Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wed Sep 11th Todays News

We begin tonight and the editorial will finish with Saddam Hussein. Today is 9/11. On the eleventh of September 2001 some terrorists claiming to be Islamic took down four flights of commercial aircraft and killed thousands of people, changing the way democracy works in America. The day was chosen because of the emergency call number in the US. But any excuse could be made. Terrorism has no meaning, and should never be allowed to win, or be seen to win. Pointed look at Obama. 
The left wing dominate the free press, but don't have moral rectitude. Abbott's daughters have been pictured with Mr Abbott on the FB page "Furiously Masturbating to Abbott's Daughters" The page has been reported to FB, which replies it is within the bounds of community standards. In the same vein as having a biased press is useful for conservatives to get votes in a conservative cycle, this kind of page will disgust reasonable people. But it is a sad indictment on the community standard, and as an equivalent involving the left wing would not be tolerated, it is a double standard. Mr Abbott is still a few days from announcing a ministry. Sadly Sophie Mirabella seems to have missed out in her electorate. The media attacks on her have been very dirty. The expected winner of the seat of Indi is a conservative who has the support of Tony Windsor, another so called conservative who supported the ALP as an independent on many occasions over his entire career. So Mr Abbott's government has not begun yet, but the opposition will begin masturbating. 
Fires have claimed a few houses in NSW, and rage in California. The NSW fires have added poignancy, with some having been deliberately lit and with a thief having stolen a laptop from an open window of a damaged house. Another fire burns inside the heart of Obama who really wants to hit Syria with more than pins. One can only imagine what the pricks have done to Whitehouse maps of Syria, Obama wants to use real weapons. Only the world won't let him. Assad is in discussions to surrender chemical weapons. One hopes this happens and the history of those weapons is analysed to see how Saddam did it .. and with which Democrat's support. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Dilamma AnnJames Dao and Kathy Yaekel. Born on the same day, across the years, as Minamoto no Yoriie (1182), Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522), Carl Zeiss (1816), D. H. Lawrence (1885), Franz Beckenbauer (1945), Princess Akishino (1966), Harry Connick, Jr. (1967) and Jonathan Adams (1992). On your day, Patriot Day in the United States
1775 – American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold's expedition departed from Cambridge, Massachusetts as part of the invasion of Quebec.
1897 – Gaki Sherocho was captured by the forces of Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II, bringing an end to the Kingdom of Kaffa.
1945 – The Japanese-run camp at Batu Lintang, Sarawak, in Borneo was liberated by the Australian 9th Division, averting the planned massacre of its 2,000-plus Allied POWs and civilian internees by four days.
1965 – Indo-Pakistani War: Indian infantry captured the town of Burki near Lahore, Pakistan.
2001 – Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners for a series of suicide attacks against targets in New York City and the Washington, D.C., area.
Benedict Arnold invaded Quebec. Ethiopian forces overcame TimTams. Sarawak plans of execution were shelved. Pakistan discovered India got pride. Some terrorists claiming Islamic faith hijacked some planes. Today is a good day to be you, and no one else, except maybe Batman.
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AGE OF RELATIVISM

Tim Blair – Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (11:51am)

The Age‘s Michael Leunig, following September 11: 
Might we, can we, find a place in our heart for the humanity of Osama bin Laden and those others? On Christmas Day can we consider their suffering, their children and the possibility that they too have their goodness? It is a family day, and Osama is our relative. 
The Age‘s Clementine Ford, following Saturday’s election: 
F**k Abbott. 

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SNOW FALLS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (11:44am)

Darryl Snow, former president of the NSW Fire Brigades Employees Union, offers his compassionate view on the firessweeping NSW:

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Can’t quite see the connection between taxes and fires myself, but Darryl is obviously an expert. And he’s ever socaring:

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That would be Tony Abbott’s electorate, of course. Darryl would like it to be known that he loves his family “because I am not a Tory.” Jane Caro also sees a link between taxation and Gaia’s wrath: 
In the Barrington Tops, where my farm is, no one can remember spring coming quite so early, or being quite so hot. That our new prime minister will scrap the carbon tax is a sad irony. 
Reader Handjive summarises Caro’s stance: “Owns two houses, drives between the two, and complains that Tony Abbott rolling back the carbon tax is causing fires near her farm, even though this is a good thing because it burns the undergrowth before the fire season.”

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NORWEGIAN RUDD

Tim Blair – Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (11:40am)

As in Australia, so too in Norway
Norwegian voters weary of eight years under a left-leaning government delivered a landslide victory to a right-leaning coalition, paving the way for the country’s first Conservative prime minister since 1990.
The center-left coalition led by the Labour Party’s Jens Stoltenberg received only 72 of the 169 parliamentary seats … the ruling Labour party won 30.8 percent of the votes, its second-worst showing since 1927. 
Jens seems to be something of a Norwegian Rudd
“Tonight we have to admit disappointment, but we are in no way beaten,” said Stoltenberg on election night … 
Except for losing, that is. Norway also features the world’s best-named Greens politician: Rasmus Hansson.

