Monday, October 14, 2013

Mon Oct 14th Todays News

ALP leadership is sorted .. nobody is happy? Continued failed policy and negativity. Money is gone. Victorian ALP claim they would never have a surplus.
Costco is in Australia and welcomed .. what about Shoneys?
AGW means open spaces in Sydney. Luckily, the warming pause may not be permanent.
Left wing press fight to censor press. Apparently it is Fairfax media which is polluted. Somehow, the left became thugs.
Are Coral Reefs the cockroaches of an AGW era?
Barrycades tumble, but Obama's need, to spurn the US public, never rests.
Gambling is a problem, but does Tim Costello have an answer? Costello's facts are misleading in order to inflate the issue. I get it that it affects families for generations. I can point to my own family as an example. Costello is highlighting a problem without highlighting a workable solution. In fact, the high rollers account for much of gambling, and they aren't many and aren't the problem. Also, those betting on Melbourne Cup or once a year skew the issue. There is an issue with obsessive compulsive gambling by poor people. It is related to mental illness and should, imho, be covered in that category. But Costello seems to want to whip Abbott over it, after having failed to get Gillard to implement a bad system. Maybe proof of age is no longer a good measure for such activity? A license? Proof of sanity?
I'm begging the press to help me .. maybe I'm not sane .. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Rafael CoCo and Anh Tran. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
1257 – Przemysł II of Poland (d. 1296)
1644 – William Penn, English businessman, founder of Pennsylvania (d. 1718)
1687 – Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (d. 1768)
1790 – Thursday October Christian I, English son of Fletcher Christian (d. 1831)
1882 – Éamon de Valera, Irish politician, 3rd President of Ireland (d. 1975)
1890 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and politician, 34th President of the United States (d. 1969)
1893 – Lillian Gish, American actress (d. 1993)
1894 – E. E. Cummings, American poet (d. 1962)
1927 – Roger Moore, English actor
1939 – Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, founded the Ralph Lauren Corporation
1940 – Cliff Richard, English singer and actor
1956 – Jennell Jaquays, American game designer and artist of table-top role-playing games (RPGs) and video games
1958 – Thomas Dolby, English singer-songwriter and producer
1964 – Joe Girardi, American baseball player and manager
2001 – Rowan Blanchard, American actress
Matches
222 – Pope Callixtus I is killed by a mob in Rome's Trastevere after a 5-year reign in which he had stabilized the Saturday fast three times per year, with no food, oil, or wine to be consumed on those days. Callixtus is succeeded by cardinal Urban I.
1066 – Norman ConquestBattle of Hastings – In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, theNorman forces of William the Conqueror defeat the English army and kill King Harold II of England.
1322 – Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
1465 – Wallachian voivode Radu cel Frumos, younger brother of Vlad Ţepeş, issues a writ from his residence in Bucharest
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1586 – Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England.
1656 – Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends(Quakers). The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism makes them regard the Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive.
1773 – The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1773 – Just before the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company's tea ships are set ablaze at the old seaport of Annapolis, Maryland.
1884 – The American inventorGeorge Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.
1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, clinching the World Series. It would be their last one to date.
1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the former President of the United StatesTheodore Roosevelt, is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Mr. Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech.
1913 – Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom's worst coal mining accident, occurs, and it claims the lives of 439 miners.
1926 – The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published.
1940 – Balham subway station disaster in London, England, occurs during the Nazi Luftwaffe air raids on Great Britain.
1943 – Prisoners at the Nazi German Sobibor extermination camp in Poland revolt against the Germans, killing eleven SS guards, and wounding many more. About 300 of the Sobibor Camp's 600 prisoners escape, and about 50 of these survive the end of the war.
1943 – The American Eighth Air Force loses 60 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers in aerial combat during the second mass-daylight air raid on the Schweinfurt ball-bearing factories in western Nazi Germany.
1944 – Linked to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is forced to commit suicide.
1949 – Eleven leaders of the American Communist Party are convicted, after a nine-month trial in a Federal District Court, of conspiring to advocate the violent overthrow of the U.S. Federal Government.
1958 – The District of Columbia's Bar Association votes to accept African-Americans as member attorneys.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis begins: A U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance plane and its pilot fly over the island of Cuba and takephotographs of Soviet missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads being installed and erected in Cuba.
1964 – Leonid Brezhnev becomes the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and thereby, along with his allies - such as Alexei Kosygin - the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), ousting the former monolithic leader Nikita Khrushchev, and sending him into retirement as a nonperson in the USSR.
1968 – Jim Hines of the United States of America becomes the first man ever to break the so-called "ten-second barrier" in the 100-meter sprint in the Summer Olympic Games held in Mexico City with a time of 9.95 seconds.
1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.
Despatches
1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II), last Anglo-Saxon King of England (b. 1022)
1959 – Errol Flynn, Australian actor (b. 1909)
1977 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor (The Rhythm Boys) (b. 1903)
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FIXING BILL

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (1:44pm)

Bill Shorten’s mispronunciation of words containing “th” – “uvver” instead of “other”, “wiff” instead of “with”, “fink” instead of “think” – is known as th-fronting. It’s big in England. Happily, solutions are available.

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ALBO IGNORED

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (1:31pm)

In September, Anthony Albanese laid down the law to his party’s rebel tweeters: 
“Whoever it was who was tweeting out of the caucus today, it’s got to stop,” Mr Albanese said ...
“It’s not helpful for people to be sitting in a caucus room to be tweeting out to members of the press gallery.” 
But Albanese has since lost his bid to become Labor’s leader, so nobody is listening to him: 
Tanya Plibersek has been endorsed by the Labor caucus as Deputy Opposition Leader.
Senator Kate Lundy tweeted the development from inside the caucus room today, where Labor MPs are selecting Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s frontbench. 
Naughty Kate wasn’t going to let Albanese silence her celebration over the appointments of Plibersek and Penny Wong: 
Congratulations to our new Deputy Leader of the Opposition & Leader of the Opposition in the Senate! 
The happy pair are pictured with a container of Labor’s current electoral support:

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Lundy herself is believed to have been dumped from the frontbench, along with Jacinta Collins.

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HIS WHOLE BODY IS ACHING

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (11:30am)

Author Tim Winton’s autograph agony
The day before we meet Winton completed a marathon session, making his mark on more than 6500 copies of Eyrie in seven hours. His whole body is aching and there’s more to come – before he heads home to Western Australia he’s going to sign for staff at Penguin’s Dockland headquarters.
Winton has what appears a fairly elaborate signature that he says is actually quick to complete – he can do about 16 a minute. But it takes its toll.
‘’For a few hours your mind goes awry and for a little while your hand will do what your mind’s not concentrating on any more. But then you have total system failure. I couldn’t remember how my signature went all of a sudden. It was a bit embarrassing.’’ 
Winton describes himself as “a working class child who’s become bourgeois.” That’s one way of putting it.

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NEW BILL, SAME OLD LABOR

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (11:23am)

Following Labor’s NBN-length roll-out of a new leader, an immediate return to the past
Mr Shorten – the 20th person elected to lead Labor since Federation – attacked the “relentless negativity” of Tony Abbott but used his first day as Opposition Leader to reject one of the new government’s key policies, declaring that Labor could not support the repeal of the carbon tax. 
It’s taken Labor an entire month just to give us a slightly more masculine version of Julia Gillard. Policy-wise, Bill Shorten and his Labor friends seem short of wisdom
Labor’s embrace of “disunity” as the central reason it lost the last election is accurate, but it is not the only reason.
Nobody in the upper echelons of the party has yet acknowledged what Labor’s pollster, UMR, advised were the other reasons why the party lost votes: policies on asylum-seekers, the carbon tax and economic management. 
Maybe they still think those policies were winners.

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AUSTCO

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (11:22am)

Just a few years after introduction, we have a consumer success story: 
Australian shoppers are the biggest fans of discount retailer Costco outside its native US market, filling their oversized shopping baskets with everything from bulk purchases of toilet paper to plasma TVs at the fastest rate the warehouse store has experienced. 
Excellent. But we could still use a Shoney’s or two.

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WIDE OPEN SPACES

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (10:11am)

Sydney’s overcrowding problem solved
The number of people expected to die in Sydney from extreme heat will triple by the end of the century, a leaked draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns.
Another 800,000 people will fall ill year from contaminated food and water – while more than 270,000 homes will be at risk of collapsing into the ocean from rising sea levels. 
These IPCC predictions seem remarkably precise, considering that they’re talking about the deaths of people whose parents haven’t yet been conceived. Could we please have the names of the doomed, so that future folk won’t bother getting too close to them?

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WORLD OF AUNTIES

Tim Blair – Monday, October 14, 2013 (9:52am)

Janet Daley reports from the UK’s fight to the death over the future of the free press: 
Not all sections of the news media are opposed to the idea of a press super-regulator under government auspices. In fact, the BBC, which is the largest and most influential provider of news in this country, has made little attempt to disguise its support for the taming of what it regards as the vulgar British newspaper trade. (At the same time, the corporation is under threat of external regulation itself: there is considerable pressure to bring it under the auspices of Ofcom like any other broadcasting organisation. Interestingly, the BBC regards the idea that its practices and views might be questioned by an outside body as outrageous.) 
Similarly, in Australia the ABC cheered for the Gillard government’s proposed restrictions. Parallels abound: 
The BBC approach to news is aimed precisely at those people who read the papers that are hated by its staff. It is intended to offer an alternative vision of reality in which immigration is not a threat to anyone, patriotism is a joke, religious belief (as opposed to ethnic identity) is not taken seriously, conflicting cultural values never create social problems and government spending is inherently virtuous. 
That last point goes to the central problem of tax-funded media. While independent of evil commercial interests, they are dependent instead on big government – a situation that produces far graver problems. And programs like Q & A.

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Don’t think this warming pause is permanent

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (3:53pm)

Dr Roy Spencer, who oversees one of the main measures of global warming, wisely warns those sceptics who assume the 15-year-pause in warming is permanent:

I would remind folks that the NASA AIRS instrument on the Aqua satellite has actually measured the small decrease in IR emission in the infrared bands affected by CO2 absorption, which they use to “retrieve” CO2 concentration from the data. Less energy leaving the climate system means warming under almost any scenario you can think of…
But I’ve been troubled for quite a while by those “skeptics” (you know who you are) who are forecasting cooling in our future. Not that it couldn’t happen, but are you ready to be “debunked” when we see continued slow warming?
The debate will then be about how the skeptics who predicted cooling were wrong. Warming continues. The IPCC was right. There is obvious danger in that becoming the narrative.
Some of us have been trying to explain that there is a big difference between weak (or even modest) warming, and catastrophic warming. The former is probably beneficial, especially when you factor in the benefits of more CO2 on photosynthesis…
Some level of warming can probably be expected, but just how much makes a huge difference. Lindzen and I and a few other researchers in the field think the IPCC models are simply too sensitive, due to positive feedbacks that are either too strong, or even have the wrong sign. But we still believe more CO2 should cause some level of warming.
If the current lack of warming really is due to a natural cooling influence temporarily canceling out CO2-induced warming, what happens when that cooling influence goes away? We are going to see rather rapid warming return…but nowhere near the levels of warming predicted by most of the IPCC climate models…
But sometimes it seems like we global warming moderates are getting drowned out by the extremists.
As I’ve argued, the real sceptical case is this:

The world isn’t warming as much as predicted. The models seem wrong.
The disasters we were warned of aren’t, on the whole, happening as predicted.
Moderate warming could actually be beneficial.
Global warming policies which don’t actually make any discernable change to the temperature are a waste of money.
The costs of trying to “stop” warming in most cases seem to vastly outweigh the benefits.

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Shorten choses faction bosses, women

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (3:49pm)

Faction bosses rise under Bill Shorten, although Stephen Conroy returns from the backbench to be deputy Senate leader, rather than regain the leadership itself:
TANYA Plibersek has been endorsed by the Labor caucus as Deputy Opposition Leader, amid an outbreak of infighting in the party’s Left faction that led to Kate Lundy and Warren Snowdon being dropped from the shadow ministry.
Former deputy Senate leader Jacinta Collins was also a casualty of today’s caucus vote on the party’s new ministerial line-up, after her Victorian Right faction failed to find a spot for her.
New Labor leader Bill Shorten said he was proud his ministerial team included 11 women and six newly-elevated MPs; Andrew Leigh, Shayne Neumann, Michelle Rowland, Doug Cameron, David Feeney and Claire Moore…
Senator Penny Wong has been confirmed as Labor’s Senate leader.
Wong should be shifted from Finance to distance Shorten’s team from the huge deficits she helped to preside over. 

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If coral reefs can survive even this…

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (9:21am)

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We’re told global warming will destroy our coral reefs. I’m not panicking, when even nuclear bombs leave them looking like a “paradise”.
(Thanks to reader John.)  

