Friday, August 01, 2014

Fri Aug 1st Todays News

Mark Antony had won the naval battle off Alexandria in 30 BC, but he had lost the ability to flee the superior force of Octavian. Probably Octavian wanted Antony to surrender to him so he could unify Rome, but Antony took the other option and suicided so as to allow the survival of his men and family who would have been eliminated in the persecution which would have followed. Antony suicided on this day, and Octavian entered Alexandria, bringing it into the Roman Republic and ending the line of Pharaoh rule. But Antony was to get revenge on Rome for his death at fifty three years of age. His grandson was Nero. 

It was ninety nine years later that Antony had his revenge. Nero had suicided and a tribe of Gauls in Netherlands on Batavia had a leader who sided with Vespasian who had eventually succeeded Nero. Gaius Julius Civilis is a stranger to written history. We do not know of his birth or death, but clearly he was able to claim some Roman citizenry through his name. He led the Batavians in revolt and almost got France to declare itself an independent kingdom. But in betraying Vespasian and with divided followers, Civilis lost and sued for peace. Nothing is known of him after. But he probably changed the world. Vespasian tasked his son Titus to crush Jerusalem, which he did in 70 and Masada in 73. 

Today is Minden Day, the Battle being part of the series of fortuitous events of Annus Mirabllis of 1759. It happened in pre unification Germany and the belligerents were Great Britain with Hanover fighting France with Saxony. The miraculous win happened when there was a mistake in orders, leading to a single column of infantry taking on the triple line of cavalry .. and surviving to win. One British General Sackville had been in charge of British cavalry and begged to be court martial-ed over the allegation he had delayed their going to infantry support until it didn't matter. Sackville would later be a failure in the US Revolutionary war. The result of the battle was that France was unable to launch assaults for another year. 

Horatio Nelson was born in the Annus Mirabilis of 1759. On this evening in 1798, he had one of his three stunning successes, this one at Aboukir Bay against France in Egypt. France had thirteen ships of the line anchored and ready to broadside any who sailed on the seaward side. Nelson attacked at night from the undefended shore side. The results are telling. Of thirteen ships of the line for Britain, Nelson lost none but 218 killed and 677 wounded. The french lost two ships of the line destroyed, and nine captured, as well as 5000 casualties and 3900 captured. Napoleon was forced to flee Egypt on a small pinnace. Napoleon had intended to colonise Egypt. He decided to invade England. Seven years later Nelson would have his greatest victory over Napoleon at Trafalgar. But until then, Nelson would be given great gifts from the King of two Italies and meet Emma Hamilton and her husband. 

There is a difference between inventing and discovering. On this day in 1774, Joseph Priestly discovered Oxygen Gas. In 1800, Britain unified with Ireland. In 1834, Slavery was abolished in the British empire. In 1894 began the first Japanese vs Chinese wars. In 1914, Germany declared war on Russia and the Swiss Army mobilised. In 1927, the Nanchang uprising saw the communists square off against the nationalists, creating the communist Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). In 1946, Stalin had executed Soviet POW officers who had been co-opted to fight with Germans. In 1957 US and Canada form NORAD. In 1961 US forms DIA to coordinate military espionage. In 1966, Charles Whitman went on a shooting spree in the University of Texas. In 1991, US President George H. W. Bush delivered a speech in the parliament of the Ukrainian SSR in which he warned against Ukrainian independence.
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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 Leila Khiev and PureMacquarie Liverpool. Born on the same day, across the years, along with Claudius (10BC), Francis Scott Key (1779), Herman Melville (1819), Yves Saint Laurent (1936) and Boz Burrell (1946). On your day Lughnasadh (Northern Hemisphere); Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere); Lammas in England and Scotland. 1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of the Nile started between a British fleet commanded by Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson and a French fleet under Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers.
1842 – A parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, celebrating the end of slavery in the West Indies was attacked by a mob, leading to three days of riots.
1907 – Robert Baden-Powell held the first scout camp at Brownsea Island in Dorset, England, beginning the Scouting movement.
1944 – World War II: The Polish Home Army began the Warsaw Uprising in Warsaw against the Nazi occupation of Poland, a rebellion that lasted 63 days until it was quelled by the Germans.
1991 – US President George H. W. Bush delivered a speech in the parliament of the Ukrainian SSR in which he warned against Ukrainian independence. You were warned about your independence. It is ok to rise against tyranny .. but be prepared!. Celebrate the end of slavery. And victory on the Nile.

