Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wed Nov 19th Todays News

You can't have diversity and division
Australia has contributed more to IS than the US or Indonesia. That is not the fault of the Islamic community, but something else. Clearly there would be the same kinds of elements within the Islamic community as in the US and Indonesia which promotes IS to the young. However, there must be in Australia value adding, and it probably is clearly observable. What ideology in Australia feeds radical Islam which is not present in the US or Indonesia? The ABC and Fairfax. Not because the ABC and Fairfax are keen to expand radical Islam, but in their unflagging support of the corrupt ALP. It is the various narratives the ABC and Fairfax present which is so appealing to radical Islam. The outrageous belief that Islam is challenged by Western Society, with welfare, interest, shared community values, child rearing, death observances. One could believe the poor pathetic Muslim was so timid in their faith one cannot smile at them without them feeling threatened. They need to obscure their women, mutilate female genitals, build edifices to pray, restrict other's rights to observances, be given free passes for law breaking, pedophilia, murder and involvement in stand over tactics. They need to be praised if they do something almost right. They need to be allowed to have history changed to suggest they were great, once. The narratives are crippling for the young, and it is no big step to see why it would seem liberating to join with a group that matches the narrative myth. 

But there is a greatness to Islam that the ABC and Fairfax and impotent Islamic leaders miss. There is a history of fruitful promise from science contributions and thought, from poetry and achievement. There is the sacrifice for the future which others have made which is missed. Otherwise there would be no Islamic people living well in Israel. Otherwise there never would have been women going to university in Afghanistan in the 1950s. The ABC and Fairfax would have you believe that radical Islam is Islam, and that it is fundamental. But it isn't. It is a sick aberration. There was a time Islam worked with Jews and Christians together. Now all they seem capable of is organising their poorest to give money to their wealthiest and give blood as they take it from innocent peoples, including other Muslims. They praise the parasites who attack artists and writers and care givers. They assault archaeology and they burrow tunnels to hide weapons that also are hidden in hospitals or schools. They use human shields. They have tv programs for the young which spout hate and promote the belief that suicide killing is desirable. Their soldiers fear being killed by women. And to crown their achievement, the hate directed bigots of the ADL would have it said that all Islamic peoples are the same and that the terror culture is endemic to the faith of Islam. Since when did ADL narrative match the ABC, Fairfax and ALP? 


And the ALP are profiting from the divide between the narrative and silent majority. Corrupt funding from unions using strong armed tactics rooted in drugs and Islamo fascist muscle. Or kowtowing to electoral masses whose voice has been seized by the fascists. Since when did the ALP support fascists? The problem is the media have covered up the truth. Their narrative is jealously protected, their history secured. Schools have a curriculum which obscures history and inculcated ideology and resists critical thinking. The truth is, there is no diversity if there is division. 



Flipside of the coin
Four Rabbis are murdered in Israel. They were killed after media reported inflated lies that Israel planned to disassemble a mosque. Obama, who has forced Israel to give away stone cold killers for peace, now equivocates (”Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died.”). Bob Carr, who as foreign minister declared that Israel was to blame for her pain, ducks. Bob Carr wrote on November 8
Palestinians have been part of a peace process for 25 years (whereas) Israel has gone from ... cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers ­espousing a brand of radical ­nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.…. In 1977 the Palestine Liberation Organisation was blowing up planes. Now for 25 years Palestinians have been committed to a neg­otiated solution.
Meanwhile, Obama is rebuked for alarmism he disseminated at the G20. 
Federal Coalition members are ... angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil…
Senior Queensland government MPs are so angry at Mr Obama’s remarks about the Great Barrier Reef and his attack on coal production in a resources state that they are considering a formal complaint.
The joker says
Feminazis attack scientist for colourful shirt and an entrepreneur for a plain shirt. The common denominator being they are both successful men. If they wanted to not be criticised by the fright bats they could:
  • Have babies with another man
  • Invite Obama to dinner and golf
  • Rape a child like a European movie producer
In terms of achievement, with a hope for the future, it is best to ignore such frightbats. 


Global warming, or weather
Record cold US weather lasting weeks, or warm Australian weather lasting a day? Both are arguably evidence of global warming, but only the cold weather suggests the fact the world is not warming and hasn't for sixteen years. People are suffering from the snow. People are at the beach in the warmth. Don't blame plant food. 


