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Monday, December 17, 2012

Adventures in Trek: Red Data Action Figure

Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s was an awesome time to be a Trekkie. We Trekkie kids had everything and anything available to us if Paramount was willing to slap 'Star Trek' on it. There were shampoos, Slurpee cups, band-aids, shirts, hats, trading cards, models, and of course action figures. Where every Trekkie kid could indulge their imaginations for an afternoon. Paramount licensed Star Trek to action figure maker Playmates Toys in the early 90s. This would give young Trekkies and collectors a dramatic difference in selection and quality over the previous license holder; Galoob Toys which had held it for most of the late 80s. Here is some quick info about the first wave of action figures.

The action figures produced by Playmates were not new or revolutionary by any means. Playmates had been making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, and put the same effort into making the Star Trek toys. The heart of the Trek line was Star Trek The Next Generation. By 1992, TNG was a hit and consumers wanted toys for their kids. The first run of  ten 4.5 inch TNG action figures was an assortment of the main crew (minus Beverly Crusher and Wesley Crusher), Gowron, a generic Romulan, a generic Ferengi, and a generic Borg. They all came with an assortment of cookie cutter accessories and some that were unique to the character. All had movable joints and the hands could hold their accessories. They came with a display base and the box featured a info card. This remained the formula with either additions or modifications for well on into the early 2000s.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Episodic Christmas Classic: X-Mas Story, Newsradio

Here is another great Christmas classic from the television show Newsradio. This is from the second season of the show and written by Lewis Morton. The A story deals with the common problem of gift giving in the office. The WNYX crew gets their boss, Mr. James, a great gift that they put thought into. Mr. James gets them all gifts that had no thought whatsoever put into and the ensuing insanity that goes about resolving the gift fiasco. The B story revolves around Phil Hartman's character being stalked by a Santa Claus, that claims he is going to kill Bill. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Blue Christmas: Smurfs Christmas Special

Never thought I would be profiling anything Smurfs related here, but even they had a Christmas Special. This is from 1982 and deals with two stories. One is the regular Smurfs living peacefully and Gargamel trying to ruin their existence. The other story deals with a family heading somewhere for Christmas and getting stopped by an evil stranger. A surprising note on the voice casting is that the evil stranger is voiced by
Rene Auberjonois!

Yes, Mr. Odo himself plays a villain who is even meaner than Gargamel. He is a greater sorcerer than Gargamel too. Rene, believe it or not, is a very accomplished voice actor and has worked for the last several decades on numerous animated productions. Everything from Smurfs and Snorks to DuckTales, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Darkwing Duck, Extreme Ghostbusters and much, much more.

 Sit back and shut the Smurf Up and watch this Christmas Special.

War Production Board

From Wikipedia
I bought a book a few months ago that I am just now getting a good chance to look at and found an interesting note under the copyright. "About the Appearance of Books in Wartime" It outlines how this publisher was helping the war effort by cooperating with the War Production Board on using lighter weight paper and having smaller margins. The book is called: Prefaces to Peace and features what appears to be a book by Wendell Willkie, another by Herbert Hoover, part of one by Henry Wallace and Summer Welles. Really made me pause and think about the nature of society and war of my grandfather and the nature of society and war of the one my high school friends went off to fight.

We live in an amazing age. We don't even need paper to publish books in the 21st century. If we were in a war comparable to WWII, I wonder what a War Production Board of 2012 would ask of us to ration? Bandwidth?  Data? It is interesting to think about.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fry & Laurie: Christmas Night with the Stars 1994

For several decades one of the staples of Christmas time traditions in the UK was Christmas Time with the Stars, a Christmas themed variety show made from popular BBC sitcoms from the previous year. It ran from 1958 to 1972 with only about three instances when it wasn't aired.

1994 saw a return of the special, with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as hosts. A fine youtuber has edited the show to bring you the Fry and Laurie clips. They provide humorous commentary and Christmas trivia to compliment the program.

Ring in the holiday Season with our colleagues Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Part three includes Hugh and Stephen tackling some Christmas songs.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Turkey ala Red Green

Red Green does his best to make you feel like a pampered chef in this excerpt from one of the Red Green Christmas Special's. We all know the holidays can be stressful. Red decides to let us in on a secret to cooking your Christmas dinner.

