Thursday, July 30, 2020

The LuLac Edition #4,365, July 30th, 2020



Funny thing about that Constitution! What a sad excuse,  for not a President, not a Republican but a god damn person. Right wing Christians say Trump was sent by God to save the country. Nope, this guy came special delivery from the devil.


Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton gave speeches on Thursday at the funeral for Rep. John Lewis,the Democratic congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon who died earlier this month.
Obama delivered the eulogy, and used it in part to level criticism at what he sees as the Trump administration’s attacks on peaceful protesters and voting rights amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators,” Obama said. “We may no longer have to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar to cast a ballot. But even as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting, by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the postal service in an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.” (AOL NEWS)


Susan Rice former U.N. ambassador under the Obama administration. Why? 
1. Biden worked with her and would feel comfortable with her. 
2. she can concentrate on world affairs while Biden restores the domestic mess left by the Trump sludge and slime swamp dwellers. 
3. She has the full support o the Obama coalition. 
Plus she can take it to the President and his Veep, Mike Pence. 


That’s the number of people who said they wouldn’t go back to work if called because they were getting paid more with the $600.00 stimulus checks in their unemployment. That means 82% of the unemployed WANT to go back to WORK!
The Republican LIE machine is at it again saying that the money to make workers whole to pay mortgages, rent and get food is “too damn much!”
I urge everyone who has a past due bill to make a copy of it and mail it to:
Senator Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510


7 is the number of evictions in the United States of America every minute of the day. People are losing jobs, homes, apartments and are living in cars. 7 evictions every minute!
THINK ABOUT THAT when you go to vote.
We have fallen way short of the command that states, “Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
We are falling short and falling fast.


President Trump used a White House press briefing on Tuesday to wonder aloud why he was less liked than Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.
“Nobody likes me,” the president said in a rare moment of self-reflection. “It can only be my personality, that's all.” The lament came on the same day that the nation surpassed the grim benchmark of 150,000 deaths as a result of the worsening pandemic.

(Photo: AP)
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republicans, saying they should “go back to school” if they reject money for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C.
Trump, speaking alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House, signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook as negotiations drag ahead of looming deadlines.
“It’s a shame to reward badly run radical left Democrats with all of this money they’re looking for,” Trump said at the White House, complaining about the “big bailout money” for cities.
Trump was publicly critical of his GOP allies over the $1.7 billion for FBI headquarters that's included in the bill, but which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later said he opposes as not related to virus relief. The president wants to keep the building that sits across the street from his signature Trump International Hotel, which could face competition if the FBI moves and another hotel is developed there.
At the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the FBI building should remain in Washington, near the Justice Department. He added: "It’s the best piece of property in Washington. I’m very good at real estate. So I said, we’ll build a new FBI building. Let’s build a new FBI building, either a renovation of existing or even better would be a new building.”
“Republicans should go back to school and learn," he said. ”You need a new building.”
Trump's comments came a day after he dismissed the GOP's COVID-19 package as “semi-irrelevant.”  (AP)


Following United States Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's introduction of the proposed COVID-19 relief package, the HEALS Act, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center director, Marc Stier, released the following response.
“After months of inaction, and with the previously enacted enhanced unemployment protections set to expire this week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today unveiled the HEALS Act, a package that offers insufficient relief for those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation that McConnell plans to advance falls far short in scale, scope, and priorities, offering an inadequate response to the unprecedented public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. It provides no support for state and local budgets hit hard by the economic crisis and drastically cuts the unemployment insurance benefits that have protected those who have lost their jobs and that has helped the country avoid an even greater economic collapse.
"A glaring deficiency in the McConnell plan is the absence of substantial fiscal aid to state and local governments, which face massive challenges in funding essential services—education, health care, public safety, and more—as a result of steep declines in revenue that began in March and will continue well into 2021. As Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody noted last Wednesday in a press conference hosted by PBPC, ‘We passed a five-month budget that will end in November, and we will likely be facing a well over $5 billion deficit. If states like PA don’t get meaningful help from the federal government, we could be forced to make unprecedented cuts where they hurt the most, like Medicaid.’ While the U.S. Senate Republicans’ proposed package would allow state and local governments more flexibility in using CARES Act funding to offset revenue losses, those funds are only available through the end of December and, with more than 60 percent of the CARES Act money already committed to immediate COVID-19 relief, are insufficient to prevent state and local leaders from being forced to consider drastic cuts to vital programs—including health care—and lay-offs of government-funded workers. Diminishing access to health care during a pandemic and increasing unemployment in the midst of an economic recession will ultimately affect every business in the state and only prolong and worsen the current crisis.
"The COVID relief package presented by Senator McConnell would also sharply reduce desperately needed support for Pennsylvania workers who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. The McConnell plan would immediately cut the increased weekly unemployment assistance implemented in the CARES by more than two-thirds, taking away $400 of the expanded weekly payment from struggling Pennsylvanians. Last week, PBPC released a report in conjunction with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which found that ‘a large and growing number of Pennsylvania households are struggling to afford food and that hundreds of thousands of households are behind on rent.’ The paper revealed that earlier this month, nearly one million Pennsylvania adults reported that their households did not have enough to eat during the previous week, including more than half a million households with children. With the increasing hardships Pennsylvanians face, a proposal to significantly cut support for families that have lost income is not merely economically counter-productive, it is an act of cruelty.
"PBPC calls on Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to reject this inadequate and offensive roposal and, instead, insist on a genuine relief and recovery package that is robust and expansive enough to respond to the enormous and unprecedented challenges we now face. A true relief and recovery plan should include: at least $1 trillion in fiscal aid to state and local governments, with a significant increase in FMAP so that Pennsylvania can adequately fund Medicaid coverage for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who lost their employer-based health care when they lost their jobs.
an immediate extension of unemployment protections at previously-enacted levels or higher.
a 15-percent SNAP benefit increase for all SNAP households, which would provide roughly $100 per month more to a family of four.”


