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Is Church Playing the New Lowest Common Denominator; Sending Mixed Messages

Is Church Playing the New Lowest Common Denominator; Sending Mixed Messages? Or no real message at all?

Is the Church missing the bus? Sending the wrong messages?

Passing through some of our local communities, I frequently notice churches, that is, the physical building, the places of worship, and what characterizes them. The structure, the upkeep, the appearances, the messages posted outside; these say a lot about the people these brick and mortar structure, symbolic representatives of the beliefs and communities they claim they serve. I often see the trite clichés like “God is home, come on in!” or “Be yourself; everyone else is taken” and similar trite slogans. Apparently the Roman Catholic Churches in this area, Ravena and Coxsackie, NY, have given up on being taken seriously so now these parish leaders, the pastors, have to play cool cutsie, mimicking their Protestant and Reformist cohorts. Such silliness simply degrades the sacred space and makes idiots of those few who still frequent them.

This is particularly the case when a new pastor tries to become too popular too fast for too many of the wrong reasons. He starts to get sloppy in his role as spiritual leader and too cozy with the local in-crowds. A leader doesn’t have to be a friend and he doesn’t have to entertain. He has to lead. So, as I drive through the aging, geriatric, brown collar community of Ravena, New York, the local Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s, catches my attention. How?

Well, some time ago I was surprised to see a folding sign board placed in front of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Ravena, on Main Street. It was last Fall and said something like “Leaves fall but Christ doesn’t”. My first thought was that it was rather silly, rather odd. Something I’d expect from some failing Protestant denomination, or some storefront church whose pastor has no other training than what he received in jail, where he got his certificate in Bible Studies from Dumbass Bible Institute or wherever. I knew the pastor at St Pats was one of the young bloods recently ordained, Scott Vandermeer, in his thirties, a journalism degree, able to move around without a walker, he was somewhat more promising than his predecessors, all aging or decrepit, failing, burnt out or uninterested, all cut from the Hubbard School of Ultraliberal Hacks. Careerists. Our hope never failing and our realism always on the watch, we even wrote to Vandermeer offering him help and support. It soon proved that he was going to be just another narcissist; he never responded to our letter. Here we go again!

Soon the signs started going up and were getting weirder and weirder, perhaps because they were cleverly done so as to appeal to the intellectual depths of darkness of the local community. One that appeared:

The sign above is stupid because St Pats does not have a soup kitchen or a food pantry. So not only is the sign a bit idiotic, to anyone not familiar with the local intelligence level, it’s misleading. [Editor’s note: Vanderveer is “out of the country” at the time of this writing and apparently will not be back for another 2-3 weeks, so we could not reach him for comment.  Nor did we receive a response from his office staff.] That really doesn’t matter because it does get worse. Some local in a feeble attempt to put some meaning in his or her life, and for a minute of local fame, placed the “?” on the sign making it even more ridiculous. No one in the parish, not even the absent pastor, seems to have noticed…or cared.

More recently, that is, several weeks ago we again drove by and saw that the sign had been changed to something quite new:

 Is a feeble-minded, scandal-plagued Church is going to make the nation strong again?

This time Mr VanDerveer is apparently making a statement that the Church has something to do with the characteristics of the nation, presumably the nation known as the United States, since we are not aware of any Scriptural or Doctrinal references that would support such a statement. It used to be that strong men made strong nations, then strong families but with the castration of the American male and the virilization of the American female, together with the decline and demise of the American family, it seems that a feeble-minded, scandal-plagued Church is going to make the nation strong again. If this notion was part of the preaching series offered by Vanderveer, we are really sorry we missed his performance. But by any standard, given the Separation Clause and the hesitance of government generally or any of its branches specifically to enter into any discussion of a collaboration between Church and state, this statement seems to indicate that Mr VanDerveer is either ignorant or has a boundaries problem. While the Church and churches, that is, the Roman Catholic and Christian tradition — by division and internecine conflict —  has been losing ground since the 16th century, it would seem that Mr VanDerveer and his keepers would be better advised to concentrate on good preaching and catechesis, fostering interdenominational dialogue and collaboration,  reaching out to local opinion leaders rather than making an untenable and unsubstantiated statement like “A strong church [=] a strong nation.” No matter how you analyze such a statement, logically, theologically, socially, or politically it fails. The Church would be well advised to steer clear of politics — and fallacious logic —; a mere parish priest has no business making such statements and should be reprimanded for having done so. It’s irresponsible, insupportable, fallacious, and is simply not official Church teaching. Politics should be kept out of the pulpit and away from the front of the church — or it should be left to the bishops who are the sole church officials authorized by Rome to make asses of themselves.. Mr VanDerveer should be spending more time preaching that strong family values and morality make for a strong nation; sharing Sunday family dinner together without smartphones might be a start. Getting rid of fidget spinners and Facebook, replacing them with a print book, perhaps St Augustine’s Confessions,  in the schools would be a great move, too.  But the Church has failed in that teaching, too, and in getting that message across to the community.

An half hour for God and 3 hours for the ball game seems like a fair deal for most Catholics.

Instead, the Church and its agents, VanDerveer’s colleagues, superiors, and minions, have prostituted the Church, mistaught and continue to pervert doctrine, dogma, and promote error, and have reduced preaching to a 5 minute commentary so that the so-called “faithful” can get there and out the door with 30-45 minutes at most. After all, a half hour for God and 3 hours for the ball game seems like a fair deal for most Catholics.

Get the ^%$# out of the way! I’ll be late for worship…and the game!

The latest stupidity to be posted in front of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church apparently has to do with the Biblical myth of Noah and the Deluge found in Genesis, or we may be wrong and VanDerveer’s referring more likely to the bizarre interpretation of the myth provided in the movie, Noah (2014) but here’s the official Biblical version:

“The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” (Gen 7:2-4)

Actually, someone should have whacked the one who thought these signs were appropriate! Never mind the mosquitoes. We don’t recall any specific reference to mosquitoes in Genesis (nor in any part of the Bible) nor any cameo appearance of mosquitoes in the film Noah. Perhaps Vanderveer can help us with that one. We do tend to have our facts straight on this blog so we’re reasonably certain that there were no mosquitoes involved. The only other possibility we can think of is that one of Vanderveer’s Scriptural Studies instructors at seminary came upon some previously unknown Biblical text that tells the story of Noah and the mosquitoes. Whatever the story behind it, Vanderveer appears to believe the story. Why else would he publicly post something like that in front of his church? It seems the “unclean animals” were  sent either to Roman Catholic seminary or to Ravena-Coeymans after leaving the Ark. We have no record of where the “two mosquitoes” went after having escaped being swatted.


A Pleasant Anecdote

While I photographing one of the signs, a St Patrick’s parishioner was approaching the church to attend a meeting, and stopped to chat when she observed me taking the photographs. She commented how interesting the signs were and how they got your attention. I responded very bluntly that they were not interesting; they were a disgrace and were demeaning to the sacred place they were disgracing. I did agree that they got your attention but for the wrong reasons. I admitted to her that I was taking the photo not because I found them attractive, funny or pithy but because they got my interest, and that was not good.

The parishioner was very interested in what we had to say and very gracious, too. We discussed a number problems with the Church, the parish, and local politics. All in all, it was a positive exchange that started on a negative footing.

Shows you that there are still some good, sensible people in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk community; all too few, though.


Contrary to what you have been told or led to believe, dear readers, churches are not where God lives [Thank God!], that is, churches are not God’s personal primary residence, they are sacred spaces where we can find safe, quiet space to reflect, meditate, be still, or engage in a conversation with the Divine, a practice what we call prayer, but have forgotten – or never knew how to do. Nowadays most conversations with God turn out to be like conversations with those twits exercising their thumbs on an electronic device; a meeting where God’s trying to reveal himself to the twit who’s functioning with half a hemisphere, wondering whose reflection it is in the smartphone screen.

