Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Judy Garland was an amazing talent, truly blessed, but she died tragically and young. Not too young so that the world was not aware of her talent. Her last performance she was sozzled and heckled by the audience. She delivered in reply what witnesses described as her greatest rendition of "Somewhere over the rainbow." She might not have been a good mother, but she had children. One needs to listen to others, but it is important that others aren't too enamoured in what they see they can't connect. I realised that today as I went to participate in a work for the dole scheme. I love work. I need to work. It has hurt me not being able to. But I was surrounded by people who did not share that enthusiasm. They wanted to be paid more for their effort. But it was raining, and so rather than physical effort I've been enlisted into a certificate 2 scheme familiarising me with computers. Not Macs, but old XP Windows systems. It is good to work with things that weren't meant to. I can't fail. It is Judy's birthday today. I wish her every joy. 

It is a privilege to be given authority. But if you aren't a good person, you make bad choices, and Pol Pot was not a good person. But he was highly privileged. After his murderous government was faced with being removed from power from his northern stronghold on this day in 1997, Pot ordered the killing of his defence chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family. Son was not a good man either, he was a equivalent to Rudd, negotiating with UN until his disgusted compatriots finished him off. So many dead, so much had been given. So unworthy was the trust. Today, while I had a trainer talk continuously for four hours about himself, I was reminded of the reeducation camps those communists adore. 
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

Happy birthday and many happy returns to those born on this day, across the years, along with 

Big nanny is watching you

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (7:38pm)

NOWADAYS, thanks to double ­demerit points, long weekends seem to be the best way to lose your licence. 

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Multiculturalism at work

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (8:26pm)

British multiculturalism - and a demographic experiment that cannot be reversed:
Conservative Muslim school leaders in Britain’s second city, Birmingham, conducted an “organised campaign” to impose faith-based ideology on their pupils, Education Secretary Michael Gove says.
Clashes between Muslim governors and non-Muslim senior staff had led to a “culture of fear and intimidation” in which some head teachers felt forced to leave their jobs, leaving those remaining free to impose a narrow curriculum, the minister said on Monday.
Mr Gove was reporting the findings of two investigations into allegations of an Islamist plot to take over the leadership of state-funded schools in Birmingham with the intention of imposing a religious agenda.
(Thanks to reader Allan and many others.) 

Gillard a victim? The real victims were the voters who trusted her

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (5:01pm)

Clinton knows this for a fact? Can she give for-instances of this outrageous sexism against a woman who actually became prime minister - and perhaps isn’t exactly the victim she pretends?
Hillary Clinton has leapt to the defence of Julia Gillard, saying in her new book that the former prime minister suffered ‘‘outrageous sexism’’.
Mrs Clinton, whose book Hard Choices covers her time as US secretary of state, wrote that ‘‘women in public life still face an unfair double standard”.
Even leaders like former prime minister Julia Gillard of Australia have faced outrageous sexism which shouldn’t be tolerated in any country,” Mrs Clinton wrote.
Nothing Gillard suffered by way of abuse and prejudice comes remotely near what the Left is heaping on Tony Abbott. Gillard should grow the hell up and accept her downfall was all her own work. Had she not been so catastrophically bad and deceitful, she would be prime minister still.
But I guess that explains these boo-hoo appeals to pity. 

Faine is right to raise the question. But let’s not pretend he’s unbiased

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (11:37am)

The AWU scandal

ABC boss Mark Scott keeps claiming that the Leftist bias of almost all his presenters does not matter because they’re professionals. They are impartial.
What deceptive nonsense.
Take ABC Melbourne host Jon Faine.
- He has played down or largely ignored the AWU slush fund scandal involving Julia Gillard.
- He has fudged incriminating details.
- He dismissed the allegations - now being investigated by Victoria Police and a royal commission into union corruption - as ”a house of cards”.
- His belligerent and hostile interviews of journalists Michael Smith and Mark Baker, who uncovered many details of the scandal, have been criticised by the ABC as lacking “due impartiality”.
Today, Faine, who has given so little detail about the allegations against Gillard and her former boyfriend, AWU official Bruce Wilson, devotes much of his show to trashing her accusers instead, reading pages from a statement prepared for the royal commission by Wilson last week.
In that statement, Wilson claims he was threatened and offered $200,000 to reveal the dirt on the scandal. He says this was offered to him by Harry Nowicki, a former union lawyer writing a book about the case. (Faine insists he is not saying these claims are true. Nowicki says Wilson made up these claims.) The statement concedes Nowicki allegedly demanded Wilson go to the cops. Faine also reports Wilson’s claims that whistleblower Ralph Blewitt, his former partner in the slush fund, faked a medical condition for a pension.
- attacks the royal commission as “intensely political”.
- refers to the royal commission as an investigation into “skulduggery”, declining to use the word “corruption” in its title.
- says Wilson’s claims, if true, “destroy the credibility of many of the witnesses the royal commission seeks to rely on”.
- dismisses allegations against Gillard reported by the media as just a “relentless” campaign of “innuendo and speculation”.
- demands the royal commission investigate the Wilson claims he asserts are beyond its terms of reference.
In response I’d note:
- the claims, if true, are significant but not decisive. Several of the more important sources for the claims in this case include people not allegedly offered money by Nowicki.
- Nowicki is not accused of urging anyone to lie. As I understand him, he was instead eager for the truth to come out, as he understood it.
- many of the media reports which have been so damaging to Gillard in this matter have not been mere “innuendo and speculation”. They include legal documents, an interview conducted by Slater & Gordon partners with Gillard, and bank records.
- offering money to people to tell the truth is unwise but should not affect the ability of a good royal commission to sift truth from falsehood.
- Faine is relying on a document prepared by the person allegedly central to slush fund and the alleged rip offs. Wilson may have a vested interest in making these claims.
- Faine has not read from any of the other witness statements.
- Faine has not made the same this-is-explosive-if-true exposition of any other claims made regarding this scandal which actually go against the credibility of Wilson or Gillard.
- Wilson’s statement is not one week old yet it is given to Faine, presumably on the understanding that he will be sympathetic to the case it makes.
Faine is perfectly entitled to raise this story. He is perfectly entitled to doubt there’s much to the AWU scandal. He may even be proved right in his judgment.
But my point is this: Faine is biased. In a commercial broadcaster this would be no sin. But for Mark Scott to claim that the bias of his presenters does not manifest itself in the way they do their job is a fraud.
Whoever gave Faine that statement plainly does not believe what Scott suggests.
Watch the royal commission live from 10am here.
And note: Julia Gillard says she did nothing wrong and did not know what Wilson actually did with the slush fund she advised him in creating. She says she did not benefit from the slush fund. Wilson denies doing anything wrong.
The denials:
Melbourne lawyer Harry Nowicki has angrily dismissed the claims of former union boss Bruce Wilson that Mr Nowicki offered him money in return for implicating Julia Gillard in the Australian Workers Union corruption scandal....
Mr Nowicki ... said he had only ever offered to pay for Mr Wilson to stay in a Melbourne hotel in order to allow the former AWU boss to review documents dealing with the allegedly corrupt activities of Mr Wilson and fellow former AWU official Ralph Blewitt in the 1990s.
Mr Nowicki confirmed that he had arranged for media agent Max Markson to meet Mr Wilson to discuss the prospect of Mr Wilson selling his story to a media outlet.
‘’I arranged for Max Markson to attend. He is an expert in clients selling stories to the media. And Max Markson, Bruce and myself had a long conference exploring whether he would tell the truth on national television,’’ he said…
But he dismissed as a ‘’desperate rearguard action by a conman’’ the allegations about alleged financial incentives, which Mr Wilson has claimed were offered to him if he falsely implicated Ms Gillard in the AWU scandal…
It is understood that Mr Wilson’s statement has not yet been tendered to the unions royal commission, which resumed on Tuesday…
In the statement, Mr Wilson also said he had raised his concerns about the financial offers from Mr Nowicki to veteran investigative journalist Bob Bottom, who lives in the same town as Mr Wilson.
Mr Bottom told Fairfax Media that Mr Wilson had raised these concerns with him but that Mr Bottom could not say if they were true… ‘’I was concerned that Wilson may have used my name to give himself credibility,’’ Mr Bottom said.
The counsel assisting the commission says copies of Wilson’s statement were given to those witnesses who might need to respond to it - and to their legal representatives. He gave as examples the AWU and Slater & Gordon.
Bottom line: we are asked to judge the relative credibility of two men, former friends and partners. One voluntarily confesses to police to having been a fraudster and implicates the other. The second man insists there was no fraud and his ex-friend is a crook. I’d say that without knowing anything else one of the two is inherently more credible.
Oddly enough, counsel assisting the commission takes a different view to Faine:
FORMER union official Bruce Wilson — the ex-boyfriend of Julia Gillard — should face criminal charges for conspiring to create sham invoices to justify secret payments running to hundreds of thousands of dollars, a royal commission has been told. 

Counsel assisting Jeremy Stoljar SC told the royal commission into union corruption that evidence had established that Mr Wilson conspired with his then Australian Workers’ Union sidekick, confessed bagman Ralph Blewitt, to create a slush fund called the Workplace Reform Association in 1992 for the purpose of issuing false invoices to the Thiess construction company in Perth.

The association was meant to provide safety services to Thiess — but Mr Stoljar said it did not engage in any genuine work… Ms Gillard had a role in helping Mr Wilson set up the Workplace Reform Association by providing legal advice, although she insists she did nothing wrong.
In a 1995 formal interview Slater & Gordon’s head partner, Peter Gordon, Ms Gillard admitted that she thought the association was a union “slush fund” for election purposes but said she had no knowledge of its actual operations and did not play any role in the fund after providing legal advice to help set it up…
It was confirmed, Mr Stoljar said, that money from the slush fund was used to partly fund the purchase of property in the Melbourne suburb Fitzroy in Mr Blewitt’s name. The house was lived in by Mr Wilson when he moved from Perth to Melbourne to head the AWU’s Victorian branch in 1993.
Ms Gillard had no personal financial interest in this property, but she attended the auction with Mr Wilson and was involved in the drafting of a power of attorney document giving him the power to bid for it. She also arranged the conveyancing work.
On a second point, about which the commission heard there remained “factual controversy”, Mr Stoljar said evidence would be heard that money from the slush fund was also used to pay for renovations on another Melbourne house in Abbotsford owned by Ms Gillard.

