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Wow. I set my expectations low and Kerry delivered high, high high.

AP: Kerry Vows to Restore 'Trust, Credibility' (that won't be hard)
Washington Post: Kerry Vows 'America Can Do Better' (ya think?!)

Seriously -- a president who fought for the country, who believes in crazy ideas like... oh I dunno... SCIENCE and FISCAL RESPONSIBILTY! That is out there! Americans of all stripes no longer have to plug their nose in the voting booth. John Kerry stands for everyone.*

* Except upper-crust right-wing ideologues who live in some sort of imaginary bubble. Those guys only stand for themselves, and they have led us astray.

Meanwhile, why not enjoy George W. Bush as interpreted by Will Ferrell? [via Oliver Willis]

  • OJR's Matt Glaser restricted his media diet to only blogs during the DNC
  • Dan Bricklin: What we learn from the Convention blogging

    July 29, 2004 at 10:14 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack


    Fraters Libertas says there aren't any good local lefty blogs:

    I think the primary reason for this disparity is that the mainstream media already adequatley [sic] presents the perspective of the Left on these matters, every single day, over and over again. Numerous media outlets employing hundreds of professional, highly educated journalists to articulate their exact feelings on politics and life. So, there is no motivation for amateurs to take up the cause.

    I don't know that the local media is less balanced than anyplace else in the country. Are local journalists "articulating feelings" on politics and life, or are they reporting fairly? I don't know the answers, and I have to admit I don't read local papers much since blogs and online news commandeered my reading habits.

    Fraters seems to discount the Northern Alliance's nemesis, Twin Cities Babelogue, because they're spawned from City Pages. I'd say the Northern Alliance Radio Show makes them just as much an alt-media conglomerate as the City Pages/Babelogue folks. Not to mention, Power Line has a long history of publishing articles in the mainstream press, and Hugh Hewitt has quite a few books under his belt.

    Regardless, the Northern Alliance is very good at what they do. Most independent local lefty blogs aren't as seriously committed, in-depth and influential as those guys. Nearly everyone in the "Upper Midwest Blog Managers Association" is lefty – see Let's Fight and Secret Farm – but most of us don't post exclusively about politics. Why? It's bloody exhausting! I tend to go in political spurts, then I need to focus on other things. Like my documentary, or... strippers. Space Waitress was Minnesota's best left-leaning blog last year, easily on par with the Northern Alliance.

    I'm inspired to seek out more DIY lefty political blogs of Minnesota. Here are a handful - feel free to add more in the comments:

    Democracy for Minnesota
    Moderate Left
    Minnesota Liberal
    Chris Dykstra
    Minnesota Progress
    The Game and How We Played It
    cursor.org (do they count?)
    DFL Blog

    July 28, 2004 at 07:30 PM in Local, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (26) | TrackBack


    Minnesota right-wing blogger Captain Ed has been credentialed for the GOP convention. Congrats to the Cap'n and his quarters.

    July 28, 2004 at 06:19 PM in Local, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


    mike gunther and his restless souls

    If filming Mike Gunther and his restless souls in a swirl of burlesque dancers ain't livin', brother you can shoot me dead as I stand.

    A little taste [Quicktime, 470k]

    I was ostensibly D.P. of this little fandango, and my pal Suzanne provided direction and wine when she wasn't banging chains on an oil drum.

    Video geek rundown: VX2000 and GL2 on tripods, PD100 handheld by moi (from which these stills were taken).


    I just love this scene. After we were all done shooting and most of the dancers had left, we shot the whole band playing the song with ukeleles and they found a whole new life. We all had big smiles on our faces.


    These are the Tin Star Sisters. The cigarettes are fake. The aura of cool is real.
    (I keep accidentally calling them "The Twinkletown Girls" and variations thereof.)




    July 28, 2004 at 03:10 AM in Film, Music | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


    Crazy, you say? Maybe, but Ken Layne was doing it. Crazy wireless gizmo-style. [via The Power of Many]

    Meanwhile, take a look at MPR's Convention Blog by Bob Collins. Word from my man on the inside: "He's the sharpest wonk here, and a helluva good writer."

