Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wed Aug 13th Todays News

Lauren Bacall died today. It is ok to die old and blessed. A link to the golden age of movies has passed. She was nineteen years old when she was cast opposite Humphrey Bogart. She was thirty one when he passed from cancer, leaving her a widow. She was a screen siren, and then an accomplished actress when she was older. A lifelong Democrat supporter, she once sang, sitting on top of a piano played by then Vice President Truman. She was first cousin to Shimon Peres. May she rest in peace. 

The casualty list for the Liberal Party in NSW looks appalling. The administration is making good decisions for the state and the opposition has yet to show a policy that is worthwhile. The criticism of the Liberal Party by a triumphant press is not proportionate to the accusations relative to the ALP in government. The NSW Libs seem to have fallen foul of a technicality regarding fund raising that doesn't appear to amount to much. Had the regulation not been to exclude developers from donating, no crime would have been committed. However, one of the many corrupt ALP figures is accused of misappropriating half a billion dollars. And when Obeid was in office, the ICAC turned a blind eye. The ICAC cannot pick and choose which laws it will investigate, or which party, if it is to be independent. However, I am uncomfortable that there is a suggestion that corrupt Libs were sharing with corrupt ALP former minister Tripodi. My issue is tied up with Tripodi and I want to know I have not lost my career, my home and my future because the Libs are in cahoots with my abuser who had been my sitting member. The ICAC ignored my submission in 2001, before Hamidur Rahman died. Did ICAC incompetence kill a school child? Are they covering up that neglect in their persecution of Liberal members? 

On this day in 29 BC, Octavian held the first of three consecutive triumphs in Rome. The Roman senate had ordered the closure of the Temple of Janus, signifying Rome was not at war for the first time in over two hundred years. This pleased Octavian who had had success against Antony the year before and was working hard to raise the name of the Roman Republic while also acquiring the powers of a dictator. Octavian had little choice but retain the dictatorial powers, many would have killed him to claim powers of their own. The previous year, 30BC had seen Gaius Cornelius Gallus quell an uprising in Egypt and set up monuments of himself within months the monuments had outlasted the future exile. In 554, Justinian I was so impressed with his public servant Liberius he reorganised Italy to give him extensive land. Liberius shares having had civic responsibility for Italy, Gaul and Egypt with Caeser and Napoleon. Some people called him the gangster of love, but in 582, Maurice became Byzantine Emperor. He was successful in facing off Persia so that Byzantium no longer needed to pay tribute in his reign. In 900, a petty squabble between a person who was not Duke of Loraine, Count Reginar I of Hainult was solved when he killed the bastard son of Carolingian Emperor Arnulf of Carinthia, Zwentibold of Lotharingia. In 1521, Cortes' long siege of Tenochtitlan was successful. In 1532, Brittany became part of France, but the language of the peasants remained so that by 1780, only 20% of France spoke French. In 1536 in Kyoto, Buddhist monks set fire to 21 temples in what became known as the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. Michael Servetus was a polymath cartographer, theologian, physician and translator. He was the first to correctly describe the operation of the pulmonary arterial system. He was also denounced by both Catholics and Protestants and in 1553 was arrested as a heretic by order of Calvin and later burned at the stake. Today, Servetus' work would not be out of place in a theological school. 

