Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thu Jan 19th Todays News

Queensland's coroner is going to open an investigation into the 1972 death of brothel madame. 45 years ago, police declared the death was a drug overdose. Shirley Brifman had been in witness protection and due to appear in a perjury case against many Queensland and NSW detectives. The NSW public service is in need of reform. It is corrupt. NSW is functioning well under Premier Mike Baird. Baird has returned the state to surplus and planned investment in infrastructure that will see NSW grow well for the next thirty years. It is entirely different from the time that a corrupt ALP claimed it was impossible for NSW to be in surplus ever again, and made plans for Sydney without leaving space for a cemetery. 

As good as NSW has been under Mike Baird, there are still things needing to be done. People supporting corruption will claim that Baird should not have cleaned up greyhounds or stopped the drunken louts killing each other and innocent people at King's Cross. But Baird was right in his decisions there. Right about greyhounds having to stop when they were deemed unpolice-able, and right to allow them to continue after the industry admitted that they could govern responsibly. However, a black spot has been the longstanding corruption of the judiciary and public service. It has seen good politicians on the Liberal National coalition forced out of office by faux claims. It has seen corrupt politicians protected. The corruption of Eddie Obeid should not be viewed in isolation. Neither should the death of Hamidur Rahman be ignored. Nor the death of Shirley Brifman. But by launching an inquiry, are the QLD authorities attempting to sanitise evidence? Corruption, left unchallenged, festers and grows without limit. It is wrong to say Baird did not face it. But it was probably an impossible task for him to address. I salute a job well done. 
=== from 2016 ===
Martin Luther King was born on Jan 15th. In honour of his birthday, black separatists are demanding Hollywood honour black actors for the colour of their skin. For the last two years some 40 actors have been picked for excellence in the field of ridiculous endeavour and none met the colour requirement. Some might say that means that black actors are fine upstanding citizens, but even so there are demands to expose them as being vain and self seeking as any. A fact based book on a slave of George Washington is removed from sale after the author spent four years researching it. It is a touching story of a slave wanting to make a cake for Washington on his birthday. Detractors claim the book suggests slaves felt joy. Some slaves did. Service is more rewarding than wealth, at times. Martin Luther King was one of the greatest of men. Not just the greatest of black men. And the show ponies pointing to skin colour are not doing him honour. Or themselves. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility 
=== from 2015 ===
Elizabeth Farrelly nails the issue of poodle walking in Sydney. Tim Blair has experimented. One suspects Tim is exaggerating, and does not feel Farrelly's pain. Sometimes a big city is hard. Still it isn't the same pain as that felt by an Iraqi Muslm whose 21 yo son has been hauled before a Sharia court. The crime has been to breed pigeons. It is not a well known crime, but still enough to haul away a young man and probably execute him. Luckily it wasn't a poodle, because then, well, it isn't worth thinking about it. The birds have been incinerated as is custom. Some would say the ISIL death cult does not speak for Islam and is not a real government. But the advocates struggle to find how they are not Islamic. 

On this day in 1520 Sten Sture the younger was mortally wounded. He had been on a horse at the Battle of Bogesund, and a cannon ball bounced off the ice and took his leg and the horse beneath him. He survived to retreat, but died on the ice lake Mälaren on February 5. He had been regent of Sweden from the age of 18 and was ambitious. His enemies won and desecrated his corpse under religious code. But he is the direct ancestor of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. In 1661, Thomas Venner was hanged drawn and quartered. He hadn't wanted Charles II to be king, so he killed people. His punishment then, seems harsh but fair. In 1788, the second part of the first fleet arrived at Botany Bay. In 1829, Faust was first performed, but notes do not say where, probably Weimar. In a prelude to WW1, in 1871, Prussia defeated France at the Battle of St Quentin. 


In 1883, Thomas Edison's built electric lighting system began service in Roselle New Jersey. In 1915, Georges Claude patented the neon tube for advertising. Meanwhile German Zeppelins bombed the UK killing 20 civilians. In 1945, Soviet forces liberated Lodz ghetto. In 1940, the ghetto housed 200,000, in 1945 there were fewer than 900 survivors. In 1953, an estimated 72% of all tv sets in the US tuned in to watch Lucille Ball giving birth on I Love Lucy. In 1969, Jan Palach died having burned himself for freedom of Czechoslovakia. In 1977, for the only time in recorded history, snow fell in Miami. In 1981, Iran signed a deal to release embassy hostages, highlighting the inability of President Carter to do it before his election attempt. In 1983, Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia. Barbie might have helped kill Che Guevarra, but that was not a good enough reason to protect him.
From 2014
A posting on the Bolt Report Supporters Group has led me to post on the Middle East and Israel. I am a Christian conservative with Jewish ancestry. I don't feel guilty over historical abuses, but acknowledge that the Holocaust of WW2 was not the sole time Jews have been unjustly assaulted. I could point to numerous examples of Jews being abused in Europe, the New World, the old world. My family fled Russia (Minsk) they had probably gone there when it was called Poland as the name in Hebrew sounds like the promised land. Russian anti Semitism under the Tsars convinced my family to go to Holland and London. They were teachers and musicians. My great grandfather played in orchestra he established in London to play for silent movies. A few living in Holland survived extermination. Nazis had taken an elderly woman who was sick, threw her into concentration camp and made her write letters asking for medicine. They apparently kept sending the letters to her relatives years after killing her. One male relative went a little crazy as he stayed in a room like Anne Frank's family did in Amsterdam. Another male joined the Dutch Resistance, and unlike his family, was not a teacher or a musician, but a soldier. My family largely have not gone to Israel. 