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More SMH intellectual pollution on carbon dioxide

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:58am)

Global warming - propaganda
The Sydney Morning Herald redefined the carbon dioxide tax as a “carbon tax” to push the lie that the tax would remove sooty black stuff from the air, rather than the gas we breath out.
Now it ramps up the rhetoric even higher to sell a tax the public isn’t buying:

Bill Shorten has promised to be ‘’less relentlessly negative’’ than Tony Abbott was as opposition leader but will not wave through the repeal of the pollution tax, setting up a showdown over carbon pricing within months.
Questions for the Herald:

- do we breathe out “pollution”?
- do plants need “pollution” for photosynthesis?
- is water “pollution” when there is too much of it? 

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The Left, home of the political thug

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:52am)

CHANTING socialists and feminists on Saturday stormed up to Parliament House to confront 3000 anti-abortion activists gathered there.
Now, remember what socialists claim: they are kinder and more moral. More sharing and caring.
Remember what feminists claim: they want women treated equally. Want mutual respect.
But here is what I saw.
(Read full article here.

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Pictured: the pro-abortion savages

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:51am)

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More scenes from Saturday’s protest by socialists and “feminists” against people at an anti-abortion march. The savagery - including of language - tells us on which side of the debate the barbarians stand. Note that the anti-abortion marchers being abused included many parents with their children.
Caution - the pictures below include foul language, just like you hear on this video of socialists and feminists chanting obscenities while setting fire to a sign they took off the anti-abortionists: 

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Bill Shorten defies Labor members to lead their Labor party

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:47am)

LABOR today got itself an already damaged leader, thanks to Kevin Rudd’s poisonous leadership rules.
Former union boss Bill Shorten is now Opposition Leader because Labor MPs - or their faction bosses - backed him against the expressed wishes of most Labor members.
He is the leader 60?per cent of even Labor members didn’t want.
Worse, to appeal to those members during the leadership ballot, Shorten had to tack too far to the Left to be truly credible to the voters who decide elections.
Worse still, now that he’s won he will be almost impossible to sack, even if he turns out to be as unelectable as Julia Gillard.
I don’t write off Shorten. After all, he’s as smart as he is charmless. But Labor’s leadership ballot of members has left him needlessly wounded, and his party in dangerous denial.
(Read full article here.) 

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Money gone, income falling. What planet was Labor on?

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:36am)

Maurice Newman, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, says we didn’t get much for all Labor’s debt:

Shortfalls totalling $191.1bn have been recorded since 2009-10, representing $8300 per person or $33,200 for a family of four. Most families of four with this amount to spend would likely have something tangible to show for it.
Labor just spent and spent like the money would never end. Instead:
Swan and fellow former treasurer Chris Bowen know that ... over the next decade Australia’s growth in real gross national income per person is likely to slow significantly.
They would also have known that, having grown from about 2.4 per cent a year over the past decade, its fastest decadal rate since the 1960s, GNI was likely to slow to below 1.0 per cent over the next decade. Yet, rather than take decisive action to reverse the trend, they turned a blind eye.
Already, workplace participation has fallen significantly since its peak in 2010…
Worse, Australia is also coming off the best terms of trade in 140 years. Since September 2011, our terms of trade have fallen 15 per cent, which translates to a $30bn drop in our GNI. The Intergenerational Report projects our terms of trade to fall a further 20 per cent by 2025.
These unfortunate developments coincide with Australia’s loss of international competitiveness. According to the World Economic Forum, our ranking has dropped from 15th in 2009-10 to 21st in 2013-14, the first time we have been out of the top 20…
As this is not new, it is reasonable to ask why did Labor commit to spending programs such as the national disability insurance scheme and the Gonski education reforms (totalling $22.6bn in 2019-20 alone) on top of already growing welfare and defence requirements? It is inexplicable. 
UPDATE
The Liberals hasten slowly to restrain - but not slash - spending:
FEDERAL spending will be capped to put the nation on a “credible” path to a budget surplus as the Abbott government drafts a set of fiscal rules that forces ministers to scale back outlays.
Cabinet ministers are to meet within weeks to finalise new guidelines as Tony Abbott and his colleagues aim to improve on Labor’s promise to limit real spending growth to 2 per cent a year…
While Labor never admitted to breaking the spending pledge, the former government’s economic statement on August 2 revealed that spending would rise by 5.7 per cent this financial year.

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Veterans storm Obama’s barricades

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:13am)

They aren’t Obama’s memorials and the public will not be bullied:
Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.
Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted “Tear down these walls!” and sang “God Bless America” as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1. 

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How dare the IPCC peddle this monstrous scare

Andrew Bolt October 14 2013 (7:05am)

The disgraceful alarmism continues:

THE number of people expected to die in Sydney from extreme heat will triple by the end of the century, a leaked draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns.
Another 800,000 people will fall ill year from contaminated food and water - while more than 270,000 homes will be at risk of collapsing into the ocean from rising sea levels.
The unreleased draft of the IPCC’s second report also warns that $226 billion worth of coastal assets including homes, rail and road infrastructure are at risk with just a 1.1m rise in sea levels.
In fact:

- moderate warming is likely to save at least four times more lives than it costs, given that cold weather is deadlier than hot.
- Sydney residents 87 years from now will be much richer and more technologically advanced, and therefore more able to afford life-saving air-conditioning.
- Sydney residents 87 years from now will have much better technology and medical care available to them. Contaminated food and water - essentially Third World problems even today - should be an even more avoidable danger than today.  Suggestions that another 800,000 a year of Sydney’s 5 million residents by 2100 will be sickened by bad food and water is preposterous. No democracy with our wealth would tolerate that kind of sickness.
- No rich country, with the technology we will have by 2100, would allow 270,000 homes to collapse into the sea. Low-lying Holland doesn’t; we won’t. Over the decades, many assets at risk will inevitably need replacing, and adaptions to meet expected changes in sea level rises will be made to avoid losses.
- This flooding scare is based on projections of storm surges coming on top of sea level rises of 1.1 metres by 2100. In fact, the latest IPCC report projects sea level rises this century of between 26 and 82 centimetres.
- This scare is based on extreme projections of global warming, when global temperatures have actually stalled for 15 years, against IPCC predictions.
Readers should have been told the reassuring facts to put the alarmist claims in context.  

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WASHINGTON – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is not bluffing” on his intentions to strike Iran, should the Islamic Republic continue its nuclear program for much longer, a former senior Israeli military official told The Jerusalem Poston Sunday.
“Bibi’s not bluffing,” said the retired senior official, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “He thinks it’s the 1930s. The Iranians are the Germans, and history has a sense of humor with six million Jews now in Israel.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley to discuss the GOP’s poor polling numbers, the partial government shutdown, and the approaching debt ceiling deadline.
While discussing Republicans’ terrible approval ratings, Crowley had an odd question for Sen. Paul.
“Do you see yourself at any point in the future being anything other than politically a member of the Republican Party?” she asked.
“You mean — you’re implying a third party or some other party?” he said.
“Or if you wanted to become a Democrat — there are lots of parties out there,” she said. “Just wonder if you see yourself being anything other than a Republican?”
Sen. Paul simply laughed.
“No. I’ve always been a Republican, and I’m one of those people who actually is a real lover of the history of the Republican Party from the days of abolition to the days of civil rights. The Republican Party has a really rich history,” he said.
“In our state, I’m really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democratic Party, so I am proud to be Republican. I can’t imagine being anything else,” he added.

