Friday, October 30, 2015

Fri Oct 30th Todays News

"For things to stay as they are, things will have to change."
A media journalist in the US, speaking discourteously to a GOP Presidential contender, denounces the contender for calling Hillary Clinton a liar. The contender points out he did not say that. He said she had lied and he described how. The disbelieving journalist disbelieved the public record and said it was a terrible accusation to make that Clinton had lied to help Obama at election. Quite so. 

The media narrative does not explain why it is bad to drown people who want to migrate to Australia, or Europe. It does not explain why it is wrong to deny refugees places when desperate people can choose to be exploited by pirates. It does not explain why it was wrong for Clinton to blame a film maker for a jihadist attack when she had known Al Qaeda had assaulted a diplomatic mission and she had denied them help. Instead, media excuse such atrocities. They claim it is compassionate to siren call the drownings. They claim it is the law that allows pirates to exploit the desperate. They claim the CIA made Clinton dither and lie. Things don't have to change much to be totally different. 

Will the new PM, Turnbull stand for what is right, as Mr Abbott habitually did? 
For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2014 ===
"For things to stay as they are, things will have to change." 
The magnificent former athlete, now senator Nova Perris has disturbingly done as Gillard and Thomson have done before her and addressed parliament about a tawdry affair. She has not said that the leaked emails which allege corruption are fabrications. She says she has not seen them. But she says they are not consistent with her views then and now, which suggests she has taken a very nuanced legal view. Unlike Thomson and Gillard she suggests a motive for the alleged fabrication and provides a believable account as to what has happened. Any person capable of fabricating emails with that detail must be disturbingly close to her, personally. It is telling that those supporting her have not given similar support to Sydney University poet Barry Spurr, but from the viewpoint of the NT News, their source must have presented them with sufficient verifiable facts to let them proceed over Nova, while Matilda have clearly failed to obtain sufficient facts to impugn Spurr. 

Raising Jihadis in Lakemba as a channel 7 recording shows four children aged from six to thirteen parading as soldiers of the caliphate. The children promise to die fighting to end democracy in Australia. The event was organised by the Muslim Youth Project in Lakemba and suggests that that organisation and those involved should answer questions as to why they should be allowed to exist as a corporation, or be free. Senator Leyenjohn on 7:30 report says that the new anti terrorism laws will mean that people can be charged and arrested who might not under current legislation. Which sounds like the point. 

An inquiry into a partisan weather bureau account has been called for by a National Party MP. One interesting study would be reporting of forecasts and record of actual temperatures, which rarely is other than cooler than those forecast. A hundred years ago and more, higher temperatures were being recorded. Yet the weather bureau claims that 2013 was the hottest on record without being able to substantiate it. Locally, it wasn't. 

A danger Victoria could vote ALP with polls showing ALP will win. It is undeserved, without them ever addressing their apparent corruption or presenting a coherent set of policies. The danger is they could be elected with no agenda other than to be corrupt. Even today, they cost Victorians a lot of money from a desalination plant that was never needed. 

Aid worker arrogantly demands to be treated different to public safety needs over Ebola. Many thanks to the aid worker sacrificing their time and money to make a difference in Africa, but they have been quarantined for a reason and should respect that. 

"For things to stay as they are, things will have to change." Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who in The Leopard had Count Tancredi say that .. and Malcolm Turnbull brilliantly quotes it in parliament today. 

MLB World Series update
Scoring 3 to 2, Giants take the series after San Francisco did what it does best by going against trend. Bumgarner became player of the series by keeping Kansas City Royals shut down on a one run deficit, after winning two other games. It is the third time Giants have won in five years. 
From 2013
Professional activists, calling themselves students, menace conservative politicians to get your money. They throw shoes, eggs, rotten food stuffs, and are abusive in language as well. Naturally, media don't show the organiser's face book exhortations .. and FB doesn't have a problem maintaining it on site. Thing is, left don't argue, they abuse (yes, I'm aware it is a generalisation and there are some of the left who argue without resorting to abuse .. or going into fantasy land). The reason for that is that is what has been modelled. It is what works. Politicians and media elite have been doing that for a long time. There is an account of Horatio Nelson's experience in UK politics where he was a natural conservative but joined the Whigs because he wanted to be heard .. that is in 1800. There is a conservative press, but it is very weak in Australia and tends to suffer from 'balance' in the US where some ideas are accepted without question. Don't believe me? Ask yourself what you feel about historical left wing folly. If it is wrong to bomb civilians, what about the firebombing of German citizens in cities during WW2? What terrible things would the women and children have done to the war effort? Or the twice nuking of Japanese cities .. why not military targets? Why was Idi Amin, Pol Pot or any of many murderous tyrants not incarcerated for their crimes? Why is Al Gore free and lauded for his lies which cost the world $trillions .. how would media characterise a conservative who took $trillions from the world's poorest peoples? How about the prosecution of the Korean War? Vietnam? Historical events won't be changed, but crimes should be condemned. There is little point in overthrowing China or Vietnam by force now. But we can't accept piracy from them either. 

Sometimes it seems the only thing a left will willingly bury is decency. Known unto God. Al Jazeera provides details about boat people meant to condemn Liberal policy .. but it backfires. If car manufacturers can't profitably manufacture cars in Australia they shouldn't be here. Same sex marriage can work if the policy doesn't infringe on churches .. they probably should not be state regulated anyway. But gay activists don't seem to care about the issue, so much as pushing an envelope. ALP are still struggling to work out why they lost .. some saying they could have won. Here is a hint, ALP are wrong about conservative policy .. and ALP corruption is disheartening for their supporters. Two wonderful articles follow, one on how the US stimulus failed and the other shows Clive Palmer is a fool. 
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George I, King of the Hellenes
My my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender. The prince has become king. We've had a Rudd concession. The Tsar bombed. We are attempting peace by negotiating with terror. Let's party. 