Following World War one, London had responsibility for the land that is now Israel's. The Balfour Declaration promised to Jewry that that land would be theirs, with a caveat ..

"His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country" 
 Which Israel honours by being a modern democracy. Following WW1, London did not honour the agreement, and the League of Nations did not facilitate it. In the years leading into WW2, when it was known Jews were being exterminated by Hitler in Germany, London, her king, the US President and many other notable figures turned their backs on Jews begging for a land of their own. 


Israel was reborn in 1948, on the 15th May. They were invaded by neighbouring states the next day. They have fought several wars since. Part of the extra land claimed since '48 has been necessary to secure her borders. Jordan came into being in '48 too, being a successor state to the Ottoman Empire. During the '48 war with Israel, Jordan illegally annexed the west bank. In later years, a civil war in Jordan resulted in some Jordanians calling themselves Palestinians. The name 'Palestinian' was chosen for political purposes, but gives the Roman name for the Jewish kingdom in ancient times. Israel secured the land in '68 and '73 and have required it ever since. 

The Land would have been indisputably Israel's by law, but the UN during the cold war had two imperatives preventing it. The Soviet Union had politically exploited the area isolating the US as Israel supporters, and the US embraced Saudi Arabia to prove they were independent. The fractured Islamic world was then exploited by the Soviet Union and wealthy Islamists. When the Soviet's dissolved, the UN had had set pieces isolating Israel. One set piece was to label Jordanians calling themselves Palestinians as refugees and instructing Israel to give up her own land to the refugees. Even though that land was being used by terrorists who weren't refugees. Another set piece had the UN declaring that any child to a so called Palestinian refugee would not be called Israeli. this is different to every other refugee camp in the world. Any child born in Australia is Australian (unless the ALP wish to call them something else). 


Today, Israel allows all peoples of any faith to live in Israel. But the UN run Palestinian area is ethnically cleansed. Israel has been forced to allow terrorists to live in Jerusalem and damage their holiest monument. They have been forced to release killers from prison 'for peace.' Israel has been forced to not build settlements in their own land. Absurdly, the safest place for a Muslim in the world is Israel, because they are not targeted by other Muslims in Israel. And yet Obama has approved building a nuclear power plant in Iran capable of harvesting plutonium for an atom bomb. 


I am not Jewish, but I stand with Israel against terrorism. Israel has a right to exist as a modern democracy and thrive as a whole nation. Israel has a right to defend her peoples from terror. Israel has a right to Jerusalem as her capital. Should Israel decide to rebuild her temple, she should. I don't mind people disagreeing with me, but I insist they give argument addressing these points, not mere abuse.
Historical perspective on this day
In 379, Emperor Gratian elevated Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gave him power over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. 639, Clovis II, king of Neustria and Burgundy, was crowned. 649, Conquest of Kucha: The forces of Kucha surrendered after a forty-day siege led by Tang dynasty general Ashina She'er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang. 1419, Hundred Years' WarRouen surrendered to Henry V of England, completing his reconquest of Normandy. 1511, Mirandola surrendered to the French. 1520, Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund. 1607, San Agustin Church in Manila was officially completed; it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. 1661, Thomas Venner was hanged, drawn and quartered in London. 1764, John Wilkes was expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel. 1788, the second group of ships of the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay. 1795, the Batavian Republic was proclaimed in the Netherlands bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands.

In 1806, the United Kingdom occupied the Cape of Good Hope. 1812, Peninsular War: After a ten-day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, ordered British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo. 1817, an army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martíncrosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru. 1829, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy received its premiere performance. 1839, the British East India Company captured Aden. 1840, Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigated Antarctica, claiming what became known as Wilkes Land for the United States. 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore received its premiere performance in Rome. 1861, American Civil WarGeorgia joined South CarolinaFloridaMississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States. 1862, American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs – The Confederacy suffered its first significant defeat in the conflict. 1871, Franco-Prussian War: In the Siege of ParisPrussia won the Battle of St. Quentin. Meanwhile, the French attempted to break the siege in the Battle of Buzenval would end unsuccessfully the following day. 1883, the first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, began service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1893, Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder received its premiere performance in Berlin. 1899, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was formed.