In 1624, Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu as Prime Minister, and Richelieu began brilliantly centralising power away from the feudal system that was inherited, presaging Louis XIV. Before Germany unified, her states feuded, and in 1704 Bavaria squared off against Prussia and lost. Only they had allied themselves with common enemies, Bavaria with France faced off against Prussia with a Grand Alliance of England, Holy Roman Empire and Dutch Republic. Louis XIV had had a successful previous year in the War of the Spanish Succession, but in the Battle of Blenheim that reversed. Blenheim saw the rare example of a weaker force attacking a defended position and through a mixture of daring, good timing and General competence and collegial confidence the Grand Alliance had a stunning win, an amazing victory for Winston Churchill's ancestor. In 1779, the Royal Navy humiliated the US Navy's Penobscot Expedition which had set sail with the intent of preventing England from renaming Maine as New Ireland. The expedition wasn't successful, but Maine kept her name, ultimately. In 1792 King Louis XVI of France was arrested and declared an enemy of the people. In 1831, Nat Turner saw a solar eclipse, and decided it was a sign from God, he enlisted some seventy slaves to kill white people, of which fifty five were victim in Southampton County, Virginia. In 1898, a mock battle for Manila was held between the US and Spain, with Spain surrendering to prevent Manila from falling to Philippine guerrillas. In 1906 an ASADA type investigation was held into the shooting death of a barman and a police officer. A Black Army unit was blamed and fabricated evidence from local white townsfolk was given. The entire unit (167 soldiers) was discharged dishonourably despite exculpatory evidence. In the early 1970s, the unit was expunged of the charge, but no compensation was ever paid. In 1913, Harry Brearly began producing stainless steel in the UK. In 1918, the US army began enlisting Women. Also in 1918, BMW was established in Germany. In 1920, Poland defeated the Soviets in the Battle of Warsaw, starting on this day and finishing August 25th. In 1937, the Battle of Shanghai began. In 1942, the Manhattan Projects construction facilities were authorised. Also in 1942, Bambi was released by Disney. In 1961 East Germany closed her borders. In 1977, rioting by a group of people who would later form the EDL resulted in 214 arrests and 111 injuries. In 1978 150 Palestinians were killed in Lebanon. In 2004, 156 Tutsi were killed in a refugee camp in Burundi. In 2008, Russian units occupied Georgian Gori. In 2010 492 Sri Lankan Tamils docked in British Columbia on this day. 
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 Keith DarleyWillyna LimBenny Milinkovic and Charlie Lu. Born on the same day, across the years, along with Annie Oakley (1860), John Logie Baird (1888), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Felix Wankel (1902), Dan Fogelberg (1951), Danny Bonaduce (1959) and Piper Reese (2000). On your day, Qixi Festival in the Chinese calendar (2013)
1521 – After an extended siege, forces led by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés captured Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc and conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
1704 – War of the Spanish Succession: The Duke of Marlborough led Allied forces to a crucial victory in the Battle of Blenheim.
1898 – Spanish–American War: After a mock battle for Manila, the Spanish commander surrendered to the U.S. in order to keep the city out of Filipino rebel hands.
1954 – The complete version of "Qaumī Tarāna", the national anthem of Pakistan, was broadcast for the first time on Radio Pakistan.
2010 – After having been boarded by Canadian authorities, the MV Sun Sea docked and the 492 Sri Lankan Tamil refugee claimants on board were placed into detention. 
Your extended siege is over. It is all yours (indicates the curtains). No need for mock battles. The anthem plays, the ship has landed. The days is yours.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (5:40pm)

From the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations:


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Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (12:36pm)

Miranda Devine explains news to an ABC journalist: 
With Sharrouf among at least 150 Australians taking part in the medieval horrors it’s all a bit too close to home to dismiss the looming threat to Australia as overstated or “Islamophobia”. But Australia’s moral relativists keep hiding from the truth.
Exhibit A: The ABC’s Jonathan Green, who objected to The Australian newspaper running the Sharrouf boy’s photo, albeit heavily pixilated.
“Will the Oz now comb life’s underbelly for further psychopathic atrocities?” he tweeted. “Or did this one just fit the narrative?”
No, it’s news. 
Quite so. Green offered further puzzling views during a Twitter chat:


Someone should tell him that if you click on the front page of a newspaper nothing will happen. Also: what “discussion”, precisely?
UPDATE. An ABC discussion.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (11:56am)

Hollywood great Lauren Bacall has died at 89.



Tim Blair – Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (11:43am)

sad day for hippies: 
The famed Rainbow Café, the hippy heart of Nimbin, burnt to the ground in the early hours of this morning.


“The place went up in smoke, the joint is on fire, there are plenty of puns you can make up, it is Nimbin,” Alan Salt said of the fire that destroyed the iconic Rainbow Café. 
The Nimbin Museum, Tribal Magic and Bring-a-Bong were also damaged or destroyed. The Hemp Embassy escaped harm, however.

Leftists say this image proves the badness of … Abbott

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (6:01pm)

ABC presenter Jonathan Green is furious at the publication of an image that destroys not innocence but ignorance - a deliberately cultivated ignorance about what’s really at stake:
But Guardian writer Katharine Murphy devises a truly mad excuse for looking at the picture and thinking about anything but evil and Islamism:
It can be a piece of simple iconography: here is the poster child of modern terrorism – this far barbarism, and no further. Or it can be an emblem of a really serious bureaucratic bungle on the Coalition’s watch. Take your pick.
Guess which pick is the lookaway Left’s?
A grateful Green seconds a vote of thanks to Murphy:
Pull back. So according to Murphy and Green, this picture could best be described as an image not of the evil of Islamism but the evil of Abbott.
These people are crazy.  

