Crowd in Springfield, Illinois

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 25th, 2008

Flickr is amazing sometimes. Today we found great shots of Saturday's first Obama-Biden rally in Springfield, Illinois. Lots of citizens with a good eye wielding cameras out there. This photo by Bradjward is a quick preview; we'll feature more tomorrow. It shows part of the 35,000-strong crowd in front of ...

In the Red Corner…

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

John Sadowski is an "abstract artist and graphics guy" from Chicago. He took this original photo, switched some heads around, and came up with the mashup below (thanks, James Mills). With the conventions and debates right around the corner, the bell for the heavyweight-title fight is about to ring. [johnsadowskiii ...

Don’t “Vote Stupid”

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

McCain's dubious new attack mode seems a good intro to several pieces lamenting false rumors and negative campaigning. Two Chicago comedian bloggers -- John T. Kramer and Aaron Sjoholm -- have created a small video series called "Don't Vote Stupid!" Their aim: disuading people from "voting on stupid stuff (like how ...

GOP VP Buzz

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Romney on a cookie [David Reeves / Flickr] There's lots of chatter that McCain might announce a VP pick this week. Whether or not that's likely, the vice presidential betting steamed up recently, centering on Mitt Romney or Bobby Jindal. Jindal backers will be sad to know that he just announced ...

The New Yorker Cover

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This week's New Yorker cover shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, Michelle outfitted as a Black Panther/terrorist, a flag burning in the fireplace, and Osama bin Laden in a gilt frame on the wall. It is, of course satire. Or it's supposed to be. It seems to be confusing ...

SCOTUS on Guns and Gitmo

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

[taberandrew / Flickr] The Supreme Court's 2007-2008 term just ended with two decisions that are resonating on the campaign trail. Number one: in a Second Amendment case, the Court struck down DC's handgun ban. Number two: the Court confirmed the habeus corpus rights of Guantanamo prisoners; they can challenge their ...

Obama with Pals in Windows

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I've been waiting for the right moment to feature this photo of Obama and the Orange Monster, but oddly enough there hasn't been a relevant news peg. Paired with the second photo, though, it might be the start of a series: Obama with pals in windows. Steve Portigal is a design ...

Puerto Rico Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

Up for grabs on Sunday: the 63 Democratic delegates from Puerto Rico. Eliina from Chicago just spent a long weekend in San Juan with her boyfriend Josh. In addition to waterfalls and local vistas, they sampled some of the primary build-up. This poster, for example, in the window of the ...

LGBT Rights - Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 16th, 2008

So in the last post, where we mentioned that gay rights hadn't really come up yet? Well that was wrong; they just had. Yesterday, California's Supreme Court ruled that gay and straight couples must be treated equally when it comes to marriage. It's hard to image that gay marriage won't ...

Tap Dancing for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

This takes citizen ads to a whole new level. It includes tap dancing, dogs in t-shirts, and dizzying costume changes -- all supported by a very(!) enthusiastic original song (thanks, Sue Salinger): Grace Uncensored is a performer from Springfield, IL.

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 ...

Ready for a Female President?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Tory, a spunky young English major from the Chicago 'burbs, assumes different personas to ask: is America ready for a woman in the Oval Office? She plays with common objections. It's a clever piece except for the gratuitous insult towards the end (thanks, Ann Raber): On the name-calling: Tory herself points ...

Votes for Women

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Hillary Clinton doesn't just get to vote; she gets to ask for votes. Thanks in no small part to the suffragettes who won women the 19th Constitutional Amendment in 1920 (after the birth of many grandmothers alive today!). The amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. Also, by extension, the ...

Obama Graffiti in Chicago

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Shawn Econo, a Utah librarian, a lover of bike culture, and a "rabid evangelist for all things Cool and Beautiful," took a trip to the midwest last month, where he spent some time in Chicago. He said: OMG there's a heavy pro-Obama vibe all over the city of Chicago right now! ...

On to Indiana and North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Next up for the Democrats: Indiana and North Carolina on May 6th. Litandmore -- Chicagoan, teacher, and library student -- has attended a bunch of Hillary rallies and appears to be fired up to take the fight to Indiana. Here he is on his way there before Clinton even won in ...

Go Tell Mama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

Go Tell Mama is one of the most interesting viral Obama campaigns out there. (Thanks, Tate Nova and Ghidewon Arefe.) This street art, signed CRO, was dreamed up -- during some soul searching after a terrible 2006 bike accident -- by Chicago graphic designer Ray Noland. His iconic posters, stencils, ...