Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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Don't give up on hope. The Podesta email leaks, Pizzagate, illustrate why Democrats have been led to the extreme left. Such corruption would not like independent scrutiny. Via ZT "He sent an email saying he loves pizza but only pizza without any hair on it. Who sends an email like that?" " be honest have you ever dreamt of a hot dog stand? “I’m dreaming about your hot dog stand in Hawaii…” Wikileaks ID 30231Who remembers Hillary's "Great success in Libya"? or how DJT's entrance into politics would ensure HRC's 2016 win?

Former mentor of Graeme Kennedy died, aged 84. Harry M Miller was described by his clients as the Devil. Miller reputedly took 80 percent of his client's pay, as promoter, but made the arrangement profitable for them. One client once quipped '95 percent of nothing is not as good as 20 percent of great wealth.' 

According to Gallup, 74 percent of GOP supporters are proud to be American. What about the rest? Do they support McCain? 34 percent of Dem supporters support America. But many of those may be GOP who ticked the wrong box? A judge has tossed a suit alleging Russia collaborated with Trump in election hack. British couple victim of nerve agent attack which may have come from Ukraine, or Russia. Nurse suspected of killing babies in UK. If she is innocent or being set up, her working life is over. Monsoon season may 'rush' Thailand to free boys trapped in a cave tunnel.  

David Leyonhjelm has criticised Turnbull while defending his reasonable position. Reporter comments "Reasonable demands for an apology, all men are not responsible for the violent actions of individual people and women should be allowed to carry defensive weapons. Oh and Turnbull is a pussy for his political correctness and his refusal to promote individual responsibility"

Member for Melbourne Ports, ALP's Michael Danby, is retiring next election. He has held the seat for 20 years. It has become marginal Green under his tenure. ALP policy is killing the labour industry which supported Danby. 

Left winger, comedian desecrated tribute to murdered female comedienne to make a point. True to form, it wasn't funny. 

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.
Western clothing was designed by women for women. This woman was considered a great beauty in her time. But, not at this age. She was a remarkable intellect too. Her name was Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh and there do not seem to be pictures of her as a younger woman ..

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 Battle Hymn of the Republic

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is an American abolitionist Hymn. The lyrics were written by Julia Ward Howe in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. It became popular during the American Civil War. Since that time it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: 
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; 
He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword: 
      His truth is marching on. 

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps; 
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; 
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps. 
      His Day is marching on. 

I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel: 
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal; 
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, 
      Since God is marching on.” 

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; 
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat: 
Oh! be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet! 
      Our God is marching on. 

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, 
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me: 
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, 
      While God is marching on.

=== from 2017 ===
Some things should not happen, but they do. Australia's peak racist body, the Australian Human Rights Council, has divided Australia into four races. Indigenous, Anglo-Celtic, Other European and Non-European. Israeli Jews are designated non European. MP Bob Katter has declared he is Aboriginal. Racial designations should not have meaning in public administration. That there are such divisions is sinister. No good purpose is served by apartheid. Even JFK knew that. 

Today is US independence Day. The US has to deal with a world that contains North Korea, whom today launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. How will President Trump respond? Obama would have found a way of giving NK access to better equipment. Trump is likely to deal with China to isolate NK, but he also might be more direct. General MacArthur would have prevented NK's activity, but Truman stopped him, because Truman wanted the kind of cold war activity NK is engaged in. It is difficult to find a single competent Democrat President.  

In 362 BC, Battle of Mantinea: The Thebans, led by Epaminondas, defeated the Spartans. The fight was a standstill, with the Thebans losing their king and his successors, and the Spartans losing prestige from another defeat. It presaged their kingdoms losing to Alexander the Great soon after. 414, Emperor Theodosius II, age 13, yielded power to his older sister Aelia Pulcheria, who reigned as regent and proclaimed herself empress (Augusta) of the Eastern Roman Empire. Brother and sister got along for half a century.  1054, a supernova was seen by ChineseArab and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remained bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants formed the Crab Nebula

1776, American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress1803,the Louisiana Purchase was announced to the American people. 1826, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, died the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. 1827, Slavery was abolished in New York State. 1831, Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, Massachusetts July 4 festivities. 1855, in BrooklynNew York City, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poemsLeaves of Grass, was published. 1862, Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels. 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published. 

1903, Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first English woman to compete in a 'motor race'. 1910, African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocked out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States. 1911, a massive heat wave struck the northeastern United States, killing 380 people in eleven days and breaking temperature records in several cities. 1914, the funeral of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie took place in Vienna, six days after their assassinations in Sarajevo. 1918, World War I: The Battle of Hamel, a successful attack by the Australian Corps against German positions near the town of Le Hamel on the Western Front. Also 1918, Bolsheviks killed Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date). 1934, Leo Szilard patented the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb. 1939, Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, informed a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considered himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth", then announced his retirement from major league baseball

In 1941, Nazi troops massacred Polish scientists and writers in the captured Ukrainian city of Lviv. Also 1941, World War II: The Burning of the Riga synagogues: The Great Choral Synagogue in German occupied Riga was burned with 300 Jews locked in the basement. 1946, the Kielce pogrom against Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland. In some ways the pogrom continues today. In 1950, Radio Free Europe first broadcasts. 1951, a court in Czechoslovakia sentenced American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists. 1977, the George Jackson Brigade planted a bomb at the main power substation for the Washington state capitol in Olympia, in solidarity with a prison strike at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary Intensive Security Unit. In their defence, they wanted to overthrow Jimmy Carter. 1987, in France, former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (a.k.a. the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. 2012, the discovery of particles consistent with the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider was announced at CERN

=== from 2016 ===
 If a managing director of a fortune five hundred company were to seize it with a hostile takeover, and perform as abysmally as Malcolm Turnbull has done, you would expect the MD to resign. Consider as well that the MD had refused sound advice because of irrational beliefs. Maybe the MD starts to blame everyone else. Would you expect the company to tear itself apart, or to unite under a different, better MD? Malcolm Turnbull claims he is a businessman. Malcolm Turnbull must resign from the PM's position immediately and parliament as soon as logistically possible. Mr Turnbull need not concern himself with his legacy. It is assured. It will be as long as Australia is known. And it is high time journalists like Miranda Devine and Nikki Savva apologised for their role in promoting this tragedy. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2015 ===
The US celebrates nationhood, independence and many of the things her current President does not seem to support. In 1951, communist Czechoslovakia sentenced journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. He had only been doing his job. The despicable communist government renewed the charges for political reasons, and later dropped them again. Oatis was tortured during his incarceration. When we fight for freedom of the press we fight against such atrocities. But some in the west fail to fight for press freedoms, but take partisan positions in politics. The enormity of the crime of jailing and torturing a journalist for doing their job should never be rewarded. The US has incarcerated Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli, after failing to supervise him when he was engaged in espionage. It is time to free him. Think of it as a celebration of freedom. 

Ice may be behind Phil Walsh killing. Matt Noffs, grandson of Ted Noffs, who founded a crisis centre in Kings Cross for addicts, wants to include a specialised Ice room for addicts to charge up. The tragedy of Walsh's killing is amplified by the drug angle. The only way to deal with drugs is zero tolerance. An Ice laboratory isn't good enough, and would only (possibly inadvertently) promote it. Pity Walsh's son if he ever realises what he has done. 

A Turkish mother forgot her baby. She had placed it in a floating device. The baby floated out to sea a kilometre before being rescued and returned. It is again with it's mother. But is it safe?

A US Judge recognised her middle school class mate in dock. She did her job, ascertaining his identity, providing testimony too. It is hoped he turns his life around. 
From 2014
Independence day for the land of my birth. Two ambitious young lawyers had drafted the declaration. Their friendship was stretched as they began the party system and became second and third Presidents of the US but for diametrically opposed parties. After politics, they became friends again. They died on this day in 1826, fifty years after the paper they authored was signed. I despise Thomas Jefferson as being a man of words without substance. But John Adams befriended him, so he couldn't have been too bad. 

Some people say things and it is as if they have no idea what they are saying. Such was the case with Jacqui Lambie and Dio Wang as they berated the PM for having daughters who volunteered to campaign with him. Maybe they are trying to distract the left from their support in abolishing a carbon tax? Words have power as simple bigot Karen Bailey discovered. Karen claims her disappointment at spending $100k on a dutch date who wasn't swayed led her to berate children and ethnically diverse people on a train journey after seeing her husband. She gave her name as Sue Wilkins while apologising to a tv camera over the incident. 

