The LuLac Edition #2044, May 3rd, 2012
For better or worse, the conflict in Afghanistan is now Barack Obama’s war. By not exiting and taking on the responsibility of taking on this conflict, this inherited effort has now become the current Presidwent’s. Barack Obama now own Afghanistan. And the long range implications for him and the country are going to be historic. Right now, There are approximately 88,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Last year, the United States reduced the troop count in Afghanistan by 10,000, and an additional 23,000 troops will return home by the end of the summer. Obama said the rest will be removed after this summer at a "steady pace" through 2014. However a lot can happen in two years. On the world stage and in politics. In his speech, the President said the United States is training Afghan security forces, and that their numbers will top out at 352,000 this year. That f. force level will be sustained for three years, he said, and then be reduced But why would you reduce a force when the Taliban has had a history of coming back to life lie Chuckie the doll. That group ruled the country in the late 90s, then were put on the run after 911. But they have been reformulating and have not gone away. This country and this war is a sink hole. It has drained our resources that could have been used elsewhere in the United States. Barack Obama said as much during the 2008 campaign. By saying he is going to withdraw, Obama has the ire of the hawks. By saying he wants to draw down slowly, the left of his party becomes more disillusioned. Afghanistan has felled many countries and regimes by its insistence in using barbaric practices that make the 5th century look enlightened. Obama owns the war and unfortunately he’ll own the legacy of disaster that awaits him, his administration and this country. V After the President’s speech on Tuesday night, there were explosions and killings after he left. Not a ringing endorsement.
This week on Sunday Magazine...Brian Hughes speaks with chiropractor Joe Leonardi about a new study indicating a startling rise in Type 2 Diabetes in children, and what can be done to stem the tide. Brian speaks with Katie Leonard & Stephanie Orzlug from Johnson College in Scranton about their upcoming 20th Annual golf tournament and fundraiser.And Brian speaks with Dr. John Tongue and dancer Christina Ernst, about orthopedic care and the “Nation in Motion” campaign. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, and 6:30am on Magic 93 & WARM 590AM.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Tune in this week for Saturday Night at the Oldies with Shadoe Steele on WILK AM & FM. Shadoe's guest this week is Steve Forbert (Romeo's Tune. The show is on from 7pm until midnight with ABC News on top of the hour.
FRIDAY BEER BUZZ
The WILK award winning Beer Buzz celebrates two years and growing. Tonight a celebration will ensure at Krugel's Georgetown Deli from 5pm to 7pm.
ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Jo Ann Kamichitis from the Lackawanna Astronomical Society to the program the week of May 7th. The Lackawanna Astronomical Society holds many free events throughout the region. They work closely with local State Parks and other organizations to generate interest in Amateur Astronomy in Northeast, PA They also offer many public events from Keystone College’s Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory located in Fleetville, Pa. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch 19 at Noon and Midnight each day with selected showings at 6pm several days each week. Electric City Television has also announced that it will tape and re-play the annual Armed Forces Parade in Scranton which will be held on Saturday, May 19th. WYOU will not be providing live coverage this year so, as a public service, ECTV has decided to record the parade for re-broadcast.
SAM SMITH’S CLOSE CALL
Pa. House Speaker Sam Smith squeaked by in his renomination bid last Tuesday. Sam Smith in his Punxsutawney based legislative district. Smith was running against Chris Dush who was an unknown. He lost to Smith 458 votes out of the 6,381 votes cast in the race. Smith has been saying he’d like to reduce the size of the Legislature. He even has advocated a bill to do that which is getting a first read on the hill in Harrisburg. Smith came very close last Tuesday to not being part of the House. I think his close call might be filed under the “be careful what you wish for” category.
OLD FORGE POLICE
The recent allegation that an old Forge police Captain was arrested for having sex with an under age female is a prime example of why there needs to be a regional police force. My friends Sue Henry today likened the situation to the Jerry Sandusky affair. A regional police force would standardize departments and put a few more sets of eyes on certain behaviors that had to be known or talked about in a small town. NOT SO JOE It seems Osama Bin Laden had a hit list and Barack Obama was on it. But Vice President Joe Biden was not. Bin Laden felt that offing Biden wouldn’t really destroy America. Bin Laden must have been listening to Rush Limbaugh scream about Biden. In the Senate over 35 years, schooled in foreign policy and just wifty enough to scare the bejesus out of any enemy. Bin Laden got lucky on 911. The very fact that we remember the day this worthless scum died makes me ill. And Biden God bless him, keeps rolling along.
The Scranton Times Tribune reports that police shot a naked man with a stun gun after he choked his ex-girlfriend outside a doughnut shop Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses told police at about 4:38 p.m. Anthony DeJesus, undressed near the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue and screamed, "I love her" and "I love this girl" at a woman police identified as Tara Luckett. After he was completely naked, he tackled Ms. Luckett and tried to pull down her pants, according to the criminal complaint.Several men pulled Mr. DeJesus off Ms. Luckett, who took shelter in a nearby doughnut shop, police said. When she came back out of the building, Mr. DeJesus tackled her again while saying, "I love her," and began to choke Ms. Luckett, according to the complaint. The young lady declined to press charge and Romeo was carted away. Crazy kids!
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in Las Vegas.
GO Transit, Canada's first interregional public transit system, is established..The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup. It was their last Stanley Cup and last finals appearance to date. It would turn out to be the last game in the original six era. Six more teams would be added in the fall. Harold Wilson announces that the United Kingdom has decided to apply for EEC membership.....Lunar Orbiter 4 is launched by the United States….in Pennsylvania, barely just out of office as Governor, there is rampant speculation about the future of former Governor Bill Scranton. National media `are inquiring as to whether Scranton will be offered a post in the Johnson administration to get him out of the way as a contender in 1968. In addition, there was talk of another Scranton run. The former Governor quelled those Presidential rumors but it was to no avail……in Lackawanna County, Majority Commissioner Patrick Mellody and Edward Zipay are confident as they run for another term as the spring [primary a approaches and 45 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was a remake of a George Gershwin classic, “I Got Rhythm” by the Happenings.
Also on the charts was an old Steve Lawrence e remake done by a group that was very similar to the Happenings “Portrait of My Love” by the Tokens.