Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Talkback radio 3AW was discussing the issue of party houses today. In great holiday places in Melbourne, it is a problem when owners lease their places on a site like Air BnB, and they are leased as a party venue. People play loud music at all hours and the home becomes as it was not zoned to. The problem is long time residents have no legal remedy. I was dismissive of the issue until I moved into share accommodation where a pedophile ice addict rented.

He had been in a drug den, and the landlord had taken pity on him when he said he didn’t want to die that way. The landlord gave him a second chance. His flatmates would drive him to work until he got his car license restored. Things were looking up for him, until he framed a flatmate for casual theft. That flatmate left, leaving a vacancy for me. The rent was affordable for someone on the dole. I really had no alternatives. But the rejuvenated pedophile had unfinished business.

He wanted to really prove that the former flatmate had stolen money. So the pedophile ice addict announced he would have a party. He got drunk and was arrested driving, losing his license and his job. He bought a big sound system and played music so loudly that neighbours complained. He wouldn’t sleep. He frequented brothels and got angry with anyone who declined to go with him (not my cup of tea). But the law couldn’t stop him driving drunk or playing music loudly at 3am.

Finally the pedophile ice addict had his moment. At the party he arranged, Easter Friday, he invited over the former flatmate and hit him. He later said that that was proof of their theft. He was evicted on the Saturday, but police insisted he be given fair notice. He decided he wanted to kill me, and police said they could do nothing. They heard him threaten me, but only warned him to turn down his music. On Saturday night, the pedophile Ice addict got so drunk and mad at me that for successive hours he pounded on and broke my locked door, saying he would kill me. Emergency police did not show when called at 10 Pm until 4:30 am the Sunday morning. When they showed and saw the damage they told me I had to leave, as they could do nothing regarding the pedophile Ice addict.

3AW did not get to hear of my issue, as Hallam is not a known party house area, like Mornington Peninsula. I would not have described him as Pedophile Ice addict on radio. I’d have called him Stiffler.

Donald Trump's speech at Gettysburg is frightening media. They have supported and protected insider corruption for a long time. Trump will clean up the festering wound, and make America great again. 
=== from 2015 ===
Quadrant has a brilliant article about how a Soviet General saved the world in the Cuban Missile Crisis. The article details the circumstances and failings of the Soviet Administration which had gambled on a bluff. Only, the article incorrectly notes the reason for the backdown. The Soviets had done a trade with Kennedy, but Kennedy wanted a domestic political win and so made secret the Soviet success of removing ICBMs from Turkey. The moderate and reasonable Soviet leader got rolled by a hardliner for the public embarrassment. What Quadrant details is not a man who saved the world, but high level intrigue during the cold war. It is precisely because of such gaffes the History in a Year books were written. Kennedy was a failure in the Cuban Missile Crisis too, failing to secure a partner for peace. And still journalists try to preserve Kennedy's imaginary legacy. And today the Democrat's do not have good leaders. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
From 2014
Terrorism obscured by religion
ABC have found an Anglican Minister who is anti semitic and always welcome at 'pro Palestinian' marches. He likes boxing and feels he can use that to get in close touch with troubled youths. He is also divorced. The Compass program gushed about his effectiveness. It recorded him denouncing church authorities for not supporting a murderous terrorist cult. One does not know what it means to be effective for David Smith. Is it the number of kids recruited to fight for ISIL?

Lone Wolf killers? How many Lone Wolves are in  pack? At least five attacks have been noted world wide after ISIL called for revolution by terrorism. The latest being an axe attack on NY cops, the first being an attack on a Victorian Policeman and a Federal Australian cop. Such attacks are notoriously hard to predict or defend against. And some, like Green Senator Scott Ludlum or civil Libertarian Chris Berg oppose security arrangements making it safer for the public. Unlikely a lone wolf would ever bite one of them, right?

Europe rewards evil with ransoms. US and UK prisoners held captive by ISIL are treated very badly, while French, Spanish and Italians get better treatment after their governments had allegedly paid ransom. US and UK prisoners have also been filmed having their heads removed.

Sending a rescue mission to a jihadi? A fifteen year old denounces Tony Abbott and threatens terror assaults on the West. His father is galvanised into inaction, wishing to send a team to bring the boy back home, but afraid that such a team might appear to be aiding and abetting a terrorist fugitive. That couldn't happen because insane ALP parliamentarians refuse to pass laws allowing public safety, and so the laws against aiding and abetting terrorists have not been passed.

Ebola panic
Bono sprays Abbott re Ebola. Bono demands Abbott order health workers into a zone they might not be able to evacuate from. This is important, reasons Bono, to prove solidarity with the world. Not examined is the reason why Australia cannot secure evacuation privileges. 