Could all the honest NSW Liberals MPs please step forward

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (1:12pm)

How many cleanskins are there actually left in the NSW Liberal party? What a sewer:
FORMER NSW police minister Mike Gallacher has been accused of orchestrating illegal donations from property developers, including businessman Nathan Tinkler.
Hugh Thomson, who was Liberal Newcastle MP Tim Owen’s campaign manager in 2011, told the Independent Commission against Corruption that Mr Gallacher had arranged for media adviser Luke Grant to be paid by property developers.
Mr Owen and fellow Liberal Hunter Valley Andrew Cornwell were yesterday forced to resign from NSW parliament after evidence to ICAC they took illegal donations from developers including Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy, and Hilton Grugeon.
The allegations against Gallacher are, of course, unproven and the presumption of innocence must apply. That said, he did step down.
But, my God, already five Liberals sitting on the crossbenches after being named and shamed. A Premier forced to step down for “forgetting” about an expensive donation of Grange.  

ABC man clears Islam

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (1:08pm)

By the time the ABC’s James Carleton has finished discussing Khaled Sharrouf you’d think Islam had nothing at all to do what the man himself - and thousands of his fellow terrorists - say they are doing for Islam. 

Media Watch pretends a viciously anti-Israeli cartoon was just the ‘truth’

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (8:55am)

Media Watch’s whitewash this week of anti-Semitic slurs in the Sydney Morning Herald - and its astonishing attack instead on Jews - shows just how out of control the ABC now is.
I yesterday explained just how wickedly host Paul Barry had spun the issue to help his ideological mate Mike Carlton.
Today former Age editor-in-chief Michael Gawenda points out one more disgraceful bit of Barry spinning:

How pathetic then was the SMH [for not defending Carlton and the cartoon above his column], Barry implied. How powerful was a certain group in the community and a certain media organisation that a cartoon considered offensive to Jews gets so widely lambasted while an equally offensive cartoon by Leak about Palestinians is largely ignored and gets the support of his editor.
To reinforce all this Barry recalled the cartoon by Michael Leunig that The Age had refused to publish. He quoted Leunig at some length about how he has been abused and vilified by people who dislike his views on Israel and the Palestinians and how it was a pity that the SMH apologised for the fat Jew cartoon because such an apology makes it harder for cartoonists to tell the truths that some people do not want to hear.
Barry did not show the cartoon that The Age refused to publish, which I imagine made it hard for people to know what he was on about.
Well I was the editor of The Age at the time and I refused to publish the cartoon. I refused because the cartoon clearly suggested that the Israelis were dealing with the Palestinians the way the Nazis had dealt with the Jews. The Jenin refugee camp was the equivalent of Auschwitz.
Barry said nothing about this. One of his researchers had called me to ask why I refused to publish the cartoon. I told her I refused to publish it because suggesting Israelis (Jews) were the modern-day Nazis was not just factually unjustifiable, to put it mildly, but a form of vilification that no editor should accept. Clearly what I had to say was of no interest to Barry. Instead, he canvassed a few cartoonists who confirmed that they found it most difficult to draw anything about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Barry inferred this was because of the response they got to cartoons on this subject from …. well who knows?
It’s always the Jews, isn’t it?
Why isn’t the ABC board demanding the ABC live up to its charter and some basic standards?
(Thanks to readers John and brett tr.)  

Why would Israel cooperate with such a UN inquiry?

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (8:35am)

The United Nations bureaucracy is hopelessly Leftist - and hopelessly antagonistic to Israel.
The latest evidence:
A Canadian law professor chosen to helm a United Nations commission examining possible war crimes in Gaza scoffed Monday at charges he’s biased against Israel…
“The suggestion that I’m anti-Israel is absurd,” William Schabas said Monday in an interview from Toronto, pointing out that he’s on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review…

Schabas, who currently works as an international law professor at Middlesex University in England, is one of three lawyers who will investigate any violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Gaza.
“Absurd”? Watch and weep:
Asked why he called Netanyahu his “favorite” to indict at the International Criminal Court, instead of Syria’s Assad or Hamas’ Mashal, Schabas said he merely echoed the Goldstone Report. Except Netanyahu wasn’t PM then—and isn’t mentioned anywhere in the report!
(Thanks to reader Kat.) 

A minority of Muslims, yes, but potentially very dangerous

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (7:36am)

SBS Insight last night rightly suggested that, yes, most Muslims were moderates horrified by the slaughter in the Middle East.
It also suggested that a minority of Muslims here are deeply troubling and potentially very dangerous, pledging their support for a murderous terrorist group which boasts of cutting throats and slaughtering infidels.
“Abdullah”, talking about his son:
I’m worried … he wants to go to Syria and join those groups and he kill some innocent people and he (might) die himself.
Abu Bakr, a 19-year-old Australian supporting the Islamic State and wearing its flag:
In order for me to be connected to the values here of Australia, the Australian government needs to stop picking on the Muslims here.
Mohamed Zuhbi, an Australian volunteer with the Islamic State:
I believe that they are the future of Syria and I believe that they’re the future of the Islamic empire to come. 

And we can’t even safely debate this

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (6:45am)

The politics of race are sure tricky. A racist organisation is accused of being racist in the wrong way:

A biracial woman has won her case against her former employer – the Black Educators Association – after human rights officials deemed she had been bullied by co-workers for being “not really black enough” to do her job.
No comment is safe, while section 18c remains. 

‘Horseshit’ - criticism on Syria nettles Obama

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (6:32am)

I’m not sure arming the “good” Syrian rebels would have done much - other than to put weapons in the hands of people who could turn very nasty. But Obama’s lack of leadership has exposed him:
President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.”
The argument that America should have done more in Syria, made for years by foreign policy leaders in both parties and several members of Obama’s senior national security team, was brought back to the fore this past weekend. Obama and Hillary Clinton gave dueling interviews in which they publicly split on whether the security and humanitarian catastrophe in Syria could have been avoided if the United States had played a larger role. Obama’s outburst on July 31, one week prior, reveals the criticism was already getting to him, even before the White House tried to deflect Clinton’s remarks as pre-presidential political posturing.
Then there’s this:
The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS,) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was formerly held by the U.S. military at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq from 2005 to his release in 2009.
Why such a dangerous man was slated for release in 2009, or who made the decision is not known. The Telegraph offers that “one possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq.”
Richard A. Epstein:
Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to be an oxymoron.
The President suffers from two fundamental flaws. The first is that he is unwilling to make decisions. He much prefers to play the role of a disinterested observer who comments on a set of adverse events that he regards himself as powerless to shape, of which Assad’s carnage in Syria is the prime example. The second is that he fundamentally misunderstands the use of force in international affairs. He handicaps himself fatally by imposing unwise limitations on the use of American force, such as his repeated declarations that he will not send ground troops back into Iraq…
No one can claim that Iraq was at peace when George W. Bush left office, but the violence had been curbed. Since Obama has taken over, relative tranquility yielded to factional squabbling, followed by vicious aggression that caught the President woefully off guard. Iraq is not alone. The number of hotspots in the world—including Gaza, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Ukraine and the China Sea—is increasing. The President wrings his hands over how difficult it has become to find credible allies in the world to address these problems without ever asking why no one trusts him. So he resolves to hold back on the use of American force overseas. Armed with that certainty, every tin pot dictator and terrorist group thinks it has an open field in which to run.

Abbott won’t rule out troops for Iraq

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (6:23am)

Tony Abbott has developed a taste for international intervention:
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has suggested Australia is prepared to send military forces to Iraq if that’s what is needed to prevent genocide by the “murderous hordes” fighting for Islamic State…
“No one wants to stand aside in the face of a potential genocide,” the prime minister said following talks with the British prime minister, senior UK ministers and intelligence officers in London.
Asked if that could include military action Mr Abbott replied: “Well we certainly don’t rule that out.”

Don’t mention the Koran

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (12:09am)

A “Canadian theologian” usually suggests a self-hating Christian, but John Stackhouse on Q&A suddenly had enough of the deceptive pieties of the wilfully blind Liberal Sussan Ley and even more wilfully ignorant “human rights” lawyer Jennifer Robinson, unable to explain just why she’s so sure Stackhouse is wrong:
SUSSAN LEY:  We must be really careful with the - we must recognise several things about Muslim Australians. One is that Islam is a religion of peace. It absolutely is…
TONY JONES: John Stackhouse, listening to this, I’m sure you’ve had the same debates in Canada?
JOHN STACKHOUSE: Well, no, we don’t have a lot of Canadians who go fight overseas on behalf of Muslim movements elsewhere, so this is actually something that’s more Australian than Canadian… . But to keep our country safe, we do have to try to figure out who’s who and what’s what without being unrealistic and sentimental. I mean, I have to respectfully disagree. I’ve been teaching world religion for 25 years. Islam is not a religion of peace. They’ve tried to trademark that but it’s just not true. Islam is a religion that copes with the real world and in Islam, including in its holy books, there are provisions for warfare and there are provisions for defensive warfare and there are also provisions for the extension of Islam, which is why the whole history of Islam has been steady territorial expansion. Of course it’s a religion of peace, by which they mean the subjugation of other people under sharia and that’s peace but it is an imperial sort of peace and I’m not judging it. I mean, we Christians have done the same thing and lots of other religions have done the same thing as well.
TONY JONES: I mean, I beg to differ you. You do appear to be judging it?
JOHN STACKHOUSE: No, I’m simply correcting the record. I mean, as a matter of fact, the Qur’an and the sharia are very clear that the jihad can be both the internal, the greater jihad of subjecting myself to the will of God, and the lesser jihad is to subject the world to God. I mean there is only two realms. There is Dar al-Islam. There is the submitted part of the world and then there is the rest of the world that’s not yet submitted to God, the dar al-harb, the situation of war, the house of war. So it’s a pretty clear world view and while many of my Muslim friends are liberal and multicultural and love Canada and have no interest in the violent prosecution of their faith and I think it’s really important to understand, nonetheless, we just can’t make sense of world history if we suggest that Islam doesn’t have within it the legitimation of violence.
TONY JONES: Jen Robinson, I can see you wanted to get in there.
JENNIFER ROBINSON: An eyebrow was raised. I am, by no means, a religious scholar but I think a lot of my Muslim friends would take great exception to what you’ve just said and I think there are many interpretations and I would take a massive point with that. I think we also need to actually ask the question and be real here about the real numbers. Is this a huge Australian problem we’re talking about? I think the numbers quoted were 150 people fighting overseas. Let’s not over-exaggerate this ...
She doesn’t know, but she’s sure he’s wrong. Reason? She simply does not want what he says to be true.
It is all very well to be nice. But to believe in these falsehoods is not the sign of a good heart but a cowardly mind. 

Check the company Craig Laundy keeps. He’s a Liberal?

Andrew Bolt August 13 2014 (12:01am)

Craig Laundy was one of the Liberal MPs loudest in opposing the restoration of our free speech, helping to defeat the reform of the Racial Discrimination Act.
No wonder: 10 per cent of the voters in his seat are Muslim, and Muslim leaders demanded we keep our gag.
But maybe Laundy will argue that, no, he was against free speech out of principle, not cheap self interest.
In that case I invite other Liberals to check out the ideological company Laundy now keeps and to ask him precisely which Liberal values he represents:
Here is an example of Peter Slezak’s politics - and the anti-Israel bias of this advocate for sanctions against Israel.
Here is an example of Jake Lynch’s politics - and the anti-Israel bias of this agitator for sanctions against Israel.
Here is an example of the politics of Antony Loewenstein - and his anti-Israel activism.
Here is an example of Aftab Malik’s politics - and his anti-Israel polemics.
Here is an example of Peter Manning’s politics - and his astonishing anti-American bias:
I FOUND September 11 so shocking. But equally shocking was how quickly it became an iconic event ... But as I thought more deeply in the following weeks, I had some sympathy for boxer Anthony Mundine’s brutal response: “They brought the attacks on themselves.”
Exactly where are “Liberals” like Craig Laundy taking the Liberal party? 











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Lovers of Big Government and apologists for debt like Paul Krugman have tried to paint Milton Friedman as a contradiction. They say that Friedman’s insight that more Fed intervention might have mitigated the Great Depression is inconsistent with his view that the Depression would have been less severe without the Fed.



Four hundred American surface-to-air missiles were 'taken from Libya' during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a former U.S. Attorney who represents whistleblowers claimed on Monday. 
He added that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners.

The party that has lost $13 billion in ten weeks, with a finance minister that has lost $107 billion are to be believed on? - ed

You have to salute the courage of Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and Finance Department secretary David Tune. Under serious pressure from their next political masters to produce a set of numbers favourable to the Coalition, they have stood their ground.
The bottom line of their Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) is effectively identical to the one published 11 days ago in the government's economic statement. Where it differs, the forecast budget outcomes over the next four years is actually $209 million better than the previous estimate.

"What Ben Chavis and the American Indian Model Schools are really guilty of is creating academic excellence that shows up the public school system, both by this school's achievements and by the methods used to create those achievements, which go against the educational dogmas prevailing in the failing public schools."

Walt Disney explains why America will continue to die until YOU learn to use the SHARE button: 

“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.” Walt Disney

BEAT THE LEFT AT THEIR OWN GAME ON CIVIL LIBERTIES! They don't want us to be free to keep the fruits of our own labour! Courtesy of Gina Rinehart's father Lang Hancock in 1979:
"The strange fact is that while Australians are constitutionally free today to do almost everything that our cultural tradition has previously held to be immoral and obscene, the police powers of the State are being invoked against almost every aspect of the economic productive process, so no one is free to pursue those activities which will give them a rising standard of living or ensure the well-being of the nation."

Last night, soldiers from the IDF's Iron Dome air defense system intercepted a rocket fired at the Israeli city of Eilat. The men and women of the IDF are on guard every hour of every day to protect the homes of the people of Israel.

