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Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier was a polymath genius. Born 1743, he was rich and well schooled. He became a lawyer, but never practiced. Today, he is remembered as the father of modern chemistry. He was one of the committee of writers who created SI units. And when one is successful, others become jealous. One very bad man was Jean-Paul Marat. Marat was a left wing journalist who denounced Lavoisier as selling adulterated tobacco. Marat was executed soon after by someone who did not sympathise with his rhetoric on human rights, but the smear remained for over a year. On one day, today, in 1794, Lavoisier was branded a traitor, tried, convicted and guillotined. He was guilty of being a genius. 

Another injustice was the Jack Cade rebellion of 1450 against Henry VI. Henry was a weak king and wealthy people got upset at being highly taxed, and losing French Normandy. We don't know much about Jack, who died in the rebellion. The upset rebels went to London and began looting there, just as Occupy protestors do today. The civil war that ensued with Yorkists vying for power with Lancastrians was related to the unrest of such Occupy protests. === 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 https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Allan Maurice TaylorTaylor Rees, Emily NguyenAna Rodas and Carol Lee. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The longer you live, the more you have.
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Pain at pump could backfire on Abbott

Piers Akerman – Thursday, May 08, 2014 (6:16pm)

THE howling outrage over the soon-to-be introduced deficit tax will soon be drowned out if — as seems likely — mums and dads are forced to pay more for petrol after Tuesday’s Budget.

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WA in strife after saving us for so long

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (6:39pm)

Once the boom state propping us up, but now another drag on our future - and a warning:
THE West Australian government’s debt projections show the state sliding deeper into the red, despite revenue raising and cost cutting measures.
The 2014/15 state budget handed down today shows the goal of restoring WA’s AAA credit rating is a long way off, with debt creeping up to $27.5 billion by 2016/17, from $26.9 billion in the midyear economic review.
A whopping $23.7 billion in planned infrastructure projects over the next four years will maintain the need for increased borrowings, Treasurer Mike Nahan told parliament as he delivered his first budget.
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Unemployment still below the expected

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (2:42pm)

Could the economy be going the Abbott Government’s way?
THE unemployment rate has held steady in April against expectations of a rise, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The total number of jobs in Australia rose by 14,200 to a seasonally adjusted 11.573 million in the month, compared to an upwardly revised 11.559 million in March.
The unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent in the month, the same as in March.
Labor last year tipped unemployment to rise this year to 6.25 per cent under its policies. 
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Teresa Gambaro vs the Abbott Government

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (11:13am)

Which party is MP Teresa Gambaro actually a member of?
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This may provide context. From last September, when Abbott appointed his ministry:
Abbott has dropped six members of his shadow ministry: Senator Ian MacDonald, Teresa Gambaro, Andrew Southcott, Don Randall, John Cobb and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who becomes a parliamentary secretary.
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Spy chief: Edward Snowden a Russian puppet who will cost lives

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (9:33am)

Edward Snowden is a traitor:

The longest-serving director of the US National Security Agency says former contractor Edward Snowden has become a Russian puppet and was responsible for the most damaging intelligence breach in history…
General Keith Alexander told The Australian Financial Review Mr Snowden’s theft and leaking of over 100,000 classified documents meant lives would be lost as a result of adversaries being made aware of intelligence methods, and criticised the award of the Pulitzer Prize to newspapers who published the documents…
“At the end of the day, I believe people’s lives will be lost because of the Snowden leaks because we will not be able to protect them with capabilities that were once effective but are now being rendered ineffective because of these revelations,” he said.
“It’s the greatest damage to our combined nations’ intelligence systems that we have ever suffered. The biggest ever. And it has had a huge impact on our combined ability to protect our nations and defend our people.”
General Alexander ... said only a fraction of the leaks had anything to do with Americans’ civil liberties and that he believes Russian intelligence is now “driving” Mr Snowden.
What a shame Snowden’s leaks didn’t blow the whistle on real threats - like Russia’s plans for Ukraine.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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If the problem is too much spending, why are taxes going up?

