Sunday, July 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3833, July 15, 2018

PROPERTY TAX REFORM CANDIDATES RUNNING HARD
People at Frank Scavo event (Photo: Scavo campaign)
While Property Owners enjoy the summer and work in their yards along with enjoying their homes, candidates who are dedicated to making sure those very people stay in those domiciles. Frank Scavo was hitting the pavement yesterday in his bid to unseat long time political lackey John Blake. The response was very good to his message. The Scavo campaign is in full gear going after those voters who might make a difference in the fall in heavily Democratic Lackawanna County. 

Meanwhile in Luzerne County 121st District candidate for State Representative against Eddie Day Pashinski has been front and center at numerous community events. Henry will be having her first campaign event next Monday night.


 WAGNER SPEAKS AT THE PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN LEGION’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE; WOLF SKIPS EVENT FOR SPEECH TO DONORS
WAGNER-BARTOS ANNOUNCE VETERANS COALITION
Scott Wagner (Photo: LuLac archives)
2018 Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner today addressed members of the Pennsylvania American Legion at their 1ooth Anniversary Convention. Governor Wolf declined to attend the event, instead sending a video, so he could speak to the American Federation For Teachers in Pittsburgh.
Following his remarks, Wagner and his running mate Jeff Bartos announced their Veteran’s Leadership Committee. The coalition is comprised of men and women from across the Commonwealth who served our country in various branches of the military. The Veteran’s Leadership Committee had endorsed the candidacies of Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos and will work with the campaign’s Veterans Coalition to ensure they are elected in November.
“Our Veterans deserve a governor who’s door is always open and who will fight for them, and that’s exactly what my administration will do,” said Scott Wagner. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of veterans from across the Commonwealth. We have assembled an experienced Leadership Committee that is ready to help me tackle important issues related specifically to veterans such as employment and training, healthcare and mental health.”
“With real leadership from the Governor’s office, Pennsylvania could realize its untapped potential and improve the lives of our citizens. Scott Wagner has the vision and determination to lead our Commonwealth towards the future. He has my full support,” said Co-Chair Congressman Scott Perry.
“Scott Wagner’s work ethic is unmatched, he is exactly who veterans want in their corner fighting for them,” added Co-Chair Guy Reschenthaler. “I’m proud to stand with my friend and our next governor, Scott Wagner, and I encourage veterans across our state to join me in supporting Scott.


MEANWHILE, WOLF BUYS FETTERMAN A TIE

Doing a take off a segment of the  “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” show. Governor Wolf meats John Fetterman about the possibility that the current Mayor of Braddock might be presiding over the Senate as Lt. Governor. Take a look.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3832, July 13th, 2018

13 QUESTIONS

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1. As the All Star game approaches, what is your best memory as a fan?

I have two.  Johnny Callison’s shot during the ’64 All Star Game against Dick Radatz of The Red Sox. I was 10 and a Phillie die hard. Callison later told me that if the Phils had won in that fateful year, he fully expected to be the NL MVP of the year. 


His thinking was that winning the All Star game and the pennant would give him a good shot. The other memory is more recent. 10 years ago this Sunday I was lying in a hospital room at General recuperating from colon cancer surgery. My room mate Tony and I were watching the 2008 All Star game that went on until 3am. Tony said “We must be the only two guys awake in Wilkes Barrie watching this!". 


Our nemesis though was Dan Uggla who had ample opportunities to win the game but his out always led to at least 4 extra innings. The game was deemed a tire.

2. As a child of the 60s, what was the local band you followed as a kid?

Being a student at St. John’s the Evangelist in Pittston we saw the cream of the crop at those St. John’s dances on William Street. The 8th Street Bridge, The Buoys, Etc., my favorite though was Mel Wynn and the Rhythm Aces.

3. What are your thoughts on Lou Barletta’s chances?

I still think he will lose. The Democratic base will be out or should be out in full force. He and Trump won Luzerne County but Pennsylvania is not Luzerne County. He will beat Bob Casey over the head with Abortion (even though Casey is Pro Life) as well as his opposition to the Supreme Court nominees. But at this point he is underfunded and given the current track of the President, Trump will hurt him in most areas of the state rather than help him.

