The GOP Debate

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Why do gatherings like this always look like a casting call for the worst comb over?¬† Where in God’s name is queer eye for the straight guy when you need them.¬† If a beautiful girl like Britney Spears can shave her head, what in the hell is Mike Huckabee’s problem. This sad bunch is just further confirmation that Republicans just can’t let go and are in more need of therapy and a makeover than the Geico caveman.¬†

Speaking of cavemen, more than a few of the candidates sounded like they were some real knuckle dragging neanderthals.   Sam Brownback affirmed congressional meddling in the Terry Schiavo right to die case.   Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo, the gold dust twins of wingnuttia, were in rare form spouting crazy talk about isolationism and immigration.

Giuliani was underwhelming and was clearly a loser tonight.¬†¬† He was tripped up on Abortion by Chris Matthews, even though the inner city beat down administered to Romney was worse. Romney handled it better because he can flow with the best of the political rappers.¬† Romney looked and sounded smooth like a baby’s behind.¬† His rhymes were tight and his delivery and showmanship were, like his grooming, flawless.

The biggest disappointment of the evening had to be McCain.¬† He looked and sounded uncomfortable all evening.¬† A couple of stray one-liners and laugh lines did nothing to rebut my presumption.¬† His line about following Bin-Laden to “the gates of Hell” was probably the best of the evening but his performance was uneven at best.¬†¬†

Three second teir candidates did better than expected in my estimation: Gilmore, Huckabee, and Brownback.   All three were rather good, especially Gilmore and Huckabee.   All made strong, memorable impressions as knowledgeable and reasonable conservatives.  Of the three, Brownback won the Machiavellian award for his answer to the question about whether or not he could support a non pro-life nominee.  He said he could-a clear indication that he is looking to bootstrap his way into the Vice Presidency with Giuliani.

Giuliani 2008

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican presidential contender acclaimed for his leadership after the September 11 attacks, took a step closer to an official White House run on Monday.

He filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission establishing a committee to explore a presidential bid, which allows him to raise money, travel and hire staff.

“We still have to formally announce it and do a few more things, but this is about as close as you’re gonna get,” Giuliani said on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.” “We did everything you have to do, I guess, legally to do it, then you still have to make a formal announcement.”

The new paperwork removed the phrase “testing the waters” from the statement of candidacy Giuliani originally filed in November.

Giuliani said the move put him in the same position as his Republican rivals Arizona Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“If I were going to bet like you bet on the Super Bowl … I would bet that we are going ahead,” he told reporters in New York, before declining to give an announcement date except to say it would be “sooner rather than later.”

The move could calm growing doubts among Republicans about whether he is serious about a White House run in 2008. While Giuliani leads eight other Republicans in many national polls, there has been growing speculation he might not run.

He faces an uphill battle winning over conservatives who wield considerable influence in Republican primaries because of his stance on some social issues, including his support for gay rights and abortion rights

Safe Negro Report #3 Obama stands up for Habeas Corpus

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Our virtuous crusader, Senator Barack “Safe Negro” Obama, stood up for a principle this week.¬† We at the “Safe Negro Report” hope this continues.¬†¬† The principle, Habeas Corpus, has been at the center of Anglo-American law for seven centuries, as explained by Senator Obama.¬† In short, it allows terror suspects and other criminal defendants ” to effectively challenge their detention by our government.”

 S. 3930 The Military Commissions act of 2006  allows our government to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charge.  The bill also provides for no mechanism through which detention can be challenged.  On the basis of faulty intelligence and erroneous information, people have found themselves detained by our government with no recourse.

The bill is an insideous threat to international conventions which forbid torture because it allows for indefinite detention and in my mind, if passed, will help facilitate torture no matter what interrogation prohibitions happen to be written into law.

Our highest law enforcement official, Al Gonzales has proclaimed: The President has not authorized, ordered or directed in any way any activity that would transgress the standards of the torture conventions or the torture statute, or other applicable laws.

That is a boldfaced lie.

The Taguba report which examined the abuses¬†at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq found “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal¬†abuses.”¬†¬†Among the abuses found were:

  • Threatening male detainees with rape.
  • Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.
  • Using military police dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack

It should be of interest to all that children under twelve have been caught up and detained by the U.S. government and its coalition partners in the “War on Terra” and that they have been severely mistreated¬†by the same in direct contravention of international law.

Former President Jimmy Carter in his book “Our Endangered Values” states that,¬† “…the International Red Cross, Amnesty International, and the Pentagon have gathered substantial testimony of the torture of children, confirmed by soldiers who witnessed or participated in the abuse.”

Let that sink in.¬† We have arrogated unto ourselves the right to detain someone’s child¬†on the basis of unprovable suspicion and subject them to torture.¬† No wonder the majority of the world believes our President is the Devil.

In my mind, a government that cannot substantiate in a court of law its right to detain someone based on provable evidence of terrorist activity is certainly incapable of ever treating them humanely under the provisions of the geneva conventions. 

Senator Obama was correct to stand up for the principle of Habeas Corpus and support the Specter Amendement to this bill.  It puts him in the same league with all of his collegues running for President on the democratic side of the aisle: Bayh, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, and Kerry.

Conversely, his Republican collegues who see a president when they look in the mirror: McCain, Frist, Brownback, Hagel, and Allen, voted the opposite way;proving their ultimate unfitness for the Oval Office.