Tim Blair – Friday, October 30, 2015 (1:57pm)

Australia’s population in 1968, when doom-monger Paul Ehrlich called for the sterilisation of black people12,000,000.
Australia’s population now, as Ehrlich prepares for an appearance on Monday night’s Q & A (during which his sterilisation advocacy will definitely not be mentioned): 23,941,500.
UPDATE. Reader GeeBeezUs is planning a barbeque using a renewable energy source as fuel.


Tim Blair – Friday, October 30, 2015 (12:36pm)

Please join me and Joe Hildebrand as we discuss the week’s events. Be amazed as two semi-adults achieve occasional coherence on the topics of Movember, dead communists, RSL dress codes and dining with George Brandis, all while dodging incoming jet aircraft. Annabel Crabb’s obvious fascism is also reviewed.
UPDATE. This morning’s Hildebrand Halloween antics. Dressing the studio tech staff as ghosts was a nice touch. Disappointingly, Ita went with her usual gear instead of a costume. The most terrifying moment: at 1:47, Tim Flannery appears.

ABC defames Abetz

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (4:29pm)

The ABC is used to defame another conservative:
Julian Morrow: So he’s [Abetz] being very clever. He’s distracting people from his views on gay marriage, by being racist. Very good.
Senator Eric Abetz’s “offence” was not racism. He was actually praising and quoting an African-American judge, Clarence Thomas. His “offence” was merely to use the word “negro” to describe him (in order to legitimise, not diminish the opinion on identity politics he was citing). Yes, that term is now very loaded, a fact Abetz did not know.
Clumsy, maybe. But ‘racist”? That is false, and if Morrow truly has the conscience and passion for “justice” he likes to advertise he would apologise.
So should the ABC. 

On The Bolt Report on Sunday, November 1

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (3:45pm)


My guest: Best-selling author and geologist Ian Plimer on his new book on Pope Francis and the dangerous global warming movement.
Editorial:  What the invasion of Europe really looks like. And why Tony Abbott is right.

The panel: Former Labor campaign guru Bruce Hawker and Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger.  The evasive Malcolm Turnbull. Is he for a GST or against? For nuclear power or against?  And does Bill Shorten have a future?

NewsWatch: Sharri Markson, media editor of The Australian. How journalists made Abbott’s great speech seem a flop. How the ABC rewards bad behaviour. Oh, and why Fiona Stanley should step down from an ABC inquiry into bias.
Plus a warning on coal seam gas. But not what you think.

The videos of the shows appear here.

Media vs Republicans

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (1:39pm)

Marco Rubio was right. The biggest lobby group attacking the Republicans is in fact the media.
And to illustrate his argument, there was the panel of journalists selected by the Left-preaching CNBC network to moderate the latest debate of the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.
Ben Shapiro analyses the farce that followed:
CNBC’s panel of questioners, apparently drawn directly from a focus group for the Democratic National Committee, revealed their Hillary Clinton butterfly tramp-stamps long enough to unleash a stream of hit jobs on the candidates.
The good news: Republicans must know that they will not be running against Hillary. They will be running against the media. Last night was an acid test. Only three candidates passed it: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) , and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

The moderators, by being good little leftists, clarified the Republican field.
Not all the questions were bad. Some were very useful. But many from some of the moderators were plainly hostile, even abusive.
For instance:
Carl Quintanilla
Quintanilla was petulant and nasty throughout the evening; he acted like a hurt child when Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the time to point out the panel’s bias…
To the field: “What’s your biggest weakness?"…
To Carly Fiorina, after she said that she wanted to reduce the tax code to three pages: “You want to bring 70,000 pages to three? Is that using really small type? Is that using really small type?” Sneering in the role of objective moderator is not a question. It’s you being an asshat on national television, Carl.
To Marco Rubio: “This one is for Senator Rubio. You’ve been a young man in a hurry ever since you won your first election in your 20s. You’ve had a big accomplishment in the Senate, an immigration bill providing a path to citizenship the conservatives in your party hate, and even you don’t support anymore. Now, you’re skipping more votes than any senator to run for president. Why not slow down, get a few more things done first or least finish what you start?” First off, labeling Rubio’s amnesty plan a “big accomplishment” reveals your cards. Second, this is an illegitimate and stupid gotcha question. Rubio has been in the Senate for the same amount of time as Cruz and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) , and the same amount of time as Barack Obama in 2008. Rubio answered well, but that doesn’t mean the question accomplished anything worthwhile. And after Rubio’s answer, Quintanilla doubled down, asking if Rubio hated his job. Over and over again. Egregiously bad stuff. When Jeb Bush jumped in to reiterate Quintanilla’s question, Rubio promptly body slammed him, ending his candidacy, however. So at least we can thank Quintanilla for that.
To Ted Cruz: “Congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House are about to strike a compromise that would raise the debt limit, prevent a government shutdown and calm financial markets that fear of — another Washington-created crisis is on the way. Does your opposition to it show that you’re not the kind of problem-solver American voters want?” Terrible question – why not ask about Cruz’s position on the budget, and whether he worried about a government shutdown? Instead, the accusatory question set Cruz up for a fall. Cruz didn’t go for it. He rightly punched the panel in the face at this point, and Quintanilla began whining…
To Jeb Bush: “Daily fantasy sports has become a phenomenon in this country, will award billions of dollars in prize money this year. But to play you have to assess your odds, put money at risk, wait for an outcome that’s out of your control. Isn’t that the definition of gambling, and should the Federal Government treat it as such?” Chris Christie hit this one on the head. Does ANYONE care about regulating fantasy football, except for the quixotic Jeb Bush, who meandered around the stage mumbling to himself while answering this doltish query?
John Harwood
Harwood ended his career last night. His performance destroyed any shred of credibility he clung to beforehand. His questions were alternatively factually incorrect and sneering. He repeatedly cut off the candidates, and yelled at them when they failed to abide by his arbitrary rules… Awful, awful, awful…
To Donald Trump: “Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?” Trump rightly called out the question…
To Donald Trump: “We’re at 60 seconds, but I gotta ask you, you talked about your tax plan. You say that it would not increase the deficit because you cut taxes $10 trillion in the economy would take off like – hold on, hold on – the economy would take off like a rocket ship. I talked to economic advisers who have served presidents of both parties. They said that you have as chance of cutting taxes that much without increasing the deficit as you would of flying away from that podium by flapping your arms.” That’s not a question, that’s a five paragraph essay of leftist talking points… When Trump began to respond, Harwood started bashing Trump over the Tax Foundation’s analysis of his proposal – and then Quintanilla jumped in to stop Trump from answering. Egregious.
To John Kasich: “Governor Kasich, hold it, I’m coming to you right now. [Refuses Kasich request to answer on taxes.] Well, I’m asking you about this. I’m about to ask you about this. That is, you had some very strong words to say yesterday about what’s happening in your party and what you’re hearing from the two gentlemen we’ve just heard from. Would you repeat it?” This isn’t even a question, it’s a prompt to smack Republicans. Kasich answered with his own tax proposal – and Harwood refused to accept the answer, again pressing Kasich to attack his colleagues by name....
To Marco Rubio: “The Tax Foundation, which was alluded to earlier, scored your tax plan and concluded that you give nearly twice as much of a gain in after-tax income to the top 1 percent as to people in the middle of the income scale. Since you’re the champion of Americans living paycheck-to- paycheck, don’t you have that backward?” This is ridiculous and incorrect. Harwood had to correct himself on this score on Twitter weeks ago; the Tax Foundation immediately came out and slammed Harwood for the question. This morning, Harwood is still sticking by it.
To Mike Huckabee: “As a preacher as well as a politician, you know that presidents need the moral authority to bring the entire country together. The leading Republican candidate, when you look at the average of national polls right now, is Donald Trump. When you look at him, do you see someone with the moral authority to unite the country?” Another asshat question, which Huckabee evaded by saying he wears Trump ties. To which Harwood then apparently asked if the ties were made in Mexico or China. Because, as always, John Harwood is a dick...
Read on.
John Hinderaker:

