Thursday, August 11, 2022

The LuLac Edition #4, 785, August 11th, 2022


Don't blame the Magistrate who issued the search Trump's house....

Don't blame the agents of the FBI that enforced it...

Don't blame the Justice Department and want to defund that (unless you want organized crime, drug cartels and bank fraud to run amuck....


It's hard though to think someone very close to him would never be as loyal as you would. That I get. 

Now carry on with your nonsense while Joe Biden and the Democrats FIX what you broke!



 The Times Leader reports today that the Luzerne County Council majority advanced an ordinance prohibiting the use of county staff or resources to transport mail ballot drop boxes to sites approved by the county election board.

The drop box ordinance will require a public hearing and majority vote at a future council meeting to take effect.

Councilwoman LeeAnn McDermott said she is against drop boxes but is not supporting the ordinance because it does not eliminate them.

“This is not the way to get rid of them,” McDermott said.

Council Vice Chairman John Lombardo said he was “compelled” to support the ordinance because he opposes drop boxes but conceded it “still allows for the function of drop boxes” because it does not ban sheriff deputies and other county workers from retrieving ballots from the boxes.

“You’re just eliminating one small piece of the puzzle,” Lombardo said, warning the ordinance also would likely subject the county to litigation.

In addition to Lombardo, the ordinance was introduced by Carl Bienias III, Kevin Lescavage, Brian Thornton, Gregory Wolovich Jr. and Stephen J. Urban, who had drafted the document.

Council member Matthew Mitchell voted against the introduction along with McDermott, McGinley and Perry. Council Chairwoman Kendra Radle was absent.

Thornton said he believes council has a right to determine if taxpayer funding is used to transport the boxes, and he expressed confidence council would prevail if litigation is filed over the matter.

He estimated half of county residents adamantly hate drop boxes, while the other half loves them.

“We are so deeply divided in this county over this issue,” Thornton said.

Okay, so they vote to NOT have the County pay for the distribution and placement of the boxes. But like typical Republicans, they don't give a solution as to who can. Other county workers may be able to do it but why put some other department in charge of an election bureau issue. I mean would they have the Building and Roads Department all of a sudden deliver subpoenas? Half of this wretched GOP majority voted for it because they want to get rid of the boxes all together. The self proclaimed genius on Council, Lying Brian Thornton says that half of the county residents hate the drop boxes while the other half love them. Again, no proof, just shooting his mouth off to get in the newspapers. This action just doesn't make any sense. 

Besides lying Brian......if HALF the people HATE them, THEY DON'T HAVE TO USE THEM!!!!!!! LOL, this guy passes himself off as "business savvy". Market forces there kid..unless you're going to inconvenience half of the people who voted for you.  

Once moire this GOP majority knows how to win elections but certainly not govern. (Times Leader, LuLac)



Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano reportedly ended his interview with the January 6 committee after just 15 minutes.

The Pennsylvania state senator wanted to record the deposition about his actions on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol or wait until after the November election, but the House select committee declined his offer.

A source told CNN that Mastriano "didn't answer a single question" during his virtual appearance before the committee.

Mastriano wanted special consideration from the January 6th committee. He wanted to record his own interview but they refused saying they did not do it for other witnesses. Little baby snow flake Mastriano pouted and shut down the interview. He never really had any serious intentions about testifying. This woman hating, anti semite election denier who sent buses to the Capitol on the 6th was just asking for a special favor mainly because he has spread his paranoid version of what America and the state of Pennsylvania should be.

WILK’s Jason Barsky opined that he saw nothing wrong with Mastriano’s request to do his own recording. I disagree. Why should all these previous witnesses have agreed to the recordings and not demanded their own now have a guy who is using this request as a stunt as well as a diversion to  let this paranoid slob have this advantage?

Mastriano does not trust government and therefore cannot run government. This is a prime example of his impotent grasp of what  a select committee does a well as his fear to tell the truth.

Doug Mastriano: Coward and conniver. (CNN LuLac)




Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act:

“I applaud the Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and energy costs while fighting inflation, reducing the deficit, and making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share.

This bill does not raise taxes on Americans earning under $400,000 a year. It will be funded by putting a stop to huge corporations escaping taxes and savings on prescription drugs paid through Medicare. Our senior citizens, those living on fixed incomes, and working families will all benefit from this legislation.

This is the action the American people have been waiting for. Now that the Senate has taken action, the House will return to pass this landmark legislation – delivering for families and communities across Northeast Pennsylvania and the nation.”






