Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tue Mar 25th Todays News

The meaning of free speech is being debated in Australia's parliament. The government view is that freedom of speech means bad things can be said, and debated, so that bad things can be exposed. The ALP claim they are confused by this and seek to clarify with the government, asking if that means the government endorses bigotry or racism. It was the ALP position that freedom of speech is bad, that the idea that, good arguments can be fairly made, is optimistic. That position has been maintained by the Australian Human Rights Commission. I believe the ALP position is not tenable with modern democracy. I point out that the current legislation has not protected anyone but is open to abuse of process. I point to how Andrew Bolt has been incorrectly labelled following the travesty of the court case involving him. When an outspoken law professor has had to apologise for misunderstanding the law, it is clear that the government position is best. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission has sent me a letter headlined "inquiry team visits distressed children on Christmas Island" With all due respect, the term 'distressed' can be applied to children everywhere. It is up to parents, not nations, to address it. Anecdotally, not all of them are children. They are undergoing UN processing to ascertain how they should be treated. There are refugees waiting in camps around the world. Luckily, these children survived the possible drowning that compassionate ALP policy threatened them. Their parents spent much money entrusting them to the care of pirates. I don't believe the authorities are wilfully mistreating them, and if they are, I would like to be told about it. Should current government policy be maintained, there will be no children on Christmas Island being processed for refugee status. That should relieve the distress. 

For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/nsw-premier-barry-o-farrell-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball?

Happy birthday and many happy returns Joe Pulsar Lee and Heejin Baek. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you .. but on this day they Pass Over .. ?


Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (1:40pm)

Adorably-named (and impressively-qualifiedMedia Watch junior thought-crime detective Flint Duxfield joins theWork on Wednesday movement: 
I do plan to Work on Wednesday. I may even ask more questions as part of that work....gasp. 
That’s the spirit, champ!

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Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (12:37pm)

Readers fluent in absolute rubbish are invited to provide a translation:



Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (4:23am)

H. L. Mencken explains the ancient punishment of outlawry, last applied in England 155 years ago: 
Certainly it is simple enough in its workings. A man who deliberately chooses the career of an outlaw is made one officially. From that moment he has no rights whatever. Any citizen may beat him, wound him and even kill him without challenge. It is a misdemeanor knowingly to conceal him, or even to feed him. He is thrown into the exact position of the victim he assaults and robs, and is paid off in his own coin. 
(First published in the Baltimore Evening Sun, January 28, 1924.)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (4:04am)

Lefty warfare between John Pilger and ABC radio host Genevieve Jacobs: 
No audio has yet been posted – nor seems likely to be – on the ABC 666 website of the fiery interview with crusading journalist John Pilger on March 6, an unhappy encounter morning host Genevieve Jacobs tactfully describes as a “train wreck”. 
According to Jacobs: 
“From almost the start of the interview, Mr Pilger spoke over the top of me constantly, was patronising, arrogant and dismissive – for no apparent reason I could discern, other than I had actual questions to ask him …
“The listeners were horrified – there was a deluge of texts from people who said how spectacular it was to watch him shooting himself in both feet at the same time, completely and wilfully misunderstanding the point of the interview.
“One listener rang in tears, another sent me flowers from her own garden the next day.” 
Reader Marcus V. happened to catch this audio battle and sends a review: 
Anyone who actually heard the interview will know Ms Jacobs’ account to the CityNews is an incomplete version at best. Ms Jacobs thinks she was steamrolled by a nasty man who didn’t want to play nice.  And, according to Ms Jacobs, her listeners were also so upset with Pilger that they shared tears and homegrown flowers with her! Good grief!
Fact of the matter is, she was ill-prepared for the interview, and Pilger does not suffer fools gladly.
In the interests of transparency, all Ms Jacobs has to do is simply post the audio to her website, and let people judge for themselves. It would be standard procedure to do that, unless you don’t want the world to hear what a trainwreck it was. And it was paid for by the taxpayer, after all. 
It might be the best thing ABC radio has run all year. Let it be heard!


Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (3:20am)

The intriguing plot of sci-fi anime movie Space Pirate Captain Harlock
2977: For many years a mighty battle has been raging across the galaxies as 500 billion humans, whose forebears were exiled from Earth, plan to return to what is still called home. Forced to flee a ravaged Earth, humans have now depleted the corners of the galaxy to which they fled. Earth has now become the most valued and precious resource of all, controlled by the corrupt Gaia Coalition which governs the human race across the different galaxies. Having been exiled and vilified during the battle of the Homecoming War, Captain Harlock and his trusted crew of the Arcadia battle cruiser are the only hope mankind has of discovering the secrets that the Gaia have kept hidden. 
Nearly 1000 years on, and the Gaia are still keeping secrets. Good luck to you, space pirate man.
(Via Waxing Gibberish)


Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (3:17am)

US warmist/journalist David Appell, during a fantastic meltdown post (now deleted): 
Maybe I’m just living in the wrong time. When I was a kid growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania, I went on several trips to Gettysburg. In a way I can’t explain, I’ve often thought I was meant to live in that time, in the mid-1800s, and I still think that. It was simplier. It was quiet. 
Mark Steyn replies: 
I don’t think Gettysburg was that quiet in the mid-1800s. 


Tim Blair – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (1:17am)

Before March in March there was Occupy. Basically the same deal except slightly less mobile. And they’re back in Sydney, according to reader pinot, who says they “appear to be gearing down for Work on Wednesday. Yesterday’s effort was for the birds. Health concerns anyone?”


ABC urges sympathy for boat people who just let four others drown

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (10:51am)

