Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The LCDC recently launched our website, which we're all really proud of it. Chairwoman Kathy Kane and the entire Committee were very supportive of the effort and voted for the project unanimously. 2nd Dist. Chair Casey Evans is serving as the site's Webmaster. It will move the Luzerne County Democratic Party into a 21st century media environment and we'll be more competitive than ever before: both online and on the streets!
The website can be found here: http://luzernedems.com/meet-us
Our party's Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luzerne-County-Democratic-Party/217974844886953
It's hard to believe that our local donkeys didn't get with the program until now. Our local elephants have been on the web for a few years now.
Luzerne County Republican Party
and on Facebook
It's hard to predict what is going to happen in the upcoming county council races after all the corruption mostly Democratic office holders have been implicated in. But this is an overwhelming Democratic county and they should win a majority on the newfangled council with the GOP putting a few candidates over the top. Who knows, the Libertarians or an independent may grab 1 or 2 of the 11 seats up for grabs.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Good morning. Representative Barletta is touring flood damage in the 11th District today.There will be media availability with Rep. Barletta at The Shawnee Inn, River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, at noon.
Barletta media availability
Rep. Barletta will be at the Luzerne County EMA building on River Street, Wilkes-Barre, at about 3 p.m. to talk to the media about Hurricane Irene damage
He put out a statement earlierHAZLETON – U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, issued the following statement in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which impacted all five counties of his congressional district:
I want to extend my condolences to the families of those who were killed here in Northeastern Pennsylvania during this storm. They and their families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Many parts of the 11th Congressional District have felt the impact of Hurricane Irene’s strong winds and heavy rain. Thousands of people are without power, and some will remain that way for days. Some cannot access roads or bridges. Some have seen personal property destroyed, while others are still threatened with the loss of their property.
My office has received – and will continue to receive – updates and briefings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and other federal and state agencies in order to ensure the safety of the residents of the 11th Congressional District.
I will work with those agencies to make sure the federal government provides the appropriate response to this natural disaster. I will tour storm-damaged areas starting Monday morning so I can see first-hand the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, and will relay my observations and concerns at the federal level.
Sunday evening, Governor Tom Corbett asked President Obama to make a Presidential Disaster Declaration for several Pennsylvania counties, including Monroe County. Based on the firsthand reports I received from Monroe County officials, I fully support that declaration, and I will send a letter of support for that declaration to the president
Rep. Barletta will be at the Luzerne County EMA building on River Street, Wilkes-Barre, at about 3 p.m. to talk to the media about Hurricane Irene damage.
Lou Barletta is doing what he is supposed to do but getting help for the people who suffered damage may be tough to get.
Hurricane Irene relief funding sets up budget fight
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate has declined to predict how much recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene will cost, but with widespread damage along the East Coast, it could run well into the billions. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday that whatever bills the federal government racks up paying for the recovery efforts will have to be offset with spending cuts elsewhere.
I'm all for Congress establishing a permanent disaster fund but they haven't done it so you have to deal with the latest storm.
Steve Benen says it better than I
And in case this story isn’t quite mind-numbing enough, also note that FEMA has been forced to temporarily suspend “some payments to rebuild roads, schools and other structures destroyed during spring tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Southern states and other recent natural disasters” in order to respond to Hurricane Irene.
That this is happening in the wealthiest nation in the world, simply because the Republican Party has been taken over by charlatans and fools, is a national disgrace.
For all of our differences over party, ideology, and creed, we know that when disaster strikes and our neighbors face a genuine emergency, America responds. We don’t ask what’s in it for us; we don’t weigh the political considerations; we don’t pause to ponder the larger ideological implications.
We act. It’s who we are; it’s what we do.
Or it was, right up until Americans elected a radicalized House majority.
I have asked Barletta's spokesman if he agrees with Cantor. I await his response.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
MOUNTAINTOP, PA – Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum will be speaking to a group of Luzerne County Republicans Monday, August 29 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course in Mountaintop. Sen. Santorum will be making himself available to media at 3:30pm and speaking to the County GOP at around 4:00pm. Media is also invited to hear Sen. Santorum’s remarks to the GOP. This will be Santorum’s first campaign visit to Pennsylvania following his strong showing in the Ames straw poll. Sen. Santorum finished fourth in the Iowa straw poll despite begin outspent by his opponents ten to one. He is hoping to carry this momentum into the fall campaign season and continue to gain support and increases in poll numbers.
