blair – Sunday, August 04, 2013 (2:10pm)

Observe the Prime Ministerial flightpath as Kevin Rudd heads towards Canberra and an anticipated election announcement.

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The wrong question

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (7:53pm)

Kevin Rudd says the election is about who we can trust.
Tony Abbott should say it’s first about who we can believe. 

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First poll: Coalition and Abbott ahead

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (7:34pm)

ReachTEL has the first poll of the election campaign, and it’s good news for both the Coalition and Tony Abbott personally:

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Taken this afternoon, with a sample size of nearly 3000.
UPDATE
The first lie of the election campaign is told by ... Kevin Rudd. It’s that old Abbott-stripped-$1 billion-from-hospitals one.
Yes, Penny Wong earlier today told the lie about the Coalition’s “$70 billion Budget black hole” but the election hadn’t been called then.
UPDATE
Did Rudd not sound rather nervous and rushed in announcing the election? Almost breathless. 

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September 7 election

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (3:26pm)

Kevin Rudd has called the election for September 7.
Rudd sends an Instagram:
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Tony Abbott today shows whatever Rudd can do in a street meet-and-greet he can do better. In Sydney’s Chinatown:

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Kevin Rudd emails his followers, saying he will be positive by attacking the AbbottAbbottAbbott:
It’s on.
A few moments ago I saw the Governor-General and asked that she dissolve this parliament and call the Federal Election for September 7.
Australians now face a choice. And the choice couldn’t be starker.
I have a positive vision about the country we can be. In this election I’ll be talking with Australians across the county about better schools for our kids, investing so we can create good jobs, and about how the NBN can help keep our economy strong.
Tony Abbott has a different approach. He’ll bang on with the same negativity that we’re all sick of. He’s only got three word slogans because he doesn’t have the ticker to debate his real agenda.
Right now the only thing standing between Australia and an Abbott-led government is you, me, and as many Australians as we can rally to fight for the kind of nation we all want to live in.
We’ve got one hell of a fight on our hands. Abbott and a few millionaires will out-spend us. But if we join together we can even the playing field. Chip in $5 to get us off to a strong start:
http://www.alp.org.au/donate
It’s time to rally the troops.
Kevin
PS – I mean what I say: we can win this if we work together. Now’s the time to step up – please make our campaign stronger by donating now: http://www.alp.org.au/donate
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Kevin Rudd speaks
Rudd starts his press conference with a rush of words. Attacks negativity - which actually means scrutiny of his record by Tony Abbott.
Uses the “who do Australians trust” line once used by John Howard. Who will people trust to protect jobs and the “fair go” while managing the “big transition” of the economy and this “choppy water”.
Another couple of attacks on “negativity”.  An attack on “three word slogans”. An appeal to the “new politics”, whatever that is.
Concedes elections are also about a judgment of the record. Says he kept the economy out of recession. Pooh poohs those who say we have a “debt and deficit crisis”. Says “it’s a false claim”.
Praises last Friday’s admission of a Budget shambles as actually “leveling” with voters.
Says he wants to defend manufacturing and advance the NBN. Will “responsibly” return the Budget to surplus by the end of the economic cycle (undefined).
Says Abbott will do a $70 billion “slash and burn”. Says the Campbell Newman Government is a warning.
Yet another attack on Abbott on health spending. Calls Abbott a “climate change denier”. (Unbelievable, how he still claims he’s against “negative politics”. The hide of the man.)
Attacks the Liberals’ NBN scheme.
Says he’s against dividing Australia. (Implies this was what Abbott does, rather than what Labor under Gillard did.)
Says Australians have seen him at the very highs and very lows.
Claims he is the underdog, and his advisers say an election today would have returned Abbott. Claims Abbott has a “massive” war chest funded by business cronies and tobacco companies. Appeals for money. (Oh, so positive is this man. Oh, how wicked are his wicked, wicked enemies.)
The tin rattle is interesting. I’m not sure if it’s a reflection of how empty Labor’s coffers are, or if it’s an attempt to get people to buy in to the campaign, quite literally.
UPDATE
Hooray! The local government referendum is dead! It couldn’t be held before September 14, and now Rudd says it must be business for the next Parliament.
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Rudd is asked if the 2016 surplus predicted in the Budget update on Friday is a promise. Rudd waffles and notes it’s only in Labor’s “plan”. No guarantee given.
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Hypocrite alert! Rudd is asked if, being against negative politics, he will instruct Labor not to run negative ads against his opponents, Rudd dodges. No guarantee giving. Worse, he attakcs Abbott and tells him not to run negative ads, including ones paid for by tobacco companies. (Do people really buy such astonishing hypocrisy and cant?)
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Tony Abbott speaks:

Says he’s about building a better future.
It’s about who is more fair dinkum. Who can build a better future. Is it the side that’s been united, or the one divided. The one that stopped the boats or started them again. The one that balanced the books or blew the Budget.
As soon as its responsible, there will be a company tax cut. (So that old promise of a company tax cut seems to have been delayed.)
On border protection, won’t rely just on other countries to stop the boats.
Will deliver a stronger and more cohesive society.
Hints at giving parents more control over schools.
Wants to build a country were “no one ever feels a stranger”. No more of what Labor has done, turning Australians against each other.
(By the way, the blue behind Abbott is far too light. Wishy washy, not authoritative.)
Want to increase community solidarity. Wants to welcome those who come to join us, not to change us.
Singles out Rudd’s three new taxes and a Budget out of control, with unemployment going up.
Repeats the line: that if Labor gives you three taxes before an election, what will it do after?
“Do you really want three more years like the last six?”
“We won’t let you down.”
“There will not be a minority government led by me.” There will be no deals to create a minority government.
Questions and answers:
Says is agreeing to a series of debates.
Wants to rebuild the “bonds of trust” between the government and the people.
“If you can’t manage the Budget you can’t run the country.” The Budget is deteriorating by $3 billion a week. 

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Rudd seals deals by giving in

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (3:13pm)

To clear the decks for the election, Kevin Rudd has agreed to any old thing just to say he’s got a deal on education and disability - even if it’s in fact a cave-in:

KEVIN Rudd has dumped key demands of Julia Gillard’s policy on education and disability funding to get the agreement of the Victorian and Western Australian State Governments as he frantically closes deals ahead of calling an election...
Mr Rudd has dropped the demands of Ms Gillard and former Education Minister, Peter Garrett, that the Commonwealth have the power to intervene in school education, which the Victorian Government and the non-government sector have opposed since the former Prime Minister announced the Better Schools Plan…
Mr Rudd has also overturned a longstanding insistence from the Gillard Cabinet that Western Australia adopt the Commonwealth disability funding program and drop its own scheme.
The Commonwealth has now agreed to fund two pilot programs in WA for DisabilityCare, one using the Federal proposals and another using the WA scheme to determine which to use.

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The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (9:31am)

On The Bolt Report today at 10am and 4pm:





The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.
UPDATE

THE BOLT REPORT
04 AUGUST 2013
INTERVIEW WITH INNES WILLOX

ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: Kevin Rudd promised when he came back as Prime Minister that this time he’d consult more with business.
KEVIN RUDD: We need to have government, businesses, and unions working as much as possible together.
ANDREW BOLT: But since then Rudd has hit business with fringe benefit changes on cars - no consultation. He’s announced the new bank tax - no consultation. And has done all this
because he wants to spend even more, when the Budget’s blown and the economy is slowing.
CHRIS BOWEN: Unemployment, which was projected to reach 5.75%, but is now projected to reach 6.25% in 2013/14.
ANDREW BOLT: Joining me is Innes Willox, head of the Australian Industry Group, which represents more than 60,000 businesses. Innes, where is all this consultation that Kevin Rudd promised you?
INNES WILLOX: Well, there has been some consultation, but really not enough at the detailed level. You know, all decisions of Government have consequences, Andrew, and sometimes there are unintended consequences, and they need to be thought through. That doesn’t mean that we think we need to go back to the 1980s formulation of an accord, or something like that - that’s from the days of boy bands and big hair. We’re in a whole different environment now. We have - businesses are much more global, they’re much more focused at dealing with unions at their own level. Those sort of issues. So businesses change. So we don’t need formal relationships, we need mechanisms to allow for deeper consultation. So you’ve seen issues of-
ANDREW BOLT: But what if you have? I mean, like the FBT things on, you know, company-supplied cars - rammed through. Complete surprise.
INNES WILLOX: Well, as far as we’re concerned, that was a bad decision, an ill-thought-through decision. And from what I understand, too, Treasury are conceding privately that that didn’t actually model the impact on car sales when they put that together. So-
ANDREW BOLT: Excuse me?
INNES WILLOX: Well, that’s of great concern to us.
ANDREW BOLT: An FBT change is going to hit car sales. We’re told lots of car sales are being cancelled - 1,000, I believe, or more. And it’s going to cost jobs. And they didn’t model this?
INNES WILLOX: Well, that’s what we’re hearing and that’s what we’re being told by those who are intimately involved in these discussions. And that causes us enormous concerns. Talking to car manufacturers, they’re talking about falls in sales of up to 20% as a result of this decision. It’s going to impact production. That’s obviously going to impact on confidence and jobs - it flows right through. It’s a decision that - it’s a decision-
ANDREW BOLT: But Innes, this goes to the - Kevin Rudd said he was going to change his relationship with business, and he rams through a tax like this, and you’re telling me they didn’t even figure out that it might actually hurt people’s jobs?
INNES WILLOX: Well, that’s of concern to us when we hear that. You know, when that’s not thought through. And we’re in a situation now where the economy is slowing. All our key indicators are flat lining or going backwards. So we need to be very careful and deliberate about the decisions we make to get our economy moving again. Look, we are in a sort of febrile pre-election environment at the moment, and whenever the election is called, that’s a decision for the Prime Minister.
ANDREW BOLT: But it seems to impact the way - you know, the processes of government, Innes. Look, the Budget now has just blown out by - to $30 billion deficit this year, and bigger
deficits the years after. There will be no surplus now under a Government Kevin Rudd leads, I’m pretty sure of that. But spending is nearly up 6% this year. Does that make any sense to you?
INNES WILLOX: Look, we believe we have to get out of a deficit situation into a surplus over the Budget cycle - that’s over a couple of years - without damaging the basics, the fundamentals of the economy. The fact that we will have almost a decade of Budget deficits is of concern to us. It’s of concern to the business community too, because it’s showing that the economy is slowing, Government is spending more than it needs to, and the big question is - is Government spending in the right area? Now they’re decisions that the voters will make decisions on, come election time. And they do that every three years. But we need to get the economy rebalanced and recalibrated. We’re very firm on that. And - and- 

