Tuesday, November 05, 2013

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Horse dribble funding anti social activism? If it is, they are welcome to drown in it, but not use it. Today was the Melbourne Cup. A horse won a race. Some people are happy, some disappointed. What is disappointing is Anglican church billboard from Gosford which seems to suggest that it is wrong to prevent desperate people from being subject to piracy and drowning. Shame on them. Apparently the horse race attracts people because of the money. So it isn't only the dribble. 
If irresponsible kids in your area are throwing a party, it could be a global warming panic party. ABC and Fairfax may have written and spoken about it, but it is unlikely you heard or read it from them .. not many people do. Plain packaging seems to be working to expand the black market. We don't know who they are, inheriting the Al Capone riches, but my bet is they are ALP. 
New York is better for having cleaned up. Australia is worse off for those wind mills. I didn't watch it, but apparently Q and A was abysmal. One bite from what I have seen .. after the fighting is over. When the dead drape the scenery in their struggle over oppression and adversity. When the cost is clear in the wasteland of what was once homes to many with dreams of a better future. The post modernist will ask "Who gets to define success? Who gets to say what is right or wrong" Something worth pondering as you survey those tyrannies which killed millions of people and were supported by communists and socialists. 
Guardian article claiming Bush family funded Hitler. Meh, over stated on the Bush connection .. Bush's grandad stopped when it became apparent what Hitler was doing. Unions seemed to like what the Nazis had done, and what the Japanese had done. There is a western concept socialists don't get. It is the idea that a man is responsible for their own actions. Not their families. So at the end of the civil war, General Lee was allowed to live his life. His family was unmolested. His garden was made a graveyard .. Arlington. But, Lee's grand daughter, Harper Lee, wrote "To Kill a Mocking Bird" .. vindicating those who stopped short of eliminating the family, behind the deaths of millions, and in favour of slavery.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns to those born on this day, across the years
Matches
Despatches
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WARMY PARTY PEOPLE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (1:40pm)

Yay! The GetUp kids are throwing some climate panic parties, and they want everyone else to pay
We’ve come up with an ambitious plan to hold huge national rallies in dozens of locations simultaneously, in just a month’s time. But it has a budget to match: $263,000 (and that’s the cheap option).
If you’ve ever run events you have an idea of what this covers. It includes: paid coordinators, stages, PA systems for the bands and speakers, liability insurance, banners and signs, huge cherry-pickers … 
You mean these guys? GetUp’s party list continues: 
St John’s ambulance on hand to provide first aid, promotions in newspapers, online and on the street, security, permits from councils, electricity generators, marquees, video crews to capture footage, face-paint for kids, sunscreen for adults, and a myriad of little details that make our rallies fun, family-friendly events. 
Too bad about the colossal carbon footprint. You know, it sometimes seems as though GetUp’s stunts are more about GetUp than they are about any actual cause.
(Via Waxing Gibberish)
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LOW AND LOWER

Tim Blair – Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (1:36pm)

Sad numbers for Fairfax and the ABC: 
Fairfax Radio Network’s troubled talk station 2UE has become the lowest rating commercial station in Sydney, new numbers released today by Nielsen show …
The only stations in Sydney to fare worse the 2UE were from the ABC including Radio National and ABC News Radio. 
Additionally, the ABC is now issuing health warnings about its own coverage: 
ABC report could cause death, says ABC health specialist 
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PREACHING IGNORANCE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (12:51pm)

Gosford’s Anglican Church is apparently unaware of Australia’s immigration history:

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Perhaps tomorrow our churchy la femme pals could list all of these races we’ve “stopped”. 
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CIGS UP

Tim Blair – Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (12:31pm)

Nanny Roxon’s ugly pictures haven’t worked: 
Illegal tobacco is booming across Australia, funding international criminal gangs, and costing taxpayers more than $1 billion each year.
And the introduction of plain packaging for legal cigarettes has failed, according to a report ...
That report states that tobacco consumption in Australia will rise this year for the first time since 2003.
Demand for cheap counterfeit and contraband cigarettes is accelerating, driven by excise increases on legitimate tobacco. 
Via CL, who emails: “After all, it’s not as though there’s a culturally, historically famous case study of prohibition leading to the massive, uncontrollable importation of a much wanted, theretofore legal product … to the extent that the ban became utterly useless, except to the ‘criminals’ supplying it. Nobody could have predicted that.”
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ART TRAINEES

Tim Blair – Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (12:17pm)

There was a slight graffiti problem in New York during the 1980s.
(Via Instapundit)


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Scrap this green energy target. Remove these blights

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (10:20am)


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It’s a hell of an expensive way to wreck our views. So why hasn’t the Abbott Government already scrapped the scheme that foists these follies on us?:
AUSTRALIA’S mining giants are demanding the Coalition abandon the renewable energy target, warning the scheme is slugging electricity consumers $1.6 billion a year.
In a rare united submission obtained by The Australian, groups including the Minerals Council of Australia and Australian Uranium Association have said that repealing the carbon tax is just the first step in reforming climate change policies and that the repeal does not address “other overlapping areas where policy is out of sync with broader economic imperatives, such as the expensive subsidies for certain technologies under the renewable energy target”.
Under the RET, 20 per cent of electricity will be sourced from renewable energy by 2020.
“The RET is a costly and inefficient infant industry scheme which should be repealed,” the submission to the Environment Department says.
And the difference the renewable energy target - with all its wind farms and solar power - will make to our climate?
Zero.
UPDATE
How is that greens, usually the first to protest when development spoils the scenery, cheer the wanton vandalising of our coastline by wind farm developers?
How is it that most greens, the first to demand a stop to global warming, fight the one technology most likely to slash our emissions? True, there are some exceptions:

Four of the best-known scientists espousing the belief that humanity’s carbon emissions are an immediate and deadly threat have issued a statement begging their fellow greens to support nuclear power.
Doctors James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley co-signed an open letter over the weekend in which they address “those influencing environmental policy, but opposed to nuclear power”. The four scientists write that “continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity’s ability to avoid dangerous climate change ... there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power”.
(Thanks to readers Diogenes and Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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More tips for today

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (10:11am)


Reader Jacks helps fellow blog readers with a tip or four for the Cup:

Best Melbourne Cup in a long time. Can make a case for almost every runner. A true sweeps race. 
Been on Hawkspur all long, so will stick with him. Doubt over the 3200m but he has a devestating burst of speed if he can do it.
But Dunaden has been racing the best horses in the world. He will take some beating even with that weight. He is under weight for age for the first time in a year. Just that others come in much better handicapped. Voluese De Cours is one example. She won the Irish St Leger by 6 lengths carrying 61kgs and drops to 51kgs.
However, if Dear Demi can run the 3200m as well as she runs 2400, I think she can beat these International mares.
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Q&A: this time the audience is even crazier than the guests

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (10:03am)


2011 - Reader billygee remembers:

Never a truer prophecy by Peter Hitchens in 2011: 
“People like me – though still allowed to speak – are allowed on to mainstream national broadcasting only under strict conditions: that we are ‘balanced’ by at least three other people who disagree with us so that our views, actually held by millions, are made to look like an eccentric minority opinion.”
2013 - Reader Turtle describes the ABC’s Q&A last night:

Q&A was at it’s extreme worst tonight. One conservative, Peter Hitchens, Christian conservative and brother of the late Christopher. The rest of the panel - an American feminist who wrote a book called ‘The End of Men’, a gay guy, and Germaine Greer. So of course the three lefties took turns bullying, insulting, talking over, interrupting and laughing at the conservative. The gay spokesman on the panel, Dan Savage, offered this idea: make abortion mandatory for all women for the next 30 years. This was offered as a way to save the planet. Club of Rome style.
They clapped him. There were people in the audience who supported this ...
Reader I Seymour says the audience also clapped Hitchens, but only because he’d fooled them:

Peter Hitchens says Jesus Christ most dangerous idea ever created. Audience claps.
Tony Jones asks Hitchens to explain why. Hitchens gave his reason:  because it gives hope and justice for mankind. Audience does not clap.
Reader Ellen says the audience fooled itself:

The audience were clapping whole-heartedly for gay marriage whenever it was mentioned, however when Germaine Greer stated “marriage is a terrible system” people clapped.
Huh??
Reader James fact-checks one of the guests:

Q&A tonight just became a bash and trash Abbott forum which was remarkable given a lot of the trash talk came from ill-informed overseas guests.

One claimed Abbott had said “Women are not physiologically suited to leadership” which got a huge applause and which Tony Jones failed to correct.

Here is what Tony Abbott actually said in a wide ranging discussion about why there was such a huge discrepancy between the number of men and women in very senior positions:

1998: Tony Abbott, at round table that included Michael Costa, then a minister from New South Wales.

Tony Abbott: “If it’s true, Stavros, that men have more power, generally speaking, than women, is that a bad thing?”

Costa: “Clearly it’s a bad thing.”

Abbott: “Why is that, Michael?”

Costa: “I want my daughter to have as much opportunity as my son.”

Abbott: “Yeah, I completely agree, but what if men are by physiology or temperament more adapted to exercise authority or to issue commands?”

Costa: “Well see, I don’t believe that. What I do think is that we should never be in a situation where women have got to define their notions of success and self worth by negating a traditional role. But in terms of the power structure I think it’s very hard to deny that there is an under-representation of women.”

Abbott: “But now there’s an assumption that that is a bad thing.”
Abbott was basically positing that the numerical difference is not necessarily because of overt discrimination, but because men tend to chase those positions more than women because women have different priorities and tend to prefer a more balanced life and so on. I know feminists would still not be happy with that, but it is a long way from saying that (and the guest used quote fingers) women are not physiologically suited to leadership.
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A history of union bastardry

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (9:45am)


Miranda Devine on some history of the Left too rarely remembered:

AS the Abbott government begins to take on union power and corruption, a timely new book reveals the union movement’s role in one of the most shameful periods of Australian history…
Perth lawyer Hal Colebatch has done the nation a service with his groundbreaking book, Australia’s Secret War, telling the untold story of union bastardry during World War 2…
One of the most obscene acts occurred in October, 1945, at the end of the war, after Australian soldiers were released from Japanese prison camps. They were half dead, starving and desperate for home. But when the British aircraft-carrier HMS Speaker brought them into Sydney Harbour, the wharfies went on strike. For 36 hours, the soldiers were forced to remain on-board, tantalisingly close to home. This final act of cruelty from their countrymen was their thanks for all the sacrifice.
Colebatch coolly recounts outrage after outrage. There were the radio valves pilfered by waterside workers in Townsville which prevented a new radar station at Green Island from operating.
So when American dive bombers returning from a raid on a Japanese base were caught in an electrical storm and lost their bearings, there was no radio station to guide them to safety. Lost, they ran out of fuel and crashed, killing all 32 airmen…
Almost every major Australian warship was targeted throughout the war, with little intervention from an enfeebled Prime Minister Curtin. There was the deliberate destruction by wharfies of vehicles and equipment, theft of food being loaded for soldiers, snap strikes, go-slows, demands for “danger money” for loading biscuits.
Then there were the coal strikes which pushed down coal production between 1942 and 1945 despite the war emergency…
This is a tale of the worst of Australia amid the best, the valour and courage of our soldiers in New Guinea providing our last line of defence against Japanese, only to be forced onto starvation rations and to “go easy on the ammo” because strikes by the wharfies back home prevented supplies from reaching them…
In Adelaide, American soldiers fired sub-machine guns at wharfies deliberately destroying their aircraft engines by dropping them from great heights…
Colebatch offers various explanations for the treasonous behaviour of the unions. Many of the leaders were Communists obsessed with class warfare. Fervent “identity politics” led them to believe they were victims, and that servicemen and women were “puppets of capitalism whose lives were of no consequence”. 
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How stupid were we to import this tribal culture?