Ebola panic in NYC is evident as the Mayor denies it. It would be more believable if underlings kept po faces. 
Mixed politics and stuff
Clinton's economic credentials were on display as the doormat shows twice in a minute why she is an economic dunce. Firstly, she charges a fortune so as to advise working poor to lift wages without productivity tradeoffs, and so guaranteeing more unemployment. Her second statement that businesses and corporations don't create jobs explains why she feels Obama's first term was successful. 

In Newcastle in NSW two seats had been abandoned by the conservatives after sitting conservative members had been embarrassed. The resultant bye election had the ALP not expanding their vote appreciably, but obtaining the two seats until a general election in five months time. Conservatives will campaign next time. PUP did poorly. 

 Climate Change?
A direct Action climate change policy before Christmas? ALP and ABC are claiming they are confused. The Liberal party's direct action policy is said to be passed before Christmas, which might give Clive Palmer a life line to $2.55 billion in subsidies. 

Walrus environmental scare exposed as it came out that the endangered species was very numerous despite climate change, and indigenous to the north. 

MLB Update
Giants crushing win over Royals ties series two all. The match see sawed, with Giants getting a single in the first, Royals scoring four in the third, forcing a pitching change. But then, starting in the fifth and building, Giants ran amok, taking the match 11-4.
From 2013
Children lose their joy of playing with trees? Is that the fault of education? Upbringing? Nature? My favourite female role models include Margaret Thatcher, Hypatia and Elizabeth 1st .. and Martha Washington .. the latter because she is, well, family. Time magazine denounced as conservative. But, it has never achieved such heights. Suddenly, journalists feel energised tracking down expense claims, unless it is an electricity bill. A group of five people were assaulted in Sydney for being Jewish, by a group that remains un-described and may be Presbyterian. The debate as to wether Aboriginal peoples are the same species has apparently begun among leftists. Global Warming faith has the same academic rigour as Cholesterol science. Teachers in NSW are instructed to claim bush fires are a result of Global Warming. ABC disses a warming skeptic. Union success at lifting union leaders out of poverty. Media conspiracy to silence conservatives.
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1427 – Sigismund, Archduke of Austria (d. 1496)
1803 – Joseph Hansom, English architect, designed Birmingham Town Hall and invented the Hansom cab (d. 1882)
1865 – Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (d. 1912)
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1941 – Steven Kellogg, American children's author and illustrator
1942 – Bob Hoskins, English actor
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1967 – Keith Urban, New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Ranch)
1981 – Guy Sebastian, Australian singer-songwriter and producer
2000 – Ellery Sprayberry, American actress
St Paul's Cathedral
The final stone was laid. The movie palace opened. The big battle was fought. That pox is old. We have peace. Let's party. 
Tim Blair

Andrew Bolt



Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (3:48am)

Like most doctrinaire left-wingers, Wendy Bacon takes an unusual view of things. Last December, for example, the Sydney journalism academic gazed around the central business district and noted an exceptional reduction in traffic.
Impressed by this, Bacon jumped on Twitter and declared: “Clearing of cars in CBD gives you idea of how pleasant carless city might be (despite context).”
The “context” to which Bacon referred was, of course, the Lindt Café siege. While most of us were gripped by the horror of an Islamic terrorist taking 18 frightened Australians hostage in the middle of our city, Bacon instead took the time to consider certain urban transport advantages.
She’s an odd one, even by the warped standards of her political allies. Lately Wendy has returned to the left’s eternal misery topic, the treatment of people in Australia’s detention centres. The other day she wrote: “Conditions for New Zealanders on Christmas Island only highlights crude out of control authoritarianism of Border Force.” Bacon helpfully provided a link to a Guardian piece that would reveal this “out of control authoritarianism”.
A fellow Twitter user who goes by the name Monsterdome checked the provided link and came back with a question. “How does it highlight that, Wendy?” he asked. “The example given was of birthday chocolates withheld. Not exactly the Gulag.”
Wendy wasn’t swayed. “Chocolates is detail,” she responded. “They have served their time. Why treat like criminals?”
Besides leftists, the only other people on earth who regard confectionery denial as criminal treatment are three years old and usually in front of me at the supermarket checkout yelling at their exhausted mothers. The modern left has now sunk to the same emotional level as sugar-dependent toddlers.
Incidentally, that Guardian piece opened with the remarkable line: “New Zealand detainees on Christmas Island are so angry, hungry and traumatised they are allegedly considering rioting.” Only famously polite New Zealanders could ever be so described. Riots are generally spontaneous affairs involving very little consideration. Possibly our Kiwi crims on Christmas Island have organised a riot committee, where the latest proposals for a violent insurrection are discussed over tea and “buscuts”.
The piece also claimed that New Zealand Labour MP Kelvin Davis, a recent visitor to the Christmas Island detention centre, “was drug tested and escorted into an airless room where detainees were brought in two at a time for 30 minutes.” If true, this is rather more worrying than mere chocolate deprivation. People generally die after just three minutes in an airless environment. Leaving them there for half an hour seems extremely inefficient, at the very least.
(Continue reading World’s Oldest Toddlers.)


Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (3:29am)

Malcolm Turnbull is still enjoying the golden early phase of his Prime Ministership, during which he can say remarkably stupid things and not be pulled up for it.
Recently the Great Communicator told Fairfax he wants to, as Fairfax put it, “change the culture; the culture of government, the culture of politics, the culture of business. Even the way Australia presents itself to the world.” That’s a lot of change. And who might be Turnbull’s guide for these seismic shifts?
“He cites the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, in a famous declaration attributed to him in the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 when he said: ‘The Chinese people have stood up!’ And Turnbull adapts it for Australia: ‘Modern China is built upon an assertion of national sovereignty. And that is why we say to China, ‘The Australian people stand up!’ repeating it in Mandarin.”
Just by the by, Mao Zedong killed around 45 million people, according to some estimates. Nice fellow you’re quoting there, Malcolm. And not for the first time. Back in 2011, Turnbull gave a speech at the London School of Economics:
“The economic success of modern China, whether manifested in gleaming new cities, fast trains and freeways, or in tanks and stealth fighter jets, is the fulfillment of Mao’s proud boast in 1949 from the top of Tien An Men. ‘Zhong guo ren min zanqilai le’ – the Chinese people have stood up. And so they have – and we are now all taking notice.”
At the time, the Australian‘s Greg Sheridan wrote that Turnbull’s LSE speech and another to Asialink helped explain “why he was such a disastrous Liberal leader and why he should never be considered for the leadership again.”
(Continue reading Chairman Maocolm.)


Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (3:10am)

Let’s say you’re an angry leftist who wants to destroy evil Murdoch and his cabal of planet-hating puppet politicians. How do you do this without getting carried away and straying into areas that might see you facing expensive and very much deserved legal action?
Why, it’s easy! Just follow this handy guide and I guarantee you will never, ever be forced to deal with any negative consequences caused by your furious, bitter, wildly mistaken and destructive views. Guaranteed!
STEP ONE: Don’t write anything on the internet.



Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (3:06am)

Have you ever committed an act of microaggression? Perhaps you have, and you don’t even know it.
Microaggression does not mean beating up midgets. Rather, “microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
That’s according to the University of California, Los Angeles, which also provides a list of horrible microaggressive assaults. If you say “I believe the most qualified person should get the job”, for example, what you’re really saying is: “The playing field is even so if women cannot make it, the problem is with them.”
Modern university students, the most pansified bunch of panic babies ever to stain this earth, are absolutely rabid for microaggression. Presumably this is because actual aggression, or even any approximation of it, has been completely removed from their timid little lives.
These students are so hyper-alert for offence that they can detect minute acts of microaggression with the same unerring precision as a electron holography microscope scanning for sub-atomic particles. The latest microaggressive crime is, in fact, criticism of those running around screaming about microaggression.
(Continue reading Micropeople.)


Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (1:36am)

This shabby Sydney shack was auctioned over the weekend:

It’s a one-bedroom, 63 square metre joint in Surry Hills. No off-street parking, by the looks of it, The winning bid? $900,000. And here’s the kicker: seven months earlier, the same place sold for $840,000.
By comparison, a 60 square metre shed was recently sold in country Victoria for a substantially lower amount. This was despite it being attached to a three bedroom, two bathroom house with a four-car garage.


Tim Blair – Monday, October 26, 2015 (1:14am)

Seven years ago, when pervy artist Bill Henson became involved in a child photography controversy, Malcolm Turnbull collided with then-Liberal leader Brendan Nelson: 
“It is important that artists and writers and journalists be able to express themselves freely. Now they have got to do that within the law and there is nothing more important than protecting children and avoiding exploitation of children … I recognise all of that, but we have got to be very careful because freedom is a very precious thing,” [Turnbull] said.
Nelson, by contrast, was insisting Henson’s images “violated Australian values”. Turnbull rang and berated him: “Do you know how many art galleries I have in my electorate?” 
A man who was intimidated by art galleries is now the Prime Minister of Australia.


Tim Blair – Sunday, October 25, 2015 (11:38pm)

Case report: between the hours of 1am and 2am on the morning of October 25, a rubber puffer fish was stolen from the Sydney home of wealthy hobby journalist Tim Blair.
The puffer fish, a valuable heirloom that according to Blair’s $500,000 insurance claim has been owned by his family for hundreds of days, was later seen in the company of self-confessed women.
Police warn that the fish, now using the gang pseudonym “Toady”, may suffer from a regional variation of Stockholm Syndrome – the far more insidious Fleetwood Mac Concert Condition. Under no circumstances should members of the public approach the trio, who are understood to be political.

