Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sat Oct 19th Todays News

Australian comedienne and ALP supporter Harmer does not know where to go. Some Australians engage in Australian sport. A canine Banksy is found. Latham contradicts himself over an unimportant matter. Abbott illustrates direct action. Jonathan Green takes the law into his own hands. ABC promotes warmists in its campaign to promote AGW alarmism it hasn't a mandate for.Obama goes back to borrowing money on the behalf of US peoples. And Obama seems to have given chemical weapons to jihadists. 
No Bolt Report tomorrow :( Sport instead. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns Linton Nguyen, born on the same day, across the years, as
1276 – Prince Hisaaki of Japan (d. 1328)
1562 – George Abbot, English archbishop (d. 1633)
1862 – Auguste Lumière, French director and producer (d. 1954)
1873 – Bart King, American cricketer (d. 1965)
1994 – Agne Sereikaite, Lithuanian speed skater
202 BC – Second Punic War: At the Battle of ZamaRoman legions under Scipio Africanus defeat Hannibal Barca, leader of the army defending Carthage.
439 – The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa.
1386 – The Universität Heidelberg held its first lecture, making it the oldest German university.
1512 – Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis' sword and formally surrendered toGeorge Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Austrian General Mack surrenders his army to the Grand Army of Napoleon at the Battle of Ulm. 30,000 prisoners are captured and 10,000 casualties inflicted on the losers.
1900 – Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission (Planck's law).
1922 – British Conservative MPs meeting at the Carlton Club vote to break off the Coalition Government with David Lloyd George of the Liberal Party.
1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
1950 – The People's Liberation Army takes control of the town of Qamdo; this is sometimes called the "Invasion of Tibet".
1956 – The Soviet Union and Japan sign a Joint Declaration, officially ending the state of war between the two countries that had existed since August 1945.
727 – Frithuswith, English saint (b. 650)
1216 – John, King of England (b. 1167)
1745 – Jonathan Swift, Irish author (b. 1667)
1937 – Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1871)


Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (2:50pm)

Wendy Harmer considers her options
And as we listened to our children coughing in their beds, how many of us made the calculations of how old they’ll be when they’re facing the worst. Will there be anywhere on earth for them to escape?
‘Where to live when climate change takes hold?’’ was the topic on Waleed Aly’s ABC Radio National Drive show this week … And, I’ll admit, I’ve been thinking about it too.
Is it time to make the move now, before Tassie, Greenland and Canada begin their very own Operation Warmist Sovereign Borders? 
Yes, it is time. Let’s help the old lady decide:



Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (2:44pm)

The Ahlul Bayt News Agency reports from the Hajj – a kind of Moomba for Muslims: 
A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a pilgrim in the group was asked about his sect, by a member of another group.
“When he said he was Shi’a, they called him Kafir (infidel) and attacked him,” said the woman, who did not want her name to be revealed, for safety concerns, until she leaves Saudi Arabia next week.
The attackers, who are Australians of Lebanese descent, then hit three other men in the group and dragged one into a tent, while choking and kicking him.
“They took him into a woman’s tent and had him in a chokehold. They were choking him out. When our guys got to him, he was blue,” she said.
The attackers threatened the pilgrims to leave the tent area, while bringing up historic sectarian references.
“We will kill you Shi’a men and rape your women,” they shouted, according to the source. 
Just high-spirited Aussies enjoying their overseas holiday. No big deal.
(Via John H.)



Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (1:01pm)

Unlike other recent art works, no taxes were devoured in the creation of this brilliant piece: 
Introducing Half-Chewed Cole Haan Wingtip by the emerging canine artist, Jack. This unique presentation of a meticulously destroyed dress shoe is the first of its kind by Jack. The piece features absent toe and vamp portions of the shoe, removed through a secret chewing process, known only by the artist, with razor-like precision but requiring brute strength.


The shoe has been severed painstakingly from the upper fine-grain leather through the inner lining to the bottom sole. Half-Chewed exhibits only the finest craftsmanship, as is characteristic of works by Jack. For the performance aspect of the piece, the artist ingested the dissected portion of the shoe. In a post-modern twist on interdisciplinary performance art, there was no audience for his act of passion. 
Sold for $378.



Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (12:58pm)

Only last year, Mark Latham described the ABC as “Australia’s last remaining mausoleum of socialist demagoguery” and volunteered to oversee its privatisation. Now the erratic former Labor leader calls on conservatives to acknowledge “the impartiality of the ABC.”
Deprived of parliamentary combat, Latham is reduced to fighting with himself. 



Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (12:23pm)

Bill Leak on climate candypants Adam Bandt:




Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (12:12pm)

The ABC’s Jonathan Green asks: 
What collective delusion is it that allows us to imagine our road system works? 
It tends to work better when you’re not taking photographs while driving. Jonathan is invited to confess his crimeand pay the penalty



Tim Blair – Saturday, October 19, 2013 (3:16am)

Norm Geras, a wonderfully kind, gifted and generous man, has died at 70. Please read more about him herehere,herehere and especially here. There will be tears in our house a few hours from now when Nadia wakes to the awful news of Norm’s passing.
The force keeps going on, Norm. Love you forever. 



Tim Blair – Friday, October 18, 2013 (1:25pm)

As NSW burns, ABC Local Radio raises money for Syria.


More warmists exploit NSW fires

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (8:34am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - propaganda
Another warmist vulture flaps around the NSW fires:

It’s time to face up to real and growing climate change risks and impacts, such as the growing severity and frequency of our bushfires, The Climate Institute said today after yesterday’s historic fire weather danger.
“Our national, state and individual interests depend on better preparation for growing climate change risks and impacts, which threaten personal health and safety as well as economic stability and our fragile environment,” said The Climate Institute CEO John Connor.
Never mind that these fires tell us nothing about global warming, which couldn’t be stopped by Australia anyway.

Sydney Morning Herald
columnist Peter Fitzsimons tries to justify his claim that the NSW fires are a sign of global warming:

Let’s overlook the obvious points: that global temperatures have been flat for 15 years, that Australian policies would make no difference to them, that the NSW fires are just like the ones we’ve had so often, and the fires were made fierce by huge fuel loads caused by great rains the warmists told us not to expect.
Check instead just the claims FitzSimons makes in that last tweet. Turns out, almost all FitzSimons says is not just beside the point but false.
FitzSimons claims climate change has brought us an “increase in cyclones, bushfires, droughts, floods, the lot”.
More cyclones? Uh, no:

More bushfires? In fact, the deadliest bushfires in NSW all occurred decades ago. Bushfire numbers in the US are down to the lowest in a decade.
More droughts? No, says the latest IPCC report:

In summary, the current assessment concludes that there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century… Based on updated studies, AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated. However, it is likely that the frequency and intensity of drought has increased in the Mediterranean and West Africa and decreased in central North America and north-west Australia since 1950.
More floods? The latest IPCC report says there’s little of evidence of that, either:

In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.
“The lot”? Again, the IPCC can’t find it:

There is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century.
FitzSimons is wrong about the cause of the fire. Wrong about the effect Australian policies would have. Wrong about cyclones. Wrong about fire numbers. Wrong about floods. Wrong about droughts. Wrong about extreme weather events generally.
To sum up up, he’s wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. But he’s right in his own mind because the cause is just.

