Saturday, October 05, 2013

Sat Oct 5th Todays News

Obama got lost on his way to the Asia Pacific conference and sent Kerry instead. There is no news of Kerry demanding Australia free its captured jihadists for peace. There is also no news of Obama doing anything useful while he is collecting his pay checks during the government shut down in the US. Panicking that he would never break into this news cycle, NSW Opposition leader John Robertson, publicly stated he refused a bribe from murdered businessman McGurk shortly before McGurk's death. It is alleged that an ALP donor ordered the hit on McGurk. Robertson is claiming he was offered $3 million for the sale of Currawong, something Robertson did not own. Robertson then proceeded not to tell the police or the ICAC. But, Robertson gushes, he was shocked at the offer he didn't report. Small wonder Robertson was shocked. Eddie Obeid is alleged to have been behind $500 million in corrupt dealings. Why would the union man accept a corrupt pay cut?
No one knows where corruption in the ALP will end. Or when. However, there needs to be an inquiry into AGW alarmism which has cost the world many trillions of dollars. How is the ALP involved in it? How is the ALP involved in the corruption of the immigration process? Is the ALP safe from accusation that it is not profiting from corruption involved in identifying as Australian Aboriginal? Think of the ALP corruption for a moment, and extend it to the US and ask if Obama has made Libyans safer with his shelling of Libya?

Happy birthday and many happy returns Marishka SosinPerdomo Aldo  and Thu Vo. Born on the same day, across they years, along with
1338 – Alexios III of Trebizond (d. 1390)
1641 – Françoise-Athénaïs, marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (d. 1707)
1713 – Denis Diderot, French philosopher (d. 1784)
1858 – Helen Churchill Candee, American author and journalist, survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 1949)
1864 – Louis Lumière, French director and producer (d. 1948)
1901 – John Alton, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
1936 – Václav Havel, Czech politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic (d. 2011)
1943 – Steve Miller, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Steve Miller Band)
1951 – Bob Geldof, Irish singer-songwriter, actor, and author (The Boomtown Rats)
1967 – Guy Pearce, English-Australian actor and singer
1975 – Kate Winslet, English actress and singer
1991 – Betty Who, Australian singer-songwriter
456 – The Visigoths under king Theodoric II, acting on orders of the Roman emperor Avitus, invade Iberia with an army of BurgundiansFranks and Goths, led by the kings Chilperic I and Gondioc. They defeat the Suebi under kingRechiar on the river Urbicus near Astorga (Gallaecia).
869 – The Fourth Council of Constantinople is convened to decide about what to do about patriarch Photius ofConstantinople.
1450 – Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria.
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in ItalyPoland,Portugal and Spain.
1789 – French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVIabout his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris.
1793 – French RevolutionChristianity is disestablished in France.
1905 – Wilbur Wright pilots Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
1914 – World War I: first aerial combat resulting in an intentional fatality.
1921 – Baseball: The World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time.
1938 – In Nazi Germany Jews’ passports were invalidated, and those who needed a passport for emigration purposes were given one marked with the letter J (Jude – Jew).
1943 – 98 American POW's executed by Japanese forces on Wake Island.
1944 – Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German jet fighter over France.
1953 – The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held.
1969 – The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC One.
2001 – Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.
578 – Justin II, Byzantine emperor (b. 520)
1565 – Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician (b. 1522)
1791 – Grigori Potemkin, Russian military leader and statesman (b. 1739)
1918 – Roland Garros, French pilot (b. 1888)
1927 – Sam Warner, American film producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (b. 1887)
2004 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor (b. 1921)
2011 – Steve Jobs, American businessman, co-founder and of Apple Inc. (b. 1955)

Rise of the feral

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (12:28pm)

The rise of a feral underclass will become one of our most urgent social challenges - and one requiring a very different moral language than we’ve used in creating such fecklessness:

A REVELLER says he feared for his safety when a party on a suburban street exploded into violence in Melbourne’s southeast last night.
At least 70 police, the dog squad and air wing were called to quell the chaos after more than 400 people turned up to an event at an unoccupied home in Glen Waverley.
Teenagers attacked two police cars with beer bottles, with up two five people each jumping on the officers’ vehicles, smashing a windscreen.
And also in Victoria - and today’s papers:
Over the past week there has been an outbreak of drive-by shootings and hurling of explosives.
Ten firearms have been seized in 14 raids by police on bikie properties and 10 Hells Angels and Comancheros have been arrested on firearms, drugs, explosives, blackmail, extortion and assault charges.
Seven of those arrested remain in custody…
Tensions between bikie gangs have escalated to unprecedented levels down the whole east coast of Australia. Bikies from NSW have poured into the Gold Coast as turf wars rage, leading to the setting up of a national anti-gang body in Queensland.


What “help” does Iran intend to give these boat people?

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (9:52am)

Lebanon’s Daily Star reports that some of the “asylum seekers” on the boat which sank 50m from an Indonesian beach have decided to go back home:

Following talks with the Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Jakarta, caretaker State Minister Ahmad Karami who is heading a Lebanese official delegation to Indonesia said ... he will try to ascertain the exact number of missing before he returns to Lebanon…
The delegation, which also includes Lebanon’s Higher Relief Committee head Ibrahim Bashir, held a news conference in Jakarta in the presence of seven Lebanese survivors.
Eighteen people will leave to Beirut tomorrow [Saturday]. As for the [seven] attending the conference with us, they will return with us on Monday,” Karami told reporters.
Clearly not fleeing persecution then.
But what help does Iran have in mind?
Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Roknabadi said following talks with caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour that Tehran was “fully prepared to provide any assistance” to Lebanon in the wake of the boat tragedy.
(Thanks to reader Fern.) 


So you can choose to identify as Aboriginal, after all

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (9:31am)

Free speech, The politics of race
I was lectured in a court room that people don’t or can’t choose their Aboriginality and it was racist for me to argue they could choose instead to identify as, say, part-Aboriginal, part-European or just “human being”, race irrelevant.
Someone should tell the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

Over two-thirds (70% or 65,500 people) of the total increase in the Census count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (93,300) between 2006 and 2011 can be accounted for by demographic factors of population change (that is, births, deaths and overseas migration). This means that 30% (27,800 people) of the total increase in the Census count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cannot be explained by demographic factors…
The vast majority (90% or 83,100) of the 93,300 increase in the count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between 2006 and 2011 occurred in non-remote areas. Of this, just over two-thirds (67% or 62,400) of the increase was in New South Wales and Queensland.
A change in people’s propensity to identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin is found to be a significant contributor to the increase in counts of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people which cannot be attributed to measurable demographic factors. In particular, the large increase in the count of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children aged 5-14 years in 2011 has been driven by a greater propensity of their parents to identify themselves and their children as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the 2011 Census when compared to the 2006 Census.
(Thanks to reader hlr.)
Reader Blair says it’s even stranger:

What’s interesting is that the ABS does not ask respondents whether they identify as Aborigines or Torres Strait Islanders but only if they identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. So if part of your ancestral tree included Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander forebears and the remainder non-Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander forebears then you would correctly identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Islander origin. And if your ancestral tree included only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander forebears then again you would correctly identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Islander origin. But the ABS effectively defines Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as those who are simply of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, irrespective of their genetic make-up and whether they themselves identify as Aborigines or Torres Strait Islanders. 
“This means that 30% (27,800 people) of the total increase in the Census count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cannot be explained by demographic factors… ”
It makes as much sense to do this as it is to ask Australians if they identify as being of Scottish origin and then define those who acknowledge their Scottish ancestry as Scottish people.


Did Obama really make Libyans safer?

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (9:00am)

Barack Obama praises the US-led “liberation” of Libya:

“In Libya, when the Security Council provided a mandate to protect civilians,” Obama said at the UN “America joined a coalition that took action. Because of what we did there, countless lives were saved, and a tyrant could not kill his way back to power."”
But now:
[Al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb] is seeking to make use of Libya’s post-revolutionary chaos, and weapons from Muammar Qaddafi’s former arsenal, to create an “arc of instability” across the Sahara and the Sahel. It provides help and advice to jihadist organisations from Boko Haram in Nigeria to the Shabab in Somalia… AQIM still has bases in northern Niger and southern Libya. And since the Ansar al-Sharia attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others a year ago, some of the more violent Libyan militias have been drifting under its sway. A Libyan intelligence official reportedly likened it to “a swarm of bees” finding their way to a new queen.
This week:

At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa… The boat was believed to have been carrying up to 500 people at the time.. Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said the ship had come from Misrata in Libya...


Carbon tax will go, confirm balance-of-power Senators

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (8:32am)

Does Labor really intend to go to the next election promising to bring back a great big useless tax on people’s power bills?
TONY Abbott will have the numbers to scrap the carbon and mining taxes from July next year after the Palmer United Party and three crossbench senators confirmed they would back his mandate, eliminating the threat of a double-dissolution election.
As the Prime Minister won support to repeal Labor’s carbon pricing regime, he said the Greens’ loss of the balance of power in the upper house was a “great political achievement for the Coalition”.


