Sunday, June 08, 2014

Sun Jun 8th Todays News

Laws that are not well directed and efficient can be silly and counterproductive. One wonders why they were ever needed, and what they achieved. On this day in 1984, homosexuality was declared legal in NSW. It seems an outrageous invasion of privacy that it had not been. Note, it wasn't declared mandatory, it is something consenting adults can do .. or thanks to ALP government regulations, consenting children. Still, gay children are unlikely to become teen moms so it becomes apparent the ALP have put some thought into their legislation. For NSW the age of consent is 16, but in enlightened ACT is can be 11 under certain circumstances. On this day in 1953, the US supreme court declared it illegal to refuse to serve black patrons in restaurants in Washington DC. It is difficult to understand the restraint behind the declaration. Apparently it is illegal to lynch bigots. What about outside DC, eh Supreme court? If someone won't serve black people, I don't wish that they profit. 

On this day in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 was published, but also the FBI named Hellen Keller as being a communist. Keller can be forgiven her activism .. she was deaf and blind. Orwell had no excuse. Keller could not see or hear what communists were doing around the world. Orwell was excusing it. 

George Pell was born on this day. I like him, he serves God. It is nice to devote ones self to organisation and order, but as the Vikings showed at Lindisfarne on this day in 793, order can be upset by the use of force. It had been the first of many Viking incursions on English soil. Interesting, according to legend, Rollo, brother to the raiding chief, was an ancestor of todays Queen of England. 

In 1789, on this day, James Maddison presented what is now known as the Bill of Rights, allowing the Supreme Court to act in 1953. But five years later, Robespierre introduced to France the cult of the Supreme Being, a state approved religion. He had never read Marx, so the FBI would have classified him a socialist. But he was deaf and blind to reason. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Lý Thành Tuấn and Gary Renouf. Born on the same day, across the years. A day in which, in 1856, descendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers settled on Norfolk Island, an abandoned British penal colony. In 1959, the U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero fired a Regulus cruise missile, equipped with US Post Office Department containers, in an attempt to deliver mail via rocket. I guess rocket delivered mail is now routine. And you have had more than enough time with those Tahitian women. Enjoy the day.

Matches
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Obama’s trade off kowtows to terrorism

Piers Akerman – Sunday, June 08, 2014 (7:03am)

LAME duck US President Barak Obama has dramatically increased the danger faced by all Allied troops, including Australians, in Afghanistan with his weak-kneed kowtowing to Taliban militants.
In agreeing to release five extremely dangerous top Taliban commanders held for eminently good reason at Guan-tanamo Bay for US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whose colleagues claim is a ­deserter, Obama has violated one of the basic principles in the war on terror — never negotiate with terrorists.
His unmitigated stupidity will be cheered by terrorists globally because it has handed them a potent new weapon.
Undoubtedly Obama, whose rise to the presidency relied solely on vacuous hopey-feely oratory and the harnessing of anti-racist guilt, thought that recovering Bergdahl would be regarded as a political triumph akin to the 1981 release of 52 Americans who had been held hostage by Iran for 444 days, even as incoming President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address.
Outgoing President Jimmy Carter had been elected by voters with the same mindset as those who elected Obama and was just as great a failure to the nation and the world.
Back then, yellow ribbons were tied to trees and fences across the US as a constant reminder of the plight of the hostages as Carter hamfistedly attempted to bring about their release.
So, too, during the five years Bergdahl, 28, has been held by his captors have yellow ribbons festooned the small Idaho town of Hailey, where Bergdahl grew up and took fencing and ballet lessons ­before joining the military.
Less than a week after the town woke to the news of his release last Saturday, plans for a public celebration were cancelled in the interest of public safety. The town feared that the protesters would have outnumbered those who welcomed Bergdahl’s release; and with good reason.
Whatever White House ­advisers may have thought, those who served with Bergdahl regarded him as a ­deserter whose decision to walk into alone into the wilds of Afghanistan and connect with the Taleban led to the deaths of a number of US servicemen.
They don’t want to see him returned as a hero, as Obama had planned, they want to see him brought home in handcuffs from the military hospital in Germany where he was taken after his release and placed on trial.
Even former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was opposed to the deal which Obama agreed to after she left office. She wanted to impose strict conditions on the release of the Taliban commanders before agreeing to anything.
She made it clear she didn’t trust the Taliban or the Haqqani terrorist network in Pakistan which was holding Bergdahl.
Her former aides say she may never have agreed to the deal even if the Taliban ­accepted her terms.
The US director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, rejected out of hand the ­release of the Taliban captives because he believed there was too high a risk the commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against the Americans and their allies.
But the gut-wrenching ­reaction from those who actually served with Bergdahl and knew him best hangs on the fact that Obama and those around him have lied about the soldier to justify their position.
Not since Obama’s disgraceful failure to ensure the safety of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, who died in Benghazi after the consulate was attacked by Islamic militants, has his administration attempted to avoid the truth.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed Bergdahl “served the US with honour and distinction” after the ­announcement of his release.
What he did, according to a man in his unit, was to walk off the base on June 30, 2009, “with a compass, a couple bottles of water and two knives and his journal. His exact ­intentions may never be known, but he willingly walked off Outpost MEST and was ­secured by enemy forces not long after”.
Because of his action Bergdahl was designated a DUSWUN (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown), triggering a huge search and rescue operation in which numerous men were killed by the Taliban.
On Independence Day, 2009, just days after his disappearance one of those trying to find him, recalls “the enemy took advantage of Bergdahl’s capture and attacked numerous outposts that morning.
“Combat Outpost Zerok was almost overrun, multiple soldiers were wounded and PFCs Justin Casillas and Aaron Fairbairn lost their lives fighting that day. That is an ­Independence Day I will never forget for sure.”
Obama has now ensured that Taliban commanders will view every American and every Allied soldier as a bargaining chip as the war winds down, unresolved.
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Ryan gone with the wind