In 1915, Georges Claude patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising. Also 1915, World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing more than 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. 1917, Silvertown explosion: Seventy-three were killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London. 1920, the United States Senate voted against joining the League of Nations. 1935, Coopers Inc. sold the world's first briefs. 1937, Howard Hughes set a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds. 1941, World War II: The Greek Triton (Y-5) sank the Italian submarine Neghelli in Otranto. 1942, World War II: Japanese forces invaded Burma. 1945, World War II: Sovietforces liberated the Łódź Ghetto. Of more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation. 1946, General Douglas MacArthur established the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals. 1949, Cubarecognised Israel. 1953, almost 72% of all television sets in the United States were tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth.

In 1960, Japan and the United States signed the US–Japan Mutual Security Treaty 1969, student Jan Palach died after setting himself on fire three days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest about the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turned into another major protest. 1974, China gained control over all the Paracel Islands after a military engagement between the naval forces of the People's Republic of China and Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). 1975, an earthquake struck Himachal Pradesh, India 1977, President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose"). Also 1977, snow fell in Miami. This is the only time in the history of the city that snow has fallen. It also fell in The Bahamas. 1978, the last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany left VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continued until 2003. 1981, Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials signed an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity. 1983, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia. Also 1983, the Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was announced. 1986, the first IBM PC computer virus was released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in LahorePakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.

In 1991, Gulf WarIraq fired a second Scud missile into Israel, causing 15 injuries. 1993, Czech Republic and Slovakia joined the United Nations. 1995, after being struck by lightning the crew were forced to ditch Bristow Flight 56C. All 18 aboard were later rescued. 1996, the barge North Cape oil spill occurred as an engine fire forced the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. 1997, Yasser Arafat returned to Hebronafter more than 30 years and joined celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city. 1999, British Aerospace agreed to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999. 2006, the New Horizons probe was launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto. 2007, Turkish Journalist Hrant Dink was assassinated in front of his newspaper's office by 17-year-old Turkish ultra-nationalist Ogün Samast. 2012, the Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload was shut down by the FBI. 2013, a failed attempt to assassinate Ahmed Dogan, chairman of the Bulgarian political party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, on live television was foiled by security guards. 2014, a bomb attack on an army convoy in the city of Bannu killed at least 26 soldiers and injures 38 others.
=== Publishing News ===
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.
If you have a heart for giving, I fundraise at gofund.me/27tkwuc
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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 Aaron Haider and Bobby Lam. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
January 19Theophany (Julian calendar); Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States (2015)
Prince William V of Orange
We have built the temple. The republic is established. We have learned to store munitions safely. The Earth has moved. Be the survivor. Let's party. 
Deaths
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Tim Blair




THE SECURITY GUARD EFFECT

ESPN tennis commentator Doug Adler faces demands for his sacking after saying Venus Williams was putting “the gorilla effect” on her opponent.

THURSDAY NOTICEBOARD

Today’s noticeboard is brought to you by the resignation of NSW premier Mike Baird.
19 Jan
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GLENN FREY

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (8:36pm)

The founding Eagle’s death at 67 provokes recollections and reviews from Ed Driscoll: 
While the Eagles were often country-flavored pop (especially in their pre-Walsh recordings), their brilliant harmonies and Beatles-esque ability to push the boundaries in the recording studio was nothing to sneeze at. Like the Beatles, their last album before splitting up in 1980 was essentially recorded at gunpoint and the exhaustion is palpable to the listener. And like the Beatles, their solo careers often seemed to pale compared to their group output. 
Never much of an Eagles fan here, although those harmonies were as good as Ed describes. Glenn Frey and his band lend their abilities to a fine Randy Newman tune:

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NEED A BIGGER PISTOL REVOLVER

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (6:03pm)

Hitting that damn poley bear is harder than it looks.
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LAWS WILL SAVE US ALL

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (3:58am)

Chicago has some of America’s toughest gun laws
Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public. 
Obviously, then, Chicago has very few gun crimes. Er, maybe not
Seven people were shot to death and 30 more were wounded across Chicago over the weekend, raising the number of shootings in the city to more than 100 in just over a week into the new year, according to police …
As of Monday morning, at least 19 people have been killed in gun violence in Chicago this year and at least 101 more have been wounded. 
Meanwhile, in the Australian Capital Territory
Gun ownership has risen 3 per cent in the past year, with one firearm registered for every 20 residents in the ACT.
There are now 583 extra firearms belonging to 197 more licensees in the capital than there were at the start of 2015. 
Almost all of those firearms would be rifles and shotguns. Here’s the image Fairfax’s Canberra Times used to illustrate that story:



