Sunday, October 06, 2013

Sun Oct 6th Todays News

It is hard to know what is worse for Seagull supporters in ARL .. losing a 2012 semifinal, or the 2013 Grand Final .. each game was theirs to win. The Manly supporters are known as Sea Eagles, so they might never forgive me for asking. There is a lot of that going around. In the space of five minutes at 4:30 PM at Cabramatta station, near Broomfield st exit, I was assaulted twice, tonight. I don't blame daylight savings, although considering the hour and it is a long weekend just before the grand final of the ARL, feelings would be high. Neither assault was vicious like a glassing, but both leave a sour taste.
The first assault was as I left the train and waited for an elevator. There was a family waiting already, so  I maneuvered to allow them first right of entry, but a large middle aged woman tried to shoulder me aside. I would have none of it, and easily slipped in and moved to the back to allow others on, which nobody else does .. even the young family crowded the entrance to be first off too. One of the reasons I lie to be first on is to set the example of standing at the back. The woman was unhappy she lost her attempt to horn in, and hit my backpack and told me loudly she didn't appreciate not being able to push aside a fat man (I'm paraphrasing as she wasn't that polite). She then went to the next elevator .. and I took the steps.
At the bottom of the steps, a young man was on a bicycle. I paid him no attention, and pushed the crossing button and waited for the light to turn green. The boy stopped riding the bike and said from behind me "Do you remember me you fucking pedophile arsehole?" "No" I truthfully answered. "You taught at my fucking school you fucking pedophile bastard." "What school was that?" "Canley Vale. Don't you fucking remember me?" He spits at me, saliva landing on my pants. He is shaping to fight. I cross the street. "Aaron Herbert?" "Yeah that's me you fucking peddo what is your fat fucking name?"
I kept an eye out behind me as I walked down the street to my church for an afternoon prayer meeting. I don't know if it was Aaron. Aaron was in year 8 circa 2005 when I knew him. He had behavioural issues that were off the chart and my Head Teacher, Helen Best, was undermining me. If I sent a student to her who was misbehaving in class, she would make it worse. So I stopped referring students to her. She couldn't place Aaron in any other class, and couldn't have him in her class. So she placed Aaron in my class with strict instructions to refer him to her for any misbehaviour. Aaron got sent to her after he observed to the class that my breasts were large and I required a bra. It made Helen Giggle. But he escalated his behaviour following that referral and it became sexualised. I have never done anything to be abused by him in that way as he accosted me. He was suspended from school, sent to a specialist behavioural management unit until he could legally not go to school. I saw him again circa 2007 after he left school at the same elevator I'd been accosted at by the large woman earlier this evening. He called me a pedophile then too. So I asked Helen Best (in 2007) why it was that he would call that out to me, and she shrugged.
I was a good teacher. I deserved better than the support Helen denied me.
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Joan Watson, Chee Se and Janet O'Neill. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
1289 – Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (d. 1306)
1591 – Settimia Caccini, Italian composer and singer (d. 1638)
1820 – Jenny Lind, Swedish soprano (d. 1887)
1846 – George Westinghouse, American engineer and inventor (d. 1914)
1888 – Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
1905 – Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (d. 1998)
1930 – Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer
1942 – Britt Ekland, Swedish actress
1946 – Tony Greig, South African–English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 2012)
1973 – Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
Matches
105 BC – Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus.
69 BC – Battle of Tigranocerta: Forces of the Roman Republic defeat the army of the Kingdom of Armenia led by King Tigranes the Great.
68 BC – Battle of ArtaxataLucullus averts the bad omen of this day by defeating Tigranes the Great of Armenia.
23 – Rebels kill and decapitate the Xin Dynasty emperor Wang Mang two days after the capital Chang'an is sacked during a peasant rebellion.
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day is skipped in ItalyPolandPortugal andSpain.
1600 – Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, receives its première performance in Florence, signifying the beginning of the Baroque Period
1683 – German immigrant families found Germantown in the colony of Pennsylvania, marking the first major immigration of German people to America.
1723 – Benjamin Franklin arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 17.
1889 – American inventor Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.
1945 – BaseballBilly Sianis and his pet billy goat are ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series (see Curse of the Billy Goat).
1973 – Egypt launches a coordinated attack with Syria against Israel leading to the Yom Kippur War.
Despatches
404 – Aelia Eudoxia, Roman wife of Arcadius
1542 – Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
1892 – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet (b. 1809)
1981 – Anwar Sadat, Egyptian politician, 3rd President of EgyptNobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
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High hopes for a low-key Abbott

Piers Akerman – Saturday, October 05, 2013 (9:45pm)

TONY Abbott held his second Cabinet meeting Thursday, but you can be excused if you didn’t notice.

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Let’s right the reading issue

Miranda Devine – Sunday, October 06, 2013 (6:19am)

EDUCATION Minister Adrian Piccoli says he’s horrified at the disrepair of remote NSW schools and wants to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to refurbish them.
He is silent, however, on the more debilitating horror of needless illiteracy, which disproportionately afflicts children born into disadvantage.
Rather than pandering to teacher unions, he should heed the brilliant new paper by Jennifer Buckingham, Kevin Wheldall and Robyn Beaman-Wheldall: Why Jaydon Can’t Read: The Triumph Of Ideology Over Evidence In Teaching Reading.
Read it and weep.

