Thursday, July 30, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3004, July 30th, 2015

Hillary Clinton in Scranton yesterday as she addresses her donors. (Photo: Cassandra Coleman Corcoran Face book page)
Hillary Clinton stopped off in Scranton yesterday for a big money fundraiser. The event was held at a private home in the Green Ridge section of the city. Clinton drew criticism from her most die-hard supporters for not having a separate event for those who could not afford the thousand dollar entry fee.
Here’s my take. She needs the money now. She needs to solidify her base of support. She needs commitments now. The meet and greets for the average Joes and Janes will come. And they’ll love her. Book on that.
During the very first Presidential campaign I volunteered for, Humphrey in 1968, it was a big deal when Humphrey met the 1 million dollar mark in money raised. That happened in late October. The campaign and financial world of Presidential politics is a different animal now. It would be nice to have Mrs. Clinton stop and chat but this is a careful campaign. True believers will understand that aspect and not take offense.
Plus we as Democrats have to accept that there is a class system. It exists in America. Those who could afford to go…went. The political class went. It would be like missing your kid’s Holy Communion. The regular Democrats, the $25.00 buck a head guys and gals will get their turn.
But not now.

Evie Refalko McNulty. (Photo: Times Tribue ).
Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie McNulty did not attend the event on Wednesday saying that even though Clinton has support here, there should have been an opportunity to have people with less means see her. I can understand that sentiment. But logistics in a campaign are sometimes difficult to reconcile. Have great respect for Refalko McNulty who is one of the most reliable and least rewarded Democrats in the state. Mrs. Clinton will meet the masses..but this time it was all about the dough.

President Johnson signed the bill into law at a special ceremony in Independence, Missouri on July 30, 1965 with former President Harry Truman. Front row, LBJ and President Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, Second row, Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert Humphrey and former First Lady Bess Truman. (Photo: LBJ Library).

Medicare turns 50 today. As a youngster in the hot summer of ’65, I remember watching TV in the afternoon as President Johnson signed the act into law with former President Harry Truman. Both Mr. Truman and his wife Bess got the first two Medicare cards. For 50 years, it has been a reliable guarantor of the health and welfare of older and disabled Americans by paying their medical bills, ensuring their access to needed health care services. Plus it has protected them from potentially crushing health expenses. Medicare is popular now but Congress created the program only after a long and deeply ideological struggle that still reverberates today.
There were cries of socialism, big brother and every thing else the fear mongers of the day threw at the law. Just like The Affordable Care Act critics, Medicare opposition was loud and unreasonable.
The House took up consideration of the bill on April 7th, and passed the bill the next day by a vote of 313-115 (with 5 not voting). In July the Senate passed it 68-21 (with 11 not voting). Lyndon Johnson knew that he needed to pass the bill when he had a majority in both houses. He knew that there might be compromise but no concession to a party that lost an election. There might have been noises about disruptions from the GOP but Johnson made sure they were squashed like bugs.
On the 50th anniversary of a landmark achievement for America, we can only wish that the current President wielded a tad more power when he might have passed a Public Option. BTW, no one tried to repeal Medicare. They’d never dare.

Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives).
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2015, a bill that would provide $100 million to struggling coal communities to help build economic resilience, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities; ensure fair returns on publicly owned coal; and improve the transparency of the federal coal program.
“Significant decreases in demand for coal power generation have negatively impacted workers and communities that have relied on the coal industry for decades,” Rep. Cartwright said, member of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. “This legislation will assist struggling coal communities throughout the Appalachian Region overcome the challenges associated with changing natural resources markets”
In addition, $5 million dollars will be allocated towards funding the design, construction, and operation of large-scale projects to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources.
The focus of the legislation is to assist struggling coal communities diversify their economies, increase human capital development, and stimulate economic growth.
To fund these investments, the legislation will close coal royalty loopholes in the federal coal royalty payment system, loopholes that coal companies have exploited for decades to avoid paying royalties on federal coal.
Recent reports and investigations from the Government Accountability Office and the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior have revealed that the government is not collecting full royalty payments from private mining companies extracting coal from public lands. Some coal mining companies are selling coal to subsidiaries at artificially low prices to decrease royalty payments. A recent Headwaters Economics report found that coal sales to subsidiaries and other non-competitive activities cost the federal government as much as $139 million in royalty payments every year. As a result, the bill would be deficit positive and provide additional funding to States that produce coal on federal land while improving transparency in the coal market.