The Canberra Times caption: “A pistol revolver.”
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GLOBAL WARMING HITS INNER MELBOURNE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (2:33am)

Those tireless news hounds at the Age never miss a major story:



Here’s the subsequent scoop.
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HUMAN KINDLE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (2:13am)

Hot bingo wing action as the Guardian‘s Vanessa Badham makes fine creative use of an abundant natural resource.
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SCENT OF ISIS

Tim Blair – Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (12:23am)

If you want to use perfume during your travel, don’t use the oily, non-alcoholic perfume that Muslims use.



Use generic alcoholic perfume as everyone does, and if you are a man, use perfume for men. 
Alternatively, you could choose not to be an idiot.
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BIRDMEN OF AL KHALIS

Tim Blair – Monday, January 19, 2015 (5:19am)

Eastern Iraq farmer Abu Abdullah received some unwanted visitors last week. The 52-year-old was at his Diyala property when six Islamic State gunmen burst in and grabbed Abdullah’s oldest son, who is 21.
“I asked them why,” Abdullah later told the US NBC network by telephone, “and they said, ‘He is not following the real Islam. He must be punished for being a pigeon breeder.’ “ 

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SYDNEY POODLE EXPERIMENT

Tim Blair – Monday, January 19, 2015 (4:24am)

Three times in recent years Sydney Morning Herald columnist Elizabeth Farrelly has become involved in unpleasant encounters as she rode or walked through inner Sydney.
“Anzac Day, mid-morning. A quiet street on quieter day. I’m poodle-walking,” began one such tale, which ended with Farrelly being abused by a hostile cyclist ("Don’t be so rude, lady!"). Last week Farrelly reported another enraged two-wheeler. “It’s Sunday afternoon. I’m walking the dog on Cleveland Street,” Farrelly wrote. “The traffic is relatively light and the footpath outside the Greek Orthodox church relatively cluttered – three poles, two palm trees, one oncoming pedestrian with full set of golf clubs, and a standard poodle (mine).”
That perfect pedestrian/poles/poodle storm resulted in yet more abuse ("You could’ve got outta the way! You’re just a great big f-----g c---!"). These stories fascinate me, because for the best part of a decade I’ve walked many of the same streets and never experienced nor witnessed similar attacks.

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SUNNI LISTON

Tim Blair – Monday, January 19, 2015 (3:17am)

Sydney heavyweight Irfan Yusuf – briefly a contender for the lucrative title of Australia’s primary mainstream Islamic voice, before he was knocked out by Waleed “Muhammad” Aly – considers recent events
The general response in the West to the appalling January 7 Paris attacks show that the Western view of terrorism has barely changed since 9/11. The same themes persist – “they” are terrorising “us”. “Their” moderates need to do more to stop “their” extremists from attacking “us”. Why aren’t more of “their” moderates speaking out? Why don’t “they” respect “our” values? Why don’t “they” take responsibility? 
The reason the West’s response hasn’t changed is because terrorism hasn’t changed. It is still them versus us. What else could it be? Coke versus Pepsi? Cats versus dogs? Irfan versus a salad? 
Surely holding all Muslims (one-quarter of the world’s population) collectively responsible for the actions of fringe groups should be universally hounded as imbecilic. 
With those numbers, it ought to be a simple matter to police so-called “fringe” groups. Unless, you know, there is broader general support for these groups than Irfan might admit. 
There’s a new generation of Muslims born and brought up in Australia who better understand and are less afraid to engage with media, politics and mainstream culture ... 
Here’s young Australian Muslim Mohamed Elomar engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Khaled Sharrouf engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Wissam Haddad engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Bilaal Abdullah engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Abu Yahya ash Shami engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s a very young Australian Muslim engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Uthman Badar engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Numan Haider engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Hamdi al Qudsi engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Mohammad Ali Baryalei engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Junaid Thorne engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Amira Karroum engaging with mainstream culture. Here are young Australian Muslims Omar, Taha, Hamza and Bilal Elbaf engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Amirah Droudis engaging with mainstream culture. Here are young Australian Muslims Hafsa Mohamed and Hodan Abby engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Sulayman Khalid engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Zehra Duman engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Suhan Rahman engaging with mainstream culture. Here’s young Australian Muslim Musa Cerantonio engaging with mainstream culture. Irfan continues: 
Nor was there much said about Boko Haram’s assaults in Nigeria. In one such assault, which took place around the same time as the Paris attack, more than 1000 people were murdered. The Nigerian schoolgirls have still not been captured, though they have been immortalised in a Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting them as pregnant welfare queens demanding no one touch their payments. 
Irfan misrepresents Charlie Hebdo‘s welfare cartoon. Vox sets him straight: “Charlie Hebdo is actually lampooning the idea that Boko Haram sex slaves are welfare queens, not endorsing it.” Next, Irfan offers his own version of “What about the British in Malaya in the 1950s?”
Who are the most feared group in India? “Communist terrorist groups are by far the most frequent perpetrators and the main cause of deaths in India,” the [2013 Global Terrorism Index] noted. “Three Maoist communist groups claimed responsibility for 192 deaths in 2013, which was nearly half of all deaths from terrorism in India.”
The Maoist uprising, which started in 1967, has been operating in 20 of India’s 29 states. 
In other words, “What about the Maoist uprisings in India 1967-2013?”. This bloke is hopeless. Waleed Aly’s arguments are sometimes slippery enough to present a challenge. By contrast, Irfan exhibits all the debating finesse of a punctured Skywhale
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Djev Gvoritzc Well you better watch out for the specie with most deaths on it's name.... ...

