Veterans Day

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Madison Guy (who may be probutcool -- hard to tell) is an editor, writer, and photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. Yesterday, on Veterans Day, he took the long way to work. Via a memorial to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "[T]he markers seemed to go on forever," he said, "stretching ...

Do Iraqis Prefer McCain or Obama?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The blog Alive in Baghdad aims to "empower[...] Iraqi citizen journalists to share their stories with the world." We featured their work previously here. In this video, Iraqis talk about the US election: about who they think is likely to win and and who would make a difference for Iraq. ...

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 ...

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Memorial Day Tributes

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

For the presidential candidates, Memorial Day was an opportunity to talk about Iraq. It's less clear that Wijadi had a specific message about this war when he joined a number of other Flickrites for a walk through Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But intentional or not, the light ...

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 ...

Photos from Afghanistan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Since Afghanistan isn't front and center in the MSM or the campaigns at the moment: a reminder of the Americans and Afghans for whom it is daily reality. These pictures were taken several years ago -- in 2005 and 2006 -- but could be from yesterday. The photographer is violinsoldier ...