Obama Street Art Keeps Happening

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Obama street-art phenomenon isn't slowing down. Tracy Clayton is an "avid reader" and a "hip hop purist" who grew up in Miami. His mother is Filipina and his father is African American, which gives him an outlook that he wants to "share [...] with the world." Tracy is a "wannabe ...

Rallying for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And now a companion series of pictures from recent Obama/Biden rallies. Also a fun fact for the day: When I typed "mccain rally" into Flickr earlier this afternoon, 6,357 photos surfaced. For "obama rally," 53,353 popped up. This obviously doesn't reflect the respective popularity of the two candidates, but maybe it ...

Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe the ...

Pro-Palin Boys, Anti-Palin Bear

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 10th, 2008

M. David Lehner caught these young Palin fans at a post-VP-debate rally in Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. (Thanks, Ann Raber.) [lehnermd / Flickr] Damon D'Amato captured a less enthusiastic polar bear who, he explained via Flickrmail, was protesting at a Palin rally at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California -- ...

Special-Needs Children Left Behind

Posted by Ann | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

[allatseawithabucketandspade / Flickr] [Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] There has been a heaping helping of criticism piled on No Child Left Behind, the 2001 law designed to improve public education. At the policy level, we hear criticism about inadequate funding of of NCLB programs. On the ground, you hear that NCLB ...

Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

[leh4 / Flickr] Catching up now on Day 3 of the Democratic convention. Bill Clinton's speech was generally declared a big boost for Obama -- so here are some qualified assessments of its effectiveness. Kaylin, married 29 years and from New Jersey, seems to think Bill would have been more believable if ...

Rednecks for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Michelle sat in front of these two Missouri men in the convention hall in Denver. She says they were "really nice guys." [MMMMichelle / Flickr] That website on their t-shirts really exists.

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...