Thursday, March 12, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2854, March 12th, 2015

Hillary Clinton. (

A relative of mine, my 90 year old Aunt Mary used to say that “it’s the things you never worry about that get you”. A few weeks ago the very prospect that an e mail scandal could damage a Hillary Clinton run for President was incomprehensible.
Now we are talking about personal servers, deleted e mails, personal communication and the number 55,000. For now, this is an inside the beltway story. The press is using the same refrain of “Oh no, those non transparent Clintons!” The GOP wants to get their hands on the e mails to determine what was in them and if they can make fodder on anything  she might have wrote.
The Clinton camp is saying they have the right to decide what should be seen and deleted. The former Secretary is saying that even though she had a personal server that was really the one used by the former President in their suburban New York home, the e mails were still saved on the Federal server because they were either forwarded by her to said server or the person who received the e mail. In her mind, it still had it in their public server possession.
The line is so blurred between personal and policy that one has to wonder where the line is drawn. Knowing the Clintons they will try to run the clock out on this until people are tired of it. Knowing the GOP, at some point they will go beyond reason and overplay their hand.
But here’s what to watch out for. If one of those deleted e mails contain something questionable regarding the Clinton Foundation and former donors, or contains something the Clintons wanted to hide (not saying this is the case but we’re playing a game of “what if” here) and it was saved by someone else……..and then released, then the proverbial crap will hit the fan. Then you will see the unintended consequences of why Mrs. Clinton made the Nixionian decision to control the destiny of her messages. If things stay quiet for a while, it does not guarantee that there will not be a surprise. The e mail controversy has the potential to be the sword of Domiciles that can hang over a Presidential bid already running in low gear.
Here’s something that has been buried in the LuLac files for a while. When Dr. Joe Leonardi had his political blog, (the former Congressional candidate would be a frequent guest on WYOU TV’s Interactive News), he wrote a prescient post on why Hillary Clinton would not be the 2008 nominee. Now 8 years later his words still ring true. That’s the article that follows.


Author's note: “I originally wrote this on my old blog in March of 2007.... It seems I could have written it today, and it would still be accurate. I offer it as it appeared, with minor notations in parenthesis.” Dr. Joe Leonardi.

Not a single primary has been held, not a single vote has been cast, heck before nothing more than a presidential exploratory committee had been formed, Senator (former Secretary of State) Hillary Rodham Clinton had been anointed the Democratic nominee and the next President of the United States. The big question is not if Senator (former Secretary of State) Clinton will get her party’s nomination and eventually become President. No, the big question is why she won’t.
Straight out Hillary Rodham Clinton is not all that like-able. The most unspoken reason someone wins the presidency is like-ability. Other words such as charisma and appeal are used to make it sound more complex, more meaningful, more serious. However, the simple fact is like-ability rules the roost in electing our presidents. Ronald Reagan was our grandfather. Bill Clinton was every man, “the man from Hope”, and George W. gave the appearance that though born to privilege, he could be everyone’s best friend.
Qualifications and education are played up, but they really aren’t that important. President Harry Truman did not posses a college degree. Other than Governor, President Ronald Reagan never held any other elected office, never ran a business, he was simply a B movie actor and spokesperson. President George W. Bush’s business failures are well chronicled. The two one term presidents of my lifetime may have been the most “qualified” to hold office. Both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter had excellent educations, distinguished military careers and worked their way up the political ladder. Each failed in their re-elections bids because they weren’t like-able. President’s Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush all had potential scandals that should have prevented their re-elections, but they won because of the like-ability factor. President Reagan is remembered with great fondness by supporters and detractors alike. President Clinton won over the man he vanquished. And the future will tell about President George W. Bush.
Since the age of television the shallower qualities are played up. A great example is the Nixon/Kennedy debate. Those who watched it on television felt Kennedy won, those who heard it on the radio felt Nixon won. President Kennedy embraced the then new media. He was tanned, used stage make up, and though he was a man in great pain and suffered from an illness few were aware, appeared young and vibrant.
President Nixon looked, well looked like Nixon.
Back to Senator (former Secretary of State) Clinton. Hillary is just not like-able. She rubs many people, including fellow Democrats, the wrong way. She went from being a Goldwater conservative to a 60′s liberal and fervent feminist. She went from single Hillary Rodham to the married Hillary Rodham, to Hillary Clinton to finally Hillary Rodham Clinton. She went from a socialist utopic idea of nationalizing one seventh of the U.S. economy to being a conservative war hawk. She was quoted as saying, “I’m not some Tammy Wynette standing by my man” to a doormat of a blatant philandering husband time and time again. She was born in Illinois resided in Arkansas and Washington D.C. but ran for the Senate in New York. She went from unflappable and undeterred to tossing her beliefs to the wayside for political expedience and popularity.
The reason Senator (former Secretary of State) Clinton is not like-able is because no one knows who is the real Hillary Clinton. There is no genuine, consistent character to her. It is hard to like someone who doesn’t like him or herself. How do you like yourself if you can’t decide who you are? There are those that seek the presidency to lead and there are those that seek the presidency just to be president.
Which is Senator (former Secretary of State) Clinton?
Who knows?
I would guess even she doesn’t know.


