Saturday, February 14, 2009

The LuLac Edition #726, Feb. 14th, 2009



Atty. Joe Terrana, an admitted reader of this blog/site (hope that doesn’t hurt him!) will announce his candidacy on Monday for Judge of the Common Pleas Court, President’s Day at the FM Kirby Center for the Performing arts. Here are the details: DATE: Monday, February 16, 2009. TIME: 1:30 p.m. Doors open 2:00 p.m. Announcement. WHERE: F.M. Kirby Center , 71 Public Square Wilkes-Barre.


WBRE TV I TEAM Reporter Andy Mehalshick who has been on the scent of the Judicial Scandal story at the Courthouse since it first reared its head will return to his old stomping grounds this Sunday. Mehalshick who started out as a radio reporter will be Brian Hughes' guest on WARM’s Sunday Magazine. Mehalshick will talk about the story from its inception to its current status. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on JR 93.7, 6am on 97BHT & 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93 and 9:30am on WARM 590.


Attorneys Michael J. Cefalo, of West Pittston, William Caroselli, of Pittsburgh, and David S. Senoff, of Philadelphia, filed a class action lawsuit against Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., Senior Judge Michael T. Conahan and others allegedly involved in a scheme to collect millions of dollars to facilitate the development of a pair of juvenile detention centers.The lawsuit alleges that Conahan and Ciavarella, "acting under the cloak of the court," willfully and knowingly engaged in racketeering activity and deprived young defendants who appeared in Luzerne County juvenile court of their civil rights according to published reports.
Check out the list of defendants:
Attorney Robert J. Powell, a former co-owner of the juvenile facilities- Powell Law Group, P.C., Powell's Drums-based law firm- Pa. Child Care LLC and Western Pa. Child Care LLC, the companies that own the facilities- Mid-Atantic Youth Services Corp., the company that operates the facilities- Robert K. Mericle and Mericle Construction Inc., the developers of the centers- Gregory Zappala, the other co-owner of the juvenile centers- Pinnacle Group of Jupiter LLC, a firm operated by Ciavarella and Conahan- Beverage Marketing of Pa. Inc., a firm operated by Conahan- Vision Holdings LLC, a firm operated by Powell- Barbara Conahan and Cindy Ciavarella, the judges' wives- An attorney listed as "Joe Doe".
In the meantime while the two former Judges are pondering what life will be like for them in the future, we spotted another former Judge today. Anne Lokuta was rolling a cart of items out of Sam’s Club Friday afternoon around 5:15PM looking for all the world like a vindicated human being with not a care in the world. How the tables have turned.


Arlen Specter is in political hot water with own party because of the $789 billion economic stimulus package he helped broker. Specter spoke to unhappy members of the Pennsylvania State Republican Committee in a conference call. The call was initiated by Specter. Dubbed a "conversation" to explain his thinking for backing the spending plan that Democrats hope will deliver jobs for the tanking U.S. economy, the call did not go over well. A
growing number of Pennsylvania state Republican officials say their faith in Specter is broken beyond repair. Some are vowing to defeat Specter in the Republican primary in 2010. The old GOP adage that it is better to have Specter in the Senate than a Democrat apparently no longer holds true. Some Pennsylvania Republican officials are trying to field an opponent to run against Specter. Names mentioned are former U.S. Congressman Pat Toomey who ran against Specter in '04 and U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach. Both have expressed more interest in running for Governor most liikely thinking of the 8 year cycle party change.
Another name mentioned is Pro Life candidate Peg Luksic who made respectable runs for Governor in 1990, 1994 and 1998. We shall see if the statewide GOP wishes to shoot itself in the foot as well as residents of the Commonwealth by trying to turn out a 30 year Senatorial vet who has served this state well.


Greeks & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.............. The Republic of China (Taiwan) drops diplomatic relations with France because of French recognition of the People's Republic of China.....Wesberry v. Sanders goes before The Supreme Court and the Supremes rule that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population....................New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller arrives in New Hampshire to open his campaign against Conservative Senator Barry Goldwater. New Hampshire voters are looking for an alternative to Goldwater because news reports say the Arizona Senator is scaring them with his comments on Social Pennsylvania Governor Bill Scranton sends a record budget busting budget to his Legislature citing improvements to roads, infrastructure and the need for a more hands on House and Senate. Thus far the Legislature is part Lackawanna County, Commissioners Mellody and Zipay continue Democratic rul.e at the County level and work well with Scranton GOP Mayor Bill Schmidt......and in LuLac land, the Beatles remain on the top of the charts, this time with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” re-emerging as the top song in the country.


At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Letter to editor for your consideration
Mike Ference
817 Worthington Avenue
Clairton, PA 15025

Time to Attack in Pennsylvania
By Mike Ference

Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of corruption involving a member of the PA Senate or House; a PA judge; law enforcement officer; District Attorney or some other Pennsylvania public servant (I prefer serpent). However, the latest news of wrongdoing in Pennsylvania involves what I call child trafficking at its lowest level.