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (9:09am)


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Government is just too big and growing too fast, and I really believed Tony Abbott’s argument before the election:

...revenue is up 7 per cent this year, it’ll be up 8 per cent next year. The problem is not a revenue problem, the problem is a spending problem.
Yet now:
TONY Abbott is struggling to quell unrest over a “deficit tax” in next week’s budget as his government considers another incendiary revenue proposal: lifting fuel excise for millions of motorists.
As Liberal MPs attacked the “virtual confirmation” of the personal tax increase, the government faced mounting fears it would slug families at the fuel pump.
The Australian understands that officials have canvassed making the first increase in fuel excise in more than a decade and that ministers have not ruled out the reform when confronted with industry concerns about the change. Lifting the fuel excise would rank as one of the most substantial “structural” changes to the budget as Joe Hockey talks of making long-term reforms and his colleagues privately warn of unpopular measures that will overshadow the deficit tax.
Locked in:
CABINET has backed Tony Abbott’s plan to slap a controversial tax on high income earners, “locking” the broken election promise into next Tuesday’s budget.
Despite an election pledge to cut rather than raise taxes, the Prime Minister will introduce the new tax for workers on annual salaries above $150k-$180k in the hope of easing the former Labor government’s debt and deficit legacy.
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Treasurer Joe Hockey tries another excuse:
We went to the last election promising to introduce a levy for PPL so claims that we said we would never introduce new taxes are just wrong.
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Terry McCrann says he still cannot see the categorical election promise Abbott is meant to be breaking:

Commentator after commentator has screeched “broken promise, broken promise” — mostly, without identifying the supposed promise, or occasionally pointing to a Tony Abbott quote which in fact proved there was no broken promise…
The ... normally sensible Sinclair Davidson ... said [Abbott promised] “there will not be any new taxes as part of the Coalition’s policies”.
What Davidson did not point out, was that Abbott had said it, in 2009, before the 2010 election…
The Australian and Sky TV’s Peter van Onselen comes close to equalling Davidson for hysterical idiocy, claiming (yet again) last night that this was the day Abbott “broke his solemn promise that there would be no new taxes”. A “solemn promise” he did not make in the campaign…
But it’s hard to think of a more bizarre shark-jump than Christine Milne and Adam Bandt railing against the outrageous intent of Abbott and Hockey to — temporarily — increase the tax on people earning $300,000, $500,000 and indeed $1 million and more a year…
Then we have idiots like former Liberal leader John Hewson demanding that the Government abandon a proposal that does not break any real election promise — only a Labor-Gallery-crazies mythical one — and substitute instead something that would break a very specific promise. By increasing taxation of superannuation.
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Sinclair Davidson fires back:

Straight from the Lewandowsky school of analysis – people who disagree with you on matters of principle must be mentally ill.
(Thanks to readers Peter of Bellevue Hill and Craig.) 
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It shouldn’t be this hard for a terrorism expert to see Boko Harama and say “Muslim”

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (8:34am)


WALEED Aly is the model moderate Muslim, used by the media to persuade us we have little to fear from Islam but our own bigotry.
His rewards have been great. Once the spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, he is now an ABC radio host, a Channel 10 co-presenter and an Age columnist.
He is even a politics lecturer at Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre, despite having no doctorate and having qualified in engineering and law.
This week Aly showed the style that’s made him such a pet of the establishment Left but a worry to me.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram group last month kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school and its leader announced they were “slaves” he would sell. Two are already said to be dead.
As so often when Muslim terrorists strike, Aly was brought on by Channel Ten’s The Project to explain away our fears as “an expert in terrorism”.
“So who is this group exactly?” he was asked.
(Read full article here.
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Shooting the messenger: Costello under attack

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (8:07am)

Niki Savva on former Treasurer Peter Costello, for whom she once worked:
What some cabinet ministers did find difficult to stomach was Peter Costello’s column in News Corp tabloids on Tuesday… [H]ere was Costello, the man who they had appointed only a few months before to chair the Future Fund at an annual salary of almost $200,000, publicly criticising government policy…
Cabinet ministers slogging away to put the budget together, to do what he did 18 years ago, put the budget back in the black, and in the way he did it, equitably, had one word for the former treasurer… Hypocrite.
For months now, the economic ministers have used Costello’s 1996 budget as a template, particularly one passage that he delivered ... which the Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann, quoted in part yesterday, hinting at the anger they felt.

