Thursday, August 12, 2010

Joe Paterno And Kanjo's Retribution

Mainstream media reported on the issue that Lou Barletta raised with Paul Kanjorski's refusal to sign a nomination letter honoring Joe "PA" Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Joe Paterno's legacy isn't about football. Don't get mad yet.. Don't say McGruff is off base because this still isn't about baseball or football...

We must honor Joe "Pa" Paterno's benevolence, his commitment to Penn State University and to its programs. His tireless admiration, devotion, for the University and its mission. Joe Paterno didn't drive, he was driven by passion beyond explanation. Stars are the precursors of planets, Joe Paterno was the father to many in whom he instilled confidence, respect, determination, and, understanding.

Roll the television archives back to 2008 and a Fox News report by Gregg Jarrett over Kanjorski, his nephews, and Cornerstone Technologies.

In a startling interview, Joe Yudichak, who ran the non-profit Regional Equipment Center in Kanjorski's district, says the congressman initially tried to bully him into helping Kanjorski direct the money to Kanjorski's family members. In the documentary, Yudichak recounts his conversation with Kanjorski: "He said, 'You're telling me I can't take care of my family?' He said, 'Well, I'm telling you, it's gonna be done. And it's gonna be done with you or without you.' And he said, 'I'll bury you. I'll destroy you.'"

Kanjorski later earmarked more than $10 million directly to the company run by his family. The money was supposed to fund the development of new technologies to help turn around desperate coal towns and make them prosperous.

The company, Cornerstone Technologies, went bankrupt.

Harold Shobert, head of Pennsylvania State University's Energy Institute, and a leading expert on anthracite coal, worked with Cornerstone on one project. Shobert said "It was clear that these guys were clueless as to how to do research and development," "It was sort of like trying to collaborate with the cast of Looney Tunes."]

I submit to the public that it is Kanjorski who is playing politics by refusing to acknowledge Joe Paterno over Professor Shobert's remarks.

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