Tuesday, November 16, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 16, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• The Daily Jot
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"I know that My redeemer lives." (Job 19:25)

The Daily Brief

1. Taxes, Nuke Treaty Top Lame Duck Congress Agenda - Fox News

Clearly the most divisive issue separating Democrats and Republicans is tax policy, which dominated U.S. politics throughout the congressional election campaign. At issue are tax cuts passed under Bush in 2001 and 2003 but set to expire on Dec. 31. Obama wants Congress to make permanent the breaks for Americans who make less than $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for couples, while letting expire cuts for people who earn more than those amounts. Republicans want to keep the reduced tax rates in place for all Americans.

What is more important for the larger world is Senate ratification of a new START arms pact with Russia. The new nuclear arms reduction treaty, signed by President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in April, still has not been ratified by the Senate as required by the Constitution. The pact must receive 67 votes in the 100-seat Senate. Historically the upper chamber has overwhelmingly approved such treaties, but the rabid partisanship gripping American politics has put Senate approval in question.

• Father God, with all the important issues that need to be resolved in this next session, we pray against division. We pray for these leaders to have a sense of urgency and strong commitment to quickly approve legislation that will benefit the American people. Grant them wisdom to make decisions.

Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Philippians 2:2, 3)

2. Fresh Attack on Fed Move - Wall Street Journal

The Federal Reserve's latest attempt to boost the U.S. economy is coming under fire from Republican economists and politicians, threatening to yank the central bank deeper into partisan politics. The Fed, despite frequent criticism from both parties, has enjoyed considerable independence from politicians on monetary policy for the past three decades. Criticism of the Fed broke out amid the unpopular bailout of Wall Street and the Senate fight over Mr. Bernanke's second term early this year.

A tea party-infused GOP is eager to heed voters' rejection of big-government programs, and conservatives say a new move by the Fed to essentially print more money make it ripe for scrutiny by the incoming Republican House majority and potentially an issue in Mr. Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. "Printing money is no substitute for pro-growth fiscal policy," said Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican who has been privy to early discussions with the group of conservatives rallying opposition to the Fed plan.

• Lord, we pray the changes conservatives are wanting to make will not be used against them later. The Feds have been too quick to print money to buoy up the markets, but this has devalued the dollar. We pray the Feds will not be unduly influenced by the President and his wishes.

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

3. Analysis: Europe is Next Test for Weakened Obama - Reuters

If Obama is not yet convinced that his international star power has faded, his next round of transatlantic summitry should clear up any lingering doubts. Coming off a marathon Asia trip where Obama often found himself rebuffed by fellow world leaders, he will head to Europe this week where the agenda will be clouded by a growing divide over economic strategy and a sense of neglect among traditional U.S. allies.

Despite the European love affair with Obama when he was elected two years ago, he has let transatlantic ties slip down his priorities list while focusing on rising Asian powers like China and India and domestic concerns such as high unemployment and an anemic economy. His challenge is to reassure European partners that, despite political weakness at home and embarrassing setbacks abroad, he remains committed to better cooperation on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the fight against trade protectionism.

• Lord, we pray this president will understand that it is not his personality that will fix our problems, but it is hard work and commitment to ethical actions that will turn our nation and its economy around. Let him learn the lessons of the elections.

"For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; But whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil." (Proverbs 1:32, 33)

4. White House: No Permanent Tax Cut on Rich - Wall Street Journal

After several days in which U.S. lawmakers have attempted to gauge the White House's willingness to compromise on tax-cut extensions, Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" that there would be "no bend" on the president's opposition to permanent cuts for couples making more than $250,000 a year and individuals making more than $200,000. Republicans are seeking extensions of tax cuts for all Americans, arguing that a tax increase for the wealthy would hurt the economy and ensnare a lot of small-business owners.

"I hope we can get a permanent extension," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "But if the president wants to compromise on a two- or three-year extension, what's important here is that businesses know what their tax rates are going to be over the next few years."

• Father, we pray the president and our leaders will understand that these tax proposals will only hinder small businesses which are the heart of employment for our citizens. Let them allow the tax cuts to be extended permanently.

There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:24, 25)

5. Bernanke's Worst Nightmare: Ron Paul - CNN

Ben Bernanke harshest critic on Capitol Hill, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, is about to become one of his overseers. With the Republicans coming to power, Paul, who would like to abolish the Fed and the nation's current monetary system, will become the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.

