‘We Have a Score to Settle with Scott Walker’: Dems, Unions Target Wisconsin Republican

When one talks Republican policy and politics, from the size and cost of government to the role of some notoriously out-sized GOP enemies such as public sector unions, including in education, there may not be a more critical battle space nationally-speaking, than Wisconsin this year. Democrats have been gunning for incumbent Gov. Scott Walker since he and the Republican-controlled state legislature passed Act 10 — a measure curbing the collective bargaining powers of some public workers — forcing them to contribute more for their health care and pensions, and ending the automatic collection of union dues. It’s hard to remember the incredible intensity that surrounded passage of Act 10 three years ago. Democratic lawmakers fled the state rather than allow a vote on it. Protesters took over the state capitol. There was an ugly Supreme Court fight. But it became the law.As the GOP struggles to capture the Senate, those races have been rising and falling on issues like immigration, the economy and even foreign policy. But as important as those may be, the issues at the heart of Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker’s re-election bid are perhaps even more critical to the success of any larger national GOP agenda.And Democrats know it, ” “We have a score to settle with Scott Walker. He took collective bargaining away from us. He stole our voices, in a state where we were born,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees told the Washington Post.

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Everest Base Camp Trek

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It is important to realize that our combat veterans could spend two years of weekly individual psychotherapy, and not reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of being in the mountains as part of a team with a common objective. – Spencer H. Walker, CEO of Warfighter Foundation

Since our return home we have all been forced to reinvent who we are and how we will fit back into the world we left behind. This trip will give our combat veterans confidence, hope, and a sense of peace that they haven’t had since before their combat deployments. – Ant Droz, CEO of Veteran Expeditionary Teams

The Warfighter Foundation and Veteran Expeditionary Teams will be conducting a joint operation to bring combat veterans to the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp Trek is approximately 65 miles to an elevation of 18,208 feet (Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp is at 17,589 feet) and it…

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In Death, St. Padre Pio Looks …. Alive

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Padre Pio was a stigmatic for fifty years. Not only that, his spiritual presence could be sensed with a smell of perfume, he could bilocate, prophecy, read souls, and cure miraculously. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science. More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world.

Forty years after his death, Padre Pio looks amazing.
I love this image because it is a wonderful example of the power of being transformed  by the Holy Spirit.
It is such a sign of hope for all of us.
A visible sign of what it actually means to live in, with and through the Holy Spirit.
It is not just words or theology but an in the flesh experience, sharing in the life of Christ.
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Padre Pio quotes 
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“Don’t allow…

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130,000 Kurds Flee Certain Slaughter While U.S. Ignores Their Pleas

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A Syrian Kurdish woman is attempting to enter Syria from Turkey to fight ISIS. Turkish border guards armed with a water cannon are stopping her. A Syrian Kurdish woman is attempting to enter Syria from Turkey to fight ISIS. Turkish border guards armed with a water cannon are stopping her.

The Kurdish militia are fighting to fend off ISIS in northern Syria. It appears they have slowed the advance of ISIS but no one is coming to their aid.

ISIS is attempting to grab Ain al-Arab which gives them a very large stretch of land along the border with Turkey.

ISIS took more than 64 Kurdish towns over the weekend causing 130,000 terrified Syrian Kurds to flee over the border to Turkey in two days.

ISIS currently surrounds the Kurdish border town of Kobane on three sides.

The PKK Kurdish rebel group in Turkey has called on Kurds to cross into Syria to help in the battle but the Turks have blocked them from leaving to help their fellow…

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