Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3735, March 20th, 2018


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MAYBE I'M AMAZED......that the denial of the Russian involvement in our American elections come from sources that know better. As an example the other day, a man called the WILK Comment Line and likened being beaten down by the winter weather and the Russian investigation. He sounded like he was past 60. While anyone that age, thinks the Russian story is a farce is beyond comprehension for me. Surely these people remember the Cuban Missie Crisis as well as the Cold War. I can only make one of two conclusions, that they are either breathtakingly ignorant or won't admit that their candidate is innocent of any of this. It has already been documented that the Russians were trying to get into our power grids. This guy would cry like a little fool if he had no power and couldn't spew his bullshit on a comment line that is at times a forum for dullards.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the moral center of the national Republican party came out in full view, finally, on the issue of tariffs. Womanizing, racism, indecision, rudeness, porn stars, ignorant behavior, they were all fine with that. But tariffs and the GOP has their panties in a twist. That tells you everything you need to know about the moral center (mushy as a Milky Way bar) of this once proud party.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Anne Murray, she of “Snowbird” fame 48 years ago has a daughter in the entertainment business. Dawn Langstroth has become quite the singer on her own in Canada and I’m sure you’ll hear from here in the states too.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that there are reports that Donald Trump’s minions are talking to Bill Clinton’s Impeachment lawyer. The New York Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….but not really by the shameful behavior of the President who at his Moon Township campaign stop encouraged the booing of the free press and then pretty much defamed and belittled people before an audience of lemmings who think it is okay to praise a dictator who runs a country devoid of a press that reports the facts.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that a male firefly’s light is brighter than a female’s. Huh, first time I ever heard of a member of the male species being brighter than a female!
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that at many churches, handicapped parking spots are filled 40 minutes before The Mass. Equally amazing is that seconds after most people exit the church, (which should be after the final blessing) said parking spaces are as empty as a McDonald’s on Christmas morning. It must be a miracle that they can move so fast after Communion! 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that in 2014, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs was paying a Civil War pension. Richly deserved but still paying it. Wilkesboro's Irene Triplett collects $73.13 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a pension payment for her father's military service -- in the Civil War. Triplett, 84, is the last living person collecting a pension payment for service in the Civil War.
Pvt. Mose Triplett was born in 1846 and lived to the age of 92. After his first wife's death, he married Elida Hall, nearly 50 years his junior, in 1924.
In 1930, Irene Triplett was born when her father was 84 and her mother was 34. As of last report, Tripltt is still alive and collecting. 

Now living in skilled-nursing facility in Wilkesboro, Medicaid pays her expenses at the home, supplemented by a pension her father earned her nearly 150 years ago in 1865.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that with this gambit and discussion of a meeting with North Korea, while decent news is unsettling because there is no group of experts to interpret whatever deal this President might think he can get. When you decimate your State Department, have no Ambassador to South Korea and discuss the implications of Nuclear reduction,  that can be dicey.
Now with the departure of Rex Tillerson and the tumult surrounding the revolving door of this administration, one wonders how these changes will affect this “big meeting”.
While I think talking is good with North Korea, it should have started with intermediaries and not at the top. With all of the complexities and implications,  I really don’t trust this President’s big brain to compute any of that. I still want to see this guy’s grades.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the owner of a Mickey Mantle Bowman Rookies card, the first ever, was bought by a member of The Strawberry Alarm Clock in 2003 for $600,000. Now the card is reported to sell for 2.3 million dollars! That’s a lot of Incense and Peppermint.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that 2018 marks a landmark for former Senator and Presidential candidate Gary Hart and his wife Leah. The Senator who had to step down in 1987 for having an affair that essentially ruined his Presidential ambitions and his wife are celebrating 60 years of marriage. Despite two separations and the scandal, they apparently did what real adults do in a marriage. Find the best, forgive but not forget the worst.  and stay together. That’s called commitment .
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….in Alabama it is illegal, illegal I tell you to carry an Ice Cream cone in your pack pocket at any time. Knowing that, we can all sleep better!

Monday, March 19, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3734, March 19th, 2018

