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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Airbus and Boeing Are Signing Economic Suicide Pacts With China | naked capitalism

Airbus and Boeing Are Signing Economic Suicide Pacts With China | naked capitalism: Western companies that ought to know better are setting themselves up to have their lunch eaten by China.

Carter becomes longest-living US president - The Boston Globe

Carter becomes longest-living US president - The Boston Globe: Former president Jimmy Carter on Friday became the longest-living president in US history, another milestone as he continues a rich post-presidential life that has spanned nearly four decades.

Brexit endgame: European Union takes back control

Brexit endgame: European Union takes back control: After the British parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal with the European Union for a second time in mid-March, it narrowly supported a request to the EU for an extended Brexit deadline. This week, May asked for a 3-month extension and her counterparts granted a “flextension.”

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again | The Nation

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again | The Nation: The Pentagon plan to overhaul the US nuclear arsenal is as costly as it is dangerous.

Pentagon Spending Is a Poor Job Creator | The Nation

Pentagon Spending Is a Poor Job Creator | The Nation: The Trump administration touts weapons spending as the best way to bolster the American economy. It’s not.

Friday, March 22, 2019

PG&E seeks tweaks to judge’s probation conditions – The Mercury News

PG&E seeks tweaks to judge’s probation conditions – The Mercury News: PG&E said it already suspended dividends to shareholders due to bankruptcy but reserved right to object to condition because it may need to offer dividends to investors to raise money for wildf…

U.S. District Court Judge Denies Motions to Withdraw PG&E Adversary Proceeding from Bankruptcy Court - Lexology

U.S. District Court Judge Denies Motions to Withdraw PG&E Adversary Proceeding from Bankruptcy Court - Lexology: On March 11, 2019, a U.S. district court judge in California denied FERC’s motion to withdraw the reference of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (“PG&E”)…

PG&E secures $5.5 billion in credit, braces for anticipated two-year bankruptcy | Milbank Monitor

PG&E secures $5.5 billion in credit, braces for anticipated two-year bankruptcy | Milbank Monitor

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General - The New York Times

Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General - The New York Times

How Google Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map – OneZero

How Google Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map – OneZero: Annette Lott sat through the meeting with studied patience, waiting for the moment city officials would open the floor and she could ask them about Google Maps. It was late spring in Buffalo, New…

Her Time — The California Sunday Magazine

Her Time — The California Sunday Magazine: Debra Koosed wanted to die with dignity.

The Libertarian: In Defense Of The Electoral College | Hoover Institution

The Libertarian: In Defense Of The Electoral College | Hoover Institution

Christopher Landau, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Mexico, shows his disrespect for the country.

Christopher Landau, Trump’s pick for ambassador to Mexico, shows his disrespect for the country.: Besides, it’s obvious that Jared’s running the show.

Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources

Seymour Hersh's Anonymous Sources: Ever since 1969, when he rose to national prominence with the story of the My Lai massacre, Seymour Hersh has been one of the best-known investigative journalists in the world. His career has not been without controversy. His most recent piece, about the recently deceased George H.W. | By Mike Lofgren

Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran - BBC News

Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran - BBC News: The US secretary of state suggested divine intervention delivered Trump for the salvation of Israel.

The Daily 202 from PowerPost

The Daily 202 from PowerPost: Intelligence for leaders

The Daily 202 from PowerPost

The Daily 202 from PowerPost: Intelligence for leaders

Trump's Golan Fiasco - POLITICO Magazine

Trump's Golan Fiasco - POLITICO Magazine: Recognizing the disputed territory won't help Israel. But it will reverberate all over the world.

Exclusive: Inside the election of Pope Francis | America Magazine

Exclusive: Inside the election of Pope Francis | America Magazine: For the first time, the inside story of the election of Pope Francis, excerpted from a new book by America's Vatican correspondent.

Half of American Public Favors Independent Palestinian State

Half of American Public Favors Independent Palestinian State: For the first time since 2012, half of the American public favors the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

ArabDigest.org Deal of the century: new information?


