Thursday, September 12, 2013

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The Australian PM elect has not yet announced a ministry. Partly because a campaign against prospective industry Minister Sophie Mirabella has been successful, and her actual seat is in doubt. This is a tragedy because unlike Gillard or Wong, Mirabella has talent. The person who might defeat her is supported by a so called conservative independent who supported the left wing minority government and helped trash the political career of Nick Greiner. So naturally the press, in the interim,  are asking who or what will be the next ALP leader. Will it be from the corrupt ALP right in the form of Shorten, or from the corrupt ALP left in the form of Albanesi. It is in fact of no consequence, as both have the same policy of the other. Shorten will follow Gillard's lead regardless of what it is. Albo, as leader,will do what his mandate tells him. It is yet to be revealed what sweet nothings the mandate whispers. Some say it is Carbon Tax. Some say it is Gay marriage. Gillard opposed Gay marriage, but Shorten can be his own man, as soon as he works out what she really meant. Apparently the mandate isn't Tim Matherson and so the press have many questions they want answered, and are increasingly irritated Abbott hasn't told them yet. 
Also, there is leadership speculation in the US. Some say Obama is President. Obama is taking the lead from Putin. At first the press had thought Obama was dithering as over a hundred thousand people have died and millions have been made refugees in Syria. Clinton, who had a similar experience in Rwanda before he learned bombing could be ineffective in former Yugoslavia has given a lead to Obama. In order to be assertive, Obama wants to bomb something. So, in a masterclass display of dithering, Obama asked for permission to bomb Syria. But time passes, people die, a Christian village with the world's oldest Christian church has fallen to rebels (the CIA labels them Al-Qaeda, but the press know they are sensitive to leaks, so they call them rebels) and Obama is agreeable to a brokered position by Putin. This puts Russia in the box seat of negotiations between Iran and the US on nuclear issues. So the US President has abrogated US policy to Russia. Which is just as well, as it turns out that the weapons available to the Rebels include the high tech weapons stolen by Al-Qaeda at Benghazi last year. Confused? Think of it as a cancelled episode of Glee. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Dharmarama JenSylvie Theresa Lam and Fergie Tu. Born o the same day, across the years, along with Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (1492), Hsinbyushin (1736), Richard Jordan Gatling (1818), Maurice Chevalier (1888), Shmuel Horowitz (1901), Jesse Owens (1913), Stanisław Lem (1921), Barry White (1944), Hans Zimmer (1957) and Colin Ford (1996). On your day, National Day in Cape Verde
1309 – Reconquista: Forces of the Kingdom of Castile captured Gibraltar from the Emirate of Granada, although they would lose control of it 24 years later.
1848 – Switzerland became a federal state with the adoption of a new constitution.
1933 – Hungarian-American physicist Leó Szilárd (pictured) conceived of the idea of the nuclear chain reaction while waiting for a traffic light in Bloomsbury, London.
1942 – A U-boat sank RMS Laconia with a torpedo off the coast of West Africa and attempted to rescue the passengers, which included some 80 civilians, 160 Polish and 268 British soldiers and about 1800 Italian POWs.
1983 – The clandestine group Boricua Popular Army staged a bank robbery in West Hartford, Connecticut, US, making off with $7 million in the largest cash theft in U.S. history at the time.
You have Gibralter for now. Maybe make cheese, clocks and banks? Traffic lights inspire much destructive thought. You sink it, you take responsibility. Let the BPA pay, tonight.
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CLEMENTINE CASHES IN

Tim Blair – Thursday, September 12, 2013 (5:46am)

According to the Age, profits from columnist Clementine Ford’s Abbott-hating t-shirts would be donated to needy organisations
The T-shirts are ethically produced, printed in Melbourne and Ford is going to direct profits to towards just three organisations that she says will be worse off under an Abbott government: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, The Aboriginal Legal Service and The Council for Single Mothers and Their Children. 
Note: not a “portion” of profits. Not a “percentage” of profits. Just profits – by implication, all of them. But Ford herselfnow writes
This is for all the pro-Abbott folks out there who hate my t-shirts. I’ve made around $4500 in profit in two days … Some profits going to charity though! 
The Age didn’t run any such qualification in its free ad for Ford’s ethical garments. How much might “some” be? Two-thirds? Half? A quarter? Try even lower. At her t-shirt sales site, charitable Clementine has lately added this: 
UPDATE: Due to the success of the project, I’ve chosen to direct part of the profits to three organisations who’ll suffer under Abbott’s government. At least 20% of all profit … 
So, from profits to date, that’s a lousy $300 each to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Aboriginal Legal Service and the Council for Single Mothers and Their Children, while privileged Clementine pockets a handy $3600 – including, no doubt, some cash from gullible buyers who believed the Age‘s line about profit donations.
UPDATE. Fairfax’s free ad, as it originally appeared: 
As an antidote to the crushing reality of Post-Abbott world she’s created some cathartic t-shirts with slogans that include (NSFW)‘F**k Abbott’ and (SFW) ‘Abbott is not my Prime Minister’ that can bought online. 
That promotion has since been stealthily edited
As an antidote to the crushing reality of a Post-Abbott world she’s created some cathartic T-shirts with slogans that include ‘Abbott is not my Prime Minister’ which can be bought online. 

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RETURN OF THE LACTOSE HOWLER

Tim Blair – Thursday, September 12, 2013 (5:41am)

Senator Milky McWeepster plans a comeback
Stephen Conroy wants to return to Labor’s frontbench, saying he’s got a role to play in holding the coalition to account from opposition …
“I want to be part of holding Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull and Joe Hockey to all of their promises, and more importantly to the frauds they’ve been engaged in.” 
Whoa! That’s tough talk from nukey boy, who also has views on new Labor leadership rules: 
“A parliamentary Labor leader cannot sustain their leadership if they do not have the support of a majority of their colleagues,” he said.
“These rules that have been put in place will make us an absolute laughing stock.” 
Senator Rage Bubble is speaking in the wrong tense.

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KEITH DUNSTAN

Tim Blair – Thursday, September 12, 2013 (5:23am)

Veteran Melbourne columnist and author Keith Dunstan has died at 88.