(Photos: wikipedia, LuLac archives)
As we did last year, LuLac will salute Americans of importance in various walks of life on the 100th anniversary of their birth. For anyone who has had a Bob Evans breakfast at the restaurant or a frozen food entree, you might be curious as to how it all began.
Bob Evans was born on May 30, 1918, to Elizabeth Lewis and Stanley L. Evans in Sugar Ridge, Ohio, located in Center Township in Wood County, Ohio, where his father and uncle farmed on rented land.
The family moved to Gallia County, Ohio, in 1929 to be near relatives. The family settled in Gallipolis, Ohio, where his father owned and managed a grocery store. Evans attended public schools in Gallipolis and graduated with honors in 1937 from the Greenbrier Military School, a boys-only private military boarding high school in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He attended The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1937 to 1939.
Evans married Jewell Waters in June 1940. They moved to Gallipolis, where he bought a restaurant named the Malt Shop in the early 1940s. When Evans was inducted into the Army in 1943, he sold his interest in the restaurant to a friend.
Bob Evans Farms got its start when Evans began making sausage on his southeastern Ohio farm to serve at a 12-stool diner he owned in nearby Gallipolis in 1948. Evans could not find a source of satisfactory sausage, so he began making his own, slaughtering his own hogs and using the best parts of the hog. The building where he made the sausage was built with open ends, at the suggestion of his father, so it could be used as a machinery shed if the sausage business failed. In 1953, a group of friends and family recognized the growing demand for Evans's sausage and became his business partners by establishing Bob Evans Farms. The original Bob Evans Restaurant on the farm was called The Sausage Shop. Although it started with 12 stools, today the restaurant can seat 134.
In 1953, the business was incorporated as Bob Evans Farms Inc. By 1957, the company opened a total of four sausage plants to keep up with demand. In 1963, Bob Evans Farms Inc. was listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange with an original issue of 160,000 shares. Evans served as a director and president of the company until his retirement on December 31, 1986.
Local restaurants weren't willing to buy Evans' sausage, so Evans started his own, with the first opening on his farm in 1962. These restaurants were designed in a red and white color "Steamboat Victorian" style. The first of these "new" Bob Evans Restaurants was located in Chillicothe, Ohio, but by the early 1970s, the restaurants had expanded throughout Ohio. Expansion into other states was started in the late 1970s. As of 2012, Bob Evans Farms, Inc. was a $1.7 billion restaurant and retail food products company that has restaurants in 19 states.
In a bid to consolidate profits the company closed 27 stores nationwide starting in April 2016. This has affected approximately 1100 workers who were offered termination benefits if relocation was not possible.
Although Evans retired from the company in 1986, he remained actively involved in his community and with numerous causes. Evans encouraged local farmers to use more efficient livestock grazing techniques that are better for the environment.
The only person in Ohio to be honored three times by the National Wildlife Federation, Evans spent more than 40 years preserving wildlife. He also planted seeds for the future of the agricultural industry through his support of youth organizations such as 4-H and FFA and his involvement in higher education. He was a former member of the Ohio Board of Regents, the state's public higher education governing board. He also worked with college students at The Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He also supported many community organizations, including the Heart Fund, Ohio Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Arthritis Foundation and Easter Seals.
In 2005, Evans was honored by FAO as an inaugural "I'm a Child of Appalachia" honoree for his philanthropic efforts, entrepreneurial success, and support of improved access to higher education in the region. The "I'm a Child of Appalachia" campaign uses individual success stories to promote greater investment in the region to increase student access to post-secondary education.
Bob Evans died in 2007 while being treated at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, from complications of a stroke. He was recuperating from pneumonia when he suffered the fatal cerebrovascular accident. Bob Evans is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Upon learning of his death Ohio governor Ted Strickland remarked: "Bob Evans was a true original. His life's work was bringing the warmth, hospitality and good food of Ohio to rest of the nation. We here in Ohio are all proud of him and we are all deeply saddened by his passing." 
(wikipedia, LuLac) 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3733, March 18th, 2018

It looks like Greg Wolovich is going to be the Republican candidate for State Representative in the 121st. At post time, there were no challengers to his signatures. Wolovich is going to run an aggressive campaign with the key issues being Property Tax Reform.


State Representative Aaron Kaufer in the neighboring 120th had a breakfast meeting the other day that was well attended.The 120th District is one of the most active in the area. 8th Congressional District candidate John Chrin stopped by too.

120th Republican District Committee Joe Valenti- Treasurer,  .Lynette Villano - Vice-chair, John Chrin- Candidate for Congress 8thCongressionsl District, Rep. Aaron Kaufer, PJ Pribula- Chairman, Matt Mitchell- Chairman Kingston Republicans, Rob Bresnahan Jr- Finance Committee Republican State Committee.


Rep. Aaron Kaufer was recently recognized as a legislative mental health champion in recognition of his outstanding work on mental health issues at Mental Health America’s Regional Policy Council Legislator Awards Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts, which was held in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) legislative summit.
He is pictured with his award (from left) with Mental Health America’s Mental Health and Systems Advocacy Vice President Debbie Plotnick and Mental Health Partnerships Advocacy and Policy Vice President Alyssa Schatz.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3732, March 16th, 2018


(Photos: wikipedia, Robert Kennedy memorial, LuLac archives)
The Robert F. Kennedy presidential campaign began on March 16, 1968, when Robert Francis Kennedy (RFK), a U.S. Senator from New York who had won a Senate seat in 1964, entered an unlikely primary election as a challenger to incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ). After Johnson announced on March 31 that he would not seek re-election, Kennedy still faced two rival candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination: the leading challenger Eugene McCarthy and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Humphrey had entered the race after Johnson's withdrawal, but Kennedy and McCarthy remained the main challengers to the policies of the Johnson administration. During the spring of 1968, Kennedy campaigned in presidential primary elections throughout the United States. Kennedy's campaign was especially active in Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, California, and Washington, D.C.. He had been making progress in building Democratic support for his nomination when he was assassinated in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.
Kennedy was a late entry in the primary race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1968. His political advisors had been pressuring him to make a decision, fearing Kennedy was running out of time to announce his candidacy. Although Kennedy and his advisors knew it would not be easy to beat the incumbent president, Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy had not ruled out entering the race. U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy had announced his intention to run against Johnson for the Democratic nomination on November 30, 1967. Following McCarthy's announcement, Kennedy remarked to U.S. Senator George McGovern of South Dakota that he was, "worried about [McGovern] and other people making early commitments to [McCarthy]. At a breakfast with reporters at the National Press Club on January 30, 1968, Kennedy once again indicated that he had no plans to run, but a few weeks later he had changed his mind about entering the race.

Announcement of Candidacy for President
Washington, D.C. March 16, 1968
I am today announcing my candidacy for the presidency of the United States.
I do not run for the presidency merely to oppose any man but to propose new policies. I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and because I have such strong feelings about what must be done, and I feel that I'm obliged to do all that I can.
I run to seek new policies - policies to end the bloodshed in Vietnam and in our cities, policies to close the gaps that now exist between black and white, between rich and poor, between young and old, in this country and around the rest of the world.
I run for the presidency because I want the Democratic Party and the United States of America to stand for hope instead of despair, for reconciliation of men instead of the growing risk of world war.
I run because it is now unmistakably clear that we can change these disastrous, divisive policies only by changing the men who are now making them. For the reality of recent events in Vietnam has been glossed over with illusions.
The Report of the Riot Commission has been largely ignored.
The crisis in gold, the crisis in our cities, the crisis in our farms and in our ghettos have all been met with too little and too late.
No one knows what I know about the extraordinary demands of the presidency can be certain that any mortal can adequately fill that position.
But my service in the National Security Council during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin crisis of 1961 and 1962, and later the negotiations on Laos and on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty have taught me something about both the uses and limitations of military power, about the opportunities and the dangers which await our nation in many corners of the globe in which I have traveled.
As a member of the cabinet and member of the Senate I have seen the inexcusable and ugly deprivation which causes children to starve in Mississippi, black citizens to riot in Watts; young Indians to commit suicide on their reservations because they've lacked all hope and they feel they have no future, and proud and able-bodied families to wait our their lives in empty idleness in eastern Kentucky.
I have traveled and I have listened to the young people of our nation and felt their anger about the war that they are sent to fight and about the world they are about to inherit.
In private talks and in public, I have tried in vain to alter our course in Vietnam before it further saps our spirit and our manpower, further raises the risks of wider war, and further destroys the country and the people it was meant to save.
I cannot stand aside from the contest that will decide our nation's future and our children's future.
The remarkable New Hampshire campaign of Senator Eugene McCarthy has proven how deep are the present divisions within our party and within our country. Until that was publicly clear, my presence in the race would have been seen as a clash of personalities rather than issues.
But now that the fight is on and over policies which I have long been challenging, I must enter the race. The fight is just beginning and I believe that I can win ...
Finally, my decision reflects no personal animosity or disrespect toward President Johnson. He served President Kennedy with the utmost loyalty and was extremely kind to me and members of my family in the difficult months which followed the events of November of 1963.
I have often commended his efforts in health, in education, and in many other areas, and I have the deepest sympathy for the burden that he carries today.
But the issue is not personal. It is our profound differences over where we are heading and what we want to accomplish.
I do not lightly dismiss the dangers and the difficulties of challenging an incumbent President. But these are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election.
At stake is not simply the leadership of our party and even our country. It is our right to moral leadership of this planet.
Source: The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.

The LuLac Edition #3731, March 16th, 2018


(Photos: History.com, wikipedia.com)
The Mỹ Lai Massacre was the Vietnam War mass murder of between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in South Vietnam on 16 March 1968. It was committed by U.S. Army soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division. Victims included men, women, children, and infants. Some of the women were gang-raped and their bodies mutilated. Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted. Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but served only three and a half years under house arrest.
The massacre, which was later called "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War",took place in two hamlets of Sơn Mỹ village in Quảng Ngãi Province. These hamlets were marked on the U.S. Army topographic maps as Mỹ Lai and Mỹ Khê.
The U.S. Army slang name for the hamlets and sub-hamlets in that area was Pinkville, and the carnage was initially referred to as the Pinkville Massacre. Later, when the U.S. Army started its investigation, the media changed it to the Massacre at Songmy. Currently, the event is referred to as the My Lai Massacre in the United States and called the Sơn Mỹ Massacre in Vietnam.
The incident prompted global outrage when it became public knowledge in November 1969. Even after the horror was exposed, there was an element of the population who sided with William Calley. Check out this song that entered the pop culture of the early 70s.
Despite this little forgotten tribute, the massacre increased to some extent domestic opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War when the scope of killing and cover-up attempts were exposed. Initially, three U.S. servicemen who had tried to halt the massacre and rescue the hiding civilians were shunned, and even denounced as traitors by several U.S. Congressmen, including Mendel Rivers, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Only after thirty years were they recognized and decorated, one posthumously, by the U.S. Army for shielding non-combatants from harm in a war zone. Along with the No Gun Ri massacre in Korea eighteen years earlier, Mỹ Lai was one of the largest single massacres of civilians by U.S. forces in the 20th century.
Fifty years ago to the day that Robert Kennedy was announcing his run for President, pledging to end the war and its atrocities, this was taking place.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3730, March 15th, 2018