(Thanks to reader mem.)
Two can play Bandt’s game - and with far better material:
(Thanks to reader Correllio.) 


Obama back to borrowing and borrowing

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (8:29am)

Obama wins, America loses:

U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.
The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.
This cannot end well. 


Why does the ABC hire Dr Karl and Robyn Williams?

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (7:59am)

How can the ABC still employ warming alarmist Dr Karl as a science presenter when he gets things so wrong? How can the ABC justify such fact-free scaremongering?
Dr Karl isn’t just contradicted by the very source he cites. His claim of 0.3 degrees of warming in 16 years is also four times more than what even the warmist IPCC claims in its latest report:

... the rate of warming over the past 15 years (1998–2012; 0.05 [–0.05 to +0.15] °C per decade)...
Mind you, even Dr Karl’s gross exaggerations are outdone by those of fellow ABC science presenter Robyn Williams:
Andrew Bolt: I’m telling you, there’s a lot of fear out there. So what I do is, when I see an outlandish claim being Tim Flannery suggesting rising seas this next century eight stories high, Professor Mike Archer, dean of engineering at the University of NSW…
Robyn Williams: Dean of science.
Andrew Bolt: Dean of science...suggesting rising seas this next century of up to 100 metres, or Al Gore six metres. When I see things like that I know these are false. You mentioned the IPCC report; that suggests, at worst on best scenarios, 59 centimetres.
Robyn Williams: Well, whether you take the surge or whether you take the actual average rise are different things.
Andrew Bolt: I ask you, Robyn, 100 metres in the next you really think that?
Robyn Williams: It is possible, yes. 
That was Williams in 2007, at the height of the warming scare. The IPCC now suggests Williams exaggerated the possible rise by 200 fold:

How does the ABC rationalise such exaggerations and misstatements of evidence? That it’s OK to tell factual inaccuracies in a good cause?
I mention this because a reader reports that Dr Karl devoted part of his talk to a school to criticising me. Should Dr Karl be booked for your child’s school, too, ask that he address the facts raised in this post. 


“Climate refugee” found - from an island growing, not sinking

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (7:52am)

Global warming - dud predictions
The most populous island of Kiribati is actually growing, not sinking as warmists claim.
That hasn’t stopped one man from trying his luck in a richer country:

A man from the small Pacific island of Kiribati is launching a novel attempt to claim refugee status in New Zealand based on the threat that climate change poses to his home island. Ioane Teitiota made his appeal to a New Zealand court on Wednesday that rising sea levels made his homeland unsafe to live in...
The Acting Man blog notes that Teitiota is the first of the 50 million “climate refugees” once predicted by the United Nations Environment Programme.  Background to this dud prediction is then given.
(Thanks to reader bch.) 


World’s greatest libraries. What better sign of civilisation?

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (7:37am)

A hymn to the world’s greatest libraries:
British academic Dr James Campbell visited more than 80 libraries in 20 countries for his new book The Library, the first complete history of library buildings ever to be written.
Check out the pictures. I’ve always wanted a library where I’d need a ladder to reach the top shelves. 


No, the world isn’t shocked by our boat people policies - and shouldn’t be

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (6:54am)

Boat people policy
The cultural cringe lives on in the new Left, which warns us the rest of the world is aghast at our cruelty to boat people.
Take the Greens:

Tony Abbott’s war on refugees is ridiculous and irresponsible… The damage that these policies are doing to Australia’s international reputation, and the suffering we’re inflicting on vulnerable people, cannot be reversed easily.
The Australian Lawyers Alliance agrees the way we treat boat people is hurting our good name abroad and the Abbott Government should be much kinder:

The alternative is one of continuing harm – harm towards vulnerable people, harm to Australia’s international reputation, and harm to the country’s finances...
Academic Gideon Boas says Australia is a moral pygmy compared to, say, Europe:
Just look at the contrasting response of Europe to the drowning of hundreds of African asylum seekers on their way to the Italian isle of Lampedusa - tens of millions of euros to assist in rescue operations, calls for unity of action, but most significantly compassion for those lost at sea. In Australia, it seems compassion has been completely drained from the discussion about asylum seekers.
Reality check. I really don’t think even the socialist government of France will be reading Tony Abbott any moral lectures on illegal immigrants any time soon:

Shock over France’s recent expulsion of a 19-year-old Armenian student and a 15-year-old Kosovar girl - whom the police took off a school bus so that she and her family could be sent back to Kosovo - has gathered momentum, with protests by students calling for the resignation of the Interior Minister.
The minister, Manuel Valls, a member of the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande, has been a strong proponent in particular of deporting the Roma…
The racial politics surrounding the Roma minority in France shadowed the expulsion of the Kosovar girl, Leonarda Dibrani, who is also Roma, but not the case of the Armenian student, Khatchik Kachatryan. He was deported on Saturday.
Many had expected Mr Hollande’s Socialist government to adopt a less confrontational approach to France’s troubles with the Roma than the previous government of Nicolas Sarkozy, but there have been few changes… Most of the Roma, a minority of 20,000 in France, come from Bulgaria and Romania and live on the outskirts of cities, often in makeshift camps.
Germany won’t be lecturing us, either:

In Germany, asylum seekers are put in communal housing, have only limited rights to travel within the country and are not given work permits.
The tears of the Italians aren’t worth much:

If the migrants are caught on their journey, they are put in a camp where they are supposed to be held for only for a few days, but in reality they often spend months waiting. The public and media usually has no access to the camps…
Most of the boat people who make it to the shore and land in a refugee camp end up being deported back to their country of origin. Italy’s immigration policy is very strict. Only migrants with an employment contract can stay…
Whoever can, escapes from the camps, disappears to the north of Italy or northern Europe. There are hundreds of thousands of people without documents in Italy as well as France, Germany and the Benelux countries. They are not registered with any government offices and don’t exist to the authorities… They live in abandoned factories or houses without any gas or electricity… They work as day laborers on construction sights or fruit pickers for tiny salaries. Without a contract and without health insurance.  


