Thursday, July 18, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2476, July 18th, 2013

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. (Photo:


You have to love former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Barry is a Washington, D.C. City Councilman nowadays. He’s staying out of hotel rooms with crack pipes and questionable women. He helped pass an ordinance not allowing Walmart to build three stores in the D.C. metro area. What was their sin? One typical of the retail giant. 
See, the Council wanted Walmart to pay a living wage of 12 bucks an hour rather than the lesser amount Walmart wanted to pay. Barry said that 12 bucks an hour was even poverty level for what it cost to live in D.C. But Walmart said that people who work for them are fine with lower wages. It is a shame that Sam Walton’s company, founded as a family business has now turned into the poster child for what is wrong with how business treats American workers. I can tell you horror stories of people employed at local Walmarts who get crapped on with impunity every day. And from what I understand, the waste of food is incredible. 
The last time I set foot in a Walmart was out of necessity a few years ago when McKinley, the LuLac dog got sprayed by a skunk and at 3 am I was in that place for deskunking materials. I’m glad a governmental body stood up to Walmart. I think it’s hysterical when the Chamber of Commerce do nothings say they bring good jobs to the area because of great places like Walmart  Yeah, right. 
The best reason to vote against liquor store privatization in Pennsylvania is that fact that Walmart will get its grubby hands on store licenses. They won’t give damn about who buys the booze, how old they are, what their workers in the stores get paid and who gets killed in the process. Kudos to Marion Barry and the D.C. council for pushing back to these cheap bastards of American commerce. 


So I ran into this smart guy last week and he told me this joke about a Republican talking to a member of the struggling middle class. 
Republican: Hey vote for our side. We’re for you. 
Middle class guy: But you’re against good wages for us while corporate fat cats that contribute to you make billions. And you tried to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act which bans insurance companies from refusing coverage for a pre existing condition and imposes an 80/20 rule so that they can’t spend millions on overhead. And you tried to repeal it 45 times.  
Republican: Very true. But when we ban gay people from getting married, I bet you’ll sleep better! 
It would be funny and satirical….if it weren’t so true. 
The middle class wants Congress concentrating on hospital beds for sick people, not who’s getting busy on their mattresses.

U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: Citizen's Voice).


Bet you thought this was a dead issue? Not with our Congressman. Here’s a recap of what he said on the House floor. As the House prepares to vote for the 38th time to take patient protections away from working families and to undermine the economic security of the middle class, millions of working Americans are struggling to make ends meet due to this chamber’s inaction. It has been months since the across-the-board sequester cuts were enacted, devastating so many important programs on which Americans rely. As the House leadership refuses to allow votes on alternatives to replace the sequester, 18,132 Defense employees are currently being furloughed across Pennsylvania resulting in a $71,476,743 economic loss for the state. Additionally, 3,528 middle class Americans are being furloughed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, a facility that provides essential support for our war fighters.



The decision to put the terrorist bomber who killed and maimed runners in Boston on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine has met with the predictable outrage. As an American, I am offended by the fact that Rolling Stone (a magazine I subscribed to for years) put the little scum bag on the cover. He is the face of evil and deserves anonymity, not celebration for his cowardly deeds. I have avoided using his name or even dignifying his existence. Not to be cold but it might have been better for all if he died alongside of his scumbag brother. The families of the victims of 911 were spared trials because those morons were serious about dying for a cause, albeit evil. But these kids were just little freaks trying to make a statement against a country that welcomed, educated and supported them. Perhaps that's the reason for the outrage. 
The actions by Rolling Stone will spark a debate once more about freedom of press. But Rolling Stone is a magazine that is in business to sell product. I knew that when at the age of 17, when the Stone was a tabloid fold over paper, they did a huge story on the Mustang Ranch in Nevada. You got to see real photos of real hookers selling real sex in a real, legally run brothel in Nevada. Pretty heady stuff for the boys from St. John’s but Tony Amatea’s newsstand on William Street sold out immediately. The Stone published photos of a nude John Lennon a week after he was killed, put Nixon on the cover dubbing him “The Quitter” and a few other gems like Charles Manson. Time Magazine put Hitler on the cover throughout the World War II years The Ayatollah Khomeini was Man of the Year after Iran took hostages for 444 days. 
Evil sells. And Rolling Stone wants to sell magazines. 
Stores want to ban it, but I think that’s a mistake. If it is banned, people will scoop them up as “Collector’s Items” and the criminal will become even more celebrated. Nope. Be outraged but don’t ban the Stone’s right of freedom of press or freedom of bad taste. 
Don’t buy the magazine, ignore the little shit on the cover and honor those whose lives he destroyed. 
By doing that and not buying the magazine, you’ll send a message louder than your outrage on Face Book or Twitter. You’ll be saying to the Stone, “We aren’t buying what you’re selling”. And it was all about that anyway. 


WBRE TV’s Eyewitness News Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter Sharon Gaeta. (Photo: Vimeo. )


WBRE TV has filled an important position recently. Joining the Eyewitness News Team is Sharon Gaeta. Gaeta comes to the weekend morning anchor position with a lot of experience. She worked as General Assignment Reporter and Fill In Anchor at Blue Ridge Communications TV-13, as a General Assignment Reporter /Producer WHYY TV-12 , worked her craft as a General Assignment Reporter at WMDT 47 News and was a Production Assistant and Microwave Coordinator at WCAU/NBC News in that great city of Philadelphia. Gaeta is a a graduate of Widener University with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies.


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with State Representative Kevin Haggerty of the 112th Legislative District on a variety of issues, ranging from veterans rights and the state budget to school safety, property taxes and LGBT rights. Brian speaks with Alissa Maria from Home Instead Senior Care about the issue of caregiver distress. And Brian speaks with Kelcy Hill, the organizer of the "Too Inspired To be Tired Walk", to benefit St. Judes Children's Research Hospital on Sunday August 4th at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. 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.


This week on Special Edition, it's an interview with former Lackawanna County D.A. and Pa. Attorney General Ernie Preate about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case and his opinion on current AG Kathleen Kane's announcement that she won't defend a civil lawsuit regarding gay marriage in Pennsylvania; a discussion with representatives of the Veterans Fund of the United States regarding a denial of a cafe, culinary institute and transitional housing they proposed in several locations, including Pittston Township and details of PennDOT's Car-FIT program, which helps seniors drive safer. The show airs on WILK Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m..


Paula Deignan will fill in as co-host of ECTV Live the week on July 2nd as David DeCosmo heads out on vacation. Paula and show host Judge Tom Munley will welcome Karin Fister of the West Scranton Neighborhood Watch Program to discuss events offered by that organization and safety tips home owners will want to use during the high crime summer season. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch 19 each day.

Our 1976 logo.


The 1976 Summer Olympics begin in Montreal, Canada........East Timor is declared the 27th province of Indonesia. Nadia Comăneci earns the first of 7 perfect scores of 10 at the 1976 Summer Olympics begin in Montreal........................ Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal is created.........Viking program: The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars................In Harrisburg, State Legislators are growing increasing impatient with the Shapp administrations multiple spending Scranton, speculation runs rampant whether Mayor Eugene Peters might go for a third term. The popular Scranton Chief Executive has been mentioned a a candidate for statewide office in 1978 and thirty seven years ago today the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls.


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone It is a little know fact that in the very early days Rolling Stone was helped out financially by Columbia Records. Imagine that. A conflict of interest if ever there was one when it came to reviews of CBS product. Now Rolling Stone which I haven't read in years attracts attention by putting the surviving Boston bomber on the cover. Is that what it takes to get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone? Bad editorial choice, fellas! Use some common sense. there is more to it than just selling magazines. Selling out to sell magazines is more like it. Shel Silverstein and Dr Hook want their song back. JP

At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA has left a new comment on your post "The LuLac Edition #2475, July 18th, 2013":

Good Morning Students,
The work of this classroom moves forward……….
Students, ever since I started despising this profession in the mid 1960’s when crew cuts turned to long greasy hair, knee length skirts turned to miniskirts, and a beer or two at the pub turned to massive amounts of illegal hallucinogens in dorm rooms or opium dens, I have placed a great deal of blame on both rock musicians such as the Beatles and Bob Dylan and on publications such as the leftist Rolling Stone Magazine. I have lectured in the past pertaining to the uselessness of people like John Lennon and Mr. Dylan, yet I never have addressed the issue of this tabloid magazine so far as I can recall (at least not in this past decade). That is until what I witnessed yesterday. I believe that even you slugs know of what I speak of this morning.

I am no fan of Rolling Stone. My taste’s lean more towards The Wall Street Journal and National Review. Today I am not only not a fan of this rag, but infuriated by it. To place on its cover the ingrate/slug/layabout/madman who along with his equally demented brother was responsible for death and the basic crippling of hundreds of spectators at the Boston Marathon is both disgusting and insulting to every victim. From a glance of the cover one would believe this punk to be some sort of new teeny bopper idol. And that is the money shot, as far as this old fogey is concerned. Now, I will not comment on the article pertaining to this loser within, for I have not read it yet. But I plan to. I have however read the caption on the cover which states, “How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed By His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam And Became A Monster”.

Class, not only over the years have I lectured on history, but I have also taught English/Literature. And the prose of this caption is one of trying to ‘explain’ why this savage carried out his evil deed last April. And in doing so we have the same old liberal idea of attempting to draw some sympathy by “understanding” him as a person. This is the old leftist adage….if we can reach others who are ingrate law breaker-murderers we can reform them. What a bunch of poppy cock!! (I apologize for the profanity). I do not want to understand Mr. Tsarnaev, I want him executed!!!!!!!!! Again, to be fair I place my previous words solely on the caption from the magazine cover. Yet, I look forward to reading what is within.
How the left attempts to enlighten the rest of us how this is all somehow America’s fault. This is what I expect to read, if I am wrong about the article I shall admit so. Yet, the fact that this idiot is on the cover is an outrage. It reminds me of many years ago when in this very classroom a young puke had a copy of the same publication that sported a Charles Manson cover. I told this person to leave my classroom and never return again!!! That is, unless he cut his hair, bought a bar of soap and a change of clothes and cancelled his Rolling Stone subscription.
SO, I deliver a mandate to this classroom once again. Any student who is seen in possession of Rolling Stone shall leave. Any student who is seen viewing Rolling Stone on your I Phone shall leave. You may return when you the male students remove the earrings , and everyone remove the tattoos, and purchase a bar of soap.
Something to think about this morning…….
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rolling Stone cover was distasteful when I first saw it... but the article itself was brilliant, if anyone took the time to read it. Once you did, the cover made sense.

At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol theres a dude who thinks hes teaching a class. haha what a tool.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I wonder how many people actually purchase magazines nowadays? Newspapers are going the way of the ice man and I assume it is the same for periodicals. I am one of the few who still subscribe to paper magazines and RS is one of them.
When I received the issue with Tsarnaev in the mail the other day I did not give the cover a second thought, other than to view it as a retrospect on what drove this kid to morph into a madman. To be honest, I and the rest of this nation know quite well that he and his dead brother are losers. Honestly, I can’t see why people are so damned upset over a magazine cover. And for all of the hoopla against it, I have not heard one mention of the actual STORY INSIDE THE ISSUE. I suggest you read it.
Does anyone think a picture is going to suddenly turn public opinion around on this idiot???? Seriously, does anyone????????? It seems to me that a lot of the protesters are expecting Justin Bieber type fan clubs springing up for Tsarnaev all in light of this cover. Bullshit. Americans can be gullible but not to that level.
And as far as those saying it makes this terrorist look “cool, or acceptable” and not the monster he is (MONSTER is one of the descriptions of him printed on that very cover) I must object. The picture looks as if it came from the Brady Bunch bell sleeve era. Not contemporary looking at all. If a kid wore that shirt he sports in school today he would be beat up.
I have an easy suggestion for anyone who is offended by the cover. Don’t look at it. Hell, most of you were probably not going to buy the damned magazine anyway.
Additionally, as a liberal Democrat, I find people such as Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz highly offensive. I find Rush Limbaugh beyond offensive. Yet, if I see them on the cover of a magazine (and I have), I don’t lend it much thought.
Next thing you know the pro-George Zimmerman crowd will be protesting Travon Martin’s image on a mag cover or the Pro-Travon crowd will protest George on a magazine cover. And I bet the vast majority of them, if asked to explain that very case would be lost for words or at best provide an outline of it. Just as the vast majority protesting the Tsarnaev cover. Granted, if the story inside was sympathetic to him then protests would be more than proper---but again, read the story. It is not.
SO, relax. It’s a damn picture. IN a month it will be forgotten. And three years today Tsarnaev will either be rotting in hell or in a federal prison. And all those who paid 400 bucks for a certain collectors issue of RS magazine on E bay will probably have it stashed in their cob web laden attics next to the cabbage patch doll that cost them a shiner in their left eye thirty years ago at Zayre’s.
Bless You.

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, in regards to the comments made by Congressman Cartwright. He nelegected to mention that the defense workers affected by this current sequester have not had a pay raise now going on almost 3 years. If and when the sequester is supposed to end with the approval of the 2014 federal budget these federal workers will probably not see a raise than either. If by chance they do get a raise it would be a wopping 1%.
Those supposed plush gov jobs are not always what most perceive them to be.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, Yonki, Yonki, we all should get on our crippled knees and thank God above that there are the Democrats. Without them, whatever would we do? To have such the perfect party who can do no wrong is just a plain ol' blessing from above. Except for a few very minor things like infringing on our freedoms, what the hell, let em' continue on their merry way. Good old Barrrrrack Alabama surely must be the ultimate gift to this country in our times of strife. (that last one was sarcastic}. Love your forum, tho most times I disagree with yer highness. Give em time, maybe they'll remove this freedom from us too.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rolling Stone has people from the national news to bloggers talking about them.
People never get it --- attention is what they want, and we just gave it to them.

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I recently received an email from Cartwright or his committee and it consisted of videos of the actions he has taken since in office. Everything from soup to nuts. I can't tell you how impressed I was with the energy of our Congressman and the effort he put into his first year of office. I truly believe that Matt Cartwright will become the best representative the people in our District have ever had. There are more than a dozen videos of Cartwright speaking on the Floor as well as a video of him being interviewed by Chris Matthews. I could not be more impressed with him and I know now that he was the right choice to send to Washington.
I really appreciate you efforts in getting his story out to your readership. I remember when TV stations and newspapers gave Congressmen better coverage. Your site passes this information along and that is a good thing. Catwright is well served by your dedication and sense of purpose. No one else seems to be doing what you do. Thanks.

At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, as always really enjoyed your appearance on Topic A tonight with Anchorwoman Lisa Schugardt. I'm glad you told the story of how you got to WYLN after a long hiatus from broadcasting. I remember your shows on WVIA TV and Radio as well as the old talk show on WBAX. When Tarone gets back next week, the pace will be a little louder but just as great. Good show!

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think WYLN should rebroadcast Topic A the next morning like they do Late Edition. I mean how much jewelery can you sell?

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that new anchor on WBRE does a good job. Saw her doing stories this week and doing the weekend debut and think she is solid. They need that to continue to compete in this market.

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave: Love the year 1976 that you feature. Poor Milton Shapp. After the Presidential run, he never got anything done.
And as far as Topic A goes, not everyone can get WYLN because it's cable. Are you going to put Topic A up on You Tube for your readers?

At 11:19 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

as far as Topic A goes, not everyone can get WYLN because it's cable. Are you going to put Topic A up on You Tube for your readers?

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yonki they should give you your own show on radio or tv halfhour show 1 hour show you would top the ratings.and even have guests.and people would line up for that tv people radio people please sign up this man he would have a huge following people love him and it will help out your stations and has a following now and has a better understanding about politics and subjects please sign this man we love you dave

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:32......... As usual, the Republicans create a sh@t pile and then blame the Democrats and expect the D's to clean it up. I guess you need to be reminded that it was the Republican administration of Bush and Cheney that created the Patriot Act which was the biggest infringement of our rights in history. The only thing worse and I'm not sure it was worse but the rounding of all Japanese Americans during WWII and putting them in camps was really bad. I still wonder where the outcry was that the German and Italian Americans were not also rounded up. It is a simple fact that people who look different are treated different.

To answer your question about where we would be without the Democrat Party, well lets start with the 40 hour work week, safety in the work place, child labor laws and please, lets top the list with Social Security and Medicare. The GI Bill and VA hospitals and long term nursing care was only cut by Republicans, just as the cuts now taking pace by the Boehner led Republican Congress. Isn't it time that the American people wake up and realize there is a absolute war on the former middle class?

On another note, it would be really appreciated if you could get your Hazleton TV show on your site. Here is an idea, maybe Scott Cannon could stream it live and I'm sure there would be some businesses that would invest in some advertising or maybe you could just run it on your blog and make a few bucks on advertising. Regardless of the method used to broadcast the show, I think it would be a big hit.

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning Dave: Hope you are enjoying this weather and traveling around LuLac land with your top down and the music blasting!
Two things, I saw a story on WBRE last night about a home made especially for a disabled veteran. The reporter you mentioned did a nice job. Very factual, very heartwarming.
Second: As your coverage of the year 1976 rewind continues, please do not ignore one of the biggest stories politically in Pennsylvania of that year. You know what I'm talking about?

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this "Special Edition" supposed to replace the show Shadoe Steele used have on?
Because if it is it pales. I listened in on Saturday, and all it is, is a repeat of interviews Sue had on her show previously. Not really the public service type broadcasting Shadoe had done in the past, which was an hour, long form, in-depth interview.
Just more lazy programing in the modern age I guess

At 11:14 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I listened in on Saturday, and all it is, is a repeat of interviews Sue had on her show previously. Not really the public service type broadcasting Shadoe had done in the past, which was an hour, long form, in-depth interview.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

As your coverage of the year 1976 rewind continues, please do not ignore one of the biggest stories politically in Pennsylvania of that year. You know what I'm talking about?


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