Senator Santorum Returns Home With Momentum
There is a rumor that he will drop by Mountain Freeze for a dairy treat afterward
Rick Santorum's media availability has been moved to 5:45pm in the parking lot of Arcaro and Gennell's restaraunt in Old Forge.
Friday, August 26, 2011
So the Federal government is going to pay the airport for a short period of time to put armed guards in a facility that to the best of my memory has never had a serious criminal incident.
The federal government will reimburse the airport $170,800 through Sept. 30, 2012. I have no knowledge of any threat to the place and I seriously doubt that there are any. I'm not sure what law or when it was passed authorizes this waste of money.
Maybe some airports may require this level of security but I don't think our's does. You can't defend against every imagined target but since 09/11/01 the reflex has been to try to. A one size fits all approach to security leads to waste with money going to Avoca instead of JFK or Dulles where it would be better spent.
Some people think the place is a good place to sleep.
I nominate the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Airport at Avoca, Pennsylvania, for your BEST list. It's clean, modern, well- guarded, and always empty (Nobody goes there)"
This reminds me of a few years ago when I tried to see the liberty bell. We are less free than 10 years ago. Not because of the terrorist but the because of the government's reaction to them.
The terrorist have won.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Libertarians Tap Mike Lacey
Pick NEPA Tea Party Leader for Luzerne County Council Slot
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.—Today the Libertarian Party submitted election paperwork naming Mike Lacey as the Party’s replacement for Betsy Summers as one of its candidates for Luzerne County Council. Lacey, a local businessman, Republican, and co-founder of the NEPA Tea Party, is throwing his hat into the ring as a Libertarian in an unprecedented move according to Lou Jasikoff, Chair for the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. The opening came about as Ms. Summers recently qualified to run for both Luzerne County Council and Mayor of Wilkes-Barre. Ms. Summers is running to become the Mayor of Wilkes-Barre which left an opening on the Libertarian ticket for Luzerne County Council.
“Having served on the 2001 home rule study commission, and currently serving on the transition sub-committee for ethics, I looked for a replacement candidate that I could trust to serve the citizens of Luzerne County as I would. Mike Lacey is exactly the kind of individual needed to help make the new Home Rule Charter work. I am secure in the knowledge he will be a watchdog for the community and am honored to have such a principled individual as my replacement. Mike Lacey has my full endorsement,” said Betsy Summers.
“This race is not about party, it is a race about principle. I intend to be a true voice for the people, not the establishment. The time has come for all of us to put party politics aside and do what is best for our communities and country. I want to thank the Libertarian Party for this opportunity to help bring an end to the “good old boy” network that has become so pervasive in our local political system. It is imperative that we stop the corruption, nepotism and cronyism,” added Lacey.
Jasikoff added, “Libertarians have been running as Republicans and Democrats throughout the country for years. This might be the first time in history that a Republican is running as a Libertarian and times are truly changing. I am reminded of a Mark Twain quote, “In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.”
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Rick Santorum fundraising in Pennsylvania
Rick Santorum is embarking on a three-day fundraising blitz across Pennsylvania next week...Santorum will start Monday Aug. 29 with events in Philadelphia, the wealthy Montgomery County suburbs, the Lehigh Valley and the Scranton region. He’ll be joined at the latter event by freshman Rep. Lou Barletta, whose top adviser is a longtime Santorum confidant.
He is building on the momentum of his 4th place showing in the Iowa straw poll and his 3rd place finish in his backyard.
Rick and Lou together again, good times.
I was sitting at the kitchen table writing out some checks when I heard the tea kettle rattling and the light over my head swaying. At first I thought it was the wind as the window was open but then I noticed that the table was shaking. At that point the light bulb lit up, holly shit we're having an earthquake. Thankfully, no one was injured and the damage is minor.
Earthquakes are rare around here but if you live long enough you can expect to see just about anything. So what"s next, Volcanic eruptions on the culm banks or a Tsunami on the Susquehanna?
Mark was not impressed and decided to take a cheap shot at government workers The Great (non) Quake of '11
Dana is blaming Al Gore I think we just had an earthquake here
Maria posted a Carol King video that other sights are also doing Song of the Day
Bernie had a cigarette Did the Earth Move For You, Too?
Carl says Lady Gaga and Bono have teamed up for a benefit telethon for the earthquake ravaged East Coast EARTHQUAKE!
