Posts Tagged ‘obama’

See America Posters - if only government sponsored ads were still this cool...time for a change?

See America Posters - if only government sponsored ads were still this cool...time for a change?

He writes his own books—both landed on the New York Times Bestsellers List. He listens to music as mixed as he is—Howlin’ World to Yo-Yo Ma to Sheryl Crow to Jay-Z fills his ipod playlists. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was a ballet dancer turned politician. And Obama’s own grassroots presidential campaign inspired a political art movement without precedent (check out my November post “A Portrait of Hope”…).

Obama is a cultural giant. And big government is back. This could mean good things for the arts.

Obama’s campaign was sympathetic towards and strongly rooted in our nation’s cultural issues. The Obama-Biden ticket promised a new arts policy—fighting away the copyright-obsessed world of creative expression and fighting for a new kind of accessibility to America’s best cultural forms.

Some see the establishment of a secretary of culture/arts as the next obvious step. But I know (as much as you do) that a new secretary isn’t what we need. Even Quincy Jones commendable fight for such a secretary and his online petition (just shy of 250,000 signatures) isn’t enough for to think otherwise.

What we need is action. And I think the president’s swift and strong actions as lifeguard to a drowning Uncle Sam are an optimistic start. His new economic recovery plan is a beefy “yes we can” initiative that’s better than a Band-Aid for the bad fall of our big businesses. (more…)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Posted: February 21, 2009 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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It seems as though, as a nation, when we take one step forward, we follow it by taking two steps backwards.  On January 20th, we made history when we inaugurated the first African American president into office.  The election of Barack Obama marked a change in the right direction for the United States where race took a backseat to the betterment of this nation.  Fast-forward to less than one month later, and now we are mired in another cloud of racism all thanks to a cartoon published by the New York Post.


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GOP Looks for Waste in New Stimulus Bill

Posted: February 21, 2009 by JohnCassillo in Uncategorized
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Congressional Republicans face a tough road ahead of them for these next two years.  Until the 2010 mid-term elections, the GOP is handily outnumbered by Democrats in Congress, and has been stripped of their greatest asset.  You see, when a party is out of power as Republicans are now, and Democrats were from 2001-2006, it usually hopes for policy failure on the part of the opposition, and capitalizes on these missteps.  In the case of today’s political landscape, Republicans do not have such a luxury.

As we dip farther into one of our nation’s darkest economic hours, all Republicans can do is hope for success, because failure is no longer an option. (more…)

Obama and Hillary on their latest diplomatic foray.

Well, I was planning to start off with a bang, delivering a hard-hitting Israel/Palestine post. Don’t get me wrong, no one loves wild speculation more that me, but since a prime minister has yet to be picked, I’ll refrain from commenting at the moment.

So then, let us turn to an equally cheery place: Afghanistan and Pakistan (or ‘Af-Pak’ in beltway-insider lingo, where people seem to be under the impression that everything proper-noun should be contracted until it sounds like an Apple product).
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Friday = POLITICS and EVENTS at JERK

Posted: November 21, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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Good morning,

Today! Head over to Emily Warne’s article to get your events fix – music! Thanksgiving! ballet!

Also, check out what John Cassillo and Jose Martinez have to say about what they expect for the opening months of the Obama administration.  Also notice Obama’s oversized ears.

Read on for the politics comic of the day…

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Great Expectations: The Opening Months of the Obama Administration

Posted: November 21, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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As the countdown to Inauguration Day begins, both Republicans and Democrats alike should be anxiously anticipating the types of initiatives that Barack Obama and his administration pursue. What will he propose as his first measure of fixing the economy? What about the problems with the Big 3 in Detroit? Will there be a definite time table set for the war in Iraq? The possibilities seem to be endless.

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Friday = EVENTS and POLITICS at JERK

Posted: November 14, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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Aloha,

Today! Swing by event specialist Emily Warne’s article for the run down on Ani Difranco’s upcoming concert and other holiday festivities.

Also, don’t forget about political columnist Jose Martinez’s post-election analysis.  Keep a look out for the politics articles in the coming weeks as both Jose and John Cassillo analyze Obama’s transition to The White House.

Read on for a funny interview Obama did a few months back with The Daily Show‘s host Jon Stewart…

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Jose’s Post-Election Thoughts

Posted: November 14, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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After a week of letting last week’s Presidential election results soak in, it still seems hard to believe that Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. Call it doubt, call it the threat of the Bradley effect, or simply call into question whether or not this country was prepared for change, but in the end, Obama defied the odds. Subsequently after his victory, many phrases were uttered to encapsulate what Obama’s success meant to them, yet my phrase does not necessarily speak of the same enthusiasm. My feelings can be easily summed up with one word: cautionary.

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Friday = EVENTS and POLITICS at JERK

Posted: November 7, 2008 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Yo yo,

Today! Getcha pull with Emily Warne’s article on Syracuse Beer Week.  Also, check out political mastermind John Cassillo’s post-election analysis.

I leave you with the GREATEST speech in American history…

~Bill McMillan

What’s Up Down the Hill – November 7, 2008

Posted: November 7, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized
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South Campus celebrates Obama's victory on Tuesday

On Tuesday night, South Campus rioted.

In actuality, it was a celebration, but it was one so full of passion and optimism, excitement and get-on-your-knees-and-thank-the-Lord-and-Ohio emotion, that it actually gave me hope for not only our country, but for our university.

Maybe I’m being overdramatic, but SU—I’m proud of you. For once, we put aside our differences and celebrated a collective cause, the election of our first black president.

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