Thursday, January 12, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1898, January 12th, 2012

Courtroom Scene from "Trial By Jury". Pick out the staff members if you can.

Attorney General candidate Patrick Murphy.

Mary Garm, David DeCosmo's guest this week on ECTV.

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Our Como-Phobia logo.


Luzerne County Young Democrats are holding a meeting at Rodano's Public Square Wilkes-Barre tonight to discus the upcoming Pennsylvania Primary Election. Candidates welcome to attend. For more information contact Young Democrats President Thomas Shubilla at 570-239-3432 or use the computer and e mail him Get there at 7pm and you'll be fine.


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All that said, “CASE DISMISSED!”


This Republican race for the White House is starting to remind me of the 1968 race. That was the year that Mitt Romney’s father flamed out before the primaries. The front runner who got no love or respect was Richard Nixon. The former Vice President was dubbed as a loser and someone who could not win in the fall. The left of the party wanted Nelson Rockefeller to run and after a much ballyhooed announcement, he turned it down. Only a month later did he change his mind and get back in. Nixon the liberals said was too old school. The conservatives thought he wasn’t “right”enough and shoved a California Governor named Reagan onto the national stage before he was ready. Nixon it turns out was the only logical alternative.
In 2012, Mitt Romney seems like a giant compared to the people he’s running against. Romney has plenty of money, has a message and looks the part. His opponents have not roughed him up yet but are certainly giving fodder to the Democrats in the fall. Ron Paul says that Romney will be a Bush conservative and run up deficits. Gingrich and Santoirum are using lines out of Wall Street protesters to attack capitalism. Who would ever think a fellow Republican would attack capitalism? Jon Huntsman pretty much shot his load in New Hampshire and can help Romney by being perceived as being too liberal. And Rick Perry has not gained any traction and continues to stumble. Like Bill Clinton, Romney’s best friends can be his worst enemies politically.
Romney goes to South Carolina with money and two wins in his arsenal. South Carolina can trip him up or be his affirmation. The troubling part about the Romney candidacy is that over 55% of voters in New Hampshire said that they weren’t excited about Romney as a nominee. I think the GOP wants to win so badly that they are afraid to give a total thumbs up to Mitt Romney. Romney, like Nixon in 1968 is not loved, revered or worshipped. Nor does he have the movie star glamour of an Obama. But if he continues to ploddingly win, build up majorities and campaign on a consistent message, maybe the stiff and mildly insincere businessman just might dim the lights on the Rock Star President. Romney characterized the Obama Presidency as a detour. Every election is a reaction to a previous one. Jimmy Carter’s “I’ll never lie to you” win was a reaction to the Nixon scandals and the Ford pardon. Reagan’s election was a reaction to the perception that Carter was a weak leader. Americans in 2012 might say, “Okay, we reacted to the Bush presidency of undeclared wars and paying for stuff with no thought on how to pay for them. We did our due diligence and hired a Democrat and a black one at that. Maybe this is a detour”. It’s a long way to the nomination and the General Election but Romney appears to be the grown up in the GOP field swatting at the gnats trying to infiltrate that perfect hair do.


When people run for Judge, we tend to treat them a tad differently than your run of the mill candidates. Even though they run the political gamut, attending picnics, events and dinners we allow them to talk about serving with integrity, honesty, honor and restoration of faith. We all ask them those questions. But it is apparent that maybe we should have asked some of these candidates who ran in ’11 about issues like “cooperation”, “taxpayer concerns” and “team players”. County Controller Walter Griffith has stated publicly that all department heads should meet with the Interim Manager about new hires when the county is in so much debt. Interim Chief Tom Pribula expressed disappointment on TV the other night with the lack of cooperation by some departments. Pribula said he also advised all departments to stop hiring new employees until the 2012 budget is finalized. But according to my sources, Tom Burke is starting to fill jobs up on the third floor and has made no move to eliminate or consolidate others. This week 6 secretaries to the Judges were hired as well as ten law clerks. Some of these newly elected Judges shared a secretary in their firms. And in other states, a law clerk is not paid a salary but is indeed a law student studying under a Judge. Look, the new Judges are entitled to staffs but if every County department is being asked to bite the bullet, why not the Courts? And even though there has been a huge backlog, what’s the rush? Also, what about pooling resources in tough times? Next time there’s a campaign for Judge, after we hear the obvious platitudes, we should ask some house keeping questions or ask the prospective jurist if they will be part of the County team or just a perpetuation of the problem?


I don’t understand some of these tax payers screaming at Rick Morelli Tuesday night at the County Council meeting. Morelli last week revealed what everybody in the county pretty much knew, that three non female, non Hispanic white guys were being considered for the Manager’s Job. Morelli said the names should be released, he was voted down and then when asked after the meeting who they were, Morelli pointed the reporters in the right direction. Morelli has been out in front in the media from day 1 ever since the idea of a county council was formed. What is the big shock that he talked to the press? He isn’t the Chairman or the Vice Chairman. He was asked a question and was not bound by an oath of secrecy. Surely there are more important questions to be asked of Council members regarding where this budget is going to be cut and how the county will function. Morelli did something he has always done, citizens slapping their foreheads in indignation and surprise isn’t getting us anywhere.


So Doug Richards who is a convicted felon and a former Human Resources person for Luzerne County was “not a high ranking official”. He got paid in the bhigh 70s and sifted through all the resumes under the dome. Yet his defense attorney, Bill Ruzzo is asking a three judge appellate panel to throw out the sentencing by Federal Judge James Munley. Ruzzo says Richard as not high ranking but had to go through layers to hire and fire people. Ruzzo said that the sentencing guidelines caused Munley to impose a heftier sentence on Richards. A crime is a crime is a crime. I can just see a pot dealer using this line of defense, “Hey Judge, I wasn’t a big shot here man!” Jesus.


Patrick Murphy is running for Attorney General. An important component for an eastern Pennsylvania candidate is to line up support in the Western part of the state. Murphy has gotten some heavy lift from Western Pennsylvania politicos that can only help him in his run for AG.
TODAY, Allegheny County’s top political and labor leaders endorsed former prosecutor and Iraq war veteran Patrick Murphy for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, veteran U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, President and Business Manager for Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania Philip Ameris, State Senator Wayne Fontana, State Rep. Dan Frankel, State Rep. Dan Deasy, State Rep. Matt Smith, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, Pittsburgh City Controller Mike Lamb, Pittsburgh Councilmen Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Connor highlighted Murphy's experience as a combat veteran and prosecutor in explaining why they believe he gives Democrats the best chance to win in Western Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth.
"One thing I have learned about Patrick over the last few years, is that he is a tireless worker. He comes from a working-class background. He's one of us in Western Pennsylvania, with good blue-collar roots, who has served our country with distinction. He is truly a hero to go out and keep the rest of us free," said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "We have a man here who has integrity...and we respect that here in Western Pennsylvania."
In a statement, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle wrote, "Patrick was someone who immediately established a reputation for fighting on behalf of working families to protect them from the abuses that cost so many their homes or their jobs. He’s a blue collar guy who never forgot his roots, something we can appreciate here in Pittsburgh. He is a man of courage, passion and conviction and I know I can trust him in this very important office to do the right thing for all Pennsylvanians. That is why I support him for Attorney General."


I always like Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. When he was Chairman of the Republican party, I always liked his straight shooter style. But the sheer number of pardon he gave to criminals (over 200) was way out of line. Some of the people he pardoned were murderers too. What was the guy thinking? Obviously he was colored by the fact that prison trustees worked in the Governor’s mansion. He also has signaled that he has no ambitions to be Vice President or have a serious role in a future GOP administration. I know in my heart people, even killers need a second chance to redeem themselves. But my head says that there are murder victims in their graves while these “pardoned” individuals are on the sunny side of the earth. If I can think of something like that, why can’t Haley Barbour! This is a disgrace. (Note: Judges in the state are now looking into the pardons that were granted).



On WYLN TV 35's "Storm Politics", a special week IN HONOR of our returned Iraq War Veterans...You may know him as Mayor Dane Watro of McAdoo...but prior to this, he served in Iraq and was on the team that guarded Sadaam Hussein. Hear his story, and this week on Storm Politics, only on WYLN TV. Additional airs: Th 930p, Sat 5p, Sun 11a; Mon 830p, Tues 930p.


