Sunday, October 23, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3329, October 23rd, 2016

Senator Bob Casey, Senate candidate Katie McGinty and Vice President Biden at the rally at Wilkes yesterday. (Photo: Michelle Hryvnak-Davies Facebook)

Vice President Joe Biden came to Wilkes Barre and Scranton yesterday and made some news. In a fierce statement that started off slow but then built to a thundering crescendo, Biden showed his stuff as an orator. To a few in the crowd and some at home, many wondered if only for a second how this race might be shaking out if Biden ran. I thought so myself for a millisecond. But then realized that if Biden ran or even The Blessed Mother did, the GOP attack machine would bring them down anyway. Since 2004 when they “swiftboated” John Kerry it has become a way of life for the national GOP.
But Biden made this statement regarding Trump and women. "What he says he did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault. It's more than that. He said because I'm famous, because I'm a star, because I'm a billionaire, I can do things other people can't. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make. The press always asks me don’t I wish I were debating him. No, I wish we were in high school—I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish."
After the statement the national media as well as a few local commentators criticized Biden for the remark. But let’s put it in context. The key words were “I wish we were in high school” when he made the behind the gym comment. Biden in his 70s was raised in a time that the only way to confront a bully was to cut him down. That is the only thing bullies understand. To equate Biden’s comments as hateful or even questioning the political correctness of it is rich especially from the Trump campaign.
Finally someone called out Trump for what he is. A bully who when confronted whines and says other people are worse.

Here is a segment (above) of Biden’s speech that he gave in Wilkes Barre. Listen to what he says about the middle class.

Wilkes Barre City Councilwoman Beth Gilbert met up with the Vice President along with her cousin Jill Ryan.
Who said the Democrats can’t around people? Here is the Vice President with members of his fan club.
(Photos: Beth Gilbert Facebook page).
State Representative candidate Bob McDonald had this encounter with the scrappy kid from Scranton.  (Photo: Bob McDonald for Representative Facebook page)

Al Smith. Yeah was an elite! (Photo:
The other night Donald Trump was sailing right along
doing a decent job at the Al Smith Dinner in New York trading barbs with Hillary Clinton as each Presidential candidate has done for years. But then Trump savagely lit into her with his tiring attacks. Here’s what he said:
Of course the Social Media pages came alive with the Trump supporters who said of course “the elites” were booing him because
A. They are all for Clinton.
B. They are all elites.
The Al Smith dinner surely does attract very wealthy and influential people. It also attracts other individuals who will go because they believe in Smith’s philosophy to this day.
Smith was the first Roman Catholic to run for President and was a Democratic Governor in New York. His candidacy mobilized Catholic votes—especially of women, who had only recently received federal suffrage. It also brought out the anti-Catholic vote, which was strongest among white conservative Democrats in the South. That was no surprise but in retrospect gave the Southerners a break from lynching black people during that campaign.
Smith was a reformer and led a Progressive movement in New York that emphasized a step up for struggling New York immigrants. So Al Smith was no elite.
No less an authority than Al Smith V said Trump’s comments passed the line. Here’s that video.
The other night on WBRE TV News with Nick Toma I said that Trump goes along fine and then takes a dip into the abyss. I also said imagine him at a State Dinner. For this lowly blogger from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, I never dreamed a candidate for President would ever prove any of my humble points.
But Trump never disappoints.


So the other day Lou Barletta tells the newspapers that they need to know Donald Trump like he does. The quote that stood out was “He’s not fake, even if he’s offensive sometimes”. What?
Okay by that standard, we need to invite one drunk to a church dinner or our homes. We know he’s a drunk, he knows he’s a drunk. He’s not fake. We see what we see, we get what we get.
Then the drunk beats up the preacher, hits on his 17 year old daughter and pees in the punch bowl. Offensive.
Got it Lou.
Why Barletta’s opponent Mike Marsicano is not tying Barletta to his staunch support of Trump is mystifying to me.


You have to see this tape of what I call Friday Night Flights of Fancy from CNN. Check out the take on Chris Christie as well as the way Trump spokeswoman Gina Louden in a delusional state tried to defend the indefensible. She was nearly laughed off the set, not because the media is biased but because she looked so darn adamant in her defense of what has been asked and answered in print, video and sound.


The race between incumbent Tom Marino and Michael Michael Molesevich is pretty much a mismatch given the Democrat’s late entry into the race as well as the registration advantage in that district. But the race has been heating up to a certain extent. Marino has been shilling for Trump and the former Mayor of Lewisburg has been pointing to the fact that Marino has done little to promote jobs in that district. Here’s our take from WBRE TV Eyewitness Newsmakers with Dr. David Sosar, Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick.

