Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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There is no public explanation as to why top policepersons involved with the Lindt siege have not testified before the inquest into the siege. One posited explanation is that the processes involved in defending the public must not be exposed to terrorists. Another explanation is that the senior ranks messed up and don't want to be held accountable. It is apparent from the 1100 testimonies that have been gathered or offered that important communication equipment was not available. Also, it is apparent that people in important positions were not told of important information in a timely fashion. Also, a senior policeman who could have made a valuable contribution was not used. Also, there is no evidence the police stamped an agenda allowing a better resolution. Police have been highly lauded for what resulted in the deaths of two innocent peoples. Maybe they need to explain themselves. Maybe they can do it without giving away state secrets. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility. 
=== from 2015 ===
It is the Queen's Birthday holiday, only she wasn't born on her birthday. Few people are in a given year. Being 48 years old, I was born on my birthday 48 years ago, not this year, last year or the year before. But the Queen's reason for not being born on her birthday this year is larger than that. Her birthday is on another date. This day was once the King's birthday. And before that Empire Day. It is not recognition of when the Queen was born, but when her majesty became part of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Great Britain in the glory of that domain. It does not reflect an event. God save the Queen. 

ABC Host Jonathan Green likes to hunt animals and kill them for sport. Safely on horseback, Green is dressed up as an English country squire, he has hunting dogs which chase down foxes and, in packs, catch and tear foxes apart. Sometimes rabbits too. For breakfast, his eggs are, no doubt, ethically sourced. And then he relaxes and tweets his views. Green is not religious, but apparently responded when asked about the hunt, "Three gone to God."

Saudi Arabia is going to flog a blogger 1000 lashes and ten years in jail. His crime has been to be critical of the Saudi Religious police. They just want to kill him, under apostasy laws.

Arctic Sea Ice set a record high in May, following mild Summer.

More Islamic men have left Australia to jihad (about 200 to 400) than have joined the Australian Armed services (about 100 of 30,000).

In 68, the Roman Senate proclaimed Galba as emperor. 218, Battle of Antioch: with the support of the Syrian legionsElagabalus defeated the forces of emperor Macrinus. He fled, but was captured near Chalcedon and later executed in Cappadocia. 632, Muhammad, Islamic prophet, died in Medina and was succeeded by Abu Bakr who became the first caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. 793, Vikings raided the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England. 1042, Edward the Confessor became King of England, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. 1191, Richard I arrived in Acre (Palestine) thus beginning his crusade.

In 1405, Richard le Scrope, the Archbishop of York, and Thomas MowbrayEarl of Norfolk, were executed in York on Henry IV's orders. 1690, Yadi Sakat, a Siddi general, razed the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai. 1776, American Revolutionary WarBattle of Trois-Rivières – American attackers were driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec. 1783, Laki, a volcano in Iceland, began an eight-month eruption which killed over 9,000 people and started a seven-year famine. 1789, James Madison introduced twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives; by 1791, ten of them were ratified by the state legislatures and became the Bill of Rights; another was eventually ratified in 1992 to become the 27th Amendment. 1794, Robespierre inaugurated the French Revolution's new state religion, the Cult of the Supreme Being, with large organised festivals all across France.


In 1856, a group of 194 Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the mutineers of HMS Bounty, arrived at Norfolk Island, commencing the Third Settlement of the Island. 1861, American Civil WarTennessee seceded from the Union. 1862, American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys – Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson saved the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan. 1887, Herman Hollerith applied for US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' – his punched card calculator.


In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, authorising the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value. 1912, Carl Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures. 1928, Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captured Peking, whose name was changed to Beijing("Northern Capital"). 1929, Margaret Bondfield was appointed Minister of Labour. She was the first woman appointed to the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.


In 1940, World War II: the completion of Operation Alphabet, the evacuation of Allied forces from Narvik at the end of the Norwegian Campaign. 1941, World War IIAllies invadeSyria and Lebanon. 1942, World War II: The Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shelled the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle. 1948, Milton Berle hosted the debut of Texaco Star Theater. 1949, the celebrities Helen KellerDorothy ParkerDanny KayeFredric MarchJohn GarfieldPaul Muni and Edward G. Robinson were named in an FBI report as Communist Party members. 1949, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was published. 1950, Sir Thomas Blamey became the only Australian-born Field Marshal in Australian history. 1953, an F5 tornado hit Beecher, Michigan, killing 116, injuring 844, and destroying 340 homes. Also 1953, the United States Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington, D.C., could not refuse to serve black patrons. 1959, the USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempted the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.


In 1966, an F-104 Starfighter collided with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2, destroying both planes during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force BaseJoseph A. Walker, a NASA pilot, and Carl Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot, were both killed. Also 1966, Topeka, Kansas, was devastated by a tornado that registered as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people were killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. 1967, Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurred, killing 34 and wounding 171. Also 1967, Six-Day War: The Israeli army entered Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs. 1968, Robert F. Kennedy's funeral took place at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. 1972, Vietnam War: The Associated Press photographer Nick Ut took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm.


In 1982, Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen were killed by an Argentine air attack on two landing ships, RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram. 1984, Homosexuality was declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales. 1987, New Zealand's Labour government established a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987. 1992, the first World Ocean Day was celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de JaneiroBrazil. 1995, the downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia. 2004, the first Venus Transit in modern history took place, the previous one being in 1882. 2007, Newcastle, New South WalesAustralia, was hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of a trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker. 2009, two American journalists were found guilty of illegally entering North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of penal labour. 2013, the Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill took place in Stockholm, Sweden.

From 2014
Laws that are not well directed and efficient can be silly and counterproductive. One wonders why they were ever needed, and what they achieved. On this day in 1984, homosexuality was declared legal in NSW. It seems an outrageous invasion of privacy that it had not been. Note, it wasn't declared mandatory, it is something consenting adults can do .. or thanks to ALP government regulations, consenting children. Still, gay children are unlikely to become teen moms so it becomes apparent the ALP have put some thought into their legislation. For NSW the age of consent is 16, but in enlightened ACT it can be 11 under certain circumstances. On this day in 1953, the US supreme court declared it illegal to refuse to serve black patrons in restaurants in Washington DC. It is difficult to understand the restraint behind the declaration. Apparently it is illegal to lynch bigots. What about outside DC, eh Supreme court? If someone won't serve black people, I don't wish that they profit. 

On this day in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 was published, but also the FBI named Hellen Keller as being a communist. Keller can be forgiven her activism .. she was deaf and blind. Orwell had no excuse. Keller could not see or hear what communists were doing around the world. Orwell was excusing it. 

George Pell was born on this day. I like him, he serves God. It is nice to devote ones self to organisation and order, but as the Vikings showed at Lindisfarne on this day in 793, order can be upset by the use of force. It had been the first of many Viking incursions on English soil. Interesting, according to legend, Rollo, brother to the raiding chief, was an ancestor of todays Queen of England. Roll was also sieging Paris in 885. Royal longevity.

In 1789, on this day, James Maddison presented what is now known as the Bill of Rights, allowing the Supreme Court to act in 1953. But five years later, Robespierre introduced to France the cult of the Supreme Being, a state approved religion. He had never read Marx, so the FBI would have classified him a socialist. But he was deaf and blind to reason.
Historical perspective on this day
In 68, the Roman Senate proclaimed Galba as emperor. Galba followed the suicide of Nero. He lasted seven months, and was first of the year of four emperors. He was followed by Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian. Vespasian's son was Titus, and Titus became emperor after Vespasian. Titus also sacked Jerusalem in 70. Titus would not have needed to, except the unsettled nature of the empire following four pathetic emperors. 218, Battle of Antioch: with the support of the Syrian legionsElagabalus defeated the forces of emperor Macrinus. He fled, but was captured near Chalcedon and later executed in Cappadocia. 632, Muhammad, Islamic prophet, died in Medina and was succeeded by Abu Bakr who became the first caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. 793, Vikings raided the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England. 1042, Edward the Confessor became King of England, one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. 1191, Richard I arrived in Acre (Palestine) thus beginning his crusade.

In 1405, Richard le Scrope, the Archbishop of York, and Thomas MowbrayEarl of Norfolk, were executed in York on Henry IV's orders. Scrope asked the headsman to give him five wounds, like Christ. Even near death, hubris reins. 1690, Yadi Sakat, a Siddi general, razed the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai. 1776, American Revolutionary WarBattle of Trois-Rivières – American attackers were driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec. 1783, Laki, a volcano in Iceland, began an eight-month eruption which killed over 9,000 people and started a seven-year famine. 1789, James Madison introduced twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives; by 1791, ten of them were ratified by the state legislatures and became the Bill of Rights; another was eventually ratified in 1992 to become the 27th Amendment. 1794, Robespierre inaugurated the French Revolution's new state religion, the Cult of the Supreme Being, with large organised festivals all across France.

In 1856, a group of 194 Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the mutineers of HMS Bounty, arrived at Norfolk Island, commencing the Third Settlement of the Island. 1861, American Civil WarTennessee seceded from the Union. 1862, American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys – Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson saved the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan. 1887, Herman Hollerith applied for US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' – his punched card calculator.

In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, authorising the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value. 1912, Carl Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures. 1928, Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captured Peking, whose name was changed to Beijing("Northern Capital"). 1929, Margaret Bondfield was appointed Minister of Labour. She was the first woman appointed to the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.

In 1940, World War II: the completion of Operation Alphabet, the evacuation of Allied forces from Narvik at the end of the Norwegian Campaign. 1941, World War IIAllies invadeSyriaand Lebanon. 1942, World War II: The Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shelled the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle. 1948, Milton Berle hosted the debut of Texaco Star Theater. 1949, the celebrities Helen KellerDorothy ParkerDanny KayeFredric MarchJohn GarfieldPaul Muni and Edward G. Robinson were named in an FBI report as Communist Party members. 1949, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was published. 1950, Sir Thomas Blamey became the only Australian-born Field Marshal in Australian history. 1953, an F5 tornado hit Beecher, Michigan, killing 116, injuring 844, and destroying 340 homes. Also 1953, the United States Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington, D.C., could not refuse to serve black patrons. 1959, the USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempted the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.

In 1966, an F-104 Starfighter collided with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2, destroying both planes during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force BaseJoseph A. Walker, a NASA pilot, and Carl Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot, were both killed. Also 1966, Topeka, Kansas, was devastated by a tornado that registered as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people were killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. 1967, Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurred, killing 34 and wounding 171. Also 1967, Six-Day War: The Israeli army entered Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs. 1968, Robert F. Kennedy's funeral took place at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. 1972, Vietnam War: The Associated Pressphotographer Nick Ut took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm.

In 1982, Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen were killed by an Argentine air attack on two landing ships, RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram. 1984, Homosexuality was declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales. 1987, New Zealand's Labour government established a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987. 1992, the first World Ocean Day was celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de JaneiroBrazil. 1995, the downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia. 2004, the first Venus Transit in modern history took place, the previous one being in 1882. 2007, Newcastle, New South WalesAustralia, was hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of a trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker. 2009, two American journalists were found guilty of illegally entering North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of penal labour. 2013, the Wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill took place in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Thanks to Warren for this advice on watching Bolt
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Bread of Life is a daily bible quote with a layman's understanding of the meaning. I give one quote for each day, and also a series of personal stories illustrating key concepts eg Who is God? What is a miracle? Why is there tragedy?

January is the first of the anticipated year-long work of thirteen books. One for each month and the whole year. It costs to publish. It (Kindle version) should retail at about $2US online, but the paperback version would cost more, according to production cost.
If you have a heart for giving, I fundraise at gofund.me/27tkwuc
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Lý Thành Tuấn and Gary Renouf. Born on the same day, across the years. A day in which, in 1856, descendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers settled on Norfolk Island, an abandoned British penal colony. In 1959, the U.S. Navy submarine USS Barbero fired a Regulus cruise missile, equipped with US Post Office Department containers, in an attempt to deliver mail via rocket. I guess rocket delivered mail is now routine. And you have had more than enough time with those Tahitian women. Enjoy the day.
Deaths
George Orwell
You erupt. Ironic that Herman's card is a punch card. Nineteen Eighty Four was published in 1949. We all speak that language. Pardon me. Let's party. 
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A hateful reply to Malcolm Turnbull’s honesty

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (1:37am)

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MALCOLM Turnbull this week answered those critics who portray him as “Mr Harbourside Mansion”.

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Top cop Catherine Burn is vital to Lindt siege inquest

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (1:36am)

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IT is incredible that Deputy Commissioner Cath Burn, the police commander in charge of the 17-hour Lindt cafe siege, has not been asked to provide a statement to the inquest, let alone given evidence.

