Oui On Peut

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Whirlybirdbrand, an "old school dance hall and saloon" in Opelousas, Louisiana -- the "heart of Creole and Cajun country" -- posted this music video. It's an infectious zydeco riff on "Yes We Can." In French. Subtitles included. You might find yourself tapping your feet even if you're voting for McCain. You ...

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 ...

Hurricane Gustav Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

This stencil art isn't explicity about the election, but it is clearly about hurricanes. And it's very cool. NOGoddess spotted it on the streets of New Orleans two days ago as the city was evacuating to avoid Gustav. [NOGoddess / Flickr] That tire looks like it's meant to be there.

Katrina-FEMA Trailer in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

New Orleans is evacuating ahead of Gustav, which is currently a Category Four storm moving towards Cuba. Less than a week ago in Denver during the convention, wan · der · lust (see more of her photos featured here and here) saw this FEMA-esque trailer drive by the convention hall. (Thanks, ...

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 ...

McCain on the Web

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

It's harder to find good pro-McCain stuff out in webland. It just is. We resisted admitting that for a while, and we search diligently, but it simply seems to be true. Especially when it comes to creative art, citizen ads, and funny videos. Whether this has something to do with ...

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 ...

Jindal Possible GOP VP Candidate

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Bobby Jindal [Marc V. Genre / Flickr] John McCain appears to be narrowing the field of potential running mates. A handful -- including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal -- will be visiting with McCain in Arizona this weekend. Jindal is 36 and was born to parents who had just immigrated from India. ...

Working-Class Questions for Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 16th, 2008

Jeff "Petro" Petkevicius is running for president. His platform: gas at $1.25 per gallon. Petro is a Katrina survivor living in Ponchatoula, LA, where he works for a water treatment company. He describes himself as a "street savvy" "conservative Jesus Freak" who's seen a thing or two in life. Petro and ...

McCain Meets Marley

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

It looks like yoovie moon took this picture at a festival on the streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, last month. It's sort of a surreal trio: John McCain meets Bob Marley meets... an Obama/Adam Sandler hybrid? (Hat tip to Ann Raber.) [yoovie / Flickr] Is there really a healthy market for presidential art?

Waiting for McCain in Baton Rouge

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

John McCain recently took an "It's Time for Action Tour" of "forgotten places" where Americans have been left behind. Last week, after visiting the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, he headed to Baton Rouge, where supporters waited calmly in line at the airport to see him. Paul Dietzel II, ...

Nonvoters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

This short piece was made by young European filmmakers who documented nonvoters around the US. In it, New Orleans resident Donna, who lived through Katrina with her son Dante, explains that she has "no faith whatsoever in politics" after the way the hurricane was mishandled. She hasn't voted since the ...