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President Biden awards his first Medal of Honor -- to a 94 year-old Korean War vet
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From Yahoo News:

President Biden on Friday awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, to Ralph Puckett Jr., a 94-year-old Korean War veteran and retired Army colonel who was wounded in a battle against Chinese soldiers in Korea more than 70 years ago.

Mr. Puckett was a genuine hero.

In November 1950, Puckett, then a first lieutenant in the Eighth U.S. Army Ranger Company, led more than 50 fellow Rangers on a mission to capture and defend a hill from a Chinese assault. He intentionally ran across an exposed area multiple times to draw enemy fire away from his soldiers.
During the siege, he was wounded by a hand grenade and two rounds of mortar fire but refused evacuation, moving from foxhole to foxhole, directing artillery support and inspiring his fellow soldiers to fight.

CNN fleshes out the story a bit more…

It was estimated that hundreds of Chinese troops were involved in the attack against Puckett's group of five dozen, he said a video recorded for Witness to War, a compilation of oral histories from veterans.

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Despite being wounded a second time, through five assaults Puckett was able to call on artillery, firing on points he determined in advance to hold off the Chinese troops.

After six separate attacks, and wounded three times,, Lieutenant Puckett ordered his fellow Rangers to get the hell out of the area. In his own words, “We[were] crumbling. We're being overrun. I just gave my unit the order to withdraw.”

Two of them, PFC Billy G. Walls and PFC David Pollack, disregarded his order. Over his protests, Walls threw Puckett over his shoulder while Pollack provided cover fire, and they physically dragged him down the hill.

Puckett earned two Distinguished Service Crosses for his actions on what was then known as Hill 205. He had a 22-year career in the Army, later serving in the Vietnam War, during which he also saw combat, before retiring from active duty in 1971. He earned five Purple Hearts for injuries suffered in combat.

A retired officer and researcher at the US Military Academy named John Lock reviewed Puckett’s actions and believing his story to be deserving, pushed hard for years for Puckett to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Puckett himself did not support Lock’s effort, but was grateful nonetheless.

President Biden spoke at Puckett’s ceremony, which was attended, for the first time in history, by a foreign leader, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.

"Korea is sometimes called the forgotten war, but those men who were there under Lt. Puckett's command will never forget his bravery," Biden said. "They'll never forget that he was right by their side through every minute of it. The people of the Republic of Korea haven't forgotten."

As noted in CNN’s report, over the course of his military career, Puckett received five Purple Hearts.

NBC’s video of the ceremony is below:



 
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Fox News and "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Jedediah Bila are parting ways, the network confirmed on Friday.

"We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Jedediah Bila and wish her all the best," a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement shared with People. "The new co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend will be named soon."

"I would like to thank the Fox News reporters, anchors, contributors, and producers who have been an absolute pleasure to work with these last two years," Bila tweeted Friday afternoon.



Bila co-hosted "Fox & Friends Weekend" with Pete Hegseth and Will Cain and originally started as a Fox News contributor in 2013, according to a Fox News biography.

She left to co-host ABC's "The View" for the 2017-2018 season but rejoined Fox as contributor in 2018 before being named a "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host in 2019.

While at Fox, Bila became known for voicing political opinions not shared by some of the other talent at the network, openly criticizing former President Trump and tweeting in support of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) after she was ousted from her leadership role within the House GOP.



In April of last year, Bila announced that she had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. While her husband was also infected, their infant son Hartley was not, Bila said.
 
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600,000 Americans are dead, and Republicans are still telling people that the pandemic is a hoax
Mark Sumner

It’s wrong to define any group by the actions of some outrageous, but obscure, member. There are Democrats who are rabidly anti-vax, and Democrats who hold all manner of racist, sexist, or equally unpleasant positions. But finding those people takes a search, because those outliers are not leaders of the national party, at the center of Democratic fundraising efforts, or frequently held up at at gatherings of Democrats as the future of the party.

But consider this cluster of interviews, from members of the Republican Party who are viewed as national leaders by that party, and who are using that position of leadership to spread what are—at best—harmful lies, if not sick delusions that create genuine danger to other Americans.

First up, Michael Flynn. Once the National Security Advisor, and before that the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Flynn is the man who shaped much of the strategy behind America’s counterintelligence operations. He’s also the man who not only lied to the FBI and got away with it because Bill Barr forced U.S. attorneys to drop the charges, but the man who met with Donald Trump at the White House following Trump’s defeat and urged him to suspend the Constitution while having the military conduct a new election.

And now …
 
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Health and wealth teacher Andrew Wommack has long urged his followers to “take back Colorado” from the “demon-possessed” socialists and Democrats who’ve turned the state from red to blue.

Last month, that rallying cry became practical, as Wommack urged followers to take control in Woodland Park and Teller County.

“Man, as many people as we have in this school here, we ought to take over Woodland Park,” said Wommack during an April Citizen’s Academy at Charis Bible College, which was hosted by the Truth & Liberty Coalition, the 501(c)4 political organization he founded in 2017......
 

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Rand Paul announces 'personal decision' to continue being an a*hole (i.e., refuse the COVID vaccine)
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

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Let’s be clear. I don’t condone Rand Paul’s neighbor’s decision to beat the crap out of him, but I do condone (nay, applaud) everyone else’s decision to laugh at it.

Rand Paul is a doctor ... of sorts. He rather famously accredited himself through his own accrediting agency—an instance of self-gratifying and self-aggrandizing that, as an ophthalmologist, he should know puts him in grave danger of going blind.

Of course, as a self-accredited ophthalmologist, Paul knows ****-all about immunity against communicable diseases. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try to pretend like the peat moss-pated, know-it-all cocknose git that he is.

Paul has had several verbal spats with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who somehow became the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases without knowing what kind of eyeglass frames to recommend to someone with a winter complexion*, and now he’s decided that, having bumbled into a case of COVID last March, he’s got an X-Men superpower no one else knows about.

In a May 23 interview with Trumpy radio host John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM, Paul said he’s making the “personal” decision not to get any of the approved COVID vaccines because he’s already had COVID.


The Hill:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated because experts are unsure about how long natural immunity lasts.
However, the Kentucky senator told Catsimatidis that until he sees evidence suggesting that immunity from the vaccine is better than natural immunity, he’s not going to get vaccinated.
“Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,” Paul said.

Now, while such occurrences are rare, plenty of people have gotten COVID twice. And, as always, what Paul doesn’t seem to understand (or wants to deliberately ignore) is that it isn’t all about him. If he got reinfected, he could infect his friends, family, and colleagues, including U.S. senators who are doing their best to avoid getting sick. There’s also the whole “setting an example” thing. And, you know, he was infected more than a year ago. Even vaccine manufacturers are now talking about the likelihood that vaccinated Americans will need booster shots before the year is out.

But Rand doesn’t care about any of that. To paraphrase his fake namesake ... “Asshole Shrugged.”

Not sure what this guy’s deal is. But on a scale of 1 to 10, how funny would it be if Rand Paul got COVID again? You can answer in the poll.
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* Okay, I know ophthalmologists do more than this. Please reserve your formal complaints for thinly veiled masturbation jokes.