Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thu Oct 23rd Todays News

Great moments in Free Speech 
Actor Josh Thomas vs MP Wyatt Roy
Actors are not noted for their great thoughts in the political world. Many supported Nazism in the thirties, Many supported communism and still do. Actor Josh Thomas is not an idiot, but he is very foolish and his rhetoric is placed in Gay Activism which has a legitimate voice, but is wrong when it embraces Green activism which has nothing to do with the environment. Wyatt had posted that it was wonderful that the new immigration policy meant people did not drown, as over 1300 had under the previous ALP policy. Josh picked up on a lie that claimed that children were being raped in detention. That has happened in the past, infamously Rudd tore up evidence of such, involving the gang rape of a teenage Aboriginal girl in the late '80s, now called the Heiner Affair. There is no evidence or even claim that such is happening now. However, Josh may have evidence? Josh also referred to a red herring of secrecy involving illegal migrants. However, that is not strictly speaking what is happening. The government is not trumpeting results so as to steal from people smugglers a sales pitch. It is very effective. Detained people are not abused, but are processed according to UN rules and Australian standards, which are higher than the UN's. Josh should apologise to Wyatt, but one suspects he enjoys notoriety from parroting his green, communist heroes.

In defence of Barry Spurr
A former chinese student of the Professor has written movingly of her experience of his lectures. He has been censured by Sydney University following the theft of his private emails and their publication without his explanation. He has never publicly uttered them and the magazine that published them has some hard questions it should answer. But then, so does the Ukraine over MH17, and that will never happen.

Student who broke the privacy of Abbott's daughter sentenced
The student used the same magazine as denounced Spurr to denounce Mr Abbott's daughter in obtaining a scholarship on merit. The student was supposed to be sentenced today, but that has been delayed a month. The student has apologised for their crime. The magazine has not. Newman's defence claimed she was too immature to know that her crime was wrong. New Matilda might use that same excuse?

Canada's Parliament.
Gun battle inside Canada's parliament as ISIL further attempts to bring terror to the west and force a change of lifestyle. It is reminiscent of other opportunist attacks. The suicidal aspect is probably supposed to raise it in the public consciousness, but it looks badly planned instead. Good people are dying and each attack lessens the value of ISIL terrorists everywhere. Mr Abbott declared Mr Harper was like a brother and the Australian parliament would stand shoulder to shoulder with Canada's parliament.

Many fair people feel Whitlam lost government through gross incompetence. Rudd blames a "Massive Conservative Fuselage."An 18yo school girl says she has studied the issue and appreciated Whitlam giving women the vote. It is probably fair to say that Whitlam went too far in the public mind when he tried to make a horse senator and then ate the foetus of his love child he ripped from his sister's dead body. Others say that the hagiography of Whitlam unfairly neglect criticism and inflate achievements.

Michael Mann illustrates what he has been accused of. He is think skinned when he is faced with criticism of his work. He is sloppy and inaccurate and occasionally wildly parochial. He is not responsible and his work as a scientist discredits not only him but others who call themselves scientists.

The Royals have levelled the series after a sixth innings blow out on starter pitcher Peavey for the Giants. Maybe the Royals will keep momentum? Or will the Giants stand up?

As a social justice kitten has attributed to them "I drink your tears, oppressor"

from 2013
A corrupt anti semitic bigot steps away from opposition senate duty. Bob Carr was highly lauded as an opposition leader when he trawled for turds off Bondi Beach. But the one trick pony just wants his former Premier pension and assets. And with all his time in office, it is impossible to point to anything worthwhile he did. The press will be kind, referring to his status as a dart board figurine. He will be missed. 

ALP were upset the military did not toe the party line while they were in government. Bad decisions meant many soldiers were killed on duty. To punish the military, ALP leaked and inflated scandals. It is terrible to hear of young people having sex. Where crimes have taken place, the army is equipped to handle them. Sadly that doesn't help the ALP ..
A former journalist, but current ALP member in South Australia wants censorship. Mia Freedman is prone to saying dumb things, but not everything she posts is bad. Censorship also works when people stop listening. Mr Howard is Australia's greatest PM to date. Something journalists try to obscure as they barack for ALP. 

AGW extremism burns a billion dollars a day. Reminding me of an old Jud Strunk number "I'll burn you a billion a day dear .." 

The only cure for debt is saving. ALP must embrace abolition of carbon tax if it is to thrive again. 