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Funding cuts could give you better artists

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (5:43am)

Sure, he’s silly enough to think less socialism means a “huge melt-down in capitalism”, but somewhere in Mark Ravenhill’s rant is an admission that state-sponsored of the arts tends to give you propaganda instead:

One of Britain’s leading playwrights has said funding cuts could be “a good thing” for the arts because artists would be less “safe and well behaved”.
Mark Ravenhill… is currently writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company…
“Didn’t the arts become safe and well behaved during the New Labour years? I think they did.
“I think they weren’t telling the truth - the dirty, dangerous, hilarious, upsetting, disruptive, noisy, beautiful truth - as often as they should have done.
“Why? Because most artists are decent, liberal, if only everyone were nicer to each other and let’s heal it with a hug sort of folk and so voted New Labour.”
When Labour came to power in 1997, there was “for a few years a modest but real terms increase in government funding for the arts”, he said.
“And we artists were so grateful for that relatively modest bit of attention and money that we changed substantially what and who we were as artists."…
He said the arts world “went astray” in the 1990s and become distracted by a focus on urban renewal, corporate sponsorship and social inclusion, rather than reflecting the real world....

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Threatening to send over 10,000, so far managing just 40

Andrew Bolt August 04 2013 (5:14am)

Boat people policy
The Immigration Minister ramps up the rhetoric, despite sending over just 40 of the 1600 boat people who have so far come since the PNG deal was done:
KEVIN Rudd will warn people smugglers he stands ready to create an island from hell in Papua New Guinea housing 10,000 asylum seekers
Confirming a dramatic expansion of PNG facilities was possible, Immigration Minister Tony Burke said one site alone [on Manus Island] had the capacity to hold “10,000” asylum seekers in a tent city.
UPDATE
Remember how Labor once damned John Howard as brutal?
Papua New Guinea’s most thuggish paramilitary police unit - allegedly responsible for rapes, murders and other human rights abuses - is being discreetly funded by the Australian Immigration Department to secure the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre.
Officers of the “Mobile Squad”, who just last month beat a local man to death on the island, are receiving a special living away allowance of about $100 a day out of funding provided by the department.
The Australian funding is a handsome perk for members of the squad. The average local wage for security staff is about $1.50 an hour.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 

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A young girl stepped up to a karaoke machine in the food court at a mall and left everyone with their jaws hanging open! 

Wait for the 2:40 mark - YOU'LL GET CHILLS!
www.godtube.com/watch/?v=000291NU
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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
DO YOU HAVE CONSCIENCE?
What is conscience? I don't think that i can explain it enough but i feel that,it is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action.What happens when you tell a lie or gossip about someone? Is there an inner voice telling you what is right and what is wrong? What about people who commit horrible crimes against humanity? Do they have an inner voice crying out, disturbing their peace and sleep? We have all grown up hearing it said, "Let your conscience be your guide." Is that a good thing? What is our conscience? Is our conscience always a good guide for our thoughts and actions? The voice you hear before you take any action is what i call conscience.

Bible did not talk much about conscience in the old testament but Joseph's brothers certainly felt the sting of their conscience, when they first came to Egypt to purchase corn. While Joseph's identity was concealed, he tested his brothers, accusing them of being spies and casting them into prison. We read their response in Genesis 42:21. They said to each other, "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us." Joseph was not pointing a finger at his brothers, reminding them of their past cruelty. They didn't even know they were in the presence of their brother. Joseph wasn't dead, he was alive, and so was their conscience.

The word "conscience" is used thirty two times in the King James translation of the New Testament. Twenty one of those times, it was used by the apostle Paul. The root of the Greek word translated as "conscience," means to be aware. The Greek speaking people in the New Testament days used this word in their everyday conversation. It basically described the pain that you feel when you do wrong. God as our Creator, has created us as moral beings. As such, God has equipped every human being with a "built in" moral conscience. A Christian without conscience is a pagan.God bless you.

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Pastor Rick Warren'
Truly talented entertainers amaze audiences. Those without talent can only shock.

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Hair ornament in the form of an orchid made by Philippe Wolfers, Belgium, 1905-7.
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I like Mr Smith, but he is wrong. - ed

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Davenport Glow — in Davenport Landing, CA.
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Her loss crosses culture and race. No child should endure barbarity, but today adults still inflict it. - ed
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Most people don't care how strong our faith is in good times, they want to know if our faith works in bad times...Let me tell you this!!!! I'm walking through hell, Vultures every where!! and I'm amazed that I'm not falling, each minute of everyday God strengthens me over and over again... His promise is indeed true, follow Me and I God will hold you.... Praise the Lord..