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REALITY REVERSED

Tim Blair – Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (9:55am)

A 2007 prediction from psychologist and author Steve Biddulph in the Sydney Morning Herald
By 2014, we will have a struggle between a new left and right – Labor and Green – and the issue will be simply how green, how to balance the need for a much simpler and more communal kind of life, with the need to give people comfort and amenity now. This issue will continue to define life for the rest of this century. 
Just Labor and the Greens? No Liberal party, or any other conservative force? According to Steve, Kevin Rudd’s election would see the right be all but wiped out: 
The ramifications of last Saturday may be much greater than just one election won or lost. In a way that seems unthinkable to us now, 2007 may mark the end of the Liberal Party itself. It won’t happen overnight, but just watch it happen …
Conservative politics has begun to wither away. 
Do continue, sir: 
Rudd and Gillard are not in power for power’s sake. I am willing to stake my 30 years as a psychologist on this, but I think many observers have also come to this conclusion. Kevin and Julia, as Australia already calls them, want to make this country a better place for the people in it. In the coming times of deprivation, they have the value systems that will be needed to care for the sudden rise in poverty, stress, and need. They also have the unity. 
He’s on a roll: 
By the 2010 election, 20 per cent will vote Green, simply because peak oil and climate catastrophe will have proven them right … 
Keep going: 
The Liberal Party will be lucky to attract 30 per cent, which is the habitual, rusted-on portion of the community that thinks greed is good. 
And one final swing and miss: 
The big lie of Liberal supremacy was economic management. In fact, they knew how to generate income, but not how to spend it. We could have been building what Europe built in this past decade – superb hospitals, bullet trains, schools and training centres, low cost public transport of luxurious quality, magnificent public housing. 
Naturally, Biddulph is still considered an authority at the ABC.

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Liberals should have died, planet fried

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (11:26am)

I was going to praise Tim Blair for the fisking of the year, but then realised all he’d done was simply let eco-catastrophist Steve Biddulph’s 2007 predictions speak for themselves.  Talk about confusing wishing for predicting.  

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Palmer tries to put his Senator back on carbon track

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (9:25am)

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. 

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What on earth is with the Parole Board?

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (9:18am)

The attacker is given a right to privacy that his victim is denied:

A VICTIM of terrifying domestic violence has been told she is not allowed to know the area where her paroled attacker is living because of HIS right to privacy.
Jeannie Blackburn suffered 18-months of unprovoked violent abuse at the hands of Paul Francis McCuskey, culminating in her losing sight in one eye after he dragged her from her bed and stomped on her head. McCuskey was released from prison in April - with two and a half years to serve on parole - but pleas to the Adult Parole Board and Victims of Crime Register to know the area where he is living have been denied.
In a bizarre twist, McCuskey has been informed of where Ms Blackburn lives, as he is not allowed to go near her address.

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Will Labor MPs stop the grass roots from choosing Albo?

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (8:58am)

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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

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ANU gives the stage to an apologist for terrorism

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (8:58am)

Utterly disgusting. Are the conference organisers simply stupid, reckless or tinged with the fashionable anti-Semitism of the Left?

AUSTRALIAN National University officials have gone to ground in the face of Jewish community outrage for hosting Middle East hardliners at a Human Rights in Palestine conference this week
Keynote speakers at the conference, which begins today, include Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, who was publicly rebuked by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in 2011 for “preposterous” remarks questioning whether the September 11 terror attacks were orchestrated by the US government.
Another is Hanan Ashrawi, who was among a few Palestine Liberation Organisation members who in 1996 voted not to remove clauses in the PLO charter calling for Israel’s destruction.
A third, Jeff Halper, claimed in 2011 that Israel has developed a “spectral dust” it could spray over wide areas of land, every grain of which was a sensor programmed with a person’s DNA to track, locate and kill that individual…
The ANU declined to say who organised the conference, their association with the university, what support it had offered the conference or to comment on whether it was regarded as a serious exercise in scholarship.
Here are just some of the disgraceful hate-ramblings of Falk, now invited to preach at the ANU.
On the Jews who control America’s war-mongers:

At least it seems that for the present irresponsible and unlawful warfare are no longer the centerpiece of America’s foreign policy, as had become the case in the first decade of the 21st century, although this is far from a certainty. The war drums are beating at this moment in relation to both North Korea and Iran, and as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.
On Boston - the city that was asking for the bombing of its marathon by jihadists:
Listening to a PBS program hours after the Boston event, I was struck by the critical attitudes of several callers to the radio station: “It is horrible, but we in this country should not be too surprised, given our drone attacks that have killed women and children attending weddings and funerals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Another caller asked, “Is this not a kind of retribution for torture inflicted by American security forces acting under the authority of the government, and verified for the world by pictures of the humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib?” And another asked, “In light of the authoritative reports of officially sanctioned torture as detailed in the 577 page report of a task force chaired by two former senators, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, and containing senior military and security officials, has not the time come to apply the law to the wrongdoers during the Bush presidency?” … Should we not all be meditating on W.H. Auden’s haunting line: “Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return”?…
We should be asking ourselves at this moment, “How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”
Falk on the September 11 attacks:

The arguments swirling around the 9/11 attacks are emblematic of these issues [of secrecy in government]. What fuels suspicions of conspiracy is the reluctance to address the sort of awkward gaps and contradictions in the official explanations that David Ray Griffin (and other devoted scholars of high integrity) have been documenting in book after book ever since his authoritative The New Pearl Harbor in 2004 (updated in 2008). What may be more distressing than the apparent cover up is the eerie silence of the mainstream media, unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events: an al Qaeda operation with no foreknowledge by government officials. Is this silence a manifestation of fear or cooption, or part of an equally disturbing filter of self-censorship?