Boat people policy

A strange inconsistency in the ABC’s latest attempt to breathe life into allegations our sailors tortured boat people:
7.30 last night:
GEORGE ROBERTS: The restriction on passengers going to the toilet infuriated some of the asylum seekers. When a female passenger was prevented from going, four men stormed the engine room to try to force their way to the toilet.
YOUSIF FASHER: When she start crying, the young people, they say, “No, we have to go by force to the toilet."…
GEORGE ROBERTS: Yousif Fasher says he witnessed the deliberate burning of three men.
Let’s compare this to the story told to The Australian’s Peter Alford in February:
Yousif Fasher … insist(s) three asylum-seekers on the January 6 boat were “tortured” in that way…
Faisal [Hussein] said the sailors had refused to allow the 45 passengers to use the lavatory any more than once a day “so people used force to try to get to the toilet"… He thinks, but cannot say for sure as he was not at the scene, that that was when four or people, including a women [sic], were burned.
Yousif says the woman was his wife, Mariam Ahmed, and he agrees she was not deliberately burned, but fell against hot machinery when pushed by a sailor as the boat rocked.
Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill:
It appears Mariam was in the engine room at the time of the alleged deliberate burning of hands in the account Yousif gave Alford. However, she appears absent from the scene in the account he gave Roberts. Although both Yousif and Mariam were interviewed for 7.30’s story last night, there was no reference to her alleged accidental burns at all.
Reader Sigmund has questions for the ABC:
‘Forcing these people to sit in the sun for hours’? They’d already been in the sun for days, if not weeks before our Navy got to them. Did they expect sun-shades to be erected, or sun-tan lotion? How silly is that?
‘One chap attacked a Navy officer, was pushed back, fell and burnt his hand.’ Bad luck! ‘Three more were tortured in this way.’ They were filming all this, but no one thought to turn the sound on? No sound of any abuse, of torture?
I was more struck by the ABC asking us to feel sympathy for - or give credibility to - boat people who said they didn’t turn back their boat to save four passengers who fell off:
GEORGE ROBERTS: By morning on 1st January, The Riski was entering Australian waters north of Darwin. It was then the weather deteriorated according to the passengers. Sudanese man Yousif Fasher was onboard with his wife, Mariam Ahmed.
YOUSIF FASHER, ASYLUM SEEKER: So big wave is like two, three metres come, then it hit the boat and then both boat is been shaking. That time, there is four people, they are sitting and Abdullah, he was sitting up at that time too. Four people fall down on the water and we don’t have a jacket, life jacket.
GEORGE ROBERTS: Emad Abood says his brother was one of four men who fell into the ocean and disappeared.
EMAD ABOOD (subtitle translation): ... I was not aware at that time, until the morning when the sun came up that my brother was one of those people who were lost.
GEORGE ROBERTS: Another Somali, Saed Yislam, says his brother also went overboard.
SAED YISLAM, ASYLUM SEEKER (subtitle translation): We were sleeping together on the deck. I screamed and screamed. The man did not stop the boat.
GEORGE ROBERTS: Yousif Fasher used a satellite phone he was carrying to call the international emergency number, 112.
YOUSIF FASHER: We call them, they answer us, we told them our problem, we told them we have a four people fell down already on a water. We don’t have life jacket. He said where are we exactly? “We need your position.” We give them the position. He said, “OK. Try to keep be strong until someone will come to you.” So we are continue.
What? The 45 passengers did not insist the two or three Indonesians sailors turn the boat around to save the four allegedly swept overboard? Really? Remember: these are the same boat people who said they’d later grappled with Australian sailors trying to turn their boat back to Indonesia.
So not surprising, then, to also hear this:
SARAH FERGUSON: .... This evening, Australian Customs and Border Protection provided a further statement on the claims that four passengers were lost overboard. They say the weather conditions at the time were benign and that they interviewed people onboard the boat, including the master, who indicated no-one had fallen overboard. They said they conducted an extensive air and sea search and did not locate anyone from the vessel.

Thomson to serve just three months

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (10:34am)

Craig Thomson is jailed for just 12 months, nine months suspended. So he’ll be out in just three months. Imagine if he’d actually done something serious.
The former HSU national secretary had faced up to five years imprisonment after he was convicted of more than 60 theft and dishonesty offences
Mr Rozencwajg last month found Thomson guilty on charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception and theft, ruling he had used HSU credit cards to pay prostitutes more than $5500, withdraw more than $6000 in cash and pay for his wife’s travel expenses. He also found he had spent $1981 of union money after taking his seat in parliament.
Thomson has agreed to pay $24,538.42 in compensation to the HSU, representing the total sum illegally taken...
March 2014:

A THIEF who stole a bag containing $450 of church money at the Wodonga post office was labelled a “hopeless” crook yesterday.

Wodonga magistrate John O’Callaghan was sentencing Dylan Crichton, 23, to 12 months’ jail, with a minimum non-parole period of six months.
November 2013:
An 84-year-old widower has spoken of the heartbreak inflicted by his grandson, who stole the couples’ beloved $140,000 jewellery collection and sold it to feed his craving for drugs and alcohol…
Mr Lauritsen said Walker was entitled to a significant discount for his previous good character and that his guilty pleas were evidence of remorse… Mr Lauritsen jailed Walker for 18 months and ordered that he serve a minimum of six-months.
October 2013:
A man who used stolen credit cards to buy fast food during a month long crime spree across the [ACT] has been jailed for more than six years.
Joel William Heard, 29, appeared for sentence in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday having pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, and riding in a stolen car.
October 2013:

A 45-year-old Blayney woman with a gambling problem was sentenced to four years in prison in Bathurst Local Court after pleading guilty to more than 50 fraud charges…
Magistrate Roger Prowse ... said the accused claimed she had a gambling addiction concerning poker machines and he believed that is where the money, more than $30,000 of it, went.

August 2013:
A man who was denied police aid after bikies threatened to kill his family unless he gave them $14,000 has won a reduced jail term for robberies he committed to meet the demand…
Last week, he won an appeal that sliced a year off his five-year jail term after the judges agreed his police co-operation and the danger it brought him had not been given enough weight.
June 2013:
An accountant who stole almost $1 million from his employer over three years and spent it on gambling and booze has been jailed for five years.
Adi Narayan, 51, of Forde, pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to five charges relating to 106 different occasions he illegally siphoned money into accounts controlled by him or his friends.

Koo Wee Rup too “shabby” for a Human Rights Commissioner wanting a taxpayer-subsidised party

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (10:27am)

The Australian Human Rights Commission says it wants to stop ”discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s ... social origin ...”
But note its defence of blowing $60,000 on a party last December, some of the cash coming from taxpayers’ money meant to help the poor:
The “not to be missed” awards night at the Museum of Contemporary Art was dominated by problems such as poverty, homelessness and disadvantage…
The function made an $1800 loss, despite $10,000 in sponsorship from the Department of Social Services and $25,000 from other sponsors…
Commission president Gillian Triggs said ... “I really do take umbrage at the idea that somehow because you’re a human rights body you’ve got to do things in some sort of shabby way… We don’t want to be in a village hall in Koo Wee Rup just because we haven’t got a lot of money.”
We should ask the shabby people of shabby Koo Wee Rup whether the Human Rights Commission is too full of its own importance and too empty of concern for the shabby people whose taxes it is spending:
Reader Lisle:

Words fail me! Did Ms Triggs select Koo Wee Rup because of its cute name without doing any research? Does Ms Triggs realize that it is an important food and dairy area of Victoria? Does Ma Triggs realize it is an area where a large number of Italian immigrants settled? I am sure the good folk of Koo Wee Rup would have welcomed Ms Triggs to their town. No doubt the CWA would have assisted with catering, and I caN assure Ms Triggs that from my experience, country folk know how to turn on a great do.Ms Triggs has done her position great harm with these throw away lines
Reader Lin:

We accidentally spent a night in Koo Wee Rup when we got lost in Victoria - had never heard of it before but will never forget as the hospitality and assistance we received was wonderful, including a spectacular breakfast at a local bakery. Not shabby at all and that is a shameful comment which Triggs should be made to apologise for. Then again it served well to expose where the interests of these people really lie.

