Monday, October 06, 2014

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Islamo Fascist Terror issues
Obama and Biden bicker over whom to arm in Syria. They need troops on the ground for airstrikes to be effective. But they are being dishonest to the voters who put them in office. The reason why they need to have boots on the ground is to avoid hitting innocent parties. There are many such in Syria, but not as many as there should be. The enemies of good people in Syria have been supported for a long time, and any good person has been removed from power. There is a local government that could advise the US as to what useful action could be, but Obama does not like Israel. Meanwhile four more beheadings by Islamo Fascists, but not ISIL, have been perpetrated recently. The myth of Islamic murder is embraced by terrorists keen to scare all opposition. But it also galvanises opposition. Including idiots like the Australian Defence League (ADL) who also call themselves the Australian Tea Party. The ADL have allegedly called notable Islamic peoples, unrelated to terrorism, and threatened their lives, by threatening to behead them. The issue of terrorism in Australia was exposed by eleven terrorist wannabes having been stopped at an Australian airport. A twelfth alleged terrorist was stopped in Saudi Arabia and flown back. Naturally this disturbs those who support terrorism in Australia, and so a valiant attempt to legitimise terrorism is to say "Terrorism is to Islam as the KKK is to Christians." It is an effective way at spitting at Christians, but just as with the Nazi analogy, it fails too. Christian leaders don't embrace the KKK, but Islamic leaders embrace terrorist values. 

Australian issues
Thin budget cuts are not enough. The ALP have racked up a lot of debt and have spent on more. It is unaffordable to stand still. At the moment, Palmer United Party are joined with Greens and ALP in preventing needed reform. One of the architects of the debt is former PM Julia Gillard. She claimed she spent big for social justice. Many people of celebrity status, like Gillard give their time for free on social justice issues. Gillard has said she would help on a social justice issue, for a fee. Gillard claims she was hampered by misogynists who wouldn't let her succeed. Meanwhile writer Birmingham targets Mr Abbott, writing of his appearance in Speedos and claiming Mr Abbott is pushing his genitals into everyone, including voters. Birmingham hates Mr Abbott, and no other writer has written of Gillard in the same way. Yet Mr Abbott endures, while Gillard whinges. The fact is Gillard was not fit to be PM. Gillard was supported by the ABC in office. It is telling to hear the ABC now on other issues. Tonight, ABC news presented an item on Big Australia discussing global warming in context of a growing population. And the presenter finished it by suggesting Australia needs to find world's best practice for dealing with large populations, like, for example Cuba. Only one example was given. What could Australia learn from Communist Cuba? ABC needs to say more explicitly what it suggests. 

from 2013
It is hard to know what is worse for Seagull supporters in ARL .. losing a 2012 semifinal, or the 2013 Grand Final .. each game was theirs to win. The Manly supporters are known as Sea Eagles, so they might never forgive me for asking. There is a lot of that going around. In the space of five minutes at 4:30 PM at Cabramatta station, near Broomfield st exit, I was assaulted twice, tonight. I don't blame daylight savings, although considering the hour and it is a long weekend just before the grand final of the ARL, feelings would be high. Neither assault was vicious like a glassing, but both leave a sour taste.

The first assault was as I left the train and waited for an elevator. There was a family waiting already, so  I maneuvered to allow them first right of entry, but a large middle aged woman tried to shoulder me aside. I would have none of it, and easily slipped in and moved to the back to allow others on, which nobody else does .. even the young family crowded the entrance to be first off too. One of the reasons I lie to be first on is to set the example of standing at the back. The woman was unhappy she lost her attempt to horn in, and hit my backpack and told me loudly she didn't appreciate not being able to push aside a fat man (I'm paraphrasing as she wasn't that polite). She then went to the next elevator .. and I took the steps.

At the bottom of the steps, a young man was on a bicycle. I paid him no attention, and pushed the crossing button and waited for the light to turn green. The boy stopped riding the bike and said from behind me "Do you remember me you fucking pedophile arsehole?" "No" I truthfully answered. "You taught at my fucking school you fucking pedophile bastard." "What school was that?" "Canley Vale. Don't you fucking remember me?" He spits at me, saliva landing on my pants. He is shaping to fight. I cross the street. "Aaron Herbert?" "Yeah that's me you fucking peddo what is your fat fucking name?"

