Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wed Feb 26th Todays News

Everything changes. I will continue with my columns, but the look and feel will be different. I intend to sell up some time in April, so I have an opportunity to do something substantive and creative. I have ended my campaigns, and only have a petition for the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to remedy my whistle blower situation. I was going to cut back on Face Book, but somebody beat me to it, making false complaints to get me banned from posting for a time. I would like to thank my hard working team, Mandy, Stephanie, John and Phil .. and also Jenny who has moved on, but will always be part of the team. Also thanks to Dean who proposed this format. I'm working on a sequel to my autobiography, Thief! which I finished in '04 and which I now need to update with a new look. I had added on extra material, but my view now is very different to what it was then. I can't post aspects of it, as I will sell it through Amazon .. and because I released elements last time, they won't credit it as a new original work. Also many thanks to my brother in Christ Timothy Ly. Tim has embarked on his new project a mini series of martial arts made in Australia by Australians. He was the brains behind Maximum Choppage round 2 and Rumble Pictures. Due for release in 2015. Also, many thanks to Daniel and the team at Caroline Glick. It is a privilege to be your friend. Also J-Fo. I can't say why, but if you are lucky, you will see Gillard in the dock, and J-Fo asking questions of her dad .. it'll never happen outside of an Alan Jones Speech at a luncheon.

On this day in 1995, a brilliant young Mexican American performer entranced a crowd of some 65000. I provided a few youtube offerings after historical 'Matches.' Her name was Selena. She had been performing since she was 11 years old. Days after this concert, she was dead. She had been shot by a President of her fan club. It might be argued that the fan hadn't meant to kill her. It was a shot in the shoulder which severed an artery. But it is stupid to think you could shoot someone and not expect death to follow. The President had been embezzling money and had been fired for it. They had agreed to hand over essential documents to Selena. And so, a 23 yo woman with so much promise was eliminated by someone they had trusted.

On another year, but on this day, 2012, a thug whom Obama would later describe as someone who "Could have been my son" died after beating up an armed man. In the rush to prosecute the victim, courts ignored and compromised evidence Trayvon had been involved with a substantial number of break and enters. One certainty is Trayvon never did that after this day in 2012.

It is hard to imagine how Conroy could have put in a worse performance in the senate without hurting a puppy in front of a camera. But Shorten still views Conroy as front bench material. It all seems very confusing for the ALP, but the short story is the conservatives have stopped the boats when the ALP had started them. I don't mind the 50k people who have come to Australia after they were vetted by the UN. I'd rather have had 50k refugees. But the 1400 or so deaths is 1400 too many. It isn't compassionate to drown people. Jason Clare said that.
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Hatches
Matches

Selena performs 'Como La Flor' in Acapulco Mexico in the Summer of 1994.

Un recuerdo inolvidable,Ultimo Concierto de la Gran cantante Selena Quintanilla
En 1995 ...
Siempre en nuestros corazones

Derechos reservados EMI BMI

y FAMILIA QUINTANILLA

Despatches
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The hypocrites of the left

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (7:41pm)

“A YOUNG man came to our doorstep seeking our help and we killed him. That is what happened on Tony Abbott’s watch and Tony Abbott now needs to show some principle and sack Scott Morrison”.

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Guardian apologises over Hamilton article: “disclaim any racist intent”

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (4:21pm)

Oh, how funny. The green extremist Clive Hamilton, a professor of public ethics, has written an article for which the impeccably Leftist Guardian has had to apologise.
The article was headlined: “Wealthy Chinese buyers are making Sydney’s housing problem worse”. The apology for it starts badly enough:
The author and Guardian Australia disclaim any racist intent. ...
Of course Hamilton is not racist.  He may be an abusive, and dictatorial Gaian catastrophist with a talent for vilification.  But not a racist, surely.
But then there’s this unfortunate tendency to see all Asians as alike - a tendency the Guardian nobly accepts as its own fault and not Hamilton’s:
Two pieces of anecdotal evidence from real estate agents also appeared to support the original headline, but on closer examination they are not strong enough to do so. The author was not at fault; in the editing process, Guardian Australia itself did not draw sufficiently precise distinctions between references to Asian buyers in the housing market and those who are ethnically Chinese. Nor did we distinguish properly between ethnically Chinese buyers from abroad and those ethnically Chinese buyers who are local and may, of course, be several-generations Australian.
Like I say, the Guardian takes the blame and clears Hamilton of racist thinking. But the odd thing is that I’ve commented before on Hamilton peddling this racial stereotype with little basis in fact:
...binge-drinking and obesity are two signifiers of the curse of speaking English...
The ABC never dreamed of apologising for that offensive generalisation. 
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Wilkie damns Conroy

