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Month: February 2008

Barack Obama on Religion

Barack Obama on Religion

Barack Obama is the most intelligent, reasoned politician I have ever heard. This video is remarkable. In it, he shares his views on religion and its role in a pluralistic, progressive society.

My favorite passage of the speech (emphahsis added):

And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles.

You can read the full transcript of his speech here.

Are you hearing this America?

Lessig on Obama

Lessig on Obama

One of the smartest people around, noted Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, has put together an outstanding video sharing his reasons for voting for Obama. I highly recommend watching it and thinking about the issues he raises. If you disagree, why?

Watch or download the high-quality video here (torrent).

Lots of excellent thoughts and comments on his post too (scroll down).

Missouri Says Obama FTW!

Missouri Says Obama FTW!

Missouri Says Obama FTW!
NPR and the AP called Missouri for Hillary Clinton earlier tonight. Barack went from ~30% won to 49.2%, FOR THE WIN.

I am so proud to say that my vote helped prove them wrong. We showed them our "O" Face and it feels great.

The Show Me State has Spoken: We want Barack Obama. We want change. "We are the ones we’ve been waiting for."

Yes, we can.

Missouri Primary Election Results

“Identity Theft” by Nellie McKay performed live on Prairie Home Companion on January 26, 2008

“Identity Theft” by Nellie McKay performed live on Prairie Home Companion on January 26, 2008

Nellie McKay performing live on A Prairie Home Companion

Last Sunday as I was driving around doing some errands I was listening to A Prairie Home Companion on the local NPR station. Garrison Keillor introduced a singer, Nellie McKay, who sang a song that I enjoyed very much. Afterwards, I looked around to see if I could buy it on iTunes. When I tried to purchase the album I got an error, so I waited until the streaming audio was released. The MP3 below is taken from that stream so you can listen to it as often as you like.

You can listen to the whole show here.

Check her out on iTunes: Nellie McKay

Or purchase her album on Amazon’s MP3 Service (which is what I ended up doing).

Download and listen to Identity Theft by Nellie McKay, performed live at Prairie Home Companion (.mp3, 1.6MB)