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Pretoria – South African security agencies have been monitoring al-Qaeda-linked training camps in South Africa for years, according to a year-long investigation by the Daily Maverick.
According to a report by the Daily Maverick, the State Security Agency and the specialised police unit, Crimes Against the State, have for years been aware of the of the military training camps, but have taken no action against those allegedly involved.
It has emerged that state intelligence has stopped observation on those involved after nearly a decade of secret surveillance and intelligence gathering.
The police’s investigation into the camps was labelled Operation Kanu.
The report claimed a camp was initially setup at a farm near Vlakplaas, the former base of Apartheid hit squads, also at a farm called Greylock in the Klein Karoo, and finally at a golf estate along the Garden Route in Tsitsikamma.
British and US intelligence agencies have reportedly urged the South African government to act on any possible Muslim terrorist threats after becoming frustrated by South Africa’s inaction against perceived international terror threats.
Additionally, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) traced an amount of over R31 million which was smuggled overseas by a Pakistani group back in October 2008.
SARS also stated that over R9 million had been smuggled to terrorist organisations in the last two years.
Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia

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Roma Downey
"You were born for a reason. Now, that reason may not be very clear to you today. It may not be very clear to you tomorrow but your Creator, the God who put you here, He knows why." - Andrew, Til Death Do Us Part, Touched by an Angel.

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Taliban cheers Nobel Prize loss for Malala

And the Taliban in Pakistan cheered.
However, they were not cheering for OPCW, but celebrating that the prize did not go to Malala Yousafzai, one of the popular favorites.
Malala Yousafzai is a name you should recognize. She’s the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who made news after being shot in the face by a member of the Taliban.

16-year-old Malala Yousafzai is proof that you are never too young to try and change the world.
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This video will show you the importance of making the most out of your free time and your daily routine.
It won’t upset you or make you feel unfulfilled, but we guarantee that whatever really fun things you’ve thought about doing for the past few weeks will become a reality a lot sooner after getting a taste of how much time the average human has to explore the wonders this beautiful world has to offer.

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Craig Kelly
Good Luck to everyone starting their HSC exams today !!
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No money for the death benefits for the families of our fallen heroes and Barrycades around our memorials, but plenty of money for Shotgun Joe Biden & Family to hang out at Camp David. You stay classy, Mr. and Mrs. Biden http://bit.ly/1ciIIDH
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Monsoon Sunset in Arizona
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Black Mamba?
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Did you know that Australia contributes 20 per cent to the world's gambling and we're .25 per cent of world's population????!!!
Costello's facts are misleading in order to inflate the issue. I get it that it affects families for generations. I can point to my own family as an example. Costello is highlighting a problem without highlighting a workable solution. In fact, the high rollers account for much of gambling, and they aren't many and aren't the problem. Also, those betting on Melbourne Cup or once a year skew the issue. There is an issue with obsessive compulsive gambling by poor people. It is related to mental illness and should, imho, be covered in that category. But Costello seems to want to whip Abbott over it, after having failed to get Gillard to implement a bad system. Maybe proof of age is no longer a good measure for such activity? - ed
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Look at those dreamy eyes in the back seat. Picture: Supplied

I'M DONE with living women. They're so fleshy and warm-blooded and urgh.
So I'm switching to the obvious alternative. Dead women.
For so long, the deceased babes of this world have been inaccessible, locked behind some great, fantastical void of grey nothingness. But thanks to the magic of the interwebs, ghosts are quickly becoming an integral part of the online dating community.
Introducing GhostSingles.com, a dating website where ghosts can meet attractive ghost-lovers like me who are posing as ghosts.
The cornerstone of the site is a state-of-the-art search engine, which not only sorts single ghosts by their gender and age (18 years old to 1000+ years), but lets you choose between people who died horrible, mysterious, tragic or sudden deaths.
Just build a profile, complete with information like your build (wispy, ethereal, cloudy) and how you found the site (seance, fate), and you're released to frolic with the prettiest poltergeists in the universe.
After haunting the site for exactly 13 minutes, I managed to narrow my field of potential partners to four candidates. But I'm having trouble picking just one sexy spectre.
Perhaps you could help? I'll list my top four phantoms, and you can tell me which to float away with in the comments section below.

I bet they don't put out .. Their mates are stuck in limbo .. ed
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VICTORIA'S higher than expected $316 million surplus will make major projects more affordable and borrowing money easier, the state government says.
The surplus was significantly more than the predicted $177 million for 2012/13, but the opposition says it is because Victorians are being taxed more than ever.
Unions say the surplus has come at the expense of jobs while Victoria's peak business group says it demonstrates the strength of Victoria's economy.
Two large windfalls for the state government - one from the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and one from land it received free of charge from VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria - helped boost the bottom line.
Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the result would allow Victoria to moderate its debt and borrow money at cheaper rates.
"That means that our infrastructure program is something which is more affordable and it means that you can bring forward projects more quickly than you might have otherwise done," he told reporters on Monday.
Acting Opposition Leader James Merlino said the surplus came from cash grabs and one-off revenue windfalls.

ALP claim they would never have a surplus .. ed
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BREAKING up has always been hard to do - but these days, it's easier than ever to just slink away.
Rather than having the tired "It's not you, it's me" conversation, singles are ending relationships simply by not replying to their partner's texts.
After a few days of silence, even the most persistent prospects usually get the message.
Mobile Phone
But those people you're not texting back? They're not happy about it.

I think the church elders might give you a clue "Has she ever expressed an interest in you?" "What do you know about her, really" "What do you share?" "If God wanted it, it would happen." - ed
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Zaya Toma
Fairfield Council has just received an application for the use and fitout of a premises at Greenway Plaza for the purpose of a MEXICAN RESTAURANT!! I'm supposed to remain impartial and open minded about development applications, but this one 'more than likely' has my support.

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Craig Kelly'
DEMOCRACY LABOR STYLE

SHORTEN : Total votes 12,224 (40%) {12,196 members + 55 caucus}
ALABANESE : Total votes 18,261 (60%) {18,230 members + 31 caucus}

Shorten declared winner !!