Russia has migration issues related to terrorism. Something Australia has to think about as a culture of feral peoples .. not solely one religion .. behave appallingly badly. A parent copies their bush fire starting child's delivery of the bird. 

Barrie Cassidy booted Bolt from Insiders but enjoys perks he denies others.
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 Liliana Silva. Born on the same day, across the years, as
64 BC – Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Roman general and statesman (d. 12 BC)
1762 – Samuel Morey, American inventor (d. 1843)
1813 – Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer (d. 1848)
1893 – Gummo Marx, American actor (d. 1977)
1925 – Johnny Carson, American television host (d. 2005)
1931 – Diana Dors, English actress (d. 1984)
1940 – Pelé, Brazilian footballer
1942 – Michael Crichton, American author, screenwriter, director, and producer (d. 2008)
1954 – Ang Lee, Taiwanese-American director
1957 – Martin Luther King III, American activist
1959 – Sam Raimi, American director
1959 – "Weird Al" Yankovic, American singer-songwriter, comedian, and actor
1961 – Laurie Halse Anderson, American author
1991 – Princess Mako of Akishino
1998 – Amandla Stenberg, American actress
Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis
We held the seat. We had Kellogg for breakfast. The hungry revolution has grown. Houston has a problem. We have an iPod. Let's party.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (3:01pm)

Kevin Rudd reviews Gough Whitlam’s career, and reveals the gigantic aircraft component that brought Whitlam down:
Of course, where the Australian heart lies and lay then is in parties of the compassionate and reforming centre who were mindful of the challenges that we faced in the world, in the economy, but still committed with an open heart to giving opportunity for all. That’s what Gough Whitlam stood for, through thick and thin, and despite this enormous conservative fuselage unleashed against him. 
(Via J.F. Beck)


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (3:12am)

Central Ottawa is in lockdown after a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial was shot by a gunman who then stormed Canada’s parliament. Click for video. Police are now reportedly pursuing multiple attackers following claims the initial gunman was killed inside the parliament building. A television report claims shots have since been fired at a nearby mall. Earlier
The shootings in the heart of the normally placid Canadian capital came two days after two members of the Canadian armed forces were injured in a hit-and-run crash in a small Quebec city that the authorities considered an act of terrorism. 
The Canadian government has informed the United States that one shooter is dead in Ottawa, a senior U.S. official said. So far, there is “no indication the shooter has ties to violent Islamic extremism,” but it is still extremely early in the investigation, the source said …
Earlier this week, a man who Canadian authorities said was “radicalized” was shot to death after hitting and killing a Canadian soldier. 
Reports now claim several shootings in downtown Ottawa. Live updates here.
UPDATE II. CNN identifies the killer as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau
Bibeau, who was born in 1982, was a convert to Islam and had a history of drug use before he converted, two sources said.
His passport had been confiscated by Canadian authorities when they learned he planned to go fight overseas, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN’s Susan Candiotti. The official said it was not clear when that happened …
Investigators haven’t provided any possible motives for the shooting. 
Could be anything, really.
UPDATE III. Globe and Mail headline: 
Suspected killer in Ottawa shootings had a disturbing side 
You don’t say.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (1:18am)

Gerard Henderson reports
ABC TV News last night ran a special on Gough Whitlam. Reporter Rebecca Barrett visited North Sydney Girls High to get the reaction of students who had studied Gough Whitlam.
This is what one female student said about Gough Whitlam’s legacy – which the ABC reporter, producer and editor saw fit to put to air.
North Sydney Girls High Student: “As a woman coming into my eighteenth year, the fact that women were able to get the vote during Gough Whitlam’s reign …” 
Further on the epidemic of Gough exaggeration from Dennis Shanahan. Previously, the Age – of all places – accurately reviewed Whitlam’s second year in office: “For the economy, 1974 was the end of the good times. It was the year the Commonwealth budget exploded. As the Whitlam government pressed on with its big-spending reforms despite Treasury pleas for restraint, Commonwealth spending surged 46 per cent in 1974-75, dwarfing the 20 per cent rise the year before.”


