Saturday, April 20, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2405, April 20th, 2013

Blogfest 2013 Spring logo. 


Blogfest Spring 2013 is in the history books and despite nasty weather and a national breaking news story, it was another huge success. Blogfest is important because it gives people the opportunity to meet the people who write the on line sites. My apologies for not making this one but we’ll be at future events. Believe me, it was out of my control. Meanwhile, here’s a video from Scott Cannon at Video Innovations who put together a capsule of last night’s event.
Photo of 67  Franklin Street and the infamous covered boat. (Photo: Sky News). 


Barring any other development, this past week will most likely be the most enduring news story since 911. In the weeks ahead, the focus has to be on the motivation of this young man and his brother and why they did what they did. It will do no good to attack the President when he talks about the melting pot of America. Neither will it do any good to torture this young man (although it is tempting) to get information from him. And please, under no circumstances, let’s not believe any of the nuts calling the Talk Radio all night shows saying “The government was behind it”. We need to stay calm, focused, united and do the Joe Friday routine, just get “the facts, just the facts”. Then we proceed from there.
State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. (Photo: LuLac archives.)


State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski has introduced a Voting Bill that is designed to make voting easier for busy people. Pashinski’s bill, House Bill 1044 that would allow votes to be cast up to 30 days prior to Election Day and allow Pennsylvanians to register to vote on Election Day. On WYLN TV 35’s Topic A, Pashinski pointed out that more than 35 states authorize some form of early voting. These states have a much higher voter participation rate than Pennsylvania and no documented cases of voter fraud. There are on line registration proposals out there that are being promoted. And that may help Pashinski’s cause. This bill is interesting for two reasons. 
1. I don’t know how long Pashinski plans on serving as State Representative because I fear this type of change will take a long time to pass in the glacial atmosphere of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. But it is a starting point as an anecdote to the toxic voter act almost enacted by Pennsylvania Republicans. 
2. Life and responsibilities change. There are people who would like to participate but either miss the deadline, are saddled with other issues or just aren’t that engaged. The people that aren’t engaged or only vote once in four years, hell you can have those people. By their lack of information, they do more harm than good with their ignorance. But for those busy, informed and responsibility overloaded people, Pashinski’s bill makes sense for the 21st century.
Congressman Matt Cartwright with our friend Duke from Dallas. (Photo: Gort 42 Facebook)


Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that through The LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, both the Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s will receive grant funding. The two centers will receive funding for a free twelve week exercise program for cancer survivors. 
The program, called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, is a small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. The program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong. “The LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project is devoted to helping those who have been affected by cancer and I applaud their efforts. I urge folks to contact both the Greater Scranton YMCA in Dunmore and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA to learn how they can participate in this free program,” said Cartwright. “ 
Through the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, 72 hospitals, cancer centers, community-based organizations and universities around the country will receive funding to offer important free services to those impacted by cancer this year. 


There was a request to put the names of the Senators who voted NO on background checks in one of our editions. We added it to the second April 17th posting, LuLac Edition #2402. 


At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

blogfest should be called old-white-guy-one-foot-in-the-grave-hanging-on-for-dear-life-complacent-democrats-fest

you might actually get some active pulses there instead of the dance of the living dead that blogfest has turned into

At 6:30 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

blogfest should be called old-white-guy-one-foot-in-the-grave-hanging-on-for-dear-life-complacent-democrats-fest
you might actually get some active pulses there instead of the dance of the living dead that blogfest has turned into

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Misses you Yonk. People were asking for you.

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed you at the Blogfest and I appreciate Scott Cannon and all his hard work in videotaping the blogfest as well as his work for Service Electrice at County Council meetings.

Walter Griffith

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good Morning Students,

May I begin by stating (taking a leaflet from Mark Twain’s notebook),that rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, if your empty heads were listening to some of my previous lectures you will recall that I was in the process of working on a book. I decided to take up the invitation of some friends of mine in England to reside on their estate for several months where I would be able to compose my thoughts in peace. The solitude of the green countryside, the wonderful food and conversation were quite refreshing, serving to calm my nerves from listening to most of you ingrates day in and day out. You can imagine my shock and horror to discover upon my return that some cabbage head had begun spreading rumors of my demise. I am sorry to disappoint, but your esteemed, devoted Professor is very much alive and may I say refreshed and revitalized! However, to the fool who is passing himself off as me, your ideas are fine, but sir, your writings lack my poise, and eloquence. As the old saying goes, you can put an ingrate in the finest dress suit, but he’s still an ingrate.

