Thursday, November 17, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1838, November 17th, 2011

TOOMEY OFFICE QUILT EVENT: POSTPONED. (First story in today's LuLac edition).

Pa. Health Access Coordinator Athena Ford.

Incoming Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and WYLN TV 35's Tiffany Cloud.

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Help us deliver our massive 'Keep Pennsylvania Covered' quilt to Pat Toomey's Scranton office. This is a critical time. Important safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid could be cut by a Congressional Super Committee that Pat Toomey sits on. Put the pressure on Toomey. Show him and the media that Pennsylvania supports Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Join us for this important action!
Outside his office on Tuesday, November 22nd @ 12:00 Noon
(Meet at corner of Adams Ave and Spruce in Scranton a few minutes before 12 noon)
RSVP today!! Email Athena at or click here to RSVP.
If you have questions, feel free to call Athena at 267-257-6968 or email at


Who goes bankrupt? Is it the guy trying to keep up with his better connected and better funded buddies? Is it the woman trying to pay off her college debts as she goes after another Masters degree in pursuit of better money in her career? Is it the boomer mom and dad that are spending their 60 something years raising their grand children because their own kids were clueless as to birth control? Is it the widower or widow that overreaches at the new gaming casinos and just lets the plastic get out of control? Yes there are a few cases like this in bankruptcy court. But the number one reason for bankruptcy in this country is health care. The great American middle is the number 1 group that has to declare bankruptcy due to a catastrophic health care event. They have medical cards but they aren’t access cards that you get on welfare. These individuals have Humana, Blue Cross, Aetna and other insurance plans that they pay monthly premiums for. These people have co pays that are needed to be paid. In some cases, they get by and live to work and fight another day. But in most cases, an individual or a family has to declare bankruptcy in order to survive. In this country where billionaires and the so called job creators are sanctified, these hard working people are told, go broke. Or die. That is a disgrace.



The Congress finally got off its rear and passed a tax cut bill for businesses to hire veterans. Here’s what the President had to say about this:
I want to congratulate Republicans and Democrats in Congress for coming together to pass these tax credits that will encourage businesses to hire America’s veterans. No veteran who fought for our country should have to fight for a job when they come home. That’s why I proposed these tax credits back in August, and I look forward to signing them into law. This is a good first step, but it is only a step. Congress needs to pass the rest of my American Jobs Act so that we can create jobs and put money in the pockets of the middle class.


What: NEPA Forum on Illegal Immigration
When: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Where: Wilkes University Henry Student Center
Ballroom, 2nd Floor
84 W. South St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. Parking: Free, in rear of student center
You are cordially invited to attend the NEPA Forum on Illegal Immigration.
Congressman Lou Barletta and nationally known activist and former INS agent Michael Cutler will be speaking. A question and answer session will follow our distinguished guests' presentations. Congressman Barletta was perhaps the first local elected official in the nation to enact ordinances to protect his constituents against illegal immigration while Mayor of Hazleton, PA. As a newly elected Congressman, his first bill aimed at cutting federal funding to communities that provide sanctuary to illegal aliens.
Michael Cutler spent 30 years in various capacities with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now I.C.E.). Now retired, he is a much sought after expert on the issue of illegal immigration, frequently appearing on national programs such as the O'Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs and countless others. Cutler has also testified before numerous Congressional committees on the subject. The forum promises to be educational and is expected to span approximately 90 minutes. Program and parking are free to the public. For more details or to participate in the forum, please contact Brian McElwee at or 570-852-3942.



This week Tiffany Cloud welcomes the 29 year old history maker herself, incoming Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis. Salavantis will talk about her approach to the new job she was elected to on November 8th. This is a return bout with Tiffany Cloud. Cloud had her on “Storm Politics” back in the early summer. A side note here, Tiffany Cloud has advised two young candidates two years in a row on their uphill battles against entrenched incumbents. Tarah Toohill in 2010 and Stefanie Salavantis in 2012. Who will be the 2012 Cloud entry into upset politics? Tune in to Storm Politics on WYLN TV 35. Broadcast times are: THURS @ 9:30 PM • SAT @ 5 PM • SUN @ 11 PM, MON @ 9:00 PM • TUES @ 4:30 PM.


This week Shadoe Steele welcomes Samantha Sang who had the big hit “Emotion” in 1980. Saturday Night Live at the Oldies can be heard on WILK AM 910, 980, 1300 and FM 103.1 every Saturday from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour.


Greg Betti of Lackawanna County's Drug & Alcohol Council will join ECTV Live Hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo during the week of November 21st. He'll be talking about the county's annual holiday effort to reduce drunk driving accidents between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Operation Safe Ride provides free taxi rides from taverns to home for patrons who realize they may have had too much to drink! ECTV Live is seen on Comcast Ch19 each day at Noon and Midnight.


This Weekend on Sunday Magazine:
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr Jeffrey Burke about nutrition concerns for senior citizens, and the 5 signs your elderly parent, friend or neighbor may not be getting enough nutrients in their diet And Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Dr. Joe Leonardi about the growing problem of childhood obesity. 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.


On the Vietnam War: front, the United States loses its first B-52 Stratofortress of the war….President Nixon ASKS FOR THE RESIGNATIONS OF EVERY Cabinet member and promises a restructuring of the U.S. government for his second term…….in Pennsylvania Senators Hugh Scott and Richard Schweiker are named to the planning committee for the 1973 Nixon inaugural…….and in Scranton Mayor Gene Peters presents a balanced budget and no new tax increases as he anticipates running for another term as Mayor of Scranton in 1973….and in LuLac land and America the number 1 was “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash.


