Last night, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts held a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester at The Capitol Theatre with Christina Bianco, George Porter Jr., Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization. By matching adult volunteers, “Bigs,” with children, “Littles,” facing adversity, they are able to accomplish their mission of “helping children reach and realize their potential.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW provides at-risk children with strong, positive and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.As part of The Really Big Show, the musicians came together in this spirit of goodness. The beloved NOLA funk bassist joined forces with young musicians, guitarist Brandon Niederauer and drummer Jager Soss for two songs: “Be Careful Who You Idolize” by George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners and “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix. You can watch their first performance together below, courtesy of Jon Hammer:Tonight, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY will host JAM THE VOTE, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Blind Boys of Alabama in a multi-act, classic New Orleans-style jam session. Thirty-six hours before Election Day, the once-in-a-lifetime house band will create a “Night for the Soul.” And the special guests include Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros), Amayo (Antibalas), Amy Helm, Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), DJ Logic, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Lee Fields, Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Matisyahu, Nicole Atkins, Questlove, Robert Randolph, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Valerie June, Win Butler (Arcade Fire) and more! Free stream is available to those who pledge to vote. Find out more here.[Photo courtesy of Greg Horowitz]
On Sunday, though, Trump insisted that he will not fire Mueller but is contemplating firing Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, realizing that firing Mueller would be a “step too far,” according to The Washington Post.INVESTIGATION WON’T ENDWhy would Trump hold off on firing Mueller?Because if his goal is to undermine the investigations into Russian interference in last year’s campaign, keeping Mueller around is probably the best way to do it.Firing Mueller would not end the investigations that the former FBI director leads.Although we often speak about the “Mueller investigation,” inside the Justice Department that term probably refers to several different but related investigations.Some of those, such as the investigations of Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, began before Mueller was appointed. Categories: Editorial, OpinionRumors are flying that President Donald Trump will soon fire special counsel Robert Mueller.Over the weekend, Trump transition lawyers alleged wrongdoing on Mueller’s part.Last week, Republican members of Congress grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, challenging Mueller’s legitimacy and objectivity.Conservative commentators have called for Mueller to be investigated, while others have called for him to resign.Concern that this would undermine the rule of law has gotten so serious that the liberal activist group MoveOn.org has organized a rapid-response plan for protests if Mueller is fired, with the specific timing determined by when in the day the news breaks. Once in my career, I inherited a complex case that another prosecutor unsuccessfully sought to decline, and I ultimately charged the case.Any cases Mueller’s team is working on wouldn’t magically decline themselves if Mueller is fired.The reports of interviews in the FBI computer system wouldn’t delete themselves.The documents and other evidence collected by Mueller’s team of FBI agents and prosecutors wouldn’t destroy themselves, either.In fact, Justice Department procedure is to retain evidence for years even after a file is closedTrump’s legal team is probably aware of all of this and has probably considered exactly what would happen if Mueller was removed.While I doubt they’ve communicated all of the specifics to him personally, their strategy is surely informed by a knowledge of how the Justice Department works and a desire to contain any damage caused by Mueller’s investigation. On the flip side, if a new special counsel took aim at Trump and his inner circle, it would be harder for Trump to call it a “witch hunt.”All that means is that ultimately, keeping Mueller around but continuing to attack him and the FBI is probably Trump’s best strategy.As a patriot and former federal prosecutor who thinks that we should respect the men and women of the FBI and Justice Department, I find this strategy appalling.But I recognize that it is Trump’s best remaining move.It remains to be seen whether he has enough discipline to stay the course.Renato Mariotti is a former federal prosecutor and a Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Firing him would give Trump the opportunity to replace Mueller with someone who was determined to undermine the investigation. But it would have significant downsides.For example, if the new special counsel swiftly ended the investigations, Congress and the public might conclude that Trump and/or his associates were guilty of serious crimes and that replacing Mueller was part of a coverup.If the new special counsel improperly terminated