Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Mike Carlton is not the sole dispenser of bigotry against Jews. Al Jazeera is not the worst. ABC and Fairfax Press have been promoting bigotry as normal behaviour. Who is to blame when six school kids invade a bus for a Jewish school and threaten the kids as young as five years old with having their throats cut while calling out slogans like 'Heil Hitler' and 'Free Palestine.' When apprehended, the perpetrators claimed they were too drunk to be questioned. Their parents must be proud. Thing is, I have seen people with parenting skills where this would not happen. How will 18c be applied? Will the school kid victims be chastised for being children of Jewish parents? It worked with Bolt. 

A comet is seen and it has a face on it. Nature is grand. God is great. Final arguments are being given in the Pistorius trial. Pistorius was offered the baton of truth in the event, and dropped it. He is without a defence or a leg to stand on. He shot his girlfriend for no reason and should serve a long term. $28k is how much Malaysian airlines was set to save in fuel costs for flying MH17 over Ukraine. I sympathise with them if it turns out Ukraine failed in her duty of care to warn of hostile activity. 

On this day in 322 BC the Athenian Democracy died when they failed to overthrow the Macedonians after Alexander died. In 461 the last great Roman emperor was beheaded by a rival who was supported by a jealous Senate. Which is why it was so hard to do anything worthwhile at the end of the Roman empire. In 626 the siege of Constantinople was abandoned after the besieging armies of Slavs and Avars began to believe the city had had divine help. In 1427 the Milanese attacked the Venetians and lost. In 1461 the Chinese Emperor's chair changed by coup. In 1714 the Russians had their first naval victory. In 1782 George Washington ordered the award of Purple Heart be made for wounded soldiers. In 1794 Washington ordered a crackdown on the Whiskey Rebellion. Fourteen years later in Sydney was to be the Rum Rebellion. Both rebellions involved the trade in liquor as currency. In 1858 the first AFL match was played between Melbourne and Scotch Grammar. In 1890 the last woman to be executed in Sweden was executed. In 1909 four women completed a road trip from NYC to San Francisco in 59 days. In 1930 the last confirmed lynching of blacks occurred .. in Indiana. In 1933, Iraqis slaughter some 3000 Assyrians. In 1944 IBM donated the first programmable calculator, called the Harvard Mark I. In 1955, Sony's parent company began selling transistor radios. In 1965 Hells Angels were permanently made part of organised crime at a Reyes Party. In 1970, in an effort to free a Black Panther, a California judge was taken hostage and killed. In 1998, Al Qaeda blew up two US embassies, one in Kenya and the other Nairobi. In 2008 Georgia fought Russia over territory. 
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

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.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Scott CarmichaelEric Ma and Jovicic Nada. Born on the same day, across the years as Robert Dudley (1574), Mata Hari (1876), Stan Freberg (1926), James Randi (1928), Greg Chappell (1948), David Duchovny (1960), Jimmy Wales (1966) and Abbie Cornish (1982). On your day, Independence Day in Ivory Coast (1960)
1782 – The Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great that serves as one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was unveiled.
1909 – Fifty-nine days after leaving New York City, Alice Huyler Ramsey, with three friends, arrived in San Francisco to become the first woman to drive an automobile across the U.S.
1933 – An estimated 3,000 Assyrians were slaughtered by Iraqi troops during the Simele massacre in the Dahuk and Mosul districts.
1938 – Prisoners from Dachau concentration camp were sent to begin construction of Mauthausen, which would later be part of one of the largest labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe.
1998 – Car bombs exploded simultaneously at the American embassies in the East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 4,500 others. That Bronze Horseman is a clue to your day .. freedom, mastery, planning. It isn't by accident you are here, your day is matched with love. Those horrors you face, you face with intelligence, and courage. You aren't fools, and today is your day.


School bus outrage shows dark force we must defeat

Piers Akerman – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (7:26pm)

THERE is an ageless Arabian proverb which says: “Once the camel gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” The truly revolting racist attack on a busload of Jewish schoolchildren in Randwick on Wednesday afternoon demonstrates that the anti-Semitic camel is well and truly ensconced in the Australian tent.

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Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (3:48pm)

Tony Abbott and his government have gravely underestimated the commitment of Australians to free speech
Free Market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs raised $10,000 an hour for three hours after emailing supporters asking for cash to fund an attack ad on Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
IPA Director John Roskam on Wednesday warned the government not to “underestimate the white-hot anger” of Liberals dismayed by the Prime Minister’s decision to back down from repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Now it appears that anger has been converted into cash with the appeal topping $45,000 as of this morning, according to Mr Roskam. 
This is similar to the conservative uprising that followed Malcolm Turnbull’s embrace of an emissions trading scheme. He shortly became an ex-leader. There’s a lesson in that.


Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (2:32pm)

America’s weakest President grovels once more
Jimmy Carter, the former president of the United States, has called on Western powers to recognise Hamas as a legitimate “political actor” …
“Only by recognising its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.” 
This from someone who is frightened by bunnies.


Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (5:23am)

A sure sign that Tony Abbott has made a dreadful error:



Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (4:08am)

American college degrees cost a whole bunch of money. And this is what you get.


Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (3:58am)

Former SMH columnist Mike Carlton thanks his supportive colleagues
“I’d like to thank my colleagues at the Herald for the massive support they’re giving me right now.” 
Don’t be too sure of that, Mike: 
It was Mike Carlton’s own colleagues who sealed his fate, complaining about his abusive behaviour towards readers to Fairfax Media’s news and business publisher, Sean Aylmer.
Despite Carlton claiming he had vast support at The Sydney Morning Herald, and his downfall was a result of the “Israel lobby”, The Australian can reveal a number of Fairfax employees went to Aylmer with evidence of Carlton’s abusive comments, including one where he told a reader to “f. k off”.
Carlton’s abusive correspondence with readers was well-known, and for all to see on Twitter, but Aylmer became aware of the extent of the problem only on Tuesday afternoon …
The Australian can reveal that discussions about replacing Carlton began in June … writer John Birmingham is understood to be a trial option for Carlton’s regular Saturday column. 
Shouldn’t solidarity-minded leftists refuse to cash in on Carlton’s departure? And shouldn’t the SMH look for a replacement who isn’t equally toxic as Carlton?
UPDATE. Today’s column:
According to Mike Carlton, his downfall was brought about by a sinister conspiracy led by Australia’s Jewish lobby.
“That was twinned by a campaign by News Corp - because they hate my guts, but also because it destroyed a rival columnist,” Carlton claimed yesterday. “And now, Fairfax has handed News Corp that present, gift-wrapped.”
As usual, Carlton is wrong. His misfortunes are entirely self-inflicted.

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Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (3:10am)

First, grab a government-funded gig at the ABC. Second, score government-funded speaking deals
ABC presenters are scooping up many of the tens of thousands of dollars in celebrity speaking contracts being dished out by the federal public service …
IP Australia paid $10,800 to bring in ABC science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to give a talk in June …
Austrade spent $14,300 to get [Lateline presenter Emma] Alberici to host its 51st Australian export awards a year ago.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics spent $18,132 to have Dan Gregory, a panelist on The Gruen Transfer, as the keynote and dinner speaker at the NatStats conference in early 2013. 
Your taxes at work, friends.


Tim Blair – Thursday, August 07, 2014 (2:19am)

An excellent AC/DC cover from some kind of Finnish tractor band:


Liberal blame game: colleagues blame Brandis; Hockey blames everyone else

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (9:37am)

Lots of blaming of George Brandis:
George Brandis’ infamous defence of the rights of bigots has been cited by his own colleagues as the cause of the government’s capitulation on changing race-hate laws. Liberals said the Attorney-General’s comments in April had torpedoed what was a move to uphold free speech.
This is altogether too easy.
Brandis, to his credit, was on the side of the angels in pressing for freer speech and was undermined by Liberals kowtowing to special interests and ethnic voters in their seats.
Brandis, unlike most of his colleagues, argued publicly for these changes against a hostile Leftist media.
Brandis, unlike almost all his Cabinet colleagues, wanted to stick with these planned reforms to the very end.
And, of course, Brandis argued for free speech when every single Labor politician wouldn’t.
In looking for politicians to blame for this retreat I would look last at Brandis, who at least fought.
Odd that so many Liberals go on the record to attack Brandis.
Meanwhile, Joe Hockey blames everyone else for the failure to sell his Budget:
Treasurer Joe Hockey has hit out at a lack of bipartisan support for tough economic reform, weak business advocacy for change, and the media for attacks against him personally.
Hockey may well be right, but it just doesn’t do to complain:
...he has rounded on business saying that, “I think interest groups are quite weak, and the ­business community is weaker than it has been over many years, as a voice."…
“There is a weakening of public commentary. Therefore in the personality battles that the media engages in – and in my case everyone is against me at any rate .?.?. they’re abandoning the argument for good reform”, Hockey said.
This is starting to look shambolic. 

