Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sun Aug 3rd Todays News

Not sending kids to school is child abuse. The Human Rights Commission is short on facts regarding asylum seekers. Gosford Anglicans no longer seem to worship God, but left wing ideals. Small but steady progress is being made by those seeking MH17 bodies. Pearson disgraces herself with hubris over gold, declaring her coach as being mean and not liked by anyone. These stories and more follow. 

Before Tiberius was Ceaser, ruling with a vicious iron fist, he was a general. On this day, 8BC, the General Tiberius had a victory over Dalmatae over the river Bathinus. The name Dalmatae loosely translates as 'Sheep.' Even then, Tiberius was called bad. Any fool can have a theory. The deposed Patriarch of Constantinople, Nestorius is thought to have been the originator of Nestorianism. Nestorianism is the heretical belief that Christ was not God. On this day in 435, the Roman Emperor Theodosius II sentenced Nestorius to an Egyptian monastery. In 881, France beat some Vikings, and later a song (Ludwigslied) was made about it by some Germans. Maybe, some day, someone will write a song how the Waratahs beat the Crusaders last night. It doesn't happen often and almost did not happen at all, being very close, 33 to 32 with the last score being made with seconds to the end of the game. 

Columbus set sail from Spain on this day in 1492. In 1527, the first English letter was sent in America from John Rut to Henry VIII. Rut was seeking the North West Passage. He didn't find it. In 1678 the first known boat, Le Griffon, was built on one of the great lakes. In 1852, Harvard beat Yale in the first annual race between them. In 1860, the second Maori war began in New Zealand. In 1900, The Firestone Tyre and Rubber company was founded. In 1907, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (remember the name) fined Standard Oil of Indiana a record $29.4 million for illegal rebating to freight carriers; the conviction and fine are later reversed on appeal. In 1914, Germany declared war on France. In 1921, Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirmed the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court. Landis was probably unfair on a few of the players, and also was probably responsible for delaying integration in baseball. In 1936, Jesse Owens won the 100 m dash. In 1946, Santa Claus Land, the first amusement park, opened in the US. In 1948 Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a communist and a Soviet spy. He was probably both, but it upset other communist Soviet spies when it was said so. In 1958 the USS Nautilus journeyed beneath the arctic ice cap. In 1977 the US Senate began hearings on MKUltra. On the same day Tandy began selling personal computers. 
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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 Christine Madelene and David Ba. Born on the same day, across the years, as Alfred Deakin (1856), Rupert Brooke (1887), P. D. James (1920), Tony Bennett (1926), Martin Sheen (1940), Martha Stewart (1941), Isaiah Washington (1963), Sonny Bill Williams (1985) and Kim Hyung-jun (1987). On your day Independence Day in Niger (1960); Flag Day in Venezuela
1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1527 – The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.
1913 – A strike by agricultural workers in Wheatland, California, US, degenerated into a riot, one of the first major farm labor confrontations in California.
1914 – World War I: Germany declares war against France.
1916 – Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement was hanged at London's Pentonville Prison for treason for his role in the Easter Rising, a rebellion to win Irish independence from Britain.
1949 – The Basketball Association of America agreed to merge with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association.
2005 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former Mayor of Tehran, began his term as the sixth President of Iran.
2007 – Former Deputy Director of the Chilean secret police Raúl Iturriaga was captured after having been on the run following a conviction for kidnapping. I'm sure you have nothing to do with kidnapping and torture. But that Iranian madman might have been an opportunity. Basketball is all very well, if you like cheering in crowds. A foreigner was hanged for treason .. go figure. Germany disputed France .. always going to be futile. Like that strike by agricultural workers .. things ground to a halt. This is a letter to you .. your ship sails.

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Not sending kids to school is child abuse

Piers Akerman – Saturday, August 02, 2014 (10:19pm)

THE appalling conditions in which many among Australia’s Aboriginal population exist is an indictment on our nation. 

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Asylum spin’s out of whack on facts

Miranda Devine – Saturday, August 02, 2014 (10:20pm)

WE haven’t seen such an obsessive focus on children in detention centres since the Howard era. After six years of silence, while Labor was busy packing detention centres to overflowing with record numbers of children, the Human Rights Commission has suddenly discovered the issue. 

