Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wed Sep 18th Todays News

A man with a mental illness, who supported Obama, who had been trained in the military used an assault rifle, CNN called a shotgun, to kill 12 people in 30 minutes in Washington DC at a naval yard. For their safety, none of the  sane employees were armed. Clearly this is going to inflame the gun issue. Democrats like Obama like that, as they are the goto people for gun control. But while kudos are often given to the Democrats for gun control, Democrat states seem to have the most difficulties. It is as if the Democrats like the issue to stay alive at the expense of victims. 
Meanwhile, in Australia, the new PM, Tony Abbott has been sworn in. He has axed three department heads who were too close to the last government, and a fourth has walked away. Much has been said of the few number of females in the new cabinet (Deputy Liberal Leader Bishop). And while it is true that neither of the last two ALP PM's were women, nor will either of the next two ALP aspirants be women, still it seems as if the ALP have their finger on an issue which will only grow in time. One expects that in fifty or sixty years, the male dominated Abbott Government will collapse. But probably not before then if the ALP can't find another issue. 
The pedophile inquiry continues. Clearly inadequate sentences have been given to abusers. There is no death penalty in Australia, but sometimes one wonders if jail is used enough. 
The Dutch King calls for people to rely less on welfare and more on provision. The Liberal party state governments have clearly been wounded by hostile ALP federal masters recently, with WA losing a AAA rating the big spending feds had been able to retain. In Victoria, weak conservative government has only recently stiffened, and its numbers are on a knife edge with a corruption issue threatening to cause it to implode. Ironically, the issue of misuse of a government car seems prima facie similar to former PM Gillard's suppressed issue .. but the press hadn't been interested in that .. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Chau Ly. Born on the same day, across the years, as Trajan (53), Marie of Valois, Duchess of Bar (1344), Samuel Johnson (1709), Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Léon Foucault (1819), Kate Booth (1858), Greta Garbo (1905), Frankie Avalon and Gerry Harvey (1939), James Gandolfini (1961), Ronaldo (1976) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (1993). On your day, National Day in Chile
1809 – The second theatre of the Royal Opera House in London opened after a fire destroyed the original theatre one year earlier.
1873 – Panic of 1873: The American bank Jay Cooke & Company declared bankruptcy, setting off a chain reaction of bank failures.
1889 – Hull House, the United States' most influential settlement house, opened in Chicago.
1961 – En route to negotiate a ceasefire between Katanga troops and United Nations forces, the plane carrying UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed under mysterious circumstances near Ndola in Northern Rhodesia, killing him and 15 others on board.
1974 – Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras, destroying 182 towns and villages in the first 24 hours, and ultimately causing over 8,000 deaths.
Opera is important .. it is culture. Don't panic. Migrate to the right side. Fly right, don't be a dag. Aim for the affectionate Fifi. Enjoy your day, with plenty of chow.
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Rejecting the gender agendas

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (7:50pm)

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ALL the hyperventilating about the dearth of women in Tony Abbott’s new cabinet is a gift to the incoming Prime Minister.
Do his foes really not understand by now that he doesn’t care about the preoccupations of the twittering classes?
He is determined to be the polar opposite of the last government - which allowed gender diversity and similar leftist obsessions dictate policy and personnel, with inevitable tragic consequences for the Labor party and, unfortunately, for the nation it dragged down with it.
Leftist obsessions such as the Emily’s List model of pre-selection, forced on Labor by Joan Kirner and her protégé Julia Gillard, contained the seeds of Labor’s downfall.
For all Gillard’s cynical pandering to mummy bloggers when she was PM, Labor’s quota system represents a narrow cadre of women whose outlook and experiences are wholly alien to the lives of most men and women, and contribute to the Labor Party’s disconnection from its base.
Apart from the fact diversity quotas are guaranteed never to produce the best candidates, they also inevitably lead to disunity because they are inherently unfair.
We’ve just suffered through a three-year experiment of quota queens in charge of the government and what an unmitigated disaster that was, with the objective result that Labor scored its lowest primary vote in a century, despite swapping back to an even more hopeless man at the end.
So criticism of Abbott’s cabinet lineup is shameless hypocrisy from the party which set up its most formidable female politician to fail and then tore her down when she did.
Gillard was not ready to be Prime Minister when she was tapped on the shoulder by the faceless men in 2010. She was a reluctant conscript and yet party powerbrokers such as Bill Shorten insisted. It was a win-win for Shorten, of course. He got to burn through his most potent rival.
Admittedly, Labor’s current temporary leader Chris Bowen’s attack line that Afghanistan has more female cabinet ministers (three) than Abbott’s one, was catchy, if misleading.
(In fact if you were to compare apples with apples, Abbott has five women in his ministry of 30, along with his deputy, Australia’s first female foreign minister, Julie Bishop; Michaelia Cash, Sussan Ley, Fiona Nash, and Marise Payne comprise four of 11 members of the outer ministry.)
Abbott had to balance a number of considerations in his cabinet choices, but ability and experience were key.
It’s refreshing that gender balance barely counted.
There was a clue to Abbott’s thinking when he dispensed with the “grandiose” omnibus titles of former ministries, and when he vowed Parliament wouldn’t sit until it had legislation to consider because he did not want to use it as “a giant and expensive photo opportunity”.
Equally, his refusal to promote women over more deserving male colleagues, just for diversity purposes, shows Abbott doesn’t care about the optics of government, unlike his Labor predecessors, who were consumed by them.
That doesn’t mean it’s not disappointing there aren’t more women in Cabinet. But it’s hardly Abbott’s fault. The problem lies at the grass roots of recruitment.
Take, for example, the blue ribbon North Shore Liberal seat of Bradfield where a large and impressive field lined up for pre-selection in 2009.
Of 17 candidates, only four were women. In the end, a man won, Paul Fletcher, who may or may not have been the best candidate, but the Liberal Party has its own factional problems, and Fletcher was the Left’s choice.
All else being equal, there was a 24 percent chance of a woman being preselected in Bradfield that day, compared to a 76 percent chance a man would be chosen.
Like the children of migrants, ambitious girls at school still angle towards the big prestige careers in law, medicine and business.
Politics is generally a fringe aspiration. It is uncertain. It takes a certain type of person, imbued with single-minded ambition and a desire for service.
It provides comparably little in the way of money, or even prestige to start with, and it is undeniably family - unfriendly, whether because of obligatory night-time electorate functions or travel to Canberra when Parliament sits.
Undoubtedly, sexism plays into the bias of some pre-selectors as well. This is why Labor opted for the quick but fatal fix of a quota system.
Conservatives need to find a better way of inspiring young women to their cause.
But in the end, I’d rather the chances of a women elevated within an Abbott government for worthwhile and genuine career achievement than any woman elevated to fill a quota.

