Friday, June 02, 2017

Fri Jun 2nd Todays News

Some things should not happen, but they do. Spending over $US100 trillion to curb temperatures outside by 0.03 degrees centigrade in a century's time seems wrong. We don't have the right tools to deal with the issue which may not even need to be addressed. Give me half and I could do better. Even more absurd when one thinks that without spending a cent, one could instead feed the starving, shelter the homeless, and do everything we used to do before addressing AGW. AGW is not a threat to humanity. Wealth redistribution is. In Victoria, Dan Andrews is shutting down base-load power stations and expanding more expensive sun and wind power. And raising taxes to do it. And the only sane leader in the G7, the only capable person who recognises the sham for what it is, is Donald Trump, who is leading the US away from the Paris accords. 

In 455, Sack of RomeVandals entered Rome, and plundered the city for two weeks. It was a gentle sack. The previous emperor, Valentinian had promised his daughter in marriage to the Vandal King Genseric's son. However when Valentinian died, his replacement married his widow and married his son to their daughter. Generic decided this ended a peace treaty and so he took his troops to Rome. The then Pope negotiated opening the walls if Generic did not slaughter the population or ancient churches. A large number of ships are recorded as having shipped with slaves on board, but Genseric's word seemed good. 1010, the Battle of Aqbat al-Bakr took place in the context of the Fitna of al-Andalus resulting in a defeat for the Caliphate of Cordoba. Christians and Muslims united in this victory in Spain. 

1692, Bridget Bishop was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Many today believe Bridget innocent. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. It is possible she was the victim of ergot poisoning. 1763, Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, MichiganChippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort. The actual rebellion was deadly, and not funny, and forced a change in policy of the British. 1774, Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act was enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters were not provided. It was a response to the Boston Tea Party. 1793, French RevolutionFrançois Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrested 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror. Prior to 1793, Girondists were viewed as left wing, after, they were viewed as right wing. But their policy positions had not changed. Marat had pulled France extreme left, and his murder came too late. 

1855, the Portland Rum Riot occurred in Portland, Maine.  In 1851, Portland Mayor Dow had brought in prohibition of alcohol with caveats for medicinal or mechanical use. In 1855, Dow had stocked an area for the medicinal requirements of the populace, but jealous residents, including Irish who felt unfairly targeted by the regulation, rioted. The regulation was repealed in 1856. 1866, Fenian raids: The Fenians were victorious over Canadian forces in both the Battle of Ridgeway and the Battle of Fort Erie. Fenians were Irish separatists who weren't fighting in Ireland.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.





Here is a video I made Spring Song

The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke is a verse novel by Australian novelist and poet C. J. Dennis. The book sold over 60,000 copies in nine editions within the first year, and is probably one of the highest selling verse novels ever published in Australia..




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Today an immunotherapy research document was published suggesting a cure for cancer. Three patients have had cures, whereby their immune system was introduced to a cancer vaccine developed in a lab based on their cancer. The method seems cheap and effective. More research needs to be done to ensure the method is safe. But it offers hope. Meanwhile, the current Australian Election does not. And the NSW Government has appointed another left wing extremist to the position of Education chief. The former head of the ABC was responsible for pulling the station further to the left during his tenure. He showed no leadership over the area of balance of political commentary. He championed the theft of $trillions from the world's poorest over AGW. He championed the drowning of thousands of so called refugees. Maybe the NSW government is being balanced, but it is doubtful it is being competent with the choice of Education Chief.  

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility. 
=== from 2015 ===
Pell has addressed all the pedophilia issues twice before. The upcoming testimony seems to be addressing persecution, not prosecution. Yet the rabid media say he has been hiding. That is not balanced reporting but partisan, and is similar to that which claimed former Governor General Hollingworth who had done nothing wrong. To be fair, Cardinal Pell had been more proactive on the issue of pedophilia creating a department to address the issue of victims when he first rose to be Cardinal in Victoria. He is not accused of having personally been involved. 

The leaking of cabinet discussions is a serious issue which threatens to undermine Mr Abbott. But while the leaking will weaken the party, Mr Abbott is now set in stone for the next election. On the other hand, Mr Shorten is looking terminal. The ALP are even considering the incompetent Morris Iemma, who failed as Premier of NSW. But the problem for each party is not leadership but policy. Mr Abbott can bring in gay marriage despite being personally against it, and make it acceptable to churches who would rather hide between the state's legs than take ownership. There are also substantive issues of state protection and security, the economy, education and health in which the conservatives are traditionally better managers of than the ALP. 
From 2014
None in 2014 because of Government and public service corruption related to the petitions
Historical perspective on this day
In 455, Sack of RomeVandals entered Rome, and plundered the city for two weeks 1010, the Battle of Aqbat al-Bakr took place in the context of the Fitna of al-Andalus resulting in a defeat for the Caliphate of Cordoba. 1098, First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ended as Crusader forces took the city. The second siege would later start on June 7. 1615, the first Récollet missionaries arrived at Quebec City, from RouenFrance. 1676, Franco-Dutch WarFrance ensured the supremacy of its naval fleet for the remainder of the war with its victory in the Battle of Palermo. 1692, Bridget Bishop was the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she was hanged on June 10. 1763, Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, MichiganChippewascaptured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort. 1774, Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act was enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters were not provided. 1793, French RevolutionFrançois Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrested 22 Girondistsselected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror.

In 1805, Napoleonic Wars: A Franco-Spanish fleet recaptureDiamond Rock, an uninhabited island at the entrance to the bay leading to Fort-de-France, from the British. 1835, P. T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States. 1848, the Slavic congressin Prague began. 1855, the Portland Rum Riot occurred in Portland, Maine. 1866, Fenian raids: The Fenians were victorious over Canadian forces in both the Battle of Ridgeway and the Battle of Fort Erie. 1876, Hristo Botev, a national revolutionary of Bulgaria, was killed in Stara Planina 1886, the U.S. President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion. 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio.

In 1909, Alfred Deakin became Prime Minister of Australia for the third time. 1910, Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, became the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane. 1919, Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities. 1924, the U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States. 1941, World War II: German paratoopers murdered Greek civilians in the village of Kondomari. 1946, Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendumItalians voted to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum, King Umberto II of Italy was exiled. 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned Queen of the United KingdomCanadaAustraliaNew Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised. 1955, the USSR and Yugoslavia signed the Belgrade declaration and thus normalised relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.

In 1962, during the 1962 FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history. 1966, Surveyor programSurveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world. 1967, Luis Monge was executed in Colorado's gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States. Also 1967, Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran turned into riots, during which Benno Ohnesorg was killed by a police officer. His death resulted in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June. 1979, Pope John Paul II started his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country. 1983, after an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 were killed when a flashover occurred as the plane's doors opened. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations were put in place.

In 1990, the Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawned 66 confirmed tornadoes in IllinoisIndianaKentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. Petersburg, Indiana, was the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with six deaths. 1995, United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady's F-16 was shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone. 1997, in Denver, ColoradoTimothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was executed four years later. 1999, the Bhutan Broadcasting Service brought television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time. 2003, Europe launched its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launched from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. 2004, Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy! 2012, the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. 2014, Telangana officially became the 29th state of India.
=== 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 Jano Toledo. The same day as when in 1615, Rouen missionaries went to modern day Quebec. They were successful, and Quebec still speaks french today. In 1805, a Napoleonic Spanish French fleet valiantly captured an uninhabited island from the British, a few months before losing everything to Nelson. In 1910, Charles Rolls who co founded Rolls Royce did a non stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane .. first of a long line of idiots. But it is your day, and being a musician .. well .. greatness to play.
Deaths
Scott O'Grady
Our siege has ended. Our congress are slaves. We are married to our work. It rolls. We ejected safely. Let's party. 
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Tim Blair



GOVERNMENT YOGA AND PONY FUN FOR ALL

Definition creep is the phenomenon whereby the meaning of something expands to cover areas not originally intended to be so defined.
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Andrew Bolt



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MORRISON OBEYED

Tim Blair – Thursday, June 02, 2016 (12:26pm)