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (9:35am)


One of the more disastrous mistakes by those in charge of our immigration intake now manifests itself almost weekly in Sydney’s west:

A 13-year-old girl has been shot in the back with a shotgun at their home in Sydney’s west in what police believe was a targeted attack intended for her brother.
The girl was unconscious and bleeding heavily when police and paramedics arrived at the house in Sunnyholt Road in Blacktown on Monday night…
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas ...  said detectives were investigating whether the shooting was linked to gang activity in Sydney, including the group Brothers 4 Life.
Last week, Mahmoud Hamzy, the cousin of Brothers 4 Life founder Bassam Hamzy, was shot dead in Sydney’s south-west, and police at the time were bracing for the possibility of tit-for-tat shootings.
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Bacon should resign from this centre of “journalism”

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (7:46am)


Last night I said Wendy Bacon should resign from teaching journalists at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Listen here.
My reasons:

Her new report on media coverage of global warming notes with approval what she describes as a ban by Fairfax newspapers on articles by people sceptical of the so-called “consensus” position on catastrophic man-made warming.
Bacon is critical of News Corp editors for letting me write articles critical of the consensus position.
Bacon’s report devotes pages to criticising my writing on global warming issues without once identifying a mistake. The implication is that my error lies simply having a bad opinion - one that many (but very far from all) climate scientists don’t share.
Bacon is advocating not reporting but a shutting down of debate. A closing of the mind.
This is promoting not journalism but propaganda.
Bacon’s response on being told of my comments on air?

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This is disingenuous.
It is true that Bacon resigned a year ago from formal teaching duties at the university’s Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, something I did not know. But she remains a Professorial Fellow there, and led a group of researchers - including students and budding journalists - in conducting this report on how the media covers global warming:
Report Author & Director of Project:
Professor Wendy Bacon (Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney)…

Researchers:
Nicole Gooch, Katherine Cuttriss, Matthew Johnson, Rachel Sibley, Katerina Lebedev, Joel Rosenveig Holland, Federica Gasparini, Sophia Adams, Marcus Synott, Julia Wylie, Simon Phan & Emma Bacon
That gave Bacon a teaching role.
Reader A adds:
Also, listed under teaching areas at UTS for Professor Wendy Bacon:
Postgraduate and undergraduate media law, journalism studies and investigative journalism;
Supervision Higher degree students;
Supervision Postgraduate Videos.
UTS probably need to update their staff listing if they are unaware that Ms Bacon no longer teaches.
Reader Anthony adds:

From the UTS staff record:

She produces large group investigations with UTS undergraduate and postgraduate students including Spinning the Media (opens an external site), a study of the extent to which Australian news is driven by public relations. 
I don’t think Bacon, teacher of journalists, accurately reports even her own cv.
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And note Bacon’s ideological leanings - towards the most authoritarian political party in Parliament:

I’m voting Green in this election because I’m a journalist.
Someone who has been a Professor of Journalism and is still a Professorial Fellow with a journalism faculty believes the natural culture of journalism is a Greens’ one? Where have we heard that kind of arrogant assumption before? Ah, yes, from former ABC Media Watch host David Marr:
The natural culture of journalism is kind of vaguely soft-Left inquiry sceptical of authority. I mean, that’s just the world out of which journalists come. If they don’t come out of that world, they really can’t be reporters. I mean, if you’re not sceptical of authority, find another job. You know, just find another job. And that is kind of a soft-leftie kind of culture.

At least Marr asked journalists to be “sceptical of authority”. Bacon asks them to bow to authority - provided that authority is a warmist scientist.
Some other extracts from Bacon’s pre-election manifesto help explain her hostility to sceptics and the Murdoch papers which refuse to ban them:
I’m voting Green because I disagree with News Corp. At this turning point in our history, we desperately need a voice for progressive policies…

And then there are my other reasons. At the forefront is climate change. It is indeed ‘the moral challenge’ for our generation.
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The biggest issue is Palmer’s credibility

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (7:30am)


Clive Palmer last year:

In one company document last year, he stated: “Under the leadership of Professor Palmer, the Queensland Nickel Group of Companies has been transformed into a profitable and nimble business with a keen eye for growth and diversification opportunities to enhance the Group’s business portfolio. The Queensland Nickel Group is growing and becoming increasingly diversified, with interests in nickel-refining, coal-exploration, tourism and leisure.”
Clive Palmer in June:

TONY JONES:  Hedley Thomas, ‘The Australian’s reporter, has said he’s raised questions over the financial viability of two of your key companies, the nickel refinery in Townsville is one of them and of course your resort hotel in Coolum. Are they both making big losses as is claimed?
CLIVE PALMER: No, they’re on track at the moment with the investment we’ve got, that I’m putting in of my money and the results are better than projected.
Clive Palmer last week:

LEIGH SALES: Is the nickel refinery that you own in North Queensland operating at a profit or loss?
CLIVE PALMER: Profit.
LEIGH SALES: And what is that profit?
CLIVE PALMER: Well we’ll discuss that when we release our accounts, you know. It’s certainly at a profit today and that’s the most important thing.
Hedley Thomas on Palmer’s nickel business today:
CLIVE Palmer has pulled his Sunshine Coast tourism resort and dinosaur park from the corporate ownership structure of his failing Queensland nickel refinery, which has been racking up increasingly heavy losses of tens of millions of dollars a year.
The Australian’s searches of documents filed with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show the ownership changes were made three weeks before the September 7 federal election…
As a result of the changes, the Coolum resort, where Mr Palmer has a house in his federal seat of Fairfax and a venue for his prized dinosaurs and vintage cars, is now legally distanced from the financial woes of the refinery in Townsville. The resort and its adjoining championship golf course, a potentially valuable land-bank near the beach, would not be available to a liquidator or creditors if the refinery collapsed.
The resort’s ongoing losses are a small fraction of those of the refinery, which lost almost $60 million in the financial year to June 30, 2012 - a period when the nickel price was higher than it had been for the past 16 months.  
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Obama’s poll ratings in search of health care

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (7:22am)


And now US voters get to repent at leisure:

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Why is a dying business giving pay rises with our subsidies?

