Thursday, January 09, 2014

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In the aftermath of the Harding v Kerrigan assault, where Harding's ex contracted a guy to hit talented figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan' knee. It worked, Kerrigan did not win gold at the '94 olympics. But it backfired too, with Harding's first place in US championships denied by decree. Things were hysterical, with one wag announcing that NATO air strikes had been approved against Harding. The sad element of that joke was the vacillating President Clinton who had effortlessly achieved a million deaths in Rwanda, and was wondering how to bomb people in former Yugoslavia. One might question the commitment of left wing peoples to their espoused causes. History shows us that NATO hit a Serbian command tent. It was empty at the time, as NATO had told the Serbian terrorist command what they were going to do. And so justice is blind. Which is helpful when looking at what the compassionate middle class person does in sponsoring a World Vision child. 
The children World Vision collect money for need it and benefit from it, but not as much as World Vision benefits from it. There are options World Vision offers to ensure payments go to the sponsored child, but it does not seem to be encouraged. The cost of feeling good. 
What does one have to spend to feel good about their past? I am a bitsa. Bits from China, Ireland, Russia, Jew, Scotland, England, Netherlands, Aboriginal Australian .. and I was born in the US. I like the 1788 landing and what has happened since. I like 1901's start with Australia as a federation. But there is a lobby of hate claiming to represent my bits. The use emotive words like 'invasion' to frame the  founding of Sydney. But cultural pluralism gave my mother her maiden name, Shying. No where else in the world had that name, it began in Sydney, thanks to '88. Those that claim '88 was bad weren't there. They don't know, or care. It is unsporting, like a strike to the knee of a figure skating rival. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Samuel BallAndrew MussellLynda LyVu Tran and Natalie TranBorn on the same day, across the years, along with

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OBVIOUS QUESTIONS

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:42am)

Further on the mystery of my 17-year-old World Vision sponsorship kid who draws like a pre-schooler. Here’s World Vision director Matt Davis:  
We share your concern about the recent report you have received from Obvious and we have requested an immediate response from our team in Zimbabwe. We are yet to hear back and will let you know as soon as we do.
I can assure you there are some really encouraging things happening ?in Obvious’s community and we are committed to ensuring you receive an appropriate explanation as to what has been happening with his development. 
Also on the case: Radio 2UE summer drive host Mike Jeffreys, who interviewed Davis and me.
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1788 HATE

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:40am)

Leftoid Twitter folk shut down a supermarket’s t-shirt sale
Aldi has pulled a portion of its Australia Day clothing from shelves following social media pressure over a “racist” design. 
The alleged racism was a logo reading: “AUSTRALIA EST 1788”. Seriously. 
Twitter users have called for the range to be pulled from shelves, including Sunshine Coast University lecturer Matt Mason.
“This is historically wrong and racist,” Mr Mason posted.
“Remove them from sale.”
Others users have described the range as “sickening”. 
Just as well the frightening logo wasn’t printed on a packet of crisps.
(Via Waxing Gibberish)
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THE UNENDING, INESCAPABLE HORROR OF A WARMER PLANET

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:38am)

It’s happening, people: 
The effects of climate change could hinder sea snails’ extraordinary ability to leap away from predators on one foot, Queensland researchers have found. 
Add this to the list.
(Via reader fidens, who emails: “I feel so helpless.")
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SUPPLY AND DEMAND

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:21am)

Following interest from Australian media, the tiny island of Nauru applies a modest increase to the cost of journalist visas.
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AWESOME OF THE ANTARCTIC

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:15am)

Mark Steyn reviews the ice-tastic performance of Professor Chris Turney and his academic Antarcticians: 
You’d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ‘stuck in our own experiment’, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit.
On Douglas Mawson’s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I’m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they’d probably have to make do with the Guardian reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ‘Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.’ Now there’s a man who’s serious about reducing his footprint. 
Do read on. Meanwhile, the length of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition’s enforced stay is matched only by thebrevity of a subsequent legal dispute.
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ALLAH HAS WAN AT NEVER

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (5:05am)

John Tiedemann updates a classic Australian ad:

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Further on Australian booze issues from James Morrow, who addresses the new prohibitionist mood encouraged by – among many others – anti-alcohol campaigner Tony Trimingham
Reduction and regulation of advertising has been effective in countries such as France, Norway, Ukraine, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Sweden, Kenya, Hong Kong and most Muslim countries. 
You don’t say.
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I WORK WITH GOOD PEOPLE

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (4:56am)

At the close of work yesterday I emailed a very senior Daily Telegraph identity to make sure all of the opinion pages were complete. His (censored) reply: 
Go ---- yourself you ----. 
Followed immediately by: 
Sorry. Predictive text! 
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OLD CHOPPERS

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (4:53am)

Texan shark cuddler Carey Barlow-Heyden – who received ABC applause for her opposition to Western Australian shark killing – turned out to have an interesting jewellery hobby, making decorations from: 
Shark teeth, Arrowheads, Anything fun, colorful and unique 
Ms Barlow-Heyden has since amended her list of preferred materials: 
Fossilized Sharks Teeth, Arrowheads, Anything fun, colorful and unique 
(Via J.F. Beck)
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THEY COULD’VE JUST RIPPED UP THE PAMPHLET

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (4:39am)

An old-fashioned book burning in Lebanon: 
“Unknown assailants torched the Saeh Library in Tripoli, destroying two thirds of some 80,000 booksand manuscripts housed there,” said the source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity …
The attack came a day after “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the prophet Mohammad,” said the source. 
I blame Presbyterians.
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FREEDOM BOOT

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (4:11am)

Trapped in your car? Not a problem. Just use your feet, as one of Peter Brock’s mechanics demonstrated at Bathurst in 1985. (From 2:00 at the link. Under race rules, if a damaged windscreen is removed the rear glass must also be removed. Doesn’t take long.)
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OUT OF THE ASHES

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 09, 2014 (2:56am)

A rare but priceless win
England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad have been credited with helping prevent a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge in Darling Harbour.
Prior is said to have pulled the man – who was saying he wanted to drown – away from the edge of a foot bridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Prior and Broad, who had been attending a Barmy Army charity event nearby, talked to the man for nearly an hour before police arrived. 
Impressive, especially because star power wasn’t in play. Although the man is believed to be British, he did not recognise either player.
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Reporting to police is not a punishment .. they need to know if there was culpability. Reporting to the Age is irresponsible. - ed
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Andy Trieu
Day 1 of 21 days of shooting starts today!#matesvszombies ..
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Remember just a few months ago when LABOR declared the Coalition's policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats was "entirely dead". 

Labor Shadow Immigration Minister Mr. Marles proclaimed ; “Turning back the boats was always a furphy.”

Mr Marles is now wiping egg off his face, as today we hear that the head of Indonesia's military General Moeldoko has confirmed he has reached an agreement with the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to accept boat turn-backs and said late on Tuesday that boat turn-backs by Australia were ''justifiable''.>

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/indonesian-military-head-says-boats-turned-back-will-be-accepted-20140108-30hmj.html#ixzz2pohWPhTW

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This week, dozens of #IDF soldiers embarked on a mission to help people in need. They cut off their hair and donated it to cancer patients who can't afford to buy their own wigs. Their kindness deserves your LIKE.
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“Rohingya children need safe, secure environments after fleeing violence in Burma and enduring the trauma of difficult journeys,” said Alice Farmer, children’s rights researcher at HRW. “Yet Thailand locks up many who reach its shores, leaving them vulnerable to trafficking and further abuse.”>


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The secret to George H.W. and Barbara Bush’s long, happy marriage revealed? [awesome pic] ==> http://twitchy.com/2014/01/08/the-secret-to-george-h-w-and-barbara-bushs-long-happy-marriage-revealed-awesome-pic/
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Fifty years ago today, President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” But half a century later, too many of our fellow Americans—46 million—are living below the poverty line.

Let’s use this anniversary to rededicate ourselves to fighting poverty. We can’t just rely on the inadequate ways of the past to do it; we have to work on new solutions for a more prosperous future. http://bit.ly/1ggDvxB

Johnson was right, the war against poverty was not won in Washington. - ed
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Big W has joined Aldi in recalling 'inflammatory' Australia day shirts after a public backlash. |http://bit.ly/1aa36nU
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We need conservatives in D.C. who won't be sucked into the Beltway Vortex. That's why I support Katrina Pierson for Congress! Donate here ==> https://secure.piryx.com/donate/7W2BaaTQ/KatrinaForCongress/
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Young girls indecently assaulted in a Sydney park toilet
WWW.NEWS.COM.AU
TWO young girls on a family picnic at a popular western Sydney park have been sexually assaulted inside a public toilet block just 30 metres from where their family was enjoying lunch.
Where was Sheik Cat's meat? - ed
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Happy Birthday to the Doctor who started it all – William Hartnell. http://bbc.in/FirstDoctor
As a follow-up to the cell phone panorama posted a couple days ago, here is the last bit of color from the sunset. I headed down to the beach as the clouds thickened up.
I don't think T Shirts are racist .. people are - ed
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Larry Pickering
MEET OUR NEW VLAD OPPONENT

At the risk of offending what’s left of my 75 per cent of readers who scathingly disagree with me, I will make one final apolitical plea. 