Repurposing Our Churches

When I hear of closure of churches, merging of congregations, sale of church property, conversions of churches to art galleries, restaurants, even private residences, I feel a cold shudder. These churches have become like dinosaurs; they were once living, awesome organisms, and they thrived and nurtured similar life but at some time long ago they became sick, languished and died. Now all we have left of them are lumps of rock we gawk at in museums or use as paperweights in our studies. So, too, many of our former sacred spaces are now secular spaces where the inhabiting materialist-consumerists worship their new idols: mega-flat screens, surround sound, a nymph, and a bottle. Happy worshipping!

We’ve replaced God there too with some idol like money, sex, a car, or a pop star

So where has God gone once evicted? God’s where he’s always been: in the dark silent depths of our hearts, unless we’ve replaced God there too with some idol like money, sex, a car, a political figure or a pop star. Yes, Idolaters of Ubiquitous White Noise and Distractions, the Ultimate Truth still lies hidden in that wet, fertile, darkness deep within a human being (No, not a vagina!) but nowadays who among you Vessels of Clay with your stymied white-cane spirituality would dare explore the silence within, when there’s so much to do in the world? Why would anyone want to become acquainted with their true self when they can invent another, more pleasant, acceptable self and one that you can transform it at any time using a convenient app? Who will know? You will. But you don’t care because you’ve been diving down that slippery slope for so long you wouldn’t know your true self if you tripped over it!

In my meanderings I spend time in churches, at meetings and conferences, on Internet forums, at monasteries, interacting with others in a variety of settings. I note the anxiety and the vulnerability that cripples so many people; I note their white-cane spirituality, blindly pursuing some sort of agenda-seeking-to-become-a-religion, a tool for a virtual life; they have no real life. I listen to and become offended by the ignorance and narcissism of those claiming to be called to a vocation, as clergy, as lay religious, as lay ministers in churches, congregations, parishes; I frequently observe the infantile fascination of the unwashed when, in a strange ecstasy of voyeurism, they rub shoulders with monks, priests, nuns, or spiritual leaders, and they grin idiotically as if caught in an act of masturbation. “Hee, hee! Look at me!” Narcissism, too, is a form of idolatry. I have to wonder whether the gawkers or the gawkees actually realize the pitiable dynamic going on. It’s rather like the voyeurism of social media but worse. Worse because the so-called spiritual leaders are actually enjoying the worship, and the egos soar – and the wound deepens and festers, poisoning the entire mystical body.

Starving?
Tail’s great!

And like starving rats will go for anything that smacks of survival…

If churches and faith communities are hemorrhaging members, the religious vocations are dwindling into membership cachexia. And like starving rats will go for anything that smacks of survival. For several decades now, the materialist consumerism and the dumbing down of society has left the message of higher truths and spirituality to languish in the shadow of anti-human propaganda, corporate greed, political narcissism, social confusion, despair and anxiety. Fear of loss is the underlying message everywhere we look. That fear is nourished by the messages we receive of time running out for something, anything, everything; fear the terror threat, fear the coming rain or snow showers, fear the threat represented by the guy next door, fear the North Koreans, fear the Russians, fear the illegals. What we need to fear is the false teaching in the poor preaching, we need to fear the pulpit politics, we need to fear the bigoted perp patrols.

Stuck somewhere in a learning curve…

The only religion that’s growing these days is Islam and our response is to demonize it

We are stuck somewhere in a learning curve. But where? We need to learn to fear our own demise and ignorance thanks to the conflicting and contradicting messages we receive from the media, the poor performance of our education institutions, and the dishonesty and corruption of our political system. Add to that the failure of our Judeo-Christian religious institutions to teach correct doctrine and dogma, and to provide effective preaching in support of implementing doctrine and dogma into our day-to-day lives in furtherance of “happiness” and a “good end.” And it’s no wonder people are despairing and anxious. The only religion that’s growing these days is Islam and our response is to demonize it as a bunch of whacko terrorists. Doesn’t anyone see where this is leading? Why can’t religious institutions join together to combat the capitalist propaganda drowning us in a sea of lies and hate? But then, when I was a kid it was the Roman Catholics and Protestants killing each other. Only the bigotry and creeds have remained the same; only the faces have changed.

Cultural and political institutions our religious and faith institutions are appealing to the lowest common denominator

Failing religious institutions and religious organizations and institutions are desperately prostituting themselves in a vain attempt simply to survive. And like our cultural and political institutions our religious and faith institutions are appealing to the lowest common denominator in the attempt to get what they can and run with it. It’s not working, people, that’s why you see so many storefront and strip mall micro-churches flooding into the vacuum left by mainstream institutions. Problem is this: the storefront and strip mall micros are just as bad as the movie-theatre or stadium megachurches, because they create their own ideologies, agendas, idolatries and there are plenty of sheeple to participate because they don’t know anything better. Thanks Vatican II and interfaith dialogue, ecumenism. Lights, cameras, action! Worship!

I can speak from personal experience, scholarship, and professional activity with various faith traditions and communities, religious organizations and institutions, and educational institutions. As a writer, editor, researcher, and educator I vet my facts.

So where does an institution in decline turn in the desperate attempt to survive a couple of more years? St Patricks is prepping, even in the absence of its pastor for several weeks, for the celebration of the church’s centennial. 100 years is not a very long time in Church terms but it’s a start. The nagging question is how long does it still have before it’s converted into another empty building on Ravena-Coeymans’ growing list of vacancies. [Editor’s note: St Patricks have already sold off a number of real estate parcels, some of which were sold to RCS school board president, James Latter, the same James Latter who works for the Saudi Arabian-owned Sabic corporation, the same corporation who got recommendations for tax breaks from the RCS school district.] Maybe Mr VanDerveer’s off attending job interviews, since the parishioners in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are usually the last to know when their church is closing.

When you can’t attract young men to the priesthood you have to attract old men to the diaconate

Like the consumer society they operate in, churches like St Patrick’s are compelled to sacrifice quality for quantity. For example, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany reports in a recent issue of Sheaf, the official gazette of St Bernard’s School of Ministry and Theology, the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese reports “200 deacons and growing.” When you can’t attract young men to the priesthood you have to attract old men to the diaconate. Numbers not quality count; that’s why the permanent diaconate was revived by the Roman Catholic Church in the 60s to stem the decline in seminary admissions; in many dioceses the diaconate has become a boy’s club, a church country club, an organization of narcisistic logrollers. “My dad the deacon.” “My son the deacon.” “My wife, Mrs Deacon!”

Deacon Chic Coming Soon to Your Parish!
You have your church band, liturgical dancing, now you can have liturgical strippers!
Don’t miss the Trinitarian Trio of Trollops!

The Episcopal church has been ordaining “women” for decades; many (mostly gender ambiguous specimens) in the RC church are advocating ordaining women deacons and the reasonable expected consequence of this slippery slope is women priests! When does this comedy of errors, this farce stop? [Editor’s note: For those of our readers with limited vocabularies, a “slippery slope” is a comedy of errors is a related series of amusing or farcical events involving a series of awkward missteps or other mistakes.]

Clergy or Special Ed Class or LGBT Rejects?

There is a big problem with erroneous teaching and that leads to gross stupidity and poor public image. Take for instance the Church’s stand on abortion and other issues. The corrupt and long discredited practice of prayer and what the faithful could expect from prayer as espoused by a greedy medieval Church led not only to Martin Luther’s confrontation and the ultimate schism but also to the Counter-Reformation, and later to many, many scandals. They still haven’t learned.

Erroneous teaching and that leads to gross stupidity and poor public image

OK. But can someone tell me how this works? How about you, Father?

Let’s face the facts: The Church may be facing annihilation over the longer term if it doesn’t (1) come up with some sort of recruitment scheme for the long-term future of the priesthood, and (2) come up with some sort of outside “support for its mission,” which translates into people who are able and willing to give in support of the Church in general and of their local faith community before it has to selling off more acreage. The old priests and nuns committed their lives and fortunes to the faith community; they’re gone now and so are their legacies. A liberal, liberation theology (= socialist)  tainted Jesuit pope is not going to solve the problem; in fact, he stands to worsen it. Jesuits don’t have a very good record in Rome; Jesuit popes have an even worse record..

