Last Days of the Bush Administration

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 16th, 2009

[**** j a z z z i *** / Flickr] Yesterday, President Bush bid farewell to a nation that apparently is largely glad to see him go yet mostly feels he's a good person. A few end-of-administration reflections on his speech, his legacy, and some burdens he passes to Obama: Miranda, a stay-at-home ...

He Is Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Jeff is a fan of his wife and video games... and Barack Obama. This appears to be a self-portrait. [Jeff the Trojan / Flickr] Under the photograph, Jeff writes an impassioned political manifesto. [I am] ...a patriotic American. …the descendent of immigrants. [...] ...a person with a moral compass, based on the values my Christian ...

On the GOP’s Use of Fear

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Last Friday at a rally near Minnesota, John McCain reversed course somewhat on linking Obama to terrorists. McCain told a supporter that Obama is a "decent person" he shouldn't be "scared" of. In response, the audience booed McCain. Reigned-in engineer PoliticalOverload -- another ballotvoxregular -- takes on the GOP's use of ...

Obama Predicted Negative Attacks

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Jed Lewison is a ballotvoxregular (featured here and here). More importantly, he lives in Las Vegas, where he writes political thrillers, no doubt informed by his time as a Democratic Senate staffer. He bases this mashup on a July speech, in which Obama predicts that the McCain campaign will portray ...

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 ...

Alternative Terrorism

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

James Pence of Glendale, Kentucky, doesn't mince words. He explains here, in a calmly biting commentary on the Bush administration's handling of the economy, healthcare, civil liberties, and other issues central to the election, how he -- if he were a terrorist -- would undermine America: That rocking chair somehow takes ...

What It Takes to Be a Muslim

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

With last week's New Yorker flap and Obama in Iraq today, it seems a good time to feature this find from Sarolta Cump. It's a video made by 19-year-old Louma about what it means to be a Muslim. Directly relevant to the election? Maybe not. But vilification of Islam ...

The New Yorker Cover

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This week's New Yorker cover shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, Michelle outfitted as a Black Panther/terrorist, a flag burning in the fireplace, and Osama bin Laden in a gilt frame on the wall. It is, of course satire. Or it's supposed to be. It seems to be confusing ...

Terror Helps McCain?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Foot in mouth [g-hat / Flickr] So Charlie Black, political advisor to McCain, recently said, rather impolitically, that a terror attack in the US would boost McCain in the campaign. This isn't a reaction roundup; just two snippets. Damian J. Penny, blogging from Halifax, Nova Scotia, questions whether there's any logic to ...

Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Beth Fitzgerald, a junk food and photography lover from Gulfport, Mississippi, documented prices at a local gas station earlier this month (via Ann Raber): [bfitz85 / Flickr] The Pete from Los Angeles, California, sold his car about five years ago but is also documenting fuel prices in his hometown. He writes, in ...