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WE ARE THE SANE

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (4:22pm)

Convicted terrorist, disability pensioner and bludjahideen warrior Khaled Sharrouf explains his cause
They fight us and harm us we will retaliate we will dedicate our lives to your unrest. We r not mad men or dysfunctional as they portray us to be. By Allah, we are the sane. Anyone who sees what is happening to the muslims around the world ... and sits back and does nothing, he is insane. 
What is happening to Muslims in Syria and Iraq is that Sharrouf and his mates are cutting their heads off. Nothing dysfunctional about that. As for his disability pension, which apparently followed depression and schizophrenia diagnoses, Sharrouf has this to say: 
Let them know that I played the government there like ignorant children i was never mentally ill not then nor now. I seen them following me and I was working for Allah right underneath there noses. 
And here comes the next generation.
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DEPARTMENT OF NOTHING

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (2:24pm)

No agency? No problem
A Labor-appointed bureaucrat is being paid $28,000 a month to head an agency that no longer exists.
In what may well be the world’s best job, Louise Sylvan is earning more than $300,000 a year to be CEO of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency, which was closed down in June. 
Sylvan was offered a $200,000 redundancy payout, but presumably checked her contract – which expires in September 2016 – and realised she’d pull down around $750,000 by remaining in her “job”. Even when the agency existed, it basically did nothing: 
It wasted $200,000 of taxpayer money on a cookbook which taught people how to cook spaghetti bolognese.
It also provided $130,000 in funding for the Summer Nationals street burnout competition in 2012 and 2013. 
Of course, Sylvan was a Nicola Roxon appointment.
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HAMTASTIC

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (2:16pm)

By God, this is beautiful.
(Via Instapundit
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THEY LOVE DEATH

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (2:40am)

Raised in Florida, 22-year-old Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha recently disassembled himself in a Syrian suicide bombing. Before strapping on his holy vestment of Mo-splosives, Moner recorded this threat to US President Barack Obama: 
We are coming for you, mark my words. You think you’ve won? You have never won. You will never defeat Islam.
You are nothing but a donkey. You’re just a pig.
Know that Islam is coming and will dominate over you. We will come with AKs. We will come with our bombs. We have small weapons, but we will take you down. We have hearts of lions. You are scared of death, while we love death. 
Their fondness for death is a frequent theme. It might not be a winning strategy.
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FEAR OF WARMIES

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (2:06am)

Mark Steyn names and shames the climate cowards, including timid Nate Silver.
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RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (2:02am)

Bill Whittle discusses his struggle with mental illness:

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COWS ATTACK

Tim Blair – Friday, August 01, 2014 (1:57am)

I blame global warming
A 45-year-old German woman died when she was attacked by a herd of 20 cows and calves on Monday afternoon on an Alpine pasture in Tyrol’s Stubaital valley. 
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The Bolt Report on Sunday, August 3

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (5:04pm)

On Sunday on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…
Editorial: Gaza and the rise of the Jew haters
My guest:  Environment Minister Greg Hunt on defying the greens trying to stop the biggest coal mine in the country
The panel: Tim Wilson and Kimberly Kitching.
NewsWatch:  The Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine.  Taking on some ABC spin and a particularly nasty SMH cartoon.
Plus the genocide the media ignores. And Abbott reaches for a deal while Palmer’s team starts to fray.
The videos of the shows appear here.
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Ricky Muir sacks chief of staff

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (2:50pm)

I did wonder how long it would last before Ricky Muir got sick of seeming the puppet of his ambitious staffers:
SENATOR Ricky Muir has parted ways with his controversial chief of staff, the so-called preference whisperer Glenn Druery.
Senator Muir’s senior adviser Keith Littler said ... “It is indeed the case,’’ Mr Littler, who founded the party, said.
“Ricky wanted his senior advisers to live in Melbourne and for family reasons Glenn prefers to live in Sydney, so that’s what’s happened...”
The decision to part ways with Mr Druery comes as the Victorian branch of Senator Muir’s party has been shut down, amid an ongoing dispute between its members.