And this is how it’s gonna be!

One of the real problems being faced by the Church and by the faithful is that they are learning impaired. Change is not measured in years in the Church but in centuries. While the men in the Vatican are swilling good wine and dining in gardens al fresco, the American Church is making its own rules. Everyone seems to be caught up in a dead man spiral, stuck somewhere in an ecclesiological learning curve. But no one seems to be certain where they’re stuck.

Still in the learning curve. But where?

So that’s where we stand locally, and regionally. Ravena is just an example, a stereotype, and not the main culprit; Ravena is a symptom, we have to look for the ecclesiological pathology elsewhere. Meanwhile, the stupid signs aren’t helping.

The Church at Work.
Did you find the problem yet?

 

A New Feature: Articles and Essays

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Learn More about Death and Dying.

The Principal Facilitator at Thanatology Café writes about a number of subjects relating to death, dying, grief, and the funeral services profession. Published on several blogs these articles have stimulated interest among people who never thought they’d be talking about the dread subject of death, and those readers and participants in local Thanatology Cafés have asked for more about the subject of thanatology; so many readers have requested copies of the Chaplain’s essays and articles that responding to every individual request has been quite a task. To make it easier for anyone interested in reading the Chaplain’s articles, he’s decided to create an online page on the Thanatology Café blog, where you can click on the essay title and either read the article online or download it. It’s that easy!

The article “Interfaith Bereavement Chaplain — An Essential Asset” is actually an article written for the benefit of funeral homes and funeral directors, and gives them a good talking-to about how they are failing to provide the bereaved with essential grief services and aftercare. It’s a must read if you are going to make pre-arrangements or are making arrangements for a loved one. Local funeral homes like Babcock Funeral Home (Ravena), especially (!) with their expensive and shoddy services, and A.J. Cunningham (Greenville and Ravena), the Capital District’s very own “factory funeral home”, Newcomer Funeral Home, could learn a lot from that articel.

The article, “Why is Funeralization Desirable and Necessary” is directed more to the consumer than to the funeral director, although funeral directors could benefit considerably from this article. It focuses mainly on the benefits of the traditional funeral for survivors and mourners. It’s a must-read for anyone who is or will be involved in funeral arrangements — that means everyone!

One of the most interesting articles is “Plain Talk About Cremation,” which is a real eye-opener for anyone considering cremation as a final disposition of their mortal remains.

Those articles and more are available on the Thanatology Cafe Blog page, “Articles & Essays.”

Click this link to go directly to New Feature: Articles and Essays.

As soon as we have it, we’ll also be publishing the September and October Thanatology Café program for the RCS area. Stay tuned and stay informed!

Please let me know how you like the Chaplain’s new service.

Happy reading! The Editor

Happy reading!
The Editor

Source: A New Feature: Articles and Essays

Other blogs by the Chaplain include:

 

Return of the Scumbuckets! Coeymans Does It Again!

Coeymans Voters Showed that They Are Either Brain Dead or Slobbering Suckers

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But How Can So Many People Be Crying About the Election Results if They Didn’t Vote for the Crooks? Something isn’t right in Coeymans!

The trash bags are back! Dithering Tom Dolan, a farce of a boardmember, caused a stir a couple of years ago when he was the subject of a scandal revolving around his tampering with absentee ballots from individuals receiving benefits from his Choices program in Ravena. Tom Dolan has been the subject of several scandals since then. Most recently he leaked a confidential Comptroller’s draft that his crony scoundrel Jim Youmans played to the hilt.

How quickly the residents and voters of the town of Coeymans forget that both Jim Youmans and Rick Touchette had been in public office but were dumped by Coeymans voters just about 2 years ago. They weren’t worth re-election then so what’s changed since? Only that they were involved in more scandals and unlawful conduct; is that what gets a democrap elected in Coeymans?

Well, the only thing that has changed is that they added another scandal to their list: Dolan, Touchette and Phil Crandall were all involved in the ticket fixing scam that forced Phil Crandall to resign from elected office in disgrace, never again to run for judicial office. All of them, Dolan, Touchette and Crandall were tight together and involved in getting and giving illegal favors that forced Crandall to resign from the judgeship! But you voted Tom Dolan and Rick Touchette back into office.  Even worse still, you put bully Jim Youmans back where you didn’t want him a couple of years ago! How can you do that, Coeymans?

Didn’t you read our factsheets on the candidates? Read them now and weep, stupids! Click here: What You Need to Know Before Voting on November 3rd.

Coeymans Voters Pumped Raw Sewerage into Town Hall! Dolan, Youmans, Touchette

On November 3rd Coeymans Voters Pumped Raw Sewerage into Town Hall!
Dolan, Youmans, Touchette

On November 3rd Coeymans Voters Pumped Raw Sewerage into Town Hall!
Dolan, Youmans, Touchette

So what do Coeymans voters, morons that they are, do? They re-elect scoundrels to represent them and to govern the town of Coeymans. So what’s the plan here, people? You’re bitching that the town is going to the dogs. You make some progress in forcing two dirty cops, Dirty Hands Jerry Deluca and his dumpling Gregory Darlington into retirement. The police department is shining now, a real part of the community, saving money and working with the community. The town of Coeymans is in the black with the 2015 budget! And so you bunch of dullwits go and put a damper on it all by re-electing a dithering idiot loser, Tom Dolan, and then electing two known crooks and scoundrels, Rich Touchette and Jim Youmans. That’s just what the doctor ordered to fix Coeymans, people, a great police chief and an honest police department with crooks and bullies on the town board! Congratulations, you’re all now charter members of the DUMBASS CLUB.

How is it possible that Coeymans voters could put that crook Touchette in the Albany county legislature. He’s listed as one of the plaintiffs in a case that is trying to kill economic development in Coeymans; do you really think he’s going to do better in Albany? If he’s so great, why didn’t you re-elect him to the town board in 2013? Short memories or brain dead voters kill communities. You’re well on your way, Coeymans.

Apart from demonstrating that you’re all a bunch of terminal retards and dumb as a rock, the only other alternative is this: You’ve been had, Coeymans! Tom Dolan and his welfare parasites, the ghetto on the hill, sold their votes for benefits. That’s the only other way to explain this situation. It’s the only way a halfway sane community could possibly justify such dumbass election results: The Coeymans dumbocrap party used every dishonest and villainous trick in the book to get the votes they needed to keep Coeymans in the democrap strangle-hold and part of the democrat political machine run by the Albany democrat mafia. And that’s exactly what Tom Dolan and his democrap thugs did, in fact!


Crandall and Youmans show Coeymans voters what they have to offer. Dolan not shown (nothing to offer).

Coeymans, you really have to call for an investigation of this election. It couldn’t have been more crooked. No sane community could possibly have elected such a bunch of crooks, bullies and scoundrels without some unlawful help from the party leadership. This is outrageous and beyond suspicious!

COEYMANS VOTERS NEED TO DEMAND A RECALL, A REVOTE! SAVE YOURSELF COEYMANS!

Those of you who read this blog had all the information you needed handed to you! All of it from court records, the media, from reliable sources. We even provided you with links to that important information so you could send it to your friends and neighbors. SHAME ON YOU ALL!!! YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET FROM YOUR CROOKS AND BULLIES YOU ELECTED, AND THEN SOME. WE’LL BE WATCHING AND HAVING A GREAT LAUGH AT YOUR IMBECILIC CHOICES.

NOW, YOU CAN EITHER SIMMER IN YOUR OWN PUTRID JUICES OR YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO LET BULLY YOUMANS, CROOKS DOLAN AND THEIR CONIES PLAY YOU ALL FOR THE FOOLS YOU PROVED YOURSELVES TO BE.

AND NEW BALTIMORE HAD BETTER KEEP VERY CLOSE TABS ON THEIR ELECTION RESULTS. REPUBLICANS SEEM TO THINK THAT PLAYING BY THE RULES WILL GET THEM SOMEWHERE; HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE THEM TO REALIZE THAT THE DEMOCRAPS DON’T HAVE ANY RULES. TIME TO GET THE ATTORNEYS INVOLVED.

