Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Wed Oct 2nd Todays News

The world seems focused on the shutdown of the US government. The shutdown is a result of US debt reaching $17 trillion. The shut down would not have happened had Obama cut spending. Instead, Obama is introducing Obama Care which increases spending and does not address basic health care needs for most US citizens. Healthcare is a problem in the US, but spending money that is borrowed doesn't address the problem. The economic truth is no one can own what they can't afford. Parks and museums are shut down at the moment, but if irresponsible government continues unchecked, then US infrastructure crumbles, and world economic confidence ebbs. The danger is Obama will believe he wins a game of chicken if GOP blinks.
US foreign policy is also sadly lacking. Some years ago, I wrote a blog after Hamas trounced Fatah in an election. I pointed out that the worst event had not happened. Fatah is a terrorist group too. The danger of a Hamas win was that democracy would unravel in the Middle East. The Jordanians calling themselves Palestinians have a substantial amount of aid, a lot of which comes from Israel. Israel is a modern democracy, offering freedom for all of her people. So called Palestine is a terrorist military state offering no basic freedoms for anyone but endless civil war. Naturally the UN wants Palestine and despises Israel.Today, the conservative PM of Israel promised to act before Iran acquired nuclear weapons. That is important for world peace. Meanwhile, Obama has asked for Israel (forced) to release killers into the community. A Middle East Islamic scholar has apparently (linked) proven Obama is Muslim according to Islamic law .. meaning Obama is in fact apostate as he falls asleep in a Christian church. Worth considering when one hears that Kenya was warned by Israel of the specific threat to Westgate last year but was ignored (other targets were highlighted too). The Kenyan blooded Obama has relatives who are on the wrong side of the struggle against terror. Victims at Westgate had their Islam bona fides checked. How would the cross dressing terrorists respond to the apostate President? I couldn't make up this story for fear that the suspension of disbelief would be too difficult. Meanwhile a Jewish boy of mixed blood gives to his community (linked) and a brave Israeli widow keeps her husband's farm running, after he was killed by terrorists (linked yesterday). As I have linked, so called Palestinians are being raised to hate and kill, and that breaks many international laws, but apparently the UN approves.
Mr Abbott is a statesman. He has given appropriate weight to Indonesia, The result is a deal that should close down the murderous people trafficking that ALP initiated in 2008 after taking down the pacific solution. Abbott has been criticised by many for many bad reasons. Shorten Burke and Bowen have complained at the secrecy surrounding military operations and boat people. Of course, they had military secrets too, only, not about soldiers sleeping around.
SBS have inflated false claims to create enmity between Australia and Islamics. ABC have lied to protect global warming belief. Details of all the editorial are in todays linked material.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Joanna LeJustin MichaelSimon D LeMori Behar and Hy ChhengBorn on the same day, across the years, as 
1452 – Richard III of England (d. 1485)
1644 – François-Timoléon de Choisy, French author (d. 1724)
1722 – Leopold Widhalm, Austrian violin maker (d. 1776)
1800 – Nat Turner, American slave who led a slave rebellion (d. 1831)
1847 – Paul von Hindenburg, Prussian-German field marshal and politician, 2nd President of Germany (d. 1934)
1869 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian activist and philosopher (d. 1948)
1873 – Plum Warner, English cricketer (d. 1963)
1890 – Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977)
1895 – Bud Abbott, American comedian and actor (d. 1974)
1945 – Don McLean, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
1994 – Joana Eidukonytė, Lithuanian tennis player
1187 – Siege of JerusalemSaladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
1470 – A rebellion organised by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick forces King Edward IV of England to flee to the Netherlands, restoring Henry VI to the throne.
1789 – George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
1835 – The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of GonzalesMexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
1919 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
1925 – John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
1928 – The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
1937 – Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days.
1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published
1959 – The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
1979 – Pope John Paul II denounces all forms of concentration camps and torture while speaking at the U.N. in New York City.
2002 – The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
534 – Athalaric, Italian king (b. 516)
1803 – Samuel Adams, American politician, 4th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1722)
1985 – Rock Hudson, American actor (b. 1925)
1998 – Gene Autry, American singer and actor (b. 1907)
2012 – Nguyen Chi Thien, Vietnamese poet (b. 1939)

Let’s hear Shorten, Burke and Bowen complain again about secret military operations

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (1:04pm)

Labor has attacked the Abbott Government for keeping secret the details of military operations to stop people smugglers:

Labor leadership hopeful Bill Shorten accused the Government of planning to keep secret details of drownings and urged a rethink of the new secretive policy.
“I can’t imagine who dreamed that up, not telling anyone about deaths at sea,” he told Channel Ten’s Meet the Press.
Labor’s immigration spokesman Tony Burke has attacked the Federal Government’s changes to announcements about asylum seeker boat arrivals, warning of a “culture of secrecy"…
“My concern goes to whether or not they’re wanting to re-create a culture of secrecy.
“It should simply be a matter of course that whether the news is good for the government or bad for the government, the Australian people are told.”

Acting opposition leader Chris Bowen says the government is keeping information on asylum seeker boat turn-backs from the public because it’s realised how hard such operations will be…
“There is absolutely no operational reason for the new minister of immigration not to be up front with the Australian people when a boat arrives and when a turn-back is attempted,” he told reporters in Gosford, NSW, on Tuesday.
But all three of these Labor spokesmen were ministers in a government which kept this military operation secret for months:

Defence Force Chief David Hurley said Sergeant Hekmatullah, wanted for killing Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin, and Private Robert Poate in August last year, was captured at least seven months ago in Pakistan.


Abbott can’t say “she”, but Summers can

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (12:38pm)

Reader Peter on one of the symptoms of Abbott Derangement Syndrome:
Anne Summers declared Tony Abbott’s use of ‘she’ a sign of misogyny.