an investigation, prosecutors and FBI agents might come forward and accuse him or her of wrongdoing.That could ultimately generate new criminal liability for anyone involved.If a new special counsel permitted the investigations to go forward, though, that could be the worst of all worlds for Trump.Democrats would assume that the new special counsel was biased on Trump’s behalf, and Republicans would be less likely to distrust a new special counsel than they are to distrust Mueller, who has been the subject of intense attacks in conservative media.So if a new special counsel found that there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump, the decision would be called into question, even though a similar determination by Mueller would be hard for Democrats to second-guess. Others, such as the inquiry into obstruction of justice, began later.Those investigations would go on even if Mueller leaves.When the Justice Department initiates an investigation, it can’t be closed without following a set of procedures that ensure cases aren’t shut down for improper reasons.If a case is opened, it can’t be “declined” – closed without bringing charges – without a detailed justification for closing the case.As a former federal prosecutor, I’ve declined my share of cases, and it takes time.Declining even a routine case requires a written explanation justifying the declination, citing specific reasons that are consistent with Justice Department guidelines.In more complex or high-profile matters, much more extensive memorandums are prepared. Firing Mueller would put Rosenstein in charge of the investigations instead of Mueller.Rosenstein recently defended Mueller before Congress and strongly suggested that he approved of the direction of the investigations.If Trump fired Mueller, Rosenstein could appoint a replacement. Or if Trump ordered the repeal of the special counsel regulations governing the investigations, Rosenstein could appoint a Justice Department prosecutor to oversee the investigation.FIRE SOMEONE ELSE THEN?What if Trump fired Rosenstein and Mueller? Or fired Sessions and Mueller?Firing Mueller would generate massive protests and could spur Congress to take up new legislation to establish an independent counsel.If Mueller was fired improperly, he or others could initiate legal action to fight the termination, keeping the story in the headlines.
Share 34 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews The Wedding Garment by: – October 8, 2011 Share Share Tweet Image via: gbcdecatur.orgWhen I was a young fellow, there was a priest in Port of Spain who achieved a certain notoriety because of what he used to do at weddings. If a bride came to church with her shoulders and upper torso practically exposed, he would go to the sacristy, get an old jacket and throw it over her shoulders, before he proceeded with the ceremony. Before long, brides at that Church came completely covered from head to toe.It was a case of one exaggeration being met with another, but the practice of that priest often comes to mind whenever I read today’s Gospel. The poor man who came not badly but inappropriately dressed got summarily kicked out of the wedding. He was wearing the wrong clothes. I say “wrong clothes,” not to suggest casual wear when formal was required. In the days of the gospel, quests were provided with a wedding garment, much as we robe infants at baptism today with a symbolic garment to signify their new status. In a similar way, guests had to put on the wedding garment provided by the host over whatever clothes they arrived with. One result of that was that weddings could not become fashion shows. Everybody wore the same thing.Jesus, of course, is not really talking of befitting wear for weddings. In the traditional Israelite understanding, which he shared, the wedding feast was a symbol of the joyful union with God in at the end of time. The garment here is not the level of finery you could afford but what qualities you should come clothed in, if you wished to share in the feast and be part of the Lord’s company.The Bible does not focus specifically on moral requirements for enjoying the feast. The New Testament sets out in a variety of different ways different habits and values of Christian living. Every letter of St. Paul, for instance, has a section devoted to this purpose. One value that gets special mention is perseverance. Jesus devoted two parables to the idea: a man getting ready for bed, disturbed by a friend pounding at his door, looking for a few loaves to host an untimely visitor; and the woman who pesters the unjust judge to give her justice and doesn’t cease petering until she gets it.In a famous section of his letter, the author of Hebrews counselled his hearers who were growing tired and were tempted to give up: “What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us! So let us be rid of every encumbrance… Lift up your drooping hands and strengthen your trembling knees” and keep running the race till the end (12: 1, 12). Faith was a marathon not a sprint. It was a metaphor New Testament writers particularly liked.St. Matthew is the evangelist who gives the most deliberate attention to being accepted or rejected at the end, in his scene of the Last Judgement in chapter 25. The principal feature of this scene is the element of surprise. Both groups, the just and the unjust, hear something completely unexpected. The just are told first that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and