The LuLac Edition #230, May 21rst, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: WILK'S NANCY KMAN, FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND FORMER 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CANDIDATE DR. JOE LEONARDI WHO SPENDS HIS TIME NOW IN HIS PRACTICE BUT ALSO COMMENTING THROUGH HIS SITE AS WELL AS BEING A FREQUENT GUEST ON RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
There have been some things we have not been covering on the site due to the recent elections. In the next few editions, we are going to be playing catch up on some things we didn't cover.
LEONARDI ON NPR SHOW
Former Congressional candidate in the 11th District, Joe Leonardi recently was a guest on a Public Radio program in Baltimore. Dr.Leonardi has been active since his candidacy with an opinion blog as well as reaching out to various outlets across the country giving his unique perspective on things. Here is the audio link for the interviewDr. Leonardi participated in recently.
THE WORST PRESIDENT
Former President Jimmmy Carter recently let fly with criticism on President Bush. Carter called the current administration the worst in history when it came to Foreign Affairs. I'm amused by the Carter bashing of the radio right in this country. Carter merely pointed out that Bush's mistakes on foreign policy would have long term ramifications. The fact that Carter, whose Presidency was consumed by domestic turmoil dared to attack the President was noted by many observers. First, usually former Presidents do not attack current office holders but Carter, a foreign polcy wonk and some say, a policy interloper (ask President Clinton) really was specfic in his criticisms. Second, Carter's success rate as a President has been fodder for those who support the President. The GOP is certainly attacking the messenger in this. It is true that Carter was not our best President and precisely because of this, his criticism may not be taken seriously by many. But Carter has some good points which he has scaled back on due to an uproar from the right. However, a successful Presidency is predetermined by a legacy. And it appears the Bush legacy is not going to be very good. First, there's Iraq and how we got there. Second, the way the administration has stomped on the Constitution in the name of protecting us from terrorists makes Richard Nixon's crimes against the Bill of Rights look like child's play. Third, Bush has referred to himself as a "uniter" but the evidence demonstrates that his administration has done nothing but divide us. The politics of "if you are against the war, you hate the troops will be the cornerstone of this President's legacy, "if you dare to disagree, you hate your country". And Carter, saying that his comments were not put in their proper context (he said he was comparing Nixon ands Bush on foreign policy) is more diasppointing than if he stood by his original statement. Nixon's foreign policy was brilliant even though he was a tad, crazy. While Bush's foreign policy has been an insane trip of miscalculations that in any other time on our history would cry out for an impachment on the grounds of incompetency. (Coming soon: my list of the worst Presidents.)
Saw a story over the weekend about a Leadership Class in the Poconos that raised money to take an entire group of WWII veterans to view the beautiful monument dedicated to "The Greatest Generation". The Leadership class provided air fare, creature comforts and made the trip something each and every Veteran would never forget. The local Wilkes Barre Chamber Leadership class should take a good gander at what their counterparts in Honesdale did. Our local group hangs planting baskets on the Market Street Bridge that die by July for lack of upkeep. But I understand the WB Leadership crew has a heck of a happy hour. Anyway, kudos to that Leadership class in the Poconos for recognizing and putting into action a plan for those wonderful WWII vets. When I was a kid growing up, I had 9 uncles who served in WWII, now only one, my Godfather survives. Time is running out to say thanks and I'm glad someone did in such a grandoise way.
NANCY COME BACK!!!!!!
I love my job but I hate Mondays. I count on Nancy and Kevin, and Rock 107 to ease me into the day. But this morning, Nancy was missing. Kevin solo? Cool. He handles it well and can sustain a 12 hour talk show on his own as far as I'm concerned. But this morning, he had on a Kathy O'Donnell, O'Connor who constantly stepped on his comments, and had a gutteral cackle in place of a laugh. Okay, I can deal with that, I love L.A. Tarone and his are not dulcet tones. But when asked by a caller about President Carter's bashing of President Bush, she repled, "it's all about advertising. It's the advertising that's what it is!" HUH??? NANCY, HURRY BACK!
Okay, all you anti-Mario Fiorucci posters, looks like the former Commissioner candidate has won a nomination in SugarNotch. Here's his comment made to the Times Leader, Winning the primary was great, but the real challenge will be to unseat the current mayor, who was appointed by council, over me, in 2006. It will be a tough race and voter turnout will be key. The main issues will continue to be recycling, reducing council by 2 seats and police regionalization. Also, the future of the town's independence should be explored by considering a merger with Ashley and Warrior Run, or with Hanover Township.
Saturday night, I popped open a nice bottle of Reisling and watched a Geena Davis movie. I resisted the urge to post a photo of Geena. I'm getting better. By the way, the movie was "Stuart Little". Okay, on that getting better part, scratch that!