Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sun Jan 12th Todays News

We need to have a discussion. A New York Time article on a Father’s Day address delivered by President Obama said: “We know the statistics - that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioural problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundation of our community is weaker because of it.” But we haven't been able to discuss it because of the preciousness of the left who don't argue, but abuse those who wish to bring their thoughts to the discussion table that are different from the left's. Bernardi has made many reasonable statements on this issue and on the issue of abortion, but instead of arguing them, the left have lied, making extravagant claims. A mother, father and their children are the basic family unit. It is a desirable model. A natural model. There is such thing as diversity, there are also cultural assets that need to be strong and maintained. 
Because celebration of cultural assets is not welcomed by the press, the passing of Ariel Sharon may not be well understood by many in its' significance. He had been in a persistent vegetative state for eight years, and his last work was unfinished. He had split the conservative party, Likud, in forming a unity type party of Kadima. He had the luxury of working with a conservative White House offering a 'peace' opportunity which respected Israeli security. Arafat refused. Later, Fatah and Hamas were engaged in civil war and so there was no partner for peace. Sacrifices were made and the opportunity passed. Sharon had been one of Israel's finest soldiers and generals. The sacrifice without gain will not be forgotten by the victims. Sharon's service should not be forgotten either. He found eternal rest on a Saturday. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Dione Hortin and Amy Tran. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
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ABC doesn’t believe in Right to free speech

Piers Akerman – Saturday, January 11, 2014 (11:20pm)

THE left, be they from the ALP or the ABC, oppose free speech when it is their ideology which is under scrutiny. 

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http://www.theage.com.au/comment/abbott-finds-a-new-way-to-fly-20140111-30nr1.html
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www.smh.com.au
JJJ is so alternative it is unlistenable .. I did work experience with them (JJ) in '82 (Jonathon Coleman was there, and I did a comedy thing with him) and they had these discussions then. They basically preach to their converted. - ed
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The U.S. Coast Guard is battling to keep the shipping lanes open in the Great Lakes after the earliest freeze since the 1930s.

Share the facts at Climate Depot: http://www.climatedepot.com/

Does an early freeze disprove the theory of global warming? No, it's just weather -- Same as heat waves and storms. 

The failure of world temperatures to rise as climate computer models say they should will disprove global warming if temperatures never catch up. With no warming since the 20th century, they're not looking very good. Then there's the question of human impacts vs. natural variability, hapless wasteful policy and so much more. Unsettling.
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Ford Motors “Knows Everyone Who Breaks The Law” - Preparing the population for mileage taxes, automatic speeding tickets and unaffordable car insurance.
http://www.infowars.com/ford-motors-knows-everyone-who-breaks-the-law/
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She was PM .. she accepts no responsibility for her choices - ed
Aus newspaper story Kevin & I mandated curriculum themes dead wrong. Experts not politicians wrote the curriculum. http://bit.ly/1eo3VxX JG
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Anthony Cox reveals the false science behind the latest from Abrahams and Nuccitelli.

http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/skeptical-science-crap.html
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www.jewishpress.com
Palestinians cheered his death for a reason. He dedicated his life to Israel and I won't fault him for that. I disagreed with his splitting the conservative movement, but point out that the left had been so dissociated that a desperate move was called for .. the assassination of one Jew by another was the result of the left divorcing itself from reality and putting out insane rhetoric .. by moving the conservatives to the centre, Sharon worked to strengthen Israeli unity. It is hard to make good choices, except in hindsight. He made military decisions and he has been Israel's greatest military mind to date. - ed
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My thanks to Barbara Ginsberg and Moshe Schwartz
MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari offered an uncompromising appraisal of Sharon's life, saying that "history judges the results."

"When Ariel Sharon stands before the heavenly court and good and bad angels empty the cases on the scales of judgement, there will be great tension," wrote Ben-Ari on his official Facebook page. "The scales will waver wildly from here to there," as initially his military accomplishments in defending the country will tip the scales in his favor, opines Ben-Ari.

"But then will surely come the 26 destroyed communities in Yamit, flowering greenhouses, vibrant communities, and they will tip the scales against him," writes Ben-Ari. "Expelled residents of Yamit who grew old and wrinkled with the memory of their destroyed efforts, refugees of Gush Katif in Nitzan and Nitzana, waiting for the fulfillment of the promise of 'a solution to every resident,'" he said, alluding to the plight of the refugees of Gush Katif, many of whom remain without permanent housing or employment more than eight years on, despite government promises at the time.

"All these will come and shed their tears and affronts on the scales against him, and again the scales will waver, this time to the left," according to Ben-Ari.

In Ben-Ari's analysis, there is "Sharon the man and Sharon the phenomenon," namely a seemingly right-wing leader who doggedly defends Israel's security but in the end brings tragedy and disaster to Israel by turning left politically.

Ben-Ari continued by saying he was issuing his criticism "because I must, because the danger is crouching at our door, for there are many others in the 'right-wing' figure of Sharon. Declared right-wingers to all appearances, who suddenly flip on us."

In particular, Ben-Ari pointed the finger at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, former Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Menachem Begin, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for following the same path of initially pushing for Israeli security only to change suddenly in making concessions.

"When the right-wing ideology is security-based, that's its end," warns Ben-Ari. "Our hold on the land of Israel isn't a matter of security, but rather faith. Rabbi Meir Kahane (Hy''d) said of this: 'I don't want to lose my land, not in war and not in peace.'"

