The LuLac Edition #1496, March 3rd, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: SENATOR EDMUND MUSKIE CRYING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE IN 1972, SCRANTON SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE TOM BORTHWICK, LACKAWANNA COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE LIZ RANDOL, LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATES WIL TOOLE AND MICHELLE BEDNAR (WHO HAS THE CATCHIEST SLOGAN SO FAR-"CONCERN FOR LUZERNE") AND OUR 1972 LOGO.
SUPREMES STRIKE AGAIN!
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals. The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court. Justice Samuel Alito dissented.
Good for Justice Alito. The first amendment is something I treasure and I understand where the justices are coming from. But what this ruling does is legitimize hate speech. It also gives free rein to those who would desecrate a military funeral. It is true that service men and women have died to defend every American’s right to free speech. But in the case of protesting military funerals with their logic, it is offensive. Today on Talk Radio the question was raised “What then do you charge them with?” if they show up to a military funeral spewing hate? Hmm, let’s see, we’re at war. That’s what they tell us. How about detaining them for treason and aiding and abetting the enemy? We are at war right? Yeah, that’s what I would do. Detain them for oh I don’t know, for however long it takes to do a military funeral. Or make it so known that they would not be welcome in the town when a funeral was taking place and they’d be outnumbered. It was said they tried to crash Dale Kridlo’s funeral in Pittston and when they saw the crowd, they ran off like scared little cowards. Maybe when I hear that one of these sick “Christian” people of God make a sensible argument, then I might reconsider. But these “Christians” are one of the reasons why I say to people, “I’m not a Christian, I’m A Roman Catholic”.
Joe Cosgrove has a dilemma. He wants to run for Judge. He deserves to run for Judge based on his knowledge of the law. He should have the opportunity to run for Judge if he wants to. But politically he made a promise to Governor Rendell that he would take an interim appointment. Most of those appointments that were given to such notables as Tom Corbett for Attorney General and others have had the initial promise kept. Cosgrove is on film saying he was just going to stay awhile and then like Cincinnatus return to the farm when his work was done. In America we herald ambition. But in politics, especially in this Luzerne County, this is a contact sport. And I can just see the commercials running when and if he decides to run. Judge Joe Musto had name recognition and experience but many say he lost the 2009 race (he came in third in the Democratic primary) because he went back on his promise. And then he tried to say it wasn’t the appointed seat he was running for but another seat. This might be naive to say but I don’t think this is about ambition with Joe Cosgrove. This just might be about the fact that he wants to complete the work he enjoys. If he decides to not run, whatever he accomplished in the last 2 years will be remembered by few people that live here. If he decides to run, he’ll have “the promise” hanging over his head. But what might even be worse for his candidacy will be the sheer number of Pittstonians (Perrantoni, Saporito, Vough, Rogers, and Cosgrove) dividing up the heavily Democratic area.
VAN JURA’S TAP DANCE
Meanwhile Judge Joseph Van Jura is doing a tap dance regarding his candidacy. The Judge says that the Governor’s office never asked him to make a pledge not to run in 2011. He said he hadn’t planned on it because he thought there were only going to be 4 seats. But with 6 seats now open, Van Jura says he’s running because the Judiciary needs experience on the bench. Reports are that Van Jura is getting help in his bid from recently minted Democrat and Wilkes Barre Area School Board member Christine Katsock.
Bob Kafluboski, Wilkes Barre City’s intrepid tow truck driver is getting petitions signed to make a run at Mayor Leighton. Kadluboski who had a dust up with City Council (See LuLac Edition #1492) says if he runs, he’ll win. The first thing he’ll do is reduce Council and Mayor’s salaries. Kadluboski says he may step aside if someone else he likes makes a run against Leighton. Kadliuboski was the high vote getter in write ins during the 2009 election for Jury Commissioner when Jerry Bonner was still on the ballot.
Michelle Bednar is running for Luzerne County Council. Bednar is Tax Collector for Conyingham Township and is not happy with the fact that Tax Collectors are not included in the Charter. Bednar is 28, is running as a DEmocrat and says she will work to make sure the new county government is tax payer friendly. Bednar has the endorsement of COPS. (Citizens Opposed to Political Suppression).
Wil Toole of Dupont is circulating his petitions for Luzerne County Council. Toole ran a very competitive, historic race in 2009 when he ran as an Independent for Controller. Toole is very savvy in terms of local and statewide government and in my research is the only candidate running for Council who is certified by the International City and County Manager’s Association. Toole is running as a Democrat.
LIZ RANDOL RUNNING
Elizabeth Randol is running for Lackawanna County Commissioner. “Liz” as she is known is running for the office because she says she knows how to run it. Now many people say they know how to do specific things but Randol served as Chief of Staff for the Lackawanna County Commissioners. The Commissioners were Mike Washo and Corey O’Brien. Randol is running by herself as a Democrat. It is apparent that Lackawanna County needs a gender change in the Commissioner’s office. Even Luzerne County with all of its manipulations and machinations over the years have had three women Commissioners (Ethel Price, Rose Tucker and Mary Anne Petrilla) through the years. Evie Refalko McNulty tried to break the glass ceiling 4 years ago and O’Brien pucked his own running mate. But here’s my question, if Randol served as Lackawanna County Chief of staff, why did O’Brien have to go looking for another running mate? I know that running mates should be compatible but why not Randol? Either way, Lackawanna County is notorious for not voting for endorsed candidates so maybe this might work out well for Rndol anyway.