Let Tony Abbott go free

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (9:31am)

Good advice from Greg Craven:

Abbott has been so careful and so measured in most of his public utterances that he seems to be channelling a funeral director at a chancy burial.
But it does not work. The genuine spontaneity becomes strain. The quirkiness becomes awkwardness. The deeply held convictions become potential traps to be avoided.

Rudd and Gillard cause security shambles. Abbott blamed

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (9:09am)

The first two paragraphs of the Fairfax report would make you think this stupid Abbott Government was to blame:
Rampant visa fraud and migration crime involving people flying into Australia are going unchecked while the government focuses on stopping boats, according to secret government files detailing entrenched Immigration Department failings.
Hundreds of pages of leaked confidential departmental documents obtained by Fairfax Media reveal that Australia’s national security is being compromised by wide-scale visa rorting and migration rackets operating with impunity, including some with links to terrorism or organised crime.
In fact, read on and you find it was actually the Rudd and Gillard Governments that were asleep at the wheel between 2007 and 2013:
In 2013, [Immigration] department chiefs were warned in a confidential report that the agency’s investigations arm had collapsed, risking ‘’the integrity of its programs and ultimately national security’’…
The leaked documents cover a period between 2008 and 2013 and consistently show far greater rates of migration fraud than has been publicly revealed, along with warnings that the department was failing to combat it.
A 2010 report states that ‘’evidence uncovered to date indicates that fraud within the General Skilled Migration program is extensive with estimates at around 90 per cent [or] more than 40,000 suspect visa applications lodged per year for the last three years’’.
The report warns that ‘’resourcing constraints presently restrict’’ the department’s ‘’ability to adequately address these issues’’.
In 2012, immigration officials assessing Afghan applications noted that ‘’fraud is now ‘business as usual’ ‘’. They also noted the ‘’considerable concern’’ about the department’s inability to counter it.
A 2010 report into a Somali people-smuggling network stated that despite evidence pointing to multiple breaches of the Criminal Code Act and the Migration Act, the department had secured ‘’only one minor prosecution’’. ‘’Media attention and three PMQ’s [prime minister briefings] on this issue have not been enough for the government to address this situation,’’ the immigration file states.
A 2009 report reveals that the ‘’student visa program is failing’’, ‘’the general skilled migration program is failing’’ and the falsifying of qualifications was ‘’prolific’’. 
Why was this story sold as evidence of failure by the Abbott Government rather than of gross and repeated failure by the previous Labor governments? 

Giving up free speech so extremists don’t feel picked on

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (8:56am)

Free speech, Immigration, Islamism

TONY Abbott has exploded one of the dangerous myths of our out-of-control immigration program. We once expected immigrants like my parents to assimilate to Australian values. 

But now Australia assimilates to the values of the immigrants — including the most oppressive values.
The Prime Minister confirmed it on Tuesday in explaining why he’d dropped his plan to scrap restrictions in the Racial Discrimination Act that make it unlawful simply to “offend” someone with a statement related to their “race” or ethnicity.
“We are also determined to engage in ever closer consultation with communities including the Australian Muslim community,” he said.
“When it comes to counter-terrorism, everyone needs to be part of ‘Team Australia’ and I have to say that the Government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication in that respect.”
Pardon? We must placate Muslim Australians by restricting our freedom to say something critical of their culture, for instance, extremists being so prone to jihad?
(Read full article here.) 

Exactly how Liberal is this government?

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (8:53am)

This Liberal Government:
- has dropped its plans to restore free speech.
- maintains the fiction that man-made global warming threatens the world and we can stop it.
- proposes to change the constitution to divide Australians on the basis of their “race”.
- maintains absurdly high levels of immigration despite evidence of overcrowding and social dysfunction.
- has actually increased government spending.
- has left the ABC largely untouched, and dangerously huge.
- has left the Human Rights Commission intact and now functioning as a de facto opposition.
- proposes intrusive new surveillance powers it struggles to explain.
- has left oppressive workplace restrictions in place.
- has raised the top tax rate by 2 per cent, and broke an election promise in doing so.
Yes, it still:
- opposes same-sex marriage, but is toying now with allowing a conscience vote that is more likely to allow it.
But at least it has:
- called a royal commission into union corruption.
- stopped the boats.
- scrapped the carbon tax.
Are Liberal supporters happy? Should they be?
Is Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm the more authentic Liberal voice?
I am very disappointed that the government has dropped its plan to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act under the guise of national unity. If we want to live in a free society, we should take the advice of Chopper Read and harden up. There are many pressing issues for our governments and courts, but the question of who has had their feelings hurt is not one of them…
The government is now saying it will also force internet service providers to store the internet communications of their customers. We are all to be treated as potential criminals-in-waiting, with the evidence to be held in case it is needed.
This is not acceptable. In a liberal democracy in which the government serves the people, free speech must be the default option, with every encroachment subject to strict justifi­cation. Agencies such as ASIO must never be given the benefit of the doubt.

