Archive for August, 2008

Katrina-FEMA Trailer in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

New Orleans is evacuating ahead of Gustav, which is currently a Category Four storm moving towards Cuba. Less than a week ago in Denver during the convention, wan · der · lust (see more of her photos featured here and here) saw this FEMA-esque trailer drive by the convention hall. (Thanks, ...

Antiwar Activists in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Stephen Swofford, Denver resident, says it only occurred to him a year ago that he could translate his love of photography into a career. He now appears to be a photojournalism student at Metro State College of Denver. Last week during the convention he took to the streets to and ...

Protesting McCain (and Obama) in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust -- featured in the last post -- spotted this duelling graffiti in Denver during the convention (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] She also chatted very briefly with Manny the ostrich in the 90-degree heat last weekend, just before the ...

Denver and the Pepsi Center

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust who, as her name suggests, has a "strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," caught Denver all dressed up in state flags last week in honor of the convention (thanks, Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] Ronald Lewis lives in Denver and ...

The Bidens at the Convention

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] We didn't come across anything superquotable on Joe Biden's convention speech in a first pass at Google Blog Search, but what we have is here, and we'll add to the list if we find more. Lots of people seemed to be 'fessing up online, though, that his son ...

Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

[leh4 / Flickr] Catching up now on Day 3 of the Democratic convention. Bill Clinton's speech was generally declared a big boost for Obama -- so here are some qualified assessments of its effectiveness. Kaylin, married 29 years and from New Jersey, seems to think Bill would have been more believable if ...

Gustav and the GOP

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

[genevity / Flickr] Today is Katrina's third anniversary, and it seems that Gustav may brew into a New Orleans hurricane of comparable strength. Junichi Semitsu -- who teaches at the University of San Diego School of Law, was the embedded blogger for the Dixie Chicks, and collects Pez dispensers -- makes ...

McCain Picks Palin

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Alaska [triciaward / Flickr] Impeccably timed to eclipse the Obama-convention-speech headlines, McCain has chosen Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice-presidential candidate. Archbishop Cranmer, who blogs about religion and politics with sixteenth-century wisdom, feels this spells "Barack who?": Governor Palin is a Protestant Evangelical Christian. Moreover, she is strongly ‘pro-life’, ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

PUMAs and Police in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

John Catral from Somerset, New Jersey, caught these PUMA protesters on the Denver streets (hat tip to James Mills): [Ho0n / Flickr] And just in case they get too feisty, the riot police are there -- in another photo from Catral (thanks again, James Mills): [Ho0n / Flickr] That baton looks like ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

Rednecks for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Michelle sat in front of these two Missouri men in the convention hall in Denver. She says they were "really nice guys." [MMMMichelle / Flickr] That website on their t-shirts really exists.

Ted Kennedy’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] Lots of emotion out there surrounding Kennedy's determination to speak at the convention despite his illness. Carrie from Reston, Virginia, was also moved by his commitment to service that was highlighted in the tribute video: One of the parts that hit me from this video was the statement that ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...

Democratic Convention: Bookmarks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We've been busy bookmarking stuff about the Democratic convention (which you can browse here). Blog posts coming soon.

Biden Takes a Bite

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Biden speaking in Springfield [aka Kath / Flickr] McCain is now ahead of Obama in the national polls, and one of Joe Biden's new roles -- at least judging by his Springfield speech -- is to play bad cop to counter McCain's recent offensive. Mary, who lives "in a Blue State, in ...

Obama and Lincoln

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Obama introduced Joe Biden as his running mate at Springfield's Old State Capitol, the same place he declared his candidacy in February 2007 -- the spot where Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech. Obama referred to Lincoln liberally during his 07 announcement and counts him as a political hero. ...

Obama and Biden in Springfield

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

These two photographs show Obama and Biden onstage at their VP-announcement rally. Race has obviously been in the subtext and the overt conversation about Campaign 08, so what I like about this juxtaposition is the white hand waving at Barack and the black hand giving Joe a victory sign. The ...

Springfield’s Old State Capitol

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Just because it's a cool photo. It's a reflection of Springfield's Old State Capitol, where Obama introduced Biden as his running mate over the weekend. John Kannenberg took it. He's a visual and sound artist who "creates quietly reflective works [...] that blur the boundaries between intention and accident" -- ...

Springfield Security

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

A surprising number of people documented the rooftop and ground-level security at Springfield's Obama-Biden rally. From aspiring photographer Erin, who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, here's what looks like the spotter half of a sniper team: [Eyes Azure / Flickr] Ariana de Chicago recorded a security checkpoint: [Ariana de Chicago / Flickr] What do you ...