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“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival...
"There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.” Winston Churchill
I like generalisations. That’s because they point out a general truth.
Like the fact that, generally speaking, fair skinned people will sunburn more easily than those with darker skin. That statement neatly sums up a well known truth.
It is also true that a bunch of people – generally left-wing, gender-studies, academic types – will be inclined to write volumes on their belief that such a statement is inherently discriminatory.
And it is generally true that their work is absolute rubbish. Every bit of it.
Here’s another generalisation that should not be easily dismissed: the Islamic community supports the military efforts of Australia’s enemies. And, by doing so, it represents the first time in Australian history that a discrete and identifiable segment of society has provided recruits and aid to organisations that seek to overthrow our democratic government.
Despite this, our government is allowing large-scale Islamic immigration and now the Australian Defence Force is actively seeking Islamic recruits.
That’s right. Our military wants to enlist the enemy.
This situation is completely at odds with all reason. It is akin to opening the doors to Japanese migrants during World War Two, providing them with free health care, education and welfare benefits and turning a blind eye while funds and recruits are sent back to Japan for training, indoctrination and use in the Japanese war efforts against Australia.
Oh yeah, and with all this going on, the government also deciding to actively recruit Japanese patriots into the Australian military.
The reason this did not happen in World War II was because our nation had not lost its senses. It was not in the grip of PC BS. Unfortunately, this ideology defines Australia today.
If you think this is insane, you are right. Pat yourself on the back.
If you think this is great for a multicultural society, then you have strayed far too past stupid to be of any use, and should probably not read further unless you are prepared for a shock.
These are the facts. The stone cold, hard facts:
The 2011 census recorded that out of Australia’s population of 21.5 million, about 476,000 were Muslim.
Australia’s population now stands at just over 23 million. Based on even rates of population growth, there are now about 512,000 Muslims who call Australia home.
This population of 23 million supports a military of 58,000. So there is one person in the military for every 400 Australians.
But there are only 88 Muslims in the Australian Defence Force. It is a reality that the Islamic Community, on the whole, is much less patriotic than the rest of Australia. There is only one Muslim serving in uniform for every 5820 Muslims in this country. Muslims are 14 times less likely to enlist than other Australians.
Furthermore, there are 2530 Australians currently serving overseas on military operations. This means that our participation rate in conflict is rather low: one soldier is deployed for every 9,143 Australians.
However, the same cannot be said for the Islamic community.
ASIO has repeatedly warned that hundreds of Australian Muslims are fighting in Syria, many with al Qaeda-linked groups.
If we assume the best possible case that by ‘hundreds’ ASIO means the lowest possible multiple of hundred, then there are 200 Muslims involved in that conflict. This means that the Islamic community is sending its sons off to war at a much greater rate than the rest of Australia: Islamic militant groups are picking up an Australian recruit for every 2,561 Muslims living in this country.
Just in case maths is not your strong point, let me put it this way. Per capita, the Islamic community is sending three terrorists off to fight with Islamist groups for every soldier the rest of this country sends overseas to wage war against them.
On the whole, it all seems rather crazy that alarm bells aren’t ringing out across the countryside.
But they aren’t and, instead, the Australian Defence Force is now trying to actively recruit Muslims.
In fact, the Royal Australian Navy has just appointed a Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs.
Part of her job will be to bridge the ‘misperceptions’ and ‘misunderstandings’ that are apparently limiting the number of Muslims in uniform.
I respectfully submit that the reason young Muslim men are not joining up like the rest of Australians is not because of misunderstandings about the Australian military. On the contrary, this target group understands it very well. It’s just that the flower of Australia’s Islamic youth are too busy fighting for the enemy to worry about bothering the Defence Force’s recruiting agencies.
They might have an Australian passport but their allegiance is not to our flag.
Yet the military is so intent on recruiting from the Islamic community that it now allows them to wear a different uniform. And these are not my words. They come straight from the Royal Australian Air Force’s webpage devoted to diversity, in the section about religious dress:
“No matter which uniform our Air Force members wear, they wear their uniform with pride, and inherit a proud tradition that was established by the generations before us.”
If the goal of Islamic recruitment is to integrate this community into Australian society, giving them a separate uniform hardly seems like a sensible idea. But hey, maybe integration is not what this is about after all.
Generally speaking, if a soldier in a Western nation has his head hacked off while strolling home from his barracks, there will be a Muslim at the scene of the crime.
And, generally speaking, if a soldier runs around a Western military barracks shouting Allah Akbar while gunning down his comrades, there will be a Muslim pulling the trigger.
And, generally speaking, if a military installation in a Western nation is the target of a terrorist threat, a bunch of Muslims will be planning it.
With all that in mind, generally speaking, if you increase the number of Muslims in Western countries you will probably see more of these atrocities in the future. And if you are dumb enough to put these people into uniform, then there is also a fair chance the military will change as well. Not for the better, either.
Later this year, Australia will withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan. You could say it’s a sign that the ‘War on Terror’, started when western aircraft hijacked by Islamic pilots smashed into the Twin Towers, is over.
I’d say it’s probably just begun. And that efforts to date have been a complete and utter strategic failure.
Because the Islamic population in Australia has doubled during this war. And when Australia’s soldiers return home, it is highly likely that this country’s largest armed commitment overseas will be comprised of Islamic Australians soldiering on with al Qaeda in Syria.
Hardly a sign of victory.

