Saturday, July 21, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2133, July 21st, 2012

Our “Good Enough” logo. 


Do you remember that old saying “good enough for government work?"  If ever there was a national anthem for Luzerne County government that would be it. Even with the passage of Home Rule and the election of a County Council, things are far from perfect. And sadly some things remain the same. It seems like almost every agency in the county has some type of issue or a problem. The latest if of course the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. How the “ghost rider” and sexual harassment situation will shake out if anyone’s guess. But the remaining constant is that when an alleged impropriety is brought out, the person who challenged the establishment, in this case Edd Brominski and Joe Holden get attacked. And of course the media. The disturbing part about these on going probes that keep popping up is this: some of these incidents happened after the FBI came to town. I wonder if it is arrogance or stupidity on the part of the administrators and workers who man these operations. One of the labels on these scandals was entitled “The culture of corruption”. But it appears that in addition to that, there seems to be a “culture of good enough”. Maintain an appearance of normality at all costs. Even if the acts alleged would not be tolerated in the business world. With the new government just starting, (and they have made some mistakes believe me) and our financial situation so precarious, any county linked organization can’t afford to be just “good enough”. It has to be stellar and innovative. But being a realist, I’m willing to settle for “good enough” sometimes. Because right now, years after the federal government began investigating and more than thirty people have been jailed, we still have the lingering question regarding Luzerne County government operations. And that is “what now?"


When I first heard about the Colorado shootings on Friday morning, I thought of my friends who lived out there. I was hoping they were not at that movie theatre. Then when I heard the details about the killings, I was shocked but not surprised. Assault rifles with multiple shooting capability should not be sold. In a store, by the mail, at a gun show, anywhere. There is no good reason to possess them. Let me be clear, I am not a Gun Control nut. I think people should be able to own guns, carry them and use them to defend themselves. I also think that hunters should use whatever rifle they want to in the sport of hunting. But as long as there are assault rifles on the market, this stuff will happen. Congress could have extended the ban on these guns but of course said no. The GOP right blathered about how this ban would take away “our freedoms”. You know what, while you’re so worried about your freedoms, some nut is taking away lives of defenseless people. In the meantime, tonight people will gather with candles and do what they do to make themselves feel better. As long as unbalanced, psychotic people have access to these guns, the only people benefiting will be the candle makers.
Senator John McCain. 


2008 GOP nominee John McCain is in trouble again with his own party. McCain appeared on MSNBC the other morning and really gave a tutorial on foreign affairs and the Middle East. He also defended Mitt Romney’s decision about not releasing his tax returns and opined that what he saw in Romney’s taxes in the 2008 vetting process for Vice President would not disqualify the 2012 presumptive nominee from being President. Yet the GOP is angry at McCain. Why? Because in explaining the gridlock in Washington, D.C. he recounted how the Republican party of the ‘90s worked closely with Bill Clinton in passing some meaningful legislation. The state of the Republican party right now (nationally) is so narrow, that even a respected party elder like John McCain, acknowledging factual history, gets him in trouble. The 21st century GOP: Garrulous, Offensive, Pathetic.


At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonkster, You post on the right to own guns was interesting. I wonder if you know enough about guns to know that assault rifles are not needed for these type crazy killings. many hunting rifles and shot guns are multi bullet guns and ca be fired as quickly as a person can move the firing mechanism. I don't think the results of that nut would have been any different if he had used a hunting rifle rather than aan assault rifle. I am a gun owner and have a permit to carry. I must say that I don't alwayscarry but at times I feel the need so I do. It is surprising the type of people that do carry on a regular basis and apparently, it does give them peace of mind to be armed. I'm more of protect my home type person but I can tell you that there were one or two occasions in my life when I wish I had a hand gun in my car. With regard to your continued bashing of local government, I can't help but wonder why you never threw your hat into the ring? I do feel close to the LCTA because of family and friends who work there and I do think your stated opinions of Mr. Strelish are far off base. He is a good manager, had sone good things withn the agency and is considered by those in the know to be an excellent manager, one of the best to ever manage the LCTA. You might want to interview him or at the very least, learn a little first hand information before you continue your bashing.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

afternoon students,
Mere words cannot express our sorrow at the horrific events in Colorado of Friday past. For the record, a mad man is a mad man and no amount of preparation could have stopped him from carrying out his deeds. We pray for the dead and the survivors as well. Yet, we must not allow this event to cause a rush to judgment....
The business of this classroom goes forward....

