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Edwards – another take

posted by David Kuo

Matt Cooper has a slightly more even handed look at the Edwards candidacy than the one I wrote yesterday – perhaps I should refrain from writing anything on the day after my last chemo dose. Then again, Matt doesn’t actually […]

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Stranded at the airport? Rule 240

posted by David Kuo

My buddy Spence Smith travels a lot. He works for Compassion International – more on them later – and is known to take one day trips to places like Equador or Fiji or Mali. Ok, not really Fiji. Anyway, he […]

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Hillary v. Barck, sexism v. racism?

posted by David Kuo

I heard something this morning I’d never heard before. A person saying they are so angry about the sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton that they would vote for a Republican before they would vote for Barack Obama. Extraordinary. I am […]

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new Bono quote

posted by David Kuo

Fantastic quote: “Joy is the hardest thing, always, for any artist, for any writer, for any photographer,” Bono says. “It’s the hardest thing to capture because it’s impossible to contrive, whereas despair — you can have a good go at […]

Sad about Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I am watching John Edwards suspend his campaign and I am sad. I’m sad that his relentless voice for the poor and against the two Americas in which we live is leaving this race. I’m sad because we live in […]

“The Faith to Outlast Politics”

posted by David Kuo

My friend John DiIulio and I have a piece in today’s New York Times about the 7th anniversary of the Faith-Based Initiative. Here’s a snippet: President Bush has promised much. It will be left to the next president to deliver […]

New Michael Jackson

posted by David Kuo

25 years after Thriller, Michael Jackson is rereleasing the album with bonus tracks produced by some of today’s most influential artists including Kanye West, Akon and Will. I. Am.Here is the audio to the remake of “The Girl is Mine” […]

After the Kennedy glow… reality?

posted by David Kuo

Matthew Cooper, now at Conde Nast Portfolio, has a very smart and sober take on South Carolina, the Clintons and Sen. Obama: As sweeping as the South Carolina win was, if Obama continues to get a quarter of the white […]

And now… nothing serious

posted by David Kuo

Ok, this is kind of funny

The Kennedy Heir?

posted by David Kuo

There is something deeply moving about this weekend’s news that Caroline Kennedy had endorsed Sen. Obama and that Sen. Edward Kennedy would be endorsing him later today. After all these years and all the tragedy and all the scandal, the […]

No heaven?

posted by David Kuo

My lighthearted random Friday question has elicited some very thoughtful (as all J-Walking comments always are) responses. I’m putting up this one because I am interested in all thoughtful responses: There is no heaven, and there is no hell in […]

Joe Klein on the Clintons and Sen. Obama

posted by David Kuo

Joe Klein, one of the most astute observers of everything political (and, increasingly, international) nailed the South Carolina primary in this post. Make no mistake: What happened in South Carolina today was a moral reprimand delivered to Bill and Hillary […]

BHK as RFK

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama is becoming a statesman. The great thing that the Clintons did for him this past week was to put him through the cliched crucible. People started calling him the next RFK far too early because what people forget […]

Not change, not past, not future, hope

posted by David Kuo

Let’s think about the last week or so. What have we seen? We’ve seen the death of a young actor and the piranha press in the face of every mourning family member, friend, acquaintance. We’ve seen yet more pictures of […]

A new addiction

posted by David Kuo

I am completely new to the social networking world. I really only heard the term six months or so ago – an ‘early adopter’ I’m not. To boot, Beliefnet has a new social networking element that is fantastic and I’m […]

“Grown up” in South Carolina

posted by David Kuo

There is something to John Edwards latest South Carolina ad. It isn’t just a message for South Carolina either. It is a message about our politics and the need to actually focus on issues, on details, on policy, on what […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

So, traditional Christian teaching about heaven is NOT that it is some fuzzy place in the sky. It is life here on a perfected earth – where heaven literally takes over earth. I’ve been thinking a lot about that. And […]

Sen. Obama and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Want to know what Sen. Obama thinks about Jesus? Here’s a pretty blunt statement from an interview with Christianity Today: I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus […]

Apple v. Mac… sort of…

posted by David Kuo

Apple guy v. Mac guy… from a slightly different perspective

U2 3D – welcome to the revival

posted by David Kuo

U2 has a new film opening. It is a 3D take on them in concert. It was… stupendous. The film can only be seen on IMAX screens so right off the bat it is 60 feet tall. To make it […]