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Myth maketh money

Miranda Devine – Sunday, October 06, 2013 (6:16am)

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JULIA Gillard and fellow Labor mythmakers are slandering Australian males in an attempt to salvage their reputations.
Her line is that she was a spectacular PM but the nation’s men were too sexist to appreciate her.
She peddles this untruth on the international stage and at home with feminist enabler Anne Summers.
Pandering to the cultural stereotype that we are an Ocker nation of misogynist Bruces and passive Sheilas might be unpatriotic. But it’s working a treat as a career move in Obama’s Washington.

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Ode to diggers fitting honour

Miranda Devine – Sunday, October 06, 2013 (5:23am)

THE state funeral for Rusty Priest; World War II veteran, RSL president and keeper of the Anzac flame, was magnificent. Dignitaries and old soldiers gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral and followed the gun carriage carrying his coffin across a sun-drenched Hyde Park to the Anzac memorial.
A grand tribute to a humble soldier who did so much to boost Anzac Day and the Kokoda Track.
Priest did not crave the spotlight. So it was fitting that a poem read by former Army Chief Ken Gillespie paid homage to the soldiers whose welfare Priest made his life’s work.
“It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
“It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
“It is the Soldier, not the campus organiser, who has given us freedom to protest.
“It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
“It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
“It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

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GP in strife over abortion beliefs

Miranda Devine – Saturday, October 05, 2013 (9:47pm)

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A DOCTOR risks being deregistered because he allegedly refused a referral for an Indian couple who wanted to abort a healthy unborn baby girl at 19 weeks, simply because they wanted a boy.
Dr Mark Hobart, 55, has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Victoria for five months, accused of having committed an offence under the state’s controversial Abortion Law Reform Act of 2008. His patient and her husband requested a sex-selection abortion after an ultrasound revealed the foetus was female.
They only wanted a boy, the husband told Dr Hobart, who, as a practising Catholic, had a conscientious objection to providing the abortion.
Under Victorian law, he was obliged to refer the patient to a doctor he knew would terminate the pregnancy.
But Dr Hobart doesn’t know any doctor who would agree to abort a healthy baby for sex selection reasons.
“The general response from my colleagues is disbelief and revulsion,” he said.
In any case, a referral is not necessary for an abortion.
Dr Hobart’s patient independently procured the abortion a few days later.
Neither she nor her husband made any complaint.
But Dr Hobart now finds himself subject to a star chamber inquiry by the Medical Board of Victoria.
The complaint about his conduct was generated by members of the board itself, a so-called “own motion”.
Yet Dr Hobart’s repeated requests? for? the? identity of his accusers and the substance of? the? complaint have been rebuffed by the board and its parent body, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
On Friday afternoon, Victorian MP Christine Campbell tabled a statement on Dr Hobart’s behalf to a Legislative Council inquiry into AHPRA.
She says he “is at risk of losing his licence to practise medicine because the secrecy of the [board] is making it difficult for him to defend himself”.
In the statement, Dr Hobart lays ?out? the?? facts? of what can ?only? be regarded as an oppressive state-sponsored persecution, a “trial by faceless men and women who are to be both accusers and judges in their own case.
“I believe I have done nothing wrong to warrant this oppressive conduct,” he said.
The board has told him the basis of the investigation is a News Corp Australia article in April in which he disclosed that a patient had asked for a sex-selection abortion.
The context was a bill sponsored by the Democratic Labor Party’s John Madigan to remove Medicare funding for sex-selection abortions.
At the time there were attempts to discredit Dr Hobart because he was a DLP member. Hobart has since resigned from the party.
Three weeks after the story appeared in the Herald Sun, he received a letter from AHPRA advising him the board had initiated an inquiry into “your professional conduct, following receipt of information that indicates you may have … failed in your obligation to refer a female patient seeking treatment or advice on abortion to a non-objecting practitioner.”
The board is chaired by Dr Laurie Warfe, and consists of 11 people, of whom eight are medical practitioners, and three, all women, are “community members”.
The board itself is currently being sued by about 50 women who were infected with hepatitis C by a drug-addicted anaesthetist at a Melbourne abortion clinic.
The judge who sentenced Dr James Peters to 14 years’ jail criticised the board for failing to deregister or monitor him.
So you’d think the board might have bigger issues to manage than a crusade against an honourable suburban GP.
AHPRA has told Dr Hobart that “some” members of the board initiated the “own motion” against him at a meeting on May 9, and that a majority of members present voted in favour of the proposal.
Dr Hobart says the investigation “affects you … you get anxious and think ‘am I doing the right thing?’ But I cannot find any reason why I should obey this [abortion] law. It’s just plain wrong.”
The irony is that Victoria’s abortion laws, among the most extreme in the world, were driven by a bipartisan feminist agenda. Yet now those same laws ?are being used to punish a doctor who refused to participate in the sort of selective abortion of female foetuses which has made girl babies an endangered species in India, China and other patriarchal societies.
For the patient, at least, there has been a happy ending. She became pregnant again, but refused to find out the sex.
Her baby is due today, and only when it is born will the father know if he has a son or another daughter.

