Thursday, May 11, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3495, May 11th, 2017

Source: Quinnipiac University poll.

James Coomey and Donald Trump (Photo: CNN) 
The James Comey firing has started a firestorm in the country that has even surprised the President. Politico reports that the President is stunned at such a negative reaction. Here are some observations.
As I mentioned on WILK yesterday morning there was a lot of information to process on this thing but here for me are the two key points why Comey is gone.
You recall that in January Trump thought Comey was a great guy. At a meeting with law enforcement officials Trump said so. Fast forward to March, late March when Comey was asked about Trump’s tweets about how Barack Obama wiretapped him. Comey said he found no evidence. That was the start of his decline.
Then, Kelly Anne Conway last night crystallized the whole thing for me yesterday. With Conway, there usually is a mountain of manure you have to pick through but in her response to CNN when she was asked why Trump the candidate supported Comey and why Trump the President was not, she said, “Trump was not happy with Comey since he became President." Time line here, January, great guy. Then March comes and uh not so great.
Then there’s the optics. You administration has a investigation about ties to Russia. You do this the day before you have a meeting with a soviet official who hasn’t set foot in the White House in 4 years.
This is a huge distraction that will not help his administration's agenda. Trump said Comey was doing a good job at the beginning of the year but i think by doing this, he thinks this will quell the investigation into his administration’s ties with Russia when in in reality the reverse will happen.
True to form, Trump took to twitter and started name calling with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
A few things:
1. Trump cleared himself in the letter which was incredible.
2. Kelly Anne Conway (and you know it’s desperate when you put Kelly Anne Conway on TV) says that there was no FBI investigation with the Trump people and the Russians. That was on CNN. That was a lie because why would Trump in the letter clear himself.
3. This puts the entire GOP in a rough spot because no matter what happens to Donald Trump, they have careers. At some point there will be GOP Senators calling for an independent council.
4. The Attorney General who recused himself of this investigation now recommends that the guy in the investigation gets fired.
This is unprecedented in the sense that there was no lawful cause.
Bottom line is that the next person who will get the remains of this investigation will be appointed by the administration being investigated.Or maybe there won't be any investigation at all.
Here’s why people don’t get this.
You can’t make this about Obama, Hillary, the Democrats, the e mails, even though people will try. It’s about about the timeline between January 22nd and March 30th. And it’s about misadventures in an election.
We were attacked by a cyber enemy. No building was blown up, there was no smoke, no fire, no casualties. But we were attacked, because the FBI doesn’t investigate something that doesn’t have connections.
And my question has always been, if they can derail an election, they can hack a power grid. And all the guns the right wingers have in this country are going to mean nothing when they can’t get power to cook, read or get their news on the computer from Britebart. Terror doesn’t only happen with an explosion.
Finally, this decision once more outlines just how unprepared this White House is for any monumental or big roll outs. They were ill prepared to look at the optics, defend it and had no plan as to even spin it. Word is that even insiders were fighting against each other on this go.
And just for the record, we are into day 112 of this Presidency.


After the REPUBLICAN Congress passed a health care bill that will cut 880 billion dollars in medical care for the 98% and provided 540 billion in tax cuts for the 2%, the United States REPUBLICAN Senate put together a committee to rebuild another bill. And guess what?
All of the members of this committee are REPUBLICAN MEN.
Nary a female in the group.
That ladies is YOUR REPUBLICAN party. Good luck with all of that!

Attorney Tom Mosca, candidate for District Justice in Back Mountain 11-3-09. (Photo: Mosca Facebook page)
Attorney Tom Mosca is running hard for the Magisterial seat the Back Mountain. I met Mosca at Charlie Hayes’ Irregulars last fall. Mosca is on the radio as well as beating a path to every door in the area.
Here are a few of his positions:
Fellow citizens of the BackMountain, when it comes to the issue of Full Time and Full Term, I would like to make two things perfectly clear.
1.) I will be a Full Time Magisterial District Judge for the people of the Back Mountain. If elected, I will be closing my law office after 26 years and devoting myself Full Time to this position.
2.) As I said when I announced my candidacy on January 11th, I will not use this position as a stepping stone to run for any other elective office.
My only goal is to be of service to the people of the Back Mountain.


Mosca said, "I believe that it’s important to be involved in the community in which we live. I’m an active member at St. Therese’s Church in Shavertown, where I’m a Eucharistic Minister as well as a member of the Social Justice Committee. As a representative of our Social Justice Committee, I am now the Co-Chair of the NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking, and I’ve been giving presentations throughout the area to raise awareness about the problem of Human Trafficking here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m a regular volunteer at the Back Mountain Legal Clinic, where we provide free legal services every Friday night for those who need guidance about a legal issue and don’t know where else to turn. I’m also a regular volunteer court appointed mediator in the Luzerne County Mortgage Mediation Program."

Congressmen Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Cartwright released the following statement after language from theWage Grade Employee Parity Act was included in Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017:
"I am thrilled that the language from the Wage Grade Employee Parity Act was included in the federal spending bill that passed the House today. The legislation provides nearly 2,000 Wage Grade (WG), or hourly, employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot and nearly a quarter million blue-collar federal workers across the country a 2.1% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) again this year,” said Rep. Cartwright.  “Additionally, the hourly workers at both the Social Security Dock and Veterans Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County can expect this cost of living adjustment.”
Yeah and the rest of us pay for it! Nice to be a government worker isn't it????????



The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast will be held in Ballroom A on the second floor of The Irem Clubhouse at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas this Saturday, May13. Presenter will be Magisterial District Judge James E. Tupper. In his presentation, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Jim will discuss his past 23 years as a District Judge. He will hang up his judge’s robe and leave his office and courtroom on Carverton Road in Trucksville at the end of this year, after serving four six-year terms as judge for Magisterial District 11-3-09. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and buffet-style breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast is over when the last person walks out the door. Cost is $11 per person and we ask that you reply now whether, or not, you will be attending.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Jim Tupper‘s service in the Back Mountain communities actually began as a Dallas Township Police Officer in 1973. In 1991, he decided to change his career path by enrolling in a certification training course offered by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Two years later, Jim decided to run for office and was subsequently elected District Judge replacing then Magisterial District Judge Earl Gregory.
One of the most highly publicized news stories to be discussed on Saturday occurred during Jim’s time as a police officer. On June 7th 1986, Noxen resident Donald R. Kelly came into the Dallas Township Police Station at 3 am with a .357-caliber handgun. Jim was shot twice, in his ankle and thigh, and fellow on-duty officer Wayman Miers was shot once in the calf by Kelly, who was previously arrested for drunk driving. The shooting inside police headquarters shocked the Back Mountain community.
Twenty-seven years later during an interview with Eyewitness News following the fatal shooting of a state trooper and wounding of another at the state police barracks in Ross Township (Pike County) Judge Tupper reflected back on that fateful night.
"Anything can happen any place whether you have a gun or security or not. Two police officers were shot that night we both had guns at our side no chance to use it. When a guy comes around the corner with a gun I don't care if you have a gun on your side you're not going to have time to respond to that person with a gun,” said Tupper.
Jim Tupper has lived in the Back Mountain for over 50 years. He is a graduate of Dallas High School. In continuing his education after graduation, Jim enrolled at Luzerne County Community College, then went on to attend East Stroudsburg University where he graduated with a Degree in Sociology. He is also a graduate of Act 120 the Municipal Police Officers Training Act.
In 1990 he attended the Minor Judicial Education School to become what was called at that time a District Justice. The school which covers all the basics that are needed for the job of District justice, He passed the test and was certified to perform the duties of a District Justice. He continued updates every year to stay certified.
In 1993, Jim ran on the republican and democrat tickets for the office of District Justice. He won in the primary election on both tickets and was elected in November 1993 to fill the seat of the retiring Earl Gregory. He sold his beer distributor and in January of 1994 became the District Justice for Magisterial District 11-3-09. Sometime in the early 2000’s the term District Justice became what is now known as Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System.
Jim is a member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for five years. He is past President of the Dallas Kiwanis Club, past Vice President of the Luzerne County District Judges Association and a member of the George M. Dallas Masonic Lodge. He was the owner operator of Tup’s Beverage Barn a beer distributor in the center of Dallas from April 1987 until November 1993.


This week's guest will be Kenn Marshall, spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.



This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Psychotherapist and Lifestyle Expert Jonathan Alpert about how we can take back our weekends!
This Week in Harrisburg features a ceremony to honor fallen Pennsylvania police officers, State Senator John Yudichak's efforts to reinstate the Growning Greener program, a bill intended to change how redistricting is handled in Pennsylvania, and legislation to make nursing shifts more reasonable.
Brian speaks with Matthew Owenby from Aflac about the findings of their 2017 Small Business Happiness Survey.
And an encore of Frankie's interview with Pennsylvania's Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin Weissman,about elder abuse of their finances.
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.


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Maureen McGuigan to the show during the week of May 15th to unveil the Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural Departments summer activity plans for 2017. 
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.





Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.


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 he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.


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1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London) is held….

Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentations are held…..Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games………..5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am bldg in NYC….TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown….Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel….in Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Ernie Klein says emergency preparations for natural disasters should be more of a priority……in Luzerne County and Wilkes Barre preparations begin for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.


At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

The power grid power grid scenario scares the life out of me. Not many people talk of it (probably because they are too frightened to face it).
Recently saw an official on last Sunday's Meet the Press who spoke of mutual assured destruction w/regard to it as we have the same technology to afflict it on Russia, etc. But he also stated "Can you imagine how long American society would last without power?"
In many ways the computer age is a curse.
Bless YOU

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember hearing about our power grids vulnerability during "Y2K". Our elected leaders don't give a damn. Just another reason not to trust them with our future.

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw no mention of the poll you titled the post with.
Your oversight doesn't matter. It was a "wishful thinking poll" like those that predicted Trumps defeat. They need to give it up - no one believes any poll anymore.

At 7:56 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

It was a "wishful thinking poll" like those that predicted Trumps defeat. They need to give it up - no one believes any poll anymore.


Just a tad difference in then and now. The election polls were close, less than 10% in many cases. This is a bigger, more substantial margin.
I never put stock in Election polls, not even the ones we conducted locally because anything can and will happen in an election.


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