Friday, April 24, 2015

Fri Apr 24th Todays News

On Bolt Report an ongoing policy is that any Islam post can only be on the pinned leader. Normal rules apply in that if it is merely foul and abusive it will be deleted. Otherwise comments are welcome.  
===
Tomorrow is ANZAC Day and many are quick to denounce the battle and war, yet claim to embrace freedom. But war is the pointy end of freedom. Without the willingness to fight, and perhaps die, there is nothing to protect the free from the despots. And the ANZAC invasion of Gallipoli (in support of the British who sent more, gave more and lost more) is a salient lesson. It is hard to say what people fought for when they lost. But the dream was far bigger. Maybe Turkey would not have completed her genocide of Armenians and Assyrians and many others. Maybe communism would not have become the fat parasite on the world for the twentieth century. It was a good plan which was almost successful, despite many snafu. Those that lost were not to blame. And those who should be blamed were not entirely at fault. Young newsman Keith Murdoch was opposed to the campaign and conveyed that opposition while still being loyal. He hadn't liked the appalling waste of life. But his machinations meant that the lives lost were wasted. One can support the soldiers without liking the slaughter. None who fought there, or ordered them there remains alive. Those who profited from the defeat are not alive today. But many suffer today from the loss. Today is the anniversary of the fall of Troy. The battle for Troy was prideful and the sacrifice wasteful. But that Greek victory was far less than the loss at Gallipoli. Pride exists before the fall as everyone is humbled. And it is worth thinking of those humble people who fought and died there. They lost that battle, but in winning the war, they gave us a legacy of freedom leaving us eternally in their debt. And by fostering the freedom their lives paid for, we honour them. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

In this day in 1547, Battle of Mühlberg was fought between Spain's Charles I and some minor nobles who were Protestant. Charles was Holy Roman Emperor and catholic. Francis 1 of France was also catholic, but had sided with the Ottomans to fight Spain. That fight had ended a few years previously. So Charles was unencumbered to square off against the band of protestant cities called the Schmalkaldic League. The battle was one sided. the protestants bickered and were over run. Charles I made it to the battlefield, but he was suffering an attack of gout and so came on a litter, not a fine war horse as was painted later by his court painter, Titian. Charles had nearly 30000 troops at his disposal against 15000. The panicked League forces broke rank and fled, so 7000 League forces died in battle. There were a few scattered Protestant forces left over and Charles ended up giving them religious freedom, but many went to England where the young King Edward showed promise. In 1914, the Franck-Hertz experiment showed, using a vacuum tube and electricity, the nature of atoms as suggest in 1913 by Bohr. Einstein described the experiment "It's so lovely it makes you cry."

The selfish, self indulgent former treasurer Swan is wanting to run another term. He is part of the furniture Rudd wanted to save. He was an abysmal treasurer, promising surplus but delivering the largest debt Australia has ever faced, in peace or war. He was part of the policy brains trust which failed to deliver policy in ALP Government. It is sad the ALP are so low. No sensible person wants to see them so weak and pathetic, so incapable of working for their own constituents. A healthy ALP would pass legislation in Australia's interests. This ALP doesn't. 
2014
Thutmose III became co ruler with his stepmother Hatsheput on this day 1479 BC. His rule was to see Egypt become the largest she would ever be. He fought 17 campaigns over 54 years. The co rulership with his step mother might be puzzling to modern sensibilities. He had been leader of the armies for all 22 yeas of co rulership. But he had ascended the throne when he was two years old. Some three hundred years later, 1184 BC, a collection of Greek armies are said to have captured Illium, or Troy. It is said that survivors of the event, when asked about it, were a little hoarse. Even today people with sore throats may be told to beware of Greeks bearing gifts. 

On this day in 1558, Mary, Queen of Scots, married the Dauphin of France at Notre Dame de Paris. Better it was for love, because it failed to help her politically. On this day in 1885, Annie Oakley answered President Carter's call to gender equality when the sharp shooter joined Buffallo Bill's Wild West about ninety years before he was elected President for the first and last time. On this day in 1915, Turkey arrested 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders as a prelude to the genocide which would cripple their war effort. A year later, Irish separatists rose in rebellion on Easter. Two years after that, in 1918, German tanks faced off against British ones for the first time. British ones won the engagement. It is also hard to imagine that only in 1922 was wireless telegraphy first available between Oxfordshire and Cairo. Skype would have been useless as Egyptians don't speak English. As it was, it was a failure, Thutmose was already dead and Troy was lost. 1933, and Nazis began persecuting Jehova's Witnesses, shutting down the watchtower offices in Magdeburg. Twenty years later and QE2 knighted Winston Churchill. 

The Soviet Union had made large strides in cosmonautics, but sadly on this day in '67 Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov died when his parachute failed to open. Jimmy Carter made his stamp on this day with the tragic deaths of eight US servicemen who had attempted to save Iranian hostages. Snuppy, the first cloned puppy, an Afghan, was whelped on this day in 2005. Don't tell the Greens about the dog, they'd kill him.
Historical perspectives on this day 
In 1479 BC, Thutmose III ascended to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifted to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty). 1184 BC, Traditional date of the fall of Troy. 1547, Battle of Mühlberg. Duke of Alba, commanding Spanish-Imperial forces of Charles I of Spain, defeated the troops of Schmalkaldic League. 1558, Mary, Queen of Scots, married the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.

In 1704, the first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts. 1800, the United States Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress". 1877, Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declared war on Ottoman Empire. 1885, American sharpshooter Annie Oakley was hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. 1895, Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, set sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray".

In 1904, the Lithuanian press ban was lifted after almost 40 years. 1907, Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, was opened. 1913, the Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City was opened. 1914, the Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, was presented to the German Physical Society. 1915, the arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marked the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. 1916, Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett started a rebellion in Ireland. Also 1916, Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launched a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the ice-trapped ship Endurance. 1918, First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.

In 1922, the first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain provided wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, coming into operation. 1923, in Vienna, the paper Das Ich und das Es (The Ego and the Id) by Sigmund Freud was published, which outlined Freud's theories of the id, ego, and super-ego. 1926, the Treaty of Berlin was signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledged neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years. 1932, Benny Rothman led the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom. 1933, Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg. 1953, Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 1955, the Bandung Conference ended: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finished a meeting that condemned colonialism, racism, and the Cold War. 1957, Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal was reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region. Also 1957, the BBC first broadcast The Sky at Night presented by Patrick Moore

In 1963, marriage of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent to the Hon Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London. 1965, civil war broke out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrew the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch. 1967, Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov died in Soyuz 1 when its parachute failed to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission. Also 1967, Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland said in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gave him hope that he could win politically that which he could win militarily." 1968, Mauritius became a member state of the United Nations. 1970, the first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, was launched. 1970, the Gambia became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President. 1971, Soyuz 10 docked with Salyut 1. 1980, Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis.

In 1990, STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. Also 1990, Gruinard Island, Scotland, was officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine. 1993, an IRA bomb devastated the Bishopsgate area of London. 1996, in the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 was passed into law. 2004, the United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction. 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. Also 2005, Snuppy became world's first cloned dog. 2013, a building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others.
===
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.
===
Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with August https://www.createspace.com/4124406September https://www.createspace.com/5106914October https://www.createspace.com/5106951, or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4  The kindle version is cheaper, but the soft back version allows the purchase of a kindle version for just $3.99 more. 
===
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.
===
Happy birthday and many happy returns Tony Huynh. On this evening, in 1915, two of my grandfathers were sailing to shore at Gallipolli. For different armies. One lost an eye. The other did his job.
Deaths
Hubble Space Telescope
Chucky won. The library has books. In celebration of freedom we have removed a ban on books. Vlad was not a vampire. Hubba Bubba. Let's party. 
Matches
Hatches
Despatches
===
2015
===

Wayne Swan is economic with the truth

Piers Akerman – Friday, April 24, 2015 (12:51am)

THE desire of former treasurer Wayne Swan, the architect of much of the economic problems the nation faces, to seek a further term in parliament is positive proof of the disconnect between fantasy and reality that besets the ALP.

Icon Arrow Continue reading 'Wayne Swan is economic with the truth'
===

LET THE BOYCOTT BEGIN

Tim Blair – Friday, April 24, 2015 (6:28pm)

In the Sydney Morning Herald, historian David Stephens demands an end to the commercialisation of Anzac Day
Commercial shysters seeking to make a buck from peddling Anzac merchandise should be happily let go out of business. Boycotts should flourish. 
Fine. Let’s begin with a boycott of the Sydney Morning Herald, currently selling this stuff through its online store:

imageimageimage

(Via Quadrant, which notes that the Age, too, is taking one view in its opinion pages and quite another in its identical Anzac gift shop.)
===

STOP THE BOATS, STOP THE DEATHS

Tim Blair – Friday, April 24, 2015 (3:47pm)

In the wake of asylum seeker deaths in the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered some advice to European governments: 
Calling the crisis in Europe a “terrible, terrible tragedy”, he said: “The only way you can stop the deaths is to stop the people smuggling trade.
“The only way you can stop the deaths is, in fact, to stop the boats.
“That’s why it is so urgent that the countries of Europe adopt very strong policies that will end the people smuggling trade across the Mediterranean.” 
It seems some Europeans are thinking along those exact lines, according to an EU draft summit statement: 
The EU leaders are likely to agree that immediate preparations should begin to “undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers”. The joint EU military operation is to be undertaken within international law …
Emergency teams are to be deployed to Italy to help register, fingerprint and process applications for asylum protection as refugees. Increased support is also to be given to Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali and Niger to monitor and control their land borders to prevent potential migrants getting to the shore of the Mediterranean.
EU leaders are expected to stress their determination to fight the traffickers and will promise to bring them to justice, seize their assets and make a concerted attempt to take down any online material likely to attract migrants and refugees. 
Even Britain is sounding tough. We await Christine Milne’s reaction.
===

HATING KATIE

Tim Blair – Friday, April 24, 2015 (2:00pm)

James Delingpole reviews the recent Katie Hopkins controversy
Over the weekend, you may have noticed, Katie Hopkins was trending on Twitter yet again – this time because of a piece she’d written in The Sun in which she’d upset the Offenderati by using the word “cockroaches” in the context of the boatloads of hapless, parched, pitiable migrants now fleeing Libya. At this point you’re obliged tactically to distance yourself from Hopkins by noting how distasteful you too find her appalling choice of words. But I’m not going to, for several reasons, the first being that that it was so devastatingly effective. 
It’s Delingpole, so read on. Incidentally, caring leftists don’t mind describing people as cockroaches when it suits them.
(Via James B.)
===

BULL ARTIST

Tim Blair – Friday, April 24, 2015 (12:29pm)

A Victorian farmer faces possible pornography charges after arranging some hay bales in a creative fashion: 
Bruce Cook, owner of Kactus Point Charolais stud, erected the sculpture on his farm on the Murray Valley Highway at Lake Charm near Kerang as “a bit of fun.”
But after someone complained that the sculpture was offensive and obscene Mr Cook received a call from a police officer telling him he had to take it down and that he could be charged with “publishing pornographic images”.

image

“It’s just nature,” Mr Cook told The Weekly Times, which published a picture of the sculpture on Wednesday.
Since he built the sculpture on Good Friday, dozens of cars and trucks had stopped to admire it and have a bit of a chuckle, he said.
But a defiant Mr Cook said he refused to take it down and in fact plans to light up the sculpture at night, so it can seen for longer by passers-by.
“I told the copper to p. s off.
“They have picked on the wrong person. I don’t care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays,” he said. 
That’s the spirit. By the way, Bruce really should get in touch with Sydney City Council. They’d pay big money for something like that.
(Via Gazza)
===

SELF-ESTEEM SCORCHED

Tim Blair – Friday, April 24, 2015 (12:04pm)

