Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The LuLac Edition #2696, July 15th, 2014


Who is right? Here's all you need to know. Hamas has launched over 500 rockets at cities and largely populated areas in Israel with no warning. When Israel retaliates they give ample warning to civilian targets in the Gaza Strip to leave. Hamas who supposedly governs these people tells them to stay.
Very rarely do you see an example of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong. To support Israel is to champion good over evil. It is that simple.


Robert Kennedy with John Seigenthaler circa 1960. (Photo: NBC.com)
With all due respect to the late Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy, I always thought that the King Holiday should be called Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Heroes Day. Dr. King to be clear was the catalyst of the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s. But there were countless other people, black and white who gave their lives. There were some who survived and lived to tell the tale. One of them passed away this week and many readers from LuLac felt his death should be noted.
John Seigenthaler was a reporter for the Nashville Tennessean and followed the Civil Rights movement and the rumblings of change in that capacity in the South. His life took a big turn when in 1960 he resigned that post and became Robert Kennedy’s Administrative Assistant. During the Freedom Rides of 1961, Seigenthaler was sent in his capacity as assistant to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights John Doar to be chief negotiator for the government, in its attempts to work with Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson. After several days of refusing to return calls, Patterson finally agreed to protect the Riders, but their state trooper escort disappeared as soon as they arrived in Montgomery on May 20, 1961, leaving them unprotected before the waiting white mob.
Seigenthaler was a block away when he rushed to help Susan Wilbur,  a Freedom Rider who was being chased by the angry mob. Seigenthaler shoved her into his car and shouted "Get back! I'm with the Federal government" but was hit behind the left ear with a pipe. Knocked unconscious, he was not picked up until police arrived 10 minutes later, (Wiipedia.com).
He went back to the newspaper in 1962 but stayed active in the movement. He was a friend of the Kennedys and for that matter members of the movement. More than a thousand people attended the funeral. Ethel Kennedy was there with her son Joseph P. Kennedy as well as the dwindling number of survivors from the RFK circle. Seigenthaler, told intimates he would have given up journalism (he was later a founding Editorial Board member of USA Today) to work on Kennedy’s staff in the White House had he (RFK) not been killed.
At the service Emmy Lou Harris sang “We Shall Overcome”, ironic but appropriate.


Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District Andy Ostrowski. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Our friend Tiffany Cloud from WYLN TV sent this missive regarding an interview she will conduct with Democratic candidate Andy Ostrowski. I met Ostrowski at blogfest and he is an engaging guy. Whether that personality can translate into enough votes to beat Lou Barletta is another matter. Here’s the news on the show. 
Andy Ostrowski (D), who has done many years of work as a civil rights attorney residing just north of Harrisburg, PA, is a candidate for Congress in the 11th Congressional District (PA) and will be facing Congressman Lou Barletta (R) in the general election this November.
Ostrowski taped his first in depth television interview since announcing his run for Congress last night at WYLN TV35 studios on the set of “The Storm” hosted by Tiffany Cloud.
Ostrowski has recently been in the press for filing a lawsuit against the Hazleton Area Chief of Police, Frank DeAndrea, claiming interference with petition signatures in his vie for office. In addition to asking about his reasons for running for Congress and the candidate’s concerns about the current office holder, Lou Barletta, Cloud asks the candidate several questions related to this legal action in the interview and also asks about Ostrowski’s law license, which was suspended a few years ago (it is currently eligible for reinstatement, per a statement from the candidate made on air in the program. He also referenced his full disclosure about on his website during the interview: http://andyostrowski.com/professional-experience/personal-and-professional-disclosure/).
The program is scheduled to air starting July 16th the following times: Wed 9PM, Thursday 9:30PM, Saturday 5PM, Sunday 11AM, Monday 8:30PM, Tuesday 9:30PM in the WYLN TV35 viewing area which spans much of the 11th Congressional District. Those outside the WYLN TV35 viewing area can watch the program live stream at these times on WYLNTV.com.


Luzenre County Teenage Republicans Endorse Corbett/Cawley
Embattled Governor Tom Corbett had his Majority Leader Mike Turzai virtually running away from the Corbett administration Friday in prepared remarks. Turzai hastily ended a Press Conference when he was asked if Corbett was still his guy or words to that effect. So it has to be a refreshing development that some GOPers are raising the flag for the Guv. This release came from the Luzerne County Young Republicans.
Luzerne County Teenage Republicans Chairman Brandon Ferrance is pleased to announce the group's endorsement of Governor Tom Corbett and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley for reelection. Since the Corbett/Cawley team has taken office, they have done many things that show they have their eyes set on a better tomorrow for Pennsylvania. With record high funding for education over the past three years, they are ensuring that every student receives a good education so they are prepared for whatever lies ahead of them. Member Sam Marranca is pleased to see that the Corbett/Cawley team has lowered the state deficit to the lowest it has been in 40 years. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is at its lowest point since January of 2011. With a thriving private sector and no new taxes, it seems we have already arrived to these brighter days, but they are not done yet. We are certain that they will do many more great things over the next four years, and we hope that you agree with us and vote Tom Corbett for Governor and Jim Cawley for Lieutenant Governor on November the fourth.


At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tremendous respect for Siegenthaler.
The Tennessean was a great paper and once had writers like David Halberstam and Tom Wicker on the staff. John Siegenthaler was a force on civil rights and one of Bobby Kennedys right hand men. If the assassination wouldnt have taken Bobby no telling where Mr Siegenthaler would have landed in Washington. He had a rare combination of intelligence, integrity and courage. I would say a life well lived. They dont make em like that anymore.


At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This country could learn a lot from Israel.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our relationship with Israel gets us into trouble sometimes, but you certainly have the right take on this one.
Such a dangerous part of the world!
These days there is trouble almost everywhere. I worry about my grandkids future...

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:21: "This country could learn a lot from Israel."

Yes. Like, "How NOT to Behave"

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: When we read and hear about VA,how can any one seriously
think Obama care is going to be any better? Down the line it's only going to be a VA and USPS combined.
Trillions in debt and people not processing the claims!

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worry about my future today! This is one screwed up world and its everywhere. Its about time we minded our own business and worked on our own problems.
Our future just aint what it used to be.

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have enough of my own difficulties to worry about 2 cultures that haven't been willing to attempt peace for over 2,000 years.


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