Deal of the century: new information?

Summary: a new book outlines a deal involving Arab states but not Palestine; likely to inflame opinion whether or not it is true.
A new book “Kushner, Inc. Greed. Ambition. Corruption” by Vanity Fair journalist Vicky Ward released on 19 March claims to have new information about the “deal of the century”, Kushner’s Middle East peace plan. According to various reports (Ha’aretz, Intelligencer) Kushner wanted … “the Saudis and Emiratis to provide economic assistance to the Palestinians… multiple people who saw drafts of the plan, noting that Saudi Arabia — presumably thanks to Kushner’s new bestie, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — would build an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, where refineries and a shipping terminal could be built. The profits would create desalination plants, where Palestinians could find work, addressing the high unemployment rate… The plan also entailed land swaps, so that Jordan would give land to the Palestinian territories. In return, Jordan would get land from Saudi Arabia, and that country would get back two Red Sea islands it gave Egypt to administer in 1950.
According to a National Public Radio review of the book Ward claims she interviewed 220 people for the book but is vague on who they are – close associates, family friends, a “person” – sometimes no source at all. It is not clear from the reports we have seen whether she alleges that the above ideas are still the plan, or whether they have been superseded and if so by what. Jason Greenblatt, White House Middle East envoy who has been working with Kushner on the deal, tweeted “No one who has seen the plan would spread misinformation like that. Whoever made these claims has bad info. Next time feel free to reach out to us before you run with a story. A lot of people are sharing false info with the press now for bad reasons.”
In our posting of 1 March we quoted at length from Kushner’s 25 February interview published by Sky News Arabia which did not give hard information about the plan but gave some general principles and emphasised the importance of “establishing borders and resolving final status issues”. The interview neither confirms nor refutes the ideas which have now appeared in Ward’s book, but is not inconsistent with them. Pending new information it seems probable that Ward’s ideas of the deal (which are much in line with others who have speculated about Kushner’s intentions) are at least partly correct. Certain things about the deal seem clear: close consultation at every stage with the Israeli government, involvement of Arab states but not Palestine, concentration on an economic rather than a political approach, disregard of sensitive issues such as the occupation, the settlements, the right of return, and disregard of established US positions and international law. Ironically David Makovsky writing on the pro-Israeli Washington Institute website suggests that the deal may come unstuck as a result of the Israeli election, with even the possibility that Netanyahu will be defeated.
An example of the disregard of established positions is President Trump’s announcement yesterday 21 March that “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” (which he said he did not intend as an explicit election boost for Benjamin Netanyahu). The announcement does not change the legal position that this is Syrian territory, and does not obviously improve Israel security; it makes sense as a gift to Netanyahu just before the election, and thanking Trump for the declaration Netanyahu said “At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.” Turkey and the EU have already made clear that their position on Golan has not changed.
These developments are likely to inflame Arab opinion against the US and the deal of the century. If governments go along with the deal they will be exposed to criticism on nationalist lines and their position will be correspondingly weakened. Even if the stories in Ward’s book are entirely false, they will be believed. The alleged involvement of Egypt and Jordan is particularly delicate. Public opinion in Egypt has shown itself acutely sensitive on the question of the two islands in the Straits at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, Tiran and Sanafir (our posting of 12 September 2018), and in Jordan the idea of ceding territory to become a home for a new Palestine is likely to be anathema both to Palestinian and trans-Jordanian opinion. In Syria, on the other hand, President Asad’s government can expect that all Syrians will agree in rejecting Israeli annexation of Golan, and may indeed see Iran as their essential defence. So far we have seen no Arab reaction to Ward, but note that the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister said at a press conference on 20 March during Mike Pompeo’s visit “We hope the plan will take into account the situation in the region and all the relevant parties.”
The Ha’aretz report quoted above concludes with the comment “If Kushner succeeds in selling that one to the Palestinians, he may want to try selling them London Bridge while he’s at it.”

