John Niedermeyer is a Brooklyn-based design manager and internets enthusiast at <a href="http://buzzfeed.com">BuzzFeed</a>. Previously, he was a digital designer and editor at <a href="http://nytimes.com">The New York Times</a>.
The stimulus package is now law, so there are going to be a lot of public works projects in need of a logo, right?
Yesterday, the president unveiled 2 such logos – designed by Mode, Aaron Draplin and Chris Glass. The logos will be stamped on public works funded by the economic stimulus package, FDR style. President Obama said that its intent was to remind Americans that:
When you see them on projects that your tax dollars made possible, let it be a reminder that our government – your government – is doing its part to put the economy back on the road of recovery.
One wonders if the Obama team is going to rebrand the entire Federal government, one agency at a time.
Design critic Steven Heller looks at poster design this presidential election cycle, and the unprecedented outpouring of support for Senator Barack Obama:
So, do these posters have any impact on voters? Not the specific images or messages but cumulatively they are a grassroots effort that excite through the show of collective support. What’s more, posters often appeal to personal needs and emotions, not all rouse in the same way for everyone. Having many options allows partisans to engage as they choose. This show of support goes in the plus column for Barack Obama.
Flickr revamped their slideshow feature, and the results are stunning. The full-screen mode is especially nice, and videos are now integrated:
One of the main improvements we’ve made is that you can watch videos as they appear in a slideshow. When we come to a video in a slideshow, we’ll play it before we move on to the next item.
The slideshow above is from the Democratic National Committee, showing what the stage will look like at for the party’s convention in Denver, which starts Monday. It’s just about the cheesiest Deal or No Deal thing I’ve ever seen, but perhaps it will play well on TV. (The Caucus has a photo of the Republicans’ stage, as well.)
Or, if kitties are more your speed, here is a gallery of our cats Katya and Mouse…
Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a law enforcement official and a person briefed on the investigation.
There are a lot of unanswered questions at the moment, but that pretty much says it all.
Slate points out the irony that Spitzer’s was brought down by the same investigation tactics he pioneered as a prosecutor. And, the Smoking Gun pulls an interesting tidbit out of the complaint:
…the affidavit notes that after her appointment with Client-9 ended, “Kristen” spoke with a Emperors Club booker, who said that she had been told that Client-9 “would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe…” “Kristen” responded by saying, essentially, that she could handle guys like that.
“Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990.”
It’s New Hampshire Primary Day, (already?!), but I’m not going to make any predictions. Hillary? Obama? McCain? Huckabee? The polls have swung dramatically in the past week or so, in both parties. And, it seems that the country is coming to one of those cultural tipping points that only occur once or twice per generation.
Some have compared this cycle to the election years of 1992, 1980, 1960… But, perhaps it’s more like the first months of 1968, before the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. derailed all hope, as well as the campaign of Eugene McCarthy. We find ourselves in an unpopular war that nobody knows how to get out of, saddled with an lame duck President with low approval ratings, and no sitting Vice President in the race, and we’re facing some economic uncertainty ahead. Still, there is hope on both sides of the aisle.
Is it a generational tipping point? Are we as a nation heading toward a year much like that annus horribilis of 1968? Nobody knows at this point, but maybe it’s best not to look back for comparisons – everyone across the political spectrum is eager to move forward.
We lost… and we lost big. There is simply no excuse. “Blue” America just doesn’t get “Red” America, and we’re shut out of government as a result.
The magnitude of this loss cannot be written off or explained away as a fluke. Sure, we can stand ‘round the water coolers today, complaining about how “dumb” middle-America is, and where we’re all going to seek asylum abroad, (Iceland? New Zealand?)—but that would just play into the Republicans’ hands.
John Kerry lost because the Democratic party is no longer a party of values. How else do we explain the working poor voting in large numbers for the Republicans, and their tax cuts for millionaires? Clearly, something is amiss.
In presidential campaigns, there are candidates of “Reason”, and candidates of “Faith”. Kerry had all the facts on his side, yet he lost. and lost big.
UPDATE: Another funny note, if you go to the URL provided by Cheney in the debate last night, factcheck.com, it forwards to George Soros’ anti-Bush site. The Soros site claims not to be behind the re-direct, so some domain-squatter has a sense of humor.
As usual, kos, atrios and the other Liberal webloggers are fact-checking where the major media outlets will not. Here are some of Cheney’s assertions in the debate, and why they’re lies:
CHENEY: “Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you Senator Gone.”—LIE
CHENEY: “You’ve got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate… I’m up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they’re in session… The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.”—LIE and LIE
CHENEY: “Well, the reason they keep mentioning Halliburton is because they’re trying to throw up a smokescreen. They know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck[.org], an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton.”—LIE
Also, the DNC posted a 1-minute video, Cheney vs. Reality. Good to see the good guys punching back.
On a complete aside, I was up in Concord working for Al Gore 4 years ago, having hauled several cars-worth of Massachusetts college students in tow. Seeing the weather forecast, I don’t regret sitting this one out.
I spend much of my time each day reading newspapers and talking to friends about politics, but rarely do I post on the subject. There are some excellent sources that focus on politics and the race for the White house. So, the last thing this country needs is another blogger for Dean.
However, today is the Iowa caucus —a bizarre exercise that makes the Electoral College look downright democratic—so I thought I’d take a few minutes to give my take.
First, the headlines seem to point to Dean dropping off dramatically in the past weeks. I can’t deny this, by the Zogby polls are always a bit dubious. I think Dean will prevail.
So, here’s my predictions:
Dean – Strong organization will drive turnout, but will beat Gep by only a few points. He will break 30%.
Gephardt – A disappointing second, will mark the beginning of the end of his campaign. He should get close to 30% if the unions are out in force.
Kerry – Looks good in latest polls, but doesn’t have the ground operation of the first two. I think he’ll beat Edwards because he’s spent the most time in Iowa, but cold weather could keep his senior base from coming out. Kerry will break 20%.
Edwards – This guy is the real “anti-Dean”, and I think his positive message and southern drawl can help him continue on after New Hampshire. Though he’ll finish 4th, I think he’s positioned better than Kerry moving forward.
Is General Clark the wild card? He doesn’t figure in Iowa, but he’s working all alone in New Hapshire…
Albany Dan sent me a feature article on Howard Dean in Salon, and it was an enjoyable read. I like his candor, honesty, and willingness to stand up to Bush, and these luke-warm Dems.
Sen. Kerry himself said that he’d like to fashion his campaign along the lines of John McCain, yet his language is peppered with “bend-me-over” Daschle get-along talk like this.
Now, I like John Kerry just fine—and Edwards, Lieberman, and the other Senators running are also fine people. But, to pick a person to lead this party at a time when we’re again searching for our souls—well, I’ll go with the Governor Doc.
When I had the opportunity to work on the 2000 campaign, as President of my college chapter, I was struggling to settle on the support of Al Gore. I mean, Bill Bradley was from the northeast, and he was such a cool cat. This election, I have no desire to go with another safe bet. Dean’s my guy. He signed gay civil unions into law, he supports a multi-lateral foreign policy, and he says what he means. What more could the Democrats need at this moment? And supposedly, he’s been faithful to his wife.
I wrote a very crude featurette on yesterday’s election disaster on suckahs.org:
“…I’d like to say that I don’t believe that Democrats should be looking for any kind of silver lining out of this. I suppose you can talk about 9/11 and the reevaluation of American values, but in every race that I was paying close attention to… the Democratic candidate just plain screwed up.”