Leave scheme could have been a better promise to break

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (9:50am)

Not very surprising:
TONY Abbott has been told his paid parental leave scheme faces defeat in the Senate, with enough rebel Nationals and Liberal sen­ators prepared to vote against the proposal to ensure its demise.
The Australian has confirmed that senior ministers have conveyed to the Prime Minister that Nationals senators Ron Boswell, Barry O’Sullivan and John Will­iams would vote against the PPL scheme in the upper house… Liberal senators Dean Smith from Western Australia, Cory Bernardi from South Australia and Ian Macdonald from Queensland have previously expressed public reservations about the scheme, which provides six months on full pay to new mothers.
With 39 votes required to pass legislation in the Senate, five ­Coalition senators failing to vote in favour of the scheme would ­ensure its defeat. The Coalition has 34 senators in the current Senate and would need the support of the nine Greens, who have indicated they will negotiate, to pass the PPL in the face of opposition from independent Nick Xenophon and DLP senator John Madigan.

The new journalism: report anonymous Twitter graffiti you like and dress it up as important

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (8:05am)

How the Left hates, Media

Another example of lazy room-of-mirrors journalism, where what some of the usual no-account Leftists predictably blurt out on Twitter about Tony Abbott is treated as news by fellow Leftists in the mainstream media - simply because it fits the preferred prejudice:
Once again, the example comes from the Sydney Morning Herald, which devotes a whole article to this:
Mr Abbott was the talk of Twitter yet again on Monday for a minor slip of the tongue during an official visit to Canada. Or is that Canadia?
Strip the report to its essentials and we have the Sydney Morning Herald making a story of the opinions expressed on an insignificant slip by people identifying themselves as Coalition Tea Lady (identity unknown), Queen Nuggy Llas (506 followers) and Josh Taylor, some journalists on the little-known Left-wing technology ZDnet website.
Their opinions are worth newsprint? 

Plibersek the Nigella no-friends of warming politics

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (7:59am)

Journalists bought this ill-advised sledge from Labor foreign affairs spokesman Tanya Plibersek, who days later is proved hopelessly wrong:
“Australians have to worry that [Tony Abbott will] be embarrassing us on the world stage,” she told reporters in Sydney…
Plibersek said the rest of the world was moving forward on climate-change action but Abbott was a “Nigel no-friends” on the world stage.
Is the shadow foreign minister calling the Canadian Prime Minister a “Nigel no-friends”, too?:
TONY Abbott and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have dismissed the need to escalate action on climate change in response to a new US edict to cut carbon emissions, insisting their own plans do enough to tackle the problem…
Both leaders, who are seen as “like-minded” conservatives on climate and other issues, emphasised the risk of going too far on climate change in ways that would destroy jobs and growth…
Mr Harper bluntly warned that no country would take action that hurt jobs no matter what it said in global councils on climate change targets…
“No country is going to undertake actions on climate change, no matter what they say, that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country.
“And we are just a little more frank about that, but that is the approach that everyone has.”
Is Plibersek the Nigella no-friends of international politics?:

Harper, speaking of positions that Abbott has taken as this year’s chair of the G20 group of nations, commended his Australian counterpart for encouraging other countries “to boost economic growth, to lower taxes when possible and to eliminate harmful ones, most notably the job-killing carbon tax.” 

Top 10 dud predictions from global warmists. Plus a few more…

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (7:23am)

Global warming - dud predictions

Steven Goddard draws up a list:
Ten climate forecasts which demonstrate that the world’s leading government climate experts have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.
His list:

NASA’s top experts said that burning fossil fuels would trigger an ice age…
Snow is a thing of the past…

Arctic ice free by 2000…
New ice age coming…
Manhattan underwater by 2008…
Arctic ice free by 2013…
Antarctica will soon be the only place to live…
Skiing is doomed…

Six degrees warming by 2020…

Arctic ice-free by 2014...
Here are 10 top dud predictions from a longer list I’ve put together for a book to be published by the IPA.
(Thanks to reader Old Fellah.) 

More boat people have left than arrived under Abbott

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (7:19am)

You can be certain this would not have happened under Labor:

In what is being described as a turning point in the Abbott government’s pledge to shut down the people-smuggling racket, the total number of asylum seekers either in detention or detained in the community has begun to go backward for the first time in six years.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection figures confirmed a total 1127 people, who the Abbott government considered illegal entries, had been returned to their country of origin since September 18…
This now outnumbers the total number of arrivals since the start of the government’s controversial border protection policy, which peaked at 1111 before the flow of boats was brought to a halt.