Some economists worry that Paul having that kind of pulpit will hurt the Fed, and diminish its ability to fix an economy that still needs help. Paul argues the Fed is making a serious mistake by pumping more money into the economy to try to spur more spending and growth. He predicts it will only lead to further declines in value of the dollar, inflation and higher interest rates rather than the lower rates the Fed is shooting for.

• Lord, we pray you strategically place the person of your choosing to lead the Federal Reserve. Let there be no guile or collusion in attempts to deceive people. But give us a person of integrity and your wisdom.

And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouse Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered faithful, and their task was to distribute to their brethren. (Nehemiah 13:13)

6. One in 7 US Households Hit by Hunger Issues in 2009 - Reuters

In a separate report, the ERS said the percentage of U.S. households without food security -- access to enough food for an active, healthy life -- at some point during the year hit a record in 2009. It said more than 50 million people, including at least 17 million children, lived in households uncertain of having or getting enough food at some point because of insufficient money or other material resources.

It said that among states, food insecurity ranged from a 6.7 percent level in North Dakota to a 17.7 percent high in Arkansas, as measured over a three year period through 2009. Very low food security ranged from North Dakota's 2.6 percent to Alabama's 6.8 percent.

• Father, you stated clearly what it takes to make a nation prosperous, and we have abandoned your laws and now suffer because of this. Give us a deep hunger to be a holy nation - especially for the people who are deep in sin and rebellion. Let our nation repent for all our sins. Let churches be filled with holiness.

Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you," says the Lord. (2 Kings 22:19)

7. Krugman: Death Panels, VAT Will Fix Debt Crisis - NewsMax

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says the only way the U.S. will get its debt crisis under control is by the use of "death panels" and a national sales tax. The national sales tax, referred to as value-added tax (VAT), which governments across Europe use widely, will help cut the U.S deficit, Krugman argues. The Obama healthcare plan passed by Congress in 2010 includes government-run healthcare committees with sweeping powers, including the power to engage in competitive pricing and cost analysis, a system Britain uses that has led to rationing of medical care for the elderly.

Apparently realizing his comments were inflammatory, Krugman took to his blog immediately Sunday afternoon to "clarify" his comments. "What I meant is that: "health care costs will have to be controlled, which will surely require having Medicare and Medicaid decide what they're willing to pay for - not really death panels, of course, but consideration of medical effectiveness and, at some point, how much we're willing to spend for extreme care.

• Thank you Lord, that you have revealed the thoughts, plans, and work of the enemy concerning the weak and vulnerable people. Let us have hearts to minister to those people - especially the elderly, homeless, handicapped, our returning troops, and the lost. Let the spirit of death be stopped, and turn from the weak and vulnerable.

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:31, 34)

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together: There the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. (Psalm 122:3-5)

1. US says timeline for Mideast peace deal may slip - Ynet News

The Obama administration hinted on Monday that next year's deadline for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could slip even if both sides quickly return to negotiations.

2. Eyeing Iran, Israel slates missile shield for 2015 - Ynet News

Israel's multi-layered air defense network will be fully deployed by 2015, combining short-range rocket interceptors with kamikaze satellites that blow up ballistic missiles in space, officials said on Monday.

3. US F-35 package more important than Likud infighting - Jerusalem Post

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday morning defended Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's position regarding the renewal of the settlement construction freeze in exchange for an American security package.

4. Despite security concerns, Israel set to approve pullout from divided Lebanon village - Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will bring to a vote Wednesday before the cabinet an Israeli pullback from one of the most sensitive points along the border with Lebanon, Israeli officials said Monday.

5. Barak: Israel must reach deal with U.S. before Palestinians do - Ha'aretz

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that Israel must secure a deal with the Obama administration to pull the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, in order to keep the upper hand in the Middle East peace process.

The Daily Jot

The prophecies of Babylon: Type and shadow of America?

We have a government who is humiliating air passengers by making them go naked before strangers or face a government groping. A dear friend of mine writes, "I had two times in the last week their new "very intrusive" pat down. I am insisting for the future in a private room procedure with a second officer. They also now need to fill out in my presence some new paperwork. When the 15 minute ordeal was completed I asked them to tell their supervisor that as a combat-disabled veteran I am incensed that I would be subjected to this treatment. I was told by the screener, "80% of terrorists today are home-grown and are angry people," so I presume this means the Islamist terrorists are absolved of guilt because they are "angry." What is it all coming to?"

