Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thu Aug 22nd Todays News

Welcome to my daily posting, a collection of links, images and articles on the days events from a conservative viewpoint. Note, it is a conservative viewpoint, because conservatives have great diversity of thought and opinion. I am a Christian and so I punctuate my articles with devotionals I made years ago .. bible readings, quotes, readings from Spurgeon's Morning and Evening. But my politics are secular in outreach. I include pictures which may be inspirational or inspired for any religion, or view. My outlook is unashamedly pro Israel. My reason for that is twofold, I have sufficient Jewish ancestry for family members to have been killed by Nazis and would be classed as Jewish by Nazi thought, although I am not. Also, I have examined history and am satisfied that Israel is a modern democracy which deserves to prosper. I will accept Islamic contribution, but I insist that such contributions eschew terrorism. In fact, I promote some who are Islamic, like a local man Ali Kadhim who rocks the world of Parkour with Team 9 Lives. As I have written, my outreach is secular.

It begins with a short listing of birthdays and 'on this day' postings, with well wishes and observations. Then blogs. Then various memes related to the day. Then letters from conservatives. Then items related to the day, then the devotionals. You might not read it all, but you might enjoy the things I enjoy collecting. - ed
Todays news globally centres around chemical warfare attacks on hundreds of people in Syria. It isn't known exactly how and why, but Assad has been blamed. Obama has drawn a red line. Obama is currently staring at the redline. No one yet knows what that means. Also, three hoodlums aged 15, 16 and 17 shot from a car killing a university student baseball player, 22, from Australia. The hoodlums said they did it out of boredom. Questions about why a 17 yo was driving a car with minors aboard, why they were armed and why they had posted what they had in social networks have not yet been explored. The two shooters are black and the victim is white and the alleged shooters have posted that they thought killing was a good way to promote rap music. Meanwhile senior politicians are claiming it says something about gun laws. 
More locally in Australia, a debate between Prime Minister Rudd and (conservative) Opposition Leader Abbott resulted in a debatable small win to Abbott. However, prior to the debate, a make up artist was predictably monster-ed by Rudd who has bad social skills and history of poor behaviour. Abbott was a gentleman and the make up artist wrote that on Face book. So Rudd's Face Book account posted discussions by supporters identifying the artist and promoting a hate campaign against them. 
Leaving the political centre stage, 18 university girls from Sydney University have each had their vagina photographed for the cover of the magazine Honi Soit. The magazine was ordered to cover the vagina pictures, which many view as censorship. It seems to be, as Shakespeare wrote, much ado about nothing. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns Matt GranzSeoul Le and Annie Wang. Born on the same day, across the years, as Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (1412), Denis Papin (1647), Claude Debussy (1862), Dorothy Parker (1893), Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Ray Bradbury (1920) and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934). On your day, Feast Day of the Queenship of Mary (Roman Catholic Church); Madras Day in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
1485 – Lancastrian forces under Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, defeated Yorkist forces under Richard III of England at the Battle of Bosworth Field, decisively ending the Wars of the Roses.
1711 – Queen Anne's War: A British attempt to attack Quebec failed when eight ships wrecked on the Saint Lawrence River.
1851 – The yacht America won the first America's Cup race near the Isle of Wight, England.
1910 – Japan annexed Korea with the signing of the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that lasted until the end of World War II.
1989 – Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers struck out the Oakland Athletics' Rickey Henderson, becoming the only pitcher in Major League Baseball to record 5,000 strikeouts. You have your roses. Quebec is free and safe. The cup is where the world can enjoy it. Korea belongs to Koreans .. some of them sensible. You don't have to be sensible on your day .. but you should have the sense to enjoy it.


Character is destiny

Miranda Devine – Thursday, August 22, 2013 (10:02am)

A MAKE-up artist who worked on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott before Wednesday night’s people’s forum says Abbott was “absolutely lovely” but the other man was rude to her.
“One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledge that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite! Oh boy, I have ever had anyone treat me so badly.”
Lily Fontana removed the post after being flooded with comments and media requests.
“Didn’t think my personal page/opinion of my day would get so much attention. What a lesson to learn. I’ve removed the post & regret making the comments I did.”



Tim Blair – Thursday, August 22, 2013 (12:27pm)

Labor invested heavily in a social media campaign during this election, but evidently forgot that people outside of politics use social media, too:


The Prime Minister’s response: 
“When you are preparing for a debate with two or three minutes to go and someone walks in and puts stuff on your face, you smile, you are in the zone, you’re ready to go – I don’t know about you folks but I’m not happy about having make-up put on at the best of days.
“You smile, then two or three minutes later out on the stage to participate in the debate – I think a misunderstanding has occurred and I have no hard feelings in terms of the comments which this person has now withdrawn.” 
Rudd has “no hard feelings”. As Tory Maguire says: “Very big of him.”
UPDATE. Kevin Rudd this morning: 
People have written me off before but I have a habit of coming back. I’ve been written off more times than I can remember ... I’m made of sterner stuff than that. We’re made of sterner stuff than that; you’re made of sterner stuff than that. And in this election campaign we’re not going to take a backwards step. We’re going to fight, fight, fight. 
Yes. With a makeup lady.
UPDATE II. According to Ten’s Stephen Spencer, the “real question is which of her Facebook friends put this into the wider domain.”
UPDATE III. The Guardian is usually red-hot on matters involving social media and sexism. But not today
There is some chatter on social media this morning about Rudd being tetchy with his make-up artist in Brisvegas last night. 
And then quickly on to “the substantive matters of the day.”



Tim Blair – Thursday, August 22, 2013 (4:06am)

British bakery investigator Tom Watson interrupts Labour Party infighting to launch his Rudd-rescuing Australian tour. First stop, naturally, is Monday night’s Q & A, where he’ll be able to discuss matters of common interest with fellow guest Bill Shorten.



Tim Blair – Thursday, August 22, 2013 (3:11am)

Gang signals from Chancey Luna and James Edwards, the two tough guys who are alleged to have killed Australian Christopher Lane by shooting him in the back while he was jogging:


Luna, alleged to be the trigger man, is a black power enthusiast. Luna, Edwards and co-accused Michael Jones are shown here and here in various pathetic poses, including this Facebook image of Edwards:


His future hopefully involves potassium chloride. Jim Treacher observes
It’s being treated as national news in Australia, but of course it’s being framed as a gun control issue. What are the odds that these, ahem, children used a legally obtained and licensed firearm? Any chance they’re members of the NRA? 
You wouldn’t think so, but that’s straight where Tim Fischer went
Tim Fischer, former Australia deputy prime minister, criticised the National Rifle Association and asked Australians to avoid the US as a way to put pressure on its Congress to act on gun control. 
Fischer has no idea.
UPDATE. Iowahawk
I’m guessing the president won’t be commenting on their hypothetical resemblance to his hypothetical sons. 
UPDATE II. Jennifer Luna, mother of the accused killer, says that she ”wouldn’t be a good parent” if she didn’t worry about her son being executed or sent to jail for murder. Parenting is hard.



Tim Blair – Thursday, August 22, 2013 (2:19am)

The PNG solution is working, claims immigration minister Tony Burke: 
‘’There is no doubt that it is having an impact,’’ he told the ABC’s Lateline program. ‘’Week on week there has been a trajectory downward.” 
Yes, Tony. Drowned people tend to do that.


6 of 26

Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (8:32pm)

It never ends, it just goes on and on … the Fifth Test between Australia and England is now underway. On the same day the federal election campaign hit the halfway mark, we’re nearly halfway through the ten-Test Ashes super series. Australia hasn’t won a game against anybody since about 1987, going by memory. The current overall score:
England: Four wins, 2542 runs
Australia: No wins, 2353 runs



Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (7:39pm)

Leslie Cannold – “a wordsmith and thought leader in all matters gender, social media and leadership” – quits the Wikileaks Party: 
“The failure in WA and NSW for the National Council’s instructions for the Group Voting Tickets to be implemented exposed problems with the capacity of the party to sustain its democratic proceses,” Ms Cannold said in a statement.
“In direct contrast to the public statement The Wikileaks Party put out this morning in which we promised the public that we would have an immediate independent review of the preference outcomes, (a campaign staffer) said that the review would be delayed until after the election and that it wouldn’t be done independently …”
Ms Cannold said she was not the only WikiLeaks party member resigning. She said some were considering their positions, while others were also quitting today. 
No matter how small a group may be, lefties can always split it into even smaller components.
UPDATE. Bad day for Wikileakers
Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in jail for giving WikiLeaks files that formed the biggest breach of official secrets in American history …
Under military law Manning is eligible for parole on completion of one-third of his sentence, which is slightly more than half the 60 year term that prosecutors had pushed for.
His jail time will be shortened by a total of 1,293 days on account of the more than three years he has already served, which means he could be freed in nine years. 
An interesting response from a long-term embassy resident: 
Civil liberties groups condemned the sentence, but WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy website headed by Julian Assange, hailed it as a “significant strategic victory”. 


