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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Buck Stopped Back There

The latest from City Hall...

Tommy was mean to me.

Read all about it at the Citizens' Voice site.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In W-B, Rules Are For The Fools

You know, fools. As in, the electorate, Or, perhaps, the taxpayers. Fools!

A snippet from the city's published rules...

 Sec. 2-107. - Residency.
Required. All persons employed by the City of Wilkes-Barre, and members of boards, authorities and commissions, shall be residents of the city, unless specifically excused by action of city council.
Certificate of residency; liability for city taxes. All city employees and members of boards, authorities and commissions shall be required to sign a certificate of residency, and that said certificate shall declare his or her residence to be within the City of Wilkes-Barre, and the understanding that he or she is, and intends to be, liable for all validly-enacted taxes which are applicable to residents of the City of Wilkes-Barre.
(Ord. No. 19-76, § 8.02, 7-8-76; Ord. No. 

Going forward, I would suggest that the rules be amended rather than willfully ignored.

I'm just saying.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Way-points on the Hoosegow Trail.

Yeah, Way-points.

Bar patrons packing heat tend to be transitory.

Case in point: Some years ago, um, about 16 years ago, the City of Wilkes-Barre forced the closing of a "nuisance bar" called Chu's. With that, the clientele moved to a new, nearby joint called Desi's Pizza. After Desi's was ordered to shut, the clientele moved down the street a ways, while the owners demanded remonstrance in court.

Here's a snippet of that aforementioned legal tussle...

Between the opening of the Restaurant and March of 2000, the customers patronizing Desi's were predominantly white.   At some time in March of 2000, the City of Wilkes-Barre, its mayor (Thomas D. McGroarty) and chief of police (Anthony J. George), and David W. Lupas, the District Attorney of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (collectively the “defendants”), acted in concert to bring about the closure of another bar and restaurant called Chu's. Chu's clientele consisted primarily of African-Americans and Latinos.   After Chu's closed, many of its former patrons became regular customers of Desi's.
The residents of Wilkes-Barre are predominantly white.  Following the closure of Chu's and the change in the ethnic composition of Desi's clientele, people living in the area surrounding Desi's began to complain to the defendants about problems allegedly created by Desi's.  Residents complained that Desi's' presence increased “crime, noise[,] and other disturbances.”  App. at 39.   These complaints, however, were in fact motivated by a desire to drive African-Americans and Latinos out of Wilkes-Barre, and the defendants shared this objective.   This desire and “public criticism” of the defendants for failing “to provide adequate policing and law enforcement” in the city motivated the defendants to “embark[ ] on a campaign to close down” Desi's.

So, in effect, while shuttering one bar to calm things down in one neighborhood may pacify a few angry voters, said action simply forces the bad actors to pick up their firearms and spare clips and move to yet another unsuspecting nearby beer garden.

I offer no solution, just an unwanted observation. There might not be an actual solution, just shot-up way-points.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Great Circular Sh*t Storm

Seriously, kiddies.

If you can't navigate a circle, it's time to consider chain-smoking with the pilot lights having been disengaged. Just saying.

Good luck.

Indigenous Flapdoodle

Time to lock the doors, close your eyes and drink very, very heavily.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Zero Sum Budgeting

Let the games begin...

Wilkes-Barre is broken, busted and broke, but the neighbor needs a job


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Election Day

First up: Wilkes-Barre Mayor?

Let's see. TL or mediocrity?

County Council? Incumbent my ball bearings.

Save for Brominski, go away.

Wilkes-Barre Area School District, otherwise known as the Wilkes-Barre Incumbent-Family  Job Placement Bureau...

And Bill....

Also went for Malloy for Magistrate.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Beauty of Roku

Recently, the ever-increasing and undeniably astronomical cost of cable and satellite television came up on The Sue Henry radio broadcast haunt.

I listened intently to caller after caller while figures approaching and exceeding $200 a month were mentioned. I was aghast. Horrified. And giggling inside. Here's why...

I used to pay one of those aforementioned, horrendously exorbitant figures for access to hundreds of television networks that I outright refused to watch. Sorry folks, but Bad Girls Club is little more than drunken out-of-control sluts on parade.

So, I called the satellite company, cancelled my service, and demanded that they send one of the illegal aliens on their payroll to remove their equipment. Then I traveled all the way to Boscov's to purchase a digital antenna priced at $14.99. Next came the $99 Roku 3.

These days, we have access to Netflix, Hulu and 23 broadcast channels on our television, channels we are receiving in digital picture and sound. Total monthly out-of-pocket hurt...$16.

In addition, we can rent from both Red Box and the Blockbuster catalogue without leaving the couch. Thanks to the Roku, we can add as much programming as we'd like, and very inexpensively. But, alas, I really, really like that figure I previously mentioned...$16 a month. 

Act, people!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


The aforementioned graduate.

ESU, by the way.