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hey obama, get control of your message

07-Mar-08

way too many people are going off the reservation in the obama campaign. we’ve had the guy talking to the canadians about nafta. hillary, of course, did the same thing, but that’s not my concern here. then this samantha power person called hillary a monster and had to resign. now we find out that she […]

Barack Hussein Obama…and other Semitically Named American Heroes

27-Feb-08

a wonderful article investigates, with elegance, erudition, and wit, the origins of barack hussein obama’s name. from the article: Now let us take the name “Hussein.” It is from the Semitic word, hasan, meaning “good” or “handsome.” Husayn is the diminutive, affectionate form. Barack Obama’s middle name is in honor of his grandfather, Hussein, a […]

msnbc.com completely bites; obama shines anyway

27-Feb-08

watched the second half of the final debate last night. didn’t watch the first half, except in stutters, with constant “buffering…please wait” messages flashing across my screen. it’s not my internet access — cnn streamed their two debates to me without a hitch. and when i finally abandoned all hope and went to wonkette.com to […]

last night’s debate

22-Feb-08

watched the debate last night, the same way we did last time, since we have no cable tv. like last time, i liked hillary. she’s intelligent, measured, informed, and projects enthusiasm, power, and competence. problem for her is, so does obama. two great candidates. and what i’m reminded of is the cycle i went through […]

quick question

20-Feb-08

if the republicans have any real nasty, smoking gun-type dirt on barack obama, why would they save it for a general election? why wouldn’t they get it out there now in hopes of knocking out obama in favor of hillary? hillary, about whom they have warehouses of dirt to unload. and you know they’d rather […]

obama: looking back, looking forward

20-Feb-08

from kos, a great snapshot of where obama stands, how he got there, where the race is probably going, and why we should take a deep breath and appreciate the race lasting a bit longer. from the article: Now I know people will be calling for her to quit the race, but I hope she […]

i said, please…make…her…stop

19-Feb-08

this can’t be coming from the campaign, right? still, don’t these people know they are hurting her far more than they are helping her?

please…make…her…stop

14-Feb-08

is this hillary’s attempt at mobilizing young voters via viral video? if so, it’s hard to imagine a more tone-deaf attempt. if not, the campaign should have had the foresight to not let a camera anywhere near this spectacle. or, indeed, not produce the spectacle in the first place.

george w. bush: liberal spender

11-Feb-08

from bloomberg.com, via andrew sullivan, comes this damning assessment: if bush and the republican congress had stuck to the spending levels we saw during the clinton administration, we could finance the wars in iraq and afghanistan and still have a surplus. rather than a $400 billion deficit. whatever happened to fiscal constraint?

a typical obama supporter, or atypical obama supporter?

08-Feb-08

i’m going with the former vs. the latter; at least i hope that’s true. it’s a long clip (~6 minutes), and the guy stands up under a steady barrage of questioning. he’s very well informed and remains calm under pressure. me, i would have buckled a minute or so into a grilling that intense. via […]

i can live with that

07-Feb-08

so mitt romney is out, which means that john mccain is the republican nominee. I’ll probably still vote for whoever the democratic nominee is, although if hillary is the nominee i will give mccain a good hard look. if obama is the nominee then there’s no question — he’s my man. (and to all that […]

mike gravel, i hardly knew ye

05-Feb-08

voted for barack obama this morning, as i thought i would. but then, of course, with perfect timing, i later ran across this jezebel.com interview with mike gravel. i vaguely remember a few digg stories about how well gravel did in early debates. and, like some of the story’s commenters, i once did an online […]

listening to hillary

01-Feb-08

kirk and i don’t have cable tv, and our tv doesn’t have a tuner, so no television for us. but we have wanted to see one of the debates, so we tuned in to last night’s debate between hillary clinton and barack obama. tuned in via cnn.com, which provides a live feed. a very tiny […]

giuliani out, santana in

30-Jan-08

it’s a matter of time before giuliani drops out. the mets wll sign johan santana. and we had a great restaurant week dinner at i trulli. what a great night.

confirmed: i’m supporting barack obama

28-Jan-08

i’ve been thinking about supporting obama. i liked his book, and following his campaign i’ve liked what i’ve seen. two things have pushed me over the edge toward full-fledged support. the first was caroline kennedy’s endorsement yesterday. I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired […]

stimulate this, congress

26-Jan-08

i like getting money as much as the next guy. and a $600 check will certainly be welcome, and if/when i get my stimulus check from congress, i will put it toward a credit card balance. but the idea that we have to send everyone checks to stimulate the economy is nonsense. you’d think it […]

my florida friends and relatives: don’t vote for giuliani

25-Jan-08

it doesn’t look like he will win, and it looks like losing may knock him out of the race for president. but, my fellow floridians, take it from a former floridian who lived in new york under giuliani for a time: you don’t want this guy as your president. the new york times summed it […]

this-and-that

11-Jan-08

» today is anniversary #8 with kirk. you can read all about it. love ya baby. » next tuesday is the stevenote at macworld, which means lots of new apple stuff to potentially spend money on. in case you just stumbled here, i’m a big apple fan. what could get me to blow the dust […]

hillary exhausts me

09-Jan-08

so against all odds, she won in new hampshire. by, shocking to me but also instructive, winning the blue-collar vote. i still like obama, and frankly i like having hillary as my senator but i’m not sure about her as president. i really think we need a less partisan breath of fresh air. after 20 […]

still liking that obama guy

04-Jan-08

i haven’t weighed in on this as yet, but i’ve been keeping my eye on obama. i’m on his mailing list. liked his last book. and with his victory last night in the iowa caucuses, things are looking good for him. from the article: Mr. Obama’s victory in this overwhelmingly white state was a powerful […]