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Focus on Israel
1. Israeli archaeologists uncover new segments of Western Wall - World Israel News
Israeli archeologists digging in Jerusalem's Old City have recently uncovered large portions of the Western Wall that have been hidden for 1,700 years under an eight-meter layer of earth.
These eight stone courses, which serve as the lower tiers of the wall and which were completely preserved, are built of massive stones and are outstanding in the quality of their construction.
After the removal of the layer of soil by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the archaeologists were surprised to discover that it covered the remnants of an extraordinary theater-like structure from the Roman period, confirming historical writings that describe a theater near the Temple Mount.
2. Netanyahu warns Syria Israel prepared to strike 'as needed'- Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned Syria that Israel would continue to carry out airstrikes "as needed" after the Israeli Air Force destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery in response to the firing of an interceptor missile at Israeli reconnaissance planes. "Our policy is clear: Anyone who tries to hurt us, we will hurt them," he said in a statement. "Today, they tried to hit our planes - this is not acceptable."
3. Ministers put kibosh on peace talks after Fatah-Hamas unity deal - Times of Israel
Israel's top-level security cabinet on Tuesday said the government would no longer hold peace talks with the Palestinian Authority following the reconciliation agreement it reached with Hamas unless the terror group renounced terrorism and recognized the Jewish state.
In a statement, the security cabinet, made up of senior ministers, listed a number of conditions that must be met before Israel would resume peace negotiations with the Palestinians, including the dissolution of Hamas's arsenal; the return of Israeli citizens and the bodies of IDF soldiers being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip; the restoration of PA security control in Gaza, including at border crossings; continued action by the PA against Hamas's "terror infrastructure" in the West Bank; and the end of Hamas's ties with Iran.
4. Hamas: 'Zionists' intervening in our affairs - Israel National News
Hamas on Tuesday rejected the Political-Security Cabinet's announcement which declared that the Israeli government will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
The group's spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told AFP that the organization would ignore such "blatant Zionist interventions in Palestinian issues."
"The response must be to continue to strengthen the internal Palestinian front, and complete the reconciliation in every file under what was agreed in the Cairo agreement," he added.
5. Arabs brutally beat Jewish residents of Jerusalem's Old City - World Israel News
The area near the Lions' Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City was the scene of a brutal attack by local Arabs on two Jewish residents. The attack occurred on Monday night when one of the victims left his home in the area to throw out the trash, according to a report by the Honenu legal aid society, which is assisting the victims.
The man was set upon by a group of around 10 Arab attackers who pummeled the victim mercilessly. The Arab attackers also went after a second man, a neighbor who raced to the scene to try to assist the first victim. This man was also severely injured in the melee. While both men were left severely bruised, one of them required treatment at nearby hospital due to a head injury he sustained during the beating.
According to a report by Arutz Sheva, police arrested some of the attackers, who were taken to the Merchav David Station in Jerusalem for questioning.
The Daily Brief
1. FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow - The Hill
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews. Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin's commercial nuclear ambitions.
The final court case also made no mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia's nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clinton's foundation, sources confirmed to The Hill. (Read more)
- Father, we pray every self-serving, unjust person will be removed from government service permanently. Thank You for continuing to expose these frauds and we pray for true justice throughout our nation.
- "The one who profits dishonestly troubles his household, but the one who hates bribes will live." (Proverbs 15:27)
2. VP Pence: 'America Is Leading Again' [VIDEO] - Daily Caller
Vice President Mike Pence is praising the White House's work on the world stage, asserting on Tuesday that "America is leading again." Pence said on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that the administration has been successful in uniting U.S. allies against North Korea, in driving ISIS out of the Middle East, and in making NATO a more effective defense tool. "I met yesterday in this room with the deputy prime minister of Japan as we're moving forward on an economic dialogue," Pence said. "But we also talked about the fact that with Japan, with South Korea, and even with China, we're isolating that rogue regime in North Korea, economically and diplomatically, in ways that they've never been isolated before, more pressure being brought to bear."
"You know, America is standing tall in the world once again," he continued. "And I mean, the progress that we have made, and you're a great expert on foreign policy, Hugh, the progress that we've made on the world stage, I think, is tantamount to nothing short of we once again have a president who stands without apology as leader of the free world." (Read more)
- Whoo-Hoo! Thank You Jesus! We bless Vice President Mike Pence for this good report and for all his hard work to help make it happen.
- "Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." (Proverbs 15:30)
3. BIG NEWS!! Raqqa liberated from ISIS, commander with US-backed Syrian forces says - Fox News
The Syrian city of Raqqa was liberated from ISIS fighters Tuesday, a commander with U.S.-backed Syrian forces said, announcing the "fall of the capital of terrorism." Brig. Gen. Talal Sillo told The Associated Press on Tuesday there were no longer clashes going on in the city, and that a formal declaration would follow.
