tags: Barack Obama



2007 Dec 29

I read Barack Obama's speech and felt like I had to post it (originally on Politico.com):

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2008 Jan 3

Barack Obama takes Iowa.

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2008 Jan 4
i've got obama fever

The blogosphere is a-twitter with Barack's unlooked-for win in Iowa last night. Obama may not be as progressive as Edwards, and on certain positions he is definitely to the right of where I stand, but symbolically speaking, he is ideal.

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2008 Jan 5
remembering my ties to the body of christ

Since 2001, I've been struggling with a crisis of faith. I was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church as a baby, participated in the Eucharist, and was Confirmed. I went to a parochial elementary school and junior high. I went to a high school that is run by the Jesuits. In college, and in the beginning of med school, I participated in the Catholic Community.

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2008 Jan 10
john kerry endorses barack obama

I wasn't expecting this.

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2008 Jan 10
social progressive/fiscal conservative

I like to think I take a progressive stance on several issues: for example, universal health care, women's rights for choice, same sex marriage. I want us out of Iraq now. I want us to work on alternative fuels, and to add stricter regulations to the consumption of hydrocarbons. On the other hand, I'm all for a small government. Maybe Reagan successfully brainwashed me as a child. If I lived during the time of the foundation of the Republic (and I wasn't a person-of-color), I might have been a Whig. I'm all for weak executives, paralyzed/gridlocked legislators, and strict constructionists. Let the people in power play their futile tug-of-wars. It will let the rest of us get down to business. To me, states' rights are paramount, and local politics are key.

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2008 Mar 22
racism is part of american culture

His opponents on both sides of the aisle are trying to make hay with Obama's comment about the "typical white person" who is afraid of black men. But they miss the point entirely. He's not throwing his grandmother under the bus, as some are wont to say. He's not trying to insult white people. He's merely illustrating an unfortunate truism about American culture, which Chris Rock touched upon a long time ago:

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2008 Apr 19
simple action


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2008 May 19
memetic transposon/yay area in da house ftw

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: How the Valley put Obama over the top, via hellofriend, via cajunboy, via caro, via claudia, via britticisms, via soupsoup, via seriouslythough, via poortaste, via ayÅŸe.

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2008 May 25
institutionalized racism in the 21st century

Disturbing blog post about how white blue-collar workers supposedly won't vote for Obama if HRC doesn't get the nomination.

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2016 Mar 19
Why Bernie Sanders Has a Right to Stay in the Race

Down by more than 300 pledged delegates, the calls to unite around Hillary Clinton and for Bernie Sanders to drop out have been growing louder.

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2016 Jun 10
Vitriol in 2008

While it's probably only a matter of time until the Democratic party manages to unite at least a majority of itself into a force dedicated to ensuring Trump doesn't get elected, Obama's endorsement of Clinton reminds me once again of how much more rancorous the 2008 Democratic primaries were.

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2016 Jun 14
The Utility of Calling It Radical Islam

Like the POTUS, I would also like to know what people think the utility of calling it "radical Islam" is, other than giving people a shoddy excuse to discriminate against, beat up, or kill Muslims or people they think are Muslims.

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2016 Aug 4
One of the Greatest Presidents

Assuming we avert the Trumpocalypse and manage to remain a democratic republic (at least for the rest of my life), I imagine Democrats of the future will talk about Obama the same way we talk about FDR and the same way that Republicans talk about Reagan.

2016 Aug 15
Obama Has a Time Machine

Twice now, Donald Trump and his campaign staff have accused Obama of using a time machine. Once to kill Capt. Humayun Khan in Iraq in 2004, and once to found ISIS in 1999. (To be fair, it was called Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad then, morphing into Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2004, then finally becoming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in 2013.)

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