The crazy blog blaming Rudd for the floods. Are the Queensland floods the result of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel? It’s certainly a compelling argument you make, Daniel Nalliah, on the Catch the Fire Ministries blog:

Around 8pm on Friday night the 7th of January we had a strong prompting by the Holy Spirit to repent on behalf of Australia. As we started doing so, I was reminded that every time America went against Israel, there was disaster in the land and this has been documented over the years.

Then at once I was reminded of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel in Israel on 14th December 2010. It is very interesting that Kevin Rudd is from QLD. Is God trying to get our attention? Yes, I believe so.

The evidence is irrefutable …

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“The commercial radio industry posted solid revenue growth in metropolitan areas last year. But analysts are tipping this year will be slower for the likes of Austereo and DMG Australia.” — The Australian

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