ABC presenter just notices James Bond is, er, not ABC-approved

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (6:14am)

James Bond as analysed by an ABC presenter:

It is precisely because he is damaged, and bad. Because he is tragically fated to an ugly, misogynist, racist, homophobic, and ultimately lonely decline.
But then this ABC presenter, Jonathan Green, realises - wait - he’s been a Bond fan for years and never noticed he was a racist homophobe and “emotional cripple”. Awkward dodge and feint follows:

For a resolute fan of the book Bond it’s odd, but I came to this sense of his true character through Daniel Craig’s portrayal in the latest Bond film Skyfall… I never really saw it before Craig, never picked it for all the gloss of fast cars, vintage champagne, and phlegmatic daring.
Fleming never let his character truly confront the consequences of his demons and his delusions and undoubtedly his deep psychological sickness. He never made them more than a subconscious subtext to the books, one that I now see runs like a deep, dark thread, revealing a complex and often ugly shadowland beneath the bubbly prose and gripping action.
So only until Skyfall two years ago did ABC presenter Green, who says he’s “read and reread” every Bond book, finally notice this “dark thread” of Bond’s racism, misogyny and homophobia. Until then, I presume, he’d nodded happily at the following passages, thinking, yep, this is fine:
... recall what kind of man he was when his creator, former spy Ian Fleming, first described him in the 1950s.  Bond, then, was racist: “Bond intended to put Oddjob and any other Korean firmly in his place which, in Bond’s estimation, was rather lower than apes in the mammalian order.”
He was a homophobe: “As a result of 50 years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere . . . The result was a herd of unhappy misfits.”
He had other prejudices, too: “It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.”
And to call him a sexist was an insult to other sexists: “Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged . . . And now he knew that . . . the conquest of her body, because of the central privacy in her, would each time have the sweet tang of rape.”
Pardon? The “sweet tang” of rape?

Er, yes. They may have cleaned up Bond for the screen in the 1960s, but he still “cured” a lesbian by raping her (Goldfinger), and forced a female Asian agent into sex (Dr No). He also still sneered at gays, too, and was delighted to tie a bomb around one’s genitals (Diamonds Are Forever).

I’d publish the response of said ABC host - so touchy always! - but he has deemed it not fit to print.
Sad. I thought so, too, which is why I was so eager to share it with you.
It is so curious how such Leftists assume they are more civilised yet express themselves so very crudely. Jonathan, for I know you read every word I write about you, check what Schopenhauer put down at number 38 in his list of 38 ways to win an argument when you’re actually losing


Al Qaeda may have access to Syrian bio weapons

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (5:21am)

Exactly the kind of scenario the Iraq war was intended to prevent:
Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents,” according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region…
Lawlessness has taken hold in many areas that are home to Syria’s biological weapons research hubs and mounting evidence indicates that al Qaeda fighters have capitalized on this security gap by looting the facilities.
“The Syrian civil war has left sections of the bio-pharmaceutical infrastructure destroyed and looting of labs has been observed, which could indicate that Assad is losing command and control over one of the most dangerous classes of weapons remaining in his weapons of mass destruction (WMD) arsenal,” bio warfare and terrorism experts Jill Bellamy van Aalst and Olivier Guitta conclude in a new report.


Hole lot of costings hype

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (4:46am)

So how much newsprint and airtime was wasted on this furphy before the election?
The Coalition has received a clean bill of health on its election costings, with the Parliamentary Budget Office finding that if anything it understated the boost they will give to the budget.
So much for the costings hole:

It finds the Coalition’s policies will save the budget $7.15 billion over four years, rather than the $6.09 billion that the Coalition had claimed.


Actually, if Gillard had been good she’d be leader still

Andrew Bolt October 19 2013 (4:39am)

Mark Baker on the casting of Julia Gillard as martyr and Kevin Rudd as the ogre:
‘’Removing Kevin was an act of political bastardry, for sure,’’ conceded Roxon, one of Gillard’s closest parliamentary mates. ‘’But this act of political bastardry was made possible only because Kevin had been such a bastard himself to so many people.’’
So Julia is an acceptable bastard for spearing the first Labor prime minister to lose the job at the hand of his own colleagues, while Kevin is an unacceptable bastard for not copping it sweet and for having the temerity to return the favour…
In truth, Julia Gillard and everyone in Labor owes Kevin Rudd a debt of gratitude. Had Rudd not recaptured the leadership in June and had Gillard been left to lead the party to the election, there is no doubt Labor faced a disaster of Costa Concordia proportions. Instead, ... he did save the proverbial furniture, including the seats of a number of senior MPs vital to Labor’s reconstruction and electoral rehabilitation. And instead of being remembered as a deeply unpopular and divisive leader responsible for one of Labor’s worst ever defeats, Gillard is now able to claim the martyrdom of being removed by her party rather than the people…
Yes, Rudd and his supporters did run a relentless rear-guard campaign against Gillard’s leadership, but that was not the primary cause of her downfall. It was her own frequent policy and tactical blunders and her abject failure to ever win the support and affection of the majority of Australians that was her undoing.


What does Adam Bandt say about this cold?

Andrew Bolt October 18 2013 (8:32pm)

Will Greens MP Adam Bandt blame this on Tony Abbott’s policies as well?:

Canberra winemakers were reeling from the heavy frost overnight on Thursday, Canberra’s coldest October morning on record, which wiped millions of dollars from the industry…
The temperature at Canberra Airport fell to minus 3.4 degrees about 6am on Friday, eclipsing the previous October record of minus 3.3 degrees, in 1957. Weather stations at Braidwood and Goulburn both registered minus 5 degree temperatures about dawn. 


Curse of the coconut smear

Andrew Bolt October 18 2013 (7:56pm)

The politics of race
Warren Mundine on black racism- the kind that actually works against Aborigines:
Successful black people experience particular bigotry, a vicious variation of the tall poppy syndrome whereby a black person who is successful, votes conservative or attains mainstream leadership or material wealth is a traitor to their culture; pursuing personal benefit over that of their race. The bigotry comes with labels like “Uncle Tom”, “house nigger”, “uptown nigger” and “coconut”.
See for yourself. Google one of those expressions together with the name of any black political leader, successful business person, judge, senior military officer or person who’s been willing to work with a non-Left political party…
Often these slurs are dished out by other black people and therefore assumed to be non-racist. But they must be racial slurs because the insults are only directed at black people. White people are not called “coconuts”.
The message behind the Uncle Tom narrative is that successful black people have gone above their station, betrayed their identity and become white. It’s a dangerous narrative - because it only makes sense if you believe white people are superior.
Indigenous people insulted in this way include Mick Gooda, Noel Pearson, Ken Wyatt, Bess Price and Neville Bonner… All have been acutely focussed on their cultures, protective of their people and devoted to Indigenous issues.
I’ve been subject to this bigotry for agreeing to chair the Indigenous Advisory Council. Yet my record also speaks for itself. I’ve been deeply involved in Indigenous advancement for over 30 years; championed land rights, cultural rights, native title, Aboriginal dance and education; I gave my children Aboriginal names and am active in my ancestral lands. So people scrape the barrel- my wife is white, I’m willing to work with non-Left politicians and there’s that whimsical comment that I’m the “white sheep of the family”. Add in some bitterness from Labor apparatchiks and disputed hearsay from detractors and - voila - I’m a race traitor.


