Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott is consistent and has a good record. Yet lies told to the press are coming home to roost .. and the journalists who spread the lies, seeing that the lies have no substance, are now claiming Abbott has changed. Abbott has not changed, the journalists who reported on him claiming he was misogynistic, aggressive, dismissive, thoughtless, and lacking compassion are wrong. One highly lauded liar is Malcolm Farr, political editor of the Daily Telegraph. Farr tweeted today Abbott had taken a softly softly approach to policy direction, but that only obscures the fact that Farr was pro ALP and spread their lies and memes which, now Abbott is PM, is clearly seen to be untrue. Another highly lauded liar is Julia Gillard, who sadly has broken her gift of silence she made to the ALP and claims misogyny has ruined her stewardship as PM. The truth is incompetence on her part prevented Gillard from making a single good decision for the nation's welfare. 
Abbott is a conservative, his approach to the issue of global warming is consistent with that. Even if it were the case the hysterical IPCC prognosis of climate change was true, the best way to address it is to maintain a strong industry for the time that a solution is found. One solution Australia should embrace is nuclear power. However, that is at odds with another scare run by the ALP. 
In contrast to Abbott there is Obama. Obama is a liar and failure in policy areas. The US debt under Obama has reached $17 trillion US. When the US debt was $6 trillion US under Bush, Obama had said it was a sign of weak leadership. Mr Bush, please, come back. We need a leader like you for the US.
Happy birthday and many happy returns to those born on this day, across the years, along with
86 BC – Sallust, Roman historian (d. 34 BC)
208 – Alexander Severus, Roman emperor (d. 235)
1207 – Henry III of England (d. 1272)
1808 – Mary Anna Custis Lee, American wife of Robert E. Lee (d. 1873)
1847 – Annie Besant, English activist and author,Indian Leader (d. 1933)
1881 – William Boeing, American engineer and businessman, founded the Boeing Company (d. 1956)
1887 – Shizuichi Tanaka, Japanese general (d. 1945)
1890 – Stanley Holloway, English actor and singer (d. 1982)
1893 – Yip Man, Chinese martial artist (d. 1972)
1910 – Bonnie Parker, American criminal (d. 1934)
1910 – Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, American-Israeli rabbi and scholar (d. 2012)
1912 – Kathleen Ollerenshaw, English mathematician and politician
1920 – Walter Matthau, American actor (d. 2000)
1925 – Bob Boyd, American baseball player (d. 2004)
1927 – Tom Bosley, American actor (d. 2010)
1930 – Richard Harris, Irish actor, singer-songwriter, producer, and director (d. 2002)
1935 – Julie Andrews, English actress and singer
1949 – André Rieu, Dutch violinist, conductor and composer
1990 – Pedro Filipe Mendes, Portuguese footballer
331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.
959 – Edgar the Peaceable becomes king of all England.
1189 – Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar since 1184, is killed in the Siege of Acre.
1553 – Coronation of Queen Mary I of England.
1800 – Spain cedes Louisiana to France via the Treaty of San Ildefonso.
1811 – The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1827 – Russo-Persian War: The Russian army under Ivan Paskevich storms Yerevan, ending a millennium of Muslim domination inArmenia.
1843 – The News of the World tabloid begins publication in London.
1880 – First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison.
1890 – Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress.
1903 – Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
1908 – Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825.
1910 – Los Angeles Times bombing: A large bomb destroys the Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, California, killing 21.
1918 – World War IArab forces under T. E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia" capture Damascus.
1943 – World War IINaples falls to Allied soldiers.
1946 – Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg Trials.
1957 – First appearance of In God We Trust on U.S. paper currency.
1982 – Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).
2013 – The United States federal government shutdown of 2013 begins.
959 – Eadwig, English king (b. 941)
1985 – E. B. White, American author (b. 1899)
2012 – Shlomo Venezia, Greek-Italian author and Holocaust survivor (b. 1923)

Abbott is no neo-con

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (2:32pm)

Sam Roggeveen on Tony Abbott, already being underestimated by so many journalists:
But both Tony Abbott’s friends and enemies should disabuse themselves of any notion that he is some kind of a radical neoconservative…
As he told ABC’s 7.30: ‘I supported [Iraq], but a lot of people would question its wisdom and its outcomes...’
The interview ...  revealed a realist streak in Abbott’s foreign policy thinking. His instinct is always to support the US alliance, but ‘I just think we need to be very careful in a situation like this [Syria] because we can easily make a bad situation worse by acting precipitously’…
Those who now call themselves conservative in America are essentially political radicals, who hold dogmatic views about taxation, the size of government, sexual morality and the use of US power, all of which are totally divorced from context and circumstance…
The tradition of thought Abbott draws on for his conservatism could not be more different. Battlelines is peppered with references to Roger Scruton, Michael Oakeshott and Edmund Burke, each of whom in their different ways dedicated their work to resisting the threat posed by extremist ideology of all kinds. One of the defining features of this type of conservatism is that it is anti-ideological. Ideology presupposes that a system of government can be perfected by abstracting it, thus pulling it away from the concrete practices of particular societies. But as Abbott says in Battlelines, ‘Conservatism starts with an appreciation of what is and what has been and tries to discern the good from patterns of conduct.’…
British Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan wrote glowingly in the UK Daily Telegraph recently that Abbott ‘has no time for the notion, favoured by some Melbourne clever dicks, that Australia is an Asian power: his country’s alliances with Britain, the United States and the other Anglophone democracies are central to his worldview.’ Actually ... Abbott [has] said: ‘Decisions which impact on our national interests will be made in Jakarta, in Beijing, in Tokyo, in Seoul, as much as they will be made in Washington.’
Judging by what Abbott has said and written on the topic, the Anglosphere ... does have its place as part of Australia’s relations with the world, particularly in defence and intelligence sharing. But for Abbott, the Anglosphere is a primarily an intellectual construct, a common heritage of civic institutions, art, literature and ideas, not a diplomatic tool. Don’t expect Abbott to turn his back on Asia.


Grow up, Gillard. No victim ever becomes Prime Minister

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (2:30pm)

I find it pathetic that a Prime Minister trawls through the sludge of the Internet, taking offence at the abuse:
In her first serious interview since her removal from office on June 26, Ms Gillard told a sell-out audience at the Sydney Opera House that she was all too aware of the sexist treatment of her on the internet and elsewhere but chose not to engage despite a feeling of ”murderous outrage”.
Gillard was no more harshly dealt with than is Abbott already. If I wanted to take an acid bath in the social media just as corrosive as Gillard’s I could do it every day and go mad - if I took the abuse of strangers as seriously as does Gillard.
The “social” media does not define rational Australia, and adults do not let Internet trolls colonise their minds. So it is scary that the abuse of bloggers and tweeters so got to Gillard that it’s turned her into a professional victim, cheered to the echo at the Sydney Opera House last night just for bleeding. (Watch it here.)
For this and similar reasons, last night was a disaster for Gillard. Or, at least, it was the last act of a poorly-scripted tragedy. A melodrama, really, staged for the infantile and the willing wounded.
Imagine: would John Howard ever spend an evening in front of an audience complaining how some people were mean to him? Would Tony Abbott? Did Margaret Thatcher?
If the ABC had done this to Gillard we’d never have heard the end of how vicious and sexist people were to a poor, defenceless Prime Minister.  Indeed, the tweet, referring to oral sex, would almost certainly have never made it to air or would have been removed immediately with full ABC grovel. Instead:

THE ABC’s flagship panel show Q&A has published a vile sexual tweet about Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Almost 15 hours after the show aired a leadership debate with Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese, the tweet remained on the ABC’s website today.
The tweeter referred to watching Q&A or performing a sexual act related to Mr Abbott and ended with “Decisions, decisions."…
Publication of the tweet degrading Mr Abbott came after former Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed her own reaction to sexism directed at her.