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MONEY CAUSES CREATIVITY

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (4:04pm)

Remember Michael Kroger claiming the Greens were ”not the nutters they used to be”? He might need to revise that
If the Australian Greens have their way, the nation’s creatives will be more likely to be able to afford food, rent and maybe even heating under its plan for a living wage for artists.
The election promise will be announced by Greens Arts spokesman Adam Bandt during a debate in Melbourne on Wednesday with Arts Minister Mitch Fifield and Labor arts spokesman Mark Dreyfus.
“By its nature the work of an artist is pretty precarious and few artists are able to make a sustainable living from their art alone,” says Bandt, the Greens member for Melbourne. 
If this ever becomes law, every Australian will suddenly declare themselves artists and sign up for their Bandt handouts.
(Via John G.)
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TAX ATTACK

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (3:53pm)

In Canberra, a tax on crime to be paid by people who are overwhelming non-criminals: 
Canberra residents will become the first in the nation to pay a domestic violence tax, after the ACT government announced it would levy households $30 a year to fund an “unprecedented” $21.4 million reform package.
Unveiling the Safer Families program as the centrepiece of yesterday’s budget, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the territory government’s investment in domestic violence services was the largest in its history ...
Frontline staff in community and emergency services, health and education will also receive $770,000 for training so they can identify family violence and put in place early intervention measures. 
Here’s a crazy idea that just might work. Instead of turning domestic violence into a welfare industry, why not get police – who are already tax-funded – to arrest and imprison offenders?
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MARXIST MARTIN MISSES YOUR MONEY

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (3:08am)

Prepare the honour guard! Another Victorian Marxist academic is in trouble: 
A journalism professor remains suspended without pay from Deakin University after a Twitter exchange led to the university accusing him of serious misconduct and suspending him.
Martin Hirst was suspended on 19 April for three tweets he posted on his private Twitter account @ethicalmartini, which does not identify him as a Deakin University employee …
The university received a complaint about one tweet – which they allege was threatening towards a Deakin student – and after an investigation it identified two other tweets and accused Hirst of breaching the code of conduct for academics.
When the News Corp columnist Rita Panahi said a critic who labelled her “unstable” was a “rent-seeking simpleton full of bitterness & bile” Hirst jumped in and defended the critic, saying Panahi was indeed “unstable”.
Then a Deakin university student, Lachlan McDougall, said: “I’m glad I’m a commerce student and not subject to this man’s [Hirst’s] stewardship.” McDougall’s Twitter profile identifies him as a Deakin University student.
Hirst replied: “so are you happy to fail commerce?”
McDougall: “If that’s a threat, you’re utterly ridiculous. If it’s not, my academic record is satisfactory.” 
As the Guardian‘s Amanda Meade tells it, the university subsequently responded to a complaint about Hirst: 
“Your comments are inappropriate, unprofessional and involved an implied threat to compromise this students’ academic progression,” the university said in its letter to Hirst.
“Please be advised that due to the very serious nature of the allegations which have been detailed in this letter, the university may ultimately take disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, termination of your employment,” the letter of 19 April said. 
Via Rita Panahi, who emails: “Seriously, how crap a journo is Meade? Can’t follow a simple Twitter trail. Didn’t bother to contact me or the student for comment. Dire. FYI neither me nor the student complained.” The article continues: 
Hirst told Guardian Australia he was shocked the university had interpreted his remark as a threat.
“To say that those tweets are offensive is just ridiculous. I can’t believe that Deakin would accuse me of threatening a student. I’ve been there for five years, I’ve been an academic for 20 years and I’ve never had a student complaint.
“I love teaching, I love researching I’m good at it. I haven’t been paid for seven weeks and I haven’t heard from them for a month.” 
He loves research but is somehow still a Marxist. Work that one out. Of course, our old pal Martin is no stranger to controversy: 
It’s the latest run-in with the authorities at Deakin for Hirst, who narrowly escaped losing his job in 2014 after the columnist Andrew Bolt drew attention to his Twitter account by posting a series of his tweets on his blog …
Hirst was accused of bringing the university into disrepute and suspended without pay for three months after an increasingly vituperative exchange with various people on Twitter. The discussion began when the Daily Telegraph columnist Tim Blair posted on his blog a photo Hirst had taken of himself at Karl Marx’s grave in London …
Hirst’s job was saved after 150 academics and PhD students sent a letter to the university. “It is scandalous that Andrew Bolt and the Murdoch press should have such control over Deakin university’s hiring and firing policies,” the letter said. 
They can’t blame the Murdoch press this time. This is entirely between dopey Hirst and his Deakin overlords.
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DISASTROUS CAPITALIST

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2:41am)

The definition of disaster capitalism: when you try to raise $350,000 in donations to make a documentary about disaster capitalism, but only receive $1625.
Bless him, for Antony Loewenstein still hasn’t given up
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ONE-TONNE HOVERGIMP

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2:39am)

Now on display in the city that brought you Skywhale
Its leather-bound spires are made of whips, chains, studs and spikes, sex toys and gags.
Weighing close to a tonne, it hovers almost a metre above the floor, suspended by four ropes knotted according to the Japanese bondage technique Kinbaku, meaning the “beauty of tight binding”.
No, it’s not a prop from the set of Game of Thrones, but the centrepiece in a new display of contemporary Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia. 
Via Dave T., who emails: “The last paragraph is hilarious. SP bookmakers are obviously in business to show the relationship between punters and their wallets.”
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EASY QUESTION

Tim Blair – Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2:23am)

“What if everyone were given money for nothing?” asks Fairfax’s Peter Hartcher.
The answer: everyone would be working for Fairfax.
UPDATE. Fairfax’s Jessica Irvine: “Why everyone should get $40,000 a year for nothing.” 
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Ethnic judges made a difference only in a good way, you see

Andrew Bolt June 08 2016 (8:14am)

It’s good racism when the Left says it:
In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”
In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
It’s only bad racism when someone of the Right thinks he’s calling it out:
House Speaker Paul Ryan ripped Donald Trump’s recent remarks saying a judge presiding over a lawsuit involving his business was biased because of his Mexican heritage as “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
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Four fingers pointing backwards

Andrew Bolt June 08 2016 (8:06am)

Mark Latham is correct, of course:
In Australian politics it is no longer possible to speak truthfully about Left-generated issues such as domestic ­violence, asylum seekers and genderless school programs without experiencing a politically correct bigotry slur…
Invariably, the people yelling ‘‘bigot’’ are themselves guilty of discrimination.
For instance, those yelling “racist!” in the media generally tend to be the real racists, demanding special treatment, double standards or race-based rights and positions. 
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Bishop claims I knew her mind before she did

Andrew Bolt June 08 2016 (7:50am)

On the face of it, this claim is ridiculous:
Conservative columnist Andrew Bolt knew Bronwyn Bishop was going to resign before she had spoken to Tony Abbott and accepted her fate, the former Speaker has claimed.
How could I have known before Bishop herself what was in her mind? From her statement of resignation:
I have not taken this decision lightly, however it is because of my love and respect for the institution of parliament and the Australian people that I have resigned as Speaker. 
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Out next week

Andrew Bolt June 08 2016 (7:42am)

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In the shops from Thursday next week.

