ABBA? Really?

12 08 2008

So Political Wire, via Blender, published a list of the candidates’ favorite songs.  Hmmm…

1. Ready or Not Fugees 1. Dancing Queen ABBA
2. What’s Going On Marvin Gaye 2. Blue Bayou Roy Orbison
3. I’m On Fire Bruce Spingsteen 3. Take a Chance On Me ABBA
4. Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones 4. If We MakeIt Through December Merle Haggard
5. Sinnerman Nina Simone 5. As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson
6. Touch the Sky Kanye West 6. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
7. You’d Be So Easy to Love Frank Sinatra 7. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
8. Think Aretha Franklin 8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
9. City of Blinding Lights U2 9. Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
10. Yes We Can 10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters

Bill Kristol Is Lucky.

28 04 2008

bill kristol…lucky to grace the pages of JackTeddy&Us, that is. And why, you ask, would I ever allot any of our precious pixels to this man? Well, in today’s NYT op-ed section, he makes a fair point. And why, you ask again, would I acknowledge this in any meaningful way? The answer is that his fair point is the point I’ve been making for months now. No, I’m not a liberal-turned-neocon. And no, I’m not excited that the only person willing to give Hillary any credit – let alone column inches – for her incredible, if not historic, victories is a neoconservative pundit who, by the way, serves as one of McCain’s top advisers.

But seriously. Check out today’s NYT op-ed section. [I know not everyone is a reader – but it’s a short piece and it presents an opinion that is almost NEVER expressed in media coverage of this race. Take 2 minutes and broaden your horizons!] His article entitled Hillary Gets No Respect tells a lot of truth. Yes, it pains me to say that I agree with Mr. Kristol – and that it may appear to some that I am willing to listen to anyone who validates my own opinions. But, no matter where you stand politically, you’ve got to give Kristol some respect for being a Republican with a brain who is articulate enough to make rational explanations – even if you flat out disagree with most of his opinions. Looks like he and I have found some common ground.

Catching Our Breath.

24 03 2008

So we’ve been busy for like a month.  First, we went skiing, then on a Caribbean cruise, then to Florida for Bonnie’s wedding, and back to DC where it was all about Joy’s baby shower – and we were each sick for about a week somewhere in the midst of it all.  This weekend was really our first chance to catch our breath and relax.  Thank you, Easter! The roads were clear, the ‘hood was quiet and pretty, and the weather was unbelievable.

As you can imagine, we’ve got LOTS of pictures to share!  They’re all posted on Flickr – find them in the right sidebar of the blog, or check them out by clicking on the links below.  There’s an option to view them in slideshow format, if you’d like.

Some Pics of Hillary & Barry from the VA Dems Dinner
Ski Weekend with Chuck & Becky
Bonnie’s Wedding

Cruise pics to come in the next couple of days – as well as more blog posts about all kinds of good and exciting things that have happened over the past month. Stay tuned and check back often!

I Guess I’m Not The Only One Who Has Obama Fatigue.

20 02 2008

Look, I like the guy. But when you have an alternative like Hillary Clinton, a legislative rockstar, it’s not a tough choice for me.

Listen to the crew’s laughter in the background. Amen.

Obama Is Already President? And God? Really?

10 02 2008

Wow. Check out this article. Here are the snippits, but check out the whole thing. It’s short.

On inspiration as the core of the campaign:

“That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause — other than an amorphous desire for change — the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is. “
On Obama and supporters talking like he’s a kind of messiah:Obama himself joked about this at a Hollywood fundraiser, as noted in Men’s Vogue:

“When Morgan Freeman comes over to greet Obama, the senator begins bowing down both hands in worship. ‘This guy was president before I was,’ says Obama, referring to Freeman’s turn in Deep Impact and, clearly, getting a little ahead of his own bio. Next, a nod to Bruce Almighty: ‘This guy was God before I was.’”

Health Care.

8 02 2008

Monday’s edition of The New York Times contained a pretty interesting op-ed on the Clinton and Obama health care plans. You know, there’s so much talk about how the candidates are so similar that it’s really going to come down to personality – not true. There are real differences that matter. It’s really nice when a reputable publication lays out these differences in a neat little package – and in one page or less.

Here’s the main thesis:

If you combine the economic analysis with these political realities, here’s what I think it says: If Mrs. Clinton gets the Democratic nomination, there is some chance — nobody knows how big — that we’ll get universal health care in the next administration. If Mr. Obama gets the nomination, it just won’t happen.

Click here for the whole article.

Hallelujah Holla Back Y’all.

25 01 2008

So The Times endorsed Hillary – and the ed board’s explanation for their choice is really impressive. Here’s a tiny excerpt, but please consider reading the article in full, as it really makes an intelligent case for Hillary and lays out my exact trepidations about Barry. Check it out, dudes.

The New York Times
January 25, 2008

Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton

This generally is the stage of a campaign when Democrats have to work hard to get excited about whichever candidate seems most likely to outlast an uninspiring pack. That is not remotely the case this year.

The early primaries produced two powerful main contenders: Hillary Clinton, the brilliant if at times harsh-sounding senator from New York; and Barack Obama, the incandescent if still undefined senator from Illinois. The remaining long shot, John Edwards, has enlivened the race with his own brand of raw populism.

As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on Feb. 5, The Times’s editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election.

Click here to read the whole piece.