“ABC budget cuts definitely haven’t affected their ability to report the big issues,” informs Andy M. Indeed not
It has been well-reported that the Sampson Flat bushfires that burnt 12,500 hectares north-east of Adelaide in January decimated homes, ravaged the land, and killed stock and wildlife.
But according to bushfire recovery official Anne Ellis, another less mentioned casualty of the blaze is self-esteem, namely, those of teenagers. 
===

All tilt

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (1:36pm)

Greens leader Christine Milne recalls her history of leaning to the Left:
image
===

Answer needed

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (10:14am)

Pardon?
VICTORIAN parole board chief Bill Gillard QC is fighting to save his job amid allegations he advised an alleged crime figure on how to fight a police decision to ban him from Crown casino. 
===

Labor is cheating on taxes

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (10:02am)

Labor is pretending that just smashing the nasty rich will fix the massive and growing debt it left us.
Small problem. Labor’s planned superannuation grab will raise $1.4 billion a year, if it actually works. Labor’s planned multinationals tax will raise a further $500 million a year. So that’s just $1.9 billion a year when the deficits are running at $40 billion a year.
It’s just not serious.
Jennifer Hewett:
Labor couldn’t help itself. The lure of grabbing supposedly easy money from superannuation “tax breaks” was just too great..
Labor’s new policy on superannuation comes armed with all the right buzzwords about fairness and sustainability. And, it’s certainly easier to sell the politics of cutting tax breaks for the “rich” than cutting spending on pensioners or anyone else.
What a shame it’s a financial mirage. The details won’t add up to anything like the promise. And, to the extent these changes can raise substantive revenue, this will only be possible if new taxes on super hit many people who don’t consider themselves rich. In contrast, the minority who are indeed seriously wealthy will make alternative arrangements to ensure their tax is minimised…
According to the Parliamentary Budget Office, the new tax on earnings would raise $9.2 billion over a decade while lowering the income threshold would raise $5.1 billion over a decade. Although Labor doesn’t spell it out, those billions will clearly be heavily back-ended to later years due to no indexation of thresholds, as well as the aging of the population. Nor should any Treasurer count on the estimates given the complexity of super and the propensity for money to flow elsewhere if taxes are onerous.
But these policies are most useful in the short term for an Opposition keen to prove it stands for something beyond more spending. Promising to tax the wealthy – along with its other plan to increase tax on multinationals – will seem relatively politically painless…
It doesn’t matter that ... top 20 per cent of taxpayers pay 65 per cent of tax, for example. Just as long as the politicians keep talking loudly about “fairness”.
Piers Akerman is spot on:
THE desire of former treasurer Wayne Swan, the architect of much of the economic problems the nation faces, to seek a further term in parliament is positive proof of the disconnect between fantasy and reality that besets the ALP.
Swan, who promised four budget surpluses and delivered none, remains a constant reminder of the economic lunacy coupled with ideological blindness that smashed the huge budget surplus Labor inherited from the Howard-Costello government’s careful stewardship and left the Abbott Coalition government with a colossal repair and restore task…
While Opposition Leader Bill Shorten brays about economic bipartisanship, the thought bubbles which erupt from him and Labor’s treasury spokesman Chris Bowen indicate that neither is seriously interested in assisting the damage their government wrought while in office…
With projections showing the age pension cost to more than triple in the next 40 years, Bowen defies economic gravity with his bizarre belief the current scheme is sustainable.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
===

Call out the ABC

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (9:54am)

I’ve urged Liberal MPs to call out ABC bias. Frontbenchers Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg now do this with glee and effect.
Now add Greg Hunt to that happy list
LEIGH SALES: On the carbon tax ... under the previous government’s scheme, the carbon tax by now would have been floating at about $10 a tonne. Companies would have been paying that to the Government to pollute. Now under your scheme ... the Government is paying companies $14 a tonne not to pollute. How is that efficient use of taxpayer money?
GREG HUNT: No, with great respect, there’s a fundamental error in that analysis. That is the ALP analysis and that’s why it was wrong.
How we cheered.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
===

I’d back Lomborg over Flannery any day of the wet week

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (9:32am)

Peter van Onselen is absolutely right:
The furore about the University of Western Australia’s decision to accept a $4m federal government grant to set up a centre in the business school along the lines of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, run by Bjorn Lomborg, is a beat-up.
So what? There is no shortage of university centres advocating action in favour of carbon pricing to cut emissions.
What’s wrong with one (and it is just one) in this country that seeks to question the economics of doing so? I always thought universities were places where diverse views could be debated and discussed.
Academics raise further suspicions that universities are centres of group-think, intolerant of debate:
Academics at the University of Western Australia will confront their leaders today with a ‘‘please explain’’ notice, in a forum to discuss a controversial new $4 million think-tank headed by climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg…
Raymond da Silva Rosa, president of UWA’s academic staff association, said the proposed centre had “drawn nationwide comment and generated divergent narratives about its genesis, its aims and its likely impact on UWA”.
Can you believe this hypocrisy and slander from the mammologist - not a climate scientist - who told us that “even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems”?
TIM FLANNERY: Well I was surprised to hear about the $4 million given to this Lomborg centre. You know, the Climate Commission was abolished just a couple of years ago on the basis that the Government didn’t have enough money to support the Climate Commission. We were a group that consisted of some very eminent Australians… So, to see the best Australians, the best-qualified Australians in the field be let go because there was no money and then have someone from overseas just a few years later put in the place with abundant funding struck us as being odd.
TONY JONES: Well what do you think of Bjorn Lomborg’s qualifications? I mean, it has to be said that he’s quite sceptical, for example, that extreme weather events will occur with climate change. That’s just one of the many arguments he makes.
TIM FLANNERY: I’ve never been able to get a straight answer out of him. Every sentence that we engage with, the ground seems to shift. But, look, he’s - my understanding is he’s - his basic degree is in politics… And we worry at the Climate Council that people will get misinformed, that they’ll get bad information through this new centre and therefore be less able to deal with the challenges than they otherwise would be… I do get concerned when I see government money going into a cause which is likely to misinform people rather than provide them with accurate, authoritative information.
===

On The Bolt Report on Sunday, April 26

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (9:25am)

On the The Bolt Report on Channel 10 on Sunday at 10am and 3pm.
Editorial: Why is the ABC still promoting Tim Flannery - and protecting him?
Guest:  Environment Minister Greg Hunt. On Flannery, cut-price emissions-cutting and Bjorn Lomborg.
The panel:  Human Rights Commissioner (the very sensible one) Tim Wilson and former NSW Labor Minister Paul McLeay.
NewsWatch: Daily Telegraph columnist Piers Akerman on conclusive proof that the AbbottAbbottAbbott media has gone mad. And on the one persecution that bores the media.
On Christine Milne’s great seeming, Labor’s great taxing and the Liberals’ great softening. Plus lots on Anzac Day and the Islamist threat to it.
The videos of the shows appear here.
===

The Australian confirms what it denies: this constitutional change is racist

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (8:15am)

The Australian argues back - and I appreciate that it is in the civil tone this debate needs:
The unfolding debate about constitutional recognition for the first Australians needs to be brought back on track by exploding the myths that are starting to emerge.
The first is that the compromise proposal backed by Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson will somehow entrench divisions based on race. If this were the case it would be extremely unlikely to attract the support of Mr Pearson or anyone else of goodwill. This critique of the Pearson position — expounded by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt and Gary Johns in this newspaper — while no doubt well intentioned, is mistaken. A national declaration recognising indigenous Australians is justified, not because of their race but because of their unique role as this country’s original custodians.

I’m afraid this is a no-but-yes argument that actually confirms what it purports to deny. The “original custodians” of this land are actually those who originally were here, and no more.
Those “original” inhabitants are now long dead. People today claiming to be “original inhabitants” claim that title not on the facts of their own lives, given that I and many other non-Aboriginal Australians of my age were here before they were, and are therefore chronologically more “originally” Australian.
No, Australians claiming to be the “original custodians” claim that by virtue of their “race” or genealogy - a line of connection to some of their ancestors, and only those who were Aboriginal. They asked to be judged by their “race”.
For The Australian to further assert that all Aborigines today have a “unique role as this country’s original custodians” is to compound the error. There are undoubtedly some urban Australians with Aboriginal ancestry who in fact feel no more “custodians” of land than do many non-Aboriginal Australians. Indeed, it is easy to imagine many non-Aboriginal Australians - farmers, for instance, or deep greens - who feel far more keenly their role as “custodians”.  I suspect even a few tribal Aborigines were themselves a bit jack of all this “custodian” stuff, for all the New Age worshipping of it today. Not all were ecologists.
It is essentially racist to assume that one “race” of people all have feelings of one kind that are not shared by people of another “race”. We are all individuals, after all, and each with our own values and sense of responsibility.
This no-but-yes argument is repeated:
The Law Institute of Victoria argues a new provision to permit laws that are beneficial to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders would not relate to them because of their race, but “because of their unique status as Australia’s first peoples and based on their disadvantage”. Critics of the Pearson plan have failed to grasp this historical significance.

Again, many Aborigines, particularly in the cities, are not actually “disadvantaged”, when measured against non-Aboriginal Australians. Some are millionaires. Some are opera singers and admired actors. Some are businessmen or professors or TV journalists. Many have jobs and their own homes.  To insist they are all disadvantaged and in need of special laws on the grounds that they are Aboriginal is to impose a racial stereotype, and also to enshrine a dangerous victimology in our constitution.
If people are indeed to be helped strictly on the grounds of their “disadvantage” - their poverty, say, or the abuse they’ve suffered from the violent - then there’s no need to reference their Aboriginality when arguing their right to our help. There is no need for a race reference in the Constitution to summon us to help the poor and the vulnerable.
And there is certainly no need for this:
The third part of [Pearson’s] scheme would become part of the Constitution. And this is where the critics strike even more difficulties. A new chapter would create an indigenous representative body but there is no way this could reasonably be described as “apartheid”, as asserted by Bolt. This body would be consulted on legislative proposals affecting indigenous people. It would make no laws and provide no services. It would simply express a view. The key to understanding this element of the plan is to remember that the new body’s views would be expressed from within the nation’s constitutional arrangements, not from outside. It would be part of the Australian system of governance, not a competitor.
Its advice could carry substantial moral weight and no government would welcome an adverse assessment. Legally, however, its views would be purely advisory and would not be binding on parliament. 
First, The Australian is plainly wrong to imply that the scope of such a representative body would be limited. In fact, a body which must by law be “consulted on legislative proposals affecting indigenous people” could insist on being consulted on everything. Which Aboriginal Australian is not affected by our tax policies? Our defence policies? Medicare and pension policies? There will inevitably be ambit creep.
The Australian also assures us that such a body will never have real power, backed by law. It will remain purely advisory. But that assumes that the kind of judicial activism we’ve seen so far - activism that has wildly expanded the reach of the Racial Discrimination Act, for instance - will somehow not occur in this case.
That’s optimistic, to say the least. We should at the very minimum expect this new body to at some stage use the law to delay the enacting of legislation on which it claims it was not properly consulted, according to the Constitution. It is not impossible to imagine that in time this right to consultation will be vastly expanded to a right to consult on every law - and that this will become another step towards declaring a right to an Aboriginal nationhood or citizenship.
But The Australian overlooks the more basic objection. Even if such a body is given no power, this race-based division is essentially immoral. Many of us are vehemently against racial division in principle. We simply should not be dividing ourselves by “race”, and most certainly not in our constitution. This is an affront to our individuality. It is immoral.
And, of course, it is divisive, and dangerously so. It is inflammatory. It will lead to absolutely no good, and, indeed, even The Australian in this piece does not define a single advantage this change will confer on a single Aborigine. Once the principle of racial division is conceded, there will be no stopping the advocates of this newly tribalised Australia. How can we agree that Aborigines have a “unique” role as “original custodians” - a role entitling them to their own representatives and special constitutional powers - and then insist that nothing much flows from that? How can we then arbitrarily insist that they have no consequent right to their own nations, their own laws, their own compensation?
This is profoundly wrong. And it is playing with fire.
UPDATE
And as if to illustrate my point, this news today:
The Tasmanian Premier wants a parliamentary committee to look into changing the State Constitution to recognise Indigenous Tasmanians.
Will Hodgman says ... “My Government is committed to acknowledging the Tasmanian Aboriginal community as the traditional owners of Tasmania… “
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Michael Mansell said ... many Aboriginal people would rather see actions than words.,,
“If the Government wants to do something then they’ve got to hand land back or give Aboriginal people access to political power… Now it’s time for Tasmania to once again take the lead by returning land or setting aside seats in the parliament for Aboriginal people.”
(Thanks to readers Dan and Gab.) 
===