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VOICE FROM THE COCKPIT

Tim Blair – Thursday, September 12, 2013 (5:17am)

Shoved off the track by a reckless competitor, a British racing driver offers a remarkably calm (and accurate) post-impact summary:



(Via Jalopnik)

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ACASCREAMIA

Tim Blair – Thursday, September 12, 2013 (5:10am)

David Thompson reviews academic wailing as grant gatherers anticipate an end to the era of entitlement.

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The very real Tony

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (4:34pm)

Terry Barnes describes the Tony Abbott I recognise and which I hope and expect he will show more of::
Abbott can now afford to relax and enjoy his new role. The smiling, engaging, likeable and very human Abbott, laughing uproariously at off-colour jokes and wordplay (especially his own), is anything but the stiff, suited figure at the campaign podium. Disciplined Abbott can’t exist without him.
In the campaign, rounded Abbott only shone through once, revealing himself to Annabel Crabb on Kitchen Cabinet. Then the public glimpsed an intelligent, well-read, self-aware and thoughtful man, who resists the hype and adulation that invariably surrounds political leaders.
Conversing with Crabb, Abbott showed that he has gained, from his life experiences, successes and failures, the maturity and judgment to make a very good prime minister. He finally tore up the caricature of conservative Catholic zealot that his opponents and detractors have made for him. Allowing Australians to see more of this “full Tony” surely is key to his longevity as PM. 

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Shorten running for Labor leader

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (1:40pm)

Bill Shorten announces he’s putting his hand up for the leadership of Labor. Says he thinks Labor can win the next election.
Says it’s “devastating” to have lost the election, and must learn the lessons. Labor cannot afford to assume it’s lost the next election. It will have to reach out beyond the usual constituencies, he says.
Doesn’t want “wreckers” to tear down the achievements of Labor’s last six years - NBN, disability care, fair go at work and ... “a price on carbon”.  (Bad move, that last one. Defending the NBN could be tricky.)
Wants to lead a “party of ideas”. Wants a country where everyone can reach full potential.
Says will submit to a ballot tomorrow. (This suggests Albanese will also run.) But then he adds “if there is to be a ballot”. (This suggests Albanese might not run, but Shorten isn’t sure.)
“If Anthony Albanese stands” and is chosen “Australia will be very well served”.
Shorten says he brings “optimism” and “energy” and is “hungry” for victory.
“I believe that climate change is real” and man’s emissions make a “contribution” - (which is no more than what I would say). But then goes on to pledge again to a price on carbon dioxide.
Suggests Tanya Plibersek would be a good deputy. .
Supports the new leadership process.
Says Rudd’s return made sure more colleagues were saved. Gillard accomplished changes only she could have wrought.
UPDATE
Will we see the usual anti-Catholic smears of these two men as Abbott has had to endure?

The NSW Left’s Anthony Albanese is the son of a single mother who instilled in him three great faiths - the Catholic church, the South Sydney rugby league team and the Labor Party.

The Victorian Right’s Bill Shorten might have been educated at the private Jesuit Xavier college but he is the son of a wharf worker and teacher who went on to head up the Australian Workers Union.
It is interesting how much Catholicism instills a drive to serve. Is there also a tribal teaching that makes party politics a natural habitat? 

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Mirabella tells Abbott to drop her

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (12:53pm)

This would have taken some courage from Sophie Mirabella, even if her chances of winning Indi now are small:

“It is now time that our new Prime Minister has absolute freedom to select his new front bench,” she said in a statement.
“As my own future in the Parliament is not assured, I have asked that I not be considered for selection...”
Mrs Mirabella has been the Coalition’s spokeswoman on innovation, industry and science for nearly four years.

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Labor leaves a jobless legacy

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (12:30pm)

The size of the problem becomes clearer:
The economy unexpectedly shed 10,800 jobs in August, taking the unemployment rate to a fresh four-year high…

The jobless rate rose to 5.8 per cent from 5.7 per cent.

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It’s unlawful to consider Hanson-Young a joke?

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:46am)

Millions of us risk being sued by Greens child-senator Sarah Hanson-Young on these grounds:

The senator is suing publisher Bauer Media, saying the article suggested she is not a politician to be taken seriously and that her pro-asylum seeker stance is ridiculous.

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If Shorten’s a leader, he’ll drop the carbon tax

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:33am)

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Labor is right to say global warming is dangerous. After all, it’s already fried two Labor leaders.
Now it threatens to torch the next, unless Bill Shorten proves he’s got more guts than he’s let on.
Shorten is the charmless ex-union boss chosen by Right-wing faction heavies this week to take over Labor’s leadership after its devastating loss.
I think him overrated - mostly by himself, which is his fatal flaw. 

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Emerson claim: Rudd says he wants to be Prime Minister again

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:29am)

Former Trade Minister Craig Emerson warns that Kevin Rudd just doesn’t know when he’s not welcome:
Andrew Fisher served as a Labor prime minister on three separate occasions. Rudd has told three journalists at this newspaper that he wants to emulate Fisher and become a three-time Labor prime minister. He has described himself as a “determined bastard”.

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Albo to run. But Rudd’s leadership rules will hobble Labor

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:21am)

It’s the members’ choice against the machine’s:

The Labor Party could be headed for a month-long leadership battle after former deputy Anthony Albanese told Bill Shorten he intends to run.
Mr Shorten has already indicated internally he will stand, meaning unless one of them backs down, rules adopted before the election will be invoked and the leader will be chosen by Members of Parliament and regular Labor members over 30 days.
Those rules were Rudd’s demand when he returned as leader - and the joke is that Rudd will have done to his party what so many of his reforms did to the country. His changes will have the opposite effect to the one he claimed - to democratise the party:
Under the rules, nicknamed “Kevin’s Curse”, if there is more than one candidate the winner will be chosen by separate elections of the parliamentary caucus and the rank-and-file. Each vote counts for 50 per cent of the result…
Mr Shorten wanted to avoid a ballot and had hoped caucus would put forward a consensus candidate – himself… Mr Shorten, who was backed by his Right faction during a meeting on Monday, had been considering giving a press conference on Wednesday to publicly declare his leadership intentions but, after the conversation with Mr Albanese, it did not eventuate.
So Shorten was hoping to dodge Rudd’s stupid rules by getting the factions to agree to him first, before even a Caucus vote. So a rule that Rudd sold as a way to break the control of the “factional few” has had the exact opposite result so far - negotiations to settle the leadership before even asking Caucus to vote.
What a joke. So like Rudd.
But if this does go to a ballot of the members, who tend to be more left wing than Labor MPs, Albanese will probably triumph:
Sources on both sides of the factional fence agree Mr Shorten could not hope to win because while the caucus vote would be tight, individual members would strongly back Mr Albanese, who is a senior member of the Left and one of Labor’s most popular figures.
“Bill will get slaughtered,” said one senior member of the Right.
As it happens, I think Albanese would be the better choice because he is a better communicator. But a ballot of Labor members could also lock him behind a mistake:
While Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott beds down the new government, a Labor leadership contest has the potential to become a de facto ­campaign over the carbon tax.
Elements of Mr Shorten’s Right faction broke ranks on Wednesday and said Labor should allow the Coalition to abolish the carbon tax and emissions trading scheme.
Steve Conroy is right about the absurd leadership rules Labor stupidly and meekly led Kevin Rudd impose on them:
“We’ve got no leader, no frontbench, no shadow spokespersons who are able to lead the debate for us. And this will descend into complete and utter farce.”
The historic changes forced by Mr Rudd will give about 30,000 Labor members a say in choosing the federal leader if there is more than one candidate for the top job…
“We have this ludicrous circumstances where we might not have a leader for four, six, eight weeks,” Senator Conroy said…
“Can you imagine the parliamentary party votes, one candidate has a majority and then the rank and file members overturn, roll, the parliamentary party. That is an absurd circumstance.”
It could be even worse. Rudd could have won, which under his new rules would have meant Labor could not under almost any circumstances replace him until he lost an election. Labor must have a post-mortem into how it nearly handed over its party to one man - and to a man like Rudd:
Senator Conroy ... claimed Mr Rudd’s key supporters dumped material featuring him.
“I’ve been told stories that key MPs, key supporters of the Prime Minister, trashed and pulped their own how to vote cards and produced new ones in the last few days before the campaign,” Senator Conroy said.
UPDATE
Radio National says Albanese denies the report he’s going to run. He hasn’t yet made up his mind. 

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Hope her report on Syria’s jihadists is at least true

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:17am)

This is not a good look for the hapless John Kerry:
The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday…
[Elizabeth] O’Bagy’s op-ed piece for the Journal, “On the Front Lines of Syria’s Civil War,” was cited by both Kerry and McCain last week. McCain read from the piece last Tuesday to Kerry, calling it “an important op-ed by Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy.” The next day, Kerry also brought up the piece before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and described it as a “very interesting article” and recommended that members read it.
But the piece had also come under fire for misrepresenting her affiliations. Originally the op-ed only listed O’Bagy, 26, as only “a senior analyst” at the ISW, later adding a clarification that disclosed her connection to a Syrian rebel advocacy group.
“In addition to her role at the Institute for the Study of War, Ms. O’Bagy is affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit operating as a 501(c)(3) pending IRS approval that subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition,” the WSJ added in its clarification.
From O’Bagy’s article:
I have spent hundreds of hours with Syrian opposition groups ranging from Free Syrian Army affiliates to the Ahrar al-Sham Brigade…
Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al Qaeda die-hards. The jihadists pouring into Syria from countries like Iraq and Lebanon are not flocking to the front lines. Instead they are concentrating their efforts on consolidating control in the northern, rebel-held areas of the country.
UPDATE
A mash-up of Obama’s mess-up on Syria:


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Let them now weep

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:12am)

Gerard Henderson rounds up the dud prophets of Liberal doom:
Last September, David Marr began his essay Political Animal with an unequivocal statement: “Australia doesn’t want Tony Abbott. We never have."…
It is always unwise in politics to underestimate opponents. Much of Labor’s campaign against the Coalition has been motivated by Rod Cameron’s view, first expressed in December 2010, that Abbott was “unelectable”. This opinion was shared by Labor strategist Bruce Hawker…
Some academics are out of their depth when analysing the Liberal Party and its leaders. In 1993, Judith Brett wrote that “the Liberal Party in the 1990s seems doomed”. The Coalition won office within three years. In 2007, Norman Abjorensen commented that the Liberal Party “could soon be over” and predicted its replacement by a “new centrist party”. The Coalition was back in office within six years.
Abbott replaced Malcolm Turnbull shortly before byelections in the Sydney seat of Bradfield and the Melbourne seat of Higgins. On December 5, 2009, the morning of the elections, Brett prophesied in The Age that under Abbott’s leadership “the Liberals risk becoming a down-market protest party of angry old men and the outer suburbs”. On the eve of the Higgins by-election, Robert Manne in The Australian canvassed the possibility of the Greens winning and suggested this could lead to “the destruction of the Liberal Party”. Manne sneered at Abbott as the “troglodyte-in-chief”. The Liberals comfortably retained both seats.
As recently as July 16, journalist Michael Short wrote in The Age that “Tony Abbott now looks an even bet to emulate his former boss John Hewson who in 1993 lost what was widely considered an unlosable election”. 

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Where’s warming?

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (7:02am)

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Christopher Monckton:

The least-squares linear-regression trend on the data from the RSS satellites since November 1996 shows there has been no global warming at all for 202 months (16 years 10 months). In a few more months, unless an el Niño comes along in January, its favorite month, RSS may be the first dataset to show 17 full years with a zero global warming trend.
The NOAA’s 2008 State of the Climate report said 15 or more years without global warming would indicate what was delicately described as a “discrepancy” between prediction and observation.
Yes, warming may soon resume. But what we’ve seen so far is far, far less than what warmists predicted.  

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Age writer helps herself to profits of hate

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (6:50am)

Here is how The Age promoted columnist Clementine Ford’s t-shirts of “F… Abbott” hate:

The T-shirts are ethically produced, printed in Melbourne and Ford is going to direct profits to towards just three organisations that she says will be worse off under an Abbott government: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, The Aboriginal Legal Service and The Council for Single Mothers and Their Children.
Tim Blair discovers that Ford actually intends to keep up to 80 per cent of the profits for herself.
Too bad, those single mothers, asylum seekers and Aborigines who believed the Age promotion. 

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Could Rudd sell same-sex marriage to Elton John?