I’m not sure I trust the word of the equally ambitious Mr Littler:
Fairfax Media understands that a personality clash had emerged between Mr Druery and Motoring Enthusiast party founder Keith Littler...
In an email to Mr Druery on Thursday night, Senator Muir said: ‘’You don’t get along with the staff.’’
Another member of staff, Susan Bloodworth, who works in the Melbourne office, has quit in protest.
Canberra-based policy adviser to Senator Muir, Peter Breen, declined to comment on Friday, but he is understood to be considering his options.
The nation’s future in their hands....
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Druery tells Sky News that Littler is manouvering to take Muir’s seat, hoping Muir will be so embarrassed by his cluelessness that he’ll quit, leaving Littler as the registered boss of the party to nominate himself as the replacement.
Ho ho. 
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A sisterhood of hypocrites: point out Spicer’s savagery and get a Bath-ing

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (1:25pm)

Culture wars

Oh, please. Such precious petals. Such hypocrites, demanding an immunity from the criticism they themselves dish out, but with added savagery:
Commercial television is still plagued by a male-dominated culture and an obsession with the physical appearance of its female stars, says Seven network presenter Chris Bath.
.... the head of news at the ABC, Kate Torney, said ... when she set up ABC’s Insiders 12 years ago she spent weeks trying to get female panelists…
Bath said she understood why women were reluctant: ”If you are on Insiders or anything political you risk the chance of being Bolt-ed. I know Tracey [Spicer] has been Andrew Bolt-ed. If you’re a woman and on a program that requires you to have an opinion – unless you are Michelle Grattan – you get savaged.”
Now read what I criticised Spicer for - her wild abuse of Tony Abbott for winking at Jon Faine about a caller claiming she was a phone sex worker on a pension:
Fairfax columnist Tracey Spicer outdoes even Hanson-Young for extravagantly sanctimonious abuse, calling Abbott “creepy” and perhaps “misogynist” for “disparaging” the choice of work of a granny on a sex line.
Memo to Spicer: the wink could well have been just what Abbott says, a “don’t worry” signal to Faine that he can handle this startling call. Or it was a signal that, wow, this was out of left field…
This kind of abuse is not just way over the top but more offensive by far that the wink. And it sure compromises Tracey Spicer as a Sky News anchor: 

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Is Bath seriously suggesting my criticism was illegitimate? Worse than the criticism Spicer herself expressed?
And was I really out of line - just being sexist - by then pointing out Spicer was distributing an obviously photoshopped image to smear Abbott even further?

Is Jon Faine also a “total creep” and a “misogynist”, or will Sarah Hanson-Young and Tracey Spicer - among thousands of others - now apologise for their vicious over-reaction: 
Prime Minister Tony Abbott ... batted his left eye at 774 talkback host Jon Faine when caller Gloria, 67, said she had to work on a sex hotline to make ends meet.
“Look, I was looking at Jon Faine, he was smiling at me and I winked back at him,” Mr Abbott explained on the Today Show…
Mr Faine admitted he raised his eyebrows...
How can Tracey Spicer be a Sky News anchor when she so savagely abuses the Prime Minister on such dodgy evidence - and then unapologetically peddles a photoshopped picture of Abbott allegedly leering at Fiona Scott?

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When alerted of the fakery, Spicer eventually deletes it from her account without an apology. In fact, she praises it as clever:

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What kind of morality does Spicer - and all the others who peddled this picture - represent?
Here, by the way, is the original picture:


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It strikes me that Bath represents the worst of the modern feminist movement - a pathetic sense of victimhood and a demand to be excused from the norms of debate.
Should I now warn that men might be driven from the public debate because I’ve been Bath-ed?
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Work with Bath, and risk a Bath-ing:
I’ve been through 12 different news directors: some of them were fantastic, some of them were complete bloody psychopaths.
Why does Bath think that defamation of her male colleagues is acceptable, but my criticisms of Spicer not? 
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Forget consistency. Fix real problems, one at a time, starting with the worst

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (1:12pm)

Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest explains why all working-age people on welfare - and not just Aborigines in dysfunctional communities - should be banned from spending their welfare on anything but essentials:
I think we can’t have one policy for Indigenous Australians and another for non-Indigenous Australians. 
In his next breath:
NEW indigenous-run companies should be given tax-free status to create genuine jobs for Aboriginal Australians without subsidies, ­Andrew Forrest proposes in his ­report.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
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New parenthood: parents take only healthy surrogate baby

