Friday, November 16, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3132, November 16th, 2018


I always thought Bob Casey wanted to be Governor. My speculation was that Casey, elected in 2006 would serve two terms in the Senate and run for Governor in 2018. But Tom Wolf’s defeat of Tom Corbett threw that out the window.
Casey, re-elected by a large margin said in an NBC interview that he might be thinking about running for President saying that he would appeal to working class voters.
The comment was met with some derision. But as the character Jonesy from the old Daniels and Webster program would say, “Don’t Laugh”. Here’s why:
1. Casey is an adult with no drama. Clean as a whistle.
2. Some say he’s boring. Well America seems to have an adverse reaction to Presidents in an alternating fashion. After Nixon/Ford, America picked Jimmy Carter who said he’d never lie to us. After the George W. Bush terms, America picked President Obama. We left country for urban. Casey’s demeanor just might be the anecdote needed for America after Trump.
3. Casey is pro life. Democrats say they need to be more inclusive. How much more inclusive can that get. The last pro life on a national Democratic ticket was Sargent Shriver in 1972.
Casey does nothing by accident or gaffe. Watch him.

Beto O'Rourke, James Garfield,20th President, Abraham Lincoln in the 1840s and George and Barbara Bush in the mid 1960s.  (Photos: wikipedia,, George Bush Library, UPI) 

After Beto O’Rourke lost his race for Senate in Texas there was talk about him running for President. He is charismatic and did indeed capture the imagination of Democrats all across the United States. But in a field of more than twenty candidates, great and small, famous and unknown poised to run, talking up Beto is just an exercise in speculation at this point.
But people are making comparisons saying a Congressman can become President. True The examples being used are George H.W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln. The thought process they seem to be using is each went from Congress to the White House. It is true that both did hold a term or two in Congress but neither made a giant leap to the White House. Therefore the comparisons are flawed.
The only person who did that was James Garfield, Republican of Ohio who went from Congress to The White House in 1880. Lincoln was elected to one term in 1846 as a member of the Whig party. But it was a short run since he got on the wrong side of people who supported President Polk and opposed The Mexican American War. He lost in 1848. In the interim he practiced law and ran for the Senate in 1858 against Stephen Douglas. The two barnstormed through Illinois with the great debates. Two years later, the two faced off for the office of President and Lincoln prevailed. But Lincoln after serving one term waited 12 years to get to the White House.
The example of George H.W. Bush follows a time line just as indirect.
The elder Bush ran for Congress in 1964 and lost in the Johnson landslide. He came back in 1966 to win a seat and was quite content there until he was talked into running for the Senate in 1970 against Lloyd Bensten. These were the day when the Dems were still king in Texas. Bensten, himself a candidate for President in 1976 and then became Michael Dukakis’ running mate crushed H.W. 
Bush after being defeated served in the Nixon administration as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. He loved the job but was prevailed upon by Nixon in 1973, as the Watergate Scandal was erupting, to become chairman of the Republican National Committee. In this post, he stood by Nixon until August 1974, when he joined a growing chorus of voices calling on the President to resign.
Bush wanted to be Ford’s Veep but that was not to be. Later in 1974, Ford, who had nominated Nelson Rockefeller as his vice president, named a disappointed Bush chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing—which was then the senior U.S. representative in China, because relations between the two countries did not permit the exchange of ambassadors. He served in this capacity until he was asked to head the Central Intelligence Agency in 1976. As CIA director, Bush took steps to ensure that the agency’s activities did not exceed congressional authorization. When Jimmy Carter took office in 1977, Bush resigned and returned to Texas, where in 1979 he announced his candidacy for president.
Bush fought Ronald Reagan hard and even criticized his economics as Voodo. But Reagan picked him as his Vice President and then finally in 1988 some 28 years after leaving Congress Bush became President.
If by some miracle Beto O’Rourke does become President in 2020, he will only emulate Garfield’s path and neither those of Lincoln or George H.W. Bush.


After the election the mocking continued from President Donald Trump. Trump called out Congress people who didn’t ask him to campaign for them. His actions were unsurprising and showed a new level of low that has permeated the Trump Presidency.
He did not visit a Veteran’s cemetery in France as did Ronald Reagan and other Presidents. He mocked the French President for his comments and then pouted as World Leaders took center stage.
At least he’s consistent in his pettiness and ignorance.


Ron Ferrance has stepped down as Chair of the Luzerne County Republican party. Ferrance succeeded Bill Urbanski in 2016. Ferrance was front and center at a recent Trump rally this summer and was a booster of the local GOP.
There were issues of disagreement reported here but there was no doubt that Ferrance thought he was working in the best interests of what he believed in.
Even though we disagreed with some moves, he was always gracious and kind to us when I attended GOP events. We wish him the best.

