Thursday, January 03, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2320, January 3rd, 2013

Christie calls out Boehner. (Photo: CBS News). 


Once more the House GOP did something so  tone deaf that even members of their own party have come after them. The House put off voting aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. More than 66 days after the storm hit, the Congress, with the hapless John Boehner at the helm refused to vote for much needed emergency funding. My friend and Friday co-host on WYLN, L.A. Tarone said the recovery from Sandy was worse than the one from Katrina. I told him that Congress had to be behind the delay. THEY WERE! It took the Congress in 2005 11 days to get funding for Katrina, these guys, the GOP majority, 66 days. Representative Peter King was very angry but no one could beat what New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said.
The new Democrats in the 113th Congress. (Photo: Matt Cartwright Facebook page). 


Congressman Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, was sworn in today to his first term in the United States House of Representatives. “It’s an incredible honor to represent and serve the people of the 17th Congressional district and help create meaningful change for Pennsylvania families,” Cartwright said. “Today the real work begins and I look forward to addressing the challenges before us-from strengthening our economy, creating jobs and helping small businesses grow.” Following the official swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, Cartwright will be joined by his family at 4:55 pm in the Rayburn room for a photo opportunity with Speaker John Boehner. Cartwright will serve as a member of the on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Sophomore Congressmen Lou Barletta from the 11th and Tom Marino from the 10th also took their oaths of office in the new Congress, 


The new Year brought the passing of three very different people in one week. Their contributions to this community need to be expanded upon. 
DOROTHY DRUGAN Long time Democratic City Committeewoman and former City Chairwoman Dorothy Drugan died at the age of 90. Drugan worked in City Hall in the Lisman and McLaughlin administrations. .Dorothy was active in local politics and served as chairperson of the Wilkes-Barre City Democratic Committee, chairperson of the Sixth Legislative District Democratic Committee and vice chairperson of the Luzerne County Democratic Committee. She was a Democratic committeewoman in the Sixth Ward for 54 years. . She served as city chairperson of numerous heart and cancer fundraising efforts. 
DR. JOSEPH SMITH: I knew Doctor Joseph Smith because I had the joy of working with his late wife Libby at WVIA FM in the mid 1970s. Dr. Smith was always charming, affable and totally supportive of his wife’s commitment to the arts in this community. Dr. Smith was nationally known for various innovations in Eye Care through the years. He was the author of numerous articles and papers on contact lenses and lectured extensively throughout the United States on eye problems and contact lenses. He wrote numerous fitting manuals for fitting contact lenses and wrote a book on "optics" while he was an optometry school student. He served as a visiting clinical instructor and a visiting staff professional advisory board member at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He also served as an adjunct optometry faculty member allowing students to complete their fourth-year clinical rotations in his office. He was the inventor and owner of numerous U.S. and foreign patents on the finishing processes of gas-permeable contact lenses. 
FATHER HARRY LEWIS Father Harry Lewis passed away this week to at the age of 101. Father Lewis was a resident at my parish Sts. Peter and Paul in Plains in the 90s. Many tributes have come and gone about him but one of the best came from one of my regular posters who lives in Abington Towbship. His comments will give you an idea on just how powerful reach of Father Harry Lewis was: This is really out of left field for me, but consider mentioning the passing of 101 year old Father Harry Lewis. He was our parish priest at Saint Pats in Scranton when I was a kid and remains the one priest who made a positive and lasting impression on me. (He was great with the kids and all the parishioners and he suffered under a despot monsignor at St Pats. I can expand on that thought when we get together). He served in the US Army during WWII and was ordained later in life. He knew something about the world and life unlike so many who come out of the seminary with quotes at hand and all the answers. He will be remembered in both Luzerne and Lackawanna County. He also married my sister and her husband in 1956. I sincerely believe this man was special. Strange request from an agnostic, huh? With a few more guys like this, and maybe they are some out there, the Catholic Church would be much better off. 



ECTV Live Hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Brian Smith, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, as their guest during the week of January 7th. Mr. Smith will be discussing plans for "Winter Trail Days" and the grand reopening of Prompton State Park which is a major public attraction here in northeastern Pennsylvania. All of the activities and demonstrations for Trail Days are open to the public free of charge. ECTV Live is available on Comcast Ch19 which can be seen each day at Noon, 6pm, and Midnight. The complete broadcast schedule can be seen through a Goggle search of ectvschedule.


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Sharon Finster from the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains Township about their services for pet owners in Northeast Pa. Brian speaks with registered dietician and author Dawn Jackson Blatner about putting a healthier spin on comfort foods. And an encore of Brian’s October interview with health educator Stuart Tomc about the AMA’s “War on Fish Oil”. 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.  


Catch the new extended 70s, 80s, 90s oldies show "The PartyZone" with Shadoe Steele beginning this Saturday from 6 - midnight on 50,000 watt powerhouse WAVT-FM - T-102.


We’ll be giving you the poll results of the LuLac poll regarding the site. But one item we will reveal will be our feature year. 1976 won out over 1963 and 1980. So here we are, 1976
Our 1976 logo. 


The Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is released by Seymour Cray's Cray Research.... The Pol Pot regime proclaims a new constitution for Democratic Kampuchea. In Pennsylvania, Governor Shapp leaves the Capoitol to begin his Presidential campaign concentrating on the state of Florida…….and in Luzerne County, Commissioners Ed Wideman, Frank Crossin and GOP minority member Steve Yanoshak take their oath of office. Crossin and Wideman won reelection in 1975 against Robert Warren of Hazleton and Yanoshak who was formerly County Controller and 37 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow.


At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,

And a hearty congratulations to Mr. Yonki for changing his daily paper from vile 1967 to 1976. Certainly 1976 was not a good year for the GOP. The incumbent President Gerald Ford (a closet liberal) was defeated by the inept Former Governor Jimmy Carter leading us to four years of decline and disillusionment. However, 1976 was a pivotal year; for it was also the year that gave credibility to a Presidential candidacy for a Former California Governor named Reagan, who though he lost the nomination to Ford had planted the seeds to what would come to be our greatest Presidency since Lincoln’s a mere four years later. Congratulations again, Mr. Yonki and I am happy that our meeting after class the other day was a fruitful one.

The business of this classroom moves forward…….


As we are now in the second day of the new Congress we face many challenges ahead, mainly spending. I understand that Governor (and closet Obama groupie) Christie is lambasting Speaker Boehner for slowing down aid to the Super Storm Sandy victims but before one levels criticism one must do his RESEARCH!! Christie has failed in this respect. Boehner does not want to release any form of tax money without crossing the dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. In other words, he is acting responsibly. The good Governor on the other hand and as usual, shoots his mouth off without thinking. Perhaps he never heard of Ronald Reagan’s 13th commandment, “though shalt not speak ill of another Republican”. As far as any political future in the GOP is concerned outside of New Jersey ( a state, by the way that is 98% concrete) he can forget about it.

For too far and for too long we have spent until we long ago have emptied out treasury. For too long we have lived off of credit, leaving the future of this country in peril. I would rather see the victims of Sandy lift themselves up and dust themselves off than to be beholden to China any more than we already are. Perhaps if these good citizens had taken out insurance prior to the tragic storm they would not be in need of government aid. Perhaps. Again, I stress personal responsibility. I have insurance for such occurrences, and I assume, at least hope that your parents also do because when the next disaster comes you cannot expect me to bail you or they out for yours or their irresponsibility.

For too long this government has been big, fat and out of control. Just like Chris Christie.
Something to think about this morning……..
Please behave yourselves this weekend and lay off the drugs and alcohol. If you must indulge and have successfully robbed mommy’s purse of her cash, please do not drive.
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boehner choked up when accepting the speakership. He wears his emotions on his sleeve when it comes to him. The House Cryer. Not so much when it comes to the disadvantaged, the elderly, the poor and people terrorized by natures wrath! What a complete asshole this advertisement for selfishness is! I got mine screw the rest of you. John, GO Fuck yourself!

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

well personally I think that bill was only accidently a relief bill .....the senate had 2/3 of that bill sitting around since Aug so when this train came down the track they dropped all this pork into it ....yep thats right 2/3 of this bill was pork ....a pay off to the PR rum industry .... really .... and people wonder why we're broke and where the money goes

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Coach" Obrien is staying at Penn State. That shouldnt be news. He held them up for more money which
sends a message that the program hasnt learned much, but the news would have been if he left after encouraging players to tough it out. He knew there would be sanctions. I give him no credit for staying. Thats what I would expect of a "man". Coaches are among the most overated people in the world! I played small college sports and loved the game and the opportunity, but I have come to realize how too much importance is placed on the program, the athletes and the coaches. The Penn State story isnt over yet. You dont get awards in life for doing whats right and thats whats still wrong with the thinking here. These guys arent gods and in many cases are not even good human beings let alone role models.

Old #31

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind the mindless pork that was hidden in the Sandy Relief bill, just pass it: quantity over quality of aid.

We can't keep spending like there is no tomorrow - there isn't!

At 12:10 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Professor: 1976 was a great political year. You will enjoy my writing about the momentous 1976 GOP primary between Ford and Reagan!

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Professor only enjoys his own inane ramblings which will apparently continue as long as he/she or Lulac does. I dont read them. It was the only solution
if I wished to continue as a Lulac regular. Dont kid yourself, to the Prof Lulac exists to give him/her a forum to abuse and attempt to humiliate those who think a different/wrong way. In the end the winner politically in '76 was a well intended Democrat named Carter who came out of nowhere and provided a far more interesting story than the soap opera that was Ford, Reagan which both ultimately lost. My guess is your after class meeting occured in the Disneyland
of a distorted mind! I looked accidentially at the end.
Otherwise looking forward to 1976 and Lulac.

A regular reader since day one with only one ongoing complaint...

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Cristie is the Rex Ryan of politics. Fat, loud, obnoxious, claims to be able to do anything, but always looking for a scapegoat when failure occurs. He will finally turn democrat in the near future.

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

Right On there, Old #31. You are so correct. The sad part is NO lesson learned! Thats what gets us into so much trouble in this country. We refuse to learn from the mistakes of others let alone
our own. AS far as the Governor saying it was done to weaken Penn State,
did he notice the Ohio State team also on restriction. One helluva football team and another embarrased program, but not to the extent of Penn State. Big Ten football can be tough and Penn State has never dominated. Penn State was happy the restrictions were what they were at the time.
Some feared football would be banned for a time.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Gort said...

1976 was a great year for me. My first political campaign and I got to spend a whole day with the future President. Also got to see Barry Manilow in concert at Kings College with a GF I haven't thought about in years.

I think I'll add my recollections of 1976 on my blog as a companion to LuLac history if you don't mind.

I forgot about Steve Yanoshak which reminds me why you are the best local political historian and a treasure chest of knowledge.

Maybe your next book could be a history of Luzerne County politics.

Thanks for bring back all these great memories.


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