Saturday, September 07, 2013

Sat Sep 7th Todays News

Today is the birthday of Australia's greatest love poet, CJ Dennis. Tony Abbott will soon be PM. Rudd won't be. My heart is full. I have people I must thank who give much of their time for helping me with my duties re Bolt Report Supporter's Group and related groups (Conservative Voice, Smithfield/Fairfield/Cabramatta digital cultural museum and Justice for Hamidur Rahman). Stephanie, Mandy and John, I love you all. And thank you. Bolt report would look filthy if you didn't regularly tend to it, but, thanks to your devotion, contributors are able to express themselves with their voice. We don't bludgeon people to agree with us. And I certainly could not author anything put forward by the Katz, Paddles (no longer here but .. bizarrely ..), JFo, ZEG, and so many .. I value your thoughts, and thank you for your contribution. Today is a watershed. 
Tomorrow is business as normal. I started two events between Bolt and Voice in order to allow the community to bond on a common cause. That was a minor success. In the future, I hope to do more, and hope to build on what we have. I hope to hold the Abbott government to its promises, although I largely expect them to honour them. I have my own agenda and I will begin prosecuting it more. I resigned as a teacher to speak out over the issue of a bungled pedophile investigation and the death of school child Hamidur Rahman in 2007. My issue has been covered up to date by senior ALP identities, all of which have moved on. Those responsible for the death of the child still work and the case has not been examined by police, although it well may be too late .. regardless, the child will still be dead. Some who have covered up the issue for the ALP by failing to help me when I asked for it, are still in parliament .. Jason Clare and Chris Hayes, I'm going to make your time in office uncomfortable until you do your sworn duty. 
In Moscow, the G20 is over. No action has been decided regarding Syria. Obama is dithering, but looking dangerous too. 
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Update (10pm) Rudd concedes. It is worrying the ALP election policy of denying anything has been successful in minimising loss like that experienced in QLD or NSW state elections. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Deric LyThavee Rose Ftk and Thao Le. Born on the same day, across the years, as Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse (1438), Elizabeth I of England (1533), J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867), C. J. Dennis (1876), Vic Richardson, (1894), John Paul Getty, Jr. (1932), Buddy Holly (1936) and Michelle Creber (1997). On your day, Independence Day in Brazil (1822)
1191 – Third Crusade: Forces under Richard I of England defeated Ayyubid troops under Saladin in Arsuf, present-day Israel.
1778 – American Revolutionary War: France invaded the island of Dominica and captured the British fort there before the latter even knew that France had entered the war as an ally of the United States.
1901 – With Peking occupied by foreign troops from the Eight-Nation Alliance, Qing China was forced to sign the Boxer Protocol, an unequal treaty ending the Boxer Rebellion.
1999 – Three weeks after an earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, a major earthquake struck Athens, causing Greece and Turkey to initiate "earthquake diplomacy".
2011 – Yak-Service Flight 9633, carrying the players and coaching staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl professional ice hockey team, crashed near the Russian city of Yaroslavl, killing all aboard but one.
Another crusade (to party!). France has joined the party unannounced. There is a Boxer Protocol. The earth shakes in anticipation. Avoid bad flights .. Your day is shared with one of the greatest Australian Love Poets (CJ Dennis). You have been blessed, enjoy the gift of life.
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MILEY Cyrus, this one is on you.
A young woman has injured herself, catching on fire, in an awkward and embarrassing imitation of Miley's favourite dance move twerking.
Cyrus's infamous performance at the MTV Awards (the VMAs) is behind the proliferation of "twerking" in popular culture.
And loungerooms, apparently.
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Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/when-twerking-goes-really-really-really-wrong-woman-catches-on-fire-making-video/story-e6frfmqi-1226714096356#ixzz2eCNgWlro

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So Father Yoannis moved behind a wall in the charred skeleton of an ancient monastery to describe how it was torched by Islamists and then looted when they took over this southern Egyptian town following the ouster of the country's president.
"The fire in the monastery burned intermittently for three days. The looting continued for a week. At the end, not a wire or an electric switch is left," Yoannis told The Associated Press. The monastery's 1,600-year-old underground chapel was stripped of ancient icons and the ground was dug up on the belief that a treasure was buried there.
"Even the remains of ancient and revered saints were disturbed and thrown around," he said.
A town of some 120,000 — including 20,000 Christians — Dalga has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station on July 3, the day Egypt's military chief removed the president in a popularly supported coup. It was part of a wave of attacks in the southern Minya province that targeted Christians, their homes and businesses.
Since then, the radicals have imposed their grip on Dalga, twice driving off attempts by the army to send in armored personnel carriers by showering them with gunfire.
Their hold points to the power of hard-line Islamists in southern Egypt even after Morsi's removal — and their determination to defy the military-backed leadership that has replaced him.
With the army and police already fighting a burgeoning militant insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, there are growing signs that a second insurgency could erupt in the south — particularly in Minya and Assiut provinces, both Islamist strongholds and both home to Egypt's two largest Christian communities.
The takeover of Dalga has been disastrous for the Christian community in the town, located 270 kilometers (160 miles) south of Cairo in Minya, on the edge of the Nile Valley near the cliffs that mark the start of the desert.
In the initial burst of violence, the town's only Catholic church was ransacked and set ablaze, like the Monastery of the Virgin Mary and St. Abraam. The Anglican church was looted.
Some 40 Christian families have fled Dalga since, Yoannis said. Nearly 40 Christian-owned homes and stores have been attacked by Islamists, according to local Minya activists. Bandits from the nearby deserts joined the looting and burning, they said. To ensure the spread of fear, the attackers torched houses in all Christian neighborhoods, not just in one or two.
Among the homes torched was that of Father Angelos, an 80-year-old Orthodox priest who lives close to the monastery. Yoannis' home was spared a similar fate by his Muslim neighbors. A 60-year-old Christian who fired from his roof to ward off a mob was dragged down and killed, the activists said.
"Even if we had firearms, we would be reluctant to use them," said Yoannis. "We cannot take a life. Firing in the air may be our limit."
Those who remain pay armed Muslim neighbors to protect them. Yoannis said his brother paid with a cow and a water buffalo. Most Christian businesses have been closed for weeks.
Armed men can be seen in the streets, and nearly every day Islamists hold rallies at a stage outside the police station, demanding Morsi's reinstatement.
Most Christians remain indoors as much as possible, particularly during the rallies. They say they are routinely insulted on the streets by Muslims, including children. Christian women stay home at all times, fearing harassment by the Islamists, according to multiple Christians who spoke to the AP. Most requested that their names not be published for fear of reprisals.
"The Copts in Dalga live in utter humiliation," said local rights activist Ezzat Ibrahim. "They live in horror and cannot lead normal lives."
None of the town's churches held Mass for a month, until Wednesday, when one was held in one of the monastery's two churches. About 25 attended, down from the usual 500 or more.
"They don't want to see any Christian with any power, no matter how modest," Yoannis said of the hard-liners now running Dalga. "They only want to see us poor without money, a trade or a business to be proud of."
Like other Christians in town, he said police and authorities were helpless to intervene.
"Everyone keeps telling me that I should alert the police and the army," he said. "As if I hadn't done that already."
At intervals, the 33-year-old father of three would stop talking, move carefully to the edge of a wall, stick his head out to check if someone was coming.
His big worry was the bearded Muslim at the gate, Saber Sarhan Askar.
Skinny with hawk-like hazelnut eyes, Askar is said by Dalga's Christians to have taken part in the torching and looting of the monastery. Outside the monastery that day, Askar was telling priests he was there to protect it. But the orders he yelled to other priests left no doubt who was in charge.
"Bring us tea!" he barked at one priest. "I need something cold to drink!" he screamed at another soon after.
School teacher and part-time entrepreneur Kromer Ishaq fled Dalga a day after the Islamists took over. The Islamists already were accusing his father in a family blood feud — a charge that could prompt the killing of Ishaq. Then on the night of the takeover, Ishaq's gold shop was broken into and looted.
The son of a wealthy family, Ishaq fled with his extended family all the way to the Nile Delta north of Cairo, where he is now looking for work.
"I used to employ people and now I'm looking for work. I once lived in a house I own and now I live in a rented apartment. You ask me what life is like? It's like black tar," Ishaq said by telephone.
Dalga is the most extreme example of Islamist power in Minya — no other towns are known to be under such extreme lockdown. But the province in general has seen a surge in Islamist violence since the coup against Morsi.
In the province, 35 churches have been attacked, including 19 completely gutted by fire. At least six Christian schools and five orphanages have been destroyed, along with five courthouses, seven police stations and six city council buildings. A museum in the city of Malawi was looted and ransacked.
On Aug. 11, policemen suspected of loyalty to Morsi stormed the provincial police headquarters in Minya city. They dragged out the province's security chief and his top aide from their offices and ordered them both to leave the province. They did.
Minya was the epicenter of an Islamic militant insurgency against the rule of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in the 1980s and 1990s. It remains a stronghold of Islamists, including the extremist Gamaa Islamiya group. It also has the largest Christian community of any of Egypt's 29 provinces — at 35 percent of Minya's 4 million people, compared to around 10 percent nationwide.
Over Egypt's past 2 ½ years of turmoil, Islamist strength has grown. Hundreds of jailed radicals who purportedly forswore violence — though not their hard-line ideology — were freed after Mubarak's 2011 fall and given the freedom to recruit. The south has seen a flood of heavy weapons smuggled across the desert from neighboring Libya.
A top Interior Ministry official in Cairo said the Minya police force suffered large-scale infiltration by pro-Morsi Islamists. The local force is now under investigation by the ministry. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe was still undergoing.
The Minya security chief who fled the province, as well as two top aides, were replaced on Wednesday for what the Interior Ministry called the failure to maintain law and order.
In the security vacuum, it has been Christians largely paying the price.
Christian businessman Talaat Bassili recounted how on Aug. 15, dozens of men, some armed, stormed his home in the city of Malawi, not far from Dalga. For three hours, with no police or army in sight, the attackers made off with TV sets, washing machines, mobile phones, jewelry and cash.
The attackers descended on the house from the scaffoldings of a mosque next door. In footage from Bassili's security camera, shown to AP, men in robes and boys in sandals try to force their way into the house, then finally blast away the lock with Kalashnikov assault rifles. Some loaded their loot into a donkey cart.
Later, the footage shows Bassili, his wife Nahed Samaan — in a nightgown and a house robe — and son Fady leaving to take refuge with a neighbor.
A week later, Bassili said a man called him on his mobile phone to ask whether he wanted to buy some of his stuff back.
"I said no."

