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The Daily Brief - Friday, July 27, 2012
"And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." (Mark 13:37)
The Daily Brief
1. White House Refuses to Name Israel's Capital - WorldNetDaily
The White House refused to name the capital of Israel today - not once, but twice - as the two most senior White House correspondents cornered Obama's press secretary, doggedly questioning him on whether the Obama administration considered Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to be the capital of the Jewish state. This came in response to the Olympic Games Committee's calling on the British Broadcasting Company to make corrections in its website - where Palestine is described as having its "intended capital" in East Jerusalem.At the same time, the Israeli page notes that there is no "capital" but that its "seat of government" is in Jerusalem.
"We cannot accept those who deny our history, our sovereignty, and our right to determine our own capital," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. "Irrespective of the BBC's political agenda, Jerusalem was, is, and always will be our Capital."
- Father, we know that over 2,000 years ago, You declared Jerusalem to be Your Capital, through Your servant, King David..and it continues to be so today and for all eternity. Regardless of man's declarations, Your Word stands true forever, and we thank You for that! Amen.
- "For David had said, "Since the Lord, the God of Israel, has granted rest to his people and has come to dwell in Jerusalem forever." God had said to David and to Solomon his son, " In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever." (I Chronicles 23:25;II Chronicles 33:7)
2. Bloomberg Backs Down on Cop-Strike-for-Gun Control - WorldNetDaily
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing away from his call earlier this week for an illegal strike by police officers, saying now that he didn't mean a "literal" strike.
- Abba, this is another example of speaking out of emotion, instead of fact. We understand that in the aftermath of the theatre shootings, it is easy to react emotionally, as we want to avoid such incidents in the future. We pray, that You would reveal any subversive elements and individuals that may have played a part in the planning of this terrible tragedy. We ask that You and Congress would protect our Constitutional right to bear arms to defend ourselves, and that You would bring good out of this horrendous incident. We continue to ask for Your comfort and healing for all the victims and their families. In Yeshua, our Prince of Peace's Name, Amen.
- "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?" (Deuteronomy 4:7,8)
3. Drought bill may carry mammoth farm bill into law - Reuters
A comparatively low-priced disaster bill for livestock producers hit by the worst drought since 1956 may be the ticket to passage for a $500 billion farm bill now in limbo in Congress.
- Lord, we thank You that a bill helping those farmers hit by the worst drought in decades, is being considered. We ask, Lord, that it not be "tacked on" to any other legislation that would be counter-productive for the farmers. We ask for wisdom and integrity among our Representatives in the House and the Senate, that they would use godly discretion in forming this bill, and voting on it. Amen.
- "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." (2 Corinthians 9:9,10)
4. DEA seizes more than $36M and arrests 91 in crackdown on sellers of designer drugs - Fox News
The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people in a nationwide crackdown against manufacturers, distributors and vendors of synthetic designer drugs.
- Abba, we thank You for this good news! We ask that the DEA will continue to use wisdom, and insight in tracking the flow of illegal drugs and putting these dealers out of a job! We ask that You would continue to reveal the "hidden things" to the DEA, so that they may continue to apprehend those ones who deal in the darkness of their souls. May many dependent on these drugs find true freedom and deliverance through You, we pray. Amen.
- "He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light. Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You." (Job 12:22; Psalm 139:12)
5. GOP leaders may punt spending bills to next year - Fox News
Republicans controlling the House are considering punting much of the remaining budget work of Congress to next year.
- Father, we do pray for divine wisdom to be given to these GOP leaders. They would be taking a risk that they might have less of a majority of votes in the next administration, or no majority at all. Of course, they could have more of a majority as well. Only You know the future. We ask You to give them guidance, according to Your good pleasure. In Yeshua's Name we pray, Amen.
- "My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble." (Proverbs 3:21-23)
6. Chinese buying of U.S. business at record pace - CNN
Chinese direct investment in the United States could hit a record high in 2012, according to a new research report released Wednesday.
- Father, we are somewhat concerned about this news, as it seems that China may have other than honorable interest in investments in our nation. Again, we pray for wisdom, insight and discretion for those in our Land, who are dealing with the Chinese investors. We ask for Your protection, Lord. Amen.
- "Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help those who are troubled and to do good for others. It is always fair and honest. People who work for peace in a peaceful way plant a good crop of right-living." (James 3:16-18)
7. Maryland man arrested after threatening mass shooting at workplace
- Fox News
Authorities have arrested a Maryland man they say referred to himself as "a joker" and threatened to carry out a shooting at his workplace, Fox News has learned. Police arrested 28-year-old Neil Prescott of Crofton, Md., after he allegedly called his employer and threatened to "shoot the place up," a source close to the investigation told Fox News.