Djev Gvoritzc oh and that specie is not listed here... 

David Daniel Ball Mosquito?


David Daniel Ball drop bears? They clean up after their kill ..

Djev Gvoritzc Humans, dear people...

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Greens don’t have a prayer of replacing God

Piers Akerman – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (11:27pm)

BEREFT of significant nation-building policies, acting Greens leader Richard di Natale, has launched a crusade to axe the Lord’s Prayer from the formal opening of parliamentary sittings. 

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STABILIDY AND SECURIDY IN THE REGION

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 19, 2014 (1:14am)

A packed house for Julia Gillard’s big Dubai speech:

Three mentions of V8 Supercars (from 9:15). Maybe Tim wrote the speech. To Gillard’s credit, she did stand up for Israel while endorsing Palestinian independence. All the chicks in the crowd loved it:



Gillard barely touched on women’s issues during her speech, but there was this answer to a question (at 1:07:40) from a New Zealand student who asked about female representation in Middle Eastern politics: 
Ah, well, ah, it, you know, it’s, ah, not, not for me, ah, to, ah, you know, determine how, ah, countries and individuals determine these issues … 
So much for her vow to “call out misogyny and sexism wherever I see it”.
(Via That Old Stone in the Shoe) 
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HOOROO HIROO

Tim Blair – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (5:44pm)

A Japanese soldier who hid in the jungle for 29 years after World War II has died at 91: 
Hiroo Onoda was one of about 60 soldiers who fought on from their jungle strongholds after the war, refusing to believe that the Japanese empire had been defeated.
The former army intelligence officer spent three decades waging his own guerrilla war on Lubang Island in the north-western Philippines.
In 1974 he laid down his arms, but only after his former commanding officer returned and personally ordered him to do so. 
How did Hiroo remain so completely oblivious to the war’s end and subsequent global developments during his decades in hiding? 
For information, he would listen to a stolen shortwave radio. His favourite broadcast was ABC Radio Australia. 
(Via CL)
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SIDE CHOSEN

Tim Blair – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (5:41pm)

The Courier-Mail‘s gullible Paul Syvret seems upset by a lack of boats
If I was Indonesia I’d now be tempted to provide naval escorts for refugee boats to the edge of Aust waters 
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ANNITA WHO?

Tim Blair – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (5:38pm)

To celebrate Paul Keating’s 70th birthday, Fairfax’s Jacqueline Maley files 1730 words of love about the “incredibly warm, intensely loyal, incredibly funny’’ former Labor Prime Minister, who “has read everything, listened to everything and sometimes, it seems, knows everything.”
Maley doesn’t mention Keating’s former wife Annita, to whom he was married for 23 years before dumping her at a dinner party.
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HARVEY AND MERYL VERSUS THE NRA

Tim Blair – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (3:59pm)

US firearms manufacturers may as well shut down right away: 
Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has revealed plans to expose the National Rifle Association in a new movie starring Meryl Streep, saying “they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them” …
Weinstein said the movie would do so much damage to gun manufacturers that their stocks would “crash and burn” upon its release. 
Interestingly, Weinstein is “one of the strongest supporters of President Barack Obama”, who happens to behistory’s greatest gun salesman. Readers may be familiar with Weinstein’s production of films such as Reservoir DogsPulp FictionKill Bill and Rambo, none of which feature any firearms or glorify violence in any way.
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CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE

Tim Blair – Saturday, January 18, 2014 (2:05pm)

Andrew Bolt smugly dismisses claims that Sydney is suffering a frightening global-warming induced heatwave. Well,what do you say to this, Mr Gaia-Hating Denier Man?
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A happy and confident man should speak faster