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Suffer the children

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (7:40pm)

IN the lavish corporate environment of a brand new, no-expenses-spared federal bureaucracy on the 17th floor of one of the city’s most prestigious office buildings, the harsh reality of child abuse seems even more surreal.
This is the setting of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which began its first days of hearings in Sydney this week.
The clear voice of the first witness rang out in the hushed hearing room like a whipcrack from another world, in which pedophile monsters prey on helpless children while cowardice, uncertainty, or something else prevents the adults in charge from stepping in.
Witness AA told of being sexually assaulted by pedophile Scoutmaster Steven Larkins at age 12 in 1992. He suffers depression, bipolar disorder, and sexual dysfuntion as a result. Witness AC became Larkins’ victim at 11, and became a hard, angry person who trusts nobody, “a shell of the person I was.”
Despite complaints about Larkins’ obvious pedophilic tendencies, he was allowed to continue working with children for two decades. And yet, when the law finally caught up with him, the sentence he received was laughable. He is serving 22 months’ jail for possessing child pornography and falsifying a “working with children” clearance. But for the “indecent assault” on AA and AC, he received a good behaviour bond.
The leniency is so out of kilter with community expectations and so insulting to Larkins’ victims, you can only shake your head at the rarefied existence of the judges who, too often, dispense such sentences.
Chief Commissioner Peter McClellan offered a glimpse of judge-world when he admitted that before this job, “I did not adequately appreciate the devastating and long-lasting effect which sexual abuse…can have on an individual’s life.”
At least he’s honest. But wasn’t it obvious? 

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Dutch to cure welfare disease

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (4:42pm)

We will soon hear such talk here, I imagine:
DUTCH king Willem-Alexander has delivered a message to his people from the government: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.
In its place a “participation society” is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government, he said in a nationally televised address…
“The shift to a ‘participation society’ is especially visible in social security and long-term care,” the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.
“The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.”

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Liberals now slip in two states

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (4:38pm)

The Liberal tide could soon recede.
First, this humiliation:

THE one-time boom state of Western Australia has lost its prized AAA credit rating, in a massive blow to the Barnett government’s fiscal credibility.
Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said today it had lowered its rating for WA to `AA+’ from `AAA’, citing the government’s “limited political will” to cut spending.
How could a state that’s ridden such a boom lose its AAA rating? How long can Colin Barnett now last?
Then there is this scandal in Victoria:

REBEL Victorian independent Liberal Geoff Shaw has been charged with 23 counts of obtaining financial benefit by deception and one charge of misconduct in public office.
Victoria Police today revealed Mr Shaw, 45, of Frankston, had been summonsed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 8 October.
The bombshell announcement will cast a dark cloud over the future of the Napthine government, which relies on Mr Shaw’s support to remain in office.
Which won’t help when the latest Newspoll shows the Napthine Government’s support slipping:

Labor has edged ahead on the two-party-preferred vote, 51 per cent to 49 per cent.

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The AEC should sue Palmer. UPDATE Palmer behind. UPDATE: Now 3 ahead

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (11:11am)

Normally I am against defamation proceedings, but I do hope someone in the AEC sues this sorry buffoon’s hide - if only to put the lie to his latest toxic conspiracy theory:
Clive Palmer has warned Tony Abbott that he must reform the electoral act or his Palmer United Party will block every piece of government legislation in the Senate.
The mining billionaire’s threat came after he officially requested a recount in the seat of Fairfax on Tuesday, as latest counting showed his lead over Coalition candidate Ted O’Brien had diminished to less than 70 votes…

‘’From our point of view we’ll have the balance of power in the Senate, so if Tony Abbott doesn’t reform the electoral act, we’ll just … not pass anything. Nothing,’’ he said. ‘’I don’t give a stuff about a mandate.’’
Mr Palmer has accused Australian Electoral Commission workers of ‘’stuffing’’ ballot boxes in the Sunshine Coast seat, after the sharp reverse from his 60/40 lead on election night.
‘’It’s not what I regard as democracy,’’ he said. ‘’ … a lot of illegal things have happened.’’…
Mr Palmer has highlighted the ex-military background of some AEC officials and suggested they are trying to keep him out of politics to preserve the two-party preferred status quo in Australian politics.
Once again, Palmer is fantasising. His one Senator will not control the balance of power in the Senate. And I suspect Glenn Lazarus might realise his reputation is best served by trusting his own judgement and not that of the conspiracy theorist who paid his campaign bills.
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Clive Palmer is now 100 votes behind the Liberal Ted O’Brien in counting for the seat of Fairfax. He seems gone.
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Damn. Now Palmer is three votes ahead

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Mirabella concedes

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (10:22am)

Sad day for Sophie Mirabella. Minutes before the ceremony at which she expected to be sworn in as a Cabinet Minister she has conceded defeat in her seat of Indi. 

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Tony Abbott, action man

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (9:42am)

Paul Kelly on Tony Abbott’s attack on the culture of spin - an attempt to switch from the Age of Seeming to an Age of Doing:

He hates embroidery, loathes long ministerial titles, says he won’t be talking to the media unless he has something to say and will recall parliament only when the carbon pricing repeal bills are ready. In totality, this outlook is a shock to the system…
The pivotal issue is whether the “back to basics” government he plans is compatible with the noisy, trouble-making real-time media cycle that now drives our politics. It is the clash between Abbott as conservative warrior and the anarchic modern media with its thirst for drama and obsession with gesture.
Abbott wants to be judged on actions, not words or symbols. Tony Abbott, the action man.