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:53am)

It is certainly not a comment I endorse or would have made, but if this is the biggest scalp in the battle against racism we must have taken a detour:
Warren Ryan has sensationally handed in his resignation to long-time employer ABC, ending an association with rugby league that has stretched over five decades.
Ryan and fellow commentator David Morrow had been stood down pending an investigation into allegations he made a racist remark ... during the call of the recent Sydney Roosters-Canterbury match…
“The ABC has suspended me pending an investigation, so I have resigned to save them the trouble of conducting it,” Ryan said.
“...As for the injustice done to David Morrow in standing him down, he wasn’t even listening when I was comparing a blow-up on the field between the ref and a player to a scene in the film Gone with the Wind.
“David was busy retrieving other sports results from his smartphone…
“The word used to describe the character was a direct quote from the film. There was no offence intended, so I won’t be apologising. It would be insincere.
“Furthermore, there is no appeasing those who are determined to be offended. So that’s it....”
ABC management stood the veteran callers down after Ryan was heard to say: “ ‘There’s a line in a movie where the old darky says, someone says, ‘quittin’ time’.
‘’He said, ‘it’s not quittin’ time, I say quittin’ time’. Then he yells out ‘quittin’ time!’
‘’In other words, you mustn’t do that, that’s our job.’’
Morrow is being investigated over why he found the commentary humorous.
Again, I do not like the comment. That said, Ryan seems to have handled this with some grace and dignity - moral qualities in too-short supply.
As for being investigated for finding something humorous… A world run by Ryans would seem safer. 
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And then there’s Turnbull

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:46am)

James Massola divides the Liberals into their various camps, stressing that all are loyal to Tony Abbott:
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Palmer twice as popular as Greens in Queensland

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:36am)

Clive Palmer’s rise is an indictment of the Australian voters - and the media figures who have treated Palmer as just harmless entertainment:
The ReachTEL poll of more than 1800 Queenslanders, conducted on Thursday night after another day of brawling between Mr Palmer and the Government and two days after the State Budget, found PUP would take 13.6 per cent of the first preference vote, behind the LNP’s 40.9 per cent and Labor’s 34 per cent.
About 5 per cent of respondents said the Greens would get their first preference while the Katter party, which has three MPs in State Parliament including two elected under the party banner in 2012, was relegated to the “other” category which only attracted 6.3 per cent of first preferences.
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The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:05am)

