Thursday, April 09, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2874, April 9th, 2015


The loser who joined his scumbag brother in disrupting the Boston Marathon in 2013 was convicted on all counts. “Pretty boy” is now on his way to either jail or death. If it were up to me, I’d leave him in a room with a bunch of Boston drunks from The Combat Zone but that’s me.
My friend Drew Wasko and his daughter ran in that race and it still is a vivid memory for him.Drew is in the Endwell/New York area and he is one of the famous Wasko Brothers and St. John the Baptist Alumni who hailed originally from Dupont.
Drew shared his thoughts on the event with LuLac: “Our running community and my family
have been following this since the day it happened. I'd like to say it's a sense of relief, and it is but being there and experiencing that day still bothers me emotionally. I know I'll never forget that day. Should he receive the death penalty, Yes in this case it's deserved, BUT exiled to rot in a prison cell forever is also deserving, and it doesn't make him a martyr. I'll be lining up again this year for my 23rd consecutive Boston, and as the rest of us there, that moment always will weigh heavy in our hearts. Boston Strong says it all.”


First off, I have utter respect for the police. Especially the Wilkes Barre City Police and other local officers. (I love the Chief in Larksville with his eyes on you campaign). That said the incredible killing of a man running away from Police because he owed child support was reprehensible. The police officer shot the guy 8 times.
The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.
How did this happen? Why did this happen? Let me sum it up in two words, “The South”. You will never tell me this wasn’t racially motivated. South Carolina has always had its share of Neanderthals but this takes the cake., If you take a look at how our local and statewide police handle crime vs. how some of these other police departments have handled it, (Ferguson excluded because that was deemed justified) be glad you live here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
We might have low wages and political corruption, we might drink too much and owe too much, we might have Chambers of Commerce who suck the life out of us..BUT we have police here that are professional and careful when apprehending someone. Even “The Visitors” who run wild in the streets sometimes are spared from the dumb as a bag of rocks cop who shot a man in the back. Hey when someone was shot in the back in an old Western, didn’t we call the shooter a coward? What do we call the “peace officer” guffaw, guffaw” who shoots some poor bastard without a gun? A dumbass southerner.


State Representative Frank Farina. (Photo: WNEP TV)
In last year’s contested race for State Representative in the 112th, we were told that Frank Farina was the logical choice. Farina was reasonable and a smart young man with the interests of the district at heart. Well, how’s all that working out?
Farina to his credit has taken the stance that he sees promise from a Chicago based company called Invenergy that might build a natural gas-fired power plant to be built on land that was once a coal mine. That’s all well and good but predictably the naysayer said it wouldn’t be a good idea because of various safety reasons. Also the negativity of anything different always rears its head here. If we listened to the naysayers there would be no Arena and no ballpark. But Farina who had opposition couldn’t stand the heat in the kitchen. On Facebook he took voters to task saying,
“People are trying to persuade my position on the project by threatening me with their vote. In my opinion that is as corrupt as trying to bribe me with money.”
This kid is not smooth. First off voters are going to bitch if they don’t get their way. See a leader is supposed to lead. Farina should have done what a sales person does, talk about the benefits. Instead he insulted the voters who already can’t stand politicians and telling them their opposition is akin to a corrupt bribe. What school did he go to? How in the hell did he get elected? Give me a Kevin Haggerty meltdown any day.
The sad part about this is that young politicos who win an election or two think they did it on their own. No the people voted you in. And they may not have voted you out if you explained and led with why you for this expansion. People in depressed Jessup making 10 bucks an hour understand a better job. They might give you a break. But not when you tell the voters they are corrupt for disagreeing with you. Plus the people the young legislators hire are rookies themselves. This is an incredible error by a politician that should have been avoided.
If I were Haggerty or any other candidate in the 112th with ambition, I’d call Bob Harper in Florida. NOW. Or Jim McNulty, Ed Mitchell, Joe or Gene Peters and ask, “How the hell do I get out of this?” Get the butter and jelly ready, because Farina is toast.


