Rise and Shine

Richard Overton, a 107 year old World War II veteran, arriving in Washington yesterday – he will meet with President Obama today (see here)


Today (all times Eastern):

9:0: President Obama hosts a breakfast to honor veterans and their families

11:0: The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; The First Lady, Vice President and Dr Jill Biden also attend


Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Wednesday: Delivers remarks at the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

Thursday: Travels to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to participate in a DSCC event

Friday: Attend meetings at the White House


by Jacquelineoboomer (@JOBoomr)

I’ll meet you at the parade on Main today

We’ll see the old men and women
Still wearing their military covers and medals
They show up at parades, waving hand-held flags
Sometimes seated, next to a grandchild
They look so distant and proud.

It is years since they became veterans
Their hair wasn’t white, their vision was better
They could stand straight and tall at attention
And follow orders to go in harm’s way
They were so very young, unprepared for most of it.

Men and women of every race and creed
Raised their hand to take an oath
To all of us, the young and the old,
To keep our country safe, to keep us free
They were an inspiration to me.

If they made it back, they never forgot
The battle, the war, the comrades-in-arms
They never forgot the friendships or the horrors
They never forgot the ships or the tanks
They savored, and internalized, their call-to-duty.

We’ve been to gatherings
Where they play their songs
And they all rise, if they can, to their branch’s music
And we clap and honor them for a minute
They haven’t forgotten one minute of their service.

We can’t either, and we must rise, today on Main
To honor them, and to hold out our hands
To shake their hands, in friendship and thanks.
Thanks to these patriots.  These veterans.
These men and women parading before us.

These men and women watching from the stands
With their white hair and their clouded vision
With tears in their eyes, tears of remembering
Thinking of a comrade, long fallen
Thinking of the places they’ve traveled in their souls.

Years and years in time
And, for some, long, long ago
They earned the name veteran
They’ll someday leave us with our own memories of them
They are the men and women of valor, and we are the parade-goers.

And years and years in time, we’ll still call them patriot
And remember how we loved them.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month … We remember!



NYT: ’60 Minutes’ Airs Apology On Benghazi

The apology lasted only 90 seconds and revealed nothing new about why CBS had trusted Mr. Davies, who appeared on the program under the pseudonym Morgan Jones. Off-camera, CBS executives were left to wonder how viewers would react to the exceptionally rare correction.

However, the apology was deemed inadequate by a wide range of commentators Sunday night. Craig Silverman, of the correction blog Regret the Error, predicted that it would not “take the heat off CBS News.”

“Aside from the fact that it struck a very passive tone and pushed the responsibility onto the source, Dylan Davies, it said nothing about how the show failed to properly vet the story of an admitted liar,” Mr. Silverman said in an email. “There are basic questions left unanswered about how the program checked out what Davies told them, and where this process failed.” “In the short term, this will confirm the worst suspicions of people who don’t trust CBS News,”

More here



TPM: Lara Logan’s Bogus “Correction”

I just watched the 60 Minutes “correction”/apology tonight and thought was pretty amazing for its brevity, lack of substance and general obfuscation. If you didn’t watch 60 Minutes tonight, it won’t take long. It only lasted 90s or so.

Logan said 60 Minutes had found out Thursday that they had been “misled and it was a mistake to include him in our report.” Include him in their report? He was the report. And even in conceding that her team had been “misled”, Logan tiptoed around the real news, which is that it seems clear that Davies’ entire story was a fabrication.

More here




Media Matters: Will Media Let 60 Minutes Off The Hook After Hollow “Correction”?

60 Minutes aired an inadequate apology that not only failed to address fundamental questions about the CBS news magazine’s vetting of an admitted liar who served as a key eyewitness in a story that the network has since retracted, but actually conflicts with CBS’ prior explanation of that error.

Logan’s claim that it was only after the 60 Minutes report aired that questions arose about the truth of security contractor Dylan Davies’ account is undermined by what she said during an apology she issued over the same segment just two days earlierLogan’s slippery apology glosses over a key question that remains unanswered: why did 60 Minutes fail to inform its audience during the initial segment that its key eyewitness had told two contradictory accounts of what he did the night of the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks?

