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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Latest Button for 2012

Seattle for Obama pin button
Seattle for Obama pin by emk4ever

I was inspired by the opening sequence of Fraiser. 'They're Callin' Again' is part of the ending theme from the show.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

5 Presidential Candidates You Are Not Hearing About

Here is a list of 5 Presidential candidates you don't hear about very much in the press.

 Governor Gary Johnson (L-NM)

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson entered the Republican primaries and soon found himself excluded from all but two presidential debates. Upset that it was not a fair and open process he decided it was time to leave the heard. He announced earlier this week he would seek the libertarian nomination. His campaign has raised nearly half a million dollars (as of September). Still maintain some popularity from his two terms as governor, he will make New Mexico interesting in the general election.

 Governor Buddy Roemer (R-LA)

Roemer is another Republican dark horse candidate that sadly has fallen off the media radar. Roemer also has an extensive resume with a stint in both Congress and the Louisiana State House as a Democrat and Republican. His campaign provides readers with a comparison card they drafted showing Roemer on the issues versus the other candidates. If Roemer does not fair well in the primaries there is talk that he may seek the Reform Party nomination.

 Dr. Jill Stein M.D. (G-MA)

Dr. Stein is a member of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts. In 2005 and 2008 She was elected a meeting representative for the town of Lexington. Her first campaign was in 2002 running for Governor of Massachusetts. Latley she has been trying to channel the Occupy Movement. In Boston she said "The Occupy movement is a cry for change from workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas and young people whose future is being stolen from them by politicians intent on serving Wall Street rather than the people".

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Price Index

Every year since 1984, PNC Wealth Management has kept track of the costs of purchasing each of the items mentioned in the beloved Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Here is a graph that shows the changes in cost since 1984. The graph was found on Wikipedia.

As you can see the price of the items took a nose dive in the mid-90s, but has since risen well beyond the 1984 prices. In only three years has the price fallen below the previous year, most recently in 2002. This is all done mostly for laughs and deep thought experiments. 2011marks the first time since 1984 that will cost someone over 100,000 dollars to deliver on the entire song (note this is what PNC calls the True Cost of Christmas) If you bought the items for each of the 12 days of Christmas. 100,000 dollars is a lot of money that many of us just don't have in these tough economic times. I started thinking about if there might be a cheaper 12 days worth of gifts out there. Luckily for me Allan Sherman wrote his parody of the 12 Days!

LLewTube: Wet Liberal Whenever on the Occupy Movement

Sorry for not spreading this sooner. In this post, Wet Liberal Whenever, Bobby makes another good vid on his encounters with the Occupy movement in his neighborhood. He also discusses his meeting with some young engineers at Ferrari.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Harry Stewart and Yogi Yorgesson Christmas

Every year around this time Christmas is celebrated by millions across the world. The Christmas spirit can be seen in the music of our Christmas culture. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to listen to Yogi Yorgesson.

Yogi was a character developed by American comedian Harry Stewart. In 1949, he recorded a single called I just go Nuts at Christmas, it was a hit! Selling over a million records. Yogi Yorgesson is Swedish guy who complains about all the family stuff that complicates Christmas. He also recorded several other Christmas related songs: Yingle Bells, and The Christmas Party and Santa at the P.T.A.
Yingle Bells (1952)

Monday, December 12, 2011

SNL Top 10 Hosts for Season 38

I can long remember the days when I would tune into Saturday Night Live every week in the 90s and early 00s to see the show and the odd ball sketches. To be honest, I have never tuned into SNL for the music, I usually just channel surf when the musical act comes on. For some reason though over the last few years I have noticed I don't tune in on a regular basis. I cherry pick which Saturday evenings I dedicate to SNL. Since I have no particular interest in who the 'Not Ready for Prime Time Players' are anymore, I mostly go by host selection.

The last episode I watched was Alec Baldwin, which was the first episode of the season. I have not tuned in for a full show since September.  I started thinking about what kind of a season lineup of hosts would make me come back watching regularly. If I had Lorne Michaels ear, I'd recommend the following persons for Season 38 next year.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Latest Button Creations

Here are two of my latest button creations for the 2012 campaign season. Since Oregon will likely not play a huge role in deciding any presidential nominee I am mostly making these for my own personal amusement.

SNL Political Ad Parodies

Saturday Night Live (SNL) over the years has brought us some great campaign ad parodies. With the campaign finance laws as loosey-goosey as they have become since the Citizens United court case ruling, I hope we can see these ads and more like them airing right along with the 'real serious' ads. At least then we might have something to look forward to on television in between the Big Bang Theory and Terra Nova.

Wade Hammond ad Texas Gubernatorial Campaign
Gary Hart for President Ad 1988 
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