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Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians (died 911) became ruler of English Mercia shortly after the death of its last king, Ceolwulf II, in 879. His rule was confined to the western half, as eastern Mercia was then part of the Viking-ruled Danelaw. Æthelred's origin is unknown, and he was first recorded as the probable leader of an unsuccessful Mercian invasion of Wales in 881. Shortly afterwards, he marriedÆthelflæd, a daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex, and submitted to Alfred's lordship, an important step towards the unification of England in the next century. In the 890s the Vikings renewed their attacks, and in 893 Æthelred led a joint force of Mercians, West Saxons and Welsh to a decisive victory over the Vikings at the Battle of Buttington. He spent much of the decade fighting the Vikings in cooperation with Alfred's son, the future Edward the Elder. Historians disagree whether Æthelred governed Mercia as Alfred's deputy or whether he was a ruler of a semi-independent territory. Æthelred died in 911 and was succeeded by his widow, and then briefly by his daughter, before Mercia was annexed by Edward the Elder in 918. (Full article...)
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OUR FATHER, WHO TILTS IN GOSFORD

Tim Blair – Saturday, August 02, 2014 (10:36pm)

Check out the Compassionate Head Tilt on Father Rod Bower. The allegedly Anglican PC priest emphasises his tilty stance with a haughty dash of Superiority Sneer.
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The Bolt Report today, August 3

Andrew Bolt August 03 2014 (5:49am)

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On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…

My guest:  Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
The panel: Tim Wilson and Kimberley Kitching.
NewsWatch:  The Daily Telegraph’s Miranda Devine. 
The videos of the shows appear here.
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THE BOLT REPORT
3 AUGUST 2014
INTERVIEW WITH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER GREG HUNT
ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: Environment Minister Greg Hunt, this week, approved a huge mine in central Queensland, the Carmichael mine, the biggest in the country. So rich, it should earn $300 billion over its lifetime. That means, not just thousands of jobs, but tens of billions in royalties to pay for hospitals, schools, the arts. But when the ABC’s 7.30, this week, reported on how the coal should be shipped out, taken by barges to a loading dock out near the Barrier Reef for transshipment, well, every single one of the five people it interviewed was against it. There was the environmental activist, a fisherman, a UNESCO World Heritage official, a reef fish supplier, a local home owner. The ABC even ran the anti-mine ad from the GetUp! activist group. Well, for balance, I now have Environment Minister Greg Hunt. Thanks for your time.
GREG HUNT, ENVIRONMENT MINISTER: Good morning, Andrew.
ANDREW BOLT: Don’t you get the sick of ABC preaching anti-mine stuff like that?
GREG HUNT: I try to be pretty zen about these things.
ANDREW BOLT: First, some facts. Will shipping the coal out by barge to a ship, this transshipment, actually threaten the reef?
GREG HUNT: Well, the answer is no. Let me put this very clearly, there are a number of ways that material can be moved. One of them which, of course, the anti-coal activists, the hard left, have historically argued for was transshipping. They said, you don’t have to do any dredging that way. The port is 40 kilometres from the reef. The mine is 500 kilometres from the coast. If you listen to the extreme left, the people who have always argued for electricity to reduce poverty, now, they’re against the electricity, and now they are pretending that a mine, which is 500 kilometres from the coast, in the outback, in remote areas, is somehow where the reef is. So, there are ways of doing this which has been done for decades and decades which have no impact, we wouldn’t have approved it otherwise. But, at the end of the day, this is about providing electricity to up to 100 million people in India. Obviously, there’s an enormous benefit for Australian families and communities. But, in India, where 100 million people can be lifted out of poverty, where there can be electricity for hospitals and schools, of course the hard left, the extreme left, are silent about that, they effectively demonise the people that are bringing folk out of poverty, and I think it’s time that they have an honest conversation.
ANDREW BOLT: You know what struck me as interesting about that ABC footage? They interviewed… one of the people they interviewed, that we saw in that little package, warning against the
transshipment, was the UNESCO’s Fanny Douvere, who said it raised more potential for damages to the reef. Excuse me, but is that the same Fanny Douvere who, two years ago, said transshipment could be less impacting on the environment than dredging the port? You know, getting all these plumes of dirt in the water, and all that? And that this technique, that this port is looking at, the mine is looking at, should be evaluated? Is that the same person?
GREG HUNT: Well, yes, it is, and, of course -
ANDREW BOLT; Funny!
GREG HUNT: The hard left groups have been arguing against any dredging, except when it was proposed under Labor. For example, we took what was a 38 million tonne proposal that Anna Bligh trumpeted as a superterminal. Our final decision was for a one twelfth the size proposal. The extreme left, the hard left, the GetUps of the world, were silent under Labor, and then they were radicalised
when it was one twelfth. And they may have presented that to some of the international groups, but let’s be clear. Everybody has said, that if you can do this with less impact, that’s great. Now, we’ve done it with one twelfth of what Labor proposed, but you’d never hear that from the extreme left.
ANDREW BOLT: But, have you told UNESCO to explain why it says one thing in a report, like this transshipment movement of coal, have a look at it, it’s probably good for the environment, and then goes tells the ABC the exact opposite? Have you asked them to explain this intervention?
GREG HUNT; Yes, I have, because –
ANDREW BOLT: And?
GREG HUNT: Two years ago there was a very clear statement that this was precisely the sort of low-impact model which they thought Australia should consider. It’s been put forward for consideration, no determination, no decision, but it’s been put forward for consideration, and –
ANDREW BOLT: What’s their excuse, then?
GREG HUNT: We did ask them to explain the, should we say, inconsistency between what was a desperately-needed measure two years ago, and what was suddenly raised now. To be fair, they have said they were misrepresented by the ABC. I spoke to the deputy head of the World Heritage Committee, who said that the quote was taken out of context. It was a general statement of principle, that things need to be assessed. They were adamant that they were badly misrepresented by the ABC 7.30, and that, if you read the original transcript, it was a statement made in the general, which was then attributed to the specific. I’ll take them on their word on that. But I’m sure that they will see that we are moving from a high-impact model under Labor to a low-impact model under us, and we’re dealing with something which is 500 kilometres inland, not on the coast as the GetUps and the extreme left of the Australian political scheme would have people believe.
ANDREW BOLT: The green groups’ real beef is that more coal means more carbon dioxide, which means more global warming. You’re a warmist, doesn’t that worry you too? Won’t this giant mine, with all this coal, make hot days hotter?

