Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wed Sep 3rd Todays News

It is a simple question deserving a detailed response. The ICAC investigated Angela D'Amore, a sister in law to Joe Tripodi and found insufficient evidence of corruption to convict her of wrong doing. But she had hired electoral officers through her parliamentary office. She had been Chair of the Committee on the office of Ombudsman and Police Integrity. Later she was Secretary assisting the Police Minister. She should have known better. It isn't as if a large family network headed by an ALP minister had not profited from similar corrupt practice obtaining over half a billion dollars. The ALP defended Angela. What benefit was there for the ALP to forgive Angela and not allow her to face justice? What about Tripodi? Yet Tripodi can oppose an ALP candidate and still have the ear of another ALP Minister? There is a fracture in the legal process when giving money to a Liberal is corrupt, but giving money to the ALP is not. In Victoria the return of Shaw to the Parliament following suspension was supposed to be punctuated with an apology from him, which Napthine prescribed as fulsome. And it was. So Napthine has foreshadowed he would call for Shaw's expulsion from Parliament, which the ALP previously called for. But now the ALP are opposing what they had called for. Making a parliament on a knife edge a joke. 

ISIS has beheaded another and has claimed a third is going to die too. The video is confronting, with the same executioner with a London accent. The video names events so as to suggest it was made after the previous video was released. In Australia this has prompted Greens to demand that Terrorists not be called terrorists. Greens are concerned at the demonising of terrorists, as if cutting the heads off captives obtained by deception over a year ago wasn't demonic. The misnaming of things is hard to defend against. One US youth wishes to wear make up for an ID photo, only that is not allowed. Authorities can  manipulate ID photos that are natural to identify people wearing make up, but they cannot adjust make up images to predict what a person might change their looks to. So the youth is suing for the right to have an ID photo with make up because they mistake the photo for being a sales pitch for their gender identity. They have full rights to their gender identity, but the state has a basic need to be able to identify them without make up. Further on identity, a man complaining that he hasn't been fed fled his Ebola camp where he was detained for a market which had food. It was a threat to the local population who did not have Ebola. Finally the UN restrained the hungry man and trucked him back. The truck was marked UNICEF. How might the Greens respond if they were told the UN were detaining and forcefully restraining youths, and not feeding them? 

For the Greens, good is bad and bad is good, and one Green acolyte is Robyn (100m) Williams who did not commit suicide with his body, but intellectually diminishes himself holding onto hysterical fear mongering statements he has made. Rotherham revelations include British Labour Party censuring members who attempted to defend victims by abusing multicultural policy positions. Ukraine has agreed to a cease fire over a fight she initiated. CFMEU video shows members and leaders abusing Fair Work Australia officials through stand over tactics and harassment, exceeding provisions Gillard created to shield them from prosecution for such. Federal ALP surrender the agenda to PUP over passing blocked legislation, and Shorten complains when he could have participated. Luckily for the ALP, PUP are fractured and had a fractured dance at an Ice Bucket challenge. Also, it turns out China will forgo $12 million to exact justice from Palmer for the alleged theft. 

Bulletin Boards have advantages over simple blogging as Wikileaks and 4Chan demonstrate. ALP pushed for restrictions on free speech which these bulletin boards are not entirely subject to, through anonymity. Although anonymity means little to four youths enjoying a car ride punctuated by a tree in country NSW, all dead and a country area in mourning for the lost. Cars are not fun toys, as an elderly man found out shortly before accelerating into a dance studio. The car is being investigated for mechanical issues. No deaths at the moment, but one child is in critical care. The elderly man has apologised. The ABC told a sex joke about the PM's mother. One expects a long delay, followed by a fulsome apology from the ABC. 
From last year
On the issue of the coming Australian election, Rudd has stood up for what he believes in and declared he, like any Christian in his mind, loves the world. I note the Bible has this 
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26
This is not to say there is no truth in what Rudd said, only that the point is finer than he seems capable of understanding or conveying to an audience. Christians are not to judge Gay peoples or anyone else. Marriage is religious and should, in my opinion, be in the domain of churches, not states. If a church wishes to marry gay peoples, let them. But don't force them. The state's sole duty as regards marriage is the property laws regarding civil union. 

Of course, none of this has much to do with the Australian election. Except Rudd brow beat a Christian Pastor on the issue on QandA. It might be cheering for Jason Clare who has told me as recently as 2007 that he was raised as an Atheist. Rudd has also said other things that are subsequently found to be wrong or stupid or simple lies. He said that he never called people, who are complex, as simplified diminutions as 'Good' or 'Bad' but Channel 9 followed that statement on the 6 pm news last night with 2003 footage of Rudd doing exactly that in parliament, referring to then Foreign Minister Downer on Darfur. It is as if the mentally ill Rudd who is Zelig like in addressing an audience off the cuff cannot tell the truth. 

The NYT has sprung to Rudd's aid, misinterpreting the election favourable, but inexplicably failing to account for why the allegedly negative and aggressive Mr Abbott would be more popular than Rudd. Apparently it is all Col Allen's fault. Maybe Col is making Rudd lie so he can report him? 

On the US/Middle East front, Obama is dithering. Russia has detected the launch of missiles from the Mediterranean to the Middle East. No report of any hits. 
We are entering the Jewish New Year. I wish the sweetest of blessings to all my friends celebrating it. 
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 Jennifer Petterson and Peter Elson. Born on the same day, across the years, as Emperor Go-Sanjō (1034), John Humphrey Noyes (1811), Ferdinand Porsche (1875), Alan Ladd (1913), Al Jardine (1942), Charlie Sheen (1965) and Rina Koike (1993). On your day, Flag Day in Australia; Armed Forces Day in Taiwan (2013)
863 – Byzantine–Arab Wars: The Byzantine Empire decisively defeated the Emirate of Melitene in the Battle of Lalakaon, beginning the era of Byzantine ascendancy.
1651 – English Parliamentarian forces under Oliver Cromwell won the Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the Third English Civil War.
1783 – Great Britain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War.
1941 – The Holocaust: SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch first used the pesticide Zyklon B to execute Soviet POWs en masse at Auschwitz; eventually it was used to kill about 1.2 million people.
1991 – A fire killed 25 people locked inside a burning chicken processing plant in Hamlet, North Carolina, US. 
Your victory was decisive. The civil war is over. The peace treaty was signed in Paris. Don't misuse pesticide or burn chicken. Enjoy your day. And again, thank you for providing that fellowship when I embarked 28 years ago ..


Tim Blair – Wednesday, September 03, 2014 (12:59pm)

A second American journalist has been beheaded by Islamic … well, not terrorists, according to Greens senatorPeter Whish-Wilson
I think we need to find better words than ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ because, to me, this implies a very one-sided view of the world. Often our forces could be seen by Iraqi civilians as being terrorists. ‘Terrorist’ is a word that is very commonly used against us by those same people in Iraq who have been radicalised – anything that creates terror is, by definition, terrorism. We use that word because it is a very simple word to use and it demonises people. 
Go ahead, then, senator. Let’s hear your alternatives.

Muslim leaders once again see beheading, attack Abbott

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (6:32pm)

August 20 - We learn of the beheading by jihadists of US journalist James Foley:
ISIS has tried to send a warning to the U.S. in about the most horrifying manner imaginable: by broadcasting the execution of an American citizen captured in Syria over 600 days ago.
August 20 - More than 60 of Australia’s Muslim leaders and groups rush out a statement condemning ... Tony Abbott:
This statement articulates our position with respect to the counter-terrorism proposals announced by the Abbott Government earlier this month… We - the undersigned imams, activists, leaders, community organisations and student bodies of the Muslim community - denounce these proposals and the broader ‘war on terror’ regime within which they fit…
These laws clearly target Muslims and they do so unjustly… The primary basis of these laws is a trumped up ‘threat’ from ‘radicalised’ Muslims returning from Iraq or Syria…
We also reject government attempts to divide the Muslim community into ‘radicals’ and ‘moderates’ and to use the community for its agenda… We are not fooled by those who speak against violence and terrorism but are its proponents at an institutional level through military and foreign policies. We are not fooled by those who speak of peace but maintain cordial ties with dictatorial regimes abroad and who support and justify the most heinous of violence inflicted on innocent people as seen recently in Gaza. 
September 3 - We learn of the beheading by jihadists of US journalist Steven Sotloff:
THE British executioner who killed US photographer James Foley is believed to have beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff in a new video released by the Islamic State.
September 3 - The Australian National Imams Council rushes out a statement condemning ... Tony Abbott:
The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), as stated previously, believes that one of the main causative factor for local radicalisation in the west has been the western governments’ military involvement in the Middle East. The support of unjust, dictatorial regimes as well as unilateral military aggression based on duplicitous foreign policy positions has only aggravated the state of global fear and violence.
If the Australian government is serious about reducing the terror threat locally, then it must review its foreign policy decisions with regard to this region. It is on this basis that His Eminence, Professor Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, Grand Mufti of Australia and ANIC, opposes the government’s current decision to transport and provide weapons to the Kurdish forces in Iraq.
The decision by the government, given the complexities present in Iraq, is confounded by the ... likelihood of mission creep given the government has already foreshadowed the possibility of deploying SAS soldiers and fighter jets…
The Government will be imputed for further radicalization locally if it continues military intervention in the middle East.
The timing, once again, is shameful. The attacks on Abbott are ludicrous. Blaming the West for jihadist terrorism is deceitful. Criticising the West more than the terrorists is alarming. And the repeated warnings that we must change our policies in the Middle East or face more terrorism at home are deeply sinister.
The time is fast approaching - or here already - when we must conclude it is futile to keep urging Muslim leaders to make a stand against jihadism. The truth may well be that that Islam - or these leaders’ constituents - give them no freedom to condemn what threatens the rest of us. 