Book here for the Sydney launch on July 15, with friends Rowan Dean, editor of Spectator Australia, and IPA boss John Roskam having a good yabber with me on stage.
Book here for the Melbourne launch on July 22, again with Rowan, John and me. Book signings at both events.
Or order it here to get the book, mailed free and with Bolt Bulletin updates to come of news, views, invitations and special offers. I’m planning to invite people receiving the Bolt Bulletin to a later function, to be announced. 
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Great Australian front page

Andrew Bolt June 08 2016 (7:40am)

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UPDATE
Different elements are involved in Russia:
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(Via Rita Panahi.
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Charming journalism lecturer strikes again

Andrew Bolt June 07 2016 (9:09pm)

How strange - but how so Australian - that this man should be teaching in universities, and teaching journalism at that:
A journalism professor remains suspended without pay from Deakin University after a Twitter exchange led to the university accusing him of serious misconduct and suspending him.
Martin Hirst was suspended on 19 April for three tweets he posted on his private Twitter account @ethicalmartini, which does not identify him as a Deakin University employee.
It’s the latest run-in with the authorities at Deakin for Hirst, who narrowly escaped losing his job in 2014 after the columnist Andrew Bolt drew attention to his Twitter account by posting a series of his tweets on his blog.
This time, the university received a complaint about one tweet – which they allege was threatening towards a Deakin student – and after an investigation it identified two other tweets and accused Hirst of breaching the code of conduct for academics.

When the News Corp columnist Rita Panahi said a critic who labelled her “unstable” was a “rent-seeking simpleton full of bitterness & bile” Hirst jumped in and defended the critic, saying Panahi was indeed “unstable”.
Then a Deakin university student, Lachlan McDougall, said: “I’m glad I’m a commerce student and not subject to this man’s [Hirst’s] stewardship.” McDougall’s Twitter profile identifies him as a Deakin University student.
Hirst replied: “so are you happy to fail commerce?”
McDougall: “If that’s a threat, you’re utterly ridiculous. If it’s not, my academic record is satisfactory.” 
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MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN

Tim Blair – Monday, June 08, 2015 (6:37am)

In February the ABC exposed horrible animal cruelty
Australia’s greyhound racing industry is in turmoil after a Four Corners report revealed conclusive evidence of live baiting during secret training sessions.
Monday night’s program showed footage of live piglets, possums and rabbits being fixed to mechanical lures and catapulted around tracks while being chased, and eventually killed, by dogs. 
Terrible, terrible. But in May, the ABC’s Jonathan Green posted this image on his Twitter account:

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That’s tax-funded millionaire leftist Jonathan in his fox-hunting attire. You know, the sport that involves foxes being chased by dogs and eventually killed. Green also posted a shot of the pursuing hounds:

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Asked by a reader if the hunt had been a success, Green answered: “3 gone to God.” Green did seem a little evasive on the specifics of his fox-hunting hobby, however, although he’s now ‘fessed up to the Australian‘s Sharri Markson: 
The ABC has joined forces with various animal liberations groups to campaign on animal cruelty, from the sheep trade to the Middle East, to Aussie cattle exports and greyhound racing.
Wonder how they’ll react when they hear they have a fox hunter in their midst. None other than radio host Jonathan Green.
The presenter has confirmed he partakes in the sport that involves tracking, chasing and killing a fox while on horseback …
“It’s long established in these parts, my club is one of several around Melbourne and has been active since 1888, and plays a small part in controlling a pretty noxious feral pest,” Green told Diary …
When Ricky Gervais weighed into the British debate, tweeting “The only way fox hunting would count as vermin control is if the posh twats fell off their horses and broke their necks”, Green replied, “that’s a bit rough”.
I suppose if Green takes exception to being called a posh twat, perhaps he should not post pictures of himself dressed like one. 
Difficult to avoid, in Jonathan’s case. Personally, I don’t have much of an issue with rabbits or foxes being killed by any method. They’re vermin, and I’ve trapped and shot many a rabbit and fox. But if the ABC is going to make such a big deal about animal cruelty, it should perhaps examine the recreational antics of its own presenter.
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CAUSE IN PLAIN VIEW

Tim Blair – Monday, June 08, 2015 (5:09am)

Consider the trauma for crusading left-wing types in the late 1990s, when they had mostly run out of crusading causes.
The battle against globalised trade never really caught on. Today, former anti-globos would scream if you took away their third-world constructed mobile phones. Climate change was and remains of little interest to anyone not stupid. Asylum seekers? That issue largely vanished when the Howard government stopped people smugglers.
This cause shortage must have been especially frustrating for left-wing journalists, who’d grown up dreaming of one day confronting, let’s say, some kind of women-hating, gay-loathing anti-democracy fundamentalist religious movement. Ideally, such a movement would be led by a shadowy millionaire who despised freedom, education and art.

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MOVIE TELEBANNED

Tim Blair – Monday, June 08, 2015 (4:08am)

Poor Rachel Griffiths. After presumably studying for two years how to pronounce the letter “t” as “d”, the talented actress may miss out on her dream role: playing ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a telemovie.