I kept an eye out behind me as I walked down the street to my church for an afternoon prayer meeting. I don't know if it was Aaron. Aaron was in year 8 circa 2005 when I knew him. He had behavioural issues that were off the chart and my Head Teacher, Helen Best, was undermining me. If I sent a student to her who was misbehaving in class, she would make it worse. So I stopped referring students to her. She couldn't place Aaron in any other class, and couldn't have him in her class. So she placed Aaron in my class with strict instructions to refer him to her for any misbehaviour. Aaron got sent to her after he observed to the class that my breasts were large and I required a bra. It made Helen Giggle. But he escalated his behaviour following that referral and it became sexualised. I have never done anything to be abused by him in that way as he accosted me. He was suspended from school, sent to a specialist behavioural management unit until he could legally not go to school. I saw him again circa 2007 after he left school at the same elevator I'd been accosted at by the large woman earlier this evening. He called me a pedophile then too. So I asked Helen Best (in 2007) why it was that he would call that out to me, and she shrugged.

I was a good teacher. I deserved better than the support Helen denied me.
This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at

Or the US President at
or or

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 Joan Watson, Chee Se and Janet O'Neill. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
1289 – Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (d. 1306)
1591 – Settimia Caccini, Italian composer and singer (d. 1638)
1820 – Jenny Lind, Swedish soprano (d. 1887)
1846 – George Westinghouse, American engineer and inventor (d. 1914)
1888 – Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
1905 – Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (d. 1998)
1930 – Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer
1942 – Britt Ekland, Swedish actress
1946 – Tony Greig, South African–English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 2012)
1973 – Ioan Gruffudd, Welsh actor
1998 – Mia-Sophie Wellenbrink, German actress and singer
October 6German-American Day in the United States; 1,000th anniversary of the death of Samuel of Bulgaria(reconstruction pictured)
Samuel of Bulgaria (997-1014), reconstruction
Arcadius lost his Doxie. Clinton captured his fort. Hungary was hungry. The Jazz Singer sang. Thai parties get out of hand. Much like yours will. 

Naomi Wolf: has anyone actually interviewed the headless body?

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (6:28pm)

I once thought Naomi Wolf seemed unhinged. But now “seemed” is redundant:

Union super funds should say sorry for investing members’ savings in green schemes

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (4:05pm)

From the start I thought it grossly irresponsible for super funds to invest members’ savings in green schemes which only pretended to fix a grossly exaggerated scare, and which depended on government largesse to stay profitable.
Sure enough:
Heavyweight fund manager IFM Investors has taken a $685 million write-down on its Pacific Hydro renewable energy business due to the adverse impact of the Abbott government’s Warburton review, weaker electricity demand in Australia, and tax changes in Chile.
IFM Investors has $50 billion in assets under management and is owned by 30 pension funds with more than 5 million Australian members, including funds such as AustralianSuper, Cbus and HostPlus.
The hefty valuation changes to Pacific Hydro - which has hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Australia, Brazil and Chile - were driven partly by businessman Dick Warburton’s review into the renewable energy target… Compounding the sector’s woes, the Australian Energy Market Operator in June made big cuts in its annual forecasts for electricity demand over the next decade.
Members of those union super funds should demand resignations.
And to rub in the point:
Switching to a super fund that shuns fossil fuel companies as unethical could cost a 45-year-old almost $58,000 in lost retirement savings, an actuarial study for the Minerals Council of Australia has found.
Moreover, the union links of such funds seem to me to represent a dangerous conflict of interest:

Cbus chief executive David Atkin has defended the conduct of the industry fund after it failed to find any evidence of a massive privacy leak of member details to the militant construction union.
As we learned last week:
Lisa Zanatta was forced to admit lying about ferrying sensitive superannuation files from Melbourne to [CFMEU boss Brian] Parker’s Sydney office, her story blown by the production of a trace on her credit card and the GPS records of her taxi.
The senior member relations adviser with industry fund Cbus initially told the inquiry on Friday she knew nothing of the leaking of confidential member contact details to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
Her story was in response to union whistleblower Brian Fitzpatrick’s testimony that Mr Parker obtained the information from Cbus to wage an industrial war against the building company that employed them, Lis-Co.
Members’ savings in their hands. 