(Thanks to readers Michael and Lime Lite.) 


Palmer now seven votes ahead

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (10:31am)

Clive Palmer’s margin in Fairfax nearly doubles this morning - to seven


Abbott gets the cooperation from Indonesia his media critics dismissed

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (9:59am)

We were told - incorrectly - that Tony Abbott had offended the Indonesian government.
We were told - incorrectly - that Indonesia would resist Tony Abbott’s policy to return boat people to Indonesia.
We were told - incorrectly - that Tony Abbott was too clumsy for diplomacy with Indonesia.
And now comes the row-back after a meeting between Abbott and the Indonesian President that was warm as their one last year, from which Abbott took much encouragement.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:

The Indonesian President has made a significant concession to Tony Abbott’s demands on asylum seekers in talks in Jakarta, agreeing that Indonesia will need to make direct deals with Australia to solve the people-smuggling problem.
Until now, Indonesia’s position has been that any potential policies should be dealt with at the multilateral forum, the Bali Process… But after meeting Mr Abbott late on Monday on his first overseas trip as Prime Minister, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed the countries also needed to work one-on-one.

“Indonesia has striven to overcome this issue, but it would be much better if the co-operation was at the bilateral level,” he said…
Mr Abbott also said in the presence of Dr Yudhoyono: “People smuggling is an issue of sovereignty, especially for Australia.”
However, he emphasised Australia’s “total respect for Indonesia’s sovereignty, a total respect for Indonesia’s territorial integrity”.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who has made much of the sovereignty issue, later drew attention to these comments, saying he was “reassured”.
Reassured? Or put back in his box?

Dr Natalegawa last night seemed to step backwards, in describing the turn-back issue as a “technical aspect” of bilateral cooperation on people-smuggling… “ The key terminology that has been discussed is towards the idea of co-ordination.”
Almost zero credit has yet been given to Abbott for his diplomatic skills here, presumably because it does not fit the stereotype that the media has both created for Abbott and has persuaded itself of.
Abbott did not bite when Natalegawa accidentally - or by foolish design - released notes of his conversation with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop which the media beat up into a smackdown.
Abbott has been silent on a startling development he’s brought in almost immediately - the return of boat people to Indonesia. He has not risked stoking nationalist sentiments in Indonesia that might embarrass the President.
Abbott has had boat people not brought back to an Indonesian port but transferred to Indonesian vessels. Again, this maintains Indonesian dignity and will be almost certainly the model for future cooperation, possibly involving vessels bought by Australia for Indonesia.
Abbott went to Jakarta with Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb but not Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to put the boat people issue in the context of much broader mutual interests, including Indonesia’s own. He’s taken the temperature out of the debate.
Abbott has reassured Indonesia - and slid the stiletto into Labor - by reassuring it that never again would Australia unilaterally cut off food supplies, as Labor did by stopping live cattle exports overnight.
Abbott as Opposition Leader also refused, despite much taunting from Labor and many false claims, to betray what President Yudhoyono privately told him last year to give him confidence of Indonesian cooperation. Labor repeatedly claimed he had been too gutless to discuss with Yudhoyono his policy to turn back the boats. Abbott refused to defend himself if it meant offending Yudhoyono.
In short, Abbott has confounded the media stereotype of a bumbler and three-word-slogan man. His boat people policies are far more likely to succeed than fail.
That said, there is one big caveat. This relationship owes much to the authority and the friendship of President Yudhoyono. But Yudhoyono has just a year left to serve. Abbott will be very, very keen to get as much as possible of his boat people arrangements with Indonesia in place before a new president takes over. 


It shouldn’t be necessary to explain Abbott isn’t to blame for a sinking 50m from Indonesia’s shore

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (9:52am)

A socialist idiot suggests Tony Abbott may have let boat people drown, just as John Howard did (not). From Patrick O’Connor’s rant on the World Socialist Web Site on the sinking of a boat just 50m from the Indonesian shore:
Were Australian navy and customs vessels simply too overstretched to mount another search and rescue operation? Or is the explanation more sinister?
There is ample evidence indicating that in 2001, the Liberal-National government of Prime Minister John Howard deliberately did nothing while a refugee vessel known as SIEV X sank, resulting in the drowning of 353 people.
The explanation is actually simple:

SHALLOW waters and confusion about the location of a stricken asylum boat were among the reasons rescuers were unable to save dozens of asylum-seekers who drowned at sea on Friday…
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison...described suggestions Australian rescuers were slow to act as “offensive”, saying the first authorities heard of the foundering vessel was when one of its passengers phoned a friend in Melbourne on Friday, just hours before the boat capsized. That friend contacted the Australian Federal Police on Christmas Island at 7.57am. The AFP then called the Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency Basarnas was contacted but said it was unable to take responsibility for the search, despite the boat’s last reported location being just 15km from the Indonesian shoreline. Within hours Customs planes went to search for the boat, the location of which was relayed to Australian authorities by passengers who used text messages to phone in co-ordinates.
An alert was sent out to merchant vessels in the area but the shallow waters meant responding vessels could not assist.Survivors of the tragedy insist authorities were contacted on Thursday, a day before the boat went down.
Air Marshal Mark Binskin suggested confusion on the boat could explain the discrepancy.
“There was a large level of confusion and disorientation (on the vessel),” he said. “But there is no record of any contact before then.”
That should be enough to satisfy even a David Marr or the Greens. Shouldn’t it?
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 


Dear ABC, I want to sack only scaremongers. Like yours

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (7:51am)

Global warming - general, Media
That the ABC actually pays journalists to be green evangelists is bad enough:
That they do not tell the truth about sceptics just makes it worse:

Completely false.
From the very first paragraph of my article I made clear my argument. How could the ABC have missed it?
TIM Flannery has been sacked. But why haven’t journalists who promoted such scaremongers been sacked, too?
When will they pay the price for the most shameful collective failure of journalism in decades?..
More important is to demand accountability from the countless journalists who made heroes of his sort and terrified the public with preposterous scares about a warming that hasn’t come. 


No steel roof required: IPCC dials back the fear of extreme weather

Andrew Bolt October 01 2013 (6:49am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - general
Professor Ross Garnaut in 2007, the very peak of global warming hysteria, told his local council he had to build a steel roof on his Melbourne home.
Garnaut, who wrote massive reports on global warming policy for the Rudd Government, argued he needed protection from the extreme weather he was sure we’d get from the change in the climate.
“Severe and more frequent hailstorms will be a feature of this change,” he wrote to the City of Yarra Council, explaining why he had to be excused from the council’s heritage overlay, which required slate roofs.

If I were Garnaut, it would not now read the full report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released yesterday. Reading it would be mortifying. The report is like watching global warming alarmists swallow a chill pill.
It’s important to recall the context for this latest IPCC report - how global warming alarmists have for a decade warned of all kinds of extreme weather events that would smash our cities, kill our citizens and turn farmland into desert. Indeed, the iconic image of global warming was this poster, from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, exploiting the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe to whip up fear:

How many warming scaremongers whipped up the fear of mega droughts and savage storms?

Now for the chill pill.

It was embarrassing enough for the IPCC in the summary released last Friday to admit there has been a 15-year pause or dramatic slowdown in global warming, and that its climate models didn’t predict that or the increase in Antarctic sea ice.