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Report: parental leave scheme deferred

Andrew Bolt August 03 2014 (5:03am)

I’d strip the Government’s agenda to its essentials - and to what might actually get through the Senate:
Legislation for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to Parliament this year, sources have revealed…
Treasurer Joe Hockey said in June that PPL legislation would be introduced ‘‘soon’’ and described as ‘‘absurd’’ suggestions the policy had been stalled due to internal unrest.

But a government source said the scheme had been placed in the “too-hard basket” because the Coalition was fighting on too many fronts and struggling to get its basic budget measures passed by the Senate.
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Warmists now warn: global warming means fewer cyclones. Panic!

Andrew Bolt August 03 2014 (4:46am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - propaganda

Australia hasn’t had so few tropical cyclones for many centuries, says Jonathan Nott of James Cook University. But the strange thing is that Nott claims this was actually predicted by warmists all along:
Our CAI for Australia shows that seasonal TC activity is at its lowest level since the year 500AD in Western Australia and 1400AD in Queensland and this decline in activity has been most pronounced since about 1960AD. This reduction in activity reflects the forecasts of TC behaviour for the Australian region from a suite of the most recent global climate models except this decrease appears to be occurring many decades earlier than expected.
Pardon? So global warming models actually predicted global warming would give us a decrease in tropical cyclones? Then why did the alarmists pretend the very opposite?
Here is Bob Brown in 2011 after Cyclone Yasi:
GREENS leader Bob Brown says the coal mining industry should foot the bill for the Queensland floods because it helped cause them…
“It’s the single biggest cause - burning coal - for climate change and it must take its major share of responsibility for the weather events we are seeing unfolding now,” he said in Hobart today.
Here is new Greens leader Christine Milne on Yasi :

Firstly to the natural disasters occurring around the country, particularly in Queensland… But it’s time for parliamentarians to recognise that we are going to be living with extreme weather events every year from now on. We can’t say where, we can’t say when, but what we know in a world that is increasingly warming, we are going to see more extreme events.
I didn’t hear a single climate scientist tell Brown and Milne that, no, global warming would give us fewer cyclones, not more.
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‘We are truly screwed’: John Ondrasik sums up latest Benghazi bombshell ==>http://twitchy.com/2013/08/01/we-are-truly-screwed-john-ondrasik-sums-up-latest-benghazi-bombshell/
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Great to visit St Andrew's College in Wantirna South today. Margie and I did some reading with the prep class and I addressed the school assembly. I also announced our plan to provide funding certainty for our schools:http://tonyabbott.com.au/News/tabid/94/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/9330/The-Coalition-will-provide-funding-certainty-for-schools.aspx
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This patch-up job threatens Labor's chances

BY:PAUL KELLY, EDITOR-AT-LARGE From: The Australian August 03, 2013 

THIS is the ugly reality of governing today. Kevin Rudd's election campaign now confronts slower growth, higher unemployment, weaker terms of trade, fractured business confidence and more tax increases to repair the latest in a long line of Labor's misjudgments on the economy.

