Thursday, August 16, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3857, August 16th, 2018


After 12 years, Eddie Day Pashinski wants to talk to voters in the 121st District. This is not unusual for many politicos. Paul Kanjorski and Lou Barletta had these phone in soirees all the time. Eddie, to my knowledge hasn’t had one of these in years. But I guess if you get a strong opponent, you do what you need to. It’s next Tuesday August 21st at 7pmn. Call Eddie up at 570 825 5934 and ask him where’s he’s been!

The White House last month accused the former official John Brennan of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service, and said their clearances gave “inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”  That''s why they pulled his security clearance along with others who hurt Diaper's little itty bitty feeling.
Politicized????? The Trump administration has done that since day 1. My Inauguration crowd is bigger than anyone’s!
Monetized? Diaper Dan has never put his business in a trust. He is even gloming money off of memorabilia.
Zero evidence? All Brennan and others did was call out Diaper Dan for his erratic behavior as a President and as a leader of the free world.
Sarah Sanders as usual could not answer a question on this matter with a straight answer.


How low do you have to go, how low do you have to be to insult a dying man? How low do you have to go, do you have to be to NOT name the person who was stalwart defender of the military through the years?
Trump’s refusal to mention John McCain’s name as he was bloviating about the new military spending bill for 28 minutes was shameful but predictable. His inability to mention the Senator’s name was nothing new. He snubbed Senator Bob Casey too. But this was a new low for a petulant coward who could never shine McCain’s shoes. When McCain’s time comes, no one should let Diaper Don near the ceremony.
He has not only dishonored a true American Patriot but also America.

This week the report on Sexual Abuse was released by the Attorney General’s office. This grand jury report outlines years of abuse. Sadly, there are names in it of people I went to school with, who taught me and preached to me.
It is an eye opening look into a very horrific chapter in the history of the church. Priests in the Roman Catholic Church are supposed to be the representatives, ordained by sacrament, ceremony and tradition as agents of Christ. Those priest failed us miserably. This should not end with this report. Special legislative action needs to be taken to lift the statutes of limitation on these crimes because I’m sure there are others who were affected.
That said, a faith tested becomes stronger.
There will be some who leave the church.
There will be some who haven’t been in church for years and use it as an excuse for their own lack of faith or laziness.
There will be some who will attack the guilty, as well they should.
There are others who will stay and help rebuild the credibility. I stand with the latter.
Here’s that link: It’s a tough one.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright  will present a Purple Heart to the family of the late Corporal David Boone, US Army, exactly 100 years after he was wounded in service to his country in World War I.
On August 18, 1918, Cpl. Boone was poisoned by mustard gas while serving in France. On the 100th anniversary of the day, August 18, 2018, Cpl. Boone will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Rep. Cartwright will present the long-awaited medal to Cpl. Boone’s surviving children -- a son, WWII veteran John Boone, and two daughters Mary and Gloria -- and their families. The Greater Pittston AMVETS Post 198 Color Guard will also participate.
“It is a distinct honor to present a Purple Heart to the family of this deserving WWI veteran,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Military Veterans and Military Families Caucuses. “This occasion is particularly special because it is 100 years to the day since he was wounded. It is a privilege to present the Boone family with this decoration, and I hope it will help his family remember the legacy of their father’s service to our great nation.”
One of the oldest military medals, the Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded while defending the nation during wartime or against any enemy of the United States.


U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Rural Development arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $36,146 Rural Business Development Grant to West End Pantry Inc.
The Rural Development investment will be used to purchase equipment that will assist in the collection and distribution of food for the West End Pantry. Equipment purchased will include pallet jacks, hand trucks, tables, and other equipment. The pantry serves communities in Monroe and Carbon Counties.
“Rural communities need a government on their side when it comes to folks making hard decisions, such as having to choose between medicine and groceries, or heating oil and groceries, said Rep. Cartwright a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I support maintaining these federal programs that help ease these difficult decision for the residents of Northeastern Pennsylvanians.”
USDA Rural Business Development Grants provide funding for targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

22nd Senatorial District candidate Frank Scavo. (Photo: Frank Scavo)
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA), a statewide grassroots education finance reform alliance, today announced its endorsement of Frank Scavo for Pennsylvania Senate District 22 in the November 6 general election.
In making its endorsement, the PCTA noted Mr. Scavo’s unequivocal support of Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, legislation that will abolish and equitably replace school property taxes and restructure a crumbling, antiquated education finance system.
David Baldinger, spokesperson for the PCTA, said: “For thirty years the homeowners of Pennsylvania have been deceived time and again by phony, unsound property tax relief schemes and false promises of property tax reform. Mr. Scavo has taken a definitive stance on this vital issue with his pledge to champion the passage of legislation supported by the PCTA Pennsylvania through total school property tax elimination. Unlike the District 22 incumbent who strenuously opposes the Property Tax Independence Act, who works against its passage, and who callously disregards the hardships of overtaxed homeowners, Mr. Scavo is firmlycommitted to the will of the people as expressed in Senate Bill 76, legislation that will forever Pennsylvania that is dedicated to equitable education funding reform through the principles and mechanism of the Property Tax Independence Act.


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From  left to right, Karel Zubris, Hall of Fame member, honoree Rob Neyhard, his wife Sandy and daughter Cayce Neyhard Voitek. (Photo: Karel Zubris) 
Throughout his years in radio, Rob Neyhard has spoken, met and hell even drank with Hall of Famers of all sports. But this past Sunday he became a Hall of Famer (or as they say in the memorabilia trade a HOFer) himself. This all occurred at the 34th Annual Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner where Rob received the  2018 Media Award! Well earned, well deserved.


Our good friend Doctor Joe Leonardi has been writing up a storm lately. Here’s a link to his information.“The-world-breaks-everyone



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.


David DeCosmo hosts ECTV Live during the week of August 20th with two special guests! Chris Dimattio and former Lackawanna County Commissioner Bob Pettinato will unveil plans for this year's La Festa in downtown Scranton. 

Pettinato, one of the founders of the annual Labor Day Weekend Italian Festival, has authored a book of his memories "At Our Own Pace." which he'll be on hand to sign at this year's event. Proceeds will, in honor of his late wife, will go to the Cancer Society.
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.


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!”



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North Korea's President Kim Il-sung made his first proposal for the reunification of his nation and South Korea under a "North–South Confederation" or "Confederal Republic of Koryo". The plan, proposed again in 1971, 1980 and 1991, envisioned both nations initially keeping their political systems, with a "Supreme National Committee" to guide cultural and economic development. Three generations later, the country is still trying.....
Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,333 m). He set records, which stood for 52 years, for highest altitude jump; longest free-fall by falling 16 miles (25.7 km) over a period of 4 minutes and 38 seconds before opening his parachute; and fastest speed by a human without motorized assistance (320 mph). On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner of Austria (using Kittinger as his adviser) would break all of Kittinger's records except for the longest duration for a free-fall, plunging 128,100 ft (39,045 m) in 4 minutes, 19 secondServing as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he achieved an aerial kill of a North Vietnamese MiG-21 jet fighter and was later shot down himself, spending 11 months as a prisoner of war in a North Vietnamese prison camp…..
The first successful running of a computer program written in COBOL was carried out on an RCA 501 computer. [COBOL, the "Common Business Oriented Language", was an improvement in the adaptation of the FLOW-MATIC computer language developed by Grace Hopper. Hopper to lead their department for automatic programming, and she led the release of some of the first compiled languages like FLOW-MATIC. In 1959, she participated in the CODASYL consortium, which consulted Hopper to guide them in creating a machine-independent programming language. This led to the COBOL language, which was inspired by her idea of a language being based on English words….
While campaigning for the presidency in Greensboro, North Carolina, Richard Nixon bumped his left knee on a car door. What seemed, at first, to be a minor injury, led to a painful infection and Nixon's hospitalization on August 29. Nixon was kept at Walter Reed Hospital for 11 days, until asking to be discharged early on September 9 after a poll showed that John F. Kennedy had taken a lead over him in voter preferences.

His injury, his nearly two week absence from the campaign trail, and his continued illness would be cited by historians as a factor in his defeat, from the loss of momentum after his nomination to his poor appearance in the first televised presidential debate….

in Pennsylvania Harrisburg Mayor Nolan Ziegler is mum on whether this will be his last term…in Lackawanna County plans are underway for multiple Labor Day celebrations coinciding with the 1960 election and fifty eight years ago the number one song in America and LuLac land was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3856, August 15th, 2018