We have become such a tolerant society that we allow an aggressive and violent minority dictate the actions of the majority. Oh how Mahmaud Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden and the folks over at Hamas, Hizbollah, the Palestinian Authority, and the rest of the gang at al Qaeda must be laughing themselves asleep at night. Here they have the mightiest country in the world mandating something that they, themselves, would never allow. Something they would fight to the death to stop--the mass humiliation of their people. They have government employees groping American citizens.

Please do not take offense, because none is intended. But I believe that this has happened because American citizens have tolerated evil in this country in so many ways. The obvious is the massive legal killing of the pre-born; the embracing of the abomination of homosexuality; and the attempt to remove any mention of God from the public square. There are other offenses, including: the falling away of the church to bad doctrine that promotes self indulgence rather than glorifying God; the attitude that if it doesn't directly affect me, I do nothing about it; the love of one's self over the caring for the greater good. In short, we as a nation have bought in to the humanist way. And we are in it deep.

In Jeremiah Chapter 51:51-52 The LORD speaks of Babylon similar to what the United States has become. "Remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. We are confounded, because we have heard reproach; shame has covered our faces: for strangers have come into the sanctuaries of the LORD's house. Wherefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan." We are a nation that was dedicated by our Fathers in covenant to God. And we have strayed far from the LORD's righteousness. Our nakedness is being exposed as the mockers celebrate. We as a people need a change of heart.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry


Dear Saints of God,

Please watch for a special edition of The Daily Brief, to be posted tonight.

This will include additional news about the new TSA "security"policies, more issues facing the lame duck Congress; and a recent UNESCO decision declaring two holy sites in Israel to be mosques!

Thank you.

The Good News Corner

Old Glory Victory! 13-Year-Old Boy Once again Allowed to Fly American Flag at California Middle School

"Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n rescued land Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto, 'In God is our trust' And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"

-4th verse of Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

After public outcry and pressure from the Liberty Counsel, a California middle school superintendent is retracting a decision to stop a student from flying Old Glory.

Last week Americans were aghast at the news of a school principal not allowing one of his students to fly the American flag on the back of his bike at school. It happened during Veteran's week no less.

For two months Cody Alicea had the Stars & Stripes affixed to his bike in honor of his grandfather and other veterans who have served the country. Then, just before Veterans Day, school officials-citing racial tension as a reason-asked Cody to remove the flag after a few students had complained.

"We're supposed to be free in this country," Cody told reporters last week. "I should be able to fly the flag wherever I want to and they're telling me I can't."

Cody didn't want to make any trouble so he complied reluctantly. "It just kind of makes me upset that I can't fly the flag in my nation," the boy explained.

The family did not plan any legal action, but the Liberty Counsel (LC) was quick to defend Cody. The LC's Matt Staver said, "This is the United States of America-and this young boy has a right to be able to put a flag on the back of his bicycle. He wants to honor veterans, including his grandfather, who served in our country's military-[and] he ought to be able to do that. The mere fear that someone might bring some kind of other flag as a hypothetical possibility is not a basis to censor, of all things, the United States Flag."

According the a OneNewsNow.com report, Edward Parraz, Superintendent of Denair Middle School, is now allowing Cody to fly his flag as he rides on campus. Says Staver, "We're just going to make sure that the school continues back-peddling and [that] this never happens again."
On Monday, Cody was surprised to find he wasn't alone riding to school, with his American flag once again streaming from the back of his bike. He was joined by Veterans and others who followed, in a patriotic escort to Denair Middle School.

In all, some 300 people had gathered at the flagpole in a show of support for Cody, and to say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem with him before he went in to class.

One veteran even gave a tearful Cody his veteran's baseball cap, which he was given upon returning from battle.

Watch the very moving video by CLICKING HERE.

(OneNewsNow; reported by Breaking Christian News)

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"I Will Carry You" - Michael W. Smith

This is a song, a pledge, for Believers to stand together in times of trial; as Jesus stands with us.

Part Two

• Lame Duck Congress Is In Session (1)
• Lame Duck Congress Is In Session (2)
• Praying for New Members
• New Congressional Leadership Elected This Week
• TSA in the News
• Senate to Vote on Earmarks Tomorrow
• UNESCO v. Israel's Holy Sites

Lame Duck Congress Is In Session

Taking Soundings . . .