Rep. Barletta visits with Holly Tritt in her family’s silk screening and embroidery business, Pondview, in Newville during one of his Main Street Tours of the 11th Congressional District. (Photo: Barletta news release)
Congressman Lou Barletta has been recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NRF) for his support of the American retail industry, which is the largest employer in the private sector. Award eligibility was based on key votes, bill sponsorship, and advocacy on a wide array of retail priorities. Barletta was also named a recipient in 2013 and 2014.
“NRF’s Heroes of Main Street have shown through their voting records that they care about retailers, big and small, and value the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “By backing our policy priorities, they show their commitment to a prosperous Main Street and to the long-term growth of retail – our nation’s largest private sector employer.”
Barletta, who frequently conducts “Main Street Tours” in localities across the 11th district, has been talking to business owners and consumers to hear their concerns and suggestions. He cites his conversations with merchants and citizens as good sources for ideas. The NRF highlighted key votes on policies on health care, tax reform, and workforce policies that work for employers and employees alike. Barletta is also a strong supporter of the Remote Transaction Parity Act, formerly known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, which levels the playing field among brick-and-mortar retailers and Internet sellers with regard to the collection of sales tax.
“As a former mayor, I have seen first-hand how much our cities and towns depend on our local merchants to keep our economy moving and create good jobs for our citizens,” Rep. Barletta said. “Local retailers make up the backbone of our economy, and they cannot be left behind.”
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, the NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. businesses that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans.



Wilkes-Barre author Brandon Halsey will be signing copies of his new horror novel Bliss at this weekend's Monster Mania horror convention in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Taking place from July 31st - August 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Monster Mania promises to be the biggest horror convention on the East Coast.
Featured guest include such icons as Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) Neve Campbell (Scream) Brad Dourif (Child's Play) Danielle Harris (Halloween) and many, many more.
The convention will also host film screenings, exclusive cast reunions, and the opportunity to meet numerous horror and pop culture superstars.
“The signing at last spring's Monster Mania was my best showing yet and I'm very excited to be back,” Halsey said. “The promoters behind Monster Mania have a stellar reputation and even non-horror fans would be impressed by the large attendance and sheer size of the show.”
Bliss is also available for purchase on all major online merchants, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the author's own website.
Brandon Halsey will be signing books at Monster Mania during the following times:
Friday: 4PM - 10PM
Saturday: 10AM - 7PM
Sunday: 10AM - 5PM


ECTV Live hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Bob Shlesinger to the program during the week of August 3rd to talk about plans for this year's Scranton Jazz Festival.

ECTV Live can be see on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times each day during the week.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Becca Darling about the 3rd Walk for Debbie's Darlings, coming up next Saturday at the Dallas High School track to benefit needy kids going back to school.
An encore of Brian Hughes' interview with bankruptcy attorney Chuck Tatlebaum, who discusses the future of shopping malls, and has some advice for the new owner of the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton.
Frankie speaks with Mike Zimmerman and Meghan Kennedy about the 7th Annual Paulie Friedman 5K Walk/Run coming up next Sunday as Misericordia University in Dallas.
And Brian speaks with chef Ingrid Hoffman from the Food Network about healthy Summer grilling.



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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President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000, and to more than double the number of men drafted per month - from 17,000 to 35,000…..The Beatles second movie Help! premieres..