More here



Steve Benen: The effects of a discredited Benghazi report

Two weeks after airing a lengthy report on last year’s attack in Benghazi, CBS’s “60 Minutes” acknowledged late last week that its segment – celebrated by a far-right conspiracy theorists – was wrong….

It almost certainly won’t end the controversy. As the New York Times noted, the apology was not only brief, it “revealed nothing new” about why CBS managed to get the story so very wrong. Complicating matters, “60 Minutes” launched an expansive recovery effort after getting a 2004 story about George W. Bush’s military record wrong, but the show apparently has no intention of responding in kind now – a CBS spokesman “indicated that the program was going to let its televised apology be its last word on the issue.”

There are a wide variety of pressing questions about this discredited report, but at least for now, CBS doesn’t intend to answer them.

More here




Jonathan Cohn: The Huge Obamacare Story You Aren’t Reading

Today it’s a few hundred thousand people. By next year, it will be at least a few million. Their health insurance status is changing dramatically: What they have in 2014 and beyond will look nothing like what they had in 2013 and before. For many of these people, the difference will be hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. In a few cases, it may be the difference between life and death.

You probably think I’m talking about the people getting cancellation notices about their private insurance policies. I’m not. I’m talking about the people getting Medicaid. Both stories are consequences of the Affordable Care Act. But one is getting way, way more attention than the other. It’s no mystery why. Stories of people losing something are more compelling than stories of people gaining something.

More here


Think Progress: Major Insurance Company Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Tricking Customers Into Canceling Their Policies

A major California insurance company is being sued by two consumers alleging that they were tricked into dropping their health coverage when they could have remained on their preferred plans under Obamacare. Obamacare allows insurance policies that were issued before the law was signed in 2010 to remain in place as long as they don’t change their benefits in a way that harms consumer

For customers who don’t have “grandfathered plans,” things are a little different. Their insurance providers must comply with Obamacare’s more robust benefit requirements.  California’s Anthem Blue Cross may have convinced their customers that they fall into the second category — even though they’re actually in the first.

“Blue Cross successfully enticed tens of thousands of its individual policyholders to switch out of their grandfathered health plans and forever lose their protected grandfathered status,” states the lawsuit. “Blue Cross concealed information about the consequences of switching plans and intentionally misled its policyholders to encourage the replacement of grandfathered policies.”

More here



Steve Benen: A thinner-than-thin margin in Virginia

Democratic candidates fared quite well in the commonwealth of Virginia last week, winning the races for governor and lieutenant governor. But about the remarkably close race for state attorney general? As of this morning, it’s the kind of nail-biter we don’t see often.

…. Unless the tallies have changed over the last couple of hours, Obenshain’s lead is 17 votes – out of over 2.2 million votes cast in the race. It suggests a recount is all but inevitable and we won’t know the final outcome before December.

But in case the thinner-than-thin margins weren’t interesting enough, there was also some unexpected drama in Fairfax County, which is generally friendly towards Democrats, and where Herring was expected to pick up some additional votes from provisional ballots. WTOP, a prominent local radio station, reported over the weekend that a “last-minute change” may leave some provisional ballots uncounted.

More here



On This Day:


Aboard the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Nov. 11, 2011

President Obama greets Korean War veteran Private Hector Cafferata, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic service at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War, following his remarks at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, Korea, Nov. 11, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning! Thank you to Jacqueline for the beautiful poem and to UT for all the newsie links help!

68 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    GM and TY!

    • November 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Moooooooooooorning Desertflower, moooooooooorning everyone!!!

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        November 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

        You’re welcome, Chiparoo. It was my pleasure to help.

        Thanks for the pictures. I remember that day and how awesome it was to see POTUS and FLOTUS on national TV, teasing and flirting with each other.

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats df on #1. Happy Veterans’ Day to all our TOD vets, vets who are families and friends of TODers, and all other veterans who have so wonderfully served our country.

