Thursday, October 17, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2539, October 17th, 2013

Meaning: nothing at all.
Orgin: Yiddish/Slavic.


So the government shut down is now over. And what has been accomplished? Essentially nothing. Everyone lost on this one. Here’s who:
1. The GOP Congress: Reasonable members like Lou Barletta are being pulled in two different directions. The party has been taken hostage by the Tea Party and this branch of the government has the lowest approval rating in history.
2. The Democratic Senate: They will now have large targets on their back as the 2014 election arrive. The right wing nuts will take to the media and accuse them of “taking away our freedoms” and paint the Senate as obstructionists!
3. The American people: Denied of services, millions of Americans were hurt and inconvenienced. But not of course the Congress.
4. The taxpayer. Congressman Cartwright had it correct when he said the shutdown would cost money. 24 billion. The next time a Republican starts saying, “My children’s future, my children’s future, look at the debt they’ll have to pay!!!” point out this colossal waste of money.
5. Government workers: Already under fire by average citizens, these people will need to catch up and be blamed when services are backlogged and not being performed fast enough.
6. The President: Finally he stood up to the bullies. But if President Obama had not compromised in his first term, if he had not kissed the asses of Republicans who kicked him in the gonads after he reached out, this would never have opened. One of the life lessons the President never learned as child from his Social Worker mother and WWII veteran grandfather was this: you knock a bully the first time and don’t let him/her get up. President Obama, reelected to a second term has wasted his first year of that second term. Not since Richard Nixon’s first year of his second term has a President had such an awful year after re-election winning by a majority of voters.


Speaker John Boehner had the quote of the week on WLW Radio in Cincinnati. Boehner conceded that his party lost but “fought the good fight”. Fighting to stop a bill passed by the Legislature and upheld by the Supreme Court? Stopping economic recovery in its track messing with historical tourism? Making the markets nervous with talk of a government default? Stopping patients who were undergoing clinical cancer studies? Letting thousands of cattle rot on the prairie after a bad weather event in the Midwest because the Agriculture Department was closed down? That is the good fight? Really?

County Controller candidate Michelle Bednar. (Photo: LuLac archives).


The Red Mill
340 S. Main St., Pittston, PA
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
2 p.m to 5 p.m.
with Master of Ceremonies,
State Representative
Mike Carroll

County Council Candidate Eileen Saorokas. (Photo: LuLac archives).


4PM, Route 309 in Mountaintop, October 20th Sunday.

Congressman Matt Cartweright. (Photo: LuLac archives).


Congressman Matt Cartwright released the following statement regarding the bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and pay our bills:
“Today, the American people have seen Congress reach a bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and avert a default on the nation’s bills. While the compromise that has been reached will provide our economy with the stability it needs, we must move forward together and do more.
“After more than two weeks spent facing off across a partisan divide differences were set aside to prevent disaster.
“Part of this agreement instructs leaders to name conferees to a budget conference committee. The hope is that this action will assure Congress continues the work of setting this country on a path to job growth and fiscal sustainability. The conference committee, which is charged with producing its negotiated budget package in December, is the appropriate place to discuss our differing views on the best way to chart a course for economic growth.
“Now we must return to our most important job – expanding the economy and protecting middle-class families.
“Let’s get together and actually pass a budget.”

Arena Board member Alex Milanes. (Photo: LuLac archives).



Congratulations to Wilkes Barre Township resident Alex Milanes on being named to the Arena Board. Milanes was picked 9-0 and is a great addition to the board with his technical expertise and enthusiasm. There were many heavy hitters who tried to get on that board but many could not get a second from the County Council.




A lot of people are asking questions about the controversial Affordable Health CareAct and ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will be steering viewers to a place that provides fee help in getting answers! The program, running the week of October 21st, will feature Suzanna Slussar of the Scranton Primary Health Care Center.
ECTV Live can be seen daily on Comcast Ch19.


