Iraq Veterans Arrested at Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Several Iraq veterans were arrested and injured at Hofstra University during the third presidential debate. They were part of a crowd protesting the Iraq war and wanted to ask each candidate a question. (You can hear them voicing the questions here -- hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) John J Hagan, an ...

Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Mccain, Joe the plumber, Obama [Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Flickr] Watch or read the third presidential debate here, if you missed it on Wednesday night. A lot of bloggers seemed relieved -- to put it mildly -- that debate season is now over. Here, with equal relief, is a last post-debate roundup. On the ...

Second Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Setting up before the debate [Paul Chenoweth / Flickr] If you were doing something else on Tuesday evening, it's not too late to catch up on the debate. From those who were glued to it, here's some commentary. Fast Kenny at Bark Back News was, big-picture, more impressed with Obama's delivery and ...

Palin Debate Prep

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Tina Fey isn't the only Palin wannabe. Just check YouTube and you might find Lisa Nova. Or maybe Marni. Here Marni satirizes Palin's debate prep by suggesting that, among other things, she took pointers from Cheney's 2004 performance. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) Do you think there was bubble wrap under that voodoo ...

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 ...

“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 ...

Science Debate 08?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

See the periodic table? [Mike Mertz / Flickr] A group of scientists, educators, and business leaders is calling for Science Debate 2008, and thousands of people have signed on in support. The goal here is to convince the 08 candidates to debate big scientific issues -- issues that affect America's national ...

More Criticism of PA Democratic Debate

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

These two videos found by Sue Salinger make it worth revisiting last week's ABC Democratic debate -- a debate that has been thoroughly trashed (by Democrats, anyway) for it near-total irrelevance. In this vein, up first: New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth's mashup of debate footage and Soulja Boy: And next: ...

Can’t We Talk About Issues?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 17th, 2008

[desi.italy / Flickr] Last night's Democratic debate in Philly -- specifically the performance by anchors Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos -- has been widely panned: in the mainstream media, in the high-traffic political blogosphere, in thousands of outraged comments on ABC's site, and by regular people writing on their personal blogs. ...

Admit You’re Wrong

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

[Mike Licht, NotionsCapitol.com / Flickr] Jen, a Californian blogger who also writes for a group blog called MOMocrats, is frustrated with both Democratic candidates after last night's Cleveland debate. All it would take to get her support, she says, is this: Stop hedging. Stop couching everything. Admit you could have done something ...

Democrats in Rural Texas

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Karl-Thomas Musselman from The Burnt Orange Report, a Democratic group blog based in Austin, TX, has this to say about last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: I have occasionally taken the liberty of talking about my hometown of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County out west of Austin in the ...