Cain Suspends Campaign

Breaking News: Herman Cain has suspended his campaign, but insists he is the candidate who is most qualified to take a 3 a.m. booty call.

Republican Ideas Repudiated In Tuesday’s Voting

Voters across the country rejected Republican views, hopefully foreshadowing the 2012 election results. This includes the defeat of an amendment on the Mississippi ballot to place the state in control of every woman’s uterus. If this measure couldn’t pass in Mississippi it is unlikely to pass anywhere, but I would love to see the Republicans try to nationalize this issue next year. The anti-union law in Ohio and the attempt to restrict voting in Maine were also defeated. A recall effort against a Republican state representative in Michigan was also successful, giving  hope that Michigan will once again go blue. If only voters had paid more attention to what the Republicans stood for before voting for them in 2010.

Perry Announces Candidacy For GOP Nomination

Rick Perry has entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Having a far right theocratic Texas governor as president really worked out well before, didn’t it?

Update: And if Rick Perry isn’t bat-shit crazy enough for you, there’s always Michele Bachmann, who won the Ames Straw Poll.

Merlin Renewed For Fifth Season

More big news from Comic Com. With the fourth season of Merlin now filming, it was announced that the BBC has renewed the series for a fifth season.

Karen Gillan To Return For Season Seven of Doctor Who & Cast Interviews

The biggest news so far out of San Diego Comic Con is that Karen Gillan says she will returning to Season Seven of Doctor Who. It has only been officially confirmed that Matt Smith will be returning. There has been considerable speculation that Karen would be leaving after this season based upon the usual longevity of companions and her commitments to other projects. Perhaps the delayed schedule for next season is making it possible for Karen to return.

While waiting for the full Doctor Who panel, here are two interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. In the first, Karen Gillan reveals that she is a Trekie:

Donald Trump Not Running

Donald Trump has announced he is not running for president. As a blogger I am very disappointed by the decrease in material this will result in.

Mission Accomplished: Osama bin Laden Dead

Osama bin Laden Killed!!! George Bush promised to get bin Laden dead or alive, but it took Obama’s administration to knock him off.  He was killed in a mansion on the outskirts of Islamabad. Barack Obama kept his campaign promise. It is also another victory for intelligence work  after all the times conservatives have attacked liberals for stressing the importance of intelligence, diplomacy, and police work, along with military action,  in fighting terrorism.

“We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”– Barack Obama, October  7, 2008

Mission Accomplished.

Barack Obama can now run  for re-election on the  campaign slogan, “I Got Bin Laden.”

Update: The text of Barack Obama’s statement:

Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. It was nearly ten years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory. Hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky, the twin towers collapsing to the ground, black smoke billowing up from the pentagon, the wreckage of flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world, the empty seat at the dinner table, children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father, parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace, nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. On September 11th, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together. We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve, to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda, an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. So we went to war against al Qaeda, to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies. Over the last ten years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort. We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot

Yet, Osama bin Laden avoided capture. And escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world. And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda. Even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat his network. Then last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain. And it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we could located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda. His death does not mark the end of our effort. There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad. As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what we’ve done. But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores. And started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly ten years of service, struggle and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as commander in chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded. So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror, justice has been done.

Tonight we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. The American people do not see their work nor know their names, but tonight they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice. We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country. And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of burden since that September day. Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people. The cause of securing our country is not complete, but tonight we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history. Whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people or the struggle for equality for all our citizens, our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place. Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. May God bless you. And may God bless the United States of America.

US Premiere Date For Doctor Who Announced

BBC America has announced the US premiere date for Doctor Who: April 23 at 9pm ET.

Senate Blocks Repeal Of Health Care Reform While Backing Repeal Of 1099 Requirement

For the past two years Democrats often had to live with passing legislation in the House only to see it die in the Senate. Republicans experienced this today as their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed on a 51-47 vote.  Now Republicans will have to hope for further help from conservative activist judges to change the law as passed by Congress.

One portion of the health care legislation was reversed with strong bipartisan support. An amendment  proposed by Michigan Democrat Debbie  Stabenow to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17. While the requirement to issue 1099’s to most suppliers was predicted to bring in an additional $17 billion in tax revenue, it was also felt to create far too much paperwork for small businesses.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell To Be Overturned

CNN reports that the Senate has voted 65-31 to overturn “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The House has already voted to overturn it.

Update: More from The New York Times .

While we got this good news, the Dream Act failed to get enough votes to get past a GOP filibuster, with a handful of Democrats also failing to support the measure.