Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,227, February 19th, 2020


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This week's "Write On Wednesday deals with the President's budget. Take a look at some of the stuff he is cutting.
Times Shamrock has it right.


Like all proposed federal budgets in the modern era, President Donald Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget plan for the next fiscal year is dead on arrival in Congress.
But, also like all budget proposals, Trump’s plan reveals his true priorities, making it fortunate in this case that the budget is DOA.
After vowing on the stump in 2016 to eliminate the national debt and deficit within eight years, Trump drove the massive tax cut that primarily benefits wealth interests while driving up the debt and deficit to record levels, The deficit for the 2018-2019 fiscal year exceeded $1 trillion for the first time ever, and the deficit for the first three months of the current fiscal year, through January, is $356 billion.
Trump’s budget would attempt to reduce the deficit by attacking crucial programs that earlier had vowed to protect, including
$292 billion from safety-net cuts from Medicaid and food stamps and $70 billion from Social Security disability benefits. The administration contends the plan would reduce spending by $4.4 trillion over a decade, while yet again vastly increasing defense spending.
At a time when the world is in a defensive crouch regarding the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,000 people in China, Trump proposes a funding cut of 9% for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by a stunning 26% and, even as he claims a desire to diminish the U.S. global military footprint, Trump would increase funding for overseas operations by $32 billion.
Americans should judge all politicians, including Trump, not only by what they say but how they would spend.

Monday, February 17, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,226, February 17th, 2020


This is a little late but still pretty funny. 

The LuLac Edition #4,225, February 17th, 2020



Maybe its a documentary that is running on The History Channel or the fact that we have an utter boob and malcontent in the White House now, but on this President's Day it is instructive to honor and appreciate George Washington. Washington was born on February 22, 1732 and was the ultimate political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Previously, he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence. He presided at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which established the U.S. Constitution and a federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of His Country" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the new nation.
After returning from the Revolutionary War, Washington was chosen as President of the Constitutional Convention.
The delegates to the Convention anticipated a Washington presidency and left it to him to define the office once elected. The state electors under the Constitution voted for the president on February 4, 1789, and Washington suspected that most republicans had not voted for him. The mandated March 4 date passed without a Congressional quorum to count the votes, but a quorum was reached on April 5. The votes were tallied the next day, and Congressional Secretary Charles Thomson was sent to Mount Vernon to tell Washington he had been elected president. Washington won the majority of every state's electoral votes; John Adams received the next highest number of votes and therefore became vice president. Washington had "anxious and painful sensations" about leaving the "domestic felicity" of Mount Vernon, but departed for New York City on April 23 to be inaugurated.
Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789, taking the oath of office at Federal Hall in New York City. His coach was led by militia and a marching band and followed by statesmen and foreign dignitaries in an inaugural parade, with a crowd of 10,000. Chancellor Robert R. Livingston administered the oath, using a Bible provided by the Masons, after which the militia fired a 13-gun salute. Washington read a speech in the Senate Chamber, asking "that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations—and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, consecrate the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States"
Originally Washington had planned to retire after his first term, while many Americans could not imagine anyone else taking his place. After nearly four years as President, and dealing with the infighting in his own cabinet and with partisan critics, Washington showed little enthusiasm in running for a second term, while Martha also wanted him not to run. James Madison urged him not to retire, that his absence would only allow the dangerous political rift in his cabinet, and in the House, to worsen. Jefferson also pleaded with him not to retire and agreed to drop his attacks on Hamilton, or he would also retire if Washington did. Hamilton maintained that Washington's absence would be "deplored as the greatest evil" to the country at this time.  Washington's close nephew George Augustine Washington, his manager at Mount Vernon, was critically ill and had to be replaced, further increasing Washington's desire to retire and return to Mount Vernon.
When the election of 1792 neared, Washington did not publicly announce his presidential candidacy but silently consented to run, to prevent a further political-personal rift in his cabinet. The Electoral College unanimously elected him president on February 13, 1793, and John Adams as vice president by a vote of 77 to 50. Washington, with nominal fanfare, arrived alone at his inauguration in his carriage. Sworn into office by Associate Justice William Cushing on March 4, 1793 in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, Washington gave a brief address and then immediately retired to his Philadelphia presidential house, weary of office and in poor health.
In 1796, Washington declined to run for a third term of office, believing his death in office would create an image of a lifetime appointment. The precedent of a two-term limit was created by his retirement from office. In May 1792, in anticipation of his retirement, Washington instructed James Madison to prepare a "valedictory address", an initial draft of which was entitled the "Farewell Address".  In May 1796, Washington sent the manuscript to his Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton who did an extensive rewrite, while Washington provided final edits. On September 19, 1796, The American Daily Advertiser published the final version of the address.
Washington stressed that national identity was paramount, while a united America would safeguard freedom and prosperity. He warned the nation of three eminent dangers: regionalism, partisanship, and foreign entanglements, and said the "name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations." Washington called for men to move beyond partisanship for the common good, stressing that the United States must concentrate on its own interests. He warned against foreign alliances and their influence in domestic affairs and against bitter partisanship and the dangers of political parties. He counseled friendship and commerce with all nations, but advised against involvement in European wars.  He stressed the importance of religion, asserting that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" in a republic. Washington's address favored Hamilton's Federalist ideology and economic policies.
Washington closed the address by reflecting on his legacy:
"Though in reviewing the incidents of my Administration I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence, and that, after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest."
Washington died on December 14, 1799 at the age of 67.  (wikipedia, LuLac)


