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The LuLac Political Letter was also named Best Political Blog of the Year for 2014 by NEPA BLOGCON and most recently David Yonki was named Best Blogger of the year 2015 by the publication Diamond City.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The LuLac Edition #3308, September 27th, 2016
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Going to the candidate’s debate,
Laugh about it, shout about it…..
Any way you lose…..
Simon & Garfunkel
The long awaited debate was last night between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In reality it was a hybrid. Trump gave his campaign speech in various forms. Clinton articulated her agenda and didn’t take any Trump bait. In a way it was the battle of the vocabularies. Trump used words like “disaster”, “weak”, “terrible”, “a mess” all the old stand bys that say both everything and nothing. Clinton gave answers that had a beginning, a middle and an end. Trump went off the rails at 9:16PM and never really got back on track. He interrupted Clinton about 25 times and she held her ground. At the end of the night, the spinners were out in full force. Even Donald Trump!!!! The instant polls of debate watchers showed that 55% of those polled think Trump can’t handle the Presidency. Clinton won the debate 62% to his 27%. On the understanding of the issues, Clinton got 68% while Trump got 27%. All in all a good night for Clinton. But polls on debates don’t win a Presidency. Trump is still even in some battle ground states and both are going to have a very close battle. On WBRE TV last night I said that 85% of the Republican voters for Trump will go for him and 85% of the Democrats will vote for Clinton. A narrow lane exists for undecided and independent voters and they are all in the battle ground states. Despite some of Trump’s outlandish claims, like “Hillary Clinton has been supporting ISIS her entire adult life” (Hillary graduated college in 1969 and ISIS was a force then??) Trump supporters will back him. Earlier in the evening WBRE TV’s Kelly Choate did a story about a debate watch party involving King’s College students. More than a quarter said they’d support Trump. Bottom line, on polling Clinton won. But it was a draw. Clinton won on substance, Trump on theater. The voters will have to decide if they want a show or a government.
THIS IS THE GUY THAT SHOULD SIT IN THE FRONT ROW AT TOMORROW NIGHT'S DEBATE
Mr. Baseball Bob Uecker.
NEW POLL SHOW TRUMP CLOSING IN THE KEYSTONE STATE
The day before the first Presidential debate, a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows a narrowing of the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump amid rising support for Trump within his own party. Now Clinton still leads Trump in a head-to-head matchup, but only by a 3-point margin, 44 percent to 41 percent. Those results showed Clinton's support dropping and Trump's gaining compared with a Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll a week earlier, which showed Clinton at 47 percent and Trump at 38 percent. (Morning Call)
(This is a 7 part series on the major issues in this Presidential election and where the candidates stand. The information is directly from each candidate’s website. The order of appearance will vary from week to week because we will use a coin toss to determine what candidate’s views will appear first).
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton worked to restore America’s leadership in the world after it was badly eroded by eight years of the Bush administration’s go-it-alone foreign policy. She oversaw significant accomplishments, from building a global coalition to impose cripplingsanctions against Iran, to brokering a ceasefire in Gaza and protecting Israel, to supporting President Obama’s decision to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, and much more. Defending America and our core values is one of the cornerstones of Hillary’s campaign. As president, Hillary will: Ensure we are stronger at home. We are strongest overseas when we are strongest at home. That means investing in our infrastructure, education, and innovation—the fundamentals of a strong economy. She will also work to reduce income inequality, because our country can’t lead effectively when so many are struggling to provide the basics for their families. Read more here. Stick with our allies. From the Middle East and Asia to Europe and our own hemisphere, Hillary will strengthen the essential partnerships that are a unique source of America’s strength. Hillary knows that NATO is one of the best investments that America has ever made. And she’ll continue to support Israel’s ability to defend itself, including by ensuring its Qualitative Military Edge, and oppose efforts to marginalize Israel on the world stage while supporting efforts to bring about a two-state solution. Read more here. Hillary also will invest in partnerships in Latin America, Africa, and Asia with people and nations who share our values and vision for the future. Embrace all the tools of American power, especially diplomacy and development, to be on the front lines solving problems before they threaten us at home. Diplomacy is often the only way to avoid a conflict that could end up exacting a much greater cost. It takes patience, persistence, and an eye on the long game—but it’s worth it. This includes: Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Hillary will vigorously enforce the nuclear agreement with Iran and implement a broader strategy to confront Iran’s bad behavior in the region, particularly the threat it poses to Israel. Read more here. Building stronger ties between Cubans and Americans. Hillary supports President Obama’s initiative to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and calls on Congress to lift the embargo, while continuing to press for reforms. Read more here. Be firm but wise with our rivals. Countries like Russia and China often work against us. Hillary has gone toe-to-toe with Russia and China and many other different leaders around the world. She knows we have to be able to both stand our ground when we must, and find common ground when we can. Stand up to Vladimir Putin. Hillary has gone toe-to-toe with Putin before, and she’ll do it again. She’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with our European allies and push back on and deter Russian aggression in Europe and beyond, and increase the costs to Putin for his actions. Hold China accountable. Hillary will work with allies to promote strong rules of the road and institutions in Asia, and press China to play by the rules—including in cyberspace, on currency, human rights, trade, territorial disputes, and climate change—and hold it accountable if it does not, while working with China where it is in our interest. Read morehere. Have a real plan for confronting terrorists. The threat we face from terrorism is real, urgent, and knows no boundaries. Hillary has laid out a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS by: taking out ISIS’s stronghold in Iraq and Syria, working with our allies to dismantle global terror networks, and hardening our defenses at home. Read more here. Hillary has a record of defending America and our core values: She built the toughest sanctions regime in history on Iran—twisting arms in China, Russia, and dozens of other countries—to force Iran to the negotiating table. And when pressure started working, she sent her closest aides to explore a deal that would cut off Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. She personally negotiated an end to Hamas rockets raining down on Israel in 2012 and worked to build stronger defense programs for Israel, including upgrading the Iron Dome rocket defense system, which has saved the lives of so many Israelis. She fought to make women’s rights a priority in international relations. She stood up against sex trafficking of women and children, intervened in Saudi Arabia to stop child marriage, and led the fight for a U.N. Security Council resolution to combat sexual violence against women and children around the world that passed unanimously.
Trump supports increasing military spending, opposes the Iran nuclear arms deal, and believes that illegal immigration is a serious national security concern. “I just wanna say that we're gonna come out with some plans in a very short time. We're gonna be building up our military, we're gonna make our military so big and so strong and so great and it will be so powerful that I don't think we're ever going to have to use it. Nobody's gonna mess with us, that I can tell you, and we're going to have a president who's respected by Putin, who's respected by Iran, y'know? Let's talk about, for two seconds, let's talk about the Iran deal. Now, Obama, Obama and his people call him the Supreme Leader, of Iran. Obama talks about the Supreme Leader. Well, I'm not calling him a supreme leader, but he said the other day that after this rip-off deal is completed he will never touch, do business with, the United States again. “We're finished with the United States.” They're taking a hundred and fifty billion dollars, they're getting a deal that's gonna need - it's gonna go right into nuclear weapons, much sooner than you think. They're gonna self police, think of that one, they are going to go and self police. They got the twenty-four - they have twenty-four day provisions - and by the way, what people don't understand, the twenty-four day provision doesn't start, you know this right? It doesn't start for a long time before you get to it. The clock is ticking, it can take forever, we may never get in there. It is one of the dumbest deals and one of the weakest contracts I've ever seen of any kind. So, we are gonna do things in this country right! We're not gonna sign deals where we have four prisoners over there, and they're still there, and we don't even ask if one of them is there because he's a Christian. We have a writer, we have - the whole thing is absolutely insane. You know they asked the President, and they asked Secretary of State Kerry, who may be - you know I've been saying Hillary Clinton is the worst Secretary of State in the history of this country, right? Alright, I've been saying it, but it's possible - the world blew up around her, it blew up, the whole world is like a different place. It's possible that because of this deal, made by Secretary Kerry, who has absolutely no clue how to negotiate, it may be that he's going to supersede, and I understand that he may wanna run for President. He has no chance like she has no chance, so we're gonna see what happens. We have many problems in our country, one of them is immigration. Now, I took a tremendous hit when I brought up illegal immigration when I announced I was running for president. And for two weeks I said - you know Rush Limbaugh, who's a great guy, he said - he has suffered more incoming, meaning the press, than anybody I have ever seen. So what happened is you have now found out what illegal immigration is all about, and I am so happy that I'm the one that brought it to the fore, because believe me it's a big problem. It is a big problem.”
The special guests Cuban and Flowers! (Photo: CNN)
Last week the Clinton campaign announced that billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban would be sitting front row at Monday's presidential debate at her invite. Cuban has been a loud and proud critic and detractor of Donald Trump since he endorsed Clinton several months ago. The move was an obvious attempt to rattle Trump. But Trump has fired back. He has invited Bill Clinton’s supposed mistress Jennifer Flowers and wait for it….she has accepted. Flowers will be sitting next to Cuban. Wow, this is getting crazier and crazier.
MEANWHILE….THE LATEST POLL SHOWS THAT…..
Hillary Clinton holds a solid 6-point lead over Donald Trump heading into the first presidential debate next Monday, according to a new national poll released Friday. The McClatchy-Marist poll found Clinton leading Trump 45% to 39% among likely voters in a four-way race. Libertarian Gary Johnson garnered 10% support, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein polled at 4%. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll this week found Clinton leading by a similar margin, 43% to 37%. Voters gave Clinton the edge over Trump on a series of key issues. On terrorism (52% to 41%), immigration (54% to 41%), creating good jobs (49% to 43%) and trade (52% to 42%), Clinton is viewed as the better candidate. (CNN)
CARTWRIGHT AT MUSEUM OPENING
Congressman Cartwright with Samuel L. Jackson (Photo: Cartwright Facebook)
Congressman Matt Cartwright met a bit of a celebrity at the opening of the America's first national museum dedicated to African American history.
Fox News Reports that Donald Trump is soliciting debate advice on line. This truly has become the American Idolization of the Republican party! I think he’ll run into trouble if he starts yelling “Lock her up, lock her up!!” If this is his debate prep, man this is going to be something.
AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE ‘IN THE WORST SHAPE THEY’VE EVER BEEN,’ TRUMP SAYS IN NORTH CAROLINA
So the other night in one of the Carolinas, Donald Trump said that blacks in America are in the worst shape they’ve ever been. This Wharton School of Business grad never heard of slavery, Jim Crow laws, Voting tests, and the beatings many received in the South for wanting equal rights. If you don’t have a conception of American history, you have no idea how to lead except re actively.
This week news came that a good friend of ours, Veronica Steadlle Kisailus passed away. She was surrounded by her family. Veronica was our family Attorney and really represented us above and beyond. She was greatly inspired by former President Abraham Lincoln as she obtained a juris doctorate degree from the former Bridgeport School of Law, Bridgeport, Conn. Residing at Harveys Lake for many years, Veronica served as the solicitor for the zoning office. Veronica was a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, U.S. Supreme Court Bar and the Middle District Bar. She was a founding partner in the Kisailus & Kisailus Law Firm, Wilkes-Barre. The last time I ran into her was when our mutual friend Tom Marsillio was going after one of the Judgeships in Luzerne County in 2009. She was bright, fun, engaging, reasonable and fair. All you’d ever want in a Lawyer, a person and a friend. She will be missed.
CARTWRIGHT OPENS OFFICE IN SCRANTON
Here are some scenes from Congressman Matt Cartwright’s office opening in Scranton Monday night. The Congressman faces off against Matt Connolly in November.
Cartwright’s best asset, Attorney Marion Munley Cartwright introduced her husband at the event before a good and enthused crowd.
BARLETTA NAMED “GUARDIAN OF SMALL BUSINESS” BY NFIB FOR 3RD TIME
HONORED FOR SUPPORTING JOB CREATORS IN 112TH, 113TH & 114THCONGRESSES
Rep. Barletta was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business for the third straight Congress. (Photo: Barletta office)
Congressman Lou Barletta has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by theNational Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest association of small businesses, for the third consecutive Congress. Barletta was honored because of his voting record in support of policies that benefit small businesses and job creators. Barletta has won the award in each Congress of which he has been a member: the 112th, 113th, and 114th. “Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Barletta is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.” The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners and is awarded by tracking and scoring the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award. Barletta received a 100 percent voting record during the 114th Congress. “As a former mayor of my hometown of Hazleton, and a former business owner myself, I know that small employers are the lifeblood of any community,” Barletta said. “Today, it is harder than ever for entrepreneurs to go into business for themselves, so we must do everything we can to clear obstacles so they can do what they do best: create jobs and stimulate the economy. I am proud to have been honored by NFIB for the third straight Congress.”
This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with 10th Congressional District Democratic candidate Mike Molesevich about his campaign against incumbent Congressman Tom Marino. Brian speaks with Diane and Laurie from Hospice of the Sacred Heart about their 2016 Inaugural Remembrance Walk coming up next Saturday at McDade Park in Scranton. And Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Miss NEPA Teen Courtney Richards about a Benefit Purse Auction coming up on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magi c 93.
BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM
This week's guests are Elizabeth Bohan, Managing Director, and Connor O'Brien, Executive Director, discussing the upcoming Scranton Fringe Festival. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The Rive
Julie Esty will be the guest on ECTV Live during the week of September 26th.
A founding member of the Dearly Departed Players, Julie and her colleagues will be conducting tours of the Dunmore Cemetery this October to introduce visitors to some folks who died by accident or caused an accident which resulted in death. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is broadcast three times daily throughout the week.
SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION
Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. . The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.
Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”
KAREL ON THE STREET
Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.
BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP!!!!!
The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V. www.105theriver.net www.doowopsockhop.net.
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Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, only daughter of King Harald V of Norway, in Oslo; Chesney Hawkes, English singer and teen idol, in Slough….The main-belt asteroids 6214 Mikhailgrinev, 2217 Eltigen and 2280 Kunikov are discovered by scientists at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory……..Copenhagen Denmark. The Freetown "Christiania" was founded. In the morning 26 September 1971 activists occupy a number of buildings in the military area in Bådmandsgade, Christianshavn (Copenhagen). This is the first beginnings of Freetown Christiania. The barracks area has been abandoned by the Danish Navy for years and there have for a long time been disputes about what to do with the area. Residents in Christianshavn want access to the open green areas as playgrounds for their kids. Young activists from the alternative communities is lacking a place to exercise creativity and social experimentation. All they look at the closed military area, but both politicians and the military refuses that the area may be to the benefit of the population. In September 1971 the activists lose patience and begins occupation. From very start, they are meet by a violent police action to remove the activists. These actions failed completely because the area is too big and there are too many people……in Pennsylvania the Pittsburgh Pirates inch closer to getting into the Major League Baseball Playoffs….in Luzerne County Frank Jagodinski faces off in the General Election for Sheriff with incumbent Joseph Mock and 45 years ago the number one song in LuLacland and America was “Superstar” by The Carpenters.
1. If Donald Trump has been telling so many lies, why can’t Hillary Clinton have a more commanding lead? He has the advantage in the sense that people view him as being more candid. A "speak his mind" kind of guy even if his statements are "out there". But Trump resonates with many because his bad boy style is what people want to be but can’t or won’t. To a certain segment of the people, (and this is her own fault that is eerily Nixonion) whatever she says is a lie. Her challenge is to fight for the job in the upcoming days. 2. Who do you favor in the MLB playoffs? Have to go with my Tribe but hope the Cubs can do it. I don’t want to see a Cubs/Indians series though, way too aggravating. 3. That guy Otto Voit who is running for State Treasurer seems to be all over the place. Just who is running for State Treasurer on the Democratic side? It’s former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Torsella. He was a U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform (with the rank of ambassador) from 2011 to 2014. He previously served as President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia from 1997 though 2003 and again from 2006 through 2008 and as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education from 2008 through 2011. He is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and to my knowledge has not done a lot of campaigning at least in this area. My feeling is he’s looking to have the Philadelphia counties, which are heavily Democratic pull him through. 4. Do you think Mike Pence will be an acceptable President once Trump gets bored or thrown out? I used to because he knew Congress and was a Governor. But his inability to answer an easy question just give me doubts. Plus I’m appalled at his feelings that as far as gays go, “You can pray the gay away”. 5. House Dems, can they re-take the Congress? No but they can eat into that margin of 30 seats they need and become a force. Don’t forget that most of what John Boehner and Paul Ryan got passed was because of the 180 Democrats working with the GOP. 6. Any thoughts on Tom Wolf not going to the 911 events because of the death of his father?
I’m surprised I got the question. He didn’t attend the 911 event but sent his Lt. Governor. That’s what he's there for. His father died, he needed to be with his family. As a sidebar, I thought it was pretty ridiculous that Brett Favre played the night his father died too. 7. Matt Cartwright on the Appropriations Committee. Thoughts? He is well regarded in the House. Has been since day one. Has potential to be a leader someday if he wants it. Or beyond. 8. Did you hear the one about how President Obama might be named to the Supreme Court if Hillary gets elected? Personally I’d love it but the President has issues getting his own guy on the Court let alone himself. 9. Any thoughts on the final passage of the LGBT legislation in Wilkes Barre? I think it was about time. Really glad that Tony Brooks, Beth Gilbert and the other Council members got this through. Also kudos to Mayor Tony George for his support. 10. First coach to be let go in the NFL? I want it to be Rex Ryan of The Bills but I’m thinking at 0-2, Jay Gruden of the Redskins might be the one. 11. Are you an Oktober Fest fan? No, not a beer guy. Love brats though. 12. Will you be Tweeting during the debates? Yes. 13. How come in 2000 Florida had 25 electoral votes, now they have 29?
Population growth. Just to give you an example a place like The Villages which is a retirement string of towns now has 134,000 people up from 29,000 or so at that time. When I was a kid, Pa. had 29 Electoral votes, Florida just 14. As you stated, Florida had 25, Pennsylvania had 23. Now we’re down to 20. It’s all about the peeps! 14. The New York Times has been calling out Donald Trump for lying. Unfair or about time? About time. Trump has gotten a pass and has played the media. But his supporters don’t care. 15. When you were a kid who was your favorite weatherman? Really? What a great question. I was a little kid when Channel 16 had a guy named Roy Goshorn. (I think I liked the name). Then there was Bill White with his Atlantic Gas Station uniform on WDAU. Plus who could ever forget Joe Scott on WBRE TV. I loved ‘em all. Thanks for the question. 16. What in the world happened to your Pirates? They could not sustain a winning streak. Or as a Pirate fan who in scatological terms said, “Every time they aim for the toilet this year they missed”. 17. Did Donald Trump ruin you for reality shows?
No, I still love my Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and “Project Runway”. 18. Best bit on the Emmy’s and how do you think Jimmy Kimmel did? The opening with Jeb Bush. Did you catch the Jeb 2020 bumper sticker on the limo? Kimmel was great.
19. Do you think the Luzerne County leadership might be pushing hard for a prison? They need it but again first things first. Let’s get the debt under more control. 20. Hey what did you think of those kids at Valley West moaning about going to school in hot classrooms and then protesting? Unreal. But they sure as heck could go to a football game in heat. 21. I saw someone with tattoos on their knees. Ever date someone with a “tat?” No. I am friends with many a woman who has them, but nope. Never.
Donald Trump has come after the police who cracked the New York bombing case. He said they had the information and did nothing. Uh, no they didn't. Within 24 hours the case was done. Cracked. How the hell this guy got a police endorsement is beyond me.
DONNIE JUNIOR AND THE SKITTLES
This is what he tweeted. Uh, refugees need fond to eat...they are not to be eaten.
ATTENTION ANYONE OVER 55
The White House, February 3, 2017.