Premier Newman’s quaintly named VLAD or Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (only someone on the gear could invent that) is poorly drafted legislation, it’s abusive, discriminatory, invalid and most of all dangerous to any Australian who values his freedom.

PM Tony Abbott’s newly appointed Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, is also highly critical of Newman’s anti-bikie laws... as critical as he would and should be if they were anti-AWU official, anti-burglar or anti-climate scientist laws.

It’s not about bikies, it’s about your rights as a free human, and bikies are Newman’s chosen medium to put his foot in a door no fair minded Aussie would want left ajar.

NSW is successfully dismantling criminal gangs using existing law. Newman is unnecessarily lurching to the far Right to regain lost constituents.

Tim Wilson explained, “The imprisonment of people for free association, who are not otherwise engaged in criminal activity, is deeply, deeply disturbing.”

When I asked Tim today if the Federal Libs shared his deep disturbance, his response was, “Sadly not.”

It’s tough being a Conservative when the Right seems so obviously wrong.
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From the Blog

Common Core and the EduTech abyss

The Common Core gold rush is on. Apple, Pearson, Google, Microsoft and Amplify are all cashing in on the federal standards/testing/textbook racket. But the EduTech boondoggle is no boon for students. It’s more squandered tax dollars down the public school drain...

Global warming releases S.S. Irony and rescue ship from Antarctic ice trap

Might as well go ahead and blame global warming for breaking up the Antarctic ice enough to free these ships — one of which contained some scientists on an expedition to document the effects of climate change on the Antarctic and the other sent to rescue them — because I’m sure somebody else will make that connection soon enough...

Has U.S. been ‘sucked into the polar vortex’? CNN says yes

CNN’s top climatologists have it all figured out...

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January 9St. Stephen's Day (Eastern Christianity)
Eric Marshall, Frank Wild and Ernest Shackleton at their Farthest South latitude, 88°23'S
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“Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” -Amos 5:14-15
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Charles Spurgeon morning and evening
January 8: Morning
"The iniquity of the holy things." - Exodus 28:38
What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there! Our work for the Lord, its emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a mountain of dead earth is there! If we looked more carefully we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight. Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says, "My parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my desires for the melioration of both, proceed either from pride or vanity or indolence. I look at the weeds which overspread my garden, and breathe out an earnest wish that they were eradicated. But why? What prompts the wish? It may be that I may walk out and say to myself, In what fine order is my garden kept!' This is pride. Or, it may be that my neighbours may look over the wall and say, How finely your garden flourishes!' This is vanity. Or I may wish for the destruction of the weeds, because I am weary of pulling them up. This is indolence." So that even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives. Under the greenest sods worms hide themselves; we need not look long to discover them. How cheering is the thought, that when the High Priest bore the iniquity of the holy things he wore upon his brow the words, "Holiness to the Lord:" and even so while Jesus bears our sin, he presents before his Father's face not our unholiness, but his own holiness. O for grace to view our great High Priest by the eye of faith!
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"Thy love is better than wine." - Song of Solomon 1:2
Nothing gives the believer so much joy as fellowship with Christ. He has enjoyment as others have in the common mercies of life, he can be glad both in God's gifts and God's works; but in all these separately, yea, and in all of them added together, he doth not find such substantial delight as in the matchless person of his Lord Jesus. He has wine which no vineyard on earth ever yielded; he has bread which all the corn-fields of Egypt could never bring forth. Where can such sweetness be found as we have tasted in communion with our Beloved? In our esteem, the joys of earth are little better than husks for swine compared with Jesus, the heavenly manna. We would rather have one mouthful of Christ's love, and a sip of his fellowship, than a whole world full of carnal delights. What is the chaff to the wheat? What is the sparkling paste to the true diamond? What is a dream to the glorious reality? What is time's mirth, in its best trim, compared to our Lord Jesus in his most despised estate? If you know anything of the inner life, you will confess that our highest, purest, and most enduring joys must be the fruit of the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. No spring yields such sweet water as that well of God which was digged with the soldier's spear. All earthly bliss is of the earth earthy, but the comforts of Christ's presence are like himself, heavenly. We can review our communion with Jesus, and find no regrets of emptiness therein; there are no dregs in this wine, no dead flies in this ointment. The joy of the Lord is solid and enduring. Vanity hath not looked upon it, but discretion and prudence testify that it abideth the test of years, and is in time and in eternity worthy to be called "the only true delight." For nourishment, consolation, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus. Let us drink to the full this evening.
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Today's reading: Genesis 20-22, Matthew 6:19-34 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 20-22

Abraham and Abimelech
1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman...."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 6:19-34

Treasures in Heaven
19 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money....

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