Outgoing Mayor of Wilkes Barre Tom Leighton. (Photo:
The Tom Leighton era in Wilkes Barre is coming to a close. Oh there’s still more than half a year left for Mr. Leighton and he is doing his best to address the issue of violence in Wilkes Barre. But as we pointed out time and time again, no one official can stop crime. I had thought Leighton would run but 12 years is a good run for any public official.
The question is who will succeed Leighton? Well one thing for sure is it will be a Democrat. The woeful state of the once proud Republican party that produced Dan Hart, Marjorie Bart, Frank Trinisewski originally, John Morris and Ethel Price is just a very dim memory.
On the Republican side Frank Sorick will run for Mayor. He has been a consistent critic of the way the city is run and can articulate the problems facing the town. But it is doubtful to me whether he can garner a huge enough vote to overcome a Democrat. With the Democratic candidates there is no incumbent baggage. The only good thing happening to the GOP is that no one has challenged in the primary on the ballot.
Bob McHale is running as an Independent, has made good use of the airwaves of talk radio but is fighting an uphill battle.
If there is a consensus choice at the point it seems to be George Brown. Brown is friendly, took the job of Council member seriously by having town forums and can articulate what he wants to do. If elected he can deal with a unified Council like the Mayor did.
Former Police Chief Tony George can also work with the Council but his time on Council was a tad different than Brown’s. What makes George attractive to the anti Leighton crowd is that he has been a critic of some of the administration’s policies and for the first time in years was a dissenting vote on the nearly unanimous Council. George is running on a campaign of Law and Order and that’s like shooting fish in a barrel given the craziness that this city has seen.
Politically George has to get the old Lee Namey coalition to come out strong for him. I had thought that he would have the support of Tony and Denise Thomas but Brown has them in his corner. 

 Denise Thomas, George Brown and Tony Thomas. (Photo: George Brown for Mayor campaign). 
George has to define what he means by Law and Order. What can he do that the Mayor hasn’t done already? What any Mayor could have done? Plus other than the late Frank Rizzo, Police Commissioners and Chiefs have never ascended to the top job in a city administration.
George Brown and Tony George are the two heavyweights in this battle. Town meetings are nice, big billboards are eye catching but the tale of the tape will be how many bodies you get out to vote on primary day. This will be close.
Other candidates are Darlene Duggins Magdalinski and Brian Kelly. Duggins Magdalinski is a community activist and has been front and center in the fight for a safer city. But the two groups she has to galvanize, people truly upset enough with crime that will actually vote on Election Day and women are split among the other four candidates. It will take a Herculean effort to get this done but she has stamina and has passion. She needs to focus on what she can do and do it better than the other candidates.
Brian Kelly has done something vastly different than any other candidate. Taking the nontraditional path, he has written a book called Wilkes-Barre: Return to Glory!. The book is available for download on his website and available at local merchants. Kelly has not attacked the previous administration but has offered some ideas for the Mayor to implement if he wants to. Kelly sent the Mayor link.
What makes the Kelly candidacy an intriguing possibility is that he is now going after Republican votes. According to his site, Kelly is asking for Republicans to write-in their vote for him instead of Frank Sorick. He even has offered instruction. If Kelly can pull a good vote, there is a possibility that even though he is a Democrat, a JFK Democrat he says, he just might make it to the major face off in November.
Things are heating up now after Easter. What once seemed a yawner of a race to succeed Tom Leighton is gaining traction. More to come!


Dan's Keystone Grille
Union Street, Plains
Tuesday April 14 6p-9p
Donation $35 - Checks payable to "Wardle for Judge Committee"
Available from any committee member or at door includes Domestic drafts, soft drinks, buffet
Entertainment by The Great Rock Pair - Bill Space and Karl Metzger and Pat Ward

Congressman Cartwright with Todd Eagen. (Photo: Eagan campaign).
On Monday, April 6th, Congressman Matt Cartwright endorsed Scranton attorney Todd Eagen for the state's Commonwealth Court at a fundraising event hosted by Cartwright at the Scranton Club.
At the event, attended by supporters, Congressman Cartwright said, "I have known Todd Eagen for nearly ten years and he has shown to me and to the community that he has done the right thing and always fought for regular working families. I am confident that he would do the same as a Judge on the Commonwealth Court. We need a voice like his on that court and I am proud to support him."
Eagen said that he appreciated the Congressman's support by saying, "I am grateful for Congressman Cartwright's support. As a attorney, he knows the power of the courts firsthand and knows the good they can do for our society. If elected, I will make sure that the Commonwealth Court serves all of the people fairly and honestly."
Congressman Cartwright's support adds to the long list of endorsements that Eagen has received, including the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association and many other Democratic and Labor organizations. The full list can be found here.
The Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvania's three statewide appellate courts. In addition to its appellate jurisdiction, it also serves as a trial court when cases are filed by or against the Commonwealth. The court sits in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg. The Democratic Primary is May 19th



Event: The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast
Date: This Saturday, Saturday, April 11
Presenter: Sharon Krawetz, Owner, Leading Edge Success
Infinite Possibilities – The Art of Changing Your Life
Time: 9:00 A.M. (Doors open at 8:30)
Place: The Metro at Twin Stacks Center - Hwy 415 – Dallas
Cost: $12.00 per person / Pay At The Door

Senator John Yudichak. (LuLac archives).
This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with State Senator John Yudichak on a wide range of issues, from the state budget and gas severance tax to the Luzerne County SHINE after school program, potholes and property taxes.
Brian speaks with Peg Ruddy from the Women's Resource Center about their Great Chefs 25 fundraiser coming up on May 5.
And Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with film maker and Skeeball King Aaron Re about his film "SBK The Movie".
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.


