Texas Prayer Event Broadcast Nationwide

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted what he called a national day of prayer, an event at Reliant Stadium that drew roughly 50,000 people and that was broadcast on cable Christian channels and the Internet nationwide, including in at least 1,000 churches. Eight other Governors participated. “Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry said in 12 minutes of remarks that included prayer and Bible passages. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and, as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us.” He asked Christians to turn to God for answers to the nation’s troubles, and asked the audience to pray for President Barack Obama. The event was Perry’s idea and was financed by the American Family Association.

Thousands of American Churches Prepare for National Back To Church Sunday

ASSIST News reports that with six weeks left before the nationwide event, already more than 6,000 churches have extended a half million invitations to National Back to Church Sunday (NBTCS), set for Sept. 18. American Churches are utilizing tools, such as the “reDiscover Church” booklet and the assistance of more than a hundred communitywide coordinators, to draw their friends and neighbors to attend. “It is the privilege of every Christian to invite someone to church,” said Philip Nation, LifeWay Research’s director of ministry development. “By taking part in National Back To Church Sunday, believers can introduce the hope of the gospel to their communities by welcoming people into their local congregations.”

Church Pension Funds Invested in Abortion, Pornography & Gay Agenda

Apple Computer and Home Depot are known for their open support of homosexual activism; Johnson & Johnson is a leading provider of abortifacients (substances that induce abortion); and Google’s support of probably the most abortion-loving White House administration ever is well-known So why is a Christian church denomination using its pension fund to invest in those companies? That’s the question raised by a Wesleyan pastor who says his church is sponsoring immorality by its choice of stocks that comprise the church’s pension fund. Rev. Dale Walker pastors a Wesleyan church in Tennessee and also operates a financial management firm. He said he became concerned when he discovered that companies that promote pornography and operate casinos were among those in which the church denomination’s pension fund had investments. Walker also said he believes other pastors are in denominations whose retirement funds are also in companies he believes are questionable.

  • Unfortunately, the “business” of church often supersedes ministry. Unconscionably, some liberal denominations openly support such immoral and unbiblical causes.

S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating from AAA

The U.S. lost its esteemed AAA credit rating after being downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Friday, eroding the elite standing it has held in global markets for more than 70 years. The nation’s credit rating was cut to AA+ after S&P said the compromise made by Congress and President Obama this week to cut spending and boost the debt ceiling “falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.” Since April, S&P has repeatedly warned the U.S. rating was at risk if Washington did not agree to reduce deficit spending by $4 trillion over 10 years. This week’s agreement would cut spending by about $900 billion and create a joint congressional committee to find $1.5 trillion more by Thanksgiving. David Beers, global head of sovereign and international public finance ratings at S&P, told “Fox News Sunday” that governments and Congresses come and go, but spending on entitlements persistently drags U.S. debt further into the red.

16 Countries, Including Mexico, File Briefs Against New Alabama Immigration Law

In an effort to ensure their citizens are treated fairly in Alabama, 16 nations, including Mexico, filed briefs against the state’s controversial new immigration law that has already drawn fire from the U.S. Department of Justice.The nations say they “want to have one immigration law and not 50.” “Mexico has an interest in protecting its citizens and ensuring that their ethnicity is not used as basis for state-sanctioned acts of bias and discrimination,” the brief said, according to the paper. Criticism for the law, which is said to be the strictest state-level immigration law in the country, has been fierce and swift. Besides the DOJ’s lawsuit, the Roman Catholic Church, three dozen plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center have all filed lawsuits.

  • If these nations don’t like our immigration laws, they should improve their own countries so that its citizens don’t want to flock to our shores.

U.S. Customs: 500,000 Troops Needed to Seal Border

WorldNetDaily.com reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin has essentially thrown in the towel on efforts to completely seal the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that it would require up to half a million troops. Speaking at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress (CAP), Bersin said: “We would need on the order of about 400,000 or 500,000 border patrol agents to seal the border.” Those agents would have to be stationed “25 yards” apart along the entire length of the border, he said, adding that Americans would not want to pay “the costs that would be involved.” Bersin said he favored “satisfactory” control of the border.

  • What’s “satisfactory” to the Obama administration is definitely not satisfactory to the safety and welfare of our country. That the head of border security has “thrown in the towel” is very disconcerting.

