Why We Fight is a series of seven documentary films commissioned by the United States government during World War II whose purpose was to show American soldiers the reason for U.S. involvement in the war. Later on they were also shown to the general U.S. public to persuade them to support American involvement in the war.
Each of them is in the common domain having been produced by the US government, available online, and linked below the fold: [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Sep 16, 2012 -
Vanity Fair recently published "It Came From Wasilla
", Todd Purdum's lengthy profile piece about Sarah Palin, her involvement with and the inside workings of the McCain campaign, and her political future. [more inside]
posted by Weebot
on Jun 30, 2009 -
How Obama Did It
: an in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign, assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election Day.
posted by thbt
on Nov 5, 2008 -
As the U.S. election approaches, you're getting fidgety. You've donated, you've volunteered for your candidate's campaign, but you've still got time on your hands for election-themed activities. What to do? Well, you could make some snazzy Obama
earrings to wear to the polls on decision day. You could make presidential candidate finger puppets out of yarn
, or felt
and re-enact the debates. You could knit a party animal
so as to have something to snuggle up to at night when you wake from nightmares of stolen elections. You could decorate some oranges
. Slate has a slideshow of political craft ideas
, my favourite of which is probably the Homeland Security Quilt
. For more ideas, check out the Obama Craft Project
, where crafters are crafting for change and fundraising. There you'll find everything from Obamaware
to a cool Yes We Can scarf
, to a cross-stitch portrait
, to a cozy Obama cap
. Lest you think I'm being too partisan here, I'll say I did search for Republican-oriented crafts and there just didn't seem to be many. It seems Obama's got the crafting demographic, um, all sewn up.
posted by orange swan
on Oct 22, 2008 -
Ava Marie Ciptak
was born on Friday, October 10, 2008. Except that her name wasn't Ava Marie Ciptak. Her father, Mark, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, "sort of secretively went behind [his wife Layla]'s back and changed the paperwork" by using two separate birth certificate forms. Instead of naming his daughter John McCain — his initial plan — he named his daughter Sarah McCain Palin, "figuring hopefully [he] would get two weeks in the doghouse rather than two months."
posted by WCityMike
on Oct 15, 2008 -
The Palin Mob
"It's no wonder that the slightest incitement from Sarah Palin or John McCain will turn one of their rallies into a lynch mob. Just talk to the folks who attend.
My camera was rolling for literally seconds before people happily said to me, on camera, that Barack Obama is a terrorist. If I hadn’t spent most of my time at the event inside, waiting for the candidates to show up, I could have gotten dozens of these people on tape."
Via Blogger Interrupted
posted by 4midori
on Oct 9, 2008 -
The Wars of John McCain.
"John McCain believes the Vietnam War was winnable. Now he argues that an Obama administration would accept defeat in Iraq, with grave costs to American honor and national security. Is McCain’s quest for victory a reflection of an antiquated pre-Vietnam mind-set? Or of a commitment to principles we abandon at our peril? Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?"
posted by homunculus
on Sep 26, 2008 -
Now that the presidential debate is back on
, it's time to prepare by selecting the most appropriate drinking game for tonight's debate. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Sep 26, 2008 -
McCain calls time!
John McCain has asked that the first presidential debate be postponed and he will suspend his campaign so he can focus on the economy. No response from Obama yet. But it may be due to his approval rating, The latest FOX News
/Opinion Dynamics poll shows Obama has taken a 45-39 percent lead.
posted by parmanparman
on Sep 24, 2008 -
The military surge in Iraq is failing. Sure, violence in the country is down significantly, but that's as much due to the Sunni Awakening
, which began
significantly before the surge got going in 2007
. Unfortunately, everyone, particularly the McCain campaign, seems to have forgotten that the goal of the surge was to provide political stability, and it totally hasn't
. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus
on Sep 10, 2008 -