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Anna Kilcullen to the program during the week of April 13th. Anna will discuss several programs offered through the Lackawanna County Library system especially for teens. That includes a program offered for young men who are housed at the County's Juvenile Probation Center! Directed by Mark Migliore.
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is broadcast several times each day during the week.


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.


Our 1965 logo. 

Beatles "Ticket to Ride" is released in UK…………India & Pakistan engage in border fight…The very 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor home run……

At the 29th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271…. 40 tornadoes strike US Midwest killing 272 & injuring 5,000……1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)……Beatles record "Help"…..1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by NY Sen. Jacob Javits………..7th Grammy Awards: The Girl From Ipanema, The Beatles win………………in Pennsylvania Governor Scranton forges through a proposal designed to promote the state in national and international markets and to increase the attractiveness of the state's products and services……in Luzerne County work continues as the construction of a new state park takes place in the Back Mountain and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “The Game of Love “ by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders.


At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I've watched a good deal of the coverage on this weeks newest shooting. The one thing these shootings have in common is the guy ran from the police. Why? I watched the interview with his brothers and one of spoke about how the victim was making plans to take all of his kids to Disney and also on a cruise. But and here is the huge but...... he ran because he was behind on his children's support payments. Are these people for real? He was taking them on a great vacation, one that I cannot afford but he isn't paying support. Did you see the part caught on the patrol car video? Talk about giving the cop a whole lot of BS. He owns the car he doesn't own the car, he has no papers for the car but he lans to buy it soon, etc. No doubt the copwas wrong but there was a whole of of BS go down before the shooting.

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey yonk....nice job on 1965. love the thursday edition.
BUT.........your thoughts on the wilkes barre mayor's race knock it out of the park.
HOWEVER.....your attitude toward the south is a little disjointed. you act like there are no smart people down there.
i'm sure if you lived there you'd wow the tall southern belles.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

i'm sure if you lived there you'd wow the tall southern belles.
I'm not sure about the belles but I do know that if I moved down there they'd make me King if I asked them pretty please with sugar on top.....and armed everybody.

At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're stereotyping of an entire section of the country reveals your fatal flaw.
No longer will I be able to read your posts without thinking "to what ends is he saying this". No longer will I believe your motives when you "stick up for the downtrodden".
You have turned elitist and shown your true colors. You think you know better and that sucks.
How many of you out there are NEPAs now living in the south?

Strip out your emotion and prejudice.
A man shot another man in the back and killed him for resisting arrest. It seems that in SC a legally justified provocation and heat of the moment calls for a charge of manslaughter. Until the federal government usurps their power remember that states have the right to govern themselves by passing their own laws.

At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in plains.....i hope tom wardle wins that magistrate race. he is unbossed and unconnected.

At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello 8:25 PM.....

As far as going after a section of the country, Yonk does go off the rails once in a while and when he does it is wildly entertaining. However, as a person who grew up here and lived in Georgia for ten years I can tell you that there is a culture and education gap. Sorry. If the world will end, go past the Mason Dixon line and buy some time.
It is hard to "strip" emotion out of this. I hope you aren't hiding behind states rights. The South used lynching as an excuse for states rights.
And don't believe for one second that loudmouth on WILK who had the utter crassness to have us believe that Civil Rights was nothing but a commerce issue in the 1960s. To equate denying people the right to vote with "commerce" is breathtaking in its ignorance.
Finally while I disagree with your post, I commend you for stating your opinion in a cogent and polite way.
By the way, I have a few "northerners" still in the South. The jobs are good but there is no lack of eye rolling when I visit.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Re: Walter Scott:
You make a good point on local cops restraint, however blatant racism is alive and well in NEPA. All one need do is compare comment threads of local papers: If a crime is commited by a white man you may get 15-20 comments. IF the identical crime is commited by a minority, those numbers triple or quadruple...and it baffles me that the system administrator of these respective publications allows most of them to be printed they are so vile.
And in view of the Scott story, the kindest comment from many of these enlightened citizens is akin to "let's wait before passing judgment on this cop".
One day, and this day will come, a black cop is going to shoot an unarmed white man...then let us see how defending these folks are of the police.
I've said if before and I'll say it again. If Darren Wilson were black and Michael Brown were white, the good officer would be in jail now.
And if George Zimmerman were black and Travon Martin was a white rap obsessed teen w/a hoodie, George would be sitting it out in a prison cell now (perhaps even on death row). Then again, with apologies to Dennis Miller, I could be wrong.
Bless You.

