Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sun Jul 6th Todays News

"One two three O'Clock, four O'Clock rock" began a Bill Hailey and the Comets song. Bill was born on this day in 1925. Another famous song singer was born on this day in 1931, Della Reese. Comedian Dave Allen came by in '36. Burt Ward in '45 and George W Bush in '46. Geoffrey Rush in '51. A happy day. A prince born on the day was John Paul Jones in 1747. Jones would be foundational to the US Navy. He would, later in life, meet Kosciuszko. A jealous rival accused him of raping a 12 yo girl. He said he hadn't, but he had frolicked with her .. 

In 371 BC, on this day, the Battle of Leuctra ended Spartan supremacy and altered battle tactics which were noted by Phillip of Macedonia, father to Alexander the Great. In 1415, Jan Hus was burned at the stake for inspiring Martin Luther. In 1483, Richard III was crowned. It was the last time Yorkshire provided a king, although, through the female side of York, Lancaster was allowed to provide the rest. In 1535, lukewarm idealist Thomas More was executed for treason. He had written of Utopia, but not practiced it. Some said of Mary Ist, of England that her husband, King Phillip of Spain was not good for England. Mary was the second of Phillip's four wives. Phillip set sail from Dover with British ships to Calais, which he lost, the last English possession on French soil in 1557. 

America adopted the dollar in 1785. In 1854, the first GOP convention was held. Nine year old Joseph Meister had been bitten by a rabid dog and was likely to die, but for the intervention of Louis Pasteur who inoculated him. It was the first successful inoculation in 1885. The boy went to live a full life. He took his life in 1940, thinking he had sent his family to death fleeing the Nazis. But they had returned too late to the Pasteur institute he had dedicated his life to, later in the day. TE Lawrence led some Arabs successfully on this day in 1917. Anne Frank went into hiding in 1942. Jackie Robinson was court martial-ed for not going to the back of the bus in 1944. Paul McCartney and John Lennon met on this day for the first time in 1957. In 1995, to Clinton's enduring fame, Mladic began his murder of 8000 civilians in former Yugoslavia. But Clinton's compassion for minorities was crowned in 1999 when an army private died after having been bashed in his sleep by a jealous colleague over a trans gender showgirl. 
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

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

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.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Quoc NguyenAndrew Raiss and Graham Donald Sparks. Born on the same day, across the years. On your day in 1253, Mindaugas, the first known Grand Duke of Lithuania, was crowned as King of Lithuania, the only person to ever hold that title. In 1411, Ming Dynasty Admiral Zheng He returned to Nanjing after the third treasure voyage and presented the Sinhalese king, captured during the Ming–Kotte War, to the Yongle Emperor. In 1809, Napoleon's French forces defeated Archduke Charles' Austrian army at the Battle of Wagram, the decisive confrontation of the War of the Fifth Coalition. In 1885, French chemists Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux successfully tested their vaccine against rabies on nine-year-old Joseph Meister after he was bitten by an infected dog. In 1978, A sleeping car train at Taunton, England, caught fire, killing 12 people and causing British Rail to install state-of-the art fire prevention measures. It is wonderful to claim titles and make them your own. It is finer to build them for those that follow you. Battles can be won decisively, adversely, and still you succeed. Don't let sleeping cars lie. If a French chemist wishes to test on you, let them, but pay them in Lire. They prefer that to dollars. Cheers.

How tennis ace Nick Kyrgios grand slammed any notion Australia is racist

Piers Akerman – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (7:36pm)

CANBERRA teenager Nick Kyrgios gave the lie to claims of Australian racism when he was cheered by fans across the nation and around the world after his historic victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. 

