Daily Archives: August 2, 2015

Foggy Winter Morning Sketch


Foggy Winter Morning Sketch

Dead of Winter Sketch


Dead of  Winter Sketch

From France 24 : California’s Wildfires

Wildfires rage across California



From France 24 : Kerry, Middle East

Kerry says Iran deal will make region safer



Which was the best travel photograph of the year?

Which was the best travel photograph of the year?



Saudi king cuts short French holiday

Saudi king cuts short French holiday



Once Upon A Time Seasons 1, 2, 3 Bloopers + Deleted Scenes

[Once Upon A Time] Seasons 1, 2, 3 Bloopers + Deleted Scenes

From NPR News

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight



Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Credit: fsecart via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

By Matt Hadro

Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2015 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families.

“An economy thrives only when it is centered on the dignity and well-being of the workers and families in it,” stated a letter to members of Congress from Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and Sister Donna Markham, OP, president of Catholic Charities USA. Archbishop Wenski chairs the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The current federal minimum wage is not enough for a father working full-time to raise a child out of poverty, the letter said. Furthermore, the wage is static and only increases when Congress raises it – it is not tied to inflation, meaning that in real terms, its falls every year.

“This leads to increased demand for Charities’ services and reliance on the social safety net to make ends meet,” the letter added.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, enacted in 2009 as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. President Obama has repeatedly pushed for Congress and businesses to raise the minimum wage, most recently calling for it to be hiked to over $10 an hour. In February, 2014 he signed an executive order raising the wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.

Minimum wage increases have sparked a debate about their influence on businesses and low-wage workers. Supporters argue that according to studies employment is not significantly affected by moderate wage increases, and that pay hikes benefit workers far more than any subsequent drop in employment rates may hurt them.

Opponents claim that mandatory wage hikes disproportionately affect small businesses who may not have the resources to increase wages that big businesses have, and thus must cut low-wage jobs. Many low-wage workers are not fathers with children, they argue, but are younger, less experienced workers who would lose valuable work experience if their jobs were cut because of a wage increase.

Certain businesses have already increased their minimum wages without any law being passed first. For example, the CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments made headlines earlier this year by taking a pay cut down to $70,000 a year from $1 million and giving all his employees a pay raise.

In their letter to Congress, Archbishop Wenski and Sister Markham referenced St. John Paul II’s encyclical Centesimus Annus, which was written on the 100-year anniversary of the landmark social encyclical Rerum Novarum, on capital and labor.

They quoted the encyclical that “society and the State must ensure wage levels adequate for the maintenance of the worker and his family, including a certain amount for savings.”

“This requires a continuous effort to improve workers’ training and capability so that their work will be more skilled and productive, as well as careful controls and adequate legislative measures to block shameful forms of exploitation, especially to the disadvantage of the most vulnerable workers,” the encyclical continued.

Tags: Minimum wage, Minimum wage hike

via Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).



Saint of the Day for Sunday, August 2nd, 2015: St. Eusebius of Vercelli

Image of St. Eusebius of Vercelli

St. Eusebius of Vercelli

Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they … continue readin

More Saints of the Day

today’s holiday: Festas Gualterianas

Festas Gualterianas

The Festivals of St. Walter take place in Guimarães, the 12th-century capital of Portugal. The celebrations, which date back to 1452, include magnificent processions, fireworks, animal fairs, and displays of food and merchandise. Music, ranging from brass bands to modern jazz, can be heard all over the town. During the Sunday night procession known as the Procissão Gualteriana, the image of Saint Walter is carried from the church through the decorated streets of Guimarães while thousands of spectators gather to watch. More… Discuss

quotation: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Peter O’Toole (1932)

Peter O’Toole (1932)

O’Toole, a classical stage actor, debuted in London in 1956 and has since played a variety of Shakespearean roles. Tall and handsome, he catapulted to stardom in 1962 with his portrayal of British Army officer T. E. Lawrence in the desert epic Lawrence of Arabia. He went on to win praise for performances in films ranging from historical drama to high comedy and, though he never won, has been nominated for an Academy Award eight times. Despite this record, he received what award in 2003? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Sinking of PT-109 (1943)

The Sinking of PT-109 (1943)

While on patrol in the Pacific during WWII, USS PT-109 was run down by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The much smaller American boat was torn apart by the impact, and two seamen perished. The surviving crew, commanded by future US President John F. Kennedy, swam to safety on a nearby island and survived on coconuts for days before Solomon Islanders scouting the area found them. Kennedy’s actions made him a war hero. What did he use to send a message to Allies requesting a rescue? More… Discuss

Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull, a retired Canadian ice hockey player, is considered the best left wing in the sport’s history. He began skating at the age of 3 and began playing with the National Hockey League’s Chicago Black Hawks in the 1957–58 season. Dissatisfied with his NHL salary, Hull responded to overtures from the upstart World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets in 1972 by joking that he would sign with them for a million dollar contract; how did the Jets respond? More… Discuss

WORD: teetotum


Definition: (noun) A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
Synonyms: spinning top, whirligig, top
Usage: The boy was thrilled to get a bright red teetotum for his birthday and spent all summer watching it spin. Discuss.



This Town (oil painting)