How dare the ANU have this man use its campus to preach such defences of terrorists? 

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Labor’s carbon tax dilemma: will the world be warming again by the next election?

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (8:29am)

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The 15-year pause in warming continues.
So Labor has a big question to ask itself that demands more honesty than it’s ever shown in debating global warming.  What if warming has still not resumed by the next election? Does it still want to be fighting for a useless “price on carbon” when the global warming movement has gone bust?
I know, warming could indeed resume.  After all, the world has for more than a century been rebounding from the Little Ice Age:

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But if this pause continues for the next three years even leading scientists behind the global warming faith admit their theory will be in big trouble:

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change lead author Hans von Storch told Der Spiegel that climate models are having a difficult time replicating the lack of global warming during the past 15 years… ”If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models...”

Labor has to think ahead on the issues it wants to fight on in 2016 - not least because there will be no double dissolution election before then, given a Senate makeup that suits Tony Abbott.
Should it really stick with a policy of making power bills more expensive to “stop” a global warming that by the next election could have paused for 18 years?
How dumb would Labor look in 2016 to be demanding a “price on carbon” if even leading advocates of global warming theory will then be admitting our emissions don’t have much effect on temperatures, after all?
In the short term there is also this question: why block an Abbott Government’s repeal of the carbon tax for the next nine months when the next Senate from next July will most likely let Abbott have his way? Labor would just be forcing Australians to pay a useless and expensive tax for nine months longer than they needed to - and won’t be thanked for it. 
I cannot believe senior Labor figures are so stupid as double down instead on the tax that helped kill them at the election:

Senior Labor figure Bill Shorten, who many tip to become Labor’s next leader, suggested to various TV stations on Saturday night that the party was not about to give in on the carbon tax.
‘’I can say now, Labor believes in the science of climate change,’’ Mr Shorten said. ‘’We believe there should be a price on carbon pollution.’’
Shorten’s language is that of faith, not reason. Of dogma, not science.
Finally, though, one of the smarter Labor MPs preaches caution, although he wraps it up in evasive flim-flammery.  Nick Champion said yesterday Labor should oppose the repeal of the tax in the House of Representatives (where it would pass anyway) but wave it through in the Senate so the Abbott Government could cop the consequences of its “mistake”.

“It’s not our job to save the Liberal Party from bad policy and it’s not our job to save the Australian people from bad policy if that’s what they choose and vote for in an election.”
Scrapping the carbon tax and moving to the coalition’s direct action plan would push electricity prices up, raise Australia’s emissions and waste $3 billion dollars, Mr Champion said.
That would expose Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s policies as a “disaster” and would hasten his demise.
“In effect, I think the Liberal Party want to hang themselves,” Mr Champion said. “Well, we should give them as much rope as they need.”
This tax will go, and if Labor is smart it won’t waste a day more defending it. In fact, it should back right off the global warming huff-puffery, too.
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This is merely a start - a compromise that leaves us still wasting too much of our money for merely symbolic effect:

PUBLIC servants are drawing up plans to collapse 33 climate change schemes run by seven departments and eight agencies into just three bodies run by two departments under a substantial rewrite of the administration of carbon abatement schemes under the Coalition. 

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Greens and Labor lose their Senate lock for years to come

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (7:48am)

Terry McCrann says the Labor-Green stranglehold on the Senate has been smashed for the next six years at least:

The Greens might have lifted their representation to its highest ever level of 10 senators - and at the same time been rendered utterly powerless.
For the election of a collection of micro parties which “harvested” preference flows ... has locked in, not so much a “right-wing” majority in the senate ... but a “non-left” majority. And locked it in for up to six years.
The immediate consequence of this, once it has been understood, is that there is no way that Tony Abbott will now initiate a double-dissolution election…
With six senators in each state, to get elected, in each half-senate election, you need a vote quota of 14.3 per cent for each of them.
What this means broadly, is that each “side” - left and right - need to get a total vote of 42.9 per cent to split three senators each.
And that’s broadly what happens. The Greens and Labor - and in times past, the Australian Democrats - can usually get to at least 42.9 per cent. So they fight over the third senator.
While on the others side, it’s the Coalition broadly on its own, with some help from small right-wing parties like in recent times Family First.
Occasionally we would get a Nick Xenophon and before him a Brian Harradine to break this big-party split… [or get] the Greens managing to push the “left” senate vote up to the 57.1 per cent in a state that gets you four senators ...  as the Greens were easily able to do in Tasmania while the “Messiah” Bob Brown was still around.
Now to the seismic shift. What the rise of the micro parties AND Palmer in this election has done, provided the current indications hold up, is give the “non-left” four senators in no less than three states - NSW, Queensland and WA.
But also absolutely crucially, kept them three senators in two states - South Australia and Tasmania - where they could easily have dropped to only two. In “green” Tasmania and `Xenophonic’ SA…
So we end up with a senate that will be dramatically different from the 40 left, 35 right plus Xenophon that gave us the carbon tax.... We end up with a senate from July next year that is exactly reversed - 40 “non-left”, 35 left (25 Labor and 10 Greens) plus Xenophon… If the next election went back to a 50-50 left/right split, that would actually slightly improve the Coalition’s position to a senate that was 41 “non-left”, 34 left and Xenophon.
UPDATE
I’m enjoying the new Senate line up more by the day, Take Wayne Drupolich of the Australian Sports Party - likely to win a seat with just 0.2 per cent of the primary vote in Western Australia:
A member of Perth’s influential resources industry, Mr Dropulich also rejected the idea that he will instinctively back Tony Abbott’s plan to scrap the carbon and mining taxes, saying he would not be entering the Senate purely as a “rubber stamp” for the government.
Although he currently works as an engineer on Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project, he insisted he would not be automatically pro-mining.
Can’t wait for the conspiracy theories.
Add him to the two Senators that coal magnate Clive Palmer is likely to get up - with the help of Greens preferences, of all crazy things - and the Senate will have a remarkably different culture.
(Thanks to reader Angus.) 

