Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tue Sep 30th Todays News

Hong Kong's umbrella is raised for freedom. Brave democracy activists are standing for what they believe in. Islamic radicals note, they are doing it right and have respect around the world. The Chinese administration, that is hardline communist, fear them. Just like last time, they may kill them. Back during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, after tanks of the Peoples Liberation Army rolled over protestors, and many were jailed and reeducated, Australian PM Bob Hawk spoke with Deng Xiaoping in private and pointed out that many of those radicals the Chinese government didn't want could come to Australia. Deng asked "How many millions do you want?" Even now, an estimated sixty million Chinese nationals are prepared to immigrate to Australia. Because of bad governance by the ALP, Australian land is not developed to support that many people. A Bradfield scheme would need to water central Australia. It can be done. Possibly China would fund it, if a deal could be struck with a future democratic Chinese government. God speed the Democracy Umbrella protests. 

Dear Aunt Tracy gave advice to Isis regarding names being overtaken by public disasters. Aunt Tracy was eight when the cyclone devastated Darwin. Beforehand, people would say what a lovely name she had. Afterwards, she was introduced to Gough Whitlam. He pretended she didn't exist. She could have been called Darwin for all he cared. And that is a tip for Isis. Choose a name which no one will notice in your neighbourhood. Your locals who run in fear of Isis will openly weep in thanks at Kabul, Mecca or Baghdad. In recent research it has been discovered Aliens have been swimming in our water. Or could have in the past. Half the world's water is older than the formation of the Sun. Maybe in time to come we will be able to work out what the parent star was like, if there was only one. NRL officials deny their organisation is run by women. When asked who was the best and fairest player over the entire season, they said they couldn't decide. Gosford Anglican's chief minister/priest/acolyte of Gaia has denounced the Abbott administration as fascist because they don't drown visitors or subject them to piracy. Did a switch in temperature gauge result in heat reading upgrade? The great heating scare beginning circa '96 corresponded with a new temperature measuring system. Margo Kingston being awarded a Doctorate in Creative Practice is a better deal than Roberta Flack being given a Doctorate in Musicology. Roberta has real talent. Margo is confused by facts and angry at myths. Sorry, Dr Kingston is confused by facts and angry at myths. 

Media Watch missed a dangerous issue of ABC siding with terrorists. Media watch is just like Dr Kingston. Confused by facts and angry at myths. US has named the ten most wanted terrorists. Buddhists from Myanmar command respect against terrorists by fighting them in traditional ways not followed by the Umbrella democracy protestors. Terror raids in Melbourne by federal and Victorian police are not related to last week's stabbing of two police officers by a young ISIS devotee. 

Ministers are using the budget blow out to address the debt emergency. Something needs to cut through the ALP and PUP obstructionism. Palmer might not be aware, but to run a business effectively profits need to exceed expenses. The Maritime Union has used stand over tactics to steal three million dollars? What else? Union corruption has been fostered by the ALP and must be stopped. Newman's government is on track to be re-elected, according to polls. The Whitlam government history has been written by losers. The sad truth is an inept but corrupt administration cost Australia significantly and still does so. Julie Bishop stymies a super ministry for Scott Morrison. There is no pressing need for one. But ALP supporters are keen to claim division in government ranks.

From 2013
It is hard for some people to know what is right. Very bad for an elected leader to not know. Mr Abbott shows good judgement with a firm grasp of conservative values, but the ALP seem bereft of talent when comparing Shorten and Albanese. It has taken time, but finally a point of difference is emerging between the two ALP wannabees. Shorten had a thought bubble about quotas, expanding the female quota and creating a quota for gay and lesbian politicians, race, capacity. Albanese doesn't feel quotas should be expanded beyond the one applied to females in seats of office. There are many outstanding people available to the ALP, but it is doubtful they will be promoted by quota. But equity in office doesn't seem to be a high priority to focus reform right now. People drown off the Indonesian coast line and Abbott is castigated .. he has only turned around two boats since coming to office. 

Media Watch have finally found bad science. Not AGW alarmism, Media Watch is fine with the hysteria. Media Watch disparages the scientist who claims that he has found alien life forms in the atmosphere of Earth. Chief indicator to Media Watch that that science is bad was that it was reported in News.com papers. In fact, the science was flawed, but falsifiable, like science should be .. unlike AGW which is more faith driven. 

But the quandary of the moment good people are wrestling with is Islamo Fascism. In Kenya, Islamic leaders have denounced the murderous cross dressing terrorists. In Pakistan, they appear to have senior government roles. Over 80 people who sat down for lunch in Pakistan were murdered by bombs designed to maim. They are Christians who were having lunch after a worship service. They aren't wealthy, but they support an orphanage, give aid to the poor and elderly and do what people in communities do .. like eat lunch. But in the aftermath of the explosions they are denied healthcare. Islamo Fascism has spread since Nazis modernised the Egyptian armed services following WW2. The UN has entrenched terrorism against Israel. Israel is the only safe place for Islamic peoples. Meanwhile the UN endorses the lynching of Jewish peoples everywhere in the world. In such times, what is a leader to do? 
This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

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 Mary BillAndrew OsmanStevie Selawa and Tommy Pham. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
1207 – Rumi, Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)
1800 – Decimus Burton, English architect, designed the Pharos Lighthouse (d. 1881)
1832 – Ann Jarvis, American activist, co-founded Mother's Day (d. 1905)
1861 – William Wrigley, Jr., American businessman, founded Wrigley Company (d. 1932)
1882 – Hans Geiger, German physicist (d. 1945)
1921 – Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (d. 2007)
1924 – Truman Capote, American author (d. 1984)
1928 – Elie Wiesel, Romanian-American author and Holocaust survivor, Nobel Prize laureate
1931 – Angie Dickinson, American actress
1935 – Johnny Mathis, American singer-songwriter and actor
1939 – Len Cariou, Canadian actor
1957 – Fran Drescher, American actress
1980 – Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player
1994 – Aliya Mustafina, Russian gymnast
Władysław Sikorski
You took the baggage train. The plant grows. We have a PM. Construction was rapid. And the pictures emerge. Enjoy your special day. 