This Week on Sunday Magazine

Brian Hughes speaks with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders and vision expert Brian Holden about vision issues, which are becoming a bigger and bigger health issue in the U.S. Brian speaks with 3rd grade teacher Amy Rosenstein about how she opened up her classroom through the innovation of global teaching. Brian speaks with Dr. Pam Marquess about the pros and cons of prescription medications, and how to cope with the side effects. And an encore of Brian's interview with Steven Rothschild from the Life Foundation about how younger people should have life insurance. 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 weekend's Special Edition with Sue Henry feature's local director and writer, John Kilker from Scranton who talks to Sue about the making of his movie called "The Paragon Cortex" which was filmed locally in Lackawanna & Luzerne counties. John Kilker is the writer, director, and the producer of this comic book action flick. Also on hand was producer, Christian Huennebeck from Germany who also lives in Scranton and Karel Zubris who's credit's include production assistant on the film. The interview can be heard on WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at 7 pm on WILK FM 103.1

Our 1976 logo.


Ford officially launches volume production of Fiesta car at its Valencia plant.

The Copyright Act of 1976 extends copyright duration for an additional 20 years in the United States...The Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is placed on the list of endangered species. The Mississippi River ferry MV George Prince is struck by a ship while crossing from Destrehan, Louisiana to Luling, Louisiana, killing 78 passengers and crew. The Cincinnati Reds sweep the New York Yankees in four games to win the 1976 World Series…

in Pennsylvania sports, Danny Murtaugh steps down as the Pirates Manager, in the eastern part of the state Danny Ozark is hailed for getting the Phillies to the playoffs…………in Wilkes Barre Mayor Walter Lisman unveils his first budget as Mayor holding the line on taxes and touting the City’s Redevelopment program………and thirty seven years ago the number one song in America and LuLac land was Hall and Oates follow up to “Sara Smile”, “She’s Gone”.


At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, what better way to describe the shutdown, NOTHING.
What a bunch of idiots.
And I'm glad to see you had the fairness and integrity to call out the President too.
Great comparison with the Nixon second term start!
Love your stuff.

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Barletta was part of the problem rather than the solution. Had alleged "moderates" like him stood up to the Tea Party, there would have been no shutdown.

At 5:43 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,

I realize that it has been quite a while since I have presided over this classroom (not that I have not been missed----you may laugh). Unfortunately, I had undergone a health crisis which required several months of convalescence. Thankfully, my medical procedure was undertaken before the implementation of Obamacare this past October 1st. I now take this opportunity to thank my physicians and especially my surgeon (recommended by a friend who is his colleague). The medical care was exemplary, the nurses were pretty, but alas, the food was horrible---you may once again laugh.

The work of this classroom moves forward…..

Students, I must say that fate chose a terrible period for me to have taken ill. So much has passed in my absence. The Syria debacle, national health care, and of course the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis (?). All subjects call for important, insightful lectures, even to this day as all three have not actually passed into history. I will caution you, however, that in view of my personal situation I cannot be as available as often as previous. I am sure that even you ingrates will understand old age has its downside.

Regarding the shutdown and the debt ceiling (more on Obamacare and Syria in upcoming lectures), I am disappointed in the cowardice of the current leadership of the GOP. Here we had an excellent opportunity to reign in insane, out of control spending and end the ACA. I applaud patriots like Sen. Ted Cruz (who will be the next President of the United States) for their leadership and eloquence in explaining the debacle known as the welfare state over these past three weeks. Watching the Junior Senator from Texas speaking for nearly 24 hours straight on the floor of the U.S. Senate brought back hope to my heart for this country’s future. This is a man who says what he means and means what he says. Name me one other member of the Senate who is so committed to truth and honor and the Constitution-----name me one!!!!!

The lefties and the Obama White House are probably celebrating this morning, downing shots and giving a “high five” to one another. Their victory is a false one. When all of the dust settles, and we finally address what a fiasco Obamacare is and its cost, not only monetarily but also relating to our quality of health provider ship, the truth will finally come out. And the hero of this event shall be Senator Cruz. I had held out hope that outgoing House Speaker Boehner would have the courage not to take the Senate bill up for a vote on the House floor. In doing so, however, he has proven himself to be the hapless and wandering Speaker that the liberals accuse him of being. I look forward to a Cantor Speakership in 2015.

So, to all the Conservatives (the true Conservatives) out there who are feeling defeat this morning, let me cheer you up. 2014: GOP maintains control of the House, and gains control of the Senate. 2016: GOP expands its House majorities and its Senate majorities and Ted Cruz is elected President. 2017: Upon his Inauguration, within a month President Cruz, Speaker Cantor and Senate Majority Leader McConnell lead a successful effort in Congress to repeal Obamacare. 2018: Obamacare is history------forgotten history.

IN closing, on the personal side, I wish to thank all of you for your concerns during my absence. The cards and letters were deeply appreciated (even if some of them contained horrific spelling)---you may laugh. Regardless, it is good to be back and I wish you all take the time to concentrate on improving your grades this coming semester………
Something to think about this morning……..
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I must disagree that this shutdown is going to hurt Dem Senate candidates. The political battle U.S> Senate wise, is going to be between the GOP Senators and prospective Tea party challengers themselves.
Already Thad Cochran of MS. and Mitch McConnell of KY have Tea Party challengers for their respective primaries, the logic being these two aren’t truly “conservative”…..really?????
Most of the nation blames this fiasco on The GOP and it would not surprise me to see the GOP Senators who voted for ending the shutdown all challenged by the TP. And most of them being usurped by a wacko TP'er who will (Southern states excluded) lose to the Dem candidate in the Fall (we all recall Christine O’Donnell and Todd Aiken, two amongst many one-time GOP Senate nominees in races which were originally favored to go Republican. Look for that next year as a result of these lunatics on the right.
Regarding Barletta, he has flip flopped on this issue. To me he is not reasonable. First, he wants a clean CR, then he doesn't. Reasonable politicians in times such as these "manufactured crisis" must display a Profile in Courage. I doubt very much in future editions there will be a chapter on the Congressman from Hazleton/Harrisburg.
Had Gerrymandering not occurred, Matt Cartwright would have cleaned Barletta’s clock in 2012. And Gerrymandering is the big problem here. The wacko TP’ers are in safe districts, whose geographical maps are as crazy and outrageous as most of them. Think about it, why is a congressman from Hazleton also representing parts of Harrisburg???????? Therein lies the issue.

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed on Obama, but remember in his first two years when he had majorities in the congress it was not just the republicans but the democrats who stifled him.
The democrats could have conceivably passed a single payer health care bill, but they did not...why? because $$$$$$$$ rules DC.
Obama does not really get a lot of credit from anybody.
Yet, he always pulls a rabbit out of his hat.
After all, he was re-elected by over 3 million votes...when no one (not even you yonk) was certain if he would even win at all a week before the election.

'Cept for Nate Silver.

Don't underestimate the President...he's as naive as a fox.

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bednar is highlighted in today's ;post but sorry to say, Carolee will make a much better Controller. And please, not because her term will be amusing but because there is noone who will shed a light on the big things. Walter Griffith was so wrapped up in himself that he tried all kinds of "gotcha" moves and touched on a few of the larger issues such as the sterling but other than get headlines, he in my humble oinion did little else. Bednar just does not have what it takes to be a real leader and her "church mouse" nature leaves much to be desired from a leader's view point. I was never a Carolee fan and thought she was often over the edge but to tell you the absolute truth, I am voting with her simply becuase of the two running, she is the best.

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the most underrated bands of the last century. Hall and Oates, great harmony.

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Bluto, Barletta came around because it was the right thing to do. When Yonk and Tarone had him on TV he said the defunding of Obamacare was a stunt. At heart he might not be a moderate because look at his immigration ordinance but the guy does care about his district and its needs.

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bednar needs to step up her game if she wants my vote


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