Shorten picks his ministry

Andrew Bolt October 18 2013 (4:46pm)

Bill Shorten’s new ministry has his deputy, Tanya Plibersek, taking herself out of the day-to-day combat of a domestic portfolio and Steve Conroy bailing out of the NBN:

BILL Shorten has given himself responsibility for small business and science, while rewarding key supporters in his new shadow ministerial line-up.
In key Labor frontbench appointments announced today, Mr Shorten handed fellow right-winger Stephen Conroy the shadow defence portfolio and factional ally Tony Burke the finance spokesman role.
Right-wingers Kate Ellis and Catherine King have been allocated the key portfolios of education and health, respectively, while Shorten has made Queensland supporter Shayne Neumann Labor’s indigenous affairs spokesman.
Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek has elected to take on the shadow foreign affairs portfolio, expressing a particular interest in furthering international development, and has become Labor’s spokeswoman for the Centenary of Anzac.
Penny Wong has been distanced from the portfolios which would remind us of her oversight of Labor’s spending splurge and broken budgets, and Tony Burke gets another promotion - and his third portfolio in four months.
Shorten has also wisely consoled those demoted or (as with Ed Husic) foolishly overlooked in the factions’ selected of the ministry:

He also handed consolation prizes to dumped former ministers Jacinta Collins and Warren Snowdon. Senator Collins becomes the shadow cabinet secretary, while Mr Snowdon has been appointed as a shadow parliamentary secretary for indigenous affairs, external territories and northern Australia.
Shadow Ministry:
Bill Shorten - Leader of the Opposition
Tanya Plibersek - Deputy Leader of the Opposition, opposition spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs and International Development
Penny Wong - Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, opposition spokeswoman for Trade and Investment
Stephen Conroy - Deputy Leader in the Senate, opposition spokesman for Defence
Anthony Albanese - opposition spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport, opposition spokesman for Tourism
Chris Bowen - shadow treasurer
Tony Burke - opposition spokesman for Finance, manager of opposition business in the House
Mark Butler - opposition spokesman for Environment, Climate Change and Water
Kim Carr - opposition spokesman for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry; opposition spokesman assisting the leader for science
Jason Clare - opposition spokesman for communications
Mark Dreyfus - shadow Attorney-General, opposition spokesman for Arts, deputy manager of opposition business
Kate Ellis - opposition spokeswoman for Education, opposition spokeswoman for Early Childhood
Joel Fitzgibbon - opposition spokesman for Agriculture
Gary Gray - opposition spokesman for Resources, opposition spokesman for Northern Australia, shadow Special minister of State
Catherine King - opposition spokeswoman for Health
Jenny Macklin - opposition spokeswoman for Families and Payments, opposition spokeswoman for Disability Reform
Richard Marles - opposition spokesman for immigration and Border Protection
Shayne Neumann - opposition spokesman for Indigenous Affairs, opposition spokeswoman fo Ageing
Brendan O’Connor - opposition spokesman for Employment and Workplace Relations
Outer Shadow Ministry:
Bernie Ripoll - opposition spokesman assisting the leader for Small Business
Claire Moore - opposition spokeswoman for Women, opposition spokeswoman for Carers, opposition spokeswoman for Communities, manager of opposition business in the Senate
Don Farrell - opposition spokesman for the Centenary of Anzac, opposition spokesman for Veterans’ Affairs
David Feeney - opposition assistant defence minister, opposition spokesman for Justice
Julie Collins - opposition spokeswoman for Regional Development and Local Government, opposition spokeswoman for Employment Services
Andrew Leigh - shadow Assistant Treasurer, opposition spokesman for Competition
Bernie Ripoll - opposition spokesman for Financial Services and Superannuation, opposition spokesman for Sport
Sharon Bird - opposition spokeswoman for Vocational Education
Michelle Rowland - opposition assistant minister for communications, opposition spokeswoman for citizenship and multiculturalism
Melissa Parke - opposition assistant health spokeswoman
Jan McLucas - opposition spokeswoman for Mental Health, opposition spokeswoman for Housing and Homelessness
Doug Cameron - opposition spokesman for Human Services
Shadow Parliamentary Secretaries:

Julie Owens - small business, education
Jacinta Collins - shadow cabinet secretary, shadow parliamentary secretary to the leader
Michael Danby - shadow parliamentary secretary to the leader, arts
Jim Chalmers - shadow parliamentary secretary to the leader, trade and investment
Matt Thistlethwaite - foreign affairs, immigration
Gai Brodtmann - defence
Stephen Jones - regional development and infrastructure
Warren Snowdon - external territories, northern Australia, indigenous affairs
Ed Husic - treasurer
Louise Pratt - environment, climate change and water
Tony Zappia - manufacturing
Lisa Singh - attorney-general
Amanda Rishworth - health
Carol Brown - families and payments
Helen Polley - aged care


Three boats in a week

Andrew Bolt October 18 2013 (4:43pm)

Three boats this week, after two the fortnight before:

Sovereign Borders operational commander, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, said three boats with 173 people on board had arrived in the past week.
He told the briefing that one boat had arrived with 79 Sri Lankans on board. He said none of them had reasons to seek refuge in Australia and 73 had already been returned to Sri Lanka.
Lieutenant Campbell said the remaining six were having health checks to assess their suitability to be flown home.


TWO US scout leaders say they have received death threats after a video of them toppling an age-old rock formation in the western state of Utah went viral online.
Nearly two million people have watched the video of Glenn Taylor pushing a massive 170 million-year-old red rock over in Goblin Valley State Park, filmed by his fellow scout leader Dave Hall.
The pair, who celebrated by doing high fives after the rock fell, insist they pushed it because it was loose and they feared it could topple onto a visitor to the park.



A LARGE asteroid has been discovered zipping past Earth that astronomers say is dangerous and will return on August 26, 2032.
"A 400-metre asteroid is threatening to blow up the Earth," Russian vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin, in charge of his nation's space research, wrote on his Twitter account.
"Here is a super target for the national cosmonautics."
The asteroid was discovered by astronomers in the Ukraine on Saturday who promptly named it 2013 TV135.

.. no .. it won't - ed

Bar Refaeli          

BAR Refaeli may be the loneliest supermodel in the world and can't understand why she can't find a man to date.
"I don't understand it," she told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. "I’m okay. I look great. I’m cool. I like going out. I like being at home, I like movies, I like eating. So what’s wrong with me? Why am I alone?"
Refaeli says she was devastated when her six-year relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio ended. She confesses to breaking down in tears when she saw photos of her ex dating his former girlfriend Blake Lively.

*shakes head* desperate is never a good look - ed

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Rock formations at Goblin Valley State Park are said to be about 170 million years old. AP Photo/Utah State Parks

TWO US scout leaders say they have received death threats after a video of them toppling an age-old rock formation in the western state of Utah went viral online.
Nearly two million people have watched the video of Glenn Taylor pushing a massive 170 million-year-old red rock over in Goblin Valley State Park, filmed by his fellow scout leader Dave Hall.
The pair, who celebrated by doing high fives after the rock fell, insist they pushed it because it was loose and they feared it could topple onto a visitor to the park.
But facing possible felony charges, they admit they probably should have found a park ranger before taking action themselves, whether filmed or not.