It is a bad way to start an election. The economy is in worse shape than Labor expected just 10 weeks ago in its May budget. The downside risks are greater. Labor has misread the economic trajectory yet again. Its economic credibility has taken a further hit.

This mini-budget is strictly an election eve patch-up job. It is a huge break for Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey. It makes Rudd's campaign challenge on the economy far more daunting. It has a deeper policy message: to be credible, Rudd needs a more far-reaching economic reform agenda than anything Labor has produced so far.

This statement reveals what private-sector think tanks have argued for several years: Australia's budget is in structural difficulty on both the revenue and spending side. How many patch-ups jobs before Labor confronts the magnitude of the problem?

New Treasurer Chris Bowen has been given a poisoned chalice. It is extraordinary and embarrassing that just four weeks into the new 2013-14 year, Labor has been forced to significantly recast its May budget, its core forecasts and its return-to-surplus timetable.

The figures constitute a humiliation: the May budget forecast an $18 billion deficit for this year but the revised figure is $30bn.

The political optics for Rudd and Bowen are high-risk. Labor is campaigning on jobs, yet the unemployment rate is revised upwards from 5.75 per cent to 6.25 per cent for two years. Labor is campaigning on growth, yet the growth rate is revised down from 2.75 per cent to 2.5 per cent. Labor is campaigning on better ties with business, yet these decisions have provoked bitter critiques from business and finance. Finally, Labor is campaigning on its economic record, yet the return to surplus has now been deferred by another year to 2016-17, having been deferred for a further three years in the May budget after the failure to hit surplus in 2012-13. Just as bad, the new timetable is hardly credible.

Abbott and Hockey now have documented evidence of Labor's failure. The forecasts point to a deteriorating economy that strikes at the heart of Labor's jobs mantra. Bowen said the mini-budget revealed "not a crisis but a transition". He's right. But the odds on crisis continue to shorten. The problem is that the statement from Bowen and Finance Minister Penny Wong merely reinforces the existing criticism about Labor despite the political shift from Julia Gillard to Rudd.

Labor is locked into chronic "catch-up" economic policy as the economy is shown to be in worse shape than it predicts. Its election game plan is obvious: it waits on the Reserve Bank to further cut interest rates while mobilising its failures - its ongoing budget deficits - as a virtue to run a scare against Abbott as the fiscal hardliner and recession specialist.

The risk is this document reinforces Labor's political vulnerability - its policy-on-the-run scramble, its addiction to tax increases, a tobacco excise that privileges healthy lifestyle over the hip-pocket concerns of working-class men, a levy on bank "savings" recruited to a fiscal fix, plus the announced fringe benefits tax changes.

Every way you look, it's a patch-up job. Bowen and Wong have done their best. But they are starting from the wrong place at the wrong time. It is hard to imagine a nastier setting. For Bowen, it is a ruthless initiation.

Rudd underestimates Labor's problems on the economic front. This week the Business Council of Australia released a 10-year action plan warning that "Australia is at a crossroads" and calling for policies to restore business confidence and competitiveness. The mini-budget suggests Labor just doesn't get it.

Labor's budget credibility is so damaged that even its revised forecasts are disbelieved. With growth now slowing, Labor forecasts a kick back to 3 per cent next year and another shallow (that means hardly credible) surplus in 2016-17.

The head of consultancy Macroeconomics, Stephen Anthony, rejects Labor's new $4bn return-to-surplus forecast in 2016-17, saying his modelling points to an estimated $19bn deficit that year.

"We think the situation is significantly worse than this document concedes," Anthony says. "We continue to look at serious structural problems with the budget."

But Anthony's most lethal remark concerns the May budget: "The message now is that the government and Treasury should have 'fessed up at budget time to the real situation.

"We have finished up where most of the private forecasters were in May."

The BCA is incredulous about the Bowen-Wong mini-budget. "Let's be clear, the government's fiscal strategy is not on track," its chief executive Jennifer Westacott says.

The business lobby didn't believe Swan's May budget surplus pledge by 2015-16 and, as Westacott says, that scepticism is now proven correct. Unsurprisingly, the BCA says a "credible and believable fiscal strategy" demands fundamental changes to the structure of government spending but "there is little or no evidence of this". In short, the statement is not believable.

"I do not believe these numbers," Hockey said. Why wouldn't he? The opposition Treasury spokesman said he didn't believe the May budget numbers and was proved right within 10 weeks. Many private forecasters won't believe these latest revisions either. This situation is extremely damaging for Labor, the Treasury and investment confidence.