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (7:17am)


We actually subsidise this golden trough? The Abbott Government is actually contemplating tipping in more?

HOLDEN workers will receive cash bonuses and annual pay rises worth almost $5 million during the next two months as the carmaker seeks extra taxpayer assistance from the federal government to stave off closure.
The struggling car company, which has received $2.7 billion in subsidies over the past 12 years, including a $275m co-investment package from state and federal governments last year, will have to walk away from a wage freeze it had negotiated with unions in August in an attempt to keep down costs…
An expected delay in Holden’s investment decision whether to remain in Australia will cause an agreed wage freeze to lapse, meaning workers at the company’s South Australian manufacturing plant will receive a 3 per cent pay rise on November 15 ahead of a $1000 cash bonus next month…
Holden managing director Mike Devereux ...  has described Australia as being “among the most expensive places to build cars anywhere on the planet”, with $2000 of the $3750 additional cost of building a Holden in Australia attributed to labour costs.
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Romney vs Christie continues

Andrew Bolt November 05 2013 (6:59am)


Members of Mitt Romney’s team have paid back Chris Christie by releasing to the authors of Double Down the details of their vetting of him as Romney’s potential running mate:
The vetters were stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record. There was a 2010 Department of Justice inspector general’s investigation of Christie’s spending patterns in his job prior to the governorship, which criticized him for being “the U.S. attorney who most often exceeded the government [travel expense] rate without adequate justification” and for offering “insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification” for stays at swank hotels like the Four Seasons. There was the fact that Christie worked as a lobbyist on behalf of the Securities Industry Association at a time when Bernie Madoff was a senior SIA official—and sought an exemption from New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. There was Christie’s decision to steer hefty government contracts to donors and political allies like former Attorney General John Ashcroft, which sparked a congressional hearing. There was a defamation lawsuit brought against Christie arising out of his successful 1994 run to oust an incumbent in a local Garden State race. Then there was Todd Christie, the Governor’s brother, who in 2008 agreed to a settlement of civil charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission in which he acknowledged making “hundreds of trades in which customers had been systematically overcharged.” (Todd also oversaw a family foundation whose activities and purpose raised eyebrows among the vetters.) And all that was on top of a litany of glaring matters that sparked concern on Myers’ team: Christie’s other lobbying clients, his investments overseas, the YouTube clips that helped make him a star but might call into doubt his presidential temperament, and the status of his health.
Ted Newton, managing Project Goldfish under Myers, had come into the vet liking Christie for his brashness and straight talk. Now, surveying the sum and substance of what the team was finding, Newton told his colleagues, If Christie had been in the nomination fight against us, we would have destroyed him—he wouldn’t be able to run for governor again. When you look below the surface, Newton said, it’s not pretty.
Not sure that’s a killer to a presidential tilt, actually.  
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Why don’t Marxists care about those millions of dead?

Andrew Bolt November 04 2013 (7:26pm)


Glenn Reynolds on the the great forgetting of Marxism’s victims:
Adherents of Marx at some level must like the mass killings. Perhaps they make them feel powerful.
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The worst dribble isn’t the horse’s. We pay a legal service for this

Andrew Bolt November 04 2013 (6:58pm)


First question: why do so many protests involving socialists turn out violent?
Second question: why should we give one dollar more to legal aid services?:
A TAXPAYER-funded law service has been labelled a “disgrace” for launching legal action against a police officer on behalf of a protester who was dribbled on by a police horse and left with a swollen foot at a socialist demonstration.
Police are outraged at the use of taxpayers’ money and have called the action by the publicly funded Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre - which is also against the State of Victoria - an “outrageous use of taxpayer money”.
A police horse was punched and spooked by a protester as the 100-strong demonstration at the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre boiled over on May 29, 2011.
Protester Alexander Forbes attended the event, which was organised by Refugee Action Collective Victoria and supported by Socialist Alliance Victoria.
In a writ filed at the County Court of Victoria, Mr Forbes claims he was “salivated” on by a police horse, causing his clothing to become wet.
Mr Forbes was also upset that two people commented on the amount of horse saliva on his clothes following the drooling incident and that the horse stepped on his foot.
The 20-year-old is suing the state, along with fellow protester Mark Ryan.
One protester (not necessarily Forbes) tangles with a horse at the protest from 7:05:

UPDATE
The centre is using money meant to help the very poor:

The Chief executive of the legal centre, Anthony Kelly, says ... there is really no safe way to use police horses in a crowd…
Mr Kelly says the legal action is essentially a test case in relation to the use of police horses at demonstrations…
They’ve being [sic] used as weapons of war...
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Meh, over stated on the Bush connection .. Bush's grandad stopped when it became apparent what Hitler was doing. Unions seemed to like what the Nazis had done, and what the Japanese had done. There is a western concept socialists don't get. It is the idea that a man is responsible for their own actions. Not their families. So at the end of the civil war, General Lee was allowed to live his life. His family was unmolested. His garden was made a graveyard .. Arlington. But, Lee's grand daughter, Harper Lee, wrote "To Kill a Mocking Bird" .. vindicating those who stopped short of eliminating the family behind the deaths of millions in favour of slavery. - ed
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What law was broken? Why should it be regulated? Why should police be involved? - ed
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also, money spent on education :( Loose wallets, lose money - ed
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Would you try the Twinkie Burger? Hear from the owner of the Philadelphia restaurant who created it: http://tinyurl.com/mk2nsdo
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So here's my "small" contribution to the Cakenweenie Project...
Meet General Bonesapart...a dwarf Napoleon-inspired skeleton from Corpse Bride. Having never watched the movie before this project, I chose him simply because I thought he would be a challenge to create...plus I really loved his ornate uniform and feathered hat!

