Thursday, April 03, 2014

Thu Apr 3rd Todays News

Neither attributed much to God, one was a genius, the other an Atheist known for creating rules for boxing which stand today. The Marquess of Queensberry had approached Wilde in 1894 and engaged in a yelling match over the Marquess' son, Lord Alfred (Bosie) Douglas. Queensberry confronted Wilde over his affair with his son, as described by Wilde "I do not say that you are it, but you look it, and pose at it, which is just as bad. And if I catch you and my son again in any public restaurant I will thrash you" to which Wilde responded: "I don't know what the Queensberry rules are, but the Oscar Wilde rule is to shoot on sight." Queensberry said Wilde had "shown him the white feather", meaning he had acted in a cowardly way. Even so, nothing much would have come of it, but Wilde was not satisfied. When Queensberry left his calling card marked "For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite" [sic] Wilde had Queensberry arrested and charged with libel. That court case ruined Wilde, for to substantiate the claim, Wilde's private life was made public. His life was ruined. He was not persecuted for being gay, but for involving himself in a family dispute. The 1895 court case began on this day. Wilde was not religious, but no one could say he did not know God after he wrote The Happy Prince in 1888. He just wasn't well known.

"They were beaten, and they were starved as they marched. Those who fell were bayoneted. Some of those who fell were beheaded by Japanese officers who were practicing with their samurai swords from horseback. The Japanese culture at that time reflected the view that any warrior who surrendered had no honor; thus was not to be treated like a human being. Thus they were not committing crimes against human beings.[...] The Japanese soldiers at that time [...] felt they were dealing with subhumans and animals." These words from US Congressional rep 
Dana Rohrabacher shows the brutality of the Bataan death march. An insult to Douglas MacArthur who had fled to prosecute the war from Australia. MacArthur chose a path of grace in not killing the Emperor at the end of the war. But on this day in 1946, the General (Masaharu Homma) responsible for this war crime was executed. 



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?
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Mark Deskin. You birthday is the anniversary of the first of eleven unsolved murders from Whitechapel in the East End of London in 1888. I saw Star Trek and I think Kirk did it. Or Bones. Meanwhile, in my cockney mode, have you a song to give to a poor struggling artist?
Matches
Despatches
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THE GREAT UNWATCHED

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 (2:10pm)

The ABC’s Mark Scott finds virtue in his billion-dollar network’s abysmal ratings: 
He noted that not one of TV’s top-50 rating shows last year aired on the ABC. This was a “fact conveniently lost on those who persist in depicting the ABC as an all-conquering, audience-snatching competitor”. 
Tax-snatching, yes. Audience-snatching, not so much. Why are we paying all that money for something we don’t watch?
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WHERE THE LIVING IS EASY

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 (2:04pm)

An Anglican beardo warns of disaster
Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has attacked Western lifestyles for causing climate change that is “pushing the environment towards crisis”.
Writing in The Telegraph, Dr Williams says that the “appalling” floods and storms that devastated parts of Britain this winter were a demonstration of “what we can expect” in the future.
He also takes a sideswipe at climate change sceptics. 
Also in the UK
British winters are likely to become milder and wetter like the last one but cold spells still need to be planned for, says the UK Met Office.
Summers are likely to be hotter and drier, but washouts are still on the cards, it adds …
Assuming the Met Office study is correct, it means everything from gumboots to snowploughs and sunscreen to anoraks will still be needed. 
Scared Brits need a new home. And here’s just the place
Despite the fact Adelaide suffers through summer heatwaves, it seems we have the perfect weather mix compared to the hot and cold extremes of places in America, Northern Europe and parts of Asia.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said Adelaide had an ideal climate. 
(Via Andy M)
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BEST OF THE WORST

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 (4:59am)

Labor veteran Graham Richardson reflects on his ALP colleague Craig Thomson: 
He was the best liar I had ever met – and, given the life I have led and the characters I have come across, that was a huge call. 
Richo joined the ALP sometime during the 19th century. He’s met a few.
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PASTA PATROL

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 (4:55am)

Italian police spotted in NSW:

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Nobody knows why. In other automotive news
Sebastian Vettel has hit out at the sound of the 2014 Formula 1 cars.
Following criticism from some fans about the lack of volume of the new turbo engines compared to last year’s V8s, Vettel believes that F1 has lost some of its magic this season.
Having watched from trackside at the Australian Grand Prix following his early retirement, he reckons the current cars sound terrible.
“It is s**t,” declared Vettel … 
A friend at last month’s Australian Grand Prix agrees: “The Mazdas in the celebrity race were louder.”
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SOFA PIONEER

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 03, 2014 (3:15am)

Mindy Kaling is great:

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If we want this pay, how will we work smarter?

