Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3512, May 23rd, 2017


Edd Raineri, host of “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour” on WRKC-FM, in conjunction with LOUISE HARRISON, sister of the late GEORGE HARRISON of THE BEATLES, present:
Friday, MAY 26th, 8 PM
The F.M. Kirby Center
Liverpool Legends are the COMPLETE BEATLES EXPERIENCE! These incredibly talented musicians and actors are handpicked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison. This is their first visit to NE PA.
The band performs songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through their solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!
Liverpool Legends has performed at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA; Busch Stadium in St. Louis; Carnegie Hall in NYC; and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They recently performed before a sold-out crowd of over 16,000 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Again!
They’ve performed with Denny Laine (Wings); former Beatle, Pete Best, and the Boston Pops. They’ve appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined at “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool, England.
Also, nationally known comedian/impressionist, Jeff DeHart, will be coming in from NYC and taking the stage as “ED SULLIVAN”. A very good friend of fellow comedian, Bob Saget, Jeff DeHart is hilarious!
Tickets on sale at the Kirby box office; online at kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at 570-826-1100.


The new Trump budget outline is set to cut the SNAP program. Naturally the right wing haters in LuLac land have gotten on their high horses and are cheering their guy for taking money away from the poor. In many cases the working poor.
The facts are the SNAP program is designed to help the agricultural industry and was crafted by no less of a Conservative than Bob Dole. The program provides food for people.
It makes up 1% of the United States budget. It also provides agricultural subsidies to farmers. 
People were opining on the radio and Facebook that people were abusing the program. Let's be clear. If someone is found to be abusing it, like selling the card or loaning it out, I say go after them.One strike and you're out as far as I'm concerned.
But if someone is buying food, that’s what it's for. I don’t give a rat’s ass if people use their Food Stamps to buy shrimp, lobster or anything they want.
No one should judge anyone for the food they buy. If you are too cheap or a senior on a fixed income and want shrimp and lobster, why not stop standing in line at Turkey Hill buying twenty bucks of Lottery tickets at a clip everyday?  Why not take a break from the Casino?
There are many anecdotal stories of people buying high end items. The owner of Thomas’ Family Market said there was a huge amount of fraud in the program because he sees people buying all this seafood and other stuff he "judges" them to be unworthy of because they are poor. 
Okay, it’s FOOD Tom! How welcome do you think you're SNAP customers will feel coming to your store now?
My question here is this, did he have any receipts? Did he have any documentation of just how much FOOD was in his estimation “stolen?” Sure there will be people who will scam the system. But for the most part people are still trying to get by. I worked with a guy a few years back and he had two little kids, well both were 7 and 9. He decided to buy them Lobster for New Year’s Eve and went to the old Leggierri’s Market on Grove Street across from his house. He was stunned at the cost (this was 2004) but paid the money because he wanted to do something special. He was a member of the working poor. He went without for a week for that splurge.  The working poor deserve to give their kids a break. I hope he applied for SNAP if his fortunes have not changed. 
To those loudmouths who talk about people scamming with the card, have they ever tried to apply? I have a friend, a Vietnam War veteran, it took him 6 years to get them and he only got them when he retired. 
It is colossal nerve for people in this region, some, who have had political jobs all their lives, who are on pensions that in many cases we pay for, cheer the Trump budget and the owner of Thomas’ Market.
Anyone who gets SNAP, just don’t go to Thomas’ if he doesn’t want your business. Surely not all of his consumers are abusing the system! 
But if he has painted a broad brush...DON'T GO THERE!
One more quick story. One Friday afternoon I’m was Weis in Nanticoke and a woman in front of me is paying with a SNAP card. I had no clue what she was buying. I couldn't care less if it was gold crusted waffles! But a busy body old woman who most likely prayers The Rosary and tells you how much she loves God  was standing behind me and blurts out to the cashier, “Where can I get one of ‘dem cards?’ The woman with the card stared straight ahead.
The cashier, God Bless her, looked at the woman and said nothing.
After the SNAP card holder, left I got my items. I paid with my AMEX.
I took my stuff but before leaving said to the woman, “Are you going to bitch about my card! You should be ashamed of yourself”.
I don’t think she got it but it had to be said.
All that said, for those who need help, here’s the link to get a SNAP card. 
Buy what the hell you want. If I can buy 6 Hershey bars, 2 cases of Diet Snapple, skim milk and yogurt with my AMEX, buy what you want.I'd rather have my tax dollars go to YOU rather than a billionaire in the 1%.
And if you get hassled by a sainted elder of LuLac land with their big mouths and their SUV with Trump bumper stickers on it, tell them to “***k off”.


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

Washington calls it reform, when in reality it's culling the herd. We are just excess cattle that are keeping profits low. Moo

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Washington measures program success by how many people are enrolled, in other words: how many people are so bad off that they need it. Well, our government has let the folks down in ever increasing numbers. Time for a change of direction!

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your tax dollars DO NOT GO to the Top 1% dodo. They go disproportionately to the bottom 15% who, by the way pay none!.

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"who most likely prayers The Rosary and tells you how much she loves God"

Typical. Baseless cheap shot at Catholics and Christianity. Anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable form of bigotry. And don't bother replying and telling me that you are Catholic. It doesn't matter. Most vitriol and covert attacks on the church come from lukewarm cafeteria Catholics and fallen away Catholics.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Your tax dollars DO NOT GO to the Top 1% dodo. They go disproportionately to the bottom 15% who, by the way pay none.


In a way I'm paying their share. If you aren't a billionaire, you're paying their share.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

"who most likely prayers The Rosary and tells you how much she loves God"

Typical. Baseless cheap shot at Catholics and Christianity. Anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable form of bigotry.


No, this area is filled with good church goers who will knife a neighbor in the back for a nickel.
When someone tells me how much they love God, i put my hand on my wallet.
As far as my religion, I'm in the pew every week at Mass.
And I do my best to live my Catholicism so I'm not making a cheap shot at anyone here.
Just stating what I've seen in my six decades on the planet.
What you pompously call bigotry, I call hypocrisy.
See ya in church!!!!


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