Thursday, May 10, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2050, May 10th, 2012

Voter ID. 


It seems to me that the Republican party has taken over the argument of Voter ID. In Pennsylvania, THE GOP CONTROLLED House and Senate passed the bill and Governor Tom Corbett signed it into law. So despite the protestations, it is a done deal. The GOP has inflicted the oldest political truism on the Democrats: thems with the votes, gets the say. And the thems aren’t the Dems. So what has the statewide party and even the local parties done about this? Despite whining and complaining: NOTHING. Look, the GOP has passed this voter ID bill and in the fall, it will be in effect. People not informed and coming to the polls will be turned away. Especially in Republican strongholds. The Democrats in the state and local levels are going to have to organize. Now the Luzerne County Democratic Chair and her old school gang, Kathy Kane can’t even organize a one car funeral. So it is up to the younger Democrats and interested social groups in the county that actually believe in democracy to get van drivers and volunteer people in the high rises and in the neighborhoods and get them to the polls. With ID. By doing so, they will strengthen the local party, increase the margins for the national, state and local ticket and blunt the plan of the GOP to try and disenfranchise voters who have been going to the poll for years. Personally, I have more IDs on me than I care to admit given my various educational associations (which have expiration dates on them) and other forms of who I am. And I will not be flummoxed by having to produce said ID/ OI did it in the primary. But the Democrats here in LuLac land and all across the state would do well to organize a get out the vote effort with ID to make certain people can voter. I learned long time ago that the best way to kill a bad idea is to go along with it and let it falter under the weight of its own stupidity.
Same sex marriage. Not a wedding party you'd see a t Kirby Park.


Yesterday, via e mail, LuLac received this letter from the President: Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality: I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution. But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction. What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens. Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently. So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Well Mr. President, it’s about time. This “evolving” statement that came from your press secretary was just plain dumb. Your tap dance around this issue painted you as someone not being true to their own beliefs. The people who are against this aren’t going to vote for you anyway. So why anger the people who will go to the wall for you. From a political standpoint, it would be easier to dodge this until your second term. But what if there is no second term? Mr. President, thanks for making a decision. As the old country song said, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. 


Wednesday Sen. Robert Mellow pleaded guilty this morning to charges related to the use of senate staff to perform campaign work. Mellow entered a plea to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax evasion before U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky in the federal courthouse in Scranton. Slomsky said that he might accept the plea agreement or might not. Mellow will be sentenced at a later date. The former Senator did not look perturbed or disturbed on his way into court. As a matter of fact, despite the protestations of legal flunky Sal Cognetti, Mellow doesn’t seem that sick! You should have seen him beating a hasty retreat from the Federal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon. He looked like a combination of the Road Runner and Jim Fixx he was moving so fast. Not bad for a sick guy approaching 70! Mellow seemed to have a learned a lesson about the feds, “you have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them”. 


Wilkes Barre Area Superintendent Jeff Namey is leaving his post in August. Named made the announcement this week. It will be interesting to see who the school board will tap as his successor. Will it be another area superintendent, someone from pout of the area or a flunky within the WB area hierarchy that already has the job in hand while the board announcers “an extensive search for the best qualified” candidate. 


Senator Richard Luger was 80 years old and was going for his 7th term in the Senate. He had served 36 years. Plus, he gave up a true residence in Indiana. All of that would have given his candidacy an uphill fight. But with the addition of a Tea Party candidate and the fact that Luger, with a 77% Conservative rating was not enough of a conservative, his effort was doomed. The moderates in the GOP are going the way of the Whig Party. As a matter of fact, the new GOP Tea party coalition is transforming the Grand Old Party into the Old Party with old ideas. We have been a 50-50 nation since 2000 when the Supreme Court stole the election from Al Gore. The subsequent anger and disunion has not helped heal the nation or for that matter made the GOP a big success. The party has momentary successes, engendered by fits of pique by the voters. It will be interesting to see if the Tea Partier that vanquished Luger will become this fall’s Christine O’Donnell and loose in the general election. A few GOP stalwarts said that won’t happen because Hoosiers will not let a Democrat have that seat again. When the fall campaign gets under way, Indiana voters are gong to fins out that a Senate race is not a movie about basketballIt’s about real life and America. It’s about the middle. And the middle doesn’t swing wildly to the right or left. Dick Luger enjoyed that attribute…until Tuesday night. The pendulum will swing After the Hoosiers get a load out of Mr. Tea Party.
Two sweet young thangs shopping at Walmart on a hot, hot Saturday night with a full moon rising. Source: Sue Henry Show Facebook page.  