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (12:45pm)

Weaken the traditional family structure and you weaken the sense of obligation those traditions reinforce:

Gammy, a six-month-old baby abandoned by his Australian parents, could die because his impoverished Thai surrogate mother cannot pay for medical treatment for his congenital heart condition.
The child will never know his twin sister, who was born healthy with him in a Bangkok hospital and has been taken away by their parents, who are living anonymously in Australia.
[The twins’ surrogate mother] says when she looks at Gammy, who has Down syndrome, she feels sorry for him and guilty.
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How many Jews must die before Israel may defend itself?

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (7:36am)

Graham Richardson:
I don’t care what the rules of war might declare — proportionality does matter. With the Palestinian death toll at more than 1100 and the Israel losses at less than 50, even the hardest-line supporters of Israel begin to question.
The European Union:
Israel has the right to protect its population from this kind of attacks. In doing so, it must act proportionately...
Let’s get down to tin tacks. Exactly how many Jews do these people want to die for every 100 Palestinians? One for two, or an eye for an eye?
And how should Israel manage this, given its technological superiority - a vital edge granted to an open society? By handing over volunteers to Hamas for execution? By letting a few more Hamas rockets actually land in Tel Aviv?
Here’s another “disproportionate” response that don’t seem to have struck Israel’s critics as a crime:

Around 600,000 German civilians died during the allies’ wartime raids on Germany, including 76,000 German children
Against that toll of 600,000 Germans (or 430,000 according to other sources):
Number of American civilians who died in German bombings of the US: zero.
Number of British civilians who died in German bombings of Britain: 60,000.
Or how about this “disproportionate” response?
Number of American civilians killed in Japanese bombings of the US: fewer than 70
Number of Japanese civilians killed in American bombings of Japan: 337,000
So: how many Jews do Israel’s critics want to die before Israel is allowed to defend itself? A figure would be useful. Is 6 million about right? 
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There is no jail. Just a dysfunctional culture

Andrew Bolt August 01 2014 (7:26am)

This kind of language is poison:
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest ... told The Australian that indigenous people in remote communities were being “economically jailed” and suffering the “blight of disparity”.
If there is a jail there is a jailer. If there is suffering there is a victim.
We see this too often - that the blame for a general dysfunction in Aboriginal communities is put not on Aboriginal culture but non-Aborigines.
This is not merely false. It also encourages us to fix everything but the real problem.
The blunt truth is that the “stronger” the Aboriginal culture the poorer a community tends to be. 
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Has Phillip even read either Timothy? If both candidates are acceptable to be candidates, given that the decision will be made for secular reasons based on divine guidance, then Phillip would be better off giving a prayer of thanks and a reasoned opinion. This diatribe is painful and does nothing but show the author misses his own point. It is better to be an example, than to give them. - ed
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RUDD THE WRECKER – DESTROYS 20% OF LOCALLY MADE AUSTRALIAN CAR SALES

The Australia car industry has confirmed the significant damage of the Rudd Government’s recent changes to FBT arrangements, concluding that sales of locally manufactured cars will be slashed by close to 20 per cent.

Labor’s surprise spur of the moment decision – made without any consultation – to change the pre-existing FBT rules has caused devastation across the car industry since its announcement two weeks ago.

On the back of new analysis it has undertaken, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has today described Labor’s decision as “terrible news” for the industry and concluded it could have “a dire effect on Australian car production, including the manufacturing supply chain”.

The problem is, that Rudd has a complete inability to admit he makes any mistakes - therefore he will push ahead with this destructive policy regardless of the obvious damage he is doing.

If only Rudd the Wrecker was as effective in destroying the business model of the people smugglers, as he is with wrecking the business model of the Australian Car industry, we might be getting somewhere.

NB : If elected the Coalition the not proceed with this poorly thought through policy.

Further reading -

http://www.caradvice.com.au/243976/fringe-benefits-tax-changes-to-wipe-out-100000-new-car-sales-fcai/

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THIS DAY IN HOLOCAUST HISTORY, 1942: German industrialist Eduard Schulte, whose company has mines near Auschwitz, reveals to a Swiss colleague that Hitler and the German Reich have decided to round up the millions of Jews of Occupied Europe, concentrate them in the East, and murder them using prussic acid starting in the fall of 1942. The information is soon communicated to Swiss World Jewish Congress representative Gerhart Riegner.