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Rumsfeld on the lack of faith in the fight against Islamists with plenty

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (8:48am)

Donald Rumsfeld was a brilliant US Defence Secretary and understands the importance of values - and making them clear in US foreign policy.
Rumsfeld on the George W. Bush White House:
The White House was very nervous about even talking about religion, for fear of being seen as being against a particular religion. And yet if you don’t pin the tail on the donkey and say that the enemy is radical Islam and Islamism and people who go out and kill innocent men, women and children to try to impose their views on others, and who are fundamentally opposed to the nation-state—we weren’t willing to say that. I was. But as an administration we weren’t.
Rumsfeld on Barack Obama’s foreign policy:

I begin with incompetence as a problem… I think his behavior reflects a lack of experience and a lack of a strategic concept, or some principles or values that he tests things against… [Therefore] we are contributing to a vacuum in the world that’s going to be filled by people who don’t have our values and don’t have our interests and our beliefs, and that means it’s going to be a more dangerous world for us and for others. 
(Via Instapundit.) 

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On not choosing to identify as Aboriginal

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (8:12am)

Free speech, The politics of race
Reader Brian S, who very kindly offered to testify at my trial:
Mr Bolt, Just read your post on Aboriginal ancestry.
I am of predominantly Anglo-Celtic descent, but had full blood Aboriginal great great great grandparents from western Australia. I am aware of my family history which is very interesting and it does seem that my half Aboriginal great great grandmother was, to use a loaded term “stolen.”
She married my great grandfather Thomas Shehan who had been transported to WA at the age of fourteen for stealing a book worth twopence whan he was eleven… Interestingly he and his wife, Yindolan, who was also known as Annie Shehan appear to have been considered just another couple in the pioneer community if the obituaries in the papers and their gravestones are any guide. No mention is made of my great great rand mothers Aboriginality.
When someone told me I should be proud of my Aboriginal ancestry I replied that it was an interesting fact but how would they feel if I said I was proud of being “white”?
When I enrolled at university a few years ago in a graduate diploma of education course, the form asked if I was of Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander descent. I hesitated before answering as I had earlier spoken to your legal team about testifying at your trial.
Anyway, I decided to answer the question as a scientist rather than as some exercise in sociological “identity” and ticked yes. I soon received a letter from the university making me aware of benefits I was eligible for as an Aboriginal student. I replied to the university that I did not identify as belonging to any particular ethnic group, if I belonged to any cultural subgroup I identified as a scientist and that culturally and philosophically I identified with the European enlightenment. I wrote that they should be more careful about shoehorning people into categories on the basis of ancestry.
Some of my family do so identify, and I do not criticise them for that choice. But it is a choice.
I am sorry I did not get to testify to that fact at your trial given the flack that you recieved.
I am not sure now what box I ticked in the census, but I probably again answered yes to a genetic fact, and do not approve of any assignment to any particular group that may have arisen from that fact.

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Why is Flannery the ABC’s pet charity?

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (8:07am)

Reader Baldrick is right to wonder what the ABC is rattling the can for the Climate Council but not for sceptic groups:

Why is the ABC promoting the privately funded Climate Council? As reported by the ABC, the Climate Council has a 12 month operating budget of $1 million ... which seems an incredible amount of money, but why is it newsworthy? Why doesn’t the ABC report on support given to skeptic organizations such as the Lavoisier Group or the Australian Climate Science Coalition?

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Peer-reviewed nonsense

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (8:02am)

“Peer reviewed” doesn’t quite have the guarantee of quality you’d expect:
Science magazine wanted to figure out just how legitimate open-access, peer-reviewed journals are. So, it set out to dupe them with a completely fake study…
More than half of the journals John Bohannon submitted his paper about the fictitious, anticancer properties identified in a lichen compound were accepted for publication.
The first and easiest clue that could have been picked out by the journals was that the study’s author, Ocorrafoo Cobange, does not exist as a real person, nor does his research institute, the Wassee Institute of Medicine.
But beyond that, Bohannon wrote in Science that “any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper’s short-comings immediately."…
The experiment was testing so-called “open-access” journals — those that are not subscription based…
Of the 304 submissions of the fake study during a 10-month timeframe (only 255 submitted received some sort of response from editors) 157 seemed to miss the study’s “fatal flaws"… Of the 106 submissions that did undergo review, only 36 recognized the scientific problems with the study. Sixteen publications, even with “damning reviews,” still accepted the paper.
(Thanks to reader Dean.) 

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Geldof: warming could wipe us out by 2030

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (7:39am)

Warming alarmists are growing even more hysterical, despite a failure of the world’s atmosphere to warm for 15 years. Take Bob Geldof:
The musician-turned-activist reckons the world will end in 2030 - leading to the extinction of humankind…
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” he told a group of youngsters at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently
And:
“We’re in a very fraught time,” he added. ”There will be a mass extinction event. That could happen on your watch. The signs are that it will happen and soon.”

The global warming faith has inspired enormous idiocy and scaremongering, in part because of the prophet’s licence - that a lie told to save humanity is a virtue. 