Senator Bob Casey (Photo: LuLac archives)

.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing that Senate Democrats passed the historic Inflation Reduction Act to lower health care and prescription drug costs for families and older adults, ensure American manufacturing is at the forefront of clean energy industry, reduce energy costs while tackling the climate crisis, and slash the deficit by making big corporations pay their fair share. Senator Casey fought for the inclusion of provisions to lower prescription drug costs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, to give a bonus to new clean energy investments made with American materials and to those situated in former coal communities; as well as his provisions to keep the Black Lung Trust Fund solvent so that coal miners and their families across Pennsylvania can continue to access the life-sustaining health and disability benefits they deserve.

Senator Casey released the following statement on the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act:

“As families across Pennsylvania and the Nation are being squeezed by inflation, Democrats are tackling this problem head on. The Inflation Reduction Act will lower health care and energy costs for families while creating well-paying jobs to transition the U.S. to clean energy and tackle the climate crisis. It’s a fiscally responsible bill that will bring down our national debt by ensuring profitable corporations start paying their fair share, just as American families have been doing all along.

“It costs a lot of money to be sick in America. Many people are just one medical emergency away from bankruptcy, while other families and seniors are slowly draining their savings to pay for lifesaving prescription drugs. In the American Rescue Plan, Democrats made Marketplace health care plans more affordable; this legislation extends those subsidies for another three years. For the first time, Medicare will be able to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices and annual out-of-pocket costs will be capped at $2,000. I’m proud to say this legislation also includes a provision I fought for to ensure low-income seniors and people with disabilities are able to afford their medications. These are commonsense solutions that build on the promise of the Affordable Care Act and ensure families don’t have to choose between their health and their bank accounts.

“We’re currently living in a moment when once-in-a-lifetime storms are happening every couple of months. Severe weather conditions are now the norm. While hurricane remnants are flooding the Vine Street Expressway in Philadelphia, out west states are on fire and lakes are disappearing in the worst drought in a millennium. It’s well past time we take bold action to address the climate crisis. This legislation is the most ambitious climate bill the Senate has ever passed. It will lower costs for Americans at the gas pump and on their electricity bills. It will shore up the U.S.’s place as a clean energy producer and reduce our greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, while investing in the coal communities that powered our nation for generations. Better yet, we’re going to create 9 million well-paying jobs in the next decade to get this done. I successfully fought to include a provision that will promote the creation of family-supporting clean manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. rather than in competitors like China, because we don’t have to choose between green energy and our workers.

“Over the past year, President Biden and the Democratic Congress have made transformational investments in the U.S. economy and American workers. Between the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, and now the Inflation Reduction Act, Democrats have passed legislation that will boost the economy and create jobs in our infrastructure, supply chain, domestic manufacturing and clean energy sectors. President Biden’s agenda is delivering for Pennsylvania.”

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes provisions that will lower health care and prescriptions drug costs, invest in clean energy and reduce carbon emissions and the national deficit, while creating and sustaining millions of jobs for Americans.

Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

For the first time, Medicare will be able to negotiate directly for the price of prescription drugs to make high-priced and high-use prescription drugs more affordable for the more than 63 million people with Medicare. The Inflation Reduction Act will also cap Medicare Part D patients’ out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 per year, with the option to break that amount into affordable monthly payments. It also institutes a new provision to impose penalties on drug companies who hike up prices in Medicare above the rate of inflation.

The IRA also includes several policies that will improve access to and affordability of medications for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to capping annual out-of-pocket costs, the IRA creates a $35 a month cap for insulin products under Part D, and expands cost-sharing assistance for low-income people with Medicare, a provision Senator Casey championed through his Lowering Medicare Premiums and Prescription Drug Costs Act. The IRA will also make eligible vaccines free for seniors with Medicare Part D.

Extending ACA Subsidies

The American Rescue Plan, passed by Democrats in 2021, expanded subsidies to provide more Americans with affordable health care through the Affordable Care Act. Because of these enhanced premium tax credits, the average family of four with a household income of $75,000 is saving around $248 per month. The IRA extends the enhanced subsidies until 2025, protecting affordable health care for millions of Americans. It also extends the American Rescue Plan provision that allows many low-income families to receive a subsidy to cover the full value of their premiums and prevents families from falling off a financial cliff as their income rises. Combined, these policies have dropped the uninsured rate to a historical low over the last two years, and their extension will prevent an estimated 3.4 million Americans from losing their health coverage.

Tackling the Climate Crisis and Creating U.S. Energy Security

The IRA is the single biggest climate investment in U.S. history. This ambitious piece of legislation will put the U.S. on a path to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 while lowering American families’ energy costs at the gas pump and on their electricity bills. In doing so, this bill will create thousands of good-paying union jobs and revitalize the U.S. manufacturing base. Senator Casey passed a provision to incentivize clean energy deployment and manufacturing in “energy communities,” areas whose economies and jobs are or were dependent on the coal, oil or natural gas energy sectors. Senator Casey’s tax credit will not only provide a bridge for energy workers and communities as we transition to a clean energy economy, but it prioritizes the workforce that is more than capable of being at the forefront of our Nation’s clean energy economy.