On the issue of guy offensiveness, the ABC immediately falls into line: 
‘Guys’ is not the only inappropriate phrase commonly directed at women in the workplace. 
On Tuesday nobody had a problem with it. Then, on Wednesday, David Morrison handed down his anti-guy ruling. Now the word is out, even for those who previously found it acceptable: 
Diane Smith-Gander, president of women’s advocacy group Chief Executive Women, told Fairfax Media she used the word ‘guys’ often at work, and “it is going to be a real problem for me ... it’s a word I use all the time”.
She said the word had evolved into a non-discriminatory gender-neutral term. Nevertheless she said she supported his campaign. 
Women’s advocate Smith-Gander is letting a man decide what she is allowed to say. Interesting. Meanwhile, Morrison issued another decree at last night’s Sydney smugfest
We need to be careful about the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. 
There’s your Australian of the Year telling Australians to be careful when discussing Australia with other Australians. Just think about that for a minute.
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THROWN OF GAMES

Tim Blair – Thursday, June 02, 2016 (11:47am)

The NRL faces possible match-fixing allegations
“The Organised Crime Squad is in the early stages of examining information to alleged match fixing in the NRL,” a police spokeswoman confirmed to the Daily Telegraph.
“No further comment is appropriate at this stage.” 
The Daily Telegraph will have more as this story develops.
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TAKE THE ABC PLEDGE

Tim Blair – Thursday, June 02, 2016 (11:38am)

ABC enthusiasts plan on asking voters to swear an oath of allegiance to the billion-dollar broadcaster: 
A cashed-up campaign to oppose funding cuts to the ABC and defend the public broadcaster’s independence will target more than 20 marginal Coalition seats in a new headache for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
More than 10 videos will be released on social media urging younger voters to support candidates who commit to restore funding cut since the last election. The national campaign has also enlisted thousands of volunteers to ask voters in the marginal seats to sign “pledge cards” supporting the ABC …
“We’re throwing everything we have at changing public opinion because we see this as a crucial election for the national broadcaster,” Ranald Macdonald, ABC Friends spokesman, told Fairfax Media.
“The more than $300 million in cuts to the ABC since the Abbott-Turnbull governments came to power has routed the organisation, costing jobs, quality, and hundreds of hours of Australian-produced content.” 
Routed? Accuracy in language means absolutely nothing to these people.
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RAT IN THE RANKS

Tim Blair – Thursday, June 02, 2016 (11:26am)

Tanya Plibersek and Bill Shorten with a rat:

Apparently a woman this morning asked Plibersek to look after the creature while she made a phone call, and then just wandered away. Presumably the rat will feature in Labor’s next animal welfare ad
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BURGERS FOR ALL

Tim Blair – Thursday, June 02, 2016 (10:05am)

Texans are rightly fond of their Whataburgers
Gary Gostecnik, 71, of Pattison is a man accustomed to his daily meal from Whataburger. After the Brazos River flooding trapped him in his own home Friday though, he had to go without his “No. 1 with cheese, cut the onions, with extra tomatoes” for days.
“Every time I have talked to him since Friday, he has asked for Whataburger,” his wife Carol Gostecnik told The Dallas Morning News.
But the tipping point came Monday when Gary decided enough was enough. He pulled out a John Deere 8630 tractor and drove it through the surrounding flood and toward the Brazos River Bridge in San Felipe to meet his family before sending his wife to drive to Whataburger.
After receiving his burger, and a few for his neighbors, Gary made his way back home on his tractor and delivered the meals like a true Texas hero. 
Indeed he did. Not sure I’d go that far, but for a P.Terry’s I’d dig a tunnel by hand. Those burgers are sensational.
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Scaring kids into the green faith

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (6:11pm) 

The green movementThe new moralitythree

 THERE’S many green activists who can see all the way to the African rainforests, but can’t see the bawling baby in front of them.
It’s what Charles Dickens called “telescopic philanthropy”, and you can see it in the latest green propaganda clip to go viral.
It stars Henry Marr, a six-year-old from Washington, bawling from the fear of the green doom preached by his parents and teachers.
Filmed by his proud mother, Henry is shown strapped in his car seat, tears streaming down his face. When he finally can speak, he explains what has so terrified him.
“The planet is going to be wrecked,” he sobs, before bursting into tears again, joined by wails from a younger child next to him.
“People are just being rude to it. They throw trash on the ground. They cut down trees. They make forests into places, into roads,” Henry cries, sitting in his mum’s car, parked on one of these roads.

“They need to think what they are doing to the planet. What they are doing to animals. They are being so bad ... I hate them, Mum.”
It is troubling that this video evidence of something close to child abuse is a huge hit in green circles.
(Read full column here.) 
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How dare the Andrews Government pay off its union mates by destroying the CFA

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (5:29pm)

The Socialist Left Government of Victoria is conniving in the disgraceful bid by a far-Left union to control a volunteer organisation:
THE Country Fire Authority says it is “seriously concerned” about the workplace umpire’s recommendations to end its dispute with the United Firefighters Union… 
[Opposition Leader Matthew] Guy said the CFA d… criticised Fair Work Commisioner Julius Roe for refusing to hear submissions from the state’s 60,000-strong volunteer force about how the union’s proposed changes would affect them.
Mr Guy questioned Mr Roe’s union and Labor party links…
Earlier, [Premier Daniel] Andrews said all Victorians need to respect the “balanced and fair” recommendations of the workplace umpire to resolve the CFA pay dispute…
The Fair Work Commission handed the United Firefighters Union a victory against the Country Fire Authority when it released its recommendations… [Mr Roe] sided with the vast majority of the UFU’s 400-page EBA claim ... [and] tore into CFA management but ­denied its volunteers would be affected.
The CFA board believes the proposed deal sells out its 60,000 volunteer firefighters…
The commission’s recommendations included: 

BACKING the UFU bid for paid firefighters not to fight blazes until there are seven professionals on scene;
BANNING paid firefighters from taking orders from volunteers except during major bushfires; 
HANDING the union an ­effective veto power over CFA management decisions — with the creation of a dispute resolution officer. 
This is shocking and disgusting. This is sacrificing a volunteer body - a force of moral good - to the rapacious demands of hard-Left union which is getting its reward from the Socialist Government is helped get elected, by using fire trucks as mobile political billboards and organising campaign volunteers.
UPDATE
How Labor stacks the bureaucracy to get the ideologues and results that best suit it. From 2009:
LABOR has been accused of blatant hypocrisy and stacking Fair Work Australia with union ‘’mates’’ after five of its six appointments as new commissioners had union backgrounds. 
Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard claimed the Government had bipartisan support for its first appointments, but the Opposition pointed out they were given less than a days’ notice during the upheaval when former spokesman Michael Keenan was replaced by Eric Abetz…

Among the appointees are Julius Roe, national president of the left-wing Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
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We’ve lost when Liberals appoint Mark Scott in charge of schools

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (5:20pm)

Mark Scott as managing director of the ABC made sure not one conservative ever hosted a mainstream current affairs show on his watch.
As a reward, the NSW “Liberal” Government puts him in charge of the indoctrination teaching of NSW children:
FORMER ABC managing director Mark Scott is the new Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.
Extraordinary.
Day by day the evidence grows more overwhelming that the Liberal Party has betrayed its mandate and many of its supporters. The case for a new conservative party - moderate and rational - grows. 
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Another debate - but better

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (5:08pm)

The ABC’s debate last Sunday was, frankly, terrible. Thank heavens Sky News Live - along with the Courier-Mail - is going to host the next. It will be at the Broncos Leagues Club next Wednesday and the public will be again given the chance to ask the questions that matter most to them.
Both leaders have been invited and I believe one may already be close to the dotted line.
UPDATE
Bill Shorten accepts.  
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Don’t buy the no-work excuse for Aurukun

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (4:59pm)