Obama says he’ll arm “moderate” Syrian militias. Biden says there aren’t any

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (8:12am)

Last month Barack Obama decided he’d get “moderate” Syrian militias to do the on-ground fighting against the Islamic State:
In a crucial vote of support for the White House’s declared war on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the war-torn country…
“We need to bolster the Syrian moderate opposition to enable it to be able to take and hold ground, pushing out both ISIL and the Assad regime,” a senior administration official said last week shortly before Obama laid out his plan for fighting the militant group.
Small problem. US Vice President Joe Biden last Thursday:
The fact of the matter is, the ability to identify a moderate middle in Syria was — there was no moderate middle — because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers,” Mr. Biden said.
(Thanks to reader Andy.) 

11 suspects stopped at our airports

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (7:59am)

A few more than is comfortable:
COUNTER-terrorism officers ­intercepted 11 suspected terrorists at Melbourne and Sydney airports in less than a month in a multi-agency security crackdown.
Officers who searched the grounded suspects found images of beheadings and other violent Islamist propaganda on electronic devices and seized tens of thousands of dollars in ­undeclared cash allegedly being smuggled out of the country.
A twelfth man, 19-year-old Ahmad Saiyer Naizmand, of NSW, allegedly flew out of Sydney on his brother’s passport before Australian officers raised the alarm and had United Arab Emirates authorities deport him back.

Not what you’d expect from the social justice Left

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (7:46am)

Former NSW opposition leader and Lifeline CEO John Brogden approached Lateline host Emma Alberici about hosting a fundraiser with Julia Gillard in July. Brogden had worked with Mike Munro, Ray Martin and Paul Murray, who all hosted Lifeline events for free, but Alberici told him she would only do it for a several thousand dollar rate.

Let’s see raids on anti-Muslim terrorists, too

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (7:39am)

It is time for some high-profile raids on the racists trying to terrorise Muslims here:
DEATH threats against the ­nation’s leading Islamic cleric and threats to bomb Sydney’s two biggest mosques are included in a letter signed by ultra-right-wing racist group the Australian Defence League.
The letter, signed “A. D. L, Australian Defence League”, threatens “Australia” will fight “Islam”, “Terror for terror ... bomb for bomb”. It includes the words “Lakemba Mosque”, ­"Auburn Mosque” and chief Muslim leader “Grand Mufti”, with the capitalised word “BOOM” written below each.
The owner of prominent Muslim clothing store Boutique Nour al Houda in Greenacre, in Sydney’s southwest, said he received the letter about a month ago and reported it to police.
After becoming the target for racially motivated abuse in recent weeks, the store owner — who wanted to be known only as Sal — has removed a collection of large flags, including some displaying the Islamic creed praising Moham­med, the national flags of several Middle Eastern countries and the Australian flag.
“We have a business to run, we don’t need these wankers coming around and telling us they’re going to blow us up, so we took them all down,” Sal said. “Now we are suffering ... we live in Australia, one of the best countries in the world, and now we are the targets.”
A message must be sent.
(Thanks to reader WaG311.) 

A hatred exceeded only by an imagination

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (7:23am)

John Birmingham is a fiction writer. This remains true when he thinks he’s writing facts

The dangerous sanctimony of the apparatchik. Example one: Julia Gillard

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (7:14am)