Sparta lost a battle on this day in 362 BC. Athens had been the ally of Sparta .. in 1054 the world saw a supernova which could be seen in the day sky too, it was that strong. In 1831, in tribute, Samuel Francis Smith wrote "My country 'tis of thee." In 1862, Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story he published on this day in 1865, called "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Fittingly, the same day Rolf Harris is sentenced. In 1918, the Tsar and his family were murdered. In 1941, Nazis murdered writers and scientists in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. But the great testament to independence happened on this day in 1976 at Entebbe. Israeli commandos freed hostages held by Palestinian terrorists with the approval of Idi Amin. Yonatan Netanyahu organised the successful raid, and died executing it. And so the tree of freedom is fed with fresh blood of the good and great. Yonatan has the company of Marie Curie who died in 1934.
Historical perspective on this day
In 362 BC, Battle of Mantinea: The Thebans, led by Epaminondas, defeated the Spartans. 414, Emperor Theodosius II, age 13, yielded power to his older sister Aelia Pulcheria, who reigned as regent and proclaimed herself empress (Augusta) of the Eastern Roman Empire. 836, Pactum Sicardi, a peace treaty between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples, was signed. 993, Ulrich of Augsburg was canonised as a saint. 1054, a supernova was seen by ChineseArab and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remained bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants formed the Crab Nebula. 1120, Jordan II of Capua was anointed as prince after his infant nephew's death. 1187, The CrusadesBattle of HattinSaladin defeated Guy of LusignanKing of Jerusalem. 1253, Battle of West-Capelle: John I of Avesnes defeated Guy of Dampierre. 1359, Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrendered to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz. 1456, Ottoman wars in Europe: The Siege of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade) began. 

In 1534, Christian III was elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye. 1610, the Battle of Klushino was fought between forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the Polish-Muscovite War. 1634, the city of Trois-Rivières was founded in New France (now Quebec, Canada). 1744, the Treaty of Lancaster, in which the Iroquois ceded lands between the Allegheny Mountains and the Ohio River to the British colonies, was signed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 1754, French and Indian WarGeorge Washingtonsurrendered Fort Necessity to French Capt. Louis Coulon de Villiers. 1774, Orangetown Resolutions were adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts 1776, American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. 1778, American Revolutionary War: American forces under George Clark captured Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign

In 1802, at West Point, New York, the United States Military Academy opened. 1803,the Louisiana Purchase was announced to the American people. 1817, in Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal began. 1826, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, died the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. 1827, Slavery was abolished in New York State. 1831, Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, Massachusetts July 4 festivities. 1837, Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opened between Birmingham and Liverpool. 1838, the Iowa Territory was organised. 

1855, in BrooklynNew York City, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poemsLeaves of Grass, was published. 1862, Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels. 1863, American Civil WarSiege of VicksburgVicksburg, Mississippi surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. One hundred fifty miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army was repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas. Also 1863, American Civil War: The Army of Northern Virginia withdrew from the battlefield after losing the Battle of Gettysburg, signalling an end to the Southerninvasion of the North. 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published. 1878, thoroughbred horses Ten Broeck and Mollie McCarty ran a match race, recalled in the song Molly and Tenbrooks. 1879, Anglo-Zulu War: The Zululand capital of Ulundi was captured by British troops and burned to the ground, ending the war and forcing King Cetshwayo to flee. 1881, in Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opened. 1886, the people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States. Also 1886, the first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrived in Port MoodyBritish Columbia. 1887, the founder of PakistanQuaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joined Sindh-Madrasa-tul-IslamKarachi. 1892, Western Samoa changed the International Date Line, so that year it had 367 days, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4. 1894, the short-lived Republic of Hawaii was proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole

In 1903, Philippine–American War officially was concluded. Also 1903, Dorothy Levitt was reported as the first English woman to compete in a 'motor race'. 1910, African-Americanboxer Jack Johnson knocked out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States. 1911, a massive heat wave struck the northeastern United States, killing 380 people in eleven days and breaking temperature records in several cities. 1913, President Woodrow Wilson addressed American Civil Warveterans at the Great Reunion of 1913. 1914, the funeral of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie took place in Vienna, six days after their assassinations in Sarajevo. 1918, Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascended to the throne. Also 1918, World War I: The Battle of Hamel, a successful attack by the Australian Corps against German positions near the town of Le Hamel on the Western Front. Also 1918, Bolsheviks killed Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date). 1926, Knoebels Amusement Resort was opened in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. 1927, the Lockheed Vega first flew. 1934, Leo Szilard patented the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb. 1939, Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, informed a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considered himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth", then announced his retirement from major league baseball. Also 1939, Huỳnh Phú Sổ founded Hòa Hảo Buddhism

In 1941, Nazi troops massacred Polish scientists and writers in the captured Ukrainian city of Lviv. Also 1941, World War II: The Burning of the Riga synagogues: The Great Choral Synagogue in German occupied Riga was burned with 300 Jews locked in the basement. 1942, World War II: The 250 day Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimea ended when the city fell to Axis forces. 1943, World War II: The Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world's largest tank battle, began in Prokhorovka village. Also 1943, World War II: In Gibraltar, a Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator bomber crashed into the sea in an apparent accident moments after takeoff, killing sixteen passengers on board; only the pilot survived. 1946, the Kielce pogrom against Jewish Holocaust survivors in Poland. 1946, after 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attained full independence from the United States. 1947, the "Indian Independence Bill" was presented before the British House of Commons, proposing the independence of the Provinces of British India into two sovereign countries: India and Pakistan

In 1950, Radio Free Europe first broadcasts. 1951, a court in Czechoslovakia sentenced American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. Also 1951, William Shockley announced the invention of the junction transistor. 1960, due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuted in Philadelphia, almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act). 1966, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act went into effect the next year. 1976, Israeli commandosraided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists. 1977, the George Jackson Brigade planted a bomb at the main power substation for the Washington state capitol in Olympia, in solidarity with a prison strike at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary Intensive Security Unit 

In 1982, four Iranian diplomats were abducted by Lebanese militia in Lebanon. 1987, in France, former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (a.k.a. the "Butcher of Lyon") was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. 1994, Rwandan GenocideKigali, the Rwandan capital, was captured by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, ending the genocide in the city. 1997, NASA's Pathfinder space probe landed on the surface of Mars. 1998, Japan launched the Nozomi probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation. 2004, the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower was laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. 2005, the Deep Impact collider hit the comet Tempel 1. 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks. 2012, the discovery of particles consistent with the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider was announced at CERN. 2013, the Death of Hung Chung-chiu: A Republic of China Army corporal died under suspicious circumstances while serving a detention sentence during his enlisted service.
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I am publishing a book called Bread of Life: January

Bread of Life is a daily bible quote with a layman's understanding of the meaning. I give one quote for each day, and also a series of personal stories illustrating key concepts eg Who is God? What is a miracle? Why is there tragedy?

January is the first of the anticipated year-long work of thirteen books. One for each month and the whole year. It costs to publish. It (Kindle version) should retail at about $2US online, but the paperback version would cost more, according to production cost.
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Happy birthday USA
Happy birthday and many happy returns Kevin Misan. Born on US independence day. On your day in 414, Aelia Pulcheria proclaimed herself regent over her brother Theodosius II and made herself Augusta and Empress of the Eastern Roman Empire. In 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded the sudden appearance of a "guest star", which was in actuality the supernova that created the Crab Nebula. In 1610, Polish–Muscovite War: The outnumbered forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth defeated the Russians at the Battle of Klushino. In 1945, The Brazilian cruiser Bahia was accidentally sunk by one of its own crewmen, killing more than 300 and stranding the survivors in shark-infested waters. In 1951, William Shockley announced the invention of the junction transistor, for which he, John Bardeen, and Walter Houser Brattain won the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. You have travelled far in search of a warmer climate. Proclaiming much, following stars. Outnumbered, you succeed, but even so, the water has sharks. And now those transistors sing! Cheers.
July 4Feast day of Ulrich of Augsburg (Roman Catholicism); Republic Day in the Philippines (1946); Independence Day in the United States (1776)
Deep Impact Probe collision with the comet Tempel 1
Crab nebula was born on this day. He told us a story. Don't trust Brazilian cruisers. No need to remind us. It left a deep impact. Let's party. 
Andrew Bolt 2018



Tim Blair – Monday, July 04, 2016 (6:45pm)

Former Howard government minister turned Fairfax columnist Amanda Vanstone
Although the final outcome of the election is uncertain, one thing is clear ... it’s very close. 
Thanks for the searing insight, Mandy. The ex-immigration minister then cautions the Coalition against moving to the right – and cites a puzzling source of inspiration: 
One of the key indicators of where the government needs to go is the Xenophon vote. He says he wants to drag the major parties towards the centre. It’s not rocket science; the bell curve of votes tells us all that’s where the majority of Australia sits. It’s always been that way. 
According to Chris Pyne, Xenophon has voted with the Greens two-thirds of the time since he was elected in 2007. Yet Vanstone is leading his dopey cheer squad: 
Xenophon may not have directed preferences, leaving the voter to decide. But once Xenophon candidates are elected he will be the key influence on where their votes go. Someone who wants to take politics more to the centre now plays a pivotal role in Australia’s future. Nobody will get anything done without Xenophon. This is no time for bruised egos to try to drag the Liberal Party to the right. 
Speaking of egos, that’s essentially all Xenophon has to offer. Vanstone also presents this aside, which may explain why she secured her Fairfax gig: 
Abbott’s first priority has always been Abbott. 
Er, no. For a superior election call, turn to Mark Steyn.


