Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wed Nov 23rd Todays News

IPA Review (Nov 2016) features a Matthew Lesh article on “Australian Tax Mutineers” and it includes the 2010 Rudd ALP Mining Tax. The tax had been a response to ALP’s declining returns from the economy during the GFC. It was anticipated that the tax would pay for any increased spending measures wanted for the approaching election. There had been no consultation, and the implementation was awful. The tax did not raise money but the spending measures were locked in. The mining industry ran adverts giving information about the industry that the government wasn’t admitting with their “Soak the rich” rhetoric. Finally Gillard rolled Rudd but kept the useless tax measure. Abbott killed the useless tax with the new senate in 2014. ALP kept holding onto the bill to the end.

Turnbull's government had been crowing at passing legislation while the incompetent one was taking a selfie with Obama. But one of their plans involving a $5 departure tax was defeated. The reason for the defeat being Pauline Hanson and another of her party were absent when they were expected to support the bill. The bill would not have raised much money at all, but had the potential to exceed the Mining Tax of Kevin Rudd in 2010. 
=== from 2015 ===
Ian Plimer launched his book "Heaven and Hell" where he criticised Pope Francis for the papal encyclical which were it to be accepted without question, would condemn billions of people to live poor. Every day a billion dollars is spent on anthropogenic global warming alarmism. It is a faith not based on science. Pope Francis has allowed red greens to write his thoughts, and they promote socialist ideals and attack prosperity goals. Cheap energy from coal which releases carbon dioxide, a plant food, is essential for the world for energy. Pope Francis has welcomed debate. One can criticise the encyclical as a practicing Catholic. And one should. One welcomes debate, but despises how green reds have not engaged in debate but rather abused process, stealing a billion dollars a day from the world's poorest. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
From 2014
 If you don't say what you mean, you can't mean what you say. 
Police have been prevented from effective policing on drugs by anti corruption laws. The result is the streets are over run with drugs. A concerned citizen could tell a policeman who a drug dealer is, and the policeman has to inform head office in a four week paper chase before the dealer can be assessed. In the unlikely case that a dealer is caught, they are likely to be excused by the courts without conviction. But people are dying from this pathetic attempt at harm minimisation. 

ABC is not really biased, it is openly partisan. It has never been balanced. However, it has grown too arrogant, too blatant. It has actually campaigned against Australia's national interest. It has covered up corruption within the ALP and Union movements. The particular issue at the moment is the structure of the organisation at the top. The board is incapable of holding the CFO or News Editor in Chief because there aren't any. The managing director is claiming that he is responsible without ever taking responsibility and the board are afraid of challenging him. The ABC is supposed to be independent of government, but they are also supposed to be competent. So when a march is held for the ABC opposing a five percent cut over five years, one might expect fair minded people of all types marching. Instead, the marchers are Socialist Alliance, or Maritime Union Australia or Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance with a speaker from Deputy ALP Plibersek and Green Ludlam but no conservative anywhere. Not even as a guest speaker. The ABC has to change to become competent. 

The Senate is being changed by the changing allegiances of Jacqui Lambie. She has promised to vote with the ALP and oppose all legislation. At the moment, any block of three independent senators can block any legislation the ALP and Greens oppose. There are eight independent senators most of whom vote with the ALP.  For good government, one has to vote conservative. 

A mosque chief in a nation supporting jihadist terrorism wants to tell Pope Francis that Islam is for peace. IS, Boko Haram and Al Shaabab offer different interpretations. 

Baby found in a drain by recreational walkers. Authorities suspect the boy had been there a week. Mother is located. There are important questions to be asked. Mother facing possible charges of attempted murder. 
From 2013
Flannery's prediction regarding rain has not been right, or Australian cricketers might have won more test matches this year (by more, I mean some). But it hasn't panned out, because it was a grossly unprofessional lie. The ABC have been broadcasting such grossly unprofessional lies for a long time. There is no balance within the national broadcaster. How that problem will be addressed will define how Australia will heal from the ALP years. One telling note is the ABC discovering they were the source of the leak of their salary. The problem is not the leak. It isn't just global warming that ABC is opinionated and wrong about, it is also politics. 