Ben Hoon, me and Ron Felton (Photo: Scott Cannon, Video Innovations, Plymouth, Pa. 2018)
This announcement came from Ronald Felton regarding the local chapter of the NAACP. Once again, I'm stepping back into the seat of NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch #2306 as President in ‘2019. I do this with the intent of grooming someone within the next two years to serve as my replacement. I'm running unopposed.
This will be my tenth term for a total of twenty years. I do this out of my love and commitment to the NAACP mission. This is why I'm a lifetime member of the NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch #2306. Because I believe so strongly in what the organization stands for and I have the confidence it won't let me down or stray away from its mission. This is why I encourage everyone who believes in the mission of the NAACP to become a lifetime member. This will also assist the organization in being a valuable presence in our community.
So, our goal for the next two years is to sign up fifty lifetime members. That will help sustain its presence for many decades.
Now, if you're unable to become a lifetime member become a regular member and show your support. Let the City of Wilkes-Barre know that the NAACP is a force to be reckoned with. Our goal for the next two years is to increase our membership by one hundred percent.
The City of Wilkes-Barre has roughly 40,000 residents. My goal is to have NAACP membership reflect one percent (400) of that. I need your help
I'm asking for your help so that I can better serve you. For a small branch Wilkes-Barre had become very well known throughout the State of Pennsylvania with representatives from the adult branch and youth council serving on the NAACP PA State Conference.
I will continue to serve as Eastern Sectional Director through 2019 and will then retire from the NAACP PA State Conference.
The youth are our future leaders and we need to provide them with the organizational and leadership skills to continue to move us forward.
The NAACP is and has been since its original founding in 1909 a multi-racial organization.
Attached, is a membership form. Please complete and mail to: NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch #2306, P.O. Box 2460, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703




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Wilt Chamberlain, of the Philadelphia Warriors, set the NBA record for number of rebounds (55) in a game, which has remained unbroken for nearly fifty years, but his team lost 132–129 to the visiting Boston Celtics, who were led by Bill Russell. Chamberlain's 55 rebounds broke Russell's record of 51, set on February 8, 1959 by Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics. Chamberlain (23,924) and Russell (21,620) remain first and second on the all time rebound list.

Clark Gable, American film star, 59, of a heart attack, a few days after completing his last film, The Misfits with Marilyn Monroe.

African-American singer and actor Sammy Davis, Jr. married white Swedish actress May Britt at a time when interracial marriage was uncommon, and, in some states, illegal. The resulting fallout would effectively end Britt's film career. The couple would have a daughter in 1961, and would adopt two sons, before separating in 1967 and divorcing in 1968. The uncensored, Penguin Books edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover went on sale in England and Wales, eight days after a London jury had concluded that it was not obscene, and became an instant bestseller.
Rumors persist that the Soviet Union covered up the deaths of cosmonauts killed in the early days of its space program. Russian journalist Yaroslav Golovanov, the Fortean Times writes, "has claimed that on 10 November 1960, a cosmonaut called Byelokonyev died on board a spaceship in orbit." No evidence has been found to corroborate Golovanov's statesmen…in Pennsylvania Danny Murtaugh is coming back as Manager of the World Champion Pirates, in Luzerne County Dan Flood gets ready to work with a new Democratic President and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Don't Be Cruel” by Bill Black's Combo.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3931, November 14th, 2018


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This week’s “Write On Wednesday” comes from The Citizens’ Voice and a great story by Bob Kalinowski. With Pennsylvania not ever electing a woman Senator or Governor (things move glacially here!) it was refreshing to see two area natives stake out careers elsewhere in politics.
This is our future and we are at least proud of something politically, other than the aberration of the 2016 election. Check it out:


Maria Robinson, a 2005 Bishop Hoban graduate originally from Kingston, became the first Korean American to be elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
The Democrat, a public policy expert in the clean energy industry, was elected to the 6th Middlesex District in Framingham, which is about 20 miles east of Boston.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Williams, a 2001 Wyoming Area graduate, became the first female Democrat elected to the Pennsylvania state Senate’s 38th District in Allegheny County.
Robinson, 31, won a four-way write-in contest in September’s Democratic primary in her bid to replace Rep. Chris Walsh, who died while in office. She ran unopposed in the general election.
“I’m incredibly excited to serve. Making history is just a pleasant surprise,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s parents Stephen and Denyse Duaime moved from Kingston to live with her and her husband last year. While she hasn’t lived here for years, she still has one strong connection.
“I’m increasing the knowledge people have about Northeastern Pennsylvania by keeping a cell phone with a 570 area code,” Robinson said.
Williams, 35, a Democrat, won a tight race for state Senate in Allegheny County, beating her Republican opponent by 549 votes out of a total 122,361 ballots cast.
“It was quite a nailbiter,” Williams said.
The district includes a portion of Pittsburgh and much of northern Allegheny County.
Williams, who lives in West View Borough, is a native of Wyoming Borough, where her parents, Jack and Nancy Williams, still live.
She said friends and family from Luzerne County were extremely helpful in the campaign. She even held a local fundraiser months ago.
“I had a lot of support from my hometown and it made a big difference,” Williams said.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The luLac Edition #3930, November 13th, 2018


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1. Well how did you think the election went? Are we doomed or saved?