Senate Passes Bill Ending FAA Slowdown

The Senate passed legislation Friday temporarily restoring full funding to the Federal Aviation Administration, breaking a political impasse and allowing roughly 4,000 furloughed federal employees to return to work. Passage of the bill also promises to restore tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry and elsewhere tied to airport improvement projects put on hold as a result of the funding shortfall. The bill took less than one minute to pass a nearly empty Senate chamber by a legislative maneuver known as “unanimous consent,” which allows as few as two senators to approve a bill as long as no objections are filed. Most members of Congress are currently away from Washington on their summer recess.

Obama Administration Modified Bush Education Law

The Obama administration says it’s tired of waiting for Congress to pass a new education bill, so it will move on its own. Officials announced Monday a new waiver system for states that protest the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind law passed during the George W. Bush presidency; states can get the waivers if they pledge to pursue other education reforms. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the No Child Law is forcing school districts into “one-size-fits-all solutions that just don’t work.” White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes said the new waive system is “not a pass on accountability” and “there will be a high bar for states seeking flexibility within the law.”

Communist Party Officially Endorses Obama

It may be early in the campaign season, but the Communist Party USA already has seen fit to endorse Barack Obama for the 2012 election. While noting he is disappointed with “some aspects” of the Obama administration’s domestic and foreign policy, Sam Webb, chairman of the Communist Party USA, threw his support behind Obama’s re-election bid. Webb said that for communists there are major differences between Democrats and Republicans. He urged his supported to continue to back the Democrats.

  • Obama’s socialist agenda is clearly recognized and supported by the Communist Party

Contaminated Ground Turkey May Still Be in U.S. Homes, Stores

Federal officials warned Thursday that ground turkey tainted with an especially dangerous type of salmonella may still be in home freezers as they worked to prevent further illnesses from the nation’s third largest meat recall. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraged consumers to check their refrigerators for meat that is part of the 36 million-pound recall this week by Cargill, Inc., one of the largest meatpackers in the U.S. The contaminated meat is blamed for 78 illnesses, including one death in California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has not pinpointed the source of contamination at Cargill’s Springdale, Ark., plant, where the meat originated. Federal inspectors last tested turkey at the plant in 2010 and had three positive findings for Salmonella Heidelberg there. A USDA spokesman said the agency brought the findings “to the attention of the facility,” but would not comment on whether corrective actions were ordered.

Hackers Strike at 70 U.S. Law Enforcement Websites

The group known as Anonymous said Saturday it hacked into some 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites in the United States, a data breach that at least one local police chief said leaked sensitive information about an ongoing investigation. he loose-knit international hacking collective posted a cache of data to the Internet early Saturday, including emails stolen from officers, tips which appeared to come from members of the public, credit card numbers and other information. Anonymous said it had stolen 10 gigabytes worth of data in retaliation for arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain.

Hackers Also Attacking Smartphones

Last week,, security researchers uncovered yet another strain of malicious software aimed at smartphones that run Google’s popular Android operating system. The application not only logs details about incoming and outgoing phone calls, it also records those calls. That came a month after researchers discovered a security hole in Apple’s iPhones, which prompted the German government to warn Apple about the urgency of the threat. Security experts say attacks on smartphones are growing fast. Some 38 percent of American adults now own an iPhone, BlackBerry or other mobile phone that runs the Android, Windows or WebOS operating systems, according to data from Nielsen. That’s up from just 6 percent who owned a smartphone in 2007. Google has removed about 100 malicious applications from its Android Market app store. One particularly harmful app was downloaded more than 260,000 times before it was removed. Android is the world’s most popular smartphone operating software with more than 135 million users worldwide.

Postal Service Posts $3B Loss, Warns of Default

Reporting a $3.1 billion loss for its third quarter, the U.S. Postal Service today warned that without congressional changes it would default next month on a $5.5 billion payment to the federal government. The payment is for projected health care costs for future retirees. In 2006, Congress ordered the USPS to pre-fund projected health care benefits for future retirees for 10 years, at a cost of about $5 billion a year. No other business faces such a mandate. For the nine months that ended June 30, the Postal Service lost a total of $5.7 billion. Mail volume continued to decline, led by first-class services, as more consumers relied on e-mail and electronic bill-paying. Total volume fell to 39.8 billion pieces, a drop of 2.6% from the same period a year ago. Though regulated by Congress, the USPS does not receive taxpayer funding. The default threat has raised the specter of a bailout.