Barry out of control. Will the ABC protect its brand?

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (9:50am)


If Paul Barry were just a private citizen or, say, Guardian journalist he would be entitled to attack Murdoch newspapers every day.
But he is a host of the taxpayer-funded ABC, which is obliged by its charter to be balanced:
ABC Media Watch host Paul Barry’s obsession with News Corp Australia publications, including The Australian, demonstrates he is unfit to host a program that is supposed to provide an impartial analysis of the media. Mr Barry has a conflict of interest. His unremitting bias against News Corp Australia is barely disguised. His book, Breaking News: Sex, Lies & the Murdoch Succession, is regularly promoted on Twitter. Next month, he is scheduled to appear with well-known News Corp Australia haters David McKnight and Rod Tiffen for an “analysis and discussion” about Rupert Murdoch’s “influence” and “power”. Independent media analyst iSentia reviewed Mr Barry’s Twitter feed for any sign of bias. It found more than half his tweets in the past month — 30 out of 54 — related to News Corp and were frequently hostile.
Mr Barry is entitled to write and say whatever he likes. But any fair analysis would question how an incessant critic of one media organisation can host a program that is meant to be a watchdog on the media. Media Watch proclaims itself to be “Australia’s leading forum for media analysis and content”. But every program this year has attacked News Corp Australia mastheads while providing scant scrutiny of other media organisations such as Fairfax. Yet News Corp Australia publishes only one-third of Australian newspaper titles. It does not own a television network or a radio station.
We do not pay public money for an ABC host to pursue private ideological jihads, and especially not ones that may benefit them personally:

MEDIA Watch host Paul Barry’s possible breach of the ABC’s conflict of interest policy by his anti-News Corporation book may be raised at the next ABC board meeting on April 3.
While acting as an independent arbiter of the media in his role as Media Watch host, Barry continues to promote Breaking News: Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession, in which he attacks the character of Rupert Murdoch.
Barry has criticised News Corp Australia publications in 11 out of 19 segments since he took the reins at Media Watch on February 3, and, an independent analysis found almost two-thirds of his tweets, from his official account, were about News Corp.
The ABC’s conflict of interest requirements, derived from section 1 of the ABC Editorial Policies on Independence, Integrity and Responsibility, state that external activities of individuals undertaking work for the ABC must not undermine the independence and integrity of the ABC’s editorial content. It also contains a standard that states editorial decisions should not be improperly influenced by political, sectional, commercial or personal interests…
On the evening of April 3, Barry, in his dual roles as ABC’s Media Watch presenter and author of Sex, Lies and The Murdoch Succession, will join a discussion panel on the topic, “The Murdoch Press and its Influence on Australian, British and American Politics” at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe, Sydney…
While he is not being paid for these speeches, Barry is on the books of a speaking agency and charges up to $5000…
The Australian understands it will be surprising if the issue is not raised at the next ABC board meeting on April 3.
But ABC managing director Mark Scott himself seems to breach ABC editorial policies in his desire to attack Murdoch publications or columnists, promoting a commercial product which attacks them.
Chairman James Spigelman needs to stop the damage:
A Barry or a Scott or a Jonathan “Pinata” Green may protest they are only returning fire against Murdoch papers and columnists who attack the ABC over its bias. But while this argument may appeal to the partisan, this anti-Murdoch onslaught actually exposes the ABC’s great failing.
It is one thing for privately-owned papers which are avowedly conservative or Right-of-centre to criticise the taxpayer-funded ABC for a bias that is against its charter. But for the publicly-owned ABC to respond in kind, with such hostility and vehemence, simply confirms that bias. It signals that the ABC is indeed as much to the Left as the Australian is to the “Right”.
Is Spigelman comfortable with that positioning? After all, it doesn’t just invite more criticism from Murdoch writers; it justifies it.
Paul Barry’s Media Watch last night brings the total to 12 out of 22 items attacking Murdoch papers and clearly demonstrates his bias, now of the most cartoonish kind.
Barry tries to dismiss the glaring failure of the ABC to even mention, let alone criticise, the highly abusive and even threatening signs at the March-in-March anti-Abbott rallies, and instead attacks Murdoch papers which denounced them. He also dismisses the obvious hypocrisy in the ABC ignoring even a “killAbbott” sign after making such an enormous fuss over a “ditch the witch” sign at an anti-Gillard protest.
Note some of the tricks Barry uses:
- to make the contrast less glaring, Barry fails to even mention the worst example of hate-speech at the March in March, of Newcastle union boss Gary Kennedy even saying Qantas boss Alan Joyce should be ”shot somewhere in the back of the head”. Newcastle police thought that so disgusting that they interviewed Kennedy. The ABC thought it so boring they did not mention that, and nor did Barry despite reading of it in a column of mine he attacks.
- Barry says the difference between the anti-Gillard signs and the even worse anti-Abbott ones was ”because Tony Abbott delivered his speech to that rally standing in front of two now notorious signs”.  They could not be overlooked. But Barry is being mischievous. Abbott was clearly ambushed by signs he did not see, did not endorse and later dissociated himself from. The ABC, though, used the signs not just to discredit him but the protesters in a way it did not do to the anti-Abbott protesters.
- Barry says “another big difference is that Mr Abbott and other senior opposition politicians were supporting the protesters”, suggesting Labor (and the Greens) did not support the anti-Abbott March in March protests.  This is false. March in March rallies were attended and promoted by politicians including Labor’s Sue Lines and Louise Pratt and the Greens’ Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters.
- Barry claims the ABC may just have been exercising good taste - ignoring the “lunatic fringe” - by publishing 43 of the anti-Abbott signs it liked while excluding any that might discredit the rallies.  Yeah, right. The ABC has good taste. It does not publicise the lunatic fringe. Spare me.
- Barry ignores the even more indefensible hypocrisy of the Fairfax media attacking the “ditch the witch” signs at an anti-Gillard rally while some Fairfax columnists cheered “kill the politicians” signs at the anti-Abbott rallies and sell their own “F… Abbott” shirts.

