Friday, January 13, 2017

Fri Jan 13th Todays News

Susan Ley has quit as health minister. Not because of her purchasing a unit while on a work related trip, that was excusable because Ministers still need to have down time, and she was on top of her portfolio. She came undone because the investigation into her expenses revealed that she charged the public purse $20k for trips where she piloted a plane so as to keep her pilots license current, when a domestic flight for about $100 was available. She should have paid that from her own purse. The expenses scandal will probably be played down by the ALP and Greens because they are worse. But the press tend to protect them. The issue should not be about punishment, but oversight. Really, Malcolm Turnbull has failed and should resign. Because Turnbull is not on top of his portfolio. And if one is serious about dealing with expenses rorts, The Greens and the ALP leaders should resign too. One does not need an ICAC to oversee expenses. All one needs is competent leadership. But then Abbott was overthrown and disliked for being competent. He was an effective Health Minister too. 

Pauline Hanson may have made a mistake in criticising a Lamb promotion which is related to Australia Day. The promotion is not from the Australia Day council promoting Australia Day, but is from the Lamb industry promoting meat consumption. It plays on Australia's strengths as an ethnically diverse nation. It includes a host of memes, some of which are risible to conservative ears. Hanson is right wing reactionary and she has taken the bait and criticised the advert for being too politically correct, and factually wrong regarding migration and Australian experience. But the advert is not trying to be an infomercial. It humorously exploits memes to promote Lamb on Australia Day without mentioning Australia Day. Hanson is not the smartest person to have fallen for the trick. It is possible that the press won't hit Hanson for her foolish mistake. But do we really think that Australia Day promoters should be promoting Lamb at the expense of beef, chicken etc? Why? 
=== from 2016 ===
The state of the union address by Obama is time to reflect on what he didn't mention. He didn't mention Jews which is a pity if peace in the middle East is to be achieved. Assuming of course he intends Jews to live in the middle East. He didn't cover drugs in sport, which is topical, this being the anniversary of 532 Hippodrome disaster killing 30,000 spectators who didn't side with a eunuch. Still Obama led a crusade against A-Rod who was convicted of taking a legal drug. In Australia, opportunist Jason Clare had claimed all Australian sports were blackened by drug cheats. Jason was wrong, but there were two football clubs that had wonky board rooms at the time and so their clubs suffered while others dived for political cover. Cronulla and Essendon were fingered as cheats but no player is guilty of taking an illegal drug. Cronulla and Essendon were given the choice of caving in to political pressure to admit cheating and so exonerate Jason Clare of his palpable lie. Cronulla caved but Essendon didn't. And now some 34 players are found guilty of not having admitted wrong doing. All so Obama and Jason Clare could run a political distraction. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2015 ===
Sport hooliganism is bad, but not as bad as in Constantinople in 532. Chariot races had been regulated to teams for centuries, and four colours were strongest: blue, red green and white. By the time of 532, blue and green dominated. Emperor Justinian I favoured blue. In 531, some Blues and Greens supporters had been arrested for murder. They were hanged. But a Blue and a Green hid in a church begging sanctuary from an angry mob. Justinian was in a delicate phase of a peace treaty with Persia. Justinian was also taxing highly. Acting to minimise the damage, Justinian commuted the sentences of the two to imprisonment, but their supporters demanded a pardon. Justinian ordered that chariot races be run. On this day in 532, Justinian was in the safety of his viewer's box in the hippodrome for the race. But insults were hurled at him and riots broke out. Then some senators, who seemed motivated to oppose the high taxes and Justinian's alleged lack of respect for them promoted the previous emperor's nephew, Hypatius as the new emperor. 

Justinian despaired and sought to flee, but his wife persuaded him to do the manly thing instead. She said she would rather die than lose her title. So Justinian hatched a plan with his generals and eunuch. The eunuch walked into the middle of the murderous mob in the Hippodrome and, talking to the Blues, mentioned Justinian was their supporter, and gave Blues leaders a bag of gold. The unity for Hypatius was lost .. Blues left the Hippodrome and the generals let troops in, killing thirty thousand rioters. Hypatius was executed. Half of Constantinople was in ruins and the Hagia Sophia had to be rebuilt. Not too dissimilar to a term of ALP government.