(Source: Mark Williamson, Federal Intercessors)
I'm told that the democrats are "a pretty whipped group" and there seems to not be much passion for doing much in the way of driving home the far-left agenda in "revenge" for the election. Many of the democratic losses in the House were "moderate" democrats that may want to run again, and they've seen the mood of the country. The Senate also has seen the writing on the wall, and they're already likely to lose another 13 seats (according to Dick Morris) in 2012. Regardless of the outcome, they've got to deal with the reality that they're defending 22 or so seats, and the guys in those seats (Webb of Virginia, Tester of Montana, Nelson of Nebraska, and newly elected Manchin of West Virginia who has to run again in two years - to name a few) aren't likely to feel too beholden to the leadership and far-left ideas that have taken their party over the cliff in 2010. They've not always been passionate about the extreme leftist social-agenda items anyway, although many voted for them in deference to their leadership. That does not seem to be so likely now.

- Pray that this final session of the 111th "lame duck" Congress remains . . . "lame." Their clearly socialist agenda of the past two years defies an agenda that places God first in all tihngs. Pray that these humbled members now seek the only Power that is greater than themselves, and will turn to our Lord for salvation. Pray!

- "And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you." (Ezek. 11:12)

- Please see also: Psalm 107:10-16.

Lame Duck Congress Is In Session:

Praying over their Agenda

[All information below comes from Mark Williamson, President, Federal Intercessors, unless otherwise indicated.]

1. Extending Bush Tax Cuts

The biggest issue is the Bush Tax Cuts. A huge tax increase would be another serious wound to the economy. The good news is I'm told there is major consensus to extend the tax cuts for all brackets one to two years in the Lame Duck. Some liberals want to extend the lower tax brackets only, but that seems to be increasingly unacceptable. Hopefully, the new Congress will make ALL tax cuts for ALL tax brackets permanent, assuming they can get Obama to sign it.

- Socialism and "sharing the wealth" is evil. It is institutionalized covetousness and legalized theft. It is not of God, regardless of what Jim Wallis, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright, or other false prophets say. Scripture is clear: God gives you the power to gain wealth (as you obey) or not. The Biblical model is that as you exhibit righteous stewardship with "a little," you will be given more. What is true on an individual basis is true on a national basis. The principles are the same.

- The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked. ( Prov. 10:2)

2. The Budget

Congress has not yet passed the budget for 2011. The budget (or lack thereof) is a huge issue. If they do a massive omnibus budget it will be over a trillion dollars (again). There is the option of continuing resolutions, which will get us into the new Congress where new spending cuts could be very helpful.

(From the Washington Examiner) Omnibus spending bill: Fiscal 2011 has begun, but Congress has yet to pass a single spending bill. Instead, the government has been operating under a special measure that keeps spending mostly at 2010 levels. Democrats say they will attempt to pass all the spending bills together, though it is also likely the two parties will not reach agreement and will have to put off the issue until January, keeping the 2010 spending levels in place until then.

- Pray for WISDOM.

- Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled, With all precious and pleasant riches. (Prov. 24 v 3,4)

3. "Don't Ask-Don't Tell" Vote May be Imminent

A "Don't Ask-Don't Tell" repeal is still in the works as part of the military appropriations bill. Even though this is an issue about homosexuals in the military, it is essentially the same strategy the democrats used for Hate Crimes - putting an unpopular, liberal social experiment in the Defense Authorization bill. Pray that it is dropped from the bill! Pray that the more moderate democrats be very mindful of Ike Skelton's defeat partly on this issue as the House Armed Services Chairman. Even though he personally opposed it and wanted no part of it, his district did not risk it!

- See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil, Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5 v 15 - 17)

4. The D.R.E.A.M. Act/Immigration Reform

The D.R.E.A.M. Act, which would be a path to citizenship for illegals, does not seem likely to be brought up, much less pass. But don't take anything for granted. Pray that this bill and its proposals die.

Also, as of today, it seems unlikely that there will be much done on immigration reform, but again, don't take anything for granted. Pray that these attempts to reward illegal behavior be thwarted.

- Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hear you. (Jer. 29:11)

5. Medicare

Medicare: Under a government formula, the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors is scheduled to shrink every year. Congress passes legislation each year to avoid the cut. The latest "fix" expires Dec. 1, and Democrats are eager to pass legislation extending it into 2013. More likely, the two parties will settle on a much shorter extension. If Congress does nothing, reimbursement rates will plummet 23 per cent. (Washington Examiner)

- Pray that this "fix" passes.

- " . . . if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

6. Unemployment insurance

Federal unemployment benefits expire Nov. 30. If Congress does nothing, as many as 2 million people will lose benefits that average $310 per week. It has become increasingly difficult for lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits because Republicans and a growing chorus of Democrats are demanding that the cost of such extensions be financed through budget cuts. (Washington Examiner)

- Pray that Congress will seek the LORD for an answer to this thorny problem. God promises to make a way where there seemeth to be no way; and He does not lie. Trust Him!

