Archive for June, 2008

Presidential Campaign Slang, 2008 Edition

Posted by Ann | Monday, June 30th, 2008

Dictionary [sAeroZar / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Urban Dictionary is a free-for-all dictionary of slang, where anyone can post words or definitions. With little regulation other than a thumbs-up/thumbs-down poll rating a definition's veracity, the site has come to include proper nouns, colloquial expressions, and a plethora of portmanteaus. Feelings ...

Obama Graffiti: A Misquote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

James Mills found this photograph. Eric Adolff (aka Buzz Killington) -- failed musician turned graffiti hunter -- took it in Denver. At first view it's just another example of great Obama street art. If you look a little more closely, though, you'll notice that the quotation isn't what Obama ...

Racism is a Factor

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

[Steve Rhodes / Flickr] We've posted several times about the racism Obama faces in his campaign. (Here, here, and here.) This story, found by Sue Salinger, is the rawest example so far. Frank lives in Tuscon, Arizona, and he's a "blue collar-type fella." His interests range from lifting heavy stuff to ...

Candidates as Marionettes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This one is a puzzle. Ruben Carbajal, a writer in Brooklyn, NY, took the photo a few weeks after the primaries started. I love the fact that the poster references a specific neighborhood and is on a mailbox, but who controls Obama, Edwards, Clinton, and Giuliani's marionette strings? Is the ...

Human Cost of Iraq War

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

American TV-network coverage of the Iraq war is dropping off significantly. In fact most mainstream US media seems to be following the trend. Add to that the Pentagon's ongoing reporting restrictions for caskets and funerals and it's no wonder it's hard to absorb the human cost of the war. This photograph ...

Anti-Illegal-Immigration Activist

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Veronica lives in Southern California and is a "proud far-left Liberal" who is "anti-hate" of any kind. Here she talks with Chelene, a Save Our State anti-illegal-immigration activist. Chelene argues that racism has nothing to do with her stance and that reducing crime and protecting the environment do. (Thanks, ...

McCain on the Web

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

It's harder to find good pro-McCain stuff out in webland. It just is. We resisted admitting that for a while, and we search diligently, but it simply seems to be true. Especially when it comes to creative art, citizen ads, and funny videos. Whether this has something to do with ...

Bake Sale for Barack

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

The very day that Moveon.org expressed some alarm at Obama's support of the FISA bill, it also persevered with a "Hungry for Change" Obama bake sale. Cookies were made and sold across the country, from New York City to Missoula, Montana. (Thanks, Sue Salinger and Ann Raber.) In Austin, Texas, Cara ...

Terror Helps McCain?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Foot in mouth [g-hat / Flickr] So Charlie Black, political advisor to McCain, recently said, rather impolitically, that a terror attack in the US would boost McCain in the campaign. This isn't a reaction roundup; just two snippets. Damian J. Penny, blogging from Halifax, Nova Scotia, questions whether there's any logic to ...

Obama to Support FISA Bill

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

On Friday, Barack Obama declared that he supports the FISA bill wending its way through Congress. This is the bill that essentially allows the government more leeway to wiretap and gives the telecom companies immunity for handing records to the Bush administration. Many Democratic voters seem unhappy. Erich Rauchway is ...

Obama Declines Public Financing - Part II

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video about another aspect of Obama's public-financing decision: "runaway" campaign costs. Stephen is a 22-year-old in Tennessee who considers himself one of Obama's "biggest supporters." He has a bumper sticker, he preaches the Obama gospel, and he donated during the primaries. Although he's still on ...

Obama Declines Public Financing

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, June 21st, 2008

[freshelectrons / Flickr] On Thursday, Barack Obama declined public financing for the general election. There was a slight lag before citizen talk revved up online -- maybe everyone needed to brush up on campaign finance laws? -- but it was in full swing yesterday. The common camps: 1) Obama lied; he's ...

Blogging and Vlogging the Campaign

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

[Mr. Wright / Flickr] This is a brief step back to the meta: a look at webby aspects of the campaign. Abhi lives in North Dakota. He reminisced recently that the 2004 Democratic National Convention inspired him to create Sepia Mutiny, a South Asian American group blog. This is part of the ...

Veteran Suicides and PTSD

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

JustA11en starts by saying, "In the interest of full disclosure, this video will not be entertaining..." That may be true, but you should watch it to the very end anyway. JustA11en is a veteran and a self-described "veritable cornucopia of useless, non applicable, knowledge." In this particular case, his intensity ...

Obama with Pals in Windows

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I've been waiting for the right moment to feature this photo of Obama and the Orange Monster, but oddly enough there hasn't been a relevant news peg. Paired with the second photo, though, it might be the start of a series: Obama with pals in windows. Steve Portigal is a design ...

Traditionalists v. Progressives

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Paul is a Christian from the DC area. He was born in small-town China and emigrated after Tiananmen. Somewhere along the way he became a master of satire. Here he poses as a "traditionalist" to explain what distinguishes him from progressives. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) He didn't break character ...

Midwest Floods

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The devastating midwest floods point to a bunch of election issues. Global warming, for one. Whether or not these particular floods are a direct result, they're a preview of the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models. Then there are the rising corn prices due to flooded cropland, which ...

Carpooling: Save the Environment and Gas Money

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Paul lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he's an aerospace engineer. Somewhere in the eight or so years since he moved there, he decided that it has "the ambiance and excitement of a gravel parking lot." So to relieve the boredom, he took up video making. Oh, and also aerobatic flying ...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Obama has said he would lift it; McCain feels it's working and ought to be left alone. In this video, kevdude25, who is gay and on active duty in the military, asks the Republican candidates (now whittled down to McCain) what freedom he's fighting for when ...

Military McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

John McCain isn't shy about highlighting his Vietnam service in his campaign. In this sign, photographed by New Orleanian and "drain on society" M Styborski, you can see it doubly: in the military-esque star of McCain's campaign logo and in the choice of the word "honor." Styborski caught the sign ...