In 1547, Henry Howard, first cousin to Catherine Howard who had been beheaded for adultery on order of Henry VIII, was sentenced to death by the sickly king. Henry VIII feared Henry Howard had plans on usurping the throne from his son, Edward. Henry Howard's father was also sentenced to death, but Henry VIII died before the sentence was carried out. Henry Howard was executed on January 19th. His father remained in jail. Henry Howard is considered a founder of renaissance poetry, having created the sonnet. 

In 1607, The Bank of Genoa failed after Spain was declared bankrupt. Not too dissimilar to a term of ALP Government. In 1842, Dr William Brydon, an assistant surgeon, became the sole survivor of 4500 men and 12000 camp followers when he staggered into the garrison at Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Years later it inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Man Who Would be King. 1898, writer Émile Zola's J'accuse exposed the Dreyfus affair. In 1910, the first public radio broadcast was made of an opera. In 1939, the Black Friday bush fires of Australia claimed twenty thousand square kilometres and 71 lives. In 1942, Henry Ford presented a plastic automobile and Germany first used an ejector seat in an aircraft. In 1968, Johnny Cash performed in Folsom State Prison. In 2012, the Costa Concordia modelled ALP Government. 

Reports are coming in former Queensland ALP leader and pedophile Keith Wright has died in Vietnam at age 72. Important to note the QLD ALP have not reformed since his leadership.
From 2014
Waddle AGW alarmists think up next? Ice bound penguins means global warming according to (insert highly paid alarmist here). A certain drawing is the real deal, according to a former Christian who used to worship God, but now worships left wing theory. I've not been given the snorkel training that I may need to help me survive the warmest future. Some can bet their careers and never be held accountable. That and more articles are covered in today's report.
Historical perspective on this day
In 532, Nika riots in Constantinople. 888, Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks. 1435, Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish, was promulgated by Pope Eugene IV.1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was sentenced to death. 1607, the Bank of Genoa failed after announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain. 1666, French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier arrived in Dhaka and met Shaista Khan. 1793, Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, representative of Revolutionary France, lynched by a mob in Rome 1797, French Revolutionary Wars: A naval battle between a French ship of the line and two British frigates off the coast of Brittany ended with the French vessel running aground, resulting in over 900 deaths.

In 1815, War of 1812British troops captured Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state. 1822, the design of the Greek flag was adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus. 1830, the Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana began. 1833, President Andrew Jackson wrote to Vice President Martin Van Buren expressing his opposition to South Carolina's defiance of federal authority in the Nullification Crisis. 1840, the steamship Lexington burned and sank four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives. 1842, Dr. William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the British East India CompanyArmy during the First Anglo-Afghan War, became famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 4,500 men and 12,000 camp followers when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. 1847, the Treaty of Cahuenga ended the Mexican–American War in California. 1869, national convention of black leaders met in Washington, D.C. 1893, the Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom held its first meeting. Also 1893, U.S. Marines landed in Honolulu, Hawaii from the USS Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution. 1895, First Italo-Ethiopian War: the war's opening battle, the Battle of Coatit, occurred; it was an Italian victory. 1898, Émile Zola's J'accuse exposed the Dreyfus affair.

In 1908, the Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killed 171 people. 1910, the first public radio broadcast took place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, New York. 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University. 1915, an earthquake in AvezzanoItaly killed 29,800. 1934, the Candidate of Sciences degree was established in the Soviet Union. 1935, a plebiscite in Saarland showed that 90.3% of those voting wished to join Nazi Germany. 1939, the Black Friday bush fires burned 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people. 1942, Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile, which was 30% lighter than a regular car. Also 1942, World War II: First use of an aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

In 1951, First Indochina War: The Battle of Vinh Yen began, which would end in a major victory for France. 1953, an article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.1958, the Moroccan Army of Liberation ambushed a Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera. 1960, the Gulag system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union was officially abolished. 1963, Coup d'etat in Togoresulted in assassination of president Sylvanus Olympio 1964, Anti-Muslim riots broke out in Calcutta, resulting in 100 deaths. 1964, Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was appointed archbishop of Kraków, Poland. 1966, Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member when he was appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. 1968, Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison 1972, Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana were ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong. 1974, Seraphim was elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. 1978, U.S. Food & Drug Administration required all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors.

In 1982, Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737 jet crashed into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 including four motorists. 1985, a passenger train plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa. 1986, a month-long violent struggle began in Aden, South Yemen between supporters of Ali Nasir Muhammad and Abdul Fattah Ismail, resulting in thousands of casualties. 1988, Lee Teng-hui became the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China. 1990, Douglas Wilder became the first elected African American governor as he took office in Richmond, Virginia. 1991, Soviet Union troops attacked Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, killing 14 people and wounding 1000. 1993, Space Shuttle programEndeavour headed for space for the third time as STS-54 launched from the Kennedy Space Center. 2001, an earthquake hit El Salvador, killing more than 800. 2012, the passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy. There were 32 confirmed deaths amongst the 4232 passengers and crew.
=== Publishing News ===
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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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January 13St. Knut's Day in Finland and Sweden
Émile Zola
Tang tastes great. Georgia can afford to lose a battle. A great French writer took on anti semitism. The Earth moved. Why are some cars called Coup? Let's party. 
Tim Blair


Gold Coast auction attendee and numerology enthusiast Sussan Ley has quit as health minister.
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Leaked video shows an off-air dispute between Nine’s Amber Sherlock and colleague Julie Snook over their similarly pale attire.
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Fairfax Lady Pages writer Jenny Noyes – if her parents have a sense of humour, Jenny’s middle initial is ‘A’ – today launched a global Twitter shutdown.
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Vegans are annoying. This is a well-known fact. Most of us put up with them, but the Swiss have had enough.
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Meat and Livestock Australia’s annual lamb promotions for Australia Day have featured numerous amusing television commercials.
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Can anyone gaze even more adoringly at a person who isn’t an old leftoid actress? Let’s find out!
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Talk about your skewed priorities.
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Today’s song is brought to you by the 40th anniversary of 1977, one of history’s greatest years.
13 Jan


Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (5:20pm)

Further to that new lamb commercial, social justice warriors are now calling for a ban because they think it is violent and racially insensitive
The latest Australia Day lamb ad, which brings together Lambassador Sam Kekovich and legendary SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin, is based around a mission to save Aussies abroad from having to go without a lamb barbecue on Australia Day.
One of the people Chin’s army brings home includes a vegan whose apartment is set on fire.
It is this scene that has sparked complaints … Others have complained about the use of the term “boomerang” arguing it is insensitive to indigenous Australians, especially leading into Australia Day. 
Specifically, they are upset that the fictional mission in the ad is called “Operation Boomerang”. Seriously. Among those offended is (of course) Fairfax vegan Jennifer Duke, supported by her delicate friend Vincent, whose demand for decency appears in the Age:

Great argument, son. Meanwhile, nobody will buy me a new Alfa Romeo Giulia; in a climate of xenophobia and terrorism, this is alarming. Anyone else get the impression that Vinnie isn’t exactly the type who’d be in the front row at a cripple fight?

Replace the vegan with someone from an ethnic minority and the joke wouldn’t work. At which point this ends, because explaining jokes to vegans is harder than Derek Randall’s head.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (4:24pm)

Reader Tony S. sends this snap from the Central Coast:

On a related note, here’s Clive James:
Social justice warriors tend to get it all wrong about punctuation, which is not an apparatus of elitist repression, but a system of information, at the disposal of all. There can be no reliable clarity without it. The great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, who was a social rebel in almost every way, was firmly conservative on the subject. “To have touched the feet of Christ,” he said, “is no excuse for mistakes in punctuation.” 
Exactly, and that’s why this site requires proper punctuation from commenters. I’m saving all of you from becoming social justice warriors. You’re welcome.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (2:57am)

The Sydney Morning Herald believes its readers need a map to find Penrith
A police officer and a security guard have been shot and injured during an altercation with a man at Nepean Hospital in Sydney’s west late on Tuesday night, after the man stole the police officer’s gun during a struggle.
NSW police confirmed they were called to the hospital in Penrith just before 10.30pm on Tuesday night after receiving reports a man, aged 39, was threatening a doctor with scissors. 
The SMH’s report is illustrated with a helpful graphic, as though this attack occurred in a distant foreign land rather than just 50 kilometres from the centre of Sydney:

Well done, SMH. By comparison, the Daily Telegraph‘s coverage contains remarkable detail
Another patient at the hospital dragged the injured male police officer away from the area after he was shot in the left thigh. The patient said the attacker took an officer’s gun during a scuffle on the floor and fired two shots. The security guard was injured in the left calf. 
The condition of the injured pair is unknown. Click for updates.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (12:13am)

Some of the strategies employed by left-wing feminists to excuse or diminish Islamic responsibility for the Cologne sexual assault frenzy are remarkably similar to strategies used by Muslims to excuse or diminish other Islamic atrocities. This is Clementine Ford’s version of Mustafa Abu Yusuf’s celebrated “what about the British in Malaya in the 1950s” gambit: 
No concern for the hundreds of complaints from Oktoberfest every year? 
Ford is attempting to downplay the 516 criminal complaints arising from Cologne’s New Year’s Eve by comparing them to what she imagines must be a similar number of complaints emerging from Munich’s massive annual beer carnival. J.F. Beck sets her straight
6.4 million people attended Oktoberfest 2013, of which at least 3 million would have been males. Had these male Oktoberfest attendees sexually assaulted woman at the same rate as the 1,000 Cologne predators, 510,000 women would have been assaulted. The actual 2013 figures: 16 alleged sexual assaults. Your typical German male appears to be more interested in drinking beer than assaulting woman; for many of the asylum seekers it’s the other way round. 
Next, here’s our old mate and Dame Edna sound-alike Jane Caro offering her unique variation on the time-honoured “just a tiny minority” defence: 
Truth is maybe 1000 men behaved very badly. Thousands & thousands more did not. 
Readers are invited to apply their own version of Caro’s dumb deflection to other scenarios. For example: “Truth is one Australian man murdered Jill Meagher. Millions & millions more did not.”


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (1:22pm)

The ABC – along with several more reputable Australian media outlets – displays the latest Charlie Hebdo cover, complete with forbidden Mo toon:

The latest front page of Charlie Hebdo has been released, showing the Prophet Mohammed holding a Je Suis Charlie sign under the banner “All is forgiven”. 
This represents a welcome change of policy since 2006.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (4:06am)

Academic and Guardian columnist Jason Wilson
It’s adorable that Tim Blair thinks his blog still commands attention and that his positions demand a response. 
That would be Jason’s response. To my blog. To which he still pays attention.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (4:00am)

Let’s give ourselves a momentary break here. Please comment on any topic other than Islamic terrorism. Oh, and an administrative note: commenters have lately taken to signing off with either several full stops or none at all. One will do.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (3:54am)

Hizb ut-Tahrir pleads for “perspective” following last week’s Islamic terrorist attacks in France: 
People are killed every day around the world in numbers and in circumstances that should put the events in France in perspective. 
True. More people are killed every day in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria and Egypt. And they are all killed by Islamic extremists. Stupid Hizbies didn’t really think this through.


Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (3:24am)

British culture secretary Sajid Javid, who is of Islamic background, slams the lazy and wrong: 
There is no getting away from the fact that the people carrying out these acts – what we have seen just horrifically this week in Paris, what has happened in London and Madrid – these people call themselves Muslims.
The lazy answer would be to say that this has got nothing whatsoever to do with Islam or Muslims and that should be the end of that. That would be lazy and wrong. You can’t get away from the fact that these people are using Islam, taking a peaceful religion and using it as a tool to carry out their activities. 
Not for the first time, Andrew O’Keefe (shown here researching global geopolitics) is on the side of lazy wrongness. By contrast, Paris terrorist Amedy Coulibaly is extremely direct on the connection between Islam and murderous violence. So too is Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who earlier this month called for Islam to face its terror addiction – and reform:


Deception or clever marketing? Should a political party be able to insinuate that the AEC is advocating voters to rid Newman on Jan 31?
I'll call it deception. MM

"Paris attacked." Millennials flood TMZ site to make sure Paris Hilton is ok & blast Lindsay Lohan for attacking her. 
"OMG, Hilton H8 is un 2 the Kewl, so 2014."
eric @ the Tygrrrr Express


Chris Turney now blames warming for trapping penguins in ice, too

Andrew Bolt January 12 2014 (3:45pm)

Professor Chris Turney, who got stuck in the Antarctic ice he’s convinced is melting away, now warns that too much ice is killing Adelie penguins and global warming is to blame:
Read more about the ice-bound penguins struggling @DouglasMawson’s Huts, Cape Denison, Antarctica.
Turney links to a post by a member of his expedition which claims:
In normal years the Adelie penguins that nest at Cape Denison can feed in the open waters of Commonwealth Bay, but now they must walk over 60 km across the ice in order to find food. This giant iceberg has set up a natural experiment that tests the resilience of Adelie penguins to major iceberg calving and stranding events that we expect to become more common with climate change.
Strangely enough, not three years ago we were told that Adelie penguins in Antarctica were actually being killed by too little ice, and, yes, global warming was to blame:
If global temperatures continue to rise, however, the Emperor penguins in Terre Adélie, in East Antarctica may eventually disappear, according to a new study by led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)… 
“Over the last century, we have already observed the disappearance of the Dion Islets penguin colony, close to the West Antarctic Peninsula,” says Stephanie Jenouvrier, WHOI biologist and lead author of the new study… Like in Terre Adélie, Jenouvrier thinks the decline of those penguins might be connected to a simultaneous decline in Antarctic sea ice due to warming temperatures in the region.
Unlike other sea birds, Emperor penguins breed and raise their young almost exclusively on sea ice. If that ice breaks up and disappears early in the breeding season, massive breeding failure may occur, says Jenouvrier…
Disappearing sea ice may also affect the penguins’ food source. The birds feed primarily on fish, squid, and krill, a shrimplike animal, which in turn feeds on zooplankton and phytoplankton, tiny organisms that grow on the underside of the ice. 
Is there any evidence at all that would change Turney’s conviction that global warming is causing the ice to melt, grow or whatever? 


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (12:21pm)

Following last week’s Obvious controversy, World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello responds to criticism – and reports that a certain drawing is the real deal.


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (12:19pm)

The magistrate who took down Russell Packer.


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (11:59am)

Recently I upset Twitterists of the left by … well, we could just leave it there, couldn’t we? It doesn’t take much to offend social media’s eternally outraged panty bunchers, hissy fitters and tantrum tossers. There’d still be angry reactions even if I filled this page with recipes for your gluten-intolerant children.

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (6:20am)

Spare a thought for Julia Gillard, who is in for an extremely busy week.

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Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (5:28am)

Much of the international media followed the BBC’s lead on global warming.  But who led the BBC
The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ‘eco’ conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC’s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a £67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ‘line’ on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.
At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists – one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than global nuclear war – lectured 28 of the Corporation’s most senior executives.
Then director of television Jana Bennett opened the seminar by telling the executives to ask themselves: ‘How do you plan and run a city that is going to be submerged?’ 
I was in London last year. The lack of snorkel preparedness was disturbing.


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (4:29am)

Back in 2007, psychologist Steve Biddulph bet his career on Labor solidarity: 
Rudd and Gillard are not in power for power’s sake. I am willing to stake my 30 years as a psychologist on this, but I think many observers have also come to this conclusion. Kevin and Julia, as Australia already calls them, want to make this country a better place for the people in it. In the coming times of deprivation, they have the value systems that will be needed to care for the sudden rise in poverty, stress, and need. They also have the unity. 
That unity quickly vanished. So, might you expect, would Biddulph’s wagered credibility as a shrink. Seven years later, however: 
Steve Biddulph is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology … 


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (4:08am)

Observe as a temper-fuelled tiny car becomes tinier with every collision.


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (4:00am)

The amazing life of a Sydney Morning Herald climate screamer: 
Wow, found an old photo of Ben Cubby at Walk Against Warming 07 when I was dressed up as a penguin! 


Tim Blair – Monday, January 13, 2014 (1:38am)

(Via Jill)
UPDATE. Further from Caroline Glick.

John Tran The irony was not lost when he called his left-liberals communist, or puppets of the communist state.

John Tran This just shows left leaning politics is so insular, so self obsessed, so petty, they can't work or support in a bipartisan way to tackle an issue bigger than them.. and that's the problem, the issue is never bigger than them, it has to be about them first..===




Frank Severino
Art, by definition, has to travel from the grip of the artist. Whether given or sold, it must seek a home beyond the authorial grasp. Accordingly, those fingers should willingly unfurl.
She had me where she wanted me. She wouldn't loosen her grip. I told her, with sweat beading, that she was an artist .. ed
It used to be a yr 8 science experiment to light a flame and make an observation. One apparently correct answer is "I see the world's atmosphere heating" - ed

Smearing Francis by likening him to Obama ..ed

why can't any 2 people share a living space without other people assuming that they are a couple?
My parents did it .. ed


 Michelle Malkin
Cute pic of Piper Palin inflames Palin Derangement Syndrome ==>
Andreas Herrmann
Wer nicht mit Fremdwörtern umgehen kann, der muss halt die Frequenzen tragen ...
I stopped wearing frequencies years ago .. I now wear clothes. I accept my lack of knowledge and embrace it. Now I use Google translate to confuse me. - ed



“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:26-28
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 12: Morning

"Ye are Christ's." - 1 Corinthians 3:23

"Ye are Christ's." You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, "I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ's." Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ's, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ's. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, "No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ's. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ's, and cannot loiter." When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, "Thy music cannot charm me; I am Christ's." When the cause of God invites thee, give thy goods and thyself away, for thou art Christ's. Never belie thy profession. Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Saviour's, recognizing in you his features of love and his countenance of holiness. "I am a Roman!" was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, "I am Christ's!"


"I have yet to speak on God's behalf." - Job 36:2
We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set upon a hill;" he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one's self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God. If you are of a nervous temperament and of retiring disposition, take care that you do not too much indulge this trembling propensity, lest you should be useless to the church. Seek in the name of him who was not ashamed of you to do some little violence to your feelings, and tell to others what Christ has told to you. If thou canst not speak with trumpet tongue, use the still small voice. If the pulpit must not be thy tribune, if the press may not carry on its wings thy words, yet say with Peter and John, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee." By Sychar's well talk to the Samaritan woman, if thou canst not on the mountain preach a sermon; utter the praises of Jesus in the house, if not in the temple; in the field, if not upon the exchange; in the midst of thine own household, if thou canst not in the midst of the great family of man. From the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passer-by. Hide not thy talent; trade with it; and thou shalt bring in good interest to thy Lord and Master. To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honouring to the Saviour. Dumb children are an affliction to their parents. Lord, unloose all thy children's tongue.
[Lā'ban] - white or glorious.
The son of Bethuel and grandson of Nahor. Laban was the brother of Rebekah and father of Rachel and Leah. He lived in Padan-aram (Gen. 24:29, 50; 27:43; 28:2, 5).
The transactions between Laban and Jacob are well known, and speak of cunning on both sides. After twenty years Laban was reluctant to part with Jacob, whose presence was an assurance of divine blessing. "In character Laban is not pleasing," says T. A. Moxon, "and seems to reflect in an exaggerated form the more repulsive traits in the character of his nephew, Jacob: yet he shows signs of generous impulses on more than one occasion, and especially at the final parting with Jacob."

Today's reading: Genesis 29-30, Matthew 9:1-17 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 29-30

Jacob Arrives in Paddan Aram
Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples. 2 There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large. 3When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well's mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.
4 Jacob asked the shepherds, "My brothers, where are you from?"
"We're from Harran," they replied.
5 He said to them, "Do you know Laban, Nahor's grandson?"
"Yes, we know him," they answered.
6 Then Jacob asked them, "Is he well?"
"Yes, he is," they said, "and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep...."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 9:1-17

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."
At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!"
4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." 7 Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man....

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