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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, is facing mounting criticism over his plan to spend $500,000, mostly from the sale of church assets, on a extension to a countryside house where he will soon spend his retirement.
Some local Catholics are refusing to contribute to church collections in protest at Archbishop John Myers’ planned 3,000-square-foot (280-square-meter) extension, saying he is failing to follow the austerity of both Pope Francis and Jesus Christ.
“It’s vulgar … The church is changing around him,” said Kevin Davitt, a parishioner at St Catharine’s Church in Glen Rock who has stopped donating to church appeals.
“He loves the pomp and circumstance, he loves the robes. That’s his world. There’s an obvious tone-deafness about him,” said Davitt in a telephone interview.
News of the three-story extension has consumed worshippers in the archdiocese since the plans were first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger two weeks ago. The building will include a library, an indoor exercise pool and what the newspaper described as a hot tub.
The archdiocese has implored parishioners to reconsider their protest.
"The house was originally bought by the archdiocese in 2002 for $700,000 and is currently used as a weekend escape from downtown Newark by Myers."
Yet the Catholic Church is soliciting it's Parishioners who are struggling for more $$ for the poor!!
Posted by hue | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 01:56 PM (12 replies)
Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill,” a proposal that brought tens of thousands of protesters out to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison in frigid February weather. A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man, Mr. Beil warned that the bill was rigged with booby traps that would cripple the state’s public-sector unions.
He gets no satisfaction from being right. Since the law was passed, membership in his union, which represents state employees, has fallen 60 percent; its annual budget has plunged to $2 million from $6 million.
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Mr. Walker’s landmark law — called Act 10 — severely restricted the power of public-employee unions to bargain collectively, and that provision, among others, has given social workers, prison guards, nurses and other public employees little reason to pay dues to a union that can no longer do much for them. Members of Mr. Beil’s group, the Wisconsin State Employees’ Union, complain that their take-home pay has fallen more than 10 percent in recent years, a sign of the union’s greatly diminished power.
“It’s had a devastating effect on our union,” Mr. Beil, its executive director, said of Act 10. He was sitting in his Madison office, inside the headquarters that his union, hard up for cash, may be forced to sell. The building is underused anyway, as staff reductions have left many offices empty.
Wisconsin was the first state to grant public-sector unions the right to negotiate contracts. Before Gov. Gaylord Nelson signed that law in 1959, only unionized workers in private companies had a government-protected right to bargain collectively. But the Wisconsin idea soon spread around the country. Act 10 is an about-face, and Mr. Walker and his Republican supporters see it as a tough-minded strategy that other states can follow. History repeating itself, if in reverse.
Posted by hue | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 08:41 AM (0 replies)
Well, that's interesting...
Yesterday, The Cook Political Report downgraded the race for Governor in Wisconsin from a "Likely R" to a "Lean R."
Unlike a few other such political rating systems - Cooks is the first to weigh in the impact of the 27,000 emails and Scott Walker's refusal to discuss them. Author, Charlie Cook was one who seemed to nail the anti-recall sentiment (as opposed to the pro-Walker sentiment) that carried the Governor to a win in June, 2012.
He correctly described Wisconsinites aversion to the recall process - an assessment that holds true almost two years later.
So, where Wisconsin has gone from a "Solid R" to a "Likely R" and now to a "Lean R" with 8 months left until election day - that isn't very good news for the GOP. Mary Burke is still largely unknown and a refreshing blank canvass vs. Walker's lagging jobs and corrupt staff problems.
Oy, and the emails - he just won't talk about them. Even his supporters (who desperately want to believe he has nothing to hide) are getting nervous about it.
Posted by hue | Sun Mar 2, 2014, 05:27 PM (5 replies)
Source: 58 NEWS
Republican Majority Leader Bill Kramer has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment.
Sources confirm to the Associated Press that Kramer is now being asked to resign.
We went to Kramer's home in Waukesha to try and get his side of the story and we were told he has no comment at this time.
The AP reports Kramer is being accused of sexual harassment that took place after a GOP fundraiser earlier this week in Washington, D.C. The AP reports he sexually harassed more than one woman after the fundraiser.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos released the following statement to CBS 58 News.
"Recently I was made aware of serious allegations regarding inappropriate behavior by Rep. Kramer. Since I learned of those allegations I have been consulting with legal counsel and other legislators to understand what options are available.
“The alleged behavior is reprehensible and won’t be tolerated.
Read more: http://www.cbs58.com/news/local-news/Assembly-leader-may-resign-due-to-sexual-harassment-accusations--248035501.html
More Repuke same 'ol same 'ol...
Posted by hue | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:38 PM (9 replies)
Old white people are drowning in despair and rage. Here's how my father lost his mind -- thanks to his cable diet
Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.
We’re losing people like my father to the despair of Fox News, and it’s all by design.
My dad is 67 years old, a full year younger than the average Fox viewer, who is 68, according to an analysis in New York magazine by columnist Frank Rich. I’ve read accounts of people my age — 40 or so — losing parents to cancer or Alzheimer’s, but just as big a tragedy are the crops of grandmothers and grandfathers debilitated by Fox News-induced hysteria.
I enjoyed Fox News for many years, as a libertarian and frequent Republican voter. I used to share many, though not all, of my father’s values, but something happened over the past few years. As I drifted left, the white, Republican right veered into incalculable levels of conservative rage, arriving at their inevitable destination with the creation of the Tea Party movement.
When I finally pulled the handle for Obama in 2012, my father could not believe how far I’d fallen. I have avoided talking politics with him as much as possible ever since. Last week, I invited him to my house for dinner with the express purpose of talking about politics and most especially his Fox News addiction. Since he retired, he only watches Fox. As we started chatting up politics, I repeated one mantra over and over: “Please, please, consume another source of information.” I repeated my plea a dozen times. He defended with stridency his choices, citing his favorites, like Stuart Varney, “The Five” and the great Charles Krauthammer. When it came to any other source of information he was emphatic.
Posted by hue | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:57 AM (24 replies)
"A closeup look at nature and survival of the fittest in Hawk Vs. Squirrel. The photography of this epic chase between the hawk and squirrel is simply amazing and must have required careful planning to position the cameras exactly where they needed to be. I couldn’t help but cheer for the squirrel as he does he best to evade and escape from the hawk that is trying to catch him."
Posted by hue | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 08:49 AM (3 replies)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010. The planned GTAC mine is still just a twinkle in the eye of a few insiders. The Iron County Board Chair, a few board members perhaps, and some local development folks are talking about it. Chris Cline has already flattered a few locals with his presence. Lawyers are drafting a lease agreement, which is by now certainly already a handshake agreement, that will basically give GTAC 3000+ acres of county forest lands so that they have a place to pile their tailings. GTAC's lawyers are also already drafting the mining bill to be introduced in a few months, despite the fact they would later promise the Chippewa that they were intending to work under the existing laws.
A motion described as a "Motion in Support of Mining in Iron County" is being contemplated -- a motion which is actually a motion to remove the said 3000 acres from the county forest, and which will be passed the following month, with no publicity or fanfare, and done so discreetly and quietly that a year or two later none of the county board members even realizes it was passed. The result was a resolution authorizing withdrawal of the county land from the county forest, even though there has been no public release of, discussion of, or even general knowledge of the soon-to-be-signed lease between Iron County and GTAC. In other words, the resolution is in furtherance of the terms of a lease which is not even known about yet. It certainly is not known about by most of the people voting for the resolution. They think they are passing a generic motion in support of mining. That's what the meeting's agenda says. The lease does not come up until the following January, after the elections and swearing in ceremonies.
The only people, apparently, who really know what's going on at this point are a few insiders in Iron County, a few republican legislators, GTAC's billionaire owner Chris Cline, Cline Resources President John Dickinson, and SCOTT WALKER.
The above snapshot of email records provided last week show that Scott Walker had a scheduled phone call to Chris Cline and Cline Resources President John Dickinson during the lunch hour that day in October. What could Scott Walker and the folks at Cline Resources possibly have to discuss?
