Archive for September, 2008

“McCain Wins Debate!” Ad

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Tony Buser, born and living in Reading, Pennsylvania, blogs about webby, techy things. He made a mashup satirizing the bizarre "McCain wins debate!" ad that appeared before the debate even happened. Tony slips that ad onto the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune held by Harry Truman -- which ...

Doodling During the Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Doug Jennings, a graphic artist in West Dundee, Illinois, did some "caricature practice" during the debate: [Doug Jennings / Flickr] Pseudopop draws a lot. He sketched out some of each candidate's favorite debate lines and tropes: [pseudopop / Flickr] Not quite sure what pseudopop thinks of Jim Lehrer's hairstyle.

Debate Parties in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Some people the debate watched at a bar. Some people watched with their friends at a party. Some people watched with their friends at a party... in Second Life. Rik Panganiban teaches kids in NYC about the power of technology, and during the debate he had one laptop tuned into ...

Debate Drinking Game

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Kenn Christ from San Francisco watched the first presidential debate with a bunch of friends, and they played a drinking game. As with all good drinking games, the rules were simple. Each candidate had a list of phrases. Whenever either one said any of his phrases, it was time ...

First Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Weighing in [mrdorkesq / Flickr] OK, it's several days after the fact. You've probably heard all you care to about McCain refusing to look at Obama, Obama stumbling over the name of the soldier on his bracelet, or general cluelessness/mindfulness on the financial crisis and the middle class. (If you'd like ...

Palin: The Katie Couric Interview

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

[Notraces Flip Side / Flickr] Mainstream media winced a lot (even on the conservative side) over Palin's two-part interview this week with Katie Couric. The blogosphere today served up very similar reactions. (Help us dig up the smart contrarians here!) Timothy Burke teaches African history, among other things, at Swarthmore. He felt ...

Media and Gas Shortages After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

Refinery problems due to hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused significant gas shortages across the southeast earlier this week. AMPinto0123 recorded the gas line at a Costco in Nashville -- the only station of eight in the vicinity that had any fuel for sale. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Houtopia of ...

Trying to Understand the Bailout Proposal

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

"No way, no how, no bailout." Read his 6 reasons here. [jakerome / Flickr] It's not just Congress and the campaigns that are grappling with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's $700 billion bailout proposal -- citizens are trying to digest it, too. Yves Smith, a finance expert in New York City, is unhappy with ...

Thinking About Iraq

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Home [Jayel Aheram / Flickr] The economy, Sarah Palin, and, well, the economy have largely replaced Iraq in campaign-related headlines. For many voters, the war may resurface during the first presidential debate (in theory happening on Friday), which will focus on foreign-policy issues. For veterans, the war never went away. Alex ...

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

DeHoll is a grandfather in the DC area who likes to tell stories. This one is visual: in the bread-line statue from FDR's memorial in Washington, DeHoll recalls FDR's Depression-era "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" -- and he mixes it up with current financial-crisis headlines. ...

Not a Game: Housing and the Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found these two whimsical allusions to the mortgage crisis at the root of Wall Street's problems. Jerry from Huntsville, Alabama, feels he is one of "untold thousands" on Flickr who are "seeing and capturing life and the world, every day." Despite the playfulness of this montage he ...

Louisiana Coast After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Southern Louisiana after Ike [Karen Apricot New Orleans / Flickr] Maitri is a geoscientist and activist in New Orleans by way of India, Kuwait, and the Midwest. She's worried that the Louisiana coast and its United Houma Nation are being abandoned in the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. (Thanks, Sarolta ...

Fundamentals of Her Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Renee from the Midwest -- a "goddess" -- takes photos "to chronicle life." Here she documents two things that are affecting most Americans right now: the economy and the election. The woman in this picture was at an Obama rally in Minneapolis last week, and she had a message for ...

Why Doesn’t Palin Think Global Warming is Man-Made?

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

PoliticalOverload is the snyde guy we featured on McCain's proposed gas-tax holiday. He likes to keep you guessing on his politics, and he likes digging through the logic of things. Here he takes on Palin's reluctance to acknowledge that global warming is influenced by humans. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) It's not ...

McBritney: Oops, He Did It Again

Posted by Katherine | Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this rather clever Britney Spears parody. It pokes fun at McCain's "flip-flop" on mudslinging -- and lampoons the celebrity and McBush themes that have characterized the negative campaigning from both sides. Bay-Area video artist Bryan Boyce, aka DSquid1901, put it together. He likes satirizing US culture ...

Patriots, Arm Thyselves

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

Johanna feels she was "born in the wrong era" because she's "terribly addicted to abandoned properties" dating from the 1860s to the 1930s. She lives in Kansas, where she took this photo a week ago in Skidmore (thanks, Sue Salinger): [Moonlight Cocktail Photography / Flickr] The house may be a little ...

Obama’s No-Frills Economy Ad

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

Foreclosed [shootamins (tags alot!) / Flickr] Feminist Melissa McEwan from the Chicago area (just featured here) really likes Obama's unflashy new two-minute ad about the economy -- though she sees its risks: [A] political ad for adults. I love it. I love the tone of it, I love the content (aside from the ...

The Culture Wars, Again

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Aelle / Flickr] There's been lots of talk about Palin's candidacy dragging this campaign back into the culture wars. Pentimento, a musician, grad student, and "Catholic revert," plays a melancholy variation on that theme: Obama and Palin (let's face it, the election is really between them) personify the intense longing of those ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

Campaign Issues: A Family Affair

Posted by Ann | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[Lapsklaus / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] If our politics is genetic, then how come it's (often) so difficult to talk to our parents about campaign issues? If they don't share our views, we revert to our 15-year-old selves, petulant and hysterical over the very notion that we share DNA ...