Monday, September 16, 2013

Mon Sep 16th Todays News

Tonight with the new Abbott ministry announced I have difficulties. All of the members are good. All are better than any of the ALP. My problem is I don't know who to approach to get my issue dealt with.  I cannot approach my local federal member again, he has declined to help, and he is ALP (Jason Clare). I've liaised with other surrounding seats .. I live in ALP territory .. none will help. In the past, I've been told I could go to the UK or USA to find work as a qualified Mathematics teacher. At the moment, I cannot get even a day's work as a relief teacher in the most difficult to staff schools in the state .. the education department of NSW will have children unsupervised in the playground rather than hire me. I have not done anything wrong. I have correctly reported on a possible pedophile and observed how the authorities bungled the investigation. I correctly reported a child with a serious allergy and observed how, because I had been ignored, or worse, because I was being tested, the child died from apparent neglect. Because of that, I was harassed at my workplace and beyond. I resigned to speak out, and my local state member (Then, Joe Tripodi) apparently colluded to have me silenced. My citizenship evidence was destroyed and then called into question. My bank moved to seize my home. The ATO have investigated me twice, the second time is ongoing. I was offered the pension and told I was too fat to teach if I didn't want to. I have been employed by an abuser as a teacher's aide, and denied basic conditions to Fair Work. I have been timed out of IR court by the politician who wrote the IR legislation (Della Bosca, then Education Minister). I have approached the police and been ignored. I have been denied legal aid on the grounds I wasn't declared Aboriginal. I am a few months away from having my unit seized again. Who do I approach with my story? The federal police tell me they are interested in some of my testimony regarding the pedophile, but it is apparent it is a low priority and possibly years before they ask basic questions. I approached the NSW State Education Minister with my issue and they referred me to the police who say it isn't their problem. Soon I will begin a business .. but, really, I'm not asking for hand outs, just justice. And I have to endure the acting PM's (Bowen, ALP, local to me) quip that the Abbott ministry doesn't have enough women. I disagree .. the ministry has Julie Bishop, who is better than any ALP member, and I am confident when others arise they will be, as the Libs do, promoted on merit. Bronwyn Bishop for speaker, and, sadly, no Sophie Mirabella unless a miracle occurs. 
Speaking of miracles, the IPCC have through sheer denial been able to limit global warming. They have exceeded all their models in the restriction of 16 years without warming. Even though the world has been warming ever since the ice age ended. They are even admitting that the world had a warm period about a thousand years ago. 
Tragedy in USA as a 17 yo boy shoots an old man in the head, dead. The boy could have been one of Obama's sons. The US is a great nation, but she sinks sadly under her abysmal President. I was reminded today not to compare the US to pre Nazi Germany. I wouldn't compare her to Nazi Germany either. But she is being humbled in areas she should lead, and people are dying inside and outside because of it. 
The only thing I'm certain of, is the response of any leftist to the issues of the day .. virulent abuse against any conservative. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Chi Lam and Vida Joy Ball (nee Shying 1932). Born on the same day, across the years along with Julia Drusilla (16), Henry V of England (1386), Heinrich Bach (1615), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), James Cash Penney (1875), Allen Funt (1914), Frank Leslie Walcott (1916), Lee Kuan Yew, (1923), Lauren Bacall (1924), B.B. King (1925), Peter Falk (1927), Mickey Rourke (1952), David Copperfield (1956), Gregory R. Ball (1977) and Jake Roche (1992). On your day, Malaysia Day
1810 – Miguel Hidalgo, the parish priest in Dolores, Guanajuato, delivered the Grito de Dolores to his congregation, instigating the Mexican War of Independence against Spain.
1941 – Shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran was forced to abdicate in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1959 – Haloid Xerox introduced the Xerox 914, the first modern photocopier, invented by American physicist Chester Carlson.
1963 – Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (present-day Sabah), and Sarawak merged to form Malaysia.
1987 – The Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion, opened for signature.
Mexico is independent. Iran has been fully abdicated. Xerox has been copied. Malaysia has been delivered. Montreal protects the Ozone. Enjoy your day .. responsibly.
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SECOND OPTION

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (3:41am)

After a year of intense local politics, I need a place of seclusion and rest. A place where Australia is unknown, where outsiders are shunned, where only primitive English is spoken, where the local customs are alien and barbaric … yet where food and wine is celebrated.
But Adelaide was booked out, so I’ve gone to France. Back in a few weeks.

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THE LEFT’S ENEMIES

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (3:24am)

Our friends on the left aren’t coping well with the election result. Perhaps they didn’t see it coming. In any case, they’ve been getting their hate on during the past week.

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ELECT A CANDLE

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (3:20am)

As former Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have both demonstrated, grabbing the Labor leadership used to be a relatively quick and simple matter. Get your factions lined up, sharpen a few knives, and before you know it Quentin Bryce is swearing you in at Yarralumla.
That was before Rudd’s reforms. Everything is now much more complicated and time-consuming, which is what you’d expect from a process designed by our ex-PM. Remember, this is the bloke whose wife sent him out for a mozzie candle only to see Kev return with Roman flares, Blu Tack, an extension cord, potting mix, a stepladder and secateurs – and no mozzie candle.
Under the new Bunnings system, it is likely to be more than a month until Labor chooses between Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese. Here’s a brief list of things that take less time than Labor’s leadership lottery:
• The Olympics
• The Tour de France
• More than one hundred consecutive Bathurst 1000s
• Half a day on the planet Mercury
• All scheduled playing days of an Ashes cricket series
• The NRL finals
• Ben Elton’s Live From Planet Earth TV show, cancelled after just three weeks
• Ben Elton’s The Wright Way TV show, cancelled after just five weeks
• John McEwan’s entire term as Prime Minister
• Earle Page’s entire term as Prime Minister
• Frank Forde’s entire term as Prime Minister
• The 2013 federal election campaign

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LABOR WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (3:11am)

Such was the delight amongst Labor supporters following Kevin Rudd’s 2007 election victory that many rushed into print with claims that Labor would thereafter hold power eternally. Those claims are now being re-examined online, to great conservative amusement.
Right-wingers, naturally more inclined to caution, haven’t greeted Tony Abbott’s election with the same extravagant predictions. This means that three, six or nine years from now, Labor types won’t be permitted the same enjoyment when their party eventually returns to office.
It all seems a little unfair. 

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13 of 26

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (3:05am)

Just one more game and the English leg of the never-ending double-nation multi-horror Ashes super series isfinally over. Technically, England holds a slight advantage:
England: Six wins, 4046 runs
Three draws
Australia: Two wins, 3914 runs
One match abandoned

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IPCC COOLS

Tim Blair – Monday, September 16, 2013 (2:51am)

An allegedly leaked IPCC report turns down the heat: 
The leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half the rate claimed by the IPCC in its last assessment, published in 2007.
Back then, it said that the planet was warming at a rate of 0.2C every decade – a figure it claimed was in line with the forecasts made by computer climate models.
But the new report says the true figure since 1951 has been only 0.12C per decade – a rate far below even the lowest computer prediction. 
You win again, reality! Much else has also changed: 
A forecast in the 2007 report that hurricanes would become more intense has simply been dropped, without mention. 
Via the GWPF. This would be a nail in global warming’s coffin, if that particular structure weren’t already more metal than wood.