Last night’s presidential debate was the most-watched program in CNBC’s history, which might not be a good thing for the cable network. The moderators’ performance was generally considered disgraceful, as we have already noted more than once…
But the problem with the questions wasn’t that they were “tough,” it was that they consistently promoted Democratic Party talking points, whether true or not; they were frequently derisive and belittling; and often, they were downright stupid.
Hinderaker has his own list of the worst.

Something will turn up.  Malcolm, the media and just talking up a recovery

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (9:09am)

A journalist is asked about her unflinching support for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, recently released from confinement as a mere minister and put in charge of the still-straitened finances. Names, locations and lyrics have been corrected in Charles Dickens’ otherwise accurate account of this memorable exchange:
‘May I ask, ma’am, what you and Mr. Turnbull intend to do, now that Mr. Turnbull is out of his difficulties, and at liberty? Have you settled yet?’
‘The voters,’ said Ms. Fairfax, who always said those two words with an air, though I never could discover who came under the denomination, ‘the voters are of opinion that Mr. Turnbull should quit Point Piper, and exert his talents in the country. Mr. Turnbull is a man of great talent, Master Copperfield.’
I said I was sure of that.
‘Of great talent,’ repeated Ms. Fairfax. ‘The voters are of opinion, that… Mr. Turnbull should go down to Canberra. They think it indispensable that he should be upon the spot.’
‘That he may be ready?’ I suggested.
‘Exactly,’ returned Ms. Fairfax. ‘That he may be ready—in case of anything turning up.’
‘And do you go too, ma’am?’
The events of the day, in combination with the twins, if not with the flip, had made Ms. Fairfax hysterical, and she shed tears as she replied:
‘I never will desert Mr. Turnbull. Mr. Turnbull may have concealed his difficulties from me in the first instance, but his sanguine temper may have led him to expect that he would overcome them… I never will desert Mr. Turnbull. No!’ cried Ms. Fairfax, more affected than before, ‘I never will do it! It’s of no use asking me!’
I felt quite uncomfortable—as if Ms.Fairfax supposed I had asked her to do anything of the sort!—and sat looking at her in alarm.
‘Mr. Turnbull has his faults. I do not deny that he is improvident. I do not deny that he has kept me in the dark as to his resources and his liabilities both,’ she went on, looking at the wall; ‘but I never will desert Mr. Turnbull!’
Ms. Fairfax having now raised her voice into a perfect scream, I was so frightened that I ran off to the club-room, and disturbed Mr. Turnbull in the act of presiding at a long table, and leading the chorus of 

Gee up, Australia,
Gee ho, Australia
Gee up, Australia,
Innovate, and be nimble!
with the tidings that Ms. Fairfax was in an alarming state, upon which he immediately burst into tears, and came away with me with his waistcoat full of the heads and tails of shrimps, of which he had been partaking.
‘Ms Fairfax, my angel!’ cried Mr. Turnbull, running into the room; ‘what is the matter?’
‘I never will desert you, Turnbull!’ she exclaimed.
‘My life!’ said Mr. Turnbull, taking her in his arms. ‘I am perfectly aware of it.’…
I passed my evenings with Mr. Turnbull and Ms. Fairfax, during the remaining term of our residence under the same roof; and I think we became fonder of one another as the time went on....
‘My dear young friend,’ said Mr. Turnbull, ‘I am older than you; a man of some experience in life, and—and of some experience, in short, in difficulties, generally speaking. At present, and until something turns up (which I am, I may say, hourly expecting), I have nothing to bestow but advice… My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!’
‘My other piece of advice, Copperfield,’ said Mr. Turnbull, ‘you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored. As I am!’…
‘Copperfield,’ said Mr. Turnbull, ‘farewell! Every happiness and prosperity! ...In case of anything turning up (of which I am rather confident), I shall be extremely happy if it should be in my power to improve your prospects.’