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (1:14am)

“Unlike bland, privileged garbage kittens chosen for nothing more than shallow good looks, Social Justice Kittensradiate fierce strength in the face of untold adversity.”
(Via Finker)


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (1:04am)

Kim Hughes, 1980:

Many cricket fans may not have seen this shot since it was played 34 years ago. In the mid-90s a highlights video of the Lord’s Centenary Test frustratingly omitted Hughes’s six off Chris Old.
From memory, Hughes entered the preceding one-day series in miserable touch but played himself into the best form of his career ahead of this one-off Test. Sixes of that size were such a novelty during an era of low-power bats that the next morning’s Age ran a front-page image showing how remarkably far the ball had travelled.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (12:43am)

Sometimes a fish really does need a bicycle.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (12:21am)

It’s like The Wicker Man except without any dialogue:



Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (12:17am)

An Amazon reviewer describes litigious warmist Michael Mann as “thin-skinned”. Mann then conclusively proves it.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 23, 2014 (12:03am)

A mood-improving image via Erika S:


In defence of Barry Spurr

Andrew Bolt October 23 2014 (5:26pm)

Professor Barry Spurr has been suspended by Sydney University for writing private emails to friends containing racist banter - private emails which were somehow obtained and published by on online web site.
Lily Yuan Wang writes from China to say she’s appalled that Spurr could be treated so shabbily:
A RECENT graduate of the University of Sydney with a bachelor of arts in English and international and comparative literary studies, I have read every article concerning professor Barry Spurr. 

The unauthorised exposure of his private emails, his suspension and, worst, the overreaction of the ­ignorant public and apathy of his fellow academics who have stood by in silence grieve me more than words can say.

Spurr is one of the very few lecturers I unreservedly admire. When I began my degree I was a lone Asian face in a sea of fair-haired and clear-eyed Australians. I struggled to understand my lecturers. Their tendency to nominalise common adjectives rendered familiar words alien to me. Their habit of monotonously reading pre-prepared scripts and their inability to interact with students left me dissatisfied. Yet when I audited Spurr’s lectures on modernism, I saw, for the first and last time, every inch of the lecture hall, including the stair­cases, occupied by students. He spoke with confidence, clarity, eloquence, humour, pacing the room with a stately gait, quoting from a copy of Yeats (apparently unannotated) that always seemed to open at the right page. He took me on a breathtaking journey through Irish literature and revolution. They were classes to remember and set the bar by which I measure all teaching.
I never found Spurr patronising or discriminatory. I never felt undermined or underestimated. Contrary to the unapproachable, unsympathetic professor New Matilda eagerly paints, Spurr is actively involved in student societies: from poetry and religion to the defence of animal rights…
The exaggerated outrage at Spurr’s emails is centred on his role in the reform of the English school curriculum, insinuating his judgment on the dominance of indigenous literature in Australian textbooks is coloured by a racist antagonism towards Aborigines. Yet Spurr spent more time in his emails criticising the hypocrisy of the political establishment in its endless gestures towards the Aboriginal community than diminishing the Aboriginal contribution to Australian literature…
If the Australian government and people can garner the energy they’ve wasted on being politically correct and displays of gratitude or guilt, and channel it into constructing better community facilities, education and support services for Aboriginal people and all the sons and daughters of Australia, they would heal more wounds than random “racist” remarks can inflict.
All I know for sure is Spurr’s personal linguistic choices are none of our business. None of the emails prove him guilty of any sin other than a sardonic sense of humour and childlike whimsicality — the common vices of a poet.
To me he is someone who dedicates himself to the noble cause of restoring the beauty of a civilisation that people have too lightly cast away: good manners, respect for the elderly, a sound knowledge of English, modesty of dressing in public. His intentions are honourable, even if they make him unpopular with opponents.
He should not be made a scapegoat for an ideology of which he is not an advocate. He is not the parody the media presents. The university should not lose a jewel in its crown. If I, a small, sensitive, feminist, patriotic Chinese girl, am not offended by these leaked emails, why should anyone else be?
But read the lot. This country is going mad. A gifted professor is publicly vilified by people claiming to be outraged by rude words said in private. 

Give Morrison more work

Andrew Bolt October 23 2014 (8:19am)

Scott Morrison, having given the Abbott Government its biggest and most unambiguous win, is now an under-utilised resource. It would be most useful if he were given wider responsibilities, and he’s thought of some:
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is pushing for his Operation Sovereign Borders team to take control of Australia’s Ebola response with new powers to force visitors from West Africa to be isolated in quarantine.
The ABC can reveal the ambitious plan as the nation’s state and federal chief medical officers meet today to discuss the response to the deadly virus.
Mr Morrison let his colleagues know he believed he and his department could take on a larger role in responding to the Ebola outbreak.
Once again, rival colleagues are getting their backs up and complaining privately to the ABC about Morrison wanting bits of their turf.
I think a formal reshuffle would actually be neater and more effective.  And the colleagues worried about the rise of Morrison might better respond by simply performing as capably themselves. 

