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Sunday, May 13, 2012
The LuLac Edition #2053, May 13th, 2012
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1. Any big surprises in the last election?
Not really. I think the one shocker for me though was the fact that Randy Castellani didn’t get the nomination in the 115th. I thought Frank Farina doomed his candidacy with his radio interview. But apparently people in the Mid Valley were not going to put a “quitter” in the State House. Statewide, I would have thought Sam Roher would have fared better for the U.S. Senate nomination against Bob Casey. And Sam Smith’s close call (he is the House Speaker) was a little eye opener. Matt Cartwright’s win was no surprise and everything else seemed to go true to form.
2. Mother’s Day. Thoughts?
I wish every mom out there a great day. I heard someone on the radio say the other day that the family, the parents you get is really the biggest crap shoot any of us are involved in. Essentially, the luck of the draw is in play regarding the parents you get. To that end, I was extremely lucky to have the mother I had and by extension, the mother in law I acquired through marriage. Both are gone but there is not a day that goes by that both are not in my thoughts.
3. Do you miss doing Topic A with Tarone?
Yes I do. It was one of the best experiences of my life and hopefully we can both revisit that situation in the future.
4. Who will be Mitt Romney’s Vice President?
Rob Portman of Ohio. It will be the staid and steady ticket.
5. The County Council now seems to be settling in to its work. Are there any stars on that panel?
No. And that’s a good thing. Each member brings their own skill set to the arena. There is very little grandstanding and it seems like they are trusting in their pick of Bob Lawton as County Manager. This is so very different than the situation in the 1960s when Wilkes Barre went to the Council Manager form of government. There was a great deal of animosity against the system voted on by Wilkes Barre residents. And it came from both parties (that’s when Wilkes Barre had a viable GOP) because the party officials thought the only reason the voters put in the new system was because of then Mayor Frank Slattery’s pushing and ultimate adoption of the wage tax.
6. We’re closing in on the 40th anniversary of Agnes. Did they ever finish that movie?
I think the funding on it lost steam but from what I hear people are efforting to finish the project. Might not be in time for the 40th anniversary but I’m sure it will be completed. In the meantime, look for retrospectives from both WNEP TV and WBRE TV. Also look for our good friend David DeCosmo to be front and center lending his thoughts since he was right in the middle of it when he was News Director at WILK.
7. Seen the new Stooges movie yet?
Nope. But I understand it is funny and you really can’t miss with Kate Upton in it.
8. Do you think Vice President Joe Biden was out of line when he kind of pushed the President into supporting same sex marriage?
Biden was being Biden. Another politician might have chose their words more carefully. But that’s the beauty of Biden. And in this case, the President needed to say yes or no.
9. Did you read the ESPN article on the enn State scandal and Tom Corbett’s role in it?
Yes and it doesn’t make the Governor look good. After this general election, watch for some chatter on possible Democratic foes gunning for Corbett in 2014. And I predict, they'll use the Penn State scandal as a talking point.
10. What do you think was the most interesting aspect of the Congressional race in the newly formed 17th district?
I think the virtual silence and lack of visibility of former Congressman Paul Kanjoski. If he endorsed anyone, I didn’t hear about it.
11. The John Edwards trial. I’ve not seen any comments on it on LuLac. Why?
I really don’t know where to begin with it. The thing is so damn awful. The guy cheats on his dying wife while she is campaigning for him! Really? Then he gets people to lie for him who aren’t even good liars, he picks the wrong woman to have an affair with because she seems crazy, they don’t use birth control, and then when the whole thing is going to blow, he is delusional enough to think Obama will pick him as Vice President or Attorney General. Can you imagine if this guy became Vice President?
12. Mariano Rivera. Done or going to come back?
He’ll come back.
13. Are there any cool Mother’s Day songs out there?
There are a few. Frankie Valli did a nice song called “My Mother’s Eyes” which was nice. Connie Francis’ “Mama” is a total downer. I love The Intruders "I'll Always Love My Mama" too. We featured that a few years back here on LuLac. One of the songs I associate with my moms is an upbeat song by John Sebastian and the Spoonful called “Nashville Cats”. What better Mother’s Day present than a son writing a song for mom, even if it was inspired by those “Yellow Sun records from Nashville”.
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Author of the book "A Radio Story/We Wish You Well In Your Future Endeavors" and "Leges Vitae" "26 Rules of Life" and the new novel, "Weather Or Knot". The blog editor also writes various news articles and columns as well as upcoming literary projects. The blog editor was a frequent guest on WYOU TV'S INTERACTIVE NEWSCASTS when political issues were discussed on the national, state and local level. Currently, Yonki is a weekly panelist on WYLN TV 35's Friday Topic A program. He also appears on the Hazleton, PA. stations Election Night coverage and does special projects and stories for WYLN TV 35's 10PM Newscast "Late Edition".