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Rubio calls Clinton a liar. Media shocked by truth

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (8:51am)

Marco Rubio astonished the media Left by claiming in the latest Republican debate that Hillary Clinton lied about the Benghazi attack, in which al Qaeda affiliates killed four Americans, including the Ambassador.
Blog readers will know that Rubio spoke the plain truth. Recent evidence confirms Clinton did indeed lie, pretending the co-ordinated attack was just a protest against an anti-Islamic video.
Rubio now breaks the news to CBS:
This morning, Marco Rubio appeared on CBS’s This Morning program. Host Charlie Rose appeared to be appalled by Rubio’s statement in last night’s debate that Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi. For most of us, this is like saying that the Sun rose in the East, but to Rose it was evidently a new idea. So he tried to defend Hillary, unsuccessfully. Marco gave him chapter and verse, briefly and effectively:


Fairfax shops around for anti-Abbott slime

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (7:59am)

Fairfax thought the second-hand anti-Abbott opinion of an anonymous British politician, reported on a blog, was a more important verdict on Tony Abbott’s speech than the on-the-record opinions of two former British cabinet ministers.
Abbott derangement syndrome appears to be recurring, like malaria. Fairfax Media, yesterday: 
Tony Abbott’s controversy-sparking speech in honour of Margaret Thatcher made Conservative cabinet ministers “wince” … well-connected Tory blogger … Guido Fawkes, the online persona of blogger and journalist Paul Staines, wrote… Staines wrote that a top Tory described the speech afterwards as “fascistic”.
But two former cabinet ministers went on the record with their praise. The Evening Standard, Wednesday:

“Wonderful speech, very good indeed,” said Andrew Mitchell MP, praising its “really strong message”. Liam Fox MP agreed: “The speech was excellent.”
The ABC joins in. Any anti-Abbott Tweet from anyone, no matter how defamatory or inexpert in the field under discussion, is newsworthy:
Wallabies star David Pocock has taken a swipe at Tony Abbott after the former prime minister urged European leaders to close their borders to asylum seekers…
Pocock took aim at the remarks on Twitter, responding to an comment by the author of an article on The Drum that said Mr Abbott was denying his faith when he said love thy neighbour excluded refugees.
“You must’ve missed the translation that says ‘love thy (white) neighbour’,” he said.
Oh, so an activist who plays rugby makes the false and snide suggestion that Abbott is a racist. The ABC rushes that to print, without a word of doubt or balance.
(Thanks to readers Nick and Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Talking us to prosperity

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (7:52am)

This is the entire transcript of Malcolm Turnbull’s opening remarks at the press conference he called yesterday in front of a New Zealand-owned diary farm in Tasmania:
PRIME MINISTER: Well fantastic Brett. You know the China Australia Free Trade Agreement is going to be good for all of Australia but it is going to be especially good for Tasmania. As China rebalances its economy to one that is based more on consumption, Tasmania is so well positioned to sell to China all of quality the food, drink, and services that a wealthier Chinese population, wealthier Chinese consumers will demand. I think you said, Brett, that Tasmania will be China’s delicatessen and I think that’s a good way to describe it. Where I’ve been in Tasmania now, since yesterday and wherever I’m meeting exporters who are seeing volumes increasing, exports from Tasmania. This is a time where it is just superb, superb prospects for Tasmania. Of course, there are always challenges but you’ve got to look at the opportunities.
We are living in the most exciting time in human history. The world’s economy is evolving at a pace that has never seen before. Forty years ago China was barely part of the world economy. It barely registered. Now it is the largest single national economy.  Of course it is not just a China story. The same comments can be made about India and the rest of Asia. The rapid growth, the global economy offers so many opportunities for Australia. The only limits on our ability to take advantage of those opportunities are, of course, our own enterprise and our own imagination. We are an enterprising and imaginative country. The bottom line, the sheer, blunt reality of the situation is this; if we are going to remain, as we must, a high wage and generous social welfare net first world economy, that can afford all the things that we can afford today, we have to seize those opportunities.
We have to be more innovative, more productive, more competitive, more imaginative and you’re seeing that right across the board with Australian businesses taking advantage of these big opportunities. This is a great time to be an Australian. It is a great time to be a Tasmanian. I am delighted to be here with my very good friend [local MP] Brett Whiteley.
True, it’s stirring stuff in its generalities. True, a politician must sell his government’s achievements. But Turnbull seems intent on leading us to better times simply by positive talking and the power of his personality.
Identify a single announcement or policy prescription in his announcement, other than the free trade deal that Tony Abbott sealed and Labor now supports. 

How could Turnbull voters believe five such stupid warming claims, all at once?

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (6:20am)

Malcolm Turnbull will make a big mistake if he takes his electorate as a measure of Australia - and if he thinks voters who’ve bought the warming gospel will actually welcome the consequences of the “fix” they support:
Six out of 10 voters in Malcolm Turnbull’s leafy inner-Sydney seat of Wentworth would back a global ban on new or expanded coal mines… Voters in the nearby seat of North Sydney have also registered their disapproval of coal as an energy source…
The finding in Wentworth reveals the particular character of the many well-to-do constituents of the country’s smallest and wealthiest seat in which voters remain welded to the Liberal Party but also tend to be socially progressive on issues such as same-sex marriage and asylum seeker treatment, and alive to the problem of global warming…
The two surveys were conducted by ReachTel for the Australia Institute with 694 electors of Wentworth polled on Wednesday evening and 679 electors in North Sydney the same night.
The rich can cope with explosion in power prices by getting rid of cheap coal-fired electricity. But for many workers in heavy industry it will mean their jobs. For the poor and pensioners it will mean limiting the heating in winter and the air conditioning in summer.
And for governments it will mean a huge drop in the revenue for schools, hospitals and pensions:
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new top scientist would punch a $100 billion hole in the national economy if his dream of phasing out fossil fuels came to fruition…
The liquefied natural gas industry is forecast to contribute $55 billion to GDP by 2020. Cumulative capital and operational expenditure within the LNG sector is set to grow 41 per cent to $363 billion by 2020, providing jobs and economic benefits across the eastern seaboard, including in rural and regional centres…
The coal industry contributed $43 billion to GDP in 2011-2012 — 3.1 per cent…
About 2 per cent of the nation’s energy needs are now produced from solar, while wind accounted for about 4 per cent and hydro-electricity 6 per cent.
It is astonishing that so many Australians have bought the kill-coal message, which relies on five preposterous beliefs.