Another suspected terrorist attack in Canada

Andrew Bolt October 23 2014 (7:50am)

A second suspected terrorist attack in Canada in three days:
A soldier was killed during a shooting at Canada’s National War Memorial on Wednesday morning, which was followed quickly by additional gunfire inside the nearby Parliament, according to police.
One gunman has also been killed, Ottawa police said. And there are still concerns about possible additional shooters…
Canada has recently heightened its terrorism alert and, earlier this week, a soldier there was killed in a hit-and-run that authorities said was an act of terrorism.
Probably just another deliberate distraction from the Abbott Government’s Budget. As Labor Senator Sue Lines explained the terrorism threat two months ago:

“It’s [the Government] hyping it up… And it’s looking for opportunities in the media and elsewhere to try and scare the Australian public and to distract everyone from the budget.”
But note: the motivation of the second killer is not known. He could be an Islamist or could be some other variety of crazy.
The Canadian government has informed the United States that one shooter is dead in Ottawa, a senior U.S. official said. So far, there is ”no indication the shooter has ties to violent Islamic extremism,” but it is still extremely early in the investigation, the source said …
On the other hand:
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was identified as the shooter in Ottawa today. He is a Candian born in 1982, reportedly of Algerian descent.
Police say they are still looking for what could be multiple attackers and have warned residents to stay indoors.
Suspicions are being confirmed:

Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.
Meanwhile, in Australia:
MOHAMMAD Ali Baryalei, the fugitive Australian terrorist who allegedly masterminded a plot to kill a random member of the public in Sydney, has attempted to re-establish contact with one of the alleged ringleaders of his cell. 

The Australian has been told that Baryalei, who is accused of recruiting Australian fighters for the Islamic State terror group, placed several phone calls to a key member of the cell, which was the target of police raids last month that thwarted its execution plans and sparked international headlines.

The ringleader, who The Australian has elected not to name, was one of 15 alleged radical Islam­ists whose homes were raided in what police described as the largest counter-terrorism raid in Australian history.
The killer:
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim convert who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, ... was a man with numerous criminal charges over the past decade who has been called ‘mentally ill’ ...

He was charged in February 2004 for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP. He pleaded guilty…
He also spent a day in jail in March of 2004 for a parole violation and was again convicted of marijuana possession in 2009.
In another case, he received a six-month sentence in 2003 and three years’ probation on a weapons charge, according to the Herald News.
There was also a prior conviction for assault causing bodily harm in 2001 for which he received a suspended sentence and a fine.
His longest sentence was for robbery, possession of break-in tools, theft and conspiracy with a co-accused in 2003, for which he was sentenced to two years in jail and three years probation…
In 2011, he was again charged with robbery, this time in Vancouver, but served only one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of uttering threats, and was credited with 66 days in pre-trial custody.
Records show that in the 2011 case, he underwent a psychiatric assessment prior to his conviction and was found fit to stand trial…
David Bathurst..., a fellow Muslim convert, befriended Zehaf-Bibeau at their mosque and even got him a job, but says he soon seemed as if he might be ‘mentally ill’…
He says ...  Zehaf-Bibeau told him he was ‘only going abroad with the intent of learning about Islam and to study Arabic.’
He was never able to go though, and sources told The Globe and Mail ‘he had not been able to secure a valid travel document from federal officials, who have been taking measures to prevent Canadians from joining extremists overseas.’ ...
CTV News reports that Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother, Susan Bibeau, still lives in Montreal and works as a a federal public servant for the Immigrant & Refugee board…
His father is a Libyan businessman named Bulgasem Zehaf who once owned a local restaurant, Cafe Tripoli.
His parents divorced in 1999, and there are reports that his father ‘appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya.’ 

The three dangerous lessons Gough Whitlam taught and which Labor forgets

Andrew Bolt October 23 2014 (7:47am)

GOUGH Whitlam was lucky his government was sacked in 1975. To our cultural elite, that turned him from a failure to a martyr. 

