Monday, May 06, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2414, May 6th, 2013

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED………at the lack of back up Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith is getting regarding these wiretap charges. I can’t understand why the County is disassociating itself from the lawsuit and he has to go it alone on legal expenses. In his capacity as Controller he seemed to be (at least to me) to be acting as an agent of the county. Should he not be covered in the errors and omissions area of that policy? Just asking.
WILK's Karel Zubris meets 'The Office' Brian Baumgartner (and Johnny Lucas sound alike) at 'The Office Wrap Party' in Scranton over the weekend. (Photo: WILK Facebook page).  
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….but not really at the warmth and love the cast of “The Office” got from the folks here in NEPA as the 9 year show ends its run on NBC. The events this past weekend brought out the best in our area. And the returning cast, (all of them) seemed to enjoy the adulation. “The Office” in its run never made fun of Scranton. There were more disparaging remarks from national news bibles like The New York Times made about this area than anything the show did. The characters were the showpiece, the city was only the backdrop of the story line. There are those that have said the work situations were exaggerated and no one ever had a boss like Michael Scott or Andy Bernard. I beg to differ. Throughout the first few years of the reign of Michael Scott, I would cringe at some of the stuff the character did. I had bosses like Michael Scott and Andy Bernard. I can’t tell you the number of times I sat in staff meetings with my co-workers mouths agape at just what came from the “captain of our ship”. There are some people who never saw it, never “got it”, hey. To each his own. But this weekend clearly showed that a city in NEPA could be part of pop culture in America and be o worse for the wear. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that this traffic stop with Reese Witherspoon just keeps on getting better and better. Now there is tape of her husband and her in the backseat of a police cruiser featuring her husband explaining the error of her ways. He was heard to say, “Look I got pulled over for drunk driving. You shouldn’t have gotten out the car”. Her reply was supposedly “Why?” If I have that much money, or even if I don’t and my main squeeze is an Academy Award Winning actress, I use one four letter word when I’m bound to get in a situation like this: limo. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……….that the county of Luzerne actually wants a private citizen to pony up over $10,000 grant e mails from the County Council members. This situation is a little iffy to be. Are e mails between County Council members, all of them, part of the public business? You know some of those comments made in the e mails had comments on political leanings, personalities as well as other information you might not want to share. There is a public right to know but just how much? This is a tough one. I’d issue all of them on a disc, charge a fair fee and then use this as a reminder that sometimes one must think before they hit the send button. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………..that CSPAN already started its show “The Road to the White House: 2016 this past Sunday. Presidential politics is indeed a cottage industry. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..the average sea turtle can’t reproduce until its 25 years old. I bet you there are a lot of grandmas and Poppies wishing the same thing for their own kids as they, in some cases, become the sole support of their kid’s unplanned pregnancies. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……and glad that the Woodlands stepped in (for half the proceeds) to help La Tolteco, the great Mexican Restaurant on Mundy Street in Wilkes Barre hold their Cinco De Mayo celebration this past Sunday. The eatery had a fire a few weeks back and this union gave the restaurant the opportunity to continue its tradition as well as give area residents a chance to keep the celebration going. Equally amazing is the number of workplaces in the area that have Cinco Celebrations. 
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………..that there seems to be mounting pressure on the Frightened Forty Seven Senators who opposed background checks on guns in America. When 90% of the American public, even NRA members think it is a good idea, how can they vote against it? They say they are standing on principle. I wish they did that when we had two wars in the first part of this century that killed thousands of Americans without a good result and hemorrhaged our economy to the point of collapse. They had no trouble saying yes to all of that garbage back then but when it comes to saving lives, they stand with the NRA.And take a look at this video where the daughter of a school shooting victim asks the Cowardly Lioness what she thinks about her gun vote.


At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at how we create problems on all levels where none need exist. Case in point, the burial of the Boston bomber. The solution is simple, send the body home! We don't want it here. I wouldn't want it in a cemetery where any of my relatives are buried and I dont blame others for feeling the same. The State Dept should simply ship the remains home and that's the end of it! He has no rights in this country and should receive no further media coverage. The SOB is dead!

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" In his capacity as Controller he seemed to be (at least to me) to be acting as an agent of the county."

Dear Mr. Yonki,
It would seem the distance is more telling than anything else. It is assumed that Walter was acting as an agent of the county; but the disatnce is demonstrating that this is more than likely not the case. And even if he was acting as an agent, then I am pretty sure he would have required a warrant or some other form of authorization to tape phone and other conversations.

Walter positioned himself as a watchdog and not the controller, and now the problem with that mindset is coming back at him. His job was/is to handle the county's finances; not run to the media everytime some guy shakes his penis thrice instead of twice after urinating.
Walter was over his head from day one. How far along is he on the auditis? You know one of his primary duties.
Walter has often thought rules don't apply to him; some of us tried to bring up his past indiscretion (at least the one time he was caught) but you either censored, or didn't publish, so voters were left with an incomplete picture of the man.
Walter runs yelling to Corbett and Sue Henry for the most mundane of issues. This time nothing, not a peep.

I'm sure you have been to plenty of baseball games or other sporting events; have you ever noticed how loud a hush is at a full stadium? The sudden quietness has its own volume. In this case the silence from Walter is deafening.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be the one to say it, but the Sandy Hook video you are showing is such bullshit! Background checks would have done NOTHING to prevent. The boy couldn't get a gun, he took his mother's.
The proganda from the left is disgusting. Exploit fear and ignorance but get nothing meaninful done.
Funny, I don't hear a cry from the lefties to ban the web site the Boston bombers learned their craft.

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would feed the body of Bomber #1 to a pig, then after it passed through the pig I would sent the "package" to mom. 'nuff said.

At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 5:40

Anyone who does any research and gives any thought to the current gun control efforts has to agree with you.

Just look at the places (Chicago? Brooklyn? England?) with 'strict' gun laws and compare the pre- and post stats.

I'm more concerned about my government slowly eroding my freedoms based on questionable evidence or worse.

It seems that the fleas are wagging the dog.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,

I hope you have all recovered from your weekend of debauchery. For those of you who won your Derby bets, congratulations. That should hold your creditors (both legitimate and not) off your backs for at least one more week. To those of you who lost, I am sorry. Ironically, I for once in my lifetime can identify. Due to the incompetent tip of my club’s bartender of 40 years, Nigel, I placed my one yearly bet on Oxbow. Unfortunately, I lost 20 of my hard earned dollars. Of course, I am not alone. Most of our membership took this simpleton bar wrench’s advice and some even lost so much as several hundred dollars. On the trip back home yesterday (on the private jet of a friend) we discussed the situation and decided that poor Nigel is in his job for far too long and is much deserving of a change of scenery. As his work schedule is under forty hours per week and he is provided no health insurance, one of our members who has a friend in the fast food industry has arranged new employment more suitable for poor Nigel’s intellect (Warren, my friend, is a true believer in compassionate Conservatism ). So, to my former bartender, farewell good friend and if that new Burger King uniform does not fit, feel free to call me, for I know some people in the South American textile industry !!!! Regardless, a good time was had by all in Louisville. The food was delicious, the conversation stimulating and the ambiance---due to the fact we were separated from the low lives in the cheap seats, impeccable!!!

The work of this classroom moves forward…..
Students, I rarely address the issue of local politics as I consider most local politicos useless, mindless hacks. When the new Luzerne County government formed (on a vote referendum) nearly two years ago, I had warned in lectures (and I hope you all take the time to read them) that replacing three hacks (the then Commissioners) with what is more than ten hacks (the County Council) was not only a moronic move, but akin to the slacker husband attempting to fix an electrical problem in his home instead of hiring a professional electrician. The slacker’s home burned to the ground. Had he only taken the time to think, he could have saved himself much trouble. The Council was supposed to be the saving grace of the County. All honorable souls, dedicated to being upfront and dealing straight with their constituency. Well, in retrospect, as you young hooligans would say “NOT!!!”.
With their decision of evening last to hire a Mr. J. Allen Nesbitt to oversee the Corrections department we now see the stupidity of the Council. Mr. Nesbitt, who by the way was involved in several scandals and resigned his position as Warden of Bucks County prison (scandals involving guards fornicating with prisoners, etc.) is in no way the man for this position. Yet, the cabbage heads on Council who received the information on Nesbitt’s background from the inept County manager Robert Lawton late Friday afternoon and voted on Monday night have proven to me that they lack the ability to do RESEARCH----the mark of a dunce student. In short, my warning went unheeded and now Luzerne county once again will be in-waiting for another umpteenth scandal.
All of this lies at the feet of the uninformed voters who caused this fiasco of Home Rule. I will make a prediction. Give us another three to five years of these orangutans known as County Council and their chief manager and most of you will be missing the likes of Maryann Petrilla and I predict it will be such a disaster that you may even miss the likes of Skrepenak and long for the days of Frank Crossin, Jr.
Something to think about this morning……
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, you do at time simply amaze me. Walter was not representing the county when he broke the law. In fact, he does not represent the county at any time or in any way. He represents the people in the effort to do audits and keep things on the up and up. There were times when Walter could have resolved small issues via a simple conversation but he too advantage of the media and ran to them with a "story". He showed no mercy and was responsible for pushing both Leonard Piazza over the edge resulting in Leonard losing his job and then on the ethics commission, he ;pushed Mr. Simpson to the point that he resigned. Now it is Walter's turn to twist in the wind and I have no pity or mercy for him. He should have known the law and he should have followed it. If law enforcement is required to get wire tap warrants then he should have also. We all know about the wire tap; that led to the law suit but I want to know who he taped in direct conversation. NO insurance company will cover illegal acts and make no mistake, Walter's actions were absolutely illegal.

As for the right to now request by a candidate that covers over 4000 emails, I have to ask if you have personally lost it? Do you have any idea how much effort would be needed to make paper copies of all these emails and the cost of doing so? How about the work time lost to such an effort especially when the staff has been cut to the bone. What are you thinking to even begin to question the cost of such an undertaking. Dobash said she will never vote to raise taxes yet she has no problems spending hundreds of dollars and man hours to satisfy her "Walter" intuitions.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - "The events this past weekend brought out the best in our area. And the returning cast, (all of them)"

Not "all" of them were here. "Andy" from the show was on SNL this week, and "Angela" had a family related event going on.

It was on Twitter, KRZ and other fan sites.

At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee I wonder why we haven't heard/read this!

In the Feds OWN studies-

Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

Yet few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.

In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns. Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.

The number of gun killings dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in a separate report released Tuesday. Gun crimes that weren’t fatal fell by 69%.

However, guns still remain the most common murder weapon in the United States, the report noted. Between 1993 and 2011, more than two out of three murders in the U.S. were carried out with guns, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found.

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump the Bomber off the bridge in Duryea and he will be gone by the time he get to the Water Street Bridge in Pittston. The mine acid will eat him alive.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

As to the e-mails, there is no need to make paper copies.

As to Mr. Griffith, at least the county's insurance company believes that coverage in not accorded, and the county seems to agree--including that it will not provide a defense for him. You have to wonder if he got competent legal advice from anyone before, apparently, taping conversations.
Even if he did something wrong here, we all can agree that he was investigating an important subject.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Prefer Guns Over Women

#10 - You can trade an old 44 for a new 22.

#9 - You can keep one gun at home and have another for when you're on the road.

#8 - If you admire a friend's gun and tell him so, he will probably let you try it out a few times.

#7 - Your primary gun doesn't mind if you keep another gun for a backup.

#6 - Your gun will stay with you even if you run out of ammo.

#5 - A gun doesn't take up a lot of closet space.

#4 - Guns function normally every day of the month.

#3 - A gun doesn't ask , "Do these new grips make me look fat?"

#2 - A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it.

And the Number One reason
Why Men Prefer Guns over women.....

#1 - You can buy a silencer for a gun

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Even if he did something wrong here, we all can agree that he was investigating an important subject."

No because it is looking that it wasn't his job, and he was acting as an elected county official. What exactly was he investigating? Was he authorized to investigate? and many more questions the media hound is not running to the media to answer.
This is classic Walter, it is very consistent with his history. He is in way over his head in this office, an office he won election to because many were complicit in hiding his true history.


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