    Thanks Chips for an excellent R & S roundup, and thanks to JOB for an absolutely beautiful poem and fitting tribute to our veterans!! 🙂

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks, Chips, for posting my poem – and thanks, HF, for your sweet comment. Cried through the entire Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington this morning, so I think I’ll only watch HGTV from this point on!

  3. November 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning! I loved the story of the 107-year-old veteran! I think he’s still a little stunned about his reception.

    • November 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Moooooorning Norbrook! From this day forth I am smoking 12 cigars a day and drinking whiskey with my morning coffee, look what it did for this wonderful man!

  4. 8 dotster3
    November 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Chicago tour bus takes tourists to locations which were significant to Barack and Michelle Obama’s history there. Wish I would have known about it. I would much rather have done that than watch a losing Bears game.


  5. 13 dotster3
    November 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Noticing many MSM outlets joining the criticism of the non-apology apology by 60 Minutes (‘mistakes happened to sad, naive us’, not ‘we are responsible for the mistakes’)—–even in Politico, where it is noted that the only problem with Lara Logan’s big “exclusive” was that it was not true. (just a teeny tiny weensy little problem).

  6. 14 MightyPamela
    November 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Morning everyone! We shall see sunshine today, yes!

  7. 15 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Pres. Obama Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

    // President Obama and the First Lady gather with other dignitaries at Arlington National Cemetery for the annual ceremony honoring the nation’s veterans. He attends the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and delivers remarks. //
    Live at 10:49am (ET) on C-SPAN


    In addition to Whitehouse.gov, and CSPAN.org, CSPAN 1 TV will also be carrying the remarks live from 10:50AM ET. 🙂

  8. 17 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    HOLY CRAP! THIS is what R’s don’t want everyone to have!


    This is the real ‘rate shock’: My parents’ amazing Obamacare story

  9. 18 JER
    November 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

  10. 22 dotster3
    November 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Seems to be a long delay in Veterans Day Observance. Nothing happening.

  11. 25 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This is what fascism looks like. I doubt the veterans that fought for us all, fought for this.


  12. 26 JER
    November 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

  13. 27 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Now playing TAPS at the Arlington ceremony

  14. 28 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

  15. 30 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Have a good Veterans Day, Yardarm – thanks for your service! Navy Values: Honor, Courage, Commitment!

  16. 33 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 11:14 am

  17. 34 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Our President is now speaking!

  18. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    November 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    JOB, your poem is brilliant and beautiful. So proud to have such a distinguished poet in our midst. Brava to you and to all the vets to whom you pay tribute. We don’t have parades on Veteran’s Day, but there’s a big one on Memorial Day and it always touches my heart to see the still young and vigorous Iraq War vets, the gray heads of often wounded Vietnam vets, the stooped shoulders of those who fought in Korea and the elderly WWII vets who ride in cars. As they come of their parade positions, I notice how kind the younger ones are to the older ones. It’s a true fellowship of men and women bound together in a mutual love of country.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks so much, jackieG. I’m a basket case after watching the President at Arlington. I cry at every military ceremony, anyway, even just morning colors!

  19. November 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    GM Chips, TOD. Wonderful R&S. Thanks for the beautiful poem, JB.

  20. November 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Boggles the mind: Shot teen’s book ‘I am Malala’ does not show enough respect to Islam, private education chief says

    While Malala, has become a hero to many across the world for opposing the Taliban and standing up for girls’ education, conspiracy theories have flourished in Pakistan that her shooting was staged to create a hero for the West to embrace. Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said his group banned Malala’s book from the libraries of its 40,000 affiliated schools and called on the government to bar it from school curriculums.

    “Everything about Malala is now becoming clear,” Javedani said. “To me, she is representing the West, not us.”

    Kashif Mirza, the chairman of the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, said his group also has banned Malala’s book in its affiliated schools. Malala “was a role model for children, but this book has made her controversial,” Mirza said. “Through this book, she became a tool in the hands of the Western powers.”