“...The tightening measures have to be fairly shared. “We ­cannot expect those who rely on pensions and allowances — low-income earners — to bear the cost. So we are asking high-income earners to make a contribution and business to make its contribution, too.”
Costello’s former colleagues ... read with dismay his words, which stepped away from his own budget of ­broken promises while disowning the very measure that symbolised its fairness and gave it its integrity — the superannuation surcharge on higher-income earners.
Inside the government, there was speculation about Costello’s motives: jealousy, ego, relevance deprivation. 
Of course, Costello could have another motive: to get good policy and save the Government from a mistake. 
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Reader A. checks the 2006 Budget tax tables and adds:

Nikki Savva says Peter Costello is a hypocrite for arguing against an increase in the upper marginal tax rates.
Peter Costello cut the top rate from 47% to 45% in the 2006 Budget (see above.) Ms Savva was a Coalition Staffer at the time.
Hypocrisy would be to argue we need a 2% “levy” to reverse that cut. To say rates should stay the same, is called consistency.
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Gillard alerted

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (8:05am)

Let’s finally get to the bottom of this:
THE royal commission into union wrongdoing is alerting Julia Gillard and her one-time boyfriend, disgraced union boss Bruce Wilson, that its hearings will start next week with evidence from a corrupt former AWU official who has confessed to fraud involving a slush fund set up after legal advice from the former prime minister.
Notifications are going out to parties who may be adversely mentioned in evidence from Ralph Blewitt, who returned to Australia from his home in Malay­sia this week to help the royal commission and an ongoing fraud investigation by Victoria Police.
The notifications are being made by the commission’s lawyers to ensure that people have the chance to seek to be legally represented at public hearings.
Gillard and Wilson both deny any wrongdoing. 
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Occupy movement cost the 99 per cent

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (7:56am)

Protesters wanting more money for the poor and for the environment have instead fed lawyers and left a mess:
OCCUPY Melbourne protesters who shut down the city and vandalised buildings have left the public with a million-dollar bill in legal fees and clean-up and other costs.
Documents obtained by the Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws reveal the public cost of protesters suing the city council, police and the State Government in legal action that ultimately failed.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was outraged authorities had won in court, but the public still had to pay.
The City of Melbourne has paid over $554,000 to Hunt & Hunt Lawyers since 2011 after activists Sara Kerrison and James Muldoon sued, claiming the arrest and eviction of Occupy Melbourne protesters had been illegal.
Council had to spend an extra $71,000 on emergency barricades and to clean up the area and remove graffiti.
And we actually fund these guys - to help the poor, we thought:
Fitzroy Legal Service, The Human Rights Law Centre - both partly government-funded - and top barrister Ron Merkel, QC, took on the case.
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Imagine a world led by the socialists who shut down Q&A

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (7:52am)


HERE’S how to judge protesters: what would our country look like if they were in charge?
Conclusion: worry about the ones who shut down the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday.
Want to be led by dictators?
Q&A was again loaded against conservatives from the start. It had just two conservatives against four from the Left, including host Tony Jones.

Jones claimed the studio audience, at least, was balanced, with 47 per cent backing the Coalition, 38 per cent Labor and 9 per cent the Greens.
But the audience vetting had again been rorted. Two of the first three pre-screened audience questions came from members of Socialist Alternative, a fringe Marxist group.
Their aggressive certainty was matched by contempt for those they disagreed with.
(Read full article here.) 
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Langton demonstrates the danger of what she recommends

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (7:08am)

Free speech, The politics of race

Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton says she’s against the Abbott Government’s plan to reform the Racial Discrimination Act because, among other things, it means Australians could get away with unconsciously being racist:
[Under the reforms] the point of view of the vilified group is no longer rele­vant in determining whether an act is reasonably likely to ­offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group if the act is done because of the race, colour, or national or ethnic origin of the other person, or of some or all of the people in the group. The repeal bill proposes to replace the present provisions of the RDA with the wording: “Whether an act is reasonably likely to have the effect specified in sub- section (1)(a) is to be determined by the standards of an ordinary reasonable member of the Australian community, not by the standards of any particular group within the Australian community.’’
This could allow normative rac­ism to be the standard by which allegations of racial or ethnic vilification are judged. Many Australians are simply not aware of when they are being racist.
Here are some Australians who had no idea they were being racist until Langton, a member of a “particular group within the Australian community”, declared they were:
It strikes me that Langton is not at all fussy in labeling people as “racist” - a cheap-shot and plain nasty way to dodge arguments. She’s accused Germaine Greer, for instance, of racism:


RACISM and the highly evolved strategies that some white Australians use to dismiss, obstruct and trivialise Aboriginal people are like a virus: just when you think you have inoculated yourself against it, another version of the attack hits you when you are unprepared. Germaine Greer’s astonishing attack on me in her slight essay, On Rage, struck me as one of these mutant attacks. It is a cleverly disguised but nonetheless racist attack on Aboriginal people.
She’s done it to Tim Flannery:

ABORIGINAL academic Marcia Langton has accused former Australian of the year Tim Flannery of holding a racist belief that indigenous Australians are ‘’enemies of nature’’.
How quick she’s been to play the racism card:

[Prominent Labor lawyer Josh] Bornstein tweeted, “Tim Flannery is racist and all black fellas are budding mining magnates. Did I get that right, Marcia Langton?”
Professor Langton replied: “No stupid, you didn’t.”
After he commented on her “mild and unimaginative abuse”, the Melbourne University professor snapped back, “Doodums. Did the nig nog speak back? ...”
And this is plainly false:
Section 18c is not a restriction on the freedom of speech, and has not limited the very robust public debates in Australia.
Two of my own articles have actually been banned under that law, as Langton well knows, stifling debate on people of mixed “racial” or ethnic ancestry publicly identifying with just one of those “races”, making them eligible for certain positions, assistance or benefits. 
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Giving in to class war

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (7:01am)

Judith Sloan on the Abbott Government’s proposed deficit tax:
What is the government doing? We know that higher-income earners already pay virtually all the income tax. The top 25 per cent pay more than two-thirds of the tax take. The top 10 per cent pay close to 45 per cent. Obviously, the government doesn’t think this heavy lifting is heavy enough.
These top earners — and don’t we want everyone to aspire to be a top earner through education, hard work and risk-taking? — have already suffered through losing the private health insurance rebate. Most top earners send their children to private schools, saving the taxpayer along the way.
They look after themselves and their families with very little assistance from the taxpayer, but somehow it is seen to be fair that they should further shoulder the burden of repairing the budget.
But, let’s face it, the sums of money being quoted by the government are not huge — maybe an extra $2 billion over four years. This is not because the higher marginal tax rate will not slug higher-income earners; it is simply the case that there are not very many of them.
The Government is not waging class war. It is doing the next worse thing: pre-emptively giving in the class war it expects from Labor. It does not want to defend “the rich”. 
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Chinese company claims Palmer used its cash for his campaign

Andrew Bolt May 08 2014 (6:44am)

Clive Palmer spent big on an election that gave him the balance of power in the Senate. Now there is a court battle over an alleged source of those funds:
CLIVE Palmer’s private company Mineralogy has been accused of wrongfully siphoning more than $12 million from his Chinese business partners, with some of the funds allegedly used to cover political expenses for the costly federal election campaign by his Palmer United Party.
The Federal Court in Perth was told yesterday that there were “serious questions” about the unauthorised use of large sums of money that Chinese-backed CITIC Pacific had put aside in a bank account for the operation of a port at its Sino Iron mining project in Western ­Australia....
Mr Palmer .... did not respond to questions from The Australian about the court ­proceedings.
The lawyer acting for CITIC, Andrew Bell SC, told the court that some of the money had been used to pay thousands of dollars to a PUP candidate, as well as taxi travel costs for party officials to attend the scrutineering of last year’s Senate vote count…
More than $12m was transferred out of the account in two transactions of $10m and $2.16m last August and September, with Dr Bell saying no invoices or ­remittance advice had been ­produced in relation to the two transfers.
The transactions occurred shortly before the federal election, when the PUP was fielding candidates throughout Australia and running a massive advertising campaign. Mr Palmer claims to have spent between $10m and $12m on the federal election…
Among those allegedly being paid with the CITIC funds was Vimal Sharma, a Mineralogy executive who was an unsuccessful candidate for the PUP in the West Australian seat of Cowan…

