Monday, July 30, 2018

Mon Jul 30th Todays News

Don't give up on hope. USA becomes Number one economy again. The US did very well as an economy under Eisenhower until Congress fell to the Democrats in the mid terms of Eisenhower's second term. The US suffered as Democrats held Congress until Clinton's first mid term in 1994. The world prospers when USA is rich, and not beholden to scams like AGW, but focused on economic expansion.

Meanwhile, the Iran currency, Rial, falls as Trump calls out Iran on supporting terror around the world. How will the Euro go in Ireland when the alleged idiot, President Trump turns his attention to them over their support for BDS (Boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel)? PLO were once (still are) connected to IRA. They swap weapons and expertise. They serve the same God. They claim Israel is an apartheid state but cannot support the allegation, as Israel is not an apartheid state, but a modern, functioning Democracy, and a Jewish State. Ireland is being irresponsible in supporting terror, but it is a longstanding arrangement for Sinn Fein. Imran Khan is now Prime Minister in Pakistan. His promises are not concrete. I've heard his rants against USA. What will he do?

Trump supporters are allowed to sue incompetent police in one US state where police allegedly allowed crimes against GOP supporters. Maybe, some day, victims of anti semitism can take people to the world court for crimes against humanity. Ireland would be on the wrong side. And what side would Victoria and NSW be on after their appalling treatment of Laura Southern? In Victoria, Southern was charged by police for services rendered when activists attacked an event. Only the Keystone cops failed to notice it had not been her event. Later, in NSW, NSW senior cops warned Southern from walking freely. They feared for her safety, they said.

ALP win by elections, one with 22% of primary vote. Illustrating Shorten is not popular either. Incompetents rule. Hundred year old orange trees die in drought. However, flood and drought mitigating dams are not being built by ALP or Turnbull. Already eight dams should have been built in Queensland and Northern Territory, but their ALP governments are preventing it. Farmers need money, but would prefer water. The water would be available if the dams were built. One day the dams will be built. How will people of the future view those who opposed progress?

NBN (National Broadband Network) speeds are well beneath what Turnbull, or ALP, promised. ALP wanted fibre optic cables from door to door. Turnbull modified the awful plan. What Australia needs is competitive commercial interests supplying those they viably can, leaving the state to supply those commercial interests could not. Instead we have expensive and slow internet rates even where NBN is available. A Sydney speed test for $60 a month shows download/upload speeds of 8/6 MBPS, and Vietnam Saigon shows 19/25 for $13 a month. Their communist made network exceeds Australia's best.

Malcolm Turnbull is no different to former PMs Malcolm Fraser or William McMahon. He has backstabbed conservatives and promoted awful policy, claiming the left wing will support him and the party. But Turnbull has lost any support from swing voters who prefer conservatism. And no conservative will ever get support from the left. A lot of Liberals believe the lies trotted out by Turnbull and bedwetters against Tony Abbott. But they were lies. Turnbull promised many much, when he became PM, and they were lies too. Turnbull outlined an agenda when he first became PM, he has failed utterly on any agenda item. Were Turnbull a competent businessman, he would resign to let a better candidate fill the position.

Royal Australian Navy diversity? Painting nails for diversity is not a fitting activity for Australia's defence force. Australia does not need apartheid. However, people are demanding people with Aboriginal ancestry, such as myself, have a stronger parliamentary presence than those who are not. Resist apartheid. Malcolm Turnbull's Company Tax cuts are opposed. The proposed cuts are insufficient anyway. Dump Turnbull and promote someone capable of saying why we need companies to be profitable. Unions object to raids made by police against them investigating corruption. If they weren't corrupt, would they welcome the raids? If they were corrupt, would they be any different?

A daily column on what the ALP have as a policy, supported by a local member, and how it has 'helped' the local community. I'll stop if I cannot identify a policy. Feel free to make suggestions. Contact me on FB, not twitter. I have twitter, but never look at it.

Gabrielle Williams was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, working with the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing and the Minister for Families and Children. Advice to Victorian motorists to drive off from accidents to avoid car jacking. Why is the advice necessary if there is no problem with gangs? Are individuals increasingly seeking to vandalise and terrorise neighbourhoods as a hobby? Or, is it organised in a way police are not controlling? Why in Victoria, but not NSW? I've come from ALP endorsed crime neighbourhoods before. In the 1990's, ALP made Cabramatta the drug capital of Australia and the Vietnamese 5T gang thrived under ALP patronage, killing at will, including an ALP member, John Newman. The 5T gang was cleaned up when evangelical Christians met up with gang members in prison and convinced some gang leaders to change their life direction. In my survey of history I've never known of another gang to wind itself up. ALP are fostering gangs here with bad law aimed at teaching gang members how to avoid prosecution. Before the lawlessness in Victoria abates, as it will when Matthew Guy becomes Premier, criminals will have to discover hard time in jail.

As part of the November 24th Vic election campaign I have a petition I want to bring before the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. I believe Matthew will be the next premier of Victoria and so I am petitioning him as I raise the issues of Employment, Crime and Education in Dandenong. I am also seeking money for my campaign. I don't have party resources, and so my campaign is on foot, and on the internet. Any money I receive that is not spent on the campaign will go to Grow 4 Life. I am asking questions like "What do you love about Dandenong?" and "If you could change something in Dandenong to make it better, what would it be?" I'm not limiting the questions to state issues. I'm happy to discuss anything, and get things done.

Via HT "So, these people aspire to be like Mandela. But do they really look at what Mandela did, and what is really achieved by Mandela/SA 20 years on?
What they really are doing is impose a protest against the only democracy in Middle East that had achieved relative stability against tremendous odds amongst hostile neighbours. The only place where women are respected, freedom of religion is permitted, freedom of speech is encouraged, and human dignity is preserved. In contrast, have a look at whom they (the Irish) are siding with.

It is comical but it also is happening, and almost unbelievable. But then, we are talking about the Irish here so anything is possible. I hope that, along with rejecting Israel the nation and the people, they will also choose to reject all Jewish achievements and innovations. See how far that will get them!
Come to think, what happened to the last government who singled out the Jews? Heil Ireland huh?"

I am a decent man and don't care for 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 Ballou love letter 

Sullivan Ballou (March 28, 1829 -- July 28, 1861) was a lawyer, politician, and major in the United States Army. He is best remembered for the eloquent letter he wrote to his wife a week before he fought and was mortally wounded alongside his Rhode Island Volunteers in the First Battle of Bull Run.

=== from 2017 ===
Some things should not happen, but they do. I met two lovely elderly ladies the other day from my church in Melbourne. I've not gone to church since just before my birthday in January this year. I prayed about it, but the timing was wrong. I'm too needy and don't fit in. I will go back when I'm on my two feet. But there is a cost in isolating myself, and I should not pretend it is something I bear alone. One lady is in her eighties and she sparkles. Her husband had passed when she was sixty, and now she has spent twenty years in mission work since. Including in Israel. And then I disgraced myself by asking something uppermost on my mind, what was her opinion on converting Israeli Jews? She told me a few things, but she didn't ask me why I was asking, and then she bailed. And clearly she was upset. 

I have sworn not to try to convert Jewish youth. I can't promise I won't, but as one pastor said of my writing, there are many who are much better who do it for a living. Jews don't evangelise as Christians do. Their faith leads them to raise their young. And they resent it that Christians approach their young at vulnerable times. And it is an existential threat to them, every bit as pressing as radical Islam. The missionary lady said things, like the end times are coming and it will be pretty terrible for those who aren't Christian. And she points to impending end times with talk of hucksters like Al Gore and Elon Musk. And that leads to a credibility gap. I'm not disputing the bible, only an interpretation of it which leads some to harmful behaviours. Jesus will return, and before everything will be put right, things will be very bad. And we don't know when it will happen, He will come unexpectedly, as thieves come unexpectedly. Which kind of underscores my point that end times are not being predicted accurately by Gore and Musk. Or the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. 

I'm not a Pastor or a theologian. I have a lay understanding of things. I try not to engage in semantic disputes, but I also seek to answer questions. I do not know the future of Jews. I know I have Jewish ancestry, my past is entwined with Jews. I feel my future will be too. And I think that a good thing. I want it so Jews can prosper everywhere, just as I wish most everyone else would too. But every year, many Israeli children do not prosper, but face terrible things. They should not face those things friendless or alone. And I feel it is wrong to betray the trust their parents have placed in those who offer to share burdens. I am for secular administration. I am nothing if I cannot stand on my feet. But I have everything I need when I finally fail completely. And I have the promise that He will make everything right, I need only hold on to Him.

=== from 2016 === 
Separate journalists discussing Trump have diverse thoughts as to who he is. One journalist has conflated Trump's campaign with Brexit and Putin and decided Trump might end the cold war Obama initiated. But, they feel that that means there will have to be nuclear war because that is what it means if a Democrat is not President. It happens all the time. Another journalist has said that Trump's first lawyer, Roy Cohn, who had been highly influential with Joseph McCarthy and Richard Nixon, was the reason why Trump has the style he has of aggressive bluster. Cohn helped convict the Rosenbergs too. So now Trump is portrayed as the heir of Nixon. Cohn had been correct about socialites who were communist agitators, and the Rosenbergs who were spies. One would prefer a Cohn advocate to an Alinsky one which Hillary resembles. According to another journalist, it is all academic anyway, as Obama is said to have destroyed Trump at the DNC. What is the bet none of the polls will reflect the effort of Obama? 

In other news, Pokemon Go is very bad because it can distract you like any other game app. The writer accuses Pokemon Go of killing a user who stumbled onto thieves in Central America. And Pokemon Go has been asked by some authorities to be respectful regarding monuments. Apparently people are concerned children will notice monuments now, and may wonder what they mean. Maybe, as with Trump, it is the journalists who are giving us their unjustified opinion. Maybe that is it? 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility
=== from 2015 ===
Has the family court bomber been caught? The individual or persons responsible for shooting deaths of two, the bombing deaths of four and numerous injuries from bombs over thirty years ago, in Sydney, may at last face justice. DNA evidence at the bombing scene of a Jehova's Witness Church has been obtained. A man has been arrested on 29th July 2015, and he is believed to have been an original person of interest. It is important for a family court to be fair and just. But it is an impossible thing to satisfy everyone all the time. But even if a court has gotten it wrong, bombs are not the answer. 

Being just involves getting the hard questions right. Something that hasn't happened with Adam Goodes and the booing campaign. Former Australian of the year Goodes was too quick to hit the racism button from his first day, where he highlighted divisions of race within Australia. Race is a poor leader. Race should never be used in government to address peoples because it is intrinsically unfair. There is an industry based on race reading a myth that is hurtful and dangerous to Australia. A shameful truth in Australia is the living conditions of Aboriginal Peoples. Many of the scores for them is imported, like drugs, disease and alcoholism. But the 'cure' addressing such poverty is denied on racist terms. Aboriginals, we are told, don't go to school, don't work and don't follow the law. Racists are claiming that what Aboriginals need are separate laws, separate governments and different courts. It is apartheid and outrageous. And worse, while it is the poverty in the top end that is the issue, sponges in the big cities are absorbing aid intended for those in need.  The issue is old. But people in the past, who have greatly helped many have been denounced by the industry as they don't fit the model of what the industry wants. So instead of churches providing accommodation, family, education and health, we have welfare groups whose job is to deny these things under the visage of race collectivism. Goodes has opened this pandora's box. Goodes is a gifted athlete. He has Aboriginal ancestry. But he doesn't speak well for Aboriginal peoples. But now a race commissioner involves himself with dividing peoples on the issues. Race is not a cultural asset. Tim Soutphommasane has said an ordinary sporting chant (Aussie, aussie, aussie, oy, oy, oy") is not good because it is too aggressively nationalistic. However, Tim claims that a war dance is appropriate, even when directed at an audience. Racism is protected by hypocrisy. 

Another Union leader arrested over corruption. Shorten had claimed the royal commission was a partisan attack on the ALP. And yet important issues have been outed and are being dealt with which would never have happened while corruption was protected from investigation. 

Attack on Bronwyn Bishop amplified after failed campaign against Credlin. It doesn't matter if the attackers come from the LNP, ALP or media. Bishop has not done anything deserving of being sacked. She is a competent speaker. It would be wrong to dismiss her. But that may well happen. 

Plane debris found, may be MH370. It is a thousand miles away from the search area. But that is to be expected after over 500 days. 
From 2014
A tale of two battles with the White House being against humanity in each. In Gaza, Obama criticises Israeli people for fighting for their lives. In Ukraine, Obama criticises Putin for not ordering Ukrainian separatists to stop fighting for their lives. In each case Obama does not appear competent or realistic, but he is consistent. Ukraine are perpetuating a battle and using artillery to possibly cover up their involvement in shooting down a civilian aircraft. In perpetuating the conflict with international police in the danger zone, a case could be made for war crimes charges being brought to bear on Ukrainian military and government. In keeping with Obama policy in Gaza, if he wants peace in Ukraine, he should release everyone convicted of a sex crime currently incarcerated in the US. It won't work, but it is in line with what he has ordered Israel to do. 

Today it is the deaths of two martyrs in 1540 which highlights world policy today. Robert Barnes and Thomas Abell were on opposite sides of the religious divide. But they were both executed by Henry VIII keen to be even handed so as to not let his enemies unite. Barnes was a reformer, some might call him a Protestant. He had met Martin Luther and, after having delivered what is now called the first sermon of the English reformation, and having written treatise on religious thought, he was recognised by Wolsey and became an adviser. His advise for Henry to marry Anne of Cleves did not work out well for him. Barnes had made political enemies and after Cleves marriage went south, no one could defend him. And so he was executed. Abell was a committed catholic who applied his faith to support Henry VIII first marriage. He had printed his thoughts in a foreign country under a fake name, but his actions were considered treason, and so he was hung, drawn and quartered. Henry's decision was not based on religion, but was political. But both men had made a stance on faith, and died for it. Today, we see what happens when the foolish take sides and are not even handed. Obama might be sincere in his support for Hamas, and an unrepresentative and murderous Ukraine. But political perceptions change. 

Also on this day, in 1419, Prague experienced a series of defenestrations of her local councillors. A young woman once asked me if I wished to be defenestrated by her. I had to admit I didn't know. Turns out it means being pushed out of a window. In 1502, Columbus' fourth voyage placed him on an island off Honduras. In 1608 Samuel De Champlain shot and killed two Indian chiefs setting back French relations for a hundred years. In 1619, in Jamestown, the first representative assembly was held in Americas. In 1676, the delightfully named Nathanial Bacon made a declaration that the assembly was not being representative. Later that year he died from dysentery. If only they had listened. In 1733, the first Masonic Grand Lodge opened in the US. In 1866 in New Orleans, the Democrats assaulted an integrated GOP meeting, killing 40 and injuring 150. In 1930, in Montevideo, Uruguay won the first world cup. In 1932, Walt Disney did the first animation in Technicolor. In 1956, Eisenhower approved the monetary motto "In God We Trust" which today still confuses Democrats. In 1971, Apollo 15 use the first moon rover. In 1975. Jimmy Hoffa disappeared for good. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 762, Baghdad was founded by caliph Al-Mansur. 1419, first Defenestration of Prague: A crowd of radical Hussites killed seven members of the Prague city council. 1502, Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage. 1608, at Ticonderoga (now Crown Point, New York), Samuel de Champlain shot and killed two Iroquois chiefs. This was to set the tone for French-Iroquois relations for the next one hundred years. 1619, in Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convened for the first time. 1626, an earthquake in Naples, Italy, killed about 10,000 people. 1635, Eighty Years' War: The Siege of Schenkenschans began; Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, began the recapture of the strategically important fortress from the Spanish Army. 1656, Swedish forces under the command of King Charles X Gustav defeated the forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Warsaw. 1676, Nathaniel Bacon issued the "Declaration of the People of Virginia", beginning Bacon's Rebellion against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. 1729, foundation of Baltimore, Maryland. 1733, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the future United States was constituted in Massachusetts. 1756, in Saint PetersburgBartolomeo Rastrelli presented the newly built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.

In 1811, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leader of the Mexican insurgency, was executed by the Spanish in Chihuahua City, Mexico. 1825, Malden Island was discovered by captain George Byron, 7th Baron Byron. 1859, first ascent of Grand Combin, one of the highest summits in the Alps. 1863, American Indian Wars: Representatives of the United States and tribal leaders including Chief Pocatello (of the Shoshone) sign the Treaty of Box Elder. 1864, American Civil WarBattle of the CraterUnion forces attempted to break Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches. 1865, the steamboat Brother Jonathansank off the coast of Crescent City, California, killing 225 passengers, the deadliest shipwreck on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. at the time. 1866, New Orleans, Louisiana's Democratic government ordered police to raid an integrated Republican Party meeting, killing 40 people and injuring 150. 1871, the Staten Island FerryWestfield's boiler exploded, killing over 85 people.

In 1912, Japan's Emperor Meiji died and was succeeded by his son Yoshihito, who is now known as the Emperor Taishō. 1916, Black Tom Island explosion in Jersey City, New Jersey. 1930, in MontevideoUruguay won the first FIFA World Cup. 1932, Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short. 1945, World War IIJapanese submarine I-58 sank the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen. 1956, a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorising In God we trust as the U.S. national motto. 1962, the Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened. 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. 1966, England defeated West Germany to win the 1966 FIFA World Cup at Wembley after extra time. 1969, Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon made an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam and met with President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and U.S. military commanders.

In 1971, Apollo programApollo 15 Mission: David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module module Falcon landed on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover. Also 1971, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 727 and a Japanese Air Force F-86collided over Morioka, Iwate, Japan killing 162. 1974, Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court of the United States. Also 1974, Six Royal Canadian Army Cadets were killed and fifty-four were injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp. 1975, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He was never seen or heard from again, and would be declared legally dead on this date in 1982. 1978, the 730 (transport)Okinawa Prefecture changed its traffic on the right-hand side of the road to the left-hand side.

In 1980, Vanuatu gained independence. Also 1980, Israel's Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law 1990, George Steinbrenner was forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of New York Yankees for hiring Howie Spira to "get dirt" on Dave Winfield. 2003, in Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetlerolled off the assembly line. 2006, the world's longest running music show Top of the Pops was broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.
=== Publishing News ===
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Anders Jørgensen and RMMB. Born on the same day, across the years, as Maria Anna Mozart (1751), Emily Brontë (1818), Henry Ford (1863), Paul Anka (1941), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947), Kate Bush (1958), Lisa Kudrow (1963), Markus Näslund (1973), Hilary Swank (1974) and Prince Hridayendra of Nepal (2002). On your day, Independence Day in Vanuatu (1980)
762 – Al-Mansur, the Caliph of Islam, founded the city of Baghdad to be the capital of the Islamic empire under the Abbasids.
1865 – Off the coast of Crescent City, California, US, the steamship Brother Jonathan, carrying a large shipment of gold coins that would not be retrieved until 1996, struck an uncharted rock and sank, killing 225 people.
1916 – German agents caused a major explosion when they sabotaged American ammunition supplies to prevent the materiel from being used by the Allies of World War I.
1930 – Uruguay defeated Argentina, 4–2, in front of their home crowd at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo to win the first Football World Cup.
2012 – The largest power outage in history occurred across 22 Indian states, affecting over 620 million people, or about 9% of the world's population. Come out of the dark. Stand proudly with Uruguay. Take care not to antagonise German insurgents. Steam home. Hold that bag for dad. You remind me of Reinhardt Sosin with that band name .. he was part of Rasta Wookie ..

SS Brother Jonathan
SS Brother Jonathan
An army marches on its feet. Stay afloat and you will be rich. Hail the new emperor. Hoffa is not missing. Civilians are not shields. Let's party. 
Tim Blair 2018

Andrew Bolt 2018



Tim Blair – Saturday, July 30, 2016 (8:07pm)

Mr Di Natale, your new Bentley is ready:

In other Greens news, it’s war between the party’s tree-hugging and communist wings: 
Former Greens leader Bob Brown has called on the party’s New South Wales senator Lee Rhiannon to step aside, saying the party is in need of renewal.
Mr Brown blamed the poor vote for the NSW Greens at the last election on the “old guard”, and said it was time for fresh blood.
“Lee’s given long service to the Greens but it’s time for renewal,” Mr Brown said …
“I’ve been approached in the streets in Sydney by people saying, ‘I’m a Green but I’m not going to vote for the candidates you’ve put up here in Sydney’.” 
This is the first time in recorded history that Bob Brown has failed to claim a Greens election result as “the greatest ever.” It comes more than four years after he resigned as party leader.
(Via Geoff M.)