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (6:38am)

Pure fantasy:

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The best hope for gay marriage is in fact Tony Abbott.
This is not just because Rudd seems an opportunist, and used the issue not to persuade but to divide.
The truth is that only a leader of those most opposed to an emotive and often threatening change can hope to convince and reassure them. That is, if you wisely believe a fundamentally divisive change is best achieved by persuading, not imposing.
Nixon went to China. Sharon withdrew from Gaza. Same-sex marriage, if it is to come, would be best brought in by a conservative. 

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Latham: Rudd saved five seats. But a rudderless Titantic still sank

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (6:03am)

Former Labor leader Mark Latham says the real question isn’t who should have led Labor to this inevitable defeat, but what left Labor so defeatable:
Attention has turned to the puzzle of who would have done better: Julia Gillard or Rudd. On the last day of Gillard’s prime ministership, June 26, the betting markets showed the government retaining 50 seats. One can say, therefore, according to Wednesday’s count, that Rudd’s efforts secured five extra electorates for Labor.
Whether this constitutes “saving the furniture” is debatable. Most likely, it’s a couple of bar stools and a bunk bed.
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One of the fatal temptations for collectivists and romantics of the Left is to admire Seeming above Doing.  The symbol above the reality.
And that was exactly Labor’s flaw over the past six years. Even now, Labor claims as key achievements a string of merely symbolic gestures and grandiose promises funded by imaginary billions it didn’t have. For example, here’s Sean Kelly, a former adviser to both Rudd and Gillard:

Kevin Rudd achieved some extraordinary things, not least Labor’s response to the global financial crisis and the apology to the Stolen Generations. Julia Gillard led reforms which will stand the test of time and be remembered as monumental Labor achievements, including disability insurance, schools reform, and carbon pricing.
Labor must pledge itself to a more practical agenda and regain a can-do spirit of pragmatism and a respect for results. It must end its love affair with the politics of symbolism that so entrances the lazy and the thumb-twiddlers of Twitter. And where better to start than by purging its party constitution of its greatest empty symbol, as Labor MP Nick Champion suggests - even if he proposes in its place a new vision that reads like a sociology textbook:
Labor’s platform, however, is confused and has been for decades. Of all the clauses, the socialist objective is the most emotive and important to Labor’s values, as well as its past. It’s also the most meaningless, in terms of Labor’s modern agenda…
During the interregnum between economic reform beginning and the socialist objective becoming so utterly redundant, Labor became vulnerable to malignancy… In the absence of a shared and uniting objective, the convictions of the party have been distorted to suit the predilections of the organised. Division was institutionalised.
Labor also became vulnerable to policy concepts against the interests of many of our core constituencies. It became fashionable within the former government to brag about reform and hard decisions, when all too often we made wrong decisions: cutting benefits to single mums and instituting carbon pricing without an explicit mandate. Our failure to apply consistent values to immigration policy left supporters feeling betrayed. Contortions on policy in government reflected the lack of discussion on Labor values.
The only course of action open to Labor to resolve these complaints is debate about replacing the socialist objective…
[Labor’s platform] should read: “The ALP is a social democratic party and has as its objective the creation of a society based on an Australian sentiment, mutualism, multiculturalism and the development of enlightened, prosperous and self-reliant communities.”
Labor’s platform must abandon socialism and embrace the community if we are to combat Abbott’s big-tent conservatism.

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Fire the Press Council

Andrew Bolt September 12 2013 (5:18am)

Free speech
Tony Abbott says he wants to restore free speech as he rolls back Labor’s authoritarian culture. He could start by telling newspapers like this to sack their censor.
The new Prime Minister has promised to show a lead. “He’ll repeal parts of the Racial Discrimination Act making it dangerous to ask why some people identify as exclusively Aboriginal - and deserving of special treatment - when all but one of their great grandparents were white.”
As Abbot last week: “If we are going to be a robust democracy ... we’ve got to allow people to say things that are unsayable in polite company.”
Very true, yet under Labor our newspapers let their own semi-judicial Press Council stop them doing just that. 

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Palmer tries to put his Senator back on carbon track

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (4:25pm)

The Palmer United Party has only two likely Senators, but even that’s not too few for a split:
New divisions within the Palmer United Party over the carbon tax scheme threaten to derail Coalition plans to repeal the scheme and install its Direct Action funding program.
Tasmanian Jacqui Lambie – expected to be a senator for Clive Palmer’s party – said on Tuesday the Coalition should not expect her support to repeal the carbon scheme, despite the PUP’s clear policy on the issue…
“There still needs to be a carbon tax, but it just needs to be a lot lower than it is.”
But Mr Palmer said Ms Lambie had “got confused” and both PUP senators would support the repeal of the carbon scheme. “She was talking about our ­policy on ethanol pricing, she just got mixed up,” Mr Palmer said.
Ethanol, carbon dioxide - you can understand why a Senator might confuse the liquid with the gas, a fuel with an emission.
Sigh.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)
UPDATE
Reader Cheryl asks Lambie to explain why she said she wanted to keep the carbon tax when her party promised before the election to scrap it:

I emailed Ms Lambie about her misleading the voting public, not unlike Ms Gillard did, and this is her reply:

Cheryl The answer did not come out as it should have long day yesterday. there will be no carbon tax under the PUP, the 3 -4% I am talking about is the PUP plans to cut down carbon admission by 2018 by having 25% of vehicles running of ethanol, I have been chasing my tail on this all day and doing what I can do to get this explanation out. if you don’t get it right the media will eat you for breakfast, this is what happens when you don’t fully explain your answer because you are not concentrating. Wake up call for me early on, make sure I explain my answer correctly. Sorry for my misinterpretation. Jacqui. If there are any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
There are a number of things about Lambie’s response that still leave me quite worried.
UPDATE
Relax. An interruption to the preference flows means Lambie might now miss out to a Liberal for that last Tasmanian seat, says the ABC’s Antony Green. 

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Obama backs off on Syria

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (4:08pm)

Barack Obama just looks weaker and weaker. It was bad enough before today:
First a half-hearted Barack Obama says he’ll target the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons… Then he wobbles and decides he’ll first ask Congress to agree… Then a top aide admits there no hard evidence that the chemical weapons attack was ordered by Syria’s leaders… Then the realisation grows that attacking the Syrian regime actually risks helping al Qaeda take over… Then Congress starts to back right off the idea of sending US bombers to act as al Qaeda’s air force… Then Obama’s Secretary of State talks of Syria simply surrendering weapons to end all this… Then Kerry’s staff says this isn’t a genuine option… Then Obama says it could be a genuine option, as Russia pounces on his dithering...
Now:
BARACK Obama says it’s too early to say if a Russian plan to secure Syria’s chemical weapons could forestall US air strikes, but has vowed to give long-shot diplomacy a chance…
Obama also made clear he had also asked Congress not to vote on his request to authorise military action for now, as he wanted to give diplomacy a chance.
Russia is now clearly in charge and will not let the Assad regime fall. Anything small attack Obama plans will not be enough. Bluff called. 

