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Giuliani v. Clinton, Bill

posted by David Kuo

In an earlier post I said I thought Giuliani was unraveling and: I think details of his affair with Judith Nathan while he was mayor will emerge and a lot of Republicans will begin to wonder how, exactly, his behavior […]

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Giuliani’s bad week

posted by David Kuo

Rudy has had a bad, bad week. There was the story alleging misuse of expenses while he was mayor. There was the unfortunate exchange with Romney to begin the debate. There was the campaign’s rather week rebuttal to the Politico […]

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Needed: food

posted by David Kuo

Today’s NYT reports that food banks are low on food: Food banks around the country are reporting critical shortages that have forced them to ration supplies, distribute staples usually reserved for disaster relief and in some instances close. “It’s one […]

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Dogs or Darfur, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for the great discussion about my last post on Darfur and Michael Vick. I want to start with a great and honest comment from one reader: …humans are not “of greater worth” than animals. Humans *are* animals, and we […]

Giuliani falling, Romney stuck, Huckabee rising

posted by David Kuo

I watched tonight’s debate a couple of times – once on TV and then once online. I reached the same conclusion in both places. Mike Huckabee is on a huge roll, Rudy Giuliani is sucking wind, and Mitt Romney sounds […]

Dogs or Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

Federal prosecutors have gotten disgraced NFL star Michael Vick to set aside $928,000 for the care and placement of the 54 pit bulls rescued from his horrendous dogfighting operation. That is quite a lot of money by every standard – […]

McDonald’s failing Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

A group trying to help end the genocide in Darfur has just released a report on efforts by Beijing Olympics sponsors to influence China to use its close relationship with the Sudanese government to end the brutality in Darfur. Here […]

Risk?

posted by David Kuo

Yes, online Risk. If you sign up you can play against other players from around the world. Danger, danger, time suckage approaching…

President Romney?

posted by David Kuo

A very interesting look at Romney’s rise in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina… and at Giuliani’s gradual decline: Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo writes of them: You can’t ignore the national numbers. I grant that, though I think […]

Monday’s period

posted by David Kuo

Today was my first day on my latest chemo cycle. It was, as the days go, fine. I got to get some rest in the afternoon and watched a couple movies… Knocked Up and Shooter. No joke. It was a […]

Gore and Bush

posted by David Kuo

Amazing picture from today – Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner, in the Oval Office with President George W. Bush: One man won the election, the other became a statesman. Who would have guessed?

Ford Madox Brown’s

posted by David Kuo

I stumbled across this painting by Ford Madox Brown over the weekend and am thoroughly captivated by it. I am particularly drawn to the disciples’ faces – it seems that in each of their faces is every emotional response to […]

Huckabee – “Believe”

posted by David Kuo

I am beginning to wonder if Mike Huckabee is the Republican Barack Obama. Obama’s appeal is based, in no small part, on his optimism, on the sense of hope that he offers. He doesn’t come across as a jaded pol. […]

Scene of thanks giving

posted by David Kuo

Our long weekend of family thanksgiving is over. My older daughters are back at home with their mom. The babies are asleep. Kim and I are trying to get the house back in basic functioning order. Our sweet dog Sam […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

I was crawling around the floor with my two-year-old on my back giving her a horsey-back ride when she said, “No Dad, piggy back ride.” Where on earth did that term come from? Has anyone ever seen a pig giving […]

Thanks giving

posted by David Kuo

In our bit of the world it is Thanksgiving as it ought to be – save the 70 degree temperatures. The trees are orange and yellow and… brown. The leaves are falling. All the kids are under our roof and […]

Wrong on the McCain “commercial”

posted by David Kuo

I got it wrong on the McCain commercial. It wasn’t actually a McCain campaign commercial. It was something a supporter put together as a kind of tribute. My thoughts on “higher power” talk remain the same.