BORTHWICK”S BIG DAY
Educator and candidate for Scranton School Board,Tom Borthwick is officially announcing his first campaign rally, to be held at Kilcoyne's on Main Avenue in West Scranton on March 11th from 6-8. The cost is $10. Drinks and food will be provided. Patrick McGlynn of Blinded Passenger will be providing music. Borthwick is an educator at the Riverside School District and operates the local political blog, NEPArtisan.com. He received his BA in English from Marywood University and has both an MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He lives in West Scranton.
Attorney Mike Vough from Pittston has an ad up and running touting his effort for Judge. Vough started out of the gate as one of the most organized in this race. Here’s a look at his video.
THAT’S BIG UH ME!!!!
From the pen of the Times Leader’s Christopher Hughes: A man who attempted to apply for cash assistance learned his wife had gotten married to a second man last year.Linda Marie Krukoski Caswell, 43, of Scranton, faces charges of bigamy, making false statements on an official record and making false written statements after she allegedly lied on a second marriage application while still married to her first husband. Krukoski Caswell’s husband, Joseph Caswell, requested an investigation by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office into his wife’s marital status after learning from the Pennsylvania Public Welfare Department in early February and receiving confirmation from the county Register of Wills and Marriage License Office that she had been married to Barry Dugger. Krukoski Caswell and Caswell were married on May 7, 1988, according to an affidavit, but she also allegedly married to Barry Ronald Dugger on Nov. 17, 2010.
Who knows, maybe the woman wanted the best of both worlds.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
This week on Saturday Night Live at the Oldies, Shadoe Steele interviews and features the music of Helen Reddy. Reddy is world famous for singing that hit from our feature year 1972 “I Am Woman”. Saturday Night live at the Oldies airs on WILK AM and FM every Saturday from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour. The Reddy portion starts at 8PM.
WARM’s Brian Hughes features Sunday Magazine this week. Brian Hughes interviews Dr Daniel Petrylak and Joel Nowak about a new treatment for advance stage prostate cancer.And an encore of Brian's interview with Joseph Shock from Northeast Penna. Paranormal Investigations about his adventures with ghost hunting, and audio proof that ghosts may exist at several area historic landmarks. 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 AM.
PCN AND THE BUDGET
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will devote the day’s programming on Tuesday, March 8, to coverage of Governor Tom Corbett’s first state budget address before a joint session of the PA House and Senate. The address is the first step in the Commonwealth’s annual fiscal process. LIVE coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. with John Barley of Versant Strategies and former state representative, Kathy Manderino. PCN will also be on-location at the state Capitol with LIVE reports prior to the arrival of Gov. Corbett.
LIVE coverage of the Governor’s Budget Address before a joint session of the House and Senate. An encore presentation has been scheduled later that day at 6:00 p.m. Following the address, John Barley of Versant Strategies and Mark Singel of the Winter Group will take viewers’ calls on a LIVE PCN Call-In concerning the state budget address. Viewers can dial toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001 to share their thoughts and questions with the featured guests.
LIVE coverage from the state Capitol will continue with budget reaction from legislators. At 7:00 p.m., viewers will have the chance once again to share their thoughts or ask questions concerning the state budget with state officials by dialing toll-free 1-877-PA6-5001 during the hour-long PCN Call-In.
Through the coming weeks, PCN will provide extensive LIVE and taped coverage of the 2011-2012 fiscal year state budget proceedings. Appropriations Committee budget hearings will air on PCN beginning Monday, March 14. Check the daily schedule at pcntv.com for programming details.
“T” FOR TWO
Next week when Nancy and Webster go on their vacation cruise, the Morning time slot on WILK will be filled by Tarone and Thomas. L.A. Tarone and Joe Thomas will be hosting the morning news on WILK while Nancy Kman and Webster are on a cruise ship. Tarone and Thomas coming your way.
Judge Tom Munley and David DeCosmo host a weekly show on ECTV. The guest for Monday, March 7th will be former Scranton mayor David Wenzel! The 7th will mark the 25th anniversary of mayor Wenzel's appearance on Good Moring American when we traced his journey to mayor after his serious injuries while fighting in Viet Nam. The show airs at noon and midnight every day on Channel 19 on Comcast.
Libya and the Soviet Union sign a cooperation treaty......But the big news comes out of New Hampshire. Just days before the pivotal New Hampshire primary front runner Edmund Muskie loses his cool Dubbed a favorite by the Democrats, Muskie’s campaign began to falter in the Granite State after he shed a tear regarding a reporter’s question about a comment his wife laughed at regarding “Canucks”. (The term was deemed derogatory toward some New Hampshire residents who were of Canadian decent Muskie later won the New Hampshire primary pulling a vote of 46% but his rival South Dakota Senator George McGovern pulled a surprising 37% of the vote. Even though Muskie won the primary, the little regarded McGovern campaign’s efforts were heralded as a great surprise…….in Pennsylvania the very first black caucus was formed among statewide and federal office holders to articulate issues important to them…….and in Scranton incumbent Joe McDade does a pro forma announcement indicating he will run for another term as 10th district Congressman and the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “The Way Of Love" by Cher.