Friday, February 22, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,014, February 22nd, 2019





Thursday, February 21, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,013, February 21st, 2019


We tried to upload two videos from the previous edition but had technical difficulties. Here they are, an announcement from ABC's Paul Harvey about David DeCosmo's marriage and then the number one song in LuLac land in 1969.

The LuLac Edition #4,012, February 21st, 2019

DeCosmo  at the start of his storied career. 
 On the air doing one of thousands of stand ups with his video side kick the late Bob Dennis. 
Here he is in great form and better than ever on ECTV. 
(Photos: DeCosmo blogsite)

Long time broadcaster David DeCosmo is celebrating 6 decades in broadcasting this year. 60 years. He started hanging around radio station WAZL at he age of 15 and things in broadcasting have changed since then. Now most anyone can get sound from an IPhone but Davis first assignment was to tape a presentation by then Congressman Dan Flood. For those of us who remember the dulcet tones of Flood, it was almost impossible to keep up with the ebb and flow of his vocal levels but somehow DeCosmo brought back a finished product that could air. 
 Starting out as a teenager in Hazleton Area radio has led to Dave becoming  a veritable institution in this radio and TV market. For years he was the News Director of WILK in Wilkes Barre and a well known fixture in County government covering meetings and the like. During the 1972 flood DeCosmo helped found the Agnes Flood Radio network putting together a string of local radio stations that provided vital information at time of crisis. 
David was also the very first President of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Media Association. Those meetings, which I was a part of were seminars conducted by the broadcast and news print greats of NEPA.  DeCosmo also served twice as President of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
In 1973 he went on to WMJW and won many broadcasting awards there as News Director. DeCosmo later shifted to TV where he and the late Kevin Jortdan were the premier news duo for WYOU TV. DeCosmo stayed at the station covering a myriad of stories that bordered on the national corners of the news realm.
He was the last witness to testify at a Coroner's inquest regarding the Teddy Kennedy-Mary Jo Kopechne situation.  He has been an educator of students wanting to get in the media and his wealth of institutional knowledge is untouchable.
Not content to sit on the sidelines, DeCosmo still does a weekly TV show on ECTV which we promote weekly here on LuLac. 

David and his wife's wedding was announced on National Radio by none other than Paul Harvey on ABC when Harvey was detailing the number of marriages that stood the test of time. Dave ad his wife Leona were barely newlyweds when Harvey bestowed  that honor. Plus I'm sure Harvey is smiling somewhere knowing that the "two kids" he mentioned years ago are still together and thriving.
For me, he has been a mentor, friend, confidante and supporter of every endeavor I have undertaken. He was the best damn softball pitcher my softball team, The Lady Killers ever had. 

On 60 years of excellence and dedication, we salute David DeCosmo and hope you will too.


This year the Luzerne County GOP will be holding its Lincoln Day diner. After the big win by Donald Trump in the County, the GOP stopped having it. Chairman Justin Behrens announced the event will be on Saturday March 2nd at 9am at Genetti’s.


The Luzerne County Council chose another teacher, that makes 8 to fill the vacanvcy of Edd Brominski who retired earlier this year. This was no big surprise because as early as the initial interviews, it was going to be Joe Bilbow all the way. The other applicants, all Democrats as required: Dominic Butchko, Gene Camoni, Martin Dartoe, Hal Gabriel, Michael Giamber, James Kennedy, Lois Komensky, Bonnie Markowski and Michael McGlynn
never really stood any chance.
Bilbow has 25 years of experience in public education, including 13 in administrative functions.
He has said he wants to work with the 10 council members to come up with the best solutions for citizens. As a principal, he said he is accustomed to making decisions and resolving problems.
He applied largely because he saw it as an opportunity to get involved instead of sitting back and complaining about and critiquing council’s decisions. So did the others, one wonders why a citizen advocate closer to the Brominski mold was not chosen. I guess the other teachers wanted to be more comfortable in their decision making and not have a gadfly to bother them with the details. Bilbow’s appointment is a chance for the County GOP to make hay on this pick. 

That said, the Council works in tandem and is running pretty well with no great damage done to the way things are run. It was a majority vote and for those who have complained about too many educators, take a look at some bof the School Boards we've had in the past.


Failed former Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is alarmed. Alarmed we say because of the Democratic Green New Deal. Here’s what he’s been telling people. . The radical Left's Green New Deal is alarming. It is nothing more than an excuse to drive our nation towards Socialism. Their poorly-written proposal promises to rebuild or update nearly all buildings in the United States and almost completely eliminate air travel and non-electric cars. Guess who they want to pay for all of this? That's right, it's YOU
To fund their far-reaching reforms, Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — one of the main proponents of the Green New Deal — proposed a tax increase to 70 percent on top income earners. History has shown time and time again that Socialism doesn't work.
Neither does the tax cuts for the rich Newt. I love how they play the old Socialism card when no one realizes that if they were ever stuck in a trulky socialist country, they’d be screaming like little piggies.