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (4:03pm)


Independent MP Andrew Wilkie puts real sting to the condemnation of Stephen Conroy for sliming Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, a former classmate of Wilkie’s.
He proposes a motion condemning Conroy, and it’s seconded by the Government. (Did the Coalition know this was coming?)
Wilkie in doing this slams the Government’s boat people policies, but that’s dog-bites-man stuff.
And now the test for Bill Shorten. How to respond?
Julie Bishop in seconding the motion rightly notes Shorten had not worked out a line of response yet and, as she speaks, is in an urgent huddle with his team, including David Feeney. Bishop is scathing as Shorten scribbles notes, crying: “it’s too late.”
In fact, it is hard to see how Conroy can now be an effective Labor spokesman for defence, especially after this blast from the head of army:
Defence Force chief General David Hurley has hit back at Labor defence spokesman Stephen Conroy over his attack on the integrity of the Abbott government’s military border protection chief…

‘’I was surprised at the accusations made against Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell,’’ General Hurley said. ‘’I am pleased these accusations were withdrawn but unfortunately once said, the shadow will linger.

‘’Lieutenant-General Campbell has a reputation in Canberra, and more widely in Australia and overseas, of integrity, intellect and studied impartiality. He is widely respected across Australia’s political divide.’’
UPDATE
Shorten says he won’t support the resolution. (If he had, Conroy would have had to go.)
Shorten slips: he says he agrees with “some of what has been said” about the “distinguished career” of Campbell.
“Some”?

He agrees Campbell “should not be treated as some sort of political target”. 
Says does not support “hiding behind the military” (but that, Mr Shorten, has nothing to do with Conroy’s personal attack on Campbell).
Says Conroy withdrew his comments - but does not address Conroy’s failure to apologise.
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” shouts Shorten, taking refuge in anti-patriotism, the refuge of scoundrels of the Left. He even mentions the war dead and accuses the Coalition of “faux patriotism”.
He mentions everything except what Conroy actually said. He gives no apology to Campbell and - of all things - accuses the Coalition of smearing the military.
How bizarre. A truly second-rate response.
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The Opposition does not even call for a division. Instead there is a brawl about the Speaker’s ruling against a Labor amendment that just expressed a general support for members of the armed forces. Burke says he moves a dissent against the Speaker but is thrown out, as was Mark Dreyfus before. (Is Dreyfus the most unctuous man in Parliament?)
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Here is the weird thing. Conroy clearly erred. He clearly gave the Opposition a big headache. Yet he refused to help Shorten by apologising. He left Shorten to become roadkill in Parliament. Conroy’s pride was put before Labor’s interests. And Shorten, of course, was not powerful enough to make Conroy do the team thing. 
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Malcolm Turnbull breaks the heart of those of us who’d love him in our corner

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (3:48pm)

I have to say that despite my political differences with Malcolm Turnbull, the bugger can talk a treat. His skewering of Labor’s Senator Stephen Conroy and Conroy’s mad meltdown yesterday was masterly. The House even applauded, and I believe some Labor MPs joined in the laughter.
If I can find a clip I will post.
UPDATE
Here it is:
Thinks to readers Peterus, Brian, Doc, Damian, Peter, Shane and others.) 
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Paul Barry and the ABC need some media watching

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:46am)