An affidavit sworn in Brisbane by a solicitor for CITIC, Bruce Wacker, ...  stated that two cheques totalling $12,167,065 were described by Mineralogy as “being for purported ‘Port management services’, however, no documentation has been ­disclosed in support of these ­payments’’....
The millions of dollars in funds had been set aside by CITIC to cover the day-to-day expenses of operating, ­maintaining and repairing ­facilities at the port at Cape ­Preston used by the Sino Iron project.
But CITIC told the court that Mineralogy did not currently oversee those functions, and questioned how Mineralogy could have accrued more than $20m in administration costs over three years given it was playing no material role at the port. 
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G’day fellow tax payers,
The battle in Bondi between the so called “great mates” Packer & Gyngell, was enough to make me really scratched me head and wonder how anyone who would resort to such basic instinct barbarity, could ever have achieved the power & influence that they currently have. Both men are doing a great jobin their businesses in my opinion but I still can’t see how enemies of this ilk let alone GOOD FRIENDS? could ever be involve in a public brawl???
The event did hold a resemblance though to two other close friends having a public brawl just a day later. When Peter Costello so publicly stated that this purposed budget levy was nothing more than politics and would raise no real money to deal with the ALP’s legacy of debt, well it surprised me again. I would have thought that the countries greatest recent Treasurer would have keep such an opinion to himself considering it was his student, from his team, going in with this plan. I guess the old adage is true, “with friends like this who needs enemies.” 
I’m not a member of the Libs so I will say this much, I agree entirely with Costello. Regardless of who pays such a tax (it seems likely that it will be geared towards the most wealthy), it just will not raise enough revenue to even barely address the 12 billion dollar annual interest bill, let alone the capital debt,…. SO WHY DO IT?
I will attempt to answer my own question with this point and that is it is better to do something than nothing and as long as it doesn’t lower economic confidence of put strain on the low earning Aussies, it is still a revenue stream. Hmmmm, sure but I am anti TAX and all about less spending, smaller Government and just like my opposition to the needless Abbott PPL scheme, saving money and not wasting it. Encouraging consumer spending and job growth is what I voted for.
It’s early days still and I am confident that the Budget next week will not be as frightening as those on the Left would have you believe but I do think that this Debt Levy will appear is some form and on it’s own it just another useless tax in my humble opinion. The PPL is wasteful welfare (My Mum had three sons with no handouts and she managed to keep her job until retirement, so why now?). If The PM wants to save money then close down the Department of Climate Change, stop wasting money on such generous foreign aid and make public grants much harder to get. Make the States accountable for their GST spending so that they are building more Hospitals, Roads, Schools etc and not another Art Gallery, Wildlife Reserve or bloody bike lane!!!
Politically speaking I am worried about the lack of trust this levy would result in minds of an already cynical public and not just for the Coalition but for all politicians in general.
Godspeed
Zeg
Freelance Editorial Cartoonist/Caricaturist
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A newly discovered dome-headed, dog-size dinosaur suggests that small dinos were more diverse than paleontologists have realized.http://bit.ly/15nIBGX

Here, a reconstruction of the dome-headed dinosaur Acrotholus audeti, which means "high dome," by Julius Csotonyi.
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The motion to recognise the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocide just passed the house unanimously. The Premier Barry O'Farrell just thankedAndrew Rohan, Liberal for Smithfield for his efforts to have the Genocide recognised. This is a historic day for the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek communities in Australia and world-wide. Thank you Premier Barry O'Farrell. - Zaya Toma
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I am pleased to stand here today and speak in support of an important motion that was unanimously passed by this House, which recognises the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocide by the Ottoman Empire between 1918 and 1923.

I thank the Premier of New South Wales, the Hon Barry O’Farrell MP for moving this motion. I thank him on behalf of my constituents;

I thank him on behalf of every victim of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocide and their descendants; and

I thank him on behalf of every activist for Genocide recognition around the world that has demanded history record the truth and that justice be done.

In my inaugural address to this house, I recalled that:

My journey into this place started in the summer of 1918 when my father was just a teenager and my mother a young child.

They and their families were among 90,000 Assyrian Christian refugees fleeing their ancestral homeland to escape persecution.

My parentsand the other refugees were fleeing from the Ottoman Empire to escape what would later be known as the "Armenian, Assyrian and Pontic Greek Genocide".

By the graceof God my parents survived, for the reason they were protected, and protected by none other than an Australian soldier.

LieutenantGeneral Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED, at that time a28-year-old captain, was selected to join "Dunsterforce", an elite task force assigned to resupplying the Assyrians fighting in Persia.
Unable to complete the task due to the fall of Urmia, he persuaded his British commanderthat he should stay back with the remaining refugees.

For six weeks, Captain Savige used all the means at his disposal to protect the refugees against the perpetual onslaught of the Ottoman forces. Reasoning that the Turkish commander would concentrate on killing him before harming the refugees, he strategically placed his command at the rear of the refugee procession and deliberately drew enemy fire.

By offering his command as a target, even though he was outnumbered one hundred to one, Captain Savige managed to slow the enemy advance long enough for most of the refugees to flee.

This act of courage and self-sacrifice was far beyond what was expected of a junior officer in the field.

Captain Savige was subsequently decorated with the Distinguished Service Order for his efforts.

Australian journalist, historian and official war correspondent, Charles Bean, wrote:

The stand made by Savige and his eight companions that evening and during half of the next day against hundreds of the enemy thirsting like wolves to get at the defenceless throng was as fine as any episode known to the present writer in the history of this war.

My parents survived the Genocide because of the heroic actions of Sir Stanley George Savige and as the Member for Smithfield; I pay tribute to him again today in this House.

During the First World War more than 750,000 Assyrians together with 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Greeks were murdered by the Ottoman Empire forces in an attempt to cleanse the land of all the Christian minorities from Turkey. This was the first genocide of the twentieth century.

Mr Gulseren Celik, the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, recently wrote to all Members of Parliament to condemn a motion recognising the Assyrian, Armenianand Greek Genocide in the NSW Legislative Council by the Hon. Rev Fred Nile MLC.

Mr Celik doesn’t have to take my word for this account of the Genocide. It comes from the official records of the Australian War Memorial.

I ask Members of this House, why was Stanley George Savige, an Australian soldier given a Distinguished Service Order for protecting refugees from the Ottoman forces?

Why did the refugees need any protection from the Ottoman forces?

Why were the Ottoman forces targeting un-armed, defenseless refugees in the first place?

Madam Speaker, I needed no better reason than this to support the motion, which recognised the Assyrian, Armenian and Pontic Greek Genocide. - Andrew Rohan
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Tomorrow’s hearings on Benghazi will define the Obama presidency if the truth is finally allowed to be told. I encourage everyone to tune in and hear the revelations that are long overdue. We’ll also see whether the president’s reliable lapdog cheerleaders in the media will continue to cover up for him and in so doing disgrace their profession. The following link is to something I posted way back on October 25th of last year asking questions that we should have had answers to long ago.

- Sarah Palin
There are many questions about the Benghazi attack that Americans deserve answers to. It’s been too long an “investigation” and too tragic for the families of lost loved ones for the White House and its friends in the media to ignore these questions:

- When and why did the YouTube trailer of the anti-Muhammad movie surface as any kind of credible reason for the attack?

- Where is the proof that that video was linked to Benghazi? It’s a weak excuse to claim some supposed rumored link between Benghazi and the attacks on our embassy in Cairo. Benghazi was very different. “Spontaneous” protestors don’t come armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

- What was the President’s response to the previous Benghazi embassy attacks in April and June? Why did officials ignore the requests for beefed up security to protect Americans after these attacks?

- Why did the Obama Administration assume a YouTube video was the reason for the Benghazi attack but not all the evidence to the contrary from the postings and emails that circulated that night in real time as the attack took place and Americans were being killed? And why weren’t those emails disclosed until this week?

- Why did the Obama administration spend our tax dollars to make and air television ads that ran in the Middle East apologizing for the YouTube video when they had so much credible evidence that it was nothing but a red herring?

- How much did President Obama know about this? In an interview he gave to CBS News on September 12, President Obama alluded to the fact that the Benghazi attack was not—as his U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials were characterizing it—a “spontaneous” protest triggered by the Cairo embassy attack and the video. He told CBS News in that interview, “my suspicion is that there are folks involved in [the Benghazi attack] who were looking to target Americans from the start.” If he suspected this then why did he allow his administration to continue blaming the attack on the YouTube video? And why didn’t CBS News call him out on this when his comments in their interview with him, which they didn’t air until a month later, belie the administration’s YouTube narrative?

Someone in the media must demand answers. Until the media does its job to give us the Who What Where When and Why of this cover-up, there will be even less trust for this “cornerstone of our democracy” – if less trust and respect for the media is even possible today. We sincerely want to be able to trust the media. We need to be able to trust them. Their job is so important, and we appreciate all the good journalists in America. Our troops fight to protect all our freedoms including the freedom of the press.

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Celebrate Jerusalem day with us and share the truth with your friends

Today is the anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from its Jordanian occupiers.

In the 1948 war of Israeli independence, Jerusalem was occupied by Jordan, and its Jewish holy places were desecrated.

The Holy Western Wall became a garbage dump, and for 19 long years, no one was allowed to pray there.

In 1967, in the 6 day war, Israel preempted an attack by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and with the grace of G-d, Jerusalem and the Western Wall was liberated- We pray on this day that it will never be taken from us and desecrated again!

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I love god and praise him by respecting the validity and truth of science. Not Global warming rubbish, but real science which shows the Earths age as billions of years, Dinosaurs existing millions of years ago and which has never disproved God. *shakes head at propaganda of those who deny science and so apparently, despise God* - ed
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It is an unfair comparison. Toddlers grow and become mature. Automated customer service is perverse.
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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all."
Matthew 12:15
What a mass of hideous sickness must have thrust itself under the eye of Jesus! Yet we read not that he was disgusted, but patiently waited on every case. What a singular variety of evils must have met at his feet! What sickening ulcers and putrefying sores! Yet he was ready for every new shape of the monster evil, and was victor over it in every form. Let the arrow fly from what quarter it might, he quenched its fiery power. The heat of fever, or the cold of dropsy; the lethargy of palsy, or the rage of madness; the filth of leprosy, or the darkness of ophthalmia--all knew the power of his word, and fled at his command. In every corner of the field he was triumphant over evil, and received the homage of delivered captives. He came, he saw, he conquered everywhere. It is even so this morning. Whatever my own case may be, the beloved Physician can heal me; and whatever may be the state of others whom I may remember at this moment in prayer, I may have hope in Jesus that he will be able to heal them of their sins. My child, my friend, my dearest one, I can have hope for each, for all, when I remember the healing power of my Lord; and on my own account, however severe my struggle with sins and infirmities, I may yet be of good cheer. He who on earth walked the hospitals, still dispenses his grace, and works wonders among the sons of men: let me go to him at once in right earnest.
Let me praise him, this morning, as I remember how he wrought his spiritual cures, which bring him most renown. It was by taking upon himself our sicknesses. "By his stripes we are healed." The Church on earth is full of souls healed by our beloved Physician; and the inhabitants of heaven itself confess that "He healed them all." Come, then, my soul, publish abroad the virtue of his grace, and let it be "to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off."

Evening

"Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."
John 5:8
Like many others, the impotent man had been waiting for a wonder to be wrought, and a sign to be given. Wearily did he watch the pool, but no angel came, or came not for him; yet, thinking it to be his only chance, he waited still, and knew not that there was One near him whose word could heal him in a moment. Many are in the same plight: they are waiting for some singular emotion, remarkable impression, or celestial vision; they wait in vain and watch for nought. Even supposing that, in a few cases, remarkable signs are seen, yet these are rare, and no man has a right to look for them in his own case; no man especially who feels his impotency to avail himself of the moving of the water even if it came. It is a very sad reflection that tens of thousands are now waiting in the use of means, and ordinances, and vows, and resolutions, and have so waited time out of mind, in vain, utterly in vain. Meanwhile these poor souls forget the present Saviour, who bids them look unto him and be saved. He could heal them at once, but they prefer to wait for an angel and a wonder. To trust him is the sure way to every blessing, and he is worthy of the most implicit confidence; but unbelief makes them prefer the cold porches of Bethesda to the warm bosom of his love. O that the Lord may turn his eye upon the multitudes who are in this case tonight; may he forgive the slights which they put upon his divine power, and call them by that sweet constraining voice, to rise from the bed of despair, and in the energy of faith take up their bed and walk. O Lord, hear our prayer for all such at this calm hour of sunset, and ere the day breaketh may they look and live.
Courteous reader, is there anything in this portion for you?
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Today's reading: 2 Kings 1-3, Luke 24:1-35 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Kings 1-3

The LORD's Judgment on Ahaziah
After Ahab's death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, "Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury...."

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 24:1-35

Jesus Has Risen
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8Then they remembered his words....



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