Monday, November 29, 2010

CHPP Daily Brief - November 29, 2010

In This Issue
• The Daily Brief
• The Middle East in Focus
• IPT Terror Alert #1
• IPT Terror Alert #2
• IPT Terror Alert #3
• IPT Terror Alert #4
• IPT Terror Alert #5
• The Good News Corner
• Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief - Monday, November 29, 2010

"Then said LORD unto me, "You have seen well:
for I will hasten [watch over] My word to perform it." (Jer. 1:12)

The Daily Brief

1. Full Agenda Ahead for Congress During Lame Duck Session - Fox News

The unemployed and millionaires. Doctors and black farmers. Illegal immigrants hiding from the law and gays hiding in the military. Along with just about everybody else, they all have something at stake as Congress struggles to wrap up its work for the year.

The Senate's main achievement was approval of a long-delayed settlement with black farmers and American Indians who say they were swindled out of aid, subsidies and royalties in past dealings with the government. Under the agreement awaiting House approval, black farmers would receive almost $1.2 billion and American Indians $3.4 billion.

Read more.

- Pray that no legislation will be passed hurriedly and thoughtlessly by the lame duck session. Please offer up to the Lord each of these measures, asking that the Holy Spirit dominate the writing of any bills, and block those that would ultimately cause harm to our economy and culture. Pray for the Lord's wisdom and principles to be promoted in the deliberation of each bill, and that legislators in both houses would have ears to hear truth and eyes to see the flaws written into each bill. Pray for the Senators and representatives of your state.

- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8)

2. State GOP leaders grab issue of Obama eligibility - WND

The GOP members of Congress who booted Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi from the speaker's seat when they took the majority in the U.S. House this month may be the least of President Barack Obama's concerns as the 2012 presidential campaign assembles. That's because in Pennsylvania, and in at least a couple of other states, there are Republican-controlled Houses, Senates, and governors' offices where being developed right now are plans to use state law to demand proof of constitutional eligibility from presidential candidates before they would be allowed on the state ballot.

- Those who have mocked the "birthers," as many would like to call those who doubt the American birth of our president, may have to eat their words. The Constitution is very clear that the president must be native-born. The proposed plans of many states may preclude such a question ever being asked again. It was Mrs. Nancy Pelosi, who sent out a memo stating that Barack Obama did not need to be vetted for office but that John McCain did before the 2008 election. Pray there will be no intimidation of legislators as they write bills on this matter of presidential eligibility. Pray for the passage of these bills by the various states.

-"When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion shall preserve you; understanding shall keep you." (Proverbs 2:10,11)

3. California Man Had Bomb Factory In His Home, Say Prosecutors - ABC News

A California man accused of robbing banks and assembling what may be the largest cache of homemade explosives ever found in the U.S. was ordered held on $5 million bail last week.

- God, we thank you for bringing the hidden dangers to light that all may know what has been going on in secret. Destroy the works of darkness, and may nothing prosper that goes against God's will." In Jesus Name.

- "Now is the end come upon you, and God will send His anger upon you, and will judge you according to your ways, and will recompense upon you all your abominations." (Ezekiel 7:3)

4. Rasmussen: Two-Thirds Favor Cutting Federal Payroll by 10% - NewsMax

Two-thirds of the voters nationwide favor a proposal to cut the federal payroll by 10 percent during the next decade, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey. The survey found that just 22 percent oppose the plan, and 12 percent are not sure.

- God, speak into this majority vote and carry it through to consummation. In Jesus Name.

- "Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother." (Zechariah 7:9)

5. South Korea-US military exercises stoke tensions - BBC

There is high tension on the Korean peninsula as the US and South Korea carry out military drills, five days after the North shelled an island. Residents of the island - Yeonpyeong - were briefly ordered to shelters on Sunday after new shellfire was heard and Seoul asked journalists to leave. China, the North's ally, has told South Korea's president it will try to prevent the situation deteriorating.

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- Please pray fervently over this situation with N. Korea; for their rulers seem to lack common sense and any concern for human life. The understanding is that Kim Jung Il wants money and supplies for his country and has decided that if he threatens S. Korea and the USA, he will be given aid. What does the Lord have in mind for this man and his son who don't offer any care for his people? Pray that China will make a positive influence on N. Korea and will follow through on its promise to S. Korea.

- "But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:20)

6. UN report confirms: Iran halted nuke work in November - Ynet News

Iran temporarily halted lower-level uranium enrichment work earlier this month, a UN nuclear watchdog report said, after Western diplomats said Tehran's nuclear program was suffering technical problems.

- Father God, Your hand has come down strong against Iran's nuclear program, and will be held under close scrutiny from this day forth. The Lord is over all and nothing but His will can prevail. In Jesus Name.

- Until you learn and know and recognize that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will. (Daniel 4:25b)

The Middle East in Focus

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

"You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old." (Micah 7:20)

1. Israel could strike Iran without US help: WikiLeaks - AFP

The United States has told France that Israel could strike Iran without US military support but the operation might not be successful, according to a leaked document published on the WikiLeaks website.

2. State officials: US-Israel freeze talks deadlocked - Ynet News

Recent talks between Israel and the Unites States have indicated that the sides are close to reaching a conclusive draft on a guarantees document, which will give Israel US assurances in return for a three-month extension on the settlement building freeze.