HuckChuckFacts

posted by David Kuo

Leave it to Mike Huckabee to come up with Chuck Norris in his campaign ad. The ad plays off Chuck Norris facts – a ridiculously popular website that lists, among other facts: Guns don’t kill people. Chuck Norris kills People. […]

McClellan’s “news”

posted by David Kuo

Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary, has a new book coming out in April. His publisher has released a very short excerpt on its website: The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on […]

Obama in America

posted by David Kuo

I saw this picture and was struck by how far America has come. For all of our many, many issues and many, many problems there are areas where we have seen nothing short of revolutionary change. Think about the picture […]

Odd, odd, odd McCain commercial

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s new ad highlights his courage as a POW but also tries to mix in faith… oddly: “A higher being”? Those words are toxic to the Republican base. They are akin to saying, “a great spiritual force” or “Shirley […]

Giuliani falling?

posted by David Kuo

A new New Hampshire poll shows Romney’s support rising (not that big a deal since he was governor in neighboring Massachusetts). More significantly, however, it shows Giuliani’s support falling dramatically. In September, Giuliani was at 24% in New Hampshire. He […]

Read less and score worse – shocker

posted by David Kuo

How is this for a stunning, amazing, earth-shattering study: Harry Potter, James Patterson and Oprah Winfrey’s book club aside, Americans — particularly young Americans — appear to be reading less for fun, and as that happens, their reading test scores […]

Conservatives fighting over Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

The continuing conservative fight over Mike Huckabee’s candidacy is escalating. National Review just published a scathing critique: …what Huckabee offers by way of solutions is a mixture of populism and big-government liberalism; the common theme of his policies is that […]

Michael Vick – the anti-Bonds? the anti-Belichik?

posted by David Kuo

Interesting news: Michael Vick got a head start on a possible long prison stretch Monday, surrendering three weeks before he was to be sentenced for his involvement in a bloody dogfighting ring. The disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback surrendered to U.S. […]

Jesus test, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

“For unto you this day is born…” a) a family values proponent b) an emperor c) a potential Congressman d) a Savior e) all of the above Thanks canucklehead

5 spiritual things to do during the TV strike

posted by David Kuo

After my time in LA I am more convinced than ever the writers strike is likely to be around for a while. Of course, given some of my past prognostications, it may be over by 2pm. So, here are 5 […]

“The Jesus Test” email

posted by David Kuo

I got an email over the weekend and subject line was, “Paintings of Christ & I scored 100. I’m not ashamed.” The email began with a number of paintings of Jesus. I’ve provided a selection below: And then came this: […]

The new U2

posted by David Kuo

When I was traveling last week Kim called me to say that Livvy has renamed her four favorite animals. Meet the new U2: From left to right they are – Adam, Larry, Edge and Bono. One might argue that I […]

The case for McCain

posted by David Kuo

Andrew Sullivan’s very smart case for McCain: McCain offers the Republicans a way to support a still unpopular war and maintain a scintilla of credibility on national security. Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson have all punted on the […]

Romney, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

The irony of the whole Iowa push polling mess – and Romney blaming it on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is that it was John McCain who was victimized by push polling in South Carolina in 2000: In South Carolina, […]

President Romney?

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney appears to have given his “religion” speech already. Suddenly, those who decided to use “push polls” in Iowa to attack his Mormon faith are seeing him take the moral high ground, calling such tactics “un-American,” especially as we […]

John Wooden’s way

posted by David Kuo

I was talking to a friend this morning about Barry Bonds and cheating and honor. He said that he had befriended John Wooden, the famed “Wizard of Westwood” – winner of 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, winner of 88 […]

Come on Mike…

posted by David Kuo

I decided to tour various candidate websites last night to see what I could see. I even signed up to get a few email updates. When I did that on Mike Huckabee’s site, I was excited to find an option […]

Evangelicals staying home, pt. 12,940

posted by David Kuo

Ok, I may not have posted on this 12,940 times but I think I’m close. Anyway, an interesting piece in the Los Angeles Times: A fundamental shift is transforming the religious right, long a force in presidential politics, as aging […]

Barry Bonds and the New England Patriots and us

posted by David Kuo

Barry Bonds has been indicted “on five felony charges — four for perjury and one for obstruction of justice — for testifying before a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never used anabolic steroids or human growth hormone.” It […]

Why the writers might win the strike

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been out in LA the past few days and people are scared. This afternoon I was walking around a small town north of LA with some friends in the film business. We were talking and strolling and occasionally shopping. […]

Some political ads I like… and why

posted by David Kuo

Four political ads I like just for what they are (in no particular order):I like it not because I support Edwards’ health care plan but because I like the threat. I love the idea that the cozy, comfy leaders of […]

“McCain surging”

posted by David Kuo

I think McCain’s answer to the bitch question was horrible. The guys over at the popular and influential PowerLine blog have a different take: After being given up for dead just a few months ago, John McCain is surging in […]

John McCain’s lack of leadership

posted by David Kuo

First the video:Now the truth – this is not how a real leader would respond to such a question. He needn’t have upbraided the woman for asking the question, but he certainly should have made it clear that such language […]

Praying for a baby named Rachel

posted by David Kuo

There is a little baby who needs our prayers… She was born a week ago and immediately whisked off to ICU at another hospital because she didn’t have enough oxygen in her blood. She’s been on an aspirator and more […]

International Soccer/Philosophy – with a wink

posted by David Kuo

Here you go… Thanks Pia!

Those amazing Iowa polls

posted by David Kuo

Perhaps you’ve seen them already but the new Iowa poll numbers are amazing: Democrats Clinton 25% Edwards 23% Obama 22% Undecided 12% Republicans Romney 27% Huckabee 21% Giuliani 15% Undecided 14% Huckabee’s rise has been extraordinary. Is he finally going […]

Hello again

posted by David Kuo

Egads – I’ve been having blog problems that were computer problems or computer problems that were blog problems or some such. Anyway, things are working for the moment (I think). I’ll know more if this post actually goes live. Please […]

Smacking Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

Well, it continues. Drudge has a hot red link to a YouTube video in which Gov. Huckabee (a more rotund Gov. Huckabee) :Lost, of course, is any sense of context, any sense as to what was going on – paying […]

Brownback – “pro life and whole life” and a GOP church

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Sam Brownback has an oped in the Washington Post today on what Republicans should be focusing on in order to win: I believe the biggest threat to our future as a movement is a negative public face, when we […]

Thinker in Iowa

posted by David Kuo

I found out Thinker was going to be in Iowa over the weekend and prevailed upon her to give a report on the political happenings. She obliged: 48 hours of Iowa Democrats has made me a believe in one thing. […]

Boy to man

posted by David Kuo

As noted earlier, my guilty Monday morning pleasure is Peter King at CNNSI.com. Today’s is one of the better ones not only because it leads with the Steelers but because it is about their young quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger (and no, […]

DiIulio returns, Faith-based alive… despite Bush

posted by David Kuo

Two things of note. First, John DiIulio is back. In the 1990s, DiIulio emerged as one of the most consequential voices in public policy. Articles like this one and this one and this one and scores of others challenged the […]

Five Christians, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thinker suggest the study suggesting there are “five kinds of Christians” missed one. Here is a a snippet: Let us include the “anonymous” Christians… …A friend of mine was once a missionary in Guatamala for an evangelical church. There could […]

Mitt’s Quandry

posted by David Kuo

There is a debate going on inside the Romney camp over whether or not he should give a “religion” speech. The concern is that such a speech would simply draw attention to the “religion issue.” I hope he gives the […]

The Christian choices? Hillary and Huckabee?

posted by David Kuo

John DiIulio, noted sociologist (and criminologist and political scientist and head of Bush’s Faith-Based office)(and dear friend) has written a piece in First Things about which candidates are the best on poverty issues. His answer? “Honest Mike and Sister Hillary” […]

Five Christians?

posted by David Kuo

A new study says that there are five different kinds of Christians: Active Christians 19% Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ Committed churchgoers Bible readers Accept leadership positions Invest in personal faith development through the church Feel obligated to share […]

Bill Bennett on American stories

posted by David Kuo

A new piece by Bill Bennett: These are tough times for, and in, America. We are at war, and we find that war highly controversial. Many of our political leaders have record-low approval ratings and too many are held in […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Random Friday question: Truffles. Ever hear how pigs search for and find them? Here’s the question: How is it that the pigs find the truffles? Answer below

Visiting Vegas

posted by David Kuo

In Vegas attending the BlogWorld/GodBlogCon convention. Driving in from the airport the other night felt like being in a peep show. The billboards have gotten, um, rather more bold in their advertising. Lots more flesh, lots more provocative poses of […]

Brownback and McCain

posted by David Kuo

While Pat Robertson got most of the airtime and ink for his Giuliani endorsement, it may be Sam Brownback’s endorsement of John McCain that has the most long-term impact. Read his endorsement: “Today I am proud to endorse my friend […]

The impossible Rock-n-Roll quiz

posted by David Kuo

Ok, here it is, Rolling Stone’s impossible Rock-n-Roll quiz… Have at it. Thanks to Rinat – who scored a 27. Yours truly got a 14 but that was because I guessed a lot.

on Robertson and Dobson

posted by David Kuo

Robertson’s Giuliani endorsement yesterday has some in the Christian conservative shaking their heads and their fists. Read this from a top person at the Dobson-founded Family Research Council: “This is a man whose supporters basically are pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage, and […]

The New England Patriots*, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Wow, passionate emails on my post re: the Patriots*. In the last year I’ve posted more than 800 (?!?!) different items but this one got a lot of people plenty ticked off. I’ll summarize the complaints: – I was being […]

Collapsing economy?

posted by David Kuo

The financial news continues to stink quite a bit: Wall Street suffered its second big drop in a week Wednesday, with investors worried about spreading fallout from the credit crisis at banks and about a dollar that just keeps getting […]

A soldier on waterboarding

posted by David Kuo

A former soldier, a Christian, continues the conversation on waterboarding and the Christian conscience: For me, there are some fundamental challenges that national security issues present to a Christian world-view. Being a former citizen soldier, I have already been forced […]

Christians against waterboarding

posted by David Kuo

A powerful statement against waterboarding; a powerful indictment of Christian silence in the face of torture… all from a very evangelical evangelical: During the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Michael Mukasey was asked “Is waterboarding […]

Robertson hearts Rudy

posted by David Kuo

Pat Robertson just endorsed Rudy Giuliani: The other major effect of Robertson’s support for Giuliani is that it will quiet talk in social conservative circles that nominating Giuliani would lead “values voters” to abandon the Republican Party. The stamp of […]

Evangelicals not ‘cracking up’?

posted by David Kuo

A new Gallup study out suggest that white evangelicals aren’t running away from President Bush or the Republican Party. All Americans have become less likely over the last three years to identify with the Republican Party, and less likely to […]

The New England Patriots*

posted by David Kuo

As the sports world knows – and the rest of the inhabited world will learn over the coming weeks – the New England Patriots are undefeated and potential unstoppable. They may become the first team in the National Football League […]

Televangelists being investigated

posted by David Kuo

CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct. Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records […]

God or money?

posted by David Kuo

It is still hard to serve both: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Results from a recent survey may agree with […]

The essentials for salvation?

posted by David Kuo

What are the essentials for salvation? Here is one person’s take: 1. Belief in the existence of God: Duh, right? In short, as relativised as the term “Christian” has become, there is really no such thing as an atheistic Christian. […]

Waterboarding for Christians?

posted by David Kuo

The waterboarding debate continues. Well it should. But I was struck by three paragraphs at the end of an article about the current debate over President Bush’s nominee for attorney general. Even Democrats like Bill Clinton and scourges of torture […]

The abortion problem

posted by David Kuo

Stories like these are why the abortion fight won’t ever disappear. They may actually show how the power of technology will do what no abortion protestor ever did and what no law could ever do – change hearts and minds […]

Who rules this world? God? Satan?

posted by David Kuo

In response to an earlier post on who rules creation, Charity asked whether I was advocating an old heresy: You are saying that you are a Cathar or Arian? Those are REAL old heresies that believe that this world was […]

Bella… beautiful? betrayal?

posted by David Kuo

There’s a new movie out – Bella – that is raising a fuss in the Christian community. Why? Barbara Nicolosi, blogging at Church of the Masses puts it this way: What is going on is a wildly over the top […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

From Tim: Lahaina, Maui, HI – Sunset

What will we do?

posted by David Kuo

So if Hollywood writers go on strike, what will the rest of the country do? At first it will only hit late night talk shows but if it goes on long enough… lots of repeats… and then? Reading? Gourmet cooking? […]

on GodTube

posted by David Kuo

A clip I did on MSNBC about GodTube:

Satanic snakes and scorpions

posted by David Kuo

Some thoughts from my friend Greg Boyd: I’m preaching through the book of Luke these days (actually the last several years), and this last week was on Luke 10:17-24. In this passage the 70 disciples that had been sent out […]

Old, tottering man

posted by David Kuo

I am becoming an old, tottering man. I am rarely seen in public without my geritol. Ok, not really. But I think I am getting old. The proof? I shudder to admit this – I bought a book on how […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Ok, no cheating on this random friday question – read: no looking it up on Wikipedia. Does anyone really know the difference between the following? – Parkway – Highway – Freeway – Thruway – Route And/or – Lane – Road […]

Waterboarding for muggers?, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Other possibilities to create a safer America from SkipChurch: The President has assured us that waterboarding is not torture, and there are legal opinions by the finest minds in his administration (stop laughing) that all sorts of “enhanced interrogation techniques” […]

Waterboarding for muggers?

posted by David Kuo

Got this in an email from Jim Pinkerton this morning – If “waterboarding” is such an effective technique at thwarting evil-doers, as the President and Vice President keep reminding us, then surely it is unconscionable that we are NOT using […]

Hillary blood lust

posted by David Kuo

The blood lust over Hillary Clinton is beyond the point of absurdity. Read what Michael Reagan writes about her: “So leave her alone, let her cruise her way to the nomination so we Republicans can have the pleasure of dissecting […]

Deadly Viper

posted by David Kuo

I think – think – this is something very interesting and cool. I say ‘think’ because I am not entirely certain what it is…

Cyrano is new again

posted by David Kuo

A wonderful review for Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner in Broadway’s newest hit – Cyrano de Bergerac…gotta love the language… “a double shot os silvery hokum, sweet but surprisingly potent.” Sometimes a glass of moonshine is just what you need […]

Living a worthy life

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been given an extra four-and-a-half years of life. By most statistical accounts I should probably have been killed in April 2003 when I had a full-blown seizure while driving my SUV down a windy, twisty parkway. The car hit […]

“The Exchanged Life”

posted by David Kuo

This from Nicole: We are learning about the “Exchanged Life” meaning Christ laid down his life for us and we are listing the benefits that come with such a love as this. One of them is that he took his […]

Dems getting hotter

posted by David Kuo

The political world is atwitter about Sen. Obama’s increasingly tough attacks on Sen. Clinton. The attacks are certainly tougher: “After the most secretive administration in memory, an administration that consistently misled the American people, we need a president who is […]

Blackwater proving John Edwards correct

posted by David Kuo

Blackwater Worldwide, the self-described “military company” at the center of much criticism, scandal, and attack, is doing a wonderful job proving John Edwards’ point about Washington’s culture of corruption. In Edwards’ speech on Monday in New Hampshire, he said: It’s […]

And then I went to NIH

posted by David Kuo

Yesterday was verdict day for me after a year of chemo. Three times a year, I drive to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where I lie in a whiny, clanky, buzzing, whirring, pulsating machine that stretches and pulls and […]

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