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1. It's Rupert Murdoch's fault
2. It's Rupert Murdoch's fault
3. It's Rupert Murdoch's fault
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Australian PM Tony Abbott and family
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Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d'Alpuget arrive at the Australian Labor Party's campaign launch  in Brisbane, before going to Forde to help Peter Beattie's campaign.

Labor's campaign was marred by an embarrassing bungle over Coalition costings and won't be remembered well, former prime minister Bob Hawke has said.
Speaking on Sky News on the eve of the election, Mr Hawke said objective observers would agree Labor is poised to lose the election, but Prime Minister Kevin Rudd "might have had a different story" if he'd better planned his campaign.
"I don't think it'll go down as a great campaign," Mr Hawke – who led Australia from 1983-1991 – said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/bob-hawke-regrets-labor-didnt-go-to-polls-sooner-20130906-2tacm.html#ixzz2eCQtybCy

.. I begged them to go .. they didn't listen to me, either ed
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12,000 Christians slaughtered by Muslims in Nigeria. But would Obama intervene and stop aiding and abetting the jihadists? Not when it's Christians. He won't even designate the genocidal Boko Haram a terrorist group.
Armed Muslims in Nigeria Kill Christians in their Homes Morning Star News, September 6, 2013
ADU, NigeriaSeptember 6, 2013 – Gabriel Anthony, 25, was steeped in quiet, prayerful devotion at 5 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 1) in this northern Nigerian village when he heard gunshots.

“Within minutes, bullets were piercing into our rooms,” Anthony told Morning Star News. “I escaped from my room by jumping through the window.”

A half hour later, seven of his relatives in Adu village, Kaduna state, were dead, including his father, 60-year-old Anthony Nkom; his mother, 45-year-old Asabe Anthony; his brother, 35-year-old James Anthony; and another brother, 37-year-old Andrew Anthony. Also killed were three of his nephews – 5-year-old Meshack Aaron, 12-year-old Bulus James Anthony, and 15-year-old Happiness Anthony.

The bodies of Happiness and Meshack were buried in one grave, and those of the other five in another.

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Allen West

Just watched President Obama's press conference, post G-20 summit, and am even more concerned. When you study history and understand the series of uncontrollable events that began WW I, we find ourselves not too far from that position now. It's not just about taking military action against Assad (which in the press conference Obama seemed reticent about), it is about the unintended consequences. President Putin has vowed to continue arms shipments and support, and Iran is issuing orders to its Islamic terrorist dogs for release. The window of opportunity for a quick' decisive response against Assad has closed. We cannot afford to destabilize another Middle Eastern country in favor of Islamists and establish terrorist sanctuaries. My recommendation? Instead of President Obama delivering a weak' politically-scripted speech on Tuesday, read "The Guns of August" and learn something about leadership and strategic policymaking.
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ST. PETERSBURG (The Borowitz Report)—Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”
The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.
“Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,” Mr. Obama said. “What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.”
As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.
“If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,” Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. “Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.”
Shortly after Mr. Obama’s volcanic performance, Mr. Putin released a terse official statement, reading, “I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.”
After one day of meetings, the G20 nations voted unanimously on a resolution that said maybe everyone should just go home.

That just shows how arrogant and unsuitable Obama is to be President ed
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Doctors believe baby Abigail Beutler, the daughter of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler and her husband, Dan, may be the first baby ever to survive Potter's Syndrome, a prenatal condition affecting the development of a baby’s lungs.
The Republican congresswoman from Washington was five months pregnant when she found out that her baby had no kidneys, and therefore was producing no fetal urine.  Doctors say that leads to little-or-no amniotic fluid, which ultimately prevents the lungs from developing.  
Herrera-Beutler described the moment she and her husband received the grim news.  
“As the doctor was giving us the diagnosis (Abigail) was kicking,” she said.  “We're totally broken, we're sobbing, we're asking, ‘What can be done? Is there anything that can be done?’  And she's moving inside of me, and the doctor is saying, ‘No, there is no option. This is fatal.’”
Refusing to give up on their daughter, the Beutlers found a doctor at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. who was willing to try an experimental treatment that could potentially save Abigail’s life.
The doctor injected multiple doses of a saline solution into the congresswoman's abdomen to try to create enough fluid for the lungs to develop.  The couple then waited to see if the treatment would work – and miraculously, Abigail was born on July 15th.
“When she came out and everybody was quiet, I think … a lot of these medical professionals were prepared for the worst. And she looked at us, and she cried, which means her lungs were functioning,” said Congresswoman Herrera-Beutler.  “I think that cry kind of startled everybody in the room.”
Doctors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California, where Abigail is currently being treated, say her weight has doubled since she was born, and she has “excellent lung function.”
According to Dr. Steven Alexander, a pediatric kidney specialist at Lucile Packard, Abigail will be on dialysis until she can get a kidney transplant in about a year or so, but he is confident about her prognosis.
“The kidney transplant success rate now is so good that we would predict a full adult life for her,” Alexander said.
The Beutlers are going public with their story, because they want other families that get a diagnosis of Potter’s Syndrome to have some hope.   
“Our daughter had a 100 percent fatal diagnosis, and she'll be 8 weeks on Monday,” Dan Beutler said.  “We and many people around the country have spent a lot of time praying for her. We don't know exactly how it all worked out, but we know for sure she's a miracle.”
Herrera-Beutler says she has received a lot of support from her congressional colleagues during this time, including a call from House Speaker John Boehner and a note from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/06/congresswoman-infant-daughter-may-be-first-baby-to-survive-potter-syndrome/#ixzz2eCSJauBF