First off, for those of you who have read this blog as well as my Facebook posts, you know I am pro Israel. You know I think it is ridiculous that we are even negotiating with Iran in terms of atomic weapons in that region. I agree with the sentiment of the letter BUT I violently disagree with the interference of the Legislative body by sending a message to Iran that the deal could be undone by the next President.
This smacks of what the Nixon campaign did in 1968 when they sent a message to the North Vietnamese that if a Republican would be elected, the North would get a better deal. 4 years later and 20,000 lives later, both sides realized that overture was a load of baloney.
We only have one President, one Secretary of State. For as much as I agree with the importance of Israel for our country to show divided government in terms of foreign policy borders on treason. What if the Senate in 1962 sent a letter to Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile crisis? What if the Democrats undermined Eisenhower in Hungary? What if the Republicans sent a note to Hitler in WWII? Dramatic you say? Not really.
The sad fact in American politics today is that no one is united. We are not united when we send a signal to a foreign nation, a nation that tortured and kept in captivity members of our foreign service for 444 days that we are do not have two or three negotiators but 535! What a travesty. Here is the list that signed the letter. Sad to say one of our own in the state of Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, usually reasonable, joined the crazies. Here’s who signed:
Senator Tom Cotton, R-AR
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT
Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY
Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL
Senator John McCain, R-AZ
Senator James Inhofe, R-OK
Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS
Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL
Senator Michael Enzi, R-WY
Senator Michael Crapo, R-ID
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC
Senator John Cornyn, R-TX
Senator Richard Burr, R-NC
Senator John Thune, R-SD
Senator Johnny Isakson, R-GA
Senator David Vitter, R-LA
Senator John A. Barrasso, R-WY
Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS
Senator Jim Risch, R-ID
Senator Mark Kirk, R-IL
Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO
Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS
Senator Rob Portman, R-OH
Senator John Boozman, R-AR
Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA
Senator John Hoeven, R-ND
Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL
Senator Ron Johnson, R-WI
Senator Rand Paul, R-KY
Senator Mike Lee, R-UT
Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
Senator Dean Heller, R-NV
Senator Tim Scott, R-SC
Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX
Senator Deb Fischer, R-NE
Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV
Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA
Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO
Senator James Lankford, R-OK
Senator Steve Daines, R-MT
Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD
Senator David Perdue, R-GA
Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC
Senator Joni Ernst, R-IA
Senator Ben Sasse, R-NE
Senator Dan Sullivan, R-AK
What kills me is how Republicans will tell you how THEY FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION, HOW THEY EVEN CARRY A COPY OF IT IN THEIR POCKETS to tell you how much more patriotic than their opponents are. Yeah, maybe they should take that copy of the Constitution from their jacket pocket and put it in their back trouser pocket. Then it will be in close proximity to who they really are, total asses.
Here is the list of those who didn't sign:
Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN
Senator Susan Collins, R-ME
Senator Bob Corker, R-TN
Senator Dan Coats, R-IN
Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS
Senator Jeff Flake, R-AZ
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
I’m disappointed that Toomey and John McCain aren’t on that list. But Toomey is a lackey and McCain is still pissed he lost the election.  Also, the next time these jokers start talking about "Executive Orders"...tell them to explain this.


Ed Rendell. (Photo:

Saw something strange on MSNBC’S Morning Joe Wednesday. Rendell was reading a statue from the Federal handbook on the e mail controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton. Joe Scarborough the host cracked to Rendell, “You just happened to have a copy of that near your cereal this morning”. Rendell didn’t appear in any other segment. Let’s hope the former Governor told the “host”, (and I use the term loosely) and former Congressman turned blowhard and bully to pound sand. Like the show but think Scarborough can be a jerk a majority of the time. Usually it’s entertaining but Wednesday it was, well like Scarborough was not happy to be just a jerk but wanted to be king of the jerks.

(Photo: Times Tribune).
Last week’s second annual Pittston City St. Patrick’s day parade was a huge hit. The event had more than six bag pipe units and from all accounts was well attended even in the cold.


I have to tell you that “Killarney Kapers” will not be the same without Mike Remish but I’m sure he’ll approve of the line up this Saturday at 10:30AM as Bobby V., Jim Riley and Dave Madeira doing the commentary. The show started long ago on the old WWDL and WICK will be heard on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 and 106.7 fm.


James McNulty. (Photo:
Former Scranton Mayor Jim McNulty has been named the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Scranton parade. The former Mayor was thrilled by the honor and is getting his rain gear ready for the big day.