Andrew Bolt January 19 2014 (7:56am)

Tony Abbott’s speech patterns as Prime Minister are to some extent a metaphor for his first months in office - much caution, but too little identity:
Mr Abbott speaks 100 words a minute slower in media interviews than he did in opposition, and also speaks in a more monotone voice, according to Cate Madill, the director of the voice research laboratory at the University of Sydney’s faculty of health sciences… 
Her analysis found his interview responses dropped from 216 words a minute to 108 words a minute… ‘’There is always a balance between authority and spontaneity, but the hard part is you risk losing the sense of who you are, and that was what Julia Gillard suffered from. I think he’s now on a par with her wooden presentation style...”
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The gobal warming faith sees warming even in ice

Andrew Bolt January 19 2014 (7:31am)


Global warming is actually a faith. Let Rev.  Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology at the snow-bound Chicago Theological Seminary, demonstrate:
Hell is normally depicted as a “lake of fire,” as in Revelation 20:10. This week in the Midwest, however, Hell is likely to look more like lakes of ice, as dangerous cold from a polar vortex, brings “wind chills [that] could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.” The Great Lakes will likely freeze over and prolong an already very cold winter. 
This is the chilling effect of global warming…
Simply put, the Christian theological argument must start with our sinful failure to take care of the creation, as God intends (Gen. 2:15). Instead, we are trashing the planet and changing its climate primarily through the fossil fuel emissions.
Sin against the creation abounds…
The climate is where the weird things are. You may not know the cause, but everybody knows the weather sure has gotten weird. Weird is threatening. Weird is scary.
And you should be scared.
In history, artists have portrayed scenes of the fiery Hell as very scary. Today, there is a Hell coming toward us, but it is a frigid apocalypse, brought on by our own sinful disregard of the planet. 
The future prospects are chilling. 
When freezing is warming, emissions a “sin against the creation”, and “the climate is where the weird things are” you know you have left the world of reason and facts no longer count. You will not change such a believer’s faith until hell freezes over, and, as we see, probably not even then.
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Professor David Deming, a geophysicist, responds to the babbling of a Brooks:
Global warming is nowhere to be found. The mean global temperature has not risen in 17 years and has been slowly falling for approximately the past 10 years…
At the end of the first week in January, a brutal spell of cold weather settled over most of the country. Multiple cold-temperature records were shattered across the country… . Chicago and New York City broke temperature records set in 1894 and 1896, respectively… Weather extremes also seem to bring out the lunatic fringe… We were subjected to the oxymoronic explanation that frigid weather was, in fact, caused by global warming. According to Time magazine, cold temperatures in the United States were a result of global warming forcing the polar vortex southward. But in 1974, the same Time informed us that descent of the polar vortex into temperate zones was a harbinger of a new Ice Age.
(Via Watts Up With That.) 
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Gillard can’t shout “misogynist” in Arabic

Andrew Bolt January 19 2014 (7:04am)

 Julia Gillard in 2012 in Canberra, smearing Tony Abbott as a woman-hater:
Enough is enough… When I see sexism and misogyny, I’m gonna call ‘em for what they are.
Gillard in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, where raped women are jailed for adultery:
Gillard barely touched on women’s issues during her speech, but there was this answer to a question (at 1:07:40) from a New Zealand student who asked about female representation in Middle Eastern politics: 
Ah, well, ah, it, you know, it’s, ah, not, not for me, ah, to, ah, you know, determine how, ah, countries and individuals determine these issues … 
It’s remarkable what people are prepared to overlook when they sense a future on the UN circuit.
(Via Tim Blair.) 
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Why do we fund men who censor poets for their political connections?

Andrew Bolt January 18 2014 (6:23pm)

 The taxpayer-funded Overland magazine decides to ban poets who are published in the politically conservative Quadrant. Poetry editor Peter Minter declares he does not “wish to have any association with the authors of a journal edited by Keith Windschuttle”.
How McCarthyist. It is bizarre how intolerant the Left can be while claiming to represent the politics of tolerance. Imagine what such people would if granted real power. Or just think the Union of Soviet Writers.
Question is, why does the state fund a literary magazine which punishes poets for their political associations? And how feeble is Overland to challenge conservatives not with argument but with bans on the poets they support? The very antithesis of intellectual engagement. The very seeds of totalitarianism.
UPDATE
Turns out Minter also has a very fashionable academic position - one that is almost a parody of modern Leftism, involving issues it is now legally dangerous to publicly satirise:
Dr Peter Minter is Coordinator of the Indigenous Australian Studies Major and Coordinator of Honours in Indigenous Australian Studies. He is an ARC Chief Investigator on the “AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource” consortium, contributing to the national “BlackWords” Aboriginal literature digital humanities infrastructure project. 
Dr Minter’s teaching and research interests are in Australian Aboriginal Literature and Australian Literature…
A leading Australian poet, editor and scholar, Dr Minter’s expertise is concentrated in Indigenous literatures and their interpolations of Australian and transnational modernisms and countermodernisms. His work proposes critical and theoretical affiliations between Indigenous literatures and western cultural formations such as marxism, surrealism, psychoanalysis, economics , ecology, and law. He is particularly interested in comparative and interdisciplinary studies of interactions between Indigenous poetics and cultures of avant-garde experimentalism, the visual arts, cinema, music, resistance politics and ecopoetics. 
Whoever wrote his CV does not have a way with words.
UPDATE
Minter’s crude shutting down of debate is in breach of the Australia Council’s objectives for funding this magazine with our taxes:
The Literature Panel aims are to encourage the writing and reading of Australian literature, to open up opportunities for our writers to earn from their creative work, and to keep the avenues of debate, discussion, analysis and criticism open.
But don’t expect the politically loaded panel responsible for the grants to bother too much about this punishment of poets with conservative ties.
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Reader Andrew V:
Andrew, you don’t seem to mention the point that Joe Dolce, who wrote the original Quadrant piece, is an unabashed leftist, and makes the point that Quadrant have never banned him from posting pieces in other publications, even encouraging him to post pieces too edgy for then in other publications such as the Monthly. Even an old leftie like Joe is now starting to see who the real totalitarians are!
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Possums at my feet at last

Andrew Bolt January 18 2014 (6:13pm)


One of the most attractive innovations I saw in New Zealand. As an Australian gardener I would wear these socks with a special pleasure, despite the price. 
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Green power was useless in this heatwave. Praise coal - and the “gold-plating” Gillard attacked

Andrew Bolt January 18 2014 (1:28pm)

Carbon taxThe green movement

The worst heat often occurs when there is not a breath of wind, which is a problem if you rely on wind power for your airconditioning to survive a heat wave:
WHEN electricity demand peaked at the height of this week’s heatwave in southern Australia, the total power output from the fleet of wind farms across Victoria and South Australia was almost zero... 
Figures supplied by the Australian Energy Market Operator show that between 11.30am and 4pm on Wednesday, as demand hit a daily peak of 33029 megawatts nationally, wind’s share of supply fell as low as 0.3 per cent. When the electricity price peaked at $6213 in South Australian on Wednesday in the half-hour to 4pm, wind was contributing 0.7 per cent to total demand.
And solar power remains more a green gesture than a major source of energy:
More than $2 billion of subsidised investment in over 2 million rooftop solar systems contributed less than 5 per cent of peak power demand in ­Victoria and South Australia during the worst of this week’s heatwave. 
This goes straight to the madness of Labor’s crusade against cheap coal-fired power and of the Renewable Energy Target that is still backed by the Abbott Government. Why are we taxing cheap, reliable power and giving handouts to expensive, unreliable power that can’t even power airconditioning in a heatwave?
But this week exposed another fraud of the Left. Julia Gillard as Prime Minister tried to deflect anger at her carbon tax by attacking utilities for their high spending on making our power system able to cope with days of highest demand - typically days like the ones we have just had:
Ms. Gillard pointed her finger at the “gold-plating” of electricity infrastructure being a major driver of price hikes, rather than the carbon price and green initiatives such as supporting the uptake of solar panel systems:

“These energy price rises are well above the cost of the introduction of the carbon price and taking action on climate change. 9c of every dollar in an electricity bill is for the carbon price - and that’s fully compensated - while 51c is for the poles and wires.”

The Prime Minister also pointed out a quarter of all retail electricity costs is spent to meet the costs of peak events that last for a few days a year.

“One sixth of our national electricity networks - $11 billion in infrastructure - caters for peak events that last for barely four days per year.
I thought it astonishing that so many journalists fell for this red herring. Ask yourself: do you begrudge that investment now? Or would you have been happy for the power in Melbourne and Adelaide to have failed this week, at the cost of who knows how many lives of the elderly and frail? 
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Cinnamon and Honey
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey.. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing" . When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey
Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS:
Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL:
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH:
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS:
According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ' Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu..

LONGEVITY:
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

PIMPLES:
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE:
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH:
People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! 
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For there to be peace in the Middle East, peace must be taught. 

Sadly, Palestinian television shows and leaders continue to promote hate and violence against Jews and Israel.

When a terrorist is a hero, can there ever be peace?

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Good Idea.

Inspect it before they bomb it or is Bibi just full of hot air ?

Ask yourself why a nation with more oil than you can point a stick at needs nuclear energy in one of the most earthquake prone zones in the world ?

