Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thu May 15th Todays News

Some people don't deserve children. I saw a video of a woman beating a baby today. It was confronting and I wanted to do something about the abuse situation. But I was powerless. And the beating went on and on for minute after minute and I couldn't look away or do anything to help. Except if you ever meet the woman involved it is ok to apprehend her in any way possible so as to make her face justice. Babies can't defend themselves. They don't know how to feed themselves, or drink or clean. That isn't their job. Precious Doe was born on this day in 1997. Her short, brutal life ended on April 28th 2001. Her naked body was found near her head which was wrapped in a garbage bag. Her step father had killed her and decapitated her after. Her mother was an accessory after the fact. It wasn't until 2005 that Erica Michelle Marie Green was identified by authorities. Her step father was spared the death penalty. I hope his fellow inmates are told what he did. 

Today is also the birthday of Wizard of Oz writer L Frank Baum, and of Meccano inventor Frank Hornby. Mike Oldfield was born on this day, taking seventeen years to create Tubular Bells. It was the Meccano that nearly claimed my life growing up in the US. I had a set, and wanted to make it really fancy, getting the wheels to turn. But to do that, I needed power. And the power point was the perfect height for me to access it. I knew that metal conducted electricity, so I lay a meccano piece across a power point and for the first time in my life, felt electricity. I didn't hold it for long, muscles contracted at the jolt. The metal piece blackened and sparked. Thank you, Mr Hornby sir. You ensured my education was complete. My mother never knew. 

For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott 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

Happy birthday and many happy returns Angelina Liashenko and Johnny Nam Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years, on which, in 2010, Jessica Watson became the youngest person (3 days before her 17th birthday) to sail unassisted around the world and then dissed Rudd. You don't have to do that. As Pope Leo XIII wrote, also on this day, Rerum Novarum, which means you rock.


Tim Blair – Thursday, May 15, 2014 (12:08pm)

Florida Democrat Joe Garcia is the new Kevin Rudd. He’s also a wax denialist.
(Via tree-hugging sister)


Tim Blair – Thursday, May 15, 2014 (11:38am)

Academic John Quiggin considers Australia’s economic situation: 
… our structural problems can only be addressed if the 1% contribute more and receive less from the government … 
Great idea, perfesser! Let’s start by cutting off the millions in taxpayer grants given to one-percenter John Quiggin: 
Quiggin has received many research grants from the Australian Research Council (roughly the Australian equivalent to the National Science Foundation) and was recently honored with a Federation Fellowship … 


Tim Blair – Thursday, May 15, 2014 (12:58am)

H. L. Mencken, possibly history’s finest columnist, interviewed just a few months prior to the 1948 stroke that ended his career:



Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (5:32pm)

I thought we Adelaide boys were raised to speak nicely. And given one of us is the Education Minister… 

Now Premiers reach for your wallet to replace Abbott’s fake “cuts”

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (9:36am)

WE were promised lower taxes. But the Abbott Government’s Budget risks leaving us not just with its own two tax hikes but a higher GST, too.
Hear that squealing from the states? Watch out for those guys.
The states are now complaining the Abbott Government’s alleged $80 billion in cuts to hospitals and schools over the next decade will just force them to spend more themselves — and raise more taxes, too.

That most likely means the GST going up — the 10 per cent tax that the states share and set, with federal agreement.
(Read full article here.


More taxes as far as the eye can see

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (9:32am)

So much for lower taxes. Terry McCrann:
Higher and higher tax is the only real certainty in Joe Hockey’s first Budget, ostensibly built on slashing spending. Over the four years to 2017-18, tax revenues are projected to leap by just shy of a very neat $100 billion.
By 2017-18 total budget receipts (mostly, tax) will equal 24.9 per cent of GDP — what is essentially, total national income — up from 23 per cent in the current 2013-14 year.
The difference equates to an extra $36 billion of money flowing to Canberra in relative terms. In very clear-cut terms, Hockey gets two-thirds of his deficit elimination from (mostly, secret) higher taxes, just one-third from reduced spending.
Even more strikingly, most of the revenue growth, over and above the normal growth in the economy, will come from rising personal income tax; and a huge part of that will be from the silent but all-too real tax increase of bracket creep.
Over the four years net personal income tax revenues are going to leap by an astonishing $61 billion. All the other taxes, including company tax and the GST — and which right now rake in more than personal tax — will only increase by $38 billion.

