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- Q, Star Trek: TNG

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Primary Day

by Ken Newquist / April 22, 2008

It's Primary Day in Pennsylvania, that long anticipated Democratic political apocalypse. Obama's got chalk slogans at the college, while Ron Paul activists have papered College Hill with signs. We got three phone calls from the Democrats yesterday reminding us to vote, and our house has been hit by both Obama and Clinton volunteers, neither of whom stayed to talk, instead choosing to slip fliers into our door. I blame the dogs, though they never scared off the Mormon missionaries...

CNN: Taxpayers would get checks under economic stimulus plan

by Ken Newquist / January 24, 2008

So it seems like the federal government's going to go ahead and cut everyone in America a check, which is nice and all except for a) it will likely do little to stop a recession, seeing as how it's a tiny sliver of GNP and b) we'll have to pay for it later since there aren't any spending cuts elsewhere to balance the expenditure. We're basically borrowing (stealing if you're of a more cynical mind) from our future selves to pay our present selves.

Geeks Can Run for Office ... and Win!

by Ken Newquist / November 18, 2007

Atlas Games President John Nephew's been elected to city council in Maplewood, Minnesota. According to Gaming Report, his opposition tried to play the "games are evil" card, but clearly it didn't work. I'm not saying I want to run for city council in Easton, I'm just saying I find it interesting that a gamer was able to do it ... and win.

Nephew talks about his win and the mainstreaming of games at ICv2.

Romney's Cruel Canine Vacation

by Ken Newquist / June 28, 2007

I'm sure this seemed like a perfectly good idea at the time. While the naturally animal-loving freak brigade will undoubtedly be out in force over this, this strikes me as one of those things that any of our dads would have done, given similar logistical challenges.

Ok, maybe just my dad. But then again, that's probably why I find the Vacation movies so damn amusing.

Reason: South Park Libertarians

by Ken Newquist / December 6, 2006

Reason.com offers a lengthy interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. In it they discuss the series' satire of the left and the right, and their life long quest for nonconformity. Particularly interesting is the discussion of Comedy Central's maneuverings regarding depictions of Muhammad and Scientology.

This quote from Matt Stone sums things up nicely:

I had Birkenstocks in high school. I was that guy. And I was sure that those people on the other side of the political spectrum were trying to control my life.

Allentown Man Smashes eVoting Machine with Paperweight

by Ken Newquist / November 7, 2006

I wasn't thrilled with the electronic voting machines that were rolled out across the Lehigh Valley for today's voting -- the lack of a paper trail continues to bother me greatly. But I wasn't as upset as a man from Allentown, Pa., allegedly was as Engadget reports:

The highlight of the day, though, has nothing to do with shoddy equipment and everything to do with a crazy voter who attacked a Diebold-brand machine in Allentown, Pennsylvania. [The forty-three-year-old] a registered independent, apparently believed that the e-voting machines had been deployed in a wild conspiracy by Republicans, and decided to make a statement by smashing the $5,000 device with a metal cat paperweight.

CNET: On Web Standards, Libertarian Candidates Win

by Ken Newquist / October 26, 2006

They may not win anything else, but Libertarian candidates earned top web standard and accessibility honors from CNET in their recent poll of 1,000 political web sites.

Of approximately 1,000 campaign Web sites surveyed two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, only 35 passed the validation tests created by the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C. Seven of those were created by Libertarian candidates, some of whom have degrees in computer or electrical engineering or count themselves as free-software aficionados. (Republicans came in a close second.)

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