Frank Scavo of Old Forge is running as a Republican for the seat that was held by the late Sid Michaels Kavulich. Scavo has been non stop in his efforts to get elected and has decided that this race might be winnable for him. We disagree nationally on things but there is no doubt he will bring passion to the position. Here’s some info on an event coming up in a few days. 




 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.


Jamie Hailstone will be the featured guest on ECTV Live during the week of February 25th to outline plans for this year's Saint Patrick's Parade in Scranton. ECTV Live is seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired three times daily throughout the week.

The program is Produced and anchored by David DeCosmo with Rusty Fender as co-host. The program is directed by Mark Migilore. After its initial broadcast the program will be available for viewing on the electric city television YouTube page


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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Four hundred Major League Baseball players boycott spring training over owners' refusal to increase their pension-fund contributions along with television broadcast revenues. Te boycott will end in late February…..The Mariner 6 Mars probe is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station…….Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the First Amendment applies to public schools… Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mayor James Tate says that infrastructure improvement in the city will contuse…meanwhile in Scranton Mayor James Walsh launches his re-election bid and fifty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Traces” by the -Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,011, Februry 20th, 2019


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Last month Frank Cali passed away. Frank was a well know radio announcer at WBAX, WARM and WEJL in this market. I'm sure there were many more stations he landed at. As an intern at WBAX during The Bicentennial Year of 1976 I'd work in the newsroom during Chris' shift. They did 20/20 news at the time and his banter with then radio newswoman Madeline Fitzgerald was classic. His good friend Andy Palumbo had this appreciation for him on his blog and it is worth repeating.
Frank Cali started working at WARM maybe a year after I did, in the very early 80's. Frank, under the name of Chris O'Brien, did the overnight shift at first. Yes, this was the time when real radio stations had real live people working around the clock. It was called "full service radio."
I was the evening news person at the time, and I'd hang around after my shift ended at 11:30 PM, just shooting the bull with Chris for hours, hearing some old stories and learning about the business. He loved radio. Let me repeat: Chris loved radio. Before his arrival at WARM, Chris programmed a few radio stations in the market. I will never forget his advice. Chris believed radio programming wasn't all that difficult. All you really had to know was "shut up and play the hits." Of course, it was a little more than that. He had one odd accomplishment. It seems every station Chris joined, excluding WARM, had a polka show, and he always canceled it.
When Chris was "between jobs," he borrowed my typewriter to bang out resumes. I'd drop it off at whatever place he was renting and pick it up a few days later.
Chris was what we in the business call a "floater." He changed jobs frequently. It's usually viewed as a negative. I didn't see it that way. He was just constantly looking for something new, a challenge.
Chris might have been the original Dr. Johnny Fever. I remember when he arrived at WARM, he needed a card in front of him to remember his new air name and the station's call letters.
One of my favorite stories was when Chris worked at a radio station with big windows in the studio, looking out onto a used car lot next door, run by a shady operator. As Chris was talking on the air, he watched the used car lot owner get punched in the face by an angry customer. Yes, I know assault isn't funny, but even after all these years, I still think of the way Chris told the story, and I can get a good laugh out of it.
We stayed in touch long after the WARM days. He hired me to work with him at WKRZ AM 1340 in Wilkes-Barre. I almost jumped, but WARM offered me more hours as a counter. I stayed. We reconnected a few years back, going out to lunch a few times. It was good to talk with an old friend.
Chris, and I always called him that rather than his given name (he didn't mind), collected old television memorabilia. Out of privacy and security concerns, I won't give the list of everything I saw in his most impressive collection, but there was a chair from Al Bundy's "Married with Children" shoe store, one of Johnny Carson's coffee mugs, some of Soupy Sales' old cancelled checks and contracts. plus tons of 3 Stooges stuff. He was friends with cartoon voices, including June Foray, who brought Rocky the Squirrel to life. Chris knew Moe Howard's daughter. He had several autographs of the major movers and shakers from his time at the Voice of America in Washington.
There were plenty of health problems over the years, and that made me sad. He had a lot left to give.
Chris used to live in a high rise a few miles from my house. Even though he had moved, I'd pass the high rise and say to myself, "I have to see how he's doing." The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I'm sorry.
Frank Cali, Chris Starr, Chris O'Brien died Friday night.
I lost a teacher.
I lost a friend.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,010, February 19th, 2019