Media

I think Paul Barry is in trouble with this one:
MEDIA Watch host Paul Barry is again under fire for failing to meet the same journalistic standards to which he holds other media outlets to account.
In an extraordinary admission, the ABC’s lawyers claimed the program was not required to seek comment for stories, in defence of Mr Barry’s failure to contact The Australian’s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell before airing claims about the newspaper’s finances…
Last night, the ABC program misrepresented an interview given by Mr Mitchell, selectively editing the clip to make it seem like the paper had a bleak future. In the original interview, originally shown on The Australian’s website, Mr Mitchell, the nation’s most experienced editor, said: ‘’Well you know It’s probably not profitable on The Australian as people have noticed we’ve had a hard time since the GFC but the idea that we’re losing $50 million is ridiculous.’’ Sharri Markson: ‘’Those figures are incorrect?’’ Chris Mitchell: ‘’Completely incorrect and we’ve never gone even close to that.’’
Media Watch chose to edit the quote halfway through, deleting Mr Mitchell’s comments relating to the inaccuracy of the figures reported on Media Watch.
Barry is right to say he had no obligation to call The Australian for comment. But it looks pretty bad when you then make a false claim about the paper’s alleged losses.
And this claim strikes me as patently false:
[Barry] denied he had an anti-Murdoch agenda.
Really? Just Google “Paul Barry” and “Murdoch” to see how laughable that claim is, or check this transcript:
PAUL BARRY: I think 70% of newspapers [true figure: 23 per cent] owned by one man is too much, particularly when it’s Rupert Murdoch and particularly when he owns a newspaper like The Australian, which chooses to run campaigns against those people he doesn’t like and chooses to intimidate those people that disagree with it. So, yes, absolutely, I do think that…
It’s specifically The Australian that I think goes beyond what is – I wouldn’t say permissible but beyond what I personally find acceptable and it’s a problem because The Australian, although it’s a small newspaper, is backed by the great might of Rupert Murdoch…
I really think the ABC is out of control and too big, and its bias badly needs addressing.
Some sign of the pressure, but no real repentance:

ABC managing director Mark Scott has signalled a dramatic shift in the way the national broadcaster publishes corrections and apologies after becoming embroiled in a series of controversies over the standard of its reporting and its refusal to admit mistakes.
Mr Scott, who is also editor-in-chief of the ABC, last night rejected suggestions the broadcaster did not publish corrections but conceded to a Senate estimates hearing that it needed the equivalent of a “page two”, where newspapers typically run corrections, apologies and clarifications.
The ABC has been criticised this year for airing allegations that Australian navy personnel deliberately burned the hands of asylum-seekers intercepted at sea, and then being slow to correct the record and apologise when the incidents could not be proved. It has refused to apologise for portraying Chris Kenny, a columnist for The Australian and television personality, having sex with a dog, triggering a defamation action.
And last night, the corporation’s Media Watch program ended a week of stonewalling by indicating it would correct false claims The Australian was losing $40 million-$50m a year, although host Paul Barry was resisting an on-air correction.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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The Left prefers to kill 1100 with compassion

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:35am)

Greens MP Adam Bandt ups the Left’s hyperbole on asylum seekers:

A young man came to our door seeking our help and we killed him. The Minister must resign & island prisons must stop
Miranda Devine puts Bandt in his box:

THAT single quote from Greens MP Adam Bandt sums up the emotional flatulence and sanctimonious hypocrisy that has been spewing from the Establishment Left all week.
If by “we”, Bandt meant the Greens and the rest of the opportunistic bleeding hearts who have been parading their compassion all week, then he would have been correct.
Because if anyone is to blame for the death of 23-year-old asylum seeker Reza Berati during a violent riot at Manus Island it is those very people who persuaded Kevin Rudd to dismantle the Howard government’s hard-won border protection.  And further, it was the toxic partnership of the Greens and Labor which turbocharged the people smuggling racket and lured asylum seekers like Berati with the promise of open borders.
Yet Labor’s Senator Sue Lines had the hide to accuse Scott Morrison of having “Blood on his hands”.Greens leader Christine Milne even came close to accusing Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of “murder”.
What a joke.
Janet Albrechtsen:
On the weekend, the Greens encouraged like-minded people to gather in parks, light a candle to mark the sad death of Reza Berati and demand the end to the Manus Island detention facility… Greens leader Christine Milne called the death of Berati a “murder,” demanded a royal commission and the sacking of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.
Milne’s hubristic leadership stalker Sarah Hanson-Young presumed to speak for all Australians when she said the Australian people were “shocked” at this “gulag” and wanted it closed. Not to be outdone, Greens MP Adam Bandt said “a young man came to our doorstep seeking our help and we killed him.” More low-rent politics from Labor MP Sue Lyons who said Morrison definitely had “blood on his hands”. GK Chesterton once said there was scarcely a shade of difference left between meaning well and meaning nothing. Alas, the hysteria from the disaffected Left is not a case of well-meaning nothingness. It is downright dangerous.
Start with the rank hypocrisy of those who favour emotion over reason. Did the human candle-holders demand a change in the former Labor government’s policies that encouraged the people-smuggling business that led to 1200 tragedies between 2007 and last year? Did these grandstanders call for the resignation of the stream of Labor immigration ministers under whose watch 1200 men, women and children died? ...
Even worse, their demand that the Manus detention facility be shut down points to a grotesque morality. It would kick-start the people-smuggling business, encouraging more people to venture across dangerous seas and inevitably lead to hundreds if not thousands more deaths.
(Thanks to reader John.) 
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Not the city of churches any more

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:30am)

It’s a sign of depression and decline:
ADELAIDE ... does have more adult entertainment shops per person than any other Australian city.
Nothing to do? Then play with your privates. 
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Gittins’ next trick: to judge us by Mugabe’s standards?

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:21am)

Fairfax’s Ross Gittins freelances as the dupe of China’s fascists:
So far have our standards sunk that we must now suffer the indignity of being lectured on human rights by the Chinese government.
It takes a particularly severe case of cultural cringe to judge Australia by what China’s autocrats say of it. 
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What side of politics produced someone who voted 15 times?

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:13am)

This lack of voting integrity could, if exploited in an organised way, change an election result in a tight seat:
Nearly 2,000 Australians have admitted to voting more than once in last year’s federal election, electoral officials say, with one voter casting as many as 15 ballots
Acting Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers ...  said “the greater majority of those, over 81 per cent” were elderly or had poor literacy or a “low comprehension of the electoral process”.
Mr Rogers said other instances of multiple voting, however, were still being investigated.
Rogers also said Kevin Rudd cost us $1 million in election expenses by quitting Parliament after the general election. 
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Whistleblowers on union corruption threatened

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (7:01am)

How interested is the CFMEU really in rooting out corruption?
Building union corruption whistleblowers have been threatened and warned not to co-operate with investigations into alleged criminal activity as the federal government prepares to launch a national police taskforce to examine the construction sector.
Fairfax Media can also reveal that corruption suspects have been meeting to plan their responses to the Abbott government’s royal commission into unions, raising concerns evidence has been destroyed and false stories agreed upon in a bid to stymie investigators…
At least two CFMEU corruption whistleblowers have allegedly been targeted with threats and intimidation…
Another whistleblower, builder Andrew Zaf - who earlier this month revealed to Fairfax Media and the ABC’s 7.30 program his role giving CFMEU officials bribes and inducements during the 1990s and early 2000s - has also been intimidated.
Mr Zaf said that in the past fortnight he had reported to police two incidents he believed were linked to his decision to speak out against building industry corruption.
One incident involved an unknown person allegedly tampering with Mr Zaf’s car in an apparent attempt to cause an accident.
Mr Zaf also reported to police an altercation at a Melbourne hotel in which a CFMEU identity slammed a door on Mr Zaf’s back and abused him. Mr Zaf said this incident involved no physical harm but was an attempt to intimidate him…
Victorian CFMEU secretary John Setka last month strongly denied a claim by Mr Zaf that he was given free roofing material in the mid-1990s as part of an attempt by Mr Zaf to buy industrial peace.
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Stephen Conroy at his charming work, abusing people

