Thursday, May 29, 2014

The LuLsc Edition #2666, May 29th, 2014

JFK @ 97
JFK and Caroline. (Photo: 
Today would have been John F. Kennedy’s 97th birthday. More than a half century after his death, he is still the greatest meeting of politics and pop culture in America of an individual elected to office.

Tom Wolf in Scranton earlier in the year. (Photo: Mrs. LuLac).
During the primary campaign, Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Wolf put up a great effort to win the Democratic nomination. Now he needs help reloading the coffers because you just know the special interest groups are writing the checks to keep Governor Tom Corbett in office. If you’d like to see a change, pony up a few bucks. Here’s the link to help Mr. Wolf reload for the fall.


There really has to be a rewind regarding the death penalty in this country. The recent news from Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola was jarring because by law in this state he can’t ask for the death penalty in the killing of cab driver Vincent Darbenzio. The man was buried yesterday and I was scratching my head when I heard a fellow cabbie say that the alleged killer was known to them. Maybe some people should look into why the cab owner did not take more precautions. Just saying.
Getting back to Jarbola’s comment, the state law is insane. A life sentence without parole to some prisoners is an open invitation to kill again. There should be a fair trial, one appeal and then swift death in cases like this.
The 16 year old ghansta is strutting around in prison while the father of two lies cold in a grave- dead. There has to be a change.


Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives). 

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright drafted a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, requesting information on wait times experienced at VA health care facilities throughout the Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, which includes the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
“It is truly unsettling to see the latest report that 29 VA medical facilities are under investigation by the Inspector General, as well as allegations of schemes to misreport patient wait time data at VA facilities across the country,” Rep. Cartwright said. “Our nation’s veterans deserve the finest care and support that we can provide to them. Anything else is unacceptable.”
In addition to Cartwright’s letter to Secretary Shinseki, he has also joined colleagues in the U.S. House in a letter to Secretary Shinseki urging a comprehensive audit of the entire Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter is being led by U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1).


For those who missed it, here’s my appearance on WBRE TV’s Daybreak the day after election. The segments are broken down into the various races.


ECTV Live co-host Rusty Fender will be taking a break for the next few weeks. Host and Producer David DeCosmo will welcome Rev. Stephen Perillo to the program during the week of June 2nd to talk about an ongoing concert series offered by "Making A Difference Ministries."ECTV Live is seen on Comcast Cable Ch19 and is run near and Noon and Midnight timeslots throughout the week. Additional showings are offered on selected days at 6pm.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Todd Thorne about his struggles with RSD, and how you can help thru his Fundraiser dot com campaign.
Brian speaks with Camile Fioti and Betty Sorchik, who discuss the "Market on the Pond" event, coming up on June 14th at the Meadows Nursing Center in Dallas.
And for the aspiring author and book lovers, Brian speaks with Lewis Frumkes, Director of the Writing Center at Hunter College in New York, about their upcoming Writers Conference.
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 Community Forum we will discuss local PennDOT projects with District 4 Press Manager James May. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400 am and 100.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, 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 noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.

Our 1974 logo.


NASA's ATS-6 satellite is launched…………..Impeachment hearings continue in Washington, D.C. and in the Commonwealth, rock concerts abound. Frank Zappa plays at Edinboro College in May and progressive hard rock stations start to dominate the FM dial………in politics Republican nominee Drew Lewis vows to make incumbent Milton Shapp a one term Governor…in Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo endorsees the Shapp-Kline ticket even though at one time he was rumored to be interested in the Governor’s job…in Luzerne County Controller Steve Yanoshak says he will run for County Commissioner in 1975. Yanoshak, defeated for Controller in ’73 still got the job because the Courts deemed Joseph Tirpak could not serve because he was the Assistant County budget director when elected and forty years ago the number one song in America and LuLac land was Rock the Boat by the The Hues Corporation. Many say that this song might have been the precursor for that great American music art form, DISCO!


At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’ve come up with a perfect sentence for the punk who assassinated the cab driver,

30 days in the Electric Chair!

At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing about you Yonki is this: you never disappoint. Knew you'd put something up about St. John of FK!!!"

At 1:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its about time somebody realized and acknowledged that the Clippers current (for a few days) owner is mentally challenged. The family trust he set up is about to pull the rug out from under him and its about time. Nobody ever got that rich by acting as stupid as he has in all interviews. The man has gone around the bend and needs now to be put in a nice clean place for his own safety and he needs to have his viagra supply cut off immediately before he meets up with any more goldigger teasers!
He also needs new glasses. Say goodbye, Don. Bye Bye.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The VA fiasco comes down to one word, HONOR.
The blame falls not just on this administration. It lands on the American people. We congratulate ourselves with parades and words and claim to be patriotic. We loudly proclaim Support the Troops and we dont in many ways. In WWII everybody was in. Korea and its Vets were ignored. Worse Vietnam Vets were criticized for their service and so to make up for that we now have parades, make ridiculous claims and tell ourselves as a nation that we have done what we can for our Vets. BULLSHIT!! WE used up our Volunteer Army with repeated reassignments to combat zones. Unless a family member or a neighbor is in service, we totally ignore the war and the Vet and that goes back to Korea!
Honor Duty Country means nothing in 2014 and hasnt for a long time. What we in reality do is DISHONOR our men and women who go in harms way on our behalf overjoyed that we didnt have to go ourselves,. In WWII everyone went and the nation took part. Even the sons of rich men served. Harvard lost almost as many graduates as West Point. Perhaps its time to return to a draft, but only if all serve
and that would include the super patriots of whom Dick Cheney is the greatest example! If our leaders decide that we must go to war then we must be all in and we must as a nation be clearly and honestly informed of the reason and purpose including what we expect to gain. And in the end we must HONOR our commitment to those
we send to do our bidding, suffering and dying. We say God Bless America, but no God will or should bless a country that turns its back on a sacred promise made to those who put their lives at risk in the service of all.


At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to see Tom Wolf as the next governor. Unfortunately I have no money to send him. Maybe he could sell the jeep or better get an endorsement deal with Chrysler/Jeep.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's right.

Until we elect people who genuinely reflect our philosophies and beliefs and then hold their feet to the fire nothing will change.

By his own admission our president knew about the VA problems when he was in the Senate and did nothing but throw money at the problem.

His West Pointless speech was nauseating.

Time to start researching your candidate(s) people - if you care.

Package your anger!

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Volunteer Army sounded good after Vietnam and the idea gained Nixon some votes, but in fact a Citizen Army is a part of the fabric of our country. Additionally as a long ago service member it was the draftees who made in many cases the best soldiers with the highest IQs. Also as Pete said we burned out our volunteer Army with our longest war and repeated reassignments to combat. Reestablishment of a draft may never happen and is a good idea only if everyone serves and that means everyone, but it is a good idea. Two years of some kind of service to the country at 18 might straighten out some of our entitled young people. Pete correctly cited Dick Cheney, but failed to mention Bill Clinton. Check todays congressmen and senators of Vietnam era draft age and you will find very few who back then were patriotic enough to participate at the risk of their own hides. The only way to go to war is all in and we have proven that again and again. We havent won one since World War II and thats no fault of the servicemen who do their best.

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been looking all over the net for an important voice on these issues. I am so glad I found this site.

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two years of service is a great idea
that will go nowhere. It would do a lot to wake up the punks this country is raising, but would be fought by the former punks who are now the parents. We have become a country of all kind of entitlements at no cost to those who feel most entitled. Personally I'd like to see the little wiseguy next door in uniform or better still cleaning bedpans at a VA facility!


At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

I could not agree with you more!!!! Unfortunately, the last time this nation had a chance to re-institute the draft was right after the 911 attacks.
I think the nation was so freaked out and worried more attacks were on the way that if Pres. Bush proposed a new draft Congress would have passed it.
Instead, he told us all to "shop more" to fight terrorism.
Weakness for certain.
By the way, there weren;t lines of young folk waiting outside military recruitment offices on the morning of 9/12.
More than likely they were sleeping off the previous evening's hangovers.
ThankGod they weren't the generation of Pearl Harbor. We'd all be goose stepping today.

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Wolf... or Tom Corbett... I can't see the difference.


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