Obviously all votes are equal, but some Labor votes are more equal than others.
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The difficulty with the discussion "what best assists dialogue between secular society and the church" is that there is no clear distinction where secular society begins and where the church ends. Am I secular or Catholic if I only go to church at Christmas and Easter, weddings and funerals? Am I church if I live a life of selfless love offering service to the poor and needy but have never heard of Jesus Christ? Secular is not bad if is spreading the kingdom values. But the battlelines are internal. We all live elements of loving God and neighbour at times but are constantly drawn to selfish love and vices.
Back to the discussion: Firstly, the church (both visible and invisible), must engage in order for dialogue to occur. Battening down the hatches and isolating until the post-modern storm blows over is a clear path to extinction and not following the Gospel message to spread the Good news. The world is not such a bad place. People are not inherently bad. There is a Good News story to tell. We live in a consumerist society: Let people pick and choose. They will do it anyway. But ensure that there is something to choose. We live in a Global society: The church must function both locally and globally (The Roman Catholic church is well-placed to do this really). We see a rise in social media. The church must function in that space. Be authentic on-line. People, in a post-modern world are educated and have access to a wealth of information and resources. Offer the truth and reasons. Meet people where they are at. The anti-authoritarian nature of the post-modern society means that the laity must be channelled into spreading the Good news. Pope Francis and Cardinal Pell cannot be a witness to Christ's message of love and peace in your workplace or your street.

Meh, I refuse to be defined by my implants. Implant them .. I'll still be me. I don't like the implant argument anyways .. how is carrying a smartphone different? I broadly agree with the summation of theology. I note we are parts of a body. I aim to serve my God well by being me and sharing his praise. No one else is me, but there are others who work similarly. And many that don't. I praise god for the diversity too. If anyone is thinking they can do it alone, and not be part of church or fellowship .. I point out that we are part of the body, not the whole body .. many thanks Ged for the post - ed
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Lily Grasso’s parents are fighting back after the athletic 11 year old was sent home from school with a letter suggesting that she was fat. The so-called ‘fat letter’ was the result of a BMI (body mass index) screening given by officials at Grasso’s school.
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"Buongiorno, Principessa!"

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A squirrel got its head stuck in a halloween decoration and terrified a neighborhood.
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This cat hates his person.
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Today, did I feed the hungry? Welcome visitors? Care for the sick? Visit prisoners? Mt.25:34-44 I try to do these things in every country I visit.
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Especially when everyone who saw the fire said " the flames were all around your car and not 1 burnt mark or anything your very lucky" 
Honestly This is not being lucky, it's gods work. Amen

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<Reading #entrepreneurial stuff really enforces how much I dont want to work for anyone. #freedom #google #ceo>
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International law professor Eugene Kontorovich explains why the Dutch government was "very wrong" to pressure a Dutch company to pull out of a plan to build a sewage treatment center because it was over the Green Line in the West Bank.
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On Wednesday morning of last week, just hours before the start of Succot, hundreds of young men in drab green uniforms mulled about at the foot of the Nahal Brigade memorial in Pardes Hanna.
A mixture of exhaustion and enthusiasm was evident on their boyish faces as they prepared for the start of the Tekes Kumta, or "beret ceremony," signifying the end of their basic combat training. To mark this important milestone, each soldier would be receiving a new bit of headgear, with its unique color signifying the unit in which he serves.
Just a day beforehand, these weary warriors had all completed the traditional torturous trek, marching more than 50 km. in the desert throughout the night until they reached Masada, which their tired bodies then had to find the energy to climb (no cable cars allowed, of course).
As I observed the scene, I could not help but marvel at the miracle the Israel Defense Forces embodies.
Young black soldiers, immigrants from Ethiopia, mingled easily with blonde-haired, blue-eyed arrivals from the former Soviet Union, while the children and grandchildren of refugees from places as far afield as Munich and Morocco shared a joke or two under the blazing sun.
The exiles are indeed being gathered in, I thought to myself, even if we do not always appreciate just how wondrous this process is.
And of course, as a father of a soldier in an elite unit, I had a "Tevye moment," when the lyrics from the Fiddler On the Roof song "Sunrise, Sunset" suddenly surface from somewhere deep within the auditory cortex of the brain, at full volume: "Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don't remember growing older. When did they?" It was with all this theology, pride and emotion swirling through my mind that I sat down for the start of the ceremony, which promised to be brief but inspiring. Thirty minutes later, at its conclusion, that promise was only half-fulfilled.
As expected, there were the usual speeches by commanders, droning on in motionless monotones, interspersed with the soldiers standing at attention, then at ease, and then back at attention. I listened carefully to the messages which, for all the clichés, sought to underline the importance of service to one's country, defense of the homeland and standing up for what is right.
But there is one thing that I did not hear, one word so central to our collective and individual lives that I practically gasped with disbelief once the event was over.
There was not a single reference to God.
Much was made of the might and power of the IDF, of Israel's vaunted technological skill and unmatched military prowess. But there was not even a hint of humility nor a word of thanks to the One on high Who watches over His people Israel.
I couldn't believe it. After all, when a young Midwesterner enters the US army and utters the oath of enlistment, he declares that he will support and defend the Constitution, bear true faith and allegiance and obey orders, "So help me God." And when a Londoner or a Mancunian enlists in the British armed forces, he swears "by Almighty God" to be faithful to the Crown.

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David Daniel Ball ACT?
Yup the nanny state. Its not going to make a difference. A bit like the alcopop tax. Parents should just learn to parent better. My kids when they are good, get $1 to spend on sugar treats & only when they have completed their assigned tasks. Any other time, they may look or do a wishlist but no means no. You start chucking a tanty & that totally removes the right to anything & everything. Im also not cruel enough to drag them shopping when they are tired or over stimulated, forcing them to do something they would rather not be. Nothing is so urgent it requires dragging a screaming child through a shopping centre. It all comes down to bribery, you start bribing them, they are going to be expected to be rewarded for being good. Dont make sweets tempting, they wont want it if you dont make a song & dance about it & place such importance on it.
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Yori Yanover of the Jewish Press has a point in his article What if Abbas Condemns the Murders and No One in the PA Hears It?
In any event, even that miserly, self righteous, immoral statement has gotten no mention in Palestinian reports today. WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, only mentioned the two murders with a quote from Foreign Minister Riyad Malki:
“Malki expressed concern that Israel may use the killing of an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Sunday and another off duty soldier in Qalqilya two days earlier in order to discredit the Palestinian Authority.”
Various international "leaders" and wannabes have perfected the art of "saying the right thing" to protect themselves from our suspicions that maybe they're not quite the "good" people or allies they hope to be perceived as.  United States President Barack Hussein Obama always claims that he is a great friend of Israel while he promotes policies that weaken and endanger us.  Should we go for the words or the actions.

