Friday, September 06, 2013

Fri Sep 6th Todays News

A 5pm phone call came in. There were multiple languages used. In English, after what may have been Arabic or Turkish, the caller instructed me to vote or face various penalties for voting. It then announced it was a paid announcement from the ALP (02 80054396). I live in one of the safest ALP seats in the country. It used to be Keating's seat. It currently belongs to Jason Clare. Jason is not a good candidate. He is up against an honorary Bangladeshi consul with impressive local family business credentials. Jason would not help me, a constituent, when I begged. Anyway, it doesn't matter. I voted on Wednesday when I was in Bankstown. I voted for the Liberal, Khoury, and in the senate I put a '1' above the line, at 'y,' for Liberals. 
Rudd and the ALP are increasingly desperate. Rudd has released a youtube video thanking a polar bear and some muppets. Meanwhile Abbott is calmly working through various electorates. A mistake in a Liberal policy document was corrected (it had claimed the Libs were planning an internet filter). Abbott took responsibility. Meanwhile, Rudd is trying to threaten the voters with claims of cuts the Libs never announced. ALP have many outstanding un-costed policies. Liberal policies are all accounted for. The Age is alone in spruiking for ALP in paper editorials. Even their Fairfax Sister paper, the Sydney Morning Herald, acknowledges the Liberals deserve government. 
An Islamic boy jailed for gang rape 13 years ago was paroled recently. The parole was revoked after he broke the conditions of his parole. He had been instructed not to meet with his brothers, or other gang members (a brotherhood). He had claimed when 16 he wasn't very bright and was easily led by others. He was apparently planning to live with them, and had met up with them while on day release. It isn't a political issue. But I note conservatives seem to govern well. 
Obama is now claiming his minor attack on Syria will take out their army, airforce and navy. He keeps dithering .. will he attack? Why? What is he waiting for? What would he achieve? A symbolic hit?

Happy birthday and many happy returns Graham Diggins, born on the same day as Emanuel van Meteren (1535), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757) (cf Patrick Poulou), John Dalton (1766), Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (1888), Pippa Middleton (1983) and Prince Hisahito of Akishino (2006). On your day, 1901 – U.S. President William McKinley was fatally wounded by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1943 – A group of businessmen in Monterrey, Mexico, founded the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, now one of the largest universities in Latin America.
1955 – A Turkish mob attacked ethnic Greeks in Istanbul, killing at least 13 people and damaging more than 5,000 Greek-owned homes and businesses.
1963 – Victor Krulak was sent on a mission by the Kennedy administration to assess the progress of the Vietnam War, and the viability of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem against the backdrop of the Buddhist crisis and Xa Loi Pagoda raids.
2000 – The Millennium Summit, a meeting of world leaders to discuss the role of the United Nations at the turn of the 21st century, opened in New York City. Anarchists are not your friends. In baseball, use the mitt to catch the ball .. otherwise the game become hit and MITHE. Greeks are not Armenians. Victor's advice may not be the best. The Millenium Summit was a once in a thousand year thing .. which is good. Enjoy your day.


Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (5:41am)

Me in the Spectator. Includes a terrifying wager.



Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (5:36am)

Unlike the rest of us, Margo Kingston doesn’t have a choice.



Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (5:34am)

One month late, the Sydney Morning Herald finally gets with the program
Australia is crying out for a stable government that can be trusted to deliver what it promises. The Herald believes only the Coalition can achieve that …
Labor under Kevin Rudd in 2013 is not offering a stable, trustworthy government on which Australians can depend. The Coalition under Tony Abbott deserves the opportunity to return trust to politics. 
Note to protesters: the address you need is Darling Island Road, Pyrmont.
UPDATE. Previously Labor-leaning, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail now invokes the Doom Clown:


UPDATE II. The Age endorses Labor! It’s the doomed leading the doomed.



Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (3:54am)

At some stage following the closing of polls on Saturday night, either Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott will deliver the toughest speech of their lives. All times AEST:


Age learns truth about its sweet boat person

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (11:33am)

In May, she was the poster girl for The Age’s campaign for more “compassion” to boat people:
IT SHOULD have been cause for unbridled joy. Having fled the trauma and tragedy of life in Sri Lanka, Ranjini had been found to be a refugee, married the man who would be a father to her two boys and begun a new life in suburban Melbourne. Now she was pregnant.
Instead, confirmation of the pregnancy last Saturday only compounded her feeling of complete and utter despair. It came two days after Ranjini was told, without warning, that she had been deemed a threat to Australia’s national security and whisked away with her sons to the Villawood detention centre in Sydney…
‘’I am in total shock,’’ says Nathalie Klapper, who struck up a friendship with Ranjini…
‘’There is nothing subversive or political or nasty about Ranjini whatsoever,’’ Klapper says. ‘’She’s the most positive, upbeat, strong person despite all the horrors that she has been through...’’
‘’I can’t speak highly enough of her,’’ says Jenny Sims, a minister at the Chermside-Kedron Community Church in Brisbane… ‘’She’s a loving, caring, gentle person who has been through a lot of trauma.’’…
Ranjini, 33, is the 47th asylum seeker in the current caseload to receive a negative ASIO assessment… Because she does not know what she is accused of doing, or saying, she cannot defend herself.
Today, however, The Age learns that maybe ASIO isn’t so stupid - and its poster girl not so innocent:
Tamil refugee Ranjini admitted to having trained child soldiers during Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war in a secret ASIO report used to justify her indefinite detention in Australia.
She also told immigration officials she rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the separatist Tamil Tigers and fought two battles in the late 1990s against Sri Lankan forces…
Ranjini insists she has given up the cause of Tamil independence in Sri Lanka and wants to focus on raising her children - including a boy born in January while in detention.
But a review of the case by retired federal court judge Margaret Stone, delivered in July but not made public until now, was scathing, finding Ranjini’s claims ‘’self-serving and implausible’’…
[Ranjini ] told officials her then husband - known as ‘’Akbar’’, killed in a 2006 battle - was a bodyguard for feared Tigers commander Prabhakaran and led fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
She admitted to using machineguns and AK-47s, being trained in karate, but not in the use of bombs or explosives.
An extensive investigation of her refugee claims found she was ‘’heavily indoctrinated’’ into the Tigers...


New paper: climate is not warming as warmists said

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (11:04am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - general
A peer reviewed paper from Nature Climate Change confirms what sceptics have said for some time - that the climate isn’t warming as warmists predicted:

Recent observed global warming is significantly less than that simulated by climate models. This difference might be explained by some combination of errors in external forcing, model response and internal climate variability.
The paper adds:

The inconsistency between observed and simulated global warming is even more striking for temperature trends computed over the past fifteen years (1998–2012).
For this period, the observed trend of 0.05 ± 0.08 °C per decade is more than four times smaller than the average simulated trend of 0.21 ± 0.03 °C per decade… It is worth noting that the observed trend over this period — not significantly different from zero — suggests a temporary ‘hiatus’ in global warming.
The authors are from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and Canada’s University of Victoria.
Remember how a Gillard Government minister blustered and bulldusted his way through an interview when I asked him to justify his false claim that warming hadn’t paused? 


Baddies vs baddies

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (10:06am)

As the US prepares to attack the Syrian regime over a despicable chemical weapons attack, the New York Times describes a rebel opposition that is equally brutal:

The prisoners, seven in all, were captured Syrian soldiers.. They kept their faces pressed to the dirt as the rebels’ commander recited a bitter revolutionary verse…
The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.
This scene, documented in a video smuggled out of Syria a few days ago by a former rebel who grew disgusted by the killings, offers a dark insight into how many rebels have adopted some of the same brutal and ruthless tactics as the regime they are trying to overthrow…
In the more than two years this civil war has carried on, a large part of the Syrian opposition has formed a loose command structure that has found support from several Arab nations, and, to a more limited degree, the West. Other elements of the opposition have assumed an extremist cast, and openly allied with Al Qaeda…
In Washington on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue of radicalized rebels in an exchange with Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican…
Mr. Kerry said that there were 70,000 to 100,000 “oppositionists.” Of these, he said, some 15 percent to 20 percent were “bad guys” or extremists.
Mr. McCaul responded by saying he had been told in briefings that half of the opposition fighters were extremists.
Much of the concern among American officials has focused on two groups that acknowledge ties to Al Qaeda. These groups — the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — have attracted foreign jihadis, used terrorist tactics and vowed to create a society in Syria ruled by their severe interpretation of Islamic law. 


Abbott has won the campaign. Next, the election

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (9:22am)

Tony Abbott has won the election campaign:
... the Coalition’s primary vote at the start of the campaign was 44 per cent, it had a two-party-preferred figure of 52 per cent, satisfaction with Abbott was at 34 per cent and he trailed Rudd as preferred prime minister by 14 points on 33. Last weekend the Coalition’s primary vote was 46 per cent, the two-party-preferred figure was 54 per cent, voter satisfaction with Abbott as Opposition Leader was 41 per cent and, for the first time, Abbott led Rudd as preferred prime minister by two points on 43 per cent. Dissatisfaction with Abbott had started at 56 per cent and dropped to 51 per cent last weekend.
I agreed with Dennis Shanahan that Abbott in office will show Australians he is actually not the monster Labor has with some success described. He will in time probably prove more popular than he’s recently become:

Abbott knows that if he becomes prime minister he can start working on his appeal to all Australians, whether they voted for him or not. He told The Australian this week: “Parliament deteriorated. but it got really bad in the last term because everything became hyper-partisan. I was a member of the parliament and must take some responsibility, but the tone of every parliament is set by the prime minister - Hawke was matey, Howard was dignified, Rudd was aggressively long-winded and Gillard, well, the less said the better. I want to be someone who gives credit where it is due and appreciates the government has to govern for everyone. The prime minister has to maintain some credibility and respect even from people who didn’t support them.”


Rudd’s pretend friends

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (9:06am)

Kevin Rudd is so desperate to fake his popularity that he needs to bring in fake shoppers, fake bowlers, fake battling mothers, fake “not rusted on Labor” supporters, fake parents and now even fake constituents in his seat:
KEVIN Rudd has been accused of using phony endorsements in the campaign material designed to help him save his own seat.
A glossy flyer handed out in his electorate features endorsements from constituents declaring “that’s why we’re voting for him”.
But some of those featured say they never said such a thing.
Paulla Millar is quoted in the brochure saying she backs Mr Rudd and will vote for him. But Mrs Millar doesn’t back Mr Rudd and couldn’t vote for him anyway - she’s a New Zealander…
Mrs Millar had only visited Mr Rudd’s office to find out about becoming a citizen. She is quoted in the pamphlet as saying, “Kevin has always stood up for us. That’s why we’re voting for him.” She said the quote was a fabrication…
Morningside dance teacher Ann Boon said she was surprised to see the brochure as she had given permission to use her family photograph but had not been asked her voting intentions.
Meanwhile, Labor’s candidate for Dobell dresses her volunteers in Liberal blue:



Gallaxy:  Labor gone at 47 to 53

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (8:22am)

Labor’s vote should be worse, with its record. But a loss of 20 seats would still be heavy:

The latest Galaxy polling ... shows ... a two-party-preferred outcome of Labor on 47 per cent and the Coalition on 53 per cent.
The 3 per cent swing against Labor since the last election means a loss of at least 14 seats on a national uniform basis but fluctuating support in seven or eight Labor seats could mean the loss extends beyond 20…
Even conservative estimates on the latest intelligence on a seat-by-seat basis suggests Labor will lose at least two seats in Tasmania, three or four in Victoria, seven in NSW and four in Queensland.
There is also the chance of Labor losing one or two seats in South Australia and one each in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
As well, some seats are considered “wild cards”, including Treasurer Chris Bowen’s seat of McMahon in Sydney and the Prime Minister’s seat of Griffith.
All Rudd’s old weaknesses are back, with added abuse:

Despite Mr Rudd’s reputation from 2007 as a strong campaigner, supporters and detractors alike say he has been erratic and made up policy on the run…
“Rudd’s had no vision, no consistency and he hasn’t spoken the language of the people we needed to appeal to,” said one prominent backer in the coup that reinstalled Mr Rudd.
Sharp comments that Mr Rudd directed at a Christian pastor who opposed gay marriage during an appearance on ABC1’s Q & A on Monday were seen as symptomatic of his tendency to get sidetracked… One party insider said: “Why did he have to be a smart alec to that Christian pastor? You can’t win debates like that—you’ve got to be polite. What was the point of giving him a serve?”

Labor badly needs to lose that New Class sanctimony, with that instinct to censor and to praise symbols over substance. So here’s one seat it would help to lose:

It is part of a sharp shift towards Tony Abbott in the final week of the campaign in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs, with some Labor insiders concerned that nearby Isaacs, held by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus with a margin of 10.4 per cent, is also likely to be part of the trend.
The Northern Territory tips the election winner in the traditional manner:


Scrap the Human Rights Comission, a threat to our rights

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (8:20am)

The Australian Human Rights Commission should be scrapped. It is stacked with Labor mates. It has pushed damaging myths and false claims that have entrenched a dangerous and divisive victim culture, especially in Aboriginal policy. It has rejected evidence suggesting we’re less racist than it’s paid to denounce. It has pushed for draconian changes to the law, even for reversals of the onus of proof, to get more clients. It has pushed for restrictions on our freedom to speak so draconian that even Labor has backed off. It has launched on-line campaigns to punish employers for speaking against big-spending Labor policies.
In short, it is a menace and out of control, as Hedley Thomas today confirms:

THE head of the Australian Human Rights Commission has publicly rebuked one of her most experienced commissioners for launching an unauthorised, wrong and damaging social media attack on retailer Myer.
AHRC president Gillian Triggs has also been forced to fend off claims that the agency, facing potential changes under a Coalition government, is politically biased after documents revealed a senior adviser at the commission wished Kevin Rudd would “knock those mugs out” in a reference to the Liberal Party’s George Brandis.
A Freedom of Information request by The Australian has produced hundreds of documents, including sensitive emails showing Professor Triggs disagreed with the actions of commissioner Graeme Innes but was powerless to manage the fallout because her senior colleagues rejected her efforts to broker a truce with the heads of Myer.
The row began after Myer chief executive Bernie Brookes told a Macquarie Securities conference in May that a levy to fund the national disability insurance scheme was “not good for our customers” because the $300 they would be compelled to pay was $300 they might not spend at Myer. The comment prompted Mr Innes, the AHRC’s disability discrimination commissioner, to start an online petition that led to widespread criticism of Myer and a call by Mr Innes for the retailer to ensure that within two years, 10 per cent of its workforce comprised disabled employees.
An insight into the commission’s politics:



Liberals had better overdeliver on these weak cuts

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (8:05am)

I am hoping hard that the Liberals mean it when they claim they are underpromising and will overdeliver. These savings strike me as altogether too modest, even if they are politically prudent:
Labor’s final costings forecast a deficit of $30.1bn this year that will fall to $24.1bn and then $4.7bn in the following two years before a $4.3bn surplus in 2016-17.
The Coalition costings lead to a $29bn deficit this year that will fall to $21.6bn and then $2.7bn in the following two years before a $4.8bn surplus in 2016-17. Mr Hockey rejected the idea that the budget improvement was “trivial” and insisted the opposition would do a better job than the government in repairing the nation’s finances.
Judith Sloan:
An improvement of just $6bn in the budget bottom line over four years is really a rounding error. Total annual government spending is currently at about the $400bn mark.
David Uren:
The Coalition has had little to say about how it would achieve a sustainable gain to the budget beyond the four year forward estimate period, when the cost of the disability insurance scheme starts to mount and big defence commitments are required.
As Labor has claimed, the Coalition has left the hard work to the post-election audit commission.
But here’s the problem. The media might now attack the Liberals for not cutting enough. But if the Liberals had cut harder, the media would have whipped up a storm of complaints and made an election win much harder.
What needs changing is the culture of entitlement, so that government spending is not seen just as giving but as taking as well. Taking your money.
There needs to be a new language. No more saying “the government will spend”, but “the government will make taxpayer’s spend”. 


Either Rudd or Rein have put mum in the Forgettery

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (7:30am)

Therese Rein in 2009 said her mother had a cute habit in dealing with nasty things:

All that stuff goes straight to the Forgettery,.. My mother has one. I think her mother had one. Stuff that actually doesn’t matter goes in there. Stuff that’s not important, stuff that if you carried it with you would be a burden.
Strangely, Kevin Rudd last night claimed he had a mother with a Forgettery, too:
I just stick it into what mum used to call the forgettery.
Here’s another curious thing about Rudd seeming to present Rein’s family memories as his own. Both Rudd and Rein told this story of having mothers with Forgetteries to the ABC’s Annabel Crabb, who didn’t last night say, “Hang on, Kevin. Whose mother are you really talking about?” 


Here’s the picture of a French idiot that AFP tried to suppress

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (7:22am)

Cowards? Comprised? Or just biased?:
...when French news agency Agence France Presse made the decision to retract an unflattering photo of the country’s President, Francois Hollande, it only made the problem worse…
It began when photographer Dennis Charlet took a photograph of Hollande visiting the Michelet school in Denain, northern France.
The photo was published, but a few hours later the agency - which reportedly gets almost half of its income from government contracts - ordered a mandatory kill on the photograph, citing “editorial problems"…
As AFP’s global news director Philippe Massonnet later wrote in a blog post, “Immediately, AFP was accused of censorship and of having tried to suppress the photo on the direct order of the presidential office.” 


21,000 faulty NBN connections claimed

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (7:17am)

One of an Abbott Government’s toughest jobs will be to clean up the NBN mess and stop the bleeding of our billions:
THE company building Labor’s $37.4 billion National Broadband Network could be forced to repair tens of thousands of faulty connections after cutting corners in the construction processes to boost the number of homes passed by the massive infrastructure project. 

The Australian can reveal that as of last week, connections to as many as 21,000 - one in eight - of the 163,500 existing homes and businesses passed by the fibre network were considered to contain defects in the network construction… The defects mean that network connections to thousands of homes and businesses, which have been classified as “ready for service”, may require repairs before users can access the internet on the new network.

NBN Co last night disputed the figures, admitting there were significant defects but insisting the total number was lower than the [NBN internal] figures obtained by The Australian.


Fairfax split: Age goes rogue

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (6:33am)

Fairfax newspapers are split between the rational and the fair-out whacko Left.
The Sydney Morning Herald pragmatically judges promises against performance:

Voters should not reward ... betrayals of trust that have marked the past six years. Labor under Kevin Rudd in 2013 is not offering a stable, trustworthy government on which Australians can depend. The Coalition under Tony Abbott deserves the opportunity to return trust to politics.
The Financial Review wishes only that Tony Abbott was tougher:
Five weeks ago at the start of the election campaign, The Australian Financial Review declared that Labor had proven itself to be structurally unfit to govern but that Tony Abbott was some way short of winning the sort of mandate needed to lead the nation through its post-resources boom transition. On polling eve, Mr Abbott has met some – but not all – of that challenge… Australia’s prosperity would be better served by a Coalition government.
But The Age confirms its reputation for being the most Left-wing of Australia’s daily newspapers, endorsing the most shambolic, deceitful. wasteful and profligate government in our history on the grounds that it promises to spend lots of borrowed money from who-cares-where to achieve who-cares-what on what merely looks good on paper:

As our readers know, we support Labor’s national broadband network strategy, its commitment to increasing the superannuation guarantee levy, its Gonski schools funding plan, and its shift from a carbon price to an emissions trading scheme. We also support the deal it forged between business and environmentalists that led to areas of Tasmania’s western wilderness being added to the World Heritage Area…
The Age believes in economic and social progress, in liberty and justice, in equity and compassion, and openness of government. We believe the role of government is to build a strong, fair nation for future generations, and not to pander to sectional interests. It is with these values in mind that we endorse the Labor Party in this important election.
You have to wonder exactly how bad and dishonest a Labor government must be for The Age to stop backing it.
Meanwhile, over at News Corp The Australian has an outstanding editorial well worth reading:

Allowing the Labor Party time out from governing will be an act of kindness…
By contrast, Tony Abbott presents as an authentic leader possessed of personal and political integrity. He has proved to be the most patient and effective opposition leader since Gough Whitlam....  Mr Abbott has earned the respect of his own party with an open and consultative style that will serve him well in government.
The Courier Mail gets it said:


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<Unlike its deluded southern pinko sibling by the Yarra and its cesspol of smug green-left readers , The Sydney Morning Herald, has now been dragged kicking and screaming into supporting an Abbott government. It seems the sickening stench of corruption in NSW Labor exposed by the ICAC is too much for even it to bear.>
He was 16 when he was jailed .. he wouldn't know how to be free. Certainly can't be trusted. - ed

BELIEVE it or not, not all men want sex on tap. Actually, some hardly want it at all. And apparently that's normal.
It's widely believed that men are always up for it. But a sex researcher reckons that men just can't say 'no'.
Andrew Smiler, author of Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of promiscuous young male sexuality , says men don't realise they can actually refuse sex.
"One of the things I've learned is that most, or even all, guys don't know how to refuse sex," he said.
"When I've asked specifically about refusing sex, the guys tell me that part of why it's hard to say 'no' is that they're concerned about how she'll respond, including concerns that she'll think he's either some type of wimp or gay," he said.
"Those comments have always come from heterosexual men and almost always about a relationship in the early stages."

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DESPERATE to lose weight and wondering why you just can't shed those kilos? It might not be your fault. And the thing holding you back might be a whole lot smaller than you think.
While the food you consume obviously plays a part, America's Associated Press reports that your level of obesity may all come down to bacteria living inside your gut.
Scientists at Washington University in the US state of Missouri took a bunch of fatties and a bunch of thinnies who happened to be twins. They used twins in order to rule out the old inheritance argument, otherwise known the "I'm just big-boned" excuse.
What they did next was transplant the gut bacteria of the fat and thin twins into young mice that had been raised germ-free.
Amazingly, the mice who received gut bacteria from the fat people got fatter even though they didn't eat more than the mice who received germs from the skinny twins.
So in other words, it was the little germs doing all the dirty work.
The study appeared in the journal Science. Its senior author Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, director of Washington University's Center of Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, was already well aware that obese people have less diverse gut bacteria, and this took the research to a whole new level.
So if you have the wrong bacteria, are you doomed to a lifetime of spare tyres?
Obviously not, because as mentioned, the right diet can still help. But this research may foreseeably lead to diet pills containing more of the right kind of bacteria, which would help people with the wrong type of bacteria lose weight.
Don't hold your breath, though. Dr Gordon said even the first attempt to make such a drug would take at least five more years of research.

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It is now officially a rumour. She look like his mom. - ed

ALP deliver lower outcomes, less information to parents and teachers, more restrictions on good practice. - ed
Daniel Katz ... I really hope Tony Abbott hunts Rudd down over the Heiner Affair and Gillard over the AWU/Slater & Gordon scandal.

They should not be rewarded with life time pensions amounting to $180,000 per annum fully indexed plus benefits.

They deserve to be
 punished and made an example of.

Secondly pursue our education systems which have been infiltrated by left wing arse hole teachers brain washing the next generation with socialist garbage.

Thirdly make all unions held accountable for their members fees and how their money is being spent to stop the unfair cash injections that Labor exploits for their own selfish benefit.

Fourthly, investigate the Australian Electoral Commission, a government body, which displays a conflict of interest and permits unfair voting practices.


I always felt that Rudd was no worse than Keating .. this election seems to demonstrate my point. Rudd is foolish, throws away tax payer money, hurts people, abuses people, has a depraved indifference to those who risk death. But he is better than Keating was. ed===

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Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Brilliant !!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense , who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing




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New IBD analysis shows more than 250 employers have cut workers' hours and jobs to avoid ObamaCare costs!

Check out to discover what the law will cost you!#Obamacosts
Israel has proposed leaving dozens of Jewish settlements and military bases in the West Bank as part of a package to establish a Palestinian state in provisional borders.

“It’s not in the nature of a Dementor to be forgiving.” - Dumbledore
Jon Stewart's tirade against Obama's Syria problem in his return to television...
Kachin villagers are forced to flee into the forest after attacks by the Burmese military -- and the Obama Administration thinks this is a swell time to pick sides and resume US military ties with the Burmese military?
Rather arrogant and undiplomatic refusing an offer to meet with a Russian delegation to discuss Syria, it would seem.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that US Secretary of State John Kerry “lied” about the influence of al-Qaida in Syria is “preposterous” and a mischaracterization of what America’s top diplomat actually said, the US State Department said Thursday.

Kerry is “not losing sleep after such a preposterous comment that was based on an inaccurate quote and was completely mischaracterized,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing in Washington.

Putin on Wednesday accused Kerry of intentionally lying about al-Qaida’s level of involvement in the Syrian conflict." RIA Novosti



HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: Was Richard III Riddled with Roundworms? Scientists have discovered evidence that the medieval monarch suffered from a parasitic infection.

Well, this is awkward…will labor groups mention their outrage over ObamaCare when they're with Joe Biden today?

What do bats and dolphins have in common? The fact they both evolved a type of sonar means they resemble each other genetically, researchers now find.

Scientists found hints that convergent evolution, the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages, caused species to resemble each other not just at the physical level, but also the genetic one.
WARNING: Disturbing Video -- These are the murderers Barack Obama wants to back. Executing helpless people while reciting a poem ... these are the murderers John Kerry wants to back. PLEASE--right now--call your congressional representative and tell them that, if they dare vote to get us into this mess, forcing our soldiers to fight with murderers like this, you will hold them accountable in 2014 ... call 202-224-3121 and ask for your rep.


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A bizarre-looking web structure has been found in the Peruvian Amazon, and apparently nobody knows what it is, not even scientists.

The strange formation resembles a tiny spire surrounded by a webby picket fence and is about 2 centimeters (0.8 inches) wide. See more photos here:
.. spider has been chewing on cocaine? .. ed
Lapskin Lee's photo.
Lapskin Lee answer is simple lol

Picture this: You’ve been given a terminal diagnosis and have limited time left on earth. What would you do with your time? Would you have the emotional ability to think beyond yourself and your own mortality?
One woman in Aurburn, Maine, was reportedly faced with these very questions. And she made a stunning and monumentally-inspiring decision. And now shes’ being called the “back to school angel” after generously paying off 16 layaway orders for struggling families at a local Kmart store.
“She was here about 15 minutes. She paid off 16 the layaways in cash, about $3,000,” store manager Joyce Beane told WCSH-TV. “Then she said, ‘I’m not feeling well. I need to leave.’”
The mystery woman apparently told Kmart staff members that she was extremely ill. She appaently paid off the accounts in an effort to do something good with her life before she died. Considering that the families who had layaway accounts were behind in their payments, her kind gesture was much appreciated.



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Dear friends - You want the perfect example of how elitism rots the brain? John Kerry is actually excited by the notion that the Arab State will pay for the --quoting Kerry--- "Invasion" of Syria!? So, in his mind, our brave soldiers are now mercenaries for Arab states? The Arab states will pay with money while our soldiers pay with their lives? Are you prepared to vote against any politician--of either party--who pushes us into this war where there are no goody guys to back?
On Fox and Friends this morning, we heard a tragic story of a young Georgia woman who died after suffering an apparent asthma attack. Instead of helping 20-year-old Taylor Smith, cops say her friends left her unconscious on the side of the road in Jasper, Ga. Two people who were with Smith at the time have been arrested.

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On September the 5th ,1972. Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, members of the Israeli team to the Munich Olympic Games, are taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian terrorists after the failure of the rescue attempt by the Germans. 

For the next three days I gonna put their photos as a cover on my facebook page for their comemoration as the vicitms of the Palestinian terror, and I ask you my dear friends to do the same in order to show our support and solidarity with their families...

Rest In Peace the Heros of Israel...We will Never Forget You....!!!!

This election is the most important in a generation.

It is a clear choice between the Coalition with a positive Plan for a better future or another three years of chaos, dishonesty and division from Labor.

We are a great country and a great people, but we can’t afford another three years like the last six.

We need a stronger government with a stable parliament, not another divided minority government.

The Coalition stands ready with our Real Solutions Plan to deliver more jobs, higher wages and better services.

We will do that by building a stronger, more productive and diverse economy, through lower taxes, more efficient government and more productive businesses.

I know that a stronger economy is not an end in itself – but is necessary to help pay for the better services, lower taxes, stronger borders, cleaner environment and modern infrastructure that we all want.

If you vote for the Coalition tomorrow, you'll get a new government that will:
  • build a stronger, more diversified economy so everyone can get ahead;
  • scrap the carbon tax saving the average family $550 next year alone;
  • get the Budget back under control by ending Labor’s waste;
  • stop the boats; and
  • build the roads of the 21st century as well as deliver better services.

