The LuLac Edition #299, Sept. 7th, 2007
THE UGLY HEAD
So Bin Laden has reared his ugly head again today with a 26 minute diatribe against western civilization and of course the United States. On the site, I refuse to show a photo of this creep, Grecian formula beard or not but instead chose to show us all what he did to us. When 911 happened, I was one of those who said that his terrorist group had shot its load and that there would be no further attacks on America. I felt that even Bin Laden surprised himself with what he and his thugs accomplished. And even though we've had no attack on our shores (there have been a few that have been intercepted) I think Bin Laden has won a bigger physcological war over us. And if we are to survive as a democracy, we've got to get a handle on this thing. Here are my thoughts:
PAUL & JOHN
Two guys from Nanticoke have made it big politically. Not bad for a small town that's former claim to fame was 1960s actor Nick Adams. Once political friends and allies, they now look warily at each other. Talk is swirling around that John Yudichak might challenge Congressman Kanjorski for his seat in the 11th Congressional District. Kanjorski has been formidable, he was the lone guy standing after a parade of three Congressman, Musto, Nelligan and Harrison, served the 11th in 4 years. While Frank Harrison's people were touting the ex college professor's connections in D.C., Kanjorski pulled an upset and never looked back despite opposition from Marc Holtzman's millions and Lou Barletta's energy. The Congressman has brought millions to the district, and is easy to reach. But there are the financial government grant connections (constantly harped on by Dr. Joe Leonardi last fall but ignored) to the Kanjo family that don't look so nice and can be exploited against him, just as the Congressman did against Harrison about the water crisis. Yudichak in the meantime, by design or accident, has come upon a major issue that has become a hot button not only in the valley but nationwide. Health care. As reported here, Mr. Yudichak has proposed the creation of a consumer's advocate for health care in the state of Pennsylcania. With many unisured people and health care insurance getting higher for those who have it, this issue will surely get some play. And get Yudichak some attention. My inclination, right now is to think Mr. Yudichak, a young man with a great future will not run against Mr. Kanjorski and wait until the veteran lawmaker retires. But if he does decide to run, all he has to do is walk into a place like the Sanitary Bakery or a VFW and say, "Don't you think you deserve the same health care Congressman Kanjorski recieved when he had his open heart surgery in Boston? I'm glad he's feeling well and got the care he needed but don't you think you deserve, don't you think you've earned the same thing?" If he does that, he wins in a landslide.
FREDDY COME LATELY
Republican candidate-come-lately Fred Thompson won the ratings game Wednesday night over his debating GOP rivals by appearing on "TheTonight Show" with Jay Leno - but it wasn't the expected blowout. The Republican face off in New Hampshire, carried live at 9 p.m. by FoxNews, pulled in 3.1 million viewers - the largest debate audience of the2008 campaign. About 6 million viewers tuned in to see Thompson announce his presidential bid on Leno's late-night NBC program - up 15% from Leno's typical Wednesday audience.Thompson and his fellow GOP White House hopefuls can take comfort in knowing they soared past the 1.4 million viewers Bill Clinton collected on CNN with Larry King.