Greens help Putin bully Europe

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (9:29am)

THE Green movement has betrayed the West. It’s made Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin stronger and democracies like ours more helpless. Wondered why Europe is doing so little to stop Russia stealing Ukrainian territory?
It’s not just because Europe has let its military forces run down, but because it’s given Russia the power to cut off its heating next winter with a flick of a switch. Ukraine gets half its gas from Russia, which this week warned it could again cut supplies, as it did in 2009. But Russia also supplies all Europe with a third of its gas, giving it enormous leverage.
Germany, Europe’s strongest nation, is particularly vulnerable. It relies on Russia for a quarter of all its energy through imports of gas, oil and coal. Switching suppliers is too hard. Germany lacks the terminals to handle gas shipped from the US and North Sea fields are running low. Gas is also harder to buy since the Fukushima nuclear reactor scare of 2011 — the great beat-up that forced Japan to switch off nuclear reactors and use gas-fired generators instead.
(Read full article here.) 

Who is minding the gate?

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (9:07am)

Who is minding the gate? Is this an example of our refugee intake? If so, is the program operating in the national interest?
From the County Court of Victoria:

Garang Garang you ... have pleaded guilty to two indictments. The first charging you with four offences of obtaining property by deception, one offence of armed robbery and one of attempted armed robbery and the second charging you with causing serious injury intentionally. You have also admitted a number of prior convictions and court appearances.
...the first indictment involves you using a credit card that was stolen a few hours previously in the course of another robbery and your participation in an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery on soft targets, with others.... The second indictment concerns an offence of intentionally causing serious injury upon a Corrections officer who was overseeing you whilst you were in custody…
It will have been extremely difficulty for you to have made the journey that you did from Sudan to Australia via Egypt and to have sought to fit in to the Australian community not just with your background, but with the deficits, the impairments, mental impairments that arose from a series of events which seemed to have caused or contributed to your acquired brain injury and other mental impairments. No doubt they have interfered with your ability to complete your education satisfactorily and also made you more vulnerable to the influences of others who drew you in to use of illicit drugs in particular ice and in to criminal conduct.
It is noteworthy that you have acquired for a young man a bad criminal record with some serious criminal offences including intentionally causing injury and recklessly causing injury, recklessly causing serious injury and armed robbery. The report of Lindsay Vowles suggests ... a very low intelligence quotient ... as low as a full scale IQ of 57 which is extremely low…
Unless you get a good deal of support when you are released from prison I think your prospects of staying out of trouble in the future are poor. You are very fortunate to have people around you who have been prepared to really put themselves out…
I notice looking at the transcript on the proceedings before Her Honour Judge Gaynor in November of 2012 you were arguing with her as to her characterisation of you when she was describing you as dangerous. Within two weeks you poured boiling water over the head of a Corrections officer ...

Police uphold laws, and ethnic groups cannot negotiate a pass

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (8:52am)

It is unhealthy to have ethnic groups privately negotiating with police not to have laws enforced against their members. Another sign that immigration is becoming colonisation:
Key Muslim leaders in Sydney have appealed directly to the man most likely to become the next NSW police commissioner, asking him to back away from enforcing “draconian” laws that make it a crime to support the civil war in Syria.
Current Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas was asked to convey that stark message not only to his colleagues in law enforcement agencies, but to politicians in the federal arena too.
The law in question is the Foreign Incursions Act, which makes it a crime to support the war in Syria by going over to fight, or by providing material and financial support to warring parties…
The highest official of Muslim religious law in Australia, Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, hosted the closed meeting with Deputy Commissioner Kaldas, but has maintained his usual silence on the matter.
There is no evidence Kaldas for a second contemplated not upholding the law as a result of the meeting.
(Thanks to reader Straight Talk.) 

Can we stop appealing to resentment and more to reason?

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (8:41am)

The headline suggests another born-to-rule conservative politician kicking poor pensioners:
What Truss actually said:

Never mind the truth, Los Angeles is doomed

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (8:38am)

Global warming - propaganda


A wild claim from Californian Governor Jerry Brown, reported without any scepticism by the LA Times:
Brown’s remarks came a day after the release of two studies finding that a slow-motion and irreversible collapse of a massive cluster of glaciers in Antarctica has begun and could cause sea levels to rise worldwide by four feet within 200 years.
“If that happens, the Los Angeles airport’s going to be underwater,” Brown told reporters at a presentation of his revised state budget proposal in Los Angeles. “So is the San Francisco airport.”
Really? Anthony Watts checks the evidence - and finds Brown is talking pure moonshine:
Ok let’s do the math, first a look at the sea level rate from the Los Angeles tide gauge operated by NOAA:

...LAX airport elevation is 125 feet = 38100mm
At the rate of 0.83mm/yr sea level rise seen at Los Angeles (from NOAA graph above) it would take 45903.6 years to reach 125 feet, we’d be in a new ice age by then and sea levels would be falling…
So, at current rates, Brown’s claim is bogus.
But he’s saying it will be due to Antarctic’s western ice sheet melting… This study is available here
NASA says of the paper .... 

Even as Rignot and colleagues suggest that loss of the Amundsen Sea embayment glaciers appears inevitable, it remains extremely difficult to predict exactly how this ice loss will unfold and how long it will take. A conservative estimate is that it could take several centuries.
The region contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 4 feet (1.2 meters).
4 feet, and LAX airport is 125 feet above sea level. SFO airport, also mentioned by Brown is Elevation: 13 ft. according to Airnav
NASA even calculates for the worst case scenario:

The Amundsen Sea region is only a fraction of the whole West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which if melted completely would raise global sea level by about 16 feet (5 meters).
So even 16 feet wouldn’t affect LAX airport, but might affect SFO …far in the future.
Governor Brown is in a gross error with his claims.
But who cares? Being an alarmist means you’re never wrong, even when you are.  

Only reckless spendthrifts may wear a nice dress

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (7:36am)

Totally OK from a politician who blew billions of dollars we didn’t actually have:
Ms Gillard attended last night’s event dressed in a black evening gown with lace detailing by Carla Zampatti, accompanied by an evening jacket by Perri Cutten.

Totally callous from the banker wife of a politician now restoring the country’s finances:

The cheap pandering to class-war resentments is appalling. 

Warmists’ threats drive Lennart Bengtsson off sceptic board

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (7:24am)

Warmist climatologist Lennart Bengtsson, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, has become a sceptic and decided to join the advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, representing rational scepticism.
And that’s when the threats and the thugs of warmist group-think got to work on him, proving how dangerous dissent is even for one of the most prominent scientists in the field. Bengtsson has now resigned from the GWPF, saying he even fears for his safety:

I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. I see therefore no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF. I had not expecting such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life. Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy. I would never have expecting anything similar in such an original peaceful community as meteorology. Apparently it has been transformed in recent years.
Under these situation I will be unable to contribute positively to the work of GWPF and consequently therefore I believe it is the best for me to reverse my decision to join its Board at the earliest possible time.
Global warming is a faith policed by an inquisition. If dissent is so dangerous, how can anyone have faith that warmist scientists decide positions on reason alone?
(Thanks to reader pbw.) 

