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 ...

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, ...

Antiwar Activists in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Stephen Swofford, Denver resident, says it only occurred to him a year ago that he could translate his love of photography into a career. He now appears to be a photojournalism student at Metro State College of Denver. Last week during the convention he took to the streets to and ...

Protesting McCain (and Obama) in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust -- featured in the last post -- spotted this duelling graffiti in Denver during the convention (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] She also chatted very briefly with Manny the ostrich in the 90-degree heat last weekend, just before the ...

The Bidens at the Convention

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] We didn't come across anything superquotable on Joe Biden's convention speech in a first pass at Google Blog Search, but what we have is here, and we'll add to the list if we find more. Lots of people seemed to be 'fessing up online, though, that his son ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

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.

Ted Kennedy’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] Lots of emotion out there surrounding Kennedy's determination to speak at the convention despite his illness. Carrie from Reston, Virginia, was also moved by his commitment to service that was highlighted in the tribute video: One of the parts that hit me from this video was the statement that ...

Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[rklau / Flickr] If Twitter and swing states are anything to go by, Michelle Obama pretty much rocked her audience on Monday night with her convention speech. The blogosphere echoed with praise, too, but also with pointed analysis and critiques. Here's a taste of it all. John Klomp is a gay artist ...