Hah, neither. We still have a divided government. But now it is a government with checks and balances at least. Well, let’s just say checks. By the GOP losing the House it gives Dems an opportunity to forge a campaign platform.
They should just shut up about impeachment until the Mueller report comes out and if there is anything there or not. THen proceed if need be. They should pass Health care tweaks to the ACA, minimum wage and a sensible gun act. Then when the Senate blocks it, they and their candidate should run against McConnell and Trump. That would be my advice.

2. Was the Cartwright-Chrin race a surprise to you?

Yes, only in the fact that Cartwright won by so much. Apparently the new district was not buying what Chrin was selling. Plus it was a bad year to run here with Trump not being the vote draw that he barely was in ’16.

3. How many people have told you they were sick and tired of seeing you on TV all the time this election season?

About 200. Including Mrs. LuLac. So now you’re 201!

4. Do you think Scott Wagner, John Chrin and Lou Barletta will be back to run state wide?

Oh yes. Do not count them out. Pennsylvania does not mind candidates coming back. Bob Casey Senior and Junior lost races for Governor as did Arlen Specter. All three of those guys came back to prevail. A loss gives you name recognition which is a valuable currency.

5. Most effective ad campaigns this season?

Well I’m not saying it was effective since he lost but Denny Wolff’s manure ad was pretty good and got people talking.
The Barletta ad attacking Bob Casey after he took an ad that Barletta objected to was Projection at it’s finest. Barletta’s camp called the initial Casey ad despicable even though it never mentioned the Barletta grandchild. Weeks after the ad was gone the only person talking about it was Barletta, in effect politicizing to the end what he accused Casey of in the first place.

6. Do you think the votes should be counted in Florida?

You mean Flori-duh right? Well yes that’s what a recount is all about for heaven’s sake. This stuff the President put out as well as Rick Scott is the old GOP line about voter fraud. Tarone and I used to go through that tooth and nail. Count them.
But Flori-duh which has this superiority complex is the least superior of the entire 50 when it comes to getting elections right. Both parties are at fault.

7. Hey you’re a media guy, what are your thoughts on ABC’s Election night coverage and their set?

It looked ridiculous. They had like 16 analysts and reporters in a big round like T. Too hard to follow.

8. Do you think it’s a good idea for Beto O’Rourke to run for President?

No. We saw what both Obama and this guy gave us with little experience. Obama should have used his power wisely and ruthlessly instead of thinking that he was going to be loved by all. Trump is a train wreck who for some reason providence keeps smiling on as the guy takes credit for stuff he has no clue about.

9. Why do you think Property Tax Reform did not resonate in the 121st with Sue Henry and 22nd Senate with Frank Scavo?

A few reasons. The top of the ticket was weak. Plus their candidacies galvanized supporters of the incumbents to work hard for them. The 121st is the weakest district in the Luzerne county GOP. The 22nd Senate is made for a Democrat.
Here’s a big factor too. The failure of the government in Harrisburg to get property tax reform when the Casinos came about with that reform added as an incentive to get it passed, well people still remember that broken promise. Even though this was explained over and over, people were gun shy. Plus Dems of any stripe were in no mood to trust anything Republican this year.

10. What happened to the Caravan Yonki?

Ah election day happened and the fear that thousands were going to rape and pillage Shickshinny went away. GOP playbook, lies and fear.

11. Donald Trump’s calling out of people who lost in his own party?

Not surprising. He’s nothing but a big cry baby. He is fast becoming white noise to many Americans.

12. Trump’s treatment of the press, good or bad for America?

Bad. It’s actually Hitlerian when you think about it. What I would love to do is have them stop covering him. That’s oxygen to him. Just ignore him and go to Pence, the Cabinet and ask them questions.
Then you’ll see how fast this attention seeking slob comes around.

13. Do you regret anything you said on TV or radio this election cycle?

Yes. Jason Barsky on WILK asked me if I thought the Dems should pick a new Speaker and I said, “yeah maybe”. I’ve changed my mind on that. If they do, the small minded sexist bigots in the GOP as well as on FB would have won. This woman has been attacked by morons who have no clue about anything but their bobbing head acquiescence to memes and Rush talking points. I regret saying she should step aside. She has more balls than most in Congress. But that’s all I regret about TV and radio this year. Even though I was edited on Statewide TV for comments on another race.It was a clean edit and my colleagues and I were thrilled to be on state wide TV on "This Week In Pennsylvania".