As reported in the Associated Press, Pennsylvania President Judge Mark Ciavarella and Senior Judge Michael Conahan agreed to plead guilty to various federal charges (no state charges, PA politicians take care of their own) and face seven years in prison. Their crime, court documents said they took kickbacks for sending children to detention facilities run by PA Child Care in Luzerne County and a sister company in western PA. Altogether the judges took $2.6 million in bribes.

PA Child Care is owned by Gregory Zappala, a son of former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Zappala, Sr., and brother of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.

As more and more cases of corruption — and cover-up — come to light, one begins to wonder whether Pennsylvania politicians should be considered any more trustworthy than, say, Saddam Hussein.

So — what should be done? Given the level of wreckage and anguish caused in the lives of so many people, it seems appropriate to look to the war on terror for a model strategy.

A first prong of attack might involve a Special Forces unit made up of highly skilled and trained military personnel capable of tracking down and obtaining confessions from any current or former owners of businesses that deal in child trafficking. Are their more judges who took kickbacks to send innocent children to detention homes. How many dysfunctional Pennsylvania politicians, police officers and other scoundrels working for the state were involved?

If rights are violated, if military personnel sometimes go a little too far, so be it. Those incapable of civilized behavior shouldn’t expect the rights and privileges of civilization.

A deck of cards can be created to help identify the hard-to-find as well as the disgraceful political leaders who permitted, and in essence, condoned the incarceration of young children. Photos of the most deviant and reprehensible Pennsylvania officials accompanied by a list of their offenses will encourage us all to do our patriotic duty in helping the authorities track down suspected Pennsylvania politician/terrorists.

Another option would be to divide Pennsylvania into territories. A color-code warning system would be established, alerting parents about crooked judges, corrupt cops and district attorneys holding court in their respective regions. Depending on the designated color for a particular region, parents would know whether their children should attend a juvenile hearing or escape to a third world country where children are treated with more dignity and respect.

To aid this unique war on terror, a pool of money should be collected, not involuntarily from taxpayers, but voluntarily from those decent human beings who believe crimes committed against our children are sins that God takes very seriously. Some of the funds raised could then be turned into outrageously tempting reward sums for information leading to the capture of our targeted criminals. Once the rogue politicians have been imprisoned and forced to talk, I recommend that their confessions be given to someone like Steven Spielberg or George Romero. Hollywood writers and producers could create a blockbuster movie like Roots or Schindler’s List to serve as a bitter reminder that these crimes should never again be permitted to occur. Tom Savini could be hired to recreate the horror on the faces of child actors chosen to play parts.

Proceeds from the movie could go to victims of abuse and their families. And no matter how old the crime, compensation would be available. There should be no statute of limitations when the rights of children have been violated by those who lived much of their adult lives perched on a pedestal heightened by the trust of innocent and vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In fact, I would extend compensation to the second and perhaps even third generation of sufferers. It would certainly include siblings denied the experience of growing up with a brother or sister untraumatized by such abuse. And since crimes of abuse tend to echo, it would extend to the victims of the victims as well.

If all else fails, is it any less rational to declare war on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of a war on child abuse than it was to declare war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda and apparently had no weapons of mass destruction) as part of a war on terror? How many innocent children have been verifiably lost to this menace — and how many more will be lost if we don’t make a preemptive strike?

Child trafficking and those who willfully hid the crimes as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the judges who sentenced the children and took the money but also those who are staying silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401K, a pension, or a fear of standing up to the mobsters who orchestrated this crime. God has a place for everyone — and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki!!! Are you going to change parties again and vote for that liberal, leftie, socialist, butthead, dirtbag Arlen Specter if he gets in a jam in the GOP primary against a real American, conservative, God fearing, Pro Life, money saving, believer in the true saviour Jesus H. Christ? If you do, you are a liberal, left leaning, scumbag of the highest order who is joining Specter and his ilk on the road to ruin in this country!!

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even back when I believed in God, I didnt fear him. And we are this far down the road to ruin due to an extremely elevated speed these past 8 gruesome years with "Christians" at the wheel. By the way, I stopped believing in God 6 months into a 12 month tour of duty in Vietnam . So much for patriotism and God and Country. I guess like Yonki I am a left leaning scumbag. I just came to it via a different route. Thank God there are people like 3:53 to point out our shortcomings.

At 7:01 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Are you going to change parties again and vote for that liberal, leftie, socialist, butthead, dirtbag Arlen Specter if he gets in a jam in the GOP primary against a real American, conservative, God fearing, Pro Life, money saving, believer in the true saviour Jesus H. Christ?

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do I Support Arlen Spector as a Democrat? You bet- He's got the balls to support the people, not the party. I tip my hat to him, and sway as many votes to him as I can...

Pittston BigBob


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