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Abbott Ministry

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (2:38pm)

Abbott announces his Ministry:
Fiona Nash and Michaelia Cash are elevated to assistant Ministers to answer Abbott’s embarrassing shortage of women in top jobs. New talent is rewarded: Josh Frydenberg and Paul Fletcher get promoted. The biggest winner is the impressive Mathias Cormann, made Finance Minister.
The softly-spoken Phillip Ruddoch is the Chief Whip - more as mentor than tormenter.
Grandiose ministerial titles have been pared back to simpler titles.
Abbott says the swearing in won’t be until Wednesday, making his one of the slower assumptions of power. Abbott says he expects Operation Sovereign Borders to start on that day.
Declares Arthur Sinodinos to be a man of “integrity”. He dismisses rumors that Sinodinos was denied promotion to Finance Minister because he might get dragged in the corruption investigation that focussed on Eddie Obeid. Abbott says he just wanted “orderly promotion”.

Cabinet
Prime Minister - Tony Abbott Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development - Warren Truss
Foreign Minister - Julie Bishop
Employment, Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service - Eric Abtez
Attorney-General, Arts - George Brandis
Treasurer - Joe Hockey
Agriculture - Barnaby Joyce
Education - Christopher Pyne
Indigenous Affairs - Nigel Scullion
Industry - Ian Macfarlane
Social Services - Kevin Andrews
Communications - Malcolm Turnbull

Health, Sport - Peter Dutton
Small Business - Bruce Billson
Trade and Investment - Andrew Robb
Defence - David Johnston
Environment - Greg Hunt
Immigration and Border Protection - Scott Morrison
Finance - Mathias Cormann
Outer Ministry

Disabilities and Aged Care - Mitch Fifield
Human Services - Marise Payne
Assistant Minister for Social Services, (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) - Mitch Fifield
Assistant Minister for Employment, (Deputy Leader of the House) - Luke Hartsuyker
Assistant Minister for Health (Deputy Leader of the Nationals in the Senate) - Fiona Nash
Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Special Minister of State - Michael Ronaldson
Assistant Minister for Education - Sussan Ley
Human Services - Marise Payne
Justice - Michael Keenan
Assistant Minister for Defence - Stuart Robert
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women - Michaelia Cash
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development - Jamie Briggs
Assistant Treasurer - Arthur Sinodinos
Parliamentary secretaries

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture - Richard Colbeck
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry - Bob Baldwin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs - Brett Mason
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer - Steven Ciobo
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services - Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment - Simon Birmingham
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education - Scott Ryan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence - Darren Chester
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications - Paul Fletcher
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister - Josh Frydenberg
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister - Alan Tudge
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance - Michael McCormack
A strong, stable lineup with new talent rewarded - and showboaters not. Steady performance will be highly valued in this government.
One major weakness - or embarrassment. The lack of women in high position must be addressed.
UPDATE
Abbott’s press conference was a remarkable and welcome break from the past six years. Purposeful, steady, no flash, no spin, no look-at-me lectures. The tone is exactly right. Very adult, very to-the-point. If ministers haven’t got the message as to what is expected of them I would be very, very surprised.
Just perform. Don’t big-note. Show with deeds, not words.
UPDATE
Acting Labor leader Chris Bowen goes straight to the identity politics attack. Just one woman in Cabinet, he notes.
True, and I agree that’s not a good look. But is this really the first and biggest complaint he should make? 

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Claim: IPCC concedes warming only half what it once claimed

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (2:14pm)

Labor insists it will go to the next election promising to bring back a carbon tax to stop global warming.
That may no longer be necessary, given the admissions in the final draft of a report to be published this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

... the leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half the rate claimed by the IPCC in its last assessment, published in 2007.
Back then, it said that the planet was warming at a rate of 0.2C every decade – a figure it claimed was in line with the forecasts made by computer climate models.
But the new report says the true figure since 1951 has been only 0.12C per decade – a rate far below even the lowest computer prediction.
The problem?
It also surprisingly reveals: IPCC scientists accept their forecast computers may have exaggerated the effect of increased carbon emissions on world temperatures – and not taken enough notice of natural variability.
They recognise the global warming ‘pause’ first reported by The Mail on Sunday last year is real – and concede that their computer models did not predict it. But they cannot explain why world average temperatures have not shown any statistically significant increase since 1997.
They admit large parts of the world were as warm as they are now for decades at a time between 950 and 1250 AD – centuries before the Industrial Revolution, and when the population and CO2 levels were both much lower.
This suggests many lies have been told for a very long time by some warmists.
Other good news:
The IPCC admits that while computer models forecast a decline in Antarctic sea ice, it has actually grown to a new record high. Again, the IPCC cannot say why.
A forecast in the 2007 report that hurricanes would become more intense has simply been dropped, without mention.
The great scare is collapsing. Scientific reputations will be destroyed. The more honorable warmist will jump off this bandwagon before it smashes up completely.
UPDATE
But don’t bother Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery. The man with a history of dud predictions sticks with his claims that the world is heating dangerously, using as evidence this time warm weather in Australia. Don’t expect Andrew O’Keefe to hold the old scaremonger to account. Watch them trot out their stale scares here. 

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No comment

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (12:31pm)

Free speech
While our absurd laws against free speech remain on the books, my lawyers advise me against commenting on the teaching of the New Racism - a trend which deeply disturbs me.
So without comment, these extracts from today’s Leader newspapers:
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And:

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(Thanks to reader David,) 

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Why is the compassionate Left so vicious to Abbott?

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (8:19am)

Paul Sheehan says Tony Abbott has not even been sworn in yet, but the “social” media is already apoplectic with the most vicious abuse from the “compassionate” Left. 

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Bolt Report yesterday

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (8:11am)

Readers have asked where videos of my last couple of shows have gone. Answer: I don’t know and will find out.
I’ve managed to track one, though - my editorial yesterday. Watch it here.
UPDATE
Thanks to SkepticGronk for posting this video of the show:



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Some hope for Mirabella

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (7:57am)

It would be wonderful to see the mortification of those crowing at the fall of Mirabella and vilifying her so freely:

POLITICAL eulogies for Sophie Mirabella may have been written too soon, with the Liberal firebrand narrowing the electoral lead held by independent Cathy McGowan for the Victorian seat of Indi.
Ms McGowan went into the weekend with a firm edge of 896 votes over Ms Mirabella, but the latest counting puts her just 515 votes ahead, with nearly 92 per cent of the vote counted.

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Report: half Syrian rebels with Islamist militias

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (7:46am)

Vladimir Putin may have done the world a favor by stopping Barack Obama’s vague plans for a military strike on the admittedly brutal Syrian regime, given those fighting it:
Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands.
The new study by IHS Jane’s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda..
Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook of the jihadists, but are focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle.
There are also at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups. 