Warren Mundine, former Labor national president, says it is a myth and an excuse to say the violence-raddle Aboriginal town of Aurukun has no jobs:
Aurukun is one such place where this myth is peddled. We’ve heard it again in recent weeks. 
Yet there’s work to be done in Aurukun like anywhere else. Teaching and policing (clearly); health work; construction and repairs; cleaning; waste management. Aurukun has an airstrip with daily flights, an art centre, a supermarket, houses, satellite dishes, fencing, generators, plumbing, septic systems, water tanks, air conditioners, cars, houses, roads and other infrastructure. There are also regional jobs in the mining and agriculture industries and many locations and activities attractive to tourists.
The problem is not a lack of jobs but that the jobs which do exist are mostly done by people from outside the community or not at all.
All across Australia there are remote Indigenous communities stuck in this intellectual trap. It doesn’t need to be like this.
Sometimes people can’t see what’s right in front of them. I encourage community leaders to do a simple exercise. Firstly, do a stocktake of all jobs that exist in the area and who currently does them (if anyone). It can surprise people how many jobs exist in places where there are supposedly no jobs. Then list commercial activities people would do in the community if they could – like buy coffee, or get a haircut or visit a dentist or get a takeaway meal or buy clothes. The things people currently do when out of town.
Next identify the qualifications and skills required to do those jobs and activities and how long it would take a local person to acquire them. What’s the pathway to becoming a teacher, police officer, pilot, health worker, dental hygienist, plumber, cleaning contractor, driver, shop owner, doctor. Sure, it may take time and effort for to qualify for some jobs. So what? The point of a master plan is setting out the goal and the pathway to get there. To give people something to work towards and within. And to show people there are jobs for them in their own communities they can aspire to. Actually, it’s expected of them. 
Community leaders can start drawing up plans for getting locals into local jobs today
Warren is one of my guests on The Bolt Report tonight. 
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No respect

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (3:10pm)

Strange priorities from both leaders, who kept campaigning instead of paying their respects;
Malcolm Turnbull has defended his absence from the largest repatriation of dead servicemen and their families from Singapore and Malaysia. 
Mr Turnbull has been campaigning in Sydney today, insisting the governor-general was representing the commonwealth at the ceremony at the Richmond RAAF base. “That is an appropriate and very dignified and respectful representation of the nation, as we bring the remains of those who served our nation bravely, home,” he told reporters at a mattress factory in Padstow.
It wasn’t as if the Padstow mattress factory was at the other end of the country from the Richmond base:
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How the true Del-Cons can test Turnbull’s cred

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (10:14am)

TOO many conservatives are writing Malcolm Turnbull a blank cheque, and abusing the rest of us for demanding commitments first.
And if you want one issue that exposes the problem, try same-sex marriage.
(Read full column here.) 
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Adam Giles vs the new racism

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (9:54am)

One reason I have huge respect for Adam Giles is that he rejects the new racism pushed by the ABC, in which we are divided into racial types and not judged as complex individuals:
TONY JONES: Just a couple of questions about you. You’re the first Indigenous head of any Australian government. Has any of the political instability up there got anything at all to do with racism? 
ADAM GILES: Oh, look, I just correct you on one point there. I’m not an Indigenous head of government. I’m a person who’s head of government who has Indigenous heritage and I’ll always make sure that I compete on a level playing field with every other Australian. In regards to my heritage ...
TONY JONES: Can I just pause you there for a minute? Your dad was descended from the Kamilaroi people. Your old friend Chris Graham says, “The Adam I knew in Canberra understood his Aboriginality very well.” Is there some reason why you’re backing away from that now and is it to do with politics?
ADAM GILES: ...Yes, I’ve got Indigenous heritage, but I compete in politics just like every other person. If I’m successful in the next election, I’m successful as Adam Giles, not as a black Adam Giles. If I’m unsuccessful, I’m unsuccessful as Adam Giles, not as a black Adam Giles and I’ll never walk around with my bottom lip hanging out or crying based on racial-based issues. What we need to be able to do is to give every Indigenous Australian as well as every other Australian the opportunity to be who they can be. I’ve had that opportunity. I’m quite thankful for my upbringing. I think every other Australian gets that same approach. And whether I’m black, white or brindle, I don’t think there’s a difference. I think if you can drive reform and deliver for Territorians or another other Australian for that matter, you deserve the opportunity to be able to be in that position.
That is a leader. And that is a defense of the Enlightenment.
(Thanks to reader John.) 
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Greens want dogs killed but not sharks

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (8:48am)

On the face of it, I can’t see what’s loopy at all about this Greens’ idea:
Greens senator Peter Whish-­Wilson called for penguin-­killing pet dogs to be shot by army snipers on the same day his party launched a policy which would shut down Australia’s “cruel” live export industry. 
The idea is “loopy”, according to former commander of army snipers and Liberal MP for the northeast Tasmanian seat of Bass, Andrew Nikolic. Senator Whish-Wilson called for the “drastic action” in response to the deaths of 14 penguins whose bodies were found over the weekend at a viewing area in the tourist town of Stanley, in Tasmania’s northwest. The penguins are believed to have been killed by dogs.
But that puts me at odds even with my beloved Daily Telegraphwhich says it’s mad:
THE Greens yesterday surpassed even their lofty benchmark for blatantly nutty policies, declaring in just one day they want to hire snipers to shoot pet dogs…
But what’s wrong with shooting dogs that could destroy a penguin colony? Or, indeed, shooting foxes that could destroy a flock?
To be fair, though, Nikolic is more struck by the hypocrisy:
Mr Nikolic, a former brigadier, said Senator Whish-Wilson’s comments were particularly “loopy” because they came at the end of an interview during which he had said he did not support ­culling sharks or crocodiles which attacked people.
Hmm. I see his point now. Killing animals to save humans should come ahead of killing animals to save animals. 
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Labor snatches deficit levy to blow on spending instead

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (8:44am)

Deficit? What deficit? Bill Shorten seems to have forgotten that Labor struggles to win elections if voters think it can’t be trusted with our money:
Bill Shorten intervened yesterday to commit Labor to keeping the 2 per cent deficit levy for a decade — and not use the proceeds to pay down debt… 
The Opposition Leader said revenue raised from the deficit levy — an impost introduced by Tony Abbott as a temporary measure until mid-2017 on those earning more than $180,000 — would be used to help fund Labor ­"priorities".
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Thought police strike: academics’ union defend Marxist after silencing sceptic

Andrew Bolt June 02 2016 (8:27am)

Roz Ward shouldn’t be suspended for being a Marxist with the usual stupid and damaging ideas. She should be sacked because she’s devised a program so bad that it should be dumped with her:
La Trobe University yesterday suspended Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward, as a former ­member of Victoria’s gay and transgender advisory committee warned the program was untenable because it had been ­hijacked by radical gender theory. 
The Australian revealed last week that Ms Ward had called for the “racist Australian flag” at state parliament to be replaced with a “red one”, prompting her to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and sparking a university investigation. That investigation resulted in the Marxist Ms Ward’s suspension yesterday for “undermining” public confidence in the program because she continued to push ideologies that were “unrelated”.
So I have some sympathy with the union:
NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long accused the univer­sity of giving in to a “media campaign"… 
“That La Trobe University has apparently allowed itself to be cowed into participating in this anti-intellectual, anti-democratic attack reflects the dismal state of intellectual capacity at the senior management level in some Australian universities,” Dr Long said. “We are very concerned that La Trobe University management seem to think that political views should be a ­criterion for employment, as was the case in the Soviet Union.” The NTEU said it “considers that this is discrimination on the basis of political opinion and will be considering all legal avenues of redress”.
But wait. Where was this union when academics rallied to have Bjorn Borg banned from teaching because of his (entirely justified) views on the waste and ineffectiveness of programs to fight global warming?
In fact, the NTEU then was all for banning debate and punishing dissent:
Despite claims that he is not a climate change denier his strongly ensconced public persona (rightly or wrongly) of downgrading the importance to the world of climate change mitigation is not a public perception we can change. Perception in the public’s eye is reality and its perception of Lomborg is not one to which we want to be associated. Indeed, being seen to lead SA universities in climate change science and mitigation actions is the image we would like to foster. 
It is for these reasons that we the undersigned strongly urge Flinders University to reject any collaboration or consulting arrangement with Bjørn Lomborg…
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The legal loophole allowing some to hide their identity

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (10:45pm)

Remember Carnita Matthews? She was the Muslim mother of seven who was jailed at first instance for falsely accusing a policeman of trying to tear off her face veil after he pulled her over for a random breath test in Woodbine in 2010.