Abbott warns Palmer

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (8:18am)

Tony Abbott’s warning to Clive Palmer and his three Senators is very nicely put:

Hopefully people like Clive will have learnt the lesson of the last parliament which is, if you get elected as a conservative and then act like a socialist, you get punished by the electors.

Paul Kelly on a snake-oil salesman:
(Clive) Palmer has won three Senate places for a six-year term. The coming test is whether he is serious. Will he have the time and patience to build a coherent party having got 5.5 per cent of the national vote from a standing start? The Palmer persona, media profile and money are critical. Most election analysts say that in the final few days Palmer spent more money than the Labor Party. And Labor was the government. If Palmer works at his political ambitions will he lift that vote to 6-8 per cent next election and double his senators? That option cannot be dismissed. If realised, it will change politics.
The alternative scenario is that the three Palmer senators who have little in common may finish as de facto independents because the party cannot hold together, since its only binding factor is Palmer loyalty and that won’t be enough…
Expect the media, with its penchant for promoting “larger-than-life” figures, to give Palmer huge publicity. Expect Palmer to revive his talk about becoming PM. Watch him thrive on the old Joh Bjelke-Petersen principle that any publicity is good publicity.
(Thanks to readers Peter and Tony.) 


Out steps this Pope from the Camp of the Saints

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (7:59am)

The tragedy is great, but the self-reproach seems absurd:

Pope Francis has described the sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Italy as a “disgrace”.
‘‘The word disgrace comes to me,’’ the Pope said during an audience, calling for prayers on behalf of the dead and their families. ‘‘Let us unite our efforts so that similar tragedies do not happen again. Only a decided collaboration among all can help to stop them.’’
The ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized on Thursday off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 133 people as hundreds were dumped into the sea, officials said.
In fact, the boat people may have set fire to their own vessel:

It is thought that some of those on board set fire to a piece of material to try to attract the attention of passing ships, only to have the fire spread to the rest of the boat.

There is much to admire in this Pope and much to regret in this drowning. But the Pope’s reaction reminds me of the Jean Raspail’s brilliant and brutally confronting 1971 satire (or indictment), Camp of the Saints, describing how Europe, frozen with self-loathing, greets an Armada of one million boat people sailing in to help itself to the riches of the West:

Then, after a while, there were too many poor. Altogether too many. Folk you didn’t even know. Not even from here. Just nameless people. Swarming all over. And so terribly clever! Spreading through cities, and houses, and homes. Worming their way by the thousands, in thousands of foolproof ways. Through the slits in your mailboxes, begging for help, with their frightful pictures bursting from envelopes day after day, claiming their due in the name of some organization or other. Slithering in. Through newspapers, radio, churches, through this faction or that, until they were all around you, wherever you looked. Whole countries full, bristling with poignant appeals, pleas that seemed more like threats, and not begging now for linen, but for checks to their account. And in time it got worse. Soon you saw them on television, hordes of them, churning up, dying by the thousands, and nameless butchery became a feature, a continuous show, with its masters of ceremonies and its full-time hucksters. The poor had overrun the earth. Self-reproach was the order of the day; happiness, a sign of decadence. Any pleasure? Beneath discussion. Even in Monsieur Calgues’ s own village, if you did try to give some good linen away, they would just think you were being condescending. No, charity couldn’t allay your guilt. It could only make you feel meaner and more ashamed. And so, on that day he remembered so well, the professor had shut up his cupboards and chests, his cellar and larder, closed them once and for all to the outside world. The very same day that the last pope had sold out the Vatican.
Treasures, library, paintings, frescoes, tiara, furniture, statues — yes, the pontiff had sold it all, as Christendom cheered, and the most high-strung among them, caught up in the contagion, had wondered if they shouldn’t go do likewise, and turn into paupers as well. Useless heroics in the eternal scheme of things. He had thrown it all into a bottomless pit: it didn’t take care of so much as the rural budget of Pakistan for a single year! Morally, he had only proved how rich he really was, like some maharaja dispossessed by official decree. The Third World was quick to throw it up to him, and in no time at all he had fallen from grace. From that moment on, His Holiness had rattled around in a shabby, deserted palace, stripped to the walls by his own design. And he died, at length, in his empty chambers, in a plain iron bed, between a kitchen table and three wicker chairs, like any simple priest from the outskirts of town. Too bad, no crucifixion on demand before an assembled throng. The new pope had been elected at about the time Monsieur Calgues retired. One man, wistfully taking his place on the Vatican’s throne of straw. The other one, back in his village to stay, with only one thought: to enjoy to the fullest his earthly possessions, here in the setting that suited him best ... So thank God for the tender ham, and the fragrant bread, and the lightly chilled wine! And let’s drink to the bygone world, and to those who can still feel at home in it all!
While the old man sat there, eating and drinking, savoring swallow after swallow, he set his eyes wandering over the spacious room. A time-consuming task, since his glance stopped to linger on everything it touched, and since every confrontation was a new act of love. Now and then his eyes would fill with tears, but they were tears of joy. Each object in this house proclaimed the dignity of those who had lived here — their discretion, their propriety, their reserve, their taste for those solid traditions that one generation can pass on to the next, so long as it still takes pride in itself. And the old man’s soul was in everything, too. In the fine old bindings, the rustic benches, the Virgin carved in wood, the big cane chairs, the hexagonal tiles, the beams in the ceiling, the ivory crucifix with its sprig of dried boxwood, and a hundred other things as well ... It’s man’s things that really define him, far more than the play of ideas; which is why the Western World had come to lose its self-respect, and why it was clogging the highways at that very moment, fleeing north in droves, no doubt vaguely aware that it was already doomed, done in by its over-secretion, as it were, of ugly monstrosities no longer worth defending. Could that, perhaps, have been one explanation?
Help yourself:
ASYLUM-SEEKERS have asked doctors for breast enlargements, IVF treatment and botox, according to the former director of medical health services for Australia’s offshore asylum processing network.
Ling Yoong, who helped set up medical services on Nauru and Manus Island and worked on Christmas Island, said the cosmetic operations were requested when asylum-seekers underwent other regular medical checks and necessary treatment.
Greg Sheridan asks the moral posturers how many tens of thousands of boat people do they want?
The people-smugglers work in part through dramatic media events, framing narratives of despair, often fraudulent, to invoke compassion. In this emotional manipulation of public opinion they have a raft of enthusiastic, indeed loving, advocates in the Australian media and policy establishment…
To take almost random examples, last Thursday on ABC Local radio’s The Conversation Hour in Victoria, three guests - an educator, an author and a psychiatrist - were united in their view that the two main parties had presented election policies of determined “cruelty” to asylum-seekers, that the parties were peddling hatred and that the nation would be traumatised by such cruelty and hatred…
No one has helped mislead the debate more than [Julian] Burnside and [Malcolm] Fraser, both awarded a kind of Talmudic scholar status by the ABC and the Fairfax press. Two of the most preposterous egos in Australian public life, each garlands himself in the undeserved raiments of moral greatness....
Both Burnside and Fraser implied Australian moral responsibility for drownings at sea. This also is against all known facts. The Australian navy and Customs authorities are heroic in their devotion to saving lives at sea. This bizarre mindset reached a kind of apotheosis last week when Australian authorities were regarded in some circles as responsible for drownings that took place 50m - yes, 50m - from the Indonesian shore.
There are a series of facts that illegal immigrant advocates never confront. Among them: the trade now is hugely one of illegal immigration rather than refugee flows, as the rise of middle-class Iranians flying to Jakarta and buying passage on a boat evidenced. People are seeking an affluent life in Australia rather than shelter from persecution…
Similarly, those favouring soft policies offer no numerical limit on how many illegal arrivals Australia should resettle. Yet there are 40 million displaced persons in the world. If any of them who can physically get to Australia are allowed to stay permanently, why would there not be millions more coming, and indeed millions more on top of that pretending to refugee status? 
(Thanks to reader Gab.) 


ABC’s asylum seekers become just migrants in Italy

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (7:17am)

The ABC reports two similar tragedies in one week, but uses different names for the victims.
First, here’s how the ABC refers to those who drowned trying to get to Australia:

Survivors from an asylum seeker boat that sank off Indonesia say the boat returned to land after it hit trouble in rough seas and sank only 50 metres from the shore.

