Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2285, December 4th, 2012

Peter Clemenza. (Photo from “The Godfather 1”. )


 If you are a State Representative that gets defeated? Never fear, “the family” will take care of you. In the case of Ken Smith and Joe Brennan from the Lehigh Valley, both landed gently on their feet with jobs worth more than $72,000 a year. The bad boy Democrats got incredible jobs despite having flawed tenures. Brennan was arrested for drunk driving while Smith still owes thousands in back taxes. Smith also stiffed his employees by not paying into the state unemployment system. Their “appointments” and I use the word lightly points to the problems Pennsylvania state government faces. Caucuses have too much money to throw around to just anybody. When people talk about the bloated legislature in the state, it not only includes the lawmakers. It encompasses the staffs, the party caucuses as well as the mad money available to hire the most qualified individuals. In the mafia movies, when a good soldier gets rubbed out, his family is taken care of. When the voters rub out a state Representative, he’ll be taken care of one way or another. Peter Clemenza would be proud. 


NEPA Author and Military Wife Recognized By “Women You Should Know” 
WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW is an editorial site and community all about dynamic women. Founded by Jennifer Jones and Cynthia Hornig, it covers women’s drive and passion, their interesting stories and professional talents, what they care about, what they consume and how they live. Some of the women previously highlighted by WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW include Linda Kaiser, a member of the Hawaiian Swimming Hall of Fame who swam all 9 major channels in Hawaii; Carol Brodie, one of HSN’s top sellers of fine jewelry; and  Captain Brenda Berkman who served 25 years in the NYC Fire Dept, was a first responder on 9/11 and was featured in the 2006 PBS documentary Taking The Heat about the integration of women into the NYC Fire Department. 
Tiffany Cloud Olson, author of Sleeping with Dog Tags, a book about what she went through during her husband’s deployment to Afghanistan--which rose to #3 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases and hit their Best Sellers List in the military/spies biographies category on Oct 10, 2012--was selected by WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW on Oct 16, 2012. She resides in The Greater Hazleton Area. “Over the course of our careers and lives, we continue to meet women who inspire us or who we find truly interesting. They are accomplished, building their own self-made futures, reinventing themselves or just doing really cool things,” explains Jennifer Jones, Co-Founder and Managing Editor. “It is important for us to ensure that the many compelling stories that we come across serve as sources of inspiration that will encourage other women to realize their own dreams and perhaps even change the course of their own lives,” adds Cynthia Hornig, Co-Founder and Editorial Director. The editorial on Tiffany Cloud Olson is featured reads: http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/sleeping-with-dog-tags-military-deployment-from-a-wifes-perspective/ Upon receiving the news of her selection Cloud Olson stated, “I am humbled to be recognized by WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW & to be in the company of such a diverse group of inspiring, accomplished women. A military wife, I told my story to provide a window into what war is like for those manning the home front. I believe it’s important all Americans remember we are still at war and military families all over this nation wait, wonder and worry every day for their loved ones out there defending our freedoms.” Sleeping with Dog Tags is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble NOOK and eBooks. To learn more, go to www.womenyoushoudknow.net or you can follow them on Facebook.


At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

For years you ingrates have been bothering me for details on my personal information. You must understand that---for fear of my life I cannot reveal completely all details. Some of you slugs are assumedly dangerous, what with your associations with various drug dealers and bookies. In the end, it shall come to bite you. I have no pity.

However, since you are all so curious I can fill you in on some of my “tastes’. This is more to attempt to enhance your dull lives by suggesting you explore different avenues of literature, entertainment and music.

Prof. Milburn Cleaver Favorite Music:

1. Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1-6—preferably conducted by either Yvgeney Svetlanov, Leonard Bernstein or Arturo Toscanini (where available). Mind you, I suggest Mr. Svetlanov above all as the Russian conductors best understand the musical structure of Tchaikovsky.
2. Igor Stravinsky, “The Rite of Spring” known by the more cultured/intelligent as “ La Sacre du Printemps”—one of the most revolutionary pieces of music of the 20th Century—and all time. Check out Pierre Boulez’ interpretation….but above all Stravinsky’s versions—available on very audible recordings.
3. John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme”…….a three movement symphony of jazz innovation by a man gone too soon [in that awful year of 1967].
4. Miles Davis, “Sketches of Spain”….a five movement journey of Latin rhythms, jazz and classical arrangements, ingredients for a soup of pure musical genius.
5. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2….a three movement excursion of bluster, ease, and finally redemption. In the guise of the classical genre, this piece harbors on the more commercial side. It’s relevancy and greatness through time, however, has not compromised its beauty and endurance.
6. Sergei Rachmaninoff…..”The Bells”……..one of the Russian composer’s few forays into a near operatic genre based on Edgar Allen Poe’s poem of the same title.
7. Aaron Copland…..”Billy the Kid Ballet Suite”…..powerful western cowboy rhythms, combined with the ambiance of classical genre…….consider it “Eastwood meets Beethoven”. This is one piece I believe that even you turnips would not be bored by. Again, check out Copland’s own version, however, Leonard Bernstein also does an outstanding interpretation of this work by America’s greatest composer.
8. George Gershwin…..”Rhapsody in Blue”….if I need explain this one, there is simply no hope for any of you degenerates.
9. Sergei Prokofiev…..”Lt. Kije Ballet Suite”…..a strange mix of rhythms bordering on jazz and old Russian classical thematic from the 20th Century’s greatest composer next to Stravinsky.

So much for my musical selections. If I could only persuade just one of you slackers to listen to at least one of these recordings it would have been worth it. However, since your tastes range from heavy metal or silly rap or country bebop, I doubt you would understand the greatness of these pieces.

In forthcoming lectures I shall reveal my tastes in literature and film. If you are hoping to acquire my telephone numbers, home address, etc. please hold your breath. At least if you turn blue there will be a little color added to your pale complexions.

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

At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the biographical information only a true megalomaniac would think anyone was interested in and thanks for posting again today. Please keep it up everyday as it provides exellent therapy for your mental health issues. Its unimaginable to you that it bores the hell out of the rest of us. Do you really intend to continue with these lists? Are you out of things to say and political predictions?
Easy to see why you hid in academia
for your imagined career. The real world is just too tough!

As a Julliard Graduate I am familiar with some of your musical selections and some are excellent from a pedestrian point of view.

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats real nice, Professor. I like puppy dogs, and lullabies and angel kisses and Hershey kisses.
I also love Mommy and Daddy and Santa Claus. I love my dollies too and I dont like bullies. Most old people smell funny. I bet you stink! Do you have any friends?
I do. Do you ever get to go out and play? I bet you are very lonely. Bye now.

Little Edie

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Anon 11:40 p.m.

Young man, what on Earth are you doing awake at such an unholy hour when you are expected in class tomorrow????
Please, please, I cannot implore you enough; learn the proper way to illustrate the words "it's".
Your writing: Its unimaginable to you...."
Proper enunciation: "IT'S unimaginable to you...." meaning "it is". The form you used is only proper in descriptive mode: for example: "The slacker student's paper had beer and blood stains all over its pages."
Please, do not embarrass the class again.
As for young Master Edie......young Lady, and I use the word "loosely".....please do not come to class anymore. Find a nice young handyman and get married. Please, however, by all means use birth control!
YOUNGSTERS, YOU ARE BOTH DISMISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Edie lives up to his name.

Small mind spewing kindergarten sarcasm better served somewhere else.

Reminds me: its been a while since I listened to The Wall.


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