Posted by: Chuck | October 10, 2013


As I sad before the days are far too long and the nights are far too short. I have seemed to get tired easy these days as my life grinds on but by the grace of God and the help from my wife I someway or somehow get through. Soon our boy who is now a young man who will follow his dreams in far off land. We are so proud of him. One of the greatest surprises you will experience in life is when you discover that you can do what you were afraid you could not do. Your obstacles will melt away, if instead of cowering before them, you make up your mind to walk boldly through them. Do the things you fear and fear will disappear.  Confront your fears, list them, get to know them and only then you will be able to put them aside and move ahead. When you face the things that scare you, you open the door to freedom. The only thing you have to fear is fear itself. My 40 year old son Thomas will here before Christmas for visit from the states, he is a super star in my books. you have been skipping breakfast and are in bad mood, you probably should now why. Not having breakfast makes you grouchy. You might not even realize it and keep wondering why you’re so irritable. Which reminds me, have ever had crocodile spend a night under your bed? we survive, good; if we don’t survive, good, because everything is in His hands and He cannot do anything wrong. Develop trust and this is the trust which one needs to imbibe and which is capable of transforming your whole life. Any less won’t do! When we keep little we recognize our nothingness and expect everything from God. Just as a little child expects everything from their father. Nothing to worry we can ever have too much hope in God. He gives in the measure we ask. God bless you. Uncle Chuck 

If you watched the press conferences yesterday from Speaker Boehner and President Obama it looks like they’re both digging their heels in.  They’re both waiting for the other side to blink as if this is some sort of staring contest that you might have had in kindergarten.

Fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been charged with rebellion following deadly attacks by hundreds of his armed followers on a southern Philippine city, the justice minister said Wednesday. A court in the southern city of Zamboanga has issued an arrest warrant for Misuari and three of his commanders for the siege of the city that began on September 9, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters. At least 244 people were killed in the three weeks of fighting that followed, with the government alleging that Misuari masterminded the operation even though he was not physically present.

A false bomb alert snarled traffic in much of the Philippine capital Wednesday, as police stopped vehicles travelling on a major road while trying to defuse what they thought may be an explosive device. The backpack containing the alleged bomb was found to hold nothing more than dirty clothes and other assorted items, the police investigator handling the case said. “It was just old clothes and junk. The bomb report was negative,” he told AFP. The backpack was hurled by a man on an overhead footbridge onto the roof of a passing commuter bus on Manila’s main thoroughfare at about 5pm.

With pressure rising and no clear path forward for breaking their fiscal impasse, President Barack Obama began inviting lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday for meetings to discuss the government shutdown and raising the debt limit. House Democrats will make the first visit later on Wednesday, and House Republican leaders will journey to the White House on Thursday as the search intensifies for a way to break an impasse that has worried markets and sparked warnings about the potential for economic havoc. Obama invited all House Republican members, but House Speaker John Boehner limited the group to party leaders and prominent committee chairs, lessening the exposure of Obama both to Republicans who might dissent from the leadership’s hardline strategy and to rank-and-file Tea Party members who inspired it.–business.html

A private U.S. charity struck a deal with the Pentagon on Wednesday to advance a “death gratuity” to families of American troops who die during the government shutdown, after the Defense Department determined it was legally unable to make the $100,000 payment. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the agreement after returning from Dover Air Force Base, where he attended a ceremony marking the return of the bodies of four U.S. soldiers killed by insurgents in Afghanistan on Sunday. Leaving grieving military families without the death benefit during the shutdown triggered outrage and finger-pointing by Republicans and Democrats. It thrust relatives of those killed in Afghanistan into the media spotlight and Washington’s political feud over the federal budget. “I am offended, outraged, and embarrassed that the government shutdown had prevented the Department of Defense from fulfilling this most sacred responsibility in a timely manner,” Hagel said in a statement.–business.html

NASA’s Jupiter-bound spacecraft hit a snag Wednesday soon after it used Earth as a gravity slingshot to hurtle toward the outer solar system, but mission managers said it’s on course to arrive at the giant planet in 2016. Juno emerged from Earth’s shadow in safe mode, a state that spacecraft are programmed to go into when there’s some trouble.

The world’s population will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 from the current level of 7.1 billion and India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation, a French study predicts.

In a shift some Republicans hope will strengthen their hand in the fight over the U.S. debt limit, some of the party’s leaders in the House of Representatives are playing down demands to weaken “Obamacare” and focusing instead on calls to rein in deficits.–sector.html

World powers negotiating with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program must come up with new proposals before talks in Geneva on October 15-16, Iran’s foreign minister said. The United States wants Iran to respond to proposals by world powers in February as a starting point for talks. If the parties cannot agree on how to start the negotiations, it casts doubt on whether a resolution can be agreed within the six months in which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he wants a deal.



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