Happy birthday and many happy returns Judith Olumba. Born on the same day, across the years, as
Piers Akerman – Saturday, November 23, 2013 (11:40pm)
IF CNN’s international audience knew what a low priority Julia Gillard placed on national security, the network may not have given her a soapbox on which to offer unhelpful and irrelevant remarks about the alleged spying during Labor’s term in office.
Miranda Devine – Saturday, November 23, 2013 (11:39pm)
One of the funniest stories of the week was ABC chief Mark Scott’s apoplexy over the leaking of salaries of the taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s top staff, at the same time as he was defending the leak of top-secret intelligence which has trashed our relationship with Indonesia.
The salary leak has done nothing more than embarrass ABC staff hot shots such as Tony Jones and annoy less well-remunerated types such as Phillip Adams.
The intelligence leak, on the other hand, has harmed the national interest, jeopardised people-smuggling and anti-terrorism operations with Indonesia, and potentially put lives at risk.
The allegation that Australian spies tapped the phones of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife in 2009 had no discernible public interest benefit.
The information was of dubious origin, having been stolen by fugitive former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and provided to left-leaning British newspaper The Guardian.
The local online version of The Guardian shared its story with the ABC to benefit from the credibility and amplification provided by the national broadcaster.
It added nothing to the public store of knowledge, since allegations that Australia spied on Indonesia had already been published.
And yet Scott thought it was out of order for the taxpayer-funded salaries of ABC staff to see the light of day.
No. What was out of order was that the ABC recklessly provided cover for The Guardian on a story that has damaged Australia.
If the Abbott government can’t see that the ABC needs reining in now, it never will.
This is an opportunity for Malcolm Turnbull to shine.
The Communications Minister, a darling of the Q & A set, now can show conservative voters who mistrust him that he is willing to lose skin for the greater good.
The ABC’s agenda-driven journalism has become more flagrant and better funded under Labor, with extra millions doled out on top of a $1 billion annual budget, like sweeties to a favoured niece.
With a few honourable exceptions, its reporting and commentary is often distorted by a reflexive green-left mindset that uncritically pushes damaging climate alarmism, for instance, and has been persistently hostile to the Coalition approach to border protection.
No better demonstration that the ABC is out of control was its refusal to apologise for portraying conservative commentator Chris Kenny as a “dog-f … er”.
While other media organisations lay off staff, cut costs and fold altogether as revenue streams dry up, the ABC has been living high on the hog, as its leaked salaries and lavish infrastructure show.
The ABC commandeers the prestige of being the “national broadcaster” with none of the responsibilities that its special position should entail.
It cannot go on luxuriating in taxpayer largesse. A good start for Turnbull would be to strip the ABC of its ill-gotten $233 million contract to deliver the Australia Network international television service, which is supposed to enhance Australian “soft diplomacy” interests in the region.
It is a task the ABC deliberately subverted last week, and Senator Cory Bernardi and former foreign minister Alexander Downer made a convincing case for a review of the contract.
Continue reading 'Leaking ABC is awash with cash'
Tim Blair – Sunday, November 24, 2013 (5:17am)
Recently privatised climate commissioner Tim Flannery turns his great scientific mind to matters automotive:
Guess what the best-selling car in Norway is right now?The fully electric Tesla S sedan.
Yet again, Flannery is exaggerating. The Tesla S was the best-selling car in Norway’s tiny and incredibly distorted car market back in September, with a massive 616 sales boosted by pre-orders. But right now, Tesla is outsold in Norway by 21 other brands, as IBT reports:
October’s figures are out, and last month’s volume tells a different story with 98 Model S deliveries, or 0.8 percent share of all passenger vehicle sales in the country that month, compared to 616 in September …
Still, Flannery is delighted that “ordinary people” are buying the Tesla:
The great news is that this is a revolution that ordinary people can drive.
Only someone accustomed to receiving $180,000 from taxpayers for working just three days per week could consider Norway’s Tesla owners to be “ordinary”. The Tesla S – the “S” stands for “subsidies” – costs around $A120-130,000, or nearly double the average Australian wage. Rich Norwegians buy them because the government penalises other cars:
Electric cars have been especially popular in Norway because of generous subsidies, free parking, government-provided re-charging stations, the right to use express lanes on highways and exemptions from tolls …Cars with conventional engines of similar power would typically retail for $200,000 and above as taxes are levied on engine size and some car makers actually sell their vehicles with smaller engines in Norway than the rest of Europe to keep them affordable.