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Labor shrinks but self-delusion grows

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (7:39am)

Paul Kelly cannot believe Labor’s self-denial when its vote is shrinking so steadily:
THE Labor Party has shrunk to the humiliation of representing only one-third of the Australian electorate with a primary vote of 33.8 per cent this election, compared with 43.4 per cent at Kevin Rudd’s magic victory in 2007…
In 1996, when Paul Keating lost to John Howard, the Labor primary vote was 38.8 per cent…
So what is the happening with the Coalition? Frankly, it is a different story. Consider the Coalition primary vote across the past four elections: 45.4 per cent (2013), 43.31 per cent (2010), 42 per cent (2007) and 46.7 per cent (2004)…
Consider the Senate. It is hard to believe but Labor is heading towards winning just 12 or 13 out of 40 Senate places, worse than one-third. This humiliation leaves Labor with 25 out of 76 places in the new Senate from July next year....

It is early days yet but the alarm bells are ringing. Senior Labor figures have moved quickly to declare their policies during the past six years were not only right but approaching perfect. The problem, we are told, was the Rudd-Gillard crisis making things impossible. The next Labor denialist narrative is taking shape before your eyes.  

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Coalition does to Bracks what he did first

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (6:19am)

Labor is foolish to make its first battle in opposition the defence of one of its mate’s-rates appointments - that of former Labor Premier Steve Bracks as Consul-General to New York:
STEVE Bracks has played a role in his own demise as after losing the confidence of the Abbott Government by actively fundraising and campaigning against it.
Mr Bracks has been axed from the prestigious $250,000-a-year posting ... because he campaigned against [the Coalition]. Mr Bracks was the star billing at a fundraising event and involved in the Hotham pre-selection contest…
``It was highly inappropriate for him to be involved in a campaign against the government he would have to represent.’’
Ms Bishop warned in May that she reserved the right to review the appointment as it was taking effect at the same time as the election…
Acting Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek said it was a ``petty and vindictive’’ decision as the first act of the Abbott Government.
But former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett said Mr Bracks has no right to complain because ``he did exactly the same thing when he won government in 1999’’ by sacking Sir James Gobbo as Governor…
In his book, ``A Premier’s State’’ Mr Bracks said Sir James has been a member of a regular lunch group called the Rumour Tank that was made up of ``Liberal Party identities’’ including Mr Kennett and it concerned him and was a factor in not extending his term as Governor.
Former Labor leader Kim Beazley, though, will stay on as our ambassador to Washington until the end of next year. 

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Go, Kevin. Just go

Andrew Bolt September 11 2013 (6:09am)

Kevin Rudd claims he pulled off a great recovery, but Labor MPs seem strangely ungrateful:
Former minister Kate Lundy yesterday joined the growing chorus of senior Labor figures urging Kevin Rudd to quit parliament
Senator Lundy said ... renewal could not happen if the former prime minister stayed on the backbench.
Her view is backed by the Julia Gillard loyalists Brendan O’Connor, Laurie Ferguson and Craig Emerson, who argue Mr Rudd should retire to avoid further destabilisation of the party…
Another senior Labor minister, who did not want to be named, said he wanted Mr Rudd to leave as soon as possible but would not say it publicly because the former PM would “do the opposite"…
“No one wants him to stay but the more we say it the more likely it is he will stay."…
Last night, Mr Ferguson, the Labor MP for Werriwa in western Sydney, also delivered a stinging rebuke of Mr Rudd, telling him to get out of politics and focus on researching “Qing dynasty porcelain or something like that”.
Add two more:
Two cabinet ministers who chose to leave Parliament altogether after his return, Stephen Smith and Greg Combet, have in recent days called on Rudd to leave the Parliament now that he is leaving the leadership.
The Sydney Morning Herald has had enough, too:

Rudd should go.

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Back come the haters again, hating as only the Left can

Andrew Bolt September 10 2013 (4:56pm)

How the Left hates
Fairfax writer Clementine Ford complains that a Prime Minister - Julia Gillard at the time - is not given enough respect:
Our own prime minister has endured a campaign of sexist abuse ever since she took office, demonstrated most insidiously by people’s belief that they’re entitled to refer to her by her first name.
Ford doesn’t even wait for Abbott to get sworn in before unleashing her own campaign of abuse:
The outcome of the weekend’s election did not sit well with Daily Life columnist and social commentator Clementine Ford. 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.
At least she used Abbott’s surname to prove she can show due respect in an argument.
That makes her so much moral. In her own eyes, I guess.
PS: what makes a certain kind of person think anger and abuse is a sign of surperior morality? Are they seeking to persuade or unite a tribe in group-hate? 

