Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,168, November 20th, 2019

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week we give you an editorial from Times Shamrock’s Citizens’ Voice which defends the free press against the assaults of President Trump and his crew of thugs.

NO APOLOGIES FOR REPORTING

American journalism has been under scrutiny as never before due largely to President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on it.
Journalism and journalists are not perfect but they are not the unscrupulous enterprise and pack of rascals described by the president. Journalism largely has withstood the scrutiny because facts are facts, accountability is accountability and, well, Trump is Trump.
It is harmful to journalism, a constitutionally protected bulwark of U.S. democracy, when journalists themselves unnecessarily buy into the false narratives about the craft.
So it was recently when Troy Closson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern, the student newspaper at Northwestern University, published an apology to students because the paper’s reporters engaged in reporting.
The case is important because Closson and the reporters are students at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, and it indicates deep confusion about what reporters are supposed to do in the field.
A large number of Northwestern students turned out recently to protest an appearance on the campus by Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama senator and U.S attorney general who has declared his candidacy to return to the Senate.
Closson apologized because his reporters used the modern tools of the trade, social media, to distribute photos from the event, including of protesters. Some of those demonstrators are members of what Closson described as “marginalized groups” and some of them received some blowback from critics about their participation in the protest.
Reporters’ duly reported on the event as it happened and did not manufacture any of the images that they distributed. Closson should have his reporters’ backs rather than apologizing to people who appeared at a newsworthy, public event yet sought anonymity.
Many professional journalists in the Chicago area admonished Closson for the apology. Unfortunately, Closson’s defenders did not defend his decision but noted simply that many of the pros who questioned him are white whereas Closson is black.
It is true that over generations, elements of the news media has been complicit in racial discrimination and bias. That is rare today, however, and in any case, it cannot be cured by apologizing for legitimate news coverage.

The LuLa Edition #4, 167, November 20th, 2019

BOBBY KENNEDY @ 94

Today Robert Kennedy would have been 94 years old. He is frozen in time as a courageous fighter for the poor and under represented. But as we see a Justice Department being reduced to a partisan political rubble, it is instructive to remember Kennedy as one of the best Attorney Generals this country ever had.
It is a shame that there is such shenanigans going on in a building named in his memory.
The grief in Bobby's passing will never go away but his values of justice and equality will live on forever in history.
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,166, November 19th, 2019


THE SADNESS THAT IS RON JOHNSON OR RON JOHNSON’S HARD ON FOR HILLARY!

Ron Johnson the two term Senator from Wisconsin has now gone down the Donald Trump shoot of people who have soiled their reputation for pretty much nothing. His second time on “Meet The Press” Johnson has once again made a total ass out of himself.
He sputtered and “what if-ed” himself to death. When challenged by host Chuck Todd (who must have known Johnson was an easy mark or just plainly constipated by the sludge he’s carrying on behalf of old Diaper Don (always crying and full of shit) Johnson went by the old stand by and brought up Hillary Clinton. He was on tape before the 2016 election saying Clinton had committed an impeachable offense with those e mails. When Todd said that the Senator was hypocritical, he whined like the baby slug he has become.
Take a look at this very foolish man with his head clearly up the President’s butt. Or maybe Johnson felt by bringing up HRC, he was telling her, "I still have the hots for you baby!" Either way, Ron Johnson is a disgrace and Wisconsin voters should relegate him to the sewer pipe of history. 

From this link, Crooks and Liars https://crooksandliars.com/2019/11/ron-johnson-met-truth-meet-press

ZEKE BRATKOWSKI

Zeke and Bart. (Photo: The New York Times)
Backup Quarterbacks rarely get the props they deserve in the NFL. Yet when the first string guy goes down, the second in command steps up and is expected to be at the very least an adequate replacement. He knows the plays, knows the system.
My affinity for backups started when I became a fan of the Green Bay Packers. Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi were the most recognizable but always right behind them, at the ready was Zeke Bratkowski.
Many times Bratkowski came into games in the third quarter with the score tied and engineered a win for the team. In a championship game against the Rams, he started when Starr went down and gave the Pack the win so they could go on to claim a title against The Browns.
After his years with the Packers, Bratkowski became an Offensive Coordinator for 7 teams. With his stats and 14 year career he had the tools and the skill to be a starting QB. But he was a team player that made quite an impression on me and ever since then, my favorite position on a football team is: back up QB. Doug Williams, once a backup for the Redskins won a Super Bowl doing that. I side with the Eagles most times because their Coach Doug Pederson was a back up to Brett Favre.
Zeke Bratkowski was 88.

