Friday, September 21, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2203, September 21st, 2012

Our “Maybe I’m Amazed” logo. 


MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that the GOP Senate, weeks before an election decides to block jobs for returning war veterans. It was an employment program for returning vets. I guess it’s okay to send these warriors off to two undeclared conflicts to get their arms and legs shot off. (Remember in 2004 and 2005 when veteran’s families had to pay for the soldiers own body armor?) But to actually start a government program to get them work stateside, they say “uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no!” 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………….that even though the Senate race in Pennsylvania seems to be heating up, it still looks like a low key affair. Incumbent Bob Casey seems to have the edge but he is being characteristically quiet as he methodically moves through the state His opponent Tom Smith is trying to make inroads but this state likes it’s bipartisan make up of one Republican and one Democrat. And Casey hasn’t rocked the boat yet. Notice he hasn’t invited his former “Glider Diner” buddy to stump for him in the state. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………….that the humble chicken is the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………..that there hasn’t been a revolt by the NFL players and coaches over the replacement referees in the 2012 season of professional football. The games are longer and these guys have more meetings than I did when I was a sales representative at Rock 107 and WARM Radio combined!!! I’m just waiting for someone from the U.N to start passing out headsets and chairs to them. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………….that 40 years after he had a number one hit, the song I danced to in high school, the Reverend Al Green has won new fans after President Obama sang the song “Let’s Stay Together”. Saw Al Green in concert at the Kirby a few years ago and he was fabulous.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that people in our state are finally realizing this Presidential race is going to be closer than people think. Ed Rendell has been saying this for months. Romney has a message that despite his campaign organization’s flaws can connect with those people who voted for Obama and are disappointed and didn’t vote for him the first time and certainly won’t this time. This is not going to be the runaway people thought. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………..that the death of NFL Films principle Steve Sabol has touched so many of my generation. Like many, I grew up on NFL Films. There was no cable, no satellite dishes. Not even game highlights until Monday Night Football in 1970. NFL Films gave you a look at the entire league and introduced football fans to the gladiators of American football. It is ironic that Sabol’s father who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton survived his son. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that when local TV reporters need to interview political “experts”, they go for the guys with the sheepskin. You either see Dr. Tom Baldino or Dr. David Sosar. And they are both good. But I wish one enterprising TV reporter would contact guys like Ed Mitchell )(a strategist and candidate) Joe Peters (a government official and candidate) or Jim McNulty (a former Mayor, TV show host and campaign manager) to get their perspective. These guys are great resources to be mined and know how to give a twenty second sound bite. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………….that with the alleged arsenic in rice, complains of sodium in food, genetically modified ingredients and a war on high fructose corn syrup, well with all of this going on, many people are afraid to eat anything. My grandfather lived to his early 90s by drinking Kaiser Beer and Canadian Club. Plus a diet of what everyone ate in the 40s, 50s and 60s. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that Geisinger Health Systems made 2.9 billion, I said 2.9 BILLION DOLLARS last year. Yeah Obama Care is going to bankrupt all those hospitals and health systems isn’t it? Geisinger also added 3,123 new employees (I of course wasn’t one of them!) and looks to keep on growing. So the reports of health care facilities being hurt by the Affordable Health Care Act are wildly exaggerated. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that the Romney campaign managers got bonuses from the campaign. For what? For dreaming up the Clint Eastwood empty chair stunt? For switching Romney’s speech three times and then when they had a guy to finally write not give him access? For recklessly making a statement about the Libyan Ambassador situation before he had the facts? For having the speakers at the GOP convention talk about themselves and then blithely mention Romney’s name? Romney, by paying these bonuses is showing how he will govern. He is rewarding incompetent behavior. Poor work product. Do you remember the last set of people who almost ruined the economy and got bonuses? Wall Street employees. This is a prime example of rewarding people “you’re comfortable with” instead of those who do the job. Take note.


At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, good job in reminding people about how the GOP regime of Bush/Cheney sent out men into battle virtually unprotected with no armour for tanks. If it wasn't for the families bitching, there would be more dead in Iraq. And God bless you, you remind many of us who just forgot that fact!

At 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, there is no question in my mind that Obama will be in office for another four years. The GOP and Romney, have done everything they can to lose this race, and they're succeeding. We can't afford the GOP any longer. They truly don't give a damn about the middle class.

Bruce J. Simpson

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, thanks for telling us about Geisinger, I had no idea. One thing we should keep in mind also was that the military returning home with horrible injuries had terrible care waiting for them. Apparently no one in the Bush administrationgave thought that in war, there are injuries.

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why dont we just do away with the two party system and have just one party Bruce? would that make you happy?

Blythe Evans III

At 12:13 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

why dont we just do away with the two party system and have just one party Bruce? would that make you happy

At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geisinger's increase reveune is just because of taking on existing revenues, same thing with increase in employees. What is getting destoryed is smaller hospitals and practices and of course competition. There are only two choices for care in the valley and neither one is that good anymore. With all of this consolidation and Glenn Steele's policy implentations quality and effectiviness of care has decreased, but that is what happens when monolithic oranizations take control.

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is what happens when monolithic oranizations take control.

Just wait until that monolith is the Federal Govt.!
Get us out of this sh*t Mitt!

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

16 has used Joe Peters on every election night for the last few years.

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


No, we can have a two party system, as long as the other party isn't the party of hate, the republicans!

Bruce J Simpson

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geisinger hires TEMPS!!! Unless your are family to someone who is already permanently hired. So its on paper only. It means NOTHING. Be glad you didn't get a job there. TOXIC.

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Party of hate Bruce? really? is that truly an accurate statement? to say that ALL are a certain way?

wasnt Senator Robert Byrd a member of the KKK at one time?

honestly its not my fault that southern democrats jumped ship and are now republicans.

your statements are very dishonest and very inaccurate Bruce. you need to look at the problems in your own party before dealing out the hate card.

Blythe Evans III

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blythe the Dems are not trying to prevent people from voting. The Dems are not persecuting the gay community. The Dems are trying to solve the problems of this country while the repubs only care about the rich people. The Dems worked for health care while the Repubs are trying to take it away. The Dems are trying to protect Medicare and SS while the Repubs are trying to sink the programs. Your party is corrupt to the core and you have to live with your choice to belong to it. End of discussion.
Bruce J. Simpson

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mr. Simpson please explain how not giving someone their way is persecuting them. What a dilution of meaning.


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