Nauru, where asylum seekers worry about seeming too happy

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (5:53pm)

Chris Kenny on lies, false claims and the reality of asylum seekers on Nauru, which he has just visited:
Refugees are taking up jobs around the island and when I hear about some Iranians opening a restaurant, we track it down. Persian Gold is rustic by our standards but a clean, colourful and tasty restaurant run by brother and sister refugees, Mehdi and Sanaz. 
Initially they are pleased to meet and hear of our interest in a story — what small business doesn’t grab the opportunity for free publicity? But soon their reluctance is clear. We order dinner, take a table next to a Nauruan policeman, and talk it through.
Mehdi’s initial concern is about showing his face, as he remains fearful of the Iranian government; not a problem, we can organise a photo without showing faces.
But there is an even more palpable resistance: “We don’t want to seem happy,” says Mehdi.
Although proud of what they’ve done, they don’t want refugee life to appear bearable.
This reflects their true feelings, because they do not want to be in Nauru; they have a brother in Adelaide and dream of joining him.
But there is also peer-group pressure at play which becomes all too evident when photographer Kelly Barnes takes them outside for a picture of the pair sharing a high five to celebrate their achievement.
Another refugee arrives on a motorbike and starts a tense discussion in Farsi. It is over in a few minutes and he leaves. Mehdi and Sanaz are now sullen. 
They explain this man was not a friend but another refugee who happened to ride by and wanted to warn them not to look so pleased with themselves for the media.

Meet the sweet jihadists

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (6:37am)

Rowan Dean is astonished by the whitewash of the latest Palestinian jihadism by the ABC’s 7.30:
Even the segment’s title – “Meet the young generation of Palestinians behind the third intifada” – was a disgrace, sounding like some hip, funky show. How would 7.30 have portrayed the Holocaust? “Meet the blond, blue-eyed generation behind Germany’s third and final solution” perhaps? 
“So far dozens of Israelis and Palestinians have been killed on buses, at bus stops and at checkpoints. Just hours ago, Israeli security forces shot two more Palestinians after they tried to board a school bus south of Jerusalem,” the presenter said.

To the uninformed viewer, this surely sounds like whatever is happening, the Palestinians are clearly victims and the Israeli soldiers are doing all the killing. Worse, the statement gives the impression that there is a moral equivalence to the actions of the murderers and the security forces protecting lives.
Throughout eight turgid minutes, the show failed to point the finger of blame where it belongs: at those political and religious predators in the West Bank and Gaza who for a generation have tutored and groomed young Palestinians to desire to murder Jews. Muslim clerics in Palestinian mosques have been urging their followers in recent weeks to go out and hack Jews to death in the name of Allah. For the Islamist, the “cause” of “liberating” Palestine is just another facet of jihadist terrorism, the goal being the genocide of all nonbelievers, particularly Jews.
I discussed this report with Michael Danby on the show yesterday, showing clips the ABC omitted

The invasion of Europe steps up

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (6:13am)

I wonder when Europe is going to save itself:

More than 680,000 migrants and refugees have crossed to Europe by sea so far this year from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Chairman Mal marches the Liberals to the Left

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (6:08am)

MALCOLM Turnbull is winning in the polls. But is the new Prime Minister in danger of losing his party?
Is he already moving the Liberals too far to the Left?
Some conservative Liberal MPs were already worried enough last week to send Turnbull public warnings, and their fears would have been confirmed by his extraordinary interview at the weekend with the Sydney Morning Herald.
Let the words of his starstruck Herald interviewers speak for themselves:
“[Turnbull] wants to change the way the country works … Most profoundly, he wants to change the culture; the culture of government, the culture of politics, the culture of business. Even the way Australia presents itself to the world.
“He cites the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, in a famous declaration attributed to him in the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 when he said: ‘The Chinese people have stood up!’

“And Turnbull adapts it for Australia: ‘Modern China is built upon an assertion of national sovereignty. And that is why we say to China, ‘The Australian people stand up!’, repeating it in Mandarin.”
Quoting Mao? Dreaming of remaking our culture? Believing he will lift Australians from their knees to their feet?
Er, is Turnbull channelling Kevin Rudd and Gough Whitlam?
Maybe, because he even promised the same kind of big government investment in infrastructure that Rudd notoriously gave us with the national broadband network: “We should be prepared to actually invest as opposed to simply making grants.”
Oh dear.
Or as a former senior Liberal leader texted me: “WTF?”
(Read full article here.

Why not just vote Labor and be done with it?