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As most of my readers know, I do take submissions here for “Write On Wednesday”. This one came via a writer who pitched it to a newspaper but because of space limitations, they could not run it. The writer wanted the full piece to run because of what he thought was the integrity of the content. I agree. I still love newspapers but sometimes you can't beat the beauty of bandwidth.
He approached me and inquired whether Lulac would run this. Since it is political, historical and includes a critique on Luzerne County in the last election, I said yes.
Now this is the opinion of someone who does make clear comparisons to President Trump campaign and his followers to what happened in Germany in the 1930s and 40s. I don’t think we will end up in that dire situation because we have institutions that protect us. But sadly, those pillars of freedom are being tattered and torn by Trump and his minions. One only has to listen to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway to know that anything can be justified in the name of Trump.
If this continues, then perhaps the thoughts made by our guest writer might be more realistic than we care to think.
That said, we publish this piece not to inflame but to inform. There are many (not all) Trump supporters unaware of the current issues and I fear more unaware of  world history. 
In my travels in doing this site, I have seen and heard many people who celebrate Democracy (as well they and we should) but have no clue what we fought for, who we fought against or what to recognize when the danger signs start to occur.
That’s why for today’s Write On Wednesday we present this thought provoking piece.


By Bob Quarteroni
How does a nation go mad? How do ordinary, everyday people transform into soulless drones willing to follow the devil into hell?
Specifically, how did the German nation sell its soul to follow perhaps the most evil person who has ever lived into the bowels of depravity unmatched to this day, and hopefully, forever.
A slowly falling apart 70-year-old atheist and existentialist, this question has haunted me my entire life, since I think the only questions worth considering are the ultimate ones: Why are we here? Is there any meaning to all this? If it’s an indifferent universe, what do concepts like good or evil even mean?
In these ruminations, the German question has always loomed large, the purest example of what we generally call “evil” on display for the whole world to see or, in the case of the German people, not see.
How could good quiet people sit by and watch Hitler nearly destroy the world, without rising up and stopping him? Didn’t they know, couldn’t they see, didn’t they care?
Hitler came to power in a not especially unusual scenario: The 1929 Wall Street crash caused huge economic problems and social unrest for Germany. Hitler – a mesmeric public speaker and master of propaganda – capitalized on this unrest, along with the fear of communism, to secure votes.
By the 1932 election Hitler had the largest party in the Reichstag and was thus able to push for the position of Chancellor, which he was given in 1933. After this, he was able to force the Reichstag to pass the Enabling Act, meaning that he was able to govern without their approval.
And that was that. Starting with mere thuggery, he became increasingly evil until he nearly destroyed Western civilization, murdered six million Jews in the Holocaust and led to World War II being the deadliest military conflict in history, with more than 60 million people killed, about 3 percent of the 1940 world population.
All the while the German people were complacent. Hitler was expanding the Fatherland, factories were humming, stores were bulging with goods and if some of those undesirable people were being punished well, they probably deserved it, being so different and all.
The true, day-by-day banality of evil. As Hannah Arendt said, “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”
This weighs heavy on me right now, because I believe – truly believe – that the world is seeing the improbable rise of a demigod who may be the most serious danger to democracy – to Western Civilization – in my 70 years on earth: Donald Trump.
And yes, I’m drawing direct comparisons between Hitler and Trump, because they are cut from the same cloth: For their willingness to use the “big lie” to advance their purpose, for their demonization of peoples they consider inferior (Jews then, now all migrants, liberals, “fake news” journalists and “low IQ” black people – among others), for their total disregard for the truth.
Trump takes pages from the Hitler playbook, using lies and distortions as red meat to his increasingly rabid followers, playing fast and loose with the law, showing scant respect for the underpinning of our democratic form of government and increasingly urging his followers to only follow laws and behaviors that he gives his imprimatur to and the hell with the rest.
It’s not just me making these comparisons.
A Nazi party expert said there are similarities between the two men.
Both "bluffed" their way into power, confounding an establishment that did not know what to do but normalize them, according to Hitler biographer Ron Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum said he shied away from the comparisons before the election for fear of trivializing genocide, but all that changed after the election.
“Now Trump and his minions are in the driver’s seat, attempting to pose as respectable participants in American politics, when their views come out of a playbook written in German,” Rosenbaum told the Independent last year. “The playbook is Mein Kampf.”
Which brings me to my county, Luzerne, which is so in love with Trump that an upcoming book by Ben Bradlee Jr. is called “The Forgotten: How the Abandoned People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.”
“Bradlee said while millions of Americans greeted Trump’s election with shock and confusion, for millions of others he offered solutions to problems that had worried them for decades — problems like under-employment, illegal immigration, globalization, excessive government regulations, and the demise of traditional manufacturing jobs,” according to an article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.
So is this how the slippery slope begins: An appeal to pocket book issues, to getting the trains to run on time, to punishing “those” people for taking “our” jobs and building fences, real and societal, to keep out those pesky migrants and outsiders who don’t fit in and keep to Luzerne County as white, insular and parochial as it’s been as long as possible (83.1 percent of Luzerne County residents are white, 10.7 percent Hispanic and 3.6 percent Black).
A perfect storm: Take a population seeking fall guys for its crummy employment picture, stagnant wages, fear of Hispanics flooding into Hazleton and the closing of factories and let someone like Trump appeal to their basest instincts, to any viciousness in their hearts, truth be damned.
The good burghers of the country lapped up Trumpism so well that 78.688 of them voted for Trump and only 52,451 for Clinton, this after giving Obama a five-point win in the previous election.
Like good Germans, these good people overlooked Trump’s lies, his meanness, his disdain for the law, his routine disparagement of all types, shapes, colors and persuasions of people, his savaging of the democratic system, his piece-by-piece dismantling of everything from NATO to nuclear arms agreements, to overlooking his lapdog approach to another venal dictator, Putin
Why, because he was one of them, not some pointy-headed Washington type. He understood how much they – well, hated – some things that were going on – all those Hispanics flooding into the southern part of the county, and all the immigrants working for Amazon, the county’s biggest employer, and all those damn governmental rules and hell, even Social Security has stopped going up.
It’s a complex world but not for Trump and his followers. Everything is blindingly clear. We are right and they are wrong. We tell the truth, they are fake news, we are the real Americans, they are the ones who allow us to be cheated in trade wars, we want to build a wall, they want to allow illegals in and then give them welfare and driver’s licenses.
So enthralled with Trump, the blinders were on, so they could conveniently forget about kids in cages, separated families, the tsunami of lies, the goading and the incitement to “lock ‘em up.”
And there’s no buyer’s remorse. His fans packed Wilkes-Barre Township’s Casey Arena for a rally a couple of weeks ago and Trump pumped out his babble of lies and distortions and half-truths and the crowd lapped them up.
They’re all smiles now, but one day they may open their eyes and find it’s too late to stop a madman from fulfilling what he sees as his mission, whether it’s a brutal solution to the migration problem or a walled-off fortress America or shredding of so many laws, rules and regulations that the wheels start coming off the country. And they’d only have themselves to blame.
Is this silly, going too far to compare the legally elected president to the worst madman in history. Perhaps. Perhaps not. The future is writ in water.
Henry Siegman, who had to flee Nazi Germany with his family in 1942, doesn’t think so.
“To those who say that comparisons of Trump’s presidency to Nazi Germany are hyperbolic, I say try telling that to the mothers whose infants have been torn from their arms,” he wrote in the Nation. “A president responsible for such an atrocity exposes a level of cruelty that has no limits. None. Trump has already told us that for him there is little difference between the neo¬-Nazis in Charlottesville and the Americans who took to the streets to condemn their bigotry.
“What is frightening about today’s America is how much the pass that Germans were willing to give Hitler mirrors the pass the Republican Party and too many Americans have been willing to give Trump. As Timothy Egan asked in his New York Times column, ‘when the Trump toxins have gotten deep into the national bloodstream,’ how much will the evil Trump might yet do be seen as acceptable?”
Bob Dylan wrote, “it ain’t dark yet but it’s getting there.”
If Luzerne County is an indicator of the future, we’ve already gotten there.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Quarteroni, a prolific freelance writer with articles appearing in the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday Evening Post and many other publications, is a former columnist and editor at the Centre (cq) Daily Times in State College, Pa. He was director of Public Information at Montclair State and Alfred universities and Senior Writer in Information Services at the University of Florida.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3855, August 13th, 2018


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EDITOR'S NOTE: Our mail box was flooded with questions about the Trump visit earlier this month. We combined them and moved the other questions to September.

1. Did you attend the Trump event earlier this month?

No. I pretty much wouldn’t walk across the street to see him. Even if he was in cuffs which may happen.

2. What was the best part of the speech for you?

Uh when it ended. Also this was brought to my attention, when he was referring to Dave Urban, the guy who ran statewide media for him in 2016, he kept on saying, "Dave, you were  good on TV." That might make a good promo for me and Doctor Sosar on WBRE.

3. Do you think he gave Lou Barletta short shrift?

No. Trump gave Lou a decent chunk of time to state his case. I think Lou rushed and didn’t have to. Trump was in Lou’s backyard and even a rude slob like Trump wouldn’t have the temerity to shut the Senate candidate down. Lou’s problem is that he will have to answer for his enthusiasm in the General for the great leader.

4. Were you surprised at the crowd?

Nope. It’s show, history, jingoism, feel good therapy for the disconnected. It’s interesting to me that many out of towners stopped by to attend the event. The overflow of people who couldn’t get in was fascinating to me too.

5. Do you think it is appropriate to have vendors at the event?

Sure and its encouraging too. I mean say what you want about Trump, he is the President. Having a momento of the affair is a pretty nice thing. I still have my stuff from Pope Benedict's visit to Yankee Stadium in 2008.

6. Your appearance on Pa Live was prescient when you called the speech out as being Trump’s greatest hits. Do you think he was watching?

Yeah right along with Geena Davis as they held hands and said, “Damn we love that Yonki boy!”

7. Who are those people standing behind him and why do they do that?

They are people who get VIP Tickets from the Pennsylvania GOP. It’s almost like a job. Sue Henry candidate for State Representative in the 121st was there along with Kathleen Smith. GOP County GOP Chair Ron Ferrance was there too and got more TV time than Wolf Blitzer and Sean Hannity that night! It is grueling and a commitment. You have to get there hours before, plant yourself and in some cases have sharp elbows.

8. Sleeping Bob. True or not?

Nope. Casey is going to clean Lou up in the debates. But it’s indicative of Trump to call names. That’s what immature thug bullies do.

9. Did Trump’s visit help or hurt Lou?

Hurt. Here’s why. Luzerne County will go for Barletta. The ingrates on SS and Medicare and in many cases on Medicaid who got that stuff from Democratic policies will vote for him but they already got theirs. The party is somewhat strong too in the County. 
But Lou needs help across the state and is low on money. This was an ego trip for an embattled President. It will not do much for Lou statewide but he’ll have some nice video to show his grand kids.

10. Did you hear the rumor that Sue Henry was supposed to get a shout but that you prevented that from happening because of your anti Trump blog?

A rumor is when more than two people talk about it. So I think it’s amusing that a few people think I have that much juice.
Henry as a candidate is lower on the food chain than Senator Baker. I guess according to the people telling you this stuff, I prohibited Baker from getting a shout too! Crazy.

11. Best local TV coverage?

All the locals did a good job. I thought Andy Mehalshcik’s behind the scenes story was exceptional.

12. Was Bob Bolus way out of line for his complaint about the Arena and Secret Service?

Absolutely. He got his itty bitty feelings hurt because the Secret Service and The Arena aren’t impressed with his trucks as much as he is. Bolus does wonderful charitable things but in this matter he was way off base.
The Secret Service is the final judge on this. The safety of the President is a top concern and his complaint is baseless and selfish.

13. Did Luzerne County make news for a good or bad reason?

The good reason is there were no fights, people for the most part acted appropriately.
The bad part was chanting “CNN sucks”. That was only covered and made us look bad because Diaper Don took off on the media calling them fake, enemy of the people, the usual shit he slings.It happened here and we were part of it. As late as Sunday, the networks were replaying clips from Wilkes Barre.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3854, August 12th, 2018


So the statewide Republican party has a huge set of balls attacking Senator Bob Casey on his health care stance! READ THIS and tell me how out of whack these people are.
Pennsylvania Republicans and health care professionals Friday expressed concern over U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s healthcare record, arguing his support for Medicaid expansion and Obamacare is a slippery slope toward socialized medicine.
Just who are the health care professional saying this? GOP Republicans? This is the same old song the REPUBLICAN party has been singing since FDR signed the Social Security Act and LBJ introduced Medicare and Medicaid! It is untrue and tiresome.
“Bob Casey’s record on healthcare and his silence on the increasingly socialist movement of his Party’s stance on the issue should give Pennsylvanians pause as they consider who to vote for in November,” said Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio.
Hey Val, if you ever landed in a truly socialist country, you’d be squirming and whining like a little puppy. Why is it that anything that helps the rich is entrepreneurial and anything that helps people struggling is socialist.
"Bob Casey’s support of Medicaid expansion and Obamacare—which has seen Pennsylvania premiums increase by 120 ercent—show he is comfortable with joining the leftward tilt of his Party toward supporting policies like single-payer healthcare or Medicare for all.
No Val it’s the insurance companies that raise the premiums not Obamacare. They make the rules. Sometimes as they’re going along. Single payer Val? You guys cry “deficit, deficit, deficit” when health care for all is mentioned, I mean the stuff that saves lives but when you let your rich friends feed at the trough again with Trump tax cuts to the rich, “oh it’ll pay for itself”.
God forbid we expand Medicaid to help the disabled or those truly in need. You have poisoned the minds with your lies. I know a few people on Medicaid who support your party. Why would they bite the hand that feed them? They have no stake in your tax cuts because they barely getting by! But if you lie long and hard enough, gullible ingrates will follow. But this year your LIES will not work!
This is an answer to your misrepresentation of Casey on health care.
Here’s the real story on Bob Casey’s record on health care. It’s about people in need, real people, not those corporate buddies of yours getting fat and happy on the lives of people dying from inadequate health care in this country.
Here’s are links from The Times Leader and The Citizen's Voice.


While Lou Barletta was bussing it across the state with his pooch,  and endorsing the Trump agenda in all of its ugliness to middle class working Pennsylvanians, Senator Bob Casey stopped by the River Grille on Friday afternoon. Here are a few photos taken by our friend Gort 42 who was at the event. I would have attended but my new promotion at work kind of prohibited that.

Senator Bob Casey speaking to the crowd Friday. 
Wilkes Barre City Administrator Ted Wampole and Rick Gazenski discuss the issues with the Senator. Gazinski is the new Democratic Chair of the 121st, the old 6th District. 
Wendy Cominsky and Polly Delaney, the driving forces in the Democratic Women organization.  Delaney worked for years to get the group's charter. 
David Barber, Attorney Guerline L. Laurore, and Dr.Andrew Wilczak of the Executive committee of the Wilkes Barre Chapter of the NAACP.  
Wendy Cominsky, Plains Twp. Commissioner Tom Shubilla, Bill Brown and Omeed Fioruzi.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The LuLac Edition #3853, August 11th, 2018



Omarosa and Donald in happier times. (Photo: AP)
Omarosa Manigault-Newman makes no bones about the fact that she thinks Donald Trump’s mental health is declining. In a forthcoming tell-all about her White House days, reportedly questions President Trump's mental state.
The book, "Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House," is set to hit the shelves later this month. In an excerpt obtained by, she cites her former boss' interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt last year as a moment when she presumed "something wasn't right."
“While watching the interview I realized something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain,” Omarosa reportedly writes. “His mental decline could not be denied. ... Many didn’t notice it as keenly as I did because I knew him way back when. They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff. But I knew something wasn’t right.”
Omarosa, who resigned in December 2017 as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, first met Trump in 2004 as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” At the White House, Omarosa reportedly had a tense relationship with Chief of Staff John Kelly, who cracked down on her Oval Office access among other things.
In a way I feel sorry for Trump. He has no true friends or allies. His friends are all transactional and loyal to him when he demands it or is in such a position to do so.
JFK had Dave Powers, LBJ had Abe Fortis and Richard Russell, Nixon had Bebe Robozo, Reagan had Nancy andClinton had his friends of Bill.
But there is no one Trump can rely on to take care of HIM.
On his TV show Omorosa portrayed a back stabbing snake. Apparently she wasn’t acting.(Dailymail, NBC, LuLac)

Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Senator Bob Casey was in suburban Pittsburgh Wednesday to advocate for protecting health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Casey was joined by health care providers and patients with pre-existing conditions at the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Brentwood, Pa.
It's estimated that more than five million Pennsylvanians live with a pre-existing condition, which can range from asthma to pregnancy to cancer.
Allegheny County Health Director Karen Hacker said the county's insurance enrollment went up by about 100,000 after the Affordable Care Act was passed.
"As a result of that, we are seeing more people who are able to get care, we're seeing more people who are appropriately using the medical system, getting preventative care and things like that," Hacker said. "And with the moves that are going on in Washington, those are all potentially going to unravel."
Amy Houtrow, the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at UMPC's Children's Hospital, said she exclusively takes care of patients with pre-existing conditions at her clinical practice. She said about 20 percent of children in the United States have special health care needs, and about 8 percent have a disability that impacts their daily lives.
"Having good insurance means having good access to health care," Houtrow said. "When you have good access to health care, your opportunities are much better."
An ongoing court case led by 20 Attorneys General, Texas v. United States, argues the Affordable Care Act's protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. Casey said this is unacceptable. (Casey campaign-LuLac) 


Much is being made about the results in key primiaries the other night in places like Michigan, Ohio, and Kansas. The Democrats are saying we are doing better than ever. Well yeah the margins are getting thinner, sometimes razor thin but you have to get a win before you do anything chest thumping. As we speak, Ohio is still in play. But a win is a win. And as of today, the Dem is about 1200 votes behind. 
Sports blogger Joe Posanski researched 1-0 games for a time. He I compiled a list of the 1,069 games that pitchers have won 1-0, and the 759 games that a pitcher has lost 1-0. Bottom line is the loser, although coming with a run of tying and 2 runs of winning, coming close: LOST!
The Dems need to put more wins up  like Connor Lamb on the board.


The Barletta cam[paign came up with a red herring on Bob Casey and Sanctuary cities. Hey Lou, when will you stand up for the children pulled out of the arms of their mother at the border?


Congressman Lou Barletta issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
“I applaud President Trump for re-imposing tough economic sanctions on Iran. The Obama Administration’s disastrous Iran Deal, which I have always opposed, was a failure that did nothing to weaken Iran’s murderous dictatorship or make the world a safer place. As the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, we cannot allow the Iranian regime to continue to fund violent extremism around the world while imposing oppression and violent behavior against their own people.”
This is an issue that is easy to demogoge because of the money (Iran’ money held back through sanctions) to the country. But in reality As a result of withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in early May, the Trump administration will begin enforcing new sanctions late this year on most companies and countries that do business with Iran and its $50 billion in annual exports, two-thirds of which are for oil. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined in a speech last month that "these will be the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are done."
China, India, South Korea, Japan and France have become the largest investors in Iranian goods since 2015, according to the latest figures compiled by The Observatory of Economic Complexity, when the agreement brokered by the Obama administration limiting Iran's nuclear program opened up its markets. Now the Trump White House expects countries doing business with Iran, particularly its oil sector – not just China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union, who signed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 – to adhere to the new U.S. demands.
If you think after trashing NATO and other countries they will listen to us, Barletta and his buddy Donnie have another thing coming.


Our good friend Doctor Joe Leonardi has been writing up a storm lately. Here’s a link to his information.“The-world-breaks-everyone




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The government of Laos was overthrown in a coup led by Captain Kong Le, and supported by rebellious units within the Laotian Army. Prime Minister Samsonith was in Luang Prabang, making preparations for the funeral of the late King of Laos, when the army units struck in Vientiane. Former Premier Souvanna Phouma formed a new cabinet on August 15, and civil war was averted after the new King asked, on August 29, that a new ministry be created, and to include members of the old regime. The legislature approved the new ministry on August 31…. The Canadian Bill of Rights became effective. is a federal statute and bill of rights enacted by Parliament of Canada on August 10, 1960. It provides Canadians with certain quasi-constitutional[3] rights at Canadian federal law in relation to other federal statutes. It was the earliest expression of human rights law at the federal level in Canada, though an Implied Bill of Rights had already been recognized in the Canadian Common Law.  
The Canadian Bill of Rights remains in effect but is widely acknowledged to be limited in its effectiveness because it is federal statute only, and so not directly applicable to provincial law........
U.S. Navy frogmen successfully recovered the satellite Discoverer 13, marking the first retrieval of a satellite after twelve previous attempts had failed. Although …plans Echo 1, the first communications satellite, was successfully launched by NASA. Weighing 137 pounds, Echo was a 100-foot-diameter (30 m) Mylar balloon, inflated after it reached orbit when the Sun's heat converted powders inside the balloon into gas. A pre-recorded message from U.S. President Eisenhower was transmitted from Goldstone, California, bounced off of Echo, and received at a station in Holmdel, New Jersey. 
The largest satellite launched up to that time, Echo was big enough that it could be seen from the Earth as it orbited at an average altitude of 1,000 miles to make the first mid-air capture failed, the recovery opened the era of the spy satellite…..
Mayor Richardson Dilworh says he is unconcerned to have perennial candidate for President Harold Stassen as a possible opponent again…in Scranton Mayor Hanlon says he may run again in 1961 and fifty eight years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “I’m Sorry” by Brenda Lee.