Tim Blair – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (12:28pm)

grand announcement from self-obsessed former Fairfax frightbat Margo Kingston
It’s official, folks. I have a scholarship to do a Doctorate in Creative Practice at Macquarie University … 
Thus an ex-nursing trainee will become Dr Margo! And you’re paying for it. 
The thesis comprises a book for publication and an exegesis. I’m told the first year of the PhD adventure entails reading and thinking through exactly what will be tackled – whittling down the topic to something where one researches in depth and becomes a bit of an expert. 
This shouldn’t be too difficult. The topic that Margo will deeply research for her tax-funded PhD is … herself
The book will be a professional memoir which seeks to explain my journey from mainstream political journalist to Sydney Morning Herald political blogger and editor with Webdiary, website owner when I went independent in 2005, and my new project after a seven-year break, No Fibs. 
She won’t just be Doctor Margo – she’ll be a doctor of Margo. This might be the most indulgent exercise in academic history. Let’s hope Margo’s expert in-depth Margo analysis covers the time she blew more than $40,000 in three months running a blog, her attempt to establish a Margolian legal system, her discovery that Jews controlled Australia and her whole decade-plus of paranoid gibberish right up to the moment she somehow gained taxpayer funding for a demented Twitter site.
By the way, now that they’re handing out doctorates in Margology, where’s mine? 


Tim Blair – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (11:34am)

Gosford’s Father Tilt takes it to the next level
The Government has crossed the line into FASCISM. 
On the plus side, I guess this means no more elections.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (11:19am)

Not all Buddhists are the quiet, contemplative kind
A radical monk from Myanmar who has preached hatred toward Muslims and is the spiritual leader of a movement to boycott Muslim businesses said Sunday that his movement would join hands with a Sri Lankan group to “protect Buddhism around the world.”
The monk, Ashin Wirathu, the leader of an extremist movement in Myanmar called 969, was the guest of honor at a convention of Buddhist hard-liners in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital …
He arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday night and was received at the airport by a large delegation from the Sri Lankan organization Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which has been accused of instigating attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka. 
(Via A.R.M. Jones)

Newman now coasting to re-election. UPDATE: Labor backs Palmer’s petty revenge

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:32pm)

I suspect Tony Abbott’s poll figures will follow the same trajectory and for some of the same reasons:
THE Liberal National Party has staged a comeback in Queensland, as Campbell Newman, going into an election year, continues to wrestle with his unpop­ularity among voters… The LNP is on 54 per cent to Labor’s 46 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis, with the government securing a swing of five percentage points from the last Newspoll, held at the end of June when it lost the north ­Brisbane seat of Stafford in a by-election massacre…
Almost all of the LNP gains appear to be at the expense of Clive Palmer’s party and other independents, who collectively have dropped about six percentage points to 18 per cent in the primary vote.
So much for Palmer’s grand plan to destroy Newman.
Michael McKenna:

After two by-election floggings, the polls showing Labor leading and Campbell Newman personally unpopular, the numbers had had the LNP facing defeat after scoring Australia’s biggest election win in 2012.
But it never seemed real.
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, with a team of just nine MPs in the 89-seat parliament, has done a good job taking the fight to the pugnacious premier without much in the way of policy.
She was helped by the former Brisbane mayor, who led the state as if he were still in city hall — bullying and berating those who opposed his government or its decisions.
Although a lot of voters didn’t like Newman personally — and it seems they still don’t — they haven’t quite forgotten the scandals and mistakes of the previous Labor governments that prompted them to flock to the LNP.
As Newman lost popularity, only a small percentage turned to Labor; most of the voters that deserted Newman were flirting with the likes of Clive Palmer.
Now, however, it seems Palmer’s own public brawls with his Chinese business partners and party colleagues is also turning people off.
Politically, Newman finally listened to the wake-up call.
What a disgrace and a dangerous precedent - using one Parliament to run a political witchhunt against another:
CLIVE Palmer has done a deal with the Greens and Labor to resurrect his planned Senate inquiry into Campbell Newman’s government only a week after his first attempt failed. 

The Palmer United Party’s planned inquiry was abandoned last week after Labor dumped support for the probe when the Coalition secured an amendment to ensure Anna Bligh’s administration would also be investigated.

But PUP now has backing from both Labor and the Greens for the inquiry just into Mr Newman’s time in power.
In return for support from the Greens, Mr Palmer has agreed to oppose the federal handover powers of environmental approval powers to state governments…
The wideranging inquiry would investigate whether Mr Newman’s government has misused Commonwealth grants for political advertising and whether it has breached international human rights laws. Queensland’s judicial appointments, administration of prisons and use of detention without trial would all be investigated in the unprecedented Senate inquiry.
Development approval processes by the Newman government are also included in the terms of reference, which could see a review of Mr Palmer’s failed attempts to win preferential treatment from the state for a massive coal and port development.
Labor should be ashamed of itself.  To be as craven as Palmer is no small thing. To support Palmer’s jihad against the government that thwarted his business interests is truly grubby.
The party of the workers supporting a tycoon’s rage at being thwarted in business. Really? 

Farce: Margo Kingston gets a scholarship to do a PhD on herself

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (6:29pm)

This is absolutely astonishing. A scholarship? For Margo Kingston? For a PhD? On herself?
I’d very much like to know who at the university pushed and approved this:
It’s official, folks. I have a scholarship to do a Doctorate in Creative Practice at Macquarie University … The book will be a professional memoir which seeks to explain my journey from mainstream political journalist to Sydney Morning Herald political blogger and editor with Webdiary, website owner when I went independent in 2005, and my new project after a seven-year break, No Fibs.
Tim Blair suggests some chapters of Kingston’s life that might not make it into the final draft. They include Kingston’s interesting views on the influence of Jews.
How could any university of repute allow this bizarre indulgence - and fund it at our expense?
This isn’t the first time Macquarie has thrown some surprising funds Kingston’s way.  

Gillard cries “poor me”. Yet nothing was done to her that Abbott does not get worse

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (6:18pm)

I’m listening to one of the most pathetic interviews Julia Gillard has yet given - on ABC 24 - whingeing and whining how she was picked on as a woman when she was Prime Minister.
I can understand how she’d prefer to believe that rather than that she was incompetent, but where is the pride? The dignity?
And as if to remind Gillard she suffered nothing worse than what Tony Abbott routinely gets - and worse - reader Jason writes:
I was at a performance at the Entertainment Centre on Saturday night and there was this feral kid probably no older than 21 with a picture of Tony Abbott’s face on the front on the shirt and on the back was ‘Tony is a C**t’.
If someone wore that T-shirt with Gillard’s name on instead they’d have been thrown out, I suspect. It would be “an incident”. Anne Summers would rage.
Gillard is nothing more than a whinger who shrank in office and is shrinking even more out of it. 