Tim Blair – Saturday, July 30, 2016 (6:47pm)

“How is your Merkelsommer going?” asks Douglas Murray
Britain’s geographical good fortune, relative success in limiting weapons and our justified scepticism of the undiscriminating “open borders” brigade mean we have so far been spared the delights of what Angela Merkel’s growing army of critics call her summer of terror …
It is now a fortnight since Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel shouted “Allahu Akbar” and ploughed a truck along the Nice seafront, killing 84.
The following Monday Muhammad Riyad, who said he was from Afghanistan but almost certainly came from Pakistan, screamed “Allahu Akbar” while hacking with an axe at his fellow passengers on a Bavarian train.
The next day Mohamed Boufarkouch shouted “Allahu Akbar” and stabbed a Frenchwoman and her three daughters (aged eight, 12 and 14) near Montpelier.

Police playfully interact with a traditional Merkelsommer elf.

Mixing things up a little, that Friday’s shooter in Munich was a child of Iranians called Ali David Sonboly.
Skip forward a couple of days and a “Syrian asylum seeker” with a machete was hacking a pregnant woman to death in Stuttgart.
The next day another “Syrian asylum seeker”, Mohammad Daleel, carried out a suicide bombing outside a bar in Ansbach, Bavaria.
And a little over 24 hours later two men shouting the name of ISIS entered a church near Rouen during Mass, took the nuns and congregation hostage and slaughtered the priest with a knife. 
That’s a lot of irritants for just one summer. Read on.


Tim Blair – Saturday, July 30, 2016 (3:51am)

Synchronised stupidity damages both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ex-PM Kevin Rudd: 
Three private letters written by Kevin Rudd to Malcolm Turnbull have been released, where he reveals the PM previously showed support for his bid for the UN Secretary-General role.
The letters from April 4, May 1 and July 28 show Mr Rudd’s claims that the Prime Minister agreed to back Mr Rudd’s UN bid on several occasions. 
Much too late, terrified Malcolm Turnbull realises he’s aligned himself with Cthulhu, destroyer of worlds. 
Mr Rudd wrote that he and Mr Turnbull talked about his UN bid via a private messaging service known as Wickr as early as September last year. Mr Rudd said he believed he had support from Mr Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (who is referred to as FM).
“You in fact sent me a message on your preferred Wickr system where you stated that you and the FM were ‘as one’ in your support for my candidature,” he wrote in a letter dated May 1. 
This is damaging to Rudd because, as Chris Kenny pointed out last night on Sky News, by leaking those letters Rudd is revealed as precisely the sort of petty, vindictive character who should never be in charge of anything, much less an Australian government or the UN. But it is also harmful to Turnbull: 
The documents further reveal Mr Turnbull considered Mr Rudd’s request that the government back him for the role of UN Secretary-General from April 4.
Mr Rudd had discussed the issue with Mr Turnbull before he ousted Tony Abbott as prime minister in September. 
I’m with stupid! Julie Bishop, a prominent member of the Coalition’s Labor faction, backed Rudd’s UN plan. 
“These communications leave to one side the multiple conversations we had on the subject of my possible candidature prior to you assuming the Prime Ministership!” he wrote.
“You had always said to me that the Australian government would be ‘mad’ not to support my candidature! You will recall saying the same in person to me when we met at my place in New York last year!” 
If Rudd’s account is accurate, Turnbull was closer to and more supportive of ex-Labor PM Rudd than he was towards standing Coalition PM Tony Abbott. And, in the end, just as loyal to both. 
In another letter, Mr Rudd wrote: “You will understand how shocked I was to receive your telephone call within the last couple of hours, just prior to your taking the matter to Cabinet in Canberra. In your telephone call you said that neither you nor the Cabinet would be supporting my nomination. When I asked the reasons for this, you said that neither you nor the Cabinet has the view that ‘I had the qualifications for the position.’ You will appreciate that you have never expressed that view to me in the multiple conversations we have had on this matter on the past,” he wrote. 
Serial backstabbers Rudd and Turnbull have ended up stabbing each other. This is delicious. And it might not end here, as Laurie Oakes writes: 
On May 2, the day before the federal Budget, Malcolm Turnbull was asked in Question Time whether he would support the nomination of an Australian candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations.
“In the event of this matter becoming a live one, certainly the Cabinet will consider it and give it due attention,” he replied. That statement opens the Prime Minister to the charge of misleading Parliament. 
Congratulations, Kevin Rudd. You’ve poisoned three atrocious governments: your own, Julia Gillard’s, and now Malcolm Turnbull’s. If Tony Abbott was still handing out knighthoods for services to the nation, you’d be at the top of the list.


Tim Blair – Saturday, July 30, 2016 (2:40am)

Victorian conservative Bill Wyndham fell for a lass from the peace, love and tolerance community.
It happens.

Turnbull vs Rudd: two users fall out. UPDATE: Leaking against each other

Andrew Bolt July 30 2016 (2:44pm)

A fundamental misreading by Paul Kelly:
Malcolm Turnbull told Kevin Rudd on May 1, two months ago, that neither he nor the cabinet would support him for the post of UN secretary-general… There is little downside for Turnbull in declining to back Rudd. 
Seriously? Even if we accept that Kelly’s version, fed to him by Turnbull, is true there is indeed a downside to Turnbull killing off Rudd’s bid only yesterday.
Turnbull should never have even dreamed of backing Rudd, and should have stuck all along with Tony Abbott’s pledge to back the New Zealand candidate, Helen Clark.
But he instead encouraged Rudd’s plan and let this build into a massive test of his leadership - one inviting a very harsh verdict on his judgement and the worth of Turnbull’s word.
This debacle actually perfectly demonstrates Turnbull’s poor leadership, tin ear and complete untrustworthiness. More amusing is the sight of two users falling out when neither is of use to the other.
Turnbull encouraged Rudd’s ambitions to become UN head back when he courted every critic of Tony Abbott and needed the support of Abbott’s Loyal Deputy, Rudd’s mate and chief backer Julie Bishop.
But once Turnbull became Prime Minister he gradually realised that backing Rudd could destroy him within the Liberal party. Trouble is, he still didn’t have the guts or foresight to head Rudd off before things went too far.
But now that Turnbull in a panic has killed off Rudd’s bid - and in the most publicly humiliating way - Rudd in turn has betrayed Turnbull with the release of documents he clearly prepared earlier for this moment of revenge.
Honestly, these two guys - peas in a pod - deserve each other, but Australia deserved neither.
Dennis Shanahan:
Letters leaked after Malcolm Turnbull’s brutal decision to end Kevin Rudd’s two-year campaign to become UN secretary-general claim the Prime Minister told the former Labor leader the Coalition would be “mad” not to back him for the job.
The claims Mr Turnbull agreed with Julie Bishop to support Mr Rudd’s nomination but changed his mind have sparked a row over the Prime Minister’s judgment and revealed deep divisions within the Liberal Party leadership.
Three letters from the former Labor prime minister to Mr Turnbull in April, May and this week contain explosive claims that Mr Turnbull had encouraged Mr Rudd to approach other nations, had been “as one” with the Foreign Minister in his support, had secret meetings in New York and Sydney to discuss the nomination and had communicated through Mr Turnbull’s “preferred” social media platform of Wickr....
[L]ast night, the leaked correspondence from Mr Rudd to Mr Turnbull, obtained by The Weekend Australian, suggested Mr Turnbull had long supported Mr Rudd’s nomination as Australia’s candidate and encouraged him to approach other nations. 
In a letter dated April 4 in which Mr Rudd formally seeks Australia’s endorsement and staff and diplomatic support, the former Labor leader cites conver­sations with Ms Bishop and that Mr Turnbull indicated he “would take this matter to cabinet after I had notified you formally of my intention to be a candidate"…

The claims in the letters suggest Mr Turnbull had agreed with Ms Bishop to support Mr Rudd, had encouraged him to run, had multiple conversations with him and had intended to put the nomination to cabinet. 
Some passages in the letters particularly struck me:
The first two bits I’ve circled is a warning to Turnbull that Rudd has retained records of Turnbull’s commitments to him. They may yet be released, causing Turnbull even more harm and casting further doubt on his judgment and his word.
Then there’s a reference to Rudd having relied on Turnbull’s assurances to start lobbying other governments. This adds credibility to Rudd’s claim that Turnbull did indeed lead him on, because Rudd would have been mad to expose himself to this public humiliation without believing he had that support. Moreover, every government now lobbied by Rudd will either conclude that Rudd goes off on mad frolics or that Turnbull is untrustworthy. Or maybe both.
The last reference against suggests Rudd is telling the truth. Why else would Turnbull be visiting Rudd at Rudd’s home if not to support him?
I’ve known thieves to fall out with more dignity: 
Mr Rudd’s spokeswoman said Mr Rudd had decided to release the letters because he believed Mr Turnbull was briefing reporters on his version of events.
“As you are aware, Mr Rudd had a conversation with Mr Turnbull [on Friday] morning about Mr Rudd’s interest in becoming a candidate for UNSG,” she said.
“Mr Turnbull ... asked Mr Rudd to keep the confidentiality of their conversations on this matter. 
“Mr Rudd has unfortunately now discovered that briefings are occurring conveying the Prime Minister’s version of events. In the interests of transparency Mr Rudd thinks it is far better that he release the three letters he sent Mr Turnbull on this issue over the past few months.”
When leakers fall out, prepare for a flood.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Book meets NT giant

Andrew Bolt July 30 2016 (2:39pm)

My book took off on an international frolic without me, visiting London, Lake Como, Ithaca, Scotland, the Bay of Naples and Fiji, before being caught and sentenced to work in the mines of Kalgoorlie. On release, it worked on the coal seam gas fields of Condabri, Queensland, but is now back on the road.
Reader RomeoMikeNovemberDelta reports:
I’ve attached a photo of your book at Aileron Roadhouse, about 130 km north of Alice Springs in the NT. Colourful local identity Greg Dick is the Roadhouse resident owner.
Overlooking the Roadhouse is a 17-metre tall statue of local Aboriginal man Charlie Quartpots, aka “Anmatjere Man”. Apparently he was the rainmaker in the local area. Charlie was constructed and erected in 2005 by artist Mark Egan, son of famed musician and one-time Administrator of the NT, Ted Egan.
PS. I’m reliably informed that one of Charlie’s balls contains a time capsule!
And I’m reliably informed that the book has once more left the country. Further news tomorrow.