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HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: Two hundred years ago, British and American fleets clashed—not on the high seas, but on a Great Lake. "We have met the enemy and they are ours,” proclaimed U.S. naval leader Oliver Perry after the victory. On the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, look back on one of the most consequential showdowns of the War of 1812. http://histv.co/17OwotI
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Caroline Glick
'll be writing about the travesty of Obama's abdication of US power to Russia, and his betrayal of Israel for Friday's paper. In the meantime, my friend Lee Smith got it right. 
Clearly the Sept. 11 attacks had no impact on Obama. He was too busy reading the New York Times profile on his terrorist buddy Bill Ayres, which was published that day, to notice that America was under attack.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/putin-didnt-save-obama-he-beat-him_753730.html

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Ali Kadhim

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Can you spot the stripes? #WheresWally?
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A Medal of Honor awarded to a Civil War general has been returned to a Maine town after it was found inside a book at a church fundraising sale.
The Times Record of Brunswick, Maine reports Civil War Gen. Joshua Chamberlain's original Congressional Medal of Honor has been verified as authentic after it was sent anonymously in July to the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick.
The society at first was skeptical, as they believed Chamberlain's Medal of Honor was already on display at Bowdoin College.
However, that medal was one re-issued to Chamberlain by Congress when the medal was redesigned in 1904, and recipients could either exchange the old medal for the new or keep both. Chamberlain apparently chose to keep both, though he could not wear them at the same time. 
Chamberlain received the original medal in 1893 for his heroism at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. 
It had been given to his granddaughter, whose estate was donated to the First Parish Church of Duxbury, Mass., following her death in 2000.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/11/civil-war-general-medal-honor-now-in-museum-after-being-discovered-at-church/#ixzz2eaFADhZv

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JFC FTK - ed
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In Memoriam - September 11 2001

Today we reflect on the horrible and tragic events that unfolded in the heart of America on the 11th of September 2001. 

Today we remember the lives of those lost, and admire the brave, courageous and selfless efforts of all emergency services personnel who put their lives on the line that day to save others. Some of those didn't return home. 

Today, we Honour America's Bravest.

Never Forget...

From Australia, God Bless.

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Did you know every American and Russian space voyage has included chocolate? There are just some things you can't leave the Earth's atmosphere without.
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Disagreement in the White House on Syria?

Click for details: http://bit.ly/13IjNqt

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Charles Krauthammer reacted to President Obama’s national address on Syria tonight on Special Report. Bret Baier asked the syndicated columnist about the added time it will take to wait for a possible Russian proposal.

Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/09/10/charles-krauthammer-dubs-obama-syria-address-oddest-presidential-speech-ever#ixzz2eaJXJBCV

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Congratulations are due to Steven Moffat, after#DoctorWho won both the Best Drama and Outstanding Achievement trophies at last night's TV Choice Awards. 

This and other stories, including Arthur Darvill's musical and Bernard Cribbins' war record, are compiled in Anglophenia's weekly news roundup.

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Late breaking news tonight - HUGE NEWS - Total Recall in Colorado. Two historic grass-roots victories against gun-grabbers. Read all about it/share/like/celebrate/replicate! ==>

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Love .. I feel a world without God is a world in need of God .. ed
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Pastor Rick Warren.

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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Just because I walk away when you run your mouth, Doesn't make me weaker than you. It means God seen what I was about to say and puts His hand over my mouth and say's calm my child I have this... Let Go and Let GOD..

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 Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty has delivered a scathing report into emergency services.

Former federal police boss Mick Keelty says police could consider not investigating the offence to free resources.
"In one policing district the Review team was told that two police officers from a particular station were permanently involved in chasing down petrol drive-offs,'' he found.
"Police were divided on the use of their resources in this way.''
Petrol stations could introduce pre-pay systems for fuel to stop people driving off without paying, he found in his review of Police and Community Safety.

The issues surrounding Hamidur Rahman spring to mind. Federal police said they were interested in antecedent events .. ed
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The deteriorating situation in Syria is rapidly spiraling out of control and creating a hell for Syrian Christians far worse anything that the mainstream US media is reporting, or our administration is acknowledging. The gangs of terrorists (for that is what they are, not ‘rebels’) are appropriating Christian-owned property by force, beating, torturing, and murdering Christians, and making any normal existence, for those who remain, impossible. Yet the Obama administration continues to support the ‘rebels’.
The Christian woman in the photograph is tied to a pillar in the Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood of Aleppo. She is one of the “criminals” arrested for unknown reasons by a new Islamist commission in what they call the “freed regions of Syria”. The paper at her feet says: “Those who don’t spit at this woman have no honor!”
It is a disgrace that our government continues to provide both moral and military support to these terrorists, in contravention of every convention of human rights and the rules of war. This is particularly agregious in light of our knowledge that many of these fighters are aligned with al Qaeda, our openly proclaimed enemy, and one of the organizations on our State Department list of terrorist organizations.

I can't like this, but will share it .. race, religion or ethnicity are of no matter to me .. no one should be treated this way. - ed
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We can officially reveal that the #DoctorWho 50th Anniversary special will be called 'The Day of the Doctor' (and will be 75 minutes long). Check out the fantastic new poster image for it! Anyone as excited as we are?!
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I would just like to extend my thanks and express my gratitude to everyone who made sailor moon dmc possible. Its taken 3years to get here but on behalf of all the cast and crew id like to say we are grateful for everyones support and we are proud of the film we made. Im glad you all enjoyed the ending to dmc part 1. With love and light.