Vice President
John Adams

Secretary of State
John Jay
Thomas Jefferson
Edmund Randolph
Timothy Pickering

Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
Oliver Wolcott Jr.

Secretary of War
Henry Knox
Timothy Pickering
James McHenry

Attorney General
Edmund Randolph
William Bradford

Friday, February 14, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,224, February 14th, 2020


Looks like President Trump is now on notice that his dalliance with war in Iran will not stand with the Senate. On Thursday, eight Republicans joined all Democrats and Independents in voting to advance a resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine that would end “hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military” unless explicitly authorized. It required only a simple majority to clear the chamber.
“While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition,” Kaine, a top proponent of reasserting Congress’ role in the war-making process, said in a floor speech ahead of the vote.
While Trump is almost certain to veto the measure, Kaine argued that it could still send a message to the president and potentially influence future decisions on such actions that might bring the country to the brink of war.
Trump’s decision to order a drone strike against top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani at Iraq’s Baghdad airport last month ratcheted up tensions in the region and threatened to pull the U.S. into another bloody war in the Middle East. Iran initially responded with missile strikes on military bases that house U.S. troops in Iraq, but has since held off on further retaliation, at least for now. But questions have arisen about the administration’s initial rationale for the attack, which warned of a vague “imminent” attack on U.S. troops in the region. (AOL News, LuLac)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rebuked Attorney General William Barr on Thursday for his role in reducing the proposed sentence of Trump associate Roger Stone earlier this week.
“A.G. Barr has deeply damaged the rule of law by withdrawing the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation, the act of interference in Trump’s retribution against [the] lead attorney in the Stone case,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference.
Pelosi called Barr a “sad disappointment to our country” and said that he has “stooped to such levels.” She was referring to the Justice Department's decision to overrule career prosecutors and propose a reduction in the sentence for Stone. The reversal, announced Tuesday, prompted all four prosecutors to withdraw from the criminal case.
“The American people deserve better,” Pelosi said. “This is not what America is about. It is so wrong.”
She also blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for demonstrating “once again, that he has no respect for the rule of law” by “engaging in political interference” in the sentencing of Stone.

Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the William T. Coleman Jr. Department of Transportation Headquarters Act. This legislation would name the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters after William T. Coleman, Jr., the fourth United States Secretary of Transportation and first African American to serve in the position.
“As we prepare to celebrate the start of Black History Month, I am proud to cosponsor this bill to rename the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters after the late William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., a Philadelphia native who was the first African-American to serve as Secretary of Transportation,” said Senator Casey. “From arguing 19 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and coauthoring the legal brief in Brown v. Board of Education, to his time at the helm of the Department of Transportation, Secretary Coleman exemplified the virtues of public service and I look forward to honoring his legacy.”
William T. Coleman, Jr. was the first African American to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court clerk. He was recruited to serve on the NAACP by Thurgood Marshall and helped argue McLaughlin v. Florida in 1964 to strike down laws preventing interracial marriage. Coleman was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1995. Secretary Coleman died in 2017.
Senator Casey was joined in introducing this legislation by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), as well as Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tim Scott (R-SC), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).


Your blog editor with Todd Eachus at signing party.

Ten years after he was defeated by State Rep. Tarah Toohil, former House Majority Leader Todd Eachus is getting back in the game.
Eachus, 58 of Drums, announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 116th Legislative District and, if successful, he will again square off against Toohil, R-Butler Township.
“I’ve been gone a long time,” Eachus said. “So the first thing I’m going to do is start knocking on doors.”Eachus owns Pure Plant Health, a company that distributes USDA-certified hemp.
Eachus has been making the rounds of all Democratic gatherings recently getting his petitions signed and having his presence felt. The race in Hazleton this fall will be one to watch. (Times Leader, LuLac)




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Final planning is underway right now for several of our area's popular Saint Patrick's Parades. The first of those marches takes place in Pittston City and Mayor Michael Lombardo joins PREVIEW host David DeCosmo the week of February 17th to outline plans for the event!
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A total solar eclipse is seen in North Africa and West Asia. It was the 50th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 130.
AC/DC frontman Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking in London…..

The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeats the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the Winter Olympics, in the Miracle on Ice and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “ Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,223, February 13th, 2020


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1. What are your thoughts on the way the Attorney General has carried the water for the President?

It is a disgrace but certainly not surprising. I mean it is tampering right out in the open. He is protecting his friends and punishing his enemies. In public! The rule of law means nothing now. If I were a defense attorney who lost a case against the government’s justice department I’d ask others who were in the same boat with their defendants to do the same thing.
The silence of Trump supporters in this is in incredible. The GOP is no longer the party of law and order. It has become a joke.

2. How does it look for Biden?

Not great but he can still pull it off. Keep in mind he has never been a really good campaigner in a primary so that might be a fatal flaw. But it is still too early to tell at this date. The next two weeks will tell the tale.

3. How about those Chiefs?

Yes I was very glad for Andy Reid and the franchise in KC. Fifty years is a long time.

4. Do you have a snack when you watch the political debates?

Diet Snapple and an apple. Maybe some goldfish if I want to live dangerously.

5. Hey Jon Fetterman wore a suit to the Governor’s budget address. Do you dig his style?

Yes I do. Always have.

6. How do you feel about the way that the Senate voted on Impeachment?

History will judge them harshly, especially people like Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins.

7. LuLac is closing in on 16 years, any changes in the offing?


8. Okay food question. Do you use coupons when you go to the grocery store?

Yes. I love the rush when a forty dollar order becomes a 31 dollars order.

9. What about those chants of those lemming’s yelling “Lock her up” when it comes to Nancy Pelosi?

Mindless robots who can’t think for themselves.

10. Trivia question. Andrew Johnson was Lincoln’s Vice President and became President when he was killed. Who did Lincoln have as a Veep prior to that?
Hannibal Hamlin. The Lincoln and Hamlin ticket was successful, and Hamlin served as Vice President from 1861 to 1865, which included all but the last month of the American Civil War. The first Republican Vice President, Hamlin held the office in an era when the office was considered more a part of the legislative branch than the executive; he was not personally close to Lincoln and did not play a major role in his administration. Hamlin did not get along with Mrs. Lincoln and she had no love lost for him either.

11. Attending any St. Patrick’s day events?
Yes. I will be driving in the parade in Wilkes Barre on March 15th, (maybe in Pittston on March 7th) and attending the Wilkes Barre St Patrick’s Day dinner on March 13th and the St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Pittston on March 17th. I’ll be wearing the green!

