Heads Up: Medal of Honor ceremony

U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, who died May 23, 1951


2:05: President Obama Awards Chaplain Emil Kapaun the Medal of Honor

White House live * CBS * CNN

130 Responses to “Heads Up: Medal of Honor ceremony”

  1. April 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  2. 12 57andfemale
    April 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm


    • 13 LDS
      April 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      4th it!
      Mr. Bobfr, stays with the subject of the post and nails it when he tweets every single time.
      #1 For Life. Induct him in the Hall of Tweets
      Congratz Mr. Bobfr. You deserve it!

  3. 18 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Of course, I posted at the end of the old thread…

    Like I said, bad day physically, but I’m happy, Happy, HAPPY! Spring is here…

  4. 20 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    C-SPAN 3 is showing it live too.


  5. April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    These senators that voted against having a vote on gun control why the hell are they in the Senate. Do your damn jobs you assholes

  6. April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Filibuster abuse must end.

  7. 24 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    • 25 57andfemale
      April 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      I urge everyone to read this post.

      • 26 MightyPamela
        April 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        This is going in the right direction. Of the People, By the People, For the People. Have I missed seeing SUE DUVALL SMITH posting for a long long time. I know I miss a lot and cannot always get back to the threads, but it feels like a very long time since I have seen SUE. Anyone fill me in?

        • 27 57andfemale
          April 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

          I haven’t seen her at all. She’s on Twitter but I don’t see her very much there either. She was very much against PBO’s position on marriage equality.

  8. 28 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Report: Progress Kentucky activists recorded Mitch McConnell meeting

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/mitch-mcconnell-secret-tape-progress-kentucky-89954.html#ixzz2QBCifMuN

    Dang ! Will the ethics investigation go forward anyway ?

    • April 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      If staffers paid with taxpayer dollars were part of that meeting, it doesn’t matter who recorded it …

      • 30 jackiegrumbacher
        April 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        I remember our former Congressman (a bluedog) was hyper conscious about this issue. Never discussed campaign issues with his staff. Never used his business office to talk about his campaign and was always concerned about being recorded. That’s how all members of Congress are supposed to be, although a few, like McConnell, believe they are above the law and above all accountability.

  9. 31 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  10. 32 anniebella
    April 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Who is this chaplin POTUS is honoring?

  11. April 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Late good West Coast morning, Obots!

    A completely off-topic observation, but I never imagined becoming so attached to so many of my patrons.

    One of my Thursday regulars just visited with me. She had surgery on her nose on Monday, and her face looked like she’d been in a fight. I felt so badly for her.

    Community is so important. It is, in the end, one of the few things that makes human life possible.

    • 38 57andfemale
      April 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      It is indeed. Thanks for being part of this larger community that we treasure.

    • 39 isonprize
      April 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Yes, you caring, socialist, 2d amendment hating librarian, you!! 😎

      ( LL, you do know I’m kidding, right?)

  12. 40 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Funny about that, UT. There’s supposed to be some clearly defined pocket called ‘the left’ into which everyone fits. But the president’s voting base is large, diverse and flexible. We don’t throw our president under the bus because we don’t all agree with one issue.

  13. April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  14. 44 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  15. 45 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Good points.

  16. April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    • 47 nathkatun7
      April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks UT for sharing Grunwald’s tweets which are reality based. I am sorry to say but people like, Michael Cohen, think that labeling some one as a “neo-liberal” is a substitute to reasoned discussion about political reality.

  17. 48 carolyn
    April 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    For once, one of my Senators, Coburn voted the right way. I will keep writing and contacting both Senators. Inhofe is definitely one thing….consistent…..consistently wrong. Coburn is somewhat erratic, but by being so, sometimes does the right thing. So my head is not hung as low as it frequently is.

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      April 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      ‘So my head is not hung as low as it frequently is.’

      That made me smile, Carolyn. Good for your neck, right? 😀

  18. 50 57andfemale
    April 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  19. 51 japa21
    April 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Does anybody else remember when George W announced at a State of the Union that Laura Bush was going to head a taskforce on gang violence. I almost choked when he made this announcement, but it was right there in front of both houses of Congress. Did anyone ever see a follow up? Did Laura Bush get criticized for it?