It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.


The wilderness in Southeast Alaska.
The wilderness in Southeast Alaska. Photo illustration by David Benjamin Sherry
By JON MOOALLEM
A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant, it became the experience that defined us all.


https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/20/magazine/kayaking-trip-alaska.html?em_pos=large&emc=edit_ma_20190322&nl=magazine&nlid=60745655edit_ma_20190322&ref=img&te=1

Exaflop Supercomputer Race | Energy Central

Exaflop Supercomputer Race | Energy Central

Report reveals heavy burden of energy waste, methane emissions on Navajo communities | Energy Central

Report reveals heavy burden of energy waste, methane emissions on Navajo communities | Energy Central

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer: Trump is strangling Venezuela with sanctions — and it’s not working - The Boston Globe

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer: Trump is strangling Venezuela with sanctions — and it’s not working - The Boston Globe: We used to overthrow foreign leaders the old-fashioned way: with our military. The new approach is just as egregious — and ineffective.

John the Baptist Mentors Jesus until they Part Ways | Jack Hartjes

John the Baptist Mentors Jesus until they Part Ways | Jack Hartjes: Jesus was a disciple of John the Baptist for a while but eventually pursued his own path. By message and example Jesus taught that God is close to us as a God who serves.

‘Be stupid.’ That’s the advice from the college admissions scandal mastermind to get extra time on tests



‘Be stupid.’ That’s the advice from the college admissions scandal mastermind to get extra time on tests

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/03/22/stupid-advice-from-admitted-mastermind-college-admissions-scandal-get-student-extra-time-test/WH66mfnndUEHvuBzf0vfNL/story.html?et_rid=1925983868&s_campaign=globesmostpopular:newsletter&et_rid=1925983868&s_campaign=globesmostpopular:newsletter

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Priest Stabbed During Mass in Montreal | Deacon Greg Kandra

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Priest Stabbed During Mass in Montreal | Deacon Greg Kandra: From The Montreal Gazette:  The rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal was stabbed as he said mass in the church on Friday morning. Footage from the 8:30 a.m. mass, broadcast on a Catholic television network, showed a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a white baseball cap walking toward the altar. The man

Ex-US envoy opposes Trump's North Korea approach

Ex-US envoy opposes Trump's North Korea approach: A former chief U.S. negotiator for North Korea's nuclear disarmament said the U.S. needs a step-by-step approach to denuclearization instead of an “all-or-nothing” tactic. Joseph Yun, a former U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, called President Donald Trump's “no deal is better than a bad deal” stance mere rhetoric, saying the two countries could have “salvaged something” during their latest summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Putting Dynamism in Its Place | National Affairs

Putting Dynamism in Its Place | National Affairs: The phrase "economic dynamism" has become so ubiquitous, its connotations so obviously desirable, that we accept uncritically the case made for its virtues and imagine it might involve no tradeoffs. And because more economic dynamism is better, publi...

Art for an ugly time - The Catholic Thing

Art for an ugly time - The Catholic Thing

'This is my beloved, listen to him' | National Catholic Reporter

'This is my beloved, listen to him' | National Catholic Reporter: The first lesson today about the covenant between God and the people who will become the descendents of Abraham and Sarah can remind us of our covenant with God which we spoke about last week as we be...

Let’s Get Reacquainted With the Idea of “Offering it Up” | Word on Fire

Let’s Get Reacquainted With the Idea of “Offering it Up” | Word on Fire:

Let’s Get Reacquainted With the Idea of “Offering it Up” | Word on Fire

Let’s Get Reacquainted With the Idea of “Offering it Up” | Word on Fire:

Catholics Should Be Wary of ‘Elite’ Colleges

Catholics Should Be Wary of ‘Elite’ Colleges: The path to holiness is not contrary to learning, but central to it.

'Jesus: His Life,' March 25, History. Published 3/20/2019. TV.

'Jesus: His Life,' March 25, History. Published 3/20/2019. TV.