There is a similar lack of respect in the way the federal Opposition constantly just uses the female pronoun to refer to the prime minister. Tony Abbott is a serial offender – constantly referring just to “she” or “her” in his press appearances – but he is not the only one.

So watch this edited interview of Anne Summers on ABC to see how many times Summers refers to Gillard as ‘she’.

George Megalogenis on Insiders raised the number of times Abbott referred to Gillard as ‘she’ in an interview (Insiders 8/7/2012).


If in doubt, just blame Murdoch

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (10:26am)

It’s always someone else’s fault with Labor:
(C)hief Rudd strategist Bruce Hawker will publish his diaries, promising to reveal “what really happened” during the election campaign.
The Rudd Rebellion will cover Kevin Rudd’s removal in June 2010, his return to the prime ministership three years later and until Labor was voted out of office on September 7.
The book, to be published by Melbourne University Press next month, will be the first major account from the Rudd camp about Labor’s time in power. According to MUP, the book names two scapegoats for Rudd’s failure to win the election: the unpopularity of Julia Gillard and the role of News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian.
“The diaries reveal the extent of News Limited’s intervention in events to greatly influence an election outcome,” says the publicity material. It is understood Mr Hawker will take particular aim at The Daily Telegraph and The Courier-Mail.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 


Songs to warm reader Pete

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (9:50am)

Reader Pete:
Has any musician ever written a song advocating AGW denial, Mr Bolt?
Why, yes, reader Pete:
Reader TassieRooster adds to the list:


How dare SBS beam this incendiary hatred into Muslim Australian homes?

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (9:14am)

What SBS promises us in return for our taxes:

SBS makes a unique contribution to the development of harmony and understanding in Australia by connecting cultures, subcultures, beliefs, generations, interest groups and language communities.
A contribution to harmony?
We already know our Muslim Lebanese community has, on the whole, has had more trouble that most in integrating here. Too many Australians of Muslim Lebanese descent are in Syria fighting for jihadist forces, in jail here for terrorism offences or in mosques listening to hate preachers damning Australia and the wicked West.
So into that volatile relationship blundered SBS this week with an inflammatory report on the boat which flipped just 50m from an Indonesian beach as Australian rescuers tried in vain to find it.
SBS went to the Lebanese village from where the boat people came from and filmed a hate-preaching Sheik accusing the Abbott Government of killing Muslim Lebanese boat people - a baseless and dangerously emotive claim beamed into Muslim homes here without qualification or correction just when passions would be at their most raw:
SHEIK ALI KHODER (Translation):  Yes, listen, Australia. The boat sought help and rescue and the coastguard kicked the boat out and told the boat “Go back to where you came from.” Shame on you. Shame on you. Ask for the meaning of these words. Australia, shame on you. Australia, which has been the land of dreams, freedom, humanity and justice for so long. Shame on you, that your new rulers have reached the stage of killing people and making this part of their election campaign. Is there a court of justice to try you, Australia?
The report repeatedly pushed the lie that Australia was to blame for the deaths of people trying to smuggle themselves into our country, and drowning just the length of a swimming pool from Indonesia:
Hussein texted many pictures home to his family...Life in Indonesia…The children…This remarkable photo of the boat soon after it left. And the women and children huddled together during the night. The family has a video that shows Hussein after he survived the sinking.
MAN:  His family, ten persons… He has eight children. Nine children… They all died. Why? Just tell us why they didn’t rescue us.
Reader CalJ is stunned by the irresponsibility:

It certainly didn’t take long before SBS decided to capitalize on the tragic loss of life, just off an Indonesian beach, to emphasize that people in Lebanon held Australia’s new government totally responsible for the deaths. This one-sided story, full of inconsistencies, surely would have been better not screened to the Lebanese community in Australia at such a sensitive time.
SBS spreading harmony? This report can spread only hatred in a community with a record of producing young men too full of it already.
We need an explanation, retraction and apology.
Reader the Realist wonders at the definition of “poverty” given the amount of money raised for the trip. From the SBS script:
Nasser says poverty forced his brother to look to Australia, they sold possessions and borrowed money to pay a people smuggler eighty thousand dollars in the pursuit of a better life.


IPCC hides the decline of its climate models

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (8:28am)

This damning graph, showing how global warming models had failed to predict the 15 year hiatus in warming, appeared in drafts of the IPCC’s latest report.
Steve McIntyre explains how the IPCC ditched that embarrassing graphic in the final report, replacing it with a misleading one which, to the untrained eye, suggested the models had not been contradicted at all.


So how’d the observations move from outside the envelope to inside the envelope? It will take a little time to reconstruct the movements of the pea… I do not believe that IPCC’s decision to use a more obscure scale was accidental.

Read on.
(Via Watts Up With That, which has been invaluable in covering the IPCC’s writhing.) 


Media stunned. Abbott not the bungler in Indonesia they falsely claimed

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (7:41am)

Politics - federal
Paul Kelly on the Tony Abbott the media has grievously underestimated - a pragmatic man who, I believe, will be highly effective and never intended to be the unilateralist even Kelly portrays:

In Jakarta, Abbott reached out to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a personal, deferential and strategic sense.
The upshot is a situation once considered improbable. Abbott’s “make or break” pledge to stop the boats has become, in his words, a joint Australian-Indonesian project despite the different outlooks of the two nations…

Abbott ... said that because of support “over the past 24 hours by every level of the Indonesian government” he felt the boats issue could be solved, a landmark comment. On display in Jakarta is a more subtle and calculating Abbott than many expected. He tells the Australian media there is no change to his policy yet he tells the Indonesians he is prepared to work with them…
Whether boats will ever be turned is a moot point but the only conclusion from Abbott’s remarks is that operational collaboration will govern such activity…
The Abbott style as overseas PM was on display for the first time - firm, humble, constructive. It is an interesting mix. He doesn’t pretend to be an Asia expert or the smartest person in the room or morally superior. He knows what he wants but he is adaptable.
But why do Fairfax correspondents such as Mark Kenny, who have observed Abbott close up for so long, find it so “surprising” that Abbott is the man I’ve long known him to be? Did they fall for their own bull about him?

