Thursday, November 23, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3654, November 23rd, 2017

THANKSGIVING 2017 

Our very best to all of our readers and friends! 

We are thankful for your support! 

A wonderful day to you and yours. 

Give thanks for all you have and all you do for yourselves and your families.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3653, November 22nd, 2017

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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JFK: DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS REVEAL A CUNNING AND CAGEY PRESIDENT
As look back on the day John Kennedy was assassinated, we remember that horrible day and manner in which he died. But that stated, the longer times passes from that day, more historians are looking back at the JFK Presidency, warts and all. The Guardian recently id a report on the Kennedy, aka Camelot era and it is eye opening to some, not surprising to others. From The Guardian, our "Write On Wednesday" on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's death as well as the end of his Presidency, we take a newer and closer look. 
Back channels to the Soviets, the ‘girlfriend system’ and doubts about LBJ: historian Timothy Naftali paints a portrait of a President Kennedy ‘far more interesting intellectually and far less appealing personally’
John F Kennedy’s secret talks with Soviet intelligence, surreptitious tape recordings and “girlfriend system” create a new portrait of a cunning and cagey JFK, according to a historian who has researched a treasure trove of recently released recordings and papers of the late president.
Drawing on documents and tape recordings recently declassified, historian Timothy Naftali told a meeting at New York University on Tuesday night that Kennedy’s wife Jacqueline and brother Robert censored and edited the president’s legacy, cultivating the “mystique” of a charismatic leader who continues to baffle and fascinate Americans of all stripes and creeds.
Conservatives, liberals, conspiracy theorists and people who write “what if” histories fight over him. Fans of Bernie Sanders compare their candidate to him. A Fox News pundit wrote a children’s book about him. More than 25 years ago, author Don DeLillo addressed JFK mania indirectly and concluded: “Facts are lonely things.”
Naftali has attempted to answer some old questions with a new angle, arguing that the new details of what Kennedy did behind the scenes reveal a secretive yet self-indulgent president whose family was as worried about image as the man himself.
Here’s more to this story with a link from The Guardian. 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/07/jfk-kennedy-declassified-documents-reveal-a-cunning-and-cagey-president

WREATH LAYING TONIGHT 

There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Kennedy Statue in Pittston, tomorrow, November 22 to observe the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Knights of Columbus Council 372, President John F. Kennedy will at 5:30. process to the statue. The ceremony will begin at 5:45.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3652, November 21st, 2017

WAGNER RELEASES LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM PA REPUBLICAN LEADERS
Says Pennsylvania can be the Comeback State
GOP candidate Scott Wagner (Photo: Penn Live)
Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today released a letter of support he received from influential Republican leaders across the commonwealth.
In part, the letter, which notes Wolf’s failed policy and lack of leadership, reads, "When we look at a ticket with Scott Wagner for Governor and Jeff Bartos for Lieutenant Governor, we see two conservative outsiders with over 60 years of combined business expertise...the team to win in November of 2018...and ensure our Commonwealth reaches its full potential.”
Wagner, who has vigorously criticized Governor Tom Wolf for what he calls “gross spending and mismanagement” said, “We are very pleased to receive this support, because it reinforces how critical it is that Pennsylvania have leadership that actually knows how to build business, manage assets, compete, and win. Governor Wolf has only demonstrated he knows how to spend taxpayer money.  His handy work has left Pennsylvania broke, ranked at the bottom, and people hurting.”
When it comes to national rankings, it’s true Pennsylvania trends near the bottom. In July of 2017, 24/7 Wall St. ranked Pennsylvania as the 9th worst run state in the nation. Wagner added that Pennsylvania is ranked even lower when it comes to jobs, growth and tax friendliness, saying “Governor Wolf only sees taxpayers’ wallets. He doesn’t see how what he’s doing impacts real people. I do, and I see a tremendous opportunity to apply what I know about building business and winning -- to make Pennsylvania the comeback state, a winner for its people.”  (Source: Wagner campaign)
The letter has the support of GOP Party leaders in Luzerne County. They are Ron Ferrance, Lynnette Villano, David Baloga, Lori Vandermark, Margaret Phillips, William Lewis and Steve Urban. Statewide heavy hitters like Lowman Henry and Phil English have signed the letter. Also Walter Barnes from Tioga County, Joseph Strauch from Wyoming County and Brock Stein from Schuylkill County have added their John Hancocks.
Curiously, nothing from The Lac.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3651, November 20th, 2017