How the Left got taxpayers to fund another Conversation of the Left

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (12:31am)

The Conversation soaks up a lot of money from state institutions:

The Conversation is funded by CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, ACU, ANU, ASB, Canberra, CDU, Curtin, Deakin, Flinders, Griffith, JCU, La Trobe, Massey, Murdoch, Newcastle, QUT, SAHMRI, Swinburne, Sydney, UNE, UniSA, USC, USQ, UTAS, UWS, VU and Wollongong.
A grateful Gillard Government tipped in even more:
The Conversation, run by former Age editor Andrew Jaspan, ... also received an annual effective grant of $2 million a year in the last federal budget.
Its claimed aim:
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
Our team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public.
But Ms X has counted who gets a run on The Conversation and discovers the site is just another taxpayer-funded soapbox for the Left:
Most-published Labor/Greens authors 
Geoff Gallop – 8 articles
Barry Jones – 7 articles
Gareth Evans – 2 articles
Nick Reece (ex ALP State Sec) – 3 articles
Cheryl Kernot – 3 articles
Carmen Lawrence – 5 articles
Maxine McKew – 5 articles
The only regular Right-wing or just not-Left authors they have are Sinclair Davidson and Timothy Lynch. But there’s certainly no litany of ex Coalition premiers, ministers and staffers writing. The bias is clear.

Published in the Conversation


Bob Brown
Melissa Parke
Christine Milne
Maxine McKew
Senator John Madigan - read it, makes very clear he is of the old Left
UK Labour Tom Watson MP – done when in Australia
Steve Bracks
Adam Bandt
Malcolm Fraser – read it, he’s a lefty these days
Mark Scott ABC
Will Steffen

Tony Abbott
Josh Frydenberg
Arthur Sinodinos
Cory Bernardi
Andrew Robb
Ex Fairfax/ABC/lefty journos on staff

Editor Andrew Jaspan – The Age
Managing Editor Misha Ketchell – The Age, ABC, Crikey
Deputy Editor Helen Westerman – The Age
Sunanda Creagh – SMH
Catriona Menzies-Pike – New Matilda
Michael Hopkin – Fairfax (unspecified on his bio where)
Pat Hutchens – The Age/Fairfax
John Watson – The Age
Michael Lund – ABC
Liz Minchin – The Age
The following two are interesting … unis fund these two, but they basically write exclusively for The Conversation. Interesting. I know Grattan does some Uni Canberra work, but it stinks.

Tim Colebatch
Michelle Grattan

The air-brushed Gillard

Andrew Bolt May 15 2014 (12:16am)

Julia Gillard’s new book invites us to make a judgment we’ve made already:
‘I was Prime Minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.’
Some boasts here jar with me - the bits I’ve put in bold:
Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building a national broadband network.
In foreign policy, Ms Gillard ... deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea.... In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life
In order, she actually created a carbon tax that even Labor agrees should go, her health promises were unfunded and unsustainable, the disabilities scheme was unfunded, the NBN is a colossal financial disaster, Indonesian ties were damaged badly by Gillard’s stumbles and her speech actually falsely slimed Tony Abbott as a woman-hater. 



































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Two different Diamond Engagement Rings both handmade in our workshop, one ring features a Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and the other ring features a Princess Cut Diamond

Labor continues to claim that the cause of its broken surplus promise is that revenue has crashed.

But Budget 2013 figures clearly show Labor has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Revenue is up on last year.

Please SHARE this to help refute Labor's false claims.
I get how she is upset. Some of what she suggests is good. But she is going about it wrong. - ed
Written by a 21 year old female.....Make her PM

"The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living"
This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It's her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

Put me in charge . . ..

Put me in charge of Centrelink payments. I'd get rid of cash payments and provide vouchers for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, basic sanitary items and all the powdered milk you can use.
If you want steak, burgers, takeaway and junk food, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicare. The first thing I'd do is to get women to have birth control implants.
Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in military barracks?
You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.
Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried.
If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

Put me in charge of compulsory job search. You will either search for employment each week no matter what the job or you will report for community work.
This may be clearing the roadways and open spaces of rubbish, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you.
We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your dooff dooff stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realise that all of the above is voluntary.
If you want our hard earned cash and housing assistance, accept our rules..
Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin someones "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards those for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Centrelink income you no longer have the right to VOTE!
For you to vote would be a conflict of interest..... If you want to vote, then get a job.

Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON...