This week on Saturday Night Live at the Oldies, WILK’s Shadoe Steele hosts The Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson. Saturday Night Live at the Oldies can be heard from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on top of the hour.


ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Mary Garm of the Lackawanna County Library System during the week of January 16th -22nd. The trio will discuss a Children's Library program to mark Chinese New Year which
officially begins on January 23rd, They'll also be outlining plans for the Library's "Cabin Fever program" and other activities scheduled for the Library System
during the coming year. ECTV is presented each day at Noon and Midnight on Comcast Ch19 in the greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area will additional showings at 6pm on selected dates. ECTV Live highlights events, activities, and organizations that are designed to improve the quality of life in the area and are
presented free of charge to the general public.


WILK slipped a little bit in the latest ratings. The full Fall ratings came out earlier this week and WILK lost some audience. It fell from a 6.1 in the summer (12+) to a 5.0. That’s its lowest M-F number since the FM was born. From what I see, Most of the erosion went to The Talker. It went from a 1.0 to
a 1.8. The significant thing here though is that the decrease came in a season fall which featured a hot, local election – in which local talk radio usually booms. All of that said, radio ratings run in cycles, and you can get too high or too low. I’m sure there will be a rebound in the future. When I worked at Rock 107 in the nineties, 107 was # 1 in the important 25 to 54 demographic beating out KRZ and Magic 93. My sales manager at the time was momentarily happy but then got gloomy. When I asked him why he said, “We’re bound to go down”. And they did. Then were back up. But this drop in a busy election season is significant.
Here’s a link:


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Mollie Marti, author of the book “Walking With Justice”, about the life and times of her mentor, the late Luzerne County Federal Judge Max Rosenn. Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Michelle West from Leadership Wilkes Barre about a supply drive to benefit the Blue Chip Animal farm. And Brian speaks with Tara Reynolds from MassMutual about the small business outlook for 2012, and what small business owners should do to plan for the future.
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.


Tony Blankley, a conservative author and commentator who served as press secretary to Newt Gingrich during the 1990s, when Republicans took control of Congress, has died. He was 63. Blankley was a regular in the 90s on “This Week With David Brinkley” explaining the policies of the Gingrich Revolution. Blankley had been suffering from stomach cancer. In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections. Earlier, Blankley spent six years in the Reagan administration in a variety of positions, including speechwriter and senior policy analyst. From 2002 to 2007, he served as editorial page editor of The Washington Times. In recent years, he also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and provided political commentary for CNN, NBC and NPR. He was also a regular panelist on "The McLaughlin Group." He was the author of two books and a visiting senior fellow in national security communications at the Heritage Foundation. Born in London, Blankley moved to California with his parents as a child and became a naturalized American citizen. He worked as a child actor in the 1950s, appearing in such TV shows as "Lassie" and "Highway Patrol" and playing Rod Steiger's son in the movie "The Harder They Fall."



The Philadelphia Inquirer says Specter was asked in a Tuesday meeting with the Inquirer editorial board whether Clinton should replace Vice President Joe Biden as Obama's running mate. The paper says Specter called that "the second-best alternative." He continued "A better alternative is to make Hillary the nominee. As long as we're talking about dumping, let's go to the core problem." Asked if he was serious that Democrats should dump Obama, Specter said he wasn't getting involved in what he called "that selection problem." And the Republican-turned-Democrat said Obama should keep Biden, whom he called "a very effective voice" for the administration.


Pennsylvanians seeking food stamps will soon have to A Pennsylvania newspaper says former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has suggested that Democrats think about supporting Hillary Clinton rather than Barack Obama for president in 2012. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the asset test slated to take effect May 1 would bar anyone under 60 from receiving food stamps if they have more than $2,000 in savings or similar assets. The limit would be $3,250 for anyone over 60. Houses and retirement benefits would be exempt but second cars with a value over $4,650 would count. The Department of Public Welfare tells the Inquirer the new policy will prevent someone from taking benefits if they have their own resources. Critics say the new test hurts seniors and the newly unemployed while making it harder for the working poor to save enough to escape poverty.