Abbott wins from Palmer deal - and Shorten loses

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (8:31am)

Dennis Shanahan rightly notes how big yesterday’s deal with Clive Palmer was for Tony Abbott - and how bad for Bill Shorten:

TONY Abbott, Joe Hockey and Mathias Cormann have had a huge political and policy win for the Coalition…
(I)t demonstrates the Coalition can negotiate legislation through the Senate and undermines the impression of a Senate deadlock and an ungovernable nation. A new tone within the government gives the public a fresh perspective.
While it is an undoubted victory for the Coalition, it is a palpable blow to Labor and Bill Shorten.Clive Palmer — keen to alter his growing destructive and obstructive image before the Queensland election early next year — has demonstrated how easily he can make the ALP and Greens irrelevant if they remain implacably opposed to Abbott’s agenda…
In the first two sitting weeks of the new Senate, the carbon tax was repealed; in the second two-week sitting the mining tax has been repealed. There’s plenty more to come but the impression of gridlock is going.
Labor and the Greens are left ­irrelevant and on the sidelines.
Peter Martin says the deal doesn’t cost workers their super so much as it protects their wages:
We’ve dodged a bullet. Had compulsory super contributions climbed as legislated, Australian workers would have lost 0.5 per cent of wages from their next pay increase, 0.5 per cent from the following one then 0.5 per cent from each of the following three. By 2019 they would be earning 2.5 per cent less than if the government had left compulsory super alone.
Labor legislated to increase compulsory super recklessly. After being stalled at 9 per cent of pay since 2002, Labor wanted to lift it to 12 per cent ... [over] the next five years.
Labor knew the money would come out of wage rises. Its superannuation minister Bill Shorten said so.
But he said we would get healthy wages increases nonetheless. He told Fairfax Radio in 2012 the impost was just “a quarter of a per cent”
“So I’m assuming without, you know, and again this is a forecast, I’m assuming that wages in 2013-14 will probably move somewhere between 3 and 4 per cent. I am assuming that a quarter of per cent of that 3 to 4 per cent may well go into your compulsory savings, which is concessionary taxed, so that’s a plus.”
It didn’t sound that bad. But he was wrong.
In 2013-14 wages climbed by just 2.6 per cent. Prices climbed 3 per cent, meaning real wages went backwards.
One of the reasons they went backwards was that employers were asked to fork out an extra 0.25 per cent for super on July 2013 and knew they would be again on July 2014.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

CFMEU exposed

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (7:30am)

What kind of union is this?

Video evidence tendered to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption captured Fair Work Building Inspector Seamus Flynn repeatedly being called a “f***ing piece of s***” by officials from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
Mr Flynn told the commission he confronted three CFMEU officials at the Ibis Hotel construction site in Adelaide in May, 2014, after site managers advised the union had entered without permits. He located the officials in a hallway of the building and took photographs of them, sparking abuse from one, John Perkovic....
In his statement, Mr Flynn said Mr Perkovic “quickly moved towards me, saying `you f****ing maggot, what are you taking a photo of me for you piece of s***’”.
Mr Flynn said Mr Perkovic, who was taller and larger than him, came close and pushed against his stomach with his body, pushing him backwards…
In another incident, Fair Work Building Inspector Matthew Barr told the inquiry he and his colleagues were repeatedly called “dogs”, spat at and intimidated on visits to the Barangaroo construction site in Sydney in July, 2014.
Mr Barr told the inquiry he went to Barangaroo to investigate unlawful industrial action. When workers attended a 6.30am meeting outside the building site, he said, CFMEU official Luke Collier singled out fellow inspector Jared O’Connor, using a megaphone to address the crowd.
“That grub Jared O’Connor is here,” Mr Collier allegedly said, and read out Mr O’Connor’s mobile phone number to the crowd… At another meeting a few days later, he said, Mr Collier told him: “Jared, you think all I got is your phone number?”
What kind of union is this?

Kylie Wray, general manager of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s NSW branch, told the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Tuesday that she instructed staff to clean out their emails to free up disk space…
Ms Wray directed staff to delete emails on June 24, less than a month after the royal commission issued the union with an order to produce documents, including electronic records.
She said she personally cleaned out CFMEU secretary Brian Parker’s emails and denied suggestions she was seeking to avoid compliance with the commission’s notice…
When issuing the direction, Ms Wray knew the email server had not been backed up since May 2010, when there had been a fire. 
In an email to staff, she said the CFMEU was not receiving external emails because the mailbox store was full.
“As we are days away from the royal commission kicking off and there is a lot going on, we need everyone to make this a priority please,” she wrote.
CFMEU barrister John Agius, SC, said there was no evidence that any deleted emails were caught by the royal commission’s notices to produce.   

Raped by multiculturalism

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (7:22am)

The scandal of Rotherham grows:
A Home Office official who investigated the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham accused the council of being involved in the unauthorised removal of information from her office.
Her report in 2002 suggested there were then more than 270 victims of the scandal, which was finally exposed last week with revelations that at least 1,400 children were abused from 1997 to 2013.
She told Panorama that she had sent her report to both the council and the Home Office on a Friday, but when she returned on Monday she found her office had been raided…
The Home Office researcher, who was not named by Panorama, also said she had been accused of being insensitive when she told one official that most of the perpetrators were from Rotherham’s Pakistani community.
A female colleague talked to her about the incident. “She said you must never refer to that again – you must never refer to Asian men.
“And her other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”
The Home Office researcher said that at one point the council tried to get her sacked and the report was never published.
The perpetrators had no such squeamishness about mentioning race:
In 2003, aged 13, [victim] Emma went to the police who recorded her evidence on video.
Describing the abuse, she told police: “They were pushing me head on the floor and that and grabbing me neck and stuff and pulling me by the hair.
“I were saying that I didn’t want to do it and stuff and they said: ‘Course you want to do it’, and that ‘we don’t like girls saying that’.
“He said that I were a white bitch and that he’d had enough of me and he punched me in the mouth.”
So which party was most involved in sweeping this grotesque abuse under the multicultural carpet?
[T]he Labour party suspended four Labour councillors in the town.
Roger Stone, who had already resigned as council leader, Gwendoline Ann Russell, Jahangir Akhtar and Shaukat Ali were suspended pending investigation after Ed Miliband said last week that large numbers of young people in Rotherham were systematically abused and let down by those who should have protected them.
Akhtar stepped down from his role as deputy leader of Rotherham council and vice-chair of the police and crime panel when it was reported that he knew about a relationship between an underage girl and man who had abused her. In November he said he had always maintained his “absolute innocence of the scurrilous allegations"…
“We’ve acted as we can to have the accountability and transparency we need in Rotherham,” Tristam Hunt, the shadow education secretary, told Sky News. “We know there was a culture of denial … and we are acting to have a clean sweep.”

Palmer (dis)United Party

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (7:00am)

The divisions get worse:
CLIVE Palmer threw a tantrum on the lawn of Parliament House and stormed out on a PUP senator doing a live broadcast of her attempt at the ice bucket challenge minutes before it was to go to air. 

The MP joined a crew from the Ten Network show The Project as they prepared to film Senator Jacqui Lambie taking the charity challenge.

But as they were to cross to the studio, Mr Palmer walked out of shot, upturned one of the ice buckets and marched off declaring: “never again”.
Asked by The Daily Telegraph about his hissy fit, Mr Palmer responded: “I just don’t like the ice bucket challenge ... It’s my business, see you later.” ...
Senator Lambie, meanwhile, was notably absent from the Senate for the first 15 minutes of colleague Glenn Lazarus’ maiden speech and was seen wandering the corridors as the ex-footballer gave an emotional address.

Report: Palmer tried to repay $11 million. China says it will see him in court

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (6:40am)

It seems his Chinese partners no longer just want money from Palmer but justice:

CLIVE Palmer tried unsuccessfully to repay $11 million to China five days after revelations from a Federal Court hearing, bank statements and legal documents raised serious claims he had wrongfully siphoned huge sums to bankroll his political campaign. 

Documents filed in the Supreme Court in Brisbane show a bank cheque for $11,345,013 was authorised by the Palmer United Party leader on May 13, following the legal action launched by Citic Pacific and reports in The Aus­tralian days earlier..
Lawyers for Citic Pacific, China’s international investment vehicle that has poured about $10 billion into a disastrous iron ore development based on Mr Palmer’s tenements in Western Australia, returned the two largest cheques. The Australian understands the cheques were returned as the Chinese decided they wanted the courts to make findings about the conduct of Mr Palmer and his companies, which are accused by Citic Pacific of acting fraudulently and dishonestly.
Palmer denies any wrongdoing. The way Citic is playing this suggests it wants to take this all the way and put Palmer out of action for good. 

Second US journalist beheaded

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (6:15am)

Another US journalist beheaded:
ISLAMIC State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as US air strikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

The footage — depicting what the US said appeared to be a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloff’s mother pleaded for his life…

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, vanished in Syria in August 2013 ...
In the video, the organisation threatens to kill another hostage, this one identified as a British citizen ...  .
The killer, with a British accent, says:
I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and ... on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. 
So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.
Peter Foster in The Telegraph:
If confirmed, the killing of Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State (Isil) will arouse the righteous anger of the US public and only increase demands for Mr Obama to take a more proactive approach to dealing with the jihadist threat in Iraq and Syria. 
Last week, pleading the need for more time to develop a workable plan, Mr Obama admitted that “we don’t have a strategy yet” on hitting Isil in Syria. The gaffe prompted derision from his political opponents who said the president was not judicious, as his supporters contend, but weak and indecisive. 
However the apparent killing of the two Americans in the most gruesome manner imaginable now plunges this issue right through the psychological defences of a war-weary middle America that has tried to keep the collapse of Iraq at arms-length.
(Video has only the audio of the killer’s warning.)
Even the head of the UN - the Greens’ ultimate secular authority - wants military action in Iraq:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call for governments to support “very decisive and determined actions” to prevent atrocities in Iraq has heaped further pressure on the Abbott government’s opponents, including the Greens, to back the multilateral humanitarian mission…

Mr Ban, speaking yesterday in New Zealand, said the crisis in Iraq was “very worrisome and the activities by Islamic State are totally unacceptable”.

“Without addressing this issue through certain means, including some military and counterterrorist actions, we will just end up ­allowing these terrorist activities to continue.”
What say the Greens now? 

Richard Crichton exhibition

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (12:45am)

I was very lucky to chat to artist Richard Crichton about his art and his friendships with peers Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd and John Perceval, as well as with the younger Brett Whiteley when both were painting in New York. 
Crichton is a wonderfully charming man, but, obviously, missed out on the fame of the others. Yet gallery owner Rod Eastgate has for some time been certain that Crichton will also in time be discovered as an incredibly creative talent.
His gallery, Eastgate and Holst, will hold an exhibition of just some of the work Crichton has kept with him during his very long career (although Crichton still refuses to release his American series). The exhibition starts at 10am on Saturday at 158 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, and I’m hoping to catch up again with Crichton there.
From the exhibition catalogue essay:

The paintings in this exhibition span a period of fifty years. The earliest work “Blue Christ” was painted in 1954 when Richard Crichton was nineteen years old.  A few years earlier, the Blake Prize for religious art had been established Australia-wide… Dulux (Ripolin) enamel was his chosen medium, and the large scale chosen for the picture both challenged and suited his youthful enthusiasm, - his home-made frame giving it the required finishing touch!  However, when this large and ambitious project was completed, he found that the cost of crating it, paying the entry fee and sending it interstate was beyond his means, so it was simply stored away, not to be seen until now. 
Richard Crichton has always worked in themes and series that relate closely to his personal life.  Betty Clarke, in her article in ‘Art and Australia’ in 1980 described these as his ‘environmental bands’.  The coastal and beach images of the 1960’s and later years exhibited here clearly demonstrate the endurance of these themes.  Images of isolated figures, beach and coastal themes, seafarers, ancient cultures are observed, dreamed and imagined…
Crichton’s cows were painted in the 1970’s after his return to Australia following two years abroad. Some paintings and drawings from this series were exhibited at Australian Galleries Melbourne in 1971.  Beginning with pastoral images, these soon developed into the more complex ‘cutout’ or camouflaged cow-in-landscape images and stacked cow forms....  The images were largely based on Crichton’s impression of the actual constructed animal forms used to camouflage airfields in WW2 described to him by sculptor Victor Greenhalgh, a friend and mentor and Head of Art School at RMIT (1955-65), and formerly Director of Camouflage for the army during the war…
Crichton paints sailing ships – ships leaving Cobh Harbour in Ireland taking survivors of the great famine of the 1840’s to a new land; ships approaching the coast of southern Australia transporting convicts and free settlers, - migrants all, on life’s journey - arriving on an unknown shore.… “These looming apparitions would have seemed both magical and threatening to the first Australians…. These ship paintings, more elegantly formal than most, are all the more unsettling for their conjunction of beauty and latent threat” (Ronald Millar, May 2012).      

Naomi Oreskes tells Robyn “100 metres” Williams an even taller tale

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (12:21am)

Global warming - dud predictions, Global warming - propaganda

Just how crazy are the world’s leading global warming alarmists? Tony Thomas investigates the strange case of Naomi Oreskes, and how the ABC’s Robyn “100 metres” Williams didn’t even blink an eye:
Global warming is going to “wipe out” every Australian man, woman and child, according to Naomi Oreskes, the much-quoted Professor of the History of Science at Harvard. Revered by catastropharians the world over, she was a guest on a recent edition of Robyn Williams’ Science Show on Radio National…
The glum forecast is in her latest book, The Collapse of Western Civilisation (co-author Erik Conway)…
What Oreskes predicts is that some people in northern inland regions of Europe, Asia and North America, plus some mountain people in South America, will survive the killer warming. These lucky ones are able to “regroup and rebuild. The human populations of Australia and Africa, of course, were wiped out,” she says, writing from a viewpoint some 400 years into the future…
But Oreskes forecasts something much worse than the death by climate for every Australian human.  She prophesises the climate deaths of puppies and kittens… 

“The loss of pet cats and dogs garnered particular attention among wealthy Westerners, but what was anomalous in 2023 soon became the new normal. A shadow of ignorance and denial had fallen over people who considered themselves children of the Enlightenment."…
Radio National’s Williams was delighted with Oreskes’ pet-panic strategy. He chimed in,

“Yes, not only because it’s an animal but it’s local. You see, one criticism of the scientists is they’re always talking about global things…And so if you are looking at your village, your animals, your fields, your park, your kids, and the scientists are talking about a small world that you know, than it makes a greater impact, doesn’t it...”
Oreskes starts The Science Show by reading from her book. Be afraid:

“By 2040, heatwaves and droughts were the norm… In wealthy countries, the most hurricane- and tornado-prone regions were gradually but steadily depopulated… Then, in the northern hemisphere summer of 2041, unprecedented heatwaves scorched the planet, destroying food crops around the globe. Panic ensued, with food riots in virtually every major city. Mass migration of undernourished and dehydrated individuals, coupled with explosive increases in insect populations, led to widespread outbreaks of typhus, cholera, dengue fever, yellow fever, and viral and retroviral agents never seen before… The European Union announced similar plans for voluntary northward relocation of eligible citizens from its southernmost regions to Scandinavia and the United Kingdom…”
The ever-credulous Williams, instead of asking Oreskes, “Mmm, you’re smoking something good?” merely observed that all of the above is “fairly shocking"…
Williams, or the ABC (the official website isn’t specific) introduced the Oreskes episode on the Science Show with a big fib:

“The Earth’s climate is changing at the highest of predicted rates.”
In its draft for its Fifth Report, the IPCC showed actual temperatures running below the lowest bound of the IPCC forecasting. This graphic conveniently disappeared from the published report, replaced by this account:
However, an analysis of the full suite of CMIP5 [modeling] historical simulations … reveals that 111 out of 114 realisations [forecasts] show a GMST [global mean surface temperature] trend over 1998–2012 that is higher than the entire HadCRUT4 [actual temperature] trend ensemble …” Chapter 9, WG1, Box 9.2
In other words, actual temperatures are running lower than 97% of the forecast runs, not at “the highest of predicted rates” as claimed by The Science Show. Expect a correction from Robyn Williams any day (as I’ve put in an official complaint).
While he’s correcting the record, Williams might also add that contrary to these scares he broadcast, we’ve actually seen fewer hurricanes and cyclones, no increase in hurricane and cyclone severity, a warming pause for 15 years or more, and record food crops.
Oh, and can he finally admit there’s actually no possible way the seas could rise 100 metres this century? 

Greens Senator: don’t call the Islamic State head-cutters “terrorists”

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (12:20am)

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson seems to have trouble asserting that Australian soldiers, unlike the Islamic State’s genocidal beheaders and rapists, are not terrorists:
I think we need to find better words than ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ because, to me, this implies a very one-sided view of the world. Often our forces could be seen by Iraqi civilians as being terrorists. ‘Terrorist’ is a word that is very commonly used against us by those same people in Iraq who have been radicalised—anything that creates terror is, by definition, terrorism. We use that word because it is a very simple word to use and it demonises people.
No, we wouldn’t want to demonise people who are crucifying and beheading men and selling women into slavery. It might hurt their feelings. 

Now the ABC tells sex joke about Tony Abbott’s mother

Andrew Bolt September 03 2014 (12:02am)

Has the ABC learned nothing? Are there no bounds to its malice to conservatives?
ABC television late last year broadcast a show calling conservative critic Chris Kenny a “dog” and showing a doctored photograph of him sodomising a dog. It had to apologise. It then called me a racist on air and made a number of false claims about my alleged bullying of a woman. It had to apologise.
Now it shows a cartoon with no wit, no real point, showing the Prime Minister’s mother in bed with an animated solar panel that’s just been having sex with her.
Juvenile doesn’t even cover it. Most juveniles I know would think this stupid and nasty. The only message that comes through in this witless skit is that vile abuse of conservatives - and even their parents - is OK by the ABC, and rather fashionable in ABC circles.
The ABC is out of control. When will the board order Mark Scott to reform it? 


















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I foresee a future camping trip with my family at this incredible place. — at Valley Of The Fire State Park, Nv.
It is not Russia and China that disgrace the international community. It is the Free World that for dozens of years now has been sliding toward hypocrisy, double standards and appeasement, while getting much more violence in return. It is the Free World whose “human rights activists” sympathize with the apparatus of evil and get much more violence in return. Should the Free World not get to the apparatus of evil, this instrument of evil shall reach the Free World. It’s already getting there.

THE academics at the centre of the Sydney University boycott, sanctions and divestment row will be left to cover their own legal costs as campus controversy over the anti-Israeli movement blazes.
Protesters gathered at the university yesterday to protest action lodged against Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies director Jake Lynch and council member Stuart Rees by the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin Israel Law Centre.
Shurat HaDin alleges the support of Associate Professor Lynch and Emeritus Professor Rees for the BDS movement violates the Racial Discrimination Act.
The complaint is before the Australian Human Rights Commission, but Akiva Hamilton, the Australian lawyer with Shurat HaDin, says it is unlikely to be resolved in that jurisdiction.
"Based on Associate Professor Lynch's response to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Shurat HaDin expects that the AHRC will be unable to conciliate the racial discrimination claim," he said.
Sydney University will not indemnify professors Lynch and Rees if the matter proceeds.
"The university does not provide legal support for staff in relation to complaints or proceedings against them in respect of their activities in a personal capacity," a spokeswoman said.
Professor Rees, who is also the director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, was asked at the rally about reports Jewish students felt offended and intimidated by the tenor of the BDS debate towards Israel.
Professor Rees said it was "absolute nonsense". "You should see the hate mail I get as a result of taking a stand. They call me anti-Semitic," he said.
He said the Greens were genuflecting to political survival instincts by pretending the party did not support the BDS campaign. "Well, they're making political calculations because they know the mainstream media and they know that most of the people in Canberra are cowards, irrespective of party," he said.
NSW Greens Legislative Council member David Shoebridge defied federal leader Christine Milne -- who says party policy is not to support any BDS campaign -- to attend the rally.
The Australian understands other NSW parliamentary Greens were angry at Mr Shoebridge. "With the attacks on the Centre for Peace Studies here we've seen attacks on two academics who have stood up, we've seen a response," he told about 35 people.
"And it's effectively a slap-suit; litigation raised against them to silence their voice of dissent and to stop them speaking truth to power."
Alon Tal, a 22-year-old commerce/law student, was offended by the framing of the campaign.
"As a Jew, my Zionism is inextricably linked with my Jewish identity so the fact that these people are calling for a boycott on Israel which is, essentially, calling for the destruction of Israel, it's really an affront to me," he said.
Professor Rees claimed he had "silks" lining up to offer pro bono legal support.
"It is a Rupert Murdoch nonsense, actually worse than nonsense, portraying that this is a movement to do with the abolition of Israel or that it is racist or anti-Semitic," he said.
"It only gets treated as some kind of extremist leftie plot in this country because the general public are effectively anaesthetised by the front page of the Daily Telegraph or by the editorial or frequently the front pages of The Australian. That's not journalism, that's the campaign."
If the complaint is not resolved in the AHRC, Shurat HaDin will apply to the Federal Court.
"Shurat HaDin expects the AHRC to terminate the matter on the basis that the complaint involves an issue of public importance that should be considered by the Federal Court and that there is no reasonable prospect of the matter being settled by conciliation," Mr Hamilton said.
If the AHRC terminates the complaint, Shurat HaDin will have 60 days to lodge Federal Court action.
The issue has spilt over into Israeli media, with Professor Lynch telling The Jerusalem Post the complaint was "nonsense".


Dachau — the original concentration camp, established in March 1933 — radiates a constant reminder about the bottomless human capacity to commit evil, or to look away when evil is committed. "How could Germans go so far as to deny people human dignity and the right to live?" Merkel asked. "Places such as this warn each one of us to help ensure that such things never happen again."
As Merkel spoke, Copts and other Christians in Egypt were reeling from a wave of attacks more savage than any in modern Egyptian history. Islamist mobs across the country torched scores of churches — some more than 1,000 years old — along with convents, monasteries, and Christian-owned homes and businesses. A Franciscan school near Cairo was looted and burned, said Sister Manal, the principal; then she and other nuns were paraded through the streets "like prisoners of war" to the jeers and abuse of the mob.
Merkel's speech also coincided with the latest evidence of a chemical-weapons attack by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Graphic video clips posted online by anti-Assad rebels east of Damascus showed rows of corpses, including those of women, children, and babies. Hospitals in the area described a sudden influx of patients gasping for breath and suffering from convulsions, nausea, and vomiting — symptoms consistent with chemical-weapons poisoning. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders put the death toll at 355; other estimates ranged far higher. The massacre took place one year to the week after President Obama's warning that any use of chemical weapons by Assad would be a red line. In fact, as even the Obama administration has conceded, Assad crossed that line months ago. Last week's attack was not the first, only the most brazen.

PA promotes religious hatred against Jews
"Those who planned the burning of Al-Aqsa
were senior Jews of high position"

PA Minister: Al-Aqsa was burnt "by criminal hands...
in collusion with the criminal occupation"

Israeli Arab MP: "Israel set fire to Al-Aqsa"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In 1969 a non-Jewish Australian started a fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He was arrested and tried in Israel. The Israeli court found him to be mentally ill and ordered him hospitalized. He was later sent back to Australia.

As part of its promotion of religious hatred against Jews, the Palestinian Authority disseminates the libel that Israel and Jews were behind the 1969 arson. Since the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an important holy site for Muslims, accusing "senior Jews of high position" of trying to destroy it is clearly an attempt by the PA to promote religious hatred against Jews. This particular accusation appeared in a documentary film about the arson, and was shown at an event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

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Palestinian Media Watch has documented that this libel has been propagated by the PAfor years.
Joining the PA in spreading the libel this year:
  • The Muslim Israeli Arab MP Ibrahim Sarsur, who told a Palestinian news service that he "demands" an annual Muslim commemoration of the day that "Israel set fire to Al-Aqsa."
  • The PA Minister of Religious Affairs, who stated that the Al-Aqsa Mosque "was set on fire 44 years ago by criminal hands... in collusion with the criminal occupation."
  • The Palestinian National Council (PNC), the legislative body of the PLO, which referred to "the crime committed by the occupation in setting fire to [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque]."
  • The official PA daily, which accused "Israeli authorities" of the arson and of attempting "to the present day... to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
  • Official PA TV, which claimed that "one of the Jews set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque so that it would go up in flames."
(See longer excerpts and sources below.)

