Thursday, December 20, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2302, December 20th, 2012

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They tell us how much they love freedom. They tell you they care about the future of the country, tugging at the heart strings and talking about your grand children. They tell you they are open to new ideas. They look you in the face and tell you they want fairness. But in the end, all they want is to serve the narrow masters that fund their very existence. I am of course talking about the Republican party. If we are to go over the fiscal cliff, blame the Republican House and back stabbing Speaker John Boehner. The White House thought they were close to a deal on Monday. The President made the huge concession that taxes could be raised on income of not $250,000 like he’s been saying since he ran for President but $400,000. Another huge concession was Obama’s willingness to look at benefit cuts in Medicare as well as means testing for it among high income people. And the GOP walked away. Maybe Boehner is using this as strategy but one thing is clear. Much to the chagrin of the left, Obama has moved significantly. The GOP has not. Even business leaders who castigated Obama think the time for a deal is now. Not Boehner and the Republicans. They are still in the opposition mode that they have always been in. Americans must realize there is something unseemly about this odd opposition to a President elected twice by a majority of the American people. In the past election, despite all of the lies about health care, the President’s place of birth and the Stimulus plan, the country turned their back on this Republican party. These were policy and election issues. But right now this party is heading into dangerous territory. Americans are fair minded, common sense people. Sooner or later they are going to realize the Republican party is close to treason in its blinding opposition to this administration. The fiscal cliff deadline will come and go. And our economy will get worse. If you think a gun bill will pass, sorry, but this party will never let it happen. They’ll stand in front of the flag, hand over heart, lips trembling crying crocodile tears for the dead children but as sure as the sun comes up, they’ll find a way to shout “freedom, freedom., freedom” while more people die. My friends Bruce Simpson and Wil Toole have told me I am crazy for saying that it is okay to vote for a Republican if they seem reasonable. It is unfair to think that the actions of the national Republicans should impact local GOP people. But the GOP has not been fair to this President or this nation since January 21st, 2009. If there is no deal and if the GOP puts road blocks into a sensible gun bill (by the way, there are over 900 weapons a gun enthusiast could buy) it will be time to destroy the Republican party, district by district, ward by ward, and lie by lie. I never thought this way, but the actions of the Republican party this week dictate that it is time for them to go. Permanently. 


If you ever had a chance to read Ed Rendell’s book “A Nation of Wusses”, he takes special aim on the National Rifle Association. Rendell talks about how politicians are threatened by the NRA. On TV last week, virtually none pro gun politicians appeared on TV. It is true the gun lobby has defeated great men and women. (Joseph Clark in ’68 was defeated that way, the only saving grace was that a moderate Republican Richard Schweiker was put in his seat). But the times are different. People are more reasonable now. And Rendell points out that three times he ran for big offices in Pennsylvania (a gun state if there ever was one) and won big each time. It is time for politicians to roll up their sleeves and face down the playground bully referred to as the NRA. Next time an NRA member talks about his freedom, just ask them about the freedom of this little girl pictured below. What about her freedom… live?
Emilie Parker, one of last Friday’s victims. (Photo: Cnn.COM)
Congressman Elect Matt Cartwright. (Photo: Catwright for Congress.)


We didn’t get a chance to share some of the comments we received from Congressman Elect Matt Cartwright’s office the other day. But they are worth reading. Here are his comments:
 On the day I found out about the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut in the mid-morning, that Friday, when I was in a foreign policy briefing. U.S. Rep.-elect Elizabeth Esty, the excellent new Congresswoman for the district in which Newtown is located, was sitting next to me. She took the call on her mobile phone. I saw the look on her face. She was stricken. It’s hard to know when the right time is to shift from mournful comments about the tragic loss of lives, and the terrible toll taken on the families. It’s hard to know when it’s all right to start talking about how it could have been prevented or at least how it could have been prevented from being as bad as it was. The problem is that people will feel that it’s not right to try to score political points out of a horrible situation like this. I don’t want to make points about politics. I want to make a point about law. The most important principle about making laws is that they should promote good and avoid evil. St. Thomas Aquinas, in his best-known work, the Summa Theologica, wrote of the natural law, “this is the first precept of the law, that good is to be done, and promoted, and evil is to be avoided. All other precepts of the natural law are based on this.” He wrote that in 1274. If ever there was a clear presentation of the contrast between good and evil, it appeared in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. The goodness, the innocence, of 6- and 7-year old boys and girls, full of fun, eager to learn, and excited to be together, would never be questioned. Whatever it was that possessed their killer, whatever psychosis invaded his brain, whatever mental turmoil it was that drove Adam Lanza to kill that day, it was evil. And what he actually did, with a Bushmaster AR-15, inside that elementary school, was pure evil. No one doubts it. The question is, how is this kind of evil to be avoided? Can we make laws to help avoid this kind of unspeakable evil? The answer is, yes, we can. We can enact laws that restrict the purchase and sale of semi-automatic assault rifles. We can enact laws that restrict the purchase and sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. We can do this, and it is legal. It has been done before. Between 1994 and 2004 we had an assault rifle ban in our country. Prominent members of the law enforcement community supported the ban. The nation did not dissolve. The Constitution did not disintegrate. The sky did not fall. It does not violate the Second Amendment to ban assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. For generations, the Supreme Court has made it clear that there are limits to the declarations in the Bill of Rights. For example, the First Amendment’s right of free speech does not extend to going into crowded cinemas and yelling“fire!” On July 29, 2012, nine days after another mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, Justice Antonin Scalia – possibly the most conservative member of the Supreme Court in its entire history – told Fox News Sunday in a discussion of the Second Amendment: “Yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed.” Banning assault rifles like the Bushmaster AR-15 used on the Sandy Hook children would not cure the evil that drove Adam Lanza to kill. But it would make it more difficult for him to kill. In killing 27 people, Lanza is reported to have fired as many as three hundred rounds, pumping as many as 11 bullets into each victim. Lanza was using equipment that made him an efficient child-killing machine. This kind of firepower is not necessary for hunting, or self-defense. Our American experience has showed us example after example of assault rifles and high capacity clips being used in mass killings of innocent people. What we never hear about are instances of these weapons being used in self-defense, which is the point of the Second Amendment. We also never hear about assault rifles being taken hunting. No self-respecting deer hunter would even consider firing a dozen bullets at a buck. I announced my support for an assault rifle ban in July, after the Aurora shooting. I urge you to contact your elected officials to express your support for bans on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. How many more innocent schoolchildren have to die before we find the courage to enact laws that will actually help us avoid this kind of evil?


It appears two former Judges are asking to have their pensions reinstated. I say yes to one and no to the other. Anne Lokuta was railroaded by the Luzerne County Court system for not eing a long legged blond and obnoxious behavior which sometimes bordered on incompetence. But she did not commit a crime. Patrick Toole did. He plead guilty. He spent time in jail. That trumps being mean and nasty any day. Give Lokiuta her pension. 


Leave it to Luzerne County to mess up a system that has been used successfully in hundreds of thousands of businesses across America and the world. Controller Waltyerr Griffith said the time clock’s threshold was set low so that county workers would not get frustrated if they ran into problems getting the clock to accept finger scans. Yep, don’t want to upset those put upon employees with new fangled technology. 




Steve Corbett of WILK scored two big interviews this week relating to the Sandy Hook shootings. He had both former Governor Ed Rendell and U.S. Senator Bob Casey on to talk about the tragedy and what this country can do to change its mindset on guns. 


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Psychologist Dr. David Palmiter about how to discuss the tragic school shooting in Connecticut with your children, and what we can learn from that tragic event. An encore from September of Brian's interview with bullying activist Monica Thomas. And closing out the program, the New York City Children's Chorus rendition of "Silent Night", featuring during the opening of last weekend's edition on NBC's Saturday Night Live, as a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hok Elementary School shooting. 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 Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will help their viewers celebrate Christmas week with a guest who is really into the holiday! Joe Spenelli will join the duo to tell the story of his animated musical Christmas display set up outside his home in Newfoundland and open to visitors free of charge! You can see ECTV Live on Comcast Ch19 at Noon, 6pm, and midnight throughout the week. And on behalf of Electric City Television Judge Munley and David DeCosmo would like to wish all of their viewers a very Merry Christmas!
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Harold Holt, Australian prime minister, disappears when swimming at a beach 60 km from Melbourne……..Professor John Archibald Wheeler uses the term Black Hole for the first time………in Pennsylvania Governor Ray Shafer, at a year end press conference side steps speculation about who he will support for President in 1968…..and in Luzerne County, long time Democratic party chairman, Dr. John Dorris dies of a heart attack the day after Christmas. Dorris was widely credited with being the architect of the Democratic party resurgence in the 1967 elections which saw the Democrats take control of the Courthouse for the first time in fifty years. His death sparked an inter party battle that lasted for the next decade and a half..and 45 years ago this week the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles with one of their biggest, “I Second That Emotion”.
Also it was the number 1 song in WARMland that week too. (LuLac archives).


At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts ON the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

The effect of concealed-carry laws in deterring mass public shootings was even greater than the impact of such laws on the murder rate generally.

Someone planning to commit a single murder in a concealed-carry state only has to weigh the odds of one person being armed. But a criminal planning to commit murder in a public place has to worry that anyone in the entire area might have a gun.

You will notice that most multiple-victim shootings occur in "gun-free zones" -- even within states that have concealed-carry laws: public schools, churches, Sikh temples, post offices, the movie theater where James Holmes committed mass murder, and the Portland, Ore., mall where a nut starting gunning down shoppers a few weeks ago.

Guns were banned in all these places.

Mass killers may be crazy, but they're not stupid.

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

victims of the Sandy Hok Elementary School shooting


At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, Sometimes I have to wonder if you make stsatments becuase you believe what you say or are trying to creat controversy. With regard to the two judges, I don't disagree that Lokuta should have her penison because the physical displays she made were absolutely unbelievable. Making people get off the elevator because "A judge is aboard", demeaning attorneys in open court when there was no reason for such action, forcing her staff to clean her house, run errnads, do her shopping ad shovel snow at her home and let's not forget that she had a list of attorneys who could not win a case in her court and you claim she was railroaded? Give it a break Yonk, you obviously don't have a clue. She should have her pension based on mental disability and the high court should have required a mental evaluation, not by a doctor of her choosing but one the court would choose. Mike Toole should also have his pension becuase his most serious crime was not reorting to the IRS a referral fee he collected as an attorney. The pension law as I understand it is that the violation must pertain to your job. As a judge, did he violate the law or the ethics of a judge? Is there a difference? If there is a difference then he should have his pension. I'm not defending either judge but I am trying to be fair. Right is right and wrong is wwrong and our personal opinions do not matter.

And, please stop giving Walter Griffith any type of kredit for the things he did not uncoveer. He did not uncover the over charges by the attorneys nor did uncover the meals at prison empoyees. He did not uncover this time clock problem, one of the employees reported it to management. You keep building up this clown so people think he is actually a good Controller when in fact he has never doen he actualy job of a Controller. County audits still remain undone after three years in office. Griffith is too busy looking for headlines.

Finally, I wonder if the idiots who provide your system have any idea how difficult it is to read their authorization code?

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NRA has solved the problem and found a way to put more guns on the street. Schools are laying off teachers, but the NRA suggests an armed guard in every school! I wonder will this be a minimum wage job? Will we also put armed guards in every movie theatre, grocery store, church and bar? I knew they would come up with something stupid, but this proposal exceeds even my low expectations! Sorry, Wayne this aint the answer and you, sir are a dangerous and very foolish man.

the Old Sarge

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Ron Allen had a stroke some time ago. Did he pass away? I know GG did a year or two ago. Great announcers both. Gilbert was smooth as silk and a very nice man. Ron was cantankerous, but I think he enjoyed that image. Also a super sports authority. Those were the days in local radio. Today it stinks and all sounds canned.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yonk, Sometimes I have to wonder if you make stsatments becuase you believe what you say or are trying to creat controversy.
Finally, I wonder if the idiots who provide your system have any idea how difficult it is to read their authorization code?
I know Ron Allen had a stroke some time ago. Did he pass away?

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:57AM.......

Of course he does it to rile people. Ever see him and Tarone on TV?

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the bitching about the authorization code is funny, because you get what you pay for.
If you want it better, shell out a few bucks for your own web site. If you are unwilling to invest your money in this labor of love, then stop bitching about what google gives you for free. Or, you could turn of the moderation and verification in the settings.

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the bitching about the authorization code is funny - just hit the tiny circle. It will refresh until you stop at one that you feel comfortable using. Try it and leave Yonki alone.

Why pay to make it easy for lazy people? Oh that's right this is a liberal blog. Pay away Dave!!!

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If no one steps up to run against Griffith, I may do so myself.

Bruce J. Simpson

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet another Luzerne County Manager resigns...can't understand why The TL and CV don't do a story about all the Managers who are jumping the Lawton Ship. This time Rich Burns from MH/MR. We now have the Warden Piazza gone; Drug and Alcohol Director, Michael Donahue; Flood Protection James Brozina; Lenny Piazza, Election Director; and now Burns. These guys have been there a long time and the new Council and Lawton drive them out in less than 9 months???? What the heck is going on? This will create a huge learning drain on an already damaged Luzerne County. If this happened in the private industry, the President would be fired...sometime is going on here and it prompts an investigative report...and oh, don't forget the Clerk to Council that they threw under the bus for a 24 year old from Lackawanna County---that's 6 people and not 5 who made major contributions to the operations of County government.


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