Following the release of Senate Republicans’ COVID-19 relief package in Congress, PHAN's Executive Director Antoinette Kraus released the following statement:
“As COVID infections surge and more than 7,100 Pennsylvanians have died from the disease and 1.9 million have filed for unemployment, millions urgently need help to get through this tough time and take care of their families. Despite the growing number of families experiencing hunger, employment, loss of health coverage, and other hardships, lawmakers in the Senate have proposed a package that does little to address their situation.
And without more robust investment in state and local government; unemployment and worker protections; and Medicaid, which millions rely on for healthcare, COVID will do even more harm to Pennsylvanians.
PHAN calls on Senator Bob Casey and Senator Pat Toomey to ensure that Pennsylvanians get the help they so desperately need. Congress can and must do better if we are going to beat COVID 19.”   (PHAN, LuLac)




This week's guest is Jason Kavulich from the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on The Mothership 1340/1400 am, 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on The River 105 and 103.5.


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Helen Hagnes Mintiks, 30, a violinist for the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in New York, was murdered during an intermission of a performance of the visiting Deutsche Oper Berlin ballet troupe. 
 At 9:30, she left the women's locker room and told a friend that she was on walking to the dressing from of the ballet's star, Valery Panov, but never arrived. Her body was found the next morning in a ventilating shaft at the Lincoln Center. Craig Crimmins, a stagehand at the Met, was arrested six weeks later and ultimately confessed to strangling Mintiks….As Honduras made its transition from military rule by a junta to civilian rule by an elected president, the Honduran Assembly voted to select the junta leader, General Policarpo Paz García, as the civilian government president, until the newly elected Constituent Assembly could approve a new constitution for the Central American republic. The 71-member unicameral parliament, with 35 Liberal Party, 33 Nationalist Party, and three from the Innovation Party, was unanimous in keeping General Paz….Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 60, deposed Shah of Iran, died in Cairo from complications of lymphatic cancer.

The former absolute monarch, "hailed by some as a tough but progressive leader of a backward country and reviled by many as one of the worst tyrants of modern times" had been living at the Kubbeh Palace with his family since March 24 as the guest of Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, and succumbed at the Maadi Military Hospital. Los Angeles Times reporter said of the Shah, "In the end, he was an almost pathetic figure, despised by most of his former subjects, shunned by many world leaders with whom he had hobnobbed and, despite a huge fortune, essentially powerless to choose his place of exile. Echoing what most Iranians felt about their former monarch, Tehran Radio interrupted its regular programming and announced "Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the bloodsucker of the century, has died at last….John Favara, who had accidentally struck and killed the son of New York City mob boss John Gotti on March 18, disappeared after leaving work in New Hyde Park, New York on Long Island. According to witnesses, three men confronted Favara as he was getting into his car, clubbed him, and threw him into a van. Three .22 caliber cartridges were found at the scene, suggesting that the 51-year-old Favara had been executed at the scene. Favara's body was never located…..The Islamic Republic of Iran officially adopted a new flag, retaining the green, white and red stripes used by the Imperial State of Iran, but with a new emblem and with the phrase "Allahu akbar" written in Persian script repeated 22 times across the border of the stripes….British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her government withstood a vote of censure within the House of Commons after a contentious six-hour debate. The vote was 274 in favor and 333 against.
Władysław Kozakiewicz of Poland broke the world record for the pole vault with vault of 5.75 meters (18 feet, 11½ inches at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. 

J. R. Richard, the star pitcher for the Houston Astros major league baseball team, collapsed after suffering a stroke during a light workout at the Houston Astrodome, ending his ten-season career.. Iran executed 24 men at Evin Prison in Tehran, including ten former members of the Iranian armed forces and a civilian who had been convicted on Tuesday of an attempted coup d'état. The other 13 included a former chief of the SAVAK secret police; a Jewish hotel administrator of Tehran's Royal Garden Hotel, who was convicted of "spying for Israel"; and three heroin dealers. All 24 were shot at dawn by a firing squad in the prison…and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Give Me the Night” by George Benson.


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