Susan Collins said that President’s Trump’s National Emergency was something that wasn’t good for the country. But really, how can we believe a thing she says?
After Brett Kavanaugh voted to uphold an anti-choice law in Louisiana, Susan Collins doubled down.
She already defended him in her famous floor speech -- insisting he wouldn't overturn Roe v. Wade. Now, despite the fact that the Supreme Court previously struck down a nearly identical Texas law in 2016, she says Kavanaugh took a "logical approach."
I’ve had enough of Collins, her laughable defense of Brett Kavanaugh and now her tut tutting about the National Emergency when we know she’ll fall in line with the other GOP Senators who are cowards. .
Because of Susan Collins, Brett Kavanaugh has a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and can advance the far-right agenda he's defended his entire career.
Even as a circuit judge, Kavanaugh put his personal beliefs ahead of upholding justice when he tried to block a teenage girl, who fled her abusive family and was taken into immigration custody, from obtaining an abortion.
At the end of the day, Kavanaugh was never going to be an advocate for women or the right to choose -- and Susan Collins willingly turned a blind eye to that when she voted to confirm him.
So who can believe her dismay about Trump’s “emergency” now?


Senator Robert Casey (Photo: Casey website)

Following advocacy by U.S. Senator Bob Casey, two provisions to assist major public lands projects in Pennsylvania have cleared a Senate Vote. Among other wins for Pennsylvanians, the Natural Resources Management Act includes a measure to establish a Susquehanna National Heritage Area in Lancaster and York counties and includes funding fix to ensure that the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh continues to receive funding.
“I am pleased that we were able to work together on legislation that sets provisions for the conservation of federal lands in south central and southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “The Senate took an important step in protecting our historic landscapes and I urge the House and the President to pass and sign this bill into law.”
The Natural Resource Management Act would set provisions for various programs, projects and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. The bill would designate Susquehanna Heritage in Lancaster and York Counties as a National Heritage Area. It would also continue funding for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Pittsburgh. National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and national resources combine to create nationally important landscapes. These landscapes are designated to promote historic preservation with collaboration from the local community.

Monday, February 18, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,009, February 18th, 2019



Sunday, February 17, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,008, February 17th, 2019


As we all know President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fund his racist, anti-immigrant wall and deportation agenda.
This is an undemocratic power grab from an unhinged man unhappy with a Democratic Congress that will not indulge his temper tantrums.
In response, a number of partners have called for Presidents Day Protests around the country on Monday, February 18 at noon local time (or the time local hosts deem best). The reception to this day of action has been electric: over 150 events with over 10,000 RSVPs are already on the map! Together citizens will stand against Trump's fake crisis and racist deportation force and stand with immigrant, Muslim, and Black and brown communities.
This President’s Day will be one that truly engages a public who fondly remembers guys like Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore in comparison to Diaper Don.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives) 
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is now open and will close on and will close on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The SAFER program provides grants to local fire departments to assist in hiring and retaining staff. Grants are administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“SAFER provides funding to help fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations stay adequately staffed with frontline firefighters. This gives a much-needed boost to public safety in countless struggling communities,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I urge fire departments facing reduced emergency response capabilities to apply for SAFER funding.”
For assistance, applicants can contact the SAFER Grants Help Desk with questions about the grant program, application process, or technical assistance tools. The toll-free number is 1-866-274-0960; the e-mail address for questions is

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,007, February 14th, 2019


President Donald Trump will sign a border security bill to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to obtain funds for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, the top Senate Republican said on Thursday.
In an attempt to bypass Congress to get money that lawmakers have denied him for his wall, Trump will trudge toward a fight with Democrats and the Courts who have best him in the past. The thing will wind up in courts for years. He can read about it even when he's behind bars a few years from now!
The only emergency is him.


 Liz "Spawn of Veep Creep" Cheney (Photo: AP)
My God the deception and outright lying of the national GOP never ends. Liz Cheney whose daddy was the Veep who got us into two wars in the Mideast said the Dems are saying o. Here is a list of the bullshit she is slinging.
Since taking control of the House of Representatives last month, the Democrats have shown their true political ideology. They are the party of NO! Their left-wing agenda is now based on:
•No God
•No Second Amendment
•No Protection for Babies
•No Free Speech
•No Freedom of Religion
•No Airplanes
•No Cars
•No Cows
It is the tiresome old saw the gutless Republicans use saying Dems hate God, want to steal your guns, bitching about abortion when they could have done something about it with their Supreme Court appointees, playing the religion and speech card which I think is particularl;y disgusting.
Then there was the crap about no planes, cars or cows! Jesus are her supporters that DUMB?
You should have seen Cheney trying to avoid question about her god Diaper Don from Jake Tapper the other day on CNN. She avoided it completely.
Dickie’s daughter is showing that having no heart and for that matter in no integrity runs in that family.
Fast forward to about 11:15 seconds in this video to see what a coward she is. Well I guess the apple does fall from the tree since daddy was a draft dodger extraordinaire in the 60s!

