Friday, November 14, 2014

Fri Nov 14th Todays News

What costume is racism? 
Racism at a party is prevented by a single complaint by a disinterested party? Sydney University's Mexican themed Christmas party, which might safely have been thought a-religious has had the theme cancelled after an Australian born Argentinian ethnic complained. But it isn't as if everyone's voice is equal. The complainant was an office-bearer with the university’s Autonomous Collective Against Racism. It might have been better all around to not have invited them.

“I am Hispanic and I have some traditions from Mexican culture and the vice-chancellor’s invite said ‘bring your own sombreros and ponchos’, which reduces Mexican culture to just a costume,” Mr Caceda said.

“My family has a poncho and it is really important to us, and these people are treating it like a costume.” So, his family, which isn't Mexican, wears that costume sometimes. But never for fun.

What costume is Lambie? 
Lambie has said she won't lie to the Australian electorate. Which PUP is she claiming has lied to the electorate? What was the issue? She should come clean, or pass all the budget measures she is blocking. Lambie won't resign and Palmer won't sack her. His is the immovable ass. She is the irresistible farce.

A green costume
Greens applaud the empty statement of a lame duck. A weaker US at no cost to Beijing. It is very hard being Green at the moment. A sixteen year pause in global warming, excessive increases in plant food despite taxation, and the IPCC incapable of releasing an explanation for it. Tim Flannery squealed with delight when he heard the Lame Duck say it. Meanwhile a Green Senator desperate to capitalise on Ebola suffering asked for permission to go to West Africa and be chauffeured around by Australian embassy officials. Julie Bishop refused, but allowed him to get his own insurance and go against government advice. Interestingly, before the Lame Duck quacked, both Greens and ALP leaders said they would oppose America in institutions. Shorten would fight in the universities. Milne would reposition the armies. 

A faith costume
It is deeply concerning that Muslims around the world are seemingly unaware that Islamo fascism is not aligned with their faith. In Holland, a survey of 300 Turkish migrants has had a 80% response rate indicating that it is ok to engage in holy war against non believers. But then the education systems around the West seem to say that education does not mean critically evaluating issues. Australia has not done, as UK has done, and cancelled the passports of jihadis abroad. Possibly because the senate would block it? 

Cross dressers
Media Watch approves of bad skit criticised by Sales. 

Bob Car is an anti semitic bigot.

Queensland university has a course designed to ignore debate in climate science. 

Historical perspective on this day
In 1770,  James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile. In 1862, American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln approved General Ambrose Burnside's plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, leading to the Battle of Fredericksburg. In 1889, Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completed the trip in 72 days. In 1910, Aviator Eugene Burton Ely performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher. In 1916, World War I: The Battle of the Somme ended. In 1918, Czechoslovakia became a republic. In 1921, Foundation of the Communist Party of Spain. In 1922, the British Broadcasting Company begins radio service in the United Kingdom. In 1940, World War II: In England, Coventry was heavily bombed by German Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral was almost completely destroyed. In 1941, World War II: The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sank due to torpedo damage from the German submarine U-81 sustained on November 13. Also, World War II: In Slonim, German forces engaged in Operation Barbarossa murder 9,000 Jews in a single day.

In 1952, the first regular UK Singles Chart published by the New Musical Express. In 1957, the Apalachin Meeting outside Binghamton, New York was raided by law enforcement, and many high level Mafia figures were arrested. In 1965, Vietnam War: The Battle of Ia Drang began – the first major engagement between regular American and North Vietnamese forces. In 1967, the Congress of Colombia, in commemoration of the 150 years of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, declared this day as "Day of the Colombian Woman". Also, American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world's first laser. In 1969, Apollo program: NASA launched Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon. In 1970, Soviet Union entered ICAO, making Russian the fourth official language of organisation. Also, Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team. In 1971, enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria. Also, Mariner 9 entered orbit around Mars. In 1973, in the United Kingdom, Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey. In 1975, Spain abandoned Western Sahara. In 1979, Iran hostage crisis: US President Jimmy Carter issued Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.