Tim Blair – Monday, July 04, 2016 (3:47pm)

Just look at these Hezbollah fans marching through central London. One sign of note: “Israel is the cancer. We are the cure.”


Tim Blair – Monday, July 04, 2016 (6:54am)

During Australia’s brief and inexplicable era of Malcolm Turnbull mania, which lasted for several demented weeks in late 2015, Fairfax columnist Elizabeth Farrelly made this stunning prediction:
“Malcolm – who like Beyonce is known universally by his first name – will be the longest-serving prime minister since Menzies. Possibly ever.
“Malcolm has occupied the middle ground so thoroughly that Bill Shorten – who against Abbott looked almost plausible – is suddenly Mr 15 Per Cent, and shrinking.”
Just seven months after Farrelly’s prediction Turnbull will be lucky to survive the week, much less challenge Menzies as our longest-serving PM. Turnbull himself seemed to realise this during his furious, flailing post-midnight speech following election day, when he appeared to be a man distressed by changed circumstances he could neither understand or explain.
Turnbull had turned down the rage by the time he appeared before the press yesterday, but the content of Sunday’s speech was arguably even more delusional. “Above all, Australians seek greater certainty, greater clarity, stability in their government,” he said. Looking at the result, Australians evidently don’t.

“It is absolutely critical that we complete the count, we identify who has been elected to the Parliament and then we will know,” Turnbull continued. “But right now, we need to recognise that the process is underway.” Earth to Malcolm: the Australian Electoral Commission counts votes after every election. This is not something that needs to be recognised. It just happens.
“The reason the result was not clear last night was that around a third of Australians voted in pre-polling or via a postal vote,” Turnbull added. Another, more significant, reason might be that so many people voted against Turnbull’s government.
Let’s look further at those results, which add up to an almost perfect outcome for conservatives. For a start there was the obliteration of Turnbull himself, and of the notion that his treacherous undermining of Tony Abbott would pay off electorally. “The sum of a more centrist approach outweighs any alleged marginal loss of so-called base voters,” Liberal strategist Mark Textor claimed last September.
He won’t be using that line again anytime soon.
Then there was the smiting of those who had schemed with Turnbull to remove the elected Prime Minister. Coup plotter Peter Hendy was an early victim. “I am very proud of the campaign my team and I waged,” the now ex-member for Eden Monaro said. “We focused on policy and presented a positive plan, but above all, we retained our honesty and integrity.”
Sure you did, Pete. Right up until the moment the knife went in.
(Continue reading Turnbull Mania.)


Tim Blair – Monday, July 04, 2016 (6:39am)

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lashes out during a “Say No to Hate Crime” rally in London: 
Mr Corbyn had to be held back by aides after he lost his temper with a television reporter when asked if he was “running away” from answering questions about his beleaguered leadership.
A video published on the internet shows the reporter asking: “Mr Corbyn when are you going to stand down? How much longer can you stay?” Another asks: “Are you running away from the media?” as he walks away.
A visibly angry Mr Corbyn then appeared to lunge in the journalist’s direction in front of camera crews and photographers, saying: “If you want to arrange an interview speak to my press office. Thank you.”
An aide then restrains the Labour leader, saying to him: “Jeremy, please don’t, please don’t.” 
Click for video of Corbyn going Islington mad on the inquisitive journalist.
(Via Brat.)


Tim Blair – Monday, July 04, 2016 (6:25am)

People keep dying in violent and terrible ways, and nobody seems to know why. Following the recent slaughter of 44 people at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, US secretary of state John Kerry told a press conference: “We’re still trying to ascertain what happened and who did it.”
One day, many years from now, with the assistance of global police networks, we might have an answer. At US news outlet MSNBC, this post-Istanbul question was asked: “Is there a pattern to recent terror attacks?”
Again, nobody has a clue. It’s a complete mystery. What on earth might be the common factor linking mass killings in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, London, Madrid, Bali, Israel, Libya Somalia, Cameroon, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the Philippines, Russia, Burkina Faso, Kenya and now Istanbul? What pattern might there be?
Over in Germany, which coincidentally has lately taken in some million or so claimed refugees, one police spokesman suggested overcrowding may be the big issue.
Announcing that Munich would spend nearly $4.5 million more on security during this year’s Oktoberfest, spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said that the huge cost increase was to do with something other than terrorism and its completely unknown cause.
“For me the general problem of crowding at Oktoberfest is more worrisome than a terrorist attack,” he said, which is presumably why it makes sense to hire an additional 100 security personnel, install an emergency multi-language loudspeaker system and conduct bag checks at every single entrance.
All of these measures are obviously about overcrowding and not any other thing that might happen at random, somehow causing people to spontaneously die. Obviously.
(Continue reading Sudden Everyone Death Syndrome.)

On TV and radio tonight: the return of Tony Abbott

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (5:13pm)

On The Bolt Report on Sky News Live at 7pm tonight:
Editorial:  Three things you need to know about this election result. And why they add up to Abbott.
My guests:
Preference whisperer Glenn Druery one the greatest danger to Malcolm Turnbull - a completely unworkable Senate.

Peta Credlin, today Abbott’s former chief of staff, on Turnbull’s future, Abbott’s chances and the need for a new election.
On the panel, former Queensland Premier  Campbell Newman and former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa.  
Podcasts of the show here. Facebook page here
On 2GB, 3AW and 4BC with Steve Price from 8pm.
On Tony Abbott for PM.
Listen live here. Talkback:  131 873.  Listen to all past shows here.

Andrew Wilkie may have to be Speaker to save Turnbull

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (11:05am)

The best guess is that the Turnbull Government will lose 15 seats, leaving it with 75 in a Parliament of 150.
It will then need to find one more MP to become speaker, so it has a majority on the floor.
Forget the Greens’ Adam Bandt. Bob Katter is too erratic. I doubt Cathy McGowan could do it, and Rebekha Sharkie is a complete newbie in Parliament.
That leaves only Andrew Wilkie.
But what would Wilkie demand as a price for his cooperation, even were he willing to go along with this? (And he’s said he won’t.)
He is against off-shore detention of boat people - a price the Liberals could not afford to pay.
This election count has a long way to go, with every way spelling danger for Malcolm Turnbull.
A question: how critical has Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews been in robbing Labor of victory? His brutal and scandalous attempt to give the militant firefighters union control over Country Fire Authority volunteers - and during this election campaign - has proved critical. Federal Labor seemed about to win in Dunkley and perhaps Corangamite, but the Liberals have since held both, and could even take Chisholm from Labor. Had just two of those seats gone Labor’s way, Bill Shorten would be Prime Minister.
All credit, then, to Environment Minister Greg Hunt, who alerted Malcolm Turnbull to this issue and encouraged him to come take stand by the CFA firefighters.
If only Turnbull had followed another critical tip from the shrewd Hunt, to hit Labor with an attack on his planned electricity tax - a new carbon tax. As Labor’s Mediscare has proved, the electorate is highly sensitive to threats to the household budget after several years now of living standards not rising. An attack on Labor’s electricity tax could have been decisive, but that was one more piece of good advice Turnbull ignored. 