NOTES ON BOOKS 

DR. JOE LEONARDI

The a gander at dr. Joe Leonardi’s collection that is quite appropriate for today. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v8WEGhuVnU

PETER TROYAN

Peter has just published a rather pithy and entertaining read.
AUTUMN ICE is now available only on Amazon in both formats: $15.99 book , $ 5.99 Kindle.
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=autumn+ice+peter+troyan&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

Monday, November 18, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,165, November 18th, 2019

MONDAY MEMES 



Thursday, November 14, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4, 164, November 14th, 2019

WHY THIS IMPEACHMENT IS DIFFERENT THAN WATERGATE, ANDREW JOHNSON AND BILL CLINTON 

I was around for Watergate. As a matter of fact, I cut my teeth at WVIA FM reading the Transcripts of those infamous tapes. The crime that brought Richard Nixon down was Obstruction of Justice. It was determined by the June 21st tape, released by the Supreme Court in a unanimous vote that Nixon engineered the cover up. That was it. He was done. His own party instructed him to quit.
As a matter of fact, you can’t compare the Andrew Johnson or Bill Clinton impeachment to this one as well. This time, an American President (and I use the latter term loosely) asked a foreign power to dig up dirt on an opponent to influence an election. He then acted through intermediaries like Rudy Gulianni to make sure that aid to that country (Ukraine) would be held up until he got his way.His own appointed diplomats were wondering what the hell was going on.
In fact, this American President admitted to it on TV. But the big difference here is that the three men prior to this President had qualities that seem to be lacking in this creature . Johnson, Nixon and Clinton were ready to admit the system was there to judge them. Edwin Ross saved Johnson from impeachment. Look him up in JFK’s book “Profiles In Courage”. Nixon acquiesced to the pleadings of his own party by quitting and as a lawyer knew he was caught red handed. Clinton addressed the nation and apologized. These men had a sense of dignify and shame.
Donald Trump does not. Additionally his party of cock eyed minions have no sense of history or shame either. It was okay for them to say “Lock Her Up” in regard to Hillary Clinton (I think most GOP Congressmen pretty much hate strong women) but when old Diaper Don (always crying and full of shit) instructs them on how bad they’re hurting his itty bitty feelings, they get on their self-righteous high horses and say “Where is the evidence?” Well it’s right where you’re boy admitted to it.
Finally, how can it be that civil servants with careers that were distinguished, Ambassadors and witnesses who listened to that call, how can all of them be lying and Trump is not? I’ll admit this one time he didn’t lie and admitted it. But how can so many people be wrong and one guy, Trump who has a record of telling 12,000 lies be the one with the true version?
No this is not about a botched burglary that was an unnecessary tool of a paranoid President, this was not about retribution for a policy that was rebuilding our country after a Civil War and no this was not about a blow job. It was about a calculated attempt to get a foreign government to screw an opponent. That is obstruction of justice and that is also treason. An impeachment is in the history books. It cannot be erased. Ask Bill Clinton and the survivors of the Nixon family. But it indicates that Trump, even though he will be acquitted in the Senate will stand as one of 4 men who had this harsh judgment. Fox News will not write the history books. But there will be defenders of this obtuse, ignorant man that was chosen by the American people. You hear them on local talk radio, in your neighborhoods, in your churches and even at your family gatherings. They are now and always will be on the wrong side of history.
Those who defend this action by Diaper Don have my disgust as well as my pity.