There was a big stir on Facebook this week when a photo was posted with two women walking through the Wilkes Barere Walmart in blue bikinis. Maybe they were coming or going from the beach. Or on their way to Perfect 10. Either way, I’m sorry I missed it. And the fuss made about this tells us that social media does have its advantages. There are some who will say it was a plot by Walmart to attract attention. On a Saturday night? If it was, I’d fire those marketing guys. 


 Our 1967 logo


Four hundred students seize the administration building at Cheyney State College, now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest institute for higher education for African Americans.....Hong Kong 1967 riots: Clashes between striking workers and police kill 51 and injure 800....The Philippine province of Davao is split into three: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Dava Oriental.....The Greek military government accuses Andreas Papandreou of treason.The United Kingdom and Ireland apply officially for European Economic Community membership…….in Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer appoints a panel to review conditions inside various state prisons…….and in Luzerne County, the ramp up to the primary election is in full swing with newspapers filled with ads wishing women a happy mother’s day and touting their candidacies. The biggest race is the nominating fights for County Commissioner. On the Democratic side incumbent minority commissioner is teamed with displaced State Representative Frank Crossin. The two men are opposed by Anthony Altavilla, Chester Ostrowski and Sam Daley. On the GOP side, incumbent Jim Post is joined by Wilkes Barre Citty Councilwoman Ethel Price. They are opposed by Clyde Bower, Gene Wagner, Matthew Lieb and Walter Kozik. Another Wilkes Barre Council member, Con Salwolski is facing off for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff against Joe Tiirpak….and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was the Easy Beats “Friday On My Mind” which became the unofficial theme song of WYLN TV 35’s Topic A when I co hosted with L.A. Tarone.



This week Shadoe Steele presents Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull on "Saturday Night Live at the oldies". Tune in from 7pm to midnight on WILK AM and FM with ABC News on the top of the hour. 



A well known area veteran, Joseph Sylvester. is scheduled to join ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo during the week of May 14th to discuss plans for the annual Armed Forces Parade in Scranton. Sylvester has been an advocate for veterans for many years and helps with the planning for the parade which was moved from Veteran's Day, several years ago, to May in the hope that better weather might attract bigger crowds to honor our Armed Forces. The program runs each day at Noon and Midnight on Comcast Ch19 as well as at 6 pm several days during the week. Electric City Television is planning to record this year's Armed Forces Day Parade for playback on a rotating basis. 


This Weekend On Sunday Magazine. Brian Hughes speaks with Army veteran Joe Sylvester about the Armed Forces Parade set for next Saturday in downtown Scranton. Brian interviews Wayne Ward from Sprint about how wireless technology will impact the future of transportation in the U.S. And an encore of Brian’s interview with Deb Pollick from the March of Dimes discussing the Northeast 2012 March for babies coming up next Saturday at the King’s College Beltzer fields in Wilkes Barre Township Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and 6:30am on Magic 93  & WARM 590 AM.


At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the President makes his "evolutionary" revelation just before he attends a fundraiser in Hollywood and you miss the obvious gay pandering for dollars?

Another distraction from the real issues facing the country.

At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, you got it wrong. If someone doesn't have ID, and several forms are accepted, the person casts a provisional ballot. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY. Read the law.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Mr. Yonki,
Why you continue to haunt me with memories of that horrific year of 1967 strains my credulity. Perhaps if you would alter the year to, say, 1957?? Only a suggestion.
The business of this classroom goes forward....
President Obama made history the other day by becoming the first President to declare gays have a right to marriage. I applaud this decision--not because I agree with it but because Mr. Obama finally showed his true colours.
I realize that I am speaking to a group of immoral, philandering degenerates, but I must on this subject make an effort to make some important points.
Marriage is a sacred institution. Blessed by God and undertaken with trust and the promise to raise children in a good moral atmosphere.
How on Earth we as a society can honestly even think of debating same sex unisons is baffling!!!!!
Homosexuality has been with us from the beginning.
Alexander the Great was a homosexual (look it up, ingrates, for I have no time today to elaborate)...but we all know that he did it as a choice as did the Romans.
Yes, the practice was rampant during the Roman empires reign and we all know what happened there (at least I hope you do).
I applaud the brave Republican Governors and legislatures and the citizens of the majority of the states that are voting down this silliness.
We as a nation are quickly going down the path of that destroyed ancient and great civilizations. If we do not wake will be too late.
Shame on you Mr. President for your statements. You are the moral leader of the nation and once again you have received an F from this intellect.
Thank GOd it is now only a matter of eight months. Thank God.
Something to think about this morning....
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LULAC is again being hijacked by the ever present professer! I know you dont like it when we say "hijacked", but it is the way some of us regulars feel. Why cant comments be limited to a couple times a week. Even the WILKers dont allow daily calls. I resent this pompous ass now calling on God. As patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, so God is the last refuge of this ass! Grading you or anyone else is insulting and ridiculous. Let him post regularly but for God's sake not daily!
I too remember both '67 and '57 and he may have a point there. I would kill myself if I found myself agreeing with this character
too often!
All he does is drag Lulac down and never a positive word.
Think about it, Dave! For the rest of us, please think about it. I know you wont do anything, but I thought it was at least a suggestion worth mentioning.

Carey Avenue Jack

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jack,

I am with you!

Scranton Guy

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, the "Professor" has no credibility, as I demonstrated in the past.

In other news, Obama 2012.

Casey Evans

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so the professor believes that god created marriage, and that his biblical belief prevents him from supporting equal rights. i see.

so he believes that a cosmic jewish carpenter died and became a zombie, and that he can make you live forever if you metaphorically eat his flesh and drink his blood, and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can purge an evil force from your soul, put there by a horned man who lives underground, because a rib bone that magically transfigured into a woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree of doom. and that his belief in that story is enough for him to want to ban people in love from marrying and sharing their lives together.

the professor should lay off the lsd..

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

Dem Babes at da Walmart dont look so hot to me especially da one on da left who looks like some serious exercise regimen is called for immediately if she is gonna continue to expose herself at da store like dat!
Geez its a good thing Sam wasnt around.

At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another distraction from the real issues facing this country? The first poster seems a bit confused. When the republicans took the house, they were elected on the promise to deliver jobs. Where are the jobs?

Distraction? No. The sole issue for the republicans has been as stated: To stop the President at every turn and to make sure he doesn't get a second term. So, it's no distraction because the President is doing what every candidate before him has done: to raise money for the campaign.
As for gay marriage, about damn time. If gay citizens pay the same taxes, raise families and build lives together, it is their RIGHT to be able to get married. The current state of affairs in this country with states not recognizing the rights granted in other states is a violation of provisions of the Constitution. As long as the republican nitwits on the court don't get their way to block every people positive case that comes before them, we'll finally have equality in America.

Bruce J. Simpson

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Professor has similar feelings on inter racial marriages, blacks and other minorities voting and women voting. I also wonder if the Professor and other bible quoting bigots realize that Christ never once in his teachings commented on marriage being solely between a man and a woman. The Professor states that Alexander and Romans chose to be homosexual. Does that mean he believes that his sexual preference is a choice. Just something to think about.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder when the professor chose to be straight? If being gay is a choice, Mr. Cleaver, I say prove it! Choose to be gay with me. I'll even buy you dinner, and I am well versed in various types of wines.

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those over 60 have the advantage of experience and seasoning that the under 30's lack.

They have an awareness of all the things that can happen when faced with those choices. They know people who have paid the price for making the choices they made. They talk open and honestly amongst themselves because they are comfortable within the same cultural demographic and recognize they have nothing to lose by being so honest.

They are not that honest with their children because they hope it will be different for them.

The dirty little secret is: it will not. History will repeat itself.

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know you MUST show a picture ID to take the SAT?

Just read there are 180,000 questionable voters on the Florida rolls. Hope they get them confirmed BEFORE this election.

Those Republicans might steal another one.

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job on your Thursday edition. I enjoy the added content and I love the yearly, weekly recap.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Shane E said...

Ohh man I would be in the cooler and I would see those two girls and I would have to downstack pallets or unload trucks

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Shane E said...

I wish I could see the front of the blue bikini girls though


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