Well remunerated bigots
ABC is trashing its core business and sucking up commercial space in order to appeal to commercial markets of youth at the expense of its' charter. Challenged to find five percent efficiency, the ABC are holding onto their expensive, biased journalists, but closing down state based news and current affairs programs and shutting down tv production in South Australia. Note, South Australia is the only state with an ALP government, and so it doesn't need a production facility there to be biased. 

Hand picked bigot Jonathon Holmes who is host of Media Watch cannot see the bias of the ABC. He has not illustrated how the ABC is balanced, only asserted that that is so. 


More of the same
Lambie and Muir lied. They had struck a deal with the government allowing reform of the finance industry. Now they have changed their minds. Not because the reforms are bad, but their relationship with Clive Palmer is shaky. 

Greens upset by history. Mr Abbott said that before the first fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour in 1788, the place was bush. Which it was. 

Historical perspective on this day
In 461, Libius Severus was declared emperor of the Western Roman Empire. The real power was in the hands of the magister militum Ricimer. In 636, the Rashidun Caliphate defeated the Sasanian Empire at the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah in Iraq. In 1095, the Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, began. In 1493, Christopher Columbus went ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He named it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico). In 1794, the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain signed Jay's Treaty, which attempted to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

In 1816, Warsaw University was established. In 1847, the second Canadian railway line, the Montreal and Lachine Railway, was opened. In 1863, American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 1881, a meteorite landed near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine. In 1885, Serbo-Bulgarian War: Bulgarian victory in the Battle of Slivnitsa solidified the unification between the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia


In 1911, the Doom Bar in Cornwall claimed two ships, Island Maid and Angele, the latter killing the entire crew except the captain. In 1912, First Balkan War: The Serbian Army captured Bitola, ending the five-century-long Ottoman rule of Macedonia. In 1916, Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Pictures. In 1941, World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sank each other off the coast of Western Australia, with the loss of 645 Australians and about 77 German seamen. In 1942, World War II: Battle of StalingradSoviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launched the Operation Uranus counterattack at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR's favour. In 1942, Mutesa II was crowned the 35th and last Kabaka (king) of Buganda, prior to the restoration of the kingdom in 1993. In 1943, Holocaust: Nazis liquidated Janowska concentration camp in Lemberg (Lviv), western Ukraine, murdering at least 6,000 Jews after a failed uprising and mass escape attempt. In 1944, World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling US$14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort. Also, World War II: Thirty members of the Luxembourgish resistance defended the town of Vianden against a larger Waffen-SS attack in the Battle of Vianden. In 1946, Afghanistan, Iceland and Sweden joined the United Nations.


In 1950, US General Dwight D. Eisenhower became Supreme Commander of NATO-Europe. In 1952, Greek Field Marshal Alexander Papagos became the 152nd Prime Minister of Greece. In 1954, Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel, was launched by Prince Rainier III. In 1955, National Review published its first issue. In 1959, the Ford Motor Company announced the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel. In 1967, the establishment of TVB, the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong. In 1969, Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the "Ocean of Storms") and became the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon. In 1969, Association football player Pelé scored his 1,000th goal. In 1977, TAP Portugal Flight 425 crashed in the Madeira Islands, killing 130. In 1979, Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.


In 1984, San Juanico disaster: A series of explosions at the Pemex petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City started a major fire and killed about 500 people. In 1985, Cold War: In Geneva, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time. Also, Pennzoil won a US$10.53 billion judgment against Texaco, in the largest civil verdict in the history of the United States, stemming from Texaco executing a contract to buy Getty Oil after Pennzoil had entered into an unsigned, yet still binding, buyout contract with Getty. Also, police in Baling, Malaysia, laid siege to houses occupied by an Islamic sect of about 400 people led by Ibrahim Mahmud. In 1988, Serbian communist representative and future Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević publicly declares that Serbia was under attack from Albanian separatists in Kosovo as well as internal treachery within Yugoslavia and a foreign conspiracy to destroy Serbia and Yugoslavia. 