GG Bryce has again demonstrated why she is not fit for that office. She has in the past protected Queensland ALP from facing justice over their executive decision to commit a crime by destroying evidence of a gang rape of an aboriginal child held in detention. She has campaigned for the ALP in a bid for a UN seat. Her opinion on gay marriage is legitimate of a private citizen, not of a head of state. Her republican views are similarly incommensurate with her office. Should there arise a constitutional crisis, many would feel she is partisan. However, she is clearly trying to push Mr Abbott into a rash act, so as to delegitimise her successor. 


Barrie Cassidy occasionally says something right. I don't hear him say it, when he does, as I won't watch ABC news or current affairs .. I don't share their opinions. Riots in Indonesia show that ABC opinions are unbalanced and dangerous. Gillard takes sides, opposing her own government and attacking Mr Abbott. Where is that highly lauded policy dynamo that was credited with Medicare Gold a decade before Obamacare? 
Historical perspective on this day
In 534 BC, Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage. In 1174, Saladin entered Damascus, and added it to his domain. In 1248, conquest of Sevilleby Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile. In 1499, pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck was hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England. In 1510, first campaign of the Ottoman Empire against the Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sacked the capital Kutaisi and burned Gelati Monastery. In 1531, the Second War of Kappel resulted in the dissolution of the Protestant alliance in Switzerland. In 1644, John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship. In 1733, the start of the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John in what was then the Danish West Indies

In 1808, French and Poles defeat the Spanish at battle of Tudela. In 1810, Sarah Boothdebuted at the Royal Opera House. In 1863, American Civil WarBattle of Chattanoogabegan – Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant reinforced troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and counter-attacked Confederate troops. In 1867, the Manchester Martyrs were hanged in Manchester, England, for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish nationalists from custody. In 1876, corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Magear Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) was delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain. In 1889, the first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco. In 1890, King William III of the Netherlands died without a male heir and a special law was passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to succeed him.


In 1910, Johan Alfred Ander became the last person to be executed in Sweden. In 1914, Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdrew from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair. In 1918, Heber J. Grant succeeded Joseph F. Smith as the seventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1924, Edwin Hubble's scientific discovery that Andromeda, previously believed to be a nebula within our galaxy, was actually another galaxy, and that the Milky Way was only one of many such galaxies in the universe, was first published in a newspaper. In 1934, an Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovered an Italian garrison at Walwal, well within Ethiopian territory. This led to the Abyssinia Crisis. In 1936,  Life magazine was reborn as a photo magazine and enjoyed instant success. In 1939, World War IIHMS Rawalpindi was sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau


In 1940, World War II: Romania became a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers. In 1943, World War II: The Deutsche Opernhaus on Bismarckstraße in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg was destroyed. It will eventually be rebuilt in 1961and be called the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Also, World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fell to American forces. In 1946, French naval bombardment of Hai PhongVietnam, killed thousands of civilians. This was to lead to the First Indochina War. In 1955, the Cocos Islands were transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to that of Australia. In 1959, French President Charles de Gaulle declared in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for "Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals". In 1963, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell), which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama. 


In 1971, representatives of the People's Republic of China attended the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time. In 1972, the Soviet Union made its final attempt at successfully launching the N1 rocket. In 1974, 60 Ethiopian politicians, aristocrats, military officers, and other persons were executed by the provisional military government. In 1976, Apneist Jacques Mayol was the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment. In 1979, in Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon was sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten. In 1980, a series of earthquakes in southern Italy killed approximately 3,000 people. In 1981, Iran–Contra affairRonald Reagan signed the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua. In 1985, gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 while en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane landed in MaltaEgyptian commandos stormed the aircraft, but 60 people died in the raid. 