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (9:14am)

So how are we to survive the competition?
BHP Billiton has disclosed that the wages of some of its coalmining workers are 50 per cent higher than equivalent employees in the US, highlighting the mining giant’s “productivity and cost challenge’’ in Australia. 
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Tribunal may be discriminating against patients instead

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (8:10am)

Why does a tribunal know better than the experts? And can it ensure that this would-be doctor with an “extreme” fear of exams doesn’t also have a crippling fear when it comes to finally applying her skills on a patient?
A medical student who suffers an “extreme” fear of exams has won the right to continue her degree after a tribunal ruled the university discriminated against her because of her mental health disability.
The woman, who has a borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, had failed to sit written exams and avoided some clinical assessments, particularly in paediatrics and surgery, because of ‘‘extreme anxiety in relation to sitting exams [and] performance assessments’’.
The University of Newcastle declined to grant the woman an extension of time to complete her Bachelor of Medicine after she had only completed three-and-a-half years of course work in an eight-year period, the maximum time allowed. The Dean of Medicine, Professor Ian Symonds, felt there was a significant risk that she would not be able to safely work as a doctor, even if she ultimately managed to graduate, because of her psychiatric illnesses.
But the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld the woman’s claim that the university discriminated against her on the grounds of disability and directed the university to grant her an 18-month extension…
The Tribunal heard she ... had a panic attack while driving to an exam and couldn’t bring herself to attend. Her psychiatrist, Dr Elizabeth O’Brien, said the woman suffered “an intense fear of failure and the shame of this at times paralyses her ability to apply herself consistently to her studies’’.
Staggering.
(Thanks to reader Mack.) 
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Help get out the Gosnell story

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (8:01am)


An appeal for funds from the makers of FrackNation, Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business:
Today we are launching the biggest ever crowd funding campaign to make a TV movie about the serial killer, abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American History, but almost no one knows who he is… Gosnell is serving several life sentences but the media basically ignored his crimes and his trial.  
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Scare us like you really mean it

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:52am)

Global warming - propaganda

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REALLY, if journalists must terrify us about the end of the world, they shouldn’t be this damn lazy. 

Take the ABC, which on Monday waved a vague arm in the general direction of the planet: “Climate change will impact everything everywhere.”
Come on, guys. That’s not even trying.

Put some pep into it. If the world really is ending I want gory details. I want screaming. I want children held up to the pitiless sky by wailing mothers as fathers curse their fate.
But, no, even reporters of The Age, Australia’s most fervent global warming newspaper, sounded listless this week as they promoted the latest scare-report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Irreversible and severe damage is to be inflicted on the planet from climate change,” plodded writer Tom Arup before he sighed.
“I know, this does feel familiar doesn’t it? You are a little bored, I can sense your eyes glazing over.”
But that’s odd. If you were told your children would soon die in a ghastly fireball, you wouldn’t be yawning. Not if you believed it.
And death and doom is exactly what we’re told to expect. Take Professor Helen Berry, a University of Canberra health academic who helped write this IPCC report and told the Sydney Morning Herald:
(Read the full article here.
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We are in strife and big spending cuts cannot be avoided

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:27am)

Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson gave a cracker of a speech last night that should frighten every Australian. The easy times are over. The hard work starts now.
We are just not going to get as rich as we thought:
If labour productivity were to grow at its long-term average, per capita incomes would grow on average over the decade ahead by only 0.7 per cent per year, leading to real income per capita of around $69,000 by 2024.
These rates would be much less than the 2.3 per cent growth Australians are used to, which would otherwise yield a real income per capita of around $82,000 by 2024. So there’s a gap of around $13,000 per person between what Australians might hope for and expect, and what might come to pass, on the basis of a reasonably benign scenario.
And we won’t have the budget surpluses we used to expect to pay for goodies and fund tax cuts:
Without policy change, the budget is projected to be in an underlying cash deficit for the next 10 years.
How did we get into this mess?
First, look at that massive spending spree the Rudd Government gave us and the Gillard Government didn’t rein back:
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Even with the withdrawal of GFC-related stimulus measures by the end of 2012-13, real spending increased significantly more (40 per cent from 2002?03) than real GDP (34 per cent from 2002-03).
Second, check how many more people we’ll get who won’t work but will demand support:
....by 2050, there will be only 2.7 people of working age to support each Australian aged 65 years or over, compared with 5 working age people per aged person in 2010, and 7.5 in 1970.
Third, say goodbye to top-dollar prices for what we dig out of the ground:
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Fourth, we’re been slack in working smarter and more flexibly:
Australia’s multifactor productivity growth – the best available measure of how efficiently we are using inputs – has seen a marked deterioration since around the turn of the century. Indeed, it is now negative.
Fifth, see how we demand more from the government, especially as we get older:
What is less well understood is that total Commonwealth expenditure on health is anticipated to rise from $64.7 billion in nominal terms in 2013-14 to $74.6 billion in 2016-17, and to $116 billion in 2023-24.
Similarly, our three main pension payments – the aged pension, disability support pension and carers’ payment – grow at an annual rate of 6 per cent per annum in nominal terms over the forward estimates, adding around $13 billion to annual payments by 2016-17, and another $39 billion to annual payments by 2023-24.
Parkinson says he’s still a glass-half-full guy. Asia is growing and its demand for food and services will soar. We are still rich. But let’s be frank: anyone peddling big-spending promises is living in la-la land. Anyone claiming we don’t need to make deep spending cuts is insulting your intelligence and endangering our future. 
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Richo: the best liar ever, but Thomson did once blink

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:24am)

Graham Richardson says Craig Thomson was the best liar he ever met, but recalls the fateful conversation where he finally made the liar blink on the brothel visits he charged to his union:
His demeanour changed when I informed him that the SMH had evidence of three calls from his phone being made to the brothel from his mobile on that terrible day and that they could be traced from the central coast, down the freeway and into the city of Sydney.
At this point he blinked, but batted on. It must have been stolen as well, was the claim that followed, though not with the same confidence as before.
I then delivered the coup de grace — and I am certain I was the only person to ever see him run up the white flag. “At least the day got better that night,” I told him, “because the bastard who stole the phone gave it back to you.”
“How do you know that?” he asked. I told him that he had resumed normal calls himself that evening and it was all over.
“I can’t explain that,” were the words from this exchange that I can never forget.
The towel having been thrown in, he agreed to make sure his solicitor would ring the SMH’s solicitor and seek to have both sides walk away. This call was to happen on the following day.
In fact, the call was made six to eight weeks later, but it was not the call I expected. The SMH’s solicitor was presented with a demand for $20,000 and a front-page apology.
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UN body: Fukushima fear-mongering worse than the radiation

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:11am)

Anti-nuclear hysterics

The United Nations’ nuclear safety body concludes a “most important health impact” of the Fukushima emergency was not the radiation but the fear-mongering:

The major UN report on the health impacts of the Fukushima accident concluded that any radiation-induced effects would be too small to identify. People were well protected and received “low or very low” radiation doses.
The latest report on the accident comes from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) ...
Overall, people in Fukushima are expected on average to receive less than 10 mSv due to the accident over their whole lifetime, said UNSCEAR, comparing this to the 170 mSv lifetime dose from natural background radiation that people in Japan typically receive.
Health issues from radiation only become apparent in people known to have received 100 mSv or more in a short space of time. This criteria does apply to a group of 160 plant workers, who are to be monitored in the long term.
Despite the evacuation’s success in minimizing radiation exposure to a level where, ”No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants,” the mass movement of people had repercussions of its own, including the deaths of some vulnerable people and social effects of the relocation. UNSCEAR said, “The most important health effect is on mental and social well-being, related to the enormous impact of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and the fear and stigma related to the perceived risk of exposure to radiation.”
(Thanks to reader Jack.) 
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Is Mark Scott watching Q&A?

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:05am)

I WAS pleased to hear ABC boss Mark Scott say the taxpayer-funded broadcaster wasn’t as far to the Left as I’ve said. 