Valley Scanner has a video of the event Wilkes-Barre Earthquake Footage
At the Jonathan Balaster Memorial Summer Picnic on Aug.13th, 2011 we conducted a straw poll of potential (age 18 or older) voters and the results were compiled before anyone had known the Iowa straw poll results. There were 120 attendees and many children. It was a mixed political attendance with the majority Republicans, many Independents and an unknown number of Democrats.
The results of the Luzerne County GOP straw poll:
Rick Perry – 23 votes
Michelle Bachman – 15 votes
Rick Santorum – 12 votes
Mitt Romney – 11 votes
Newt Gingrich – 7 votes
Herman Cain – 7 votes
Ron Paul – 3 votes
Sarah Palin – 2 votes
Tim Pawlenty – 1 vote
I know this is a small sample but people who go to these events are the hard core Republicans who actually work in campaigns. I'm surprised that Santorum only got 12 out of 77 votes. Maybe they're still mad at him for endorsing Arlen Specter.
Ames, Shmames – Rick Perry Wins Luzerne GOP Straw Poll
My prediction that Lady Gaga fans would put him over the top did Tim Pawlenty in. Such a shame as he was the only Republican candidate in the field that I actually met. He seemed less crazy then the rest of them.
Ron Paul came in second but he is the Rodney Dangerfield of the race
Ron Paul Gets No Respect
Michelle Bachman was the winner
(pic via Froth Slosh B'Gosh)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Our big worry going on vacation this year was how will our toddler act on the way and after we got there. Mrs. G's mother counseled against taking him because she thinks he is too bold and not ready to travel yet. I think the real reason is that she didn't want to be separated from her dog for a whole week.
I'm very happy to report that Quincy was a very good dog. He was great in the car there and back despite the delays that turned a 4 hour drive into a 6 hour frustrating journey. After we got to the beach the fun began with a walk at Lake Gerar then a parade down Rehoboth Avenue with people making a fuss over him. We repeated that everyday. Not that he was that interested in people after going to the park.
Also, me and Mrs. G made new friends and had a great time despite getting rained on all the time.
More photos at this link
Sunday, August 14, 2011
THEY CRUCIFIED A GREAT MAN ON THURSDAY
AND WE WONDER WHY OUR STREETS AREN’T SAFE ANYMORE!!!
A Message by Mean Old Man
I’m fit to be tied that the commie justice department railroaded one of the finest young judges that Luzerne County ever produced, the honorable Mark Ciavarella.
All Mr. Ciavarella did was to give some young juvenile delinquent punks the hard knocks they deserved for terrorizing and plundering old folks like myself. Of course, no young punk would ever consider playing any of their spoiled rotten games on me and my missus as I would counter it with a few sprays of buckshot from my trusty Remington and then a little love and affection from my prize bulldog Titus.
Kids today have it too easy, especially criminal kids! After Judges Ciavarella and Conahan were laid victims in a kangaroo court all the prissy liberals (including the one who runs this site) were wondering why the crime rates in their neighborhoods were going up. Morons!!!! With the loss of these two great men I am reminded of what happened when we turned our backs on some other great patriots such as George W. Bush and our sainted Sen. Santorum (see you in the White House soon, Rick!). And for all the liberals who scream the praises of the present occupant of the White House let me tell ya one thing: When G.W. was President, we had a AAA credit rating and now we’re down to AA----see what I mean!!!!!
Instead of shipping poor Mr. Ciavarella off to a gulag they should be giving him a medal.
When I stroll up to the Wal Mart or the mini mart I always see these young punks with their pornographic tattoos and nose rings and clothes too big to fit them.
The hang out asking for money expecting something for nothing. What do you expect from a generation raised by smelly hippies???!!!! Damn!!!!!
And they don’t even have the respect to hold the door open for a lady or an elderly person either.
In my day we had respect for our elders and we didn’t give ‘em no lip either. I remember one time my mom took me on a trip to the city. We were heading into Isaac Long’s off the square and I let the door slam in a young woman’s face. Hell, I was just a kid what did I know? Anyway, when Pops came home from a hard day at the coal mines that evening Mom told him about what I did at the dinner table. Ol’ Pops shouted so loud it would make the devil himself shiver. He then proceeded to take my plate of Potato soup and fling it onto my face. On top of that he gave me a shiner in my left eye. I don’t know what hurt more, the pain of the hot soup on my face or the swelling of my eye. It was horrible, excruciating and humiliating—and you know what? I loved it!!! Because then I knew two things< that Pops and mom loved me and that a kid oughta know his place!!!! It’s a lesson I never forgot. God, I miss my parents a lot.