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Syria too hard. Obama fights Indian war instead

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (7:35am)

It’s a tribute, if anything, yet nothing is too trivial for the offence industry - or Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama says he would “think about changing” the Washington Redskins’ name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word many consider offensive to Native Americans…
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he said in the interview, which was conducted Friday at the White House.

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Abbott damned after three weeks of not breaking promises

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (7:00am)

Tony Abbott was sworn in less than three weeks ago and has three years to make good his promises. But Peter van Onselen seems rather impatient to see failure already:
TONY Abbott went to the 2013 election with a raft of promises, but the three which formed the cornerstone of his rhetoric were stopping the boats, paying back Labor’s debt and scrapping the carbon tax.  In Indonesia this week Abbott all but conceded stopping the boats might be impossible.
I didn’t read that at all in what Abbott actually said in Indonesia:

Mr Abbott said the Coalition stood by its election promises, “but above all else we want to work effectively to stop the boats. In the end, that is all that really counts.”
But van Onselen detects a softening regardless:
Slowing the flow seems to be the new mantra. In fact a very senior member of Team Abbott told me that he thought that slowing down boat arrivals would be enough to satisfy the Australian people. Perhaps, but it would also represent a broken promise. Abbott and his minister Scott Morrison have already blown out the time frame for achieving the stop the boats promise: from one year to three years.
Actually both Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison spelled out well before the election the obvious point - that stopping the boats would take time. They said they hoped to achieve it in three years, and boats arrivals would be down by then to about three a year, or the number which arrived under John Howard. The time frame has not “blown out”. It is what it always was.
Van Onselen continues:

Paying back Labor’s debt is no longer a short term commitment, with the Coalition saying it might even take up to 10 years (that’s not a misprint) before it can deliver a single surplus budget. During the week Joe Hockey made moves to differentiate between infrastructure debt and other forms of debt, presumably because Abbott says he wants to be an infrastructure PM, which means spending lots of cash. The bottom line: debt is likely to be much higher come the next election than it was at the last election.
I would indeed like to hear stronger commitments to reducing the debt, and don’t want to hear rumors of new plans to raise borrowings. But let us see what actually happens first. Oh, and the time frame given for repayment was not specified before the election. I’ve heard no change since.
Van Onselen on the third promise:
Finally there is the carbon tax. On this score I have no doubt Abbott will repeal Labor’s policy, thus fulfilling his pledge. But come the next election will voters be satisfied with a scorecard of only one out of three promises lived up to?
Isn’t is absurdly early, less than three weeks into a three-year term, to be discussing broken promises, not one of which has yet occurred?
This government demands to be judged on outcomes, not spin. And so it should be.
Let’s see. 

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Do refugee programs make us less safe?

Andrew Bolt October 06 2013 (6:52am)

Another who, given refuge in the West, then seeks to destroy it:
A BRITISH jihadist is suspected of developing chemical weapons for the terrorists behind the Kenyan shopping centre massacre, raising fears that al-Qaeda will use them on Western targets.
Madhi Hashi, 24, is accused of being a leading figure in al-Shabaab, the African affiliate of al-Qaeda. He was captured while preparing to fly to Yemen to discuss the group’s campaign…
Mr Hashi was born in Mogadishu and came to Britain in 1995, obtaining citizenship in 2004. Last summer his family was told that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, had revoked his citizenship because he was “involved in Islamist extremism and presented a risk to national security”.

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Collecting those Woolworths animal cards & don't know what to do with the joining bits? Why, make some dragonflies with them of course! 
I tried giving them to her .. but she wasn't having any of it .. ed
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The Kotel, situated in the middle of Jerusalem, is a holy place and home to many, but this night it was home of the new recruits of the Air Defense Battalion who were being sworn into the Israel Defense Forces. One hundred and fifty soldiers stood at the Kotel swearing their allegiance to the IDF. These soldiers are taught to operate the Iron Dome missile defense system.
It was a historical night for the 150 soldiers who stood under the stars in the Old City of Jerusalem. Standing at the Kotel —  called the Western Wall in English — the soldiers were swearing their allegiance to protect the people and the State of Israel. Many of the new IDF recruits, who serve as soldiers in the Air Defense Command, protect Israel’s civilians against attacks by operating the Iron Dome missile defense system.

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Algemeiner: Israel Defense Forces officers said three recent incidents of Arab unrest that had to be quelled by soldiers indicate an uptick in violence, mainly from the Jenin refugee camp, Qalandiya, Balata and Hebron, Israel’s Ma’ariv daily reported.

“We’ve seen a steadyincrease in the activity level of resistance forces in the villages and in the camps,” Lt. Col. Itamar Kohl, deputy commander of the Binyamin Brigade, told Ma’ariv. “The more time we remain in the field, the greater the likelihood of a popular local demonstration, what I call ‘temporary’ disturbance, unplanned without a specific focus that is known in advance.”

The officer said demonstrations are rarely armed, but can be. Violence comes from crowds of up to 100 young people, throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at the soliders, he said.
While raids on known terrorists are more straight forward for his soldiers, the need to differentiate between armed riots and popular demonstrations compels the IDF to tread with more caution.
“If in a public disturbance of 1,500 people, I endanger and hurt one woman, child or an innocent person, not related to the event, I’d be breaking our rules,” he said.