On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.
Clive Palmer: the most dangerous man in Parliament.
My guest:  Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm, the man who could help Tony Abbott break the Palmer grip.
The panel: former Labor advisor Cassandra Wilkinson and former Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger. Plus a message to Malcolm Turnbull.
On NewsWatch: Hedley Thomas on how Palmer was spun - and could be unspun. And the AWU slush fund scandal becomes a story the media cannot ignore.
Plus Barack Obama’s amazing surrender.
The videos of the shows appear here.
UPDATE
Jamie Briggs insists the unnamed Liberal who talked of tricking the Nats was certainly not him. And the story is wrong besides.  
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If it isn’t about giving to others, it is about taking for yourself - ed
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Big birthday wishes also go to Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan.
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Dreaming of a holiday away from the cold? One bite of our exotic Chocolate Cinamon Babka will transport your senses.
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After the election Julia Gillard walks into the unemployment office.
She bypasses the queue and marches straight up to the counter and says, "Hi! I want to apply for the dole, I hate being on this welfare government pension and I'd much rather have a job but I have looked everywhere and just can't find anything."
The clerk behind the Centrelink desk says, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who needs a chauffeur/bodyguard for his two twin 35 year old Lesbian daughters. You'll have to drive them around in his Mercedes to their Fabian Society meetings, but he'll supply all of your clothes. You'll have a three-bedroom apartment above the garage. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort his daughters on their frequent overseas holidays to Tahiti and the Bahamas. The starting salary is $250,000 a year".
Julia Gillard says, "No way misogynist, you've got be lying to me???"
The Centrelink officer says, "Yeah, well ranga, you started it"...

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A sunset worth capturing! Taken a few months ago while teaching an Aperture Academy workshop. 
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Finish this Dr. Phil quote: The best predictor of future behavior is ______ ________
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DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices After Releasing an Alarming Story on President Obama!
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Kerry quietly approves $1.3 billion in arms to Egypt

US secretary of state waives congressional restrictions on aid meant to promote democratic reforms -The Times of Israel 
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Pastor Rick Warren
Great opportunities are often disguised as small acts of service.
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C. H. Spurgeon's status.
If your persecution were to cease, it might be the worst thing that could happen to you.
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The evidence keeps mounting against global warming extremism.

Award-winning NASA climate scientist Dr. Roy Spencer posted this graph which shows 73 climate computer models projecting a warmer Earth than real world observations from satellite and weather balloons show. 

Share this important information with everyone who needs the facts on global warming (including delegates to the UN climate conference in Bonn):http://www.cfact.org/2013/06/06/no-one-told-the-un-conference-that-theres-been-no-warming-for-16-years/

Details from Dr. Spencer at: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/
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Mo Gelber
When I see lovers' names carved into a tree I don't think it's cute, I just think it's strange how many people take knives on a date.
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Mare Island, CA. Shot along with my friend Miguel.— at Mare Island.
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Hezbollah-backed Syrian troops seize central villages: Assad’s forces face little resistance as they press on with an offensive on the country’s opposition heartland. 

Read more at http://toi.sr/16PEJz9
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Holly Sarah Nguyen
God desires for us to be at peace. Dismiss, destroy and cancel anything that disturbs your peace of mind. You were not supposed to live life in a miserable state of mind. I pray that God releases his joy, strength, divine favor, abundant blessings and sweet peace upon you even at his very hour. Amen.
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June 8Pentecost (Christianity, 2014)
Thomas Blamey
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“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:2,4 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Ye that love the Lord hate evil."
Psalm 97:10
Thou hast good reason to "hate evil," for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer's tender invitations. Sin turned thy feet into the way of death, and poured poison into the very fountain of thy being; it tainted thy heart, and made it "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." Oh, what a creature thou wast when evil had done its utmost with thee, before divine grace interposed! Thou wast an heir of wrath even as others; thou didst "run with the multitude to do evil." Such were all of us; but Paul reminds us, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." We have good reason, indeed, for hating evil when we look back and trace its deadly workings. Such mischief did evil do us, that our souls would have been lost had not omnipotent love interfered to redeem us. Even now it is an active enemy, ever watching to do us hurt, and to drag us to perdition. Therefore "hate evil," O Christians, unless you desire trouble. If you would strew your path with thorns, and plant nettles in your death-pillow, then neglect to "hate evil:" but if you would live a happy life, and die a peaceful death, then walk in all the ways of holiness, hating evil, even unto the end. If you truly love your Saviour, and would honour him, then "hate evil." We know of no cure for the love of evil in a Christian like abundant intercourse with the Lord Jesus. Dwell much with him, and it is impossible for you to be at peace with sin.
"Order my footsteps by thy Word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear."