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RAVIN’ ABOUT THE RAVEN

Tim Blair – Monday, June 08, 2015 (3:15am)

Friday’s Viewpoint panel discusses everybody’s favourite senator:

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Then hear it from Warren Mundine, if not from this white man

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (7:28pm)

I’ve come in for quite some criticism from The Australian for denouncing plans to divide us by race, especially Noel Pearson’s plan for a kind of Aboriginal parliament, enshrined in the Constitution, to advise the Parliament meant to represent us all.
But now that an Aboriginal leader and former Labor president shares my concern, I hope The Australian will now back off this dangerous, offensive and essentially racist proposal:
The chairman of the Prime minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine has denounced an alternative plan to the referendum on the constitutional recognition of First Australians devised by prominent indigenous lawyer Noel Pearson as “radical” and “very dangerous”
In April, Mr Pearson rejected “symbolic” changes to the Constitution in favour of an “Australian Declaration of Recognition” akin to the United States declaration of independence.
The document should sit outside the constitution and be formed alongside a national Indigenous representative body to advise Federal Parliament on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, he said. 
“It is moving into a very strange area,” Mr Mundine told Sky News. “Name any other race of people that will have a body set up in the constitution looking after them.”
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Carr backs Abbott’s plan

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (7:18pm)

Amanda Vanstone is getting huge coverage for bagging Tony Abbott for proposing to strip Australian citizenship from people engaged in terrorism.
But surely equal publicity should be given to former Labor Foreign Minister Bob Carr for today saying that he’d inquired in office about such a proposal himself, and if re-elected would have investigated whether there was a way around our UN obligation not to leave anyone stateless:
If someone is leaving these shores with the pursuit of mass atrocity crimes, we are forced to contemplate this and we ought to probe the possibility of getting a consensus across parties, certainly excluding minors.
I’m still not sure why the Government won’t trust a court to make the decision to strip citizenship (maybe courts aren’t to be trusted?), but I certainly can’t understand the objection that we’d leave someone stateless. Anyone joining the Islamic State has found their state, surely. 
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The ABC says Archie Roach was “stolen”. It should be clear what it means

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (7:01pm)

Archie Roach, a fine singer, is given an Order of Australia, and the ABC TV news tonight describes him as a man who was “stolen from his family”.
But here is how Roach himself has referred to his being taken into care:
Mum and Dad weren’t home at the time… One of the sisters was looking after us… That was common… 
I know people saw that as neglect. I don’t really know… Word got around, certain families, this and that. I’m not sure what the story was.
Roach grew up in Victoria, where there was no policy to remove children just for being Aboriginal:
First, there was actually no law in Victoria permitting the stealing of children just for being Aboriginal. Even the then Bracks Government’s Stolen Generations Taskforce, chaired by Aboriginal spokesman Jim Berg, conceded there had been “no formal policy for removing children” from Aboriginal parents in the state. Indeed, while the Taskforce could find 36 organisations helping the state’s “stolen generations”, it could not find one truly stolen child, even though it ran advertisements pleading for them to come forward.
In fact:
In fact, that taskforce, to justify its existence, even had to broaden the definition of “stolen” to include children who had been rescued from harm, abandoned, raised by grandparents who lived “white”, or even just sent by their parents to boarding school (absolutely true): 
The Victorian Stolen Generations Taskforce uses the term ‘Stolen Generations’ to refer to “any adult Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person separated at a young age from community, family, language, land or culture, as well as the families of that separated child.”
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Islamists hammered in Turkish poll

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (11:54am)

A hugely important election result in Turkey, and good news for the West and secular Turks:
Turks went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and the era of single-party Islamist rule appears to be over. 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been counting on the continued rule of his AKP party to change the country’s constitution after these elections, consolidating his already increasingly authoritarian rule into something even more dastardly.
But a 2/3 majority of AKP in parliament is needed to change the constitution.
Today, the Islamist party walked away with only 41 percent of seats.
That’s an eight percent drop from 2011…
And to add insult to Erdogan’s injury, the Kurds will have a party in parliament for the first time. 
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), aka Ataturk’s party, got just over 25 percent of the vote, as the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) drew a little over 16 percent. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, got 13 percent of the vote, which should translate to 79 seats in parliament. 
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No soldiers, few planes: so how will the US defeat the Islamic State?

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (11:46am)

The Obama Administration’s unusually restrictive rules of engagement in the war against the Islamic State have made its air assault dangerously weak:
In the campaign against the Islamic State, we are averaging 12 strike sorties per day. During Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait in 1991, the average was 1,241; in Operation Allied Force in Kosovo in 1999, it was 298; in the first 30 days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 691; during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2001, 86. 
With no US “boots on the ground” and with very few planes in the air, how exactly does the US think the Islamic State will be defeated? 
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Saudi court confirms blogger must be flogged

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (11:39am)

Barbaric and a sin against free speech. Let’s hope our “human rights” lobby speaks up:
Saudi Arabia’s supreme court has upheld a sentence of 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison for the liberal blogger Raif Badawi despite worldwide outrage and formal protests from foreign governments. .. 
Mr Badawi was arrested in 2012 and charged with “insulting Islam through electronic channels” after his website, a discussion forum for beleaguered Saudi liberals, criticised the kingdom’s notorious religion police. A charge of apostasy, which is punishable by death, still hangs over him, having been passed between courts without resolution. 
The Saudi embassy in Australia can be contacted by email here
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ABC staff report warming heretic to their boss

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (9:36am)

Some staff at the ABC really are allergic to debate - so much so that I wonder again how much we can trust their coverage:
Chris Kenny is thrilled his former conservative colleague at The Australian, Tom Switzer, has been given his own radio program on ABC Radio National, Between The Lines. “What a breath of fresh air it was to hear the ABC giving us the plurality and open-mindedness demanded by legislation,” the News Corp columnist wrote in his new weekly column… 
But the things Kenny loved about the interview with Lord Nigel Lawson about the global warming talks in Paris have raised the ire of some experienced staffers at Radio National who believe Switzer’s friendly chat with the passionate climate change sceptic breached the ABC’s editorial policies. Lawson questioned the “other factors which determine the temperature of the planet” and asserted global warming “has paused” and CO2 is good for plants and will assist in the “greening” of the planet.
Switzer introduced the former energy secretary and chancellor of the exchequer in the Thatcher government as one of the “most respected British political figures of recent decades” and referred throughout to “climate enthusiasts”, without explaining what he meant… 
The ABC’s head of Radio National Deb Leavitt said the complaints were being investigated. “But they all appear to be based on the erroneous notion that our editorial policies preclude people commenting on contentious issues like climate change if their views are considered by others to be inaccurate,” Leavitt said. “If you look at the policies, they’re pretty clear that people are able to express their points of view, and that is what Lord Lawson was doing. Some people believe the science is sorted and there is only one correct view; others hotly contest that. We’ve aired a huge diversity of perspectives on climate change across a whole range of RN programs – and in fact across all ABC programs – and we’ll continue to do so.” 
I think Leavitt vastly exaggerates the ABC’s commitment to a “diversity of perspectives on climate change”, but good on her for resisting this latest attempt to keep those perspectives down to just one
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Flannery confounded. Arctic decline pauses; Antarctic sea ice grows