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Sar-El Bids Farewell to Two Board Members

Sar-El bids farewell to two of its Board Members: Marvin Shapiro and Menahem Sherman. Both have served on Sar-El’s  Board of Directors for many years. They will be sorely missed.

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The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday continued in its long campaign of incitement concerning the Temple Mount, condemning Jews who tour the holy site by suggesting that their visits represent a broader Israeli scheme to “Judaise” the site with the ultimate goal of rebuilding a Jewish Temple.
The PA-controlled media has specifically claimed that “hordes of settlers and Jewish extremists plan to storm and desecrate the Aksa Mosque” – part of a broader campaign of incitement by Islamist extremists in Jerusalem which has triggered several Palestinian riots at the Temple Mount over the past few months.

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These days, the Arab media are full of reports about diplomatic activities regarding the Syrian issue, and commentators’ articles dealing with this matter fill whole pages in the newspapers of the Arab world. They all try to ascertain if there will be an American military action, what its scope will be, how powerful it will be, what its goals will be, how long it will last, and especially, what the consequences of the action will be. But there is one important voice which is almost not heard at all in this whole chorus of analysts – the Saudi voice – and it seems that someone there – the king? – may have imposed a gag order on the commentators.
To get a deeper understanding of the reason for this, I contacted a Saudi colleague, with whom I correspond occasionally. He is a member of the royal family, but is not in the inner circles of decision making. Nevertheless, he is well acquainted with the way the Saudi leaders think, he is aware of the considerations and feelings that drive it and has a deep understanding of what is said and what is not said there. At first he refused to speak, and only after a “preliminary conversation” did he consent. This is how it is in the Middle East: everything is based on personal relationships, and Arabic is the entry bridge into the emotions of the region’s people.
He preferred to speak about “The Gulf,” not Saudi Arabia, in order to present a united front regarding the events in Syria and its environs. This is not exactly correct, because the positions of Saudi Arabia (which is the main supplier and supporter of the Salafi fighters in Syria) and those of Qatar (which stand behind the Free Syrian Army), are not identical, and the United Arab Emirates is much more active than Oman. But despite the differences in approach among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, their basic attitudes are very similar.

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Media facilitates a powerful sway consistent with purposeful agendas. It far impedes realisation of fact for not only the general public, but guides an intended, specific network of frontally nudging policymakers towards a focused orientation.

It's all fashioned and very slick.
Into the Fray: How urban legends become ‘universal truths’
Given potential for publicised relevance, though often lost amid such deceptive practises, are logic's analyses, which might then, openly and with chance of clarity, disavow any intention of certain and biased perpetrations employed for driving a socio-political course.

"The Haber interview is a prime example of how unrestrained access to the media is used to create the public impression that a policy of territorial withdrawal and political appeasement is not only beneficial, but unavoidable." - Martin Sherman

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...Israeli Jews know the fate of non-Muslim minorities in the Arab and Muslim world. If Israel acknowledges that all Jews would be evacuated from a putative Palestinian state it is not because they agree with the Arab vision of a Judenrein entity but because even those on the left know the Jews there would last as long as the greenhouses left behind in Gaza in 2005. Those “Arab Jews” that Lustick thinks will be at home in the Greater Palestine he envisages know exactly what fate awaits them in a world where they are not protected by a Jewish army.
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October 4, 2013 from Mike Hollingshead on Vimeo.
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<Just back from being at Circular Quay to watch the International Naval Review and dinner with some great friends!>
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I hope God will overlook and forgive me for the days I didn't pray & do what was right when I know it was wrong.
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Saturday night in my home is about catching up with email and the news after a day’s Sabbath hiatus. Last night I was upset to learn that a nine-year-old girl from Psagot had been shot at close range through the neck. At first, it was thought she had been shot by a sniper, but later reports clarified the matter. The girl, (whose name hasn’t been reported at the time of this writing, though prayer requests have been circulating for Noam bat Michal Rachel) reported that she saw her attacker’s balaclava; that he attacked her while she was at play in her yard.
I learned the news as always, in bits and pieces. Each news story added something until I had a fairly clear picture of what had happened. I saw pieces from TLVFaces, the Jewish PressIsrael National News, Ynet, and the Jerusalem Post. Only this morning did I see the piece by the Times of Israel, which made my gut clench. The reason? The use of the word “settlement” in the title: “Israeli girl, 9, hurt in suspected terror attack at settlement.”
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The title’s designation of Psagot as a settlement seemed more a political statement than an issue of delineating the location of the attack, since “Psagot” is more specific than “settlement.”
This perspective is lent strength on examination of the URL for the piece:http://www.timesofisrael.com/nine-year-old-girl-shot-in-west-bank-settlement/ As a blogger at TOI, I sometimes decide to change the title of a piece after it has been published, but the URL is immutable and remains the same, no matter how many times I update the title display.