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And now to business:
Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott plans to hit the ground running on Wednesday afternoon, issuing orders to scrap the carbon tax, stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from writing business, and cease granting permanent protection visas to asylum seekers found to be refugees who had arrived by boat.
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TONY Abbott is officially the nation’s 28th Prime Minister after being sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Mr Abbott was sworn in at Government House shortly before 10.30am, with wife Margie and daughters Louise, Bridget and Frances looking on.
Mr Abbott’s sisters Christine Forster and Pip Abbott were also there to witness the moment.
No show without Punch:

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Samuel J at the Cat:

The gap between a general election and the commissioning of the former opposition leader has varied in length – here are the previous examples:
Fisher became the first to be commissioned prime minister in this fashion, taking office 16 days after the 13 April 1910 election… After Fisher, we have Cook (24 days after the 31 May 1913 election), Fisher again (12 days after the 5 September 1914 election), Scullin (10 days after the 12 October 1929 election), Lyons (18 days after the 19 December 1931 election), Menzies (9 days after the 10 December 1949 election), Whitlam (3 days after the 2 December 1972 election), Hawke (6 days after the 5 March 1983 election), Howard (9 days after the 11 March 1996 election), Rudd (9 days after the 24 November 2007 election) and now Abbott (11 days after the 7 September 2013 election)…
So in 2013, the transfer of power from the previous government has been rather delayed, the longest period since Lyons took office in 1932.
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A very modest spring clean:

TREASURY secretary Dr Martin Parkinson will voluntarily leave his post next year, avoiding the fate of three other department heads sacked by Tony Abbott today.
On his first official day as Prime Minister, Mr Abbott sent shockwaves through the public service, giving marching orders to Andrew Metcalfe, Blair Comley and Don Russell…
Dr Metcalfe is a former Department of Immigration secretary who was closely linked to Labor’s asylum-seeker policy decisions and recently went to head up the Department of Agriculture.
Mr Comley headed the Department of Climate Change until going to head the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
Dr Russell, a former chief of staff to Paul Keating, was secretary of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

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In which case politics is not an issue, then

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (9:23am)

If he’d been a white Republican and Fox News viewer we’d never have heard the end of it:

Michael Ritrovato spoke at length about his friend, suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis… Alexis was black, Ritrovato is white. Ritrovato described himself as conservative and Alexis is ”more of a liberal type” who supported Barack Obama...

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Macdonald taken away

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (9:06am)

The departure of Hamish Macdonald leaves Channel 10 with a big hole. Who can they get now to make a show about Hamish Macdonald? 

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Contest of ideas? No, contest of faction heavies

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (8:48am)

Labor’s machine men marshal the numbers for Shorten:

THE nation’s powerful right-wing unions are mobilising ALP members to vote for Bill Shorten in the rank-and-file leadership ballot, while parliamentary caucus members are being obliged to vote along factional lines more than at any other time in recent history to back the former union leader…
But two ALP figures from the right wing of the party, Gillard government minister Craig Emerson and former Labor MP for Brisbane Arch Bevis, have come out in support of [the Left’s Anthony] Albanese ... and influential former union leader Greg Combet officially launched in Sydney the campaign for Mr Albanese to be leader…
During a visit to Melbourne’s Western Autistic School yesterday, Mr Shorten said he had a majority of caucus members to sign his nomination… It is understood that Mr Shorten has at least 54 per cent of the caucus vote.
That’s odd. Didn’t both candidates announce this would be a ”contest of ideas”? Then why has Shorten got the numbers sewn up even before any debate? 

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Warming faith faces collapse. But here comes Suzuki, still prattling of doom

Andrew Bolt September 18 2013 (7:01am)

Roy Spencer, U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite, says the global warming faith is on the brink of collapse as temperatures fail to rise:

...now, with the IPCC unable to convincingly explain the recent stall in warming (some say a change to weak cooling), the fact that they are forced to actually recognize reality and make changes in their report — possibly reducing the lower bound for future warming, thus reducing the range of climate sensitivity — is quite momentous.
It might well be that so widespread is the public knowledge of the hiatus in warming, recovering Arctic sea ice (at least temporarily), continuing expansion of Antarctic sea ice, failed predictions of previous IPCC reports, etc., are forcing them to do something to save face…
For the last 10-20 years or more, a few of us have been saying that the IPCC has been ignoring the elephant in the room…that the real climate system is simply not as sensitive to CO2 emissions as they claim…
This elephant has had to be ignored at all costs. What, the globe isn’t warming from manmade CO2 as fast as we predicted? Then it must be manmade aerosols cooling things off. Or the warming is causing the deep ocean to heat up by hundredths or thousandths of a degree. Any reason except reduced climate sensitivity, because low climate sensitivity might mean we really don’t have to worry about global warming after all…
My main point is that nothing stands in the way of a popular theory (e.g. global warming) better than failed forecasts. We are now at the point in the age of global warming hysteria where the IPCC global warming theory has crashed into the hard reality of observations.

Professor Ross McKitrick, co-author of Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming:

Everything you need to know about the dilemma the IPCC faces is summed up in one remarkable graph.



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The figure nearby is from the draft version that underwent expert review last winter. It compares climate model simulations of the global average temperature to observations over the post-1990 interval. During this time atmospheric carbon dioxide rose by 12%, from 355 parts per million (ppm) to 396 ppm. The IPCC graph shows that climate models predicted temperatures should have responded by rising somewhere between about 0.2 and 0.9 degrees C over the same period. But the actual temperature change was only about 0.1 degrees, and was within the margin of error around zero. In other words, models significantly over-predicted the warming effect of CO2 emissions for the past 22 years.
Chapter 9 of the IPCC draft also shows that overestimation of warming was observed on even longer time scales in data collected by weather satellites and weather balloons over the tropics… Based on all climate models used by the IPCC, this region of the atmosphere (specifically the tropical mid-troposphere) should exhibit the most rapid greenhouse warming anywhere. Yet most data sets show virtually no temperature change for over 30 years…
To those of us who have been following the climate debate for decades, the next few years will be electrifying. There is a high probability we will witness the crackup of one of the most influential scientific paradigms of the 20th century, and the implications for policy and global politics could be staggering.
Former warmist Professor Dr Fritz Vahrenholt, former Deputy Environmental Minister for Hamburg, agrees the warming faith is collapsing as the world fails to warm:

It’s now obvious that the IPCC models are not correctly reflecting the development of atmospheric temperatures. What‘s false? Reality or the models? The hackneyed explanation of a deep sea warming below 700 meters hasn’t been substantiated up to now. How does atmospheric warming from a climate gas jump 700 meters deep into the ocean? ... The likelihood is that there is no “missing heat”. Slight changes in cloud cover could easily account for a similar effect. That would mean the end of the alarmist CO2 theory…
Extreme weather is the only card they have left to play. We see that Arctic sea ice extent is the highest since 2007. At the South Pole sea ice is at the highest extent in a very long time, hurricanes have not become more frequent, the same is true with tornadoes, sea level is rising at 2-3 mm per year and there’s been no change in the rate, and global temperature has been stagnant for 15 years… CO2 does have a warming effect on the planet. However, this effect has been greatly exaggerated. The climate impact of CO2 is less than the half of what the climate alarmists claim. That’s why in our book, The Neglected Sun, we are saying there is not going to be any climate catastrophe.
The world simply hasn’t warmed as the warmists claimed. But here comes professional alarmist David Suzuki, the eco-extremist on his umpteeth visit to spread alarm about the warming that actually paused 15 years ago:

Your new prime minister Tony Abbott is just another who finds it easier and more politically rewarding to focus on the next election cycle rather than the mountain of evidence that continues to grow and show we are trashing the biosphere and must reduce carbon emissions....
In British Columbia, where I live, a warming climate has allowed insects the size of grains of rice to destroy $65 billion worth of pine trees in just a bit over a decade....  melting polar ice cap ...  the devastation wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Sandy ... Half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef has disappeared ...  increasing frequency of cyclones ... climate change is going to devastate Australia ... ditching the carbon tax is not only crazy, it is absolutely suicidal.
Suzuki’s alarmism is reckless and risible, not just because Suzuki blames a few environmental changes on a warming that’s actually paused for 15 years. Suzuki also gets basic claims wrong:

... [the Great Barrier Reef] could halve again in the next decade with degradation of the environment and the increasing frequency of cyclones.
What “increasing frequency of cyclones”?
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Will The Age, which so glady published Suzuki’s trash, correct the record, or does being a warming alarmist give you a licence to mislead?  

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Rikki Kingston see that target wally is there top left hand side and odlaw is under a signpost close to middle top of picture
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J.John
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
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J.John
“The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:25
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J.John
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. Psalm 89:15
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J.John
"All people matter. You matter. I matter. It's the hardest thing in theology to believe." G.K. Chesterton
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J.John
May you grow to be as beautiful as God meant you to be when He thought of you first. George MacDonald
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J.John
My new booklet has just arrived 'Halloween - Harmless or Harmful?' Praying this will be a useful… http://t.co/GFFRVLG9gG
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Pastor Rick Warren
People are not interruptions to your ministry. They ARE your ministry,

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Pastor Rick Warren
I would welcome your feedback of the #WarrensOnCNN interview with Piers Morgan last night.

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Another mass shooting has been perpetrated by another mentally ill man who, every shred of my 20 years of experience as a forensic psychiatrist, tells me was under-treated or improperly treated.  
And, now, those who wish to waste our time on irrelevant arguments about gun control will argue we should focus on the weapon the man used, rather than the man himself.  
Such people are dangerous because they distract us from the real issue at hand: Our broken mental health care system and the folly of military psychiatry that focuses on making soldiers “resilient,” rather than keeping them safe from psychosis and suicide and homicide.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/17/aaron-alexis-another-improperly-treated-mentally-ill-man-becomes-mass-killer/?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2fEaSRXuw

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Wikipedia has all but abandoned its efforts to combat the pornographic images littering its servers, after board members could not settle on one of the dozens of technical solutions that could have solved the problem.
FoxNews.com published a series of articles about thousands of questionable pictures, videos and other material hidden throughout the popular online encyclopedia in May 2010. The revelation caused a stir-up at the Wikimedia Foundation that runs the site, leading co-founder Jimmy Wales to purge hundreds of images and task members with finding a way to keep objectionable material out of children's eyes.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/09/17/wikipedia-abandons-efforts-to-purge-porn-from-online-encyclopedia/#ixzz2fEakWbIJ

An even harder problem is the left wing bias which skews everything .. including their AGW articles. - ed
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
Whenever you don't understand what's happening, you just have to close your eyes take a deep breath and say "Lord I know it's your plan, just help me through it!!
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A nice piece, surprisingly from the Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/18/coalition-swearing-in-tony-abbott?CMP=twt_gu
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An Ethiopian Welo Opal by Inna Gem

It looks like the Ocean is trapped in it!
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The unusually high incidence of school shootings and other mass murders across the United States has led to misguided speculation that what the psychiatrists label as mental illness has been a primary cause of this problem. However, a careful investigation of this matter reveals that paradoxically it has been the psychiatrists themselves, with their highly toxic arsenal of drugs, used in association with their myriad of subjective mythical diagnoses, which has been largely responsible for these tragic killings. Rebecca Terrell has reported on March 6, 2013, for The New American, Psychiatric Meds: Prescription for Murder?
In a frenzied call for gun-control, the media has come forward with details about the firearms Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults before turning a handgun on himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. However, information about Lanza’s medical history has been scarce, which has fed speculation that he may fit the profile of school shooters under the influence of psychotherapeutic medication. Lawrence Hunter, of the Social Security Institute, has said, “In virtually every mass school shooting during the past 15 years, the shooter has been on or in withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. Yet, federal and state governments continue to ignore the connection between psychiatric drugs and murderous violence, preferring instead to exploit these tragedies in an oppressive and unconstitutional power grab to snatch guns away from innocent, law-abiding people who are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution the right to own and bear arms to deter government tyranny and to use firearms in self defense against any miscreant who would do them harm.”
Furthermore, according to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHRI), in spite of such evidence and many scientific studies proving real dangers from the psychiatric drugs, “there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.” The CCHRI has said that government officials have been well aware of the connection. The CCHRI has stated, “Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence, including 300 homicides. The FDA estimates this total is less than 10 percent of the actual number of incidents since most go unreported."
It has also been reported that the advent of these drugs has coincided disturbingly with a rise in the adolescent suicide rate.In fact, prior to the advent of antidepressants, there was little relation seen between depression and violent behavior. And yet, instead of investigating psychiatric drugs’ connection to acts of horrible mass violence, public policymakers and psychiatrists along with other healthcare professionals have actually been promoting the use of psychotropic drugs by children and adolescents.
This has all created a tragic set of circumstances in the United States with decent people who are actually often peace activists, when in control of their own minds, being ruined and turned into suicidal and homicidal maniacs by the very psychiatrists who claim they are experts in mental health care. Such an outcome is not serving the best interests of individuals or of society, as the psychiatrists nevertheless continue to grow wealthier and more powerful. And now we can anticipate more victims of the quackery of psychiatry as new legislation is likely to take guns out of the hands of decent citizens who may have no self-defense from murderers, as we watch distortions of the facts regarding mental illness begin to deprive them of their constitutional right to bear arms.

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The shooting in Connecticut that killed at least 27 people is among the worst school massacres in history, but the very worst one took place 85 years ago in a small Michigan town.

