Monday, August 17, 2015

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The sledging by Kyrgios was unsporting and should see him banned from representing Australia. But it may not. The sledging of Dyson Heydron is appalling and should have no affect on the royal commission he heads. The royal commission should report in December and be accepted by parliament in this term of government. There is nothing the ALP can do to further hide the corruption of labor unions except demand the good judge resign, which no responsible person would. Even following the next election, should the ALP win, they will be able to do nothing to deny the facts determined by the Royal Commission. And it is ugly for the ALP, for Labor Unions and for Bill Shorten. Already it is apparent union corruption involving their leaders creating slush funds and employing stand over tactics to embezzle money from industry will be found going back over twenty years. Shorten has apparently used Workchoices to do exactly as he has despised of Workchoices, only, it was illegal. It is ironic that Shorten's transgression of Workchoices has him hoist on his own petard. While Kyrgios behaved in bad taste, it is apparent Shorten has transgressed law and will have to answer for it. And that is before the royal commission has handed down her findings. 

The opposition to the royal commission is reminiscent of another one that investigated the Penny Easton affair. At that time, Carmen Lawrence, the first female Premier of WA, was embarrassed that she had used parliament to torment a private citizen who later suicided, Penny Easton. Penny was a single mother and lawyer. As a 19 yo, she had married a friends father, industrialist and ALP backer Brian Easton. Regardless of why, they later divorced. Brian had apparently asked Carmen to table documents in parliament highly prejudicial to the divorce for Penny. Penny was faced with losing her children and her work as a lawyer and had no legal recourse. Worse, ALP adoring press persecuted her, at one time filming her in her own garage and making accusations and heckling her. She suicided. Confronted with what she had done, Carmen on the stand before a royal commission, summoned all her experience in earning a PhD and becoming premier. She said she forgot the details. By way of contrast, when Shorten faced Dyson, he too forgot the salient details. Even so, ALP moved to protect Lawrence by opposing the royal commission. One press obfuscation was the claim nobody is responsible for another's choice to suicide. It was partly right. Lawrence is nobody. Now the press are putting out that a strong union can take money directly from workers, in their name, without their knowing, and allow them to have worse working conditions than if there had not been a union. 
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The choice of who to include in the 'Born on this Day' list is not a science. Generally the desire is to celebrate great achievements and so kings, presidents, killers are generally not included. Today two names have been included for their achievements which were not worthwhile. An ambitious but not very competent man, of humble origins, Mark Felt (1913-2008) rose to Deputy Director of the FBI, having started his working life in a Democrat office (Senator James P Pope Democrat for Idaho), collected a legal credential from night work ('41) and getting a job as investigator for the Federal Trade Commission. He felt dissatisfied with his work, so he applied for the FBI and joined in January '42. Initially, Felt was posted all over the place so as to give him, along with any agent, wide experience in the field. During WW2, Felt worked in espionage and fed misinformation to the Nazis through a captured spy. After WW2, he worked several offices doing routine jobs. Felt began supervising operations into organised crime. He was promoted by Hoover to assistant director and had a reputation of being tough on agents while pandering to other  assistant directors. When Hoover died, Nixon passed over Felt twice for promotion. Then Deep Throat began leaking about Watergate. Only we now know Felt was Deep Throat and that the issue was sexed up for public consumption. The Watergate scandal occurred after the prosecution scandal involved with the Weather Underground where terrorist bombers avoided prosecution because the FBI overstepped their surveillance. Felt was involved with that too, and one previously unasked question is was Felt responsible for sabotaging the Weather Underground case? Under Carter, Felt was prosecuted for authorising agents overstepping surveillance. Reagan pardoned him. Nixon sent him a bottle of wine and a note with the message "Justice ultimately prevails." Felt denied he was Deep Throat until 2005, when he felt he might profit from it. He had perverted the course of justice, but never got to be the Director of the FBI. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr (1914-88) was the fifth child of his father President FDR, and considered to be most like him of his siblings. "He had father's looks, his speaking voice, his smile, his charm, his charisma." His dad had done his best to run the US into the ground and had committed atrocities as war leader that would never be prosecuted. The son was not so gifted. In WW2, he had naval service where he often stood as honour guard for his dad. When faced with action, he once carried a wounded sailor to sick bay and was awarded for it. After the war, he chose politics. He was reliable in terms of denouncing people who strayed from the party line, as when a sibling wrote an autobiography, but he was not reliable in being in his seat for legislation and that cost him the opportunity for promotion within Democrat ranks. 

Andrew Bolt asked a reasonable question as to why Qantas would pursue a racist line in calling for constitutional change. The Federal Government has opened discussion on the issue, Mr Abbott favouring a small change to the constitution, Qantas favouring a large change which defines and divides Australians by race. Emmerson called Bolt racist when Bolt asked his opinion on the issue. Emmerson failed to contribute to the discussion and his abuse of Bolt under the thin veneer of the 18c prosecution which did not find Bolt was racist is disgusting. The sad truth is that the ALP has no policy on any issue but opposition to government policy. The ugly incident highlights what IPA's Roskam acknowledged that media are opposed to Government policy. What Roskam said was true, but the analysis is deficient. The government is not in a position to walk a straight line on any issue because of the senate. And so it has to shelve proposed 18c changes, but it opens the possibility that an independent introduce proposed changes and secures government support as well as collateral support from other so called independents. It is not a straight line and it shames the government which is merely pursuing her mandate. 18c is not the only issue which has the government stymied by the senate. Budget cuts are opposed too. Improvements to border protection are opposed. And the media chortles when the treasurer makes a car reference which is factually correct, but subject to a media storm when misreported. 

The sons of Obama are rioting in the US following a shooting of an unarmed thief. Police have to be armed and accidents can happen. No policeman wants to shoot an unarmed man, even a thief. The rioting over the issue and threats to the policeman are appalling. The President should support the policeman unless he has evidence that the accident was not an accident. The NSW Premier has declared the Liberals will not be running in the Newcastle by elections following the resignation of two Liberals who had accepted money from property developers. That behaviour is wrong. It is only acceptable to accept money from trades unionists. Or Newsagents. Or Dentists or doctors or teachers or electricians or prostitutes. The ALP have to run people in seats where their members were corrupt, otherwise the Greens would hold more seats. What if it were wrong to accept money from terrorists? Who then would fund the Greens? The Weather Underground?  