But now the IPCC can’t be sure at all we’re suffering from many extreme weather events, either. It even admits its past warnings of more droughts were “overstated”.
On the hail that frightened Garnaut into demanding a steel roof:

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.
On droughts:

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.
On heatwaves:
Table 2.13 shows that there has been a likely increasing trend in the frequency of heatwaves since the middle of the 20th century in Europe and Australia and across much of Asia where there are sufficient data. However confidence on a global scale is medium due to lack of studies over Africa and South America but also in part due to differences in trends depending on how heatwaves are defined (Perkins et al., 2012).
This combined with issues with defining events, leads to the assessment that there is medium confidence that globally the length and frequency of warm spells, including heat waves, has increased since the middle of the 20th century although it is likely that heatwave frequency has increased during this period in large parts of Europe, Asia and Australia.
On heavy rain events:

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.
On cyclones and storms:

In summary, this assessment does not revise the SREX conclusion of low confidence that any reported long-term (centennial) increases in tropical cyclone activity are robust, after accounting for past changes in observing capabilities…
In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones since 1900 is low. There is also low confidence for a clear trend in storminess proxies over the last century due to inconsistencies between studies or lack of long-term data in some parts of the world (particularly in the SH).  Likewise, confidence in trends in extreme winds is low, due to quality and consistency issues with analysed data…
Over periods of a century or more, evidence suggests slight decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones making landfall in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific, once uncertainties in observing methods have been considered. Little evidence exists of any longer-term trend in other ocean basins… Several studies suggest an increase in intensity, but data sampling issues hamper these assessments…
Callaghan and Power (2011) find a statistically significant decrease in Eastern Australia land-falling tropical cyclones since the late 19th century although including 2010/2011 season data this trend becomes non-significant (i.e., a trend of zero lies just inside the 90% confidence interval).

On the trouble with detecting trends in extreme weather events:

Changes in extremes for other climate variables are generally less coherent than those observed for temperature, due to data limitations and inconsistencies between studies, regions and/or seasons. However, increases in precipitation extremes, for example, are consistent with a warmer climate. Analyses of land areas with sufficient data indicate increases in the frequency and intensity of extreme precipitation events in recent decades, but results vary strongly between regions and seasons. For instance, evidence is most compelling for increases in heavy precipitation in North America, Central America and Europe, but in some other regions—such as southern Australia and western Asia—there is evidence of decreases. Likewise, drought studies do not agree on the sign of the global trend, with regional inconsistencies in trends also dependent on how droughts are defined. However, indications exist that droughts have increased in some regions (e.g., the Mediterranean) and decreased in others
(e.g., central North America) since the middle of the 20th century.
Remember, all these quotes come not from sceptics but from the IPCC, the United Nations body most responsible for spreading panic about global warming - and the body with a strong vested interest in keeping that panic alive.
This report should have had the words “Sorry we scared you” printed in big letters on the cover.  No steel roofs are required, after all. The future is not catastrophic. The fear-mongers must now be held to account.
The full IPCC report also makes much clearer than did the sanitised summary released on Friday that the computer models used to predict our climate are so flawed that they couldn’t even predict the last 15 years of essentially no warming. The IPCC admits they probably exaggerated the effect of man’s emissions on temperatures.
So why on earth should we trust them?
A separate posting on one of the IPCC authors, written by a reader, has been deleted. Several readers thought it unfair, and on reflection I am not sure it isn’t.
From the report:

(c) Model Response Error
The discrepancy between simulated and observed GMST trends during 1998–2012 could be explained in part by a tendency for some CMIP5 models to simulate stronger warming in response to increases in greenhouse-gas concentration than is consistent with observations… This finding provides evidence that some CMIP5 models show a larger response to greenhouse gases and other anthropogenic factors (dominated by the effects of aerosols) than the real world (medium confidence). As a consequence, it is argued in Chapter 11 that near-term model projections of GMST increase should be scaled down by about 10% (Section This downward scaling is, however, not sufficient to explain the model-mean overestimate of GMST trend over the hiatus period.
Another possible source of model error is the poor representation of water vapour in the upper atmosphere… However, this effect is assessed here to be small, because there was a recovery in stratospheric water vapour after 2005…
In summary, the observed recent warming hiatus, defined as the reduction in GMST trend during 1998–2012 as compared to the trend during 1951–2012, is attributable in roughly equal measure to a cooling contribution from internal variability and a reduced trend in external forcing (expert judgment, medium confidence). The forcing trend reduction is primarily due to a negative forcing trend from both volcanic eruptions and the downward phase of the solar cycle. However, there is low confidence in quantifying the role of forcing trend in causing the hiatus, because of uncertainty in the magnitude of the volcanic forcing trend and low confidence in the aerosol forcing trend.

Almost all CMIP5 historical simulations do not reproduce the observed recent warming hiatus.
(My emboldening throughout.) 


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It was an honour to be in Jakarta, Indonesia, for my first overseas visit as Prime Minister.


Former accountant Sabirhan Hasanoff, in a courtroom sketch made during sentencing in United States Federal court by Judge Kimba Wood.

To his devastated family and friends, Sabirhan Hasanoff was a source of inspiration, a loving father of three young children, loyal husband and the first to help out anyone in need with advice, cash or moral support.
To US authorities, Hasanoff was an example of the new breed of hidden enemy.
Hasanoff was an al-Qaeda wolf in a business suit.
Raised in Australia, a resident of New York and employee of blue chip accounting firms including KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hasanoff in recent years became radicalised by American cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who preyed on successful Muslim men, making them feel guilty about their privileged lives.

He felt guilty .. he is - ed

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"Let us state the truth: if the UN allocated just one-hundredth of the moral outrage it uses against the only democracy in the Middle East, murderous dictators like Assad might have been shamed, isolated and weakened, instead of elevated, celebrated and strengthened as champions of human rights." - UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer, addressing UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 10, 2013.===

The Supreme Court has 'suggested' invalidating a 1950 law that allows the government to seize property in 'east' Jerusalem that has been abandoned by its former owners. The good news is that the court does not want to throw out the thousands of Israeli Jews who live on such properties, finally recognizing the reality that you can't expel people on that kind of scale. 
The High Court of Justice issued a recommendation on Tuesday to the state, and to lawyers fighting to undo state confiscations of east Jerusalem land, that the court declare the use of a 1950 law to justify further confiscations unconstitutional.
While some of the petitioners, such as top lawyer Avigdor Feldman, were ready to embrace the recommendation as a long-delayed righting of what they considered decades of injustice, other petitioners, like NGO Adalah’s director Hassan Jabareen and lawyer Souhad Bishara, were dismayed, viewing the suggestion as permanently anchoring in law nearly 50 years of unjust confiscations.
The court, presided over by Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis, asked all of the parties to provide legal opinions on its suggestion to declare the law’s application in east Jerusalem unconstitutional, and to give their own ideas on whether the declaration should take effect only now, or retroactively from a different date.
Only two weeks ago, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein had announced a major policy reversal in which the government would stop using the 1950 Absentee Property Law to confiscate east Jerusalem properties from Arabs for the benefit of Jews and the state.
The announcement had been designed to avoid this exact eventuality of throwing out the law’s application entirely, but may not have succeeded.



Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.
The two sides bickered and blamed each other for more than a week over Obamacare, the president's signature health care law. House Republicans insisted the spending bill include anti-Obamacare amendments. Senate Democrats were just as insistent that it didn't.
Federal employees who are considered essential will continue working. But employees deemed non-essential -- close to 800,000 -- will be furloughed.
Most furloughed federal workers are supposed to be out of their offices within four hours of the start of business Tuesday.
President Barack Obama issued a statement early Tuesday to military members and Department of Defense employees about the outcome of the shutdown.
"Those of you in uniform will remain on your normal duty status," the president said. "Congress has passed, and I am signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. And we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families."
"To all our DOD civilians—I know the days ahead could mean more uncertainty, including possible furloughs," the president added. "And I know this comes on top of the furloughs that many of you already endured this summer. You and your families deserve better than the dysfunction we're seeing in Congress. ... That's why I'll keep working to get Congress to reopen our government and get you back to work as soon as possible."


Dalia Har Sinai is not your typical grandmother. She is the woman behind the operation of the Har Sinai Farm in Susiya, located in the south Hebron hills, where she and her family have resided for the past 30 years. Har Sinai single-handedly manages the flour mill, dairy farm, and the herd of sheep and goats.
Since her husband Yair was killed by Hamas terrorists as he was grazing their flock of sheep 12 years ago, Dalia has had to struggle to keep the farm operational with the assistance of a hired shepherd, her family, and volunteers.
Dalia and her husband Yair, both originally from agricultural communities in the Hefer Valley region, near Netanya, moved to the arid desert region of Susiya with their four children in 1984 after they became religious.
“When we started here, it was really a question of survival,” Har Sinai said in an exclusive interview with Tazpit News Agency last week.
At that time, there were only 10 families living in Susiya according to Har Sinai. “But we were the only farmers among the residents. The land was barren – this was state land that had been captured from Jordan during 1967,” said Har Sinai.
The Har Sinais had plenty of experience with agriculture prior to moving to Susiya. In Emek Hefer, they ran a dairy farm and later spent four months in the United States learning about organic farming from American farmers. The couple began implementing organic farming methods in Susiya as well, growing grapes, olives, and wheat with organic farming and environmentally-friendly techniques.


An Israeli soldier on the Israel-Gaza border. Picture: AP

A PALESTINIAN man has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza strip, Palestinian medical sources say.
The victim, 36-year-old Houshabe Abou Houshabe, was a civilian. He was killed by Israeli gunfire, according to the sources.
The Israeli military said its soldiers shot two Palestinians who tampered with the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip.
The military said the Palestinians approached the fence and damaged it, posing an "imminent danger".
The army said "a hit was confirmed" on both, but refused to elaborate.
Israel considers the Gaza strip a hostile entity because the militant Islamic group Hamas rules there, and because militants in the seaside territory have carried out attacks on Israel.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/israeli-soldiers-kill-palestinian-in-gaza/story-fndir2ev-1226730524892#ixzz2gSfg5QGA

A militant, Hamas calls them a 'civilian' was shot dead for trying to breach a secure location .. threatening real civilians - ed

Anybody wanting to lampoon the Obama presidency is out of luck — there is no way to top the real thing. From being outmaneuvered by Russia to erasing red lines in Syria and getting snubbed by Iran, September was the cruelest month.
That’s only half the bad news. For as small as the president looked abroad, he looked downright childish at home.
He is following his failure to negotiate successfully on the world stage with a refusal to negotiate at all at home. His message to Republicans on both the debt ceiling and ObamaCare is the same: nyet, nyet.
Call him confused about who the enemy is.
The dynamic is startling. The more the world pushes Barack Obama around, the more he pushes back at home. It reminds me of a Mort Sahl joke from the Cold War: Every time the Soviets lock up an American, we retaliate by locking up an American.


The Unrepentant Man

Jesus Christ was just a word, a word that many times I'd heard
People used to curse and swear, it meant nothing to me - i didn't care
I did my best as I lived my life, I raised my kids and loved my wife
I was honest in all my business dealings, I was always aware of another’s feelings
I didn't have any time to pray, I was so busy every day
I gave to the poor and those in need, as for the Bible, no time to read
My days rolled along at a steady pace, no thoughts of salvation, mercy or grace
My life seemed to pass like the blink of an eye... then at last it came - my time to die.

I stood up boldly before the Son, and told him of all the things I'd done
Then He spoke to me in a voice so clear, "I called and I called but you wouldn't hear
You turned your back when you heard My voice, it made me sad, but it was your choice
When I came near, you ran away, you said you didn't want Me to stay
What more could I do when you said "No!", I'm very sorry, but you'll have to go.

To come to the Father, the way is the Son, it doesn't matter what things you have done
If my blood has cleansed you from transgression and sin
There's no victory in death, the grave has no sting
For all of my children who come back to me
And repent of their sins, they are completely set free
To live for eternity with their Father above
They are covered forever in a garment of love"

"What's that You say? it must be a joke
You know I've been a pretty good bloke
What do you mean, “There's no room for me”?
Was it really for me that You died on that tree?
Of course, I've heard of that Christmas morn, when ’Unto us a Child is born’
Who came to earth to set men free, but that Christian stuff was never for me
Can't I change my mind? Is it really too late?
Has my careless rejection really sealed my fate?"

I looked for the last time on his Wonderful face
I pleaded once more for salvation and grace
But He turned, and walked away with a sigh. I saw the tears roll down from his eye
I watched until He was well out of sight, I was in darkness now - gone was the Light.

I stood for a moment in total despair, Satan was calling from his darkest lair
He was shouting and laughing and dancing in fun
Because from the Saviour a soul he had won
In fear I now turned, to face my fate...
...And slowly I walked towards Hell's burning gate.


Matt Granz.

Check out the Vid! It's a nice dark number. 

His tour dates:

10/1/13 - Sugar Maple (Milwaukee, WI) w/Liv Mueller
10/2/13 - 8:PM - Uncommon Ground Clark (Chicago, IL) w/Don't Stop Please
---------- 10:PM - Burlington (Chicago, IL) w/Rough Magic & Angela James
10/3/13 - Greenhaus (Louisville, KY) w/State Champion
10/4/13 - The Stone Fox (Nashville, TN) w/Buffalo Clover
10/5/13 - The Way Out (St. Louis, MO) w/18 Stories & The Sons of Ill Repute
10/9/13 - Kirby's Beer Store (Wichita, KS) w/special guests
10/11/13 - Leon Gallery (Denver, CO) w/Tom Hagerman
10/12/13 - Mishawaka (Fort Collins, CO) w/Dave Simonett & Ark Life
10/16/13 - Pengilly's Saloon (Boise, ID) w/a.k.a. Belle & Travis Ward
10/19/13 - Laurelthirst (Portland, OR) w/Lewi Longmire Band
10/20/13 - Landmark Saloon (Portland, OR) for the "unhappy hour" 6 - 8PM
10/24/13 - Al's Den (Portland, OR) w/ Luther Russell
10/25/13 - Governors Cup Coffee Roasters (Salem, OR) w/Bevelers>


A court ruling that allowed girls to play on boys teams in Pennsylvania will reportedly be reconsidered this week, potentially paving the way for a ban on cross-gender play in the state.
Olivier Everts, a 15-year-old junior at Conestoga High School, has been the lead scorer on the girls' field hockey team for the past two seasons while donning the same uniform as his female counterparts, kilt included. Like hundreds of other student athletes across the state, Everts is able to compete thanks to a 1975 court decision that invalidated a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) rule that banned girls from playing on boys teams, Philly.com reports.
But PIAA officials are now deciding whether to revisit the issue, as the association joined a couple from Pittsburgh who asked a judge to overturn the 38-year-old ruling, citing the competitive imbalance boys were causing in their daughters' field hockey contests.
The association removed the previous rule banning cross-gender play from its bylaws in 1975, although individual schools can still ban the practice, PIAA Associate Executive Director Melissa Mertz told the newspaper.

gender equity arguments are stupid when applied to children .. ed
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An enormous U.N. report on the scientific data behind global warming was made available Monday, yet it offers little concrete explanation for an earthly oddity: the planet’s climate has hit the pause button.
Since 1998, there has been no significant increase in global average surface temperature, and some areas -- notably the Northern Hemisphere -- have actually cooled. The 2,200-page new Technical Report attributes that to a combination of several factors, including natural variability, reduced heating from the sun and the ocean acting like a “heat sink” to suck up extra warmth in the atmosphere.
One problem with that conclusion, according to some climate scientists, is that the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has limited the hiatus to 10-15 years. Anastasios Tsonis, distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, believes the pause will last much longer than that. He points to repeated periods of warming and cooling in the 20th century.

