Monday, July 21, 2014

Mon 21st Jul Todays News

Community standards change over time. Some say they evolve. The television series Tudors had Henry VIII saying he wouldn't choose a female very young, he preferred them ripe. But then one of his wives was executed for being promiscuous when she was only nineteen years old. In the sequel to the Three Musketeers, Raoul has fallen in love with a six year old and, ten years later, when she won't commit to him, joins the foreign legion to die in battle. It is true Roman Polanski was not jailed for his rape of a child, but then that does not mean the community approves what he did. But a disturbing event which happened in Afghanistan highlights a glaring difference in cultural values between the Islamic world and the West. A Mullah has raped a 10 yo girl in a mosque. Her family openly considered killing her for honour. The Mullah has offered to marry her. The girl had been hiding in a shelter, and the police turned up to the shelter and have returned her to her family. Such is not an isolated incident in the Islamic world. But it overstates things to say Australia is not subject to ridiculous age inappropriate relationships. Kyle Sandilands seemed to think nothing of asking a young girl of her sexual experiences when she was tethered to a lie detector and her mother was present. Some years ago, a Queensland cop who had been successful was sacked after it came out he had had sex with an underage girl (a 13 yo) .. when he had been twelve years old. But special dispensation for age difference is a joke when it is remembered the leader of the 5t gang had been attending a high school as a fifteen year old when he was probably in his early twenties .. The issue is probably not Islam, but cultural differences. But that is a very fine point. 

If you prize Australia's cultural heritage you have to embrace the cultural heritage of Ancient Greece. According to poet Robert Graves, who survived WW1 and went on to write I Claudius and the Greek Myths and Legends, early Greece had queens who were the power base, centred around three goddesses. The first goddess was Hera, cow eyed and wife of Zeus, her eyes would follow him even were he to forget she was watching. Second goddess was the young, mature woman, Aphrodite. More than solely sexual, she was uber desirable and virtuously attainable resulting in fruit of passion, children. The third goddess was Athena, patron of wisdom. Athena is the girl child, prepubescent. She does not know mature love, but she knows everything else. Springing fully formed from Zeus' head, Athena is like well brought up girls, virtuous, opinionated and dictatorial. On a lesser tier is the twin sister of Apollo, Artemis, the Huntress. One of the seven wonders of the world, the temple of Artemis in Ephesus was finished in 550 BC. In 356 BC, an attack by Goths resulted in the destruction of the Temple on this day. Later, Ephesus would probably be the place where the disciple John would write Revelations. 

On this day in 365, a tsunami did in Alexandria. In 1403, King Henry IV tamed Shropshire at the Battle of Shrewsbury. In 1645, Chinese men faced bad hair days. In 1865, Wild Bill Hickock had the first western showdown, and won. In 1873, Jesse James and his gang pulled off the first train robbery. In 1902, the first air conditioner is made by Willis Carrier. In 1925, the Scopes trial finished with the teacher fined $100 for teaching evolution. In 1944, Claus Von Stauffenberg was executed for his failed assassination attempt on Hitler. In 1949, US ratified NATO. In 1959, Elijah Green became the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Red Sox, the last team to integrate. In 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. In 1972 and 1976, IRA killed people for no reason. In 1973, Mossad made a mistake. It happens. In 1995, China narrowly avoided the censure Russia is experiencing now. In 2007, the last Harry Potter novel was published. Birthdays for Jean Picard (1620), Ernest Hemmingway (1899) and Cat Stevens (1948). We lost Robert Burns 1796) and Basil Rathbone (1967)
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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

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may;I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Lyly MachMatt Bourke and Su Yin Tao. Born on the same day, across the years along with Cat Stevens (1948), Robin Williams (1951) and Ernest Hemmingway (1899). 365 – A large earthquake that occurred near Crete and its subsequent tsunami caused widespread destruction throughout the eastern Mediterranean region.
1645 – Qing Dynasty regent Dorgon issued an edict ordering all Han Chinese men to shave their forehead and braid the rest of their hair into a queue identical to those of the Manchus.
1865 – In one of the few recorded instances of a "quick draw" gun duel in the American Old West, Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt over a poker debt.
1973 – Mossad agents mistakenly assassinated a Moroccan waiter in Lillehammer, Norway, whom they believed had been involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
1977 – Libyan forces carried out a raid at Sallum, sparking a four-day war with Egypt.
What a statement for your day. The earth moves. You are leaders in fashion. If you make a mistake, you correct it. And finish it. Rock on.

