Prayer for these days

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 (New International Version)

Ecclesiastes 12

 1 Remember your Creator
       in the days of your youth, 
       before the days of trouble come
       and the years approach when you will say,
       “I find no pleasure in them”-
 2 before the sun and the light
       and the moon and the stars grow dark,
       and the clouds return after the rain;
 3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
       and the strong men stoop,
       when the grinders cease because they are few,
       and those looking through the windows grow dim;
 4 when the doors to the street are closed
       and the sound of grinding fades;
       when men rise up at the sound of birds,
       but all their songs grow faint;
 5 when men are afraid of heights
       and of dangers in the streets;
       when the almond tree blossoms
       and the grasshopper drags himself along
       and desire no longer is stirred.
       Then man goes to his eternal home
       and mourners go about the streets.
 6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
       or the golden bowl is broken;
       before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
       or the wheel broken at the well,
 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
       and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
 8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. [a]
       “Everything is meaningless!”
 

Ray Stedman’s prayer

Lord, teach me to remember You, my Creator, in these days of temptation. By Your grace, let me grow in favor with God and man.

My prayer .

Forgive us Lord for our ungrateful attitude, lead us from this place to your throne of grace. We know we are in your hands. Pray for all the leaders you have placed in power. Pray for our country and for all of us. Deliver us from our sinful ways and put in us a clean heart ans mind. In Jesus’ name AMEN

Bud Simmons

 

Mel Martinez, RNC chair…Sigh…Oh, well. Michael Steele has been passed up for Sen. Mel Martinez. Yes, a squish on border security is now the RNC chair. Has the GOP learned anything?

Abrupt US Withdrawal Would Be ‘Utterly Disastrous’

Democrats Cast McCain As an ‘Opportunist’ — The question is, which McCain is running,” said DNC Communications Director Karen Finney. “[Will it be] the McCain who called right wing extremists like Jerry Falwell an evil influence, or the McCain who spoke at Liberty University as he attempted to cater to the far right in advance of a presidential run?” she asked. “Or the McCain who opposed overturning Roe vs. Wade or the McCain who said he would support South Dakota’s ban?

SENATE ARMED SERVICES Carl M. Levin — He is the longest-serving senator in Michigan (large Isamic vote see also John Conyers) history and holds one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.

SENATE ARMED SERVICES

Carl M. Levin

Michigan

Friday, November 10, 2006; Page A11

Levin, 72, is a vocal critic of the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq. In June, he tried unsuccessfully to pass a nonbinding proposal urging President Bush to begin withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

He was elected to the Senate in 1978; this will be his second turn as Armed Services chairman. He clashed often with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, disagreeing strongly with the now-departing Pentagon chief on missile defense. He has said the Army is stretched too thin, there are not enough soldiers and protective gear in Iraq, too many soldiers are held in service by “stop-loss” orders and the Army is not adequately replacing old equipment.


(Dennis Cook – AP)

 

U.S. Congress

Levin grew up in Detroit as part of a politically well-known family. He is the longest-serving senator in Michigan history and holds one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate.

Thinking

Thinking
It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then — to loosen up.
Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker. I began to think alone — “to relax,” I told myself — but I knew it wasn’t true.

Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time. That was when things began to sour at home.
One evening I had turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother’s.
I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t stop myself. I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, “What is it exactly we are doing here?”
One day the boss called me in. He said, “Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don’t stop thinking on the job, you’ll have to find another job.”
This gave me a lot to think about.
I came home early after my conversation with the boss.
“Honey,” I confessed, “I’ve been thinking…”
“I know you’ve been thinking,” she said, “and I want a divorce!”
“But Honey, surely it’s not that serious.”
“It is serious,” she said, lower lip aquiver. “You think as much as college professors and college professors don’t make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won’t have any money!”
“That’s a faulty syllogism,” I said impatiently.
She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.
“I’m going to the library,” I snarled as I stomped out the door.
I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche.
I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors…They didn’t open. The library was closed.
To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night.
Leaning on the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye. “Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?” it asked.
You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinker’s Anonymous poster. Which is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss a TA meeting.
At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was “Porky’s.” Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.
I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home.
Life just seemed…easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.
I think the road to recovery is nearly complete for me.
Today, I registered to vote as a Democrat.
–Thanks to John Cassady, Lieutenant Colonel, Special Forces, US Army (Retired), free-lance cartoonist, and great humorist

John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus

John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus

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Posted 11/9/2006

Congress: The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he’s just fighting bigotry in leading a Democrat jihad to deny law enforcement key terror-fighting tools. But he is in the pocket of Islamists.

John Conyers, son of a leftist Detroit union activist, represents the largest Arab population in the country. His district includes Dearborn, Mich., nicknamed “Dearbornistan” by locals fed up with cultural encroachment and terror fears from a steady influx of Mideast immigrants.

Conyers, who runs an Arabic version of his official Web site, does the bidding of these new constituents and the militant Islamist activists who feed off them. They want to kill the Patriot Act and prevent the FBI from profiling Muslim suspects in terror investigations. They also want to end the use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Arab terrorists in deportation proceedings.

And the 77-year-old Conyers has vowed to deliver those changes for them.

“The policies of the Bush administration have sent a wave of fear through our immigrant communities and targeted our Arab and Muslim neighbors,” he growls.

He’ll soon be in a position to act on his promises. And he has the full backing of the expected speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants to criminalize FBI and Customs Service profiling of Muslim terror suspects.

“Since Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans have been subjected to searches at airports and other locations based upon their religion and national origin,” she said. “We must make it illegal.”

Conyers, a lawyer by trade, last decade pushed through a bill to help stop what he called “DWB,” driving while black. He dubs post-9/11 profiling “flying while Muslim.”

Pelosi has also promised Muslims she’ll “correct the Patriot Act,” one of the most valuable tools the FBI has in ferreting out jihadist cells lurking in Muslim communities.

Conyers is one of the top recipients of donations from the Arab-American Leadership PAC. And not surprisingly, he has a long history of pandering to Arab and Muslim voters.

During the first Gulf War, for instance, Conyers fought FBI outreach efforts in the Arab and Muslim community in Detroit that were designed to gather intelligence on potential cells and protect the home front. Conyers and other Detroit-area Democrats at the time, David Bonior and John Dingell, threatened to hold hearings unless the FBI stopped counterterrorism interviews.

The FBI met with them privately to explain the national security benefits of outreach, but could not allay their concerns. In the end, the FBI backed off. Today, Hamas, Hezbollah and the al-Qaida-tied Muslim Brotherhood are all active in the area.

Expect Conyers and Pelosi to kick open the doors of Congress to Islamists from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other militant groups. They will have unfettered access, even though many of their leaders have been tied to terrorism (some CAIR officials have landed in the big house).

In 2003, Conyers hosted the first dinner on the Hill that celebrated the end of Ramadan for such Muslim leaders. It’s now a tradition. Incoming Democrat freshman Keith Ellison, a Louis Farrakhan disciple and first Muslim member of Congress, will no doubt expand the invitation list.

Conyers has also sponsored one of the Islamists’ favorite bills in Congress. HR 635, which has 40 co-signers, would create a select committee to investigate President Bush for allegedly manipulating prewar intelligence and torturing al-Qaida detainees. The goal of his bill is to build grounds for impeachment.

Conyers led the defense of Bill Clinton in last decade’s impeachment hearings and is clearly out for blood. So are many of the constituents he serves.