In 1990, Pop group Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals. In 1994, In the United Kingdom, the first National Lottery draw was held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers. In 1996, Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrived in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire. In 1998, Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton. Also, Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard sold at auction for US$71.5 million. In 1999, Shenzhou 1: The People's Republic of China launched its first Shenzhou spacecraft. In 2002, the Greek oil tanker Prestige split in half and sank off the coast of Galicia, releasing over 20 million US gallons (76,000 m³) of oil in the largest environmental disaster in Spanish and Portuguese history. In 2010, the first of four explosions takes place at the Pike River Mine in New Zealand; 29 people were killed in the nation's worst mining disaster since 1914. In 2013, a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 160 others.



from 2013
no article due to GIO Insurance fail .. however, text from the Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
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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 Nguyet Le and Andrew MoBorn on the same day, across the years, along with
Main gate of Warsaw University
You have come to Puerto Rico, amigo. You have finished with study, Trade is safe. You have scored big. You have the right numbers. Let us party. 
Matches
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2014
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The devil makes work for our idle welfare recipients

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (1:09am)

AS if it’s not bad enough that Australia is producing one of the world’s highest numbers of Islamic State recruits per capita. Now we have the added ignominy of producing the first jihadists pronounced too fat too fight

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Scientist was shirtfronted by the feminazis

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (1:07am)

HUMAN ingenuity achieved an amazing feat last week, landing a robot spacecraft on a speeding comet 6.5 billion kilometres from Earth with pinpoint accuracy. And yet, instead of basking in the world’s praise, the lead scientist was reduced to tears and forced to ­apologise for wearing a “sexist” shirt which raised the ire of a global feminist goon squad.

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SUPER FREEZY

Tim Blair – Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (12:08pm)

Global warming hits the US
Coldest November morning in U.S. since 1976; all 50 states freeze 
Warming is particularly evident in Wisconsin.
UPDATE. Bad news for bats
Extreme heat has killed thousands bats in northern NSW, with wildlife carers now working around the clock to save hundreds of orphaned babies while council workers clear huge piles of flying fox carcasses. 
Poor frybats. Meanwhile, warming causes mayhem in New Jersey: 
An apparently inebriated man stole a bulldozer from a West Hudson Park construction site and wreaked havoc in the park as he tried to drive it home from Harrison to Newark on Friday, officials said.

“He said he was cold and was trying to ride it home to the Ironbound section of Newark,” Harrison Police Capt. Mike Green told The Jersey Journal about Christopher Russell, 30, who was arrested that night. 
The dreadful toll: signs, three benches, two steel bollards, a tree, a drinking fountain, fencing and construction materials, a bridge parapet and ruined grass.
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WARDROBE WARFARE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (11:54am)

Miranda Devine on shirty feminists
While women in Syria are gang raped and stoned to death, and women in Africa are stripped and beaten by angry mobs, Western feminists are crying sexism over male clothing choices.
The wardrobe harridans laid into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well when he explained why he wears plain grey T-shirts every day.
The reason he had pared down his wardrobe was perfectly logical: “I’d feel I’m not doing my job if I spent any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.” 
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But feminist writers found reason to become enraged, devoting thousands of words to Zuckerberg’s “sexist double standard”.
He had apparently insulted women by implying that women’s focus “on ‘unserious things such as fashion preclude them from focusing on more important things,” as one essayist put it. 
This clothing debate is a perfect example of modern feminism’s focus on unserious things.
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ABC trashing its core business in dash for digital clicks

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (11:09am)

The ABC is out of control under managing director Mark Scott. The bias alone is disgraceful, and its massive size dangerous in a pluralistic democracy.
But equally unacceptable is that it plans to gut its core services in a search for a younger audience - a move which involves using taxpayers’ dollars to drive commercial rivals out of business.
Wasn’t the ABC’s old boast that it wasn’t there for the ratings?:
NEWS Corp Australia chief executive ­Julian Clarke has called on the federal government to stop the ABC using taxpayer funds to compete against self-supported media companies in the digital space

After Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announces combined funding cuts of $250 million across the next five years for the ABC and SBS, the ABC’s managing director Mark Scott will redirect resources into the digital space to target a youth audience.

To fund the move to mobile and online publishing, there will be redundancies and programs axed — including the state-based 7.30, while television production in South Australia will likely be shut down.
Mr Clarke said the ABC should “stick to its knitting” instead of pursuing a digital strategy. “If the ABC is to redirect funds from television and radio to online and ­mobile, then it is a clear indication that it is prepared to use taxpayers’ dollars to expand its services into emerging technologies which are well outside the basic intentions of its charter,’’ he said.
“This is coming when private media companies who receive no government funding are operating in the most competitive environment. Surely there comes a time when government should tell the ABC to stick to its knitting and leave the new technologies to the media companies who are ­totally self-supported.”
Tony Abbott believes the ABC should return to its core services rather than shift focus to online and mobile. “The government ­expects the ABC to adhere to its charter, to focus on delivering core services and to run as ­efficiently as possible,” said a spokeswoman for the Prime ­Minister.
Former ABC chairman Maurice Newman said the ABC’s charter was not about ratings. While it “desires to connect with a younger audience, this should not be at the expense of its core activities in radio and television”.
UPDATE
Pretty good speech by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, although the ABC’s functions are unfortunately not cut back to a healthier size.
On the cuts to the ABC:
In every portfolio, across every spending program, we’ve had to look closely at what we do and how we do it.  In my own portfolio that includes our national broadcasters—the ABC and SBS, which receive $1.4 billion every year from the Government…
The ABC management know that they can meet these savings without reducing the resources available to programming - furthermore they know that the Government and their Board know too…
If the management of the ABC think they cannot find a 5% saving through efficiencies, they are selling themselves short and letting down the people of whose resources and trust they are the custodians.
On Tony Abbott’s clumsy election eve promise of “no cuts to the ABC”:
Some have pointed to a statement made by Tony Abbott on the eve of the election that there would be “no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”
These remarks need to be understood in context. Prior to the election many people (including competing media groups) urged the Coalition to take an axe to the ABC in order to curtail their on-air and online activities.
Both Joe Hockey and I made it quite clear we had no plans to make cuts of that nature at the public broadcasters – but if there were to be savings made across the board, the ABC and SBS could not expect to be exempt from the obligation to contribute by eliminating waste and inefficiencies.
Unless you believe that Mr Abbott was, in that one line, intending to contradict and over rule the very careful statements of intention made by Mr Hockey and myself, his remarks can only be understood in the same context, which left open savings of a kind which would not diminish the effective resources the ABC and SBS had available to produce content.
Unfortunately, Turnbull does not agree the ABC should get out of the digital media, where it competes directly with commercial media:
I must acknowledge that there has been real innovation at both of the public broadcasters - especially in digital media which, as you know, is within the charter of both the ABC and SBS.
Why should the ABC be spared?:

Is it seriously argued that the public broadcasters should be exempt from the spending cuts that apply to almost all other government departments and services?
On the ABC’s bias:

I propose to recommend to the Board that the position of Editor in Chief no longer be combined with that of Managing Director. It creates the impression that the Managing Director is directly in charge of ABC News and Current Affairs which he is not…
The Board should expect the head of news and current affairs, like the CFO, to report directly to the Board as well as to the managing director thus enabling the Board to discharge its statutory obligation referred to below…
Other matters I propose to include are ... to set out each year the steps the Board has taken to meet its statutory obligations including that in section 8(1)(c) of the ABC Act “ to ensure that the gathering and presentation by the Corporation of news and information is accurate and impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.”
This last point is a very important one… The Government does not and should never have any control over the news and current affairs of the ABC or SBS… But their boards are responsible for their objectivity and accuracy. I have on occasions heard directors say “they do not want to get involved” Well if they do not want to get involved they should resign. The Board of each broadcaster has that responsibility and must discharge it, and be seen diligently to discharge it.
Afterwards, one journalist - presumably from the ABC - keeps badgering Turnbull about the jobs lost, as if the ABC was a make-work for the Left. Turnbull doesn’t miss:

The ABC is not established for the benefit of its employees… The ABC is not a workers collective.
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Jacquie Lambie and Ricky Muir go back on their word

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (9:37am)

More stuffing people around, more Lambie drama, another worthless Palmer deal:
THE Abbott government’s changes to financial advice rules are set to be torn down in federal parliament as crossbench Senators including Ricky Muir and Jacqui Lambie join forces with Labor and the Greens to destroy them…
Labor NSW Senator Sam Dastyari has gained signed support from the Greens, Senator Lambie, Senator Muir, Victorian independent John Madigan and South Australian independent Nick Xenophon.
In a key move, Senator Lambie has split from her colleagues in the Palmer United Party to vote against the federal government’s rules, even though she voted in favour of the same rules along with PUP on two occasions earlier this year.
What is the word of a Lambie or Muir worth?