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Kyrgios gives racism grand slam

Piers Akerman – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (2:16am)

CANBERRA teenager Nick Kyrgios gave the lie to claims of Australian racism when he was cheered by fans across the nation and around the world after his historic victory over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.
Kyrgios, whose father is of Greek origin and mother is from Malaysia, does not look like a whitebread Anglo sort of bloke. Yet not a commentator mentioned his features when applauding his win at the Grand Slam tournament.
Nor did anyone note that Melbourne-born Musa Cerantonio, widely regarded by security forces internationally as one of the most influential ­recruiters for the ultra-violent Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, looks more like an average young Anglo-Irish bush dance caller than the spruiker for Middle Eastern terrorism that he is.
But there he was, with his beaming grin shining from a youthful bushy reddish beard on the ubiquitous YouTube announcing his support for the Sunni caliphate, or Muslim state, in the territory seized by the extremist hordes following the black flag of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a militant with a $10 million bounty on his head.
Baghdadi, a delusionary who claims to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, has been slaughtering all those who are not prepared to convert to Sunni Islam, as he enthusiastically spreads the message of the so-called religion of peace.
Those who cling to the ­failed notion of multiculturalism in Australia and fight to block freedom of speech by supporting the retention of the offensive section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, do so ­because they don’t want their prejudices held up to public scrutiny by the majority. It is their minority view they want to prevail and, under that view, the causes of community dissent can’t be explored, let alone challenged, without ­inviting claims of bigotry.
Part of the dogma of the multicultural industry relies on the false claim that there is at the heart of Anglo-Australian culture an irrational fear of something called the Other — that is, anyone who doesn’t look like a Chesty Bond, blonde beach-loving Aussie caricature. But it was impossible to discern any fear of Nick Kyrgios last week.
On the contrary, much of the nation was delighted to find a new young hero to ­worship. Green-and-gold bedraped Australians at Wimbledon who had never heard of the newcomer a week earlier were seen screaming themselves hoarse with encouragement, and those at home laughed and cried as they learnt that his proud mother, Norlaila, didn’t think her youngster was good enough to beat a champion of Nadal’s stature at the world’s greatest tennis tournament.
While this was delighting the nation, Cerantonio was hitting the anti-social media to step up his recruiting drive for death squads. Early on Wednesday, he announced he was planning to leave his hiding place (believed to be in the Philippines), to join the murderers in the Middle East.
Clearly it is not a case of one race being acceptable and ­another unacceptable, one ­appearance being frightening, another welcoming. It is a case of one culture being benign and one being lethal.
The deadly Islamist culture Cerantonio has chosen is ­undoubtedly Koranic in origin.
In his all-too popular videos, Cerantonio brandishes the Islamic holy book like a banner, exhorting his followers to observe its message.
That message, unchanged since medieval times and ­unquestioned by Islam’s most fanatical supporters and brutally applied by al-Baghdadi and his minions is one of death for those who will not bend to his brand of Islam as the bodies of Christians, Kurds and non-Sunni demonstrate.
It has appealed to a hundred or more young Australians who have travelled to join the extremist militants in Syria and Iraq.
Last week, Attorney-General George Brandis met a group of Islamic leaders in Canberra to discuss changes which will permit the domestic and international agencies ASIO and ASIS to better deal with the threat posed to ­national security by those who have gone or plan to go and join the Islamists in the Middle East.
The good intentions of the imams and community leaders are to be applauded but what is really needed is a thorough examination of the culture within the Muslim community — not a homogenous group by any means — which nurtures and supports individuals such as Cerantonio and Sydney sheik Abu Sulayman, a senior official in the Syrian militant group, Jabhat al-Nusra.
Until then, the anti-social activities of significant members of the Muslim community are deserving of suspicion and will remain so until the majority of Muslims demonstrate that Australian culture, our way of life, is not threatened by these radical extremists.


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (1:38pm)

“Two young women spent yesterday making this," reports Labor’s Kate Lundy. Good for them. Next step: forming an actual sentence.
UPDATE. Look out, Tony! It’s the biggest big giant puppet head ever: 
Tony Abbott will be seen standing tall at a rally on Sunday, but a puppet made in the 28th prime minister’s likeness won’t be flattering.
About 10 “creatives”, from musicians to theatre crew, incensed by the federal government’s first budget in May, have created a three-metre puppet which will have red LED lights and a smoke machine delicately inserted in its rear end.
The man behind the idea, early childhood teacher Matthew Armstrong, said the aim was to make a policy rather than personal point. 
Well, obviously. That was probably this bloke’s aim, too.


