Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Tue Jan 5th Todays News

Conservative commentators, probably too frightened to admit otherwise, have joined in the congratulations of Mel Mclaughlin for gracelessly snubbing an athlete live on air. One has no idea about her personal life. She is a journalist and so it could be anything. The West Indian cricketer, Gayle, had played a brilliant innings and so probably felt he could try his luck. He was not rude. He disengaged when Mel became terse. It was a tv game the like seen in rated G territory. And now the athlete is fined $10k and apologised on air. It is as if he was a government minister supporting Mr Abbott. 

Some times luck is involved with things. The Baird government's restrictions on alcohol and service at set times in the Cross has had benefits with fewer deaths and fewer casualties from drunken brawls and random hits. But some of it is luck. The same night a Queenslander was killed by a coward's punch from a stranger, another young man in Sydney was hit similarly for the second time in their life. But this particular Jewish man escaped with a collapsed lung. So there is no headline report. And no police investigation to find the perpetrators. There could be video footage, the abusers could be known, but there is no need for the police to act because the courts won't let them. It would be called an abuse of power by the police in press reports. So that means common assaults are legal, unless the victim dies. That is called Harm Minimisation, not Zero Tolerance. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2015 ===
Blair describes the year ahead, and it is full of a lot of worrying lone wolf type attacks and angry ABC personalities collecting much money and blaming budget cuts. 

Macropod Harvesting is the new description of kangaroo shooter. They are expected to have a lot of work in the coming year as an overpopulation of 'roos will eat the diminished harvest of drought stricken farmers. 

Glenn Reynolds accurately describes modern feminists, who seem strangely similar to misogynists. 

Daniel Andrews threatens defence jobs in Victoria unless the federal government lets him have everything he wants. But one feels Jacqui Lambie has already milked that cow. 

New NSW ALP leader has betrayed his party to impose himself for preselection. He has said his policy won't be about mere sound good items, but will carry real weight. 

Crim Ibrahim shot by crims over crim matter. Nobody knows why. 

Concerns expressed that jihadist Boston Bomber might not be able to say why he is committed to jihad. Maybe, when he is convicted, his sentence will be set to exactly half that of Jonathan Pollard. 

Fujitive Christodoulos Xiros is caught trying to apply more left wing mayhem to his old prison which he escaped. 

Jeffrey Epstein, the well connected pedophile convict was too close to Prince Andrew.  
Some leftist geek has left caltrops strewn through a Melbourne park. Hopefully the abuser is found soon, and dragged through the park. 

ACT love is impoverishing ACT based sex shops. 

Space craft nears Pluto after nine year journey. 
From 2014
Urban legends kill. I have links today to the inspiration for Crocodile Dundee. He died from a gunshot wound after he killed a policeman, but only after taking drugs and buying into an urban legend fantasy. The policeman he'd killed was a father. The story the policeman's children will tell of not growing up with a dad will be real. But the rape/murder fantasy is not the only murderous urban legend going around. There is the one about torturing farm animals somehow justifying retributive actions against farmers or meat eaters. Another about stolen generations .. a child with Aboriginal ancestry is raped by her father. As a prepubescent child, she engages in sex with many boys who are themselves not a lot older. Concerned GP refers the child who is discovered at age 7 to have VD. Child is placed in foster care as drug addict mother can't be responsible. Another city, an Italian ethnic family. The foster dad takes a year off work to care for her. She begins to respond. But a social worker notes the child is Aboriginal and takes them from the safe environment and returns her to her mother. The child, while unsupervised, resumes having sex with local boys. Boys are brought before a judge for rape. None serve a day in jail. So girl is placed in specialist care with a psychiatrist, behavioural specialist and numerous other social workers and not allowed to see another child until she grows up. The girl is real. The stolen Generation urban legend is not. There is another urban legend, it is to do with the weather ..
Historical perspective on this day
In 1066, Edward the Confessor died childless, sparking a succession crisis that would eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England. 1477, Battle of NancyCharles the Bold was killed and Burgundy became part of France. 1500, Duke Ludovico Sforzaconquered Milan. 1527, Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in ZurichSwitzerland, was executed by drowning. 1554, a great fire occurred in EindhovenNetherlands. 1675, Battle of Colmar: the French army beat Brandenburg. 1757, Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering, the traditional and gruesome form of capital punishment used for regicides. 1781, American Revolutionary WarRichmond, Virginia, was burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold. 1846, the United States House of Representatives voted to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.  1895, Dreyfus affair: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. 1896, an Austrian newspaper reported that Wilhelm Röntgen had discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.

