Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sun Feb 9th Todays News

Today is the anniversary of the late unlamented Joseph McCarthy starting the second red scare in 1950 by declaring that many in the state department were communists. Akerman parallels McCarthy with the ABC, and I must say that McCarthy is better than that. McCarthy was right that there had been communist influences in the state department and throughout the US. He was wrong in the way he prosecuted the case, bulldozing freedoms we take for granted. By way of contrast, the ABC is wrong on every level to be partisan. Wrong in reporting favourably for the left when responsible journalists would take a balanced middle road. Wrong to ignore corruption festering among those she supports, or to denounce as corrupt on no basis those she opposes. McCarthy, by way of contrast, did what he was elected to do. 

Miranda Devine has posted a few brilliant articles on drugs, Schapelle, our diggers and pedophiles .. no story connected. Our diggers deserve honour. Drugs are a scourge on society and druggies should go and die in Portugal where it is legal. Schapelle is over rated, apparently protecting drug dealers. There is a royal commission going on into pedophiles being protected through institutional abuse. I know this because I submitted to it on May 21st 2013 and have never heard back from it regarding my submission. I was so concerned, I approached a local member, and was emailed by a sergeant of the police who wrote that my testimony was of interest to the commission. Not having heard back from them is worrying for me, as I had written how desperate my circumstances were, being denied work in my profession and unable to find work elsewhere. I've never been unemployed since I was eighteen years old, often working three jobs and undertaking further study. But I've been unemployed for almost seven years now, The highly partisan press haven't investigated after senior ALP identities apparently asked them not to. If I don't hear favourably from the royal commission soon I will be forced to sell my home. I have no where to go. I live in the most deprived suburb in NSW. 

Four months ago, my place was flooded for two days with raw sewage. My home contents, Allianz, did a good job, although I'm rope-able that they valued 340 of my largest books at $5 each, well below any replacement value. However GIO, my strata insurer, have delayed and obstructed, so that only part of the unit was repainted. They still have not done kitchen tiling .. they might begin tomorrow. When they begin, they will move my refrigerator and oven for two days. When they finish, they will have not gone near the cockroach hotel that the sewage fed in the kitchen. My tip is not to insure anything with GIO. They might be cheap with premiums, but if they aren't competent, you are better off not paying premiums. 
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Paying piper for slander begs answers

Piers Akerman – Saturday, February 08, 2014 (10:56pm)

“OUR” ABC and the late US senator Joseph McCarthy have a lot in common. 

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It’s high time to end drug culture

Miranda Devine – Saturday, February 08, 2014 (10:57pm)

