-Well, now. The Midterms have officially kicked off.
Seriously, about Goddamn time! Now maybe we can start rallying the base and maybe hold the line…I’m sorry, what?
In an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, the president was asked on four occasions whether his commitment to letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire was strong enough to veto even a “short term extension.” On each occasion, Obama demurred.
The exchange, for what it’s worth, was flagged by a Republican congressional aide who noted how little Democrats would likely feel emboldened by the remarks. It does, indeed, seem increasingly likely that Congress punts on the issue, passing a temporary extension of all Bush tax cuts with the goal of revisiting their expiration in two years. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has said he would be willing to discuss this compromise. And the lack of an overt veto threat from Obama suggests that the White House isn’t willing to rule it out either.
The next two months are going to be very painful. Does Health Care Reform cover buying ether in bulk?
-For the record, this is why I continue to give the ACLU ten dollars a month. (Via-Raw Story.)
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with President Barack Obama’s administration that state secrets would be revealed if it allowed the case against Jeppesen Dataplan to go ahead.
The Boeing unit was accused of facilitating flights for the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, used by the administration of president George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The program involved the transfer of “war on terror” suspects by the CIA to countries known to practice torture.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the case in 2007 on behalf of five former detainees who said they were kidnapped, transported to foreign countries and tortured in the custody of foreign governments or the US Central Intelligence Agency.
Judge Raymond Fisher said the case presents a “painful conflict between human rights and national security,” but added that the court “reluctantly” came to the conclusion that the need to protect state secrets here superseded that of the plaintiff to present his case.
If there is one area where the disappointment in Obama has been the most soul crushing, it’s been this area. I actually came dangerously close to writing a blog entry saying that we may have to consider the possibility of throwing up a primary challenge to Obama for 2012.
I calmed down but the beginnings are still in my recent draft box.
As I’ve said before, this midterm is not about Obama so it doesn’t interfere with me voting who I want to vote for.
But come 2012, if this situation is not resolved, we may have to ask ourselves some very hard questions of what we are willing to tolerate in a President. Because I don’t give a good Goddamn whether who’s doing this has a D or an R behind his name. This. Is. A. Dealbreaker.
-The Seattle trip is starting to firm up nicely. And I can officially announce that on Saturday, October 10th, I will be at the open mike at The Comedy Underground Club.
For those who weren’t there last year, here’s a taste of what you can expect.
And yes, it will be just as dirty, if not dirtier. You may experience some wood. Sweet, sweet, comedy wood.
And yes, I will be shooting this for the Vimeo channel so be warned. You may want to wear a clean shirt.