In 1992, the first smartphone, the IBM Simon, was introduced at COMDEX in Las VegasNevada. In 1993, Rachel Whiteread won both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year. In 1996, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was hijacked, then crashed into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125. In 2001, the Convention on Cybercrime was signed in Budapest, Hungary. In 2003, Rose RevolutionGeorgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigned following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections. In 2004, the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, was consecrated. In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country. In 2006, a series of bombings killed at least 215 people and injured 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003. In 2007, MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There were no fatalities. In 2009, the Maguindanao massacre occurred in Ampatuan, MaguindanaoPhilippines In 2010, Bombardment of Yeonpyeong: North Korean artillery attack killed 2 civilians and 2 marines on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. In 2011, Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.
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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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I am publishing a book called Bread of Life: January. 

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.
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Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with AugustSeptemberOctober, or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4  The kindle version is cheaper, but the soft back version allows a free kindle version.

List of available items at Create Space
Happy birthday and many happy returns Christopher Vuu and Quoc Viet Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
Edwin Hubble
The throne is yours. The boss agrees. Eddie has seen the light. We respect boundaries. We don't talk politics. Let's party. 
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Petrol on a fire

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (9:21am)

Yes, Islam needs reform.
Yes, a significant minority of Muslims represent a security threat.
But note also: most Australian Muslims are opposed to terrorism, and are as much Australian as anyone. To drive a wedge between them and the rest of us is not just unfair, nasty and stupid, but dangerous.
So the following people are a menace and should just shut the hell up.
Jacqui Lambie:
Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie ...  called for greater security screening of the 12,000 Syrian refugees Australia will soon be accepting. 
“No one’s talked putting security, electronic bracelets on them, nobody’s gone that far, I think it’s about time we put our foot down here,” she said… “Maybe the first person that should have an electronic device put them is the bloody Grand Mufti,” Senator Lambie said. “We’ll be able monitor what is going on and where they’re going,” Senator Lambie said.
United Patriots Front:
Farmer John, from United Patriots, spoke to the crowd while it chanted “No Muslims in Melton”, and threatened more violent action. “We’re going to burn every mosque down if they build them ... Let’s stick it up them,” he said.
Farmer John, if you’ve been quoted correctly you are an idiot and a menace.
UPDATE
But a great many Australians are naturally and genuinely worried, and it would be a huge mistake to dismiss them as just more Jacqui Lambies or Farmer Johns:
Australians overwhelmingly fear a Paris-style terror attack on our shores, with more than half believing a large-scale event is likely and one-quarter convinced it is inevitable. 
A special Newspoll, taken at the weekend exclusively for The Australian, also reveals that two-thirds of people believe the Muslim community is not doing enough to condemn terrorist ­attacks or to integrate into ­society.
And it found voters divided on whether Australia should commit ground troops in Iraq and Syria to fight Islamic State.
I don’t think we’re seeing the mainstream political leadership needed to address these fears. Just dismissing those fears, relativising them or treating them as evidence of “Islamophobia” - all favorites of the media class - simply won’t do.  
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Malcolm Turnbull weakens on national security

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (9:14am)

 MALCOLM Turnbull has stumbled, and now we must ask: is the Prime Minister strong enough to take on terrorists?
So far he’s been lucky. The media is still so in love with him that it has covered up his stumbles, or praised weakness as wisdom.
But the signs are ominous. Incredibly, not one week after Islamic State slaughtered 129 people in Paris, Turnbull even proposed a ceasefire in Syria and a power-sharing deal that could include the terrorist group.
You can’t signal weakness more clearly.
Turnbull has three main tasks in protecting us from Islamic terrorism — other than helping ASIO try to detect and stop the hundreds of jihadist threats.
The first: destroy the terrorists, and especially IS, which has trained nearly 200 Australian jihadists. Its strength is a dangerous inspiration and resource.
The second: encourage the reform of Islam. We need a modern version that doesn’t make enemies of unbelievers or demand submission to Muslim rule.
And the third: close our borders to potential jihadist recruits until the winds of jihad blow out.
But on all three fronts, Turnbull last week went backwards.
(Read full article here.) 
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Socialist complains police are stopping them from monstering others