Turkey, Frozen Peas, Pumpkin Pie, Corn, and so much more can be cooked on your way to dinner. Enjoy this clip of Red, doing what he does best. I've written about The Red Green Show before. Great Canadian television.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Episodic Christmas Classic: The Race, Seinfeld

Seinfeld is one of my favorite shows. This was the first series I ever tried to get all seasons on dvd.  Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld's zany half hour sitcom that was always about nothing; yet, left you with something to laugh about the next day.

It is also where this great Christmas moment comes from. Season 6 saw the continued rise of the show up the ratings ladder. Episode 10 was called The Race.

 Quick Synopsis

The A story was about Jerry confronting an old school nemesis about a race that took place 20 years ago when they were in high school. The B story is the focus of this post. Micky (Kramer's acting friend) lands Kramer and him a job as a mall Santa and elf in time for a little Christmas money. During his tenure as a mall Santa, he is exposed to the Daily Worker, and other communist publications by Elanie's new boyfriend of the week. He is convinced that this is the way to live and begins telling kids at the mall about how the owners of capital are preventing them from getting more toys. He is exposed by the children and he and Mickey get fired.

This episode does raise some interesting labor questions. Is there a labor union that represents mall Santa's? Do their working conditions merit better pay and other amenities?

Here are some clips from The Race

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Time with Master Thespian

One of my favorite Jon Lovitz characters from his SNL days was Master Thespian. How did he do it you ask? ACTING!!

Since this is the holiday season I decided I would share with you some of my favorite SNL holiday skits. This was aired during the Dcember 19th, 1987 episode hosted by Paul Simon the singer; not the U.S. Senator. Master Thespian appeared 13 times on SNL between 1985 and 1989. Lovitz brought the character to life each time.

I like this skit for the idea that the Master Thespian doesn't understand the mall Santa role. Yet he is suppose to be a Master Thespian! Phil Hartman does a great uppity mall manager. They have added this skit to hulu so here it is, enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

November 2012 Election Night Events

After you've knocked on all your doors, made all your calls, given out all your buttons, and donated your time; come party with your fellow Progressives at any one of these locations. Blue Points are Democratic Parties, Parties sponsored by progressive allies are marked in Purple. Green markers denote election parties of third party campaigns. Yellow Markers are parties hosted by the media. Most of these events should be free or at most 5-10 dollars for entry. Some may have free food and free drinks.

Please Note, the Democratic Party of Oregon's Main Election Night Party is at the Hilton Grand Ballroom. 

If you hear of a party not listed, let me know and I'll add it to the map. 

View 2012 Election Night Events in a larger map

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paul Wellstone for President 2000

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Paul, his wife, Sheila; his daughter, Marcia; Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, Will McLaughlin, and the flight crew. As friends, family and the public take time this year to remember them, I thought it might be interesting for those that are not that familiar with Paul Wellstone to have a chance to learn some interesting presidential history. Did you know Senator Wellstone considered running for President in 2000?

Paul Wellstone, was a United States Senator from Minnesota. He was elected in 1990 and served in the United States Senate until his untimely death in 2002. Ten years after his passing a small conclave of Wellstone collectors have sprung up around the country. Many are devotees to him and his causes. Some were represented by him by virtue of living in Minnesota and even others encountered him long before he entered politics, while he was a Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. For many coming of age even just 10 years after his death, most will only learn of him and his families works through the Wellstone Foundation.

Minnesota is one of the more interesting places for politics in the United States. Traditional party labels seem not to apply as they do in most of the country. One of the dominant parties is the Democratic-Farmer Laborer Party (DFL). It is a fusion of the old Democratic party and Farmer Laborer party. It was formed in 1944, when the two parties joined forces. From this, the DFL'ers have given us progressive liberal leaders like Hubert Humphrey, Orville Freeman, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. Let's take a look at his year long presidential campaign from 1998-1999.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Electoral Vote Update: The Week After

Electoral Vote Table 2012
Source Obama Romney Other/Tossup 285.2 252.8 -
RCP 294 244 - 294 235 9

191 328 206 4

Been busy this week, so Monday's update is appearing Friday. Not only was I busy with school work, but this also gave a little more time for some new polls to be released in the wake of the first Obama-Romney debate.