Matches
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WE ARE APPALLED

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (1:17pm)

A tax is removed and the Age is sad
We are appalled … that the Coalition has repealed the carbon tax, which was a transitional step towards an emissions trading scheme the like of which is working in Europe and elsewhere … 
“Working in Europe”? That’s a phrase you don’t hear much these days. Next, an old favourite: 
Australia, the nation with the highest level of emissions per capita … 
This is a stupid and dishonest way to measure Australia’s emissions. Also, it just isn’t true:

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Our tax-loving Fairfax pals continue: 
The Age applauds Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s statement that he and the ALP continue to support an emissions trading scheme. 
So does Tony Abbott.
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SYDNEY COWGIRL

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (10:47am)

Armed with a country tune written when she was just 13, my Daily Telegraph friend Sarrah Le Marquand aims to outsell a creepy guy. Please listen and buy.
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FANS COVERED

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (10:44am)

2014. Official AFL hijabs:

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2024. Carlton fans in team colours present their membership passes. One is wearing the away strip:

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NO SPIN ZONE

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (10:27am)

A brave little wind turbine bites the dust in Germany: 
It stood still for years, and finally it was taken down in the summer of 2013. In the meantime the concrete pad has also been removed. After the liquidation is completed, the area where the turbine stood will be re-naturalized under the supervision of forest authorities … The wind turbine did not pay off. 
At least it wasn’t cremated.
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NOTHING BUT THE SWORD

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (10:21am)

Feel the diversity in northern Iraq: 
Christian families streamed out of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday after Islamist fighters said they would be killed if they did not pay a protection tax or convert to Islam …
The warning was read out in Mosul’s mosques on Friday afternoon, and broadcast throughout the city on loudspeakers.
“We offer [Christians] three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment ... if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,” the announcement read …
In recent days, Islamic State fighters had reportedly been tagging Mosul’s Christian houses with the letter N for “Nassarah”, the term by which the Koran refers to Christians. 
If the marking claim is accurate – there are photographs – this represents yet another historic alignment between extreme Islam and a certain previous movement.
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PALME D’CRAP

Tim Blair – Monday, July 21, 2014 (12:55am)

Mark Steyn reviews Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, ten years on. Like Mike, the film hasn’t aged well.
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With his divorce trial looming, Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about the activist filmmaker’s wealth.
Moore and Kathleen Glynn are scheduled for trial next month …
Moore, 60, and Glynn, 56, were married nearly 23 years ago and have no children … The couple’s real estate holdings include a total of nine properties in Michigan and New York …
In a sworn affidavit, Moore reported that, in 2011, Glynn “discussed with me problems she was having with the money she was spending (which caused us some serious financial losses).” As a result of that conversation, Moore added, it was mutually decided that he would be “responsible for the signing of the checks.” 
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Ukraine attacks

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (7:58pm)

Ukraine moves against Donetsk, the key rebel-held city:
The Ukrainian military on Monday renewed its assault on this rebel-held city, even as international investigators in the region were trying to secure the remains of all 298 passengers and crew killed in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet.
Explosions and artillery fire could be heard in central Donetsk from the direction of the city’s train station and airport, and a spokesman for the pro-Russian rebels also said there was fighting near the central market. Portions of the city 40 miles from the crash site were closed off.
“This is a planned offensive,” said a Ukrainian military spokesman, Vladislav Seleznev. The military is trying to push rebels away from the airport, he said. “Aviation and artillery are not aiming at civilian residences,” he said. “Their only aim is to block the terrorists and fighters.”
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Where is the murder weapon? Russia conducting a cover-up before our eyes

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (5:43pm)

In a murder investigation the most critical piece of physical evidence - other than the body - is the murder weapon.
So where is the rocket launcher that brought down MH17?
The very fact that it has not been produced is proof of a cover-up.
If that launcher is Russia’s, as seems nearly certain, the cover-up is by Russia. The vanishing of the launcher is an admission of guilt.
US secretary of state John Kerry on the cover-up:
We know for certain that the separatists have a proficiency that they’ve gained by training from Russians as to how to use these sophisticated SA-11 systems. We know they have the system. We know that they had this system to a certainty on Monday the 14th beforehand, because the social media was reporting it and tracking it. And on Thursday of the event, we know that within hours of this event, this particular system passed through two towns right in the vicinity of the shoot-down. We know because we observed it by imagery that at the moment of the shoot-down, we detected a launch from that area and our trajectory shows that it went to the aircraft.
We also know to a certainty that the social media immediately afterwards saw reports of separatists bragging about knocking down a plane, and then the so-called defense minister, self-appointed of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, Igor Strelkov, posted a social media report bragging about the shoot-down of a transport plane – at which point when it became clear it was civilian, they pulled down that particular report.
We know from intercepts, voices which had been correlated to intercepts that we have that those are in fact the voices of separatists, talking about the shoot-down of the plane… And now we have a video showing the – a launcher moving back through a particular area there out into Russia with a missing – at least one missing missile on it.
The video Kerry referred to:
Inside Russia, near the Ukrainian border, a blogger follows a military transport carrying a shrouded object the size of the missile launcher, three days after the shooting down:
This video has not been confirmed as genuine.
Ukrainian intelligence has released two telephone intercepts - both as yet not confirmed as genuine by independent experts - which it claims confirm Russia has ordered Ukrainian separatists to hide evidence:
Here is what is actually happening. Russia is conducting massive cover-up before our very eyes. Putin is using the bodies as a hostage, muting criticism by nations desperate for the return of the dead. And he’s playing out this sick farce for as long as he needs to destroy the evidence. 
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Putin covers up his crime

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (7:34am)

RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has the blood of Australians on his hands, and is now hiding the evidence of his crimes.
But blame the West, too, for its fatal weakness.
In fact, the Abbott Government hopes to use the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to persuade the West to muscle up at last to Russia.
It is Russia — under Putin’s policy of securing his borders — which helped pro-Russian militias seize parts of eastern Ukraine, making them near lawless.

It is Putin’s Russia which supplied those thugs with arms, almost certainly including the BUK SA-11 missile launcher suspected of shooting down MH17, cruising 10,000m overhead.
It is a Russian colonel in a Russian military headquarters who was taped, according to Ukrainian intercepts, receiving a call from a rebel commander telling him: “We have just shot down a plane.”
It may even be Russia, the Government suspects, which supplied the operators of the sophisticated SA-11.
(Read full article here.
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Immigrants turn Paris into another Muslim war zone

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (6:02am)

Third-world immigration - and the far-Left - has made parts of France no long safe for Jews. And not just them:
Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in French cities on Saturday to condemn violence in Gaza, defying a ban imposed after demonstrators marched on two synagogues in Paris last weekend and clashed with riot police.
A Reuters photographer said demonstrators in northern Paris launched projectiles at riot police, who responded by firing teargas canisters and stun grenades… At least one car was set on fire.
A police spokesman said that 38 demonstrators had been arrested by early evening and that the clashes were dying down…
In the first three months of 2014 more Jews left France for Israel than at any other time since the Jewish state was created in 1948, with many citing rising anti-Semitism as a factor.
Import a people, import a culture - one that’s destroying Paris, too.  This is the brutal truth politicians do not dare discuss when designing immigration programs.
That “peace” protesters are violent is now taken for granted. Their real problem is clearly that the “wrong” side is winning:
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And Australian Jews are seeing Third World mass immigration - and Labor - turn Australia into a more hostile place, too:
AS rocket fire ricochets across the Middle East and Israel invades Gaza to halt attacks from Hamas, former foreign minister Bob Carr is leading a push within Labor to formally adopt a more “pro-Palestinian” stance in the party’s policy platform.
Mr Carr will move a motion from the floor of the NSW Labor conference next weekend seeking to shift the party’s Middle East policy to express more sympathy with Palestinians in response to what sections of the party argue is the increasingly bellicose stance of Israel.
The former NSW premier, who branded the Australian ­Israel lobby as “Likudniks” and accused them of hijacking foreign policy during Julia Gillard’s government, is leading an effort inside the party to recast Labor’s stance in response to a series of motions condemning Israel from local branches…
A raft of motions sent to the conference from local branches and unions, obtained by The Australian, condemn the Israeli government, express strong support for the Palestinian people and urge the fast-tracking of a two-state solution…

The motions come from branches dominated by the Right and Left factions, signalling an underlying shift in the party on Middle East policy re­inforced by demographic change.
From 2012, this explanation of what “demographic change” actually means - Labor policy abandoning principle and defence of Western culture in exchange for the votes of newer immigrants from the Muslim Third World:

In the face of Gillard’s initial demand for support [for Israel at the UN], cabinet ministers began to complain there was no real explanation for the position, arguing the US was not overly exercised, many Labor seats were affected by Middle Eastern populations, Christian and Muslim, and there was a policy argument for sending Israel a message “as a friend”. 
The word “Christian” seems to have been added only recently to the narrative, almost certainly for cover. I suspect the spin of Bob Carr… From the Financial Review today:

Islamic voters are set to play a crucial role in a swag of key federal seats, with Muslims comprising more than 20 per cent of the total population in the western Sydney electorates of Blaxland and Watson.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011 census showed that people who identified as Islamic constituted 23 per cent of voters in Blaxland and 20 per cent in Watson, seats held by Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare and Environment Minister Tony Burke respectively.
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On the worst of Afghan culture

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (6:01am)

One of our largest humanitarian intakes has been from Afghanistan. How compatible exactly is that culture?:
It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque [in Afghanistan] and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.
But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honor killing in the case - against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.
This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.
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Nielsen poll: Labor still 54 to 46

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (5:30am)

I thought from the first - even before the budget - that breaking a promise would be a terrible blunder:
Mr Abbott’s trustworthiness rating now stands at a record low of 35 per cent after Joe Hockey’s first budget...
And:
The nationwide Fairfax-Nielsen survey of 1400 people was taken from Thursday, July 17, to Saturday, July 19, and shows Labor well ahead of the Coalition on two-party preferred terms at 54 per cent to 46 per cent, based on 2013 preference flows. That amounts to a swing to Labor of 7.5 per cent since September.
Yet Abbott is showing a steadiness and resolve, not just in this latest tragedy, that I think will help him greatly over the longer term. But changes will need to be made… 
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Christine Milne taxes the warming truth

Andrew Bolt July 21 2014 (5:18am)

Global warming - propaganda

Why trust a word Greens leader Christine Milne says about the climate when she herself shows she’s talking hot air?
South Korea and India won’t stand for it! Christine Milne, Senate Hansard, Wednesday: 
IF you think the rest of the world is going to put up with Australia behaving as a pariah, have another think. The Koreans will put a tax on coal imports. The Indians have already done it and that will be something that continues.
Is India really that committed to climate change action? Christine Milne, Sky’s Australian Agenda yesterday:

PETER Van Onselen: What about Clive Palmer’s dormant ETS policy idea? ...
Christine Milne: It is a mirage. The closer you get to it the further it moves away. When Clive came out this week and wanted India in it, like anyone who understands climate politics around the world knows, that means it is never going to happen.
Is S Korea really that committed to climate action? Michael Szabo and Meeyoung Cho, Reuters, July 18:

SOUTH Korea’s finance minister has called its impending emissions trading market “flawed in many ways”, hinting that he would pressure other ministries to delay the planned 2015 launch, a local newspaper reported… Industry groups earlier this week warned that it could cost firms a total of 27.5 trillion to 29.6 trillion Korean won ($26.7-$28.9 billion) over the next three years…
Glencore hasn’t paid any tax for three years! Christine Milne, Sky’s Australian Agenda yesterday:

JOE Hockey says he needs help from the Senate to raise revenue. Well, I’m here, Joe. I’m happy to work with you to fix the mining tax ... Why wouldn’t we say to Glencore, which has earned $15 billion in the last three years and hasn’t paid one cent in tax — how fair is that?
Glencore paid $8bn in taxes in the last seven years. Paul Malone, The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday:
AUSTRALIA’S largest coalminer, Glencore, ... said Glencore...had paid more than $8bn in royalties and taxes in this country during the past seven years… 
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  • Lord, on this day let me remember all that I have is yours. It is a loan that I can not pay back. I can only thank you for the opportunity to use it.
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You can't LEAD without the willingness to be different, to do what's difficult, and to be misunderstood. It's called courage.
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DETROIT – WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BIG UNIONS & BIG GOVT TAKE CONTROL – A timely warning for those considering giving control to Rudd, Labor & the Unions for another 3 years.

Oped by Douglas A. McIntyre, from USA Today

If the residents of Detroit want to blame any person or organization, they only need to look as far as the unions that controlled labor there and the politicians who ran it the past four decades. …

Unions will have parts of pension obligations voided. City workers will lose their jobs. The two largest employers in Detroit are the school system and the city itself……..

Detroit is a city where the employee base is tilted away from private enterprise …….

The city's population did not start to fall sharply until after 1970. The 1973 oil crisis that rocketed gas prices up and the deep recession of the early 1970s dealt Detroit's car industry a blow that made the size of the city's government unsustainable….
Detroit's tax base began to tumble……But the city kept spending.

Unions wanted to keep their power as well as preserve jobs.

Politicians did not want to admit they were running a dying city, say as much to voters and begin a battle with unions to lower labor costs…….

Detroit's elected officials have lost all of their power.

All of them knew a long time ago that the city was beginning to founder and each party tried to hang on to as much money, and privilege, as possible.

Now, each gets to suffer the consequences.
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A good man .. a German, not a Nazi .. and a brilliant show of strength, compassion and honour.
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All set for Run Melbourne. There's still time to donate to the charity I'm running for, Team Little Learners, an autism centre in Melbourne's west. It's a great cause. They do terrific work http://runmelbourne.everydayhero.com.au/tony_abbott
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Quick Pix: Humphrey Bogart w/Video

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/quick-pix-humphrey-bogart-wvideo/

Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema.
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Roma Downey
"You have said, Lord: pardon and you will be pardoned; grant us the grace to forgive as you have forgiven us." -- Fr. Wilfred "Willie" Raymond

"...and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you." -- Ephesians 4:32 (KJ21) 21st Century King James Version

“Pardon, and you will be pardoned.” Luke 6:37b (NASB) New American Standard Bible 

"And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done.” - Mark 11:25 (GNT) Good News Translation

"For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins] leaving them, letting them go, and [giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you." - Matthew 6:14 (AMP) Amplified Bible

"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned." - Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
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"Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong." - Zoroaster‪#‎kindness‬
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You would think a highly respected journalist who covered many Presidents of the US would earn kudos and blessings for her life's works. But she was a hater and a bigot, as seen from this exchange rm, Thomas reacted to then-Press Secretary Ari Fleischer's statements about arms shipments to the terrorists by asking: "Where do the Israelis get their arms?" He responded "There's a difference Helen, and that is --". "What is the difference?", she asked. He responded: "The targeting of innocents through the use of terror, which is a common enemy for Yasir Arafat and for the people of Israel, as well as --". She interrupted him, saying: "Palestinian people are fighting for their land." He responded: "I think that the killing of innocents is a category entirely different. Justifying killing of innocents for land is an argument in support of terrorism.">
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My Friend EJ spinning some wool under the golden gate bridge on the fort baker side. Had to do some trespassing to get to this spot.
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.. Democrat supporter .. just married? - ed
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Plenty of land available in Egypt, Jordan and Iran if they choose to work for a living. - ed
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Here's how a previous US President responded to an attack on our consulate in Libya. This from PBS before it joined the enemy. (thanks to Armaros)
This is an amazing news segment for the MacNeil Lehrer Report. Absolutely stunning, considering the harsh silence on this issue and the blacklisting of those of us who speak of it. Watch the whole thing.
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WHAT HAS RUDD BEEN UP TO? ...it’s not pretty, as a staffer explains:

As predicted here, the Opposition is now crab-walking away from “welcoming” PM Kevin Rudd’s PNG plan now the detail, or lack of it, is becoming apparent.

“This man’s naked opportunism and stupidity is breathtaking and I’m only here until the election is called and them I’m off”, said a member of the PM’s staff who was formerly with Julia Gillard.

It was exclusively reported here yesterday that PM, Kevin Rudd, had agreed with Indonesia that we accept a parcel of 7,000 refugees by August 31st in return for an increase of 25,000 head in live cattle exports.

It was reported that Rudd intends to house those 7,000 on PNG’s Manus Is. (An unrelated source says the number is 5,000.) Regardless, a ridiculous proposition. And Manus Is. has already been lambasted by the UN as wholly inadequate.

[It is more likely they will be flown here as genuine refugees avoiding the PNG connection. Rudd's edict only applies to boat people.]

Rudd intends to use this as yet unannounced increase in live cattle exports during his election campaign.

These 7,000 people are real refugees who have been in Indonesian camps for some time and cannot afford the smugglers’ boat trip to Australia. The Indonesians want to be rid of them. They have no value.

But there was no mention of Indonesia agreeing to stem the flow of boats. Why would they? The corrupt Government, military and police force profit from it.

“We have never been able to get any account of what, where and how Indonesia spends our aid. When we ask, we just get fobbed off and it’s been like that at least since Howard”, said Rudd’s staffer.

In fact our source, who was there in Jakarta at the same time as Rudd, has said that Rudd’s request that Indonesia open processing centres there was rejected out of hand.

It was only then that Rudd made his rushed trip to PNG with a bucket load of borrowed money sufficient enough to get O’Neill to sign up to a ridiculous two-page agreement. The Indonesians were shocked.

This crazy PNG agreement would never have had the confidence of either House of Parliament but Parliament is in recess and that’s exactly where Rudd wants it.

Our source was scathing of Rudd’s methods but he did say the PNG agreement, which was mostly verbal because O’Neill was not impressed with Rudd’s haste and was initially reticent to sign, amounted to $100 per head, per week.

“Rudd had kept putting more money on the table until O’Neill said okay.”

I asked him what this $100 a head business was. “Oh that was an afterthought of O’Neill’s. It was basically as Kevin was about to leave that Peter suggested it. Kevin agreed immediately. But it was on top of everything else including normal aid. O’Neill is on a huge win with this.”

The only cost to O’Neill is that his country will now be known as a worse hell-hole than the world’s worst hell holes.

The ABC and Fairfax have heralded Rudd’s PNG solution as a masterstroke. The truth is that it's a time bomb that will not explode until after the election, which again will be Abbott’s problem.

PNG is a nation of violent savages whose religion is black magic and voodoo with a sprinkling of bastardised Christianity.

It has a currency in pigs. Pigs are an indicator of wealth. As nearly all boat people are Muslim, settlement there is an inconceivable proposition.

PNG’s cities are known as the most dangerous in the world and anyone even considering building a mosque would find themselves on the menu at the next kukim long paia.

The short swim to the north of Australia (hundreds of Papua-New Guineans already make the swim) would become a torrent of Islamic refugees that PNG would not lift a finger to stop. Why would they? They will have already received their payola.

Then we have a worse problem because if the smugglers don’t already know this they soon will, the flood will escalate, and then we can’t fix it because now we have an invasion on two fronts and Kev has already spent all our money.

Kev’s kiddy-bandaid on this gangrenous wound is designed to last until we go to the polls. The solution lies in Indonesia and until we grow some balls and confront it, the trade will continue.

Uncle Kev started this mess and his ill-conceived solution to fix it will be a bigger mess... but that’s our Kev.

I never thought Gillard would start to look competent.
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Ever wonder what Dorothy's ruby slippers would look like with real rubies? A few years ago Harry Winston created real ruby slippers set with 4,600 rubies to commemorate The Wizard of Oz's 50th anniversary! 

Image courtesy Harry Winston Official Page
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Leo Major and Leo Minor
Leo Minor is a small and faint constellation in the northern celestial hemisphere. Its name is Latin for "the smaller lion", in contrast to Leo, the larger lion (19th-century illustration of both pictured). It lies between the larger and more recognizable Ursa Major to the north and Leo to the south. Leo Minor was not regarded as a separate constellation by classical astronomers; it was designated byJohannes Hevelius in 1687. There are 37 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5 in the constellation; three are brighter than magnitude 4.5. 46 Leonis Minoris, an orange giant of magnitude 3.8, is located some 95 light-years from Earth. At magnitude 4.4, Beta Leonis Minoris is the second brightest star and the only one in the constellation with a Bayer designation. It is a binary star, the brighter component of which is an orange giant and the fainter a yellow-white main sequence star. The third brightest star is 21 Leonis Minoris, a rapidly rotating white main-sequence star of average magnitude 4.5. The constellation also includes two stars with planetary systems, two pairs of interacting galaxies, and the unique deep-sky object Hanny's Voorwerp. (Full article...)
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“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The earnest of our inheritance."
Ephesians 1:14
Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "'Tis but a taste!" We have tasted "that the Lord is gracious," but we do not yet know how good and gracious he is, although what we know of his sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, "He that has been in heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth." We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon his throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of his glory shall be shared by thee; his crown, his joy, his paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with him who is the heir of all things.

Evening

"And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?"
Jeremiah 2:18
By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances Jehovah had proved himself to be worthy of Israel's trust. Yet they broke down the hedges with which God had enclosed them as a sacred garden; they forsook their own true and living God, and followed after false gods. Constantly did the Lord reprove them for this infatuation, and our text contains one instance of God's expostulating with them, "What hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of the muddy river?"--for so it may be translated. "Why dost thou wander afar and leave thine own cool stream from Lebanon? Why dost thou forsake Jerusalem to turn aside to Noph and to Tahapanes? Why art thou so strangely set on mischief, that thou canst not be content with the good and healthful, but wouldst follow after that which is evil and deceitful?" Is there not here a word of expostulation and warning to the Christian? O true believer, called by grace and washed in the precious blood of Jesus, thou hast tasted of better drink than the muddy river of this world's pleasure can give thee; thou hast had fellowship with Christ; thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus, and leaning thine head upon his bosom. Do the trifles, the songs, the honours, the merriment of this earth content thee after that? Hast thou eaten the bread of angels, and canst thou live on husks? Good Rutherford once said, "I have tasted of Christ's own manna, and it hath put my mouth out of taste for the brown bread of this world's joys." Methinks it should be so with thee. If thou art wandering after the waters of Egypt, O return quickly to the one living fountain: the waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians, but they will prove only bitterness to thee. What hast thou to do with them? Jesus asks thee this question this evening--what wilt thou answer him?
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Today's reading: Psalm 26-28, Acts 22 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 26-28

Of David.
1 Vindicate me, LORD,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD
and have not faltered.
2 Test me, LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
4 I do not sit with the deceitful,
nor do I associate with hypocrites.
5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers
and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence,
and go about your altar, LORD,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise
and telling of all your wonderful deeds....

Today's New Testament reading: Acts 22

1 "Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense."
2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet.
Then Paul said: 3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4 I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5 as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.
6 "About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?'
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