Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2262, November 13th, 2012

Our “13 Questions” logo. 


1. What will be President Obama’s biggest challenge? 

Getting the fiscal house in order and getting the GOP to go along with him. It is not all the Senate’s fault. Not all the House’s either. He has to get down and dirty with these guys. And if he doesn’t get the cooperation, go over their heads. Even if it means addressing the nation every night for five minutes with a progress report. I don’t think he’ll squander this second term and he might break the second term jinx. He also has to start to form a relationship with Wall Street. Have a meeting with them, even if it means going to them. The markets are nervous now because if a meeting isn’t set by Thanksgiving, they might not be able to do a deal. I’d also put off any holiday trips to Hawaii too. 

2. You picked a closer election than what actually happened. Thoughts? 

I really thought Romney would have more of a turnout because of excitement from the GOP and the negative advertising that came out against the President. I never thought he’d be able to carry Virginia or Colorado and frankly was stunned by Florida. But I think people in Florida looked at their new Governor, looked at what the GOP had become in opposition and went for Obama. It was about a 70,000 vote margin. People call that close. Gore/Bush at 537 was close. This wasn’t. 

3. I saw and heard you say on TV Friday night that George Bush 43 might very well become the Herbert Hoover of the 21st Century. What did you mean by that? 

In an exit poll last week, more than 53% of the American people blamed the bad economy on President Bush, not President Obama. That is significant because ever since the 2010 elections the GOP has been saying this is President Obama’s economy. I think most thinking Americans know that we were at the precipice of disaster in late 2008, 2009. Even President Bush knew it or he would not have agreed to some of the bailouts. If this all becomes part of the “new Normal”, Bush may not shoulder all the blame but a share of it. I also believe that the problems that happened in the first decade and the reactions to it will plague Presidents all the way to the 2050s. 

4. Do attack ads work normally in politics and did they this year? 

It depends. Locally the ads against Tarah Toohil, Gerry Mullery and Phyllis Mundy had little impact. All went back to the State House without any problems. Nationally, the Obama ads defined Romney in the early summer as an unfeeling business leader out of touch with regular folks. Earlier, in the primaries, Romney did jobs on every candidate who was popping up to challenge him. Those worked because they were so numerous. But if you were one of those money people funding a PAC and your guy lost, or Tom Smith who sunk in over 17 million of his own money to lose to Bob Casey by a huge margin, you have to wonder if it was worth it all

 5. What is the greatest takeaway from this election? 

That it was not a fluke. That President Obama was not Jimmy Carter and this was not 1980. Benghazi was not Iran, Romney was not Reagan and Americans reaffirmed the fact that they wanted a government that didn’t say to all of us, “You’re on your own”. 

6. Pumpkin pie or apple? White or dark meat? 

Pumpkin. (From The Sanitary). And dark meat, drumstick if available. And so far most people through the Thanksgiving dinners have been kind. 

7. Are you getting ready for your popular year end editions? 

Working on them now

8. Going to see the Lincoln movie starring Daniel Day Lewis? 


9. What are your thoughts on Saturday Night Live satirizing the candidates? 

I think they did a real good job this year. No one topped Tina Fey last year but these guys came close. The Biden was hilarious. 

10. Do you ever regret not seeing someone in person when you had the chance? 

Oh yeah, I have a big three. I saw Nixon at Yankee Stadium and never made a move to go to his box even though I had press ID, I had a chance to meet Ted Williams but decided to not go on the trip to the card show at the last minute and never had the foresight to see the late Jerry Orbach on Broadway. 

11. Can we loom forward to hearing any opinions on 2016? 

Not until 2014 if I can help it. 

12. Have you ever skied? 


13. With the new Stadium being built, are you looking forward to the 2013 season in Moosic?

It’s one of the things that gets me through the winter!


At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,

I hope you all enjoyed your celebratory weekends of drunkenness and debauchery; the typical aftermath of a Democratic victory. I myself enjoyed an extended weekend in New England with some friends in the medical industry. As far as weather goes, it could not have been better. What was even more enjoyable was the chance to get away from it all. Several physician friends have already told me that they will be cutting back on their services due to the now unavoidable fact that Obamacare is the law of the land. I told them to keep the faith; that perhaps the slackers will over-do their addictions to the various legal drugs that these poor medical professionals are placed under duress to prescribe. We all laughed and again, a good time was had by all. Now, with regard to the disdainful and insulting comments of the youngster to whom I offered a rare invitation to dine with me at my club, his comments strain my credulity. In the beginning, following the President’s victory (and we all congratulate him for it) this malcontent gloated, stating that he was waiting for his dinner. When I in good turn DO offer to honor the wager, he then refuses. I raised several children and this ingrate’s fickle manner is quite familiar to me. Fickle, by the way can pretty much describe the current Administration in DC. Young man, my brethren at the club are disappointed, for they wished to meet you and see how the other half lives. In the end, it is your loss.

