Thursday, November 23, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3654, November 23rd, 2017

THANKSGIVING 2017 

Our very best to all of our readers and friends! 

We are thankful for your support! 

A wonderful day to you and yours. 

Give thanks for all you have and all you do for yourselves and your families.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3653, November 22nd, 2017

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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JFK: DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS REVEAL A CUNNING AND CAGEY PRESIDENT
As look back on the day John Kennedy was assassinated, we remember that horrible day and manner in which he died. But that stated, the longer times passes from that day, more historians are looking back at the JFK Presidency, warts and all. The Guardian recently id a report on the Kennedy, aka Camelot era and it is eye opening to some, not surprising to others. From The Guardian, our "Write On Wednesday" on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's death as well as the end of his Presidency, we take a newer and closer look. 
Back channels to the Soviets, the ‘girlfriend system’ and doubts about LBJ: historian Timothy Naftali paints a portrait of a President Kennedy ‘far more interesting intellectually and far less appealing personally’
John F Kennedy’s secret talks with Soviet intelligence, surreptitious tape recordings and “girlfriend system” create a new portrait of a cunning and cagey JFK, according to a historian who has researched a treasure trove of recently released recordings and papers of the late president.
Drawing on documents and tape recordings recently declassified, historian Timothy Naftali told a meeting at New York University on Tuesday night that Kennedy’s wife Jacqueline and brother Robert censored and edited the president’s legacy, cultivating the “mystique” of a charismatic leader who continues to baffle and fascinate Americans of all stripes and creeds.
Conservatives, liberals, conspiracy theorists and people who write “what if” histories fight over him. Fans of Bernie Sanders compare their candidate to him. A Fox News pundit wrote a children’s book about him. More than 25 years ago, author Don DeLillo addressed JFK mania indirectly and concluded: “Facts are lonely things.”
Naftali has attempted to answer some old questions with a new angle, arguing that the new details of what Kennedy did behind the scenes reveal a secretive yet self-indulgent president whose family was as worried about image as the man himself.
Here’s more to this story with a link from The Guardian. 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/07/jfk-kennedy-declassified-documents-reveal-a-cunning-and-cagey-president

WREATH LAYING TONIGHT 

There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Kennedy Statue in Pittston, tomorrow, November 22 to observe the anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Knights of Columbus Council 372, President John F. Kennedy will at 5:30. process to the statue. The ceremony will begin at 5:45.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3652, November 21st, 2017

WAGNER RELEASES LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM PA REPUBLICAN LEADERS
Says Pennsylvania can be the Comeback State
GOP candidate Scott Wagner (Photo: Penn Live)
Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner today released a letter of support he received from influential Republican leaders across the commonwealth.
In part, the letter, which notes Wolf’s failed policy and lack of leadership, reads, "When we look at a ticket with Scott Wagner for Governor and Jeff Bartos for Lieutenant Governor, we see two conservative outsiders with over 60 years of combined business expertise...the team to win in November of 2018...and ensure our Commonwealth reaches its full potential.”
Wagner, who has vigorously criticized Governor Tom Wolf for what he calls “gross spending and mismanagement” said, “We are very pleased to receive this support, because it reinforces how critical it is that Pennsylvania have leadership that actually knows how to build business, manage assets, compete, and win. Governor Wolf has only demonstrated he knows how to spend taxpayer money.  His handy work has left Pennsylvania broke, ranked at the bottom, and people hurting.”
When it comes to national rankings, it’s true Pennsylvania trends near the bottom. In July of 2017, 24/7 Wall St. ranked Pennsylvania as the 9th worst run state in the nation. Wagner added that Pennsylvania is ranked even lower when it comes to jobs, growth and tax friendliness, saying “Governor Wolf only sees taxpayers’ wallets. He doesn’t see how what he’s doing impacts real people. I do, and I see a tremendous opportunity to apply what I know about building business and winning -- to make Pennsylvania the comeback state, a winner for its people.”  (Source: Wagner campaign)
The letter has the support of GOP Party leaders in Luzerne County. They are Ron Ferrance, Lynnette Villano, David Baloga, Lori Vandermark, Margaret Phillips, William Lewis and Steve Urban. Statewide heavy hitters like Lowman Henry and Phil English have signed the letter. Also Walter Barnes from Tioga County, Joseph Strauch from Wyoming County and Brock Stein from Schuylkill County have added their John Hancocks.
Curiously, nothing from The Lac.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3651, November 20th, 2017

BOBBY KENNEDY @ 92
Robert Kennedy (Photo: JFK Library)
Today is the birthday of Robert Kennedy. It is ironic in this age of Trump that both Kennedy and his hated rival, Lyndon Baines Johnson are now being remembered and celebrated for their achievements and political skills.
Johnson is the subject of a movie highlighting the manner in which he took office after the assassination of RFK’s brother as well as the way he guided the Civil Rights Bill through Congress. Kennedy in the meantime is being recalled as the last time an American politician was supported and mourned by the Middle Class, both black and white of America. In his new book Chris Matthews opines that Kennedy was the standard we should hold in this divisive time.
Kennedy for sure had his enemies. So did LBJ, Bobby most likely the most steadfast of all of them. But the last year of total inaction by Trump on anything Legislative makes Johnson, an insecure man himself, look like a giant. Then Kennedy with his grace under fire and ability to bridge both sectors of America, despite his cut throat ruthless reputation is now seen as almost a political saint.
The last year gives us comparisons into what the past provided in terms of the men leading us.
One look at the movie about Johnson and one quick read of the Kennedy book by Matthews tells us our American Presidency might be beyond saving.The standard has been lowered since Clinton was elected in 1992. Growing up in the 60s, these were the leaders of the free world. Flawed of course, but from FDR to Bush 41, there was gravitas, experience and a modicum of morality. Someone coming of political age in this era is indeed shortchanged.
Here's Kennedy in Indianapolis on the night of Dr. King’s killing.


