Monday, March 05, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1971, March 5th, 2012

Rush Limbaugh might be sponsoring his own show by the end of this week. Rush's ice tea product line.

7 COME 11 !!!!!!!!!!!

The count is now up to 7. That’s the number of advertisers who have bailed on Rush Limbaugh. Pro mortgage lender Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom have all canceled their contracts because of Limbaugh’s remarks directed at Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. Just like after Jack Paar walked out on his talk show in the early 60s, you can bet people will be tuned in to Limbaugh tomorrow to hear his take on t. If he is not on the air, there will be major crap hitting the fan. In the aftermath of this, I’m wondering if he can sustain his show on Twoeth By Tea” his honey’s company. I’m also wondering how long she’s going to stick around too.


Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state’s Republican presidential caucuses Saturday night, his fourth campaign triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 Super Tuesday contests in all regions of the country. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul battled for second place, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth. Claiming his victory, Romney said in a statement that the win meant Washington state’s voters “do not want a Washington insider in the White House. They want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously. “


Once more, the saga of ineptitude in Luzerne County continues. The Times Leader revealed last week that the County might lose thousands of dollars in state reimbursements because an attorney, John Bellino did not obtain training required by the state. Bellino was a guardian ad litem The term ad litem refers to the appointment by a court of one party to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party for instance for a child or incapacitated adult who is deemed as not being able to represent themselves. In this particular case, Guardian ad litems are attorneys appointed by the court to represent children who are in the custody of Children and Youth Services to ensure their best interests are protected, independent of their parents’ interest.
President Judge Tom Burke, on Friday would not comment on why Bellino remained employed when the County could not get a reimbursement on the work he did. Bellino was paid $50,000 grand a year. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare reimburses Children and Youth 50 percent for guardian services. On July 1, 2011, the department no longer provided that funding for a guardian who did not obtain the training, which was mandated under an amendment to the state’s Adoption Act that went into effect last April. Bellino told the newspaper he did not obtain the training because he did not know he was required to take it. Belino was a guardian for 11 years and when the law changed requiring training, a few things appeared to have happened.
1. Bellino’s direct supervisors did not keep up with the amendment changes in a timely manner so he could get the training.
2. Bellino when informed of alternative training did not care enough about his job, his service to the Children & Youth Department or his $24.00 an hour job, or his flat $50,000 a year job to cancel his conflict and get his ass to training.
3. No one from C&Y, the Courts or anyone directly in charge prevailed on him to do so.
In a time when the County is in the red, when taxes have been raised, this is still another example of how things fall through the cracks. Mistakes can happen, I get that. I’ve made enough of them in my lifetime to build a mountain. But there has to be oversight, accountability and just plain common sense. On TV and here I have been calling for a systematic, employee/department audit to see if things could get better. Some will say, “how will we pay for that?” Government mindset is that a huge study like that will cost big bucks. It won’t. A team of managers/workers/citizen volunteers can look at each department objectively and get it done within a year. And I’m being generous here. Private business does it all the time. The added component here is this: reimbursement money might have been lost because once more in Luzerne county, no one was watching in the assigned department. I feel for Attorney Bellino a bit because he didn’t receive the proper guidance. But he should have taken the initiative to know the changes in the law too. And I’d bet that this is far from an isolated incident. The Dome is a big onion and right now the peeling process is just in its infancy. It’ll all get worse before it gets better.


It was revealed this week that the City of Wilkes Barre is over 75 million dollars in debt. The taxpayers are up in arms because that amount is so huge. Karen Ceppa who ran for Controller last year has been concerned about the amount and has been vociferous in the pitfalls of it. But voters put in political veteran Kathy Kane as Controller. Mayor Leighton says the debt stacked up is tax base sustaining. The debt comes from reinvestment in the city through the rebuilding of the downtown, Coal Street Park and the Intermodal System. Leighton says that these projects with separate funding streams other than taxpayer dollars are paying down the debt. Even though the number is big, that does make sense to me. Economics people are saying that Wilkes Barre has an aging population either dying off or getting the heck out of town and has a pretty sick economy (thanks Wilkes Barre Chamber for that one) and that’s the reason the debt might be dangerous. But for right now, we have to take the word of Tom Leighton because he was duly elected, took a lot of hits from his opponents and was trusted to run the city for another 4 years.


At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Lonesome Rhodes finally got hit in the pocketbook where it hurts!
The Slut is Rush.
Locally on Lulac the faux professor
also needs to be rained in a bit. His coments regarding Davey Jones were disgusting and out of line! Nowhere else have I read that Jones was a recovered alcoholic, but if true, recovered is the key word. As to his being a has been, the guy had a few peak years awhile back, but he has been working steady ever since with plenty of good bookings! The professors lack of empathy is well documented. His lack of Christian kindness is also clear. Maybe it was time for one of those Lulac edits which occur when anything
negative is said about WILK or its announcers? The guy is a sicko, Dave and if you cant get rid of him at least control his nasty ass comments about the recently departed!!!

Pete Cassidy

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Welcome back and I hope you all had a good weekend. Some of you, it would appear are not present today. I hope it is only the result of another hangover and not the vengeance of a bookie or pusher.

The business of this classroom goes forward....

I think we can all agree that the act of sexual harrassment is a vile one. Any woman who is placed in a compromising position which she does not want has every right to persue justice. Unfortunately, in the case of Mr. Limbaugh vs. Ms. Fluke, something different is occuring---and something very dangerous.
Ms. Fluke testified before a congressional panel as to her belief that government funded birth control is a right. Mr. Limbaugh, in his manner of satire and showmanship retorted on his daily program. And, of course, all hell has broken loose.
But, like the size of the fish that the fisherman claimed broke his reel, the tale is growing..and growing beyond reason.
Ms. Fluke is NOT being sexually harrassed by Mr. Limbaugh. She placed herself in a public forum and thereby makes herself fair game for any opposing views. Sexual harrassment is a person and private occurence. This entire circus has been played out in the media going over a weeks time.
Adding to the circus was the President of the U.S. personally phoning Ms. Fluke. If this does not ring "politics", nothing does.
The most dangerous thing that can occur in a free society is censorship---and the liberal pit bulls see a chance to permanently censor Rush Limbaugh for placing a sense of humor into an otherwise dire situation.
But, I must warn you---women have a responsibility in our society if they choose to be sexually promiscuous. I urge the females of this class to practice abstinence--not only for yourselves but for society in general. Day after day the unwed give birth to tax eaters via welfare and food stamps. Perhaps if your generation acted like fine young ladies, we would not be suffering from the massive debt that now clouds us.
But for those who are jumping for joy over the possible Waterloo of Rush Limbaugh I caution you. He will continue to thrive with his radio show. All of this, all of this class, is just a "fluke".
You may laugh....
Class Dismissed!!

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

Dear professor,

I must caution you on the dangers of lumping and insulting all members of my current generation with your gross generalities. We are the generation who your generation put to war since our days in high school... The generation who has never known paying under $1.50 for a gallon of gasoline... The generation who is just now in the process of starting families while trying to balance skyrocketing student loans, a crumbling housing market, and record unemployment thanks to the policies your generation has so graciously installed over the past 30 years.

We do not need lectures on abstinence from a generation of individuals who came to light during the baby boomer years. What we need are politicians who are willing to listen to our generation, a generation full of level headed, apoliticized, thinkers who have seen more devastation, destruction, suffering, and hardship than the generation in power now has in their 40-50 years of existence.

So as I started saying at the beginning of this response... please try not to lump us into a generalized group.... because one day we might decide that it's time for us to get ours and your generation might be left out in the cold.


A 28 year old former humble student and current practicing doctor of generation Y

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

I would like to retort the commentary by young Mr. Cassady in regards to my words on the passing of Davy Jones.

He states my comments were "disgusting and out of line". If you remember, youngster, I expressed my condolences to Mr. Jones's family and friends on their loss. I do not see the point of your vitriolic manner. Also, had you done your research you would know that Mr. Jones was arrested several years ago by the Pennsylvania State Police for drunk driving and had himself institued into an alcoholic rehabilitation program.
I do not know how many times I must repeat this, but DO YOUR RESEARCH! Otherwise, you make a fool of yourself and waste valuable classroom time. I hope that this is the last time I have to speak of Mr. Jones, but again, as I opened my last lecture, "I just can't seem to get away from him!"