JIM JORDAN: JERK


REP. CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $50,000 GRANT TO ENHANCE DENTAL SERVICES IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced a new federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that will help expand dental services in Lackawanna County.
The grant totals $50,000 and will be awarded to AllOne Charities. It will be used to purchase dental equipment for a new, integrated dental service with mobile capacity at NEPA Community Health Care’s Andrew C. Mazza Memorial Health Center, which is located in Greenfield Township, in Lackawanna County.
“Dental health is a key aspect of overall health, and it’s important that our community has access to affordable dental services,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “This grant is an investment in the wellbeing of the wonderful people of Lackawanna County and our workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
“AllOne Charities was created to craft a bold and collaborative philanthropic approach to make a true and substantial impact on health care in our region,” said John W. Cosgrove, Executive Director of AllOne Charities. “We are deeply gratified to partner with NEPA Community Health Care and Congressman Cartwright to help meet the medical and dental needs of our neighbors.”
AllOne Charities works to enhance the health care delivery system in innovative, creative, and collaborative ways. NEPA Community Health Care is a federally qualified health center providing comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, psychiatric and behavioral health services; these include health screenings, family planning services, immunizations, and child wellness services, as well as gynecological and prenatal care.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC awards grants from funds appropriated to annually by Congress for research on topics that directly impact economic development in the Appalachian Region. Projects must align with one or more of the five goals identified by ARC in its 2016–2020 strategic plan and demonstrate measurable results.

FOLLOWING SENATOR CASEY’S INVESTIGATIVE REPORT, GOOGLE TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM JUNK HEALTH PLANS
PA SENIOR SENATOR COMMENDS GOOGLE FOR REMOVING ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS THAT FALSELY CLAIM TO BE HEALTHCARE.GOV
Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

In response to U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s  recent release of an investigative report into online searches for health insurance, Google has removed false advertisements that aim to deceive consumers looking for affordable, comprehensive health insurance through HealthCare.gov. The online search engine has removed advertisements that falsely claim to be HealthCare.gov. This will help ensure individuals seeking health insurance coverage online are not diverted to websites that may be selling short-term, limited duration health plans, commonly referred to as ‘junk plans,’ that fail to offer basic consumer protections put in place as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), like protections from discrimination against pre-existing conditions.
“With consumers able to shop for health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov through December 15, I commend Google for removing advertisements that falsely claim to be the website, but may lead to junk health insurance,” said Senator Casey. “However, make no mistake, false and misleading online advertisements for health insurance have been allowed to flourish as a result of action by the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress to weaken consumer protections. Until they drop their maniacal obsession with sabotaging health care for working families, I am warning consumers to make sure they are shopping for coverage at HealthCare.gov this Open Enrollment period.”
When short-term, limited duration plans could only be sold for up to three months, individuals and families could easily distinguish between health insurance plans that were in compliance with the protections afforded by the ACA and those that were not. That changed in 2018 when the Trump Administration began allowing junk plans to be sold for up to a full year – with an option to renew for up to three years. Now, it is easier for junk plans to be marketed to consumers. Senator Casey’s investigative report explains how individuals and families can avoid being lured into junk plans and calls for the Administration to reverse this harmful rule.

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Thirty-six crewmen on board the Liberian-registered oil tanker Keo were killed after the vessel was cut in half and sank about 120 miles (190 km) from Nantucket Island in Massachusetts [8]. The Keo had departed Marion, Massachusetts with a cargo of 210,000 US gallons (790,000 l; 170,000 imp gal) of fuel oil, en route to Bermuda, when it encountered a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard was able to rescue all seven people from a sinking yacht in the same area……..Three American prisoners of war walked into a South Vietnamese militia outpost near Tam Ky, a week after they had been freed from captivity by the Viet Cong. The three, all from the southeastern United States, had walked for a week through the jungle after being set free….. Production of the five cent Hershey bar was discontinued by America's largest chocolate manufacturer, as a result of the rising costs of cocoa beans. A statement by the Hershey Company said that the decision to discontinue the nickel bar had been made by its board of directors "only after much deliberation because of the important place these bars have held with its customers and the consumer throughout the history of the company The Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian award in the United States (after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, created in 1963), was established by Executive Order 11494 from U.S. President Nixon, to recognize United States citizens "who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens". U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and U.S. Representative Pete McCloskey of California announced in Washington that Wednesday, April 22, 1970, would be the day for the first "National Teach-In on the Crisis of the Environment" on American college campuses. Now observed annually on April 22 around the world, the event is better known as "Earth Day"……

At 11:22 in the morning local time (1622 UTC), NASA launched Apollo 12 from Cape Kennedy in Florida, with Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean, making the second manned mission to a Moon landing  After being sent up during a rainstorm (in spite of Rule I-404 of the Manned Space Flight Center) the rocket was struck by lightning , 36 seconds into its ascent, and again 16 seconds later, experiencing electrical surges that shut down the computer for the fuel cells; fortunately, the main computer in the Instrument Unit "soldiered on without a hiccup" Inspections by the crew of the orbiter and the lunar module found no damage after the ship achieved Earth orbit. A little more than an hour after reaching parking orbit, Apollo 12 fired its third stage at 2:09 to begin its four-day travel toward the Moon…..

The first Wendy's "old fashioned" hamburger restaurant was opened, as businessman Dave Thomas began business at 257 East Broad Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. "Wendy" was Thomas's eight year old daughter Melinda "Wendy" Thomas, who served also as the model for the smiling little girl" on the restaurant's sign and logo. Despite having a higher price for its freshly cooked, made-to-order, square hamburgers, the restaurant was so popular that it began making a profit by the end of the year ……In Washington, D.C., more than 500,000 protesters staged "the largest peace march on Washington in American history" [57] for the second "Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam". The event, which was also held on a smaller scale in other American cities, included a symbolic "March Against Death” and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Come Together” by The Beatles.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,163, November 13th, 2019

13 QUESTIONS

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1. Control of Luzerne county council to the GOP, as Dean Martin sang, ain’t that a kick in the head?

You bet, especially to the Luzerne County Democrats. A few factors went into the GOP win. Two of the 5 GOP candidates, Griffith and Urban had name recognition. Plus there was the auto fee Council passed. I have no issue with it at all but many voters did. Turnout for the GOP was key. You saw it in the Superior Court races where two of the Republicans, King and Peck carried the County. Plus, there was the usual bullet voting and cutting that goes on in multiple candidate races. It was a combination of factors that should give Democrats a wake up call regarding 2020.
With Trump at the top of the ticket, Luzerne County will once more go red. By how much is tough to determine. But if the local Republicans can get excited over a Superior Court race, look out when Trump comes to The Lu.

2. What time would John McCain say about Lindsay Graham?

He’d be very disappointed to see how far Trump’s butt his former partner in Senate arms is.

3. Three judges retained in Luzerne county, will there be complacency by all three?

I don’t know what you mean by complacency but I can tell you that the three retained, Burke, Amesbury and Gartley will continue to do honor to the Courts and do their jobs well.


4. Did you have the whopper without meat?

No missed it. The calorie count was higher than a regular Whopper and I thought what’s the point.

5. Best fall drink?

Brace’s Apple Cider in very small quantities. Still a Diet Coke, Diet Snapple guy.

6. How was your Halloween?

As readers of this blog know, I hate Halloween but this year was a tad different. The Health Department went to some of the Wilkes Barre neighborhoods this year and met the kids. Plus we had company at City Hall on Halloween when some kids came to visit. So it wasn’t bad.

7.What’s worse Halloween or Christmas songs?

I love Christmas songs and there is a paucity of Halloween songs anyway. “Monster Mash” for the 18th time? Uh no!

8. Will Trump be re-elected based on the recent election results?

Anything is possible. He will carry Luzerne County. Pennsylvania? I’m at 60% sure that he won’t. But it’s a year away and a lot can happen.

9. You seem to be a Biden guy but if he falters who will you follow?

I am a Biden guy. But to answer your question, Mayor Pete.

10. Nice speech at the NAACP gathering, any blowback on what you said regarding the political climate?

Thanks. We had a real good crowd and I got very nice comments on my speech. No blowback.

11. Have you ever had breakfast pizza?

Yep, not a fan.

12. One year in at wilkes Barre city hall, how’s it going?

Loving it. Working with a great group of people.

13. Best new show you’re watching?

Bluff City Law with Jimmy Smits.

The LuLc edition #4,162, November 13th, 2019

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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My late Buddy L.A. Tarone and I would have huge arguments about Merit Selection of Judges. He’s be happy to know that regarding State races, I might be coming around to his thinking. Here’s a great article from the Times Shamrock Editorial Board concerning this issue.

2 MILLION-PLUS REASONS FOR MERIT SELECTION

Justice, broadly, and the law specifically require judges to be apolitical. Yet Pennsylvanians just elected two appellate judges in a partisan election, in which the four candidates spent at least $2 million solicited from entities that regularly have matters before the courts.
Democrat Dan McCaffrey of Philadelphia and Republican Megan McCarthy King of Chester County won the two seats. Democrat Amanda Green-Hawkins of Allegheny County finished third, followed by Republican Christylee Peck of Cumberland County.
As of Oct. 31, the candidates had raised more than $2 million for the race — the Democrats, about $1.3 million and the Republicans about $700,000.
In each case most of the money came from narrow interests, which almost always is the case in appellate elections.
The Democrats largely were supported by labor unions and trial lawyers, including $160,000 that McCaffrey received from Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Philadelphia.
Republican candidates received most of their money in large donations from financial industry interests and others.
After shaking the trees in a partisan election, the winning candidates now are required, magically, to become nonpartisan and everyone is supposed to pretend that the big donors gave in the cause of justice rather than self-interest.
There is a better way. Instead of electing appellate judges and requiring candidates to raise money from narrow interests, Pennsylvania should switch to a system of merit selection and gubernatorial appointment with senatorial confirmation.
Such a system would not be perfect because there is no way to completely eliminate politics from the process. But it would remove judicial candidates from directly engaging in the very political conduct from which they are precluded once on the bench.
State lawmakers have launched several false starts in recent years to change the system. They should follow through beginning early next year so that voters would have the chance to approve a constitutional amendment as soon as 2021.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,161, November 11th, 2019

PRUDENTIAL /NAACP FINANCIAL SEMINAR

Tuesday night Prudential Insurance and NAACP Wilkes-Barre Chapter #2306 present the first in a series of financial wellness seminars.
It is FREE and open to the public. The event starts at 6:30pm and lasts an hour. Location: The Henry Student Center Center at Wilkes College, second floor, Savitz Lounge.
Walk ins welcome.
 

The LuLac Edition #4,160, November 11th, 2019

VETERAN’S DAY 2019

This year, as we observe Veteran’s Day, I’d like to share a very compelling piece by a veteran who served in the 1980s. This is a piece from Dr. Joseph Leonardi.

WAR SPRINGS ETERNAL

Today being Veterans Day, I have been doing a lot of somber reflection back to my days of active duty. It was a time that I not only lived and worked with a diverse group of people, but it was the unspoken awareness that no matter how varied our differences -- we trusted one another with our very lives.
I can't help but think about what that means.
We were all well aware, that on any given day, especially serving at sea, we could have been called into a hostile situation, and some days, we were. On those days, I had no doubt my shipmates would have died to protect me, as they knew I would have died to protect any one of them. I'm not talking death in the figurative or poetic sense -- from the moment a ship left port, death, real death, no longer taking a breath, a notice sent to family back home death, was a real possibility. Trusting each other, to the point of dying for one another, is a level of devotion I have not experienced since.
There are no relationships that can ever compare. We were closer than friends. Hell, we were closer than family -- we shared a bond which defies definition.
The more time that has passed since I had the honor of serving, the more I think about those days and the more I realize it was the last time I actually did anything of deep, genuine, meaningful purpose with my life.
It is with those thoughts I wrote War Springs Eternal. I know that the military changed us from the first day of boot camp. From the day military training began to strip away our individualistic attitudes and concerns. The day the military turned young people from “me” to “us.”
I set War Springs Eternal in WWI because I knew it was going to end with the beginning of WWII. The final scene was a dream which woke me from a deep sleep. The dream so much shook me, that immediately I hit the voice record app on my phone, and recorded what eventually became the novella’s tragic, closing scene.
Additionally, the WWI setting gave me a chance to explore a soldier’s suffering in a historical context. By taking it away from the today, it allowed me a bit of temporal removal, making the fictional content easier to write. I was not writing a history book. I wrote a story to help those who have not experienced the military lifestyle a way to become part of the story. In using first person narrative, I took it a step further and allowed the reader to become the main character of that story.
I am a non-combat veteran. While I was in one or two hotspots, I never experienced the trauma of combat. Yet, serving soon after the Vietnam conflict, I knew many who saw the horrors of war. Being someone who utilizes the VA system, I see those who have suffered the impact of war. And being one of the few who did serve, the bond with my patients who currently serve, gives them comfort to open up to me, and share not only the horrors of what they saw – but what they, for their very survival, were forced to do.
Thankfully as of late, PTSD has gotten more and more attention. However, sadly, only once the symptoms manifest into often times horrific actions. What I strived to accomplish with War Springs Eternal, was to expose and explore the inner workings of the mind of a returning veteran as he was dealing with “The Shell Shock” caused by his actions in combat. How a normal life was no longer possible. And the simple fact that even though he left the war, the war never left him – that for him, and others, War Springs Eternal.
If you would like to read War Springs Eternal, it is available on Amazon.com at the following link -- https://www.amazon.com/Springs-Eternal-Damaged-Broken-Collection-ebook/dp/B07FLF6T13

