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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Evangelicals, say no to poli-pastors

posted by David Kuo

Evangelicals are being seduced back into the GOP not by a politician, but by a pastor. Spiritually speaking, they should resist. At the moment President Bush ascended to reelection in 2004, Christian conservatives had attained political power almost unequaled in […]

Best political songs?

posted by David Kuo

What are the best political songs?My wife’s favorite is Famine by Sinead O’Connor.U2’s Bad is another strong entry. Then there is this:What think you?

The Great Debaters

posted by David Kuo

See The Great Debaters. While acknowledging I have very simple tastes in film and am easily amused, I also submit that it is a beautiful and moving film. I recall hearing a critic once say that the most popular flims […]

Hello again

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been enjoying some time away from computers and email. Sometimes it is good just to shut the stuff down. But with 2007 closing and 2008 dawning, I’m excited to be back.

Peppermint Stick Prime Minister

posted by David Kuo

In the early summer of 1989, on a humid night, as China erupted on the other side of the world, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, I sat with several hundred other people, eating peppermint stick ice cream, listening […]

Roxanne

posted by David Kuo

Our friend Roxanne now lives in Uganda working among the poor and hurting. No one saw it coming. She had a safe job at a prestigious Washington association. She had friends and went to a nice, safe church. But then […]

“Huckabeatles”?

posted by David Kuo

Ahhhh, YouTube:Sorry, but they don’t hold a candle to the original YouTube pair:…or this more recent duo:

“Santas or Scrooges”?

posted by David Kuo

When it comes to charitable giving are we more like: or: Well, apparently a bit of both: The truth is that Americans are generous when it comes to private aid, domestic or overseas. But the U.S. government is comparatively stingy […]

Magi, Pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

From Aquaman: The Magi left Bethlehem and return home by another route, blissfully unaware of the Slaughter of Innocents their well-intentioned actions had unleashed. Today, we bask in the glow of our Christmas celebrations, and we are too often unaware […]

Disappointed Magi?

posted by David Kuo

Were the Magi the first disappointed Christmas gift givers? At the end of the day, after they had left their very expensive gifts, when they were heading home, do you suppose one of them turned and said, “You know, after […]

And then there was Christmas

posted by David Kuo

I’m looking at the headlines from tomorrow’s papers – they are the same as any other day… a combination of politics and international affairs and economics. CNN and Fox and MSNBC are running similar stories – the Iowa countdown is […]

Oh holy night, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

My friend Martha Williamson, who was executive producer of Touched by an Angel, has started a video blog (it is actually much more than that) here on Beliefnet. She tells an extraordinary story about a night she sang “Oh Holy […]

Oh holy night…

posted by David Kuo

Beautiful…

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

From the Seattle Post intelligencer: “In the 50 years since the first African countries won independence, the world has spent $568 billion on Africa. Yet Africans are poorer now than a quarter century ago.” Why?

A man at peace

posted by David Kuo

One of my dearest friends left DC some months ago. He is a great man in a world where good men are rare. I know of few people who leave DC with greater faith than they came here with. He […]

New cancer war?

posted by David Kuo

Important and fascinating story in today’s New York Times about a new theory in cancer treatment – a theory about to be tested in humans: Within the next few months, researchers at three medical centers expect to start the first […]

Will the web kill porn?

posted by David Kuo

The LA Times reports that established porn companies are suing the porn versions of YouTube because they are seriously infringing on their business. …in the last year or so, the rapid increase in consumption of all manner of videos on […]

No iThongs

posted by David Kuo

It is a sign of the times. A huge Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan will be leveled and a new Apple store will take its place. The location at 1981 Broadway on the northwest corner of West 67th Street currently […]

Romney the merciless, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Romney is proud of having pardoned no one during his tenure as governor. Not even this man: Decorated Iraq war veteran Anthony Circosta seemed like an ideal candidate for a pardon from then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his boyhood conviction […]

“Loves me for my Willie”

posted by David Kuo

It is what it is:

“…the opposite of my life…”

posted by David Kuo

Scott Harrison was a nightclub promoter in New York – successful, attractive, intelligent, and by his own account amazing self-absorbed. He sold $350 bottles of vodka and dated women who bought $5,000 handbags. Then, one day on a beach in […]

Romney’s lack of mercy

posted by David Kuo

Gov. Mitt Romney is on the attack. This isn’t surprising for a candidate at serious risk of political implosion by a force of nature named Mike Huckabee. One of Romney’s attacks is on Hucakbee’s granting of clemency for some prisoners. […]

Courageous Ms. Spears (the younger)

posted by David Kuo

Britney Spears’ sister is pregnant. She’s 16. Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister, who stars as a schoolgirl in Nickelodeon’s popular TV show “Zoey 101,” is pregnant. The cable channel confirmed a report in the forthcoming edition of celebrity gossip magazine OK! […]

