Friday, March 23, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1995, March 23rd, 2012

"Maybe I'm Amazed" logo.


MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that the GOP race is now getting down to the wire. No one likes Mitt Romney as a probable nominee. If past is prologue, let me point out that in 1992 no one was crazy in the Democratic party for a guy named Bill Clinton. He was boffing a big haired hairdresser (with all due respect to hairdressers everywhere, especially Jessica at Holiday!!) he thanked a Government official for keeping him out of the service and was running against a bonafide WWII hero that dispatched the Iraq government in a very short war. Plus his opponents were Jesse Jackson (that year’s Ron Paul) a retired one term Senator Paul Tsongas (this year’s Newt Gingrich) and a left wing California former Governor, Jerry Brown who never apologized for anything left leaning (this year’s Santorum). Yet with all that damage, he won. That guy’s name was Bill Clinton.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Judge Richard Caputo, a Clinton appointee recused himself from the Bob Mellow case. I’m wondering the reason behind that.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that if you want to buy it for $115,000 there is a 1/8 scale replica of the 1961 version of Yankee Stadium. Hammacher Schlemmer is selling it in case you’re interested.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that Franklin Roosevelt was related to 5 Presidents by blood and 6 by marriage. By blood: Theodore Roosevelt, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses Grant, William Henry Harrison. By marriage: Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, William Taft, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren and George Washington. Don’t forget, he married his cousin.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that a liberal media interest group is going on the attack against Rush Limbaugh. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities. The ads use Limbaugh's own words about student Sandra Fluke, who testified at a congressional hearing that contraception should be paid for in health plans. Limbaugh, on his radio programs, suggested Fluke wanted to be paid to have sex, which made her a "slut" and a "prostitute." In return for the money, he said Fluke should post videos of herself having sex. Under sharp criticism, Limbaugh later apologized. This will do nothing but increase Limbaugh’s rating and embolden his fans. It will also make him “the victim, a role I’m sure he will play to the hilt.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the Luzerne County Council is actually having negotiations with the detectives who made $100,000 last year. Why can’t they just ignore them and maybe just reduce their salaries or get rid of them outright. The contract is expired, the detective made no effort to work with the county on the budget, so why keep them? If a contract expires, is there any law that says you need to reopen it? Having never been in a union and coddled in the workplace, I don’t know.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that a Wilkes Barre woman drove her husband to a home on Gardner Avenue while he was caught in the act of burglary!! She had a baby in the car with her. The woman was not charged but the husband sure was and was wanted in other break ins in the city. These are tough times for people but lock this guy up now.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that in Florida, a young black man was killed (actually he was a 17 year old kid) by a Crime Watch operative who made a 911 call saying the kid was dangerous. The kid was carrying a phone, an Ice Tea and eating a box of Skittles. The person of interest, even though he admitted to following the victim to a 911 operator (which is enough probable cause to arrest him for murder) still has not been apprehended by the police department. Why? Even though it’s Florida, land of Disney’s Orlando and thong wearing chicks in Miami…..Florida is still the south. And big bellied police chiefs trump 17 year old black men talking to their girl friend every time.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that “Mad Men” returns After a long 17 months.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Wilkes Barre City Council can’t find any other city resident who can sit on the Planning Commission besides former Human Resources Director Christine Jensen. Really? There is no one else in the city? C’mon guys.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Tim Tebow was told “you’re our guy in 2012”. Then along comes Payton Manning and John Elway, director of Football Operations falls in love with Manning and says “see ya” to Tebow. By the way, do you know what John Elway was after playing football and before he was Director of Football Operations? A used car salesman.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that Wilkes Barre City Council still doesn’t get it. They muzzle citizen input and pretty much have little or no regard for the people they are supposed to serve. But the people to blame are the voters of Wilkes Barre that overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. If Mussolini was resurrected and ran as a Democrat in Wilkes Barre and Jesus Christ was on the GOP ticket, Il Duce would route JC himself. Only in Wilkes Barre!
MAYBE I'M AMAZED.......that Oswald the Rabbit is finally being shown on the Disney lot and sets. Oswald was the precursor to Mickey Mouse. The story behind the story is even more interesting. Oswald was co-created by Disney before Mickey, but he was lost in a 1928 contract dispute with Universal Studios. Oswald hopped back to Disney in 2006 when CEO Bob Iger brokered a deal that sent sportscaster Al Michaels to Universal-NBC. NBC was trying to get Michaels out of his ABC/ESPN Monday Night Football contract and used Oswald as leverage. So Michaels got a ton of money but was essentially traded for a carton archive since the Disney family wanted the original icon back home.


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no reason or use for County Detectives. If a real usefulness study was done, those positions would be eliminated. Look, it is a simple situation to understand. If a crime is committed in Wikes Barre, the WB police investigate and if they can put together enough evidence against suspect, they meet with an assistant DA and if that ADA feels there is enough evidence to proceed to trial, charges are approved and filed. IF not, the WB PD goes back to work to gather more evidence and they proceed from there. This county detective situation is a total waste of taxpayer money and serves no real purpose. They don't solve crimes, local police or state police do. These are super political jobs and they are costing other workers their jobs. Three clerks get layed off to protect one detective. That my friends is BS, pure and simple. I'm not being heartless, put them on notice that they will be gone by the end of the year and not replaced. If a layoff is required during the year, they would be the first to go. At some point in time, our new DA who has no political ties to the detectives, can be a real public hero and make the announcement. The detectives have prven to be a very greedy group who could not care less for the taxpayers or their fellow county employees who lost their jobs so they can continue to gorge themselves at the public trough. Bring back at least one auditor to the Controller's office and next year's budget should be OK. The only other t hing needed is to address the debt, they cannot make up $25 million dollars a year to cover the debt by laying people off. Create a dedicated debt tax of 1.3 mills and in a few years when the debt is paid, the 1.3 mills will simply fall off. Then a real budget can be put together.

At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Employers have a duty to engage in good-faith negotiations with recognized collective bargaining units.

That's not to say you can't budget out jobs, but you can't just decide to "reinvent" them in another department, either.

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over your prejudice toward the South!I have lived in both the North and South and there are easily as many redneck jerks around here. Not that I would wanna go to Mississippi, but parts of the Southland are far more progressive and liberal than our own heynaville!



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