More anti-terrorism raids

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (5:50pm)

More anti-terrorism raids, this time in Melbourne:
VICTORIA police and Australian Federal Police officers are conducting a joint operation in Flemington, Meadow Heights and Seabrook.
This tiny, unrepresentative minority is neither as tiny nor unrepresentative as wishful reporting tends to suggest.
Yet our Race Discrimination Commissioner carries on as if the real problem we must confront is hatred of Muslims rather than hatred of non-Muslims:

Anti-Muslim bigotry is now contaminating community harmony at large.
This bizarre inversion risks legitimising the Islamists’ paranoid complaints.
The raids are not related to last week’s stabbing of two police officers and fatal shooting of Numan Haider in Endeavour Hills.
Victoria Police said in a statement: “This operational activity is not in response to a threat to public safety nor is it related to last week’s incident at Endeavour Hills.”
Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, was arrested this morning in raids conducted by the joint Victorian-federal police counterterrorism task force.
He is accused of sending $12,000 to an American citizen fighting in Syria, with police using information provided by the FBI to make the arrest.
Mr El Sabsabi faces six charges of intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation, knowing it was a terrorist organisation.
He is alleged to have sent money to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, otherwise known as ISIS) on or about 1 March from Point Cook, in Melbourne’s outer west.
He is then alleged to have directed five transactions to Jabhat al-Nusra ...

Did a switch in gauges cause Melbourne’s temperature “rise”?

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (8:32am)

Jo Nova:
Here’s a strange change. After 160 years of fairly constant maximum temperatures, the raw Melbourne records take a sudden step up by 0.7 0C in 1996. Coincidentally (or not) that is the same year that the automatic gauge was installed. The new electronic equipment is much more responsive to short peaks and dips compared to thermometers. Could the step up be due to the better resolution? It’s by no means definitive — these are yearly averages, not monthly, and it may be a real climate shift and not due to the equipment. The obvious question is whether this sort of jump occurs in other stations where AWS (automatic weather stations) were installed. That would have profound implications if it did, but surely it would have been noticed already? 
Tom Quirk:
During the 1990s the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) started to install automatic weather stations. The minimum and maximum temperatures along with temperature readings every 30 minutes were recorded electronically. The weather stations used thermistors rather than mercury or alcohol thermometers for temperature measurements. Thermistors are electrical resistors that are very sensitive to temperature changes.
The Melbourne annual maximum temperature readings are shown in Figure 1. There is an unusual feature in the record as shown occurring in 1996. It is a break with a difference of 0.7 0C. The two straight lines are a best fit to the measurements and the difference is calculated from the lines at 1996.
(Thanks to reader Rocky.) 

Hong Kong’s citizens fight for their freedom

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (8:12am)

The Chinese regime, an enemy of democracy, has a big problem here that highlights its lack of legitimacy:

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours on Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.
Riot police had largely withdrawn and there were none of the clashes, tear gas and baton charges that had erupted over the weekend. As tensions eased, some exhausted demonstrators slept on roadsides while others sang songs or chanted slogans.
On the streets:

Don’t mention the riot

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:51am)

How bizarre.
Media Watch last night explained what the Daily Telegraph wrote:
Next day the front page of the Daily Telegraph was even more worrying, because, according to the paper, Goulburn Jail had now exploded 
RADICALS RUN RIOT EXCLUSIVE: Jail cancels Muslim prayer as prisoners go berserk
— The Daily Telegraph, 22nd September, 2014
Inside, the Tele continued:

Allah is the cry, as radicals go berserk in worst riot for 10 years
— The Daily Telegraph, 22nd September, 2014
So did these headlines tell the real story? Or was it a beat up?
Many minutes of huffing and damning later, Media Watch sums up the facts:
… the so-called riot began when those aboriginal prisoners were denied access to a BBQ…
One prayer meeting had been cancelled at a different prison ...
Tear gas was used
Prison officers were in riot gear.
And Lebanese Muslim prisoners did yell encouragement from their cells
What’s more a handful of the Aboriginal protesters were Muslims, and one did taunt prison officers about cutting off their heads. 
Somehow Murdoch-obsessed host Paul Barry managed to find enough nuances and straw men in between his explanation and his concession to make this his lead story, another condemnation of the Murdoch media.
I’d have thought his time would be been better spent saying sorry or tackling a far more dangerous issue involving ABC reporting of Islamic radicals.
Reader James on last night’s Q&A:
As annoying as Q&A was, at least there were two conservatives this week against four “progressives”. Balance - ABC style.
This is such a consistent pattern that I’m amazed ABC boss Mark Scott doesn’t insist this breach of the ABC’s charter be fixed.
Shameless, I guess. 

No better time to talk Budget cuts than after this blowout

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:45am)

After last week’s astonishing Budget figures, showing our second-biggest Budget deficit, I would hope cross-bench MPs had a new sense of urgency:

MINISTERS are launching another round of talks with crossbench senators in a new bid to pass $25 billion in budget savings, including controversial cuts to family tax benefits and supplements for seniors. 

Explain the difference between this and a bribe

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:42am)

Wow. Just wow:
THE Maritime Union of Australia is battling claims that it extracted $3 million in payments from companies involved in West Aus­tralian offshore gas projects as the price of “industrial peace”.
Executives from maritime engineering and dredging firms told the royal commission into union corruption yesterday how they had agreed to pay the MUA or related entities large sums over a ­period of years for “training” and “state conferences”.
In most cases the companies felt they received no benefit for added costs. They handed money to the MUA to “calm down” union members and ensure there was no disruption.
While an MUA-backed training fund did conduct 18-month courses at a cost of $77,000 a worker with company money, other employer donations for union state conferences were simply funnelled through West Australian branch accounts and used for day-to-day expenditure.

You pay so Labor may pray. But where’s the Liberal shrine?

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:28am)

Why this taxpayer-funded monument to a failed Labor Prime Minister but nothing for successful Liberal ones? Nick Cater:

NOT everyone will agree that Gough Whitlam’s government was “a brilliant, transforming moment” for Australia, but that’s Julia Gillard’s story and she’s sticking to it. His was “one of the finest minds of a great generation”, she told a gathering in June 2012, “one of those stars for the Australian nation"…
The purpose of Gillard’s speech was to announce a $7 million grant to restore the Female Orphan School building on the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus. The building would become the home of the Whitlam Institute and the renovation would include a museum, library, lecture rooms and an art gallery to honour our 21st prime minister…
At an open day 10 days ago, the Whitlam Institute board chairman, senator John Faulkner, described the library and museum as “the premier prime ministerial institute in this nation”.
He’s not wrong. In fact it is the only prime ministerial institute with a permanent full- time exhibition in Australia. Our first prime minister, Edmund Barton, got a small brass plaque outside an outrageously ugly block of flats in Sydney’s Kirribilli where his home once stood. A couple of years ago, our longest serving prime minister, Robert Menzies, got a statue by Lake Burley Griffin.
The only prime minister to be dismissed from office gets a great new shiny interactive museum complete with cafe and gift shop. There are It’s Time mugs, It’s Time caps, It’s Time T-shirts (as worn by Little Pattie) and the $30 It’s Time watch ("a fun present for someone who has everything")…
History in Australia is written by the vanquished, not the victors, a truism born out by the glut of books about the last two terms of Labor government hogging the shelf space at your local Dymocks.
Well, actually, history is written by the collectivists who make it their mission to conquer the institutions and hop into the public purse to finance their proselytising.                      