There was no pause in Carbon Dioxide increase .. ed

Custody hearing for Parsons children delayed:http://bit.ly/16tX7hq
I hope they get the death penalty if Erica is dead .. ed

Witness gnashing of teeth, exasperated hands in the air by Labor and their media cheersquad.>



Natural Bridges under the stars. — with Jean Dayat Natural Bridges Santa Cruz, Ca

17th solo album by Makena Monk. This time presenting you a slightly island reggae sound with a rocky bonus track. Most songs are inspired by my transition from male to female a phase i'm still in. Please enjoy this album and the songs on it.
Makena Monk
Title: Welcome To My World

All credits: Makena Monk (incl. image)
Release date: 1 August 2011

This set contains 9 sounds, total time: 43.09


<... The Toronto Sun wrote : "It was embarrassing for Suzuki to be revealed as a know-nothing huckster. But it’s equally embarrassing for the Canadian media, who for 40 years acted as Suzuki’s PR men, not real reporters like they have in Australia. "

Real reporters in Australia ?

That can be questionable also but it's a nice compliment and Suzuki obviously never assumed he would be interrogated so thoroughly.

After all, he let his guard down thinking he was considered some what special and a protected species.>


Both the al-Shabaab terrorists and the Obama family want the nation of Kenya to be under Sharia code.
Al-Arab wrote that Obama’s cousin, Musa Obama, “studied Sharia in Medina” and has called


Israel's "Tamar" oil rig

Lebanon is homing in on Israel's territorial waters, according to a report in Globes.
Official Israeli sources told the newspaper that Lebanon is about to award offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in areas that encroach on Israel's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Lebanon published tenders for offshore oil and gas explorationlicenses in early September, in five blocks in its EEZ.
It is a highly provocative act which has the potential to greatly inflame hostilities between the two nations.
“Israeli sources who examined the coordinates found that the area of the southernmost license, Block 9, encroaches on the border that Israel claims for its EEZ,” wrote Globes. “This license is considered attractive with high chances of a major natural gas discovery.”
Israel's Petroleum Commissioner Alexander Varshavsky presented the findings of this review at an international energy conference in Cyprus two weeks ago. He emphasized that Israel has refrained from taking similar steps, and did not award oil and gas exploration licenses in disputed areas.
Adv. David Kornbluth, an expert in national borders, told Globes that Israel could lose its claim to the disputed area unless it takes active steps in response to the Lebanese move.
"Legal practice says that a country that does not respond to such an act is considered as waiving its claim," he said.


Twenty families in a guarded compound in Sana'a - 90 people - are all that remain of Yemen's 2, 500-year-old Jewish communities. Very soon the young will be gone too. Timemagazine reports:

“Jews who lived their entire lives there and resisted the notion of leaving for a long time are going now. It’s time,” says Misha Galperin, the head of international development for the Jewish Agency, adding that the recent airlift was a “clandestine operation” because Yemen and Israel have no diplomatic ties.

Most of the 20 or so families that remain, including Habib’s, live behind the walls of a government compound for expats near the U.S. embassy in Sana‘a called Tourist City, cut off from the rest of society. The elders never leave. Now and again the younger men venture out to sell jewelry at a nearby market.
Reels of razor wire, soldiers and German shepherds make the entrance look like a prison. Inside it is quiet and leafy. With a playground, two ATMs, a restaurant, pharmacy and a bus to shuttle them around the compound, it has the sleepy feel of a retirement community in Florida.

The Jews, who raise goats and chickens on plots of land next to the homes of Russian oil barons and aid workers, rarely leave the compound. Instead they rely on a monthly stipend for food and rent provided by the government.===

The Truth About Syria


IRAN DOES NOT FATWA AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS . In fact, such a fatwa was never issued by Supreme Leader Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it.

An adviser to the Department of Homeland Security — who was recently promoted — is defending his use of the controversial “R4BIA” four-finger salute symbol associated with the Muslim Brotherhood as decor on his Twitter profile, a choice that elicited criticism on Sunday on the social media site and from one Israeli blog.
Mohamed Elibiary, one of 28 members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, insists the symbol is “bigger than” the Muslim Brotherhood and that to him it means “Freedom4All.” In hisTwitter profile, Elibiary describes himself as not only associated with Homeland Security but also as a “proud American” who “hearts” Egypt.

I finally have some faith in the justice system, only just. Occupy Melbourne hippies must now have faith in WORKING FOR A LIVING to pay legal costs.
Jason J-Fo

But in the Federal Court on Tuesday, Justice Tony North did uphold three of eight challenges brought by the protesters.

The Occupy Melbourne group set up camp in the Treasury Gardens in November 2011, and the next month in the Flagstaff Gardens.

Melbourne City Council officers ordered protesters to leave both parks. Those who refused were forcibly removed by police.

The occupation of the parks was meant as a protest against economic inequality, and was part of a worldwide movement that shared similar methods of protest.

Justice North largely dismissed a challenge brought by two members of the Occupy Melbourne group, James Muldoon and Sara Kerrison, against prosecutions brought by the council and police, and supported by the state government.

The two protesters now potentially face a legal bill from Melbourne City Council, Victoria Police and the government amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.>





Western military sources predict an upsurge of tension this week along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon. Moscow, Tehran and Damascus may be planning to embarrass Binyamin Netanyahu when he sits down with President Barack Obama at the White house Monday, Sept. 30, and addresses the UN General Assembly the next day, Oct. 1.
They see an opportunity to push Israel further out in the cold after the Obama administration’s brush-off in his rush to pursue relations with Tehran. Israel is seen as hitting a weak streak as a result of Washington’s cold shoulder and its own lack of military impetus as Netanyahu arrives in America to present Israel’s case to the US President and the international community.
Those sources therefore predict that Russian, Iranian and Syrian strategists may be planning to goad Israel into an ill-judged and badly-timed military response at this moment. They can then fit the Netanyahu government into the frame of the neighborhood warmonger and disrupter of the hopeful US-Russian partnership for solving the Iranian and Syrian chemical weapons issues by diplomacy.
All that needs to be done is to place a shipment of advanced or chemical weapons on the road from Syria to Hizballah in Lebanon to draw forth an Israeli air strike and start a blaze in a highly explosive sector.
The world would then turn round and say that Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani was correct when he defamed Israel in New York last week as the sole cause of Middle East wars in the last 40 years – without encountering a single dissenting voice in America – and the only nation in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
DEBKAfile’s sources report that, although President Obama stated last Friday, Sept. 27,  that he informed  America’s allies, including Israel, of his landmark phone call to Rouhani, the truth is that he has kept Jerusalem in the dark on the contacts he initiated on the Iranian and Syrian issues, although Israel is most vitally affected.
The US-Russian deal for the dismantling of Syria’s chemical arsenal was sprung on Jerusalem from Geneva on Sept. 14 without warning, as were the Washington-Tehran exchanges and understandings on Iran’s nuclear program.
Saturday, Sept. 28, US Secretary John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeated their Geneva duo performance by announcing that the UN Security Council had unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 requiring the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile.
All the 15 Council members present appreciated that the motion was toothless after the US and Russia had agreed to omit penalties for non-compliance.
The text said: “No party in Syria should use, develop, produce, acquire, stockpile, retain or transfer chemical weapons.” This wording strongly recalls Security Council Resolution 1701 which was enacted seven years ago and banned any transfer of weapons to Hizballah as the aggressor in the Second Lebanese war against Israel.
This ban was never upheld. In fact, the flow of Iranian and Syrian arms shipments to Hizballah increased from that day on, providing the Shiite terrorist organization with one of the most powerful advanced rocket arsenals in the Arab world.