Here's Johnson on Civil Rights and the dignity of people.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3650, November 19th, 2017

STOKING THE FIRES AGAINST INTOLERANCE AND IGNORANCE
Gene Stilp and Steve Corbett making a statement and taking a stand. (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
We were very busy this week at work so I just heard about this event through the electronic social media grapevine. But after I saw the photo in the paper on Friday, I was pleased to see former Congressional candidate Gene Stilp and area Journalist Steve Corbett address the issue of the displaying of both the NAZI flag and the CONFEDERATE flag. I have yet to encounter a NAZI flag but have come in contact numerous times with the Confederate flag.
When driving through Plains, Tunkhannock and Dallas I see them on houses right there in front ironically enough sometimes next to a Steeler, Eagle or Cowboy flag. I wrote this before but it is worth repeating. The Confederate flag wavers are the same people who scream and yell when NFL players kneel during the National Anthem. But yet they fly the flag of a vanquished enemy of the country calling it “an expression of our history”. Ask them anything about the Civil War or the Civil Rights movement and they just spit on the ground and say something like “I ain’t no Liberal!”
The Confederate flag emerged after Reconstruction when Southern Whites, upon its collapse used it as a symbol of the Confederacy. They began to erect statues to the great Confederate Generals of the Civil War. To be clear here, Republicans were for the most part trying to implement Reconstruction but were blocked by Southern Democrats. Now 100 plus years later there is a role reversal where Republicans embrace the flag while most Democrats, moderates and thinking people find it abhorrent.
My last encounter was at my dry cleaners where a guy in a spanking new white pick up had the license plate of the Confederate flag on front of his vehicle. My thoughts on him and the display of this flag are this:
1. It bothers me because in this country we have romanticized The Civil War. We’ve done it through movies and books. As a kid I read books from my Grade School Library Book Shelf about Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The display of the flag doesn’t right that wrong. It’s like a Cable Network showing Amos and Andy as entertainment. But I hope we have become enlightened enough to put in context where this flag came from and why people can be offended.
2. There is just so much justification for symbols of hate. Defenders will say it is the Constitutional right of people to fly the flag even though it screams ignorance of what this country stands for. Yet the people who defend this demonize those who still respect the American flag by not destroying it but by respectfully making a non violent gesture of kneeling.
3. We need people now, more than ever who will not shrug their shoulders and think displaying a Nazi or Confederate flag is okay. It is an insult to Veterans who fought in our wars. Granted they fought to protect the rights of people to do this but that doesn’t make it palatable by any means.
We should always defend the right for any person to speak their mind. As a matter of fact, many of my posters have told me they’d love to see the jerks coming so they know who they are. I stated that on TV, Radio and on this blog. But we sure as hell can question the content of their message and what exactly they mean by their actions. Questioning will always cause conflict. It is uncomfortable.
This week Gene Stilp and Steve Corbett did something uncomfortable. It was for the greater good of trying to shine a light on what we still face in this nation. More non violent actions like this are needed and applauded by this quarter. We have seem to have forgotten an essay written 60 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King called “Non violence and Racial Justice”. In it King concluded “At the center of non violence stands the principle of love. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chains of hate. This can only be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives”.
This week, these two guys had the sense and morality to act, to push back on the hate.
How about the rest of us?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3649, November 16th, 2017


A BETTER TAX PLAN MY ASS!!! 
Republicans are calling this tax plan a better plan for working Americans, but the reality is quite different -- their plan is a scam.
In fact, this week Senate REPUBLICANS made a HUGE change to their tax plan -- it will repeal the individual mandate required by Obamacare, a back-door maneuver to gut the Affordable Care Act and raise health care costs for working families.
Don't they understand that Americans never wanted that Affordable Care Act replaced? Just repaired.  
That’s in addition to the fact that this plan would raise taxes for middle-class Americans while the top 1% and big corporations get a HUGE tax break.
If you’re someone who uses the state tax deduction on your taxes, the GOP’s plan will raise your taxes.
If you’re someone who takes the student loan interest deduction, the GOP’s plan will raise your taxes.
If you are a homeowner, well, you guessed it, the GOP’s tax plan could potentially raise your taxes too.
Meanwhile...our deficit would skyrocket.
Remember a few years ago when the REPUBLICANS would whine and say, “Oh my grandchildren and the deficit, my oh my-my little sainted grandchildren will have to pay forever and ever!!!” You don’t hear that line of shit anymore when it is their REPUBLICAN party screwing them. And us.

THE DISGRACE THAT IS ROY MOORE
Roy Moore (Photo: The Advocate)
A lot of my Republican right wing friends are again doing their comparisons between Roy Moore, the pedophile that is running for Senate in Alabama and people like Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, Gary Hart, and even going back to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Their point is that men stray so why yell at Pedophile Moore just because he seems to like the ladies young. There’s a big difference here.
Each person they bring up was dealt with, judged and to a certain extent tarnished. Their behavior was bad but not as depraved as stalking young girls.
Clinton, JFK, Gary Hart and FDR were never thrown out of Malls.
That’s the difference.


REP. CARTWRIGHT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TAX BILL THAT WILL HURT PENNSYLVANIA FAMILIES

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) spoke on the House floor about how the tax reform bill will ship jobs overseas and leave Pennsylvania working families behind.
Here’s a video that every person in The Lu and The Lac should watch and listen to.



REPEAL OF ACA INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN SENATE TAX BILL INCREASES OFFSETS TAX CUT FOR MANY PA FAMILIES

Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. Senate GOP will include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate in their tax bill:
"The decision by the Senate Finance Committee to include repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate in the tax cut plan removes whatever is left of the veil on the true intentions of the Republican policy proposal. Republicans in Congress repeatedly claim that their plan aims to benefit the middle class. But this recent decision to repeal the individual mandate and save $300 billion in federal spending deeply harms middle class families in order to provide tax cuts for the very rich. Middle class Pennsylvanians who purchase insurance on the individual marketplace are likely to find that their whole tax cut is eaten up by the higher health insurance premiums created by the end of the individual mandate.
"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that individual market premiums would increase by 10 percent if the mandate is repealed. That would translate into premium increases of hundreds of dollars per year for about 7 million mostly middle-income, unsubsidized individual market consumers, with premiums increasing by over $1,000 for many older people.
"Our rough estimate of the impact in our state is that in 2019 the almost 100,000 Pennsylvanians whose incomes are too high to receive a subsidy to purchase insurance in the ACA marketplace will see premiums increase by $876 per year. This is larger than the $820 projected yearly average tax cut for the Pennsylvanians in the income classes most likely to purchase insurance on the marketplace. Similar increases will be found in the premiums for individual insurance purchased outside the ACA marketplace. (We project that the average tax cut to the top 1% of Pennsylvanians will be $36,470.)
"In addition to premium increases, CBO estimates that the number of Americans without health insurance would increase by 13 million if the individual mandate were repealed. Those estimates are largely consistent with prior analyses from RAND, the Urban Institute, and Lewin. In Pennsylvania, the drop in the insured population could reach up to 500,000 people.
"People who are uninsured lack access to preventive care, are less likely to receive needed care, have worse health outcomes, and can face financial ruin if they do get sick and seek treatment. Moreover, many of those who go uninsured ultimately will get sick and need care, but they will be unable to pay for it, leaving that care to be paid for (involuntarily) by other participants in the health care system."
Notes: Our projection of tax cuts under the Senate bill comes from the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy. The $820 average cut is what ITEP projects for Pennsylvanians in the 40th to 80th percentile, the income group most likely to be purchasing unsubsidized insurance on the marketplace. Our estimates of the increased cost of the number of Pennsylvanians who secure unsubsidized health insurance on the marketplace and of the cost of premiums for that insurance is based on 2017 CMS data. We estimate projected cost of insurance premiums in 2019 by taking into account the already announced 31% premium increases for 2018. (The large premium increase in 2018 was necessary because of the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing subsidies.) We add an additional 5% for the likely premium increase necessary in 2019 prior to the additional premium cost made necessary by ending the insurance mandate. These estimates are rough because we can’t exactly match the family characteristics of those who purchase unsubsidized insurance on the market place with the family characteristics of all Pennsylvanians in 40th to 80th percentile. Results for individual families will, of course, vary a great deal. But the evidence points to the truth of our basic point — for those who purchase insurance on the individual marketplace, a large part of the tax cut promised to middle class families in the Senate tax cut bill will be eaten up by higher health insurance premiums. (Source: PBAPC)
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is a non-partisan policy research project that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget and related policy matters, with attention to the impact of current or proposed policies on working families.

KATHI COZZONE ANNOUNCES MORE ENDORSEMENTS IN BID FOR LT. GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
COMMISSIONERS AND LEGISLATORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT KATHI COZZONE

Commissioner Cozzone (Photo: Cozzone campaign)
Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone announced a second round of endorsements from County and State officials today. Endorsing today are State Representative John Galloway from Bucks County, County Commissioners Jeff Eggleston from Warren County and Harlan Shober from Washington County, and former County Commissioner Suzanne Fretz McCool from Monroe County.
“Since announcing my campaign in late August with the support of six County or State elected officials, I have been travelling around our great commonwealth meeting with activists at County Dinners and events for local candidates,” Cozzone said. “It has been inspiring how much energy is out there for our 2017 candidates! Along the way, I’m proud to have gained the support of more respected public servants. My County Commissioner colleagues know that Harrisburg needs our perspective of what it takes to carry out state policies and programs in our local communities. And my friends in the Legislature know that we could use my demonstrated ability to work across the aisle. I’m honored and grateful to have their support!”
These endorsers join previous supporters County Commissioners Diane Marseglia of Bucks County, Kevin Barnhardt of Berks County, Kevin Boozel of Butler County and Ed Bustin of Bradford County, along with former Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes of Somerset County and State Representative Carolyn Comitta who represents Chester County.
Kathi Cozzone is in her third term as Chester County Commissioner, currently serving as Vice Chairwoman. Before her election in 2007, Kathi spent 20 years in various private sector finance roles. As Commissioner, she immediately brought her business experience to County government by initiating an award-winning strategic plan to meet programmatic goals while remaining fiscally responsible. Since then, she has focused on job creation, serving on the County’s Workforce Development Board and Industrial Development Authority; and improving outcomes for mentally ill people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Kathi has served in numerous statewide roles, including the State Geospatial Coordinating Board, the Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force and the Advisory Committee for Voting System Technology. She is Vice President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Kathi lives in Exton, PA with her husband Victor and their son Victor, a student at Downingtown East High School. (Source: Cozzone campaign)

WOMEN WE LOVE 2017 NOMINATIONS

As the year winds down, we will continue with our year end features. “Women We Love” is something we ripped off from Esquire Magazine a few years back. Each year we get nominees for outstanding women locally, statewide nationally and internationally.
The criteria is simple, quality of work, recognition of community activities, challenging positions that give them a profile both good or bad. Also, if there is a “buzz” about the type of year they are having and how that impacts on themselves as well as the community. Nominations come in via the LuLac E Mail box, Facebok and Twitter and a certain number is needed to make the cut. After that cut is dwindled, we choose the winners.
Deadline for nominations is Nov. 30th.

