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Barack Obama

Oslo City Hall

If you've already watched Barack Obama's Nobel acceptance speech today (if you haven't, at least give it a read), you probably caught at least a glimpse or two of Oslo's stunning City Hall. I attend an event there each summer, and can't…

In defense of war crimes

Remnants of Bush/Cheney (even Cheney himself) infested TV shows over the past few days to demonize the Obama administration for releasing classified documents about the previous administration's use of torture. (I'm not sure why I even…

Letters to the President

The White House receives tens of thousands of emails, faxes and letters a day. Of those, 10 reach and are read by Barack Obama. Interesting story on the process in yesterday's NY Times. A slideshow is here. obama in Lyon, originally…

The Chavez Effect

According to this post by Jake Tapper of ABC News, just after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Barack Obama a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano…

Ammo Shortages in the USA

From NPR: "It started the day that Obama got elected," Johnny Dury, who owns Dury's Gun Shop in San Antonio, tells NPR's Michele Norris. "It is when everything just went crazy in the gun business." From The Casper, Wyoming Star-Tribune:…

Obama Wines

Keeping with the St. Martin's day theme and before I forget, notes on a few wines that were uncorked before the champagne during the election watching party the other night: First was this 2006 Bonvin Humagne Rouge, made from a little…

LJ Pic of the Day (Obama newspapers)

As if I need to collect more things. Obama's immediate impact on the world economy: I spent about 30 euros today on newspapers I'll never read, but ones I will keep. Note to Collectors: I've got a decent sized stash of three Slovenian…

U.S. Election reception, Ljubljana

A few shots from a U.S. Election reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy at the Hotel Union in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday night. Above a life-size Obama cut-out. Foreshadowing? The expression on the McCain cut-out. Yousif B. Ghafari,…

Kenge Kenge’s Obama For Change

Via World Music Network comes this song by Kenyan band Kenge Kenge, their humble tribute to Kenya's current favorite son of the diaspora. Song in both Luo and English, the music features the oruto, a single-stringed fiddle. Whether the…

Obama Fans in Europe, Take Note

If Europeans could vote in the US election one week from today, the outcome would closely resemble that of the Economist's world voting map. But nonsensical claims of socialism, marxism and 'defeat' from the US far right aside, an Obama…

Alaska’s Largest Paper Endorses Obama

Looking inwards? The Anchorage Daily News, the largest paper in Sarah Palin's home state, today endorsed Barack Obama. Not quite as blunt as other Obama endorsements, the paper said nonetheless: Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who…

Semper Fidelis

From FotoEdge's flickr stream, shot in Liberty, Missouri, population 30,000, a town presumably fitting Sarah Palin's definition of a "pro-American" part of the U.S.  Take a look at this one too. And if you're particularly interested in the…

Strongsville, Ohio

Video shot outside of a McCain-Palin rally yesterday in Strongsville, Ohio, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Cleveland. Q: Is a terrorist? A: He's got the bloodlines. For the adventure traveler:

45 Second Prez Debate II Revue

If I don’t find something better to do at 3 am, these debates are gonna kill me. Winner? The major network focus groups all picked Obama. Even before I finally dozed off soon after Tom Brokaw said he had two more questions, that outcome was…

Man of Constant Sorrow for Obama

Probably not uplifting bumper sticker material, but nifty nonetheless. Just heard this from an old friend who has The BluegrassRave Backroom in his sig file these days: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is stumping for Obama in the hills of…

… a good start

It's pretty amazing what a PiranCafe endorsement can bring, isn't it? True, the Iowa Caucuses may mean little in the bigger sphere of things, but you couldn’t have heard, read and watched news of Barack Obama’s victory without thinking that…

It begins today…

... in Iowa, the moment the world's been waiting for -- the process that will finally relegate the George W. Bush era into the recycling bin of history. This pic that popped into my flickr mailbox makes my allegiances obvious, but in…