The LuLac Edition #3328, October 23rd, 2016


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(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).



Trump has said Mexican immigrants are murderers and rapists and has called for a ban on immigrants seeking refuge from terrorism in their native countries. His talk of building a wall along the Mexican border and having Mexico pay for it has been a huge applause line at his rallies and events.
Trump says U.S. immigration rules should focus more on the needs of working Americans and less on benefits to foreign nationals.
He set forward three core ideas for immigration reform:
1. Build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump proposes a border wall and says Mexico should pay for the wall with a one-time $5 billion to $10 billion payment. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto argues there’s no way Mexico can pay for a wall as outlined by Trump.
Trump has said Mexico will pay for the wall or the United States will take steps to interfere with remittances, the money that Mexican immigrants send back to family and friends. Trump said his administration would require wire transfer businesses to have customers prove their legal status in order to wire money outside the United States. By Trump’s estimates, people in the United States send about $24 billion a year to Mexico. If Mexico executes Trump’s proposed one-time payment for the wall, a Trump administration would not put into effect new rules for wire transfer agencies.
Money for the wall would also come from trade tariffs and increased visa and border crossing card fees.
2. Increase enforcement of immigration laws.
Trump proposes eliminating federal grants to sanctuary cities, which are jurisdictions that have laws or practices in place that limit their assistance to federal immigration officials. In sanctuary cities, local police departments refuse to contact immigration authorities when they apprehend someone who may be in the country illegally. Sanctuary cities say that contacting immigration officials may impair the relationship they have with the local community and can lead to racial profiling. Others argue that refusing to call immigration officials undermines federal laws.
Trump wants nationwide implementation of E-Verify, an internet-based platform used to match information on an employee’s Form I-9 (used to verify identity and employment authorization) to data collected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration. E-Verify is already used by more than 600,000 employers nationwide, according to immigration officials.
One major change in current law that Trump would like to see is an end to birthright citizenship. He says it’s "the biggest magnet for illegal immigration" and that children born to undocumented parents should not be granted U.S. citizenship, even though the 14th Amendment says that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
3. Focus on American workers.
Trump says foreign workers weigh down salaries, keep unemployment high and make it difficult for Americans and immigrants to earn a middle-class wage.
Trump says employers seeking to hire should first turn to the nation’s unemployed population before recruiting foreign workers. He would create a hiatus during which foreign workers abroad would not get green cards until employers hire native-born and immigrants already in the country.
Trump wants to raise criteria for refugee admissions and asylum seekers to reduce the amount of money used for programs that assist them. He says that money instead would be invested in ways to help American children without parents and in improving safety in high-crime communities.


Clinton has presented herself as an advocate for comprehensive immigration legislation, emphasizing a commitment to keeping immigrant families together, giving undocumented workers a chance to "come out of the shadows" and pushing for immigrant integration.
1. Immigration legislation.
Clinton says she supports new immigration legislation that would create a path to citizenship. Clinton also wants Congress to get rid of the 3- and 10-year bars, the time limits on undocumented immigrants who leave the country as part of a process to legalize their status are expected to stay away from the United States before returning legally. Clinton argues that families in which members have different legal statuses are confronted with a decision to separate and go back to their native countries in order to fix their status.
Clinton said she will defend President Barack Obama’s stalled executive actions designed to protect from deportation up to 5 million undocumented immigrants -- Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The actions meant to offer temporary relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who met certain criteria, such as no felony convictions. The plans are at a halt after the Supreme Court deadlocked on a 4 to 4 vote on the legality of the actions.
2. Encourage immigrants to become naturalized citizens.
Clinton wants to make it easier for people to become U.S. citizens. Clinton says she would expand fee waivers so that money isn’t an obstacle for the estimated 9 million people eligible for citizenship. Her plan is to also increase outreach and education so that potential citizens have a better understanding of the naturalization process.
Clinton promises to help the nation’s estimated 42 million immigrants integrate into the United States by reducing language, education and economic barriers. She wants to increase access to language programs to help immigrants improve their English skills. Clinton says she would create a national Office of Immigrant Affairs to coordinate programs and policies among federal and local agencies working on integration and naturalization services.
A Clinton administration would also favor allowing undocumented immigrants to buy medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Current law does not allow undocumented immigrants to buy marketplace health coverage.
3. Change detention policies.
Clinton says families who don’t pose flight or public safety threats should be offered cost-effective alternatives such as supervised release instead of detention. Private immigration detention centers would close under a Clinton presidency. She says these private centers may contribute, or have the appearance of contributing, to over-incarceration.
For more here is the link to Politifact.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3327, October 20th, 2016

 Trump and Clinton after the debate. (Photo::
A few thoughts on debate #3. Trump was more measured than in any other debate performance. He used the word “disaster” less than 20 times and really didn’t go off the rails until he started calling Hillary Clinton names.
But the cherry on the Sunday was when Trump said he would not necessarily support the eventual victor of the Presidency. Then he just went off the cliff.
It must be maddening trying to be a Trump employee. Chris Christie’s debate prep went down the drain when Trump questioned the validity of the election results and whether he would support the winner. Look this was pretty dumb. For these reasons:
1. Even though he is trailing, he still has a shot. I talk to more people everyday that despite what he says, will vote for him.
2. Trump half apologized today and said he’d not fight the outcome unless he won.
3. It is not Trump’s place to even make that request for a re-canvas because there are separate state elections. If there is a recall needed, the state officials would be mandated to do it.
Let me digress a bit, if Trump wants Medicare to be run by the states, how in the hell would that work out given his lack of knowledge about how things run?
Anyway, here's my recap from last evening on WBRE TV.

 Al Gore (Photo: CNN)
Al Gore was on his way to a venue in his home state to concede to George W. Bush in 2000. He was stopped by his aide Bill Daley who told him there were irregularities in Florida. Gore rescinded his concession because Democratic officials in that state wanted an investigation and called for it. Gore was willing to accept the verdict.
He went through the process and when the Supreme Court voted in favor of the Bush/Cheney team he called on Americans to unite behind the nation. Here’s what he said, these words will never come out Trump’s mouth.

Melania Trump: (Photo: CNN)
You might have missed this but Donald Trump doesn’t even lie right for his family. Trump said he didn’t apologize to his wife about his alleged conduct with all those women.
BUT Melania said he apologized to her last week.
Does he talk to her?
Did he see her interview with Anderson Cooper?
Did he know he was either throwing his wife or himself under the bus?

 Josh Shapiro (Photo: Shapiro campaign) 
Democratic candidate for Attorney General Josh Shapiro was on the Steve Corbett Show this afternoon. Shapiro outlined his plans to run the AG’s office with issues like Opiate addictions,
consumer protection and pension reform. Shapiro really showed his chops allowing that his office would be an office for the people.
Shapiro referenced a debate he had with his opponent John Rafferty at the Philadelphia Inquirer where Rafferty had an issue trying to straddle his endorsement and/or support of Donald Trump. The Inquirer supported Shapiro. There is another debate in Harrisburg next week.



This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Wanda Ashley from Fortis Institute in Scranton about their donation event to benefit homeless veterans coming up on Wednesday Oct 26th at Fortis.
Brian speaks with Brendon O'Brien from the American Gas Association about winter heating bills.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Jesse Macko from Penn State Wilkes Barre about their Halloween Fundraiser for THON, which benefits Pediatric Cancer research.
And Polly Hanson from Mediatracks speaks with Nancy Bock about childrens safety issues.
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 Magic 93.


The Steamtown National Historical Park has got some tricks up its sleeve and Superintendent Debbie Conway will join ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender to outline the plans for "Hallowfest" when she visits the program during the week of October 24th. 
ECTV Live is seen on COMCAST CHANNEL 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times daily throughout the week. ECTV Live airs at approximately Noon, 6pm, and Midnight each day.


This week's guest is Marylee Schirg from the Farmers' Cooperative Market in Scranton. 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 River.


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!”


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.


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.


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New York City Department of Consumer Affairs recommends the repeal of a city law banning homosexuals from working in or going to bars…..The asteroid 2446 Lunacharsky is discovered by Lyudmila Chernykh…..The U.S. conducts an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site……20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Submarine Voyage opens at Disney's Magic Kingdom……Soviet satellite Kosmos 453 is launched into orbit around the Earth…House Speaker K. Leroy Irvis says that Governor Shapp’s tax increase seems to have righted the ship with more revenue coming in… Wilkes Barre City Councilman Bob Brader rallies WB Democrats in the critical Council election and 45 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was .“Do You Know What I Mean” by Lee Michaels.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3326, October 19th, 2016


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Josh Shapiro (Photo: Shapiro campaign)

Last week Attorney General candidate Josh Shapiro visited the Scranton Area and spoke with the Times Tribune's premier political journalist Borys Krawczeniuk about his plans. Here's that article and the link.

BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK / Published: October 14, 2016

If elected attorney general, Democratic Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro promises a reform-minded, ethical office that emphasizes consumer and environmental protection and cracks down on heroin traffickers but with more emphasis on treating addiction.
“I think now more than ever we need an attorney general with executive skills with a history and a track record and a plan to restore integrity and fairness to our criminal justice system and plan on what they’ll do with the job,” Mr. Shapiro told the Times-Tribune editorial board.
Mr. Shapiro faces Republican state Sen. John Rafferty, also of Montgomery County, in the Nov. 8 election. The winner will have to deal with restoring an attorney general’s office wracked by scandal for the past two years during the investigation, arrest and conviction of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, of Waverly Twp., on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Ms. Kane, a Scranton native, resigned in August, and was replaced by Bruce Beemer, a Clarks Summit native.
Mr. Shapiro, a licensed lawyer and chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, defended his lack of experience as a criminal prosecutor. He pointed out 40 percent of attorneys general nationwide were never criminal prosecutors. Unlike district attorneys, the attorney general’s office also has civil law and public protection divisions that focus on noncriminal issues.
“We’re not elected the 68th district attorney,” he said.
Mr. Shapiro said he would institute an ethics policy that requires his staffers to sign a promise to live up to a new code of conduct and undergo regular ethics training. The policy will include a ban on accepting gifts and online disclosure of office expenses. He plans to ask the state General Assembly to adopt stiffer penalties for corrupt public officials, including toughening the law to ensure convicted public officials do not receive pensions.
He plans to work with local district attorneys to stem the flow of heroin, fight for more money for addiction treatment through drug and veterans courts and work with doctors and pharmaceutical companies to curb unnecessary prescribing of painkillers that repeatedly have led people into heroin addiction.
“The truth is, for a long time, everyone thought we could just arrest our way out of this crisis,” he said. “And we can’t.”
He wants to develop more places where citizens can dispose of unused prescription drugs.
“I know it sounds silly, but it has to be part of the solution,” he said.
His emphasis on consumer protection will include a focus on ensuring that non-profit charitable institutions meet state requirements for charitable behavior and working with banks to spot scamming of senior citizens and others. On the environmental front, he will beef up an office division that focuses on ensuring clean air and water for Pennsylvanians.
Though political observers sometimes suspect he has ambitions for higher office, Mr. Shapiro said he will not run for governor while still attorney general in either a first or second term.
“I want to be attorney general,” he said. “I know some people find that hard to believe. This is the job I want. ... It is the most impactful job in Pennsylvania government. Bar none.”
Voters elect an attorney general to four-year terms. The job pays $158,764 a year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3325, October 18th, 2016


This is a video of a woman who supports Trump and has defended him. Watch as the moderator puts her head in her hands.

The next video is Ben Carson on Morning Joe asking for the microphone of the interviewers to be silenced so he can speak.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3324, Octopber 17th, 2016


Our good friend Charlie Urban sent us some good news regarding House Bill HB 76.
Representative Jim Cox on 10-5-16 formally introduced the Property Independence Act in the House of Representative's While there is no chance that the legislation will be acted upon with only a few sessions days remaining, the introduction at this time serves two important purposes. First , it puts our opponents on notice and assures our supporters and allies that HB 76 is alive and well and WILL be pursued in the future. Second, the introduction allows us to see the Representatives who have declared their support for the legislation by adding their names as co-sponsors. This is invaluable information for the upcoming November election to determine who deserves our votes..
If your Representative name is not on the list please contact them to find out why the refuse to support the PEOPLES legislation. Accept No Excuses- there are NONE. If they refuse to support HB 76 plan to vote them out of office.
Call or email them; The list of non- supporters in our area Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties are:
Rep. Mike Carroll Lackawanna and Luzerne County #570-655-4883 E,
Rep. Frank Farina Lackawanna #570-876-111 1 E
Rep Marty Flynn Lackawanna #570-342-4349 E
Eddie Day Pashinski Luzerne #570-825-5934 E
They are up for reelection. The Senators are not but we should contact them to remind them they did not support SB 76 and when it goes to the Senate you expect them to vote yes and No Excuses.
Senator John Blake Luzerne Lackawanna, Monroe, Counties #570-207-2881
Senator John Gordner Columbia, ,Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Counties #570-784-3464 E
Click on PTCC Pa Taxpayers This letter is being sent to your local newspapers Thank You. Please spread the word and contact your lawmakers You will never have an opportunity such as NOW to eliminate School Property Taxes We are 87 PTCC groups in Pa. Charles Urban Pres. Luzerne County Property Owners #570-288-2972 E No one should lose their Home. Remember You are the Government so Vote this November for Rep. Arron Kaufer, Gerald Mullery,, Tara Toohil, Karen Boback, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Betsy Summers. Thank you Senators John Yudichak, Lisa Baker who are not up for election .


The number one issue vexing Pennsylvania has yet to be solved. Thirty years and the electorate has become numb to idea after idea, committee after committee, bill after bill. Property taxes vanish after elections. The casino money hasn’t put a dent in your property taxes. It never will. The looming pension crisis will definitely see to that.
There is a choice before you today. You can stand idly by listening to the drone of “elect me” commercials and vote your party line. Or, you can make a true difference in your life and the lives of generations of Pennsylvania to come. You can be the one to help pass The Property Tax Independence Act. You are the solution to thirty years of broken promises. You can stop the oncoming train that’s about to fly off the tracks.
The Property Tax Independence Act will eliminate all school property taxes across the Commonwealth and will replace those taxes with funding from a single state source.
The most important provision is that it is revenue neutral . To provide absolute fairness, the legislation has been crafted to ensure that the tax swap provision of the plan does not raise one dollar more than is already collected.
The Property Tax Independence Act will:
*Abolish the school property tax on all homesteads, farmsteads, and businesses.
*Eliminate school property taxes via a two-year phase –out . The first year after enactment , school property taxes will be frozen at their current levels. The second year will bring complete elimination except for those school districts that retain long-term obligations.
* Increase the current sales tax from 6% to 7%, providing a predictable and stable funding source that will automatically increase revenue in sync with economic growth.
* Increase the state income tax from 3.07% to 4.95% .
* Fully fund all districts by replacing the property tax dollar –for-dollar at each districts current level. Each district will receive the resources it needs regardless of the local ability to pay.
*Create a dedicated lockbox account for all property tax replacement revenues that is separate from the General Fund.
* Completely eliminate the taxing ability of school boards. Voters will finally gain true local control. Any requests for additional revenue from school districts must be presented via a no exception ballot referendum.
* Finally put a stop to out of control and ever increasing school budgets and property taxes.
*The elimination of school property taxes will increase the disposable income of property taxpayers.
* The elimination of school property taxes will cause home values to increase, on the average by more than 10% statewide.
* Working –age homeowners will realize a tax cut. Furthermore, the increase in federal income tax (through lower itemized deductions) , state income tax, and sales tax is more than the offset by the reduction in property taxes.
*Retired homeowners will realize a significant reduction in taxes because any property tax reduction will easily offset any increase from higher sales tax.
* The elimination of property taxes would significantly reduce the property tax share and would clearly increase the attractiveness of the Commonwealth for business location and expansion .Spread the word. Talk to family, friends and neighbors. Grassroots initiatives depend on the voices of as many concerned taxpayers as possible E mail, write or visit your elected Pa House and Senate Representative Encourage them to join the fight for passage of HB/SB 76 as this will determine your support in voting this election. NO TAX should have the POWER to leave you HOMELESS .
Charles Urban Pres Luzerne County Property Owners 570-288-2972 Member of 87 PTCC groups in Pa.


The Allentown Morning Call reported that “The Wolf administration has been ordered to release more of the emails Democratic US Senate nominee Katie McGinty sent and received during her short tenure as the governor's chief of staff.
The Commonwealth Court ruling caps a drawn-out battle between the administration and the state GOP.”
“Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has 30 days to produce copies of more emails sent or received by Katie McGinty when she was his chief of staff, before she ran for U.S. Senate, a Pennsylvania court ruled Friday.
The emails, sought by the state Republican Party, do not have to be released before the Nov. 8 election.
“The Commonwealth Court's ruling upholds a decision by the Office of Open Records.
The 30-day time frame to respond virtually ensures that the emails would not become public before the election." The Wolf administration would not say Friday whether it will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. It has 30 days to appeal, a move that also would virtually ensure that the emails are not released before the election. (Allentown Morning Call)


WVIA TV presents the U.S. Senate debate Monday night between Senator Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty. Tune it in. I’m sure it will be as they say in the back Mountain, “a hoot”. The debate airs out of KDKA TV in Pittsburgh. The fun starts at 7PM.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The LuLac Editionm #3323, October 16th, 2016


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Today we give you an insight into where both candidates stand on Veterans from their respective websites. However at the end of this edition is a link to that has some very good contrasts on the issue between the two.


Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it. No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care and support they earned with their service to our country.
•Support the whole veteran, not just their physical health care, but also by addressing their invisible wounds, investing in our service members' post-active duty success, transforming the VA to meet the needs of 21st century service members, and better meeting the needs of our female veterans.
• Make the VA great again by firing the corrupt and incompetent VA executives who let our veterans down, by modernizing the VA, and by empowering the doctors and nurses to ensure our veterans receive the best care available in a timely manner.
Donald J. Trump's 10 Point Plan to Reform The Department of Veterans Affairs
1. Appoint a VA Secretary whose sole purpose will be to serve veterans. Under a Trump Administration, the needs of D.C. bureaucrats will no longer be placed above those of our veterans.
2. Use the powers of the presidency to remove and discipline the federal employees and managers who have violated the public's trust and failed to carry out the duties on behalf of our veterans.
3. Ask that Congress pass legislation that empowers the Secretary of the VA to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety or well-being of a veteran.
4. Create a commission to investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform.
5. Protect and promote honest employees at the VA who highlight wrongdoing, and guarantee their jobs will be protected.
6. Create a private White House hotline, which will be active 24 hours a day answered by a real person. It will be devoted to answering veteran's complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks.
7. Stop giving bonuses to any VA employees who are wasting money, and start rewarding employees who seek to improve the VA's service, cut waste, and save lives.
8. Reform the visa system to ensure veterans are at the front of the line for health services, not the back.
9. Increase the number of mental health care professionals, and allow veteran's to be able to seek mental health care outside of the VA.
10. Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service.


Hillary Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham, was a chief petty officer at Naval Station Great Lakes during World War II. He instilled in Hillary at an early age the importance of supporting our men and women in uniform, as well as military families and veterans—and an empathy for the challenges that many service members and veterans face.
Hillary believes that by supporting our veterans, we strengthen our military, our economy, and our country. She knows that we cannot separate supporting our veterans from our broader commitment to take care of our troops—soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen—and their families.
To support our veterans and ensure they have the opportunities and tools they need to succeed upon returning home, Hillary will:
• Fundamentally reform veterans’ health care to ensure access to timely and high quality care and block efforts to privatize the VA—including improving health care for women at the VHA, ending the veteran suicide epidemic, and continuing efforts to identify and treat invisible, latent, and toxic wounds of war that affect veterans, family members, and caregivers after their service.
• Build a 21st-century Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver world-class care.Hillary was outraged by the recent scandals at the VA, and as president, she will demand accountability and performance from VA leadership. Many veterans have to wait an unacceptably long time to see a doctor or to process disability claims and appeals. Hillary will make the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) a seamless partner in health care. She does not believe that privatization will solve the problems that the VHA is facing—this department must deliver high-quality care while acting as an integrated payer-purchaser and facilitating a full range of services for all veterans, regardless of where they live.
• Empower veterans and strengthen our economy and communities by connecting their unique skills to the jobs of the future. Hillary will make the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill a lasting part of our social contract with those who serve, expand tax credits for veterans’ employment, improve certification and credentialing programs, strengthen veteran entrepreneurship programs, and create pathways for service members to enter growing career fields. She will also protect veterans from discrimination and predatory companies and work to end veteran homelessness.
• Overhaul VA governance to create a new veteran-centric model of excellence by creating a culture of accountability, service, and excellence at the VA; providing budgetary certainty; and ensuring our veterans are buried with the honor, distinction, and integrity they deserve.
Read the fact sheet
Our military families serve alongside our men and women in uniform. To strengthen services and support for military families, Hillary will:
• Realign the demands of a military career to accommodate 21st-century family realities while maintaining a strong force by enabling more flexibility in military careers and giving servicemembers and their families a greater say in their lives. That includes increasing access to child care both on and off the base, maintaining a commitment to to extended leave policies, and more.
• Back military spouses as they pursue education, seek jobs, build careers and secure their finances by expanding spousal employment support and training initiatives while in service and during transition.
•Ensure military children receive a high-quality education and the resources to succeed by improving military schools, enhancing the experience of military children in public schools, and ensuring key benefits are available for all military families.
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3322, October 13th, 2016

(Photo: Eglades)
So NBC News reports that some extreme Donald Trump supporters are trying to figure out a way to repeal the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment gives woman the right to vote. 538 reports that if women voted, Hillary would get over 458 Electoral votes.
Their concern is that a disproportionate amount of women are voting for Hillary and not Donald. Jeez, wonder why?

I listened to a caller on Wednesday night on my friend L.A. Tarone’s program with great interest. His caller Mike bemoaned the fact that there was an economic slow down in the company he worked for and told Tarone he had to take a two week layoff because of it. He told the host that he worked in a tractor manufacturing facility.
Mike then told the tale of his encounter with Career Link to sign up for unemployment. He was dismayed that there were so many questions about retraining and the fact that everything was computer oriented.
While he was speaking I thought that maybe that’s the reason for the anger many white men have at government and the economy. The jobs Donald Trump promised will not come back. Everything is computerized. A friend of mine who worked in private industry couldn’t even get a job at Wal Mart because he refused to even learn how to work a computer. Even cashiers at fast food restaurants run a computer screen. Auto mechanics use computers to work on cars.
Mike is fortunate that he will have his job to return to but many of his brethren are still waiting for the muscle might jobs to come back. They spent most of this time in a hold pattern, refusing to reach out to training and new ventures.
Damn straight they’re mad at the companies, NAFTA, business and politicians.
But if they are sitting around waiting for the good old days like my friend was before retirement, (when there was a factory on every Scranton street) it just won’t happen under Trump.
I get they are mad but maybe they should be mad at themselves too..... for not adapting.

Speaker Paul Ryan (Photo: CNN)
Donald Trump, dismayed that Speaker Paul Ryan has told his House members to campaign for themselves made a threat. Trump said that Ryan will have a new job in January if he has anything to do with it.
Trump is correct. Ryan will be the House Minority Leader when Trump drags everyone else down. We can hope.

Candidate for State Representative Bob McDonald. (Times Leader)
Bob McDonald, the candidate for state representative in the 120th House race made this statement regarding local Republicans and Donald Trump.
Where is Pat Toomey? Where is Aaron Kaufer? Or Toohil or Parker or Bobak or Behrens or Heffley? Why are they not standing up like of Ryan, McCain & Romney to the guy who is advocating putting his political opponent in jail like some banana republic dictator? Donald Trump didn’t become the Republican Nominee by himself. Republicans knew right from the very first question in the very first debate from Megan Kelly what he thinks of women. They knew from the very first speech of his campaign that he is a bigot. It is time to ask each and every one of the people seeking to represent you...are you for Donald Trump or are you for America? This is no time to be a coward.
(the longer version would continue)
Mr. Trump has called for the use of nuclear weapons and the expansion of nuclear countries including Saudi Arabia. He is calling for Americans to reject the outcome of this election if it doesn't go his way. He is advocating revolution...not metaphorical revolution but actual revolution. He wants to put his political enemies in prison. He wants to ban any press that is unfavorable. He has called for his supporters to kill Secretary Clinton through second amendment remedies if necessary. He has idolized Vladimir Putin and called for him to mess with the American election. He has enraged his supporters by blaming all their troubles on outsiders. He has called for isolationism. Franciscan theologianRichard Rohr says..."If your ego is still in charge, you will find a disposable person or group on which to project your problems. People who haven’t come to at least a minimal awareness of their own dark side will always find someone else to hate or fear. Hatred holds a group together much more quickly and easily than love and inclusivity”.
Beyond the insults which are too many to list, he is calling for the end of the great American tradition of the peaceful transition of power. That is the great threat Mr. Trump presents if he were to control the military. That is why all former living Presidents both Democrats and Republicans are against him. That is why the last 2 Republican Presidential candidates are saying we must reject him as well as hundreds and hundreds of Republican leaders who are also saying we need to be afraid…be very afraid. Donald Trump is an existential threat to American democracy itself. Why then are people like Pat Toomey and Aaron Kaufer so afraid to stand up and say they are either for him or reject him? Those hiding have two choices. Hide and be a coward or stand and be counted.
For the record…I support Hillary Clinton for President. She is not a perfect choice. She is not as charismatic as some. Secretary Clinton is too guarded. But she is steely. She has the toughest skin of maybe anyone on the planet. She is knowledgeable and respected around the globe. She has fought for women and families her whole life. Is there anyone who doesn’t believe that in her obituary she wants it to say how she changed the world for the better? That is why I support Hillary Rodham Clinton. Eleanor Roosevelt once said…”One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” I might be right or I might be wrong but I will not be a coward! I am Bob McDonald and I am the Democratic Nominee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the 120th District.

Republican candidate for Treasurer Otto Voit

Otto Voit, candidate for Pennsylvania State Treasurer, rolled out a series of policy initiatives for the State Treasurer's office.
"The State Treasurer oversees our taxpayer dollars. It is the treasurer's responsibility to invest these dollars wisely and make sure our state is on the right fiscal track," Voit said. "These initiatives will help us accomplish that goal. Over the course of the next three weeks, I will be detailing each of these initatives."
"We deserve a treasurer committed to serving the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and not his own political ambition. This is why I have pledged not to run for higher office. The initiatives being rolled out today are another step in creating a state that benefits all Pennsylvanians."
The initiatives are:
- Give It Back Program (for Unclaimed Property)
- HOPE Initiative
- Treasury Investment & Advisory Committees
- Treasury Internship Program
- Financial Literacy Education
- Career Advancement Pathways for Treasury Personnel
- Promote Economic Development
- PA Treasury Simplification
- Treasury Payment Analytics Research Group
Details for each initiative can be found on Voit's website at:


Blake on the stump. 
 His brother Connor dressed up to for the event. (Photo: Facebook) 
Blake Pribula has become a social media star. The son of P.J. and Lisa Pribula attended the Trump rally the other night along with brother Connor.
This campaign has not only excited the popular base but also young people. 
Trust me he will remember this all his life. Hope he remembers it well.


 Mike Onley (Citizen's Voice)
Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Mike Onley. He was also known as Dee- Jay Mo. He was shot to death in Wilkes Barre while walking a friend to her car. The murder to this date has been unsolved. 
Mike sat across from me at work. He is still missed. Just as much as the justice that is missing from this case. 


The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins open the 2016-17 season this Saturday in Primetime on WYOU-TV!
The Pens face off against the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7pm.
Last season, our Pens went deep into the playoffs before being knocked out by the Hershey Bears.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ call-ups to their Stanley Cup winning team included Matt Murray, Brian Rust, Conor Sheary and Tom Kuhnhackel.
See tomorrow’s NHL stars today.


This week's guest is business consultant Marty Wolff discussing the area's employment climate. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio The Game 1400/1440 and and 106.7 fm; and at &;30 on 105 The River.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with James May and Michael Taluto from PENNDOT about next week's Teen Driving Forum, as well as the winding down of road construction season, and the onset of Winter preparation efforts.
And Brian speaks with Dr. Andrew Newkirch about Digital Eye Fatigue, brought about by too much TV and digital device viewing.
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 Magic 93.


ECTV Live will feature a discussion with Gary Drapek of the United Way of Lackawanna County. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is seen three times daily throughout the week.


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!”


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.


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.


Our 1971 logo
The U.S. conducts an underground nuclear weapon test at the Nevada Test Site......20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Submarine Voyage opens at Disney's Magic Kingdom.....Classic British TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs is shown for the first time on ITV.

In the Commonwealth the 1971 World Series matched the defending champions Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game 4, played in Pittsburgh, was the first-ever World Series game scheduled to be played at night…in Scranton a Judicial race heats up between James Walsh former Mayor of Scranton and Attorney George Yavorek and 45 years ago the number one song in America and LuLac land was . “Theme from Shaft” by Isaac Hayes

The LuLac Edition #3321, October 13th, 2016


Our 13 Questions logo.

1. If the election were held today, who would win by the popular vote?

Right now it appears that Clinton will win but not by a lot. She’ll do well electoral college wise. However because of the attacks designed to drive down Clinton’s already unfavorable, Trump can very well win the popular vote. He has brought the GOP pattern of “Switftboating” to new heights and new lows.

2. What are your thoughts on the way Donald Trump seems to be running against his own party?

It is very silly and counterproductive but there’s a methods to his madness. I believe that he will dime the establishment out to get his people who want to throw the bird to all of government. The issue though is they have no clue that the government they want to destroy actually runs their lives, many times in a positive way.

3. How 'bout those Indians? And those Cubs?

Step one for both this week. Fingers crossed.

4. Will Trump show up for the last debate?

Oh yeah. He’ll use it to viscerally attack Clinton and do himself no good.

5. What did that J.F. 16 mean on the Cubs hat?

That’s a tribute to Jose Fernandez of the Marlin’s who lost his life in a boating accident.

6. McGinty vs. Toomey? Thoughts?

I’d love to have the interest on all the money both of them spent for this race. Here’s a barometer, if Clinton wins by more than 8 points, McGinty gets in. If Trump keeps her to less than 2%, Toomey gets it.

7. Any predictions on the swing states?

Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin are now safe for Clinton. But anything can change. Forget Iowa and even Florida. There is no hope for those two states.

8. Any thoughts on the recently celebrated national pierogie day?

Love the ‘rogies. Went down to The Sanitary last night and got two dozen to celebrate 10 days later! One day I’ll have to grill them like Joe Snedecker.

9. What is the difference between Bill Clinton's political style and Hillary's?

Both have empathy for people but Bill is more natural and can throw the bull a tad better. Hillary has an Al Gore type persona where she answers with her head and not her heart. That’s the difference.

10. What if Joe Biden was the nominee instead of Hillary, would the attacks be as virulent?

Oh yeah they would never  give him a pass. But Biden would bitch and complain and fight right back. Clinton can’t because she’d be bitchy. Or worse. But you know what? If I were her I’d go hells bells against him because the people who are against her will never change. She has nothing to lose.

11. Are you going to the WILK talker's event at the Kirby tonight?

Nope. I love all my friends at WILK but a few years ago I went to the Philadelphia Zoo and got my fill. If the intellectual rabble who call the station everyday, four times a day show up there (bad enough I see one of the knuckleheads in his straw hat when I’m driving to work) I don’t want to have nightmares for the rest of the year.

12. Paul Ryan, fool or statesman?

Ryan is an American who respects the institutions of government. He wants to be on the right side of history. I disagree with his stance on Social Security but respect him as a true leader. Just because the no nothing bully calls Ryan a less then, and weak, doesn't mean it's true.

13. Dave, it's been a while and since Samsung has been in the news how about a little B phone?

You got it.