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JOAN KIRNER

Tim Blair – Monday, June 01, 2015 (11:20pm)

Former Victorian premier Joan Kirner has died at 76.
Kirner was Victorian Labor’s most doctrinaire leftist leader, which goes some way to explaining the state’s dire fortunes during her two years in power. Yet I never met anyone who had a bad thing to say about Kirner as a person. She gathered a great many friends – and not all of them on the political left. Jeff Kennett, who defeated Kirner in the 1992 state election, became very close to his former rival. Shaun Carney’s tribute is interesting reading.
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RESPECTED SPORTS AUTHORITY CITES RESPECTED NEWS SOURCE

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (9:50am)

The upcoming FIFA trials are going to be hilarious
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner has blasted the United States saying charges against him and other FIFA officials are motivated by the Americans’ desire to host the World Cup.
“All of this stems from a lost bid to host the 2022 World Cup,” said Warner, who is one of nine FIFA officials indicted on corruption charges by Swiss and US authorities.
“They lost to Qatar, a small country, a Muslim country ... No country in the world have divine right to host the World Cup.”
Warner’s virulent but clumsy attack of the US came in an eight-minute Facebook video in which he cited an article from the satirical website The Onion. 
Click for video.
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WHO DARES TO EXPERIENCE THE HORRORS OF GIGGLE AND HOOT

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (10:38am)

An ABC theme park is due to open later this month: 
ABC Kids World, which is slated to open at Dreamworld on June 27, will feature rides and games modelled on the broadcaster’s most lucrative characters, including the Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas and Giggle and Hoot. 
A similar idea was proposed in 2004. It sounds lame, but if ABC technicians are involved, those rides could be thrill-a-minute dangerfests with truly Syrian body counts. The Wiggles ride alone might take out dozens daily.
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WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (12:20pm)

And that’s why they must be stopped, according to a Pakistani politician: 
During a press conference at a local hotel in Islamabad, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman asked the Pakistani armed forces to launch a military operation against women wearing jeans ...
According to him, the immodesty of women is the cause behind earthquakes, inflation and other kinds of disasters. 
It was probably women in jeans who tried to kill Rehman last year. Probably. 
Fazlur Rehman went on to say that a woman who is not covered like a ‘sack of flour’ is a mobile weapon of mass destruction for her state and that Pakistan has multitude of such nuclear missiles in all its major cities.
Rehman then blamed ‘immodest women’ for the Baluchistan crisis, lack of energy supply and the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan. 
In Australia, of course, we are far too sophisticated to believe in any kind of unrelated causes and effects.
(Via Colin D.)
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ART OF THE DULL

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (12:26pm)

It’s another Australia Council bargain
Taxpayers gave a Sydney woman $20,000 to make people yawn at an inner-city gallery.
In a sign of how ludicrous the Australia Council’s grant model has become, Michaela Davies was given the cash so she could induce boredom, she proudly admits.
“There’s no way I could have made that work without (the money),” she told The Daily Telegraph. 
It’s a pity Douglas McPherson wasn’t available to review this particular work. Speaking of art and boredom, Ben Eltham became agitated yesterday over what he perceived to be a damaging error in Monday’s column. Ben asked via Twitter
Tim can you correct your reference to me in today’s article, please? I am not a current recipient of Australia Council funding. 
And then at the Daily Telegraph‘s site
Your reference to me as “an Australia Council arts grants recipient” is misleading. I am not a current recipient of Australia Council funding. I have never been awarded an Australia Council grant in my own name. I was last involved in a project funded by the Australia Council in 2006.

It would be more accurate to describe me as a “former Australia Council grant recipient”. 
And then via email: 
In today’s article, I would like you to clarify. Would you mind calling me a “former Australia Council arts grant recipient”?
Your current copy implies I am a current recipient of Australia Council funding. I am not. 
Happy to oblige, although I didn’t think that implication was evident. The copy has been amended. Given Ben’s newfound interest in hyper-accuracy, however, I thought it might be nice if he in turn corrected a few of his own errors – and, to his credit, he has. Ben’s recent blog post now reads rather differently.
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THIS COULD LEAD TO FULL-SCALE BARBECUES

Tim Blair – Tuesday, June 02, 2015 (12:51pm)

Former Media Watch voiceover gal Nell Schofield, now an anti-coal seam gas activist, unleashes a hamper-based assault to end NSW energy extraction: 
Our sporadic and recurrent picnic actions will continue until this is accomplished. 
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Pell has given evidence twice before and says he will again. So why pretend he’s hiding?

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (4:10pm)

Cardinal George Pell really is the victim of some astonishingly one-sided reporting. Today’s example: 
For a man of Pell’s stature, it is simply not good enough to stand by passively and let others spring to his defence. For his sake, the sake of his church, and most importantly, for the victims of abuse, he must return to Australia and address these allegations head on.
In fact, Pell has not stood by passively, but already denied the latest claims.
In fact, Pell has denied these claims before as well, and on oath.
In fact, Pell has twice already appeared before the royal commission into child sex abuse to answer allegations about him and his church.
In fact, Pell has already agreed to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission for a third time.
In fact, Pell has given evidence on oath to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry, during which he answered similar allegations.
Why was all this ignored? To repeat an allegation - strongly denied and not substantiated - is not to prove it.
We are seeing here a witch hunt. Injustice to children is not an excuse to commit injustice against a priest.  
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Newspoll - Abbott ahead of Shorten, UPDATE: Abbott warns rivals

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (3:59pm)

The Abbott Government has staged a remarkable recovery but still cannot shift ahead of Labor in the polls, which suggests a lot more work needs to be done for a lot longer:
Based on preference flows from the last election, the strong Greens vote continues to underpin Labor’s two-party-preferred lead of 52 to 48 per cent, although it has narrowed from 53 to 47 per cent a fortnight ago.
The Government seems stalled on that figure, which seems right to me (matching Essential Media’s last week, and very close to Morgan’s 53-47).
Much of the recovery until now seems driven by a much better performance from Tony Abbott himself, giving him a handy advantage over Bill Shorten, but there, too, there the switch now needs to be made into likeability:
I’d suggest the same-sex marriage debate contains great dangers for Tony Abbott, but also an opportunity to very visibly change his shape for the better, electorally at least.  In a wider sense, too, he needs to project a moral purpose to voting Liberal - and supporting him. Something like gathering in the lost and the strays would be good - and, boy, is it necessary.
UPDATE
The lost, like this poor boy. God save others from such evil.
UPDATE
The same-sex marriage debate also contains dangers for Bill Shorten. Yes, he’s positioned Labor this week as the crusader on the issue, but he still faces a damaging internal split with Tanya Plibersek over her push to force all Labor MPs to vote yes.
By the way, why are so many people demanding tolerance so intolerant of others?
UPDATE
And so there should be:
Following a damaging leak from within cabinet that exposed a split over national security policy, Mr Abbott told Tuesday morning’s party room meeting he had “read the riot act” to his cabinet colleagues on Monday night.., Mr Abbott warned of “personal and political consequences”, meaning anyone found to be leaking faced being dumped.
UPDATE
There have been two anti-Abbott leaks from someone on the Government to Peter Hartcher, no friend of conservatives. Is it too much to presume that the leaker is the same person, a rival of Abbott and to the Left of him?
One leak was the (exaggerated and false) story that Abbott had snubbed the gay partner of the Ambassador to France, causing the ambassador to offer his resignation. The second leak was of Cabinet discussions over national security, noting that Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull - among others - rebelled against Abbott’s position and took what was, for Hartcher, the right one.
Hmm. 
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Kirner on Gillard and holding back. UPDATE: “Unbiased” Trioli attacks Abbott for not crying enough

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (3:34pm)

Shaun Carney pays tribute to former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner - and her political judgement:
In early 2012, she called me, unhappy with a critical reference I had made in print about her time as premier. 
After we sorted that out, Joan the astute political animal started talking about the then prime minister Julia Gillard, with whom she was close. “I don’t know what’s going on with my Julia,” she said with a sigh. I asked what the problem was. “Well, I think she finds it hard to really give all of herself, you know. She’ll always be happy to see you, with a smile. And she means it. It’s genuine. But when she gives you a hug you feel like she’s holding a little bit back. It’s just the way she is. Maybe people can sense that.”
One thing you can say about Kirner - she never did hold back. That’s her with Gillard, second on the right, kind of demonstrating the difference:
UPDATE
Virginia Trioli is offended to be called a Leftist. Yet here she goes again, this time attacking Tony Abbott for not shedding enough tears for Kirner:
Tacky.
Still, the “unbiased” Trioli might balance this up tomorrow by being equally petty and equally critical of the eulogy of Julia Gillard, the “Education Prime Minister”:
(Thanks to readers John, Mike and Nathaniel.) 
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Time we heard from all Australians on same-sex marriage. UPDATE: Where is the missing poll question?