Joe Leonardi
U.S. Navy 1982-1987


War Springs Eternal s dedicated to my brothers and sisters in arms-

-To those who were asked to do the unthinkable.
-To those who HAD to do the unimaginable.
-To those who are broken and still fighting.
-To those for whom the fighting became too much.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,159, November 7th, 2019


STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR ‘SNEAKERS FOR SOLDIERS’

At Wyoming Valley West Middle School, it's all about sneakers. Students are focused on Sneakers for Soldiers, an organization that buys athletic shoes for troops serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
"I thought America gave them the sneakers and apparently they're not well fit for the soldiers and I think that's terrible. I don't think it's a good thing, yeah, but it's awesome we're providing it for them," said eighth grader Baraa Kamal.
This week, the students are collecting money to give to the nonprofit.
And it's a competition. This week, the homerooms at the middle school are fighting in a friendly way to raise the most. The winners will get pizza and ice cream.
"I think it's a great cause. We're helping the soldiers to get sneakers. It's hard for them to get sneakers. It's a shame we can't afford it for them, and I think it's a great cause to donate the sneakers for them," said Cole Hospodar, an eighth grader.
"They go through probably a lot of pairs of sneakers because they're usually walking all day and doing everything they need to do," said student R.J. Bell.
The competition just started and already school leaders said they are overwhelmed by the response -- $500 raised by the first day.
"We're getting money from all the staff from all the buildings and the kids are bringing money in left and right, they're always asking me for more signage," said Lori Tillger, a teacher and program organizer at Wyoming Valley West Middle School.
Competition aside, the students said they want to raise as much money as possible to make a difference for those giving their all for their country.
"It's helping someone and that's like, that's what we want to do in our school is help people," said student Isabel Kilgallon.
In addition, the students on Friday will be having a Veteran’s breakfast as well as an Honor Guard to those who served. (WNEP.com, LuLac)

NEW GOP MAJORITY IN LUZERNE COUNTY

Tuesday’s County Council election was a real slap to the Democratic organization as well as many Courthouse employees. The County Council come January will be a 7 to 4 majority pf Republicans. There are many questions being asked about the new make up. Like
1. Who will be the County Council Chair?
2.How will the new regime affect funding already in place?
3.What proposals that passed might be changed by ted new Council?
4. What will be the status of Count Manager Dave Pedri? Speculation is rampant but the talk is that the car fee as well as the condition of county roads might have been factors in the GOP turnout as well as Democratic complacency of voters of that stripe.

REP. CARTWRIGHT TO HOST “COFFEE WITH VETERANS” AT AMERICAN LEGION IN KINGSTON

Kingston, PA - Congressman Cartwright will host a “Coffee with Veterans” at the American Legion in Kingston.
Since America’s founding, our service members have made countless sacrifices to keep our families safe. In return, our nation owes veterans an invaluable debt, and our government has a unique responsibility to care for them when they come home.
“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I was honored to join the Subcommittee on Military Construction & Veterans Affairs in 2019,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This as a unique opportunity to lead on the issues affecting veterans in our district and in the rest of Pennsylvania, which is proudly home to more than 800,000 men and women who have served our country.”
WHAT:
This is part of an ongoing series of events Congressman Cartwright will hold
across Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District throughout the year.
WHEN:
Friday, November 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 MEDIA MATTERS

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This week's guests are Jenn Warnetski, General Manager, and Jessica Zielen, Creative Director of the Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton.
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.

ECTV LIVE

Tim Fritz joins ECTV Live host David DeCosmo the week of November 11th to unveil plans for this year's edition of the annual Scranton Santa Parade! If you'd like to volunteer to help with this year's march you'll find how how to sign up. ECTV Live is seen three times daily on Comcast channel 19 and is also available on the electric city television YouTube page!