To buy a copy for the traveler in your life, go here. A second edition will be printed soon, so don’t wait if you want one of the remaining first editions.
The third edition of the Bolt Bulletin, available to on-line buyers, went out last week.
Thank you very much to the 150 people who turned up to the Adelaide launch of my book yesterday. I am grateful to you. Terrific event. 

But anything goes when the ABC can vilify Pell

Andrew Bolt July 30 2016 (2:24pm)

Too shocking:
Maribyrnong Council has asked a small business in Footscray to take down an “offensive” mural by a renowned Australian street artist featuring US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a swimsuit.
Wins prize - and the ABC gives the picture national coverage:
A controversial painting depicting Cardinal George Pell with a face formed from male genitalia has won Australia’s most irreverent portraiture prize. Titled ‘Nothing to Say’, the painting is the work of artist Pat Hudson, a first time entrant in the Bald Archy, which is a parody of the more serious and revered Archibald Prize.
The difference?
The ABC is a disgrace.  

The royal commission will look the wrong way

Andrew Bolt July 30 2016 (2:12pm)

A correct call - but brave - from Warren Mundine, adviser to the Prime Minister on Aboriginal issues:
Allegations of mistreatment at Don Dale detention centre have surfaced and been investigated before. What made Four Corners horrific was the videos – children set upon by guards; a boy stripped and left naked in his cell; a guard grabbing a boy’s throat; a youth in a restraint chair wearing a “spit hood”; children overcome by tear gas; teens harming themselves and their surrounds. 
I’ve visited juvenile detention facilities; talked to corrective services officers, social workers and juvenile offenders; sat on committees, reviewed statistics and research; and advised government officials on juvenile incarceration. I’ve also seen violence and substance fuelled rage up close.
So, when I saw the visuals, I didn’t just see the incidents. I also saw familiar signs of social breakdown in Indigenous families and communities that’re destroying us…
Indigenous suicide is twice that of non-Indigenous. For males in their twenties it’s four times and for females, five times… Not long before Four Corners aired, a Western Australian research report was released showing Aboriginal mothers in WA were 17 and a half times more likely to be murdered.
Domestic violence figures for Indigenous women are substantially worse, including being 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from domestic violence…
Some people conclude the cause is historical wrongs to Indigenous people. But this theory doesn’t compute. Indigenous incarceration rates have nearly doubled since 1991…
I don’t see inter-generational trauma grounded in history. I see Indigenous people in crisis, today…
If governments want fewer Don Dale correction centres, then take a tougher stand on school attendance, welfare to work and enabling real economies in Indigenous communities where enterprise can grow. And implement mandatory diversionary programs for juvenile offenders, requiring them to go into jobs and education instead of detention.
Interventions need to be early because there’s a point of no return. I once met a friendly 14 year old in detention for serial rape; a nice teenager who tortured and killed her baby in a rage.
Indigenous incarceration is high because Indigenous people are committing crimes, mostly against Indigenous victims. That’s why the idea of setting Closing the Gap targets for incarceration is misconceived.
The Prime Minister’s immediate call for a Royal Commission satisfies the outrage of elites and may provide answers on specific incidents. But I’ve never seen a royal commission deliver longstanding benefits or solve underlying problems for Indigenous people.
Anyone who’s stood face to face with real violence, who’s lived in communities where dysfunction festers, who’s seen how terrifying someone wasted on substances can be, knows that social breakdown will continue after the Royal Commission. Unless we – Australians and Indigenous people – address its root causes head on. 


Tim Blair – Thursday, July 30, 2015 (2:49am)

If nothing else, the Zimbabwean lion-hunting controversy has given us this compelling new phrase: “Cecil-killing dentist”.  Unless a dental specialist has previously offed someone by that name, it is unlikely that those words have ever before been written or spoken in that precise order. Here are some Twitter highlights in the wake of Cecil the lion’s dentist-driven demise: 
• RIP, Cecil, I hope you are avenged.
• Less negativity! More positivity please! Cecil would want this for us.
• Can’t bear to watch Cecil story anymore without tearing up. Palmer should pay dearly. They should hunt him down.
• There are mad other lions out there having lion sex & birthing cubs go steal one of those place a tracker on him & look at that a new Cecil.
• How much will it cost me to hunt Walter Palmer with a bow and arrow in his natural habitat?
• Seriously eff this Cecil-killing dentist. 
There does seem to be some serious anti-dentite hatred involved:
• People loved Cecil the lion. He was warm and friendly with humans. Because he was never hungry.
• Does anyone know if the lion was named ‘Cecil’ after Rhodes? Was it a white supremacist lion, or do its views remain unknown?
• The person I feel for the most in this Cecil situation is my man Mugabe.
• I hope Walter Palmer gets raped by a bull elephant, a lion, a rhino, a vulture and a hyena ... after I’ve shot him with a bow & arrow.
• Wonder how many pets were named Cecil yesterday. Maybe children too.
• I wonder if any of the babies that Planned Parenthood aborted and sold would have been named Cecil. I guess we’ll never know. 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for dentist Walter Palmer’s execution
“Hunting is a coward’s pastime,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in the statement. “If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” 
Wow. Wait until Ingrid hears about serial animal tormentor Jonathan Green. Further Cecil-related thoughts from James Delingpole.
UPDATE. The Guardian‘s Cecil coverage is surprisingly restrained:

Come on, Guardian. We need to know Cecil’s star sign, his opinion of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership candidacy, what he thought about climate change deniers and his favourite Islington vegan restaurant. People want information!


Tim Blair – Thursday, July 30, 2015 (2:42am)

Brilliant character actor Ned Beatty – NetworkDeliveranceNashville – is also a wonderful singer. Click for a couple of samples.


Tim Blair – Thursday, July 30, 2015 (2:10am)

I prefer this design, being fond of flying monkeys, but I’m also inclined to buy the giant robot. Other choices are available.


Tim Blair – Thursday, July 30, 2015 (12:49am)

Australia is bowled out for just 136 runs in the first innings of the Third Test at Edgbaston, having won the toss and elected to collapse.
UPDATE. Fairfax’s pre-match call: “It might be Australia in three days.”

The debate the Left says should never have been held

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (9:31pm)

The debate that has the Left choking on vomit. See, the ABC included me. Subject: Adam Goodes.
Charlie King seems a nice guy. We’re catching up after.
You can see why the Left is comparing me to the Gestapo (although that might have been meant as praise from this author). After all, check the truly horrible things I said:
I wish the booing had never started. I wish it would stop. I think it’s a sort of cruel bullying of its own. But I mean, to ignore what’s really behind this and to just try to shut the crowd up by saying, “You’re all racist and we’ll all get together and exacerbate this.” Look, you might stop the booing now, but our long-term future has to be in seeing each other as individuals, not as racial artefacts or symbols or anything like this and to play down this idea that we’re fundamentally a racist country. We are not.

Is it fair to import such danger?

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (8:52am)

Sweden is very generous to refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. The price is increased violence:
Four grenade attacks this week have rocked Malmo, the third largest city in Sweden, prompting police to sound an alarm over the increasing violence. Multiple explosions, shootings and arson struck the city, which has a large migrant population… 
The attack came ... two days after a car bomb attack that injured a man outside a community center in the south.
“It is the thirtieth explosive attack since the New Year. We have a situation that is serious,” said the Malmö police chief, Stefan Sintéus, about the explosion on Friday…
Since the beginning of 2015, 18 explosions rocked the city prompting the Swedish police’s national bomb squad (NSB) to be called in…
Police said they believe this week’s explosions are linked with the court sentencing of three young men on July 10 for their roles in the Christmas Eve bombing in Rosengard – the city district which has been dubbed by media as Sweden’s “most notorious refugee ghetto.” ...
Over 80 percent of residents there are immigrants, hailing from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Only 38 percent of residents in the district are employed, according to the Economist, prompting restive youth to take to rioting and crime… 
Sweden has been taking in a larger share of asylum seekers than any other EU state compared to its existing population size. Sweden’s population is about 9.6 million while in 2014 asylum was granted to more than 33,000 refugees...
(Thanks to reader Grendel.) 

Race Commissioner shows just the double standards that makes those booers cross

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (8:46am)

The politics of race

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, a former Labor staffer, can be trusted to bring petrol to a fire. Last night he predictably damned the booing of Adam Goodes as racist.  He also demonstrated the double standards on race that drive the booers mad.
Here is Soutphommasane attacking an unwarlike patriotic chant used by Australian sports fans of all races:
Over the past decade, we are seeing some of this sentiment on the rise. Not all that long ago, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” was just a harmless chant at sporting events. Waving the national flag in public was regarded as something done not by Aussies but by Americans.... Not today. And there is a strain of patriotic expression that is tainted with the stain of aggressive nationalism.
But here was Soutphommasane praising a war dance used by Adam Goodes, to symbolically threaten white sports fans with spearing:
It was done in a good sporting spirit… It was done in that spirit of having pride in his identity rather than being aggressive towards supporters. 
Australians of all colours chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” is suspicious. An Aborigine threatening whites with a war dance is just “having pride”.
Australian nationalism is “aggressive”. An Aboriginal war dance aimed at whites is “good sporting spirit”.
I suspect most of the booers are not racists but people protesting against a new racism. And Soutphommasane sure gives them more to boo.

Dallas Scott writes too rarely on his Black Steam Train blog. But when he does write, it’s wise and memorable:
Of course, we have the regular roster of apologists come out, shaming the country and our society for cutting down a sports star who happens to have Aboriginal blood as part of his racial make-up.  The caring, informed and sensitive city dwellers who, despite their alabaster skin tone and lack of racial diversity, can not only see, smell and hear racism, but tragically, are so deeply affected by it that they feel they must differentiate themselves from the white person next to them by pointing at them and screaming racist long enough and loud enough that somehow, somewhere in the midst of all their righteous shouting, their own skin tone will be forgotten or ignored. 
One thing I’ve come to understand about our society is that often, those who see themselves as the most tolerant, educated and enlightened are usually most racist, close-minded of all.  These types were the first to pick up their keyboard or a microphone and declare that speaking negatively about the so-called ‘war dance’ effort from Adam Goodes over the weekend means that we are culturally ignorant, yet in making such a claim, have themselves ignored an entire segment of the Aboriginal community, who are appalled at the ‘performance’.  In wanting us to be a homogenous community capable of only thinking and feeling one way, therefore enabling them to have the correct information and be ‘right’, they are guilty of the same crime they are continually accusing an entire nation of – RACISM.
The fact is, some Aboriginal people, myself included, saw that embarrassing display and did not feel pride.  Instead, we felt shame, and a sense of sadness and loss.  Some of this stems from seeing yet more of our traditions mocked and traded upon, invented and earning overnight acclaim, for little more than cheap thrills while the long standing traditions are ignored, left to die quietly and uncelebrated until they are forgotten and lost forever.  Some of this comes from the fact we’re tired of the theatrics, and how his need for attention will play out for the rest of us, and creep a little into our own lives.  For an urban blackfella like me, I hate the fact that all of a sudden my opinion is relevant.  I haven’t written a blog post in almost a year, or bothered to watch free to air television in even longer, yet received two messages on my phone today – one from SBS and the other from 2GB, wanting to know what I think about the whole Goodes drama and depending on what I think, whether they want to hear from me.  They aren’t the only ones.  Friends, acquaintances and even the random guy standing next to me in line at the supermarket suddenly wants to hear what I have to say, but only on this one topic, just for now.  The easiest way to get rid of them is to gauge their personal feelings, then just agree with them.  If someone is genuinely looking for a discussion, they are easy to tell, but most people just want me to be the token black who validates their own feelings on the matter.
Views like mine, that are contrary to the representations being made by the rabid, name-calling media, are ignored or rejected by all those who simply want to brand every incident or comment with an ‘ism’, because the object of their outrage is never to stimulate an educated debate or a discussion, but rather they wish to simply stand on their given podium and recite their narcissistic lecture, a pointless exercise for them to reinforce their followers that they alone are a bastion of cultural relevance, understanding and compassion.  Sadly, theses ‘enlightened’ folks also tend to take their cues on history from the most removed people of a culture, merely because they tend to occupy the cubicle or apartment next to them, or speak with the most authoritarian voice or sense of victimhood – a sure sign that they must know what they are on about, according to our current high standards of journalism in this country – instead of seeking the truth and looking for those with knowledge that comes from a life of lived tradition, rather than being well removed from it....
As Adam walks out for his next game, before making his way onto that perfectly manicured stadium lawn, I suggest he take a deep, slow breath and reflect upon the reality of his life.  Rather than having to emerge from the sheds for the ‘coloured people’, kept separate from the white folks playing beside him, he will run out after being supported by his entire team, not kept to the back.  When he is thirsty, he doesn’t have to take a drink at the appropriately labelled drinking fountain, set aside for only folks with his racial identity, but rather will be served like a prince, with a special servant whose only job is to provide refreshments for the thirsty players, regardless of their skin colour or heritage.  As he drives his brand new sports car to training, where he looks around at the other players arriving in their equally expensive vehicles and stops to realise he is paid just as much as them, if not more, he should perhaps pause a moment and wonder about whether he is fighting a war that has already been won, and instead of complaining from his position at the top, realise how those on the bottom rungs might be sick of hearing him whinging and would much rather he just got on with life. 
Read the whole thing.
(Thanks to readers machac22 and gc-p.) 

Third arrest in three weeks over alleged union scandal

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (8:46am)

Let’s hear again from Labor that this royal commission is just a get-Julia or get-Bill or get-unions stitch-up:
A witness at the royal commission into trade union governance and corruption has been arrested in Canberra, and charged with perjury… 
Tuungafasi Manase ...  is an associate of Fihi Kivalu, the former construction union official who was arrested and charged with blackmail in the first week of a series of ACT hearings this month.  The commission heard evidence that Mr Manase was involved with Mr Kivalu’s alleged blackmailing of formwork company owner Elias Taleb....

Last week, the commission arrested former Canberra Raiders football star and construction union organiser John Lomax who was also charged with blackmail.
(Thanks to reader WaG311.) 

Plane debris found. MH370 suspected

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (8:22am)

A breakthrough?
A MYSTERIOUS piece of plane debris has washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, prompting speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 
Reunion island is more than 6000km from where the plane was last known to fly before it vanished on March 8, 2014. The two-metre long piece of wreckage, which seemed to be part of a wing, was found by people cleaning up a beach.
It could be MH370:
A US official has told Associated Press that air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year. 
The official says investigators — including a Boeing air safety investigator — have identified the component as a “flaperon” from the trailing edge of a 777 wing.

Bronwyn Bishop just became a leadership issue

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:57am)

BRONWYN Bishop’s expenses scandal is now splitting the Abbott Government and dragging the Prime Minister into renewed leadership trouble.

Tony Abbott has stuck by Bishop, a friend and ally, but yesterday rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull both attacked the embattled Speaker. Suddenly a problem for the Government is a problem for Abbott personally, again raising the question: is he too loyal to make tough calls?
Loyalty doesn’t seem a problem for Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, who twice yesterday undermined Speaker Bishop over her claims for travel expenses to a wedding and Liberal fundraiser.

First, the Foreign Affairs Minister falsely implied Speaker Bishop was considering resigning to avoid further damage to the Government. “I understand that the Labor Party will seek to use this to destabilise Question Time, for example, and I’m sure Speaker Bishop will take that into account as she considers her position.”
And asked if the Speaker’s position was “now untenable”, she merely said “the Department of Finance is carrying out an investigation ... and ... I’ll await the outcome”.
These responses astonished Bronwyn Bishop, who recalled that just days earlier “Julie Bishop rang me and said I had her full support”.
As for the talk of “considering her position”, forget it.
(Read full column here.

Is saving Bronwyn worth this damage?

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:53am)

Tony Abbott may be putting loyalty to Bronwyn Bishop above loyalty to the Liberal team - let alone to taxpayers.
Dennis Shanahan:
Bronwyn Bishop should be gone as Speaker but she’s not. The hard-core, right-wing, conservative Liberal warrior who could smile in an abattoir has done wrong: she has admitted it… 
Since she spent $5000 on a helicopter ride between Melbourne and Geelong, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has been ridiculed, lampooned and demonised with good cause.... Indeed, other claims, which included trips to weddings and which she says were genuinely work-related, have only served to make it worse.
Why then is she still in her job and why hasn’t she stepped aside from her position, at least while the helicopter flight is investigated? The simple answer is that she has the sure support of Tony Abbott as a friend and factional ally…
Joe Hockey, Scott Morrison, Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull (all potential leadership contenders) are making it clear they are unhappy with the impact Bishop’s behaviour is having on the Coalition, while Labor has declared open season.
Niki Savva:
Bill Shorten still has a lot of work to do to convince people he is serious about boat turnbacks and that his renewable energy target is more than a thought bubble or a sop to the Left. However, his recovery and repositioning have benefited mightily from one major factor that has bought him time, and that has been corroding the Tony Abbott’s authority and drowning out all other messages from the government: Bronwyn Bishop.
Finally the sorry that was missing from Bishop’s first, disastrously defiant press conference on this issue:
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has finally apologised for taking a $5000 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser. 
I want to apologise to the Australian people for an error of judgment,” she told 2GB on Thursday. “I feel I’ve let them down.”
She also said she understood the anger Australians felt about this issue, but insists she won’t step down. 
“I won’t be resigning,” she said.
Ms Bishop said she would also repay all expenses related to travel to weddings of which “while technically in the rules just doesn’t apply”.
It has emerged recently the MP claimed travel allowances for trips that included the weddings of Liberal colleagues Sophie Mirabella and Teresa Gambaro.
“I know that I’ve disappointed and let down the Australian people,” she said.
Asked whether it had been a mistake to not apologise when the first stories broke about her expenses three weeks ago, Mrs Bishop said it was.
“I wish I had,” she said. 
“I feel very, very sorry that I’ve let the Australian people down.”
That’s more like it. 

This mad “reconciliation” is making us enemies and destroying Adam Goodes

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:52am)

The politics of race

No sporting code has pushed “reconciliation” harder than the AFL. Now see the frightening results.
We’ve got crowds nastily booing Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes, a divisive symbol of this “reconciliation”.

We’ve got sanctimonious commentators in return vilifying fans as “racist”, infuriating thousands who simply dislike Goodes for his race talk and his public humiliation of a teary 13-year-old girl as the “face of racism”.
We’ve also got Aboriginal players inflaming white crowds by threatening them with imaginary spears, while white racists exploit the controversy by howling insults in return.
And now Goodes is allegedly so broken that he’s contemplating quitting the game he has so distinguished.
Wow. Feeling reconciled yet?

Let’s consider where we should be instead.
(Read full article here.)   

Russia uses veto to protect mass murderers

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:47am)

Russia bares its teeth:
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has lambasted Russia for using its veto power to block a United Nations proposal to establish an international criminal tribunal into the MH17 disaster… 
The resolution to establish a criminal tribunal was supported by 11 countries with Russia - as one of five permanent members with veto power - the only nation to vote against the proposal.
Angola, China and Venezuela abstained from the vote. 
The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year, an hour into its flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers and crew, including 39 Australian citizens and residents, were killed. 
Well said by Julie Bishop:
Ms Bishop, in a speech shortly after the vote, said it was “inconceivable the Security Council would now walk away from holding to account those who brought down a commercial aeroplane”. 
“The veto only compounds the atrocity,” she said.
“Only one hand was raised in opposition, but a veto should never be allowed to deny justice.” 
“The exercise of the veto today is an affront to the memory of the 298 victims of MH17 and their families and friends,” Ms Bishop said.

