The LuLac Edition #2132, July 20h, 2012
MAYBE I’M AMAZED
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..speaking of TV, I caught the first episode of “Political Animals” on USA the other night. Mrs. LuLac was wondering if it was going to get any better and I wondered if it was going to get any worse. They pulled every TV drama cliche out of the books, made some pretty bad references to the Kennedy brothers, (the main character had three dogs named Jack, Bobby and Teddy) and the portrayal of a former President was really over the top. It sucked but I’ll watch it again.. I want to see how low they could go.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….continuing in the TV vein, Ernest Borgnine died last week. ME TV paid tribute to him by running an old McHale’s Navy movie from 1964. I guess it was the only thing they owned. The best tribute movies for Borgnine were these two classics, “Marty” and “A Catered Affair”. That gave you an idea of the true measure of the man as an actor. He was more than a TV actor, he was a true movie and American icon.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that my friend Tiffany Cloud on “Storm Politics” had as her guest a female member of the Young Republicans. These two were talking about how they don’t want no stinking help for equal pay for women from the stinking government. The young lady referenced the 1963 Equal Pay Act and said that action was good enough in terms of equality for women. She said that if people worked hard and did a good job, they’d get equal pay on their own merits without any intervention from the government. Yet in 2012, women still make 70 cents on the dollar while men make more. The show was one of the most incredible things I saw on TV.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that there will be more interest in the role Governor Tom Corbett played in the Sandusky scandal when he was Attorney General. Corbett has been criticized for only have two investigators on the case while deploying hundreds of people to investigate “Bonus gate”. Plus there are questions about a Corbett contribution to the Second Mile charity run by Sandusky. Can anyone say Governor Cawley?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that Dallas Borough has passed on ordinance on yard sales. The Back Mountain bedroom community of the upper crust in Luzerne County wants to make sure that there are no couches on any porches and that the proper items are offered up for commerce. Wouldn’t want to ruin the neighborhood.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..and speaking of the Back Mountain, one of its notorious residents has been ordered to stand trial. Finally. Hugo Selinski was given the word today that even though his new Defense Attorney still hasn’t gone though his substantial files, he needs to get on with it. Selinski was non plussed saying he was prepared and that his new Attorney was more prepared than his other previous barristers put together.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that Wilkes Barre City has finally gotten the hang of keeping records for its gas at the DPW building. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that country legend Kitty Wells passed away at age 92 this week. I remember listening to the old Country WGBI AM radio station and Wells was a staple of the music programming. Joanathan Bogart of the Atlantic on line nailed it with this recap of her career: "An architect of modern pop, one of the first female singing stars to make music explicitly about the experiences of women. Without her, there certainly would never have been a Patsy Cline, a Loretta Lynn, a Dolly Parton, or a Miranda Lambert—but there equally would never have been a Janis Joplin, a Patti Smith, a Joan Jett, or a Britney Spears. Her first hit and signature song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," was written as a direct rebuke to a line in Hank Thompson's "Wild Side of Life" and precipitated a flurry of scandal upon its release in 1953. NBC's powerful network of Southern and rural stations and country programs—including the self-important arbiter of country-music legitimacy the Grand Ole Opry—almost instantly banned it. Like the Dixie Chicks would two generations later, Wells had run afoul of the cynically moralizing Music Row which, in common with the rest of the music industry, vastly prefers women to look pretty and sing sentimentally than to speak their minds.” Wells was inducted into the Country all of Fame in 1976. Here’s one of her hits I remembered as a kid.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that my good friend Edd Raineri of the Beatledd Show on WRKC FM had a band in the early 80s. And they had a local regional type hit that is still familiar to people on the music scene. Edd posted the history and Legacy of his band Eric Rains and The Alter Boys on You Tube this week. Check it out: