Monday, November 24, 2014

Mon Nov 24th Todays News

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes (Who watches the watchers?)
Daniel Andrews campaign for the ALP in Victoria shows he is from the Joan Kirner, Julia Gillard school of political thought, but making Rudd like claims to being economically responsible. Meanwhile, he exercises no control over his own party. 

Obama's bad diplomacy is pushing Australia towards a Chinese regional infrastructure bank. 

ALP kill another $900 million in cuts, saving hand outs to union mates which will probably go to slush funds. 

ABC culture is conditioned to waste. That is why a 5% cut has exulted in job slashing and pain, because the self indulged won't bear to lose their waste. Meanwhile a conservative is appointed to host a program, but not on tv or internet, and they are restricted in what they can discuss on their radio program which will be broadcast at the prime time for people to watch TV. 

More detail regarding the death of an Al Qaeda leader eight years ago. We might not know who did it, but they deserve a medal. 

Jacqui Lambie quit PUP. Probably because they could choose to decommission her and replace her with another had she not done so. Her voting record is almost the same as the ALP, so it remains to be seen how independent she will be. Meanwhile, her former boss, Clive Palmer tweeted that 5% of cuts for ten years for the ABC was equivalent to 50%. Technically, it was the same as 5% over ten years. Maybe that is why a billionaire needed to steal twelve million dollars. Meanwhile Palmer claims that Lambie was a plant who has joined his party to sabotage it. Sadly none of his Tasmanian relatives were available for the spot on the Senate. 

Ricky Muir, whose voting record is almost the same as the ALP, had a point of difference with his support for a government bill regarding financial institutionalised practice. His backflip brings his record closer in line with the ALP. Some feel that that makes him more independent. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 380, Theodosius I made his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople. In 1227, Polish Prince Leszek I the White was assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gąsawa. In 1248, in the middle of the night a mass on the north side of Mont Granier suddenly collapsed, in one of the largest historical rockslope failures known in Europe. In 1429, Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieged La Charité. In 1542, Battle of Solway Moss: An English army defeated a much larger Scottish force near the River Esk in Dumfries and Galloway. In 1642, Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania). 

In 1835, the Texas Provincial Government authorised the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety). In 1850, Danish troops defeated a Schleswig-Holstein force in the town of Lottorf, Schleswig-Holstein. In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, the anniversary of which is sometimes called "Evolution Day". In 1863, American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain – Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant captured Lookout Mountain and began to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg. In 1906, a 13-6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football. In 1917, in Milwaukee, 9 members of the Milwaukee Police Department were killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001

In 1922, nine Irish Republican Army members were executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them was author Robert Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver. In 1932, in Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened. In 1935, the Senegalese Socialist Party held its second congress. In 1940, World War II: The First Slovak Republic became a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers. In 1941, World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces. In 1943, World War II: The USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed near Tarawa and sank, killing 650 men. In 1944, World War II: Bombing of Tokyo – The first bombing raid against the Japanese capital from the east and by land was carried out by 88 American aircraft. In 1950, the "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, took shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, recorded 57 inches of snow. 353 people would die as a result of the storm. 

In 1962, the West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany formed a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin. Also, the influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was was first broadcast. In 1963, in the first live, televised murder, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. In 1965,  Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seized power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and became President; he ruled the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997. In 1966, Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashed near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board. In 1969, Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to land on the Moon

In 1971, during a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found. In 1973, a national speed limit was imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasted only four months. In 1974, Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discovered the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. In 1976 the 1976 Çaldıran-Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey killed between 4,000 and 5,000 people. In 2012, a fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people. In 2013,  Iran signed an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.
from 2013
Left wing media still doesn't know how to correctly position spying in the modern world. They feel it is something conservatives do.
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 Judith Olumba. Born on the same day, across the years, as
November 24Feast day of Vietnamese Martyrs (Roman Catholicism)
Skeleton of "Lucy" as displayed in Mexico
You are able. We have sold out. We agree for profit. Satire beats news. We invited Lucy. Let's party. 


