Archive for February, 2008

An Arab Perspective

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

At the US-Islamic World Form [josholalia / Flickr] The blogger Abu Aardvark -- aka Marc Lynch, a Middle East expert and political-science professor at George Washington University -- was recently at the Brookings Institution's US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He reports that the attention paid to Iraq paled in comparison ...

Admit You’re Wrong

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

[Mike Licht, NotionsCapitol.com / Flickr] Jen, a Californian blogger who also writes for a group blog called MOMocrats, is frustrated with both Democratic candidates after last night's Cleveland debate. All it would take to get her support, she says, is this: Stop hedging. Stop couching everything. Admit you could have done something ...

Romney Redux?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

[ThrasherDave / Flickr]Everyone's piling on to the McCain-Iseman story, but it's been hard to find local bloggers doing more than quoting the MSM and the political blogosphere. HatCityBlog from Connecticut relies on those quotes but gathers the plot twists ardently... and ends on a nice local note pegged to the ...

Does Nader Play Cricket?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

One more perspective on Ralph Nader's 08 campaign, this time from Riaz Haq, a South Asia watcher and high-tech expert in California. Haq equates Nader's commitment to orphan issues with that of Pakistani cricket-legend-turned-politician Imran Khan: Ralph Nader reminds me of Imran Khan in Pakistan. Imran Khan is a well-meaning, well-respected, ...

He’s Baa-aaaack

Posted by Katherine | Monday, February 25th, 2008

So Nader's running again. Johnny Camacho, a teenaged Virginia Democrat, defends Nader's bid against the tidal wave of Democratic vitriol that followed yesterday's announcement. He argues that Nader didn't cost Al Gore any votes in 2000 and believes Nader may actually have handed the Democrats extra votes that year. As to ...

Fake Homemade Signs

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Washington-state blogger Joshua Longbrake writes about his experience at an overcrowded, spirited Obama rally in Seattle earlier this month. He has this gem of an observation: It was really fascinating to see the Obama campaign team pass out two types of signs: the first set of signs were professionally made [...] ...

We Shouldn’t Have Doubted

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

It was out there all along. (Jake was right.) The Platonic ideal of a video sidebar widget. Guess we finally, in stubborn pique, entered the right words into Google, and there it was: Vodpod. It's not just a widget. No. It's a tool that lets us bookmark and display any ...

Suggestion for John McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Conservative blogger Sean Hackbarth argued a couple of days ago that John McCain is missing a good opportunity to rally conservatives. In Berkeley, CA, the City Council and antiwar protesters like Code Pink have been resisting the local Marine recruiting office -- and Hackbarth points out that McCain, unlike many ...

Democrats in Rural Texas

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Karl-Thomas Musselman from The Burnt Orange Report, a Democratic group blog based in Austin, TX, has this to say about last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: I have occasionally taken the liberty of talking about my hometown of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County out west of Austin in the ...

First Flickr Photo

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

In some sidebar avoidance a few days ago, we bookmarked our first Flickr photo: [Steve Rhodes / Flickr] Steve Rhodes' Flickr profile says he's a blogger who covers media, culture, and politics; it wasn't until I checked his profile just now at Tiger Beat that I realized he's a journalist. We'll be ...

The Sidebar

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The sidebar is, by definition, not supposed to be the focus, right? Unfortunately we've been stubbornly preoccupied by ours for the last few days because it's proving difficult to build. We've got a long wiki "wishlist" going for the site, but we're hung up on "find YouTube 'favorites' widget for ...

Like to Be a Co-Curator?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 14th, 2008

You know you would. If you're a YouTube junkie, if you're obsessed with your local community blogs, if you're always plugged into a podcast, then we want to know you. We're looking for people all over the country and outside the US to wade into Web 2.0 and help us ...

Hello My Name Is

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 14th, 2008

A bunch of PRXers are pitching in to get BallotVox off the ground. Jake Shapiro is the mastermind -- he dreamed up the BallotVox idea and now, in addition to running PRX, prods me daily to sign up for the latest social media site that he's discovered on some tech ...

Beginnings

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Welcome to BallotVox! We're a campaign 08 project based at PRX -- we'll be "curating" smart local views on the 2008 election from the blogosphere and other social-media networks. Tired of punditry? Here's where you'll see, read, and listen to the real public conversation about issues and candidates that's streaming ...