“This is so much like Bath,” said author Arnie Bernstein, who wrote the 2009 book “Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing” that chronicled the events of May 18, 1927.

A disgruntled farmer who blamed the school for his money troubles blew up the school in Bath, Mich., a small town northeast of the state capital of Lansing. That day, 38 children and six adults died.

“It’s inexplicable,” Bernstein said. “There’s no explanation. Something in the makeup of these people makes them do it.”

The farmer’s name was Andrew Kehoe, and he died, as well, when he blew up his own car.

In rural American in the 1920s, it was easy to come up with explosives. Small-town hardware stores sold dynamite and other explosives to farmers to remove stumps from fields.

It was a time when one-room school districts were consolidating into larger, town schools. The 55-year-old Kehoe was enraged about a tax the community levied on itself to build the new Bath Consolidated School. His farm had gone into foreclosure, and he blamed the school.

He had access to the school – he was a board member, the treasurer, in fact. He also was the school’s caretaker. Kehoe secretly placed hundreds of pounds of explosives under the school, apparently doing it over a period of months.

Historical sources say that on that Wednesday morning, Kehoe beat his wife to death and set his farm on fire. While firefighters were there, an explosion rocked the school.

Kehoe then appeared at the school. As people ran up to his car, he detonated explosives inside it, making it a 1920s version of a suicide car bomb. The shrapnel-filled car bomb killed the school superintendent and others. Continued...

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Emma Watson
"As a person, I have a belief system which is that everything happens for a reason."
Think about that as I drink your beer - ed
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HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s collection of folktales contains some of the best-known children’s characters in literary history. Yet the brothers originally filled their book, which became known as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” with gruesome scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in an R-rated movie. As the 150th anniversary of Jacob’s death approaches, check out some of the surprisingly dark themes that appear in the Grimms’ work.http://histv.co/16BI8iN
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Phillip Jensen.

Because of music’s powerful effect on self-awareness it can easily confuse a person into thinking that it is more than “organised noise”.
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Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion and Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, sat down Monday with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss President Barack Obama’s infamous “red line” remarks regarding the Syrian civil war.
Kasparov believes the president failed by not following through on his claim that the use of Chemical weapons in Syria would cross a “red line.” He believes the president’s use of the term required him to act after the supposed line was crossed.

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A South Carolina high school, and possibly many others, are reportedly using a different history textbook that also contains a highly questionable interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Additionally, the publisher of a separate controversial advanced placement history textbook, which acts as a study guide for the advanced placement U.S. history exam and seems to diminish the Second Amendment, is directly linked to Common Core standards, TheBlaze has learned.

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Senator Sue Boyce found it "shocking'' and ''embarrassing''. Former Senator Judith Troeth said it was a"bad signal''. It was proof of the glass ceiling still exists said Ita Buttrose. They were all complaining that there was only one woman in the new Federal Cabinet. There were no complaints about the number of gay ministers, aboriginal ministers, transgender ministers - we hope that there will be no proposals for quotas for them.\

No doubt in the suburbs and towns in Australia, the real hope was that this would be a government which would function properly, be competent, not waste taxpayers money and keep out of the way in those matters which have nothing to do with the government. Surely appointments should be made on merit and not on the basis of some quota.

Tony Abbott had built up a team in of shadow ministers who proved their abilities in opposition. Clearly he was wise to form the cabinets and Ministry on this basis and having regard to those who retained their seats.

As Senator Vanstone suggested, the large number of women in the Rudd and Gillard governments could give you no confidence in a quota. Certainly Margaret Thatcher and Benjamin Disraeli did not need quotas to take the leadership of the British Conservative party

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The new government becomes official today after the swearing in ceremony. They will then get straight down to the business of repealing the carbon tax, abolishing the clean energy finance corporation and protecting our borders.

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Guess Whats Wrong with the Map of Israel a San Diego Arabic Professor Handed Out?

Some San Diego State University students studying the Arabic language were dismayed when they were handed a map by their professor at the beginning of the semester which labeled the State of Israel as “Palestine.”
The pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs tells TheBlaze that the professor, Ghassan Zakaria, distributed the map on the second day his Arabic 101 class met. Students worried that if they complained about the map they could be labeled as “troublemakers” and that their grades could be impacted, StandWithUs said, adding students turned to the organization fo help. The group urged its members to contact the university to complain.

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TONIGHT, if you watch Kay and me in our only interview since Matthew's suicide, please tweet the hashtag #WarrensOnCNN on Twitter with your comments. The interview will air on Piers Morgan Live. Thanks so much!
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Ever fancied baking and eating your own Supreme Dalek, but were afraid of dental damage from the Dalekanium? Well fear not, The Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber has whipped up this tasty Red Velvet Dalek cake recipe.

Head over to doctorwho.tv to find out how. Ready, steady, BAKE! http://bit.ly/1f14RIE
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Glenn Beck: "He’s taking guns away from the people while giving guns to Al-Qaeda. What else do you need for impeachment?"
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In honor of Constitution Day, I'm rereading the great document, and I encourage everyone to do the same and to visit the National Archives to view our founding documents as I did in this photo.
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MEDIA RELEASE: Other Christian parties’ preferences prevented a Christian Values senator for NSW

The Christian Democrats performed very well in last Saturday’s election, being the largest Christian values party in the state, and maintaining our vote despite the arrival of new political parties, 
Palmer United Party and Katter Australia Party. 

The Christian Democratic Party did not receive the expected preferences from the smaller Christian values parties, when their votes had expired.

If we had, Robyn Peebles, our senate candidate, would now be a Senator, and NSW would have a Christian leader representing them. It is disappointing that Christian parties fail to help one another and that Christians vote fragmented into unviable parties.

- The Democratic Labour Party’s votes went to One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.

- Family First’s votes went to Bullet Train For Australia party.

- Rise Up Australia’s votes went to One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.

“Unfortunately, neither One Nation nor the Bullet Train For Australia represent our values, and again the Christian vote was fragmented across many minor and major parties.”

It is an important lesson for all Christians wishing to vote for Christian values. The Christian Democratic Party is largest ‘Christian values’ party in NSW, and the only party that can be a voice for our values in Parliament.

‘If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand’.

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DOING THE RIGHT THING TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS

If you want to reach people who never go to church with the love of Christ you MUST speak on their turf, in their language.