At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 22 bills in the Senate waiting for action and deliberation. Ask Harry R. why there is no action!

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Nobody asked me, but many people believed that Bob Marley wrote Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now". Actually Nash was backed up by Marley's group, "The Wailers" on the record.
Marley actually did compose Nash's only followup hit, "Stir it UP".
Many credit the POLICE for bring forms of reggae to top ten radio, but it was actually Johnny Nash eight years earlier.
Nuff Said.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct. Nash even signed Marley to his JAD Record Label early on. It didnt work out. Nash looked like a sure shot for stardom but that didnt work out either. Marley on the other hand rose to International SuperStardom.

Yonks choice of Music is often interesting and sometimes unexpected.
"Today's topical tune from LuLacLand" is, I think the Weavers version of Brother Can You Spare A Dime? The lyricist is Yip Harburg who also wrote Over the Rainbow. The guy covered both ends of the positive-negative field in words didnt he? Great lyricist.
One of the Weavers, upper left, is Pete Seeger, who wrote a couple pretty significant pieces himself.


At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is health care so expensive?

1) It takes money, testing, studies, money, 1000's of regulations, dozens of bureaucracies to navigate before anything makes it to market.

2) The time it takes to run the gauntlet during product development.

3) Successful products MUST pay for the unsuccessful products (inherent RISK).

4) Profits must also cover the bastard lawyers and charlatans.

5) We cannot purchase insurance across state lines.

6) Medicare/Medicaid sets the limits it will pay.

7) No one promotes or discounts for proactive and preventive medicine.

8) Doctors are indoctrinated by big pharma and establishment medical organizations from the moment they step on campus.

9) Non Profit disease organizations have no incentive to find a cure.

10) Bankruptcy need not be the only recourse.

No, I don't have a workable solution, yet.

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of asking Harry R why Senate Bills are stuck, Ask Mitch McConnell why he stymies every Bill offered by the Democrats. Ask Mitch McConnell why he said his ONLY job is to see that Obama does not get reelected. Ask Mitch why his ONLY job is to not get Bills passed that put America back to work. Ask Mitch why it is important to not tax the 1% but OK to cut Social Security and Medicare? You my friend are one of the blind 99% who fight to protect the 1%. As it was sung in the Wizard of OZ, if I only had a brain.

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:24............. BRAVO! You put that jerk right in his place. The problem in America today is the Party of No led by Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel. It is so refreshing to read that there is another person who sees through the BS.

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was gonna post this: 3 babes in this issue Yonk - consistency I like.

but then read: "Ask Mitch why his ONLY job is to not get Bills passed that put America back to work." Maybe because they won't?
Unless of course you know something we don't.

Ask Mitch why it is important to not tax the 1% but OK to cut Social Security and Medicare?

NOT cutting those. Nothing happens to those already enrolled - but the new kids will have their enrollment date extended. Hell, I'm willing to agree to that IF I have enough time to figure the difference in my financial plans and prepare.

You my friend are one of the blind 99% who fight to protect the 1%.

Back away from the kool-aid before you try and block the Market Street Bridge and get your @ss run over by my Malibu on my way home.

If the 99% worked a phone bank and supported their candidate I might be more understanding.

More babes Dave.

At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it is the old hurray for me and to hell for you. As long as the current seniors are left alone, let's screw the young folks. I love the way people who sit on their asses in an office have no problem raising the age of Soc Sec retirement. The desk jockeys don't have to work with their backs, for the most part, once these people hit 50, they can't even do a sit up let along do physical work for a living. With the middle class disappearing and decent jobs disappearing, I do fear for my children and grand children. Why would I think they will have it better than I do or did when they don't have jobs? NO! It is not OK to increase the working age because modern day medicine allows us to live longer but not better. The future generations will need Soc Sec and Medicare even more than the current seniors so step back from your support of the 1% and stand for the 99%

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will ignore your overall vitriol and address the following:

"It is not OK to increase the working age "...

Do you know any other fiscally responsible way to keep the program working? I don't - unless we cut benefits or increase what we take from your wages, which I know you (extrapolate from your postulates) are against.

"because modern day medicine allows us to live longer but not better."

Again, a better life takes much more than a pill or a procedure. It takes planning - which assumes a plan. Most of the folks I know plan for stuff. All they expect is a reasonable heads up about things.

We all got screwed by the tech bubble, the housing bubble and the banking mess. The signs were there but they were buried by the very people we look to for answers - the media! The info-babes took over because we were thought to be too ignorant to understand how complicated things are but loved those mammaries.

Watch out for the student loan bubble and the money bubble (inflation).

Try this - Watch an hour of Neil Cavuto on FBN then an hour of any other money program of your choice.

Why Cavuto? Because 1) he's on that "hated" Fox network and 2) he has a business background.

How about you? What are you doing to make your life better?

Here's a hint: NOBODY cares what kind of life you have. Its yours for the making. Surround yourself with folks you care about and care about you. Do something to move yourself and them forward.
Lose the vampires - and that includes anyone who doesn't share your goals or direction - this is NOT A TIME TO PRACTICE DIVERSITY or troll blogs hoping to convince any percentage that the remaining percentage is responsible for them. Vote your beliefs.

Once you have confidence in your future you may be amazed how easily helping those less fortunate and truly in need can be.

I wish you the best (in your endeavors). @ Yonk.

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The eligible age to collect social security and the age one chooses to retire dont have to be the same. The freeloader entitlement folks dont want you to be in control of your own destiny. Social security is supposed to be supplemental.


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