Thursday, December 10, 2015

The LuLac Edition #3086, December 10th, 2015

Donald J. Trump (Photo: CNN)
Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims are still giving him some international and national static. Most Republican candidates and leaders have decried Trump. But Trump’s defenders say that it wasn’t a blanket statement, that the Muslim ban would only exist if the government or Congress could take a pause and figure things out.
Okay here’s what he needs to figure out.
How do you keep a Muslim out? Is there a religious test? How do you profile nd get it right? How long will it take to get it right?
See Trump’s rhetoric doesn’t scare me. Hell I studied the career of Huey Long for a thesis at King’s. I lived through Lester Maddox and George Wallace. His big talk is something we’ve heard before. But this time the climate of the country is behind him.
Here are the two bad parts to this comment.
1. It feeds into the stupidity and visceral ignorance of the majority of voters in America. Talk and interact with various regions in the U.S. and you’ll be amazed at the abject narrow mindedness and hate. These are his supporters. Mostly.
2. These supporters and Trump have no idea how government works. Other business people have tried to run the government like a business and faced challenges. Milton Shapp a Democratic Governor in the 70s had issues even with his own party. The current Governor Tom Wolf has not been able to “reason” with a recalcitrant GOP legislature. Trump needs to know that if he is elected, the Legislative process will strangle him.
That’s what’s scary about the comments. That people believe them and that he thinks he’ll be able to do these things by fiat.
Presidential giants like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan had to work with a Congress. Voters will ask the question, “Does Trump have those skills?”


Senator Ted Cruz hit the Iowa Trifecta" by gaining the endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader. Before that, he had earned the support of Congressman Steve King and syndicated radio host Steve Deace.

Stephen Zappala Junior. (Photo:
As the year ends, political jockeying begins for the statewide races. The one with the biggest target is that of Attorney General. With the current occupant under fire, there are people on both sides of the aisle lining up to take Kathleen Kane’s place. On the GOP side, Sen. John Rafferty and Rep. Todd Stephens., two state lawmakers are poised to make a run.
This week word came from the AP that Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. is interested in the job. Zappala, the son of a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court chief justice, and has been a DA in Alleghany County the last 17 years. He enjoys enhanced name recognition from his 17-year tenure as chief law enforcement officer of the state's second-largest county.
He’ll face off (at least for now) against Democratic Jack Stollsteimer, a Delaware County lawyer and former prosecutor, and Pittsburgh lawyer David Fawcett, who served as an Allegheny county councilman. Zappalla has more recognition and certainly a bigger base but it will be interesting to see where Kathleen Kane will end up in this equation.
The State GOP had held this office since it became elective in 1980 but that string was broken by Kane in 2012. It’s hard to say if any Democrat might recover from this term by the current AG, no matter who heads the top of the ticket in ’16.

"The General". (Photo: 
She will be answering questions on January 12th at a public hearing. The Senate unanimously voted to use a provision from the 18th century that might remove her from office. Known as “direct removal”, the action can bring the AG’s tenure to an end.
The hearing is critical because the constitution says removal of an official can only take place “after due notice and full hearing.”
Kane can either appear in person, have attorneys present her case, submit a statement or provide an affidavit to give an official response.
If Kane appears it will be a dramatic scene in the first month of what should have been her re-election year. (Citizen’s Voice, LuLac). 
There are reports that a film documentary on the travails of the AG will be put together by former Philadelphia Mayoral candidate Sam Katz. Katz plans to call it, what else, "The Kane Mutiny". 