Bowen and Wong faced a $33bn revenue writedown since May over the forward estimates. This should not have happened. Courtesy of the Treasury it has become Gillard's dagger into Rudd's hopes. The budget was too optimistic on both the terms of trade and nominal gross domestic product growth.

The Rudd cabinet, on Bowen's advice, decided it would be counterproductive to match the revenue shortfall with spending cuts to honour Swan's 2015-16 surplus pledge. That was the correct decision. However, it will not gainsay growing alarm about Labor policy. The problem is Labor's addiction to fiscal incrementalism and its inability in recent times to confront the scale and depth of the budget dilemma. This is not a one-off. It is a systemic problem that originates with the 2010 and 2011 budgets.

Labor has misread the nature of the post-global financial crisis economic recovery. It was too optimistic on the terms of trade, too optimistic on the revenue forecasts, it spent too much, it misjudged the budget bottom line and it failed to prioritise the policy settings for competitiveness.

The upshot on election eve is that Bowen and Wong made savings across the forward estimates of $17bn offset by spends worth $9bn for net savings of $8bn. Yet the saves are rear-end loaded, with $6.8bn coming in the final year 2016-17 of the forward estimates. By contrast, real spending leaps ahead a whopping 5.7 per cent in the current year, an election time quicksand.

The political and morality tale for Rudd is exquisite. Remember, for three years the Gillard loyalists have damned Rudd for the terrible 2010 inheritance he left Gillard: on climate change, the mining tax and boats.

You won't have to listen too hard for a new thunder: it is the Rudd loyalists damning Gillard and Swan for the 2013 inheritance they have left Rudd: a budget falling off a cliff and an economy slowing too fast. The budget, of course, should be in surplus now given that Australia has experienced a once-in-a-century terms-of-trade boom.

Rudd wants to paint an optimistic picture of Australia's economic transition beyond the resources boom. His problem, however, is the growing criticism of Labor's record and the electoral implications of the slowing economy, a reality impinging across most sectors of the economy.

The numbers in this economic statement on jobs, growth, deficits and debt will frame the Abbott-Hockey campaign. It is a gift to them.

Their message will be that Labor - Rudd or Gillard - cannot be trusted on the economy.

It is true there are doubts about Abbott and Hockey, yet the accumulated critique of Labor is assuming daunting dimensions. Rudd wants to build bridges with business. But listen to what business was saying yesterday: those bridges are burning.

"The economic statement has seen a continuation of the muddle-through approach characterised by ad hoc and rushed proposals that simply hasn't worked in the past," Westacott says on behalf of the BCA. "The measures announced will do little to rebuild confidence."

The Australian Industry Group's head Innes Willox says: "Today's announcements demonstrate once and for all that Australia's existing tax base and spending priorities are not sustainable."

These are damning attacks. They border on open declarations of no confidence in Labor. The chasm between Labor and business is only getting deeper.

Beyond this, Anthony warns that restoring the budget is a much tougher task than Labor recognises. He says the terms-of-trade projections remain too optimistic. He laments the absence of plans to address the structural problem on the spending side. Anthony says his modelling showed a cumulative budget deficit across the forward estimates (including 2012-13) of $106bn and a budget this year in a heavy structural deficit of $44bn.

The moral is obvious: both Rudd and Abbott can campaign only as fiscal conservatives.

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ALP have blown out the budget by more than $1.3 Billion a week since the budget was handed down ten weeks ago. Rudd had said he had learned from his first term. His first term he only spent $100 million a day. Now he is approaching $200 million a day. Just like Weiner, Rudd can't hide his talent. - ed
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I feel it is false advertising. Join the navy, they said. See the world they said. But my boat is nothing like this .. Painted grey! - ed