Using events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque to promote religious hatred has been an effective PA weapon in the past. In September 2000, Yasser Arafat sparked the five year PA terror campaign (the second Intifada) by claiming that then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount was an affront to Islam that desecrated the Mosque. Throughvideo clips and sermons, the PA's controlled media sent out a call to respond with terror and violence. That violence lasted five years and left over 5,000 Palestinians and Israelis dead. The PA named the terror campaign the "Al-Aqsa Intifada" because the killing of 1,200 Israelis and Jews, primarily in suicide bombings, was said to be the response for the defilement of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

For this reason, the ongoing libel that "senior Jews of high position" were behind the 1969 arson and the claim that Israel plans to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque are dangerous accusations.

The following are longer excerpts of the PA media reports repeating the libel:

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Where is the Al-Aqsa Mosque? ... It is lost. It was set on fire 44 years ago by criminal hands, in the shadow of a criminal occupation, and acting in collusion with the criminal occupation."
[Official PA TV, Aug. 23, 2013]

Documentary narrator: "From investigations conducted by the Islamic Council it became clear that there was more than one perpetrator [of the Al-Aqsa Mosque arson in 1969] and that the fire was planned by senior Jews of high position, and that the fire was planned by senior Jews of high position, especially since the roof can only be reached from a wooden spiral staircase located outside the Al-Aqsa building. This proves that careful, premeditated measures were taken to completely destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The proof is that the occupation authorities were slow to extinguish [the fire] and that the water supply to the Sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount) had been cut off during those hours."
[Official PA TV Live, Aug. 21, 2013]

"Head of the Islamic Movement [and Israeli MP for the United Arab List], Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsur has demanded that the day on which the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque was set on fire, every year on Aug. 21, be declared a global day for aiding the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He said: 'The time has come for Muslims, free people and those who desire peace and stability in the world to take a brave step forward in the project of the liberation of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, by announcing the day Israel set fire to Al-Aqsa as a global day of supporting the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. This would mean announcing an entire project for rescuing it from the Israeli occupation and its crimes.'
He added: '...Several people lit this ominous fire, not only Michael Denis Rohan who was exposed and arrested and said to hold Australian citizenship. Since that day, he has disappeared without a trace and the case was closed in order to hide the facts. He was claimed to be deranged, since the plots against the Al-Aqsa Mosque come one after the other since that day and to the present day.'"
[Ma'an (Palestinian news agency), Aug. 21, 2013]

"The Palestinian National Council (PNC, i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) warned of the consequences of the continuation of the Judaization of Arab-Palestinian Jerusalem by the occupation's authorities.
In an announcement [published] today, Tuesday, on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the crime committed by the occupation in setting fire to [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the [Palestinian] National Council emphasized that every day, the occupation continues the crime of setting fire to Al-Aqsa and to Jerusalem, capital of the State of Palestine, by continuing the settlement, the Judaization and the expulsion of its residents.
The Council emphasized that the occupation is determined to ignite flames on Palestinian land specifically, and in the region in general and to destroy any chance of peace."
[WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), Aug. 20, 2013]

"Today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, is the 44th anniversary of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque fire of 1969, after the radical Jew Michael Denis [Rohan] set fire to the Mosque... Israel arrested the criminal and the Israeli authorities transferred him to a psychiatric hospital... after a short period of time he was deported to Australia. At the time he said that he did what he did 'according to divine instruction'... Prior to setting fire to Al-Aqsa and to the present day, the Israeli authorities have attempted in various ways and [by various] means to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque by continuing excavations beneath it and building interconnecting tunnels. This has led to the destruction of the Mosque's foundations at the Sanctuary of Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount). The Israeli authorities still attempt to Judaize Arab Jerusalem and constantly try to hide [from view] the Dome of the Rock, a symbol of Arab Jerusalem in the eyes of the world, in a pathetic attempt to convince the world that Jerusalem is not Arab but Jewish. Likewise, they continue to incite against Muslims, and no one has ruled out the possibility that another 'deranged' Jew will set the Mosque on fire again."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2013]

PA TV program Houses of God showed footage of a fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque:
PA TV narrator: "On August 21, 1969 AD, after East Jerusalem was occupied, one of the Jews set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque so that it would go up in flames. The fire completely destroyed its wooden platform, ornaments and southern sections."
[Official PA TV, Aug. 21 and June 28, 2013]

Sheikh Ishaq Feleifel, regular columnist in the religion section of the official PA daily, also repeated the false statement that a Jew set fire to the Mosque in 1969:
"The 21st of Ramadan is the day that saddens the heart of every Muslim and that is the anniversary of the day the Al-Aqsa Mosque was set on fire by a Jew who was accused of insanity."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2013]




The sky over Mt. Diablo burst into lenticular madness today and I was lucky enough to be with my friend Mike Oria and document some of it.

This shot was taken between the wires of an electrical fence. I touched it and didn't get shocked, so I thought it was turned off. What I didn't know was that it was a pulse based electrical fence, and now I know very well what that feels like. It was worth it.
Those who are wondering why Al Gore chose to publicly resurface in a Washington Post interview last Thursday with that paper’s ever-pliable Journolist founder Ezra Klein only need to look in three places.
First, there’s the recently revealed empirical evidence that the “global warming” movement’s claim that climate change is causing increased extreme weather events isn’t true. Second, there’s a new summary of historical research which blows up the movement’s infamous core “hockey stick” chart forecasting unprecedented, accelerating warming. Finally, there’s a new report due to arrive in a month from an increasingly desperate United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“We don’t accept for any Arabic country to be attacked and we condemn the use of chemical weapons by any group. The solution to the Syrian crisis must be political and there is no military solution. We want a peaceful solution for Syria,” Abbas said in a speech to Fatah’s revolutionary council, according to Ma’an News Agency.
Asserting that the U.S. is likely to attack Syria, Abbas was unequivocal in stating the PA’s “position towards it is fixed, we are against a military attack.”
Abbas said the PA had drafted a paper with suggestions for ending the Syria conflict, which it submitted to international bodies, but he provided no further details, Ma’an reported.
A military solution would leave Syria divided along sectarian and ethnic lines, and lead to civil war Abbas said.
“The other solution is the political one, for everyone to sit around the table and make suggestions and recommendations. We are against the attack on Syria and this is our position and policy,” he concluded.


As the first drops of a cool afternoon rain begin to fall from the sky, the administration that has been described as the most ruthlessly zealous in pursuit of whistleblowers is showering down its own rain of leaks about the upcoming attack on Syria.
Stand outside the New York Times building with a bucket in one hand and a thick wad of wood pulp in the other, and you may even be able to figure out whether we’re going to war or, as one official told the Los Angeles Times, the air strikes will be “just muscular enough not to get mocked”… but not sinewy enough to really upset Tehran and Moscow.

Israelis sneaking into Jordan to help Syrian refugees

Sometimes we Israelis are addicted to good deeds. This time, Israelis aresneaking into Jordan to help Syrian refugees
Quote from the article at link below:
"... the Arab countries offer condolences... but the best role is provided by the Israelis because they are crossing the border to provide assistance to the refugees who fled deprived of everything, risking their lives without a word of thank you..."


The organisation is an NGO called IL4Syrians - front page of website has some pics:

Website also describes themselves, their mission and their projects (they do work elsewhere as well).
 Let's go to the videotape.  


Facebook is the world’s largest social media website, one with hundreds of millions of users in well over a hundred countries. Despite its size, however, Facebook is not an entirely public forum on which “anything goes.” Rather, it is a worldwide gathering place where certain forms of speech and certain kinds of images are not allowed.
On its community standardspage, the site lists a variety of types of speech that are not allowed, including threats of violence, pornography, and spam. Among those prohibited is “hate speech,” about which the policy is as follows:
“Hate Speech: Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.” [Emphasis added.]
This has nothing to do with censorship (which is a government activity, and cannot be engaged in by a private individual or organization), but with maintaining a civil space for the exchange of ideas. Granted, that isn’t always the case, but that’s why Facebook makes provision for hate speech to be reported. One can disagree with the policy, but it is clear what sorts of speech are being curtailed.
Click photo to download. Caption: An anti-Semitic illustration on “The Untold History” Facebook page. Credit: Facebook.
I was recently pointed in the direction of a Facebook page entitled The Untold History, run by a group out of Sweden that calls itself the European Knights Project, a partner of the Institute for Historical Review. On its masthead, it proclaims in all-caps that it is a “HISTORICAL SITE NON-POLITICAL,” but this is a sham. It is, in fact, a Holocaust denial site that not only presents bogus and falsified history, but also traffics in the vilest sort of anti-Semitism.
Presented primarily in the form of graphics with messages, Photoshopped pictures, and cartoons, the page offers all of the anti-Semitic greatest hits: Jews control America and want to control the world; the Holocaust never happened; Jews exploit the Holocaust myth for money; the Allies did far worse to the Germans, Japanese, and Japanese-Americans than the Nazis did to the Jews; Hitler was a great guy who was just standing up for Christian civilization; Communism is a Jewish tool; Israel is the source of all evil in the world; 9/11 was a Mossad job; etc. In one graphic, a “quote” fabricated by the American evangelist Texe Marrs is put in the mouth of Menachem Begin:
“Our race is the ‘Master Race.’ We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects…. other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.”
Once I had examined “The Untold History” for myself, I reported it to Facebook, and expected it to be quickly removed. Instead, I received this response from administrators:
“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our community standard on hate speech.”
Flabbergasted by this response, I began contacting my Facebook friends, and urging them to report “The Untold History” for violating site standards. Dozens have done so, and all have received the same response. For some reason that is impossible to fathom, the administrators of Facebook seem completely incapable of recognizing anti-Semitism when it is staring them in the face, or see how it constitutes a violation of terms of use that ban hate speech.
In an effort to put pressure on Facebook to act, I have set up a page called Protest “The Untold History” and Other Anti-Semitic Pages. Oddly enough, this page seems to have a problem with disappearing posts. But you can still “like” it to send a message. I have also contacted the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Anti-Defamation League to look into Facebook’s non-disapproval of hate speech directed at Jews. As the word gets out, hopefully the company will do some serious self-examination, and ask itself why it has such a difficult time seeing what is obvious to all but the most bigoted observer.
David Fischler is an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor and writer who blogs issues of religious and moral import, including anti-Semitism in the mainline churches, at
“If Damascus is attacked, Tel Aviv will burn,” a Syrian higher-up bristled this week. Israel, therefore, cannot watch the escalating cliffhanger with detached equanimity from the sidelines.
There can be no passivity when potent threats are hurled at Israel from a coterie of evil powers in the context of a struggle in which Israel is uninvolved.  In a fairer existence, this very fact alone ought to have acutely unsettled the international community. But it’s almost futile to expect a modicum of fair-mindedness where Israel is concerned.
So far the anti-Israel bluster from Damascus, Tehran and Hizbullah strongholds in Lebanon appear to have disturbed none of the foreign statesmen or opinion-molders, whose alacrity to condemn Israel for any perceived transgression is nothing short of remarkable. Moreover, the veiled hints from Moscow about dire repercussions for the entire region in the event of an American attack, might also imply warnings about impending punishment for Israel.
All the while, Israeli commentators strive to outdo each other with educated guesses about whether or not we are vulnerable, whether it would serve Bashar Assad’s interests to fire at us, whether we should retaliate and how.
Much of the babble is superfluous. Regardless of what eventually transpires, all Israelis should be deeply troubled by the profound indifference abroad to our lot – blameless as we are in the internecine Syrian strife. The very fact, that a neighboring state could be presumed to be held to ransom for occurrences entirely out of its control, should shock world opinion. But it does not.
Israelis might be forgiven for suspecting that the reaction would be radically different had any other country been similarly threatened for no fault of its own. Sadly we must come to terms with the likelihood that different criteria are applied to the Jewish state.
This is disconcertingly reminiscent of our extremely traumatic experience during the First Gulf War. Events then were also played out beyond the Israeli context. Nonetheless, Israel suffered repeated heavy missile attacks, including 40 Scud hits. The deadly warheads were aimed directly and unmistakably at civilian population centers.
Saddam Hussein’s raison d’être was that by targeting Israel he was hurting the US. In the view of all too many Mideastern despots and potentates Israel is nothing but an American underling. At the time there was no audible international indignation. The only American response was to advocate Israeli restraint. Indeed Israel avoided retaliation, thereby compromising its deterrence and underscoring its vulnerabilities for the sake of American interests.
But there was no gratitude for Israel’s sacrifices. Washington only pressured Israel for territorial concessions, never counted Saddam’s anti-Israeli aggression among his sins and treated Israel largely like a mistress whose favors are required but must never be publicly acknowledged.
This might well be the role which the Obama administration now wants Israel to reprise.  This is precisely the behavior which Israel must under no circumstances repeat.
This time indeed Israel has made it clear – through pronouncements by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.Gen. Benny Gantz – that this country and its inhabitants will not be pawns in the wars that others wage.
Thus notice had duly been served on friend and foe alike and all shades in between that Israel won’t consent again to humbly become a whipping boy for others. If anything can daunt the Shiite axis that buttresses Assad, along with his more distant supporters in Russia and China, it is such an unequivocal advance cautionary message from Israel.
Some Assad-watchers in Israel maintain that he understands quite well that Israel of 2013 isn’t Israel of 1990. They note that it would make no sense for him to strike out against Israel because he knows that vigorous Israeli retribution would seal his fate.
The experts are right – rationally that is just so. However, we had likewise heard precisely such learned estimations immediately prior to the first American invasion of Iraq and they too sounded eminently reasonable… to us. The problem is that this region does not operate according to our logic.


Last night during a tour of Israeli soldiers they identified a arab boy who was wounded in the leg by nail He received medical treatment by Israeli soldiers.
This proverb is apparently lost on the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. The faction, which controls the Gaza Strip, has been under intense fire from the Egyptian military since the toppling of Mohammed Morsi last month. The Egyptian army has largely shut down the Egypt-Gaza border while destroying hundreds of subterranean tunnels connecting Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula, which serve as Hamas's financial lifeline for a wide array of goods, not to mention hard currency, through the practice of bulk cash smuggling.
The Egyptian military has made it clear that it views Hamas as an enemy because it is an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, which lately has been the target of unprecedented army violence. More than 600 were killed in clashes across the country in recent days.
Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, went on record as saying, "Hamas condemns the terrible massacre in Nahda square and at Rabaa al-Adawiyya, and we call for an end to the bloodshed and to excesses against peaceful demonstrators." This statement echoed a piece on Hamas' Arabic website two days ago, calling upon the military to halt the violence.
The faction's website this morning cites prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as saying that Hamas has "no role" in the recent bloodshed, and lamenting the loss of Muslim lives. However, at the same time, Hamas supporters staged an anti-military protest at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Invoking the ire of the Egyptian military is the latest misstep among many that has left Hamas isolated and desperate for regional patronage and protection. Admittedly, there is little that Hamas could say to mitigate the animus of the Egyptian military, which clashed with the Muslim Brotherhood over its Hamas policy during the last year. But condemnations will be viewed as provocations. And we have seen how the military responds to provocations.
Jonathan Schanzer is vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
UNRWA is the special “refugee agency” set up to deal ONLY with Palestinians because the UN’s main refugee agency, UNHCR, actually does useful stuff like, you know, turning refugees into citizens of other places.
As we reported, one of the 3 Arabs killed during a massive violent riot happened to work for the UNHCR. This is not surprising: UNHCR is one of the largest “employers” of Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. It’s just a massive make work program and vehicle for the Palestinian Authority to suck funds out of anyone fool enough to help them.
So the following, particularly pointed, statement from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is rather welcome.
While omitting to mention any context or reason for the Israeli operation, it was quick to cite “credible reports” in determining that its employee had been shot “…on his way to work, and was not involved in any violent activity.”
Israel regrets the fatalities that resulted from yesterday’s military operation to arrest a Palestinian terrorist suspect. A formal investigation has been launched by the IDF, as part of a standard procedure in any case involving civilian casualties.
Without prejudice to the outcome of the investigation, we were disappointed (but not surprised) at UNRWA’s press statement from yesterday. While omitting to mention any context or reason for the Israeli operation, it was quick to cite “credible reports” in determining that its employee had been shot “…on his way to work, and was not involved in any violent activity.” Quite aside from the fact that UNRWA did not even bother to approach any official Israeli sources for comment, its statement was rushed to the press while the violent riots were still raging on in Qalandiya. Hence, it begs the question of how it was possible for the Agency to collect forensic evidence, cross reference personal eye-witness reports and reach peremptory conclusions – all of that in the space of just a few hours.
It is regrettable that UNRWA has consistently failed to display similar zeal and enthusiasm when asked to investigate its own cases of alleged wrongdoing. Earlier this month, for example, the Agency was forced to admit that it had negligently allowed a third party to use some of its installations in order to organize ‘summer camps’ where anti-Semitism and incitement to violence were preached to Palestinian youth. Needless to say, UNRWA’s half-hearted admission was released only after “a lengthy and detailed investigation”, as opposed to the rushed superficial procedure it adopted yesterday.
We therefore call upon UNRWA to return to its original humanitarian agenda of assisting Palestinian refugees, while refraining from any one-sided political advocacy activities. Only thus can it hope to be taken seriously – both by Israel and the international donor community.
Update: if you don’t know much about UNRWA, here’s a video by Pierre Rehov to tell you more. (h/t Facebook comments)