Claim: union official paid painters at Gillard’s home

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (7:12am)

Sure, the claims now go back nearly two decades, but Julia Gillard’s denials were made as Prime Minister:
PAINTERS employed by Julia Gillard to help renovate her home were paid in cash by an Australian Workers Union official, Bill “the Greek” Telikostoglou, according to a former union employee.
Wayne Hem, who worked for the allegedly corrupt AWU official Bruce Wilson, the boyfriend and client of Ms Gillard, a salaried partner at Slater & Gordon lawyers in the 1990s, has made the claim to the royal commission into union corruption…
According to the evidence, Mr Telikostoglou, a heavily built AWU “enforcer” at the time, said to Mr Hem “that he had to go to this house to pay some tradesmen”. Mr Hem is expected to testify that in his presence at the Abbotsford house, Mr Telikostoglou, who was once described by Ms Gillard as a “big Greek bullshit artist”, handed an envelope to one of the painters doing work there…
Mr Hem has told The Aus­tralian of a separate transaction in which he paid $5000 in cash into Ms Gillard’s bank account on Mr Wilson’s instruction in 1995.

Julia Gillard has said she paid for her renovations herself. She says she did nothing wrong and did not know what Wilson actually did with the slush fund she advised him in creating.
Watch the royal commission live from 10am here

Palmer accused

Andrew Bolt June 10 2014 (7:05am)

The LNP should have reported this earlier, but better late than never:
CLIVE Palmer offered to drop all litigation and claims against the Queensland government in ­return for favourable treatment for his proposed $8.4 billion coal project in the state’s north as part of a “settlement” the government believes would have amounted to corruption if accepted.
The remarkable settlement document, released to The Australian yesterday by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, will be examined by the Crime and Misconduct Commission as part of an assessment of potential “official corruption” under the Criminal Code.
It is the latest salvo in an escalating fight in which Mr Palmer is accused of starting the Palmer United Party to wreak revenge after being rebuffed in attempts to “bribe” and “buy” Premier Campbell Newman’s government…
Under the terms of the ­document, Waratah Coal would agree to “discontinue all current litigation” against the government and release the government from all claims Waratah had in ­relation to the China First Coal Project — an $8.4bn project involving coalmines, a 450km rail line and port operation in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
In return, Mr Seeney and Mr Newman would have been required to bypass normal environmental and economic approval processes, effectively giving Mr Palmer’s project a golden rubber-stamp…
Waratah, which is wholly owned by Mr Palmer’s Mineralogy, also demanded an effective immunity for the company, Mr Palmer and their related parties from any “future offences” against the Criminal Code for three years.
Palmer denies the claims.
Mike Willesee unmasks Clive Palmer and clueless politicians:

BEHIND the painted face of a clown you may find a serious man. So when Clive Palmer invited me to fly to Boston with a team from the Seven Network’s Sunday Night , I readily accepted…
Palmer was a no-show ... The excuses started: ... When I met him at his Coolum resort on the Sunshine Coast, the deceit would become full-blown...I have been criticised for exposing [Ricky Muir] to a television camera, but in editing he was comparatively protected.
My first question to him was what he wanted to achieve for motorists in the Senate. He told me he wanted to be able to customise his car. When asked how the Senate could help him do that he whispered that he could not answer the question…
As to the claim that we sneakily filmed [Palmer’s] conversations with some of his team: we miked them up and placed them behind me so as to be in shot.
Muir: “You being recorded right now?”
Palmer: “Don’t have a problem … yeah, I’m being recorded.”
Sneaky? Not possible.
My conclusion: behind the painted face I found more paint.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 











Hajnal Ban[edit]

Can some more editors please keep an eye on this page? An editor is repeatedly adding claims that Ban has ties to far-right organisations, cited to an Australian article that doesn't actually remotely support the things claimed. The Drover's Wife (talk) 09:45, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. Will add Hajnal Ban to watchlist. --Pete (talk) 22:31, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Just had a look. Who is the editor you say is repeatedly adding these claims? Are you talking about User:WWGB? If so, you are incorrect. The source indicates that the Australian Tea Party supports Black/Ban, but as you rightly point out she hasn't admitted it. --Pete (talk) 22:43, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
No, if you look at the edit history WWGB had an edit conflict trying to fix a grammatical error that led to the stuff being re-inserted. This has actually been sitting on the page since at least March 2012, and the editor involved appears to be User:Ddball, who has been editing the page ever since. The statement is very clear that she "openly acknowledges" being backed by them, which is not remotely supported by the source. They did back her, yes, but I'm far from convinced that is notable since she does not appear to have acknowledged them in any way. Frickeg (talk) 23:24, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
What Frickeg said. The editor is also making claims about Ban having ties to the Australian Defence League, which is a considerably nastier organisation than the "Australian TEA Party" and doesn't seem to be mentioned in the source at all. The Drover's Wife (talk) 00:13, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, that was my take. It doesn't seem to be an ongoing issue though? --Pete (talk) 03:04, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
The ADL and the Australian Tea Party are the same organisation. Under the leadership of David Goodridge the Australian Tea Party was created to tap into the US political funding cycle .. which is something he told me in a phone conversation while he was trying to recruit me. The issue is neither here nor there, Hajnal came out as the most senior member of that party having been elected. The ADL is a brother organisation to the ADL in the US which is from the EDL .. and BNP .. Those details are not in the article, but truths which Goodridge goes to great pains to obscure. The article should correctly position Hajnal's politics and connection to the far right party .. note, the EDL in UK style themselves occasionally as conservative too .. it doesn't make it true. ADL/Tea Party politics are reactionary anti immigration and opposing cultural pluralism while conservative politics is not. DDB (talk) 08:03, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
But, even if that were all true, none of it is supported by the source you were citing. For something as controversial as this, it is even more important to have accurate, reliable citation, especially on a BLP. Your own experience is all well and good, but not a reliable source, as I'm sure you're aware. If you can find a reliable source indicating all of that, then, maybe, if it can be established as notable, we could think about including it. Frickeg (talk) 08:12, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
The fact is fact and I am at arms length to the subject and the issue. I know neither Hajnal nor deal with the ADL/Australian Tea Party. The article was made with Hajnal's permission/cooperation. It was a puff piece at a time when the group were hoping to leverage support and the court case seems to be relevant only to her. My sole aim with the edits was to be encyclopaedic and accurate and precise. It is a wilful mislabel to cal Hajnal conservative .. she is not. Maybe Hajnal does not endorse the realities of the Australian Tea Party .. that is almost certainly true even if she were trying to adhere to their extremist dictates. I have no hidden agenda here and will happily ignore the page from now on. However, I respectfully point out it neither wrong, nor biased, to accurately portray the public position of a public figure. DDB (talk) 09:27, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
It is basic wikipolicy to cite a reliable source. If an editor uses their own personal knowledge, it is Original Research and may not be used. Especially not in a BLP. Anything unsourced is subject to immediate removal. --Pete (talk) 09:30, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Quite. Not to mention it's hardly a public position if there's no reliable source for it. Frickeg (talk) 09:36, 10 June 2014 (UTC)












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Clint Eastwood Explains Chair Speech, Says Hollywood Conservatives are Intimidated (Video)


The acting icon gives a bit more insight into his accidentally iconic RNC speech, and speaks about the quiet conservatives in show business.

Larry Pickering

Esmail is a 22yo Iranian man. His family of four is considered middle class. His father, who works as an engineer for an Iranian oil company, decided to move his family to Australia but first Esmail had to get there using the services of an Indonesian people smuggler. This is how Esmail did it.

Esmail’s father had located a phone number in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was told to transfer $US10,000 to an Indonesian bank account and, once received, Esmail was to go by bus to Kabul where he would be met by a Pakistani man who would arrange for his passport and ID.

The cost of the ID would be $US3,000 and Esmail would need another $US4,000 for air fares and $US500 for his own expenses. He must take only a minimum of belongings.
All was arranged.

Esmail was met at the Kabul bus terminal and was taken by car with four other men to Jalalabad, close to the Pakistan border.

There, in a dirty office and along with the other men, Esmail was photographed, given a different birthdate (he didn’t understand why until later, but for now he would be 19). His new ID details were sent to Peshawar in Pakistan.

Esmail was then told that he must wait in Jalalabad until his passport was processed.

Ten days later the Pakistani man bundled Esmail and 14 other men of different nationalities into a van and drove over the border to Islamabad in Pakistan where Esmail gave the Pakistani $US4,000 for his airfare.

All the men were left at a staging point while the Pakistani man went to purchase the airfares. Soon the men were being driven to Islamabad airport and they were talking excitedly about the boat trip.

At the airport they were all given their new passports and air tickets and were told they would be landing in Bangkok, Thailand, where they would wait two hours in a transit lounge before flying to Jakarta where they would be met by an Indonesian man. All went as planned.

The first thing the Indonesian man did was collect all the passports. They were told they would be leaving without any ID. (Esmail understood the passports were sent back to the Pakistani forgers for reprocessing using different photographs.)

No-one complained as they were now completely at the mercy of the smugglers.

From Jakarta they were driven south for around four hours to a small coastal town and parked at another staging point where they were told some of them would be leaving the next day. Esmail was one of those who departed in the morning.

The sea trip was uneventful. The cramped boat stank of fumes and the toilets became blocked after a few hours. Fifty or more people, mostly men, took turns at cooking rice and bits of chicken soaked in salty water, much of which finished up overboard as half the occupants were seasick.

Esmail lost count of the days but the boat was soon being escorted to Christmas Island where he was interviewed for two hours and sent to a detention area.

A week later he was flown to Darwin where he was again interviewed, issued with a bridging visa, and flown to Melbourne.

Esmail is now on the Gold Coast, Queensland, sharing a flat with four bridging visa holders. He now has permanent residency and is studying English at school. He cannot work due to his poor English and intends to go to Griffith University next year.

He says he has no interest in Islam but claims he attends a local mosque (only to improve his English he explains). He has applied to have his family accepted under a family reunion provision but believes this may take years, if at all.

Now, I can’t say everything Esmail told me is true but one thing is certain, the level of sophistication in people smuggling has grown exponentially since Rudd dismantled our borders.

The route that Esmail took is just one of the many well-oiled ways for an illegal immigrant to get to Australia.

The pre-Abbott rush with the inevitable loss of life is set to continue and, interestingly, it appears that these passports are not chucked overboard as we have been told, but are returned to Pakistan for recycling.

I wonder if our insulated Canberra politicians understand what is really happening out there.







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Take a tour of the world’s apparently robust supply of statues, buildings, and temples–and witness the surprising grandeur of dilapidation.

1. Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy

(Italian: “Il Cristo degli Abissi”) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus, of which the original is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2.5 metres tall. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.


Real Hollywood Heroes: The Gunny on Obama


“I think we should rise up, and we should stop this administration from what they’re doing because they’re destroying this country.” R. Lee Ermey

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A memorial ceremony was held Thursday, 6 June 2013, on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem for Yonatan Netanyahu, who fell during the 1976 operation to rescue the hostages in Entebbe.

Members of the Netanyahu family, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and security establishment heads attended the ceremony.

The brothers Benjamin and Ido Netanyahu recited Kaddish at Yoni's grave.

Ruth Gross spoke on behalf of the hostages: "Thirty-seven years have passed since the hijacking to Entebbe, since you Yoni have no longer been with us. You are no longer with us but your legacy and that of your comrades lives on with the next generation. You gave us life and we gave life to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO


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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/


Simple .. some metals like Gold are easily acquired in natural form .. no metal work needed .. ed

Merle Haggard – The Fightin’ Side Of Me
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By Larry Pickering

The true believers are preparing to take their punishment on the chin. All are aware that Gillard is about to lead them into oblivion, and there’s not a damned thing they can do about it.

Is it loyalty to their dying heroine? Not really. The factions can be ruthlessly disloyal when it suits but they have stuffed up big time this time.

Union factions, who decide the structure and future of the ALP, have led their Party to the most frustrating political dilemma in history and the blame rests squarely with Ludwig, Carr, Shorten and to a lesser extent, Howes.

When the unions’ Left and Right called a temporary truce to bestow a socialist Left woman of criminal background and limited ability with a Prime Ministership it could only ever have ended in tears... but the tears are not shed by her. It is we the people who are crying for her removal.

Of course Shorten is pivotal in the Gillard dilemma. It was he who organised her anointment. The factions are now saying to Shorten, “You got us into this mess, Bill, now you damned well get us out of it!”

But does anyone seriously believe that good little Bill will organise the reinstatement of the despised Rudd?

Okay, so polling shows Rudd might save three front benchers. The truth is he can’t save anyone. Rudd would simply force a regurgitation of all that is historically wrong with this Labor Government.

The LNP has a vault of advertising material ready to run that would make cat’s meat of Rudd, including what his own Party says of him: “A psychotic megalomaniac”, and much more.

The factions might also consider that the focus of this election campaign will be illegal immigration and thousands of drownings.

And who was responsible for dismantling our borders? Oh yes, I remember now, it was the good ol’ recently well-fed Rudd.

His busloads of staged backslappers in shopping malls across marginal seats merely grate on Gillard. They have no electoral significance.

Six weeks of Coalition advertising would condemn Rudd to a worse electoral liability than Gillard. More Labor seats would be at risk.

Even Shorten isn’t that stupid... well, maybe he is that stupid because Labor’s powerbrokers rarely consider recent history.

Like Rudd, there was another Labor PM who was unceremoniously knifed in Office. People showed outrage and this time they weren’t busloads of paid backslappers.

Hundreds of thousands filled the capitals’ streets to declare their allegiance to the assassinated one. It seemed the whole nation was in outrage.

But when the nation came to vote it was jolted by massive memory recall. The reasons why this PM was killed off became crystal clear, the nation voted accordingly, and it was a Labor wipeout.

Could the assassinated Rudd’s chances be any different? Not really, but they could be much worse.

Whitlam was a statesman who had presence, vision and unfinished reforms to attend to. Rudd is an earwax-eating grubby public servant with a nasty history and women's hands who craves attention... and his Party detests him.

At least Whitlam’s Party was steadfastly behind him and even that wasn’t enough to attract the electorate. What hope does Rudd have to save some furniture? Zero and none.

Common sense dictates Rudd should never be reinstated but this is an ALP run by intellectually challenged unionists who have never entertained common sense.

If I was Abbott I would be wetting my pants with excitement at the prospect of a Rudd return... and if I was Shorten I would be shitting my pants at the very thought of it.



This is typical of Hanson's bigotry .. she also opposed the Pacific Solution which actually worked until Gillard/Rudd weakened it. I don't blame people for wanting to come to Australia. I blame a bad government for putting in place bigoted murderous policy under the guise of compassion. - ed

  • John Tran her solutions are over-simplified repeats of what Liberals will do.

  • David Daniel Ball Worse, like the independents, Gillard and Rudd who claimed to be conservative before election, Hanson is not conservative .. give her power and she will behave stupidly. She did that before.

  • David Daniel Ball Jon writes like a Hanson supporter, not a Liberal supporter ..

  • David Daniel Ball ws that would probably love to be here and fit in quite well yet we don't defend our country from known criminal que jumping scum. I have been a strong lib supporter for a long time and yes I will vote for Pauline she is great and I think she will fit in well in the senate and will protect the things that I am concerned about. Go Pauline. But my supporting Pauline has fuck all to do with my views>

  • David Daniel Ball That last was his response to my observation. He was supposed to argue it, not prove it
Holly Sarah Nguyen
 Dear God, Thank-you for the valleys, for without them I would not recognize the blessing of the mountain.
Holly Sarah Nguyen
If you feel that you have wasted your life, Jesus can take the fragments that are left and make sure nothing is wasted. (John 6:12)
Pedophiles are bad .. as are those who behave like them but might not be. - ed

went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.
Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”
But I didn’t. I squelched myself. As I always bite my tongue when I meet little girls, restraining myself from my first impulse, which is to tell them how darn cute/ pretty/ beautiful/ well-dressed/ well-manicured/ well-coiffed they are.
What’s wrong with that? It’s our culture’s standard talking-to-little-girls icebreaker, isn’t it? And why not give them a sincere compliment to boost their self-esteem? Because they are so darling I just want to burst when I meet them, honestly.
Hold that thought for just a moment.
This week ABC news reported that nearly half of all three- to six-year-old girls worry about being fat. In my book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, I reveal that fifteen to eighteen percent of girls under twelve now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s next top model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, successful college women say they’d rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cosmetic surgery, leaving behind two teenagers. This keeps happening, and it breaks my heart.
Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.
That’s why I force myself to talk to little girls as follows.
“Maya,” I said, crouching down at her level, looking into her eyes, “very nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too,” she said, in that trained, polite, talking-to-adults good girl voice.
“Hey, what are you reading?” I asked, a twinkle in my eyes. I love books. I’m nuts for them. I let that show.
Her eyes got bigger, and the practiced, polite facial expression gave way to genuine excitement over this topic. She paused, though, a little shy of me, a stranger.
“I LOVE books,” I said. “Do you?”
Most kids do.
“YES,” she said. “And I can read them all by myself now!”
“Wow, amazing!” I said. And it is, for a five year old. You go on with your bad self, Maya.
“What’s your favorite book?” I asked.
“I’ll go get it! Can I read it to you?”
Purplicious was Maya’s pick and a new one to me, as Maya snuggled next to me on the sofa and proudly read aloud every word, about our heroine who loves pink but is tormented by a group of girls at school who only wear black. Alas, it was about girls and what they wore, and how their wardrobe choices defined their identities. But after Maya closed the final page, I steered the conversation to the deeper issues in the book: mean girls and peer pressure and not going along with the group. I told her my favorite color in the world is green, because I love nature, and she was down with that.
Not once did we discuss clothes or hair or bodies or who was pretty. It’s surprising how hard it is to stay away from those topics with little girls, but I’m stubborn.
I told her that I’d just written a book, and that I hoped she’d write one too one day. She was fairly psyched about that idea. We were both sad when Maya had to go to bed, but I told her next time to choose another book and we’d read it and talk about it. Oops. That got her too amped up to sleep, and she came down from her bedroom a few times, all jazzed up.
So, one tiny bit of opposition to a culture that sends all the wrong messages to our girls. One tiny nudge towards valuing female brains. One brief moment of intentional role modeling. Will my few minutes with Maya change our multibillion dollar beauty industry, reality shows that demean women, our celebrity-manic culture? No. But I did change Maya’s perspective for at least that evening.
Try this the next time you meet a little girl. She may be surprised and unsure at first, because few ask her about her mind, but be patient and stick with it. Ask her what she’s reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? There are no wrong answers. You’re just generating an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? How would she fix it if she had a magic wand? You may get some intriguing answers. Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does.
And let me know the response you get at www.Twitter.com/lisabloom.
Here’s to changing the world, one little girl at a time.

I awoke tonight to the sound of thunder…. started humming a song from 1962...
John Diefenbaker




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“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad."
Psalm 126:3
Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, "I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad." Such an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion. In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us "out into a wealthy place." The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life's song, "He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad."


"Search the Scriptures."
John 5:39
The Greek word here rendered search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search, such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in earnest after game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candle of the Spirit we must deliberately seek out the hidden meaning of the word. Holy Scripture requires searching--much of it can only be learned by careful study. There is milk for babes, but also meat for strong men. The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word, yea, upon every title of Scripture. Tertullian exclaims, "I adore the fulness of the Scriptures." No man who merely skims the book of God can profit thereby; we must dig and mine until we obtain the hid treasure. The door of the word only opens to the key of diligence. The Scriptures claim searching. They are the writings of God, bearing the divine stamp and imprimatur--who shall dare to treat them with levity? He who despises them despises the God who wrote them. God forbid that any of us should leave our Bibles to become swift witnesses against us in the great day of account. The word of God will repay searching. God does not bid us sift a mountain of chaff with here and there a grain of wheat in it, but the Bible is winnowed corn--we have but to open the granary door and find it. Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of surprises. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye it glows with splendour of revelation, like a vast temple paved with wrought gold, and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all manner of gems. No merchandise is like the merchandise of Scripture truth. Lastly, the Scriptures reveal Jesus: "They are they which testify of me." No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this: he who finds Jesus finds life, heaven, all things. Happy he who, searching his Bible, discovers his Saviour.

[Ăpŏl'los] - a destroyer or youthful god of musicAn eloquent and learned Jew born at Alexandria and deeply versed in Old Testament Scriptures (Acts 18:24; 19:1; 1 Cor. 1:12; 3:4-6, 22; 4:6; 16:12; Titus 3:13).

The Man Whose Influence Was Enriched

This educated, cultured Alexandrian Jew was an orator and an efficient worker in the Church who knew only the baptism of John (Acts 18:24, 25 ). The influence of Apollos was ample and varied and, under Aquila and Priscilla, was heightened and enriched.
I. His was the influence of eloquence (Acts 18:24). Apollos wielded an ever powerful instrument of blessing - a consecrated eloquence.
II. His was the influence of exposition. Apollos was mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:26). What a tribute it is to be mighty in the mightiest of books!
III. His was the influence of spiritual knowledge. Apollos taught by word of mouth the things of the Lord.
IV. His was the influence of fervency. Apollos was also "fervent in spirit" (Acts 18:25). "A lively, affectionate preacher," as Matthew Henry calls him.
V. His was the influence of accuracy. Apollos taught "carefully" or "accurately" the truth of Christ (Acts 18:25 RV). Incorrectness in teaching is detrimental to all concerned.
VI. His was the influence of courage. Apollos spoke "boldly." He had no hesitation in his tone. Courage flashed in his eyes (Acts 18:26).
Yet with all his excellent gifts and goodly influence, Apollos had a distinct limitation. He knew that Christ was coming, but his was only a partial Christianity. Yet what he knew and taught profoundly impressed many in the synagogue. Under the tuition of Aquila and Priscilla, two deeply taught believers, Apollos was led into a deeper understanding of the truth. Instructed in the way of the Lord, Apollos went out to expound the truth more fully and accurately and thereafter became an unashamed herald of the Christian faith especially among the Jews (Acts 18:28).
Later on, Apollos became an apostle and one of Paul's trusted friends and companions, and remained active in his ministry during Paul's life (1 Cor. 16:12; Titus 3:13). So effective a preacher did he become that some of the Corinthians put him before both Peter and Paul. Martin Luther hazarded the guess that Apollos was the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 32-33, John 18:19-40 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 32-33

Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem
1 After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself. 2 When Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and that he intended to wage war against Jerusalem, 3 he consulted with his officials and military staff about blocking off the water from the springs outside the city, and they helped him. 4 They gathered a large group of people who blocked all the springs and the stream that flowed through the land. "Why should the kings of Assyria come and find plenty of water?" they said. 5 Then he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields....

Today's New Testament reading: John 18:19-40

The High Priest Questions Jesus
19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
20 "I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said."
22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. "Is this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded.
23 "If I said something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest....
Lysa TerKeurst
June 9, 2011
The Seduction of Satisfcation
Lysa TerKeurst
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Temptation of any kind is Satan's invitation to get our needs met outside the will of God.
One of the subtle ways he does this is to plant the hesitant thought in our mind that God will not meet our needs - that God is not enough. Satan wants us to feel alone and abandoned, so that we turn to his offerings instead. It's the seduction of satisfaction.
Often the script that plays in our head is, "I need __________ so I can be satisfied."
It's what sends the wife on a budget off on a spending spree. She feels the thrill of the sale in the moment. But as she's hiding the bags from her husband, shame creeps in.
It's what pulls at the business woman to work harder and longer and refuse to build boundaries in her schedule. Always chasing that next accomplishment or that next compliment but it's never enough.
It's what sent me on many eating sprees. The kids were loud, the house was messy, the demands felt beyond my control. So with great justification I'd indulge only to have a bloated stomach and a deflated heart.
This subtle message sold to us by Satan can be exposed when we break it down to understanding the difference between a need and a want.
All of the examples above were wants - not needs. I won't patronize you with the definition of each of these words, we know them. But oh how Satan wants to make them one in the same.
When the difference between these two words starts getting skewed, we start compromising. We start justifying. And it sets us up to start getting our needs met outside the will of God. The abyss of discontentment invites us in and threatens to darken and distort everything in our world.
Listen, Satan is a liar. The more we fill ourselves with His distorted desires, the more empty we'll feel. That's true with each of the desires mentioned above. The more we overspend, overwork, or overeat - the more empty we feel. Remember, Satan wants to separate you from God's best plans. He wants to separate you from God's proper provision. He wants to separate you from God's peace.
God's provision sustains life. Satan's temptation drains life.
God's provision in the short term will reap blessings in the long term. Satan's temptation in the short term will reap heartache in the long term.
God's provision satisfies the soul. Satan's temptation gratifies the flesh.
Oh sweet sister, consider these realities when making choices today. God says, I will meet all your needs according to the riches of My Glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19). Trust God. Embrace truth. Live His promise.
Dear Lord, help me to focus only on Your provision in my life today. I don't want to be separated from You, Your best plans for me or Your peace. Help me to notice when the enemy is trying to entice me with false desires, because they only lead to emptiness. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
All of the examples above were wants - not needs. When the difference between these two words starts getting skewed, we start compromising and justifying. Take some time to list some of your wants and your needs to help you determine if the difference between the two are getting skewed.
Have I grasped the concept that God's provision sustains life, reaps blessings in the long term and satisfies the soul?
Power Verses:
Isaiah 40:11, "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." (NIV)
John 10:11, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (NIV)
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