He is a cake topper, all hand modelled from fondant. He has wires inside his legs and neck for support and the grey and black shadows were dusted and painted with edible colours for added depth and dimension. The gold piping around his coat and hat was hand piped with royal icing and later painted with edible gold lustre. He stands about 7 inches tall from his teeny tiny feet to his beautiful gold feathered hat!

He really was a challenge to create (his oversized hat gave me so much grief to dry in position!!) but I enjoyed every minute of it! I am so proud and honoured to be a part of this project with so many wonderful cake artists from across the world!

Please visit www.cakenweenie.com to view all 100 edible pieces!! You will be blown away!!

AND please don't feel left out...if you have an edible creation inspired by Tim Burton to share, please submit your photos through the website atwww.cakenweenie.com and your creation could be featured also!! #TimBurton #Cakenweenie

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She did not come here to argue and bicker while her people fought and died for their freedom - ed
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Good Day Sunshine... — at The Golden Gate Bridge.
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In my dream, it is River Tam, Slash and Bender .. ed
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Caroline Glick.
One of the as yet unremarked aspects of Obama's second term foreign policy is that all of his goals are antithetical to Israel's interests. 
I consider this and related issues in my column in tomorrow's Jerusalem Post, which was just posted online.
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Its-time-to-reassess-Israels-strategic-assumptions-330602
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The California Endowment, a private foundation, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions.
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We're hugely excited to announce that the Tenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote is now in stock! (Remember we have Free Delivery Australia wide!) http://bit.ly/170m6nr
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“I’m killing myself, every day, little by little.” Will Michelle agree to get help -- before it’s too late?http://bit.ly/DRP110413 
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G'day,

This is my Melbourne Cup effort for this year. 

Good luck if you have a horse in the race. 

Godspeed
Zeg

Freelance Editorial Cartoonist/Caricaturist
0414293765

www.facebook.com/zegtoons

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TheBlaze
Woman with cancer reacts to losing her 'world-class' coverage: "Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point."
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'It was so much better than real life.'

Check out BBC News' interview with the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, who talks about playing the iconic Time Lord and the 50th special, The Day of the Doctor. Read the full interview here:http://bbc.in/1ebeENK
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Despicable: White House smears cancer survivor who is losing her insurance plan and doctors due to Obamacare ==> http://twitchy.com/2013/11/04/despicable-wh-smears-cancer-survivor-who-lost-her-insurance-plan-due-to-obamacare/
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Aprille Love
#melbournecup ready #moetchandon #afterparty
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Sunset, California Style!
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11/04/2013 
It’s Time to Reassess Israel’s Strategic Assumptions
By CAROLINE B. GLICK “All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel” 
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Its-time-to-reassess-Israels-strategic-assumptions-330602
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Hamas cries economic hardship, no gas for electrical power. Gaza cities are without the basis of electrical needs , yet Hamas is in a military buildup phase
Tunnel on Egyptian border
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A Soldier's Mother
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This is a nice way to thank our soldiers. Henri Sebbane and his family have worked tirelessly for these wonderful men and women.

http://www.tsahal-pizza.com/prestashop/
http://www.tsahal-pizza.com/prestashop/
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Titled (in translation), “With Names, Identities, and Roadmap… El Watan Exposes Brotherhood Cells in America,” it’s written by investigative journalist Ahmed al-Tahiri,
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Slavery returns: the curse of trafficking

04 November 2013

Would you snatch an ice cream from a small child? Of course not! Yet consider how much worse it is for a young person to be robbed not just of confectionery, but of hope, life and purpose? That is what people trafficking does and that is why it is so serious.
 
Human trafficking is slavery under a new name. It is the illegal movement of people by force, fraud or deception, so that they can be exploited either financially or sexually. The victims of trafficking end up in prostitution or as cheap labour in factories, farms, restaurants and homes. It happens all over the world and it happens here. Many of us thought that slavery was extinct. We grew up with stories from the late eighteenth century onwards of committed and concerned people, many of them Christians, who fought hard to see slavery abolished. We thought that slavery was a battle that had been permanently won. But we were wrong. The reality is that in people trafficking, slavery is not just alive but thriving.
 
The trafficking of people is not something we like to think about. There are countless heart-rending stories of victims: innocent girls duped into contracts abroad as dancers and trapped into a life of the most revolting prostitution; of naïve young men seeking their fortune abroad but ending up crushed by endless labouring in fields or factories; of parents who believed their children had left for success abroad but now tearfully realise that the very worst has happened. Let me appeal to your imagination. Imagine what it must be like to be owned entirely by someone who is only interested in exploiting you. Give yourself a name – Natasha or Paul – because you are a real person. Imagine how you feel – being forced to labour until every muscle aches or being routinely mocked and abused as a sexual slave. Think about what it must be like to be continually degraded and humiliated by your owner. Try to envisage a life of permanent fear, hardship and poverty, working in inhumane, cruel and dangerous conditions. Try to conceive of a situation in which all your efforts are enriching those who hold you in their power; and if you fail to deliver what your traffickers want, you will be cast off and thrown onto the street. Imagine having the grim certainty that there can be no escape. This may give you an insight into the pain and despair of those who are trafficked.
 