Survivors of an asylum seeker boat that sank off Indonesia say Australian rescue authorities told them help was on the way, but it never came…
At least 28 asylum seekers have been found alive, but local authorities fear about 80 people were on the boat… The Australian Government says it was aware that an asylum seeker vessel had foundered in Indonesian waters close to West Java.
And again:

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrision has again denied Australian rescue organisations delayed their response to emergency message from an asylum seeker boat of Indonesia. Mr Morrision has spoken to the media after his visit to Papua New Guinea last week and news of the sinking of an asylum seeker boat off Indonesia...
But when a boat sinks off Italy, those on board are described by the ABC not as “asylum seekers” but - more accurately - as migrants:
BARBARA MILLER: The boat is thought to have set sail from Libya, a route migrants in their thousands risk each year. Some flee war or persecution, some simply yearn for a better life.
The ABC again:

Italy has declared a national day of mourning after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank… The boat had set sail from Libya, a route thousands of migrants take each year to try and reach the European Union…
The island of Lampedusa is closer to Africa than it is to the Italian mainland and each year thousands of migrants from Libya and other parts of north Africa try to reach its shores… Human Rights Watch spokeswoman Judith Sunderland agrees the European Union needs to do more to help migrant vessels in distress ... The stream of migrants is a humanitarian and political problem for the Italian government.
Migrants who arrive in Italy are allowed to apply for asylum. Many are ordered to leave the country but slip away to become illegal immigrants...
And again:
Eerie vision has emerged of the wreck of an African migrant boat which sank off the coast of Italy...
Yes, the tragedies are the main issue here. But why the different language? Why the more emotive and less accurate “asylum seekers” when describing migrants trying to come illegally to Australia?
The language is important, because it conditions our response to such drownings. Is the response really - as is now suggested by some Italian politicians and religious figures - to stop the drownings simply by offering tens of thousands of illegal migrants safe entry? What are borders worth then?
(Thanks to reader Charles.) 


IPCC snaps the link between wild weather and global warming

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (7:00am)

Global warming - dud predictions
I’ve noted in an earlier post that the latest IPCC report concedes there is little evidence to link global warming to extreme weather events and even admits its past warnings of more droughts were “overstated”.

The report is like watching global warming alarmists swallow a chill pill.
Anthony Watts agrees, and says the IPCC report finally snaps the link:
There’s simply no connection between droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes and “climate change”.
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr quotes the findings of the IPCC AR5 WGI Chapter 2 on extremes:
“Overall, the most robust global changes in climate extremes are seen in measures of daily temperature, including to some extent, heat waves. Precipitation extremes also appear to be increasing, but there is large spatial variability”
“There is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century”
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century … No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin”
“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”
“In summary, there is low confidence in observed trends in small-scale severe weather phenomena such as hail and thunderstorms because of historical data inhomogeneities and inadequacies in monitoring systems”
“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 due to lack of direct observations, geographical inconsistencies in the trends, and dependencies of inferred trends on the index choice. 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”
“In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low”
Pielke concludes:
Of course, I have no doubts that claims will still be made associating floods, drought, hurricanes and tornadoes with human-caused climate change — Zombie science — but I am declaring victory in this debate. Climate campaigners would do their movement a favor by getting themselves on the right side of the evidence.
(My bold.) 


Unspinning the IPCC alarmism

Andrew Bolt October 05 2013 (6:29am)

Global warming - propaganda
Dr. Don J. Easterbrook, Professor of Geology, Western Washington University:

From the IPCC 2013 Report

After all these years, IPCC still doesn’t get it—we’ve been thawing out from the Little Ice Age for several hundred years but still are not yet back to pre-Little Ice Age temperatures that prevailed for 90% of the past 10,000 years…
Their misrepresentation of data is ridiculous…
[The] IPCC report purports to show warming of 0.5°C (0.9°F) since 1980, yet surface temperature measurements indicate no warming over the past 17 years ... and satellite temperature data shows the August 13 temperature only 0.12°C (0.21°F) above the 1908 temperature (Spencer, 2013). IPCC shows a decadal warming of 0.6°C (1°F) since 1980 but the temperature over the past decade has actually cooled, not warmed…

From the IPCC Report
There just isn’t any nice way to say this—it’s is an outright lie. A vast published literature exists showing that recent warming is not only not unusual, but more intense warming has occurred many times in the past centuries and millennia. As a reviewer of the IPCC report, I called this to their attention, so they cannot have been unaware of it. For example, more than 20 periods of warming in the past five centuries can be found in the Greenland GISP2 ice core (Fig. 3) (Easterbrook, 2011), the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods were warmer than recent warming (Fig. 4), and about 90% of the past 10,000 years were warmer than present (Fig. 5).

Figure. 3. More than 20 periods of warming in the past 500 years. (Greenland GISP2 ice core, Easterbrook, 2011)

Figure 4. Temperatures of the Medieval and Roman Warm Periods were higher than recent temperatures.

Figure 5. ~90 of temperatures during the past 10,000 years were significantly warmer than recent warming.
(Cuffy and Clow, 1997; Alley, 2000)…
From the 2013 IPCC Report

This is a gross misrepresentation of data. The Antarctic ice sheet has not been losing mass—the East Antarctic ice sheet, which contains about 90% of the world’s fresh water, is not melting–it’s growing! The same is true for Antarctic shelf ice. The only part of Antarctica that may be losing ice is the West Antarctic Peninsula, which contains less than 10% of Antarctic ice. Temperature records at the South Pole show no warming since records began in 1957.
Some melting has occurred in Greenland during the 1978-1998 warming, but that is not at all unusual. Temperatures in Greenland were warmer in the 1930s than during the recent warming…
Arctic sea ice declined during the 1978-1998 warm period, but has waxed and waned in this way with every period of warming and cooling so that is not in any way unusual. Arctic sea ice expanded by 60% in 2013.... The total extent of global sea ice has not diminished in recent decades.
The statement that Northern Hemisphere snow cover has “continued to decrease in extent extent” is false… Snow extent in the Northern Hemisphere shows no decline since 1967 and five of the six snowiest winters have occurred since 2003 (Fig. 7).

Figure 7. Snow extent in the Northern Hemisphere since 1967.


Did David Marr describe what he saw or wished to see?

Andrew Bolt October 04 2013 (7:11pm)

Goodness. If I made this many errors in a single sentence Marr would call me a liar and not a journalist’s bootlace.
What David Marr wrote about Cardinal George Pell’s arrival at the Victorian Parliament on 27 May 2013:

No one rose when the cardinal entered. He was in civvies: black suit, white shirt, no jewellery. He took his place on one side of a long table with the politicians ranged along the other.
In fact:
Cardinal Pell was dressed in a black clerical suit, a white clerical shirt and collar and was wearing a bishop’s cross and a bishop’s ring. In other words, every statement in a single Marr sentence is wrong.
I confess I can’t see the cross, but can the ring and the clerical suit and collar.
More Marr errors and sneers at the link. 


Mark Scott hates what The Chaser did to Chris Kenny but does nothing about it

Andrew Bolt October 04 2013 (6:41pm)

Don’t blame Mark Scott or expect him to formally apologise, uphold complaints or prevent such a foul thing from happening again. After all, he’s just the boss, so his hands are tied:
ABC managing director Mark Scott has expressed his displeasure at The Hamster Decides’ sketch pillorying The Australian’s columnist Chris Kenny.
In an interview on Melbourne’s ABC774, Mr Scott said he thought The Chaser’s sketch depicting the columnist and ABC critic Kenny with a dog was “full-on”, “tasteless”, “undergraduate” and “personally I didn’t like it”.
“I can understand Chris Kenny and his family being upset by it (the Chaser sketch) and I’m sorry about that,” he said.
His quasi-apology comes on the day the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs unit will notify complainants of the result of its investigation into the skit. The Australian understands that assessment will conclude the skit was likely to offend but was justified by the editorial context.
The sketch’s strong nature was consistent with the style of The Chaser comedy team, a style well-known to the audience of the program.
And that was indeed the finding of the ABC.
But “consistent with”, as I’ve argued before, is a weasel’s defence that would excuse the ABC broadcasting even Holocaust jokes from a neo-Nazi group as long as these “jokes” were consistent with the group’s past anti-Semitism.
The ABC needs reform, and if that proves impossible it should be privatised. 


The Summers cackle

Andrew Bolt October 04 2013 (6:26pm)

Gerard Henderson on one of the most startling things about Julia Gillard’s talks last week in Sydney and Melbourne, hosted by Anne Summers:
And then there was the SUMMERS LAUGH. Some of Julia Gillard’s responses were amusing – but that was about it. Yet Dr Summers laughed loud and long at many questions. And then she laughed at the many answers. And then she appeared on occasions to laugh at the gaps between the questions and the answers…
Nancy is deaf and she slept through the Summers LOL experience at the Sydney Opera House as covered by ABC News 24. But the Summers LOL experience was even louder at the Melbourne Town Hall which was covered by Sky News. So Nancy awoke – as she does whenever a trumpet is loudly blown down her left ear. If you doubt this story, have a listen to the recording of a compilation of the best of Dr Summers loudest LOL moments in Melbourne last Tuesday.
Listen here. Warning: turn down volume before clicking link.
Henderson notes how the ABC, which broadcast the first event, let itself be used to flog commercial ventures of the Left:

The show ("Running time 90 minutes; no interval") had Fifth Quadrant as the official event partner. The occasion was introduced by Fifth Quadrant’s CEO Catriona Wallace… ABC News 24 claimed exclusive rights for the Sydney Opera House event. It turned out to be an occasion for Fifth Quadrant to advertise its wares on the advertisement-free ABC…
Later on Dr Summers (for a doctor she is – in both Sydney and Melbourne) used the occasion to flog her digital magazine Anne Summers Reports on the advertisement-free ABC.
Also from Henderson’s particularly lively Media Watch Dog this update on Chip Rolley, like his partner Anne Summers a beneficiary of ABC largesse and participant in its group-think:

Last Friday’s The Drum on ABC News 24 ... [discussed] asylum seekers on the eve of Prime Minister Abbott’s visit to Indonesia – presenter Scott Bevan essentially agreed with Peter Black who essentially agreed with Chip Rolley who essentially agreed with Sarah Le Marquand who essentially agreed with Scott Bevan that Abbott’s policy was in big trouble…
This is what Chip Rolley had to say about Tony Abbott’s claim that the asylum seeker issue was a “passing irritant” in the Australia-Indonesia relationship:

Chip Rolley: I do think he [Tony Abbott] needs to work on his language, though. I mean, “passing irritant” makes me think of irritable bowel syndrome. [Chip Rolley laughs loudly at his own joke]]
Chip Rolley: Just a thought.
Scott Bevan: That paints quite a picture for us. Thanks very much.
Chip Rolley: That’s what I’m here for.
Yes, we know. Chip Rolley went on to predict that the Prime Minister’s visit to Indonesia this week would be a “flash-point in the relationship between Indonesia and Australia”. How about that?
How much longer can ABC boss Mark Scott pretend there is not a suffocating bias on the ABC? How long can the Abbott Government let him get away with this fantasy - or deceit? 