THREE days after Philip Seymour Hoffman died with a ­needle in his arm, Hollywood was putting up giant billboards spruiking its drug-glamourising Oscar prospect Wolf Of Wall Street.
The words “because it’s awesome!” appear over an image of Leo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in one of the many scenes in which they are high as kites and having a whale of a time.
The “awesome” quote comes from DiCaprio’s real life character, Wall Street fraudster Jordan Belfort: “I use Xanax to stay focused, Ambien to sleep, pot to mellow out, ­cocaine to wake up and morphine … because it’s awesome.”
Young men in one Sydney movie theatre could be heard saying: “This is sick” (excellent), as Belfort and pals snorted ­cocaine, popped pills, smoked crack and screwed hookers.
This is a problem, in case you haven’t noticed.Illicit drug use is rife as Baby Boomers take their habits into old age and Gen Y launches a new era of excess.
And the problem, for some reason, is now worse in Australia than in any other developed country, according to a 2012 UN report.
In Sydney, cocaine busts have reportedly doubled in a year, with mothers in Double Bay restaurants snorting lines in the toilet before the school run.
A study in the Medical Journal of Australia last September found ambulance call-outs for crystal meth, aka ice, had tripled in two years.
When the Howard government launched its Tough on Drugs strategy in 1997, drug use plummeted for the first time in three decades. Best of all, teenage drug experimentation fell, according to the Australian Secondary School Students ­Alcohol and Drug Survey.
But then a new laissez faire government arrived, and the figures show drug use rose steadily from 2008.
We now demonise the legal drugs tobacco and alcohol. Yet we turn a blind eye to the illicit drugs which are increasingly glamourised by Hollywood and pop culture.
You can’t smoke a cigarette on the silver screen but the Wolf of Wall Street can snort coke out of a prostitute’s anus.  If it’s not DiCaprio giving new meaning to crack cocaine, it’s Miley Cyrus singing to her tween fans about Molly, aka MDMA.
There’s something seriously wrong when the medical ­establishment is biased ­towards legalising drugs while railing against alcohol.
Last week, after Hoffman died from heroin, Australia’s chief drug liberaliser, Dr Alex Wodak, was still using the good name of St Vincent’s Hospital, where he is “emeritus consultant” to downplay the dangers. Heroin, he told the ABC, could be used recreationally.
“It’s a risk, no doubt about it,” Dr Wodak said. “But there are also people who go on and use and have very functional, creative, significant lives where they contribute to the community and continue to use heroin from time to time.”
Right on cue, The Guardian published an article claiming it wasn’t heroin but the prohibition on drugs that caused Hoffman’s death.
You could hardly send a more dangerous message at a time when authorities in Australia fear a return of the heroin epidemic of the 1990s.
A more realistic response came from Hoffman’s friend, scriptwriter and recovering addict Aaron Sorkin, who wrote last week that Hoffman “did not die from an overdose of heroin - he died from heroin”.
“We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine,” Sorkin said.
Hoffman once told Sorkin: “If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.”
In other words, “our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean”.
But even if Hoffman’s death did save 10 lives, it’s nothing to the legions of people switched onto the glamour of drugs this Oscar season by Martin Scorsese’s shameful movie.
I’ve interviewed heroin addicts trying to break free with naltrexone treatment.
The only emotion they expressed was anger that the government had been so slack on drug law enforcement in the 1990s when they became hooked as teenagers, catching the so-called “smack express” train to Cabramatta to openly score. It was so easy, and they were left with a lifelong affliction.
Now we’re doing it again; governments and police looking for the easy way out, happy to believe the lies of drug liberalisers and appease the drug-soaked chattering classes.
Meanwhile, the so-called ­alcohol-fuelled violence we are currently so worked up about ignores the fact that alcohol consumption is plummetting - we’re drinking less alcohol than we have in almost a decade, and 30 per cent less than the peak in 1974-75.
What has changed is the nature and ­extent of illicit drug use. Where alcohol is a depressant that makes you sleepy, stimulant drugs keep you alert to drink more and, sometimes, to become violent.
A decade ago John Howard showed you could change drug habits. But we gave up the war almost as soon as we started.
JUST FADE AWAY SCHAPELLE:
NOW that Schapelle Corby has been granted parole after nine years in a Bali jail, is it too much to ask that she fade into obscurity?
It’s unlikely someone planted the marijuana that was found by Indonesian police in her boogy board cover that fateful day, as she always claimed. But, either way, it’s not the biggest mystery on the planet. The whole sordid story, including her late father’s drug links, has been told enough.
Schapelle is free but she
DIGGERS DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE
AS General Peter Cosgrove prepares to become Governor-General, and as some try to smear the good name of our navy for political purposes, it’s worth remembering the often unsung contributions our troops have made to creating a safer world.
One such contribution was finally recognised, 22 years after the fact, in the recent Australia Day awards.
Corporal Gavin Lee and fellow Australian Diggers who served in Cambodia as part of the UN peacekeeping force from 1992 to 1993, were honoured with a Meritorious Unit Citation for courage and “sustained outstanding service in warlike operations”.
It was dangerous work in the dying days
of Pol Pot’s civil war, helping to run free and fair elections.
Winning official approval for the award has been a long struggle for the soldiers.
But they served their nation proud and deserve our thanks as much today as ever.
PAEDOPHILIA BY ANOTHER NAME
COMMUNITY Services minister Pru Goward told 2GB radio last week that forced marriages of underage girls may be “quite common” in southwest Sydney, western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
She was speaking about the case of a 12-year-old girl allegedly married off to a 26-year-old man in a Muslim ceremony sanctioned by her own parents.
That is paedophilia in anyone’s language.
If it so common, the police should be doing something about it immediately.
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Coalition loses Griffith in a way that will kill Labor

