Thursday, October 11, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2224, October 11th, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan with moderator Martha Radiz at tonight's debate.


Tonight Vice President Joe Biden faced off against Cong4ressman Paul Ryan in the Vice Presidential debate. Both men were relaxed and prepared. For all the talk about the jitters that Paul Ryan was supposed to have, well I just didn’t see it. Biden showed the skills and passion that he has had throughout his 40 year career. This debate just might be a mixed blessing though for the Obama/Biden ticket. Biden was so good that it is going to be a constant reminder about just how bad the President was last week. There are many people who have portrayed Biden as a clown and buffoon. But the man has command of the facts and has something that many candidates in this modern era (especially Obama, Romney and even Ryan) unabashed joy and passion for what he does. This helpe4d him argue the facts. But more importantly this debate starkly separated the ideology of both men. Look at the abortion issue. Ryan made it clear that there would be a pro life administration. Biden retorted that it is important that Supreme Court judges be picked by a President that wants to give women a choice. There was talk about Libya at the top of the debate and I thought Biden would be put on the defensive given the hearings on Capitol Hill. But Biden played the Bin Laden and terror card outlining what the President did since taking office to fight terrorism. The most important contrast was when both men were asked about the economy and tax cuts. It was crystal clear that Ryan wanted to cut taxes for those who have already “got theirs.” He carried the water for the rich and powerful who keep on getting rich and powerful. Biden spoke about the across the board tax cuts for middle class Americans. He declared that there was a war on the middle class and that a continued Obama administration would give those Americans a break. A break they deserve. Biden and Ryan differed on the definition of what a small business was all about. On women’s issues, Ryan made it clear that any health care plan was going to be harmful to women’s reproductive rights. Because of this stance, Ryan contrasted his strong position against Romney who has been all over the map on this. Biden has been consistent on this issue. Stylistically both men looked into the camera when they had to make their points. Biden when reaffirming his facts on Social Security and Ryan when he was making his closing remarks. Tonight Ryan needed to cross a threshold that Sarah Palin couldn’t. And that was that he could be President if need be. He did that with his demeanor and the way he comported himself. You might not agree with ideology but at least he had one that he could explain and defend. Tonight Biden needed to do the heavy lifting for the Democratic party. He was passionate, he defended those 47% that Romney identified as freeloaders and even came after the Republicans who kneel at the altar of Grover Norquist regarding taxes. Biden declared that there should be a pledge to help the middle class get tax relief. It was a good night for both men and parties. Neither hurt their cause.  It will keep things even which is all you can ask for in a Vice Presidential debate. The Obama people hope this will blunt the Romney surge. The Romney people hope it will keep it going. 


CBS News ran a flash poll. 50% felt Biden won, 33% thought Ryan won. But as they say the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day. The polls to watch will be the ones in the crucial battle ground states.
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Here’s the latest news from the LuLac poll we took this week on the 2012 Presidential race. This poll is from LuLaC readers. . Here are the results on the question 
If the 2012 presidential election were held today, whom would you vote for? 
ROMNEY: 45%. 
OBAMA 48.%. 
NO ONE 4%. 
Matt Cartwright and Laureen Cummings at the big debate Wednesday night with the Times Leader’s Mark Jones. 


Last night the 17th Congressional District candidates for Congress had their chance. Before 100 people at the Stark Learning Center at Wilkes College, the Times Leader and Service Electric TV hosted a debate. It was broadcast live on WYLN TV 35. Republican Tea Party activist Laureen Cummings faced off with Attorney Matt Cartwright. Both are from Lackawanna County and gave ssark choices between a dyed in the wool Democrat and a dyed in the wool conservative. Both answered, ahem, “13” questions posed by moderator Mark Jones of the Times Leader. Cartwright stressed the fact that the Tea Party has done nothing but say no to any type of meaningful change in Washington, D.C. He declared the Tea Party caucus as well the GOP as the party of “no”. Cummings said that there should be people in Congress to say no to the big debt and spending. Both were civil and even cordial to each other when making points. Cummings chided Cartwright and his profession saying that lack of tort reform was the big part of the problem in Washington. Cartwright hammered his theme that you have to be for something, not against everything. They did agree on standing up to Iran to protect Israel, a key, long time American ally as well as term limits. But on a few issues, the differences were apparent. On Tobyhanna Army Depot, Cartwright said he’d fight for its existence and importance to the district. In a bizarre comment, Cummings referenced the Middle East problem in Libya and said cuts shouldn’t be coming from defense. On Health Care, Cartwright said he was steadfastly in favor of the Affordable Care Act even if it wasn’t perfect. Cummings said as a nurse she’d favor repeal of Obama care but as a nurse would know where to cut costs in Congress where no one would get hurt. Cartwright is heavily favored after beating 20 year incumbent Tim Holden in a largely Democratic district. Cummings who first had contemplated a run for U.S. Senate is the underdog. The two however acquitted themselves well in their presentation and fielding of the Times Leader’s, ahem, “13 Questions”. 