There have been some changes of note from our three election barometers., RCP, and have all moved Florida into the Romney column in the wake of the first debate performance. Since the October 3rd debate, Romney has beat Obama in 3/5 polls done in Florida. 538 and the various sites keep a running tab of all polls taken in each state.

With the Vice Presidential debate just now over, we can expect in another week to see polls shift some more. Joe Biden may have just doused the Romney fire, but we won't know that until this time next week.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Election Entertainment: The Lone Gunmen

Back for another EE post. The election is under a month away and we've had one debate that has already riled the nerves of supporters and detractors of the various candidates. This post doesn't deal with an entertaining story about a presidential campaign, but a funny story about a campaign for the U.S. Senate.

I have posted before about The Lone Gunmen television series in a previous Go Screen Yourself post. I won't recap the entire series for you again. In the episode: Three Men and a Smoking Diaper, the Gunmen find themselves mixed up in a scandalous love affair involving a U.S. Senator running for re-election in the last critical weeks of the campaign.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Looper Not Such a Pooper. (Of course there are spoliers)

Looper was actually an enjoyable film. Wasn't sure about the Willis-JGL duo, but it worked out ok. I have spent a great deal of my free time the last year writing and talking about Temporal Ethics. So, there might be some new material if I want to expand my paper beyond 20 pages. As with all movies, there is a Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where to Watch Star Trek?

Some of you may be wondering how to get your Star Trek fix right now, well luckily the internets are a wonderful place to get information. Here is a quick rundown of some places you can catch one of the shows.

Memory Alpha has a full list of current airings of all the Star Trek shows on the front page of their website. For those of you that don't know Memory Alpha is the largest online Star Trek wiki. You can find all sorts of cool trek info here.

For those of us in the United States, the Syfy channel and BBC America are the only stations listed as airing Star Trek the Next Generation. If you were planning on doing any watching for the 25th Anniversary, your best bet is probably dvd or online viewing.

If you don't have the money to go out and buy all the shows on dvd, and you want to watch something other than the Original Series you need to sign up for Netflix.

Netflix offers all six Star Trek television series for instant streaming. also has them.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Top 10 Star Trek TNG List: Guest Stars

To help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek The Next Generation I am going to be generating some Top 10 lists. Just some little fun for you Trekkies or for folks that are not, but would like to learn a little bit about Star Trek The Next Generation.

TNG was a show that attracted artists of all walks of life. For some it was just a job, and for some probably a thrill of a lifetime. Here are my Top 10 favorite guest stars of STTNG.

10. Mick Fleetwood
I'm a big Fleetwood Mac fan, and I didn't find out until years later that Mick Fleetwood actually guest starred early on in TNG. The Season 2 Manhunt featured a race of aliens called the Antedans, of which Fleetwood played one of the fish aliens. According to Star Trek Communicator, part of the agreement involved his accepting was his character taking the transporter in return for having to have his beard shaved off. This is a great guest star/cameo because with all the make up on Fleetwood you don't even recognize him. (Star Trek Communicator issue 152)

First Debate: A Week Away

The first of three Presidential debates will be held just one week from today on October 3rd. Romney and Obama are most likely going to be the only participants. Which is great for the campaigns, but probably not so great for a healthy discussion of public policy. I like President Obama and I'm sure Mitt Romney is ok fella, but debates are about ideas and I suspect we are more likely to see the stage used at the debate for dueling campaign commercials.

I think most Americans would welcome changes, though the problem doesn't seem to be all that pressing to them. Candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein who have qualified to be on the ballot in enough states to win the election, deserve a national audience along with Obama and Romney. I'm a Democrat and I think our current system is very undemocratic.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National Voter Registration Day: Go Register & Vote

Regardless of political affiliations or feelings you should register. You deserve a say in how your schools are managed, your roads are built, your rivers cleaned and who your leaders are. Even if you feel there is nobody worth voting for on the ballot, that shouldn't stop you from writing in a name of someone you think ought to be there instead of the bums.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Electoral Map Monday Update 9/23/2012

Electoral Vote Table 2012
Source Obama Romney Other/Tossup 330.4 207.6 -
RCP 347 191 - 328 206 4

206 332 206

Well it is Monday morning, let us look and see how the number have changed since I posted on the 15th. I will try and post a new update every Monday morning. I decided to eliminate several of the map predictions as I feel they are not updated regularly enough. The 3 sites still being used are updated daily with new polling information. 