Monday, November 12, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3929, November 12th, 2018


Sunday, November 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3928, November 11th, 2018


Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.
The date is a national holiday in France, and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations. In some countries Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, and other public holidays. Armistice Day is not celebrated in Germany, but a German national day of mourning. Volkstrauertag has, since 1952, been observed on the Sunday closest to 16 November.
The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day events were subsequently held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of 11 November 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.
In 1919, South African Sir Percy Fitzpatrick proposed a two-minute silence to Lord Milner. This had been a daily practice in Cape Town from April 1918 onward, since being proposed by Sir Harry Hands,  and within weeks it had spread through the British Commonwealth after a Reuters correspondent cabled a description of this daily ritual to London. People observe a one or more commonly a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time. It is a sign of respect for, in the first minute, the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living left behind, generally understood to be wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.
Similar ceremonies developed in other countries during the inter-war period. In South Africa, for example, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats had by the late 1920s developed a ceremony whereby the toast of "Fallen Comrades" was observed not only in silence but darkness, all except for the "Light of Remembrance", with the ceremony ending with the Order's anthem "Old Soldiers Never Die". In Australia, the South Australian State Branch of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia developed during the inter-war period a simple ceremony of silence for departed comrades at 9 p.m., presumably to coincide with the traditional 11:00 a.m. time for Armistice ceremonies taking place in Europe due to the ten-hour time difference between Eastern Australia and Europe. Veterans in New Zealand have used silence to pay homage to departed comrades in general at veteran functions, as the toast of "Fallen" or "Absent Comrades".
In Britain, beginning in 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11 November fall on a weekday.
After the end of World War II, most member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, like United Kingdom and (as Canada in 1931), moved most Armistice Day events to the nearest Sunday and officially began to commemorate both World Wars. They adopted the name Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday.
Other countries also changed the name of the holiday just prior to or after World War II, to honor veterans of that and subsequent conflicts. The United States chose All Veterans Day, later shortened to 'Veterans Day', to explicitly honor military veterans, including those participating in other conflicts.
In the U.S. today, Veterans Day honors American veterans, both living and dead. The official national remembrance of those killed in action is Memorial Day, originally called 'Decoration Day', from the practice of decorating the graves of war dead in the years immediately following the American Civil War; Decoration/Memorial Day already existed at the time of the armistice.[citation needed]
Some, including American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, and more recently, American Veteran For Peace Rory Fanning, have urged Americans to resume observation of 11 November as Armistice Day, a day to reflect on how we can achieve peace as it was originally observed
Traveling from across the world to monuments honoring soldiers who fell 100 years ago, victors and vanquished alike marked those sacrifices Saturday ahead of Armistice Day and assessed alliances that have been redrawn dramatically since the dark days of World War I.
The leaders of former enemies France and Germany, in an intimate gesture that underscored their countries' current roles as guarantors of peace in Europe, held their heads together at the site north of Paris where the defeated Germans and the Allies signed the agreement that ended the 1914-18 war.
After Chancellor Angela Merkel briefly snuggled her head into the neck of French President Emmanuel Macron, the two went inside a replica of the train car where the armistice was reached and put their names in a guestbook. Macron then took Merkel's hand in his, again highlighting the changes on the continent where two world wars were fought in the 20th century.
"Our Europe has been at peace for 73 years. There is no precedent for it, and it is at peace because we willed it and first and foremost, because Germany and France wanted it," he said.
The open show of affection was a welcome antidote for Macron. Earlier Saturday, the French leader had a somewhat awkward meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. As Air Force One landed in Paris on Friday night, Trump wrote on Twitter he had been "very" insulted by comments Macron made in the days before that he considered anti-American.
A century ago, the entry of U.S. troops into World War I tipped the momentum toward its allies, including France and Britain. Even as he embarked on two days of observances for the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice, Trump said the United States now bears far too much of the burden to defend the West.
A flurry of Armistice-related diplomacy once again turned Paris, the jewel that Germany sought to take in 1914 but which the Allies successfully fought to defend, into the center of global attention Saturday as dozens of world leaders arrived in the French capital on the eve of the solemn centennial commemorations.
Merkel's appearance in Compiegne marked how her nation's bloodstained history with France has become a close alliance that is now the driving force behind the European Union.
In the four years of fighting, remembered for brutal trench warfare and the first use of gas, France, the British empire, Russia and the United States had the main armies opposing a German-led coalition that also included the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires.
Almost 10 million soldiers died. France lost 1.4 million and Germany 2 million.
Yet, despite a war that was supposed to end all wars, World War II pitted both sides against each other once again in 1940.
Across the line that once marked the Western Front, leaders lauded the courage of soldiers who were killed during the unprecedented slaughter, before converging on Paris for a dinner.
The armistice entered into force on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and on Sunday 69 world leaders will commemorate the centennial of the event at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, underneath the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris.
At dawn Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to Vimy Ridge, the battlefield in northern France where Canada found its sense of self when it defeated German opposition against the odds.
Standing amid the white headstones against an ashen sky, Trudeau addressed the fallen, saying what Canada has achieved in the past century has been "a history built on your sacrifice. You stand for the values on which Canada was built."
In southern Belgium's Mons, Canadians were also lauding George Price, the last Commonwealth soldier to die in the war when he was shot by a German sniper two minutes before the armistice took effect.
Trump was looking beyond the tragedy of death and destruction, asking in a tweet: "Is there anything better to celebrate than the end of a war, in particular that one, which was one of the bloodiest and worst of all time?"
After his meeting with Macron, Trump had been scheduled to head to the battlefield of Belleau Wood, 55 miles northeast of the capital, where U.S. troops had their breakthrough battle by stopping a German push for Paris shortly after entering the war in 1917.
The battle of Belleau Wood proved America's mettle to allies and foes alike, and by the time the war ended U.S. forces were at least an equal to any of the other major armies, which were exhausted and depleted.
However, Trump canceled his visit because of bad weather.
As we look at this day 100 years later, it is instructive to look at the history of why the war started. The war to end all wars was not to be. But the lead up to it was an unstable Europe which was ignored by America. In that war, we became the leaders of the free world.
That responsibility continued in the 1940s when we essentially saved that free world with the blood of Americans. A peace was and alliance were forged for over 70 years. Before this President it was thought to be unshakable. Now Europe has to wonder if this American President sees only dollars instead of the lessons of history.
Let’s hope his reign, like that of Kaiser Wilhelm, is an abbreviated one. (Source: Wikipedia, Stars and Stripes, LuLac)
From the 90th anniversary, this video:

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3927, November 8th, 2018


Why oh why, after an election Donald Trump is involved in do I say on TV or on  the Radio that “Trump should try to go across the aisle and work with Democrats". I said it in 2016, then Wednesday on Eyewitness News in the morning and on WILK’s Jason Barsky show. At his news conference at 11:30 yesterday, Trump said that he would not work with Democrats if they investigated him. He also:
1. Attacked the media in ways reminiscent of a despot. 
2. Said he would not work with the Democrats.
3. Called Republican candidates who LOST weak. Mocked them because his itty bitty feelings were hurt that ran away from him.
4. Dodged a question about changes in the administration when the Sessions “resignation” was already in play. 
5. Oh and I forgot the Tweet. He took credit for the Senate going Red by saying it was his “own magic”. Tweeted that “he had magic coming out of his ears”. Again, I wanted to think maybe he’d take the chance to work with all of the country but he chose otherwise. 
Perhaps Jason Barsky summed it up on his WILK Facebook page: 
"President Trump is speaking now, but for the first 10 minutes, he's been speaking as President of the Republican party. I really had hope that he'd come out and simply say "we had a good night. Democrats had a good night. Going forward, we'll have to find more ways to work together to Make America Great Again!" Nope. I'm at a complete loss. Before you say "what did you expect from him?" I expected him to be who he says he is. A master negotiator who has a new challenge in front of him, and is ready to tackle it head on. Nope. Now, he's running through a list of Republicans who both didn't accept his support on the campaign trail, and who lost their elections. This is appalling, even by Trump standards."
 That comment and mine here today didn’t even scratch the surface. We are now headed to a full blown Constitutional crisis and the rule of law is under fire. I understand the need for Trump to try and protect his on in law and son from indictment, but not at the expense of The Constitution and the country.


Tuesday’s results of the 2018 Mid term General Election clarified one thing. The Luzerne County Democratic party is back. The organization has been hitting the streets since the primary to make sure all of their candidates win. 
The lesson of 2016 has been learned even if and the Trump win (which was an aberration) is in the rear view mirror. The fact that two strong candidates in the 119th ad 121st that were well funded lost, now speaks volumes about the energy of the party. The new Chairman along with the younger blood that was infused in the party now makes it clear: the Democrats are back. Plus, if you think the stamina or commitment will wane with time, well yesterday afternoon The Trump administration FIXED that by setting the groundwork to narrow the Muller probe. The elections were called at 10pm Tuesday.  Workers had a beer and a slice of pizza or two. Most got the first night’s sleep they had in a few months. 
The vacation ended at 2:46PM Wedesday when Jeff Sessions reigned “at the President’s request”. Now back to work.


More women are headed to the House of Representative. They are Democrats and will not be bullied by President Trump. Think about this: 21 of the 23 seats Democrats needed to flip to win the majority were won by women. This will be interesting to watch.




