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President Obama Unveils New Stimulus Logos

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.

Grant Park — Alex Wright

My col­league at NYTimes.com, Alex Wright, hap­pened to be in Chicago last night, so he made his way to the Grant Park cel­e­bra­tion. I’m sure that will be a moment to remem­ber for some time.

Newsweek’s “Hackers and Spending Sprees”

Newsweek.com has some inter­est­ing tid­bits about the recently com­pleted pres­i­den­tial elec­tion between Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin:

  • Palin’s “rogue” shop­ping spree was greater than the ear­lier reported $150,000.
  • Obama didn’t choose Hillary Clin­ton for the VP slot mostly because of her husband.
  • Palin appeared with noth­ing on save for a towel, when McCain aides and strate­gists came to her hotel room to brief her at the Repub­li­can Convention.
  • Obama thinks some debate ques­tions are stupid.

More will be released on Newsweek.com in the com­ing days.

This Election’s Poster Child

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.

Take a walk down Smith Street in Brook­lyn, and you’ll see Shep­ard Fairey’s poster in many shop win­dows – it’s almost comic… not just street art any more.

Obama is RESTful

Corey Ehmke wrote up a funny com­par­i­son of the tech­nolo­gies used by the Obama and McCain cam­paigns on their web­sites. His con­clu­sion? Obama is REST­ful.

Embeddable Flickr Slideshows, and the DNC Convention Stage

The Democ­rats are going “game show” in Denver.

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…

Client 9

This just in from Mr. Scott: a $5,500 hooker, when adjusted for Spitzer’s reported income in 2000, is only worth $61.66 to him.

twitter— lisa m

Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

The Times broke a huge story today, con­cern­ing New York Gov­er­nor Elliot Spitzer’s involve­ment with a pros­ti­tu­tion ring:

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.

Wow, let’s hope those details never come out.

Barackula: The Musical

Now that Barack Obama is the front-runner for the Demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­na­tion, there seems to be a lot of funny web­sites pop­ping up. None is more ridicu­lous (and took more work to pro­duce) than this:

New Hampshire

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.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘New Hampshire’

Values

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.

End Game

Do you believe?

VP Debate: Edwards won, Cheney lied

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.

Kos also has a good round-up of reac­tions from the Lib­eral news­pa­pers, and Salon calls out the Hard­ball crew on MSNBC.

Lazy, lazy media… they com­plain that weblog­gers aren’t always pru­dently jour­nal­is­tic, but it’s clear that they are bet­ter than reporters at dig­ging up the facts.

Support the Kerry/Edwards ticket

Kerry/Edwards bumper stickerJohn Kerry made a great choice for his VP run­ning mate — they will make a great team.

If you’re a sup­porter of Kerry/Edwards, they will give you a free bumper sticker, just for sign­ing up with the campaign.

The down­side is, they’ll email you a cou­ple of times a week, (which some may find inun­dat­ing). I think that’s a fair trade.

UPDATE: Inci­den­tally, I did it, and when I hit sub­mit, a page appeared say­ing “help us cover the cost of mail­ing this, won’t you?” So I felt guilty, and sent another $25 con­tri­bu­tion.

$25 is all it takes…

John KerryI just gave John Kerry $25.

I ended up giv­ing Howard Dean a not-insignificant amount of money, (at least to me), and I feel it was money well spent. I’m going to do so for John Kerry each month.

You should, too. Bush is on the attack.

On to New Hampshire

dean-kerryNH Pre­dic­tion: Dean will not win—but, he might become the Come­back Kid of 2004 with a strong 2nd place fin­ish. Where does Kerry go after NH?

Then again, I’ve been wrong before.

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.

Iowa Predictions

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:

  1. Dean – Strong orga­ni­za­tion will drive turnout, but will beat Gep by only a few points. He will break 30%.
  2. 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.
  3. 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%.
  4. 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…

Howard Dean in 2004

steal this button!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.

The Vacuum

Jeb steals another
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.”

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