538 and RCP both showed a jump since last week for President Obama. While at the polling data they use has placed NH in the toss up column.

Election Entertainment: Newsradio

Due to the nature of the season, a lot of stuff on tv or online can get the typical voter and even the  seasoned politico down. You might not realize it, but there is a lot of great election themed television out there from our friends in Hollywood. From now until Election Day I'll profile some of the better election themed television and film out there to view.

The first, is perhaps one of my favorites. It comes from the NBC television show Newsradio. That aired from 1995 to 1999. This show is special for many reasons. The cast was dynamic. Dave Foley, of Kids in the Hall fame, Stephen Root (King of the Hill, Office Space, Star Trek The Next Generation....and many, many more), Maura Tierney (ER, Liar, Liar, Primary Colors), and they are rounded out by Andy Dick, Vicki Lewis, Joe Rogan and Kandi Alexander.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

5 Ideas to Rock You to Action for the APIC Part 3

This next subject can get a little prickly for some. What got me thinking about this issue was a combination of the recent membership fee increase and plea for advertisers for the Keynoter. It seems these issues are interrelated.

All non-profits go through lean times and years when money has not been an issue. Our organization is no different. I purchased last year a few old Keynoters and in the Spring 2000 issue was featured the 1999 APIC Financial Statement.  Needless to say, I was a bit astonished to find this, since having been a member off and on since 2007 I have never seen a financial statement printed in the Keynoter. It is an amazing document summary of a budget. If you have worked on non-profits you know the pains of budget preparation. I know I have. Long meetings, heated debate/arguments about where your finite resources should be allocated.

5 Ideas to Rock You to Action for the APIC Part 2

Yesterday I started a conversation about social media and embracing technology for our organization. Today, I would like to talk about embracing your membership. Members are lured to organizations all the time. Depending on the organization and its backing will determine what exactly is asked of these members once they hand over their membership fee.

2. Use them or lose them: Membership Needs to Matter

Electoral College Musings

Electoral Vote Table 2012
Source Obama Romney Other/Tossup 319.1 218.9 -
RCP 332 206 - 332 206 -
NBC 237 191 110
PBS 247 206 85
270TW 237 182 119
CNN 237 191 110
Provided above are some of the leading news sites electoral map predictions. All of these maps tell a slightly different take on a general theme of the race right now: It is President Obama's to lose. How his campaign conducts itself over the next 50 days along with his perceived responses to events will determine if he remains above 270 or fails to make 270. Don't forget those debates either. They will may or may not play a big role in shaping our perceptions of the two major campaigns.

I will note that little polling has been done to determine what role third party campaigns will play in the 2012 election. These electoral maps are not completely accurate. Also for those fans of Fox News. If you visit their site, you will that they use Real Clear Politics data.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

5 Ideas to Rock You to Action for the APIC Part 1

One of the side effects of being underemployed and back in school is you get a lot of time to sit and contemplate the realities of life. This particular night I found myself thinking about the APIC (those of us in the know, know this is the non-profit founded in 1945 dedicated to preserving America's political history). I am involved with a lot of groups, but none that hold as special of a place in my heart than this one. Like you my fellow members, your time and energy are pulled every in numerous directions and it can get a little overwhelming. We sometimes forget the groups that ask very little of us need help just as much as the larger ones that are always sending out donation requests.

So I came up with five ideas that might stir another devoted member in action and together we could help out the APIC. Only by discussing ideas can we figure out what we really want to accomplish as a group. We talk lots about our collections and getting others to collect, but I haven't noticed much outside of that and thought it would be good if we got use to bouncing ideas off each other. Here is my first idea.

1. Embrace Technology & Social Media 

Monday, September 10, 2012

SNL Season 38: Seth MacFarlane To Start the Fall Laughs

NBC has been hit or miss the last decade. While new shows come and go or only last a few seasons, we can always count on our old friend Saturday Night Live to be there when times are tough. Season 38 will see some folks leave or as the media always describes it "a time of transition of the show".

