Monday, November 10, 2014

Mon Nov 10th Todays News

Live free or die
Freedom regardless of race, creed or gender is a cultural asset. An asset the ABC denies with their criticism of Julie Bishop for saying she is a woman, but not a feminist. The totalitarian left prefer their own social order. ABC is out of control, praising ALP Icons without reference to reality, but trashing the virtuous conservatives out of hand.

Libya has a city joining ISIL. It seems that Gillard's intervention there worked as well as her others.

A vote for ALP in Victoria is a vote for a corrupt CFMEU to play a role in that government.


Not sorry to be wrong
Bill Shorten got a simple fact wrong three times in three interviews over 72 hours. It is like Rudd's "Michelle Corby" moment. Illustrative that he cannot lead, but still the press will follow him. China does not have a tariff on Iron Ore. The free trade agreement with China is good. Shorten doesn't want to say it.

CIA fact checks Argo. Nineteen things Argo got wrong .. and the reality shows the CIA to be more impressive.

Lambie, the PUP Tasmanian senator is arguing selfishly to hurt Australia. Soldiers get sacrifice. But they want it to be for something worthwhile. Meanwhile Lambie is trying to wreck the joint.


Embrace life 
Hearing is a sense, and for those without it, a gift that should never be held from their reach. Anthony Watts writes movingly about receiving his gift.

Historical Perspective On this Day
In 1202, Fourth Crusade: Despite letters from Pope Innocent III forbidding it and threatening excommunication, Catholic crusaders began a siege of the Catholic city of Zara (now Zadar, Croatia). In 1293, Raden Wijaya was crowned as the first monarch of Majapahit kingdom of Java, taking the throne name Kertarajasa Jayawardhana. In 1444, Battle of Varna: The crusading forces of King Vladislaus III of Varna (aka Ulaszlo I of Hungary and Wladyslaw III of Poland) were crushed by the Turks under Sultan Murad II and Vladislaus was killed. In 1520, Danish King Christian II executed dozens of people in the Stockholm Bloodbath after a successful invasion of Sweden. In 1580, After a three-day siege, the English Army beheaded over 600 Papal soldiers and civilians at Dún an Óir, Ireland. In 1619, René Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy. In 1659, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maratha King killed Afzal Khan, Adilshahi in the battle popularly known as Battle of Pratapgarh. This is also recognised as the first defence of Swarajya. In 1674,  Anglo-Dutch War: As provided in the Treaty of Westminster, Netherlands ceded New Netherland to England. In 1702, English colonists under the command of James Moore besiege Spanish St. Augustine during Queen Anne's War. In 1766, the last colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signed the charter of Queen's College (later renamed Rutgers University). In 1775, the United States Marine Corps was founded at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia by Samuel Nicholas. In 1793, A Goddess of Reason was proclaimed by the French Convention at the suggestion of Pierre Gaspard Chaumette.

In 1821, Cry of Independence by Rufina Alfaro at La Villa de Los Santos, Panama set into motion a revolt which lead to Panama's independence from Spain and to it immediately becoming part of Colombia. In 1847, the passenger ship Stephen Whitney was wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster resulted in the construction of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse. In 1865, Major Henry Wirz, the superintendent of a prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was hanged, becoming the only American Civil War soldier executed for war crimes. In 1871, Henry Morton Stanley located missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, famously greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" In 1898,  began the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, the only instance of a municipal government being overthrown in US history.

In 1910, the date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910. In 1918, the Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, receives a top-secret coded message from Europe (that would be sent to Ottawa and Washington, D.C.) that said on November 11, 1918, all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air. In 1919, the first national convention of the American Legion is held in Minneapolis, ending on November 12. In 1940, the 1940 Vrancea earthquake struck Romania killing an estimated 1,000 and injuring approximately 4,000 more. In 1942, World War II: Germany invaded Vichy France following French Admiral François Darlan's agreement to an armistice with the Allies in North Africa. In 1944, the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood exploded at Seeadler Harbour, Manus, Admiralty Islands, killing at least 432 and wounding 371. In 1945, Heavy fighting in Surabaya between Indonesian nationalists and returning colonialists after World War II, today celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan)

In 1951, with the rollout of the North American Numbering Plan, direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service began in the United States. In 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1958, the Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston. In 1969, National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuted the children's television program Sesame Street. In 1970, Vietnam War: Vietnamization – For the first time in five years, an entire week ended with no reports of American combat fatalities in Southeast Asia. Also in 1970, the Soviet lunar probe Lunokhod 1 was launched. In 1971, in Cambodia, Khmer Rouge forces attacked the city of Phnom Penh and its airport, killing 44, wounding at least 30 and damaging nine aircraft. In 1972, Southern Airways Flight 49 from Birmingham, Alabama was hijacked and, at one point, was threatened with crashing into the nuclear installation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After two days, the plane landed in Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers were jailed by Fidel Castro. In 1975, the 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board. Also in 1975, United Nations Resolution 3379: United Nations General Assembly approves a resolution equating Zionism with racism (the resolution is repealed in December 1991 by Resolution 4686). In 1979, a 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derailed in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history. In 1983, Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0. In 1984, the first Breeders' Cup took place at Hollywood Park Racetrack. In 1989, the longtime leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov is removed from office and replaced by Petar Mladenov. In 1989, German citizens began to bring the Berlin Wall down. In 1995, in Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop), were hanged by government forces. In 1997, WorldCom and MCI Communications announced a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time). In 2002, Veteran's Day weekend tornado outbreak; a tornado outbreak stretching from Northern Ohio to the Gulf Coast, one of the largest outbreaks recorded in November. The strongest tornado, an F4, hits Van Wert, Ohio during the early to mid afternoon and destroyed a movie theater but the theater was evacuated prior to the hit. In 2006, Sri Lankan Tamil Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj was assassinated in Colombo. Also in 2006, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia was opened and dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush, who announced that Marine Corporal Jason Dunham would receive the Medal of Honor. In 2007, ¿Por qué no te callas? incident occurred between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez. In 2007, 10,000–40,000 people march toward the royal palace of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to hand over a memorandum to the King demanding electoral reform. In 2008, Over five months after landing on Mars, NASA declares the Phoenix mission concluded after communications with the lander were lost. In 2009, Ships of the South and North Korean navies skirmished off Daecheong Island in the Yellow Sea.

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The Abbott government has been stunningly effective very quickly. And the media who viciously attacked him have not got good explanations for it. But one can detect heaps of stretch marks on trumped up issues. One such issue involves a convicted terrorist and anti semite who regrets his confession. Another issue is on that of boat people. No one wants people to drown after subjecting themselves to piracy. Boats have stopped for three weeks recently. That is because of Abbott's effective policy reinstating a Pacific Solution Rudd had stopped. 

One can understand why so called moderates in the Islamic community have failed to speak out over their communities atrocities committed around the world on everyone, including other Islamic peoples. Speaking out can have one killed by stoning, hanging, crucifixion, disembowelling and result in the slaughter of their families and loved ones. It is gratifying to hear of a doctor asking for those who know of their loved ones involved in local shootings to speak out, because it is better to be in prison than dead. Quite so. 
It is heartbreaking to see little weight given a victim impact statement. Killing someone is a serious crime even if life for the killer was hard. It doesn't excuse AGW believers either, even though they have silenced their critics after stealing $trillions from the world economy and thrown the poorest deeper into poverty. Many will have died from deprivation as a result of their actions, and none saved for their belief. A very poor return from their religion.
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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.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball


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

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Lucidel Resto and Dean Koenig born on the same day, across the years, along with
November 10: Remembrance of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk(09:05 EET/07:05 UTC, Turkey)
The Hope Diamond
We do it, although the Pope told us not to. I presume you are you. The earth moved. Thank Harry for the diamond. Assassination is wrong. Let's party. 
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Into Iraq again

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (8:23pm)

Australian special forces are going into Iraq on an “advise and assist mission” in the field. The US now has 3000 soldiers there.
One of US President Barack Obama’s biggest blunders was not leaving 10,000 US soldiers in Iraq in 2011.
Tony Abbott has announced the deployment after talks with Obama in China. 
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Julie Bishop denounced on ABC for wanting to be judged as an individual

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (1:34pm)

Culture wars

There is a powerful moral argument for refusing to be judged by gender or race – for refusing to be judged or conscripted as a type.
It is to assert freedom and the primacy of the individual.
Here is Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:
[Feminist is] not a term I find particularly useful these days. I recognise the role that it’s played. It’s not something I describe myself as. I’m not saying I reject the term. I don’t find the need to self-describe in that way…
It’s just not a term I use. I self-describe in many other ways. It’s not because I have a pathological dislike of the term, I just don’t use it. It’s not part of my lexicon, I don’t think anybody should take offense.
I’m a female politician, I’m a female foreign minister. Yeah well? Get over it.
Here is Republican Mia Love:
BERMAN:  You are the first black, Republican woman to be elected to the House of Representatives…
LOVE: Well, first of all, I think what we need to mention here is this has nothing do with race. Understand that Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest and who are—who have integrity, who could be able to go out and actually make sure that we represent the values that they hold dear.
And that’s really what made history here. It’s that race, gender, had nothing to do with it.

Here is Martin Luther King:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Yes, there are powerful, inspirational and liberating moral arguments for rejecting the collectivists’ claims.
But not in the green-shaded cul-de-sac of Radio National Breakfast, advance guard of the ABC Army of the Left. There the likes of Bishop are denounced as hypocrites and selfish opportunists, exploiting their strength and fortune in a dog-eat-dog world and damn the weak:
Fran Kelly (ABC host): Is that a valid position to acknowledge that feminism has done its work but you don’t need to call yourself one these days?

Dr Lauren Rosewarne (senior lecturer at Melbourne University who writes on sexuality, gender and feminism):  It’s a position that she needs to hold being a member of a very conservative political party that is trying to define themselves in opposition to Julia Gillard who defines herself as a feminist.. She couldn’t ever use the word because it stirs up in her support base too much ill will and bad feeling…
She is part of a political bent or a political party that is very much about pull yourself up by your bootstraps so you can’t have feminism with its notions about collectivity… She is tapping into an attitude I think a lot of women who don’t identify themselves as feminists would feel and that is it’s a dog eat dog world and they have to look after their best interests and the time for collective action is over.
Not once do Kelly and Roswarne discuss freedom and individuality as moral virtues.
No. It’s: selfish Bishop! Demanding freedom! 
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Third big trade deal in a year. UPDATE: Third Shorten stumble

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (10:37am)

First the trade deals with Japan and South Korea, and now this:
TONY Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to shake hands on a trade deal in Canberra next Monday that will lift exports and cut the price of consumer goods, adding at least $18 billion to the Australian economy over a decade…


Tariffs are set to be phased out across some of Australia’s biggest mineral and energy exports, in a reprieve for coal producers slapped with a shock tariff last month that could have forced job cuts at their mines.
Food producers are set to gain from a dramatic increase in horticulture exports but The Australian understands that negotiators are still wrangling over the deadline to cut tariffs on dairy products.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten again goes negative, raising the Reds-are-coming scare and trying to criticise what he doesn’t even understand:
Mr Shorten questioned whether sugar exporters would gain anything and warned against allowing more Chinese workers into the country, but he stumbled by asking whether the deal would remove Chinese tariffs on iron ore exports.
There are no Chinese tariffs on Australian iron ore.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb hit back by saying ...  “It is our biggest export and I would have thought he would have been well enough briefed...’’
That said, it is wise to watch that this deal is to our advantage, especially given the Government set itself a deadline of this year to secure it.
UPDATE
Amazing. Shorten does it again despite being picked up on his blunder by the morning papers:
BILL SHORTEN:  I agree with Andrew Robb that expansion of services into China is a great opportunity. What I’m not hearing though, is what’s happened with the new tariffs that China placed on our iron ore. What is happening with regard to sugar, what is also happening with regard to labour mobility agreements.
CHRIS UHLMANN: What tariffs on our iron ore? I am aware of ones on coal but not on iron ore.
BILL SHORTEN: Well, my concern is that in the last few weeks China has introduced new tariffs in terms of a…
CHRIS UHLMANN: On coal.
BILL SHORTEN: Yeah, I terms of our minerals industry, you’re right, I should’ve said coal, not iron ore...
The Australian:

Mr Shorten, in three interviews over 72 hours, claimed the Chinese government has imposed new tariffs on Australian iron ore. There are no Chinese tariffs on Australian iron ore… Mr Shorten yesterday made the same error during a press conference in Brisbane on Friday, and during an interview on ABC TV’s Insiders yesterday.
UPDATE
A song for Shorten:

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Argo - making up history

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (8:34am)

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Ben Roberts-Smith or Lambie? Hmm

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (8:25am)

Tough choice. Whose views on army pay should we give more weight? Those of Ben Roberts-Smith VC or Jacqui Lambie, whose most noteworthy action in combat was to have punched a colleague?
VICTORIA Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has defended the meagre pay deal for soldiers, arguing the budget deficit required sacrifice. 

The controversial pay deal has prompted Palmer United Party Senator Jacquie Lambie to urge people to turn their backs on Coalition MPs at Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Soldiers will secure a 1.5 per cent increase every year for three years, an effective pay cut while the ADF is deploying to the Middle East.
But the nation’s most decorated soldier said the decision of the Independent Defence Remuneration Tribunal was justified…

“Would I like soldiers to get more money? Of course I would. But I am also cognisant of the fact the government was left with a deficit and there’s only so much you can do with the money that you have.
“We never did it for the money anyway. Should soldiers be looked after? Absolutely. Should families be looked after and get the best possible deal on the table? They should. Is that what’s happened? It would appear so. You can’t really argue about that.”
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ABC bias out of control

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (7:36am)

Culture wars

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HOW much longer will the Abbott Government let the ABC spit in its face — and in that of millions of other Australian conservatives? 

Take the past week.
First, there was the ABC’s lavish and loving coverage of the memorial service for former Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam — a service in which Labor presenter Kerry O’Brien was the MC.
Fair enough, you may well say.
But then there was the ABC’s 7.30 nominating the overblown eulogy to Whitlam from Aboriginal activist Noel Pearson as “possibly one of the best Australian speeches in history”, even asking viewers how it rated among those “of all time”.
Next, on Saturday, the ABC broadcast the After Julia concert featuring “world premieres of seven newly commissioned works by outstanding Australian composers reflecting on the Hon. Julia Gillard’s time as the first female prime minister of Australia”.
Even more surreal, this concert featured taxpayer-supported artists playing taxpayer-supported works which the ABC said included “instructions from goldfish, spoken phrases turned into musical gestures, mouth organs and more”.
Swear to God.
On it goes. Tonight, the ABC screens the first of a two-part biography called Just Call me Bob to honour a third Labor prime minister, Bob Hawke.
It’s a show which the ABC’s publicity department reveals asks the hard question: “Why was Bob Hawke so popular?” You get the picture.
Of course, the ABC understands it must by law be balanced, so it did also screen a show last week which briefly mentioned Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
(Read full article here.) 
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Life change

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (7:33am)

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Libya works out as well as everything else Gillard and Rudd touched

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (7:16am)

In 2011 Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd brought their management style to Libya:
Ms Gillard, who has spoken to President Barack Obama about the Libya issue, said both she and Mr Rudd shared the same concerns about the people of Libya…
“I want the UN Security Council to consider a no-fly zone. We want to see further action to protect the people of Libya,” she said, adding that she was pleased both the US government and NATO were working on “contingency planning”.
“Kevin Rudd and I are talking about exactly the same thing - we view as absolutely revolting and repugnant the violence we are seeing against the people of Libya, we are calling on Colonel Gaddafi to cease this violence and go.”
Now the Islamic State has its first city outside Syria and Iraq:

On a chilly night, bearded militants gathered at a stage strung with colourful lights in Darna, a Mediterranean coastal city long notorious as Libya’s centre for jihadi radicals. With a roaring chant, they pledged their allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group.
With that meeting 10 days ago, the militants dragged Darna into becoming the first city outside of Iraq and Syria to join the “caliphate” announced by the extremist group. Already, the city has seen religious courts ordering killings in public, floggings of residents accused of violating sharia, as well as enforced segregation of male and female students. Opponents of the militants have gone into hiding or fled, terrorised by a string of slayings aimed at silencing them… A new Islamic State “emir” now leads the city, identified as Mohammed Abdullah, a little-known Yemeni militant sent from Syria…
The vow of allegiance in Darna gives the Islamic State group a foothold in Libya, an oil-rich North African nation whose central government control has collapsed in the chaos since the 2011 ouster and death of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi. 
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CFMEU mates on brink of ruling Victoria

Andrew Bolt November 10 2014 (6:56am)

Henry Ergas warns Victorians against voting for a party linked to criminals:
ACCORDING to the polls, the next premier of Victoria will be a man with close links to criminals. Not that Labor leader Daniel Andrews shows any embarrassment about his relationship with Victorian Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union secretary John Setka, who, Andrews claims, “has the confidence of his members”. 

That Setka has dozens of convictions for offences that include assault, criminal damage and theft does not seem to trouble Andrews; nor do the submissions made by Jeremy Stoljar SC, counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, that Setka and the Victorian CFMEU engage in blackmail and extortion.

As for Stoljar’s submission that the governance of a company operated by the union, Building Industry 2000 Plus Ltd, is “abysmal”, with its directors repeatedly breaching their fiduciary duties, it has not led Andrews to change his view that the donations Labor has received are not “dirty money”.
Indeed, Andrews hasn’t batted an eyelid over the union’s ties with Mick Gatto and senior Rebels bikie Abuzar Sultani — ties that ­extend to George Alex, who was charged in September with threatening to kill a woman and her family and, it has been claimed, employed now Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf as a debt ­collector.
Unfortunately, Andrews’ tolerance of lawlessness is the not-so-new normal for Labor. After all, the most telling moment in Julia Gillard’s September 1995 exit interview with Slater & Gordon is when she says that the so-called “AWU Workplace Reform Association” was actually a “a re-election fund, slush fund, whatever”.
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Lol .. US civil war. Leader of union forces kept hesitating and refusing to engage. Finally the President loses patience and orders the forces to engage. The smaller Southern army retreats beyond a river. Union commander sees the river and wonders aloud how deep it is. A young Captain Custer rides into the middle and calls out from his mount "It is this deep sir"===


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How depraved can some people be ?
Take a good look at the enemy folks.
This is the new terrorist song celebrating the dead assassin who killed a two month old baby.
The parents had been struggling for years to have a child.
These are the same type of people Bob Carr admires and supports.
These are the same type of people that the ALP are chasing for votes.
Remember a vote for the Australian Labor Party is a vote for sharia law.
Translation:
Run over the two-month-old baby
That is how we get them
For Al-Aqsa we will run over settlers
Run over settlers
Make the road become a trap
God will help you
The whole Arab nation calls you
Bless you Akari Ibrahim
Run over>

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like it, but .. god is not into S & M .. despite what these messages suggest ..
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(standing on desk) I am 10c
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Hate must be rejected no matter how it hides
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4 her, so she can see how I see her

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Sarah Palin
It was wonderful to see so many inspiring and patriotic Iowans tonight at the Faith & Freedom Coalition dinner. They join other hard working Americans as the wind beneath the wings of our great republic, and their hard work and activism make a difference! 

Photo by Michelle McCormick
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Larry Pickering

TALKING TOUGH IS NOT ENOUGH

Tony Abbott: "... and if any boat ever set out from Australia to Indonesia to enter that country illegally, we would do our damnedest to stop it." Well that’s pretty tough talk to a Liberal Party Conference but did the Indonesians hear that expression of gross unfairness?

The Fairfax press this morning is still insisting this boat debacle was a “mid-ocean” backdown. It was certainly a backdown but it was not “mid-ocean” and that’s what makes the difference.

We have international maritime obligations on the open sea, but not within Indonesian waters once we have established that a distress call was a sham and we have informed Indonesian authorities.

Although within sight of their shoreline, the Indonesians chose not to respond to the distress call, leaving the onus on Australia to deal with the false mayday.

HMAS Ballarat determined that the boat was not in distress and left the scene, as it should have done.

Upon responding to a further call, HMAS Ballarat found the boat’s engine had been disabled. [Indonesian search and rescue vessels had still not arrived, nor did they intend to.]

We again informed the Indonesians of the situation and again they refused to act, saying they would not accept the boat being returned to an Indonesian port.

Okay, this is what should have happened:

There is little doubt the people on this boat were the very same people who had been returned to Indonesia on two previous occasions.

We had no right to be in Indonesian waters without reason. It was found that the boat’s distress call was false and we quite properly departed the scene after again informing the Indonesians of the situation.

Responding to a second call the Australian crew discovered the boat’s engine had been sabotaged. This was also reported to the Indonesians who continued to ignore the call.

As there were no lives at risk and the boat was seaworthy, our responsibility had ended there as would have an Indonesian patrol boat attending a false distress call from a boat off the Gold Coast.

HMAS Ballarat should then have drained the fuel, leaving sufficient only to return to shore if the engine had miraculously become serviceable, and left. But they didn’t leave and the Indonesians knew they wouldn’t.

This petty game of brinkmanship has to stop. As The Pickering Post has reported ad nauseam, this is not a regional problem, it is an Indonesian Immigration and Customs problem.

They know who these people are and what their intentions are. It’s a problem of bribery within the Indonesian system, including the military.

The Daily Telegraph tried to justify Abbott’s capitulation suggesting he needed focus on the Carbon Tax Repeal Bill. Instead Fairfax and the ABC have been handed the opportunity to re-state their case that a naive Abbott cannot turn boats around.

He can, he should and he must! We have no reason to fear Indonesia, no other country will side with them in this matter, but our allies will side with us.

It’s time Abbott righted the wrong of this Rudd inspired treachery and Indonesian bastardry.

Thank Christ he is now making noises in that direction... albeit to a Liberal Party Conference.

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"Why do you pursue me when I've done no harm?" -David
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Lol US broadcasting standards - ed
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The wait is over! Watch the official trailer for 'The Day of the Doctor' now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS1cNjJSGQs
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Vergina Red, Greek beer.

David Daniel Ball I imagine it has a particular taste .. ?

Jason FoNg It tastes like a photographed Greek beer of the kind drunk by right-wing conservatives in Melbourne

David Daniel Ball My wife brews something similar?

Jason FoNg Your wife is already the proud sole owner of Carlton United Breweries. Bringing a Beretta to the annual shareholder meeting worked wonders.
David Daniel Ball Ahem, in her defence, she had a hired gun for the weapon .. and they were discreet.

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““Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"So walk ye in him."
Colossians 2:6
If we have received Christ himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, "He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ." Walking signifies progress. "So walk ye in him"; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should always be with him, treading in his steps and doing his will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man's walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant tenor of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ, and then forget him; sometimes call him ours, and anon lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in him. We must keep to him, cling to him, never let him go, but live and have our being in him. "As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him"; persevere in the same way in which ye have begun, and, as at the first Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let him be the same till life's end; the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, and enter into the joy and the rest which remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept.

Evening

"His place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."
Isaiah 33:16
Do you doubt, O Christian, do you doubt as to whether God will fulfil his promise? Shall the munitions of rock be carried by storm? Shall the storehouses of heaven fail? Do you think that your heavenly Father, though he knoweth that you have need of food and raiment, will yet forget you? When not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father, and the very hairs of your head are all numbered, will you mistrust and doubt him? Perhaps your affliction will continue upon you till you dare to trust your God, and then it shall end. Full many there be who have been tried and sore vexed till at last they have been driven in sheer desperation to exercise faith in God, and the moment of their faith has been the instant of their deliverance; they have seen whether God would keep his promise or not. Oh, I pray you, doubt him no longer! Please not Satan, and vex not yourself by indulging any more those hard thoughts of God. Think it not a light matter to doubt Jehovah. Remember, it is a sin; and not a little sin either, but in the highest degree criminal. The angels never doubted him, nor the devils either: we alone, out of all the beings that God has fashioned, dishonour him by unbelief, and tarnish his honour by mistrust. Shame upon us for this! Our God does not deserve to be so basely suspected; in our past life we have proved him to be true and faithful to his word, and with so many instances of his love and of his kindness as we have received, and are daily receiving, at his hands, it is base and inexcusable that we suffer a doubt to sojourn within our heart. May we henceforth wage constant war against doubts of our God--enemies to our peace and to his honour; and with an unstaggering faith believe that what he has promised he will also perform. "Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief."
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 46-47, Hebrews 6 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 46-47

A Message About Egypt
1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations:
2 Concerning Egypt:
This is the message against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was defeated at Carchemish on the Euphrates River by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah:
3 “Prepare your shields, both large and small,
and march out for battle!
4 Harness the horses,
mount the steeds!
Take your positions
with helmets on!
Polish your spears,
put on your armor!
5 What do I see?
They are terrified,
they are retreating,
their warriors are defeated.
They flee in haste
without looking back,
and there is terror on every side,” declares the LORD.
6 “The swift cannot flee
nor the strong escape.
In the north by the River Euphrates
they stumble and fall....

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 6

1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so.
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned....
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Abdon

[Ăb'dŏn] - servile, service or cloud of judgment.
  1. A son of Hillel, the Pirathonite, Abdon judged Israel for eight years, and because of a plurality of wives, had forty sons and thirty nephews, who rode seventy ass colts (Judg. 12:13-15). Perhaps the same as Bedan in 1 Samuel 12:11.
  2. A Benjamite in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 8:23).
  3. The first-born of Jehiel from Maachah (1 Chron. 8:30; 9:36).
  4. A son of Micah sent with others by king Josiah to Huldah the prophetess to enquire of Jehovah regarding the Book of the Law found in the Temple (2 Chron. 34:20). Called Achbor in 2 Kings 22:12. Also the name of a Levitical city in Asher (Josh. 21:30; 1 Chron. 6:74).
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