Thursday, December 06, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2287, December 6th, 2012

Table and chairs. (Photo by Mrs. LuLac). 


The other day as I sat in the Neurologist's office waiting to see him, I looked at a children’s set of a table and chairs. Mrs. LuLac remarked that the chairs looked so tiny. And then I said to her, if they locked the Democrats and the Republicans in a room together with that table and those little chairs, you’d see how quickly this thing would be settled.
Do not “leave it” (the fiscal cliff) to guys like this. (Photo )


In the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama should not pull a Jerry Mathers and “Leave It To The Beavers” in Congress. He did that during the health care debate and had a few things in the Affordable Care Act that were deemed problematic. He did that with the Stimulus bill and had a few things in there the GPOP hammered him on. The President needs to take control of what he wants. He is the architect and the Congress are the builders. 


Our friend Wil Toole sent this e mail along outlining a step by step plan about what the Fiscal cliff is and why it is so important. Here it is: The first thing to know about the so-called "fiscal cliff" is that it's not a cliff—it's a choice. It's a choice between making the 1% richer at the expense of everyone else, or lifting up 100% of Americans. It's a choice between American prosperity and European austerity. In this sharp new video, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich breaks down the fiscal choice in 2 minutes and 30 seconds—with pictures too. And he gives Democrats the inside scoop on how to fight and win this fiscal showdown for the middle class. Even if you don't usually watch videos like this, you've got to watch this one. 



Luzerne County will no longer have row offices for election. But a big race this year will be the Controller’s race. Incumbent Walter Griffith is running again and let’s hope the suicidal tendencies of the Luzerne County GOP are suppressed and keep them from running a challenge to Griffith in the primary. I know this sounds unrealistic but they ave done dumber things. On the Democratic side Bob Morgan swore up and down that he isn’t running but I’ve seen him and his lovely family at events across the county. Griffith has the support of many taxpayers fed up with the revelations of county spending like clothing allowances and free lunches for workers. His critics will say Walter is playing “smallball” but the outrage rings true. The general election race might tell us just how strong the Luzerne County Democratic party is………or isn’t.
Photo of Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson consoling Jackie Kennedy on Air force One. Behind Mrs. Kennedy is Congressman Jack Brooks. UPI photo.


The last living, remaining vestige of the Texas Democratic party that dominated the Lone Star state in the 50s and 60s has died. Jack Brooks passed away the other day and was one of the first Democrats from Congress to get squarely behind Civil Rights and served in Congress for 42 years. He has the distinction of being the most senior member of Congress to be defeated. He lost in 1994 for having supported the Clinton crime bill even though he was a former Marine and lifelong NRA member. Brooks was one of the richest men in Congress but was on the scene in events of political history. He drafted the articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, was in the motorcade in Dallas when President Kennedy got killed and was on Air Force One when his friend Lyndon Johnson became President. He was 89. 


Jazz great Dave Brubeck died Wednesday. He was in his 90s. Those of us of a certain age remember when Brubeck was a mainstay on the late night talk shows in the early and mid 60s. Brubeck’s “Take 5” was the very first jazz record to sell one million copies. When I was in college I worked at the King’s station WRKC FM and did a weekly jazz show. I found a treasure trove of classic albums entitled “Jazz Goes To College” which featured Brubeck and his group. He was on the cover of Time Magazine in 1954 , played before world audiences including performances with Leonard Bernstein’s New York Philharmonic (that a great vintage album!) and performed before Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and other world leaders of note. Brubeck wanted to become a veterinarian but changed his major to music. We are all thankful for that. He would have been celebrating his 92nd birthday today. 




This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with State Representative Elect Kevin Haggerty of the 112th Legislative District about his January coat drive, and the challenges he faces as a freshman representative in Harrisburg. This Week In Harrisburg features State Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County urging seniors to apply for property tax and rent rebates. Senator John Blake of Lackawanna County discusses renewing tax incentives for wind power due to expire at the end of the year, and Senate Democrats say their focus in the new General Assembly session in January is jobs. And an encore of Brian’s interview with Dr. Charles Simone from the University of Pennsylvania, who discusses the results of a recent study of breast cancer patients. 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. 


Could an effective live saving holiday program be in jeopardy? The answer could come on ECTV Live during the week of December 10th when hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo welcome Miclele Smith from the Lackawanna County Agency on Drugs and Alcohol to the program. ECTV Live runs at Noon, 6pm, and Midnight on Comcast Ch19.
Our 1967 logo. 