Kevin thinks one Rudd is barely enough

Andrew Bolt October 04 2013 (6:12pm)

Simon Benson hears rumors of Kevin Rudd being his usual constructive self:

The other rumour doing the rounds is that Kevin Rudd has said he would be prepared to quit Parliament if Labor officials find a seat for his daughter Jessica. However, a source said that while Kevin was certainly lobbying for his daughter, he wasn’t about to leave.
Apparently, Rudd told a colleague at the first caucus meeting after the election that “as long as those “c…s” continue to call for me to go, I’m not going anywhere.”
What precisely are Jessica Rudd’s qualifications to be an MP exactly? Other than that her father was the Prime Minister.
Labor - the party for the well-connected. 


The Left started this history war. Conservatives will just liberate the occupied territory

Andrew Bolt October 04 2013 (5:46pm)

If academics change the teaching of history to suit the Left, that’s called reforming the curriculum. In fact, it’s considered so normal it usually passes without comment.
But if conservatives wish to strip history teaching of some of the worst of Leftist ideology, that’s called a “culture war” or a “history war” and must be resisted.
Here’s another example of this it’s-only-OK-if-we-do-it double standard, this time from Ruth Morgan, lecturer in Australian History at Monash University:
Over the past 12 months, the Coalition has signalled its intent to review the teaching of Australian history in the nation’s schools..
If historians are set to return to the trenches, what better time for the latest interpretations of Australia’s history from the nation’s leading scholars to appear?
Under the guidance of Professors Macintyre and Alison Bashford of the University of Sydney, the Cambridge History of Australia brings together the work of over 60 historians to present a “state of the field” of Australian history writing in the 21st century… Five years after the apology to the Stolen Generations, and on the eve of the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli, the contributors respond to the ongoing tensions between past and present from post-colonial, feminist, cultural, transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives.
But don’t think that these contributors, working “under the guidance” of Macintyre, a former member of the Communist Party and persecutor of conservative historian Geoffrey Blainey to get history taught from “post-colonial, feminist, cultural, transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives” have been waging a “history war”. Deary me, no. Wars are only what wicked conservatives start. 

Miguel, who is nationally renowned for his co-hosting role on The Living Room TV show on Channel 10, will be cooking four of his famous signature dishes including paella and churros. Miguel, originally from Spain, has worked in premier kitchens around the world, has opened his own restaurant ‘El Toro Loco’, and has had several TV appearances on shows such as MasterChef.

A winner of Council’s competition will also get the chance to win Miguel’s book and meet him in person!

This is Culinary Carnivale’s third year and it is expected to topple last year’s record of 7000 visitors.

Fairfield City Centre’s Spencer St will be transformed into a colourful street party that will feature five-hours of Spanish and Latin American-inspired food, music and entertainment.

Festival goers’ tastebuds will particularly enjoy a variety of food such as churros, empanadas, paella and caramel-infused pastries.

BOOBS Billboard

BONDS is putting boobs on a billboard like you’ve never seen them before.
Motorists on the Tullamarine Freeway are being driven to distraction by a huge sign that screams “BOOBS” in the style of the Bonds logo.
The billboard, near the Bulla Road exit, is one of several to appear around the country, including in Sydney and Brisbane.
The mysterious but eye-catching ads have prompted excitement on social media, with several Melburnians taking to Instagram to post photos of the eye-catching billboard.


A WOMAN shot to death by police outside the Capitol building after she tried to drive through barricades outside the White House held the delusional belief that the President Barack Obama was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said.
The official had been briefed on the investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity.
A harrowing car chase unfolded on Friday, Australian time, after the driver rammed the barricades, briefly shuttering the chambers where federal lawmakers were debating how to end a government shutdown and stirred fresh panic in a city where a gunman two weeks ago killed 12 people.
The driver, 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Connecticut, is believed to have travelled directly to Washington immediately before the car chase, the official said. A one-year-old girl was in the car, though she avoided serious injury and was taken into protective custody.

Miriam Carey
A lot of voters had similar delusions - ed

Pastor Rick Warren
Legendary Cat Stevens dropped by to see me today while I was studying at home for a sermon.
#PEACEtrain #Moonshadow#TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest #WildWorld#MorningHasBroken

Holly Sarah Nguyen
There are no promises that life will be easy and pain free, but Jesus promised to walk every step with us and carry us when we were to weak to walk, just like how I hold my baby boy 

The lonely Bachelor had been told they would never be satisfied until they knew what "one and one is." Being rich, he called in professional help. A Pure Mathematician, An Applied Mathematician, A Physicist, an Accountant and a female university student. Pure Mathematician knew there was an answer, and could prove it, but didn't know what it was. Applied Mathematician thought the answer was five, but didn't want to be quoted on it without an analysis of Fourier series. The Physicist said the answer was three with a precision of plus or minus 5. The accountant said unless they had the paper work for one they could not legally compute the answer. The university student studied the Bachelor and said "I could make you rich." - ed

To celebrate The International Naval Review in Sydney I show you a new textile design by me - Katz Designer Textiles - 'Banksia Ahoy'#textiledesign #fabricdesign #surfacedesign#interiordesign #australiandesign #navalreview#graphicdesign #designer #botanical #cushion#cushiondesign #contemporary #art #banksia#katzdesignertextiles #kirstenkatz

With breathless anticipation huge crowd awaits unveiling of new Julia Gillard statue

It's all happening folks !!!
This is where I live- Rose Bay.
Shark Island in the background.
Milk Beach in top left hand corner.
Ships are heading towards Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Daniel Katz

“Don’t think I am just a beauty queen,” Yityish Aynaw, the 22-year-old Ethiopian-born beauty, declared from the bimah at Ohr HaTorah last Shabbat. With sass and a smile, she crowed, “I was a commander in the Israeli army.”
It comes as no surprise that the woman now known as “Miss Israel” is more than just a docile dish. “People who know me, they don’t see me only as a beauty queen, because they know who I am,” she said during an interview at her hotel on Sept. 29.
Aynaw (pronounced ay-NOW) was in Los Angeles as part of a four-city tour with the Rev. Ronald V. Myers, a doctor/preacher/jazz musician who created the National Juneteenth Observance movement, whose aim is to inaugurate an official legal holiday honoring the end of slavery. Myers told me he sees Juneteenth as a day of reconciliation and healing, “the African-American Yom Kippur.”
So imagine how agog he was when he discovered that Miss Israel is black. He invited her to the United States, he said, so he and fellow black Christians could “connect with their Hebrew roots.”
“She’s bringing us all together,” Myers said at the Little Ethiopia Cultural and Resource Center on Fairfax Avenue, one of the Sabbath day tour stops, this one honoring “Titi” — as Aynaw is known in Israel — with a traditional Ethiopian dance performance. “Many African-Americans do not know that there are black Jews, that we have a common history,” he added. When Myers first learned about Aynaw’s story, he was bothered that her plight was so private.
“Why doesn’t anybody know what Israel did to rescue Ethiopian Jews?” he wondered. “It’s like a secret.”

<...And they claim that Morocco is the face of moderate Islam ?>
Moroccan police have arrested a teenage boy and girl for posting a photo on  of them kissing, with the incident provoking a slew of copycats, a rights organisation has said. 

"It involves a teenage boy and his girlfriend. They were arrested on Thursday for violating public decency by posting a photo of them kissing" in the northeastern town of Nador, said Chakib al-Khayari, president of the Rif Association of Human Rights, yesterday. 

The photograph was taken outside the high school where the two are students. 

The young couple are being held in the juvenile detention centre in Nador, where a sit-in has begun to demand their release, Khayari said. 

The incident has caused such a stir among young people that a number of other couples have posted similar photos on their Facebook pages. 

A local official contacted by AFP confirmed the arrests, but declined to comment. 

Khayari said the pair are to appear before a juvenile  judge next Friday.
Those kids .. it begins with kissing .. goes to fighting .. their boys are highly strung ,, ed


Watermelon art

Downtime — at Scenic World Blue Mountains.


Lundy Creek in the Fall, with the aspen trees showing their bright color array. was very cold too!
 — at Lundy Lake.

Iran's Nuclear Timetable
September 18, 2013
• By using the approximately 9,200 first-generation centrifuges operating at its Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant, Iran could theoretically produce enough weapon-grade uranium to fuel a single nuclear warhead in about 1.6 months.
• The more advanced centrifuges being installed at Natanz would allow Iran to produce weapon-grade uranium more quickly.
• Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium is now sufficient, after further enrichment, to fuel approximately six nuclear warheads.

Iranian Crude may be Vital as Global Producers Fail to Meet Targets
By Dave Summers | Thu, 03 October 2013

One man’s lonely, friendless trudge down the mean streets of Manhattan. One woman’s loved up festival of adoration at the Sydney Opera House. Are these to be the last snaps on the final page of the Rudd and Gillard governments’ family photograph album, the ones that set their respective images for ever?
History — at least of the first draft variety — is recasting what until just days ago seemed the verities of Labor’s recent revolving-door prime ministers. Kevin Rudd was supposed to be popular, a brilliant campaigner and the Labor party’s saviour. Julia Gillard was supposed to be hated, wooden and the single-handed destroyer of Labor’s primary vote.
Suddenly there’s a reversal. Rudd is the unpopular dud campaigner who dragged Labor’s primary vote down to its lowest level since the early 1930s. Gillard is the adored, charming Opera House interviewee who looks like she could well have fronted a winning campaign. What the hell happened, and will it stick?
Last year a long-time journalist with direct, close experience of Rudd buttonholed one of his key advisers (think balding, moustachioed) and pressed him on why he was working so hard to get Rudd up when he had to know he was a flake. Don’t worry, came the response — we only have to hold him together for five weeks. The length of a federal election campaign was the implication. The journalist was shocked at the extreme cynicism of it. The balding, moustachioed adviser probably got a shock of his own, as did other Rudd backers, when Rudd failed to capitalise on his restoration and call a snap election — his best chance of leading Labor to victory in 2013.
And for a moment there, when Rudd won the June leadership ballot, there was a small but real chance that he could. His smile had not yet cracked, his shtick had not yet palled, his policy incoherence had not yet manifested in glorious missteps like the Northern Territory special economic zone and moving the navy to Brisvegas. But instead of calling the election immediately as anyone who was anyone in the ALP urged him to do, he dithered. He hung about. He did some more photo opps. He went to Afghanistan. He’d do anything — anything but go to the people and risk his hold on the ‘C1’ number plate he’d only just got back.
When it comes to election timing, Rudd’s got the moves of a ballroom dancer with two right feet. This was the second time he’d foiled possible victory for Labor, the previous being 2010 when colleagues universally urged him to call a February election in the wake of the failure of the Copenhagen climate change talks. He dragged his heels then and a few months later lost the leadership. He dragged his heels this time and lost the election.


At Convict Lake Resort, Mammoth Lakes, California.

The US Government has shut down thanks to much political maturity and reasonable behavior over the rollout of theAffordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) and some of the victims are the 401 wonderful National Parks which have been closed and will be cleared out over the next few days.
Today marks the 123rd anniversary of California's Yosemite National Park, and thanks to this shutdown, we're not even allowed to visit to drop off a birthday cake. In 1890, with the help of John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, President Benjamin Harrison  signed a bill declaring Yosemite a National Park.
So since you can't physically visit the magnificent home of Half Dome, El Capitan, and giant sequoia trees, I thought it would be a nice tribute to show off a handful of beautiful Yosemite photographs from Redbubble artists.


As the ram said, it is all about ewe

Welcome the weekend with another photo of this gorgeous Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring perfect for a princess ....
Basij boys.jpg

In his speech on Tuesday before the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried to get the Americans to stop their collective swooning at the sight of an Iranian president who smiled in their general direction.

"Ladies and gentlemen," the premier warned, "I wish I could believe [President Hassan] Rouhani, but I don't because facts are stubborn things. And the facts are that Iran's savage record flatly contradicts Rouhani's soothing rhetoric."

He might have saved his breath. The Americans weren't interested.

Two days after Netanyahu's speech, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a rejoinder to Netanyahu. "I have never believed that foreign policy is a zero-sum game," Hagel said.

Well, maybe he hasn't. But the Iranians have.

And they still do view diplomacy - like all their dealings with their sworn enemies - as a zero-sum game.

As a curtain raiser for Rouhani's visit, veteran New York Times war correspondent Dexter Filkins wrote a long profile of Iran's real strongman forThe New Yorker. Qassem Suleimani is the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps. It is the most powerful organ of the Iranian regime, and Suleimani is Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's closest confidante and adviser.

Rouhani doesn't hold a candle to Suleimani.

Filkin's profile is detailed, but deeply deceptive. The clear sense he wishes to impart on his readers is that Suleimani is a storied war veteran and a pragmatist. He is an Iranian patriot who cares about his soldiers. He's been willing to cut deals with the Americans in the past when he believed it served Iran's interests. And given Suleimani's record, it is reasonable to assume that Rouhani - who is far more moderate than he - is in a position to make a deal and will make one.

The problem with Filkin's portrayal of Suleimani as a pragmatist, and a commander who cares about the lives of his soldiers - and so, presumably cares about the lives of Iranians - is that it is belied by the stories Filkins reported in the article.

Filkins describes at length how Suleimani came of age as a Revolutionary Guard division commander during the Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988, and how that war made him the complicated, but ultimately reasonable, (indeed parts of the profile are downright endearing), pragmatist he is today.

As the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Suleimani commands the Syrian military and the foreign forces from Iran, Hezbollah and Iraq that have been deployed to Syria to keep Bashar Assad in power.

Filkins quotes an Iraqi politician who claimed that in a conversation with Suleimani last year, the Iranian called the Syrian military "worthless."

He then went on to say, "Give me one brigade of the Basij, and I could conquer the whole country."


Phillip Jensen

<Bad practice turns good theology bad.> But then, maybe the theology is skew too? - ed
FACEBOOK COMEDY ALERT! Barack Obama ... OFF PROMPTER. Watch as: Obama calls for an end to union strikes against companies! Laugh as Obama calls for an end to Obama's tactics of using armed guards to keep veterans away from their memorials. Ahh ... Obama off prompter: it's comedy gold! But wait ... there's more

That tree has a story to tell - ed===

"I don't think I've ever seen a President begging for a stock market crash to get political leverage."

Click to see what Obama said that greatly affected the market...


Take your tastebuds on a tropical vacation with our Cocos - chocolate hazelnut praline cream rolled in roasted coconut;

While the WWII Memorial being barricaded (and then not) has been the poster child of the federal government shutdown, a state is taking action as well, refusing to close the gates to its own state parks.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources did not close several state parks, although the National Park Service apparently ordered them to do so. Among those in the NPS’s closure request were Kettle Moraine, Devil’s Lake, Interstate state parks and part of the Horicon Marsh owned by the state, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Why did the DNR refuse? Because these parks didn’t receive federal funds themselves.
Paul Holton, the DNR’s state park, forest, trail and recreation public affairs manager, explained to TheBlaze that the DNR doesn’t consider keeping its parks open an act of defiance. He said a “handful” of state employees are paid with federal funds through a grant and are not currently coming to work during the shutdown.
“We’re not going to shut down one of our most popular parks,” because a small percentage of employees couldn’t come, Holton said of Devil’s Lake specifically.
devil's lake state park.


SNEAK PEEK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Greta Van Susteren 'Iran is developing an intercontinental ballistic missile to target the U.S.'

Don't miss 'On the Record' TONIGHT at 10p/1a ET for more.
Burma has unsurprisingly refused to sign the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict introduced by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague at the UN, but the international community has averted its eyes and failed to "call Burma out on its sexualized violence problem, ignoring the ingrained culture of impunity that has allowed sexualized violence to flourish for decades." In Burma, rape is used as a weapon of war to "keep communities compliant by sowing fear and humiliation" and to punish those supporting ethnic groups. We wonder whether UK Foreign Secretary William Hague sees the irony in promoting UK-Burma military relations without first requiring the Burmese military to end sexual violence.

Robbie says his fiancé, Jessica’s, anger and drinking are out of control -- and their blended family is suffering. Can this family get back on track? #DrPhil

Steven Moffat discusses the rules of regeneration (and why the Twelfth Doctor will look so familiar), and The Guardian chats with 13 actresses who've traveled in the TARDIS.

All that and more in Anglophenia's weekly#DoctorWho roundup:


Edu-Kingdom Bankstown
"The American people are mobilized, are passionate and energized, and, even worse, understand that Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans. That has the left terrified out of their minds.”

Barack Obama's disdain for people who dare disagree with him is legendary, but ... seriously ... this? Read it, here! Whether this is an unfortunate mistake or a hidden message, it sure seems like a solid sign that ObamaCare is going to be the destructive force that sober-eyed people knew it was. Your turn: how is ObamaCare effecting you, your business and your families.