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U.S. President Barack Obama gave a commitment to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to take action “in the coming months” regarding theIranian nuclear threat, in exchange for Israel's agreement to renew “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority (PA), a security source told Arutz Sheva.
The source said, however, that Obama did not reach a specific agreement with Netanyahu, but gave only a general commitment. The source added that it was not clear if the commitment was given in exchange for the very fact that Israel-PA negotiations are being held, or if it is conditional on their success.
Netanyahu's agreement to release terrorist murderers from Israeli jails appears to derive from the same agreement. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon appears to have been hinting at this when he said Monday that “Perhaps, one day, the strategic considerations that stood behind the decision to free the Palestinian prisoners will be revealed.”
In recent months, Obama has been dragging out the process of reaching a decision on a strike in Iran that would damage its nuclear weapons program. This indecision has affected Israel, too, since even a unilateral Israeli strike requires full cooperation from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. 
The White House released a statement Friday in which it said: "President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu today to commend his leadership and courage in resuming final status negotiations with the Palestinians. The President underscored that while the parties have much work to do in the days and months ahead, the United States will support them fully in their efforts to achieve peace. The two leaders agreed to continue the close coordination between the United States and Israel on this and other regional issues."
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Social Television, a web channel sponsored by the New Israel Fund, has been encouraging its viewers to take part in protests against the Praver plan for legalizing Bedouin communities in the Negev. The pre-planned riots took place Thursday and had an extremely violent nature.
The riots were led by radical Arab MKs Hanin Zouabi and Jamal Zahalka (Balad) at Wadi Ara in Israel's north-central region, and also took place at Lehavim Junction in the Negev.
In Wadi Ara, 18 rioters were arrested because of violence. In the Negev, two Arabs were arrested after rocks were thrown.
Police expected rioters to try and block Highway 65, and prevented them from doing so by showing up in large forces. MK Zahalka was asked Thursday by a television reporter if the rioters intended to block the road. He smiled and said that “the youths will do what they want.” He is the same MK who told Jewish MKs, in a Knesset debatethat took place a few hours earlier, that the Arabs “were here before you and will be here after you are gone,” prompting a response from the prime minister.
The Social Television web news broadcast, which can be seen below (in Hebrew), directs its viewers to take part in the demonstrations and points them to the Facebook page that organizes them. It also includes footage from previous violent riots, including riots at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate that involved serious violence against Jewish motorists.
The Social Television broadcast includes an interview with a lawyer from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), another NIF-sponsored group, who backs the rioters and criticizes police for their alleged violence against the rioters.
At least one Jewish man was stabbed at or near the location of the Damascus Gate riots, and more or less simultaneously with them.
Riots by Israel's Arabs accompanied the outbreak of the terror war often referred to as “the Second Intifada” in September and October of 2000. Much of the rioting focused on Highway 65, which was blocked for several days. Riots of the type that took placeThursday can easily, therefore, turn into strategic threats on Israel's sovereignty within pre-1967 lines.
The newscast includes a report on leftists who have been summoned to “interviews” with the Shin Bet, and directs them to information on how to handle themselves. The ACRI lawyer, Sharona Elyahu-Hai, explains that ACRI has filed a High Court motion against these Shin Bet interviews.
The New Israel Fund is co-chaired by Martin Indyk, who has been chosen by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the mediator in “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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Are American weapons being used by jihadists in the Sinai?



Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/07/are_american_weapons_being_use.php#ixzz2auH8d6MN


Since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi from the presidency of Egypt on July 3, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of attacks against security personnel and installations in the Sinai Peninsula. Eight army checkpoints were attacked on Monday alone, according to Ma'an News Agency.
New claims from Egypt's Interior Ministry suggest that in an attack over the weekend, a US-made missile may have been fired by militants at a security installation in el Arish.
Jihadists attacked the Egyptian security headquarters in northern Sinai ostensibly using an American-made ballistic missile, Egypt's interior ministry said early Monday morning.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the ministry said the missile, which it said was made by the US, hit the third floor of the building in the city of el-Arish on Sunday evening, injuring three soldiers.
Along with its statement, the Interior Ministry released three photos of the alleged missile, which appears to be labeled as an AGM-114F.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/07/are_american_weapons_being_use.php#ixzz2auH5HlMB

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I think the risk of invasion is ridiculously low and the issue is only raised by the Age to misdirect from the fact that the ALP is gutting defence and that is bad even if we aren't going to be invaded. When Hawke asked then Chinese Premier Deng Xiaopeng if instead of executing his people he could send some of the more militant democracy advocates to Australia Deng asked him "How many million do you want?" The issue of defence is more than mere risk of invasion. Our ability to be able to support law and order in the Pacific and work with allies is diminished by the ALP cuts. - ed
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The front page of today's Herald Sun pretty much sums it up...Tony Abbott
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I won't fly on that airline. I have standards too. - ed
Alix Townsend wearing what she wore to go on holiday to Majorca,Spain
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Pay, or be euthanised? - ed
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38 years old .. but not mature enough to discuss things? - ed
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Poor Natalie Wood .. - ed
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If you only consider how your actions will affect you, life will be bitter and miserable.
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."
Ephesians 1:11
Our belief in God's wisdom supposes and necessitates that he has a settled purpose and plan in the work of salvation. What would creation have been without his design? Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance for its formation? Nay, in every bone, joint, and muscle, sinew, gland, and blood-vessel, you mark the presence of a God working everything according to the design of infinite wisdom. And shall God be present in creation, ruling over all, and not in grace? Shall the new creation have the fickle genius of free will to preside over it when divine counsel rules the old creation? Look at Providence! Who knoweth not that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father? Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. God weighs the mountains of our grief in scales, and the hills of our tribulation in balances. And shall there be a God in providence and not in grace? Shall the shell be ordained by wisdom and the kernel be left to blind chance? No; he knows the end from the beginning. He sees in its appointed place, not merely the corner-stone which he has laid in fair colours, in the blood of his dear Son, but he beholds in their ordained position each of the chosen stones taken out of the quarry of nature, and polished by his grace; he sees the whole from corner to cornice, from base to roof, from foundation to pinnacle. He hath in his mind a clear knowledge of every stone which shall be laid in its prepared space, and how vast the edifice shall be, and when the top-stone shall be brought forth with shoutings of "Grace! Grace! unto it." At the last it shall be clearly seen that in every chosen vessel of mercy, Jehovah did as he willed with his own; and that in every part of the work of grace he accomplished his purpose, and glorified his own name.

