Message for Obama: No Pressure or Anything

Posted by Katherine | Monday, December 22nd, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] It's the season for wishes (from citizens) and gift giving (by Obama). Certain demanding people aren't just asking for stocking stuffers. They'd like the big toys, gift wrapped, thank you very much. Something like freedom from fear. Or no regrets for ...

Condolences to Obama on His Grandmother’s Death

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Obama's grandmother -- Madelyn Dunham -- died yesterday in Hawaii. One day before the election. RedneckCabbie, a 27-year taxicab veteran now living and working in Minneapolis, offers his simple, heartfelt condolences. (Thanks, Sarolta Cump.) RedneckCabbie says it as well as anyone.

McCain Cookie

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Matthias Orfield from Moorhead, Minnesota, takes wedding photographs from the Twin Cities to Fargo. Also more whimsical shots. Here he is in a self-portrait with a McCain cookie. [Orfield Photography / Flickr] Matthias doesn't indicate who he's voting for but mentions that Obama must be "ahead in the cookie polls too" because ...

Obscure Presidential Candidates, Part II: Viva Splatt!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 10th, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] Bolobilly, an animal control officer from St. Paul who would like it to be known that he is both "male" and "taken," was inspired by the simple message of a relative unknown: [Bolobilly / Flickr] He says: "Finally--someone I can really believe in." Splatt is keeping his campaign ...

Financial Crisis: What We Can Agree On

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Sue Salinger found this Minneapolis graffiti photographed by Ian, who says, "It's the little, odd things that make my day." Well this little, odd burst of free speech expresses something about Wall Street that surely we all can agree on: [The Joy Of The Mundane / Flickr] It's of course harder to ...

Fundamentals of Her Economy

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Renee from the Midwest -- a "goddess" -- takes photos "to chronicle life." Here she documents two things that are affecting most Americans right now: the economy and the election. The woman in this picture was at an Obama rally in Minneapolis last week, and she had a message for ...

Lady Liberty Wakes Up

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Anapaprika has made a quirky animated short starring Lady Liberty, who is waking up to her clock radio playing excerpts from the Republican convention. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) How do you read this one? Is it simply a "day in the life" of Lady Liberty aka average American? A commentary on wall-to-wall ...

The Tone of McCain/Palin

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

In the last few days, both Obama and Biden have accused the McCain/Palin campaign of dishonesty and nastiness in its attacks and ads. Many of their fellow Democrats feel similarly about the tone McCain and Palin have adopted. Jay Smooth is a hip-hop vlogger and ballotvoxregular who "leans left." You'll find ...

Against Palin… Before He Was (Sort Of) For Her

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

On the fence [slavetothemusic / Flickr] Ann Raber just discovered an interesting new blogger. He writes anonymously at Black Men for McCain. He says he's a black Republican and a Christian who dislikes Obama and intended his month-old blog to support McCain. Until, at least, McCain picked Palin: I’m a Republican because this ...

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 ...

Protesters in St. Paul

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Here's Chad Davis's great eye again (see also here and here) -- trained this time on protesters. He took both of these at the Minnesota state capitol on the first day of the Republican convention. (Thanks for both photos to Sue Salinger.) [chad davis / Flickr] [chad davis / Flickr] You can see ...

Tear Gas and Mace in St. Paul

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Flickr turned up lots of pictures of tear gas and its effects in St. Paul last week. Hat tip to Sue Salinger for all of the photos in this post. From Chad Davis again (featured previously in this post), here's the tear gas itself. He says it was being used on ...

Police in St. Paul

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Over 800 people were arrested in St. Paul during the Republican convention last week: protesters (some violent), journalists, and apparently innocent bystanders. There were also a few pre-emptive raids. Some people felt a general air of intimidation, which is reflected in these photos. Darin Barry from Northern California likes to photograph ...

Drill, Baby, Drill

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

One of the most memorable one-liners from the Republican convention came from the crowd: "drill, baby, drill." It started during Giuliani's speech and caught on immediately. Jay from Baltimore found it "slightly troubling" -- and so do his penguin friends: [hoodwinks / Flickr] Jay diplomatically encourages people to look into the matter: "No ...

Veteran Protests McCain

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Brian Glanz from Seattle captured this screenshot during McCain's convention speech. Brian says under the photo that he feels NBC and CNN did an inadequate job of reporting the protests in their written accounts of the speech. (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [brian.glanz / Flickr] If you'd like to do your own fact checking ...

John McCain’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

A wordle word cloud of McCain's and Palin's speeches [mattlehrer / Flickr] It's been a long two weeks of conventioneering. And so without further ado, here are three reactions to the very last speech: John McCain's. Lori is a Republican "Army brat" who has settled into Arizona and its dating scene. The whole ...

Sarah Palin’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 5th, 2008

[Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] There were lots of favorable headlines in the mainstream media about Sarah Palin's convention speech. Here, from the blogosphere, is some of that same feeling as well as some edge. Jeff from Elk Grove, California, is going to vote for Obama, but he thought Palin nailed her ...

Joe Lieberman’s GOP Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Speaking at the convention [Tom LeGro, NewsHour / Flickr] Some reactions to Joe Lieberman's speech last night at the GOP convention in St. Paul: Crystal Clear Conservative is a "Libertarian-leaning Republican" Yankees fan who writes mainly about Virginia and national politics. S/he thinks Liberman gave a "great speech" overall: Lieberman was a breath ...

Does Selecting Palin Put America First?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

[horizontal.integration / Flickr] Jack Wood -- retired lawyer from Nye County, Nevada, and Obama supporter -- thinks McCain was right to suspend the first day of the GOP's convention; he was placing America first. He also thinks Obama did the decent thing in condemning commentary about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. What impressed him ...

Gustav vs. Politics

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

[knezovjb / Flickr] Elvin Lim teaches government at Weslyan University in Connecticut. He suggests that the GOP's lull in Minnesota -- due to hurricane Gustav -- raises a question about the real value of nomination conventions: After all, nomination conventions no longer serve the functions that they used to serve just a ...