You can't expect them to come to worship services or watch Christian TV. It's why Paul quoted 2 pagan poets (!) in his Acts 17 when he preached at the pagan Aeropagus in Athens- the place where all the secular thinkers debated each other. Today the "aeropagus" is TV talk shows and online.

It's the same reason why Jesus hung out at so many secular parties that the Pharisees called him "a drunk and a glutton and the friend of the worse sinners!" (Matthew 11:19).

In both cases, it was the religious people who criticized Paul and Jesus for associating with non-believers. I want to be like Jesus: I want to be known as "the friend of sinners." It takes no character, faith, nor grace to be a friend of saints.

You cannot say you love Jesus if you are more concerned about your reputation that the people Jesus died on the Cross for. And you will never win your enemies to Christ.... you can only win your friends. Before skeptics trust Christ, they must trust you. If they don't trust you, you are a poor witness, and an embarrassment to Jesus.
The person who says "I love God, and disrepects/doesn't love his enemies" is a liar (1 John 4:20) is disobedient to Christ (Luke 6:27), and does not really know God (1 John 4:8)

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MORE than 50 schools are set to shut across Western Australia on Thursday as teachers go on strike to protest the state government's treatment of education funding.
Schools north and south of Perth's Swan River, as well as in the Wheatbelt, Pilbara, Goldfields, Midwest and South West regions will all shut their doors.
That is despite an education department directive for schools to attempt to stay open, and a government threat to dock teachers' pay.
The state's education department said 54 schools had been authorised to close, with more likely when the list is updated at 4pm (WST).
Premier Colin Barnett confirmed teachers who walked off the job for a mass rally on Thursday would lose half a day's pay.
And while Mr Barnett admitted his education reforms would bring pain, heartache and challenges to some schools, he insisted they would go ahead despite the industrial action.
"The decision has been made, and this rally will not affect decisions of this government," Mr Barnett told ABC radio.
"The teachers who participate will not get paid, and I think that is silly to sacrifice their salary over an issue that can be handled in a sensible, constructive way."
Leading employment lawyer Allan Drake-Brockman, managing partner of DLA Piper, said the WA government was entitled to dock the teachers' pay.
"If the Premier is saying that, he would have obtained State Solicitor's advice," Mr Drake-Brockman told AAP.
"It's not authorised industrial action. So the underlying principle is no work, no pay."
In an unprecedented alliance, three unions have called on 10,000 angry teachers, education assistants, library staff, lab technicians, cleaners and gardeners to attend a two-hour stop work meeting at the Gloucester Park race track from 9.30am (WST).
They are protesting the loss of 500 education jobs, a freeze on teacher numbers and reduced funding for some special programs to improve literacy, numeracy, attendance and behaviour.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/barnett-teacher-pay-comment-misses-point/story-e6frfku9-1226721768707#ixzz2fEw1mxt0

If you don't work, you don't get paid. - ed
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While in Wisconsin, I found a multitude of lighthouses. This one stood out a bit... maybe it was the bright red color, and the way it contrasted the sky, and water. I like surprises. Wisconsin continually surprised me with different kinds of beauty. — in Milwaukee, WI, United States.
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Feel like a glitzy night out? Put this charity ball on October 11 in your calendar and help raise money to buy Fairfield Hospital a humidicrib.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 11 – 16, 2013) This past week Israel’s south was quiet. Violent incidents continued in Judea and Samaria. Stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli vehicles, security forces, and civilians. Recently there has been an increase in violent incidents in Judea and Samaria refugee camps against both Palestinian security services and Israeli security forces.http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/article/20571
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The sources said that the Qataris offered hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Jordan in return for allowing Hamas to open offices in the kingdom. By rejecting these requests, King Abdullah has shown that he has no intention to serve as a lifesaver for failed Islamists who are facing growing opposition from their own people in the Gaza Strip.
Jordan's King Abdullah has turned down a request from Hamas to re-open its offices in his country, according to informed sources in Amman.
The sources said that Qatar, one of the few Arab countries that continue to support Hamas, recently asked King Abdullah to allow Hamas to resume its activities in the kingdom.
The Jordanians banned Hamas in 1999 and stripped some of the Islamist movement's leaders, including Khaled Mashal, of their Jordanian citizenship.
Last year, however, relations between Jordan and Hamas seemed to be warming up as Mashal was permitted to visit Amman and hold talks with King Abdullah.
Hamas's hope that Mashal's visit would pave the way for the movement to return to Jordan have now been dashed as the monarch refused to allow the movement and its leaders to resume their activities there.
The sources said that the Qataris offered hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Jordan in return for allowing Hamas to open offices in the kingdom.
"King Abdullah turned down the Qatari offer," the sources said. "Jordan's policy toward Hamas remains unchanged."
The short-lived rapprochement between Hamas and Jordan was apparently linked to the king's fear of the Arab Spring, which saw the rise of Islamists in a number of Arab countries and emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
By inviting Mashal and other Hamas leaders to Jordan last year, King Abdullah was seeking to appease the Muslim Brotherhood, whose supporters were behind a wave of protests demanding reform and an end to corruption in the kingdom.
The downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt and growing disillusionment with Islamists throughout the Arab world have given King Abdullah enough confidence to turn his back, once again, on Hamas and their allies in the kingdom.
The removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power has weakened and divided Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood. While some of the organization's leaders have called for reassessing their strategy in the wake of the failure of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, others have come out against King Abdullah for supporting the anti-Morsi "military coup."
The divisions inside Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood are seen as good news for King Abdullah and bad news for Hamas.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters are no longer staging weekly demonstrations throughout the kingdom to demand "reforms and democracy." The Arab Spring had triggered a series of rallies and marches that were organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, prompting many political analysts to predict that that the countdown for regime change in Amman had begun.
At one point, King Abdullah expressed his concern over the Islamists' intentions when, in an interview with theAtlantic magazine, he described the Muslim Brotherhood as "wolves in sheep's clothing" and a "Masonic cult always loyal to their leader."
Hamas, meanwhile, appears to have lost not only their patrons in Egypt, but also their political allies in Jordan. Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip say they are fully aware of the "problems" facing the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. "We can't rely on their support because they have been affected negatively by the Egyptian crisis," admitted a Hamas representative.
Hamas once had hopes that the Jordanian monarch would be foolish enough to allow the "wolves in sheep's clothing" to set foot in his country.
By rejecting requests to allow Hamas to return to Jordan, King Abdullah has shown that he has no intention to serve as lifesaver for failed Islamists who are facing growing opposition from their own people in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is in big trouble and there is no reason why the Jordanians should come to the rescue. The downfall of Hamas will in fact serve the interest of the king and many Jordanians, as it will undoubtedly further undermine the Muslim Brotherhood in the kingdom.