Meeting: President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump: Paul, sorry I called your wife a less than at the Inaugural ball but I’m used to superior looking women. Ryan: You could’ve gone on TV and said that, what do you want? Trump: Paul, I can’t get nothing done. My Legislation for the Wall, a million dollar trophy wife tax credit, the elimination of Islamic people in the military, and my proposal to repaint Air Force One with my name on it is going nowhere. I can’t believe I have to go through Congress for that shit. Ryan: Shit it is sir. Trump: What’s that? Ryan: Yes it is sir. It’s a thing called the Constitution. Trump: Yeah that damn thing. Did Obama think that one up? Oh never mind, look Paul I need your help to get this stuff passed. Let’s make a deal. What do you want? Ryan: Mike Pence? Trump: What’s that? Ryan: I need a new fence. Er, Look Mr. President, I can give you all that… Trump: Even the Trophy Wives tax credit? Ryan: Sure. But you’ll have to privatize social security. Trump: Wait, didn’t that loser Jeb Bush say that was reckless and dangerous? Ryan: No it was the other loser George W. Bush. Trump: Can’t keep them straight. They’re like wackamoles. Done. Ryan: and…………..as far as Medicare goes, I want to raise out-of-pocket costs for some seniors and shift others from traditional Medicare coverage to commercial insurance. Trump: And I get my wall and trophy wife tax credit? Ryan: You got it. Trump: Done. How does it feel to be with a winner like me Paul? Do you like winning? Ryan: Yes, sir you are a real winner. FACT: Trump will cave on Social Security and Medicare to Ryan who has been gunning for it since 2007. Vote for him and you'll be paying for your SS benefits like you will never believe. But hey, America will be great again, right???
MUSINGS FROM THE BOTTOM OF A DUMPSTER FILLED WITH WATERMELONS
So tonight my buddy L.A. Tarone takes a phone call from a caller in Wilkes Barre that badly needs a Bush/Obama phone. The guy was yammering on about the choice between Trump and Clinton and said that he couldn’t understand how anyone could vote for the devil you know. Tarone then responded that Hillary Clinton’s career was “Thirty years of abject failure”. Okay, thirty years of abject failure? Let’s not even count her time on the Watergate committee and her work with the Children’s Defense Fund as a young lawyer. Thirty years, 1986 to 2016. Helped provide millions of children with health care. That was the CHIP program which right wingers were screaming about because it was socialized medicine. But because of it, millions of kids got health care. Elected Senator of New York state in 2000. During 911, Clinton worked to make sure the 9/11 first responders who suffered lasting health effects from their time at Ground Zero got the care they needed. She also met with many family members at the time. Told the world that “women’s rights are human rights." This was a ground breaking speech on an international basis. She did this in Communist China not on Social Media in her bathrobe. Stood up for LGBT rights at home and abroad. Now the homophobes won’t get this but Clinton has advocated for this type of inclusion. Remember a few years ago when Israel was at peril? As Hamas rockets rained down on Israel, Hillary went to the region immediately. Twenty-four hours after she landed, a ceasefire went into effect—and that year became Israel’s quietest in a decade. Re-elected senator in 2006. Came within 300 votes of becoming the nominee but took the advice of that numbskull Mark Penn who said forget about the caucuses. Was instrumental in persuading Barack Obama to pull the trigger and get Bin Laden. Nominated as the first woman to be the nominee of a major political party. Thirty years of “abject failure?’ While the caller was hard to hear, unfortunately the host of the night time talk show was loud and clear on this one. All I know is I’m in Wilkes Barre and he’s in Hazleton and we should both be so lucky to be such “abject failures”.
2016 WOMEN WE LOVE NOMINEES
It’s the time of the year again for the LuLac Women We Love nominees. If you know a woman of stature, potential, accomplishment or someone who labors in the communities of media, pop culture or politics, send her name in along with a little contact information. You can reach me by Facebook and Twitter messaging.
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Political analyst for WBRE TV's Pa. Live program and post election commentator for WBRE TV's Eyewitness News Daybreak show. Author of the book "A Radio Story/We Wish You Well In Your Future Endeavors" and "Leges Vitae" "26 Rules of Life" and the new novel, "Weather Or Knot". The blog editor also writes various news articles and columns as well as upcoming literary projects. The blog editor was a frequent guest on WYOU TV'S INTERACTIVE NEWSCASTS when political issues were discussed on the national, state and local level. Yonki was a weekly panelist on WYLN TV 35's Friday Topic A program. He also appeared on the Hazleton, PA. station on Election Night doing coverage and did special projects and stories for WYLN TV 35's 10PM Newscast "Late Edition".