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Time for a “cleansing” of the ABC

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (7:35am)

Culture wars, Media
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I AM nervous. I saw what the ABC did last week to a friend who also called for balance.
ABC TV’s The Hamster Decides showed a Photoshopped picture of him with his trousers down, having sex with a dog, with the label “Chris Kenny, Dog F-----” all spelled out.
The writer of this “joke” would insist he’s not a political partisan, but what chance of this “joke” being perpetrated on, say, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young? Or Leftist huffster David Marr?
Some might say the real issue is the ABC’s dive into the sewer under managing director Mark Scott, given he’s also paid two comedians for a music video promoting ABC2 with the chorus “ABC2 can suck my d ...”
But I still ask why the ABC is so biased, with all its main current affairs shows hosted by the Left, despite the ABC’s charter requiring balance.
I raise this now because after the 2007 election ABC radio host Jon Faine asked my then editor-in-chief whether the result showed it was time to “cleanse” this paper of conservative columnists. Meaning me. 

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Labor can’t see which way the wind is blowing

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (7:31am)

Carbon tax, Global warming - general, Politics - federal
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LABOR is in la-la land. Both its last two leaders now claim they won the election.
Worse, the two men campaigning to be Labor’s next leader insist on keeping the last leader’s most devastating mistake.
Is Labor led by the mad or the deaf? 

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Tony Abbott wields small axe on his own

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (7:05am)

Tony Abbott wields the axe on his own side first - well, a hatchet, anyway:
LIBERAL Senator Ian Macdonald says he has been dropped from the Tony Abbott frontbench
“What should have been one of the proudest days of my life has turned into one of the worst."…
Senator Macdonald will be joined by at least Theresa Gambaro, Andrew Southcott and Don Randall, who had all been shadow parliamentary secretaries. They will not retain their roles in government.
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells’ spokesman said the NSW Senator had not heard from Mr Abbott yesterday amid speculation she could be dropped from the front bench…
Veteran MP and parliamentary encyclopedia Bronwyn Bishop will get the backing of Mr Abbott to be Parliament’s Speaker.
UPDATE
But this is a bigger move:

NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos, who ran John Howard’s office when he was prime minister, will not be appointed to cabinet but will be given a portfolio in the outer ministry.
Instead, shadow assistant treasurer Mathias Cormann is expected to enter cabinet and become finance minister…
Senior Coalition sources said there had been “question marks” raised internally over the last week about whether Senator Sinodinos may have to appear before a corruption inquiry related to a directorship he once held. Senator Sinodinos, a renowned figure inside the Coalition and former National Australia Bank executive, maintains he has done nothing wrong and his colleagues support him.
While senior sources suggested this was the reason for his shock omission from cabinet, one official dismissed this, saying it had never been planned to promote Senator Sinodinos to cabinet straight away, even though it was widely expected.
Instead, he will move from the ranks of parliamentary secretaries to the outer ministry.
That said, Cormann is a real talent. I don’t think having him instead of Sinodinos in Finance leaves the Liberals a jot weaker at all. 

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Reforming the Senate: give more power to the voter

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (6:54am)

We should not have Senators who were accidentally voted in by people who had not idea where their preferences would flow:

Confronted with the massive ballot papers at this election, most voters chose to put a “1” in a box above the line. In doing so, though, they surrendered their control over their preferences and the ultimate destination of their votes to backroom operatives.
But this is not an answer - not least because quotas lack a strong democratic principle when we’ve already (rightly) accepted preferential voting:
Constitutional lawyer George Williams has suggested parties should be required to receive a minimum percentage of the primary vote to be eligible to win election.
This is much better, emphasing the principle that the people governing us should be those we’ve deliberately chosen to represent us:

ABC election analyst Antony Green ... supports compulsory voting but says, as a corollary, electors should not be obliged to do more than place a “1” by the candidate of their choice.
He points to the NSW system, where a conservative voter might back Family First. This voter could leave it at that—or take out some insurance and give a second preference to the Liberals…
He opposes the thresholds suggested by Williams and Costar, saying above-the-line ticket voting is the real cause of parties being elected from low votes.
“A better solution is to deal with the cause of the problem, not impose an arbitrary threshold,” Green believes. “If ticket preferencing under the control of parties were retained while imposing a threshold quota, the system would still be rorted. The current system advantages micro-parties set up as fronts for each other. Ticket voting with threshold quotas would advantage micro-parties set up as fronts for the major parties.
“The best way to reform the Senate’s electoral system is to deliver the power over preferences back into the hands of voters,” he continues…
“...The Senate should be elected to reflect the will of the electorate, not the arranged deals of a few backroom operators.”

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On Clementine Ford and Michael Leunig

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (6:37am)

Tim Blair:

Fairfax types are more inclined to express hatred towards an Australian conservative than they are to a murderous Saudi psychopath.
Evidence is provided. Here’s more evidence Blair could have included. 

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Time to demand apologies from these enemies of reason

Andrew Bolt September 16 2013 (6:08am)

We should never forget nor forgive how global warming evangelists and carpetbaggers slimed those who correctly warned against the hysteria. Remember those enemies of reason - enemies who destroyed those who told the unfashionable truth:
Asa Wahlquist, The Australian, September 3, 2008: 
THE Opposition Leader (Brendan Nelson) told the ABC on Monday night: “What’s happening at the moment in the Murray-Darling Basin is a consequence of two things: mismanagement of the entire system for almost 100 years and also the worst drought in 100 years. And it is quite wrong for people to suggest that what we’re seeing at the moment is a consequence of climate change.”
In parliament yesterday, Kevin Rudd attacked Dr Nelson, accusing him of ignoring scientific facts.
“You need to get with the science on this,” the Prime Minister said. Agriculture Minister Tony Burke said Dr Nelson had presented a new argument, “which was to say, ‘well, OK, the climate is changing but the weather remains unaffected’ “.
More of them:

Greens leader Bob Brown ... in 2008:

Already, (Rudd government adviser Ross Garnaut’s) daunting data of a 10 per cent chance of no flow at all in the Murray-Darling river system in future years is being overtaken by data indicating that drought is the new norm across Australia’s greatest food bowl.
The Sydney Morning Herald in 2008:

This drought may never break
IT MAY be time to stop describing south-eastern Australia as gripped by drought and instead accept the extreme dry as permanent, one of the nation’s most senior weather experts warned yesterday.
“Perhaps we should call it our new climate,” said the Bureau of Meteorology’s head of climate analysis, David Jones....
“There is a debate in the climate community, after … close to 12 years of drought, whether this is something permanent. Certainly, in terms of temperature, that seems to be our reality, and that there is no turning back....”
Jones to the University of East Anglia in 2007:

Truth be know, climate change here is now running so rampant that we don’t need meteorological data to see it. Almost everyone of our cities is on the verge of running out of water and our largest irrigation system (the Murray Darling Basin is on the verge of collapse…
The Age in 2009:

A three-year collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO has confirmed what many scientists long suspected: that the 13-year drought is not just a natural dry stretch but a shift related to climate change…
‘’It’s reasonable to say that a lot of the current drought of the last 12 to 13 years is due to ongoing global warming,’’ said the bureau’s Bertrand Timbal.
‘’In the minds of a lot of people, the rainfall we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was a benchmark. A lot of our [water and agriculture] planning was done during that time. But we are just not going to have that sort of good rain again as long as the system is warming up.’’…

Warmist scientist David Karoly, 2003:

The Murray-Darling Basin… covers towns north to Toowoomba, west to Broken Hill and south to Victoria and South Australia… Drought severity in the Murray Darling is increasing with global warming… This is the first drought in Australia where the impact of human-induced global warming can be clearly observed…
Flannery again:

Over the past 50 years southern Australia has lost about 20 per cent of its rainfall, and one cause is almost certainly global warming....Desalination plants can provide insurance against drought. In Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane, water supplies are so low they need desalinated water urgently, possibly in as little as 18 months.
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, 2008:

We know the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said by 2050 that Australia should expect around about a 25 per cent reduction in rainfall in the southern part of the Australia… So there is a very, very sound body of evidence that indicates that climate change is and will have an impact on rainfall in the Murray-Darling Basin and in southern Australia…
Remember how 60 Minutes whipped up the “permanent drought” scare in 2005?