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Recently UN Secretary General admitted to a group of Israeli students that Israel faces bias and discrimination at the United Nations.

Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-faces-bias-at-un-ban-says/

LIKE and SHARE to spread the TRUTH about the UN.

(Note: media reports claimed that Moon retracted this comment, but UN official Robert Serry later denied this and reaffirmed the statement -http://news.yahoo.com/ajc-welcomes-un-clarification-secretary-generals-remarks-182100051.html)
The UN has sponsored terrorism as part of its advocacy for Palestine. UN chief's admission means nothing if he doesn't correct it. - ed
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Killing these cancer stem cells is the holy grail of cancer treatments and therefore holds promise for complete eradication of cancer,” says Dr. Sarit Larisch of the University of Haifa.
These are not words pronounced lightly; instead, they follow more than a decade of research that could give hope to cancer patients worldwide. Along with her colleagues, Larisch has established the basis for developing a new, more effective treatment for cancer using a protein called ARTS.
ARTS is a protein, which along with a number of other proteins and enzymes, regulates what is known as apoptosis. Apoptosis is the process of programmed cell death which occurs when a cell is damaged, mutated or no longer functional. ARTS acts as a trigger for cell death, its presence allowing for enzymes called caspases to destroy the non-functional cell.
But this process is missing in cancer cells.
Destroying cancer cells using the natural process of self-destruction
Larisch’s research shows that unlike normal cells, cancer cells have an absence of the ARTS protein. “Without the ARTS protein, cells can’t be triggered to self-destruct. As a result cancer cells can survive and develop into a tumor,” she tells NoCamels.
“We have found that ARTS is lost in many types of cancers. Therefore, determining levels of ARTS in blood could provide a marker to alert to the possibility of developing certain types of cancers.” Consequently, Dr. Larisch believes that small molecules that mimic ARTS could restore the ability of cancer cells to be killed selectively using the natural process of apoptosis.

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Earlier today, my colleagues and I were sworn in by the Governor-General as the new Government.
 
We are mindful of the responsibility entrusted to us.
 
I want to assure you that we are already at work for you. 
 
The work of the new Coalition Government is to help make your life better and our country stronger.
 
Shortly after returning from Government House, I instructed my Department to ready the carbon tax repeal legislation.
 
The carbon tax will be gone under a Coalition Government.  This means Australian families will be better off by around $550 a year in 2014-15, rising to around $900 a year in 2019-20.
 
We have also taken immediate action on border protection by instructing the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to cease granting permanent protection visas. 
 
We have also started the process of reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas to deny permanent residency to those who arrived in Australia illegally by boat prior to the Papua New Guinea resettlement arrangement.

I have also directed the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP to immediately commence Operation Sovereign Borders and appointed him as the lead Minister responsible for its implementation.
 
I am determined to lead a calm, measured, steady and purposeful government that says what it means and does what it says.
 
We will be a government that keeps its commitments: We will scrap the carbon tax, end the waste, stop the boats, get the Budget under control, build the roads of the 21st century and deliver the strong and dynamic economy that our country needs.
 
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Israel Alert Newsletter SUKKOT Edition14 Tishrei 5774September 18, 2013
 
Sukkot is a wonderful, joyful holiday - one of the three Torah festivals on which Jews everywhere were required to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It is a seven day holiday with the first day being observed as a holy day, similar to the Sabbath, upon which no work is permitted. Outside of Israel the first two days are observed as holy days.
The remaining days of the holiday are referred to as "Chol Hamoed". The Chol Hamoed days are not outright holy days but they are treated with more sanctity than regular weekdays complete with elaborate meals and nicer clothing. Family trips are common during these days. At the conclusion of Sukkot there is yet another holiday, Shemini Atzeret, but more about that next week.
Click here to read more>> 
There's a party in Jerusalem and EVERYONE is invited! Watch this entertaining sneak preview into Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, as celebrated in Jerusalem today.
Take a trip to the heart of Israel you'll see the restoration of an ancient tradition of the Jewish People where thousands of people from all nations of the world voyage to Jerusalem to celebrate the Sukkot Festival (Feast of Tabernacles).
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While Israelis across the country are busy building and decorating their sukkahs (temporary dwellings for the holiday of Sukkot), hundreds of Israel's young adults, inspired and motivated Zionists, from all over the country, are preparing to transform an abandoned building into a vibrant student village in the heart of the distressed city center of Lod.
You have a unique opportunity to be part of this formidable mission.Be part in strengthening Israel! Click here to discover how...
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The holiday of SUKKOT is here! What better way to find out what this holiday is all about than by watching this EXCITING video and be educated in a fun and adventurous way!
Follow Yaakov Lehman around Jerusalem as he explores the different aspects of the holiday of Sukkot and uncovers the depths of this meaningful time, by speaking to all types of Jews and revealing the hidden secrets of this special time of year.

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Jerusalem Festival on Sukkot... in Atlanta, USA!
The Jerusalem Festival is a day ofrecognition, education and celebration of the history of Jerusalem, the People and the Land of Israel, celebrating their contributions to the world.
We share many common principles including democratic values and a call for peace. So let your voice be heard to all by joining us in support of this very special event! Sukkot is one of the pilgrimage festivals in which the Jews descended upon Jerusalem for joyous celebration.
Rabbi Enkin: What is the meaning of the '4 species' that we are commanded to use on Sukkot? There are many answers to this question, each with a great lesson to learn.
According to one approach, the four species represent the unity between various groups and types of people. We unite in the worship of our ONE God.
Another interpretation teaches that the four species represent four limbs of the human body: the spine, lips, eyes and heart - teaching us thatwe should unify our entire body in the service of God. There's lots more...