Pastor Rick Warren
Andrew and Alyssa Lossau, godly young Saddleback leaders, who have served for years in our church (and around the world through the P.E.A.C.E. plan) move this week to plant Saddleback Moscow! 
I admire their faith. It reminds me of when Kay and I set out for California at age 25 with nothing but trust in God's calling.
Where God guides, God provides.

Liberal civility, Cher style: Deranged diva suggests killing off Tea Party politicians ==>


Dean Hamstead
If you buy a product that doesn't work, the company gives you your money back. If you get a degree and can't get a job, should academics give your money back?
If you vote for the ALP, and they spend all your money, you don't get it back .. ed


Pastor Rick Warren
Here are 3 ways to defeat your FEAR OF FAILURE:

1. Make LOVE your motivation.
“There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:18
People will run into burning buildings when they know someone they love is trapped inside.

2. MOVE AGAINST your fear in FAITH
“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17 You don't talk yourself out of fear. You act yourself out of it. You do the thing you fear, and that defeats it

3.REDEFINE FAILURE as not getting back up when you fall.
“Even righteous people may fall seven times, but they always get back up!” Prov. 24:16 Failure is NOT missing a goal. Failure IS not having a goal, not even trying, and not persisting when you stumble or get discouraged. Everybody stumbles. Winners get back up and finish the race.


Hoodoo Sunrise

A fantastic morning after a night of shooting. Many thanks to my tour guide and host Greg McCown. A very memorable time spent in Arizona.
— at Mount Lemmon.

Dr. Phil



NSW opposition leader John Robertson

NSW opposition leader John Robertson says he rejected a multimillion dollar bribe from murdered debt collector Michael McGurk.
But the state government has called on him to explain why he didn't report the offer to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Mr McGurk offered the $3 million bribe to Mr Robertson when he was the head of Unions NSW, News Corp reported on Saturday.
The former debt collector and businessman wanted to buy the union-owned land at Currawong on the northern beaches.
Mr Robertson said he was shocked to have been made the offer.
"I immediately rejected the offer outright and made it absolutely clear that all offers had to go through the tender process and therefore I was satisfied that was the end of the matter," he said in a statement on Saturday.
"The bid in question was rejected by Unions NSW following the tender process."
But NSW planning minister Brad Hazzard told ABC radio: "As leader of the political party now, he really does need to explain why he would have found that acceptable not to report a very serious criminal offer to the police or ICAC."
Eco Villages Australia Pty Ltd eventually bought the union-owned land. Warwick Watkins, former chief executive of the Lands and Property Management Authority, then bought the Currawong land site from Eco Villages in 2011 for $12.2 million without then-premier Kristina Keneally's full approval.
The purchase prompted an ICAC inquiry, which found former NSW lands minister Tony Kelly engaged in corrupt conduct when he backdated a letter used to claim authority to buy the property two weeks before the March 2011 election.
The DPP advised there was not enough evidence for a successful prosecution against Mr Kelly.
Mr Watkins was charged for using a false document and attempting to mislead ICAC.
Mr McGurk was shot at point blank range outside his Cremorne home in Sydney's north shore in September 2009.
Shock admission NSW Opposition leader may have authorised hit on McGurk and benefited from sale of Currawong - ed


Holly Sarah Nguyen

Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys.

Feed the Eagles: There are only a few things that matter. Know what they are. And place your energy into them. They aren't always right in front of you so you need to look up and out more. Starve the Turkeys: lots of things are right in front of you … pecking around, making noise, and demanding attention. Because they are right in front of you, it’s easy to pay attention to them most and first. Ignore them. They will actually do fine without you."
So Holly predicts Manly to defeat Easts .. or, you should be backing the Eagles .. ed

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
It's Never Too Late To Start Over.
Job 17:11
My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.
It’s Never To Late To Start Over.The fact is that everyone experiences failure in life. It can be long delay in marriage,it can be financial,it can no job. Life is never an unbroken series of victories. We all have setbacks and losses, and sometimes a defeat can seem to overwhelm you. On occasion we bring defeat on ourselves, but more often it is thrust upon us.

Poor old Job felt overwhelmed . Look at Job 17:11 where he says, My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart. Have you ever felt like that? - “Man, I have been left behind.” Now I realize that today, as we talk about how to rebound from a failure, some of you are saying, “But pastor I don’t need this message!” Well, let me tell you something - you had better take notes, because someday you will need this message, because everybody experiences defeats in life.It can come in various forms. So take it down now, and use it as preventive medicine. The fact is that you can fail many times in life, but you are never a failure until you give up.We fail when we don’t plan ahead. You remember the old saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” You have got to plan ahead. Look at Proverbs 27:12 A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences.

Proverbs 16:9 says, We should make plans--counting on God to direct us. So, one of the reasons we fail is that we tend to be impulsive, and we just don’t plan ahead the way we should. Let me ask you - was it raining when Noah began to build the Ark? No. It didn’t rain for 120 years.So,reason and plan well,for He never fail.God bless you.


Pastor Rick Warren

The first step to becoming what God made you to be is to stop worrying about what others want you to be.

The Cliff House

Built and rebuilt, blown up, rebuilt and burned, then built again a couple of times, and then again, this place has been a San Francisco mainstay since 1851. This evening was a warm autumn night with fog building up just south along the Great Highway, and the road was busy with people coming and going as they do in this landmark city, along the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Prints can be found here:

Thanks to all who share this!
 — at Cliff House.

'Waratahalia' Collection ..... This is a new textile design of mine shown here as a surface design for cushions in different colours ....A versatile Australian textile design that is well suited for interiors, homewares, soft furnishings and upholstery

Aprille Love
Am really grateful to have such amazing work colleagues. #heartfelt #thankyou #happy #friday#awesome #surprise


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Israel Alert Newsletter 30 Tishrei 5774October 4, 2013
"If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York this week', warning the international community against falling for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's "ruse." Stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a threat not only to Israel, but to the entire world, he reminded the international community that the current Iranian leadership, since 1979, has deprived its own people of liberty and democracy.
Iran is nuclear-armed and intent on destroying the Jewish people, Netanyahu insisted. And Rouhani, who impressed the world last week with his friendliness and his claim that Iran has only peaceful intentions, "is a loyal servant" of the oppressive Islamist regime, led by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and told the world that Iran's nuclear threat is a clear and present danger. Netanyahu announced, "If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone, and in standing alone Israel will know that we will be defending many many others."
Netanyahu is the not first Jew to declare the People of Israel's willingness to be different from the rest of the world. In the Book of Genesis, God asks Abraham, the first Jew, to "go from your land, your relatives, and from your fathers house to the land that I will show you." (Genesis 12:1)
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“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”Proverbs 27:1 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"At evening time it shall be light."
Zechariah 14:7
Oftentimes we look forward with forebodings to the time of old age, forgetful that at eventide it shall be light. To many saints, old age is the choicest season in their lives. A balmier air fans the mariner's cheek as he nears the shore of immortality, fewer waves ruffle his sea, quiet reigns, deep, still and solemn. From the altar of age the flashes of the fire of youth are gone, but the more real flame of earnest feeling remains. The pilgrims have reached the land Beulah, that happy country, whose days are as the days of heaven upon earth. Angels visit it, celestial gales blow over it, flowers of paradise grow in it, and the air is filled with seraphic music. Some dwell here for years, and others come to it but a few hours before their departure, but it is an Eden on earth. We may well long for the time when we shall recline in its shady groves and be satisfied with hope until the time of fruition comes. The setting sun seems larger than when aloft in the sky, and a splendour of glory tinges all the clouds which surround his going down. Pain breaks not the calm of the sweet twilight of age, for strength made perfect in weakness bears up with patience under it all. Ripe fruits of choice experience are gathered as the rare repast of life's evening, and the soul prepares itself for rest.
The Lord's people shall also enjoy light in the hour of death. Unbelief laments; the shadows fall, the night is coming, existence is ending. Ah no, crieth faith, the night is far spent, the true day is at hand. Light is come, the light of immortality, the light of a Father's countenance. Gather up thy feet in the bed, see the waiting bands of spirits! Angels waft thee away. Farewell, beloved one, thou art gone, thou wavest thine hand. Ah, now it is light. The pearly gates are open, the golden streets shine in the jasper light. We cover our eyes, but thou beholdest the unseen; adieu, brother, thou hast light at even-tide, such as we have not yet.


"If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
1 John 2:1
"If any man sin, we have an advocate." Yes, though we sin, we have him still. John does not say, "If any man sin he has forfeited his advocate," but "we have an advocate," sinners though we are. All the sin that a believer ever did, or can be allowed to commit, cannot destroy his interest in the Lord Jesus Christ, as his advocate. The name here given to our Lord is suggestive. "Jesus." Ah! then he is an advocate such as we need, for Jesus is the name of one whose business and delight it is to save. "They shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins." His sweetest name implies his success. Next, it is "Jesus Christ"--Christos, the anointed. This shows his authority to plead. The Christ has a right to plead, for he is the Father's own appointed advocate and elected priest. If he were of our choosing he might fail, but if God hath laid help upon one that is mighty, we may safely lay our trouble where God has laid his help. He is Christ, and therefore authorized; he is Christ, and therefore qualified, for the anointing has fully fitted him for his work. He can plead so as to move the heart of God and prevail. What words of tenderness, what sentences of persuasion will the anointed use when he stands up to plead for me! One more letter of his name remains, "Jesus Christ the righteous." This is not only his character but his plea. It is his character, and if the Righteous One be my advocate, then my cause is good, or he would not have espoused it. It is his plea, for he meets the charge of unrighteousness against me by the plea that he is righteous. He declares himself my substitute and puts his obedience to my account. My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate, he cannot but succeed; leave thyself entirely in his hands.