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (3:24pm)

This is a very curious poll. Spot the missing question:
A clear majority of voters in key Coalition-held seats support MPs having a free vote on same-sex marriage, according to a new poll. 
A ReachTEL survey of four federal seats, including one of the country’s most marginal, has found that between 64 and 69 per cent of voters back a free vote for all MPs… The poll was conducted for Australian Marriage Equality on Sunday
The poll didn’t ask if the voters actually backed same-sex marriage? Why not, when surely that’s of the most interest?
Or was the question asked but the answer not convenient?
I really do think a plebiscite would be very useful. It would end all arguments, provide the unambiguous affirmation that same-sex marriage advocates say they want, and reassure opponents that this isn’t another stitch-up by the media and political class. The power of the Irish decision lay precisely in the fact that it was made by a referendum.
UPDATE
Reader Phil says there was indeed a missing question - or, rather, a missing answer:
I actually was polled on Sunday night so I know what the questions were: 
1. What party do you vote for, LNP, ALP, Other?  A:- (as the poll was an “automated anonymous poll” I gave my answer - I normally consider my voting preference to be confidential) 2. Would you change your vote at the next election? A:- NO 
3. Do you think that Federal Politicians should be given a free vote on same sex marriage? A:- YES (Democracy at work) 
4. If your Federal Member voted for SSM would you be less inclined to vote for him/her at the next election? A:- YES!!
Where is the answer to question 4? Why has that not been released? 
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How to argue with a Leftist

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (9:42am)

I’ve often noted that a key difference between conservatives and the Left is the first tends to be concerned with the doing, the latter with the seeming.
Now a psychologist recommends a method of debate to exploit that crucial difference:
If you want to change someone’s opinion, ask them how they would do something instead of why. 
The insight comes from University of Colorado psychologist Philip M. Fernbach in a paper with the telling title “Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding."…

For the experiment, Fernbach asked two groups of online participants to give their opinions on a range of controversial and complex policy issues, like healthcare and Iran…
One group was asked to give their opinion and then provide reasons for why they held that view… Those in the second group did something subtly different. Rather that provide reasons, they were asked to explain how the policy they were advocating would work ... from start to finish…
The results were striking.
In line with Fernbach’s hypothesis, folks who gave their reasons for being right were just as convinced of their convictions after the experiment as they were beforehand. 
But the people who had to explain the mechanics of implementation had suddenly softer views. Not only that, they also gave themselves a lower rating on their understanding of the subject. 
(Thanks to reader Darren.) 
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The gun, the suburb, the suspicion

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (9:36am)

Forgive me, because I again leaped to a conclusion about our immigration program, and what it has brought the south western part of Sydney:
A COUPLE in a car where shot at in a targeted shooting in Sydney’s south west overnight. A man, 31, was shot several times and suffered a graze to his head, in a black Mazda with P-Plates, at O’Donnell Ave in Greenacre, at 11.40pm.
But an update to the report discreetly inserted the clue that confirms:
The nurse said the woman had cuts to her back and shoulder and was screaming in Arabic.
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Is Eric Beecher projecting? Or does he simply not read his own hate-sheets?

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (8:07am)

Eric Beecher, publisher of Crikey, preaches:
The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and individual media “megaphones” like Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt are masterful practitioners of the art of systemic denigration. Their “enemies lists” include politicians, rival journalists and a retinue of other public figures. Coverage of these targets is a blend of legitimate reporting alongside subtle innuendo alongside full-frontal Clare Short-style personal attacks and humiliations. 
Eric Beecher, publisher of Crikey, practices:
[Andrew Bolt] was forced recently to write the following to ... Eric Beecher, the famous campaigner for “quality journalism”...: 
Last week I drew your attention to comments and blog postings you had published over the space of just a few days calling me a “proven liar”, “nutty”, “unhinged”, “underhand”, “loopy”, “paranoid”, a “hypocrite”, a “racist”, “dishonest”, “hysterical”, “petty”, “evasive”, “deluded”, “irrational”, lacking in morality, someone guilty of “deliberately misrepresenting” people, “full of poisonous shit”, and a “notorious liar” who practices “lies, misrepresentations, and deceit”, “lies, distortions and smears”, “fakery” and “cowardice and dishonesty”, while giving “tacit approval” to “extremist sickos” and “playing the paranoid schizo’’, resembling in my person an “asylum for the criminally insane”. You conceded that these comments included a number of statements that were “untrue and unnecessarily personal in tone”.
Since then one of [then Crikey editor Jonathan] Green’s writers has urged in a headline that I be “sodomised”, and his site has said of me that “we are dealing with fascism, plain and simple’’ and, referring to me and my readers, “I sometimes think Stalin had the right idea - line a million or so of ‘em up against a wall”. Yesterday I was named in a Crikey article as someone so corrupt as be evidently driven to scepticsm by “a desire for funds from fossil-fuel companies”, and was smeared besides as “undoubtedly more dangerous” than a “Holocaust denier”, and, in time, “morally worse”. 
That rather hysterical obsession with me and my imagined sins and failures continues to this day, almost every day.
Beecher personally seems to have rather a talent for “systematic denigration” of someone he doesn’t like, and has been in rather a frenzy of denigration in recent days:
Eric, Matthew 7:3-5. The bit about motes.  
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Fake confession

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (7:46am)

Why is it that when the sanctimonious Left discusses “our” racism it’s never to confess their own?
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The free world lacks a leader as the unfree advance

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (6:53am)

A devastating summary of the weakness now projected by the Obama administration:
Iran is brazenly trying a Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian for espionage, ignoring State Department entreaties to release him. It also has ongoing ties to North Korea, which is providing nuclear weaponry expertise, even as Iran claims to be negotiating the the Obama Administration to halt development of its nuclear weapon program. 
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is forced to pitch his country’s concerns about the Iran nuclear deal directly to Congress, and our President won’t even meet with him.
President Obama will meet with Arab Gulf leaders, however, in an attempt to pitch them on his Iranian deal. But the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain snub the President and don’t attend. Saudi Arabia sends its own troops in to fight ISIS in Syria.
China is building up strategically located islands in the South China Sea–including construction of a military airstrip–destabilizing the area and warning the U.S. not to fly or sail near them.  After Secretary of Defense Ash Carter responded tepidly, a Chinese Colonel said Mr. Carter “wasn’t as tough as I expected.”
To counter Putin’s overt aggression in Crimea, Lithuania and Poland tell Congress they want U.S. military bases to protect them.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter admitted that the US-trained Iraqi military forces have “no will to fight” ISIL–the official excuse for why Ramadi and other major cities in the region are falling.  But then again, the Administration doesn’t exhibit a will to fight ISIL either.
The Obama Administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS-supporting Syrian rebels have been disasters.
Links at the link.
And most concerning - a deal without a means to verify:
A nuclear deal with Iran is “useless” if it does not allow inspectors to check military sites, French Foerign Minister Laurent Fabius told ... The Wall Street Journal today… 
As the Journal noted, Fabius has emerged as the most vocal skeptic of the emerging nuclear deal among the P5+1 negotiators… Despite repeated insistence from Fabius and the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iranian military sites be subject to inspections, Iran’s leadership has consistently said that such inspections would not be allowed as part of a nuclear deal.
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The war with Islamic State is being lost, and Washington must be recaptured

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (6:23am)

Peter Jennings of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute nails the truth about this half-hearted war against the Islamic State, and why victory is so important:
Three hard realities must be faced. First, the international coalition is not winning. At best we have a stalemate, which is a form of victory for the caliphate… 
Hard reality No 2 is that the town that must be recaptured urgently by the international coalition is not Ramadi or Mosul but Washington, DC. There will be no victory without the Americans, but President Barack Obama is striving to limit his military commitments…
Hard reality No 3 is that we will not stop the flood of young Australians radicalising and dreaming of jihadist adventure unless the international community hands Islamic State a thumping battlefield defeat.
Major General (ret.) Jim Molan, former chief of operations of allied forces in Iraq, put much the same argument on The Bolt Report on Sunday:
In the first- in the second Iraq war, it took us about two years to figure out that we were being beaten. It’s a shorter period of time here, and I think there are a couple of things that Australia can do that it must start doing now, both itself and in order to influence the coalition… 
My fear is that we have… we have brought the rules of engagement that may have had some justification late in the last war, or in Afghanistan … we’ve brought them back into this conflict and I think it is totally inappropriate, as of now, to have such restrictive rules of engagement for air power.... We have yet to produce a trained soldier for the Iraqi army and yet Daesh is moving so fast, both in Syria and Iraq. We must change things....
I have every confidence the Islamic State can be defeated. We said it would take a couple of years to begin with… But now we’ve seen indications that we must change the tactics… And at the moment, Australia’s tactics, for example, are to advise and assist the Iraqi army by training them and… and pushing them out the door to fight. I think we’ve really got to now look very seriously at advising, assisting and accompanying into battle…
ANDREW BOLT: And fight as well?

JIM MOLAN: Well, you - you can’t do anything else…
JIM MOLAN: I think without doubt, this is our fight..  Should the Islamic State, triumph in both Syria and Iraq, can you imagine how it’s going to embolden, ah, Islamic extremists throughout the world and throughout our region?  
My full interview with Molan:

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Boat now heads for New Zealand instead

Andrew Bolt June 02 2015 (6:13am)

It sounds like the message has got out that Australia is shut, so New Zealand is a better bet:
The Australian navy has pushed a boatload of asylum-seekers from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka who were bound for New Zealand back into Indonesian waters, police on the archipelago have declared. 
The 65 migrants were intercepted by the Australian navy and had since come ashore, said Hidayat, a police official on Rote Island in Indonesia’s east.
Should we keep using the phrase “asylum seeker” when it is clear that these are overwhelmingly would-be illegal immigrants? Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not countries at war and are not persecuting their people.
UPDATE
Thousands of illegal immigrants are pouring into Europe each week, most unscreened, and the political strains are showing:
France and Germany have come out against proposals to share out on boatpeople arriving in Italy and Greece with the rest of the EU, insisting last night that the plan doesn’t take fair ­account of the number of refugees they already take on… 
Italy and Greece have been ­accused of failing to properly screen newly arrived migrants, instead simply allowing them to move further north into Europe…
The EU’s Frontex border agency said on Sunday more than 5000 migrants aboard 25 boats coming from Libya had been plucked from the central Mediterranean in three days… More than 36,000 migrants have arrived in Italy since January. 
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Lets do the Twist South Dakota was fun to watch today.  :)
Posted by Matt Granz on Monday, 1 June 2015
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This thing was spinning crazy and made one well defined funnel that never touched down.  Insane crespacular rays were...
Posted by Matt Granz on Monday, 1 June 2015
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Timely, salient .. I would point out that Poles did not lock up Jews in the Holocaust .. anger tends to be greatest when expectation is betrayed. Like when a Jewish holocaust survivor tries to explain to some guy who doesn't get it that the reasons given for the holocaust were mere pretexts and not actually valid. - ed
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Wow .. great what dancers can achieve with shadow. I thought I'd see what I could do. A vertical blob. A starfish. An Alfred Hitchcock chair shadow. Brings home the greatness of the choreography .. ed
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My thanks to Moshe Schwartz
There Is No Palestine - Rabbi Meir Kahane

There Is No Palestine
By Rabbi Meir Kahane, Zt"l
(Written in 1974)

There is no "Palestine people" and there is no "Palestine." The lands that today constitute the State of Israel, Judea, Samaria (the West Bank), Gaza and the Golan are parts of Israel, the sole land of the Jews.

The Jewish claim to the Land of Israel is not an ordinary nationalist one. It is NOT merely derived from the fact that ONCE Jews were sovereign there, were the majority, ruled the land under their own government and that never was the land empty of Jews. All this is true but this is not the main claim of the Jewish people. Jewish refusal to give up lands is sometimes based on the logical and self evident fact that to give up lands to a people that has constantly threatened to destroy you is sheer madness, and that Jews dare not trust to their kindly intentions in the future. This too, is true, but again, it is not the reason for Jews remaining on the lands liberated after June, 1967.

The fundamental and REAL Jewish claim to The Land of Israel is based on the fact that there is a Divine grant of the land to the Jewish people, and that G-d gave the Holy Land to the Jewish people in order that it be holy and create a holy society therein. No other arguments - Jewish or Arab - have any relevance to the essential fact that the One who created the entire world and who possesses it, has the power and the right to give it to whomever he chooses and this is what was done more than 3,000 years ago at the time of Moses and Joshua. This is what remains inalienable right today. The Land of Israel in its Biblical boundaries is the Divine decree to the Jewish people, it belongs to the Jewish people in its entirety and no alien trespass has any merit or chance of success.

Zionism is NOT one more movement of national liberation. It is not one more like all the rest any more than the Jewish people is one more like all the rest. The believing Jew as the believing Christian knows that there is a Divine pledge - repeated again and again in the prophets of the Bible - that the Jew will be brought back from the Exile, gathered from the corners of the earth and brought home - to the Land of Israel. The believing Jew and the believing Christian know that this resurrection of the Jewish state and this return of the Jew to his home is a NECESSARY precondition for the coming of the final redemption and the establishment of the Kingdom of G-d.

Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel, the return of millions of Jews home, the miraculous victories of the few over the many Arabs, the liberation of Judea, Samaria (the West Bank), Gaza, and the Golan, the return of Jewish sovereignty over the Holy City and Temple Mount are all parts of the Divine pledge and its fulfillment.

There can be no "Palestine", a name that was invented by the Romans to symbolize the end of the Jewish people, for that would be to diminish and to force back the miracle of G-d and to go against the Divine era of redemption. There can be no "Palestine" for if there is, then there is no Israel.

In all this we DIFFER FUNDAMENTALLY with the government of Israel which 1) recognizes a "Palestinian" people after years of refusing to do so, 2) that there are "moderate Palestinians" who will both challenge the PLO thesis and leadership as well as permanently accept a Jewish State, 3) believes that peace with the Arabs by concessions is possible, 4) is prepared to give up parts of the Land of Israel to the Arabs, and 5) refuses to allow Jews to settle unrestrictedly in any part of the Land of Israel under Jewish control.

We differ with these stands and maintain that the government of Israel, through its short-sighted, timid and vacillating policy, not only destroys the vision and the dream of redemption but brings potential disaster down on the heads of the Jewish people. We maintain that there must be an immediate program of declaring:

1) There are no meaningful Arab moderates who will permanently accept any Jewish state, of any size. The ultimate Arab goal is the elimination of any Jewish state.

2) There is no "Palestine people" or "Palestine" entity.

3) All of the Land of Israel belongs exclusively to the Jewish people.

4) If there are those who wish to create something known as "Palestine' they are welcome to do so in "Jordan" which in itself is a fictitious state created by the imperialist British by cutting away, in 1921, the eastern part of the Land of Israel. The Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians" had the opportunity to create a "Palestine" in a far larger part of the Land of Israel but refused to do so. They lost that chance forever and if they refuse to create a state in "Jordan" now, but insist upon war, they will lose again and lose "Jordan" in the process because - WHILE WE WILL NEVER BEGIN A WAR FOR THOSE PARTS OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL NOW UNDER FOREIGN RULE, SHOULD THE ARABS BEGIN THAT WAR AND WE LIBERATE STILL OTHER AREAS OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL, THEN THOSE WILL NEVER BE GIVEN UP EITHER.

5) The Arabs today sit in large areas of the Land of Israel promised by G-d to us. For the sake of peace, we are prepared to go to a peace conference with maps to show which lands we claim as our own but declare that we are prepared to declare a state of non- belligerency and not demand those lands back. In exchange for that concession, and as the price they should pay for their aggression of 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973 the Arabs must recognize the State of Israel in the area it now controls.

6) Immediate, unlimited and unrestricted Jewish settlement in any and every part of the Land of Israel including Judea, Samaria, Gaza, and the Golan.

There is no "Palestine" people and there is no "Palestine." We are not dismayed by the Arabs, we are not shocked, we are not confused. Above all, we are not fooled by them. Not by their vague and tantalizing hints of "recognition" not by their aura of "moderation" and not by their ingenious effort to create a camp of "extremists" versus "moderates." We are not fooled by those who for 44 years have threatened to do away with the Jewish state, as in 1967 - before they were taught to be more discreet and allow the world a face-saving way to allow Israel to die. We are not fooled by those, who, in 1956 - BEFORE Jews had liberated the lands the Arabs claim constitute the major cause - took arms from the Soviets and prepared to wipe out the Israel of that time. We are not fooled by those who, in 1947 turned down even the pathetic, grotesque tiny state that the United Nations gave the Jews. We are not fooled by those who rioted against and killed Jews in 1921, 1929, 1936, 1937, and 1938. We are not fooled. There are no "moderate" Arabs. There are only clever and less clever, patient and impatient. The final solution for ALL is the same - the elimination of any Jewish State. And so we repeat: There is no "Palestine people" and there is no "Palestine." They are Arabs, part of the Arab nation that lives in many countries, and to where the Arabs of the Land of Israel must and will be repatriated.
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Eddie McGuire’s career is just one long gaffe

Miranda Devine – Saturday, June 01, 2013 (10:35pm)

EDDIE McGuire claimed his racist King Kong outrage on radio last week was a slip of the tongue, an aberration in an impeccable public life of service to others and the pursuit of equality. 

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Our art culture really stinks

Miranda Devine – Saturday, June 01, 2013 (10:35pm)

Such is the state of modern cultural sensibilities that piles of stinking poop presented as art in a prestigious gallery barely cause a ripple, so to speak. 

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A new month, more boats

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (4:40pm)

Boat people policy
A couple more boats to start off a new month:
HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island on Friday. 
Initial indications suggest there were 71 people on board…
HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, separately intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Ashmore Islands on Thursday. 
Initial indications suggest there are 86 people on board.  
(Thanks to reader Gab.) 

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Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (7:24am)


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Kevin Rudd: no “insurgency”

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (6:38am)

Not all rowing the same way in the Labor boat:
Kevin Rudd has angrily hit back at claims he is maintaining an ‘’insurgency’’ against Prime Minister Julia Gillard… 
[Labor MP Michael] Danby criticised Mr Rudd’s decision to support same-sex marriage while announcing his own change of heart on the issue. ‘’I’m not a big fan of Mr Rudd or his insurgency,’’ Mr Danby said. ‘’I’m doing this on the basis of principle, not because of anything he said.’’ A spokesman for Mr Rudd described the comments as ‘’childish, unprofessional and untruthful… Unfortunately, Mr Danby’s accusation that this is part of an ‘insurgency’ is part of the standard script used by those seeking to denigrate the former prime minister,’’ the spokesman said. 

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If Gillard isn’t the worst Prime Minister, she needs a better defence

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (5:57am)

Politics academic Paul Strangio tries to find worse: 

The ‘’worst prime minister in Australia’s history leading the worst-ever government’’, asserted one veteran columnist, not concerning himself with any serious comparison between Gillard and the 26 previous occupants of the office. 
Yet has Gillard’s performance measured by achievement (and longevity) paled against that of George Reid, the Free Trade prime minister whose 1904-05 government term was mostly spent in parliamentary recess; or Labor’s James Scullin, a one-termer whose government disintegrated as it vainly struggled to craft a solution to the Depression crisis of the early 1930s; or William McMahon, the last and least distinguished of three Liberal heirs of Robert Menzies who spent a lacklustre 21 months in office before he was vanquished by Labor’s Gough Whitlam at the December 1972 election? We could go on.
Not a great counter, given one Prime Minister is bagged as simply “lack lustre” and the other for not being around long.
So what does Strangio extol as Gillard achievements?
... measures such as the first serious response to climate change, a national disability insurance scheme, national broadband infrastructure and a new education funding system have the makings of a substantial legacy...
Go through them: a carbon tax, brought in despite a promise not to, which did nothing to stop a global warming that’s paused anyway. A tax which is now about to be scrapped under the Liberals or fall to meaningless levels under Labor.
A dangerously bureaucratic and expensive disability scheme that is largely unfunded, not in full operation for another six years and yet to be worked out in any detail.
A new funding system that is partially unfunded, untied to any real school improvement and not agreed to by the vast majority of states.
And that’s the best even a Gillard defender can think of?
Worst prime minister. 

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Hands on Sam’s tiller

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (5:50am)

Fairfax sexist Sam di Brito lets his fantasies loose on an unsuspecting public:
Make all the jokes you want about Gillard’s red hair, she’s anything but flammable. She’s cooler than the other side of the pillow, and I know I’d feel better going to bed with her hand on the tiller than a guy who earned the nickname ‘’Mad Monk’’.
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Record rains of the kind they claimed were gone

Andrew Bolt June 02 2013 (5:35am)

Global warming - dud predictions
Melbourne Water’s excuse for not building a cheap dam, rather than mega-expensive desal plant:
Climate uncertainty shows we can’t rely exclusively on dams the way we used to.
2007:
Professor Langford argued that we cannot rely on dams for Melbourne’s water in an era of declining rainfall. He favoured the building of the $3.1 billion desalination plant...
2009: 
Look at [Melbourne Water’s] latest excuse for not building the dam that would have spared Melbourne its insane - and insanely expensive - water restrictions. 
“Why aren’t we building another dam?” it burbles, shamed at last into defending its Labor masters’ failure to build what we needed years ago.

“Unfortunately, we cannot rely on this kind of rainfall like we used to.” 
We can’t? ...We’ve had a monster September for rain over our catchments - falls 60 per cent above average - and now check the latest forecast.
Yesterday:
Melbourne CBD recorded the wettest June day on record after 48.6mm fell since 9am yesterday.
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Turn your problems over to God as He can do more in a moment than you can do in a lifetime... God Bless..
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I don't know if it is the case, but this came out in 1928 and was very popular .. and might have named Dad .. 
SAM SMALL
(Pick oop tha' musket) 
by
Stanley Holloway

It occurred on the evening before Waterloo,
And troops were lined up on parade,
The Sergeant inspecting 'em he was a terror,
Of whom every man was afraid 

All excepting one man who was in the front rank,
A man by the name of Sam Small,
And 'im and the Sergeant were both 'daggers drawn',
They thought 'nowt' of each other at all 

As Sergeant walked past he was swinging his arms,
And he happened to brush against Sam,
And knocking his musket clean out of his hand,
It fell to the ground with a slam 

'Pick it up' said Sergeant, abrupt like but cool,
But Sam with a shake of his head,
'Seeing as tha' knocked it out of me hand,
P'raps tha'll pick the thing up instead. 

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket,'
The Sergeant exclaimed with a roar,
Sam said 'Tha' knocked it doon, reet! then tha'll pick it oop,
Or it'll stay where it is on't floor 

The sound of high words very soon reached the ears,
Of an Officer, Lieutenant Bird,
Who says to the Sergeant, 'Now what's all this ere?'
And the Sergeant told what had occurred. 

'Sam, Sam, pick up tha' musket'
Lieutenant exclaimed with some heat,
Sam said, 'He knocked it down reet! Then he'll pick it oop,
Or it stays where it is, at me feet 

It caused quite a stir when the Captain arrived,
To find out the cause of the trouble,
And every man there, all except Sam,
Was full of excitement and bubble 

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket',
Said Captain for strickness renowned,
Sam said 'He knocked it doon, Reet! so he'll pick it up,
Or it stays where it is on't ground 

The same thing occurred when the Major and Colonel,
Both tried to get Sam to see sense,
But when Old Duke 'O Wellington came into view,
Well the excitement was really quite tense 

Up rode the Duke on a loverly white 'orse,
To find out the cause of the bother,
He looked at the musket and then at Old Sam,
And he talked to Old Sam like a brother 

'Sam, Sam, pick oop tha' musket'
The Duke said as quiet as could be,
'Sam, Sam pick oop tha' musket,
Coom on lad, just to please me 

'Alright Duke,' said Old Sam, 'just for thee I'll oblige,
And to show thee I meant no offence',
So Sam picked it up, 'Gradely, lad' said the Duke,
'Right-o boys... let battle commence.'

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Was honored and inspired by the community of Republic, WA today. Todd and I travelled to this incredibly beautiful northwest community to honor the Class of 2013 as they received their diplomas and headed out into the real world. Republic is a special place – it might be small, but it is big on the values that built this great country. Republic exemplifies what makes America great – and it was an honor to thank them for it. To the Tigers of 2013 – thank you again for inviting me and inspiring me. Always remember your roots and never forget that kids from small schools can do big things. Our republic’s future is up to you! 

- Sarah Palin
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I remember her dying in the show, and Archie's denial. She led a long life and had two children and didn't divorce her husband. Blessings.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Stapleton
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For The New month: Be fruitful, Multiply, Replenish, Subdue and Dominate In Jesus Name,Amen.

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin

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The sower sows the word.(Mark 4:14, NKJV)

Scripture tells us that the Word of God is like a seed. Just like planting a seed in the ground, when you “plant” the Word of God in your life, it will produce a harvest—the blessing and fruit of God’s promises!

How do you sow the Word? By simply putting it into practice. By obeying it and applying it to your everyday life. Those next few verses in Mark 4 tell us that the seed of the Word can be sown into different types of soil. The soil represents our heart condition. The key is to make sure that nothing steals the Word of God out of your heart. Don’t allow bitterness and offense to fester. Don’t compare and be envious of others. Instead, choose forgiveness and keep an open and humble heart toward the Lord. As you dwell on His Word and stay close to the Father through prayer and worship, that seed will take root. It will grow and develop and bring to pass the harvest of righteousness in every area of your life.God bless you.
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Prothonotary warbler
Long, thin bill, bright golden yellow and gray plumage, and a fairly short tail. Its name comes from a resemblance of its plumage to the garb of court clerks, known as prothonotaries. The female is similar but less brightly colored.

Distribution: Breed from Florida west to Texas and north to Minnesot1, southern Ontario and Pennsylvania. Winters in pristine rainforest habitats from southern Mexico to Venezuela.

Habitat: Wooded swamps.

Behavior: Song is a repeated series of "tweets. " Often seen poking into the saturated logs of the swamps, where it resides. Feeding ecology and diet: Mainly insects.

Reproductive biology: Unusual for warblers, it builds its mainly moss nests in tree holes such as old woodpecker holes, or in nest boxes. Average clutch size is three to eight, with speckled light pink eggs that hatch in about two weeks.
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Charles Rolls
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“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”” Revelation 21: 2-4 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The evening and the morning were the first day."
Genesis 1:5
Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity to the midnight of adversity. It will not always be the blaze of noon even in my soul concerns, I must expect at seasons to mourn the absence of my former joys, and seek my Beloved in the night. Nor am I alone in this, for all the Lord's beloved ones have had to sing the mingled song of judgment and of mercy, of trial and deliverance, of mourning and of delight. It is one of the arrangements of Divine providence that day and night shall not cease either in the spiritual or natural creation till we reach the land of which it is written, "there is no night there." What our heavenly Father ordains is wise and good.
What, then, my soul, is it best for thee to do? Learn first to be content with this divine order, and be willing, with Job, to receive evil from the hand of the Lord as well as good. Study next, to make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to rejoice. Praise the Lord for the sun of joy when it rises, and for the gloom of evening as it falls. There is beauty both in sunrise and sunset; sing of it, and glorify the Lord. Like the nightingale, pour forth thy notes at all hours. Believe that the night is as useful as the day. The dews of grace fall heavily in the night of sorrow. The stars of promise shine forth gloriously amid the darkness of grief. Continue thy service under all changes. If in the day thy watchword be labour, at night exchange it for watch. Every hour has its duty, do thou continue in thy calling as the Lord's servant until he shall suddenly appear in his glory. My soul, thine evening of old age and death is drawing near; dread it not, for it is part of the day; and the Lord has said, "I will cover him all the day long."

Evening


"He will make her wilderness like Eden."
Isaiah 51:3

Methinks, I see in vision a howling wilderness, a great and terrible desert, like to the Sahara. I perceive nothing in it to relieve the eye, all around I am wearied with a vision of hot and arid sand, strewn with ten thousand bleaching skeletons of wretched men who have expired in anguish, having lost their way in the pitiless waste. What an appalling sight! How horrible! a sea of sand without a bound, and without an oasis, a cheerless graveyard for a race forlorn! But behold and wonder! Upon a sudden, upspringing from the scorching sand I see a plant of renown; and as it grows it buds, the bud expands--it is a rose, and at its side a lily bows its modest head; and, miracle of miracles! as the fragrance of those flowers is diffused the wilderness is transformed into a fruitful field, and all around it blossoms exceedingly, the glory of Lebanon is given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon. Call it not Sahara, call it Paradise. Speak not of it any longer as the valley of deathshade, for where the skeletons lay bleaching in the sun, behold a resurrection is proclaimed, and up spring the dead, a mighty army, full of life immortal. Jesus is that plant of renown, and his presence makes all things new. Nor is the wonder less in each individual's salvation. Yonder I behold you, dear reader, cast out, an infant, unswathed, unwashed, defiled with your own blood, left to be food for beasts of prey. But lo, a jewel has been thrown into your bosom by a divine hand, and for its sake you have been pitied and tended by divine providence, you are washed and cleansed from your defilement, you are adopted into heaven's family, the fair seal of love is upon your forehead, and the ring of faithfulness is on your hand--you are now a prince unto God, though once an orphan, cast away. O prize exceedingly the matchless power and grace which changes deserts into gardens, and makes the barren heart to sing for joy.
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Jeroham

[Jĕr'ohăm] - loved or he findeth mercy.
  1. The father of Elkanah, and grandfather of Samuel (1 Sam. 1:1; 1 Chron. 6:27, 34).
  2. The head of a Benjamite family dwelling in Jerusalem (1 Chron. 8:27).
  3. A Benjamite and father of Ibneiah. Perhaps the same as No. 2 (1 Chron. 9:8).
  4. A priest, whose son, Adaiah , lived in Jerusalem after the exile, and who was of the house of Malchijah (1 Chron. 9:12; Neh. 11:12).
  5. A Benjamite of Gedor whose two sons joined David at Ziklag (1 Chron. 12:7).
  6. The father of Azareel, prince of Dan in the reign of David (1 Chron. 27:22).
  7. The father of Azariah who aided Jehoiada in putting Joash on the throne (2 Chron. 23:1).
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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 15-16, John 12:27-50 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 15-16


Asa's Reform
The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. 2 He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 3 For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. 4But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. 5 In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. 6 One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. 7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded...."


Today's New Testament reading: John 12:27-50


27 "Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!"

Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him....

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