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (6:04am)

Malcolm Turnbull is attracted to yet another fresh tax on the rich, already now paying at top tax rate 49 cents in the dollar :
Budget savings of $6 billion a year would be generated by a proposal for taxing superannuation contributions similar to the Henry tax review’s recommendations, with everyone getting the same tax benefit, regardless of income. 
The Turnbull government is open to reducing the benefits of superannuation for high-­income earners as part of its tax white paper review and an analysis by accounting firm Deloitte shows it could provide funds to be used for broader tax reform objectives.
The Murray financial system inquiry found that half the concessions from superannuation were enjoyed by the highest ­income-earning 20 per cent of the population, while the lowest earning 20 per cent received just 0.5 per cent of the benefits.... 
Instead of the current system that taxes all super contributions at 15 per cent, Deloitte has modelled a scheme that gives everyone a 15 per cent reduction on their marginal income tax rate for their super contributions.

On banning the Greens’ donors

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (5:51am)

Senator David Leyonhjelm raises an attractive idea:
Various people, the Greens among them, are cheering at the defeat of former Newcastle Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy in the High Court. He had sought to overturn a New South Wales law banning property developers from making political donations. The same law also prohibits donations by gambling and tobacco interests to state political parties. 
This cheering is misplaced. The ruling provided no endorsement for similar proposals for a federal ban including mining and alcohol industries. It merely upheld the NSW government’s right to make this kind of law.... Nonetheless, the Greens are working on banning donations from everyone whose activities they dislike, while continuing to receive donations from people who support their policies. Fairly obviously, this is a game anyone can play. It could just as easily lead to bans on donations from wind farms, Greenpeace, and NGOs lobbying to close down the coal industry.

Chairman Mal

Andrew Bolt October 26 2015 (5:43am)

Malcolm Turnbull impresses the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher by quoting a hero of the totalitarian Left:
Most profoundly, he wants to change the culture; the culture of government, the culture of politics, the culture of business. Even the way Australia presents itself to the world. 
He cites the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, in a famous declaration attributed to him in the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 when he said: “The Chinese people have stood up!” And Turnbull adapts it for Australia: “Modern China is built upon an assertion of national sovereignty. And that is why we say to China, ‘The Australian people stand up!”’ repeating it in Mandarin.
Tim Blair is surprised by Turnbull’s choice of inspiration:
Just by the by, Mao Zedong killed around 45 million people, according to some estimates. Nice fellow you’re quoting there, Malcolm. And not for the first time. Back in 2011, Turnbull gave a speech at the London School of Economics: 
“The economic success of modern China, whether manifested in gleaming new cities, fast trains and freeways, or in tanks and stealth fighter jets, is the fulfillment of Mao’s proud boast in 1949 from the top of Tien An Men. ‘Zhong guo ren min zanqilai le’ – the Chinese people have stood up. And so they have – and we are now all taking notice.” At the time, the Australian‘s Greg Sheridan wrote that Turnbull’s LSE speech and another to Asialink helped explain “why he was such a disastrous Liberal leader and why he should never be considered for the leadership again.”

Left foolishly helps the ‘lone wolf’ killers

Miranda Devine – Saturday, October 25, 2014 (11:04pm)