No super-ministry needed, says Bishop. Morrison needs another horse

Andrew Bolt September 30 2014 (7:15am)

The very capable Julie Bishop puts the ambitions of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on ice:
JULIE Bishop has pushed back strongly against the idea that Australia create a huge, US-style ­department of homeland security — absorbing the roles of ASIO, federal police, Customs and Border Protection — to handle the current terror threat. 

The Foreign Minister told The Australian last night there were no proposals before cabinet or its ­national security committee to create a new department to ­improve the co-operation between the three arms of security: intelligence agencies, police and ­Defence.

“If there were such a proposal, it would have to demonstrate any current failures in co-operation between the intelligence agencies, federal and state police and ­Defence and I am not aware of any such failures,” Ms Bishop said.
Professor Michael Wesley, former assistant director general for transnational issues at Office of National Assessments, says she’s right:
First, there is no pressing problem that this solution will solve… Security, intelligence and policing organisations are collaborating extremely effectively… Within the past decade, major reviews of security and intelligence by senior public servants Philip Flood and Ric Smith have considered and ultimately rejected merging our security and intelligence agencies…
Second, there is a danger that an ill-considered redesign of the security community will damage its long-developed habits of connectivity ... [and] ­places an arbitrary fence around what security is assumed to be… And what will the gathering of some agencies and not others do to habits of trust, collaboration and connectivity? ...
Third, ... Functional differentiation allows the maintenance of full-spectrum expertise while providing clear political accountability and constitutional and civil liberties checks and balances… It makes sense that the ­Attorney-General, as the country’s chief law-maker, bears responsibility for the two agencies with greatest capacities to impinge on civil liberties…
Fourth, there is a real risk that the merging of police, security and intelligence agencies will actually damage Australia’s security preparedness. Upsetting well-established co-ordination mechanisms and diverting resources and attention into bureaucratic re-engineering is particularly ill-advised at this time of heightened danger. 



~ A Fly Falls Into A Cup Of Coffee ~
The Italian - Spills the coffee, gets annoyed and walks away.The Frenchman - Removes the fly and drinks the coffee.The Chinese - Spills out the coffee and eats the fly.The Russian - Drinks the coffee slowly and quietly.The Israeli - Sells the coffee to the Frenchman and the fly to the Chinese guy, and buys himself a new cup of coffee. With the left over money he sets out a new ‘Start -Up’ to develop an instrument that prevents flies from entering coffee.The Palestinian - Blames the Israeli for putting the fly in his coffee. Then he complains to the UN about him using “excess force.” He receives a few billion dollars from the EU for buying new coffee but instead, he buys explosives and blows up the coffee shop where the Italian, Frenchman, Chinese and Russian are trying to explain to the Israeli why he has to give up his cup of coffee and give it to the Palestinian.
~ A Fly Falls Into A Cup Of Coffee ~
The Italian - Spills the coffee, gets annoyed and walks away.
The Frenchman - Removes the fly and drinks the coffee.
The Chinese - Spills out the coffee and eats the fly.
The Russian - Drinks the coffee slowly and quietly.
The Israeli - Sells the coffee to the Frenchman and the fly to the Chinese guy, and buys himself a new cup of coffee. With the left over money he sets out a new ‘Start -Up’ to develop an instrument that prevents flies from entering coffee.
The Palestinian - Blames the Israeli for putting the fly in his coffee. Then he complains to the UN about him using “excess force.” He receives a few billion dollars from the EU for buying new coffee but instead, he buys explosives and blows up the coffee shop where the Italian, Frenchman, Chinese and Russian are trying to explain to the Israeli why he has to give up his cup of coffee and give it to the Palestinian.


The stupidity becomes invisible when it has assumed sufficient proportions. Bert Brecht 

Unsichtbar wird die Dummheit wenn sie genügend große Ausmaße angenommen hat. Bert Brecht



It cannot be that women are equal to men, and men are inferior to women. Men and women are not the same. Equality can only be found in respect.


























The Ames Room
The distorted room was named after ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, who invented the optical illusion in 1934. The floor, ceiling and side walls of the room are trapezoidal in shape but when viewed from a specific fixed point it appears to be rectangular.
We built this for the 2011 Christmas Lectures. See it in action in this clip from the lectures, or hear Andy talk about making it here.
=== Posts from last year ===
4 her, so she can see how I see her


Are you a lazy person who loves to lie in bed all day? Then you might be a perfect candidate for a certain job at NASA. 
In the Jakarta Post today.
Australia and Indonesia should be partners in stopping people smuggling, which damages both our nations. Abbott’s proposal to turn boats back where safe is a policy carried out by numerous other countries, including the US, with illegal  immigrants from the Caribbean; and Sri Lanka, which turns back its own illegal emigrants. It is a tough policy, but not anti-Indonesian. 

This trade, which has seen more than 1,200 people drown on the journey to Australia, will never stop unless people believe they have no chance of securing permanent residency in Australia this way.


Much is beat up by the likes of Fairfax and the ABC of Abbott offending the Indonesian government but isn't the case coming from the President SBY's own website. Diplomatic niceties aside, they're more or less glowing of the visit. My (inexpert) Bahasa Indonesia translation of select quotations below:

<"Hubungan bilateral kedua negara sangat baik. Masih terdapat banyak ruang bagi perluasan persahabatan dan kerja sama yang tentunya saling menguntungkan bagi kedua negara," kata SBY.

The bilateral relations between the two countries are very good. There is still plenty of room to grow friendship and cooperation that will benefit both countries, said President SBY

Dalam rilisnya pada Jumat (27/9) pekan lalu, Staf Khusus Presiden bidang Hubungan Internasional Teuku Faizasyah menyampaikan bahwa langkah Abbott memulai masa pemerintahannya dengan melakukan lawatan ke Indonesia mencerminkan semangat untuk melanjutkan, bahkan memperkuat kerja sama kedua negara.>

Last Friday 27/9, the President's special advisor for international relations Teuku Faiszasyah praised the fact that Abbott began his prime ministership by visiting Indonesia, highlighting the hope of continuing to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban has been honored as Harvard University's humanitarian of the year.
Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent for girls' education, was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.
Malala was shot in the head last October. Militants said she was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban, not because of her views on education.
Survivor: Malala Yousafzai addresses students and faculty after receiving the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard University

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2436558/Pakistani-girl-15-shot-head-Taliban-demanding-womens-education-receives-standing-ovation-Harvard.html#ixzz2gMjtACHZ
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Those who fight and those who pray

Just days after the first conversation between the leaders of the U.S. and Iran in 34 years was hailed as a “breakthrough” in relations between the two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations: Don't be fooled by Tehran's “sweet talk.”
Netanyahu, who contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb, will meet with President Obama Monday to deliver strong words of caution to the U.S.
"I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles," Netanyahu said before boarding his flight to the U.S. on Sunday. "Telling the truth today is vital for the security and peace of the world and, of course, it is vital for the security of the state of Israel."
Netanyahu also plans to offer up fresh intelligence in his attempt to persuade the U.S. to maintain tough economic sanctions and not allow the Islamic republic to develop a bomb or even move closer to becoming a nuclear threshold state.
Israeli leaders watched with great dismay what they derisively call the "smiley campaign" by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, last week. Rouhani delivered a conciliatory speech at the United Nations in which he repeated Iran's official position that it has no intention of building a nuclear weapon and declared his readiness for new negotiations with the West.
Capping off the visit, Rouhani and Obama held a 15-minute phone call as the Iranian leader was traveling to the airport. By the end of the call, Obama was suggesting that a breakthrough on the nuclear issue could portend even deeper ties between the U.S. and Iran. U.S. and European diplomats hailed a "very significant shift" in Iran's attitude and tone.

Generic prisoner.

PETER Severin, the man in charge of NSW prisons, wants inmates to be banned from smoking in the state’s jails.
The Corrective Services Commissioner says smoking is harming the health of both the prisoners themselves and jail staff.
Mr Severin’s push to ban cigarettes may seem controversial, but it’s actually pretty dull compared to some of the harsh rules in other prisons around the world, especially those in Maricopa County, Arizona where inmates are ruled by the iron fist of controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Here is a selection of his rules, as well as some of the bizarre things going on in other world prisons.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world-news/eight-of-the-strangest-prison-rules-in-the-world/story-fndir2ev-1226730016591#ixzz2gMmZnPKK

The fugitive was found hiding in a roof. Picture: Supplied

A 29-YEAR-OLD male, who fell in a pile of manure while running from police, has been arrested at a Woodroffe home in the Northern Territory, reports NT News.
The man is a member of the Darwin Chapter of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and the premises was occupied by an ex Hells Angels member.
He was arrested in relation to a warrant to attend Darwin Supreme Court regarding charges for attempting to pervert the course of justice and numerous other offences.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer from Strike Force Trident told the NT News police tracked the man down to the Woodroffe address and found the Rebels Outlaw Bikie in the ceiling of the house.
“Police also located and seized a quantity of methamphetamine, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a class A clandestine laboratory inside the residence.”
Investigations are continuing in relation to the clandestine drug lab and drugs located.
“It was good a good result to finally catch up with this guy. We almost had him last week when he ran from us and ended up in a pile of manure,” Detective Senior Sergeant Stringer said.
He will appear in Darwin Magistrates Court on Monday 30 September.

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White Widow

THE white widow’s secret marriage has been revealed as more arrests were made over the Kenyan tragedy amid horrific accounts of final moments of its youngest victims.
Local authorities made another arrest overnight as part of the ongoing investigation into the four-day siege at the Westgate mall in Nairobi by Islamic militant group al-Shabaab which left 67 people dead.
Some of the tragedy’s youngest victims were shot up to five times by armed militants, according to UK media reports.
Earlier Sunday, about 200 Kenyan Muslims held a rally near the mall to remember the dead and call for peace.
“We condemn the terror attack on Westgate Mall,” said one sign. “One Country. One People. One Love. Kenya Asia Muslims,” said another.
Many of those at the rally were from Kenya’s Asian community, the descendants of people who came from colonial India — what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — to work in Kenya more than a century ago.
Kenyan army soldiers participate in a 24-hour prayer vigil for victims of the Westgate mall massacre. Picture: AFP/Carl de Souza

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Davecat and Sidore at home. Photo: Davecat. Source: Supplied

Davecat bought his now wife from the Abyss Creations website 13 years ago. He saved for a year and a half to buy a $6000 RealDoll, who he named Sidore Kuroneko.
Davecat (the online pseudonym he prefers to go by) was directed to the website by a good friend who knew he had always been in love with various types of artificial women.
He selected her facial type, body type, eye colour, makeup, skin tone and bust size and she soon arrived in a FedEx box at his house.
“The results were entirely worth it … It was love at first sight,” Davecat told news.com.au.
And the rest, he says, “is history”.
Sidore and Elena at home. Photo: Davecat. Source: Supplied
Sidore is “anatomically correct” and looks freakishly like a human. Her artificial skin is made of silicone, so it’s soft, and she’s even got a fake tongue. While RealDolls are marketed as sex toys, Davecat and other “iDollators” or “technosexuals” see their dolls as life partners, with whom they experience a real relationship.
Davecat told The Atlantic his relationship with Sidore was “70 per cent sex, 30 per cent companionship”, but that they also share a meaningful emotional connection. They wear matching wedding bands that say “Synthetik love lasts forever” and are considering a ceremony for their 15th anniversary.
In December 2012, Davecat purchased a second doll — a Russian called Elena — who is his mistress and friend to Sidore. Both dolls are bisexual, so are able to “enjoy each other on multiple levels” when Davecat is at work.

Who inherits the wife if he dies? Who will care for him when he runs out of money? - ed


I grew up in a Chabad House. Chabad of Tidewater to be precise. Throughout the years, hundreds upon hundreds of different people have come and gone. Some we remember quite well. For others, it may take a moment. But only a select few are etched in our everlasting memories.
Michael Allen Noeth was born to a Jewish mother and Roman Catholic father. Sometime after, his mother turned Roman Catholic and his father an observant Jew. Michael was a very gifted artist and joined the navy as a painter. His father requested he visit Chabad wherever his military duties lead him. In 1997, it was Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, VA. Michael was added to the catalog of people to stroll through our Chabad House doors. Instantly, he became a fan favorite.
Michael was as kind as they get, and – some would say – as interesting as they get! Michael was a Navy man, there’s no mistake about that – he was very proud of who he was. He always tried to rival Tzivos Hashem – the Army of Hashem – with the Navy of Hashem!
We were privileged to share many firsts with Michael. It’s hard to forget the faces he made when he unknowingly gulped down Marror as if it were sugar. Michael learned to chant Kiddush with us. I can still hear him yell “Attention Gentlemen” just before the blessing of Hagofen.
A good man who became a 9/11 victim in 2001. - ed



The new Olympic (IOC) President is Chairman of Ghorfa, the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was set up in the 1970s by Arab countries to boycott trade with Israel and even issued certificates indicating that no parts of products were made in Israel until German trade regulation forbade the process, according to the Jewish Journal.