4. Do you think the President will face a primary challenge in 2020 and how will that affect the race?

I certainly hope so. What’s left of the sane Republican party has to take a stand against the fiction and hate being spewed by Trump and his lemmings.

5. Matt Cartwright vs. John Chrin. At mid summer, thoughts on both campaigns?

Still quiet.  Chrin is making a very big effort though. Cartwright is making the rounds but I see no fireworks as of yet in this crucial race. One thing is for sure, it will get national attention.

6. Who will be more energized among both bases of the two parties in 2018?

It’s sad when we have to try to get people energized to vote. But the outcome of the Supreme Court nominee fight will play a major role. The losing side will be out in full force to either make the Democrats pay for opposing it or getting Republicans revved up to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


7. Why is it that Yankees Old Timers games seem to be more popular than others?

Well the reason for the Yankees success is that they have been doing this for several decades. Plus they have the star power and the championships. Other franchises have done the same thing at a lesser level but never were consistent in their efforts.

8. Summertime is here in earnest. What was your favorite Ice Cream growing up as a kid and what is your favorite now?

When I was growing up, Charlie's Ice Cream based out of West Pittston had these fantastic raspberry and orange cream sickles. Through the years I enjoyed Baskin & Robbins Pralines and Cream. Since it is tough to get a cone at Curly Cream in Plains anytime of the day, my new go to treat are those Outshine Bars. Love the Grape and the Lime!


I also stumbled upon a great Ice Cream sandwich called Fat Boys. 


But cold treats in my estimation are year round. Mrs. LuLac remembers with fondness her trip to Russia in the winter time where ice cream was sold on the street corners. So I keep a supply of Outshine all year round.

9. On an average how many of the 13 Questions do you get a month?

About 20 real questions. Sometimes I get 40 but twenty of those are like, “Why don’t you die?” “Why are you such a jerk?” “What the f*** do you know?” and variations of that sort.

10. Are you surprised at how well the Phillies are doing this year?

Yes, given their start.

11. Many residents in the city of Wilkes Barre were upset by the new fireworks ordinance, were you?

Not really. I’m a live and let live type of guy. Once you live in a neighborhood with puking college students, the fireworks are an acquired pleasure.

12. Are you a Joey Chestnut fan?
You bet. Here he is with my buddy Alex Milanes. Love Joey and the way he downs the dogs every Fourth of July.

13. There hasn’t been much noise and news about Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright. Laying low or doing a good job?

Courtight has his head down and is making things work in Scranton. No scandals, buffoonery or anything else. He seems to be a quiet leader into maintenance of the city and not drama.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The LuLac Editrion #3831, July 12th, 2018

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SENATE SUPPORTS NATO: REBUKES TRUMP 97-2
THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPPORT FOR NATO!

(IS THAT WINNING?)
Standing alone in his foolish take on NATO (Photo: CNN)
Lawmakers this week overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe. Does Trump even realize that American soldiers died on the battlefields of Europe to protect the world from bad actors? Does he realize that NATO came to the aid of the U.S. after 911? Does he realize that NATO helped in rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina? Does the blood of thousands of NATO combatants who died in our fights mean anything?
The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.
NATO was formed after World War II to act as a block of nations that sent a message to the Soviet Union that Eureope along with the United States would stand together against attack. The alliance is based on the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. NATO constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defenses in response to an attack by any external party.
The Senate seems to believe that those defenses are part of what we have always believed. The President does not kissing the ass of Vladmir Putin. By the way, the lie Trump tells about military spending is just that. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total.
But the old white men whose grandfathers and in some cases grandmothers fought in Europe seem to side with a guy who really thinks we are getting screwed by NATO. Well he has screwed so many people in every manner shape and form, it is easy to see why his feeble mind can’t grasp the truth. 
Trump ended the summit in his own little reality world, saying it was a huge success and that it was because of his pressure that NATO nations were going to increase defense spending.  Well the commitment to do so was made BEFORE he even took office (by (2024)  and Trump's claim that payments would be accelerated because of him was debunked by the President of France. Meanwhile, Trump signed a communique saying the annexation of Crimea was not a good thing along with the other NATO members. It is diplomacy by confusion and seat of the pants planning that is just not good for America and the world. Leaders will ask, "When and what can we believe?"
I'm sure NATO leaders had in their minds an announcement over a loud speaker that said, "The bull in the China Shop has left the building!" 