Those two rock - ed

I remember when I posted an article when the first one was arrested. This Admin will just say that they messed with the wrong country.


HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES: A snorkeling science instructor has discovered a dead 18-foot, 200-pound oarfish. Get the facts behind the latest discovery of this legendary—and mysterious—sea creature.



Andrew Danger Nguyen

— with Charizard.

A report examining crime in Britain since "restrictive firearm laws virtually banned handguns" in 1997 shows that crime stats have been "massaged" to convince British subjects the gun ban worked, when in fact it may have backfired.

Authored by Dr. Paul Gallant, Dr. Joanne D. Eisen, Alan J. Chwick, and Sherry Gallant, and published at AmmoLand, the report shows that as recently as 2008 "one in three [Brits] had been a victim of crime, or knew someone who had been." Also in 2008, "nearly half [of survey respondents] knew of someone in their community who had been a victim in the last year."
How is such crime possible if banning guns produced the utopia CNN's Piers Morgan repeatedly describes?
The report claims the numbers Morgan and others quote are drawn from figures that have been distorted to one extent or another in order to make the gun ban look successful.


Sixth-grade students at Eastern Wayne Middle School in North Carolina unknowingly took part in a horrifying “enrichment” lesson involving a fake masked gunman last Friday.
North Carolina Students Horrified With Enrichment Lesson Involving Masked Gunman
As students sat in class, someone in a mask reportedly rushed into the room and pretended to rob them with a fake pistol. The students were not aware of the exercise ahead of time.


Dr. Phil
Rules for Families During Times of Crisis

Stephanie Ann
"Wars are the second greatest evil that human societies can perpetrate. (The first is dictatorship, the enslavement of their own citizens, which is the cause of wars.)" | Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal


Zaya Toma
Come down to Fairfield for the Latin Festival. Brazillian BBQ, jumping castles for the kids and latin dancers for the adults.

Aprille Love
Happy Saturday! If you dont chase your dreams you'll never catch them. #inspo
Labor's claims of budget black holes
and other nonsense.>===

Twilight Tufas

Just in case I'm not confusing everyone enough with my seemingly random image presentations this week, which have included; Fall Colors, Golden Gate Fog, Rocks shaped like Elephants, Severe Storms, My Youngest Daughter, Arizona, and Light Painted Cornstalks... I thought I'd leave you with a serene scene from a summer a year ago from Mono Lake. Probably still my favorite place to visit. Mars on Earth is what I call it. Have a nice weekend all! 




Timothy Ly
Getting my 'peace' on. Guess I got to get use to this before the big trip. #cosplay #pretokyo

Two years ago today, Sergeant 1st Class Gilad Shalit returned home to Israel after five years in captivity. In 2006, Hamas terrorists kidnapped SFC Shalit by infiltrating Israel through a Gaza smuggling tunnel. Every day, terrorists are still preparing to attack Israel from Gaza. Earlier this month, the IDF uncovered the opening of a similar smuggling tunnel in Israel. The IDF stands ready to combat Gaza terrorism and to protect the people of Israel from this threat. 


Sarah Palin
Jesus Banned From Gravestones?

Outrageous development...*sigh*… c'mon, Colorado, you deserve much better! A public cemetery there refused to allow a grieving family to engrave on their mother's grave the name "Jesus" and the Jesus fish symbol. Bureaucrats said it would offend people!

Reports like this should shock us all. Heading towards Thanksgiving, I'm trying to imagine what the Pilgrims would think of this if they had known that a few centuries after they landed at Plymouth some of their descendants would prevent people from engraving the name of Jesus on a headstone! Much less, what our freedom-loving Founding Fathers would think.

Trying to take our Lord out of American life, much like trying to take Christ out of Christmas, is, to say the least, not a winning proposition. Rise up, America! Stand strong on our great nation's foundation and keep the faith to protect America's heritage and heart!

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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 wasn’t exactly a banner day if you come from a politically conservative perspective.
It was the first day after congressional Republicans, by many accounts, made a big show over delaying the implementation of Obamacare during the government shutdown and then essentiallycaved to Democrats in the 11th hour.
It’s also the day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker — who’s made news of late over a Twitter friendship with a vegan stripper, an allegedly imaginary drug lord friend named T-Bone, and allegations that he doesn’t actually live in Newark — managed to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey.


Phil Box
This morning near Roma after the storm blew through.

C. H. Spurgeon
The conclusion from our past experience is that He who has been with us through six troubles will not forsake us in the seventh.


Golden Slumbers — at The Golden Gate Bridge.

Poor church leadership .. the left wing Christians seem to believe drowning desperate people is compassionate. Subjecting desperate peoples to piracy is compassionate. They clearly don't serve God as well as their master. - ed
Video evidence shows Obama awarded the wrong man .. the one who hadn't questioned Obama's stupid policy. - ed
Adam Bandt

GREENS deputy leader Adam Bandt kept prying eyes from his PhD thesis exploring the theories of Karl Marx by slapping a three-year suppression order on the tome.
The former teenage Marxist, who confesses he once described the Greens as "bourgeois", has revealed the stunning conclusion to his 300-page epic is that Marxism did not offer "a proper explanation for what was happening in 21st century society".
He completed the thesis four years ago in 2008, but requested university officials impose a three-year ban on anyone reading it.
Now that the Bandt ban has expired, the Sunday Herald Sun was able to obtain a copy of his thesis from Monash University.
Titled Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis and Law, it includes chapters on The Fuhrer of the Factory: exploring labour law in the Third Reich and examining theories of "the divine violence of the general strike".


Two and a half men? Four people, no talent? Hope floats? - ed

By the grace of God CCP Ministries is going to organize one day Preaching convention in Lahore Pakistan to fulfillment of great commission of Pakistan to win souls for Christ.Please dear friend keep this upcoming preaching convention in your prayers as well as its needs.for more detail visit us on


Max Brenner Australia
Chocoholics - Max has heard your calls! Not one, not two, but THREE new Max Brenner Chocolate Bars will be be opening shortly. Can you guess where Max will bring his chocolate love story to next?

Fans might get chills when they hear Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson describe how he became a Christian.
In “The Making of a Champion,” a new video encouraging viewers to embrace the Bible, the NFL player says his pinnacle moment came when he was 14 years old and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a dream and told him to learn more about the faith.
“I had a dream one night I was at … football camp … my parents were supposed to pick me up on Sunday to go to church,” he said. “I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was just knocking on my door saying, ‘Hey you need to find out more about me.’”
While Wilson’s parents regularly took him to church, it was this dream that truly moved him to change his ways.
The next day, Wilson said, he went to church with his parents and was “saved” — the popular terminology for when an individual formally accepts the Christian faith.


UPDATE: NBC New York reports the girl claims she had a miscarriage yesterday. It is unclear why she was carrying it around in a bag.
“The baby did not have signs of trauma, sources said. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death,” the report adds.