Thomas Bach also supported the refusal of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), led by Jacques Rogge, to hold a moment of silence during the 2012 Summer Olympics for the 40th anniversary of the murder of nine Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games, according to the Jewish Journal. The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is calling on Bach to quit the group.
According to AJC, they are calling for Bach to leave Ghorfa because it helps German companies ensure that products meet the import requirements of Arab governments, some of which ban products and services from Israel, and continues to issue certificates of German origin for trade with Arab countries. 
Bach won the position with support from Charlotte Knobloch, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, who came to his aid prior to the vote by saying he “stands for central values such as tolerance, fairness — sportsmanship in the best sense of the word — and cosmopolitanism.”

no place for  bigot - ed
Nearly two-thirds of the people ruled by the clique of which Abed Rabbo is a leading member are committed to the most extreme forms of lethal terrorist attacks on Israelis. In that light, do we need to speculate about the intended effect when PA insiders like him dismiss so comprehensively the current round of talks between their side and Israel?
so called suicide bombings are unjustifiable - ed




"Israel Defence Force" by Ben Koder 

THE world is never going to master the difference between your and you're. So let's give up on that one.
Turn your attention instead to the lesser known vocab fails you’ve probably been making without realising.
Here are five examples of words we just get wrong. All. The. Time.
A regime is a form of government, like the Nazi party. A regimen is a program to improve your health, like moisturising every night.
See the difference? It’s big.
Nauseous is more of an Americanism than something we say in Australia, but like all things the Yanks do, it’s becoming more popular here.
But we’re using it incorrectly by saying “I feel nauseous” or “You look nauseous”. Nauseous means something that causes sickness.

Precision is important .. to say what you mean, you should mean what you say. - ed

Holly Sarah Nguyen

God is like oxygen. You can't see Him, but you can't live without Him!

Former congressman Allen West blasted the Council on American–Islamic Relations on his social media outlets Tuesday morning by thanking CAIR for including him in their “2011-2012 Worst List Inductees” for his “intentional efforts to spread fear and prejudice.”
“CAIR obviously fears those who confront them w/ the truth. I’m on their top ten “worst” list. Appreciate the honor,” the Florida Republican tweeted to his 192,000 followers, linking to a new 2013 CAIR report, titled “Legislating Fear: Islamophobia and its impact int he United States.”

** FILE ** Former Rep. Allen B. West (Associated Press)
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This so that EVERYONE understands where I STAND politically. As a youth, I was a member of the Republican Party, and was a member of the North Bronx Republican Club. When my ex and I moved to Minnesota, I stayed away from the Republicans - because all they talked about when not condemning Democrats, WAS WHICH CHURCH THEY ATTENDED. So, until I moved to Israel with my present wife and kids, I was a member in good standing of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota.

However, I have never been either a "liberal" or a "conservative" politically. I have been since my youth, and remain today, A SOCIALIST. I am what is known as a "MARKET SYNDICALIST", which is a system that I believe is the most effective method of preserving competition in the open market (thus maintaining quality) AND equitably distributing profits to those who labor and own.


FINALLY - I am a Jew who realizes that the HEBREW ROOTS of his people is the most important thing we need to understand - for it is HEBREW PROPHECY that ALL ISRAEL will be reunited under one king, and one law [Ezekiel 37:15-28]. ALL ISRAEL means ALL the descendants of the Children of Jacob, wherever they live today. To my understanding, this means Jews, most Pashtuns, and many Igbo, as well as some assorted others like the Lemba. It may mean others as well, but since I cannot substantiate these ties at all, I'll not list them.

If you look at my postings, you will realize that they mostly reflect the orientations I've listed above. Feel free to disagree with me if you wish. But my basic rule is CIVILITY. Civility towards me, and civility towards my friends. If you can't be civil here, then don't post.

social conservatives tend to religion .. economic conservatives are sensible across all faiths. Thing is conservatives have widely divergent views on things, while socialists tend to the same view on everything. - ed



The Sentinel of Santa Cruz

Late last night under clear star filled skies at the Harbor. Shot after teaching an awesome Dark Side of Photography Aperture Academy class. Many thanks to my friend Jean Day who had the idea to visit this location.

Camera Nikon D7100
Exposure 30
Aperture f/2.2
Focal Length 28 mm
ISO Speed 100

Thanks for looking. ...and as usual, feel free to share! 
  — at Santa Cruz Harbor Light Walton Lighthouse.
wwii hideout destroyed

WARSAW, Poland — An official says a couple who destroyed a World War II Jewish hideout that was located in an apartment they were renting from the city of Warsaw have pleaded guilty to ruining a historic site.
The couple, identified as Dariusz P. and Elzbieta P, were indicted after city authorities discovered in 2012 that they had removed the wardrobe to create a kitchen in the small apartment.
During the Second World War, Warsaw ghetto inmate Leon Jolson made the hideout behind a giant wardrobe in the apartment, and he and his family hid there from 1942 until September 1944. He and his wife survived the Holocaust.
In 1999, the hideout was listed as a historic monument.
On Tuesday, Dariusz Slepokura, a spokesman for Warsaw prosecutors, said the couple pleaded guilty.


Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the head of Israel’s negotiating team in talks with the PalestinianAuthority (PA), spoke Saturday night at the opening of aconference organized by the left-wing American group J Street.
Livni won applause for her defense of the “two-state solution” and the creation of a PA state in Judea, Samaria (Shomron), and Gaza.