Surprisingly, the newly elected Abbott was not just sure footed, but flexible showing no need for ‘’L-plates’’ on his first outing on the international stage.

The media- well, the Fairfax and ABC branch of it - is now hot in hope that Abbott has retreated from his “turn back the boats” promise:
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conspicuously softened his tone towards Indonesia after talks with the nation’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, possibly paving the way to ditch his controversial boats turn-back policy.
Utter nonsense. He has simply ensured that in turning back any boat people he will, he now hopes, have the cooperation from Indonesia he needs and which he suspected from his visit last year he will get. The boat people will be turned back without fuss or chest-beating likely to stir nationalist sentiment in Indonesia or inflame that country’s own ABC-type intelligentsia.
Indeed, two boatloads of “asylum seekers” have already been quietly returned to Indonesia in one week. This has occurred under the uncomprehending eyes of the media now wondering whether Abbott has given up on doing this very thing.
Similarly, note Fairfax journalists claiming Abbott seems to be in retreat from another commitment:

Mr Abbott also appeared to waver on other parts of his contentious policy, saying village spies and buy-backs of fishing boats were nothing more than a pot of money available to local Indonesian officials ‘’working co-operatively with their Australian counterparts to ensure, as far as we can, we’ve got people working with us rather than against us’’.
Actually, that’s exactly what Abbott had already said before the election:

Mr Abbott says roughly $20 million has been allocated to the “village watch” activities, but would not give a figure for what the Government would pay for boats or for information that led to arrests. “This is the kind of thing that will be left to the discretion of our people on the ground acting in close cooperation with the Indonesians,” he said.
Once again, the media falsely portrayed Abbott as a clumsy unilateralist, and now accuses him of backing down when it is clear he isn’t.
But whatever is done and in what manner, Abbott is clear. It’s the Doing that counts, not the Seeming. Judge him, as always, on the results and not the spin:

Again, my object here is to stop the boats. And in order to ensure that the boats are stopped I want to have the best possible relationship with Indonesia… In the end that’s all that really counts: have we stopped the boats? 


He’ll give back the cash when the Greens do

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (7:32am)

Not sure why it’s hypocrisy to benefit from laws you want to change - but which favor your opponents while they stand:

NSW senator-elect David Leyonhjelm ...  will receive more than $1 million from taxpayers as a result of his hefty primary vote.
His Liberal Democratic Party will pocket the money, despite planning to oppose public funding for political parties. ‘’We might be new but we’re not stupid,’’ he told Fairfax Media.
I am very attracted to an Anti-Stupid Party. If the Liberal Democratic Party were less anarchist and more respectful of the velvet bonds of tradition I’d be right on board. 


Lomborg: warming not a catastrophe but a problem

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (7:21am)

Global warming - general
Professor Bjorn Lomborg, a warmist, says the latest IPCC report actually gives good reasons to stop panicking:

The IPCC clearly tells us ... warming is real but in the next century the likely rise will be from 1C to 3.7C, not the 5C-plus scenario touted by alarmists.
Similarly the IPCC report calls into question the alarmist claim that sea levels will rise 1m to 2m. Its estimates are in the range of 40cm to 63cm by the end of the century.
Moreover, this moderate message is reinforced by the past 15-20 years of little or no temperature rise…
Yet our climate conversation has been dominated by fear and end-of-the-world thinking. Less than a decade ago, Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth portrayed how a sea level rise of 6m would inundate Florida, along with Beijing and Bangladesh....
A sea-level rise of 40cm to 63cm poses a more manageable challenge. For purposes of comparison, sea levels have risen about 30cm in the past 150 years. Even with fewer resources and technologies at their disposal, our forefathers handled this challenge quite deftly…
Yes, global warming is happening… Yet economic models generally find that moderate global warming is a net global benefit… By mid-century, researchers estimate 400,000 more heat deaths but 1.8 million fewer cold deaths.
Likewise, crop production will increase (because CO2 fertilises crops) ...
According to a new study in the forthcoming book A Scorecard from 1900 to 2050, global warming has been an increasing net benefit for humanity since 1900… Only towards the end of the century will global warming turn to a net loss...


Marriage should not be redefined by those who disdain it

Andrew Bolt October 02 2013 (6:59am)

Among the concerns I have with gay marriage is this: a belief that some supporters, at least, actually have a contempt for the traditional institution and thus do not care what damage they may do it:

Andrew Sullivan, the much-admired gay author, Catholic and former editor of the American magazine The New Republic ...  argues passionately for gay marriages, saying they would allow gays to “join in” with the rest of us…
But even Sullivan concedes this isn’t actually the full story.
As he’s said elsewhere: “Any change in (marriage) opens up a host of questions about what the union of two people means, what it has become, and what it could stand for—for everybody… There is more likely to be greater understanding of the need for extramarital outlets between two men than between a man and a woman; and again, the lack of children gives gay couples greater freedom...”
And he sums up: “Marriage should be made available to everyone, but within this model, there is plenty of scope for cultural difference."…
The equally famous Judith Stacy, professor of sociology at New York University and author of “The Family” is Dead: Long Live Our Families, agrees gay marriage will promote a “pluralist expansion of meaning, practice and politics of family life”.
She dreams: “Perhaps some might dare to question the dyadic limitations of Western marriage and seek some of the benefits of extended family life though small group marriages.”
(Sullivan has since retreated from this argument, perhaps for tactical reasons.)
Julia Gillard is, of course, not a public advocate of gay marriage but in Monday revealed she’d shared this same circa-1970s contempt for marriage that makes supporters assume she’s actually a natural ally for their cause:
SIX-YEAR-OLD boy: How come you didn’t let gay people get married?
Gillard: That’s a politician in the making right there, I think. I do understand that the position I took on gay marriage perplexed many people, given who I am and so many of my beliefs. I’ve actually had lots of conversations with many of my old friends, some of whom have got a different view than me, but I’m a lot older than you and when I went to university and started forming my political views of the world, I mean, we weren’t talking about gay marriage - indeed, as women, as feminists, we were critiquing marriage. And if someone had said to me as a 20-year-old, ‘what about you get, you know, into a white dress to symbolise virginity and you get your father to walk you down an aisle and give you away to a man who’s waiting at the end of the aisle’, I would have looked with puzzlement like, What on earth would I do that for?
Same story with her former head of communications, John McTernan:


Grimy ol me and my much neglected Les Paul celebrating having recorded six tracks of guitar fun for a new Longlines tune. 