On this day in 309 an emperor of Rome banished a Pope to Sicily where they apparently died from a hunger strike. In 1424, the Battle of Verneuil, England defeated France for a short time. In 1498, Cesare Borgia became the first person in history to resign as Cardinal, voluntarily. On the same day, French King Louis XII made him Duke of Valentinois. In 1549 the Battle of Sampford Courtenay - the Prayer Book Rebellion was quashed. In 1560, Scotland embraced Protestantism. In 1585, Antwerp fell in the Siege by Spanish forces, and all Protestants were ordered to leave, which a hundred thousand did. On the same day, Roanoke colony was founded in the New World. In 1771, James Robertson climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, the first recorded successful attempt. In 1807, a New York commercial steam boat sailed the Hudson. In 1896, A Benz car ran over Bridget Driscoll in the grounds of the Crystal Palace, becoming the world's first motoring fatality. In 1908, the first animated film was shown, Fantasmagorie, in Paris. In 1915, A Jewish businessman was lynched for the alleged murder of a 13 year old girl. Seventy years later he was pardoned by the US state of Georgia. A list of names of his killers was released in 2000, showing the lynchers were prominent citizens, including a former governor. In 1943, The US Eighth Air Force lost sixty bombers on a run over Germany. On the same day, Patton and Montgomery met in Sicily, having captured it. In 1945, Sukarno began a revolt in Indonesia. In 1953 the first meeting of Narcotics anonymous was held in California. In 1959, Miles Davis released Kind of Blue. In 1962, East German border guards killed eighteen year old Peter Fechter as he fled. In 1980, Azaria Chamberlain disappeared at Ayer's Rock. In 1998, Clinton admitted he lied about not having sex with Monica. In 2008, Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York (1473), Pierre de Fermat (1601), Davy Crockett (1786), Mae West (1893), Maureen O'Hara (1920), Ted Hughes (1930), Robert De Niro (1943), Larry Ellison (1944), Julian Fellowes (1949), Sean Penn (1960), Donnie Wahlberg (1969) and Ella Cruz (1996). On your day, Independence Day in Indonesia (1945)
986 – Byzantine–Bulgarian Wars: The Bulgarians defeated the Byzantine forces at the Gate of Trajan near present-day Ihtiman, with Byzantine Emperor Basil II barely escaping.
1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat, the world's first commercially successful paddle steamer, went into service on the Hudson River in New York.
1945 – Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaimed the independence of Indonesia, igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire.
1980 – Two-month-old Australian Azaria Chamberlain was taken from her family's campsite at Uluru by a dingo, for which her mother would be convicted of murder.
1999 – A 7.5 Mw earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing over 17,000 people and leaving approximately half a million people homeless. You defeated the Byzantines. You've set the steam boat in motion. You have independence. You make the right sacrifices. You make the ground shake. Party on.



Tim Blair – Monday, August 17, 2015 (12:47am)

At the top of the sports hierarchy are cricket, motor racing, boxing and the various football codes – excluding soccer, of course, which isn’t a sport but an international crime syndicate disguised by nets, balls and South Americans.
The possibility of serious injury, through error or simply bad luck, is what elevates these sports above the rest. They are tests of both skill and nerve. Anybody can swat a Nerf ball out of the way, even one arriving rapidly towards their head. It takes rather more composure to do the same when the consequences of missing may involve emergency facial reconstructive surgery.
At the bottom of all sports are such endeavours as running, swimming and cycling, which should be more accurately categorised as either components of, or training programs for, real sports. Running is what you do between wickets or away from a burning race car. Swimming is what you do when you have a football injury. And cycling is what you do when you have a brain injury. 
And somewhere in the middle are the likes of tennis and golf – tests of talent and timing, certainly, but without any grave physical consequences for error. Many more golfers would suffer the yips if missed putts meant a snapped ankle, as may happen to a MotoGP competitor who misses a braking point by even a millisecond.
Sledging carries different weight depending on the sport involved. When Australian batsman Steve Waugh told furious West Indian fast bowler Curtly Ambrose “you’re here to bowl, so f**king bowl” in 1995, and when Australian captain Michael Clarke told England fast bowler James Anderson “get ready for a broken f**king arm” in 2013, they were speaking to men in possession of both the ability and the entirely legal means to obtain physical revenge. 

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Tim Blair – Sunday, August 16, 2015 (6:12pm)

Those Anglicans sure don’t mess around:


To liken Dyson Heydon to Gillian Triggs is a grotesque insult

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (4:42pm)

Fairfax columnist and Sydney University Senate fellow Peter Fitzsimons shows the same confusion we saw with Bolt Report panellist Sean Kelly yesterday:
I don’t get it. When Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs simply did her job by issuing her report on the condition of children in detention, she was the subject of frothing attacks by the usual commentators that she was totally compromised, a “partisan political hack,” disgraced her office etc … all on no evidence whatsoever that that she had anything to do with any political party. And yet, when the royal commissioner Dyson Heydon, QC, AO, presiding over the most extraordinarily politically sensitive inquiry into the union movement turns out to have initially agreed to a Liberal Party fundraiser, the same commentators say, no big deal at all, just one of those things, a simple mistake. How does that work again?
I cannot believe Fitzsimons actually does not understand the difference. He cannot be that dull of comprehension, surely?

First, Fitzsimons bases his case against Dyson Heydon on a falsehood. At no stage did this former High Court judge agree to speak at a Liberal Party fundraiser. He agreed to give a lecture on the law. When he later learned it was advertised as a fundraiser he withdrew. Moreover, it was not actually a fundraiser that raised money for the Liberals. The charge of $80 a head for a three-course-dinner plus expenses was plainly no more than cost recovery, and the fundraising declaration no more than a formal requirement under our electoral laws.
Second, Heydon has had no formal association with the Liberal Party.
Third, Heydon has not demonstrated bias in the conduct of his commission, and Fitzsimons does not even allege it. Indeed, Heydon’s findings against Julia Gillard were much milder than those recommended by his counsel assisting.
Now let’s compare Heydon’s record of no actual bias in his conduct with that of Gillian Triggs.
Triggs was attacked by me and many others not for appearing biased but of actually being so in the conduct of her inquiry.
Here are just some of the things Triggs did that to me showed she not merely seemed biased but was so:
Gillian Triggs, president of the Human Rights Commission, waited until the Liberals were in power and actually emptying detention centres before calling an inquiry into children in detention.
Gillian Triggs gave conflicting evidence on whether she did or didn’t discuss with Labor ministers whether she should delay an inquiry.
Gillian Triggs waited until the boats were stopped and no more people were drowning before launching a full-on assault on the management of our borders.
Gillian Triggs presided over an inquiry making inflammatory and inaccurate claims about suicides in detention and armed guards.
Gillian Triggs verballed the Immigration Minister in her report, falsely claiming he’d admitted detaining children had no part in stopping the boats.
Gillian Triggs in her report at times presented allegations of sexual abuse of children in detention as proven.
Gillian Triggs claimed she’d been asked by the Government to quit when in fact she herself had asked the Government if it had confidence in her.
Gillian Triggs gave misleading evidence about what she claimed was an “inducement” to quit - a job the Government claims she had herself suggested (and she denies).
Gillian Triggs falsely linked the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran to the Government’s border policies.
Gillian Triggs has recommended record amounts of compensation, including $350,000 to a PNG “refugee” held in detention who’d beaten his Australian wife to death with a bicycle.
Links at the link.
I should also add that Triggs during her inquiry gave interviews in which she expressed her opinion the very matters she was meant to be investigating with an open mind - something Heydon would never do:
To liken Heydon’s behaviour to that of Triggs is a grotesque insult of Heydon.  To attack Heydon but defend Triggs, as Fitzsimons does, shows gross ignorance or even grosser bias.
Dyson Heydon confirms that at no stage did he agree to speak at a Liberal fundraiser.
At the very worst careless, not biased:
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon said he was approached on April 10 last year to give a speech at the sixth annual Sir Garfield Barwick Address in Sydney later this month.
“However, in March 2015 I overlooked the connection between the person or persons organising the event and the Liberal Party which had been stated in the email of 10 April of 2014,” he said. “I also overlooked the fact my agreement to speak at that time had been conditional on the work of the commission being completed before that time.”
Mr Heydon said last year that he would be “amenable” to delivering the address if the royal commission had finished its work. The commission was due to make its final report in December last year but was later extended for 12 months…
Mr Heydon revealed he had received an email from Gregory Burton, the chair of professional engagement for a lawyer branch of the NSW Liberal Party on April 10 last year which declared that the lawyer branch is formally a branch of the party, but its aim was to be a “liberal minded bridge to the profession rather than overtly party political.”
“Although we trust we show the party in a favourable light!,” the email said.
“The email of the 10th of April did not state and I did not understand from it that the Sir Garfield Address was in any sense a fundraiser for the Liberal Party,” Mr Heydon said. “The email stated that it was organised by a body which I was told was ‘one of the lawyer branches of the Liberal Party NSW division’ which had a focus on ... professional engagement.”
Mr Heydon said he did not think about the address in 2014 until he was reminded about it in March this year.
He said he looked at details of when and where the event was to be held but did not open email attachments that detailed the fundraiser because he was busy with the royal commission’s hearings.
Last week he said he could no longer attend after it was made clear it was a fundraising event.