They somehow believe the world is heating fast - when there’s actually been no significant warming of the atmosphere for some 17 years.
They somehow believe the world is heating dangerously - when crop harvests are generally increasing, cyclones numbers are stable or falling, 80 per cent of low-lying atoll islands are growing in size or stable.
They somehow believe that Australia spending many tens of billions of dollars to “stop” global warming will avert damage even more costly - when our crops are actually thriving with man’s extra emissions and the damage caused by warming is impossible to detect from insurance losses.
They somehow believe that cutting Australia’s emissions will make an important difference to the world’s temperatures, when our total emissions are just 1.3 per cent of the world’s total, and when reaching Labor and the Coalition’s shared target of 5 per cent cuts by 2020 will, by the most generous possible estimates of an IPCC expert, cut the world’s temperature by an unmeasurably small 0.0038 degrees by the end of the century.
They somehow believe that scrapping our own coal industry will cut total coal use, when in fact huge consumers such as China desperately need coal, have no intention of giving it up for many decades to come and will simply use someone else’s if they can’t have ours. Japan, our biggest coal customer, is meanwhile building 48 new coal-fired power plants.
How could so many Australians have come to believe not just one of the above improbabilities, but all five?
The media, of course, bears a terrible responsibility. I mean, the propagandising, repetition of baseless scares and manipulation of misleading and cherrypicked statistics is so obvious that you wonder why some editors don’t shrivel with shame.
We have reached peak stupid.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

A culture turned against itself

Andrew Bolt October 30 2015 (5:59am)

Jennifer Oriel does not blame the principal of the school which excused Shia students from singing the national anthem during the mourning month for the Imam Hussein:
Australian students learn to become teachers in the cultural context of neo-Marxism made manifest by critical theory and postcolonialism. Many graduate into a public school system regulated by laws that confer a superior status to state-designated minority groups, also consistent with neo-Marxist ideology. Federal anti-discrimination legislation and state-based vilification laws pose a significant risk to any teacher who may wish to buck neo-Marxist dogma and celebrate Western values. The risk increases when the teacher faces a state-protected minority group.
Even if she had wanted to promote social cohesion by requiring all students to sing the national anthem, the principal of Cranbourne’s Carlisle Primary School, Cheryl Irving, would face social, legal and possibly financial risks in doing so. The Victorian Labor government’s support for Muslim students walking out on the anthem shows how real the risk of advancing Australia fair in the face of minority rights remains.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 30, 2014 (5:31am)

Treasurer Joe Hockey encounters Orwellian pizza regulation
“I took my kids to a little park up the road and there’s a pizza shop there and we met up with another family … [there were] two tables outside [with] three chairs on one table, four on the other,” Mr Hockey said.
“I went to put the two tables together and the owner of the pizza shop came out and said ‘I’m sorry Mr Hockey you’re not allowed to do that, the council regulation prevents you putting the two tables together‘.”
“There were eight of us, so I went inside to get another chair and they said ‘Sorry Mr Hockey, they’ve said you can only have seven chairs [outside], not eight’.”
Mr Hockey said that’s when he “exploded.”
“I actually tracked down the mayor, it was 6 o’clock on a Friday night, and I think the whole suburb heard the conversation,” he said. 
Good on Joe for making that call. Naturally, a standard Fairfax type believes the treasurer was out of order. Some people just love laws about table separation.
UPDATE. Stand back, everybody. Stephen Koukoulas is trying to be funny.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 30, 2014 (5:13am)

Australians have seen the launch of two new political parties in the last month. Both groups say they are agents for change, and both are laying claim to the title “progressive”.
The Australian Progressive Party and the Australian Progressives went public within days of each other. The parties have superficial similarities and they have nearly identical names and website colour themes. They both claim nation-wide interest in a spread of state and federal seats. They want to appeal to a wide voter base by producing policies on a range of issues rather than being a one-issue party of protest. And both rely on grassroots members and donations to stay afloat.
But that’s where the similarities end. The parties are deeply divided on policy direction and on the personalities at their helm. 
This left-on-left conflict is the solitary accomplishment to date of the March Australia movement. Well done, babies.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 30, 2014 (5:00am)

Gravity-defying actress and climate activist Cate Blanchett takes on a challenging new role
She’s dyed her hair peroxide blonde and added curls to play newsreader Mary Mapes in the film, which also stars movie legend Robert Redford.
The directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, Truth is set in 2004 and is based on Mapes’ memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power.
It tells the story of a news story she produced for Dan Rather, alleging then US President George W. Bush had avoided being sent to fight in Vietnam, which ultimately ended her career at CBS. 
Remarkably, Blanchett has now connected herself to a fraud even greater than global warming. Do enjoy some background on Mapes and her abysmal reporting, which aimed to corrupt the 2004 US presidential election.


Tim Blair – Thursday, October 30, 2014 (4:57am)

Mere days after moving to Texas, Iowahawk‘s strange powers have already convinced Phil Collins to hand his vast collection of Alamo artifacts over to Texan authorities. The Iowahawk Effect has also destroyed the Texas governorship campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis, who will be defeated on November 4 – by a man named Abbott. Iowahawk is like a one-man enormous conservative fuselage of the Lone Star state.