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (8:22am)

Politics - federal

(POST BUMPED FROM LAST NIGHT, WITH UPDATE)
Yes, Bill Glasson was a very strong candidate for the Coalition. But the result in the Griffith byelection will shock Labor.
Consider:
- The Abbott Government has hit its stride only in the past few weeks, after a sluggish start..
- The Government has been under ferocious media assault.
- The Newman Government has been under attack for its cuts.
- The Abbott Government plans many more cuts soon, and has announced some already.
True, Labor’s past member was Kevin Rudd, and his personal vote would have been lost with his resignation, but the big swing against him at the last election suggests there was not many more personal votes to lose.
So everything suggests Labor should have done at least moderately well yesterday. But now consider the figures. It went backwards, and worse than Oppositions usually do in by-elections:
Average swing in a federal by-election after preferences: 5.1 per cent to the Opposition.
Average swing in a federal by-election in a Government’s first term: 1.7 per cent to the Opposition.
Swing in today’s Griffith by-election (with two thirds counted and before postal votes, which lean to the Coalition): 0.54 per cent to the Government.
Number of times a Government has won a seat from the Opposition in a by-election: one, in 1920.
Kevin Rudd’s share of primary vote in 2007: 53.09 per cent
Kevin Rudd’s share of primary vote in 2012: 43:06 per cent
Labor’s share of primary vote today (before postal votes): 39.57 per cent (down 1.77)
Bill Glasson’s share of vote today for LNP: 42.52 per cent (up 1.05)
Now for another frightening thing for Labor to ponder. The Abbott Government actually got into its stride over the past month by becoming assertive, even aggressive, and tough - specifically saying no to an SPC bailout, stridently defending the navy from claims of mistreating boat people, warning of the need to slash entitlements and taking on the ABC.
The Coalition may well decide safety lies in asserting itself and its agenda, and the signs suggest it will be rewarded for it.
Excellent.
UPDATE
Labor and the Greens confuse Abbott’s new confidence and success with their big chance:
Like sharks smelling blood, Labor and the Greens are stepping up their attacks, arguing that the government is finally revealing its true colours. We are now hearing the words ‘’ideology’’ and ‘’ideological’’ from their senior spokesmen almost daily.
And even the Age writer seems to sniff whose blood is really in that water now:
Treasurer Joe Hockey ... told the Lowy Institute on Thursday that: ‘’Too many taxpayers’ dollars have been spent on corporate and middle-class welfare and too often previous governments have been drawn into areas that are better left to the private sector.’’…
There is no doubt the new government is wasting little time introducing its agenda, and many of its first priorities appear to have been lifted straight from the conservative script.
It has moved on environmental issues (making good on its pre-election vow to try to reduce the amount of Tasmanian forests under World Heritage protection), union influence (with its planned restoration of the ABCC and the judicial inquiry into union rorts), climate change, the mining tax, cutting regulation and asylum seekers. 
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How the Left has trashed our old Parliament House

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (8:08am)

Australia’s old Parliament House - a symbol of our great democracy - was handed to the Museum of Australian Democracy under a deal, as the museum itself explains:
This Charter sets out the standards of service which visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House can expect....
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House vision is:
To celebrate, debate and experience the journey of Australian Democracy
Here is how the Museum today “celebrates” one of the world’s strongest democracies - by defacing the old Parliament’s exterior to declare “this foul deed shall smell above the earth”.
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And on another exterior we are given a new word to describe our authentic selves:

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Talk about the Left capturing the institutions - only to deride and destroy the very foundations of our freedom.
Shame on the Museum and on its council, which allowed this spitting on our monuments. 
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Labor deserts ABC and Fairfax over “torture” claims

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (7:38am)

Labor is running scared on what the ABC and Fairfax newspapers have been running hard
First this:

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has accused Labor of undermining ‘’the honour’’ of Defence personnel by calling for an independent inquiry into claims asylum seekers were deliberately burnt by navy personnel…
On Saturday, Labor backbencher Matt Thistlethwaite told Sky News that to settle the issue once and for all, the claims should be independently investigated.
‘’We should be bringing a healthy scepticism to these claims but now they’ve been aired again by Fairfax, the appropriate course is to have them independently investigated,’’ he said.
Now this:

LABOR has backflipped on its call for an inquiry into the navy over allegations of asylum seeker abuse, saying it has every confidence in the servicemen and women on the high seas. Opposition leader Bill Shorten on Saturday issued a statement clarifying Labor was not seeking an inquiry into the navy’s alleged conduct, despite earlier comments to the contrary by an opposition MP.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 
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Feminism defined

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (7:28am)

Kevin Williamson:
Feminism has nothing to do with the proposition that women should be considered whole and complete members of the body politic, though it has enjoyed great success marketing itself that way. 
A useful definition is this: “Feminism is the words ‘I Want!’ in the mouths of three or more women, provided they’re the right kind of women.” Feminism must therefore accommodate wildly incompatible propositions — e.g., (1) Women unquestionably belong alongside men in Marine units fighting pitched battles in Tora Bora but (2) really should not be expected to be able to perform three chin-ups.
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Royal commission into unions to be announced

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (6:55am)

This inquiry may need to get “political” - as in tease out how union corruption has been facilitated by connections to Labor - if we are to get full value for the reported $100 million cost:
BRIBES, secret commissions, corruption and slush funds will be the target of a powerful royal commission into unions to be announced by the federal government on Monday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s strike against union corruption will include expanded terms of reference and the inquiry will have the power to compel union leaders to appear.
Former High Court judge John Dyson Heydon, 70, will be appointed to lead the royal commission.
UPDATE
Labor leader Bill Shorten may wish the rethink - fast - his opposition to restoring the watchdog on lawlessness construction unions:
The government will step up its attacks on Labor’s union links this week, with Employment Minister Eric Abetz moving on the first day of Parliament to inflame debate about Labor’s opposition to the building unions watchdog.
The government’s legislation to revive the Australian Building and Construction Commission passed the lower house last year and is now before the Senate. But, with the government facing a hostile Senate until July 1, the Coalition’s legislation faces certain defeat.  Instead, Senator Abetz ... will introduce a motion on Tuesday to bring on debate about the ABCC.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Hide that red flag, comrade. Wear this blue tie

Andrew Bolt February 09 2014 (6:47am)

Socialists discuss the danger of looking like socialists at a protest:
EAST West Link protesters admitted they are losing the “propaganda war"…
Almost 30 protesters attended a three hour strategy meeting held at Fitzroy Pool on Alexander Parade yesterday afternoon, floating ideas to ramp up the anti-tunnel campaign.
Tactics raised included parents bringing their children to boost numbers, questioning police at picket events, not allowing workers to leave drill sites and wearing business attire to prove some activists held jobs.
Hiding behind children. Hiding behind a tie. Strange how socialists these days do not dare to show themselves for what they are.
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Socialists split, with some objecting to a socialist sounding too working class:
Socialist Party member Mel Gregson co-chaired the meeting with serial activist Anthony Main.
Bizarrely Ms Gregson told the crowd divisions had grown among the protesters in respect to political ideologies as well as media tactics. She said some members of the group had raised an issue with Mr Main being the media spokesman because of his ‘bogan’ accent.