Iran Knows What the West Forgot: Charm is Cheap - Algemeiner 

"Moreover, the dynamics of Obama’s diplomatic efforts reveal who’s actually winning: Obama asked Rouhani for a meeting at the UN, only to be rejected. 

So the U.S. looks like the eager party here, making it that much easier for Iran to manipulate any eventual talks in its favor.

Indeed, the more the West appears desperate to welcome Rouhani’s new tune, the less incentive Iran has to make any meaningful concessions." - Noah Beck



One might ask, “What are the peaceful “moderate” Muslims doing about the so-called “hijacking? Where is their outcry? Where is their resistance to murder, jihad and anti-Christian and anti-Jewish discrimination?”
So, here’s the wrap-up for this past week:
Nairobi, Kenya. At the mall. 68 dead, 175 injured in a slaughter by a group of Islamic radicals who separated the non-Muslims from the Muslims before shooting people dead. Apparently, four of the terrorists are American bred.

Kenyan security forces battle Al Shabaab terrorists in Nairobi mall

Israel was among those who warned Kenya's government of the high risk of an attack before the deadly assault on a Nairobi mall by Islamist terrorists, security sources have told theAFP news agency.
Cabinet ministers and Kenya's army chief had received information warning of a plan to carry out a major attack, the officials told the news agency, confirming an intelligence report leaked in Kenyan newspapers.
"Israel had warned of attacks on their business interests but apart from just being tossed from one office to another, nothing was taken out of the intelligence reports," said one official speaking on condition of anonymity.
On September 21, terrorists with automatic weapons and grenades burst into the upscale Westgate mall in Nairobi in an attack that lasted four days and left at least 67 dead.
It was claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group as retaliation for Kenya's military presence in Somalia.
The Nation newspaper said the treasury, interior, foreign affairs and defense ministers, as well as the army chief, had been told of an elevated risk.
"Briefs were made to them of increasing threat of terrorism and of plans to launch simultaneous attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa around September 13 and 20, 2013," according to the report quoted in the paper.
The report said that Israel, which has close security ties with Kenya, had warned of plans to attack Israeli property in September.


Sie glauben nicht an den Osterhasen, aber dass Geschirr von alleine in die Spülmaschine schwebt und Klopapier sich selbst ersetzt.
You do not believe in the Easter Bunny, but that dish by alone in the dishwasher floats and replaced himself with toilet paper.


Did you see what Democrat fat cat Nancy Pelosi was wearing while whining about government shutdown? Luxury Hermes scarf around her neck as she shrieked about Headstart & national parks==>



Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

It came to pass,not to stay. Many a times for us as Christians we are faced with issues, situations and circumstances that makes us doubt whether all the promises made to us in the bible can actually come to pass. Sometimes we hear a good message and our faith is stirred up within us...faith cometh by hearing..we begin to believe God for greater things. But after a while we begin to lose faith and doubt whether those promises are actually true or if they are only meant for a particular set of people. In fact, some of us actually heard clearly what God wants to do for us but our present circumstance does not in anyway indicate any possibility of manifestation. We are so overwhelmed by the problem that we fail to see the possibility of a solution.

Hannah was in such a situation. She was married to a man called Elkanah who despite his profession of love to Hannah still had another woman, Peninnah (Pearl) to warm his bed. To make matters worse Hannah was barren while her adversary had children...Have you ever been in a situation where it looks like everything is just going wrong for you...you lose your husband,lose your wife, lose your children, lose your home, lose your job and at the point of losing your mind..has anyone ever felt like world is crashing down on them. Bible says that Hannah’s adversary (Peninnah) provoked her sore..An adversary is an opponent, one who stands in your way of progress, hinders you, resist you. In fact that is the devil’s position..who or what is your own Peninnah? Remember Peninnah means pearl and from my understanding of english language pearl is supposed to be beautiful. It is used to decorate or adorn women to enhance their beauty.

Are there not things in your life that are supposed to add colour to your life but have now turned to an adversary? Are there not people who from afar look so wonderful to you but when you get close you find out they are not so so beautiful on the inside. Has God given you a good job and now it seems you’re about to lose that job? Have you had a wonderful wedding only to return to the court later to file for divorce? Peninnah! How do I deal with this pearl that has turn to a shackle. Bible says Hannah wept sore...have you been weeping secretly in your closet? Everytime children are born it reminds Hannah of her own deficiency...what testimonies have you heard and it reminds you of your own impossibilities. 

No matter how good intentioned any man may have, they don’t have the solution or the answer to your problem,have your friends in trying to help you offered you a substitute for what you really want? has your family ’organized’ a replacement for what God promised you? People say when the desirable is unavailable then the available becomes the desirable...but I beg to defer, I will not take a substitute for my promise. 
Hannah wept before Elkanah but when she discovered that her help cannot come from Elkanah she went to the Source,"GOD" For how long will you let man see your tears? The best you can get from them is sympathy. Take your tears to the one who is able to help you. 1 Samuel 1:12, bible says ’And it came to pass.May God grant you your heart’s desires in Jesus name. 1 Samuel 1:20 ’...it came to pass...’ 
86 times in the scriptures ’..it came to pass..’ As long as God has said it, it will definitely come to pass in your life in Jesus name,Amen.
Are You Equipped by The Scripture?
Every Scripture is God-breathed...so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work
(2 Timothy 3:16–17, AMP)

God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny through His Word. The Scripture tells us that as believers in Jesus Christ, we are anointed. The word “anointing” is the power of God which gives you courage, strength and ability. When you put the Word of God in you, you are receiving that anointing, you are building your faith, and you are being equipped for every good work.Focus on His truth which says you are well able to do what He has called you to do. You can accomplish your goals. You have the ideas, the creativity and talent to be successful. You can overcome every obstacle! You’ve been armed with strength for every battle, and the forces that are with you are greater than the forces that are against you.God bless you.
You were not created to be just average, tossed around by life’s circumstances, feeling constrained by negative labels or small thinking. You were created to soar and thrive. Break Out will help you go beyond your barriers, believe bigger and live the life God has for you.Go beyond your barriers in Jesus name,Amen.
Pray Along.
Heavenly Father,I thank You for the people who are there to love and support me. Make me aware of opportunities to bless and encourage others. Help me to reflect Your love in everything I say and do. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Try To Encourage Someone to Dream.The Lord had said to Abram, I will bless you and you will be a blessing to others.(Genesis 12:1-2, NLT)

Have you ever worked toward a dream, but felt worn out by the uphill climb? At times like this, you need encouragement–someone to remind you about what it will be like when you get to the finish line. God created us to need each other. You may be facing challenges that you can't overcome on your own; having a friend to walk with you in love can get you through those times. In the same way, you have something to share with others to help them along their journey. God has blessed your life in times of need, and He loves it when you turn that around and start to bless others. You can encourage others in their dreams and cheer them on as they go. When you believe in people, it gives their faith a boost. Your love and acts of kindness may be just what they needed to push on to victory.Encourage someone today and you will be blessed.Amen.