We don't have to look at the non-Jews for more examples.  J Street, the extreme Leftist anti-Israel lobbying group claims to be pro-Israel, even though it cares more about Arab rights than Jewish Rights and Jewish History.

Don't forget all of those "rabbinic" lobbying groups that support Arabs over Jews here in Israel.  Just because someone calls himself (or herself) a rabbi, doesn't mean the person is an expert in Jewish Law, Jewish History, Bible etc.  It also doesn't mean that the person lives by Torah Law, Shabbat, Kashrut etc.  So I really don't consider the opinion of some person who drives, cooks, sells, shops etc. on Shabbat or eats traif is an expert in Jewish morality.  So when they come to the nearby Arab villages to encourage the Arabs to destroy our agriculture and attack Jewish villages I see only enemies. They are Jewish enemies of the Jewish People.
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And more idiotic musings from the Greens again peddling their deceitful line about the urgency of the carbon tax to prevent bushfires and other imagined global warming catastrophes.>

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/coalition-stands-firm-on-carbon-tax-double-dissolution-threat-20131014-2vhtw.html
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With this weekend's massacre by Muslim terrorists at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Muslim terrorists killing about 80 Christians at a Christian church in Pakistan, most people wonder what, if anything in addition to a continuing war on terror, can be done to minimize the scourge of Islamic terror.

The answer lies with Muslims themselves. Specifically, it means that Muslim religious leaders around the world must announce that any Muslim who deliberately targets non-combatants for death goes to hell.
I arrive at this answer based on something that I have long believed about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust.
I readily acknowledge that the situations are not the same. The Jews of Europe were not annihilated by Catholics in the name of Catholicism; whereas the Christians, Muslims and Jews who are massacred by Islamic terrorists are murdered by Muslims in the name of Islam.
I also readily acknowledge that many of the attacks on Pope Pius XII for his alleged inaction and even collaboration with the Nazis during the Holocaust are animated by individuals who hate Western religion generally or hate the Catholic Church specifically. Pius XII was not "Hitler's Pope," as one best-selling book on Pius XII is titled.
Moreover, Pius XII lived in Italy during World War II, in a fascist dictatorship that began as Hitler's ally and ended up being the target of Nazi atrocities. This was not the case with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example, who lived in the safety of a free country six-thousand miles away from Germany, did nothing to save the Jews of Europe, and even sent a boatload of Jewish refugees from Hitler back to Europe. Yet the critics of Pius are silent about Roosevelt.

The Islamic world are embracing these terrorists too. There is no culture of greatness among Islamics providing an example of how a good person behaves. Among Jews, Rabbi set an excellent example. Christians and Catholics have people famed of their goodness. As do Hindu and Buddhists. - ed
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Timothy Ly
Last fight scene completed. It's a wrap!#doubleteaming #cabra
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The clear-eyed Palestinian journalistKhaled abu Toameh points out that, if the Palestinian Authority wants the world to take it seriously as a ‘partner for peace’ with Israel, it is going a mighty strange way about showing it.

In separate incidents in the past few days two Israeli soldiers were murdered in the West Bank – one of them having beenlured there from Tel Aviv to his death – with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claiming responsibility.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is the armed wing of Fatah. Fatah is the party of Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, who does not distance himself from such atrocities committed by his own armed wing.

The PA has also been involved in ‘a massive campaign of incitement’ against Israel, with some officials calling for an escalation of ‘popular resistance’ and with others disseminating inflammatory lies about Israeli behaviour – creating the kind of toxic atmosphere which fuels attacks such as the killing of the two Israeli soldiers.

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The ACT government has decided free choice is too expensive for a liberal democracy and is going to use their powers to regulate and legislate it away in the name of tackling obesity. According to a report the ACT will be pushing a new anti-obesity strategy which was celebrated by ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher:
She said the government’s plan had elements that would be controversial, including a proposal to have at least one checkout at every supermarket that was free of unhealthy food.
The government also plans to develop a food and drink policy for territory schools and will have health-risk assessments for ACT government workers – a proposal it wants extended to the private sector.
Other measures include improving transport and parking options that encourage Canberrans to walk, and regulation of the sale of sugary drinks.
Based on these reports the solution to obesity is to try and regulate people’s lives rather than encourage a culture of responsibility. These are the same basic strategies that have been proposed and introduced for years, and all the while obesity rates have increased while the arguments for a culture of responsibility have fallen onto deafer ears.
- See more at: http://freedomwatch.ipa.org.au/act-declares-free-choice-is-too-expensive-so-it-is-time-to-ban-it/#sthash.lkIqnnNP.dpuf
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Official photos from Move Bondi Launch Party with Nick G and Amanda x
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UK police have released two photofits of the one man they wish to speak to over the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann.
Specialist police who have collected 40,000 pieces of evidence on the case have produced two e-fit images of a man seen in and around the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz when Madeleine was believed snatched from her hotel room on May 3 2007.
The two e-fit images of the same man were drawn up based on statements and descriptions from two different witnesses of having seen the man on the night she disappeared.
The man in the e-fit is being described as being white, aged between 20-40 years old, with short brown hair, of medium build, medium height and clean shaven.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer, said that while this is far from being the only line of inquiry, it is of "vital importance".
"Whilst this man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing and speaking to him is of vital importance to us," he said.

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Cleared for publication: #IDF forces uncovered a tunnel laden with explosives in the #Gaza vicinity area on Thursday. 
It is estimated it was meant to serve #terrorists in a high-profile attack on an #Israeli #kindergarten.
The tunnel, 2.5 kilometers long, has several exit points connects the #Absan village situated between Khan Younis and the Gaza border fence, and Israel's Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

The majority of #terror tunnels connecting Gaza and #Israel have yet to be exposed. In 2006, seven Gaza terrorists used a tunnel to infiltrate Israel and abduct Gilad Shalit .

#SharingIsCaring

#Truth|#IDF|#IsraelTruth|#UN|#Terror|#occupation|#إسرائيل#احتلال#حماس#فلسطين | #Equality#rights |#مكافحة_التمرد|#apartheid|#Anonymous|
#Peace #Jerusalem|#Syria

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Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu
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The Palestinian Authority squandered nearly €2 billion ($2.7 billion) in European aid through corruption and mismanagement, a British newspaper claimed Sunday, leaking the contents of a not-yet-published European document.
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The good news is that Jesus Christ wants to be known and we can know Him today. #just10live
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The turning point in our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is. #just10live
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The title for this week's talk is 'Know God', the second commandment.#just10live
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We could never shape, paint, or chisel anything that would be an adequate representation of who God is. #just10live
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Watch what you worship, don’t worship what you watch. #just10live

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Roma Downey'
7 Rules to a better life
1) never hate
2) don’t worry
3) live simply
4) expect a little
5) give a lot
6) always smile
7) live with love
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G'day,

The first act of the "NEW LEADER" will be to recommit the ALP to the Carbon Tax. Seems as though the election loss that wiped the floor with these clowns must be some kind of a distant memory already. This cartoon stems to remind the "VICTOR" that reality  and memory has not left us in any doubt that we certainly voted for the right people.