BRETT KAVANAUGH NOMINATED TO U. S. SUPREME COURT
NOMINATION ENDANGERS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS OF PENNSYLVANIANS

This week,  Antoinette Kraus, the director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) released the following statement in response to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court by President Trump:
“President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, an extremist justice with a long record of attacking the Affordable Care Act, puts the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid at great risk. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, over 700,000 Pennsylvanians have The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time.[24]
The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State
The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time.[24]
The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State
gained coverage through Medicaid expansion, millions more have benefited from pre-existing condition protections, and the number of uninsured is now below 6 percent, the state's lowest rate ever.
With the Supreme Court poised to consider the constitutionality of pre-existing condition protections, the Affordable Care Act as a whole, and harmful work requirements for families and individuals who rely on Medicaid, this nomination puts the health of millions of Pennsylvanians on the line.
PHAN calls on Senators Toomey and Casey to fight to protect Pennsylvanians' healthcare by rejecting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.” (PHAN)

CASEY: OUR TRADE POLICIES SHOULD PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST
Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
With Trade Wars taking center state this week, Senator Bob Casey weighed in on a sensible Trade Policy that would help small business and workers. His comments come on the heels that 53 Dairy Farm in Wisconsin have gone belly up since Trump became President. For too long, American trade policies have put Pennsylvania workers on an uneven playing field. Bob Casey has seen many formerly thriving towns that have been decimated when employers closed their doors, and he has worked to bringing good manufacturing jobs back to Pennsylvania.
Bob voted against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Finance Committee and agreed with pulling the United States out of the agreement because it put Pennsylvania workers at a disadvantage. He supports renegotiating NAFTA to create a level playing field for American workers.
During his time in the Senate, Bob has:
• Consistently fought against unfair trade deals that hurt Pennsylvania workers and has opposed every single one that has come up for a Senate vote.
• Fought Republican plans to give tax breaks to corporations that outsource American jobs as part of the 2017 tax bill.
• Pressed the Obama and Trump administrations for failing to address China’s unfair trade practices and was an original cosponsor of a bill to label China as a currency manipulator, which he helped pass in the Senate.
• Called on the Department of Defense to use American steel in armored vehicle production.
• Sponsored legislation to provide tax relief and job training to workers whose previous employers sent jobs overseas. (LuLac, Casey website)


CARTWRIGHT ANNOUNCES $205,233 IN DHS GRANT FOR POCONO MOUNTAIN REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc. with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services Inc. received a $205,233 Operations and Safety grant. The funds will allow the association to purchase battery-powered ambulance automated Power Lift Cots and Lift Systems. This type of equipment is necessary to protect the backs of first responders as they lift and transport patients safely into ambulances. Back injuries are a common cause for workplace injuries in the United States and are a particular problem in EMS. This purchase will better protect Pocono Mountain Regional EMS workers.“Our brave first responders make sacrifices every day to keep us safe,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a critical resource to the communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I will continue to support funding that ensures the safety of our men and women who put themselves in harm’s way and the residents they serve.”The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $7.1 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.


SCOTT WAGNER: “IF I AM SEEN AS AN OBSTRUCTIONIST BECAUSE I ASK QUESTIONS, I AM GOING TO ASK QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA DESERVE BETTER.”
 Candidate Scott Wagner (Photo:Lynette Villano)
During this week’s town hall meeting in Lackawanna County, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was asked whether or not he will be an obstructionist as governor. Wagner responded by pointing out that demanding answers to questions is not obstructionism and that Pennsylvanians deserve a leader who is not afraid to challenge the status quo.
QUESTION: "And if you are elected governor are you going to turn around and treat the rest of the people this way and be an obstructionist whenever you are the governor of Pennsylvania?"
SCOTT WAGNER: "Thank you for the question, and I would like to respond."
QUESTION: "Let’s be honest about this."
SCOTT WAGNER: "Oh, I am going to be real honest. When I went to Harrisburg I went for a couple of reasons. And in 2015 I was appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Transportation, Labor and Industry and I chaired Urban Affairs and Housing. I am a business guy, and there is a mistake out there and a myth that I am an obstructionist. If I as a senator do not have the right to question the waste of 300 million dollars over a five year period, and I ran campaign and I sit through 60-80 hours of appropriations hearings, I am not an idiot, I focus on the financials. We had a discussion in the appropriations hearing room, and it is all televised, and someone made a comment, now wait a minute, this funding was supposed to sunset and we were going to vote to give Labor and Industry another 60 million dollars. And so, the discussion started. And I hadn’t been in the Senate back then when all of this money had been appropriated, but over 300 million dollars, I am going to say it, was pissed away by Labor and Industry on a software system that doesn’t work and they still run on a cobalt system. I am sorry that your son got laid off. Governor Wolf actually had a plan in October, this went down in December, he had a plan, and we have documentation and I would be happy to show it to you, they had a plan to shut down several offices. They used this as a political event and what he did was he closed four offices in Republican districts. Governor Wolf is not a nice guy. I got elected to the Senate and by damn I am going to do my job and I am going to ask questions. There is so much money wasted in Harrisburg. He doesn’t have a problem giving 30 million dollars here and 30 million dollars there for new bike trails and new walking paths in Philadelphia, I’m sorry. So, I am getting little passionate. So if I am seen as an obstructionist because I ask questions, I am going to ask questions, because the people of Pennsylvania deserve better." (Wagner campaign)


