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Could Rush Limbaugh be Contributing to Childhood Obesity?

Could Rush Limbaugh be Contributing to Childhood Obesity?.

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Coal Miner Mentality

Below is my latest column that appeared in the Pittston Sunday Dispatch on November 2, 2008.  If you are interested in the Coal Miner Postage Stamp I have petitions at my office, please email me DocLeonardi@mac.com for more information. Joe

Coal miner mentality

By Joe Leonardi

“Coal Miner Mentality” is a phrase that is boorishly bandied about to describe many here in Greater Pittston and to a larger extent all of us who reside in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Along with hard scrabble and coal cracker, this terminology is not meant to compliment, congratulate or commend.

It is most often intended to demean, deride or dismiss the good people of, as Steve Corbett extols, “Hard Coal Country.” How little those outside of the anthracite arena know the offspring of the miners whose labor fueled the industrial revolution.

My grandfather was an owner/operator of a few mines here in the valley.

Unfortunately for my bank account he was not a coal baron. However, fortunately for my character he was a coal man.

We, all of us, are the heirs to the throne of king coal – we are the ones responsible to maintain the legacy of those who took from the ground the hard black carbon.

Yet, inexplicably, many look down upon us and our ancestors.

How is it anything less than an honor to be descended from those who sacrificed so much, but were recognized by so few?

How can we not revere those that left the sunlight behind and ventured below the earth’s surface to bring forth the precious anthracite?

How can those whose lives, by comparison are easy and risk free – not swell with pride when we recall the men who risked not solely simply injury, but often instant death or worse the slow, suffocating strangulation of black lung to provide a home and life for their families.

The coal miner was not formally schooled, he was educated by the cold realities of a harsh dark world.

The coal miner was not selfish, he did without, so his children would not need to inhale cancer causing coal dust.

The coal miner was not weak, through the strength of his spine he provided food for his family.

When I think of a coal miner, I see a strong hardworking individual. One who came to this area looking to improve not his life, but the lives of his children. I see individuals of deep faith, honesty and integrity.

When I teach a class and look upon the faces of my students, I see the realization of the dreams of those miners who so long ago shortened their own lives so my generation and the following ones, would not have to.

There is a movement afoot to prod the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp honoring the coal miner. This effort has gone on for many years with zero success.

This is an initiative that yearns for our support.

I say we wear with pride the badge of honor our coal miner roots inspire. We must look to the terms coal miner mentality, coal cracker and hard scrabble and take them back.

We must, with pride – own them.

I demand we proclaim; “We are the children of coal!”

Joe Leonardi

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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama??

by: Joe Leonardi
“I fear that giving mankind a dependence on anything for support in age or sickness, besides industry and frugality during youth and health, tends to flatter our natural indolence, to encourage idleness and prodigality, and thereby to promote and increase poverty, the very evil it was intended to cure.” Ben Franklin

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
Patrick Henry

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison

The United States Under President Barack Obama
by: Joe Leonardi

Barack Obama’s brand of liberalism is a scourge of modern society. It’s mantra of entitlement will lead the United States into an inescapable abyss. Senator Obama and his merry, marauding band of liberals hide their treachery in the promotion of human kindness. They claim that their interests are only “what is best for the common people.” Their subterfuge hides a more sinister outcome — the destruction of the independent spirit of humankind.

A recurring theme in American history is that of the rugged individual. The belief that most people unencumbered by an oppressive government not only can, but desire to provide for themselves. In today’s nanny state we are slowly losing this.

There are two primary questions to ask. How do liberals do this and why?

The why is easy. Pure, unmitigated power. Through dependence the liberal seeks to control the masses. It is much the way many of histories most tyrannical despots ruled their countries. While the likes of Stalin, Mao, and Hitler used fear and intimidation to keep their political opponents silent, they also fostered government reliance to keep the masses in check and enslaved.

The how is a little more complicated and, in my opinion, much more malevolent. Liberals, since the progressive era, have chosen Robin Hood economics to demolish the American dream and break the American spirit. Early 20th century progressives sought to steal from the most productive citizens and give their money, transferring it unearned, to the least productive. To accomplish this they required the power to tax all income. To ensure unbridled authority to take from the rich and give to the poor, the progressive movement introduced, passed, ratified and enacted the Sixteenth Amendment. Congress was given the authority to “wet their beaks.” In less than half of a century the American government abolished slavery over a portion of the population and reintroduced it over the whole.

In the beginning, this was sold as a tax on only the wealthy. Because to gain popular support liberals, then and now, vilify those who create wealth and earn large incomes, often ignoring the fact that those are the same who create jobs.

Of course, the rich are not the only ones taxed. The ability to tax shackles the American income earner at every rung of the economic ladder. The harder we work, the more we earn, the more we are extorted to give the federal government “their cut.” Taxation is the means the government utilizes to enslave the middle and high wage earners, entrepreneurs and job creators.

Most everyday folks don’t care what happens to these people, because liberals indoctrinate them into the belief that “rich” people don’t deserve what they have and they must be compelled to share what they have earned. What the believers of this fallacy do not realize is that they too are being enslaved by the liberal ruling class.

How? Redistribution. Utilizing this method the lower classes become tacit wards of the state, forever trapped in poverty, begging the omnipotent liberal government to provide.

In the liberal mind, we are unable to make the appropriate decisions concerning our own lives or our own welfare. Awash in the justification that they have to “force” us to do what is best for ourselves, they go forth to legislate personal conduct. The elitist that populate the liberal leaning mind set are, in their own minds, all knowing. To be good citizens, we must be automatons — blindly, blissfully following their educated, egalitarian ways. Of course, to be considered equal, you must embrace their self aggrandizing viewpoint.

To the liberals, laws should go beyond protecting the public safety. Laws, under the control of government, should determine the way free citizens conduct their daily lives. From parenting, to education, to morals, to religion, to body habitus — it is the liberal, via the regime, who decides for everyone.

What egomaniacal motivation allows one to think that no one is entitled to make their own mistakes? Take their own chances? Live their lives within the law?

We should be allowed the option to find our own way. However, to the liberal, that can not stand. They demand that if we do not willingly choose to learn from their innate, intelligent, insight — then under the omnipotent, oppressive, ominous hand of government our will must be broken.

The liberal defenders of freedom only believe in freedom, if it agrees with their doctrine of cohesive, communal behavior. They do not simply imply they know what is best for everyone, they are fanatically convinced that they are correct. If those of us, who embrace living in a free society, don’t abide by their definition of “what is best,” then they demand government should be the instrument to force it upon us. Because, according to them, government has a responsibility to control us, the simple, unenlightened, uninformed masses.

I am often baffled, that the same group of ideologues who strongly believe it is a woman’s right to murder an in-utero baby, are so interested in controlling people once they are born.

Does anyone not get the connection, that controlling the masses, for our own good or not, is government sanctioned slavery? How many times have groups of people been told that, their confinement and restrictions were for their own good?

We must defeat those who want to shackle us! We must reignite the fire that existed at the birth of our great nation! We must prevent the destruction of autonomy. We must embrace the emphatic proclamation of Patrick Henry. We must demand liberty!

Local liberals expound: free health care, free swimming, free skateboard parks, free everything for everyone. Well — nothing is free. The hard working income earners and producers will be over-taxed to provide these gratis services.

The simple truth that these liberal slave masters don’t want you do know is that the more you are “given,” the less you have. Barack Obama’s United States will resemble much of Europe. People will be locked into the class to which they are born. Upward mobility will be a thing of the past. Those that do not earn their way in our society will be placated with all the basic necessities. Their ability and desire to provide for themselves will no longer matter. They will have been stripped of inherent traits that made America and Americans the envy of the world.

When Stalin died much of the free world rejoiced in the departure of a ruthless, cold-blooded tyrant. However, the populace of the former Soviet Union wept in fear. They cried out, “who will take care of us?” They did not need to be beaten into submissive servitude. No, they were conciliated into it.

Will this be our dreadful, dire destiny? Do we yearn to be hand fed from cradle to grave; or do we “yearn to breathe free?”

When did adversity, hardship and struggle become dirty words?

I want the opportunity to succeed or fail based upon my decisions, based upon my drive, based upon my actions — I demand the freedom to live my life unrestrained by government sanctioned slavery!

Don’t you?

Beware the modern, moderated, boisterous beatnik beating the drum for a free, fanciful, easy existence, because the cost of “free” — is freedom.

Joe Leonardi

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WPSU

I received this comment on one of my posts.  I am reprinting it here.

Joe

Dear Joe,

My name is Pat Baxter and I work for WPSU-TV, the PBS affiliate for Central Pennsylvania. For the upcoming elections, we’ve developed a website featuring video, audio and interactive quizzes to help provide easy to use information about all the state and U.S. congressional candidates that fall within Central PA and parts of Western PA. It features over 80 candidate profiles from 27 counties. I just wanted to let you know about this site and thought you might consider posting it as a non-partisan resource for your readers. You can view it here:

http://www.wpsu.org/vote08

This is a comprehensive, impartial website. It is meant to be an informational resource for voters, especially concerning local races that don’t normally get much attention in the media. It features video and audio interviews, a questionnaire on where candidates stand on key issues, and other such features. It also includes a “My Ballot” feature where users can enter their county and township to see which candidates are running within their area.

Please let me know if you decide to post this website. Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Pat Baxter
WPSU – Penn State Public Broadcasting

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Chris Hackett

I just read an interesting article in today’s citizens’ voice.  I will link it below.  To sum up it discusses how the republican candidates in the 10th and 11th district feel about the impact of the McCain campaign on their own.

I will let you read their own words, but I do have one little piece of advise for Mr. Hackett.

Find Sarah Palin and kiss the ground she walks on!  Governor Palin will bring out the strong conservative vote in the 10th district and help Hackett unseat the incumbent.  Because of John McCain’s choice of the conservative Governor from Alaska — the 10th, in my opinion, goes from toss up to sure thing for the republican challenger.

Joe Leonardi

http://citizensvoice.com/articles/2008/09/05/news/wb_voice.20080905.t.pg4.cv05cdmccainreax_s1.1926176_loc.txt

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Sarah Palin, The Next Vice-President of the United States

Sarah Palin: Not so tall, but oh so strong

by: Joe Leonardi

The republican party went and did it. The democrats spurned not only the first female presidential candidate, but they rejected the opportunity to put a woman on the ticket period.

The republican party, led by independent maverick John McCain, went and made history. John McCain shocked most of the entire world with the announcement that the little known Alaskan Governor was going to ride shotgun with him all the way to the White House.

Well, I for one am not surprised. I am ecstatic, elated and excited!
I have been on the verge of changing my voter registration to either Independent, Libertarian or the American Conservative Party for the last few months. Dismayed, dejected and disheartened by what the neo-conservatives have done to my beloved GOP — this was my last hope. I have been proclaiming to all who would listen, “if John McCain picks anyone other than Governor Palin — I am out.”

John McCain the straight talking politician, combat veteran, prisoner of war and hero is once again — heroic.

Many folks are wondering; who is Sarah Palin?

A simple Google search will reveal much.

Watch her first speech with John McCain and applaud as I did.

Those who tuned into the convention Wednesday night were blown away.
And for the last week the democrats and liberals have been bullying Sarah Palin, in the words of Joe Biden she went back out and bloodied their noses. Congratulations Vice-President Palin.

Many have decried her lack of foreign policy experience; perhaps, a valid point. However, I wonder, other than evading the draft and getting drunk at Oxford, how much foreign policy experience did a little known governor from the state of Arkansas have prior to his election?

Governor Palin presides over a state that produces vast amounts of oil, and now because of her initiative and leadership, natural gas. What did Governor Clinton preside over? A substandard educational system?

Compare Governor Palin to Senator Biden: If the American people were so enthralled with the partially plagiarized writings and speeches of what appeared to be perennial presidential pursuer Joe Biden — why is it that in several attempts to be elected president, the Senator from Delaware has never, ever been given even passing consideration from his own party? Joe Biden has been summarily sent sulking to the scrap heap time and time again.

Sarah Palin is a woman who carved her own path to political prestige, she didn’t need to rely on the coattails of a politically successful husband. She has risen to the Governor’s mansion on her own terms, on her own steam. On the way she has looked the power players of Alaska in directly in the eye — and they are the ones who blinked.

Will the disaffected Hilary Clinton voters turn to Sarah Palin? The argument has been made that on many matters, especially abortion, the two are polar opposites. That the question of abortion most prominently will keep the Hilary voters away from Sarah. Well, then people do not understand the working class democrats in Northeast Pennsylvania. Most of the democrats who were going to turn to Hilary, were going to give the Senator a pass on abortion. You see, the democrats here in NEPA are mostly pro-life. I know, I met over twenty five thousand of them when I ran for Congress in 2006. The number one question asked of me was: Are you pro-life?

The misogynistic, misguided members of the democratic party have tried to minimize her utilizing sexist, derogatory, disrespectful dismissive terminology. Senator Biden identified the difference between the two by stating that she is good looking. WILK morning talk show host Kevin Lynn stated that she was just some girl McCain chose.

John McCain and Sarah Palin will bring to the White House something that has been sadly missed for the last eight years — a parents’ love for a military member in harms way. Both will have children serving in the Middle Eastern war zone. They will have a connection to all military families who have lost and may lose their children in combat. They will have a vested interest that many others in our country share.

That connection, that interest, that love — will ensure they act with deliberate consideration in future actions that will put our brave military men and women into battle.

Is Sarah Palin qualified to be Vice President? Is Sarah Palin ready to be President?

Yes.

Leadership is not defined solely by experience. Leadership is not defined solely by qualifications.

Leadership is defined by intangibles such as character, fortitude and integrity. Sarah Palin in her time in elected office has demonstrated those traits.

When the legislative body of her state threatened her with investigation, Governor Palin said — investigate me.

When the cowardly anonymous liberal bloggers made the malicious allegation that her baby was actually her daughter’s, Governor Palin told of her family situation and how they were going to handle it.

In my run for Congress, Rich Connor during my editorial board interview asked me about the Republican party’s handling of the Mark Foley scandal. I answered, “I am glad that I am not going to D.C. To be a Chiropractor, because there would not be many spines to work on.” Sarah Palin will bring a spine to D.C..

Governor Sarah Palin did not evade, did not duck, did not parry — Governor Palin did not wave her index finger at the American people and tell a boldface lie. She did not send her spouse out to decry a vast left wing conspiracy. No Sarah Palin faced her challenges head on.

That is the trait that we need in our leaders.

That is the trait that Sarah Palin will bring to the Vice-Presidency.

That is the trait that in the future Vice-President Palin will one day bring to the Presidency.

by: Joe Leonardi

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Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin: Not so tall, but oh so strong

by: Joe Leonardi

The republican party went and did it. The democrats spurned not only the first female presidential candidate, but they rejected the opportunity to put a woman on the ticket period.

The republican party, led by independent maverick John McCain, went and made history. John McCain shocked most of the entire world with the announcement that the little known Alaskan Governor was going to ride shotgun with him all the way to the White House.

Well, I for one am not surprised. I am ecstatic, elated and excited!

I have been on the verge of changing my voter registration to either Independent, Libertarian or the American Conservative Party for the last few months. Dismayed, dejected and disheartened by what the neo-conservatives have done to my beloved GOP — this was my last hope. I have been proclaiming to all who would listen, “if John McCain picks anyone other than Governor Palin — I am out.”

John McCain the straight talking politician, combat veteran, prisoner of war and hero is once again — heroic.

Many folks are wondering; who is Sarah Palin?

A simple Google search will reveal much.

Watch her first speech with John McCain and applaud as I did.

Tune into the convention tonight and prepare to be blown away.

*post speech comment… for the last week the democrats have been bullying Sarah Palin, in the words of Joe Biden she went back out and bloodied their noses.  Congratulations Vice-President Palin.*

Many have decried her lack of foreign policy experience; perhaps, a valid point. However, I wonder, other than evading the draft and getting drunk at Oxford, how much foreign policy experience did a little known governor from the state of Arkansas have prior to his election?

Governor Palin presides over a state that produces vast amounts of oil, and now because of her initiative and leadership, natural gas. What did Governor Clinton preside over? A substandard educational system?

Compare Governor Palin to Senator Biden: If the American people were so enthralled with the partially plagiarized writings and speeches of what appeared to be perennial presidential pursuer Joe Biden — why is it that in several attempts to be elected president, the Senator from Delaware has never, ever been given even passing consideration from his own party? Joe Biden has been summarily sent sulking to the scrap heap time and time again.

Sarah Palin is a woman who carved her own path to political prestige, she didn’t need to rely on the coattails of a politically successful husband. She has risen to the Governor’s mansion on her own terms, on her own steam. On the way she has looked the power players of Alaska in directly in the eye — and they are the ones who blinked.

Will the disaffected Hilary Clinton voters turn to Sarah Palin? The argument has been made that on many matters, especially abortion, the two are polar opposites. That the question of abortion most prominently will keep the Hilary voters away from Sarah. Well, then people do not understand the working class democrats in Northeast Pennsylvania. Most of the democrats who were going to turn to Hilary, were going to give the Senator a pass on abortion. You see, the democrats here in NEPA are mostly pro-life. I know, I met over twenty five thousand of them when I ran for Congress in 2006. The number one question asked of me was: Are you pro-life?

The misogynistic, misguided members of the democratic party have tried to minimize her utilizing sexist, derogatory, disrespectful dismissive terminology. Senator Biden identified the difference between the two by stating that she is good looking.  WILK morning talk show host Kevin Lynn stated that she was just some girl McCain chose.

John McCain and Sarah Palin will bring to the White House something that has been sadly missed for the last eight years — a parents’ love for a military member in harms way. Both will have children serving in the Middle Eastern war zone. They will have a connection to all military families who have lost and may lose their children in combat. They will have a vested interest that many others in our country share.

That connection, that interest, that love — will ensure they act with deliberate consideration in future actions that will put our brave military men and women into battle.

Is Sarah Palin qualified to be Vice President? Is Sarah Palin ready to be President?

Yes.

Leadership is not defined solely by experience. Leadership is not defined solely by qualifications.

Leadership is defined by intangibles such as character, fortitude and integrity. Sarah Palin in her time in elected office has demonstrated those traits.

When the legislative body of her state threatened her with investigation, Governor Palin said — investigate me.

When the cowardly anonymous liberal bloggers made the malicious allegation that her baby was actually her daughter’s, Governor Palin told of her family situation and how they were going to handle it.

Governor Sarah Palin did not evade, did not duck, did not parry — Governor Palin did not wave her index finger at the American people and tell a boldface lie. She did not send her spouse out to decry a vast left wing conspiracy. No Sarah Palin faced her challenges head on.

That is the trait that we need in our leaders.

That is the trait that Sarah Palin will bring to the Vice-Presidency.

That is the trait that in the future Vice-President Palin will one day bring to the Presidency.

by: Joe Leonardi

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