No to bigots, but yes to free speech - and our right to denounce them

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (9:41am)

I would put this a bit differently:
THE Attorney-General, George Brandis, yesterday robustly defended the right of Australians “to be bigots”, prompting cries from Labor that he has given racism the green-light…
Senator Brandis defended the Coalition’s plan to change the Racial Discrimination Act, even if it led to bigotry. “People do have a right to be bigots, you know,” Senator Brandis told the parliament.
In a free country, people do have rights to say things that other people find insulting or offensive or bigoted.”
Labor’s reaction is just a mix of gotcha opportunism and puritanical authoritarianism. If we were going to lock up every bigot the jails would be full of March in March protesters.
Here’s how I’d put it: yes, indeed, we have the right to say what others might claim is bigotry.  But we also have the right to denounce what we find is bigotry, and even a duty. You can be a bigot, but I can call you one. In fact, I will.
No to racism, yes to free speech. 

We are individuals, not representatives of some “race”

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (9:13am)

Former Labor Minister Gary Johns on the insanity of the new retribalisation of Australia:

INDIGENOUS leader Mick Dodson reckons that if the Australian Constitution is to have any relevance to Aborigines, it has to “affirm our basic identity as human beings”.
So, Aborigines are not human beings unless they are recognised in the Constitution. No one else is mentioned in the Constitution, so presumably all Australians are not human beings. Such is the mind-numbing nonsense of Aboriginal recognition.
Dividing us on the spurious grounds or “race” leads to individuals being treated as anything but:
Unfortunately, recognition has been used to seek advantage over others and to ­excuse behaviour tolerated in no other citizens…
The Family Law Act 1975 states that, in parenting orders, a child has a right to enjoy his or her Aboriginal culture. Should a child of Aboriginal descent spend more time with the Aboriginal father or the sibling, the child of a non-­Aboriginal mother?
This dilemma faced a Family Court judge in Sydney in 2012. The Aboriginal father lived in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. He wanted weight given to his heritage. The mother’s heritage was not considered.
The court ­effected a practical solution. It decided that the child should live with the mother, to “bond with the new sibling”, and visit the father on the weekends, for “culture”.
At present, courts are able to take such matters into account. Should the Constitution include Aboriginal culture, the rights of others may be curtailed.

Why are we doing this to ourselves, forcing people to become mere “racial” constructs?
In the Supreme Court in Victoria in 2012, a sister of a deceased ­Aboriginal woman applied to take her sister’s body to be buried at Lake Tyers. The Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-Op advised that it would be culturally appropriate to return the body of the deceased for burial on traditional country at Lake Tyers Reserve.
The trouble was that the woman did not wish to be buried among her own. She wished to be cremated at Lake Tyers near her foster parents at Bunurong Cemetery. She considered her foster parents her real parents.
The Coroner’s Act ensures that different cultures should, where appropriate, be respected.
The case was determined on the basis of the hierarchy of claim, which was in favour of the de facto husband. But the lesser claims of the Aboriginal community were heard.
Recognition in the Constitution would lend weight to lesser claims, to which this Aboriginal woman owed ­little allegiance.
The new racism is an insult to our individuality. 

Labor leads

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (9:10am)


Ahmed is just the man for the BBC

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (8:38am)

The most bizarre thing is that people actually think NASA, actually a space agency, is equipped to prophesy the collapse of the “global industrial civilisation” thanks in part to “unequal wealth distribution”:
Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, March 15: 
A NEW study sponsored by NASA ... has highlighted the prospect that ­global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution … Motesharrei and his colleagues conclude that ... “collapse is difficult to avoid”.
Ahmed tweets on March 18:

MY NASA study exclusive has not just gone viral, it’s gone global and is making headlines in national newspapers all over.
NASA statement, March 20:

MEDIA reports crediting (NASA) with an academic paper … (by) Safa Motesharrei (are erroneous) … NASA does not endorse the paper or its conclusions…
Mathematical ecologist Robert Wilson blogs on March 22:

NAFEEZ Ahmed appears to have jumped the shark, if such a thing is possible in his case … You would think that Mr Ahmed would have taken a step back when NASA ­publicly ­distanced themselves from the claim they supported the study, but no ... (he) comes out with guns blazing, claiming NASA did fund the study. This is truly bizarre ­behaviour. At this point someone at The Guardian should step in … hand him a dictionary, and require that he takes basic journalism training.
Letter to the editor, Vanity Fair, Nafeez Ahmed, January 21, 2010:
CHRISTOPHER Hitchens reduction of me to “conspiracy-mong­ering” and as having a “one-room sideshow” institute is contrasted by the fact that I’m an academic at the University of Sussex; my book, The War on Freedom, was used by the 9/11 commission; I’ve testified before the US congress.
Hitchens responds, January 21, 2010:

ANY bloody fool can testify anywhere, but nobody has yet been fool enough to accept his argument the ­attacks on New York and Washington were part of a prearrangement involving the US government ... On a re-reading of his “book”, I would change my original article and remove the word “risible”. A more apposite term for both the ­author and his illiterate pages would be “contemptible"…
From Nafeez Ahmed.com:
NAFEEZ ... has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC News 24, BBC World Today, BBC World News with ­George Alagiah, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Asian Network.

The union’s muscle in our parliament

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (8:23am)

Samuel J at the Cat demonstrates how Labor is now simply the political arm of the union movement:
SENATORS – 31 Labor Senators presently in Parliament, 18 of which have held positions in unions 
Catryna Bilyk, ASU
Mark Bishop, SDAEA
Doug Cameron, AMWU
Jacinta Collins, SDAEA
Stephen Conroy, TWU
Don Farrell, SDAEA
Mark Furner, TWU
Alex Gallacher, TWU
John Hogg, SDAEA
Sue Lines, United Voice
Joe Ludwig, AWU
Kate Lundy, CFMEU
Gavin Marshall, ETU
Anne McEwen, ASU
Claire Moore, CPSU
Lisa Singh, AEU
Glenn Sterle, TWU
Anne Urquhart, FPU and AMWU
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – 55 Labor MPs presently in Parliament, 23 of which have held positions in unions

Chris Bowen, FSU
Anna Burke, FSU
Tony Burke, SDAEA
Mark Butler, LHMU
Terri Butler, AWU
Nick Champion, SDAEA
Lisa Chesters, United Voice
Pat Conroy, CFMEU
Michael Danby, SDAEA
David Feeney, TWU
Laurie Ferguson, FMWU
Alan Griffin, Union organiser
Chris Hayes, AWU
Ed Husic, CEPU
Stephen Jones, CPSU
Richard Marles, TWU and ACTU
Brendan O’Connor, ASU
Graham Perrett, QIEU
Bernie Ripoll, ETU
Amanda Rishworth, SDAEA
Bill Shorten, AWU
Warren Snowdon, NTTLC
Matt Thistlethwaite, AWU and Unions NSW
Proportion of federal Labor politicians who were union officials: 48 per cent.
Proportion of Australian workers who are union members: 18 per cent