Henry Ergas on the typical immorality of the apparatchik, as revealed this time in Julia Gillard’s memoirs:
Gillard, however, is an apparatchik. ‘‘Not haunted by regrets’’ nor ‘‘much given to agonising personal journeys’’, she is always ready to ‘‘put the party first’’, even when its decisions are unjust. In her Manichean world, there are children of darkness and children of light: a party of good people and one of bad.
No wonder her writing recalls Christopher Hitchens’ observation that ‘‘there’s no real trick to thinking like an apparatchik: you just keep two sets of ethical books.’’ True, at times, ‘‘the good people’s party may be caught doing something shady or vile’’. But at once, ‘‘you will be told it’s no worse than what the bad people’s party would do or has done.’’
Splashed on page after self-serving page, the results flirt with parody. Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper? Yes, under other circumstances she ‘‘could have acted differently’’; but she needed their vote to retain power. The ‘‘unprincipled’’ Tony Abbott, on the other hand, would do ‘‘whatever it takes’’ to gain office.
Industrial relations? Yes, militants ‘‘occasionally’’ cause trouble; but it is thanks to the unions, which are ‘‘home to selfless decent Australians who uphold the values that have made us the nation we are today’’, that her government was able to prevent ‘‘rorts (by) unscrupulous employers’’.
And the budget? Yes, the promised return to surplus was a mistake; but her government had it tough. Peter Costello didn’t: his surpluses were delivered when ‘‘it was easy to be Treasurer’’, Gillard tells us, ignoring the debt he inherited, the Asian Financial Crisis and the ‘‘tech wreck’’.
But if the Coalition was the adversary, Rudd was the enemy. And it is with the Rudd camp that the two sets of ethical books come fully into play. Her coup against Rudd, for example, was entirely justified, not least by the likelihood of electoral disaster; but calling a spill when she was leading Labor off a cliff was ‘‘an act of treachery’’. And it was only Rudd’s betrayal that brought her prime ministership down. 

Gillard whinges, Abbott endures

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (6:49am)

JULIA Gillard was once a role model for ambitious young women like my daughter. Now she’s just a whinger.
Gillard, in her memoirs, My Story, can’t accept she was just not up to being prime minister.
She lacked vision, judgment and character yet rages, instead, at the misogyny she insists was a key factor in her fall.
She writes (clumsily) how “even if you are the single most powerful person in your country, if you are a woman, the images that are shadowed around you are of sex and rape”. Pardon?
She complains she was scrutinised as men are not: “I came to realise that the issue of appearance for a woman was not simply a judgment on her clothes, but that it morphed into a judgment of who she was as a person.”
(Read full article here.) 

Spitting on Christians won’t make Islam less dangerous

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (6:37am)

A CULTURAL self-loathing is driving many commentators to destroy what they should most defend in our clash with radical versions of Islam.
Take the latest meme of our media class — to relativise Islam into nothing more dangerous than Christianity, the foundation of our freedoms.
Sydney ABC host Richard Glover, for instance, breezily assured us at the weekend: “In truth, Islamic State is just a flag of convenience for the lost and enraged. It’s Islamic in the same way as Nazism was Christian.”
Similarly, Howard government minister Amanda Vanstone, the ABC’s token “conservative”, told Age readers: “The Muslim and Christian religions have much in common ... Islam holds no monopoly on the production of radical fanatics. Hitler is a good example.”
I can understand why Glover and Vanstone prefer to believe Islam is much like Christianity, with both producing their radical monsters — Islam, the Islamic State, and Christianity, Hitler.
Hey, what better way to seem broadminded? What better excuse to avoid a bruising argument on Islam? And isn’t it honourable to hose down the bigots now trying to demonise our many peace-loving Muslims?
But there is a problem here. It is called “facts”. And no good intentions can excuse a wilful and dangerous blindness. (Disclaimer: No, I am not Christian.)
Fact one: The Islamic State actually claims it is Islamic, but the National Socialists never claimed they were Christian. The names of both organisations tell the story.
(Read full artlcle here.) 

The cuts so far barely scratch the surface

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (6:33am)

There is too much complacency about debt and deficits still dangerously high:
A MASSIVE spending burden threatens to tip the nation into decades of deficits, according to new government findings that will be released early next year to jolt parliament — and the public — into accepting another wave of budget reform…
Mr Hockey considered publishing the long-range Intergenerational Report this year but rejected the option in favour of timing the new Treasury analysis to prepare the ground for further savings in the May budget.

