They Voted Today

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

First you vote. David Markland recorded what appears to be a voter and a poll worker in Culver City, California. [David Markland / Flickr] Then you get a certificate. Amy from Chicago draws inspiration from a "blank piece of lined paper" and "portable coffee mugs." She says, "I cannot describe how good it felt ...

Standing in Line to Vote

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Americans have been standing in line for hours all day. Some 100 million were expected at the polls today after twenty-nine-plus million voted early or absentee. From sandygbandy, a pre-7 am crowd on 18th Street in DC. [sandygbandy / Flickr] From Valerie, a student who likes scrapbooking and genealogy, a two-and-a-half-hour line in ...

Get Out There and Vote

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Digital animator and recent college grad Andre Mercier from San Diego took this skyscraper shot in New York City (thanks, Ann Raber). [Andre Mercier / Flickr] Just go and do it.

Stock Market, Meet Sewer

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 20th, 2008

The stock market rose today, but not enough to overpower the forceful message in this video by globetrotting street artist ABOVE. It shows California graffiti of the market taking a nosedive... into the sewer. (Thanks to volunteer curator Roshan Abraham.) [ABOVE / Vimeo] One of the big questions for undecided voters, of ...

On the Economy: How to Make It Through

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

Tighten your belt [reallyboring / Flickr] Yolo Cowboy is willing to say it more starkly than either Obama or McCain seems to: Americans will feel the effects of the financial crisis. He believes that "reality is what we must deal with," fair or not. Yolo Cowboy lives in Esparto, California, with one ...

Pro-Palin Boys, Anti-Palin Bear

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

M. David Lehner caught these young Palin fans at a post-VP-debate rally in Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [lehnermd / Flickr] Damon D'Amato captured a less enthusiastic polar bear who, he explained via Flickrmail, was protesting at a Palin rally at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California -- ...

Watching the VP Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Since the vice-presidential debate was so widely watched, it seems worth noting how a few of the roughly 70 million viewers did it. Gary Ku lives in New Haven, likes avocados, and made a poster for a VP-debate party at his friend Jerome's. His graphic suggests he was handicapping the debate ...

Vice Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, October 5th, 2008

[Bright_Star / Flickr] If you weren't among the 70 million or so who watched the blockbuster VP debate live (not counting those who streamed it), you can see or read it here. By all accounts the night was primarily a referendum on Sarah Palin, so these comments focus largely on her: The ...

Citizens Protest the Bailout Plan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Last week, citizens everywhere from New York to Albuquerque to Burbank protested the $700B bailout proposal (thanks, Sue Salinger and James Mills). The common theme: how does this help us? Ryan in Fargo would much rather, thank you very much, have a personal assist from the Fed/Treasury. So he made ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wall Street: Advantage Obama or McCain?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

[Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Marty Manley worked in the Labor Department under Clinton and has since become an entrepreneur in California. (We featured him once before here.) He thinks the current Wall Street crisis offers Obama a chance to move the campaign story away from Sarah Palin: Obama should schedule a ...

Police in St. Paul

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Over 800 people were arrested in St. Paul during the Republican convention last week: protesters (some violent), journalists, and apparently innocent bystanders. There were also a few pre-emptive raids. Some people felt a general air of intimidation, which is reflected in these photos. Darin Barry from Northern California likes to photograph ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

Special-Needs Children Left Behind

Posted by Ann | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

[allatseawithabucketandspade / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] There has been a heaping helping of criticism piled on No Child Left Behind, the 2001 law designed to improve public education. At the policy level, we hear criticism about inadequate funding of of NCLB programs. On the ground, you hear that NCLB ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Embroidery for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Miss_glass from Oakland, California, worked diligently "around the clock" for almost two weeks to create this embroidery. Even while camping. She submitted it to the Manifest Hope exhibit of Obama art that's showing in Denver next week during the Democratic convention. Miss_glass doesn't think she'll win, but she deserves some ...