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The Palestinian Authority is doling out millions of dollars in cash grants to convicted terrorists recently released from Israeli prisons in a program announced the same day as the P.A. accepted $148 million in the latest round of U.S. aid.
The authority announced Aug. 18 it would disburse $15 million in so-called “Dignified Life Grants” to more than 5,000 prisoners who had served more than five years in Israeli lockups, but had been recently released as a show of good faith by the Jewish state to bolster the Middle East peace process, according to Palestinian Media Watch.
The announcement came on the same day the State Department’s Michael Ratney, consulate general of the U.S. in Jerusalem, signed off on $148 million in aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, currently in the throes of a budget crisis.
“It’s not certain our specific dollars are finding their way into terrorists’ or former terrorists’ pockets but - at the least - it’s freeing funds for the P.A. to do these types of things.”
- Jim Phillips, the Heritage Foundation
Although the U.S. funnels about $400 million per year in aid to the authority, none of the money, by law, is supposed to go to terrorists or former terrorists. Critics say there is no way to separate money from U.S. taxpayers and the funds which go to the former prisoners.
 “We have a lot of funding that goes to the PA that is fungible and co-mingled and there is a lot of concern the money is going to radical causes and extremist issues,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the bipartisan think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracy, told FoxNews.com.
“There are many problematic questions concerning the way the Palestinian Authority disperses funds and especially those coming from the U.S. This is not unique. We’ve seen in the past, monies allocated from the PA’s budget to the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, which is a designated terrorist organization, and all of this points to a troubling trend whereby the U.S. has tried to get a handle on financing within the P.A.”
In August, The Associated Press reported that Israel published the names of 26 men to be freed before the latest peace talks between the Jewish State and the P.A. In all, 104 prisoners have been slated for release in four phases over a period of nine months that the U.S. has set aside for negotiations. But their freedom is reportedly contingent on progress in the talks.
It’s not clear who exactly has applied for the “Dignified Life Grants,” although Palestinian Media Watch reports that prisoners released from Israeli prisons swarmed the P.A.’s Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs office in Gaza following the grants’ announcement.
And among those Israel was slated to release was Mustafa al-Haj, convicted of killing an American-born settler hiking in the West Bank in 1989.
“It’s not certain our specific dollars are finding their way into terrorists’ or former terrorists’ pockets but - at the least - it’s freeing funds for the P.A. to do these types of things,” Jim Phillips, Middle East analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank, told FoxNews.com.  
“The Palestinians will argue this money is not fungible, but the fact that they are making these grants is a sign to me that the P.A. has plenty of money and maybe the U.S. should be scaling back its aid to the organization.”
Andrea  Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, a national conservative organization, turned up the rhetorical heat a few degrees further, telling FoxNews.com, “The Israelis were wrong to release these murderers and Obama is wrong to pay them a bonus for their evil actions. No good can come with any cooperation with the Palestinian Authority.  
“These are repeat, serial terrorists and murderers that we have been funding.  And The more we learn about the twisted foreign policy of the Obama Administration, the better we understand why the president is so inept to handle any issue foreign or domestic.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/06/palestinian-authority-takes-150m-from-us-doles-out-grants-to-convicted/#ixzz2eCSYLzHH

Obama gives aid to terrorists - ed
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IT'S the age old question: when you're standing at a pedestrian crossing, fitfully smashing the button with your palm, does it actually make a difference?
Don't feel ashamed for feeling paranoid. There are plenty of "placebo buttons" scattered all around New York City.
And the UK's pedestrian crossing buttons work in some places but not in others.
But what about us?
Fear not Australia, news.com.au has the answer.
According to almost all various roads and transportation authorities of all seven states, pressing the pedestrian crossing button actually does make a difference.
Brendan Joyce, senior project manager for traffic in the department of Infrastructure in the Northern Territory, told news.com.au that when a person pushes a pedestrian call button, a demand gets logged in the traffic signal controller.
"This demand calls for a vehicle or pedestrian movement (called a phase) where the demanded pedestrian can go," he said.
"The traffic signal controller is programmed to turn any vehicle movements to red that oppose the pedestrian movement (fully protected pedestrian movement) or if the vehicle signal groups runs in parallel to the pedestrian movement, it may be left in green."
And no, there are no placebo buttons in Australia. So stop being paranoid.
Also pushing the button more than once will make absolutely no difference, so stop doing it.
In Perth the buttons are automatically "pre-pressed" during peak hours in order to register for pedestrian need during high traffic times.
"However, the buttons will return to normal operations outside of the peak periods," said public affairs co-ordinator, Stephanie Dahl.
News.com.au was reassured by roads and transport authorities in NSW, The Northern Territory, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland that the pedestrian button is very much a real, working thing that affects the flow of traffic and pedestrians across busy streets.
The only state authorities that did not reply to our queries was South Australia and Tasmanians so apologies for inadvertent paranoia we may have caused to the good people of South Australia and our brothers and sisters across the ditch.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/does-pushing-the-crossing-button-do-anything/story-fn5fsgyc-1226713968493#ixzz2eCTLT1rn

How about constituents approaching an ALP member or help? Placebo button? - ed
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AUSTRALIA has shown its irrelevance on world affairs with Foreign Minister Bob Carr failing to hold a closing press conference on the outcomes of the G20 leaders forum.
In a stunning decision, Senator Carr snubbed usual protocols of wrapping up the summit with a press conference discussing decisions made or not made at the annual forum this year on such critical questions as Syria.
This is despite the fact Australia currently has the presidential chair of the UN Security Council and is next year to be the host leader of the G20 summit, a position that would normally prompt a baton-passing statement.
French, Russian and American media were left surprised when most other leaders held a press conference except Australia whose showing at the forum has been marginal, despite it holding key positions on the world stage.
Even Australian diplomatic officials were left red-faced when foreign media turned up for a planned press conference and Senator Carr never showed up for.
Australia’s official delegation offices – tucked between the offices of African minnows Ethiopia and Senegal as well as Turkey, Brunei and the delegates toilet block – were closed up and lights off even before the conference closed for the night.
"And apparently Australia is supposed to be hosting next year’s summit of the world’s leading economies?" one American journalist quipped in between attending other leader’s public appearances. He said he just hoped delegates’ gift bags were good enough to encourage them to travel Down Under to Brisbane next year.
The latest snub comes after World Vision Australia boss Tim Costello who was attending the summit said foreign delegates had been left disappointed by the fact Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had failed to attend the forum, leaving Australia one of only two nations not to send a leader to Russia for critical talks on conflict in the Middle East, the other being Saudi Arabia whose ailing king was unfit for travel.
The fact Senator Carr was unlikely to be about after this weekend’s federal election was not lost on many who had attended the G20.
Whatever policy initiative he wanted to launch or position taken on vexed issues such as Syria were potentially to be irrelevant come next week.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/bob-carr-snubs-stunned-g20-media-pack/story-fndir2ev-1226713884340#ixzz2eCU7PWqY

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This is why aliens don't visit us. ROTFL - ed
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Final Foto Friday...

Looks best viewed large, so go ahead and click on it... go ahead... I know ya wanna!

Well, the weekends here and I have a photo taking friend visiting (Darvin) so tonight will be a nice time of getting out with him and a couple other friends to shoot... something... somewhere...

Meanwhile, here's a pic for my friends here who keep up with this thing that I do... and greatly enjoy doing. It's from the Canyonlands of Southern Utah as a monsoon storm was moving in while standing in some ancient ruins. Have a great weekend everyone!
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Zaya Toma
The no carbon protestor with the Liberetts at St Johns Park High.
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Emerald Circular Box - 103 Emeralds - Mughal India -1635
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Journalist Miriam Widman: "If there aren't many Jews around, meeting one in a box in a museum is better than not having any contact."
After two decades of life in Germany, an American Jew reflects on the Berlin Jewish Museum's controversial "Jew in the Box" exhibition and her experiences in a country that still has a dearth of Jews, even decades after the war.
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Vote for change and see the difference


TODAY, Australians from all walks of life will be reflecting on our country and its future.
Elections require us to think about the differences between political parties - not what they have in common.

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This is how you do it. Observe and learn.>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeF41_coSX8


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Quick question: How come Obama and his crew have so much intelligence as to know for certain what happened in Syria but they still have no clue what happened in Benghazi?
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“When you start putting your hands on a woman in anger … that is a drop-dead deal breaker.”http://bit.ly/DRP090613 #DrPhil 
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A Swedish reporter asked Obama what it's like to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner that's trying to attack Syria.

See how he responded at the link below...

It’s not been an easy in Stockholm for Obama. First, he denied that he had drawn a red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, insisting it was “the world” and “Congress” who had drawn the red line.
So, when a Swedish reporter asked our president how he could reconcile being a Nobel Peace Prize winner with a guy who was doing his best to order a cruise missile strike on Syria, a weary-looking Obama mostly mailed in his response – beginning by stating the obvious:
“I think I started the speech by saying that compared to previous recipients I was certainly unworthy.”
[Most of the world seen feverishly nodding in approval.]
Obama went on to give a predictable answer; peaceful people living in a dangerous world, how he ended the war in Iraq and is winding down the war in Afghanistan, the need to promote diplomacy to solve the world’s problems, yada yada.
The thing most striking about his response, was that Obama looks like a guy who is clearly out of gas. A guy who would rather be anywhere in the world than standing at that podium answering that question.
A guy who frankly, is looking more and more like he’d rather spend the rest of his days on the golf course and leave this all behind.

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Covering an area as large as London and considered one of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's most brutal prison camps, a site designated as Camp No 22 saw a drastic reduction in its population prior to its closing last year - investigators fear as many as 22,000 inmates may have been left to die from disease and/or starvation.