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Buttons: Trekkies for Obama

Here are some of my newest button designs.

Shut Up Williard is a hark back to the first season of Star Trek The Next Generation where everyone would say "Shut Up Wesley!"

There is a Stargate themed pin with Obama and other statewide Democratic candidates in Oregon.

Mayor Adam West even has his own pin.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Only One Speech: Lincoln Chafee Addresses the 2012 DNC

To me, the 2012 election will come down to Lincoln Chafee and the millions (and millions...sorry Rocky) of voters like him across this country. They can't be pigeonholed into 'conservative', 'liberal' 'moderate' or whatever term the media and political parties want to put on them. They're normal folks, who do that what they do to get by in the 21st Century. 

 This speech is really interesting politically. I'll blog some more on it after I watch it a few more times.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood and his Chair

Political Conventions come and go, but the memories last for decades after the more bland speeches are all but lost to history. Often is isn't even the presidential acceptance speech that is most remembered from the convention itself. Some of the most remembered speeches were made by someone other than the president or party nominee. Let us put Clint Eastwood and his chair speech in the context of other great convention memories.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

RNC Recap: Day 1 or Game Called Due to Rain

So the first day of the RNC was delayed due to hurricane Issac. Not much to really blog about. They did release a revised scheduled for the rest of the week.

 here is the  revised schedule is as follows provided by the RNC. Note this is subject to change. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

4 Years from Now

Coattails are not so easy to understand sometimes.
As the Democratic and Republican National Conventions get underway for the next few weeks, it might help the causal observer to take note. Did you know that since 1988, all but one future nominee addressed their parties national convention just four years prior to them being the nominee?

Let's take a look:

Bill Clinton, was nominated in 1992, in 1988 nominated Governor Michael Dukakis in a very long...long nomination speech. Most people agree, even the former President, that it was too long.

The Made for TV Election w/ Martin Sheen (1986)

Perhaps one of the best political/communication documentaries I have ever seen. All the greats of the 1980 are included. Martin Sheen takes the viewer in for a closer look 6 years after the election of 1980. What exactly is the role of the media in national politics? Perhaps now, more than ever major media outlets play a significant role in the interpretation of political events.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Live Free & Collect Gary Johnson Items

The other day I gave my thoughts about a Gary Johnson for President event I attended. This post is geared more towards the collectors at what items were available from the campaign at the event. While there was not much available, it was all official from the campaign and not a third party. All items were paper in nature. They offered a poster, a postcard handout, and two one page handouts. Also available were a bumper sticker and yard sign. No buttons were offered, though I did see two campaign volunteers wearing them.

HHH: Humor, Humility, and Humphrey

I was reading over Harvey Goldberg's article on Hubert Humphrey in this month's Bandwagon. It made me think about just the kind of political leader Humphrey was in his day. He had a sense of humor, even in defeat. After his presidential campaign, he appeared as the guest of honor of a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Campaign Stop: Governor Gary Johnson, Libertarian Candidate

Last week, I was fortunate enough to hear about a campaign event at the Aloha American Legion Hall that featured former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. The event was hosted by the Oregon Libertarian Party and the Johnson campaign. I wanted to go hear a presidential candidate in person and this was my first opportunity to do so this election. So Sunday August 4th, I did just that.

Both President Obama and Governor Romney have visited Oregon, but both events were not open to the public as they were over 500 dollar a ticket fundraisers. I do not know if Mitt Romney made any other stops before leaving Portland, but President Obama at least made a visit to a local restaurant to have a quick bite to eat and mingle with customers. Those events are great if you can afford the tickets, but most of us have other things in life we could be doing with that money that is far more important than paying for tv ads in swing states.

I went with a couple other interested friends and we arrived about a half an hour early. To our surprise, Governor Johnson was right next to the door greeting the early arrivals. In all my years attending events with presidential candidates (of all parties) voters always end up waiting on the candidate. They always run late. Johnson was there already chatting and mingling with voters. We chatted for a little bit about what brought us to the event, and about the influence of SUPER-PACS and disgusting role money has in contemporary politics.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

APIC National Convention: O! HI! YO!

Chalk and Awe Entry, photo by Ken McClure
This week the APIC National Convention is taking place in Columbus, Ohio. Political junkies from across the nation are coming together to buy, sell, and trade political items of all shapes and sizes.

Attendees started arriving Sunday night and Monday. The first big event was Chalk&Awe. Where political junkies put their artistic skills to the test. The basic idea is to take a button and transfer the design in chalk to the sidewalk.

Been keeping tabs of the event on facebook through the APIC facebook page. Looks like everyone is having a lot of fun.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation 25th Anniversary Event

Looks like this Monday night I will be at the movie theater watching a preview of STTNG remastered and blueray. They will be showing Datalore and Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Dolphins are Angry!

When I scrolled across my Yahoo News viewer I read a story today about a dolphin that has been terrorizing some folks in a lake near New Orleans. For the full story just click dolphin. Rather hilarious. It appears they are starting to test the waters for their take over of the world.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

GSY Review: Star Trek Insurrection

The last Go Screen Yourself Review about Star Trek Generations got me dusting off my Star Trek TNG dvds and the other night I sat down and watched Star Trek Insurrection. 1998 seems so long ago. 14 years is a long time, and I was surprised at how well the story holds up in those years. Out of the four TNG era movies, this film seemed more like the television show than the others. Now, don't get me wrong this is not a high action paced film like First Contact or Nemesis. This is one of those classic Star Trek, struggle with the prime directive, philosophical issues kind of story. Which is perhaps why it did not perform as expected at the box office. 

Just because this film is more thought provoking than action packed thriller does not detract from it being an enjoyable film. For those that have not seen it, here is the trailer. 


New Big Bang Theory for Obama themed Button

Big Belt Buckle Aficionados for Obama Button
Big Belt Buckle Aficionados for Obama Button by emk4ever

Here is my newest button for the Big Bang Theory for Obama button set. If you enjoy big or unusual belt buckles than this pin is for you.  As with all my 2012 designs you will find the 'Design by CJWF" somewhere on the pin.

Quality vs. Quantity

We used to favor an emphasis on quantity. We tallied up each census notch, each new bit of construction or expansion. We talked in terms of success being measurable in amounts of people, business, growth. It is not our intention now to halt growth or to discourage the expanding future we are determined to have. But we want to control that growth. -Tom McCall

I've always liked Tom McCall. He seemed to be one of the few leaders that understood the coming challenges of the 21st Century. Every election lately seems to be more about quantity over quality. How many jobs would we lose/gain? How many businesses would we lose/gain? How much will I have to pay in taxes? We seem to be missing the point. It is not about how much we have of something or not, but what is the quality of our current situation?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

1992 Clinton visits Portland Poster

This poster was created after then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton visited Portland, Oregon during the fall of 1992. A crowd of over 10,000 supporters gathered to welcome Governor Clinton to Portland on his one day campaign swing through the state. He also visited the home of a former mill worker in the Eugene area earlier in the day.

The poster seen here was issued shortly after the campaign rally and widely distributed during the last few weeks of the campaign. It is perhaps, the last great Oregon issued campaign poster. A union bug, and disclaimer from the Democratic Party of Oregon. The photo was taken by Frank Lynch. You can often find this poster on ebay for anywhere between $10-$20 dollars.

Here a link to an article by the Eugene Register Gaurd that appeared the day after the Portland and Eugene events that summarizes the contrasting campaigns that appeared in Oregon back in 1992. The early 90s were in some ways not that different than 2012. The country was divided, folks were coming out of an economic downturn, and gay rights dominated the headlines. The Oregon Citizens Alliance, a social conservative group was promoting anti-gay rights ballot initiative Measure 9. The other big issue in Oregon was timber. President Bush and Governor Clinton both actively worked hard to win over rural Oregon timber voters

All in all, a great poster, one of the last great Oregon issued presidential posters. For more great political items, visit and join up for free!

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 2012 Election Night: Party on Wayne!