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (6:34am)

Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy, representing the party of compassion and reconciliation, had an abusive day at the office yesterday:
TOM IGGULDEN: Former communications minister Stephen Conroy rounded on the new national broadband network boss, Ziggy Switkowski, who has been critical of Labor’s record in rolling the network out.
STEPHEN CONROY: It’s actually misleading the Senate; it’s a contempt of the Senate to treat the Senate like that. But you are simply lying to the committee now and representing service class 0 and you should be ashamed of yourself…
TOM IGGULDEN: Senator Conroy then fronted another committee, this time looking into the Government’s asylum seeker policies....
ANGUS CAMPBELL, COMMANDER OPERATION SOVEREIGN BORDERS: I’m not commenting, Senator, obviously…
STEPHEN CONROY: Can’t we handle the truth?
ANGUS CAMPBELL: It kind of sounds like a movie, Senator.
STEPHEN CONROY: It is a movie, and we’re living it Colonel Jessup… That’s called a political cover up.
ANGUS CAMPBELL: I feel I’ve explained the basis of my decision.
STEPHEN CONROY: That’s a political cover up. It’s time we called a spade a spade.
ANGUS CAMPBELL: I would like to put on the public record I take extreme offence at that statement you made.
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The Museum of Tolerance should get Trioli’s tape, too

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (6:21am)

Now I know what inspired the ABC’s Virginia Trioli:
THE Museum of Tolerance has acquired a 1937 letter written by Bertrand Russell in which the Nobel prize-winning philosopher says if the Nazi army invades his native England the British should invite Adolf Hitler to dinner rather than fight ... “If the Germans succeed in sending an invading army to England we should do best to treat them as visitors, give them quarters and invite the commander and chief to dine with the prime minister,” Russell wrote to British critic Godfrey Carter. “Such behaviour would completely baffle them.”
Trioli on the ABC on September 20, 2001 - on dealing with the terrorist who’d just brought down the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon:

This is possibly a realistic example: Despite the fact that George W. Bush and everyone else have in their view identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect, which is what they call him, what if that involved bringing him somewhere, absolutely safely, sitting down with him, treating him like a human being and talking about it, and then Osama bin Laden going home again, not bombing the hell out of bin Laden?  That’s the suggestion: Talk to him, understand their anger, listen to them.
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And the man who ran this disaster is still on Bill Shorten’s front bench

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (6:10am)

A truly scandalous waste of money by Labor:

ALMOST $7 billion of government funds have been ploughed into the National Broadband Network to complete just 3 per cent of the rollout and NBN Co’s much-vaunted “Gigabit Nation” service does not have a single end-user customer.
NBN Co made the revelation about the turbocharged one-gigabit service during Senate estimates hearings yesterday, which Labor’s former communications minister Stephen Conroy had boasted would help drive productivity growth and create the jobs of the future.
It also emerged there was only one end customer on NBN Co’s 250 megabits-per-second service - which is one quarter of the speed of the gigabit service - in a fillip to the Coalition’s model of a cheaper, slower NBN.
Unforgivable. It astonishes me that Stephen Conroy, the Communications Minister who with Kevin Rudd designed this debacle, still has a a front-bench job under Bill Shorten. 
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Spray of the year

Andrew Bolt February 26 2014 (6:03am)

I take it the deal is off, then:

Sydney radio tsar John Singleton unleashed yesterday on his one-time would-be business partners at Fairfax Media, calling its chairman a “pompous pr..k” and the CEO an “idiot”.
Singleton then says what he really thinks.
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“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” -Matthew 22:37-39
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 25: Morning
"The wrath to come." - Matthew 3:7
It is pleasant to pass over a country after a storm has spent itself; to smell the freshness of the herbs after the rain has passed away, and to note the drops while they glisten like purest diamonds in the sunlight. That is the position of a Christian. He is going through a land where the storm has spent itself upon his Saviour's head, and if there be a few drops of sorrow falling, they distil from clouds of mercy, and Jesus cheers him by the assurance that they are not for his destruction. But how terrible is it to witness the approach of a tempest: to note the forewarnings of the storm; to mark the birds of heaven as they droop their wings; to see the cattle as they lay their heads low in terror; to discern the face of the sky as it groweth black, and look to the sun which shineth not, and the heavens which are angry and frowning! How terrible to await the dread advance of a hurricane--such as occurs, sometimes, in the tropics--to wait in terrible apprehension till the wind shall rush forth in fury, tearing up trees from their roots, forcing rocks from their pedestals, and hurling down all the dwelling-places of man! And yet, sinner, this is your present position. No hot drops have as yet fallen, but a shower of fire is coming. No terrible winds howl around you, but God's tempest is gathering its dread artillery. As yet the water-floods are dammed up by mercy, but the flood-gates shall soon be opened: the thunderbolts of God are yet in his storehouse, but lo! the tempest hastens, and how awful shall that moment be when God, robed in vengeance, shall march forth in fury! Where, where, where, O sinner, wilt thou hide thy head, or whither wilt thou flee? O that the hand of mercy may now lead you to Christ! He is freely set before you in the gospel: his riven side is the rock of shelter. Thou knowest thy need of him; believe in him, cast thyself upon him, and then the fury shall be overpast forever.
Evening
"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa." - Jonah 1:3
Instead of going to Nineveh to preach the Word, as God bade him, Jonah disliked the work, and went down to Joppa to escape from it. There are occasions when God's servants shrink from duty. But what is the consequence? What did Jonah lose by his conduct? He lost the presence and comfortable enjoyment of God's love. When we serve our Lord Jesus as believers should do, our God is with us; and though we have the whole world against us, if we have God with us, what does it matter? But the moment we start back, and seek our own inventions, we are at sea without a pilot. Then may we bitterly lament and groan out, "O my God, where hast thou gone? How could I have been so foolish as to shun thy service, and in this way to lose all the bright shinings of thy face? This is a price too high. Let me return to my allegiance, that I may rejoice in thy presence." In the next place, Jonah lost all peace of mind. Sin soon destroys a believer's comfort. It is the poisonous upas tree, from whose leaves distil deadly drops which destroy the life of joy and peace. Jonah lost everything upon which he might have drawn for comfort in any other case. He could not plead the promise of divine protection, for he was not in God's ways; he could not say, "Lord, I meet with these difficulties in the discharge of my duty, therefore help me through them." He was reaping his own deeds; he was filled with his own ways. Christian, do not play the Jonah, unless you wish to have all the waves and the billows rolling over your head. You will find in the long run that it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to at once yield yourself to it. Jonah lost his time, for he had to go to Nineveh after all. It is hard to contend with God; let us yield ourselves at once.
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Joash, Jehoash, Joash, Jehoash 
[Jō'ash, Jēhō'ăsh] - jehovah supports, is strong or hastens to help.
1. A son of Becher, a Benjamite ( 1 Chron. 7:8).
2. An officer who had charge of David's oil-cellars ( 1 Chron. 27:28).
3. A son of Manasseh and father of Gideon, of the family of Abiezer (Judg. 6:11-31; 7:14; 8:12, 32).
4. A son of Ahab, king of Israel ( 1 Kings 22:262 Chron. 18:25).
5. A son of Ahaziah, king of Judah ( 2 Kings 11:2). Also called Jehoash.
6. A son of Jehoahaz, and grandson of Jehu ( 2 Kings 13).
7. A descendant of Shelah, son of Judah ( 1 Chron. 4:22).
8. A Benjamite of Gibeah who joined David at Ziklag ( 1 Chron. 12:3).
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Today's reading: Numbers 9-11, Mark 5:1-20 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Numbers 9-11

The Passover
The LORD spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, 2 "Have the Israelites celebrate the Passover at the appointed time. 3 Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight on the fourteenth day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations...."

Today's New Testament reading: Mark 5:1-20

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
1 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones...


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