The details are contained in a new report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). The group is now demanding a deeper inquiry.
At Camp No. 22, in North Hamyong Province, in the far north-east of the country, the prison population shrank dramatically in the months before its closure, probably in December 2012. Reports suggest that a severe food shortage meant that little was passed on to inmates and that numbers dwindled rapidly from 30,000 to 3,000.
Investigators believe it's possible that up to 8,000 prisoners were transferred to other camps; however, there's no evidence suggesting that any of the inmates were released. Numbers gleaned from multiple methods and sources leave approximately 22,000 individuals un-accounted for and feared dead from what's considered to be one of the world's harshest prison regimes.

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Tony Abbott "I would like to be an infrastructure Prime Minister”
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Zaya Toma

After three years of hand-to-hand election campaigning combat, the effort of Liberals everywhere comes down to the election tomorrow. I wish our local candidates Andrew Nguyen, Liberal for Fowler and Ray King - Liberal for McMahon the very best of luck.
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A number of Sen. John McCain’s constituents are not happy with the Arizona Republican’s support of President Barack Obama’s plan to take military action against Syria. Voters made that much perfectly clear when they confronted him at a town hall in Phoenix on Thursday.
“We didn’t send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war,” one man said to applause,CNN reports.
Another man told McCain Congress is ignoring its duty to represent voters.
“This is what I think of Congress,” he said, holding a bag of marshmallows in his hand. “They are a bunch of marshmallows. That’s what they are. That’s what they’ve become. Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It’s not our fight.”

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ELECTION 2013 II

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (8:16pm)

Describing the past four years as a “dance of death”, Labor’s Jason Clare calls for a “generational change” of ALP leadership: “It’s time to put the Rudd-Gillard era behind us.”
Australia’s already done that, Jase.
UPDATE. It’s difficult to tell on Ten’s chaotic broadcast, but someone appears to have given Clive Palmer the win in Fairfax.
UPDATE II. Craig Emerson is losing it on Nine: “I’m entitled to have my say!” He’s still running lines about Abbott’s negativity - as if it matters now. Move on, Craig.
UPDATE III. Julia speaks! It’s her first Twitter comment since July.
UPDATE IV. Kevni’s farewell looms – or does it? 
Journalists with Team Rudd have been briefed that Mr Rudd’s speech is about half an hour away. They have been told Mr Rudd has written a draft of a concession speech but that there is a blank space for the bit about whether he stays on as leader. 
Maybe he’s worried that someone will leak it. Like himself.
UPDATE V. Laurie Oakes: “Clive Palmer in federal parliament will be interesting.”
UPDATE VI. Readers picked an 8pm-9pm concession speech. As usual, however, Kevin Rudd is running late.
UPDATE VII. Adam Bandt claims his victory is a “win for refugees”. Which is great news for all the refugees who live in inner-city Melbourne.

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ELECTION 2013

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (6:13pm)

A cheery start to counting, thanks to Sky’s exit poll
The prospect of Labor losing all of its eight Queensland seats is looming large as the final votes are cast in Kevin Rudd’s home state …
Only the Brisbane-based seats of Griffith and Lilley, held by the prime minister and former treasurer Wayne Swan, are still in play and some commentators say they too could go. 
UPDATE. Homeless union identity Paul Howes, part of Seven’s panel, hasn’t seemed this threatened since he survived a Young Labor camp. The Seven bunch is impressively lively. Ten’s production looks a little shambolic. The ABC’s subdued presentation isn’t helped by an ominous echo; commentators sound as though they’re speaking from the bottom of a well.
UPDATE II. Olden-times election images, featuring John Gorton and a fan. And also his wife.
UPDATE III. “If I wanted to be daring I’d call the election now,” says the ABC’s Antony Green, noting that all early numbers are against Labor. He’s waiting for at least another ten minutes.
UPDATE IV. It’s all happening in the Maldives. The way things are going, Tony Abbott will probably win there, too.
UPDATE V. Barnaby Joyce is currently running at above 80 per cent after preferences in early numbers from New England.
UPDATE VI. Wayne Swan is hanging on in Lilley, as in Chris Bowen in McMahon. David Bradbury doomed in Lindsay. Nine’s current count: Coalition 36 seats, Labor 11.
UPDATE VII. From a less-gentle media era, the Sunday Observer‘s 1975 election edition: 

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Hmmm. Maybe something for the Sunday Telegraph to look at there.
(Via bobx)
UPDATE VIII. Craig Thomson in Dobell is on just 3.7 per cent after more than one-fifth of all votes counted. Peter Slipper is on 1.4 per cent.
UPDATE IX: 

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UPDATE X. The bloodletting is underway
Recriminations have already begun inside the Labor Party, with outgoing Northern Territory senator Trish Crossin calling for the head of national secretary and campaign director, George Wright.
The veteran senator, whose career ended when Julia Gillard exercised her ‘’captain’s pick’’ to replace her with Nova Peris, took to Twitter before polls closed, declaring: ‘’If we see a massive defeat tonight then George Wright has to go.’’ 
He won’t be alone.

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ELECTION BOTTLEGROUND

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (5:43pm)

Minderbinder of QLD kicks off the election-night drinky action
After the celebratory magnum of sparkling Pinot Noir, a homemade strawberry liqueur, without the lemon! Oh, happy day! 
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HEADING FOR THE EXIT

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (2:28pm)

Morgan exit polls point in the right direction

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UPDATE. Streaming Sky TV coverage here.
UPDATE II. Not for the first time, Kevin Rudd has trouble with a redhead.

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BE HERE OR BE ELSEWHERE

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (4:49am)

This site – the people’s site – was here for you during the highs of 2004, the lows of 2007 and the ties of 2010, and it’ll be here again when Labor hits the rotors on Election Night 2013. The main threads open at 6.00pm and will continue until hope is restored/the world ends, depending on your point of view.

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BOTTLE COLLECTION

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (4:43am)

Readers are invited to send photographs of their election-night drink choices. Email your pics totrblair@ozemail.com.au, along with any other entertaining electoral imagery. Personally, I’ll be sipping an award-winning vodka

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Full disclosure: I’m an investor in this fine vodka company.

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TREND POSITIVE

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (4:39am)

Tony Abbott is in poll position
Labor’s support has not changed, stuck on a dismal primary vote of 33 per cent, compared with an unchanged 46 per cent primary support for the Coalition. On a two-party-preferred basis, using preference flows at the last election, the Coalition’s lead remains 54 per cent to Labor’s 46 per cent – the same result in a Nielsen Poll published today by Fairfax Media. 
Those numbers could translate to Labor being cut down to fewer than 50 seats in the next parliament, which would be a remarkable result considering that Labor and the Coalition were tied just 47 days ago. Ex-PM Bob Hawke believes Kevin Rudd erred by not calling an election earlier, which might be right; the less time voters were exposed to Rudd, the greater his chances of winning against a candidate rated highly by Laurie Oakes: 
No other politician can craft a message as succinctly and deliver it as sharply as he can.
No politician since Keating has been better at using the English language to demolish as well as to sell.
Abbott understands instinctively what will make a headline and what will get a run on the TV news. He knows about deadlines and pictures and the demands of the 24-hour news cycle. He is as adept at spin as the spin doctors who work for him. 
I’d add that Abbott has another, possibly more crucial quality: like John Howard, he is exactly the same in person as he is in Parliament or on television. Abbott’s opponent, besides offering more aspects than a shattered crystal, also turns out to be a lousy campaigner
During the election campaign Rudd’s personal approval fell from a positive net satisfaction to minus 26 – a faster, sharper slump than any leader in history. 
To know him is to not vote for him.

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ACADEMIC DISTRESS

Tim Blair – Saturday, September 07, 2013 (3:48am)

A beautiful era of cruelty dawns: 
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney has told staff he was ‘’distressed’’ to see the work of a renowned philosophy academic from the university unfairly ridiculed by the Coalition as an example of ‘’ridiculous’’ and wasteful government spending.
The Coalition announced on Thursday it would audit and redirect funds from the Australian Research Council in an attempt to curb government ‘’waste’’, with opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey singling out certain projects during a press conference.
Among the projects highlighted by the Coalition is “The God of Hegel’s Post-Kantian idealism”, a research project being led by Professor Paul Redding from the university’s Department of Philosophy. 
The cost of that study: $443,000.

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MAYBE TOM WATSON ATE THEM

Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (5:47pm)

Another deputation of anti-News protesters was scheduled to appear today at 4pm. The Australian‘s James Jeffrey is still waiting: 

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THIS COULD BE A PROBLEM

Tim Blair – Friday, September 06, 2013 (4:30pm)

Malcolm Mackerras declares: 
I’m predicting 94 seats for the Coalition, 54 for Labor and two others in the seats of Denison and Kennedy. That would be an absolute majority for the Coalition of 38 seats. 
Make of this what you will. Mackerras also believes that “discredited” Kevin Rudd will lose his seat to Bill Glasson, shown here in dramatic contrast to his rival.