Today's reading: Isaiah 20-22, Ephesians 6 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 20-22

A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush
1 In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it— 2 at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
3 Then the LORD said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame. 5Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. 6 In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’”

Today's New Testament reading: Ephesians 6

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him....

[Nāthăn'a el] - the gift of godA native of Cana in Galilee whom Jesus called an Israelite in whom there was no guile (John 1:45-49; 21:2).

The Man Who Was Guileless

Nathanael is supposed to be the same as Bartholomew the Apostle. The name of Nathanael occurs in John but in none of the other gospels. He is introduced at the beginning and at the close of Christ's ministry. His doubt of Christ's Messiahship vanished when he met Him, and he was one of the seven to whom the risen Lord manifested Himself at the Lake of Galilee.
It may be that he bore a double name and is referred to as Bartholomew, whom John never mentions, just as the other evangelists never mention Nathanael. The name Bartholomew stands in conjunction with that of Philip. If the rule is accepted that Andrew and Simon are put together because the one led the other to Christ, there is a presumption in favor of Bartholomew of the first three gospels being the same as Nathanael of John's gospel, from the fact recorded by John only, that it was Philip who brought Nathanael to the Saviour. We reject the tradition that he was the bridegroom at the Cana marriage, or one of the two disciples on the Emmaus road.
Profitable aspects to be developed are these:
I. Nathanael owed his introduction to Jesus to a friend. Have you introduced others to Him?
II. Nathanael was prepared to listen to conversation about Christ. He readily received the witness of one who had found the Messiah. Have you found Him, and are you telling others the story?
III. Nathanael's hopes were realized in an unexpected way. Often joy and rest come to us from the least expected quarter.
IV. Nathanael accepted the sure test of truth and the sure cure of prejudice. "Come and see," "Taste and see."
V. Nathanael's faith rejoiced the Master, and secured for him the promise of a growing blessing.
October 4, 2011
I Need a Shepherd
Today's Truth
He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Shepherds live with their sheep, finding places for them to eat and drink, providing shelter from the storms and protection from the heat. Sheep must eat the right amount of the right kinds of grass at the right times or they will die. If the sheep eat too little one day and too much the next day, some of the bacteria that live in the stomach of the sheep will reproduce abnormal levels, creating toxins which cause sudden death. The shepherd must carefully plan the path and lead the way so the sheep have neither too little nor too much grazing and are able to get to the water hole on time. Pastures are often lost to extreme heat which means the shepherd has to scour the countryside in search of green grass.
Several flocks of sheep are gathered together at night in a sheltered place so shepherds can share the watches of the night, protecting the sheep from wild animals and thieves. Good shepherds are always willing to risk their lives to save their flocks from any harm, any enemy and even from themselves.
The needs of sheep, compared to the needs of other animals, are greater because of their instinct to be afraid and when faced with a fearful situation, to run. Without a shepherd to care for the sheep, they would not last long. Sheep are dumb, can never be left alone and often stray, requiring the shepherd to continually find and rescue them. A shepherd never pushes his sheep but rather leads his sheep, going before them, making sure they are not walking into danger.
Personally, I definitely fit the profile of a sheep. I can't count the number of times I have stubbornly stuck to my plan, foolishly thinking that it was better than His plan, only to end up in some pit somewhere, calling for help. Psalm 40:1-3has become my life maxim – with one exception. I rarely waitpatiently. Remember, I am a sheep!
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).
I sometimes allow fear to drive me to a place where I am trapped by doubts and darkness until He rescues me. I satisfy my hunger by eating the wrong things from the wrong hands found in the wrong places at the wrong times. The result is always the same; my soul is soon ravenous for what is good because I have been stuffing my heart and mind with what is bad.
Like every sheep, I don't like to be pushed. Good shepherds do not push, no matter how great the temptation. A good shepherd stands in front of his sheep, gently calling their names, leading them to a place where he has already been, positioning himself between danger and his sheep. When I am tired and ready to give up, I tend to withdraw from the other sheep and even from my Shepherd. Many of us have somehow bought into the lie that we can make it on our own or that the rules and commandments of God do not necessarily apply to us like they apply to those other sheep. The longer I walk with God, the more I realize just how much we need each other and how much we need Him. When will I learn that I cannot do life on my own – as a sheep or as a shepherd?
Let's think about the sheep for whom we are responsible as shepherds here on earth. We are all called by God in different ways to do different things, but we are all called to be a shepherd to someone. We live in a world filled with people who, like sheep, are lost, confused, hungry, lonely, and in desperate need of a Savior. Family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors are all part of our flock. And sometimes their needs are overwhelming.
You live with your sheep or everywhere you go you run into someone from your flock. Your phone rings off the wall, e-mails pile up and you are constantly trying to rescue one of your sheep who is in trouble. The feeding schedule of your flock is not an easy task either. Since sheep must eat the right amount of the right foods at the right time, you must always be prepared to feed them, according to their needs – not yours. As a shepherd, you must know your sheep so well that you can lead them – not push them – in the right direction. The natural inclination of every sheep in your flock is to run when they sense danger. You may be trying to lead your sheep, but they are either too afraid or too stubborn to let you lead. You may be standing in the middle of their escape route, which may also mean that they will run right over you in their frantic stampede to escape. Remember that they are afraid and in desperate need of rescue. Your job, as their earthly shepherd, is to care for them and to continually point them to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Remember, a good shepherd is willing to lay down his life for his sheep, just as Jesus Christ laid down His life for you and for me. Do you love your flock enough to lay down your life for each one – the cute, fluffy ones as well as the dirty, broken lambs?
Maybe it is time for us all to stop, listen for His voice, seek His plan and remember that we are indeed needy sheep who are called to love and lead other needy sheep to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Let's Pray
Father, thank You for laying down Your life so that I can live now and eternally. I am desperate for You. I am lost without Your love and power at work in my life. I don't know where to go or what to do. I am afraid, Lord. Right now, I surrender every part of my life to You. Please be my Shepherd and my Guide. Help me love and care for the people in my life and point them to You, Lord. Use me to love others and serve them in a way that pleases and honors You.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
Read Psalm 23:1-6 once a day for one month. Let it soak into your heart, mind and soul and become a living reality in your life. As you read Psalm 23, consider the following questions:
  • In what ways are sheep dependent on their shepherd?
  • How do shepherds care for their sheep?
  • Compare the two lists. What similarities do you find in your own life?
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October 4, 2011
How to Deal with a Bully
Glynnis Whitwer
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)
As another year of school begins, stories of bullies will surface. The most shocking ones make the news, but those are a small percentage of the actual bullying that takes place. Sadly, victims of bullies often keep silent due to shame, intimidation and a silent unspoken code.
But the schoolyard isn't the only place we'll find bullies this month. Bullies are everywhere. They are in offices, committees, homes and community meetings. They are found anywhere they can dominate through force of will. And I believe they have intimidated a generation of people long enough.
Sadly, many well-meaning Christians have "turned the other cheek" (Matthew 5:39) when bullied. However, a closer examination of that passage reveals something vitally important. Turning the other cheek involves us willingly ignoring an offense to us, even though we could defend ourselves. We don't turn away because we are afraid.
Jesus could have called down 1,000 angels to protect Him from being crucified, but He willingly laid down His life. Jesus states this in His own words, "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life-only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father" (John 10:17-18 NIV).
Jesus saw a greater good in submitting to those who would take His life. He did it for us. In an instance such as that, turning the other check is the best response.
Although Jesus calls us to a life of forgiveness and compassion, even He didn't tolerate those who dishonored God's holy temple. With righteous indignation, Jesus turned over tables, and drove out money changers and those who were selling doves within the walls of the temple, accusing them of turning His father's house into "a den of robbers" (Mark 11:17). Jesus also trained His disciples to put themselves in the path of danger for the sake of others.
As Christians, I believe we are called to play an unusual role in dealing with bullies. It is not a role the world plays-filled with anger and vengeance. It is not a role of passivity. It is not a role of hate. We can't gratify our flesh and play tit-for-tat games. In other words, it's not easy.
We are called to love our enemies, to pray for them, but to stand firm against unrighteousness and injustice. We are called to draw a line in the sand about our beliefs. We aren't aggressive, but we are assertive. We aren't boastful, but we are confident about our God's wishes for His people. Most importantly, we can't ignore the problem.
Ignoring a true bully doesn't make the bullying stop. It just fuels his or her need for power. So what does help? First, pray for God's wisdom in the situation. Understand that God loves you, and all His people, and wants not one of His children to be victimized in any way. Then, if there are physical threats or violence, get to somewhere safe and tell someone in authority. If the bullying is of an emotional nature, determine to respectfully take a stand on what you believe God is calling you to do. If it's important enough, then be strong.
While that's not a guarantee a bully will back down, it's a start to developing a bully-proof life. Really, it's a start to building moral courage in your heart. And bullies can't stand that.
I believe God calls us to a life of passion for His people, and sometimes that takes moral courage. In fact, it's going to take a lot of moral courage to address the injustices in this world. And it's going to take a righteous indignation like Jesus had about the temple money changers. And it just might start with facing the bully in your life.
Dear Lord, I praise You for Your holiness and righteousness. Your ways are perfect. Help me to know the right thing to do when facing the bullies in my life. Help me know when to stand firm and when to turn away. I trust You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:If you enjoyed Glynnis' devotion, click here for additional resources she's written.
Visit Glynnis' blog for tips from her book on how to bully-proof your child this school year.
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Application Steps:If you're facing a bully in an area of your life, are you responding in fear or confidence? If you have fear, it's time to do something about it. Gather one or two wise friends and pray for God's guidance on what to do.
Reflections:Have I ever faced a bully and backed down? What were my fears?
What are some practices I can put in my life to prepare for the next time someone tries to bully me?
Power Verses:1 Samuel 17:37a, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." (NIV 1984)
Micah 6:8, "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (NIV)
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Reasons to Believe: An Interview With Doug Groothuis

LeeheadshotPhilosopher Douglas Groothuis spent more than 8 years producing his 752-page tomeChristian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith . Here's an interview hitting some highlights.
Q. Your book has amazing breadth, covering everything from the nature of truth, to arguments for God, to evolution versus creation, to the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus, to the challenge of Islam, to the problem of evil - and that's just for starters! Yet it's quite readable; you avoid delving too deeply into technical issues while hitting all the key points. I can see this as an invaluable reference book, but I could also envision interested Christians simply reading it cover to cover. How do you hope your book will be used?
A. I tried to make the book accessible, inviting, and intriguing to the thoughtful reader, Christian or unbeliever. But I also wanted to take readers into the material with sufficient depth that they might fathom the force of the arguments for Christianity as objectively true, rational, and pertinent to all of life. There are hundreds of footnotes and a glossary to take the reader further into the intellectual and spiritual adventure of apologetics.

This is not a reference book per se; it's not an encyclopedia or dictionary of apologetics. Rather, it is, to steal a phrase from Charles Darwin's account of his Origin of Species , "one long argument," with many facts, facets, and features. Every chapter marches ahead to the beat of the same apologetic drummer; they form a cumulative case argument for what matters most: Christian truth. However, one could also use the chapter titles and indices for reference purposes.

Christian Apologetics can be used for personal growth in apologetic prowess (1 Peter 3:15-16 ) or as a textbook at the college or seminary level. The intellectually inclined non-Christian should find the book challenging and interesting as well. Of course, I hope that many will confess Christ as Lord as a result of reading the book.
Q. Absolutely! What camp of apologetics are you most comfortable in and why?
A. I use the apologetic method called the cumulative case approach. Instead of resting the case for Christianity on only one or two arguments, I draw evidence from science, history, philosophy, and other areas. All these arguments converge on Christian theism as the best explanation of the most profound issues in life: Where did we come from? Who are we? What is the basis of morality? What is our destiny? And so on. I offer Christianity as a worldview hypothesis that should be tested according to several rational criteria or principles. Other worldviews - particularly materialism and pantheism - are tested by the same criteria and are found wanting.
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Questions from readers:
  • Do Islam and Christianity share beliefs about Jesus?
  • Can you recommend a study Bible?
Q. I have a Muslim friend at work and she says we basically believe the same things about Jesus. She says this in a very upbeat way, as if there are no real differences between our faiths because we hold Jesus in common. Is that true? 

There is some overlap between what Muslims believe about Jesus and what Christians hold to be true. However, even some of those commonalities tend to be surface-level. When we delve deeper, we see that there are still significant differences in the way these two world religions view Jesus. What's more, the essential beliefs about Jesus that Christians hold closest are the very ones most directly and vehemently denied by Islam.
On the side of common ground, Muslims believe Jesus was born of a virgin. Surah 66:12 in the Qur'an makes that clear. The Qur'an also affirms that Jesus performed miracles. Surah 5:110 says Jesus restored sight to the blind, healed lepers, and even raised the dead. On the other hand, that same verse says he breathed onto a clay bird and it became real - a miracle not described in the Bible but in later apocryphal writings....
Read the rest of this answer and answers to the other questions!

Have a question? Drop me a line We'll answer the ones with the broadest interest in upcoming newsletters. Thanks to Sam Wall, former chief researcher for the Bible Answer Man radio show, who heads the "Ask Lee" response team.
Lee's Notes

• My friend Kevin Harney is hosting the 
Organic Outreach Conference to help churches encourage everyday Christians to reach out with the Gospel in natural and effective ways. Kevin and his wife Sherry, who are two of my favorite people, are making the conference practical, affordable, a great value, and fun for all who attend. Why not make a trip out to California for that Veterans Day weekend, get inspired, soak up some new strategies and ideas, and then share your enthusiasm with the rest of your congregation?

• My daughter Alison has launched a new 
website to coincide with the release of her latest novel, Composing Amelia, which reviewers have called "phenomenal" and "a five-star must-read." Please stop by and check out the site and let friends who are fans of fiction know about this resource. (By the way, I just got a news flash: Composing Amelia has already gone into its second printing!)

Read the rest of Lee's Notes!

Doug Groothuis on Rob Bell
Groothuis on Rob Bell

Well, this is turning out to be a very Doug Groothuis-y edition of the newsletter. In this audio interview, the Denver Seminary philosopher critiques the controversial book in which Rob Bell questions long-settled Christian teachings on the afterlife. Bell announced recently that he is leaving his role as pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in order to pursue "a call from God to pursue a growing number of strategic opportunities."

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If God chooses us, do we have any choice?

This week's reading: Ephesians 1:4-5
Because we start out spiritually dead, unable to respond to the Lord, only God can give us the gift of life (see Eph 2:1-2 ). When sin entered the human race, it left everyone helpless. We cannot come to God unless he draws us (see Jn 6:44). It is not our own awareness that we are sinful people that first turns us to God. Rather, it is God who in his mercy awakens that awareness within us in a similar way to how Jesus summoned Lazarus from the dead (see Jn 11:43-44).
Some believe our salvation through Christ is limited completely to God's sovereign choice. The only ones who believe in Christ, they point out, are those whom God appointed for salvation before time began (see Eph 1:4). They emphasize that there is no one who seeks God (see Ro 3:10-11). However, God in his mercy has chosen to save some (see Ro 9:15). "It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy" (Ro 9:16).
Others suggest God gives every person the ability to choose in terms described as "free will"-his grace and mercy extend to everyone. These people say that each person has to respond by deciding whether to repent of sin and turn to God. They suggest that God honors people's choices to either refuse or accept Christ's invitation (see Lk 13:34).

Today's reading is from theNIV Quest Study Bible
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Everything New - A Weeekly Devotional


Martin Luther was adamant that our knowledge of God must be based on a “theology of the cross.” That is, we know God not by ascending to where he is, but by looking upon he who has come to where we are. This Messiah’s message was loudest when he was lifted up on the wooden post. We know God when we know the crucified Jesus.
This is the God who wants us to know him. A cancer patient can know God best in the suffering Jesus. So can a rejected spouse, an orphaned child, a discouraged pastor, an unemployed factory worker, an ashamed addict, a remorseful thief, a convicted felon, a teenage mom.
Just ask them. They want to know a God who is “familiar with suffering,” even “despised” and “rejected” (Isaiah 53:3). Because God is revealed in the suffering Jesus, we can know God at the times in life when we most need to know him. And so can any of us at any time in life under any circumstances. This is what the Bible means by the scandal of the cross. Proud human beings typically shun suffering as weakness, but God said, I will meet you at the crossroads of suffering. At a place of blood you will know me as the sacrificing God that I am.
His voice has gone out. In Christ and in Scripture a detailed record of truth has been etched deeply into the history of God and humanity. Now God does the work of revealing to us the true character of that revelation. God the Holy Spirit works in the center of our lives to shape this knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit inspired prophets and apostles, and now the Holy Spirit illumines us. That is the point of 1 Corinthians 2:7-14:
We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began…. God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
How can we know God? We know him from his heaven-down revelation, which he continues to explain by his Spirit to every individual believer who wants to learn “spiritual truths in spiritual words.”
Excerpt from Putting the Pieces Back Together: How Real Life and Real Faith Connect. Click for more.
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About The Author - Mel Lawrenz serves as minister at large for Elmbrook Church and leads The Brook Network. Having been in pastoral ministry for thirty years, the last decade as senior pastor of Elmbrook, Mel seeks to help Christian leaders engage with each other. Mel is the author of eleven books, the most recent for church leaders, Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement.
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