The Doors' self-titled debut album is released………Charlie Chaplin launches his last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, in the UK........USMC and ARVN troops launch Operation Deck house Five in the Mekong River Delta.....Operation Cedar Falls starts. Segregationist Lester Maddox is sworn in as Governor of Georgia....Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to use cryonics to be preserved with the intent of future resuscitation.........In Pennsylvania, incoming Governor Raymond Shafer and his Ltn. Governor Raymond Broderick tour the Capitol meeting with Legislative leaders. GOP Speaker Ken Lee and Senate leader Robert Flemming… Scranton Mayor James Walsh beefs up the police department with 5 new hires. The patrolmen were sworn in during a ceremony in the Mayor’s office and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron” which was a holdover from the 1966 December top ten.

COMO PHOBIA (Be not afraid!)

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COMO PHOBIA is our latest, newest LuLac feature.


At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding WILK Rating Drop - I'm of the opinion, when a radio station is 99.9 per cent talk, that over time, the talk show hosts and the people who call in become stale and redundant. As an avid listener, to the WILK talk shows, I'm finding more and more this to be happening. Hosts trying to dig up a subject that can fire up the listening audience, and a listening audience where you get the same people calling in. After a while this gets to be very boring and holding the listener's interest becomes more difficult. You can almost count the regular callers on Sue Henry's and Steve Corbet's shows on your fingers, and for the most part, it's the same people doing the calling time and time again. Maybe a clean sweep every so often of talk show hosts could be in order to keep it fresh with different perspectives being offered.
Just a thought.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen on Morelli! I was at the meeting and noticed that all the people attacking this man were from the same click whose candidates were opposed to releasing names.

Attacking Morelli for being honest and open with the public made these people look like a bunch of hypocrites!

There are clearly certain majorites being formed on this new council, and Morelli just proved that you don't have to be in the majority to have a strong voice!

At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Mr. Yonki,
Nothing you have previously submitted (all B to A+ papers) could have prepared me for your clarity and eloquence of thought on your above posting {Posting Policy}.
I only wish that others could express the maturity you possess. I shall be happy to provide many more lectures in the future on a degree of subjects and will be more than agreeable as to reading opposing viewpoints.
Again, an outstanding paper--and because you included a photograph of Perry Como--well, my lad, you get an A+!!
Class Dismissed!!!!!!

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 11:07. WILK is VERY predictible. Sue is depressed and down; Corbett is angry and hateful and the morning show sounds like a frat house pushing the Friday Kegger.
I think the hosts should study the best, Rush, and get off of all the sullen and angry talk and most importantly stop begging for callers. The callers are not what is interesting about talk radio; a good host is what is interesting. How often must listeners suffer dick from dallas, kurt from scranton or that woman from harvey's lake?
corbett is the most predictible. if there are no calls he begs, if still no calls he tries to shame the listeners, if that doesn't light up the lines, he brings up ilegal immirgation, if that still doesn't do it then he drags out abortion.
it isn't their opinions; it is just that they are not real radio pros with real talent for sustainability. the talker is eroding with NO local shows. if they went head to head with talented local host driven programing; wilk's rating would drop further.
there i didn't talk about anyone's appearance.

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect , Burke and the judiciary did cut back with hiring. Newly elected judges were NOT permitted to hire a tip staff. Furthermore the new clerks and secretaries took pay cuts compared to what someone in the same role would have made a year ago. You can NOT ask a judge to share clerks and secretaries. Thousands of cases go through a judges chambers each year. Furthermore the concept of confidentiality exists. The Court and judges staffs have been cut back. This is a moot point. And without a local law school law students are not available for fall and winter months to dedicate entire semesters to serving as "free clerks". Even in big cities that just does not happen. The Aba Does NOT allow law students to work more than 20 hours a week while attending law school. Again such an argument is a moot point.

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting and on target 11:07.
I heard poor Sue Henry begging for a call the other day. Corbett seems to have no problem in the lag times by simply talking on and on himself which he seems to enjoy.
Stats from long ago said that less than 2% of the population will call
so of course they call again and again. Also 12 plus ratings are misleading. Can you imagine a 13 year old girl ever listening or calling? Bottom line is that the format does become boring and the house needs clearing out from time to time. Does anyone miss Kevin Lynn or his "friend" Fred Williams? I wonder how the morning ratings look with Webster and Nancy? My guess is that Mrs Henry has the lowest totals locally. I find her show boring, but I am not her target audience. Corbett serves a purpose only when he bites into a local story that might otherwise have been overlooked and he can be very good at that. I believe local talk radio is important and support WILK for that reason. Sometimes it aint good, but its the best weve got by far.

Pete Cassidy

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair Pete it is only the best because it is the only game in town.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin has vanished, so has Cain, ditto for Bachman, Perry too for all intents. Aint it great? Now if the Kardashians would just go away
along with Beyonce and Chaz Bono(whose Mom is missing too) we'd be all set! Oh, I forgot the about the Professor, but he is local and very insignificant to all but himself kind of like the Kevin Lynn of Lulac. The list could go on...

Carey Ave Jack

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pribula was hired. Council hired Urban's secretary to be the council clerk. Petrilla's Secretary and Cooney's secretary were hired by Pribula to oversee the time clocks. Solicitors were hired in the solicitor's office. DA Salavantis appointed her top assistants. Pribula appointed interim managers for all the row offices. Fourteen people were furloughed in the Courts. But the only thing that makes news is the hiring of staff by the Judges. Interesting!!

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

The Kevin Lynn of Lulac! Thats great because it is accurate and probably considered really insulting by both pompous asses!

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well don't expect any negatives on pribula here on lulac.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend years ago was the recording engineer on a Perry Como session. He was astounded with Comos foul mouth. Said the SOB swore like a sailor.Not exactly the image we came to know. Best pure vocalist I ever heard at the studio over 15 years was Andy Williams. His voice cut right thru and he did it with ease as if he were just talking. Como was like that too. No effort, it just flowed.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are plenty of blogs out there but you won’t find one that is pretty much superior to all the others in content, format, originality, style, institutional knowledge and creativity.

Wow Yonki, you have a great opinion on yerself there don't ya fella?

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The LuLac Edition #1898, January 12th, 2012":

WILK's local offerings are distinctly sub-par compared to what's on The Talker at any given point in the day.
Morning drive got a better personality with Webster over Kevin Lynn, but it is basically competing with Imus for the same demographic in talk. They moved away from local issues to talk more about national and "offbeat" stuff, so they are doing the same type of material as Imus.
You have two hosts with no deep connection to the WB/Scranton metro area, both being from "Up Da Line", so it is understandable that they don't want to get into depth about Luzerne County specifically, which I'm sure makes up the bulk of their listening audience. I'm more entertained by that show now that Webster's there, but there is no local connection at all.
Sue Henry is a nice person,(edited)
Steve Corbett does local news which is good, but he's, well, he's Steve Corbett. (edited)

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have two hosts with no deep connection to the WB/Scranton metro area, both being from "Up Da Line", so it is understandable that they don't want to get into depth about Luzerne County specifically..

HHey, that's just plain wrong. Nancy Kman was a reporter for years in the Wilkes Barre area and Webster did s many remotes in the Wilkes Barre area he could;ve become a cab driver!!

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 5:27PM: You can't even imagine........

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broderick Crawford was great, 10-4.

I was wondering what became of the esteemed Lt General who promised a return visit. Most likely backed out, huh? I dont think I could of stood both the General and the Professor for long.

Perry Como was good too.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey komotion - you are beginning to sound bitter about the one that got away.

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WILK's drop is not surprising. A show called "the morning news" shouldn't be doing second rate comedy bits and a weekly promotion of beer guzzling. Whether you loved or hated Kevin Lynn, he usually was up to speed on local issues and could expound on them. Next is the sue henry snooze fest. This seems to exist only to produce the inane Comment Line, wherein callers leave their opinions, sometime incoherently, and there is no rebuttal, agreement or comment on the commenters. Then we are treated to the Steve corbett rant in the aafternoon. The fewer the callers, the more shrill the host. Honestly, if it weren't for Michael Savage, there would be nothing worth listening to on WILK.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAMN 9:43 ... You are Sooooooooo right!

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as wilk goes, all you have to do is look at the lack of local sponsrs and the laying off of low paid employees to realize that they are not viable as a stand alone entity. (edited)

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the edit, I didnt mention appearance? If you are going to set rules for us and we follow them,then why edit? This is a serious inquiry.

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you aren't going to allow an open and free discussion about WILK then why don't you just stop mentioning them? If the above poster followed your rules, then honestly why did you edit it? Either allow dialogue or don't.


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