If you can’t explain what you’re spying on, I don’t want you to even look

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (8:39am)

The Attorney General should not propose tough new surveillance laws when he cannot even explain exactly how they work and how intrusive they will be in checking even your browsing history.
This is terrible explanation of what the IPA’s Chris Berg says is a terrible intrusion - a requirement that internet service providers retain metadata on their customers’ online activities:
Mandatory data retention treats all Australians as suspected criminals, storing away records of their internet activities just in case, in the future, they are accused of criminal activity.
Far from a targeted anti-terrorism measure, data retained under the government’s policy will be available for any law enforcement agency pry into.
Metadata is nothing less than a complete record of a person’s internet activities - and through that their personal and business life. Claims that ‘only’ metadata will be collected completely misunderstands the nature of digital communications…
The last few decades have shown us that after these sorts of policies are introduced they are incredibly hard to repeal.

Malcolm Turnbull is right to be angry:
An angry and frustrated Communications Minister forcefully warned the Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues yesterday that they risked being embarrassed over the new terror provisions ­because they had taken a decision without full knowledge of the repercussions for internet service providers and the public.
Last night, Senator Brandis, ahead of a meeting today with Mr Turnbull to begin work on a strategy for metadata retention, deepened confusion over whether web histories of private computers would be targeted in the new laws…
On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull bluntly complained to cabinet he found it “strange” that as the Minister for Communications he had not been invited to the National Security Committee of cabinet discussions, which agreed in principle to data-retention plans.
He further complained that the first he knew of the decision was a report on the front page of Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, which said the cabinet committee had signed off on mandatory data-retention laws.

The Left and mass immigration make Jews here unsafe

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (8:08am)

The Left and mass immigration have together whipped up a savage new racism. In Sydney yesterday:
Jewish children as young as five were subjected to a terrifying racial attack when thugs stormed their school bus and threatened to slit their throats.
Screaming “Kill the Jews” and “Heil Hitler” the louts jumped on the bus packed with about 30 students, from kindergarten to year 12, who were on their way home from school yesterday…
The threatened students, from Mount Sinai College, Moriah College and Emanuel School, were hysterical after the attack by eight young men as the school bus travelled through the eastern suburbs towards Bondi Junction.
The attackers, described as Australian and smelling of ­alcohol, boarded on Alison Rd, Randwick at 4pm…
Mother Jacqui Blackburn said her three daughters on the bus, aged eight, 10 and 12, were traumatised. “The bus driver opened the doors for these strange men and allowed them on to torment the kids,” she said.
“They were screaming ‘Heil Hitler’, ‘Kill the Jews’, ‘Palestine must kill you Jews’, ‘We are going to cut your throats and slice your throats open’ — just all very bad, anti-Semitic stuff…
Another mother, Isabelle Stanton, whose daughters Noa, 8, and Anais, 12, boarded at Mount Sinai College in Maroubra, said: “They were screaming racial stuff, ‘We are going to murder you’, ‘We are going to kill you’, and ‘Free Palestine’.
Last Monday in Perth:
A visiting Hasidic Jewish leader has been the target of anti-Semitic abuse and threatened with physical violence outside the Morley Galleria.
The Rebbe, who is in Perth on a lecture tour, and his 21-year-old assistant were taunted by a group of six teenagers outside the shopping centre in broad daylight on Monday, a friend of the two men said…
When Mr Mayer ushered the visitors into his car the youths began banging on it.
“They were telling us to ‘F*** off’, that we were killers and they wanted to ‘fix us up’,” Mr Mayer said.
Last Friday a Jewish business in Sydney invaded by Leftists:
Last month in Sydney this savage Jew-hatred openly preached:
At an anti-Israel protest in Melbourne last month, this poster of Abbott as a Jew:
In the Sydney Morning Herald two weeks ago, this vicious cartoon:
Also in the Sydney Morning Herald two weeks ago, this poisonous Mile Carlton column assigning a collective guilt for an invested “genocide”:
The onslaught is indiscriminate and unrelenting, with but one possible conclusion: Israel is not fighting the terrorists of Hamas. In defiance of the laws of war and the norms of civilised behaviour, it is waging its own war of terror on the entire Gaza population of about 1.7 million people. Call it genocide, call it ethnic cleansing: the aim is to kill Arabs… It is a breathtaking irony that these atrocities can be committed by a people with a proud liberal tradition of scholarship and culture, who hold the Warsaw Ghetto and the six million dead of the Holocaust at the centre of their race memory.