  20. 53 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hahahahahahaa…..schadenfreude much?

  21. 54 japa21
    April 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  22. 55 debz
    April 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    In case no one saw this, The DCCC shows why chained CPI wasn’t some major error on PBO’s part.


  23. 57 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Great read from TPV.

  24. April 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    In other important news:

    Chelsea survived a spirited effort from Rubin Kazan to move on to the Europa League semifinals. So, the Blues are still alive in Europe and face MC this weekend for a spot in the FA Cup final.

    Meanwhile, Man U can still lose the title.

  25. April 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I am absolutely disgusted with the left. They truly have proven they can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. The past week, they’ve focused their entire energy on this whole Social Security debate and completely ignored the fight to help advance sensible gun laws. If they had even put half as much energy into that fight, it might be an easier row to hoe for the Obama Administration. But they’re quiet.

    I don’t want to hear that they care about human life. They don’t. Grandma is not going to die because of this fallacy, bogeyman argument they are pushing today. But I can tell you that, at some point today, a child will be struck down by a bullet and won’t ever have the chance to collect Social Security.

    I think this week proves, without a shadow of the doubt, the left is no better than the right. They really don’t care about the problems facing this nation – only misrepresenting ideas and using loud noises to drown out true discussion. But it’s been this way since the beginning. Even during the healthcare debate, they didn’t rally … they sat on their asses and then whined when the public option was dropped.

    Let’s concede the left is useless. They want to blame Obama for not getting anything done? They get nothing done because they don’t organize and they don’t fight for extremely important issues – they can only focus on a handful of minor issues at a time and even then, what good does do?

    And I bet you if these gun reforms fail, the first person they’ll blame is Obama without a hint of irony.

    • April 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      “I don’t want to hear that they care about human life. They don’t. Grandma is not going to die because of this fallacy, bogeyman argument they are pushing today. But I can tell you that, at some point today, a child will be struck down by a bullet and won’t ever have the chance to collect Social Security.”

      Precisely, and so sadly true, DI. Well stated.

      #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

    • 66 debz
      April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      The left is always fighting the wrong battles at the wrong time. All of the screaming about something in the President’s budget, yet they have nothing to say about the devastating effects the sequester will have on seniors, women, children the middle class and poor. Something much worse than chained CPI. Then there is the gun legislation happening right now, immigration coming up, and so much more they could help with by pushing Congress. As for the old fool Bernie Sanders, he must have forgotten that it is HIS job, not the President’s to write and pass a budget.

      • 67 jackiegrumbacher
        April 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        Debz, you summed it up beautifully. Every Democrat in the country should be screaming about the sequester but Dem congressmen remain silent and voters remain apathetic to calls to push their reps on this issue. This senseless piece of vitriol known as the sequester was foisted on people by the petty and vengeful R’s and is causing more hardship across the country than anything chained CPI could ever do. And here we have a life and death issue on gun control and instead of pressuring on that, we’re supposed to write petitions to the president. It’s as if some on the left have taken brain draining pills and have lost their ability to see past their noses. When PBO told us at his Inauguration that we have a responsibility as citizens, he should have said that knowing what you’re talking about is a prerequisite for shouting about it. People have not taken the time to understand the proposals on SS and Medicare, but they feel qualified to take one piece and make a mountain out of it. I’m really fed up with it today.

        • 68 debz
          April 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

          I think we are all fed up with this today. As DI said, they are not doing any of this out of concern for human life. I watched FLOTUS, speech in Chicago this morning and have been crying all day because of the children who have been lost. if the loud left needs something to scream about it should be all the young lives ended by gun violence.

    • 69 nathkatun7
      April 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Great Comment, D. Irishman! Robert Gibbs was right on the mark when called the Professional left. Listening to them and reading the stuff they are writing leaves the impression that President Obama is about to kill all the elderly people.

  26. 70 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Ugh… I see one trick pony Sanders is making the rounds.


    For different reasons, @SenSanders & @GroverNorquist hate @BarackObama new budget. They both join me @CNNSitRoom 5PM ET

  27. April 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  28. 77 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    The National Hockey League (NHL) has offered its support of gay rights with the announcement of a new partnership to combat homophobia in sports.

    The NHL has teamed up with the You Can Play Project, an organization that promotes equality in sports, to develop “what appears to be the most comprehensive measure by a major men’s league in support of gay rights,” according to The New York Times. The initiative will include training and counseling on gay issues, along with participation in public service announcements.

  29. April 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  30. 80 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    ‏@rose_robin 34m

    @markos Are you going to tell progressive to not vote again in 2014? Dems staying home in 2010 is why POTUS has to bargain with repubs.


    What makes you think I did that in 2010? Link? RT @rose_robin: @markos Are you going to tell progressive to not vote again in 2014?


    @markos Because that person knows that Ed Schultz did and Democrats are a monolith to him


    @markos @rose_robin well your constant Chicken Little cries are depressing enough to keep folks away. So much hand-wringing, no solutions.

    aww…old orange chickens are coming home to roost

  31. April 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    What a beautiful service today.

  32. 82 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Jay Carney is the shit any day any freaking time. His response to Politico’s Donovan Slack’s dumb question about Jay-Z’s rap and trip to Cuba is perfect. People who don’t understand rap/hip-hop or the basic tenets of grammar/english language should really shut up instead of polluting the air with their ignorance.


    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      April 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      That was a thing of beauty, UT. Carney has almost inhuman patience but you can tell he’s stifling the things he wants to say. “That was a song..Donna” (? couldn’t make out her name) or in other words, are you really so stupid that you’re using a White House Press Conference to ask me about a rap song. These people have no shame or any sense of propriety about where or when to put their ignorance on display.

    • April 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  33. 85 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON — GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week.

    The subpoena to the Justice Department is part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year in his capacity as the nation’s top civil rights enforcer. In the deal, Perez convinced the city of St. Paul, Minn., to drop a lending discrimination lawsuit. In exchange, the Justice Department declined to join two whistleblower cases against the city.

    Perez has already turned over hundreds of official documents to lawmakers investigating the arrangement. But Republicans say at least one email from his personal account was not provided. Lawmakers now want any personal emails dealing with official business.

    A Justice spokeswoman says the subpoena is being reviewed.

    Why do they get to look at his personal e-mails ?

  34. April 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    • 87 dotster3
      April 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      a little ot on this subject—-laughed at Colbert identifying Rand Paul as “a home perm cautionary tale”.

  35. 88 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    WASHINGTON — A day after the Senate voted to begin debate on new gun control measures, the Supreme Court is expected to consider a new appeal aimed at loosening state restrictions on firearms.

    The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss adding new cases for the term that begins in the fall. Among them is an appeal of a federal court ruling that upheld New York’s strict licensing scheme for carrying concealed weapons in public.

    The National Rifle Association and 20 states are backing an appeal by five New York residents who claim that the state law violates their constitutional gun rights. The challenge comes nearly five years after a landmark Supreme Court decision in favor of gun rights – and four months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

    The court could say as early as Monday whether it will hear the case.

  36. 90 Linda
    April 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    David Gregory is upset about the parking situation on his street, and recently made his feelings known in a very public fashion.

    The D.C. Design House, a month-long exhibition, is set up in Gregory’s neighborhood this year. The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog reported on Thursday that Gregory is not happy about visitors parking on his street and in front of his home.

    He reportedly went over to the Design House, “waving his arms and complaining” on the front lawn, in front of several designers and guests. Witnesses claimed that Gregory warned the organizers that he “knows all the politicians in town” — he denied saying that — and one designer called the display “very public and immature.”

    When asked about the incident, Gregory said, “There are a lot of people clogging up our streets.” He denied “blowing up,” but admitted that he went “over there to complain.” He said that he has contacted the Advisory Neighborhood Commission about the situation.

    For their part, the Design House organizers said that they notified neighbors about the exhibition in advance, and made parking accommodations for visitors.

  37. 92 carolyn
    April 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    When I first saw the picture at the top of the page, I almost thought I saw my father. The hat and insignia and crosses were so familiar to me. My father was a chaplain during WWII in the Army Air Corps. He loved doing it, and my sister and who were small, loved his assistants, who became part of our family. That picture brought back many warm and wonderful memories. My sister and I substituted for daughters and little sisters sometimes.

  38. April 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Evening Chips, TOD….

  39. April 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out, LP, but I’m not reading that ridiculous article, if it’s implying that furloughed employees will run to foreign entities to recoup their “big bucks,” because they’re mad at lawmakers or for whatever reason. If that were the case, federal retirees – who also take a pay cut to retire – would all be lining up with their passports or making sure they have free international calling, because many of them have security clearances until the day they retire, and stuff to “sell.” There’s an investigatory process well before you get the security clearance, to judge whether or not you should get it – and keep it, until you’re no longer employed by the government. Dumb premise written by dumbass thinkers, which – again – does a disservice to federal government workers.

      • April 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        I agree w/ your sentiments JB…. it is amazing to what stretches publications will go to write a story or create a narrative. I think just like WH reporters, Capitol Hill reporters watch to many movies….

        • 97 jacquelineoboomer
          April 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

          Ha! That’s probably exactly the case, LP: *Too many movies* !!!

          Hope you are doing okay, and that things are improving.

          • April 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

            Been a long day, actually I have lost count of what day it is….but I think we might have found the culprit of what was restricting blood pressure after doing an iodine test. So hopefully my dad will be able to go home some time next week. Thanks for asking.

            • 99 jacquelineoboomer
              April 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

              Wonderful news. Keep busy, keep us posted, and we’ll keep sending you our warm thoughts!

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      I took it to the “source” :

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  41. April 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  42. April 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Yummy Axelrod snark 🙂

  43. 105 hopefruit2
    April 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    But we wouldn’t know any of that from listening to Rachel, Hayes, etc., now would we?

  44. 108 dotster3
    April 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    15 yr. old girl in critical condition after being shot today at 1:12 p.m. in Chgo. 27 yr. old man shot in same neighborhood 20 minutes later.


  45. 109 Vicki
    April 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Both Tweety and Rev Al were terrific tonight. This was a huge successful day for PBO’s agenda. The strength of President Obama backed by OFA is a force to be reckoned with. Even the generally worthless Ed Rendell was appropriately complimentary !

    Finally—some honesty on the TV.

    • April 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Can you give us a bit more detail for those of us on the Left Coast?

      • 111 Vicki
        April 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        Hi LL. The general gist was about stopping the filibuster was big because getting gun legislation started was the right thing but also the President seems to be locking in his legacy as a transformational force for good.
        Not a word about chained CPI.

    • 112 COS
      April 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I am also surprised that Rendell has been supportive of PBO’s budget and leadership on gun control. He normally has the “but” at the end of his sentences regarding PBO.

      • 113 hopefruit2
        April 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        If you heard what Lawrence said last night about Bill Clinton and the SS cuts, you’ll understand why Rendell is not critical of PBO’s budget.

  46. 114 dotster3
    April 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Indiana man charged with doing extensive damage to Planned Parenthood Clinic—–broke into in middle of night and attacked equipment with an ax, splashed red paint everywhere, said religious beliefs were the reason ( for him acting crazy.)

  47. April 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm


    you wonderful comment rocked.

    I just read it….marvelous

  48. 119 amk for obama
    April 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Heads up to mini blog tyrants, my new post scheduled for 7.00 pm.

    If you have something cooking, let me know so that I can postpone mine.

  49. April 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • 126 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      So touching. Our President and First Lady being there for this occasion probably made all the difference.

  50. April 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    On the theme of courage – and service to our Nation, and beyond – as May 17 approaches, let’s all remember ….

    Yes We Can

  51. 128 dotster3
    April 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I see Rick Warren’s son used an unregistered gun bought online to commit suicide.

  52. 129 sherijr
    April 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Have you all seen this tweet by Tim Wise? I’m kinda shocked by it: Tim Wise‏@timjacobwise18m
    Myths About Chained-CPI http://www.thenation.com/blog/173786/top-5-myths-about-chained-cpi-debunked … This is evil: Obama proposing it makes him an agent of that evil. #Obamaisnoprogressive

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