If Boko Haram killed lions instead of people, its name would be mud

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:23am)

Tim Blair notes the astonishing distress at the Guardian over the death of one lion:
The coverage of the murder of 10 humans - also in Africa - is more restrained

Storming Britain

Andrew Bolt July 30 2015 (7:07am)

More on the invasion of Europe:
One man was found dead yesterday as 1500 migrants attempted to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England… 
The man of Sudanese origin believed to be aged between 25 and 30, was hit by a truck that was leaving a cross-Channel ferry, a police source said. The overnight attempts at storming the Eurotunnel terminal came after 2000 bids to enter the site were recorded the previous night, which was described as the biggest incursion effort in six weeks.
But Labor here is promising to weaken our border laws. 

Five out of five ABC panellists agree with each other that we’re all racist. Except them, of course

Andrew Bolt July 29 2015 (7:40pm)

A typical ABC debate, where everyone agrees with each other. And, incidentally, where all are sanctimonious and simply wrong.
The subject: Adam Goodes.
The conclusion: the booing just proves Australians are racists.
Agreeing with each other:  Steve Cannane, Anthony Benscher, Kate Mills, Jonathan Green and Francis Leach.
Is the ABC so terrified of debate? So contemptuous of its legal obligation to be impartial? 

Wise advice from Grant Thomas to Adam Goodes

Andrew Bolt July 29 2015 (5:30pm)

I said yesterday that Adam Goodes could end the booing and actually emerge a hero by apologising for how he reacted to that 13-year-old girl who yelled “ape”.  It would be brave and hard, but very effective. Making clear he loved this country he’s so damned would also help.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas says the issue is actually far simpler than I say, but, yes, an act of contrition by Goodes would more than restore his reputation:
There is only one man I know – and one man alone – that can fix the currently out of control issue involving Adam Goodes. 
His name is Adam Goodes.
At the moment the situation has the potential to deteriorate into a massive divide amongst many, many people with untold and possibly irretrievable damage....
I will not stand by and witness the ridiculous pandemonium, the irresponsible accusations, the overreacting and the personal agenda’s from pedestals.  Nor will I will be intimidated by do-gooders on soap boxes clutching rosary beads, media representatives taking the moral high ground or people in positions of responsibility who feel the need to act now out of some sort of pathetic pressure from those around them.
For 150 years fans have preyed on players hoping to get a rise out of them. Most – and I mean nearly all of them – have not been seduced into responding, acknowledging or letting it outwardly affect them. If fans sense a hint of reaction they intensify their actions baying for blood.
Two things have struck me in relation to the Adam Goodes saga.
Firstly he is probably the first player I can remember that has taken obvious offence to the booing and reacted.
And secondly he has publicly denounced the people doing it and returned fire.
Both of these actions are like a red rag to a bull for regular footy fans.
I have no doubt there is now a small racist element taking advantage of the situation Adam finds himself in…

Has Adam done anything wrong? Not as far as I am concerned. The only criticism I have of Adam is the manner in which he has dealt with the situation. It comes across to me that he is not taking enough responsibility or giving much consideration to his actions.
Let me say that I do not subscribe to the following negative accusations that are circling around the traps; 

- the way he plays & acts - having the 13 year old girl evicted from the stadium 
- being made Australian of the Year 
- Australian of the Year acceptance speech
...Whilst I did not agree with his speech in it’s entirety, I truly respected his courage and conviction in using the platform to heighten the awareness and focus on the debilitating indigenous situation in Australia.
What I am most interested in right now, is how he responds to the situation and what he makes of it. At the moment he is either deliberately or inadvertently dividing the nation and his advisers are unfortunately providing him with bad advice. This should not be about accusing every fan who boo’s Adam as a racist. We know that’s a ridiculous accusation…
Adam Goodes is obviously a decent person… He has the opportunity to pour water on this drastic, out of control bushfire and reduce it to a great lesson, an incredible gesture of compassion, understanding and empathy.
He will not only become the modern day hero and leader of the very proud indigenous people he represents so passionately but also the entire population of this country, and abroad. People greatly respect humility and taking responsibility – that’s leadership. 
Adam may not believe he has transgressed by his standards or morals but ...  he should say something like the following: ... 
Read on. 

Bronwyn Bishop’s expenses scandal just became a leadership issue

Andrew Bolt July 29 2015 (2:27pm)

SPEAKER Bronwyn Bishop’s expenses scandal got even more dangerous for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after Bishop was attacked by Abbott’s two biggest leadership rivals.
Abbott has stuck firm by Bishop, a close friend and supporter, but rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull today undermined the embattled Speaker, making her resignation more likely.
Adding to the doubt about the Speaker’s survival, even Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, an Abbott loyalist and the most likely successor, said the Speaker was “consulting with colleagues” when asked whether she still had his confidence.
(Read full article here.) 
Allow Jack Black, Morgan Freeman and Queen Noor Al Hussein الملكة نور الحسين to explain why the Iran deal is so important.
Posted by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Why can't people who understand the issue explain it? Why employ people with the gifts of mimics? So sad US peoples must endure this rubbish
This is quite possibly the best video I have ever seen in my entire life! LOL It is SPOT ON!!! I have watched it...
Posted by Laura Parrish - #TNS Mastermind on Friday, 3 October 2014

The Left blind to slaughter of Christians

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (7:11pm)

IN the ancient Christian city of Mosul in Iraq the terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIL) has painted the Arabic letter “N” on doors of houses to signify that a Christian family lives inside and is in store for special treatment.
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Making highs legal will be followed by health lows

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (7:10pm)

THE campaign for medical marijuana has been astonishingly effective.
It’s presented as a humanitarian slam dunk, complete with telegenic cancer victims condemned to a life of pain by cruel anti-drug advocates.
Premier Mike Baird and his aptly named deputy Andrew Stoner have given provisional support for legalising the drug for medicinal use, albeit with concerns about safe supply and regulation.
The Greens are behind the push, as is energetic drug liberaliser Dr Alex Wodak, who lurks at the back of press conferences at state parliament.
But no one mentions that the active ingredient of marijuana, THC, is already available on prescription in pill form, Dronabinol, as is the oral whole-leaf cannabis extract, Sativex.
It’s not hard to conclude that the drug lobby is using medical marijuana to play on public sympathy as the first step to decriminalisation of recreational marijuana use.
We are being urged to copy the situation in the United States, where medical marijuana has been legalised in 21 states.
But the Journal of the American Medical Association sounded a warning last month.
Yale University researchers cited “evidence that marijuana exposure is associated with an increased risk of psychotic disorders in vulnerable individuals”, structural brain changes, a decline in IQ, respiratory problems and immune suppression.
They also warn marijuana use will increase, especially among adolescents, as the public assumes the drug is safe because it’s legal.
Marijuana “should be subjected to the same evidence-based review and regulatory oversight as other medications”, not simply approved by opinion polls or politicians, they conclude. Otherwise, we are effectively legalising recreational marijuana use but forcing doctors to act as “gatekeepers”.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore is living in cloud cuckoo land

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (7:08pm)

CLOVER Moore lives in a fantasy world where people spend their time sitting around cafes drinking chai or riding pushbikes.
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Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (7:09pm)

“The row can be traced back to 2008 when [Martin] Hirst posted a photo of himself at Karl Marx’s grave at Highgate cemetery in London,” reports the Guardian, “which he later used as a profile picture on his personal Twitter account.

“In April 2014 Daily Telegraph columnist Tim Blair posted the photo on his blog, describing the photo as ‘the finest leftie selfie ever taken’.”
And that’s when the fun began. Please do read on.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (5:09am)

For most people, finding $9.3 million to fund a bunch of ridiculous artists and their absurd and indulgent creationswould be something of a challenge.
Not for Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Sydney City Council, however, who have access to all of that cash thanks to inner-city ratepayers – many of whom might be wondering now why they didn’t make a greater effort to vote Moore out when they last had the chance.

Clover Moore and some ribbony crap yesterday

Here’s a tougher challenge for Moore and her crew. Beginning in 2017, when Space Noodle, Big Milk Crate and Stupid Bronze Birds are scheduled to be installed, find someone – anyone – who will honestly say that their visit to Sydney was inspired by these examples of alleged art.
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Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (5:05am)

Former AFP correspondent Amy Coopes joins my unholy legion of the night:

At this rate I’ll soon be the next Papa Lazarou.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (4:23am)

Labor’s Greg Combet alerts his colleagues to a terrible menace
The former front bencher who quit following Ms Gillard’s loss to Kevin Rudd in the leadership ballot sounded a clear warning about the role of the Greens in any future carbon pricing debate.
“Don’t be seduced by the Greens,” Mr Combet warned …
“They voted with Abbott in 2009 to defeat an ETS. We’ve got to stop being seduced by them ...” 
Good advice. But if Combet was already aware of the Greens’ idiot allure in 2009, why did he allow himself to be seduced in 2011?


Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (4:08am)

Mark Steyn: “This is Toronto on a summer weekend in 2014.”


Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (4:02am)

Narrow road, 400 horsepower, fearless driver:

(Via Jalopnik


Tim Blair – Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (2:26am)

Andrew Landeryou charts a photographic meltdown at the Age:
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I “smear” an academic by publishing his vile abuse. His colleagues protest

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (6:48pm)

Both laughable and utterly depressing for anyone who looks to universities to pass on the gift of reason:
A university journalism professor will keep his job after spending three months suspended without pay for describing his alleged Twitter trolls as “stupid as f..k”. 
Martin Hirst was accused of bringing Deakin university into disrepute after right-wing press columnist, Andrew Bolt, posted a series of the tweets on his blog in the Herald Sun.
The Guardian reporter who wrote those lines has already vastly minimised Hirst’s offence - I suspect in order to invent my own to an audience as far-Left as Hirst himself.  Hey, she even falsely claims I am “right-wing”.
Fact is, Hirst was not suspended for merely using the word “f..k”.  Here are the Hirst tweets I first posted:
These tweets are astonishingly abusive. They are certainly childish and betray a strident Leftism that would make conservative students reluctant to divulge their own political leanings. In all they shame the university. The next day I posted more Hirst tweets, asking how Hirst was fulfilling the Deakin mission of “driving the digital frontier to enable globally connected education for the jobs of the future and research that makes a difference to the benefit of our students, our staff and the communities we serve”:
How could the Guardian possibly sum up the offence here as a mere use of “f..k”?
Because, I suspect, it wanted to make this a story about the wicked Bolt oppressing an almost blameless academic:
But after a letter to the university authorities signed by 150 academics and PhD students, the case was settled on Wednesday and Hirst reinstated. 
The row can be traced back to 2008 when Hirst posted a photo of himself at Karl Marx’s grave at Highgate cemetery in London, which he later used as a profile picture on his personal Twitter account.
In April 2014 Daily Telegraph columnist Tim Blair posted the photo on his blog, describing the photo as “the finest leftie selfie ever taken”.
A Twitter user began mocking Hirst for the photo, and a back-and-forth between the troll and Hirst ensued, prompting other people to join in.
In his final response to his alleged Twitter trolls, Hirst adopted a tweet by US actress Kirstie Alley: “… dear stupid as # people who just like to be stupid, go be stupid with other stupid people. #stupidfuckcity”
Bolt then intervened, posting the comments along with a quote from university vice chancellor, Jane den Hollander, which described Deakin as: “A premier university in driving the digital frontier to enable globally connected education for the jobs of the future and research that makes a difference to the benefit of our students, our staff and the communities we serve.”
The university suspended Hirst without pay for serious misconduct, amid claims he had brought the university into disrepute…
But the case was settled after the supporting letter was sent to den Hollander on Tuesday.
“We can understand your concern at Dr Hirst’s actions and the unwelcome attention that Mr Bolt’s blog posts brought to Deakin University,” the letter said. “...We are assured that Dr Hirst has recognised his mistake in engaging with the offensive and anonymous trolls and indulging in the same vile language that they employed against him. We are also pleased to know that Dr Hirst apologised for his actions immediately that Mr Bolt’s attempt to smear him and the University was brought to his attention.” 
An email also circulated among staff calling on them to sign the letter in support of Hirst, saying; “It is scandalous that Andrew Bolt and the Murdoch press should have such control over Deakin university’s hiring and firing policies.” 
I am astonished that so many academics and PhD students could be so deceptive and so paranoid.
First, I did not “smear” Hirst. I merely repeated exactly the tweets he himself had published. The sin was his, not mine.
Second, to claim Hirst was merely “indulging in the same vile language that [frolls] employed against him” robs him of moral agency, reducing him to a kind of child who should not be blamed if they copy whatever foul example is set by other children. Aren’t academics supposed to lead thought, not follow?
Third, I do not have any “control over Deakin university’s hiring and firing policies”. Deakin University reacted not to what I wrote but what Hirst himself wrote. It made its own judgment as to how well he’d fulfilled his duties and set its own punishment without any suggestion from me.
I still wonder what value Hirst could offer journalism students. Reading the letter of support by his Deakin colleagues, I wonder what they could offer students, too, in any field requiring logic, factual accuracy, leadership and personal responsibility.
This letter is a disgrace.  

Jackson paid husband $50,000 of once-union money

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (5:41pm)

Extremely ugly:
WHISTLEBLOWER Kathy Jackson has accused the royal commission into union corruption of “ambushing” her after it was revealed that she paid her former husband $50,000 from union members’ money that she had transferred to a personal bank account she controlled… 
Earlier, the counsel assisting the royal commission, Jeremy Stoljar SC, revealed that an investigation of accounts showed Ms Jackson shifted $50,000 from her union’s accounts in 2009 to a Commonwealth Bank account she controlled, and 24 hours later made a withdrawal of the same amount and gave it to her former husband, Jeff Jackson, as a $50,000 bank cheque.
Ms Jackson, whose current partner is Fair Work Commission deputy president Michael Lawler, claimed that the $50,000 sum and funds totalling $284,000 that she transferred to the account between 2004 and 2010 were no longer union members’ money once the money arrived in her bank account. She said she had a general authorisation from her union’s branch committee of management to use the funds at her discretion.
Ms Jackson said her former husband, Jeff Jackson, who continued as secretary of another HSU Victorian branch when the couple separated in 2008, was involved in a union battle with a fellow unionist in 2009, and she believed the money was used for this purpose. 
During evidence to the commission last month, Ms Jackson could not remember the purpose of the $50,000 withdrawal — but she guessed then that it could have had something to do with Mr Jackson’s HSU No. 1 branch.

Why Germany had to be beaten in World War 1

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (5:20pm)

Merv Bendle on German guilt for World War 1 - and a culture which had to be beaten:
Too many historians have sought to “normalise” Wilhelmine Germany, ignoring the ideological and cultural pathologies an earlier generation were prepared to confront. Today—July 28, the 100th anniversary of the Great War’s eruption—that combination of pious duty and conscienceless brutality should be kept very much in mind… 
Regrettably, more recent discussions of the Great War have tended to ignore the central role played by this ideology and the earlier scholarship that explored it. They overlook the powerful grip it had on the German people and the continuity that existed between it and Nazi ideology, and they avoid facing the dreadful implications for the world if a Germany possessed by that ideology had prevailed in the war. Instead, such histories have tended towards anachronism, projecting backwards into the past an image of the Second Reich not illuminated by the barbarism of the Third Reich, but one informed by the apparent stability and moderation of contemporary Germany. They tend to view the war on the Western Front as a conflict between comparable regimes, and not an epoch-defining struggle between political systems and underlying cultures that were fundamentally divergent and incompatible…
By ignoring the Germanic Ideology and the hold it had on the German people, recent histories of the Great War gloss over the ideological causes of the war and the passions that surrounded its outbreak. They also imply that Hitler and the Nazis were a sui generis product of the war, conjured up out of an historical and cultural vacuum, and not an expression of extremely powerful ideological and cultural forces within German society, which presumably, according to Niall Ferguson’s scenario, would have just evaporated if the Germans had been allowed to win the war and get it all out of their system. And they discount the alternative view, that the Great War was the first explosive martial expression of the Germanic Ideology, and that Hitler, the Nazis, and the Third Reich were manifestations of its resurgence less than a generation later.
Considered in this fashion, the resilience and power of the Germanic Ideology testify to its deep, almost unquenchable roots in German history, whilst also confirming its capacity—first demonstrated in the Great War—to mobilise the German people on a massive scale, later revealing in the Holocaust and the monstrosities in Eastern Europe the absolute extremity of its aims and methods as it raced towards its ultimate Götterdämmerung.

But the union isn’t the Catholic church, so don’t worry

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (9:04am)

Just as well the union wasn’t led by a Catholic bishop or the ABC would be right onto this:
Union pressure led to the reinstatement of a suspended South Australian government worker who later was charged with molesting at least seven preschoolers in his care… 
[T]he carer, suspended by Families SA last year after a complaint about his interaction with a female toddler, was reinstated to his role and given a pay rise after the state’s influential Public Service Association lobbied the Child Development Department.
(Thanks to reader Baden.) 

Why do journalists treat Hanson-Young seriously?

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (8:56am)

The Australian describes the child-Senator well:
GREENS senator Sarah Hanson-Young is to border policy what Eddie the Eagle was to ski jumping — failure doesn’t stop her. 
It is extraordinary, however, that someone so rash, wrong and irresponsible on asylum-seeker issues is the go-to person for many in the media…
India is the world’s largest democracy seeking to overcome poverty and extremism through the rule of law, economic liberalism and multicultural tolerance… Yet this senator suggests that sending Indian asylum-seekers back to India is akin to returning Iraqis to the sectarian bloodlust of the Islamic State-controlled badlands. 
That this is an insult to India is obvious. That it belittles the horrors in Iraq and Syria is also clear. But it is so obviously ill-informed, immature and unhelpful that it is remarkable media organisations take it seriously. Editors are paid to make judgments and ensure their journalists provide context. To assign merit to these views is to mislead the public — more sensible to highlight their silliness, lest audiences think the media is as unhinged as the senator.
Perhaps it wouldn’t matter so much if this stupidity weren’t so lethal. The destruction of the Howard Government’s border laws by Labor, with the Greens cheering it on, resulted in 1200 boat people being lured to their deaths at sea.
(Thanks to reader John.) 

Essential poll: Labor leads just 51 to 49.

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (8:51am)

I said this week’s Newspoll seemed to overstate Labor’s lead at 54 to 46 (2PP).
I suspect that even more strongly now, given the latest Essential Poll shows Labor ahead just 51 to 49.
I suspect the truth is around the middle.
(Thanks to reader Mike of NQ.) 

Hamas stops Jews protesting for peace

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (8:40am)

Irony alert:
Several thousand left-wing activists gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening, calling for an end to bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians. 
Slogans chanted by the protesters included “Stop the war,” “Bring the soldiers back home” and “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” Channel 2 reported… The demonstrations were cut short when Hamas unilaterally ended a humanitarian truce with Israel and resumed rocket-fire from Gaza.
The whole story right there.
(Thanks to reader Gab.) 

I wish alarmism was threatened with extinction instead

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (8:14am)

Does anyone seriously believe this kind of alarmism any more?
EARTH’S sixth great extinction event has already begun. Now science is calling for urgent action to prevent life as we know it going the way of the dinosaurs…One third of all life on Earth is now threatened or endangered.
In this same story about a “great extinction event” that “has already begun”, these details:
The journal Science reports more than 320 animal and bird species alone have vanished since the 1500s. Most other animal populations from among the more than five million species on our planet have declined by an average 28 per cent.’’
So 0.0064 per cent of species have vanished (counting animals and birds only) in the past 600 years. And that’s when colonisers were introducing foxes, cats, rats and other introduced species to new lands.
Hold that alarm.
This stuff is now published by
(Thanks to many readers, including Leigh and Staggering.) 

