The LuLac Edition #2271, November 22nd, 2012
CLINTON ON DECK
Diplomatic efforts sped up Tuesday to bring the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict to an end. Increasingly worried about the conflict, the United States has also intensified efforts to broker a truce between both the warring states. On Wednesday, a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas with Hamas claiming the credit. But it was the involvement of Egypt that got the thing to a peaceful end. All of this activity has centred on US Secretary of State Hillary. This latest trip might give the Secretary an opportunity to do something her husband could not, get a true peace going in the Middle East. It is apparent that Clinton has been the go to person for Foreign Policy in this administration. Ironically it is Clinton who has made the Democratic party stronger in foreign policy than the Republicans. It is true that Clinton will have to answer to history about Benghazi. But it should be pointed out that that it was an attack on a consulate that was perpetrated by our enemies. How history will treat this vent and Clinton’s role in it will have much to do with whether she is a candidate for President in 2016. Or does Clinton want to take the path of least resistance and maybe try for the Supreme Court? My friend Gort 42 brought the specter up a few weeks ago on his site. And it isn’t as if the current occupant in the White House doesn’t owe the Clinton clan.
VETERAN’S PLATES AVAILABLE
State Senator John Blake announces that Veteran’s license plates are going to be available. PennDOT has made available a new series of license plates designed to honor veterans and active duty members of the Armed Forces who have received medals. The new plates display the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor and Bronze Star. PennDOT also offers specialty plates honoring individuals who served in the military and in major conflicts, ranging from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom.
WORKING ON THE HOLIDAY
I worked all of my life on holidays. Starting in broadcasting, as the single guy I worked on all of the holidays. The only day that I lobbied for was Christmas Eve because we always had the big Christmas Eve supper. So I was used to it. But broadcasting is a little different than retail and I remember many of my friends having Thanksgiving off before Black Friday. But things changed when Wal Mart and K Mart started opening on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, once a day of family, reflection and gratitude has now become a grab and go day. Grab and go some dark meat and stuffing at mom’s, load up the car and over the woods not to Grandma’s place but to a store where you waited in oline to grab your big sale item. A co worker of mine has a second job at Wal Mart and he has told stories of being pushed up against a wall by screaming, avaricious shoppers. Workers are pushing back by telling the stores they’d like some time with their families. The workers want quality time before Black Friday. The stores want to gain a financial advantage. It’s a stalemate. But the people who can break the tie are those people, those Americans, those LuLacers who must decide what is more important, spending time with their family or standing in line to get a deal. Until the latter becomes a lower priority than the former, there will be more of this nonsense.