July 2024


Whatchamacallit 34: Obama 2012 Button

This button, which is attached to the bulletin board that hangs in the hallway to my kitchen, is a reminder of a better – no – great America: an America that could see a better future for everybody.

I really do not want to harp on how bad Donald Trump has been, is, or […]

Confession Time: I’m losing interest in voting in American elections.

I know it’s 14 months out, and I do want Obama to be reelected, but… given that I vote in Indiana and I can only vote for federal offices, what’s the point?

I’m feelin’ a bit disenfranchised…

Anybody living in or visiting Berlin right now would surely know that today Berlin is holding an election.

The campaign season seems horribly long, but, in truth, it’s confined to a relatively short span. I believe I remember the first campaign posters going up in late July or early August. In this sense, the German […]

Officially Nuts!

Flying the flag for you.

I got my Piraten Partei flag today—it was inexpensive enough and I picked up a few buttons supporting the party.

Now I have no idea what to do with the flag in the short term—My apartment is far too above the street to make hanging it in the […]

Meine Stimme geht an …

Attracting Youthful Voters.

Next Sunday, Weimar citizens will be facing their third election of the year—it started with the local elections just after Obama’s visit in June; followed by state (Länder) elections in August, and now the Federal (Bundes) elections in September.

I have no vote in any of the elections; no vote for […]


Unlike the United States where the only organization legally allowed to put stuff in your mail box is the United States Postal Service, here in Germany there are multiple postal services and your letter box is constantly being filled with “Werbung”—which translates as advertising, courting, publicity, promotion, or propaganda.

One can get stickers for your […]

Kein Nazis!

I’d noticed a couple weeks ago that several of the political parties campaigning for office in Weimar were engaging in negative campaigning—with a somewhat consistent cross-party message: No Nazis in our government.

At times I am kind of oblivious to things that ought to be readily obvious to me—like Nazis running for city council.

Republican Rhetoric

via Mr. Charlie Todd

Dear Hillary,

Some text below may be slightly, errr… off color. If you are easily offended, come back tomorrow.

Dear Hillary,

Please quit whilst you are ahead.

I realize that I have been a long term supporter and that I think you would be a better president that Obama, but the fact of the matter is that […]

Go McCain (and Mike)

Things are not looking pretty on the Democratic side of the presidential election.

Two decent candidates are amassing enough votes to guarantee a quagmire come convention time in August. I hope that things clear up soon and that the Democrats can unify behind one good candidate. I suspect that they are unifying behind the one […]