People trafficking is a heinous crime. But what makes it worse is that it does not just involve a few people, it involves a lot – an awful lot. It’s hard to tell exactly how big it is because it is a world of darkness, anonymity, secrets and threats. And there are problems of definition: exactly how low does a wage have to go before a job becomes slavery? Precisely when does prostitution by choice become prostitution by necessity? Even if precision is lacking, everybody agrees that trafficking is a huge problem. The most recent and authoritative assessment is the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013. There we get the cautious if horrific conclusion that as many as 27 million men, women and children around the world are victims of trafficking at any given time. Particularly telling is that the report’s authors have only been able to identify a fraction of these individuals. In other words, we only know the tiniest part of what is going on. Similar figures can be found elsewhere. There are chilling statistics that nearly two million children are currently in enforced sexual exploitation, that perhaps 80% of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation and that between 80 and 84% of trafficked people are women. It’s a ghastly trade.
 
People trafficking is also enormously profitable. A widespread and uncontested estimate is that globally people trafficking is worth $32 billion a year – only marginally less than arms dealing and drug smuggling. Unfortunately it is also relatively secure, in that only a handful of people are prosecuted each year. In 2010, for example, 21 European Union (EU) member states managed between them to convict just over 1,300 people for trafficking offences. In the current economic climate, the legal apparatus of every country is under pressure and the complexities of trafficking cases – different languages, multinational networks and victims who are unwilling to testify – mean that other things take priority.
 
Patterns of people trafficking are also very varied. Let’s look at three different countries.
 
Greece. At the edge of Europe and with long land mass and sea borders, Greece is a favoured entry point for traffickers into Europe. Get your victims into Greece and it is relatively easy to move them on into the wealthier countries in Western Europe. Trafficked people enter Greece by two routes. The Balkan route brings in people from the former Iron Curtain countries to the north, such as Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and the Ukraine; the Eastern Mediterranean route brings in victims from Turkey and the Middle East. Some estimate that Greece serves as the ‘back-door’ entry point for close to 90% of the EU’s illegal immigrants and although Greece is a ‘transit stop’ rather than a destination for many traffickers, many trafficked people nevertheless stay in Greece for labouring work and the sex trade. 
 
Cyprus. Cyprus is also an entry point into the EU, with people coming not just from the former Soviet bloc and the Middle East, but also from the rest of the world. Cyprus is also much more of a destination for traffickers than Greece. As a holiday island and a place of residence for rich emigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia, there is ample scope for the employment of trafficked victims in manual labour and in the sex trade. Human trafficking seems to be on the increase in Cyprus, which has resulted in the US State Department putting the nation on its watch list; the only EU state to be on it. There is also the specific problem that Cypriot culture is still dominated by issues of honour and shame, resulting in prostitution remaining unmentioned and unheeded. After years of importing large numbers of women as ‘artists’ to work in cabaret clubs, which were often little more than brothels, legislation was introduced that resulted in prostitution moving from the known and visible venues into hundreds of much less easily monitored settings. A new and increasing problem has also arisen with young people arriving in Cyprus from abroad to study but who, having misjudged costs, end up trying to pay off debts by working in the sex trade.
 
The United Kingdom. You would think that with its honourable history of opposing slavery the UK would be beyond reproach in the area of people trafficking. Unfortunately, the UK is the destination for a huge number of trafficked people. The scale is hard to assess; it is estimated that there are more than 5,000 victims in the UK. There are undeniably very large numbers of people from Eastern Europe working in the sex trade and the catering and agricultural sectors, or simply begging. How many of these are actually trafficked is unclear. Some authorities consider that trafficking into the UK is actually on the increase and for all its virtues, the complex and unwieldy British legal system does not deal well with the complex issues of people trafficking. Some of the changes that the government has recently proposed to the legal system may also have negative implications for trafficking victims. For example, if legal aid were only available to those who have lived legally in the UK for twelve months, most trafficking victims would inevitably be excluded. There is also the fact that cheap foreign labour is good for an economy in recession, because it keeps costs down.
 
The horror that is people trafficking exists in a variety of forms, everywhere. Some of the people we meet in our towns are trafficked. What can we do about it? I would suggest that the two great allies of the traffickers are ignorance and silence. The trafficking of people is a stealth crime, a quiet outrage committed in the shadows. By definition, its victims are men, women and children, but they are not our flesh and blood. We choose the easy option, deciding to be ignorant and – in the language of the parable of the Good Samaritan – to ‘pass by on the other side’. And if we do suspect something, it is tempting to stay silent; speaking out might mean that we have to do something. But I am reminded again of the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), where the two people who pass by the victim are decent and, I’m afraid to say, religious. It’s all too easy to have enough morality to avoid evil, but not enough to want to do something about it. We must avoid ignorance and silence; we must seek the facts, speak out about them and do something. At the heart of the Christian message is a God who neither ignores the mess of the world, nor condemns it, but who instead chooses to rescue it. That intervention costs him the cross. That costly intervention is the pattern that we must bear in mind when we look at people trafficking. God is a rescuing God; we can do nothing less.

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Morning

"For my strength is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God's work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God's warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, "I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory," defeat is not far distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own strength. He who reckoneth on victory thus has reckoned wrongly, for "it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his strength, or he will never accept their service. That which man doth, unaided by divine strength, God can never own. The mere fruits of the earth he casteth away; he will only reap that corn, the seed of which was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love. God will empty out all that thou hast before he will put his own into thee; he will first clean out thy granaries before he will fill them with the finest of the wheat. The river of God is full of water; but not one drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in his battles but the strength which he himself imparts. Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.
"When I am weak then am I strong,
Grace is my shield and Christ my song."