Read more:





They are very desperate .. confusing recurrent spending with asset sales .. ed

<Genuine intellectuals who are devoted to the pursuit of ideas and who understand the transformative potential of debate should reject the politics of insult. Instead of sneeringly declaring ‘they don’t get it’, a real intellectual should develop ideas in a way that would allow ‘them’ to get it. Indeed, it is the conviction that most human beings have the potential to grasp the issues facing their communities that underpins the ideals of democratic politics and popular sovereignty. The real problem today is not stupid conservatives, but people with multiple university degrees who ‘don’t get’ what it truly means to be an intellectual.>


The premise of the original was Hornblower in space .. very enjoyable and groundbreaking. The chief problem with later incarnations, before Abrams, was failing to develop story in favor of character. The prime directive is a millstone worse than any Organian peace treaty. - ed


HISTORY LISTS: Despite the best efforts of museums and art collectors, many of the world’s most important paintings and sculptures no longer exist. From a Russian national treasure looted by the Nazis to a da Vinci painting that no one has ever seen, find out more about eight of art history’s missing masterworks.

Finding Nemo wasn't so difficult after all :
The United Nations’ refugee arm has launched an investigation into one of its top Jordanian officials after he posted on his Facebook page a “motivational” poster featuring Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Dr. Fares Haider, reportedly the dean of education at the U.N.’s Relief Works Agency’s (UNRWA) educational facilities in Jordan, posted on his “official” Facebook page a picture of Hitler saluting, along with a quote from the Nazi leader.
UNRWA, which is primarily funded by the United States, is responsible for the education of some 485,000 Palestinian children throughout the Middle East.
“Military rules for success … Assad Allah good morning all,” Haider wrote along with the picture, according to the Israel-based Center for Near East Policy Research.
The text accompanying Hitler’s image reads: “The two most important rules in order to be successful—the first: never give up. The second: remember the first rule,” according to a report and translation performed by pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon.
The quote is attributed directly to “Adolf Hitler.”



Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that he is changing Justice Department policy so that "low-level, nonviolent" drug offenders will no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences. 

Aggressive enforcement of federal criminal laws is necessary, but "we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation," Holder said.

In Australia we call it public housing - ed

AUSSIES CHOKE: Australia’s Ashes campaign has been left in tatters after a humiliating batting collapse at Chester-le-Street.

At one stage, the Aussies were 1-147 chasing 299 for victory, but the team then went on to lose its last eight wickets for just 77 runs. England now has a 3-nil lead in the series.

We’ll have more on this story in our afternoon bulletins and in 9 News at 6pm on Channel 9.

‪#‎Ashes‬ ‪#‎cricket‬ ‪#‎9News‬
I think they have been as competitive and dignified as they can be. They have been outplayed by a better team. - ed

Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899. That’s makes today his birthday and though the director passed away 33 years ago, his legacy can still be felt today!

BREAKING: 10 Rock Vault designers are confirmed to showcase their SS14 collections at the Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week this September.

Národný park Redwood v Kalifornii


He is not paid enough - ed

Here one for the guys! A diamond set yellow gold dome wedding ring — atDiamond Imports.
Kenyan lawyer Dola Indidis argues that the trial was unlawful and is demanding that Israel and Italy be held responsible, The Christian Post reports.
Mr Indidis, a Roman Catholic, and former spokesperson for the Kenyan Judiciary, filed the lawsuit regarding Jesus' death with the International Court of Justice, the primary judicial branch of the United Nations based at The Hague in the Netherlands.
He filed the lawsuit against Pontius Pilate, several Jewish elders, King Herod, Tiberius (Emperor of Rome 42 BC-37AD), the Republic of Italy and the State of Israel.
Italy is under new management. Herod and Tiberius are dead. But I understand the UN are debating the issue of Israel's involvement. - ed


Is American blood important to the American government?

Number 5 on the list of killers set to be freed by the gov't of Israel are the killers who murdered Freddie Rosenfeld, an American citizen
Steven Frederick Rosenfeld was born to Eugene and Ethel Rosenfeld in New York on 29 August 1941.
He immigrated to Israel in 1968 and volunteered at Kibbutz Masada, where he was injured when a truck he was driving hit a landmine. Followingrehabilitation, Frederick began working onarchaeological digs in the Ein Bokek area, where he met his wife, Rachel.
On Saturday, 7 June 1989, Frederick went on a hike in the hills near Ariel.

He encountered a group of shepherds who stole a knife that he had in his possession, stabbed him to death, and hid his body on the side of the path. A different shepherd who was passing through the area found the body the next day.
Frederick was 48 at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and brother.
The killers were caught because Freddie took their picture as they attacked him and, in his dying moments, put the camera in his pocket...

