Sunday, December 07, 2014

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There is no need for a ministerial reshuffle because not a lot is wrong with the federal government, but a lot is right. They have been given little credit because of a hostile senate where senators who promised the voter they had a vision for Australia have said that they don't want to discuss why they would oppose government legislation and don't have an alternative policy addressing the pressing needs of Australia. Joe Hockey, treasurer, has been overly criticised for producing a proportionate budget which addressed issues. Apparently 75% has been passed, but all of the savings need to be passed for Australia to avoid the embarrassment of her children living worse than their parents. Mr Hockey has been told he hasn't explained things well enough, or sold things well enough to the voting public or the partisan press. In fact it is not possible to sell anything to the partisan press. Fantasists and trouble makers are suggesting that talented ministers like Morrison or Turnbull should take the treasury. There would be no benefit for Australia were that to happen, as it would destabilise the government. 

Galaxy Poll has ALP ahead 55 to 45 in two party preferred terms. A great achievement for a corrupt, inept party without a policy, which the ALP is, compared to an effective hard working government which is effectively opposed by a partisan press. One bets no one who supports the ALP could list substantial reasons for their support. Interestingly, the corrupt and inept opposition were described by the media as 'furniture' when Rudd had his second tilt at failure as a leader. 

Abbott's plan for paid parental leave is opposed by many. It is a worthy policy from the social conservative side of politics. The ALP ended the baby bonus which was designed as a poor person's paid parental leave, after they bankrupted treasury. Mr Abbott has a plan that pays for the policy. Those that oppose it hate families and should be held responsible for families that fail while struggling because of it. 

ICAC is still asking for permission to over reach in persecuting prosecutor Cuneen. As discussed yesterday, Cuneen has not done anything wrong. ICAC want to investigate the allegation that Cuneen advised her son's girlfriend to avoid being breathalysed. But the girl had been blood tested at a hospital and found to have had no drugs or alcohol. The allegation relates to a personal issue, not a public one, and so there is no corruption to be investigated by the ICAC. But they are still spending lots of money to ask for permission to do so. One can only assume the ICAC want to be wound up for abuse of power. 

ABC is said to be staging Hunger Games style employee contests to see who will be made redundant. Generally reality tv is badly done, but this could be watchable. James Dellingpole writes that the ABC are so far to the left they make the BBC look like Fox News. 

Fairfax's Canberra Times issues a correction, writing that an earlier story described someone as being pro life when they are pro choice. It is reminiscent of the Simpson's cop saying he gets DUI (drunk and under the influence) and DOA (dead on arrival) confused. A poor worn out woman walks into the police station and asks to see her husband who was reported as DUI .. 

The American Academy of Religion has a President who is an ethicist. She has decided to discourage flying to conferences, well banning actually, for a year, so as to make a statement regarding global warming. It seems kind of fitting, as AGW is religious, but not reasoned.

Australian Imam declares Muslims can drink alcohol. Can they also oppose terrorism? 

Historical perspectives on this day
In 43 BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated. In 574, Emperor Justin II retired due to recurring seizures of insanity. He abdicated the throne in favour of his general Tiberius, proclaiming him Caesar. In 1703, the Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, made landfall. Winds gusted up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died. In 1724, Tumult of Thorn: Religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities. In 1732, the Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London, England. In 1776, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranged to enter the American military as a major general. In 1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. In 1862, American Civil War: Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. In 1869, American outlaw Jesse James committed his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.

In 1917, World War I: The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary. In 1930, W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasted video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also included the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show. In 1936, Australian cricketer Jack Fingleton became the first player to score centuries in four consecutive Test innings. In 1941, World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.) In 1946, A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. In 1949, Chinese Civil War: The government of the Republic of China moved from Nanking to Taipei, Taiwan. In 1962, Prince Rainier III of Monaco revised the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils. In 1963, Instant replay made its debut during an American ArmyNavy football game. In 1965, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously revoke mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.

In 1971, Pakistan President Yahya Khan announced the formation of a coalition government with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Deputy Prime Minister. In 1972 Imelda Marcos survived an assassination attempt using a bolo knife against her. Also, Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, was launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they left the Earth. In 1975, Indonesian invasion of East Timor: The invasion began. In 1982, in Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., became the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States. In 1983, an Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 collided with an Aviaco DC-9 in dense fog while the two airliners were taxiing down the runway at Madrid–Barajas Airport, killing 93 people. In 1987, Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashed near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shot his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shot both pilots and himself. In 1988, Spitak Earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 25,000, injured 30,000 and left 500,000 homeless out of a population of 3,500,000. Also, Yasser Arafat recognised the right of Israel to exist.

In 1993, the Long Island Rail Road massacre: Passenger Colin Ferguson murdered six people and injured 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York. In 1995, the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34. In 1999, A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sued the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement. In 2003, the Conservative Party of Canada was officially registered, following the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In 2005, Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport. Also, Ante Gotovina, a Croatian army general accused of war crimes, was captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife, by Spanish police. In 2006, a tornado struck Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties. In 2007, the Hebei Spirit oil spill began in South Korea after a crane barge that had broken free from a tug collided with the Very Large Crude Carrier, Hebei Spirit.
Mike Carlton often gets things wrong, but as with the political execution of Greiner, that is all that is needed to be successful in pulling down a conservative leader. Wikipedia calls Carlton's lies 'criticism.' To understand Carlton, is to know he did not go to university. He isn't that bright. He gets away with things, because he doesn't understand what he should have done. Carlton was a cadet journalist for the ABC in 1963, age seventeen. He has even been sacked by Sydney Morning Herald, being that unreliable. They hired him back .. for being able to make up attacks on conservatives, he is reliable. But his figures are rubbery. Getting back to it, Cameron should have called for Arafat's death. But he didn't do that either. 

ABC seem keen to threaten public servants who are effective in fighting crime. They have revealed the location of the home of a person leading the fight against organised crime. One hopes that the ABC News division is part of that target circle. When asked about their decision, ABC blustered, and retroactively obscured some details. One can understand the ABC's antagonism, however, as the spouse of the crime fighter is not the same gender as the crime fighter. ABC apparently stands for Anyone but Conservatives. 