By the way there was a big car race in Bathurst today. Don't know who won, neither do I care but it seems to me that many Aussie do.

Godspeed .. ZEG

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October 14Thanksgiving in Canada (2013); Health and Sports Day in Japan (2013); Columbus Day andIndigenous People's Day in the United States (2013)
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Godly sorrow worketh repentance."
2 Corinthians 7:10
Genuine, spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. Repentance is too choice a flower to grow in nature's garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters, but penitence never shows itself in sinners except divine grace works it in them. If thou hast one particle of real hatred for sin, God must have given it thee, for human nature's thorns never produced a single fig. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh."
True repentance has a distinct reference to the Saviour. When we repent of sin, we must have one eye upon sin and another upon the cross, or it will be better still if we fix both our eyes upon Christ and see our transgressions only, in the light of his love.
True sorrow for sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he lives in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely as a theory, but experimentally--as a burnt child dreads fire. We shall be as much afraid of it, as a man who has lately been stopped and robbed is afraid of the thief upon the highway; and we shall shun it--shun it in everything--not in great things only, but in little things, as men shun little vipers as well as great snakes. True mourning for sin will make us very jealous over our tongue, lest it should say a wrong word; we shall be very watchful over our daily actions, lest in anything we offend, and each night we shall close the day with painful confessions of shortcoming, and each morning awaken with anxious prayers, that this day God would hold us up that we may not sin against him.
Sincere repentance is continual. Believers repent until their dying day. This dropping well is not intermittent. Every other sorrow yields to time, but this dear sorrow grows with our growth, and it is so sweet a bitter, that we thank God we are permitted to enjoy and to suffer it until we enter our eternal rest.

Evening

"Love is strong as death."
Song of Solomon 8:6
Whose love can this be which is as mighty as the conqueror of monarchs, the destroyer of the human race? Would it not sound like satire if it were applied to my poor, weak, and scarcely living love to Jesus my Lord? I do love him, and perhaps by his grace, I could even die for him, but as for my love in itself, it can scarcely endure a scoffing jest, much less a cruel death. Surely it is my Beloved's love which is here spoken of--the love of Jesus, the matchless lover of souls. His love was indeed stronger than the most terrible death, for it endured the trial of the cross triumphantly. It was a lingering death, but love survived the torment; a shameful death, but love despised the shame; a penal death, but love bore our iniquities; a forsaken, lonely death, from which the eternal Father hid his face, but love endured the curse, and gloried over all. Never such love, never such death. It was a desperate duel, but love bore the palm. What then, my heart? Hast thou no emotions excited within thee at the contemplation of such heavenly affection? Yes, my Lord, I long, I pant to feel thy love flaming like a furnace within me. Come thou thyself and excite the ardour of my spirit.
"For every drop of crimson blood
Thus shed to make me live,
O wherefore, wherefore have not I
A thousand lives to give?"
Why should I despair of loving Jesus with a love as strong as death? He deserves it: I desire it. The martyrs felt such love, and they were but flesh and blood, then why not I? They mourned their weakness, and yet out of weakness were made strong. Grace gave them all their unflinching constancy--there is the same grace for me. Jesus, lover of my soul, shed abroad such love, even thy love in my heart, this evening.
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Today's reading: Isaiah 41-42, 1 Thessalonians 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 41-42

The Helper of Israel
1 “Be silent before me, you islands!
Let the nations renew their strength!
Let them come forward and speak;
let us meet together at the place of judgment.
2 “Who has stirred up one from the east,
calling him in righteousness to his service?
He hands nations over to him
and subdues kings before him.
He turns them to dust with his sword,
to windblown chaff with his bow.
3 He pursues them and moves on unscathed,
by a path his feet have not traveled before.
4 Who has done this and carried it through,
calling forth the generations from the beginning?
I, the LORD—with the first of them
and with the last—I am he.”
5 The islands have seen it and fear;
the ends of the earth tremble.
They approach and come forward;
6 they help each other
and say to their companions, “Be strong!”
7 The metalworker encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer
spurs on the one who strikes the anvil.
One says of the welding, “It is good.”
The other nails down the idol so it will not topple....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
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Balak, Balac