Posted by hue | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 06:11 AM (6 replies)
CHARGED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES RELATED TO POLLUTION OF AN AQUIFER
According to Spanish sources, Prosecutor Yolanda Ortiz has filed an "escrito de calificacion," against GTAC President Bill Williams in a court in Seville, Spain. A Spanish synonym for the filed document is "acusacion formal," --or "formal accusation" in English. It is a close approximation to an indictment or information in the U.S. criminal justice system. The charging documents were filed in January.
In an order dated November 8, 2013 a panel of three judges upheld a lower court finding that Williams should stand trial on criminal charges related to his activities as Director of Mining at the Cobre las Cruces Copper Mine near Seville. The lower court magistrate found sufficient evidence to try Williams and two other officials involved with the mine, and dismissed charges against a fourth person. Williams had appealed the finding by the lower court concluding that there was sufficient evidence to try him and the two others for crimes against the environment.
The appellate court highlighted that research showed arsenic concentrations in the aquifer beneath the mine were very high, and that evidence introduced showed that the relationship between field activity at the mine and the concentration of arsenic in the aquifer was "bastante claro" (quite clear). Three separate Spanish agencies certified irregularities during their investigation of the Cobre las Cruces Mine, and the Andalusian Water Authority concluded that there existed an enormous risk to the public water supply, and said the intended operating system at the mine was "an outrage" ("una barbaridad.")
According to Prosecutor Yolanda Ortiz, as Director of the Cobres las Cruces mine, Bill Williams was responsible for launching a system of drainage and injection into the Niebla-Posada aquifer which was not authorized, and which resulted in concentrations of arsenic in the aquifer well above the maximum permitted for human consumption. He said they were taking water from the bottom of the "cut" (open pit) and injecting it into the aquifer. Ortiz, the Public Prosecutor, said this was "totalmente prohibido" (totally prohibited). According to the charges the company also withdrew water from the aquifer, used it, treated it, and re-injected it without authority.
The prosecutor's charges highlighted the withdrawals and injections of water that were not permitted, the illegal construction of nine rafts, and the high levels of arsenic in the aquifer.
For his role Bill Williams is charged under Articles 325 and 326b of the Penal Code with a crime against the environment, and is further charged with "other damage to the public domain" under Articles 263 and 264.4. For the first charge the prosecution is asking for 4 years in prison and a 9,000 euro fine, and for the second charge he seeks a year and a half in prison and a 2,700 euro fine.
Posted by hue | Fri Feb 21, 2014, 10:14 AM (5 replies)
An email trove built by now-convicted felon Kelly Rindfleisch while working for then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will be released to the media Wednesday following her unsuccessful effort to keep it secret.
This will give Wisconsin reporters - - and perhaps some national political reporters - - a chance to be as enterprising as New York and New Jersey journalists who chased the Christie Bridgegate story energetically and used emails to fuel a dozen still-unfolding spinoffs.
watch for news of this release!
Posted by hue | Wed Feb 19, 2014, 09:19 AM (3 replies)
Published on Feb 17, 2014
February 16, 2014 - At the Hurley Chamber of Commerce awards banquet last month, GTac President Bill Williams was given an award for best area business. In his acceptance speech he said that people opposing the proposed open pit iron mine that would be the largest in the world and would threaten to destroy the Bad River watershed and miles of air and water around it were aiming to kill the "golden goose" of a mine that might create a few hundred jobs for a couple decades. Defenders of the water know that the real golden goose in Iron and Ashland counties is the wilderness, the clean air and water in the region.
Today two groups set out from opposite directions on highway 77 to make that point, and to challenge a law written by and passed for GTac that prohibits public access to managed forest land around mining activity sites. Nearly 100 people marched to the Moore Park siding for a press conference, and several dozen breached the forbidden zone to enjoy the gorgeous, sparkling winter day in the Penokee Hills.
In this video Paul DeMain explains.
Posted by hue | Tue Feb 18, 2014, 01:05 PM (0 replies)