The RMS Queen Mary is retired. Her place is taken by the RMS Queen Elizabet 2..Christiaan Barnard carries out the world's first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. a volcano erupts on Deception Island in Antarctica.....U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta (235 of the 300-strong Viet Cong battalion are killed). In New York City, Benjamin Spock and Allen Ginsberg are arrested for protesting against the Vietnam War. (Wikipedia)        In Pennsylvania, Democratic Congressman John Dent says he will most likely challenge Senator Joseph Clark for the Democratic nomination for Senator. Dent told Westmoreland County officials that he was contemplating a run but would see how Clark’s stance against the Vietnam War would evolve………in Wilkes Barre, Mayor Frank Slattery closes out his final days as Mayor by helping to transition team members deal with the new city/manager form of government and lighting the City Christmas tree……and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was a huge hit, “Hello Goodbye” by the Beatles. The song charted number 58 on WABC in New York the week before, and hurdled into the top spot on WARM Radio after just a few weeks of airplay. (LuLac archives)


At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo by Mrs. LuLac. And brilliant observation. These guys need to get in a room. As always, love the Thursday edition of LuLac.

At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning Students,

I continually wonder when or if Mr. Yonki will ever get over his obsession with the inept, vile and corrosive year of 1967. May I suggest a far more progressive year, perhaps 1952? Regardless, as he has the right to conduct himself as he sees fit, I have the equal right to protest. I know that it is foreign to most of you putzes, but as Americans we possess this gift.

The business of this classroom goes forward……..

Students, I must take exception with Mr. Yonki’s paper regarding the so called “fiscal cliff”. We must understand that this “cliff” or “slope” as some refer to it is basically a firewall in the name of responsible spending. If the President and the Congress cannot come up with their own solution then the automatic cuts shall be the law of the land. Ironically, I seem to be in agreement with some of you liberals on this issue. I say, let’s fall off!!!!!!!!!!!

I do NOT want to see an America that unfairly punishes the 2% simply because they worked harder than most slackers and have money. This is sheer discrimination ----cut and dry. Mind you, I do concede that the majority of Americans (even some Republicans---dear Lord!) favor raising taxes on the wealthy. I will remind you ingrates of one important fact concerning the U.S> Constitution: ITS MAIN FUNCTION IS TO PROTECT THE MINORITY FROM THE MAJORITY!!!! Go ahead, slugs, dispute me!!!!! If you can counter my points then I will provide you with an A !!!!!!!!!!!!!! When we fall off of the proverbial cliff all taxes will rise, HOWEVER, the massive cuts to the wasteful entitlements will also take place. I am confident that the Congress shall place a safeguard regarding the defense cuts that Secy. Panetta (Obama’s own and a Bill Clinton associate) states would be “devastating”.

So, what kind of America will we wake up to the morning after we fall??? Less taxpayer money for slackers (situations such as these are best left to private charities, such as the Red Cross or one’s respective church). Higher taxation for ALL citizens…..the wealthy will weather it----let us see how popular the Democrats are regarding the middle class after this occurs. And massive defense cuts which as I stated will quickly be restored. All in all, not the dire situation the media is painting. Still, not pretty either but I would rather have EVERYONE see a tax increase as opposed to only one group of Americans receiving a tax cut. Fair is fair, layabouts.

In closing, I appreciate the warm and kind comments that some of you have delivered regarding my list of preferred music. I hope the rest of you trolls will do your research and explore some of these compositions. It can only benefit you. I am off to Vermont this weekend to spend some time with some old colleagues from my early days of teaching. We will be gathering at the Burlington Country Club. I look forward to the rapport amongst Martinis and good Cigars. It is always such a relief to get away from the dire sewer that is this classroom. As the beer garden and gambling world is your refuge I urge all of you to be careful and make certain that your bookies or dealers are paid up. I wish you well……be careful, or some poor innocent will pay as you more than likely walk to slag another day……
Something to think about this morning……
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonkster, I understand your point about Walter Griffith but speaking with many friends who work within the system, Walter is not acting like a county controller, he is acting more like a kid in a candy store. He simply is not doing his job on the larger scale. Yes he does pick the low hanging fruit but the big fruit, the best fruit is out of his reach and that can't be helped. Walter is truly trying or seems to be but the fact is he just doesn't have the background or ability to do the job. Remember, it was not Walter who uncovered the big problems in the county. This BS with Atty Stevens and Judge Gartley was uncovered by a Wilkes Barre newspaper reporter. It should have been Walter, he approved the checks and in fact, he wrote the checks. There were several embezzlements but not uncovered by Walter but if his audits were done, he would have uncovered it. I still can't believe that Sharkie got away with all that money and for so long without the county controller picking it up in his audits. Walter fought like a tiger to physically audit the Sheriff's store of weapons but missed so many other things that cost the taxpayers money. You really should not be defending him because he has a good attitude, you should be looking to support a controller candidate who can actually do the job.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you will mention it, but as years pass the media and the Country seems to be allowing Pearl Harbor to be forgotten. Although we have long been at peace with Japan the servicemen and women who were at Pearl Harbor must be remembered always. Lets never get caught napping again.
You do an excellent job with Lulac and as previously noted the Thursday edition is always a highlight. I appreciate your efforts.