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ECTV LIVE

ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Beth Ann Zero of the Dunmore Pride Committee to the program during the week of November 20th. Beth Ann will unveil plans for the special "Home For The Holidays in Bucktown" event coming up on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

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.

SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION

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.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

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!”

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP
SUNDAY NIGHTS!!!!

1977

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Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel, when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

TAP Portugal Flight 425 crashes at Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal, killing 131 and leaving 33 survivors...........British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service…..The Penn State Nittany Lions, on their way to The Fiesta Bowl finish at 11-1…..in the Wyoming Valley Conference football rivalries on Thanksgiving are still gearing up as rivals meet on Turkey Day. Nowadays the games are no longer played on Thanksgiving and 40 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Isn't It Time “ by The Babys


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3648, November 15th, 2017

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY
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KEEP AN EYE ON BARLETTA, TOOMEY

This is an intriguing letter that was in the newspaper this week regarding Lou Barletta who wants to bu in the Senate and Pat Toomey who is already there. The author notes, both need to be watched.
First off, we no longer have a trustworthy election system. It has been compromised.
Machines have been hacked, voting area’s have been gerrymandered, people who have voted all their lives are taken off the voting rolls, voting places in poor areas have been cut back, and so were the amount of voting machines in those areas.
Of course, these are where hard-working, poor people live and most of the time vote Democrat.
Maybe you like business as usual, but I don’t.
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, wants U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s seat. Barletta votes in lockstep with the Republicans.
The Republicans filibustered everything President Barack Obama tried to pass to make things better for the working people. It was Barletta and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey who are to be watched and fact checked.
How about all those “no” votes when it came to workers and veterans.
Watch and see where they get their campaign money.
Dale Eastman
Meshoppen

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3647, November 14th, 2017

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that in the Philippines, our President, the United States President laughed like an ass when the head of that country said members of the press were like spies and should be assassinated. If you are a veteran who fought for freedom of speech and freedom of press, you should be outraged. If you are a Constitutionalist (and God knows there are tons of them around here who quote it when it fits their needs!) you should be ashamed that a duly elected leader of our nation laughs and tacitly endorses a strongman.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that now because Penn State is not setting fire to the College Football world, the head coach, James Franklin is no longer a genius.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that puny Pat Toomey came out of hiding and appeared on “Meet The Press” as well as local radio. The undercover Senator did say that Roy Moore is unqualified to be Senator from Alabama. Wow, that’s a real profile in courage didn't it for this bandwagon jumper? I understand given the recent cold snap, Pat's puny finger got chapped from the cold as he held it up in the air testing the political  winds.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that people are amazed that Bill Courtright won his race for Scranton so handily. Word was that the Mayor was down by double digits a month before the race. A media buddy of mine even indicated that to me. But a lot of counter, creative  advertising against his critics as well as Courtright’s skills gave him a decisive win.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that people are outraged over Bob Costas’ statements on NFL concussions. He has been saying the same thing for years but because it was picked up by USA Today, it was news to everyone. Again. He has been saying this stuff since 2010.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the same people who are bitching about NFL players taking a knee, saying it disrespects to our flag, have nothing to say about their friends and neighbors having Confederate flags on their cars and houses.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that Apple Pie was designated as Vermont’s official state pie in 1999. Okay, makes sense, apples are the state fruit so I guess that’s logical.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to launch an investigation into the sale of Uranium (which is STILL in the US by the way) to Russia and The Clinton Foundation. He should worry more about lying to a Congressional panel and getting charged with perjury and obstruction than this attention diversion tactic. His “you know me” or “I forget about that” can only fly so many times. 
This is historic. The American people are seeing an Attorney General lie under oath. He didn't remember, doesn't recall, yada, yada yada. 
The little piss ant did say to a Congressman that he had a right to say anything to him (Sessions) because after all the Congressman can't be sued.  That is truly amazing.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that the newest highly priced, sparkling water La Croix which has no sodium, no calories and sweeteners, a drink that many millennials as well as some boomers are buying  is made by of all companies SHASTA!

It is regarded as high end which for anyone who has bought Shasta, is well, a hoot.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the Dallas School Board might go out on strike AGAIN because they are not happy with the District’s offer to increase the value of unused sick days upon retirement. Last year the “teachers” took a total of 1,210 full sick days — about 7 days per teacher — and 587 half sick days, So they are now being given a offer to increase them. Plus they accumulate. Grant Palfey Business Manager for the District also told The Citizen’s Voice that “They get 10 new sick days a year on top of their accumulated total of unused sick days.” But the cry babies and their union are threatening a strike. When you travel some places in the Back Mountain, you see signs on the lawns of some pretty spiffy looking houses that read “I LOVE DALLAS TEACHERS”. You guessed it, some are owned by the teachers. That’s pretty delusional. Time to send these leeches packing.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3646, November 13th, 2017

13 QUESTIONS

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1. Despite what our dear leader proclaims, it looks like there will be a major stand off with Russia and him. Thoughts?

Not according to him. He is in his own reality and dragged 37% of the American people with him. He questions his own intelligence agencies and believes Putin.
Here’s all you need to know. There are more connected dots to this in less than a year than there were for Watergate from (June of ’72 to August of ’74-a total of 27 months)to bring Nixon down.

2. Why do you think Gene Talerico couldn’t pull pass the finish line?

Three things. Scanlon voters went to Powell. I’m sure there were more than a few who held grudges.
Then the Dems had a huge vote for Bill Courtright definitely helped him in the city.
Finally, the Republican party in The Lac is a disgrace. They couldn’t even contest most of the offices.

3. Where will Penn State wind up in the rankings?

Top 15 maybe. They will get a bowl game but not near the championship. It was a good run while it lasted. Still more football to play though.

4. Did you read Chris Matthews new book yet on Bobby Kennedy?

Not yet but will get to it. I have sparse time to just sit down and read a book. It’s all I can do to get through Esquire and GQ once a month.
But what did I do? Ordered 12 months of The Smithsonian because it was 8 bucks. I think I’ll make an excellent senior citizen in terms of looking for a bargain.
Back to the RFK book, I remember very well that funeral Matthews described and how the train went from New York to D.C. in a slow mournful journey that ended with an evening burial after 930pm on Saturday night, June 8th, 1968. 

5. We saw you on TV after the election, your impressions of the new co-anchor WBRE ‘s Kelly Bryne?

Knowledgeable, friendly and unflappable.

6. Full disclosure, you go to my parish. Your parish. I saw you at Confirmation Monday night with the Knights. Then another Knight who we met on the way home tells me you guys, your Knight Council had meetings Monday night.
Then I hear you at 645AM on WILK, the mother in law sees you on PA Live at 430pm and then you’re on Eyewitness News in the morning Wednesday at 4:30AM
Obviously you’re a lot like the guy, our President, who you go after every chance you get. Both of you sleep very little.

I don’t know if that’s a comment, you have a detective following me, or a question. But here goes.
When I make a commitment, I keep it. Even it was a last minute one. The Knights was months in advance, so was WBRE. The WILK thing was traditional but last minute this year. 
I can get along on a few hours sleep some weeks but please don’t compare me to Trump ever again.

7. Well Walter lost in the general election. Will he ever go away?

Look he has his beliefs, many I disagree with but he has a right to run as many times as he wants for whatever the hell he wants. It’s called Democracy. He said as much to The Citizen’s Voice yesterday.  http://citizensvoice.com/news/after-election-loss-griffith-vows-to-stay-involved-in-county-politics-1.2267181

8. I’m a Giants fan. Should we trade Eli?

Hell no! Get him some receivers for Christ sakes.

9. Scott Wagner picked his running mate for Lt. Governor Jeff Bartos. Should Tom Wolf do the same?

If he does he faces a risk. There might be repudiation at the polls if his pick doesn’t win. Then you get a shotgun marriage like the one he had with Mike Stack. Look even before the 2014 general election tallies were in, key Wolf advisers were not crazy about Stack.
Better Wolf take a page out of Ed Rendell’s book of 2002 when he ran alone against the team of Bob Casey Junior and Wagner.

10. Newest fall shows on TV you’re into?
 I really love the The Durrells in Corfu on PBS Sundays at 8pm. Really good. 
 Another show we enjoy is "The Collection" about fashion in post WWII Paris starring Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer, the daughter of Merle Streep.

11. Did you see LBJ yet you Johnson loving Liberal throwback who never went to Vietnam?

Uh no. On my list. I did see Mark Felt but will get around to LBJ which is a Rob Reiner film. Everything he has done is great.
BTW, I was born in ’54 and by ’72 Nixon ended the draft. So nope, did not go. But what has that to do with the price of rice?
Neither did the President or Hillary’s husband and both were of age.

12. I really love those audios on the WARM blog. Will we see more?

Yes. The issue is time. But now after the election you’ll see more up soon. Plus there are ore on the way.Here's the link: http://david-yonki.blogspot.com/

13. What did you think of that Donna Brazille book and how she trashed the Democratic party?

The issue with anyone writing anything is that it is open to interpretation.  The President took parts of it to trash Hillary, others said she did a disservice to the party by writing it. I think it was needed and here’s why.
Hillary Clinton has been the most qualified person since Bush 41 to run for President. (That’s why I voted for both of them). But it is ironic that her campaign staff was filled with officious little bean counters and data freaks who relied on metrics rather than how to win elections.
She never visited Luzerne County? Who’s paws were on that? Wisconsin ignored? Brazille brought up a great point when she wrote that in each county,  or area there is one key person you need to go to. Person to person. Everything done here was put together by people in The Lac like Chris Doherty, Bob Casey, Evie Refalko Mcnulty and volunteers. If there was paid staff there, they were terrible. It all started with the “invite only if you have a thousand bucks” meet and greet in 2015 in Scranton. Scrantonians wanted another public event the same day but it was nixed by the Clinton campaign. Wilkes Barre is a whole other story that is still a mystery as to why it was ignored. And the Trump people knew that and used it. 
Clinton lost for a number of factors but her campaign and the dopes she hired, both in '08 and '16 (none who had any gray in their hair) once more did her in. Brazille writes about it and has gotten grief. But she is right on almost 95% of what she said about the campaign.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3645, November 12th, 2017

WAGNER ANNOUNCES JEFF BARTOS FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
HISTORIC TEAM TO RUN TOGETHER PRIOR TO REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
Bartos and Wagner (Photo: York Dispatch)
News this week from the Scott Wagner campaign tells us he means business in his run for the GOP nomination for Governor. In an historic move, State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner announced today that his choice for Lieutenant Governor is conservative businessman Jeff Bartos, and that the two would begin running together as a team immediately.
“Jeff is a great guy who wants to change the way Harrisburg works. He’ll help me take on career politicians. He’ll help me change the way things have always been done in Harrisburg. He’ll help me make it work for you, the taxpayers - not special interests or insiders,” Wagner explained.
Bartos commented, “Scott built his waste company from nothing into a major job engine right here in central Pennsylvania. He’s a conservative. He’s tough. He makes great things happen -- something we really need in Harrisburg. And Scott’s lived the American dream. Now he wants to give back and use his experience to make Pennsylvania a winning state. Scott’s knows what it takes to win, and that’s what he’ll do. We both will.”
The announcement was made via a video posted online that can be viewed at http://www.wagnerbartos.com.
Bartos, had previously announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.
A self-proclaimed conservative outsider — much like Wagner — Bartos said he decided to suspend his Senate campaign to run for lieutenant governor because he discovered that he cared most about state and local issues.
Okay here’s the real skinny on this one. The GOP is now clearing the way for Lou Barletta to win the nomination for Senate. Bartos was in my estimation was his stiffest competition. By him making the choice, or having that choice pointed out to him, the GOP has now cleared a path for two major challenges to two incumbents in a Democratic state.

GET A COOZIE FROM LOU
Want a cup coozire from Lou Barletta? He’s selling them on his campaign website for 3 bucks. Some say the coozie is quite a doozie.

HOUSE PASSES CARTWRIGHT’S BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROTECT VETERANS
Congressman Matf Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) to protect older, low-income veterans from financial scams. The bipartisan Veterans Care Financial Protection Act (H.R. 3122) would direct the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to work with other federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect veterans from predatory practices.
“Scam artists are turning well-deserved benefits into a financial nightmare for those who can least afford it. This bipartisan, commonsense proposal will help protect veterans from financial scams. We owe this to our nation’s heroes,” said Rep. Cartwright. “I’d like to thank Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for their hard work on this bill. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to encourage them to act quickly on passage.”
The VA offers an Aid & Attendance (A&A) benefit for veterans who qualify for a VA pension and need financial help with in-home care or assisted living. The A&A application is free, but scam artists have targeted veterans and charged them to obtain these benefits. With this information, scammers can take ahold of the veteran’s assets, and may even move them into an irrevocable trust or an annuity. This movement of assets may also disqualify the veteran from other assistance, such as Medicaid.
“We have a duty to protect our most vulnerable veterans from being victims of financial scams. I thank Rep. Cartwright for his leadership on this bill that would crack down on scam artists taking advantage of veterans receiving benefits for in-home care,” said Rep. Phil Roe, Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee.
“Any person who profits off of scamming vulnerable veterans out of their hard earned benefits should be ashamed of themselves. More must be done to protect these veterans from exploitation by bad actors and that is why I offer my unequivocal support to H.R. 3122, Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill that will expand commonsense protections for veterans against financial predators,” said Rep. Tim Walz, Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

HAGGERTY EVENT NEXT WEEK
IF GOING, RSVP BY NOVEMBER 13th
I’m sure you’ll see this quartet at the event on Tuesday the 21st. From left to right, PJ Pribula, 120th District Chair, Pat Solano, Lynette Villano 120th District Vice Chair, and Robert Bresnehan.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3644, November 11th, 2017

VETERAN'S DAY 2017

To the more than 20 million who served.............this is your day.
From the recruiter to the cook, to the gunner, to the engineer, to the logistical engineers, to the strategic planners, from land to sea, from calm spots to danger, from earth to space and to those who fought, died, or still are in battle..... 

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3643, November 9th, 2017

WOLF UP ON THE AIR 

Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)
The day after election Governor Tom Wolf has put a lot of advertising up on broadcast media. So it goes without saying he’s running. As a matter of fact the Governor will be in town today.
Wolf is taking a page out of Governor Ed Rendell’s 2002 campaign when in December of 2001, Rendell started an ad onslaught that essentially put the Bob Casey Junior for Governor campaign at a serious disadvantage.History repeating itself.

CARTWRIGHT BILL TO PROTECT VETERANS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES HOUSE
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright had bipartisan legislation that unanimously passed the U.S. House on Monday, November 6, 2017. The Veterans Care Financial Protection Act (H.R. 3122) would protect older, low-income veterans from financial scams.


REP. BARLETTA TO SPEAK AT SCRANTON VETERANS DAY EVENT

Congressman Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives).
Congressman Lou Barletta will speak at the Scranton Veterans Day Program on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:45AM. The event will take place on the Washington Ave. side of the Lackawanna County Courthouse.
What: Rep. Lou Barletta to Speak at Scranton Veteran Day Event
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 10:45AM.
Where: Lackawanna County Courthouse,
200 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503


WOMEN WE LOVE 2017 NOMINATIONS

As the year winds down, we will continue with our year end features. “Women We Love” is something we ripped off from Esquire Magazine a few years back. Each year we get nominees for outstanding women locally, statewide nationally and internationally.
The criteria is simple, quality of work, recognition of community activities, challenging positions that give them a profile both good or bad. Also, if there is a “buzz” about the type of year they are having and how that impacts on themselves as well as the community. Nominations come in via the LuLac E Mail box, Facebok and Twitter and a certain number is needed to make the cut. After that cut is dwindled, we choose the winners.
Deadline for nominations is Nov. 30th.