"Sharon, who was a hero in war, brought on us destruction and dangers in 
the hallucination of peace," concludes Ben-Ari. "A pity over his old age that shamed his great acts."

Sharon - one of the great builders of Israel, and its greatest destroyer
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Israeli Goods Disappear From Egyptian Markets | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
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I Acknowledge Anti-Semitism Poses as Palestinian "Human Rights" Activism
FACTS ABOUT HEBRON (PLEASE SHARE!)

Hebron has a long and rich Jewish history and is the site of the oldest Jewish community in the world. It’s the second holiest city in the Jewish religion after Jerusalem and the resting place of all of Israel’s beloved patriarchs. Hebron is mentioned 87 times in the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible.

Jews lived in Hebron almost continuously throughout the Byzantine, Arab, Mameluke, and Ottoman periods. It was only in 1929 — as a result of a murderous Arab pogrom in which 67 Jews were murdered and the remaining Jews were forced to flee — that the city became temporarily "free" of Jews. After the 1967 Six-Day War, the Jewish community of Hebron was re-established.

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<..For all this, Mr. Kerry could succeed in his efforts, just as Frank Kellogg did: When the diplomacy of great powers becomes unstuck from reality, sometimes it's easier for the smaller powers to go along with the fiction now and take advantage of the facts later. But the world won't live in illusions forever. Too bad the same probably can't be said for John Kerry>
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Shadows and Fog

Karl the Fog slowly drifts over the famous Fog City, San Francisco in the early morning light of a sunrise.
 — in San Francisco, CA, United States.
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January 12Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania (1964)
Mission Santa Clara
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“When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” - Psalm 118:5-6
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Morning and Evenings by Charles Spurgeon
January 11: Morning
"These have no root." - Luke 8:13
My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart. Let me dread a godliness as rapid in growth and as wanting in endurance as Jonah's gourd; let me count the cost of being a follower of Jesus, above all let me feel the energy of his Holy Spirit, and then I shall possess an abiding and enduring seed in my soul. If my mind remains as obdurate as it was by nature, the sun of trial will scorch, and my hard heart will help to cast the heat the more terribly upon the ill-covered seed, and my religion will soon die, and my despair will be terrible; therefore, O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield thee a bounteous harvest.
Evening
"I have prayed for thee." - Luke 22:32
How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never- ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter--"Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat; but"--what? "But go and pray for yourself." That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, "But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved." That were a great blessing. No, it is, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not." We little know what we owe to our Saviour's prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth. How shall we thank him because he never held his peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon his hands, and carried our names upon his breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice. Mark, he does not say, "Satan hath desired to have you." He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say, "But I have desired to pray for you." No, but "I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made." O Jesus, what a comfort it is that thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.
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Zephaniah 
[Zĕpha nī'ah] - jehovah is darkness or god hides.
The Man of Moral Earnestness
1. A son of Cushi, who prophesied in the days of Josiah (Zeph. 1:1). The prophet Zephaniah gives us a most minute account of his genealogy - a rare thing for a prophet! Possibly he pursued this course for two reasons:
To distinguish himself from three others of the same name, mentioned below.
To point out his relation to the great monarch, Hezekiah. The Hizkiah of Zephaniah 1:1 is identical with King Hezekiah. Zephaniah was therefore of royal descent.
The prophecy of Zephaniah, ninth among the Minor Prophets, is one of reproof and judgment. George Adam Smith said of it, "No hotter book lies in all the Old Testament." What a graphic picture of Judah's spiritual pride this prophet of judgment paints! Worshippers of God were found sprawled on their housetops worshiping the moon and stars (Zeph. 1:4, 5). The spirit of practical atheism had possessed the people (Zeph. 1:12), and their religious leaders had lost their moral seriousness ( Zeph. 3:4).
Zephaniah sees no way out of such departure from God but judgment, so he announces the day of the Lord, denounces idolaters, waverers and apostates and pronounces doom on wrongdoers (Zeph. 1:7, 8). Much that he predicted has been partially fulfilled, but ultimate fulfillment is still future.
The Lord is "in the midst" for judgment (Zeph. 1-3:8).
The Lord is "in the midst" for salvation (Zeph. 3:9-20).
The present value of the Book of Zephaniah must not be lost sight of. We have:
I. The revelation of social and moral conditions.
II. An earnest moral tone and deep sense of sin.
III. The disciplinary value of suffering (Zeph. 3:7, 11, 13).
IV. The comforting doctrine of Providence.
V. Are we God's Zephaniahs - His sheltered ones (Ps. 17:8; 27:5, 7)?
Other men with the name of Zephaniah are:
2. A Levite of the family of Kohath and of the house of Izhar, who is mentioned among the ancestors of Heman the singer (1 Chron. 6:36-38).
3. A priest, the son of Maaseiah, who ministered in Jerusalem in the reign of King Hezekiah and the prophet Jeremiah. This Zephaniah had the oversight of the Temple and was put to death at Riblah (2 Kings 25:18-30Jer. 21:1; 29:25-29; 37:3; 52:24-29).
4. The father of one Josiah who lived in the day of Zerubbabel and the prophet Zechariah, and into whose house in Jerusalem the messenger from the Jews went (Zech. 6:10-14).
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Today's reading: Genesis 27-28, Matthew 8:18-34 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 27-28

1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son."
"Here I am," he answered.
2 Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your equipment--your quiver and bow--and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die..."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 8:18-34

The Cost of Following Jesus
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20 Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
21 Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
22 But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead...."


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