I’m looking through you, where did you go?

Afghanistan, the nearly forgotten war where the U.S. military that Bill Clinton built took names and kicked ass along with our NATO allies has settled into chaos. Osama “not important” Laden is still hiding out in a cave.

“I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” – G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

It shows.

Senator McCain keeps telling America that is would make the best commander-in-chief even though he keeps getting caught flat footed standing in the corner of the ring grasping for something pertinent to say, McCain rebuffed, Obama vindicated by court’s Guantanamo ruling

One of Obama’s campaign-speech lines has been that if he’s elected president, “I will restore habeas corpus” to detainees.

Obama, who has a law degree and taught constitutional law, said Thursday’s opinion undercut President Bush’s views on executive power, raised questions about McCain’s judgment and was “an important step toward re-establishing our credibility as a nation committed to the rule of law, and rejecting a false choice between fighting terrorism and respecting habeas corpus.”

“Our courts have employed habeas corpus with rigor and fairness for more than two centuries, and we must continue to do so as we defend the freedom that violent extremists seek to destroy,” he said.

McCain commented briefly on the subject at a news conference in Boston, saying he’d just learned of the opinion and hadn’t yet read it, but that “it obviously concerns me. These are unlawful combatants. They are not American citizens.”

Without hapeas corpus we’re just another banana republic.Amazing that everyday in America those accused of the most heinous crimes one could imagine are granted those rights, but every single person at Gitmo and other secret holding places around the world have been judged guilty without any recourse to challenge those charges.

Its not just fringe right-wing radio pundits and blogs that spread these bizarre paranoid laced rumors its the Vice-president of the U.S. as well, China-Cuba rumors fuel renewed offshore drilling debate

The claim: China has Cuban leases to drill for oil — miles from the Florida shore.

Even Vice President Dick Cheney got into the mix Wednesday, telling the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that “oil is being drilled right now 60 miles off the coast of Florida. We’re not doing it. The Chinese are in cooperation with the Cuban government.

”Even the communists have figured out that a good answer to high prices is more supply,” he added. “Yet Congress has said . . . no to drilling off Florida.”

But industry experts and other observers say there is zero evidence that China is drilling in Cuban waters, and doesn’t even hold a lease to drill offshore.

”China is not drilling in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico waters, period,” said Jorge Piñon, an energy expert at the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy.

Rising gas prices are prompting renewed efforts to open Florida waters to drilling, and the specter of oil-thirsty China slurping up nearby reserves is helping to fuel the push: In recent days, House Republican leaders have penned newspaper opinion pieces making the claim.

More here, GOP Claims China Drilling Off Cuban Shores; Actually, That’s False

Old Railroad Line Tracks

I’m looking through you, where did you go? ~ Jon Lennon and Paul McCartney

Konservative Smear-Aid, Drink Some and Join the Mob

Konservative Smear-Aid

The Kool-Kids of the Wingnuttery started a rumor that Obama wasn’t a U.S. citizen and demanded that he release a copy of his birth certificate. He releases it. Doesn’t make any difference – according to the same crowd its the wrong color, not the same as as some other documentation they now demand, its not done with the correct fonts and when you hold it up to the light you can see a faint outline of a gold sickle – pick whatever absurd denial you like best, its like a game show from hell with the world’s dumbest and most malicious participants. The point is not now, nor will it be in the future that every internet smear against Obama can and has been debunked. The whole idea is to sling enough mud that some of it sticks, hopefully with enough voters that McCain can eak out a victory. The national Press Club is rewarding a perpetrator of one of the more despicable smears by letting him host an event – that darn liberal media again. Obama has set up a web cite just to combat the smears, Fight the Smears Obama rebuts rumors on new Web site

That Obama is a Muslim, along with the assertions that he attended a madrasa in Indonesia and used a Koran when taking the oath of office in Chicago. The site responds: “Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim and is a committed Christian.” It provides a link to a CNN report showing the ordinary-looking elementary school he attended.

That Obama’s two books contain racially incendiary remarks. The site says that quotes being circulated were altered, manipulated or even fabricated.

That Obama refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance or place his hand over his heart when the national anthem is played. The site responds with a video from June 21, 2007, that shows Obama leading the U.S. Senate in the pledge, his hand clearly over his heart.

The rumor about Michelle Obama was that she had used the word “whitey” sometime in mid-2004 at a conference at Trinity of the civil rights coalition RainbowPUSH. The site says the report was advanced by the conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and the “proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone.”

The site calls the report a lie, noting that “Michelle Obama was not on a panel, and the RainbowPUSH conference was at the Sheraton.” No videotape has surfaced, and Time magazine reported in breaking the story that Michelle Obama had repeatedly denied that she would use such language.

Some of the commenters at the Republican blogs actually believe every little piece of disparaging trash hurled at the Obamas. Most of them  should they ever be over taken by an attack of conscience would confess that they know that none of the smears are true, and it wouldn’t make any difference anyway. Regardless if Senator Obama has  solid if centrist political views. His foreign policy philosophy is well within the realm of traditional foreign policy having much in common with Bush Sr. foreign policy. Obama’s tax policies are far from extreme. The most important dimension to this presidential race to the Right is that Obama is not a neocon, he is mixed race and a Democrat. That he seems to have better ideas about America’s future and unlike Bush and McCain, Obama thinks good governance and respect for the common good is a virtue is of absolutely no meaning at all to the rabid Right.