US Treasury: Dollar Could Lose Reserve Status

The committee of bond dealers and investors that advises the U.S. Treasury said the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency “appears to be slipping” in quarterly feedback presented to the government. The Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from firms ranging from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to Pacific Investment Management Co., said the outperformance of safe-haven currencies and those from emerging nations has aided in the debasement of the dollar’s reserve status. “The idea of a reserve currency is that it is built on strength, not typically that it is ‘best among poor choices’,” page 35 of presentation made by one committee member said. “The fact that there are not currently viable alternatives to the U.S. dollar is a hollow victory and perhaps portends a deteriorating fate.”

Economic News

U.S. stocks dropped at the opening of trading Monday, following global stock markets lower. Worries about the downgrade of U.S. debt and a possible recession in the USA outweighed relief at a European Central Bank pledge to buy up Italian and Spanish bonds to help those countries avoid defaults. A key concern is how much the U.S. debt downgrade will contribute to global uncertainty, causing investors to sell stocks and hang onto their cash, hobbling the global economic recovery. The USA’s first-ever downgrade could raise borrowing costs for government, business and consumers.

Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1%, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years. Employers added 117,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s better than the past two months. Businesses added 154,000 jobs across many industries. Governments cut 37,000 jobs last month. The mild improvement may ease investors’ concerns after the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 500 points over concerns that the U.S. may be entering another recession.

  • The unemployment rate fell partly because some unemployed workers stopped looking for work. That means they are no longer counted as unemployed. Some experts say the real rate is around 17%.

Government-controlled mortgage company Fannie Mae said Friday that its second-quarter loss widened as it continues to seek loan modifications to help reduce defaults amid the ongoing difficulties in the housing and mortgage markets. Fannie Mae said that it will ask for $5.1 billion in funds from the Treasury. It has received nearly $100 billion so far from the Treasury to stay afloat.

Consumer borrowing in June jumped the most in four years, rising $15.5 billion, nearly three times what economists had forecast. The latest figures showed Americans relying more on credit cards and non-housing loans than at any time since August 2007.

Middle East

Palestinian Authority President Abbas told the PLO Central council that the United States has not told them no regarding Palestinian statehood. Though the US could use our Security Council veto to halt the plan to divide Jerusalem and take the Bible lands of Judea and Samaria from Jewish control, leaving more than half a million Jews homeless in the process, the Obama Administration strongly supports a Palestinian state, and it is still not certain that they will stop this plan. Abbas said, “We have 122 countries that recognize the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders.” The lack of a clear rejection from the United States is of great concern to supporters of Israel. Though the US has long stood with the Jewish state, dating back to the vote in 1947 that created the modern nation of Israel, relations between the Obama Administration and the Netanyahu government are strained at best. The US continues to place unacceptable demands on Israel, while not asking any serious concessions of the Palestinians, according to the Jerusalem Prayer Team.

JPT also reports that Huma Abedin, best known as the wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, is also a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…and a woman with intense family ties to the radical terrorist organization, The Muslim Brotherhood. Though born in Michigan, she was raised in Saudi Arabia, where she met the Clintons in 1996. Abedin’s mother helped found the Dar El-Hekma women’s college, closely tied to the Muslim Sisterhood (the female counterpart to the Muslim Brotherhood). In addition, Abedin’s brother Hassan is business partner with a number of Muslim Brotherhood members and works at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies to promote the study of Islam in England. Oxford is home to some of the most radical versions of Islam being spread today. “It is troubling indeed to have someone with such intimate ties to a known terrorist group that hates both America and Israel so close to so much sensitive information without a proper security vetting.”

Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed the radical head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Rostam Ghasemi, as the country’s oil minister, which means he will also be the head of OPEC. This year is Iran’s turn to take the rotating presidential office of the oil exporting group. The rising price of gasoline and oil has played a critical role in the struggling economies of the West, and having a leader who hates the entire Western world in charge of OPEC is a bad sign for the future. Ghasemi is under international sanctions because of his and the Revolutionary Guard’s connections to the sponsorship of terrorist groups around the world. All of his assets in Western banks have been frozen, and he is not permitted to travel to the United States or most of the countries of Europe. His appointment is seen by many analysts as an indication that Iran intends to wage economic warfare on Israel and the West.

Afghanistan

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as seven Afghan commandos, U.S. officials said. It was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war. None of the 22 SEAL personnel killed in the crash were part of the team that killed bin Laden in a May raid in Pakistan, but they belonged to the same unit. The Taliban claimed they downed the helicopter with rocket fire while it was taking part in a raid on a house where insurgents were gathered in the province of Wardak late Friday. The strike is also likely to boost the morale of the Taliban in a key province that controls a strategic approach to the capital Kabul.