This telegram from Gerhart Riegner, Secretary of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, was received by the Foreign Office in August 1940. The telegram was among the first pieces of unambiguous evidence received by the Allies that the Nazi Government planned a 'final solution' to the "Jewish question".

Some comments within the file show officials suggested the telegram be used to influence the Vatican to condemn German atrocities more strenuously. Another civil servant dismisses Riegner's report as a "rather wild story".

Samuel Sydney Silverman, the telegram's intended recipient, was the Labour MP for the Lancashire constituency of Nelson and Colne. Silverman was a campaigner for Jewish rights, amongst other causes including opposition to capital punishment.

Date: August 10th 1942

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"the person who despises theirself, still respects their own opinion" Nietzche
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A rock is like a box - ed
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top leaders have taken a disturbing turn to political correctness
. They have ignored conventional wisdom to “know your enemy” and, even more alarming, have taken actions within the government and military to crush efforts to do so. Never having fought a religious war, strategic leaders don’t understand an enemy whose church and state is immersed. This essay discusses warnings our top leaders ignored, the dangers of political correctness, thwarted opportunities to “know our enemy,” and ideas on changing this deadly path. Unless this strategic myopia is turned around, at worst our nation may fall prey to the “boiled frog” syndrome. At best, we will suffer from future attacks from radical Islamic forces.>===

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Washington Post are trying to enter my list of known terrorists? - ed
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This photo was taken at Jaffa Gate, at the entrance to The Old City in Jerusalem, Israel.

Where else in the Middle East could Arab school girls stand around so freely and safely?

Only in “Apartheid” Israel.

Travelling in Israel on a visit from the US, Audrey M was often shocked

seeing scenes that were so different than those she was familiar with in the media.

“Where are we now?” she kept asking herself.

We plan to share more of these photos,

real ones that you will not find on the evening news,

the ones that do not fit the “narrative.”

image group of Arab girls
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A few characters on the side of a 3,000-year-old earthenware jug dating back to the time of King David have stumped archaeologists until now -- and a fresh translation may have profound ramifications for our understanding of the Bible.
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Is there anything he has been honest about? - ed
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<I presume that talks would fail, and after this explanation of what Kerry is doing, I feel even more strongly that this will happen. That’s why the Israeli government has accepted this bad deal, believing, I think accurately, that the PA will make the talks fail. I understand why this option was taken — also, because there might be American or European threats and promises; nobody can be as bad as Obama in the future — but this tactic is getting tired. >
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debate has everything backwards 
over who benefits from the law. Poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas are not only the most likely victims of crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from Stand Your Ground laws. It makes it easier for them to protect themselves when the police can't be there fast enough. Rules that make self-defense more difficult would impact blacks the most.>===

Imagine if any political leader would say: "No blacks will be allowed to live in my state". He would be denounced correctly, as a racist, a bigot.
That does not seem to include Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Arab leader of Ramallah, who on the verge of the new "peace talks" in Washington just declared: "In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands".
This is not "peace", but pure Nazism, it is ethnic cleansing. And instead of the expression "final resolution", Abbas should have said what he really means,  "final solution".
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Confronting Israel's Precarious Future: An Interview With Dr. Martin Sherman: Part One - The Inquisitr 

"The Myth of Palestinian Homeland:

Article 16 of the original version of the Palestinian National Covenant sets out the desire of the people of Palestine “who look forward to…restoring the legitimate situation to Palestine, establishing peace and security in its territory, and enabling its people to exercise national sovereignty..”

However, since the Covenant was adopted in 1964, well before Israel “occupied” a square inch of the “West Bank” or Gaza, the question is precisely what is meant by “its territory” in which the Palestinians were “looking forward… to exercise national sovereignty”.

Indeed in Article 24, they state specifically what this territory did not include, and where they were not seeking to exercise “national sovereignty”.

In it they explicitly proclaim that they do not desire to “exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, [or] on the Gaza Strip…” - Dr. Martin Sherman

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The Age journalists' sympathies lie.
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Don't let her killer escape justice- ed
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How would Bangladesh treat such behaviour? Is that why he is a refugee? - ed
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Nobody thinks that he said it would be a good idea to adopt Nazi policy .. but .. they scent blood from an idiot.- ed
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He did not have sex with that woman? - ed
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Symbolic of God's promise .. ed
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The Washing Machine.

I dedicate this image to my beach loving friend Darvin Atkeson who is now officially fully moved into the Sierras as of today.

Somehow when I visit my mom we always wind up at the beach. Today we explored some places that we hadn't been to in our past travels, and found this incredible place. I hope to return soon, as that I forgot to take along my tripod and lenses. The tide was riding very high and I was getting soaked a good bit as well.

The colors of the water and sky combined were nothing short of phenomenal.
 — with Leslie Bell atGerstle Cove Reserve.
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What lengths will Weiner go to?
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Cars on the I-35W Mississippi River bridge after its collapse
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“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"I in them."
John 17:23
If such be the union which subsists between our souls and the person of our Lord, how deep and broad is the channel of our communion! This is no narrow pipe through which a thread-like stream may wind its way, it is a channel of amazing depth and breadth, along whose glorious length a ponderous volume of living water may roll its floods. Behold he hath set before us an open door, let us not be slow to enter. This city of communion hath many pearly gates, every several gate is of one pearl, and each gate is thrown open to the uttermost that we may enter, assured of welcome. If there were but one small loophole through which to talk with Jesus, it would be a high privilege to thrust a word of fellowship through the narrow door; how much we are blessed in having so large an entrance! Had the Lord Jesus been far away from us, with many a stormy sea between, we should have longed to send a messenger to him to carry him our loves, and bring us tidings from his Father's house; but see his kindness, he has built his house next door to ours, nay, more, he takes lodging with us, and tabernacles in poor humble hearts, that so he may have perpetual intercourse with us. O how foolish must we be, if we do not live in habitual communion with him. When the road is long, and dangerous, and difficult, we need not wonder that friends seldom meet each other, but when they live together, shall Jonathan forget his David? A wife may when her husband is upon a journey, abide many days without holding converse with him, but she could never endure to be separated from him if she knew him to be in one of the chambers of her own house. Why, believer, dost not thou sit at his banquet of wine? Seek thy Lord, for he is near; embrace him, for he is thy Brother. Hold Him fast, for he is thine Husband; and press him to thine heart, for he is of thine own flesh.

Evening

"And these are the singers ... they were employed in that work day and night."
1 Chronicles 9:33
Well was it so ordered in the temple that the sacred chant never ceased: for evermore did the singers praise the Lord, whose mercy endureth forever. As mercy did not cease to rule either by day or by night, so neither did music hush its holy ministry. My heart, there is a lesson sweetly taught to thee in the ceaseless song of Zion's temple, thou too art a constant debtor, and see thou to it that thy gratitude, like charity, never faileth. God's praise is constant in heaven, which is to be thy final dwelling-place, learn thou to practise the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the sun scatters his light, his beams awaken grateful believers to tune their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints perpetual praise is kept up at all hours, they swathe our globe in a mantle of thanksgiving, and girdle it with a golden belt of song.
The Lord always deserves to be praised for what he is in himself, for his works of creation and providence, for his goodness towards his creatures, and especially for the transcendent act of redemption, and all the marvellous blessing flowing therefrom. It is always beneficial to praise the Lord; it cheers the day and brightens the night; it lightens toil and softens sorrow; and over earthly gladness it sheds a sanctifying radiance which makes it less liable to blind us with its glare. Have we not something to sing about at this moment? Can we not weave a song out of our present joys, or our past deliverances, or our future hopes? Earth yields her summer fruits: the hay is housed, the golden grain invites the sickle, and the sun tarrying long to shine upon a fruitful earth, shortens the interval of shade that we may lengthen the hours of devout worship. By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.
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Today's reading: Psalm 54-56, Romans 3 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 54-56

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Amaskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, "Is not David hiding among us?"
1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me--
people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them....

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 3

God's Faithfulness
1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God's faithfulness? 4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
"So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge."
5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, "If my falsehood enhances God's truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?" 8 Why not say-as some slanderously claim that we say-"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is just!
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