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1969

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Paul Roitsch of Pan American World Airways became the first commercial pilot to fly the supersonic Concorde airliner although Pan Am would never add the Concorde to its fleet of aircraft….A group of American Indians, led by Richard Oakes, seized Alcatraz Island for 19 months, inspiring a wave of renewed Indian pride and government reform . Oakes, a Mohawk Indian and a student at San Francisco State College, organized a gathering at San Francisco and began reading a proclamation reclaiming the former site of the federal prison "by right of discovery", and made an offer to compensate the United States government with "24 dollars in glass beads and red cloth", based on an apocryphal story that Dutch West India Company had paid 60 Dutch guilders to a group of Delaware Indians for their rights to Manhattan Island. After telling reporters that the offer followed "a precedent set by the white man's purchase of a similar island about 300 years ago", Oakes then accepted an offer by Canadian yacht owner Ronald Craig to sail over to Alcatraz at no charge, and 50 boarded the Monte Cristo. Oakes and Chippewa businessman Adam Fortunate Eagle (at the time, Adam Nordwall) swam to the island along with two other men. The group stayed for 15 minutes, and then was escorted back in a small boat, but Oakes and 13 others returned that evening and spent the night before being returned to the mainland on a U.S. Coast Guard cutter. After the symbolic taking of the island, a much longer siege would begin 11 days later on November 20, and would last until June …. Sesame Street aired its first episode on the National Educational Television (NET) network, the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), starting after school at various times [24] [25]. As one critic noted in informing parents that the new show for preschool children presented the alphabet and numerals in the form of commercials, "The first edition of Sesame Street comes to you today... through the courtesy of the numbers 2 and 3, and the letters E, S and W." [26] The AP's TV critic, Cynthia Lowry, praised the show as "a delight" that "is bound to have many post-school fans" as well and noted that new characters introduced were "a huge creature called Big Bird and another called Kermit the Frog while Rick DuBrow of UPI said that "This gentle, witty series... has the sound and feel of people who know and love children— not those whose idea is to exploit them." 

Ferdinand Marcos was re-elected to a four year term as President of the Philippines, defeating Senator Sergio Osmeña Jr. in a landslide and winning more than 60 percent of the vote . Marcos's Nacionalista Party also increased its huge majorities in the Philippine Senate, with 19 of the 24 seats, and in the Philippine House of Representatives (88 of the 110 seats) in what a news service described as "what appeared to be the Philippines' bloodiest election on record" , with at least 65 people killed in political violence since campaigning began, and orders from President Marcos to have the National Police shoot any armed persons attempting to harass voters.
One day after pleading not guilty in Miami to charges of indecent exposure and public intoxication during a March 1 concert , rock singer Jim Morrison was arrested again upon his arrival in Phoenix, Arizona. Morrison and his friend Tom Baker were charged with the federal offense of interfering with an airline flight, arising out of their disorderly conduct during a Continental Airlines flight from Los Angeles . A federal judge would later dismiss the charges against Morrison on April 20, 1971
…The story of the 1968 My Lai Massacre was revealed to the public by freelance American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, who was contributing to the Dispatch News Service. Hersh started with the words, "Lt. William L. Calley Jr., 26 years old, is a mild-mannered, boyish-looking Vietnam combat veteran with the nickname 'Rusty.' The Army is completing an investigation of charges that he deliberately murdered at least 109 Vietnamese civilians in a search-and-destroy mission in March 1968 in a Viet Cong stronghold known as 'Pinkville'...." The New York Times published a similar report from its own reporter, Robert M. Smith, at the same time  U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew took the unprecedented step of accusing the three American television networks (whose affiliate stations' broadcast rights were licensed by the United States government) of letting their newscasters and commentators of abusing "a concentration of power over American public opinion, unknown in history" and hinting that "perhaps it is time that the networks were made more responsive to the views of the nation and more responsible to the people they serve", and urged Americans to call and write their local TV stations Agnew, who previously delivered criticism against opponents of Nixon's policies, delivered the criticism after a disappointing response from the networks' news to President Nixon's Vietnamization speech of November 3. The site was the "Midwest Regional Republican Conference", an annual meeting of 500 Republican Party campaign strategists, which was being held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa….

and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley