Isn't that the highest honor aside from the congressional gold medal normally awarded to fireman who die heroically and the like?
Somebody doesn't like JoePa
There isn't such a thing as the Congressional Cross, but that's really not the point anyway.
The Medal of Freedom is indeed the "heroic firefighter" medal, and politics or not, I have to assume some of those 16 in agreement were Democrats anyhow, JoePa has approximately zero business recieving one.
Coaching until you are functionally useless on your own sideline isn't worth the prestige of the award, not by a country mile.
Edit: I still disagree that he's worthy, but based on the list below the precedent for him to recieve it has already been set, so whatever.
It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
JoePa is clearly the (not-so) metaphorical grandpa, who yells at the kids (enemies of the US) to get off his lawn.
EDIT: Damn winterblue beat me to it. My mistake should be short-lived, I can't imagine this thread lasts much longer
normally awarded to fireman who die heroically and the like?
that Grandpa Joe doesn't deserve it?
This thread will probably be deleted for obvious reasons, but no politician with any brains would refuse to sign something like that, regardless of party affiliation. Even if you personally think it's a silly initiative, you sign the damn thing and save your fire for really important battles. These two knuckleheads have just handed their opponents a club to hit them over the head with, and they'd get no sympathy from this Democrat.
I'm not delving into politics...
Kanjorski is VERY secure. Secure to the point that a dead hooker could show up in his trunk and he'd still get re-elected. He's brought too much 'bacon' to his area for them to ever give him the boot. Sure, he'll have a "close" election now and then, but he's too safe to worry about this.
I suspect a staffer just didn't give him the forms.
It recognizes those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." from Wikipedia.org
And hooray for those two.
these are the sports figures who have received it in the past
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- Hank Aaron (2002)
- Muhammad Ali (2005)
- Arthur Ashe (1993, posthumously)
- Earl Blaik (1986)
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (1983, posthumously)
- Roberto Clemente (2002, posthumously)
- Joe DiMaggio (1977)
- Billie Jean King (2009)
- Robert J. H. Kiphuth (1963)
- Jack Nicklaus (2005)
- Jesse Owens (1977)
- Buck O'Neil (2006)
- Arnold Palmer (2004)
- Richard Petty (1992)
- Frank Robinson (2005)
- Jackie Robinson (1984, posthumously)
- Ted Williams (1991)
- John Wooden (2003)
Most of these individuals had some wider implications that went beyond sports, whether it be breaking racial barriers (Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Buck O'Neil, Jesse Owens), contibuting to social change (Arthur Ashe, Roberto Clemente, Muhammed Ali), or participation in other impressive ventures (Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio were soldiers).
But hell, if Earl Blaik and Bear Bryant won it, I guess totally unreasonable.
yeah, i think the Grim Reaper is scared of him.
Considering that Bear Bryant and Earl Blaik have received this award, it's not as outlandish idea as it might seem at first glance.
He deserves it but I don't think JoePa gives a shit.
(Sorry, I dug around on ESPN looking for it, and could only find Rittenberg's article that says "17 other members of Congress" with no names mentioned other than Glenn Thompson.)
Thank you all for your time.
JoePa gave a great performance in 'Up.'
that a savvy pol might want to save his ammo for a more important fight. But given the definition of what the award is supposed to be for, I don't think JoePa really fits. So I wouldn't hold it AGAINST someone who took a stand against--or declined to join the request. (We can't assume those who didn't sign are making a big deal out of it, right? What they're doing is really something more like abstaining.)
I am completely against this. I am absolutely baffled that JoePa still hasn't been nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor for the bravery he showed in the War of 1812. Proposing a civilian award is nothing but a slap in the face.