Sunday, November 10, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2557, November 10th, 2013

Our Maybe I’m Amazed Logo.


MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that even though this past election seemed to be so crucial to local voters, less than 23% came out to vote. It proves that politics in this nation/county has almost become a closed shop. The junkies as well as the insiders, those who have something to gain, those that want to be somebody will make the effort to become our leaders. There are those who will run for office to serve but most people will tell you those are isolated cases. Is there a solution to voter apathy? Should we put voting online? (Can you imagine the Luzerne Ciunty Voters Bureau handling that one!!!!) Should we have multi day voting? Should we jazz it up a bit to get the American Idol crowd? Hold it, that’s not an option. Can you imagine your dolt of a neighbor who watches “American Idol” religiously voting on issues important to your community? Yeah maybe we can live with lower turnout for people who actually think about things. The challenge is separating those who think and those who are told to think.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..and pleasantly so at the actions of the Wilkes Barre Ara School Board this week who named Reverend Shawn Walker to another few years on the board. There was speculation that the Board would put on another education crony from Plains to fill Mary Ann Tole’s seat, but they made the right choice in appointing Walker.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that one of the ramifications of the recent Ned Evans-Kathy Grinaway School Board race in Wilkes Barre is that people will be watching more closely the shenanigans of this board. Perhaps new blood infused in it might make it more responsive to the entire community. One thing the Grinaway campaign did was focus on the Coaches club mentality of the majority. Two new members to watch will be Ned Evans and Denise Thomas. Thomas wants to install security systems in the schools and I’m not sure has thought about the ramifications and long term costs of such an action. Concerning Thomas it will be real interesting to see who will replace her as Wilkes Barre Area School, District attendance officer. That job is pretty much equivalent to the old Weights and Measures job cronies had at the Courthouse in the 60s and 70s. Watch who gets that job. The second thing to take a gander at is if Hawkeye Security Systems gets the gig for the District concerning the cornerstone of her campaign. Christine Katsock might have pulled a good vote in the General Election but did next to nothing in terms of helping Grinaway in this race. She showed up late for her own rally in the fall at the Plains Pavilion. Having won a double nomination and therefore having her election secured, she missed an opportunity to bring another person in who could have become a political ally of hers on that board. But unlike Senator John Yudichak who has used his political clout in rebuilding a Democratic organization and helping candidates, Katsock remained the lone wolf. To me that’s the distinction between Yudichak and Katsock: John wants to do something, Katsock just wants to be somebody.
People tell me that Joe Caffrey is a fair man. I met him once and think he will have an open mind. Evans is still an unknown commodity and did nothing to enhance his stature when he did poorly answering basic questions on the radio before the election. Look for him to go along with the crew. But given the Lupas, Leighton and Elmy power grabs, people will be watching.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………………..that men spend 5 months of their lives shaving. That average might have taken a dip with this year’s 2013 Boston Red Sox but we’ll see.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……………….that the same Republican party that is bitching about the Health Care roll out, (and it was a disaster believe me) still have not articulated what the health care plan they have for America is yet. We’re still waiting.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…………..that people are shocked that the President bended the truth, exaggerated, fibbed, lied, shaded the truth, etc. when he told people they could keep their health care. Presidents do this. Politicians do this. Remember “Mission Accomplished?” by President Bush? Let’s grow up and face the facts, politicians lie. The greatest of our leaders, Roosevelt, Wilson, even the sainted Lincoln lied. Even St. Ronald of Reagan lied. Shut up and get over it. He apologized.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that the right wing is also using the Health Care debacle as a way to once more stall background checks on guns. Let me reiterate this fact one more time: Teddy Kennedy was for Gun Control all his life. In political ads he was vilified for wanting to take people’s guns away. He’s four years and counting in the ground at Arlington and everyone has more guns than they will ever need in America.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that within five minutes of waking, 50% of a dream is forgotten. Within 10 minutes, 90% of it is forgotten.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that in France there is a strike going on regarding stores being opened on Sunday. The unions want the stores closed on Sundays. The workers want them opened on Sunday. Why? Because businesses are willing to pay a worker time and a half and give them another day off to compensate them working Sunday. In our country, there is no such thing as time and a half in retail. I think it is hysterical that the Health Care Act is being blamed for businesses cutting hours of full time workers. This has been going on for years in retail. I’m not advocating moving to France but I think it’s an interesting dichotomy. And by the way, are there any private businesses out there that allow employees to buy back their sick time? Didn’t think so. Luzerne County does though.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that 2013 was the first baseball season since 1979 when the Pirates (World Champions), Kansas City Royals ( Second in the American League West) and Cleveland Indians (Sixth in AL East) all had winning records in the same season.


At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed too (as a NRA life-member)that the same politicians who yell and scream against universal background checks for gun buyers, say better mental health services would do more to prevent gun violence. Well Obamacare mandates that every health insurance policy cover mental health services, but as we all know, they oppose that too. The Republicans have lost all their senses.

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Veterans day I'd like to put forward a very names for consideration as soldiers and great Americans. If you aren't familiar with all then I suggest looking them up.
George C. Marshall who built our Army from nothing for WWII and selected Dwight Eisenhower to lead the greatest invasion force in history. Dwight Eisenhower for answering the call. Audie Murphy the most phenominal soldier of WWII whose exploits should never be forgotten and Matthew Ridgeway who almost singlehandidly saved our asses in Korea after the infamous Douglas MacArthur totally screwed things up. These men with the obvious exception of MacArthur were true patriots and heroes. Thank God for such men.

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that the "Supreme Court" overturned the Stolen Valor Act? The act that made it a crime to pretend you were a Veteran and a Hero and profit from it! If thats true are we allowed to just shoot these bastards on sight? What the hell is wrong with the High Court? All the silly little laws that stand and this one didnt! Does this fall under Support the Troops? Happy Veterans Day guys, you got ripped off again!!!

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know something Yonki, I'm getting sick and tired of you putting down county workers and complaining about their benefits. One day you side with them over low wages and then you bitch (in a sneaky way) about the benefits of their jobs. Get over it. If you had the chance for one of those jobs yo would be protecting their benefits. Does misery love comfort? Do you really think that hurting county workers will make your any better? The employee who does the right thing and not abuse his sick time should not be rewarded? How about if they get aid less for those days would that thrill you ass? Give them a break!

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is more to it than the mental health REQUIRED component, 4:29.

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

23%!!??? pathetic.

And the winners have no clue how or the guts to stop the slide into bankruptcy.

Rocket Science, making things easy since 1954.


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