THE axe attack on four New York cops on Thursday is the fifth Islamist “lone wolf” ­terrorist attack recorded since late September, when Islamic State ordered its followers to kill Westerners, especially police and soldiers, “in any manner”.
“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.”
Days later radicalised Muslim Numan Haider, an 18-year-old Melbourne student, was the first wannabe Western jihadi to launch an attack in his home country after being banned from travelling to Syria. Carrying the black flag of IS, he stabbed two counter-terrorism police officers, ­before being shot dead.
On Monday a Canadian soldier in Quebec was run down and killed by a car driven by a home-grown Muslim convert, described by authorities as an “ISIL-inspired terrorist” whose passport had been ­cancelled.
Two days later a soldier guarding National War Memorial in the Canadian capital of Ottawa was shot dead by ­another Muslim convert who then stormed parliament.
The same day, a three-month-old baby was killed in Jerusalem and eight people were injured after another ­Islamic extremist ran his car into a crowd alighting from a tram in what authorities call a “hit-and-run terror attack”.
The next day in New York, four policeman were attacked with an axe by a Muslim convert in what police have confirmed was a terrorist attack.
It’s been a successful four weeks for Islamic State.
This sort of Lone Wolf terrorism — or lone rat, as police prefer to call it — is incredibly difficult to detect beforehand.
“This is low-tech, high impact,” NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione told me before the latest attacks.
“The lower the tech the harder it is to protect against. All you need is a car, a willing agent, a knife and a video camera.”
We can only trust our police and intelligence services to keep us safe.
And yet, when they ask Parliament for laws that allow counter-terrorism to catch up with technology, they are stymied by hyperventilating, paranoid, self-promoting privacy advocates.
It is an unholy ­alliance of the Left and the Right, from the Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to the civil libertarian Chris Berg at the IPA. On Thursday, Ludlam posted a foul-mouthed YouTube rap video on his Facebook page attacking the government’s proposed anti-terrorism laws as “a fascist f---fest of Orwellian proportions”.
Ludlam, aged 44, targets proposed metadata-retention laws, saying he will “go full Gandalf on this government’s arse, smack down their laws with a dose of you shall not pass”.
This puerile grandstanding is a dangerous abuse of his position, as ignorant as anything Jacqui Lambie spouts.
The metadata retention laws have been specifically ­requested by counter-terrorism police. They are crucial to stopping attacks.
How are the police supposed to keep us safe? Magic?
“Privacy comes at a price,” says Scipione.
“The community can have just as much privacy as they want. They can have so much that it puts our country at risk.”
Metadata has been crucial to every terrorism investigation since the September 11, 2001 attack, identifying plotters, preventing attacks and ­securing convictions, he says.
For instance:
? Operation Newport, the 2003 Lashkar-e-Toiba- ­inspired plot to bomb the ­national electricity grid and Holsworthy Barracks. Metadata alerted police to the existence of Sydney architect Faheem Lodhi, after he had phone contact with an extremist in the Netherlands. Metadata helped jail him for 20 years.
? Operation Pendennis, the plot to blow up the Melbourne Cricket Ground, 2004-05: Metadata was used to identify the network of terrorist cells in Sydney and Melbourne, and as evidence of the purchase of bomb-making chemicals.
? Operation Neath, the Somali-linked plot to attack Holsworthy Barracks in 2009 and shoot as many soldiers as possible: Metadata identified suspects and secured convictions.
? Operation Appleby, last month’s plot in Sydney to kidnap someone off the street, drape him in an IS flag and execute, probably behead, him on video. Metadata was “incredibly important” in preventing the attack, says Scipione.
Yet the police were criticised for their “heavy-handed approach” which resulted in only one man charged.
Scipione is unrepentant.
“We sent 800 police and security personnel into those raids because not only did we have to stop it beforehand but we had to send a message and the message was, you can play in this space and we will come at you with overwhelming force because people need to know that this is a line that can’t be crossed.
“To cross it means that you will feel every bit of the security forces that I’ve got control over. And if next time we need 8000 as ­opposed to 800 we’ll put 8000 on.”
Most Australians expect nothing less. If you aren’t plotting a terrorist attack then no one cares about your emails or phone calls. If you are, why is Scott Ludlam trying to protect your privacy?

Sheer evil, rewarded with ransoms from Europe

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:55pm)

The savagery of the Islamic State is pornographic and absolute:
At least 23 foreign hostages from 12 countries have been kidnapped by Syrian insurgents, sold or handed over to the Islamic State, and held underground in a prison near the Syrian city of Raqqa… 
[Journalist James] Foley and his fellow hostages were routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding…

“You could see the scars on his ankles,” Jejoen Bontinck, 19, of Belgium, a teenage convert to Islam who spent three weeks in the summer of 2013 in the same cell as Mr. Foley, said of him. “He told me how they had chained his feet to a bar and then hung the bar so that he was upside down from the ceiling. Then they left him there."…
The three American men and the three British hostages were singled out for the worst abuse, both because of the militants’ grievances against their countries and because their governments would not negotiate, according to several people with intimate knowledge of the events…

Within this subset, the person who suffered the cruelest treatment, the former hostages said, was Mr. Foley. In addition to receiving prolonged beatings, he underwent mock executions and was repeatedly waterboarded. 
Meant to simulate drowning, the procedure can cause the victim to pass out… During one extended stretch, the hostages received the equivalent of a teacup of food per day. 
There is no pity for those who tried only to help:
Checkpoints became human nets, and last October, insurgents waited at one for Peter Kassig, 25, an emergency medical technician from Indianapolis who was delivering medical supplies. In December, Alan Henning, a British taxi driver, disappeared at another. Mr. Henning had cashed in his savings to buy a used ambulance, hoping to join an aid caravan to Syria… 
The last to vanish were five aid workers from Doctors Without Borders, who were plucked in January from the field hospital in rural Syria where they had been working. 
Submission did not spare them:
Those recently released said that most of the foreigners had converted [to Islam] under duress, but that Mr. Foley had been captivated by Islam.  
European countries saved their nationals by paying ransoms - which then finance the Islamic State’s further horrors:
Soon, the prisoners realized that their kidnappers had identified which nations were most likely to pay ransoms, said a former hostage… “They started with the Spanish."… 
As the negotiations for the Spanish prisoners progressed rapidly — the first was released this March, six months after he had been captured — the militants moved on to the four French journalists… 

