Sunday, March 11, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1978, March 11th, 2012

PHAN Conference information.


While Sleep Train Mattress Center became the first major advertiser to drop Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated show last Friday March 2, the chain did an about-face and decided it wants to be in bed with the talkie, after all. But according to a story in today’s Sacramento Bee, Rush has rejected its offer to resume advertising, with Limbaugh as a paid on-air spokesman. Sleep Train’s original decision came in the wake of intense consumer pressure after Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" over her stance on health insurance coverage for contraception.
The Bee reports that the Sacramento-based mattress retailer’s decision to drop its spots was especially noteworthy because Limbaugh and Sleep Train CEO Dale Carlsen have known each other since the 1980s, when it was a small company and Limbaugh was on-air in the market’s KFBK (1530 AM). But the rift deepened Thursday March 8, perhaps for the long term. Limbaugh spokesman Brian Glicklich sent Carlsen an email rejecting Sleep Train's efforts to make peace: "Rush received your requests personally," said his email, which was released to the media. "Unfortunately, your public comments were not well received by our audience, and did not accurately portray either Rush Limbaugh's character or the intent of his remarks. Thus, Rush will be unable to endorse Sleep Train in the future. Rush appreciates your long friendship and past support, and we wish you good luck in the future." Limbaugh said on-air this week that two of his fleeing sponsors have asked to return, adding, "One of them is practically begging to come back. Everything is fine on the business side." Sleep Train, meanwhile, is apparently trying to lay low. Its Facebook page noted Thursday: "Out of respect for fans who do not wish to be part of the Rush Limbaugh discourse, we are turning posts off." (That message vanished an hour later.)


The Times Leader reports that despite appeals regarding his health and that of his wife, statements from three Russian Orthodox clerics, and mention of his own plans to earn a doctor of theology, local engineer Michael J. Pasonick was sentenced to one year prison, a $250,0000 fine and two years probation on federal charges he bribed a school board official. He has also been implicated, but not charged, in bribery cases involving other public officials found guilty of corruption, including former Lackawanna County majority commissioners Robert Cordaro and A.J.Munchak. Pasonick had asked for a delay in the start of his sentence so that he could finish his degree in Theology. That decision is pending.


People who knew him were stunned. People who met him only once were saddened at the news that 32 year old Republican activist P.J. Stebbins passed away the other day. Stebbins was involved in youth coaching and was a vociferous supporter of all things GOP on a national, state and local level. The sad part about his death is that there was just so much potential lying ahead of him. He will always be remembered, kind of frozen in time at his young age. But that is little consolation to all of us on the political scene. He will be missed.


State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, is seeking World War II and Korean War veterans from the 121st Legislative District to be recognized at an awards ceremony slated for March 24 at Leo E. Solomon Junior High School in Plains Township. Those interested in participating can register at his office by calling 570-825-5934 by March 12. The office is seeking veterans from Wilkes-Barre, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships, Ashley Borough and the Newtown section of Hanover Township. Unfortunately, this is only limited to veterans in Eddie’s district. If you served and once lived in Wilkes Barre, and you moved, you’re out of luck. But Pashinski’s top guy Jack McNulty told me that other State Reps sometimes have these programs too so keep an eye out.


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At 7:08 AM, Blogger Better Life Seminars said...

I was both shocked and saddened when I learned the news about PJ. Heaven has received a new angel this week. I met P.J. when I was running for Congress. He saw me out getting signatures in a snow storm and immediately helped me canvas the neighborhood. He continued to assist me on my campaign and together we knocked on plenty of doors. His warmth and kindness were apparent on our first meeting and every time we had seen each other. I was blessed to call him a friend and honored he considered me the same. He was a good man through and through and my heart is heavy because I can honestly say that the world is a little worse place without him.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An active man or woman at that age who is taken from us is something to be regreted. Regardless of political beliefs, our country needs activist from all sides.

On another note, it seems to me that this effort to honor our veterans is a slap to Vietnam vets who it seems continue to be ignored. Desert Storm, Iraq and Afganistan vets apparently do not deserve recognition yet. As a Vietnam era vet, I appreciate the effort to honor vets but I strongly feel that to single out some vets and ignore others is a mistake. Perhaps Eddy can look to WWII and Korean vets to keep him in office and we the second class vets can look to other represeentation.

Rush Limbaugh needs to eat a little humble pie. He should be of the air and allowed to think about his comments. Imus made a comment that isn't even close to being in the league of the Limbaugh comments and then Limbaugh carried on for several days about it. I am disgusted that our local WILK chose to ignore it with the exception of Sue Henry who first defended the comments by insisting that the young woman was not a student but rather a practicing attorney who was a plant. She has yet to apoligize for her attitude but that is typical of Sue Henry. Personally, I will not listen to her nor Rush Limbaugh again. I'm not sure how I will personally react to WILK but for now, I only listen to bits and pieces of Corbett.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr President,
I voted for you, Sir. So did my wife. She bought the whole line of crap! I just thought you were a better choice. I'm still given' ya a chance. She's pretty much let down, but that has to do with expectations. I was wonderin' if you might be open to a suggestion, Sir. Based on World History, Regional History, U.S. History and recent events, I think its time to just get us the f--- out of Afghanifstan. What do ya say, Sir? Sometimes nobody wins. And what is there to win in the end?

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, I read that young man's obituary in the newspaper. It was shall we say unique. It was also one written in grief and obvious love for the man and his personality. I grant that in awful times, families have every right to say what they want about a loved one. I think it gives an insight into what the person was about. So with all that, I have to tell you that your short piece on P.J. Stebbins gave him the dignity his passing deserved. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I'm glad you chose to write your own instead of copying and pasting what everyone else read. As always, you are a class act.

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

Hey 2:51 PM: That isn't even the half f it regarding Pashinski's good salute to the Veterans. I understand there are a few Vets who used to live in his district all their lives and now because of the fact that they are elderly and in nursing homes outside his district, I understand he's not letting those people come. Jeez. That's really bad.

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that both Yonki and Gort had nice tributes to a young man taken from us before his time.

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid to not simply say All Vets!
Vietnam Vets are used to it by now
and nobody ever noticed the Korean War Vets. A Politicians grab for attention often includes the Vets.
Most politicians theses days have no military experience or experience serving anyone but themselves!

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think a jr. High cafeteria is a pitiful choice to honor veterans of our generation. What about the Kingston darmory, The VA or many our dying Posts. Pathetically politically motivated Pashinski!


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