Taken in my kitchen (where I did all my tracking) with my iMac's iSight camera. …I didn't record the tracks with my iSight Camera… 

...I used GarageBand.

2 Longlines .. - ed
Matt GranzJason Trenkler, and I (The LongLines) are building this song online. This is an early preview mix.
Palmer United Party senate candidate for WA Zhenya Wang, also known as Dio Wang.

The Palmer United Party (PUP) has secured a third seat in the Senate after a tight race in Western Australia that has seen Greens Senator Scott Ludlam lose out.
PUP candidate Zhenya Wang and sitting Labor Senator Louise Pratt won the last two West Australian Senate seats, joining the Liberal Party's David Johnston, Michaelia Cash and Linda Reynolds, together with the ALP's Joe Bullock in the Upper House.
Counting for the six seats was completed earlier today and while the results are yet to be formally declared, the count shows Mr Wang has gained a seat for PUP and Senator Pratt will narrowly scrape in.
Mr Wang, who is the managing director of Australasian Resources, said during the election campaign that he planned to abolish the carbon tax and focus on downstream processing of Australian natural resources.
ABC election analyst Antony Green says 14 votes were the difference between the PUP and ALP candidates finishing fifth and sixth over the Greens and the Australian Sports Party.
The Greens are expected to lodge an official request for a recount.
It was predicted early in the counting that the Sports Party's Wayne Dropulich would pick up a seat due to preference deals, but he has missed out.

Ludlum won't be missed .. ed
An antique wood engraving by an unknown artist showing a man peeing out beyond the earth’s edge

Time was when sensible folks truly believed that if you venture too far, you’ll fall off Earth’s jagged edge into the endless void below. That was the majority view, the widely-accepted and fundamentally unquestioned conventional wisdom.
By today, though, one would assume that nobody swallows that any more, certainly not in the erudite parts of what we’ve for centuries recognized as our globe.
Welcome to the International Flat Earth Society, now largely California-based (where else?). You think IFES-members are crazy? You’d be surprised to learn that they’ve diagnosed the rest of us as profoundly insane for not grasping reality as they know we should.


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The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized President Barack Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly, in which he argued falsely that the creation of a Palestinian state under the auspices of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) is “central” to Israel’s security and that developments in the Middle East, which is in the midst of violence, instability and turbulence not seen in decades, and would make the time “ripe” to work to bring about an Israeli/Palestinian peace treaty and the creation of a PA-led Palestinian state. 
ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, “The ZOA repudiates both propositions. Under prevailing conditions, a Palestinian state would:
  • Be a dangerous, terrorist, anti-Semitic, racist state would encompass perilous Israeli withdrawals, including from the strategically vital Jordan Valley; 
  • Require the uprooting and expulsion of over 500,000 Jews from their lawful homes in Judea and Samaria, given Mahmoud Abbas/Palestinian Authority (PA) insistence on a Jew-free state
  • Entail drastic deterioration in Israeli security, including bringing within rocket and rifle range of Palestinian terrorists Jerusalem, Ben Gurion Airport and most of Israel’s major population centers; 
  • Would eventually trigger a full-scale war; and, 
  • Given the impossibility of demilitarizing such a state, even if its demilitarization were a clause in a hypothetical signed peace treaty, result in a terror-state on Israel’s longest and most vulnerable border. 
“Furthermore, the idea that the time is “ripe” for international efforts to bring about an Israeli/Palestinian peace and a Palestinian state is absurd on its face. As we detail below, Palestinians don’t accept Israel as Jewish state, support murderous violence, including suicide terrorism, against Israelis; do not accept the idea of a permanent peace with Israel; glorify terrorists and incite their society and especially children to hate and fight Israel.
“If a Palestinian Arab state was to be established next door to the U.S. in the near-certainty that it would be a corrupt, terror-promoting state which would also be beggar state, dependent on an infusion of billions of dollars, would Americans agree to this? Of course not –– yet that is the idea that President Obama is trying to foist on Israel. Under these conditions, anyone with a shred of realism and concern for Israel’s well-being should oppose his call for a Palestinian state.”

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Feminists have attacked Prime Minister Tony Abbott simply for doing something the women's sector has been requesting for years, according to a leading feminist academic.
Mr Abbott's government came under sustained fire when he announced that the Office for Women would sit in his own department and the Minister Assisting for Women, Michaelia Cash, would be in the outer ministry.
But the Australian National University's Susan Harris Rimmer says the move is a triumph for women and many of the critics have not fully understood the treatment of the office under the previous Labor government.
According to the academic with the ANU's Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Mr Abbott has endured a storm of criticism and mockery on social and mainstream media and from prominent feminist campaigners, one of whom started a 10,000-signature petition.

Read more:


"This Republican shutdown did not have to happen … They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job." -President Obama addresses the partial government shutdown in the Rose Garden

Watch his full remarks:
You can't own what you can't afford - ed

‘Priceless!’ Katie Pavlich scores with smack-tastic shutdown question, poignant perspective ==>

October is #DomesticViolenceAwareness month. Get involved: #DrPhil

Democrats have shut down the government to protect ObamaCare. 