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (9:09am)

Socialism is the natural home of the authoritarian.
Today’s example: Socialist Party activist Mel Gregson goes on ABC radio 774 this morning to complain that police protected anti-Islam protesters from socialist protesters wanting to confront them. She insisted police should get out of the way so that her protesters could decide who could meet and protest in public.
Interesting admission: she said the police standing between the anti-Islam protesters and the socialists had their faces to the socialists, which to me suggests exactly where they expected most of the violence to come from - a fact repeatedly glossed over in media reports.
Imagine such people with real power. Or just cast your mind back to any number of totalitarian regimes which preach that their moral self-righteousness trumps your freedom:
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Mission creep

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (9:04am)

Why does the Race Discrimination Commissioner, a former Labor staffer, now involve himself in debates not on race but religion?
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Race Discrimination Commissioner has described yesterday’s anti-Islam rallies around the country as ugly and disappointing… 
TIM SOUTPHOMMASANE: These anti-Muslim protests represent a fringe of our society that’s seeking to promote hatred and division. 
UPDATE
Sam Newman is sick of the finger waggers and professional offence-takers.
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The ABC - a soapbox for warming alarmists

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (8:50am)

This is not reporting but propagandising.
ABC Radio National Breakfast this morning aired a report on the upcoming Paris conference on global warming - the background to them and what allegedly needs doing.
All four people interviewed were warming activists, and not one was a climate scientist, let alone a member of a scientific or government body. No sceptic was interviewed, of course. All scare, no balance.
The line up:
- professional warming alarmist Tim Flannery, notorious for his dud predictions.
Tony Wood, from the Grattan Institute.
- a spokesman from the Climate ActionTracker group of activists.
Erwin Jackson of the Climate Institute.
Why no balance? Isn’t the ABC required by law to give it? 
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Kevin Andrews: send special forces to fight IS

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (7:43am)

Former defencs minister Kevin Andrews says we are not winning the war on the Islamic State and troops must be sent in:
Our efforts in training Iraqi forces is commendable, but insufficient… 
There are options to the alternatives of either maintaining current efforts or a full-scale invasion of Syria that we should suggest to the US.
First, no matter how much the West loathes President Putin, it should co-operate with him to defeat IS.
Secondly, the idea of removing Assad should be postponed until and unless there is a credible alternative…
Thirdly, a concerted campaign by coalition special operations forces and related personnel is required to defeat IS…
The West cannot drift along for another year. It needs a clear strategy to defeat IS and a willingness to win. 
Andrews rightly worries about the weak leadership of the US president:
Obama’s response to the Paris atrocities and his remarks in Turkey are worrying. At a time when the coalition of nations fighting IS is seeking a strong, united response, Mr Obama said, “But what I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning, or whatever other slogans they come up with.” 
The statement reflects the drift in the US response to the Daesh threat over the past year.
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Forget Abbott. Is even Albo tougher than Turnbull on terrorism?

Andrew Bolt November 23 2015 (4:41am)

Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure and not happy:
MALCOLM Turnbull returns to Canberra under pressure from members of his Government to toughen the Federal Government’s resolve against terror threats. 
The Prime Minister faces a major test in the Coalition party room after his 10-day international trip was dominated by needling at home from some conservative MPs, who remain loyal to former PM Tony Abbott.
Mr Turnbull said he would convene a meeting of the National Security Committee on his return as nations prepared to raise pressure on Islamic State in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Mali.
Mr Abbott and some of his allies have also called for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to be reinstated to the committee, citing concerns about foreign fighters returning to Australia.
Mr Abbott himself, has given a number of thinly veiled critiques of Mr Turnbull, calling for increased efforts in the fight against IS in Syria and northern Iraq.
Mr Abbott’s complaints, made while Mr Turnbull was overseas, have been viewed dimly by the PM and his closest advisers.
What a pathetic response, and widely shared by too many Turnbull defenders in the media.
Turnbull and those media supporters are seeing the criticism purely through a partisan Turnbull-vs-Abbott lens. Therefore the “Abbott view” must be attacked or mocked and Turnbull defended.
Wait until they realise that this “Abbott view” is actually justified concern about Turnbull’s drift, which exposes him to criticism even from Labor.
Rowan Dean asks today’s big question: Is Anthony Albanese tougher than Malcolm Turnbull on national security?
LABOR has finally found a potential roadblock to the Turnbull juggernaut, and it’s called Anthony Albanese. 
Appearing on Channel 10’s The Bolt Report yesterday, the man who, two years ago, was elected Labor leader by the party members (but given the flick by the union bosses in favour of Bill “Dead Man Walking” Shorten) put in a performance that must have sent shivers down the spines of every Liberal MP.
Why? Because this so-called Labor Left-winger showed he is more conservative by nature than the current Coalition Prime Minister…
Last week, Malcolm Turnbull finally revealed his true, touchy-feely Left wing colours, to the dismay of conservatives across the country. First came his comments which gave the impression that the ISIS terror group could be part of a power sharing deal in Syria…
As a conservative, there is only one possible response to the question of the future of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and it is this: “These people need to be wiped out because what they seek to do is to wipe us and our way of life out. It’s that simple … we need to defeat this scourge.”
Indeed. Fine words echoing basic conservative principles. But they didn’t come from our prime minister, nor did they come from his predecessor Tony Abbott, although they easily could have done. They came from Anthony Albanese.
I almost choked on my latte when this Member for a trendy inner-city Sydney seat went on to say that putting troops on the ground in Syria was “worthy of consideration"…
With the Liberals heading ever leftward under Turnbull, Albo’s chucked a sharp right. Best of all, he’s done it on the single most critical issue of our era – Islamic extremism. 
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It’s time to lift your ABC game

Piers Akerman – Sunday, November 23, 2014 (12:03am)

In the next few weeks, ABC supremo Mark Scott is going to receive an unwelcome and long overdue letter from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull which will point out the obvious shortcomings in the public broadcaster’s operations. 

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War on drugs handcuffed by rules

Miranda Devine – Saturday, November 22, 2014 (11:59pm)

THE death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter after ingesting ecstasy at a Sydney dance festival two weeks ago has launched a thousand family conversations. 

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On The Bolt Report, November 23

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:47pm)


On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.
Editorial: Fight!
My guests:  Family First Senator Bob Day, former Treasurer Peter Costello, former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa and Nick Cater, Australian columnist and head of the Menzies Research Centre.
So much to discuss, including saving the Abbott Government, kicking Obama, the Palmer circus, the Victorian election, the art of attack and more.
The videos of the shows appear here.
UPDATE
From my interview with Family First Senator Bob Day:
ANDREW BOLT: So, is it too early to say that the Clive Palmer experiment, this blazing comet in the sky, it’s over, his power is broken?
BOB DAY: I think that is too early to tell. But, like you say, three is the magic number. With three senators banding together, you can block anything, providing Labor and the Greens oppose, which they seem to be doing. But let’s see how it goes. Look, I’ve been encouraging Senator Lambie to try and sort out her differences with her colleagues. Senator Lazarus and Senator Dio Wang are both very, very good people. And as the Chinese President said of him, last week, when he came, if you want to walk fast, you know, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with a friend, and you need friends in that place. So, I would certainly encourage Jacqui Lambie to see what she can do with her colleagues.
ANDREW BOLT: Don’t like that advice, Bob. I’d rather she look to you and David. But never mind.
BOB DAY: Well, you know, whatever.
ANDREW BOLT: The Government is travelling badly, Bob. Now, you used to be a member of the Liberal Party, and now you’re with Family First, obviously. What’s your take? Why is the Government travelling so badly?
BOB DAY: Well, I think, look, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is doing a good job, I think. But, look, the strength and success of any
organisation is its second line. It doesn’t matter whether it’s business or politics. And in governments, it’s the strength of your second line. Now, it was said that Bob Hawke was a good prime minister because he had a very, very good second line. John Howard had a spectacularly good second line, you know, Costello, Minchin, Anderson, Reith, Vanstone, there was a very, very strong second line there. And I think that is the key. Prime ministers do what they have to do, and Tony Abbott’s done a very good job with the G20 and APEC, and those sorts of things that you expect your prime minister to do. But that’s where the focus is. His Government will stand or fall on how successful and how good his second line is, and that’s his ministry.
ANDREW BOLT: Well, you’re implying that some of those people in that second line aren’t up to scratch. Which ones are you singling out?
The full interview:

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The ABC is NOT BIASED, shout its socialist mates

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (11:26am)


Of course the ABC isn’t biased. It’s just a coincidence that its defenders at Sydney’s rally yesterday brandished the banners of the Socialist Alliance, the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance and the Socialist-led Maritime Union of Australia, and cheered Labor’s Tanya Plibersek and the Greens’ Scott Ludlam as they attacked the wicked Right-wing Murdoch media and the sinister Right-wing Institute of Public Affairs:
Of course the ABC isn’t biased. It’s understandable if an ABC presenter gets upset at cuts and sees a nasty Right-wing conspiracy to end his sinecure:
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That sapling is our “heritage”? Seriously?

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:49am)

The Age unquestioningly reports a protest that claims that some saplings of the kind available at any good nursery are “too precious to lose” and part of our “heritage” - when more just like them will be planted when the works are done.
Check the trees for yourself:
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Who is vetting the Liberal candidates?

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:43am)

Is the Victorian Liberal Party’s head office up to the job?
A LIBERAL Party candidate who planned to bring a Bollywood porn star to Melbourne on the eve of the state election has been sacked.

Thomastown candidate Nitin Gursahani is the second Liberal candidate in a week to lose his job. 

Last Sunday, Sydenham candidate John Varano quit after the Sunday Herald Sun prepared to reveal he had once been charged with assaulting his wife.
Mr Gursahani, a Marketing Manager with his family’s company Kiren Australia, will host a number of events this week featuring adult film star-turned-Bollywood actor Sunny Leone… Ms Leone is a pornographic actor who was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003… 
In August the Liberal Party lost two candidates — Jack Lyons, who was standing for Bendigo West and Upper House candidate Aaron Lane — following inappropriate comments on social media.
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Messages sent

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:25am)

The head of Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed’s mosque has a message:
“I will tell him ... that Islam is peace, the word means peace and submission,” Kizilaslan said of what he plans to relay to Pope Francis if he gets the chance during the pontiff’s Nov. 29 private stop at the mosque… 
“(Pope Francis) is an important figure to make (Islam) more understandable ... to non-Muslims,” the majority of whom, Kizilaslan said, did not “understand Islam in the right way.” 
Al Shaabab has a message:
The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers. 
Three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants, a local security official said.
Boko Haram has a message: 
Nigerian militants killed at least 45 people in an attack on a north-eastern village… Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language, is fighting to establish Shariah law in Africa’s most populous nation of more than 170 million… “They tied peoples’ hands behind their backs and slit their throats like animals,” Moh’d said. 
The Islamic State has a message:
THE Islamic State death cult has claimed responsibility for a Melbourne teenager’s frenzied knife attack on two counter-terrorism officers.

The group’s propaganda magazine, Dabiq, ...declares that the stabbing was linked to an order given by Shaykh Abu Mohammad al-Adnani just days before the incident. 

“In Australia, Numan Haider stabbed two counter-terrorism police officers,” the article states. “These attacks were the direct result of the Shaykh’s call to action, and they highlight what a deadly tinderbox is fizzing just beneath the surface of every Western country, waiting to explode into violent action at any moment given the right conditions.”
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Lambie says she’s leaving

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:22am)

Jacqui Lambie hints that the only hitch is trying not to be sued by Clive Palmer:
CLIVE Palmer’s “berserk’’ recruit Jacqui Lambie has warned her political critics that even a machine gun won’t stop her confirming she will sit as an independent.