The Editor

 
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News Herald Still Tries to Polish a Turd

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The Ravena News Herald never seems to miss a chance to impress us—negatively, of course—and this latest issue (Ravena News Herald, October 9, 2024) is not an exception. In fact, start sockpuppet Bryan Rowzee again betrays local readers with an unusually slanted and biased report—even for lackey Rowzee— on the town of Coeymans discussion on eliminating another duplication of services that is eating up taxpayer dollars in Coeymans: the outdated dispatcher services. But Rowzee simply repeats what some of RCS’s star hypocrites and liars dribbled at a Coeymans town board meeting two weeks ago. Yes, readers, Rowzee’s report is two weeks old! The devious Rowzee and his editors make readers think the information is recent by not giving the date of the meeting, making it appear that it’s more recent. Don’t be deceived, readers, you’re paying your $1 for local news that’s two weeks old. Rowzee and the morons he quotes in his “report” don’t provide any facts or figures, just pure speculation and unfounded opinion—most of which is quoted from the turdy lips of local elected officials, public servants, and former board members, the very people you’d expect to get up and talk facts and figures. But, Hold on! Have we forgotted where we are? This is RCS. Not exactly the land of truth, reality, facts and figures.


Don’t be deceived, readers, you’re paying your $1 for local news that’s two weeks old.

So how do you, some of you readers of the rag, Ravena News Herald, and stupid enough to pay $1 to do it, know what they’re talking about? When you get no facts or truth, it’s like climbing stairs to nowhere. You can’t get to the second floor without steps or a ladder, and they’re keeping you from getting the stairs or ladder.

Here’s another example many of you might be more familiar with. It’s in the town of Bethlehem, just about halfway between Ravena and Albany, very visibly positioned to be seen and read by people traveling on 9W towards Albany.

No Mr Ratmeyer, this is not God's handwork?"

No Mr Ratmeyer, this is not God’s handiwork?”

What this is, really is:

  • A distraction from the real awesomeness of God’s handiwork (which the sign is obliterating)
  • A poor quality, computer generated, enhanced, artificial excuse for the real thing (which if you weren’t reading Ratmeyer’s signboard, you’d actually see God’s handiwork!)
  • An example of the incomplete and flawed theology that local churches are feeding the famished faithful (Do they really know what it’s all about ?)
  • A very good example of the general misinformation and dysinformation that the American people are getting from their elected officials, their media, and—as our example shows—even from their churches! (Misinformation overload!)
  • A silly and feeble attempt to inspire a materialistic and individualistic mass of flesh passing by to come to their senses and recover, to salvage what’s left of their inheritance.

What it is, really is: A Lie.

In fact, it is a gross perversion of Calvin’s two-book theology of revelation: The book of Holy Scripture and the Book of Creation. The Reformed Church of America, an offshoot of Calvinism, like so many of our local churches, especially those of the minor and miniscule denominations, preach a misguided and misinformed theology to a very badly spiritually and religiously ignorant community. Ratmeyer’s Bethlehem Reformed Church isn’t the only one on the path to hell. We reported on this blog the demise of the New Baltimore Reformed Church under the misdirection of Ms Susan Kerr (read the article at: New Baltimore Reformed Church: Slow Agonizing Death).  But Ratmeyer’s signboard is nothing more than a feeble attempt to send a message, a very poorly thought message, to an audience who haven’t a clue what he’s driving at. In fact, it’s such an offensive perversion because Ratmeyer appears to have fallen victim to the very thing that is destroying the soul of the very humanity he is so impotently attempting to reach: the electronic video screen. How many souls has the electronic video screen already destroyed by drawing the observer’s attention into its nothingness while at the same time distracting the victim from reality, from the real world, from the real beauty around him or her. What was said of television a decade or two ago was that had torn families apart; today it’s the home computer, the iPads and so-called smart phones (that are smarter than their victim users) that are finishing what television started: the destruction of a social, family-oriented, community-conscious society. And the misnamed, insidious so-called social media like Facebook (Pink Obama” Sean Eldridge’s same-sex hubby Chris Hughes’ contribution to the decay of America—and now Eldridge wants your vote to make him a national lawmaker, a US congressman! No gay way!) which is in fact asocial, antisocial media that has disabled interpersonal communications and relationship building to new levels.

Now let’s get to our point, polishing turds.

Brian Rowzee and the Ravena News Herald Use a Lot of this.

Brian Rowzee and the Ravena News Herald Use a Lot of this.

So let’s get back to the News Herald and it’s misinformation and lies. While Rowzee makes very certain all of his friends get quoted, he conspicuously avoids any facts like:

  • How many dispatchers are concerned
  • How much money is being spent on the dispatchers and the dispatch office(s)
  • How much money will be saved if the dispatchers are eliminated
  • How many calls the dispatchers handle in a week, a month, a year
  • What kind of calls are they handling (life-and-death, car doesn’t start, cat-in-a-tree, etc.)
  • The fact that Albany County has a very sophisticated network of 911 dispatchers who can handle just about every emergency
  • That most of the dispatchers are family members of town and village employees (No surprise, right?)
  • That if Coeymans keeps the dispatchers, they will necessarily have to spend a bundle to update their outdated equipment and more money to train the dispatchers, something that you’re already paying for in your tax dollars because Albany County provides the dispatching service.
  • That if the dispatchers are eliminated, the town of Coeymans can save more than $350,000 in the budget.
  • That now that do-do cop Gregory Darlington has finally left the Coeymans p.d., the town can leave that position unfilled and save another more than $100,000 (Darlington was paid more than $100,000 if you include his benefits, pension, and town vehicle he drove around).
  • How does that pan out in terms of eliminating the Coeymans police department overall and letting the Albany County Sheriff and the New York State police do what they’re being paid to do. (Read our article at: Supervisor Flach: On Eliminating the Coeymans P.D.)
  • And finally, What brand of turd polish are you using to make local shit shine, Mr Rowzee?

So let’s ask Mr Rowzee and his editors, and his bosses Mark Vinciguerra and John B. Johnson of the Johnson Newspapers Corp., the corporation that owns the Ravena News Herald and Mr Bryan Rowzee, who is also part-owned by the village of Ravena: Where are the facts, the figures, the real meat and potatoes of the issue?

Looking at Rowzee’s so-called report:

Nothing you're likely to get from Bryan Rowzee or the Ravena News Herald!

Nothing you’re likely to get from Bryan Rowzee or the
Ravena News Herald
!

It seems that Mr Tom Dolan, local democrap party official and sitting town of Coeymans board member, didn’t attend the information-gathering meetings with the other board members, when they met with Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Why doesn’t Mr Rowzee dig a bit deeper into the reasons why Dolan fell short of his obligations to this community to do everything possible to be as well informed as possible?

Rowzee reports that “two visiting village [of Ravena] trustees” attended the meeting and commented. Wait a minute, wasn’t it the village of Ravena who a couple of years back told the town of Coeymans that town employees could not address the village board meetings? And didn’t Michael Biscone, village attorney at the time, put that in a formal letter to the town? (Read the article at: Business as Usual in Ravena: Violation of Constitutional Rights!) And of all people from the village to make any comments on anything, we have Ravena’s Bill Bailey and Nancy Warner making statements!

That’s the same Bill Bailey who was told a couple of months back by town code enforcement officer Laverne Conrad in a public meeting on water delivery that Bailey was “telling the board a load of crap” (Read the article at: Conrad to Bailey: “You’re telling this board a load of crap!”). While we have little regard for that snake Laverne Conrad and his crooked deals and illegal land development projects (Rea our article at: Got Creek? The Case of the Missing Stream…,  , he’s right Bailey does talk crap. He’s known far and wide to talk crap. He never has any solid facts and mumbles any shite that happens to make its way into his muddled head. But Rowzee quotes him voicing his concern about New Scotland and Rensselaer, Westerlo, says Bailey, “I don’t believe…pay for dispatch and receive the service.” Duh! What’s your point Bozo? And, excuse us, isn’t Rensselaer a city and a county on the other side of the river? What in hell does Rensselaer have to to with Coeymans? How does Rensselaer compare to that hovel New Scotland or Westerlo? Any answers Mr Bailey, Mr Rowzee? Oops, they’re talking a load of crap AGAIN!