Grateful for every day…

posted by David Kuo

A few months ago, Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak football incident. The doctors were gloomy about his prognosis. Medicine and quick thinking and a bit of faith changed their prognosis. […]

Obama’s RFK test

posted by David Kuo

Whether Sen. Obama wins Iowa may well determine whether he becomes President Obama. Few candidates in recent memory – any candidate in recent memory? – have excited younger Americans more than Barack Obama. He is, in many ways, Robert Kennedy’s […]

And now Caspian

posted by David Kuo

The new trailer for the next Chronicles of Narnia film:I still think Aslan looks far too 2D but perhaps that is because Lewis paints him in 4D.

Rachel Weisz and poverty

posted by David Kuo

I stumbled across an interesting article on noted actressRachel Weisz. Of note: Once she won the part [in The Constant Gardner] , she was off to Nairobi, Kenya, and its Kibera slum, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa, with more […]

New Life

posted by David Kuo

Here is the sermon Senior Pastor Brady Boyd preached yesterday in response to the shootings at New Life Church last week. I couldn’t find a direct link but it is prominently featured in the upper left hand corner. It is […]

Before the next Big Mac

posted by David Kuo

My friend Greg just sent this to me… it is a video about how we treat the animals we eat. It won’t make you feel good.

Big, breaking news

posted by David Kuo

Huge news. Here’s a story bigger than the impact Huckabee/Romney have had in the past month. It is the story of someone living out their faith. It is the story of “the Eggman”: Thanksgiving nearly two decades ago. He looked […]

PIazza’s revenge?

posted by David Kuo

It may be wishful thinking but maybe the Mitchell Report was Mike Piazza’s revenge. The big news of the report is that Roger Clemens – widely regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history – was a regular […]

Anonymously Hearting Huckabee… returns

posted by David Kuo

Back in July, a well-placed conservative Christian friend sent me a post about how Huckabee was really the man. Well, my friend clearly has some political sense. He’s back: Until just a couple months ago, the only thing most people […]

The apology

posted by David Kuo

After yesterday’s debate: Immediately after the debate, in which he wasn’t questioned about the remark, Huckabee apologized to Romney. The timing of the apology suggested that he might have done so in the debate, had it come up. “I said, […]

Remembering 1988

posted by David Kuo

Here’s a little bit of recent history – a January 1988 Time article about Pat Robertson (and Jesse Jackson), their runs for president and church/state matters. Let’s remember that Robertson ended up finishing second in Iowa – beating the sitting […]

A message from Jesus about Christmas?

posted by David Kuo

I saw this comment from Jesus (perhaps through Liz) and had to pass it on: Dear Children, It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe […]

Romney’s sad state

posted by David Kuo

I actually like Mitt Romney very much. I admire his record. He is an impressive man. But his appearance this morning on the Today show was pathetic. He tried to play vicitm of religious discrimination: “But I think attacking someone’s […]

A religious “war”?

posted by David Kuo

Scary times. The newest salvo in the burgeoning religious “war” in our country comes from an AP article about a story that will appear Sunday in The New York Times. In the article, Huckabee apparently asks: …”Don’t Mormons believe that […]

De-Christmasing America – so?

posted by David Kuo

Some people are pretty ticked that there is less “Christmas” in Christmas – at least publicly. It used to be that retailers would call the famous holiday plant for what it was – a “Christmas tree.” But current trends in […]

Can he?

posted by David Kuo

Can Huckabee win? Can a guy with no money and skeletal organization and the pooled power of the not only the rest of the Republican field actually win? The answer isn’t no and that is a big deal. Earlier today […]

Can he?

posted by David Kuo

Can Huckabee win? Can a guy with no money and skeletal organization and the pooled power of the not only the rest of the Republican field actually win? The answer isn’t no and that is a big deal. Earlier today […]

Fast

posted by David Kuo

Every so often I just have to turn it all off. Turn off the computer, turn away from newspapers and magazines, turn off the radio and switch off anything that resembles news on the television. If I don’t, I begin […]

Ridiculous Christmas

posted by David Kuo

We are beginning our ridiculous Christmas weekend. For the first time we’re actually doing Christmas in our own home. We typically fly or drive to our childhood homes and have wonderful times of celebration. Because we do that, however, we […]

Romney’s results…

posted by David Kuo

The degree to which he succeeded or failed won’t be found in blogs, columns, polls, or talk shows. It will be seen in church pulpits in the coming weeks. If pastors across the nation feel the need to do sermons […]

Unplugged on Romney

posted by David Kuo

Wow, got this from a very influential evangelical friend: I don’t think most evangelicals are afraid that a President Romney will impose his esoteric Mormon morality on the rest of us. We’re not really worried he’ll try to ban caffeine […]

Romney’s one paragraph gaffe, our big problem, a suggestion

posted by David Kuo

I went into the speech thinking that if it were a purely political speech he’d probably done his job but if it were a spiritual speech he’d be hosed. As with all things political, it wasn’t quite either one. It […]

Today

posted by David Kuo

I’ll be doing live commentary on the Romney speech on MSNBC starting a 10am (EST) and will be on CNN again in the 1:30 hour.

Feisty daughter, proud Papa

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure I should be as pleased by this as I am. But I am. One of my daughters is learning pre-algebra. She’s 12 and loquacious and isn’t a big fan of her math teacher. Yesterday, the teacher was […]

Huckabee politician and pastor

posted by David Kuo

I like Mike Huckabee the politician. He’s affable, funny, positive, and has a broad definition of what it means to be a conservative. He thinks, for instance, it is sound policy to ensure that poor children are insured. He would […]

What Gov. Romney must address

posted by David Kuo

When Gov. Romney gives his speech tomorrow, there are certain things that he must say. And there are certain things that he cannot say. The problem is that he cannot do both. The reason? Mormonism is not Catholicism. When JFK […]

Faith week

posted by David Kuo

I caught a few minutes of a chat on a major news network tonight between four of their reporters. It offered evangelical Christians with plenty of grist for their belief the mainstream media is either out to get them or […]

The New Oral Roberts University?

posted by David Kuo

This from a current ORU employee who wishes to remain anonymous: As an alumni and current employee of ORU, I have come to learn that the culture on campus is unlike any other I have experienced. It isn’t a surprise […]

Do people really want God?, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Maybe Jesus answered yesterday’s question a long time ago when he told the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Note his last line. “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in […]

Do people really want God?

posted by David Kuo

Do people really want God? I mean do we, today, in our enormously rich country surrounded by standard amenities like hundreds of television channels, this Internet, shopping, food, cars, celebrities really want God? I’m not talking about god – about […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Umbert the Unborn

posted by David Kuo

And now… Umbert the Unborn – “the world’s most lovable unborn baby (next to yours!)”

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A new thin place… There is nothing quite like getting away to a remote part of the Amazon jungle. Add to that the hunt for our fine finned friend, the peacock bass, and you have an amazing trip on your […]

President Hillary Clinton

posted by David Kuo

I just had to see what it felt like to type those words – President Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t seem possible that it is a possibility save for one thing – right now it is the most likely of all […]

Love the Internet, just don’t LOVE the Internet?

posted by David Kuo

A new poll from Zogby provides interesting insights into our use of and feelings towards, the Internet. The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll found that 24% of Americans said the Internet could serve as a replacement for a significant other. Not […]

HIV origins

posted by David Kuo

I missed this yesterday and perhaps everyone has already seen it, but this made my jaw drop for several reasons. First, that scientists were able to put the pieces together to make this conclusion. That is just staggering to me. […]

God and sports, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Noted columnist EJ Dionne weighs in on sports and politics and faith and Giuliani. It must be noted here that Mr. Dionne is a passionate member of the Red Sox Nation, deliriously happy at a second World Series title in […]

Peanut butter… by jelly

posted by David Kuo

This is funny – a mock wikipedia entry about peanut butter written by jelly. Is there any end to American creativity? My favorite part: By 1904 people everywhere were tainting perfectly delicious Jelly sandwiches by smearing on greasy peanut butter. […]

“the one true gift”

posted by David Kuo

From my friends at Providence Ministries… read on here. It doesn’t look like it on Good Friday, but when Easter finally arrives it will be known that every single loving word and gesture done toward “the least of these” was […]

Evangelical principles?

posted by David Kuo

Over at the Evangelical Outpost, Joe Carter confronts the David Kirkpatrick article on the ‘evangelical crackup’ by saying it “is mostly a rehash of the dominant media perspective on evangelicals and politics, though it is noteworthy for Kirkpatrick’s style of […]

Watching sports to God’s glory?

posted by David Kuo

Ok, watching sports can be a lot of fun – particularly when the Patriots or Yankees are losing or the Steelers or Mets are winning. But here is someone who is thinking long and hard – too long and too […]

An apology

posted by David Kuo

Richard Land’s most important assertion in his post is correct. The language I used in my post on Mike Huckabee and evangelical leaders was, “unchristian, harsh and hostile.” While I stand by the substance of what I wrote – that […]

“The Opiate of the Morally Corrupt”

posted by David Kuo

Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has a new book out – What’s So Great About Christianity. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with defending the Christian faith against the recent attacks of men like Sam Harris […]

D’Souza and Hitchens… on God?