Finally, we know why Electoral Office in WA lost votes. It isn't corruption. It is incompetence. Reform of the process, allowing online voting, is possible. And cheaper. As well, removing the stupid laws restricting free speech would not harm minorities. Despite fear mongering. Were there gay marriage in NSW, I would not feel compelled to marry a man. Were there free speech, I still would not feel the need to be crude.

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
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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 to those born on this day, along with
December 7Day of the Little Candles in Colombia; Armed Forces Flag Day in India; Pearl Harbor Day in the United States
"The Blue Marble"
You've perfected your oration. You aren't a nay sayer. You play marbles like a champion. You own copyright. No need to announce the attack, let us party. 

Hockey’s going nowhere, just like Turnbull

Piers Akerman – Saturday, December 06, 2014 (11:05pm)

BEFORE the silly season gets any sillier, it should be noted Joe Hockey is not about to be shifted from Treasury, there won’t be a Cabinet reshuffle early in the New Year, and the record shows the Abbott government finished the year well ahead of its deluded opponents. 

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ICAC is refusing to accept it was wrong

Miranda Devine – Saturday, December 06, 2014 (11:02pm)

NOW that ICAC has been brought to its knees by the NSW Court of Appeal, we see that the corruption body’s hounding of crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen and her family is state oppression worthy of the East German secret police. 

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Tim Blair – Sunday, December 07, 2014 (2:29am)

Low levels of love from James Delingpole for our tax-swilling luxury leftists
Australia’s national broadcaster ABC has reportedly been staging brutal, Hunger-Games-style contests in order to decide which of its excess staff are for the chop.
If this is the plan I don’t think it’s going to work. The people at ABC are all, basically, Capitol-style pansy sybarites. They wouldn’t know what to do with a bow and arrow or a gun because they mostly eat tofu and think that hunting is for savages. None of them would make a dash for all those exciting weapons and supplies in the Cornucopia at the beginning. Instead, they would run squealing for their lives into the forest where they would quickly succumb to Flat White deprivation or be eaten by Australia’s totally out-of-control population of saltwater crocodiles. Or, if they fled into the sea, by Australia’s out-of-control killer shark population.
Those of you who think I am being unduly unsympathetic towards my hapless fellow journalists’ plight clearly haven’t experienced ABC at close quarters. I have. ABC swings so far to the left it makes the BBC look like Fox News. 
Please read on. Meanwhile, $291,505 per year tax drain and half-hour per week 7.30 NSW presenter Quentin Dempster has finally ended his ABC career
The cast and crew of 7.30 NSW wave goodbye – will we ever see the likes of this again? 
Let’s hope so. More broadly, minor budget cuts and ABC boss Mark Scott’s digital obsession continue breaking ABC minds. Witness this excruciating Walkleys speech from Mrs Tony Jones:

Between them, Mrs Jones and her husband scarf down more than half a million dollars of your taxes every year. With this sort of cash at stake, is it any wonder that state-pampered pansies – who previously worried about the gap between rich and poor – are now turning on each other? (Of interest in the above clip: our old friend Mike Carltonappears at the 25 second mark, looking regally unamused among his tax-enriched ABC friends. Hopefully he used an appropriate tone of voice when dealing with the lowly servants.)
UPDATE. Leftist media organisations operating in the free market aren’t doing so well eitther.


Tim Blair – Sunday, December 07, 2014 (12:14am)

Warmism moves ever closer to becoming a full-blown faith
If the bioethicist Laurie Zoloth, the president of the American Academy of Religion, has her way, she’ll be remembered as the woman who canceled her organization’s conference, which every year attracts a city’s worth of religion scholars.
Two weeks ago, at her organization’s gathering, which is held jointly with the Society for Biblical Literature and this year drew 9,900 scholars, Dr. Zoloth used her presidential address to call on her colleagues to plan a sabbatical year, a year in which they would cancel their conference. In her vision, they would all refrain from flying across the country, saving money and carbon. It could be a year, Dr. Zoloth argued, in which they would sacrifice each other’s company for the sake of the environment. 
Frankly, it doesn’t sound like all that much of a sacrifice. 
“Every year, each participant going to the meeting uses a quantum of carbon that is more than considerable. Air travel, staying in hotels, all of this creates a way of living on the earth that is carbon intensive. It could be otherwise.” 
Yes. Yes, it could
Because in her own field, bioethics, she frequently talks with scientists, she was aware that religion scholars were lagging in their attention to climate change.
“I decided it was the core moral issue of our time,” Dr. Zoloth said on Nov. 22, the day before her big speech. “And I had one chance to really say I don’t know the answer — we don’t know the answer, and we’re faced with this. The scientists on my campus are frantic about this science. Every scientific panel I went to was filled with incredibly anxious scientists.” And they kept asking about her religion colleagues: What are you doing? 
Do scientists in other fields seek similar religious assistance? Has a tectonic geologist ever asked a priest for any theories on, say, strata stability? 
So as she planned ahead for the 2014 conference, she encouraged the program chairmen, who coordinate the hundreds of small panels that make up the main business of the conference, to seek out papers that dealt with the environment and climate change. 
Think of all the fun they’ll be missing next year, with no conference to visit. Naturally, like all warmies, Dr. Zoloth is something of an authoritarian: 
Dr. Zoloth didn’t win all the victories she sought. A vegetarian, she was unable to persuade her fellow organizers to keep the conference catering meat-free. When asked why others resisted, she shook her head and said, “I don’t know. They just couldn’t imagine it.” 
This might be an appropriate location for any future religio-climate gatherings. In the meantime, get proper jobs, you talk-festing, leaf-chewing, planet-worrying, Jesus-screaming academic deadbeats.
(Via Chris P.) 


Tim Blair – Saturday, December 06, 2014 (10:22pm)

A curious correction from Fairfax’s Canberra Times
An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Ms Gallagher was pro-life. She is pro-choice. 
They might want to try that again. “Choice” is not the opposite of “life”.

On The Bolt Report today, December 7

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (10:18am)

On the year’s final The Bolt Report on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial: Calling out the wreckers
My guest:  Christopher Pyne, Education Minister and Leader of the House
The panel: former Labor campaign guru Bruce Hawker and Janet Albrechtsen of The Australian
NewsWatch:  Sharri Markson, media editor of The Australian.
The real battle and who’s ahead. The Palmer United Senator who could surprise. Is the Senate a time bomb? Who flopped and must go? Joe Hockey in strife.

The videos of the shows appear here.