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Sometimes when reading the British media’s coverage of the Middle East, it seems as if some ‘professional’ reporters either have little expertise on the issues they’re writing about or that their employer lacks such high-tech, super-sophisticated research tools as, say, Google.
The Economist’s recent article on Hamas’s continuing isolation (Lonely Hamas, Sept. 7), is a case in point.
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First, in fairness, the report does paint a largely accurate picture of the pressure being placed on the Islamist group by Egypt’s new regime:
THE Gaza Strip, an enclave tucked between Egypt and Israel that is still ruled by Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is once again caged in. Egypt’s ruling generals, fearful that what they see as an Islamist tumour on their north-eastern flank might grow back into a Brotherhood cancer, want to contain it, if not cut it out. So they have sent bulldozers to demolish the houses along the border with Gaza that covered the tunnels providing Gaza’s 1.8m people with half their basic needs and most of their fuel and building material.
Of some 300 tunnels that operated before Egypt’s army overthrew Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brother who had been president for a year, only ten are said now to function. 
Later, there’s also this fair assessment of why the ‘Zionist enemy’ (at least temporarily) no longer seems like Hamas’s greatest threat:
If it is to survive as Gaza’s ruler, Hamas will have to rely on its old foe, Israel. While Egypt has choked off access to Gaza, Israel has loosened it, with 400 lorries recently entering the strip from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing in a single day, the liveliest such traffic for many years. “If they increase demand, we’re ready to step up,” says an Israeli military spokeswoman.
At Friday prayers, some Hamas preachers curse Egypt more than Israel. 
Good so far. However, then, in the final paragraph,

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How could I not begin today by blogging about the Arab terror attack in Psagot?  Even though I already had a slew of tabs for news sites with more or less the same news about the nine year old girl, amazingly alive, after being shot in the upper chest or neck (not clear from the news I've read so far) I decided to google it and see which news sites have it featured:

I had been following the story last night before going to sleep.  This morning there isn't all that much new about the story except for the fact that definite signs of a break in were discovered, and Israeli security forces entered Ramallah to search for the terrorists.  Even the New York Times has the story, though I have no idea if it will be featured or buried.

Psagot is in the same regional council, like a state or county, as Shiloh, Mateh Binyamin, the Benjamin Regional Council.  If I can trust my memory, it was a brand new yishuv when we moved to Shiloh in 1981.  It's just to the east of Ramallah, and the running joke was that it was a new neighborhood of the Arab city.  In those days the main road from Jerusalem to Shiloh went through Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods in the direction of Atarot, then straight north through Ramallah-Al Birah, passed Beit El and then followed to the east after the Jelazoun refugee camp, then Vaadi Charamiya continuing norhth to Shiloh.  The present route via Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev, Adam, Sha'ar Binyamin, Ma'avar Michmas, Givat Asaf, Ofra, Vaadi Charamiya and then Shiloh is the post-Oslo road that Yitzchak Rabin had built so that Jewish Israelis wouldn't need to drive through Arab towns.
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In any sane world, Cohen should be ashamed to go out in public after writing such a thoroughly embarrassing article. In any sane world, theTimes would let him go because of the danger Cohen's columns bring to its own rapidly sinking reputation.
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  • “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians … but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland”. Mahmoud Abbas in Falastin a-Thaura (official PLO Journal), MARCH 1976.
  • “This will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Tartar massacre or the Crusader wars.”– Arab League Secretary-GeneralAzzam Pasha, October 11, 1947 in Akhbar al-Yom interview. 
The “return” to Israel of Palestinian “refugees” is a central demand of Palestinians and their supporters. This demand is based on a misrepresentation of international law and of the causes of Palestinian displacement in 1947-48. But it should not scare Israel. If applied fairly to Jews and Palestinians alike, Palestinians’ definition of “refugees” would benefit Israel. And if the “Right of Return” as advanced by pro-Palestinian activists were law — which it is not — it would represent Israel’s strongest claim yet to critical parts of Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria.
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“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”Isaiah 55:6NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights."
1 Kings 19:8
All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for wantonness or boasting. When the prophet Elijah found the cake baked on the coals, and the cruse of water placed at his head, as he lay under the juniper tree, he was no gentleman to be gratified with dainty fare that he might stretch himself at his ease; far otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mount of God. When the Master invited the disciples to "Come and dine" with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, "Feed my sheep"; further adding, "Follow me." Even thus it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master's service. We come to the passover, and eat of the paschal lamb with loins girt, and staff in hand, so as to start off at once when we have satisfied our hunger. Some Christians are for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ. Earth should be a preparation for heaven; and heaven is the place where saints feast most and work most. They sit down at the table of our Lord, and they serve him day and night in his temple. They eat of heavenly food and render perfect service. Believer, in the strength you daily gain from Christ labour for him. Some of us have yet to learn much concerning the design of our Lord in giving us his grace. We are not to retain the precious grains of truth as the Egyptian mummy held the wheat for ages, without giving it an opportunity to grow: we must sow it and water it. Why does the Lord send down the rain upon the thirsty earth, and give the genial sunshine? Is it not that these may all help the fruits of the earth to yield food for man? Even so the Lord feeds and refreshes our souls that we may afterwards use our renewed strength in the promotion of his glory.