This week's guest is Dr. Jean Harris, Political Science professor at the University of Scranton.
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In the U.S. presidential election, a record number of American voters turned out to make their choice between Democratic candidate and U. S. Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican candidate and U. S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon. With 270 electoral votes needed to win, Kennedy received 303. The popular vote was the closest in history. Kennedy (34,220,984) won slightly more than Nixon (34,108,157) by a margin of 1/6 of one percent of the total votes cast.[The day after the American presidential election, Vice President Nixon conceded defeat to Senator Kennedy at 12:47 pm EST, 17 minutes after the news came that Kennedy had won Minnesota's 11 electoral votes. With 270 needed to win, victory in Minnesota took Kennedy to at least 272.....

In Pennsylvania Kennedy-Johnson take the state and in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties JFK and LBJ carry the da and 58 years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was "Poetry In Motion" by Johnny Tillotson.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3926, November 7th, 2018



The campaign of 1968 ended 50 years ago this week on November 5th, when Hubert Humphrey was defeated by Richard Nixon. Third party candidate George Wallace came in third and got 45 Electoral votes.
For me, this was personal. I felt that HHH, despite his alliance with Lyndon Johnson on the Vietnam War was the best path to victory even before Robert Kennedy was shot and killed. I had, most likely naively, felt Humphrey and Kennedy could be allies with a ticket that would not oily unite the party but America.
On both counts that did not happen. But I was not deterred. Every weekend I handed out Humphrey literature in shopping centers and worked tirelessly for Dick Adams who was in a race to get a seat in the State House in the old 5th District.
Humphrey broke with LBJ on the war on September 30th in Salt Lake City and LBJ came around at the end of the campaign doing the same thing.
For the nation and for me, Humphrey was not "the one". But for me, it was a valuable baptism o fire at the age of 14.
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Nixon campaigned on a theme to restore "law and order,"which appealed to many voters angry with the hundreds of violent riots that had taken place across the country in the previous few years. Following the murder of Martin Luther King in April 1968, there was severe rioting in Detroit and Washington, D.C., and President Johnson had to call out the U.S. Army to protect lives and property as smoke from burning buildings a few blocks away drifted across the White House lawn. However, Vice-President Humphrey criticized the "law and order" issue, claiming that it was a subtle appeal to white racial prejudice. Nixon also opposed forced busing to desegregate schools. Proclaiming himself a supporter of civil rights, he recommended education as the solution rather than militancy. During the campaign, Nixon proposed government tax incentives to African Americans for small businesses and home improvements in their existing neighborhoods
During the campaign, Nixon also used as a theme his opposition to the decisions of Chief Justice Earl Warren. Many conservatives were critical of Chief Justice Warren for using the Supreme Court to promote liberal policies in the fields of civil rights, civil liberties, and the separation of church and state. Nixon promised that if he were elected president, he would appoint justices who would take a less-active role in creating social policy. In another campaign promise, he pledged to end the draft. During the 1960s, Nixon had been impressed by a paper he had read by Professor Martin Anderson of Columbia University. Anderson had argued in the paper for an end to the draft and the creation of an all-volunteer army. Nixon also saw ending the draft as an effective way to undermine the anti-Vietnam war movement, since he believed affluent college-age youths would stop protesting the war once their own possibility of having to fight in it was gone.
Humphrey, meanwhile, promised to continue and expand the Great Society welfare programs started by President Johnson, and to continue the Johnson Administration's "War on Poverty." He also promised to continue the efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and the Supreme Court, in promoting the expansion of civil rights and civil liberties for minority groups. However, Humphrey also felt constrained for most of his campaign in voicing any opposition to the Vietnam War policies of President Johnson, due to his fear that Johnson would reject any peace proposals he made and undermine his campaign. As a result, early in his campaign Humphrey often found himself the target of anti-war protestors, some of whom heckled and disrupted his campaign rallies.
After the Democratic Convention in late August Humphrey trailed Nixon by double digits in most polls, and his chances seemed hopeless. According to Time magazine, "The old Democratic coalition was disintegrating, with untold numbers of blue-collar workers responding to Wallace's blandishments, Negroes threatening to sit out the election, liberals disaffected over the Vietnam War, the South lost. The war chest was almost empty, and the party's machinery, neglected by Lyndon Johnson, creaked in disrepair." Calling for "the politics of joy," and using the still-powerful labor unions as his base, Humphrey fought back. In order to distance himself from Johnson and to take advantage of the Democratic plurality in voter registration, Humphrey stopped being identified in ads as "Vice-President Hubert Humphrey," instead being labelled "Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey." Humphrey attacked Wallace as a racist bigot who appealed to the darker impulses of Americans. Wallace had been rising in the polls, and peaked at 21% in September, but his momentum stopped after he selected Curtis LeMay as his running mate. Curtis LeMay's suggestion of tactical nuclear weapons being used in Vietnam conjured up memories of the 1964 Goldwater campaign. Labor unions also undertook a major effort to win back union members who were supporting Wallace, with substantial success. Polls that showed Wallace winning almost one-half of union members in the summer of 1968 showed a sharp decline in his union support as the campaign progressed. As election day approached and Wallace's support in the North and Midwest began to wane, Humphrey finally began to climb in the polls.
In October, Humphrey—who was rising sharply in the polls due to the collapse of the Wallace vote—began to distance himself publicly from the Johnson administration on the Vietnam War, calling for a bombing halt. The key turning point for Humphrey's campaign came when President Johnson officially announced a bombing halt, and even a possible peace deal, the weekend before the election. The "Halloween Peace" gave Humphrey's campaign a badly needed boost. In addition, Senator Eugene McCarthy finally endorsed Humphrey in late October after previously refusing to do so, and by election day the polls were reporting a dead heat.
The Nixon campaign had anticipated a possible "October surprise," a peace agreement produced by the Paris negotiations, to boost Humphrey and thwarted any last-minute chances of a "Halloween Peace." Nixon told campaign aide and his future White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman to put a "monkey wrench" into an early end to the war.  Johnson was enraged and said that Nixon had "blood on his hands" and that Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen agreed with Johnson that such action was "treason." Defense Secretary Clark Clifford considered the moves an illegal violation of the Logan Act. A former director of the Nixon Library called it a "covert action" which "laid the skulduggery of his presidency."
Bryce Harlow, former Eisenhower White House staff member, claimed to have "a double agent working in the White House....I kept Nixon informed." Harlow and Nixon's future National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was friendly with both campaigns and guaranteed a job in either a Humphrey or Nixon administration, separately predicted Johnson's "bombing halt": "The word is out that we are making an effort to throw the election to Humphrey. Nixon has been told of it," Democratic senator George Smathers informed Johnson.
Nixon asked Anna Chennault to be his "channel to Mr. Thieu" in order to advise him to refuse participation in the talks, in what is sometimes described as the "Anna Chennault Affair."Thieu was promised a better deal under a Nixon administration. Chennault agreed and periodically reported to John Mitchell that Thieu had no intention of attending a peace conference. On November 2, Chennault informed the South Vietnamese ambassador: "I have just heard from my boss in Albuquerque who says his boss [Nixon] is going to win. And you tell your boss [Thieu] to hold on a while longer." In 1997, Chennault admitted that "I was constantly in touch with Nixon and Mitchell." The effort also involved Texas Senator John Tower and Kissinger, who traveled to Paris on behalf of the Nixon campaign. William Bundy stated that Kissinger obtained "no useful inside information" from his trip to Paris, and "almost any experienced Hanoi watcher might have come to the same conclusion". While Kissinger may have "hinted that his advice was based on contacts with the Paris delegation," this sort of " at worst a minor and not uncommon practice, quite different from getting and reporting real secrets."
Johnson learned of the Nixon-Chennault effort because the NSA was interfering in communications in Vietnam. In response, Johnson ordered NSA surveillance of Chennault and wire-tapped the South Vietnamese embassy and members of the Nixon campaign. He did not leak the information to the public because he did not want to "shock America" with the revelation,[nor reveal that the NSA was interfering in communications in Vietnam.[ Johnson did make information available to Humphrey, but at this point Humphrey thought he was going to win the election, so he did not reveal the information to the public. Humphrey later regretted this as a mistake. The South Vietnamese government withdrew from peace negotiations, and Nixon publicly offered to go to Saigon to help the negotiations. A promising "peace bump" ended up in "shambles" for the Democratic Party.
The election on November 5, 1968, proved to be extremely close, and it was not until the following morning that the television news networks were able to declare Nixon the winner. The key states proved to be California, Ohio, and Illinois, all of which Nixon won by three percentage points or less. Had Humphrey carried all three of these states, he would have won the election. Had he carried only two of them or just California alone, George Wallace would have succeeded in his aim of preventing an electoral college majority for any candidate, and the decision would have been given to the House of Representatives, at the time controlled by the Democratic Party. Nixon won the popular vote with a plurality of 512,000 votes, or a victory margin of about one percentage point. In the electoral college Nixon's victory was larger, as he carried 32 states with 301 electoral votes, compared to Humphrey's 13 states and 191 electoral votes and Wallace's five states and 46 electoral votes.
Out of all the states that Nixon had previously carried in 1960, Maine and Washington were the only two states that did not vote for him again; Nixon carried them during his re-election campaign in 1972. This was the last time until 1988 that the state of Washington voted Democratic and until 1992 that Connecticut, Maine, and Michigan voted Democratic in the general election. Nixon was also the last Republican candidate to win a presidential election without carrying Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This is the first time which the Republican Candidate captured White House without carrying Michigan, Minnesota, Maine and Pennsylvania. He would be the last Republican Candidate to carry Minnesota four years later (in 1972), as of 2016. This is also the first time Minnesota voted for the candidate who did not eventually win since 1916.
Remarkably, Nixon won the election despite winning only two of the six states (Arizona and South Carolina) won by Republican Barry Goldwater four years earlier. He remains the only presidential candidate to win in spite of defending such a low number of his own party's states.[citation needed] All of the remaining four States carried by Goldwater were carried by Wallace in 1968. They would be won by Nixon in 1972.  (Source: wikipedia, LuLac archives, Life Magazine)

