Friday, December 13, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2562, December 13th, 2013

Our “13 Questions” logo.


1. Have you noticed that since the kids for cash judges, Mike "The Con" Conahan and Mark "The Shiv" Ciavarella have been gone, there is a noticeable increase in violent crime, and violent juvenile crime? And do you think that perhaps, the tough sentencing by "The Shiv" may have been an actual deterrent?
Great question! I agree with your premise. When Mark Ciavrella ran for Judge in 1995 he made no bones about the fact that if you were a juvenile offender, you had fair warning that he was not going to go easy on you. It is true that he was unfair to some young offenders. Tragically so. But many of others skated because of the scandal and got a second chance. Some deserved it, some didn’t. The crime among youth in this area is more violent and daring. There is no fear. No sense of consequences. The biggest and saddest legacy of the Judicial scandal might not be “Kash For Kids” but “Wild In the Streets”. Best observation of the year.

2. So what do you think of your buddy L.A. Tarone’s move to full time talk on WILK?

I think it is going to be a smashing success. Every talk show host has their core group of listeners and I think he’ll do well. But this is a first for area radio and even a first on a nationwide scale. No major station has four local talk hosts. I think it is a brilliant move by WILK Programming head Nancy Kman. I think she recognized what my old boss the late Tim Durkin used to say about this radio market. “NEPA is not like any other place in the world for media”. We are a news hungry people. We support two local newspapers in Wilkes Barre and support two TV stations that run news blocks of more than two hours at the dinner hour. Hazleton has a TV station and a half. The last night time talk show host was the late Jones Evans who had the nighttime Speak Up Show on WBAX in the 1960s from 10pm till 1AM. Tarone by the way starts on January 6th at 7pm.

3. Your books, have you given a few to people as gifts free?

Yes and it was the worst mistake I ever made. Aspiring authors who said, “I want to write a book, let me see how”, people who said they’d read it, and never did. It’s all about value and it’s not worth giving something for free when the people you give it to don’t have the courtesy to read it.

4. Real or fake tree?


5. How do you rate President Obama’s first year of his second term?

I think I wrote this once but it bears repeating, not since Richard Nixon’s first year of his second term in 1973 have we seen something as non productive as this one.

6. Worst Christmas ever?

Happy to say I never had a bad Christmas.

7. Do you think fast food workers should have a minimum wage of $15.00 an hour?

No. It is hard work though. When I worked at United Way, I was part of a charity drive where I worked a few hours and my “pay” was donated to the United Way. It was hard work. I was on the French Fry machine and it was not easy. I think fifteen bucks is too high.
But I do believe that salaries should be raised based on corporate profits. I think if a corporation like McDonald’s is making huge profits, people working for them should get a sliding raise on merit. The middle class is now the working poor. I’ve seen it in every job I’ve had in the last twenty years.
Plus what some companies are now doing is decreasing wage growth. A few companies are “readjusting” their workers pay scales because they are making too much money. Long time employees are being forced to take reductions of up to 4 bucks an hour to keep their jobs because they have capped out. Seems like the rush to hire newer people at lower wages has bit businesses in the ass. There are some companies where long term employees are making more than their mid level bosses. So the solution? Don’t give the mid level people raises but reduce the pay of the long term faithful. And in Pennsylvania, business can easily do that. They are taking advantage of the fact that jobs are scarce, wages are low and there is no legal recourse.
If government can step in to pass a minimum wage, maybe they should refine that to living wage. I’m sure people will scream about government regulations but once more corporate America has proven they need to be regulated and watched. This all goes back to why  government regulation is needed, like former Congressman Kanjorski said, “Regulations are for the 10% who need to be watched”. Sadly, that’s almost everyone in corporate management in America this new century. And in LuLac land, the only difference between the working poor of 2013 and 1913 is this: in 2013 workers don’t have coal dust on them.

8. Any advice to the Republicans in Luzerne County regarding how they can recapture Phyllis Mundy’s seat in the 120th?

They won’t listen to me because the GOP loves to have primaries. But I’d get behind Aaron Kaufer or one candidate and have that person run right from the get go. The Democrats have no strong arm organization and the Democratic primary will be a replay of the Pittston Area District Justice race. Unite. One person. It will get it done.

9. How will you, David Yonki know when you are rich?

When I won’t have to look for 2 for $5 specials on cereal in the Super Market.

10. Who is F.W. deKlirk?

deKlirk was the last white President of South Africa. There were six before him. His term ended in 1994. He brokered an agreement that would bring the end of apartheid. That was the policy of racial segregation. deKlirk realized that South Africa needed to form a multi racial Democracy and worked with Nelson Mandela in hammering out that agreement. It should be noted in history that every freedom fighter had to have a partner. Like Ronald Reagan and George Bush had Mikhail Gorbachev in ending the Cold War and tearing down the Berlin Wall, Mandela had deKlirk who realized in order for South Africa to come into modern society, there had to be an agreement. He was the last White President of South Africa and shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993.