Terror laws worked

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (8:09am)

Federal MP Andrew Nikolic says critics of the new anti-terrorism laws should admit they’ve just worked:
The Melbourne arrests [of men suspected of plotting an Anzac Day attack] last weekend reinforce that new powers requested by police and security agencies are working. It is they, after all, who know what’s needed to defeat an agile and adaptive adversary.
The five people taken into custody were detained under the lower arrest thresholds contained in the new laws. At least some of them could not have been arrested under the old (higher) thresholds.
While [law academic George] Williams relies on sheiks in western Sydney to comment on the value of our counter-terrorism laws, I prefer acting Australian Federal Police commissioner Michael Phelan, who says: “The powers given to us by the government have allowed us to go early.”
Those who base their opposition on the risk of “demonising” Muslims should beware what demonising would occur if a terrorism plot actually succeeded.
(Note: the five men arrested must be presumed innocent.) 
===

Reason needs more advocates. That includes the coal-seam gas industry

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (8:04am)

Former WA Liberal Minister Norman Moore is right to wonder why coal-seam gas miners are such wusses in promoting their case:

In my home state of Western Australia, where commercial extraction of unconventional gas is in its infancy, fracking has been used in explor­ation since the 1950s and more than 780 wells have been safely fracked. Around the globe, more than two million wells have been fracked, most in the US. Access to onshore gas in the US has been credited with supporting the country’s economic recovery and has reduced carbon dioxide emissions back to 1996 levels…

The state’s Department of Mines and Petroleum says it knows of no scientifically proven case of fracking causing aquifer contamination in any country.
Whereas anti-fracking groups claim high well failure rates, credible US sources suggest the figures are much lower: 0.04 per cent failures after a year and 0.06 per cent after 30 years. Of recorded well failures, I am ­informed all have been minor, close to the surface and easily ­remediated.
This is the type of information that needs to be put forward to balance the public discussion and enable sensible consideration of a potential power source. The industry needs to respond to genuine concerns about fracking.
The unconventional gas industry has been largely missing in action — apparently unable to counter the rapid flow of alarming, skewed and misinformed ­arguments put by its opponents… Communication is critical and presently it all seems to be coming from one side of the debate. 
===

Warmists who denied the pause now claim to explain it

Andrew Bolt April 24 2015 (7:15am)

I guess just the acknowledgement is progress, but I do think Matthew England at least owes an apology.
Matthew England contradicting former Senator Nick Minchin in April 2012:
NICK MINCHIN: ...Basically we’ve had a plateauing of temperature rise. I mean we are in a warming phase. The world is either warming or cooling. It never stops doing nothing. It’s either warming or cooling. We’ve had a warming phase since the end of the little ice age, 150 years ago. In terms of global average temperature it peaked 1998 and it is effectively stable now, despite the increase in CO2. So there is a major problem with the warmist argument because we have had rising CO2 but we haven’t had the commensurate rise in temperature that the IPCC predicted.
ANNA ROSE: That’s just not true, Nick…
MATTHEW ENGLAND: What Nick just said is actually not true. The IPCC projections of 1990 have borne out very accurately…
Matthew England in December 2012:
... we’re halfway through this projected period. And the warming to date is consistent with that [IPCC] projection.
And so anybody out there lying that the IPCC projections are overstatements or that the observations haven’t kept pace with the projections is completely offline with this.  And so anybody out there lying that the IPCC projections are overstatements or that the observations haven’t kept pace with the projections is completely offline with this. The analysis is very clear that the IPCC projections are coming true.
But Matthew England today:
The near two-decade long “pause” in rising average global surface temperatures was a “distraction” that did not change long-term model predictions of a much ­hotter world this century, according to new research.
Climate scientists at University of NSW said “natural variability” could explain the slowdown or “hiatus” despite strongly rising ­levels of carbon ­dioxide in the ­atmosphere…

Research leader Matthew ­England said ...  “It is simply due to decadal variability. Greenhouse gases will eventually overwhelm this natural fluctuation,” he said…

“Our research shows that while there may be short-term fluctuations … long-term warming of the planet is an inevitable consequence of ­increasing greenhouse gas concentrations,” he said.
“This much-hyped global warming slowdown is just a distraction to the task at hand”.
Maybe, maybe not. But this concession is interesting:
The paper also suggests that decadal climate oscillations were not pushing heat into the deep oceans, another explanation for the “missing heat” and absence of surface warming.
Also published now in Nature Climate Change, another paper trying to explain the pause that England once denied:
Despite a steady increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), global-mean surface temperature (T) has shown no discernible warming since about 2000, in sharp contrast to model simulations, which on average project strong warming.
===
The Lighthouse of Pigeon Point A little extended exposure at the end of the day as the light inside the old guardian turned on.
Posted by Matt Granz on Thursday, 23 April 2015

===
Even the most seasoned writers sometimes forget the basics of dialogue formatting. Here's a refresher →http://bit.ly/1K8H08g
Posted by Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing on Thursday, 23 April 2015

===
Love is...! ᴷᴬ
Posted by Architecture & Design on Thursday, 23 April 2015

===

===

===

===

===

===

===

===

=== Posts from last year ===

VAN vs VAN

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 24, 2014 (2:07pm)