President Lyndon B. Johnson B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid…………………Cigarette advertising is banned on British television….Pennsylvania Senator Joe Clark calls the Medicare legislation one of the most significant legislative acts of the 20th century since FDR began Security Security…in LuLac land, Washington finds that both Pennsylvania representatives, Dan Flood and Joe McDade support the Medicare Bill..and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was a combination of doo wop, soul and pop, “I'm a Happy Man” by The Jive Five


At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"True believers will understand that aspect and not take offense. "

It won't be the true believers, it will be the others in the party who reject her once again. Much like she did last time, she is alienating the masses, and when she did that last time, they ran in droves to the current president. A politician who repeats the mistakes of the past is destined to have the same outcome.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that comment was fast. Obviously people wait for the Thursday edition of LuLac with baited breath!!

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

A great grand year. Loved seeing that movie at the old American Theatre in Pittston.

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great song by the Jive Five!!!

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course medi-care has led continued us on the path to socialism, as social security before it started us on the path. My grandfather was a member of the American Communist Party and he assured us that we were slowly moving to the socialist utopia of Karl Marx. And, he was correct, with the ACA moving us another step closer of taking from the capitialist elite and providing for the rest of us, who don't have the chance, nor the means to provide for ourselves and our families. The wealth of this country is a right and must be shared amongst us all.
I'm not sure why you don't embrace the fact that you are one of us Mr. Yonki, instead of always trying to downplay the movement forward that so many have worked for over generations. We may, in my lifetime, see the U.S. become a socialist republic, instead of a democratic republic.
Hopefully, Bernie Sanders will allow us to take full control and move our socialist ideals forward. The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic did not die, it simply went into hibernation and thanks to ideologues like yourself, President Obama and the soon too be President Sanders we will all celebrate the peaceful over throw of the American capitalist system
Thank you for being a supporter of the cause, it is an honor to call you comrade.

At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evie, lighten up, you don't have to help but you sure as hell don't have to be a road block. You and your husband have raised enough money over the years to know what it takes to run a camaig and I see your move as nothing more than a cry to be noticed. Really, you actually believe that any statement you make will have any effect on a residential election? You and your husband standing next to you just had to grab some of the lime light and throw a pitty party for the poor folk who didn't have a grand to support Hillary. We have a Republican Congress and Senate so we sure as hell don't need a Republican president so if you are not going to help, at the very least, stay the hell out of the way........ really!

At 6:44 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

You and your husband standing next to you just had to grab some of the lime light and throw a pitty party for the poor folk who didn't have a grand to support Hillary. We have a Republican Congress and Senate so we sure as hell don't need a Republican president so if you are not going to help, at the very least, stay the hell out of the way........ really!


Okay, the McNultys in no way shape or form are standing in the way. They have a long history with the Clintons and are backing her to the hilt.
They do make a point that the campaign needs to cover or deal with the biggest chink in their armor which is that even though she is a Democrat, she can be seen as elitist. Even with her roots.
I think if anything the comments by Mrs. McNulty fall under the category, "If your friends won't tell you the truth, who will?"
As for the GOP Congress, I agree. We have one of the best Congressman in America, Mr. Cartwright but with a GOP Congress, even though he has made great inroads, it can get very tough.

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk isn't a socialist or communist, he's a fascist.
His ideological slant is more inline with Mussolini and Hitler than Marx and Mao.

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. I remember Yonk opining in favor of selective sterilization of undesirables, just a step short of a final solution, and very indicative of his heavy handed government control over individuals he deems unworthy.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Dave Wright said...

Why would Jason Chaffetz, a self proclaimed conservative, do something so harmful to small business? Because he is a crony capitalist passing legislation that enriches his insider friends? Until a few months ago,

Mike Jerman worked as Jason Chaffetz’s Legislative Director. The Remote Transactions Parity Act includes provisions that favor Certified Software Providers. Jerman left Chaffetz’s staff and joined a company that is pursuing Certified Software Provider status.

See the blog entry "Jason Chaffetz Needs to Investigate Himself"

On another note, Beatles movies are kinda awesome.


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