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New poll data of 2607 Jews:
These Jews feel strongly about inclusion of people with disabilities, even more so than Israel, Jewish life, marrying Jewish, or having Jewish kids

1/5 of Jews with disabilities in sample have "been turned away or unable to participate in a Jewish event or activity because of the disability"

Bethesda, MD. In a new poll of 2607 Jews done for RespectAbilityUSA.org and Jerusalem U, data shows that the Jews polled, including young Jews, felt very strongly about inclusion of Jews with disabilities. Indeed, they feel even more strongly about inclusion of people with disabilities in Jewish life than they feel about being connecting to Israel, marrying Jewish or having Jewish children, although they were strong on these issues as well. The sample is more likely to be of Jews who are somehow engaged in the community than in a random sample. However, because the sample size is so large, the differences between age groups and other key demographics are valid and pronounced.  CLICK HERE FOR THE POWERPOINT OF THE RESULTS.

Fully 89% of the Jews polled strongly agree that, "Jewish events and organizations should be as welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities as everyone else."  An additional 9% somewhat agree with the same statement and less than 2% disagree or are unsure.

The intensity of agreement with this statement is noteworthy especially when compared to other statements included in the poll. The gaps in intensity were even more pronounced amongst young Jews.

 Strongly Agree 18-29 Somewhat Agree 18-29 Somewhat Disagree 18-29Strongly Disagree 18-29 Really Not Sure 18-29 
Jewish events and organizations should be as welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities as everyone else. 89%88%9%10%1%1%**1%1%
Raising my children to be Jewish is very important to me.81%75%12% 17%2% 4% 1%1%3%4%
Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being Jewish. 80%63%15%27%2%5%1%2%2%2%
Israel is the spiritual center of the Jewish people.71%65%22%25%4%6%2%2%1%3%
Having a Jewish spouse/partner is very important to me.71%62%16%19%5%8%5%7%4%4%
North American and Israeli Jews share a common destiny.47%33%34%41%9%11%3%3%7%12%

One out of every five Jews with disabilities in the sample also reported that they have "been turned away or unable to participate in a Jewish event or activity because of the disability." The 223 Jews with disabilities in the sample tended to be over 50, so it is unlikely this was the recently reported challenges elsewhere in the media of Jewish children with disabilities being denied access to opportunities like Jewish day school education. Still, 32% of Jews with disabilities say they have never been to Israel, compared to 13% of the sample overall.

A major finding of the poll was that the sample had less than half the disability rate than in the US Census begging question; are Jews with disabilities outside of the engaged community and Jewish life? "It is striking and troubling to find so few Jews with disabilities within this large group of relatively engaged Jews," commented RespectAbility strategist and public opinion expert, Meagan Buren. "There is evidence available nationally that would lead us to believe the rate of Jews with disabilities is much higher than what we see represented here."


There are 2607 Jews in the sample. Amongst them 223 people (8.6%) reported having a disability and 594 (22.8% of the sample) reported either having a family member or close friend with a disability. According to the US Census, 18.6% of Americans have a disability.  This includes an expected rate of 10% of Americans ages 15-25 (see pages 5 and 6). There has never been a census specifically of Jews on these issues. However, we do know that Jews marry and have children later than any other American group. It is also a medical fact that having children when you are older leads to higher rates of having children with disabilities such as Down syndromeAutism and schizophrenia. Indeed, in the event of older fathers, the rate of Autism has been shown to be five times higher than with younger fathers. Medical reports also indicate that older parents can cause even their grandchildren to have a higher incidence rate of disabilities. When you combine these facts, it is quite possible that Jews have a higher percentage of disabilities in their families than in the general population. 

Additionally, a national phone survey done separately showed that 51% of likely voters either have a disability or a family member or close friend with a disability

Donn Weinberg, chair of RespectAbilityUSA, commented, "As a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization, we are working to empower more Americans with disabilities to achieve the American dream. A key part of the American dream is that all men are created equal and that there should be freedom of religion for all faiths. We want all faith groups to be inclusive of people with disabilities. It is clear from this data that even inside my own faith community we have work to do to so that people with disabilities can and will more fully participate." 

Professor Steve Eidelman, a leading disability expert and member of RespectAbilityUSA's board of advisors said, "While it is wonderful for so many Jews to say they value inclusion of people with disabilities so highly, there is a great distance between the words and deeds in our community. That is why the first Jewish Leadership Institute on Disability and Inclusion will be held in Baltimore in December 2013. We hope that leaders of Jewish institutions from around the world will attend so that in the future our events and institutions can truly reflect the inclusive attitudes valued so highly by our community. After all, with Jewish survival being so important, our community needs the personal involvement of all Jews – no matter their abilities and differences." 

Shelley Cohen, co-founder of RespectAbilityUSA and president of the Jewish Inclusion Project said: "When a Jewish family is told that their child cannot attend a Jewish day school, camp or other program because they have a disability, the community risks losing the entire Jewish family to participation. This poll data shows that individuals in our community value inclusion above all else – yet we know we are not yet delivering it in our institutions."