Tim Blair – Monday, November 24, 2014 (12:03pm)

Former ABC manager Louise Evans recalls her time at the lazy and indulgent billion-dollar national broadcaster: 
I was shocked by the culture, waste, duplication and lax workplace practices exercised in some pockets of Radio National. I was even more shocked by the failure of the executive to want to do anything about it.
One problem, as one insider pointed out, was the so-called lifers, a pocket of predominantly middle-aged, Anglo-Saxon staff who had never worked anywhere other than the ABC, who were impervious to change, unaccountable, untouchable and who harboured a deep sense of entitlement.
They didn’t have a 9-5 mentality. They had a 10-3 mentality. They planned their work day around their afternoon yoga class. They wore thongs and shorts to work, occasionally had a snooze on the couch after lunch and popped out to Paddy’s Market to buy fresh produce for dinner before going home.
They were like free-range chickens, wandering around at will, pecking at this and that, content that laying one egg constituted a hard day’s work. 
Nice to see the place hasn’t changed. For three pointless months back in the late 90s, Imre Salusinszky and I attempted to present a fun weekly program at Radio National. One day, as we were planning that night’s show, a breaking news event called for a sound file I knew was in the ABC’s archives. So I went to RN’s library to request it.
After I’d filled out the required form, I asked a cobwebbed staffer – reading a novel at her desk below a noticeboard loaded with “Save the ABC” announcements – when the file would be available. She looked at the request form, scowled and said: “Come back next week.”
We were never going to last long at the ABC.


Tim Blair – Monday, November 24, 2014 (11:29am)

Eight years after his death, claims emerge that al Qaeda leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi received a helping hand on the way to paradise: 
Initially, the Pentagon claimed Zarqawi was killed outright after two bombs were dropped on the building in Baqubah, north of Baghdad, where he was hiding …
The Pentagon later stated Zarqawi had been wounded and survived for an hour before succumbing to his injuries.
Now a third version has emerged: in an account posted on the respected Special Operations Forces Situation Report website, it has been claimed that Zarqawi was killed in cold blood as he lay grievously wounded.
The account was purportedly written by a member of the 75th Ranger regiment that had worked with Delta Force operators to identify the building.
“With a gloved hand, the commando grabbed the side of Zarqawi’s head and slammed it against the inside of the ambulance, again and again, until the number-one terrorist leader of Iraq was dead,” wrote the ranger, who uses the pseudonym “Utlendr”.
“No call was made over the radio to the joint operations centre in nearby Balad air base” because it “would likely be better to ask for forgiveness than for permission”. 
Always a good policy.
(Via Blogstrop)

Jacqui Lambie quits Palmer party

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (11:19am)

Lambie today quit the Palmer United Party.
She will sit as an independent and won’t join another party.
She refuses to deny Palmer could sue her for the $700,000 he claims he spent on her election, but says there was no written agreement on what she owed.
She won’t discuss the $11,000 the Department of Veterans Affairs claims it overpaid her and wants back.
She denies Palmer’s claim that she was receiving disability payments at the same time she was receiving payments as a Senator.
She denies she has any convictions to declare (any Palmer insinuation).
She confirms she will keep voting against Government legislation until it increases military pay.
She signals she is more open to the government legislation if it does so.
She suggests she could help the government to drive down the cost of the Renewable Energy Target by including Tasmania hydro power - currently excluded. (Senators Bob Day and David Leyonhjelm would almost certainly do the same.)
She still won’t vote for any cuts to welfare handouts. 