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1960

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Rodger Woodward, a seven-year-old boy, became the first person known to survive an accidental plunge over Niagara Falls. Roger had been a passenger in a boat on the Niagara River, when the outboard motor failed. He fell 165 feet over the Falls, but sustained only minor bruises and a cut, and was released from a hospital two days later......Congo Crisis: The Belgian national airline Sabena began airlifting Belgian citizens out of the Congo. Over the next three weeks, 25,711 flew home. ...The nuclear submarine USS Thresher was launched. It would be lost in 1963. ......In Paris, the Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia in extra time on Viktor Ponedelnik's goal, to win the first UEFA European Football Championship, 2–1......The Havana Sugar Kings played their last game under that name, winning in Richmond and defeating the Virginians, 7-1. The next day, they played in Miami as the "Jersey City Jerseys", though still wearing their Sugar Kings uniforms...
Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird was first published. 

The Etch A Sketch was first manufactured. Licensed to Ohio Art Company by French inventor André Cassagnes, it quickly became one of the most popular toys of all time. The Color Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act went into effect, regulating artificial coloring of consumer goods sold in the United State..John F. Kennedy wins the Democratic Presidential nomination besting Lyndon Johnson the Senate Majority Leader.

The next day Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri is dropped as a potential John Kennedy nominee in favor of Lyndon Johnson……

Governor David Lawrence and Senator Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania say Kennedy’s region will not be a problem in the General Election. In Wilkes Barre Congressman Dan Flood tells the local news media he is extremely pleased Kennedy won the Democratic nod and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” by Connie Francis.




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3830, July 11th, 2018

WRITE ON WEDNESDAY

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This week our "Write On Wednesday" piece comes from Drs. Terry Madonna and Michael Young. Their topic is the non action of the Republican controlled State Legislature on guns. It is a fascinating read and we hope you enjoy it.