12. If Bernie doesn’t win the nomination, do you think his folks will sit it out?

If he is treated with respect and his followers learned the lesson of ’16, I’m sure they’ll fall in line.

13. Okay Biden is your first choice, if he falters, do you have any others in mind?

Klobachar and Mayor Pete. Not necessarily in that order.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,222, February 12h, 2020


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This week’s Write On Wednesday concerns the sale of guns, the re-sale and ordinances on firearms.This is from the Times-Shamrock editorial pages.


Over the past decade, gun rights absolutists have prevailed upon their acolytes in the state Legislature to put the hammer to local governments that dare act in the cause of public safety.
After a series of state courts upheld local ordinances requiring gun owners to report to police the loss or theft of their weapons, enough legislators dutifully rolled over for the gun lobbyists to cow the local governments into submission.
The ordinances were in response to a common problem. Some people legally buy guns and then illegally sell them to people who cannot legally buy firearms themselves, usually due to criminal records. Then, when the weapons are used in crimes, the original owners tell investigators that the guns had been lost or stolen.
In upholding the ordinances, the courts found that the gun advocacy groups that sued could not demonstrate that they had suffered any harm and, therefore, had no standing to sue.
The Legislature shamefully responded by not only conferring such standing upon the absolutists, but requiring local governments to pay the gun advocates’ legal fees.
And, lawmakers held that no local government may adopt a gun-related ordinance that conflicts with state law.
Now, however, many of the same advocates and legislators who railed against local gun ordinances are behind a movement to establish “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” Such enclaves — municipalities or other political subdivisions — would refuse to enforce any state law that they perceive to diminish gun ownership rights in any way.
They would refuse, for example, to enforce a new state law that would enable a court, with full due process, to order the removal of firearms from someone involved in a domestic dispute. An extension of that law, which would allow a court to order guns to be removed from someone found to be a danger to himself or others, is under consideration. Or, such jurisdictions would ignore a state law to report lost or stolen guns, if one is adopted. The list is endless.
State lawmakers, who regularly have expressed their disdain for local gun-related laws, should act decisively to strike down the absurdity of Second Amendment sanctuaries.

Monday, February 10, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,221, February 10th, 2020


Friday, February 07, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,220, February 7th, 2020

One man, one human being stood up to the robots in the Republican party who voted in a bloc to support a treasonous and crooked President. History will judge the impotent Republican party for holding a sham trial, running away from the facts and supporting the misconduct of this sorry excuse for a President.
Mitt Romney was a Profile In Courage. The others, cowardly and impotent “leaders” who prize their own political preservation over a fraud.
History and the voters will judge all of them. All except Romney, despite the attacks from the Trump sons, Sonny and Fredo will be found wanting. 
That's what happens when you put a madman before country. Thry proved they are nothing but CHICKEN SHIT 


The feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump -- that escalated memorably at Tuesday's State of the Union address -- continued Wednesday amid an impending Senate vote to acquit the president, with Pelosi saying she "felt very liberated" when she ripped up his speech even before he'd finished speaking.
After 134 days of impeachment drama, Pelosi told her caucus members that Democrats watched Trump "shred the truth right in front of us, tear up the truth," according to a Democratic aide who attended a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement.
While Republicans say Pelosi’s performance “dishonored the House,” Pelosi contended that Trump “disrespected the chamber” and used it “as a backdrop for a reality show” for a speech “that had no connection with reality.”
“I felt very liberated last night. If that is what he is going to do, if that is what he is going to say as he’s taking away disability benefits from people on Social Security, or he is dismantling Medicaid, or he is in court trying to undo the pre-existing condition. The list goes on and on,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told her fellow House Democrats. “I tried to find one page I could spare that didn’t have a lie on it.”
The backlash from the Trump ites was crazed. For a group of people who supports a liar, cheat, a treasonous President, they certainly get their little itty bitty feelings hurt when one person disrespects their lying thug cowardly leader! (ABC, LuLac)


During a time when the entire nation had chance to see a real President try to unite us, old Diaper Don became Frank Castanza. Grievances, bitching attacking enemies. A very small man with a very big stage. Once more HE FAILED as a President.