 Winner Lamb on the campaign trail. (Photo: KION.com)
The race in the Congressional 18th gave the Democrat, Conor Lamb a narrow victory over his Republican opponent. The race is an indicator that while Democrats are making strides, there is still a Trump loyalty aspect that will be a factor in the 2018 off year races. It is significant that a Democrat won this District vacated by Representative Murphy who resigned because he had encouraged his lover to abort her pregnancy despite holding a strict public anti-abortion stance. Subsequent reporting described a culture of endemic abuse and harassment in Murphy's congressional office.
Years ago this district was held by Representative John Dent, a long time stalwart Democrat but things changed. It is interesting that this “union” district has had a long track record of voting Republican. A big deal was made about the fact that Trump carried it by more than 20 points in ’16. But McCain carried it by 11, and Romney by 17. So it appears that there were always union ingrates in this district.
Interestingly enough the union endorsed Lamb because his stances were similar to theirs. The Democrats need to get candidates who fit the district, just like Lamb did. There is nothing wrong with a return of some blue dogs to the fight against Republican destruction of the government under Trump.
The party that says loud and proud they are diverse needs to be more so with those who don’t necessarily go in lockstep with the ultra Liberal ideology. It is worthy to note that the last national Democrat who was pro life was Sargent Shriver in 1972 when he ran for Vice President.
Lamb fit the district and ran a better campaign. Also Trump’s performance on behalf of Rick Saccone didn’t help. Only his lemming base thinks he is “cute” when he acts out as his rallies.
All that stated, it is still troubling that a weak candidate like Saccone, even in a strong GOP district had such a strong showing.
While this is a win for the Dems, it is only one of 6 Special elections for Congress they have won since Trump took office. The fight for control of the House started here in this big off year. The path while promising, is still not going to be an easy one.

Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo (Photo: Washington Post.com)
How would you like to find out you got fired on Twitter? Rex Tillerson, the deposed Secretary of State did. It is stunning to me that Donald Trump is such a wuss when it comes to firing people. This bellicose braggart bully can’t fire anyone man to man. Tillerson was dispatched because Trump wants someone more comfortable with his beliefs to be in this job. Bottom line, he wants a yes man at State. Now any President and his chief diplomat have to be in agreement with his policy options. Ronald Reagan’s dismissal of Alexander Haig is a prime example. But Donald Trump has very few Foreign policy chops, never reads the briefings and executes by his gut. With any other President, I’d say, he has the right to do it. But there is a decimated State Department in terms of staff and we spent the last year or so with Tillerson being the face of a disjointed and laughable Foreign Policy that has made the United Stares a wild card in World events. Like many who tried to serve Trump, Tillerson leaves sullied by the association with him.
As far as the successor, Mike Pompeo, I saw him on Face The Nation Sunday and damn if that wasn’t an audition for this job. The rise of Pompeo is stunning. A right wing Tea Party candidate, he won the election handily despite some controversy when he had this on his Twiiter account. It was a
blog post calling his Indian-American opponent a "turban topper" and then-President Barack Obama an "evil Muslim communist".
Pompeo served on the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the following three subcommittees: the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Energy, and the United States House Intelligence Subcommittee on the CIA. He was also on the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. Yeah he was one of those guys grilling Hillary for hours and essentially came up with nothing.
But back to Pompeo in the new job. He is certainly qualified with his military background and experience with the CIA. Today the President likes him and feels comfortable with him. Just like he did with Tillerson. In the first few month’s, or weeks, given this administration’s timeline of dog years with staff members, you’ll see Pompeo echoing the Trump line on what he wants to do with the world. But at some point, Pompeo, a West point grad is going to have to either educate this President on the ramifications of foreign policy when he disagrees with him or walk the straight Trump line, whatever that may be on a given day. When that conflict happens, he may suffer the same fate as Tillerson.
Pompeo has had a fast track since he got to Washington in 2011. Let’s hope for his sake, and ours that he won’t be derailed by a President that has that has exhibited very little expertise in delicate state department protocol and policies.

Congressman Lou Barletta (LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement on Secretary Rex Tillerson’s departure as Secretary of State, and Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo’s subsequent nomination to fill the position.
“I thank Secretary Tillerson for his service and dedication to our nation. He served the American people with honor and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.
“President Trump made an exceptional choice for his next Secretary of State. Director Pompeo is a good friend who served with me in the House of Representatives for many years. He has a first rate knowledge of the challenges America faces and the strategies we must adopt to overcome them. I look forward to working with Director Pompeo to make our country great again, both at home and abroad, for the American people.”

Students taking a walk in LuLac land (Photo: WNEP.COM)
I was taken all the way back to the 1960s the other day when people my age and younger were wringing their hands about students across the nation walking out of classes in support of the 17 who died in Florida. The ridiculous comments by otherwise responsible adults, some college professors was stunning.
These students are doing a non violent protest on an issue that should be front and center for everyone, their safety. But the arm chair loudmouths who were calling talk radio during the day, (most likely collecting pensions with nothing better to do) castigated students for speaking their mind. Kind of reminds me of ’67 and ’68. We should stand with these kids because long after we are gone, they will be running things. Hopefully they’ll do better than what we have now in this country regarding guns.


Remember that young woman who was so articulate in the aftermath of the Florida killings? Well she was attacked via social media by a Republican from Maine. Leslie Gibson, who is running unopposed in the 57th District called 18 year old Emma Gonzalez “a skin headed lesbian”. When it was discovered, the hypocritical Republican apologized and lauded the efforts of the students. We all know what Emma Gonzalez looks, like, short cut hair, Hispanic, always sitting cross legged in every camera frame. (Photo below: aol.news)

But I’d like you all to look at Leslie Gibson on the right. My main purpose is so you can see the face of Republican judgemental ignorance and hate. We want to see haters like this coming!


Senator Blake, John Gordner, Rep. Ed Pashinski. Mike Carroll do not support HB/SB 76. Lets get involved and put the pressure on them to support 76. This is it if you don't take action then you deserve the government you got.Here they are: 
Sen. Blake #570-207-2881 
Sen. Gordner #570-784-3464 
Rep. Pashinski #570-826-5436
Rep. Carroll #570--655-4883
Ed even got an award!  (Click to enlarge)




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Author Ian Fleming was a dinner guest at the home of future American President John F. Kennedy, and described to the assemblage some humorous suggestions for how James Bond would get rid of Fidel Castro, including causing Castro's beard to fall out. CIA official John Bross, another dinner guest, called agency director Allen Dulles afterward and reported Fleming's "ideas", some of which were tried later.
 A total lunar eclipse afforded astrophysicist Richard W. Shorthill the opportunity to make the first infrared pyrometric scans of the lunar surface, and led to his discovery of the first lunar "hot spot" observed from Earth. Shorthill found that the temperature of the floor of the Tycho crater was 216° Kelvin (—57 °C), significantly higher than the 160°K (—113 °C) in the area around the crater….West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer met with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, the first time a German leader had conferred with a leader of the Jewish state. Two weeks earlier, the two countries had secretly negotiated German financial and military aid to Israel… Northwest Airlines Flight 710 crashed, killing all 63 persons on board. The wings fell off of the Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop airplane at an altitude of 18,000 feet while the flight was en route from Chicago to Miami, and crashed into a soybean field near Cannelton, Indiana at 4:20 p.m., leaving a 12-foot-deep (3.7 m) crater.........
Following a 2:30 meeting at the White House with Allen Dulles and Richard Bissell of the CIA, President Eisenhower authorized the agency to train and equip Cuban exiles to overthrow the regime of Fidel Castro, an operation which would become, in 1961, the Bay of Pigs Invasion.... Dallas Rangers general manager Tex Schramm announced that the new NFL team was going to change its name to avoid a conflict with the minor league baseball team of the same name. "It seems Dallas is becoming big league in baseball as well as in football", Schram said, "and since both 'Rangers' will be around here for a long time, and since the baseball club had the name first, we're changing ours." The new name selected was the Dallas Cowboys….
LeRoy Collins, the Governor of Florida, surprised the state and the rest of the world in a televised speech. Though he had been a defender of Florida's segregation laws, Governor Collins endorsed the goal of sit-in demonstrations to allow African-Americans to eat at lunch counters. "People have told me that our racial strife could be eliminated if the colored people would just stay in their place," said the Governor, "but friends, we can never stop Americans from struggling to be free……in Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Morgan Davis expressed no interest in succeeding Governor Lawrence saying it was premature to talk about a Governor’s race even before a Presidential race took place….in Scranton Catawba Wine broadens its distribution area creating more jobs and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land ad America was “Sandy” by Larry Hall. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3729, March 14th, 2018


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The Trump administration has been touting non stop the benefits of the tax bill that was largely passed by the Republican party. The mantra is more money in the paychecks as well as a big boost to businesses of all types. However, the unintended consequences of passing a bill haphazardly are now starting to roost.
The New York Times this week did an in depth look at how businesses are now at odds with each other from the effects of this marvelous plan.



The legislative blitz that rocketed the $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress in less than two months created a host of errors and ambiguities in the law that businesses big and small are just now discovering and scrambling to address.
Companies and trade groups are pushing the Treasury Department and Congress to fix the law’s consequences, some intended and some not, including provisions that disadvantage certain farmers, hurt restaurateurs and retailers and could balloon the tax bills of large multinational corporations.
While Treasury can clear up uncertainty about some of the murky provisions, actual errors and unintended language can be solved only legislatively — at a time when Democrats seem disinclined to lend votes to shoring up a law they had no hand in passing and are actively trying to dismantle.
On Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a 15-page request it had sent the Treasury Department for clarification on how the law affects multinational corporations, mutual fund investors and mom-and-pop pass-through entities.
It was a public display of the lobbying that businesses are waging primarily behind the scenes to change or shape enforcement of the law, most notably its byzantine new provisions intended to crack down on multinationals sheltering profits abroad for tax purposes.
“The question is whether our system is set up today in a way to do little midcourse corrections as time goes on, or is it not,” said Dana Trier, who left the Treasury Department last month after serving as deputy assistant secretary for tax policy during the drafting of the bill. “The mistakes or unintended consequences for this or that group won’t show up for months.”
The result could be a tax-theme replay of the years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, when Republicans refused to cooperate with so-called technical corrections legislation, and a Democratic administration was forced to push the limits of its authority to address concerns in the enforcement of its signature policy accomplishment.
Among the problematic portions to emerge so far is what has become known as the “grain glitch.” A late change to the legislation altered a deduction for United States production in a way that permitted farmers to deduct 20 percent of their total sales to cooperatives — agricultural organizations owned by groups of farmers that operate for the benefit of their members.
This allows farmers to deeply reduce their tax bills, but it has caused an uproar among independent agriculture businesses that say they can no longer compete with cooperatives, since farmers would choose to sell to cooperatives to take advantage of the more generous tax break.
Mr. Lafferty, a Republican, said he was excited about the new tax legislation until he heard about the provision. Despite the other benefits of the law, he said, he would rather be governed by the old tax code than face a competitive disadvantage to nearby cooperatives.
Thomas Lien Jr., of Dakota Mill and Grain in Rapid City, S.D., said that he already regretted the $20 million investment his business made last year to build a shuttle loader grain elevator for moving large quantities of grain because farmers were now only interested in selling to cooperatives. Now he wondered how his business and others like it could survive.
“It’s going to drive investments in rural America away,” Mr. Lien said. “We can’t compete.”
Restaurants and retailers are also concerned about a drafting error that will mitigate the tax benefits they receive when renovating. The law was supposed to simplify depreciation rules for businesses making renovations or other property improvements so that they could deduct these expenses over 15 years. Because of a mistake in the writing of the bill, the cost of these investments must be deducted over 39 years, diminishing the intended benefit.
The top lobbyist for the restaurant industry said that she was hopeful that lawmakers had heard their complaints.
“It is our understanding that it was an honest mistake,” said the lobbyist, Cicely Simpson, the executive vice president of public affairs at the National Restaurant Association. “The bipartisan intent behind the law was a 15-year depreciation period, and we are confident Congress will have this resolved quickly.”
But legislative fixes will be tough. Unlike the original tax bill, which passed along party lines, legislation correcting any portion of the tax bill will require Democratic votes to get through the Senate.
The law passed Congress via the budget reconciliation process, which bypassed a Senate filibuster and enabled Republicans to approve it on a party-line vote in both chambers. A fix-it bill would need at least nine Democrats in the Senate to join Republicans.
For now, at least, Democratic leaders appear disinclined to provide those votes. They are still fuming over the partisan process that delivered the bill to President Trump’s desk.
“I’m willing to make technical changes, but they have to be substantive, too,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio and a member of the Finance Committee. “We’re not just going to sit down and fix the things they did badly because they did it in the dead of night with lobbyists at the table.”
A second, much larger group of issues are those that need Treasury clarification — areas of the law that companies say could be construed in any number of ways, with vastly differing consequences for tax liabilities.
That includes questions over which businesses, and what types of business income, qualify for a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, whose owners pay taxes on the companies’ profits through the individual code. For example, the Chamber of Commerce is pushing to ensure the deduction applies to investors in mutual funds that own stakes in real estate investment trusts.
It also includes a dizzying number of concerns over the new system for taxing multinational corporations that the law created.
Those corporations are upset over the possible scope of two provisions that collectively form a sort of alternative minimum tax for companies operating in the United States and overseas. The bill’s architects pitched those provisions as a means of cracking down on companies that shift profits to foreign parent companies or subsidiaries to avoid American taxes.
But affected companies say they fear the legislation could be construed overly broadly by officials at Treasury or the Internal Revenue Service, subjecting activities that those companies do not consider forms of profit-shifting to the minimum tax.
A Chevron executive called one of the minimum tax provisions “a disaster” last month at a public forum. At the same event, an Eli Lilly official said the provisions discouraged companies from holding intellectual property in the United States, counter to the intent of Congress, because they forced those companies to reimburse foreign affiliates doing work outside the country.
Many companies are looking to Treasury to resolve those concerns. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s list of requests includes several suggestions for ways the department can limit the minimum tax’s reach.
Republican lawmakers who wrote the bill, however, are not looking kindly on efforts to change the intent of the law. Their staff members say they have asked businesses to make a data-based case for why their proposals are necessary.
“I stress the importance of carrying out legislative intent,” Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah and the chairman of the Finance Committee, wrote in a letter last month to Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary. The intent, he added, was to remove “damaging tax-base erosion found in the former tax system” — a reference to eroding the tax base of the United States by shifting corporate profits abroad.
Rohit Kumar, a former Senate leadership aide who now leads a tax policy group at the accounting firm PwC, said turmoil in the first months of a new and sweeping law was to be expected. “Everyone needs to stop and take a deep breath,” he said. “This is normal, against the magnitude of the change.”
Still, companies that want change will undoubtedly continue pressuring Congress, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Kumar said.
“Nature favors the bold,” he added. “I suppose you could just sit back and wait, but a better strategy is to be engaging with Treasury and I.R.S., and engaging with the Hill.”
David J. Kautter, the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury’s assistant secretary for tax policy, said last month that the agency had a detailed plan for introducing clarifications and, when possible, fixes to the legislation.
“We have multiple work teams focused on the entire bill,” Mr. Kautter said. “We’re going full bore on guidance.”
Republicans and lobbyists say they are optimistic that Congress will act soon on at least the grain glitch. Some lawmakers have been musing about stuffing more fixes into a big, must-pass spending bill expected this month.
But that bill would require the support of the Democratic Party, and could give it an ability to demand something in return — such as rollbacks of limitations on state and local tax deductions, which primarily hurt taxpayers in liberal states.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3728, March 13th, 2018


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1. That GOP race for Governor on the Republican side seems to be a humdinger. I know you’ve been putting up a lot of stuff on Wagner. Any favorites?

The Republicans usually try to button up the nomination so there would be no opposition. In 2006 when Ed Rendell was running for re-election, the field was cleared for former Steeler Lynn Swann much to the chagrin of supporters of William Scranton III. Millionaire businessman Paul Mango is spending a lot of money in the race to the detriment of the Wagner effort. To be clear Wagner has the blessing of the party but what is happening in the Commonwealth is a reflection of the struggle that the national GOP is going through. Wagner is an unabashed supporter of President Trump, Mango less so. Both have different paths to their Conservatism and because of that, the race is complicated. Wagner though was out early and often and that in my mind gives him the edge.
Wagner was endorsed right out of the box by Luzerne County, those Republicans in The Lac were not so vocal. But as I stated many times, LuLac land is not a true barometer of the state that it once was in 2016.Wagner will be strong here for sure but Mango is still an unknown in terms of what he will spend and how he will do. That's why they call this a competition and not a coronation.

2. What about that TV tour that former Trump aide Sam Nunberg did last week?

It was something. The guy was all over every single camera and microphone he could find. I mean he missed everybody but Dave Bohman and Andy Mehalshick! I saw repeats of him and he was captivating and unsteady at the same time. He also seemed like a spurned employee who was in on the ground floor but was left at the platform while the Trump train departed. That said, he did tell the Mueller committee that he believed that the Russian investigation is quote, “warranted”. He might be a sidelight, low light or a highlight but now, for better or worse, he is in the mix.

3. Why is the Stormy Daniels thing so big with the pay off to her?

Well on the scale of the deep dive into the Russian investigation, it is bit part. But the way the money was paid to the “star” could get one of Trump’s minions, Michael Cohen some legal difficulties from it. Cohen’s payment raises questions relating to potential violations of federal campaign finance and income tax laws. Like Capone, it was the tax laws that got him in the end. To be clear, I'm not comparing anyone here to the mobster of yore, but people have been charged with less. Cohen said in February that he used his own money to "facilitate a payment of $130,000" and that "neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction" or reimbursed him. He said this week that the money came from his "home equity line." Cohen has put himself in danger of an investigation from both state and federal authorities. 
The significant thing is now she wants to talk. The actress wants permission and freedom from her bondage to the original agreement. Further complicating things is the fact that neither of them, (Trump and Daniels) signed with their real names. 
Getting back to Cohen though, you know given Trump’s stiffing of vendors, there is no way Cohen might ever see that $130,000! However if there was a reimbursement or none at all, this is just another part of the investigation no White House, let alone this one doesn't need. Getting back to your original inquiry though, many people never thought they'd live to see the day when the words "American President" and "Porn Star" were in the same sentence.

4. St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon. Are you a ham and cabbage guy or a corned beef and cabbage guy?

The latter. Mrs. LUlac always gets a nice hunk of Corned Beef and puts it in the slow cooker with potatoes, carrots and cabbage. It’s kind of a cross between New England and Irish cuisine. Everybody loves it except for the people at work when I fire leftovers up in the microwave for lunch. Some novices think it is way too earthy.

5. Hey what are your thoughts on the Boy Scouts of America honoring Congressional candidate Dan Meuser?

His opponent in the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional district said the recognition was in violation of some IRS regulations or something. Meuser was honored along with his wife for his financial and volunteer support to the Scouts. He has been a contributor to various causes in this region and this is plain silly. Now it is true Meuser did allude to his candidacy but his speech was brief and not chest thumping. I think it’s a non starter of a story.

6. Did you attend Matt Cartwright’s kick off?

No I have bad luck getting to those kick offs. In 2012 I was still recovering from my hip operation, one year, I think it was ’14 his event fell on my birthday and we did try and make the effort to get here but the roads iced up. This year the first event was a Friday but was postponed due to weather. This year I was at work until 8 due to short staffing. So no.

7. So you’re supporting Frank Scavo for State Senator in the 22nd? Really?

Frank and I disagree on EVERYTHING in international, national, and statewide politics. But he is in support of House Bill 76 which eliminate property taxes on primary residences. He is opposing John Blake who essentially blocked it from getting on the floor. Blake is a member of the political class who has been feeding at the public trough for most of his professional life.  I can’t vote for Scavo but put on FB that if people were Republicans and they lived in The Lac, they should sign his petition to run. That’s all I did and all hell broke loose. Funny the people bitching were defenders of Blake and not Republicans.

8. Are your taxes done and how did you do?

They are. Pretty much the same as last year. Our CPA said that more changes will take place a year from now and even said there might be a lot of classes for professionals like him to attend to get a better read on the changes that were pushed through so quickly.We'll see, God willing, next year.

9. Ever seek out the services of a Life Coach?

LOL! Jesus, at my age what’s done is done

10. I see you drove in the Pittston St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the top up. Bet you’re glad you escaped that huh!

Hah! I did. It was cold and I got the car cleaned off in time to drive with the heritage Knights Council 372/Assembly #948.  So I thought I escaped the weekend without having to pop the top in 35 degree weather.
However at 3:45PM Sunday, Mrs. LuLac opened up an e mail from STAPLES. There was $100.00 off on an Office Chair she was eyeing for months for her home office. So we went to the store, she bought the chair and when they were putting it together (there is a reason why we’re closing in on being married 36 years, we don’t put shit together) we went for a little lunch at Primo’s.  
 We returned to the store at 5:45PM and popped the top and drove said chair home without incident. There weren’t many stares of disbelief either. But damn was it cold.

11. Did you see Trump’s speech the other night on TV?

No but heard the highlights. Fake CNN, failing NBC, how “The Apprentice” saved the network. Trump’s speeches are predictable as “eggs, bread and milk” stories during a snowstorm and the semi annual visit to Dallas’ “Ye OLde Clock Shoppe” when we spring ahead and fall back.

12. Ready for baseball?

Yes!  I’m even buying my seats in advance on the 19th when phone ticket sales begin. I’m making plans to see more Rail-riders games this year.

13.  Not sure if I go this in time. This is one question with a follow-up.
Are you surprised, except for a flag-burning non-event in which his wife, a reporter, cameraman and two security personnel showed up, that Steve Corbett has quietly faded into obscurity?
Since he has pretty much gone away. In today’s technological age, where an “activist” has, from blogs, to podcasts, to YouTube channels, so many venues to promote and fight for their cause – do you believe that Corbett’s “activism” was more shtick then genuine? 

Just in the nick of time my friend. If not for the Pope's anniversary, this would have been up already. But we pushed one question back to let you jump the line.
Well first off, that event with Gene Stilp was not heavily promoted. Through the years, Steve has been supportive of Stilp's activism. If I were in his position with that relationship, I'd do the same thing.
Corbett has posted on Facebook regarding his karate regimen.
When one leaves the public arena, by choice or otherwise, that is a deeply personal decision. People sometimes make the mistake thinking that activism is the sole purpose of one's being. Just like for me, this site is only a portion of my otherwise full and active life. I'm sure that you'll hear from him again. My true belief is that there was no shtick in his passion on the air. Given L.A.'s replacement, even if there was bit of shtick along with the passion on both Steve and Louie's part, it would be better than what we have now.
It is tempting to just go away though and move on to other things. The battling of ignorance can be somewhat exhausting and if he chose to not even engage again, who could blame him.
Here's an example, just this morning a yahoo from Larksville calls The Morning Show and grunts into the phone (it sounded like he was pleasuring himself, but I digress) "What about Hillary?" I mean with all the issues we have to talk about, you get an old guy with a hard on for a former Secretary of State, calling  her "a bag lady?" How does activism combat that stupidity?
If he has chosen to relax, I say good. "Go with Buddha" but I am sure he will re-emerge in capacity that will be both beneficial, enthusiastic and passionate. If there's some shtick in there, fine. But summing it up, he is too talented and one of the last true believers to just fade away. 
Regarding WILK, Rob Neyhard returns tomorrow subbing for Sue Henry on Thursday and Friday. 

The LuLac Edition #3727, March 13th, 2018


(Photos: Time, Zimbio.com)
Today marks the 5 year anniversary of Pope Francis. It was in the afternoon on the 13th when Jorge Mario Bergoglio succeeded Pope Benedict who served for seven years. At the five year mark, Francis is remembered for a frenetic series of departures from Papal protocol that Benedict was trying to re-establish after the long reign of Pope John Paul II.
Francis proved to be a new kind of Pope, one whose blunt talk over theology and mercy over morals were done in many minds to make the church a more welcoming place for those who have felt excluded.
His now famous airborne comment “Who am I to judge?” about a gay priest as the turning point that disaffected Catholics had longed for and were unsure they would ever see.
Francis’ also tiptoed into what some believe to be a cautious opening to allow Catholics who remarry outside the church to receive Communion as his single most revolutionary step. It was contained in a footnote to his 2016 document “The Joy of Love.”
That stated, Francis faces criticism for both the merciful causes he has championed and the ones he has neglected. With women and sex abuse topping the latter list, a consensus view is forming that history’s first Latin American pope is perhaps a victim of unrealistic expectations. Others say it is his own culture. 
Those who hoped for a revolution regarding the marital status of Priests or women becoming Priests were disappointed. 
What people don’t recognize is that in addition to being the spiritual leader of the church, the Pope is also the manager of that sprawling enterprise. He has reformed some of the entrenched curia officers but has to walk a fine line to make sure he can still govern what is the most calcified bureaucracy in the history of the world.
The excitement of Francis’ papacy has not changed church attendance in many ways here in the states. The Pew Research Center found that while Francis still enjoys a consistently high 84 percent favorability ratings among U.S. Catholics, but an increasing number on the political right believe him to be “too liberal” and naive. Despite all the talk of “the Francis effect” bringing Catholics back to church, Pew found no evidence of a rise in self-proclaimed Catholics or Mass-goers.
My personal opinion is that a Pope doesn’t make you go to church, the individual’s faith and determination are the keys to that aspect of Catholicism.
Francis told Time Magazine once that he didn’t expect to have a long papacy. He mused that he might even step down just as his predecessor Bendict did.
Tradition tells us that the position of Pope is held until death, but Benedict, who is still alive,  changed that.
In the interview, Francis said he did not dislike being Pope, but said one thing in particular does bug him. “The one thing that I would like is to go out, without anyone recognizing me, and go to a pizzeria to eat pizza,” Francis said.
Well as he enters still another year on the Papal throne, we hope that sometime, if he comes to America again, he can escape and get a slice. Next time in America Your Holiness,  visit LuLac land and we’ll get you all the pizza you want! (LuLac, Time Magazine)