The LuLac Edition #3925, November 7th, 2018

Pope Paul VITH (LuLac archives)
One of the stories that was completely buried last month was the canonization of Pope Paul VIth Paul was the leader of the Catholic Church in turbulent times of the 60s and 70s. In many ways he was controversial for both Catholics and non members of that faith alike.
Pope Francis also canonized Pope Paul VI, who is credited with continuing the work begun by Pope John XXIII and bringing the church into the modern era with reforms wrought from the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.
Paul VI spent his life for Christ’s Gospel, crossing new boundaries and becoming its witness in proclamation and in dialogue, a prophet of a Church turned outward, looking to those far away and taking care of the poor,
Born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini served as Pope from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements.  Montini served in the Holy See's Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the Secretariat of State, Montini and Domenico Tardini were considered as the closest and most influential advisors of Pius XII, who in 1954 named him Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian diocese. Montini later became the Secretary of the Italian Bishops' Conference. John XXIII elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 1958, and after the death of John XXIII, Montini was considered one of his most likely successors.
Upon his election to the papacy, Montini took the name Paul VI. He re-convened the Second Vatican Council, which had automatically closed with the death of John XXIII. After the Council had concluded its work, Paul VI took charge of the interpretation and implementation of its mandates, often walking a thin line between the conflicting expectations of various groups within Catholicism. The magnitude and depth of the reforms affecting all fields of Church life during his pontificate exceeded similar reform programmes of his predecessors and successors. Paul VI spoke repeatedly to Marian conventions and mariological meetings, visited Marian shrines and issued three Marian encyclicals. Following his famous predecessor Saint Ambrose of Milan, he named Mary as the Mother of the Church during the Second Vatican Council. Paul VI described himself as a humble servant for a suffering humanity and demanded significant changes from the rich in North America and Europe in favor of the poor in the Third World.  His positions on birth control, promulgated famously in the 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae were often contested, especially in Western Europe and North America. The same opposition emerged in reaction to the political aspects of some of his teaching.
Following the standard procedures that lead to sainthood, Pope Benedict XVI declared that the late pontiff had lived a life of heroic virtue and conferred the title of Venerable upon him on 20 December 2012. Pope Francis beatified him on 19 October 2014 after the recognition of a miracle attributed to his intercession. His liturgical feast is celebrated on the date of his birth on 26 September. Pope Francis canonized Paul VI on 14 October 2018.

Oscar Romero (Photo: Time Magazine)
On that same Sunday, thirty-eight years after being gunned down in a hospital church in El Salvador, Archbishop Óscar Romero was named a saint to cheers in St. Peter’s Square.
He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while officiating Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Though no one was ever convicted for the crime, investigations by the UN-created Truth Commission for El Salvador concluded that the extreme right-wing politician, founder of ARENA and death squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson had given the order.
During Romero's beatification, Pope Francis stated, "His ministry was distinguished by his particular attention to the most poor and marginalized."Hailed as a hero by supporters of liberation theology inspired by his work, Romero, according to his biographer, "was not interested in liberation theology" but faithfully adhered to Catholic teachings on liberation and a preferential option for the poor, desiring a social revolution based on interior reform. Up to the end of his life, his spiritual life drew much from the spirituality of Opus Dei. While seen as a social conservative at his appointment as archbishop in 1977, he was deeply affected by the murder of his friend and fellow priest Rutilio Grande a few weeks after his own appointment and subsequently developed into an outspoken social activist.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 March as the "International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims" in recognition of the role of Archbishop Romero in defense of human rights. Romero actively denounced violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable people and defended the principles of protecting lives, promoting human dignity and opposing all forms of violence.
In 1997, Pope John Paul II bestowed upon Romero the title of Servant of God, and a cause for beatification and canonization was opened for him. The cause stalled, but was reopened by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. He was declared a martyr by Pope Francis on 3 February 2015, paving the way for his beatification on 23 May 2015. Pope Francis canonized Romero as a saint on 14 October 2018.
His successor, the incumbent Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador, El Salvador, Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas, has asked Pope Francis to proclaim Archbishop Saint Romero a Doctor of the Church, which is an acknowledgement from the Church that his religious teachings were orthodox and had a significant impact on its philosophy and theology.
(LuLac, Newsweek, Telegraph, New York Times)