The LuLac Edition #2280, November 29th, 2012
THE BIG LUNCHMitt Romney got to the White House in November but it wasn’t for a tour of the living quarters. Romney met with his opponent President Obama for a quiet sit down not open to the prying eyes of reporters. Romney had an eventful arrival when a man rushed him and was escorted away by the Secret Service. Gave him sort of a Presidential feel for the job, ya think? There were the usual press platitudes about the bitterness of the campaign subsiding. It was reported the two shook hands and Romney wished well for the country and the President in the next four years. Romney is a very talented businessman. He owes nothing to the Republican party that before the first debate did everything to promote themselves for 2016. His staff also weren’t the best braintrust. In this economic crisis, having Romney sit on the sidelines is like having Willie Mays on the bench in an all star game. Romney should be asked then he should accept for the country to provide his input on creating those 12c million jobs he was talking about. If this happened, “Romnesia” would give way to “Rom-work-now”.
WILKES BARRE BUDGETBudget talks are being bandied about in Wilkes Barre city. Mayor Tom Leighton is trying to put together a budget that will ease the pain of the taxpayers. but he isn’t getting any cooperation from the city Unions worried more about their jobs than the future of the city. This I budget number crunching time, right? Then why aren’t members of the City Council chipping in by donating part of their salary? And if this is all about money and budgets and fiscal stuff, why is Karen Ceppa Hirko, the losing candidate for Controller more visible than the duly elected officer, Kathy Kane? Quick, someone wave a consulting fee check and she just might emerge out of hiding. If she has shown up at all.
Former State DPW Secretary John n Hanger has announced that he will be a candidate for Governor in 2014. He is running early making sure that he gets the jump in what might be a crowded Democratic field. Treasurer Rob McCord and businessman Tom Knox have expr5esed interest.Hanger has decent name recognition in the state and is going to be canvassing the state two years before the general election. In his announcement, Hanger said he vowed to make Tom Corbett a one termer and break the cycle of eight years rule by each party. The tradition started when Edward Martin was elected in 1946 and then followed by fellow Republican John Fine. Since then the office has changed parties every 8 years. Corbett’s popularity is ebbing back up but Hanger thinks he can be beat. If there is not a big primary field from the Democrats, then he might have a shot.
MELLOW SENTENCING FRIDAYFormer Senator Bob Mellow will be sentenced in federal court tomorrow. He can get up to two years in jail. My prediction is the Judge will split the difference and give him a year in a minimum security prison. Maybe he might be in the same facility as his cousin Fred Rosetti.
This Week on Sunday Magazine A special encore edition of Sunday Magazine features Brian Hughes' interview from October with business and workplace expert Alexandra Levit, regarding the gap between the skills employee have versus the skills prospective employers are looking for. And an encore of Brian's May interview with the Rev. Ronald Weeks from the Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance, about how you can help the rescue missions in Scranton & Wilkes Barre in their efforts to help the poor, especially during the holiday season. 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.
ECTV TVTis the season for the annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" at Marywood University in Scranton and Joanne Arduino, Director of the Dance Studio at the Scranton Ballet will join Judge Tom Munley and David DeCosmo on ECTV Live the week of December 3rd. to talk about the show and what it takes to put it together. ECTV Live is presented at Noon, 6pm, and Midnight each day on Comcast Ch19 to promote quality of life events and programs in northeastern Pennsylvania.
1967The Beatles release Magical Mystery Tour in the US as a full album. The songs added to the original six songs on the double EP include All You Need Is Love, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Baby, You're a Rich Man and Hello, Goodbye. Release as a double EP will not take place in the UK until December. Who knew that 45 years later, "Hello Goodbye" would be my ringtone on a phone that is three times smaller than my first grade pencil case!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation to become president of the World Bank. This action is due to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's outright rejection of McNamara's early November recommendations to freeze troop levels, stop bombing North Vietnam and hand over ground fighting to South Vietnam. …..U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over the Vietnam War. I remember seeing this on TV and thinking, “Hmm, this isn’t supposed to happen!” My father said he had no shot but in 1968 legions of young people cut their hair and became “Clean For Gene” and gave people an excuse to not vote for President Johnson…..in Pennsylvania, Senator Joe Clark is noncommittal about McCarthy’s chances but says that someone other than legislators and protesters could articulate the anti war stance…and in Luzerne County, various school boards are reorganized with new members taking seats on joint school boards for the first time in Pennsylvania history and 45 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees.
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