From Elizabeth Warren this week and it was priceless. One of the questions people ask me on the campaign trail is, “Are you going to respond to Donald Trump’s latest tweet?”
I stop and think about it. Are we really going to chase after his tweets every day? Every time he says something hateful, something racist to try to divide us?
No. Because our campaign isn’t about him.
Look, by the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump might not even be president. With all of the investigations into him right now, he might not even be a free person.
More importantly, Donald Trump isn’t the cause of what’s broken in America. He’s just the worst and latest symptom of a system that works great for the rich and powerful – and no one else.
A rigged system that’s bigger than any hateful tweet – that makes the path to economic security too steep and too rocky for millions of working people, and even steeper and rockier for people of color.
So if Donald Trump were the whole focus of our campaign, then we wouldn’t be able to fight for the big, structural changes that this country really needs – the changes we need to make once he’s gone.
Our job isn’t to respond to him on a daily basis. It’s to talk about how we’ll change the rules so our government, economy, and democracy don’t just work for those at the top.


“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” – President John F. Kennedy*
President John F. Kennedy established a vision of technical achievement and jump started decades of scientific advancement unprecedented in our nation’s history with these words. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has provided $1.5 million for educational initiatives.President John F. Kennedy’s vision challenged the nation to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. This inspired one of the greatest mobilizations of resources and manpower in U.S. history. Just eight years after his directive, on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the moon. This stunning achievement inspired American innovation and prestige, both at home and abroad.
“President Kennedy’s commitment to harnessing science in pursuit of a common goal inspired a generation to reach for the moon, and it continues to inspire today as we take on new challenges,” said Steven Rothstein, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. “We are grateful to Raytheon for their generous support, and we could not have asked for a better partner to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, President Kennedy’s legacy of bold leadership, and the new frontiers of innovation we are experiencing today.”
“The Apollo program sparked the scientific achievement of a generation to explore and transform science, technology and education,” said Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, chairman & CEO of Raytheon. “As we challenge ourselves to drive critical advances in technology every day, we are excited to amplify JFK’s enthusiasm for transformative technology to stimulate a new generation of moonshot thinkers.”
With Raytheon’s support, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will hold a year-long celebration of the accomplishments and lasting impact of the Apollo space program, as well as the moonshot ideas of today. Featured events and programs include:
AUGMENTED REALITY: The experience, created by global marketing and technology agency Digitas, will allow people to immerse themselves in the Apollo 11 mission from anywhere in the world. The experience will be anchored by a virtual replica of the Saturn V rocket on Library grounds in Boston. People around the globe will be able to follow the Apollo 11 launch and lunar landing through a downloadable app that includes game features allowing users to engage in their own “missions.”
JFK SPACE LABS: Working with the International Space Station National Lab, to implement JFK Space Labs in selected schools and afterschool programs nationwide. Middle and high school students will use the labs to conduct experiments similar to those taking place on the International Space Station and then compare their results with scientists in space.
SPACE DAY: On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the JFK Library will offer a series of on-site commemorative events and activities and will align with locations across the nation on regional and virtual celebrations.
FORUM SERIES: The Kennedy Library Forum series will highlight the importance of Apollo 11 and President Kennedy’s impact on the mission and NASA overall. Forum speakers include award-winning author and historian Douglas Brinkley, who will discuss his forthcoming book American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, and Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins.
COLLEGE SYMPOSIA: NASA personnel to be featured speakers at select universities nationwide to collaborate with technology and engineering students on the thinking that is driving the technology innovation of the future.
“Here at the Kennedy Library, we house the historical evidence of the words and actions that fueled the mission to successfully land on the moon,” said Alan Price, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. “We look forward to working with the JFK Library Foundation and Raytheon to inspire new generations with the grand vision, hard science, engineering, poetry and power that characterized so much of the Kennedy Presidency and led to one of the greatest achievements in human history.”
About the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and John F, Kennedy Presidential Library
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Kennedy Presidential Library and the Kennedy Library Foundation seek to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public service.
Visit for the latest announcements and calendar of events.
About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheonis headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.
* Quote from President John F. Kennedy in a Special Address on Urgent National Needs to Congress in 1961