Poll: Rudd could lose his seat

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (5:34pm)

I find this hard to believe, and Liberal strategists aren’t expecting to knock off Rudd - and yet...:
Kevin Rudd is trailing Liberal rival Bill Glasson in his apparently safe Brisbane seat of Griffith, in alarming news for Labor from the latest Guardian Lonergan poll.
Glasson, who is running an intensive local grassroots campaign, leads Rudd on a two-party preferred basis by 52% to 48%. The poll’s margin of error is 4%...
Bottom line: the poll is consistent with many others suggesting Rudd’s return is unlikely to deliver the swag of Queensland seats Labor needs to survive.
This poll probably exaggerates the swing against Rudd by some way, but the news of it will derail the new Rudd narrative of a comeback.
All that said, it might not have been a good time for Rudd to skip this debate:
Mr Rudd was to debate Dr Bill Glasson at a public forum in Brisbane tonight but is apparently sending Labor Senator Claire Moore in his place.
Dr Glasson says he realises the Prime Minister is busy on the campaign trail but should not have pulled out at the last minute. 


What else can we call Wong but a liar?

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (3:51pm)

Going through Fairfax’s devastating fact-check, I must ask: at what point can we call Finance Minister Penny Wong a shameless liar?
Penny, you are better than that.  Or so I thought.
But this is the real criticism to make of Tony Abbott - not that he will slash spending, but that he may not:
There is a gap of almost $30 billion between the size of the tax cuts and new spending the Coalition has promised and the savings it has unveiled so far, leading economist Saul Eslake estimates.
In a 34-page review for clients of how a Coalition government might change economic management, Mr Eslake, chief Australian economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, also highlights the potential for “significant and ongoing tensions” in an Abbott government between its “genuine economic liberals”, such as shadow treasurer Joe Hockey, and those who are “more sceptical about markets ... including in many cases Tony Abbott as Prime Minister”.
He predicts that the Coalition will ultimately adopt all of Labor’s proposed budget savings measures, except for ending the tax break for cars bought through salary sacrifice.

Even so, Mr Eslake estimates, the Coalition has so far committed to $28.4 billion of tax cuts and $14.8 billion on new spending in the next four years, a total of $43.25 billion. But he estimates the nine savings measures the Coalition has announced so far would save only $13.44 billion over the same period…
Mr Eslake questions how serious the Coalition will be in tackling the budget deficit – and warns that as the mining boom ends, economic growth could be so weak that it would be better for Australia if it put it off.
The Liberals are naturally desperate to win the next election. But in doing so it should not unnecessarily ruin its chances of winning the next - which means getting the finances in shape fast. 


Just another out-of-context Muslim hate-preacher wanting people dead

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (12:39pm)

Here we go again:
AN Adelaide Islamic preacher calls for all Buddhists and Hindus to be killed and describes Australian soldiers as “Crusader pigs” in an online video.
Sheikh Sharif Hussein ... also attacks Jews, former prime minister John Howard, US President Barack Obama, and Australian troops.
“Tens of thousands of women were raped in Iraq, by the American and British crusader troops, aided by the Australian troops,” he says.
“The Australian participation in the Crusaders’ war on Iraq is 6 per cent. This is out of approximately 365,000 Crusader pigs sent to Iraq, during the term of (Mr Howard), Allah’s wrath be upon him.
“Listen, oh Obama, oh enemy of Allah, you who kiss the shoes and feet of the Jews. Listen! The day will come when you are trampled upon by the pure feet of the Muslims.
“Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one."…
Sheikh Hussein is known in Adelaide’s Islamic community, used to be connected to the Marion mosque in Park Holme, and has preached at the Islamic Da’wah Centre of SA in Torrensville.
Now for the yes-buts from the Islamic community, which should be driving such hate-preachers out of their mosques:
In response to Sheikh Hussein’s comments, the management committee of the Islamic Society of South Australia said it wanted to remind everyone that it was difficult to comment on “edited materials without dates or any other specifics relating to the actual material"…
“It must be noted that Islam’s overwhelming message is that of peace.
“The Islamic Society of South Australia would therefore NOT support any comments made either locally, nationally or internationally, which are not in accordance with this message.”
Not good enough. Until Hussein’s brand of Islam is rooted out - and by Muslims themselves, pro-actively - it is wise to be cautious about allowing many more Muslims into Australia.
Ah, that old excuse again:
Wagdy Elgeezawy, the president of the centre where the sermon was delivered, said spoke to Sheik Hussein yesterday…
His words are obviously being taken out of context.”
So who let this Tunisian into our country? Why is he still here? 


Abbott makes Liberal Party give up smoking

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (12:15pm)

One of Kevin Rudd’s attacks has hit home, forcing Tony Abbott to announce a change - one that will help Bill Glasson, the former Australian Medical Association president now running against Rudd in Griffith:

TONY Abbott says he has instructed the Liberal Party not to accept any more donations from tobacco companies.


Abbott winning the debate about the debate

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (10:50am)

OK, I may have been wrong in saying Kevin Rudd won the debate:

In the Daily Telegraph:

But Paul Kelly in The Australian:
Rudd had the best of the second debate. He lifted. He was relentless in raising doubts about Tony Abbott’s costs and plans. Rudd gave Labor’s campaign fresh momentum against Abbott.
He pinned Abbott in several compelling exchanges. Rudd was fast where Abbott was static. Rudd got the edge at the start and hammered the idea that Abbott wasn’t being “up-front” until Abbott snapped with irritation. He asked whether Rudd “ever shut up”. Abbott was frustrated, maybe he was baited.
Abbott stuck to his gameplan. He was steady, measured and consistent. But he looked tentative too often. Abbott’s opening was powerful - Rudd couldn’t be trusted, he had failed on issue after issue.

The ultimate test of who won the debate pivots on the public’s response to Abbott’s final point: he said, with justice, that Rudd only had a scare campaign. Nothing else. This is the critical issue. The question is whether the public buys Rudd’s argument and deepens its worries about Abbott.
But Greg Sheridan says that “shut up” sings:

KEVIN Rudd spoke more words and chewed up more air time, but Tony Abbott spoke more directly and was more comprehensible to the average voter.
Rudd, when he stood in Abbott’s face early on, looked as though he was channelling Al Gore who tried the same tactic against George W. Bush. But it didn’t work. Gore looked aggro. Bush looked calm.
Rudd has looked dangerously aggro this campaign, but he settled down soon enough. Abbott also tested the boundaries when he asked: “Does this guy ever shut up?”, though it was a sentiment that might have resonated.
Paul Murray is with Greg Sheridan:

Abbott looks flat-footed in rebutting Labor’s scare on hidden cuts. If Labor cranks this up, it could make Abbott’s revelations later of cuts to come a big issue in the decisive last days of the campaign.
Sharper lines are needed, because cuts must come. Rudd is trying to frighten the Liberals out of doing what both sides must.
Michael Kroger made some suggestions on Lateline:

TONY JONES: ... (D)o you think it’s starting to resonate with the public that this alternative government apparently, according to the polls, on the verge of taking government, will not describe in detail with much time before the actual election what their cuts are, where they’re gonna hit?
MICHAEL KROGER: I think it is starting to resonate, but I think you can be sure that the brains trust of the Coalition know that. What do I conclude from that? Well I conclude that if the Coalition leadership knows that and that he’s starting to bite and they’re drawing Kevin Rudd and his team deeper and deeper into the web of making this the campaign theme, that in the last week of the campaign, Tony, if and when - if that’s the time when the costings are being released, that a.) the costings will add up and b.) the savings are not gonna be nearly as big as Kevin Rudd is forecasting, which means the entire air out of Labor’s campaign balloon might come out in the last few days and it may be extremely damaging for Labor…
But the other point is this, Tony - that no-one in the press gallery has asked, which is this: why is it necessary for savings to be made, by the way? Why is Tony Abbott contemplating savings? There’s only one reason: because this mob...have left a budget deficit of $30 billion and gross debt by the end of this year of $300 billion.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 


Make-up artist gives debate to nice Tony Abbott

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (10:40am)

Who won last night’s debate? Ask make-up artist Lily Fontana:

Just finished doing Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott’s makeup for the People’s Forum at the Broncos Leagues Club.
One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledge that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite! Oh boy, I have ever had anyone treat me so badly whilst trying to do my job. Political opinions aside...from one human being to another...Mr Abbott, you win hands down.
(Thanks to reader Josephine.)
Reader ausebell has a similar measure:
At the end of the night when Abbott invited the crowd to ‘ask more questions of him’ we saw Abbott swamped with people, while Rudd looked a lonely figure as a couple of young men wanted a selfie with him. No-one wanted to speak with him. He left after 5 minutes while Abbott stayed for another 1/2 hour, with a line of people wanting to meet and speak with him.  I don’t think they noticed Rudd leave and I doubt they really cared.
Abbott’s staff confirms:

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott’s office has confirmed Lily Fontana did his make up before the forum.
“It wasn’t Tony that was rude to her,” his spokesman said.
So do other make-up artists:

Friends of Ms Lily Fontana were quick to respond to her Facebook comment:
“Anybody that has ever spent time with both men (which I have ) will tell you exactly the same,” one friend posted. “Abbott a genuine decent man, Rudd an elitist grub who thinks he is superior to all!!!!”
Another said they had also had a “very similar experience”.
“I second this Lily. I have had a very similar experience! Must run in the family as Mr Howard and Mr Costello were gentlemen with a capital G. Mr Abbott is following in their footsteps. The other, I could not even face book how he treated the crew. Just abhorrent!”
This is a story that will hurt Rudd, chiming in exactly with the Liberal campaign that Rudd is not what he seems or says. Rudd also has form; remember his abuse of an RAAF stewardess?
But the heat of scrutiny - and the on-line abuse - has been too much for the make-up artist:
A BRISBANE make-up artist who said Kevin Rudd was her worst-ever customer says she regrets the comment as the Prime Minister blamed a “misunderstanding"…
[Fontana’s] post was shared more than 1200 times before it was deleted this morning.
“Didn’t think my personal page/opinion of my day would get so much attention. What a lesson to learn. I’ve removed the post & regret making the comments I did,” she said.
Mr Rudd said he wasn’t happy about having make-up applied at the best of times, and had been “in the zone” when he encountered Ms Fontana ahead of his clash with Mr Abbott.
“I think a misunderstanding has occurred,” he said.


Public servants already have Abbott’s parental leave scheme

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (10:15am)

I’ve been very critical of Tony Abbott’s wildly expensive parental leave scheme. Henry Ergas is a little more forgiving:
Abbott’s scheme is significantly more generous than Labor’s, leading to criticisms that it is unaffordable and inequitable. Those criticisms are not well-founded.
To begin with, affordability is a matter of priorities: there is no shortage of programs that provide far fewer gains to society, including those throwing billions of dollars at unilaterally reducing our carbon emissions.
As for equity, Labor claims it is inherently unfair to provide taxpayer-funded parental leave on an income-replacement basis. Yet that is exactly what happens in the public service.
But Professor Sinclair Davidson shows how Abbott’s scheme is paid for in part by self-funded retirees and superannuation funds


Hand-wringing over Syria makes Iraq’s liberation seem a miracle

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (9:44am)

Absolute evil - and pictures being sent around of alleged rape victims of the war are too horrific to even link to:

THE images showed lifeless children - wrapped in simple white cloths, their pale faces unmarked by any wound - lined up shoulder to shoulder in a vivid demonstration of an attack Wednesday in which activists say the Syrian regime killed at least 1300 people with toxic gas.
The Syrian government adamantly denied using chemical weapons in an artillery barrage targeting suburbs east of Damascus, calling the allegations “absolutely baseless.’’
But what can anyone outside Syria do when evil men on one side fight evil on the other? The failure - and probably inability - of the West to intervene makes the liberation of Iraq seem a miracle. 


Mike Carlton on sexism: not describing Abbott but transcribing himself

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (9:25am)

Mike Carlton is not just a boor but a hypocrite:

Meant to sound like Tony Abbott? Mike Carlton, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 17: 
FEET up on the lounge in his hotel suite, sky-blue tie loosened at the neck, Tony Abbott is relaxing after another gruelling day on the campaign trail. I’ve been given a rare half-hour to chat with him, which he begins by enthusing about the Liberal candidate for the western Sydney seat of Wirraway. “Great tits and a fantastic arse,” he says. “Oh dad!” sighs one of his ever-present daughters.
The candidate is Terese Haddad, a 34-year-old mother of two who has a PhD in plasma physics, is qualified to fly jets, won the Boston Marathon in 2011 and has turned down a season as principal cellist with the Berlin Philharmonic to run in this election. But the Opposition Leader sees greater political virtues. “There’s not a red-blooded bloke out there who wouldn’t want to throw a leg over soon as look at her,” he says with a boyish grin. “Dad, stop it!” ... At that my half-hour is up. The next prime minister farewells me with a meaty handshake.
“If I’ve said anything wrong I can trust you blokes at News Corp to clean it up for me or leave it out,” he chuckles. He gives me a manly thump on the back. “And if you see Rupert, pass on my best wishes. He knows I’m only a phone call away.”
Sounds a lot like Mike Carlton. Mike Carlton, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 4, 2010:

HAVING met every state premier from Bob Heffron (1959-64), I can reliably report that Kristina Keneally has by far the best legs of the lot.
I saw her for the first time in the flesh, so to speak, at a press conference in Parliament House on Wednesday. Phwoar. Rising skywards from a pair of killer heels, her calves had a shapely elegance a supermodel would envy.
As Carlton said then:

My only defence is that the moment blokes stop noticing this sort of thing is the day the world ends.
Then there was Carlton’s disastrous appearance on Q&A this year, which suggests Carlton wasn’t describing Abbott in the column above, but transcribing himself:

TONY JONES: Mike Carlton, let’s hear from you. What do you…
MIKE CARLTON: I am puzzled by this because I have spent a lifetime wanting to meet one of these seductive sirens who lures men astray and leads them into temptation. When I was a kid this there was always - there was this mythical figure called the village bike and you were supposed to be able to get on her. I never found her. I never found her. I don’t think she existed.
TONY JONES: Mike, retrospectively that’s probably a good thing for your credibility. If you were about to tell us another story we might have worried about you.
MIKE CARLTON: No. No. We’ll stay away from that one. I never found the bike....
TONY JONES...: But, Mike, let’s get your thoughts on this. Do you think we live in a hypersexualised society and have things changed a huge amount since you were a young person?
MIKE CARLTON: Oh God, yes. Yeah, I think we do. I think girls are now, what you might say, more giving. There was a feature I think was in - No and I don’t mean that lightly.
RUBY WAX: Well, if you can’t find a bike and now the bikes are all over.
MIKE CARLTON: There was a feature, and I think it was in the Herald about a year ago, saying that now that the blow job is a common teenage preoccupation of a Saturday night, which did not happen 20 years ago, but now it’s regarded as safe, casual sex by which a girl can - I don’t know if it’s true or not. I haven’t the faintest idea…
TONY JONES: Let’s start with Mike Carlton. For no other reason than you’re a man.
MIKE CARLTON: Okay. I think, yeah, you’re right. Men have felt under siege for a long, long time, puzzled about their role sometimes. I was brought up to be the hunter gatherer, bread winner and to come back and deposit the fruits of the hunt with the wife who was at home cooking and having babies. That was my childhood…
RUBY WAX: Are you still married?
MIKE CARLTON: Yeah, second time around. But that was my childhood conditioning and I dare say anyone my age in the ‘60s was brought up exactly that same way, to be the hunter gatherer while the little woman stayed at home tied to the kitchen with the apron strings. Now, my first wife disabused me of that quite firmly, very swiftly and my second wife has carried on but men are still confused, I think, about their role. We’ve got better. We do feel under siege and I think you’re right. I mean, I read a piece, I think it was in The Guardian the other day, which began with ‘It’s time for us to talk about men’ and I thought, well, hang on. Maybe it’s time for us to talk about women but if I were to write a piece like that, ‘It’s time for us to talk about women,’ there would be howls of protest. So I think you’re right, men feel a little under siege and a little puzzled…
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE: ...The men don’t seem to have the same anxieties. They go off and do their careers and…
MIKE CARLTON: No. No. A lot of men are anxious.  


Rudd’s PNG solution cuts boat arrivals by four

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (9:11am)

On the boats come, despite Kevin Rudd’s PNG “solution”:
PEOPLE-SMUGGLERS are attempting to overwhelm the Papua New Guinea Solution and test Labor’s resolve, Immigration Minister Tony Burke has conceded...but he said that the government’s ability to boost capacity at Manus Island in PNG was “very significant” and there was room to accommodate more than 10,000 asylum-seekers…

Forty-four boats carrying 3573 asylum-seekers made it into Australian waters in the 33 days before Mr Rudd announced the policy, compared with the arrival of 2883 asylum-seekers on 40 boats in the 33 days since

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said Labor did not know whether the policy was going to work… Mr Dreyfus said it was too soon to say whether this policy will in fact stop or “reduce massively the flow of people coming by boat without a visa”.
That wasn’t quite the story a fortnight ago:

Foreign Minister Bob Carr last night predicted that boatloads of asylum-seekers would stop coming in “days or weeks”.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


Labor flushed down the Twitter sewer

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (9:04am)

Culture wars, The new morality
I TOOK a dip in Twitter this week, and understand even better how Labor got flushed away in a sewer of hate.
How could Labor - and many journalists - disastrously mistake Twitter for the real world?
On Tuesday I was persuaded by an editor to go on ScribbleLIVE to answer questions sent by readers through Twitter and Facebook.
This news electrified the Twittersphere. For hours the topic trended as Leftists, many anonymous, competed to ask me - the Great Satan of Conservatism - the worst, silliest or most abusive questions on the #askbolt hashtag.
Here’s one example, from a writer hiding under the borrowed name of Liberal senator Cory Bernardi: “Should we execute refugees and urinate on their charred corpse?”
Fairfax newspapers thought this was sensational news. 


Vote Labor or Bega Valley will turn to desert

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (9:02am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - propaganda
I WANT the next person in charge of our nation’s defence not to be so batty that he thinks the Snowy Mountains will turn to sand if we don’t vote Labor.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has bad news: his next defence minister, if he’s re-elected, will indeed be Mike Kelly.
Dear God. A man with his beliefs could have us declaring war on Mars or arming our soldiers with rhubarb. 


Why is everyone so desperate to deny Chris Lane’s murder was a hate crime?

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (6:44am)

Remember how the media, celebrities, politicians and black activists falsely portrayed the shooting in self defence of Trayvon Martin by Latino George Zimmerman as a white-on-black hate crime?
Remember how some media outlets doctored evidence to make Zimmerman seem motivated by racism?
Remember how even President Barack Obama amped up the racial angle by saying:

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son… Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.

The Trayvon Martin killing was portrayed as a hate crime when it wasn’t. But Lane’s killing is being described as no hate crime when it quite possibly is.
Here are the three youths charged over Lane’s murder - from left to right, James Edwards 15, Chancey Luna 16, and Michael Jones 17:
It is astonishing how the authorities and journalists are now doing their best to pretend there is no racial element to Lane’s murder. Typical is this report in Time:
With a motive that’s both chilling and simple — to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenagers randomly targeted an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him for fun, prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the boys with murder.
Prosecutor Jason Hicks called the boys “thugs” as he described how Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was shot once in the back and died along a tree-lined road on Duncan’s well-to-do north side. He said the three teens, from the grittier part of town, chose Lane at random and that one of the boys “thinks it’s all a joke.”
Hicks charged Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, of Duncan, with first-degree murder. Under Oklahoma law they will be tried as adults. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, of Duncan, was charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact.
Everyone seems very eager to take at face value the statement of one of the charged trio, the white driver charged with being an accessory - that they were just bored:

“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’ “ [Duncan police Chief Danny Ford] told the AP. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.‘”
Just bored?
In fact, the two youths charged with first-degree murder seem to be aspiring members of the largely African-American Crips gang - and have had themselves pictured flashing gang signs:

The alleged killers were arrested outside a church, where they were allegedly waiting to kill a boy who’d refused to join their gang:

James Johnson, 52, called the police to tell them that the accused killers were hiding in the car park of the Immauel Baptist Church car park at about 5pm, two hours after they allegedly shot Lane.
“My son called me and said, “They’re saying they’re coming to kill me,” so I called the police and they got here within about three minutes,” Johnson told the Herald Sun.
Mr Johnson claimed that Edwards Jr had threatened the life of his own 17-year-old son Christopher on Facebook....
They threatened to kill my son because they are in a gang, the Crips, and were trying to get my son in it and I wouldn’t let him do it.
Bryan Preston has more on the gangsta culture of the accused and their friends. From where did these boys get the guns and wads of cash they’ve photographed?

But not only did the alleged killers seem members of a gang, but members of a gang with a racist agenda.
Luna’s Facebook cover photos include this:

Edwards had a hatred of whites:

Edwards says he also marked the Zimmerman case by knocking out “woods” - slang for white people:

There is at the very least the possibility of a racist motive to this alleged murder by men who’d expressed racist opinions.
So what do the people who helped to vilify George Zimmerman as a racist say of this murder?
Race baiter Jesse Jackson can summon up no more than a frown:

Question: will Obama now say that if he had a son, he’d look like one of Lane’s killers? 


Shut up lines compared

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (6:31am)

It’s not in the Ronald Reagan class and seemed a bit too rehearsed. I thought it initially a negative, but plenty of people say it was the cut through line of the night:

Reader Konrad:
“Does this guy ever shut up?” delivered with a laugh. Line of the night? No, better than that, it’s the best line of the campaign. It has worked perfectly on many levels. It is the question almost all Australians were already asking.One of the best bits about the response of the left, is that they are so stupid they thought it was a “gottcha” moment against Tony Abbott, and foolishly went and spread it far and wide.
Reader Ancient Mariner:

It was the cut through line because it fed into exactly what many (most?) people were thinking themselves. This campaign has been going since Gillard announced it how many months ago? And what do we have from this government? Talk, talk, talk, talk..... and just more talk.

So while the lefties like Samantha Maiden thought it ‘so rude’ it is exactly what lots of people were screaming at their TVs. Let’s face it, if Rudd hasn’t said it in six years what the hell is he going to say now that will make a difference? Just shut the hell up and give some one else a go, Kevin.
Reader Nonna:
I bet (hope) the T-shirts are already being printed.
I suspect they will be:


Labor’s mates

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (5:54am)

Roger Franklin checks out the supporters who star in Labor propaganda. Strangely, Labor fails to add some interesting background. For instance:

Except, when you do some googling, it turns out that Elise – real name Elise Fernades – is no mere volunteer. She is a former CFMEU worker and chair of the Victorian Young Labor Industrial Relations and Trade Union Committee. Strictly speaking there is nothing inaccurate about her email screed – members of the Labor Party are fully entitled to share their reservations about the Coalition’s policies. But it would have been just a bit more honest had the email been upfront about Elise’s long-term and deep-rooted Labor connections.

Notice the second speaker, Linda Everingham, whose caption describes her only as a “local P&C representative”. Like Elise from Brazil, she is a bit more than that. A lifelong Labor supporter, she battled Workchoices in 2007, is a union organiser and has even been mooted for Labor pre-selection. Apart from appearing in Bradbury’s ad, she also serves as Australian Manufacturer Workers Union NSW branch officer.
And let’s not forget good old Terry, whose abusive Twitter rants Labor somehow overlooked.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 


Candidate quits Wikileaks party:  not “democratic, transparent”

Andrew Bolt August 22 2013 (12:11am)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, now a Senate candidate and fugitive from justice over rape allegations, explains what his Wikileaks party stands for:
Our senators will seek to ensure that all legislation reflects the WLP values: transparency, accountability and justice.
A lack of these very things causes his party to implode:
Julian Assange’s Victorian Senate running mate has quit the WikiLeaks Party, complaining of power struggles, white-anting and a failure to live up to its lofty democratic ideals.
Ethicist and commentator Leslie Cannold announced on Wednesday she was resigning as the party’s second Victorian Senate candidate and warned others were likely to follow her lead…
In a blistering statement, Ms Cannold said she could not remain as a candidate because to do so would be implicitly making a statement that the WikiLeaks Party was what it claimed to be - “a democratically run party that both believes in transparency and accountability, and operates in this way"…
“Over the course of the vigorous debates that have taken place over preferences there have been consistent challenges to the rights of the National Council, the 11 person democratic governing body of the WikiLeaks Party, to do its job: to make democratic, transparent and accountable decisions…
“At one point, there was a direct challenge to the Council’s democratic right to decide and implement decisions about preference and instead proposed that it become a rubber stamp. This was rejected by Council.”
The resignation comes days after the WikiLeaks Party came under fire for directing its preferences to the Shooters and Fishers Party and the white nationalist Australia First Party ahead of both major parties and the Greens in the NSW Senate race.
Cannold, so loud in demanding transparency, refused on the ABC to be transparent about what precisely triggered her resignation and whether Julia Assange had anything to do with it.
Conforming beautifully to the stereotype:


<Terri Mitchell
maybe this is why lily removed and regretted her comments....wouldnt you think who ever moderates or admins the pm's page would make sure these sort of bully antics didnt go on????>

Praying Hands, Navajo County, Arizona

An archaeological dig in the City of David, an ancient site in Jerusalem, uncovered shards of pottery, clay lamps, figurines and a ceramic bowl with a 2,700-year-old inscription in ancient Hebrew, according to new research.
A layer of artifacts was found during a recent excavation of an area known as Gihon Spring, which was the main source of water for the City of David. The ceramic bowl, with its partially preserved inscription on the rim, likely dates back to about 600 B.C. to 700 B.C., said lead researcher Joe Uziel, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The inscription is likely the latter part of the name of an individual from the seventh century B.C., the researchers said. While Uziel and his colleagues are investigating the significance of the ancient inscription including possible links to the Bible the researchers say the meaning of the engraving is unknown so far. [In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World]
"Since we only have part of the name, any direct connection to a biblical figure is speculative." Uziel told LiveScience in an email. "That said, if we reconstruct the first two letters as Z and K, we would have the name Zechariah Ben (the son of) Benaiah."
Zechariah the son of Benaiah appears in 2 Chronicles, chapter 20:14 of the Hebrew Bible, which states that Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, and member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi, prophesized before King Jehoshaphat before the nation went to war with the ancient kingdoms of Ammon and Moab.
Yet, there are still unanswered questions about this potential biblical link, Uziel added.
"Zechariah Ben Benaiah is mentioned in 2 Chronicles as a levite during the ninth century, although our bowl dates back to the seventh century B.C.," he said.
By closely studying the bowl, the researchers determined that the inscription was made before the clay was fired, which is a process in which clay is brought up to high temperatures and is transformed into ceramic.
Still, the researchers are unsure why the ceramic bowl was inscribed, but some archaeologists have suggested the bowl may have been used to hold an offering.
"It is difficult to say with certainty what the specific use of the bowl was," Uziel said. "Usually bowls are very typical and common vessels found, used similarly to plates today, as serving dishes to eat from. However, the name inscribed on the bowl prior to its firing (the final process of making the bowl) signifies that it may have been made for a specific intention, such as the presentation of a gift or offering to someone, where the name would reflect either the recipient or more likely the presenter."
The discovery of the bowl with the 2,700-year-old inscription will be presented at Megalim's Annual Archaeological Conference, which will take place on Aug. 29 in the City of David.

Brandy at a previous concert with a few more fans. Picture: Splash

That's what the Twitterverse is saying after reports the singer performed to just 40 people in a 90,000 capacity arena at the Mandela Sports and Culture Day in South Africa on Saturday.
The American R&B star was the surprise guest at the FNB stadium in Soweto - the only problem was that no-one knew she was playing.
Tens of thousands of people had therefore left the arena before she arrived on stage.
"Brandy [just] performed to an empty stadium. With the stadium lights on," tweeted South African musician, Kabomo.
"People didn't know there was a concert after the games. No one knew Brandy was around. Maybe a 40 people audience ... She sulked after two songs and walked off.
"There are more people there on a random Tuesday... Depressing."
Added @My2_Melo: "I gave up the min I saw the empty stadium. Brandy performing for the chairs!"
While @dawn_ngwenya said: "Brandy is going to perform for herself and Mbaks only," referring to South Africa's minister of sport, Fikile Mbalula.
The singer reportedly walked off in embarrassment after just two songs.
The country's national TV channel SABC reportedly also ended their broadcast of the concert before Brandy could even emerge on stage.



I had my vagina photographed for the front cover of a student newspaper

By Lily Patchett on August 21 2013 - News

Last week, along with eighteen other young women from Sydney Uni, I had my vagina photographed to make a political statement on the front cover of Honi Soit, Australia’s oldest running weekly student newspaper.
We believe that the way the media represents women’s vaginas is neither realistic or fair, and causes women to feel uncomfortable about how they look. It also gives men a distorted idea of what a vagina actually looks like. Not enough people know what a real vagina looks like. Not a digitally-altered vagina, not a porn star’s vagina, a real one.
Soon after we had the photos taken, we were told that if our vaginas were published and released without censorship (the very thing we were supposed to be fighting), the SRC could be facing a legal battle it could not afford.
Honi Soit had no choice but to agree to censor the vaginas, in the process proving the importance of this project. Here were our vaginas in a completely non-sexual context, showing all of their beautiful diversity, and once again, no one was to see them.

honi soitThe censored version of Honi Soit cover.
Until I saw the uncensored versions of the vaginas, I didn’t even realise myself how different they could be. The fact that as a woman with a vagina I didn’t know they could be so wonderfully varied from each other just goes to show the extent to which personal ignorance is forced upon us. It also demonstrates how accustomed we are to seeing only one type of vagina: neat, tidy and boring-looking.
But Australian law states that published vaginas must be healed down to a single crease, which means that almost every vagina you see in the media has been censored and/or airbrushed – you’ll never see any ‘bits’ hanging out. You can imagine that this leaves many women feeling like they are abnormal. As the uncensored cover of Honi Soit showed, no two vaginas are the same. But to avoid legal prosecution, Honi Soit censored every one of the 18 vaginas with a black rectangle.
However, when the magazine was released, a blunder was discovered. The black rectangles which had been added to cover the vaginas were far more transparent than was intended. The copies were quickly taken off the stands.
Honi Soit published a post on its Facebook page explaining the motivations that led to them pursuing the project:
We are tired of society giving us a myriad of things to feel about our own bodies. We are tired of having to attach anxiety to our vaginas. We are tired of vaginas being either artificially sexualised (see: porn) or stigmatised (see: censorship and airbrushing). We are tired of being pressured to be sexual, and then being shamed for being sexual.
The vaginas on the cover are not sexual. We are not always sexual. The vagina should and can be depicted in a non-sexual way – it’s just another body part. “Look at your hand, then look at your vagina,” said one participant in the project. “Can we really be so naïve to believe our vaginas the dirtiest, sexiest parts of our body?”
We want to feel normal; we don’t want to feel fearful when we have a first sexual counter with a partner who may judge us because of our vaginas.
Here they are, flaps and all. Don’t you dare tell me my body offends you. 
It makes no sense to me that in this day and age, vaginas are still held to mythical standards of beauty – soft, hairless, and white. The reality of vaginas is that some of them are hairy, sometimes prickly, sometimes dark, sometimes pinkish. Some women’s labia poke out, some don’t. But mostly, vaginas are always treated as some great, big, shameful secret.
As young women, we already have enough to worry about when it comes to body image.
Young women are growing up in a society which is so concerned about the way we look. We are expected to be thin, well-dressed, and perfectly made-up. Add to this the pressure to have a picture-perfect (ha!) vagina that we already feel too ashamed to talk about, and it’s no wonder so many young women feel insecure.
Honi Soit has admitted it did not foresee how big a legal issue the cover would become. The images have been deemed in breach of s 578C of the NSW Crimes Act because they are “indecent”.
But I don’t think a natural, normal-looking vagina is indecent. Not in the slightest.
Birdee believes that this image should be published, and seen by everyone. Here is a link to the uncensored cover which was tweeted byHoni Soit Editor, Lucy Watson.
lily-patchett-headshotLily studies philosophy and sociology at Sydney Uni. She identifies as a vegan and feminist, and will probably be very quiet if you ever meet her because she tends to observe rather than engage. However, if you’re ever alone together, you will probably be bombarded with an intense array of questions, which may make you feel uncomfortable. But never fear – she swears it’s only for curiosity’s sake. People are fascinating. You can read more of Lily’s writing on her blog.

  • David Daniel Ball I’m a guy, christian and conservative, so I expect almost anything I might say will be booed .. but .. I’d like to encourage you. I don’t wish the images to be pervasive, but I feel at university everything should be for discussion and critical analysis. I don’t like people being judged for what they look like .. but then I’m an idiot so I don’t like being judged by my thoughts too. I can accept being judged by my actions, but prefer leniency too. I actually don’t really care what others think these days .. I’m kinda old .. and I now feel that it isn’t what others think about me, but how I can fit myself into the lives of those I meet .. I feel this way because I am a Christian, and know I have at times judged harshly when I shouldn’t, because God forgave me when he didn’t have to. Be well.

  • Jason J-Fo Meh. Undergraduate leftist attention-seekers put vaginas on display as stunt. Not offended, just bored

  • David Daniel Ball you don't want to play the face matching game?

  • Jason J-Fo Is Kevin Rudd one of them? *Shudder*

  • David Daniel Ball No .. I don't even feel the surface has been scratched here. There is an argument for deeper exploration of the issue .. who knows what could be raised? In the pursuit of knowledge, all the senses must come into play ..

  • Jason J-Fo You really need to get out more David Daniel Ball

  • 오사렘 Aren't porn stars' vaginas real?? Dont judge a woman by her vagina.

  • 오사렘 How come vaginas are deemed indecent but not breasts publicly exposed, on both women AND men??

  • John Tran Lol.. everything is up for experimentation in at uni.. they feel intellectually sophisticated when its done at uni. Show us your vagie! Its for a great cause and will convey a message..

  • John Tran Men exposing their breast. Yes that's indecent!

  • 오사렘 Sometimes a little mystery goes a long way...

  • 오사렘 Why on earth would you think all vaginas look the same, just because you feel yours doesn't measure up, like all people would look the same. Unless they are twins. Then yes they would look the same & probably their vaginas too. People are always going to have low self esteem and hang ups about their bodies. What they should do is learn to embrace their physical appearance and not buy into the media's ploy of 'you must have this to be this blah blah blah'. Phfft no one tells me what to do, i do as i please. People should have evolved by now and be smarter than this. So it should be not survival of the fittest, but the smartest. But alas its often brauns over brains, beauty over beasts.

  • Jason J-Fo Unless you're that Gok Wan guy from Target ads, I seriously doubt most men are spending their afternoons critiquing vaginas from a post modernist feminist-intellectual perspective. Most would be glad to see one and if they ever did put one down, there's the pinky finger comeback from the ladies.

  • David Daniel Ball 'Should' is a powerful word. People should not judge .. but then .. think about what judging means .. multiple experiences in diversity. I never want to be so jaded by experience that a vagina is not of interest to me. But the issue here is not me or even men .. these girls 'feel' judged. I'm not responsible for their feelings, but I am responsible for my behaviour. I am certain there are experiences these girls have of being judged on their body. And that is sad. I'm not particularly interested in a relationship with any of those 18 women and nothing they have done will help them find someone worthwhile who is. But as experiences go, there is no harm .. and that is how it should be.

  • Jason J-Fo Still prefer to meet a vagina of any physical appearance than not.

  • David Daniel Ball .. yeah, that is what I said, in more words.

  • Jason J-Fo Uh oh. Your wife won't take kindly to that last comment David Daniel Ball

  • David Daniel Ball Much ado about nothing, my friend .. assuming we are in a metaphorical scape ..


I'm disappointed by the meme .. but it is funny. I despise the Democrats for using dead people to get votes when they do nothing worthwhile - ed


Would we be restricting their food supply of CO2? - ed

Zaya Toma

<Thank you Premier Barry O'Farrell for so strongly supporting the recognition of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocide by the Ottoman Empire in the NSW Parliament. These three communities fought side by side with the Australians and other allied nations for the shared values of freedom and democracy. Turkey is a great modern country and should not be afraid of the truth, what happened 100 years ago is relevant today, because those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Whether you find your self agreeing or disagreeing with the Premier, one thing is for sure, he is a politician with courage.>

When ever I have unexpected friends over and nothing to serve I turn to this recipe. I usually have all the ingredients in my cupboard. Serve it as it is or with some vanilla ice cream on the side. Yummi!
I especially love all the nuts on top of the cake. I have a crush for pistachios – fantastic color - they’ll get everyone’s mouths water running.
- See more at:


The Ramen Burger

Bob Baldwin MP'
With the election set down for the 7th September, I need your help to change the government.

The election result is not guaranteed, we have to fight hard all the way to the finish line and that’s why I am personally asking if you are able to assist on the 7th September by helping out on our polling booths.
If you are able even to spend a couple of hours, it would be appreciated and you will be a part of the team that help turn this nation around, to Restore Hope Reward & Opportunity for all Australians

Please reply to me personally at or call my office on 49831330 to volunteer.
We will provide Hats & T-shirts for the day as well as training for those have never participated before.
Yours sincerely
Bob Baldwin


Mark Kenny in the Fairfax press thinks the bounce from Kevin Rudd's return as PM ended with his disastrous and ill thought out FBT changes. There was also renaming the CO2 tax and outsourcing increases to Brussels, the Bank Deposits Tax, and the endless new money grants without a thought about the massive debt he had built and the $250 billion he had wasted. 

But the clinch was his failure in the first debate to do what the media luvvies expected, that he would wipe the floor with Tony Abbott. On most accounts Tony Abbott was the winner of that first debate. Who wins and the debate itselfs is usually of no importance as the gallery almost always declares the left candidate the winner, and the "worm'' is rigged to fit. Similarly, The Brisbane debate was made useless by the string of mainly leftwing inner city whiny irrelevant questions.
The comment on Lily Fontana's FaceBook told us what anyone who knows either men is aware of:

" Just finished doing Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott's makeup for the People's Forum at the Broncos Leagues Club.'''

"One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledge that I had a job to do and was very appreciative. The other did the exact opposite! Oh boy, I have ever had anyone treat me so badly whilst trying to do my job. Political opinions aside...from one human being to another...Mr Abbott, you win hands down.

Read more:


Ali Kadhim
"People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world." Kim Culbertson.

There will always be people in life doing what they can to criticize you, compare you and corrupt you, your job is to simply ignore them. Pay no attention to the thoughts of critics and free yourself from the people who try to hold you back. But do so with respect and understand that the only one who can ever stop you from your aspirations, is the one with the most powerful voice, you.

Shot at a wedding over the weekend by the ever artistic Mary Tran!


For the first time, researchers have documented a behavior that had been thought unnatural, if not impossible: apes swimming.
The scientists captured on video two examples of apes that could swim quite naturally. The first was a young chimpanzee named Cooper, who not only figured out how to swim but could also dive underwater to retrieve items from the bottom of a swimming pool.
"We were extremely surprised when the chimp, Cooper, dived repeatedly into a swimming pool in Missouri and seemed to feel very comfortable," Renato Bender, a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, said in a statement. "It was very surprising behavior for an animal that is thought to be very afraid of water." [8 Humanlike Behaviors of Primates]



There are renewed calls for gun control by the Left after anAustralian student was senselessly killed in Oklahoma last Friday. Christopher Lane, 22, was shot and killed while out for a jog by three teens who allegedly told police after that they were "bored."


It is one of the few places on earth where you can compare the rich blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the road and the calm turquoise-green waters of the Exuma Sound (Caribbean Sea) on the other side.


This is what make-up artist and hair stylist Lily Fontana said about working on both Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott for last nights televised debate…………..

"One of them was absolutely lovely, engaged in genuine conversation with me, acknowledged that I had a job to do and was very appreciative," she said on her page, which is public.

"The other did the exact opposite!”


"Political opinions aside...from one human being to another...Mr Abbott, you win hands down."


Watch LA State Senator Completely Destroy Liberalism in This Incredible Appeal to Black Americans

In this video introducing the Free at Last PAC, Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory crushes liberal economics – in the most charming way possible.
He explains that the Republican party is more beneficial to black Americans than the Democratic party because the GOP supports capitalism over handouts. 
“Only capitalism can provide the upward mobility for the meekest among us to break the shackles of poverty and rise into the middle class.”
“[We must] reach into the black community and articulate those values that fuel the American dream. We will be silent no more.”
State Senator Guillory, who recently left the Democratic party and is considering a U.S. Senate run, is the honorary chairman for the Free at Last PAC. The group aims to present the Republican message in a way that attracts more black Americans to the party.