Pakistan

A Pakistani official says security forces have killed more than 200 militants over the past month in a tribal area near Afghanistan where the military is waging an anti-Taliban offensive. The United Nations says tens of thousands of civilians have fled the area to avoid the summer-long conflict. Pakistan’s army has been fighting militants in the tribal belt for years, with limited success.

Libya

Libya’s rebels said Friday they have reports that Moammar Gadhafi’s youngest son, who commands one of the regime’s strongest military brigades, was killed in a NATO airstrike in the western town of Zlitan. NATO said alliance strikes on Thursday night hit an ammunition depot and military police facility in Zlitan, which is the main front of fighting between rebels and Gadhafi’s troops, 90 miles southeast of Tripoli. Khamis was among 32 troops killed when NATO hit a government operations center early Friday..

Syria

A besieged Syrian city came under fresh artillery fire early Monday as a deadly military assault left President Bashar Assad’s regime increasingly isolated, with Arab nations forcefully joining the international chorus of condemnation for the first time. The renewed violence in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour comes a day after at least 42 people were killed there in an intensifying government crackdown on protesters. Pro-democracy Syrians ridiculed the international community for doing little to rescue Syrians from a massacre at the hands of President Bashar Assad, whose diplomatic relations with the United States have not been cut and whose military has not been subjected to a weapons embargo by the United Nations Security Council. The U.N. Security Council voted Wednesday to condemn the violence but did not threaten any action to stop it. Families in the Syrian city of Hama have resorted to burying their dead in their home gardens as gunmen in uniform and plainclothes randomly shoot people in the streets, killing more than 100 last week.

Yemen

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left a hospital in Saudi Arabia more than two months after being severely wounded in an attack on his palace compound in Sanaa. The ailing president moved from the hospital to a Saudi government residence in the city to further recuperate. The ailing president will remain in Riyadh for the time being because he is still under medical supervision. Saleh’s more than two-month absence from Yemen has only added to the uncertainty and instability in the country, the Arab world’s poorest. There are fears his return could throw an already unstable Yemen into further chaos. The anti-government protest show no signs of abating, and the economy lies in tatters. Islamist militants — some believed to have links to al-Qaida — have also seized upon the growing chaos to take over entire towns in the south.

Somalia

Somali refugees at the largest refugee camp in Mogadishu say seven people were shot dead when government soldiers opened fire after a looting rampage broke out during a food distribution. Tens of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine have crowded into refugee camps in Mogadishu. But delivering food aid in the near lawless environment is proving to be a major challenge.

England

British police have arrested over 160 people after a weekend of rioting and looting across London. Around 35 police officers were injured.during riots in the deprived Tottenham area of London after a demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze. Two patrol cars, a building and a double-decker bus were torched as rioters clashed with officers in front of Tottenham Police Station, where people had gathered to demand “justice” for Mark Duggan. Shop windows were smashed as residents looted stores, pushing shopping carts full of stolen goods down the street.

Volcanoes

An Indonesian volcano that has been spewing lava and clouds of searing gas high into the air let out a new, powerful burst Monday, sending panicked villagers streaming down the sides of the mountain. One person was injured,. Mount Karangetang on Siau — part of the Sulawesi island chain — started spitting clouds of gas and lava up to 1,900 feet on Friday. Early on Monday, hot ash tumbled down its slopes triggering fresh panic. Nearly 600 people living along Karangetang’s slopes have been evacuated. The 5,853-foot mountain is one of about 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Weather

The worst year-long drought in Texas history will have a lasting impact on entire ecosystems inside and outside the state, according to wildlife biologists. The hot, dry conditions have harmed everything from plants to the predators at the top of the food chain. weeks of triple-digit temperatures have dried up reservoirs, leaving crops to wither and animals and fish to die.Birds migrating south this winter will find slim pickings in Texas and will have to fly farther south for food and water. The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth could persist into next year, prolonging the misery of farmers and ranchers. Texas saw less than an inch of rain statewide in July, and more than 90 percent of the state is already in the two most extreme stages of drought.

Tropical Storm Emily drenched parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic despite weakening in the mountains Thursday, forcing evacuations for flooding, cancellation of flights and closure of government offices. The system dropped large amounts of rain that caused flooding that damaged hundreds of homes in Haiti. Emily dropped more than 5 inches around the southwestern Dominican city of Barahona. The tropical storm killed one person in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic, but spared the Caribbean nations the severe damage many feared

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