Or as Scott put it in a lecture on Tuesday: “We are nowhere near as bad as our critics make out ...”
Yes, I was pleased — because I sure needed that laugh after Monday’s Q&A.

Has the ABC’s bias ever been so naked? Has the Left’s authoritarianism, vulgarity and hatred of the West ever been so open?
(Read the full article here.
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Howard on free speech: trust Australians

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (7:00am)


As I wrote and said last week, the argument is not between those who want more free speech and those who want less racism.
It is between those who trust Australians and those who don’t. Those who think we are basically decent and can be trusted with free speech and those who think we’re too racist for such freedom.
John Howard puts much the same case:

FORMER prime minister John Howard will tell a gala dinner celebrating the Liberal Party’s 70th anniversary tonight that he strongly supports proposed changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act…

Defending the principle of freedom of speech, Mr Howard will take aim at critics of the changes, arguing they start with the assumption that Australia is a racist country.
Australia is not a racist ­nation but rather one that respects and cherishes an open and tolerant society, which should therefore uphold freedom of speech, he will say.
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Back to basics

Andrew Bolt April 03 2014 (6:18am)

Niki Savva gives Tony Abbott tough advice:
Above all, Abbott was elected because he was neither Kevin Rudd nor Julia Gillard. Yet here he is, six months later, one sixth of his way into his first term, with time slipping away like the sands in an hourglass, as one famous soapie warns, acting remarkably like them…
Rudd’s dysfunction, his refusal to consult beyond his coterie, followed by Gillard’s failure to comprehend the impact of her decisions, exacerbated by her refusal to learn from her mistakes, cost Labor dearly. The mystery is why Abbott feels compelled to copy them.
He was not elected Prime Minister to indulge his whims and fancies. If anyone’s whims or fancies warrant humouring, it’s the voters’ and there is not a scintilla of evidence to show they were clamouring for gongs. What makes Abbott’s revival of knighthoods and dameships worse, what makes it even more self-indulgent, is he knew if he had flagged it publicly, or had taken it to his party room or cabinet, he would have been talked or laughed out of it.
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Parkinson: the GST must go up

Andrew Bolt April 02 2014 (7:45pm)

Happy to raise the GST - provided less efficient taxes go. But let’s not tackle wild spending just with big tax takes:

Treasury boss Martin Parkinson says the goods and services tax will have to be boosted or broadened if the budget is to have any hope of returning to surplus.
Addressing the Sydney Institute on Wednesday, Dr Parkinson detailed a bleak budget outlook in which there would be no return to surplus in a decade, even if “bracket creep” through wage inflation was allowed to push up the average tax rate on full-time workers from 23 to 28 per cent.
Sustaining such an increase was “unlikely to be politically feasible”, he said.
It was also “hardly likely to be economically desirable” as it would turn Australians away from work…
Dr Parkinson said after years in which Australia’s real income per head had grown by 2.3 per cent a year, it was now set to scarcely grow at all for a decade.
That meant that by 2024, real income per head would be $69,000, much less than the $82,000 per head Australians would have come to expect…
“What is less well understood is that total Commonwealth expenditure on health is anticipated to rise from $64.7 billion in nominal terms to $116 billion in 2023-24.”
“Similarly, our three main pension payments – the aged pension, disability support pension and carers’ payment – grow at an annual rate of 6 per cent per annum in nominal terms over the forward estimates, adding around $13 billion to annual payments by 2016-17, and another $39 billion by 2023-24.” 
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False. I’d defend Israel even if every one of its leaders were like Michael Gawenda

Andrew Bolt April 02 2014 (5:19pm)

An open response to Michael Gawenda, and any Jewish paper is free to reproduce it.
Michael,
Your column today is a grotesque misrepresentation of me and of my argument with Jewish leaders supporting the Racial Discrimination Act.

To claim I simply presented an IOU to the Jewish community in return for services rendered – services I could now withdraw in a pique – is not only untrue but vicious.

May I suggest your cartoonish antipathy towards me has made you write something unfair?

You overlooked – or deliberately omitted – the central point of my argument and one I’ve made several times, finally prompting Mark Leibler to address the matter this year in an open letter for which I am deeply grateful.

I was accused in court by a Jewish barrister before a Jewish judge of sharing the thinking of the Nazis in drawing up the Nuremberg race laws, which, the barrister didn’t need to add yet did, led to the Holocaust.

