This web site, a.k.a. the Wilkes-Barre Record is a broad brush opportunity to capture news and commentary about Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, two towns near and dear to many of our hearts, with a lot of other wonderful towns in-between. This is not the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company's original Wilkes-Barre Record which some readers may recall but the editors of this site have a history with that fine retired paper.
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We are here because sometimes as you know, our local newspapers, including the Scranton Times, the Citizens Voice, The Hazleton Dispatch, the Pocono Record, and the Times Leader are forced by their management to be so politically correct and so exacting that they just don't get the full perspective on issues that are so very important to US, the citizens of Northeastern PA (NEPA).
We hope you come to visit regularly to this site for a dose of politically incorrect, but citizen-correct commentary and news. Send the editor your stuff when we make the mechanisms available and you may see yourself in print. When we get better at hosting the site, you may very well see opportunities to engage in forum topics about Wilkes-Barre & Scranton and vicinity, and of course those that pertain to the state and the country in which we all live and thrive.
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Of all the things this site is, it is not the real Wilkes-Barre Record. The Wilkes-Barre Record was an unmistakably unique newspaper that served the Wyoming Valley along with"up the line readership aplenty from July 4, 1881 to June 23, 1972." Please check out the article titled, the "Mystical Old Wilkes-Barre Record A Beauty of a Paper" for a more detailed look at the paper and a perspective from some of the finest paper boys you would ever want to meet.
Wilkes-Barre PA. Monday, March 5, 2012 -- from the archives.
A retired Marywood University Professor from Wilkes-Barre is once again challenging U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey. This time, Brian Kelly is running as a write-in candidate.
Sixty-four year-old Brian Kelly withdrew from the race in mid January after his campaign team projected they would not be able to achieve the required number of signatures to get on the PA ballot for US Senator. Kelly announced his return to supporters last week. His web site never stopped running at www.kellyforussenate.com.
Please click here to read about Brian W. Kelly's patriotic books
Brian Kelly Re-enters the Race for US Senate
This is an archival piece about when Brian Kelly reentered the Senate Race. Robert P. Casey Jr., unfortunately from Brian W. Kelly's perspective and from the people's perspective was reelected as US Senator.
In this picture, you can see Brian's campaign manager before he was taken to the Lord by a terminal illness. Martin L. Devaney was the best.
In a state with almost 13 million people, one would expect that the news that there were just three of those 13 million people running as Democrats for the US Senate position would have been been big news. It wasn't but then again Kelly had no financial clout to help the media to push his campaign forward.
– A Beauty of a Paper
For those of you who may not know, and for those who may not remember, June 23, 1972 was the day that Hurricane Agnes ripped through the Wyoming Valley in much the same way as the tornadoes and the flooding have ripped through the Midwest USA in the spring / summer of 2011. The flooding Mississippi and a flooding Missouri have taken their toll as did the flooding Susquehanna in 1972. For Wilkes-Barreans and those living in the surrounds, it was the day their morning paper died.
As the title of the song by Bill Brace, former Wilkes-Barre City Clerk rings out, "The Raging Susquehanna" literally pummeled Wilkes-Barre and its surrounds on that day in 1972. The Lackawanna River, known for its own 30-year floods, feeds into the Susquehanna. Though it was a close call in 1972, the Lackawanna stayed within its banks and unloaded its water into the Susquehanna. Most of the local Valley shuffleboard stops in 1972 in Luzerne County were flooded, and they took a long time to come back. So, like so many others, my friends and I found spots "up the line." The "I-Go-Inn" in Dunmore PA for example served the purpose until the Luzerne Country spots rebuilt and came back.
Agnes created an immense amount of destruction for the people of the Valley with a Heart! As you know by now, a not-well documented casualty of the Flood of 1972 was that a beauty of a paper, the Wilkes-Barre Record, a newspaper owned and operated by the Wilkes-Barre Publishing company died that day. The "Record" closed its doors for good after over 90 years of providing a morning paper to the people of this area.