The union movement is desperate to destroy a good judge to protect corrupt officials. This is an incredibly bigger and more sinister issue than much of the media wishes to admit:
The ACTU has until 2pm on Thursday to present a written submission as to why Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon should recuse himself. 

After a day of high drama at the Royal Commission into trade unions in Sydney, Commissioner Heydon agreed to give the ACTU time to prepare an application for his disqualification.

He would then have a public hearing on the matter the following day - which would set the scene for a remarkable legal event.
However, the barrister for the ACTU, Robert Newlinds, SC, did not give any indication as to whether the peak union body would push ahead with this dramatic course.

Latham out of another media job

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (4:10pm)

Mark Latham has left - or lost - his job as columnist for the Financial Review.
This follows other bitter partings. He was given a show with Michael Kroger on Sky News that ended almost as soon as it started after Latham exploded. His column-writing gig for the Spectator under Rowan Dean lasted just one article, and ended in more rage. His gig as a Sky News commentator ended after another random act of cruelty from Latham. He did just one show with 60 Minutes as a guest reporter that ended in more yelling. He did just one show with me as a panellist.
It is such a pity, in a way. He can express himself so well and he’s fearless. He has moments of genuine insight, and a good nose for hypocrisy, sanctimony and cant - the besetting sins of modern journalism.
Yet he can also be vicious, cruel, petty, vengeful and erratic.
Labor once said this man should be our prime minister, and - with the help of many Canberra journalists - he very nearly was. 

Fiorina: sacrificing jobs for no climate gain

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (2:10pm)

Carly Fiorina, Republican presidential candidate, and an outsider tip to be the party’s nominee for vice president:
The scientists that tell us that climate change is real and caused by man made activity, also tell us that a single nation acting alone can make no difference at all. So, when I see a state like California destroy lives and livelihoods with environmental regulations that will make no difference at all to climate change, when I see the Obama administration take that same regulation and apply it nationally – it will make not difference at all, yet we’re destroying people’s lives and livelihoods – I wonder, why are we doing this? Why are we doing this when it won’t have any impact?
So I think the answer to this problem is innovation, not regulation. But I must say, it angers me when liberals says “I’m prepared for you to lose your job in the name of sending a signal to…” whom? China could care less? In fact, China is delighted that we are not spending any time or energy figuring out clean coal, because they’re going to go do it.
True for the US. How much truer for Australia.
(Thanks to reader Mike.) 

Sign of Turnbull’s times

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (9:14am)


At least 60 of Clinton’s personal emails had national secrets. How many were hacked?

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (9:04am)

I wouldn’t be counting on Hillary Clinton lasting to the election:
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.
That figure is current through the end of July and is likely to grow as officials wade through a total of 30,000 work-related emails that passed through her personal email server, officials said. The process is expected to take months.
But if we want to know what Clinton privately tells friends of her chances we should ask the Chinese. 

Shorten promises $100 billion of pain for no climate gain

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (8:46am)

Henry Ergas on one of Bill Shorten’s most disastrous policies:
With barely one per cent of ­global emissions, Bill Shorten would have us mandate a share of renewable energy two times greater than that aimed at by the world’s largest emitters.
The threat that poses to consumers, who would face dramatic increases in power bills, is obvious…
Shorten [has] announced that “Labor’s ambition is to see 50 per cent of our electricity energy mix generated by renewable energy by 2030"…
(A) reasonable estimate (derived using a model developed for the Minerals Council by electricity specialists Principal Economics) is that increasing the renewables target would raise the costs of power by $86 billion, which amounts to $600 per household per year.
Given that the average family has an annual electricity bill of some $1600, adding $600 is hardly trivial. Nor could anyone claim $86bn is small change for the Australian economy as a whole…
Shorten also intends to introduce a tax on carbon ... (I)t is clear any such scheme would disproportionately raise the costs of the coal-fired generators, accelerating their exit, and so further boosting prices. And by piling a carbon tax on top of the tax associated with the RET, it could make the distortions caused by increasing the RET even greater than ... $86bn… (G)iven a carbon tax, the additional loss from raising the RET would (on an admittedly rough estimate) be in the order of $38bn, taking the total cost of Shorten’s renewables policy well over $100bn…
Shorten’s policy, were it ever ­implemented, would be a one-way ticket to energy hell.
And to think that Shorten is wasting that $100 billion to fight a monster than seems to have vanished:
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Shorten must destroy the royal commission to hide his past

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (8:35am)

LABOR’S vilification of one of Australia’s most distinguished former judges has one urgent aim: to distract from leader Bill Shorten’s shady past.
Labor’s attack last week on Dyson Heydon, now heading the royal commission into trade union corruption, is both sinister and possibly illegal.
Its obvious purpose is to discredit an investigation into deals Shorten made as a union boss, involving alleged kickbacks to his union from employers and even a $40,000 personal gift.
That makes this attack on the former High Court judge an apparent breach of the Royal Commissions Act, which carries a penalty of even jail for anyone who “intentionally insults or disturbs” a royal commission.
Yet Labor frontbenchers last week still trashed Heydon as “conflicted and biased”, a Liberal “bag man” in charge of a “witch hunt” and “farce” whose job was to “smear” the Government’s “opponents”.
What makes this abuse even more damaging to our rule of law is that it is cheered by Labor’s media allies, especially in the ABC.
The ABC last week endlessly repeated Labor’s lie — that Heydon had “agreed to speak at a Liberal Party fundraising event”.
This charge, meant to discredit Heydon, is false.
(Read full article here.) 

Public backs Abbott’s solution. Why won’t his Liberal critics?

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (8:19am)

Liberals on both sides of the debate should stop sniping and get behind a popular compromise that puts the heat on Labor instead:
A vast majority of Australians want a “national vote”, not polit­icians, to decide on whether same-sex marriage should become law, including a majority of those who support the change, according to a new poll.
As Tony Abbott rejected calls from within his own ranks to hold a people’s vote at or before the next federal election, the exclusive polling revealed that more than three in four Australians — 76 per cent — would prefer to hold a plebiscite before MPs amend the traditional definition of marriage.
The Sexton survey of 1200 people­ was taken prior to the Prime Minister’s announcement last Tuesday that the Coalition had a “disposition” towards a ­people’s vote after the next ­election to decide on same-sex marriage.
More people in the survey — 49 per cent — wanted to “take time for an informed debate” compared with 44 per cent who backed an early decision, boosting the Prime Minister’s campaign to defer a plebiscite until the government’s second term.
Add this IPSOS poll today:
...the government continues to languish on the wrong side of popular opinion on issues such as marriage equality, for which public support remains high at 69 per cent
If the polls are right, Abbott has given the Liberals a plan - this plebiscite - that will deliver gay marriage without splitting a Coalition that is overwhelmingly against it. It is a plan that will give the public ownership of one of the most important changes we could make. It is a plan that will decide the issue beyond question and quibble.
Same sex marriage supporters in the party should congratulate themselves for having brought their party so very far, and not attack Abbott for still keeping the party together with a measure so popular with the public.
And the question now for Bill Shorten is: will he respect the will of the public, as expressed in the plebiscite or referendum? 

The ABC gets serious

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (7:26am)

The ABC can actually do important and interesting things, freeing itself in a rare moment from its manifest bias:
John Howard will interview News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch this week for a documentary on the Menzies period, which will air on the ABC. The ABC has commissioned Howard to do a two-part ­series on Robert Menzies, for broadcast early next year, based on Howard’s book, The Menzies Era.
The former PM has interviewed Clive James, Barry Humphries and Bob Hawke for the documentary, and had intended to talk with Malcolm Fraser before he passed away. Series producer Simon Nasht said Howard had artfully taken to the role of ­interviewer. “We’ll see how he goes with Rupert. There’s a couple of intriguing stories we want to pursue from Rupert’s own career as a journalist,” he said.

Haynes takes off

Andrew Bolt August 17 2015 (12:00am)

Great performance by former NRL star Jarryd Hayne in his debut in the NFL preseason.  

Australia stopping the boats to save the real refugees

Miranda Devine – Sunday, August 17, 2014 (12:15am)

AN extraordinary graph ­nestled in a press release issued today by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison encapsulates the humanitarian triumph of the government’s border protection policies.
It shows two lines, one red and one blue, heading in ­opposite directions, from 2007 to 2014. Each trajectory is a mirror image of the other. When red goes up, blue goes down, and vice versa. This is the calculus of human misery.

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NSW Premier Mike Baird has to weed out his bad apples

Piers Akerman – Sunday, August 17, 2014 (12:12am)

NSW Premier Mike Baird faces three challenges: ICAC’s outing of idiots in his ranks, pressing party reform and an election in six months.
He’s only been premier since April, when Barry O’Farrell resigned after misleading ICAC over a $3000 bottle of Grange. O’Farrell was not ­accused of corruption.

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Tim Blair – Saturday, August 16, 2014 (6:34pm)

The unbearable sadness of climate activism: 
Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. 
Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. 
Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to “the small stuff” – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. 
So she’s a bossy type who wants others to obey her. No wonder Nicole is attracted to environmentalism. 
She found herself suddenly and strongly enveloped by unfamiliar feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, anger and anxiety. 
The poor woman must be a Carlton supporter
“It’s strange. Sometimes you just don’t feel you’re making headway in the time you’ve got, before it’s too late for the planet,” Thornton says. “All these little things weigh you down, and then the big stuff breaks you.” 
Nicole needs professional help. Paging Dr Switzer:
The United Nations was about to hold its 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen, and Thornton felt she had a personal investment in it. She, like many thousands of activists and scientists and green campaigners, had high hopes that a new and robust version of the Kyoto agreement would be created in Denmark.
“But the reality was a massive, epic failure of political will. It broke me,” she says. “The trigger point was actually watching grown men cry.” 
I don’t mean to diminish anyone’s pain or suffering, but it is impossible to read those two paragraphs without laughing. 
Thornton pauses, takes a breath. “It still gets me, five years later. That’s when I lost hope that we were able to save ourselves from self-destruction. That’s when I lost hope that we would survive as a species. It made me more susceptible to what I call ‘climate depression’.” 
But Thornton isn’t actually depressed about the climate. She’s depressed that people won’t be pushed around by oppressive new climate laws. 
Several experts suggest that the overall intersection of mental health and climate change is one we ignore at our peril. 
There’s a 100 per cent overlap for those particular Venn diagrams, that’s for damn sure. 
“Every time I talked about environmental issues, I would start crying, which I think is a really unusual response,” she says. 
Not really. I bet a lot of people start crying when she talks about environmental issues. 
Susie Burke, a senior psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society, has done extensive work on the mental impact of climate change. Burke understands Thornton’s confusion, but also points out that she is by no means alone. 
The challenge would be finding a climate activist who is sane. 
“We can be very sure that many people in the field of climate change are distressed – highly distressed – and it can have a significant psychosocial impact on their wellbeing,” Burke said. “If you’re feeling stress, anger, guilt, anxiousness or hopelessness, it has effects on your life. Depression becomes a real risk.” 
So take up a different hobby. You know, something that isn’t so stupid. Here’s a lady who collects bus tickets, for example. 
Burke points out that disengagement – “switching off from the cause and becoming passive” – is an additional and bona fide concern for leaders within the green community, such is the crippling power of the threat perceived by people like Thornton, and the slow rate of change they observe. 
“The crippling power of the threat perceived by people like Thornton.” Psychologist Burke just walked straight past her diagnosis. 
She and her colleague, Dr Grant Blashki of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, have even been called on by organisations that need help dealing with the overall melancholy affecting their troops.
Adam Majcher, of Australian Conservation Foundation, reached out to Burke and Blashki around the time of the failure in Copenhagen (which is acknowledged as an emotional nadir for green activists). 
Good. These doomer bastards have spent years trying to depress and frighten everyone else. They deserve their misery. 
“We were seeing signs of a particular burden on our advocates,” says Majcher. “There was a shift in the moods and attitudes, with people becoming quite despondent, less engaged. Many people usually talkative were going a little quiet.” 
Not seeing any downside here. 
“And there was definitely a significant decline in activity in the program, along with frustrations playing out in isolation, anger.” 
Are they self-harming yet? Because that would be awesome. 
[Professor Helen Berry, of the University of Canberra], mentions that research has also shown that certain types of people are drawn to political activism, including people with or prone to mental health problems … 
There’s a shock. 
The condition that Thornton faced is much closer to what the psychologist Martin Seligman described as “learned helplessness” – something that could emerge from the repeated and uncontrollable failures of campaigning for a cause. 
It’s also known as “being a leftist”. Happily, this can be cured without medication.