  21. November 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

    On one side is a majority of Democratic voters, who are angrier, more disaffected, and altogether more populist than they’ve been in years. They are more attuned to income inequality than before the Obama presidency and more supportive of Social Security and Medicare.1 They’ve grown fonder of regulation and more skeptical of big business. 2 A recent Pew poll showed that voters under 30—who skew overwhelmingly Democratic—view socialism more favorably than capitalism. Above all, Democrats are increasingly hostile to Wall Street and believe the government should rein it in.

    On the other side is a group of Democratic elites associated with the Clinton era who, though they may have moved somewhat leftward in response to the recession—happily supporting economic stimulus and generous unemployment benefits—still fundamentally believe the economy functions best with a large, powerful, highly complex financial sector. Many members of this group have either made or raised enormous amounts of cash on Wall Street. They were deeply influential in limiting the reach of Dodd-Frank, the financial reform measure Obama signed in July of 2010.

    Judging from recent events, the populists are likely to win. In September, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, running on a platform of taming inequality, routed his Democratic mayoral rival, Christine Quinn, known for her ties to Michael Bloomberg’s finance-friendly administration. The following week, Larry Summers, Obama’s first choice to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman, withdrew his name from consideration after months in which Senate Democrats signaled their annoyance with his previous support for deregulation. Not 48 hours later, Bill Daley, the former Obama chief of staff and JP Morgan executive, ended his primary campaign for governor of Illinois after internal polls showed him trailing his populist opponent……

  22. 43 desertflower
    November 11, 2013 at 11:52 am



  23. November 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Chips, UT…… would you mind getting my comment out of moderation? TY 🙂

  24. November 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

  25. 46 Nena20409
    November 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    FIRST Ladies series on C-SPAN continues tonite with Jackie Kennedy at 9:00 PM ET.


  26. November 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Happy Veteran’s Day to all our Vets. Thank you and your families for your service.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    This tribute poster says it all….

  27. 51 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  28. 52 japa21
    November 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    GM all from wet, and soon to be snowy Chicago. Not that it will amount to much.

    Chips, I was pretty much out of the loop for most of the weekend, but is it true that ManU beat mighty Arsenal and Chelsea was only about to draw with lowly Brom?

    Taking two days off from work, but that means limited time here due to those two days being Honey Do days.

  29. 53 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  30. 54 japa21
    November 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  31. 55 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

  32. 56 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    • 57 Nena20409
      November 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      My Favorite story of the Day.

      It is a perfect Vet’s Day story. 107 yrs old. Born in 1906. The wealth of knowledge on that patriot. What a man.

  33. 58 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    AARP retweeted me. Yay!!!!!!!! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! 😆

  34. 60 carolyn
    November 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I just wrote Sixty Minutes AND Scott Pelley about the 60 minutes debacle. Told them they need to rebuild their credibility and that can only be done by firing Lara Logan and anyone else involved in that report, then investigating and presenting to the American public what happened.
    I also wrote Brian Williams and told him how disappointed we are in his evening broadcast that it is not news any more, but opinion and bias. Told him Chuck Todd embarrassed himself and NBC news by his hostile questioning of President Obama, and that their editing was falsifying. Said, fortunately, the complete interview was available, so we could see for ourselves what the president actually said, not what Chuck reported and lied about.

  35. November 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Approximately 90 Marines and sailors with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing deployed from Okinawa to the Philippines in wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

    Our great servicemen never take a day off!

  36. 62 LDS
    November 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Good morning, Ms. Chips. Once again you read my heart. The pics are just beautiful. Especially my favorites 4,5, and 6. Those captures the playfulness and closeness of a loving couple even in the public eye. I just love it because it looks as though PBO was teasingly loving FLOTUS and she just held her cool……lovingly.
    Maybe it is me,but it reminds me of my husband’s sense of humor. He was always trying to top mine at the most in opportune times. Holding my peace in public made for great sex in private. He did not know what he had done and I did not ever tell him.
    Those pics are just so much the fun side of them. Thank you.

  37. 63 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  38. 64 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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  40. 66 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  41. 68 Dudette
    November 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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