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CEA Chairman Kevin Hassett Discusses Tariffs as Leverage and the Overall Economy… | The Last Refuge

Counsel of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett appears on CNBC to discuss his decision to leave the White House; the purposeful importance of President Trump’s tariff threat on Mexican imports; and why overall trade reform is important.

Source: CEA Chairman Kevin Hassett Discusses Tariffs as Leverage and the Overall Economy… | The Last Refuge

Teens Plead Guilty In Death Of Maryland Police Officer

When are we going to say no more? It is time to demand more from all people groups. This is what our nation has become.

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At some point, people have to take responsibility for themselves or their kids. Can’t hide behind poverty or race to make poor decisions. If you want to be part of society, you have to play by the rules and not make excuses, or things will never change for those that need it to the most.

So many other teens in similar family circumstances do not choose crime. What is it in any person who chooses crime to choose crime rather than selecting a sane path like millions of teens to do?

NewSpeak: The New York Times Finds Absurd Way To Avoid Term ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ | Daily Wire

Last week, in an effort to downplay the biological realities that support the pro-life movement, The New York Times referred to unborn babies’ detectable heartbeats as “embryonic pulsing.”

Source: NewSpeak: The New York Times Finds Absurd Way To Avoid Term ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ | Daily Wire

“According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, in a section titled, First Trimester Fetal Growth and Development Benchmarks, ‘By the end of four weeks: All major systems and organs begin to form. The embryo looks like a tadpole. The neural tube (which becomes the brain and spinal cord), the digestive system, and the heart and circulatory system begin to form. The beginnings of the eyes and ears are developing. Tiny limb buds appear, which will develop into arms and legs. The heart is beating.’”

Alan Dershowitz: Why is Paul Manafort off to Rikers? Prepare to be shocked (and outraged) | Fox News

The decision to move Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was sentenced earlier this year to nearly seven years in prison in connection with two federal cases, from the decent federal prison to which he was sentenced to solitary confinement to the dangerous hell hole that is New York City’s Rikers Island seems abusive and possibly illegal.

I know Rikers well having spent time there visiting numerous defendants accused of murder and other violent crimes. It is a terrible place that no one should ever be sent to.

It should be shut down.

It is so bad that defendants often plead guilty, even if they have defensible cases, simply to move to a safer and better prison.

Why then was Manafort moved there? He has already been indicted on multiple state charges for which he cannot, if convicted, be pardoned by President Trump. His state trial is not imminent.

He should be allowed to await that trial in the federal facility to which he was sentenced. He could then be transferred to New York on the eve of his state trial.The New York authorities appear to acknowledge that he would be unsafe at Rikers, presumably because of his high profile connections to Trump.

That is why he will be held in solitary confinement for his own good. But his own good would better be served by leaving him where has already spent time in federal confinement.Whatever the reason for the transfer, it seems like the selective application of the law for partisan purposes.

The tactic of squeezing a potential witness by making his imprisonment unbearably harsh is generally reserved for mafioso, terrorists and other violent criminals who may have evidence against their bosses.

New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a decent man, has justified his transfer by invoking the cliché that no one is above the law. But what does that have to do with this decision?

In my experience, defendants serving time in federal prisons for federal crimes who are then indicted for state crimes are not usually transferred to Rikers until the eve of their state trials.

Manafort is being treated differently and more harshly because of his past connections to President Trump and the fear that Trump will exercise his constitutional authority to pardon Manafort.If that is the reason he is being transferred, it makes no sense.

Manafort is already under state indictment. If Trump were to pardon him, he could be immediately arrested and brought to New York, where he would have the right to seek release on bail for the non-violent New York crime of which he is presumed innocent.

It certainly appears as if New York is punishing Manafort for his association with Trump.Judge T.S. Ellis, who presided over Manafort’s first trial, understood that he was not the real object of the special prosecutor.

He was being charged in order to get him to “sing” against the real object of the investigation: namely resident Trump.Judge Ellis also pointed out the dangers of putting such pressure on a potential witness: sometimes they not only sing, they also “compose.”

Perhaps that is the real reason behind the decision to transfer Manafort: the DA hopes that he might be motivated to provide evidence of state crimes for which Trump could be charged.The law is unclear as to whether a sitting president can be indicted and /or tried for a state, as distinguished from a federal, crime.

So when Vance says that no one is above the law, he may be referring to Trump rather than Manafort.Whatever the reason for the transfer, it seems like the selective application of the law for partisan purposes. The tactic of squeezing a potential witness by making his imprisonment unbearably harsh is generally reserved for mafioso, terrorists and other violent criminals who may have evidence against their bosses.

It is entirely inappropriate in the political context. It is yet another example of the weaponization of the criminal process for partisan advantage.All civil libertarians, regardless of party affiliation, should be outraged at this abuse. It sets a dangerous precedent that could be used by overzealous prosecutors against any American.

Source: Alan Dershowitz: Why is Paul Manafort off to Rikers? Prepare to be shocked (and outraged) | Fox News

Who God Is | SaintlySages

The Redemptorist Father Peter Geiermann discusses the supernatural order, beginning with a brief description of God.

Concerning the divine nature:

“God is a spirit infinitely perfect, who exists of necessity and on whom all things depend. God’s nature is His essence considered as the sum total of His perfections. Essence makes a being what it is. Thus body and soul constitute the essence of man. The essence of God consists in this, that of necessity God is, and is of Himself, sufficient unto Himself. Hence, when asked about Himself by Abraham, God replied: ‘I am who am’ (Exod 3:14). Nature is essence in the concrete, or considered as the source of action. In God there is no real distinction between essence and nature. The one considers Him who is, the other Him who acts.”

 

Concerning the divine attributes:

“In creatures attributes are qualities really distinct from their nature and essence, but God is a being of such exalted perfection that there is no real distinction between His nature and His absolute attributes, nor between the attributes themselves.” His attributes are “so many different views we may take of God as God.”Concerning the divine intellect: “The mind of God is His divine nature considered as the source of His knowledge. God understands all things perfectly. He adequately comprehends His divine nature, and in it has the knowledge of all beings. Seeing all things in Himself, God’s knowledge is in no way dependent on the lapse of time or on the free will of man. To Him all things are present, none past or to come.” He knows in minutest detail all that has happened and all that will happen, “whether He positively wills them to happen according to the laws of nature and grace, or whether He merely permits them to happen through the free will of His creatures.”

Concerning the divine will:

“The will of God is His divine nature considered as the source of His love, desire, and power. God necessarily loves Himself. He solemnly assures us that He has loved us with an everlasting love. . . . Sin, or moral evil, God can never love, because it is always opposed to what is good. Still, God can and does tolerate sin, though He detests and reprobates it. Having supplied all with superabundant means of doing good, God would have to deprive man of his liberty, if He could not permit or tolerate its abuse. God necessarily desires His own honor and glory. He freely desires the creation, government, and consummation of the world and the happiness of every creature.”

Quotations from Peter Geiermann, The Narrow Way (New York: Benziger, 1914).Share this:

Source: Who God Is | SaintlySages

President Trump and Prime Minister May Joint Press Conference – 8:45am EST Livestream… | The Last Refuge

After President Trump and Prime Minister May hold bilateral meetings and a working lunch they are anticipated to hold a joint press conference at 8:45am EST / 1:45pm BST.

Source: President Trump and Prime Minister May Joint Press Conference – 8:45am EST Livestream… | The Last Refuge

Pres. Trump recalls 40th anniv. of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland | Fr. Z’s Blog

I found this in my email.  I regularly get messages from the White House Office of Public Liason.   This surprised me a little.  Also, HERE Presidential Message in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland

Source: Pres. Trump recalls 40th anniv. of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland | Fr. Z’s Blog6f1e02fc53c1b9471dc45d4329ea891c