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Dean Hamstead
"Sustainability" is a fun word.
You think all politicians are liars... so you voted for Obama when he said healthcare would get cheaper.






Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.(1 Peter 4:11, NKJV)
He speaks through His people. He uses our voice to bring life, healing and hope to others. When you reach out to someone, when you’re kind and speak encouragement, God’s voice is blended with your voice. Your words become His words. The natural takes on a supernatural. That’s why you can say something ordinary, something simple like “You look beautiful” or “You can make it,” and it’s life changing to the other person. To you it’s nothing, but when God takes your natural and puts His super with it, it can impact that person’s destiny.

When you speak to others, declare what God would say about them. Let your words be used to bring life, hope and blessing. Speak as the oracles of God and be His mouthpiece everywhere you go.God bless you.
You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.(Haggai 1:6, NIV)
God spoke to the people about rebuilding the temple. In Haggai it says, “The people said, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house,’ even though Cyrus had ordered it eighteen years earlier.”Notice that through Cyrus, God had told them to rebuild eighteen years before, but they were still saying, “It’s not the right time. Let’s do it later.” I can imagine that in the first year they thought, “Let’s not do it now. We’re busy.” Second year, “It’s not convenient. Let’s do it some other time.” Eighteen years later, they were still putting it off.

What happens when we don’t do what God is asking us to do? Verse six says, “You have sown much but reaped little. You’ve earned your wages, but you’re putting them in a bag with holes in it.” Verse seven says, “Consider your ways.” don’t try to fill a bag that has holes in it. You won’t be able to get ahead. You won’t be effective. What’s the answer? Consider your ways. Be quick to obey. Don’t wait to pursue that dream. Don’t wait to forgive. Don’t wait to get serious about your relationship with God. Do it today and partake of all the blessings He has in store for you.God bless you.
Father, today I lift my heart to You to receive the tidal wave of goodness You have prepared for me. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You, my King in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Pastor Rick Warren
Those who like to beat up people with the Bible aren't wise. "The wisdom that comes from heaven is peace-loving,#considerate, full of mercy" James 3:17

#SaddlebackBuenosAires launches this Sunday! I am so amazed by our launch team there.

I'm at #SaddlebackHuntingtonBeach this Sunday. Join me there! iT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING!
"You will be well rewarded for saying something kind, but all some people think about is how to be cruel and mean" Prov.13:2

holocaust statistics and real numbers

" The unspeakable crime of the 20th century, more than the triumph of evil, was the sin of the "innocent" bystander."

When I posted tragic photographs of Syrian children raped and murdered I am told by the do-gooders how offended they are that I am exploiting these shocking pictures for pushing the point how Obama is guilty of assisting the anti- Assad Syrians.

So please explain why I should not be offended by these Holocaust pictures or is it because we have become so accustomed to them that we are now desensitised ?>


<If the Palestinian movement believes it lives outside the laws of politics, nature and economics, it may be right>

JERUSALEM will be playing in imax, giant screen and digital cinemas in museums, science centers, and other cultural institutions worldwide starting in September, 2013. Click on a theater link below to get showtimes and ticketing information. This list changes often, so sign up here for updates or check back on this site and onFacebook.===

14/10/2013 Our World: The bothersome, annoying truth
Israel’s rights and justness are grounded in truth. But today truth isn’t worth as much as it used to be. Those who fight for it find themselves routinely maligned as close-minded extremists.


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Ark of the Covenant – Lost or Hidden Away? 
The Ark was buried in an underground tunnel under the Temple of Solomon and was thought to be lost forever - until now...
Creating The Ark of the Covenant 
Watch this excellent reenactment of the building of the Holy Ark!
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Ark of the Covenant-The Book of the Exodous 
Watch the Written Word of the Bible! 
Exodus (37:1-9)
The Ark of the Covenant in a secret Temple chamber in Jerusalem? 
In 1981, an illegal search was made for the lost chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant
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Carrying the Ark of the Covenant 
Watch this powerful reenactment performed beautifully of the carrying of the Ark of the Covenant!
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Israel Alert Newsletter 14 Cheshvan 5774October 18, 2013
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration recently opened an exhibit entitled "Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage," which features the Iraqi Jewish Archive that American troops discovered in the basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police headquarters. The Iraqi Jewish Archive documents this community's history, which spans some 2,500 years and predates the existence of Islam.
The archive's historical items include a Hebrew Bible with commentaries from 1568, a Babylonian Talmud from 1793, Judeo-Arabic manuscripts, Iraqi Jewish communal documents, and other significant items illegally seized following the expulsion of most Jews from Iraq in the wake of Israel's establishment as a state.
The US government plans to return to Iraqi Jewish Archive to the Iraqi authorities which means that it will likely never been seen again by the Iraqi Jewish community. Join us in our efforts to keep these priceless relics in the hands of our American friends!
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The recent discovery of a 1.7-kilometer terror tunnel extending from Gaza to the western Negev kibbutz of Ein Hashlosha in the Eshkol region, near the Gaza border, demonstrates the serious security threat faced by Israel and its need to remain on high alert. The tunnel was capable of transferring several hostages quickly to Gaza and was clearly meant for kidnappings and terror attacks, according to IDF and defense ministry spokesmen.
The IDF destroyed the tunnel. "The determination deep in the hearts and minds of resistance fighters is more important than tunnels dug in the mud," a Hamas spokesman commented on Twitter. According to media reports, residents of Ein Hashlosha heard the digging near a kindergarten and alerted the IDF.
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The friendship expressed by Czech President Milos Zeman during his recent visit to Israel - organized with the purpose of upgrading bilateral trade and investment - was preceded by his proposal, made while still in Europe, to move the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
As reported in the European Jewish Press, Zeman, in advance of elections in Czechoslovakia scheduled for October 25-26, stated that "I've appointed a cabinet of which I can say for sure that if it stayed in office, it could support this idea.