Typical Rat Response

Typical Rat Response

Both Mr Bill Bailey and Mr Tom Boehm, who lost the public’s confidence in the last elections when he was voted out, were apparently concerned with “timing,” and that the town’s inquiry is being made around budget time. Duh No. 2. This is a question, Mr Bailey and Mr Boehm, of trimming a considerable amount of money from the town budget. When in hell else should it be considered you two morons? Are you suggesting that dead wood should be kept in the budget and the budget approved, then the dead wood discussed and possibly eliminated. Sounds like the way Bailey runs Ravena and Boehm used to run Coeymans: put the cart before the horse and wonder why nothing happens.

And of all people to be talking about behind-the-scenes meetings, and decisions made in secret, sounds like Mr Boehm is losing it. He was voted out of office because of his secret meetings, his fake press releases and conferences, his general dishonesty. But now that Boehm is out, he’s got a lot to say. Well, who would know better than Tom Boehm about sneaking around and leaving the public out of the loop. Answer: Ravena sitting trustee-who-can’t-be-trusted, none other than Nancy Warner. That’s who!

Nancy Warner should know all there is to know about making decisions behind closed doors and secret meetings. Just about two years ago she conspired with Cathy Deluca and insider Robert Fisk to purchase more than $40,000 in used fitness equipment from Fisk. The equipment was used in a health club under Cathy Deluca’s management that failed. The club and its contents were owned by Ravena insider Bob Fisk. That purchase was made behind closed doors but the history gets even more scandalous.

pack of liesNancy Warner and others on the Ravena village board met secretly with Cathy Deluca and decided that Cathy Deluca would get a health club in the space occupied at the time by the RCS Community Library. So Nancy Warner and the Ravena village board made life as miserable as possible for the library and even raised the library’s rent by more than $600 a month, punishing them for not moving out. But nothing was said that the premises into which they were to move was not yet ready because the cousin, Don Persico, of sitting Ravena board member, Rocco Persico (voted out of office in the last elections but still employed by the RCS school district as a school psychologist), because Persico was waiting for the bank to approve a loan so he could continue the work. Smell a rat yet? If you do it’s called a Nancy Warner!

It gets better. Well, the village of Ravena board under Warner and Bailey, then create the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, without public input and go on to budget more than $100, 000 to support it in its first year in the Ravena budget. $40,000 for used equipment, no public input, secret meetings. $100,000 for an unnecessary health club, no public input, secret meetings.

Coconspirators & Losers: Nancy'Warner's Team.

Co-conspirators & Losers: Nancy Warner’s Team.
Rocco Persico, John Bruno, Martin Case

Then, they appoint Cathy Deluca to be the director of the Ravena Health and Fitness Center—by this time she’s already managed two previous health clubs into oblivion and failure—, she has no qualifications at all—except that she’d previously managed two health clubs into oblivion—, and then fraudulently push through her position as a civil service position, non-competitive, with associated benefits–the director of the Albany County Civil Service Department who approved the application lost his job shortly after we started investigating the misuse of the process— (Read our article at: Ravena Laws Unconstitutional! Violation of Protected First Amendment Rights AGAIN!), and Warner pushed to pay Deluca more than $30,000 plus benefits. $40,000 for used equipment, no public input, secret meetings. $100,000 for an unnecessary health club, no public input, secret meetings. $30,000 for an unqualified insider, Cathy Deluca, to manage the illegal Ravena Health and Fitness Center, using the illegally purchased used fitness equipment. No public input, no public meetings, all behind closed doors.

But Rowzee quotes Nancy Warner as saying, “If this is going to involve the entire town and include the village, I think we need to just be made aware of what is going on.” Really, Nancy? You thieving hypocrite!

Shame on you, Nancy Warner.

Shame on you, Nancy Warner.

You’ll remember last year when Nancy Warner and former mummy-mayor John Bruno were targeting the kids in Ravena, getting ex-Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington to harass them with his patrols. That stopped abruptly when we reported on the situation and filed a notice of claim against Ravena and the town of Coeymans police department for violation of civil and protected rights. Have you all forgotten Nancy Warner’s involvement in the misdemeanor and civil right violations charges against Cathy Deluca and the obstruction of justice complaints brought against the Coeymans police department when Cathy Deluca filed a false report and lied to the Coeymans police, trying to bring a harassment charge against a local resident who was visiting the Ravena Health and Fitness Club. Even though the resident recorded the entire visit, from the point of leaving his car to the point of driving off, completely proving that Cathy Deluca had lied, she was kept employed. (Read the article at: Criminal Complaint: Catherine M. Deluca a.k.a. Cathy Deluca, Claude A. Wheeles, Ravena Health and Fitness Center) Then officer Jason Albert, now “detective” Jason Albert, investigated but like a good little soldier obeyed when told to drop it, was rewarded for his obstruction of justice and playing the favorites, insiders game with that promotion to detective. (Read the article at: Criminal Obstruction of Justice & Official Misconduct: Gregory Darlington, Coeymans PD)Isn’t that enough on its own to eliminate the Gestapo Coeymans police department and fire all of the thugs employed there? Wouldn’t that be enough to fire Cathy Deluca? They fired a village employee for using a village postage stamp but kept criminal Deluca on? (Reade the article at:Village of Ravena Served: Cathy Deluca and Ravena Health and Fitness Center under Fire and Bruno, Deluca, Warner Squirming to Cover It Up) Go figure!

Oh! Did we mention that Nancy Warner “supervises” the village of Ravena court? It just so happens that her husband, the corrupt, civil-rights abuser ex-Albany cop, Harold “Hal” Warner is the Village of Ravena justice. Pretty cozy, isn’t it? But the notion of conflict of interests, abuse of public office, and public corruption hasn’t yet entered Ravena’s vocabulary, and, if what we’ve been able to observe in Ravena mayor William “Moose” Misuraca’s performance, it’s not likely those words will be used very soon either.

By the way, the Ravena Health and Fitness Center pays no rent, does not pay for the facilities, is failing to attract enough members to even come close to paying Cathy Deluca’s salary, let alone the $100,000 budgeted for the money pit, but Ravena mayor William “Moose” Misuraca and his village board have not made a single step towards eliminating Cathy Deluca’s playpen and wasting Ravena tax dollars. Why is that Mr Misuraca? Why is it, Mr Rowzee, that you never utter a peep about these issues that are so important to residents and this community?

Bryan Rowzee has been reporting for the Ravena News Herald at least for as long as all of this has been going on. He works in the RCS Community Library (see the photo on the same page of the October 9, 2014 Ravena News Herald, where he’s posing with other library employees). But Rowzee, whose wife is employed by the village of Ravena as a secretary in the building department, is very careful to report just the right things and quote the right people, isn’t he. Bryan Rowzee is just as guilty as the crooks he paints in such rosy colors in his so called reports. Why? Because the village of Ravena employs his wife!

Another insignificant loser to take the speakers podium was former town of Coeymans board member, Dawn Rogers, voted out in the last elections, and a close collaborator of Guess who? You got it, Tom Boehm and Tom Dolan. She makes up the third in the Coeymans Three Stooges Losers’ Club. Dawn Rogers never had much to say while on the board but she’s pretty perky when it comes to joining in with the crooks’ choir, isn’t she? Rogers couldn’t be heard or when heard, believed while on the board, why should she now have such credibility? Maybe Mr Rowzee can answer that question.

The others, other than Jolene Hopkins, who was staged together with her prop-child to tear at some heart strings and support the other phoneys, was not an Oscar-winning performance. It was too easy to see through her and her story. Why is it these crooks always get the kids involved? That should be a form of abuse of a child!

Coeymans ex- police chief, Gregory Darlingon, did what all good rats do.

Coeymans ex- police chief, Gregory Darlington, did what all good rats do.

