Thursday, July 11, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2470, July 11th, 2013

Sarah Palin. (Photo:


Word is that former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate. This is the same woman who bagged out on her term halfway. She is also the same person who wanted to give a concession speech after John McCain lost the election. This is the same woman who couldn’t tell Katie Couric what magazines or newspapers she read. 
Sorry, not qualified and giving her this opportunity would only add one more preening obstructionist to a United States Senate that has a paucity of workhorses and an abundance of brainless show horses.
Congressman Lou Barletta. (Photo: LuLac archives). 


Lou Barletta introduced an Immigration Bill that is sure to gain him national attention. He’ll be on the Sunday talk shows and be a darling of Fox News. Here’s what he introduced, The first bill establishes for the first time that a visa overstay is a felony criminal offense as opposed to a civil offense. It also enacts a biometric exit program at all ports of exit. The other bill requires the Comptroller General to provide a comprehensive report on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The legislation is awaiting bill numbers.  
The latter I have no problem with. The former is just plain punitive. The majority of immigrants in this country are hard working people. The Senate bill will solve the overstay problem but Barletta does not see it that way. And I’m wondering just what jobs his immigration bill is going to protect in his district? Oh, those 10 dollar an hour jobs the Chamber of Commerce gets for us.
U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives) 


U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright spoke on the House floor in favor of passing comprehensive immigration reform. Cartwright cited the massive economic benefits of passing immigration reform, including a $14.8 billion boost to Pennsylvania’s economy.  



This Week on Sunday Magazine This Week in Harrisburg examines groundbreaking for a multi million dollar construction project near the Wilkes Barre Scranton International Airport, Senator John Blake explains what the project will mean to the area. Senator John Yudichak discusses an increase in funding in the state budget for the Pa. State Police, and legislation to close the Delaware Tax Loophole is headed to Governor Tom Corbett's desk. Brian Hughes speaks with Jessica Macheechak about the "Hitting For Sissy" softball tournament, coming up next Saturday in Hunlock Creek in memory of her late aunt. An encore of Brian's interview with Kelly Flynn from Team in Training, about getting in shape for a good cause, and benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And an encore of Brian's interview with Dr. Ralph DeMario from Hospice of the Sacred Heart, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.


PCN TEAMS UP WITH AARP FOR PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT FRAUDS AND SCAMS PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) and AARP are partnering together for a special series entitled, “Focus on Aging Adults.” The third program in this series of monthly panel discussions will be devoted to the topic of frauds and scams targeting aging adults. The program is scheduled to air statewide on PCN at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. During the upcoming July 17 program, Corinna Vecsey Wilson, vice president of programming at PCN, will moderate a panel including Mary Bach, noted consumer advocate and chair of the AARP PA Consumer Issues Task Force; Doug Hassenbein, assistant investor education coordinator for the PA Department of Banking and Securities and Dave Shallcross, senior community liaison for the PA Office of Attorney General. 


River Day has become a very big public event in the Borough of Tunkhannock and that's the topic for ECTV Live on broadcasts to be aired the week of July 15th. A representative from the Dietrich Theater, Wyoming County's headquarters for the Arts will join host Tom Munley and co-host David DeCosmo for the program which can be seen daily on Comcast Ch19 at Noon and Midnight with special showings on selected dates at 6pm.


This week's Special Edition will feature the meeting of the Luzerne County Crime Watch Coalition and include tips on keep your home and valuables safe, an interview with New Yorker contributor and New York Times best selling author George Packer about his new book, "The Unwinding" (listed at #17 on the non-fiction list this week), which chronicles economic shifts impacting Americans since 1978 and a discussion with U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta about two pieces of legislation this week dealing with immigration.
Our 1976 logo. 


After an exhaustive interview process, Democratic party nominee designate Jimmy Carter chooses Senator Walter Mondale of Minnesota as his running mate……. David Steel becomes leader of the UK's Liberal Party in the aftermath of the scandal which forced out Jeremy Thorpe.......Three British and 1 American mercenaries are shot by firing squad in Angola...An explosion in Seveso, Italy, causes extended pollution to a large area in the neighborhood of Milano, with many evacuations and a large number of people affected by the toxic cloud.....Barbara Jordan is the first black person to keynote a political convention........  
Jimmy Carter is nominated for U.S. President at the Democratic National Convention in New York City. 
Pennsylvania Democrats travel to New York City for the convention. Congressman John Murtha, Dan Flood as well as Governor Milton Shapp are excited by the ticket. Shapp by the way got one convention vote for President from a 24 year old delegate from Provo, Utah who never heard of Shapp or could recognize him…..and in Scranton, delegates from the Electric City made their way to the convention to try to get some attention for their city. Luzerne County delegates also made the same trek for the same reason led by Duryea Council woman Lucille Maziarz…and thirty seven years ago the number 1 song in Lulac land and Amerca was “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” by Tavares.


At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just put Palin on the Political Babes List and then put her out to pasture. I still think she's hot! Don't forget Alaskans, she quit on ya last time she got elected to something. She goes down in History as John McCains Legacy. Thank God he didn't get to make any other big choices. Matter of fact no offense intended, but I wish ol John would just fade away out of the spotlight. Good long run, Sir, but its over.

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few things, first off I remember that Carter audition. Everybody but Ted Kennedy made a pilgrimage to Plains, Georgia.
And this is a posting of contrasts, the sane Matt Cartwright vs. the crazy bill Barletta wants to introduce. Then Barbra Jordan's eloquence vs. Sarah Palin's nonsense. Have we really gone so far off the mark. I don't know if these things were intended when you wrote them but it was superb.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin might still be a babe but so is Linda Evans and no one hires her anymore.

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but never was she in the Linda Evans League. Shes kinda the Politician I'd most like to spend a night in a truck with at the Drive-In! I think she should start over, maybe shoot for Mayor.


At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that Barbara Jordan clip brought back memories of her in the 70s. Great woman who we lost too soon. Thanks for bringing her up on this fine blog.

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see:

IRS scandal?
DoJ encouraging racial unrest in Sanford with our money?
ObamaCare implosion?
7% PLUS unemployment?
Only 47% of employed are full time?
Scandals no longer end political careers?
Foreign Policy approval lower than whale-poop?
The Fed manipulating our markets?

LuLac leads with a Palin alert?

Really, are you already soooo worried about her popularity that you went "Barre Shore"?

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Agree with you on Palin, but don’t be surprised if the good people of Alaska sent her to the Senate. One of her potential primary opponents would be Joe Miller, an equally “out there” Tea Partier who would have won the Senate race in 2010 had incumbent Lisa Murkowski not ran a write in campaign.

Still, considering all of the far right GOP’ers in the Senate today (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz among them) it seems Palin would fit right in.

The greater question is: Why are we still talking about her??? Answer, she is a beautiful woman physically. That’s it…..end of story. It certainly is NOT because she was the first woman to be put on a national ticket-----that was Gerry Ferraro back in 1984. Gerry was a good woman, attractive and smart, but not cover girl material. As far as I know, following her 1984 defeat w/ Fritz Mondale, the furthest she got with additional media coverage was doing a Pepsi commercial with her two daughters (and that only ran for one cycle---she was no FLO). Near the time of her death a few short years ago, she was a commentator on FOX, still for most of the years after her defeat she was largely ignored by the media.

Sarah Palin is a product of our new media. Image means more than substance. We have no real leaders in media who will take a stand. In the early fifties, Edward R. Murrow of CBS called out Sen. Joe McCarthy, lighting the fuse for the Senator’s downfall. In 1968, following Tet, Walter Cronkite basically declared the Vietnam war a stalemate at the end of his CBS news broadcast, a move that is credited with LBJ deciding to not seek a second full term as President. Can anyone imagine Brian Williams or Dianne Sawyer taking an editorial stand at the end of a national newscast nowadays??? Never.

And that’s why we have what we have today. At least partly.

Bless You All

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good Day Students,

For those of you who have been showing up for class each day, I am sorry. I have just returned from my traditional summer jaunt to Europe. Prior to that, I had gone through a see-saw of trips to and from New York in negotiations concerning my upcoming book. I must say that all is on track. I enjoyed myself immensely these past few weeks. Out of all the places I visited on my trip none stands out more than Venice. Perhaps since I have been to Paris, Rome and of course London so many times prior, Venice seemed special as it was my first visit. What beauty and history!!!! As I am fluent in Italian, getting around was no issue and the conversation with the citizens was both enlightening and educational but above all enjoyable. As it is vacation time for most this year, I wish you ingrates well on your daily jaunt to Ocean City.
The work of this classroom moves forward…..
Students, although I applaud Mr. Yonki for effort concerning his paper on Governor Palin, I must take great exception to his points. I applaud Ms. Palin for political saavy. It is my belief that she will seek the Senate but not as a springboard for the Presidency. We must understand that the liberal media has succeeded in portraying the good Governor as a lightweight to the mass of the American public. In fact she is quite the opposite. No lightweight manages to go from the office of small town Mayor to the Governorship of one of our greatest states. I believe Ms. Palin will serve honorably in the Senate if she wishes to be elected. She will not run for President in 2016, obviously since a campaign would almost immediately need to be undertaken upon her taking the oath of office in the Senate.
Since a Republican Presidency is guaranteed in 2016 (my bet is either Rand Paul, Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz will be the next President) she will not be looking to run in 2020 when President Paul, Cruz or Bush run for re-election. My belief is she will throw her hat in the ring for 2024. By then she will be in her second term as a Senator and will have established herself in DC as a competent stateswoman. She will also only be 59 years of age. Much younger than Ms. Clinton will be in 2016.
All in all class, when the history books write the great story of Sarah Palin, they will not even once mention the words incompetent, arrogant, or befuddled----that is unless they are referring to the current occupant of the White House who misses no chance to throw unfair “digs” at her.
Something to think about this morning……….
Please don’t drink and drive this weekend……..the life you save may be mine….and if you must do your illegal drugs/bath salts, etc. Please do them in your own tenements.

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Palin should run againt Hilary, the campaign can be
Ankles over cankles.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

LuLac leads with a Palin alert?

At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see Sarah Palin run and be elected as a Senator for Alaska. Maybe she would end up selling the state of Alaska back to Russia. She would be getting the other 49 states out of debt.
She would blame it all on Katie Couric.

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She would be getting the other 49 states out of debt.

@ 7:54
You must have forgotten - it's "57 states" total. So the remaining would be 56.

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aha! With Texas (where if you don't like the vote keep voting again until you get the desired result) gone and Florida run off that makes 48 and if we dump Alaska (where they probably would be stupid enough to elect the Glam Babe) the number is 47!

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that was the Professor I saw in Venice. My wife and I travel there in my Lear Jet most weekends for lunch at a little spot we love. I see where he is making predictions again. That didn't turn out too well last time as I recall, but I guess for a man who lives in his own world its OK.
Get in touch, Prof I'll give you the name of that restaurant as well as another we really like in Bangkok.

Walt D.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really Mr D?

Unlike your obvious one-level-below-teen-emo-journal attempt to spice up a lame retort to a post by someone you don't agree with may I point out:

True or not, the Professor's into to his posts reveal a style. It creates a context and background that establishes his "world" and "identity".

When I read a post of his for the first time my reaction was "hmmm, odd opening". But it did 2 things: it stuck with me and made me alert for the next one. Since then he has been consistent.

I too still wait for a "slip" in his "bio" but more importantly the man's basic philosophy remains firm.

I picture him as a "seasoned" financially comfortable mid-60's married man, not sure if he is widowed or has a tolerant, loving wife, and very private except with his small circle of friends. His acquaintances are respectful and as close as he lets them get.

He is still energized by how he has lived, what he has learned and what he still has to offer.

Intolerant of willful ignorance and wasted youth, he cannot avoid pointing out "potholes" and "social land-mines" at the volume and bluntness his anonymity allows.

His retirement from academia may have been necessitated by the impatience he experienced with what he saw on campus.

The freedom of classroom constraints and ed-bureaucracy released the creative energy that was suppressed by the need to "maintain classroom decorum", hence his foray into the book publishing world.

Geez some of this may apply to our blog editor too.

BTW Walt: you have so little regard for your supposed wife that you both would end up in the Atlantic - a LearJet leaving Teterboro does not have the range to make it to Venice.

- Sherlock Holmes, in training?

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

No Shit Sherlock, I was making fun of the profeser. Stay in training and get a sense of humor.


At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS Sherlock
The "Professor" claims to be a WWII VET. If he is in his mid to late 60s he fought in the war at the age of 5 or 6!

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was making fun of the profeser

? and you want ME to stay in training???

Don't quit your day job.


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