The late Frank Stanley. (Photo: LuLac archives).
Frank Stanley died the other day and even though I never worked for him like many of my radio and TV friends, he was part of my life. As a kid who was experimenting with Country and Western music in the 60s I heard Stanley on WGBI Radio in the 60s and 70s.
My friend Dave Cosmo noted that Frank started WMJW radio (92.1) in the early 70's. DeCosmo had trained him in radio in 1963 when both were at WNAK. His goal had always been to have his own station. Rob Neyhard, Bob Reynolds, and Dave Bienias were all part of our award winning news staff when DeCosmo served as Frank's Assistant Manager and News Director.
Stanley sold WMJW sometime around 1990. He moved to Texas where he did some weather reporting for a television station until his retirement. Frank was also a member of my wedding party in 1969.
Other employees who worked there were the late Joe Talmon, Frank Cerretta, Frank Chabalo and Brian Gregory.
I remember when WMJW went on the air. You have to understand that at that time the only frequencies of note were WYZZ, 92.3 FM, WBRE FM, WGBI FM and WEJL FM. WWDL was on the air for only a few years and WVIA FM had started as April of '73. A new FM station was big but when he got Dave DeCosmo to man his news department, that was covered by the local newspapers as a big coup. For years WMJW's News Department was one o the most competitive. It was a time in local radio where each station had a News Department and actually sent people out to cover stories on a daily basis.
Frank was a radio guy. It was in his blood. He’ll be missed. Here’s his obit from the other day.
Francis "Frank Stanley" Koscielski, 73, of LaBlanca, Texas and formerly of Plains Township, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. Born in Plains Township, he was the son of the late Stanley and Veronica (Urban) Koscielski. Frank founded WMJW, 92.1, Nanticoke, and owned it until 1987. Previous to WMJW Frank had also worked at WGBI on air and at WNAK as an announcer and station manager. Frank later moved to Texas and was a Winter Texan TV reporter for KRGV-TV for a number of years. After retiring from TV, Frank enjoyed spending time with his many friends in Texas. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by his sisters, Stella Kane (1975), and Sister Mary Nunciata (2004).Surviving are his nephews, David Kane and his wife, Cathy, Allentown; Ralph Kane, Schnecksville; nieces Therese Kollar and her husband, George, Hunlock Creek; and Celeste Madtes and her husband, Barry, Alburtis. (Citizen's Voice).


Event: The Irregulars Christmas Breakfast
Date: Saturday, December 12th
Presenter: Mr. Frank Galicki, Superintendent of Schools, Ret., Dallas Area School District, and current Acting Superintendent of Schools Tunkhannock Area School District
Topic: Education: Is it a right or a privilege?
Time: 9:00 A.M. (Doors open at 8:30)
Place: The Lakeside Skillet, Pole 279, Hwy 415, Harveys Lake
Cost: $13.00 per person


This week's guest is Maggie O'Brien, Regional Manager for Make-A-Wish, PA/WV. You'll hear the program Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


ECTV Live co-hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Joann Arduino of Scranton Ballet Theater to the program during the week of December 14th to outline plans for the annual free presentation of the Nutcracker at Marywood University. 
ECTV Live is carried throughout the area on Comcast cable channel 19 (61 in some regions) and can be seen three times daily during the week beginning on Monday at Noon.


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Jean Baptiste, owner of the Manhattan Bistro in Wilkes barre about the impact of the ISIS attacks in Paris, and his restaurant's first year in business in Wilkes Barre.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Derrick Bang about the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
And Brian speaks with Dr. David Magnano about eating healthier during the holidays.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday mornings at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.


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.


The Doo-Wop Sock Hop can be heard every Sunday night from 6P to 9P on “105 The River (104.9 FM) Host is the incomparable Bobby V.


Our 1965 logo
The Catholic–Orthodox Joint Declaration of 1965 is read out simultaneously at a public meeting of the Second Vatican Council in Rome and at a special ceremony in Istanb…..on December 8th, A lunar eclipse takes place….. A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first Peanuts television special, debuts on CBS, quickly becoming an annual tradition.....

In Pennsylvania Democrats start planning for the 1966 Gubernatorial election. Party leaders start to favor a young State Senator from Scranton, Robert P. Casey… Luzerne County Commissioners Wideman, Goss and Post hammer out a budget agreement and fifty years ago this week the number one song in America and LuLac land was “A Taste of Honey” an instrumental by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.  Plus Herb had great album covers!

Another tune that was making noise especially on WARM, WBAX and WILK was Barry Young’s Dean Martin like rendition of this song.


At the age of 49 in 1965 (he turned 50 on the 12th) Frank Sinatra had a hit album called “The September of My Years” Here is one of his biggest hits.


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

"How do you keep a Muslim out?"
You don't, you keep everybody out. Nobody gets in. Call "TIME OUT". Stay away. It's temporary but total. No exceptions. There is no God given right to enter our country. Never was.

May I say that Number 1 is one of the most disgraceful analysis you have ever posted. If you had any understanding of the people that are looking for someone to give voice to their concerns about the direction of this country you would have given pause to posting such poli-tripe. Trump is their man, Cruz is their man. Your perception of them as ignorant reveals an elitist bent.

Number 2 IS number 2 and your own support for the Wolfman exposes both your premise and conclusion. Trouble is both Shapp and Wolf don't have 10 percent of the guts or skills Trump has. The establishment R's and the D's fear Trump and you are jumping on that wagon because he is driven and un-beholden to establishment dictates and lobbyists.
I can't wait to see him get Hillary in the cross-hairs. She'll have nowhere to hide and everyone knows it - you should too.
You mean with all you know about Trump since he came on the NY scene during your college days, or anything you can look up about him you really think he will try to rule by fiat, then you are seriously delusional. He will negotiate like no one has before. He will make Obama's attempts at fiat look like a spoiled schoolboy in the playground.
Jeb has spent $25 million, Trump $300K. Go to - 'nuff said.

Ctl-Alt-Delete and open your heart to what the citizenry is asking for. They're asking to be heard, listen.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger David DeCosmo said...

I should have pointed out that Frank (Stanley) didn't actually work for WNAK when I was there in 1963 Dave. He just came in to visit nearly everyday and to learn as much as he could. He learned a lot. I believe he would have kept WMJW but format changes based on sales kept him from growing his original concept and the number of stations in the market forced competitive rates that were too low to sustain a good staff.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a lot of stuff going on in ;65.
As always great edition.
On Trump, I think he is striking a chord and people are angry.
I think Yonk does have a point because whatever happened to those passionate Obama fans? They never showed up until he ran again. Obama proved that a candidate who doesn't have the Legiislative interest and will to do the job will just be a showpiece.

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and elected officials can mock Trump and use hate, fear and bigotry all you want. The fact is we are at war, and the enemy is trying to breach our borders.
They don't care about a moral high ground, or rules of the Geneva convention; they care about killing citizens, as many as they can, wherever they can.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I should have pointed out that Frank (Stanley) didn't actually work for WNAK when I was there in 1963 Dave. He just came in to visit nearly everyday and to learn as much as he could.


No, I should have picked up on that. Thanks.

I believe he would have kept WMJW but format changes based on sales kept him from growing his original concept.

And if you noticed I didn't include the names of those people who I believe pulled the station off track with those changes.

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love or hate, agree or disagree, the one thing about Trump, he is willing to put at risk his financial and business dealings for his beliefs.
He is taking a hit on two projects in Muslim countries for his stance on the war in which we are engaged.
While Hilary continues to pacify and appease our enemies, because many of them contribute to the Clinton Global Initiative, better known as the Clinton Individual Retirement Account.

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more that comes out about porn gate, the more I am starting the think Kane is the victim of a Lokuta-esque witch hunt.
It is sad that Steve Corbett and the pink pig guy have aided her enemies in subverting an elected official via the criminalizing of politics.

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one for President Barack "Frank Drebin" Obama.
Our vetting process is thorough and assures us no terrorist will get in the country.
in other words, there is nothing to see here.. which his ignorance makes it easy for the enemy to breach our borders and kill our citizens.


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