The other speakers are really insignificant because their statements were made only to protect their own turf, their own jobs, the jobs they got with the town for their relatives. Fire chief Travis Whitbeck, former Coeymans police chief Gregory Darlington (who announced his abrupt resignation later that very night) really had their own pockets in mind and had nothing, really, to say about facts and figures or anything constructive. Even Darlington, the coward, chose to resign rather than stand his ground and fight for his dispatchers and his department. Like a rat, he abandoned ship. (Our guess is that race-ticket-carrier Albany County district Attorney, another corrupt rat-keeper, P. David Soares, is expected to take Darlington in. Darlington will then be able to sit next to his wife, who already works for “Pudenda” Soares.) Albany will never change as the capital of corruption. But did we expect anything else?

Maybe if local residents boycott the Ravena News Herald and the other newspapers owned by the Johnson Newspaper Corp. (like the The Daily Mail • Chatham Courier • Windham Journal • The Mountain Eagle • Ravena News-HeraldGreene County NewsRiver Chronicle) and its officers like Mark Vinciguerra and John B. Johnson, they might give Mr Bryan Rowzee some guidance on how to report real news, true facts, and genuine figures so that the community is informed and educated, not just fed gossip and propaganda! Hell! We might even be able to get recent news honestly reported and not reports on events that are more than 2 weeks old!

extraAnd We Thought the Village of Ravena Couldn’t Stoop Any Lower
They Can!

There’s one other story that needs to be covered here. That’s the one where Ravena resident Regina Palmer has had to appear before the Ravena village board to be humiliated into asking to make installment payments for charges levied by the village of Ravena for “discovering” a water leak in the delivery line from the water mains. Maybe Ms Palmer should inquire with the village authorities about the village’s offer in the late 90’s to foot the bill for residential service lines from the village mains to the resident and to foot the bill for the digging! It’s in the public record! Dozens of homes got it done, and it’s still done for insiders ‘quietly’. Doesn’t that make better sense? Do you think Palmer should have had to pay twice for the digging? We think NOT! Not while they’re paying crooks like Cathy Deluca $30,000 a year for What? And more than $100,000 a year for an illegal health club? And how many tens of thousands on botched up roadwork? It’s no wonder there’s no business in Ravena-Coeymans. It’s no wonder half of Ravena-Coeymans’ properties are either distressed, vacant, or up for sale. Way to go Ravena! Just try that on our property and learn what a good ass-kicking feels like!

Ms Palmer has kindly provided more specific details on the situation. Please see the comments for more information: We would like to correct the report we posted on the Palmer property and water line leak between the main and the Palmer home.Property where Gina Palmer resides in is not in Ravena. The location that the digging occurred was not on Ms Palmer’s property, it was in fact under the road. When they discovered the leak, they did indeed show me where it was and told me it was my responsibility since the leak was in the residential line not at the main. After inquiring about how I would go about fixing a leak that was under a state road, Henry did provide Ms Palmer with the names of local contractors who could do the work; however, Ms Palmer suggested that since it was already dug up that they should go ahead and fix it. Palmer was told that there would be a charge and she agreed to have them do the work. Palmer reports that she personally thought the fee they charged was more than reasonable compared to what other contractors may have charged for this same work. Palmer says she appreciates that the Ravena board accepted her request to make payments.

Our response: It was improper for Henry Traver to have recommended local contractors to Ms Palmer. That should have resulted in a complaint to the village Board. If the leak was under a state road, we don’t understand why Ms Palmer agreed to pay for the repair. Why didn’t she inquire further how Traver and his crew of dunces established the property lines. If they were digging under a state road, how could they know that the leak was on Palmer’s property? Why  would Palmer agree to pay for the digging before a proper investigation had been conducted? Seems to us that Palmer falls in to the general category of Ravena self-made victims. We think that what Palmer did in this instance is like handing a drug addict a joint. Palmer actually enabled these crooks to continue their unlawful and crooked games with Ravena residents.

Nevertheless, Ms Palmer is an adult and can do whatever she likes. We consider what she does in its effects on the general community, however.

It's A Shame We Can't Get Good FactsYour Editor

It’s A Shame We Can’t Get Good Facts
Your Editor

 

 
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Double-Talk, Double-Standards, Double-Jeopardy: An Editorial

Casting A Glance Over Our Recent Articles We Have to Wonder…

Burning Questions for Residents


Ravena: Change is in the Air

Freshness in the Air</big?

Freshness in the Air

The air is getting fresher and fresher in Ravena. You can almost breathe without Ravena Mayor Bruno or Nancy Warner breathing down your back. Any ideas why that is, Ravena residents? Ravena is facing an historic election, one that, according to our polls and the word on the street, is going to turn the village right around: The incumbent, very unpopular, abysmally low in the polls John Bruno is on the road to a well-earned boot-in-the-ass, and a popular local figure, Bill “Moose” Misuraca, local tavern owner and community leader, is wearing the boot. The same is true for the guys competing for the 2 Ravena trustee seats on the Village Council. Here are the figures as of February 25, 2014:

Ravena Mayoral Race
Bill “Moose” Misuraca, 76%
John T. Bruno, 3%

Ravena Village Trustees
Kieth Mahler, 36%
Laszlo Polyak (write-in), 26%
Joel Coye, 9.6%
R. Persico (incumbent Bruno-boy), 3.8%
Martin Case (incumbent Bruno-boy), 2%

Participate in our Ravena Election polls: Vote Now! Click on this link: Ravena Votes Right: Polls

According to these figures, it doesn’t look good for Bruno, Persico and Case. With those figures, you even wonder why they’re bothering and don’t just throw in the towel, instead of suffering extreme embarrassment at the polls. But they’ve never shown any good sense; why would they start now?


Coeymans: The World’s Dumping Ground

Instead of Senior Housing, Teen Centers, Nature Preserves Coeymans Vision in Your Back Yard Just Keep Sitting Back Quiet

Instead of Senior Housing, Teen Centers, Nature Preserves
Coeymans Vision in Your Back Yard
Just Keep Sitting Back Quiet

We’re having some trouble with figuring out just where Coeymans wants to be in the next ten years or so. We’re having difficulty understanding whether, what, or even if Coeymans town hall has vision or is still blind as a bat and being led around by the nose by self-serving insiders and governed by backroom deals. Here’s why:

When Arby’s needed a slapstick comedy town to rename itself—that is, prostitute itself for a sandwich and be the world’s fool—Coeyman’s stood tall screaming “We’ll do it!”  And they did it: they renamed the Town of Coeymans “Reubenville” for an entire month and in return got a box of sandwich coupons. What Tom Dolan and the rest of the cockroaches in Town Hall, like Tom Dolan,  didn’t steal, Coeymans residents lined up like round rodents to claim what was left. When poorTown Clerk Diane Millious was asked who was accounting for the coupons (each was worth about $6) the otherwise cool and collected clerk just shook her head and said, “Nobody. They just come and take what they want.” [paraphrased]

When Albany wants a dump: They go to Coeymans. When TCI want to relocate their poison plant (just PCBs): They go to Coeymans. When someone wants to create a port complex or build a bridge: The build a high dirt wall to hide the Hudson River (and what’s going on at their port) from our view (Yes, Mabel! Some say it was an NSA requirement to have the wall to prevent terrorism but it still hides the River and, really, how many terrorists do you think it will stop?), or they tear up our roads and choke us with dust, or they simply tear up the environment to build a bridge and possibly compromise a protected waterway. (And, YES! Mabel, they did put in a Gazebo so you can sit and watch the river! Thank you!)  But the slogan is: “Just come to Coeymans and we’ll roll over for you!”

We know who’s getting paid off for all of this and who’s getting really rich BUT how many jobs did they create?

And what about local media? The Albany Times Useless and News 10, 13, and 6 have a heyday trashing everything and everyone in the Coeymans community and Coeymans just…rolls over. Just think about the misleading and devastating reporting that went on News 10 ABC recently about a new business in Glenmont! (see our article: Thank You! All You Can Eat Buffet Discount). Isn’t Albany, Ravena-Coeymans, the Capital Region, New York State, the Country depressed enough? Do we need local “news” media’s help in killing new business and jobs in the area? Let’s all thank Channel 10 “news” and the Albany Times Union for plunging a knife deep into our backs!

Talking about trash and dumping, and rolling over to be screwed: We still have the Coeymans Police Department, too. But rumor is that’s not for long.

But let’s ask these questions: Have any ot these carpetbaggers done anything for the residents of Coeymans besides unload on them and make fools of them?

Please read Pundit’s comments below. They’re particularly good and on target!


Town Government and School Governance

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We’ve recently posted a number of articles discussing the goings on in our town halls in Coeymans and in New Baltimore. One of our articles relates again to the Coeymans police department and the retirement of one of its employees, Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca, who claims to have 32 years on the Coeymans police force (Ravena News Herald picked up on this in and article by Bryan Rowzee. See our revealing article at: Making Shite Shine). We pointed out some very glaring questions about Deluca’s claims and demanded an investigation. Do you think that’s going to happen? Do you think the Town of Coeymans board is going to pass a resolution to investigate Deluca’s claims and publish the results for all to see?

Do you think for a moment that the Town of Coeymans has ordered an investigation or brought in outside authorities to investigate the many claims of obstruction of justice, misprision of felony, harassment, misuse of public office, etc.? Nothing has been done but to shake the criminals’ hands and give them fat pensions! This is NOT going away, Coeymans, so you’d better do something about it.

The recent stupid comments made by the Coeymans official and picked up by the Albany Times Union can’t be overlooked and have not been overlooked by us or our readers. In fact, we won’t even comment but will quote one of our readers who left a comment on the issue:

And our schools? More than $42 million budget. That’s more than the entire budget of the town of Coeymans and the Town of New Baltimore combined! And for what? The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk central school district board of education is owned by the teachers and the teachers union, NYSUT. The budget is getting more and more bloated at the expense of a dwindling tax base in the RCS school district but the quality of education as evidenced in graduation rates and recent reports on the quality of education in the schools is dropping: RCS property owners are being clobbered with every higher taxes, the non-property owners are reaping the benefits, and we are still at the bottom of the list as far as quality of education goes.

But where there’s that much money available you can bet there’s corruption! But the teachers are getting pretty hefty salaries and their benefits and fringes are certainly not going down! They demand MORE and deliver LESS! Why do RCS CSD residents stand for that? Better question: Why do RCS school district property owners and taxpayers stand for that? Any good answers?

Plenty of money and no transparency, no accountability. That spells abuse of public trust, corruption, and crime!

Speaking of abuse of public trust, corruption and crime—and NO! we’re not back on the Village of Ravena’s case nor are we launching another exposé on the Coeymans p.d. or Cathy Deluca and her Ravena playpen, the failing money pit a.k.a. the Ravena Health and Fitness Center—we’re looking at how tax assessments are done in Coeymans but will let one of our readers pour the salt into your wounds on this one, Coeymans (see below in comments).

New Baltimore Town Clerk's Office Hours Board Wants Change

New Baltimore Town Clerk’s Office Hours
Board Wants Change

We’re also looking at the situation of the New Baltimore Town Clerk who doesn’t think she needs to keep regular office hours. We’ve run a story on New Baltimore Town Clerk, Janet Brooks (click here: “If you want me to do my job, you’ll have to pay me more…”), who staunchly opposed the New Baltimore Town board’s attempt to establish regular hours for the Town Clerk’s office. We have also learned that in addition to her very generous salary of about $29,000/year PLUS benefits (healthcare etc.) PLUS state pension, she tends to keep very unusual hours. In fact, a reliable report alleges that in January 2014 she put in all of 8 days! And it appears that previous democrat administrations (David Lewis/Diane Lewis, O’Rorke) never bothered to establish office hours nor to publish even whether the official position of Town Clerk is full- or part-time. Does that really surprise you?

Well, the newly elected New Baltimore town board has uncovered mountains of irregularities in New Baltimore town government and is taken decisive steps to kill the corruption and criminality that has been going on there.

Here’s a comparison for you, New Baltimore residents: The Town of Coeymans is has about twice the population of New Baltimore and the Coeymans town clerk does about twice the number of things the New Baltimore town clerk does. The Coeymans town clerk is full-time PLUS. The Coeymans town clerk receives about $42,000 a year in salary as full-time clerk. The New Baltimore town clerk, Janet Brooks, receives more than $30,000 (total estimate for 2014) but appears to think her job is part-time. Can anyone in New Baltimore explain this? How long has this been going on?

From where we are standing this looks like abuse of public trust, misuse of public office, corruption, and even embezzlement of public funds by stealing salary and benefits! Has anyone tried this in their jobs? Does it work as well for you as it apparently works for Ms Brooks?

The newly-elected  New Baltimore supervisor and his team are working hard to uncover the dirt that’s been swept under the carpets, to get the skeletons out of the closets in New Baltimore town hall, to put things in some order. But they’re getting a lot of opposition from Ms Brooks, her ally New Baltimore Dem Committee chair Dianne Lewis (wife of former supervisor David Lewis), and sock puppet town board members Lisa Benway and Christopher “Chris” Norris, who apparently have a lot to hide. Denis Jordan, whose wife is deputy clerk to Janet Brooks and now New Baltimore tax collector, is tripping over himself on a day-to-day basis.

It’s a mess but given time and energy, newly elected New Baltimore supervisor Nick Dellisanti and his able team of Jeff Ruso and Sally vanEtten, with the support of honest New Baltimore residents, will eventually clean things up and maybe send a couple of criminals down the river.

Ironically, we just received an announcement from the FBI, FBI Announces Campaign to Seek Public Assistance Identifying Acts of Public Corruption (Feb. 18, 2014). Does this mean there’s still hope? Or is it a smoke screen? Maybe you should participate in this FBI campaign.

That all said, now is a time to put basic American values and solid tradition back in our town halls, people. We’ve gotten very lax in our churches and town halls, in our politics and our spirituality. We need to rediscover our values and stop this stupidity we call political correctness and all of the dehumanizing secularity we wallow in because we are so damned confused the only place to go is back into our shell and make-believe there’s nothing out there but US!

Please read Pundit’s comments below. They’re particularly good and on target!


Rebuild My House We Need to Rediscover Values and Belief

Rebuild My House
We Need to Rediscover Values and Belief

Local media has turned into propaganda mills, schools are crap, kids brains  are turning to mush and getting sucked into their electronic toys, mummy mayors and witches on sticks close our youth centers but reward insiders with fitness centers, property owners are being sucked dry by incompetent vampire school systems, police keep everyone properly intimidated and provide the necessary harassment and retaliation, churches are empty or populated by ministers who preach political agendas and hypocrites reading the Scriptures, town halls are meeting places for crooks and backroom deals, roads are full of potholes, Main Street is a ghost town, they’re turning our meadows and forests into transfer stations or dumps, and they’re building walls to hide our river. That’s America in our little community. Does it get any worse?

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Or is she covering her eyes because she can’t bear to witness what’s going on?
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New Baltimore Reformed Church: Slow Agonizing Death

What has happened to the New Baltimore Reformed Church?!?

Is this the fate of the NB Reformed Church after almost 180 years of history?

Is this the fate of the NB Reformed Church after almost 180 years of history?

What do you get when you take a 175-year old church and a solid core-congregation when the Reformed Church of America Regional Synod of Albany, Classis, made a poor decision to put a freshly baked female pastor in the pulpit. Inexperienced, ambitious, feminist, and stone-deaf when it came to hearing what the congregation leaders were saying, she just had to make changes. The New Baltimore Reformed Church went to hell in a handbasket and deteriorated from a vibrant local community to an emaciated skeleton of what it was.

The investment portfolio of the New Baltimore Reformed Church was remarkably healthy; that is, until the new pastor went on a remodeling and spending spree. It was pure shock when driving by the church to see a sign: “Save our church!” in front of the historic building. Save it from what? The damage was already done.