SIGN our petition and STAND STRONG with the House GOP in their fight to defeat ObamaCare and stop the Democrat Shutdown!
MUMBAI: Most Mumbaikars live by laws laid down by the 7.52 CST Fast, tuition classes and ration queues. That's why spiritual commandments —although sanctified by a much higher authority than the general manager (Sales)—are usually given the go-by. 

Alarmed by this trend, members of the city's minuscule Jewish community have formed a new organisation called the Foundation for Jewish Life in India. Its objective is to wrest rights and provide facilities that will allow Jews in India to "lead a Jewish life''. "We have noticed a definite decline in religious observances in recent years,'' says Joshua Kolet, the city's only rabbi and chairman of the foundation. "Today people identify themselves as Jewish merely because they were born in the community, not because they actively follow the religion.'' 

In Judaism, religion is inextricably linked with everyday life—and involves stern dietary laws, enforces complete rest on the Sabbath and maintains that only a religious court can adjudicate in matters of divorce. That is why, in a city where the community is much too small to warrant off-theshelf kosher food, special holidays on Saturdays or a full-fledged religious court, the laws of the Torah are willynilly flouted. "For centuries we carried on without fancy organisations,'' says Samson Korlekar, a foundation trustee, echoing the fears of small communities the world over. "But today, youngsters are much more concerned with their careers, intermarriage is widespread and the atmosphere is too cosmopolitan.'' 

This panic is ironic, given that the history of the Bene Israel in India is one of resilience. Legend has it that more than 2,000 years ago, seven men and seven women were shipwrecked near Chaul and settled down amidst the prosperous wadis of the Konkan. Although they lost their religious texts in the disaster—and their religious identity in the following centuries— these children of Israel clung to seemingly inexplicable customs. They refrained from working on Saturdays, followed intricate rules about food and circumcised their sons. 

The time has come for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyau to apply the same words that he has invoked against the integrity of the leader of the Iranian regime to an attack on the integrity of the leader of the PLO, who shows no peaceful intentions.
The text of Netanyahu's speech against the Iranian leader can be found at:
From his speech, we can extrapolate the same words & Principles that the PM used against Iran and apply them to the PL0.
Today, our hope for the future is challenged by the PLO, which seeks our destruction.
But in 1964, the PLO was established by the Arab League as a radical organization determined to stamp out any possibility of friendship between Arabs and Jews.
Arafat was a wolf in wolf's clothing and Abbas is a wolf in sheep's clothing - a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.
Abbas condemns terrorism. Yet Abbas uses the media outlets and education system at his disposal to promote demonization and war against the state and people of Israel.
Abbas's record flatly contradicts Abbas's soothing rhetoric.
Abbas has adopted a charm offensive, based on the following process: First, smile a lot. Smiling never hurts. Second, pay lip service to peace, democracy and tolerance.
Abbas's fanaticism is not bluster. It's real.
(Following these opening remarks, the Israeli PM can then document Abbas's continuing policy of promoting terror and incitement against of the state and people of Israel. A peace partner he is not.)

The Israel Hayom newspaper, which appears in English on the internet and is a free giveaway in Hebrew, has been doing a series of video discussions between Editor Steve Ganot and top op-ed writer Ruthie Blum.  The latest is about the European boycott of industrial products and other things from what is known as "the west bank."

Sinem Tezyapar

Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other side of the world, or is there a problem with the economy? No need look any further than Israel. And where else would the control center for destabilizing the Arab world be? In Tel Aviv, of course!
The late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi blamed Israel for the violence and unrest in Africa. Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the turmoil in the Arab world is a pro-Zionist conspiracy. Saudi cleric Sheikh Ismae’il al-Hafoufi blamed Israel for the desecration of Islamic holy sites in Syria. Sheik Abd al-Jalil al-Karouri, a Sudanese cleric, pointed to Israel for the Boston and Texas bombings. And then there’s the belief that Zionists planned the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, to demonize Arabs and Muslims in the eyes of the world.
This madness of putting the blame on Zionists — and Israel in general — is a knee-jerk reaction with no basis in logic. The most surprising part is that so many people believe this without question and continue to disseminate such rumors far and wide.
Syria, Egypt, Iran and Lebanon all aggressively hold the “Zionist regime” responsible for their woes. While Bashar Assad accuses Israel of trying to destabilize Syria, the Syrian opposition blames Israel for assisting the Assad regime by giving them diplomatic cover. Both sides see Israel as responsible for all the bloodshed and unrest going on in Syria. Now with the possibility of an international intervention in Syria, Iranian legislators and commanders are issuing blunt warnings, saying any military strike from the United States on Syria would lead to a retaliatory attack on Israel. Israel’s staying out of the equation, it seems, is simply not possible. Even though Israeli politicians refrain from taking sides in the regional conflicts, all sides point toward Israel anyhow.
On the other hand, we have the Egyptian coup d’état, where we see both sides ascribe blame to Israel. Interestingly, the Egyptian grass-roots protest movement Tamarod blames Israel but urges the Egyptian government not to renege on the Camp David accords. If Israel condemns the violence committed against the anti-coup alliance, she is labeled as an enemy of Egypt and accused of collaborating to destroy the Egyptian army. Even the state-allied newspaper al-Ahram claimed that Israel is in an alliance to demolish the Egyptian army and to balkanize the country. Furthermore, in 2010, an Egyptian government official blamed Israel intelligence for a fatal shark attack off Egypt’s shores. 
It must sound like a bizarre joke for some, but this tragicomic situation is quite serious for many in the Middle East. We are no longer surprised to hear Israel’s being the scapegoat for every single evil in the world, but Iran’s blaming the Zionist entity for the deadly earthquake in Iran was pushing the limits of credulity. This, despite the fact that Jews are a handful of people, a tiny population when compared to the overall population of the world.