At the time, our agency provided full news coverage of Freddie's murder for the foreign press based in Israel.

Since Israel's justice system has now failed Freddie Rosenfeld, perhaps the US justice system will come through.
As CAMERA has documented in the past, fact-checking for his column is not Thomas L. Friedman's strong suit. But to make matters worse,The New York Times seems unperturbed by such blatant errors.===
The Israel Davis Cup team will be fined 10,000 euros for refusing to compete on Yom Kippur, it was reported Sunday.
While the government claims that the murderers being freed as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA) committed their acts before the Oslo accords were signed by then-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PA head Yasser Arafat,Arutz Sheva has revealed that this is in fact not true.

IDF Civil Administration inspectors uprooted a Jewish-owned orchardMonday at Givat Haroe, near Eli, in the Binyamin region.
According to eyewitnesses, dozens of Border Police secured the location, which was declared a Closed Military Zone for the duration of the action. The operation was carried out following a High Court order, issued after judges determined that the orchard was planted on land that belongs to Arabs.

Will they stop the terrorism now? - ed

Police allege 36-year-old Fadi Abdul-Rahman, who featured in Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit in 2008 and has been a fighter for justice in western Sydney, was part of a commercial cocaine syndicate that was caught with 5kg of the drug hidden in a chess set.
Abdul-Rahman appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, facing two commercial drugs charges after he was arrested during a police sting at Punchbowl in March. Abdul-Rahman's lawyer Brett Galloway told The Sunday Telegraph he would defend the charges.
"There are no facts which establish any of the offences. . . they are consistent with his innocence or that he was in the wrong place at a bad time," Mr Galloway said.
The European Union has denounced the proposal for construction in Judea and Samaria and parts of Jerusalem beyond the 1949 Armistice Line. 
The EU insisted on Monday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority should "avoid any actions which would halt negotiations," according to AFP.
Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, responded to the announcement for new housing tenders at a news briefing:
"Israeli settlements in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible."

Ironic given that individual EU governments are calling for Islamic migrants to conform. - ed
I find it very ironic. Every week in my hospital we get several seriously wounded patients from Syria. This is besides the ones that go to Ziv, Poria, and Rambam. These patients are taken care of for free and brought to us by the U.N. since no one else will take care of them. So the U.N. knows Jews are the only ones who will help anyone no matter what background, yet they continue to bash us as Arab hating oppressors.”


LaBelle gave birth to a 200 pound elephant calf at the Ramat Gan Safari in Tel Aviv. The successful birth was uneventful for first time mom, who is part of Ramat Gan’s extensive animal conservation program. The female baby, yet to be named, is an Asian elephant and will likely join her mother and grandmother in the elephant breeding program when she is grown.

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Maxi- mum whats the weather like today? Me- (looks out window) cold and windy. Maxi- how do you know, you didnt even ask siri?! Me- I did it the old fashioned way, I looked out the window! Kids these days.

Pastor Rick Warren
Buying a more expensive watch won't give you more time, but paying for it will certainly cost you time that could be used in better ways. Your time is your life. Killing time is suicide. (The watch in this photo costs $1 million)
Pastor Rick Warren
14 studies reveal patients with ‪#‎mental‬ illness get worse medical care from doctors than “normal” patients 
Cardinal Armand de Richelieu




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“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice."
Psalm 97:1
Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest's horrors, and the glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the divine King.
"God is God; he sees and hears
All our troubles, all our tears.
Soul, forget not, 'mid thy pains,
God o'er all forever reigns."
In hell, evil spirits own, with misery, his undoubted supremacy. When permitted to roam abroad, it is with a chain at their heel; the bit is in the mouth of behemoth, and the hook in the jaws of leviathan. Death's darts are under the Lord's lock, and the grave's prisons have divine power as their warder. The terrible vengeance of the Judge of all the earth makes fiends cower down and tremble, even as dogs in the kennel fear the hunter's whip.
"Fear not death, nor Satan's thrusts,
God defends who in him trusts;
Soul, remember, in thy pains,
God o'er all forever reigns."
In heaven none doubt the sovereignty of the King Eternal, but all fall on their faces to do him homage. Angels are his courtiers, the redeemed his favourites, and all delight to serve him day and night. May we soon reach the city of the great King!
"For this life's long night of sadness
He will give us peace and gladness.
Soul, remember, in thy pains,
God o'er all forever reigns."