This would not be execution but slaughter

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (8:21am)

This is frightening:
Egypt’s judges have risked new international outrage after handing down the death penalty to 529 people accused of rioting in a mass two-day trial condemned as violating legal norms.
The judge, in the central Egyptian city of Minya, brought the case to a close after just two sessions. Lawyers said he refused to allow the defence to complete their cases.
The sentence, if it were carried out, would be the biggest mass execution from a single case in the recent history of Egypt, or anywhere else in the world.
Legal experts say it is likely to be overturned on appeal, rejected by the Grand Mufti, to whom all death penalties are referred, or commuted by the president - not least because of the international consequences of such an event. 

Theiss payola for peace

Andrew Bolt March 25 2014 (6:12am)

The AWU scandal

More on the scandal some press gallery journalists assured Julia Gillard was a non-story:
JEFF Kennett wants building giant Thiess to explain publicly why it paid more than $110,000 into a slush fund run by allegedly corrupt union boss Bruce Wilson, after Thiess had won a lucrative contract from a public utility, Melbourne Water.
Mr Kennett said he was surprised and annoyed at learning from The Australian of the secret deal, brokered while he was Victorian premier in the early 1990s…
Key documentary evidence in a current Victoria Police Fraud Squad investigation shows that Thiess paid more than $110,000 in Melbourne Water-related “consultancy fees” into the slush fund, known as the AWU Workplace Reform Association....
In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars were paid by Thiess for non-Melbourne Water “services”, with the money going to the same “workplace reform association”.
The AWU established the association with legal advice from Mr Wilson’s then girlfriend, Julia Gillard, a solicitor at Slater & Gordon and legal adviser to the AWU.
Ms Gillard subsequently told her senior colleague, Peter Gordon, in a tape-recorded interview that it was really a “slush fund” to raise money for union elections. The former prime minister and Mr Wilson have strenuously denied any wrongdoing, with Ms Gillard saying she had no knowledge of the fund’s operations....
Fraud Squad detectives have been told Thiess achieved industrial peace from the AWU and had few industrial concerns while payments to Mr Wilson’s slush fund were being made.

Why does the ABC hire so many vulgarians?

Andrew Bolt March 24 2014 (6:06pm)

Culture wars

I’m constantly surprised by the gulf between the self-perception of ABC fans and presenters on one side and the ugly reality on the faraway other.
I mean particularly this kind of thing:
Former Labor speechwriter Don Watson says critics of the ABC’s Leftist bias are simply not as cultured as, well, Leftist Watson himself:

The so-called “conservatives” who berate the ABC are not conservatives but heretics, radicals, vulgarians ... 
The ABC’s critics are the vulgarians?  Unlike ABC TV, say?


Last week the ABC broadcast a Photoshopped picture of Chris Kenny, a conservative critic of the ABC, showing him with his trousers around his ankles while copulating with a dog, under the sign that said “Chris ‘Dog F---er’ Kenny"…

Here, instead, is the ABC’s official excuse for the shot, screened on The Chaser’s The Hamster Decides: “While strong in nature, the segment was… in line with the target audience ...”
Unlike the ABC’s Triple J?

Unlike ABC 24?:

Unlike the ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage?

The three-and-a-half hour telecast leading up to the midnight fireworks was littered with references to penises, vomit and offensive comments about Prime Minister Tony Abbott, numerous other Australian politicians, the Pope and even the Duchess of Cambridge…
In a segment reviewing events of 2013 references were made about Mr Abbott having “duck feet” and “cocktail frankfurts” as a photo was displayed of the PM wearing budgie smugglers on the beach…
Unlike the ABC’s science presenter and global warming evangelist Robyn Williams?
What if I told you pedophilia is good for children, or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthmatics, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous, but there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths, distorting the science.
Unlike ABC book critic Marieke Hardy?
Tony Abbott, I hope your cock drops off and falls down a plughole.
Today, another ABC host, Wil Anderson, demonstrates his inner vulgarian with a viciously abusive re-tweet about Paul Howes:
Last week it was Julian Morrow:
Morrow appeared on KIIS1065’s Kyle and Jackie O’s Sydney breakfast radio program this morning to talk about the many possible theories on the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
The breakfast radio hosts ...were stunned by Morrow reeling off a list of wan gags about those responsible for the missing plane, including Lara Bingle and Tourism Australia’s Where the Bloody Hell Are Ya? Campaign, Oprah Winfrey and Coles.
Sandilands proved to be the smartest guy in the room, chiding Morrow’s lapse in taste and saying he expected a serious discussion about the topic.

“I didn’t have any jokes written down, it’s way too soon,” Sandilands said. “We don’t even know where this plane is.”
As Morrow ploughed on, Sandilands said “All of these things are terrible.”
“Vulgarian” cannot mean what the dictionary tells me it means.
(Thanks to reader Avi.) 
Australian Human Rights Commission
24 March 2014""

Inquiry team visits distressed children on Christmas Island

Drawing by a child on Christmas Island - two girls one with 'Freedom' on her and the other 'please help' with speech bubble 'I need your help, please help me'
The Australian Human Rights Commission has made its first visit to children in immigration detention as part of its national Inquiry to see how detention impacts on them.
Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs recently returned from Christmas Island where she found most of the 315 children who were there at the time, had been in detention for six to eight months.
The inquiry team included a paediatrician, Dr Karen Zwi and Dr Sarah Mares, a child psychiatrist.
Most of the children were visibly distressed. They told the team “this place is hell”, “help me get out of here” and “there’s no school, nowhere to play and nothing to do.” The children also spoke about their distress at living in closed environment with adults who were sad, angry and self-harming.
Dr Zwi and Dr Mares noted that the conditions of detention are taking their toll on the development of children. They recorded instances of children biting themselves, and others, and banging their heads.
Dr Zwi reported: “If a parent is depressed, anxious, has any health condition that impacts on their capacity to care for their child, or the environment is frightening (as would be the case when witnessing self-harm), then that child’s development is often impacted. This was evident in several of the children we saw, with developmental delay (usually delayed speaking), and regression such as bedwetting.”
Australia has obligations under international human rights law to detain children only as a measure of last resort and to ensure children are protected from harm.
“These asylum seekers are in limbo and many are feeling the stress of uncertainty. They have been detained for long periods by anyone’s measure and they don’t know when they will go to Nauru or PNG for assessment of their refugee status and potential resettlement there,” said Professor Triggs.
It is understood the families and children detained on Christmas Island will eventually be transferred to a third country for processing and resettlement. One teenager told the inquiry team: “Manus Island is now a very dangerous place. Will I will be safe there?”
The visit to Christmas Island was the first undertaken by the Commission in its National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention which is calling for submissions. More information can be found here -

Image: Drawing from a child in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

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Craig Thomson joins a small and inglorious list of Australian politicians sent to jail
“CRAIG Thomson joins a small and inglorious list of members of an Australian parliament who have been put away for crimes.” One area the ALP have overachieved in
One area the ALP overachieve in - ed




What the NYT editors of today would write then .. ed



















Not a threat to helicopter the building .. a good suggestion to hold the function






=== Posts from last year ===
So this explains which war? The terrorist attacks on the West? US involvement in Vietnam? Afghanistan? I am sure the propagandists which assert this simple notion would hurt anyone to defend it. - ed

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Where you put the sticker DOES matter!


"As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."
~ Mere Christianity




Stick. n, means Gold in the dog dictionary

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Chocolate Eclair Cake!!!
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 large box (5.1 ounces) vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
1 8 oz. container cool whip (you won’t use the whole container) or one batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9″X13″ glass baking pan.
Eclair Crust: In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg. Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly. *If the sides of your pan are too greased you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up the sides so make sure to just lightly grease.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (Mine only took 25 minutes.) You may want to check it occasionally-you don’t want to overcook the crust, it will ruin the cake! Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down).
Filling: Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl. In separate bowl make vanilla pudding. Make sure pudding is thick before mixing in with cream cheese. Slowly add pudding to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps. Let cool in fridge.When the crust is completely cooled, pour filling in. Top with layer of cool whip however thick you want it and serve with chocolate syrup. *If you want to make this even better use homemade whipped cream.

Recipe: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2009/06/chocolate-eclair-cake.html

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Tactics watch - the Labor Party is recruiting for "word of mouth" spreaders of spin for its tele-marketing campaign
This email from Sam Dastyari today about Labor's plans to ruin your dinner and favourite TV shows with phone calls about how tough Julia is.

This is going to be a tough election for Labor.

More than ever, the efforts of volunteers, giving up their time to knock on doors and phone their neighbours, will be critical to returning local Labor MPs to Parliament.

Will you help by giving just two hours a week?

If you live in or near Sydney, we encourage you to join us for the launch of Operation Word of Mouth at the new Parramatta HQ this week:

When: 6pm, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2013
Where: Level 5, Gough Whitlam Plaza, 20-24 Whitlam Plaza, Parramatta

The only way to get Labor's message across is by word-of-mouth, and that's why we need the help of our valued members and supporters at our new phone bank.

Just a few hours of your time can make a real difference in electorates that will come down to the wire.

Whether you live in the country or close to our new headquarters in Parramatta, please let us know if you can help by signing up here.

Sam Dastyari

P.S. Please forward this email to your friends and neighbours who support Labor!


UFO over Pfeiffer Beach…

This is a quad that one of the students for Sunday's Aperture Academy workshop brought. It was equipped with a GoPro camera and saw a bit of action.


Did Gillard whisper “misogynist” to her Easter Bunny?

Andrew Bolt March 25 2013 (7:59am)

Julia Gillard after falsely vilifying Tony Abbott as a misogynist:
When I see sexism and misogyny I’m going to call them for what they are,

FOR a woman who can spot a misogynist at 10 paces - “misogynist Tony is back”, she muttered across the parliamentary chamber last week - Julia Gillard is spending a lot of time in the company of Kyle Sandilands. 
The radio DJ who questioned a 14-year-old rape victim on-air about her sexual experiences, and who called a journalist a “fat slag” without enough “titty” to carry off a low-cut blouse, is fast becoming a favourite with the Prime Minister.
On Friday, Sandilands and his 2DayFM offsider Jackie O landed one of only two radio interviews given by Ms Gillard after the Labor caucus had re-endorsed her leadership the day before. 
Yesterday, she fulfilled a promise by inviting him to her official Sydney residence, Kirribilli House, to take part in an Easter egg hunt for a children’s charity, even posing with the DJ, who was dressed as a giant Easter Bunny, for “selfies” pictures that she later posted on Twitter.
Yes, so proud of posing with the “fat slag” hater that she tweeted this picture:

(Thanks to reader Jason.) 

Who’s that with the terrorist?

Andrew Bolt March 25 2013 (8:32am)

Astonishing. Barack Obama holds a joint press conference in Ramallah under a giant banner featuring Yasser Arafat:
Arafat, as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting has noted, “is known to many as the “father of modern terrorism.” Below is a timeline of some of the key events of his life and terrorist acts with which he was associated.” 
CAMERA notes, “In fact, groups under Arafat’s direct or indirect command – including Fatah, Black September, Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade – were responsible for hundreds of bombings, hijackings, assassinations and other attacks, including the 1972 murder of 11 of Israel’s Olympic athletes in Munich, the 1973 murder of the American ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel, and the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruiseship (resulting in the murder of wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer).”
Obama gets a lesson on the hatreds that make dreams of a peace just ... dreams:
Mr Obama was met with a colder welcome as he arrived in the West Bank this morning after his effusive reception in Israel yesterday. 
Palestinians tried to wave away his helicopter, Marine One, as it landed in Ramallah. Around 150 demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans, saying they wanted weapons not presidential visitsEarly this morning, two rockets fired by militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip hit southern Israel.

Reds under the lecterns

Andrew Bolt March 25 2013 (9:29am)

 It is astonishing that 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we still have people demanding Marxism be given another try.
Note how many speakers at the Marxism 2013 conference are warehoused in our universities:
Gary [Foley] lectures in history at Victoria University… 
Antony Loewenstein is ...  a board member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies.
Jeff Sparrow is ... editor of the left wing journal Overland [sponsored by Victoria University].
Rick Kuhn ... is a Reader in Politics at the Australian National University.
Diane Fieldes ... teaches at the University of New South Wales.
Tom Bramble has been a socialist activist since the late 1970s. He is a senior lecturer in industrial relations at the University of Queensland. 
Max Lane … is a now a member of the Revolutionary Socialist Party [and is a lecturer at Victoria University].
Roz Ward is a delegate in the National Tertiary Education Union at La Trobe University.
Jane Kenway is a Professorial Fellow with the Australian Research Council, a Professor in the Education Faculty at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Australia.
John [Passant] has been a socialist for over 30 years. He has worked in the Australian Tax Office and academia. [He tutors at the Australian National University.] 
Susan Price is the current national co-convenor of the Socialist Alliance… A member of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for over 13 years, Susan was NTEU Branch President at the University of NSW from 2006-2008 and has been Branch Secretary since 2010
Such people teach our young.

(Thanks to reader Rod.)
At an earlier, spontaneous conference on applied Marxism - one attended not by university lecturers:


Five feminist reasons to not eat meat - or, rather, to avoid our universities

Andrew Bolt March 25 2013 (2:00pm)

I’ve read Fairfax writer Alecia Simmonds’ article twice to check for the slightest sign - other than the sheer loopiness of the arguments - that it is satire rather than serious. But, alas:
Here are five reasons why feminists should try to eliminate meat: 
1. Eating meat is associated with male power in its most vile and repugnant forms… In rejecting meat, feminists – both women and men – are rejecting a potent symbol of patriarchal power.
2. The ill treatment of animals makes the abuse of women tolerable. Following on from my first point, if men get to eat the meat, then women, alas, are consigned to the less savoury role of being the meat. A woman can be hunted like a “bunny” and pursued like a “vixen” or “fox”. Women exist as prey… When women are likened to animals it means that they exist as objects to be possessed and consumed.
3. Vegetarians, like feminists, care about language. Violence is made possible through euphemistic or derogatory words that distance us from the feelings of the victim. Just as calling a baby cow “veal” makes it more appetising, so too does calling a woman “slut” make it easier to abuse her… Feminists have also spent decades explaining that rape is violence, not sex.
4. Feminists and vegetarians share a common project of ending discrimination based on arbitrary distinctions. We are all, at our base, animals. So why should one animal species be outside the realm of our compassion?… 
5. Feminists and vegetarians believe that the personal is political. Just as we tell male partners that the minutia of who unpacks the dishwasher each night really matters, so too do we need to remind ourselves that what goes into our mouths also matters.
Oh, my goodness.
Prick with a Fork analyses the arguments and uncovers use of a dodgy survey.
Other Simmonds opinions help to explain not just why Fairfax but our entire civilisation may be in decline - and why more than a decade at university can really stuff up your thinking and your prose.
Simmonds shares “a teary, passionate love affair” with the earth - in this case a near barren part of Kimberley coastline selected for a $34 billion development - for which it ”is worth breaking all the rules to defend”.
Simmonds believes choice and capitalism conflict with feminism: “Choice is the language of capitalism and individualism and as such sits uncomfortably with a feminism based on collective rights.”
Simmonds also opposes the right to free speech of people whose opinions she doesn’t like. Not only can they be vilified, they should be jailed: “Imagine if Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt could be thrown in prison and charged money for vomiting venomous racist bile in public. Seriously… I think it’s high time that Jones and Bolt were sent to the clanger, but for their misogyny as much as their racism.”
Simmonds suggests only snobs prefer to learn French or Italian to Walpiri, and are making choices that hurt locals: “I’m all for us being an outward-looking, cosmopolitan society that draws talent from around the globe. But it shouldn’t be at the expense of people here. ... Why is speaking French or Italian any better than speaking Walpiri or Indonesian? Why do we lament not being able to find a good croissant outside of France but say nothing of the difficulties of finding tagine outside of Morocco?” (Simmonds herself does not speak Walpiri.)
So who is this person, so alarmingly keen to vilify and censor, so quick to assert the collective over the individual, and so slow to support the means by which we live lives comfortable enough to give windy lectures to a chop?Simmonds explains: 
Back in the late nineties, when raving meant dancing and sun-dried tomatoes meant culinary sophistication, I joined a group at university called ‘The Activist Left’. It was the obvious choice for someone who had spent their high school years weeping over woodchips. I believed another world was possible but had no faith in parliamentary reform. Revolutionary overthrow sounded infinitely more exciting ... 
I do believe I did detect the blight of a university education at the hands of the kind of people attending the Marxism 2013 conference (see post below). I do believe her writing places her squarely in a place and time - Australian universities teaching second-hand Derrida and deconstruction theory around a decade ago, with Greens rampant. Simmonds is not so much an individual but a cultural artefact, as instantly dated as Derrida himself.
Now Simmonds despairs that the new “spirit-crushingly boring” generation does not share her instantly-outmoded concerns:
All I know for certain is that there is nothing more tragic than a generation without spirit.
Oh, but there is. It’s a generation without brains. 


Tim Blair – Monday, March 25, 2013 (5:03am)

Julia Gillard rages against claimed misogyny, but look at her new Prime Ministerial photo buddy:




The apparent doom clown cosying up to the Prime Minister is none other than creepy radio loadKyle Sandilands, a fellow whose delicate feminist sensibilities are widely known.
UPDATE. “Even the world’s dumbest media advisor would have known that being photographed with that clown will only erode any remaining credibility,” comments Milton G. “Why didn’t 2DAY FM warn Sandilands?”
UPDATE II. Caroline Overington
Is that the same Julia Gillard who made headlines around the world with her stand against misogyny?
Why, yes it is.
And the fellow in the fluffy suit, that’s the Easter Bunny, right?
No, actually. That’s 2DayFM’s Kyle Sandilands, dressed up as the Easter Bunny.
That’s right, it’s the same Kyle Sandilands who last year found himself in a world of pain after telling a female reporter to “watch your mouth, girl, or I’ll hunt you down”.
Who said of the same young woman: “What a fat bitter thing you are. You’re a piece of s**t.”
Who added: “You little troll ... you should be fired from your job.”
And yes, that’s the same Gillard said of Tony Abbott:
“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man.”
Who said:
“What I will never stand for is the Leader of the Opposition coming into this place and peddling a double standard.”
Who also said:
“This kind of hypocrisy must not be tolerated!”
Who said:
“Sexism should always be unacceptable.” 


UPDATE IV. 3AW’s Neil Mitchell
The prime minister considers me a lower life form than that appalling piece of work, Kyle Sandilands.
Now, while I am banned by the prime minister for being sexist, grubby Kyle Sandilands is her best mate.
She is massively hypocritical. But what else is new? 
UPDATE V. Ten’s stupid Stephen Spencer finds an excuse for Gillard: 
2Day organised it. Gillard didn’t choose Kyle, 2DAY chose Kiribilli. 
Because that’s the way government works in Australia. Radio stations hold authority over the Prime Minister’s residence.
UPDATE VI. Feminist Clementine Ford last week attacked Sandilands and other male media identities who “have only been rewarded for their brutishness”: 
Kyle Sandilands, whose glass jaw led him to launch a tirade against another female journalist after she reported the negative audience response to a TV show he was involved in. In his tirade, Sandilands called her a ‘fat slag’ who needed ‘more titty’ to fill the clothes she was wearing. Then there was that stunt involving the interrogation of a 14-year-old girl, which had Sandilands responding to her disclosure of rape with the line, “And is that the only experience you’ve ever had.” Sandilands, or ‘Vile Kyle’ as he has been christened by members of the public, remains employed by the Austereo network. 
And he remains a pal of the Prime Minister.
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“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"He was heard in that he feared."
Hebrews 5:7
Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an angel in his courts will stretch out his hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from thee; thou art left alone. See the companions with whom thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth? Son of Mary, see there thy brother James, see there thy loved disciple John, and thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when thou art in thy sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is against thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missives throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkness to set upon thee this night, and we will spare no arrows, we will use all our infernal might to overwhelm thee: and what wilt thou do, thou solitary one?" It may be, this was the temptation; we think it was, because the appearance of an angel unto him strengthening him removed that fear. He was heard in that he feared; he was no more alone, but heaven was with him. It may be that this is the reason of his coming three times to his disciples--as Hart puts it--
"Backwards and forwards thrice he ran,
As if he sought some help from man."
He would see for himself whether it were really true that all men had forsaken him; he found them all asleep; but perhaps he gained some faint comfort from the thought that they were sleeping, not from treachery, but from sorrow, the spirit indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak. At any rate, he was heard in that he feared. Jesus was heard in his deepest woe; my soul, thou shalt be heard also.


"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit."
Luke 10:21
The Saviour was "a man of sorrows," but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in his innermost soul he carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a deeper, purer, or more abiding peace than our Lord Jesus Christ. "He was anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows." His vast benevolence must, from the very nature of things, have afforded him the deepest possible delight, for benevolence is joy. There were a few remarkable seasons when this joy manifested itself. "At that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth." Christ had his songs, though it was night with him; though his face was marred, and his countenance had lost the lustre of earthly happiness, yet sometimes it was lit up with a matchless splendour of unparalleled satisfaction, as he thought upon the recompense of the reward, and in the midst of the congregation sang his praise unto God. In this, the Lord Jesus is a blessed picture of his church on earth. At this hour the church expects to walk in sympathy with her Lord along a thorny road; through much tribulation she is forcing her way to the crown. To bear the cross is her office, and to be scorned and counted an alien by her mother's children is her lot; and yet the church has a deep well of joy, of which none can drink but her own children. There are stores of wine, and oil, and corn, hidden in the midst of our Jerusalem, upon which the saints of God are evermore sustained and nurtured; and sometimes, as in our Saviour's case, we have our seasons of intense delight, for "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of our God." Exiles though we be, we rejoice in our King; yea, in him we exceedingly rejoice, while in his name we set up our banners.
[Ōba dī'ah] - servant or worshiper of jehovah.
Among the Semitic peoples many names, such as the one before us, were common, occurring frequently in the Old Testament. Little or nothing is known about the Obadiahs of the Bible, but the name has also been found on an ancient Hebrew seal.
1. The pious governor of Ahab's palace who hid one hundred of Jehovah's prophets (
3. A man of Issachar of the family of Tola (1 Chron. 7:3).
4. Son of Azel, a descendant of king Saul (1 Chron. 8:38; 9:44).
5. Son of Shemaiah, a Levite of Netophah (1 Chron. 9:16).
6. A Gadite who joined David at Ziklag (1 Chron. 12:9).
7. Father of Ishmaiah, prince of Zebulun in David's time (1 Chron. 27:19).
8. A prince of Judah, sent by Jehoshaphat to teach the people (2 Chron. 17:7).
9. A Levite, one of the overseers of the workmen who repaired the Temple in Josiah's time (2 Chron. 34:12).
10. Son of Jehiel, a descendant of Joab who returned from exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:9).
11. A priest who, on behalf of his father's house, sealed the covenant (Neh. 10:5).
12. A Levite, founder of a family of sanctuary porters (Neh. 12:25).
13. The prophet of Judah who lived over 550 years before Christ (Obad. 1).
The Man Who Prophesied Disaster
This Minor Prophet cannot be identified. His book, the briefest in the Old Testament, gives his name, but there the record ends. Pusey says, "The silence of Scripture as to Obadiah stands in remarkable contrast with the anxiety of man to know something about him." His origin, age, life, country, parents and grave are all unknown. His is the voice of a stranger. He has been identified with the Levite of the same name sent by Jehoshaphat to teach in the cities of Judah [See No. 8]. He has also been linked with the pious Obadiah of Ahab's house [See No. 1]. Of the prophet's personal history not a single incident or even tradition has been preserved. The work is more important than the worker.
It would seem as if the prophet lived and labored between the taking of Jerusalem and the destruction of Idumea, since he speaks of "foreigners" entering Jerusalem and the day of Judah's destruction and distress (Obad. 11-14). Although his book is the shortest in the Hebrew Canon, consisting of only twenty-one verses, yet it demands more of our attention, proportionately, than any other book. Looking at it from the aspect of size, it is little, but weighty. Multum in parvo.
Obadiah's prophecy has always been a favorite one with the Jews. It is principally from Obadiah that they learned to apply the name Edom to Rome. "Edom" stands as the typical designation for all the deadliest foes of the House of Israel.
Edom was descended from Esau, the brother of Jacob, and thus the people were akin to the Children of Israel. Since the days of the Exodus there has been frequent conflict between the two races. The Edomites had shown themselves unfriendly to Moses and the Israelites, refusing them passage through their territory when marching towards Canaan, and this bitterness still continues, accounting for the present animosity of the Arab world toward the Jew.
Obadiah's style in writing is full of individuality. It is animated and vigorous, abounding in appeals and having the preponderance of interrogation of great point and vehemence. His language is simple and pure, with utterance often highly poetic.
The lessons to be gathered from Obadiah's description of the character and career, the downfall and doom of Edom; are clearly evident:
I. The similarity of sin and punishment.
II. God will not cast off His people forever.
III. Greed and cruelty are hateful to God.
IV. Pride goes before a fall.
V. The ultimate kingdom is the Lord's.

Today's reading: Joshua 16-18, Luke 2:1-24 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Joshua 16-18

Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh
1 The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel. 2 It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz), crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, 3descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea.
4 So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance....

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 2:1-24

The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them....

Today's Lent reading: Mark 4-6 (NIV)

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The Parable of the Sower
1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water's edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times...."

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