Police said that when they took the man into custody, they found an "arsenal" of weapons inside his home. The Associated Press reports that a search of the suspect's home turned up more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, authorities referred to the case as a "thwarted terror threat" and called it "significant." "We can't measure what we prevented here," Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw told reporters Friday. "We averted a significant...and violent episode." (Read more)
- Praise God for the quick action on behalf of the P.G. County police last night in averting an apparent "copycat" episode of last week's tragedy. Continue to intercede that any and all other plans now afoot by similarly deranged men or women be exposed and stopped. Finally, please pray for Neil Prescott tonight . . . may God meet him, and deliver him from the evil one, leading him to salvation in our Messiah. Amen.
- "The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him." (Psalm 37:39,40)
BREAKING! 8. UN Fails to Reach Deal on Global Arms Trade Treaty - AP
UN member states fail to agree on treaty, with some blaming US for unraveling the negotiations. Read more.
- Offer a chorus of PRAISE today for this direct answer to prayer! For now, our Second Amendment rights have been secured, and the sovereignty of the United States of America remains intact. Continue to be wary of any and all other ploys by the United Nations that would force us to submit to the rule of international law, and thank the Lord for His Hand of deliverance, which has spared us from this danger. Praise God!
- Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)
9. Let the Games Begin - AP
Host city London kicks off the Olympics with a dramatic ceremony celebrating Old England, complete with fighter jets, a performance by Paul McCartney and a parachuting Queen Elizabeth II impersonator. Read more.
- Please continue to pray for protection from a terrorist attack throughout the time of these games, which will end on August 12. God is able to answer, if we pray. - ALL OF PSALM 91
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Who is like You, O YHWH, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" (Exodus15:11)
1. U.S. official: Syrian regime seems to be readying for massacre - NBC
The United States has "grave concerns" about the situation in Syria, the State Department said Thursday, as President Bashar Assad's forces withdrew from many towns and villages and focused their firepower on the key city of Aleppo. Read more.
2. Obama to sign Israel security bill on eve of Romney visit - Reuters
President Barack Obama will sign a bill to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military cooperation on Friday on the eve of a visit to Israel by his Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney.
3. After delays, massive US bunker-buster available - Jerusalem Post
In face of possible military intervention in Syria and a strike against Iran, the United States has announced that its largest bunker-buster missile capable of penetrating underground facilities is operational and ready for use if needed.
4. Obama's terror adviser meets top Israeli intel officials on Iran, Hezbollah - Ha'aretz
U.S. chief adviser on terrorism John Brennan came to Israel for talks on Bulgaria bombing and attempted terror attacks by Iran, Hezbollah over the past three years.
The Daily Jot
Gun control, Founding Fathers, and Christians
Since the horror of Aurora, politicians and media alike have been haranguing the American public about cracking down on gun availability in our society. There is a tremendous misinformation campaign being conducted by those who want to disarm American citizens. The Mayor of New York, for example, said that the police should go on strike until citizens require legislation to disarm. The occupant of the Oval Office said through his spokesman that he was not going to use the opportunity to push for legislation on disarmament. Notwithstanding, he could not resist the opportunity on a campaign stop at the National Urban League Convention on July 25.
He said, "And when there is an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there's always an outcry immediately after for action. And there's talk of new reforms, and there's talk of new legislation. And too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere...And I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation -- that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage." These remarks represent a total twisting of the 2nd Amendment.
The gun control crowd's appeasement is that they respect that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of citizens to own guns for hunting and sport shooting. Of the dozens of quotes by Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Lee and more, perhaps Noah Webster said it best in his 1787 "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution": "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."
In 1788, Richard Henry Lee wrote, "To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike especially when young, how to use them." The Founders wanted to guarantee that any standing army would be regulated by citizen armament organized into militia. This was the only way to protect and defend personal liberty. Even Yeshua believed in personal defense. He instructed his disciples to purchase the common weapon of his time--the sword: "And he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one (Luke 22:36)." The leftist "hunters" argument is propaganda to undermine the right to protect and defend oneself and one's family against the opponents of liberty--whether they be thieves or governments or both.
Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
Newland Family Offered Temporary Protection
Newland Family Offered Temporary Protection
from Obama's Abortion Drug Mandate
July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today a U.S. District Court in Colorado issued a preliminary injunction requested by the Newland family, owners of Hercules Industries, in its lawsuit against the Obama administration's abortaficient and contraceptive mandate. The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the family in Newland v. Sebelius.
Of the injunction, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
"We are pleased that the court is offering temporary protection for the Newland family, ensuring that, for now, the family will not be forced to violate their religious beliefs as demanded by President Obama's abortion drug and contraceptive mandate. While this ruling is a victory, it is limited to the Newland family which underscores why Congress must act soon to protect all families.