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have to tell you I am a bit shocked at your comments regarding the police in the south. I grew up in Dunmore- and have a very ethnic name. It's definitely not a southern name. I have lived in the south for over nine years. I can tell you unequivocally that every police officer I have met here- and I have met many- are good upstanding citizens that care greatly about this area. And they are not the scumbag hillbillies you characterized in your blog. Shame on you for your comments.

Canio Costanzo
Asheville NC

At 4:23 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I can tell you unequivocally that every police officer I have met here- and I have met many- are good upstanding citizens that care greatly about this area. And they are not the scumbag hillbillies you characterized in your blog. Shame on you for your comments.
Canio Costanzo
Asheville NC
First off, I appreciate your friendship and comments. As a Dunmore native and transplanted citizen you have had more exposure to the more positive elements
of the southern citizenry. Perhaps I should have qualified my remarks more clearly stating that not all elements of the south were indicative of the shooting in the north Charleston. Not all residents of the south are
hillbillies. You are the poster child for that and in the heat of the moment perhaps I should have written that.
All that said, in my social and previous employment situations I have found an evidence of incredible entitlement and
righteous superiority of their own beliefs at the expense of others.
Having been in Washington DC at a young age I learned all the code words from those south of the city.
On a tour of Appomattox, the tour guide referred to the "Northern War of Aggression" when speaking of the Civil War. That was no
accident, that was no slip of the tongue.
In a few days I will be writing an article on immigration and the code words used by a Senator from the South who has been against any reform, even one championed by his own President. His logic seems cogent but its filled with code.
Finally what set me off. This guy
was killed in cold blooded murder. "He grabbed my taser" was what the police officer reported. To their credit police officials and the city fired the policeman. BUT when the person of color presented them with information, he was
rebuffed. Would this killing ever come to light if there was no video?
We all
operate from a bias. People who have opinions have that luxury. People who blog share those opinions. Sometimes they are strident, I try not to be but I am
speaking from personal and business interactions. I'm glad yours were better than mine.
In the meantime, thanks for reading and posting. And Merry Christmas in advance just in
case you take me off your mailing list.

At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: The Boston Bomber

We should take the cheapest way out here. Personally a volunteer firing squad gets my vote.

At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Having been in Washington DC at a young age I learned all the code words from those south of the city."

Can I conclude that you assert we have made NO PROGRESS in racial attitude in the last 40-50 years despite the layer of laws, regulations, programs and money targeted? Are you demanding perfection in each and every encounter between law enforcement and citizen? Or were you just overdue for an outrage release?

I guess we may as well admit we've gone as far as possible with this racial thing and let every man fend for himself.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The polite and rational discussion here is as welcome as it is refreshing.
The comments tend to reinforce that good manners dictate NOT criticizing your neighbors ("up North we...""down South they...") by comparing stale cultural idiosyncrasies OR the dining room wallpaper. Make your suggestions or contributions at the appropriate time in the appropriate venue and hold any sarcasm/anger/acrimony/etc.
I recall an aloof King's College photography instructor from NY (I think) commenting that Wilkes Barre was a "dirty little buffalo". Someone with more b@lls than me responded "so are you here to kill this too Buffalo Bill?"
Yonki is too experienced to go off the rails in such a fishtailing manner. He no longer has the luxury of uncontrolled emotional response. However, since he took YEARS to turn off the caps lock when responding to posts maybe we should continue with the gentle prodding throughout this election cycle.

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


"If a crime is committed by a white man you may get 15-20 comments. IF the identical crime is committed by a minority, those numbers triple or quadruple...and it baffles me that the system administrator of these respective publications allows most of them to be printed they are so vile."
Please consider:
As a trucker you will hear occasionally hear this and worse over the CB. From both sides and all demographics. It is revealing and scary.
I'm no sociologist but maybe:
people are fed up with others dictating how to solve someone's problem.
even if children don't hear it at home they may experience being forced to do something or give up something that they aren't old enough to fully understand. As they go through the system they may feel treated unfairly or unjustly and are unable to express themselves.
some are damaged from birth and are unable to mature intellectually or emotionally yet are still "released" into society.
For some this festers through young adulthood and longer.
They release this poison on blogs, comment sections of the paper, the air waves and the bar.
I read and listen and thank God most of us are the way we are and reject this behavior.
I wish there was a solution but after teaching k-12 in the south and the north for 25+ years I have come to believe in the Bell Curve, not forcing solutions and publicly standing for something you believe is good.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The folks who fled California because it is so messed up have settled in Colorado and are now trying to institute the same policies that f'ed up California. REALLY!!?? Do they think the location was the problem???

At 8:41 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

However, since he took YEARS to turn off the caps lock when responding to posts maybe we should continue with the gentle prodding throughout this election cycle.
This could be "the post" of the year. Yeah the cap locks took some time. As my good friend Father Tom Carten was often fond of saying when he ran the Radio Home Visitor on WRKC FM, "We'll keep doing it until we get it right!"


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