Thursday, June 02, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3222, June 2nd, 2016

 The 1960 Pirates. (Photo: Baseball Almanac.)
At the end of the 1960 baseball season, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees were pitted against each other for the World Championship of baseball. They both agreed that the winner of four games would be the Champ. That would be determined by who won the most games with no score specified.
When the race for the Democratic nomination began, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agreed that the person with the most delegates would win. What type of delegate wasn’t specified.
The Pirates won the World Series winning four games beating the Yankees. The Pirates scored 27 runs to the Yankees 55. The Pirates had 60 hits to the Yankees 91.
To many Yankee fans that wasn’t fair. But with those 55 runs the Bombers only won 3 games. The Pirates 27 runs netted them four games.
The rules were in place before the contest.
The players knew the rules and agreed to them before playing.
So under Bernie Sanders logic, the Pirates should give the 1960 crown back to the Yankees right?
If you complain that the system is “rigged”, do it before you agree to play the game.


So the other day Donald Trump said he was expecting a bigger crowd for “Rolling Thunder” from Veterans gathered in Washington, D.C. for their annual event. Trump said that he thought the crowds would be as large as the Civil Rights March of 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream Speech”.
What an ego.
The hundreds of thousands who came to campaign for civil rights for Dr. King were working for a cause. The movement was put together to provide equality for all races.
If Trump were a student of history, or just a plain old student, or a person with even a passing interest in current events in 1963 (he would have been 17) he would not have made such a remark.
Trump went to Military School and the Wharton School of Business. Every time he makes a statement like this, he makes those institutions look very bad.

Our Atwater Kent knock off. (Photo: LuLac archives).

I grew up on Talk Radio. As a young boy I'd take that huge tan portable radio that used to be my sister's and listen to Jones Evans on WBAX Radio. I'd listen to Jim Ward through the years on 'BAX and then on WARD. When Kevin Lynn was on both WARM and WILK I was a steady listener. Through the years I enjoyed Fred Williams, Nancy Kman, Sue Henry, Corbett, my buddy Tarone as well as others who hosted the shows. I sold time for both Kevin Lynn and Rob Nyehard on WARM.
Unlike some very good friends and posters who have become disenchanted with talk radio because of the hosts, both left and right, I've become increasingly tired of the tone, lack of knowledge and blind ignorance and hatred of the callers.
Two examples. The other morning a woman called Nancy and Rob at 758am. She had been hanging on for an hour to say in no uncertain terms that President Obama apologized to the Japanese. On Memorial Day weekend. She was certain. Nancy and Rob who were having a spirited debate all morning, (anti and pro Trump) were stopped dead in their debate rhythm. Both said she was wrong and she then babbled about how Nancy was a Liberal and was wrong.
Today on Corbett a woman called and was yammering about Benghazi and attacking Secretary Clinton for coming after Trump. She would not let Corbett get a word in and was representative of the Trump voter. Claiming to be educated but revealing the lack there of once they opened their mouths.
In each case I turned on Music.
Talk Radio is a great resource to get opinions and news. It would be nice if they were based on civility and not stupidity.
Ladies, the Obama and Hillary haters, you were replaced by this. Good tune for the drive home.

In the meantime, my condolences to talk radio hosts in this election year. You are earning your pay!

David French (Photo: Wikipedia)
The other day it was announced that Bill Kristol, Publisher of The Weekly Standard had a person he was courting for a Third Party bid for President. Everyone seemed to be waiting with baited breath for the big reveal. His choice was David French.
David A. French is a lawyer, writer, and major in the United States Army Reserve. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. He is also a staff writer for National Review and has not committed yet.
Okay this is a reach. I’m sure the guy has strengths but I saw him on TV. There is vanilla charisma, no money and not much excitement. Ralph Nader had more of a personality. With all due respect to Bill Kristol and Conservatives, this is not the guy.
If you have a Third Party candidacy you need someone strong to go up against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. My biggest fear is that if these multi party candidates get in the race, we’ll go back to the primaries where Trump will get his ceiling and win while the other people in the race get divided.
Bill Kristol, nice try. You have to go big or go home. David French is not that guy.

Congressman Matt Cartwrighht (Photo: LuLc archives)
Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Rural Development arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $40,000 Economic Impact Grant and $34,200 Community Facility Loan to the Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service.
The Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a 2016 Ford E 350 chassis that will be used to mount a 2008 Horton 453 Ambulance as well as any other necessary equipment. The new equipment will replace a current ambulance unit with over 100,000 miles, which has become too costly to repair and maintain.
The additional ambulance is needed to cover six boroughs served by Greater Pittston Ambulance Rescue Service.
“Targeted federal grants like these Rural Development funds from the USDA go a long way toward helping small communities like Pittston, and the surrounding area, make improvements for local residents,” Rep. Cartwright said. “Too often, rural communities do not have access to the resources necessary for such purchases, and the loans and grants provided through Rural Development ensure our small towns do not get left behind.”
The purpose of the Community Facility grant and loan program is to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. “Essential community facility” is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Applicants must be governmental entities or non-profits, and the program is competitive, nationally.

Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Representative Lou Barletta wrote a piece in Roll Call about a possible cyber attack on the national electrical grid. It is a real threat and should be taken into consideration. Here are his thoughts:
It was like something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real. At about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, a computer in an electricity distribution center in western Ukraine seemed to take on a life of its own. While a helpless worker watched, the cursor on the screen moved by itself and clicked on a box that opened a series of circuit breakers — a move that would take the entire power station offline.
When a dialogue box appeared asking for confirmation of the command, the ghostly cursor moved again and completed the action. Reaching frantically for the mouse, the worker tried to abort what was happening, but the computer was being controlled from elsewhere. In all, about 30 substations were taken out of commission and 225,000 customers were suddenly cut off from the power supply. It marked what is believed to be the world’s first successful cyber-attack on a nation’s power grid.
What happened is ominous because it reminded us that we should not believe ourselves immune to such an attack, even in the United States. A cyberattack on the power grid could leave millions of residents and key physical locations without power for an extended period of time. It is a discouraging fact that unlike every other hazard we are likely to face, from hurricanes to earthquakes and chemical attacks to space weather, there is no specific planning scenario to help state and local governments prepare for an extensive blackout.
This prompts a blizzard of questions: How long will the power be out? How many people will be impacted? What backups need to be in place to protect our citizens?
With this in mind, I hosted an April hearing on the consequences of a massive, coordinated attack on the electrical grid, in my role as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
We asked our witnesses from the Department of Energy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to provide the realistic timeframe for which we should be prepared for the power to be out. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate was clear, saying, “Planning needs to be measured in weeks.” The other witnesses agreed.
As a former mayor of my hometown of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, I know that localities will be on the front lines during a widespread, lengthy outage and will be tasked with handling much of the response. While our subcommittee witnesses tried to assure us that there were numerous efforts underway to help prepare state and local governments for the unthinkable, the mayors and local elected officials I frequently talk to feel they do not have all the information they need to prepare for such a catastrophe. We must be ready to deal with disruptions in telecommunications, water and waste treatment, healthcare delivery, financial services and transportation.
There is no question that good communication is vital during the reaction to a disaster, but it is also critical when crafting a response strategy in advance. Since I believe that all disasters are local events, it is important that we tie in localities with states and the federal government so that the greatest coordination can be achieved. All levels of government must cooperate and anticipate all types of disasters.
The FBI and the Homeland Security Department are hosting briefings for local governments, law enforcement, and energy companies to discuss and develop strategies for mitigating risk and providing better defense. In addition, I have been meeting with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. These national organizations have committed to identify initiatives that cut across all levels of government and create plans we can put in the hands of officials at the state and local levels.
Some pre-planning has already been undertaken, such as exercises conducted by NERC and PPL — one of the largest electric utilities in the nation. At our hearing, PPL President and CEO Bill Spence told of regular internal exercises and external drills with other utilities to practice their responses to various disaster scenarios. By extending this training by linking up state and local officials to the utilities, relationships will be formed, information will be shared, and efforts will be maximized.
If the goal of terrorists is to collapse our economy, then shutting down our electrical grid is where they would start. Most troubling is the possibility that a cyberattack would be accompanied by a physical terrorist attack, a scenario that promises true havoc, panic and loss of life. The great challenge is that the threat continues to evolve, which only means that we are forced to evolve with it and be prepared for it.



ECTV Live welcomes Jean Ruhf of the Endless Mt Vacation Bureau to the program during the week of June 6th to review activities in the popular nearby tourist area for the upcoming Summer months. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel19 (61 in some areas) and is broadcast three times daily (Noon, 6pm, and Midnight) throughout the week,


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Elizabeth Jones, about her husband Wayne's invention, the "Splash Paddy", and their appearance at next week's INPEX Exposition near Pittsburgh.Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with representatives from the Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre
about their upcoming season.
Brian speaks with Vera & Harry Krewson about Myastenia Gravis Awareness Month during the month June, and a big MG event coming up at Allied Services in Scranton.
And Brian speaks with design expert John Gidding about getting your home Summer ready.Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning 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.


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Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace, claiming to represent the majority of U.S. veterans who served in Southeast Asia, speak against war protests….The comedy No Sex Please, We're British, opens at the Strand Theatre, beginning a 16-year run that makes it the eighth longest-running stage production in London's West End….Kosmos 426 is launched by the Soviet Union as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme, for the purpose of studying charged particles and radiation in the Earth's magnetosphere. It operates for six months, but remains in orbit until 2002…….in Pennsylvania Governor Shapp says that peaceful student demonstrations against the war will be allowed but carefully watched….and in Hazleton City it was determined that Fred Barletta was the top vote getter in the Democratic race for City Council and 45 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Right On the Tip of My Tongue” by Brenda & the Tabulations.


At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, great point about some of the callers.
Rush criticizes low information voters, jeez he invented them.

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The change in tone of local talk radio really can be traced back to Corbett. After Hilary lost the nomination to Obama, he went off the reservation. He began yelling, cutting people off, "banning" people from facebook, I think the more reasoned and informed listeners went away, and what is left is the same bottom feeding callers.
I was a WILK advertiser years ago, but had to stop wasting money, the quality of consumer I was reaching changed, and what was a great business promotional investment soon became money being tossed into the trash can.
WILK used to play in my place of business, but my clients complained and now Magic93 is the radio setting.

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WILK is reaping what it has sewn. From Corbett's ignorant treatment of callers to Tarone's and Webster's ignorance of facts and information; the decline in listener quality comes with a decline in talk show talent.
Have you noticed the lack of diversity of WILK's talk hosts. Old and white is all that is on the air.

At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if you've been watching the news lately with the Anti-Trump riots and people assaulting his supporters with severe violence. Apparently Hillary has just as many whacko followers as The Donald. I'm getting sick of the whole damn process. I can't recall in my 65 years on this earth such radical fighting amongst candidate supporters. Just another example of the sorry state of our nation. BRING ON THE WHIGS!

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rush criticizes low information voters, jeez he invented them.

Unless you're between 10 and 25 years old, please explain your comment.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if they were based on civility and not stupidity. "
The problem is the hosts don't bring either.
Corbett has go so far over the deep end that he has hatred for everyone, even those like Sanders who he has more of a philosophical agreement than anyone who has ever run for president. He is mean spirited from the moment he turns on the microphone.
As far as not being stupid, Tarone is so misinformed and/or blind (edited)
And the morning show can't wait for Friday to drink free beer on the air.
WILK is only getting back what they put out.

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to listen to WILK an hour a day or so, but got tired of both the hosts and the callers.
I still tune in a few minutes whenever I am in the car, and kind of like the young man Kyle Mack, but sadly the disease of WILK seems to be spreading to him.
I heard him mention going to something called comic con. Not being familiar with it, I checked out his facebook page, and saw a bunch of photos of supposed adults, dressed up like cartoon characters.
Hey to each his own, but then Kyle brings politics into his posts. I thought, wow, here is a Bernie supporter who wants to be taken care of my the government, and now I get it, because he doesn't want to grow up.
But worse, here is someone who can't even let politics go for a day while attending an event where people are playing make believe.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Hey to each his own, but then Kyle brings politics into his posts. I thought, wow, here is a Bernie supporter who wants to be taken care of my the government, and now I get it, because he doesn't want to grow up.
But worse, here is someone who can't even let politics go for a day while attending an event where people are playing make believe.


That's right, to each his own like you said. Comic con is generational. In my 30s and early 40s I did the baseball card show thing.
That didn't invalidate my political opinion or existence.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The actual point was not to invalidate Kyle it was to point out that he couldn't even enjoy an escapist event without mentioning politics.
After re-reading, I kind of rambled, hard to do this on a cellphone.


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