For the fourth year, WYLN35 based in Hazleton, PA and airing throughout the Wilkes-Barre market will broadcast the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade LIVE.
The parade coverage will begin 2PM EST Sunday March 15th and rebroadcast several times (check local listings or go to for details regarding rebroadcast days/times).
The televised coverage will be hosted by WYLN35 news personalities: News Anchor, Ann Gownley and Reporter/Topic A host Gary Perna. The station’s Sports Director, Eric DeBerardinis and Sports/Features Reporter, Gabriella Justin will be in the roles of correspondents on the streets. Additional on-air WYLN35 talent will be at the parade behind the cameras, including the station’s Chief Meteorologist, Joe Garbacik.
Interviews will include this in the parade, spectators, the Mayor of Wilkes-Barre and the parade’s grand marshal.
WYLN35 serves northeastern PA and can be watched on the following cable and UHF channels:
Channel 7
Service Electric Cablevision Hazleton & Mahanoy City
Metrocast Berwick
Service Electric Cable TV & Communications Wilkes-Barre
Channel 15
Shen-Heights Television
UHF Channels
Channel 5 Williamsport
Channel 24 East Stroudsburg
Channel 35 Hazleton
Channel 47 Berwick


Event:The Irregulars Think Tank Breakfast
Date: Saturday, March 14
Presenter: Bruce Spencer, Past President, Blue Diamonds Toastmaster Club of Luzerne County
Topic: Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program.....Thirty Years Later – It Clicked!
Time: 9:00 A.M. (Doors open at 8:30)
Place: The Metro at Twin Stacks Center - Hwy 415 – Dallas
Cost: $12.00 per person / Pay At The Door


This Week on Sunday Magazine
Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Tracey Wilen, author of numerous books on women in the workplace, about why 2015 is the year of "Woman Up" as we mark the month of March as Women's Month.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Colin Riccobon from the Red Cross who discusses Red Cross Month during March.
And an encore of Brian's interview with Michael Boyd, and his Facebook group's plans to bring a Reading Terminal Marketplace to the troubled Mall at Steamtown in Scranton
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X & Sports Radio 590, WARM, and 6:25am on Magic 93.

(Photo: ECTV) 
ECTV Live Hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender will welcome Michelle Wheeler of the Lackawanna Environmental Education Center to the program during the week of March 16th to unveil Spring and Summer programs at the facility. ECTV Live is presented several times throughout the day on Comcast Channel 19 (61 in some areas).


This week's guest is Colleen Connolly from the Department of Environmental Protection, discussing Keystone Landfill expansion and other issues. Jim Riley hosts Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA's Sports Radio-The Game 1340/1400/1440 am and 100.7 and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. Special Edition is heard Saturdays and Sunday on these Entercom stations, WILK FM Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 6 am on Froggy 101 Sunday at 7 am on The Sports Hub 102.3 Sunday at 7 am on K R Z 98.5 Sunday at noon on WILK FM 103.1.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Every Wednesday at 5PM, Steve Corbett shines the light on a Public official with his “Somebody’s Watching Me” segment. Corbett picks an alleged public servant to eye ball and observe. Batten down the lawn furniture in the driveway and that e mail machine. There is nowhere to hide when “somebody’s Watching”. Wednesdays at 5 on WILK’s Corbett program.

Our 1965 logo.


An engagement is announced between Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven, who will become the first commoner and the first Dutchman to marry into the Dutch Royal Family……Goldie, a London Zoo golden eagle, is recaptured 12 days after her escape………White Unitarian Universalist minister James J. Reeb, beaten by White supremacists in Selma, Alabama on March 9 following the second march from Selma, dies in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama......President Lyndon B. Johnson makes his "We Shall Overcome" speech.

Police clash with 600 SNCC marchers in Montgomery, Alabama...In Montgomery, Alabama, 1,600 civil rights marchers demonstrate at the Courthouse.....In response to the events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate May 26, the House July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson August 6…… Pennsylvania the action starts to heat up for the Mayor’s race in Philadelphia……..and in Luzerne County off year elections begin to commence as County Democrats begin huge efforts to register more Democrats. The GOP though still has a considerable edge and fifty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “The Birds and the Bees” by Jewel Akens.


At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When questioned about her email server security Hillary's response that the Secret Service protected the server that was resident on her property was laughable. It revealed she had no clue about the seriousness of what she had done.

It also showed her ignorance about the technology that has passed her by, her inability to recognize the skills needed to hire someone to help her, and her hubris preventing any recognition of her needs.

God help us.

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Yonk, how about a current picture of the solar panels for the ETV posting.
How come nobody shows solar panel pictures in March - under 4 feet of snow and ice?

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a current picture of Hillary? Is there some reason you found one from the Rose Law Firm? Pre-Mao pantsuit?

At 7:50 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Hey Yonk, how about a current picture of the solar panels for the ETV posting.
How come nobody shows solar panel pictures in March - under 4 feet of snow and ice?
The picture was provided by David DeCosmo and ECTV. Forgot to credit them.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

How about a current picture of Hillary? Is there some reason you found one from the Rose Law Firm? Pre-Mao pantsuit?
What can I say, fantasies die hard.


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