Q & A viewers are in for such a treat next Monday. As a preview, please enjoy upcoming guest Van Badham’s manic performance on Sky last year. Highlights include her claim that Tony Abbott “hates women. I think that’s very obvious to everybody … I think that it’s very clear that his hatred of women is palpable” and this exchange with bewildered host Peter van Onselen: 
PVO: Do you give any credit to John Howard for …
Van: No, I don’t.
PVO: Hang on, let me finish. I haven’t even asked the question yet! 
She’s perfect for the ABC. Van appears at the 10:40 mark:

===

ANGELA’S ONLY LISTENER

Tim Blair – Thursday, April 24, 2014 (11:48am)

SMH clothtop Peter FitzSimons’s radio ratings predictions from last month: 
Kyle and Jackie O will be well down on KiisFM from the heights they knew on 2DayFM. 
Result: “The Kyle & Jackie O Show has moved to the uncontested top FM show in Sydney with an audience share of 10.9 per cent, according to new radio ratings published today.” Fitzy also predicted big things for 2UE morning host (and Fairfax colleague) Angela Catterns: 
There has long been criticism that commercial talkback lacks strong female voices, but she is all that and more and will break the mould. 2UE will rise this year, with her at the prow. You heard it here, first! 
Catterns is now second last with an audience share of just 2.7 per cent.
===

Would Ormerod have defended Christ’s right to preach?

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (8:52am)

Free speech

Reader TBear writes to the Australian Catholic University’s Professor Neil Ormerod wondering if he really is as hostile to free speech as he seems.
The disturbing answer is yes. Ormerod writes::
I do in fact support free speech. However, like many political rights free speech is a relative right, relative to the common good to which it contributes. People may have a right to their opinions, but not necessarily a right to express those (sic) opinion in a way which does damage to the common good. If in fact climate change is real (and all the scientific evidence supports this) then those who muddy the waters with uninformed opinion with the intention of delaying action which would limit or reverse its affects, are damaging the common good. 
As TBear correctly notes, Ormerod’s arguments have been used by totalitarians throughout history:
So, we find that Professor Ormerod is only in favour of free speech which “supports the common good”. This is, of course, the basis for censorship in all authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and (according to Ormerod) is consistent with “Catholic social teaching”.  
I note Ormerod is particularly keen to restrict the right to speak of those who oppose the carbon tax and defy the so-called consensus of authorities.
But I remember another body that shared Ormerod’s “common good” qualification of the right to free speech and have a question for this Catholic Professor of Theology.
Does Ormerod agree with the decision of the Sanhedrin to permanently silence someone else they also accused of speaking against the public good? Someone they damned for opposing another tax and for saying he knew better than the consensus of authorities?
And they began to accuse Him, saying, ”We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
Where would Ormerod have stood on that fateful day? On the side of the censors or of the right to preach freely? 
===

Refugees just need safety. So why not Cambodia?

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (8:45am)

If they are safe in Cambodia, isn’t that mission accomplished? If they want something more then we’re not talking about refugees:
A deal with Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers is moving closer with Scott Morrison declaring that a country’s economic capacity is irrelevant to his expansion of a “club” of nations to take refugees… 
“It’s not about whether they are poor, it’s about whether they can be safe,” Mr Morrison said. “That’s the issue. The [refugee] convention was not designed as an economic advancement program...I would have thought the point for the UNHCR and the region is to expand the club of countries that are available...”
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
===

On punching and mooning Tim Wilson in the name of tolerance

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (8:18am)

Free speech

Melbourne University multiculturalism academic  Shakira Hussein claims to be worried about “hate speech” that makes people feel unsafe and so “hampered its targets’ ability to access public space”:
... speech that offends, insults, and humiliates (never mind intimidates) creates an atmosphere in which violence against the targets of hate-speech is seen as an acceptable course of action, even when the hate-speech itself did not directly call for it. And even when no physical violence takes place, the environment created by such speech constrains the lives of its targets in real and concrete forms.
This line occurs in an article in which Hussein demonstrates the very evil she claims to condemn, indulging in abusive and violent hate-speech against Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson:
So this brown-skinned Muslim disabled single mother goes to a lecture by a libertarian socially conservative human rights commissioner… It sounds like a joke told by an Andrew Bolt fan after a long night at the pub. 
“What’s my punch-line?” I wrote on my facebook page as I waited for Tim Wilson to appear for his in-conversation with Sally Warhaft at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.
“Left hook,” a friend responded, before correcting herself. “Oh. You said punch-line. I just saw Tim Wilson and punch. My bad."…
I put this to Wilson during the discussion period, prefacing my remark by noting that as a brown-skinned etc I had been torn between asking a question and expressing my right to freedom of expression by flashing my arse at him… 
Wilson waved his hand in a “go ahead” gesture, so (arse safely glued to chair) I told him that the hostile atmosphere fostered by racist speech hampered its targets’ ability to access public space and to participate in education and the workforce. 
Like I said, Hussein is an academic.
UPDATE
Do you have to be a Leftist to be an arts academic, or is it just sheer coincidence? And do you have to be aggressive with it?
image
===

No slippery slope?

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (8:03am)

Those who claim there is no slippery slope have ignored plenty even before this latest news: 

The world’s only ‘married’ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child.
Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July. 
Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually plan to have three children - one for each of them. 
(Thanks to readers Lin and txjohn.) 
===

Shorten’s real plan is to survive the royal commission

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (7:51am)

Politics - federal

 IT SEEMS a mystery. Why does Opposition Leader Bill Shorten think last year’s defeat proves Labor’s rules must change?
That’s crazy. Who voted against Labor because only union members could join?
Shorten’s speech this week, claiming “we need to change our party” by loosening membership rules and union control of preselections, seemed even crazier from the questions afterwards from the audience.
These were the party faithful, the people Shorten says should get more say in Labor, and here is what they asked: What would he do to get up a republic? What would he do for boat people? How could he stop the media criticising Labor?

Lesson: give Labor members more say and its Leftists and closet totalitarians will run amok, making the party even less electable.
So why is Shorten pretending union connections are Labor’s real problem? Because Shorten, a former Australian Workers Union head, is not trying to recover from last year’s election but to survive this year’s royal commission into union corruption.
(Read full article here. Shorten’s 2GB interview with 2GB’s Ben Fordham this week here.)
UPDATE
Union-linked pollster Peter Lewis and Chris Kenny on Shorten’s reforms:
image
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
===

NSW has a premier not quite so odd

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (7:33am)

Niki Savva isn’t crying for Barry O’Farrell, and says replacement Mike Baird promises to be a change for the better:
All the staff knew and liked Mike [Baird], so when O’Farrell finally made it [as Premier], they, like many others, were puzzled by the treatment the new premier meted out to the son of his former boss [MP Bruce Baird]. Fair enough, O’Farrell wanted Gladys Berejiklian to succeed him, but ranking the young treasurer at No 11 in his ministry while stripping him of many of his powers was a calculated emasculation… 
O’Farrell was strange in other ways. He isolated himself. He would not tell staff when or where he was going. He would give his security detail the slip by telling them the wrong times to turn up, or dispense with them altogether. He stopped using advancers, the nuts-and-bolts logistical people who make sure events go smoothly and do much to prevent the boss looking like a dill on the telly.
He made obvious his disdain for Abbott — again, origins unknown — while pointedly cuddling up to Julia Gillard by backing her policies on education and disability.
According to those who have worked closely with Baird, he operates very differently. He is hands-on and works well with those around him… 
Few Liberals will say it publicly, but privately there was a deep well of frustration with O’Farrell’s slow pace and eccentric behaviour, so the switch was seen as a potential blessing in ­disguise. 
===

Conservatives were wicked for saying then what Hawke and Keating say now

Andrew Bolt April 24 2014 (7:14am)

A conservative is someone who said at the time that the Rudd and Gillard Governments were dysfunctional and divisive.
A Leftist is someone who admits it only after Labor loses office:
BOB Hawke and Paul Keating have given a blistering assessment of Labor in power under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and warned that retrograde policies, ineffective communication, divisive class warfare and a lack of conviction will keep the party out of office if not urgently addressed. 

The two former Labor prime ministers have urged the party to undertake radical reform to ­reduce the power of unions and factions, steer policy back to the centre ground and heed the ­lessons of the often chaotic and dys­functional Rudd-Gillard gov­­ern­ments. .. 

For the first time, the two Labor elders say the party must slash the 50 per cent weighting given to unions at state confer­ences — a reform Bill Shorten this week ignored…
Mr Keating said the last Labor government struggled to define its purpose… “Kevin’s government was doing reasonably badly reasonably quickly,” Mr Keating said…
Mr Hawke is critical of Labor for promulgating class warfare for political gain and criticised the development of the mining tax. “That sort of class-warfare rhetoric never resonates with me,” he said…
Mr Hawke said it was inevitable Mr Rudd would be toppled by Ms Gillard in 2010 “because he just wanted to run so much of things single-handedly” and a reaction against that was inevitable. 
===

===

 
===

 
===

 
Russia ..
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 ===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 
===

 ===

Heiner Affair inquiry getting down to business

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, April 24, 2013 (12:06am)

It would seem that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is not the only Labor figure to reach for the “naïve” defence when the hard questions are asked.
Yesterday, Dean Wells, a former Labor Attorney General in the Goss government, told the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry which is looking into the Heiner Affair that the Cabinet decided to shred internal documents because they were inexperienced and wanted to protect employees from defamation.
He said the 1990 order to destroy documents from an investigation into a youth-detention centre was the Cabinet’s baptism of fire as the first “damned if we do, damned if we don’t” decision.
He is the third Cabinet minister to be summonsed to the inquiry - the first under newly expanded terms of reference - that is investigating the long-running Heiner Affair disgrace.
“We had been out of office for 32 years,” Wells said.
“We did not know what was normal and within the area of the Cabinet’s concern.
“What we did know that a minister had a problem that an inquiry that had been established by her predecessor had been pulled up.”
The Heiner Affair centres on the destruction of documents from retired magistrate Noel Heiner’s investigation into allegations of mismanagement at the John Oxley Youth Centre.
It later emerged a girl, 14, was raped at the centre in 1988 and claims grew of a coverup of sexual abuse allegations.
The girl, now a woman, at the heart of this matter, still wants justice.
She was awarded approximately $140,000 in a hush-hush ex gratia payment or possibly compensation in June, 2010, by the Bligh Labor government.
Commissioner Tim Carmody asked why the government would offer to indemnify a man, then destroy the documents which might be produced in a court in a case against that same man.
“That suggests no one thought about those two colliding facts,’’ he said.
Wells said the government believed it wrong to keep documents which he believed contained untested allegations of misconduct which did not involve criminal behavior.
But Carmody said the Cabinet knew it was dong something quite “risky” which required serious thought.
“It was such a serious decision it was deferred twice,’’ he said.
Yet the Cabinet did not appear to apply careful consideration before green-lighting the shredding.
“It (the consideration given) seems to have been less than might have been expected,’’ Carmody said.
“The questions that seems to have been obvious don’t seem to have been asked.’’
Carmody suggested the documents contained not so much allegations of child sexual abuse but accusations related to industrial strife inside the John Oxley centre.
But he also suggested there were two competing sides in the equation - one side wanted to keep the material and one side wanted it destroyed.
He suggested the Labor Cabinet had taken one side, and allowed the destruction of the documents.
The inquiry continues and the commissioner is due to decide on the criminality of the shredding of the documents on May 6.
In as much as a number of the most senior judges from across the nation have in the past decided that the shredding of documents foreshadowed to be needed as evidence was prima facie a crime, Carmody’s decision will be eagerly waited.
The Heiner Affair has never been properly investigated despite 11 reviews and it has cast a shadow over the Goss Cabinet and a number of senior public servants including the former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who was Premier Wayne Goss’s chief of staff and later director-general of his Cabinet office.
It may be that the Newman government will finally see justice done in this long-running scandal. 
===
A judge has awarded the family of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby more than $50,000 in damages for family photos published without consent in a 2011 book titled Sins of the Father by journalist Eamonn Duff.

They alleged that five photos, including shots of Corby with friends at Brisbane airport and as a child on Santa's knee, were family pictures published without permission. Read more here:http://ninem.sn/SlYSqcB
Confirmation that the book Sins of the Father is factual and has only transgressed a technicality of copyright from images? ed
===
Hubble Space Telescope
===
“It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”” - Romans 14:11
===
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
Romans 8:37
We go to Christ for forgiveness, and then too often look to the law for power to fight our sins. Paul thus rebukes us, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" Take your sins to Christ's cross, for the old man can only be crucified there: we are crucified with him. The only weapon to fight sin with is the spear which pierced the side of Jesus. To give an illustration--you want to overcome an angry temper; how do you go to work? It is very possible you have never tried the right way of going to Jesus with it. How did I get salvation? I came to Jesus just as I was, and I trusted him to save me. I must kill my angry temper in the same way. It is the only way in which I can ever kill it. I must go to the cross with it, and say to Jesus, "Lord, I trust thee to deliver me from it." This is the only way to give it a death-blow. Are you covetous? Do you feel the world entangle you? You may struggle against this evil so long as you please, but if it be your besetting sin, you will never be delivered from it in any way but by the blood of Jesus. Take it to Christ. Tell him, "Lord, I have trusted thee, and thy name is Jesus, for thou dost save thy people from their sins: Lord, this is one of my sins; save me from it!" Ordinances are nothing without Christ as a means of mortification. Your prayers, and your repentances, and your tears--the whole of them put together--are worth nothing apart from him. "None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good;" or helpless saints either. You must be conquerors through him who hath loved you, if conquerors at all. Our laurels must grow among his olives in Gethsemane.

Evening

"Lo, in the midst of the throne ... stood a Lamb as it had been slain."
Revelation 5:6
Why should our exalted Lord appear in his wounds in glory? The wounds of Jesus are his glories, his jewels, his sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is passing fair because he is "white and ruddy:" white with innocence, and ruddy with his own blood. We see him as the lily of matchless purity, and as the rose crimsoned with his own gore. Christ is lovely upon Olivet and Tabor, and by the sea, but oh! there never was such a matchless Christ as he that did hang upon the cross. There we beheld all his beauties in perfection, all his attributes developed, all his love drawn out, all his character expressed. Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more fair in our eyes than all the splendour and pomp of kings. The thorny crown is more than an imperial diadem. It is true that he bears not now the sceptre of reed, but there was a glory in it that never flashed from sceptre of gold. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb as his court dress in which he wooed our souls, and redeemed them by his complete atonement. Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ: they are the trophies of his love and of his victory. He has divided the spoil with the strong. He has redeemed for himself a great multitude whom no man can number, and these scars are the memorials of the fight. Ah! if Christ thus loves to retain the thought of his sufferings for his people, how precious should his wounds be to us!
"Behold how every wound of his
A precious balm distils,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills.
"Those wounds are mouths that preach his grace;
The ensigns of his love;
The seals of our expected bliss
In paradise above."
===

Today's reading: 2 Samuel 16-18, Luke 17:20-37 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Samuel 16-18

David and Ziba
1 When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.
2 The king asked Ziba, "Why have you brought these?"
Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness."
3 The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?"
Ziba said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather's kingdom.'"
4 Then the king said to Ziba, "All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours."
"I humbly bow," Ziba said. "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king...."

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 17:20-37

The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is in your midst."
22 Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23People will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation....
===
Knowing Him - An Easter Devotional

WAITING FOR GOD

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:38-42)
A small act of mercy on the part of Joseph of Arimathea meant that Jesus’ limp and lifeless body would not be thrown into a pit of a grave, but laid carefully in a rock-hewn garden tomb. Joseph was probably a man with significant conflicts. Wealthy, a prominent member of the Jewish council, he represented the very establishment that was committed to Jesus’ demise. Yet he believed in Jesus, secretly. To believe in Jesus does put one on the spot. Being a committed disciple of Jesus always upsets the status quo.
Nicodemus, also fearful but compelled, came to the tomb too. So there two men, both of whose associations put them at odds with Jesus, both of whom really wanted to believe, are the ones who respectfully wrap the body of Jesus in cloths and seventy-five pounds of spices. Yet the only thing that can really take away the stench of death and its empty stare is resurrection.
These and the other disciples were still stuck in that no-man’s-land between life and death. All that Jesus’ followers had to hold onto were Jesus’ vague words about rising from death. Could such words be taken seriously at all? What would they do in these days? Would they be arrested next? And so they waited behind locked doors because there was nothing else to do.
Ponder This: Is there some way in which you are waiting to see what will happen next? How will you find faith in the waiting place?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Resources

About The Author - Mel Lawrenz serves as minister at large for Elmbrook Church and leads The Brook Network. Having been in pastoral ministry for thirty years, the last decade as senior pastor of Elmbrook, Mel seeks to help Christian leaders engage with each other. Mel is the author of eleven books, the most recent for church leaders, Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement.
===

Today's Lent reading: 1 Corinthians 15 (NIV)

View today's Lent reading on Bible Gateway
The Resurrection of Christ
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
===
Lent=Devotions-Header
Today's Old Testament Reading: Job 14:1-14
1 "Mortals, born of woman,
are of few days and full of trouble.
2 They spring up like flowers and wither away;
like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
3 Do you fix your eye on them?
Will you bring them before you for judgment?
4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure?
No one!
5 A person's days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
6 So look away from him and let him alone,
till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.
7 "At least there is hope for a tree:
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
he breathes his last and is no more.
11 As the water of a lake dries up
or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
12 so he lies down and does not rise;
till the heavens are no more, people will not awake
or be roused from their sleep.
13 "If only you would hide me in the grave
and conceal me till your anger has passed!
If only you would set me a time
and then remember me!
14 If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewal to come.
New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 4:1-8
Living for God
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Post a Comment