Dear Mr Turnbull, please resign

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (10:40am)

You destroyed a Prime Minister - a good man - who’d won in a landslide.
You then turned the Liberals into Labor-lite.
You promised more taxes and debt.
You asked for no mandate for reform.
You changed the Senate voting rules to hand the Left control for generations.
You spurned the Liberal base.
You smashed super savings with a giant new tax.
You called colonial settlement an “invasion” and held an Iftar dinner with known hate-preachers.
You preached global warming and same-sex marriage.
You split the party.
You led the Liberals to humiliation at the polls.
You have since blamed everyone but yourself.
You cannot heal the party.
Please resign.
This appeal is signed by the people below:  

No one to blame but Turnbull himself

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (9:36am)

Malcolm Turnbull is complaining that Labor’s Mediscare lies cost him the victory he wanted. An ”extraordinary act of dishonesty,” he raged.
True, those lies were outrageous and possibly even criminal. But Turnbull essentially lost this election (to the extent he has lost it) before the election campaign even started.
Remember: the Coalition actually went into this election from behind, and that is entirely due to Turnbull’s seven wasted months of waffling and dithering and musing about great big new taxes. Stabbing Abbott didn’t help, either.
Those seven months is where the real solutions to this catastrophe lie, and whingeing about Mediscare is just the sound of people refusing to face reality - that Malcolm Turnbull is a disastrous leader.
This humiliation is not the result of a scare in the last fortnight of the campaign. The seeds for this Liberal disaster were sown last year, and the die was cast with the Budget.
Now the Liberals - and everyone else - must deal with the consesquences.
Terry McCrann is the only commentator I know who months ago predicted what may yet come to pass - that Malcolm Turnbull will lose this election.
McCrann today:
MALCOLM Turnbull has to go. Immediately… 
Turnbull’s departure — not just from the Lodge but from parliament — is in the interests of the Coalition and of the country. We simply cannot afford, we simply cannot risk, a government that continues to be led by someone as monumentally inept, in political and policy terms, as Turnbull… He’s lost either all or most of Tony Abbott’s substantial majority. The far more devastating legacy is to make it impossible for any future Coalition government to get reform through the Senate, precisely when the need has never been more desperate.
Rowan Dean:
Congratulations, Malcolm. Congratulations for reminding average Australians that they value loyalty and mateship above all else and will never reward someone for treachery and betrayal towards a colleague (or a leader, for that matter). 
Dennis Shanahan is correct:
Australia is set to be virtually ungovernable for the next three years and an election within 12 months can’t be ruled out.
Shanahan on Turnbull’s blunders:
There was too much complacency during the election campaign and an outright refusal to take on the Opposition Leader and Labor over core Coalition successes and issues: border protection, national security and union lawlessness… 
But the more damaging complacency, which allowed Labor to develop political momentum and economic credibility, set in when Abbott was removed as Liberal leader. At this time the “Mal contents”, those content that a change in leader was all that was necessary, allowed Turnbull to “put everything on the table” and lose economic and tax clarity, including a 15 per cent rise in the GST, changes to negative gearing, adverse changes to superannuation, a state income tax and bringing forward an untested budget to election eve…

In particular, the changes to superannuation hit safe Liberal seats hard and the arrogance of telling people they were wrong about the proposed changes only frustrated and angered Liberal supporters in safe seats and did nothing to placate the aspiring voters in the suburbs of Sydney and Brisbane who felt threatened by the superannuation changes.... 
Regional and outer-suburban Australia, especially in Sydney’s west, rejected the “exciting times” and innovation narrative along with a priority for a same-sex plebis­cite before Christmas. 
Matthew Knott:
The final days of an election campaign, you might assume, would be filled with frenetic activity. Especially with all the major polls predicting a tight result. I certainly did when I took a deep breath and hopped aboard the Turnbull bus to cover the final two weeks of the campaign. 
They turned out to be anything but. Rather than a man locked in the fight of his life, Turnbull looked like a footballer running down the clock. The pace of the campaign - already at a low tempo - grew positively languid. “We will win on July 2,” Turnbull had declared weeks earlier and he was acting like it as he strolled towards the finish line. A busy day contained two events, some just one… On Friday we toured a krill oil factory before a street walk ...  It felt like a victory lap… By 2.30pm the final day of campaigning wrapped up.
Michael Gordon:
One Coalition insider rates [Turnbull’s] chances of surviving at one in 10… His agenda is in tatters, his authority diminished and his judgment is being questioned on multiple levels… If his innovation mantra appealed to young entrepreneurs in the cities, it was a foreign language to many in the regions who were simply worried about the provision of basic services and jobs. 
Via Michael Smith, former Labor speechwriter Troy Bramston says strategists on both sides agree Tony Abbott would have done better than Turnbull at this election:
John Roskam:
It’s now more obvious than ever that changes have to be made [to the Liberals’ promised hit on superannuation]… It was simply diabolical for the Liberal Party to be proposing higher taxes on people who save and work hard… Who knows how and why people voted, but it is certainly a view among many people that it had a major impact and that is attested to by the exit polling. 
UPDATE Turnbull had the support of most press gallery journalists and the support of the overwhelming majority of the newspaper editorialists. Business groups urged him on and Tony Abbott and his supporters did not white-ant him. He ran exactly the campaign his advisers recommended. He rejected suggestions to campaign harder on boats, Labor’s planned electricity tax and Labor’s union links. He was also given plenty of time to make his case: nine months.
Result: the disaster you see. All Turnbull’s own work.
To emphasise that: the Nationals’ vote went up, the Liberals’ down.  The Liberals vote was hit hardest in the struggle streets of marginal seats Tasmania and Western Sydney that Abbott appealed to, but which Turnbull could not reach with his empty slogans on agility and excitement and innovation.
(Thanks very much to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Bring back Abbott

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (9:02am)

Malcolm TurnbullPolitics - federalthree

 TONY Abbott must return as leader of the shattered Liberals after Saturday’s election disaster.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull out, Abbott in — even if journalists still sneer.
True, Abbott ideally needs months more to repair the image that a smart-arse media tore to shreds, feeding off his sometimes dumb mistakes. But who else but Abbott could hope to fix what Turnbull has just smashed?
This election result has been a near-total catastrophe for the Liberals, who have been left without a mandate, platform, unity, honour or real power after letting Turnbull hijack their party last year.
Turnbull, a man of the ABC Left, then ditched the Liberals’ base, Liberal principles and even the Liberals’ party colours to campaign on virtually nothing but a fantasy tax cut for business.
Now look at the smoking ruin.
(Read the full article here.) 

The Nationals win, Liberals lose. And that means the Coalition goes right

Andrew Bolt July 04 2016 (8:56am)

The Coalition will swing away from the Turnbull Left for one reason above all. The Nationals have actually increased their vote, while the Turnbull Liberals were savaged:
This does not merely mean the voters were specifically rejecting Turnbull rather than the Coalition.
It also means that the Nationals, with one more seat in its own right, are now much stronger relatively in the Coalition than the Liberals, who have lost anything up to 15 seats.
Under the Coalition agreement, this entitles the more conservative Nationals to more Ministerial positions. And they most certainly will not want to be tethered to Turnbull’s toxic brand of Liberalism, either. 

So who would prop up the Turnbull Government? Would they go with Labor instead?

Andrew Bolt July 03 2016 (6:32pm)

Malcolm Turnbull looks like falling a couple of seats short of majority government and is even in danger of losing office.
Alan RM Jones crunches the numbers:
Looking at the 13 in-doubt seats this hour, the Libs lead in 8, Labor leads in 5. Labor are likely to hold their leads in Capricornia (991), Cowan (959), and Herbert (1084). The Coalition are likely to hold their leads in Dickson (1158), Grey (1109), La Trobe (1306), Petrie (1305) and Robertson (1183). They could claw back Labor’s lead in Forde (150) and Hindmarsh (432, up from 380 a couple of hours ago). But likewise, the Libs are still vulnerable in Chisholm (66), Dunkley (438) and Gilmore (405). 

If those seats don’t shift in the postal counting, Labor will have 72 seats and the Coalition will take 73 out of 76 seats needed to govern in their own right. The Coalition could get to 75, but likely not more than 74 seats.
So it’s minority government and a Star Wars bar scene in the Senate.  
But if Turnbull does win only 73 seats, he is still three MPs short. So which three independents could he get to prop him up?
The choices are grim:
Adam Bandt, the Greens - extreme Left, anti off-shore detention and the return of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
Andrew Wilkie, independent - Left, anti off-shore detention of boat people.
Cathy McGowan, independent - Left.
Rebekha Sharkie, Nick Xenophon party - centre Left, more industry handouts.
Bob Katter, independent - erratic agrarian socialist. More money for plenty of stuff.
In fact, many on this list could find it much easier to support Labor instead. So if Turnbull wins only 73 seats, he could well lose government and be out of Parliament by Christmas.
Turnbull really needs to win at least 74 seats to be reasonably safe, relying on the support of just two crossbench MPs - probably Katter and one other, probably either Sharkie or McGowan. 

