Late start today - I had to go have labs drawn and made a morning of it. (Word of advice: Always treat the people who work under you with respect, dignity and fairness. One of them just might be the one who is coming at you with a needle some day.) We left the hospital and took a long walk, then caught a bus to the River Market, walked out on the Westport Landing observation deck, and then went to the green grocer at the city market. We don't get that many chances to just be a couple who has paid their dues and emptied the nest, and remembers why they liked one another so damned much to begin with. We had a chance to talk and lets just say that we are in agreement that if we had known when we were younger what this country would become...well, both of our resumes would read a hell of a lot different.
This looks like a Hatch Act violation to me Why is the U.S. ambassador to Canada organizing a $1000-per-plate fundraiser for McSame in Ottawa? He is using his position to promote a particular brand of politics, and that is illegal.
But there was pandering to be done! Iowa governor Chet Culver requested McCain stay away, rather than exploit the citizens of his state for a cheap photo-op, but hey, he's only the Governor, McCain is a veteran (who lost five planes and had he been a better pilot might not have his big ol' "POW" cudgel to bash all detractors with). Patrick Dillon, Culver's chief of staff, said the governor was concerned that McCain's trip would divert local law enforcement from the flood recovery effort to provide security for McCain. Pish! He came anyway, because if there is one thing all those taxpayer-funded junkets to Iraq have shown us, the doddering old sunuvabitch can't resist a dog and pony show.
At this point he's just taunting us Like the drunken, officious fuckhead he is. Now he is asserting that he doesn't have to give the Oversight Committee the climate change documents that were requested. You guessed it. Executive privilege. Apparently that means it is his privilege to tell us all to fuck off and die, he is gonna do whatever he wants because that stupid fucking Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table. I hope she gets a brutal comeuppance. I will laugh, oh, how I will laugh...and mock most cruelly. She is every bit as bad as the chimp. No, she's ten times worse, because she has enabled him for two years. We need all new Democrats in leadership. Not one of the ones there now would be worth pissing on if they were on fire.
That wasn't a compromise. It was capitulation. We agree with the ACLU. "No matter how often the opposition calls this bill a ‘compromise,’ it is not a meaningful compromise, except of our constitutional rights. The bill allows for mass, untargeted and unwarranted surveillance of all communications coming in to and out of the United States. The courts’ role is superficial at best, as the government can continue spying on our communications even after the FISA court has objected. Democratic leaders turned what should have been an easy FISA fix into the wholesale giveaway of our Fourth Amendment rights. Russ Feingold agrees with us - verbatim, and that's good enough for me - I've been in worse company. Hell, I am worse company.