Thursday, May 14, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2902, May 14th, 2015

Jeb Bush (Photo:
The first significant gaffe of the 2016 Presidential election happened less than 8 months before a vote was even cast. Jeb Bush when asked the question about whether Iraq was a mistake essentially said he would do the same thing his brother did. The problem is that Bush has changed his answer five times in the past week.
Asked on Monday on Fox, he said "Knowing what we know now," would he have authorized the war. "I would have," he answered.
WithSean Hannity, "I don't know," he said, “when given the chance to restate whether he would have authorized the war. He dismissed the question as a "hypothetical."
As of today the former Florida Governor said this reported by CNN at 6:28PM,"Knowing what we know now, ...I would not have engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq," he said.
These changes present a problem for Bush, something very similar to John Kerry’s declaration of his war stand on Iraq during the 2004 election when he said, "I was for the Iraq war before I was against it" . That was deadly.
Bush’s GOP foes (57 of them it seems jumped on his support of a failed war. I can’t believe he wasn’t prepared to issue one statement on this and stick to it. Even a simple statement like, “I love my brother but he was wrong on this one.” Simple. But he just dug a ditch for himself this week that not only confused people but also questioned his viability as “the candidate” that can win back the White House.
It’s early, this may blow over but you might see a Bush reversal of plans and fortune after this debacle. If he had quoted from his brother’s memoir, he might have had a better week. 'We got things wrong in Iraq, but the cause is eternally right'. The cause?” That from the former President, George W. Bush. He could have talked about the end of a dictator and Democracy in Iraq such as it is.
There might have been some loyalty to his brother going on but running for the Presidency is war. Bush 43 was a casualty in terms of history at least for now. It was the Jeb Bush campaign’s mission to make sure he had a shot at being Bush 45. They and he might have blown it.


So there is some buzz about George Brown’s commercial regarding my name. As I stated in earlier editions, any candidate can pull anything they want off my site. Which Brown’s ad agency did. But they pronounced my name wrong. It seems to be bothering other people more than me.
I’ve had this back and forth since high school days. Make no mistake, my family name is important but if I have to die on a hill for something, it isn’t going to be over the pronunciation of a few vowels.

Congressman Lou Barletta. (Photo: LuLac archives).
The other day I was thinking of Israel and how quiet it has been there since that nation stood up to the terrorists who were building tunnels and trying to kill them last summer. Things are quiet and that happens when you punch a bully in the nose. Representative Lou Barletta issued a statement on a House Resolution that passed by a vote of 423-to-0.
Barletta released the following statement regarding H.R. 2297, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015:
“Hezbollah is a known violent terrorist group, backed by Iran, which is a significant threat to the United States and our allies. Before September 11, 2001, Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization, and they have only grown stronger over time. The bill would require the disclosure of satellite, broadcast, and Internet outlets that provide support to Hezbollah so that they may be identified, monitored, and sanctioned. Additionally, it allows the U.S. government to take steps to stem the flow of financing to Hezbollah from American-based entities. This would hurt Hezbollah in two ways – it would restrict their ability to spread their message of hatred and violence, and hit them in their bank accounts.”


Somewhere Dwight Eisenhower the President who championed the Interstate Highway System must be shaking his head. The recent train accident the other night tells us that there has to be a dedicated fund for infrastructure. I’m sure the fiscal conservatives will bitch and moan but our entire country is deteriorating.
The solution is a dedicated fund that would be spent only for improvements and a plan to fix the roads, trains and transportation systems.


Friday night George Brown who is running for Mayor of Wilkes Barre will have an event at The Riverside on Old River Road from 6 to 8PM.


A campaign dinner for Wilkes-Barre City mayoral candidate Darlene Duggins Magdalinski will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center, 880 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre.
Cost is $20, and tickets can be purchased by calling Erika Petrole at 570-762-9918. For information, visit


The 2nd District Republican Committee will have an Armed Forces Day meet-the-candidates dinner on Saturday, May 16, at the Lakeside Skillet, 279 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake.
Featured guests include state Supreme Court candidate Correale Stevens, Superior Court candidate Emil Giordano, Commonwealth Court candidate Paul Lalley and Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, as well as other local and county Republican candidates.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes fried chicken, pulled pork with fresh rolls, garden salad, potato and macaroni salads, strawberry shortcake, watermelon, coffee, iced tea and fountain soda.
Tickets are $22 if submitted by May 13 or $25 at the door. Checks may be written to the 2nd District Luzerne County Republican Committee and mailed to Secretary Donna Baloga, 245 Meeker Outlet Road, Dallas, PA 18612. For information, call 570-477-3177.


Fran Fisher died at the age of 91. He was the voice of Penn State Football starting in 1966 and stayed on the air almost nonstop until 1999. Fisher was a constant whenever you’d tune in to Penn State broadcasts on the radio.

Don Pachence and Tiffany Cloud. (Photo: WYLN TV)
WYLN35 Election night panel 8pm May 19th: host Don Pachence with political commentators, mayor Mike Marsicano (r), Atty Bill Vinkso (d) and, as always, yours truly.
Also, WYLN 35 will have our team out in the field reporting from various locations Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre and across their entire NEPA viewing area.



This Week on Sunday Magazine

Brian Hughes speaks with David Yonki from the LuLac Political Letter about the key races in Tuesday's primary election.
And Brian speaks with Dr. Cass Ingram about natural treatments for Lyme Disease, which has been reported in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania this year.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM & 6:25am on Magic 93.

Bernie McGurl. (Photo: ECTV)
ECTV Live host David DeCosmo and his co-host Rusty Fender will welcome Bernie McGurl of the Lackawanna River Corridor Association to the program during the week of May 18th. McGurl will unveil plans for the annual Riverfest in Lackawanna County. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast Channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times daily throughout 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.


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