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Will Labor MPs stop the grass roots from choosing Albo?

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (3:58pm)

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So who was a handsome boy, then, and who still charms the grass roots?
A SOCIAL media campaign is under way backing Anthony Albanese as the next federal Labor leader, with supporters convinced he would defeat powerbroker Bill Shorten if the choice goes to party members…
One of the group’s co-conveners Luke Whitington, a NSW Labor Policy Forum member, said Mr Albanese was a strong parliamentary performer and the best person to return the party to federal government quickly…
“I think that if given the chance, he’d win a vote among the party members overwhelmingly,’’ Mr Whitington told AAP ...
But will Labor MPs give members that chance to vote for the leader which they were promised under the new party rules Kevin Rudd proposed and caucus endorsed? Or will the numbers men sew this up themselves?
BILL Shorten has told colleagues he wants the Labor leadership, as his key rival Anthony Albanese continues to weigh his options ahead of a caucus meeting on Friday to decide the issue.
Remember all that cant from Labor about Rudd having made the party more democratic by ending the power of the faceless men?
Decisions can no longer simply be made by a factional few.
Instead:
… the party’s national Right faction agreed to support Bill Shorten for leader at a secret meeting of powerbrokers held in Melbourne on Monday…
MPs are hoping a consensus candidate emerges, which will avoid holding any kind of ballot. In July, Labor adopted a new model for electing the party leader, with party members and MPs voting in a college of equal weighting. Any push to have this model abandoned will be opposed by MPs from all factions…
Labor sources suggest Mr Albanese will attract more support among the membership, given the party’s grassroots is skewed to the Left. Mr Shorten will win more support in caucus, where the Right dominates.
UPDATE
LABOR frontbencher Bill Shorten is expected to announce his intention to stand for the Labor leadership at a press conference in Melbourne later today.
UPDATE
It seems the factional few are still trying to sort out the leadership themselves without giving the rank and file - or even the party room - a say:

Bill Shorten will seek the Labor leadership when the diminished ALP caucus meets in Canberra on Friday in a possible head-to-head showdown with present deputy leader Anthony Albanese.
It was earlier reported that Mr Shorten was expected to address the media on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, his office said the outgoing workplace relations minister would not hold a press conference today.

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God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?” Are you willing to wait with a good attitude? Are you willing to get a new perspective?

The Scripture says,“For we who have believed do enter that rest "(Hebrews 4:3, NKJV)
Remember that set time is already in your future. Don’t let the negative thoughts talk you out of it. The way you know that you’re really believing is when you have rest on the inside. You’re at peace. You know the answer is on the way. You trust that God is working things out.

Today put your faith and trust in Him and enter into rest. Know that He is good and He is for you. Your set time of favor is on the way.God bless you.

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Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Father, today I choose to enter into rest. I choose to trust You. I choose to put my faith and hope in You knowing that You are good, and You have good things in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Everyone goes through seasons in life that seem overwhelming; times when you’ve felt drained of strength and power. But, you haven’t been left without hope. You haven’t been left without an answer. The God of heaven and earth is near you, and He promises to give you strength and might to overcome.
The Scripture says that,“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.”(Isaiah 40:29, NKJV)

Where does this strength and power come from? It comes directly from Him. When you connect with Him, you are connecting to your power source. It’s like plugging a lamp into a light socket. You “plug in” through prayer, reading the Word and worshipping Him. You “turn on” the switch by the words of your mouth — by declaring what God says.Plug in and receive His numerous blessings.God bless you.

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George W. Bush
Observing a moment of silence with staff of the George W. Bush Presidential Center this morning at 7:46 am in Dallas. Exactly 12 years ago on September 11, 2001, the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. “These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” We Will #NeverForget. -- via @GeorgeWBush on Instagram
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Israeli ministers have been keeping unusually quiet on the situation in Syria... But Justice Minister Tsipi Livni is speaking out: "It’s not enough to make moving speeches. It must fight for the values with deeds as well. The events in Syria must be destroyed while they’re still small."
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HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: Twelve years later, HISTORY looks back at the September 11 attacks with the Emmy-nominated web series, Remembering 9-11, which features items that are set for display in the National 9-11 Memorial Museum. Each video tells the story of one item and the people whose lives it touched on its way into the museum collection. The items range from as small as a set of flight attendants wings to as large as a steel beam cross recovered from Ground Zero. http://histv.co/1fZSJFy
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Granderson, Rodriguez, and Cano all homer as Yankees trump Orioles, 5-4. RECAP:http://atmlb.com/17XVoN6
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Emma Watson
"I've always given 100 percent. I can't do it any other way."
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Says an unhappy Netanyahu: “The message that is received in Syria will be clearly understood in Iran.”

  • John Tran Been speaking to some of my leftist friends.. even they are dismayed at Obama.. some are hating him

  • David Daniel Ball Aye, but they'd still vote for him .. rust is like that ..

  • John Tran Yep, some because the hate conservatives are stronger.. but I observe that some, are like overpowered abused people.. they are damaged but are drawn to the abusive masters of the left for comfort.

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"Let us have the strength to face the threats that endure, different though they may be from 12 years ago, so that as long as there are those who would strike our citizens, we will stand vigilant and defend our nation ... And above all, let us have the courage, like the survivors and families here today, to carry on no matter how dark the night or how difficult the day." -President Obama speaking at the Pentagon on the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks

Watch President Obama's remarks: http://tinyurl.com/ng7jm4t

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God bless Obama..ehem, I mean the Koch brothers. Hey, guys, want to branch out into foreign affairs? Latma's available. 
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A gorgeous picture of Tony Abbott's wife and daughters on Election evening.
With The Lodge undergoing extensive renovations, Australia's new First Family won't be moving in for at least a year.
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WHEN it comes to safety, TRW Automotive believes in transparency - literally.
The safety system maker has made its Frankfurt motor show demonstration car see-through.
While an acrylic car has about as much chance of making production as a new Falcon, the array of life saving technology within this demo will be and in some instances already can be found in cars from Ford, Volkswagen, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/frankfurt-motor-show-models-seethrough-cars-reveal-future-of-driving/story-fnda1bsz-1226717941403#ixzz2egBkezMf

With a transparent car there is the commercial model possibility of people paying me not to drive nude. - ed
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“Peace” is more than one of our society’s values; it is a virtue that all humans should pursue. But what is peace and how do we pursue it? War has always been one of the ways to win peace. But it is one thing to win the war - an entirely different thing to win the peace. The war in Iraq was over in a few short days of intense fighting. It was so fast that the long slow build up made the actual fighting almost seem like an anticlimax. Yet the peace has been much harder to secure. Peace has always been hard to win. The peace treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War has been widely criticised as creating the conditions for the Second World War. The long Cold War that followed the Second World War is another demonstration of the difficulty of winning peace. If war is not the way to peace neither is appeasement. On his return from the unjust Munich conference Mr Chamberlain famously declared a peace for our time”. The year was 1938! The “agreement” was with Adolf Hitler. Part of our problem in pursuing peace is failure to appreciate what peace is. We think of it as the absence of something (war) rather than the creation of something positive. But creating something positive requires us to have a clear view of the good life that we believe in. Democracy or multi-culturalism are hardly the issues that will secure peace. Nor will prosperity or materialism. These are not necessarily wrong things but if that is all we have to offer we will be as disappointed as the people upon whom we (sometimes undemocratically) impose them. So what is peace and how do we find it? It is not to be found without some of its accompaniments like truth and justice, forgiveness and love. It is not to be found by human efforts because we who are sinful will always be at war with one another. God’s peace “surpasses all understanding”. Our sinful hearts will never understand the way to peace. The world did not understand the peace that Jesus came to bring. They did not like the Prince of Peace but rather violently crucified him. Yet it was in his death that peace was established. As the Scriptures say “he is our peace”. He created peace not only between God and us but also between us. For by Christ’s death for sin we all have access to the same Father. Irrespective of our background or our sinfulness we are united into the same family of forgiveness. The peace that Christ created for us is our rich relationship with God. So with the peace he won for us we also receive health, salvation, righteousness, safety and prosperity. Some of these we experience now. Others have to wait till Christ returns. But the peace with God and each other starts now, even in the midst of wars and rumours of wars. It starts now and can be experienced now, but it still requires us to pursue it. It is the gift of God in Christ Jesus, and part of the fruit of the Spirit, but it still is something we must put into practice in all our relationships. So we are commanded in the scriptures: “If possible, so far as it depends on you live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18) “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15) - See more at: http://phillipjensen.com/articles/peace1/#sthash.iaaWtOQG.dpuf
I've enjoyed watching the tv series Vikings. Usually, populist rubbish leaves me cold, but it is fascinating to see how the Lord tamed a violent culture and made it his own. Seeing Christians portrayed back then aren't shallow, as they are portrayed now. Standing for faith .. it isn't about difficulty, it is about choice. The choice is not money or God, but between the world and God. Neither is the choice war or peace. A faithful man can fight. A faithful man can die. A faithful man will hold to God. - ed
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I recommend the salad with salad dressing .. washed down with a salad thick shake - ed===

Today is R U OK Day. It may be a small question but it's so powerful. Never underestimate its importance. #ruokday
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nees and a strategic use of the rude word and whispered theories about the sinister forces that have us all by the short and curlies. The surfer who found Jesus and wants to tell you how blind we all are. The cranky veteran of the campus boycott against sexist language, who nowadays doesn't have to be polite in argument because she was too nice for too long to all those sexists.

The Greens seem never to tire of telling Australians they lack compassion, how the "big parties" fool us into a "race to the bottom", how we are a bunch of mindless consumers; how generally unworthy we are – except of course when we are expressing our support for same-sex marriage.

Australians are in generally sceptical of people who lecture them from a high moral plane. And too often, the Greens look like a bunch of finger waggers.>

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/greens-should-spare-us-the-finger-wagging-20130912-2tmaj.html

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Nah, that's just a missile. And Santa Claus is the pilot. (AP Photo/Carmen Taylor, File)

PSYCHOLOGISTS will tell you that even perfectly sane people have the ability to accept wild conspiracy theories. The more powerless or alone we feel, the more likely we are to develop such theories.
It's all linked to self-esteem. If you're the sort of person who feels isolated or disenfranchised, you're much more likely to develop wild theories as a way of making you seem more knowledgeable, more powerful, more special.
That might help explain why many Americans are into conspiracies. The irony of our technologically over-connected age is that there are scores of socially disconnected people sitting in dark rooms extrapolating all sorts of crap from factoids they find online. Here are six of the worst:

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/six-really-stupid-911-conspiracies-debunked-in-about-six-seconds/story-fndir2ev-1226717737311#ixzz2egDitNUG

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Who is 9/11's Falling Man?

NEVER has a tragedy been captured in as much depth and breadth like September 11, 2001.
As newspapers published shocking images from the most photographed and videotaped day in history, some were deemed too awful, too confronting for the public to face.
In particular, pictures of the estimated 200 people who plunged to their death from the Twin Towers. Trapped, with nowhere to go, it was a heartbreaking way to die as thousands watched on, from the streets of New York, to the lounge rooms of those watching on television.
One photo, though, was the most controversial of all: the Falling Man.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/the-story-behind-the-most-powerful-image-of-911-the-falling-man/story-fndir2ev-1226717247792#ixzz2egE8Wtzm

He was a victim .. but we don't have to be. Never forget what terrorists did, when allied with AlQaeda and the Taliban. Never forget. Never. - ed
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Adidas' Store in Amsterdam.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Colo. recall results: ‘This was voter suppression, pure and simple.’ ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/09/11/wasserman-schultz-on-colo-recall-results-this-was-voter-suppression-pure-and-simple/
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graphic:IKEA flatpack refuge tent

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is working with the UNHCR to produce a flatpack refugee shelter that can be rapidly assembled in crisis zones, such as in Syria, where over one million people have fled the country.


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Pastor Rick Warren

Fear creates conflict. Love creates consensus.
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Because… we have to attack Syria in the middle of a civil war to punish Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons to kill 1.5% of those killed by the war, potentially destabilizing the regime and spreading the power of a cohort of Sunni muslims, including al Qaeda, the Nusrah Front, the FSA rebels, and the Muslim Brotherhood… but this doesn’t matter because Bashar al-Assad needs to eat his Cheerios with a fork while suffering unbelievably small airstrikes that won’t be a “pinprick”?
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成龍 Jackie Chan
"Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances." - Jackie
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9/11 tribute as seen from Brooklyn
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NYC gone Wild! I wish it really did… Maybe Manhattan meets Tucson would have been a better title... — at Radio City Music Hall.
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The ABC Fact Check agrees Scott Morrison was right. Well, there you go.



Mr Morrison is correct. 

Based on the definition set out in the people smuggling protocol, people who have come to Australia without a valid visa have illegally entered the country.

That is the case even though these people have not committed any crime, nor broken any Australian or international law.>

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Pastor Rick Warren
Syria’s Christian city of Ma'loula has fallen to rebels. Christians beheaded, and one of world's oldest churches sacked and burned.

  • John Tran Associate press reported on SBS the Militia on Assad's side fighting to regain the Town. Mostly Christian volunteers who basically said Assad is the lesser of the 2 evils and he has never done anything to harm them, and Obama wants to help these blood thirsty Jihadist.. They just can't comprehend it.. To them the world should be helping Assad restore stability.

  • David Daniel Ball I will not shed tears when Assad is no more. He is as despicable as Saddam. I am sure those Christians are sincere .. but Assad's goodness is overstated.

  • John Tran Yes, he is a bloody murderous tyrant, I think they were simple people, or had to say things in a moment of desperation.

  • David Daniel Ball I think the 'Rebels' are an immediate threat .. were they to 'side' with the rebels they get chemical treatment .. so they can't win ..

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Remembering 9/11 in my own way with this image that came from my travels with Yahoo! last May. The new Freedom tower was just completed earlier this day and the final touch of attaching its spire had been completed. It was an unexpected surprise to be in New York when this took place, and the emotions that I felt seeing this tribute were just as unexpected seeing Lady Liberty saluting her as it were.

The colors got mottled here at facebook by the image compression engine. To see this image as I intended it, follow this link:

http://mattgranz.zenfolio.com/p255617955/h7ef0aaca#h7ef0aaca

Thank you!

~M@
 — with Deepak Taneja in Staten Island, NY, United States.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Israel Fire and Rescue Services to Hold 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Israel Fire and Rescue Services to Hold Memorial Ceremony Tomorrow for
Firefighters who Perished in the 9/11 Disaster

(Communicated by the Israel Fire and Rescue Services Spokesman)

The Israel Fire and Rescue Services
http://www.102.gov.il/English/Pages/HomePage.aspx
will, tomorrow (Wednesday, 11 September 2013), at 10:00, at the fire station
in Rishon LeZion (corner of Moshe Dayan Boulevard & Yitzhak Ben-Tzvi
Street), hold a memorial ceremony for the firefighters who perished in the
9/11 disaster.

The event is the initiative of the Rishon LeZion firefighters in memory of
the brother of one of their members, the late Danny Levy, a New York
firefighter who passed away this past January from a 9/11-related illness
http://www.antonnews.com/plainviewoldbethpageherald/news/26906-fire-department-honors-the-memory-of-danny-levy.html

For details, please contact Israel Fire and Rescue Services Spokesman Yoram
Levy at 050-6204054, IFRS Central District
Spokesman Guy Mansharov at 054-2300892.

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Israel-bashing seminar does ANU no credit

BY:GERALD M. STEINBERG From: The Australian September 11, 2013 12:00AM

THE main task of a university is to pursue knowledge, free from political or religious dogmas, and ideological or other biases. It is for this reason that institutions of higher learning are granted special status and supported by public funds.

But when these values are violated, and the campus is exploited as a venue for lobbying on behalf of narrow interests, this tarnishes the reputation of the academic community, while society is deprived of benefits from the pursuit of knowledge.

Unfortunately, the conference on "Human Rights in Palestine", scheduled for the Australian National University today and tomorrow, is a blatant effort to exploit and distort the marketplace of ideas.

Only a few of the advertised speakers have relevant research credentials or peer-reviewed academic publications in the field of human rights. Instead, the program is dominated by opinionated activists associated with and funded by political advocacy groups that exploit the banner of human rights.

For example, "Professor" Hanan Ashrawi, who is featured in the program, is a prominent Palestinian politician and highly visible media spokeswoman. She holds a PhD in medieval and comparative literature.

She achieved notoriety in January 1991, during a US radio interview at the beginning of the Gulf War, when she referred to Saddam Hussein favourably for "standing up for Arab rights, Arab dignity, Arab pride". (Yasser Arafat and the PLO were closely allied with Saddam.) In February 1991, while the Iraqi dictator's troops were looting and burning Kuwait, she praised Saddam's "commitment to peace". And in 1996, she was among the minority of PLO officials who opposed revising the PLO Charter to remove clauses calling for Israel's destruction.

Other speakers are involved with "the Steering Committee for the Gaza Freedom March", the "Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee", and Electronic Intifada. For example, Ziyaad Lunat has referred to Israel as "the Zionist colonial implant" - not the type of language one would expect at an academic conference on human rights.

Keynote speaker Richard Falk is primarily known as a fringe "9/11 conspiracy theorist", and has been widely denounced, including by the Secretary-General of the UN, for vile comments blaming the Boston terrorist attack on "the American global domination project" and "Tel Aviv".

As noted by the British government's equality and non-discrimination team, Falk's recent writings are "resonant of the longstanding anti-Semitic practice of blaming Jews (through the state of Israel by proxy) for all that is wrong in the world".

In a clumsy attempt to endow the event with some academic credibility, the ANU organisers included the logo of the prestigious British Academy on the website as an indication of co-sponsorship.

When this was brought to their attention, officials replied: "The academy is not organising that event, was not consulted on the program and is not directly sponsoring the event itself. The text that appears on the conference website claiming that the British Academy is a 'platinum sponsor' for the event, is therefore misleading, and appeared without authorisation from us."

Instead of removing the logo, however, the official program website recently added a tiny and misleading caveat underneath. Even if a complete correction were subsequently to be made, the fact the conference organisers made so fundamental an error does not reflect well on the organisers' standards of accuracy.