Muslim immigrants make France no longer safe for Jews

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (7:40am)

Mass immigration from the Middle East has turned some streets of France into another Middle Eastern war zone, with Jewish shops torched and police attacked:
Jews count the damage of a violent anti-Semitism imported to France - as it has been throughout much of the West:
That the Left has helped to incite and legitimise this new Jew-hatred makes it only more frightening. I fear for the future.
In Canada:
 “Go back to Germany where they can kill you again.”

Why didn’t the Left get this upset about the 1200 it lured to their deaths?

Andrew Bolt July 30 2014 (7:04am)

Why was the Australian Left near silent on one of these death tolls? Why hysterical about the other?
More than 1,200 Palestinians have died since the latest escalation in tensions erupted earlier this month.
Under Labor’s watch we saw about 1200 men, women and children die at sea, drown in un-seaworthy boats coming to Australia.
INDONESIAN police are investigating whether an asylum boat that sank 75km off the coast of Java, sending about 200 asylum-seekers to their deaths, was dispatched by an associate of the recently arrested people-smuggling kingpin Sayed Abbas… 
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young yesterday stood by her party’s policies. Pressed on whether the Greens accepted responsibility for the tragedy, Senator Hanson-Young said: “Of course not. Tragedies happen, accidents happen.”















Daddy had better be very good to mummy for a long time .. - ed


Don’t worry about Fairfax, that irrelevant organisation is slowly pulling its own plug. But the ABC is government-funded and its charter is to cater for a range of views.

If the ABC was a private enterprise venture it would be insolvent within a week. It has no interest in ratings (as ratings clearly show) but its programming has been excellent and many, butnot enough, enjoy its non-commercial basis.

Those who wish to see the abolition of “Aunty” will be disappointed. Those who wish to see its reformation have reason to be hopeful because it has clearly overstepped the mark of late.

There is no doubting its proclivity for Left-wing bias, but that’s not unusual, all developed nations have their “government” media outlets and all are bereft of a conservative view.

Commercial stations are forced, via advertising, to cater for a broad audience.

The ABC’s annual budget of $1.2 billion in taxpayer funds should rightly be used to appeal to a cross section of its paying supporters.

Of course the ABC doesn’t even aspire to that, and the reason is that it simply doesn’t have to.

SBS’s charter was to cater for the ethnic viewer and that seems to have got lost along the way, except for its addiction to soccer.

SBS has a modicum of commercials and many see the answer to the ABC’s far Left self-indulgence is to convert it to a commercial licence or combine it with SBS. This won’t happen.

As daily newspapers rapidly disintegrate into on-line news services, so too will free-to-air channels eventually succumb to pay TV.

It would be intolerable to further split diminishing advertising dollars available to the free-to-air channels by creating more commercial licences.

So, how can the people’s ABC be reformed? It clearly can’t be allowed to continue as it has been.

It can only be reformed from the top.

Jim Spigelman, the current ABC Chairman, is an ALP appointment and a former Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to Gough Whitlam. He is of the Left.

These sort of blatantly political appointments from either side of politics are damaging Aunty in the long run.

When Abbott is elected he will no doubt make some changes but the effects will be generational as the acolyte appointees of Spigelman are already firmly ensconced in a middle management system that has employed those who choose what we see and those who present it to us.

The ABC is in dire need of jolting back to the centre and if Abbott could he would take the knife to middle management too. But he can't do that.

So, we will need to endure the rabid Left until those changes take effect.

Unfortunately, by the time the ABC behemoth is restored to a political centre it will be time to vote in another Labor Government.

It's time to rid government from our government station.
Tony Abbott
Earlier today I committed the Coalition to providing for the fair indexation of military superannuation pensions.

The Coalition will keep faith with the 57,000 recipients of military superannuation pensions by providing fair indexation.

You can read our policy here:
Caroline Glick
Bibi - Shame on you!
Below is a link to an oped written by Adi Moses, a victim of terror. Her pregnant mother and little brother were murdered. She was critically wounded. And to make Obama and Kerry happy, Bibi decided to release their murderers, along with another 103 murderers. Just to make Obama and Kerry happy.
You think they'll bomb Iran now?
Bibi, you are a disgrace to your people, and to the memory of your brother. Shame on you.
I'm following this post, not 'liking' it. I am reminded of how JFK was paired with a 'partner in peace' with Khrushchev. Khrushchev negotiated with JFK and backed down over the Cuban Missile crisis. Thing was, Khrushchev also negotiated missiles out of Turkey. Not being able to discuss about Turkey, Khrushchev looked weak and was rolled by the monster Breshnev. I don't know why Netanyahu has done what he has done, it cannot have a good excuse. But I know it is Obama's fault and there is none to replace Netanyahu that is better for Israel atm. - ed

Institute of Public Affairs
IPA like to excuse their historical preference for the ALP with such empty rhetoric. The fact is that policy influences industry profoundly, and can, as the ALP have demonstrated time and again, wreck a lot. - ed
You can tell the size of our God by looking at the size of our worry list. The longer our list, the smaller our God
Pastor Rick Warren
When life doesn't make sense, an explanation doesn't ease your pain; the presence of God does.
I would hope next time Pope Francis offers to meet with the press, they would take to heart his message about fearless service and report to their readers what he actually said, rather than what they wish they had heard. 
The Monthly but this is a good, non-politically partisan piece.

Essentially, nobody likes being lectured about how racist they are. That quaint notion of national sovereignty, however unfashionable among the inner-city set, still holds sway in many parts of the country.>
Terrorism has led to sad and inglorious appeasement. And because the Palestinian leadership has always used terrorism as the tactic of first resort, their cause has received worldwide recognition.
G Dan Mitchell
In reply to (yet another) example of asking the false question about so-called post-processing, I wrote:
"It is time to stop being defensive about so-called "processing" of photographs. It is simply a bizarre and unsupportable myth that great photographs reflect reality (in fact, every photograph lies!) or are produced simply by making brilliant decisions about what to point that camera at and when. To suggest that great photography comes only from careful capture - without denying the importance of that part of the process - is akin to suggesting that great cooking is purely the result of great farming."
Iron oxide isn't rare either - ed
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

“I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.” Psalm 119:93 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Nevertheless I am continually with thee."
Psalm 73:23
"Nevertheless,"--As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings "nevertheless I am continually with thee." Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph's confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say "nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!" By this is meant continually upon his mind, he is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye;--the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in his hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on his heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart forever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, thou beholdest me as wearing Christ's garments, and washed in his blood, and thus I stand accepted in thy presence. I am thus continually in thy favour--"continually with thee." Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within--look at the calm without. "Nevertheless"--O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. "Nevertheless I am continually with thee."


"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me."
John 6:37
This declaration involves the doctrine of election: there are some whom the Father gave to Christ. It involves the doctrine of effectual calling: these who are given must and shall come; however stoutly they may set themselves against it, yet they shall be brought out of darkness into God's marvellous light. It teaches us the indispensable necessity of faith; for even those who are given to Christ are not saved except they come to Jesus. Even they must come, for there is no other way to heaven but by the door, Christ Jesus. All that the Father gives to our Redeemer must come to him, therefore none can come to heaven except they come to Christ.
Oh! the power and majesty which rest in the words "shall come." He does not say they have power to come, nor they may come if they will, but they "shall come." The Lord Jesus doth by his messengers, his word, and his Spirit, sweetly and graciously compel men to come in that they may eat of his marriage supper; and this he does, not by any violation of the free agency of man, but by the power of his grace. I may exercise power over another man's will, and yet that other man's will may be perfectly free, because the constraint is exercised in a manner accordant with the laws of the human mind. Jehovah Jesus knows how, by irresistible arguments addressed to the understanding, by mighty reasons appealing to the affections, and by the mysterious influence of his Holy Spirit operating upon all the powers and passions of the soul, so to subdue the whole man, that whereas he was once rebellious, he yields cheerfully to his government, subdued by sovereign love. But how shall those be known whom God hath chosen? By this result: that they do willingly and joyfully accept Christ, and come to him with simple and unfeigned faith, resting upon him as all their salvation and all their desire. Reader, have you thus come to Jesus?

Today's reading: Psalm 49-50, Romans 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Psalm 49-50

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
2 both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:
5 Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me--
6 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?

Today's New Testament reading: Romans 1

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God-- 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ....

[Ē'sôu] - hairyThe eldest son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob by Rebekah. His name is associated with his appearance at birth (Gen. 25:25).

The Man Who Bartered His Birthright

This cunning hunter and man of the field (Gen. 25:27 ) supplies us with one of the tragic biographies among the men of the Bible. He is prominent in God's portrait gallery as the man rejected of God because he had sold his birthright. Let us briefly sketch what Scripture records of "Esau, who is Edom." Had he retained his birthright we might have read "Esau, who is Israel." The wrong act, however, left a black mark upon his future history.
He was a profane person. What a terrible epitome! It is like a label fastened to Esau as he disappears from Bible history (Heb. 12:16 ). The work "profane" does not mean that he delighted in profanity, but that he was a man of the earth who lived for worldly things and nothing else. With many good qualities, Esau was of the earth, earthy.
He sold his birthright . As the elder son of his father, even although he came from the womb only a half-hour before his twin brother, Jacob, he was entitled by law and custom to receive twice as much as a younger son's portion, and to be regarded in due time as the head of the family. But we all know the story of how, for a mess of pottage, he bartered away his spiritual and temporal rights. The record says that Esau sold his birthright because he "despised" it. How easily some men part with the rich blessings they are heirs to!
His was a fruitless repentance . Esau lifted up his voice and cried, "Bless me, even me also, O my father!" But his repentant prayer was directed, not to God, but to Isaac. In the whole of Genesis Esau does not mention the name of God. Had Esau's repentance been Godward, what a different story we would have had! Esau only repented of his bargain, not ofhis sin. Such a bargain turned out to be a bad one, and he was sorry for it. Further, all Esau sought was restitution, not pardon. He had lost one blessing, and sought another.
Under grace the penitent sinner who has wasted his substance has a Saviour to turn to, and repenting of his sin, finds mercy. Esau, even with his tears, found no mercy. God was not in his thoughts, and he had therefore to abide by the consequences of what he had brought upon himself. Yet he learned his lesson, for Esau called his firstborn Eliphaz, "strength of God," and his second son Reuel, "joy of God."