[Bā'lăk,Bā'lăc] - waster, emptying ordestroysThe King of Moab, and son of Zipper who hired Balaam to curse Israel when, toward the end of their wilderness journeyings they were in Balak's territory (Num. 22; 23; 24; Judg. 11:25; Micah 6:5). Like Balaam, Balak also lives to the end of the Bible. Balac is the Greek form of Balak (Rev. 2:14 ). Revealing the superstition of the human mind, Balak had recourse to supernatural help and sought out Balaam, the soothsayer of Pethor - a man of divination with power to bless and curse, the Simon Magus of his day. How deceived Balak was when he thought he could sow the air with curses which would work where his sword could not reach!
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October 13, 2011
When God says No
Today's Truth
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:56, NASB).
Friend to Friend
Like any good parent, God's answers to our requests are not always "yes." When God says "no," we must accept the fact that our Father knows best.
In my own life, my desire was to have three or four children. I conceived my first child with no problem. Little did I know at the time that Steven would be my only child. For years my husband and I prayed for more children. We traveled down the road of infertility doctors, diagnostic procedures, and timed intimacy which is anything but intimate. As hard as it was for me to accept, God said "no."
Do I understand God's decision completely? No, I do not. But I've come to realize that He doesn't owe me an explanation. God is God. He does what He pleases and I must trust Him. When we can't see His hand, we must trust His heart. I so know this: "One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving," (Psalm 62: 11,12). God is strong - He can do anything. God is loving - He will always do what is in our best interest.
Have you ever considered that God said no to His own Son, Jesus? Just before His arrest, Jesus prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me," (Matthew 26:39). And yet, God said "no." Jesus went to the cross. God knew it was the only way. He loves you and me that much.
We can be assured that if God does say "no" to our requests, it is for the same reason - He loves you and me that much.
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, I am so glad that You have not answered "yes" to every one of my requests. When I think about what my life would be like if You had given me everything I had ever asked for... oh my, I shudder. Thank You for loving me enough to say "no." Thank You for answering each and every prayer with Your infinite wisdom. I trust You.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
Make a list of some prayer requests that you are glad God said "No" to.
Are there some prayer requests that God has said "no" to that you don't understand?
Are you willing to trust that God knows best?
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October 13, 2011
A Better Way
Wendy Blight
"I am the way." John 14:6a (NIV)
Are there times when you are hesitant about going to God? Maybe because of unkind words you've spoken. Things you've done. Unforgiveness you've harbored in your heart. Do these things ever make you feel guilty and unworthy to enter into the presence of our holy God?
The Old Testament law forbid Jews from ever being in the presence of God. According to Jewish law, the glory of God resided in the Temple in a room called the Holy of Holies. Only the High Priest could enter into that room. God hand-picked this man and appointed him to enter into the Holy of Holies one time a year to make a sin offering for the forgiveness of the people.
Why? Because sin had created a barrier between God and man. So, the High Priest made sacrifices on behalf of the people, since a blood sacrifice was required, to remove the barrier erected by sin. But, the people didn't just sin once a year. They sinned daily, and this system of sacrifice continuously reminded them of their guilt.
Can you imagine living with this constant reminder of your sin?
I can. Not too long ago, I realized I was living this way. Every time I lost my temper, disrespected my husband, held on to unforgiveness, I erected a wall between God and me. I felt shame and guilt because I could never get it right. I would tell God how sorry I was, and then within days, I would do it again!
But I...you...we...do not have to live like the Old Testament Jews.
With Jesus, God made a new way. He sent the Great High Priest; the One Who is the better way. God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus' sacrifice does not need to be repeated every week, every month, or even every year. Christ made one sacrifice that once and for all removes any sin that ever was committed or will ever be committed. By shedding His own blood, Jesus forgave our sins and made us pure and holy in the eyes of God.
Jesus says "I am the way." His death on the cross made a way for you and me to be in His presence, to boldly and confidently come before Him with our every need, even when we feel the weight of our sin.
When we sin, we can simply come before God with a sincere heart, ask forgiveness, receive that forgiveness and our sins are gone.
Never again do we need to be filled with shame and guilt. Sweet friend, we have been set free! In Jesus, God gave us a better way!
Dear Jesus, thank You for leaving Your heavenly throne to live among Your people. Thank You for being my Great High Priest. Thank You for making a way for me to receive forgiveness of sin. Give me the courage to set aside my shame and guilt, to come boldly before Your throne and receive that forgiveness, and live confidently in it now and forevermore. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
Are there times when you fear going to God? Maybe because of unkind words you've spoken. Things you've done. Unforgiveness you've harbored in your heart. Do you ever feel ashamed and guilty, unworthy to enter into the presence of our holy God?
Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Rewrite it using "I" and "me" in place of "we." Read it outloud. What does this mean for you in your life today?
Reflections:
Jesus calls us to "come boldly" to the throne of grace. Will I do that today? Today I'll spend some time with Jesus today. It can be in car pool line, on my lunch break, or anywhere else I can find to be alone. Then whatever it is that is on my heart, whatever it is I'm afraid to bring to Him, I'll bring it to Him today. Sit quietly before Him. Pray. Listen.
Power Verses:
Leviticus 5:13a, "Through this process, the priest will purify those who are guilty of any of these sins, making them right with the LORD, and they will be forgiven." (NLT)
Hebrews 4:14a16, "So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus....let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." (NLT)
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Did Jesus Accidentally Fulfill the Old Testament Prophecies?

Today's reading: Acts 3:11-26
As Peter spoke to the crowd in the temple courts following the healing of a man crippled from birth, he made it clear that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies (see Acts 3:18,24). But could Jesus have merely fulfilled these prophecies by accident? Could it be that he's just one of many throughout history who have coincidentally fit the prophetic fingerprint?
"Not a chance," comes the response of Louis Lapides, a Christian convert from Judaism. "The odds are so astronomical that they rule that out. Someone did the math and estimated that the probability of just eight prophecies being fulfilled is one chance in one hundred million billion. That number is millions of times greater than the total number of people who've ever walked the planet!
"That same person calculated that if you took this number of silver dollars, they would cover the state of Texas to a depth of two feet. If you marked one silver dollar among them and then had a blindfolded person wander the whole state and bend down to pick up one coin, what would be the odds he'd choose the one that had been marked? The same odds that anybody in history could have fulfilled just eight of the prophecies."
Scientist Peter Stoner estimated that the probability of fulfilling 48 prophecies was one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion! Our minds can't comprehend a number that big.
"The odds alone say it would be impossible for anyone to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies," Lapides concludes. "Yet Jesus-and only Jesus throughout all of history-managed to do it."
Adapted from interview with Louis Lapides.
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Asa: Not by Strength

Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God. (2 Chronicles 14:2)
It is an honor to interview a good king when there have been so many bad ones.
“Good” is a relative term among men and kings. The Lord is good. Even the best of men are weak and foolish.
What one thing have you learned during your long reign?
I have learned this: “It is not by strength that one prevails.” I might have learned it much sooner, because Hannah, the mother of Samuel, spoke these words long ago. But it is only now, near the end of my days, that I begin to see Hannah’s wisdom. Even so, I have not learned it completely.
Will you give us an example of what you mean?
You have heard of my fortified cities and my army of half a million men. Then Zerah the Cushite came against me with an army twice that size. My only prayer was that the Lord would help the powerless against the mighty. My army prevailed, but not by its own might.
Why do you say you have not learned this completely?
Four years ago the king of Israel meant to invade our land. Instead of relying on the Lord, I sent silver and gold to Ben-Hadad in Damascus, who attacked Israel from the rear. Thus we fought off the invasion, but at the same time we were plunged into further war.
You spoke of relying on God rather than on personal strength. But what about the endless wars in your people’s history?
Not endless. Our prophets could tell you more about this than I can. For now, our people must survive. In days to come, however, a king will rise from David’s royal house. He will—well, I cannot tell you what he will do, exactly. But his kingdom will bring peace and justice. Then these hideous wars will end.
What one thing do you most want to tell our readers?
Rely upon the Lord. I have not always done so, and I am the worse for it.
Forgive me for not walking with you through the garden to the gate. You see the problem I have with my feet. Even as an old man I remain foolish. I have sought physicians, but I have sought the Lord too late!

To Take Away

  • In what areas of your life are you tempted to rely on your own strength?
  • How would you respond to someone who asked you, “What does it mean to rely on the strength of the Lord?”
  • What practical steps can you take to become more dependent on the Lord’s strength?
Read Asa's story: the detail is found in 1 Kings 15:9–24; and 2 Chronicles 14—16. Also Read Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2:1–10.
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