Australia’s contribution to Islam: booze

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (5:59am)

If there’s a mufti anywhere who reckons Muslims have a right to a beer or good red, it has to be an Australian:

Mostafa Rashed, Imam of Sydney mosque in Australia, made a religious edict saying wine is not banned in Islam.
Rashed considers Quranic verses merely ban drunkenness, not the wine itself.
In a talk show aired on the privately-owned Al-Tahrir TV channel on Friday, Rashed said that prophet sayings on banning of wine are weak, thus it’s not mandatory to follow them.
“This is an edict that I am responsible for,” he said adding that a small amount of wine does not lead to drunkenness and that heaven includes rivers of wine.
Makes you proud to be an Australian. Assimilation may be working, after all.
(Thanks to reader Larry.) 

Galaxy: Labor ahead 55 to 45

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (5:47am)

The Galaxy poll confirms the Abbott Government is in near-fatal trouble:
Tony Abbott risks becoming a one-term prime minister unless he lifts the Government’s fortunes, with Labor opening up a 10-point lead — 55:45 — on a two-party preferred basis. 

Getting taxpayers to pay for nannies doesn’t make Abbott’s leave scheme that much better

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (5:22am)

Tony Abbott bows to the criticism that his paid parental leave system is too generous to the rich:
WEALTHY mums will be banned from big payouts under Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, and the savings will be used to make childcare more affordable for all.,,
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal that Mr Abbott has agreed in principle to consider a new means test and an even lower cap on the current maximum payout of $50,000. 
But immediately the effect is spoiled:
The overhaul of the scheme is likely to fund the extension of the 50 per cent childcare rebate for the first time to carers working in the family home, including qualified nannies.
We’re paying now for the nannies of the rich?
For heaven’s sake. The economy is sinking and we still get new taxes for this kind of stuff?
The existing 1.5 per cent levy on Australia’s largest companies to fund the PPL will stand despite the changes, which will anger big business. 
But maybe I’m out of touch with the entitlement culture. The Sunday Herald Sun approves:
TONY Abbott’s decision to deny wealthy mums $50,000 payouts under his paid parental leave scheme and devote the cash to childcare funds is a no-brainer…
Critics argue that extending the childcare rebate to care in the home would only help wealthy women.
But it is shiftworkers including nurses, police and average working mums with larger families who would really benefit from the flexibility of a style of assistance like family day care in their own homes.
Voting ourselves extra goodies when there’s actually less money, not more?
More detail:
This would mean those who use carers working in the family home, such as nannies and family daycare workers, would be eligible for the 50 per cent rebate.
“More affordable childcare helps with the cost of living; and flexibility and accessibility in the system will make life so much easier for many families,” Mr Abbott said.

The Age lets green carpetbaggers sponsor its global warming coverage

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (4:58am)

Astonishing. Green carpetbaggers now pay The Age to report on global warming.
The story, by reporter Marcus Priest:
Peru climate talks drift off target as Bishop flies in 
As Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb prepare to arrive in Lima to represent Australia at the annual United Nations climate negotiations, deep divisions are emerging over whether a deal to be reached in Paris next year will include legally binding targets. The US says national targets should be voluntary – a position that has won the support of leading Australian economist Ross Garnaut.
But the European Union has claimed that voluntary targets will not provide the necessary long-term certainty to make the cuts in carbon dioxide emissions needed to prevent dangerous climate change. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has now made a similar argument, saying a deal without legally binding commitments would be nothing more than aspirations.
The credit:
Marcus Priest was flown to Lima by the Clean Energy Council as the winner of its 2013 media award.
The Clean Energy Council represents 550 business involved in renewable energy and energy efficiency, which directly profit from the global warming scare. Marcus Priest reporter is a former advisor to a Gillard Labor minister and a global warming crusader.
So this is the global warming industry flying a sympathetic reporter it’s picked to report for The Age on a Lima global warming conference.
Is The Age insane?
Try this alternative.
Big Tobacco flies a chain-smoking reporter it’s honoured to report for The Age on a New York conference on passive smoking.

ABC sets standard

Andrew Bolt December 07 2014 (4:51am)






A bit like the atheists view of God ..














=== Posts from last year ===


Tim Blair – Saturday, December 07, 2013 (5:48pm)

SMH veteran Mike Carlton republishes a claim that British Prime Minister David Cameron once sought Nelson Mandela’s execution:


One small problem: it isn’t true. Carlton has form when it comes to weak research.


Tim Blair – Saturday, December 07, 2013 (4:15pm)

For no good reason at all, the ABC reveals the location of a crime fighter’s house: 
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has accused the ABC of “flippant and irresponsible” coverage of the government’s war on bikie gangs after it broadcast pictures of the house of the man co-ordinating the government’s campaign, and named the suburb and house number. 
Andrew Bolt summarises: 
The ABC thinks nothing of publishing spying secrets which cause great harm for no gain, but which put pressure on a Liberal prime minister. Now the ABC thinks nothing of showing where a crime fighter and his family live, again potentially causing great harm for no gain, but putting pressure on a Liberal National Party leader.
And this from an ABC which goes ballistic when a newspaper merely reveals how much taxpayers are paying its top stars. 
By contrast, note how properly cautious is this ABC staffer not to expose his precise address: 
When the time came to downsize after 15 years in the large family home in leafy Hawthorn, Radio National presenter and author Jonathan Green and his wife, publisher Sally Heath, were keen for something smaller, closer to the city. 


Tim Blair – Saturday, December 07, 2013 (5:13am)

Those who refer to Nelson Mandela by his clan name of Madiba are fantastic poseurs.
UPDATE. Meredith Burgmann
I had long thought about what I would say to Madiba if I was ever to meet him. 
My son and I were home in Nashville; the only ones awake early on a Sunday morning. We sat on the couch and watched as Madiba was set free. 
A free South Africa at peace with itself. That’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation that he loved. 
UPDATE II. From the Financial Times
Desmond Tutu, his friend and fellow Nobel peace laureate, was one of the first to question the world’s sanctification of “Madiba” – his clan name and how he liked to be known. Archbishop Tutu appreciated long before it became a commonplace that the cult of Mandela risked blinding people to the colossal problems facing South Africa. “He is only one pebble on the beach, one of thousands,” he said halfway through Mandela’s term in office. “Not an insignificant pebble, I’ll grant you that, but a pebble all the same.” 