"The bow shall be seen in the cloud."
Genesis 9:14
The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah, is typical of our Lord Jesus, who is the Lord's witness to the people. When may we expect to see the token of the covenant? The rainbow is only to be seen painted upon a cloud. When the sinner's conscience is dark with clouds, when he remembers his past sin, and mourneth and lamenteth before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant Rainbow, displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and betokening peace. To the believer, when his trials and temptations surround him, it is sweet to behold the person of our Lord Jesus Christ--to see him bleeding, living, rising, and pleading for us. God's rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins, our sorrows, and our woes, to prophesy deliverance. Nor does a cloud alone give a rainbow, there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun. So, our sorrows must not only threaten, but they must really fall upon us. There had been no Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud: punishment must fall in terrible drops upon the Surety. Until there is a real anguish in the sinner's conscience, there is no Christ for him; until the chastisement which he feels becomes grievous, he cannot see Jesus. But there must also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain make not rainbows unless the sun shineth. Beloved, our God, who is as the sun to us, always shines, but we do not always see him--clouds hide his face; but no matter what drops may be falling, or what clouds may be threatening, if he does but shine there will be a rainbow at once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. Certain it is, that when Christ comes, our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus, our sins vanish, and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea, how profound the calm!

Today's reading: Psalm 84-86, Romans 12 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 84-86

For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young-
a place near your altar,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you....

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will....
Mark, Marcus

[Märk,Mär'cus] - a large hammer orpolite. John Mark was a Jew and a son of Mary, who was a leading Christian at Jerusalem.

The Man Who Recovered Himself

Mark was the Roman surname of this young associate of the apostle, while his first name, John, was his Hebrew name. Mark was an apostle but held no official position among the original Twelve. The first time we come across "John, whose surname was Mark," it is in connection with one of the most remarkable prayer meetings ever held. Herod, who had just beheaded James, had Peter under arrest. But the many friends of "The Big Fisherman" gathered in the home of "Mary the mother of John Mark" for prayer, which the Lord wonderfully answered (Acts 12:12).
Mark's mother was a godly, well-to-do widow in Jerusalem and her house was a favorite meeting place for the saints (Acts 12:12; Col. 4:10). Her brother, Barnabas, Mark's uncle, was a wealthy Levite from the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:1-5). In Barnabas, Mark had a staunch and gifted friend and counselor (Acts 11:24). While we are not told how or when Mark became a disciple of Christ, it is evident that he owed his conversion to Peter, since the apostle speaks of him as "Marcus, my son" ( 1 Pet. 5:13). Thereafter he became a close companion of Peter for about twelve years. Doubtless Mark had heard and seen Christ. Tradition identifies Mark as "the certain young man," who followed Christ when all His disciples forsook Him and fled (Mark 14:51).
Mark became an attendant of Paul and Barnabas when they set out on their great mission tour (Acts 13:5 ), and these two godly men must have had a formative influence upon the character of young Mark. However, our next glimpse of him is disappointing. In the early years of his service, Mark was guilty of vacillating (Acts 13:13; 15:38). The ploughman looked back. So full of promise, Mark failed Paul and Barnabas at a crisis and brought about a severance of friends. The fear of what lay ahead in arduous missionary enterprise moved Mark to retrace his steps (Acts 13:13; 15:38).
But Mark won his spurs again and recovered his place in apostolic esteem. The years the locusts had eaten were restored and he became a valued colleague of Paul (Col. 4:10, 11; Philem. 24). A further impressive testimony to Mark's reinstatement is found in Paul's tribute to Mark's usefulness (2 Tim. 4:11). The wound was thoroughly healed. In the eventide of his life, Peter could write affectionately of Mark (1 Pet. 5:13). Tradition says that Mark became a bishop and a martyr and that his body was removed to Venice and buried there. St. Mark's of Venice is dedicated to his fragrant memory. The Lion, the emblem of Mark's Roman Gospel, is emblazoned on the standard of the Venetian Republic.
As the ministry of Mark was peculiarly a Gentile one, he is recognized by his Gentile name. Writing specifically for Romans, who stood for power, Mark manifests Christ's power in service. Accustomed as Mark was to the might of Rome's legions, he exhibits the soldier's rapidity of movement and readiness to repel attack, and gives us in his shortest and simplest gospel, a progressive series of victorious conflicts. Vividness, compactness, direction, circumstantial evidence characterize his gospel.
The main lessons to be learned from the life of Mark are apparent:
I. The blessings of a godly home. The Christian Church owes much to "Mary, the mother of John Mark."
II. Much depends upon the choice of friends. Mark's life was lived in the company of godly men such as Peter, Paul and Barnabas.
III. The possibilities of life. A widow's son became an apostle and a great historian, and his name is upon the lips of men the world over.
IV. The reward for faithful service. We do not read of Mark preaching a single sermon or performing even one miracle. All that is said about him is that he was a helper of others. Such service never fails to receive its reward.
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