Kids today rule the parents and that’s why our country’s falling apart. But the commie who runs this site won’t tell you that. HE’s been against Mr. Ciavarella , Conahan and our Sainted Sen. Santorum (whom he shows doctored porn photos of) all along. And one more thing: he says he is off to the beach. MY FOOT!!!!!
I bet he’s either off to Peking to get together with the Commies and help plan the next credit downgrade that is all their fault.
NO doubt he pulled out all of his stocks a few weeks ago because commies always keep each other informed.
So, Gort have fun in Peking (sorry, the beach); tell all your fellow travelers to make sure they don’t forget to send the President a birthday card. As for me, I’ll be sitting here in my easy chair, smoking a Lucky and hoisting a Steg and toasting Judge Ciavarella while listening to the sounds of Pearl Bailey singing “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”
TO hell with your vacation, To hell with your readers, and to hell with Judge Kosik!!!!!!!
I HATE YOU ALL!!!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
If anything newsworthy happens let me know in the comments. While we are at the beach the only TV we watch is the weather channel and baseball. No news, no internet and no newspapers.
A defiant Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced to 28 years in prison and ordered to pay $965,000 in restitution this morning after reading a statement to the court in which he denied trading "kids for cash."
"Those three words made me the personification of evil. They made me the devil. They made me the anti-Christ. They made me toxic," Ciavarella told U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik.
He is evil as is the other Juvie brother Michael Conahan. I was surprised by the sentence
since they previously were willing to cop a plea for 7 years in jail. I was expecting something like twice that time. Al Flora will appeal it but Scootch is headed to jail until that is sorted out.
This video of the mother of one of the kids that got sold up the river by on the Times Leader website expresses the anger that many of us feel although we can never feel the pain of losing her son.
"You ruined my fucking life."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Andrew L. Gasser launched Tea Party In Space in June as a way to "bring fiscal responsibility" into the space program, he told TPM Tuesday. He called the group, which was formed in conjunction with the South Florida Tea Party, the first "issue-specific" tea party in the country.
Gasser explained that the group aims to bring the free markets into the space program, because right now, he say, there is only the government -- which amounts to socialism. "It is socialism when you have the government coming down and saying, 'this is what we want to build, and this is how we want you to build it,'" he said.
Get your tea in zero G
The TEA Party's core values are just what America's space endeavors need right now in this volatile economy. NASA is being forced to fund programs that are behind schedule and ridiculously over budget. It's time to ask: 'how much is enough?' Both NASA, and the American taxpayer deserve a better plan and that's what our platform provides.
I have some news for Mr. Gasser. NASA is being privatized
Privatization of the Space Industry
The problem with the government funded space administration is that it is government funded. While private firms are free to spend exorbitant amounts of investor’s money, sometimes resulting in bankruptcy, they are allowed to take risks that are very unprofitable in the short term that are very profitable in the long term. NASA has to meet the standard of the government, which means they have to regularly and routinely show that they are needed and are valuable to America’s interests
The Shuttle program has ended and NASA is now funding scientific missions that are decided by, um, scientists. Not that teabagers care about science since global warming can't be true because it still snows in the winter.
The Apollo program paid many dividends in addition to putting a man on the moon
I love this from John Cole at Balloon Juice. The headline and the comment.
Tea Party Plans Free Market Colonization of Uranus
Maybe we can get all these guys together, shoot them into outer space where they can do less damage. Plus, if they have their way, the rockets will be made by the lowest bidder, and I am ok with that.
Or put them on the B Ark. In the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy the most useless people were put on a spaceship fleeing a dying planet who then reecked havoc on an unsuspecting Earth. Much like what is happening to the United States today.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Lakeside Skillet Deck and Ballroom
279 Lakeside Drive
Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania
Starting at 5PM
The details are on the Luzerne County Republican Party website you can also check it out at this Facebook event page
Jonathan Balester Memorial Family Picnic
Unfortunately we won't be able to attend because we will be at the beach that day. My fondest memory of Jonathan was mediating a dispute he had with a Luzerne County elected official who mistakenly accused him of dredging up some unfavorable information about him. They kissed and made up after I proved to the elected official that he wasn't the source because another blogger found it in public records. Jonathan was very forgiving and gracious as anyone who calls themselves a Christian should be.