This was not simply manifestly untrue and, in the circumstances, highly inflammatory. It was an insult so vile that I am enraged again simply to repeat it to you.

What so deeply disappointed me is that half a dozen Jewish leaders I knew - and who knew what I’d done for the community and therefore knew the slur to be false - privately assured me variously that Merkel’s comments were a disgrace, the law had been misapplied or the law was too broad in scope, if this case was the consequence.

Yet not one of those leaders, until Mark this year, publicly defended me against one of the most vile smears you could possibly dream up in this kind of debate. Not one, until Mark, publicly acknowledged that mine was not the kind of case this law should have applied to.

So why this long silence, only briefly broken? For the reason, I believe, that it was felt more important by those leaders to maintain the myth that the law was perfect than to acknowledge an injustice was done and my reputation unfairly and vilely trashed as a consequence.

This is the source of my disappointment. I also pointed out the danger in this for the Jewish community, that in allowing this trashing of me they were also allowing the marginalising of one of their most dependable media supporters, in a country with distressingly few of them.

All this is on the public record, and I cannot believe that in writing about this issue you could have overlooked the argument I actually put. Here is just one iteration of it, from just last December:
- Several prominent Jewish spokesmen had privately told me they disagreed with the verdict and even the breadth of the Racial Discrimination Act, if used to silence even me, yet not one of those spokesmen had ever said so publicly. It was as if though by conceding an injustice, they risked losing a law they thought useful. I was, in my phrase, “collateral damage”.
- Not a single Jewish spokesman had publicly condemned Ron Merkel QC for telling the Jewish judge in my case that my thinking in the article was of the kind that the Nazis had in drawing up the Nuremberg race laws, (Danny Lamm, however, did offer to speak on my behalf.) I thought this vile slur, explosive in the context of my case, was not just a gross misuse of the victims of the Holocaust, but was false and known to be false by the many members of the Jewish community, who knew me to be one of the most prominent media defenders of Israel and the Jewish community generally. It seemed to me, again, that my reputation was collateral damage in a fight to preserve (unjust) laws.
- I was alarmed that my personal reputation was further being attacked by people who should know better. One very prominent Jewish leader (certainly not Leibler) had even suggested I believed in the “Jewish conspiracy”. I warned that phrasing the debate over the RDA as between racists and non-racists was not just false and offensive, but would damage the standing of someone many Jews felt was useful in defending them publicly.
- These laws would eventually be turned against Jews and those who criticised Islam.
You could have quoted my real position. Instead, you substituted your own version: falsely claiming that because I’d scratched Jewish backs, I felt Jews should scratch mine, particularly if they wanted more favours:
For a start, this suggests that Bolt indeed sees himself as powerful, able to ‘do things’ for the Jews and, it must be assumed, for others who would benefit mightily from his support. In return, he expects support when he gets into a spot of bother. This is the way players in politics sometimes operate but not, I would hope, someone who calls himself a journalist
Needless to say, your version is not just false and completely at odds with what I’ve written and said privately to several leaders, including Danny Lamm, Yuval Rotem and Colin Rubenstein. It is also extremely offensive, crude and untrue – a play to a racist stereotype of the unreliable goy, a secret anti-Semite, after all, despite all that smiling and backclapping:

If there were a shred of truth to such a spiteful reading you might then be able to go on to note how I’d switched positions on issues involving Israel and attacked what I’d once supported. I warrant you could not find a single such case, or a single case of my failing to speak up as I used to. I would draw your attention to, for instance, my blog comments on the discussion on Q&A only last Monday of Pamela Geller’s signs, or my criticism on The Bolt Report last Sunday of the BDS protests.

I do not need favours from anyone to speak up for Israel as I have done, and for you to now imply I am such a man is shameful. Shameful and very, very wrong.