CHARLES WOOLEY: While many farmers believe that drought is just part of a natural cycle, scientist Dr Tim Flannery sees much broader and more sinister forces at work. We live in a new world where global warming and climate change now have Australia on the edge of permanent drought.
PROFESSOR TIM FLANNERY: We are in by far the worst position of any country that I’ve had a look at in terms of climate change.
CHARLES WOOLEY: The worst of any country?
PROFESSOR TIM FLANNERY: Yes. When you look right across the continent, what has happened is that the winter rainfall zone that has been the heart and soul of the bread basket of Australia is declining. The amount of rainfall through winter is declining. On the east coast of Australia we have a parallel effect where we are getting these El Ninos back to back. We’re getting one drought after the other and eastern Australia is suffering from that. So put together, you have the continent from Perth through to Brisbane suffering severe water deficits.
CHARLES WOOLEY: If Tim Flannery is right, the new weather regime has southern Australia drying out permanently.
In fact:

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And:

Andrew Bolt: “We have also been told by this Government that the recent drought in the Murray-Darling Basin was caused by global warming, again your own report says there is nothing unusual about that drought either is that true?”
Professor Will Steffen: “We’ve had very severe droughts before so again we cannot attribute this drought statistically to climate change….”

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

Father,I thank You for the good plan You have for me. Thank You for Your Word which transforms me into Your image. I choose to trust, I choose to believe, and I choose to follow Your Word which is life to my soul in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(Romans 12:2, NIV)
In today’s scripture, that word “transformed” in the original language is “metamorpho.” It’s where we get our word “metamorphose.” We know how a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly. This is saying that if you meditate on God’s Word, then a transformation will take place.

Think about the little caterpillar. It’s very plain, nothing really special about it. At a certain point, it forms a cocoon. The metamorphose starts to take place. It’s a process. Little by little it changes. One day, it begins to push out of the cocoon. Before long, it goes from being one of the plainest insects to being one of the most beautiful. Instead of having to crawl on the ground and squirm around, it can now fly wherever it wants to go. Today, why don’t you break out of your cocoon? Believe that God is at work in you. Believe that He has good plans for you. Believe that He will complete every good work that He’s started in your life.Amen.

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All weekend, I'm teaching NEVER WASTE YOUR PAIN! How to use it for God's 5 purposes in your life. http://bit.ly/ZvjGI9
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7.06 carats oval-shaped fancy yellow diamond with yellow melee mounted on 18k yellow gold.
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On Justice, Judge Jeanine Pirro criticized President Obama’s lack of leadership when it comes to handling Syria. “We are now going to rely on Russia to dissolve the chemical weapons dilemma in Syria?!”
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Matt Granz Photography
It's a three and a half mile hike up a little over a thousand foot ascent, and once here, found myself completely alone in absolute solitude. Had there not been so much bear scat and paw prints everywhere I looked, I might have stayed, but opted to not follow through on my plans to catch sunset on this particular day. Hiking through high Serra woods alone at night does not appeal to me all that well. I will be back (with friends).

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Undeniable proof that MSNBC is completely and totally delusional.
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"Al-Nusra Front, the jihadist Syrian rebel group that has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda....."

Al-Nusra Front, the jihadist Syrian rebel group that has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, said on Sunday that its fighters attacked three villages in Syria's Homs province and killed dozens of Alawites five days earlier.
“The people's wall of fear has been broken, as this was the first time these villages were entered and such a high number was killed,” the group said in a statement published on a jihadist forum and quoted by the AFP news agency.
Al-Nusra said its fighters entered the villages of Massudiyeh, Maksar al-Hissan and Jab al-Jerah on Tuesday and killed 30 members of the Alawite community, to which President Bashar Al-Assad's clan belongs.
The statement said Al-Nusra members were urged by an Islamic jurist “to kill the Nusairis, enemies of God”, using a pejorative term for Alawites.
The attack was “in revenge for the killing in cold blood of Muslims and their women in Eastern Ghouta” near Damascus, where the opposition claims 1,400 people were killed in a chemical weapons attack on August 21.
The statement comes just several weeks after Al-Nusra vowed revenge strikes against villages from the Alawite community over the chemicalweapons attack.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this week on the attack, saying that 12 civilians were killed, before updating its toll on Sunday to 22 civilians killed in Maksar al-Hissan.
It said among them were 16 Alawites, including four above the age of 80 and four children aged between nine and 12, reported AFP.
The watchdog said five soldiers loyal to Assad were also killed.
The region, mostly home to Alawites and Bedouins, has been largely free of fighting over the past year.
Other areas of Homs province have seen some of the fiercest fighting in Syria's 30-month war.
Members of Al-Nusra and other rebel groups have committed atrocities during the Syrian civil war, including publicly beheading a Catholic priest who was accused of collaborating with Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
Al-Nusra was once was the largest faction in the Islamist Front for the Liberation of Syria (ISIS), the 13-member rebel coalition that broke awayfrom the main opposition force and has declared its own Islamic state in Aleppo.

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Police say nothing was taken from him even though they say Jackson had cased the parking lot looking for a victim.
Police say the gunman rode up to Pilotos’s car on a bicycle and pulled out his weapon and shot him. It happened in the parking lot of the supermarket at Northwest 137th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue.
Truly disgusting case – he didn’t take anything, and just looked for someone to murder. Like a coward, he didn’t even have the guts to look the victim in the eye, and chose an elderly man.
Here’s a quick takeaway – there’s a lot of laws like California’s “three strikes you’re out” criminal policy that enforces minimum sentencing standards. These are controversial because some criminals are incarcerated after some minor infractions. This case provides the counterbalancing argument:
Authorities say he was arrested for burglary in Miami Gardens and for burglary, display of a firearm and aggravated battery in Opa-Locka in May. They say he was arrested for possessing cocaine in September of 2011 and in April of 2011, he was arrested by School Board police for battery on a law enforcement officer.
With that history at age seventeen, this thug is still walking around? What’s more, his age will gain him some lenience:
“He’s a juvenile and he cannot under Florida law receive the death penalty if convicted,” said Vereen. “The state must go to the Grand Jury to get an indictment for first-degree murder. It can direct file second-degree murder charges.”
This egregious crime is one that could have been prevented by stricter minimum sentencing laws. The victim was a Cuban refugee. Imagine that – he escaped a Communist dictatorship only to be murdered by a cowardly thug in a parking lot.
UPDATE: The suspected murderer Jamal Jackson was arrested by police due to a tip to Miami-Dade Crimestoppers and is awaiting trial without bond.

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"The military spokesman said the armed forces seized a stock of weapons in Sinai and arrested 309 people involved in recent violence. Two explosive devices under a control tower on the border with Gaza were also found, he said, according to Al Arabiya.

