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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