Race Commissioner protects Mike Carlton, fellow member of the Left

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (7:16am)

Mike Carlton in the Sydney Morning Herald falsely accuses Jews collectively of a genocide:
The onslaught is indiscriminate and unrelenting, with but one possible conclusion: Israel is not fighting the terrorists of Hamas. In defiance of the laws of war and the norms of civilised behaviour, it is waging its own war of terror on the entire Gaza population of about 1.7 million people. Call it genocide, call it ethnic cleansing: the aim is to kill Arabs… It is a breathtaking irony that these atrocities can be committed by a people with a proud liberal tradition of scholarship and culture, who hold the Warsaw Ghetto and the six million dead of the Holocaust at the centre of their race memory.
Mike Carlton abuses one of many Jews writing to protest by peddling an offensive stereotype:
You’re the one full of hate and bile, sunshine. The classic example of the Jewish bigot. Now f. k off.
Tim Soutphommasane is our Race Discrimination Commissioner. He’s supposed to be red-hot in denouncing racism. But, then again, he’s a former Labor staffer and Carlton is a darling of the far Left. And anti-Semitism is the fashionable racism of the Left. Maybe I’m too hard on Tim, but give me a better explanation for his refusal to criticise Carlton on the ABC (from 14:10):
Commentators you would hope would be cantankerous or controversial… Obviously Fairfax decided to take some action against him. Look, I’m agnostic on this.
With so many in the Left it is not the principle that counts but the side.
On the same show, Jonathan Green, a fellow Leftist on the ABC, denounces the real crime - that wicked Murdoch journalists noticed Carlton acting like a barbarian:
We have to salute the really hard work here of News Ltd too in rounding up those emails and drawing them to Fairfax’s attention. They’ve really prosecuted this with a great zeal… They’ve had a very active role in it.
Mike Carlton claims he’s victim of a Jewish conspiracy - and a Murdoch one. That neatly pairs the two fashionable hate figures of the deranged Left:
Carlton says there’s no doubt there was a co-ordinated campaign to oust him by the Jewish lobby in Australia. “That was twinned by a campaign by News Corp?—?because they hate my guts, but also because it destroyed a rival columnist. And now, Fairfax has handed News Corp that present, gift-wrapped.”
Tim Blair punctures another Carlton fancy:
Former SMH columnist Mike Carlton thanks his supportive colleagues
“I’d like to thank my colleagues at the Herald for the massive support they’re giving me right now.”
Don’t be too sure of that, Mike:

It was Mike Carlton’s own colleagues who sealed his fate, complaining about his abusive behaviour towards readers to Fairfax Media’s news and business publisher, Sean Aylmer.
Despite Carlton claiming he had vast support at The Sydney Morning Herald, and his downfall was a result of the “Israel lobby”, The Australian can reveal a number of Fairfax employees went to Aylmer with evidence of Carlton’s abusive comments, including one where he told a reader to “f. k off"…
As usual, Carlton is wrong. His misfortunes are entirely self-inflicted.
Gerard Henderson:

IT’S not surprising that The Sydney Morning Herald finally moved to discipline its Saturday columnist Mike Carlton. What’s surprising is that it took so long to do so. 

Leyonhjelm marries two warring arguments

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (7:00am)

The new morality

DAVID Leyonhjelm is the new poster boy for same-sex marriage. Problem is, he’s also the argument against. 

The new Liberal Democrat senator has excited reporters by suggesting his planned private member’s Bill could be the breakthrough.
He believes the Government may now relent on its election promise to collectively oppose same-sex marriage, and “a conscience vote is highly likely”.
Really? I doubt the Prime Minister, having just dropped his promise to restore free speech, will further enrage his base by dropping his even more fundamental promise on marriage.
But just as curious is Leyonhjelm’s argument: that government must get out of the marriage business.
(Read full article here.) 