“We also seized military uniforms which were used by Hamas,” Ali said, adding that the army recently destroyed more than 154 tunnels on the border with Gaza.

He added that the military confiscated a number of munitions, including hand grenades bearing the stamp of the Ezzeddin Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm." - Elad Benari

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A SYRIAN SOLUTION... and the KGB ‘action man’ outwits Obama

UK PM Cameron took the “bomb Syria” solution to Parliament and was handed a flat “no”. Obama tried to convince Congress and was failing dismally... he was left out on a limb, so with KGB guile, Putin positioned himself for a bloodless slam dunk. 

No sane US Administration would seriously consider bombing Damascus... or would it? Of course it’s a crazy concept that could cause more ‘collateral damage’ than deaths by gas.

Would Cruise missiles be aimed at suspected stockpiles of sarin gas? Crumbs, I hope not. That would be really stupid and they have no idea where they are anyway.

Would Syria’s allies simply sit back and watch the fireworks? Don’t think so. Would Israel be showered with more rockets? That’s likely. Would US enemies in the Middle-East be galvanised into action? Certainly would.

And when the dust settles after this proposed US attack? Well, the chemicals would still be there, Assad would still be there, the civil war would still be raging, more people would have died, Russia would be even more off-side and the whole of the Middle East would be even more of a powder keg than it is now!

History shows whoever has the biggest gun doesn’t necessarily win the battle. Battles are won with brains, not guns... as the US learnt in the Vietnam war and the UK learnt in the Zulu war.

Secretary of State Kerry was clearly caught on the hop when the diminutive Putin suggested that Assad might agree to surrender all his chemical weapons (he had obviously cleared that with Assad first).

Kerry was publicly put on the spot and naturally had to agree, he had no choice!

Had he equivocated, action man was ready with this question: “So, what exactly are you trying to do in Syria? Test your new weaponry or eradicate Assad’s chemicals? Because you can’t bomb sarin gas.”

Then comes Putin’s masterstroke! He appeals to US citizens through an article in the New York Times, setting out his case and slamming the US Administration.

Obama folds and, Voila, Vladamir Putin becomes the dictator of US foreign policy while Obama sulks in humiliation.

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The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department’s internal review board – called the Accountability Review Board, or ARB – was flawed.

The State Department review of the Benghazi terror attack let senior officials off the hook for the policy decisions that led to sub-standard security at the U.S. compound in eastern Libya, according to a draft House committee report obtained by Fox News.
The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department’s internal review board -- called the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- was flawed. The report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board’s probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of interest.
A central finding is that the department, as a result of the board’s findings, meted out discipline to four mid-level officials (who were later re-instated anyway), but the board glossed over the actions and decisions of senior-level officials. The report claims the internal review identified many of the security problems with the Benghazi compound, while ignoring who was behind the policy decisions that led to them.
Specifically, the report points to the authorization by Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to continue operating the ad hoc compound in Benghazi. The interim report found that a December 2011 action memo, prepared by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and signed off on by Kennedy, green-lighted the operation. Witnesses told Republican investigators that this decision to run the operation on an ad hoc basis was largely responsible for the inadequate security presence on the ground in Benghazi, not money. 
The report also noted that it’s unclear which other senior leaders were involved in this decision but said it is likely, based on email evidence, that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s views played a role in the decision-making.
None of the four State Department employees who were disciplined after the ARB was released in December, and later re-instated by Secretary of State John Kerry in August, were responsible for making policy. The draft states that the use of administrative leave was meant to leave the impression of accountability.
A review of congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News in June found that the policy decision to maintain a presence in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the most senior levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame -- including Feltman, Kennedy and Clinton.
The draft interim report, which was produced by the Republican majority, states clearly that Clinton wanted to extend the Benghazi operation. I reported that several officials within the Near Eastern Affairs office recalled Clinton's desire to leave the operation in place once the primary diplomatic facility in Tripoli was re-opened. 
In the summer of 2012, as security conditions unraveled, with documented attacks on western facilities, a State Department officer who served on the Libya desk said Kennedy was asked about the mission's future, and Kennedy said he would first have to check with Clinton. Based on a conversation between Ambassador Chris Stevens – who was later killed in the attack -- and Clinton, Stevens’ deputy Greg Hicks testified it was the former secretary of State's personal goal to have a permanent operation in Benghazi.
State Department Assistant Secretary of State Douglas Frantz said Sunday that the ARB's and State Department's response to Benghazi has been "thorough and transparent."
"In fact, it set a new standard for transparency measured by tens of thousands of pages of documents turned over to Congress, testimony in public and closed hearings and a declassified report for the public," he said. "To suggest anything has been hidden or that accountability has been averted requires willful ignorance of these facts." 
“Twisting the facts to advance a political agenda does a disservice to those who lost their lives and those who have devoted the past year to understanding what happened and implementing security procedures to make certain it does not happen again," Frantz added. "The ARB report did not find that any individual willfully ignored his or her responsibilities or engaged in misconduct; it did not find that anyone breached his or her duty so as to be subject to termination or other discipline.  It did, however, identify leadership deficiencies on the part of four employees"
Jenn Hoffman, the communications director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats, called the report's claims "unsubstantiated accusations."
“This Republican report is not an official Committee report, but rather a completely partisan staff report that the Chairman apparently did not want Committee Members to see before he leaked it to the press. Rather than focusing on the reforms recommended by the ARB, Republicans have politicized the investigation by engaging in a systematic effort to launch unsubstantiated accusations against the Pentagon, the State Department, the President, and now the ARB itself," she said.
But the draft report said that there were problems with the internal review.
As one example, the co-chairman of the ARB Ambassador Thomas Pickering told investigators that his team had the authority to conduct depositions, and the authority to issue subpoenas. But the Board never used these authorities, instead relying heavily on group and individual interviews.
While the ARB placed blamed on the State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for "systemic leadership and management deficiencies," the NEA's second in command was only interviewed once, in a group setting.  Adm. Mike Mullen, the other co-chairman of the ARB, was asked by congressional investigators why the second in command was not more thoroughly questioned, and according to the draft, Mullen said the official did not seem to bear significant responsibility.
The draft interim report also concluded that the State Department's unwillingness to provide the working documents from the ARB made an independent assessment by the congressional committee difficult. Rather than record or transcribe interviews, the ARB relied on summaries. Mullen said he found the summaries to be accurate.
As for an alleged conflict of interest, the interim draft states that Kennedy, whom the interim report found to bear significant responsibility for the Benghazi policy, oversaw the selection of the ARB staff.  Mullen told investigators he considered the staff's familiarity with the State Department to be useful. But in at least one instance, Cheryl Mills, who was Clinton's chief of staff, was given advance warning that her questioning before the ARB would be rough.
The interim report states that members of the House oversight committee, led by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will sharpen its focus on the senior State Department officials who drove the policy decisions in Benghazi. 
The failure to affix blame above the assistant secretary level could impact future decisions on "expeditionary diplomacy" where diplomats are now operating in areas they would have pulled out of a decade ago.  Critics have accused the Obama administration of favoring a light footprint which does not reflect the security conditions on the ground.
The draft interim findings will be released early next week. The House oversight committee has hearings scheduled for Sept. 19. 
Fox News' James Rosen contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/16/state-departments-benghazi-review-let-senior-officials-off-hook-report-finds/#ixzz2f3KKh6rV

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WE GOT IT WRONG ON WARMING, SAY IPCC
Oops, only a trillion dollar mistake. 