Tim Blair – Saturday, August 16, 2014 (3:43pm)

Wayne Swan trashes Kevin Rudd one more time: 
Kevin Rudd was so poll driven as prime minister that he once asked Labor’s national office to conduct research on what his ‘’one core belief’’ should be, a new book by Wayne Swan reveals …


Mr Swan cites examples of what he calls Mr Rudd’s ‘’unstable personality’’, including the latter breaking a pen in a fit of anger in a hotel room, spraying ink everywhere and causing thousands of dollars of damage to the decor.
‘’Kevin’s treatment of people was extraordinarily vindictive and juvenile, and it was frequently on display,’’ Mr Swan writes. 
Yet Rudd was preferred as leader over Julia Gillard. I blame sexism. 

The Bolt Report today, August 17

Andrew Bolt August 17 2014 (5:54am)

On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…
Editorial:  No, not everyone was horrified at all by that picture, Mr Shorten. Let’s now be honest.
My guest:  Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi on why Liberal members are unhappy with the government.
The panel:  IPA boss John Roskam and former Gillard Government minister Craig Emerson.
NewsWatch:  Spectator editor Rowan Dean.  How the ABC started by criticising the Sydney Morning Herald for anti-Semitism but wound up attacking the Jewish lobby instead.
Plus bonus laughs at ABC presenter Jonathan Green.

The videos of the shows appear here. 
ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: The Abbott Government, last week, dumped its promise to reform the Racial Discrimination Act to allow more free speech. It said it had to do this to encourage Muslim Australians to help fight terrorism. 

TONY ABBOTT, PRIME MINISTER: When it comes to counterterrorism, everyone needs to be part of ‘Team Australia’. And I have to say that the Government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication in that respect.
ANDREW BOLT: Well, it didn’t work. Muslim leaders have still condemned the government’s anti-terrorism proposals. And Liberal MP Craig Laundy, whose Sydney seat has a Muslim vote of more than 10%, also found this ‘Team Australia’ approach didn’t fly at a meeting of the Muslim Lebanese Association on Friday. 
CRAIG LAUNDY, LIBERAL MP: The Prime Minister used a term, and it is one that is unfortunately disappeared into the ether this week, but it is one that I believe with my heart and soul. It is Team Australia. There is no… and laugh all you like.
ANDREW BOLT: Many Liberals members now feel sold out. Former minister David Kemp, for instance, asked what the party actually stands for if it cannot defend even free speech. Some Liberal Senators even plan to vote for Abbott’s abandoned free speech reforms when they are presented to parliament by Family First Senator Bob Day. Joining me is the co-sponsor of Day’s private members bill, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi. Thanks for your time, Cory.
CORY BERNARDI, LIBERAL SENATOR: It’s a pleasure, Andrew. Good to be with you.
ANDREW BOLT: Now, why are you cosponsoring Bob Day’s bill?
CORY BERNARDI: Well, Andrew, I believe in freedom of speech, and I think that the Liberal grassroots want to know that there are members of the Liberal Parliamentary party who are absolutely committed to it. And I have to say that the decision by the Government to abandon reform of 18C has disappointed many members of the Liberal Party. We always thought that, you know, the initial proposal put forward by George Brandis was a starting point for negotiations, but would find an accommodation that we could all agree on as part of Team Australia, Andrew.
ANDREW BOLT: Thank you for that. How many Liberals and Nationals do you think will vote for it in the Senate?
CORY BERNARDI: I wouldn’t even like to hazard a guess at it, Andrew. In the end I’ve made this decision because I believe that what Senator Day has put forward, or is proposing, is absolutely consistent with Liberal Party values. It’s to remove, you know, ‘insult’ and ‘offend’ from the 18C provision of the Racial Discrimination Act. I think most level-headed, considered people would think that’s a very sensible amendment to ensure that free speech is available in Australia without the threat of being taken to court or some tribunal, just because you’ve upset someone.
ANDREW BOLT: How upset is the grassroots, the Liberal grassroots,with what the Government has done with these free speech plans? 
CORY BERNARDI: Well, Andrew, I have heard some advice from some of my colleagues that, you know, long-standing members of the Liberal Party have resigned, and you know that I have a weekly email newsletter. I canvassed this issue in that newsletter last week and received, quite literally, hundreds and hundreds of people who are saying that they’re disappointed.
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Liberals won’t re-contest two seats in “antonement”

Andrew Bolt August 17 2014 (5:37am)

The NSW Liberals were going to lose both seats anyway, but still:
As revelations from the ­Independent Commission Against Corruption claim more scalps, state director Tony Nutt said the party would not be contesting the Newcastle or Charlestown by-elections as “an explicit act of atonement”...
“The Liberal Party organisation apologises to the people of NSW for the extraordinary and reprehensible conduct of a small number of its elected representatives, members and activists which has been ­revealed during the current ­inquiry by the Independent Commission Against Corruption,” he said.
“These problems occurred four years ago. Accordingly, as an explicit act of atonement, the Liberal Party will not contest the Newcastle and Charlestown by-elections.”
The by-elections were triggered after the resignations of Newcastle MP Tim Owen and Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell, who admitted to ­accepting cash donations from property ­developer and now Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Jeff McCloy…

The decision not to stand candidates is largely symbolic, with both seats having long been held by Labor until falling in the 2011 landslide election.
Premier Mike Baird said the party did not ­deserve the right to contest the seats. 
“We need to get our house in order and we are getting our house in order, but while we’re doing that we don’t deserve the right to represent those electorates,” he said.

Yet so many people read what they wanted on Rudd’s blank page

Andrew Bolt August 17 2014 (5:27am)

I was often accused of being too hostile Kevin Rudd from the very start, calling him out after just five months in office as a populist without a vision:
... as a flim-flam man, all spin and no substance. As a Prime Bureaucrat, not a Prime Minister. As like the dog who caught the car.  
That criticism at the height of Rudd’s popularity had me marked down as just a partisan conservative. In fact, we now know the reality was worse,  and some in Labor secretly knew it: 
Kevin Rudd was so poll driven as prime minister that he once asked Labor’s national office to conduct research on what his ‘’one core belief’’ should be, a new book by Wayne Swan reveals.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Senate forcing Abbott to keep spending

Andrew Bolt August 17 2014 (5:19am)

Forced to cut their losses - and add to the deficit: 
THE Budget will get a family-friendly reboot, with concessions on the mining tax, university reforms, the $7 GP fee and a revamped $810 school kids bonus. 
Determined to ensure key budget measures pass the Senate, Treasurer Joe Hockey is under intense pressure to split the mining tax legislation, which would allow the government to secure support for dumping Labor’s failed tax.
By splitting the bills, the government could axe the tax while accepting Clive Palmer’s demands to retain some of the $10 billion in popular spending linked to it. These include the school kids bonus, the low income superannuation contribution scheme and the low income support bonus. 
Senior government sources cautioned that Prime Minister Tony Abbott would never accept keeping the existing “cash splash’’ school kids bonus, but may consider a rebadged scheme that forced parents to spend the money on education. University reforms will also be amended under the budget reboot strategy. The deregulation of university fees will stay but the higher interest rate for university loans is likely to go.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Global warming causes floods. Of tears

Andrew Bolt August 17 2014 (4:13am)

The Age actually takes this activist seriously:
“Every time I talked about environmental issues, I would start crying, which I think is a really unusual response,” she says. 
Tim Blair, though, can’t stop laughing as he reads on. And on. 



That technology is thousands of years old - ed

NFC - near-field communication - was meant to be the next big thing. But, allowing payments or communication without touch being necessary has proved a difficult market to crack.
Spencer Kelly reports on how one company is hoping placing NFC technology in jewellery will make people more likely to invest in the technology itself, testing a ring that can unlock everything from a phone to a front door.
Simply everything comes from there,
Where the flowers stand eternal,
Dizzying blooms that whirl the filth
From the human heart.
They come dashing petals to the ground,
Shaking out those twisted, blissful buds.

—from "Flower Song Convocation," song XVII of the Aztec codex Cantares Mexicanos
translated from the Nahuatl by David Bowles
As the Egyptian government attempts to disband supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a wave of devastating violence has swept through the country. The AP has reported that 638 people have been confirmed killed and nearly 4,000 are injured. It’s now being uncovered that much of this violence is being committed against Christians and their institutions.
This morning on radio, Glenn gave his listeners a rundown of the institutions that have been attacked and what is happening to the Christian Egyptians as their nation unwinds into chaos — something the mainstream media has been deafeningly silent on.
The President gave a statement on the issue on Thursday, in which he stated:
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” Obama said. “We deplore violence against citizens.”
Unfortunately, it’s not simply the “interim government” that is engaging in serious violence. It’s his so-called “nonviolent” pals that he helped initially win office, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have reportedly called for a ‘day of rage’ (non-violent, of course), yet the president and many in Congress are still considering sending aide to the country.
“I would just like you to keep these churches in your prayers because the front page of TheBlaze has a picture of one of these churches in Egypt that has been burned down,” Glenn said. ”So just keep these people and these churches in your prayers.  In Egypt these are the churches that have just been burned down by the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Father Maximus churches, the St. George Church, the Good Shepherd’s Monastery where the nuns were attacked and burned.  The Angel Michael Church and the St. George Coptic Orthodox church have been burned.”
Sadly that’s just a small portion of the churches that have come under attack or been destroyed.
“It’s really sad — awful,” Pat responded after hearing a portion of the list.
Bill O’Reilly has been in the headlines for weeks now because his well-articulated Talking Points Memos have focused on the harsh realities African Americans face in this country and called out the so-called leaders of the black community for not speaking up. O’Reilly has earned a good amount of praise for his remarks, but he has also weathered a large amount of criticism from the likes of Al Sharpton and others. Well, last night O’Reilly apparently reached his breaking point
“Bill O’Reilly I think pretty much had it last night,” Glenn said to open the radio show this morning. “I don’t think Bill has ever really played this game, but he’s been around this game and he just broke the rules. And here’s what the game is: I had been told when I was in the mainstream media, ‘Look, Glenn. You know, we take a pound of flesh from them and then we all go out and have dinner. That’s the way the game is played.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m not playing a game and these things are lies.’ Again, I don’t play that game. If it’s a lie, it’s a lie and I’m not playing that game.”
“I have a feeling that’s what happened with Bill O’Reilly last night because Bill O’Reilly could have played this card a long time ago,” he continued. “Another thing I learned in the media is don’t play all your cards… When they’re playing the game and they’re coming to shoot you in the head, you better keep your powder dry until you really need it. Last night, some of the powder was used from Bill O’Reilly because he was sick to death of Al Sharpton.”
Glenn played the audio of O’Reilly’s take down of Sharpton from last night’s O’Reilly Factor:
O’REILLY: This time a few days ago we did a story about the food stamp fraud in the USA. As part of that story, we featured Jason the surfer. There he is, young, man, healthy. Gets thousands of dollars worth of food stamps every year, even while he surfs all day long. He doesn’t care about workin’.
And here’s what I said about it: This guy is a parasite, and my contention is that the Obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse, and this is how a country declines. This is how we become a weak nation.
So that was pretty clear statement about Jason the surfer and the failure of the federal government to regulate who gets entitlements from the taxpayer, right? Pretty straightforward. Here’s how Al Sharpton spun it.
SHARPTON: Bill O’Reilly is going back to one of his favorite talking points: Attacking the poor. Here’s his latest rant about people on food stamps. Parasites. The poor are parasites. We’ve heard these kinds of attacks before.

O’REILLY: Sharpton obviously taking my comments totally out of context. Not even mentioning Jason the surfer and basically not telling the truth, once again. The guy does this all the time. And here’s the crusher on Sharpton. He’s been portraying me as a racist and a brutalizer of the poor. A few years ago Sharpton told me that his charity in Harlem, New York was out of money and that it could not provide Christmas presents and Christmas dinners to hundreds of poor people in Harlem. So I gave Sharpton a $25,000 donation to provide the gifts and the food. I never mentioned it because it wasn’t necessary to mention it. But now it is. To prove exactly what kind of person Al Sharpton is.
Watch the video of O’Reilly’s remarks HERE.
“That is not ‘Let’s go have dinner.’ That is a declaration of war,” Glenn said. “Congratulations, Bill O’Reilly… Now, Bill O’Reilly gets a lot of crap, I think, because he doesn’t put up with crap… I think he’s had enough.”
This situation extends far beyond Bill O’Reilly and Al Sharpton. In the last few months alone, there have been several examples of the left attempting to destroy people. “How many people does the left have to destroy,” Glenn asked.
Paula Deen’s career is essentially over. The Missouri State rodeo clown now finds himself without a job.Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Riley Cooper continues to face backlash despite his apology.
“How many people have to have their lives destroyed before people wake up and say this isn’t a game? This is not a game. This is a zero sum game,” Glenn said. “The game has changed. They are going to take you out because they sense blood in the water. They are so out-of-control with their egos… so those who are just like, ‘Let’s just play the game, just get along. We always get along.’ That’s over, gang. That’s over. And I think Bill O’Reilly is smart enough to get it.”
Jonathan Pollard, who has spent more than 27 years and more than 10,000 days in American prison, is breaking his silence.
In an opinion piece sent to theJerusalem Post, which will appear on Friday, Pollard criticizes the Israeli government “over the past 60 years” on issues such as evicting Jewish communities, releasing murderous terrorists and his own situation.
"Israel is the only country in the world that ever voluntarily evicted citizens from their homeland in order to give the land to its enemies, and the only country that ever voluntarily destroyed the homes and businesses of its citizens, broke promises and shattered their lives,” Pollard wrote.
Referring to his personal story, he wrote, "Israel holds the world record forbetraying those who were loyal to it. It is the only country in the world that ever willingly cooperated in a lawsuit against its intelligence agent, refused to give him asylum, turned over documents to incriminate him, denied knowing him and then allowed him to rot in prison for decades.”
Pollard also spoke about Israel releasing terrorists as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority ahead of peace talks, saying, “A sovereign state which can desecrate the dead by releasing murderers and torturing bereaved families, in principle, gives up and throws away the moral foundation of its existence."
He added, "Many of those released were serving life sentences for multiple heinous crimes. The blood of the victims cries out from their graves over the lack of human decency. Their cries are not being heard. The bereaved families of the victims asked and begged not to release the savage murderers of their loved ones. Their pleas were ignored. No one in Israel sees the broken hearts that are bleeding continuously over their losses.”
Pastor Rick Warren
“Courage isn't having the strength to go on – it's going on when you don’t have any strength.” – Napoleon
Pastor Rick Warren
Nothing you do can make God stop loving you, because His love is based on WHO HE IS (his character) not what you do (your conduct).
Pastor Rick Warren
"It's better to be content with what you have than always be struggling for more, which is like chasing the wind." Ecclesiastes 4:6
Malcolm Turnbull
Nobody should make fun of Kevin confusing Holden with Ford & instead extend the same understanding he showed Beazley when he got his Roves mixed up.
Things have got to be tense at the U.S. State Department as countries like Egypt and Syria continue to spiral into total chaos. More than 700 people have been reported dead since violent clashes began in Egypt on Wednesday, including at least 64 on Friday, and the department will face several key decisions in the near future that will have far-reaching implications for the United States.
So how does the man who heads the State Department unwind during a stressful time like this? He goes kiteboarding in Nantucket, Mass.
TheBlaze has obtained exclusive photos of Secretary of State John Kerry’s kiteboarding adventure in Nantucket – and at 69-years-old, you have to admit, his skills are pretty impressive:
Exclusive Pics: Secretary of State John Kerry Goes Kiteboarding in Nantucket
October 21, 2012
There are obviously verifiable vote fraudproblems in North Carolina.
In 2010 those problems surfaced meaningfully as indicated in the below voter fraud post from an earlier Charlotte Conservative Examiner article:
 Perhaps in an effort to promote North Carolina as one of the healthiest States in the Nation, this latest voter twist comes to us from Susan Myrick of the Civitas Institute in North Carolina--not to be confused with Rep. Sue Myrick of NC who is unrelated. In a radio interview with local WBT Anchor Tara Servatious, Susan reports that she has been keeping track of the number of votes in North Carolina of individuals over the age of 110 years and apparently we have quite a few, over 410 of the 110 year olds--to be exact-- actually voted via absentee ballot on October the 28th. Yes indeed, now it would appear that good ole NC has the market cornered on the Centenarian vote.
At latest count, Susan has garnered a total Absentee Ballot vote of over 2,660 people over the age of 110. Someone contact the Guiness Book and warm up the Ford, the Fountain of Youth exists and its right here in lovely NC. It's no wonder people are moving here in droves--maybe the use of tobacco isn't such a bad thing after all? But, on a more serious note, with all of the irregularities going on all over the place, we can now begin to wonder about a few things.
Apparently those ultra-healthy seniors over 110 have aged and are now astoundingly over 112 years old, and are still able to make it to the polls ahead of time.
According to a post originally from the Silence Dogood political blog report, there were at least 758 individuals over the age of 112 who had either risen from their respective graves, or otherwise, to vote once again for the Democrats in charge, who might apparently have also guaranteed them an ever-lasting vote for life and beyond.
In visiting the political tracking site, we later found the same story in evidence, except the number of centenarian voters had increased measurably to 832 voters over the age of 112. Of these voters, over 70% were slated as Democrats, with a diminutive 25% counted as Republicans. The rest were unaffiliated.
When peering a little more deeply at the numbers we find that an astounding 2,374 people between the ages of 94 and 100 have already voted in the NC election to date. While an even more astounding 832 votes came from those individuals aged 112. However,according to the Guinness book of world records, the oldest living person in the world, at present, lives in Japan and is 114 years old. It would seem obvious that, according to the NC vote registry, this old fellow might be nudged aside in the near future, especially considering the crop of spry 112 year-olds seemingly alive and well in the old North State.
In fact, two of the 112 year aged voters were mail-in ballots from overseas; ostensibly vacationing to escape the now bitterly polarized political contest, and who can blame them?
But it gets worse when we note from another concerned voter, who indicated the following explanation, which goes but one full measure further to explain what's happening in NC during this voting season of , perhaps, persistent political zombies:
I overheard a nice lady about 70 telling her friend the following: "Yes, I voted today."
"Going back tomorrow too."
"They took us to a place that don't ask names and don't write nothing down. They give $20 each time."
She then handed her friend a card I couldn't see and told her friend to call the number.
This same tipster later sent a message indicating that he had, indeed, contacted the local election center, who immediately patted him upon the head graciously for being a good citizen with a promise to check on it again much later, in due course.
Obviously there is a problem, one in which voter ID might clearly provide a solution. A thing that only the Democratic party swears against at any cost, and for reasons becoming quite obvious.
A new video from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the Red Planet's two tiny moons eclipsing each other in an otherworldly skywatching first.

