The LuLac Edition #140, Jan. 26, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: REPRESENTATIVE TOM TANCREDO OF COLORADO, CURRENT JUDGE HOPING NOT TO BE A FORMER JUDGE, ANN LOKUTA, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE AND FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WHOSE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY MATCHES MINE RIGHT ON POINT IN THE CONSERVATIVE/LIBERAL TEST LISTED BELOW.
TAKE THE TEST
Just how conservative or liberal are you? Here's a link for you to take a test. I scored a 16 which put me squarely in line with Bill Clinton's thinking. Let us know on the comments page how you scored. http://franz.org/quiz.htm .
AL'S MOVIE IS NOMINATED
Who says politics is show business for ugly people? "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's film on the perils of global warming, scored two Oscar nominations Tuesday for best documentary feature and best original song.
While he is not technically a nominee _ the film's director, David Guggenheim, won the nod, as did singer Melissa Etheridge for the song "I Need to Wake Up" _ Gore said he was "thrilled" that his movie was honored.
"The film ... has brought awareness of the climate crisis to people in the United States and all over the world," Gore said in an e-mail statement. "I am so grateful to the entire team and pleased that the Academy has recognized their work. This film proves that movies really can make a difference."
Aides say the former vice president plans to walk the red carpet with Hollywood's beautiful people at the Academy Awards ceremony next month.
"An Inconvenient Truth" has been a critical and box office success, bringing in more than $24 million to make it the third highest- grossing documentary in history. A companion book has been on national best-seller lists for months.
Other films nominated for best documentary feature include "Deliver Us From Evil," about the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church; "Iraq in Fragments," about the Sunni-Shiite conflict in that country; "Jesus Camp," about a summer camp for evangelical Christians, and "My Country, My Country," about the months leading up to the January 2005 elections in Iraq.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING
Congressman Tom Tancredo is considering running for president. He is gauging the level of public interest.
Do a million citizens care enough about loose borders and runaway immigration to just sign a petition that they would like him to run to ensure their concerns show up in the campaigns?
CLICK HERE to let Tom Tancredo know what you think.
Again, his Petition for President is located at http://teamtancredo.com/petition.php.
For years, individual citizens and grassroots groups have spontaneously been printing up TANCREDO FOR PRESIDENT bumper stickers.
If you've ever seen the Congressman on TV championing the right of America to defend itself against foreign invasion, you know why people are excited about him.
Before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) was about the ONLY national politician who routinely spoke for the majority of people about the need to control our borders.
Now, dozens of politicians have followed his lead. But so far, most presidential candidates have been luke-warm to extremely scary on border security.
Tancredo is the pioneer, the leader who turned a disorganized and dispirited group of border-security Members of the U.S. House into one of the largest and most powerful caucuses in Congress.
He is considering taking that leadership a GIANT STEP FURTHER.
He has just formed an presidential exploratory committee to consider whether to run in the primaries so he can use that soapbox to shout the opinions of the majority of Americans on immigration matters.
WHY A PETITION IS SO IMPORTANT
A person doesn't take on the huge sacrifice of a year of constant campaigning based only on a general feeling of support from the public.
That is why the staffs of potential candidates offer devices like petitions to assess the level of enthusiasm. Petitions are ESSENTIAL to finding whether interest is REAL and DEEP.
When I think of all the mail I have received through the years asking if there isn't some way to persuade Congressman Tancredo to enter the presidential primary sweepstakes to advance our message of border security. . .
. . . I certainly hope that hundreds of thousands will let Tancredo know in time for him to make the decision.
I am the president of the largest immigration-reduction group of activists in the country – NumbersUSA Action.
My organization does not endorse candidates. But we DO assess which candidates have the best records and stances on immigration/borders.
You can see the records and stances of all possible Republican and Democratic presidential candidates at:
http://www.betterimmigration.com/candidates/2006/prez2008.html. You can get to the campaign website of each by clicking on his/her name.
The web page for the Tom Tancredo Petition is: http://teamtancredo.com/petition.php.
Luzerne County Judge Ann Lokuta says her misconduct charges should be dismissed for a number of reasons, including the age of some of the allegations.
Because the allegations are so old, Lokuta has been prejudiced in being able to adequately defend herself, Lokuta’s attorney said in a response to the charges filed Friday.
State law, the attorney said, calls for charges to be dismissed when the accused has been hampered by such a delay.
In November, the state’s Judicial Conduct Board filed charges against Lokuta, claiming she violated the Judicial Code of Conduct by being “discourteous, rude, impatient, undignified, abusive, unprofessional, demeaning, humiliating, intimidating and volatile” toward attorneys, court personnel and her staff.