No-one will ever know what new products, what new processes or what medical breakthroughs will have failed to come into existence, killed before they were born, because of the diversion of our nation’s precious and limited resources, because some held the IPCC’s now failed predictions as gospel.

No-one will ever be able to compute the price that we all will pay for following these mistaken predictions, and how this has kept our standard of living lower than it would otherwise have been.

I wonder if they will now issue an apology. Saying 'Sorry' would be nice start.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/we-got-it-wrong-on-warming-says-ipcc/story-e6frg8y6-1226719672318

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Milestones that matter ...

The planets have aligned a couple of times this week. It's kind of spooky when that happens, reminding you that everything in life is interconnected in some way. I was killing time on Facebook, I mean researching, when I came across a post that someone had shared in which a woman had written about her distress at how parenting had become too competitive.
She had read a post from a woman who was wondering whether her child should be able to do certain things by age four. Many women answered, saying their children could count to 100, write their first and last name, name the planets, ride a bike; many other women said their three-year-olds could do the same. There were links to websites outlining what each age group should be able to do; only a few said each child develops at his own pace and not to worry.
What bothered the poster was how these women did nothing but add to the mother's concern. ''We are such a competitive culture that even our preschoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn't be a race,'' she said.
She came up with her own list of what a child should know by four:
  • Children should know they are loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time.
  • They should know they are safe and they should know how to keep themselves safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. They should know they can trust their instincts about people and that they never have to do something that doesn't feel right, no matter who is asking. They should know their personal rights and that their family will back them up.
  • They should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use their imagination. They should know that it is OK to paint the sky orange and give cats six legs.
  • They should know their own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If they couldn't care less about learning their numbers, their parents should realise they'll learn them accidentally soon enough and let them immerse themselves instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.
  • They should know the world is magical and so are they. They should know they are wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvellous. They should know it's just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practise phonics.

I get the atheist position that denies God and points to cold hard reality .. but they forget that there is love and life and there is no need, to my mind, to further evidence magic. ed
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JNS.org - As the final minutes of Rosh Hashanah ticked away, 13-year-old Leo Goldberger was hiding, along with his parents and three brothers, in the thick brush along the shore of Dragor, a small fishing village south of Copenhagen. The year was 1943, and the Goldbergers, like thousands of other Danish Jews, were desperately trying to escape an imminent Nazi roundup.
“Finally, after what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, we saw our signal offshore,” Goldberger later recalled. His family “strode straight into the ocean and waded through three or four feet of icy water until we were hauled aboard a fishing boat” and covered themselves “with smelly canvases.” Shivering and frightened, but grateful, the Goldberger family soon found itself in the safety and freedom of neighboring Sweden.
For years, the Allied leaders had insisted that nothing could be done to rescue Jews from the Nazis except to win the war. But in one extraordinary night, 70 years ago next month, the Danish people exploded that myth and changed history.
When the Nazis occupied Denmark during the Holocaust in 1940, the Danes put up little resistance. As a result, the German authorities agreed to let the Danish government continue functioning with greater autonomy than other occupied countries. They also postponed taking steps against Denmark’s 8,000 Jewish citizens.
In the late summer of 1943, amid rising tensions between the occupation regime and the Danish government, the Nazis declared martial law and decided the time had come to deport Danish Jews to the death camps. But Georg Duckwitz, a German diplomat in Denmark, leaked the information to Danish friends. Duckwitz was later honored by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. As word of the Germans’ plans spread, the Danish public responded with a spontaneous nationwide grassroots effort to help the Jews.
The Danes’ remarkable response gave rise to the legend that King Christian X himself rode through the streets of Copenhagen on horseback, wearing a yellow Star of David, and that the citizens of the city likewise donned the star in solidarity with the Jews.
The story may have had its origins in a political cartoon that appeared in a Swedish newspaper in 1942. It showed King Christian pointing to a Star of David and declaring that if the Nazis imposed it upon the Jews of Demark, “then we must all wear the star.” Leon Uris’s novel Exodus, and the movie based on that book, helped spread the legend. But subsequent investigations by historians have concluded that the story is a myth.
A midnight escape
On Rosh Hashanah—which fell on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in 1943—and the days that followed, numerous Danish Christian families hid Jews from Holocaust persecution in their homes or farms, and then smuggled them to the seashore late at night. From there, fishermen took them across the Kattegat Straits to neighboring Sweden. This three-week operation had the strong support of Danish church leaders, who used their pulpits to urge aid to the Jews, as well as Danish universities, which shut down so that students could assist the smugglers. More than 7,000 Danish Jews reached Sweden and were sheltered there until the end of the war.
Esther Finkler, a young newlywed, was hidden, together with her husband and their mothers, in a greenhouse. “At night, we saw the [German] searchlights sweeping back and forth throughout the neighborhood,” as the Nazis hunted for Jews, Esther later recalled. One evening, a member of the Danish Underground arrived and drove the four “through streets saturated with Nazi stormtroopers,” to a point near the shore.
There they hid in an underground shelter, and then in the attic of a bakery, until finally they were brought to a beach, where they boarded a small fishing vessel together with other Jewish refugees. “There were nine of us, lying down on the deck or the floor,” Esther said. “The captain covered us with fishing nets. When everyone had been properly concealed, the fishermen started the boat, and as the motor started to run, so did my pent-up tears.”
Then, suddenly, trouble. “The captain began to sing and whistle nonchalantly, which puzzled us. Soon we heard him shouting in German toward a passing Nazi patrol boat: ‘Wollen sie einen beer haben?’ (Would you like a beer?)—a clever gimmick designed to avoid the Germans’ suspicions. After three tense hours at sea, we heard shouting: ‘Get up! Get up! And welcome to Sweden!’ It was hard to believe, but we were now safe. We cried and the Swedes cried with us as they escorted as ashore. The nightmare was over,” Esther recalled.
‘It can be done’
The implications of the Danish rescue operation resonated strongly in the United States. The Roosevelt administration had long insisted that rescue of Jews from the Nazis was not possible. The refugee advocates known as the Bergson Group began citing the escape of Denmark’s Jews as evidence that if the Allies were sufficiently interested, ways could be found to save many European Jews.
The Bergson Group sponsored a series of full-page newspaper advertisements about the Danish-Swedish effort, headlined “It Can Be Done!” On Oct. 31, thousands of New Yorkers jammed Carnegie Hall for the Bergson Group’s “Salute to Sweden and Denmark” rally.
Keynote speakers included members of Congress, Danish and Swedish diplomats, and one of the biggest names in Hollywood—Orson Welles, director of “Citizen Kane” and “The War of the Worlds.” In another coup for the Bergson Group, one of the speakers was Leon Henderson, one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s own former economic advisers (Henderson had headed the White House’s Office of Price Administration).
In blunt language that summed up the tragedy—and the hope—Henderson declared: “The Allied Governments have been guilty of moral cowardice. The issue of saving the Jewish people of Europe has been avoided, submerged, played down, hushed up, resisted with all the forms of political force that are available… Sweden and Denmark have proved the tragedy of Allied indecision… The Danes and Swedes have shown us the way… If this be a war for civilization, then most surely this is the time to be civilized!”
Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C. His latest book is “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.”

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The Prime Minister of Israel
Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the conclusion of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today (Sunday, 15 September 2013):

"We have been closely following – and support – your ongoing efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The Syrian regime must be stripped of all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.

The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we've learned once again in Syria, if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction, they will use them. The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continual defiance of the international community, by its pursuit towards nuclear weapons.

What the past few days have shown is something that I have been saying for quite some time, that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and, by the way, vice versa.

John, I appreciate the opportunity we've had to discuss at some length our quest for peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing talks. We both know that this road is not an easy one, but we have embarked on this effort with you in order to succeed, to bring about a historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians that ends the conflict once and for all."

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Said Obama: 

'My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria] to think we won’t strike Iran … My view is that if you have both a credible threat of force, combined with a rigorous diplomatic effort, that, in fact you can you can strike a deal.’

‘A credible threat of force’? What’s he been smoking?

This incredible self-delusion is at a commensurate level with the incalculable damage this man has done to the interests of America and the west and the increased danger in which he has placed the world. The dithering over Syria, and dilution of that threat of force to ‘unbelievably small, limited’ (John Kerry), not to mention the trumpeted advance warning of these ‘unbelievably small, limited’ strikes so that Assad has had time to move his chemical weapons to at least 50 sites (including Iraq, where the Syrian Islamists claim that, guess what, some of this stuff was exported to Syria by Saddam pre the 2003 war, the suspicion some of us have so often aired in response to the imbecilic ‘no WMD were found so that proves there never were any WMD’ mantra) have now made any threat of force ever by Obama’s America into a global joke.

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Had an absolutely awesome time this weekend in KC with my nephew, CPT (P) Bernard West, his beautiful wife, Serena, and their two handfuls, Ethan and Jordan. So glad we could spend some time together.
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A contrarian posts .. Which one do YOU care least about?
1. What is the difference between rugby "union" and rugby "league"?
2. Should women also be allowed to tell others about the imaginary guy in the sky?
3. Are the lesbians in porno REALY lesbians?
4. Who will lead the ALP?

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The three trends I’ve recently noticed are not new. What is new is that a relatively few churches embraced these concepts a few years ago. Today, they are becoming normative. These three approaches have moved from the category of “exception” to the category of “mainstream.”
  
 
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“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings."
Psalm 112:7
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?
Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?
Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, "Stand still and see the salvation of God." For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God's high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Evening

"A people near unto him."
Psalm 148:14
The dispensation of the old covenant was that of distance. When God appeared even to his servant Moses, he said, "Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet"; and when he manifested himself upon Mount Sinai, to his own chosen and separated people, one of the first commands was, "Thou shalt set bounds about the mount." Both in the sacred worship of the tabernacle and the temple, the thought of distance was always prominent. The mass of the people did not even enter the outer court. Into the inner court none but the priests might dare to intrude; while into the innermost place, or the holy of holies, the high priest entered but once in the year. It was as if the Lord in those early ages would teach man that sin was so utterly loathsome to him, that he must treat men as lepers put without the camp; and when he came nearest to them, he yet made them feel the width of the separation between a holy God and an impure sinner. When the gospel came, we were placed on quite another footing. The word "Go" was exchanged for "Come"; distance was made to give place to nearness, and we who aforetime were afar off, were made nigh by the blood of Jesus Christ. Incarnate Deity has no wall of fire about it. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," is the joyful proclamation of God as he appears in human flesh. Not now does he teach the leper his leprosy by setting him at a distance, but by himself suffering the penalty of his defilement. What a state of safety and privilege is this nearness to God through Jesus! Do you know it by experience? If you know it, are you living in the power of it? Marvellous is this nearness, yet it is to be followed by a dispensation of greater nearness still, when it shall be said, "The tabernacle of God is with men, and he doth dwell among them." Hasten it, O Lord.
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Today's reading: Proverbs 22-24, 2 Corinthians 8 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Proverbs 22-24

1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common:
The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4 Humility is the fear of the LORD;
its wages are riches and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it....

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 8

The Collection for the Lord's People
1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people. 5And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 6So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. 7 But since you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you-see that you also excel in this grace of giving....
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Obed

[Ō'bed] - worshiper or a servant who worships.
  1. Son of Boaz, by Ruth, and better than ten sons to her, since through Obed she became an ancestress of Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:17-22; 1 Chron. 2:12; Matt. 1:5; Luke 3:32).
  2. Son of Ephlal, descendant of Judah (1 Chron. 2:37, 38).
  3. One of David's valiant men (1 Chron. 11:47).
  4. A son of Shemaiah, a gatekeeper at the Tabernacle in David's time (1 Chron. 26:7).
  5. Father of Azariah, in the time of Athaliah (2 Chron. 23:1).
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September 15, 2011
Priceless Pigs
Today's Truth
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you..." (Ephesians 1:18 NIV)
Friend to Friend
An African tribe viewed a film about the life of Jesus, The Jesus Film, in their own heart language. As a follow-up, another ministry, Faith Comes by Hearing, provided the tribe with a contraption called a "recorder." Most of the world can neither read nor write, so the recorder allows the tribal people to be discipled by listening to the New Testament in their own native tongue. It runs off of solar power and will play the New Testament 1,000 times. (For more on these two incredible ministries see www.jesusfilm.org andwww.faithcomesbyhearing.com)
A group of listeners gather round to listen to the story of Jesus healing a demon-possessed man recorded in Luke chapter 8.
They (Jesus and his disciples) sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!" For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places...
Jesus demanded the demons to come out of the man and cast into a herd of nearby pigs. Then the pigs rushed down a steep hillside and into a lake and drowned.
The tribal community was stunned as they listened to this story. They knew the value of one pig, much less an entire herd.
"Why would Jesus do that?" they asked. "Why would He allow their entire source of income to be destroyed?"
Many questions stirred among the group. Then the wise chief spoke. "Perhaps Jesus is showing us that one human soul is worth more than an entire tribe's economy," he said.
I was silenced by his answer. That passage had been quite mysterious to me for many years. But God revealed this powerful truth to one little African chief hearing the story for the very first time. The chief understood just how valuable we are to God.
Let's Pray
Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing Your truth to the babes in Christ when so many of the studied miss it. Open my eyes to see and your truth, rather than become satisfied with predigested truth from the many teachers around me. Help me to be as this tiny tribe, and listen in awe as if I were hearing the gospel for the very first time. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
I'm wondering, in light of our economic situation, do the words of the chief stir you as much as they do me?
In light of the chief's words, do you spend more time being concerned with the souls of mankind or money? Which consume most of your prayer time?
Let's chat. Tell me one reason you know that you are valuable to God at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes.
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Lysa TerKeurst
September 15, 2011
When God Hurts Your Feelings
Lysa TerKeurst
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:12-13(NIV 1984)
Has God ever hurt your feelings? I'll be honest, sometimes I'll read those verses from Philippians listed above and think to myself, "This is a tough pill to swallow."
Content in any and every situation?
Really?
Several years ago my daughter was a state champion gymnast. To see her do gymnastics was like looking at God smile. She was beautiful, graceful, and captivating to watch.
One night while practicing for one of the largest tournaments she'd ever compete in, she fell. It was a move she'd done hundreds of times with the greatest of ease. But this time something went terribly wrong and that one mistake ended her gymnastic dreams.
We spent a year going from doctor to doctor only to be told she'd never be able to support the weight of her body on her injured shoulder again.
I'll be honest, this was heart wrenching. Watching a 14 year old girl wrestle with the fact her dreams were stripped from her doesn't exactly lend itself to feelings of contentment. Now, I know in the grand scheme of life, people face much worse situations. But in her world, this was huge.
It was so tempting to wallow in the "why" questions and tell God He'd hurt our feelings.
Why did this happen?
Why didn't You stop this God?
Why weren't my prayers answered?
Have you ever been there? Have you ever had a big situation in your life where you just couldn't process why God would allow this to happen? Or maybe even a small annoyance like losing your keys or having a flat tire on a morning you really needed to be somewhere.
It's so tempting to wallow in the why.
Asking why is perfectly normal. Asking why isn't unspiritual. However, if asking why pushes us farther from God rather than drawing us closer to Him, it is the wrong question.
If asking why doesn't offer hope, what will?
The what question.
In other words: "Now that this is my reality, what am I supposed to do with it?"
Philippians 4:8, "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." (NIV)
I like to call this verse "directions on where to park my mind."
And that's exactly what Ashley has had to do with her dashed gymnastics dreams. Instead of wallowing in why did this happen, I've had to help her say:
This is my reality, now what am I going to do with it?
What can I learn from this?
What part of this is for my protection?
What other opportunities could God be providing?
What maturity could God be building into me?
Switching from the why to the what question paves the road to parking our mind in a much better place.
Is it always easy? Nope.
But is it a way to find a perspective beyond situations where we feel God has allowed something in our lives we don't understand and we absolutely don't like? Yes.
I pray this helps you today. You can also download a free resource on how to change your why questions intowhatquestions. Just go to my blog, www.LysaTerKeurst.comand click on the button "When God Hurts Your Feelings."
Dear Lord, I want to process everything I face in life through the filter of Your love. I know You love me. But sometimes it's just hard to understand the circumstances that come my way. I find myself consumed with trying to figure things out rather than looking for Your perspective and trusting You. Thank You for this new way to look at things. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Click here to visit Lysa's blog to get your free resource mentioned above and to post your prayer request for whatever situation you are facing today. She considers it a great honor to pray for you.
Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst. This book contains chapters that will help you better process tough times when God hurts your feelings.
Also, consider doing this study in a group setting by ordering Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study GirlDVD set - Contains 6 sessions lasting 15-20 minutes each on one DVD for only $24.99 and a free Leader's Guide!
When you purchase resources through Proverbs 31 Ministries, you touch eternity because your purchase supports the many areas of hope-giving ministry we provide at no cost. We wish we could, but we simply can't compete with prices offered by huge online warehouses. Therefore, we are extremely grateful for each and every purchase you make with us. Thank you!
Application Steps:
Mentally walk yourself through parking your mind in a better place by remembering an event that happened this week and looking for God's protection, provision and process of maturing you.
Reflections:
Am I afraid to have honest conversations with God about how I really feel about some of my circumstances?
How might it be helpful to really talk to God about things that hurt me?
Why is it helpful to ask what now, instead of wallowing in the why questions?
Power Verses:
Isaiah 55:8-9, "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'" (NIV 1984)
© 2011 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
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Smoking and Bible Reading
If a person who is addicted to nicotine tries to quit smoking on their own their statistical chances of success are 0. If the person who tries to quit smoking uses a tool, say a nicotine patch, the chances of success inches to 5%. If that same person has both a tool and community the chances of success jumps to 40%! That's amazing. You know, I think this formula applies to other areas of our life - including understanding the Bible...
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How Did Jesus Broaden His Ministry Beyond the Jewish Community?

Today's reading: Joel 2:28-32
In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was given to priests and other specific individuals (see Numbers 11:16-17). But Joel predicted that one day God's Spirit would be given to all believers, regardless of position or status. Jesus fulfilled this prediction. Throughout Jesus' life he appealed to the Jewish community as their prophesied Messiah, but he also rewarded the faith of those who were not members of God's original "chosen people."
Jesus taught that the second most important command is "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31). He used the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37) to illustrate that fulfilling the intent of the law was more important than following the letter of the law. By using a non-Jew-the Samaritan, who followed the intent of the law better than did the priest or the Levite-Jesus showed that it was possible for Gentiles to know God's law and follow it.
Not only could Gentiles follow God's law, but they would also be rewarded for their faith. Jesus rewarded the Roman centurion (see Matthew 8:5-13), the Canaanite woman whose daughter needed healing (see Matthew 15:21-28) and the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4:1-26). Jesus widened the offer of salvation. His ministry was open to anyone who would receive it with faith, Jew or Gentile (see Luke 19:9-10;Galatians 3:26-29).
The apostles Peter and Paul quoted this prophecy of Joel 2:28-32 (see Acts 2:16-21Romans 10:12-13), noting that Jesus Christ is the One who fulfilled it.
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On Track

What if every driver decided to ignore the center yellow lines? Smash-ups would rival apocalyptic visions. Those colored splotches in the roadway keep us on track. They keep us safe.
In our spiritual journey, praise and thanksgiving are like a yellow line, keeping our hearts on track. But it doesn't take much to veer off course, does it? Think about the Levites. They were set apart to offer thanks and praise to God every morning and every night, day in and day out, in a never-ending cycle (see 1 Chronicles 23:30). It was their job. Forced "thank yous." Praise, praise, praise.
Imagine the temptations inherent in this routine. Did easy-to-repeat prayers take the place of petitions motivated by full hearts and genuine gratitude? Did their minds wander as the words bubbled out? "Hear me, O God. Here we go again."
We've all heard of the doctor who's in terrible physical condition or the plumber whose house has leaky pipes. When you do something for a living, as these people do, it's sometimes hard to stay motivated to keep your own life in order. This is what it may have been like for the Levites as well.
Praise and thanks are key ingredients in a healthy relationship with God. We need them as much as we need fresh air. Praise isn't just an outward gesture; it reveals what's inside us-the attitude we have toward God. When we offer meaningful thanks, we acknowledge that God's goodness deserves our recognition and awe. Every gift comes from his hand. Nothing we've done grants us the sun's bright rising or peaceful slumber at night-it all comes from God's good hand.
How do we make our delight in God genuine and true every day? Unlike the Levites, God doesn't demand that we follow certain daily requirements. Maybe that makes the routine more difficult. We are responsible for taking the time to bow before him and offer our praise and thanks.
When we skip this routine, we become like those drivers who disregard the center line-a potential accident waiting to happen. But when we take the time to regularly focus on and praise the God who loves us, he helps us to stay on track.

To Take Away

  • Spiritually, would you describe yourself as "on track" or as "an accident waiting to happen"? Why?
  • Why does God want you to praise him?
  • List several things in your life for which you can praise and thank God. How can you keep your prayers of praise and thanksgiving fresh?
Recommended Reading: Psalm 95:1-11; Matthew 6:5-15; Colossians 4:2-4
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