Rabbi Raphael Shore, founder of Jerusalem U, "It is incredibly important for the Jewish people that Jews with disabilities be fully included in our rosters of Jewish life. More needs to be done to ensure this is the case. All of us are equal in G-ds eyes. Everyone — no matter our different abilities -- should be welcomed and included. With Jerusalem U, because our films and educational experiences are available on the Internet, and YouTube offers captions, we are already accessible to most Jews with disabilities. "  

Amy Holtz, president of Jerusalem U, "It is exciting to see that young Jews value inclusion of Jews with disabilities into the fabric of Jewish life. Our mission is to create proud Jews  -- and that goes for people with all abilities.  Faith, culture and religion are important to us all."

Methodology
The poll is not a random sample, as the survey was done online and lists which were emailed the survey included people involved in JerusalemU and other organizations, subscribers to the Jerusalem Post and/or Haaretz, plus reaching out via facebook and twitter. All individuals were encouraged to complete the survey to be entered to win $500 to go to a charity of their choosing.  Young Jews were also given an opportunity to win $500.

Because early poll results showed even smaller percentages of participation from Jews with disabilities, a significant effort was made to find those Jews. Because of that effort this sample, even with extremely low participation by Jews with disabilities and their family members, it has a far larger sample than it otherwise would have.
 
The push to reach out to Jews with disabilities to encourage them to take the poll was broad. The New Normal, a blog for Jews who care about disability issues done through the New York Jewish Week, encouraged participation. Attendees from Jewish conferences on disability inclusion were emailed invitations to participate. Groups such at Gateways in Boston, Jewish Family Service in Houston, the Tikvah program at Ramah camp and others encouraged their participants with disabilities and their family members to fill out the survey. Parents and caretakers of people with disabilities were available to assist Jews who had intellectual disabilities in filling out the survey. Nonetheless, these programs and lists are relatively small and even the intense push did not make up the gap.
The results were less than half that of the disability rate in the census, and indeed, the people with disabilities in the sample tended to be senior citizens, thus suggesting that they might have acquired disabilities as opposed to life-long difference.  

RespectAbilityUSA is a brand new national nonprofit, non-partisan organization working to empower Americans with disabilities to achieve the American dream. Founded by chair, Donn Weinberg and president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, RespectAbilityUSA's mission is to reshape the attitudes of American society so that people with disabilities can more fully participate in and contribute to society; and to empower people with disabilities to achieve as much of the American Dream as their abilities and efforts permit. Faith and access to faith organizations is a part of the American dream and, like the private sector, leaders, foundations, and the media, is a focus of RespectAbilityUSA's work. Their full business plan can be found at www.RespectAbilityUSA.org. For more information contact JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org

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I listened carefully to President Obama's speech tonight, and I am convinced now more than ever that the United States should not intervene in Syria.  President Obama's foreign policy strategy has failed America and failed the world at a time when international leadership is so greatly needed. 
As his 'friend on the right,' I believed the cause was 'clearly right,' but that was more than 18 months ago when I argued that the U.S. should provide arms and support to the rebels when they were predominantly pro- democracy rebels.  Drawing a red line and using military force for the use of chemical weapons in a vacuum, irrespective of the parties involved in the conflict, is not wise or in our national security interest.
I am thankful that the president has taken a military response off the table while negotiations with the Russians take place.  It is clear the president doesn't want to use that option.  Let's hope that he finds a face-saving way of moving past this embarrassing mismanagement of American foreign policy.
Patriot Voices continues to oppose military action in Syria, and I am asking you to help me tell Members of Congress and our Senators to defeat any measure calling for the use of force in Syria.  Please take three minutes and use our convenient online tool  to quickly and easily tell your legislators to vote NO on military intervention in Syria. Click here and you'll be directed to our website with all the instructions to send a personalized email telling them to vote NO on the use of force in Syria.
I will continue to closely watch this situation play out and stay in touch with you as it does. 
God Bless,
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Friend, 
I'm sure you'll be tuning in tonight to hear what President Obama will say about the situation in Syria, particularly as news broke this morning that Syria has supposedly agreed to Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to place its chemical weapons under international control -- an announcement our government should certainly be wary of.
In the mean time, I wanted to make sure you saw the op-ed I wrote for ABC News yesterday about why I oppose military intervention in Syria.  You can read it here and below are a few excerpts:
At a time when the world badly needs international leadership and consensus, President Obama's disengaged foreign policy has failed America and failed the world. As is too often the case, the President's detached foreign policy has compromised regional stability, the national security of our allies, and our own security needs....

...If the President had chosen to intervene when the civil war started, as I had supported, we would have had an opportunity to equip and support the pro-Democracy forces who would have given the country the best chance for stability.

But the president did nothing, and now we pay the price. We have a very different situation today as al Qaeda has emerged as the dominant rebel force and the Syrian regime is in a much stronger position because of its support from Iran and Hezbollah.

After many months of no action, the President is now in the position of ordering a military strike because of a "red line" the Syrian regime crossed when it used chemical weapons on its own people. Though that "red line" is one he drew and set as the test for our involvement, he has backed off that and is trying to pass on responsibility to Congress.
I'll be watching the speech tonight along with you, and I'll be in touch again with my reactions about what President Obama said. Let me know what you think of his speech by commenting on myFacebook page  or tweet me at: @RickSantorum.
If you haven't already done so, please utilize our digital tool here to quickly and easily email your senators and congressperson to tell them to vote NO on military action in Syria. 
Best,
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P.S. I hope you'll tune in at Noon ET today to Patriot Voices Radio at www.patriotvoices.com/radio.  I'll be joining the broadcast to talk about Syria.  