Living Torah: The Kindness of Abraham
Abraham was sitting by his tent as he saw three desert wanderers in the distance coming towards his tent. He begs them to stay and rest a little bit and to have something to eat.
Abraham rushes to the animals to prepare some meat for his guests to eat. (Yes, this is the same 99 year old that just circumcised himself.)
Abraham and Sarah spared no expense or difficulty to provide a quick and abundant meal for their guests. But this is just the beginning - there's so much more to learn from our holy patriarchs and matriarchs.
Read on...
Fruit Trees
rockets into roses
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In less than three weeks, voters in Virginia will go to the polls to cast their ballot for their next governor. 
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Dear Fellow American,
The Washington establishment may appear to have the upper hand, but I am convinced that the American people will have the final word.
On Wednesday the establishment did what it does best - maintain the status quo, avoid tough votes and kick the can of hard decisions further down the road - all at the expense of the American people.
Unfortunately, Obamacare has been funded, big business and those with influence have been exempted from it, the debt limit has been increased and, sadly, the faith of the American people in their elected officials has decreased.
I need your help to make sure hardworking Americans have the final word on the size, cost and reach of the federal government.
We MUST continue to raise our voices!
We must continue to the keep the pressure on DC by taking our message directly to the people, coordinating with our allies in the grassroots, and leveraging media opportunities.
And to do that, I need your continued support.
This fundraising push is the absolute best way to send a loud and clear message to the Washington "ruling class" that "We the people" will be heard.
Harry Reid and the Democrats unnecessarily shut down the government two weeks ago just to protect Obamacare and began inflicting as much pain as possible on the American people. They thought they could bully our citizens by closing national parks, cutting off funding to veterans and ending dollars for cancer research.
Instead, they woke up the American people, and the grassroots are more energized than ever.
Washington "insiders" are trying to brush the Obamacare debate aside, distribute crony carve-outs to their union and lobbyist buddies, and let hardworking Americans suffer from this ineffective, unaffordable, and fundamentally unfair big government program!
Battling big government requires lot of heavy lifting and relentless effort. Changing Washington is hard, but we can, we must, and we will get the political elite to hear the people and stand with them.
It is vital that we show the establishment that this is not the end of the battle -it really is just the end of the beginning. We have much more to do - together- in order to win.
Please, help me show the Washington deal-makers that the American people still stand against Obamacare and for a smaller, more responsive government.
Thank you for all you have done, and will yet do, to preserve the greatness of America.
Yes, it is true that Washington may appear to have the upper hand, but come what may, the American people will always have the final word.
Thank you so much, and may God bless America.
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“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Thy paths drop fatness."
Psalm 65:11
Many are "the paths of the Lord" which "drop fatness," but an especial one is the path of prayer. No believer, who is much in the closet, will have need to cry, "My leanness, my leanness; woe unto me." Starving souls live at a distance from the mercy- seat, and become like the parched fields in times of drought. Prevalence with God in wrestling prayer is sure to make the believer strong--if not happy. The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of the heavenly grace. Much alone, and you will have much assurance; little alone with Jesus, your religion will be shallow, polluted with many doubts and fears, and not sparkling with the joy of the Lord. Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very weakest saint; since no high attainments are required; since you are not bidden to come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at all; see to it, dear reader, that you are often in the way of private devotion. Be much on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel's fields.
There is another especial path dropping with fatness to those who walk therein, it is the secret walk of communion. Oh! the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth hath no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus' bosom. Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the top of Nebo: they live in the outer court, they enter not the holy place, they take not up the privilege of priesthood. At a distance they see the sacrifice, but they sit not down with the priest to eat thereof, and to enjoy the fat of the burnt offering. But, reader, sit thou ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let thy beloved be unto thee as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and thou shalt be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation!


"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice."
1 Samuel 15:22
Saul had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle. Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared that he did it with a view of offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at once with the assurance that sacrifices were no excuse for an act of direct rebellion. The sentence before us is worthy to be printed in letters of gold, and to be hung up before the eyes of the present idolatrous generation, who are very fond of the fineries of will-worship, but utterly neglect the laws of God. Be it ever in your remembrance, that to keep strictly in the path of your Saviour's command is better than any outward form of religion; and to hearken to his precept with an attentive ear is better than to bring the fat of rams, or any other precious thing to lay upon his altar. If you are failing to keep the least of Christ's commands to his disciples, I pray you be disobedient no longer. All the pretensions you make of attachment to your Master, and all the devout actions which you may perform, are no recompense for disobedience. "To obey," even in the slightest and smallest thing, "is better than sacrifice," however pompous. Talk not of Gregorian chants, sumptuous robes, incense, and banners; the first thing which God requires of his child is obedience; and though you should give your body to be burned, and all your goods to feed the poor, yet if you do not hearken to the Lord's precepts, all your formalities shall profit you nothing. It is a blessed thing to be teachable as a little child, but it is a much more blessed thing when one has been taught the lesson, to carry it out to the letter. How many adorn their temples and decorate their priests, but refuse to obey the word of the Lord! My soul, come not thou into their secret.

Today's reading: Isaiah 53-55, 2 Thessalonians 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 53-55

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all....

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you....
Hosea, Oshea, Osee, Hoshea

[Hōzē'ă, Ō shē'ă, Hō shē'ă] - jehovah is help or salvation.
1. The son of Beeri and first of the so-called Minor Prophets (Hosea 1:1).