That’s our Contract with you.

I am confident in our plans because I am confident in my team.

For three years we have been a strong, united team with the same clear plans.

By contrast, a vote for Mr Rudd or the minor parties means more waste, higher deficits, even more debt and more boats.

If you vote for the Coalition tomorrow, your vote gets a competent, trustworthy government.

That's what my strong, united team want to deliver to the Australian people in the future.

At this election I need you to vote for change – so that we can achieve all the good things that we set out in our Contract with you.

I respectfully ask you to join us – and help us build a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians.
Tony Abbott
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In light of yesterday's approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing U.S. military force in Syria, I wanted you to know that I strongly oppose such action.
Here's why.
When these atrocities in Syria came to light last year, I advocated for military intervention to take out the Assad regime, a strong supporter of Iran.  Had President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted then in support of pro-democracy forces, we could have removed Assad and helped usher in stability for that country.
But we have a very different situation today.  After nearly two years, 100,000 people killed, a rebel force comprised of al Qaeda and a Syrian regime in a much a stronger position, a military strike would no longer be in our national security interest.
President Obama put an arbitrary line in the sand when he made an ill-advised blanket statement about retaliating against the use of chemical weapons without the context of our national security interests.  It is clear that President Obama himself now realizes the line he drew was reckless, because he's looking for Congress to share the burden by authorizing the use of force.  If he firmly believed in his own policy, he would have already acted in Syria.
There are no good outcomes here.  An al Qaeda-run Syria is no better than an Assad-Iran-Hezbollah-run Syria.  What is happening there is tragic, but it is not in the United States' best interest to intervene with a military strike.
I am asking you to help me tell members of Congress and our senators to defeat any measure calling for the use of force in Syria.  We have set up a convenient online tool so you can quickly and easily email your senators and representative. Click here and you'll be directed to our website with all the instructions to send a personalized email telling them to vote no on the use of force in Syria.
I also encourage you to call your legislators to express your opposition to military intervention.  You can find your senators hereand your representative here.
Thanks for standing with us and God Bless America,
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“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar."
Psalm 120:5
As a Christian you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry "Woe is me." Jesus did not pray that you should be taken out of the world, and what he did not pray for, you need not desire. Better far in the Lord's strength to meet the difficulty, and glorify him in it. The enemy is ever on the watch to detect inconsistency in your conduct; be therefore very holy. Remember that the eyes of all are upon you, and that more is expected from you than from other men. Strive to give no occasion for blame. Let your goodness be the only fault they can discover in you. Like Daniel, compel them to say of you, "We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." Seek to be useful as well as consistent. Perhaps you think, "If I were in a more favourable position I might serve the Lord's cause, but I cannot do any good where I am"; but the worse the people are among whom you live, the more need have they of your exertions; if they be crooked, the more necessity that you should set them straight; and if they be perverse, the more need have you to turn their proud hearts to the truth. Where should the physician be but where there are many sick? Where is honour to be won by the soldier but in the hottest fire of the battle? And when weary of the strife and sin that meets you on every hand, consider that all the saints have endured the same trial. They were not carried on beds of down to heaven, and you must not expect to travel more easily than they. They had to hazard their lives unto the death in the high places of the field, and you will not be crowned till you also have endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Therefore, "stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."


"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?"
Job 38:16
Some things in nature must remain a mystery to the most intelligent and enterprising investigators. Human knowledge has bounds beyond which it cannot pass. Universal knowledge is for God alone. If this be so in the things which are seen and temporal, I may rest assured that it is even more so in matters spiritual and eternal. Why, then, have I been torturing my brain with speculations as to destiny and will, fixed fate, and human responsibility? These deep and dark truths I am no more able to comprehend than to find out the depth which coucheth beneath, from which old ocean draws her watery stores. Why am I so curious to know the reason of my Lord's providences, the motive of his actions, the design of his visitations? Shall I ever be able to clasp the sun in my fist, and hold the universe in my palm? yet these are as a drop of a bucket compared with the Lord my God. Let me not strive to understand the infinite, but spend my strength in love. What I cannot gain by intellect I can possess by affection, and let that suffice me. I cannot penetrate the heart of the sea, but I can enjoy the healthful breezes which sweep over its bosom, and I can sail over its blue waves with propitious winds. If I could enter the springs of the sea, the feat would serve no useful purpose either to myself or to others, it would not save the sinking bark, or give back the drowned mariner to his weeping wife and children; neither would my solving deep mysteries avail me a single whit, for the least love to God, and the simplest act of obedience to him, are better than the profoundest knowledge. My Lord, I leave the infinite to thee, and pray thee to put far from me such a love for the tree of knowledge as might keep me from the tree of life.

Today's reading: Psalm 146-147, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 146-147

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them-
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

The Resurrection of Christ
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born....