That allowed the ruin he caused to gradually become obscured by the giant shadow of his myth. More ominously, it also allowed Labor to gradually forget what it learned, painfully, from Whitlam’s disasters.
So Labor today weeps for Whitlam and much of the media with it. The ABC’s massive coverage in particular has resembled the state-ordered mourning for a socialist dictator.
But how must this astonishing torrent of tears strike most Australians?
Fact is, the elite’s verdict of Whitlam — the hero reformer, Great Leader and victim of a conservative conspiracy — has never been shared by most voters.
Aloof and arrogant, Whitlam was no man of the people and no prime minister was shunned by them so comprehensively — twice.
(Read full article here.) 

Gough Whitlam’s achievements miraculously increase

Andrew Bolt October 23 2014 (7:30am)

All around Australia, worshippers testify to the miracles of St Gough:
ABC’s News, bulletin, Tuesday: 

GOUGH Whitlam is hailed as a champion of the young. In fact his legacy was one of the subjects in today’s final high school exams. Modern history students were asked whether or not the Malcolm Fraser government completely overturned the changes of the Whitlam government. Rebecca Barrett caught some of these students (at North Sydney Girls selective high school) after the exam.

Barrett: The girls say they spent a lot of time in Year 10 studying the Whitlam years.
Girl: As a woman, coming into my 18th year, the fact that women were able to get the vote during Gough Whitlam’s reign or “reign” (gestures to show quote mark) …
Barrett: Principal David Tomlin was doing his final exams during Whitlam’s dismissal …
Greg Sheridan notes more:
The Whitlam legend has very little regard for facts. David Williamson this week hailed Gough for creating the first Australia Council. In fact the Australia Council was founded by Harold Holt and the Australia Council for the Arts put on an institutional footing by John Gorton…
Whitlam is mightily praised for committing Labor to provide state aid to non-government, and especially Catholic, schools. But this was actually first done by Robert Menzies…
Similarly, it has been endlessly repeated this week that Whitlam brought the troops home from Vietnam. This is complete nonsense. The bulk of Australian combat troops left Vietnam in 1971. By the end of 1972, when Whitlam was elected, there was a tiny handful of army training advisers and a small group providing security for the Australian embassy. The army advisers had been scheduled to come out anyway ...
And Sheridan warns:
For Labor, this [nostalgia] is peculiarly dangerous. It is celebrating the style and model of the worst single government Australia ever had and neglecting the example, in the Hawke government, of the best Labor government…
Bob Hawke and Paul Keating ran anti-Whitlam governments and distinguished themselves from the style and substance of Whitlam.
Hawke in particular was a master of cabinet process, fiscal conservatism, prudent macro-economic management, incremental social reform that brought along a lot of conservative Australia, the closest possible ties with the US and deep strategic identification with US policy in the Asia Pacific. All of this was the reverse of Whitlam.
It was the tragedy of the Rudd-Gillard years that with their reckless increases in government spending, their disregard for the productive factors in the economy, re-regulation of the labour market and constant internal crises that they much more closely resembled the Whitlam than the Hawke-Keating governments…
It’s merely the self- congratulatory humbug of the baby boomers. One of the reasons they loved Whitlam was because he took much of their moral dereliction and narcissistic self-­obsession and turned it into approved public policy.
































=== Posts from last year ===
nuke-free middle east : Dry Bones cartoon. kirschen, dry bones, israel. jewish, antisemitism, nukes, zionism,

21/10/2013 Our World: A miracle and an outrage in Washington
Restoring the Iraqi Jewish archive to its Israeli owners would be tantamount to recognizing that the cause of the Arab world’s conflict with Israel is Arab anti-Semitism.


Trakai Castle, Lithuania



Mono Lake Dreamin'

The cloud mass above the tufa tower was of the spinning lenticular variety, but because of the high winds and the need to do a long exposure, the form is lost. It was a surrealistic night up in the high desert.

Andy Trieu
Ow, got smashed by a guitar for the sake of art [V] Music - Channel [V] Australia campaign
Lol, you are also an actor. A ninja has ways of protecting themselves .. acting misdirects .. - ed

 I know how it works too - ed
Pastor Rick Warren
Never confuse your net-worth with your self-worth. Your value isn't based on your valuables.
"A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
-Jesus, Luke 12:15
I'm asking all my friends to PLEASE VOTE NOW for the epic TV mini-series #TheBible for a People's Choice Award. Vote here:
That show honored God. You can too.