A real journalist would acknowledge this mistake – this gross injustice - and apologise. 
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In Vietnamese, jeem means bird, also means a rude term for a private part.. went to a family gathering, two female cousins were talking, one not very good with her English says "do you do the Jeem thing often" The other's face felt looked very awkward at that point and she stuttered, w what do you mean?" "I mean burn those calories and get the blood pumping, you know"? The awkward one still unsure.. "OK, how would you do that?" "Exercise bike, treadmill." "Oh LOL, I thought you meant if I own a bird,"
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The New England cottontail rabbit is in trouble, and conservationists are trying to prevent it from becoming endangered. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3igc
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Two Israeli F-15I 'Ra'am' fighter jets during maneuvers. (photo credit: CC BY TSgt Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF, Wikimedia)

Kick Arse Target Practice
 
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At the dedication reception for the Navajo Code Talker monument
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A woman can wear anything she likes in my presence. She'll have my respect. Possibly my attention too ..
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THE GOOD OL’ BOYS AREN’T GONE... they are regrouping for an assault on Gillard  By Larry Pickering

Except for the destruction of the Labor Party, with the help of her Marxist comrades, it is difficult to find anything Gillard has done well.

It is indeed bizarre that those who keep her in office now were the very same people she helped to steal over a million dollars from in the 90s.

Ralph Blewitt, Bob Kernohan and myself have been told to shut our traps by the Victorian Fraud Squad for fear of compromising their investigations.

We have, but the ten part series on Gillard’s criminal behaviour is still available on the pickeringpost.com

By suppressing information, refusing to prefer charges and obstructing Fraud Squad investigations, the AWU (with the help of the corrupt NSW Right) has kept their girl performing dutifully in the top spot.

But a macro oversight of Labor indicates an imminent split. Martin Ferguson, Rob McClelland and Simon Crean are among true blue Labor men with clout.

They won’t lie down admonished, licking their wounds, rueing what should have been.

There is a widening fissure running through the heart of Labor... Gillard and her vile intentions are being openly attacked from within.

Crean knew of the avaricious intention to raid Super Funds and spoke up. Ferguson knew of the class war and mining tax debacle and spoke up. McClelland knew of Gillard’s criminal past and spoke up. Kim Carr knew of an impending Royal Commission into unions and spoke up.

The Labor Party is crippled and can no longer fill its honorable role. It has experimented with Gillard’s Communist agenda and it has failed spectacularly.

Those responsible, the incompetent dregs who now sit with Gillard on the front bench, will soon be sent to the sin bin to learn how to play by the rules.

The true Labor Party now sits behind Gillard and they will fight with tenacity to regain their beloved Party and they will inter her in the process.

The AWU’s Paul Howes, a vacuous illiterate Trotskyite, will be entombed with Bill Ludwig as distant memories of utter failures.

Their corrupt NSW friends who colluded with them to enthrone Gillard will be in cells adjacent to O’bied.

If anyone doubts how Gillard cares for our once great country, consider this:
• $11mil gifted to a Hugh Jackman film.
• $23 mil gifted to a version of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
• $400 mil to promote women’s interests in the Pacific.
• $500 mil gifted to Indonesian school projects.
• $1.3 billion in bribes to three Independents.
• $10 billion gifted to the Greens, etc etc.

There is much, much more but compare that profligacy to her consideration for the distraught victims of the Queensland floods... a gift of one million dollars.

And the flood previous? A further tax (a levy). How philanthropic of her.

The dark Communist underworld of a prettified Gillard will soon slink back to its university base to plan its next infiltration of the Labor Party.

Only then will true blue Labor men of honor re-emerge as a legitimate Opposition.

And God knows we will need one.

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Chess .. everybody wins .. we all know who made the first move
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Why did Sagan do it?
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And of course, a nice little surprise today - a photo I took of Alan La from @invincibleworldwide last year is on the front page of Fairfield Advance! This time, they credited me. :,) #surprises #respectphotogs #photolife 
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"Enjoy these final moments of peace." Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 9th starringZachary Quinto
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Designed for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Dragon Eye remote-controlled plane is now helping scientists track poisonous volcanic gas.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3js0
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Myself and hundreds of others have finally finished the Eight Week Fitness Challenge...and we sure didn't need a nanny state government regulator to tell us to do it! Read more in this week's blog: http://www.corybernardi.com/2013/04/a-personal-commitment-to-change.html
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I wonder if they taste any good ?

