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 ...

Message for Obama: Specific Requests

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 11th, 2008

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.] Some of the Message for Obama pictures get really really specific: Please visit Gaza. Forget about the puppy talk, get a chicken for the White House! Please don't take my "assault weapon." Please do support science. Never stop podcasting. And, of ...

Media and Gas Shortages After Gustav and Ike

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 26th, 2008

Refinery problems due to hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused significant gas shortages across the southeast earlier this week. AMPinto0123 recorded the gas line at a Costco in Nashville -- the only station of eight in the vicinity that had any fuel for sale. (Hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) Houtopia of ...

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 ...

Homeland-Security Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hat tip to Sarolta Cump for all of these Homeland-Security finds. Some of the photos were taken before the presidential race got going, but they present issues that have very much carried through into the campaign. First: John Ryan Brubaker from Portland, Oregon, captured this street commentary a couple of ...

Russia-Georgia Conflict

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Tbilisi, Georgia, at night [pazavi / Flickr] In the last week, long-festering animosity between Georgia and Russia turned into bombing and heavy fighting. Some say the US is peripherally implicated in the escalation due to the mixed messages it has been giving President Saakashvili. It's clear, in any case, that the ...

Obama’s Western Wall Prayer

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Prayers in Western Wall [beggs / Flickr] The prayer that Obama slid into the Western Wall in Israel has been much debated since a Jewish seminary student and his friends filched it and passed it on to the media. Some people feel it was a piece of political polish written ...

Webb Out, Edwards Maybe In

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

[-John-- / Flickr] The Democratic VP territory shifted this week. On Monday, Jim Webb declared he didn't want to be Obama's running mate. The next day, John Edwards changed his tune and said he'd consider a VP slot if asked. Kevin O'Meara, Army officer turned business executive, must be very disappointed that ...

Obama Declines Public Financing - Part II

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Sarolta Cump found this video about another aspect of Obama's public-financing decision: "runaway" campaign costs. Stephen is a 22-year-old in Tennessee who considers himself one of Obama's "biggest supporters." He has a bumper sticker, he preaches the Obama gospel, and he donated during the primaries. Although he's still on ...

Obama Declines Public Financing

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, June 21st, 2008

[freshelectrons / Flickr] On Thursday, Barack Obama declined public financing for the general election. There was a slight lag before citizen talk revved up online -- maybe everyone needed to brush up on campaign finance laws? -- but it was in full swing yesterday. The common camps: 1) Obama lied; he's ...

McCain and Youth

Posted by Katherine | Friday, March 7th, 2008

Can Meghan reel in this generation? [dlemieux / Flickr] As the de facto Republican nominee, John McCain, unlike the Democrats, now gets to focus on the general election. One of the items on his to-do list: a vice presidential candidate. Which inevitably raises the question of McCain's age (he's 71), whether ...