In an exclusive interview, the Tasmanian Senator said voters have urged her to “get out there and have a shot at it yourself’’… 

A formal announcement on her split with the Palmer United Party is now awaiting legal advice on how to extricate herself from PUP and sit in the Senate as an independent.
“I didn’t have no one tell me not to go independent. That’s the problem. They’re all saying it’s got to be good for Tasmania, whatever I do and that comes down to the jobs, the cheaper fuel, the Renewable Energy Target, the Bass Strait,’’ she said.
Accusing Mr Palmer of using standover tactics, including sending in rugby league legend Glenn Lazarus to tell her how to vote, she warned she would not be intimidated.
“I felt like there was heavy handed tactics being used, I put it that way,’’ she said.
“If you want to intimidate Jacqui Lambie you’ll have to bring in a M60 and we will start with that,’’ she laughed… 
Witnesses to the incident claim that Senator Lazarus, dubbed “The Brick With Eyes’’ during his rugby league career, stormed into her office and told her how she should vote.
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Let’s see if Paul Barry says it again

Andrew Bolt November 23 2014 (5:07am)

ABC Media Watch host Paul Barry last year:
I believe in the free market, I believe in freedom of speech, I believe actually in privatisation … 
Tim Blair is waiting:
Impressively, Barry is able to keep his deeply-held belief in privatisation to himself during any discussion of ABC funding
UPDATE
The ABC is being cut by just five per cent over five years. The Age sees a massacre:
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http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/7586.htm
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http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/white-house-israels-all-or-nothing-proposal-on-iran-means-war/2013/11/22/
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174319

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http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/11/22/imminent-iran-nuclear-deal-unlikely-as-foreign-ministers-cancel-flights-to-geneva/
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Hamas Looking to Buy More Electricity - From Israel - Israel National News 

"The Israel Electric Company already provides over 1/3 of Gaza's electricity - despite numerous terror attacks by Hamas to kill Israeli forces and civilians alike, and despite Hamas's continued public statements threatening genocide against the Israeli and Jewish peoples. 

Egyptian politician Imad Hamdi, from the Egyptian Popular Front, has criticized the move, calling Hamas hypocritical…. " - Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin

Continue to the link, reading this and more articles at ...….http://paper.li/allysonchristy/1338794440

paper.li

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174329#.UpCByKWLNa8

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UN Ambassador: Iran Being Offered $6 Billion in Relief
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174354

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Sign Petition to Keep the Pressure on Iran
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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174350

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"Of course, journalists are permitted to produce pure poppycock if the media outlet they are associated with has no objection to publishing it, or to leading its readers astray. 

So the claptrap that Friedman inflicts on his readers is not really a valid reason for his dismissal by the NYT – which has given ample indication that not only does it have no objection to leading its readers astray, but when it comes to Israel, it has a strong interest in doing so.

With stunning gall, he writes: “Iran has lied and cheated its way to the precipice of building a bomb, and without tough economic sanctions – sanctions that President Obama engineered.... Iran would not be at the negotiating table.”

Sanctions that Obama engineered? Really? One can only wonder whether Friedman is counting on his readers’ total ignorance or total amnesia. Or whether he is suffering from them himself.

In fact the Obama administration was one of the greatest obstacles to the sanctions that brought the Iranians to the table, virtually coerced to do so by pressure from Congress (and even some Europeans)." - Martin Sherman

Continued…..http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Into-the-fray-Fire-Friedman-forthwith-332630

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http://www.israpundit.com/archives/63591789#.UpBsw4AJ1Z8.facebook
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http://www.news.com.au/world/massachusetts-schoolboy-philip-chism-accused-of-raping-and-killing-his-maths-teacher/story-fndir2ev-1226765789947

I wish I could give her back all that he has taken from her. She deserved a long, fruitful life. - ed
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http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/scientologys-worst-nightmare-why-they-made-author-lawrence-wright-look-like-a-demon/story-fnixwvgh-1226765972006