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (9:33am)

Global warming - dud predictions

Tim Flannery in 2008 warned we could have an ice-free polar cap by 2013:
Just imagine yourself in a world five years from now, when there is no more ice over the Arctic, when we stand under threat of a rapidly warming Arctic Ocean, when we’re starting to see the first destabilisation of the Greenland ice cap, and all of those things happening because we don’t have a solution, because if things advance that rapidly we simply will not have a solution, in terms of reducing emissions. Then you’ve got to start pulling in your last-ditch efforts. 
But, once again, the climate simply refuses to do what Flannery keeps predicting:
Sea ice extent in Antarctica last month set a new record high for the month of May, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)… 
NSIDC data shows average sea ice extent around Antarctica reached 12.10 million sq. km. in May – some 12 per cent above the long term average for the period from 1981 to 2010… Meanwhile Arctic sea ice extent in May was 12.65 million sq. km, some 5 per cent below the long-term average for the period from 1981 to 2010 of 13.38 million sq. km. but broadly in line with the sea ice extent reported a decade ago and just 2 per cent below the average over the period from 2005 to 2015.
(Thanks to reader Anthony.) 
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Should a judge really take sides in this political war?

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (9:04am)

Should a judge publicly really take sides with an activist in a deeply political war with a conservative government? Or should they, as I always assumed, at least preserve a show of impartiality?
Chris Maxwell was one of three presidents of Liberty Victoria appointed a judge by the Bracks and Brumby Labor Governments, so I was not surprised yet still dismayed when he got stuck in on Friday at what seemed a love-in of the Left:
ELIZABETH JACKSON: The Government has taken umbrage at ]Human Rights Commission president] Gillian Triggs’ more recent comments about Australia’s policy on asylum seekers and Indonesia’s refusal to negotiate over the death penalty… But before an audience of human rights lawyers in Melbourne last night, Professor Triggs did not step back from her comments. 
Instead, she set her sights on laws which she says go too far, harming democracy and civil liberties.
Our reporter Simon Lauder went along to the gathering, which began with some lampooning of the situation.
CASEY BENNETTO (the MC, sings): Yes, it’s the night of nights / For those who spend their days defending human rights...’Cause if George Brandis shows / To beat up Gillian Triggs and they start trading blows…
SIMON LAUDER: Professor Triggs has only addressed that dispute in writing so far, with a statement saying her remarks were misreported and stressing that she did not refer to the executed Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
She has support from the president of the Court of Appeal of Victoria, Justice Chris Maxwell, who calls the attack on Professor Triggs “despicable”. 
CHRIS MAXWELL: Tonight we have been privileged to have amongst us one of our foremost warriors. As we have been pleased to see, Gillian, you might be bloodied but you are certainly unbowed.
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Amanda Vanstone points finger at Scott Morrison

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (8:55am)

So who leaked the Cabinet debate, where Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop revolted against Tony Abbott’s plan to strip citizenship even from Australians without dual nationality?
Former Howard Government Minister Amanda Vanstone points the finger in the general direction of Scott Morrison (who denies it):
It is so clearly not in the interest of anyone who would prefer Malcolm [Turnbull] as leader to leak the discussion, because it would undoubtedly hurt his future chances with some on the right of the Liberal Party. That he and others put principle first is to their credit, but not to their personal advantage.
So that leaves the proposition that the leaker is either someone determined to shore up Abbott up ... or determined to be the one that brings him down.
It’s just a guess, but I reckon only a moron would think you could leak this to damage Malcolm without damaging the PM as well. So you can probably rule out an Abbott devotee as the leaker, unless they are a complete idiot.
That leaves someone who wants to kill off Malcolm so he can in turn kill off Tony. Hmmm.
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Wrong army

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (8:16am)

Rita Panahi:
It should be a source of great concern for not just the Islamic community but the wider population that there are more Muslims who have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with IS than there are serving in the Australian Army. 
Latest figures suggest that around 35 Australians have been killed fighting with IS and a further 150 to 350 have gone to the Middle East to join radical militant groups but only about 100 of the nation’s 30,000 soldiers identify as Muslim.
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Hawker sums up

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (8:08am)

Bruce Hawker, former campaigning guru for Kevin Rudd, brilliantly summed up Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard on The Bolt Report yesterday:
You had two very different personalities. You had in Gillard someone who was solid and not brilliant, and in Rudd you had someone who was ­brilliant and not solid.
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The ABC of when it’s fine to use dogs to kill animals

Andrew Bolt June 08 2015 (7:41am)

The ABC is outraged to find men using dogs to kill animals such as rabbits, a vermin species:
CARO MELDRUM-HANNA: There are rumours of a dark underbelly to this sport: of live baiting, an archaic training method where small, defenceless animals are tied down to a lure, mauled and killed.... This is live baiting, banned and criminalised decades ago because of the extreme levels of cruelty.... 
(footage of a greyhound eating a live rabbit, held and supported by a trainer)…

CARO MELDRUM-HANNA: ... One minute later Mills reappears, carrying a live rabbit. He stretches it out tightly and buckles it down flat. Shaking, ears pinned back in fear, the defenceless animal is about to fed alive to the dogs…
(footage of lure stopping by Stuart Mills. A greyhound is biting the rabbit. The dog is pulled away from the rabbit.)…
CARO MELDRUM-HANNA: The rabbit: hopeless, dangling, twitching. It’s still alive.... We asked the CEO of Greyhounds Australasia, the peak body representing the entire sport, what he thought about such behaviour…
(montage of surveillance footage showing live rabbits tied to lures, greyhounds chasing and mauling them; some dogs decapitating rabbits with their teeth)… 
The ABC will probably show less interest in this example of men using dogs to kill an animal, in this case a fox, a vermin species:
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The ABC has joined forces with various animal liberations groups to campaign on animal cruelty, from the sheep trade to the Middle East, to Aussie cattle exports and greyhound racing.
Wonder how they’ll react when they hear they have a fox hunter in their midst. None other than radio host Jonathan Green.
The presenter has confirmed he partakes in the sport that involves tracking, chasing and killing a fox while on horseback. 
It’s a controversial activity that critics — including this diarist — believe is an extremely cruel way to find pleasure....But others say it is useful for pest control and is no more cruel than fishing. 
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Tim Blair has lots more.
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Wind Power Shot two days ago while on the chase.
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School lunches from around the world ... Who is the best?
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To everyone around the world this map helps explain what we Aussies are always going on about...its a big country!!
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You've got to be old school to get this one.
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Obama’s trade off kowtows to terrorism