Last point, please once again, spell your words correctly. Now, I understand that you may not wish to attend class anymore, that is your right. But, son, the proper word for your hope of having me 'rained' in, is REIGNED.

Young man, until you learn to properly spell, your papers will automatically receive a one-grade non curve.

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure who Limbaugh plays with more skill; his fans or his foes? He knew exactly what he was doing. I'm sure he knew it would, in the short term, cost him some sponsors. But, he will spin this around in his favor and emerge bigger and wealthier than ever. Some will never learn.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a recovered alcoholic.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. I realized it was reigned right as I pressed the button. Thanks too for calling a 63 year old a kid. And again youre right I didnt do proper research. But prof I remain a Man who is comfortable at this stage in my life as compared to one dealing with an all consuming bitterness. I didnt bother to punctuate. Sorry Old Fella and I do not expect or appreciate a grade!I think I got it said.


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You spelled Cassidy wrong. Good example of you superiority and attention to detail. No respect in spelling a guys name wrong or was it cleverly deliberate? I'm with Cassidy. You, Sir are an on-going obnoxious boil on the rear end of an otherwise fine read! Not sure what that says about Lulac?

At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is so quick to jump on the Rush bandwagon..but there are plenty of men out there doing exactly what Rush did and no one ever says a word!

At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cassidy vs. the Prof in a steel cage mental match. Tarone can moderate, Yonk will be in charge of getting the ring girls.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonkster, It is unbelievable how you can be so opinionated about things of which you have no knowledge or first hand experience. I've never met Atty. Bellino but I have read that he has 11 years experience and it has been my experience that when the sate mandates training for a position, people who have been functioning in that position for years have been grand fathered in. Apparently Bellino did not know that there would only be one training class nor did he expect he should not be grand fathered in till he did get the proper certification. You're making a big deal out of this when in truth, the county does not know if his explanation will be accepted by the state. In any case, you seem to enjoy the easy ride on the coattail of county corruption. Is it really necessary to go over the edge on this thing without giving Bellino a chance to resolve the problem? If he did screw up. let him do the same work and not accept the percentage that the state would have reimbursed.....50%. I think you are becoming a mean old man Yonk, cool it a bit. Hey, Rush is on a real role, today I heard him tell his audience that the companies that pulled their ads do not want their business. Now that's ballz!

At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Bluto said...

First, Prof. Crock, you can't spell either: it's "reined" in, like a horse. Sheesh.

Bellino, who apparently did little for his $50k, wasn't even full time. He also received appointments as a GAL in cases where he was paid by the parents.

At 1:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. 50 k for part time work. I'd take a test. Especially if I'm told about it.

At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot, one more thing, did anyone check to see if this joker Bellino got benefits? And how come when Yonk or Corbett or Andy Mehalschick, Joe Holden or the newspaper guys and gals, how come when someone like them call these sleazer balls on the county on all of this crap, they become the targets? Yonk writes something, he's a bitter old guy. Corbett broadcasts something, he's negative. We live in a moral shithole my friend, you have to call it as you see it.

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right about the W-B Chamber. How can these sophisticated business types invest millions in this theater project and years later have all this space still vacant. Don't you do studies to ensure that there will be a demand for the space you are developing?

Too often politicians and these chamber types are too quick to rush into these projects, all the time patting each other on the back while only pausing for photo ops.

Millions of government money and mostly vacant? And remember the other theater developer who wanted to invest in a new project on the west side with no tax dollars? It might have made sense to develop in W-B with the gov. money if it was done right. An intelligent mix of residential and commercial property. Not to be. Typical. Oh well, I'm sure someone made a lot of money.

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bellino is no longer an employee of Luzeerne County so let the celebrating begin. I guess you pri**s are happy now.

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Oh yes, I'm happy that a time-sever or two has left. Now let's get rid of the rest of them. There are plenty of competent people who will do a good job.

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

By the way, Bellino wasn't the only person who was getting paid from multiple directions in the courts. Hopefully the auditing that the T-L story seems to have sparked will lead to more. The courts are important, but they still are bloated.


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