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The results

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (4:47pm)

Finally, a man worthy of the office of Prime Minister - and humble enough to hope it.
Newspoll exit poll is predicting Coalition will pick up an extra 25 seats - to 97. Kevin Rudd is 50-50 to lose his seat.
It predicts the only crossbenchers to keep their seats will be Tasmanian Andrew Wilkie and Queenslander Bob Katter.
Greens MP Adam Bandt is predicted to lose the seat of Melbourne.
Wayne Swan, author of our deficits, seems gone.
UPDATE
Peter Beattie all but concedes:

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Reader AP:
Did anyone else see the woman smoking the pipe standing behing Beattie, in Peter Beattie’s campaign HQ on ABC? Maybe this is how Labor will deal with the loss?
UPDATE
Swan behind badly with 20 per cent counted.
UPDATE
Sadly, with a third of votes counted in Fairfax, Palmer has 30 per cent. 

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Join the election celebrations here - or mourning, if you prefer

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (1:47pm)

Blogging here from 6pm, with moderator John posting your comments.
Join in.
And from 6pm, listen here as Alan Jones, Michael Costa and I cover the election. Talkback:  131 873.
And tomorrow on The Bolt Report at 10am on Channel 10: Michael Costa, Warren Mundine and Peter Reith join me on an election post-morten - or the dawn of a new era. 

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Leave your sour grapes here

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (1:28pm)

Post examples here of Leftist weeping furious tears and blaming everyone but themselves. Post examples here of frustrated megalomania, choking hatreds and that peculiar lack of proportion that today will be buried in the ballot box.
First example, Anne Summers in the Sydney Morning Herald:
I don’t think I can recall an election where so many people are telling me they are not just unhappy but are actually repelled by the choices on offer. Who can I vote for, people are saying. I can’t stand either of them…
Tony Abbott says we can trust him. Many of us are hoping, perhaps even praying, that we can’t. We are hoping that once he is in office he will see things differently and that he won’t honour his promises… We will, for the first time in 40 years, actually go backwards.
Summers seems to live in a sheltered workshop. In a Mecca, closed to non-believers. She might meet only people who say they can’t vote for either party, but in fact the Liberals will get the first preferences of nearly half the population. Oddly, Summers seems not to know any of them.
Second, note that she actually prays for the election of a leader who lies to win an election. No wonder she’s unhappy Julia Gillard is gone.

Bring on the return of integrity in politics. Bring on the return of people who - unlike divisive tribalists such as Summers - treat people with respect, even if they disagree with their opinions.

Your own examples? 

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ABC on Abbott and the crack of doom

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (1:10pm)


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Morgan exit poll: smaller win for Coalition

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (12:57pm)

Roy Morgan exit poll at noon: Coalition 51.5, Labor 48.5. (APOLOGIES: I earlier had a higher figure after misreading the previously linked page.)
Earlier polling by Morgan put the lead at 53.5 to Labor’s 46.5. John Comnenus:

This results in a house with:
Coalition 90 seats, ALP 57 seats, and
Independents / minor parties 3 seats.
Sportsbet predicts a somewhat different result where we need to work the other way, that is work out the seats and then predict the 2PP amount. Sportsbet predicts a win of 99 seats for the LNP with three more seats tied.
The punting predicts that the make-up of the house as follows:
Coalition 99-102 seats,
ALP 49-48 seats,
Others 2 seats (Katter and Wilkie).

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Abbott will be even more winning in time

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (10:17am)

Paul Kelly is right. I think Tony Abbott will be even more formidable next time as a man that outsiders will have warmed to:

Labor fell for its own propaganda about Abbott, a grievous error… The key to Abbott as PM would be his conviction that people want a return to stable, consistent and conservative government. He uses the label “adult government” to capture its essence.
For Abbott, the priorities will be sticking by his word, consultation with stakeholders, orthodox decision-making, avoiding shocks, executive caution and projecting as an inclusive prime minister…
As a personality, Abbott accentuates the insiders-outsiders division at the heart of Australia’s culture wars. The insiders will continue to loathe him; the outsiders are likely to warm to him more as PM in office.
Because - pssst - here’s the tip. Tony Abbott is actually a very nice and quite sensitive man. The more that people see that, the more that the sliming of him will wash away. 

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Newspoll: Labor faces wipeout

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (9:07am)

Kevin Rudd risks losing almost as badly as Julia Gillard would have:
The Coalition is on course to gain at least 22 seats and up to 32 in the worst case for Labor, including the seat of Treasurer Chris Bowen, and with Kevin Rudd’s Brisbane seat of Griffith at risk…
On a two-party-preferred basis, using preference flows at the last election, the Coalition’s lead remains 54 per cent to Labor’s 46 per cent - the same result in a Nielsen Poll published today by Fairfax Media.
The seats in play.
UPDATE
Reader Baa Humbug:

Pre-polling indications are that Rod McGarvie will take Wayne Swans seat of Lilley 52% to 48%

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Labor staffers already blame Rudd

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (8:25am)

The recriminations start already. Kevin Rudd is being blamed for costing seats he should have won:
The Prime Minister - beamed live on August 15, close to the end of week two of the campaign - was announcing an ambitious plan to cut corporate tax in the Northern Territory as a way of attracting investors....
As the cameras rolled in Darwin and Rudd kept talking about the Territory tax plan, at times stumbling over the detail, jaws dropped in Melbourne HQ.
Labor policy experts had warned against Rudd proposing a regional tax cut… As one campaign adviser said: “People literally looked at each other and said, ‘What the f . . k?  ... It was an absolute debacle. It was a classic Kevin moment. It wasn’t enough to announce something. It had to have a huge ‘wow’ factor. We ended up with a negative story."…
In the story of how Rudd lost the election campaign, Darwin was a turning point.
I agree to a point. As I said at the time, this was the moment the wheels fell off the campaign. But the car was going nowhere because Rudd actually is who he is.
Bruce Hawker will be made a scapegoat:

The one consistent thread for Rudd has been his relationship with Hawker, a veteran manager of past state Labor campaigns who helped strategise the Labor PM’s resurrection in late June and has accompanied him since as a close adviser on the election trail.
Yet Hawker is not on Labor’s payroll… Hawker is paid by Rudd out of his own pocket.
As a result, Hawker has been in no position to stand up to Rudd in a campaign riddled with dysfunction…
A senior Labor campaign source described the lack of campaign accountability. “Within days it became clear this campaign wasn’t being run out of Melbourne; it was being run out of Kevin’s campaign plane,” the source said.
“He was directing strategy, changing travel schedules and even cutting ads on-board. It was a joke… He couldn’t just do his job. And nobody stood up to him - nobody - that was a key problem. He didn’t listen, he didn’t want to listen, he thought he knew it all. Well, he didn’t. But what he did know how to do was lose us 20 seats.”
Today there will be one key figure for Labor in this blame game:

His return was meant to be the difference between losing up to 40 seats with Gillard - or 15 to 20 with Rudd…
During the election campaign Rudd’s personal approval fell from a positive net satisfaction to minus 26 - a faster, sharper slump than any leader in history…
“Look, at the start of the campaign we were looking at picking up maybe up to 10 seats in Queensland; now we’ll be lucky to hold any seats,” a senior Labor campaign source said.
“...We had a chance of winning, but we blew it. Kevin blew it.”
UPDATE
Rudd ends the campaign with his signature chaos:

There has been absolute disaster and pandemonium at St Paul’s Church in Brisbane where Kevin Rudd has just cast his vote with his wife Therese Rein.
The Prime Minister’s team gave the polling station and the media just five minutes notice before he arrived to vote.
At first, media were told they weren’t allowed inside the polling booth to film him voting, creating some angry scenes with officials. Rudd was also heckled by Socialist Alliance protesters.
When they were finally allowed inside the booth, ordinary voters were caught up in a dangerous crush of security minders, protesters, cameramen, sound guys and journalists.
“It could not have gone worse,” says Fairfax reporter Jacqueline Maley. “It was absolute chaos, it was insanely unsafe for members of the public and difficult for us to get out shots.”
One cameraman was overheard saying it was “the last straw in a completely chaotic campaign”. 

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Fantasist Carlton searches for a liar

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (8:10am)

Fairfax fantasist Mike Carlton:

So, are we the people really going to elect a liar to The Lodge today?
Question. When did write Carlton write that line?:
In 2007, when Labor was led by a man who promised to turn back the boats and stop this “reckless spending”?
In 2010, when Labor was led by a woman who promised to never introduce a carbon tax?
In 2013, when Labor is led by a man who claimed he would never again be Labor leader, that he would not campaign negatively, that Tony Abbott planned $70 billion in cuts and that he had Treasury documents proving a $10 billion hole in Abbott’s costings?
A slightly deceptive way of putting the question I know, but Carlton is such a predictable buffoon that I’m sure you know the answer. 

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Time to “cleanse” the ABC as the Faine wished to “cleanse” News Corp?

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (7:58am)

After the election I plan to write a column which looks back on these comments in 2008 by Jon Faine, a presenter of the ABC, which has refused to let a conservative host any of its main current affairs shows:
JON FAINE:
I want to expand our discussion to another aspect of media which I think is quite intriguing as the Rudd Government is about to start it’s first session in the parliament, and that is whether or not the media needs to go through a bit of a rethink, as it would seem, according to last year’s election, the nation has. Have things moved on and have some of the staples of the media in the Howard era worn out their usefulness as we enter a Rudd era? ... I’m going to talk in particular about columnists… and Bruce you have some notorious ones of your own? Although I’m going to here, stick my neck right out, and say I think The Australian newspaper has perhaps the most loyal band of Howard supporters amongst its current crop of columnists. And you have to wonder how they’re quite going to adjust, and cope, and fit in when the people they are so well connected to, are no longer in office.
BRUCE GUTHRIE (Editor-in-chief of the Herald Sun, my employer):

Yes, I’d probably take issue with the word notorious Jon, by the way. I’d say notable rather than notorious…
JON FAINE:
But it’s more the columnists (on the The Australian), the sort of Christopher Pearson’s and Janet Albrechtsens and Mark Steyn was the American columnist who was used in the paper yesterday and so on. And you think, well, it kind of represents the thinking that’s out of step with the result of the election in a way, some of the material that those people are very much making their own and their own beat.
BRUCE GUTHRIE:

I guess it comes down to whether you think newspapers need to be in step with the Government?
JON FAINE:

Oh no, not with the Government with the electorates… But within your newspaper, rather than asking you to speculate about other things, within your own newspaper, does the result of the election mean you rethink any of the component parts that make up your weekly diet?…
BRUCE GUTHRIE:

I think it’s very, very hard to contribute a column on a weekly basis over a long, long period of time and so we’re forever monitoring that.
JON FAINE:
Very interesting, so you’re not going through a cleansing process?
BRUCE GUTHRIE:
Definitely not.
Please write my first paragraph for me. I will publish the best below. Heavens, I may even pinch one for my column in a week or two.
UPDATE
Reader Anthony Marshall writes my first paragraph:

Following the repudiation of the ALP by the Australian electorate over the weekend, maybe it is now time to investigate how well our taxpayer funded national broadcaster has served us.
During the past three years, Labor and the Greens have attempted to muzzle the free press to mute criticism of its poor performance in government, cheered on by the commentators from “Our ABC”. Perhaps it is time for a cleansing of the ABC to address their failure and refusal to follow their charter.
Reader BruceT:
The massacre that Labor earned on Saturday provided inarguable proof that the publicly funded ABC is completely out of step with the opinions of those very same public.
This raises the question: Is it time for the Coalition to run a metaphoric toilet brush through the befouled pipes of our publicly owned broadcaster? Perhaps a cleansing bias enema filled with the disinfectant of it’s own charter?
UPDATE
Reader Case:
Andrew,Unless Anthony Marshall is channeling me, I actually wrote-although it may have been slightly edited. - “Following the repudiation of the ALP by the Australian electorate over the weekend, maybe it is now time to investigate how well our taxpayer funded national broadcaster has served us.”

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Unelectable no more

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (7:48am)

Political things
A victory over the media class:
Bernard Keane in Crikey on November 29, 2009: 
ABBOTT will reduce the party to a reactionary rump struggling to accept the 20th, let alone the 21st, century.
Peter Hartcher in The Sydney Morning Herald on November 26, 2009:
IN short, the Coalition is split, the Liberals are divided, the leader’s support is hollow, the party faces electoral oblivion. There are no grown-ups.
Not mucking about. Rod Cameron’s description of new opposition leader Tony Abbott on December 1, 2009:

UNELECTABLE.
Laura Tingle fleshing out this thought in The Australian Financial Review on December 1, 2009:

THE election of Tony Abbott is a disaster of epic proportions for a party that was already up against it in the race to remain competitive at the next election. They have now taken a major step to the Right, towards their base, and away from mainstream voters.
Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald the same day:

THE Liberal Party has decided that it’s more important to be combative than to be electable. By electing Tony Abbott leader, the Liberal Party has chosen to fight on climate change and to risk all on an unpopular cause.
David Marr in the Sydney Morning Herald on December 2, 2009:

A NEW face will now join the black-and-white portraits of Liberal leaders staring down the room. So many hopeful new starts: a dozen leaders from Bob Menzies to Malcolm Turnbull, most of them torn down by their party colleagues.
The photographer shouldn’t tarry ... Early in the day I found myself ... behind a National Party senator talking on his mobile phone. “Tony may get up, which personally pleases me,” he said. “But even my mother won’t vote for him.”
Peter Hartcher on the “accidental leader” in the Sydney Morning Herald on December 5, 2009:

(NICK) Minchin knew very well what everyone else in the room knew - that of the three leadership candidates, Abbott was the most unpopular. The parliamentary members of the Liberal Party had just chosen to elect a leader that most of them considered to be unelectable.
Laura Tingle in the Australian Financial Review on December 9, 2009:

THE unexpected opposition leader clearly believes in being open about his deep conservatism. This is the only way to explain the make-up of the shadow cabinet: ultra-conservative, ultra-sceptical about climate, ultra-reminiscent of the former Howard government. That would be fine had the electorate swung wildly to the right. However, there are no such voters.
Peter Hartcher in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 30, 2010:

RUDD is now playing Howard to Tony Abbott’s Latham. Rudd is seen as the experienced, committed, focused prime minister. The “tonal meta-message” is all about reassurance.
Labor expects that the “tonal meta-message” conveyed by Tony Abbott will be something like that of Latham.
Aggressive, unpredictable, unsettling, perhaps even a little creepy with his well-publicised talk about female sexuality. The polls, the betting markets, the precedents all give Rudd a commanding advantage.
Peter Lewis in the Punch on June 22, 2010:

THE real leadership story in Australian politics is that Tony Abbott is unelectable.
Former ABC religion editor Paul Collins in Eureka Street on August 17, 2010:

I AM not claiming that Abbott consciously follows Santamaria’s integralism. But there is always the danger of osmosis, of absorbing attitudes without realising it. If I were a politician - or an archbishop - I’d want to put considerable distance between myself and the most divisive man in the history of Australian Catholicism.
Mark Kenny in The Punch on February 10, 2011:

TONY Abbott was right about one thing. Shit happens. After this latest episode, his colleagues are increasingly concerned at why he keeps making it happen to them.
Philip Coorey pondering focus groups in the Sydney Morning Herald on February 14, 2011:

WHEN Abbott is mentioned, the reaction is laughter and disrespect ... The focus groups have little regard for Abbott. Abbott’s great strength was his appeal to the conservative base and the soft voters “don’t take to him”. “He’s nothing to these people, he doesn’t engage middle, soft-voting Australia, they don’t respect him” (said political pollster John Scales).
Laura Tingle in the Australian Financial Review on October 28, 2011:

OH for goodness sake. Enough. Pledges in blood. Policy run on the smell of intestinal fortitude alone. We are supposed to be talking about who becomes prime minister here, not an action man movie. It’s a shame politics is such a confidence game. Party colleagues and commentators temper their assessments about what a leader is putting forward if it seems to be working for them, even if what is being put forward is complete schlock.
Thus has Tony Abbott prospered until now instead of being called for the hollow man that he is ... Focus groups show voters still don’t really like Abbott, and a majority are uncomfortable with the idea of him as prime minister. Yes, he has been shielded from the implications of these views by the fact that voters like the PM even less. But two years is a long time to get away with being such a negative, opportunistic and hollow man.
Bruce Haigh in the Drum on January 30, 2012:

ABBOTT is not the man for prime minister, he is not the man to lead this great country.
David Marr, Quarterly Essay, in September 2012:

AUSTRALIA doesn’t want Tony Abbott. We never have.
Michael Short in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 16:

IN their own self-interest, the Liberals would be wise to at least consider replacing Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull. It has long been clear the two leaders Australian voters would like to choose between are Rudd and Turnbull.
Mark Kenny in Fairfax Media on July 10, 2013:

SENIOR Liberals have brushed off fears Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s political strategy has been exposed as static or one-dimensional by Labor’s late move back to Kevin Rudd. But privately, concerns are growing, fuelled by uncertainty about the election and opinion polls showing Labor drawing even and Rudd pulling away from Abbott as preferred prime minister. The return of Rudd has increased the scrutiny of the alternative prime minister. The pressure is starting to show on Abbott’s face and colleagues are wondering if their leader’s gift for devastating cut-through lines is becoming a negative against the new positive Rudd persona.
Motion seconded. Laura Tingle in the Australian Financial Review on July 26, 2013:

RUDD’S return has only once again raised the question of whether Abbott is electable. 
More at the link. 