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Support your child's education by voting conservative at this next election. By providing appropriate support of private schools, the whole system benefits. - ed
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I despise Oldfield for many reasons. This speech is up there. There are sick people in this world. Confusing that with an immigration scare helps nothing. Anybody travelling to a 3rd world nation could track a disease here .. they don't have to come by boat. But the veiled racial hatred of a cultural supremacist just can't help itself. - ed
Illegal immigrants: The disease threat to Australia

August 3, 2013 · by David Oldfield · in Multiculturalism, Politics 

Despite all the politics and promises, the fact remains thousands of people continue to arrive illegally in Australia and many more await the opportunity to make the trip.

They’ve been called asylum seekers, economic refugees, unauthorised arrivals and country shoppers, but whatever one might call this threat to Australia, knowledge of one particular serious danger has been largely denied the Australian people. That is the issue of diseases that also arrive with the un-invited.

It should be noted that arriving with claims for ‘Asylum’ allows access to Australia by people with diseases that prevent such access by anyone wishing to migrate through legitimate means!

Boat arrivals have brought diseases that have overwhelmed medical resources, financially and otherwise, and yet this ever present costly danger is conveniently overlooked.

I have warned of this imported disease time-bomb for years – here is a speech I wrote and delivered in Parliament on June 19 2002.

Given the tens of thousands, in just the last few years, who have arrived by boat from life threatening disease ridden places, the deadly cost of this issue is even more outstanding today!

The Hon. DAVID OLDFIELD [10.38 p.m.]: Last week I put on the record various facts to bring perspective to the pervading nonsense about the emotional hype generated in support of those whom I have termed “asylum-class tourists”. On the same theme it is also appropriate to consider the terrible effect of ill-considered immigration and multicultural policies pursued by governments without consultation. These policies have resulted directly in social and health problems of a magnitude so great that recovery may not be realistically achievable. One cannot fix a problem one refuses to acknowledge. Although the public at large is greatly impacted by horrendous problems such as ethnic crime and imported diseases, no government has moved to resolve the issue. Instead we have seen the cowardly approach of political correctness result in ineffective treatments and no cures.

Without dramatic changes to immigration and the removal of multiculturalism in favour of assimilation and integration, the future is bleak. Successive Australian governments of both political persuasions imported those who were clearly going to have difficulty assimilating. This problem could have been overcome given time and the right approach. However, the introduction of multiculturalism, and hence the removal of any need to assimilate, has destroyed any chance of a cohesive society. Even John Howard noted in 1988 that multiculturalism tended to highlight people’s differences rather than unite them. It is a shame that the Prime Minister no longer makes such concerns public.

As to immigration—albeit supposedly legitimate or otherwise—undoubtedly the issue about which the Australian people are most uninformed is the level of government-sponsored imported disease. One of the best examples is hepatitis B, which until about 25 years ago was virtually unheard of in Australia. Today Australia has over 400,000 carriers of hepatitis B. Each year another 30,000 people are infected and 1,200 die. This disease on its own is estimated to cost the health budget $100 million every year. In 1992 a medical team tested 2,290 inner-city Sydney school children aged between 12 and 14. The result should have been headline news for every newspaper, radio and television station in Australia, but, like so much bad news on immigration, especially 10 years ago, the report never saw the light of day in the mainstream press. Of the 2,290 children, 27 per cent of all those born overseas were carrying tuberculosis. In contrast, only 1 per cent of Australian-born children were carrying the disease. Even so, 1 per cent for Australian-born children was considered very high.

The campaign in Australia in the middle of last century to eradicate tuberculosis was essentially successful, yet in 1992 conclusive research clearly showed that a large proportion of Sydney’s overseas-born children were tuberculosis carriers. These terrible facts, which have been largely hidden from the Australian people, are not my facts; rather, they come from Monash University demography papers, People and Places, and the Australian Medical Journal.

Should we discriminate on the basis of political correctness? Certainly to choose not to discriminate on the basis of political correctness is to discriminate against Australians who are already living in this country and are as yet uninfected. A couple of years ago an illegal immigrant with tuberculosis was tracked down on the Queensland Gold Coast, and the only reason the authorities caught up with him was because he died—funnily enough, of tuberculosis. This particular highly infectious illegal immigrant was working in a shop and his death resulted in the health department having to screen an estimated 300 people who were understood to have come into contact with his coughing and spluttering. That man was an illegal immigrant and should not have been in Australia. That point is clear. But what of the thousands like him roaming free? What diseases are they spreading?