Four more beheaded by followers of a certain faith

Andrew Bolt October 06 2014 (6:10am)

Beheadings are catching on among radical members of a certain faith:
An Egyptian jihadist group has released a video showing the execution of four men – including three being beheaded – accused of spying for the army and for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service.
It is the second time such gruesome footage has been distributed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), the deadliest militant group based in Egypt’s insurgency-hit Sinai region.
A similar video of beheadings was released by the group on August 28, showing the decapitation of four men also accused of being “Israeli informants”.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis says it supports the Islamic State (IS) group, which has seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, but has not pledged formal allegiance to it.
Helps to illustrate what Israel is up against. 
What is number 12407 famous for? Hint, Ramanujan knew 1729 was the smallest number expressible as two cubes in two different ways. 








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

Saturday night in my home is about catching up with email and the news after a day’s Sabbath hiatus. Last night I was upset to learn that a nine-year-old girl from Psagot had been shot at close range through the neck. At first, it was thought she had been shot by a sniper, but later reports clarified the matter. The girl, (whose name hasn’t been reported at the time of this writing, though prayer requests have been circulating for Noam bat Michal Rachel) reported that she saw her attacker’s balaclava; that he attacked her while she was at play in her yard.
I learned the news as always, in bits and pieces. Each news story added something until I had a fairly clear picture of what had happened. I saw pieces from TLVFaces, the Jewish PressIsrael National News, Ynet, and the Jerusalem Post. Only this morning did I see the piece by the Times of Israel, which made my gut clench. The reason? The use of the word “settlement” in the title: “Israeli girl, 9, hurt in suspected terror attack at settlement.”
The title’s designation of Psagot as a settlement seemed more a political statement than an issue of delineating the location of the attack, since “Psagot” is more specific than “settlement.”
This perspective is lent strength on examination of the URL for the piece: As a blogger at TOI, I sometimes decide to change the title of a piece after it has been published, but the URL is immutable and remains the same, no matter how many times I update the title display.


Sometimes when reading the British media’s coverage of the Middle East, it seems as if some ‘professional’ reporters either have little expertise on the issues they’re writing about or that their employer lacks such high-tech, super-sophisticated research tools as, say, Google.
The Economist’s recent article on Hamas’s continuing isolation (Lonely Hamas, Sept. 7), is a case in point.
First, in fairness, the report does paint a largely accurate picture of the pressure being placed on the Islamist group by Egypt’s new regime:
THE Gaza Strip, an enclave tucked between Egypt and Israel that is still ruled by Hamas, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is once again caged in. Egypt’s ruling generals, fearful that what they see as an Islamist tumour on their north-eastern flank might grow back into a Brotherhood cancer, want to contain it, if not cut it out. So they have sent bulldozers to demolish the houses along the border with Gaza that covered the tunnels providing Gaza’s 1.8m people with half their basic needs and most of their fuel and building material.
Of some 300 tunnels that operated before Egypt’s army overthrew Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brother who had been president for a year, only ten are said now to function. 
Later, there’s also this fair assessment of why the ‘Zionist enemy’ (at least temporarily) no longer seems like Hamas’s greatest threat:
If it is to survive as Gaza’s ruler, Hamas will have to rely on its old foe, Israel. While Egypt has choked off access to Gaza, Israel has loosened it, with 400 lorries recently entering the strip from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing in a single day, the liveliest such traffic for many years. “If they increase demand, we’re ready to step up,” says an Israeli military spokeswoman.
At Friday prayers, some Hamas preachers curse Egypt more than Israel. 
Good so far. However, then, in the final paragraph,


How could I not begin today by blogging about the Arab terror attack in Psagot?  Even though I already had a slew of tabs for news sites with more or less the same news about the nine year old girl, amazingly alive, after being shot in the upper chest or neck (not clear from the news I've read so far) I decided to google it and see which news sites have it featured:

I had been following the story last night before going to sleep.  This morning there isn't all that much new about the story except for the fact that definite signs of a break in were discovered, and Israeli security forces entered Ramallah to search for the terrorists.  Even the New York Times has the story, though I have no idea if it will be featured or buried.

Psagot is in the same regional council, like a state or county, as Shiloh, Mateh Binyamin, the Benjamin Regional Council.  If I can trust my memory, it was a brand new yishuv when we moved to Shiloh in 1981.  It's just to the east of Ramallah, and the running joke was that it was a new neighborhood of the Arab city.  In those days the main road from Jerusalem to Shiloh went through Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods in the direction of Atarot, then straight north through Ramallah-Al Birah, passed Beit El and then followed to the east after the Jelazoun refugee camp, then Vaadi Charamiya continuing norhth to Shiloh.  The present route via Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev, Adam, Sha'ar Binyamin, Ma'avar Michmas, Givat Asaf, Ofra, Vaadi Charamiya and then Shiloh is the post-Oslo road that Yitzchak Rabin had built so that Jewish Israelis wouldn't need to drive through Arab towns.
In any sane world, Cohen should be ashamed to go out in public after writing such a thoroughly embarrassing article. In any sane world, theTimes would let him go because of the danger Cohen's columns bring to its own rapidly sinking reputation.


  • “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians … but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland”. Mahmoud Abbas in Falastin a-Thaura (official PLO Journal), MARCH 1976.
  • “This will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Tartar massacre or the Crusader wars.”– Arab League Secretary-GeneralAzzam Pasha, October 11, 1947 in Akhbar al-Yom interview. 
The “return” to Israel of Palestinian “refugees” is a central demand of Palestinians and their supporters. This demand is based on a misrepresentation of international law and of the causes of Palestinian displacement in 1947-48. But it should not scare Israel. If applied fairly to Jews and Palestinians alike, Palestinians’ definition of “refugees” would benefit Israel. And if the “Right of Return” as advanced by pro-Palestinian activists were law — which it is not — it would represent Israel’s strongest claim yet to critical parts of Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria.

Holly Sarah Nguyen
I hope God will overlook and forgive me for the days I didn't pray & do what was right when I know it was wrong.
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Collecting those Woolworths animal cards & don't know what to do with the joining bits? Why, make some dragonflies with them of course! 
I tried giving them to her .. but she wasn't having any of it .. ed

The Kotel, situated in the middle of Jerusalem, is a holy place and home to many, but this night it was home of the new recruits of the Air Defense Battalion who were being sworn into the Israel Defense Forces. One hundred and fifty soldiers stood at the Kotel swearing their allegiance to the IDF. These soldiers are taught to operate the Iron Dome missile defense system.
It was a historical night for the 150 soldiers who stood under the stars in the Old City of Jerusalem. Standing at the Kotel —  called the Western Wall in English — the soldiers were swearing their allegiance to protect the people and the State of Israel. Many of the new IDF recruits, who serve as soldiers in the Air Defense Command, protect Israel’s civilians against attacks by operating the Iron Dome missile defense system.


Algemeiner: Israel Defense Forces officerssaid three recent incidents of Arab unrest that had to be quelled by soldiers indicate an uptick in violence, mainly from the Jenin refugee camp, Qalandiya, Balata and Hebron, Israel’s Ma’ariv daily reported.

“We’ve seen a steadyincrease in the activity level of resistance forces in the villages and in the camps,” Lt. Col. Itamar Kohl, deputy commander of the Binyamin Brigade, told Ma’ariv. “The more time we remain in the field, the greater the likelihood of a popular local demonstration, what I call ‘temporary’ disturbance, unplanned without a specific focus that is known in advance.”

The officer said demonstrations are rarely armed, but can be. Violence comes from crowds of up to 100 young people, throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at the soliders, he said.
While raids on known terrorists are more straight forward for his soldiers, the need to differentiate between armed riots and popular demonstrations compels the IDF to tread with more caution.
“If in a public disturbance of 1,500 people, I endanger and hurt one woman, child or an innocent person, not related to the event, I’d be breaking our rules,” he said.

Sar-El Bids Farewell to Two Board Members

Sar-El bids farewell to two of its Board Members: Marvin Shapiro and Menahem Sherman. Both have served on Sar-El’s  Board of Directors for many years. They will be sorely missed.


The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday continued in its long campaign of incitement concerning the Temple Mount, condemning Jews who tour the holy site by suggesting that their visits represent a broader Israeli scheme to “Judaise” the site with the ultimate goal of rebuilding a Jewish Temple.
The PA-controlled media has specifically claimed that “hordes of settlers and Jewish extremists plan to storm and desecrate the Aksa Mosque” – part of a broader campaign of incitement by Islamist extremists in Jerusalem which has triggered several Palestinian riots at the Temple Mount over the past few months.