Evening

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."
Mark 16:16
Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied, "We shall be saved if we repent, and forsake our sins, and turn to God." "Yes," said a middle-aged female, "and with a true heart too." "Aye," rejoined a third, "and with prayer"; and, added a fourth, "It must be the prayer of the heart." "And we must be diligent too," said a fifth, "in keeping the commandments." Thus, each having contributed his mite, feeling that a very decent creed had been made up, they all looked and listened for the preacher's approbation, but they had aroused his deepest pity. The carnal mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord's way is quite the reverse. Believing and being baptized are no matters of merit to be gloried in--they are so simple that boasting is excluded, and free grace bears the palm. It may be that the reader is unsaved--what is the reason? Do you think the way of salvation as laid down in the text to be dubious? How can that be when God has pledged his own word for its certainty? Do you think it too easy? Why, then, do you not attend to it? Its ease leaves those without excuse who neglect it. To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely upon Christ Jesus. To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance which our Lord fulfilled at Jordan, to which the converted ones submitted at Pentecost, to which the jailer yielded obedience the very night of his conversion. The outward sign saves not, but it sets forth to us our death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus, and, like the Lord's Supper, is not to be neglected. Reader, do you believe in Jesus? Then, dear friend, dismiss your fears, you shall be saved. Are you still an unbeliever, then remember there is but one door, and if you will not enter by it you will perish in your sins.
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Today's reading: Isaiah 23-25, Philippians 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 23-25

A Prophecy Against Tyre
1 A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For Tyre is destroyed
and left without house or harbor.
From the land of Cyprus
word has come to them.
2 Be silent, you people of the island
and you merchants of Sidon,
whom the seafarers have enriched.
3 On the great waters
came the grain of the Shihor;
the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre,
and she became the marketplace of the nations.
4 Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
for the sea has spoken:
“I have neither been in labor nor given birth;
I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters.”
5 When word comes to Egypt,
they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre....

Today's New Testament reading: Philippians 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God....
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Festus

[Fĕs'tus] - joyful, festal, prosperous.Porcius Festus was a Roman governor of Judea in the reign of Nero (Acts 24:27; 25; 26:24, 32).