Stuff-up, not conspiracy in WA vote. An apology from Palmer?

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (9:32am)

It all seems a bit slack, although not the conspiracy that Clive Palmer recklessly claimed - a slur for which he should apologise: 
ELECTORAL Commissioner Ed Killesteyn is under pressure to resign after a strongly worded report by former AFP commissioner Mick Keelty lashed “parlous” arrangements that led to the loss of 1375 Senate ballot papers from Western Australia..
Mr Keelty condemned a “loose planning culture” and a “complacent attitude towards ballot papers”, along with a “lack of detail . . . in the planning and conduct of operations in WA"…
“The loss of the ballots was in all probability the result of a chain of seemingly minor but entirely and easily avoidable errors and omissions. 
“Each of these events on its own may or may not have been significant; but taken as a whole they indicate a loose electoral environment in WA in which the loss of ballots was more likely to occur and less likely to be detected.” 
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Anyone But Conservatives for breakfast

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (7:21am)

Would it really kill Fran Kelly - or the ABC - to let a conservative share her taxpayer-funded pulpit?
Roger Franklin checks the ABC’s charter line-by-line against its performance and wonders who is actually minding the shop.
A must read. You’ll want to sign the petition afterwards.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 

The rise of the modern savage

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (7:02am)

I suspect we have been in denial about a feral culture, made more primitive by the social freedoms demanded by the strong:
In July last year, locals in a quiet valley in south-western NSW were startled to see three police four-wheel drives, a police bus and an ambulance bouncing up an old stock route towards a remote timbered block, tucked away from the road. 
Police and child protection officers left with 12 children under the age of 16 in what is shaping as one of the most serious child abuse cases in Australia. The children were malnourished, filthy, could barely talk, had appalling hygiene and had been living without electricity and running water. What emerged is a truly horrific case of child sex abuse and intergenerational incest. As the royal commission on child abuse within institutions gets under way, the events at this farm highlight what many say is a far more serious threat to children: sexual abuse within the family.
Read on, but not if you are squeamish. 

Scaring gays into giving up their free speech

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (5:39am)

Free speech

Diversity Council of Australia CEO Nareen Young has no faith in freedom - or in her fellow citizens:
To be clear, I support free speech. I support the right of everyone – in print, in art, in public demonstration and specifically, in public life – to express opinions and participate in community debate. But… 
But she doesn’t. Ah, the yes-but argument of the modern Leftist, who badly wants a medal for being a defender of free speech even when they want to ban it. They want to be hailed as virtuous while sinning.
Like so many modern Leftists, Young has inordinate faith in process and in laws administered by a caste of people just like her for the molding of people not like her. These restrictions are actually called “protections”, even though they involve not protecting your rights but removing them. As I say, the Left want to the virtues due to libertarians even as they act as authoritarians:
These protections have their legal basis in the various Acts of the Human Rights Commission (and in their state-based equivalents) that protect all of us from being victims of discrimination and harassment at work.
Young tries to scare gays and lesbians into believing the Abbott Government’s planned repeal of parts of the Racial Discrimination Act will unleash a torrent of abuse - and against them, too:
If the RDA is amended to remove section 18C that makes it unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people because of their race, does that mean that words like ‘wog’, ‘gook’, ‘slope’, ‘kike’ or ‘coon’ become acceptable in the course of the working day or night? 
What next? Will equivalent sections of the Sex Discrimination Act be repealed so that describing a co-worker as a ‘slut’, ‘hag‘, ‘silly cow‘ or ‘bitch’ is not deemed to be offensive? It is pretty clear where this could be heading for the LGBTI community....  I mean, really, if ‘Abo’, ‘coon’, ‘dago’ or ‘slope’ are ok, the inevitable question from some quarters will be why are ‘the gays’ being so sensitive?
This is almost as obscene as it is absurd.
No one I know who supports these reforms thinks the insults Young lists are “acceptable”, “OK” or not offensive. What is offensive is the suggestion that this argument about the RDA is about making such insults “OK”. On the contrary, they were not socially acceptable before the law was passed and will not be after.
The truth is that there are many things more powerful - yet more democratic and less chafing - than the law to enforce good manners and I expect they to remain powerful. These are the social sanctions that are present in every healthy community.
Take some recent examples. There is no clear law against calling a female Prime Minister a witch. But see what happened when one protester at a rally against the carbon tax did just that. Fellow protesters told him to remove his sign, which was condemned in Parliament and in countless newspaper articles, TV reports and radio broadcasts. I attacked it, too, and it’s remarkable how rarely similar signs appeared at later rallies.
That collective disapproval of the sign had a far greater effect than a prosecution under the law would have achieved. Had the man with the sign instead been charged the would have become - rightly - a martyr and other citizens would have been absolved of their duty to speak out and robbed of their power to pass judgment. The state would have nationalised morality. The public would have turned from jurors to subjects.
I don’t think that is healthy - and that is without considering the danger of such laws against free speech of the kind Young defends. Do we really trust judges and the political class with a power that lets them impose their particular and sometimes arbitrary sense of morality on everyone else, deciding which of their favorites may speak and which of their bete noirs must be silenced? In this way does a democracy become dictatorial.
No, gays and lesbians have nothing to lose but their chains in this debate. No horde of gay-haters would suddenly feel freer to vilify - and nor would the rest of us be any slower to fight back. Manners, after all, are for us all to defend and decide. All respect to Young, but I’d rather leave that work to the many us than limit it to the few of her.
Tim Wilson makes some highly relevant points in urging other gays and lesbians to stand up for free speech:
Section 18C represents ‘special’ rights for a certain group of people, not ‘equal’ rights. 
The simple reality is that some individuals from different cultural, ethnic or national backgrounds don’t accept people being same-sex attracted, and make it known. If section 18C is allowed to stand they can throw hostile verbal bombs at LGBTI Australians, but retreat to the protections of 18C should LGBTI Australians respond.
Fourth, it fundamentally undermines the human right to free speech… Arguably the most important [right] is free speech, because it is necessary to protect all other human rights… We should preserve the right to speak out, mock them and ridicule them for the stupidity of their comments or the hate in their heart… 
As LGBTI Australians know: haters gonna hate. So we should defend our human right to speak out, defend ourselves and ridicule narrow-mindedness without fear.

No Government should help an SPC Ardmona that will not help itself

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (5:26am)

I share Grace Collier’s surprise:
INDUSTRY Minister Ian Macfarlane made an incomprehensible decision this week. After talks with Coca-Cola Amatil, a taxpayer-funded three-person panel was created to advise on a request from SPC Ardmona for assistance. The panel’s charter includes “workplace practices, productivity” and “product range”.
Labor Party heavy and former ACTU secretary Greg Combet is one of the appointees - he is going to advise on enterprise bargains with the unions. No doubt Combet will arrange the visuals of chastened unions announcing Holden-style faux pay cuts as the precursor to subsidies…
Macfarlane foresees the panel helping with other distressed businesses such as Simplot…
The union movement must be laughing its head off… 
Enterprise bargaining is the main reason that Holden, Toyota, Simplot and SPC Ardmona are in strife. These companies seek government subsidies because they need money for the inflated wages and conditions they have agreed to pay but cannot afford… Government policy on industry assistance should be this: if a company is paying its workforce more than the award wage, then it must not receive taxpayer assistance under any circumstances. 
As for a Coalition government hiring Greg Combet…
Terry McCrann on another failing business paying high wages which also wants more government help:
Whatever else happens, Qantas’s international business is ultimately unsustainable… None of this denies the two sets of burdens imposed on Qantas. Its uneconomic operational cost structure, courtesy of the burdens of national carrier and domestic residence, and the Qantas Sale Act limitations on its shareholdings…
In sum and in short, the Qantas Sale Act limitations should go. Qantas international with them. 
Jetstar becomes our Australia-Qantas national carrier… Qantas and Virgin can then be left to go at each other in the domestic market.

There was no deal, Demetriou said. The charges weren’t dropped

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (5:19am)

I really don’t see how Andrew Demetriou’s word can be taken seriously again with a record like this, and I suggest he won’t stay much longer as head of the AFL. 

Warmists slapped with a cold sardine

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (4:53am)

Global warming - general

Cold sardines? This isn’t what warming alarmists were expecting. The New Scientist reports:
Western Canada’s sardine fleet returned with no fish this month. The loss of the fishery, normally worth CAN$32 million (US$30.7 million), took many by surprise..
Pacific sardine populations fluctuate with water temperature. Colder water means fewer fish. Temperatures last fell in the 1940s, but heavy fishing continued, devastating the stock and ending fishing until sardines returned when waters warmed in the 1980s. 
“We think this is set to happen again,” says Zwolinski, who tracked the population over the past century. He found that sardines have reproduced less since waters cooled in the 1990s.
As far south as California the fishermen are complaining of cold water: 
Federal fisheries managers slashed upcoming West Coast sardine harvests by two-thirds while scientists try to get a better handle on indications the population is significantly dwindling… Populations typically drop when ocean temperatures get colder, as they have lately in conjunction with a climatic condition known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
A bit of warming would do food supplies the world of good.
Michael Fumento in the New York Post:
The 2013 [US] hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way. 
Warmist claims of a severe increase in hurricane activity go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. The cover of Al Gore’s 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” even features a satellite image of the globe with four major hurricanes superimposed. Yet the evidence to the contrary was there all along. Back in 2005 I and others reviewed the entire hurricane record, which goes back over a century, and found no increase of any kind. 
(Thanks to reader Jono and others.)  

ABC first reveals spy secrets, now shows where crime fighter lives

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (4:37am)

covered this yesterday, and still can’t believe it actually happened:
QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has accused the ABC of “flippant and irresponsible” coverage of the government’s war on bikie gangs after it broadcast pictures of the house of the man co-ordinating the government’s campaign, and named the suburb and house number
After the ABC report on the 7pm news on Thursday night about the appointment of former military officer Bill Mellor to head the government’s anti-bikie Strategic Monitoring Team, Mr Newman ...  contacted [ABC boss Mark] Scott directly and he also wrote to Tony Abbott on the matter, claiming in his letter to the Prime Minister that the ABC broadcast “seriously and maliciously undermined the security and safety of a Queensland government employee”.
“The reprehensible actions of ABC employees involved in this incident brought Mrs Mellor to tears and sparked a swift review of the family’s personal security arrangements, including a decision by the Commissioner of Police to immediately provide police protection,” the letter says. “There can be no justification, especially given the ABC’s Code of Practice 2013, for broadcasting details and images of his residence.
“The response that local ABC has provided to this issue underscores my view that they are treating government, police and crime agency concerns about criminal gang activity in a flippant and irresponsible manner.” 
By late yesterday the ABC had written back to both Mr Newman and Mr Mellor, and said in the letter they regretted the footage that identified Mr Mellor’s house.
How could Mellor’s address and footage of his house have been remotely relevant in the first place? Do stories about the ABC come with pictures of Mark Scott’s home, street number included? And how much more insane is the ABC’s report when its subject - correction, target - is coordinating a fight against bikie gangs?
There is a pattern here. The ABC thinks nothing of publishing spying secrets which cause great harm for no gain, but which put pressure on a Liberal prime minister. Now the ABC thinks nothing of showing where a crime fighter and his family live, again potentially causing great harm for no gain, but putting pressure on a Liberal National Party leader.
And this from an ABC which goes ballistic when a newspaper merely reveals how much taxpayers are paying its top stars.
The ABC is out of control. 

In defence of Peta Credlin

Andrew Bolt December 07 2013 (4:14am)

I am not saying all the criticisms of Peta Credlin - or, more properly, the very narrow concentration of power and advice in the Prime Minister’s office - are wrong. I’ve said plenty on 2GB about this myself this week.
But Peter van Onselen is right: many of those criticisms are over the top or unbalanced:
SINCE the Coalition was elected to government, criticisms of Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, have come thick and fast. 
Disgruntled MPs upset with demotion (or a lack of promotion) have blamed her. Frontbenchers and backbenchers alike who have had staffing selections knocked back by the infamous “star chamber” have criticised Credlin’s “controlling” ways…
... the criticisms of Credlin should be more accurately targeted at the elected MPs (especially ministers) who either put forward poor suggestions in the first place, or lack the resolve to argue their case to win the day…
Much has been made of Senate leader Eric Abetz failing to win support for his chief of staff in opposition (and long-time senior adviser throughout the Howard years), Chris Fryer, becoming chief of staff in government.... If Abetz seriously believed Fryer should have been appointed, as the third most-senior member of the government he needed to insist on the appointment being made.
That’s what Health Minister Peter Dutton did ..
Before becoming opposition leader, Abbott was well known for his ill-discipline… Credlin’s arrival in Abbott’s political life changed that...
I have no problem with a Prime Minister wanting to vet senior staff appointments. I agree this process may undermine the authority of ministers who deserve to be trusted and it should not be quite this draconian. But, then again, I was surprised by one minister’s choice of a very senior staffer, and think the government was well served by the committee - including Credlin - which knocked it back. 

ABC out of control: now showing where a Liberal-appointed crime-fighter lives

Andrew Bolt December 06 2013 (7:46pm)

The ABC is now lured by its partisan politics into sheer bastardry, showing on TV the home of the man picked by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to fight criminal bikie gangs.
Here’s how the story unfolds.
Newman appoints a man he served under at Duntroon 31 years ago:
Brigadier Bill Mellor is a “highly decorated officer with an impeccable record” and the right person to lead the government’s war on criminal gangs, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said. 
The retired Brigadier was transferred from his role as a flood recovery co-ordinator, to head up the government’s Strategic Monitoring Team… Premier Campbell Newman served under the Brigadier during his time in the armed services, but Brigadier Mellor had distinguished himself post-military through roles such as heading up the southern Queensland flood recovery effort. 
Clive Palmer disgraces himself - big surprise - with yet another lunatic conspiracy theory:
Federal MP for Fairfax Clive Palmer told ABC Radio that Brigadier Mellor’s appointment was ”tantamount to a Gestapo”. 
“Changing legislation, employing ex-Army people to run judicial functions, I think it’s very bad to have military people in police positions in society,” Mr Palmer said.
Mellor has a distinguished record of service:
Brigadier Mellor commanded the Australian Force in Somalia and was a key player in the strategic planning for the Australian intervention in Timor. 
Brigadier Mellor is the Deputy Chairman of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland and a trustee of the General Douglas Macarthur Museum in Queen Street in Brisbane. 
But Labor and its allies - who thought nothing of having the husband of then Premier Anna Bligh head a government department - sniff a mate-ocracy:
The ABC, which had little problem with Bligh’s husband, runs with the pack:
The retired Army officer appointed by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to oversee the state’s controversial crackdown on bikies will be paid more than $200,000 for his year-long appointment. 
Further details emerged about Brigadier Bill Mellor’s role as the Opposition and the head of the Queensland Police Union separately expressed concerns about the appointment and its implications for law enforcement in the state.
“It is very concerning ... it should be the role of the Police Commissioner,” Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk told the ABC.
“[Brigadier Mellor] has been a senior military officer but law enforcement is a completely different ball game.
“We don’t need the military running this state, thank you very much.”..
Ms Palaszczuk said it was a further example of Mr Newman “appointing his mates” to senior positions.
Then on its main 7pm Queensland bulletin last night, the ABC named the suburb Mellor lives in and repeatedly showed the street view of his home. Remember, this is a man appointed to help fight criminal bikie gangs.
Premier Newman has rung the ABC boss, Mark Scott, to protest. A public apology has yet not been issued.
The ABC is out of control.
Absolutely astonishing, and worse than I thought. Reader Rolf:
And they actually showed the street number, a large brass number on a rendered brick post. I did not notice any pixellation in the shot of his house.
Why didn’t the ABC just paint a target on Mellor’s forehead?
Reader Michael has checked the tape:
Andrew, Can confirm that the original ABC news report showed 3 separate shots of Brig Bill Mellor’s house including a close up of the street number on the letter box. At the same time, a voiceover revealed the name of the suburb. 
After complaint lodged, the ABC kept the story online but advised that they had pixelated the number on the letterbox and removed the reference to suburb.  Now this is the residence of the key public servant tasked with coordinating the effort against criminal motorcycle gangs. The ABC must explain what benefit they hoped to derive from identifying Mr Mellor’s family home, and how they believed doing so would in any way serve the public interest.

Four boats this week, after five in five weeks

Andrew Bolt December 06 2013 (7:39pm)

Four boats this week - not a good one - as the head of Operation Sovereign Borders reveals in today’s press conference:
In summary, during this reporting period, 162 illegal maritime arrivals, six crew, and 27 people whose status is yet undetermined on four suspected illegal entry vessels were or will shortly be transferred to Department of Immigration and Border Protection Authorities on Christmas Island.
That said, the Immigration Minister still notes a steep decline in arrivals:
For weeks we have been warning that smugglers will try to lift their tempo of ventures in this final window before the monsoon, and that is what we have seen in this past week. Conditions have been favourable for such ventures and the Government will not be surprised if further ventures are attempted in the few weeks remaining before the monsoon formally sets in. 
Notwithstanding these latest arrivals, the decline in illegal arrivals by boat since Operation Sovereign Borders remain at below 80 per cent of what they were in the previous period following the Regional Resettlement Arrangement under the former Government up until the commencement of Operation Sovereign Borders. 

Mark Kenny: Abbott simply “heartless” for not giving dying Holden more wasted millions

Andrew Bolt December 06 2013 (7:23pm)

The daily Fairfax Abbott-hate. If Tony Abbott handed yet more subsidies to Holden, would Fairfax’s Mark Kenny then attack him for keeping corporate welfare while slashing everything else?:
A doctrinal aversion to industry assistance within the economic power grouping of the Abbott government threatens to make the Prime Minister look not just heartless, but impotent
By portraying itself as slave to larger economic and historical forces than it can control when it comes to Holden’s likely closure, the government risks striking the wrong policy responses and the wrong political tone.
Like his translucent “direct action” policy on global warming in which almost nobody can find substance, the Prime Minister appears at best only half-committed to averting a clear and present crisis for thousands of people whose livelihoods derive directly from the automotive sector. 
Asked his intentions on Friday, the best Tony Abbott could offer, in an interview with Melbourne’s 3AW, was: “… there’s not going to be any extra money over and above the generous support the taxpayers have been giving the motor industry for a long time...” 
For Kenny, the argument is all about having a heart, not a brain. And so Abbott is accused not just of looming “heartless”, but of having “glib indifference”, lacking “national leadership” and appearing “cavalier”.
Nowhere in the piece, of course, is any argument on how taking taxes from good businesses to prop up a dying one leaves workers and taxpayers better off. Nowhere does Kenny address today’s revelation - that Ministers understand Holden will close its doors regardless, meaning no bailout will work.
Abbott’s just heartless. End of today’s stupid story. 

Finally, some semblance of reality vs the Mandela "saint" myth. Flaws are great. It shows one is human.
This four-legged bandit was caught by a South Carolina convenience store's security camera shoplifting things like pig ears, beef bones, dog food and treats. See the canine-incriminating footage here:
Andy Trieu.
Dana Nuccitelli who, with (UN)Skeptical Science's John Cook wrote a paper on "consensus" that has been torn to shreds, seems on a path of self-destruction with his twitter account.
An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star.
David Bowles
A fantastic, short piece exploring how protest-related arrests are rising along with foreign investment. These arrests allow the Burmese government to silence those shining a light on the military's influence in Burma's economy and politics.

"[M]any of these charges have targeted individuals and groups whose protests threaten to spotlight highly sensitive issues like the extractives industry, the Kachin conflict, meager salaries and workplace abuse of factory employees, etc – in short, the issues that are most sensitive to the government and military and its close network of business tycoons and prized foreign investors."

““I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"As is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly."
1 Corinthians 15:48
The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet, part of iron and part of clay. Christ's mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites; the members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, for thus the record stands, "Because I live, ye shall live also." As is our loving Head, such is the body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head and chosen members; an accepted Head, and accepted members; a living Head, and living members. If the head be pure gold, all the parts of the body are of pure gold also. Thus is there a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion. Pause here, devout reader, and see if thou canst without ecstatic amazement, contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in thus exalting thy wretchedness into blessed union with his glory. Thou art so mean that in remembrance of thy mortality, thou mayest say to corruption, "Thou art my father," and to the worm, "Thou art my sister"; and yet in Christ thou art so honoured that thou canst say to the Almighty, "Abba, Father," and to the Incarnate God, "Thou art my brother and my husband." Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have whereof to glory over the heads of them all. Let the poorest and most despised believer lay hold upon this privilege; let not a senseless indolence make him negligent to trace his pedigree, and let him suffer no foolish attachment to present vanities to occupy his thoughts to the exclusion of this glorious, this heavenly honour of union with Christ.


"Girt about the paps with a golden girdle."
Revelation 1:13
"One like unto the Son of Man" appeared to John in Patmos, and the beloved disciple marked that he wore a girdle of gold. A girdle, for Jesus never was ungirt while upon earth, but stood always ready for service, and now before the eternal throne he stays not His holy ministry, but as a priest is girt about with "the curious girdle of the ephod." Well it is for us that he has not ceased to fulfil his offices of love for us, since this is one of our choicest safeguards that he ever liveth to make intercession for us. Jesus is never an idler; his garments are never loose as though his offices were ended; he diligently carries on the cause of his people. A golden girdle, to manifest the superiority of his service, the royalty of his person, the dignity of his state, the glory of his reward. No longer does he cry out of the dust, but he pleads with authority, a King as well as a Priest. Safe enough is our cause in the hands of our enthroned Melchizedek.
Our Lord presents all his people with an example. We must never unbind our girdles. This is not the time for lying down at ease, it is the season of service and warfare. We need to bind the girdle of truth more and more tightly around our loins. It is a golden girdle, and so will be our richest ornament, and we greatly need it, for a heart that is not well braced up with the truth as it is in Jesus, and with the fidelity which is wrought of the Spirit, will be easily entangled with the things of this life, and tripped up by the snares of temptation. It is in vain that we possess the Scriptures unless we bind them around us like a girdle, surrounding our entire nature, keeping each part of our character in order, and giving compactness to our whole man. If in heaven Jesus unbinds not the girdle, much less may we upon earth. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.

Today's reading: Daniel 3-4, 1 John 5 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Daniel 3-4

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace
1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.
4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace....”

Today's New Testament reading: 1 John 5

Faith in the Incarnate Son of God
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life....
Joseph [Jō'zeph]—may god add orincreaser.
  1. Poetic description of the descendants of Joseph the son of Jacob (Deut. 33:13).
  2. The Father of Igal, one of the spies sent by Moses into Canaan (Num. 13:7).
  3. A son of Asaph ( 1 Chron. 25:29).
  4. A man of the family of Baniwho had taken a foreign wife (Ezra 10:42).
  5. A priest of the family of Shebaniah in Joaakim’s time (Neh. 12:14).
  6. Ancestor of Joseph, Mary’s husband ( Luke 3:24).
  7. Another ancestor of Joseph in the same line (Luke 3:26).
  8. A more remote ancestor of Joseph, Mary’s husband (Luke 3:30).
  9. A disciple nominated with Matthias to take the place of Judas Iscariot among the disciples. Matthias was chosen ( Acts 1:23). This Joseph must have been a commendable Christian since he was nominated as an apostle.
  10. The eleventh son of Jacob and first of Rachel, and one of the most outstanding men of the Bible, meriting honorable mention (Gen. 30:2425).

The Man Whose Dream Came True

The story of this young man who went from pit to palace and from rags to riches, never loses its charm for young and old alike. It would take a book itself to fully portray all the vicissitudes and virtues of Joseph, who kept his record clean. All that we can do in our treatment of him is to suggest a few aspects of his character for development.
Joseph was a youthful dreamer and his dream came true ( Gen. 37:5-941:42-44).
Joseph labored as a slave, but was faithful in hard places (Gen. 39:1-620-23).
Joseph enjoyed the presence of God and won the confidence of his master (Gen. 39:24).
Joseph had physical beauty, but it was never a snare to him (Gen. 39:6).
Joseph resisted temptation. His godless mistress could not seduce him. Grace was his to flee youthful lusts. Thus he did not commit a “great wickedness” (Gen. 39:7-13).
Joseph was silent amid foul accusations and the appearance of guilt and unjust punishment (Gen. 39:14-20).
Joseph was unspoiled by sudden prosperity. When days of honor followed days of humiliation, he did not yield to pride (Gen. 41:14-16).
Joseph the interpreter of dreams proved that “prison walls do not a prison make.” He acknowledged his dependence upon God for illumination, proving that he was not a mere dreamer but an interpreter of dreams (Gen. 40).
Joseph manifested great wisdom, brotherly love, filial devotion and utter submission to God ( Gen. 43:2045:8142347:7). He knew how to return good for evil ( Gen. 50:16-21). If we cannot have all the gifts of Joseph, who is a perfect type of Christ, we can certainly covet all his graces. If we cannot have his greatness, we can certainly emulate his goodness.
R. W. Moss says, “A very high place must be given Joseph among the early founders of his race. In strength of right purpose he was second to none, whilst in graces of reverence and kindness, of insight and assurance, he became the type of a faith that is at once personal and national ( Heb. 11:22), and allows neither misery nor a career of triumph to eclipse the sense of Divine destiny.”
11. The husband of Mary, and foster-father of our Lord (Matt. 1:16-242:13Luke 1:272:4-433:234:22John 1:456:42).

The Man of Wood and Nails

It is somewhat unique that two Josephs were associated with Christ, one at His birth and the other at His death. Both of these godly men gave Jesus of their best. In this section we think of Joseph the carpenter, who was present at the manger when Jesus was born, even though he was not His father. While Christ came as the Son of Man, He was never a son of a man.
Joseph’s presence at Christ’s birth witnesses to a severe test that had emerged triumphant. Mary was the pure young woman he had fallen in love with, and was about to make his wife. Yet the Child she was about to bear would not be his. Seeing her “great with child,” without fanfare Joseph was minded to put her away. He never acted rashly with his espoused, although he was baffled by her condition. This serves for all time as an example of godly wisdom and tender consideration for others.
Bitterly disappointed that Mary had apparently betrayed him, yet believing, he made no haste. As a praying man he waited upon God, and his love for and patience with Mary were rewarded. God understood his mental difficulties and rewarded Joseph’s conscientious attitude toward Mary by revealing His redemptive plan. God never fails those who carry their anxieties to Him. Joseph received a direct and distinct revelation from God, and at once his fears were banished, and his line of duty made clear.
Tenderly he cared for his dear one as if the Child she was bearing were his own. Overawed by the mystery of it all, that his beloved Mary had been chosen as the mother of the Lord he as a devout Jew had eagerly anticipated, we can imagine how he would superintend every detail of the Nativity.
What holy thoughts must have filled the mind of Mary’s guardian. Where suspicion regarding Mary’s purity once lurked, strong faith now reigned as he looked into the lovely face of Mary’s Child. At last God’s promises had been fulfilled and before him was the Babe through whom God’s covenants would be established.
When it became necessary because of Herod’s hatred to flee into Egypt, Joseph cared for Mary and her first-born Son with reverent devotion until tidings came that Herod was dead, and that they could safely return to their own land. While a shroud of secrecy covers the thirty years Christ spent at home, we can be sure of this, that between Jesus and Joseph there was an affection strong and deep.
Briefly stated, we have these glimpses of Joseph:
I. He was “a son of David” and could claim royal or priestly descent (Matt. 1:20).
II. His family belonged to Bethlehem, David’s city.
III. He followed the trade of carpenter, and doubtless taught Christ how to use wood and nails (Matt. 13:55).
IV. He was a pious Israelite, faithful in all the ordinances of the Temple (Luke 2:22-2441 42).
V. He was a kindly, charitable man, treating Mary gently in her time of need (Matt. 1:19Luke 2:1-7).
VI. He was faithful in his care of Christ, and deserved to be called His “father” ( Luke 2:33John 1:456:42).
VII. He never appears in the Gospels after Christ was twelve years of age and became “a son of the Law” (Luke 2:41-51 ), which may suggest that he died during the interval. This would explain why Jesus at His death asked John to care for His mother.
VIII. He died, tradition says, at the age of 111 years, when Jesus was but eighteen years of age.
12. Joseph of Arimathaea, a secret disciple of Jesus, whose unused grave was surrendered to Jesus. Thus the One born in a virgin womb was buried in a virgin tomb (Matt. 27:57-60Mark 15:43Luke 23:50John 19:38).

The Man Who Gave His Grave to Jesus

This wealthy and devout Israelite, a member of the Sanhedrin, lived in a city of Jews (Luke 23:51 ). It is to the provision he made for the body of Christ that Isaiah had reference when he said, “He made His grave with the rich” (Isa. 53:9). Of this renowned Joseph we discover:
1. He was an honorable counselor (Mark 15:43). Because of his adherence to the Law and integrity of life he was a member of the governing body known as the Sanhedrin.
II. He looked for the kingdom of God. Immersed in Old Testament Scriptures, he anticipated the reign of the promised Messiah.
III. He was “a good man and just” (Luke 23:5051). As the Bible never uses words unnecessarily, there must be a distinction between “good” and “just.” As a “good man” we have his own internal disposition—what he was in himself. As a “just man” we have his external conduct—what he was towards others. His just dealings were the fruit of the root of his goodness. His was the belief that knew how to behave.
IV. He was a secret disciple (John 19:38). Joseph of Arimathaea was similar to Nicodemus in his respect for our Lord as a man, admiration for Him as a teacher, belief in Him as the Christ, and yet, till now, his lack of confessing Him before men. Dreading the hostility of his colleagues on the Sanhedrin, he kept his faith secret.
V. He begged the body of Jesus ( Matt. 27:58). As soon as Jesus was dead, Joseph hastened to Pilate for permission to inter His body. David Smith observes that when the condemnation of Jesus was over—a condemnation in which Joseph took no part—he realized how cowardly a part he had played and, stricken with shame and remorse, plucked up courage and went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. It was common for friends of the crucified to purchase their bodies, which would otherwise have been cast out as refuse, and give them decent burial ( Mark 15:45).
VI. He gave his grave to Christ (Matt. 27:5960 ). With lingering reverence Joseph paid his last respects to the One he admired, and in the hour of sorrow helped the friends and not the foes of the righteous Sufferer. Joseph had a garden close to Calvary, where he had hewn a smoothed and polished tomb in the side of the rock as his own last resting place, in which, aided by Nicodemus, he buried the linencovered and perfumed body of Christ.
VII. Joseph, legend tells us, was sent to Britain by Philip the Apostle, and founded the Church of Glastonbury. Medieval chroniclers delighted to tell of the staff Joseph stuck into the ground. The staff supposedly took root, brought forth leaves and flowers and became the parent of all the Glastonbury thorns from that day to this.
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