So, all in all, it’s a perfectly ordinary situation. Meanwhile, in their own entertaining way, Teslas are wonderful contributors to global warming.
Tim Blair – Sunday, November 24, 2013 (5:13am)
US wind farmers fined $1 million for eagle burgers:
Duke Energy Renewables agreed to the sum after pleading guilty to charges over the deaths of 14 eagles in the past three years at the Wyoming site.It is the first time the Obama administration has taken action against a wind energy company in such a case ...Duke Energy Renewables president Greg Wolf said the company “deeply regretted” the impact to golden eagles at two of its wind facilities, and had been working closely with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to “take proactive steps to correct the problem”.These have included installing radar technology to help detect eagles in flight nearby and further curbing turbines at times of high eagle flight activity.
(Via J.F. Beck)
Tim Blair – Sunday, November 24, 2013 (2:48am)
John F. Kennedy was a friend of Australia.
Tim Blair – Sunday, November 24, 2013 (2:47am)
A tax would stop this carbon scofflaw:
Another evening, another eerie glow atop Italy’s Mount Etna. The eruptions rocketing from volcanic craters atop Etna’s summit suffuse dark nights with a fiery aura as lava jets into the air …Etna is one of the gassiest volcanoes on Earth, pumping out more carbon dioxide than any other volcano …
(Via the Indomitable Snowman, Ph.D)
Tim Blair – Sunday, November 24, 2013 (2:12am)
Academic drama in California:
In a letter sent to colleagues in the department after the sit-in, [Professor] Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of “micro-aggression.”
The dispute is said to be caused by raaacism.
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (2:17pm)
Is Tanya Plibersek insane? She really thinks the man who authorised the spying on Indonesia’s president is the one who could broker peace?===
Plibersek is not just brainless but mindlessly negative, criticising Abbott’s response to Indonesia without having a single suggestion on what he should have done instead:
And who is running the Opposition? Shorten or Plibersek? Or is Shorten a two-faced hypocrite, pledging to support Tony Abbott but having Plibersek attack him on no grounds she can actually think of?
DEPUTY Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek says Kevin Rudd could play a part in easing diplomatic tensions with Indonesia…Many on the Left are hailing Plibersek already as Labor’s new leader. If this is a good example of judgement, Labor is in deep, deep trouble.
“Any senior Australian like Kevin Rudd, who as former prime minister and former foreign minister, if they’ve got personal relationships with senior Indonesians, it does no harm to be talking in that personal context to them,’’ she told ABC television.
Plibersek is not just brainless but mindlessly negative, criticising Abbott’s response to Indonesia without having a single suggestion on what he should have done instead:
BARRIE CASSIDY: How do you think Tony Abbott is handling the diplomatic crisis with Indonesia?
TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, I don’t know that it has been a terrific performance when it comes to handling the diplomatic crisis… I don’t think really what he said to the Parliament has settled things down at all.
BARRIE CASSIDY: In what way was that inappropriate?
TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, I’m certainly not in a position to say word for word what the Prime Minister or anyone else should be saying in these circumstances…
BARRIE CASSIDY: But where did he go wrong and what should he have said?
TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well Barrie, I’m not going to script a speech for the Prime Minister; I don’t think that would be appropriate at all…
BARRIE CASSIDY: But you’re critical of his performance in the Parliament without saying why?
TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, like I say, Barrie, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be scripting speeches for the Prime Minister, but I think that, on each occasion, there was an opportunity there to smooth things over, to settle things down; that’s not what happened on either occasion.
And who is running the Opposition? Shorten or Plibersek? Or is Shorten a two-faced hypocrite, pledging to support Tony Abbott but having Plibersek attack him on no grounds she can actually think of?
Last week Mr Shorten lent his support to the Government, saying: ”This is indeed a ‘Team Australia’ moment. We need to walk this road together.”Plibersek represents Labor at its worst. She’s a hater and someone who cannot deliver on Labor promises.
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (7:14am)
The strange thing about Labor’s demand that Tony Abbott apologise for our spying on Indonesia is that nothing could be easier or more tempting for him than damning what Labor did, as Sam Maiden points out:===
KEVIN Rudd was conspicuously absent from the furore over revelations Australia tapped the phone of Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono…(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)
As prime minister at the time, Rudd was responsible for Australia’s Office of National Assessments which would have analysed the material… He even built a $14 million bunker adjacent to cabinet, similar to the White House’s “situation room”, where he could have secure communications with foreign officials and spy chiefs.
It remains entirely possible that he signed off on the SBY surveillance himself…
After running around before the election warning Konfrontasi with the Indonesians would ensue if Tony Abbott was elected prime minister and tried to turn back the boats it’s the former government’s phone taps that are causing the blow-up…
But it’s not hard to establish who may have been in the loop because there’s a clear protocol for signing off on such operations. It would have involved a combination of the prime minister, foreign minister, defence minister and attorney-general of the time… Which makes Julia Gillard’s intervention on Friday, when she offered Tony Abbott advice on how to resolve the troubles with Indonesia, curious. As deputy prime minister she would have sat on the National Security Committee of cabinet at the time of the alleged phone taps.
Does she propose to both sign off on the phone taps as a government and then provide public advice on CNN about how to clean up the mess in her new role as a roving international ambassador? How odd.
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (6:00am)
How do green activists come up with schemes that scar the landscape and kill rare birds?===
A MAJOR US power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities…Er, no. It’s also not green if it doesn’t do anything measurable to stop global warming.
Duke Energy ... pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at its Top of the World and Campbell Hill wind farms outside Casper, Wyoming…
“Wind energy is not green if it is killing hundreds of thousands of birds,” said George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy...
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (5:52am)
Tim Flannery - who said we’d never again get dam-filling rains and our cities could run dry by 2009 - now turns that genius to describe the car market:===
Guess what the best-selling car in Norway is right now?Tim Blair fact checks and finds Flannery is as good at cars as he is the weather.
The fully electric Tesla S sedan.
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (5:32am)
Andrew Bolt November 24 2013 (5:27am)
The tenor of the Fairfax Age story suggests the issue is Abbott’s shame rather than Indonesia’s disgrace. To illustrate my point, imagine how Fairfax would report a Daily Telegraph front page depicting Indonesia’s president so crudely:
Tony Abbott’s image in Indonesia has hit a new low with a front-page cartoon in a serious political newspaper depicting him as a peeping tom.Actually, we don’t have to imagine how the Age would report a similarly offensive cartoon here of the Indonesian President. Here it is on 2006:
The middle-brow broadsheet, Rakyat Merdeka, whose title literally means The Freedom of the People, caricatured the Australian Prime Minister as prising open a door marked “Indonesia” to peep inside.
A caricature on the front page of an Indonesian newspaper depicts Abbott as a peeping tom, prising the door of Indonesia open with his hand down the front of his pants. He’s moaning: “Ssst! Oh My God Indo ... So Sexy”.
As he is shown to drool, sweat and masturbate, he is moaning, “Ssst! Oh My God Indo ... So Sexy”.
The cartoon suggests that Australia’s spying on the telephones of the President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife Ibu Ani Yudhoyono, and his intimate circle, gave some kind of prurient pleasure to a brutish, hairy-legged Australia.
AUSTRALIA is bracing for renewed tensions with Indonesia — already inflamed by the decision to grant protection to Papuan asylum seekers — after the publication of a cartoon showing a character resembling the Indonesian President as a copulating dog.In both cases the Age’s reaction is “what has Australia done wrong?”. Or to be precise, “what have Australian conservatives done wrong?”.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer yesterday sought to pre-empt a wider rift by distancing the Government from the cartoon, published in The Weekend Australian…
Bill Leak’s cartoon responds to one published in a Jakarta daily last week, which parodied Prime Minister John Howard and Mr Downer as copulating dingoes, with the Prime Minister telling the Foreign Minister: “I want Papua!! Alex! Try to make it happen!”
That cartoon reflected widespread suspicion in Indonesia that Australia’s decision to grant protection visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers reflects a secret plan to engineer West Papua’s separation from Indonesia.
While Mr Howard has shrugged off the Indonesian cartoon, Leak’s cartoon is likely to test Jakarta’s tolerance. Leak depicts a character resembling Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as a dog mounting a Papuan while saying: “Don’t take this the wrong way …” The caption reads: “No Offence Intended.”
And shouldn’t the man pictured masturbating be Kevin Rudd, whose government actually authorised the spying?