It’s not just our economic security that the Greens put at risk, but also the security we receive from long-standing defence partnerships.

If you’ve had enough of the dangerous Greens, help stop them




Katz Designer Textiles
Sometimes I forget all the art, sculptures and glass that I have bought, collected and accumulated over the years .... This Greek Orgy Plate is just one example..... We bought this in Greece below The Temple of Aphrodite #greek#orgy #ceramics
They don't have parties like that anymore .. I know the ALP try .. ed

The claim
Penny Wong's claims about Tony Abbott's cuts are rated mostly false
Penny Wong's claims about Tony Abbott's cuts are rated mostly false
Entitled Abbott's Cuts to Come, the homepage features a menacing-looking shot of the opposition leader alongside the question: "What Will You Lose if He Wins?"
Launching the site on Wednesday Finance Minister Penny Wong said it was "a snapshot of the cuts we know Tony Abbott plans to make should he be elected".
"We are being generous and we are using their numbers," she said.
"Australians will pay for Tony Abbott's signature scheme and his other unfunded promises through cuts to jobs, to services, to health, to education."
Does it stack up?
Rolling a cursor over photos of families, nurses, schoolchildren and workers on the site brings up claims of cuts that are sketchier than Senator Wong suggests.
Under the heading ''Health'' it says when Mr Abbott was health minister "the Liberals ripped $1 billion dollars from our health system – enough to fund over 1000 beds".
PolitiFact has previously found the claim to be false. Health spending climbed in each year Mr Abbott was minister.
Also under the ''Health'' heading it says: "Joe Hockey says 'no guarantees' on spending cuts".
It neglects to mention Mr Hockey's most recent commitment on Monday that "health and medical research is incredibly important and we have guaranteed that". (It is unclear whether Mr Hockey was guaranteeing not to cut funding for health as well as medical research or merely guaranteeing not to cut funding for research into health and medicine.)
Under the heading 'School Kids' it says: "Cutting billions from schools means that on average schools will have $2000 less per child".
It acknowledges that Mr Abbott has promised to match Labor's school funding commitment for the next four years, but says he has "refused to commit" beyond that.
Under the heading 'Jobs' it says: "Abbott will cut 12,000 jobs. That means families will lose their livelihood and local businesses will be hit."
It does not acknowledge that the 12,000 figure refers to the number of public servants Tony Abbott plans to lose through natural attrition over two years. The families of public servants who leave their jobs voluntarily are unlikely to "lose their livelihood".
A video on the site shows lights being turned out on pictures of workers in hard hats and fluoro jackets as a voice says: "Twelve thousand people will lose their jobs".
Hard hats are not typical of the clothing worn by public servants, and the video does not make clear that the 12,000 people who would "lose their jobs" are all public servants, all of whom would leave through natural attrition.
Under the heading: 'Those Depending on Penalty Rates' it says Mr Abbott "supports cutting penalty rates and overtime".
The claim pre-dates a commitment by Mr Abbott in Wednesday night's leaders' debate to protect both penalty rates and overtime.
The website is on safe ground on just three claims. Abbott would defer superannuation increases, abandon the low-income superannuation contribution and end the Schoolkids Bonus. Each is Coalition policy.
Senator Wong said the website was "a snapshot of the cuts we know Tony Abbott plans to make should he be elected".
The website is not a snapshot of the cuts Labor and Senator Wong "know" Tony Abbott plans to make. Most of the claimed cuts are suppositions, some of them erroneous.
A PolitiFact rating of ''mostly false'' applies a statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.
PolitiFact finds Senator Wong's claim "mostly false".

The Psychiatrist and the Proctologist

Best friends graduating from medical school at the same time decided that 
in spite of two different specialties, they would open a practice together 
to share office space and personnel.

Dr. Smith was the psychiatrist and Dr. Jones was the proctologist; they
put up a sign reading: Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones: Hysterias and Posteriors. The
town council was livid and insisted they change it.

The docs changed it to read: Schizoids and Hemorrhoids. This was also
not acceptable so they again changed the sign to read Catatonics and High
Colonics - no go.

Next they tried Manic Depressives and Anal Retentives thumbs down again.

Then came Minds and Behinds - still no good.

Another attempt resulted in Lost Souls and Butt Holes - unacceptable again!

So they tried Nuts and Butts - no way. Freaks and Cheeks - still no good. Loons and Moons - forget it.

Almost at their wits' end, the docs finally came up with:

Dr. Smith and Dr. Jones - Specializing in Odds and Ends.

Everybody loved it!

A ring-shaped warp drive device could transport a football-shape starship (center) to effective speeds faster than light.

Warp-drive technology, a form of "faster than light" travel popularized by TV's "Star Trek," could be bolstered by the physics of quantum thrusters — another science-fiction idea made plausible by modern science.
NASA scientists are performingexperiments that could help makewarp drive a possibility sometime in the future from a lab built for the Apollo program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
A warp-drive-enabled spacecraft would look like a football with two large rings fully encircling it. The rings would utilize an exotic form of matter to cause space-time to contract in front of and expand behind them. Harold "Sonny" White, a NASA physicist, is experimenting with these concepts on a smaller scale using a light-measuring device in the lab. [Warp Drives and Transporters: How 'Star Trek' Tech Works (Infographic)]


Many thanks to the amazingly talented and very friendly Greg McCown for getting me up on this mountain during a monsoon shortfall on my first night till day in Arizona. We pretty much got out at 2 am and kept on exploring and photographing until well after sunrise. So much to see in Southern Arizona! Greg showed me that the North doesn't have a monopoly on incredible landscape features. — at Mount Lemmon.

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki said that he was "overwhelmed" to join a select group of professional hitters on Wednesday as the Yankees outfielder connected for his 4,000th hit between Japan's top professional league and the Major Leagues, a first-inning single off the Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees spilled out of the first-base dugout to celebrate after the hit, a line drive that sailed past diving third baseman Brett Lawrie into left field. Curtis Granderson was the first to reach Ichiro, enveloping him in a hug, and Ichiro bowed to the crowd to acknowledge an extended standing ovation.
"The game was stopped for me and the players came out to first base," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "I kind of felt bad that the game was stopped for me. At first, I was trying to stop them from coming, but it was just because I was so happy and overjoyed with the way they supported me.
"Obviously having the 4,000th hit was important, but what is going to make it a more special moment was the fact that my teammates came out. When I look back on this, that's what is going to make this very special."
The total includes 1,278 hits that Ichiro collected over nine seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball as a member of the Orix Blue Wave from 1992-2000, as well as the 2,722 he has logged in the Majors with the Mariners and Yankees since 2001.
"It's an amazing feat," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's a testament to how hard he's worked, how long he's been in the game, how he stays healthy, the way he goes about his business. He's a great player, and he's been a great player for a long time."
Ichiro joined Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,191) as the only players to reach the 4,000-hit plateau when considering hits from the highest levels in the U.S. and Japan.
A great admirer of the game's history, Ichiro said he does not expect to see his hit total placed alongside those of Rose and Cobb.
"It is a record that is adding two leagues into one; those guys did it in one league," Ichiro said. "I don't think you have to put me in that same category as them."
The single off Dickey also moved Ichiro past Yankees legend Lou Gehrig (2,721) on the Majors' all-time list.
"Obviously I only know him by name, and I'm hoping to go to Cooperstown and learn more about him," Ichiro said. "I think that was a special moment, to be in this Yankees uniform and be able to pass such a great Yankee."
Dickey said that he would have preferred not to be involved in the milestone, but added, "That being said, what an incredible achievement, and the manner in which he has done it is equally as impressive.
"The longevity, the endurance, the durability, having played with him in Seattle -- it was a real treat to play with him, and it couldn't have happened to a more professional hitter."
The Yankees played a video tribute to Ichiro from Ken Griffey Jr. during Wednesday's game, and the Mariners released a statement which read: "On behalf of the entire Seattle Mariners organization and our fans across the Pacific Northwest, we offer our heartiest congratulations to Ichiro Suzuki for reaching 4,000 hits today.
"We are proud that Ichiro's remarkable career started in Seattle as American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001, and that he collected 2,533 of those 4,000 hits while wearing a Mariners uniform for 11-and-a-half years.
"From Japan to the Mariners and continuing with the New York Yankees, Ichiro's historic milestone is testament to his position as one of the greatest hitters in the game of baseball."
As his career enters its latter stages, Ichiro still owns at least 150 hits in each of his first 12 seasons, a feat accomplished only by Paul Waner, Richie Ashburn and Albert Pujols in the live-ball era.
"After I got my first hit, if at that point I said to you guys, 'My goal is to have 4,000 hits,' I think everybody would have called me an idiot," Ichiro said. "Now, after years and years of just getting hits every day, I've come to this point. What is important is just going out there and doing what you can do every single day."
The argument has been made that if Ichiro's NPB stats are added to his Major League stats, then perhaps Minor League statistics should also be credited in tallying other players' hit totals. It's an intriguing point, and one that highlights Ichiro's accomplishments.
For the purposes of this exercise, only three additional players would then reach 4,000 professional hits: Hank Aaron (3,771 in Majors; 324 in Minors), Stan Musial (3,630 in Majors, 371 in Minors) and Arnold "Jigger" Statz, an outfielder who tallied 737 of his 4,093 pro hits with four big league teams from 1919-28.
"That's a lot of hits, man. It's pretty impressive," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said recently. "I don't care if it's 4,000 in Little League. It shows how consistent he's been throughout his career. It makes you look at how many hits he's got here [in the Majors] in a short amount of time. That's difficult to do, so Ichi has been as consistent as anyone."
Ichiro said that he does not have Rose's 4,256 on his radar, but now that 4,000 is crossed off the to-do list, Ichiro is free to focus on joining the 3,000-hit club in the Major Leagues.
"I get asked that a lot, but I can't have that as a goal," said Ichiro, who sits 278 hits shy of 3,000. "What happens today determines what happens tomorrow. I've got to perform every day in order to be in the lineup the next day. I don't make goals that are so far away; what I do is do what I can every single day and really build off that -- see where that takes me."


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Of all the precious gemstones, opal is perhaps the most alluring. A unique mixture of silica and varying amounts of water, opal’s brilliant play of color is the result of tiny silicon spheres measuring several hundred nanometers in diameter, the same width as the wavelength of visible light. What makes an opal precious and another nonprecious is how those spheres are organized:

“In precious opal the glasslike molecules are stacked like billiard balls set out in neat rows, creating regular triangular gaps between them on the surface; ordinary opal is more like a disorganized school equipment locker, full of basketballs, soccer balls, and golf balls thrown into it in no particular order. When the surface of opal is even and ordered and the molecules are a set distance apart, the white light bounces off in wavelengths that give the appearance of bright colors. And just as the sky looks red when there are big molecules in the atmosphere, the red in opal is caused by the presence of larger spheres in the silicon gel; while the more common blue color appears when the spheres are small. But whatever the size of the silicon, if the surface has no order to it the light just bounces off in all directions, giving no sense of separate colors at all. It means that paradoxically it is order that causes the irregular iridescent flashes of color in opal; while it is chaos that makes low-quality opal a uniform gray,” (Victoria Finlay, Jewels: A Secret History, p. 1,959).

Once considered the most prized precious stones by European royals, opals were traditionally given as favors in the 1800s. Even Napoleon adored the stone, giving his wife, Josephine, a vivid red opal weighing roughly 140 grams. The first opal to be named, “The Burning of Troy” was aptly labeled since Napoleon had said that he gave her this stone because she was his Helen. In spite of such royal favor, the opal is the only one thought to bring bad luck. This notion swept the opinions of nineteenth-century Europe after the great success of the ghost novel Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott, in which a drop of holy water turns a supernatural opal talisman into a common pebble and soon after which the heroine dies. So convinced of this superstition was Princess Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, that when Queen Victoria died, the new queen removed the “unlucky opals” from the diamond and opal tiara her mother-in-law had commissioned and replaced them with rubies from Ceylon, which remain there today (Finlay, p. 2,194).

Quite possibly the most famous opal in history was owned by a Roman senator named Nonius in 35 BC. Originating from the mines of Czernowitza, the only source for opals at the time, the fabled stone was only the size of a hazelnut yet was valued at two million sesterces, or enough to buy a villa in a nice part of Rome. So obsessed with the stone was Mark Antony that the amount of pressure he applied to Nonius, who had no intentions to part with the stone, to sell it to him caused Nonius to self-imposed exile, leaving behind all his property and taking only his precious opal. Even Pliny, the famous Roman author, called opal a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones: the fine sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire, so that all colours shine and sparkle together in a beautiful combination (via).

Today, roughly 97% of opals come from Australia, and of all the opal produced in the world 60% is white opal, 30% is crystal opal, 8% black opal and 2% boulder opal. The town of Coober Pedy, which means “white man in a hole” in Aborigine, produces a major amount of opal, however, the mines in Mintabie and Lightning Ridge produce the rarer, more valuable black opal. The ‘white’ or ‘black’ of an opal refers to the stone’s body color on which the ‘flashes of light and color’ play, with the black offering the most brilliant play of color. Much detail has gone into valuing black opals, even so far as differentiating the seemingly endless types of patterns. The more vivacious and bright the play of color, the more valuable the opal.


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Heavenly Father,I thank You so much for Your gift of peace. I choose to hold onto my peace and release anything that would hold me back from the blessings You have in store. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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Who Can Take it from You?
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid(John 14:27).

Did you know that nothing on earth can take away your peace and joy? That’s because it didn’t come from this world, it came from God Almighty. In fact, the only time we can ever lose our peace is when we choose to let goof it and give it away.That is when we disobey Him.The next time you’re tempted to get upset and frustrated ask yourself, “Is this worth giving my peace and power away?” Maybe someone was rude to you on the phone, or a co-worker left you out of a meeting, is it worth your peace?

Life is too short to live upset and offended. If you allow your circumstances to control you, there will always be some reason to get discouraged.So,know matter what is happening,decide today to hold on to the gift of peace that God has given you so that you can move forward in the victory He has in store for you.God bless you.

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As I mentioned recently, Patriot Voices is doubling up on our efforts to push for passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment when the Senate returns in September.
As a country, we face a multitude of challenges across all issue areas, but I believe that our economic challenges rise to the top.  Without a strong economy, so many other areas struggle.  And without a federal government with its fiscal house in order, we all suffer.
That's why Patriot Voices is calling on the Senate to take up and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.  This is no easy feat because it requires approval by the Senate and the House, then three-fourths of the states must also ratify it.
But it is worth doing.
Had a Balanced Budget Amendment passed back in 1995 when I first started advocating for it, we would not be in the place we find ourselves today.
The premise is simple: the federal government should not spend more than it takes in.  A Balanced Budget Amendment would also cap federal spending at 18% of gross domestic product (GDP).
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“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"He that watereth shall be watered also himself."
Proverbs 11:25
We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord's battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow's tears, and soothe the orphan's grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So that watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other's limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life. The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet's wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.


"I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain."
Isaiah 45:19
We may gain much solace by considering what God has not said. What he has said is inexpressibly full of comfort and delight; what he has not said is scarcely less rich in consolation. It was one of these "said nots" which preserved the kingdom of Israel in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, for "the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven." 2 Kings 14:27. In our text we have an assurance that God will answer prayer, because he hath "not said unto the seed of Israel, Seek ye me in vain." You who write bitter things against yourselves should remember that, let your doubts and fears say what they will, if God has not cut you off from mercy, there is no room for despair: even the voice of conscience is of little weight if it be not seconded by the voice of God. What God has said, tremble at! But suffer not your vain imaginings to overwhelm you with despondency and sinful despair. Many timid persons have been vexed by the suspicion that there may be something in God's decree which shuts them out from hope, but here is a complete refutation to that troublesome fear, for no true seeker can be decreed to wrath. "I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I have not said," even in the secret of my unsearchable decree, "Seek ye me in vain." God has clearly revealed that he will hear the prayer of those who call upon him, and that declaration cannot be contravened. He has so firmly, so truthfully, so righteously spoken, that there can be no room for doubt. He does not reveal his mind in unintelligible words, but he speaks plainly and positively, "Ask, and ye shall receive." Believe, O trembler, this sure truth--that prayer must and shall be heard, and that never, even in the secrets of eternity, has the Lord said unto any living soul, "Seek ye me in vain."

Today's reading: Psalm 107-109, 1 Corinthians 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 107-109

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story-
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 4

The Nature of True Apostleship
1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, "Do not go beyond what is written." Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?


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