An Iranian agent was arrested in Israel on September 11. The arrest was under a gag order for several days, but has now been cleared for publication.
The detainee is a 55-year-old Belgian citizen who goes by the name Alex Mans. He was arrested by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, and the Israel Police as he attempted to leave the country.
The suspect also has Iranian citizenship, and his original name was Ali Mansouri. He lived in Iran until 1980, and then moved to Turkey, where he lived until 1997. Since 2007, he traveled between Iran, Turkey and Belgium, and married an Iranian citizen.
A Shin Bet investigation revealed that he was sent to Israel by Iran’s intelligence services. He has confessed to working on behalf of Iran during his visits to Israel.
Contacted by Iranian intelligence years ago, he first received an explicit offer to spy on Israel on Iran's behalf in early 2012. Mansouri was working with a "special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guards responsible for numerous terrorist attacks around the world," Shin Bet sources said.
Mans had made two previous trips to Israel, one in July 2012, and one in January 2013. Both visits are believed to have been conducted with guidance from his Iranian handlers. He was promised $1 million for his work.
He presented his visits as business trips, and met with businesspeople in Tel Aviv in an attempt to forge long-term business ties in the country. In the meetings with Israeli businesspeople, Mans/Mansouri presented himself as a Belgian businessman selling windows.
He was discovered to have pictures of several sites in Israel, including the building of the United States embassy in Tel Aviv.

Top Israeli negotiator Tzipi  Livni

The renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have revealed that the deep divide between each side’s proposedsolution, which caused previous talks to break down continues to be an issue, the Arab-language daily Al-Hayat reports.
According to the report, the Israeli team involved in the secret negotiations created a proposal for a PA state along provisional borders. The proposal would allow Israel to maintain control over the Jordan Valley, and border crossings with Jordan, for 40 years.
The Israeli team suggested that Israel’s security concerns, and the large Israeli Jewish minority in Judea and Samaria (Shomron), be taken into account when determining the final borders of the PA state.
Israeli leaders have repeatedly stated that they plan to keep the “settlement blocs” – areas comprising less than 10% of the total land mass of Judea and Samaria which are home to the majority of the region’s roughly 600,000 Jewish residents. Some have proposed land swaps that would replace “settlement bloc” land with other Israeli land.
According to Al-Hayat, PA negotiators are unwilling to see Israel retain more than 2% of Judea and Samaria, even in exchange for land elsewhere in Israel. As PA leaders have repeatedly insisted that Jews will not be allowed to remain as citizens of a future "Palestinian state" - a refusal which amounts to a demand that Israel expel hundreds of thousands of its citizens from their homes, effectively ethnically-cleansing the region of its Jewish population.
United States officials previously predicted that Israel will ultimately lose roughly 15% of the settlement blocs under a deal with the PA.
The PA team also rejected Israel’s security-related demands, and rejected the possibility of a PA state with provisional borders.
The two teams reportedly have not even begun negotiating the highly disputed issues of the status of Jerusalem or of “Palestinian refugees.”

A group of European and global leaders – drawn from political, military, intellectual, and activist circles – are calling on European Union foreign ministers to reevaluate recently passed guidelines cutting off cooperation between European institutions and Israeli establishments beyond Israel’s 1948 armistice lines. A letter sent by the group (embedded below) on Monday offers a blistering evaluation of the policies’ effects:
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by, Victor Mordechai
At a meeting of the David Allen Lewis “Eschatology Club” a year ago in Springfield, Missouri, where I was the featured speaker, I was told by the organizers that in the previous monthly meeting, Pastor Don Jones made a disturbing statement about President Barack Obama’s plan to Islamicize America.
Jones went to one of his orphanages in Haiti after the massive earthquake there and met with a senior UN official, who said Obama had told him that the US would be a Muslim country by 2016, or by the end of his second term in office.
While that may seem far-fetched, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. First, Obama’s biological father was a Muslim—which makes the President a Muslim. His stepfather was an Indonesian Muslim who raised Obama as a Muslim in a mosque and madrassa (Islamic religious school) in Indonesia until age 11. His halfbrothers in Kenya are Muslims.
My wife Rachel, who is a radio and TV monitor in the Arabic language for Israel Radio in Jerusalem, has picked up many broadcasts indicating that the Arabs see Obama as a Muslim. In one broadcast prior to the 2008 elections, the Saudis claimed that “we will have a Muslim in the White House.”
Another Saudi broadcast said: “Obama’s job is to terminate the Shiite threat [Iran] and the Jewish threat [Israel]. And if he cannot do this, he should pack his bags and go home.”
America has always been a Judeo-Christian nation, but demographically at least, this is no longer true. While there are more than 250 million Christians in the US, the 6 million Jews are now outnumbered by Muslims who total about 20 million (9 million Iranians who fled after the fall of the Shah, 7 million Arabs and at least 3 million black Muslims, with the remainder being from Somalia and the former Yugoslavia).
Numerically, the Jews are now no. 3 or 4 along with the Hindus in the US, whose population is about the same as the Jews. According to Obama’s Inauguration Day speech, America is a “Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu” country. Numerically, he is right. So much for Judeo-Christian America.===

No one can deny the nature of jihad after last week's horrors in Kenya were broadcast around the world. Everybody who saw the brutal Nairobi mall killings gets it. But our profoundly corrupt and Muslim-penetrated media and political class will keep denying those horrors. British PM David Cameron just made the usual nauseating pronouncement that "Islam means peace."
The ruling classes in the West were able to twist and cover up the truth after 9/11. They are desperate to peddle denial, because they are deeply afraid that popular outrage will destroy their power. Hillary hired a Muslim Brotherhood loyalist, Huma Abedin, as her top aide. Our political/media class is therefore completely invested in covering up a clear and present danger. They must therefore be defeated in the next election.
Hassan Rouhani's "Big Smile" offensive in New York this week is a perfect demonstration of the double-talk of Islamic war. Rouhani is the killer who oversaw the truck bombing of the U.S. Marine Lebanon barracks in 1983, killing 299 young U.S. and French peacekeeping troops. Killer Rouhani was greeted with a wave of favorable publicity by the New York Times this week. Muslims like Rouhani will stab you to the heart with a smile. It is their doctrine. You can watch them laughing today because they know they are winning.

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Iran Hits At 'Unfair' U.N. Nuclear Agency Ahead Of Talks By Fredrik Dahl
VIENNA | Thu Sep 26, 2013 
(Reuters) - Iran has sharply criticized the U.N. nuclear watchdog over "baseless allegations" about its atomic activity, 20-page "explanatory note" posted on the website of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday, Iran's mission to the IAEA
Israel – seen to some as being the most nefarious, heinous and odious country in the world. No other country gets a remotely comparable amount of criticism (from international bodies, states, media, academia etc.). No other country gets the same spotlight, the same protests, the same threats, and the same attention. There is no Roger Waters led boycott of Sudan, but of course there is one of Israel.

The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying group J Street has spent the majority of its recent time on Capitol Hill lobbying in favor of pro-Iran and pro-Palestinian measures, according to the liberal group’s lobbying disclosure forms.
J Street’s efforts to rollback sanctions on Iran and advocate for legislation backed by the Palestinian Authority has pro-Israel insiders warning that the group’s actions run counter to its claims of being pro-Israel.
The group spent $100,000 lobbying lawmakers to tone down their rhetoric on Iran and pushed for greater ties with the “Palestinian Diplomatic Mission to the United States,” according to the latest 2012 disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
As the five-year old organization gets ready to kick off its 2013 conference in Washington D.C. on Saturday—an event that will include a who’s who of Israel’s most prominent critics—pro-Israel insiders are warning that J Street is not what it claims to be.
“J Street believes that Israel is the obstacle to peace [and] it wants the president to pressure Israel to meet Palestinian demands,” said Steve Rosen, a former top official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the nation’s premiere pro-Israel group.
“Because Congress is an obstacle to presidential pressure [on Israel], J-Street wants to neutralize AIPAC’s influence, to free the president to impose Palestinian concessions on Israel,” Rosen said. “At root, J-Street is profoundly hostile to the core principle of Zionism, which is the right of the Jewish people to decide their own destiny in a state of their own.”
“Because J Street does not trust the Jewish people of Israel to see things the correct (i.e., J Street) way, it would rather that Israel’s destiny be decided by a non-Jew from Chicago,” Rosen said.

US President Obama with Prime Minister Netanyahu and PA President Abbas, September 1, 2010.

Unless the Right can devise a methodology and mechanisms to determine the political agenda in Israel, it will continue to be determined by the Left – irrespective of electoral outcomes.


out of season ..
Bob Carroll I like the eyes. Amazing that any of them are still around. They usually last to early to mid September.


The Sabbath, is a time when we step back to enjoy nature, rather than figuring out, how to change it. #just10live
The most important things in life aren’t things - but people. Let’s spend time with our family and friends. #just10live


Team 9Lives
Justin feeling ultra-balanced out in this beautifully peaceful terrain! #balancedlifestyle #team9lives#warriortraining

‘Cultural shift?’ SNL lampoons Obamacare with Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman cameo ==>http://twitchy.com/2013/09/29/cultural-shift-snl-lampoons-obamacare-with-jesse-pinkman-cameo/

Still, I can't help but think sometimes these memes suggest to others God is not generous but miserly and demands that miserable folk say good things or be struck .. .. he isn't like that. I could say that he likes people to call out to him their distress .. but that is misleading too. He loves like a good father .. the Song of Soloman or the Song of Songs illustrates the earthiness and depth of feeling ..ed
True blue: Tony Abbott is a 'conviction politician', with a strong moral sense rooted in his religious faith

Something truly astounding has happened. The best political candidate for a country's future has won a general election.
In fact, even more astonishing is the fact that this achievement was something David Cameron and his inner circle had given us to believe was as impossible as . . . well, being reincarnated as an olive.
So what is this miracle? That a true conservative has won a general election on true conservative principles.

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A Lahore based Christian community. I have not checked bona fides, I was given these by a member wishing their story may be told. They have needs, and a mission.
These people may be murdered because they run orphanages and care for the sick and needy .. and follow their beliefs that are not Islam. - ed











CCP Ministries
Please Prayer for those who are Martyred and injured during Church attack in Pakistan also keep their needs in prayers.Appeal from CCP MinistriesPakistan.www.ccpak.org

It isn't a crime to have lunch .. Christians oppressed in Pakistan .. ed
Joyce to fork out for wedding travel

AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce will repay more than $600 for a Comcar for travel relating to the controversial wedding of former Sydney radio host Michael Smith.
Mr Joyce today said he had written to the Finance Department to correct his error and enclosed a cheque for about $650 to cover the cost he had wrongly billed taxpayers.
“This is ambiguous so I have repaid them,” he told News Corp Australia.

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Will the ALP be held to this standard by the press? If so, they seem to have forgotten Shorten, Albanese and Bowen. - ed

Andy Minh Trieu
Hey guys pick up an MX on the way home 
“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:20-21 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague."
Leviticus 13:13
Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are "nothing else but sin," for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment--it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto him, he will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner,
Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can't come too filthy--come just as you are.


"I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go."
Song of Solomon 3:4
Does Christ receive us when we come to him, notwithstanding all our past sinfulness? Does he never chide us for having tried all other refuges first? And is there none on earth like him? Is he the best of all the good, the fairest of all the fair? Oh, then let us praise him! Daughters of Jerusalem, extol him with timbrel and harp! Down with your idols, up with the Lord Jesus. Now let the standards of pomp and pride be trampled under foot, but let the cross of Jesus, which the world frowns and scoffs at, be lifted on high. O for a throne of ivory for our King Solomon! Let him be set on high forever, and let my soul sit at his footstool, and kiss his feet, and wash them with my tears. Oh, how precious is Christ! How can it be that I have thought so little of him? How is it I can go abroad for joy or comfort when he is so full, so rich, so satisfying. Fellow believer, make a covenant with thine heart that thou wilt never depart from him, and ask thy Lord to ratify it. Bid him set thee as a signet upon his finger, and as a bracelet upon his arm. Ask him to bind thee about him, as the bride decketh herself with ornaments, and as the bridegroom putteth on his jewels. I would live in Christ's heart; in the clefts of that rock my soul would eternally abide. The sparrow hath made a house, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God; and so too would I make my nest, my home, in thee, and never from thee may the soul of thy turtle dove go forth again, but may I nestle close to thee, O Jesus, my true and only rest.
"When my precious Lord I find,
All my ardent passions glow;
Him with cords of love I bind,
Hold and will not let him go."

Today's reading: Isaiah 7-8, Ephesians 2 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 7-8

The Sign of Immanuel
1 When Ahaz son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, was king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem, but they could not overpower it.
2 Now the house of David was told, “Aram has allied itself with Ephraim”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken, as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.
3 Then the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son Shear-Jashub, to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderer’s Field. 4 Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. 5 Aram, Ephraim and Remaliah’s son have plotted your ruin, saying, 6 “Let us invade Judah; let us tear it apart and divide it among ourselves, and make the son of Tabeel king over it....”

Today's New Testament reading: Ephesians 2

Made Alive in Christ
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do....

[Ĭshbō'sheth] - a man of shameOne of Saul's younger sons who was made king over Israel by Abner. He was originally called Eshbaal, "The Lord's man" but his name was changed after Saul's departure (2 Sam. 2:8 with 1 Chron. 8:33; 9:39). Ishbosheth contested the throne of Israel with David for seven years. Ultimately he was deserted by Abner and murdered in his bed by two of his captains.
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