These days, the Arab media are full of reports about diplomatic activities regarding the Syrian issue, and commentators’ articles dealing with this matter fill whole pages in the newspapers of the Arab world. They all try to ascertain if there will be an American military action, what its scope will be, how powerful it will be, what its goals will be, how long it will last, and especially, what the consequences of the action will be. But there is one important voice which is almost not heard at all in this whole chorus of analysts – the Saudi voice – and it seems that someone there – the king? – may have imposed a gag order on the commentators.
To get a deeper understanding of the reason for this, I contacted a Saudi colleague, with whom I correspond occasionally. He is a member of the royal family, but is not in the inner circles of decision making. Nevertheless, he is well acquainted with the way the Saudi leaders think, he is aware of the considerations and feelings that drive it and has a deep understanding of what is said and what is not said there. At first he refused to speak, and only after a “preliminary conversation” did he consent. This is how it is in the Middle East: everything is based on personal relationships, and Arabic is the entry bridge into the emotions of the region’s people.
He preferred to speak about “The Gulf,” not Saudi Arabia, in order to present a united front regarding the events in Syria and its environs. This is not exactly correct, because the positions of Saudi Arabia (which is the main supplier and supporter of the Salafi fighters in Syria) and those of Qatar (which stand behind the Free Syrian Army), are not identical, and the United Arab Emirates is much more active than Oman. But despite the differences in approach among the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, their basic attitudes are very similar.

Media facilitates a powerful sway consistent with purposeful agendas. It far impedes realisation of fact for not only the general public, but guides an intended, specific network of frontally nudging policymakers towards a focused orientation.

It's all fashioned and very slick.
Into the Fray: How urban legends become ‘universal truths’
Given potential for publicised relevance, though often lost amid such deceptive practises, are logic's analyses, which might then, openly and with chance of clarity, disavow any intention of certain and biased perpetrations employed for driving a socio-political course.

"The Haber interview is a prime example of how unrestrained access to the media is used to create the public impression that a policy of territorial withdrawal and political appeasement is not only beneficial, but unavoidable." - Martin Sherman

...Israeli Jews know the fate of non-Muslim minorities in the Arab and Muslim world. If Israel acknowledges that all Jews would be evacuated from a putative Palestinian state it is not because they agree with the Arab vision of a Judenrein entity but because even those on the left know the Jews there would last as long as the greenhouses left behind in Gaza in 2005. Those “Arab Jews” that Lustick thinks will be at home in the Greater Palestine he envisages know exactly what fate awaits them in a world where they are not protected by a Jewish army.

 October 4, 2013 from Mike Hollingshead on Vimeo.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”Isaiah 55:6NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights."
1 Kings 19:8
All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for wantonness or boasting. When the prophet Elijah found the cake baked on the coals, and the cruse of water placed at his head, as he lay under the juniper tree, he was no gentleman to be gratified with dainty fare that he might stretch himself at his ease; far otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mount of God. When the Master invited the disciples to "Come and dine" with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, "Feed my sheep"; further adding, "Follow me." Even thus it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master's service. We come to the passover, and eat of the paschal lamb with loins girt, and staff in hand, so as to start off at once when we have satisfied our hunger. Some Christians are for living on Christ, but are not so anxious to live for Christ. Earth should be a preparation for heaven; and heaven is the place where saints feast most and work most. They sit down at the table of our Lord, and they serve him day and night in his temple. They eat of heavenly food and render perfect service. Believer, in the strength you daily gain from Christ labour for him. Some of us have yet to learn much concerning the design of our Lord in giving us his grace. We are not to retain the precious grains of truth as the Egyptian mummy held the wheat for ages, without giving it an opportunity to grow: we must sow it and water it. Why does the Lord send down the rain upon the thirsty earth, and give the genial sunshine? Is it not that these may all help the fruits of the earth to yield food for man? Even so the Lord feeds and refreshes our souls that we may afterwards use our renewed strength in the promotion of his glory.


