Archive for July, 2008

Obama Distorts McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

While on the topic of negative campaigning, here's another sharp video calling Obama on the way he distorted McCain's willingness to keep Americans in Iraq for 100 years or so. Obama (and, to be fair, Clinton) claimed McCain wanted to continue waging war for 100 years; McCain's comment pretty clearly ...

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

New G.I. Bill for Education

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

[Jayel Aheram / Flickr] About a month ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed a new GI Bill proposed by Senator Jim Webb. This is a bill that Bush threatened to veto and McCain opposed (and didn't vote on) because they were afraid it would encourage people to leave the military. ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

International Election Observers for US

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

[Machine Envy / Flickr] Toni_w from San Francisco made this video (which is cool4pro and not embeddable) for LinkTV's Dear American Voter project. She believes Bush stole the election in both 2000 and 2004 and feels America needs international election monitors -- preferably with voting machine savvy -- to ensure a ...

Arab Perspectives on Obama

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Is he working for peace? [Our Enchanted Garden / Flickr] As a coda to Obama's whirlwind tour of the Middle East, two Arab angles on what he offers that part of the world: Twenty-eight-year-old Wassim, a Syrian Arab, describes himself as "awakening in a modern and bewildering world gone insane." He feels ...

Obama’s Western Wall Prayer

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Prayers in Western Wall [beggs / Flickr] The prayer that Obama slid into the Western Wall in Israel has been much debated since a Jewish seminary student and his friends filched it and passed it on to the media. Some people feel it was a piece of political polish written ...

Neither McCain Nor Obama Means Change

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

PJ Chmiel from Louisville, Kentucky, is a vegan graphic/web designer who'd like to make his own clothes someday. He was rooting for Kucinich, but now he'd be happy with a choice of Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. He thinks the two-party system is "bullshit" and has no love for McCain ...

Obama for Obama in Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

In the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture in Japan, there's a group called "Obama for Obama." And Obama for Obama in Obama has a special song, recorded here by undochu (thanks, Sarolta Cump): That little kid totally caught some air at the end.

Sorry, Earth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Alexander Main lives in Germany. He says he put some effort into this creative video to express his feelings of responsibility for "what's happening to our world, to our planet, to all the people who is paying the consequences of our acts." It seems safe to assume he'd like to ...

Charging McCain as Elitist

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Jed Lewison, a former Democratic Senate staffer turned Nevada novelist, apparently decided to counter charges that Obama is "elitist" with this video. He says he was "inspired by the McCains' recent tax default...to go on a little Google Earth tour of their many homes across the nation." It's difficult to ...

Middle-East Peace: Israel and Palestine

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

The stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process is one piece of the Middle-East dynamic that McCain or Obama will inherit. Obama got a small taste of its complexity on his visits to Israel and the West Bank last week. Eddie Vassallo recorded this sentiment in Er Ram, on the West Bank side ...

Acting Presidential: Catch 22

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Watching Obama in Berlin [stevegarfield / Flickr] Sam Han is a sociology PhD student at CUNY. He didn't want to wade into campaign hoopla but couldn't help himself last week when people started saying, during Obama's trip abroad, that Barack "'needs to be careful' about not appearing like he’s already won ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

Why Conservative Christians Should Vote for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

[rev_bri / Flickr] A lot of conservative Christians -- who voted reliably for Bush in the last two elections -- seem to be alienated and disappointed by McCain as their Republican option. Some, though, argue pragmatically that it's in their long-term interest to support him. Kara is a Christian who is "determined ...

Say No to Diplomacy with Iran

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Here, again, is satirist Paul from the DC area. He works in business and finance and considers himself a blessed man. In this video he explains -- keeping a poker face -- that we don't want to make the same mistake with Iran that Nixon made with China; we don't ...

GOP VP Buzz

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Romney on a cookie [David Reeves / Flickr] There's lots of chatter that McCain might announce a VP pick this week. Whether or not that's likely, the vice presidential betting steamed up recently, centering on Mitt Romney or Bobby Jindal. Jindal backers will be sad to know that he just announced ...

Candidates as Marilyn Monroe

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

In some of the odder candidate street art, here are Obama, Clinton, and McCain as Marilyn Monroe, Warhol-style. Catherine from Hollywood, California, took the picture. [catheadsix / Flickr] What is this saying? That they're all actors? That they're all -- or aim be -- as American as the stars & stripes and ...

McCain and Obama Bumper Stickers

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

James Mills just turned up these two bumper stickers. The first, from Moltron 3030, was taken on a farewell tour of Eugene (Oregon?), where she and her friend Lizz (featured here) have lived since 2004: [Moltron 3030 / Flickr] DottComments lives in Louisville, Kentucky, likes the Rolling Stones, and apparently needs ...

What It Takes to Be a Muslim

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

With last week's New Yorker flap and Obama in Iraq today, it seems a good time to feature this find from Sarolta Cump. It's a video made by 19-year-old Louma about what it means to be a Muslim. Directly relevant to the election? Maybe not. But vilification of Islam ...