Give God the first part of the first day of every week as a reminder to say you are first in my life. #just10live
It is only as we cease our restless “doing” that we will discover what is to be done. #just10live
If we do not come apart and rest, we'll just come apart.#just10live
One doctor said: “The periods of rest I prescribe for my patients are often Sabbaths in arrears.” #just10live
If our output exceeds our input, then our upkeep will be our downfall. #just10live




Allons-y! Tenth month = Tenth Doctor. Join us this month as we celebrate the Tenth Doctor played by the brilliant David Tennant.

Tell us about your favourite Tenth Doctor moments and memories!



You did it! NBC & CNN drop pro-Hillary documentaries in response to conservative grassroots action. 

Spread the word!
You can only learn so much from a door mat. - ed
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October 1Feast day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (Catholicism);National Day in China (1949); Unification Day in Cameroon (1961);Independence Day in Cyprus and Nigeria (both 1960), and Tuvalu(1978); Filipino American History Month begins in the United States
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“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious."
Psalm 66:2
It is not left to our own option whether we shall praise God or not. Praise is God's most righteous due, and every Christian, as the recipient of his grace, is bound to praise God from day to day. It is true we have no authoritative rubric for daily praise; we have no commandment prescribing certain hours of song and thanksgiving: but the law written upon the heart teaches us that it is right to praise God; and the unwritten mandate comes to us with as much force as if it had been recorded on the tables of stone, or handed to us from the top of thundering Sinai. Yes, it is the Christian's duty to praise God. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute obligation of his life. Think not ye who are always mourning, that ye are guiltless in this respect, or imagine that ye can discharge your duty to your God without songs of praise. You are bound by the bonds of his love to bless his name so long as you live, and his praise should continually be in your mouth, for you are blessed, in order that you may bless him; "this people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise"; and if you do not praise God, you are not bringing forth the fruit which he, as the Divine Husbandman, has a right to expect at your hands. Let not your harp then hang upon the willows, but take it down, and strive, with a grateful heart, to bring forth its loudest music. Arise and chant his praise. With every morning's dawn, lift up your notes of thanksgiving, and let every setting sun be followed with your song. Girdle the earth with your praises; surround it with an atmosphere of melody, and God himself will hearken from heaven and accept your music.
"E'en so I love thee, and will love,
And in thy praise will sing,
Because thou art my loving God,
And my redeeming King."


"A living dog is better than a dead lion."
Ecclesiastes 9:4
Life is a precious thing, and in its humblest form it is superior to death. This truth is eminently certain in spiritual things. It is better to be the least in the kingdom of heaven than the greatest out of it. The lowest degree of grace is superior to the noblest development of unregenerate nature. Where the Holy Ghost implants divine life in the soul, there is a precious deposit which none of the refinements of education can equal. The thief on the cross excels Caesar on his throne; Lazarus among the dogs is better than Cicero among the senators; and the most unlettered Christian is in the sight of God superior to Plato. Life is the badge of nobility in the realm of spiritual things, and men without it are only coarser or finer specimens of the same lifeless material, needing to be quickened, for they are dead in trespasses and sins.
A living, loving, gospel sermon, however unlearned in matter and uncouth in style, is better than the finest discourse devoid of unction and power. A living dog keeps better watch than a dead lion, and is of more service to his master; and so the poorest spiritual preacher is infinitely to be preferred to the exquisite orator who has no wisdom but that of words, no energy but that of sound. The like holds good of our prayers and other religious exercises; if we are quickened in them by the Holy Spirit, they are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, though we may think them to be worthless things; while our grand performances in which our hearts were absent, like dead lions, are mere carrion in the sight of the living God. O for living groans, living sighs, living despondencies, rather than lifeless songs and dead calms. Better anything than death. The snarlings of the dog of hell will at least keep us awake, but dead faith and dead profession, what greater curses can a man have? Quicken us, quicken us, O Lord!

Today's reading: Isaiah 9-10, Ephesians 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 9-10

1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire....

Today's New Testament reading: Ephesians 3

God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus....