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- 1948 – Spider Robinson, American-Canadian author
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- 1949 – Shane Bourne, Australian comedian and actor
- 1949 – Ewen Cameron, British politician
- 1949 – Sally Davies, English Chief Medical Officer
- 1949 – Linda Tripp, American civil servant
- 1950 – Roscoe Born, American actor
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- 1951 – Chet Edwards, American politician
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- 1952 – Thierry Lhermitte, French comedian and actor
- 1952 – Jim Sheridan, Scottish politician
- 1953 – Glenn Withrow, American actor
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- 1955 – Ian Botham, England cricketer
- 1955 – Clem Burke, American drummer (Blondie, Ramones, The Adult Net, and The Romantics)
- 1955 – Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Swedish politician
- 1955 – Najib Mikati, Lebanese politician, 31st Prime Minister of Lebanon
- 1955 – Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
- 1956 – Sven Grünberg, Estonian composer
- 1957 – Denise Crosby, American actress
- 1957 – Edward Stourton, English journalist
- 1958 – Roy Aitken, Scottish footballer
- 1958 – Alain Chabat, French actor and director
- 1958 – Margaret Curran, Scottish politician
- 1959 – Robert Jüttner, German footballer
- 1960 – Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer (Strength in Numbers)
- 1960 – Amanda Wyss, American actress
- 1961 – Carlos Carnero, Spanish politician
- 1961 – Arundhati Roy, Indian author and activist
- 1962 – John Kovalic, English cartoonist
- 1962 – John Squire, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Stone Roses and The Seahorses)
- 1962 – Paul Thorburn, Welsh former rugby football player
- 1962 – Ioannis Topalidis, Greek footballer
- 1962 – Tracey Wickham, Australian swimmer
- 1964 – Garret Dillahunt, American actor
- 1964 – Tony Rombola, American guitarist (Godsmack and Another Animal)
- 1964 – Brad Sherwood, American comedian and actor
- 1965 – Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
- 1966 – Russell Watson, English tenor
- 1967 – Henrik Brockmann, Danish singer (Royal Hunt)
- 1967 – Cal Eldred, American baseball player
- 1968 – Todd Beamer, American passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (d. 2001)
- 1968 – Bülent Korkmaz, Turkish footballer
- 1969 – David Adeang, Nauruan politician
- 1969 – Rob Nicholson, American bass player and songwriter (Cryptic Slaughter and Danzig)
- 1970 – Doug Brien, American football player
- 1970 – Julieta Venegas, Mexican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1970 – Ashley Ward, English footballer
- 1971 – Cosmas Ndeti, Kenyan runner
- 1971 – Keith Primeau, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1972 – Marek Lemsalu, Estonian footballer
- 1974 – Stephen Merchant, English comedian, actor, and director
- 1974 – Machel Montano, Trinidadian-Tobagonian singer-songwriter and producer (Xtatik)
- 1974 – Taro Yamamoto, Japanese actor
- 1974 – Dave Aizer, American television host and producer
- 1975 – Thomas Kohnstamm, American author
- 1976 – Christian Laflamme, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1976 – Chen Lu, Chinese figure skater
- 1977 – Colin Hanks, American actor
- 1977 – Olle Kärner, Estonian orienteer
- 1977 – Celaleddin Koçak, Turkish footballer
- 1978 – Katherine Heigl, American actress and producer
- 1979 – Becca Barlow, American guitarist (BarlowGirl)
- 1979 – Joseba Llorente, Spanish footballer
- 1980 – Beth Phoenix, American wrestler
- 1982 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, American football player
- 1982 – Sean O'Loughlin, English rugby player
- 1983 – Dean Ashton, English footballer
- 1983 – Lars Eckert, German rugby player
- 1983 – Meredith Henderson, Canadian actress
- 1983 – André Laurito, German footballer
- 1983 – José López, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1983 – Karine Vanasse, Canadian actress
- 1984 – Maria Höfl-Riesch, German skier
- 1984 – Wolf Hudson, American porn actor and director
- 1985 – Julia Alexandratou, Greek model, actress, and singer
- 1985 – Tony Hunt, American football player
- 1986 – Pedro León, Spanish footballer
- 1986 – Mohamed Massaquoi, American football player
- 1990 – Sarah Hyland, American actress and singer
- 1990 – Tom Odell, British singer-songwriter
- 1992 – Sergei Kulbach, Ukrainian figure skater
- 1993 – Ivi Adamou, Cypriot singer
- 1994 – Reece Mastin, English-Australian singer-songwriter
- 2003 – Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman, New Zealand meningococcal disease survivor
- 654 – Emperor Kōtoku of Japan (b. 596)
- 835 – Muhammad al-Jawad, Saudi Arabian 9th of the Twelve Imams (b. 811)
- 1072 – Bagrat IV of Georgia (b. 1018)
- 1265 – Magnus Olafsson, Manx king
- 1326 – Hugh Despenser the Younger, English son of Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester (b. 1296)
- 1468 – Jean de Dunois, French soldier (b. 1402)
- 1531 – Johannes Oecolampadius, German religious reformer (b. 1482)
- 1572 – John Knox, Scottish clergyman (b. 1510)