Socialism: Be Careful What You Wish For

Socialism: Be Careful What You Wish For

by Philip Carl Salzman  •  March 22, 2019 at 5:00 am
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  • The object of socialism is supposedly to increase economic equality by evening out the wealth in society among individuals and families. This is done by taking wealth from those with more than the average and redistributing it to those with less than the average. As wealth will not usually be voluntarily surrendered, the redistribution would have to be enforced by government agencies, backed by laws and administrative regulations. Socialism in practice, however, has usually resulted in members of the governments redistributing the wealth they seize to themselves and their associates. Even in the US government, at present, members of Congress do not bind themselves to observe the laws to which they bind the rest of the country. As Lee Atwater reportedly put it, "The dawgs don't like the dawg food."
  • Equality of results severs the relationship between being able to enjoy the rewards of one's production and the confiscation of those rewards for distribution to others. The disconnect between work and reward undermines the motivation to work and to innovate. Why work or take risks when the profits, if one is successful, go to others? If you take away an incentive to work and produce, you end up taking away the producers.
  • Socialism means turning over your freedom to your government, which claims that it knows how to spend your money better than you do. History has unfortunately proven this to be an economic and delivery-of-services death spiral, whether of sub-standard quality of public education in the US, or the delivery of health care to veterans. Now, President Donald J. Trump is finally trying to address the crisis that veterans' healthcare has become. How? By privatizing it.
  • If justice is giving each person his or her due, then taking wealth from those who have earned it, in order to give it to those who have not earned it, is a practice dubious at best. It is human to envy those with more and better. However, it is doubtful that it is good social policy to base political policy on these sentiments: one historically ends up with worse and less.
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For so long, it appeared that socialism had definitively failed in practice and had lost its appeal as an economic ideology. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) had crashed; its Eastern European satellites had escaped in the 1990s; China had transitioned from socialism to state capitalism beginning with the economic reforms of 1978 and has carried on energetically ever since; communist Cuba had declined to an offshore holiday resort for Canadians and Europeans, and socialist Venezuela totally collapsed. In a 1989 essay entitled "The End of History?", Francis Fukuyama argued that, in the events mentioned above, we were witnessing "an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism."

FDA warning: Scores of heart implants can be hacked from 20ft away | ZDNet

FDA warning: Scores of heart implants can be hacked from 20ft away | ZDNet: US warns over severe security flaw affecting the wireless communications in cardiac implants.

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer: Trump is strangling Venezuela with sanctions — and it’s not working - The Boston Globe

Opinion | Stephen Kinzer: Trump is strangling Venezuela with sanctions — and it’s not working - The Boston Globe: We used to overthrow foreign leaders the old-fashioned way: with our military. The new approach is just as egregious — and ineffective.

History Channel series tells Jesus’ life story according to those who knew him

History Channel series tells Jesus’ life story according to those who knew him

Catholic newlyweds choose a meal for poor children over a wedding banquet — Aleteia

Catholic newlyweds choose a meal for poor children over a wedding banquet — Aleteia: Victor and Ana Paula decided to feed those who really need it, inspired by a church hymn based on the Bible.

The last lesson my dying 101-year-old grandmother taught me -- Aleteia

The last lesson my dying 101-year-old grandmother taught me -- Aleteia: Death has something to teach us about giving pregnancy, giving birth, and life itself.

Whatever happened to the woman at the well? Some traditions tell us

Whatever happened to the woman at the well? Some traditions tell us

Why do Catholics use crucifixes with Jesus on the cross? --Aleteia

Why do Catholics use crucifixes with Jesus on the cross? --Aleteia

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told confidants that Kushner discussed the names of royal family members opposed to his power grab.

Flood Damage to Midwestern Levees, Roads, Farms May Run Well into the Billions by Bob Henson | Category 6 | Weather Underground

Flood Damage to Midwestern Levees, Roads, Farms May Run Well into the Billions by Bob Henson | Category 6 | Weather Underground: Agricultural losses, road repair, and levee reconstruction in the wake of severe Midwest flooding this month could cost billions of dollars.