- "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price." (Isaiah 55:1)

Read more at the Washington Examiner: go here.

Praying for New Members

Orientation is Ongoing All This Week for Freshmen Members of the 112th Congress:

A Guide to Prayer for Them

As we end this last session of Congress and prepare to start up a new one (guaranteed to be a huge battleground), it would be good if we stopped to reflect on a few truths before we jump into the fire.

America is supposed to be run by people that we as citizens have chosen as representatives. A true democracy, in its republican form, should be free and equal in its government. The bad news is that when our newly elected folks get to Washington DC with their ideals and excitement, their first encounter will be the establishment.

Many years ago I spoke to Senator Jim McClure (now deceased) of Idaho while we kids were on a tour of the Capitol. He said that one of the most difficult things for the constituents to grasp is that many elected officials only appear at Congressional sessions when the cameras are turned on so they can look good. Most of the time they work from their offices. When new people come to Congress with their hearts set on change, they run up against the good ol' boys and the lobbyists who do not want change. Many have been there for eons and have so much power that they literally can stymie anything new brought up by a member.

In Christianity, we call them "strongholds." They are run by "principalities"- and are set in place by powerful critters that have been allowed free reign for a very long time. So how do we get rid of a stronghold?

You overpower it. In the natural realm, an election alone will not break a stronghold. It's a good start, but the main issue is how the newly elected folks operate. They need wisdom, they need inner strength to stand against the pressure from the WH or even their own party. There are strongholds in both parties, not just one. It will require a united front. Can they do it?

They can, but only with our help.They have to understand that this nation will not keep them in the halls of Congress if they do not accomplish the will of the people of their state. They must make strategic decisions, not just pal around with the establishment and seek power.

As citizens of America, we need to keep tabs on our elected officials. We need to make our voices known! All of the Representatives and Senators have emails these days - use them to voice your opinions. Keep track of what Congress is doing, and what issues are before them. If you are silent, the chances of real forward movement are nil. If the men and women of Congress know you are watching, they will be far more likely to stand strong in the face of peer pressure.

Don't rely on the news media or your party, get information and pay attention!

Submitted by:

Pastor Faye Higbee
Post Falls, Idaho

Read more.

New Congressional Leadership Elected This Week

Reported by: Mark Williamson; Federal Intercessors

The House and Party Leadership elections will also happen this week. The offices are pretty well set:


Regarding Republicans, John Boehner will become Speaker of the House; Eric Cantor will become Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (a California Congressman - and a Baptist), will become House Whip. Michelle Bachmann withdrew from race to become Conference Leader, leaving that post to Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling (a good man).

Regarding Democrats, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi will run for Minority Leader, and will win. Her (token) competition will be "moderate" North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler. The Minority Whip position is kind of in flux as some face-saving situation is in the works for soon-to-be former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and soon-to-be former Whip James Clyburne. Pelosi says if she is elected Minority Leader, she will create a new #3 leadership position for Clyburne. (Read more.)


The Senate leadership remains basically the same, but Harry Reid has created a new "leadership" post for Chuck Schumer. Both of these men need salvation for themselves, their families, and their policy perspectives. (Read more.)

There will of course be changes to all the Committee and Sub-Committee Chairmanships in both the Senate and in the House. Pray for all these new leaders. Some will be very strategic when the new Congress comes into session.

TSA in the News

- As you read through these headlines, related to the national outrage regarding the new security regulations now being implemented by the Transporation Security Agency at airports across the nation, stand in agreement that these regulations be turned back and CANCELED.

- "For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores.

I said, 'This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'" (Job 38:10,11 NLT)

1. Napolitano "open" to fliers' gripes over screening - USA Today

"Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that the agency has an 'open ear' to any 'adjustments' to security measures in place at the nation's airports, as some groups and individuals continued to call for a boycott of full-body scanning machines that they complain are invasive."

2. Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening - Washington Examiner

Bill Signed in 2001 Says Airports Can Opt-Out of TSA Rules!

Did you know that the nation's airports are not required to have Transportation Security

Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints? The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program in favor of private screeners after a two-year period. Now, with the TSA engulfed in controversy and hated by millions of weary and sometimes humiliated travelers, Rep. John Mica, the Republican who will soon be chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is reminding airports that they have a choice.

- Pray that your own airport sees this and responds! Read more.

3. CAIR Demands Special Rights for moslem cult at Airports - CNSNews.com

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a travel warning to Moslem cult airline passengers on U.S. aircraft in response to the Transportation Safety Administration's "enhanced pat down" policy that went into effect in late October. CAIR said Moslem cult members who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a "special recommendation" for Moslem cult women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.

4. Passengers Can't Use Religion as Excuse During Screenings - Fox News

The TSA says airline passengers won't get out of body imaging screening or pat-downs based on their religious beliefs despite civil rights groups contending it violates rights.

Senate to Vote on Earmarks Tomorrow

Full Senate Could Be Challenged As Early As Wednesday on Earmark Ban

In the Senate, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced in a floor speech yesterday that he will push for an earmark moratorium in the Senate. McConnell stated in part, "I have thought about these things long and hard over the past few weeks. I've talked to members. I've listened to them. Above all, I've have listened to my constituents. And what I've concluded is that on the issue of congressional earmarks, as the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example." He went on to say, "That's why today I am announcing that I will join the Republican leadership in the House in support of a moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress."

This is a significant move for McConnell, who has repeatedly defended Congress' prerogative to provide earmarked funds, arguing as recently as last week that banning congressional earmarks cedes authority to the Executive Branch. McConnell made clear in his speech he believes that good has come from the earmarks he has supported and he "does not apologize for them," but also stated that he understands there have been abuses in the process and they are a symbol of waste in the eyes of the American people. (Americans for Limited Government)

On a day when the Senate Republican Conference is expected to approve a two-year ban on earmarks for its members, possibly even by voice vote, Fox has learned that a bipartisan Senate duo is expected to announce a challenge to the full chamber to do the same.

As early as Wednesday, Sens Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., are expected to offer an amendment to a food safety bill that would put members on record on the moratorium. (Fox News) Read more

UNESCO v. Israel's Holy Sites

UNESCO Decrees that Two Christian Holy Sites in Israel are now cult Mosques!

1. UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb is a Mosque - Israel National News

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted recently to officially declare Rachel's Tomb to be a mosque. UNESCO director Irena Bokova had previously stated "concern" at Israel's decision to treat the tomb as a heritage site. The vote called for Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs - the burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs - to be removed from Israel's National Heritage list. Read more.

• Denial of truth and arrogance both seem to be at work here. Rachel and the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs have been buried here much longer than Islam has been a culture and "religion." Other than the fact that many Islamic countries now have voting power at the UN, there is no reason for this UNESCO declaration. Although we are not to keep our eyes on the past, some respect is due to this Israeli heritage place. Jacob set a pillar as a marker for Rachel's burial place. Pray that the Lord will stop all desecration of Rachel's tomb and that the Palestinians will honor her and Israel.

"And Rachel died and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem." (Genesis 35:19)
[Footnote from a prayer partner]

Unbelievable.. . but truly happening.. . saw an article today and went to the UNESCO site to confirm - Rachel's Tomb is now declared a cult mosque (the mother of the tribes of ISRAEL!!!) and the world is saying that the Tomb of Abraham, Isaaac, and Jacob in Hebron are treasured "Palestinian" Cultural sites that Israel is trying to get the world to believe should belong to them... and of course, the Jews have no claim whatsoever to the Temple Mount. . . . Unbelievable deception. . .

2. PM slams UNESCO calling Rachel's Tomb a cult mosque - Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday slammed world culture organization UNESCO's decision to characterize the site of Rachel's Tomb as a Muslim mosque."The attempt to separate the nation of Israel from its cultural heritage is absurd," said the prime minister. A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office read, "It is unfortunate that an organization that was established with the goal of promoting the cultural preservation of historical sites around the world, is attempting due to political reasons to uproot the connection between the nation of Israel and its cultural heritage."

• Give honor and praise to the Lord for the truth and sense coming from PM Netanyahu, who is surely being upheld by the might of the Lord. Truly, Netanyahu is a servant of the Lord for Israel at this hour. Continue to pray for Netanyahu to demonstrate these traits to the world.

"A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases his strength." (Proverbs 24:5)

3. Petition Circulaitng to Protest UNESCO Announcement - CHPP

A petition is now circulating, directed to UNESCO and objecting to their decision to designate Rachel's Tomb and the XXX of the Patriarchs as cult mosques. CHPP encourages all of our readers to sign this peittipo by going here.

• Be as strong as PM Netanyahu and sign this petition. Pray that the UN will be moved by its many signatures to change its view of these Israeli sacred heritage sites.

"Bless the Lord, you His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, harkening unto the voice f His word." (Psalm 103:20)