Thursday, April 25, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2408, April 25th, 2013


Wilkes-Barre Area School Board candidates Christine Katsock, Kathy Grinaway and Barry Matthews will host a complimentary breakfast starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. Seating is very limited; deadline for reservations is Friday. To make a reservation, call 570-823-9563. 
Barry Matthews, 36, a life resident of Wilkes-Barre, is a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School and is employed as director of operations by Digital Control Systems, Inc. in Plains Township. He is married and has one son, Nicholas, who attends Kistler Elementary. 
Plains Township resident Kathy Grinaway is employed in the laboratory by Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as a toxicology supervisor. She is the mother of two children, Patrick, 24, a Ph.D. student in New York City, and Rebecca, 22, who attends Moravian College. 
Christine Katsock, a life resident of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, is seeking re-election. She is a paralegal for local law firms, as well as an adjunct professor of music at Luzerne County Community College.
These three candidates can make a difference in the woeful state of the Wilkes Barre Area School Board.   
Max Baucus, if this guy can be a Senator, surely any one can. (Photo: Daily Beast).


Montana Senator Max Baucus is going to retire after 6 undistinguished terms. Strange because he had a multi million dollar war chest ready to go for a 7th term. But his spineless behavior is catching up to him. It turns out that his tepid and damning with faint praise endorsement f the Affordable Health Care Act as well as his no vote against background checks has signaled the end to this sorry career. In addition, Baucus voted for the Bush tax cuts and the boondoggle that was the Medicare Drug Plan.   I am thrilled that Baucus was essentially driven out of the race by former Governor Brian Schweitzer’s popularity and poll numbers that show he would defeat this fool handily. Now there is a chance the Democrats might lose a Senate seat because of this “retirement”. But you know Baucus never was really with his party or for that matter sound policy. Every sane Democrat should be glad to see this fool shuffle off the political stage that he didn’t deserve.

President Barack Obama, and former presidents, from second from left, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter arrive for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center today. (Photo: ) 


The George W. Bush Library was dedicated today in Texas. President Obama as well as the four other living ex Presidents gathered for the event. Presidential libraries are a record of not only an administration but a time in our nation’s history. They are a significant snap shot into a time frame of an era in America. The first Presidential Library to be funded was that of Herbert Hoover. Since then, libraries chronicling a President’s time in office have become part of our American culture. 



Tom Munley returns from a vacation week to rejoin David DeCosmo on ECTV Live during the week of April 29th. Their guest will be Cheyl Boga from the University of Scranton who will discuss details about a FREE Public concert at the school as well as other events which are open to the public. ECTV Live is presented daily on Comcast C19 in northeastern Pennsylvania.  


This Week on Sunday Magazine Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Julianne Hogan and Jack McCarthy about the American heart Association’s Kentucky Derby Gala, coming up on Saturday at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes Barre. Brian Hughes speaks with health expert Stuart Tomc about a possible connection between nutrition and violent behavior. And Brian speaks with Melissa Sullivan from mayflower about why more Americans are on the move. 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 Party Zone" with Shadoe Steele beginning this Saturday from 6 - midnight on 50,000 watt powerhouse WAVT-FM - T-102. ... and on line at
Congressman Matt Catwright. (Photo: LuLac archives). 


See 17th Congressional District Congressman Matt Cartwright on  Comedy Central’s Colbert Report tonight on Comedy Central at 11:30PM. The show will re air Friday night at 7:30PM. Cartwright taped the segment a few weeks ago. 
The Colbert Report airs at 11:30pm eastern / 11:00pm central time. In addition, you can usually find their episodes online at around 3am eastern time on their website: Typically, they try to keep a few weeks worth of episodes on the web which gives you plenty to catch up on if you missed out on some of his fantastic trolling.
Our 1976 logo. 


The Great Bookie Robbery in Melbourne: Bandits steal A$1.4 million in bookmakers' settlements from Queen Street, Melbourne.......The punk rock group the Ramones release their first self-titled album. In Pennsylvania there is constant political wrangling as the Pennsylvania primary approaches. Statewide races for Treasurer and Auditor General are up as well as nominations for a United States Senate seat being vacated by Hugh Scott….
Congressman Morris Udall and ex Governor Jimmy Carter, foes in the 1976 primary campaign. (Photo: Udall archives). 
in LuLac land, former Governor Jimmy Carter, U.S. Congressman Morris Udall, Alabama Governor George Wallace and Senator Henry Jackson visit as they push their Presidential bids for the Democratic nomination. Carter makes a stop at the Host Motor Inn on Kidder Street. The candidate travels by bus to the Crestwood Industrial Park in Mountaintop and greets rank and file workers on their lunch hours. The bus is populated by national media correspondents like Judy Woodruff, Sam Donaldson and Tom Pettitt. Donaldson playfully hides Woodruff’s luggage as she gets on the bus. When he spies Congressman Dan Flood through a window on the bus, Donaldson exclaims, “Must be too early for his cape!” Later Carter goes to WBRE TV for the taping of Tom Bigler’s weekly public affairs program. Carter is interviewed by Bigler, John Bendick and the silver haired weekend anchor Bill Graham. The local media as well as the national press were gathered in the main WBRE TV lobby as they watched the interview on closed circuit. Again the irrepressible Donaldson made his comments saying, “Man they look so bunched up together…..hey look at the guy with the white hair, he looks like Ted Baxter!” Carter later gave radio sounds bites to media (of which I was one on that day for WVIA FM) and then went on his way…..Meanwhile on a hot Easter Sunday evening, Congressman Morris Udall made a stop at a South Main Street pizzeria to bolster his campaign. Coming in close in the Wisconsin primary, Udall hoped that a coalition of young students and labor might help him win his first primary of ’76. The place was overheated, packed and the smell of pizza permeated that event…..Senator Henry Jackson made a stop in Wilkes Barre and Scranton at both Democratic organizational dinners pitching himself as a Centrist Democrat who could beat the GOP nominee in the fall. Jackson says that any effort by current Senator and former nominee Hubert Humphrey to enter the race is just talk and that if anyone can stop Jimmy Carter, it was he, Jackson, not anyone else….meantime, Governor George Wallace makes a perfunctory stop at the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Airport as his Presidential ambitions appear to be at an ebb….Surrogates like Rosalyn Carter and her son Chip also make appearances in the area before the primary election and 37 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.


At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baucus knew he would likely lose to a Republican challenger. Montana is a conservative state and Baucus's support for Obamacare sealed the deal that he would lose. His power and connections over 6 terms would have made it close. He retired merely to avoid the embarrassment of losing. 2014 should scare the Democrats. The GOP is unlikely to lose any Senate seats and there are several Dem seats in Romney states that set the stage for the GOP taking the Senate.

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

Built by private funds, the presidential libraries cost the taxpayers 75 million to retain last year. Now we've got one for a guy who never read a book!
I'm all for Libraries, local ones that serve the people of their communities. Not monuments to dubious leaders!


At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm saddened by your plight, but your son blew up a large number of people in Boston and he meant to do it. Please go home if all you are going to do is damn the country that took you and your family in and place blame everywhere but where it belongs!
We Americans shouldn't have to watch your antics. We've had enough of you and your family. Try seeking forgiveness. We're always open on that.

Capt Roy E. Merrill

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching the coverage of the Bush Library:

Obama's an inch deep. Bush is a bottomless chasm, a deep, mysterious, emotional, profound man.

Obama is all surface — shallow, obvious, robotic, and, frankly, not nearly as smart as he thinks. Bush was the one.

The class and grace and depth of America’s last president completely outshined that of his successor (who, coincidentally, or perhaps not, was the only one seated in the shade on a sunny Texas day).

Carter opened with, “In 2000, as some of you may remember, there was a disputed election for several weeks.” Nice way to start. He then took credit for giving W the idea to intercede in Sudan, and went on to praise W’s great successes — in Africa. He never mentioned 9-11 and the war on terror, or the commander in chief’s leadership during America’s most trying hour. Which is why his comments lasted just over 3 minutes.

Bill Clinton followed. He, of course, spoke twice as long, filling his speech with jokes and faux humility. He was his usual affable self — smooth, confident, taking just the right pauses to punch passages, set up jokes (all of which wife Hillary, looking a bit haggard, guffawed at)

George H.W. Bush, turning 90 in June, was a welcome respite. Somewhat frail now, he spoke only briefly from his wheelchair, but garnered two standing ovations — and the biggest laugh of the day from his oldest son. After his remarks, not even 30 seconds, he shook his boy’s hand and said, deadpan, “Too long?”

President Obama took the podium next. Every bit as cunning as Slick Willy, his speech too was filled with fake self-effacing insights, including one on “the world’s most exclusive club,” which he said “is more like a support group.” Another laugher from the man with no humility was when he said “being president, above all, is a humbling job.”

Then, on a day that was intended to be without politics, he hawked his push for amnesty.

Then, finally, W took the podium. Gone were the punched phrases, the comfortable pauses, the perfect elocution of Barack and Bill. Back was the Texas drawl, the too-fast delivery — nerves? No, just impatience — that the media so deplored.

It was the end that gave us the truest glimpse of the man, he got choked up, barely able to creak out: “God bless.”

Then with a wink and a wave, he turned and went back to his chair. Leaning in to Laura, he said with a shrug, “Sorry.”

But there was one last classy move.

The program nearly over, Sgt. 1st Class Alvy R. Powell Jr. came to the side of the stage to perform the “Star Spangled Banner.” A big, powerful black man, Mr. Powell belted out the anthem. With the crowd applauding, the sergeant moved along the line of people, shaking hands with all. After greeting W, he turned to go. But the 43rd president put his hand on the sergeant’s arm and said, “Stay,” just as a chaplain stepped forward to give a benediction.

So the final moment of the day: Five presidents, five first ladies, heads bowed in prayer. And Sgt. 1st Class Alvy R. Powell Jr. No one, really, just the man a president asked to “stay.”

OK. Let the flaming begin: W is a guy I plain like.

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, OK Pete-

Why should your snarkiness even be "surprising"? The logic seems to go: "As President, he made decisions that I disagree with -- therefore, he's stupid. Also, therefore, he cannot possibly possess any talent for anything whatsoever. Oh, and by the way, he looks like a chimp."

I may not have agreed with everything the guy did as President (and that goes for B.O.), but I find the attitude in general Jerry Springer High School.

At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking NEWS!!


Somebody stole the book.


At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Nobody asked me, but watching the coverage of the W Library dedication I noticed that once again the former president makes very funny faces. Almost as if he were a simpleton. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to anxiety.
I do find it deplorable, however, the former President Cheney was not even allowed to sit on the platform, let alone speak.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do find it deplorable, however, the former President Cheney was not even allowed to sit on the platform, let alone speak.

You're joking, right? You expect Scranton Joe to saying anything at the Obama Book Mosque dedication?


At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, Great stories about the '76 campaign. Wasn't there a Harry Truman/Dewey type incident in that campaign with the democrats?
Also, loved your memories of that campaign bus trip.
Also, used to think WBRE's Bill Graham was a top notch anchor.

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK 9:30 let me put it another way to simplify for you, he made bad decisions or do you consider the Cheney/Bush Iraq War a good idea still?
Also please note I was speaking of all the libraries and their cost. I singled Bush out because Bush was not known to be a reader. I don't think he looks like a chimp, do you?


At 11:57 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Dave, Great stories about the '76 campaign. Wasn't there a Harry Truman/Dewey type incident in that campaign with the democrats?

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you let little stevie corbett rip your bromance man Carwright apart w/nary a mention of it.

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I understand (and remember it) is that Bush and Cheney stopped speaking when Bush refused to give Scooter Libbey a full pardon.

It must have been some disagreement.

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush learned that Cheney liked getting his way and when he didn't he acted like a 13 year old. Can you imagine the balls? Not speaking to the President? Bush without Cheney would have been a much better presidency and would have spared countless lives. Old Draft Dodger, War Monger, Tough Guy Dick was a cancer on the administration. Bush found out much too late and was among the last to know. The Tin Man had no heart.


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