Finally a federal judge has scheduled former state Sen. Robert Mellow’s sentencing on mail fraud and tax evasion charges for Nov. 30. Former Senate Leader Mellow, plead guilty in May to charges related to his illegal use of senate staff to perform campaign work for himself and his political allies. He also admitted to under reporting his income on his 2008 tax return. Sal Cognetti, one of Mellow’s ;lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky to schedule sentencing for some time in December due to a month-long vacation Cognetti is or was polann8injg to take. The U.S. Attorney’s office objected, requesting a d ate some time in November.
Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. 


The Libertarian Party’s candidates will stay on Pennsylvania’s ballot. A state judge ruled in favor of the party the other day ending a nearly eight-week review of petition signatures that was forced by a challenge backed by the state Republican Party. The ruling keeps Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on the Pennsylvania ballot, as well as its candidates for U.S. Senate candidate Betsy Summers on the ballot. Summers lost a three way race for Mayor of Wilkes Barre last year to incumbent Tom Leighton. (More on this story this weekend). 



This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Carol Crane about a big fundraiser for the Pittston Memorial Library at the Kirby Center in November, featuring Pittston's own Shaun Klush. This Week in Harrisburg examines the statewide PSSA student test results, October is both Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Commonwealth Court's recent ruling on Pennsylvania's voter ID law. And Brian speaks with nutrition expert Doug Ingoldsby, who discusses whether name brand children's vitamins are really providing children with what they need. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM. 


Scranton's history will take center stage on ECTV Live during the week of October 15th as hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo welcome Margo Azzarelli to the program. Ms. Azzarelli will discuss a new walking tour of the city's Green Ridge historic neighborhood which is scheduled later this month. ECTV Live is seen on Comcaast Ch19 everyday at Noon and Midnight. Additional showings are offered on selected weekdays at 6pm. 


This week Shadoe Steele presents “Saturday Night Live” at the Oldies on WILK AM and FM. Tune in from 7pm to midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour. Shadoe’s special feature this week is a 2003 interview with the late Andy Williams.
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Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison protest over recruitment by Dow Chemical on the University campus. 76 are injured in the resulting riot. o Walt Disney's 19th full-length animated feature The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally supervised by Disney, is released and becomes an enormous box-office and critical success. On a double bill with the film is the (now) much less well-known true-life adventure, Charlie the Lonesome Cougar…….Senator Joseph Clark, Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senator enrages the White House with his opposition to the Vietnam War. In public statements, Clark says that the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was a false pretense for starting a war he fears we would not get out of in anytime soon. The Johnson administration’s policies on Vietnam are a big bone of contention between the second term Senator and the White House… Luzerne County, GOP Commissioner candidates Ethel Price and Jim Post travel throughout the county. Price is well received but Democrats point to Post’ backing of the property reassessment in his term as County Commissioner Chair……and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “Soul Man” by Sam and Dave.


At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Candidate Ryan reminds me very much of a young gung ho Infantry Lieutenant I came across in a combat zone long ago. He was "fragged" by his own men and sent home with serious injuries.
The action saved many lives including his. He was in the field a very short time. Everything just aint black and white. Some guys just never learned that fact.

The Old Sarge

At 5:57 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Mr. Yonki,

1967, once again……young man thankfully I shall be retiring in three weeks. Ironically, something tells me that once that day comes you will revert to a more preferable year----perhaps 1952??

The business of this classroom goes forward…….

Last evening I witnessed such extreme eloquence, maturity, patriotic vigor and fiscal knowledge courtesy of the Vice Presidential debate. You would expect such attributes to come from a man in his late sixties but it came from a man who is not even 43 years of age.

Cong. Paul Ryan had it all over the hapless second in command. The man from Wisconsin’s views on all of the important issues, abortion, foreign policy, the economy and most important, tax cuts were right on the mark with where the vast majority of true Americans is concerned. Biden sometimes seemed like a crazy man, spouting off irrational facts and thoughts. Seriously, can any of you honestly state that he made any sense at all other than attempting to be a cheerleader for his out of touch boss????? Mr. Vice President, sir, this is a Presidential debate---not a side show attraction!!!!!!

I look forward to next week’s second round in the Presidential debates. Look for Pres. Elect Romney to score the final knockout punch. I am a bit troubled by the fact that the debate will be offered in a “town hall” format. In the past Democrats have been known to stock the audience with party hacks posing as average Americans (i.e. the 1992 Bush/Clinton/Perot debate) who will fire unfair/unfounded questions to Romney. Questions akin to “When did you stop beating your wife?” Truly sleazy stuff. Let us hope that the GOP campaign is overseeing audience selection in this one. Otherwise, I do not see a problem for the Pres. Elect and by debates end the final debate will be irrelevant. I advise Mrs. Romney to begin selection for the White House drapes after next week.

I wish each and every one of you a productive weekend. Of course, productivity to you degenerates consists of choosing the proper alcoholic product to dim your minds even further while laying down your parents cash on ill-fated football bets. Please, if you must behave in this irrational way, do not get behind the wheel of an automobile. I myself will be undertaking the first draft of my book which I shall begin seriously working on following my soon to arrive retirement.

I hope you will all take the time to read it following its publication. If Mr. Yonki continues with his stellar grades, perhaps I will let him publish snippets upon its completion next Summer. I am certain that after a eight or nine month absence you will all be happy to see me again (you may laugh)……

Something to think about this morning…….

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together.'

So the doctor said: 'Ok and what do you want me to do?'

She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.'

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.'

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.'

The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!'

'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.'

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. The crime is the same!

Love says, 'I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.' Abortion says, 'I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.'

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No one did no harm" so that being so, which one did the harm?

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The debate between the "Grin" check out those pearly whites on the VP and the "Smirk" practiced by both Romney and young Ryan is over.
As predicted the Dems say Joe won and the Republicans call it for the Frat Boy. Both looked and for the most part sounded undistinguished. The only good thing to come is if the Annoying professor really vanishes to Fantasy Island as promised after the election, but remember thats only promised if Mitney wins.

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe won the debate just as he and Obama will win in 25 days. Any other outcome will be the death of this nation.

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Joe Snedeker, a man of science on the morning news say about Nancy Kman's birthday... just remember she was alive 9 months before she was born.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering waht became of Eddie Munster and suddenly there he was on my TV screen last night debating with some old man!

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Roamin' Catholics like you will worry about the Supreme Court and the pieces of crap who your party will name to kill unborn kids. Yeah I saw your tweets last night. You will have to answer to God and I'm telling you He will be pissed.

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:48 - That Doctor would be interfering with his patient's Constitutional rights, and if it were up to me, he would lose his medical license.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

"No one did no harm" so that being so, which one did the harm?
HOW ABOUT Neither hurt their cause.
Of course Roamin' Catholics like you
Yeah I saw your tweets last night
You will have to answer to God and I'm telling you He will be pissed.

At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were issues on the far East that Ryan was a little stronger but I think Ryan fell right on his face with regard to the war. Seemed to try to take each side of the issue and he failed. I thought Joe was Joe and did a great job on communicating that He has been in the Congress for decades and he has always fought for the middle class and continues to do so. When he looked into the camera and asked the seniors if they have a problem and when he did the same and asked them if they are better off to day than back then ........ I think he hit it out of the park. All in all, he restored the campaign to a level playing field and clearly put them back in the race in a solid way. It's now up to Obama to be just as strong, forceful and direct.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have wrestled with the abortion issue and I always come up with a draw. I can't decide if it is worse to kill and unborn child or to allow that child to starve to death ad be denied medical care when alive? The Republicans preach pro life but then deny post natal care. Who is that justified? I guess hell will be divided into groups, pro choice for those who allow abortion and pro choice for those who care not about the well being of a child. What a dilemma! Just for the record, I think Poppa Joe did a real number on that upstart with the smirk. Can I ask why it was wrong for Biden to smile and laugh while sitting next to this empty suit that was playing the same bait and switch as Romney? How could a man such as Biden who has been on the inside for so many years, sit and watch the hypocrisy of Paul Ryan coming on the heel of Romney's denial of his own positions? I think laughing was the least Biden could do. Thank you Joe, you've restored my faith.


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