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (3:39am)

Fairfax endorsed Clementine Ford’s “F… Abbott” t-shirts, but certain words are now apparently too extreme for Fairfax publication. Jacqueline Maley avoids the forbidden terminology: 
… your self-congratulation at having invented a new rude name to call female newspaper columnists … 
Previous non-naming has now extended to non-wording. It’s a silencing of dissent!


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (2:54am)

Slate identifies the crucial issue of black pet discrimination
Just when you were hoping there were no new ways to be racist, it turns out people may be racist against dogs. 
If colour is the cause of pet bigotry, surely this means anti-coal protesters are also racist. Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen a wind turbine that isn’t white?


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (2:23am)

Age letters correspondent Brian Powell has a message for us terrible denialists: 
In the 1950s, Melbourne naturalist Crosbie Morrison warned that if we did not act on the problem of domestic cats going feral, our native mammals would be threatened with extinction. He advocated the sterilisation of pet cats. Unfortunately his warning was ignored, his prediction was correct and many native mammals are threatened with extinction. This should be a lesson to all climate change deniers. 
(Via nofixedaddress)


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (2:02am)

An even better and more tautly-descriptive word than “frightbat”: ecobag.
(Via Emily’s List)


Tim Blair – Sunday, July 06, 2014 (2:01am)

Mike Carlton claims that Rolf Harris’s ”contrived Aussieness was always a toe-curling embarrassment.” Big call, Michael. At least Harris, for all of his crimes against women and music, and despite decades in the UK, always sounded like an Australian. Carlton’s contrived Britishness, by comparison, is still capable of bending femurs.

Protesters exaggerate by 250 per cent. Say they know better about the Budget

Andrew Bolt July 06 2014 (4:35pm)

If they can’t even count heads correctly, why on earth would we trust these marchers about the Budget?
Central Sydney has filled with a sea of protesters for the “Bust the Budget” march.
Organisers estimated up to 15,000 people joined the rally, which started at Town Hall and proceeded along George Street and up Market Street.
Police figures put the number of marchers at 6000.

More rubbery figures by budget busters in Melbourne, as reported by an Age journalist who seems unaware that 10,000 is actually less than 12,000:
The crowd swelled from hundreds before the mooted kick-off time at 1pm, and estimates of total numbers gathered for the march in Melbourne varied from between 12,000 up to 20,000. It fell well short of the 10,000 union members that gathered at Trades Hall last month.

The face of Islam at its worst

Andrew Bolt July 06 2014 (1:46pm)

The face of Islam at its most savage and uncompromising:
SELF-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made an unprecedented appearance in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which his forces helped capture last month, and ordered Muslims to obey him, according to a video post. 

That marks a significant change for the shadowy jihadist whose Islamic State (IS) group led a lightning offensive that overran swathes of five provinces north and west of Baghdad…

“I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you. So if you see that I am right, assist me,” said the man, purportedly Baghdadi…
Text superimposed on the video identified the man as “Caliph Ibrahim”, the name Baghdadi took when the group on June 29 declared a “caliphate”, a pan-Islamic state last seen in Ottoman times, in which the leader is both political and religious.
The video is the first ever official appearance by Baghdadi, says Aymenn al-Tamimi, an expert on Islamist movements, though the jihadist leader may have appeared in a 2008 video under a different name.

The Bolt Report today, July 6

Andrew Bolt July 06 2014 (5:25am)

On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…
The truth about immigration - and the new threats.
And has Malcolm Turnbull spat the dummy?
Plus: the fall of Fairfax, a hypocrisy alert on Jacqui Lambie and more.
On the show: Michael Kroger, Bruce Hawker, Dr Bob Birrell and Ben Hills. .
The videos of the shows appear here.

Police investigate Labor conference over stolen tape

Andrew Bolt July 06 2014 (4:45am)

How interesting. Weren’t Liberals first accused of doing the dirty? Instead:
Police are examining security footage from Labor’s state conference as part of an investigation of the theft of a reporter’s dictaphone.
The recording device contained a private conversation between The Sunday Age’s state political editor Farrah Tomazin and Ted Baillieu, during which the former premier was critical of some colleagues.
The Sunday Age reported the alleged theft to police after the conversation was emailed to hundreds of Liberal Party members by a person claiming to be a party member.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Leonie Johnson declined to give details, but confirmed police were investigating a theft.
I am suspicious about the way The Age has played this story.

