Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Lulac Edition #3533, June 15th, 2017

The President and Robert Mueller (Photo: AP) 
The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that it appears the President is the subject of a federal investigation. This means the full focus of the Federal Government will fall upon him.
In the wake of Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election. The investigation began last summer and encompasses Trump and his associates' alleged ties to Moscow, as well as the Kremlin's role in mounting a hacking attempt to influence the presidential race in Trump's favor.
There is no guilt yet on the President’s part. The investigation is just beginning. But when you get allegations of money laundering by campaign aides, this is not very good.
Trump can’t be indicted but if there is some "there, there", you will see  a relentless drumbeat for further action. It won’t happen in his party right away, but there is a storm and it is intensifying.
The ironic part is that during the campaign, Trump warned of investigations that would mire the country impotent if Hillary Clinton got elected. Instead, it has happened to him. 
The other irony is that by trying to tell the public what he was told privately, that he, the President, was not the target of an investigation, made him just that. 
Karma can be a bitch.


Yesterday a gunman opened fire on several Republican members of Congress and their staffers, who were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game scheduled for the next day. A ten-minute shootout ensued between assailant and officers from the Capitol Police and Alexandria Police. The gunman shot five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana and two Capitol Police officers assigned to protect him; one of the officers shot the alleged killer who later died from his wounds. Police have not commented on his motivation.
Scalise is the first sitting member of Congress to have been shot since Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the 2011 Tucson shooting.
Congressman Paul Ryan went on the House floor and talked about the attack saying it was an attack on all members. The Republicans have been reluctant to even do the slightest thing to curb the use of guns for people who maybe shouldn’t have them. They even stood in the way of background checks.
Sandy Hook, where children were blown to bits didn’t move them, I’m wondering if the shooting of one of their own will.
Most likely not.
This country is at a tipping point and it is not going to get better. Congress people of all political stripes are getting threats. The solution to this frustration was supposed to be the election of Donald Trump who was going to solve things very quickly. Unite us like never before! Obviously that is not happening. 
To be clear, I am not blaming Trump for the shooting. Far from it. But I’m blaming him for increasing the divisions in this country since 2011 and emboldening violence on both sides of the aisle by being irresponsible in his language, tone and temperament.  
Perhaps or perhaps not, it is no accident that mass shootings have increased this year. We're halfway through '17 and we're at 154 as opposed to the 140s last year. 
Newt Gingrich's supposition that this was violence on the Left is just plain nonsense. Where was Gingrich when at Trump rallies last year news people were being intimidated and there were cries of "Lock her Up?" 
When there is no stability from the top, when the very leader of our institutions attack them on a regular basis via Twitter, we should not be shocked that an unbalanced or frustrated person took his rage out on an institution. The Congress.
We hope that the injured heal. They have the ability. On the same day there was a shooting in San Francisco with three dead in a workplace. They don’t get to heal. They get to have eulogies spoken and hymns sung for them. 
The sad part about this in a few months, or days, the silence of a church, the buzz of a workplace or the bucolic nature of an American baseball field will be shattered by guns. Again!
And the beat goes on!

Congressmen Barletta in past years as a member of the team. (Photo: gettyimages)
Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement in response to the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA: “This is the first year since I’ve been a member of Congress that I am not playing in the Congressional Baseball Game. While I am safe, I am sickened by this morning’s horrific shooting. My prayers are with my friend Steve Scalise, my colleagues, their staff, the local first responders, and the Capitol Police officers whose bravery saved lives.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Photo: CNN)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress and was not happy with the line of questioning. Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee for several hours in which he seemed to waver on whether he met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. following a Trump foreign policy speech. Initially, Sessions said he did not have "private meetings" or recall any "conversations" with any Russian officials at the hotel. He later admitted that he may have had an encounter with Kislyak. 
There had be at least 25 or more instances where Sessions was doing his Sergeant Schultz imitation claiming that he "couldn't recall" or "didn't know".  Things got pretty testy too with some Senators too. Mere hours after, Sessions exchange with one Senator went viral showing his display of rage at trying to answer a basic question. brought up by a man that was his subordinate, James Comey.