- 1583 – René de Birague, French cardinal (b. 1506)
- 1600 – Balthasar Russow, Baltic German chronicler and clergyman (b. 1536)
- 1615 – Sethus Calvisius, German composer and theorist (b. 1556)
- 1650 – Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer (b. 1566)
- 1675 – Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, 9th Guru of Sikhs(b. 1621)
- 1722 – Johann Adam Reincken, Dutch-German organist and composer (b. 1623)
- 1741 – Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden (b. 1688)
- 1770 – Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (b. 1685)
- 1775 – Lorenzo Ricci, Italian religious leader, 18th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1703)
- 1781 – James Caldwell, American minister (b. 1734)
- 1793 – Clément Charles François de Laverdy, French politician (b. 1723)
- 1801 – Franz Moritz von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (b. 1725)
- 1807 – Joseph Brant, American tribal leader (b. 1742)
- 1848 – William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1779)
- 1870 – Comte de Lautréamont, Uruguayan-French poet (b. 1846)
- 1885 – Nicolás Avellaneda, Argentine journalist and politician, 8th President of Argentina (b. 1837)
- 1890 – August Belmont, German-American politician (b. 1816)
- 1916 – Hiram Stevens Maxim, American-English inventor, invented the Maxim gun (b. 1840)
- 1920 – Lado Aleksi-Meskhishvili, Georgian actor and director (b. 1857)
- 1920 – Alexandru Macedonski, Romanian author and poet (b. 1854)
- 1922 – Robert Erskine Childers, Irish solder and author (b. 1870)
- 1929 – Georges Clemenceau, French politician, Prime Minister of France (b. 1841)
- 1936 – Lucio Godina, Filipino conjoined twin (b. 1908)
- 1943 – Doris Miller, American soldier and chief, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
- 1948 – Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother's Day (b. 1864)
- 1956 – Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
- 1957 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (b. 1886)
- 1958 – Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, English politician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1864)
- 1959 – Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
- 1960 – Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
- 1960 – Roscoe Lockwood, American rower (b. 1875)
- 1961 – Ruth Chatterton, American actress (b. 1893)
- 1963 – Marotrao Kannamwar, Indian politician
- 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy (b. 1939)
- 1964 – Herbert Johanson, Estonian architect (b. 1884)
- 1965 – Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti ruler (b. 1895)
- 1967 – Louis Fratto, American gangster (b. 1908)
- 1968 – D. A. Levy, American poet (b. 1942)
- 1973 – John Neihardt, American author and poet (b. 1881)
- 1980 – Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
- 1980 – George Raft, American actor (b. 1895)
- 1982 – Barack Obama, Sr., Kenyan economist (b. 1936)
- 1985 – Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
- 1987 – Jehane Benoît, Canadian author and journalist (b. 1904)
- 1990 – Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine race car driver (b. 1934)
- 1990 – Fred Shero, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1925)
- 1990 – Dodie Smith, English author and playwright (b. 1896)
- 1991 – Eric Carr, American drummer and songwriter (KISS) (b. 1950)
- 1991 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter and producer (Queen and Ibex) (b. 1946)
- 1993 – Albert Collins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1932)
- 1996 – Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (b. 1911)
- 1997 – Barbara, French singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1930)
- 1999 – Hilary Minster, English actor (b. 1944)
- 2001 – Melanie Thornton, American singer (La Bouche) (b. 1967)
- 2002 – John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
- 2003 – Snowflake, Spanish gorilla (b. 1964)
- 2003 – Warren Spahn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
- 2004 – Wong Jim, Chinese actor and songwriter (b. 1940)
- 2004 – Arthur Hailey, English-Canadian author (b. 1920)
- 2004 – Joseph Hansen, American author and poet (b. 1923)
- 2005 – Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
- 2006 – Juice Leskinen, Finnish singer-songwriter (b. 1950)
- 2006 – George W. S. Trow, American author, playwright, and critic (b. 1943)
- 2006 – Zdeněk Veselovský, Czech zoologist (b. 1938)
- 2007 – Casey Calvert, American guitarist (Hawthorne Heights) (b. 1981)
- 2008 – Kenny MacLean, Scottish-Canadian bass player and songwriter (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
- 2008 – Cecil H. Underwood, American politician, 25th Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
- 2009 – Chan Hung-lit, Hong Kong actor (b. 1943)
- 2009 – Abe Pollin, American businessman (b. 1923)
- 2009 – Samak Sundaravej, Thai politician, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1935)
- 2010 – Huang Hua, Chinese politician (b. 1913)
- 2012 – Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (b. 1962)
- 2012 – Alec Campbell, English-Batswana archaeologist (b. 1932)
- 2012 – Ardeshir Cowasjee, Pakistani columnist (b. 1926)
- 2012 – Antoine Kohn, Luxembourgian footballer and manager (b. 1933)
- 2012 – Tony Leblanc, Spanish actor and director (b. 1922)
- 2012 – Frank Pittman, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1935)
- 2012 – Chris Stamp, English music producer and manager (b. 1942)
- 2012 – Jimmy Stewart, American baseball player (b. 1939)
- 2012 – Nicholas Turro, American chemist (b. 1938)
- 2012 – Ernie Warlick, American football player (b. 1932)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Days:
- Lachit Divas (Assam)
- Teachers' Day or Öğretmenler Günü (Turkey)
- The first day of Brumalia, celebrated until the winter solstice. (Roman Empire)
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”Psalm 100:4-5 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
"Fellowship with him."
1 John 1:6
1 John 1:6
When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such complete fellowship with him, that we were made one with him, and his interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with Christ in his love. What he loves we love. He loves the saints--so do we. He loves sinners--so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man, and pants to see earth's deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord--so do we. We have fellowship with him in his desires. He desires the glory of God--we also labour for the same. He desires that the saints may be with him where he is--we desire to be with him there too. He desires to drive out sin--behold we fight under his banner. He desires that his Father's name may be loved and adored by all his creatures--we pray daily, "Let thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven." We have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. We are not nailed to the cross, nor do we die a cruel death, but when he is reproached, we are reproached; and a very sweet thing it is to be blamed for his sake, to be despised for following the Master, to have the world against us. The disciple should not be above his Lord. In our measure we commune with him in his labours, ministering to men by the word of truth and by deeds of love. Our meat and our drink, like his, is to do the will of him who hath sent us and to finish his work. We have also fellowship with Christ in his joys. We are happy in his happiness, we rejoice in his exaltation. Have you ever tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight to be known this side heaven than that of having Christ's joy fulfilled in us, that our joy may be full. His glory awaits us to complete our fellowship, for his Church shall sit with him upon his throne, as his well-beloved bride and queen.
"Get thee up into the high mountain."
Each believer should be thirsting for God, for the living God, and longing to climb the hill of the Lord, and see him face to face. We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. My soul thirsteth to drink deep of the cup which is reserved for those who reach the mountain's brow, and bathe their brows in heaven. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun; they eat dust like the serpent when they might taste the ambrosial meat of angels; they are content to wear the miner's garb when they might put on king's robes; tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ, thy soul's Husband. Make him the source, the centre, and the circumference of all thy soul's range of delight. What enchants thee into such folly as to remain in a pit when thou mayst sit on a throne? Live not in the lowlands of bondage now that mountain liberty is conferred upon thee. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments, but press forward to things more sublime and heavenly. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!
"When wilt thou come unto me, Lord?
Oh come, my Lord most dear!
Come near, come nearer, nearer still,
I'm blest when thou art near."
Today's reading: Ezekiel 20-21, James 5 (NIV)View today's reading on Bible Gateway
Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 20-21
Rebellious Israel Purged
1 In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and they sat down in front of me.
2 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Have you come to inquire of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign LORD.’
4 “Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their ancestors 5 and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the LORD your God.” 6 On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. 7 And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God....”
Today's New Testament reading: James 5
Warning to Rich Oppressors
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you....
Abiram [Ăbī'ram]—father is the exalted one.
- A son of Eliab, a Reubenitewho with others conspired against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and who perished with his fellow-conspirators (Num. 16:1-27;26:9).
- The first-born son of Hiel the Bethelite, who began to rebuild Jericho, but who came under the curse foretold by Joshua (Josh. 6:26; 1 Kings 16:34).
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