The LuLac Edition #1653, June 23rd, 2011
Last night the President went on the air and announced he was going to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. This is a welcome relief to certain families that have troops serving there. The war in Afghanistan has lasted twice as long as WWII. That is a significant fact. Only 1 percent of the country is involved in the war effort, the warriors and the families left behind. On either side of the political spectrum there seems to be no passion on a yeah or a nay. The one positive aspect of the prolonged stay in the country is that we have not gotten bogged down in a war like the Soviets did. There is an intelligent exit strategy. Hopefully there will be a covert re-entry component if need be. That need of course being another terrorist attack coming out of that country. The President made the comment that there needs to be nation building, our own. More troop reductions are planned for the future but there will still be a presence kept in case there are conflicts in Pakistan.
Governor Tom Corbett and both his GOP controlled branches of the Legislature are doing a little or a lot of tinkering with the state budget. With the tax revenues increases there is a little extra money to play with. Right now the entities are just debating over semantics. You can be sure that the state party wants a budget on time. This is what Corbett and all the GOP campaigned on and this is a promise they want to keep. It will of course be in stark contrast to the Rendell budgets where the Eddster went 0 for 8 in getting a budget in on time. To put it in an analogy Ed would readily get, that would be like our mutual (me and Ed’s) Richie Ashburn going 0-4 in a twi night double header.
Who will be A.J. Munchak’s successor? The convicted minority Lackawanna County Commissioner resigned effective midnight Thursday June 23rd. The Lackawanna County Court En Banc will choose from 1 of three names to fill out the unexpired term. There are those that are saying the two GOP candidates for Commissioners Pat O’Malley or Bill Jones should get the nod. But that would give either an electoral jump and in effect put them on the same plane of long time former State Legislator Jim Wanscak and incumbent Corey O’Brien. If I were the GOP I’d submit the names of former Scranton Mayor Gene Peters or David Wenszel. Both men served with integrity and honor and might get a tad more respect than your average minority commissioner. Anyway, interviews are set for this Saturday morning.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
On the same day Bob Cordaro and A.J. Munchak were convicted former insurance mogul Brian Murray pleased no contest in an insurance fraud case. This “respected businessman” took people’s insurance premiums and never bought the insurance. I worked in Scranton in the 90s at Rock 107 and you wouldn’t believe the number of people who were willing to suck up to this guy. He smiled at ‘em while he was knifing them in the back. Not to condone it but with politicians at least you expect it.
ED’S ADVICE TO ANDY
Ed Rendell has urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift the moratorium on gas drilling in New York state. The moratorium has been a boon for Pennsylvania but Ed’s doing his part to make sure those drillers don’t move back to Texas. The Marcellus Drilling Newsletter reports, At the Manhattan Institute forum where we released our study, former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell stressed that it was important to "get it right" with regard to rules and regulations—but, at the end of the day, "If Gov. Cuomo asked me my advice about lifting the moratorium, I would tell him the moratorium should be lifted. There’s too much of an upside for New York state and too much of an upside for America." Gov. Cuomo, please give Ed Rendell a call.*
The next big trial in the LuLac area is going to be that of former State Senator Ray Musto. Musto’s trial was delayed a bit but you have to wonder what is going through his mind when he sees the Prosecution scorecard of two trial victories and no losses.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Shadoe Steele’s guest this week on “Saturday Night Live At the Oldies” this Saturday will be Scotty Crane, the son of Hogan’s Hero Star Bob Crane. Saturday Night Live at the Oldies can be heard every Saturday from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on top of the hour.
Tiffany’s Cloud’s guest this week on “Storm Politics” is Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith. Storm Politics can be seen on WYLN TV 35 on MON @ 9:00 PM • TUES @ 4:30 PM • WED @ 8:00 PM • THURS @ 9:30 PM • SAT @ 5 PM • SUN @ 11 PM.
This Week on Sunday Magazine June 26th Brian Hughes speaks with Andy Mehalshick from WBRE-TV’s “I Team” about the fallout from the Cordaro-Munchak corruption trial verdict, and what’s next in the ongoing federal corruption investigation.
Brian speaks with Charlie Hulsizer, the organizer of the 3rd annual PoconoDragLodge, coming up Saturday August 6th in Bear Creek. Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with attorney Michelle Quinn from HKQ Kids, about their annual bicycle helmet giveaway for kids on the Fourth of July at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on JR 93.7 & 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93, and 9:30am on WARM 590 AM.
While Hurricane Agnes causes havoc up and down the east coast, in the White House President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the C.I.A. to obstruct the F.B.I.'s investigation into the Watergate break-ins….in Pennsylvania Emergency Management sirens g off as flooding inundates Harrisburg as well as the Wyoming Valley…..in Wilkes Barre the raging Susquehanna goes over irts banks and floods the surrounding Willkes Baree Area. Communications are shut down and an emergency broadcast network is pieced together by then WMJW’s David DeCosmo. WILK AM, WBAX AM two city stations are knocked off the air. The network is used to pass on vital flood information to people affected y the disaster. Utilizing the transmitter of radio station WYZZ then located in the rolling Mill Hill section of the city. WBRE TV is also knocked off the air as their studios are flooded. The anchor teams are forced to broadcast from the transmitter site. And thirty nine years ago this week in LuLac land amidst all of the chaos, disaster, dirt, pain and suffering, ironically and fittingly the number 1 song was Bill Withers and “Lean On Me”.