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Laurie Oakes grudingly praises the man he tried to finish off

Andrew Bolt September 07 2013 (7:02am)

Laurie Oakes has on election day decided Tony Abbott isn’t so bad as Oakes has painted:

By the time he went for the leadership again Mr Abbott was a much more serious and disciplined politician, and he has continued to develop - to the point that, throughout this campaign, he has looked considerably more prime ministerial than his opponent.
Colleagues who once dismissed him as a lightweight and thought he would never have what it takes to be prime minister have changed their minds.
Actually, Oakes should say he’s the one who’s changed his mind from this, less than two years ago:

Politicians don’t come any more ferocious and brutal than Abbott. He reverted to the wild the moment he got his paws on the Liberal leadership.
His style is pure attack dog, as feral as you’d get.
Today Oakes still has a worry:

The main concern I have relates to Mr Abbott’s confession to Malcolm Turnbull a few years ago: “I’m a bit of a weather vane, mate.”
At the stage this became public knowledge he had publicly expressed four different views on the issue of climate change and how to deal with it, and gone though three different positions on paid parental leave.
That’s nothing. Oakes has had a dozen different positions on turning points in Labor’s failing fortunes:
August 24:
Labor is getting some traction from the scare campaign alleging that a Coalition government would engage in massive spending cuts to pay for its policies.
It suggests even more strongly that attacks on Tony Abbott’s gold-plated paid parental leave scheme - six months on full pay to women earning up to $150,000 a year - are biting. Hard.
November 2012:

[Signing up Peter Slipper as Speaker] gives Gillard a chance to try to build respect, notch up some achievements and claw back support.

November 2011:

She has started, at long last, to look prime ministerial, and having her close relationship with the US president on show should burnish that improving image at least a little.
August, 2011:
But another factor was Gillard’s switch from campaigning on carbon to delivering outcomes and unveiling policy in other areas - disability pensions, health reform, national broadband and aged care among them. It was a good week for Gillard. A bit more of this and she might start to look prime ministerial.
July 2011:
IT should be possible to sell Julia Gillard’s climate change package to voters. Despite Tony Abbott’s alarmist claims, it can be portrayed as a good news story.
March 2011:

So last Monday - again in dire trouble and desperate to turn things around in the carbon tax battle - Gillard faced the Q&A audience again.  And again it paid off… The performance at last gave some direction to the Government’s botched campaign to sell the policy.
December 2009:
There is also a strong view that action must be taken to reduce emissions. The “do nothing” ...  approach has very little support in the community.
It’s not hard to imagine the response (Liberal Senator and sceptic Nick) Minchin would have got if he’d tried to sell his “no need for action” line to mothers of young children in Adelaide as the temperature hit 42C the other day.
So (Malcolm) Turnbull is right when he says a party without a policy to deal with climate change would have no credibility.
November 2009:
Kevin Rudd and Company can hardly believe their luck… Unless (Opposition Leader Malcolm) Turnbull can bring the climate change dissidents to heel, the Liberals will face humiliation at the polls...
But Oakes is almost right. Abbott’s problem isn’t so much that he can change his mind. Properly exercised, this is a virtue. As with John Howard, it means a politicians doesn’t get stuck defending the indefensible and is prepared to compromise to succeed.
Abbott’s real problem is he is an enthusiast and eager to win over critics with examples of his good intentions. That can lead him to embrace high-minded symbolic symbols of good intentions. He had a conversion to multiculturalism that was fuzzily explained. He now back the constitution recognition of Aborigines, a well-intentioned but doomed descent into New Racism - one which will divide, not unite.
But even on this point I have some faith in Abbott’s ability to change his mind when presented with good arguments. I also trust his good heart. 

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Labor vote collapsing

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (10:34pm)

The latest Nielsen poll shows another drop in Labor’s support as Kevin Rudd gives up and goes home:

The latest Age/Nielsen survey suggests 54 per cent of the nation’s 14.7 million electors are embracing the Coalition (after preferences).

Labor’s primary vote has slumped to 33 per cent, with the Coalition on 46 per cent.

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Bolt Report on Sunday - election special

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (4:17pm)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 on Sunday:
Tony Abbott - from unelectable to landslide. Labor - from green dreaming to nightmare.
Our special panel - Warren Mundine, Michael Costa and Peter Reith.
On Sunday at 10am and 4pm.

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“I’m here with my pet polar bear this morning”

Andrew Bolt September 06 2013 (2:53pm)

A sad thank you from a lonely Kevin Rudd.
UPDATE
His opponent in Griffith, however, seems in fine spirits. Watch Bill Glasson belt it out with the help of a soulful Julie Bishop and camera-hog Campbell Newman:


In a battle of the videos, I’d say Griffith would fall to Glasson. 

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With less than 24 hours to go, our 38 candidates across NSW stand ready to deliver.
 
Thanks to those of you who've done so much to help us get this far.
 
Now it’s time for us to deliver real change.
 
Tomorrow, make sure you are a part of history. Help us deliver a better future – for all Australians.


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One year later: Camp Bastion families still fighting for truth

Next week, “never forget” will resound across America as citizens mark a dozen years since the 9/11 terrorist attack and one year since the bloody disaster in Benghazi. But who will remember the American heroes who came under siege at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on 9/14/12?

Dueling Headlines; ‘Romney wants war with Syria’ edition

What a difference a year makes...

For a possible strike on Syria, Organizing for Action isn’t helping Obama organize thataction

You know a military strike on Syria is a tough sell when Barack Obama can’t even convince @BarackObama to help organize that action...

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“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."
Philippians 2:15
We use lights to make manifest. A Christian man should so shine in his life, that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who are about him should clearly perceive whose he is, and whom he serves; and should see the image of Jesus reflected in his daily actions. Lights are intended for guidance. We are to help those around us who are in the dark. We are to hold forth to them the Word of life. We are to point sinners to the Saviour, and the weary to a divine resting-place. Men sometimes read their Bibles, and fail to understand them; we should be ready, like Philip, to instruct the inquirer in the meaning of God's Word, the way of salvation, and the life of godliness. Lights are also used for warning. On our rocks and shoals a light-house is sure to be erected. Christian men should know that there are many false lights shown everywhere in the world, and therefore the right light is needed. The wreckers of Satan are always abroad, tempting the ungodly to sin under the name of pleasure; they hoist the wrong light, be it ours to put up the true light upon every dangerous rock, to point out every sin, and tell what it leads to, that so we may be clear of the blood of all men, shining as lights in the world. Lights also have a very cheering influence, and so have Christians. A Christian ought to be a comforter, with kind words on his lips, and sympathy in his heart; he should carry sunshine wherever he goes, and diffuse happiness around him.
Gracious Spirit dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would thy life in mine reveal,
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Saviour speak.

Evening

"If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."
Galatians 5:18
He who looks at his own character and position from a legal point of view, will not only despair when he comes to the end of his reckoning, but if he be a wise man he will despair at the beginning; for if we are to be judged on the footing of the law, there shall no flesh living be justified. How blessed to know that we dwell in the domains of grace and not of law! When thinking of my state before God the question is not, "Am I perfect in myself before the law?" but, "Am I perfect in Christ Jesus?" That is a very different matter. We need not enquire, "Am I without sin naturally?" but, "Have I been washed in the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness?" It is not "Am I in myself well pleasing to God?" but it is "Am I accepted in the Beloved?" The Christian views his evidences from the top of Sinai, and grows alarmed concerning his salvation; it were better far if he read his title by the light of Calvary. "Why," saith he, "my faith has unbelief in it, it is not able to save me." Suppose he had considered the object of his faith instead of his faith, then he would have said, "There is no failure in him, and therefore I am safe." He sighs over his hope: "Ah! my hope is marred and dimmed by an anxious carefulness about present things; how can I be accepted?" Had he regarded the ground of his hope, he would have seen that the promise of God standeth sure, and that whatever our doubts may be, the oath and promise never fail. Ah! believer, it is safer always for you to be led of the Spirit into gospel liberty than to wear legal fetters. Judge yourself at what Christ is rather than at what you are. Satan will try to mar your peace by reminding you of your sinfulness and imperfections: you can only meet his accusations by faithfully adhering to the gospel and refusing to wear the yoke of bondage.
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Today's reading: Psalm 148-150, 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 148-150

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever-
he issued a decree that will never pass away....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 15:29-58

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day-yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die."
33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God-I say this to your shame....
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Zacharias

[Zăcha rīas] - jehovah is renowned.
  1. The son of Barachias, or Jehoiada (2 Chron. 24:20-22). This Zacharias is the martyr mentioned by Christ (Matt. 23:35; Luke 11:51) who was the righteous man murdered by the Jews in the court of the Temple, between the sanctuary and the house.
  2. The father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-67; 3:2).