This illustration provides a comparison for how big the moons of Mars appear to be, as seen from the surface of Mars, in relation to the size that Earth's moon appears to be when seen from the surface of Earth.
Learning how to be kind to ourselves
is important. When we look into our
own hearts and begin to discover
what is confused and what is
brilliant, what is bitter and what is
sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that
we’re discovering. We’re discovering
the universe. When we discover the
buddha that we are, we realize that
everything and everyone is Buddha.
We discover that everything is awake,
and everyone is awake. Everything
and everyone is precious and whole
and good. When we regard thoughts
and emotions with humor and
openness, that’s how we perceive the

~Pema Chödron~

On Friday, Palestinian Islamisists chanted in support of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and against Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who they accuse of collaborating with the US and killing his own people for the sake of the Jews.
NS Arktika


“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name."
Psalm 29:2
God's glory is the result of his nature and acts. He is glorious in his character, for there is such a store of everything that is holy, and good, and lovely in God, that he must be glorious. The actions which flow from his character are also glorious; but while he intends that they should manifest to his creatures his goodness, and mercy, and justice, he is equally concerned that the glory associated with them should be given only to himself. Nor is there aught in ourselves in which we may glory; for who maketh us to differ from another? And what have we that we did not receive from the God of all grace? Then how careful ought we to be to walk humbly before the Lord! The moment we glorify ourselves, since there is room for one glory only in the universe, we set ourselves up as rivals to the Most High. Shall the insect of an hour glorify itself against the sun which warmed it into life? Shall the potsherd exalt itself above the man who fashioned it upon the wheel? Shall the dust of the desert strive with the whirlwind? Or the drops of the ocean struggle with the tempest? Give unto the Lord, all ye righteous, give unto the Lord glory and strength; give unto him the honour that is due unto his name. Yet it is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence--"Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be glory." It is a lesson which God is ever teaching us, and teaching us sometimes by most painful discipline. Let a Christian begin to boast, "I can do all things," without adding "through Christ which strengtheneth me," and before long he will have to groan, "I can do nothing," and bemoan himself in the dust. When we do anything for the Lord, and he is pleased to accept of our doings, let us lay our crown at his feet, and exclaim, "Not I, but the grace of God which was with me!"


"Ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit."
Romans 8:23
Present possession is declared. At this present moment we have the first fruits of the Spirit. We have repentance, that gem of the first water; faith, that priceless pearl; hope, the heavenly emerald; and love, the glorious ruby. We are already made "new creatures in Christ Jesus," by the effectual working of God the Holy Ghost. This is called the firstfruit because it comes first. As the wave-sheaf was the first of the harvest, so the spiritual life, and all the graces which adorn that life, are the first operations of the Spirit of God in our souls. The firstfruits were the pledge of the harvest. As soon as the Israelite had plucked the first handful of ripe ears, he looked forward with glad anticipation to the time when the wain should creak beneath the sheaves. So, brethren, when God gives us things which are pure, lovely, and of good report, as the work of the Holy Spirit, these are to us the prognostics of the coming glory. The firstfruits were always holy to the Lord, and our new nature, with all its powers, is a consecrated thing. The new life is not ours that we should ascribe its excellence to our own merit; it is Christ's image and creation, and is ordained for his glory. But the firstfruits were not the harvest, and the works of the Spirit in us at this moment are not the consummation--the perfection is yet to come. We must not boast that we have attained, and so reckon the wave-sheaf to be all the produce of the year: we must hunger and thirst after righteousness, and pant for the day of full redemption. Dear reader, this evening open your mouth wide, and God will fill it. Let the boon in present possession excite in you a sacred avarice for more grace. Groan within yourself for higher degrees of consecration, and your Lord will grant them to you, for he is able to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask or even think.

Today's reading: Psalm 94-96, Romans 15:14-33 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 94-96

The LORD is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, LORD, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?
4 They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
5 They crush your people, LORD;
they oppress your inheritance.
They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
7 They say, "The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice."

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 15:14-33

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
14 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another. 15 Yet I have written you quite boldly on some points to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done- 19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation....

Judas, Juda, Jude

[Jū'das] - praise of the lord.

1. The disciple surnamed Iscariot, who betrayed the Master and then hanged himself. He was the only one of the Twelve who was not a Galilean. He acted as treasurer of the apostolic band (John 6:71; 12:6; 13:26, 29).

The Man Who Was Guilty of a Horrible Crime

The Gospels represent the betrayal of Christ by Judas as a horrible, diabolical crime. And it stands out as the darkest deed in human history. The word "betray" is a remarkable one meaning "to deliver up." This is what Judas did - delivered up Jesus. Yet such a dastardly action was overruled, for Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel of God.
Judas is a strange character and everything about his choice and conduct is mysterious. Why was he chosen? All we can say in answer is in the declaration, "that the scriptures might be fulfilled" (Matt. 26:56 ). The greater mystery is, why did Christ choose you and me to be His followers? Think of these features:
I. Judas'terrible crime was predicted (Ps. 109:5-8; Acts 1:16).
II. His cruel bargain was foretold (Zech. 11:12, 13).
III. He became a devil incarnate. "One of you is a devil." As Jesus became God-incarnate, Judas became the devil-incarnate.
IV. He is called "a son of perdition." Because the same designation is used of the Man of Sin, some writers feel that this grim figure will be Judas incarnate ( 2 Thess. 2:3).
V. He was a thief. He kept the bag which represented responsibility. Christ chose Judas as treasurer for the Twelve because of his commercial instinct and business acumen, but he prostituted his gift. His very endowment became a snare. A blessing was turned into a curse.
VI. He betrayed Christ with a kiss. The hatefulness of his crime reached its limit when he gave the enemies of Christ the symbol of affection. How wicked is the human heart - deceitful above all things!
VII. He was the recipient of divine patience. Why he persisted in following Christ we cannot say. All we can do is marvel at the love and patience of Christ as He bore with Judas for three years. He knew all along that this so-called disciple would betray Him, yet He kept the door open. Even when He met Judas after his contract with the foes of Christ, He greeted him as "friend." We would have scorned the traitor and hissed "enemy" or "traitor." Not so Christ, who is patient toward all men.
VIII. He went out to his own place (Acts 1:25 ). It was in self-excommunication. Christ did not excommunicate Judas - He only ratified the choice. Up to the last He gave Judas a chance to halt and turn from his wickedness. But when the die had been cast, Jesus said, "What thou doest, do quickly."
We leave our glimpse of the despicable man of the Bible with two lessons in mind:
The journey into sin gains momentum. We never know where a wrong path may end. Sin only needs opportunity to carry us to its utmost depths.
It is sadly possible to be associated with Jesus, to hear His gracious words, witness His wonderful works, yet refuse Him our heart's allegiance and be ultimately lost.
2. Half-brother of Jesus , brother of James and writer of the epistle known by his name (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3; Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13; Jude 1). See JUDE.
3. An apostle also known as Lebbeus or Thaddeus (John 14:22).
4. A Galilean who stirred up sedition shortly after the birth of Christ (Acts 5:37).
5. One with whom Paul lodged in the street called Straight (Acts 9:11).
6. The prophet surnamed Barsabas, sent with Silas to Antioch (Acts 15:22, 27).

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