These people walk our streets, yet the Left reckons silly Abbott overreacts and I should shut up

Andrew Bolt August 07 2014 (12:03am)


What a strange country.
The ABC and Fairfax journalists snigger at Tony Abbott allegedly being “confused” about what exactly what meta-data he wants our security forces to have access to. Labor refuses to say it will support the changes to save us from being blown up or beheaded, and refuses even to suggest what changes would satisfy it. There’s even celebration that laws used to silence me - and stifle debate on, say, Islam in Australia - will be maintained.
Meanwhile we have this Hizb ut-Tahrir boss feeling perfectly free to openly preach the most vicious and threatening Jew-hatred in the streets of Sydney. Real racism, real incitement to violence, a real threat - and a real refusal by so many on the Left of the political class to acknowledge any of it: 

















=== Posts from last year ===
4 her so she can see how I see her 

Except, although the media portray whatever they like, what has been negative about Liberal campaigns? Highlighting the dysfunctional government is kind of important when you think the media wouldn't. The negativity is overstated. Positive messages ignored. That doesn't mean we shouldn't have a balanced approach.But I challenge the assertion that it hasn't been. Instead or repeating a media lie as if it were true, we need to be positive and proactive in presenting our message without bogging down in history. Today, August 6th, is an anniversary of a war crime as large as any in history .. the nuclear bomb dropped on civilians and excused by a liberal media keen to promote a left wing government. If they will accept that today, then we cannot expect favours. - ed

You shall not pass gas


The NYT is going broke and still it doesn't get the message .. as for getting the message, I'm reminded of the story of a guy who had an affair .. many affairs .. and his long suffering wife hired a hit man. The hit man broke into the marital bedroom, shot the husband in the head and ran away. The husband survived. The husband forgave his wife at the trial for her attempted murder of him. He said "She shot me in the head. When someone shoots you in the head, it makes you think .. " .. but I don't feel anything will make the NYT think .. ed

Last week’s return of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has had little impact on the simmering Palestinian violence in the West Bank – or the efforts of some in the media to glorify the violence.
New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren is thelatest apologist to present Palestinian stone throwers as noble defenders of their land and victims of Israeli oppression rather than as violent criminals:
Here in Beit Ommar, a village of 17,000 between Bethlehem and Hebron that is surrounded by Jewish settlements, rock throwing is a rite of passage and an honored act of defiance.The futility of stones bouncing off armored vehicles matters little: confrontation is what counts.
Rudoren focuses much of the story on a 17-year old Palestinian youth who has been arrested four times “for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and settlers” – not civilians but settlers.Apparently do not merit the standard rights of civilians in Rudoren’s worldview simply because of where they choose to live. At the same time, Rudoren goes to great lengths to build sympathy for the Palestinian youth and his family, noting how his mother made sure to give him a long sleeve shirt for his stay in prison because “they both knew it would be cold in the interrogation room.”

My Country

The love of field and coppice 
Of green and shaded lanes, 
Of ordered woods and gardens 
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I know, but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the brushes
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops,
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When, sick at heart, around us
We see the cattle die
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the rainbow gold,
For flood and fire and famine
She pays us back threefold.
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze ...

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand
though Earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackeller


Since the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah has dramatically expanded its arsenal of weapons. With over 60,000 rockets and missiles, the terrorist group is capable of striking any part of Israel with continuous, precise attacks.
Credit: Israel Defense Forces
Bad administration costs - ed
Al Hayat al Jadida reports that hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs have received permits to enter Israel during Ramadan - and they are finding that identical items of food and clothing are a fraction of the cost that they are charged back home.
No reasonable person would disagree. It isn't as if they are behaving worse because of the penalty - ed
Op-d: No reason why Israel shouldn’t execute terrorists who murdered innocent, defenseless civilians


Diamond Imports
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Not because she is black, but because she is a drug abuser. Save her children. - ed

"I'm black and I use drugs," she says. "That doesn't make me a bad mother. It doesn't mean any Aboriginal woman who takes drugs is a bad mother whose kids should be taken off her.
"They don't take kids off girls who take legal drugs or who drink and smoke. And they don't take kids off some violent parents until it's too late.
"But when it's a black girl and they suspect drugs, they come in with security guards to restrain the mothers and grandmothers and they take our children away.
"It just kills you, every day you don't have your kids. It's the new stolen generation and we've got to stop it."
Celia is an Aboriginal woman and occasional heroin user from an inner city location in urban Sydney. She has seen the lot: drugs, police, courts, jail, violence and murder.
She once had her children taken from her and now it's happened to her daughter and other young Aboriginal relatives and friends.
She says DOCS (the Department of Community Services, or Family and Community Services as it is now known) is destroying families.
Everyone has a story, do not be ashamed of yours... it just may help someone else get through theirs... Share your story, share your love!
<"G-strings and Desire", a book Ms Frank has written based on her PhD, reveals married men who frequented strip clubs may have more long-lasting relationships with their wives> But probably don't. - ed
A female stripper who works at The Crazy Horse in Adelaide.


California Redwood trees are the largest living things on the planet, growing up to 400 feet tall, yet their roots are fairly shallow. To compentate for not having deep roots, Redwoods grow together in groves, interlocking their roots, which gives them enormous stability and strength to withstand storms.They literally hold each other up!
The same is true of people. You can handle the winds of change, the fires of difficulty, the seasons of drought, and the storms of loss and grief, IF you cultivate strong relationships with godly people who will hold you up when you are under attack. This is why you need the fellowship of both a local church (a "grove) and a small group. We are better together.
Pastor Rick Warren
To truly believe in freedom is to allow disagreement and even support each other's right to be wrong.
Pastor Rick Warren
Not everything in this life has a happy ending. But this life is not the end of the story.
Pastor Rick Warren
Trying to forget doesn't work. But you CAN let God give new meaning to bad things that have happened to you. Romans 8:28
Pastor Rick Warren
Lies always spread faster than the truth so the wise wait for the whole story. “Fools believe everything they hear.” Proverbs 14:15

Pastor Rick Warren
30 of our Saddleback Pastors form our global leadership team. In this picture we're watching live video reports from our pastors of Saddleback Hong Kong, Saddleback Berlin, Saddleback Buenos Aires, and Saddleback Manila. Thank God for technology that makes distance irrelevant! One church, many locations.

Hell isn't really hot enough for the people who committed this crime. - ed

A MOTHER whose newborn baby was allegedly sold to human traffickers by a doctor has been reunited with her son.
Dong Wan from China wept as she held the boy at a hospital in Fuping following the arrest of Zhang Lin, a female obstetrician, and two suspected accomplices.
The doctor apparently told Mrs Wan, 31, that her son was born with severe health problems and would soon die. She is accused of persuading the mother to sign the baby over to the hospital before selling him to traffickers for $5000.
"I was told the best thing would be to let the hospital take care of him, so I did," Mrs Dong said.
But after signing the documents at the Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital in northern China on July 17, she became suspicious and begged her husband to call the police.
The healthy baby was tracked down hundreds of miles away after the original traffickers sold him on for a profit.
Local deputy director Chen Jainfeng said that "the suspects told us where the baby was and with the help of local police we found the child".
"The baby is undergoing medical tests and is on his way home," he added.
Police fear there may be many more such cases and are investigating at least seven in the region.

