Friday, December 14, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2295, December 14th, 2012

Grief  in Connecticut. (Photo,


One more America was the victim of insane gun violence. This time the victims were little children aged 6 to 10. Some loser killed them in a school in Connecticut. He had some issues with his family and decided to take his hatred out on Innocent victims. He had an assault weapon which fired multiple rounds. Tarone and I debated this on “Topic A” tonight. There is no good reason those guns should be available to self loathing sickos who can’ or won’t solve their own problems. And if he was getting help, seeking help, or refused help, score one for the pathetic mental health system in this country. Tonight many children lie dead. Killed by a person who took his wrath for his sorry life out on innocent people with nothing but blue sky ahead of them. Now the clouds of grief engulf their families. And the killer? He killed himself after he did all that damage. A coward to the end. 


Governor Tom Corbett said that he is passing on the state setting up its own Health Care Exchange for the Affordable Care Act. His excuse? He doesn’t want to put Pennsylvania residents and taxpayers in a situation where they may not know the full ramifications of Health Care. Isn’t it amazing how Corbett could jump in bed with the natural gas industry, not bother to put any taxes on them, in effect, speculated on its future while he decides health care for Pennsylvanians is too much of a hassle? This is the same guy who let Adult Basic die. I wonder how many thousands of low income Pennsylvanians died because of that decision? I wonder how many wound up in the Emergency Rooms which you and I paid for with our premiums? Corbett is proving to be not the sharpest political knife in the drawer. If Pennsylvania is not going to set up its own exchange, that sets the stage for Kathleen Sebelius and Health and Human Services to call the action. If the insurance industry thinks Corbett's decision is a good thing, they’re crazy. A Federal exchange will have more attractive options that will be competitive with the Blues and every other private insurer in the state. Then, as the exchange grows, and money starts coming in with the increased number of insured, the door will swing wide open for what the insurance industry and the GOP fear, the public option. You just watch. 


The Luzerne County Council gave taxpayers a chance to take a breath and look at the 2013 budget. Council voted to wait and let residents look and see. The budget has a 4 million dollar hole but the Budget Director thinks they can make that up with Monetization.. That’s hoping for money from anticipated tax revenues. The final vote on this is going to be interesting. The reaction of the Council will cast a long shadow on how well the County Manager takes the news as well as the criticism. 


Susan Rice withdrew her interest in being Secretary of State. This comes in the wake of her role as a spokes person for the Benghazi attacks on September 11th. Rice was reporting the information she had at the time. To hear the Republicans talk, Rice and the State Department planned the terror attacks. Was there a lack of communication? Was there a screw up? Yes. Will there be an investigation? Yes.It is tragic that four people were killed. But I think it is hysterical that the party who brought us a war in Iraq sending men and women to their death without adequate body armour is screaming about less than 5 casualties when I still wonder why we lost more than5,000 in the first decade of this century. 


Looking for a a Christmas Gift? “Weather Or Knot” can still be bought at Barnes and Noble in Wilkes Barre at the Arena Hub plaza and all of my books are on 


Hunter Ridgway, Matt Cartwright "go to guy" in D.C. (LuLac file).


Congressman-Elect Matt Cartwright (PA-17) announced today that seasoned professional Hunter Ridgway will serve as Chief of Staff in his Washington, D.C. office. “When I'm sworn in, I intend to hit the ground running, and having a talented professional like Hunter on my team will allow me to do just that,” Cartwright said. “I’m confident that he will help lead my office as we get to work serving the people of the 17th District and moving our state forward. I believe Hunter will be an asset in not only to my Washington, D.C. office, but also here at home.” Ridgway has years of experience on Capitol Hill and joins the staff of Congressman-Elect Cartwright after serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Olver (MA-01) for the last 15 years. In his previous role, Ridgway has focused on transportation and economic development for Rep. Olver, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Virginia, and received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in 1990. Cartwright will make additional announcements regarding his transition to Congress in the coming weeks. He will be sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013.



Saturday Night Live’s Shadoe Steele. (LuLac file).


News from Shadoe Steele’s FaceBook page, “Saturday Night Live At the Oldies” will return in January of 2013. This time on line. Steele has been podcasting for years and will be back in the radio saddle come 2013. We’ll keep you posted on his exploits and guests. Steele will be a guest Saturday Night from 7pm to 9 on The River, 104.9 tomorrow night. The River is the home of the King of Doo Wop Bobby V. Bobby ran Oldies 94.3FM in the 80s. It is not a stretch to imagine Shafoe returning to "The River". Just sayin'.


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Sharon Finster from the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains about pet care and the services the hospital provides for owners and their pets. An encore of Brian's interview with Todd Katz of Metlife, who discusses open benefits enrollment season in the workplace. And Brian speaks with Dr. Chris Mohr about how to beat the holiday cheat when it comes to overeating 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.
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Magical Mystery Tour is released by The Beatles as a double EP in the U.K. and also the only psychedelic rock album of The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request in the U.K and in the U.S.A...........Nicolae Ceauşescu becomes the Chairman of the Romanian State Council, making him the de facto leader of Romania..........Supersonic airliner Concorde is unveiled in Toulouse, France.       King Constantine II of Greece flees the country when his coup attempt fails… Pennsylvania Mayor James Tate reappoints Frank Rizzo as Police Commissioner….in Lackawanna County, majority Commissioners Patrick Mellody and Edward Zipay pledge to work with Minority Commissioner Charles Liger in the new term. Mellody and Zipay were re-elected but not with the larger margin they used to be…and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in LuLac land and America was “Incense and Peppermint” by The Strawberry Alarm Clock. 

A song that hit the top 5 was sung by a group from Allentown. Jay and the Techniques’ follow up to “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” proved more popular that their initial offering. The song was “Keep the Ball Rolling”.


At 9:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday 12/14/12 If today isnt enough for us to take a serious look at gun control then what will it take. Six adults and twenty children are dead. "Guns dont kill people, people do." We hear it all the time, but the truth is "People with guns kill people". Let the hunters hunt and let the target shooters have their sport, but no one needs an automatic weapon with the exception of the military and law enforcement. I know all the arguements against, but the time has come to take the first step. Read the Second Amendment before you quote it, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state.." is how it begins. Its qualified. The framers never could have imagined todays weapons. There is room for compromise and common sense. Let it begin today. JP

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have lost our way as a country I fear. Money for mental health has been cut, social services to the poor have been cut and will be further. Yet we increase spending on death and cater to the wealthy. We allow a political party and it's right wing to poison the water of our basic humanity and divert us from the path this once great nation was set upon: to be the beacon of equality and freedom to the world. However, the freedom to bear arms should never include assault weapons in the hands of civilians. ONLY police and military should have that firepower. People should be limited to the number of firearms they can own at any one time. You want another one? Sell one you already have. But today, is a nonpartisan day, a day in which both republicans and democrats and independents should come together and pray for a renewal of the soul of America. Today, we should begin a dialogue that will lead to the funding of things that will prevent days like this. No one can tell me that someone didn't already know the shooter was a mental case. The very LAST thing he should have had was multiple firearms. Damn the NRA...this is the kind of incident that they protect with their insane policies. America, find your way back to the path of sanity before it's too late.

Bruce J. Simpson

At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw you tonight on Topic A and you were really fired up. I really enjoy you two guys going at it. Also agree that there has to be something done about the big guns. It's time to stop.
Also, love Jay and the Techniques. Great songs. They were kings in the Lehigh Valley Area in the 60s.

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Simpson, your comments are precisely why I voted for you when you ran for County Council. No one is going to take anyone's guns. How can the NRA defend these murders?

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what percentage of the population own guns? What percent owns automatic weapons?
Common sense covers the assualt/automatic weapons issue. As a democracy, why cant we just put the question on the ballot?
JP and Mr Simpson said what needed to be said. Now lets act!
The thought of what happened in Connecticut makes me as a parent and a human being sick. I passed on my company Christmas Party last night because I just couldnt go. This hits hard probably because of the children. However we go about it and whatever the concequences, we must start on all fronts possible to end the senseless killing. My thoughts today are with the families and the children.

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get real America! Be ashamed and move right now on gun control. Politicians dont be afraid of the NRA and its money and power. Dont be COWARDS any longer. Gun control
is too long overdue with too many dead. Lets act like responsible adults. GodDammit these were little kids in school on a friday days before Christmas! We owe it to our children. We owe it to these children and parents!Our humanity is at stake!

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Your Friend and Political Sparring Partner said...

The left wants to ban guns, the right wants to put God in the schools? Like either would have made a difference. This tragedy more than likely could not have been averted. We always try to put logical thoughts and rational reasoning onto illogical and irrational people. He could have done just has much damage with 2 aluminum baseball bats, maybe more because the lack of gunfire would not have warned people. Some disturbed man in China slashed 22 children. Timothy McVeigh did not need a gun. If someone is hellbent on doing something like this, very little will deter them.
Just like making pseudoephedrine less available was supposed to decrease the production of meth; anyone watch the news lately?
It is horrific and sad, and I will pray for these families, I will hold my loved ones and I will strive each day to make sure they know they are loved, and secure in that knowledge because tomorrow is never promised.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A gun is not the only instrument and evil person requires:

Bath School disaster 45 died | 58 injured
May 18, 1927 : In the deadliest mass school murder in United States history, former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township, Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.

June 11, 1964: Cologne school massacre. Armed with an insecticide sprayer converted into a flamethrower, a lance and a homebuilt mace, 42-year-old Walter Seifert entered the Katholische Volksschule and opened fire on the girls playing in the courtyard. He then knocked in classroom windows with his mace and fired inside. Eight children and two teachers died, twenty children and two teachers survived with very severe burns. After taking a cyanide pill, Seifert died the following day, in custody.

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Huckabee who can always be counted on to say something stupid has done it again! The fault lies with taking God out of the schools. Too bad Mike didnt get to be President! A bad politician a bad man and a bad guitar player.

Guns arent the only source of damage I know but its a place to start! And in this case the gunman used a GUN!!!Read that sentence again before you argue with it!

At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not ban guns.
Ban some guns.
Big difference.

the Left

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:02 & 11:51

Thanks for bringing some balance to the postings.

The emotional trauma brought on by these shooting events sparks everyone's need to fix "it". Trouble is no one-size-fits-all fix exists because there is no one "it".

I was once told by an experienced psychiatrist-turned-professor that "the mind of man is not open to investigation". At the time, I was too immature to understand or appreciate the full tenor of his statement.

No law could prevent what has happened in Newtown. His mom and first victim, was a gun collector who took her kids to the shooting range. He reportedly used her guns. I'm sure she had no idea she would be in for this.

Is there any law, real or imagined that would "constitutionally" have prevented this? Would a drone in the area have helped?

Let's wait for the whole story to unfold and get some prospective on the incident. This requires that we remember, resolve to be focused on a workable solution and be thoughtful and deliberate in our conclusions.

We must fight the urge to be as outrageous in our fix as this tragedy is outrageous in its gravity.

Unfortunately we tend to chase the next target of manufactured outrage. The news cycle encourages "milking tragedies" and moving on.

We have allowed ourselves to become ADHD-sound-bite citizens and every media consultant knows it.

In the meantime are you teaching your loved ones how to respond in such situations? How to be aware, listen and react to their "spidey-senses"? Or are you leave that to "someone else"?

May I suggest reading "The Gift of Fear"?

KneeJerk check: I am not saying this is "manufactured". Not even close. OK?

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW - well put 3:32.

"The Gift of Fear", holy crap, I saw my spouse reading it months, maybe years, ago. Hope it's still around.

BTW: I keep hitting the "refresh" symbol until I get words/numbers easy to read and I KNOW will work.

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The outrage is justified, the politicization before the bodies were even pulled from the school was disgusting.
Ban some guns or all guns, this sub-human would have found another way.
God in school or out of school wouldn't have changed his mind.
His was a mind sickened by nature or nurture; no mental health system would have been able to help; that far gone when value of other's life is gone, when value of his own life is gone; no therapy, no drug, nor any doctor would have been able to treat, let alone cure.
There are no answers; there are no solutions, there is only sadness. It isn't the first time, it won't be the last, cherish your life.

At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's ban some political speech,not all

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Idea!

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:45 is right about one thing big time,
Mike Huckabee is a complete and total idiot and an asshole to boot!
Theres no place for this moron in a band let alone a political office. Hes right where he belongs on FIX!

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's ban pointless, inane postings of no merit.

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the left has to jump on this so quicly, is because as more is learned the less this will be about the weapons used.
Adam Lanza appears to have been deveolopmentally challenged, and perhaps mentally ill. On top of that he was raised by someone, who as it is being reported, may have had some issues with paranoia...
He would have found a way, another weapon of choice MAY have killed less or it MAY have killed more, either way death would have occurred; this is NOT about the weapon; but about the person who yeiled it.

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of banning the guns, how about we start putting limits on the drugs we are feeding our young?

At 10:54 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Let's ban pointless, inane postings of no merit.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't know you were a stooges fan "jumbotron".

Me too.

So how about an occasional post: StoogeView?

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more that comes out about this horrific story, the less this is about guns, and the more it is about a very disturbed young man. A young man who was getting the care he required, but that sometimes isn't enough; it is sad that sometimes bad things simply happen.
It is too bad that reporters,politicians, talks show hosts and bloggers don''t have the patience to wait for all information to come out before spouting b.s.


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