Party on Garth! Alright, cool.  If you need a place to be on Tuesday, go check out one or more of these cool election night celebrations. As I hear about a new party I will add it the list.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

GSY Review: Fresh Hell

Fresh Hell is fresh fun. It is a internet based show that doesn't have commercials or sponsors. Creators: Brent Spiner, Chris Ellis, and Harry Hannigan have put together a nice little story centered around a fictional faux pas committed by lead star Brent Spiner. Little is known to the audience about what exactly Brent said or did, but it was bad enough that he became a social pariah and toxic associate that he can't find work and make a living. Now he must start from the bottom and work his way back to the middle or wherever Brent started at.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Politicans in TV

Here's some great clips from Cheers featuring John Kerry and Tip O'Neil. John Kerry is of course the senior Senator from Massachusetts and Tip O'Neil was a member of congress from Massachusetts and was the second longest Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Serving from 1977-1987 in the role as Mr. Speaker.

Provided today are two clips from the 1980s television hit Cheers. The first deals with Senator Kerry encountering Norm and Cliff outside the bar.
The second clip features Speaker O'Neil in the bar for the opening of the show. 

I think it speaks clearly about how divided we have become over politics in recent years. How often do you see politicians invading your favorite sitcoms? Rarely. Producers just don't like having them on for fear of polarizing their audiences. After all, we are quick to shoot someone in the firing squad that is public opinion. 

I once got to ask Senator Kerry about his Cheers experience. He said he loved it. Sometimes it might help for our politicians to unwind a little bit and have some fun. Nothing makes you look better than being able to laugh at yourself with other people. You might even make some fans of your own in the process.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Big Bang There Done That: Stephen Hawking

Kudos to the folks at the Big Bang Theory for capturing Stephen Hawking as a guest star on an upcoming episode. While it may surprise most that such a famous scientist would be appearing on a comedy show, it is not the first time. Mr. Hawking has done many other guest spots over the last twenty some years. The first that IMDb lists him appearing on as a special guest is none other than Star Trek The Next Generation. TNG beat them all.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Red Green Show Library on Youtube!

For those of you who are fans of the Red Green Show you may like to know that recently the good folks at S&S Productions just uploaded a ton of classic Red Green content on Youtube. The Red Green Archives have been uploaded. Now you can scroll through a pdf file and click on your favorite segment or full episode and watch it...FOR FREE!

from wikipedia: Harold, Red, and Bill
If you have never seen Red Green, you'll get a chance to see some great comedy. The show takes place at the fictional Possum Lodge and revolves around a group of men and the general buffoonery that they cause themselves and their neighbors.The show ran for 15 seasons (1991-2006) and can be found in the states on many PBS stations. Oregon Public Broadcasting ran it for many years. Red Green was a character Steve Smith created for his 1979 television show Smith & Smith. Later he developed a whole new show for the character, which became The Red Green Show.

Monday, March 5, 2012

GSY Review: Star Trek Generations

Spoiler Alerts: This movie was out in 1994, if you haven't seen it by now, see it before reading this.

Star Trek Generations was the seventh feature film in the Trek franchise. It signaled a passing of the torch to the next generation of Star Trek (hehehe, if that joke isn't old now... it should be). The mid 90s was a high point for all things Star Trek and for science fiction in general. As I have mentioned in earlier Go Screen Yourself Reviews, there was a lot of good science fiction on television during these years. Star Trek was booming and it seemed nothing was going to stop it any time soon.

Aside from the 2009 Star Trek movie, no Trek film has spawned as much debate within Trekkerdom as Generations. Most debate comes down to the killing of Captain Kirk. My position in the debate, is that if you are going to kill off such a major figure in your franchise, the death better be good and it better be absolutely necessary to the story. The problem with Kirk's death is it was not necessary to the story. It just sorta seemed like it happens just because they could do it. Worse further, they filmed two deaths. The first death scene features Kirk getting shot in the back by Soran. Thankfully the powers that be decided this didn't seem right for Kirk. They rewrote the death scene. Sadly, it wasn't all that better. He falls off a bridge.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Oregon Experience: Wayne Morse

Of course! I would post about this latest treat from Oregon Experience. It premiered last Tuesday on OPB. Enjoy.

This was a great video, not as in depth as The Last Angry Man, but pretty good for only a half hour program. If you really wanted something to open the door to someone to Wayne Morse this video is great.