The business of this classroom moves forward……

Students, so many issues have come to the forefront in my absence that it would be almost impossible to cover them all in one lecture. And as it is Monday morning and most of you are recovering from your weekend of drug/gambling riddled debauchery (perhaps at Blogfest or in the streets of Bloomsburg?) , I will not keep you long. In fact, as I just arrived myself back in the states yesterday, I still find myself still suffering from a bit of jet lag (and yes, you can even acquire the ailment when you fly on a luxury private jet----thank YOU my friend, Giles!!).

In addition to my being in the presence of you slackers again, there has been an equally heartbreaking event. Once again, terrorism has reared its ugly head upon our shores. We all feel for the victims of the Boston attacks (and pray for the souls of the departed). We can only hope that the sole surviving young college slacker who along with his loser brother perpetrated the horrific events is not treated with kid gloves. Now we shall see the abilities of the Obama Justice Department---let us hope they do not let us down. Now, something equally important……..

At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

PART II: Now the time has come. Now the time has come for the President of the U.S. to finally get tough on terrorism!! I call on Mr. Obama sign an executive order to re-instate the military draft. It’s about time that layabouts such as you go off to boot camp and learn how to give back to your country and be good, upstanding, moral citizens. For far too long your parents have spoiled you. Told you that you were special. You got a medal in contests (sporting or academic) in which you participated----win OR LOSE!!! You are the generation that the hippie culture ended up spawning on society.

And society dares ask why we have so many problems and why we are so vulnerable??? Well, borrowing a phrase from your youth vocabulary, “Give me a break!!!”. It’s time for the losers and the druggies to clean up. Get their hair chopped down, their bellies flattened, their backs straight!! All courtesy of some fine drill instructor who is waiting on all of you!! And as far as you ladies (and I use the term ‘loosely’---double entendre), I will say that on this issue I stand for equal rights between the sexes. Ladies, lose the miniskirts, the Times Square makeup, the 200 dollar hairstyles (paid from mommy and daddy’s bank account) that make you look even more horrendous and trade them in for a pair of fatigues, army boots and a short haircut.

When I was a young man in school, I worked for everything I earned. I was privileged to be attending college but did not hesitate the Monday after Pearl to go to the recruiting office and join up. Your slacker generations idea of contributing is to attend a sporting event after a national tragedy waving an American flag while your face is painted with the colors of your favorite sporting team. Then you swig a beer and chant USA USA!! Oh, what contributions you slugs are making. IF we had to depend on you and your ilk during WWII, we would all be goose-stepping today and eating/drinking rice and Saki .

Once again, I pray and demand that President Obama will return the draft. It’s time to turn a nation of entitled immature young children into a nation of tough, determined young adults.
Something to think about this morning……….
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JimboBillyBob has left a new comment on your post "The LuLac Edition #2405, April 20th, 2013":
David: Missed not seeing you! It's always a highlight of the Blogfest for me to talk with you. (I'm not sure what Blogfest Anonymous 4:36PM attended. But I looked in the mirror and, son of a gun, I've got old-man-hair now. Maybe they saw ME. So, do I shave my head or go with Grecian formula?--JIMBO)

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here’s the hidden lesson from Boston: Government can’t save you, nor should we want them to.

I think that the government already has a lot more power than I want it to have. And it didn’t do us much good in Boston. The government interviewed at least one of the suspects after being tipped off by the Russian FSB, yet a few years later... boom. It sounds a lot like what happened with the Saudi group that was in the U.S. and executed the 9/11 bombing. We knew they were there, but we let it alone.

Oh, sure the Boston bombers were eventually caught or killed, but it took a second rampage, the killing of a police officer, a carjacking and robbery to get them caught.

It was a citizen’s tip, not sleuth work, which led cops to capture the remaining bomber.

Again: Don’t expect the government to keep you safe kiddies. I have no doubt that the people who work for the FBI and the Boston police very much want to keep us safe. I doubt very much that the political masters in charge have even half a mind to do it, however.

White privilege for them, it seems, consists mostly of taking the guns away from law-abiding citizens in the wake of Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO shootings, when action couldn’t be fast enough, while playing footsie with a Saudi national on the terror watch list after the bombing of the Boston marathon.

First, the Saudi was a suspect, then he’s not. First his apartment is raided, then it’s not. Now he’s a witness about to be deported over national security concerns, to be bundled out of the country forthwith. But wait! Later he’s a person of interest, but then…no, he’s not.

If I were a skeptical person I would say that someone from the government very much wants to ask that Saudi a whole bunch of questions and someone else from the government very much wants to prevent it.

What’s all the rush now? Why all the silence?

Let’s ask those questions of the Saudi.

This much I know: Someone’s lying. Let’s find out who it is.

Because now all that’s left in Boston are the questions that remain unanswered and unasked.

We shouldn’t be standing on any privilege, red, white or Saudi.

Meanwhile the best outcome that some can dream up is praying publicly that Americans keep killing Americans, like in a civil war.

What a country?


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