Evening

"So she gleaned in the field until even."
Ruth 2:17
Let me learn from Ruth, the gleaner. As she went out to gather the ears of corn, so must I go forth into the fields of prayer, meditation, the ordinances, and hearing the word to gather spiritual food. The gleaner gathers her portion ear by ear; her gains are little by little: so must I be content to search for single truths, if there be no greater plenty of them. Every ear helps to make a bundle, and every gospel lesson assists in making us wise unto salvation. The gleaner keeps her eyes open: if she stumbled among the stubble in a dream, she would have no load to carry home rejoicingly at eventide. I must be watchful in religious exercises lest they become unprofitable to me; I fear I have lost much already--O that I may rightly estimate my opportunities, and glean with greater diligence. The gleaner stoops for all she finds, and so must I. High spirits criticize and object, but lowly minds glean and receive benefit. A humble heart is a great help towards profitably hearing the gospel. The engrafted soul-saving word is not received except with meekness. A stiff back makes a bad gleaner; down, master pride, thou art a vile robber, not to be endured for a moment. What the gleaner gathers she holds: if she dropped one ear to find another, the result of her day's work would be but scant; she is as careful to retain as to obtain, and so at last her gains are great. How often do I forget all that I hear; the second truth pushes the first out of my head, and so my reading and hearing end in much ado about nothing! Do I feel duly the importance of storing up the truth? A hungry belly makes the gleaner wise; if there be no corn in her hand, there will be no bread on her table; she labours under the sense of necessity, and hence her tread is nimble and her grasp is firm; I have even a greater necessity, Lord, help me to feel it, that it may urge me onward to glean in fields which yield so plenteous a reward to diligence.
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Today's reading: Psalm 60-62, Romans 5 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 60-62

For the director of music. To the tune of "The Lily of the Covenant." A miktam of David. For teaching. When he fought Aram Naharaim and Aram Zobah, and when Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

1 You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;
you have been angry-now restore us!
2 You have shaken the land and torn it open;
mend its fractures, for it is quaking.
3 You have shown your people desperate times;
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
4 But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner
to be unfurled against the bow....

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 5

Peace and Hope
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us....
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James

[Jāmez] - supplanter.
1. The son of Zebedee, and the elder brother of John, and one of the Twelve (Matt. 4:21; 10:2; 17:1; Mark 1:19, 29; 3:17; 5:37; 9:2; 10:35; 41; 13:3; 14:33; Luke 5:10; 6:14; 8:51; 9:28, 54; Acts 1:13; 12:2). From the foregoing references several facts emerge:
James'father Zebedee, was a Galilean fisherman and prosperous, since he employed servants to assist in the management of his boats.
Zebedee had a house in Jerusalem and was known as a friend of the High Priest, Caiaphas, and his household. This would mark Him as a man of social position.
His mother's name was Salome, whom tradition says was a sister of the Virgin Mary, which may help to throw light upon the relation of her sons to the Master. This would also make James a cousin to Jesus after the flesh.
James worked in partnership with his father and brothers and was busy with his boats and nets when the call of Christ reached him.
His name is coupled with his brother John in the lists of the apostles, which could mean that when they were sent forth two by two, James and John would be paired. Evidently they were men of like spirit and disposition and received from Jesus the title "Sons of Thunder."
He was on terms of special intimacy with Christ, although he never attained the distinction of his brother John.
His life came to an untimely end when he was martyred by Herod Agrippa. The cup and the baptism of pain and death were his. Seventeen years passed between his call to service and his death. He was the second of the martyrs and the first of the apostles to give his life for Christ.
We have no word from his pen nor word he spoke unless Acts 4:24-30 be an exception, but James was content to be a disciple. He never sought fame, power, a great name. He had no ambition to be first.
2. The son of Alphaeus (Matt. 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13). We know little of this James apart from his own name and his father's name, coming to us under the double form of Alphaeus and Clopas (John 19:25 R. V.). Evidently he did nothing that needed any record. We do know that this son of Alphaeus was called the Little (not the Less ). Perhaps he was short of stature and to distinguish him from others of the same name he was known as "James the Little."
His mother was one of the devoted women who stood by the cross and visited the tomb.
He had a brother Joses, who was also a believer (Mark 15:40; 16:1; John 19:25).
Tradition says that he had been a tax-gatherer. It may be his father Alphaeus was the same Alphaeus who was the father of Levi the tax-gatherer, who became Matthew the Apostle.
3. The Lord's brother ( Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3; Acts 12:17; 15:13; 21:18; 1 Cor. 15:7; Gal. 1:19; 2:9, 12; Jas. 1:1). Acute controversy has raged around whether this James was an actual brother of Christ and also one of the Twelve.