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First, Karen and I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones of the tragic shooting that occurred yesterday at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  We pray for peace and comfort for those affected by this horrible tragedy.
What we're watching
According to the Wall Street Journal, "the Obama administration plans to block the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they are built with novel and expensive technology to capture greenhouse-gas emissions, according to people familiar with a draft proposal." 
More regulations will block our energy independence.  I'll be watching this issue closely and will let you know how you can help us oppose these job-killing regulations.
Syria
While the conversation about military action in Syria has taken a back seat in Washington, I am still watching the situation closely.  I continue to believe that military intervention is the wrong course.  Because Congress may still act to vote on authorization, I ask you to join us by making your opposition known by sending an email letter to your legislators telling them to vote NO on military action.  Click here and you'll be directed to our website where you can easily communicate with your senators and representatives.  Nearly 40,000 letters have been sent.  Will you voice your opposition too?
Sincerely,
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Today is Constitution Day
Our Constitution is the "how" of America - our operator's manual. To celebrate Constitution Day, I encourage to read through the Constitution. You can find a copy here
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I spoke at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference last weekend. You can watch my speech here .  I also addressed a pro-life breakfast earlier at the conference, which you can see here.    
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Hi everyone! Here's the MichelleMalkin.com newsletter for September 17th. Enjoy!

From the Blog

An unnecessary reminder about initial media reports concerning the Navy Yard shootings

Don’t believe anything you read in papers, on the Internet or hear on TV. Just wait a bit...

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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Bring him unto me."
Mark 9:19
Despairingly the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when the parent in faith obeyed the Lord Jesus' word, "Bring him unto me." Children are a precious gift from God, but much anxiety comes with them. They may be a great joy or a great bitterness to their parents; they may be filled with the Spirit of God, or possessed with the spirit of evil. In all cases, the Word of God gives us one receipt for the curing of all their ills, "Bring him unto me." O for more agonizing prayer on their behalf while they are yet babes! Sin is there, let our prayers begin to attack it. Our cries for our offspring should precede those cries which betoken their actual advent into a world of sin. In the days of their youth we shall see sad tokens of that dumb and deaf spirit which will neither pray aright, nor hear the voice of God in the soul, but Jesus still commands, "Bring them unto me." When they are grown up they may wallow in sin and foam with enmity against God; then when our hearts are breaking we should remember the great Physician's words, "Bring them unto me." Never must we cease to pray until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives.
The Lord sometimes suffers his people to be driven into a corner that they may experimentally know how necessary he is to them. Ungodly children, when they show us our own powerlessness against the depravity of their hearts, drive us to flee to the strong for strength, and this is a great blessing to us. Whatever our morning's need may be, let it like a strong current bear us to the ocean of divine love. Jesus can soon remove our sorrow, he delights to comfort us. Let us hasten to him while he waits to meet us.

Evening

"Encourage him."
Deuteronomy 1:38
God employs his people to encourage one another. He did not say to an angel, "Gabriel, my servant Joshua is about to lead my people into Canaan--go, encourage him." God never works needless miracles; if his purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, he will not use miraculous agency. Gabriel would not have been half so well fitted for the work as Moses. A brother's sympathy is more precious than an angel's embassy. The angel, swift of wing, had better known the Master's bidding than the people's temper. An angel had never experienced the hardness of the road, nor seen the fiery serpents, nor had he led the stiff-necked multitude in the wilderness as Moses had done. We should be glad that God usually works for man by man. It forms a bond of brotherhood, and being mutually dependent on one another, we are fused more completely into one family. Brethren, take the text as God's message to you. Labour to help others, and especially strive to encourage them. Talk cheerily to the young and anxious enquirer, lovingly try to remove stumblingblocks out of his way. When you find a spark of grace in the heart, kneel down and blow it into a flame. Leave the young believer to discover the roughness of the road by degrees, but tell him of the strength which dwells in God, of the sureness of the promise, and of the charms of communion with Christ. Aim to comfort the sorrowful, and to animate the desponding. Speak a word in season to him that is weary, and encourage those who are fearful to go on their way with gladness. God encourages you by his promises; Christ encourages you as he points to the heaven he has won for you, and the spirit encourages you as he works in you to will and to do of his own will and pleasure. Imitate divine wisdom, and encourage others, according to the word of this evening.
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Today's reading: Proverbs 27-29, 2 Corinthians 10 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Proverbs 27-29

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses....

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Corinthians 10

Paul’s Defense of His Ministry
1 By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete....
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A Land of Milk and Honey

This week's reading: Exodus 7:14-24
The plague of blood is a powerful testimony to the truth of God's ownership and management of all creation. The Nile River is Egypt's greatest natural resource, serving as the source of the land's natural fertility and prosperity throughout history. By changing the waters of Egypt into blood, God demonstrated his control over the source of Egypt's economic vitality.
Pastor James E. Mead reflects that
[the very] air we breathe, the water we drink, the wonder of life itself, the planet we live on, the universe-we brought none of these things into being. They are gifts we enjoy out of the overflow of God's love. The love of God, the gift of Jesus Christ, forgiveness of our sins, the call into Christian community, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, eternal life-none came from us, each is a gift to us from God.
To remember that God owns everything prompts a remarkable shift in our view of stewardship. Usually when we think of stewardship (of giving to charitable causes, if you want), we define it as our giving to God or to the church something that belongs to us. But in the Bible, stewardship is just the reverse-our freely using, enjoying, and giving what already belongs to God.
In the words of Generous Giving's Stewardship Bible Study Notes for this passage:
Just before God gave Moses permission to perform the first plague which turned all the water in Egypt into blood, God reemphasized that the reason he had determined to bring such cataclysmic disaster and violent upheaval upon the land of Egypt was that Pharaoh's "unyielding" heart had caused him to refuse to let God's people go (Ex 7:14).
We should exercise caution in drawing too close a parallel between Pharaoh and ourselves because God hardened Pharaoh's heart (Ex 10:1) while he has promised to give us new hearts of flesh (Eze 36:26). Still, it is important for us to recognize that an unyielding heart always brings disaster. This truth applies whether it is Christians or non-Christians who are being unyielding and withholding what belongs to God.
In the end, God cannot be robbed, "For from him and through him and for him are all things" (Ro 11:36) ... Everything in creation is at God's disposal, so the question is whether we will give willingly, with yielding hearts, or whether we will harden our hearts and have our closed hands forced open by the Almighty God. We will either experience the joy of giving generously or, like Pharaoh, be smashed, having everything taken from us. In light of these ultimate ends, everyone should give what he has decided in his heart to give, "not reluctantly or under compulsion" from others but out of love for God's Son, who became poor so that we might become rich [2Co 9:7].

Think About It

  • God wants you to use and enjoy his creation. How can you do that with a proper attitude?
  • Is there anything in your life that may alert you that some part of your heart is "unyielding"?
  • How does God show us our heart attitudes?

Pray About It

God, reveal to me through your Holy Spirit any attitudes about my possessions that might point to an improper view of what you have entrusted me to manage.

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