Archive for October, 2008

Halloween Election Humor

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The pumpkins are impressive. But now a little Halloween irreverence. Steven Martin is a "fortysomething" Fort Worth resident (via Chicago and Florida). He saw this Texas yard art several weeks ago and editorialized: A McCain-Palin sign by a scary ghost and smaller ghosts taking flight above the sign. The homeowner should realize ...

Happy Campaign-08 Halloween!

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

Is there always this much pumpkin art during campaign years? Mechanical engineer Gabriel Edwards took this photo -- and presumably was involved in the carving: [glxedwards / Flickr] For this pumpkin, origamidoc used a template created by Aidenag, which was in turn based on Shepard Fairey's now-famous poster. (You can see Aidenag's orignal ...

Black Man Running

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The undertones of race and racism in the campaign have gotten louder (subtly and not so subtly) in the last month or so, amplified, many believe, by Palin/McCain references to things like Obama's middle name and his "palling around with terrorists." A good moment, perhaps, for this picture, which affirms defiantly ...

Dueling Signage 2008!

Posted by Ann | Friday, October 31st, 2008

[Ann Raber is a BallotVox co-curator.] As early voting wraps up across the nation in the final weekend of this campaign, signage blooms. Ruth E, photographer of weddings, pets and babies, snapped this lawn pic outside a colonial duplex in Pittsburgh. On the right side, an enormous McCain/Palin sign stands proud and ...

Obama’s Infomercial

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Watching the infomercial [basykes / Flickr] Obama's half-hour infomercial aired last night on seven stations. It cost over three million dollars, was unprecedented in the realm of campaign advertising, and was watched by 21.7% of the 56 top TV markets. It didn't bump the World Series. Here are some early reactors from ...

A Pastor’s Tips on Voting

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Church and flag [Golden ~Eye~ / Flickr] Jeff Leake is a Steelers fan (he lives in Pittsburgh) and likes reading novels at Borders bookstores. He's also the lead pastor of Allison Park Church and has been asked a lot about the election and how to consider the candidates. Here's a longish excerpt ...

Redistribution of Wealth

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

[ninjawil / Flickr] The Drudge-induced bloggy craze today was some audio of a 2001 interview in which Obama talks about redistribution of wealth. It was circulated as a rather charged video (see here) posted by Naked Emperor News, which is part of the NObama network. McCain began calling his rival "Barack the ...

They Voted Early

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Christine Hennessey is a New Yorker transplanted to Nacogdoches in East Texas, where she's a librarian and "aspiring author." Last week, she voted for Obama during a lunchbreak (thanks, Sue Salinger): [madame.furie / Flickr] RCKM ©®™, a "down to earth" photographer, likes "to see people share their lives" on Flickr. Here's a ...

Get Out There and Vote

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 27th, 2008

Digital animator and recent college grad Andre Mercier from San Diego took this skyscraper shot in New York City (thanks, Ann Raber). [Andre Mercier / Flickr] Just go and do it.

Open to Interpretation

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Donny Warbritton took this photo at the same Palin rally in Grand Junction featured here. So option one: is this a McCain/Palin supporter saying, "Stay strong and fight despite the poll numbers"? Or option two: is he a protester saying, "Stop the negative attacks"? (Thanks, Sue Salinger.) [the real donnyw / ...

In Memoriam to the Boom Economy

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

The stock market dove again this morning. Earlier this month, nolionsinengland noticed this memorial in London near the Bank of England. It was created by the artist K Guy and, nolionsinengland said via email, "lasted less than a week." It seems pretty clear that most of the world -- not just ...

Obama: Supporter on the Street

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

B$/ram appears to live (or be spending time) in Alaska. He takes some wonderful square black-and-white pictures. Here's one related to the campaign: [b$/ram / Flickr] It looks like he may have used this camera that he acquired recently.

McCain: Supporters on the Street

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 24th, 2008

Amanda Warren, a college student and photography editor in Eastern Pennsylvania, saw these two wanna-be plumbers in Downington, PA. [minus the amanda / Flickr] Note the overalls.

Rallying for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And now a companion series of pictures from recent Obama/Biden rallies. Also a fun fact for the day: When I typed "mccain rally" into Flickr earlier this afternoon, 6,357 photos surfaced. For "obama rally," 53,353 popped up. This obviously doesn't reflect the respective popularity of the two candidates, but maybe it ...

Rallying for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

An assortment of pictures from recent McCain/Palin rallies. Linnette Vasquez would like to live in Disney World. At the moment, though, she resides in Miami, where she attended a McCain rally last Friday and spotted this shy supporter: [linnette alissa. / Flickr] The same day, togross saw McCain holding up a "Joe 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 ...

A Nerd He Can Believe In

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

New York hip-hop vlogger Jay Smooth -- a ballotvoxregular featured here and here -- usually has something to say about whatever the rest of us are talking about. Only he's better at it. This is Jay on the confusion of the economy. He'd like to have "the annoying smart guy" at ...

Early Voter in North Carolina

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Thirty-year-old Jenifer from North Carolina stood in line at her local library a few days ago to vote early for Obama. Here she is in her car just after casting her ballot -- and explaining with visible emotion what that meant to her as a moment of history, an action ...

Iraq Veterans Arrested at Third Presidential Debate

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Several Iraq veterans were arrested and injured at Hofstra University during the third presidential debate. They were part of a crowd protesting the Iraq war and wanted to ask each candidate a question. (You can hear them voicing the questions here -- hat tip to Sarolta Cump.) John J Hagan, an ...

Powell Endorses Obama and Muslim Americans

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Endorsing Obama [elycefeliz / Flickr] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday in an interview with Tom Brokaw. The significance of this was hashed out yesterday: as a Republican retired Army general, Powell adds to Obama's commander-in-chief cred. For JCP, who is studying the Middle East at the University ...