More whining Christians

posted by David Kuo

The American Family Association and Catholic League are all atwitter over a foul-mouthed ESPN reporter: ESPN and its parent company, ABC, have refused to take any action against ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson for her hateful, slurring remarks against Jesus, saying […]

Fred Thompson and the death of the Reagan coalition

posted by David Kuo

Fred Thompson’s candidacy is no more. The world stumbles at the shock of the news. There are lots of ways to explain the failure of his candidacy. The most obvious one is to say he seemed to want the office […]

McCain – the day’s only real winner

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s win tonight in South Carolina makes him the day’s only clear winner. Consider – the Clinton/Obama muckfest threatens to alienate and dishearten the Democratic party in ways that could make it almost as depressed as the Republican party. […]

Three books to anticipate…

posted by David Kuo

For some blessed reason book publishers sometimes send me books. Books for free… imagine. Some of them are stunningly good. Here are three books I can’t recommend highly enough… more highly?… high ? You get the picture. Blogging is destroying […]

Young evangelicals moving “left”

posted by David Kuo

Relevant Magazine – a Christian magazine aimed at young evangelicals – has just released a new online poll of their readers. Since this is an online poll it has to carry certain caveats, most notably it is not a scientifically […]

Praying like a begging dog

posted by David Kuo

Sam – our big Newfie – loves the food. Early in life she got too many people treats. Therefore she believes, truly believes, that if she hangs around a food-laden person long enough she will be rewarded. We have gone […]

New politics and religion survey

posted by David Kuo

Beliefnet is conducting a new survey on religion and politics. You can find it here. Please take a few minutes and fill it out. It is completely anonymous.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This from Eleanor: I don’t have a picture to share, just a memory of a time when God’s presence felt so close that it took my breath away and seemed, for a moment, to hold time still. The picture of […]

A forlorn Republican

posted by David Kuo

From a friend who previously lamented about the state of the Republican party: Another article appeared today remarking on the grim future this current election forebodes for the Republican party. This time, the Washington Post takes up the topic I […]

Evidence of God, again

posted by David Kuo

Several weeks ago I posted a story about our friend Roxanne who left her comfortable life in DC and headed to Uganda. Now comes this story from Roxanne: Five days ago two colleagues and I drove seven hours to Lira […]

Huck losing his way

posted by David Kuo

With every passing day Mike Huckabee behaves more and more like a candidate he once would have loathed. The man who once talked about the importance of compassion is behaving like a man trying to sound more conservative than Pat […]

The greatest power?

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been stuck on and struck by a small part of one of Paul’s letters…. We’re in Ephesians (which, for some reason the spell check on Movable Type doesn’t recognize – along with Galations and MacBookAir) and in the 3rd […]

Steve Jobs makes me tingle

posted by David Kuo

He is doing his keynote at MacWorld… I can’t watch it live but am following it at Macrumors.com. Four million iPhones have already sold. They are introducing new software for the iPhone – that includes a GPS-like map locator, the […]

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John)

posted by David Kuo

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John), No matter what happens later today or later this week or in Florida, stay in the race. I know you have all said that you are in it till the […]

My Hucakbee endorsement?

posted by David Kuo

Well, not exactly, but there is finally someone whose endorsement means something to me. Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) has just endorsed Mike Huckabe: “I am really pumped about Huckabee’s candidacy,” says Scott. I’ve never […]

Obama’s fall

posted by David Kuo

What might Barack’s Obama’s fall look like were he to win the Democratic presidential nomination? Look no further than this lambasting from two prominent Christian conservatives: Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses and came in second in the primary, was […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A friend sent this picture to me – a father, a son, snow, Baghdad…. the first time in a 100 years. My friend wrote, “After all Baghdad’s people have suffered in the past few years, God gives them a gift […]

Fred guzzling Red Bull

posted by David Kuo

Wow – someone finally plugged in Fred Thompson to something. After running for president for months and months at a low idle, Fred seems to have guzzled some Red Bull. He just ripped into Mike Huckabee like he was Hillary […]

Fox Republican Debate…

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee gets the working class. His answer to the recession question was great – he talked about gas prices, about 2 million people who were at risk of losing their homes because of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, about health care […]

The secret iPhone story

posted by David Kuo

Wired has a big story detailing the iPhone’s creation. It is a good read.

“Not a Hucka-was”

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee – Colbert… seeing each other at the altarFunny, yuck-yuck, but you know what? Huckabee is back to being Huckabee. I’m not sure who that guy was in New Hampshire but this is the guy who won over hearts and […]

Rove on Hillary and Obama, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove’s oped on Hillary’s New Hampshire victory contain all sorts of tasty nuggets… and that is before the fun stuff – analyzing why he is saying what he is saying. Here’s my first pass. Karl Rove is a political […]

Christians embarrassed by Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

A new study out by Lifeway Research – an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention – examined how the “unchurched” feel about Christians and about Jesus. Some of the results aren’t very surprising. For instance, 72% of those polled thought […]

Anne Rice on Hillary and Barack

posted by David Kuo

Anne Rice has just posted a video on YouTube celebrating Hillary’s New Hampshire win and suggesting a Clinton/Obama ticket. Ms. Rice says she is “pro-life”, “a Democrat” and “for Hillary.” Here it is:This video isn’t just the video of a […]

She wins

posted by David Kuo

Hillary Lazarus Clinton. Extraordinary. “I listened to you and found my own voice.” She was terrific tonight. She came across as a woman deeply at peace – a woman who had come to terms with her own mortality only to […]

Crushed Obama

posted by David Kuo

It is impossible to look at Sen. Obama’s eyes during his concession speech and not see the crushing pain of his defeat. He believed he was on his way to crushing Sen. Clinton – to rolling to the Democratic nomination… […]

McCain speech

posted by David Kuo

McCain’s victory speech is marvelous – humble, resolute, noble. His every word is a jab at Sir Mitt because McCain is a man who was willing to give up his personal presidential ambitions to do what he thought was right […]

Huckabee and Romney

posted by David Kuo

Romney and Huckabee both sounded great in their concession speeches. Romney sounded downright populist in talking about the need for the problems of the middle class to be addressed and he positioned himself as a Washington outsider with a track […]

Race, Polls, Obama

posted by David Kuo

It now seems pretty clear that virtually all of the late polling on the Democratic side was wrong… very wrong. The last Rasmussen Report had Obama +7 over Clinton. CBS had him +7. USA Today had Obama +13 and CNN […]

McCain!

posted by David Kuo

McCain wins New Hampshire. Brokered convention anyone? This is amazing stuff. But perhaps it isn’t surprising. McCain is being rewarded for being true to his word – he didn’t back off his idea for the surge in Iraq, he didn’t […]

Obama gap?

posted by David Kuo

The early, early returns show that Clinton is leading Obama. Based on all of the polls showing him ahead and the excitement of the turnout, I’m a little surprised. Again, it is very, very early. Here is my question – […]

Getting “vertical” with Jesus and Huck

posted by David Kuo

TPM wants to know what’s up with Huck’s use of the word “vertical”. Can anyone explain what the hell that means? Vertical? I guess if you’re main opponent was Fred Thompson you might push the fact that you spend most […]

New Hampshire predictions

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama wins with a double-digit margin. Iowa proved the passion is real and that the passion is translating into actual votes. Clinton beats Edwards by less than 5 points leading to speculation that perhaps the real race will be […]

Fox debate

posted by David Kuo

Quick thoughts on the Fox debate: – Huckabee didn’t give anyone confidence that he could be commander-in-chief. In past debates he has been funny and commanding but tonight he was just out classed. – McCain wasn’t terribly impressive either. He […]

Which Republican won?

posted by David Kuo

Who won? Wrong question. Who did better, McCain or Romney? Right question. Both had their moments. Romney was very strong when he was talking about his experience, about his record. He was comfortable at those moments and believable and compelling. […]

Huckabee saying 12 million people leave?

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee trying to sound like a hard ass on immigration – saying people should go home. Who are these people?

Heartless Mitt

posted by David Kuo

So the guy wants to deport 12 million people. Yeah, that’s what we need in a president, a guy who wants to find 12 million people and deport them – what a wonderful use of time and resources.

Romney on health care

posted by David Kuo

His answer on health care was so good – up till his snide little “Hillary care” moment. He said that he had helped create a better health care system in Massachusetts and went through the details of his accomplishments. It […]

McCain v. Romney

posted by David Kuo

Romney’s problem is that no matter how authentic he actually is – and friends who are working for Romney maintain he is truly authentic – he comes across like a programmed Ken Doll. To wit, he and McCain were asked […]

Charlie’s slam

posted by David Kuo

Owwww. A hard – unintentional – slam on Sir Mitt. Charlie Gibson was going through each of the candidates and how they’ve been accused of changing their positions. He said to Rudy that he had been accused of moderating his […]

A debate reality check

posted by David Kuo

Ok, debate reality check. While these guys are yipping at each other the NFL playoffs are going on – specifically the Redskins and Seahawks are playing deep into the 4th quarter in a really close and exciting game. I’m wondering […]

Huckabee, not Robertson

posted by David Kuo

The talking points have been circulating for days from rival Republican presidential camps – even if Huckabee wins, he’s little more than Pat Robertson was in 1988… an evangelical flash in the pan. Wrong and right. Right first – he’s […]

Votes for authenticity

posted by David Kuo

Everyone is talking about change. And that is true. People want change. But more than that what Iowans voted for was authenticity. In Huckabee and in Obama voters saw men who were true to who they are. After the scandals […]

Barack Wow Obama

posted by David Kuo

Obama will have his bad days. This rising passion and momentum will be challenged. Bad news will come out. Ugly things will be said anonymously. But listening to him speak and hearing the crowds and chants of “USA! USA!” and […]

P____d__t Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

He’s got a very long way to go. There are another 28 (or so) primaries in the next month (or so). He hasn’t been spending a whole lot time in those other states. He has no campaign infrastructure. He doesn’t […]

Huckabeed

posted by David Kuo

The question going forward is how many other candidates will get Huckabeed. It is easy for the pundits to say that winning in Iowa isn’t that big a deal – after all, Reagan didn’t win in 1980 and the first […]

Hillary’s rally

posted by David Kuo

Is there any bigger example of Hillary’s problem than the visual of her concession speech? The placard on the front of the podium reads, “Ready for Change.” The two most prominent people standing behind her? Former Clinton Sec’y of State […]

John Edwards Roosevelt

posted by David Kuo

Listening to Edwards concession speech now. Damn inspiring and passionate. If he gets the platform in the coming weeks don’t count him out. The gap between the rich and the poor in America grows. Millions of American know what it […]

America wins

posted by David Kuo

A black man named Barack Hussein Obama won Iowa – a state that is 97% white. America wins. Beautiful

Belichick NFL coach of year…next Barry Bonds MLB mascot

posted by David Kuo

If one needed any further proof of the message American sports sends to kids consider this – the man who was fined more than any other coach in NFL history for cheating has been chosen coach of the year by […]

Iowa – It is all about Barack (and Mike)

posted by David Kuo

Iowa thoughts: Democrats – It is all about Obama. IF he wins, especially if he wins with a spread, it is probably all over on the Democratic side… and maybe for the general as well. Why? Because it will prove […]

Sir Mitt

posted by David Kuo

Sir Mitt’s problem is isn’t a lack of authenticity it is that he is passionately authentic about everything. I was just watching this clip below from a 1994 debate with Senator Kennedy during Romney’s first run for office. It is […]

Sam, the potty and the scratching

posted by David Kuo

Every parent knows one of the simple truths of life is that there is no privacy. That is especially true in the bathroom. “What ‘cha doin Daddy???” is heard moments before the bathroom door is flung open and a little […]

“A Very Un-Republican Race”

posted by David Kuo

Got this last night from a senior Republican official… Over the holiday Time Magazine ran an article that most either missed due to the festivities or dismissed because of its apparent similarity to numerous other articles reporting on the Republican […]

Huck on Leno

posted by David Kuo

For a candidate with little money, who has been getting his butt kicked all over the place by the media, this was a brilliant move. Huck is likable. He tells a great story. He plays a mean bass guitar. He […]

Huck and Ed and Mitt and knocking out teeth

posted by David Kuo

The headline on Drudge is a quote from Ed Rollins, “I want to knock out Romney’s teeth.” So? Here’s the article and the full quote: Rollins says, he told Huckabee, ” ‘Governor, this is what it means to be president. […]

Barack

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama’s campaign is sending around a last-minute fundraising pitch. It centers around a video – a very impressive video – they have compiled showing how excited people are about his campaign. I couldn’t figure out how to embed it […]

Lily

posted by David Kuo

Take a peek at a girl named Lily:Lily has a brain tumor. Here is her story. Amidst blaring headlines about things we will not long remember, there are things happening far from headlines that – if we pay attention – […]

2007’s end – Things I know, Things I doubt, Things I want to know

posted by David Kuo

At the end of this year there are things I know more assuredly than I did at the year’s beginning, there are things I doubt more than ever, and things I am grateful for (too many to list actually). Things […]

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