The speech that proves Turnbull cannot cope

Andrew Bolt July 03 2016 (4:38pm)

 Malcolm Turnbull’s extraordinary speech last night showed a man who was not just broken politically but psychologically.  Angry, not humble. In total denial. Still claiming a victory that will not come.
His friends must persuade him to quit for his own good, as well as that of his party. 

The war on drugs is real. And this is not the time to surrender

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, July 01, 2015 (11:46am)

Matt Noffs means well. But he has fallen for a crackpot idea in his quest to help the addicts at the Ted Noffs Foundation crisis centre founded by his grandfather.

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Losing a war that will cost us to win

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (9:57am)

In the more than eight months Australian forces have been in Iraq they have dropped just 400 bombs on the Islamic State - or fewer than two a day.
So no wonder the Abbott Government is impatient:
 An expansion of Australia’s milit­ary role in Iraq’s strife-torn Anbar province is under negotiation with the US, as worldwide pressure builds to destroy Islamic State terror fighters on the ground in the Middle East. 
But here is the danger. Helping to destroy the Islamic State could just help Iran to expand its control over Iraq, where Iranian-backed militias increasingly rule. Read this troubling insight.

The ABC can’t find a single journalist who is against Q&A inviting Mallah?

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (9:37am)

The reaction of ABC staff to the Zaky Mallah scandal demonstrates exactly the groupthink that caused the problem, and that remains the ABC’s greatest failing.
Gerard Henderson:
Before the board’s statement, a bevy of present and past ABC “stars” lent their support to McEvoy and the Q&A team or criticised the Abbott government’s reaction. The list included Richard Ackland, Emma Alberici, Paul Barry, Mike Carlton, Annabel Crabb, Rafael Epstein, Jonathan Green, Jonathan Holmes, Fran Kelly, Peter Manning, Matt Peacock and David Salter. Moreover, not one ABC employee was prepared to criticise publicly Q&A’s handling of the Mallah affair. 
And herein lies the crux of the problem, which the ABC’s decision to engage former SBS supremo Shaun Brown and left-wing journalist Ray Martin to review Q&A will not resolve.
Despite Scott’s promise of almost a half-decade ago to provide greater diversity within the public broadcaster, the ABC does not have a conservative presenter, producer or editor for any of its prominent television, radio or online outlets. Not one. This leads to a leftist or left-of-centre mindset where alternative, challenging views are not heard.
When ABC presenters past and present make mistakes in analysing this case, for some reason it’s always a mistake that tends to excuse Mallah or damn the government. Is that a coincidence?

For instance:
On ... 25 June ... [ABC presenter] Jonathan [Green] appeared on the ABC 1 News Breakfast program… He falsely stated that Mallah’s terrorism charges were “dropped”. Not so, he was acquitted by a jury – the Crown believed it had a strong case.... 
[Former ABC presenter] Jonathan Holmes ...  told Lateline viewers that Mallah’s conviction for threatening to murder an ASIO officer “was basically an entrapment” – by a witness called “Greg” who gave evidence against Mallah.
What a load of tosh. Mallah pleaded guilty to recklessly making to another person a threat to cause harm to a third person – being a Commonwealth (i.e. ASIO) official – by reason of that person’s status as an ASIO employee… 
In sentencing Mallah on 21 April 2005, Justice Wood found that the person to whom Mallah made the threat (Greg) acted appropriately and was not the catalyst for the threat. Justice Wood also found that Mallah “had, to a considerable extent, already disclosed his plan in the videotape and other documents, which he had prepared well before meeting Greg”.
More examples:
On Thursday, June 25, During an interview with Gerard Henderson and Jonathon Holmes, presenter Emma Alberici stated that Tony Abbott referred to Zaky Mallah as a “convicted terrorist”. Mr Abbott’s exact words were that Mallah was a “convicted criminal and terrorist sympathiser”. The presenter later quoted Zaky Mallah saying on Q&A that Steve Ciobo’s comments would “encourage [Australian Muslims] to join Islamic State”. Mr Mallah said that Mr Ciobo had “justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL”.
Henderson will be on The Bolt Report on Channel 10 tomorrow (10am and 3pm).
Exactly what kind of creep will the ABC’s Q&A knowingly promote?
From” title=” the Department of Communications’ review on the appearance of Zaky Mallah"> the Department of Communications’ review on the appearance of Zaky Mallah on Q&A, where he was invited to ask a question that Q&Aproducers helped him to write:
After attempts to contact two people familiar with Mr Mallah were unsuccessful, the Q&A team relied on its previous experience with Mr Mallah, the advice of another ABC journalist, a review of a recent television appearance and a review of his social media posts undertaken in August 2014, which did not include Mr Mallah’s offensive tweets posted in early 2015 or his recent YouTube videos, in determining that he was not dangerous, would not be disruptive and would be a suitable audience member to ask a question.
(My bold.)
So the Q&A reviewed Mallah’s social posts of August 2014, such as this, from August 5:
Which links to this video in which Mallah says:
As for Miranda Devine, how was last night at the hotel me and you…. I’m sure me being the first Australian terrorist, you know, I gave you a bit of nice fireworks last night in bed didn’t I, eh Miranda Devine. You enjoyed every single ‘poof’ ‘toof’ ‘toof’ I gave to ya. It was a good experience. At least now you know what it feels like to sleep with a terrorist. WHORE!
And Q&A reviewed these, too, before deciding Mallah was just the person it wanted:
Can Q&A confirm that it indeed thought the author these sentiments was just the person it wanted to promote on prime-time TV?
(Thanks to readers Peter of Bellevue Hill and Peter H.)  

Maybe Tomic could just earn his own way, like the rest of us

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (8:28am)

Bernard Tomic wants more handouts? Demands more “respect”? I suspect this petulant man’s first demand will make his second a lost cause:
Admitting he had received a substantial funding from Tennis Australia (TA), Tomic claims he has since been neglected by Rafter, TA chief executive Craig Tiley and president Steve Healy… 
“(I’m) very disappointed in Craig Tiley. He’s the reason the last few years, it’s been up and down for me ... there has been no respect I think towards me.
“All of a sudden, things started changing after I had that (groin) surgery. I didn’t get one phone call from Tennis Australia,
“From what Pat said, a lot of money was invested in me, for sure. But whatever they invested in me, they got in return 10, 20 times more.
“That’s 100 per cent certain. Now all of a sudden, they are neglecting me, for some reason.
They are not supporting me, not respecting me.”
Is there a reason they should respect Tomic?  

Greeks robbing Greece blind

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (8:07am)

Leftist politics produces a welfarist state produces rorting. Take Greece:
Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. 
Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks… James Angelos’ The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families who forgot to register their parents’ death and the doctors who ‘earn’ just €12,000 a year - yet live in Athens’ most exclusive neighbourhood…
Angelos, a journalist, ... had heard that on Zakynthos, something like two per cent of the population were registered blind.
All was not quite how it seemed, however, and it transpired that 61 of the 680 ‘blind’ residents were quite happily driving around the island. In fact, an astonishing 498 of those 680 were not blind at all - or even partially sighted.
But being ‘blind’ had its advantages - in particular, the €724 paid in benefits once every two months, and a reduction in utility bills. 
It was a scam which could be traced back to one ophthalmologist and one official, which was estimated to have cost the country €9 million.
Henry Ergas on how the Left ruined Greece:
Greece had a small public sector, with welfare benefits that were meagre by European standards. Papandreou, the first Greek politician of the television age, transformed it, bestowing benefits on new constituencies, while also encouraging those constituencies to organise themselves into lobby groups he could affiliate with his Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). 
One of Papandreou’s earliest and proudest achievements, for example, was Law 1285 of 1982, which not only extended full pension entitlements to 400,000 people who had (or claimed to have) fought with the communist-aligned EAM/ELAS in the resistance and civil war, but accorded privileges to their descendants.
Decisions such as these helped double the ratio of public spending to GDP while pushing public debt from 28 per cent of GDP in 1979 to 120 per cent in 1990.
But Papandreou’s legacy was far worse than that. Although Greece had never had an efficient public administration, much less one free of corruption, the small size of the state limited the harm that caused. But Papandreou used the greatly expanded public sector as a source of patronage, eliminating the however thin layer of reasonably neutral, technical experts Greece once had. Instead, already by 1984, it was estimated that close to 90 per cent of PASOK’s card-carrying members had some form of paying connection to the public sector, while corruption had reached epidemic proportions. 
(Thanks to reader Richard.) 