The Man Who Called Paul Mad

Felix, seeking to court the favor of the Jews, left Paul in prison, thinking that the Jews would compensate him for such a favor. This act was an investment in iniquity. But the Jewish complaints against Felix led to his recall by Nero, so Paul passed into the hands of Festus, Felix'successor. Festus, not knowing much about Jewish matters, brought the question of Paul's imprisonment before Agrippa who was conversant with many aspects of the Jewish religion. It perplexed Festus to know that Paul, a Jew with the utmost reverence for the Law and the worship of the Temple, was yet hated by his compatriots.
Agrippa agreed to hear Paul for himself, so we come to the apostle's masterly defense before the king and Bernice. With a wonderful vividness Paul gave a retrospective analysis of his former life and then a sketch of his present sacrificial witness to Christ as the risen, glorified Son of God. Such was the impact of Paul's remarkable appeal that Festus, the Roman governor, forgot the usual dignity of his office and burst out into a loud laugh of scorn saying: "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad."
With characteristic calmness and with a firm control of his natural impulses so that no unguarded utterance might escape his lips, Paul answered Festus in all courtesy: "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness." In his incomparable Bible Characters, Alexander Whyte says that a single word will sometimes immortalize a man. "What will you give me?" was all Judas said. So with one word Festus is as well known to us as if a whole chapter had been written about him. He said Paul was mad.
But the uncontrolled and unbecoming outburst of Festus did not stagger Paul. Did they not say of his Master, for whom he had suffered much "He is beside Himself"? The apostle counted it a privilege to share his Master's madness. Later on, he wrote about being a fool for His sake. He knew that no man is a true Christian who is not the world's fool (1 Cor. 3:18; 4:10; 2 Cor. 11:23). All around us are those who have never been borne along by the enthusiasm of God, who deem the spiritual man to be mad (Hos. 9:7).
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October 5, 2011
Damaged Goods
Carol Davis
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"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Psalm 51:17(NIV, 1984)
I walked down the aisle of the discount grocery looking for a bargain that I couldn't live without. It's always hit and miss in this store...and I had missed...again.
But, I passed by a bin that caught my eye. "Damaged Goods." It was filled with dented cans and missing labels...no real rhyme or reason, just random items that were not shelf worthy. And suddenly, I knew just how they felt.
Life sometimes delivers the unexpected. Lessons learned in the school of hard knocks bruise us, dent us and remove the label that defines who we are. We feel as if we have been tossed into a bin, no longer worthy of a place on the shelf. Some people substantiate the lie that we are second class failures and all hope is gone.
So, I leaned over and intentionally chose a dented can with no label from the bin. I got it home and placed it on the can opener with anxious anticipation. The whirr of the can opener finally penetrated the metal lid to reveal....peaches!!! I let out a school girl squeal! I love peaches!! What a treat to open this can and be greeted by one of my favorite fruits. The can was damaged but the contents were still good...and sweet.
God must have smiled...because at that moment the sunshine beamed in my kitchen window. I knew in my heart there was a lesson.
I have been damaged. We all have to some degree. I am not living the life that I dreamed about when I was a kid. However, the damage that I have suffered has made the contents of my heart so much sweeter, so much more compassionate, so much more in pursuit of Jesus. I have been looked down upon and judged by many who have seen my label missing and slapped on their own.
I've wanted to say, "Don't judge too quickly. My damage has not defined me...but, it is refining me." I may sometimes be at the bottom of the life's bin, but Jesus paid as high a price for those of us at the bottom as He did for those that are proudly displayed on the top shelf.
Look around. Is there someone in your life, your family or your church that you consider "damaged goods"? Don't miss an opportunity to reach out to them, to love them. You just might find a friendship that is good...and sweet.
Dear Lord, my life hasn't turned out exactly turned out like I thought it would. But, I know that You can still use me. Please forgive me for labeling others and judging them by their outside circumstances instead of the work that You are doing in their heart. Help me realize that we all have dents but that's what keeps us desperate for a Savior. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Connect with Carol on her blog where she's sharing more encouragement and giving away a copy of Renee Swope's new book, A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises.
Application Steps:
Write down all the life circumstances that have 'dented' your heart. Ask God to use your dents and scratches for your good and His glory.
Have you been judged unfairly? How did that make you feel?
Reflections:
Is there someone I am judging unfairly? By their circumstance? Or life situation?
What can I do to reach out to that person today?
Power Verses:
Psalm 34:18, "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (NIV)
Isaiah 61:1, "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..." (NIV, 1984)
© 2011 by Carol Davis. All rights reserved.
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October 5, 2011
Follow Me
Today's Truth
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. 'Follow me,' Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him (Luke 5:27-28, NIV).
Friend to Friends
I was at a funeral for the father of a friend of mine. Amazingly three of the deceased's nephews were preachers and each wanted a turn at eulogizing Uncle Bob. There was a Baptist, a Pentecostal, and Methodist. It was a long service. One of the preacher's stories about ole Uncle Bob really tickled me. I've changed the names, but let's let nephew John tell the story…..
"When I was a young boy of 17, I was working in the family business, and didn't yet have my driver's license. Uncle Bob came over one day, took me by the arm, and said, 'Boy, it's time to go and get your driver's license.
"But Uncle Bob," I argued, "I haven't practiced enough. I'm not good enough yet."
"Don't you worry about that, son," he said. "I'll teach you what you need to know on the way."
So off they went to the Department of Motor Vehicles. One young man with nervous clammy hands. One older man with a determined knowing grin. John parked the car, not between the lines, but right smack dab in the middle of two spaces with the line running under the middle of the car. He very nervously walked into the building, fumbled through the driving test, and miraculously came out with a certificate and a license.
"I always wondered how in the world I passed that test," the now older man mused. "But years later I found out. Uncle Bob knew the Patrolman who administered the test."
Wow! I sat there on the edge of my seat! That was the gospel! Jesus takes us by the hand and tells us its time to get started moving on with Him. "Follow me," He calls. Sometimes we tell Him, "I'm not ready. I need more practice. I'm not good enough yet."
But Jesus says, "Don't you worry about that. Follow Me and I'll teach you what to do along the way."
Have you been putting off doing something that God has called you to do because you feel like you're not ready? If so, don't put it off any longer. Jesus says, "Follow me." He'll take care of the rest.
Have you been putting off accepting Jesus as your personal Savior because you feel you're not ready? If so, Jesus says, "Follow me." What are you waiting for?
Let's Pray
Dear God, sometimes I am hesitant to do what You are calling me to do because I don't feel that I'm ready. But I know that I am ready the moment You call me and that You will supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory. I am so thankful that we never have to get ready to be saved! You tell us to come as we are. "Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me." Hallelujah! "Oh Lamb of God, I come. I come."
In Jesus' Name,
Amen
Now It's Your Turn
Is there something that God is calling you to do but you have put it off because you feel you're not ready?
Do you think that God would call us to a task and leave us to fend for ourselves?
If you have not accepted Jesus as Your Savior, what's stopping you? If He has called, then you ARE ready. Don't worry about being good enough. None of us ever could be. But He will teach you what you need to know along the way.
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Perfect Storm: One last obstacle before reaching Rome

Today's reading: Acts 27
Acts 27:22 "But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed."
This chapter gives an eyewitness account of an ocean storm, the once-in-a-decade kind of storm that survivors never forget. Dense clouds blot out the sun and stars for many days and nights; the entire shipload of 276 passengers and crew goes without food for two weeks, and no one knows whether the passengers will survive to see another day. No one, that is, except the apostle Paul.
Prisoner in Charge
Luke vividly depicts the onboard frenzy: sailors lashing ropes around their groaning ship, the crew heaving precious food supplies and even the ship's tackle overboard, Roman soldiers with drawn swords halting the sailors' save-our-own-necks escape attempts and preparing to slash their prisoners' throats. In the midst of all this hysteria stands the apostle Paul, calmly foretelling what will happen next. God has promised him he will visit Rome, a vision has confirmed it and Paul never doubts it, even when the boat breaks in pieces around him.
Once more Paul reveals himself as a man of unassailable courage. The Roman centurion surely recognizes it: He grants Paul extraordinary privileges and protection. By the end of the storm, everyone on the ship is following the advice of the unflappable prisoner from Tarsus.

Life Question

  • How do you normally react in a crisis?
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