Scientology was recognised ..in '83 .. thank you Bob Hawke .. ed
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http://www.news.com.au/world/uk-teacher-struck-off-after-seducing-pupil-with-raunchy-selfies/story-fndir2ev-1226766237444

Sending selfies crossed a line .. some things friends don't need .. ed
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<"Mission Accomplished". *Bangs a gong and bows*>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511813/UN-climate-talks-disarray-final-day-wealthy-nations-refuse-fund-compensation-fed-green-groups-walk-out.html

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/wanted-man-taunts-cops-on-facebook-caught-five-minutes-later/story-e6frfrnr-1226766785970

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30 books you have to read before 30
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/books-magazines/books-you-have-to-read-before-30/story-fna50uae-1226766755136
I love books. Most of these are not inspiring or worthy of spending much time. How about Watership Down? Diana by Delderfield, or To Serve Them All My Days? James Branch Cabell's Jurgen or Figures of Earth? Edding's Belgariad? Stow's Midnite? Job? Anne Rice's Jesus The Lord? Redeeming Love? - ed
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http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=198048
Three years in the making by a master .. ed
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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep."
Hosea 12:12

Jacob, while expostulating with Laban, thus describes his own toil, "This twenty years have I been with thee. That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee: I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes." Even more toilsome than this was the life of our Saviour here below. He watched over all his sheep till he gave in as his last account, "Of all those whom thou hast given me I have lost none." His hair was wet with dew, and his locks with the drops of the night. Sleep departed from his eyes, for all night he was in prayer wrestling for his people. One night Peter must be pleaded for; anon, another claims his tearful intercession. No shepherd sitting beneath the cold skies, looking up to the stars, could ever utter such complaints because of the hardness of his toil as Jesus Christ might have brought, if he had chosen to do so, because of the sternness of his service in order to procure his spouse--

"Cold mountains and the midnight air,

Witnessed the fervour of his prayer;
The desert his temptations knew,
His conflict and his victory too."
It is sweet to dwell upon the spiritual parallel of Laban having required all the sheep at Jacob's hand. If they were torn of beasts, Jacob must make it good; if any of them died, he must stand as surety for the whole. Was not the toil of Jesus for his Church the toil of one who was under suretiship obligations to bring every believing one safe to the hand of him who had committed them to his charge? Look upon toiling Jacob, and you see a representation of him of whom we read, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd."

Evening

"The power of his resurrection."
Philippians 3:10
The doctrine of a risen Saviour is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the key-stone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; but to know that he has risen, and to have fellowship with him as such--communing with the risen Saviour by possessing a risen life--seeing him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious. The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Saviour more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have you believe that Christ rose from the dead so as to sing of it, and derive all the consolation which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I beseech you, rest not contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not "touch" him, yet may you be privileged to converse with him, and to know that he is risen, you yourselves being risen in him to newness of life. To know a crucified Saviour as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Saviour as having justified me, and to realize that he has bestowed upon me new life, having given me to be a new creature through his own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both "know him, and the power of his resurrection." Why should souls who are quickened with Jesus, wear the grave-clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.
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Today's reading: Ezekiel 18-19, James 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 18-19



The One Who Sins Will Die

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?
3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.
5 “Suppose there is a righteous man
who does what is just and right.
6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines
or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife
or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.
7 He does not oppress anyone,
but returns what he took in pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
but gives his food to the hungry
and provides clothing for the naked....

Today's New Testament reading: James 4

Submit Yourselves to God
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble....”
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Boaz, Booz [Bō'ăz,Bō'ŏz]—strengthor fleetnessThe wealthy and honorable Bethlehemite, or Judahite, who became the second husband of Ruth the Moabitess, and ancestor of David and of Christ (Ruth 24;Matt. 1:5). The name of the left pillar of Solomon’s Temple was Boaz, for “in it is strength” (1 Kings 7:21). Boaz was true to his name and comes before us strong in grace, integrity and purpose. As the lord of the harvest, master of servants, redeemer, bridegroom and life-giver, he is a fitting type of Christ.
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