What was the real Wilkes-Barre Record?
Edward J. Kelly married Irene M. McKeown and besides their two wonderful daughters, they gave birth to three magnanimous boys. The first was the most handsome, as I called him during his life, Brother Ed. What a guy. He stood up for me at Confirmation and he looked so handsome, he could have been a movie star. Ed is now with the angels and I am sure the angels are sharing with Ed, God's finest brew.
My sister Nancy came next and she is as good a person as I have ever seen. If I told you more about her, she would be embarrassed and you would be blessed, believe me. So, consider yourselves blessed.
I am the third sibling, brother Brian. I am the guy in the middle. I love my sisters deeply and I love my two bros, with whom I shared the paper route. I can vouch that Joe and Ed were two of the finest Wilkes-Barre Record paperboys of all time.
Preparation & Speech from Feb 21 in Lebanon PA.
This is the speech delivered by US Senate Candidate (Please write him in on April 24) Brian Kelly at All About You Catering in Lebanon PA with annotations. At the bottom there is a link to the expanded handout for the meeting.
The annotations are because I got some questions from the audience about what I really meant by such and such. So, the annotations are explanations that were not in the speech.
This speech was written to convince the US Senate candidates at the meeting that the RRR plan had both the substance and the appeal of the constituency that any candidate who would accept RRR as his platform (only males running), would have a better opportunity for success in becoming a Senator and the AMerican people would have a better chance of coming out of what can only be called, the "Obama Funk."
Here is the speech:
Brian Kelly withdraws from PA-US Senate election race
Wilkes-Barre PA. January 13, 2012. Information Technology Professor and Computer Consultant Brian Kelly officially withdrew Friday as a Candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Kelly had been seeking the Democratic nomination, hoping to defeat Senator Robert P. Casey Jr., the Democratic incumbent in the April 24 PA primary election.
Kelly, who as a virtual unknown in 2010, challenged Paul Kanjorski PA-D11 in the May primary election, and garnered 17% of the vote, announced his Senate candidacy on October 18, 2011 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia at a TEA Party sponsored event. Kelly held a second announcement at the Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre, his home town. The TEA party backed Kelly both times because of his solidly conservative views on economic recovery and job creation.
“I have the finest team of supporters that any one person can be lucky to have. In 2010, through a yeoman effort, this group obtained over 1500 signatures.
R-R-R -- A lot more than just three random letters
Brian Kelly’s master plan for economic recovery and job creation is nicknamed, RRR. Unlike former presidential candidate Herman Cain's 999 plan, the RRR solution focuses on many more areas that need to be addressed for US to turn our economy around and stimulate job creation. Cain’s plan addresses only the tax structure, which must be changed as a start to solving our economic woes. The RRR plan, which also addresses taxes, reaches into many other critical areas that are impeding economic growth.
You have seen the short list before:
R1. Reduced taxes
R2. Reduced immigration
R3. Reduced regulations
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – December 20, 2011 - Brian Kelly announced today the availability of his new book titled, Kill the EPA. Kelly subtitled the book, “So Humans Can Live.” The subtitle is intended to convey the notion that Americans can be assured that the EPA cares a lot more that your lawn and shrubs survive, than that you survive the economic calamity in which we all live. Kelly would also bet that the EPA has a lot more concern for the grubs eating the roots of your grass and plants, and the whiteflies that are killing your personal tomato gardens, than it does about keeping you and other Americans healthy. There is this thought brought forth from studying environmentalists that the more humans that are made healthy, the more the healthy humans are enabled to pollute the environment and thus harm Mother Nature.
“If more Americans were willing to die gracefully and quietly, and not force the environment to endure human pollution, nature would surely have a better chance, and of course the EPA would be extremely pleased,” Kelly said.
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Senator Casey Ignores Democratic Candidate Brian Kelly’s Request to Debate: from the archives
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – December 29, 2011 - Brian Kelly, Democratic US Senatorial Candidate from Wilkes-Barre PA, publicly announced today that he has invited Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. of Scranton, PA to a televised debate in a modified Lincoln Douglas style at the Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre PA.
Kelly emailed the Senator on December 15, and promised to wait seven days, hoping to be able to include Senator Casey’s response in this press release. After fourteen days, Senator Casey has not responded.
“Senator Casey knows that I am just an ordinary Pennsylvania citizen and just as he has ignored my pleas and the requests of other Pennsylvanians over his five years in the US Senate, the Senator has again chosen to ignore what is best for Pennsylvanians, hoping that you and I will simply go away. However, I have no plans to go away, and with America in dire need of recovery, I bet you have no plans to go away either.” Kelly said.
RRR: A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation
During his speech announcing a run for the US Senate against incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. at Fisher’s Barney in on October 21, 2011 in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, in response to a question, Brian Kelly introduced the first three prongs of his now infamous RRR plan for economic recovery and job creation. Each prong of course is represented by a solitary letter, “R.”
Kelly hails from Wilkes-Barre and both his campaign announcement and his RRR plan were greeted by the Democrats and Republicans with abundant applause. Earlier in the week, Kelly had similar outings in Philadelphia and Harrisburg where he received the endorsement of the Independence Hall TEA Party and the Independence Hall TEA Party PAC.
Upon his return from the week of announcements, Kelly immediately began to write the RRR book, which is subtitled, A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation. Take the link to read it.
The EPA loves Mother Nature but is not very fond of human beings!
During his speech announcing a run for the US Senate against incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. at Fisher’s Barney in on October 21, 2011 in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, in response to a question, Brian Kelly introduced the first three prongs of his now infamous RRR plan for economic recovery and job creation. Each prong of course is represented by a solitary letter, “R.”. Even before that, Kelly had begun to address his campaign against the major over-regulations, from which Americans suffer in business and in their personal lives.
Kelly hails from Wilkes-Barre and both his campaign announcement and his RRR plan were greeted by the Democrats and Republicans with abundant applause. Nobody wants government in control of their lives. Earlier in the week, Kelly had similar outings in Philadelphia and Harrisburg where he received the endorsement of the Independence Hall TEA Party and the Independence Hall TEA Party PAC.
Upon his return from the week of announcements and endorsements, in addition to beginning his work on a book reflecting the salient notions of his campaign, which he called RRR, available on this site for free, Kelly read and reread the book he had in progress and which was almost completed. This earlier book was titled, Kill the EPA, the book which we are now discussing. We have a lot more to say about Kill the EPA, right here an this site. Take the link to read it.
Emperor Hirohito could not have done it any better.
Aspen Times Weekly February 2010
Thank You BOH
This appeared in my inbox on September 26, 2011
Barack Obama has awakened a sleeping nation.
Barack Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in the last 100 years. Truly, he is the savior of America 's future.
Despite the fact that he has some of the lowest approval ratings among recent presidents, history will see Barack Obama as the source of America 's resurrection. Barack Obama has plunged the country into levels of debt that we could not have previously imagined; his efforts to nationalize health care have been met with fierce resistance nationwide; TARP bailouts and stimulus spending have shown little positive effect on the national economy; unemployment is unacceptably high and looks to remain that way for most of a decade; legacy entitlement programs have ballooned to unsustainable levels, and there is a seething anger in the populace.
Financial help from Mars may be the only hope for the US economy!
Sometimes I get thoughts that the citizens of my country, mostly on the left, believe that we live on planet earth but our funding comes from planet Mars.
In other words, as a nation we have somehow been lulled into thinking that we do not have to pay for our stuff. We think it is OK that we can incur huge deficits (loans) to the tune of over 70% of our total income. In other words, if the country makes $100 a week, we think it can spend over $170 per week. Nobody can do that not even the government of the USA. To get the 100% clear picture about where we really are in terms of total income, total spending, and total debt, I looked up the statistics today at www.usgovernmentrevenue.com/#usgs302a and they are very alarming.
This is the deal. The U.S. spends 70% more than we bring in. The revenue for 2011 is expected to be 2200 billion and we will spend 3850 billion leaving a loan of 1650 billion as the deficit. Do we expect to ever have to pay this loan back? If we do not pay it back, rather than one day expecting our creditors to forgive our debt, we can expect that the United States will dissolve as a nation and any money based securities, such as guaranteed pensions and IRAs will be used behind the scenes to pay off as much debt as possible and then our country will have no debt. It will no longer be the Unites States of America either and chaos will reign supreme.
Lace Or Shanty-- Hoi Polloi or Hoity Toity
All immigrants have had major issues coming to America. There was no road paved in gold, which they could follow. There was no road in fact, leading to a sure supply of food for their families. They had heard and believed their lot would be better in the New World, America. So they came despite no roads paved in gold or caviar. Yet, in the end, all immigrants from years back at least, embraced America and loved to become Americans and they found their place. It is this stock which bred the country we know simply as America. The stock for the melting pot consisted of many types of immigrants. The Irish were just one variety that melted in.
As the Irish were immigrating to America, like most newcomers in this new strange land, most were poorer than dirt. As ship after ship came to America from overseas, the Irish got numerous enough to form various sections, which today might be called ghettos and they lived in small homes that were not more than shanties. Some chicken coops might have been larger than the first homes of these immigrants.
There Is No Free Lunch!
From the email bag -- email is as received.
Virus-Scanned: amavisd-new at yourplace
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:19:57 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: WAKE-UP FOLKS
The following is very interesting and can be summed up in one short sentence.
There are two classes of people in this country; Those who work for a living, and those who vote for a living!!!
This is a great derivative of the old saying: “There ain’t no free lunch.”
Bloggers do not write what they are told!
Anybody can be a blogger—even you and I. Bloggers often write about their own experiences, and since anybody can blog, not all are as adept at writing as English majors but that does not seem to matter. Occasionally some pedantic correctness asserts itself and somebody corrects some grammar or phraseology in a blog, but most of the time, blogs represent raw thoughts, some more tuned than others.
For the most part, the personalities of the writers come through in their blogs. Some see that as the most essential element of weblog writing. Some blogging analysts say that all the other elements of good writing can be missing, and all the rules can be violated as long as the voice of the person comes through in their blog. It may not be amore, but “that’s a weblog.”
There are lots and lots of blogs, and there are lots and lots of bloggers. Some studies show as many as 112 million blogs out there and over 120,000 more pop up every day. Experts admit that most blogs-- over 80%-- are out of date. “Out of date” means that there has been no activity within the last two weeks.
More and more Americans are seeing our dishonest politicians making a game out of important matters of the day. Worse than that, in their silly game, the winner is not determined by whether the people are served. There is just one prize and we the people are ineligible to win the prize. Victory in the political game for dishonest politicians simply means that they get reelected. One of the current popular political games is the game of Medicare.
In the Medicare game, there is a budget battle in which we the people serve as mere spectators and we get to see this game being played out at its worst by our elected representatives. When we put our disgust aside, and we actually watch some of the game, it is easy to conclude that there are very few good players.
Wouldn’t the hard working parents of the baby boomers be surprised?
Something happened to the Democratic Party since I first joined. I was just twenty-three years old. I spent my first two years as a voter registered as an Independent and then my father helped me understand that in Pennsylvania, being Independent meant that I could not vote in the primaries.
So, I changed from to Democrat, like my dad.
We were very close and talked a lot about how things were in America and in the neighborhoods for years and years. Before my dad passed away, we spent lots of time talking about the way things had changed in the Democratic Party.