Congressman Matt Cartwright and this blog editor (Photo: LuLac archives)
Congressman Matt Cartwright is making his mark in the new Democratic Congress. This is the first time the 6 year Congressman is actually in the majority. He was named the Vice Chair of the powerful Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee of the U.S. House. The subcommittee will focus on creating jobs, investing in working families, and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
He was also elected to the Democratic Leadership of the U.S. House. Plkus his election to be Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) means he will be working to hone the national Democratic message so that Americans of all stripes understand that the party is working for them.
Working with his colleagues Cartwright is set to promote policies that will benefit and strengthen working-class families and restore hope and opportunities for all.


Party Channel Woman and Sunday night host (7pm on 137 Service Electric) Layla enjoying some potato pancakes and Chef salad. (Photo: WALN Facebook) 


This week's guest will be Bill Lazor, CPA, discussing tax preparation. 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.


Sarah Elizabeth Donahue will be the featured guest on ECTV Live during the week of February 18th. She'll have all the details on this year's Saint Patrick's Parade in Pittston and activities before and after the march.

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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Pope Paul VI issues Mysterii Paschalis, a motu proprio, deleting many names from the Roman calendar of saints (including Valentine, who was celebrated on this day). Here's a link from The Huffington Post explaining how it all happened. BTW, the 14th of February is now dedicated to the Saints Cyril and Methodius.
Aquanaut Berry L. Cannon dies of carbon dioxide poisoning while attempting to repair the SEALAB III habitat off San Clemente Island, California….

in Pennsylvania PUC Chairman George Bloom says he will not buckle to pressure by the political parties…in Wilkes Brre the new Council-Manager for,m of government rolls along in its al stages and fifty years ago the number one song in America was “This Magic Moment” by Jay & the Americans.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,006, February 13th, 2019


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1. Were you surprised by the outcome of the Super Bowl?

Not at all. New England is the ultimate football factory and Bill Belichick deconstructed the success of the Rams. He took a young Quarterback and had his defense keep him at bay. It was predictable, leaving almost nothing to chance. New England has two stars, Brady and Belichick, the rest are bit players in this 18 year saga. When you get a year ending run from a 31st round draft pick like Sony Michele who over performs, you get a win. I told many friends that whether you like the Pats or not, you are witnessing something you will never see again in your lifetime. It reminds me of the ’49 to ’64 Yankees which I got in on the tail end of. No surprise though in this game.

2. With so many candidates running for office on the democratic side do you have a favorite?

My heart is with Biden. I think there are too many Senators running for their own good. Watch for either an African American or woman to be on the ticket somewhere but it is too early to tell.

3. Will so many candidates divide the message?

Maybe. The dilemma here is that they all must present a united message in contrast to Trump. But then one wonders how they can stand out to get the nomination. It will be wildly entertaining and I can’t wait to see it.

4. Do you think Hillary Clinton regrets losing her race?

I’m sure. I think she got a raw deal all around from being attacked for over 25 years by the right wing press but I think the person who really, really regrets he won is Diaper Don himself.

5. Beto O’Rouke, run or wait.

My heavens wait. It is crazy that after you lose a race you are close contender? Losing a race in conventional 20th century politics was the kiss of death. Now Oprah becomes your cheerleader.

6. Do you find Flo from progressive attractive?

No but I’m sure some people do.

7. What are your thoughts on Ivanka Trump saying she gives zero thought to the
Mueller probe?

Well I think she is whistling past the graveyard on this one. Unless she wants to visit her hubby in the klink. But yeah that’s either a brave front or just plain naive.

8.   Will Stefanie Salavantis win another term as DA?

Yep. She has a record of convictions and managing the office pretty well. She did well what she knew and let others handle the stuff that she recognized had a better handle on it than she did. It’s called leadership.

9. Scranton Mayor Bill Courtwright’s investigation, how do you see that ending?

I don’t know. Time will tell and we shall see.

10. The Lackawanna County primary for Commissioners on both sides. Thoughts?

On the Democratic side Evie Refalko McNuilty is gearing up. Pat O'Malley has pissed a lot of people off with hio power plays but he has a record of winning. Jerry Notarianni will not likely cozy up to him either but stranger things have happened. .
The GOP will be a free for all. Laureen Cummings may not have an easy time in the primaries given her stance on some social issues. But it will all play out.

11. What about Trump saying the country was headed for a Depression under the Obama economic policies.

You can’t take his shit seriously. Obama saved the country from a Depression. The GOP whined about the slowest recovery in history. Wait and see what this wizard wrought with his trade deals. It is comical for Diaper Don to talk economics. I still want to see the guy who took his tests at Wharton.

12. Are you going to see Michael Smerconish when he comes to town in April?

Yep Mrs. LuLac already bought the tickets and is a fan.

13. Dave, 4000 editions, millions of words, over 1.2 million hits, as a favor it’s been a while, can we BP please?

Sure. Here ya go. 

The LuLac Edition #4,005, February 13th, 2019


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This past week as we hear all about border security and the caravans coming to Edwardsville, it is important we read this letter that was published in the newspaper a few weeks ago. It makes sense and is very topical.


As citizens dedicated to preserving peace and justice in our community, we were dismayed at the fear-mongering and misrepresentations in the address to the nation delivered by President Donald Trump on Jan. 8.
Although he described a few isolated, but gruesome, crimes committed by people who immigrated illegally, research on immigration and crime indicates that immigrants are considerably less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.
Although he claimed that huge waves of immigrants are overwhelming our southern borders, the fact is that the number of immigrants has declined markedly in the last 10 years. Although he said that only a wall would reduce drug-related deaths in the United States, research has shown that families seeking safety and refuge are not a major source of drugs smuggled across our borders. A more significant concern is the recent increase nationally in deaths related to physician-prescribed opioids.
We agree that our government should continue to maintain security at our nation’s borders. But, we clearly do not have a border security crisis. It is not only inaccurate, but also unjust, to portray vast majorities of immigrants as dangerous villains. The president’s falsehoods and exaggerations only serve to sanction and perpetuate bigotry and intolerance and to encourage fear and hatred of all immigrants and refugees.
Those of us who have had the privilege of getting to know recent immigrants have learned that they are hard-working, law-abiding and gracious individuals. These people have enriched our lives and are enriching our society.
As we celebrate the enduring contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King to our culture, we should remember to judge immigrants not on the color of their skin — or on the fact that they come from south of the border — but, instead, remember to judge them solely on the content of their character.
We should all seek to build bridges of mutual understanding, trust and respect, rather than walls that divide us. We should demand the same of our elected officials.
David Doty
James Wallace
On behalf of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,004, February 12th, 2019


Senator Amy Klobuchar (Photo: U.S. Senate)
You have to give Senator Amy Klobuchar credit for braving the elements in announcing her bid for President. Even stalwarts like the late Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale never tried that!
Klobuchar entered the 2020 presidential race Sunday with a speech in the middle of a Midwestern snowstorm, joining a record number of women in the most diverse Democratic primary field in U.S. history.
"At a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States," she told supporters braving frigid temperatures and relentless snowfall at an outdoor rally along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
Klobuchar, who is expected to tout her moderate politics and Midwestern roots on the campaign trail, denounced the polarization in Washington and the divisiveness in political discourse.
Diaper Don responded to her event saying she looked like a snowman. She retorted back that his hair would never withstand the wind and cold. Good shot back at him. Once a loudmouth impotent bully, always one. Good luck Senator K.


Luzerne District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has decided to run for a third term. Salavantis can’t run for another term because of the Home Rule Charter. She won an upset election 8 years ago by about 200 votes and has not looked back ever since.
Salavantis has managed the office well and surrounded herself with good people. Barring any unforeseen developments, she should win easily in a Democratic County that has become more energized since 2016.


U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $212,440 in Continuum of Care (CoC) funds to two local organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania – the Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County.
“It is of critical importance to impart more resources to local areas to ensure safe shelter for the homeless and to provide the services needed for people to have the stability they need to turn their lives around,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “I am delighted these critical dollars will be dedicated to helping individuals and families in our communities.”
The CoC program is part of a strategic plan to solve homelessness for veterans, adults, families, youth, and children. The program provides federal funding to nonprofit organizations and State and local government agencies to rehouse homeless individuals, increase access to mainstream programs for the homeless, and promote self-sufficiency. This funding award is for new, CoC planning, Unified Funding Agency (UFA) costs, and Domestic Violence Bonus (DV Bonus) projects.


Lincoln's Birthday is a legal, public holiday in some U.S. states, observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville (Hodgensville, Hodgen’s Mill), Kentucky.Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio,,California, Missouri, and New York observe the holiday.
In other states, Lincoln's birthday is not celebrated separately, as a stand-alone holiday. Instead Lincoln's Birthday is combined with a celebration of President George Washington's birthday (also in February) and celebrated either as Washington's Birthday or as Presidents' Day on the third Monday in February, concurrent with the federal holiday.
The earliest known observance of Lincoln's birthday occurred in Buffalo, New York, in either 1873 or 1874. Julius Francis (d. 1881), a Buffalo druggist, made it his life's mission to honor the slain president. He repeatedly petitioned Congress to establish Lincoln's birthday as a legal holiday.
The day is marked by traditional wreath-laying ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. The latter has been the site of a ceremony ever since the Memorial was dedicated. Since that event in 1920, observances continue to be organized by the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee and by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). A wreath is laid on behalf of the President of the United States, a custom also carried out at the grave sites of all deceased U.S. presidents on their birthdays. Lincoln's tomb is in Springfield, Illinois.
On February 12, 2009, the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial commemorated Lincoln's 200th birthday in grand fashion.  (wikipedia, LuLac)

Monday, February 11, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,003, February 11th, 2019


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4,002, February 10th, 2019


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MAYBE I’M AMAZED…….that in his State of the Union address, Trump brought up Socialism. I’m not sure the man knows exactly what that means except that he wants to stir up the base. I would hope that the same hateful old white men who cry “socialism” would be willing to take twenty bucks out of their Social Security checks to help Diaper Don pay for his wall.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that more people in Idaho and parts of Tunkhannock are more worried about building a wall than the people who are actually on the border.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that thunder is the sound caused by lightening.

MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that all the people crowing about how climate change was a hoax when we had those sub zero temperatures did not realize that that weather was a result of a warm front from the north pole pressing down on the cold air causing those temperatures.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……that so many people thought this year’s Super Bowl was boring. Defensive games can be outstanding if you have the patience and the interest to watch.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that after we hear about Trump’s private schedule where more than 65% of it is watching TV and gassing with friends, now we hear he wants to launch an investigative to see who leaked it. Look I’m sure it is awful working for him so whoever did it, good on them. But I truly believe that when you see Trump away from public view for a few days, he’s getting the hair done and the face bleached. After all, a man has got to keep up appearances.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….that the same people who fretted about Ronald Reagan’s physical and mental health when he was talking about running for re-election as President in 1983 now say nary a word about Trump. Putting aside his physical health, you have to wonder about the guy’s mental state. Reagan might have been grounded in Hollywood reality but at no time did we ever doubt his patriotism when it came to making America first in the world. Where are those voices who doubted Reagan making a case for a close eye on Diaper Don?
MAYBE I’M AMAZED……but very glad that Jeff Bazos came after the slobs at the National Enquirer. The sad thing about The Enquirer is that there are people in this country that are dumb enough to use them as their main news source.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED….. that this year the Ground Hog indeed did not see his shadow. Even he had to be unhappy with the two weeks of cold weather.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that in his interview with Margret Brennan on CBS’ Face The Nation, Trump said he’d get his own intelligence people to keep an eye on Iran. See I thought the Iran deal that was painstakingly negotiated was supposed to do that. But we’ll never know because he just killed it without any thought.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…that those who took their 30 pieces of silver in the Trump tax cut last year might be surprised at what it might do for large families as well as itemized deductions.  It eliminates personal exemptions. Before the Act, taxpayers subtracted $4,150 from income for each person claimed. As a result, some families with many children will pay higher taxes despite the Act's increased standard deductions.
The Act eliminates most itemized deductions. That includes moving expenses, except for members of the military. Those paying alimony can no longer deduct it, while those receiving it can. This change is effective for divorces signed in 2018.
MAYBE I’M AMAZED…..that the meme masters now have proclaimed Nancy Pelosi the most hated woman in America. Some of the memes come from women. I am stunned and wonder why women just can’t stand the success of another member of their own gender. Pelosi took it to Trump and I guess that might be part of the equation. But now Hillary is still number 2. And by the way, not under 17 investigations.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The LuLac Edition #4001, February 7th, 2019


Even though I sat this one out, (watched some great "Untouchables" reruns and to placate Mrs. LuLac, "The Kids Baking Championship") I did get the gist of what he Diaper Dan was yammering about.
Immigrants: Bad.
Wall: good.
New job numbers: All mine.
Pelosi: Bad.
Kim: Excellent!
Everything good: all me.
Bullies of kids with my last name: bad.
Bullies like me: I'm the best at everything!
Murders by illegals: in the millions.
Hate crimes against Jews, Muslims and minorities: crickets.
Roll out of guests: a lot. They all like me he says.
Democratic women in white: WTF, Holy Crap Tiffany has white on too. The damn Marla Maples!
Schumer: Bad.
Chih-nah: Good.
Why I can’t get shit done: Executive Time.
Why I won’t get shit done: fake investigations.
Who started those investigation? My Justice Department.
No they didn’t.
God Bless America and try the Veal at the Hotel down the street. We jacked up the prices because we deported the illegals I hired 5 years ago.