BOBBY KENNEDY @ 92
Robert Kennedy (Photo: JFK Library)
Today is the birthday of Robert Kennedy. It is ironic in this age of Trump that both Kennedy and his hated rival, Lyndon Baines Johnson are now being remembered and celebrated for their achievements and political skills.
Johnson is the subject of a movie highlighting the manner in which he took office after the assassination of RFK’s brother as well as the way he guided the Civil Rights Bill through Congress. Kennedy in the meantime is being recalled as the last time an American politician was supported and mourned by the Middle Class, both black and white of America. In his new book Chris Matthews opines that Kennedy was the standard we should hold in this divisive time.
Kennedy for sure had his enemies. So did LBJ, Bobby most likely the most steadfast of all of them. But the last year of total inaction by Trump on anything Legislative makes Johnson, an insecure man himself, look like a giant. Then Kennedy with his grace under fire and ability to bridge both sectors of America, despite his cut throat ruthless reputation is now seen as almost a political saint.
The last year gives us comparisons into what the past provided in terms of the men leading us.
One look at the movie about Johnson and one quick read of the Kennedy book by Matthews tells us our American Presidency might be beyond saving.The standard has been lowered since Clinton was elected in 1992. Growing up in the 60s, these were the leaders of the free world. Flawed of course, but from FDR to Bush 41, there was gravitas, experience and a modicum of morality. Someone coming of political age in this era is indeed shortchanged.
Here's Kennedy in Indianapolis on the night of Dr. King’s killing.


Here's Johnson on Civil Rights and the dignity of people.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3650, November 19th, 2017

STOKING THE FIRES AGAINST INTOLERANCE AND IGNORANCE
Gene Stilp and Steve Corbett making a statement and taking a stand. (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
We were very busy this week at work so I just heard about this event through the electronic social media grapevine. But after I saw the photo in the paper on Friday, I was pleased to see former Congressional candidate Gene Stilp and area Journalist Steve Corbett address the issue of the displaying of both the NAZI flag and the CONFEDERATE flag. I have yet to encounter a NAZI flag but have come in contact numerous times with the Confederate flag.
When driving through Plains, Tunkhannock and Dallas I see them on houses right there in front ironically enough sometimes next to a Steeler, Eagle or Cowboy flag. I wrote this before but it is worth repeating. The Confederate flag wavers are the same people who scream and yell when NFL players kneel during the National Anthem. But yet they fly the flag of a vanquished enemy of the country calling it “an expression of our history”. Ask them anything about the Civil War or the Civil Rights movement and they just spit on the ground and say something like “I ain’t no Liberal!”
The Confederate flag emerged after Reconstruction when Southern Whites, upon its collapse used it as a symbol of the Confederacy. They began to erect statues to the great Confederate Generals of the Civil War. To be clear here, Republicans were for the most part trying to implement Reconstruction but were blocked by Southern Democrats. Now 100 plus years later there is a role reversal where Republicans embrace the flag while most Democrats, moderates and thinking people find it abhorrent.
My last encounter was at my dry cleaners where a guy in a spanking new white pick up had the license plate of the Confederate flag on front of his vehicle. My thoughts on him and the display of this flag are this:
1. It bothers me because in this country we have romanticized The Civil War. We’ve done it through movies and books. As a kid I read books from my Grade School Library Book Shelf about Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The display of the flag doesn’t right that wrong. It’s like a Cable Network showing Amos and Andy as entertainment. But I hope we have become enlightened enough to put in context where this flag came from and why people can be offended.
2. There is just so much justification for symbols of hate. Defenders will say it is the Constitutional right of people to fly the flag even though it screams ignorance of what this country stands for. Yet the people who defend this demonize those who still respect the American flag by not destroying it but by respectfully making a non violent gesture of kneeling.
3. We need people now, more than ever who will not shrug their shoulders and think displaying a Nazi or Confederate flag is okay. It is an insult to Veterans who fought in our wars. Granted they fought to protect the rights of people to do this but that doesn’t make it palatable by any means.
We should always defend the right for any person to speak their mind. As a matter of fact, many of my posters have told me they’d love to see the jerks coming so they know who they are. I stated that on TV, Radio and on this blog. But we sure as hell can question the content of their message and what exactly they mean by their actions. Questioning will always cause conflict. It is uncomfortable.
This week Gene Stilp and Steve Corbett did something uncomfortable. It was for the greater good of trying to shine a light on what we still face in this nation. More non violent actions like this are needed and applauded by this quarter. We have seem to have forgotten an essay written 60 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King called “Non violence and Racial Justice”. In it King concluded “At the center of non violence stands the principle of love. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chains of hate. This can only be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives”.
This week, these two guys had the sense and morality to act, to push back on the hate.
How about the rest of us?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3649, November 16th, 2017


A BETTER TAX PLAN MY ASS!!! 
Republicans are calling this tax plan a better plan for working Americans, but the reality is quite different -- their plan is a scam.
In fact, this week Senate REPUBLICANS made a HUGE change to their tax plan -- it will repeal the individual mandate required by Obamacare, a back-door maneuver to gut the Affordable Care Act and raise health care costs for working families.
Don't they understand that Americans never wanted that Affordable Care Act replaced? Just repaired.  
That’s in addition to the fact that this plan would raise taxes for middle-class Americans while the top 1% and big corporations get a HUGE tax break.
If you’re someone who uses the state tax deduction on your taxes, the GOP’s plan will raise your taxes.
If you’re someone who takes the student loan interest deduction, the GOP’s plan will raise your taxes.
If you are a homeowner, well, you guessed it, the GOP’s tax plan could potentially raise your taxes too.
Meanwhile...our deficit would skyrocket.
Remember a few years ago when the REPUBLICANS would whine and say, “Oh my grandchildren and the deficit, my oh my-my little sainted grandchildren will have to pay forever and ever!!!” You don’t hear that line of shit anymore when it is their REPUBLICAN party screwing them. And us.

THE DISGRACE THAT IS ROY MOORE
Roy Moore (Photo: The Advocate)
A lot of my Republican right wing friends are again doing their comparisons between Roy Moore, the pedophile that is running for Senate in Alabama and people like Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Gary Hart, and even going back to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their point is that men stray so why yell at Pedophile Moore just because he seems to like the ladies young. There’s a big difference here.
Each person they bring up was dealt with, judged and to a certain extent tarnished. Their behavior was bad but not as depraved as stalking young girls.
Clinton, JFK, Gary Hart and FDR were never thrown out of Malls.
That’s the difference.


REP. CARTWRIGHT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT PENNSYLVANIA FAMILIES

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) spoke on the House floor about how the tax reform bill will ship jobs overseas and leave Pennsylvania working families behind.
Here’s a video that every person in The Lu and The Lac should watch and listen to.



REPEAL OF ACA INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN SENATE TAX BILL INCREASES OFFSETS TAX CUT FOR MANY PA FAMILIES

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. Senate GOP will include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate in their tax bill:
"The decision by the Senate Finance Committee to include repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate in the tax cut plan removes whatever is left of the veil on the true intentions of the Republican policy proposal. Republicans in Congress repeatedly claim that their plan aims to benefit the middle class. But this recent decision to repeal the individual mandate and save $300 billion in federal spending deeply harms middle class families in order to provide tax cuts for the very rich. Middle class Pennsylvanians who purchase insurance on the individual marketplace are likely to find that their whole tax cut is eaten up by the higher health insurance premiums created by the end of the individual mandate.
"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that individual market premiums would increase by 10 percent if the mandate is repealed. That would translate into premium increases of hundreds of dollars per year for about 7 million mostly middle-income, unsubsidized individual market consumers, with premiums increasing by over $1,000 for many older people.
"Our rough estimate of the impact in our state is that in 2019 the almost 100,000 Pennsylvanians whose incomes are too high to receive a subsidy to purchase insurance in the ACA marketplace will see premiums increase by $876 per year. This is larger than the $820 projected yearly average tax cut for the Pennsylvanians in the income classes most likely to purchase insurance on the marketplace. Similar increases will be found in the premiums for individual insurance purchased outside the ACA marketplace. (We project that the average tax cut to the top 1% of Pennsylvanians will be $36,470.)
"In addition to premium increases, CBO estimates that the number of Americans without health insurance would increase by 13 million if the individual mandate were repealed. Those estimates are largely consistent with prior analyses from RAND, the Urban Institute, and Lewin. In Pennsylvania, the drop in the insured population could reach up to 500,000 people.
"People who are uninsured lack access to preventive care, are less likely to receive needed care, have worse health outcomes, and can face financial ruin if they do get sick and seek treatment. Moreover, many of those who go uninsured ultimately will get sick and need care, but they will be unable to pay for it, leaving that care to be paid for (involuntarily) by other participants in the health care system."
Notes: Our projection of tax cuts under the Senate bill comes from the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy. The $820 average cut is what ITEP projects for Pennsylvanians in the 40th to 80th percentile, the income group most likely to be purchasing unsubsidized insurance on the marketplace. Our estimates of the increased cost of the number of Pennsylvanians who secure unsubsidized health insurance on the marketplace and of the cost of premiums for that insurance is based on 2017 CMS data. We estimate projected cost of insurance premiums in 2019 by taking into account the already announced 31% premium increases for 2018. (The large premium increase in 2018 was necessary because of the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing subsidies.) We add an additional 5% for the likely premium increase necessary in 2019 prior to the additional premium cost made necessary by ending the insurance mandate. These estimates are rough because we can’t exactly match the family characteristics of those who purchase unsubsidized insurance on the market place with the family characteristics of all Pennsylvanians in 40th to 80th percentile. Results for individual families will, of course, vary a great deal. But the evidence points to the truth of our basic point — for those who purchase insurance on the individual marketplace, a large part of the tax cut promised to middle class families in the Senate tax cut bill will be eaten up by higher health insurance premiums. (Source: PBAPC)
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a non-partisan policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families.

KATHI COZZONE ANNOUNCES MORE ENDORSEMENTS IN BID FOR LT. GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
COMMISSIONERS AND LEGISLATORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT KATHI COZZONE

Commissioner Cozzone (Photo: Cozzone campaign)
Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone announced a second round of endorsements from County and State officials today. Endorsing today are State Representative John Galloway from Bucks County, County Commissioners Jeff Eggleston from Warren County and Harlan Shober from Washington County, and former County Commissioner Suzanne Fretz McCool from Monroe County.
“Since announcing my campaign in late August with the support of six County or State elected officials, I have been travelling around our great commonwealth meeting with activists at County Dinners and events for local candidates,” Cozzone said. “It has been inspiring how much energy is out there for our 2017 candidates! Along the way, I’m proud to have gained the support of more respected public servants. My County Commissioner colleagues know that Harrisburg needs our perspective of what it takes to carry out state policies and programs in our local communities. And my friends in the Legislature know that we could use my demonstrated ability to work across the aisle. I’m honored and grateful to have their support!”
These endorsers join previous supporters County Commissioners Diane Marseglia of Bucks County, Kevin Barnhardt of Berks County, Kevin Boozel of Butler County and Ed Bustin of Bradford County, along with former Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes of Somerset County and State Representative Carolyn Comitta who represents Chester County.
Kathi Cozzone is in her third term as Chester County Commissioner, currently serving as Vice Chairwoman. Before her election in 2007, Kathi spent 20 years in various private sector finance roles. As Commissioner, she immediately brought her business experience to County government by initiating an award-winning strategic plan to meet programmatic goals while remaining fiscally responsible. Since then, she has focused on job creation, serving on the County’s Workforce Development Board and Industrial Development Authority; and improving outcomes for mentally ill people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Kathi has served in numerous statewide roles, including the State Geospatial Coordinating Board, the Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force and the Advisory Committee for Voting System Technology. She is Vice President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Kathi lives in Exton, PA with her husband Victor and their son Victor, a student at Downingtown East High School. (Source: Cozzone campaign)

WOMEN WE LOVE 2017 NOMINATIONS

As the year winds down, we will continue with our year end features. “Women We Love” is something we ripped off from Esquire Magazine a few years back. Each year we get nominees for outstanding women locally, statewide nationally and internationally.
The criteria is simple, quality of work, recognition of community activities, challenging positions that give them a profile both good or bad. Also, if there is a “buzz” about the type of year they are having and how that impacts on themselves as well as the community. Nominations come in via the LuLac E Mail box, Facebok and Twitter and a certain number is needed to make the cut. After that cut is dwindled, we choose the winners.
Deadline for nominations is Nov. 30th.

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ECTV LIVE

ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Beth Ann Zero of the Dunmore Pride Committee to the program during the week of November 20th. Beth Ann will unveil plans for the special "Home For The Holidays in Bucktown" event coming up on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.

SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION

Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

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!”

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP
SUNDAY NIGHTS!!!!

1977

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Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel, when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

TAP Portugal Flight 425 crashes at Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal, killing 131 and leaving 33 survivors...........British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service…..The Penn State Nittany Lions, on their way to The Fiesta Bowl finish at 11-1…..in the Wyoming Valley Conference football rivalries on Thanksgiving are still gearing up as rivals meet on Turkey Day. Nowadays the games are no longer played on Thanksgiving and 40 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Isn't It Time “ by The Babys


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3648, November 15th, 2017

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
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KEEP AN EYE ON BARLETTA, TOOMEY

This is an intriguing letter that was in the newspaper this week regarding Lou Barletta who wants to bu in the Senate and Pat Toomey who is already there. The author notes, both need to be watched.
First off, we no longer have a trustworthy election system. It has been compromised.
Machines have been hacked, voting area’s have been gerrymandered, people who have voted all their lives are taken off the voting rolls, voting places in poor areas have been cut back, and so were the amount of voting machines in those areas.
Of course, these are where hard-working, poor people live and most of the time vote Democrat.
Maybe you like business as usual, but I don’t.
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, wants U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s seat. Barletta votes in lockstep with the Republicans.
The Republicans filibustered everything President Barack Obama tried to pass to make things better for the working people. It was Barletta and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey who are to be watched and fact checked.
How about all those “no” votes when it came to workers and veterans.
Watch and see where they get their campaign money.
Dale Eastman
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