Veteran Sees Profits in Iraq

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Acumensch from Tacoma, Washington, filmed Seth Manzel, an Iraq veteran, talking about the enormous profits he believes some companies are making on the war. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) Seth is a member of the Seattle chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Not too hard to guess what some of the ...

Obama in Berlin

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Rather behind the news on this one, but it seemed worth noting the huge number of Barack/Berlin photos that have shown up on Flickr since Obama's foreign-policy speech in Germany on July 24th. Here are a few of the ones we found last week. Gregory Donovan, "Educator, Agitator, Aggregator" from Brooklyn, ...

Obama Distorts McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

While on the topic of negative campaigning, here's another sharp video calling Obama on the way he distorted McCain's willingness to keep Americans in Iraq for 100 years or so. Obama (and, to be fair, Clinton) claimed McCain wanted to continue waging war for 100 years; McCain's comment pretty clearly ...

New G.I. Bill for Education

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

[Jayel Aheram / Flickr] About a month ago, Congress passed and President Bush signed a new GI Bill proposed by Senator Jim Webb. This is a bill that Bush threatened to veto and McCain opposed (and didn't vote on) because they were afraid it would encourage people to leave the military. ...

Miles Apart on Immigration

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

On the Texas-Mexico border [Broken Piggy Bank / Flickr] Nationally, immigration takes a backseat to a bunch of other issues in this election, but in border states that may not be the case. Here are two bloggers with Texas roots who feel passionately about it. Their perspectives couldn't be much farther ...

Human Cost of Iraq War

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

American TV-network coverage of the Iraq war is dropping off significantly. In fact most mainstream US media seems to be following the trend. Add to that the Pentagon's ongoing reporting restrictions for caskets and funerals and it's no wonder it's hard to absorb the human cost of the war. This photograph ...

Veteran Suicides and PTSD

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 19th, 2008

JustA11en starts by saying, "In the interest of full disclosure, this video will not be entertaining..." That may be true, but you should watch it to the very end anyway. JustA11en is a veteran and a self-described "veritable cornucopia of useless, non applicable, knowledge." In this particular case, his intensity ...

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 ...

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Obama has said he would lift it; McCain feels it's working and ought to be left alone. In this video, kevdude25, who is gay and on active duty in the military, asks the Republican candidates (now whittled down to McCain) what freedom he's fighting for when ...

Military McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

John McCain isn't shy about highlighting his Vietnam service in his campaign. In this sign, photographed by New Orleanian and "drain on society" M Styborski, you can see it doubly: in the military-esque star of McCain's campaign logo and in the choice of the word "honor." Styborski caught the sign ...

South Dakota Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Stefan Hartwig is a web designer in South Dakota who attended a Clinton rally in Dell Rapids over the weekend. He says these two Secret Service agents were "perhaps the most laid back Agents ever... they were just chatting it up" while waiting for Bill and Chelsea Clinton to show ...

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 ...

Immigrants in the Military

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 9th, 2008

This photograph connects two major election issues: immigration and a military stressed by Iraq and Afghanistan. It was taken two years ago by cobalt123 at an immigration-reform march in Phoenix, Arizona: [cobalt123 / Flickr] The boy's sign does appear to be on target, at least according to the numbers from the beginning ...

Berkeley Pro-Troops Rally

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 25th, 2008

If the city of Berkeley, CA, could vote in November, it would surely cast an anti-war ballot for the Democrat. In the ongoing struggle between its city council and its Marine Corps recruiting center, one of the latest moves was a pro-troops rally a month ago. The anonymous blogger ...

Five Years Old: Part I

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The Iraq war started five years ago yesterday. Here is one American's textured experience of it. Jayel Aheram is a 24-year-old active-duty Marine, a blogger, and an avid photographer. He's also a Ron Paul supporter, so it's easy to assume he might be against the war, but what he writes ...

Photos from Afghanistan

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Since Afghanistan isn't front and center in the MSM or the campaigns at the moment: a reminder of the Americans and Afghans for whom it is daily reality. These pictures were taken several years ago -- in 2005 and 2006 -- but could be from yesterday. The photographer is violinsoldier ...

Suggestion for John McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Conservative blogger Sean Hackbarth argued a couple of days ago that John McCain is missing a good opportunity to rally conservatives. In Berkeley, CA, the City Council and antiwar protesters like Code Pink have been resisting the local Marine recruiting office -- and Hackbarth points out that McCain, unlike many ...