Sorry, Earth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Alexander Main lives in Germany. He says he put some effort into this creative video to express his feelings of responsibility for "what's happening to our world, to our planet, to all the people who is paying the consequences of our acts." It seems safe to assume he'd like to ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

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 ...

Immigration: Minutemen v. Kindergarteners

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

In California, immigration was a top concern for Republican primary voters. It's a top concern, too, for 30-year-old Naui, who documents the state's border issues tirelessly. He appears to consider himself part of the Mexica movement, which aims to reclaim North and Central America for indigenous people. In this clip ...

On Gay Marriage

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Tyler Oakley is from Michigan. He's gay, he's in college, and he likes "awkward moments." He also has a way with comic argument, as you'll see in this video that he made after California's Supreme Court ruled to allow gay marriage. (Thanks, James Mills.) Tyler would like you to know ...

Candidate Cutouts

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Eighteen-year-old Heather from Alexandria, Virginia, just graduated from 12th grade home schooling. She isn't sure yet what her occupation will be, but she knows she likes John McCain (also her church, Starbucks coffee, and reading). On a post-primaries jaunt into DC, she spotted this cutout. (Thanks, Ann Raber). [Rag Muffin ...

Human Cost of Iraq War

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

American TV-network coverage of the Iraq war is dropping off significantly. In fact most mainstream US media seems to be following the trend. Add to that the Pentagon's ongoing reporting restrictions for caskets and funerals and it's no wonder it's hard to absorb the human cost of the war. This photograph ...

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 ...

Democrats and Hispanic Voters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

Sixty-four-year-old AHispanicVoter may be a bit hyperbolic with his numbers. He also seems to like Clinton but be angry at all "Democrats"; presumably he means every Dem but Clinton? He also meanders somewhat. Quibbles aside, his basic point is an important one. He feels the Democrats are taking Hispanic voters ...

Need a Summer Job?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

School's almost over. You still looking for summer employment? Rachel from Illinois recorded this flyer on the UC Berkeley campus (thanks Ann Raber): [justmakeit / Flickr] Rachel figures Berkeley will serve up plenty of applicants for the Obama and Clinton campaigns. McCain, however, might also want to look elsewhere for summer ...

Overseas American: To Vote or Not To Vote?

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

[paulcalypse / Flickr] Haim Watzman is an Israeli-American writer living in Jerusalem. Born in Ohio and raised in Maryland, he moved to Israel after college with no intention of returning to the US. Although he's kept his American passport and dutifully pays the IRS every year, he hasn't voted in an ...

Kentucky Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Monday, May 19th, 2008

Tomorrow is Kentucky's (and Oregon's) chapter in the Democratic primary saga. Iris, who works on webby stuff for a public library in Paducah, Kentucky, was really excited to go to a Clinton rally in nearby Mayfield. There she spotted this truck reflecting the crowd: [circulating / Flickr] Nicholas Stevens, a political science ...

LGBT Rights - Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 16th, 2008

So in the last post, where we mentioned that gay rights hadn't really come up yet? Well that was wrong; they just had. Yesterday, California's Supreme Court ruled that gay and straight couples must be treated equally when it comes to marriage. It's hard to image that gay marriage won't ...

Toddler for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

A light palate cleanser between between heavier offerings: via Sue Salinger, a toddler speaks her political mind: [asaaaaad / Vimeo.] Hard to come up with a punchline after that one.

Immigrants in the Military

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 9th, 2008

This photograph connects two major election issues: immigration and a military stressed by Iraq and Afghanistan. It was taken two years ago by cobalt123 at an immigration-reform march in Phoenix, Arizona: [cobalt123 / Flickr] The boy's sign does appear to be on target, at least according to the numbers from the beginning ...

Canadians for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Barack Obama has quite a worldwide following. He's got vocal supporters as far away as Gaza City and as close as Canada. From our northern neighbors, first a serious comment: these young Canadians say Obama's appeal is all about international relations: And next something silly: this old-timey song pays tribute with ...

Ready for a Female President?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Tory, a spunky young English major from the Chicago 'burbs, assumes different personas to ask: is America ready for a woman in the Oval Office? She plays with common objections. It's a clever piece except for the gratuitous insult towards the end (thanks, Ann Raber): On the name-calling: Tory herself points ...

Where’s Abortion?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Emily Green, a University of Michigan College Democrat, wonders why abortion has been a sleeper issue so far in Campaign 08 (via Larissa Zhou): It fascinates me that in one of the most polarizing, controversial, and highly contested elections of the past 30 years, that one of the most polarizing, controversial, ...

Indiana and North Carolina Primaries

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Democrats in Indiana and North Carolina voted today after days of rallies and knocking on doors. (Republicans voted, too, but...) These two pictures are from the last couple of weeks on the campaign trail. In Indianapolis, Brian Bruner captured what may be the best Hillary hat of the entire election ...

Youth Vote — Part II

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

[Libby / Flickr] Despite the attention that engaged young voters have been attracting in this presidential campaign, and despite what promises to be a comparatively high youth turnout, only about 50% of under-30s will vote in November. So although some are genuinely enthusiastic, plenty of teenagers and twenty-somethings are politically disengaged. Nicholas ...