imprisoned, they were in fact encountering and serving the Lord. This is a surprise, because all they saw when they were so engaged were people who were hungry, thirty, sick, naked, and imprisoned. They are told that all the while the one in need they were helping was the Lord incognito.The unjust get a surprise in the other direction. When they are told who they were neglecting in the different persons in need they bypassed, we can imagine what their reaction must have been Lord, had we known that people like that were actually you, how could we possibly have passed you by?But they did. And we do it still, because the faces of human need remain all too human. There’s nothing divine about any of them. We tend therefore to see only what our eyes disclose. And all the while the Lord is there waiting to be met.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph.d
Mickelson had a front-row seat as McIlroy covered the back nine in 31 for a round of 67 which left him seven under par and just two shots behind halfway leaders Craig Lee and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. “The back nine was really impressive, a beautiful nine holes of golf,” said five-time major winner Mickelson, who returned a 70 to lie one under. “He is really striking the ball well. His game looks really sharp and his driving was impeccable.” It was all a far cry from the same event 12 months ago, when McIlroy’s controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike was greeted with fireworks and fizzled out with a missed cut after consecutive rounds of 75. “Coming off the last green last year I was deflated to say the least,” admitted McIlroy, who endured a turbulent 2013 before finally claiming his first win of the season in the Australian Open in December. The 24-year-old also proposed to girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Sydney on New Year’s Eve and joked he had been hanging around tennis players too much after grunting with the effort of a recovery shot from the heavy rough. That was the result of a rare wayward drive – another into a bush cost him a double-bogey on the sixth – but McIlroy has otherwise been delighted with his long game. “Standing there 30 yards ahead of everyone else is nice,” the former world number one said. “When you are confident with the driver it takes a lot of pressure off your game. “I got a few putts to drop on the back nine which was nice and I feel like I have a great chance of winning. “It would be nice to win your first start of the season rather than your last start. It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s a great way to test your game under pressure. With a strong start to the year you can really get some momentum.” Lee had set the clubhouse target on nine under par after adding a 67 to his opening 68, the 36-year-old looking for his first European Tour win after losing out to Thomas Bjorn in a play-off for the Omega European Masters last September. Rory McIlroy had Open champion Phil Mickelson reaching for the superlatives after storming into contention for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday. “I think Santa has brought me a good putting stroke for Christmas,” Lee said. “My brother installed an astroturf putting green in my front garden at the end of last year and that’s made a difference as I’ve been able to keep putting every day. It’s 20 feet by 14 feet and the neighbours have been peering over the fence.” Bjorn was just two shots behind Lee on seven under after shooting his own 67, and Lee added: “I would like to take the two of us side-by-side in a play-off again.” The round of the day came from England’s Danny Willett, who carded seven birdies and an eagle in his 63 to finish eight under par and continue a brilliant fightback. Willett was five over par after 10 holes on Thursday, but played the remaining eight in four under and is a total of 13 under for his last 26 holes. “To be honest I’ve not done a massive amount different,” Willett said. “If you miss a fairway by two or three yards and get a bad lie you’ve got no way to get to some of these greens. “Today I played nice, hit it a little closer and hit a few more fairways and rolled a few putts in. I holed a wedge from 50 yards on eight (for eagle) which helps and the last 20-odd holes have been pretty good.” England’s Tommy Fleetwood made the most of his chance to impress Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, although he may not get the full benefit of his flawless 65. As well as McGinley, Fleetwood was playing with fellow Nike professional Thorbjorn Olesen and the pair turned up in almost identical clothes, much to McGinley’s confusion. “He kept saying good shot but he never knew which one it was,” joked Fleetwood, who won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles last year, four days before the qualifying race started, and was third in the Volvo Golf Champions last week. “He kept throwing a name out there and we’re like ‘No, no, Paul, it was the other one.’ “I played with him in Holland last year as well and scrapped it around there for two days so to finally play some good golf is good. “It’s every single European golfer’s dream to play in a Ryder Cup, you watch it every year on TV and get so motivated by it you want to go out and fight someone when you’re watching it. “It’s the best sporting event in the world but at the moment it’s one thing I am trying to keep at the back of my mind.” Press Association