PUHLEEZ! Gimme a break! Stop the pseudo-Christian rhetoric and start thinking Gospel!

PUHLEEZ! Gimme a break!
Stop the pseudo-Christian rhetoric and start thinking Gospel!

But there was plenty of time for pursuing politics and ambition. While the congregation that unwittingly gave her a contract to be pastor was hemorrhaging members there was plenty of time for Albany activities.

And you think that politics should stay out of the pulpit? Well think again, friends, it’s post-menopausal women in collars now! And they all have a feminist agenda. Forget Genesis 1:27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. God created female and she was going to “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (starting with New Baltimore Reformed Church). It was her way or the highway; most of the old congregation took the highway.

For months now, driving by the New Baltimore Reformed Chuch, it looks like no one cares to even change the sign…Yes, the opulent sign that is/was intended to announce to the public the events at the church has stagnated in pre-Christmas announcements, giving the impression to anyone driving by that the church might be closed. What would you think if you drove by on February 20, 2014 and saw the announcements for pre-Christmas events of 2013.

No One Seems To Care to Change the Sign You'd think the pastor would take the time!

No One Seems To Care to Change the Sign
You’d think the pastor would take the time!

Almost two months later and the sign has not been changed. Not even to wish passers by a simple “Happy New Year 2014! Come on in!” No one in the New Baltimore Reformed Church congregation is left who cares enough even to update the sign. It’s obvious that the pastor has better things to do. What would they be, one wonders?

That sign sends a very resounding and clear message to everyone passing it on Route 144: Ghost Church!

Even the Christmas Nativity figures and crêche have been left out in the February snow drifts. No one seems to care that the Lenten season and Easter is just around the corner and the Nativity scene and its figures are rotting away in the February weather. It’s just money. But there’s plenty of time for Farmers Markets, and hanging out at Albany Medical Center, and playing pompous in Albany.

Read our response to a local resident’s comment on another local church gone satanic, Saint Patrick Roman Catholic in Ravena, New York. Read a specialist blog’s response to the resident at: Smoke of Satan…Again…Still!

Nativity Scene and Figures in Drifts An Indifference and Carelessness that wouldn't have happened a mere 10 years ago!

Nativity Scene and Figures in Drifts
An Indifference and Carelessness that wouldn’t have happened a mere 10 years ago!

The New Baltimore Reformed Church announcement board and the Nativity scene speak volumes about what has happened to the historic church and its congregation: Total Wanton Neglect! And no one in the Reformed Church of America hierarchy seems to notice, know or care. Shame on you! Shame on you Regional Synod of Albany, Albany Classis! But even greater shame on you, Susan Kerr, for neglecting your duties to the church and to the community.

But there’s plenty of time and money to leave stacks of fliers in the Post Office and elsewhere announcing a

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
March 4, 2014
4:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
All You Can Eat

Donations will benefit the roof repair fund.

But still nothing on the announcements board in front of the church! Go figure!

Read our related, topical article at Where have all the mothers gone?

What's next, Pastor Susan, male strippers? The Editor

What’s next, Pastor Susan, male strippers?
The Editor

Editor’s Postscript

Is this what we've become, as Christians?

Is this what we’ve become, as Christians?

This article is in no way intended to bash a small treasure of a church that has suffered under the effects of poor leadership at the Regional Synod and local level, combined with unconventional and insensitive pastoring, if pastoring it can be called. Some individuals placed in such influential positions have other agendas and, if they are not closely monitored and regularly observed, they can be churchicidal. New Baltimore Reformed is just one of many examples that can be named.

Ravena’s Roman Catholic Church of St Patrick is another local casualty, although many might say it has a healthy congregation. Numbers don’t necessarily indicate health in a church congregation, nor does the fact of good attendance indicate anything close to a faith community. All it means is that something might be going on that speaks to the locals, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be spirituality or faith. Tony’s recent comment on Ravena’s St Pat’s and his impression of Fr James Kane there is right on target, and situation, as in our reply, is much, much worse than Tony has experienced. Kane and his various deacons are an absolute disaster. But this is endemic in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and has been for decades. It has only gotten worse as bishop Howard Hubbard has gotten more and more tired, sicker and older. Hubbard was inexperienced when he was ordained bishop of Albany. Vatican II had just reached stateside. The Church was in a whirlwind of flux and all hell was breaking loose. The result was that Albany became notorious as one if not the most liberal RC dioceses in the country, and Hubbard achieved that dubious distinction, along with his long-time friend bishop Matthew H. Clark , in Rochester, now succeeded by bishop Salvatore R. Matano (who is hopefully of a more traditional, conservative spirit). Add to that the volatile mix of “liberated rabid nuns” who were leaving the schools and convents in droves, dropping the religious habits and getting some really bad habits to replace spirituality, and plunk a population of castrati priests who like being “friendly” and you get what we have today: hemorrhaging churches and disgruntled faithful.

Hubbard’s RC Diocese of Albany’s Pastoral Center, home of the diocesan administration and a cluster of small defensive fiefdoms catering to the various interests of the diocese, is jam-packed with female lay religious (nuns and wannabe nuns), misfit lay officers, and a bunch of ailing aging priests who are hanging on like barnacles on a ship. Jim Kane is one of them and there are plenty like him. What’s worse is that the former director of the deaconate, Frank Berning, went a step further by handpicking company boys to ordain as deacons. It’s an ignorant, arrogant men’s club. There are many examples of damaging decisions in the church and  Jim Kane is only one. A very competent parish administrative officer at Ravena St Pat’s found she couldn’t work with Kane because he was so out of touch and demanding; she left to take a position at Athens’ St Pats. Another example at Ravena is a former catechist (instructed youth in the RC catechism) who had so much unresolved grief at the death of his wife, a father of two adolescent girls, and with loads of  psychological baggage, guilt, etc. that he wanted to become a priest in later midlife. A successful veterinarian and company man, and general bishop’s asskisser, he was promised ordination. I know this man rather well and was shocked to learn that he was to be ordained, given his character and psychological flaws, but that’s the way it worked under former bishop Hubbard. But what can you expect when a parish is “led” by a “pastor” the likes of Jim Kane, who has the indifference to place a known adulterer, the scandalous “Dirty-hands Jerry” Deluca and Cathy Deluca in the position of lay liturgical readers, reading from the sacred Lectionary at Divine Liturgy?!?! And yet the congregation of St Pat’s don’t utter a squeak of outrage or protest!

Putting persons like angry, male-hating nuns  in charge of many offices, placing “priests” like Kane and my vet friend in pastoral positions, not ensuring that these people have the skills to be good pastors, good preachers, good sounding boards for the community, and erecting rabid gatekeepers while losing control of the diocese is how it happened in Albany

We can only hope that Albany’s bishop-elect Edward B. Scharfenberger will pick up on the cues and clues and have the balls to take the bull by the horns and make the necesary course corrections for the Albany Diocese. It’s going to take extreme courage and perseverance given the opposition and rage that will almost certainly result but the diocese needs to be cleaned up completely in order to heal to health! Leave one malignant cell and your dead.

Another example, this one in Troy, is an example of how carelessness or downright desperation kills a vital parish. St Ann Maronite pariish in Watervliet (formerly in Troy), an Eastern rite parish in full communion with Rome, received a young Lebanese monk, recently ordained, hardly any parish experience, hardly any English proficiency, as pastor. He was left on his own and quickly assumed the role of spiritual tyrant and dictator. Little Fr George Bouchaya, appointed to St Ann’s as pastor by Brooklyn bishop Gregory Mansour, quickly polarized the parish, dividing the faithful into disgruntled groups. It was a time ripe for those petty power-grabbers under the surface to now surface and take over. The parish hemorrhaged important members, attracted disgruntled members from surrounding RC parishes that were being merged or closed, and who were not being spiritually fed by their Hubbardesque pastors. It was a disaster and continues to be a shadow of what it was simply because a bishop didn’t have the foresight or the awareness of what was going on, and was unwilling to accept the truth when informed by persons of good will.

So, who’s killing the church and creating the church of the living dead? You know already, so why ask?

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