Jacobin Pigeons ♥ Beautiful ♥
 
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Sunset Rose Design from the new Botanica Collection shown here featured on hand silk screened cushions in a variety of colours - Raspberry, Plum, Chartreuse, Turquoise, Olive and Ivory
Katz Designer Textiles
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CAPTAIN FABULOUS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (10:31am)

As a member of cabinet, Craig Emerson is paid more than $320,000. He’ll retire on a mighty pension. Yet he seems to have something against the fabulously wealthy
What I said in fact is that it is worthwhile having a debate about the fact that fabulously wealthy people are able to get an advantage of paying a 15 per cent tax whereas everyday Australians on ordinary wages, pay 30 per cent or more.
I didn’t set a dividing line. I’m simply referring to the fact that there are fabulously wealthy people in Australia.
Now if we want to have a debate with the Liberal Party as to whether there are or are notfabulously wealthy people, I’m happy to have that.
This is what I say about fabulously wealthy people, god bless their little cotton socks. 
The man seems unhinged. Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin detects desperation: “This is a government that has lost the plot. They are just floundering around trying to come up with a policy that will give them a bounce in the opinion polls.”
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“Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”” -Matthew 20: 17-19
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"He answered him to never a word."
Matthew 27:14
He had never been slow of speech when he could bless the sons of men, but he would not say a single word for himself. "Never man spake like this man," and never man was silent like him. Was this singular silence the index of his perfect self-sacrifice? Did it show that he would not utter a word to stay the slaughter of his sacred person, which he had dedicated as an offering for us? Had he so entirely surrendered himself that he would not interfere in his own behalf, even in the minutest degree, but be bound and slain an unstruggling, uncomplaining victim? Was this silence a type of the defencelessness of sin? Nothing can be said in palliation or excuse of human guilt; and, therefore, he who bore its whole weight stood speechless before his judge. Is not patient silence the best reply to a gainsaying world? Calm endurance answers some questions infinitely more conclusively than the loftiest eloquence. The best apologists for Christianity in the early days were its martyrs. The anvil breaks a host of hammers by quietly bearing their blows. Did not the silent Lamb of God furnish us with a grand example of wisdom? Where every word was occasion for new blasphemy, it was the line of duty to afford no fuel for the flame of sin. The ambiguous and the false, the unworthy and mean, will ere long overthrow and confute themselves, and therefore the true can afford to be quiet, and finds silence to be its wisdom. Evidently our Lord, by his silence, furnished a remarkable fulfilment of prophecy. A long defence of himself would have been contrary to Isaiah's prediction: "He is led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." By his quiet he conclusively proved himself to be the true Lamb of God. As such we salute him this morning. Be with us, Jesus, and in the silence of our heart, let us hear the voice of thy love.

Evening

"He shall see his seed; he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand."
Isaiah 53:10
Plead for the speedy fulfilment of this promise, all ye who love the Lord. It is easy work to pray when we are grounded and bottomed, as to our desires, upon God's own promise. How can he that gave the word refuse to keep it? Immutable veracity cannot demean itself by a lie, and eternal faithfulness cannot degrade itself by neglect. God must bless his Son, his covenant binds him to it. That which the Spirit prompts us to ask for Jesus, is that which God decrees to give him. Whenever you are praying for the kingdom of Christ, let your eyes behold the dawning of the blessed day which draweth near, when the Crucified shall receive his coronation in the place where men rejected him. Courage, you that prayerfully work and toil for Christ with success of the very smallest kind, it shall not be so always; better times are before you. Your eyes cannot see the blissful future: borrow the telescope of faith; wipe the misty breath of your doubts from the glass; look through it and behold the coming glory. Reader, let us ask, do you make this your constant prayer? Remember that the same Christ who tells us to say, "Give us this day our daily bread," had first given us this petition, "Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven." Let not your prayers be all concerning your own sins, your own wants, your own imperfections, your own trials, but let them climb the starry ladder, and get up to Christ himself, and then, as you draw nigh to the blood-sprinkled mercy-seat, offer this prayer continually, "Lord, extend the kingdom of thy dear Son." Such a petition, fervently presented, will elevate the spirit of all your devotions. Mind that you prove the sincerity of your prayer by labouring to promote the Lord's glory.
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Today's reading: Judges 16-18, Luke 7:1-30 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Judges 16-18

Samson and Delilah
One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, "Samson is here!" So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, "At dawn we'll kill him."
3 But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron....

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 7:1-30

The Faith of the Centurion
1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel." 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well....
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Today's Lent reading: Luke 10-12 (NIV)

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Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' 6If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
8 "When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you....'


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