posted by David Kuo

Last week Dinesh debated Christopher Hitchens. Here is a link to the full debate. Below is an excerpt:

Praying for (and writing to) Britney

posted by David Kuo

A church in Kentucky isn’t preaching to Britney, they are praying for her and writing to her: “Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears,” [Southland Christian Church Pastor Jon] Weese said. “No preaching. No criticizing. Just […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Three thoughts on the NYT piece entitled “The Evangelical Crackup”. 1. The evangelical political leadership we’ve known for the past 20 years is headed out. The founding generation of leaders like Falwell and Dobson, who first guided evangelicals into Republican […]

“The Evangelical Crackup”

posted by David Kuo

Long and brilliant piece in today’s NYT Magazine on the cracking up of the evangelical political world. I’ll write more later but here is the piece’s core: Just three years ago, the leaders of the conservative Christian political movement could […]

Anne Rice on New Orleans, still right

posted by David Kuo

I came across this piece that famed novelist Anne Rice wrote as New Orleans sank. It is as true today as it was two years ago. But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed […]

New Orleans and Malibu and Ground Zero

posted by David Kuo

There is something about those awful California fires and our government’s response and President Bush’s response that is bugging me. I’ve isolated the problem. It is two words long. New Orleans. Our government’s response to the fires has been basically […]

What Christians should be combatting

posted by David Kuo

For all the talk about taxes and budgets and Supreme Court justices and gay marriage, here is something that Christians should be uniquely qualified to address – a ridiculously over-stressed nation. Forty-eight percent of Americans say they’re more stressed now […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

Ok, another random friday question: What is a cause for which you would be willing to give your life?

Honoring the World Series

posted by David Kuo

…see if prayer helps you win…Play Games at AddictingGames

Does Jesus want the Rockies to lose?

posted by David Kuo

The Colorado Rockies – the team losing 0-2 in the World Series – have garnered some attention for their faith-based baseball. My friend Patton Dodd, loyal member of the Red Sox Nation (no matter what he might say) even wrote […]

Terrified of Huckabee

posted by David Kuo

Wow, Mike Huckabee does have the front runners very, very nervous. Check out this piece in the WSJ by conservative (very, very economically conservative) John Fund hacking away at Huckabee as a conservative Bill Clinton. …I also know he is […]

Stumbling across wisdom

posted by David Kuo

I just discovered a brilliant oped – unfortunately I am a little more than five years late. In January 2002, former Bush (the first) and Reagan (the only) aide, James Pinkerton wrote a piece criticizing George W. Bush after his […]

Awe, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Here are more of Paul Potts’ performances:Semi-final:Final:Results:Today Show:

Awe, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

From my friend Pia who sent along Awe and watched the GodTube video. There is something that links the two videos you posted – vulnerability redeemed. Maybe it is this that makes our breath catch in our throat–seeing the manifestation […]

Dangerous daughters

posted by David Kuo

My fiendish older daughters showed this to me last night. I’m such a sucker for things like this. They knew that. I’ll have to ground them later. Right now I have to play some more. Helicopter Game

Sounds like something Jesus would say…

posted by David Kuo

Ever hear of “no impact man”? Short, short, short version – he and his family live in NYC and aren’t using electricity or any other modern convenience. He has a blog. Today he had this to say and it was […]

Christian Coalition v. Values Voter Summit

posted by David Kuo

Quite a lot has been made of last weekend’s “Values Voter Summit”. It was the largest DC gathering of Christian conservatives since the late 90s. All the major Republican presidential candidates attended. The media was all over it. Many are […]

Parental guilt

posted by David Kuo

We are actively deceiving our two-year-old daughter and my guilt is getting the best of me. The area of deception centers around food – specifically on “ice cream.” Last night I heard her saying “green ice cream, I want green […]

What’s on GodTube

posted by David Kuo

3.2 million hits, 2700 comments:…Jesus’ story will be told and retold and retold in every form for every age to come.

Awe

posted by David Kuo

More than anything anyone has written or said in recent memory, here is proof of God. No accident can explain this wonder or this beauty.

Dems, don’t count your votes…

posted by David Kuo

Are Democrats, buoyed by President Bush’s historically low approval ratings, counting their votes before they are cast? There is increasing evidence they might be: Some Republicans also drew confidence from Saturday’s election of Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal as governor […]

What Muslims love about Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Between 1991 and 2007, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School on Intercultural Studies assembled a report on what drew Muslim converts to Christianity. The study of 750 people doesn’t claim scientific precision, but rather, a glimpse into what makes Jesus attractive to […]

Obama’s huge test

posted by David Kuo

Sen. Barack Obama is to embark on a gospel music tour of South Carolina. He won’t be singing and so he is bringing in some help. This is where things get interesting. One of the musicians on the tour, Grammy […]

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