The Man Who Was Stricken Dumb

The priest of the eighth course of Abia was visited by the angel Gabriel as he was ministering in his turn in the Temple. The revelation came to him about the birth of a son in his old age, and of his name and mission. His disbelief of the divine message was punished by dumbness, an affliction which vanished when John was circumcised and named.
In obedience to Gabriel's command, the babe was named John, and upon his presentation to God, Zacharias, by the Spirit, composed his magnificent Benediction. After this he vanishes from Holy Writ.
3. The name suggested for John the Baptist by his friends (Luke 1:59).
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September 6, 2011
The Power of the Holy Spirit in You!
Today's Truth
Jesus said, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you" (Acts 1:8 NIV).
Friend to Friend
"I'm not good enough." Have you ever said or thought those words?
The truth is if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, then you have the power of the Holy Spirit living in you and working through you. Jesus said, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you" (Acts 1:8). You have God's incomparably great power at your disposal. "That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms..." (Ephesians 1:19-20 ). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work within us? Yep. The same power.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth" (don't you just love it when He says that), anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12 ). Did He just say that? Yep. What does going to the Father have to do with the power we receive? Because once Jesus went to the Father, the Holy Spirit came to live in believers. "If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth" (John 14:15-16).
Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom spent the last years of her life speaking to men and women all around the world about the God who sustained her during her imprisonment and who delivered her from the Nazi prison camps. During one of her presentations, she held up a lady's white glove.
"What can this white glove do?" she asked. Then she went on to explain...
"The glove can do nothing. "Oh, but if my hand is in the glove, it can do many things...cook, play the piano, write. Well, you say that is not the glove but the hand in the glove that does it. Yes, that is so. I tell you that we are nothing but gloves. The hand in the glove is the Holy Spirit of God. Can the glove do something if it is very near the hand? No! The glove must be filled with the hand to do the work. That is exactly the same for us: We must be filled with the Holy Spirit to do the work God has for us to do."
It is time to see yourself as God sees you. No more living in a house of mirrors looking at a distorted image of who you are. This is how God sees you.
You are a child of God. John 1:12
You are justified- completely forgiven. Romans 5:1
You are free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
You have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
You have been made righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21
You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.Ephesians 1:3
You are righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:24
You have been redeemed and forgiven of all your sins.Colossians 1:14
You are a dwelling place for Christ. He lives in you. Colossians 1:27
You are complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10
You are chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
You have been given a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7
You have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which you are a partaker of God's divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4
And that, my friend is only the beginning! Say these verses out loud. Speak to your soul. Believe the truth about who you are. You are more than good enough because of who lives in you and works through you.
Let's Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me, to work through me, and give power to me. I pray that I will plug into the power source every day. Forgive me when I act like a powerless spiritual invalid rather than a spirit-empowered soldier. Regardless of what my feelings tell me today, I choose to believe that I am a dearly loved, chosen, holy child of God who is enveloped by Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
I've given you a lot to think about today. Go back up to the verses listed in today's devotion and put a check by the ones that you have a difficult time believing for yourself. Now, choose to believe the truth, regardless of how you feel. When you choose the truth, you will be renewing your mind!
Check out Romans 12:2 to learn what happens when we renew our minds with the truth.
If you will stand with me and start believing the truth about who you are, then give a shout out atwww.facebook.com/sharonjaynes. Simply enter, I'm believing I am who God says I am!
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September 6, 2011
Being Thankful Changes Everything
Lysa TerKeurst
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12 (NIV 1984)
It was 1992. I sat on the bed, tears streaming down my face, negative thoughts racing through my mind...Why does marriage have to be so hard sometimes? Why can't he see my side of things? Why won't he change? Maybe I married the wrong man.
This was a scene repeated over and over the first five years of my marriage. I was discouraged, overwhelmed and so tempted to give up.
But here I am 19 years later, feeling so thankful I didn't walk away.
Ephesians 6:12 has reminded me over the years that my husband isn't my enemy. Art may feel like my enemy, but the truth is Satan is the real enemy who hates marriage and schemes against my husband and me.
Satan's goal is always to be one who casts something between two to cause a separation.
Satan wants to separate us in every way. He wants to separate us with conflict, hurt feelings, misunderstanding, and frustrations of all kinds.
He wants to separate us from our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our parents, our spouses, our kids.
He wants to separate us from God's best. He wants to separate us from God's heart.
One of the strategic ways Satan starts these separations is by luring us into a place of grumbling and complaining. If he can get us to focus on what is aggravating and downright negative in life, then little cracks of distance start forming in our relationships.
The grass starts looking greener everywhere else except where we are standing.
I can see this so clearly when I look back on the first five years of my marriage. Somehow, I became so hyper focused on all I felt was wrong with my husband, I became blinded to all that was good.
I grumbled and complained and nagged and set out to change him.
And I almost destroyed my marriage in the process.
Satan had a field day as the separation between Art and I kept ever widening. We went to counseling but my heart was so hurt-so hardened, I refused to connect on any level. I was bitter, grumpy and miserable.
Then one day as I was in a fit of tears asking God to please make things better, I felt challenged to start listing out things about Art that for which I was thankful.
It was hard at first. I had bought Satan's whispers seeing only the negative and believing there was very little positive to find.
But, with each positive quality I listed, slowly my perspective changed. It was as if the clouds of negativity lifted and I could see his good qualities once again.
How sad that I spent five years thinking the grass would be greener somewhere else. Now I know the grass is always greener where you water and fertilize it. And being thankful - really intentionally listing out things for which we are thankful - is a great way to start watering and fertilizing. It changes everything.
Dear Lord, thank You for helping me see how beneficial it is to be aware and appreciative of the good qualities in those I love. Lord, help me to recognize Satan's schemes and combat them with the power of having a truly thankful heart. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Lysa TerKeurst and Ann Voskamp invite you to join them tonight, Tuesday, September 6, 8-9pm EST for a free live webcast to prayerfully come before God, and say a wholehearted "Yes" to Him. Just one night/one hour. If you've been looking for a fresh igniting of your soul, don't miss this! For more information click here.
Lysa's book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God now has a 6 week DVD teach series that is perfect for women's Bible Study groups. For more information click here.
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:
Every time a negative, separating thought comes into your mind today, intentionally combat it with something for which you are thankful about that person.
Reflections:
How does it make me feel to dwell on what I wish was different about another person?
Could this devotion showing up in my inbox today be a reminder from God that there are positive things for which I can be thankful?
How does having a thankful heart change things?
Power Verses:
Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (NIV 1984)
2 Corinthians 4:15, "All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." (NIV 1984)
© 2011 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.
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What are the different kinds of psalms?

This week's reading: Psalm 3:1
There are many ways to categorize the psalms. Some focus on content (trouble or trust, praise or prayer, joy or repentance). Others emphasize the use of the psalms (public ceremonies, private prayers and so on). Still others analyze style and technique (such as parallelism and acrostics). Here are some general categories:
(1) Hymns of praise. Many psalms were used in temple worship and some even include directions for the song leader. Many are still used as the basis for hymns and praise choruses.
(2) Complaints. Life is tough and many of the psalms reflect that fact. People turn to the psalms in times of distress because the psalms dare to be honest and meet them right where they are.
(3) Royal or Messianic. Many psalms revolved around the king and were intended to be used for public occasions in the life of the nation of Israel. Early Christian teachers, however, recognized that these psalms contained prophetic allusions to Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
(4) Occasional. Referred to as songs of ascent (Ps 120-134), these psalms were so named because they were sung by Israelite pilgrims as they went up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. Other special occasions often had their own psalms as well.
(5) Wisdom. A few psalms illustrate the difference between human folly and godly wisdom, between sinful and righteous behavior.
Other categories could also be listed: historical,repentance,curse and creation.

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