Saint Joseph, Fatherhood, and “Unplanned” Surprises – Catholic World Report

Saint Joseph, Fatherhood, and “Unplanned” Surprises – Catholic World Report

For families of 21 Copts killed by ISIS, martyrdom is ‘Fifth Gospel’ – Catholic World Report

For families of 21 Copts killed by ISIS, martyrdom is ‘Fifth Gospel’ – Catholic World Report

Bishops decry border 'emergency' as locals step up for migrants | National Catholic Reporter

Bishops decry border 'emergency' as locals step up for migrants | National Catholic Reporter: While the Trump administration seeks to prove the existence of a national emergency at the country's southern border, the El Paso, Texas, community is living — and humanely responding to — the rea...

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection March 22, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019
Second Week of Lent
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Friends, just before his Passion, Jesus tells the striking story that is our Gospel for today. The fertile vineyard stands for Israel, his chosen people. But it could be broadened out to include the world. What do we learn from this beautiful image? That God has made for his people a place where they can find rest, enjoyment, good work.

We—Israel, the Church, the world—are not the owners of this vineyard; we are tenants. One of the most fundamental spiritual mistakes we can make is to think that we own the world. We are tenants, entrusted with the responsibility of caring for it, but everything that we have and are is on loan. Our lives are not about us.

Christ is God’s judgment. We are all under his judgment. In the measure that we kill him, refuse to listen to him, we place our tenancy in jeopardy. And so the great question that arises from this reading: "How am I using the gifts that God gave me for God’s purposes? My money? My time? My talents? My creativity? My relationships?" All is for God, and thus all is under God’s judgment.

Reflect: How are you using the gifts that God gave you for God’s purposes? 

Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 234

Reading 1 Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a

Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,
for he was the child of his old age;
and he had made him a long tunic.
When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,
they hated him so much that they would not even greet him.

One day, when his brothers had gone
to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem,
Israel said to Joseph,
"Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.
Get ready; I will send you to them."

So Joseph went after his brothers and caught up with them in Dothan.
They noticed him from a distance,
and before he came up to them, they plotted to kill him.
They said to one another: "Here comes that master dreamer!
Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here;
we could say that a wild beast devoured him.
We shall then see what comes of his dreams."

When Reuben heard this,
he tried to save him from their hands, saying,
"We must not take his life.
Instead of shedding blood," he continued,
"just throw him into that cistern there in the desert;
but do not kill him outright."
His purpose was to rescue him from their hands
and return him to his father.
So when Joseph came up to them,
they stripped him of the long tunic he had on;
then they took him and threw him into the cistern,
which was empty and dry.

They then sat down to their meal.
Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead,
their camels laden with gum, balm and resin
to be taken down to Egypt.
Judah said to his brothers:
"What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood?
Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites,
instead of doing away with him ourselves.
After all, he is our brother, our own flesh."
His brothers agreed.
They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21

R. (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
When the LORD called down a famine on the land
and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
Joseph, sold as a slave.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
They had weighed him down with fetters,
and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
and the word of the LORD proved him true.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
The king sent and released him,
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions.
R. Remember the marvels the Lord has done.

Gospel Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
"Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
'This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?"
They answered him,
AHe will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times."
Jesus said to them, ADid you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?


Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Insurers and Hedge Fund Form Creditor Group in PG&E Bankruptcy - WSJ

Insurers and Hedge Fund Form Creditor Group in PG&E Bankruptcy - WSJ: A group of insurance companies and a hedge fund have formed a creditor group to attempt recouping the billions of dollars in insurance payouts from PG&E stemming from damage caused by California wildfires, court documents show.

Why is the Vatican’s process for holding bishops accountable still so opaque? | America Magazine

Why is the Vatican’s process for holding bishops accountable still so opaque? | America Magazine: Protracted and opaque processes only reinforce the fear that the church is still more invested in protecting itself than in protecting those who suffer from abuse, the editors write.

The Hanoi Summit: A Blessing in Disguise but What Now? A View from Seoul | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea

The Hanoi Summit: A Blessing in Disguise but What Now? A View from Seoul | 38 North: Informed Analysis of North Korea: Some observers in Seoul, deeply troubled by the outcome of the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, feared that the Hanoi…

Wars, Not Brexit, Destroyed Britain’s Global Power | The National Interest

Wars, Not Brexit, Destroyed Britain’s Global Power | The National Interest: The lesson to learn from the British Empire is unambiguous: unless the United States is attacked, Washington should avoid direct involvement in continental wars.

Antonio Veciana, Mystery Man in JFK Assassination, Part 2 - WhoWhatWhy

Antonio Veciana, Mystery Man in JFK Assassination, Part 2 - WhoWhatWhy: The final excerpt from former Army intelligence officer John Newman’s latest book, 'Into the Storm: The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume III.'

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again | The Nation

Making Nuclear Weapons Menacing Again | The Nation: The Pentagon plan to overhaul the US nuclear arsenal is as costly as it is dangerous.

The Admissions Scandal Is About Parental Narcissism—and the Schools’ Complicity | The Nation

The Admissions Scandal Is About Parental Narcissism—and the Schools’ Complicity | The Nation: This is what college looks like for entitled parents who don’t care about education, and whose children don’t care either.

Donald Trump says it's time for US to recognize 'Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights' - CNNPolitics

Donald Trump says it's time for US to recognize 'Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights' - CNNPolitics

Nationwide Campaign to stop Infanticide

These next 90 days are without question your best chance to
drive a stake in the heart of America’s abortion beast!
March 21, 2019
Michele,
(Thank you for your support of Priests for Life. If you already responded to the following appeal online, I appreciate your support. This email is intended for those who did not respond when we sent it previously.)
Millions of Americans watched in utter shock and horror as pro-abortion fanatics celebrated the passage of New York’s evil “abortion until birth” law.
As America witnessed those demonic celebrations, the scales fell from the eyes of the nation and people from all walks of life and every political persuasion saw how forty-six years of legalized abortion-on-demand was destroying the soul of America.
More importantly, they became angry and are ready to protect unborn children.
If ever there was a moment to rally men and women of good will into the fight against abortion ...
THIS IS IT!!!
Never was Priests for Life’s work more important than it will be over the next three months.
Without question this is your best chance to help win victory over abortion.
And because it is I urge you to give Priests for Life’s “90-Day Campaign for Life” your wholehearted support. 
From now until Pentecost Sunday it’s vital that you partner with Priests for Life to recruit the millions of Americans who are ready to join us on the front lines of the battle to end abortion.
What I need from you specifically are three actions:
  1. PRAYERS.  This is very important.  Our struggle to end the injustice of abortion is spiritual warfare.  So I’m relying on you to use this time of Lent to pray without ceasing for an end to legalized abortion in America.

  2. INVOLVEMENT.  While we work for an end to abortion nationwide, it’s important that you do what you can to make your local community abortion-free. 

  3. FINANCIAL SUPPORT.  Today I’m asking you to be more generous than you think you can be with your donation.  I’m asking you to consider doing this because Priests for Life has to raise $1.2 million to fund this all-out effort to turn America’s pent-up outrage over the killing of full-term babies into concrete action that will bring an end to abortion.  This work includes:
  • Expanding our broadcasting on SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS like Facebook,  Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.  As more and more Americans turn to these forums for their news and information, it’s critical Priests for Life be there telling them the truth about abortion and how it’s destroying the nation.

    Right now Priests for Life reaches some 600,000 people EVERY DAY across all social media platforms.Over the next 90 days we have an opportunity to INCREASE our viewership and bring literally MILLIONS of Americans into the pro-life movement.

  • Producing new programs for our “Defending Life” series that airs over EWTN.  Tens of millions of people have access to EWTN over their cable and satellite TV providers.  These viewers are good people.  Their hearts are in the right place when it comes to fighting abortion.  Our new programs will motivate them to get out of their living rooms and join us on the front lines of the battle to end abortion.

  • Providing pro-life activists the materials they need to recruit members of their local community into the fight against abortion.  Priests for Life is a constant source of educational materials for the pro-life movement.  We print up and ship out booklets, pamphlets, documents, videos and more for pro-lifers to use. 

  • Sending our priests and Pastoral Associates on the road to preach the Gospel of Life and win uncommitted Americans over to the side of life.  As I said, America is primed for a pro-life revolution!  And Priests for Life’s dynamic team will be out in full force to show countless numbers of men and women how they can turn their pent up outrage over the drive to legalize infanticide into CONCRETE ACTION that will protect the youngest members of our human family from being killed in abortion.  Of particular importance will be the work of three key members of our team:
Evangelist Alveda King:  Alveda heads up Priests for Life’s Civil Rights for the Unborn project and works tirelessly to open the eyes of African-Americans to the fact that abortion is literally destroying the African-American community.  This is by design.  It’s eugenics pure and simple.  And Alveda is winning Black America over to the side of life. 
Bryan Kemper:  Bryan heads up Priests for Life’s “Stand True” Youth Outreach ministry.  Like Alveda, Bryan has a dogged determination to end abortion in our lifetime.  Recognizing the critical need the pro-life movement has for the energy and enthusiasm of young people, Bryan attends venues where young people gather and recruits them into the fight.
Janet Morana:  Janet is Priests for Life’s Executive Director and is working hard on several fronts to recruit more Americans into the fight.  Not only is she the co-host of “The Catholic View for Women” on EWTN, she is also the co-founder (along with Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life) of the “Silent No More Awareness Campaign”.  Using both those forums, as well as the books she has authored, Janet is winning people into the movement and increasing our numbers and our clout with lawmakers.
  • Working with other pro-life groups and organizations to shut down abortion mills!  Last year alone Priests for Life’s encouragement helped pro-life activists shut down 40 abortion mills.  This continued an ongoing trend.  In fact, there are 159 fewer abortion death mills today than there were in 2012.
And that’s just the work Priests for Life will be doing over these next three months to recruit countless numbers of people into the pro-life movement.
Another project we’ll be ramping up throughout our “90 Day Campaign for Life” is our work with lawmakers at both the national and the state level.  This is crucial because it wasn’t just ordinary, hard-working moms and dads who were appalled to see legislators celebrate the killing of babies.
Many fence-sitting lawmakers were equally outraged and are now willing to work with their pro-life colleagues.
Priests for Life is going to equip the pro-life legislators and challenge the pro-abortion ones by sending them medically accurate illustrations of exactly what takes place in the most common late term abortion procedures.  Most lawmakers have no idea what abortionists do to babies during these horrific procedures.  It’s barbaric.
So Priests for Life is showing them in pictures.  This way no one can claim ignorance when it comes to voting for bills that would allow abortionists to rip healthy, viable babies limb from limb in a late-term abortion.
Again, that’s just one more project Priests for Life is taking on over these next ninety days.
It’s a lot of work, to be sure.
But as I noted earlier, we’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.
When you combine the sheer evil Americans saw on the faces of those New York lawmakers with the impassioned manner in which President Trump deplored their vile “abortion until the moment of birth” law, people are primed and ready to join us in our fight to end America’s abortion holocaust.
All of the polling data shows this to be true.
One recent poll shows how strongly America is with us right now.  According to the survey:
  • 80% of Americans OPPOSE abortion the day before a child is born.
  • 79% OPPOSE third-trimester abortions.
  • 80% say babies that survive abortions should be cared for and kept alive.
Even more importantly is the fact that self-proclaimed “pro-choice” Americans agree with us:
  • 68% of these people OPPOSE abortion the day before a child is born.
  • 66% of them OPPOSE third trimester or late-term abortions.
  • And 77% of them support the right to life for children who survive an abortion.
Keep in mind, that survey was taken AFTER the Democrat-dominated New York Assembly voted to give abortionists the power to kill a full-term healthy baby girl as she was being born and AFTER Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam shamelessly defended INFANCTICIDE during a radio interview.
So we’re pushing against an open door here.  We don’t have to do any real convincing.
Our fellow Americans are already convinced that late-term abortion is wrong.  All we have to do now is be out there giving these good people a concrete way to turn their outrage into action.
Which is precisely what Priests for Life will be doing throughout our $1.2 million “90 Day Campaign for Life.”
But this pro-life window of opportunity won’t stay open long.
Which is why I’ve sent you this urgent email and asking for your immediate help today ... and your promise to support Priests for Life’s “90 Day Campaign for Life” as best you can from now until it ends on Pentecost Sunday.  Never forget:
Abortion corrupts our entire society – the economy, health care, foreign policy, the War on Terror, immigration ... everything! 
That reality is on full display.  Pro-abortion fanatics are imposing both late-term abortion and infanticide on the nation.  The vast majority of Americans OPPOSE them.  And it falls to us – the Priests for Life family … the recognized face and voice of the pro-life movement – to ACT NOW and bring them into the fight to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America.
As you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to help, don’t be afraid to be more generous than you think you can be.  Remember: God is never outdone in generosity.  He knows the sacrifices you are making for His innocent children and He will bless you a hundred fold.
On behalf of the youngest members of our human family, thank you for your immediate and generous reply.  I will remember you at every Mass I offer during this important 90-day period; as will the other priests of Priests for Life.  Thank you again and may God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
P.S. I meant to remind you of this in my email but didn’t.  In spite of the fact that many at the Vatican – as well as Bishops around the world and here in the U.S. – have strongly encouraged our Priests for Life ministry, we receive no funds from any official Church entity ... neither from Rome nor here in the United States.
Every penny we receive comes from individuals just like you: Hard-working, dedicated pro-life champions.  Which is why the success of our 90-Day Campaign for LIFE depends entirely on you and the Priests for Life family.  It will take a minimum of $1.2 million to fund all the work I listed for you in this email.  That’s why I’m hoping you’ll take a moment RIGHT NOW to make as large a donation to Priests for Life as you can ... and why I’m counting on you to continue to supply us with financial help from now until Pentecost Sunday.
NOTE: If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to Priests for Life and send it to us at PO Box 236695, Cocoa, FL 32923.  If you have any questions, call us toll-free at 888-735-3448.
Priests for Life
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Cocoa, FL 32923
Phone: 321-500-1000
Toll Free: 888-735-3448
Email: mail@priestsforlife.org
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Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection March 21, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Second Week of Lent
Luke 16:19-31
Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man "dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day," while lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, "who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. "                                 
                               
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St. Thomas Aquinas says that we must distinguish between ownership and use of private property. We have a right to ownership through our hard work, through our inheritance. Fair enough. But with regard to the use of those things—how we use them, why we use them—then, says Thomas, we must always be concerned first for the common good and not our own. This especially includes Lazarus at our gate: those who are suffering and most in need.

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Thursday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 233

Reading 1 Jer 17:5-10

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
More tortuous than all else is the human heart,
beyond remedy; who can understand it?
I, the LORD, alone probe the mind
and test the heart,
To reward everyone according to his ways,
according to the merit of his deeds.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6

R. (40:5a)Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so, the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Gospel Lk 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man's table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
When the poor man died,
he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried,
and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,
he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off
and Lazarus at his side.
And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue,
for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
Abraham replied, 'My child,
remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad;
but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing
who might wish to go from our side to yours
or from your side to ours.'
He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him
to my father's house,
for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them,
lest they too come to this place of torment.'
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.'
He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
Then Abraham said,
'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded
if someone should rise from the dead.'"