I really am having trouble understanding Newt Gingrich. Almost as much as Rudy Guiliani. Newt has told us he is a student of history and has opined many times on the historical aspects of government. Some have been topical and not inaccurate. But the recent comparison to Donald Trump’s work habits vs those of Winston Churchill are really out of line.
Newt attempted to defend President Donald Trump’s extensive “executive time” on Monday with a comparison to Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill.
It did not go over well on Twitter.
Gingrich tweeted that “the distortions of the hate Trump movement are never more obvious than in the reaction to the President’s leaked schedule,” which Axios published over the weekend.
Trump’s day-to-day schedules for the past three months purportedly showed that more than 300 hours of his work time was unstructured.
“The ignorance of history of the current elites is pathetic,” Gingrich added, before invoking the late British leader. “Churchill slept late, worked late, took a nap every afternoon ( getting into his pajamas).”
Let me say this. The ignorance of Gingrich here is stunning. True Churchill had odd hours and was even caught strolling the White House in the buff after a hot bath but he was creative in trying to save his country from Nazi Germany. Churchill was a champion of Democracy while old Diaper Don seems to embrace totalitatiran leaders. If Churchill had been using “Executive Time” and kowtowing to foreign strongmen, Newt would be falling in line with the dictator of Europe. What Newt is doing in defending Trump, a man unlike Churchill unwilling to learn says more about Newt’s lack of knowledge and desperate attempt to justify anything Diaper Don does.


Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)
Amid his appeals for bipartisanship and compromise in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Donald Trump suggested to Democrats they must choose between investigating his administration and working with it to move the country forward.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” Trump said. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way.”
The memorable rhyme pleased some Republicans, but Democrats have recoiled at the suggestion that congressional oversight and legislation are mutually exclusive.
“It’s a ridiculous, insulting statement,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn. “It’s also dangerous.”
Republicans downplayed the comment as an expression of frustration rather than defiance.
“He understands Congress has legitimate oversight responsibilities but there’s a line between oversight and harassment,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. (LuLac, Sinclair)

 Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $2,928,869 in Continuum of Care (CoC) funds to local agencies and organizations based in Luzerne County working to address homelessness.
"This type of funding will help many people in our own communities who find themselves in need of housing,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “By helping people access housing and supportive services, we are giving them a chance to move toward productive, rewarding lives. I congratulate these organizations for their great work and am proud to support the programs that make this grant funding possible.”
The CoC program is part of a strategic plan to solve homelessness for veterans, adults, families, youth, and children. The program provides federal funding to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to rehouse homeless individuals, increase access to mainstream programs for the homeless, and promote self-sufficiency. Program funds will be disbursed to member agencies listed below.

Volunteers of America
Manna House $267,735

Catholic Youth Center
CYC Homeless Child Care Program $281,459

Commission on Economic Opportunity
HMIS for Luzerne County $167,618
PSH Chronic Homeless 1 $170,669
PSH Chronic Homeless 2 $129,638
PSH for 9 Homeless Families $119,358
PSH for Families and Individuals $165,183
Rev. Edward P. Nolan Residence $156,980
SHP Case Management for the Homeless $101,428
William Cherkes Residence $112,324

Domestic Violence Service Center, Inc.
See Yourself Succeed $52,354

Housing Development Corporation of NEPA
HDC SHP 1 2018 $242,366
HDC SHP 2 2018 $132,480
HDC SHP 3 2018 $150,535
HDC SHP 4 2018 $182,635
HDC SHP 5 2018 $ 208,471
HDC SHP 6 2018 $145,880
Rapid Re-Housing for Families 2018 $141,756




This week's guest will be Stanley Kaminsky from Citizens' Climate Lobby. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox .Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore welcome Erica Rogler to the program during the week of February 11th to outlive events and activities at the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater.
The shows will air several times daily on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and will also be rebroadcast on the electric city television YouTube page!
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 6:20 and 8:20 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”



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The last issue of The Saturday Evening Post in its original form hits magazine stands after 147 years……

The Boeing 747 makes its maiden flight, from Paine Field at Everett, Washington…Robert P. Casey takes the reigns of the Auditor General’s office and begins aggressive looks into state run business. Casey was a former candidate for Governor in 1966… Scranton Len Woloson returns to WARM as its Morning Drive Disc Jockey replacing Harry West who moved on to Pittsburgh. Wolloson was formerly on WARM doing the all nights

and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac Land and America was “Touch Me” by The Doors.