Friday, June 01, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2075, June 1st, 2012

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….at the way this area just can’t seem to appreciate, embrace or preserve nice things that would be unshakable everywhere else. Last weekend, the playground/park named after former Scranton Jim Connors was vandalized. In Dunmore, American flags were lifted on Memorial Day weekend. Are we in this area such slobs and slugs that we wantonly destroy the good things and the quality of life? In some cases, these crimes are worse than the ones people with drug problems commit. Because at least there you can rationalize the crime. These two things that happened last weekend are just beyond comprehension. We should wise up in this area. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that it took two months to confirm what everyone in the Heights knew a few days after Tyler Winstead was shot on Holy Thursday. They was no shooter and no maroon Taurs wrecking havoc on that neighborhood. The District Attorney’s office played everything close to the vest because they were dealing with a Juvenile. Hopefully this tragedy will educate all people about staying away from guns. And as always, the cover up is more painful (almost) then the crime. Look for adults who were supposed to be responsible to be charged. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….at just how good the National League East is this year. All the teams are bunched up and pretty equal. The resurgence of the Mets as well as the surprise showings of the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins is making this division tight. It tells you something that the cellar dwelling Phillies are in last place, 3 games back. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……I’m amazed at how swiftly the feds put away Lackawanna County educator Fred Rosetti for talking to proposed witnesses at a Dunkin’ Donuts about his upcoming trial. He was whisked off to jail right before Memorial Day weekend. Then of course there was the quick hook and return to a Half way House by Luzerne County Commissioner Greg Skepenak after violating the terms of his release. These are the feds, they do not fool around. They’re not playing. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that world renowned author Robert Caro nearly was bankrupt working on his first volume on Lyndon Johnson called “Path To Power”. It is one of the best investigative biographies of the 36rth President. Now Caro has a new entry that focuses in on just 7 weeks of Johnson’s life, the period where he assumed office after the assassination of John Kennedy. He talked to just about everyone for this incredible book called "Passage of Power".
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that if you turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth, you can save at least 5 gallons of water. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at how smooth and new Wilkes Barre Blvd and Coal Street look these days. To Mayor Leighton, great job. You’d hardly believe there were potholes on the Blvd for years. It is a pleasure to drive on. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at how quickly time passes. We are now in June and headed for what I’m sure is going to be a great summer. It is the very best time of the year. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….................that the fastest growing nail on your hand is on the middle finger.   
 MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that 45 years ago today, the album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band was released. This album turned into an iconic piece of music history. In the summer of ’67, I spent a lot of time with my friends the Dellarte Brothers from Wyoming. They had a friend named Dave Emershaw who I went to St. John’s High School with. Emershaw, then a year older than me said authoritatively three things: 
 1. That Tom Seaver, then in his first year with the Mets would be in the Hall of Fame. 
 2. That before the end of the decade, the Mets would be in the World Series. 
 3. That well into the next century and beyond, the music of the Beatles would be just as beloved and popular as it was in the summer of ’67. He was right on all three counts. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……at the high school senior at Valley West who wants to sue the school district because they enforced an absentee policy that stated you would not graduate if you had more than ten unexcused absences. She had 30! And not much proof from doctors. Think about this, are there any employers (except for the Luzerne County Courthouse under Skrep and Vonderheid) where a worker would still have their jobs after 30 days out without an excuse? This young lady should get a reality check from the real world. NOW!!! 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that on “Dancing With the Stars” 7 out of the 14 winners have been athletes. And this year’s winner was Green Bay Packer Donald Driver. (I would have like to have seen that but I don’t follow the show. Anyway, Driver said that his winning was just as  big as winning the Super Bowl. DRIVER'S SEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, once more you are right on with this segment on your blog. I think this is the best commentary in the area.

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Emershaw guy was a smart young man!!!

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Once again Mr. Yonki strains my credulity by reminding me of that horrific year of 1967. Sgt. Pepper was more responsible for destroying America's young than any war in southeast Asia.
The business of this classroom goes forward....
In view of the dire jobs report of yesterday (which I had predicted to the letter/ or should I say "number"---you may laugh), I feel it futile to continue to discuss upcoming jobs reports. I equally feel it to be a waste of my time to discuss the Presidential election, which is now over. I congratulate President Elect Romney adn would not be surprised if he is not spending time choosing his Cabinet presently.
What I would like to address is the situation in Syria. The ineptness of this Commander in Chief baffles me....and disappoints me. Much like most of you ingrates in this classroom. We need an all out military assault upon Syria...clean it up!
For if the US cannot assert its military power and might to the rest of the world, how can we ever again be respected as the world's greatest economic power???
I expect that we will take care of this and many other situations in a short time.
Not under the watch of Cammander in Chief Obama (?) but under the stewardship of Commander In Chief Romney.
Something to think about this morning......
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

World Respect? Apparently you forgot how far down the respect ladder we were under former President Bush. President Obama has taken this contry to a place of respect that Bush cold never have imagined or you would ever admit to.

At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professor, since you are so adamant about getting us involved in a war in Syria while still fighting a war in Afghanistan, I think you should volunteer your services and travel to Syria and join the opposition fighters trying to remove Assad from office. I assume with your great intellect you will be able to distinguish the pro-American rebels from the anti-American rebels just as well as former Vice President Cheney and the rest of the neo-con hawks in the previous administration were able to find the weapons of mass destruction that were in Iraq! Since you are so astute in geo- politics and diplomacy you will most assuredly be able to also stop the Russians from selling the billions of dollars worth of weapons that they sell to the Syrian government each year so they won't be used against you. After you take care of that, then our soldiers who have endured multiple tours risking their lives during the past 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan will then be overjoyed to spend many more years away from their loved ones and risking their lives in another war of undetermined length to satisfy the lust for war and the profit that will be made from it that you crave for.


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