Philip Tran


Surprise! Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don’t work ==>


Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now.
Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose.
Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs. Right now, each pilot carries a 38-pound flight bag with manuals and maps.

More expensive, but may not work, also. - ed

In the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq archaeologists have discovered an ancient city called Idu, hidden beneath a mound.
Cuneiform inscriptions and works of art reveal the palaces that flourished in the city throughout its history thousands of years ago.
Located in a valley on the northern bank of the lower Zab River, the city's remains are now part of a mound created by human occupation called a tell, which rises about 32 feet above the surrounding plain. The earliest remains date back to Neolithic times, when farming first appeared in the Middle East, and a modern-day village called Satu Qala now lies on top of the tell.

Jay Meezee

The angry bikers who viciously beat a Manhattan driver in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter were at first trying to slow the man down so they could get in front of him and take over the West Side Highway, law-enforcement sources told The New York Post.
This comes amid reports a man is now paralysed after he was run over by the motorist who was trying to escape the gang.
The bikers had already blocked off at least some of the highway's entrances to prevent other drivers from getting onto the stretch near West 125th Street, sources said.

Selfish git should not try to stand in front of a car while threatening a young family. - ed

MUCH of the vast machinery of the US government has ground to a halt as Democrats and Republicans blame each other for a partial shutdown that closed federal agencies, parks and research facilities across the nation.
Ominously, there are suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
Speaking at the White House, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of causing the first partial closure in 17 years as part of a non-stop "ideological crusade" to wipe out his signature health care law.
House Speaker John Boehner disagreed.
"The president isn't telling the whole story," he said in an opinion article posted on the USA Today website.

Obama has overspent more than all the previous Presidents combined. And all he has achieved is the need to spend more. - ed
The unexplained light at the Devil's Promenade. Picture: Antone Dolezal

FOR those who have caught a glimpse of the ghostly light, it is as baffling as it is dazzling.
Deep in the backwoods of America's Ozark hills in Missouri, locals have been bewitched by the mysterious 'Spook Light' for more than a century.
It can only be seen on chance evenings as a floating orb, hovering on a remote country road in an area known as the Devil's Promenade.
Some witnesses say it's a brilliant blue, others insist it is red. Guesses about its origins range from everyday expulsions of natural gas to UFOs or the haunting spectre of a headless indigenous inhabitant of the area.
Nothing is known for sure about the Spook Light. Not even a 1950s investigation by the United States Army Corps of Engineers could figure out the cause of the chilling apparition.


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God's plan is like a movie, all the good and bad things are arranged together for the good endings.

A mother shows her son a book with a map defining all of Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas as "Palestine" and tells him: "This is your bride... when you grow up you will know the dowry." PA official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 31, 2012.
It’s 20 years after that hesitant Yitzhak Rabin handshake with Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, and tragically little has changed.
Al Qaeda Flag

One of the largest terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula has joined Al-Qaeda.
The groupAnsar Beit al-Maqdis (“The Army of Islam in the Beit Al-Makdas Region”), has announced its loyalty to Al-Qaeda, and particularly, to the Al-Qaeda leadership in Iraq.
The group in question has carried out many attackstargeting Egyptian soldiers in Sinai. It has also attempted to attack Israel by infiltrating the border, shooting over the border, and firing rockets on Israeli towns.
If the ties between the Sinai group and Al-Qaeda prove stable, it will indicate the trend of growing Al-Qaeda strength in the states around Israel.
Israel’s defense leaders have previously expressed concern over Al-Qaeda’s strength among Syrian rebel groups, some of which have gained ground next to Israel’s northern border and the Golan.
A second Islamic group fighting the Egyptian army in the Sinai, the Al-Furkan Brigades, is ideologically close to Al-Qaeda, but not officially linked to the global terror network. The Al-Furkan Brigades released a video to YouTube this week with footage of some of its attacks on the Egyptian army, including the killing of a senior Air Force officer.
The video also showed the killing of an Egyptian civilian who was accused of cooperating with the army.


Nazi scientists helped Arab countries produce chemical weapons, according to a prominent Egyptian journalist.
The journalist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, made the comments in an interview which aired on September 19, 2013. The comments were translated and posted to the internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).


The United Nations, New York City. Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I feel deeply honored and privileged to stand here before you today representing the citizens of the state of Israel. We are an ancient people. We date back nearly 4,000 years to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We have journeyed through time. We’ve overcome the greatest of adversities.
And we re-established our sovereign state in our ancestral homeland, the land of Israel.
Now, the Jewish people’s odyssey through time has taught us two things: Never give up hope, always remain vigilant. Hope charts the future. Vigilance protects it.
Today our hope for the future is challenged by a nuclear-armed Iran that seeks our destruction. But I want you to know, that wasn’t always the case. Some 2,500 years ago the great Persian king Cyrus ended the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people. He issued a famous edict in which he proclaimed the right of the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. That’s a Persian decree. And thus began an historic friendship between the Jews and the Persians that lasted until modern times.
But in 1979 a radical regime in Tehran tried to stamp out that friendship. As it was busy crushing the Iranian people’s hope for democracy, it always led wild chants of “death of the Jews.”
Now, since that time, presidents of Iran have come and gone. Some presidents were considered moderates, other hard-liners. But they’ve all served that same unforgiving creed, that same unforgiving regime, that creed that is espoused and enforced by the real power in Iran, the dictator known as the supreme leader, first Ayatollah Khomeini and now Ayatollah Khamenei.


URGENT -- JUST RELEASED: Middle East Report Translated, Declares That "Barack Hussein Obama IS A Muslim Terrorist!" (Video News Report)

nb I have not vetted this site .. it could be a joke - ed

The Changing Face of America

What unites us is strong. What divides us? - ed
Dean Hamstead Its very confusing if skin colour and genitals are what you value in people.


