Archive for April, 2008

Anti-Hispanic Racism in Virginia

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This probutcool video was made by indy filmmakers who are documenting immigration issues in Northern Virginia. They're putting shorts up on their YouTube channel as they go, and they'll draw on the collection of footage to create a feature-length film. This clip (found by Sue Salinger) documents some anti-Hispanic racism ...

Jeremiah Wright is Everywhere

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The blogosphere is roiling with views on Jeremiah Wright's recent public appearances (on Friday on PBS's Bill Moyers Journal, on Sunday at an NAACP dinner, and on Monday at the National Press Club). [assbach / Flickr] Some posts echo of the idea visible in much of the mainstream media that Wright spells ...

Libertarian Dilemma

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Undecided [iluvrhinestones / Flickr] Libertarian Jason Kuznicki is still undecided about how he'll vote in November. It's a tough election for libertarians because it's forcing them to weigh some core priorities: divided government, free trade, and withdrawal from Iraq. Kuznicki explains (thanks, Ann Raber): So… depending on one’s priorities, a libertarian swing ...

Beatles Songs for the Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

These spoofs of Princeton professor Cornel West -- by Los Angeles filmmaker David McMillan, aka "Professor Clifton East" -- match up the presidential candidates with Beatles songs. McMillan created these in 2007, when the candidate pool was considerably larger. In Part I, the Democrats: And in Part II, the Republicans: When Sarolta ...

Happy Ron Paul Fan

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

John McCain may be the presumptive Republican nominee, but Ron Paul is still running, and many of his supporters remain dedicated. Also, apparently, very happy. This cheerful Nebraskan was captured on the streets of Lincoln by Bertrand, a half-French, half-Chilean Parisian (thanks, Ann Raber): [Delgoff / Flickr] Bertrand includes this photo in ...

Obama Graffiti in Chicago

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Shawn Econo, a Utah librarian, a lover of bike culture, and a "rabid evangelist for all things Cool and Beautiful," took a trip to the midwest last month, where he spent some time in Chicago. He said: OMG there's a heavy pro-Obama vibe all over the city of Chicago right now! ...

Election Kitsch

Posted by Katherine | Monday, April 28th, 2008

For a light start to the week, some fantastic election kitsch. Londoner fintag, who writes a hedge-fund blog, took this photo on the streets of NYC (thanks, Ann Raber). It's hard to believe it, but they actually exist: electric sconces decorated with pictures of McCain, Obama, and Clinton... and a ...

Berkeley Pro-Troops Rally

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

If the city of Berkeley, CA, could vote in November, it would surely cast an anti-war ballot for the Democrat. In the ongoing struggle between its city council and its Marine Corps recruiting center, one of the latest moves was a pro-troops rally a month ago. The anonymous blogger ...

US Sources of Fossil-Fuel CO2

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Stay with this one (or fast forward) through the first 30 seconds of opening credits. After that it's cool -- probutcool, actually. (Via James Mills.) Lots of maps show different sources of fossil-fuel CO2 emissions across the US. They're based on data collected by scientists from Purdue University, Colorado State ...

An Obama Distortion

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Distortion [curson / Flickr] The blogger Tom Maguire at JustOneMinute highlights an instance of Obama mischaracterizing -- by omission -- something McCain said about the economy. (Found by Ann Raber.) Maguire compares what Obama said McCain said with what McCain actually did say. Obama: "John McCain went on television and said that ...

Nonvoters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

This short piece was made by young European filmmakers who documented nonvoters around the US. In it, New Orleans resident Donna, who lived through Katrina with her son Dante, explains that she has "no faith whatsoever in politics" after the way the hurricane was mishandled. She hasn't voted since the ...

Broken America / Broke in America

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

Musician Desjon Deluxe describes himself as "just some guy with something to say." In this song, that something is a message to the candidates about addressing poverty (thanks, James Mills): Desjon closes with a note: "Make up your own mind about the candidates, think for yourself..."

Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Beth Fitzgerald, a junk food and photography lover from Gulfport, Mississippi, documented prices at a local gas station earlier this month (via Ann Raber): [bfitz85 / Flickr] The Pete from Los Angeles, California, sold his car about five years ago but is also documenting fuel prices in his hometown. He writes, in ...

Environmental Choices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

[thingermejig / Flickr] "Green" has become a buzzword for everything from lightbulbs to high rises, and with the greening come choices about personal behavior. Thirty-something Boston Gal from, yes, Boston, Massachusetts, wonders how much difference one person can make; but she decides it's worth trying to be environmentally friendly anyway (hat ...

More Criticism of PA Democratic Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

These two videos found by Sue Salinger make it worth revisiting last week's ABC Democratic debate -- a debate that has been thoroughly trashed (by Democrats, anyway) for it near-total irrelevance. In this vein, up first: New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth's mashup of debate footage and Soulja Boy: And next: ...

Anti-War Freeway Blogger

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

He dresses in a bright orange "highway volunteer" vest and haunts highway bridges. He's the Freeway Blogger. His mission: to end the Iraq war. His weapons of mass distribution (in addition to the web): cardboard, paint, bungee cords, and wit. Since 2004, he's displayed, on freeways all across the West, ...

On to Indiana and North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Next up for the Democrats: Indiana and North Carolina on May 6th. Litandmore -- Chicagoan, teacher, and library student -- has attended a bunch of Hillary rallies and appears to be fired up to take the fight to Indiana. Here he is on his way there before Clinton even won in ...

First-Time Voter

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Twenty-three-year-old Ashley is proud of her 70-year-old grandmother. Who, for the first time, just registered to vote. "Words can't express how proud," Ashley says. (Photo found by Ann Raber.) [ashleyligas / Flickr] Ashley and her grandmother have spent hours together researching the candidates and the issues. This is how democracy should work, ...

Nuclear War and Ozone Hole

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

[Octoferret / Flickr] This six-minute probutcool podcast episode from CU-Boulder in Colorado ties together two election issues: nuclear war and the environment. (Found by James Mills.) Michael Mills (no relation!), a research associate at the university's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, explains: A small, regional nuclear war could create a ...

Earth Day Boycott

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Earth Day altar [lars hammar / Flickr] One youth pastor in central Pennsylvania probably isn't impressed with Google's Earth Day holiday logo today. He thinks Earth Day is the "worst holiday ever" because it turns the earth into an idol. In fact he's staging a personal boycott (hat tip to Ann ...