Each time a mad man kills it spawns calls for massive gun control measures. And thankfully, each time this has occured wonderful organizations such as the NRA have stood up to present the true picture to the mass of the people. I know it is a cliche, but it is true: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. The horrific attacks of 9/11, which shattered our nation, were NOT even carried out with guns but with box cutters. Have we collected all box cutters from the shelves of hardware stores since that terrible event??? OF course not!! And neither should we get into a testy situation adn begin collecting peoples legally owned guns.
For the record class, if good people are denied the possession of a legal firearm do you honestly believe that those of the criminal element will be denied the same??? The answer of course is NO. And a world where only the evil were armed would be a dangerous world indeed....even ingrates such as yourselves can understand that.
We all feel awful for the dead. Pres. Obama delivered an eloquent statement yesterday did Pres. Elect Romney. But what truly shocked me was the mass of youngsters, your generation, complaining that it will not be permitted anymore to "Wear Batman or Spiderman costumes into theaters anymore>". Students, your degenerate, self absorbed generation spoken.
IN closing, a personal note to each and every one of your parents....."Mr. and Miss, I am so sorry for what you have to deal with. The disappointment you must feel. The high hopes now lost to a moronic child you thought would be a genius. I am so, so very sorry."
Something to think about this morning.....
Class Dismissed.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear God, I don't believe this ... I'm actually in agreement with everything the good prof. has laid out in his rant! I won't be redundant in saying all that was said about gun control arguments for and against, but someone with that agenda will ALWAYS find a way to do his dastardly deed, even if he doesn't have access to an assault rifle. Where will the line be drawn and by whose decision. This subject is like opening the proverbial can of worms. It will never be agreed on by either side. Personally, I'm of the 2nd amendment pro gun side. Maybe, just maybe, if someone in that crowd had a carry permit and was legally toting his own protection which seems to be more and more needed in this day and age, maybe this carnage could have been stopped dead in its tracks and so many lives could have been spared. "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." "I'd rather be judged by 12, than carried by six." We've all heard the cliches. Enforce the laws already set in place, instead of making new ones that won't be carried out, and each time infringing more and more on my rights.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, you couldn't be more right with your assessment of Luzerne County as "Good Enough." There is an old expression in golf that you "drive for show and putt for dough." Even with the hiring of Lawton by the new super council, that was all show and he is all show. It's great to say that a nationwide search resulted in the best qualified individual to move the county forward, but everything was done for show and no substance has been delivered. It's great to say the council does everything in the open at the far too many meetings, but once again just show. There is plenty of behind the door manipulation.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Aggie95 said...

Iver the last 10 years anti gun regs have been done away with in nearly every state making the ownership and the carry of handguns much easier while at the same time according to the FBI the incidence of homicide has fallen every year over at least the last 5 years poverty is up murder is down ..... the number and ease of carrying a hangun has increased or improved and murder is down .....odd.... according to the liberal mantra with both poverty up and more guns on the street we are supposed to be in an massive bloodbath....WHAT HAPPENED .....LOL

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the show of a 24 yr old from Lackawanna County as Clerk? Now how good enough is that for that fine Council??? She was the MOST qualified...yea, right? But she is "Good enough"...and plenty of behind the door manipulation.
Same old, same old politics in a new 11 member suit.

At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

RE: Aggie:
"LOL"....typical neo con compassion. What possible need do you or I have to possess an assault weapon???

I guess you would like to see this "Joker" from Colorado set free judging from your guns rights attitude.

You would not be LOL'ing if it were one of your loved ones involved.

By the way, the Bain avenue is working like a charm. Barack Hussein Obama makes Bill Clinton look like Michael Dukakis when it comes to campaigning.

If I were gay, I'd be so hot for the guy.

The second Democrat Pres. to be re-elected since Clinton!!!!

I'm proud to be an American!!

Keep up the fight Mr. President!!!!


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