The loss deprived the terror group of the capital of its so-called caliphate, which has dwindled from a land mass spanning two countries to a sliver of space in Syria. The last group of Islamic State militants had been holed up Tuesday in a stadium in the Syrian city of Raqqa, their last stand as U.S. backed, Kurdish-led forces closed in around them. Losing Raqqa has been a huge blow for ISIS, which has steadily lost territory in Iraq and Syria, including Iraq's second largest city of Mosul a few months ago.(Read more)
- Father, we pray these battlefield gains will be permanent and that ISIS will be completely defeated - as an army and an ideology.
- "For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory." (Proverbs 24:6)
4. GOP senator announces deal on health insurer payments - The Hill
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal that would extend payments to insurers under ObamaCare that President Trump said he was ending last week. The deal would extend the payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change ObamaCare rules. The negotiations had been aimed at stabilizing insurance markets.
The deal would restore $106 million in ObamaCare outreach funding that was cut by President Trump, according to a Democratic aide. In a concession to Republicans, the deal would also amend a "guardrail" in ObamaCare to give states more flexibility to change rules through a waiver. States would now be allowed to make changes as long as they allowed "comparable" affordability to consumers, according to Alexander. He said minimum standards for what insurance must cover have not been changed, which represents a priority for Democrats negotiating the compromise. The deal would also allow people to buy lower cost, less generous "copper" plans, a Republican request. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Congress will finally give the American people the healthcare changes our nation needs.
- "The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)
5. Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump's travel ban - Breitbart
A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Tuesday granted Hawaii's request to temporarily block the federal government from enforcing the policy. It was supposed to take effect at midnight EDT Wednesday. The Trump administration's most recent restrictions, which affect citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen - and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.
Hawaii argues the updated ban is a continuation of President Donald Trump's "promise to exclude Muslims from the United States." Other courts are weighing challenges to the policy. In Maryland, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are seeking to block the visa and entry restrictions in the president's latest proclamation. (Read more)
- Father, You are The Judge of all judges. The Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of President Trump's Executive discretion in issuing these orders. This judge is clearly outside his authority and we pray for Your intervention at the Appellate level or at the Supreme Court.
- "How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked?"
6. Trump Approved A Major Oil Pipeline While The Media Wasn't Looking - Daily Caller
The Trump administration ended a five-year review and approved a proposed pipeline expansion to carry oil sand across the Canadian border. Oil sand is the mixture of earth, clay, sand, water, chemicals, and oil pumped out of oil wells. It is transported to plants that separate the oil from the rest. The pipeline, Enbridge Energy's Line 67, plays a role similar as the Keystone XL pipeline and carries more oil sand than Keystone's 830,000 barrels a day - about 890,000 barrels a day, according to The Hill.
Enbridge upgraded its pumping stations in 2014 and 2015, effectively doubling the amount of oil sand the company is able to move, according to the Associated Press. The expansion consists of a 3-mile segment of pipeline crossing the U.S./Canadian border near Neche, N.D., and will provide a more convenient way to move oil sand than the current detour route Enbridge is using. Enbridge has been operating Line 67 since 2010. The company has been using another stretch of pipeline running parallel to proposed expansion to carry oil sand across the border, transporting oil from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin. (Read more)
- Father, we pray this pipeline expansion will help our energy producers get their products to consumers quickly and efficiently.
- "Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives." (Titus 3:14)
7. Rand Paul Throws His Support Behind Moore For Alabama Election - Daily Caller
Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul formally endorsed Roger Moore in the Alabama senate election Tuesday, the campaign announced. "I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of Senator Rand Paul, for whom I have great admiration and respect as fellow defender of our conservative principles," Moore said in the statement. "I look forward to working with him in the United States Senate to defend our Constitution, secure our borders, fix our national debt, and allow the free enterprise system to create more jobs across Alabama and the nation."
Paul also praised Moore for defending the the Constitution, adding that more people like him are needed in the Capitol. "Judge Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution while fighting for the people of Alabama. We need more people in Washington, D.C. that will stand on principle and defend the Constitution," Paul said in a statement. "I look forward to welcoming him to the Senate very soon." (Read more)
- Father, we pray Your blessing and protection upon Judge Moore as he completes his campaign to represent Alabama as Senator.
- "The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Matthew 23:11-12)
8. NM Ten Commandments Display Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Affirms in Declining Case - Christian Post
The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case regarding a Ten Commandments display on public property in New Mexico, thus allowing a lower court ruling against the display to stand. On Monday morning the highest court in the land issued an order list in which it declined without offering comment to hear the appeal in City of Bloomfield, New Mexico v. Felix. The Alliance Defending Freedom, which was helping to represent Bloomfield, released a statement Monday morning denouncing the Court's refusal to hear the appeal. "Just because we disagree with what something says, does not mean we can ban it from the public square," stated the ADF. "But by allowing the Tenth Circuit decision to stand, the Supreme Court has given anti-religion advocates a license to challenge any monument that they see and offends them."
One brief in support was filed in August by several members of Congress, including Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Congressman Steve King of Iowa. "The [Tenth Circuit's decision] highlights the confusion in the lower courts about the meaning of the Establishment Clause," read the brief's conclusion. "It also highlights the need for this Court to reaffirm that offended-observer standing is inconsistent with the requirements of Article III. For both of these reasons, this Court should grant the petition and reverse the decision of the Tenth Circuit." (Read more)
- Father, we ask for Your help in restoring our foundations. We pray for the political will to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals where most of these ungodly decisions originate.