Evening

"Be zealous."
Revelation 3:19
If you would see souls converted, if you would hear the cry that "the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord;" if you would place crowns upon the head of the Saviour, and his throne lifted high, then be filled with zeal. For, under God, the way of the world's conversion must be by the zeal of the church. Every grace shall do exploits, but this shall be first; prudence, knowledge, patience, and courage will follow in their places, but zeal must lead the van. It is not the extent of your knowledge, though that is useful; it is not the extent of your talent, though that is not to be despised; it is your zeal that shall do great exploits. This zeal is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: it draws its vital force from the continued operations of the Holy Ghost in the soul. If our inner life dwindles, if our heart beats slowly before God, we shall not know zeal; but if all be strong and vigorous within, then we cannot but feel a loving anxiety to see the kingdom of Christ come, and his will done on earth, even as it is in heaven. A deep sense of gratitude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking to the hole of the pit whence we were digged, we find abundant reason why we should spend and be spent for God. And zeal is also stimulated by the thought of the eternal future. It looks with tearful eyes down to the flames of hell, and it cannot slumber: it looks up with anxious gaze to the glories of heaven, and it cannot but bestir itself. It feels that time is short compared with the work to be done, and therefore it devotes all that it has to the cause of its Lord. And it is ever strengthened by the remembrance of Christ's example. He was clothed with zeal as with a cloak. How swift the chariot-wheels of duty went with him! He knew no loitering by the way. Let us prove that we are his disciples by manifesting the same spirit of zeal.
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Ahimaaz

[Ăhĭm'aăz] - a rascal, powerful brother or my brother is counselor.
  1. Father of Ahinoam, Saul's wife (1 Sam. 14:50).
  2. A son of Zadok the priest, who kept David informed of Absalom's revolt (2 Sam. 15:27, 36; 17:17, 20).
  3. One of Solomon's officers, responsible for the monthly supply of victuals for the royal household (1 Kings 4:15 ).
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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 28-29, John 17 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 28-29

Ahaz King of Judah
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD. 2 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and also made idols for worshiping the Baals. 3 He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree....

Today's New Testament reading: John 17

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
"Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began...."
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Rachel Olsen
June 7, 2011
Soul Mates
Rachel Olsen
"People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall." Proverbs 10:9 (NLT)
She was single and had been at peace with that ... until his words stirred up feelings of loneliness and longings for affection. He was married with children.
Here she was a Christian who suddenly found herself in desperate need of clarity and support. She was falling into an emotional affair and wanted to talk with me about it.
A former boyfriend contacted her out of the blue. At first it was a fun blast from the past to hear his voice and find out what he was up to. But it didn't take long before he confessed he had been thinking about her, missing her.
He told her his marriage wasn't doing well, and hinted that he longed to be with her again. Sure enough, feelings of attraction bubbled to the surface of her heart. My friend said she and this man had not reconnected face-to-face, but they were reconnecting voice-to-voice, mind-to-mind, and heart-to-heart through the computer and phone.
Have you ever had the feeling someone else is really meant to be your soul mate?
Once someone pledges themselves to another in marriage before God, they essentially become soul mates. "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together." (Mark 10:7b-9 NLT)
Years ago I witnessed a woman begin an emotional affair with a man she "had more in common with" than her husband. Never mind the fact that she had her school-aged children in common with her husband. She was eventually confronted by members of her church, but did not end the relationship. She is divorced today.
We have to be honest with ourselves and with God. Jesus said we can commit adultery in our minds (Matthew 5:28); we can also commit an affair in our hearts. Plus, an emotional affair is often just the beginning stages of a physical one.
My friend struggling with this is single, but the man she's falling for is not. This isn't just a "married women's issue." We all have to guard our hearts. The Bible says they are the wellspring of our lives.
If you are in some type of affair now, I urge you to end it. Stop feeding that addiction. Run quickly from sexual immorality. Change your phone number, your email address and your daily routine if necessary to avoid him. Thankfully, my friend stopped speaking with her temptation.
If you are not entangled in this presently, guard yourself from falling into the trap. Be alert to slippery slopes. Don't go trolling the internet to check on past loves. Beware confiding anything too personal, especially your marriage woes, to members of the opposite sex - find a female friend or counselor to talk to instead. Have an accountability partner periodically ask you how you're doing in this area. And if you are married, invest in your marriage.
Finally, let's turn our attention to the One who is Love (1 John 4:8) and who knows our hearts better than anyone else can. Let's draw near to Christ who is truly our souls' mate. We can safely satisfy our hearts in His.
Dear Lord, strengthen my friends to do what is right. And help me keep pure - mind, heart, body and soul. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Continue the conversation on this topic with Rachel at her blog, and enter there to win a copy of her book It's No Secret: Revealing Divine Truths Every Woman Should Know.
Application Steps:
Read Jesus' words to a woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11.
Invest in your marriage - these marriage books are helpful resources.
Reflections:
Am I guarding my heart?
Am I inappropriately flirting?
What is the current intimacy level in my marriage? In my relationship with God?
Power Verses:
Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (NIV)
Hebrews 10:22, "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water." (NLT)
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