11. Saw you on TV on PA Live on WBRE. What’s the difference between WBRE and WYLN?

Obviously WBRE has more viewers but the main difference is time. I need to say a lot in less time and I need to edit myself. That’s the main difference. On a lighter note, Dave Kuharchik dresses more conservatively than L.A. and Brittany Sweeney is way better looking.

12. Are these questions made up?

I wish. Editing and gathering can be tedious but the questions are pretty good most months.

13. When was the last time you flew?

2005 for me. Mrs. LuLac does on business sometimes.


At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real Tree? Good call.
What size fits Yonk? Me? I'm likin' a 4 footer. Enough real estate but makes you really consider what ornaments are important. Then, easy tear down.

Next? Any special Cd's?

At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christmas CDs
Its officially Christmas Season at our house when we play Bob Dylans Christmas CD! Don't laugh, its great fun and the proceeds went to charity.


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

OK, you asked for it so here it is.......... first, McDonalds. I will preface it by mentioning some numbers mentioned in a recent economic story. If minimum wage had kept up with inflation during the recent 30 or so years, minimum wage would be $ and if it kept pace with the CEO price tags, it would be $28/hr. Here is a great example because it deals with McDonalds.

McDonald's gave 9 million dollar raise recently to their new CEO. 39 million dollars that didn't "Trickle Down" and did nothing for the people who work there. New CEO Don Thompson received a package worth $13.8 million up from $4.1 million he received in 2011. Jim Skinner who Thompson replaced had his big bucks climb to $27,7 million from $8.8 million the year before. That amount reflects a $10.2 million payment as part of his retirement agreement. So is $15 an hour too much? I think your being part of the crowd who wants to keep workers in the welfare line. I guess your only worth what you think you are so you don't fight for fairness. By the way, those figures were released the Friday before last.

NOW to Judge Mark Ciavarella. You can bet the crime rate has will continue to climb. The current judges are terrified to be too harsh on the little angels. Was Mark too harsh of some? NO! What people don't realize is that those kids were evaluated by a specialist with special credentials and what was uncovered was that they may have been on the brink of a major problem and it was caught at the beginning. People think these kids were put in jail but in truth, they are sent for treatment according to their specific needs. There is no "term" of incarceration, they are evaluated every 30 days and if they show progress, they go home and if not they continue their treatment. We have sent kids as far away as Arizona for special treatment. There was no "cash for kids" and the feds never charged them with that. Ciavarella took money from the builder and did not report it, simple as that. If you recall from the tapes, at one point Conahan told Powell to NOT mention a certain amount of money to Mark because he didn't know about it. Conahan destroyed Ciavarella but personal greed made it easy. The kids today are getting away with murder and please let's not forget that those kids involved were only in front of the judge because their parents, the police or the school district placed them there. They were no little angels and they did get away with everything except murder. Arson, rape, physical violence, property destruction, all of that and more. The poor little darlings were rewarded with as much as 50 and 60 thousand dollars.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas CDs are by The Fab Four...some of the best production and arrangements I've heard.

They set my tone for the holidays and, as we all know: tone is everything.

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This by far is my all time feature of LuLac. And even though I've never submitted a question, I get a voyerestic pleasure of seeing the others offered.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, if the 120th race gets very crowded on the D side, it would behoove the Rs to pick Kaufer and forge ahead. You're right, the GOP loves a primary more so than a general election. I live in Wilkes Barre and why is it that Leighton never had a primary opponent except for Mayor McGroarty and the GOP always has a ridicous fight that depletyes any resources for the fall.
GOP listen up, listen to Yonk.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX News! Here's some interesting
info for you jerks. Santa is a fictional character and can be any color a kid wants him to be!
Also Jesus may not be all that white. At the least he was probably olive skinned and that's most likely a little dark for your blonde bimbos reporters and commentators! You folks can still have a White Christmas, but let the kids have any color Santa they want. I know its hard to separate facts from fiction at FOX
but again Santa is a fictional character!

Clement Moore

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

14th Question

Whats the sure cure for "affluenza"?


At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really manufactured some righteous indignation there Clem.

I'm sure Megan Kelly NEVER considered the things you said.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

14th Question v2

Whats the sure cure for "affluenza"?


At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure she didn't and if she did and went ahead and said it, it just proves the level of thought on FOX~!


At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Santa is white. Jesus is white. Get over it.
P.S. Pictures dont lie.


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