- "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
9. "I'm Concerned... It's Highly Unusual" - Vegas Massacre Security Guard Remains Missing - ZeroHedge
Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and 'fact' clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the security guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned.
As Fox News reports, David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) told reporters Friday that he got a text the night before saying Jesus Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, though he did not specify where or whom the text came from. A spokesperson at the UMC Quick Care, which has eight locations throughout the Las Vegas area, told Fox News on Monday that they had "heard nothing" about Campos visiting them. Hickey said Campos had requested to go public and wanted to tell his story and move on from the Oct. 1 shooting investigation. "For the past four days he's been preparing ... we had a meeting with MGM officials, and after that meeting was over, we talked about the interviews, we went to a private area, and when we came out, Mr. Campos was gone," Hickey told reporters, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas. (Read more)
- Father, we pray Jesus Campos will be found quickly and provide testimony about the Las Vegas shooting.
- "A truthful witness saves lives, but he who utters lies is treacherous." (Proverbs 14:25)
10. Fears of catastrophe as runaway Chinese space station hurtles toward Earth - Fox News
A Chinese space station will crash into Earth in a matter of months - and it could kill anyone who is standing beneath. The 8.5-ton Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", satellite is now out of control and is doomed to plunge into the atmosphere, a top academic has warned. "I expect it will come down a few months from now - late 2017 or early 2018," Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard University astrophysicist, told The Guardian.
He previously warned that there was no way of telling exactly where the space station was going to plunge to Earth. "Even a couple of days before it re-enters we probably won't know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, [where] it's going to come down." The station will reduce significantly in size as the Earth's atmosphere burns it up. (Read more)
- Father, we take authority over this satellite and command it to lose 99% of its mass and fall harmlessly into the sea.
- "if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." (Matthew 17:20b)
The Daily Jot
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Cell phones may cause more US deaths than guns
Bloomberg reports that distracted drivers are responsible for 57.6% of traffic fatalities, some 18,538 in 2015. Bloomberg is saying that while the share of Americans owning cell phones increased from 75% to 81% from 2014-16, federal statistics reporting the incidents of cell phones usage in fatalities caused by distracted drivers are far underreported. For example, only 448 traffic fatalities were traced back to cell phone usage, and Bloomberg cites examples of people whose loved ones were killed by drivers that admitted to using their cell phones, but are not among the statistics. Problem is that states are using differing statistics and standards to report accidents involving distracted drivers.
Bloomberg recalls the findings of Zendrive Inc., a San Francisco startup that analyzes smartphone data to help insurers of commercial fleets assess safety risks, "In a study of 3 million people, it found drivers using their mobile phone during 88 percent of trips. The true number is probably even higher because Zendrive didn't capture instances when phones were mounted in a fixed position-so-called hands free technology, which is also considered dangerous... "It's definitely frightening," said Jonathan Matus, Zendrive's co-founder and chief executive officer. "Pretty much everybody is using their phone while driving."" One interviewee said, "We know what's going on, but we don't have a breathalyzer for a phone."
Gunviolencearchive.org reports 13,502 deaths in 2015 from the use of guns, of which 1,370 occurred in self-defense. In 2016, the organization reports 15,080 gun-related deaths, of which 1,975 were in self-defense; so far this year, there have been 12,262 gun related deaths with 1,601 in self-defense. On the heat map of the US where gun-related deaths occurred, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Baltimore-areas of the most stringent gun control laws-indicate the most gun-related deaths. Incidentally, The Washington Post reports that law enforcement officers used lethal force 995 times in 2015, 733 were attacks in progress, 94 were unarmed, 497 deaths were white, and 431 were black (259) or Hispanic (172).
My cell phone has been sitting here beside me on my desk the whole time I've been writing this Daily Jot. My grandpa's handgun has been resting in its holster on a shelf in my office. It hasn't moved in years. Neither my cell phone, nor this antique gun has threatened, injured or killed any of our family or visitors to our home or anyone else while I've had them. Statistically, it's possible that cell phones have been used in more deaths per year than guns. Yet, there is no move to ban cell phones. Galatians 6:5 says, "For every man shall bear his own burden." Verse 7 continues, "for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap." Unlike inanimate objects, each person has responsibility for their own behavior, even those who want to ban the object that is used irresponsibly rather than hold accountability.
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THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
"The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Galatians 6:14)
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THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
"The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Galatians 6:14)
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suffering and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see, For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear; Then He'll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I'll share.
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Words & Music: George Bennard, 1913
About the Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan. Or Pokagon, Michigan. Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.
Signs and Wonders
Yellowstone Super Volcano:
We May Have Far Less Advance Warning Time Than We Thought
If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone national park erupts again, we could also have far less time to prepare than originally thought.
After analyzing minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption, researchers at Arizona State University think the supervolcano last woke up after two influxes of fresh magma flowed into the reservoir below the caldera.
The new paper adds to the lengthening list of surprises scientists have uncovered over the last few years as they have continued to study and closely monitor the supervolcano. (Freedom Outpost) Read more
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
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