In 1900, Irish leader John Redmond called for a revolt against British rule. 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi, the world's second oldest and largest black fraternity, was founded at Indiana University. 1912, the Prague Party Conference took place. 1913, First Balkan War: During the Battle of LemnosGreek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis forced the Turkish fleet to retreat to its base within the Dardanelles, from which it did not venture for the rest of the war. 1914, the Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and that it would pay a "living wage" of at least $5 for a day's labor. 1919, the German Workers' Party, which would become the Nazi Party, was founded. 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the first female governor in the United States. 1933, Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco Bay. 1944, the Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper. 1945, the Soviet Unionrecognised the new pro-Soviet government of Poland. 1949, United States President Harry S. Truman unveiled his Fair Deal program. 1957, in a speech given to the United States Congress, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the establishment of what will later be called the Eisenhower Doctrine. 1968, Alexander Dubček came to power: "Prague Spring" began in Czechoslovakia. 1969, The Troubles: The Royal Ulster Constabularyraided the Bogside area of Derry, damaging property and beating residents. In response, residents erected barricades and established Free Derry.

In 1972, United States President Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttleprogram. 1974, an earthquake in LimaPeru, killed six people, and damaged hundreds of houses. Also 1974, warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59 °F (+15 °C) recorded at Vanda Station 1975, the Tasman Bridge in TasmaniaAustralia, was struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, killing twelve people. 1976, the Khmer Rouge proclaimed the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea. Also 1976, the Troubles: In response to the killing of six Catholics the night before, gunmen shot dead ten Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus at Kingsmill in County ArmaghNorthern Ireland, UK. 1991, Georgian forces entered Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, Georgia, opening the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War. 1993, the oil tanker MV Braer ran aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil. 2005, Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System, was discovered by the team of Michael E. BrownChad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.

I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Particle DotsBorn on the same day, across the years, as
Mikheil Saakashvili
You survived the attempt by what is now crispy skinned chicken. The workers have a party. Alex has the controls. Shin Bet is ding their job well. The elections will count. Let's party. 


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 05, 2016 (1:47pm)

One element of the Chris Gayle/Mel McLaughlin interview controversy seems to have been overlooked. Check McLaughlin’s immediate reply after Gayle attempts to score a date on live TV:

“I’m not blushing.” And then McLaughlin went straight back to talking about cricket. She won this.
UPDATE. Gayle receives a $10,000 fine, which is ridiculous considering he’d already been swatted away.
UPDATE II. Dropped by Fairfax
Gayle has been writing paid columns for Fairfax Media over the past month. Given the issues that have arisen over the past 48 hours, that arrangement has been terminated. 
Gayle should have used language that was more Fairfax-friendly.

McLaughlin hits Gayle for six

Andrew Bolt January 05 2016 (6:41am)

Congratulations to Channel 10’s Mel McLaughlin for her very dignified response to Chris Gayle’s boorish attempt to hit on her during a Big Bash interview. Her dignity was only enhanced. She is a class act. 


Tim Blair – Monday, January 05, 2015 (4:03am)

In accordance with several years of ancient tradition, it is once again time to gaze into my crystal balls as we foresee the major events of the next twelve months ...

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 05, 2015 (2:30am)

A new name for roo shooting: 
Professional macropod harvester David Coulton … 
(Via J.F. Beck)


Tim Blair – Monday, January 05, 2015 (2:12am)

Glenn Reynolds on modern feminists
They’re horrible, damaged people who want to address their own problems by making other people suffer. When you recognize that, it all makes sense. When you point it out to them, they tend to go elsewhere. 
Seems about right. Local examples are particularly vengeful.







ABC won’t let facts get in the way of a good rant

Piers Akerman – Saturday, January 04, 2014 (10:58pm)

BEFORE the federal election, both “our” ABC and its ideologically-paired print partner, Fairfax Media, announced they would each launch independent fact checking units to sort out claims made by politicians. 

Drink bans won’t stop the violence

Miranda Devine – Saturday, January 04, 2014 (10:58pm)

THE Greengate Hotel is in a quiet tree-lined street in the middle-class north shore suburb of Killara.
It’s a place of trivia nights and chicken schnitzel. Thirty years ago it was dubbed the Teengate ­because of its appeal as a safe place to learn to drink.
But at 7pm on Christmas Eve it looked like Fort Knox. Cyclone fence ringed the perimeter. Riot police were stationed outside. Patrons lined up to submit themselves to bouncers with metal detectors.
Welcome to a Sydney night out, 2014-style, where police state meets a sunburnt country. Yet the tougher the restrictions, the more lethal the violence. St Vincent’s Hospital recorded one unconscious young man every half-hour on New Year’s Eve, and two devastated families are now standing vigil over two wounded sons felled by a “coward punch” on a night out.
Whatever we’re doing, it’s making things worse.
As the O’Farrell government scrambles for a solution to alcohol and drug-fuelled ­violence, liquor licensees are imposing ever more draconian security measures in an effort to comply with Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) rules.
Visitors from the UK are ­astonished at how strict our pubs and clubs are and yet how violent our drinking culture is.
As any parent or teacher knows, if you treat people like animals, they will behave like animals. So it’s time to make the libertarian case for controlling alcohol violence.
It’s time to question whether authoritarian overreach by authorities has made things more dangerous.
The streets of Kings Cross and the CBD now are clogged from 9pm with angry drunks, who have pre-loaded at home, and then find themselves ­unable to get into a drinking venue.
All dressed up with ­nowhere to go, they are repeatedly rejected. It is a recipe for disaster. Or they have a few drinks and are ejected from the controlled environment of a pub or club, where they at least had the incentive of pretending to be well-behaved.
They are spat out into the street to roam around in a foul temper. Inside, drinking establishments have never been safer, with violence at its lowest recorded for 15 years.
Forced into action on threat of extreme financial penalties, pubs and clubs now maintain zero tolerance of intoxication or unrest on their premises.
Bouncers are told to hide in the shadows “to catch patrons who so much as look like sneezing” and eject them immediately, for fear of a licence breach, says a professional bouncer of 20 years, Rob. “Such is the level of hypertension those in the club industry are forced into by the enforcement of regulations and licensing police who set traps to prosecute us and bar staff who contravene the RSA laws.”
The result is that the problem has been forced outside on the street. Clubs and pubs have forsaken the wellbeing of ­society for the legal protection of their own establishments.
Where a fight might once have broken out in a pub, it was on carpet or such forgiving surface if anyone fell over, and it was broken up immediately.
Publicans are expert at defusing incidents, only calling in police for (or, in less enlightened times, beating the crap out of) a minority of psychopaths. By contrast, young police on the streets seem ­inexperienced in human psychology.
A Four Corners program last year on alcohol violence showed a female constable using disrespectful language likely to aggravate drunken males.
Allowing publicans to again use their discretion and self-­interest to keep the peace would make the streets safer.
Australians have been drinking alcohol to excess for over 200 years. So what else has changed?
Firstly, drinking establishments are open later than ever, leading to long hours of inebriation extending beyond the human capacity to remain ­rational.
A culture has developed of pre-fuelling before going out late. In previous generations people did their extra boozing or drug-taking at home at the end of the night.
When Professor Tanya Chikritzhs from the National Drug Research Institute studied “the impact of later trading hours for Australian hotels on levels of violent assault” in 2002, she found those which closed at 1am compared to midnight-closers, experienced “a significant increase in assault rates … Greater numbers of patrons and increased levels of intoxication contributed to the observed increase in violence.”
Which is just stating the bleeding obvious.
The Australian Hotels Association claims curtailing drinking hours will wreck Sydney’s reputation as Australia’s “global city”.
Who cares? Would we ­rather be known as the home of the “coward punch”?
Secondly, violence increases with drug-taking, and as ­alcohol is demonised, illicit drugs are more available than ever.
A 2008 study by UK’s John Moores University found the use of cocaine by drunks tripled the odds of violence while out drinking and cannabis doubled the odds.
Thirdly, courts are too lenient on habitual violent offenders, such as the perpetrators of recent catastrophic assaults.
“Every single one of the most violent individuals I have encountered over 20 years are repeat offenders,” says boun­cer Rob. “Every one has a history of violence. All are either out on bail or have warrants pending. Why are the courts releasing them back into the community to re-offend?”
Decent young people out for a good night are being treated like animals, while the real animals are treated with kid gloves.

Ship of fools hits the inconvenient truth

Miranda Devine – Saturday, January 04, 2014 (6:54pm)

WE should thank the “ship of fools”, as the University of NSW’s climate change scientists, aka “tourists”, have been dubbed after their mission to study melting ice got stuck in record ice in Antarctica.
The mockery their predicament has brought on the entire climate alarm movement will be hard to shake.
Our bumbling explorers are safely aboard the Aurora Australis. But they’ve left a mess.
The Chinese icebreaker which rescued them is now stuck in ice.
Scientific equipment urgently needed by Australia’s Antarctic Division is reportedly languishing on the diverted Aurora. And the taxpayer has to foot the $400,000 bill for the rescue.
It’s been a very expensive joke. 

ABC’s NYE show a damp squib

Miranda Devine – Saturday, January 04, 2014 (6:52pm)

THE Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s awful New Year’s Eve broadcast should be the final nail in the coffin for the $230-million-a-year Australia Network.
Our taxpayer money shouldn’t be promoting a crass image of Australia, replete with penis and vomit gags, to our conservative Asian neighbours.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop flagged her displeasure after being bombarded with complaints from expats and diplomats labelling the show “amateurish, crass, insulting, boorish and not funny”.
“The potential for this kind of commentary to be misinterpreted and viewed negatively in parts of Asia is immense,” she said.
Yet the ABC doesn’t care, last week defending the broadcast as “terrific”.

The Artist Formerly Known As Hannah Montana

Miranda Devine – Saturday, January 04, 2014 (5:49pm)

NO joke that Miley Cyrus’s most recent episode in auto-degradation was at a Britney Spears concert in Las Vegas.
The 21-year-old former child star Miley upstaged her fellow former child star-turned-celebrity car-crash, Spears, 32, by dancing on her VIP table and making out with one of the backup dancers.
After “twerking” her way into porn-star notoriety last year, the Artist Formerly Known as Hannah Montana continues to self-destruct, while greedy managers claim it’s all about ironic statements on pop culture.
That’s what they call cries for help from Girl Land these days. 


In his coronial ruling, Magistrate Wallace said the contrast between the "original Crocodile Dundee who appeared on television'' and the emaciated drug addict - who weighed just 53kg when he opened fire on police - could hardly be more marked.
"His dru
g abuse rendered his mind so addled he believed fantasies that a child would dismiss with contempt,'' he said.
"His pointless and destructive actions caused immediate agony and suffering to the men he wounded.''

A dumb urban legend and drugs got him killed .. ed


Morrissey supports herbivorous animals by eating there food. - ed
"I'm watching it...I'm just not watching the boring parts where they're talking." (My son talking about a movie.)




Lol, I have an auntie who has a more acceptable way of saying the same thing. Inherited characteristics include three things emotive expression, movement or drive and obsessive compulsiveness. Jews tend to have high scores in all three .. Some families don't .. and race means family .. ed

David Daniel Ball It is the same audience as The Bell Curve was 20 years ago .. it reminds me of failed analysis which got Reagan to spend billions of dollars in education. (Dem congress) .. the research showed the US was falling behind in educational standards against their own benchmarks of twenty years previously. So Reagan commissioned a survey. Most schools were missing a science laboratory for chemistry or physics. So, there was a big push to build facilities in all schools. Then an any list noted that every single ethnic sub category, including 'other' had improved their performance. Blacks, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic and other. The reason why the overall decline was to do with adding averages .. a no no in Math .. but weaker performing Black and Hispanic had increased representation through population .. bringing down the over all average despite improving.

오사렘 She's scary. Vanessa mae's mum is also scary. I want my kids to do well, but not at the cost of their humanity. She'd be perfect to program robots- T1000's. High scores don't mean anything if all you have raised are unsympathetic, angry serial killers.

Jason FoNg There's some truth in the idea that cultures are more motivated than others but she's an idiot in her parenting style. It's precisely all that enforced rigid learning she espouses that's churning out a generation of Asian automaton nerds with zero personality and charisma. If you followed her parenting style, you'd have a whole bunch of engineers, doctors and scientists, but no one with any emotional intelligence or actual creativity. I rebelled against all that when I was young.. and look at me now. Err, actually I might not be the best example..Yikes. But the point is to have some balance.

David Daniel Ball Thing about the highest achieving students .. of any race .. is that they are good at all things. A life without love is abuse. Exceptional people may come from abuse, but I doubt that is what makes them achieve.

Jason FoNg True that. I was loved and cuddled as a child and now excel in anti-Left ranting on the Internet.

Jason FoNg But there sure are some strange ones on her list of cultural groups ...Cuban exiles and Mormons?

David Daniel Ball In terms of achievement mormons excel .. I suspect Cuban exiles is code for non communists .




Forgiveness is divine - ed
A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.

Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her, “Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed. I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name? “

The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………”

The next time someone needs you … just be there

“When I was about sixteen years old, in prep school, and knew I was losing my childhood faith, I resolved that I would not quit the Catholic church until I knew why I was quitting, that is to say, until I had dissolved the symbols and knew what they referred to and meant. The whole thing wasn’t over until I was twenty-five years old and in Germany. I spent nine years working everything out, and then it just dropped off like a worn-out shirt. That’s the knowing thing. If you don’t know what the hell that symbol is saying to you, then it’s just there as a command, and there is going to be more and more of this hanging on. If you can’t use your mind in this rather complex field, I don’t know how you are going to work it out.

"You become mature when you become the authority for your own life.”

Joseph Campbell, “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living”

Nine years to give himself permission. - ed

John Tran I had no doubts about God since I can remember praying about 3. The only diubts I had were passages of the Bible at around 6 and my parents didn't answer to my satisfaction. It's church that I have always criticised. Not the message. But I guess spirituality is something that just clicks with some people, and others, not.

David Daniel Ball Yes. It took a genius like Campbell 9 years to know what he thought. Ordinary people like you or I don't take as long. Actually, I'm smarter than Campbell, it took me twenty five years to work out that God is active from when I discovered he was possible.

John Tran I feel somewhat sad for people who have an inferiority complex with God. He doesn't need to have authority over you.


Just weather. We talk about it, but never do anything .. ed




rather us than them - ed



Jason FoNg They're the ones you see queuing outside LV stores for that $5000 bag and piling up the plates at the buffet which they don't eat



This could make Where's Wally a doodle - ed




Better us than them - ed






Protestants. While Manz stated that he wished "to bring together those who were willing to accept Christ, obey the Word, and follow in His footsteps, to unite with these by baptism, and to leave the rest in their present conviction", Zwingli and the council accused him of obstinately refusing "to recede from his error and caprice". At 3:00 p.m., as he was led from the Wellenburg to a boat, he praised God and preached to the people. A Reformed minister went along, seeking to silence him, and hoping to give him an opportunity to recant. Manz's brother and mother encouraged him to stand firm and suffer for Jesus' sake. He was taken by boat onto the River Limmat. His hands were bound and pulled behind his knees and a pole was placed between them. He was executed by drowning in Lake Zürich on the Limmat. His alleged last words were, "Into thy hands, O God, I commend my spirit." His property was confiscated by government of Zürich, and he was buried in the St. Jakobs cemetery. Manz's execution predates the Münster Rebellion which officially began in 1534. This dismisses any suggestion that the council was troubled by recent developments in Münster.
Manz left written testimony of his faith, an eighteen-stanza hymn, and was apparently the author of Protestation und Schutzschrift (a defense of Anabaptism presented to the Zürich council)>







Lol .. poor child .. peanut butter jokes are coming .. ed
Too late - ed









By Bear Gonzales
Be aware of button pushing during disagreements.

One common way that a person may attempt to sway your opinion is to introduce false isolation. That is, to say, "well everybody thinks what I think, and only you think differently."

"Everybody" may be family, a group of friends, or just a made up "everybody" that doesn't really exist. If you react, not wanting to be the only one left out, then this method of persuasion will be used on you again and again and you will eventually lose confidence in your own thoughts.

It usually comes after you ask for a reason. If there isn't a good one..."everybody else thinks so" seems to get pulled out as if that is a reason. But it's really not. Being aware of this allows you to respond and again ask for a reason, rather than just react and be persuaded against your own true feelings.

While it's good to be open to and consider other peoples opinions when things actually concern and affect them, be careful not to just abandon your own needs and concerns just because you've been told a group thinks otherwise...especially when decisions and outcomes don't even affect them.

Every person has wants, needs, and opinions, and yours are just as valid and important as those of anyone else.

By Doe Zantamata

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 4: Morning

"Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 3:18

"Grow in grace"--not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward--having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to "grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour." He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know him is "life eternal," and to advance in the knowledge of him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus--as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better, then you love him not, for love always cries, "Nearer, nearer." Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

"And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him." -Genesis 42:8
This morning our desires went forth for growth in our acquaintance with the Lord Jesus; it may be well tonight to consider a kindred topic, namely, our heavenly Joseph's knowledge of us. This was most blessedly perfect long before we had the slightest knowledge of him. "His eyes beheld our substance, yet being imperfect, and in his book all our members were written, when as yet there was none of them." Before we had a being in the world we had a being in his heart. When we were enemies to him, he knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness. When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance, and viewed him only as a judge and a ruler, he viewed us as his brethren well beloved, and his bowels yearned towards us. He never mistook his chosen, but always beheld them as objects of his infinite affection. "The Lord knoweth them that are his," is as true of the prodigals who are feeding swine as of the children who sit at the table.

But, alas! we knew not our royal Brother, and out of this ignorance grew a host of sins. We withheld our hearts from him, and allowed him no entrance to our love. We mistrusted him, and gave no credit to his words. We rebelled against him, and paid him no loving homage. The Sun of Righteousness shone forth, and we could not see him. Heaven came down to earth, and earth perceived it not. Let God be praised, those days are over with us; yet even now it is but little that we know of Jesus compared with what he knows of us. We have but begun to study him, but he knoweth us altogether. It is a blessed circumstance that the ignorance is not on his side, for then it would be a hopeless case for us. He will not say to us, "I never knew you," but he will confess our names in the day of his appearing, and meanwhile will manifest himself to us as he doth not unto the world.
[Ĕlī'ashĭb] - god is requiter or god hath restored.
1. A priest in David's time from whom the eleventh priestly course took its name (1 Chron. 24:12).
2. A son of Elioenai, descendant of Zerubbabel, a Judahite (1 Chron. 3:24).
3. The high priest at the time of the rebuilding of the city wall (Neh. 3:1, 20, 21; 13:4, 7, 28).
4. A Levite and singer who put away his foreign wife (Ezra 10:24).
5. A son of Zattu who married a foreign wife (Ezra 10:27).
6. A son of Bani who also married a foreign wife (Ezra 10:26).
7. An ancestor of Johanan who helped Ezra in the assembly of foreign wives (Ezra 10:6Neh. 12:10, 22, 23).

Today's reading: Genesis 10-12, Matthew 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 10-12

The Table of Nations
1 This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah's sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.
2 The sons of Japheth:
Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech and Tiras.
3 The sons of Gomer:
Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah....

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God....'

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