MEDIA MATTERS

WALN TV

LULAC IN THE MORNING 


I was very happy to join WBRE/WYOU TV Eyewitness News the morning after election. Co-anchor Chris Langois and I got our Beatles on and it was a real pleasure meeting Kelly Byrne for the first time. 
I learned a little Italian from Stefano DiPietro and wanted to thank Sam in the studio for setting me up and making me look passable for the early morning broadcasts. Sam also took this photo too!


BOLD GOLD COMMUNITY FORUM

This week we discuss the various Thanksgiving programs in the city of Scranton.
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.

ECTV LIVE


"Christmas with a Twist" will be the theme as ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and show director Mark Migilore welcome Steve Perillo to the program during the week of November 13th.

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.

SUE HENRY’S SPECIAL EDITION

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.

BUDDY RUMCHEK

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!”

BOBBY V’S DOO WOP SOCK HOP
SUNDAY NIGHTS!!!!

1977

Our 1977 logo

Gen. Hugo Banzer, president of the military government of Bolivia, announces that the constitutional democracy will be restored in 1978 instead of 1980 as previously provided.....The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever is released. Featuring five new Bee Gees compositions, it will go on to become the then best selling album of all time.  In addition to the Beegees tunes, there was this one! 

in Pennsylvania candidates start to line up for both Governor and Lt. Governor as Governor Shapp, the first two term chief executive of the state enters his last year….in Wilkes Barre the city discusses what to do with a block of South Main Street past the Boston Store, the last step in redevelopment and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees a song from the aforementioned soundtrack and movie “Saturday Night Fever”.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3642, November 8th, 2017


ELECTION RESULTS 

SUPREME COURT
JUSTICES FACING RETENTION

Thomas Saylor
Debra  Todd 
RETAINED YES

Re-elected


Sallie  Mundy

SUPERIOR COURT

DEMOCRATS

Carolyn Nichol
Maria  McLaughlin,
Deborah Anne  Kunselman


REPUBLICAN
 
Craig Stedman
 or 
Mary Murray

COMMONWEALTH COURT

DEMOCRAT

Ellen H. Ceisler


REPUBLICAN


Christine Fizzano Cannon 


JUDICIAL RETENTION

Trish Corbett Lackawanna County
David Lupus  Luzerne County
YES

SCRANTON MAYOR

Bil Courtright


LACKWANNA COUNTY DA

Mark Powell

LUZERNE COUNTY CONTROLLER RACE

Bednar


LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL

DEMOCRATS

Saidman (D) 21,406
Vough (D) 20,386
McCloskey Houck (D) 20,369
Haas (R) 20,319
Perry (R) 20,125



PITTSTON MAYOR

Michael Lombardo.

LUZERNE MAYOR

Jim Keller

WYOMING BOROUGH


Joe Dominick

BALLOT QUESTION

YES 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3641, November 7th, 2017

ELECTION DAY 2017

VOTE

Monday, November 06, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3640, November 6th, 2017


THE BALLOT QUESTION

WHY HOMEOWNERS SHOULD VOTE YES

Most people either ignore a ballot question in an election or just ignore it. This is one that shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s why you need to vote YES on this.
On November 7th, Pennsylvanians will be voting on a property tax exclusion referendum. Some people are not aware of this ballot question, and others are confused as to what the question is about. Here's why people like Charles Urban, The PA Liberty Alliance and LuLac strongly recommends a YES vote. Here is a short explanation and a little bit of history...
In 1998, the legislature enacted a “Homestead/Farmstead” exclusion that could have provided up to a 50% exclusion of the median assessed value of homestead/farmsteads (i.e. primary residences) within the taxing district. In other words, this could have allowed a property tax reduction of approximately half the median property tax bill in the school district, county, or municipality.
Since then, this exclusion was not used for anything other than the small amount of gambling “relief” that came years later. In order for the exclusion to have reached the full 50% of median assessed value, the legislature would have had to pass legislation enabling that to happen. They didn’t.
THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MINUTE. IT HAS BEEN NEARLY TWENTY YEARS SINCE THE LEGISLATURE ADDRESSED PROPERTY TAX PAYER AND HOME OWNERS.
Now the voters will be voting on whether or not to raise the Homestead/Farmstead exclusion from the current 50% of median assessed value, to 100% of each individual Homestead/Farmstead’s assessed value.
So why would the legislature pass this Constitutional Amendment when they aren’t even funding the existing 50% exclusion? And why would the PA Liberty Alliance and we here at LuLac recommend a YES vote?
After years of trying to pass HB/SB 76 to eliminate the school property tax for all properties in Pennsylvania, some legislators feel that it may be easier to first eliminate school property taxes for primary residences (Homesteads/Farmsteads) only in an effort to prevent struggling families and senior citizens from losing their homes at sheriff auctions, and also to give relief to many more who are being crushed by ever-increasing property taxes.
Unlike the State Representative who represents my district, I still believe that HB/SB 76 is the best approach, as it completely changes the status-quo and would be an enormous benefit to our economy. I do, however, recommend a YES vote for two reasons.
First, the Amendment itself doesn’t do anything to provide relief. If the voters approve the ballot question, their property taxes will still be there the next day. This initiative only allows for a future piece of legislation to reduce or eliminate property taxes, at which time the bill  will either be supported or opposed. But, and HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART HERE, this amendment would simply allow for more future options.
Second, the legislators will treat this ballot question as a referendum on property tax elimination. If the voters vote “no”, legislators and special interest groups who oppose property tax elimination will say that Pennsylvania residents don’t believe there is a property tax problem.
Regardless of the real reason you may have voted “no”, this will be the interpretation. You don’t get to explain why you voted “no” and this will only serve to make our fight even more difficult.
If, however, the voters approve the ballot question, there will be much more leverage in getting something meaningful passed. A “yes” vote will even aid in the fight to pass SB76, even though it would not use the Homestead/Farmstead exclusion when signed into law.
The same special interest lobbying organizations who are opposing SB 76 are also ramping up their opposition to the ballot question. This should send you a clear signal. It boils down to this…
If you want to maintain the status-quo of ever-increasing property taxes and you don’t mind that this unfair tax is devastating hard working families and leaving up to 10,000/year homeless, then vote “no”.
If, however, you believe the property tax should be eliminated, or at a minimum needs some serious attention, then vote “yes” next Tuesday.
10,000+ folks lose their homes to the Sheriff yearly in PA...you can assist them and yourself!
Property owners have been paying the freight for TOO LONG. There is a crack in the doorway by Voting YES. 
It puts Legislators on notice that they need to get off their asses and do this. 
That will lead the way for taxpayers who own homes and pay for the big administrative salaries, the cousins and nephews hired by political School Boards, the pensions of the retired teachers that we pay for.....this gives taxpayers/homeowners a chance to kick that door in.
LET’S DO THIS!


Sunday, November 05, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3639, November 5th, 2017


SCRANTON MAYOR’S RACE

REPUBLICAN

CAN MULLIGAN GET A MULLIGAN?
James Mulligan (Photo: Times Tribune)
This year’s race for Mayor of Scranton is a re-match from 2013. Bill Courtright faces off again with James Mulligan. But the similarity ends there. Courtright is now the incumbent Mayor and has a record, for better or worse to run on. Mulligan who entered the race after the primary last year has been running non stop since he was beaten in 2013.
Mulligan is facing a Courtright machine that analytically focused on turnout as well as what voters he could count on. An incumbency plus that data might be hard to beat.
But Mulligan is running on change. But this time he is running against Courtright’s change charging that instead of reforming the city, the Mayor has sold off city assets. He also says that the infrastructure in the city has deteriorated and not improved.
As President of the Green Ridge Neighborhood Association, Jim fought against the sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority and he continues to fight for improved water and environmental quality. And as a member of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s team, Jim has worked to make sure our streets are safe for the people of Lackawanna County.
But mulligan has a history of unpaid bills. Hey, I get it, the guy has 10 kids, yada, yada, yada……but one has to wonder how he can run a city when his own bills go unpaid. But there are many Scrantonians who feel that those flaws of late bills can be overcome by his campaign. There are a lot of Mulligan yard signs and many point to the major difference of 2013 vs 2017.
Mulligan was endorsed by the GOP committee in August of 2013. He had only 100 days to put together a campaign and came within 1500 votes of winning. The Mulligan people are hoping he can win. But the key here is whether the wretched excuse for a Republican party in The Lac will get the turnout for the Scranton Attorney to prevail.


DEMOCRAT

THE SEXINESS OF UNSEXY BILL COURTRIGHT
Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright (Photo: Times Tribune)
If you walk into a room and expect a Mayor of Scranton to blast through as other past Chief Executives of the Electric City have done, you’d be hard pressed looking for Bill Courtright. He has the demeanor and the look of an efficient book keeper or pilot. My feeling is that when Courtwright won in 2013, the city was looking for a little less drama. And it seems they got it.
In four years without fanfare, here’s what happened:
•Rescued the city from impending bankruptcy. With only 90 days standing between the City and financial insolvency as predicted by internationally regarded Moody’s, Mayor Courtright secured the expertise and solutions to exiting from Act 47…the distressed city label that has loomed over Scranton for almost 30 years.
•Provided residents with the biggest street paving program in the city’s history
•Completely overhauled the city’s street lighting system…modernizing lighting and enhancing citizen’s safety while, at the same time, saving $400,000 per year in electricity costs.
•The sale of the Sewer Authority to PA American Water has helped lead the city to financial solvency and toward Federal compliance. The sale netted Scranton $83 million dollars AND saved the city another $140 million by taking tax payers off the hook by not having to pay for EPA mandated upgrades (instead of massive rate hikes to keep up with federal mandates the average Scranton resident will only see an increase of about $5.00 per month to meet federal standards).
•Carved away at the city’s debt by refinancing the city’s interest rate, removing the Scranton Parking Authority’s bond default albatross from the back of city taxpayers and restored the city’s bond rating and in the process earned a Moody’s “Credit Positive Rating”.
•Settled and paid an arbitration award of nearly $30 Million WITHOUT raising property taxes in 2017.
•Stabilized city pension funds and worked to have unionized employees double their contributions
It seems like after the glitter of a McNulty, the heroism of a Wentzel, the hail fellow well met, next door neighbor aura of Connors, the national exposure engendered by the aggressiveness of Doherty's Marketing, Scranton finally went for the quiet guy who decided to dive into the carry over issues that’s been bedeviling it for nearly 35 years.
The thinking is that maybe the city might not want to gamble on another dubious choice.
To be clear these accomplishments are not a guarantee of a re-election. Voters can be swayed by emotion. In my mind this will be closer than people think.
What I have seen from Courtight is how he put Scranton back on track. What I have not seen from Mulligan is how he can do better.