    July 27, 2004 at 11:55 AM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


  • Audio of President Clinton's rousing DNC speech. Wow, it's so refreshing to hear a thoughtful, articulate president speak.
  • Steve Garfield's video blog covers the Blogger Breakfast including excerpts of Dean's speech and reaction from Dave Winer
  • Don't argue with Matt Stoller: Anti-abortion protester chat (MP3)
  • Indymedia/Fluxview: DNC Day 1 and How to Create a Progressive Media Network Forum (Quicktime)

    Know of anyone else making DIY media at the convention? Please leave a comment or shoot me an email.

    July 27, 2004 at 02:18 AM in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack


    The Wall Street Journal profiles DNC bloggers, including Blogumentary star Mathew Gross.

    I sent a few feelers out looking for Blogumentary "eyes and ears" at the convention. Jay Rosen will be doing a bit of audioblogging. Even better, Blogging of the President's Matt Stoller and Westin Kriebel have camera and will blog. I'm hoping Matt will file a video report from the convention, explaining why he's there and why this is important revolutionary. "The revolution will be videoblogged." Heh.

    Howard Dean had some smart things to say at the Blogger Breakfast: "Mainstream media are the last people to figure out whats really going on in America, because they spend so much time in Washington."

    MSNBC has signed up the likes of Joe Trippi and Ron "Boogiemonster" Reagan for Hardblogger. How can they possibly compete with Wonkette?

  • Washington Post's Howard Kurtz: Boston's Bloggers, Filling In the Margins
  • NYTimes: Web Diarists Are Now Official Members of Convention Press Corps
  • NPR's On the Media: Unconventional Correspondents
  • BBC News: Bloggers go mainstream at US conventions
  • CNN's Convention Blog
  • Convention Bloggers
  • politics.feedster.com

    15,000 journalists and 5,000 delegates? Whew. I'm excited that bloggers are there on "Blogger Blvd." but what will we learn? Mathew Gross has a good point about convention bloggers: they'll provide better coverage of the early part of the convention, the speeches you won't see on TV. And of course, we'll get what bloggers give best - opinion and attitude. Check out Reason for a few more highlights.

    Having tread this ground before — I was the only credentialed blogger at the Minnesota state DFL convention — I can attest that these affairs can be... boring. Decisions are actually made at state conventions, which might be one reason why it's not very exciting. Real democracy is messy, slow, and sometimes unpredictable. I think the most important thing Lori and I learned was that it's confusing for a newbie, and there needs to be a "Delegate for Dummies" or something along those lines to encourage greater participation.

    I'd argue it's more important to have bloggers at state conventions and other local political events. I know I've never seen Sen. Mark Dayton so fiery in all my life, and Sen. John Edwards made more scathing remarks about Bush than I've heard him say on television. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak lashed out at Gov. Pawlenty and called for an end to the bus strike. I posted numerous video clips from the local conventions, stuff you're not going to find anyplace else. Local is where it's at, especially for bloggers. Bloggers can fill in the, err, lacunae.

    July 26, 2004 at 02:56 PM in Blogumentary, Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



    Thank you, Odin, for letting us into your house and giving me the wonderful interview I've sought for nearly two years. You know what's weird? Layne is actually an interactive hologram in Odin's living room. Hot.

    There were two VW bugs on the premises. One for Mr. Plain Layne and one for Mrs. Plain Layne. Neither one is black though.

    Layne's music collection? Not fictional. Both Odin and Layne love Radio K. This makes Chuck very happy indeed.

    Look for a "Sasquatch sighting"-esque dramatic recreation of our near-misses with Layne in Blogumentary.

    July 25, 2004 at 05:54 PM in Blogumentary | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack


    Mitch and Fraters Libertas have wrapups. Hey, whaddya call 60 right-wing bloggers in an Irish bar? I call it "Cindy," no particular reason. Twas a good time, and nice to meet all the lads. Lefty highlight: Lileks holding court, smoking a cigarillo, fuming about how much Hannity pisses him off. Sweet.

    July 25, 2004 at 04:51 PM in Blogumentary | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



    More exciting details in the coming months. Thanks to Rob Nelson for being such a great guy and putting together another amazing documentary lineup. I couldn't be happier!

    July 23, 2004 at 09:55 PM in Blogumentary | Permalink | Comments (16) | TrackBack