Dong cries
ALP backer employed hit man to take out rival? - ed

But within three years Mr McGurk had organised an associate to stage a car accident in an attempt to catch Medich drink driving and Medich had allegedly forked out upwards of $300,000 for a contract killing on Mr McGurk.
Medich has been charged with soliciting the murder and murdering Mr McGurk, who was shot at close range outside his Cremorne home in northern Sydney on September 3, 2009.
To help carry out the hit, the crown alleges Medich enlisted the help of one-time featherweight boxing champion Lucky Gattellari.
Gattellari then allegedly recruited Senad Kaminic, Haissam Safetli and Christopher Estephan to help.
It was Safetli and Estephan, the crown says, who then went to his home and fired the fatal shot.
When his murder failed to resolve Medich's financial and legal disputes, he then allegedly funded someone to threaten the businessman's widow, Kimberley McGurk.
On the second day of the committal hearing involving Medich and his co-accused Christopher Estephan, Central Local Court heard that in 2007 and early 2008 the developer and Mr McGurk's business relationship was running smoothly.
The 65-year-old was transferring upwards of $8 million into Mr McGurk's company accounts for various properties and trusted and "thought highly" of the businessman.
But by 2009 suspicions were festering and the pair became embroiled in legal battles over properties amounting to about $7 million.
In July 2009 Mr McGurk paid an associate $5000 to plough into Medich's car in Sydney's CBD in the hope the property tycoon would be arrested for drink driving.
The accumulative effect of these disputes and the damage to his reputation led to Medich having a "strong desire" to have Mr McGurk killed, Crown Prosecutor Gina O'Rourke said.
The court heard that when Gattellari allegedly told Medich the hit would cost between $300,000 to $500,000, the developer said he would organise cash through his friend and associate - racing identity Les Samba.
Mr Samba was gunned down on a Melbourne footpath in February 2011.
Matthew Crockett - a former standover man of Gattellari - told the hearing that he "vaguely remembered" a conversation in which it was said Mr Samba owed Medich money.
"Ron said he was sick of people in need of cash," Mr Crockett told the court.
But Medich's barrister Winston Terracini SC put to Mr Crockett that his client had also said he was sick of Gattellari asking for cash.
The court heard Gattellari employed Mr Crockett to "stand over" people who owed him money and make "veiled threats".
In 2010 Mr Crockett said Gattellari had also paid him to carry out surveillance on Mr Medich's wife Odetta - who after Mr McGurk's death had begun putting enormous pressure on her husband to distance himself from the boxer and cease funding his companies.
Of the five men charged in relation to the killing, only Estephan and Medich are facing committal to determine whether they should stand trial.
Gattellari and Kaminic were sentenced earlier this year for their part in the murder and received heavy discounts for co-operating with police and giving evidence against Medich.
Safetli is due to be sentenced later this week.
The hearing before Magistrate Jan Stevenson continues.
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“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” Psalm 119:160 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Watchman, what of the night?"
Isaiah 21:11
What enemies are abroad? Errors are a numerous horde, and new ones appear every hour: against what heresy am I to be on my guard? Sins creep from their lurking places when the darkness reigns; I must myself mount the watch-tower, and watch unto prayer. Our heavenly Protector foresees all the attacks which are about to be made upon us, and when as yet the evil designed us is but in the desire of Satan, he prays for us that our faith fail not, when we are sifted as wheat. Continue O gracious Watchman, to forewarn us of our foes, and for Zion's sake hold not thy peace.
"Watchman, what of the night?" What weather is coming for the Church? Are the clouds lowering, or is it all clear and fair overhead? We must care for the Church of God with anxious love; and now that Popery and infidelity are both threatening, let us observe the signs of the times and prepare for conflict.
"Watchman, what of the night?" What stars are visible? What precious promises suit our present case? You sound the alarm, give us the consolation also. Christ, the polestar, is ever fixed in his place, and all the stars are secure in the right hand of their Lord.
But watchman, when comes the morning? The Bridegroom tarries. Are there no signs of his coming forth as the Sun of Righteousness? Has not the morning star arisen as the pledge of day? When will the day dawn, and the shadows flee away? O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.
"Now all the earth is bright and glad
With the fresh morn;
But all my heart is cold, and dark and sad:
Sun of the soul, let me behold thy dawn!
Come, Jesus, Lord,
O quickly come, according to thy word."


"Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen."
Psalm 72:19
This is a large petition. To intercede for a whole city needs a stretch of faith, and there are times when a prayer for one man is enough to stagger us. But how far-reaching was the psalmist's dying intercession! How comprehensive! How sublime! "Let the whole earth be filled with his glory." It doth not exempt a single country however crushed by the foot of superstition; it doth not exclude a single nation however barbarous. For the cannibal as well as for the civilized, for all climes and races this prayer is uttered: the whole circle of the earth it encompasses, and omits no son of Adam. We must be up and doing for our Master, or we cannot honestly offer such a prayer. The petition is not asked with a sincere heart unless we endeavour, as God shall help us, to extend the kingdom of our Master. Are there not some who neglect both to plead and to labour? Reader, is it your prayer? Turn your eyes to Calvary. Behold the Lord of Life nailed to a cross, with the thorn-crown about his brow, with bleeding head, and hands, and feet. What! can you look upon this miracle of miracles, the death of the Son of God, without feeling within your bosom a marvellous adoration that language never can express? And when you feel the blood applied to your conscience, and know that he has blotted out your sins, you are not a man unless you start from your knees and cry, "Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen." Can you bow before the Crucified in loving homage, and not wish to see your Monarch master of the world? Out on you if you can pretend to love your Prince, and desire not to see him the universal ruler. Your piety is worthless unless it leads you to wish that the same mercy which has been extended to you may bless the whole world. Lord, it is harvest-time, put in thy sickle and reap.

Today's reading: Psalm 70-71, Romans 8:22-39 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 70-71

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.
1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
come quickly, LORD, to help me.
2 May those who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
3 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
turn back because of their shame.
4 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
"The LORD is great!"
5 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
LORD, do not delay.

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 8:22-39

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently....

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