Marcus Blassingame, a bar mitzvah student at Temple Beth Sholom, is a proud Afro-Latino Jew whose dad is a fashion stylist and editor. So it seemed a natural fit that his mitzvah project would start at donating his time to The Clothes Cabin in Chandler.
Then he wanted to take things to a different level. “I love the idea of donating clothes to needy teens, but the clothing is usually out of style. Why not create new for them to proudly wear?” says Blassingame. With that in mind, Marcus launched a T-shirt fashion line for his b’nai mitzvah project called Apparel Insight. Marcus wanted to help clothe needy middle school kids in the East Valley area. T-shirts will be distributed by The Clothes Cabin. Those who donate $25 or more will receive a personal T-shirt as well as provide shirt donations.
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Documenting Palestinian Criminality

We are told, day after day, that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a genuine moderate committed to achieving a peace settlement with Israel. In addition to the international community, even some Israelis – admittedly a dwindling minority – also chant this mantra.
Abbas and his spokesman Saeb Erekat bolster this theme by uttering soothing statements in English, endorsing peace to the gullible international community. Yet they speak with forked tongues because in Arabic to their own people, they deny Israel’s right to exist and promote vicious hatred against Jews.
They also claim to have reneged violence. But the PA never conceded that terrorism was immoral. They simply concluded that having failed to achieve their objectives by violence, their goals could best be promoted by temporarily suspending terrorism in order to gain Western support. Abbas made it clear that he “had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965″ and was only opposed to terrorist attacks “at this time” for tactical reasons and that “in the future things may change.” Yet, even within this framework, Fatah has still succeeded in killing more Israelis than Hamas.
The true objectives of the PA are reflected in the poisonous hatred against Jews and Israel inculcated to their people through the broad range of institutions they control, permeating every level of society– from kindergarten and upwards.
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A Cartier necklace designed for Mexican film goddess Maria Felix.

She reputedly brought a baby crocodile to Cartier in a fish-bowl.

Locket ring belonging to Queen Elizabeth I


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Wir werden weniger, älter, bunter. Dagmar Mühlenfeld
We are less, older, more colorful. Dagmar mill field 




Pastor Rick Warren
This State Prison did our #40DaysInTheWord small group campaign to learn personal Bible Study Methods. Then the inmates signed a giant, handmade Thank You note. 

Has your small group or church done #40DaysInTheWord yet? Here's the link:

Applications for grants to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac are open. I am encouraging veteran’s organisations, schools, and community groups in Wide Bay to apply for funding from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, up to $125,000 is available for special projects in Wide Bay. For more information visit my website


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Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Istana Merdeka, in Jakarta. — in Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia.


We can reveal that Derek Landy, best-selling author of the multi award-winning Skulduggery Pleasant series, is the author of this month’s Tenth Doctor short story ebook:
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From the Blog

Accountability for Camp Bastion families? 2 Marine generals reportedly fired

As I reported earlier this month, families of the two hero Marines killed in the 9/14/12 Taliban attack on Camp Bastion have been awaiting word of an official military review of the incident...

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Special Stop Common Core Announcement

On October 3, Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute and Emmett McGroarty of the American Principles Project will be debating two staunch proponents of Common Core. D.C.-area residents can attend live, and viewers can also watch the online broadcast.
For more information, click here. Do not miss this important forum!

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““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved."
Song of Solomon 7:13
The spouse desires to give to Jesus all that she produces. Our heart has "all manner of pleasant fruits," both "old and new," and they are laid up for our Beloved. At this rich autumnal season of fruit, let us survey our stores. We have new fruits. We desire to feel new life, new joy, new gratitude; we wish to make new resolves and carry them out by new labours; our heart blossoms with new prayers, and our soul is pledging herself to new efforts. But we have some old fruits too. There is our first love: a choice fruit that! and Jesus delights in it. There is our first faith: that simple faith by which, having nothing, we became possessors of all things. There is our joy when first we knew the Lord: let us revive it. We have our old remembrances of the promises. How faithful has God been! In sickness, how softly did he make our bed! In deep waters, how placidly did he buoy us up! In the flaming furnace, how graciously did he deliver us. Old fruits, indeed! We have many of them, for his mercies have been more than the hairs of our head. Old sins we must regret, but then we have had repentances which he has given us, by which we have wept our way to the cross, and learned the merit of his blood. We have fruits, this morning, both new and old; but here is the point--they are all laid up for Jesus. Truly, those are the best and most acceptable services in which Jesus is the solitary aim of the soul, and his glory, without any admixture whatever, the end of all our efforts. Let our many fruits be laid up only for our Beloved; let us display them when he is with us, and not hold them up before the gaze of men. Jesus, we will turn the key in our garden door, and none shall enter to rob thee of one good fruit from the soil which thou hast watered with thy bloody sweat. Our all shall be thine, thine only, O Jesus, our Beloved!


"He will give grace and glory."
Psalm 84:11
Bounteous is Jehovah in his nature; to give is his delight. His gifts are beyond measure precious, and are as freely given as the light of the sun. He gives grace to his elect because he wills it, to his redeemed because of his covenant, to the called because of his promise, to believers because they seek it, to sinners because they need it. He gives grace abundantly, seasonably, constantly, readily, sovereignly; doubly enhancing the value of the boon by the manner of its bestowal. Grace in all its forms he freely renders to his people: comforting, preserving, sanctifying, directing, instructing, assisting grace, he generously pours into their souls without ceasing, and he always will do so, whatever may occur. Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, "The Lord will give grace."
The little conjunction "and" in this verse is a diamond rivet binding the present with the future: grace and glory always go together. God has married them, and none can divorce them. The Lord will never deny a soul glory to whom he has freely given to live upon his grace; indeed, glory is nothing more than grace in its Sabbath dress, grace in full bloom, grace like autumn fruit, mellow and perfected. How soon we may have glory none can tell! It may be before this month of October has run out we shall see the Holy City; but be the interval longer or shorter, we shall be glorified ere long. Glory, the glory of heaven, the glory of eternity, the glory of Jesus, the glory of the Father, the Lord will surely give to his chosen. Oh, rare promise of a faithful God!
Two golden links of one celestial chain:
Who owneth grace shall surely glory gain.