A PENNSYLVANIA PARADOX

America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year - from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation.
Why?
Clearly the answer is not lack of opportunity. Scores and scores of gun control measures are routinely introduced into the legislature to no avail.
Good old-fashioned interest group politics explains some of the legislature’s paralysis. Pennsylvania is rich with both sportsman and sportsman lobbies. The NRA alone is arguably the most powerful lobby in the state, making gun measures still the third rail of state politics.
This year, however, several gun control measures seemed ripe for passage. These were not the perennially divisive bills such as those that would limit the sale of automatic or semi-automatic weapons or seek to restrict hand gun ownership. Instead, they were the product of a broadly bi-partisan consensus that raised only modest controversy.
These bills included HB 273 which would allow people to voluntarily put themselves on a no-buy firearm list; and HB 2463 which would create a legal process to reinstate the right to buy firearms to those that temporarily lost that right through emergency involuntary commitment for mental health issues.
Among these bills, the one appearing most likely to pass (HB 2060) was designed to stop domestic abusers under PFA orders (Protection from Abuse) from having access to guns. Similar legislation earlier passed the state senate unanimously.
In the House, though, some objections were raised because of evidentiary and other due process issues. The belief that PFA orders sometimes were used as malicious strategy in divorce and child custody cases also raised concerns about the bill.
House sponsors of the bill ultimately crafted a compromise: If the PFA had included a voluntary consent agreement, the actual surrender of guns would be subject to the discretion of the court.
But final passage in the House was not to be. After a compromise amendment was approved overwhelmingly (29-6) by the Appropriations Committee, the House promptly left town for the summer.
This failure to adopt this and other non-controversial gun reform bills is blatantly contemptuous of views expressed repeatedly by Pennsylvania’s registered voters. Twice earlier this year the Franklin and Marshall College Poll questioned state voters’ about their views on gun control.
A substantial 72 percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters support additional gun regulations. Enhanced background checks draws strong support from 86 percent of state voters, while 61 percent strongly favor banning assault-style weapons, and a similar majority, 59 percent strongly favors increasing the minimum age to 21 to purchase a gun.
Hence this persistent Pennsylvania paradox: the vast majority of the state’s voters support what might be termed “common sense” gun control - yet the legislature fails to act on even the most non-controversial gun control measures.
True, sports hunting and target shooting remain vibrant in the state and gun lobbyists exercise enormous influence over the most mundane of gun control measures.
But lobby power at best is only a partial explanation for the Pennsylvania paradox. Equally important if not more important are the political party differences revealed by polling data. These party differences on gun control explain why in general more Republican lawmakers than Democrats oppose many gun regulations.
Gun ownership heads the list. Overall almost one of every three Pennsylvanian owns a gun (31%). But of the gun owners only one in five Democrats own them (20%) while almost half of Republicans do (46%). This “ownership gap” clearly leads to very different attitudes and opinions about gun control.
For example, on the important issue of passing additional laws to regulate gun ownership, huge differences exist between Democratic and Republican voters. More than eight of ten Democrats (86%) favor additional laws but only half of Republicans do (50%).
The differences between liberals and conservatives on this issue are stunning. More than nine of ten self-described liberals (93%) advocate more gun regulation while less than four of ten conservatives do (38%).
Other demographics show a similar skew. Some 84 percent of those with college degrees support more gun control while only 43 percent of those with high school educations or less do. Similar gaps exist for age as well in other key demographics.
The larger story here goes beyond lobby power or even stark demographic differences.
Pennsylvanian’s are polarized about gun control along party and ideological grounds – as indeed they are today along so many other issues ranging from health care to taxes to education to minimum wage to immigration … and on and on.
This polarization in the electorate helps explain the Pennsylvania paradox on guns as well as the almost total paralysis preventing the legislature from taking even simple measures on gun control. Pennsylvanian’s are deeply divided along party and ideological lines.
Once centrists and moderates bridged that gap and brokered the compromises that keeps democracy functioning. But today centrists in both parties have become the road kill of American politics. The Right deplores them; the Left ignores them.
But democracy doesn’t work without them.
And it isn’t.
Here's the link: https://mailchi.mp/fandm/the-pennsylvania-legislature-has-failed-to-pass-even-the-most-innocuous-gun-control-legislation?e=6ff4365d27

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3829, July 10th, 2018

WAGNER TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT IN THE LAC
Scott Wagner at Town Hall Meeting last night
Republican candidate for Governor Scott Wagner met with concerned citizens last night at Lackawanna College. In a packed room, Wagner articulated his plans for Pennsylvania. The big take away from the meeting was that Wagner, as Governor would work for Property Tax Reform and make it a top priority.
Here are scenes from last night’s event.
Photos by Lynnette Villano, the best State GOP Committeewoman Luzerne County ever had, with Wagner at the event.  

LOU BARLETTA APPLAUDS NOMINATION OF JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SUPREME COURT
Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Lou Barletta, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States:
“I applaud President Donald Trump for nominating Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is one of the nation’s most respected conservative legal minds and has a strong record of respecting the rule of law, as laid out by the Constitution. This process was transparent from the start, with the President releasing a list of potential nominees to be fully vetted by the American people. My friend, Pennsylvania’s own Judge Thomas Hardiman, was on that list and is another outstanding jurist who also would have made an excellent pick. Judge Kavanaugh is well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and the Senate should move to confirm him without delay. I fully support the President’s choice.” (Barletta office).


Monday, July 09, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3828, July 9th, 2018

WAGNER TO HOLD TOWN MEETING IN SCRANTON TONIGHT 


GOP candidate for Governor Scott Wagner will be at Lackawanna College tonight at 7pm. Admission is free and Wagner will meet with interested citizens as he crosses the state  in his effort to unseat Tom Wolf.

THANK YOU BISHOP BAMBERA
(Citizen's Voice)
It is astounding to me how many members of my faith as well as other Christian denominations who are Pro Life defend the separation of families seeking asylum at the borders. While it is important to protect the sanctity of human life, after a baby comes full term, one shouldn’t check their regard for human life at the first slap on a baby’s fanny.
The protection of children carries on to nutrition and protection from any harm. I was overjoyed to see Bishop Bambera of the Scranton Diocese say publicly that “asylum is a right to life issue”. I don’t have any expectations that the right wing zealots will stop using Pro Life as an issue to minimize the plight of the 2 year old children who are forced into court without representation, let alone their parents, to explain why they are in the United States.
But for those of us who take our religion seriously enough to go to church, not politicize it and do our best to live by the Golden Rule, it’s nice to have official word from The Bishop himself who saw things first hand at the border.



INFORMATION ON PENNSYLVANIA PROPERTY TAX FORUM AND SB 76
NEW DATE

Kings College September 27th Thursday 7 PM 2018 Wilkes Barre Pa. Sponsored by PTCC Members Luzerne, Lackawanna, Property Owners & NE. PA.


Moderator; Jim Rodkey PTCC

Speakers: David Baldinger PTCC Administrator

Ron Boltz President Liberty Alliance
Guest Speaker
Senator Scott Wagner CANDIDATE FOR PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR

Invited : Incumbents seeking reelection in November that are sponsors and supporters of HB/SB 76

Senator John Yudichak 114th district Luzerne, Carbon County

Senator Lisa Baker 20th district Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna , Wayne, Wyoming Counties

Representatives Tara Toohill 116th district Luzerne County

Rep. Karen Boback 117th district Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming Counties

Rep. Gerald Mullery 119th district Luzerne County

Rep. Aaron Kaufer 120th district Luzerne County

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich 114th district Lackawanna County

Rep Marty Flynn 113th district Lackawanna County

Rep. Jonathan Fritz 11 district Susquehanna ,Wayne Counties.

New Candidates

For Senate Frank Scavo 22nd district, Lackawanna, Monroe Counties

For Representative Sue Henry 121st district Luzerne County

For Representative Ernie Lemoncelli 112th district Lackawanna County

We are inviting you to attend and speak at the Pennsylvania Forum at Kings College Thursday Sept. 27 7 Pm. Burkes Auditorium corner of Union and River St Wilkes Barre Pa. This will be an opportune time to speak before the November election to the people of Luzerne, Lackawanna Counties as supporters of HB/SB 76 elimination of school property Taxes.
Charlie Urban, the coordinator would appreciate if you will attend this event to confirm that you will attend as I will publicizing this event . curban6@aol.com, Charles Urban 83 North Thomas Ave Kingston Pa 18704 #570-288-2972. Please reply ASAP Thank You Pres. Luzerne , Lackawanna Property Owners member of 86 PTCC groups in Pa.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3827, July 8th, 2018