Carey Avenue Jack

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, I think it is ridiculous to have a controller who is incapable of performing even the simplest of audits in areas where he should be concerned. Instead, he puts these audits out for public bid as a cost to the taxpayers. What's happened with the law firm that over billed the county? Remember, it was the Times-Leader that uncovered that little circus, not the controller. Now that the salary is doubled, it is past time for a competent man to take the office. Also, a dose of personality and the ability to get along with others would not be a bad thing.

Bruce J. Simpson

At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What warm and kind comments, Prof? I didnt see any. Why dont you ski into a tree in fantasyland and do us all a favor. You, Sir are totally delusional.

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The p;rofessor is a flat out liar. He promised to go away if Romney lost so will sombody please tell that flaming ass that Romeny lost now its time for him to get lost.

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Joe V said...

Yonk, you're drinking the Kool Aid - a couple observations and comments:

STEP 9: We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.

STEP 10: If we raise taxes on those "evil rich people" whom create wealth and jobs, it'll only produce enough revenue to run the country for eight days

STEP 10: List all the goodies Obama will hand out and how to get them

Joe V

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe V

Re Step 10 #1
Whats wrong with the evil rich paying their fair share?
What jobs are being created? For example, Mitt Romney a rich guy specialized in the opposite of job creation.
Last, Whos drinking the Koolaid?

A Retired 47%er who served his country, participated in Charity
and worked damn hard for the little I got and get!

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo 10:16 11:23 it might help if you tried to counter the Prof's arguments with one of equal substance.

The ski-into-a-tree comment is typical "beer talk" and only makes you sound like the students he describes. Are youse?

At 8:41 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yonk, you're drinking the Kool Aid - a couple observations and comments:

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Ski into a tree" was a poor attempt at humor. But seriously why try to counter an imaginary beings remarks. Hes a put on, get it!Its his constant insults that cause such responses. Did he ever buy the guy who won the bet lunch or send in the donation for charity? NO! Do youse also believe in the tooth fairy?

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious what is fair share? Considering many in that 47% pay zero federal income taxes; how are those in the upper income levels who are actually paying the majority of federal income taxes not paying their fair share.
It is time to end all government entitlement programs. Let the chips fall where they may. If you can take care of yourself and your family you will survive and perhaps thrive. If you can't then you will die, stop taking up resources and get out of the way for someone who may be productive.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I outgrew the tooth fairy, leprechauns and big, bad wolves.

The prof is NOT imaginary - he exists under a pseudonym (false name - in case you went to GAR).

I may raise an eyebrow on some of his conclusions over the last few years but he does display a consistent philosophy and approach to things.

You may not like it or agree with him but I haven't seen much in the way of substance from his detractors. He does keep the blog editor on his toes and that's a good thing.

I hope you don't think this is overly harsh but your response to me is as lame as anything I've read. Perhaps its time to mature or at least grow up.

At 2:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


A pseudonym is using another name.
A False name.
The Prof is an invented character to most unless of course you believe in him totally. The entire personna is a little much for belief for a thinking man.
How do his actions keep the blog editor on his toes? 52 is better than 67! Romney will win?
No I did not attend GAR. I did however graduate from the U of S a long time ago.
I dont think your remarks are harsh
after all you believe in the professor and that says a lot!

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair to the prof. he stated he was retiring when Romney won the election.

As he was certain of the victory he was caugaht off guard by the Obama win so he decieded to stay.


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