Piers Akerman – Sunday, June 08, 2014 (7:03am)

LAME duck US President Barak Obama has dramatically increased the danger faced by all Allied troops, including Australians, in Afghanistan with his weak-kneed kowtowing to Taliban militants.
In agreeing to release five extremely dangerous top Taliban commanders held for eminently good reason at Guan-tanamo Bay for US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, whose colleagues claim is a ­deserter, Obama has violated one of the basic principles in the war on terror — never negotiate with terrorists.
His unmitigated stupidity will be cheered by terrorists globally because it has handed them a potent new weapon.
Undoubtedly Obama, whose rise to the presidency relied solely on vacuous hopey-feely oratory and the harnessing of anti-racist guilt, thought that recovering Bergdahl would be regarded as a political triumph akin to the 1981 release of 52 Americans who had been held hostage by Iran for 444 days, even as incoming President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address.
Outgoing President Jimmy Carter had been elected by voters with the same mindset as those who elected Obama and was just as great a failure to the nation and the world.
Back then, yellow ribbons were tied to trees and fences across the US as a constant reminder of the plight of the hostages as Carter hamfistedly attempted to bring about their release.
So, too, during the five years Bergdahl, 28, has been held by his captors have yellow ribbons festooned the small Idaho town of Hailey, where Bergdahl grew up and took fencing and ballet lessons ­before joining the military.
Less than a week after the town woke to the news of his release last Saturday, plans for a public celebration were cancelled in the interest of public safety. The town feared that the protesters would have outnumbered those who welcomed Bergdahl’s release; and with good reason.
Whatever White House ­advisers may have thought, those who served with Bergdahl regarded him as a ­deserter whose decision to walk into alone into the wilds of Afghanistan and connect with the Taleban led to the deaths of a number of US servicemen.
They don’t want to see him returned as a hero, as Obama had planned, they want to see him brought home in handcuffs from the military hospital in Germany where he was taken after his release and placed on trial.
Even former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was opposed to the deal which Obama agreed to after she left office. She wanted to impose strict conditions on the release of the Taliban commanders before agreeing to anything.
She made it clear she didn’t trust the Taliban or the Haqqani terrorist network in Pakistan which was holding Bergdahl.
Her former aides say she may never have agreed to the deal even if the Taliban ­accepted her terms.
The US director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, rejected out of hand the ­release of the Taliban captives because he believed there was too high a risk the commanders would return to the battlefield and orchestrate attacks against the Americans and their allies.
But the gut-wrenching ­reaction from those who actually served with Bergdahl and knew him best hangs on the fact that Obama and those around him have lied about the soldier to justify their position.
Not since Obama’s disgraceful failure to ensure the safety of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, who died in Benghazi after the consulate was attacked by Islamic militants, has his administration attempted to avoid the truth.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed Bergdahl “served the US with honour and distinction” after the ­announcement of his release.
What he did, according to a man in his unit, was to walk off the base on June 30, 2009, “with a compass, a couple bottles of water and two knives and his journal. His exact ­intentions may never be known, but he willingly walked off Outpost MEST and was ­secured by enemy forces not long after”.
Because of his action Bergdahl was designated a DUSWUN (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown), triggering a huge search and rescue operation in which numerous men were killed by the Taliban.
On Independence Day, 2009, just days after his disappearance one of those trying to find him, recalls “the enemy took advantage of Bergdahl’s capture and attacked numerous outposts that morning.
“Combat Outpost Zerok was almost overrun, multiple soldiers were wounded and PFCs Justin Casillas and Aaron Fairbairn lost their lives fighting that day. That is an ­Independence Day I will never forget for sure.”
Obama has now ensured that Taliban commanders will view every American and every Allied soldier as a bargaining chip as the war winds down, unresolved.
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Ryan gone with the wind

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:53am)

It is certainly not a comment I endorse or would have made, but if this is the biggest scalp in the battle against racism we must have taken a detour:
Warren Ryan has sensationally handed in his resignation to long-time employer ABC, ending an association with rugby league that has stretched over five decades. 
Ryan and fellow commentator David Morrow had been stood down pending an investigation into allegations he made a racist remark ... during the call of the recent Sydney Roosters-Canterbury match…
“The ABC has suspended me pending an investigation, so I have resigned to save them the trouble of conducting it,” Ryan said.
“...As for the injustice done to David Morrow in standing him down, he wasn’t even listening when I was comparing a blow-up on the field between the ref and a player to a scene in the film Gone with the Wind.
“David was busy retrieving other sports results from his smartphone…
“The word used to describe the character was a direct quote from the film. There was no offence intended, so I won’t be apologising. It would be insincere.
“Furthermore, there is no appeasing those who are determined to be offended. So that’s it....”
ABC management stood the veteran callers down after Ryan was heard to say: “ ‘There’s a line in a movie where the old darky says, someone says, ‘quittin’ time’.
‘’He said, ‘it’s not quittin’ time, I say quittin’ time’. Then he yells out ‘quittin’ time!’
‘’In other words, you mustn’t do that, that’s our job.’’ 
Morrow is being investigated over why he found the commentary humorous.
Again, I do not like the comment. That said, Ryan seems to have handled this with some grace and dignity - moral qualities in too-short supply.
As for being investigated for finding something humorous… A world run by Ryans would seem safer. 
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And then there’s Turnbull

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:46am)

James Massola divides the Liberals into their various camps, stressing that all are loyal to Tony Abbott:
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Palmer twice as popular as Greens in Queensland

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:36am)

Clive Palmer’s rise is an indictment of the Australian voters - and the media figures who have treated Palmer as just harmless entertainment:
The ReachTEL poll of more than 1800 Queenslanders, conducted on Thursday night after another day of brawling between Mr Palmer and the Government and two days after the State Budget, found PUP would take 13.6 per cent of the first preference vote, behind the LNP’s 40.9 per cent and Labor’s 34 per cent. 
About 5 per cent of respondents said the Greens would get their first preference while the Katter party, which has three MPs in State Parliament including two elected under the party banner in 2012, was relegated to the “other” category which only attracted 6.3 per cent of first preferences.
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The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt June 08 2014 (5:05am)

On Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.
Clive Palmer: the most dangerous man in Parliament.
My guest:  Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm, the man who could help Tony Abbott break the Palmer grip.
The panel: former Labor advisor Cassandra Wilkinson and former Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger. Plus a message to Malcolm Turnbull.
On NewsWatch: Hedley Thomas on how Palmer was spun - and could be unspun. And the AWU slush fund scandal becomes a story the media cannot ignore.
Plus Barack Obama’s amazing surrender.
The videos of the shows appear here.
UPDATE
Jamie Briggs insists the unnamed Liberal who talked of tricking the Nats was certainly not him. And the story is wrong besides.  
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After the election Julia Gillard walks into the unemployment office.
She bypasses the queue and marches straight up to the counter and says, "Hi! I want to apply for the dole, I hate being on this welfare government pension and I'd much rather have a job but I have looked everywhere and just can't find anything."
The clerk behind the Centrelink desk says, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who needs a chauffeur/bodyguard for his two twin 35 year old Lesbian daughters. You'll have to drive them around in his Mercedes to their Fabian Society meetings, but he'll supply all of your clothes. You'll have a three-bedroom apartment above the garage. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort his daughters on their frequent overseas holidays to Tahiti and the Bahamas. The starting salary is $250,000 a year".
Julia Gillard says, "No way misogynist, you've got be lying to me???"
The Centrelink officer says, "Yeah, well ranga, you started it"...

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DOJ & FBI Raid News Media Offices After Releasing an Alarming Story on President Obama!
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Kerry quietly approves $1.3 billion in arms to Egypt

US secretary of state waives congressional restrictions on aid meant to promote democratic reforms -The Times of Israel 
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Pastor Rick Warren
Great opportunities are often disguised as small acts of service.
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C. H. Spurgeon's status.
If your persecution were to cease, it might be the worst thing that could happen to you.
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The evidence keeps mounting against global warming extremism.

Award-winning NASA climate scientist Dr. Roy Spencer posted this graph which shows 73 climate computer models projecting a warmer Earth than real world observations from satellite and weather balloons show. 

Share this important information with everyone who needs the facts on global warming (including delegates to the UN climate conference in Bonn):http://www.cfact.org/2013/06/06/no-one-told-the-un-conference-that-theres-been-no-warming-for-16-years/

Details from Dr. Spencer at: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/
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When I see lovers' names carved into a tree I don't think it's cute, I just think it's strange how many people take knives on a date.
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God desires for us to be at peace. Dismiss, destroy and cancel anything that disturbs your peace of mind. You were not supposed to live life in a miserable state of mind. I pray that God releases his joy, strength, divine favor, abundant blessings and sweet peace upon you even at his very hour. Amen.
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June 8Pentecost (Christianity, 2014)
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“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:2,4 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning


"Ye that love the Lord hate evil."
Psalm 97:10

Thou hast good reason to "hate evil," for only consider what harm it has already wrought thee. Oh, what a world of mischief sin has brought into thy heart! Sin blinded thee so that thou couldst not see the beauty of the Saviour; it made thee deaf so that thou couldst not hear the Redeemer's tender invitations. Sin turned thy feet into the way of death, and poured poison into the very fountain of thy being; it tainted thy heart, and made it "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." Oh, what a creature thou wast when evil had done its utmost with thee, before divine grace interposed! Thou wast an heir of wrath even as others; thou didst "run with the multitude to do evil." Such were all of us; but Paul reminds us, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." We have good reason, indeed, for hating evil when we look back and trace its deadly workings. Such mischief did evil do us, that our souls would have been lost had not omnipotent love interfered to redeem us. Even now it is an active enemy, ever watching to do us hurt, and to drag us to perdition. Therefore "hate evil," O Christians, unless you desire trouble. If you would strew your path with thorns, and plant nettles in your death-pillow, then neglect to "hate evil:" but if you would live a happy life, and die a peaceful death, then walk in all the ways of holiness, hating evil, even unto the end. If you truly love your Saviour, and would honour him, then "hate evil." We know of no cure for the love of evil in a Christian like abundant intercourse with the Lord Jesus. Dwell much with him, and it is impossible for you to be at peace with sin.
"Order my footsteps by thy Word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear."

Evening

"Be zealous."
Revelation 3:19
If you would see souls converted, if you would hear the cry that "the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord;" if you would place crowns upon the head of the Saviour, and his throne lifted high, then be filled with zeal. For, under God, the way of the world's conversion must be by the zeal of the church. Every grace shall do exploits, but this shall be first; prudence, knowledge, patience, and courage will follow in their places, but zeal must lead the van. It is not the extent of your knowledge, though that is useful; it is not the extent of your talent, though that is not to be despised; it is your zeal that shall do great exploits. This zeal is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: it draws its vital force from the continued operations of the Holy Ghost in the soul. If our inner life dwindles, if our heart beats slowly before God, we shall not know zeal; but if all be strong and vigorous within, then we cannot but feel a loving anxiety to see the kingdom of Christ come, and his will done on earth, even as it is in heaven. A deep sense of gratitude will nourish Christian zeal. Looking to the hole of the pit whence we were digged, we find abundant reason why we should spend and be spent for God. And zeal is also stimulated by the thought of the eternal future. It looks with tearful eyes down to the flames of hell, and it cannot slumber: it looks up with anxious gaze to the glories of heaven, and it cannot but bestir itself. It feels that time is short compared with the work to be done, and therefore it devotes all that it has to the cause of its Lord. And it is ever strengthened by the remembrance of Christ's example. He was clothed with zeal as with a cloak. How swift the chariot-wheels of duty went with him! He knew no loitering by the way. Let us prove that we are his disciples by manifesting the same spirit of zeal.
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Ahimaaz

[Ăhĭm'aăz] - a rascal, powerful brother or my brother is counselor.

  1. Father of Ahinoam, Saul's wife (1 Sam. 14:50).
  2. A son of Zadok the priest, who kept David informed of Absalom's revolt (2 Sam. 15:27, 36; 17:17, 20).
  3. One of Solomon's officers, responsible for the monthly supply of victuals for the royal household (1 Kings 4:15 ).
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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 28-29, John 17 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 28-29


Ahaz King of Judah
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD. 2 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and also made idols for worshiping the Baals. 3 He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree....

Today's New Testament reading: John 17

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
"Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began...."
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