Here are some Wayne Morse items from my collection.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Buttons for 2012

UPDATE: The Meemaws for Obama pin is no longer listed. I will be attempting to find another way to get this out to folks who want one. 

So it has been a few weeks since I have shown anyone the buttons I have made, so here are some new ones. The first two are due to my love of the Big Bang Theory. One of the funniest shows on television right now.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Eye of Newt: A Look at Some Gingrich Items

Last week I mentioned in my post on the latest Obama buttons that I had ordered some Newt Gingrich pins, well they arrived just two days ago. They are by no means as creative as the Obama-Biden 2012 pins are, but by far are better than the pins that Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum offered.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yahoo Swag Finds: Best, Worse, and in between has done its best to go through items put out by the 2012 presidential candidates and find the best, worst, and weird. They have complied their list of about 20 items in a slide show. Do you have any of these items?

Swag Show

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Instead of going to bed, I must urge you all to contact your representatives to protect the Internet against SOPA and PIPA.

These are the bills in congress that would do irreparable damage to freedom of speech on the Internet. Contact your Senator to and tell them to protect the internet from big government and big corporations.

Don't take my word for it, here's some techie and legislative pals of mine that have put their thoughts into words.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has a full page of stuff with great ideas and here is a great C-SPAN Communicators.

So proud to see Senator Wyden leading the fight on this issue.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lost Blackadder Moments

So you think you've seen all there is to that fantastic BBC show Blackadder? Well here are some segments done for special occasions over the years.

Blackadder & The King's Birthday 1998

This was sketch was preformed as part of the celebration of the Prince of Wales' 50th Birthday celebrations. Rowan Atkinson was Lord Blackadder and Stephen Fry was King Charles II.

Obama 2012 Pins!

They have arrived! These are official 2012 Barack Obama campaign pins. In total you get about 24 pins, there appear to be some minor differences with each order (in mine, I got 4 of the first family pins). All are 2 1/4" inch pins. These are not all the pins they sell on the website, but most of them. Normally, each pin is sold in a set of 2 of the same for $5.00. To me this is the best deal in the entire store. Send the Obama campaign a $30 dollar donation and spread the pins among your friends or keep them all for yourself.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Political Game Review: Road to the White House

This game is perhaps one of my all time favorite political games. Produced by Mayfair games in 1992 it was designed by Jim Musser and follows the presidential nominating process from start to finish. It is best played with 4 or more people. The most I have ever played with is 8 ( a long game, but exciting). Depending on how many people are in your party, it can take anywhere between an hour and a half to three hours to play an entire game. Note, I say an entire game. This includes both the nomination campaign and the general election.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Iowa & New Hampshire Campaign Items

2 1/4" inch Bradley campaign from 2000.
One of the more interesting subsets of collecting political memorabilia is the First in the Nation subset. Items from campaigns for president from the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary. Every four years since 1972, these two states have held the exclusive privilege of being the fist caucus and primary for president. New Hampshire has held a primary since 1916, but the nation didn't start paying attention to it in any great detail until about 1952. These are contests that allow little known and underfunded presidential hopefuls square off and possibly upset the big name candidates.

1952 centered around  Democrat Harry S. Truman. The president took a hit in New Hampshire from Senator Estes Keafuver. He beat Truman and caused the President to abandon his plans for re-election. This set New Hampshire up for more media and political attention for the future.

The Iowa Caucus' started off a little differently. The first winner of the Iowa Caucus in 1972 was 'uncommitted'. Iowa Democrats apparently did not like the choices being offered to them that year. Uncommitted and Maine Senator Edmund Muskie both came out with 36% of the vote. 1976 would also have 'uncommitted' come out on top of the caucus. Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter finished with votes.

Perhaps the greatest reason to pay attention to Iowa and New Hampshire is that these races are sometimes the only places to see long shot, dark horse, and single issue candidates before the media attention is taken over completely by the more established candidates. Did you know there are 33 Republicans on the NH GOP ballot for Tuesday? Republican voters will have 33 candidates to choose from. Democrats will not have as many as they did four years ago, but President Obama will not be the only candidate appearing on the Democratic ballot. Thirteen other candidates will be on the ballot with him. Including Pro-Life activist Randal Terry, and progressive writer Darcy Richardson