Finance Minister, Senator Mathias Cormann… called on Senator Lambie and Senator Muir to honour the agreement they had made with the government in July to support its changes.
“We have amended our FOFA legislation to give effect to all of the requested changes that PUP and AMEP asked for,” Senator Cormann said.
“Specifically, Senator Muir asked us to set up a register of financial advisers and we are in the process of establishing that register.
“We have delivered on our side of the bargain and we call on Senator Lambie and Senator Muir to do the same.
Now voting against what they once voted for. What principles or logic actually guides these people? 
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Greens outraged by Abbott’s truth

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (9:10am)

The Greens are outraged that Tony Abbott said something so ... true about what the first British settlers saw when sailing to where Sydney now stands:
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So what do the Greens believe the first white settlers saw if not bush and more bush? Paved streets? Neat suburbs? Hospitals?
I’m guessing the Greens really do not want to confront the conditions in which Aborigines then actually lived - and what gifts colonisation eventually brought their descendants:

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Palmer Disunited: Clive Palmer demotes Jacqui Lambie

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (9:01am)

Jacqui Lambie demoted:
CLIVE Palmer has formally moved against Jacqui Lambie, removing her as deputy Senate leader of the Palmer United Party for failing to attend meetings. 

“The @PalmerUtdParty has removed @JacquiLambie as party’s deputy Senate leader & deputy whip & suspended her rights to attend party meetings,” Mr Palmer said on Twitter.
Palmer lays down the law:
We’ve also suspended her from attending any party room meeting meetings until such time as she gives an undertaking not to attack individual party members and to attend party meetings and to abide by majority decision and normal party procedure.
Lambie could quit:

There are rumblings she could quit the party as early as Wednesday morning.  
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Blind to the bias

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (8:37am)

Jonathan Holmes, former host of the ABC’s Media Watch, agrees the 7.30 shirtfront skit was crass but can’t call out the bias - or resist attacking the ABC’s critics:

Meanwhile, to soften us up, the usual News Corp columnists have joined with coalition politicians to deplore the latest outrage perpetrated by, in Andrew Bolt’s words, “an ABC now completely out of control"…
The cause of all this fulmination was, of course, 7.30’s attempt to be humorous about the impending match-up between Tony Abbott and Vladimir Putin…
There were some ... pretty severe problems with the “shirt-fronting” skit.
First, it wasn’t very funny… [I]t was also too early. 7.30 chose to air as the leaders were jetting out of Beijing after the APEC summit. It assumed that Abbott hadn’t lived up to his rhetoric when he met Putin in Beijing. In fact, tough words were exchanged in a private meeting… 7.30 didn’t seem to have considered what the fuss was all about: 298 innocent people, including 38 Australian residents, shot down by a missile over Ukraine....
For all those reasons, the decision to air the segment was questionable. But what that decision does NOT demonstrate, in my view, is that the ABC is incurably biased against the Coalition government…
The Prime Minister and his (or her) government have always been the prime targets of the genre, whichever side of politics is in power. To say that ridiculing Abbott betrays political bias is simply childish.
Really? Can Holmes point us to any ABC TV satire that has ridiculed Julia Gillard so personally?  Can he show any ABC TV show which has done to Gillard what recent ABC TV shows have done to Abbott - likening him to Hitler, wondering why no one wanted to kill him. picturing his supporters as Ku Klux Klan members and showing a cartoon of his mother having sex with a solar panel?
No, Abbott is fair game to the ABC in ways Gillard never was. To me, that’s bias.
PS: Or can Holmes imagine the ABC laughing at politicians angry over the killing of 38 boat people? 
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The “unbiased” ABC. Today’s roundup

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (7:41am)

Boat people:
Fran Kelly on Radio National Breakfast plays an ad created by activists to protest against children in detention. She and commentator Michelle Grattan then discuss how harsh the government is. No mentio is made of Labor actually luring 1200 men, women and children to their deaths with their “compassion”.
The Left agenda:
Radio National Breakfast today plays an ad for refugee activists, gives a soft interview to Aboriginal leader Mick Gooda, interviews fellow Leftist Michelle Grattan and gives free run to the Greens Sarah Hanson-Young on asylum seekers.
Global warming:

A landmark deal! ABC1’s Insiders, Sunday: 

TONY Jones, ABC Lateline presenter: the US and China have made a landmark joint announcement on reducing carbon emissions.
Stephen McDonell, ABC reporter: Putting pressure on countries like Australia to follow suit.
Mark Simkin, ABC Reporter: China’s vowed its greenhouse gas emissions will peak in 2030 at the latest…
2030 peak in emissions predicted in 2011. China’s Energy and Carbon Emissions Outlook to 2050, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 2011:

THE findings from this research suggest that ... (China’s CO2 emissions will peak around 2030) because saturation in ownership of appliances, construction of residential and commercial floor area, roadways, railways, fertiliser use, and urbanisation will peak around 2030 with slowing population growth.
Asylum seekers:
AM today reports on the Government’s decision to cut the number of refugees it accepts from Indonesia as part of the effort to stop the boats. The first person interviewed is the Greens leader, Christine Milne. The second is a refugee activist. The third quoted is a Labor spokesman.
Global warming:
Lateline confuses China’s emissions of invisible and essentially harmless carbon dioxide with the sooty, sulphurous smoke it’s really trying to abate (and which actually limit warming):
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: China’s ailing steel industry is pleading for help as the sector struggles amidst falling prices and stronger environmental standards. The future of this heavy polluting sector looks even darker as the country’s president, Xi Jinping, wants China to limit carbon emission rises....
HUEY FERN TAY, REPORTER: ...The nation’s president, Xi Jinping, wants a cleaner country and recently announced greenhouse gas emissions would peak around 2030. .. The new order of the day has strong implications for big polluters… At a recent conference on the path of China’s energy transition, an industry representative put a figure on what it would take to comply with tougher environmental standards.
HUANG DO, CHINA IRON AND STEEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (translated): Installing the equipment to reduce sulfur dioxide from emissions and making the levels of smoke and dust meet the new standards will cost at least US $10 billion.
Boat people:

The Government announces it will cut the number of refugees we take from Indonesia. The only person Lateline interviews is a lawyer who represents asylum seekers.
Palestine:
Lateline’s web page seems to suggest Palestinians were murdered by ... well, unidentified killers. Either that, or the two Palestinian jihadists were themselves victims:
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Four rabbis murdered in Jerusalem. Obama equivocates. Where is Bob Carr?

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (7:18am)

The barbarism is so typical of the jihadist mindset, in this case deliberately stoked by Palestinian leaders:

ISRAEL is facing an ongoing wave of terror which is focused on Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after an attack on a synagogue killed four rabbis at prayer
[T]wo Palestinian cousins from annexed east Jerusalem staged the attack with meat cleavers and a gun, leaving scenes of carnage… just days after a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians, killing two in the second such hit-and-run attack in a fortnight…
Mr Netanyahu ...  linked the attack to inflammatory statements about the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound made by the Palestinian Authority, the Islamist Hamas movement and Israel’s Islamic Movement, a religious advocacy group…
“They say that the Jews are defiling the Temple Mount, they say that we are planning to destroy the holy places there, that we are intending to change the prayer rites there.
“It’s all a lie. And these lies have already cost a very high price,” he said…
As well as the four killed in Tuesday’s attack, eight others were wounded, including two policemen, one of whom is in critical condition, with eyewitnesses saying several people had limbs hacked off.
Three weeks ago the Palestinian leadership started whipping up exactly this kind of thing:
Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called for a “Day of Rage” Friday in the defense of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after Israel closed the site Thursday amid continuing East Jerusalem riots and after the attempted assassination of a right-wing activist…
“Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem,” Fatah said ...
US Secretary of State John Kerry condemns the Palestinian leadership:
I call on the Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms. This violence has no place anywhere, and particularly after a discussion that we had just the other day in Amman, where the prime minister of Israel flew to Amman, sat down with the Custodian of the al-Aqsa Mosque, King Abdullah of Jordan, and went to the extent of restoring in absolute terms the status quo with respect to the management of that mount, including lowering the age, taking away any age limits on people who could visit, guaranteeing that there were peaceful, completely uninterrupted visits over the weekend. And to have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement of calls for days of rage, of just an irresponsibility, is unacceptable.
So the Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language, from other people’s language, and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path.
But now see how some on the Left apply a desperately deceitful moral equivalence to the two sides in this conflict - a conflict that we face, too.
From Barack Obama, a president with a talent for offending and betraying his allies:
Too many Israelis have died. Too many Palestinians have died.”
Jerusalem risks entering a “spiral from which it is very difficult to emerge,” he added...
No wonder the White House pool reporter got confused about who attacked who:
Participants and transcript of Obama remarks presumably to follow from WH POTUS began by condemning the mosque [sic] attack in Jerusalem
More moral equivalence from CNN:
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And then there’s our own Bob Carr, the former foreign minister now urging Labor to change its foreign policies to suit Muslim voters in its marginal seats. From his article on November 8:
Palestinians have been part of a peace process for 25 years (whereas) Israel has gone from ... cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers ­espousing a brand of radical ­nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.…. In 1977 the Palestine Liberation Organisation was blowing up planes. Now for 25 years Palestinians have been committed to a neg­otiated solution.
UPDATE
The toll of victims is now five:
Four of the dead were rabbis and one was a police officer who died of his wounds hours after the attack. Three of the rabbis were born in the United States and the fourth was born in England, although all held dual Israeli citizenship. Five others were wounded....
The U.S.-born victims were identified as Moshe Twersky, 59, Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, and Kalman Levine, 55. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the British man was Avraham Goldberg, 68, who immigrated to Israel in 1993…
Twersky, a native of Boston, was the head of the Toras Moshe Yeshiva, a seminary for English-speaking students. He was the son of Rabbi Isador Twersky, founder of Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies, and a grandson Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a luminary in the world of modern Orthodox Jewry.
(Thanks to readers Alan RM Jones, Geoff and Daniel.) 
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Obama rebuked for alarmism