This bill invests in American-made energy and manufacturing. The IRA includes Senator Casey’s amendments that will require some clean energy projects to meet strict domestic content standards to receive tax credits. Further, all clean energy projects will receive a 10% bonus tax credit for meeting domestic content standards. Senator Casey’s provisions ensure that the U.S. is developing and manufacturing clean energy here at home.

The IRA also includes tax credits to accelerate U.S. manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and critical minerals processing as well as a $7,500 credit for purchasing a new electric or hydrogen vehicle that was made in North America. These investments must be made with high wage and labor standards as well as domestic content and apprenticeship training requirements, ensuring that American workers and their families benefit from these provisions. The bill will grow a skilled workforce that provides good-paying union jobs as the clean energy industry grows. The IRA provides $9 billion in consumer home energy rebate programs, to electrify home appliances and for energy efficient retrofits, as well as 10 or more years of consumer tax credits to make homes energy efficient and make heat pumps, rooftop solar and electric HVAC more affordable.

Keeping Our Promise to Coal Miners

A permanent extension of Senator Casey’s Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund Solvency Act is included in the IRA that would ensure that the trust fund stays permanently solvent so coal miners suffering from black lung disease and their families have reliable access to the quality medical care they need. By restoring the Black Lung excise tax, the Black Lung Trust Fund can continue to pay out benefits to former miners and their families. Without revenue from this tax, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund faces insolvency at a time when the nationwide prevalence of black lung is increasing.

Conserving our Natural Resources

The IRA invests more than $20 billion to support climate-smart agricultural practices and $5 billion for forest resilience and conservation efforts. Pennsylvania farmers and foresters will be able to benefit from the significant infusion of funds for a slew of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) conservation programs, which Senator Casey has championed.

Reducing the Deficit and Creating Jobs

The Inflation Reduction Act raises $739 billion without raising any taxes on people making less than $400,000 per year. Just over a third of this revenue comes from savings on government spending on prescription drugs, while the rest will come from ensuring wealthy tax cheats and the biggest corporations pay their fair share of taxes. The IRA is estimated to create more than 9 million good jobs over the next decade—an average of nearly 1 million jobs each year.




Governor Tom Wolf (Photo: LuLac archives)

Governor Tom Wolf was joined by business and economic leaders at the York County Economic Alliance to celebrate Pennsylvania’s new, lower Corporate Net Income Tax (CNIT) rate that puts Pennsylvania on a path to 4.99% for a healthier, more competitive business environment that attracts good-paying jobs and moves our economy forward.

“I’ve been calling for a lower Corporate Net Income Tax rate since I first took office and I’m thrilled that we were able to make this happen in my last budget,” said Gov. Wolf. “This lower rate is a game-changer for business in PA. We’re going to ensure tax fairness, make Pennsylvania a top location for businesses, and bring new, good-paying jobs here for Pennsylvanians.”

Pennsylvania is officially on a path to a 4.99% CNIT rate—half of its current 9.99% rate—which will place the commonwealth as the seventh lowest CNIT rate in the nation.

“We are here to celebrate a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s story and to highlight what we can collectively achieve when we work together by putting Pennsylvania first,” said Luke Bernstein, president and CEO of the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.  “We are proud to have worked alongside Gov. Wolf and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and want to thank the governor and legislative leaders for working with us to make these long sought-after tax reform goals a reality. At a time when compromise can seem elusive, our collective efforts to put Pennsylvania’s economic future first has made our commonwealth significantly more competitive and sends the important message to job creators and investors worldwide that Pennsylvania is open for business. We look forward to carrying this momentum forward with additional pro-growth reforms that promote Pennsylvania as the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

CNIT is a state tax paid by businesses within Pennsylvania on their corporate profits. It is a major piece of states’ business tax climate that contributes to companies’ decisions on where they decide to establish job-creating business operations. Pennsylvania’s 9.99 percent rate was the second highest in the country among the 44 states that levy a CNIT. The 9.99 percent rate often posed a barrier to Pennsylvania’s ability to attract new business and new jobs.

By improving the competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s business climate with a lower CNIT rate, Gov. Wolf is welcoming businesses to take root here or expand their current operations – both of which would lead to new, good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians. It also sends an immediate signal to business leaders that Pennsylvania is open for business.

“Lowering the CNIT makes Pennsylvania more competitive in attracting business and economic development projects and means more jobs and more investment coming into our communities,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Acting Secretary Neil Weaver. “This also shows that we are committed to keeping existing Pennsylvania businesses here in the commonwealth by offering a business climate that makes sense for companies’ bottom line as they continue to grow.”

Pennsylvania’s new, competitive CNIT rate is just one more benefit that makes Pennsylvania a great place to do business, including:

A strategic East Coast location within a day’s drive of nearly 40 percent of the United States population and 60 percent of the Canadian population.

A workforce fueled by world-class higher education and research institutions with six universities ranked in the top 100 nationwide.

An affordable cost of living paired with abundant recreational and cultural opportunities.

Reducing Pennsylvania’s CNIT rate was a bipartisan effort and priority. Gov. Wolf was joined today by Representatives Carol Hill-Evans, Mary Jo Daley, and Greg Rothman.

“Gov. Wolf has asked for a reduction of the CNIT in nearly every budget he introduced and I have been proud to sponsor legislation in several sessions to get that done,” said Rep. Daley. “Working with staff in the Department of Revenue and the House Democratic Appropriations Committee, I am hopeful that the plan for reducing the CNIT will encourage new businesses and manufacturers to open shop in Pennsylvania, creating good jobs and boosting local economies.”

Lowering the CNIT is another in a series of actions like eliminating the outdated Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and investing heavily in education and the workforce that solidifies Gov. Wolf’s commitment to improving Pennsylvania’s business climate.







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An interview with U.S. First Lady Betty Ford was broadcast on the popular news show 60 Minutes. Taking questions from Morley Safer, President Ford's wife gave surprisingly candid answers, noting that she "wouldn't be surprised" if her daughter was "having an affair" (referring to premarital sex) and that marijuana was "the type of thing young people have to experience". In the opinion of historian Nigel Hamilton, "alcohol certainly loosened her tongue when she gave what would become a famed interview...No First Lady had ever spoken so candidly on national television, sending moralists of both parties into a tailspin."…..Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon signed a contract with Australian TV journalist David Frost, agreeing to answer any questions posed in four sessions of 90 minutes apiece. In return, Nixon would receive $700,000. The meetings would later be the subject of the film Frost/Nixon As Indira Gandhi's exercise of "emergency rule" over India continued, the Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution of India took effect, prohibiting civil lawsuits or criminal charges from being brought against an incumbent Prime Minister of India. The new rule brought to an end the June decision that had threatened to bar Gandhi from public office…..ritish Leyland Motor Corporation, the United Kingdom's largest auto manufacturer, came under 78 percent control of the British government……The UDT carried out a coup in the Portuguese colony at East Timor, which was in the process of being granted eventual independence from Portugal, beginning a civil war between UDT and a rival independence group, Fretilin. In the civil war that followed, the UDT troops and thousands of refugees were forced, by a counterattack from Fretilin, to flee across the border to Indonesia, but not before their leaders signed a document asking for East Timor to be annexed by Indonesia…..Resolutions to admit North Vietnam and the Communist South Vietnam to the United Nations were vetoed in the Security Council by the United States. The Council had recommended submitting the resolutions to the U.N. General Assembly by a 13–1 margin, with the U.S. against and Costa Rica abstaining….Anthony C. McAuliffe passed away at the age of 77, American general famous for answering a German surrender demand at the Battle of the Bulge with the written reply "Nuts!". The U.S. 101st Airborne Division was able to hold out against the German attack for a week until relieved by other American units….President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh was assassinated at his residence in Dhaka, along with his wife, three of his sons, two daughters-in-law, and his brother, and 12 other people during a coup d'etat led by Major Syed Faruque Rahman. Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, Mujibur's Commerce Minister, became the new President. The original six conspirators, all military officers, had met on August 6 and were soon joined by others, and the decision was made to act before September 1, when the nation's district governors would be given control over the police and armed forces. At dawn, the group struck…..Nearly 35 years later, on January 28, 2010, five of the coup leaders would be hanged after their convictions in 1998, including Syed Faruque, and the man who actually shot President Mujibur, Major Bazlul Huda…..Serial killer Ted Bundy was arrested by Salt Lake County police sergeant Bob Hayward after fleeing when Hayward approached Bundy's Volkswagen Beetle. In the search of the car, Hayward found burglary tools and a ski mask. Bundy would be identified as the kidnapper of Carol Da Roach and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Transferred to a jail in Colorado to stand trial for a murder there, he would escape in 1977 and committed three more murders and this week in 1975 the number one song in LuLac land and America was "Please Mr. Please" by Olivia Newton John who we lost this week. 


At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Your Friend and Political Sparing Partner said...

The Army should re-activate the traitor Mastriano and convene a military tribunal and prosecute him under the UCMJ
As far as that man-child, idiot Barsky. He opined? The stupid motherfucker doesn't take the time to stay informed to validate any of his asinine opining.

At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% agree. Barsky is the worst thing to happen to WILK. He is a lazy POS who boasts about his disinterest and dislike of reading.

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barsky. Lazy?
He makes Webster look like the Energizer Bunny!

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:21 that's not much of a defense. John was lazy, Barsky is lazy and ignorant and proud of his lack of interest to remain uninformed.


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