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The Beatles arriving at Kennedy Airport, 7 February 1964
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“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” - Matthew 5:43-45
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 8: Morning
"Thou shalt call his name Jesus." - Matthew 1:21
When a person is dear, everything connected with him becomes dear for his sake. Thus, so precious is the person of the Lord Jesus in the estimation of all true believers, that everything about him they consider to be inestimable beyond all price. "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia," said David, as if the very vestments of the Saviour were so sweetened by his person that he could not but love them. Certain it is, that there is not a spot where that hallowed foot hath trodden--there is not a word which those blessed lips have uttered--nor a thought which his loving Word has revealed--which is not to us precious beyond all price. And this is true of the names of Christ--they are all sweet in the believer's ear. Whether he be called the Husband of the Church, her Bridegroom, her Friend; whether he be styled the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world--the King, the Prophet, or the Priest--every title of our Master--Shiloh, Emmanuel, Wonderful, the Mighty Counsellor--every name is like the honeycomb dropping with honey, and luscious are the drops that distil from it. But if there be one name sweeter than another in the believer's ear, it is the name of Jesus. Jesus! it is the name which moves the harps of heaven to melody. Jesus! the life of all our joys. If there be one name more charming, more precious than another, it is this name. It is woven into the very warp and woof of our psalmody. Many of our hymns begin with it, and scarcely any, that are good for anything, end without it. It is the sum total of all delights. It is the music with which the bells of heaven ring; a song in a word; an ocean for comprehension, although a drop for brevity; a matchless oratorio in two syllables; a gathering up of the hallelujahs of eternity in five letters.

"Jesus, I love thy charming name,
'Tis music to mine ear."
Evening
"He shall save his people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21
Many persons, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, "Being saved from hell and taken to heaven." This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tithe of what is contained in that boon. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem all his people from the wrath to come; he saves them from the fearful condemnation which their sins had brought upon them; but his triumph is far more complete than this. He saves his people "from their sins." Oh! sweet deliverance from our worst foes. Where Christ works a saving work, he casts Satan from his throne, and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in us--it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion. There will be a striving for dominion--a lusting against the new law and the new spirit which God has implanted--but sin will never get the upper hand so as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out. Professor! is sin subdued in you? If your life is unholy your heart is unchanged, and if your heart is unchanged you are an unsaved person. If the Saviour has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, he has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace which does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves his people, not in their sins, but from them. "Without holiness no man shall see the Lord." "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to be counted among his people. Lord, save me now from all evil, and enable me to honour my Saviour.
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Togarmah 
[Tōgär'mah] - all bone or strong.
The third son of Gomer, son of Japheth, his brothers being Ashkenaz and Riphath (Gen. 10:31 Chron. 1:6;Ezek. 27:14; 38:6).
Perhaps there is prophetic significance attached to Togarmah and "the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands" (Ezek. 38:6). Jewish writers of the past usually wrote of the "Turks" as Togarmah, and the Armenians as "The House of Targon." It is not difficult, therefore, to identify Togarmah as Armenia or Turkey, the people of which assert their descendancy from Targon, or the Togarmah of Scripture.
The ultimate alliance of Turkey, according to prophecy, is with the Northern Confederacy Ezekiel defines. Dr. Sale-Harrison observes: "It is interesting to note that in Scripture "The King of the North" is called "The Old Assyrian" and apparently arises out of the present "Turkish territory." In the final alignment of the nations then, Togarmah will be allied with the north.
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Today's reading: Leviticus 4-5, Matthew 24:29-51 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Leviticus 4-5

The Sin Offering
The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Say to the Israelites: 'When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands--
3 "'If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed....'"

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 24:29-51

29 "Immediately after the distress of those days
"'the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'
30 "Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth...."




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