Gay marriage is the new global warming

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (7:28am)

Jason Morrison says same-sex marriage is the new climate change:
Here we are again, back in the zone where having an alternative view makes you the enemy. 
Speak against the fashion and be prepared to be smeared, ridiculed and bullied.
These are the climate change tactics back again… Those who resisted were “deniers”, “out of touch”, “fossils and dinosaurs”, “selfish” and “in the pocket of the oil companies”.
Same game, different story.
The left is again framing its debate so that anyone who disagrees is bashed into a lonely corner… And, if that doesn’t work, pull out the “international embarrassment” card.. 
Sound familiar? Just like climate change, and the push towards a republic in the late ‘90s, gay marriage has become the latest and greatest moral challenge of our times. The trouble is, it’s not.
Barrie Cassidy assumes “everyone” backs same-sex marriage and it’s a political winner:
Barack Obama beat John McCain [in 2008] for a range of reasons. It happens though that Obama was demonstrably to the left of McCain on issues like gay marriage
Er, not true.
Becky Bowers, PolitiFact, 11 May 2012:
In 2008, [Obama] said: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage."… 
He had written on [a] 1996 questionnaire, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Just two years later, on another ... questionnaire, Obama wasn’t so sure. Did he favor legalizing same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he support a bill to repeal Illinois legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he co-sponsor it? “Undecided.”
Later years offered greater clarity — and a shift from 1996. Civil unions? Yes. Gay marriage? No.
2004 ... “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. ..."…
Still, in a 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by a gay rights group and a gay-oriented cable TV channel, he spoke instead about his support for civil unions with “all the benefits that are available for a legally sanctioned marriage” — but not for legal recognition of “marriage” between same-sex couples. It should be up to religious denominations to determine whether they wanted to recognize that as marriage or not, he said.... 
In November 2008 ... “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 

Think Greece is a worry?

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (7:18am)

Terry McCrann warns that Greece could be a problem, but China could be a disaster:
We’ve been in the process of discovering just how much China matters for us as its growth rate has stepped down from 10 per cent plus to the 7 per cent, which is something of a line in the sand for everyone — there, here and everywhere. 
In essence, a 7 per cent growth rate brings — brought? — to an end the “boom” part of “resources boom”. With a sustained 7 per cent China growth rate, we would keep the resources development that’s occurred, but we’d get no more…
But we might be on the threshold of discovering what a China with a sustainable growth rate of less than 7 per cent, perhaps even significantly less, is like for us (and the world). We sincerely do not want to find out.
With Greece, Friday morning coming down seemed awfully like a replay of deja vu all over again… 
It now seems entirely possible that both “no” and “yes” [on Sunday’s Greek referendum on the bailout] will mean “yes” — that either way there will be a continued European-led bailout. But even then where that “certainty” might lead, across a number of fronts, is anybody’s guess. 
Meanwhile, the fall in the price of the Australian dollar means the great fire-sale of Australian properties to China continues:
A Melbourne or Sydney property that’s risen from $2.2 million a year ago to $3m today almost hasn’t risen in cost at all for such overseas buyers — while its appeal is significantly greater now than then. Indeed the very slowing of China’s growth rate will spur greater outflows from the Middle Kingdom. 

On The Bolt Report tomorrow, July 5

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (7:10am)

On Channel 10 tomorrow at 10am and 3pm.
My guest: Social Services Minister Scott Morrison: the warning from Greece..
The panel: former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa and Georgina Downer, former diplomat and member of the Victorian Liberals’ admin committee.

NewsWatch: Gerard Henderson, Australian columnist and head of the Sydney Institute. On the media pushing same-sex marriage, Hockey’s defamation case and the ABC’s rigged inquiry into Q&A’s bias.

So much to talk about, including Tony Abbott’s battle with same-sex marriage, Bill Shorten’s moment of truth and one of the Islamic State’s scariest attacks yet;
The videos of the shows appear here.

Lambie likens Greens to Islamic State

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (7:09am)

Sure, the Greens are throwbacks, dreaming of an idyllic past that never was, but to liken them to the Islamic State seems a bit harsh:
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has likened the Greens to a terrorist group in a speech at a mining conference in Queenstown in Tasmania’s northwest. Senator Lambie said she believed the Tasmanian Greens damaged the mining industry while they were in government with Labor, and has likened the party to Islamic State. “Both those groups would like us to go back and live in the dark ages,” she said. “That’s the problem I have with (them). They’d like us to go live back in caves with candles and eat tofu.”

The mask is off: the Recognise movement actually wants a revolution

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (6:44am)

We were told we needed to change the Constitution simply to recognise Aborigines as the first Australians. That’s why the taxpayer-funded body pushing for this is called ”Recognise”.
But it was always a Trojan Horse for activists wanting more power, particularly for activist judges, to impose a kind of well-meaning apartheid.
We haven’t even got a date for the referendum and already this con is exposed - mere recognition is not enough. So the Prime Minister is kidding himself to think this will do:
On the eve of a critical meeting of indigenous leaders, The Weekend Australian can reveal that Coalition MPs are considering a form of words for constitutional recognition ... [that] would outline Australia’s “indigenous heritage, British foundation and multicultural character”, and would be included at the beginning of the country’s founding document.
Those words are the preference of the Prime Minister, who has been trying them out in several speeches, hoping to include all Australians in that formula. He hopes it is innocuous enough that conservative critics like me will just let it ride, although I expect the dangerous word “multicultural” in our constitution will - and should - cause fresh debate.
So here is official recognition being offered, but already we’re told it’s simply not good enough. No, mere symbolism is not what’s wanted, after all:
[Aboriginal leader Noel] Pearson ... warns that a minimalist model of recognition would amount to “cosmetic surgery, a symbolic shot of Botox, ignoring the broken foot”. 
“How many symbolic mom­ents, devoid of practical effect, does a nation need?” he writes…
[A]mong the Aboriginal leaders to be represented at Monday’s meeting, few favour the minimalist position likely to be pursued by Mr Abbott…
Mr Pearson says a minimalist approach would do nothing but apply a Band-Aid to “white guilt”. 
“Such an outcome would be feel-good symbolism and maintenance of the operational status quo,” he writes. 
Warning: the Recognise movement does not want mere recognition at all. It wants not symbolism but revolution. It wants to change how we govern ourselves - the “operational status quo”.
And of course it does. As I have argued before:
Once the principle of racial division is conceded, there will be no stopping the advocates of this newly tribalised Australia. How can we agree that Aborigines have a “unique” role as “original custodians” - a role [under Pearson’s proposal] entitling them to their own representatives and special constitutional powers - and then insist that nothing much flows from that? How can we then arbitrarily insist that they have no consequent right to their own nations, their own laws, their own compensation? This is profoundly wrong. And it is playing with fire. 
Say no to racism. Say no to dividing us by race. 

A brave man, Richo

Andrew Bolt July 04 2015 (6:35am)

Graham Richardson is a courageous man. Cancer is a bastard. 
It’s incredible, though. I’ve been debating him almost every week on Ben Fordham’s 2GB show while Richo has been going through this. Yet he’s stayed sharp, informed and passionate. The body is frail, but the mind it carries is strong. 
Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
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Welfare should not be a deadly weight

Piers Akerman – Thursday, July 03, 2014 (11:30pm)

THE Coalition should not need reminding that consistency of policy and certainty of outcome are essential to good government.  The damaging record of the incompetent Gillard Labor-Green-independent government and the dysfunctional ego-driven Rudd government are still fresh in the memory of most adult Australians.

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Tim Blair – Friday, July 04, 2014 (1:41pm)

Fairfax’s Michael Leunig seems a little upset today at the fate of serial groper and convicted perv Rolf Harris.
Perhaps this is a generational issue. Back in 1980, Leunig illustrated a book by Sam Orr, the alter ego of late Nation Review assistant editor Richard Beckett. You could probably place Nation Review somewhere on the fringes of mainstream; certainly it featured many future mainstream writers.
Orr was the weekly paper’s food columnist, although his columns were more to do with drunken excess and his shambles of a personal life – Beckett’s own brief life apparently providing the template. The columns, collected in that 1980 book, have not aged well. Nor have Leunig’s illustrations, reproduced here for the purposes of historic review:

Leunig, by the way, was in his mid-30s at the time. Angus & Robertson, the book’s publisher, was so amused by these images that this line leads the back cover copy: “Sam Orr, a gourmet of 12-year-old girls and much more …”
Benny Hill is often cited – unfairly, I think – as an example of old-timey creepiness, but Hill’s gags rarely went to this level. It could be that progressive counter-cultural 70s types were far worse.


Tim Blair – Friday, July 04, 2014 (10:20am)

A vicious cut to children’s programming at the ABC: 
The ABC has confirmed its high-rating Gruen franchise will not air this year – despite the broadcaster previously announcing it would be part of the 2014 line-up – and it may not return next year, either. 


Tim Blair – Friday, July 04, 2014 (10:13am)

Despite several months of gentle counselling from the FBI, a Colorado teen and Islamic convert still attempted to join her ISIS heroes in the Middle East: 
One FBI agent met with her seven times, trying to dissuade her from supporting jihad and suggesting that she instead commit herself to humanitarian work, court papers say.
Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, was taken into custody at the Denver International Airport by the FBI as she attempted to board a plane on her way to Turkey …
During [the previous eight months] she repeatedly told federal agents — who identified themselves andmet with her on a near-weekly basis from November to April — that she was committed to waging jihad in the Middle East ...
When Conley told her parents on April 1 that she was leaving for Syria to marry a “soldier,” her parentsexpressed their disapproval. 
This entire process seems to have been a little soft, wouldn’t you say?


Tim Blair – Friday, July 04, 2014 (9:25am)

Iran is producing its own version of the hit US comedy Modern Family … minus the modernity
The sets, props and storylines are almost identical to the US version, but Cameron and Mitchell, the gay couple, are conveniently missing. 
I wonder what happened to them.

Brown searching for ABC directors who like balance. UPDATE: Turnbull upset

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (11:14am)

Perfectly reasonable views - unless, of course, you’re a Leftist and not into sharing:
HE is just one member of an influ­ential four-person panel respon­sible for appointing future ABC board directors.

But, if it were up to him, former Liberal Party deputy leader Neil Brown QC would sell off what he describes as the overly commercial and unnecessarily expansive ABC and start the process of publicly funding a news organisation from scratch… 

Mr Brown, a Liberal heavyweight who was deputy leader under John Howard from 1985 to 1987, said that, in his new role on the nominations panel, he would recruit directors keen to restore balance to the ABC...
Mr Brown said the ABC in particular had grown to have “more of a disposition to the Left rather than a balanced approach”.
“I certainly think there should be more balance,” he said… “It gets a herd mentality about it and takes an official view about what you, the citizen, should believe in. I’m not saying it should be conservative or right-wing: I think it should give balance. 
“There has been a tendency to pick up the accepted zeitgeist on issues of climate change without giving the other side the opportunity to present its views. That’s my concern.” 
Now why should the Left object to sharing what we’ve all paid for?
Malcolm Turnbull makes clear his displeasure at the appointments. He seems in a Brown study.
These weren’t his appointments, Turnbull stresses:
CHRIS UHLMANN: Malcolm Turnbull, do you have any say over these board appointments? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL: No, I do not… The nomination panel of which Ms Albrechtsen and Mr Brown have recently been appointed is appointed by the secretary of the Prime Minister and Cabinet department, Dr Ian Watt. It’s not an appointment by me 
Blame Abbott instead, Turnbull hints:
MALCOLM TURNBULL: .... and the legislation that Mr Rudd introduced was designed to make it a non-political appointment. So you have to assume that Dr Watt made these, chose Neil Brown and Janet Albrechtsen in his own discretion. 
CHRIS UHLMANN: Do you assume that?
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, that’s what the legislation was intended to do, but if you want to check that you should speak to Dr Watt. But I was not consulted nor was it the intention of the legislation that the minister for communications should be consulted on the membership of the panel.
CHRIS UHLMANN: But you would assume the Prime Minister was consulted? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL: I don’t assume anything. I assume these appointments were chosen by Dr Watt. You can always speak to him. I’m sure he’ll be happy to take your call… I have no doubt that that decision was taken by him in his own discretion. Who he spoke to, I don’t know. He didn’t speak to me.
Brown is ill-informed, Turnbull adds, and shouldn’t think his job is addressing bias:
But can I just say this, Chris: ... contrary to what Neil Brown says the ABC’s commercial revenues are negligible, though that was the inference from the article in The Australian, that he thought it was becoming commercialised. Its commercial revenues in fact have diminished considerably from the decline of its shops. 
But if I could just go on, the critical thing is that the people who go on these boards have corporate and business and management experience. If you want the board to be effective then you have to have people that are capable of performing the role of a director. And simply appointing people who have one political view or another, one social attitude or another, is not enough....
The other two Labor appointees, including the man who chaired the company owned by Kevin Rudd’s wife and designed Julia Gillard’s big-spending education policy are far more distinguished, and, besides, Albrechtsen and Brown have to get their candidates past Turnbull:
CHRIS UHLMANN: Do you have confidence in this four person panel to make that kind of decision? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL:… The committee consists of Ric Smith, a very distinguished former public servant, David Gonski, one of Australia’s leading company directors and chairmen, and of course latterly Neil Brown and Janet Albrechtsen. I’m quite sure that that panel will present a good short, short list of three names for the three positions that I’ve got to consider....
Sure, Abbott might be trying to restore balance to the ABC but Turnbull couldn’t possbly comment - let alone endorse:
CHRIS UHLMANN: Couldn’t a reasonable person come to the conclusion that the Government once again is trying to influence the make-up of the board of the ABC because the Government believes that the ABC is biased? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, again, that’s not for me. I don’t think that’s correct.
CHRIS UHLMANN: Could a reasonable person think that?
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, you can ask, you can form that view. I’m not going to…
CHRIS UHLMANN: What do you think it looks like, Malcolm Turnbull? 
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, Chris I think it looks like Dr Watt thought that the two best people he could think of and that were prepared to do it were Janet Albrechtsen and Neil Brown. But really, you’ve got to direct enquiries to Dr Watt. It is his decision.  
Maybe it’s time Turnbull was moved on to an area where his interests aren’t so much in conflict with the government’s. 

Scarcely worth the faux outrage

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (9:13am)

Here comes the gleeful beat-up:
What was actually said:
When explaining why foreign investment was so important for a country like Australia, Mr Abbott said the country would be unimaginable without it. 
“As a general principle we support foreign investment. Always have and always will,” he said.
“Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment.” 
I guess our country owes its existence to a form of foreign investment by the British government in the then unsettled or, um, scarcely settled, Great South Land,” he said.
Cue the outrage industry. The ABC’s Jon Faine is already on the case. 

In defence of Ricky Muir

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (8:23am)

John Roskam makes the big call:
A cabinet full of Ricky Muirs couldn’t be any worse than a cabinet full of Gillard government ministers. 
Harder to argue against than I would wish. 

Why is Labor so close to this union?

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (7:45am)

Victorian Labor really is too close to this union:
A VICTORIAN Labor Party official demanded a $50,000 payment from the builders of the Pentridge Prison redevelopment in exchange for industrial peace, the royal commission into union corruption will hear next week.

The Herald Sun can reveal claims the official was working hand in glove with the John Setka-led Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union as it tried to take control of the multimillion-dollar construction site.
And this union is too close to bikies:
A SENIOR union official has been unmasked as a patched member of the Rebels motorcycle gang.

A series of pictures obtained by the Herald Sun show Stu-e Corkran in full bikie colours. 

And one of the images shows Mr Corkran has shaved a 1 per cent symbol into the back of his hair, which bikies use to indicate club membership. Mr Corkran has been a significant figure in the CFMEU for more than a decade.
Yes, far too close:
LABOR insiders say the partner of CFMEU boss John Setka is still on track for a seat in State Parliament.

Late last year Emma Walters, a lawyer and former CFMEU organiser, backed away from a Socialist-Left faction plan that she contest the Lower House seat of Werribee. 

Her decision came after the Herald Sun revealed the move would be fought by Labor’s Right faction.Ms Walters later decided not to run for a seat in the Upper House at November’s state election… But Labor sources say the Socialist-Left faction, which includes the CFMEU, is eager to find Ms Walters a seat.
Yes, far, far too close:
Fresh evidence has emerged of threats of violence made to the family of the developer of Melbourne’s old Pentridge Prison, allegedly by disgruntled sub-contractors. 
In the last two months, the family of builder and developer Peter Chiavaroli, 70, has received death threats in the mail, including photos of Mr Chiavaroli’s adult children in graves, accompanied by the words: “We are coming for you and yours."…
Fairfax Media has also obtained a taped message left on the phone of a member of the Chiavaroli family in which a male identifies himself as a member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang and instructs the developer to pay a disputed debt…
The threats sent in the mail to the Chiavaroli family and the attempted extortions linked to the Comancheros are believed to have been arranged by disgruntled sub-contractors. There is no suggestion of the involvement of union officials.
But earlier on Thursday, Fairfax Media reported allegations implicating the construction union in coercion and links to underworld associates turned “union fixers” at the Pentridge site.
Mr Chiavaroli has alleged that the union forced him to employ a relative and friend of CFMEU boss John Setka, and intimidated some of his workers into joining the union.
CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan this morning mounted a strong defence of the union’s actions on the site, saying the CFMEU had acted in response to the death of a worker on site in October 2009 and in connection to a raft of serious safety breaches…
The royal commission into union corruption is expected to examine allegations of union involvement on the Pentridge site, including claims from Mr Chiavaroli that the union demanded he employ Mr Setka’s brother-in-law and a friend in return for industrial peace. 
When the demand was allegedly made by the then assistant CFMEU secretary, Mr Setka was accompanied by Mario Amenta, a concrete company owner who is a close associate of gangland boss Mick Gatto. 

How many more years of no warming before warmists say sorry?

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (6:57am)

Global warming - general

Christopher Monckton:
Taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on Remote Sensing Systems’ satellite-based monthly global mean lower-troposphere temperature dataset, there has been no global warming – none at all – for 17 years 10 months. 
This is the longest continuous period without any warming in the global instrumental temperature record since the satellites first watched in 1979. It has endured for more than half the entire satellite temperature record. Yet the lengthening Pause coincides with a continuing, rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration.
(Thanks to readers rocky and handjive.)  

Czech president Milos Zeman: Islamic terrorism “the very essence of the ideology”

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (6:05am)


Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, demands frank speech about Islam:
There is a term, political correctness. This term I consider to be a euphemism for political cowardice. Therefore, let me not be cowardly. 
It is necessary to clearly name the enemy of human civilization. It is international terrorism linked to religious fundamentalism and religious hatred. As we may have noticed after 11th of September, this fanaticism has not been focused on one state exclusively. Muslim fanatics recently kidnapped 200 young Christian girls in Nigeria. There was a hideous assassination in the flower of Europe in the heart of European Union in a Jewish museum in Brussels. I will not let myself being calmed down by the declaration that there are only tiny fringe groups behind it. On the contrary, I am convinced that this xenophobia, and let’s call it racism or anti-Semitism, emerges from the very essence of the ideology these groups subscribe to.
So let me quote one of their sacred texts to support this statement: “A tree says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. A stone says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” I would criticize those calling for the killing of Arabs, but I do not know of any movement calling for mass murdering of Arabs. However, I know of one anti-civilization movement calling for the mass murder of Jews. 
After all, one of the paragraphs of the statutes of Hamas says: “Kill every Jew you see.” Do we really want to pretend that this is an extreme viewpoint? Do we really want to be politically correct and say that everyone is nice and only a small group of extremists and fundamentalists is committing such crimes?
Zeman refuses to apologise for quoting Islam’s sacred texts:
Czech president Miloš Zeman, via his spokesman, stood by a speech made at the Israeli Embassy in Prague, where he quoted the Koran calling for Muslims to kill Jews, refusing to retract what he said or apologize for quoting from the holy book… 
“President Zeman definitely does not intend to apologize,” the spokesman said. “For the president would consider it blasphemy to apologize for the quotation of a sacred Islamic text.” Iyad Ameen Madani, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, issued a statement condemning Zeman’s speech, saying, “It is only appropriate that President Mil?s Zeman apologizes to the millions of Muslims worldwide for his deeply offensive and hateful anti Islam statements.”
From the  Sahih Muslim (the second most authentic sayings of the Prophet), Book 41:
Book 041, Number 6984: 
Abdullah b. ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The Jews will fight against you and you will gain victory over them until the stone would say: Muslim, here is a Jew behind me; kill him.
Book 041, Number 6985: 
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.
Zeman does not quote correctly the Hamas charter, but he is correct about its message:
For our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails…
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: 

“The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.” (cited by al-Bukhari and Muslim)…
When Islam will retake possession of [the means to] guide the life [of the Muslims], it will wipe out those organizations which are the enemy of humanity and Islam…

With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others… They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests…
As regards local and world wars, it has come to pass and no one objects, they were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it… 
The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion… It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion… Leaving the circle of conflict with the Zionists is a major act of treason and it will bring curse on its perpetrators… There is no way out except pooling together all the forces and energies to face this despicable Nazi-Tatar invasion. 
(Thanks to reader Mike.) 

Palmer plays the conspiracy victim

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (5:35am)

CLIVE Palmer has installed his own computers in his Parliament House office to guard against the prying eyes of ASIO spies, declaring “all the phones and all the computers are tapped”. But the super secret spy agency has hit back, saying it neither has “the resources, the need, or the inclination” to launch a mass operation into Mr Palmer and his MP colleagues.
In fact:
Using his own phones and computers would allow Mr Palmer to conduct any business in his office without breaching entitlement rules.

The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt July 04 2014 (12:33am)

On Sunday on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm…
Editorial: Have the Greens learned nothing from 1200 dead? Has Labor?
My guest:  warnings from Australia’s greatest immigration expert.
The panel: Michael Kroger and Bruce Hawker.
NewsWatch: Ben Hills, whose new book - Stop The Presses: How Greed Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax reads as easily as the title.
Plus spin of the week and more, including a hypocrisy alert on Jacqui Lambie.
The videos of the shows appear here.



























James Calore You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish. .. wisdom that cannot be argued with or denied .. *nods*
Allyson Christy
"President Barack Obama said the United States is "deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution."

Arrest warrants were issued for 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood after Morsy’s ouster, according to the state-run Ahram newspaper website, which cited an unnamed security source.

Egyptian security forces arrested the Muslim Brotherhood's political party leader and a deputy, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported, citing an unnamed military source.

Security forces also raided the offices of Al Jazeera's Egypt service during a live broadcast and arrested "the presenter, guests and producers," the network said on its English-language website." -CNN Breaking News

Holly Sarah Nguyen
People might give up on you, but God never will! Once again don't give up on God because he will NEVER give up on you 
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God does not judge you, people who think they are God do.
July 4Aphelion (00:13 UTC, 2014); Republic Day in the Philippines (1946); Independence Day in the United States (1776)
Alice Liddell

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Proverbs 14:34 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"The ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine."
Genesis 41:4
Pharaoh's dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the "fat kine," is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?--I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, "My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!" but may I be well-fed and nourished in thy house, that I may praise thy name.


"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him."
2 Timothy 2:12
We must not imagine that we are suffering for Christ, and with Christ, if we are not in Christ. Beloved friend, are you trusting to Jesus only? If not, whatever you may have to mourn over on earth, you are not "suffering with Christ," and have no hope of reigning with him in heaven. Neither are we to conclude that all a Christian's sufferings are sufferings with Christ, for it is essential that he be called by God to suffer. If we are rash and imprudent, and run into positions for which neither providence nor grace has fitted us, we ought to question whether we are not rather sinning than communing with Jesus. If we let passion take the place of judgment, and self-will reign instead of Scriptural authority, we shall fight the Lord's battles with the devil's weapons, and if we cut our own fingers we must not be surprised. Again, in troubles which come upon us as the result of sin, we must not dream that we are suffering with Christ. When Miriam spoke evil of Moses, and the leprosy polluted her, she was not suffering for God. Moreover, suffering which God accepts must have God's glory as its end. If I suffer that I may earn a name, or win applause, I shall get no other reward than that of the Pharisee. It is requisite also that love to Jesus, and love to his elect, be ever the mainspring of all our patience. We must manifest the Spirit of Christ in meekness, gentleness, and forgiveness. Let us search and see if we truly suffer with Jesus. And if we do thus suffer, what is our "light affliction" compared with reigning with him? Oh it is so blessed to be in the furnace with Christ, and such an honour to stand in the pillory with him, that if there were no future reward, we might count ourselves happy in present honour; but when the recompense is so eternal, so infinitely more than we had any right to expect, shall we not take up the cross with alacrity, and go on our way rejoicing?

Today's reading: Job 25-27, Acts 12 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Job 25-27

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
"Dominion and awe belong to God;
he establishes order in the heights of heaven.
3 Can his forces be numbered?
On whom does his light not rise?
4 How then can a mortal be righteous before God?
How can one born of woman be pure?
5 If even the moon is not bright
and the stars are not pure in his eyes,
6 how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot--
a human being, who is only a worm!"

Today's New Testament reading: Acts 12

Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison
1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him....


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