Archive for March, 2008

Iraq: Moral Responsibility

Posted by Katherine | Friday, March 28th, 2008

McCain, Clinton, and Obama (here and here) have all given big speeches recently to mark the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war. The Kibitzer, a midwestern Lutheran who is "temperamentally conservative with a weakness for radical politics," points out that both McCain and Obama are staking out moral positions on ...

Dallas Students Evaluate Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Via co-curator Ann Raber, a largely conservative student perspective -- from the University of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas -- on the Democratic candiates: Sirmontag, who made the video, grew up in Dayton, OH, and currently lives in Dallas. He is a man of many hobbies, from blacksmithing ...

Explosive Take on Global Warming

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

The campaigns haven't been talking much about global warming recently, so it seemed a good time to remember why they should be. This video (which comes via co-curator James Mills) was made by Greg Craven, a high-school science teacher in Corvallis, Oregon. It's an enthusiastic argument designed to convince even ...

Obamamania: In or Out?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Like many clubs, Obamamania looks pretty fun from the inside; less so if you're on the outside. First, the inside: This is another video found by co-curator Sarolta Cump. It shows avid Obama supporters waiting in the cold at 5:30 a.m. to see the senator and passing time with some ...

Monday Memory of Mike

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 24th, 2008

Since it's Monday, a dose of lightness. Mike Huckabee's been out of the race for a few weeks now, so think of this also as a final salute to his candidacy. Sarolta Cump, one of our new co-curators -- who will all be introducing themselves soon -- found this video. ...

Five Years Old: Part II

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Iraqi refugees in Syria [James Gordon / Flickr] Iraqi Kurdish woman [James Gordon / Flickr] Global Voices, which highlights bloggers from around the world, has developed a very cool election-08 project called Voices Without Votes. Its goal is a close cousin of ours: it focuses on citizen media created by non-Americans about ...

Five Years Old: Part I

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The Iraq war started five years ago yesterday. Here is one American's textured experience of it. Jayel Aheram is a 24-year-old active-duty Marine, a blogger, and an avid photographer. He's also a Ron Paul supporter, so it's easy to assume he might be against the war, but what he writes ...

The Race Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Independence Hall [Runs With Scissors / Flickr] Barack Obama spoke about race yesterday in Philadelphia. This morning, rants aside, the "regular-person" blogosphere mostly praised Obama for nuance and bravery and uncommon frankness. We're still looking for a thoughtful but largely negative critique -- so send us a link if you find ...

Working

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Coffee cups! [wrumsby / Flickr] We're not asleep at the wheel. We promise. In fact we're reasonably caffeinated, though we haven't been blogging much; instead we've been hiring great co-curators and figuring out how exactly to collect and sort and display all of the content we'll be finding. On the tech front, ...

Photos from Afghanistan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Since Afghanistan isn't front and center in the MSM or the campaigns at the moment: a reminder of the Americans and Afghans for whom it is daily reality. These pictures were taken several years ago -- in 2005 and 2006 -- but could be from yesterday. The photographer is violinsoldier ...

Temporarily Distracted

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 10th, 2008

Posting will be thin to nonexistent for the next few days as we focus on hiring co-curators. We're eager for their help. Course then there's still the matter of finishing the site construction...

McCain and Youth

Posted by Katherine | Friday, March 7th, 2008

Can Meghan reel in this generation? [dlemieux / Flickr] As the de facto Republican nominee, John McCain, unlike the Democrats, now gets to focus on the general election. One of the items on his to-do list: a vice presidential candidate. Which inevitably raises the question of McCain's age (he's 71), whether ...

Republicans for Billary

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 6th, 2008

[Daniella Zalcman / Flickr] As a small addendum to the previous post, this from Republican John Rich, who voted for Clinton in Virginia: The Clintons are a team. You get one, you get both. And that’s good news for Republicans like me: he’d be a steadying influence on Hillary’s more leftish notions. Stated ...

Republicans for Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Were they talking up Clinton? [chix0rgirl / Flickr] Before Tuesday's primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island, Rush Limbaugh urged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. His reason: a bruising ongoing Democratic race helps the GOP. Republican John Ruwe, who did vote for Clinton on Tuesday, sees very much eye-to-eye with ...

Farewell, Fair Tax

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[trialkat / Flickr] This picture by trialkat was taken at a Fair Tax rally in Jacksonville, FL, where Mike Huckabee played his bass. The boy is holding a dollar bill autographed by Huckabee, and the photo seemed a fitting adieu to the candidate, who, after last night's primaries, conceded the GOP ...

Hillary: Buzz or Buzzkill?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

[Litandmore / Flickr] [Litandmore / Flickr] John McCain clinched the Republican nomination last night, but the buzz belonged to Hillary Clinton for winning Ohio, Texas, and Rhode Island. Ohio blogger The Critic explains the vote he cast for Clinton yesterday: Today I was up by six thirty, dressed by six forty, and out the ...

On the Vermont Primary

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

A Vermonter and self-described "housewife and homeschooling mom" had this to say last night after watching the Vermont primary results on TV: On the Channel 17 exit interviews, when asked what comment she would write on her ballot for her elected officials, if she could, one woman said, “I would tell ...

Obama and Open Source Politics

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

[mattkeefe / Flickr] Here's another perspective on technology and Campaign 08. Scott Chacon is a Bay Area computer programmer with an abiding interest in "open source politics" -- which he defines as "the idea that openness and transparency through technology can improve our political system." He put that idea to the ...

Pro and Anti Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

[Mashuga / Flickr] [MikeSchinkel / Flickr] These pictures pretty much sum it up. It's a big issue this election -- especially in states like Texas, which votes and caucuses in primaries today. The photo of the little girl holding the sign was taken in Scranton, PA, by Gary Clark (aka Mashuga), a retired ...

Richardson Was No Dean Online

Posted by Katherine | Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Connecting the old-fashioned way [Jay Tamboli / Flickr] Emmett O'Connell lives and blogs -- largely about politics -- in Olympia, WA. He was enthusiastically involved online in the Dean campaign in 2004; this time around, he helped set up a community site for Bill Richardson long before Richardson even declared his ...