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“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 18: Morning

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." -Hebrews 4:9

How different will be the state of the believer in heaven from what it is here! Here he is born to toil and suffer weariness, but in the land of the immortal, fatigue is never known. Anxious to serve his Master, he finds his strength unequal to his zeal: his constant cry is, "Help me to serve thee, O my God." If he be thoroughly active, he will have much labour; not too much for his will, but more than enough for his power, so that he will cry out, "I am not wearied of the labour, but I am wearied in it." Ah! Christian, the hot day of weariness lasts not forever; the sun is nearing the horizon; it shall rise again with a brighter day than thou hast ever seen upon a land where they serve God day and night, and yet rest from their labours. Here, rest is but partial, there, it is perfect. Here, the Christian is always unsettled; he feels that he has not yet attained. There, all are at rest; they have attained the summit of the mountain; they have ascended to the bosom of their God. Higher they cannot go. Ah, toil-worn labourer, only think when thou shalt rest forever! Canst thou conceive it? It is a rest eternal; a rest that "remaineth." Here, my best joys bear "mortal" on their brow; my fair flowers fade; my dainty cups are drained to dregs; my sweetest birds fall before Death's arrows; my most pleasant days are shadowed into nights; and the flood-tides of my bliss subside into ebbs of sorrow; but there, everything is immortal; the harp abides unrusted, the crown unwithered, the eye undimmed, the voice unfaltering, the heart unwavering, and the immortal being is wholly absorbed in infinite delight. Happy day! happy! when mortality shall be swallowed up of life, and the Eternal Sabbath shall begin.

Evening

"He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." - Luke 24:27

The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey. Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and he was not ashamed to exercise his calling before an audience of two persons, neither does he now refuse to become the teacher of even one. Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till he is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.

This unrivalled tutor used as his class-book the best of books. Although able to reveal fresh truth, he preferred to expound the old. He knew by his omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, he showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God. The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea. When Jesus himself sought to enrich others, he wrought in the quarry of Holy Scripture.

The favoured pair were led to consider the best of subjects, for Jesus spake of Jesus, and expounded the things concerning himself. Here the diamond cut the diamond, and what could be more admirable? The Master of the House unlocked his own doors, conducted the guests to his table, and placed his own dainties upon it. He who hid the treasure in the field himself guided the searchers to it. Our Lord would naturally discourse upon the sweetest of topics, and he could find none sweeter than his own person and work: with an eye to these we should always search the Word. O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!

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Benjamin 
[Bĕn'jamĭn] - son of the right hand.
1. The youngest son of Jacob and the only one born in Canaan; founder of a tribal family. His mother, Rachel, who died in giving birth to Benjamin, named him with her last breath Benoni "son of sorrow." Jacob changed the name to Benjamin (Gen. 35:18, 24).
The Man Beloved of Jehovah
The prophecy of Jacob regarding Benjamin is short and easily verified. Personal courage and martial temperament, a characteristic of the Benjamites throughout history, are before us in Benjamin as a ravening wolf devouring the prey and dividing the spoil. Benjamin was the last, the bravest and the best-beloved tribe of all the tribes of Israel, the center of the affections of the whole family, and the dwelling place of the beloved of the Lord (Deut. 33:12).
Some Benjamites of the Bible are the second of the Judges, Ehud, Saul, the first of Israel's kings and Saul of Tarsus, who was "not a whit behind the chiefest of the apostles." Although "the smallest of the tribes" (1 Sam. 9:21), Benjamin was not to be despised. Christ came from a small village. In the division of the land, as Joshua records it, Jerusalem was assigned to Benjamin (Josh. 18:28) - a fact referred to by the psalmist, "There is little Benjamin their ruler." Between the shoulders of Benjamin, the God of Israel caused His name to dwell. In Benjamin He "covered Israel all the day long."
The tribe of Benjamin, as the seat of God's love, ought to be the meeting place for all Israel; Jerusalem is so, in a figure. It has open gates for all the tribes of Israel.
2. A son or descendant of Harim who put away his foreign wife (Ezra 10:32).
3. A son of Bilhan and a great-grandson of Benjamin (1 Chron. 7:10).
4. One who took part in the repair of the wall (Neh. 3:23).
5. Another who did the same (Jer. 20:2; 37:13; 38:7Zech. 14:10).
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Today's reading: Genesis 43-45, Matthew 12:24-50 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 43-45

The Second Journey to Egypt
Now the famine was still severe in the land. 2 So when they had eaten all the grain they had brought from Egypt, their father said to them, "Go back and buy us a little more food."
3 But Judah said to him, "The man warned us solemnly, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.' 4 If you will send our brother along with us, we will go down and buy food for you. 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down, because the man said to us, 'You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.'"
6 Israel asked, "Why did you bring this trouble on me by telling the man you had another brother?"

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 12:24-50

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

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