The LuLac Edition #1899, January 13th, 2012
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1. What is wrong with America?
Jeez, nothing like starting out big huh? Well I think for one thing we do a lot of talking but rarely do we follow up on improving society. There are too many talkers and not enough listeners. The second thing going on is that there is a great disparity in classes. And that has gotten worse because of the hero worship we have for people whose only claim to fame are that they are rich. They become famous for simply that. It strikes me as odd that the 99 per centers will celebrate these people, watch them on TV and even try and emulate them. But these celebrities don’t give a rat’s ass about the people who glorify them. Our national attention span is pretty much shot too. If a candidate doesn’t say it in a minute or less, we’re on to “The Bachelor”. Bottom line is we have to fix ourselves before we can fix government. We’ve got to study, think, then get involved. We have to get away from the attitude, “I got mine, now get yours”. I hope that’s enough of a start for you.
2. Your thoughts on Newt Gingrich please?
I think he missed his time. Gingrich should have run in 2008. At that time Barack Obama was not as skilled in debating and even in campaigning as he is now. Even with his baggage, Gingrich could have presented his experience vs. Obama’s lack of it in that campaign. Plus Gingrich who was out of office since ’97 could have distanced himself from the Bush/Cheney version of conservatism. He could have disassociated himself from every aspect of the Bush years and could have formed a coalition of rock ribbed, deficit hawk conservatives (they call them Tea Party people now), Republicans who did not want a Democrat and people who thought Obama was inexperienced. Timing is everything and he missed his chance in ’08. I have no doubt in my mind that had he run in 2008, President Gingrich would be running for his second term.
3.What grade do you give the new County Council in Luzerne County so far?
A minus. They all seem to be working together and have a big job to get this thing off the ground.
4. Are you upset that a local person is not in the final ring of finalists for County manager?
No. Because the way this area is, everyone is related to someone in some shape or form. I think they did a good job by picking from the outside. Can you imagine the uproar if a Doug Pape or a Red O’Brien was a finalist? The way that the Vice Chairwoman Linda Houck explained it was satisfactory to me.
5. Okay Yonki, Linda Ronstadt or Carly Simon?
Tough one. I’d go with Ronstadt because she seems less complicated and needy than Carly Simon.
6. Tom Corbett is cutting the state budget again. Do you think this will hurt him politically?
In the short term, yes. In the long run, no. He is doing it early in his term and if the revenues start to flow at a greater rate, he can restore some of those cuts and look like a hero. Don’t forget, some of the cuts are not cuts, some of them are just a freeze on what people will get in the next year.
7. Did you read the latest book on the first lady and the President?
No. I have no interest in it at all. The writer last spoke to her subjects in 2009. That’s a problem in my book if you can’t get a reaction.
8. Is it me or does Fox News make it a prerequisite for their panel people and reporters to wear very short skirts?
Nope, it isn’t you. You won’t see my girl Candy Crowley on Fox News I’ll tell you that!
9. What do you think of the looting in West Pittston?
Every time I see something like that I think of Paul Kanjorski. Kanjorski made no apology for being a supporter of government. Back in 1972 during and after the Flood, the National Guard was called out to curb looting. The Guard was patrolling long after the waters receded. The Guard now is winding down from the Iraq War but there are still people serving in Afghanistan. If it were a different time, there would be more police and guardsmen to take care of this situation. But as Kanjorski opined many times, when federal programs suffer, there are consequences. And the lack of protection for these homes in West Pittston is an example of how government functioned in 1972 vs how it is operating today. My thoughts though about looters: shoot them with a stun gun that will paralyze them for a month, keep them in a hospital ward and feed them once a day with a tube. After that, let them think about how precious movement of their limbs are and maybe they’ll keep their mitts off other people’s stuff. Oh and if they are good patients after a week, I’d then issue catheters to them.
10. How are your Packers going to do against the Giants this week?
I’m holding my breath. The Pack has some emotional issues going on because of a death in their coaching family. But the Giants seem like they are on a roll and can be very, very dangerous. They remind me of what the Packer team was like last year, getting hot at the right time and then running the table.
11. As far as your writing goes, have you ever considered working on a period piece and if so, what era?
Yes I have. The era would be WWII. I have an idea but it hasn’t hit paper yet.
12. Any comments on the Firetruck controversy with Mayor Leighton?
Well he did get the fire trucks and that’s a good thing. I would have given credit to the donor in some way. What I don’;t understand is how this donation came all the way from a California firm. I mean what is the connection there? Don’t we have the Luzerne Foundation for that type of thing? Leighton is going into his third term and I think it is ironic that he still has to defend stuff from a few years ago (even before his re election to term #2) even after winning big.
13. What are your thoughts on the Scranton Times story about Bob Cordaro and Chuckie Costanza not testifying at his trial? Was there jury tampering?
Nothing would surprise me. I thought it odd that Costanza got himself out of jail for the day and then decided not to testify. Did Cordaro have a relative of Chuckie’s in the courtroom sitting next to Steve Corbett? This is one twist after another. The entire Cordaro/Costanza/Munchak saga is like a bad and unfinished Paul Sorvino movie! Maybe me and one of my fellow posters will develop a “treatment” and submit it to big Paulie with a couple of bottles of homemade sauce. We’ll also need half a million too………………….