The Woman Whose Dressmaking Made Her Famous
Scripture Reference - Acts 9:36-43
Name Meaning - Dorcas implies "the female of a roebuck," "a gazelle" - an emblem of beauty. Dorcas is the first Greek name of a female in the New Testament, its Hebrew equivalent being Tabitha which is the Syro-Chaldaic form of the Hebrew Zibiah, or Tsibiah , the name of a princess of Judah, the mother of King Joash. Wilkinson says that "the Greek equivalent for her Syriac name may be accounted for by her residence at Joppa, a seaport much frequented, and no doubt partially inhabited by foreigners speaking chiefly the Greek language."
Family Connections - The Bible is silent concerning the parentage and genealogy of Dorcas. In the seaport town of Joppa she became known for her acts of charity and is the namesake for a charitable group named the Dorcas Society. Here was a woman "who with her needle embroidered her name ineffaceably into the beneficence of the world." Where did she learn to sew, make garments for the poor and become notable for her charitable works? It could possibly have been in a godly home that she was taught how to use her fingers and her funds for the comfort and relief of the needy. Dorcas must have been a woman of means to serve humanity as freely as she did. We have five glimpses of her witness and work in the historical account Luke gives us.
She Was a Christian
She is called, "a certain disciple," and is thus included among the numerous disciples mentioned in the New Testament. Through the Spirit-empowered ministry of Philip the evangelist, a Christian Church was established at Joppa - now known as Jaffa - and from an early date the church was not only a center of fervent evangelism but also of a well-organized social service. Possibly Dorcas came to know Christ as her Saviour in this church, and there caught the vision of how she could serve Christ with her money and her needle. Dorcas knew what it was to have a regenerated heart and this was the source of her unselfish life and charitable acts. Behind her sewing of garments was a saved soul. Giving of alms, and the making of garments in themselves gain no merit with God who, first of all, claims our hearts before our talents. It was only when Mary Magdalene was recovered from her stained past, that Christ accepted her desire to minister to His wants.
In our churches and also in commendable societies there are many public-spirited women who, with humanitarian ideals, are engaged in various relief activities, and whose sole object is to do good. But they are not actuated by Christ. Trying to emulate Dorcas, they lack her Christian discipleship, forgetting that caring for widows and others in need springs from "pure religion" which also reveals itself in keeping oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:2627 ). When Luke says that Dorcas was fullof good works, he meant the word "full" to refer primarily to her inward grace, which prompted the outward deeds. "Good works are only genuine and Christian when the soul of the performer is imbued with them." The cup of cold water to be acceptable must be given in His name. With Dorcas, then, being good meant doing good. Her manifold good works flowed from a heart grateful to God for His saving grace.
Lange the commentator says that "The gazelle is distinguished for its slender and beautiful form, its graceful movements and its soft but brilliant eyes; it is frequently introduced by the Hebrews and other Oriental nations as an image of female loveliness, and the name was often employed as a proper name, in the case of females." Whether Dorcas, whose name means "gazelle," was a beautiful woman or not we are not told. She certainly lived a lovely life, and had eyes reflecting the compassion of the Master whom she so faithfully served. All whom she influenced and helped saw in her the beauty of Jesus. As a disciple she certainly had faith in the One who had called her, but she came to see that faith without works is dead. She also knew that works without faith gained no merit with God, and so the hands that dispensed alms and made garments were inwardly inspired by Him whose hands were nailed to a tree.
She Was a Philanthropist
Dorcas the believer was likewise Dorcas the benefactress. "This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did." How significant are these last three words! Too many well-meaning people sit around and talk about charitable works they never do. Sometimes they propose these works and leave others to execute them. Dorcas not only thought up ways of relieving the needy, but she also carried out her plans. Which she did! She knew what she could do, and did it. Studying the female characters of Scripture it is interesting to discover how several of them are conspicuous for one grace or work of mercy, or for another.
Rizpah we remember because of her loving care of the dead.
The widow of Zarephath for giving bread to the hungry.
Anna the prophetess for her fastings and prayers day and night.
Martha, as the queen of gracious hospitality.
Mary for her box of fragrant ointment.
Joanna, and her ministering unto Jesus.
Dorcas, for her care of widows and clothing the poor.
Further, a few Bible characters have inspired profitable institutions for the welfare of human society -
Mary Magdalene - home for wayward and lost girls.
Lazarus - whose name has been given to hospitals caring for the sick and poor.
Dorcas - source and inspiration of Dorcas Societies all over the world.
Among her good works was that of fashioning coats and garments for widows and the needy of her church and community with her own loving hands. The practical, unselfish service of this Christian philanthropist has filled the world with fragrance, for there flowed out of that little city of Joppa a multitude of benevolent and charitable organizations in which women have been prominent. The question came to Dorcas as it did to Moses when he felt he was not the man to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage, "What is that in thine hand?" And Moses answered, "A rod" (Exodus 4:2 ). And that rod became the symbol of delegated divine power. "What is that in thine hand?" the Lord asked Dorcas. She said, "A needle," and He took what she had and she stitched for Christ's sake. All praise, then, to the needle that represented practical benevolence among the needy. The garments Dorcas cut out and sewed represented Christian faith in action. "I was naked and ye clothed me," said Jesus of those who clothed His poor and destitute children.
She Was Mourned and Missed
It was a sad day for the church at Joppa when one of its most beloved and devoted members died in the midst of her works of charity. "Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow," and death certainly found such a mark in the bountiful Dorcas whose passing was a blow to the community. The vessel containing the costly ointment was broken, and the odor filled the house as never before. Kind hands washed the corpse and placed it in the upper chamber, with feelings expressed by the poet -
Sister, thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze,
Pleasant as the air of morning
When it floats among the trees.
While Dorcas doubtless owned her home, she seemed to have no relatives to mourn her going. The widows she had clothed and to whom she had been a friend laid her out; and great grief prevailed. Although so diligent on behalf of others, Dorcas died in the midst of a useful life. The writer had a preacher-friend who always said that he would like to die with his boots on - and he did, one Sunday morning, while preaching the Gospel. Is it possible that Dorcas had a sudden call with her needle in hand? What a grand way to go!
She Was Raised From the Dead
Her fellow disciples at the church where she had worshiped, learning that Peter was nearby, sent two members to beseech the apostle to visit the grief-stricken company. They knew that he had exercised supernatural power, and doubtless entertained the hope that their greatly-loved benefactress might live again. Like the faithful minister that he was, Peter did not delay in accompanying the two men to the death chamber at Joppa where the weeping widows were assembled. The apostle must have been moved as they reverently exhibited the coats and garments Dorcas had made for them. Then after Christ's example at the raising of Jairus' daughter, "Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed" (see John 11:4142). When he felt his request had been received, Peter spake the word of power and authority, "Tabitha, arise," and life returned. Dorcas sat up, and Peter presented her alive to the saints and widows (compare Matthew 9:25Mark 5:4041).
What a moving scene that must have been! What joy must have prevailed among her fellow-saints and the widows, now that their much-loved Dorcas was alive again, and in her resurrected life, with fuller dedication to the service of the Master, was willing to take up her needle again. Her return from death must have been a great gain to her church. Her only pang was that she would have to sicken again and for the second time enter the gates of death.
She Was the Cause of Revival
The resurrection of Dorcas had a twofold effect. First of all, the miracle comforted the mourners for she had returned to her life of good works and almsdeeds. This miracle was thus like our Lord's miracles - one of mercy. The second effect was to convince all of the truth of the Christian faith attested as it was by miraculous power. Throughout Joppa the message rang, "Dorcas is alive again," and "many believed in the Lord." The miracle in that upper chamber, then, was not a miracle for the sake of a miracle. Dorcas raised from physical death became the cause of the resurrection of many from their graves of sin and unbelief. How the church at Joppa must have increased its membership through the many who were saved as the result of the return of Dorcas from the realm of death. After the resurrection of Lazarus we read that many of the Jews believed on Jesus. Is not the same true in a spiritual resurrection? A transformed life attracts others to the Saviour. We read that after the miracle, Peter stayed in Joppa for many days, and we can assume that his ministry greatly helped the church there in the establishment of the new converts. Peter stayed with Simon the tanner, a saint who prepared skins for leather to the glory of God, just as Dorcas made up her garments with consecrated hands.
A lesson to bear in mind as we part with our saintly benefactress is that she was unconscious of the magnificent work she was doing and of its far-reaching consequences. Dorcas did not aspire to be a leader, but was content to stay in her own home and try to do all she could in all the ways she could. Thus, in spite of herself, she became a great leader in an almost universal philanthropic cause, just as "The Lady of the Lamp," Florence Nightingale, did when she went to Crimea to care for the wounded, dying soldiers on the field of battle. May grace be ours to do whatever our hands find to do, as unto the Lord!
Rehoboam, Roboam

[Rēhōbō'am,Rōbō'am] - freer of the people or the people is enlargedThe son of Solomon by Naamah, an Ammonitess (1 Kings 11:43; 14:21).
At the revolt he was left with only two tribes.

The Man Who Scorned Good Advice

Although Rehoboam was the son of a wise father, he himself had a small mind. From the fifty references to this man, who scorned wise counsel, we can learn a great many facts. Although named as an ancestor of Christ (Matt. 1:7), he was unworthy of such an honor for three reasons.
I. He was dominated by a false principle. Rehoboam entertained an erroneous idea of the relation between a sovereign and his subjects. He was obsessed with the false premise that the subjects existed for the sovereign and not the sovereign for the subjects. Daily surrounded by unscrupulous flatterers who fed his self-importance, Rehoboam came to accept the nonsensical fiction of "the divine right of kings," that led him to treat his subjects as mere puppets to be manipulated for the benefit of his reigning house.
Whether this outlook was the result of a perverse disposition or wrong training may be hard to decide. Rehoboam had been brought up under the autocratic rule of his father, Solomon, to whom subjects were synonymous to slaves. When the people appealed, it was more against Solomon than Rehoboam, who had not had the opportunity of proving his quality as a king. So the first appeal to Rehoboam was, "Thy father made our yoke grievous," and the son sought to copy the defect of his father. Lamentable failure, however, overtook this feeble son of an illustrious father.
II. He followed the wrong advice. Alexander Whyte introduces his homily on Rehoboam with the sentence: "Just by one insolent and swaggering word, King Rehoboam lost for ever the ten tribes of Israel. And all Rehoboam's insane and suicidal history is written in our Bible for the admonition and instruction of all hot-blooded, ill-natured, and insolent-spoken men among ourselves."
What a different history of the Jews would have been written had Rehoboam not followed the advice of reckless counselors. When he went to Shechem, the rallying center of the northern tribes, to be formally crowned as king in succession to Solomon, the people were willing to accept Rehoboam on one condition, namely that he should lighten the burdens imposed upon them by Solomon. This reasonable request, which should have been acceded to without any hesitation, was met with the cautious reply: "Come again to me after three days." But Rehoboam lost a golden opportunity of healing the sores of fears and of preserving the unity of God's ancient people.
First of all, the king sought the advice of the old men who had been counselors of his father and whose ripe experience qualified them to guide Rehoboam. They urged the king to be kind and considerate. "Speak good words unto them, and they will be thy servants forever." But with his mind already made up, he rejected the counsel of the old men, and consulting the opinion of his young, rash companions who had always fed his vanity, he followed their advice and, assuming a haughty attitude, announced that he would add to the yoke of the people. "My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
The effect was instantaneous, and a long-suffering people, smarting for so long under a sense of wrong, refused to be cowed, like the brave Hungarian people, by empty boastings. Thus the slumbering embers of revolt burst into a flame, and the kingdom was rent in twain and Israel's greatness destroyed.
III. He failed to give God the first place. If Rehoboam had consulted the Supreme King of Nations before seeking the advice of old and young men, how beneficial the monarchy would have been. While at the first he posed as the defender of the faith of his fathers and maintained the Temple services with signal fidelity, he failed to render God an undivided homage. The last years of Solomon's brilliant reign were darkened by the recognition of heathen gods and their degrading cults which, along with the fact that Rehoboam was the son of a heathen woman, helped to explain his apostasy. So attempting the impossible, he sought to please God and worship idols at the same time. But said Rehoboam's perfect Descendant: "No man can serve two masters."
At first pious (2 Chron. 12:1) Rehoboam fell into such iniquity that an Egyptian scourge came upon the king and the two tribes he ruled. Brief penitence stayed vengeance, but the rot had set in (2 Chron. 12:5, 8). So we leave Rehoboam, who went astray in a threefold direction, ruining himself and the people he sought to govern. He lost the best part of his kingdom and reduced Israel as a whole to a subordinate rank among nations.
September 5, 2011
I Need a Friend
Part 4
Today's Truth
But Ruth replied, 'Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.' When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her (Ruth 1:16-18, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Friendship is the catalyst for every other love and the foundation of every healthy relationship. God created us to need each other. We need friends and we need to be a friend. Over the next few weeks, we will uncover nine keys to healthy friendships.
Key one: Time
Key two: Risk
Key three: Transparency
Key four: Touch
Key five: Correction
Key six: Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a spiritual truth and principle that, as Christians, we teach, preach and encourage. Forgiveness is also easier said than done. Yet, the very foundation for godly life is integrity. If we cannot forgive, we have no spiritual integrity.
Naomi was Ruth's mother-in-law and after a close examination of their circumstances, you can imagine the potential for conflict in their relationship. Naomi was a godly woman whose son had married Ruth, a woman who did not worship God. Yet, they loved each other. Forgiveness had to be part of their friendship. Forgiveness has to be part of every friendship. The first step taken in the process of forgiveness is always our responsibility while the outcome and the healing are God's responsibility. Paul writes in Colossians 3:13 that we must "bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." To "bear with" means to "put up with" and "grievances" means "complaints." In other words, we are to put up with any complaints we have with each other without retaliation or revenge. There's more. The verse goes on to tell us to forgive like Jesus did - which means taking the initiative in forgiving as well as being quick to give and receive forgiveness.
We often make the mistake of thinking forgiveness depends upon feelings, rights, justification or a variety of other man-made excuses. Forgiveness is a deliberate choice, a chosen attitude and a discipline of the heart and will. In fact, forgiveness is a choice that leads to an action that may or may not result in a feeling. A friend of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, once reminded her of an especially cruel act that someone had done to her years before, but Miss Barton seemed not to recall it. "Don't you remember?" her friend asked. "No," replied Clara Barton. "I distinctly remember forgetting it." Healthy friendships practice forgiveness.
Key seven: Freedom
Healthy friendships are relationships where each person gives the other room to grow and change. Instead of possessing their friends, they encourage them to grow and change. Paul says it simply and clearly, "Love is not possessive" (I Corinthians 13:4). The friendship of Ruth and Naomi certainly demonstrates this kind of freedom. Naomi was willing to let Ruth start a whole new life that did not even include her. Naomi gave Ruth the gift of freedom and, as a result, gained a friendship beyond measure. Neither Ruth nor Naomi was sure of the future, but they both knew there would be changes. They also knew that their friendship was secure enough to withstand those changes. Notice that Naomi gave Orpah freedom to leave and did not condemn her when she left. Naomi gave Orpah the gift of freedom as well, with different but right results.
When a person changes, their relationships will also change. If friendship falters when one friend changes, the relationship is likely built upon the wrong foundation and operates with erroneous motives. The heart of every healthy friendship has a thread of elastic running through it. Without the freedom to change and grow, friendship becomes a prime target for jealousy. Jealousy can ruin and has ruined many friendships because jealousy feeds on unrealistic expectations and is the result of overloading one relationship with emotional needs that only God can satisfy. True friends give each other freedom. It is from that freedom that a deeper friendship, a healthier relationship will grow.
I am acutely aware of those who want to be my friend because of what they believe they can gain from a relationship with the pastor's wife - access to ministry "secrets", a sense of importance, admission into "the inner circle." I am constantly amazed by this ridiculous mindset and fully believe it is an affront to the Kingdom and the very heart of God. I have the solution. Have a "Pedestal Burning Party." It doesn't matter who put that pedestal in place. Pedestals are stages on which pride, self-importance and sin perform their greatest works. Burn every pedestal in sight, ladies! Oh, and while you are at it, throw in all of those masks you have worn for so long! When you walk in humility, authenticity and transparency, you will be a better friend and find true friendship.
Let's Pray
Father, please forgive me when I allow jealousy to have a place in my heart. Teach me how to celebrate with my friends as they grow and change and succeed. Help me remember how Your forgiveness covers my sin and empowers me to forgive others. I lay down every grudge and resentment in my heart. I choose to forgive those who have hurt me and commit to seek the forgiveness of those I have hurt. Thank You for the love and grace I can only find in knowing You.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
Make a list of the sins in your life that need the forgiveness of God. Ask God to forgive you for each one. If you have sinned against someone else, take the first step of reconciliation. If someone has sinned against you, forgive them and go to them in love, seeking restoration.
  • What are the rewards of forgiveness?
  • What are the barriers to forgiveness in your heart?
  • What are the things for which you cannot forgive yourself?
  • What does that indicate about your understanding of true forgiveness?
  • Celebrate right now the power of forgiveness in your life.
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Personal Development: Integrity

After surveying thousands of people around the world and performing more than four hundred written case studies, James Kouzes and Barry Posner identified those characteristics most desired in a leader. In virtually every survey, honesty or integrity was identified more frequently than any other trait (Kouzes, James M., and Posner, Barry Z. Credibility: How leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993).
That makes sense, doesn't it? If people are going to follow someone, whether into battle or in business or ministry, they want assurance that their leader can be trusted. They want to know that he or she will keep promises and follow through with commitments.
In light of this research, Israel's high regard for Samuel comes as no surprise. During his farewell speech, after having led Israel for decades, Samuel promised to repay anything he had unjustly taken from anyone. What a promise! Even more impressive was the people's response: Not one person rose up to make a claim against Samuel.
Samuel's honesty and personal integrity permeated every area of his life. These two characteristics directed how he regarded his possessions, his business dealings and his treatment of those who were weaker than himself. Samuel held himself accountable to the people he led. He opened himself up to the scrutiny of everyone with whom he had ever had dealings. As a result of this practice, Samuel's leadership has become legendary as this story has been told and retold throughout the centuries.
Samuel's example calls each of us to hold to this same standard of integrity. Whatever your leadership responsibilities, whether you're in charge of a multi-million-dollar business or a two-year-old child, manage your affairs with honesty. Let your personal commitment to integrity show in what you do during the day, every day. As you do so, you'll become a leader whom others will eagerly follow.
Integrity and Who God
Is Is there anyone we can trust? People let us down again and again, because there is of ten a discrepancy between what they claim and what they live. But God will never let us down, because he never changes. His promises are as good as his unchanging character. Turn toHebrews 13:8 and its accompanying study note to read about God's perfect integrity.
This Week's Verse to Memorize

James 2:18: Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
Integrity and Who I Am People
Sometimes tell us one thing but live another. The Biblical virtue of integrity points to a consistency between what is inside and what is outside, between belief and behavior, our words and our ways, our attitudes and our actions, our values and our practice. Turn to the note on Isaiah 6:1-7 to learn more about the meaning of integrity.
Integrity and How It Works
Integrity-character-ethics-morality. We tend to use these words interchangeably and consequently blur some essential distinctives. Just what is integrity? How is it different from ethics or morality? Jesus provided clarity with regard to these critical concepts in Matthew 23:1-39. Turn to page 1150 for today's reading.
Integrity and What I Do
How does a leader actually demonstrate integrity? Paul gave Timothy some instruction about leadership that will be helpful to all of us, and Howard and Bill Hendricks of fer a telling illustration of integrity in action. You'll find today's reading at 1 Timothy 4:15-16.


Handbook to Leadership: Leadership in the Image of God

by Kenneth Boa
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September 5, 2011
Beauty and Meaning in Unlikely Places
Sarah Jio
She Reads Featured Author
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls forth each of them by name." Isaiah 40:26a (NIV)
If you told me I'd find something of beauty in the middle of a patch of weeds in my backyard, I'd doubt you. But that's what happened one overcast spring morning in my Seattle garden.
Newly pregnant with my third baby and experiencing extreme first-trimester exhaustion, a sweet older gentleman came over to tackle the weeds threatening to overtake the garden. Randy-in his oversized straw hat-asked me to come outside and inspect something he'd found while weeding in my yard.
"Look," he said, pointing to a patch of weeds.
"What are they?"
"They're wood violets," he replied.
I marveled at the sight: little clusters of light purple flowers encircled by dark green heart-shaped leaves. "They're wild," he continued. "They pop up where you least expect them. Some people don't care for them, but they're kind of pretty." He paused and looked at me. "Do you want me to leave them?"
How stunning their lavender petals looked against the backdrop of weeds. Their sight caused something inside me to stir.
I'd been struggling with pregnancy-induced nausea for weeks. Plus, I was neck-deep in a major revision of my novel-all while taking care of my two rambunctious little boys and juggling deadlines for my "day job" at the magazine. Life felt like a grueling marathon-and I was running out of steam.
As I stood in my garden that morning, I realized that I'd been so intent on running the race, I'd forgotten to stop and smell the roses-or rather, notice the violets. Was God trying to get my attention? Could something as small and delicate as a violet pushing up out of the ground, unannounced and uninvited, have significant meaning for me?
Goosebumps covered my arms. "Yes," I said to Randy. "Please keep them!"
That afternoon, with my eyes now open to God's creation, I noticed another patch of wood violets growing like a carpet along the roadside. I vaguely remembered passing them before, but I hadn't truly noticed until that moment.What else had I been missing?
As I continued to work on my novel, I couldn't get the wood violets out of my head. I realized that my story needed these fragile, yet bold petals. They soon became a key symbol of redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation in the story.
Weeds often distract us from the things of beauty and joy in our own lives. Our problems and schedules pull our eyes from the starry hosts and the One who made them. In my life, they became a needed reminder to simply be present instead of always pushing ahead to the next task. A reminder to look for God, especially in His creation.
Elements of the natural world-from wildflowers to birds-are frequently used in the Bible to illustrate larger points.Matthew 6:28, for example: "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin."
God has sprinkled treasures in our lives-gifts just waiting to be noticed. I wonder, what things have you and I missed while too busy to look?
Notice the beauty of God's creation today-from the tiniest star in the distant sky to the vibrant blue shade of dragonflies' wings. Raise your eyes to the heavens and take in the starry hosts. For sometimes God infuses seemingly insignificant things with great beauty and meaning.
Dear Lord, thank You for the beauty of Your creation. Help me to open my eyes, to be present, and to hear Your voice even in the small, seemingly insignificant moments. I pray that I will never be too busy to notice the beautiful and meaningful things You place in my path to guide me and delight me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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Do You Know Him?
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio is the story of a woman whose life has unraveled. When her career plummets and her marriage fails, she packs her bags and travels to Bainbridge Island, to the home of her great aunt hoping to regroup, heal, and let the saltwater ease her pain. She finds a diary from 1943 hidden in the home-a diary filled with secrets that have the power to change her life, and her family's. It is a story of loss and healing, enduring love, and how the choices we make can haunt us for a lifetime.
Visit She Reads this week to learn more and enter to win a bag of books from the publisher, as well as a gift basket filled with Northwest treats.
Application Steps:
Pray for someone you know is too hurried or overburdened to notice the sweet ways God is communicating to them.
Choose five things from the natural world that inspire you or make you smile-thank God for these.
Join the She Reads online fiction book club as we discuss the themes of emotional infidelity, family secrets, and reconciliation found in the novel The Violets of March.
Do I need to press the pause button and be still so I can hear God's voice and see the beauty of His creation?
Power Verses:
Matthew 6:26a, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them." (NIV)
Isaiah 6:3b, "The whole earth is full of his glory." (NIV)
Psalm 65:12-13 66:1, "The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing. Shout for joy to God, all the earth!" (NIV)
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