When shocking atrocities are being committed in Syria against Palestinians, among many others, an academic conference ostensibly dedicated to the entirely legitimate subject of Palestinian human rights should not be focused exclusively on the West Bank. This, and the neglect of other pressing human rights issues in the Middle East, reinforce the impression that the real purpose of the conference is to polemicise against Israel.

It also seems not to have occurred to the organisers that Israelis have human rights too. Any assessment of "Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Rights" in the "Occupied Palestinian Territories" that excludes the central complexities is at best meaningless, at worst sinister.

It is up to the ANU to decide how best to deal with this scholarly farce, which threatens to tarnish its reputation. Even respected universities are not immune from fringe political campaigns or indulging in nonsense.

Gerald M. Steinberg heads the NGO Monitor research institute.

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Late evening walk with Navette and the circus is back in town Moscow Circus @ Rose Bay
I saw this guy in there .. looked just like Obama .. but surely it couldn't be .. unlike the President, this guy was shrunken and alone. - ed
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A friend of mine is talking a little about how there will be no Fleet Week in San Francisco this year. Though I didn't participate in photographing it last year, I do feel like something is missing for this upcoming October.

I first saw the fleet come in, back in 1979. I was traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge in surprisingly heavy traffic (oblivious) and didn't know why an Aircraft Carrier that seemed to take up half the span was going under. I also experienced my first Blue Angels demonstration over the city. This was before the lawyers got control of the event, and the jets flew over low enough to see the pilots steering when they were upside down at Ghiradelli Square where they did ultra low fly-bys. Though the show has become more and more watered down in some respects over the years, it still had it's moments.

What I'm trying to say here is... Gee, I hope they bring it back in 2014. Below is a picture of the USS Carl Vinson coming in under the Golden Gate Bridge with it's crew standing at attention on the deck.
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The Bible Series
"Have you forgotten God? Even if you have, He has not forgotten you." -Moses
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The North Tower was hit first and hit highest, leaving people above the impact zone no chance of escape

IT WAS unquestionably the most terrible day of our age. September 11, 2001.
Almost 3000 innocent people died when terrorists hijacked four civilian planes. Two of the planes struck the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. One nosedived into the Pentagon in Washington. And one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania thanks to the brave efforts of passengers who stormed the cockpit.
As Americans begin their day of mourning, we've compiled 30 images to remind you why this day was so momentous.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/pictures-of-911-that-show-you-why-you-should-never-forget/story-fndir2ev-1226717187453#ixzz2egKCVul4

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Hi everyone! Here's the MichelleMalkin.com newsletter for September 11th. Enjoy!

From the Blog

9/11: America’s unfinished business

Before we head to Syria to avenge the mass murder of their kids, how about we finish avengingours?

Colorado strong: Army of grass-roots Davids boots gun-grabbing Democrat state Senate president John Morse; Update: Giron recalled!

If you’ve been following my Twitter feed all night, you already know the news: Here in my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs, freedom-loving citizens have successfully recalled state Sen. president John Morse — who spearheaded the legislative push for extreme gun control laws backed by outgoing NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vice President Joe Biden, and out-of-state gun-grabbing lobbyists...

Yesterday: White House backs away from Kerry’s ‘off the cuff’ Syria remark — Today: That was the plan all along!

Sure, we could talk about how the White House and State Department quickly tried to walk back John Kerry’s “off the cuff” proposal to give Syria some time to turn over their chemical weapons stockpile (L.A. Times called it the “Mr. Magoo school of diplomacy)...

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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Be ye separate."
2 Corinthians 6:17
The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world. He should be distinguished from it in the great object of his life. To him, "to live," should be "Christ." Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to God's glory. You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves break not through nor steal. You may strive to be rich; but be it your ambition to be "rich in faith," and good works. You may have pleasure; but when you are merry, sing psalms and make melody in your hearts to the Lord. In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world. Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of his presence, delighting in communion with him, and seeking to know his will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race. And you should be separate from the world in your actions. If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done; if it be wrong, though you would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master's sake. You must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Walk worthy of your high calling and dignity. Remember, O Christian, that thou art a son of the King of kings. Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world. Soil not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial strings; let not these eyes become the windows of lust which are soon to see the King in his beauty--let not those feet be defiled in miry places, which are soon to walk the golden streets--let not those hearts be filled with pride and bitterness which are ere long to be filled with heaven, and to overflow with ecstatic joy.
Then rise my soul! and soar away,
Above the thoughtless crowd;
Above the pleasures of the gay,
And splendours of the proud;
Up where eternal beauties bloom,
And pleasures all divine;
Where wealth, that never can consume,
And endless glories shine.

Evening

"Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies."
Psalms 5:8
Very bitter is the enmity of the world against the people of Christ. Men will forgive a thousand faults in others, but they will magnify the most trivial offence in the followers of Jesus. Instead of vainly regretting this, let us turn it to account, and since so many are watching for our halting, let this be a special motive for walking very carefully before God. If we live carelessly, the lynx-eyed world will soon see it, and with its hundred tongues, it will spread the story, exaggerated and emblazoned by the zeal of slander. They will shout triumphantly. "Aha! So would we have it! See how these Christians act! They are hypocrites to a man." Thus will much damage be done to the cause of Christ, and much insult offered to his name. The cross of Christ is in itself an offence to the world; let us take heed that we add no offence of our own. It is "to the Jews a stumblingblock": let us mind that we put no stumblingblocks where there are enough already. "To the Greeks it is foolishness": let us not add our folly to give point to the scorn with which the worldly-wise deride the gospel. How jealous should we be of ourselves! How rigid with our consciences! In the presence of adversaries who will misrepresent our best deeds, and impugn our motives where they cannot censure our actions, how circumspect should we be! Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. Not only are we under surveillance, but there are more spies than we know of. The espionage is everywhere, at home and abroad. If we fall into the enemies' hands we may sooner expect generosity from a wolf, or mercy from a fiend, than anything like patience with our infirmities from men who spice their infidelity towards God with scandals against his people. O Lord, lead us ever, lest our enemies trip us up!
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Today's reading: Proverbs 10-12, 2 Corinthians 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Proverbs 10-12

Proverbs of Solomon
1 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son....

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 4

Present Weakness and Resurrection Life
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ....
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