In praise of Malcolm Turnbull

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (2:25pm)

 Nothing Malcolm Turnbull has said in years has so warmed me towards him as what he said in Question Time today.
He quoted the great conservative novelist Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who in The Leopard had Count Tancredi say: “‘For things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
Great aphorism. Great novel. Great film, too. 

School for jihadism

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (1:37pm)

The tiny unrepresentative minority is ensuring the next generation will be less tiny:
A MUSLIM youth group in Lakemba, in Sydney’s southwest, has been accused of indoctrinating young children, after a video emerged of boys as young as six spouting extremist Muslim views and calling for US President Barack Obama to go to hell
The video, uncovered by the Seven Network, purportedly shows four boys, aged six to 13, performing as “Soldiers of Khil­afa” or soldiers of the caliphate.
The boys chant “You’re never too young to be a soldier for Khil­afa” and call for the creation of one Muslim nation without the West. They also say Mr Obama should go to hell and call for the head of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
They are waving an Islamic flag associated with other hard line Islamic groups, including the terrorist group Islamic State.
Their performance took place at an event organised by the Muslim Youth Project in September last year at the KCA function centre in Lakemba.
And Australia is the enemy:
The children promise to die fighting to end democracy in Australia, replacing it with a Caliphate ruled by Islamic Sharia law.

Nationals MP demands inquiry into temperature fudging

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (8:53am)

An inquiry into temperature records and trends - an inquiry not dominated by warmists - could prove extremely useful:
A Nationals MP has called for an inquiry into the weather bureau accusing it of fudging figures on the impact of climate change. 
George Christensen says the Bureau Of Meteorology has wiped off early temperature records to justify its claims the weather is getting hotter.
He pointed to records of the drought 118 years ago where temperatures were hitting 50C in Camden, NSW, 44C in Perth and 43C in Geelong, Victoria.
The Queensland MP questioned the bureau’s claims that 2013 was the hottest year on record… 
Mr Christensen said the bureau has been involved in a process of “homogenisation” — changing raw data so the past appears cooler than the present.
But few in the media will back an inquiry into temperature data sets they rely on for their eager scares. Jo Nova:
What’s almost as good as an actual record? A could-be-a-record Headline! 
“2014 could become the hottest year on record” – said CBS, The Guardian, Time, Washington Post, Discover Magazine, The Japan News, Wired, and 319 other outlets.
None of the investigative hardened editors or science reporters knew enough to ask the question, “what do the satellites say?” Which would have been interesting because the satellites say “bollocks”… image

Victorian Liberals falling

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (8:43am)

The Victorian Liberals have prided themselves on not being ideological. As a result it’s hard to think of a reason to vote for them, other than that it’s saved the money which Labor will now spend:
In a sign the government is failing to gain traction just four weeks from the November 29 election, the inaugural Fairfax Ipsos poll shows the Coalition lagging Labor 44 per cent to 56 per cent in two-party-preferred terms.
I pay some credit to ABC presenter Jon Faine, who this morning again campaigned vigorously for Labor. 

What’s so noble about endangering people back home?

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (8:25am)

The arrogance of the morally superior:
A nurse who was confined against her will at a New Jersey hospital after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients said she’s prepared to go to court if the state of Maine tries to quarantine her.

Kaci Hickox ... said she has so far abided by the state’s voluntary quarantine. She had no contact with anyone yesterday or today, she said… 

“I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines,” Ms Hickox said on Today. “I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me even though I am in perfectly good health.”

Mates’ rates: Age hides Peris in a cloak of silence

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (8:12am)

Professor Barry Spurr, a conservative, jokingly uses racist language in private emails. There is no public interest in them being published, but The Age doesn’t hesitate to report and discuss them:
But then Senator Nova Peris, of the Left, expresses racist views in private emails. There is a public interest in them being public as they show Peris seeming to solicit public funds for a private purpose - flying in a friend for sex. But this time The Age in today’s print edition reports not a single word of this scandal.
How pathetic.
With so many of the Left, it is not the principle but the side. 

Nasty tax raises less than government’s useless warming scheme costs

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (8:03am)

Global warming - dud predictions

IF the Abbott Government had the guts to think for itself, it would not have had to hike the petrol excise and enrage motorists.

Its decision to sneak in the excise will raise an estimated $2.2 billion over four years.
Funnily enough, that is just under what the Government plans to spend on its “Direct Action” plan to help “stop” global warming.
Be clear: this plan, which Clive Palmer has agreed to help pass, will make no difference to a global warming that, in any case, halted 16 years ago.
So, wow. What a genius move — to anger motorists with a tax that raises less than the price of a useless policy. And it could all have been avoided if the Government dared to question the ludicrous warming propaganda that now passes as news.
Take three examples from this week alone.
(Read full article here.) 

Weak Bill Shorten knows his boat policies failed

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (7:54am)

BILL Shorten blew it. The Opposition Leader was too scared to defy the Left and lead Labor out of its deadliest stupidity. Deadly in lives. Deadly in votes.

Shorten this week needed only to say he agreed with his immigration spokesman, Richard Marles, that turning back the boats had worked.
How could anyone with a brain not agree? Under Labor last year dozens of boatloads of illegal immigrants arrived each month, up to three a day. Then came the Abbott Government, which got tough and turned back 12 boats. Result: the people smugglers, already hit by the reopening of detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island, gave up completely. Just one boat has turned up all year.
Marles is no idiot. He knows Labor cannot go to the next election promising to scrap a policy that helped stop the boats. It would be slaughtered. Voters would remember how Labor under Kevin Rudd scrapped the Howard government’s equally successful border policies and promptly lured more than 50,000 boat people.
That colossal blunder cost 1200 people their lives at sea and cost Australian taxpayers billions.
So Marles knew Labor’s policy had to change and he discussed it with Shorten.
(Read full article here.) 