If you love Jesus as Savior and Lord, you are my brother or sister. We are #family, despite any theological differences

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

Father in heaven,I thank You for Your good and precious promises. I choose to trust that my reward is coming.Search my heart and show me any area in my life where I may be hiding. I choose today to stand in faith and invite You to move mightily on my behalf. I choose to follow Your commands because they lead to blessing and life. Give me a heart that is fixed on You and fill me with Your peace. I patiently wait on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Stand and see the salvation of the Lord..(II Chroniclees 20:17)

Is there something difficult in your life that you are avoiding? So many people today run from anything that’s hard. They run from their problems. They run from responsibility. They run from people they don’t like. They run from the past. They run from anything that makes them uncomfortable. Instead of facing the issues and dealing with them, they just take the easy way out and go down the path of least resistance. But if you’re going to live in victory the way God intends, you have to learn how to face your challenges head on.

Notice today’s verse doesn’t say, “Keep running until you see the salvation of the Lord.” It doesn’t say, “Bury your head in the sand until God delivers you.” No, God wants us to stand strong, set our faces like a flint, and fight the good fight of faith. And the good news is that you don’t have to do it in your own strength.He’s equipped you with His supernatural power to overcome every obstacle.Make the decision today to stand strong and face the challenges in your life. Be bold and dare to conquer. As you stand in faith, you will see the salvation, the deliverance of Almighty God in every area of your life.God bless you.

Why did the ducks cross the road??

FOOD FEUD UPDATE: Owners are spitting chips as the suburban souvlaki spat heats up!
Is there a difference between a kebab and a souvlaki? We take a blind taste test to find out -->
“A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!” Proverbs 15:23 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"I will love them freely."
Hosea 14:4
This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The sense hinges upon the word "freely." This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing forth to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought after it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love such as we are. The text is a death-blow to all sorts of fitness: "I will love them freely." Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely; at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, "I will love you freely." We complain, "Lord, my heart is so hard." "I will love you freely." "But I do not feel my need of Christ as I could wish." "I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely." "But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I could desire." Remember, the softening of spirit is not a condition, for there are no conditions; the covenant of grace has no conditionality whatever; so that we without any fitness may venture upon the promise of God which was made to us in Christ Jesus, when he said, "He that believeth on him is not condemned." It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money, and without price! "I will love them freely." These words invite backsliders to return: indeed, the text was specially written for such--"I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely." Backslider! surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father's face.


"He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you."
John 16:15
There are times when all the promises and doctrines of the Bible are of no avail, unless a gracious hand shall apply them to us. We are thirsty, but too faint to crawl to the water-brook. When a soldier is wounded in battle it is of little use for him to know that there are those at the hospital who can bind up his wounds, and medicines there to ease all the pains which he now suffers: what he needs is to be carried thither, and to have the remedies applied. It is thus with our souls, and to meet this need there is one, even the Spirit of truth, who takes of the things of Jesus, and applies them to us. Think not that Christ hath placed his joys on heavenly shelves that we may climb up to them for ourselves, but he draws near, and sheds his peace abroad in our hearts. O Christian, if thou art tonight labouring under deep distresses, thy Father does not give thee promises and then leave thee to draw them up from the Word like buckets from a well, but the promises he has written in the Word he will write anew on your heart. He will manifest his love to you, and by his blessed Spirit, dispel your cares and troubles. Be it known unto thee, O mourner, that it is God's prerogative to wipe every tear from the eye of his people. The good Samaritan did not say, "Here is the wine, and here is the oil for you;" he actually poured in the oil and the wine. So Jesus not only gives you the sweet wine of the promise, but holds the golden chalice to your lips, and pours the life-blood into your mouth. The poor, sick, way-worn pilgrim is not merely strengthened to walk, but he is borne on eagles' wings. Glorious gospel! which provides everything for the helpless, which draws nigh to us when we cannot reach after it--brings us grace before we seek for grace! Here is as much glory in the giving as in the gift. Happy people who have the Holy Ghost to bring Jesus to them.

Today's reading: Isaiah 65-66, 1 Timothy 2 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 65-66

Judgment and Salvation
1 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
2 All day long I have held out my hands
to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good,
pursuing their own imaginations—
3 a people who continually provoke me
to my very face,
offering sacrifices in gardens
and burning incense on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves
and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs,
and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
5 who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me,
for I am too sacred for you!’
Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that keeps burning all day.
“See, it stands written before me:
I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
I will pay it back into their laps—
7 both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,”
says the LORD.
“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
and defied me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps
the full payment for their former deeds.”

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Timothy 2

Instructions on Worship
1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
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