Today's reading: Isaiah 11-13, Ephesians 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 11-13

The Branch From Jesse
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist....

Today's New Testament reading: Ephesians 4

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”
9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ....


Making Peace With Each Other

But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
Exodus 4:25
Zipporah performed hasty surgery on her son when she realized God was about to kill her husband, Moses. While it isn’t stated, evidently God was about to destroy Moses because he had failed to circumcise his son. Zipporah took the situation into her own hands, completing the act of obedience Moses had neglected to do.
But there seems to be an air of resentment in her abrupt actions. Perhaps she was angry at her husband for shirking his fatherly duties. Or maybe Zipporah resented having to perform a spiritual rite she herself didn’t believe in.
Whatever the details of a disagreement, resulting feelings can drive a wedge between spouses. Resentment can lead to barbed words, sarcastic comments and actions that undercut one another. For example, children came early in our marriage. I used to get so angry when Dan would nudge me to get out of bed in the middle of the night because the baby was crying. Both Dan and I desperately needed sleep, but I resented the assumption that it was my responsibility to get up with the baby. Lack of sleep, combined with my expectation that Dan share in the 3:00 a.m. feedings, fueled resentment in me. In a huff, I would perform my motherly duties, seething silently as Dan snored and I rocked a cranky baby. It didn’t take too many sleepless nights like that before we had built walls of anger between us.
When you notice resentment creeping in or a disagreement escalating in your relationship, admit your anger and call an immediate cease-fire. Take some advice from marriage counselor Scott M. Stanley (Marriage Partnership , Fall 1995). Agree on a specific time when you can talk. Then sit down together and use a small object, such as a pen, to indicate who has the floor. The person holding the pen is the speaker. When the pen changes hands, the roles change. The speaker’s job is to get his or her point across. The listener’s job is to absorb information and give feedback by paraphrasing what the other has just said.
While this approach feels somewhat artificial, it greatly enhances communication by slowing things down and emphasizing listening and working together. It helps you, asJames 1:19 says, to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” It’s a great tool for aiding interaction and understanding. And it helps to insure that resentments don’t fester or turn into full-blown arguments.
When you sense resentment growing within you, ask yourself what expectations you have of your spouse, particularly in a situation that’s brewing trouble between you. Very often, resentment grows from unmet expectations. Zipporah expected something from Moses. I expected something of Dan. Recognizing what your expectations are is the first step toward resolving resentment.
Marian V. Liautaud

Let’s Talk

  • Is there some area of our marriage in which we feel that one of us has unmet expectations? Let’s talk about some of those expectations.
  • When one of us gets angry, do our arguments quickly get out of hand? How can we put a stop to that pattern?
  • Let’s try a pen-passing conversation on a nonthreatening topic. How does that approach differ from the way we usually try to resolve a problem? In what ways could this approach help?
NIVCouplesbibleToday's reading is from the
NIV Couple's Devotional Bible
by Zondervan

Designed to help you build your relationship on the one foundation you can count on: God’s Word!


Giving in Proportion to Our Ability-and Beyond

This week's reading: Ezra 2:68-69
Both the Old and New Testaments promote the principle of giving in proportion to our ability. Here we see a positive example of this standard in the action of the returning exiles (compare this to the account of the Israelites giving more than was needed for temple construction in Ex 25:1-736:2-7).
The apostle Paul may have been alluding to this passage when he commanded Christians to give in proportion to their incomes (see 1Co 16:2), as well as when he commended the Macedonians Christians, who "gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded ... for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord's people" (2Co 8:3-4). Paul holds out the example of the Macedonians as committed, loving Christians, centered not on their own needs, desires and rights, but on those of others.
This principle of proportional giving makes sense, we agree, but working it out in our daily lives is not quite so simple. Why? Because our chosen lifestyle affects our ability to practice generosity.
In a reading adapted from author Randy Alcorn, editors John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson and Judson Poling attempt to identify the essential qualities of a Biblical lifestyle with regard to spending habits. Alcorn begins by contrasting two opposite but equally incorrect beliefs about money: materialism and asceticism. Alcorn notes:
During World War II, when fuel was precious, billboards routinely asked motorists, "Is this trip necessary?" Every resource used for individual convenience was one less resource for the country's central concern, winning the war.
As Christians, we are also engaged in a great battle that requires great resources. We too must realize that spending resources on our own private concerns leaves less resources for our kingdom's central concern. We should ask, "Is this thing necessary?" Does this thing really contribute to my purpose in being here on this earth? Is this thing an asset to me as a soldier of Christ ...
In the words of Peter H. Davids, "A biblical lifestyle will necessarily recognize itself as being in opposition to the prevailing values and lifestyle of its culture. It is informed by a different view of reality." This view of reality is not a harsh or austere view. It need not lead to bare-bones living, or to condemnation of those Christians who have greater opportunity or feel greater liberty to possess more than I do. Rather, it is a view toward the riches of the eternal kingdom.
Those who hold such a view are sincerely grateful for the refreshing pleasures and helpful possessions of this life. But regardless of what material things surround it, this view of reality remains focused on what is truly the greatest pleasure and possession of life, both here and hereafter-the pleasure of possessing Christ.

Think About It

  • In what ways do you give according to your ability?
  • How does your lifestyle affect your ability to give?
  • How does your view of reality affect your lifestyle choices?

Pray About It

Lord, I want to live in a way that reflects a Biblical view of reality. Help me to do that.


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

Discover the remarkable privilege we have as stewards of God's design for life through the study of Scripture.

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