The disturbing thing is that the police have not made an arrest in this case. Jonathan was the victim of a violent murder and the person (s) who did it is/are still walking around.
His family is offering a reward for information.
2nd reward offered for info linked to man’s killing
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
"Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act."
The Lu Lac Political Letter
So they dropped the credit rating of the United States Government because Republicans won't agree to raise taxes to cut the deficit and Republicans cheer. Why do these people hate America?
The S&P has some credibility problems that the Treasury pointed out.
Just the Facts: S&P's $2 Trillion Mistake
The reaction of the markets was to buy more US Treasury bonds and sell off stocks, go figure that out teabaggers. I wish someone would lend me money at 2.3% for 10 years.
The deficit is a long term problem but the immediate problem in that people don't have jobs.
Apostate Bush underling explains
The Downgrade Rally
The bond market has reacted to the S&P downgrade of US debt with a big rally in US Treasuries. As I write, the US government can borrow money for 10 years at about 2.3% and for 2 years at under one quarter of a point. The market wants to buy, buy, buy US debt.
What the market wants to sell are stocks: ie, claims on the future earnings of private-sector companies.
In other words, the market is saying: We fear recession and deflation. The Washington consensus is that we need to fight debt and inflation. It’s utterly upside down, utterly perverse.
A side note: I put in buy orders for 2 stocks that I like if the price falls far enough. I'm an optimist who believes in American Exceptialism and believes the stocks I buy today will be worth more 10 years from now.Local reaction has been a bit over the top:
See you at the thrift store
The Lu Lac Political Letter
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Saturday, August 06, 2011
I added 2 new blogs to the sidebar and deleted some dead links.
THIS JUST IN
is a blog written by former local news guy Kevin Jordan who briefly ran the Luzerne County Elections Bureau.
Posts from the Fringe
is the musings of my friend James O'Meara, Sr. who is running for Plains Township Commissioner.
Kevin will be happy that I fixed the link to The Valley Scanner so you get his latest post. I replaced the link to The Dave Madeira Show with a link to his daily screed Under the Liberty Tree. Sorry pal you are only getting one link.
Michelle is back. She stopped updating her blog a few years ago and went all a Twitter. We now have some updates on
Mexico border town mayor and congressional candidate Martin Resendiz was drunk when he signed nine contracts with a California company that is now suing the city for $1 million, according to a deposition in the case.
“The day I signed . I had way too much to drink. It was after 5 p.m. and I signed it (the contracts) and I didn’t know what I was signing,” Sunland Park, N.M., Mayor Martin Resendiz wrote in response to questions from lawyers for the architectural design firm Synthesis+. “My sister had to pick me up.”
According to the Mayor a few execs of the company got him shitfaced then he signed the contracts and a city councilman who was there (who was also blasted) backs up his story. The company disputes his version of events. Resendiz was in the running for the Democratic nomination to take on GOP Congessman Steve Pearce
Thursday, August 04, 2011
According to the TL Pat Patte's license has not been renewed but he can appeal the decision and will almost certainly will. I predict that the place will keep it's license even if he loses the appeal by selling the place, on paper anyway, to one of his kids.
To refresh your memories Pat is serving 3 years probation for running a gambling operation out of the place and avoided having the business seized by the Feds by paying a $100,000 fine. As I pointed out earlier it was one of the worst kept secrets for years that you could place a friendly wager on a sporting event at Patte's among other North End bars in Wilkes-Barre. When I was a kid I got an education about the meaning of the point spread in the place.
You can but a lottery ticket a few blocks away or spend your unemployment check 2 miles to the north at the Mohegan Sun but you can't wager that the Patriots will beat the Dolphins by 3.
If you go there on a Monday night you can enjoy a great meal and my friend Jim Dougherty will direct you to the Men's room.
Patte's changed over the years going from a corner bar into a hangout for the local political elite.
I even ran into this guy on election eve in November 2010 at Patte's
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
There are more if you click the link
So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following
1. Do not use Medicare.
2. Do not use Social Security
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
12. Do not live in areas with clean air.
13. Do not drink clean water.
14. Do not visit National Parks.
15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.
45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
56. Do not visit the National Archives.
57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries.