Archive for the ‘words’ Category

John McCain’s Concession Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 7th, 2008

Conceding [janeyhenning / Flickr] McCain was widely praised by mainstream media and political blogs for a gracious concession speech, though sometimes with a footnote that it contrasted in tone with his campaign. Those same two sentiments were largely reflected on regular blogs. Broodingcynyc at Brooding Cynyx voted for McCain and felt his ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

Coffee Woke Her to Political Freedom

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

[19melissa68 / Flickr] Heather Whittaker goes all out: waterskiing, jumping out of airplanes, and generally being "different." She and her pastor husband Carlos live in Atlanta. Heather is proof that Starbucks's offer of free coffee for voters actually worked. It made her, sheepishly, decide to cast a ballot. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) What ...

Christians Figuring Faith Into Their Votes

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[TheFemGeek / Flickr] Two Christians. Two distinct views on how to mix faith and politics. Meaghan is a Democrat getting a Ph.D. in psychology at Tulane in New Orleans. She says she likes knitting and is sarcastic, but here she is entirely earnest about faith and American democracy. Don't get me wrong, I ...

Palin: Feminist Role Model or Not?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

[gaelx / Flickr] Since Sarah Palin joined the McCain campaign, there's been vociferous disagreement over her feminist cred. Is she blessing or blight to the cause? To catch up on the debate, here are a few recent strands. Wendy describes herself as a "conservative, home schooling mom" with a "smokin' hot, hard ...

Obama on Food Policy

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Amber, and waving [Micah A. Ponce / Flickr] In a recent interview with Joe Klein, Obama mentioned an article about food policy by journalist Michael Pollan. Pollan was calling on the next president to consider food critical to national security, global warming, energy independence, and health care. Shane, a recent grad of ...

Poll Addict

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Maybe not a poll Blake relies on [elycefeliz / Flickr] Blake from Portland, Oregon, recently married his soulmate, loves Bruce Springsteen, and works/studies at Portland State University. An avowed political junkie, he's addicted in particular to polls. He must be jonesing this pre-election weekend. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [Polls are] hardly a flawless ...

Voting Early and Patiently for the Environment

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

A six-to-seven-hour early-voting line in Charlotte, NC, earlier today [Ted Abbott / Flickr] Yesterday, the last day of early voting in Georgia, MSNBC reported one polling-place line in Atlanta with a wait time of eight to ten hours. People stood in line for eight to ten hours to cast a ballot! Becky, ...

Obama’s Infomercial

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Watching the infomercial [basykes / Flickr] Obama's half-hour infomercial aired last night on seven stations. It cost over three million dollars, was unprecedented in the realm of campaign advertising, and was watched by 21.7% of the 56 top TV markets. It didn't bump the World Series. Here are some early reactors from ...

A Pastor’s Tips on Voting

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Church and flag [Golden ~Eye~ / Flickr] Jeff Leake is a Steelers fan (he lives in Pittsburgh) and likes reading novels at Borders bookstores. He's also the lead pastor of Allison Park Church and has been asked a lot about the election and how to consider the candidates. Here's a longish excerpt ...

Redistribution of Wealth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

[ninjawil / Flickr] The Drudge-induced bloggy craze today was some audio of a 2001 interview in which Obama talks about redistribution of wealth. It was circulated as a rather charged video (see here) posted by Naked Emperor News, which is part of the NObama network. McCain began calling his rival "Barack the ...

It’s Not Just About the National Election

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

A Denver-County ballot [Leia / Flickr] The Colorado blogger at ThoughtsOfMyOwn cares hugely about Obama and the national election, but she's also doing her homework on her state candidates and ballot measures. If you're a fellow Coloradan, she'd like you to do the same. (Thanks, Misa Dayson.) A few weeks ago we ...

Powell Endorses Obama and Muslim Americans

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Endorsing Obama [elycefeliz / Flickr] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday in an interview with Tom Brokaw. The significance of this was hashed out yesterday: as a Republican retired Army general, Powell adds to Obama's commander-in-chief cred. For JCP, who is studying the Middle East at the University ...

Alternate Universe: Al Smith Dinner Roasts

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Disconnected? Or not? [Life As Art / Flickr] So one night McCain and Obama are arguing tensely over Joe the plumber's tax future, and the very next they're needling each other in high humor at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner -- each laughing genuinely at the zingers launched in ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Obama Is Not an Arab — But So What If He Were?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

[John Weise / Flickr] At the same Minnesota rally last week at which McCain said Obama wasn't a scary guy, he also clarified that Obama is not an Arab. "No, ma'am," he said, in response to a woman who felt Obama was of Arab extraction, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family ...

On the Economy: How to Make It Through

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Tighten your belt [reallyboring / Flickr] Yolo Cowboy is willing to say it more starkly than either Obama or McCain seems to: Americans will feel the effects of the financial crisis. He believes that "reality is what we must deal with," fair or not. Yolo Cowboy lives in Esparto, California, with one ...

Second Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Setting up before the debate [Paul Chenoweth / Flickr] If you were doing something else on Tuesday evening, it's not too late to catch up on the debate. From those who were glued to it, here's some commentary. Fast Kenny at Bark Back News was, big-picture, more impressed with Obama's delivery and ...

Drilling as Wedge Issue

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Drilling ninja [TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 / Flickr] Steve from Toledo, Ohio, calls himself (possibly facetiously?) a "circus plate spinner." Steve is unconvinced that new domestic oil drilling would have any measurable effect on gas prices. So for a while he thought it would be fun to see the Republicans go through with ...

Advice for Palin from a Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

[andrewjking87 / Flickr] Barb is a grandmother, homemaker, and former teacher in Toledo, Ohio. She describes herself as a "disciple of Jesus's" and a socially conservative Republican. She supports Palin, and after Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, Barb had some advice and encouragement for her. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump): Sarah, you just relax ...