Sunday, June 24, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2101, June 24th, 2012

Dan McGrogan and John Diliberto protest the NDAA act signed by the President and voted on by Lou Barletta. 


If you saw a couple of signs this past weekend near the VA Hospital, this is what it was about. The two sign carriers were protesting Lou Barletta’ and his vote on NDAA. The Act authorizes $662 billion funding, among other things "for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad." In a signing statement, President Obama described the Act as addressing national security programs, Department of Defense health care costs, counter-terrorism within the U.S. and abroad, and military modernization. The Act also imposes new economic sanctions against Iran (section 1045), commissions appraisals of the military capabilities of countries such as Iran, China, and Russia, and refocuses the strategic goals of NATO towards "energy security." The most controversial provisions to receive wide attention are contained in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled "Counter-Terrorism." In particular, sub-sections 1021 and 1022, which deal with detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism, have generated controversy as to their legal meaning and their potential implications for abuse of Presidential authority. Although the White House and Senate sponsors maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act states that Congress "affirms" this authority and makes specific provisions as to the exercise of that authority. The detention provisions of the Act have received critical attention by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and some media sources which are concerned about the scope of the President's authority, including contentions that those whom they claim may be held indefinitely could include U.S. citizens arrested on American soil, including arrests by members of the Armed Forces. The duo also had a Ron Paul for President sign. I’m not sure how much awareness these two made this weekend for the issue but it was a nice day to get their message out. And LuLac was on the scene.  


The local skating club got mentioned in Skating Magazine!!! SKATING with the local stars got its members and organization in the skating spotlight!!! And as they say in the infomercials,”Wait, there’s more!” The club will also be having their skating show: " Our friend Karel Zubris reports that “ Vacation on Ice" at the Ice Rink will happen at Coal Street Park. The Date: June 30th. June 30th. The Diamond City Figure Skating Club along with The Ice Rink at Coal Street will host the show that will feature guest skaters, special guests, and the Learn to Skate Program. This event is a fundraiser as well to help pay for the ice time so your support is appreciated. Admission is only $5 For adults, $3 for children and kids under 6 free. For more information regarding the show, the Ice Rink at Coal Street, or the Diamond City Figure Skating Club Visit or or call the rink at 570-208-9473 


State Representative candidate Aaron Kaufer is announcing an economic plan this Tuesday. Called Called PA FIRST, it is a program designed for Achieving Future Investments by Reforming State Taxes. He’ll explain it all to anyone who cares on Tuesday, 7PM June 26th at the Kingston American Legion. Kaufer is running against long time Representative Phyllis Mundy.


At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republican party in control of both state Houses and the Gov's office have done enough to hurtt Pennsylvania so we don't need to replace a hard working Democrat just to increase the Republican majority. Phyllis is the only Representative to have the backbone to fight the insurance companies and the only one to take on Blue Cross. Let's not forget tht BS is a non profit organization who has so many millions in excess funds that they gave $50 million dollars to the Scranton Medical School. Just think of how many premium increases they have asked for while they accumulate excess reserves and then give 50 million away. We need more like Phyllis, not less.

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,
I hope you have all recovered from your ritual hangovers and can at last allow your minimal brain matter to pay "some" attention. I spent my weekend doing a little golf but more importantly discussing the latest issues pertaining to our nation on the
19th hole. I must say that it is refreshing to be in the company of reasonable and intelligent men. I speak of my friends of course and no one here.

The business of this class goes forward.......
Students, As the month of June is quickly coming to a close, I would like to use today's session to reveal my predictions for the upcoming jobs report. As I have been 100% accurate in my previous reports there will be no debate allowed on my statement....NONE>.
As I have done extensive RESEARCH over the past few evenings, burning the late night oil with pen in hand and eyeglasses on I have concluded that the numbers will once again be bleak. Perhaps more bleak than before.
I predict a gain of 45 to 50 thousand jobs, but there is a slight possibility of zero job growth. ON the more optimistic side (with very little probability), there is a chance of 55 to 70 thousand jobs added. All in all, neither scenario is a good one though we should all hope for the latter.
Until heavy taxation is lifted off the back of big business and small business we will continue to suffer these pathetic numbers. No amount of government money can create a job....only government non-intervention.
Later this week I will deliver my opine on the Supreme Court overturning Obamacare. There is a lot to be stated on this subject as well.
Something to think about this morning....
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And 7:30 am, let us not forget that with the surplus, Blue Cross laid off more than 140 people in two years. Many with seniority and many close to retirement. They said they were "right sizing". How freaking greedy and miserly can you be when you lay off people making a mere salary while they sit on that surplus? They stink! Phyllis Mundy had the guts to take them on. Will wonder boy Kaufer? He'd be at their golf tournament I bet if he got elected!

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, when did you get laid off from Blue Cross?

At 8:43 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yonk, when did you get laid off from Blue Cross?

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Capital is a coward", it goes where the risk is least. It is foolhardy not to expect any business to take every measure to survive and thrive. Families, mine included do the same.

I have made tough desicions that I'm sure my kids have felt were questionable or retalitory. They were entirely ignorant of additional circumstances and complications and I'm OK with that because I was the adult.

My point is that there has been turmoil in the medical industry since Hillary Care and increased expotentially with ObamaCare. Everyone involved has their lobbyists, lawyers, accountants, consultants, etc. mining and searching every data vein, every implication and nuance. Decisions are being made to preserve the "company".

Do you REALLY believe that some corporate officer wakes up in the morning with you in the crosshairs? I suspect that David's lay off was an ill-timed coincidence or, since they are knee deep in data about his particular malady, its effects on his abilities and the workplace. It may have been a cold and cruel calculation - hell, it was.

Were things so close to the bone that they couldn't wait and see if his recovery was in the companies best interest? Was the decision made before Dave was diagnosed and postponed until after all surgery and therapy was completed? Did they surmise that his attitude may not have been as productive as they expected? Did they see him as a long term asset? If we let him go, what kind of message does it send to our employees and does the negative override the positive? Hard cold questions and answers drove the decision. A decision I would not want to make.

Using logical, rational reasoning, devoid of emotional jargon, trigger phrases and perceived "talking points" to convince anyone that we have common interests is crucial for successful negotiations and decision making.

The fact remains that the tendency is to act in our own self interest. It would serve us well to remember that


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