The attorney general said he recused himself from the Russia probe because of a Department of Justice regulation, which he said states, "that Department employees should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they have served as a campaign advisor." He also said that his decision to write a letter accompanying Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's memo recommending Comey's dismissal did not violate his recusal.
Sessions also said he discussed the idea of Comey's firing before he was confirmed as attorney general in February and that he has never been briefed on Russian cyberattacks against the 2016 election.
The biggest thing I took away from this was that Sessions admitted that this country does not have a strategy to deal with this threat.
Sessions said it's "very disturbing" that the Russians continue to push hostile actions in their foreign policy, which he said is not good for the U.S. and the world.
"We do not have a sufficient strategy," Sessions said, in countering Russia's cyber threat and its technological skills. Perhaps Sessions should have given that some thought when he was having meeting as a campaign surrogate with the Russians last spring. (LuLac, CNN)

Caligula-does the hair looks familiar huh? (Photo: wikipedia) 
Monday President Trump had a Cabinet meeting that was something out of the ordinary. Cabinet meetings are usually things where issues of state are decided. Or policy. Cabinet meetings are for when a crisis like the Cuban Missiles in 1962 were discussed. Or whether to go to war with Iraq in 1991.

But this was a Donald Trump Cabinet meeting and each Secretary, save for James Mattis, the Defense Chief went around the room and talked about how much they loved working for Trump and what a great man he was.
To me, this was the biggest licking of gonads since Caligula held his Roman orgies! 


Just in case you thought Donald Trump was a friend to Pennsylvania and in particular Luzerne County…..well you have another thing coming. Trump turned down Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Wilkes Barre Mayor Tony George for reimbursement of emergency funds from the blizzard of 2017.
More than likely that money went to help all his rich cronies with tax breaks. But remember this, even in the most fundamental responsibility of Government, the protection and support of local disasters and infrastructure, this man has failed us!


The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars. Barletta’s Verify First Act, H.R. 2581, prevents waste, fraud, and abuse by verifying a person’s eligibility for health care tax credits before they can receive those benefits. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 238-184 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
“Every taxpayer dollar that goes to someone committing fraud is a dollar that is not going to help working families and those who truly need and deserve assistance,” Barletta said. “My bill would fix this problem by verifying that an individual is legally entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits before those dollars go out the door.”
Under Obamacare, the federal government pays the Advanced Premium Tax Credits to people before first verifying that they qualify to receive those benefits. If individuals cannot verify their legal immigration status, the Internal Revenue Service is forced to chase after the money.
This “pay and chase” model of distributing tax credits has significantly increased costs to taxpayers. In fact, a 2016 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report revealed that, under Obamacare, $750 million in taxpayer-funded health care subsidies went to more than 500,000 people who did not qualify for those benefits.
Barletta’s bill would address this problem by simply requiring the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services to work together to verify first that an individual is a citizen, national, or legal immigrant before giving that individual the advanced health insurance premium tax credit.
“The American people expect that we are already doing this,” Barletta said. “No business would give a refund without first verifying a receipt. The federal government should be held to the same standard.”
Concerned about abuse of taxpayer dollars as Congress considered the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Barletta was able to secure a guarantee from President Donald J. Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan that the House would vote on the Verify First Act. The bill is part of the multi-step process Congress is working through to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“I first raised this issue last year with the previous administration, and I am raising it again because there is no evidence that anything has been done to address it,” Barletta said. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for mismanaging $750 million of taxpayer money. Everyone pointed fingers at other people. My bill holds people accountable.”



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This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with John Farkus from the Diocese of Scranton about their Family Drive In Night on Wednesday at the Circle Drive in in Dickson City to benefit Catholic School Tuition Assistance.
Brian Hughes speaks with travel expert Stephanie Michaels about Summer traveling tips with your pets.
This Week in Harrisburg examines new pension benefit legislation for future school and state government employees, upcoming negotiations on the 2017-18 state budget, and a new bill aimed at increasing voter participation in  Pennsylvania.Frankie speaks with Carmen and Cheryl from Corpus Christi Parish in West Pittston about their upcoming Summer
And an encore of Brian's interview with lifestyle expert Jonathan Alpert about achieving a work/life balance.
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.


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At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Bluto said...

Has there ever been a less clueless president? He makes Gump 43 look like a genius.

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THis administration has increased employment!!!
For lawyers and news people.
Yonk, I looked at your blogs after the '08 and '12 elecyions and there really wasn't as much news generated by those new administration or term than this one.
How can he say everything is fake when there is so much!!

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Trump fan, but the blame on the federal funds falls to the governor. It was he who did not formally declare state of emergency that would have made the funds available.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By "fake" news, popular vote loser Trump just means that HE doesn't like it. Sad!

At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, great edition.
Love the variety.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe fact that Trump needs to be stroked like that is reprehensible.
We elected a scary baby who most likely has no self confidence.

At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either way, Trump has not done one thing for the County that put him over the top. I'll laugh my ass off when he lets Ryan screw with your SS. No more spending ten bucks a day on Powerball and taking those jazzies (which you got from the horrible government) to the Casino.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats and their neverending hate, and all of their vicious carrings on against the Republicans and the office of President, they have stirred up the nutcases just waiting for a release. Blame the guns, the gun lobby, the Republicans as you have been doing, but all of the sore losers in this country who thought Saint Barrack could do no wrong are the real culprits. I don't think this will be an isolated incident. The more all you haters keep spewing your hatred and keep on wasting tax dollars in unstantiated things against the Republicans, things will never get better.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Thanks to the Liberal Democrats and their neverending hate, and all of their vicious carrings on against the Republicans and the office of President, they have stirred up the nutcases just waiting for a release.


Are you kidding me? Vicious? Democrats never said, "Lyin' Ted", "Crooked Hillary" or mocked sick and disabled people. Democrats didn't lie constantly about this President, he did! You remember the Tea Party town meetings where Congressman Kanjorski and Senator Specter were shouted down? Democrats did that? The reason why people don't like nd even hate the Republican Congress is that they have had 6 years plus to get something done. THEY HAVEN'T. All they did was obstruct. Stirring up the nutcases? Trump did that on the campaign trail. Don't ever put that on a Democratic door step.


The more all you haters keep spewing your hatred and keep on wasting tax dollars in unstantiated things against the Republicans, things will never get better.


How much money did we waste on Benghazi where 4 people were killed? None of this stuff would have ever been investigated if Trump had just got off Twitter and shut the hell up. All of this "stirring up" you see was the work of no group o Liberals, not one party, not the media BUT one guy, Donald Trump.
Thank him for getting things stalled.
Finally, if you saw a train wreck, would you not comment and report on it? The Trump administration is a train wreck. That's on him. Not you, me or anyone else.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question for 8:21 am....if this was any other President from the Republican party, do you think he or she would have the trouble Trump is having?
Bush 43 won the election the same way Trump did. Lst the popular vote. But he took office and went to work. Trump acted like a baby on the first day of his administration.
He was like a high school graduate who got a Mercedes for a graduation present and then bitched because he didn't like the color.
Everything you see, everything you hear and reported is BECAUSE he can't keep his mouth shut.

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for the Congressman who was shot but I wonder when anyone is going to have the "gonads" to use Yonk's word to tell the world on how the guy obstructed every sensible gun law since he got to Congress.
We reap what we sow man!

At 10:17 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I feel for the Congressman who was shot but I wonder when anyone is going to have the "gonads" to use Yonk's word to tell the world on how the guy obstructed every sensible gun law since he got to Congress.
We reap what we sow man!


Oh that's coming. I was saving it until the good Congressman from Louisiana got out of the woods health wise.

At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if the attacker used his truck and ran everyone down and did the same amount of damage to the same number of people it would have been better because of a gun law?

Stop getting distracted by the gun, and understand it is the violence perpetrated by the individual that is the problem.


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