"Thousands - if not hundreds of thousands of dollars - in fines await any company that ignores the president's decree. For the Newlands, and other families like them, the effect on business could be back-breaking new taxes. For the first time in history, the government would become a vehicle for punishing business owners who apply their faith to their professional lives.
"Unfortunately, the Obama administration is so hostile to Christians and beholden to the abortion movement that it fails to see the profoundly human element of this mandate and how it impacts everyday life for millions of Americans. The Newlands are the face of family businesses across America which, next week, will be the casualties of an unprecedented war on religious freedom."
Ken Klukowski, J.D., director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, added:
"While this is only the first round of litigation, this is a significant win as it reaffirms that millions of Americans cannot be coerced by the federal government into violating their religious faith.
"Religious liberty goes far beyond merely the 'freedom of worship' - an alarmingly narrow term the Obama administration has adopted - to include peacefully living out your faith in every area of life. For private business owners, that includes their right to showcase their faith through their business policies."
[ Footnote: The court may not have struck it down, but that may be just the beginning of the fight over the health care law in your state. Check out Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski's, new column, "Blueprint for States to Reject and Replace ObamaCare." ]
Update: UN Treaty on Children with Disabilities
Update: UN Treaty on Children with Disabilities
Please note: On Monday's OCAP, we reported that the Senate seemed to be losing support for passage of this treaty. Unfortunately, the tide now seems to be turning back towards passage. The following report is from the Family Research Council. . . Please call your senators next week, and ask that they vote NO for passage of this U.N. Treaty that has harmful implications for the children of our nation. Thank you.
It's the latest threat to parents' rights that no one knows about--and yesterday, the Senate moved one step closer to making it the law of the land. Like most U.N. treaties, this one sounds harmless enough. But make no mistake--its innocuous name, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), masks a cunning attack on parental authority, unborn life, and U.S. sovereignty. Of course, this is a favorite strategy of liberal administrations: using treaties to get radical policies through the country's backdoor. In this instance, it would bring our nation even closer to President Obama's apparent goal of putting America under global governance.
As Phyllis Schafly points out, the U.S. already enacted the strongest piece of disabilities legislation in the world. This idea that the U.N. "can provide more benefits or protections for persons with disabilities than the U.S. is bizarre," she writes in an excellent column that debunks the need for such a treaty. "The United States always treats individuals, able or disabled, rich or poor, innocent or guilty, better than any nation." Democrats argue that it would help the rest of the world "catch up" to our standards. But, as Sen. Jim DeMint and others have made clear, the U.S. doesn't need to sign away its rights to provide leadership in that area.
While this is a noble cause that embodies the American ethic--treating people with dignity and respect--it gives the U.N. a profound stake in U.S. law and the rights of people across the country. Specifically, the CRPD takes aim at parents, declaring that an international body--not moms and dads--will be the ultimate authority on issues like education. The treaty slips in phrases like "best interest of the child," which, as Sen. Rick Santorum pointed out with me on last week's radio show, are "red alert alarm words." They mean that government officials or courts will be in the position of deciding what's in your child's best interest--not you. Under CRPD, the government would supersede parents in setting course plans for both gifted and special needs kids. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is concerned--and rightly so. It maintains that this Convention signals a dramatic turnaround in parental rights.
And, of course, it wouldn't be a U.N. proposal if it didn't include a backdoor to greater abortion access. "The feminists saw to it that this treaty about disabilities includes language in Article 25 that requires signatories to 'provide persons with disabilities... free or affordable health care," Phyllis notes, "including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based health programs.'" Translation: the global community could force America to sanction sterilization or abortion for the disabled--at taxpayer expense! Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tried to neutralize the threat yesterday during the mark-up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Unfortunately, his amendment (which would have stopped the treaty from forcing abortion policy on countries that sign) was thwarted by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) after a debate that you can watch here.
Although Sen. DeMint managed to delay the CRPD a week, the Committee, including three of its Republicans--Sens. John Barrasso (Wy.), Richard Lugar (Ind.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.)--voted yesterday to send the treaty to the Senate floor, where it could be ratified as early as next week. Between now and then, it is absolutely critical for people to see that what's at stake in this debate, which is nothing short of our authority as parents--and as a nation. By law, the Convention will need 67 votes to pass, which means we need to persuade at least 34 senators to defeat it. Contact your senators today and urge them to vote down this deadly infringement on U.S. sovereignty. Your rights depend on it.
Today's Legislative Focus
Today's Legislative Focus
From The Madison Project
[Every week, we will try to spotlight some positive legislation that is worthy of conservative support.]
H.R. 6140/S3397 - Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act
Earlier this month, in yet another illegal administrative end-run around Congress, Obama's HHS announced that it would be issuing waivers to states exempting them from work requirements prescribed in the bipartisan welfare bill of 1996. In response to this outrageous expansion of the welfare state, Republicans in the House and senate introduced companion bills that would ban administration officials from issuing waivers to dispense of the work requirement. With control of the House, Republicans can bring this bill to the floor immediately. They must do so before the August recess, and continue exposing Obama as the "Food Stamp President" throughout the election season. Please call your senators and congressmen and request that they cosponsor these companion bills to restore some sanity to our welfare system.
Large Increase in Military Police Personnel
LARGE INCREASE IN MILITARY POLICE PERSONNEL
There has been an increase in the number of military personnel assigned to police duties, especially in the U.S. Marine Corps.
If Marines are sent in to do law enforcement but are attacked, will they go back to being war fighters? And if so, what are the implications? Solis asked.
"Am I a Marine or a cop? Can I be both?" he said. "Cops apply human rights law and Marines apply the law of war. Now that it's blended, it makes it tougher for the young men and women who have to make the decision as to when deadly force is not appropriate."
"Over the past 11 years of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, some lessons learned painfully, there has been a growing appreciation and a demand for, on the part of the war fighter, the unique skills and capabilities that MPs bring to the fight," Durham said. "We do enforce traffic laws and we do write reports and tickets, and that's good, but we do so much more than that."
Durham said the Marine Corps plans to show off its new battalions in Miami later this month at a conference put on by the Southern Command and that is expected to be attended by government officials from Central American countries, such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize.
Defense analyst Loren Thompson said the battalions make sense given the nature of today's global threats, which include powerful drug cartels and other criminal gangs that often mix with religious and political extremists, who use the profits to buy their weaponry.
"This is a smart idea because the biggest single problem the Marines have in dealing with low-intensity types of threats is that they basically are trained to kill people," he said. "It's good for the Marines to have skills that allow them to contain threats without creating casualties."
Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches law of war at Georgetown University, said Marines have already been doing this kind of work for years, but now that it has been made more formal by the creation of the battalions, it could raise a host of questions, especially on the use of force. The law of war allows for fighters to use deadly force as a first resort, while police officers use it as a last resort.
Durham said that military police understand that better than any Marine since they are trained in both.
"They are very comfortable with the escalation of force," he said. "MPs get that. It's fundamental to what we do." (Contributor: Washington Post, Associated Press) [Reported by Intercessors for America]
- Pray that our military leaders have God's wisdom in making decisions to develop a military police force. Pray that proper boundaries are drawn between human rights law and law of war.
- "Whoever is born of God does not practice sin; but he that is born of God keeps (to guard as a fortress with God's armor) himself, and that wicked one touches him not." (1 John 5:18)
Obama's Failed Foreign Policy
Obama's Failed Foreign Policy
The front page of today's Washington Post features a chilling article about the growing threat Iran poses to the U.S. Navy. With the help of Russia and China, Iran has made major advances in developing its anti-ship missile technology. Military experts are concerned that Iran's new weapons and tactics "could strain the defensive capabilities of even the most modern U.S. ships." The loss of one aircraft carrier could claim thousands of lives.
Meanwhile foreign policy analysts believe there is a 50-50 chance that Israel will be forced to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat before the elections, fearing that its window of opportunity is closing.
Obama has had three and a half years to deal with Iran. But he came into office believing that the U.S. and Israel were the cause of Iranian hostility. Obama thought he could sweet talk the mullahs.
So he sent letters to Ahmadinejad and videotaped messages promising to deal with the "Islamic Republic" based on "mutual respect." For days he said nothing as the regime slaughtered pro-democracy protestors in the streets. But while Obama has wasted time, Iran has been building up its military assets.
Back in Washington, Obama's Secretary of Defense is warning of "catastrophic cuts" to the Pentagon's budget because Obama's economic policies have failed to grow the economy and reduce the deficit. Under this president, our national security is declining along with everything else. (Gary Bauer)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
'Protected by God': Colo. Shooting Victim Survives Bullet Through the Brain After Rare Defect Miraculously Becomes a Life-Saver
An immeasurable amount of tragedy has emerged following the Aurora, Colorado, shooting massacre. But among the stories of loss and pain is the fascinating, inspirational and practically-unbelievable tale of 22-year-old Petra Anderson's miracle recovery.
On Friday, the young woman joined countless others in heading to Century 16 Movie Theater to see "The Dark Night Rises." In the end, she was one of the victims facing serious injury early that morning, sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, including taking a bullet through her brain.
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
I Bless Your Name . . .
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
At the end of this very long week, in the end . . . there is still Jesus. May you be refreshed as you bask in His Glory, while listening to this beautiful hymn of praise. Amen and amen.