June 24, 2014

The recording is sent to many, but not all, Liberal members, suggesting the mailing list used by the peddler is not up to date. That in turn suggests the peddler might not be someone currently working in Liberal politics. Meanwhile, the story from The Age changes as it develops from 10am. There are lots of hints of Liberal involvement, but not much about Labor’s possible role in the theft of the Dictaphone at a Labor conference.  Only after 6:26pm does The Age editor-in-chief say the theft has been reported to police, six weeks after the event:
ANDREW HOLDEN: It’s clearly a dirty tricks campaign, but I think what disappoints me most is to see a couple of Age journalists dragged into that and I find that very disappointing.
ALISON CALDWELL: Will you take this to the police?
ANDREW HOLDEN: We’ll certainly record the fact that the tape recorder has gone missing and record that with police and just let them know that we’re concerned as to how it’s been misused.
The Age editor-in-chief isn’t keen on any suggestion the recording was stolen at a Labor conference:
He said any suggestion the recording was stolen or misplaced was “speculation”, however. “I don’t think it gets us anywhere as to how it went missing the first place,” he said.
June 25, 2014:
The Age news editor is happy to blame Liberals instead:
Mark Forbes on who stole the tape: “I think you have to look at people who are opposed to Ted and that’s a wide range of people.”
June 26, 2014:
The Age now confuses the issue by claiming a second recorder is missing – something denied by Age reporter Josh Gordon.
But The Age editor in chief Andrew Holden maintained there were “no dirty tricks”. He assured Neil Mitchell it was not a cover up.
“What I do know is the tape recorder went missing, I don’t know exactly where, I don’t know exactly when,” he said.
“Fundamentally it’s gone and somebody has got hold of it and I do regard it as stolen at that point because they clearly know who’s on it and they’ve used it in this purpose which I find quite appalling.”
He added another tape was also missing – that tape belonged to Josh Gordon.
“I have absolutely no idea whether they’re connected in any way whatsoever,” he said, adding they went missing within the same week.
“Again, conspiracy theories might say that Fairfax journalists have been targeted, I can’t categorically say that.
“Until it’s proven to me that somebody has got hold of (Josh’s) tape and are using pieces of his audio, it is purely coincidence as far as I know.
The Age state political reporter again implicates the Liberals, this time the office of federal minister Kevin Andrews:
June 27, 2014:
Premier Dennis Napthine on 3AW discusses reports that one Dictaphone went “missing” at the state Labor conference. The Age’s Gordon tweets:
July 5, 2014:
The “rumour” is now investigated by police, who check CCTV footage of the Labor conference. The Herald Sun confirms police are checking reports the Dictaphone could have been stolen from a bag, a suggestion apparently made by Age reporter Farrah Tomazin:
Victoria Police spokeswoman Leonie Johnson refused to discuss the investigation.
“Moonee Valley CIU are investigating a report of a theft of a Dictaphone from the bag of a victim while at a racecourse function in Moonee Valley in May,” she said.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further.”
Has The Age played this story straight? Is it defending someone – or some party? 

The death of Pro’s art

Andrew Bolt July 06 2014 (4:28am)

How greed killed Pro Hart’s reputation:
At the beginning, his paintings commanded recognition by leading galleries. His 1962 painting Judas Flying A Kite [below], which is being sold in the auction, was exhibited at Heide ­Museum of Modern Art and at the ­National Gallery of Victoria.
“There was a moment where he could have had a very substantial career,” [art historian Gavin] Fry told The Sunday Telegraph.
In the late 1960s, however, the artist swung his focus to the popular end of the art market… Instead of furthering his career by developing his style and controlling his output, Hart painted up to eight pictures a day when he was at the height of his production…
“(Painting) 70,000 pictures is just madness, and that’s the great tragedy — that he couldn’t get away from the necessity to produce vast quantities of work,” Fry said.
All the more astonishing, then, the careers of Mozart, Trollope and Shakespeare, who could produce such vast quantities for the market yet remain great artists. Does Rubens also count? 















Well, now that the initial shock is dying away and like many broken hearted fans of this bloke, yep I really did respect him once upon a time, I was thinking that Rolf Harris was not just another convicted PEDO that got away with his vile acts of betrayal for years and years but like several other recently exposed kiddie fiddlers he was an entertainer!
 Sure, there is no doubt that some religious organisations have protected their pedophiles for years and one can never excuse that and I am not saying that all Clergy are guilty nor am I saying that all in the Entertainment Industry are also guilty or compliant. I believe that the vast majority of people in both practices are normal and just as disgusted as the rest of us.
 You can certainly understand the denial and deceptive reasoning for the protection of these evil clergy and just what a bad look such terrible behaviour would donate to the cause of Christianity, again I say a warped reasoning, BUT what about the industry that has for years gone out of its way to lampoon and mock Christianity, always taking the high moral ground on these issues? 
Well, as it occurs to me, their hypocrisy has no bounds as they are just as guilty for protecting their own pedophiles. Harris’s ill treatment of little girls has thankfully been exposed and he will spend the rest of his life as a pariah and hated man but what about those who for their own personal reasons are as guilty as the perpetrator by turning a blind eye to what they knew was happening? When does justice find them? ……. I guess God will sort them out!
I just thought it was a side to this whole tragic event that none of my contemporaries were exploring.
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Should we be upset that one of the new ministers in the Federal Cabinet swore his oath on a Qur'an?
This week as the Governor General swore in the new cabinet, Mr Ed Husic, chose to swear on the Qur'an rather than the Bible or make an affirmation.  A ‘non-practising’ Muslim from Bosnia, Mr Husic was sworn in as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband.
Swearing is a strange symbolism, by which we persuade and reassure people of our integrity in making promises.  Christians should not need to swear for we should be people of our word.  As Jesus said in response to Pharisaic hypocrisy, “Let what you say be simply “Yes” or “No”; anything more than this comes from evil.  (Matthew 5:37 cf James 5:12)
The Christian’s truthfulness will not be increased by swearing, but swearing reassures our hearers that we are telling the truth and gives them something to refer back to when our truthfulness comes under question.  There is nothing wrong in swearing an oath when required.  The 39th of our 39 Articles is “Of a Christian man’s Oath” handling the question of doing that which Jesus seems to be forbidding.  We do not swear because we need to but because our hearers need reassurance.
Within the scriptures we see the apostle swearing “God is my witness” (Romans 1:9, Phil 1:8) and God himself swore that the people of Israel would not enter his rest (Hebrews 3:18).  Swearing is a way of giving solemn assurance to the hearer that you mean what you are saying and will back it up before a higher court to whom the hearer may appeal.  And that is why we swear in God’s name or on his book.
There is no point swearing by something less than yourself.  For an oath to be believable you have to point to something, like God, greater than yourself.  However, to which god can somebody be held accountable?  At first glance you can only swear by the true and living God.  For swearing by Molech is of not much consequence, as Molech is a powerless imagination of the ancient Ammonites - hardly reassuring to the modern listener.  Yet you must swear by the god that you believe in.  If you were an ancient Ammonite there is no point swearing by Yahweh, while to swear by Molech would indicate your sincerity.
Mr Husic is the first Federal cabinet minister to swear on the Qur'an.  For Mr Husic swearing on the Bible was not an option and he didn’t want to make a simple affirmation.  As a Muslim, it is the god of the Qur'an whom he acknowledges as greater than himself and to whom he would be accountable for his promises.  For some people it is insulting to swear on a book that is seen as fomenting so much war and terror around the world today.  For others it is no real promise as the book is one of lies and its god is not the true and living one.  For many others still it further marginalises Christianity from our nation and its historic establishment.  Even if these are true, they give absolutely no excuse for the abuse Mr Husic has had to endure.
Australia is a Christian nation, not in the sense of it being run by and for Christians with an established religion that all must follow, but in the sense that Christianity informs the people, heritage and culture.  As a Christian nation we have freedom of religion, which involves limiting government to matters secular, while allowing free expression of religious beliefs.  It is part of our wonderful Christian heritage that a Muslim migrant can become a Cabinet minister and express his religion without fear or favour.
When Christianity has ruled in government, both Christianity and the government have been distorted.  We win people to Christ not by government fiat but by prayerful persuasion to the truth.
The fact that Mr Husic is a non-practising Muslim is no more a problem than the non-practiscing Christian swearing on the Bible.  Even the non-practising recognize that they are not God and are answerable to some higher power than themselves.  The Muslim who swears by the Qur'an can at least be held to its teaching, and does not put himself in the place of God.  The practice of swearing an oath is therefore better than a simple affirmation.
Affirmations have been in use for some centuries because of the conscience of people not wanting to invoke God in their promises.  Some of these are tender Christian consciences, who misunderstand Jesus’ prohibition on swearing.  However, others will only make an affirmation because, as atheists, they refuse to refer to a higher being than themselves.  They are like Napoleon placing the crown on his own head for there was nobody greater to crown him.  So they are not answerable to anybody or anything other than themselves.
With an affirmation we have to take the word of a politician seeking more power on the basis of their ‘say so’.  Often this doesn’t matter in practice as most of the oath-taking politicians are practical atheists and most of the affirming politicians unconsciously practise Christian values.  However, theoretically those who affirm are swearing by themselves for they have no greater source of moral reference to which they can point or to which we can call them to account but themselves.  Of such arrogance comes tyranny.
The New Testament understands the problem of the atheist.  In Hebrews we read of God swearing by himself.  For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, …  For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.  So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath.”(Hebrews 6:13f)  But then again he is God.
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‎#ShabbatShalom and a restful ‎#weekend from the‎#IDF. Share with your friends to wish them one too.

Having an amazing time at ‎#manonthemoon / MercuryOne events in Salt Lake City to celebrate Independence Day. Here's a pic with one of my favorite stalwart conservatives on Capitol Hill, TX Rep. Louie Gohmert and his lovely wife!

"One day, I shall come back…"

Revealed for the first time at Comic Con' France - here is the reconstruction of the First Doctor's console which was used for filming the upcoming docudrama 'An Adventure in Space and Time'.
Addressing the British House of Lords, Dragon Slayer McKitrick proposes a carbon dioxide tax based on temperature. If temps go up, so does the tax.

If temperatures drop, will we see tax refunds?
Kevin Rudd's Pink Batt Policy:

4 Deaths
1,000 Electrified roofs
93 House fires
160,000 Dodgy installations


Must I Repeat? Quit Making Things Up!

Outrageous. Once again the cover-up is worse than the “crime.” Secretary of State John Kerry WAS on his boat while Egypt fell into turmoil resulting in an overthrow of its new government ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood that the Obama Administration had so recently supported and may still support. (That, however, we do not know because President Obama's absolutely dithering foreign policies, his "leading from behind," and his benign statements on the Muslim Brotherhood make no sense to sensible people.)

The State Department categorically denied Kerry was on his boat. Yet CBS had pictures to prove it. Goodness. There is no need to lie, even on such a "little" thing as the location of a government leader during a military confrontation happening in real time. (Benghazi? Ring a bell? There still isn't anyone in the media who'll find out where our Commander-in-Chief was that night.) Come on, Obama Administration! It's no big darn deal that Kerry was on his boat! We expect, and deserve, to assume that our highest ranking public servants to whom We the People have given the most responsibility are always working – even when they're clearing their heads and breathing in some fresh air on a yacht, or sweating away stress on a basketball court, or yukking it up with pals on the fairway... let's trust they're always preparing for the proverbial 3:00 AM phone call.

Being on his boat isn't the issue. Blatantly deceiving the American people is the issue.

Our government, yet again, either had no idea where the boss was, or worse yet, they lied to us. (Oops-a-daisy. Correction. In Obamaspeak, we were told the "least untruthful statement.") Our government directed its swift-ly boat changing denials to what one can only surmise is their perception of who we are: a nation of sheep – heads down, grazing away, gullible, ignorant, and undeserving of truth.

Confronted with photographic evidence, the State Department merely tossed the public a handful of hay today in its tepid effort to kinda-sorta explain the whole thing away. Something about, well, yeah, so the evidence contradicted all their public claims, but… eh, no harm, no foul. And like good herder dogs, with calm authority to avoid commotion, the bureaucrats barked the suggestion that we all just move along now.

No. You move along, little doggie. Enough is enough. It's unacceptable. Remember, the nation's Mama Grizzlies don't just rise up to swat away threats to protect the next generation. They also school, scold, and signal to teach a lesson. One lesson taught all children is if you lie on the little things, you'll lie on the big things.

George Orwell wrote of a time when citizens could no longer trust big government, and by wearing down the citizenry through doublespeak and lies a tired country finally retreated to its dark and depressing demise.

America, we shall not go there! Why? Because if we know from our nation's forefathers that weariness is not in our blood! It's not in our DNA to retreat. Have faith that there are enough patriots in our exceptional nation willing to fight together for what is right. Proof of this is all the families still encouraging and supporting their loved ones who choose U.S. military service. And proof of a unified commitment to defend our republic is what the independent tea party movement is all about. Disregard the constant criticism, mocking, and flagrant lies about this diverse, proud movement that still spew from big government cheerleaders and their lapdogs in the media. Despite harassment and intimidation, commonsense conservatives are rising up again to get a better view of what is ahead. They are identifying threats to our Constitution and our children's future. The permanent political class angrily bemoans this because they know our diverse working class – those who make the world go 'round – can shake off the slumber, unify, and effectively encourage others to come out of a 2012 hibernation and demand accountability at the 2014 ballot box. It's there we prove the average, everyday American's ferocious strength when exercising that beautiful belief in loyalty only to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Until then, we mustn't have the fighting instinct of sheep. Pay attention, do your own homework on candidates and political machines, turn off media that would disrespect you by continuing to deceive, and keep the faith.

While celebrating America's glorious Independence this week, be secure in knowing that there are more of us who support men and women ready and willing to fight on our behalf for freedom and truth than those who would continually deceive us. Thank God. And thank a Vet.

State Department: say you're sorry and don't ever do this again. CBS News: thank you for doing your job on this issue.

Happy 4th of July weekend, America.

- Sarah Palin

Tribe in India that has passed down for generations the art of manipulating tree roots to create a system of "living" bridges.

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July 6Independence Day in Malawi (1964); Statehood Day in Lithuania (1253); the festival of San Fermín begins in Pamplona, Spain
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“In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Called to be saints."
Romans 1:7
We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were "saints" in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are "saints" whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves. Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in his service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day. The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, "We find that his experience and ours are much the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves." Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are "called to be saints" by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian's duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, "looking unto Jesus," and our saintship will soon be apparent.


"Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength."
Isaiah 26:4
Seeing that we have such a God to trust to, let us rest upon him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief, and endeavour to get rid of doubts and fears, which so much mar our comfort; since there is no excuse for fear where God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father who has never failed us, and who never will. It were well if doubting were banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the psalmist asked, "Is his mercy clean gone forever? Will he be favourable no more?" David had not made any very lengthy trial of the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, and yet he said, "There is none like it." He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and therefore he praised it ever afterwards; even so should we speak well of our God, there is none like unto him in the heaven above or the earth beneath; "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." There is no rock like unto the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from suffering doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent which wells forth from our Saviour's wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been cast where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever, assured that his ever lasting strength will be, as it has been, our succour and stay.

[Ē'dom] - red earthThe elder son of Isaac, and so named in memory of the red color of the lentil pottage for which he sold his birthright to his twin brother Jacob (Gen. 25:30; 36:1, 8, 19). See ESAU. Name is also used to describe those descended from Esau, the Edomites (Gen. 36:9).

Today's reading: Job 30-31, Acts 13:26-52 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Job 30-31

1 "But now they mock me,
men younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to put with my sheep dogs.
2 Of what use was the strength of their hands to me,
since their vigor had gone from them?
3 Haggard from want and hunger,
they roamed the parched land
in desolate wastelands at night.
4 In the brush they gathered salt herbs,
and their food was the root of the broom bush.
5 They were banished from human society,
shouted at as if they were thieves.
6 They were forced to live in the dry stream beds,
among the rocks and in holes in the ground.
7 They brayed among the bushes
and huddled in the undergrowth.
8 A base and nameless brood,
they were driven out of the land....

Today's New Testament reading: Acts 13:26-52

26 "Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people...."

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