Jihad isn’t what it’s cracked up to be in Sydney

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (7:25am)

Mohammad Ali Baryalei looked cocky preaching jihad in Sydney:
Baryalei looked a lot less cocky doing the actual jihadism:

And now he’s dead. I hope a few misfits here were watching his decline.    

A pretend review in exchange for a pretend fix to a pretend problem

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (6:51am)

Follow me closely here. The Abbott Government will pretend to consider introducing an emissions trading scheme in exchange for Clive Palmer supporting its plan to pretend to tackle what it pretends is a problem that it pretends can be stopped:
Welcome to the wacky world of global warming:
Four months after describing Direct Action as a “token gesture” and a waste of money, Mr Palmer announced he would support the government’s $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund, the centrepiece of the plan....
Mr Hunt explicitly ruled out an ETS or the government purchasing international carbon abatement units. 
The government acceded to Mr Palmer’s request to retain the ­Climate Change Authority, but his demand for an ETS has been ­watered-down to an 18-month ­inquiry by the CCA to be headed by former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser. 
Yes, you read right:
GREG HUNT: As a gesture of good faith, we will not be proceeding with the Climate Change Authority Abolition Bill for the life of this Parliament. As a gesture of good faith, the authority will conduct a review examining whether there are emissions trading arrangements in other countries and what form they take....  But our position is clear:… We do support and we will not be proposing a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme.  
Still, blame Clive Palmer for insisting on that useless condition as the price for his capricious vote. Really, can this buffoon be taken seriously?
In April he said there was no way he’d back Direct Action:
To me it looks like a big slush fund where you can get companies like Sydney Water and what we’ve seen in ICAC happening, getting contracts, paying consultants, achieving absolutely nothing, but making supporters of the Government very happy.
In June, standing alongside warmist guru Al Gore, he promised not to back the government unless it agreed to legislate for an emissions trading scheme:
CLIVE PALMER: In voting against the abolition of the Climate Change Authority, Palmer United senators will move an amendment to establish an emissions trading scheme. This scheme would only become effective once Australia’s main trading partners also take action to establish such a scheme… 
AL GORE:  I have appreciated the opportunity I have had to meet with Clive Palmer and the discussions that I’ve had with him, and I congratulate him and his party on this outstanding statement that you’ve just heard.
But now:
Four months after describing Direct Action as a “token gesture” and a waste of money, Mr Palmer announced he would support the government’s $2.55 billion emissions reduction fund, the centrepiece of the plan. He capitulated on his demand for the introduction of an emissions trading scheme that would be zero rated until major international competitors moved on climate change… 
Mr Palmer said he had won retention of the ­Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy ­Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. “And today we’ve kept hope alive on the ETS,’’ Mr Palmer said. “We think we’ve kept alive an ETS.’’ 
No, he hasn’t. He’s kept alive a raft of expensive and useless bureaucracies. That is all.
Meanwhile, there has been no warming of the atmosphere for some 16 years now.
Incredibly, The Age sees a stick and imagines a house:
Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of a return to emissions trading in a trade-off for the Palmer United Party’s support for his controversial Direct Action climate policy.

It wasn’t just Labor which failed

Andrew Bolt October 30 2014 (6:45am)

Tom Switzer says Paul Kelly’s Triumph and Demise, an account of the Rudd and Gillard nightmare, is masterly but for a blind spot:
Kelly is right to recognise Nick Minchin for his indispensable role in defeating not just Malcolm Turnbull’s disastrous leadership but also the Rudd government’s keynote legislation. 
But Kelly cannot bring himself to accept that, like most media commentators, he was wrong about the politics of the emissions trading scheme. In late 2009, for instance, he described the emissions trading system sceptics as on a “political suicide mission” who would lead the Liberal Party down “the road to ruin”. For conservatives, however, opposition to cap and tax on the eve of the Copenhagen debacle was a political godsend. Having been in deepest valley for two years, suddenly the Coalition was on the highest mountain. Labor never really recovered. 
There is a point of comparison. Both smoked. ed===
<... And just when you thought it was over we now have the educated anti Semites to contend with in Sydney.

Are these students morons ?>
Studying to be morons? - ed
gaza, Hamas, missiles attacks, Israel, double standard, Palestinians, war, peace, Arabs,cartoons, dry bones, Kirschen,
Activists & politicians in #Shan State's Kengtung Township are petitioning against a Thai-owned coal mine project that would forcibly displace at least 2 villages and result in the confiscation of over 500 acres of farmland. Locals are refusing to sign an agreement giving permission for the project to take place, citing the government's predictable failure to provide details on future relocation, compensation, & employment opportunities.

Keep an eye on Kengtung residents with us; we hope #Burma's government will choose to respect them, their land, & the freedom of assembly.

Larry Pickering

Australian Greens are more concerned with stuff like illegal arrivals and gay marriage than they are with endangered species. For the most part they are shunned by international Green groups as far too politically radical. 

A desperate Julia Gillard gave them partnership in Government and suddenly media were shoving mikes in their unusual faces demanding commentary... a dream-like promotion based on a rag-tag balance of power in the Senate, and way beyond their political station.

Media still seeks out leader, Christine Milne, for comment despite the Greens having one sole member in the 150 member House and the fact they are about to lose all influence in the Senate.

This miniscule, oddball movement is now in a vacuum deciding what to hate next.

The Greens calling is back to their destructive Green roots protecting the pobblebonk frog and chaining themselves to old growth trees, now that their political commentary is irrelevant.

The spotted owl awaits their assistance. You know, the one that has brought the US north western states of Oregon and Washington to their financial knees?

The prolific whale species haven’t even heard of Milne. And Hanson-Young is still crying over the plight of illegal immigrants while the crown of thorns is busy eating our coral.

The Greens can now return to what they are good at like promoting repopulating the Northern Territory to save the endangered saltwater crocodile from starvation.

Maybe the Barramundi is in need of their further assistance, they did a marvellous job in the eighties. I was there.

The clever Greens had decided, because the Asian buffalos followed each other all over the Territory leaving ruts in the terrain where salt water merged with the fresh water, it was screwing up the Barramundi breeding cycle.

Barramundi are hermaphrodites, they start life as males, reach maturity and become females. (One of my mates went that way.)

Anyway, the Greens decided to shoot all these imported Asian buffalos to save this valuable piscatorial resource. I flew an R22 chopper while a bushie dropped hundreds of the poor buggers every day.

Unfortunately the Greens forgot the now-protected crocodiles had grown to depend on the buffalo for food, they collared them when they came to the rivers. It had become the crocodiles’ valuable food resource.

Crocodile numbers had exploded by virtue of such readily available tucker. With no buffalos to eat, the crocs set about eating all the Barramundi and you couldn’t fish the Mary River without competing with wall to wall 14 ft crocs.

And of course you couldn’t offend these prehistoric reptiles for fear of copping a $10,000 fine.

Yes it will be good to see the Greens back on task protecting endangered species again, 99 per cent of which had already become extinct before we arrived here.

Now if we could train crocs to eat Greens, problem solved!

Isn't that the last thing they'd do? - ed
Youth .. without hope - ed
But .. what about entitlement? 

The High Court has ruled in Canberra this morning that the woman was not entitled to compensation from the federal workplace insurer Comcare because the circumstances of her injury were not related to her employment.

Lawyers for Comcare argued throughout the four-year legal saga that the public servant should not get taxpayer-funded compensation as result of a "personal choice" to have sex while on the work trip.>

.. it is a little like an expenses claim? Only, too much information .. ed===

.. but .. cigarette cases are reusable .. this cell phone has delivered its last post - ed
Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Father,I thank You for depositing in me everything that I need for life and godliness. I choose to be faithful with what You have given me. I choose to sharpen my skills. Help me prepare for every opportunity You have for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.
When people hear the story of David and Goliath, sometimes they think, “That was all God.” And yes, in a sense, I know it was God. But the truth is that God didn’t sling the stone. God didn’t cause it to hit at just the right spot. It was the skill God gave David that he had developed."A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”(Proverbs 18:16)
Like David, God has put in you skill that can slay a giant. You have skill that can open new doors, skills that can lead to an abundant life, but the key is that your skill has to be developed. Every day that you spend growing, learning and improving, you’re getting prepared for that new level.

Today, while you’re waiting for that new opportunity, start sharpening your skills. Study your boss. Study your manager. Learn that position. Be able to step into their shoes. When God sees that you are prepared, then He can open new doors. The scripture says, “Your gifts will make room for you.” Keep developing your skills because there is a giant slayer in you.God bless you.

Keisha Thomas tries to shield the man from the descending mob.          
HE WAS a white man with Nazi tattoos. She was an 18-year-old black girl, protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally in her home town. 
The story of how their two lives crossed is an incredibly human tale of kindness, selflessness and the ultimate respect for life.

It was 1996. Keshia Thomas had heard the KKK, a prominent white supremacist group that had sprung up in America's deep south over a century earlier, was in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Surreal: This giant beach ball was spotted bouncing along a London roundabout
It was supposed to illustrate the threat of global warming .. respect the ball .. ed
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, etc."
Matthew 6:9

This prayer begins where all true prayer must commence, with the spirit of adoption, "Our Father." There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, "I will arise, and go unto my Father." This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father "in heaven," and ascends to devout adoration, "Hallowed be thy name." The child lisping, "Abba, Father," grows into the cherub crying, "Holy, Holy, Holy." There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure outgrowth of filial love and reverent adoration--"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God--"Give us this day our daily bread." Being further illuminated by the Spirit, he discovers that he is not only dependent, but sinful, hence he entreats for mercy, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors:" and being pardoned, having the righteousness of Christ imputed, and knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly supplicates for holy perseverance, "Lead us not into temptation." The man who is really forgiven, is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. "Forgive us our debts," that is justification; "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms. As the result of all this, there follows a triumphant ascription of praise, "Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen." We rejoice that our King reigns in providence and shall reign in grace, from the river even to the ends of the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Thus from a sense of adoption, up to fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. Lord, teach us thus to pray.


"But their eyes were holden that they should not know him."
Luke 24:16
The disciples ought to have known Jesus, they had heard his voice so often, and gazed upon that marred face so frequently, that it is wonderful they did not discover him. Yet is it not so with you also? You have not seen Jesus lately. You have been to his table, and you have not met him there. You are in a dark trouble this evening, and though he plainly says, "It is I, be not afraid," yet you cannot discern him. Alas! our eyes are holden. We know his voice; we have looked into his face; we have leaned our head upon his bosom, and yet, though Christ is very near us, we are saying "O that I knew where I might find him!" We should know Jesus, for we have the Scriptures to reflect his image, and yet how possible it is for us to open that precious book and have no glimpse of the Wellbeloved! Dear child of God, are you in that state? Jesus feedeth among the lilies of the word, and you walk among those lilies, and yet you behold him not. He is accustomed to walk through the glades of Scripture, and to commune with his people, as the Father did with Adam in the cool of the day, and yet you are in the garden of Scripture, but cannot see him, though he is always there. And why do we not see him? It must be ascribed in our case, as in the disciples', to unbelief. They evidently did not expect to see Jesus, and therefore they did not know him. To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord. Faith alone can bring us to see Jesus. Make it your prayer, "Lord, open thou mine eyes, that I may see my Saviour present with me." It is a blessed thing to want to see him; but oh! it is better far to gaze upon him. To those who seek him he is kind; but to those who find him, beyond expression is he dear!

Today's reading: Jeremiah 18-19, 2 Timothy 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 18-19

At the Potter’s House
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2“Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”

Today's New Testament reading: 2 Timothy 3

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone....
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