The Man with a Sorrowful Heart

Little is known of Hosea's history beyond what we find in his writings. He has been called the first prophet of Grace and Israel's earliest evangelist. He was a native of the Northern Kingdom, the iniquities and idolatries of which weighed heavily on his heart. He bore the same name as that of the last king of Israel (2 Kings 15:30). In Jewish tradition, he is identified with Beerah of Reuben (1 Chron. 5:6). Christian tradition, however, relates him to the Hosea of the tribe of Isaachar.
The home tragedy overtaking him earned him the title of "The Prophet of a Sorrowful Heart." Through the wrongs he suffered he came to realize the sins committed by Israel against God, and the long history of unfaithfulness to Him. The accounts of Hosea's marriage, the birth of his children and his wife's unfaithfulness and restoration make sad reading. Hosea was called to express God's message and to manifest His character.
Gomer, his wife, was immoral; hence the word of the Lord came to him amid much personal anguish; his home life was destroyed. Society was corrupt and God's law spurned, and Hosea came to see in his own suffering a reflection of what the sorrow of God must be, when Israel proved utterly unfaithful.
Three children were born to Hosea and Gomer:
I. Jezreel, recalling the deed of blood (2 Kings 10), and by it a knell was rung in the ears of Jeroboam. The name of this child was an omen of coming judgment.
II. Lo-ruhamah, meaning, "one who never knew a father's love." This expressive name pointed to a time when, no more pitied by Jehovah, Israel would be given over to her enemies.
III. Lo-ammi, signifying "one not belonging to me." Israel had turned from a father's love and deserved not to belong to God. Thus this third child's name prophesied the driving out of the children of Israel from their land to exile.
Gomer, the erring wife, is received back (Hos. 3:1, 2 ), the price of her redemption being paid by Hosea. So the prophet was not only God's messenger of grace - he reflected God's character and foreshadowed ultimate redemption through the Messiah and Israel's reestablishment as a nation.
The four lessons we learn from the broken heart and the Book of Hosea have been fully expounded by Dr. Stuart Holden:
Anguish quickens apprehension.
Iniquity inspires moral indignation.
Suffering begets sympathy.
The divine character sanctifies human conduct.
2. Joshua's earlier name - changed by Moses (Num. 13:8, 16).Deuteronomy 32:44 gives Hoshea.
3. The son of Azaziah and prince of Ephraim in David's reign (1 Chron. 27:20).
4. A son of Elah, the last king of the Northern Kingdom (2 Kings 15:30).
5. A chief under Nehemiah who with others signed the covenant (Neh. 10:23).
Hosea is called Osee in the New Testament copy from the LXX.
October 18, 2011
Avoiding Burnout
Part 1
Today's Truth
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed (Mark 1:35, NIV).
Friend to Friend
I sat on the edge of my seat as I watched my son's first track meet. The crowd was abuzz as moms and dads chatted, waiting for their teens to dash, sprint, or endure the eight laps of the thirty-two hundred meter race. But when the boys lined up for the hurdles event, the visiting stopped and the crowd watched with rapt attention. Why? In the hurdles event, the stakes were higher. It became less about who would win, and more about who would gracefully leap and clear the metal roadblocks or tip and topple over the barriers.
Hurdles - they are not simply found on the asphalt of track and field but also in the great race called life. As women, we struggle finding balance with our many roles and responsibilities. Our flame of enthusiasm begins to diminish when we are doing more than God intended or when we are doing what God intended, but on our own strength rather than His.
In the Bible we see many who experienced times of burnout. After Jonah's miraculous delivery from the big fish and prophetic announcement to the people on Nineveh, he sank into a depression and wanted to die (Jonah 4:3). After Elijah called down fire from heaven that miraculously burned up the sacrifices of Baal, the fire in his own life went dim (1 Kings 18-19). Elijah prayed, "I have had enough, LORD. Take my life," (1 Kings 19:4). Both of these men wanted to quit.
How do we avoid those same feelings of burnout? The first step is to realize that it can happen and does happen to the best of us.
What was God's response to Elijah? Let's take a look at 1 Kings Chapter 19.
  • He allowed Elijah to sleep. (19:5) - rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat. (19:5) - refreshment
  • He allowed Elijah to sleep again. (19:6) - more rest
  • He sent an angel to provide food for him to eat again. (19:7) - more refreshment
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing. "What are you doing here?" (19:9) - reflection
  • He spoke to Elijah personally. (19:11) - response
  • He caused Elijah to ponder what he was doing, again. "What are you doing here?" (19:13) - reflection
  • He told Elijah what to do next. (19:15) - redirection
  • He showed Elijah who He had appointed to help him. (19:16) - reinforcement
Girlfriend, exhaustion is epidemic among us gals. I tell you what... let's talk more about this tomorrow. For today, just rest in knowing that God has a plan for your life and that He loves you dearly!
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, I'll admit, I'm tired today. I need the refreshment that only You can give. Send the Holy Spirit to reinforce my spirit today! I am expecting His energizing force! Help me to reflect on You and Your goodness all day long.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
Go back up to the R's and note what each one of those ideas would look like to you. Be realistic. I know Hawaii would be a great idea for refreshment, but that probably won't happen in my life today.J
For example: Rest - stop all activities at 8:00 p.m. rather than 10:00 p.m. and soak in a long hot bath.
More from the Girlfriends
This devotion was taken from Sharon's book, Building an Effective Women's Ministry. To learn more about having a balanced life, see Woman's Secret to a Balanced Life, co-authored by Sharon Jaynes and Lysa TerKeurst. Balance isn't easy. That's why it took two of us to write it. J
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October 18, 2011
Tired of Waiting on God
Tracie Miles
"Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them." Genesis 25:26b (NIV)
Do you ever get tired of waiting on God to answer your prayers? Recently, I began to feel a sense of frustration with the wait, and also a little bit tired.
Tired of saying the same old prayer day after day, month after month, year after year. Tired of telling God about the same old problems still going on. Tired of hearing myself pray about the same old problems, leading me to wonder if God was as tired of hearing my prayer requests as I was of praying them.
So I bowed my head and admitted to God that I was simply tired of the wait.
In a heavy state of emotional tiredness, I turned to the crisp, white pages of my Bible. I was hoping God would illuminate a few verses that would jump out of the book and straight into my heart.
I began reading about when Isaac's wife Rebekah gave birth to twin sons. One particular sentence caught my eye and I read it again and again. My heart leapt as I realized God was using this one little sentence to speak hope into my spirit. He used His spiritual highlighter just as I had wanted.
Genesis 25:26 tells us that Isaac was sixty years old when his twins were born; a simple Bible fact, yet profoundly meaningful to me on this specific day. You see, Isaac had been patient for the Lord to provide the perfect wife; he was forty years old when he married Rebekah. If you do the math you realize Isaac waited twenty years for Rebekah to bear him children! He could have chosen a concubine to bear him a son. But he was a man of great patience who waited on God. Eventually his patient faith was rewarded.
Isaac never gave up hope that his Lord could make the impossible, possible. He had learned that his Lord would provide. So he continued to pray the same desperate prayer for a son, day after day, month after month, year after year. In fact, we learn in Genesis 25:21 that "Isaac pleaded with the Lord" (NLT), meaning he earnestly and strongly prayed about his problem. He did not half-heartedly ask God for a son, he pleaded! He begged. He poured his heart out.
I can envision Isaac passionately pleading to God throughout those twenty years, with out-stretched arms and a tear-stained face pressed against the hot, dirty soil, begging God to answer his prayer.
Isaac was surely tired of the wait, but he never stopped praying or believing that his dreams could come true. And in God's perfect timing, they did.
If you are tired of the wait, you may be pleading to God just like Isaac. It may take twenty years for God to answer our prayers, or it may only take twenty minutes. But today, let us find comfort in remembering Isaac's patient faith and take hope in believing that God is not tired of hearing our prayers. Instead, He is simply waiting for the perfect time to answer.
Dear Lord, please help me have patience and faith while I wait to hear from You. Help me live in excited anticipation for the day when I will see how You answer my prayers. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:
Visit Tracie's blog for more encouragement about faith in the waiting
Reinventing Your Rainbow by Tracie Miles
Application Steps:
Consider prayers that have not been answered, but which you have not prayed about lately. Ask God to give you a renewed hope about those desires and faithfully wait on His timing.
Have I stopped praying about something because I've grown tired of waiting on God?
Power Verses:
Psalm 27:14, "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." (NIV)
Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (KJV)
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Why would God make someone do wrong?

This week's reading: 2 Samuel 24:1
It's not that God caused David to do wrong. David was capable of choosing right or wrong. God permitted David to pursue his sinful choices and reap the consequences of his actions. To incite in this case may have meant that God orchestrated the events that led to David's decision.
To make the question even more confusing, the writer of 1 Chronicles (21:1) says it was not God but Satan that incited David to do wrong. The apparent conflict between the two passages may mean that God sometimes permits Satan to do things that subsequently are viewed as having come from God.
The writer of 2 Samuel reports that God was ultimately behind David's action, highlighting God's sovereignty. The writer of 1 Chronicles recognizes Satan as the more immediate temptation behind David's decision. Both views are correct.
In the end, God used David's sinful desires to bring judgment for sin upon the nation of Israel. But good also came from these sad events: Because of what happened here, the site was acquired where the temple eventually would be built.

Today's reading is from theNIV Quest Study Bible
by Zondervan

This unique Bible addresses the common, uncommon, and perplexing questions people ask about Scripture.

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