The business of this classroom moves forward……..


What in the world is going on with the CIA/and most importantly, WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT??????

I have never been one to endorse a rush to judgment, but I do call on Congress to get off their backsides and conduct as thorough an investigation of this very serious matter!!!! Was the FBI deliberately covering for the President to save his election??? We need to know. Was Gen. Petraeus the victim of blackmail by the Administration in light of his silly childlike love affair with this so called “woman”? We need to know. If indeed the CIA director was blackmailed did the offense come directly from the President or members of his inner circle without his knowledge? We need to know. What really happened in the Benghazi affair???? We need to know.

I additionally have never seen such chutzpah as displayed by our President. If all accounts are correct, he intends to nominate UN Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed the more qualified MRs. Clinton as Secy. Of State. The same Amb. Rice who foolishly swore up and down that the attack which killed our Libyan Ambassador and three others was the result of an offensive video. In fact, it was a well-planned attack. And this is the woman we may have as our next State Secy>? Ms. Ambassador Rice, I have seen Condoleezza Rice in your job previously. I have seen the intelligence, tenacity and dignity with which she lit up the UN along with her eloquence. Ms. Ambassador Susan Rice, YOU ARE NO MS. AMBASSADOR CONDI RICE!!!!!!!

As for the possibility of Sen. Kerry succeeding the inept Leon Panetta at the State Dept. Well, this shall be addressed at a future lecture. But I shall end this morning by telling you all that votes have consequences. Had things gone differently, we would be speaking of John Bolton heading to “State” instead of Susan Rice. Oh yes, buffoons, elections have consequences……and I only pray they are not as harsh as I expect them to be.

Something to think about this morning………
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you were never in the military, but I wonder what advantages you missed out on assuming you would have reached field officer rank in the adultery and flirtations arenas. What a wide open field this seems to be along with the power over troops you apparently get a free hand and a leg up so to speak in the bedding of willing women! Ah the opportunities lost in foolish career choices. By the way isnt adultery a court martial offense?
And the intelligence of documenting everything with e-mail accounts. These guys are certainly wise and honorable leaders.
At least Ike picked a classy smart English broad who kept her mouth shut.

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A chance to see what a Romney presidency would have been like in his sour grapes comments. Low class is better than no class at all, George er Mitt.
Kudos to the "professor" for showing up again with a long winded diatribe worthy of FOX News. And I so hoped this ass was going to just go away but knew better.

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Stand at attention and do not speak without permission.

The General

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the 65 year old man who bet the professor a dinner on the election. I have no real interest in breaking bread with an imaginary being and knew all along he/she could not get together. I am responding this time for the last time with a couple simple questions. Why must this character be so insulting to someone/ everyone he doesnt know? Is he/she a sad victim of a serious mental problem? Why would anyone invent such a nasty elitist personna? Why would anyone feel the need to invent a persona thru which to sound off? The only possible conclusion I can come up with is a mental problem and I am sincerely sorry for anyone so frustrated by life. I wonder why Mr Yonki allows someone to belittle and insult others who respect Lulac by giving him/her a forum unless like all "journalists" he likes a little sensationalism and the fact that negative responses make for good reading.
These posts are a blight on an otherwise fine blog. Of course the character known as the professor must as usual get the last word. I for one will not read his remarks.
I would respectfully suggest some therapy, but I am doubtful that it would be of any success. And for the last time I am not a young man!
I do however exist in the flesh.

At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Department of Labor press release this morning:

In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 78,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 372,000.

Some of the new claims, especially in New Jersey, were due to Hurricane Sandy--but these were offset by a decline in claims filed in New York. The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries.

Both states had been targeted by the presidential campaigns. President Obama highlighted his record of job creation in Ohio in particular, focusing on the automobile industry. The state reported 6,450 new jobless claims in the week after the election--second-highest after Pennsylvania, which recorded 7,766 new claims.

We got suckered!


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