"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."
Mark 16:16
Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied, "We shall be saved if we repent, and forsake our sins, and turn to God." "Yes," said a middle-aged female, "and with a true heart too." "Aye," rejoined a third, "and with prayer"; and, added a fourth, "It must be the prayer of the heart." "And we must be diligent too," said a fifth, "in keeping the commandments." Thus, each having contributed his mite, feeling that a very decent creed had been made up, they all looked and listened for the preacher's approbation, but they had aroused his deepest pity. The carnal mind always maps out for itself a way in which self can work and become great, but the Lord's way is quite the reverse. Believing and being baptized are no matters of merit to be gloried in--they are so simple that boasting is excluded, and free grace bears the palm. It may be that the reader is unsaved--what is the reason? Do you think the way of salvation as laid down in the text to be dubious? How can that be when God has pledged his own word for its certainty? Do you think it too easy? Why, then, do you not attend to it? Its ease leaves those without excuse who neglect it. To believe is simply to trust, to depend, to rely upon Christ Jesus. To be baptized is to submit to the ordinance which our Lord fulfilled at Jordan, to which the converted ones submitted at Pentecost, to which the jailer yielded obedience the very night of his conversion. The outward sign saves not, but it sets forth to us our death, burial, and resurrection with Jesus, and, like the Lord's Supper, is not to be neglected. Reader, do you believe in Jesus? Then, dear friend, dismiss your fears, you shall be saved. Are you still an unbeliever, then remember there is but one door, and if you will not enter by it you will perish in your sins.

Today's reading: Isaiah 23-25, Philippians 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 23-25

A Prophecy Against Tyre
1 A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For Tyre is destroyed
and left without house or harbor.
From the land of Cyprus
word has come to them.
2 Be silent, you people of the island
and you merchants of Sidon,
whom the seafarers have enriched.
3 On the great waters
came the grain of the Shihor;
the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre,
and she became the marketplace of the nations.
4 Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
for the sea has spoken:
“I have neither been in labor nor given birth;
I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters.”
5 When word comes to Egypt,
they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre....

Today's New Testament reading: Philippians 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God....


[Fĕs'tus] - joyful, festal, prosperous.Porcius Festus was a Roman governor of Judea in the reign of Nero (Acts 24:27; 25; 26:24, 32).

The Man Who Called Paul Mad

Felix, seeking to court the favor of the Jews, left Paul in prison, thinking that the Jews would compensate him for such a favor. This act was an investment in iniquity. But the Jewish complaints against Felix led to his recall by Nero, so Paul passed into the hands of Festus, Felix'successor. Festus, not knowing much about Jewish matters, brought the question of Paul's imprisonment before Agrippa who was conversant with many aspects of the Jewish religion. It perplexed Festus to know that Paul, a Jew with the utmost reverence for the Law and the worship of the Temple, was yet hated by his compatriots.
Agrippa agreed to hear Paul for himself, so we come to the apostle's masterly defense before the king and Bernice. With a wonderful vividness Paul gave a retrospective analysis of his former life and then a sketch of his present sacrificial witness to Christ as the risen, glorified Son of God. Such was the impact of Paul's remarkable appeal that Festus, the Roman governor, forgot the usual dignity of his office and burst out into a loud laugh of scorn saying: "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad."
With characteristic calmness and with a firm control of his natural impulses so that no unguarded utterance might escape his lips, Paul answered Festus in all courtesy: "I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness." In his incomparable Bible Characters, Alexander Whyte says that a single word will sometimes immortalize a man. "What will you give me?" was all Judas said. So with one word Festus is as well known to us as if a whole chapter had been written about him. He said Paul was mad.
But the uncontrolled and unbecoming outburst of Festus did not stagger Paul. Did they not say of his Master, for whom he had suffered much "He is beside Himself"? The apostle counted it a privilege to share his Master's madness. Later on, he wrote about being a fool for His sake. He knew that no man is a true Christian who is not the world's fool (1 Cor. 3:18; 4:10; 2 Cor. 11:23). All around us are those who have never been borne along by the enthusiasm of God, who deem the spiritual man to be mad (Hos. 9:7).

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