Two schoolgirls have spoken about their sexual abuse at the hands of their former teacher. Picture: Supplied

A SCHOOLGIRL seduced at the age of 14 by a paedophile teacher who groomed her on Facebook, says she still "has feelings" for the man, who has been jailed for having sex with underage girls.
Sam Bradley, 23, groomed three girls from the same school whom he approached through Facebook. He then asked them to send him photographs of themselves in their underwear, the Daily Mail and other UK news sites have reported.
He lured one of the girls to his house where she drank alcohol and Bradley touched her outside and inside her clothes.
"I can't help how I feel about him," said the girl, who is now 16 years old.
"I was just so happy he'd chosen me above all the other girls who fancied him."
Bradley told the girl she was "the prettiest by far" in her class and he would give her his phone number, although he was worried about losing his job.
The girl promised not to tell anyone and the man began texting her.
He later convinced her to send a video of herself performing a sex act.
A second girl who went to the same school in South Yorkshire, UK, also received Mr Bradley's number and after texting each other, went to his house where she woke up the next morning next to him.
Mr Bradley was wearing only a pair of boxer shorts.
The girl said all her schoolfriends thought Mr Bradley, who worked as a teacher's assistant, was good looking and "a real joker".
It was only when a friend she claimed she was staying with called her house and spoke with her mother that the girl's relationship with Bradley was exposed.
Investigating police officers who examined Bradley's phone discovered he had also been having a sexual relationship with a third girl, a former pupil of the school who described him as "sex obsessed".
Bradley is now serving a three-year sentence.

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.. he apparently drugged them too? ed


Anti-Israel students and activists showed their “true colors” last Wednesday night, Jewishstudents at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa said.
Moving quickly from “anti-Zionism” to classic anti-Semitism, a melange of studentsand BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) activists began screaming “Shoot the Jews” at a concert featuring religious Jewish jazz saxophonist Daniel Zamir.
Zamir, who is Israeli, had been invited to perform by several Jewish organizations. Zamir is world-renowned as a klezmer and jazz musician, having played with jazz luminaries such as John Zorn.
The anti-Israel protest was sponsored by BDS South Africa. Operating since 2010, the group claims that it “facilitated numerous campaigns, including: the University of Johannesburg (UJ) academic boycott, the South African Artists Against Apartheid cultural boycott campaign, and the annual Israeli Apartheid Week.”
Dozens of South African Muslims and BDS supporters gathered outside Wits' Great Hall, with security personnel keeping them outside. Several scuffles were reported, and concert-goers were subject to a great deal of verbal abuse.
At that point, said witnesses, the protesters broke into a sing-song chant of “kill the Jews,” (“Dubula e Juda” in Zulu), a take-off on a protest song sung in the 80s against whites. When questioned, Muhammed Desai, coordinator of the protest and leader of "BDS South Africa," said that the protesters did not mean the term “kill the Jews” literally.
“Just like you would say 'kill the Boer' at funeral during the eighties it wasn’t about killing white people, it was used as a way of identifying with the [opposition to the] apartheid regime,” he said, adding that “the whole idea anti-Semitism is blown out of proportion,” and that if anyone in BDS had committed anti-Semitic acts, the group would not tolerate it.
But concert goers and Jewish students at Wits said that this time the BDS group had gone too far. Many said that they no longer felt safe at the university, with others saying that actual shooting of Jews or other violence against them was just a matter of time.
“How is ‘shoot the Jew’ not racist rhetoric?,” asked one student. “It is blatant anti-Semitism. If people are blowing anti-Semitism out of proportion then they are blowing apartheid out of proportion too. Have people forgotten about the Holocaust?”


As Israeli leaders continue toreact to American prevarication on Syria, one former IDF commander has summed up the general mood.
"We have no one to rely upon except for God and our veteran troops," said former IDF General Uzi Dayan, attacking US President Barack Obama’sdecision to postpone actionon Syria until an official approval from Congress. 
Dayan’s comments were featured on his Facebook page on Sunday, opening with a statement saying that the Israeli government should “continue with its sensible policies” of refraining from a Syrian intervention unless the conflict were to spill in Israel’s direction.  
Regarding Israel's relationship with the United States, Dayan pointed out that Israel should “strengthen the unity of values, strategic coordination, and mutual respect for one another, and to not divide the American and Zionist common mission.”
Yet Dayan echoed many other Israeli politicians' concerns that Iran is closely lurking and waiting for any signs of weakness in Israeli and American. 
Summing up, Dayan asserted that Israel can only rely on itself for security.
“The strategic conclusion is not surprising, that is: ‘if I am not for myself, who will be for me’?" he said, paraphrasing the well-known Jewish proverb. 
“And to my fellow brothers in Israel [I say]: return the gas masks to storage, regain our senses, and rebuild our society and our country. Let us prepare for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah [Jewish New Year] which should be a blessed one upon us.


After nearly two-and-a-half years of dithering, President Barack Obama finally seems poised to take action against the thuggish regime of Bashar Assad.
When the Syrian military attacked rebel-held suburbs of Damascus last week with chemical weapons, killing hundreds of innocent people in what US Secretary of State John Kerry labeled a "moral obscenity," Washington could no longer ignore calls that it intervene.
Not since Saddam Hussein rained poison gas down on the Kurds of Halabja in northern Iraq in March 1988, has a Middle Eastern leader made such brazen use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Allowing such an incident to go unpunished would clearly set a dangerous precedent, paving the way for rogue regimes around the world to employ fearful weapons with impunity. Hence, if and when the US and its allies do strike Syria, they deserve our full backing and support.
But while international wrath has justifiably been aimed at Assad and his minions for their malevolent and indiscriminate slaughter, there is a troubling question related to this latest turn of events which few seem prepared to tackle: just how much responsibility does Obama himself bear for what happened? After all, by ignoring Assad's previous atrocities, and even his use of chemical weapons earlier this year, didn't the president's inaction serve to encourage further escalation? Since March 2011, the dictator of Damascus has been waging a deliberate campaign of homicide against his opponents, be they real or imagined.
Upholding his father's lethal legacy, young Bashar has shown no compunction about slaughtering his own people in his attempt to crush the uprising against him.
As a result, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed and another two million have been turned into refugees since fighting flared between loyalists and opponents of the regime. This carnage was greeted with little more than hand-wringing by Washington, which found itself unwilling to become involved in another foreign entanglement, particularly one which pitted bad guys (Assad & co.) versus other bad guys (al-Qaida-dominated rebel groups).
But it was Obama himself who then drew a line in the sand, clearly demarcating the ostensible limits of American patience.
Recall that at a news conference back on August 20, 2012, Obama told reporters, "We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."
That, the president insisted, "would change my calculus. That would change my equation."
Sure enough, eight months later, in April 2013, reports surfaced that Assad had used Sarin nerve gas against the rebels. The White House even issued a statement on April 25 saying that US intelligence believed "with varying degrees of confidence" that Syria had deployed chemical weapons on a "small scale." The British Foreign Office went even further, declaring that, "Material from inside Syria tested positive for sarin."
Despite this unabashed crossing of his "red line," Obama did nothing. He hemmed and hawed until the issue faded from public view. But Assad clearly got the message. He saw that his atrocious actions were met by American inaction. And clearly the Damascene despot understood that he could literally get away with mass murder.
As Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain noted this week, "Assad was able to use chemical weapons before and there was no response, and so why not do it again?" "This should surprise no one," McCain said, adding, "They viewed that not as a red line but as a green light, and they acted accordingly."
McCain has a point. In a world where many countries still look to the United States for leadership, what Washington chooses not to do is often as important as what it does. By electing to sit on the sidelines for months on end and failing to uphold his own "red line," Obama projected weakness and a lack of will, which Assad interpreted as a license to pull the trigger. The inescapable conclusion to be drawn is that the current crisis is a direct result both of Assad's action and Obama's impotence.
At this point, the question of whether to strike Damascus is no longer just about Syrian chemicals. It is about American credibility and whether the sole remaining superpower still has the moxie to stand by its word and maintain and preserve global order.
I don't envy the position in which Obama now finds himself or the choices he is being forced to make. But as the leader of the free world grapples with how to react, he should take a moment to consider just how much it was his own failings which gave rise to our present predicament.

ALL around Australia men's arms are thickening and women are comparing their ab muscles.
Your Facebook feed is filled with former colleagues whose body fat is plummeting and friends from school who are perennially dressed in exercise gear.
These people all belong to the same cult. And if you haven't heard of it yet, you're well behind the curve.
You could say CrossFit is sweeping the world, but really it has swept, mopped and put on a load of washing before you've even hit the snooze button for the first time.

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It’s the science story that many gyms may not want to hear. What if you could reap the benefits of running and weight-bearing exercise without any expensive runners or contracts and do it all in, say, seven minutes?
Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the latest fitness research into practice.

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The winner of this year’s $2000 Blankfeld Award for Media Critique has been chosen and comes from a most unlikely source. Sri Lankan-born Timon Dias was adopted in the Netherlands at the age of three months and is a Clinical Psychology Masters degree student at Leiden University.
His winning articles were all published in the Jerusalem Post and impressed the staff of HonestReporting above all of the other candidates.
In “The lack of Western disgust for Hamas,” Timon sought to explain why many Western college students and mainstream opinion makers tend not to loathe or despise Hamas in the way it deserves.
The EU shows it doesn’t understand the conflict” explains how the anti-Israel bias within the EU can be traced back to its founding principle of undoing the concept of nation states, of which Israel is a demonstrably successful one.
In “Whose taxpayers fund UNRWA?” Timon asks why Western nations pay 71% of the annual UNRWA budget while Muslim countries pay next to nothing while addressing the role of UNRWA in keeping Palestinians dependent and incapable of making peace.
But what drives a non-Jewish student with no familial ties to Israel to defend what is an increasingly difficult cause on campuses worldwide ? We asked Timon:

Change Of Our Lives for those who haven't seen it. BTS

"Isn't it amazing that when Israel defends itself from Hamas terror and smuggling of weapons, it is violating the human rights of 1.6 million Gazans - but when Egypt does the exact same thing, it is simply defending itself?" - Elder of Ziyon


If your face gets magnified this big, it shows every flaw! (Rwanda National Stadium celebration. PEACE Plan)
Pastor Rick Warren




So just how did the return of #DoctorWho in 2005 come about? Find out in this video featuring interviews with former showrunner Russell T Davies and former BBC Controller of Drama Jane Tranter:


I suppose everything can go up except profit margin.

Crystal and Megan were best friends, but they’re now battling for custody of Crystal’s 8-year-old daughter. Who should have custody?

"It won't be quiet, it won't be safe, and it won't be calm. But I'll tell you what it will be: The trip of a lifetime!"

Ninth month = Ninth Doctor. Join us this month as we celebrate him and his fantastic adventures. What's your favourite Ninth Doctor moment?


"We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people." - Jackie

SYDNEY, Australia — A lot has happened since Col Allan, the editor in chief of The New York Post, returned to Sydney to provide “extra editorial leadership” for Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspapers.
Fascinating to see how wrong the Grey Lady gets it the Hogans Heroes photo flattered Rudd, but the diminishment to calling it a Nazi uniform is only apparent to the most partisan .. interestingly, Fairfa got a photo op of Rudd with actual Nazis in the background on Euro Nazi Remembrance Day where they recall the holocaust. The allegation that Newscorp is partisan is at odds with similar articles coming from Fairfax, but I gather a balanced news source isn't allowed to criticise an incompetent leftwing government. 

At least the NYT got the 59% figure right .. the ALP keep claiming 70% ownership .. in fact it is 29% ownership, but circulation figures are high because people want balanced reporting .. something the NYT fails at. ed



Fast food workers in Chicago, Detroit and Seattle went on strike before Labor Day weekend, demanding their wages be raised to $15 dollars an hour. 

Maybe these people need to talk to our soldiers fighting overseas for a little perspective...
A Black Reporter Summarizes Barack

The below summarization of Barack and Michelle Obama’s 5 year reign in the White House is by far the best I’ve ever read as it squarely hits the nail on the head. And it took a black reporter writing it to make it as effective as it is. A white man’s account would be instantly criticized by the liberal media as pure racism. But, how can anyone scream Racist when an exacting description of the Obamas is penned by a well known journalist of color?

Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.

The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's? Specifically I was asked: "I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture."

The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous. I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President and a love of our country and her citizenry from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people.

The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish. Obama's arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to not being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do same. I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent millions of dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

And what the two of them have shared has been proved to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address. He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today.

He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel. His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House" - "Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader. He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequalled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood...

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed."



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Guarda qui cosa ho trovato a Melbourne..!!! 

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I have outplayed the match...:):)

Kevin Rudd's much tweeted and Facebooked response to a pastor's challenge on his recent decision to support gay marriage bears a suspicious similarity to a line from a famous episode of the US television series The West Wing.
Mr Rudd won much applause and a storm of support across social media for his reply to Pastor Matt Prater, who demanded of the Prime Minister on ABC-TV's Q&A how he could call himself a Christian after chopping and changing his position on same-sex marriage.

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September 3Flag Day in Australia; Independence Day in Qatar (1971)
Richard the Lionheart
“The earth is filled with your love, LORD; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:64 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her."
Mark 1:30
Very interesting is this little peep into the house of the Apostolic Fisherman. We see at once that household joys and cares are no hindrance to the full exercise of ministry, nay, that since they furnish an opportunity for personally witnessing the Lord's gracious work upon one's own flesh and blood, they may even instruct the teacher better than any other earthly discipline. Papists and other sectaries may decry marriage, but true Christianity and household life agree well together. Peter's house was probably a poor fisherman's hut, but the Lord of Glory entered it, lodged in it, and wrought a miracle in it. Should our little book be read this morning in some very humble cottage, let this fact encourage the inmates to seek the company of King Jesus. God is oftener in little huts than in rich palaces. Jesus is looking round your room now, and is waiting to be gracious to you. Into Simon's house sickness had entered, fever in a deadly form had prostrated his mother-in-law, and as soon as Jesus came they told him of the sad affliction, and he hastened to the patient's bed. Have you any sickness in the house this morning? You will find Jesus by far the best physician, go to him at once and tell him all about the matter. Immediately lay the case before him. It concerns one of his people, and therefore will not be trivial to him. Observe, that at once the Saviour restored the sick woman; none can heal as he does. We may not make sure that the Lord will at once remove all disease from those we love, but we may know that believing prayer for the sick is far more likely to be followed by restoration than anything else in the world; and where this avails not, we must meekly bow to his will by whom life and death are determined. The tender heart of Jesus waits to hear our griefs, let us pour them into his patient ear.


"Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."
John 4:48
A craving after marvels was a symptom of the sickly state of men's minds in our Lord's day; they refused solid nourishment, and pined after mere wonder. The gospel which they so greatly needed they would not have; the miracles which Jesus did not always choose to give they eagerly demanded. Many nowadays must see signs and wonders, or they will not believe. Some have said in their heart, "I must feel deep horror of soul, or I never will believe in Jesus." But what if you never should feel it, as probably you never may? Will you go to hell out of spite against God, because he will not treat you like another? One has said to himself, "If I had a dream, or if I could feel a sudden shock of I know not what, then I would believe." Thus you undeserving mortals dream that my Lord is to be dictated to by you! You are beggars at his gate, asking for mercy, and you must needs draw up rules and regulations as to how he shall give that mercy. Think you that he will submit to this? My Master is of a generous spirit, but he has a right royal heart, he spurns all dictation, and maintains his sovereignty of action. Why, dear reader, if such be your case, do you crave for signs and wonders? Is not the gospel its own sign and wonder? Is not this a miracle of miracles, that "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him might not perish"? Surely that precious word, "Whosoever will, let him come and take the water of life freely" and that solemn promise, "Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out," are better than signs and wonders! A truthful Saviour ought to be believed. He is truth itself. Why will you ask proof of the veracity of One who cannot lie? The devils themselves declared him to be the Son of God; will you mistrust him?

Today's reading: Psalm 137-139, 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 137-139

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD
while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


[Măt'thī'as] - gift of godA disciple chosen by lot to succeed Judas Iscariot as an apostle. He had been a follower of Jesus from the beginning of His ministry and was a witness of His resurrection (Acts 1:23, 26). Tradition says Matthias was one of the seventy (Luke 10:1).
David Smith feels that the choice of Matthias was not of God. The disciples prayed for guidance but instead of trusting for divine direction, had recourse to the superstitious practice of casting lots. The election of Matthias was set aside, Paul becoming the true successor to the vacant office. We have no record of him after his election. Tradition says that he went to Ethiopia and labored there where ultimately he was martyred.

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