The Man with Camel's Knees

Because of his relationship to Christ we deem it necessary to devote a little more attention to this honorable James. How exactly was he related to the Lord? There are some writers who affirm that there are only two persons by the name of James in the New Testament and that the one we are presently considering was the son of Alphaeus and Mary the sister of our Lord's mother, that is, the James under No. 2. Various explanations have been given of this third James.
He was a child of Joseph by a former marriage. Those like the Roman Catholics, who argue for the perpetual virginity of Mary, are against our Lord having any natural relatives apart from His mother.
The word "brother" or "kinsman" is used loosely, and means "cousin," according to Jewish usage. If he was a son of the virgin Mary's sister, then he would be our Lord's cousin, or "cousin-brother," as the Indians express it.
He, being the natural son of Joseph and Mary after their marriage, was actually our Lord's half-brother. The language of the passages cited under this James indicates that he had a relationship with Christ within rather than without the immediate family of Joseph and Mary. In the remonstration with Christ concerning His preaching, the whole circumstance points to James as being one of Mary's sons ( Matt. 12:46-50). The facts are these:
I. He is spoken of as being among the sisters and brothers of Christ (Matt. 13:55, 56; John 2:12; 7:3, 10).
II. He was not a believer during our Lord's life. Along with the other children of Joseph and Mary, James did not accept the Messiah-ship of Jesus (Matt. 13:57; Luke 7:20, 21; John 7:5 ). There can be no doubt, however, that he did not remain unmoved by the goodness, unselfishness and example of Christ. Living with Him for almost thirty years must have left its impact upon James.
III. He was a witness of Christ's resurrection (1 Cor. 15:7). It would seem as if James was won to faith by a special manifestation of the risen Lord. Seen of James! Paul would only know of one "James," the one often alluded to in the Acts of the Apostles. The result of that glorious sight and conversation transformed James into a disciple and a believer. It is after this experience that we find "the brethren of the Lord" joined with "the apostles" and "the women" assembled together in the upper chamber (Acts 1:14).
IV. He became a pillar of the Church at Jerusalem, rising to eminence (Acts 12:17; 15:4-34; 21:18, 19; Gal. 2:1-10).
V. He became known for his piety and was named "James the Just." Tradition has it that he was a Nazarite from his mother's womb, abstaining from strong drink and animal food and wearing linen. We are told of his strict adherence to the law (Acts 21:17-26; Gal. 2:12).
VI. He was the writer of the epistle bearing his name, which has always been attributed to "James the Just." But such was his character that he styled himself not as the brother, but only theservant or "slave" of the Lord Jesus Christ. His epistle gives us an admirable summary of practical duties incumbent upon all believers.
VII. He was a man who believed in the power of prayer, as evidenced by the space he devotes to it in his epistle. Because of his habit of always kneeling in intercession for the saints, his knees became calloused like a camel's; thus he became known as "The Man with Camel's Knees."
VIII. He was cruelly martyred by the Scribes and Pharisees, who cast him from the pinnacle of the Temple. As the fall did not kill him, his enemies stoned him, finally dispatching him with a fuller's club (see Matt. 4:5; Luke 4:9). Across from the Valley of Jehoshaphat, there is a sepulcher called "The Tomb of St. James."
4. James , the father of the Apostle Judas (Luke 6:16 RV). We have no further record of this James. Hastings states that, "the A.V. 'Judas the brother of James' is an impossible identification of the Apostle Judas with the author of the Epistle (Jude 1)."
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