MAYBE I’M AMAZED

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MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that as we entered our 243rd year as a country on Wednesday, we have become more divided and unshakeable in our beliefs. The public discourse and debate are not helped by the occupant in the White House who just loves to add fuel to any fire to preserve his base of die hard lemmings who will follow him anyway.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..but thrilled that the last few days the highs have been 96 to 99. I am not a cold weather person. However, I do feel for those who work outside.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED………that Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to America.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that GOP contender Scott Wagner actually thinks Tom Wolf is going to debate him come General Election time. The fact is Wolf will not because as an incumbent he has everything to lose. Also his lead over Wagner right now is quite commanding. So I think you’ll hear Wagner screaming and yelling but it will fall on many deaf ears except those in his own party.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED,…that in the Bahamas there is an uninhabited island there with just swimming pigs. It is called Pig Beach.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……..that for the first time in 80 years, residents of this region as well as the state could buy their own fireworks and set them off! It’s not bad enough that many around the 4th are drunk some of the time and careless most of the time. Giving them a free pass to set off their own fireworks will keep the ER rooms busy every Fourth.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..here we are staying in the pig mode again, that those animals were banned from traveling on Philadelphia city streets in 1710.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that people seem to be getting their hair on fire about Wilkes Barre being a distressed city. Hey maybe someone should ask the three non profits that are the biggest land owners in town, Commonwealth Health, Wilkes and King’s to kick in more. They utilize city services (especially the drunks from King’s) and should pay more. If you can buy a building as a non profit, you can afford a higher tax contribution.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..but not really, that our President who spouts hate against the Press and says every story that doesn’t jive with his version of reality has said NOTHING about the five shootings at that Maryland newspaper last week. It proves once more that money can’t buy class and grace.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..and really glad that Meghan McCain said she will never forgive President Donald Trump for his public attacks on her father, Sen. John McCain.  Meghan McCain, a co-host of The View, spoke on the President’s persistent attacks on her father at at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library in Texas where she was accepting an award on behalf of her father. If I were in that family when McCain's end comes, Trump would be barred from even setting foot near them. 
MAYBE I' M AMAZED…..that football bad boy Jamis Winston has gotten himself in trouble again. Winston once accused of rape but getting away with it because (well it’s Florida justice) was this time in hot water for an alleged groping of an Uber driver. Tampa Bay fans like him but not love him. He has been an okay QB and from what I have read patience with Winston is wearing thin.
MAYBE I'M AMAZED.......getting back to the shooting in Maryland, that Trump denied Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley's request to lower American flags to half staff in honor of the fatal shooting of five employees of The Capital Gazette newspaper last week. If you needed more proof that Trump doesn't respect or even like the press, it's this.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3826, July 5th, 2018

3 PHRASES YOU DON’T HEAR ANYMORE FROM THE RIGHT

"I WANT TO TAKE MY COUNTRY BACK!"

"WE’RE BECOMING A SOCIALIST NATION!"

"MY FREEDOMS ARE GOING AWAY"

Remember all of that? You haven’t heard those empty minded canards lately have you? It seems these were the rallying cries of the Conservative right wing and their minions just a few years ago.
But now there is no worry about taking their country back because there is a party in control that wants to cut out opportunity for the least among us. They are even trying to legislate a rollback of the voting rights act. I guess the key to taking the country back is bring it back to the late 1950s America when white was right and everything else was a less than.
While the definition of a socialist nation by the right seemed to be their dismay at having pennies of their taxes allocated for helping others in need (many of them working poor) it seems perfectly okay with this group to applaud President Trump’s and now the Republican Senators total embrace of Vladimir Putin’s Russia which is in fact worse than socialism. So I guess socialism is okay now with them.
When they said the freedoms were being taken away, I used to laugh and say that in no time in our history was anyone stopped at a state border and asked to show their papers. But yet now, people of color (Muslims who are even citizens) in some cases, are being stopped and asked for their paperers. Trump even wanted them to register in a data base.
The press has been vilified for reporting everything Trump has said and done. Yet there is an attack on this institution by the “loyalists” to Trump that everything the free press write is fake. So I guess it’s okay for some freedoms to be taken away as long as they are the right color and agree with options popular in the 40s.
You don’t hear those three phrases anymore because I guess this is what this group wanted all along. But their satisfaction and ease comes at the expense and detriment of more than 60% of people in this country.


GOP CONGRESSMAN SHUT HIS MOUTH ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE AND CONTINUES TO DO SO
Right wing Freedom Caucus Lawmaker James Jordan (Photo: Wind.com)
The right wing Congressman from Ohio, Jim Jordan who is part of The Freedom Caucus has certainly been running his catty little mouth recently. At the Congressional hearing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Jordan was in a petulant mode reminding me of a spurned pre teen not invited to a sleepover.
But Karma is a bitch and Jordan has now been accused of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse as an Ohio State wrestling coach
The university announced in April that it was investigating accusations that Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005,  abused team members when he was the team doctor from the mid-1970s to late 1990s.
Jordan, who was assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994, has repeatedly said he knew nothing of the abuse until former students began speaking out this spring, and continued to deny it on Tuesday. His denials, however, have been met with skepticism and anger from some former members of the wrestling team.
Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.
Former head coach Russ Hellickson, Jordan's mentor, said in a recent video — made by Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler — that Hellickson had told Strauss that he was being too "hands on” with students.
DiSabato, whose allegations against Strauss prompted Ohio State to open its investigation, called Jordan a “liar.”
“I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” DiSabato said. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”
DiSabato said he reached out to Jordan this year, before going to the university, to tell Jordan that he planned to go public with his allegations. Jordan told him to “please leave me out of it,” DiSabato said. “He asked me not to get him involved.”
Please leave me out of it. This is the Republican brand of morality. They scream about Democratic improprieties, but they divorce their wives when they are sick, support a habitual liar and woman abuser when he runs for President, deny women’s health care…they stand up for all of that…..but they fail to protect the most vulnerable among us.To be clear,  Jordan never abused anyone but credible people say he knew about it and did nothing. It is ironic that the guy who wants answers from his own FBI, his own party members, grilling them with the snark of  spoiled, uniformed brat, now "doesn't want to talk about it!"
Jim Jordan, GOP hypocrite and coward. Add another one to the list! Big mouth, little cowardly man. (aolnews, LuLac) 

BI PARTSIAN SENATE COMMITTEE SAYS RUSSIA INTERFERED IN ELECTION

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday backed up conclusions from U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of helping President Trump win, releasing an unclassified report which called the intelligence assessment solid.
“The Committee has spent the last 16 months reviewing the sources, trade craft and analytic work underpinning the Intelligence Community Assessment and sees no reason to dispute the conclusions,” said a statement from Sen. Richard M. Burr, a Republican from North Carolina who is the panel’s chairman.
Unlike the GOP House the bi partisan committee has its eye on the facts and history and is not carrying water for the Trump administration.
The report puts the panel at odds with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who issued their own report this year, and the President, who has continued to denigrate the intelligence agencies’ assessment. Just last week, Trump did so once again, on Twitter. But this is a Republican led committee calling their great leader out! The question is just how long the GOP House and Senate will start believing their own standing committees instead of defending Trump? (CNN, LuLac)


WILKES BARRE HOLDS PROTEST OVER CHILDREN BEING SEPARATED

A few numbskulls on Facebook this week said that the protests against family separation in American cities on June 30th were only in liberal big cities. Well if they got into their street clothes and got out of the house instead of sitting in their boxers in front of a keyboard they might have seen a gathering of concerned citizens in not only Wilkes Barre but also Scranton. 


Here are a few photos of the event taken by our friend Ben Hoon. 

NEW DATE FOR PROPERTY TAX FORUM AT KING’S COLLEGE 09/27/18

Our good friend Charlie Urban has told us there is a new date for the Property Tax Forum at King’s College. You can expect Property Tax reform advocates like State Senate candidate Frank Scavo running in the 22nd Senatorial District and Sue Henry running in the 121st to be there.


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In Canada, Status Indians were given the right to vote…A riot broke out during the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, after a crowd of about 3,000 people, mostly white, were angry about a lack of seating for the concerts. Order was not restored until three companies of the state National Guard were sent in…former U.S. President Harry S. Truman said at a news conference in Independence, Missouri, that Democratic Party front runner John F. Kennedy lacked the maturity to be President, and that Kennedy should decline the nomination. Kennedy responded two days later, saying "I have encountered and survived every kind of hazard and opposition, and I do not intend to withdraw my name now, on the eve of the convention."…..

For the first time, a 50-star flag of the United States was hoisted, raised at 12:01 a.m. (EDT), at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. At the time, there were only seven places in the United States where the national flag was permitted to be flown during hours of darkness.. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, announced that he would seek, and expected that he would receive, the presidential nomination at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Johnson asserted that front-runner John F. Kennedy had less than 600 of the required 701 delegates needed for a nomination, and that Johnson had at least 500. The only other candidate for the nomination was Senator Stuart Symington…….

in Pennsylvania both Governor Lawrence and Senator Clark say Johnson was a formidable candidate but his late entry would be a factor in him not succeeding…….and in the Wyoming Valley ceremonies are held at the Wyoming Monument celebrating Independence Day and 58 years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Bryan Hyland.


Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3825, July 4th, 2018

AMERICA @ 242

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

The Declaration of Independence


When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. 
 John Hancock 
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton 
(Text: ABC News, LuLac archives)