For the first time, the Pan-African flag flies at City Hall.
The Black Scranton Project hosted an inaugural Pan-African flag-raising ceremony Saturday to kick off a February exhibit of the hidden Black history of Scranton in recognition of Black History Month.
The exhibit at the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery features artifacts and works by local artists highlighting the Black community’s historic contributions to life in Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania. The month-long exhibit includes work by local artists Jorge Ariza, Alessio Ayuninjam and Travis Prince.
Black Scranton founder Glynis Johns urged the crowd of about 75 people who attended the flag raising to also check out the art exhibit.
“Take some time during this month to learn a new story, learn a new face. There’s so many incredible Black and Brown people who are doing so much for the world and for the country,” Johns said. “I was really excited that I could spread this message.”
Other speakers said the city needs to do more to increase minority hiring in the school district and city government.
Scranton School District seventh-grade teacher Robert McCleod, who is in his ninth year with the SSD after teaching for 10 years in Wilkes-Barre, said he is one of two Black faculty members in the SSD.
“I am one-half of the Black faculty in the (Scranton) school district,” McCleod told the crowd. “Half. You’re looking at half.”
Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti said that soon after she won election, she and Johns spoke about raising the Pan-African flag on Feb. 1 on the flagpole in front of City Hall and flying it throughout the month of February.
“This is the beginning of what I hope in Scranton is really putting our money where our mouth is,” Cognetti said. “We can talk all we want about diversity and celebrating our diversity and people of color, we can do that or actually do something.”
Cognetti, a former member of the Scranton School Board, recalled being inspired by McCleod going to school board meetings and “stepping up and saying, ‘we’ve go to do something, we’ve got to get more teachers of color.’ ”
Ronald Felton President of the NAACP Wilkes Barre branch 2306 attended the event along with Executive Committee members Flora Jenkins and Peggy Felton.
Ronald L Felton, President, Wilkes-Barre NAACP and Glynis M Johns, Founder, Black Scranton Project


Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
House and Senate leaders today reached an agreement on two fiscal year 2020 federal spending packages, one of which includes funding secured by Rep. Cartwright to offset the costs of improving stormwater infrastructure in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
This increased funding doubles the money available for sediment removal grants and programs to control polluted stormwater runoff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region, which includes parts of Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District. It will help cities and municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania meet a federal mandate to restore the Chesapeake Bay while requiring fewer local funds. This will help reduce stormwater fees paid by residents on their sewer bills.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Cartwright fought successfully for these funds to be included in the fiscal year 2020 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies budget bill, which passed the House in June. He then worked to guarantee that the funds remained in the final spending deal as his House colleagues negotiated with the U.S. Senate.
“Northeastern Pennsylvanians work hard to make a living and provide for their families. The Federal Government needs to help pay for major projects like this,” said Rep. Cartwright. “These new resources will help bring down stormwater fees over time and reduce the burden on working people. I was proud to fight hard for this funding so that Eighth District residents can keep more of their hard-earned savings.”
Specifically, Rep. Cartwright doubled the total money available for grants that can go to communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania, from $12 million in fiscal year 2019 to $24 million for fiscal year 2020.
This federal money will help clean up our region's waterways so our kids have safe, clean water to drink. Local governments can use these grants to address pollution problems or aging and faulty sewer and stormwater systems. In the past, cities such as Wilkes-Barre have used these grants to improve stormwater management and reduce pollution released into the Susquehanna River.




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ECTV'S Public Affairs program "PREVIEW" welcomes Sarah Piccini of the Lackawanna Historical Society during the week of February 10th to unveil plans for exhibit on Women's Suffrage and area women who played a big part in the movement.
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The 1980 Winter Olympics open in Lake Placid, New York......In Vanuatu, followers of John Frum's cargo cult on the island of Tanna declare secession as the nation of Tafea……A total solar eclipse is seen in North Africa and West Asia. It was the 50th solar eclipse of Solar Saros 130 and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac”. and America was “On the Radio" by Donna Summer.