How ABC boss Mark Scott pretends to hire a conservative at last

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (8:52am)

ABC managing director Mark Scott is as pathetic as he is transparent.
He finally, begrudgingly and after huge pressure decides to hire the first openly conservative host of any current affairs show on the country’s biggest media organisation:
The new shows will include an inter­national policy program hosted by Tom Switzer, a conservative commentator and former opinion ­editor of The Australian…
“Amanda Vanstone is a small-l liberal but not a conservative. In terms of Sydney and Melbourne, I can’t think of really any other ­conservative hosts,’’ Switzer said. “I’m a conservative but I’m also ­engaged in the battle of ideas and I take all schools of thought ­seriously.”
But typical Scott. Typical ABC. This is a complete con.
The show is not on the ABC’s main television or radio stations:

Radio National frequently ­revamps its shows and this appointment is part of that revamping...
It will be broadcast only briefly, and at a time when current affairs junkies will probably be watching 7.30 instead:
Between The Lines will air on Thursday at 7.30pm and will rebroadcast on the weekend.
The host has been briefed to avoid discussing domestic political battles:
It will discuss major international policy issues and Australia’s place in global events and disputes, similar to Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN.
It will not be conservative in the way that other ABC shows - Late Night Live, Radio National Breakfast - are of the Left:
Switzer says his show, to be called Between The Lines, will not be conservative. “The show will not be right- wing or conservative,’’ he said. ­"Instead, it’s a serious public affairs program that tries to put contemporary events in a broader historical and international context ...”
And to talk only about foreign affairs topics the ABC has chosen a conservative who - despite his soundness on global warming - has often criticised the Liberals:

Switzer has this year written predominantly on Iraq and Russia and has taken issue with the US-Australia position. He has been critical of Australia’s involvement in Iraq.. He has also been critical of the Prime Minister’s position on Russia, writing that Mr Abbott has ­failed to properly take into consideration Russia’s perspective on its strategic dilemma along with the broader historical context.
How cunning is Mark Scott?  

In defence of Ricky Muir

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (8:35am)

Phillip Hudson is right. Credit Ricky Muir for showing dignity in changing his mind on the Government’s financial advice reforms:
Muir not only showed that he knows the power of his vote, he used his voice with refreshing honesty and brevity that many seasoned politicians seem to have traded for the pollie-waffle that passes their lips most days.
Muir said he didn’t care others would accuse him of backflipping on his previous decision. He bravely said he’d been wrong and offered the sensible position that he wanted to make the best and right decision for the people he represented. There was no complicated justification, blame-shifting or spin. When he voted to support the government’s position on financial advice laws in July at the urging of Palmer, Muir had been a senator for 15 days…
“Decisions made in this time were made with the best available information. However, I find it an important part of my job, especially as an independent senator, to listen to all information, including information I may learn as time goes on,” he said.
“If this information leads to me changing my mind, it is not an attack on anybody. It is about keeping to my Senate commitment to make informed decisions.”
I wonder whether Muir has the knowledge and experience to make the rights calls on public policy. I am disturbed that he does not see the money has run out and savings must be made. I am very sorry he does not understand that schemes such as the Renewable Energy Target hurt the poor by raising power prices without doing a damn thing about the climate.
But I haven’t and don’t doubt his sincerity. I don’t know him personally, but I suspect I shouldn’t doubt his integrity, either. 

Labor blows another hole in the Budget

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (8:05am)

Labor and the Greens insist the government keep splashing out handouts as if there were no Budget deficit:
LABOR and the crossbench will block $900 million in Coalition savings by vetoing in the Senate cuts to a major industry support program for the carmaking and components industry, which will deepen Joe Hockey’s budget problems.
Labor destroyed our finances and now sabotages the rescue. In this case it insists its union makes keep getting their handouts.
This is beyond reckless. 

Attention America: your windbag president is pushing Australia China’s way

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (7:52am)

This is more like it - and Barack Obama could be further punished for his pathetic politicking by Australia now joining China’s regional infrastructure bank:
TRADE and Investment Minister Andrew Robb ... has sent Barack Obama a sharp return-fire message: that Australia expects to be treated with respect — not insulted — and that the President’s remarks in Brisbane were wrong, misinformed and unnecessary…

The Robb remarks are both an honest expression of sentiment in much of the Abbott cabinet and a useful message to the Obama White House about the President’s gratuitous intervention in Australian politics against the Abbott government…
Robb told Sky News’s Australian Agenda program yesterday he was “surprised” by Obama’s speech, he believed the President was “not informed” about Australia’s climate change policy, that his “content was wrong”, that Australia’s 2020 targets were “roughly comparable” to those of the US and other nations, that his speech gave “no sense” to government efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef and that his remarks were “misinformed” and “unnecessary”.
In short, Robb dumped all over Obama…
Mr Robb also intensified pressure within the government to alter its position and join the China regional infrastructure bank, playing down the security factors that led cabinet’s National Security Committee to reject membership at this time.
The Obama administration lobbied the Abbott government heavily to stay aloof from the bank, with Ms Bishop winning a cabinet struggle against the Treasurer, Joe Hockey, who is keen for Australia to participate…
Robb said the Chinese had told him the bank would operate on “world-class governance standards"… and that Australia would be a “big beneficiary” of its operations.

Dan Andrews shows Labor hasn’t learned

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (7:48am)

THE polls say Daniel Andrews will next week be premier. But has he really learned the lessons of past Labor disasters?
Sure, give Andrews some credit.
He may be from Labor’s Socialist Left, the faction that gave us the catastrophic Joan Kirner and Julia Gillard, but he’s dialled down the ideology.
He talks less about global warming and gay marriage and more about level crossings, kindergartens and hospitals.
He’s pleasant and smart. At just 35, he was already health minister in the Brumby government.
He is no fire-breathing radical and not quite a what-the-hell spender of the Gillard kind — although his promises so far do total a disturbing $24 billion (or really $37 billion, say the Liberals).
But in the end, we elect not just a premier but a party, and that is the problem: Andrews is owned by Labor, and, particularly, the interest groups which give Labor its muscle — unions, green groups, Leftist collectives and public servants.
That makes him much more like Kirner and Gillard than is safe.
His campaign rallies alone tell the picture.
(Read the full article here.) 

Clive Palmer claims someone planted Jacqui Lambie to act “irrationally” and blow up his party

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (7:33am)

Clive Palmer claims powerful forces planted Jacqui Lambie and got her to be this irrational:
The leader of the Palmer United Party claims rogue Senator Jacqui Lambie infiltrated his fledgling political party in order to blow it up. Clive Palmer says the outspoken Tasmanian was planted by someone powerful and ordered to ‘act irrationally’ and ‘cause trouble’.

Palmer on Channel Seven this morning:
Jacqui Lambie is controlled by lobbyists.
It’s as if Palmer is daring Lambie to sue him - or is warning he’ll sue her:

CLIVE Palmer has accused Jacqui Lambie of deception and of trying to use both his party and the nation’s veterans to boost her own profile, suggesting she wanted to defect to the Australian Defence Veterans party. 

In an extraordinary statement, Mr Palmer ... referred to the Australian Defence Veterans Party as the “Lambie Party”.

“Senator Lambie flew at the cost and expense of the Palmer United Party to Queensland and South Australia to visit veterans groups,” he said in a statement…
Mr Palmer accused Senator Lambie of supporting the party in January, adding that she was a “paid, full-time employee of the Palmer United Party” at the time.
“The question remains was she receiving disability payments from the Commonwealth for being unable to work while receiving a full time salary at the same time from the Palmer United Party?” he said…
In a move likely to enrage Senator Lambie, Mr Palmer has also accused her — and her chief of staff Rob Messenger — of using veterans to “gain political support”.
“Senator Lambie and her cohorts have never seen active military service and they just seek to use the veterans to gain political support so Senator Lambie’s mastermind Messenger, a Queenslander, can stand for a Tasmanian senate seat,” he said.
I suspect Lambie would put stake her reputation against Palmer’s any day:
POLICE are investigating Clive Palmer’s allegedly fraudulent ­siphoning of more than $12 million in Chinese funds that he used to bankroll his political party into last year’s federal election. 

Senior government sources ­revealed yesterday a preliminary investigation into claims of dishonesty had begun in Western Australia after high-level briefings of police in Perth…

Uncontested evidence, including affidavits and cheques from an ongoing civil case against Mr Palmer in the Queensland ­Supreme Court, are being given to police in Perth by representatives of the Chinese government-owned company Citic Pacific…
Senior government sources said the Citic Pacific group, Beijing’s international investment ­vehicle, had told Australian offic­ials the handover to police for a criminal investigation was unavoidable… “They have left us in no doubt that they are going to take it as far as it can possibly go.”
Mr Palmer, who has attacked the Chinese company for failing to pay him hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties for extracting iron ore from his tenements, strenuously denies any wrong­doing.
More fool the people who voted for Palmer’s party, and more shame the ABC for having for so long supported Palmer, boosting a man’s whose great virtue was that he was a seeming conservative who hated Tony Abbott.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

The far-Left comes to help their ABC mates

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (7:24am)

Talk about an own goal. Check who turned up on Saturday at the Sydney rally to save the ABC from the wicked Abbott Government.
But first, remember what this is about.
The Government is cutting the ABC’s massive Budget – more than $1 billion a year – by just 5 per cent over five years when the nation is deep in debt.
That will still leave the ABC easily the country’s biggest media organisation, with four TV stations, five radio stations, 220 web sites, an on-line newspaper and a publishing house.
Of course, ABC supporters smell a plot. After all, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull did warn the ABC to take seriously its legal obligation to be balanced.
There is overwhelming evidence that it isn’t, of course. For instance, all f its main current affairs shows are headed by someone of the Left. Every panel of Q&A and Insiders is dominated by the Left.  Every host of Media Watch in its 25 years has been of the Left.
A conspiracy theory? Then see who turned out at the Sydney Town Hall to cheer Quentin Dempster and other ABC staffers at the union-backed rally against the cuts.

There was the Socialist Alliance and some unions, plus Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, who both spoke to cheers, with Ludlam abusing the free market Institute of Public Affairs and Murdoch papers like this for apparently being the Right-wing plotters behind all this.
Biased? The ABC?
Not at all! Just hear the socialists, Greens and Labor luvvies protesting that only villainous Liberal MPs and their Right-wing lackies would say so.
Louise Evans was a manager at ABC Radio National last year and couldn’t believe the waste:
One problem, as one insider pointed out, was the so-called lifers, a pocket of predominantly middle-aged, Anglo-Saxon staff who had never worked anywhere other than the ABC, who were impervious to change, unaccountable, untouchable and who harboured a deep sense of entitlement.
They didn’t have a 9-5 mentality. They had a 10-3 mentality. They planned their work day around their afternoon yoga class. They wore thongs and shorts to work, occasionally had a snooze on the couch after lunch and popped out to Paddy’s Market to buy fresh produce for dinner before going home…
They knew they couldn’t be sacked or officially sanctioned because there was no appetite among the executive to make waves, take on the union or make a case for any more redundancies…
The RN budget was another shock. It was predominantly tied up in wages for 150 people. There was precious little budget to do anything new or innovative and you couldn’t turn any program off, no matter how high its costs and how poor its audience share and reach…
There was also blatant waste. Taxi dockets were left in unlocked drawers for the taking and elephantine leave balances had been allowed to accumulate. When programs shut down for Christmas, staff would get approval from their executive producers to hang around for a week or two “to tidy things up”. One editor asked for his leave to be cut back by a week because he’d need to pop into work during the holidays to “check emails”. That constituted work…
Programming and content generation was another shock. While other media organisations live and die by their ratings, circulation and readership figures, some ABC programmers considered ratings irrelevant. Some producers strongly resisted editorial oversight and locked in segments that lacked editorial rigour and relevance. So the weekly Media Report went to air discussing foreign press freedoms while hundreds of Australian journalists were being made redundant just down the road....
That’s why these ABC budget cuts announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull are not just necessary but vital to the ongoing health of the corporation.
Pockets of the ABC have been allowed to get too fat, flabby, wasteful and unaccountable.
(Thanks to readers Jeni and Notch.)

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What else are these newspapers hiding from you about the warming scare?

Andrew Bolt November 24 2014 (7:18am)

Global warming - propaganda

Journalists are conning you into thinking the world shares their global warming faith – and contempt for Tony Abbott.
Just take last Friday’s bizarre example, an exclusive from the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.
It started: “The attitude of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to the global challenges of climate change is ‘eccentric’, ‘baffling’ and ‘flat earther’, according to a group of senior British Conservatives.”
Wow. Really?
Well, so you’d think: “The group, including Prime Minister David Cameron’s Minister for Energy and a former Thatcher Minister and chairman of the Conservative Party, says Mr Abbott’s position on climate change represents a betrayal of the fundamental ideals ...his political heroine, Margaret Thatcher…
“Their comments come almost 25 years to the day since former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher addressed the United Nations to place climate change on the global environmental agenda.”
We’re talking about Yeo and Deben? Seriously?
And they’re citing Thatcher as a global warming guru, while vilifying Abbott for defending the coal exports that earn this country $20 billion a year?
What a joke..
Here’s what the Herald and Age, both Fairfax papers, curiously forgot to add.

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“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”Psalm 100:4-5 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Fellowship with him."
1 John 1:6
When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such complete fellowship with him, that we were made one with him, and his interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with Christ in his love. What he loves we love. He loves the saints--so do we. He loves sinners--so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man, and pants to see earth's deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord--so do we. We have fellowship with him in his desires. He desires the glory of God--we also labour for the same. He desires that the saints may be with him where he is--we desire to be with him there too. He desires to drive out sin--behold we fight under his banner. He desires that his Father's name may be loved and adored by all his creatures--we pray daily, "Let thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven." We have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. We are not nailed to the cross, nor do we die a cruel death, but when he is reproached, we are reproached; and a very sweet thing it is to be blamed for his sake, to be despised for following the Master, to have the world against us. The disciple should not be above his Lord. In our measure we commune with him in his labours, ministering to men by the word of truth and by deeds of love. Our meat and our drink, like his, is to do the will of him who hath sent us and to finish his work. We have also fellowship with Christ in his joys. We are happy in his happiness, we rejoice in his exaltation. Have you ever tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight to be known this side heaven than that of having Christ's joy fulfilled in us, that our joy may be full. His glory awaits us to complete our fellowship, for his Church shall sit with him upon his throne, as his well-beloved bride and queen.


"Get thee up into the high mountain."
Isaiah 40:9
Each believer should be thirsting for God, for the living God, and longing to climb the hill of the Lord, and see him face to face. We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. My soul thirsteth to drink deep of the cup which is reserved for those who reach the mountain's brow, and bathe their brows in heaven. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun; they eat dust like the serpent when they might taste the ambrosial meat of angels; they are content to wear the miner's garb when they might put on king's robes; tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ, thy soul's Husband. Make him the source, the centre, and the circumference of all thy soul's range of delight. What enchants thee into such folly as to remain in a pit when thou mayst sit on a throne? Live not in the lowlands of bondage now that mountain liberty is conferred upon thee. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments, but press forward to things more sublime and heavenly. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God!
"When wilt thou come unto me, Lord?
Oh come, my Lord most dear!
Come near, come nearer, nearer still,
I'm blest when thou art near."

Today's reading: Ezekiel 20-21, James 5 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 20-21

Rebellious Israel Purged
1 In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and they sat down in front of me.
2 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Have you come to inquire of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign LORD.’
4 “Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their ancestors 5 and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I chose Israel, I swore with uplifted hand to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the LORD your God.” 6 On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands. 7 And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God....”

Today's New Testament reading: James 5

Warning to Rich Oppressors
1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you....
Abiram [Ăbī'ram]—father is the exalted one.
  1. A son of Eliab, a Reubenitewho with others conspired against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and who perished with his fellow-conspirators (Num. 16:1-27;26:9).
  2. The first-born son of Hiel the Bethelite, who began to rebuild Jericho, but who came under the curse foretold by Joshua (Josh. 6:261 Kings 16:34).
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