Friday, May 18, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief - Friday, May 18, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  No Ifs, Ands, or Budgets
•  Congress Puts Abortion on ICE
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  Defense Bill Supports Allies in Asia
•  Silence on China Takeover of Some U.S. Banks
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Friday, May 18, 2012

"But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King." (Jer. 10:10)

Please note: Time change for tomorrow's teaching on "America's First Martyrs." To clarify: the doors will open at 12:30 p.m.; worship begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by an in-depth look at this missing part of our American history. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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The Daily Brief

1a. Obama Food Security Pledge Heralds G8, NATO Summits - Fox News

Obama has announced a new global partnership to improve food security, saying the United States has a "moral obligation" to lead the fight against hunger and malnutrition.  Obama announced the partnership between governments, donor countries and the private sector Friday. His speech marked the beginning of high-level talks as leaders of the Group of Eight nations gather for their annual economic summit at the Camp David presidential retreat.

b. Europe's Economic Woes Shadow G8 Summit - VOA

The leaders of the Group of Eight major economies plan to address Africa's food security when they meet at a mountain retreat near Washington, DC this week. But, Europe's economic situation will demand much of the group's attention. The European debt crisis, and its possible effects on the world economy, will be on the minds of the G8 leaders when they meet at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. French President Francois Hollande will be among the attendees.

- Father, we come before You asking for wisdom for all the attendees at this "Group of Eight" economic summit taking place at Camp David, Maryland, tomorrow. We pray for their protection and that "cool heads" will prevail. We come against strife and confusion, and pray for a consensus among them for the good of all our nations. As these nations take counsel together, we ask that You would be a part of that counsel and turn their hearts toward You. Amen.

- "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)

2a. Police, Protesters Prepare for NATO Summit in Chicago - VOA

The city of Chicago is hosting the NATO summit on May 20 and 21. While NATO leaders are preparing for discussions on future cooperation, protesters are gearing up to demonstrate.

b. Fighter Jets In Skies Over Chicago On Friday Morning Before NATO Summit - CBS/Chicago

U.S. fighter jets will be actively flying over Chicago on Friday as part of a security drill in the days before the NATO Summit. The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters-including Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters- were visible on Friday morning, beginning around 9 a.m.

c. NATO Members to Discuss Burden Sharing - VOA News

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) nations meet in Chicago this weekend to address two major challenges -- how to dial down their involvement in Afghanistan and, perhaps more vexing, how to maintain military readiness in the face of sharp budget restrictions. The heads of state and government from the 28 NATO nations want to make sure the alliance continues to develop and maintain military capabilities needed to fulfill all possible future.

- Abba, surely the nations are gathering to take counsel together. We thank You that so much security has been put in place to protect these various heads of state as they attend this summit and we pray that You would indeed protect them while they are in the U.S.

We pray for clarity of mind for each of the attendees and that, as they take counsel together, You would be present in their deliberations. We come against any arrogance, or confusion, and we pray for righteousness and peace to prevail. May each leader come to know our Messiah as his or her Savior, and Lord! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

- "The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation."
(Psalm 33:10,11)

3. a.U.S. Congress expected to vote on legislation authorizing war with Iran - VOA

This week, Congress is considering two pieces of legislation relating to Iran. The first undermines a diplomatic solution with Iran and lowers the bar for war. The second authorizes a war of choice against Iran and begins military preparations for it. H.Res.568: Eliminating the Most Viable Alternative to War - The House is expected to vote on H.Res. 568. Read the resolution. Section (6) rejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran. Section (7) urges the President to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to Iranian enrichment.

b. US Envoy to Israel: US Ready to Strike Iran - BBC

The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.

c. US Senate Republicans block Iran sanctions vote - Ynet News

US Senate Republicans blocked new economic sanctions on Iran's oil sector on Thursday, saying they needed more time to study revisions, a surprise move that drew anger from Senate Democrats who had expected unanimous approval ahead of Iran talks on May 23.

- O Lord of Hosts, we come to You, asking for Your divine guidance and wisdom to be given to our Congress and President regarding our response to Iran's development of nuclear weapons, which they have declared, would be used against Israel and us. We ask You to foil the plans for evil of the Iranians. We ask that our government, and Israel's will experience Your supernatural wisdom and strategies to deal quickly and effectively with this situation, with minimal amount of casualties.

We thank You that You are our Shelter and our Protector . . ours, and Israel's. We ask that Your warring angels will surround and defend little Israel, and our nation as well. We praise You that You are the God of the Universe, and our times are in Your hands! Amen.

- "But I trust in you, LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love." (Psalm 31:14-16)

4a. Federal Reserve members ready to step up support for US economy - UK Telegraph

Federal Reserve policymakers said on Wednesday that they were open to further efforts to stimulate the US economy if growth falters or threats escalate.

b. US Investigates JPMorgan's $2 Billion Loss - VOA

News media in the United States are reporting that the federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the more than $2 billion trading loss sustained by the JPMorgan Chase & Co. investment bank. Sources told various news outlets on Tuesday that the Justice Department probe is at an early stage.

- Abba, we come to you again regarding our economy nationally. We ask You to give wisdom, and proper ordering of priorities to those in our nation who make these economic decisions. We pray that the investigation into the huge loss of JPMorgan investment bank, will unearth any secret dealings that need to be revealed. We pray that You would reveal that which is hidden, so we can benefit in not repeating these mistakes in judgment. We thank You for Your provision, and that You are the One who enables us to work and feed our families. Amen.

- "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,for in these I delight,'declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"There is no one like the God of Jeshurun (Israel), who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty." (Dt. 33:26)

1. TIME crowns Netanyahu as the 'king of Israel' - Haaretz

In the article, Managing Editor Rick Stengel outlines Netanyahu's recent achievements and explains why he is worthy of the title of 'King of Israel.' "Netanyahu is poised to become the longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel. He has no national rival," Stengel writes. "His approval rating, roughly 50%, is at an all-time high."

2. US Envoy to Israel: US Ready to Strike Iran
- ABC News

The U.S. has plans in place to attack Iran if necessary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons, Washington's envoy to Israel said, days ahead of a crucial round of nuclear talks with Tehran.

3. Israel becomes a target in Egypt's presidential vote - Reuters

Israel has become a punchbag for politicians vying for votes in Egypt's presidential race, playing on popular antipathy in Egypt towards its neighbor, but the realities of office are likely to ensure a 33-year-old peace treaty is not jeopardized. An ex-air force commander in the race boasts of bringing down Israeli aircraft in 1973, the last of Egypt's four wars with Israel.

4. U.S. Approves $70 Million in Iron Dome Aid - Israel National News

The United States will immediately give Israel $70 million for additional Iron Dome batteries, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a meeting between the two Thursday. Washington has already given Israel $205 million for the Iron Dome systems. Panetta said: "Our goal is to ensure that Israel has the necessary financing every year in order to produce these batteries that protect its citizens."

The Daily Jot!

Connecting the Dots: White House tightens noose on US citizens

The man who occupies the Oval Office has a distinct strategy to quell opposition of any kind to his policies and the Republicans and Democrats in Congress are letting him do it. This strategy is found not in his words, but in his legislative and legal actions. The Defense Authorization Act set very general language in its Section 1021 that did not require (key word) the government to detain US citizens without due process, and it exempted US citizens from the requirement, but the way the language is written, the president can call for a waiver due to a national emergency and actually detain US citizens without due process. Since then, however, the president has issued Executive Orders (EOs) that leave no doubt.

Friday March 16, he issued the Defense Resource Preparedness EO which ordered the nationalization of all of America's natural resources, energy, private industry, property, transportation, food resources, health supplies, farm equipment, technology and potable water. All the president has to do is declare a national emergency. On April 23 and again on May 16, the president issued EOs declaring a national emergency that people materially opposing his policies in Syria, Iran and Yemen could have their property confiscated because they are considered threats to national security. These EOs specifically stated that US citizens were included.

The president was dealt at least a temporary blow on May 16 when US District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the National Defense Authorization Act violates the First and Fifth Amendments. Forrest issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Administration from enforcing section 1021 pending further court or congressional action. Notwithstanding, each of these EOs and laws that undermine the Bill of Rights must be challenged otherwise they will remain in effect. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Act--passed overwhelmingly and immediately signed by the president--makes it a felony to protest or impede government business in a "restricted area" which could be arbitrarily determined.

What happens if Americans impede the business of government while protesting? Isn't the right to assemble and speak what the First Amendment was designed to protect? What prevents the president from declaring it a national emergency against criticizing Islam? Or same sex marriage? Where is the outrage from the salt and light? Has Christianity become so neutered by bad doctrine that it no longer will stand against evil? Nations are comprised of people. We are a Christian nation because Christians occupy it. Have we no longer the will to occupy that the thief has clear access to our liberty?

In Jeremiah 4 there is an account of the Lord calling for repentance and expressing sorrow for the doomed nation of Israel. I cannot help but think that in spite of warning after warning, so many Americans, so many Christians, nonchalantly go about their business with no concern about the encroaching evil that will squeeze the lifeblood from them and their children. Verse 18 says, "Your way and your doings have procured these things unto you." How many people in the nations around the world envy our freedom, yet we are complacent to allow an evil rebellion to take it from us without so much as a shout.

Sources & Resources:

EO Blocking Property of Persons Threatening the Peace, Security, or Stability of Yemen--

EO Blocking Property of Persons regarding Syria and Iran--

EO Nationalizing all US resources and property--

Federal Court blocks citizen detention plan--

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

No Ifs, Ands, or Budgets

It took an official vote, but senators finally had permission to bring their calculators to the floor for yesterday's budget debate. Maybe the machines didn't have enough decimal spaces, or maybe after 1,114 days without a budget, leaders forgot how to use them--either way, the day ended the same way it began: without a resolution. Six hours, five budgets, and two parties later, the chamber still had nothing to show for the Republicans' work. The closest the Senate came to approving a plan was Sen. Pat Toomey's (R-Pa.), which fell 19 votes short of the 60 it needed to pass. Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) came in second with 41 votes.

Both did markedly better than President Obama's budget, which was actually more unpopular this year (if that's possible after a 97-0 vote last May). It picked up two more opponents before it failed 99-0. If there's one thing the Senate can agree on, it's that our nation cannot afford $6.4 trillion in new deficits--which is exactly what the President's proposal would generate. It raises taxes, raises spending, and kicks the can on debt reduction to 2022. But, since Democrats can't be bothered to offer a reasonable alternative, they have little room to talk. "Democrats can't even put a plan on a piece of paper," said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "As far as I can tell, their only plan is to take shots at our plan and hope nobody notices that they don't have one of their own."

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seemed annoyed that either party would try to solve our economic crisis. "They don't mind wasting a day of the Senate's time on useless political showboats." If this is "wasting a day," then what does Sen. Reid call the last three years? Both sides are so frustrated with the leadership that Reid's colleague from Nevada introduced a bill called "No Budget, No Pay." It may be the most popular piece of legislation that no one knows about. The concept is simple: if the budget standoff doesn't end, then congressional paychecks will! "I'm trying to help people understand that if you don't have a job... [it's because] Washington, D.C. refuses to do its job," said Sen. Dean Heller (R). "We have engaged the most powerful lobbyists on earth," said co-sponsor Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). "Our spouses--because they have a strong interest in us getting paid!" (Family Research Council)

Congress Puts Abortion on ICE

Back in March, we told you about some loopholes in the health care policy for illegal immigrants--like government-sponsored abortions and free sex changes. At the time, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office had approved new rules that gave detainees access to a whole range of services at taxpayers' expense. Now, thanks to a House panel on Homeland Security, the liberal gravy train may be coming to an end. Yesterday, the Appropriations Committee tacked on an amendment to ICE's budget that would bar the agency from funding abortion for these immigrants, except in cases of rape, incest, or health of the mother.

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) offered the language, which Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), author of legislation that sought to do the same, and others praised for ensuring that taxpayer dollars will not be used to pay for an abortion "or to influence an individual to help in the performance of an abortion." We applaud the 28 members who respected taxpayers and the unborn by voting for the amendment. (Family Research Council)

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project

Bonus Legislation

[Every week, we will try to spotlight some positive legislation that is worthy of conservative support.]

For this week's bonus legislation, we present you with a letter to support, instead of a bill. Over the past few years, Republicans have promised to end taxpayer subsidies for NPR and PBS by defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Unfortunately, they have agreed to continue funding it in the FY 2011 and FY 2012 spending bills. To that end, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Senator Jim DeMint are circulating a letter to the leadership in their respective bodies requesting that the FY 2013 budget contain no funding for public broadcasting. It's time to get taxpayers out of the business of funding the liberal media. Please call your Republican senators and representatives and request that they sign onto the letter.

Defense Bill Supports Allies in Asia

New Nukes: Defense bill would bolster nuclear, conventional power in Asia

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are calling for bolstering nuclear and conventional forces in Asia in response to China's nuclear buildup and missile proliferation to North Korea. Rep. Trent Franks, (R., Ariz.), introduced an amendment that was adopted last week as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill by the House Armed Services Committee. The legislation would require the Pentagon to report to Congress on ways to strengthen U.S. and allied forces in Asia, including re-deployment of tactical nuclear arms to the region.

The legislation was approved following the April 15 disclosure during a military parade in North Korea that China had supplied six mobile long-range strategic missile launchers to the communist regime. The measure also comes as the Pentagon is shifting forces to the Asia Pacific as U.S. involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. (Free Beacon) Read more.

Silence on China Takeover of Some U.S. Banks

U.S. legislators have been unusually silent about federal regulators' decision to allow a Chinese bank to take over 13 bank branches in New York and California, suggesting that they think American banks have much to gain. It will buy up to 80 percent of the U.S. unit of the Hong Kong-based Bank of East Asia, which operates 13 branches in New York and California. According to the Fed the bank has total assets of roughly $2.5 trillion.

A Federal Reserve decision to let Chinese banks acquire U.S. lenders is finally being challenged by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., who said it could open the way for Chinese government-run institutions to undercut U.S. banks. "I worry that these banks and their U.S. subsidiaries will use their state support as a way to under price U.S. banks," Casey, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said in a letter Thursday to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) won approval from the Fed on Wednesday to buy a U.S. lender in the biggest opening of the American banking market to Chinese companies. The Fed allowed ICBC to operate as a bank holding company, buying a controlling stake in Bank of East Asia's U.S. unit. The Fed also let Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China open U.S. branches.

The decision marks the first time that regulators have allowed a Chinese bank to buy a majority stake in a U.S. depository institution. ICBC Chairman Jiang Jianqing has spent more than $6 billion on acquisitions in regions spanning Asia to South Africa and the Americas over the past three years, seeking to triple the share of profit coming from abroad to 10 percent.
"China has a long and well-documented record of undercutting U.S. companies and workers," Casey said in a statement. Its "history of flouting international trade rules requires that any involvement in the U.S. banking system needs close scrutiny."

Members of both parties usually relish the chance to bash China on everything from government subsidies to the yuan's exchange rate. Yet Wednesday's decision by the Federal Reserve to certify a Chinese bank acquisition for the first time was met by near-universal silence. . .

Wednesday's decision allows Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, which is 70 percent owned by the Chinese government, to take an 80 percent stake in a Hong Kong-based bank with 13 branches in the U.S. The Fed also allowed two other Chinese banks to open branches in New York and Chicago.

The decision came days after Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with top Chinese officials for annual talks in Beijing. China agreed during those talks to allow foreigners a greater stake in Chinese brokerage firms.

One of the very few lawmakers to speak out has been Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who has a separate beef with the Fed over monetary policy and is holding up two nominees to its board of governors. And even he limited his response to a Tweet - two days after the announcement. "In midst of my dispute w/ Fed," Vitter wrote on Twitter, "news they're allowing China banks to takeover American financial institutes & enter banking market - bad news."

Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate banking panel's subcommittee on economic policy expanded when pressed by The Hill. "I think the Fed will have a difficult time explaining that allowing Chinese state-backed banks to takeover American banks is what our market needs," he said in a statement. "They owe Congress an explanation of their decision and I plan on asking for it."

Meanwhile in the House, the chairman of the Financial Services Committee's panel on International Monetary Policy and Trade scheduled a hearing on the decision for Wednesday. But even that hearing aims to assess U.S. banks' access to the Chinese market rather than criticize the Fed's decision.

"I was very surprised by the Federal Reserve's decision to open the doors to China's banking system," Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) told The Hill in a statement. "I have called a hearing of [my] subcommittee . . . because Congress needs to know if the Obama Administration is giving away the store in its negotiations with China. What I want to know is, do American banks have access to China's markets? Are we giving Chinese banks better access than China gives American banks?" (Intercessors for America)

- Ask the Lord to give wisdom to our legislators on how best to address this potential threat to our already troubled economy. Pray that the Lord will grant insights to our legislators who have oversight of these important banking industry decisions.

- "The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but the thoughts of everyone who is hasty only to poverty."
(Proverbs 21:5)

"A prudent one foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished." (Proverbs 22:3)

The Good News Corner

Sheriffs Stand Tall for the Constitution

These 8 sheriffs have come together in Siskiyou County in defense of rural America. They assert their oath to defend the people from all enemies foreign and domestic. Dam removal is but one of the federal and state actions that can be described as regulatory terrorism. The 10th Amendment gives the county sheriff the power to be the people's last line of defense. These are the heroes for all freedom-loving citizens and it's all starting right here in rural America. Listen to their passion for the people under siege in their counties and pray for their protection, and for the success of their efforts.

To learn about the work of the SUPPORT RURAL AMERICA PROJECT, go here.

This website includes information about The County Sheriff Project.

Worship with Us Today!

The Lord Is Marching On

For the Lord is marching on
And His army is ever strong
And His glory shall be seen upon our land
Raise the anthem, sing the victor's song
Praise the Lord for the battle's won
No weapon formed against us shall stand

For the Captain of the host is Jesus
We're following in His footsteps
No foe can stand against us in the fray (2x)
We are marching in Messiah's band
The keys of vict'ry in His mighty hand
Let us march on to take our promised land
For the Lord is marching on
And His army is ever strong
And His glory shall be seen upon our land.
Rejoice in HIM, Saints of God!