If not for any other reason, mandatory detention of so-called asylum seekers is of paramount importance for health screening to protect the Australian population. We should not allow political correctness or misplaced compassion to cause us to ignore the fact that many of those illegally entering Australia come from places where hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and AIDS are so prevalent that it is very common for them to have at least one of these infectious and deadly diseases.
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“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The Lamb is the light thereof."
Revelation 21:23
Quietly contemplate the Lamb as the light of heaven. Light in Scripture is the emblem of joy. The joy of the saints in heaven is comprised in this: Jesus chose us, loved us, bought us, cleansed us, robed us, kept us, glorified us: we are here entirely through the Lord Jesus. Each one of these thoughts shall be to them like a cluster of the grapes of Eshcol. Light is also the cause of beauty. Nought of beauty is left when light is gone. Without light no radiance flashes from the sapphire, no peaceful ray proceedeth from the pearl; and thus all the beauty of the saints above comes from Jesus. As planets, they reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness; they live as beams proceeding from the central orb. If he withdrew, they must die; if his glory were veiled, their glory must expire. Light is also the emblem of knowledge. In heaven our knowledge will be perfect, but the Lord Jesus himself will be the fountain of it. Dark providences, never understood before, will then be clearly seen, and all that puzzles us now will become plain to us in the light of the Lamb. Oh! what unfoldings there will be and what glorifying of the God of love! Light also means manifestation. Light manifests. In this world it doth not yet appear what we shall be. God's people are a hidden people, but when Christ receives his people into heaven, he will touch them with the wand of his own love, and change them into the image of his manifested glory. They were poor and wretched, but what a transformation! They were stained with sin, but one touch of his finger, and they are bright as the sun, and clear as crystal. Oh! what a manifestation! All this proceeds from the exalted Lamb. Whatever there may be of effulgent splendour, Jesus shall be the centre and soul of it all. Oh! to be present and to see him in his own light, the King of kings, and Lord of lords!

Evening

"But as he went."
Luke 8:42
Jesus is passing through the throng to the house of Jairus, to raise the ruler's dead daughter; but he is so profuse in goodness that he works another miracle while upon the road. While yet this rod of Aaron bears the blossom of an unaccomplished wonder, it yields the ripe almonds of a perfect work of mercy. It is enough for us, if we have some one purpose, straightway to go and accomplish it; it were imprudent to expend our energies by the way. Hastening to the rescue of a drowning friend, we cannot afford to exhaust our strength upon another in like danger. It is enough for a tree to yield one sort of fruit, and for a man to fulfil his own peculiar calling. But our Master knows no limit of power or boundary of mission. He is so prolific of grace, that like the sun which shines as it rolls onward in its orbit, his path is radiant with lovingkindness. He is a swift arrow of love, which not only reaches its ordained target, but perfumes the air through which it flies. Virtue is evermore going out of Jesus, as sweet odours exhale from flowers; and it always will be emanating from him, as water from a sparkling fountain. What delightful encouragement this truth affords us! If our Lord is so ready to heal the sick and bless the needy, then, my soul, be not thou slow to put thyself in his way, that he may smile on thee. Be not slack in asking, if he be so abundant in bestowing. Give earnest heed to his word now, and at all times, that Jesus may speak through it to thy heart. Where he is to be found there make thy resort, that thou mayst obtain his blessing. When he is present to heal, may he not heal thee? But surely he is present even now, for he always comes to hearts which need him. And dost not thou need him? Ah, he knows how much! Thou Son of David, turn thine eye and look upon the distress which is now before thee, and make thy suppliant whole.
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Today's reading: Psalm 63-65, Romans 6 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 63-65

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you....

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life....
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Joel

[Jō'el] - jehovah is god or the lord is god.
  1. The first-born son of Samuelthe prophet (1 Sam. 8:2; 1 Chron. 6:33; 15:17). Called Vashni in 1 Chronicles 6:28.
  2. A Simeonite prince (1 Chron. 4:35).
  3. The father of Shemaiah, a Reubenite ( 1 Chron. 5:4, 8).
  4. A chief Gadite (1 Chron. 5:12).
  5. An ancestor of Samuel the prophet (1 Chron. 6:36).
  6. A chief man of Issachar, descendant of Tola (1 Chron. 7:3).
  7. One of David's heroes and a brother of Nathan (1 Chron. 11:38).
  8. A Gershonite in David's time ( 1 Chron. 15:7, 11; 23:8).
  9. Another Gershonite, keeper of the treasures of the Lord's house (1 Chron. 26:22).
  10. A prince of Manasseh in David's reign (1 Chron. 27:20).
  11. A Kohathite who assisted Hezekiah in the cleansing of the Temple (2 Chron. 29:12).
  12. One of Nebo's family who had taken a foreign wife (Ezra 10:43).
  13. A son of Zechri, and overseer of the Benjamites in Jerusalem (Neh. 11:9).
  14. Son of Pethuel, and prophet in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah (Joel 1:1; Acts 2:16).

The Man Who Foresaw Pentecost

Because nothing is known of Joel beyond what the opening verse of his book states, he has been styled "The Anonymous Prophet." Scripture is silent as to his birthplace, parentage and rank. All we know is that he was a son of Pethuel, or Bethuel as the LXX expresses it. But who Pethuel is no one knows. Its meaning, however, is significant, "vision of God," and springs from a word implying "to open the eyes."
Joel was a common name among the Hebrews and is still so among the Orientals. The use of his name as "the son of Pethuel" was necessary to distinguish him from the other Joels we have considered. It would seem as if his home was in Jerusalem or its immediate neighborhood. Thus he speaks repeatedly of Zion (Joel 2:1, 15, 23; 3:16, 17, 21), the children of Zion (Joel 2:23), Judah and Jerusalem (Joel 2:32; 3:1-20), the children of Judah and Jerusalem ( Joel 3:6, 8, 19).
It may be that Joel was a Jew of Jerusalem, and owing to his peculiar mention of priests, a priest-prophet himself (Joel 1:9, 10). His references to the Temple and its worship are frequent (Joel 1:9-16; 2:14, 17; 3:18). It is also likely that he lived and prophesied in the early days of Joash and Jehoida, 870-865b.c., while the victory of Jehoshaphat was fresh in the nation's memory. For this reason he is termed "The Pioneer Prophet."
Dr. A. B. Simpson says,
Amos begins his longer message with a direct quotation from Joel, as a sort of text for his whole book. Isaiah expands the thoughts which Joel uttered into the larger and loftier message of his pen. Peter, on the Day of Pentecost quotes the prophecy of Joel as the very foundation of the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, which had occurred and which was to continue through the whole New Testament age. And even the great Apocalypse of John is but a larger unfolding of the promise of the Lord's coming which Joel gave in brief outline.
What is God's call to us through the Prophet Joel?
I. There is the call to repentance ( Joel 2:25-27).
II. There is the promise of refreshment (Joel 2:28, 29).
III. There is the message of deliverance (Joel 3:1).
IV. There is the secret of rest (Joel 3:17-21).
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August 3, 2011
Changing the Way We Speak By
Renewing the Mind
Today's Truth
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you" (Philippians 4:8-9TNIV).
Friend To Friend
Have you ever been to a rodeo and watched a lassoing contest? The little calf bursts from the stall and then the cowboy and his steed follow close behind. With his lasso in hand, the cowboy swings the rope in the air and attempts to lasso the little heifer before she escapes out the corral door at the opposite side of the arena. That is a vivid picture of what we must do with the words that attempt to escape the gate, the mouth...we must rein them in.
The Bible teaches us to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Once we lasso a thought (take it captive) we can decide which words leave the gate and which words need to be tied up and secured. Studies show that we speak at about 120 to 180 words a minute. Seems like we need to do a bit more lassoing and a lot less running on.
Let's take a look at this little heifer: our words, and how to rein them in. First, a thought bursts forth from the stall called the brain. It runs across the mind headed for the door called the mouth. In a split second, we must determine if that thought is of God or if it is against the knowledge of God. If we determine that the words are not of God, then we lasso the thought with the Word of Truth and it never makes its way out of the gate (the mouth). If it passes the God-test, we allow it to go free.
What is the lasso? It is the Word of God-the Word of Truth. That can seem a bit overwhelming, so let's just pick one verse as our lasso. Philippians 4:8,9 is a great place to start. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you" (TNIV).
Before we speak, we can sift the words through a mental sieve. Is what I'm about to say:
  • True
  • Noble
  • Right
  • Pure
  • Lovely
  • Admirable
If the words don't fit this description, lasso them and don't let them go! If they do pass the test, let them trot out of the gate and bless the world!
The King James translation of 2 Corinthians 10:5 says it this way: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." I like that picture of casting down. See, once the cowboy slips the lasso around the calf's neck, he throws her to the ground and whips that rope around her kicking legs to make sure she's not going anywhere. Likewise, we need to "cast down" those thoughts back to the dirt where they came from and make sure theyaren't going anywhere.
Let's Pray
Dear LORD, sometimes I just can't believe what comes out of my mouth. Help me to think before I speak. If the words that are about to come out of my mouth are not pleasing to You or edifying to others, help me to rein them in and keep them from escaping my lips.
In Jesus' Name,
Amen
Now It's Your Turn
Make a list of Paul's litmus test for our words found in today's truth. At the end of the day, evaluate the words you spoke to others and see how you did.
Were there some words that you should have kept in the stall?
Where there some words of encouragement that you should have spoken but didn't?
I'm so glad that you are joining me on this journey to improve the words we speak. Don't get discouraged. Changing the way we speak takes prayer and practice, prayer and practice!
If you would like to comment on today's devotion, visitwww.sharonjaynes.com/blog .
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August 3, 2011
Don't Throw Away Your Confidence
Renee Swope
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)
One night I was cleaning our kitchen and found this little rubber thingy on our countertop. It wasn't until after I threw it away that I realized it was the power button for our TV remote control. As I dug through the trash to find it, I regretted how quickly I'd thrown it away.
Then, as I reached to pull it out, I sensed God showing me that's how easily I throw away my confidence-without recognizing it.
It's usually very subtle. Sometimes I'll be thinking about something I want to do or sense God calling me to, and a feeling of uncertainty comes over me and whispers to my heart, You can't do that. You're not good enough.Out of the blue, I'll just get that awful, insecure feeling.
Too many times in the past I've gone along with it, tossing my confidence into the trash without even thinking.
For years, I didn't tell anyone about my lack of confidence because I figured if I told them all the reasons I doubted myself, they'd see my flaws and agree with me. Honestly, I was convinced I was the only one who struggled with doubt.
However, I didn't call it doubt. Maybe you don't either. Sometimes I called it worry-worry that I was going to disappoint someone, worry that I might make a mistake and get criticized for it, worry that I might start something but not be able to finish.
Other times I'd call it fear-fear that I wouldn't measure up, fear that I'd look stupid, fear that I'd look prideful thinking I could do something special for God. What I've realized over the past several years is that these feelings may end up as fear or worry, but their source is self-doubt.
Looking back, I see a pattern in my thinking that led to the pattern of my doubting.
As a child I thought I wasn't worth keeping. My insecurity kept me from riding the carousel at an amusement park, because I doubted my dad would wait for me. In school, Ithought I wasn't smart enough. I avoided some great opportunities because they came with the risk of failure.
Even as a young bride, I doubted my worth in my husband's eyes. Although he gave me no reason to fear he'd ever leave me, our newlywed memories include a lot of arguments based on my insecurities.
What about you? Do you ever question your worth as a woman? How often do you agree with the whispers of self-doubt and throw away confidence that should be yours as a child of God?
I've learned to ask God to show me when I'm tempted to throw away my confidence and then depend on Him to help me throw away my insecurities instead. Want to join me? Let's hold onto God's promises and depend on His truth for the security we need and the confidence we long for:
• When self-doubt whispers, "I can't do that. I'm going to fail and look foolish." Throw away that lie away and hold onto this truth (even say it out loud): "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"(Hebrews 13:6, NIV 1984)
• When self-doubt whispers, "I'll never change." Throw away that lie away and claim this truth: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in [me] will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."(Philippians 1:6, NASB)
• When self-doubt whispers, "This is too hard for me. I don't have what it takes to..." Throw away that lie away and hold onto this truth: "No, in all these things [I am] more than a [conqueror] through him who loved [me]."(Romans 8:37, NIV)
Lord, I want to become a woman with a confident heart in Christ. Will you help me recognize when I throw away my confidence, and remind me to throw away my insecurities instead? I want to persevere in Your truth so that when I have done Your will, I will receive what You have promised. When doubt or insecurity tells me I can't do something, I will remember that all things are possible to her who believes. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
We're celebrating the release of Renee's new book, A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises.
Be sure to visit Renee's new website and enter to win a copy of her book, A Confident Heart as well as a gift card and her message on CD entitled, "Don't Throw Away Your Confidence."
Download Renee's Twenty Promises to Personalize - a list of powerful verses that have blanks inserted so you can personalize them for yourself and for others, too.
When you purchase resources through Proverbs 31 Ministries, you touch eternity because your purchase supports the many areas of hope-giving ministry we provide at no cost. Therefore, we are extremely grateful for each and every purchase you make with us. Thank you!
Application Steps:
Take Renee's Doubt Index Analysis - a free quiz to help you see what makes you throw away your confidence, and how it affects you and your relationships.
Reflections:
"The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior (and beliefs) will begin to reflect your true identity!" Dr. Neil T. Anderson
Power Verses:
Hebrews 10:39, "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." (NIV 1984)
Mark 9:23, "'If you can?' said Jesus. 'Everything is possible for one who believes.'" (NIV)
© 2011 by Renee Swope. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
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No Fear: Ordinary people can now hold a conversation with God

Read Luke 2
Luke 2:52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Nearly every time an angel appears in the Bible, his first words are, "Don't be afraid!" Little wonder. When the supernatural makes contact with planet Earth, the human observers usually end up flat on their faces in fear.
But Luke tells of God appearing in a form that does not frighten. In Jesus, born in a barn and laid in a feeding trough, God uses a mode of approach that causes no fear. What could be less scary than a newborn baby?
Imagine becoming a baby again: giving up language and muscle coordination and the ability to eat solid food and control your bladder. That gives a mere hint of the "emptying" that Jesus chooses to undergo.
Both God and Man
According to the Bible, Jesus is both God and man. As God, he works miracles, forgives sins, conquers death and predicts the future. As he does all these things, Jesus evokes awe in the people around him. But for Jews, accustomed to seeing God in a bright cloud or a pillar of fire, Jesus also causes much confusion. How could a baby in Bethlehem, a carpenter's son, a man from Nazareth, be God? Jesus' skin gets in the way.
All through his life-and even today-Jesus remains a puzzling figure for skeptics. God could have made his identity more smashingly obvious, but he chose not to.
What does God gain by coming in "disguise"? Why does God empty himself and take on human form? The Bible gives many reasons, some densely theological and some quite practical. Luke's story of Jesus as an adolescent in the temple (see Luke 2:41-50) gives one clue. For the first time, ordinary people can hold a conversation, a debate, with God in visible form. Jesus can talk to anyone-his parents, a rabbi, a poor widow-without first having to announce, "Don't be afraid!" In Jesus, God comes close.

Life Question

If Jesus came to visit you in person today, what would you want to talk with him about?

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