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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him."
Mark 3:13
Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry; but reader be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom he wills. If he shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in his house, I will cheerfully bless him for his grace in permitting me to do anything in his service. The call of Christ's servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, evermore above the world in holiness, earnestness, love and power. Those whom he calls must go up the mountain to him, they must seek to rise to his level by living in constant communion with him. They may not be able to mount to classic honours, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have familiar intercourse with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to proclaim the gospel of peace. Jesus went apart to hold high fellowship with the Father, and we must enter into the same divine companionship if we would bless our fellowmen. No wonder that the apostles were clothed with power when they came down fresh from the mountain where Jesus was. This morning we must endeavour to ascend the mount of communion, that there we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart. Let us not see the face of man today till we have seen Jesus. Time spent with him is laid out at blessed interest. We too shall cast out devils and work wonders if we go down into the world girded with that divine energy which Christ alone can give. It is of no use going to the Lord's battle till we are armed with heavenly weapons. We must see Jesus, this is essential. At the mercy-seat we will linger till he shall manifest himself unto us as he doth not unto the world, and until we can truthfully say, "We were with him in the Holy Mount."

Evening

"Evening wolves."
Habakkuk 1:8
While preparing the present volume, this particular expression recurred to me so frequently, that in order to be rid of its constant importunity I determined to give a page to it. The evening wolf, infuriated by a day of hunger, was fiercer and more ravenous than he would have been in the morning. May not the furious creature represent our doubts and fears after a day of distraction of mind, losses in business, and perhaps ungenerous tauntings from our fellow men? How our thoughts howl in our ears, "Where is now thy God?" How voracious and greedy they are, swallowing up all suggestions of comfort, and remaining as hungry as before. Great Shepherd, slay these evening wolves, and bid thy sheep lie down in green pastures, undisturbed by insatiable unbelief. How like are the fiends of hell to evening wolves, for when the flock of Christ are in a cloudy and dark day, and their sun seems going down, they hasten to tear and to devour. They will scarcely attack the Christian in the daylight of faith, but in the gloom of soul conflict they fall upon him. O thou who hast laid down thy life for the sheep, preserve them from the fangs of the wolf.
False teachers who craftily and industriously hunt for the precious life, devouring men by their false-hoods, are as dangerous and detestable as evening wolves. Darkness is their element, deceit is their character, destruction is their end. We are most in danger from them when they wear the sheep's skin. Blessed is he who is kept from them, for thousands are made the prey of grievous wolves that enter within the fold of the church.
What a wonder of grace it is when fierce persecutors are converted, for then the wolf dwells with the lamb, and men of cruel ungovernable dispositions become gentle and teachable. O Lord, convert many such: for such we will pray tonight.
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Today's reading: Proverbs 8-9, 2 Corinthians 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Proverbs 8-9

Wisdom's Call
Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gate leading into the city,
at the entrance, she cries aloud:
4 "To you, O people, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, set your hearts on it.
Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her....

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 3

1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life....
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A Land of Milk and Honey

This week's reading: Exodus 3:8
God's promise to Moses on behalf of the people must have sounded larger-than-life: it was "a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey" (Ex 3:8)-a place fairly oozing with the best of creation's bounty. God was indeed planning to bless his people abundantly.
God still provides for his own, both corporately (his church) and individually, although not always in a material sense. David reflects, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread" (Ps 37:25). It might be easy to dismiss David's claim based on the fact that faithful followers of Christ have starved to death in large numbers over the centuries. So, at the very least, we must beware of blithely suggesting that God will always provide a minimal amount of material provision in this life.
Christian financial stewardship leader Howard Dayton reflects on God's promise to provide for our needs:
"But seek first [his kingdom] and his righteousness, and all these things [food and clothing] will be [given] to you" (Mt 6:33). In Genesis 22:14, God is spoken of as "Jehovah-jireh," [the LORD Will Provide]. He takes care of his people, and he does not need a prosperous economy to provide for them. Each day he gave manna to the children of Israel during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Jesus fed 5,000 with only five loaves and two fish.
God is both predictable and unpredictable. He is absolutely predictable in his faithfulness to provide for our needs. What we cannot predict is how the Lord will provide. He uses various and sometimes surprising means of meeting our needs. Regardless of how he chooses to provide for our needs, he is utterly reliable.
Yet in our human condition, we are often plagued by fears that God might not come through for us. Pastor and author Andy Stanley reflects on the impact that this lack of trust has on our stewardship habits:
For many believers, cheerful giving has become fearful giving. We are not opposed to supporting God's kingdom with our resources. And we're really not greedy. But we are concerned. We're concerned that if we don't look after our own needs first, they might not get looked after at all.
Yet the testimony of Scripture, together with the experiences of millions of believers, sends a resounding response to our concerns. Any fear associated with giving to God's kingdom is irrational. It's on a par with a farmer who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields. As absurd as that may sound, many of us are guilty of hoarding the financial seed that God intends to be sown for the harvest that is to come. And it's all because of fear.

Think About It

  • How do you reconcile God's promise of provision with the reality of the poverty of so many faithful Christians in the world?
  • How do you see your own responsibility to those who are in need?
  • Do you ever doubt God's provision in your own life? Why? What usually changes your mind when you're feeling that way?

Pray About It

Lord, I am blessed by you. Help me to live in a way that shows others my faith in you.

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