In 1982, Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, was released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border. In 1984, Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in his home city. In 1990, after German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and Poland signed a treaty confirming the Oder–Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland. In 1991, American and British authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103. Also, Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returned to Phnom Penh after thirteen years of exile. Also, in Royal Oak, Michigan, a fired United States Postal Service employee went on a shooting rampage, killing four and wounding five before committing suicide. In 1995, a budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forced the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs. In 2001, War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters took over the capital Kabul. In 2003, Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discover 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object. In 2008, the first G-20 economic summit opens in Washington, D.C. In 2010, Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing won Formula One's Drivers Championship to become the sport's youngest champion. In 2012,  Israel launched a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities with Hamas escalated.

from 2013
The resignation of Kevin Rudd is not the end of the damage he has inflicted in office. It is a betrayal of trust those who voted for him, or the Greens, placed in him in early September. Famously, Rudd takes on the concerns of those that surround him, with no guarantee of follow through. Rudd claims he saved furniture. He leaves open wounds weeping and no end in sight. Will a gang raped girl ever receive justice after Rudd ordered the shredding of evidence of her case? Will Australia exceed the debt limit established by the ALP in government? In between, there is the betrayal of Aboriginal peoples diminished through divisive race debate when previously there had been bipartisan support. The death of soldiers used for political ends. The assassination and attempted abduction of Timorise leaders. I don't want Rudd's furniture. It is ill fitting, cheap and dangerous. 

Part of the furniture Rudd leaves behind is accused of rape. We don't know who, but assume it is male and Victorian. It is an accusation, not a conviction. It is an unknown ALP 'soldier.' It is one of them, done to all of us .. it seems Keating's words can be useful. But they don't really belong to Keating. 

As Rudd leaves, there are whispers of the worst storm of all time. No one knows where that storm is, but a tragically powerful storm took on the Philippines recently as powerful as any in the last few years, doing a lot of damage and killing many people. Please help support them. Give generously. 
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 Jessie LamLeyna Ngo and Johnny ToBorn on the same day, across the years, along with
Eugene Burton Ely takes off from a warship
Our planes fly. We finished repairs. The football team should take a bus. The mayor was fired. We've won! Let us party. 

Obama a Peking lame-duck president

Piers Akerman – Friday, November 14, 2014 (12:52am)

IT doesn’t take much to fool the hopey-wishy media, as the announcement of a ­non-binding agreement between the US and China on global ­warming has so clearly demonstrated.

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Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (4:10am)

Multicultural tension at Sydney University: 
It was to be a Mexican fiesta, complete with sombreros and ponchos. But Sydney University’s annual staff Christmas party will be without a theme this year after students and academics complained it was racist.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Michael Spence, has been forced to email all staff and tell them to ignore the suggested theme and dress code on the invite, which was sent to hundreds of staff. 
Opposition to the Mexican party was led by student activist Eden Caceda
Eden Caceda, an office-bearer with the university’s Autonomous Collective Against Racism, told Fairfax Media that students were deeply offended by the invitation …
“We felt the vice-chancellor was perpetrating insidious stereotypes about Mexican people and its culture.”
Mr Caceda, a second year arts student, said some people had suggested that the collective’s stance was taking political correctness too far.
“I would say that is not the case. If you have any Mexican heritage in you, you would see this party as offensive and uninformed.
“I am Hispanic and I have some traditions from Mexican culture and the vice-chancellor’s invite said ‘bring your own sombreros and ponchos’, which reduces Mexican culture to just a costume,” Mr Caceda said.
My family has a poncho and it is really important to us, and these people are treating it like a costume.” 
Caceda’s family arrived in Australia 40 years ago. From Argentina.
(Via Steve Price)


Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (3:28am)

The Daily Telegraph‘s Samantha Townsend encounters Geoffrey Rush at Sydney airport: 
This was my chance. It was now or never.
“Hi Mr Rush, I’m Sam Townsend – I would kick myself if I didn’t ask this, but could I get a selfie?”
I couldn’t believe I had just asked an award-winning actor for a selfie. Not an autograph, like everyone else, but a selfie for goodness sake. His reply was that he doesn’t do selfies.
Don’t get me wrong, he delivered the line with all the grace of The King’s Speech, but I was still gutted. 
Sam will be even more gutted when she discovers that Rush does do selfies, but apparently only at movie premieres. Even then he doesn’t seem very happy about it.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (3:24am)

Former tax-funded climate alarmist Tim Flannery squeals with delight over non-binding waffle words from China and the US: 
Wednesday’s historic decision between China and the United States to limit greenhouse gas emissions is a game changer.
These two nations are the world’s biggest carbon emitters and together they are sending a message that now is the time to step up and tackle the greatest challenge of our time: climate change. 
Climate change types are easily pleased. As commenter john of gaunt previously observed: 
So to appease the climate change lobby all Mr Abbott has to do is agree to discuss something or other about emissions by 2030?  Really? Is that what all the arguments for the last 20 years have been about?
Apparently so.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (2:47am)

Following the example of leader Christine Milne, subordinate Greens are becoming even more stupid
A Greens senator who requested consular assistance so he could go on a madcap one-man mission to West Africa and sort out the ebola epidemic has had the plan scuttled by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop …
Dr Richard Di Natale wanted Ms Bishop to order the Australian High Commission in Ghana to chauffeur him around Africa and organise meetings with the World Health Organisation.
Instead he was advised it was too dangerous to go and told to get health insurance if he chose to go against government advice. 
He should visit West Africa anyway. What could possibly go wrong?


Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (2:42am)

Planning is underway.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 14, 2014 (2:40am)

264 was once a substantial team total in a 50-over match. Now it’s an  individual record
India batsman Rohit Sharma has become the first man to hit 250 in a one-day international.
His 264 in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka beat the previous world record of 219 made by fellow Indian Virender Sehwag against West Indies in 2011. 
Nice line from South Africa’s Gary Lemke
If Rohit Sharma was a country he’d have won the 1983, 1987, 1992, 1996 and 1999 World Cup finals. 

Dutch Muslims back jihad. UPDATE: Britain cancels passports of jihadists abroad

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (12:28pm)

A slight worry in Holland, which is living with the consequences of mass immigration and the multicultural experiment:

MPs from across the political spectrum have called for more research into the attitudes of young Dutch Turks to the Islamic State, after a poll of 300 showed 80% saw nothing wrong in jihad, or holy war, against non-believers…
The survey found 90% of young Turks think those fighting against Syrian president Assad’s troops are ‘heroes’ and half thought it would be a good thing if Dutch Muslims went to join the fight.
The clash of civilisations draws closer:
A group of nationalist Turkish youths on Wednesday attacked three visiting US sailors in Istanbul, trying to force sacks on their heads in an assault angrily condemned by the US government.
Many Australians wonder why we don’t just cancel the passports of jihadists abroad. The British Government has wondered that, too:
British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce exclusion orders aimed at barring citizens from re-entering the U.K. if they are suspected of being jihadi fighters from war-torn Iraq and Syria, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported.
Under the orders, suspects would be banned entry into the country unless they agreed to be escorted by police before facing prosecution or close supervision under monitoring powers, the BBC said. (
Simultaneously, suspects’ passports would be cancelled and their names added to the “no-fly list”, the BBC reported.
The exclusion orders, which may last up to two years, are central to a Counter-Terrorism Bill that Cameron announced in September...
(Thanks to readers Mary, Steve and others.) 

On The Bolt Report on Sunday, November 16

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (9:48am)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 on Sunday at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial: The great hoax: the five inconvenient truths about Barack Obama’s climate deal with China.
My guest:  Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Putin and our presidency this month of the Security Council. 
The panel: Cassandra Wilkinson and Michael Kroger.
NewsWatch:  Gerard Henderson on one of the most pathetic and outrageous ABC smears yet.
So much to discuss, including the latest warming hysteria, the Palmer circus, the looming Budget disaster, the media siding with our enemies and more.
The videos of the shows appear here.

Media Watch rounds up the ideological stragglers

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (8:08am)

Note that ABC thought police are upset with Leigh Sales for protesting at the trashing of her program by a skit mocking Tony Abbott for trying to hold Russia to account over the murder of 38 Australians:

THE ABC board has questioned managing director Mark Scott’s strategy to target younger audiences as divisions emerge within the top editorial ranks over the Chaser-style skit on the ­public broadcaster’s flagship 7.30 ­program.
As the Abbott government planned to lodge a complaint with the ABC over the skit — which critics claimed was insensitive to families of the victims of flight MH17 — 7.30 host Leigh Sales distanced herself from it yesterday, saying she had argued against it in editorial meetings....
Media Watch host Paul Barry criticised Sales yesterday for her decision to distance herself from the skit. Barry tweeted, “Agreed.”, alongside a tweet from media strategist Anthony McClellan which said: “Not a good move 4 @leighsales to publicly dump on her own editors re admittedly unfunny Putin skit.”
Looks like a job for NewsWatch instead - in The Bolt Report on Sunday on Network 10. Gerard Henderson is just the man to say what needs saying. 

Why does it offend Bob Carr only when Jews do it?

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (7:22am)

Former foreign minister Bob Carr’s attacks on Israel seem to me to be driven by a crude and dangerous calculation of political advantage - a realisation that big Muslim minorities in Labor marginal seats have more votes than do Jews.
Indeed, he put that kind of argument to then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in trying to get her to cut Israel loose.
(Let’s leave aside the suspicion that Carr is so vain that meeting so many Jewish leaders more worldly and smart must also be an irritant.)
I’d like to think there was something more noble in Carr’s potentially lethal encouragement of anti-Israeli sentiment and jihadism, but Carr’s hypocrisy damns him:
I pivoted to Palestine because I’m sickened by Israeli fanatics! Bob Carr, The Weekend Australian, ­November 8: 
ISRAEL has gone from secular to religious ... centrist (politicians elsewhere) have been sickened by (Israeli) religious fan­atics standing on seized Palestinian land declaring that God gave them Judea and Samaria ...
Sickened by Palestinian fanatics? Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on Islamic affairs and sharia judge, Mahmoud al-Habbash, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, October 22:

THE entire land of Palestine is waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land.
Committed to two states! Carr, The Weekend Australian, November 8:

NOW for 25 years Palestinians have been committed to a neg­otiated solution, most recently to a demilitarised state ... on the West Bank and East ­Jerusalem.
Committed to liberating Palestine from Jordan River to the sea! Habbash, Official Palestinian Authority TV, September 26:
WHAT are we (Fatah and Hamas) divided about? Do we disagree about Jerusalem? (Do we) disagree about liberating Palestine from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea? ...
Sickened by Israeli violence! Carr, The Weekend Australian, Nov­ember 8:
(I’M) sickened by the routine violence of the settlers ...
Sickened by Palestinian violence? Israel Today, Monday:
TWO terrorist stabbing attacks on Monday claimed the lives of two young Israelis and left three others wounded ... In other violence, Palestinian Arabs stoned public buses and Jerusalem’s light rail ... A day earlier, an Israeli man narrowly escaped being lynched ... his car was torched.
Another example of Carr’s hypocrisy:
Carr last week outraged Jews by attacking Melbourne’s “Israel lobby” for its “very unhealthy” influence on prime minister Julia Gillard…
[But Labor] notoriously reversed a decision to deport extremist preacher Sheik Taj El-Din Hilali.
Just last September, the Mufti of Australia wrote to Labor members to warn union boss Paul Howe had a “bias” towards Israel, and if he was not blocked from becoming a senator, Labor would lose the Muslim votes that helped “successfully retain the majority of ALP seats in Western Sydney”.
Did Carr denounce that “unhealthy” influence? No.
Labor MP Meilssa Parke agrees there are two sides in this deadly dispute, but she wants to collectively punish only one - the democracy and not the terrorist-led statelet:
Like most of the world, I want to see Israel and Palestine exist side-by-side in peace and security, and I want to see an end to the infringement of basic human rights. If boycotts, divestments and sanctions, as non-violent forms of protest against Israeli government policy (and, for the record, I don’t condone pig’s heads in supermarkets), can apply pressure to advance a process that has been stranded since Oslo, I would sincerely like to see the cogent argument against it.
Jihadists everywhere would cheer. How useful them are ideologues such as Parke, who magnifies Israel’s very fault but is blind to the genocidal hatreds of Hamas, which teaches the children of Gaza to become killers of Jews:


Obama gives China a great climate deal: a weaker US at no cost to Beijing

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (7:11am)

The global warming deal is a con. Bjorn Lomborg says Barack Obama has promised to hurt America in exchange for China promising to do nothing extra at all:

The US-China statement hedges itself, making no new obligations: “The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below its 2005 level in 2025… China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early and intends to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20 per cent by 2030...”
China essentially promised what it was already going to do. In the International Energy Agency’s baseline scenario, China’s CO2 emissions peak in 2030 at about 10 gigatonnes, or 25 per cent higher than today. And China already emits more than a quarter of the world’s CO2 emissions.
Many, including CNN, read that China would get 20 per cent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030, but China promised only 20 per cent would come from non-fossil fuels — and guess what? In the baseline scenario of the IEA, China already plans to get 18 per cent of its energy from non-fossil fuels and solar and wind will make up only about 3 per cent. The rest come from nuclear (5.5 per cent), hydro (3 per cent) and wood (6 per cent) which in 2030 will still power the stoves of more than 240 million Chinese, contributing to devastating indoor air pollution and killing more than a half-million people each year.
All this resembles the lead-up to the Copenhagen negotiations in 2009 when the Chinese promised they would emit 40 per cent to 45 per cent less CO2 per dollar of gross domestic product by 2020. It was hailed as a big breakthrough but was just business as usual as projected by the IEA.
The target Barack Obama is offering is, on the other hand, is a real and significant reduction. Without any new climate policies, the shale gas revolution will see US emissions reduced by 11 per cent in 2025, so getting an extra 16 percentage points requires a lot of new, stringent climate policies. But clearly Obama lacks any legislative basis for making such a promise.

AntiScience:  Queensland University warmists teach students to close minds to doubt

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (6:38am)

The Left doesn’t even pretend any more. The ABC openly campaigns for Leftist causes, for instance, and the University of Queensland now offers a course on global warming that is pure propaganda, founded on a “97 per cent” proposition that is deeply misleading and meaningless.
Here is the course description, essentially teaching uninformed students not to open their minds but to close them:
In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.
Why the gap between the public and scientists?
What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?

How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?
This course examines the science of climate science denial.
We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”
We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science.
With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.
It is a mark of the decline of our universities that the UQ should offer such a course with such an explicit objective. This kind of trash is theology, not science - and the most primitive theology at that.
Labor leader Bill Shorten is also a worshipper at the Green Church:
We want national parks to be sacred sanctuaries for rare and endangered species ...
(Thanks to reader Romario V.) 

Victorian Liberals finally find direction - downwards

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (6:34am)

The Victorian Liberals trail badly two weeks out from the election:
In two-party preferred terms Labor continues to lead the Coalition 56 per cent to 44 per cent, when preferences are allocated by respondents.
Yes, I’ve been disappointed by this government’s lack of direction. Even so, I suspect what’s coming will not be healthy. 

Team Lambie: membership of one

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (6:26am)

Clive Palmer does not dare to sack Jacqui Lambie and she does not dare to resign. Their self-interest is even greater than their mutual loathing:
CONTROVERSIAL senator Jacqui Lambie has all but quit the Palmer United Party after a sensational public spat with her boss Clive Palmer, which finished with the loud-mouth politician sending out a media release headlined “Team Lambie”

No ponchos for paleface

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (6:15am)

Arts students Eden Caceda intimidates Sydney University into dropping its Mexican fiesta by claiming it is racist.
He is offended that Australians planned to wear ponchos at this party:

My family has a poncho and it is really important to us, and these people are treating it like a costume.
Tim Blair has the punchline:
Caceda’s family arrived in Australia 40 years ago. From Argentina.
Yet the joke is on us. The university caved. 

Saving the world isn’t cheap when it involves Tim Flannery

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (12:52am)

Climate alarmist Tim Flannery should declare all his vested interests whenever he makes yet another of his infamous predictions about catastrophic global warming:
(Thanks to reader Tony.) 

Hypocrite alert

Andrew Bolt November 14 2014 (12:07am)

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warns against following the Americans, October 28:
We will fight the Americanisation of our universities.
Greens leader Christine Milne warns against following the Americans, October 1:
Leigh, the question here is whether Australia should follow the US blindly into another open-ended war in Iraq.
But then America makes a stupid and unenforceable deal with China to slash its own gases while letting China emit what it likes for another 16 years.
Bill Shorten demands we follow America’s lead:
While the United States and China show global leadership, Tony Abbott is sticking his head in the sand.
Christine Milne demands we follow America’s lead:

The Australian Greens are congratulating the US and China on their agreement to act on global warming and say it’s not too late for Australia to get on board. 

Social media moralists are all thumbs and no legs

Andrew Bolt November 13 2014 (11:04pm)

The new morality

WHAT a surprise to see Abubakar Shekau bob up to boast about the hundreds of girls he’d stolen and had raped. 

I mean, hadn’t he read his tweets? Didn’t he know he’d been de-friended?
Sheesh, what else does it take to make some people realise they’ve been bad and must stop?
In this case the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram was given the full treatment by millions of slacktivists, including even actor Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama, wife of the US President.
Shekau had already tested their indulgence by bombing, shooting and beheading thousands of Christians, but in June he crossed the line by kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls, forcing them to convert to Islam before giving them to his soldiers.
This time the moralists on social media could not be restrained.
(Read full article here.) 


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The 11 day countdown begins... #SaveTheDay
She served a life term .. did she reform? - ed
I must take my medicine! - ed

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” 1 Peter 2:15-16 NIV


"The branch cannot bear fruit of itself."
John 15:4
How did you begin to bear fruit? It was when you came to Jesus and cast yourselves on his great atonement, and rested on his finished righteousness. Ah! what fruit you had then! Do you remember those early days? Then indeed the vine flourished, the tender grape appeared, the pomegranates budded forth, and the beds of spices gave forth their smell. Have you declined since then? If you have, we charge you to remember that time of love, and repent, and do thy first works. Be most in those engagements which you have experimentally proved to draw you nearest to Christ, because it is from him that all your fruits proceed. Any holy exercise which will bring you to him will help you to bear fruit. The sun is, no doubt, a great worker in fruit-creating among the trees of the orchard: and Jesus is still more so among the trees of his garden of grace. When have you been the most fruitless? Has not it been when you have lived farthest from the Lord Jesus Christ, when you have slackened in prayer, when you have departed from the simplicity of your faith, when your graces have engrossed your attention instead of your Lord, when you have said, "My mountain standeth firm, I shall never be moved"; and have forgotten where your strength dwells--has not it been then that your fruit has ceased? Some of us have been taught that we have nothing out of Christ, by terrible abasements of heart before the Lord; and when we have seen the utter barrenness and death of all creature power, we have cried in anguish, "From him all my fruit must be found, for no fruit can ever come from me." We are taught, by past experience, that the more simply we depend upon the grace of God in Christ, and wait upon the Holy Spirit, the more we shall bring forth fruit unto God. Oh! to trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.


"Men ought always to pray."
Luke 18:1
If men ought always to pray and not to faint, much more Christian men. Jesus has sent his church into the world on the same errand upon which he himself came, and this mission includes intercession. What if I say that the church is the world's priest? Creation is dumb, but the church is to find a mouth for it. It is the church's high privilege to pray with acceptance. The door of grace is always open for her petitions, and they never return empty-handed. The veil was rent for her, the blood was sprinkled upon the altar for her, God constantly invites her to ask what she wills. Will she refuse the privilege which angels might envy her? Is she not the bride of Christ? May she not go in unto her King at every hour? Shall she allow the precious privilege to be unused? The church always has need for prayer. There are always some in her midst who are declining, or falling into open sin. There are lambs to be prayed for, that they may be carried in Christ's bosom? the strong, lest they grow presumptuous; and the weak, lest they become despairing. If we kept up prayer-meetings four-and-twenty hours in the day, all the days in the year, we might never be without a special subject for supplication. Are we ever without the sick and the poor, the afflicted and the wavering? Are we ever without those who seek the conversion of relatives, the reclaiming of back-sliders, or the salvation of the depraved? Nay, with congregations constantly gathering, with ministers always preaching, with millions of sinners lying dead in trespasses and sins; in a country over which the darkness of Romanism is certainly descending; in a world full of idols, cruelties, devilries, if the church doth not pray, how shall she excuse her base neglect of the commission of her loving Lord? Let the church be constant in supplication, let every private believer cast his mite of prayer into the treasury.

Today's reading: Lamentations 1-2, Hebrews 10:1-18 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Lamentations 1-2

1 How deserted lies the city,
once so full of people!
How like a widow is she,
who once was great among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
has now become a slave.
2 Bitterly she weeps at night,
tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
they have become her enemies.
3 After affliction and harsh labor,
Judah has gone into exile.
She dwells among the nations;
she finds no resting place.
All who pursue her have overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.
4 The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she is in bitter anguish.
Her foes have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease.
The LORD has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe.

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 10:1-18

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all....
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