Evening

"In thy light shall we see light."
Psalm 36:9
No lips can tell the love of Christ to the heart till Jesus himself shall speak within. Descriptions all fall flat and tame unless the Holy Ghost fills them with life and power; till our Immanuel reveals himself within, the soul sees him not. If you would see the sun, would you gather together the common means of illumination, and seek in that way to behold the orb of day? No, the wise man knoweth that the sun must reveal itself, and only by its own blaze can that mighty lamp be seen. It is so with Christ. "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona:" said he to Peter, "for flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee." Purify flesh and blood by any educational process you may select, elevate mental faculties to the highest degree of intellectual power, yet none of these can reveal Christ. The Spirit of God must come with power, and overshadow the man with his wings, and then in that mystic holy of holies the Lord Jesus must display himself to the sanctified eye, as he doth not unto the purblind sons of men. Christ must be his own mirror. The great mass of this blear-eyed world can see nothing of the ineffable glories of Immanuel. He stands before them without form or comeliness, a root out of a dry ground, rejected by the vain and despised by the proud. Only where the Spirit has touched the eye with eye-salve, quickened the heart with divine life, and educated the soul to a heavenly taste, only there is he understood. "To you that believe he is precious;" to you he is the chief corner-stone, the Rock of your salvation, your all in all; but to others he is "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence." Happy are those to whom our Lord manifests himself, for his promise to such is that he will make his abode with them. O Jesus, our Lord, our heart is open, come in, and go out no more forever. Show thyself to us now! Favour us with a glimpse of thine all-conquering charms.
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 32-33, Hebrews 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 32-33

Jeremiah Buys a Field
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah.
3 Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it. 4 Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape the Babylonians but will certainly be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and will speak with him face to face and see him with his own eyes. 5 He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, where he will remain until I deal with him, declares the LORD. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.’”
6 Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me: 7Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’
8 “Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself....’

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 1

God’s Final Word: His Son
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
The Son Superior to Angels
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”?
Or again,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 In speaking of the angels he says,
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  1. Father of Ahiham, one of David's heroes (1 Chron. 11:35). Called Sharar in 2 Samuel 23:33.
  2. A son of Obed-edom, a Tabernacle gatekeeper in David's time (1 Chron. 26:4).
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Turning On the Lights
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I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12, NIV).
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My friend's 5-year-old daughter, Lexi, likes to have the lights on. It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the day; she wants the lights to be on. She goes around the house and turns on every light switch, even the outside lights.
Her mom told me she once came home and found not only every light in the house turned on, but every closet door in the house open as well. Lexi was apparently shining light into all the dark corners of the house.
Now, this might just be an amusing quirk of childhood, except for one thing. Three years ago, Lexi was adopted from a Russian orphanage. I don't know how much you know about Russian orphanages, but they're not well-funded institutions. There are lots of kids and not a lot of anything else. In her young life, Lexi was most likely hungry, lonely and scared. When my friends adopted her, she had never been outside the grounds of the orphanage.
I don't know how much Lexi remembers about the orphanage, but I think her soul was left with a permanent yearning for light - both physical light and spiritual light. That orphanage in Russia may have had lights, but it was an emotionally dark place. Whether Lexi knows it or not, it left her with a need for light in her life.
Yet, Lexi isn't really that different than the rest of us. We all yearn for light. We may not have spent our early years in a literal "dark place" like a Russian orphanage, but we have all walked in darkness. Yet our souls yearn for light.
Sometimes the world can be a dark, lonely and scary place. At times it may seem like we're walking down a dark tunnel that seems to have no end.
Yet, that's not what God has in mind for us. We don't have to walk in darkness. He sent His Son to die for us so we could walk in light. Jesus told us "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12, NIV).
Have you ever noticed when you turn on a light in a dark room, the darkness disappears? Even a small candle brings light into darkness. Darkness can never overwhelm the light. It must flee when light appears.
When Jesus enters the picture, evil and darkness must flee. With His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated death. He defeated Satan. And He defeated the darkness.
Just as a candle lights a room, so Jesus lights our lives. And the great thing about Jesus' light is that it's unlimited. Unlike the candle that will eventually burn out, Jesus' light is eternal.
He wants to lead us with His light, but Jesus also wants us to share that light with others - to bring light into the darkness of their lives.
Jesus said "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV).
If you and a friend were trapped in a dark cave and you found a source of light, would you hide it from your friend, letting her sit in darkness while you took in the light? No. You would share it so you could both find the way out.
Jesus is that light - the one that leads the way out of despair to hope. We do our friends a disservice when we choose to hide the light of Jesus from them. He wants us to shine His light into all the dark corners of our worlds.
We never know when our friends are seeking a light that we can provide. Don't let the fear of rejection or embarrassment keep you from letting your light shine to your friends. You can never go wrong by letting the light shine and forcing darkness to flee.
Let's Pray
Lord, let me be a light in the darkness. Help me to shine Your light into all the dark corners in my world. Don't let me be ashamed of Your light and try to hide it. Let my friends and family see Your light in me and yearn to bask in its glow.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
Jesus' light cannot be overcome with darkness. Every time you flip a light switch today, remind yourself that darkness must flee in the presence of light - and there is no greater light than Jesus. Memorize this verse. Say it whenever you turn on a light.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5, NIV)
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T. Suzanne Eller
November 4, 2011
Letter of Love
T. Suzanne Eller
"And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, Abba, Father." Galatians 4:6 (NLT)
I have only scraps now. Words penned on paper when I was a teen. I was a new Christian, trying to live my faith in a house of chaos. My mom was broken. My dad hid behind a newspaper, calling out words like "you belong in a loony bin" to my mother, spiraling her deeper into an abyss of rage and hopelessness.
I lived in parallel worlds. First, my very fractured home. And second, a world where people loved Jesus, and their lives reflected His love.
Church was more than a building to me. It was a sanctuary; a shelter from the roller coaster existence at home. I spent hours at the altar, weeping-not out of grief, or self-pity-but because I had discovered the most amazing truth: God is love.
Two years after my encounter with Christ, I found a letter on my pillow.
Dear Suzie, I've watched you and I know what you have is real. It's a treasure, and I hope you hang on to it....
I sat on the edge of the bed and read through the rest of the letter, amazed. It was penned by my dad. A man who did not know how to express his feelings very well. A man who had faced his own demons growing up, and who believed that love was putting food on the table and going to work every morning at 7 a.m.
Looking back now through the mirror of time, I see two adults who struggled. My mom with pain. My dad with the inability to know how to help. But that letter was a ray of light. I keep it, now in tattered pieces, because it came at a time I needed it.
Though I prayed often for my family, my home was the same old mess day after day. Thoughts of running away flooded me. Instead, I ran after Jesus, all the while longing for my parents to discover what I had found.
My father never said a word about the letter left on my pillow. But he was baptized the next year. He and my mother started attending church. It was a long, hard road, yet over time my mother was healed emotionally. Her smile came back and it was beautiful.
In the 30 years that have passed, I've been reading another letter from a father-my Heavenly Father.
The Bible has become an ongoing communication between me and Jesus. I don't know how many times I've sat with the Bible in my hands, and felt an encouraging word or a corrective nudge. A command to overcome or a promise that I'd never have to do it alone. It's not specifically written to me, but the Holy Spirit marks it with my name as He reveals truth.
Just when I need it. Just when I've been praying for direction. Just when I've felt that my faith was running on empty.
Yet, there are times I have allowed that meaningful Letter to sit idle. I've pushed it to the side, knowing I'd "get to it" later. And yet one day I realized the Bible is just as affirming as those tattered pieces from my earthly father.
In fact, the words are very much the same. I find in Scripture that Jesus knows what I've been feeling, and He reminds me that He sees me. He affirms that I have discovered real treasure, and encourages me to hang on to it, especially in the hard times.
Maybe it's been a long time since you opened your Letter of Love. I pray that today you'll pick it back up, hold it in your hands, and read it for the first time all over again.
Dear Father, You know my pressures. You know my shortcomings. Thank You that You know what I need. Give me a hunger to communicate with You. Thank You for Your letter of love to me. I ask that Your Holy Spirit take Your word and mark my life with it. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
It's not about checking off "read your Bible" from your to-do list for the day. It's taking time to communicate with Jesus.
1. Make an appointment, as you would with a friend.
2. Don't worry about a set number of verses or chapters. It's better to study three verses and grow through them, than to read five chapters just because it's on your to-do list.
3. Read with a pen in hand. Underline verses that speak to you.
4. Keep a journal close by. Write your thoughts and questions as you read.
Reflections:
"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs to me; it has hands, it lays hold of me." ~ Martin Luther
Power Verses:
Revelation 1:8, "'I am the Alpha and the Omega-the beginning and the end,' says the Lord God. 'I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come-the Almighty One.'" (NLT)
Revelation 3:20, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends." (NLT)
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Anthony of Egypt: First of the Desert Monks

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Verse: Matthew 19:21
Quote: "The mind of the soul is strong when the pleasures of the body are weak." (Anthony's motto)
"If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor." These are the words that stopped the rich kid dead in his tracks. His parents had died, and now all their wealth belongs to him. The much-heralded city of Alexandria offers infinite opportunities for luxurious living. His whole life is ahead of him. He can travel in comfort and see the wonders of the world if he so desires. But he hears the call of God in that very pointed gospel passage. His only travel will be to the desert. His journey of the soul begins by giving his wealth to the poor and leaving his childhood home. His goal is to become a true lover of God - to give himself entirely to Christ, ever vigilant in resisting the devil. His motto: "The mind of the soul is strong when the pleasures of the body are weak." He nourishes himself on bread and water, fasting altogether every other day and denying himself sleep, preferring to pray through the night.
Anthony (251 - 356), whose life story is told by Athanasius, lives among the tombs, where he is assaulted by wild animals and demons. This is God's way of training him to fight and win spiritual battles like an athlete prevailing in the arena. After a time he leaves the tombs, seeking an even more secluded area, where he remains for twenty years, becoming a celebrity - a superstar among desert saints. Disciples seek him out, and their encounters with him inspire generations of ascetics.
In one instance when a would-be follower tells him that he has given all his wealth away but for a small amount for necessities, the response is vintage Anthony: "If you want to be a monk, go into the village, buy some meat, cover your naked body with it and come here like that." When the man returns, his body is bloody and torn by wild dogs and vultures. The moral of the story: "Those who renounce the world but want to keep something for themselves are torn in this way by the demons who make war on them."
Anthony's activities intersect with the lives of other well-known figures of the era. During the brutal persecution under Emperor Diocletian in 303, he travels to Rome to minister to the suffering. He is also enmeshed in the theological controversies of the day. Athanasius persuades him to come to Alexandria from his desert hideaway to speak out against Arius, whose views are catching fire. Though he is no theologian, Anthony epitomizes sainthood. His life of self-denial is the support Athanasius most desires. Saint Augustine will later be put to shame by reading Athanasius's story of Anthony.
After his trip to Alexandria, Anthony returns to the desert with two companions who care for him in his final years. Despite all the privations he endures he lives to age one hundred and five, according to Athanasius, having secured the promise that his body will be buried in an unmarked grave. His concerns are not for dogs or vultures. He does not want his bones and remnants of clothing fought over and revered as relics. For him spirituality is self-denial and sacrifice, not saint-worship.

If you enjoyed the above article, please take a minute to read about the book that it was adapted from:
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Parade of Faith: A Biographical History of the Christian Church

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


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At Issue - Conflict

Today's reading: Genesis 35:11
God Almighty redirected Jacob to a new home, the promised land. Jacob reacted by encouraging all in his household to purify themselves and destroy their pagan gods (see Genesis 35:2). Jacob had to change some things, but consider what he received in return-a royal heritage for his children and a place in the line of Christ.
God Almighty wants you to enter the "promised land," but that may feel like a risk to you. Step out in faith when he asks you to bury your other gods-those things that rival his rightful place in your heart. He has the power to give you better things in exchange.
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