3. Mashaal calls for armed 'resistance' in West Bank - Jerusalem Post

Hamas leader in Damascus Khaled Mashaal called for West Bank Palestinians to excercise armed "resistance" against Israel, at a conference in Damascus on Saturday, Reuters reported.

4. Iran offers to protect Lebanon and Hezbollah defense needs - Ha'aretz

Iran is prepared to cover the defense needs of both Lebanon and the anti-Israel Hezbollah movement, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday.

5. Fatah: No to Israel as Jewish state, no land swaps - Jerusalem Post

The Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

IPT Terror Alert #1

(From The Investigative Project)

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani Found Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was found guilty today for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that took the lives of 224 people, including 12 Americans. Ghailani, 36, a Tanzanian national, and the first detainee held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to be tried in a civilian court, was found guilty of conspiring to destroy property and buildings of the United States, following a five week trial before U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Ghailani faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life on this count. Ghailani was acquitted of the remaining counts against him. (Dept. of Justice)

IPT Terror Alert #2

(From The Investigative Project)

U.S. Nuclear Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Analysts Say

U.S. computer systems that run energy, water, nuclear and manufacturing plants are vulnerable to computer worms similar to one that infected an Iranian nuclear power facility, cyber-security analysts told a Senate panel today. The Stuxnet malicious software, which was discovered in June, appears to have been designed professionally and took advantage of four previously unknown security breaches of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software to infiltrate computers, the analysts said. "We are extremely susceptible," said Michael Assante, president of the National Board of Information Security Examiners of the United States Inc., a security certification organization in Idaho Falls, Idaho. "You're talking about a very well-resourced and structured adversary." Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, the panel's ranking Republican, said they convened today's hearing in Washington to show the continuing concerns they have over U.S. safeguards for critical facilities. (Bloomberg)

IPT Terror Alert #3

(From The Investigative Project)

'One of a kind' Stuxnet worm remains a serious mystery

Industry and government security experts testifying Wednesday called the Stuxnet worm a wake-up call for critical infrastructure security because of its ability to manipulate control systems for physical industrial processes. "Stuxnet is one of a kind," said Sean McGurk, acting director of the Homeland Security Department's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which did some of the early analysis of the malicious code. "It is a game changer." He spoke at a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Government Computer News)

IPT Terror Alert #4

(From The Investigative Project)

DHS intel reports way too slow, local officials say

The Department of Homeland Security is so slow getting intelligence bulletins to state and local police "fusion centers" that they are nearly worthless, according to an internal audit released on Monday. The bulletins, called Homeland Intelligence Reports, or HIRs, are "used to share information quickly with state and local personnel on suspicious activities prior to being fully vetted," the inspector general's report explained. But in the first three months of 2010 alone, it said, 144 HIRs produced by DHS's intelligence and analysis wing were overdue, with "93 . . . more than 90 days behind schedule." DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said the intelligence and analysis office "has efforts underway to address the OIG's recommendations." (Washington Post)

IPT Terror Alert #5

(From The Investigative Project)

Local prosecutors warn TSA agents not to be sexual with pat downs

As nearly 2 million holiday travelers pack Bay Area airports starting Friday, local prosecutors have a warning for overzealous security agents performing the new federal pat-down: touch passengers the wrong way, and we'll throw you in jail. Unsuspecting families and rookie travelers using San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports this Thanksgiving might not know about the Internet catchphrase "don't touch my junk" or the Transportation Security Administration's more invasive searches. But by the end of next week, they might know a little too much about them. Although authorities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties said they have not received any criminal complaints since the procedures began earlier this month, the searches can involve touching of the genital and breast areas, which critics say is akin to sexual assault. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Good News Corner

"First of its Kind" Museum of American Jewish History Draws People from Around the World

[Editor's note: Hanukkah begins this Wednesday, December 1st. How appropriate to honor men and women of the Jewish faith with this posting, and this news, today!]

(Philadelphia, Pa.)-A "spectacular" dedication of the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) drew more than 1,000 people from all over the world last week to the Independence Mall in Philadelphia.

As reported in Israel National News, the 100,000-square-foot museum, located near Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center and directly across from the Liberty Bell, will be exclusively dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the vibrant legacy of American Jews, spanning more than 350 years from the arrival of the first Jewish community in 1654 to the present.

Among the treasures featured at the museum are an 1862 Confederate $2 bill with a portrait of Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederacy's Secretary of State, a handwritten copy of "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, and the nameplate from the chair of Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis.

"American Jews are experiencing perhaps the greatest freedoms we've enjoyed in Judaism's long, multi-thousand year history. These freedoms come directly from our nation's foundational documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which were forged on the scared ground of Independence Mall. It is, therefore, compellingly appropriate that the National Museum of American Jewish History is located on the Mall, the very birthplace of American liberty", declared Michael Rosenzweig, the president and CEO of the NMAJH at the opening.
Source: Fern Sidman - Israel National News
Reported by; Breaking Christian News

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"Eagles Wings" by Hillsong

"Come live in me, all my life take over. Come breathe in me, and I will rise on eagles' wings."