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
@SenatorReid That Any Senator would vote to block debate is a violation of democracy; that @SenatorBegich @SenMarkPryor did is despicable.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Thanks Allison Hardly thought I’d be first
Bobfr, first looks so good on you, and you always keep the thread steering in the right direction. Thank you, and I move you should be first all the time. Anyone care to second the motion?
You’re too kind, Mighty P!!! But, as you know, we need to have all our TOD buddies rotating through 1st for the fun that that ensures
“Rotating” being the key word….
Bob, did you ever get a response on your office of domain names to OFA? If not, I hope you do soon. Love your tweet.
Not as yet, Jackie. Sure hope they do consider the domains and I’ll happily transfer them at no cost to OFA.
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!
Thank you LDS. Am just happy to be able to contribute and participate in all the fun as well as serious efforts TODers contribute every day.
#FORWARD … Together!!
Bobfr, I have again a ‘goodness’ spot in my heart for your dedicated work as our ‘Brilliant Twitter Master’ who so beautifully put the tweets out for all of us who are not as quick with our phrasing of words.
(((((((((((((((((( Many, many thanks to you, Bobfr)))))))))))))))))))) HZ
Thank you dear HZ!!!
#FORWARD … Together
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…
Spring is here! http://t.co/SQkjBcBT36— Alycee (@jazziz2) April 11, 2013
Lovely photo, Alycee. Hope you feel better soon!
C-SPAN 3 is showing it live too.
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
Dear @SenatorReid it is unconscionable that the Senate permits DEBATE to be suppressed, as well as, VOTES. That's not democracy, period.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Filibuster abuse must end.
Direct WH live link to ceremony:
See ya later.
Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not People | Alternet alternet.org/fracking/penns…— Alycee (@jazziz2) April 11, 2013
I urge everyone to read this post.
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?
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.
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 ?
If staffers paid with taxpayer dollars were part of that meeting, it doesn’t matter who recorded it …
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.
WH chief of staff Denis McDonough talking to Republican Pat Roberts before Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room http://t.co/jHXO7NTSFe— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) April 11, 2013
Who is this chaplin POTUS is honoring?
From what POTUS read about the Chaplin, he was a hero and a true servant of the Lord.
That was a beautiful and very moving ceremony.
This was a beautiful ceremony for a true hero.
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.
It is indeed. Thanks for being part of this larger community that we treasure.
Yes, you caring, socialist, 2d amendment hating librarian, you!!
( LL, you do know I’m kidding, right?)
Funniest thing about a chyron saying "Is Obama losing touch with LEFT in reaching out to GOP?" is it ignores the rest of us: THE VOTERS.— (@eclecticbrotha) April 11, 2013
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.
Well said, Jackie G!
Photo of POTUS talking to Newtown families on the phone in the Oval: bit.ly/YfC8Fy— (@petesouza) April 11, 2013
My point, as usual: Stop blaming Obama for failing to do stuff he doesn't have the votes to do! He doesn't have superpowers!— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) April 11, 2013
It's as if Obama's bully pulpit had no influence on the voting patterns of Arkansas and Alaska Democrats!— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) April 11, 2013
Of course, when D's controlled Congress, it was easy to get Bayh, Lincoln, Nelson, Lieberman, Pryor, Begich et al to do Obama's bidding.— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) April 11, 2013
If only we had filibuster reform. Well, the Pryors, Begiches, Bayhs, Lincolns & even Dodds of the world didn't want that either.— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) April 11, 2013
Typical neo-liberalism MT @MikeGrunwald: Stop blaming Obama for failing to do stuff he doesn't have votes to do! He doesn't have superpowers— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) April 11, 2013
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.
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.
‘So my head is not hung as low as it frequently is.’
That made me smile, Carolyn. Good for your neck, right?
Who are the real 'takers'? thepoliticalpragmatic.blogspot.com/2013/04/there-…— (@FlowerInFaith) April 11, 2013
GOP asks why Obama doesn't do more to fight gang violence, then prevents funding to increase law enforcement that could do just that.— john miller (@deaconmill) April 11, 2013
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?
So remember when Republicans were gonna hit Obama & Dems for cutting Social Security – not so much: twitter.com/chucktodd/stat…— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) April 11, 2013
Club for Growth has officially added NRCC Chair Greg Walden to their " primarymycongressman.com" web site.— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 11, 2013
Question to GOP Senators who allowed debate on gun control: Will you allow actual vote on bill or prevent meaningful vote as usual?— john miller (@deaconmill) April 11, 2013
In case no one saw this, The DCCC shows why chained CPI wasn’t some major error on PBO’s part.
Chained CPI is a GOP IDEA. #PBO proposes it & on cue, GOP Walden sanctimoniously opposes it youtube.com/watch?feature=… cc @NancyPelosi @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Great read from TPV.
Don't let liars fool you; Pres. Obama has positively expanded the social safety net. thepeoplesview.net/2013/04/how-ob…— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 11, 2013
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.
LL, you are stirring….
Actually, the link to how Man U could still lose the Prem is HILARIOUS. People were looking at me oddly.
Of course, one of the really stupid things is this whole aggregate scoring rule. Have one game count or 2 of 3.
Tradition, don’t you know. Just like referees blowing offside calls, or blatant handballs.
Playing with fire… http://t.co/D85GrVwVMk— CarolMae (@CarolMaeWY) April 11, 2013
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I dare Sen. Sanders to run for President and win and then show us how you implement a far left agenda in a country that’s as ideologically divided as the U.S. is right now. Besides, why doesn’t Sen. Sanders introduce a better, pure progressive, budget in the Senate and then gather enough votes to pass it, both in the Senate and the House of Rep. I am sure President Obama would have no problem signing it. The fact that both Sanders and Norquist hate the President’s budget tells me all I wan’t to know. They hate because it’s balanced and is focused on moving the country forward.
Dear @SenSanders get 60 Senators & 218 Reps to vote for YOUR progressive budget legislation. Am sure #PBO will give you a pen at signing.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
FYI @whitehouse @Pfeiffer44 @vj44 twitter.com/Our4thEstate/s… Just so you know some of us have a clue :)— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Thanks Bob! You mastery of going to the heart of the matter using few words is absolutely amazing.
Thank you friend
On the day we honor the bravery of Father Kapaun, @SenatorBegich & @SenMarkPryor don't have the guts to stand up to the #NRA. @GabbyGiffords— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
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.
RT PBO's budget will NEVER get a vote in the 113th Congress. By now, that should be obvious. @kevinrns: @NancyPelosi @vj44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
In response to …
.@Our4thEstate @NancyPelosi @vj44 And if Dems allow it, #GOP will pound pound pound 'Dem SS Cuts' until earth is flat. (So Dont f Do It)— kevin russell (@kevinrns) April 11, 2013
@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
What a beautiful service today.
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.
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.
Dear @PressSec when you have to explain "it's a song" pistoncloud.com/2013/04/announ… to #WHPC #NEWSTAINERS you know how stooopid US media has become— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
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 ?
Rand Paul's biggest mistake yesterday: treating Howard U students like they were as dumb as his tea freak supporters.— Randi Rhodes (@randiradio) April 11, 2013
a little ot on this subject—-laughed at Colbert identifying Rand Paul as “a home perm cautionary tale”.
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.
RETWEET: @whitehouse @SenateDems @Senate_GOPs @HouseDemocrats @gopconference -The picture says it all. twitpic.com/cgy0y3 via @TwitPic— Blue Tsunami (@Onward_Together) April 11, 2013
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.
Somehow this description seems quite apt.
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.
Evening Chips, TOD….
Sequester Could Turn Gov Workers N2 Spies 4.8 mil have access to classified information, 1000's are getting pay cuts. buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/ho…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) April 11, 2013
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.
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….
Ha! That’s probably exactly the case, LP: *Too many movies* !!!
Hope you are doing okay, and that things are improving.
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.
Wonderful news. Keep busy, keep us posted, and we’ll keep sending you our warm thoughts!
I took it to the “source” :
@DaRiverZkind In that case, all cleared federal retirees with "pay cuts" w/b getting in touch w/nearest foreign entity. Dumbass>> @dcbigjohn— (@JOBoomr) April 11, 2013
Why Obama's Budget Could Make Health Waves n.pr/12OwjSA Iay's markers on tobacco, Pre-K, gun violence etc.. http://t.co/eDT8V5hMFA— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) April 11, 2013
How Boehner's crazy move is letting Obama's agenda move nym.ag/XF7R85 @bararckobama's 2nd-term agenda is actually chugging along…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) April 11, 2013
Yummy Axelrod snark
Stoplights are useless. Only law-abiding drivers observe them! Why infringe on the freedom of those responsible drivers?— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 10, 2013
Surprise! President's #Budget Has More New Revenue Than New Cuts thepeoplesview.net/2013/04/surpri… #stopthewhining #arithmetic— The People's View (@thepeoplesview) April 11, 2013
But we wouldn’t know any of that from listening to Rachel, Hayes, etc., now would we?
Dear @maddow @finneyk Surprise! #PBO's Budget Has Way More New Revenue Than New Cuts thepeoplesview.net/2013/04/surpri… cc @thepeoplesview @PressSec— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Dear @stevebenen @DavidCornDC Please mentor your colleagues on #PBO's budget. Here's a helpful primer thepeoplesview.net/2013/04/surpri… cc @Pfeiffer44— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
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.
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.
Can you give us a bit more detail for those of us on the Left Coast?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Lock him up, for a long time, for terrorism.
Silly jacqueline. It’s only terrorism if it’s a brown man from Asia.
Oh, sorry. Forgot that. /s/ snark
you wonderful comment rocked.
I just read it….marvelous
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.
I do have something cooking. Short ribs marinated in Korean bbq sauce, with stirfried yellow and orange peppers.
orange peppers ???
Yep! Love those things.
I had a ribeye steak for lunch that hubby prepared for me (the doc wants me to try low carb for a month) and I stir fried yellow, red, orange, and green peppers with a small amount of onion and fresh baby portabellas to go with it, plus some steamed spinach and cauliflower (supposed to eat lots of the “good” vegetables). It was yummy.
I have more or less banished starches from my dinner plate, and have seen good results to my waist line.
Photo of POTUS holding Medal of Honor winner Chaplain Emil Kapaun's Easter stole in the Oval Office http://t.co/gtMHqpvuOq— (@petesouza) April 11, 2013
So touching. Our President and First Lady being there for this occasion probably made all the difference.
On the theme of courage – and service to our Nation, and beyond – as May 17 approaches, let’s all remember ….
Dear @ScottProuty as we approach the 1st anniversary of your courageous actions, just want you to know we will never forget. cc @DavidCornDC— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 11, 2013
Yes We Can
I see Rick Warren’s son used an unregistered gun bought online to commit suicide.
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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