I've been pretty vocal this week about my opposition to a referendum to recognise local government in the Constitution. Find out why in this week's blog:
4 her, so she can see how I see her


It is a despicable guy who can't find a good woman .. there are lots .. but a good woman won't be interested in the wrong guy .. and yes, I know that some women are attracted to such .. - ed






It was Chris Pyne debating School funding matters with minister Peter Garrett at MLC Strathfield last night. Chris was at his best exposing the Labor Governments policy on the run.



Johnny Cash – Remember the Alamo
- Music Video -

At this link:
Today (May 15) is the International Day of Families.

"Families hold societies together, and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time. This year’s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family. It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends – and what we can do to strengthen families in response."
Ban Ki-moon



Wayne Swan has just delivered his sixth Budget deficit in a row

Labor’s Budget is in chaos. Revenue is up over $80 billion since the last year of the Coalition government - and spending is up an incredible $120 billion over the same period.

Share this if you agree that Labor’s 2013 Budget shows it cannot manage Australia’s finances.

Upcycling on a grand scale . . . 5,000 cds!!
The installation on a hotel in Madrid was completed by the interior design school Iade. 
Under the title “Cambiando la piel” (Changing the skin), they produced a 12.78m long gecko lizard. According to its creators, “the animal” is searching for the sun’s light and symbolizes renewal, evolution, change, and lives with the garden plants in the hotel lobby.
Why not give this a try at home . . . on a smaller scale!!!

Anytimers Try This Healthy Recipe......

Sweet Potato Egg Cups

Makes 12

- 3 cups raw shredded sweet potato
- salt and pepper, optional
- 12 eggs
- coconut oil


Preheat the oven to 160°C

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin well with coconut oil. Press 1/4 cup of shredded sweet potato firmly into each muffin tin; forming a nest up the sides. Crack 1 egg into each sweet potato nest. Season with salt and pepper, if you like.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs are done to your liking.
20 minutes=softer yolk, 25 minutes=firm yolk

Once you try this tasty treat give us your feedback.




Pink Diamond Ring featuring an Argyle Pink Pear Shape Diamond surrounded by Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
Sin promises more than it can deliver. Takes you further than you want to go. Cost you more than you're willing to pay, and keeps you longer than you want to stay.. Holly

Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet"




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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Psalm 139:13-14
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Joint heirs with Christ."
Romans 8:17
The boundless realms of his Father's universe are Christ's by prescriptive right. As "heir of all things," he is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and he has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heirship which the Lord hath ratified with his chosen people. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory, are, by our blessed Lord, made over to us for our everlasting possession. All that he has he shares with his people. The crown royal he has placed upon the head of his Church, appointing her a kingdom, and calling her sons a royal priesthood, a generation of priests and kings. He uncrowned himself that we might have a coronation of glory; he would not sit upon his own throne until he had procured a place upon it for all who overcome by his blood. Crown the head and the whole body shares the honour. Behold here the reward of every Christian conqueror! Christ's throne, crown, sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, heritage, are yours. Far superior to the jealousy, selfishness, and greed, which admit of no participation of their advantages, Christ deems his happiness completed by his people sharing it. "The glory which thou gavest me have I given them." "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." The smiles of his Father are all the sweeter to him, because his people share them. The honours of his kingdom are more pleasing, because his people appear with him in glory. More valuable to him are his conquests, since they have taught his people to overcome. He delights in his throne, because on it there is a place for them. He rejoices in his royal robes, since over them his skirts are spread. He delights the more in his joy, because he calls them to enter into it.


"He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom."
Isaiah 40:11
Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of his flock draw forth his compassion. It is his office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, he purchased them with blood, they are his property: he must and will care for that which cost him so dear. Then he is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of his glory and reward.
But how may we understand the expression, "He will carry them"? Sometimes he carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are "carried" by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently he "carries" them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.
"He carries the lambs in his bosom." Here is boundless affection. Would he put them in his bosom if he did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and his weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in his bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

Today's reading: 2 Kings 19-21, John 4:1-30 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Kings 19-21

Jerusalem's Deliverance Foretold
When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD. 2 He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3 They told him, "This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that he will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives...."

Today's New Testament reading: John 4:1-30

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John-- 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon....

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