Detroit Bailout

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Things are not looking good on the bailout front for GM, Chrysler, and Ford. Economist Paul Krugman argues that we should put aside gripes about private jets and multi-million-dollar CEO pay because a $25B "bridge loan" to Detroit would protect 1-3 million jobs. Twenty-four-year-old Lennon just got a degree in ...

The Sound of Election Night

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The still photos of election night have a magic of their own, but adding a layer of sound fills in the picture, so to speak. Here's a rash of videos that document the whooping and honking across the country. They're mostly bumpy, out of focus, on the fly -- but ...

Homeless Voters

Posted by Katherine | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this cool4pro video made by Oren Goldenberg for the citizen-journalism site The Uptake. It features a homeless (or formerly homeless?) man in Detroit talking about being turned away at a polling place; and an ACLU rep explaining that homeless Michigan voters are allowed to vote, even if ...

Not Like the Republicans She Knows

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Drill, baby, drill [kellyandapril / Flickr] Anne from Ann Arbor is a Democrat, a teacher, and a lover of folk art. She also has near and dear Republicans in her life (with whom she avoids talking politics). Anne saw nothing resembling them at the Republican convention last week (thanks, James ...

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 ...

VP Predictions

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

DrBombay1559 from the US Virgin Islands wants to start a political blog, and this video is a test run. Don't let the blurry scratchy quality deter you -- his commentary/prediction about VP candidates is interesting. (Hat tip to James Mills.) And just in time, too, because it looks like ...

Obama: Hip Hop and Hustle in Detroit

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 15th, 2008

Some youth and some senior citizens performing for Obama in Detroit. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Lady Te is a young Motor City rapper. In this music video, she appeals to her peers to dig into important issues and go vote for Barack: If you're a Detroiter on the senior end of the ...

Why Conservative Christians Should Vote for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

[rev_bri / Flickr] A lot of conservative Christians -- who voted reliably for Bush in the last two elections -- seem to be alienated and disappointed by McCain as their Republican option. Some, though, argue pragmatically that it's in their long-term interest to support him. Kara is a Christian who is "determined ...

On Gay Marriage

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Tyler Oakley is from Michigan. He's gay, he's in college, and he likes "awkward moments." He also has a way with comic argument, as you'll see in this video that he made after California's Supreme Court ruled to allow gay marriage. (Thanks, James Mills.) Tyler would like you to know ...

Obama and the Nomination

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Last night Obama secured enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination and Clinton didn't concede. It's not remotely possible to sum up the loud online talk, so here are just a few interesting reactions. Designer-doodler Chris Piascik in Cambridge, MA, went straight to his moleskine notebook to do one of his ...

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 ...

Where’s Abortion?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Emily Green, a University of Michigan College Democrat, wonders why abortion has been a sleeper issue so far in Campaign 08 (via Larissa Zhou): It fascinates me that in one of the most polarizing, controversial, and highly contested elections of the past 30 years, that one of the most polarizing, controversial, ...

Small-Town Bitterness

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Billionaires' Row in CA: where it all went down [zombietime] Barack Obama's remarks in CA about small-town bitterness are in their umpteenth news cycle. It's hard to know how they'll affect next Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. One recent poll shows Obama plummeting in PA; another shows him holding steady nationally. The blogosphere, of course, ...

Obama: What’s in a Name?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

[jack dorsey / Flickr] Things aren't so different, it seems, from Romeo and Juliette's day, when names meant everything. Barack Obama detractors have used his middle name -- Hussein -- to imply falsely that he's a Muslim. More recently, though, Obama's name has been attracting positive attention. Not too long ago, Juan ...