The First 100 Days

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Obama has one of the highest initial job-approval ratings (68%) of any post-WWII president. The flip side of it: The Expectations. Dave Rex Wood is a software engineer and enthusiastic amateur photographer in Colorado. On inauguration day, he revived the post-election Message for Obama phenomenon and sent six more requests to ...

Rick Warren to Give Inauguration Invocation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, December 19th, 2008

Pastor Rick Warren -- a vocal opponent of homosexuality and gay marriage -- will be giving the invocation on January 20th. For many on the left: not a popular move by their man Barack. Thirty-year-old trevorkiel is an Obama devotee willing to grant the president-elect lots of wiggle room. But not ...

California’s Prop 8

Posted by Katherine | Friday, November 14th, 2008

California's Prop 8, probably the most scrutinized ballot measure of 2008, was one of three same-sex marriage bans that passed last Tuesday. (The others were in Florida and Arizona.) Gay-rights advocates are questioning its legality and planning nation-wide protests tomorrow. Several anti-Prop 8 marches have already taken place since the ...

It’s Not Just About the National Election

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

A Denver-County ballot [Leia / Flickr] The Colorado blogger at ThoughtsOfMyOwn cares hugely about Obama and the national election, but she's also doing her homework on her state candidates and ballot measures. If you're a fellow Coloradan, she'd like you to do the same. (Thanks, Misa Dayson.) A few weeks ago we ...

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 ...

Protesters and Activists at Saddleback

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 21st, 2008

There may not have been many people protesting the fact of the Saddleback Church forum, but activists outside the church were certainly fired up about the candidates and issues. From stirnaman.photo (hat tip to Sue Salinger), here's a Bush (and, in smaller print, McCain) supporter: [stirnaman.photo / Flickr] Stirnaman.photo also captured this Obama-masked, ...

Another Reaction to Saddleback Church Forum

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Outside Saddleback Church [Bjarne B. Sunde / Flickr] Kate Stone writes an eponymous blog, and, unlike Erica, she was happy to miss the whole Saddleback frenzy while she was camping in New Mexico. She was curious to catch up on it at the end of her trip, though. After meeting a ...

SCOTUS on Guns and Gitmo

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

[taberandrew / Flickr] The Supreme Court's 2007-2008 term just ended with two decisions that are resonating on the campaign trail. Number one: in a Second Amendment case, the Court struck down DC's handgun ban. Number two: the Court confirmed the habeus corpus rights of Guantanamo prisoners; they can challenge their ...

Traditionalists v. Progressives

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Paul is a Christian from the DC area. He was born in small-town China and emigrated after Tiananmen. Somewhere along the way he became a master of satire. Here he poses as a "traditionalist" to explain what distinguishes him from progressives. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) He didn't break character ...