Showing posts from June, 2010

Yellow Card and other warnings

Schelotto getting a Yellow Card
Originally uploaded by tbirdshockeyfan You would have to be almost dead to miss the World Cup of late in South Africa. The Beautiful game, soccer, futbol, football, whatever you call it, has captured fans worldwide for generations. Now we are down to 8 teams, representing their country: Argentina, Germany, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Ghana, Netherlands and Spain.

The use of the yellow card, pictured here, is a big deal. There are so few penalties and so much riding on penalty kicks/goals. One extra penalty on your side, and you could give away the match and have to wait another four years for a rematch. If you get too many yellows, you exempt yourself from playing in the next match. or if in the same match, you incur the red, thus diminishing your side's strength. I know, it can be confusing, sorry, but all up, it's a warning.

In Australia we have warnings for all kinds of things. Swim between the flags; watch out for cattle and sheep crossing; Wa…

Hebrew classes

Shalom friends in Sydney.

This week is a 'free' class Level 1,intermediates, for anyone who is looking for a new Hebrew class. New 10 week term starts 22 July. Bondi Junction. Ring 9388.0559 to book. Pass on this information to your mates and those you don't like, too. We'd welcome all learners.

Some of the beginners are continuing. They know their alef-bet and many early vocabulary words. This Level 1, intermediate class is for those who want to keep going.

Cost is $150 for the 10 weeks (School term), including the book and all materials, and a fun time together each Thursday @ 7:15 pm (to 8:30 pm).

No, you don't have to wear a red shirt to attend.

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out ev'n to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

David Statue in Italy

david statue
Originally uploaded by bobmendo Michelangelo sculpted this David. He also said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."

Maybe that's why I have hope for people. Some only see blocks, and at that, big blocks of useless stone. Some others see money in the marble. But if you look deep enough, you can find a person of value, a person for whom Y'shua died, a person of concern to God, in the midst of all God's concerns.

You are like that David statue.

Originally this was only a block of stone. Only the eyes of faith and the eyes of the creator can see inside to the David who is there the whole time.

That's how you should feel about yourself. Some have a bad self-image and consider themselves a mistake of heaven, or an embarrassment to their family. But God knows who you are, and he made you. The Bible says 'you are fearfully and wonderfully made.' (Psalm 139)

Others have a bad self-image in that t…

Showdown at The Lodge

Contest is the word of the day in Canberra. A showdown between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy, Julia Gillard. This photo took place last September. Kevin made a friendly bet with Julia on a finals game between Kevin's Brisbane Lions and the Bulldogs. Julia's Bulldogs came through on the night and Kevin was true to his word wearing the Bulldogs tie on the following Monday.

What appears friendly and fun in those days of a few months ago has turned to her constant denials of interest in Rudd's job and now this morning, we are all waking up to the spill vote coming at 9 a.m. if Kevin even stands.

I'm not sure we're getting anything different except a change of gender and a partner rather than a wife in the Lodge. Julia voted with Kevin each and every controversial issue the last 2 and a half years and she's as deeply connected to unions as any Labor leader has been. She voted with him on Emissions trading schemes and on everything!

Kevin came into power in …

Sport and Perspective

Wimbledon is on.
World Cup in on. Vuvuzelas are off.
The US golf Open finished Sunday.
State of Origin is on and off.
Baseball is in full swing fast approaching the All Star game.
As is Twenty20 cricket.
NBA finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers (are there any lakes in LA?) ended as it should have, within four points after seven games.
Next week the Tour de France begins.
...are you weary yet?

I'm so sorry about the attention so many around the globe are paying to so much that would be counted as irrelevant viz history. At the end of the day, when a man should be in bed, many in Australia are turning to the television to find out about their favourite team, Italy or South Korea or whoever is playing England. And I'm sure that for them it matters. And in a way it does. We gain some satisfaction if our side wins. We even use the term "we" to describe the nation or the national team. Imagine the pains just now in England and France, heavily endowed sides …

Blog and twit and politics

Making the sound byte hearable.

Everyone knows that politics is about getting things done and making sure others know you are getting things done. It's about marketing and sales. It's about communications. And control.

So this week there is quite a discussion about the use of twitter and blogger spaces to communicate. After all, can a politico ever get his voice heard above the din of all the other noises out there?

Consider the Dutch brewery. How do they get 'heard?' Two Dutch women appeared in a South African court for a publicity stunt that sent 36 women in orange dresses to a World Cup game, sparking protests by the Netherlands against the charges.

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen condemned FIFA's handling of the incident, saying it was "absurd" that the pair had been arrested and charged with organising the so-called "ambush marketing" campaign.

The row began when a group of three dozen women turned up at Monday's Netherlands v Denma…

More on the floatilla

The Australian newspaper published an article today from William Shaw Cross, author of many books. It was first published in the Jerusalem Post on 8 June. More of my comments below the article.

'Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz.” That was the response from the “peace flotilla” when Israel broadcast a radio message warning the Turkish flotilla that it was about to enter an area under naval blockade. In another response, someone on board the “humanitarian aid convoy” replied: “We’re helping the Arabs go against the US. Don’t forget 9/11, guys.” After these exchanges, IDF commandos landed on the ships. On the Mavi Marmara they were attacked by pro-Palestinian activists wielding iron bars.

Turkish papers have now published photographs of soldiers bleeding badly as they are assaulted by thugs.

Eventually the commandos shot back in self-defense and nine activists were killed. It was a disaster for Israel and a triumph for those who hate Israel, Jews and the West. Bulent Yildirim, head of the …

New Zealand and shechita

New Zealand - Jewish communities in New Zealand and Australia have expressed outrage at a new animal welfare code in New Zealand that makes it a crime to kill livestock using kosher slaughter, or “shechita.”

The code went into effect on Friday, May 21, 2010 and specifically requires cattle and other animals to be stunned before slaughter, in order to ensure humane treatment of the animal. Jewish halachic law forbids stunning before slaughter because it inflicts a wound on the animal, and because the animal can regain consciousness during the slaughter and experience pain as a consequence. Halachic law, which is addressed in the Talmud, maintains strict oversight regarding the slaughter of livestock that is used for human consumption. Proponents of shechita also maintain that it is a more humane means of slaughter because of the technique that is used by the shochet, the trained slaughterer.

Acting President of the Organization of Rabbis of Australasia, Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, expressed dis…