Thursday, June 02, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1619, June 2nd, 2011



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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made it clear on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that the disaster victims in Joplin would be helped but that aid would have budget consequences. On Sunday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) reiterated his position that disaster relief funds for the tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri must be paid for with cuts to other programs. "Congress will find the money," Cantor said on CBS' “Face the Nation” "And it will be offset." "I know that America is just stunned by the scope of devastation and loss and the horrific tragedy that the people of Joplin and other places across the country really are experiencing this tornado season," Cantor said. The federal government typically pays for disaster relief, but Cantor has said repeatedly that the government must maintain fiscal discipline. On Sunday, he compared the situation to that of a family putting off buying a new car when a family member became ill.
"When a family is struck with tragedy -- like the family of Joplin ... let's say if they had $10,000 set aside to do something else with, to buy a new car ... and then they were struck with a sick member of the family or something, and needed to take that money to apply it to that, that's what they would do, because families don't have unlimited money. I And, really, neither does the federal government." I understand what the Congressman is saying but again I wonder where these budget hawks were in the early part of this century when the deficit was being run up without thought to any payback or CBO numbers. And when we aided Japan and Haiti, victims for sure but not residents of our own country, there was never a mention of where we were going to make the money up.



This week, the politics behind Hazleton's Broad St Corridor Project; next week, recommended summer political reading covering the topics of liberty, leadership, terrorism and the debt. Airtimes: Wed 8PM, Thurs 9:30PM; Sat 5PM; Sun 11AM; Mon 9PM; Tues 4:30PM. And, the storm really hits mid-June... 8PM Wed June 15th--exclusively on Storm Politics--an explosive interview coming that will have all of Greater Hazleton watching...stay tuned!


Michael Martin Murphy is Shadoe Steele’s guest this week on Saturday Night Live At the Oldies. Tune him in from 7PM to midnight with ABC News at the top of the hour on WILK AM and FM.


Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor will joining ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo for the week of June 6th. Mayor Taylor will be outlining plans for the second annual 'Neighborhood Works Program. More than 350 teenage volunteers and their adult supervisors will be heading to the 'Pioneer City' between June 19th and 25th to do home repair work for approximately 55 families who are elderly, low income, or disabled. ECTV Live is broadcast at Noon and Midnight throughout the week on Comcast Ch 19 in parts of Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wayne Counties.


This Weekend on Sunday Magazine (June 5th) Brian Hughes interviews health expert Stuart Tomc about the rise in Cardiovascular Disease in Americans, and how Omega 3 can stem that tide. Brian speaks with Kara from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, who previews Mohegan’s Hot Summer Fun events.
And an encore of Brian’s interview with Lori Guitson from Sum Buick GMC in Moosic and and Joe Matthews, the CEO & founder of DNA Lifeprint, who discuss the fingerprint and ID kit event coming up next Saturday at Sun Buick GMC on Birney Ave in Moosic. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on JR 93.7 and 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93, and 9:30am on WARM 590 AM.


Al Gore’s problem was that he couldn’t inspire them. John Kerry’s problem was that he didn’t seem to understand how to connect with them. In 2008 Barack Obama chipped away at the constituency because they became fearful of the Republican immigration policies. With undecideds easy prey for political manipulation, and base Democratic voters thinking he gave away too much or too little of his principles, Barack Obama needs a trump card. And in the 2012 race it just might be the Hispanic vote. The population has gown and this major voting block is up for grabs. Obama needs to carry the industrial states he carried before but he also needs to hold on to southern states and border states too. The Huffington Post reports that the top five fastest growing counties, in terms of Hispanic population, were Luzerne, Penn. (479 percent change); Henry, Ga. (339 percent change); Kendall, Ill. (338 percent change); Douglas, Ga. (321 percent change); and Shelby, Ala. (297 percent change). States where the Hispanic population doubled in size from 2000 to 2010 include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and South Dakota, hardly bastions of bi-coastal liberalism.
In practical political terms, such growth indicates that the structure of elections will become fundamentally different. Whereas the suburbs have served as traditional battlegrounds for national or statewide campaigns, over time, the competitiveness of those locales will change. As the minority population grows outside the cities, the pool of physical land over which the two parties will compete may shrink.
Obama will make a concerted effort for this vote. While he can’t match the black pluralities Democrats usually roll up, he can certainly put a dent in the areas that were once GOP strongholds.


Wilkes Barre Mayoral candidate Charlotte Raup has sent out a big thank you to supporters. The Crime Watch Advocate is keeping up with her neighborhood advocacy efforts.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my campaign supporters who not only voted for me, but worked tirelessly as volunteers which ultimately brought me close to winning the election.
I would also like to give special thanks to those who actually invested in a brighter future for Wilkes- Barre by donating funds that enabled us to buy the necessary tools that one needs in a campaign.
I received support for choosing to run and for choosing to stand up for my beliefs. I remain convinced that more must be done in the neighborhoods to fight gangs, drugs and urban decay.
I will continue to work with the residents through our Neighborhood Crime Watch groups to improve the quality of life in our city.
If anyone is interested in joining us in our efforts to improve the quality of life in Wilkes-Barre, please contact us at 570-208-8900.


Ever wonder what the top rated broadcast news program is? Do you ever get time to see the traditional 6:30PM newscast? It appears NBC topped the ratings for this TV season. NBC's "Nightly News " topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9 million viewers (5.9, 12). ABC's "World News" was second with 8.1 million (5.6, 11) and the "CBS Evening News " had 6.2 million viewers (4.1, 8). The CBS viewership was up an average of 300,000 from Katie Couric's final week as anchor.



Iraq nationalizes the Iraq Petroleum Company……....Sally Priesand becomes the first female U.S. rabbi……..Angela Davis is found not guilty of murder………in Pennsylvania the unemployment rate hovers at around 5% which is considered very good for the rebuilding economy………and in Wilkes Barre plans are discussed to repair or restore areas of South Washington Street near city hall.. Some of the buildings are old and congregating places for crime and in 1972 this week the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Walkin’ In the Rain With the One I Love” by Love Unlimited. This was Barry White’s first foray into the world of top 40 music.


At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Fact is, if the unemployment rate does not go down to at least 7.9% Obama will not be reelected.
And as far as I can see, this is not possible as things stand now.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will depend on who he runs against and how bad they are as a candidate. Lesser or two evils and all that.

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Barry White was very good as Sue Ann Nevins on the Mary Tyler Moore show!

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud Raup's crime watch work but with a fundraiser or two she might have beat Tom Leighhton. Money is needed to dethrone the champ, not good intentions.

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave made an excellant point on Election night on TV. Leighton won but there were more people who voted against him than for him. Let's see if the GOP can unite. Most likely......NOT!!!!


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