[Ămarī'ah] - jehovah hath said orpromised.
  1. A son of Meraioth, a priest descended from Phinehas (1 Chron. 6:7, 52).
  2. The son of Azariah, a high priest in Solomon's time (1 Chron. 6:11).
  3. A descendant of Kohath, son of Levi (1 Chron. 23:19; 24:23).
  4. Chief priest of Jehoshaphat's time ( 2 Chron. 19:11).
  5. A Levite appointed by Hezekiah to distribute tithes and offerings (2 Chron. 31:15).
  6. A man of the family of Bani who married a foreign wife (Ezra 10:42).
  7. A priest who signed the covenant (Neh. 10:3; 12:2, 13).
  8. A descendant of Judah by Perez (Neh. 11:4).
  9. An ancestor of Zephaniah the prophet in Josiah's time (Zeph. 1:1).
Lynn Cowell
September 30, 2011
Why Am I in Such a Hurry?
Lynn Cowell
"This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold-from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses." Numbers 8:4 (NIV)
During the thirty-minute drive downtown, I felt nothing but irritation. Who has time for driving school? Yes, I had received two tickets in the past three years, but I was going to change. Slowing down was on my agenda!
As soon as I found a seat, my computer-like brain turned on, allowing me to multi-task while sitting in the tiny classroom. Three "mental windows" were running: my to-do list for the day; my to-do list for the upcoming holiday; and my to-do list for a home project.
Honestly, that class could not end fast enough. Finally, when I was free to leave, I rushed out of the building. Looking down at my watch, I realized I had one hour to run to the carpet store, pick out the right color and get to the bus stop before my kids did. The store was almost 30 minutes away, but I knew I could do it.
I found the perfect color carpet and was on my way home in no time. Threw the car into reverse and...BOOM! Looking in my rearview mirror, I discovered my bumper curved around a 15-foot cement store sign. All I could do was lay my head on my steering wheel and cry, "Lord, this can't be the way You want my days to go!"
I was exhausted from the mental and physical pace I'd set for myself. I knew God had a better plan. Around that same time I was reading in Numbers 8:4, and was amazed at how God took time to attend to the details of a simple lampstand. The Bible tells us it was created out of gold with blossoms at the top. God wasn't just concerned about the function of the lampstand but also its beauty.
I knew then that if God cared about these types of details, He cared about the details of my life, too. I also realized I needed to slow down enough to seek His plans for my days, instead of cramming them with everything on my own hurried agenda.
I decided that each morning I would start praying through my schedule. Sometimes He'd show me I had too much I was trying to accomplish in too little time. Other days He'd show me I needed to say "no" to some things so I could enjoy what He had called me to say "yes" to, instead of just flying through it.
Perhaps you too are caught in the frenzy of trying to get everything done. Do you ever lay awake at night wondering if you'll finish the tasks on your list? I want to encourage you to try something that has helped me. Tomorrow, before your feet hit the ground, tell the Lord: "This is Your day, not mine. Whatever You want me to do, I will do. Whatever You don't want me to do, I won't."
Throughout the day, as your desire to get more done in less time moves in, and stress tries to take over, repeat your prayer. Soon you'll discover that handing the details of your day over to God will lead you out of chaos and into His plans for peace and purpose in your life!
By no means is my life perfect now, but most of my days are surrendered to the Lord's plans rather than the busyness of my own. And, I'm learning more and more how to live according to God's beautiful timing and pattern for my life each day.
Dear Lord, every day there seems to be so much that has to get done and so little time. I know that living life stressed and frustrated is not what You created me for. Please help me each day to only do what You want me to do and not try to do more. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Visit Lynn's blog where she discusses ways to slow down so we might enjoy those around, especially our children. And, she is giving away a copy of Glynnis's new book, I Used to Be So Organized
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Application Steps:
One a sheet of paper, create three columns. Label the first: Things No One Else Can Do. Label the second: Things I Do, but Could Delegate; and the third: Things I Choose to Do. Carefully place the things that fill your life in the appropriate column. Over the next week, use this as your prayer list, asking the Lord which of these things He wants to stay on the list, which He wants delegated and which He wants completely removed.
This is Your day Jesus, not mine. Whatever You want me to do, I will do. Whatever You don't, I won't.
Power Verses:
Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (NIV)
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Editor's Note: There was a problem with the link to Mary's NewCome As You Are Bible Study in yesterday's devotional. We apologize. The following link should be correct: Come As You Are.
September 30, 2011
Making My Heart Sit Down
Today's Truth
Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NLT).
Friend to Friend
Every minute of every day is either wasted or invested. Since the Bible contains over 400 verses about time, we can safely assume that time management is important to God. In fact, it is a spiritual discipline that helps determine the rate of growth and maturity of our faith. We not only need to view time as an eternal investment, but as an immediate one as well. One of the most valuable investments we can make is to spend time in solitude.
I once read an African proverb, "Lord Jesus, make my heart sit down." Solitude is deliberately and diligently setting aside time to "sit down" at the feet of Jesus. It is in those still, quiet moments of solitude at His feet that we can more clearly hear God speak and gain strength and wisdom for the journey ahead. In order to practice solitude, we must learn how to budget time.
It's been said that women must balance their time more carefully than men because women don't have wives. The fact is that we are all responsible for how we spend the time God has given us. Time is a precious gift. Every morning we are credited with 86,400 seconds. No balance is carried into the next day and every night erases what we fail to use. If we use it in the wrong way, that time is lost forever and cannot be reclaimed. Time that is not purposely and wisely budgeted will inevitably gravitate to our weaknesses and be stolen by others or wasted on the unimportant. We must budget time, just as Jesus did.
Luke 2:52 "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (NIV).
At the age of 12, Jesus traveled to Jerusalem with His parents for the annual Passover Celebration. When His parents began the long trip home, they did not miss their son at first, and when they did, assumed He was traveling with friends. Jesus was found in the temple - teaching. My first reaction would probably have been pride in the fact that religious scholars and teachers were actually listening to my young son. I would most likely have encouraged Jesus to continue, basking in the looming recognition and acclaim. Instead, Jesus returned home where, for 18 to 20 years, He simply grew and matured. Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus grew mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. Luke 3 records the beginning of Jesus' ministry - the single most powerful ministry and life ever lived. In other words, Jesus Christ budgeted His time wisely, resulting in a balanced life of fulfilled purpose. We can live the same kind of life if our priorities are right.
Set priorities: Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us "there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven" (NLT). We either set our life priorities or allow circumstances and other people to set them. We are often guilty of allowing human standards and expectations to determine priorities for our lives when what we need to do is set our priorities and then plan the days of our lives around them.
Schedule priorities: There is a right time and a right way to carry out right priorities. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 warns, "For a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight" (NASB). We must schedule time for solitude. We must set aside portions of each day to spend with God.
Stick to priorities: The apostle Paul teaches us to "make the most of every opportunity" (Ephesians 5:16 NIV). Every challenge will either wreck our priorities or affirm them. Right priorities stand firm in the face of changing circumstances because God empowers them and honors obedience.
One day, we will all stand before the Father and give an account of how we have invested our time. Today, examine your time management habits in light of eternity. Initiate schedule changes that honor God and give Him first place in your life. Make a new commitment to invest your time wisely.
Let's Pray
Father, I recognize my need for time alone with You. I lay down my schedule, my agenda and anything else in my life that would keep me from that time. Please forgive me for the way I often squander away the minutes, hours and days of my life. Give me the power to invest time wisely and the wisdom to live a balanced life that pleases and honors You.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
  1. Choose to practice solitude in your daily life.
  2. Select a place to spend time in solitude.
  3. Lay down your agenda.
  4. Focus on Him and listen for His voice.
  5. Memorize Psalm 37:7 (NIV) "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him."
  6. Ask yourself these questions and use the answers to shape a plan for regular solitude:
    • Why am I afraid of silence?
    • What is the greatest obstacle to solitude in my life?
    • What steps do I have to take in order to remove those obstacles?
    • What do I hope to gain from time spent in solitude?
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Learning to rest and be still before God is so important to our spiritual growth, strength and maturity. It won't just happen. We have to carve out time to spend alone with God in solitude. Time spent in solitude allows our heart to be still before God, filter through all of the voices in life, and seek out God's voice above the rest. I encourage you to read Psalm 23 every day this month and find time each week for solitude. Escaping the Stress Trap (available in book, CD or MP3 download) can be a helpful tool as you learn to make your heart sit down.
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Felix Manz: Execution in Icy Waters

A student of Zwingli and a good friend of Grebel, Felix Manz (1498 – 1527) was cofounder of the first congregation of Anabaptist Swiss Brethren. The son of a Catholic cleric, Manz, like Grebel, had a well-rounded sixteenth-century humanist liberal arts education that included Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Like Grebel, he was imprisoned for preaching his new-found faith and for challenging the Zurich city council on the matter of believers' baptism.
In March of 1526, only months before Grebel's death of the plague, the Zurich city council had enacted a law making believers' baptism (rebaptism) a capital offence punishable by drowning. Manz would become the first Anabaptist martyred for this offence. Insisting that he was not seeking to prevent Reformers from baptizing infants, he argued that his only motive was "to bring together those who were willing to accept Christ, obey the Word, and follow in His footsteps, to unite with these by baptism, and to leave the rest in their present conviction." But Zwingli and the city council were determined to make Manz's death a deterrent. Just two days before his drowning, Zwingli wrote to a fellow Reformer: "The Anabaptist, who should already have been sent to the devil, disturbs the peace of the pious people. But I believe, the axe will settle it."
But Manz would not be axed to death. Rather, officials execute him by his own baptismal prescription — immersion of an adult believer. His death is ridiculed as the third baptism: infant, believers, and drowning — "He who dips shall be dipped!" The story is chilling. Bullinger describes the scene: On a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in January of 1527, "Manz was taken out of the Wellenberg prison and led to the fish market there by the Limmat [River]. There his death sentence was read. He was taken to the butcher shop, and then forced into a boat, in which the executioner and a pastor were standing." A crowd of onlookers, including his mother and brother, had accompanied him. Offered an opportunity to recant, he publicly proclaims his faith, encouraged by his family and other supporters. He is then rowed some distance from shore, where he is pushed into the icy water, declaring his faith in Christ until the water engulfs him. Among the writings that he leaves behind is a hymn, the first lines offering his own testimony:
With gladness will I now sing;
My heart delights in God,
Who showed me such forbearance
That I from death was saved
Which never hath an end.
I praise Thee, Christ in heaven
Who all my sorrow changed.
In the weeks and months that follow, six more Anabaptists suffer a similar fate.

If you enjoyed the above article, please take a minute to read about the book that it was adapted from:

Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church

by Ruth A. Tucker
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The story of Christianity centers on people whose lives have been transformed by the resurrected Lord. Tucker puts this front and center in a lively overview peppered with sidebars; historical "what if?" questions; sections on everyday life; drawings and illustrations; bibliographies for further reading.

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