Gov. Gary Johnson In Over His Head–Not Aware Of Aleppo

Nothing more needs to be added.

This morning on Morning Joe Governor Gary Johnson demonstrated his total lack of gravitas.

Mike Barnicle: “What would you do if you are elected about Aleppo?”

Gary Johnson: “And what is Aleppo?”

Mike Barnicle: “You’re kidding.”

Gary Johnson: “No.”

The nation then went slack-jawed.

There is simply no excuse as The New Yorker makes clear.

Barnicle was asking the most straightforward question possible: What is the strategic, diplomatic, and moral route to ending the prolonged slaughter in Syria? Johnson’s inability to locate Aleppo, where men, women, and children are being eradicated every day, most recently by chlorine-gas attacks, was pathetic, the equivalent of a candidate for President in 1964 being unable to summon the location of Hanoi or Saigon. It’s not enough that Johnson has a vague isolationist ideology—that, like Ron and Rand Paul, he is against an interventionist foreign policy. That’s a legitimate viewpoint, but it doesn’t seem overly demanding to insist that he read a newspaper, a Web site, anything—that he ought to know something about the wars that are being fought in the world, especially given that America has an active, if limited, involvement in Syria now. And shouldn’t knowing nothing—in his case, or in Trump’s—be disqualifying? At the D.M.V., if you flunk the written exam, you can’t get behind a steering wheel with the motor running. Perhaps there should be a remotely similar bar for cluelessness in a Presidential campaign.

So let me remind you, Mr. Johnson, what we all know and you conveniently forgot.


WDOR Radio In Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Anniversary Of Starting Broadcasts

Today marks the day in 1951 when the WDOR AM transmitter in Sturgeon Bay was first flipped on for broadcast.

I was a part of that radio team in the 1980’s under the air-name of Trevor James.  I have posted a photo below of myself at that time in life pictured at Linda Sealey’s desk. She handled ad traffic and always had a smile and was ready to laugh.  She kept the station humming!

Eddy Allen Sr. always loved to talk about WGN–where he had once worked–and I was only too happy to hear his stories about that famed station.  Ed was the only person I ever heard on radio who could broadcast a parade.  Think about that for a moment.   

If was a Christmas parade in early December from Kewaunee County and  with the use of descriptive words he allowed for the theater of the mind–the real role of radio–to come alive.  He knew the power of radio and used the foundations of it to entertain and inform listeners. 

I made Eddy Allen Jr. shake his head too often as I knew nothing about sports.  Today I still know enough to say one hits a run in baseball as opposed to making a run. (He made sure I at least knew that!)

While at WDOR I was able to cover the Mondale/Ferraro presidential rally for the station in 1984 and later the President Reagan outdoor speech about tax reform in Oshkosh. I loved when the station taped letters to Santa and there was a feel of Christmas at the station.  I so enjoyed the old classic pop machine at the station where a lid had to be lifted to get a bottle.  And with fondness I recall a special older listener who would often bring me a sweet on Sunday mornings on her way to church as she liked my selections of gospel music.

All that was only possible because Eddy Sr. had some faith and hired me. That meant a lot to me as a young man looking for his first real job. Never have I forgot that action. Everything that followed in my life was due to those years at WDOR and the things I learned.

So the best to all those at WDOR who still send out the signals for local radio in Door County.