Thursday, February 05, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2831, February 5th, 2015


When I was 9 years old, in the early days of March 1963 I was a very cranky kid. So put out that I was picking fights with everybody. My mom, my dad, my sister, my friends at school. Even the biggest kid in our class who I pissed off so much that he nearly sent me into Kingdom Come with a left hook that leveled me. Sprawling on the ground at St. John the Baptist Grade School’s macadam playground, there were murmurs that I was dead. I wasn’t.
But that night at home, I started to feel really bad. Fever, chills, throwing up. Everything. Turns out that within 24 hours I had the trifecta. Mumps, Chicken pox and Measles. The doctor came to the house and declared me quarantined. It was horrible. There was pain, nausea, muscle aches and confinement to my bedroom. The only good thing about my illness was the constancy of my radio. I heard the major news events of the day as 1963 unfolding. I became schooled in politics, Civil Rights, Paul Harvey and Major League baseball. What I went through, I would not wish on anyone. Even the kid who leveled me.(We later became great friends).
Currently there are members of the Republican party that are weighing in on The Measles vaccine. Chris Christie said that in setting vaccinations policy, the government must strike a “balance” between public health and parental discretion. Really? There are parents these days that can’t even take care of themselves and we are going to trust them to decide on their own if a vaccine is optional? With celebrity jerks like Jenny McCarthy who got the measles vaccines causes autism crap started and the frenzy going on, do you think some parents will side with McCarthy or common sense? I understand children with bad immune systems that might be in danger. But these religious fanatics who have “spiritual concerns” should just shut up. What will they say when their child dies? Yeah, yeah, God's will.
Rand Paul who by the way  is an ophthalmologist said on CNBC that he had “heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines”, and argued that “most of the vaccines ought to be voluntary”. This is irresponsible and insane.
Medical experts have told us there is no link between autism and vaccines. That is a solid fact. My question is why is this party so concerned about freedom to not vaccinate? The Centers for Disease Control counted 102 measles cases total in January, a year after the worst outbreak of measles since its elimination was documented in the United States in 2000, with 644 cases recorded in 27 states in 2014. (The Guardian).
Children should get their shots. Plain and simple. It is astounding to me that in this country we are even having this debate. In nations across the world children and adults die as a matter of course because they don’t have the vaccines and tools to prevent them. WE DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And for us to even debate this is outrageous. To have politicians suggest discretion of mommy and daddy who in some cases are more concerned about tree nuts in the mustard their kids use (there are none by the way) is downright scary.


Last week when we wrote about the Rob McCord situation I had mentioned that he had seemed desperate to me in his run for Governor. In the debates he seemed strained and strident. A few days after resigning, the Former State Treasurer was charged with two counts of attempted extortion. Court documents filed in federal court describe that he tried to leverage the power of his office for contributions to his gubernatorial bid. The targets were a law form in Philadelphia and a Western Pennsylvania Property Management Company. The dates in the court documents are significant. April 18th and May 6th. The primary was May 20th. Clearly McCord was trying to make up money to use at the finish line of the race. He came in second. He can get up to 20 years and $250,000 fine.

The late pilot Mu’ath al-Kasasbeh. (Photo: CNN).
Jordan executed two al Qaeda prisoners before dawn Wednesday, following through on a promised strong response to the ISIS killing of pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, a government spokesman said.
Put to death were Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi would-be suicide bomber whose release ISIS had previously requested, and Ziad Karbouli, a former top aide to the deceased leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the spokesman said.
Al-Rishawi was executed for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing at a wedding reception in Jordan that killed dozens. Karbouli was sentenced to death in 2007 after he was convicted of acts of terrorism that killed one person, the plotting of more terrorist attacks and the possession of explosives.
The prisoners were going to be used in an exchange with ISIS for the Jordanian pilot who has been held since late last year. When news of Moath al-Kasasbeh’s death came, the Jordanian government put the two prisoners to death. That was something the thugs from ISIS needed to know. My only disagreement with their death was that it was by hanging. 
Perhaps Jordan should have shown ISIS what fear is. I also thought the statement of Jordan’s King Abdullah was significant, After promising swift retaliation, the King said, “The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.” Good for him. The late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir used to say, “You kill one of ours, we kill ten of yours” It’s the only thing ISIS, that J.V. Team of thugs will understand.
Oh and one more thing, if you don’t think FORCE works, remember the summer of 2014 when Israel was getting attacked constantly by Hamas'....remember how much crap Israel took for fighting back? Not many attacks on Israel since. Wonder why? Maybe it’s because they fought back. Strong, hard and relentless.



This Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Jack Nolan from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Pa. about their "Bowl For Kids Sake" fundraiser, coming up on Saturday, March 28th at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes Barre.
An encore of Brian Hughes' interview with home improvement expert Danny Lipford about preparing your home for a winter storm.
And courtesy of "The Gentlemen's Show" podcast, an interview with animal rights activist Helena Yurcho of Columbia County, whose online petition forced Go Daddy to change their Super Bowl commercial.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.

Cold weather! Perfect for the annual Clarks Summit Festival Of Ice! ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will hear all about this year's Festival from Gail Rees as the program airs during the week of February 9th. The original air date was changed because of weather related problems. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast cable channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is broadcast several times each day throughout the week. Regular scheduled air times are during the Noon hour and Midnight with additional airings on selected days at 6pm.


Domestic violence is our topic this week as Mike Remish talks with Peg Ruddy from the Victims' Resource Center Sunday morning. The show airs at 6 am on 94.3 The Talker, at 6:30 on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 and 106.7 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.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.

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David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams, Paul Willams and Eddie Kendricks, The Temptations.
NL adopts emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster…105 USAF cadets resigned for cheating in exams…Orbiting Solar Observatory 2 launches into Earth orbit (552/636 km)
Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down………George Harrison has his tonsils removed……Governor Bill Scranton begins to contend with a House and Senate GOP, a remnant from the 1964 Goldwater debacle. Scranton refers to Philadelphia legislators as “The Wrecking Crew” and Joshua Eilberg, the House leader really came after the administration. The Democrats launched more than 25 investigations into an otherwise pristine government… Scranton Attorney James Walsh says he will make a run for Mayor of Scranton and fifty years ago this week the number one song in America and LuLac land was “My Girl” by The Temptations one of the iconic records of all time.


At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you were right in your instincts on McCord. And you are right on ISIS. Go Jordan. Bomb and kill. That's the only way they will truly understand anyone means business.

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you that the measles thing, at least to me is a no brainer. I swear to God Yonk, if there were "educated" parents back in the day, Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine would be questioned and doubted.

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot agree with you more on Jordan and on Israel. I think that the only way ISIS is stopped is if we start the following:
!. DON'T engage the tragedies and killings. Ignore it. Notify the families but treat it as a casualty of war.
2. As painful as it will be, when they announce they will kill another, react by saying, "So?" Then behind the scenes track them down and kill ten of theirs.
3. Cut off ALL aid to Turkey until they decide to fight them off.
4. Stop kissing Iran's ass. They are part of the problem.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the things we have to remember about ISIS is that they are not a country. Therefore there are no sanctions or restrictions we should have in terms of battle. In WWII Germany was a country and they ran rampant over Europe. There were people to try and negotiate with. With Isis, there are none.
So...Isis should be treated like the burglar trying to break into your home, shoot them dead and then move on.


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