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (6:48am)

Barack Obama was rude to an ally, hypocritical and wildly misinformed:
Federal Coalition members are ... angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil…
Senior Queensland government MPs are so angry at Mr Obama’s remarks about the Great Barrier Reef and his attack on coal production in a resources state that they are considering a formal complaint.
However, it is unlikely this will happen as informal messages were sent to the US delegation, ­declaring the President’s speech was not in keeping with that of a guest and ally…
Mr Obama said on Saturday that climate change “here in ­Australia” means “longer droughts, more wildfires” and “the incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threatened”.
“I have not had a chance to go to the Great Barrier Reef and I want to come back, and I want my daughters to be able to come back, and I want them to be able to bring their daughters or sons to visit,” the President said…
On Sunday, Premier Campbell Newman said he was not about to “criticise our guest” but added that Mr Obama had relied on misinformation and he would tell US officials about what was “actually going on with the reef”.
The truth about the Reef is very different from what Obama suggested to the world, as will be revealed tomorrow:
Is the Great Barrier Reef as damaged and threatened as scientists claim? The need for a formal quality assurance process.
Date/Time: Thursday 20th November
5.30pm Refreshments Served
6.00pm Presentation Commences
Location: George Kneipp Auditorium Building 26,
James Cook University Campus, Townsville
Professor Peter Ridd
College of Science Engineering and Technology
James Cook University
Considerable scientific and media attention has been focused on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), with claims often made that it has sustained considerable damage, and that its future is bleak. However the speaker and co-workers have demonstrated over the last few years that many important science papers that claim that the GBR has been damaged are either highly suspect or just plain wrong. Some of these questionable papers (with over 4000 citations between them and often quoted in the international media) will be discussed as well as other important papers for which there is a strong prime-facie case that the findings are questionable. Doubt will be cast on whether dredging, agricultural runoff, and climate change are having any significant effect on the GBR…

Peter Ridd leads the teaching discipline of Physics and the research group Intelligent Systems, Information and Modelling in the College of Science Technology and Engineering, JCU.
Prof Peter Ridd has 30 years’ experience working on the physical oceanography of the GBR. 
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So which weather is global warming?

Andrew Bolt November 19 2014 (1:57am)

Sunday - the ABC’s Insiders hails a warm day in Brisbane as global warming:

BARRIE CASSIDY: And I understand the temperature will reach at least 40 degrees in Brisbane today, so climate change has arrived certainly in more ways than one it seems at this conference.
Wednesday - no mention of global warming:
Snow cover across the contiguous 48 states reached 50.4 per cent on Monday in the US before dropping back to 50.2 on Tuesday in an early burst of winter in the US.
It’s the earliest that the halfway mark has been passed since the current method for measuring used by the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Centre began 2008.
Such an event usually doesn’t happen until December, said Anders Nilsson, a software engineer at the centre. It even beats the record going back to 2003 when a different methodology was used that included parts of Canada.
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The carnage is not about land, as such, there is no shortage of land in the Middle East, if the will to share were there. This is about deeply ingrained anti-Jewish hate. You don't need to understand Arabic, if you listen carefully to any Arab or Palestinian speak, you can always pick out the word, Yahud! Yahud! They always speak of Jews, not Israelis. This is no different than the Nazi 'Der Stuermer' slogan: "Die Juden sind unser ungluck!" - The Jews are our misfortune. The Arab equivalent is the term Naqba, their tragedy. It is the same Nazi ideology all over again, the corollary is there. Their young are instilled with hatred of Jews from an early age and trained on the lines of the Hitlerjugend with blood curdling slogans and guns. Make no mistake about it: like the Nazis, they are out to kill every Jewish man, woman and child and once more abetted by certain Europeans...
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“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"A spring shut up, a fountain sealed."
Song of Solomon 4:12
In this metaphor, which has reference to the inner life of a believer, we have very plainly the idea of secrecy. It is a spring shut up: just as there were springs in the East, over which an edifice was built, so that none could reach them save those who knew the secret entrance; so is the heart of a believer when it is renewed by grace: there is a mysterious life within which no human skill can touch. It is a secret which no other man knoweth; nay, which the very man who is the possessor of it cannot tell to his neighbour. The text includes not only secrecy, but separation. It is not the common spring, of which every passer-by may drink, it is one kept and preserved from all others; it is a fountain bearing a particular mark--a king's royal seal, so that all can perceive that it is not a common fountain, but a fountain owned by a proprietor, and placed specially by itself alone. So is it with the spiritual life. The chosen of God were separated in the eternal decree; they were separated by God in the day of redemption; and they are separated by the possession of a life which others have not; and it is impossible for them to feel at home with the world, or to delight in its pleasures. There is also the idea of sacredness. The spring shut up is preserved for the use of some special person: and such is the Christian's heart. It is a spring kept for Jesus. Every Christian should feel that he has God's seal upon him--and he should be able to say with Paul, "From henceforth let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Another idea is prominent--it is that of security. Oh! how sure and safe is the inner life of the believer! If all the powers of earth and hell could combine against it, that immortal principle must still exist, for he who gave it pledged his life for its preservation. And who "is he that shall harm you," when God is your protector?

Evening

"Thou art from everlasting."
Psalm 93:2
Christ is Everlasting. Of him we may sing with David, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever." Rejoice, believer, in Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus always was. The Babe born in Bethlehem was united to the Word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made. The title by which Christ revealed himself to John in Patmos was, "Him which is, and which was, and which is to come." If he were not God from everlasting, we could not so devoutly love him; we could not feel that he had any share in the eternal love which is the fountain of all covenant blessings; but since he was from all eternity with the Father, we trace the stream of divine love to himself equally with his Father and the blessed Spirit. As our Lord always was, so also he is for evermore. Jesus is not dead; "He ever liveth to make intercession for us." Resort to him in all your times of need, for he is waiting to bless you still. Moreover, Jesus our Lord ever shall be. If God should spare your life to fulfil your full day of threescore years and ten, you will find that his cleansing fountain is still opened, and his precious blood has not lost its power; you shall find that the Priest who filled the healing fount with his own blood, lives to purge you from all iniquity. When only your last battle remains to be fought, you shall find that the hand of your conquering Captain has not grown feeble--the living Saviour shall cheer the dying saint. When you enter heaven you shall find him there bearing the dew of his youth; and through eternity the Lord Jesus shall still remain the perennial spring of joy, and life, and glory to his people. Living waters may you draw from this sacred well! Jesus always was, he always is, he always shall be. He is eternal in all his attributes, in all his offices, in all his might, and willingness to bless, comfort, guard, and crown his chosen people.
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Today's reading: Ezekiel 8-10, Hebrews 13 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 8-10

Idolatry in the Temple
1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came on me there.2 I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal. 3 He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood. 4 And there before me was the glory of the God of Israel, as in the vision I had seen in the plain.
5 Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol of jealousy.
6 And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing—the utterly detestable things the Israelites are doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable....”

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 13

Concluding Exhortations
1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you....”
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Arad [Ā'răd]—fugitive.
  1. The Canaanite king who attacked the Israelites near Mount Hor and was defeated (Num. 21:133:40).
  2. Son of Beriah, a Benjamite and one of the principal men of Aijalon ( 1 Chron. 8:15). Also the name of a town south of Judah (Josh. 12:14).
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