In late May, the Italian, Federico Motka, was told he could go, according to a fellow captive, allegedly after Italy paid a ransom. (The Italian government denied the claim.) ... 
By June, the cellblock that had once held at least 23 people had been reduced to just seven. Four of them were Americans, and three were British — all citizens of countries whose governments had refused to pay ransoms… 
Fifteen hostages were freed from March to June for ransoms averaging more than two million euros… Among the last to go was a Danish photojournalist, Daniel Rye Ottosen, 25…

The Bolt Report, October 26

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:59am)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 today at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial:  Jihadism - how we fight back.
My guest:  former Greenpeace boss Dr Patrick Moore.
The panel: Michael Costa and Peter Costello.
NewsWatch:  Rowan Dean on the ABC’s mourning for Gough.
And lots more.

The videos of the shows appear here.
Steve Kates has details of Patrick Moore’s speaking tour here

Clintonomics, where costs don’t count and business don’t make work

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:51am)

John Hinderaker is astonished:
In this one-minute clip, ... Hillary Clinton displays her ignorance of how the world works not once, but twice. First she assures her audience that raising the minimum wage doesn’t cost jobs, it leads to job gains....  Of course, no one ever asks: if that’s true, Hillary, then why are you so cheap? Why not raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour? 
You have to watch the clip for her second gaffe:
“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Where do they come from, then? Does the stork deliver them? Are they legislated by Congress? Two equally plausible alternatives.

A Christmas present I’d rather not get

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:43am)

This is one deal that the Abbott Government can afford to take its sweet time about. I really don’t sense a demand from voters to waste borrowed billions on simply pretending to make a difference to a global warming that’s stopped for 16 years anyway:
Senior Abbott government members are increasingly confident a deal to pass its direct action climate change policy will be reached before Christmas after Clive Palmer appeared to soften his party’s hardline position on the scheme. 
Australia has been without a climate change policy since July, when it became the first country to abolish a carbon price and key crossbench senators stressed their opposition to direct action on the grounds it was expensive and would fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The central plank of direct action is an emissions reduction fund - $2.55 billion drawn from the budget that would be used to pay polluters who could deliver emission cuts at lowest cost.

Another ABC warming scare exposed

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:33am)

Just the kind of warming scare to appeal to an unquestioning ABC:
At least 35,000 Pacific walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts say.
Dr Susan Crockford explodes the scare, and points out the obvious fact there sure seem to be a lot walruses around now: 


Signs of panic

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:25am)

There are signs that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio might be underplaying the ebola crisis:
“There is no cause for alarm,” the mayor tells the media, but his interpreter’s wild facial expressions said otherwise.

NSW Labor takes back two seats as Palmer struggles

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (5:06am)

NSW Labor claims two state seats abandoned by the Liberals - and Clive Palmer bombs:
The by-elections were triggered by the resignations of Newcastle MP Tim Owen following revelations at ICAC that he had accepted a $10,000 cash donation from a property developer, while his Charlestown counterpart, former chief government whip Andrew Cornwall, also quit after admitting taking $20,000 from property developers.
The Liberals declared they did not deserve to hold the seats - well, until the next general election - and did not contest this time, so Labor and Palmer should have done better
Lake Macquarie mayor and Labor candidate for Charlestown Jodie Harrison has cruised to victory, securing almost 50 per cent of the primary vote.
In Newcastle, Labor’s Tim Crakanthorp has claimed victory with a smaller than expected swing towards his party, but his independent rival Karen Howard is refusing to throw in the towel…
Despite a high-profile campaign which was well-funded by Clive Palmer, the two independents backed by the Palmer United Party polled only 3.2 per cent in Newcastle and 6.8 per cent in Charlestown. 
The two Labor victories gives the party 23 seats in the NSW Parliament but it faces an uphill battle to make a dent in the Liberal government next March. Labor will need to win a further 24 seats if it is to win government.

The Gingerhadi abandoned

Andrew Bolt October 26 2014 (4:55am)

I’m calling bull on this excuse - and this attempt to turn the Government into the villain:
A rescue mission to save 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir, dubbed the “Ginger Jihadi”, from joining Islamic State fighters in Iraq was abandoned at the last minute because of fears those involved may end up being charged under the federal government’s foreign incursion laws
Abdullah ran away from his Bankstown home in June with his 16-year-old friend Feiz and became a poster boy for IS after appearing in a propaganda video that threatens Prime Minister Tony Abbott and was posted online last week…
Relatives in Sydney and Abdullah’s father in Lebanon instructed a lawyer to assemble a team including an interpreter and a man from south-west Sydney who believed he had the contacts to be able to find Abdullah. They were to travel with Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program. 
The trip was abandoned the day before they were due to fly out because of concerns that if they found him and offered him food and water - but they couldn’t convince him to return - the team members may end up being charged with giving assistance to a foreign fighter.
For a start, the new foreign fighter laws have not yet been passed by Parliament. 
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The New South Wales Appeals Court ruled on May 31 of this year that Australians need not tick either "male" or "female" on official documents requesting their gender. Oh really? 

So I checked my marriage certificate document and guess what? I found no reference to “male”, “female” or any other gender, only a reference to “bride” and “bridegroom” and nowhere does it state the bridegroom needs to be a bloke.

Therefore, if I was a woman and wanted to marry another woman, I could! Is all this marriage equality stuff just grandstanding?

The terms “lesbian” and “gay” don’t seem to even warrant a box to tick, so who says I’m legally a bloke?

If I wake up tomorrow with an insatiable urge to slip into my wife’s underwear and tramp around the house in high heels why can’t I? I can inform my golf mates I’ll be hitting off from the red markers tomorrow.

My assessment of my own gender is legally my own business.

I mean I sort of know I’m really a bloke because I always need to borrow a cup of sugar when the woman next door bathes topless and I get a woodie when someone wearing lipstick grabs my donger, but that’s really all I’ve got to go on.

But I could be getting all sweaty over the wrong sex.

So what is wrong with, “Do you Carla take this lesbian to be your...?” Nothing! Except that it won’t be a legal marriage because the Marriage Act states clearly that the proposed union must be between a “man” and a “woman”!

And whether you’re a man or a woman is clearly noted on your birth certificate. A legal document on which you were never asked to tick any damned box. Someone else ticked it for you. Bugger!

But all’s not lost!

Lesbian relationships seem to have one blokey partner and one not so blokey partner, so the blokey partner can simply change her gender to a “him”? And the effeminate gay bloke can simply change his gender to a “her”? All legal!

Surely that would be much easier and much less costly than trying to change the Commonwealth Marriage Act through the High Court.

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"For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us forever."
2 John 2

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house--this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as he opens, applies, and seals the Lord's Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrapped up in the assurance that the truth will be with us forever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Saviour in our arms.

Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.


"She gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech."
Ruth 2:3

Her hap was. Yes, it seemed nothing but an accident, but how divinely was it overruled! Ruth had gone forth with her mother's blessing, under the care of her mother's God, to humble but honourable toil, and the providence of God was guiding her every step. Little did she know that amid the sheaves she would find a husband, that he should make her the joint owner of all those broad acres, and that she a poor foreigner should become one of the progenitors of the great Messiah. God is very good to those who trust in him, and often surprises them with unlooked for blessings. Little do we know what may happen to us to-morrow, but this sweet fact may cheer us, that no good thing shall be withheld. Chance is banished from the faith of Christians, for they see the hand of God in everything. The trivial events of today or to-morrow may involve consequences of the highest importance. O Lord, deal as graciously with thy servants as thou didst with Ruth.

How blessed would it be, if, in wandering in the field of meditation tonight, our hap should be to light upon the place where our next Kinsman will reveal himself to us! O Spirit of God, guide us to him. We would sooner glean in his field than bear away the whole harvest from any other. O for the footsteps of his flock, which may conduct us to the green pastures where he dwells! This is a weary world when Jesus is away--we could better do without sun and moon than without him--but how divinely fair all things become in the glory of his presence! Our souls know the virtue which dwells in Jesus, and can never be content without him. We will wait in prayer this night until our hap shall be to light on a part of the field belonging to Jesus wherein he will manifest himself to us.

Today's reading: Jeremiah 6-8, 1 Timothy 5 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 6-8

Jerusalem Under Siege

1 “Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!
Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!
For disaster looms out of the north,
even terrible destruction.
2 I will destroy Daughter Zion,
so beautiful and delicate.
3 Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents around her,
each tending his own portion.”
4 “Prepare for battle against her!
Arise, let us attack at noon!
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
and the shadows of evening grow long.
5 So arise, let us attack at night
and destroy her fortresses!”

6 This is what the LORD Almighty says:
“Cut down the trees
and build siege ramps against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
it is filled with oppression....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Timothy 5

Widows, Elders and Slaves
1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds....


[Ămazī'ah] - jehovah has strength.
  1. Son of Joash or Jehoash, king of Judah. Amaziah came to the throne after the assassination of his father. The writer of 2 Kings gives him unqualified praise for his religious acts (2 Kings 14), but in Chronicles he is accused of gross apostasy (2 Chron. 25:14).
  2. The priest at Bethel who opposed the prophet Amos in the matter of idol-worship ( Amos 7:10).
  3. A man of the tribe of Simeon (1 Chron. 4:34).
  4. A Levite descended from Merari (1 Chron. 6:45).
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