Thursday, December 20, 2012

Computer Gaming World, Issue Number 45, March 1988


The March 1988 issue of Computer Gaming World

Emerald Rose - Vampire Girl From The Planet Orn - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Vampire Girl from Orn at Megacon in Orlando. (02/28/2009)

McCain-led NDAA Conference Committee Strips Right to Jury Trial

Our Bill of Rights is not something that can be cherry-picked at legislators’ convenience. When I entered the United States Senate, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is for this reason that I will strongly oppose passage of the McCain conference report that strips the guarantee to a trial by jury.

Rand Paul Slams John McCain For Stripping NDAA Of Protections Against Indefinite Detention

The decision by the NDAA conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to strip the National Defense Authorization Act of the amendment that protects American citizens against indefinite detention now renders the entire NDAA unconstitutional," Paul said in an emailed statement.

Obama Vows Fast Action in New Push for Gun Control

President Obama declared on Wednesday that he would make gun control a "central issue" as he opens his second term, promising to submit broad new firearm proposals to Congress no later than January and to employ the full power of his office to overcome deep-seated political resistance. via

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Emerald Rose - Autumn in Ashville - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Autumn in Ashville at Megacon in Orlando. (02/28/2009)

Turbo Force, issue Number 3, January 1993


The January 1993 issue of Turbo Force

Obama Sandy aid bill filled with holiday goodies unrelated to storm damage

President Obama's $60.4 billion request for Hurricane Sandy relief has morphed into a huge Christmas stocking of goodies for federal agencies and even the state of Alaska

Feinstein's assault weapons ban would abolish the 2nd Amendment

Like most of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment was drafted to prevent an abuse of power that American colonists had suffered under the British. The 4th Amendment was passed with Writs of Assistance in mind. Lexington and Concord inspired the 2nd.

Invincible Ignorance

The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

January/February 1991 issue of PC Games


The January/February 1991 issue of PC Games

Emerald Rose - Come to the Dance - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Come to the Dance at Megacon in Orlando. (02/28/2009)

Gun Expert Lott: Let Teachers Carry Arms, Ban Gun-Free Zones to Halt Mass Shootings

It is no accident, he said, that mass shootings repeatedly have occurred in designated gun-free zones, which attract lunatics looking to murder as many souls as possible before they turn their guns on themselves.

China School Knife Attack, Portland Mall Attack Receive Little Coverage

While the message of gun control proponents is that massive deaths in lone shooter incidents would end if strict gun control laws are passed, Meli's example is that deaths would be minimized by instead ending "no gun zones." Meli's anecdote is backed up by data from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, which reports that some 82,500 crimes across the nation are stopped by law-abiding gun owners annually, while only about 270 incidents involve the law-abiding citizen killing the criminal perpetrator (police also kill an average of 400 violent criminal suspects annually). The BJS also noted that law-abiding citizens were also far less likely to be injured in crimes while using firearms defending themselves. "A fifth of the victims defending themselves with a firearm suffered an injury, compared to almost half of those who defended themselves with weapons other than a firearm or who had no weapon."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Activision Fun Club New / Activision Software Club, Winter 1984/85


The Winter 1984/85 issue of Activision's newsletter

Emerald Rose - Never Split the Party "unplugged" - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Never Split the Party at Megacon in Orlando. (03/01/2009)

ABC, NBC Evening News Shows Ignore Massive Banking Scandal For More Than A Month

CNN's Erin Burnett has explained that LIBOR is "an interest rate at the core of our entire economy," adding, "It's really not wrong to say that if you can't trust LIBOR, you can't trust anything in banking." According to The Economist, the LIBOR is used "as a benchmark to set payments on about $800 trillion worth of financial instruments." Baltimore City filed a lawsuit against major banks in the first of what may be a wave of such actions, alleging that the LIBOR manipulation potentially cost it millions of dollars in investment returns.

Despite the enormous implications of the scandal, ABC's World News and NBC's Nightly News both ignored the story in the 16 days after news of the Barclays fine broke, as we documented earlier this month. In the 16 days following the period of our original study, the LIBOR blackout has continued on ABC and NBC's flagship evening news programs. Those programs have gone more than a month without mentioning the controversy.

The rights to life and to keep and bear arms are inseparable

Given that an aggressor may have weapons or may simply be a more capable fighter, individuals must be able to arm themselves sufficiently to overcome these disadvantages. That is how they exercise their right to life.

Hackers target Westboro Baptist Church after Newtown threat

The hackvitist group announced the move after several Westboro Baptist Church members announced the group’s intention to target Newtown, which was the site of a school shooting Friday that claimed the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were children ages 6 to 7.

What is wrong with these people? Westboro Baptist Church members have to be some of the most Unchristian-like people I know of. When did Christ ever teach the kind of hate that these people spew?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Advertisment for Stunts by Broderbund for the PC


Advertisment for Stunts by Broderbund for the PC. From the January/February 1991 issue of PC Games.

Emerald Rose - Queen of Argyle "unplugged" - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Queen of Argyle at Megacon in Orlando. (03/01/2009)

But aren't right-to-work laws also unjust?

Right-to-work laws and the Taft-Hartley Act from which they proceed are wholly a reaction to the Wagner Act. The proponents of Taft-Hartley first tried to get the Wagner Act repealed. When the Supreme Court ruled Wagner constitutional, conservatives passed Taft-Hartley. If the Wagner Act were not already law, Taft-Hartley would be both unnecessary and unjust.

Obama approved F-16 fighter jets as gift to Egypt

Despite instability due to the new Islamic government in Egypt, the US is sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

GameFan, Volume 2, Issue 2, January 1994


The January 1994 issue of DieHard GameFan

Emerald Rose - Hobbit Set "unplugged" - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs the Hobbit Set at Megacon 2009. (03/01/2009)

Government spying out of control

It gets worse. The Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 and permits federal agents to write their own search warrants in violation of the Fourth Amendment, actually amended FISA so as to do away with the FISA-issued search warrant requirement when the foreign person is outside the U.S. This means that if you email or call your cousin in Europe or a business colleague in Asia, the feds are reading or listening, without a warrant, without suspicion, without records and without evidence of anything unlawful.

Bernanke Wields New Tools to Reduce Unemployment Rate

Bernanke is pulling out all the stops to kick this economy back into a higher gear,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York. “They are buying everything in sight — Treasuries, mortgage-backed securities — and will keep rates low until everyone who wants a job has one.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Computer Gaming World, Issue Number 34, January 1987


The January/February 1987 issue of Computer Gaming World

Emerald Rose - Donald MacGillivray - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Donald MacGillivray at Megacon in Orlando, FL. (02/28/2009)

FBI organizes almost all terror plots in the US

The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out "lone wolf" attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.


Reports from PressTV reveal that somewhere around 3,000 troops have re-deployed to Iraq, and even reveal that 17,000 more could be in route. The thousands already re-stationed in Iraq are apparently camped out at Balad military garrison or the al-Asad air base.

Charlie Crist signs papers to become Democrat -- at the White House

Crist -- Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" and used to describe himself variously as a "Ronald Reagan Republican" and a "Jeb Bush Republican" -- on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.

If he ever becomes president, i'll know for sure he is the anti-Crist ;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Quest for the Sega Genesis


Advertisement for Disney's Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Quest by SunSoft for the Sega Genesis from the January 1994 issue of GameFan

Emerald Rose - King of the Fairies - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs King of the Fairies at Megacon in Orlando, FL. (02/28/2009)

Megalextoria: News and Politics » Napolitano on Michigan's "Right-to-Work" Legislation

Right now in Michigan, if you are in certain industries [...] you are forced to join the union. If you don't join the union, then the government forces your employer to deduct the equivalent of your union dues from your paycheck and give it to the union.

US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo

Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

Newly discovered small asteroid just misses Earth; next up is much bigger 12/12/12 asteroid

With a diameter of just 72-160 feet, XE54 is a far cry from the over six-mile wide asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs (and about 50% of all life's species) 65 million years ago. But, while it's possible an asteroid of this size would produce nothing more than a brilliant fireball as it disintegrated after entering the atmosphere, a direct hit by remaining rock chunks on a populated region could be disastrous.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Commodore World, Issue Number 9, August 1995


The August 1995 issue of Commodore World

Emerald Rose - Tree Huggin Man - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Tree Huggin Man at Megacon in Orlando, FL (02/28/2009)

Military Drones Prowl US Skies

Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Advertisement for the Journey arcade game


Advertisement for the Journey arcade game by Bally Midway from the May 1983 issue of Blip

Emerald Rose - Wild Mountain Thyme - Megacon '09

Emerald Rose performs Wild Mountain Thyme at Megacon in Orlando, FL. (02/28/2009)

US data whistleblower: 'It's a violation of everybody's constitutional rights'

Binney, a tall, professorial man in his late 60s, led the development of a secret software code he now believes is illegally collecting huge amounts of information on his fellow citizens. For the staunch Republican, who worked for 32 years at the NSA, it is a civil liberties nightmare come true.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Minstrel Revue - Donegal Green - Hoggetowne 2012

New Minstrel Revue perform Donegal Green at the 2012 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)

Antic: The Atari Resource, Volume 5, Issue 10, February 1987


The February 1987 issue of Antic for Atari 8-bit computers and the Atari ST

GOP for Big Government

Do you know anyone who voted Republican this past election in order to further President Obama’s big government agenda? It is more likely that Republican voters sought to advance a smaller version of the federal government. Assuming this is the case, why are Republican congressional leaders offering to help the president spend us into oblivion?

Internet sales tax bill filed in Florida legislature » Megalextoria: News and Politics

A bill filed in Tallahassee would allow the state to begin collecting the 6-cent tax from online shops.

Gallup: 53 Percent of Democrats Have 'Positive Image' of Socialism

According to a recent Gallup poll that asked participants if they have a positive or negative image of socialism, 53 percent of Democrats and "leaning democrats" said they have a positive image while 23 percent of Republicans and "leaning republicans" said their image is positive.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Minstrel Revue - That Was The Day - Hoggetowne 2012

The New Minstrel Revue perform 'That Was the Day' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)

Next Generation, Issue Number 27, March 1997


The March 1997 issue of Next Generation

Sen. Paul: Nation to Get "Big, Ugly" Debt Bag for Christmas

In what might loosely be described as the “spirit of the season,” the Congress of the United States will likely put together a huge grab bag “with a lot of stuff in it,” including tax- and debt-ceiling increases, and drop it down the nation’s chimney before adjourning for its Christmas recess, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) predicted Monday.

'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

The FBI records the emails of nearly all US citizens, including members of congress, according to NSA whistleblower William Binney. In an interview with RT, he warned that the government can use this information against anyone.

Federal Government Loses Big in Supreme Court Property Rights Case

The federal government suffered a major defeat today at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. In their unanimous decision, the justices rejected the government's sweeping claim that a series of recurring floods induced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not qualify as a taking of property under the Fifth Amendment because the flooding was only temporary in duration.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Minstrel Revue - When That I Was - Hoggetowne 2012

New Minstrel Revue perform "When That I Was" at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)

Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters New Realm at Solar System's Edge

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has discovered a new layer of the solar system that scientists hadn't known was there, researchers announced today (Dec. 3).

Voyager 1 and its sister probe Voyager 2 have been traveling through space since 1977, and are close to becoming the first manmade objects to leave the solar system.

DIA sending hundreds more spies overseas

The DIA overhaul — combined with the growth of the CIA since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — will create a spy network of unprecedented size. The plan reflects the Obama administration’s affinity for espionage and covert action over conventional force. It also fits in with the administration’s efforts to codify its counterterrorism policies for a sustained conflict and assemble the pieces abroad necessary to carry it out.

Domino's: Obamacare requires 34 million pizza nutrition signs in stores

Lieberman said that consumers will get stuck with the bill. “It’s one more cost consumers are going to have to pay for,” he said.

Justin Amash among 'rebellious' GOP reps booted from key U.S. House panels

Roll Call's report said Amash and others, including Reps. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., and Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., were "rebellious right-wingers" during the last Congress:

Huelskamp and Amash, for instance, both voted against the budget proposed by Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin in committee and on the floor, because it did not cut spending fast enough. They also voted against the current continuing resolution that is funding the government through the end of March.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Empty Hats - Take Her In Your Arms

Empty Hats perform 'Take Her In Your Arms' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)

April 1987 issue of RUN Magazine

Deepwater Horizon oil spill 'cleanup' made toxicity worse, study finds

The cleanup technique used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico actually made the spilled oil more than 50 times more toxic than doing nothing, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Pollution.


The American government is now using over 7,500 drones to strike targets in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed up to 3,341 people so far, despite a lack of Congressional approval. But besides being illegal on Constitutional grounds, the drone strikes set dangerous new precedents that challenge the most basic tenets of a moral society.

French Socialist in Mittal Row: We're Just Doing What Obama Does

Montebourg told CNBC after a meeting with trade unions in Paris: “Barack Obama’s nationalized. The Germans are nationalizing. All countries are nationalizing. I’ve also noticed the British nationalized 6 banks.

Friday, November 30, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, January 1992


The January 1992 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 6

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 6

The Xbox 720 Is Coming Sooner Than Anyone Anticipated

As for what exactly the gadget will look like, the rumorers say it will be cheaper and smaller than the 360, which retails starting at $300. In addition, it will have an udpated Kinect controller, a quad core processor, 8GB Ram, Blu-Ray, and augmented reality glasses, according to “leaked reports.

Rand Paul's victory over the NDAA Indefinite Detention clause

Liberty activists were hoping that the massive public outcry which ensued following the passage of the 2011-2012 NDAA bill would pressure some Senators to swing over to Sen. Paul’s side. However, due to the fact that his colleagues in the Senate this lame-duck session were mostly supporters of last year’s NDAA bill, Sen. Paul’s chances of getting them to undo that legislation seemed slim.

On Wednesday evening, something different happened.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Roadwar 2000 by SSI for the Commodore 64


Advertisement for Roadwar 2000 by SSI for the Commodore 64, Apple, IBM, Atari ST, Macintosh and Amiga. From the April 1987 issue of RUN Magazine.

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 5

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 5

The Real Problem With a Secretary of State Susan Rice

The problem with Republican complaints about Rice isn’t that they’re partisan; it’s that they’re trivial. We could have used more complaint and scrutiny, partisan or not, about the invasion of Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, and the bombing of Libya—actions which Rice quietly endorsed, supported, and championed, respectively. Instead, she gets attacked for a relatively minor issue where her main role was public relations.

No Soup for You! Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless

New York Mayor Bloomberg has taken Soup Nazi's tactics to a whole new level with his Administration's banning of food donations to all government-run facilities that serve New York City's large homeless population.

Congressman proposes 2-year ban on bills about Internet

;Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California who has been an advocate for Internet freedoms, has posted online a draft of his legislation, the Internet American Moratorium Act of 2012. The bill would "create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet. ;

Rand Paul warns of GOP becoming dinosaur

The way I look at it is entitlements are broken, and it’s not my fault, it’s not Democrats’ fault, it’s because your grandparents had too many babies. It’s because we’re living longer. These are just facts,” he said. “Taxing anyone in a weak economy is not good.

Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich take on White House over legality of drone strikes

If passed by Congress, their "resolution of inquiry" would require Attorney General Eric Holder to "transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, any documents and legal memoranda in the Attorney General's possession relating to the practice of targeted killing of United States citizens and targets abroad.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Electronic Games, March 1982


The March 1982 issue of Electronic Games

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 4

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 4

Sen. Rand Paul renews fight over indefinite detention of US citizens

Paul’s amendment takes a new tack to curb the military’s ability to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism by affirming they have the right to a speedy trial by jury under the Sixth Amendment.

The fiscal cliff: Another phony emergency to give the government more power

What the government is calling "spending cuts" are actually decreases to future increases in spending. This starts with the concept of "baseline budgeting." The government assumes that spending in each area will automatically rise by a certain percentage every year. All of the cuts triggered by the fiscal cliff are to spending increases, not to this year's spending.

That means that if Federal Program A is budgeted for $1 billion in 2012 and projected to go up to $1.1 billion in 2013, a "$50 million cut" to Program A won't result in the program spending less than $1 billion in 2013. It will spend more. Spending on Program A will go up $50 million, from $1 billion to $1.05 billion. It just won't increase as much as the government previously projected it to.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Compute!'s Gazette, Issue Number 46, April 1987


The April 1987 issue of Compute!s Gazette for Commodore personal computers.

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 3

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 3

The April 1983 issue of JoyStik

Prosecution of Anonymous activists highlights war for Internet control

Whatever one thinks of WikiLeaks, it is an indisputable fact that the group has never been charged by any government with any crime, let alone convicted of one. Despite that crucial fact, WikiLeaks has been crippled by a staggering array of extra-judicial punishment imposed either directly by the US and allied governments or with their clear acquiescence.

Lindsey Graham: 'I Will Violate The Pledge' To Not Increase Taxes

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he opposes raising income tax rates, but that he is open to increasing tax revenue by reducing the availability of deductions for things like charitable giving and mortgage interest. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Doing so would violate Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which both men have signed (as have most Republicans in Congress). Under the pledge, "candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases," according to the Americans for Tax Reform site.

This is Lindsey Graham we are talking about. This isn't news, it's just normal behavior. Seriously, the same liars get elected and people should be surprised when they keep lying?

The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack

Many of the U.N.'s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And so, to send the freewheeling digital world back to the state control of the analog era, China, Russia, Iran and Arab countries are trying to hijack a U.N. agency that has nothing to do with the Internet.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 2

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 2


Darpa wants to deploy this software initially in airports and bus stations, and if the pilot program is successful, the software could be installed at every red light, street corner, and public place in America. It could also capture feeds from video conferencing systems, video emails, and other forms of streaming media.

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

Obama Didn't Trust Romney to Use Unmanned Drones to Kill Innocent People

The Obama administration has gone to great lengths to keep everything involved with these drone strikes and kill lists as under-the-radar as possible. The article notes that a draft of this rule book has been only hand-carried from office to office and hasn't been emailed to anyone yet.

Democrats and Republicans alike have wondered how concerned they should be with Obama's control of drones. The fact that he didn't want anyone else to have the same power that he has should be a good measure of how serious this really is.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Megacon 2010 - Hamlet: Electric Boogaloo! part 1

Beautiful cheerleaders in boots and corsets, wild musical parodies, and spontaneously combustible comedy! Willie's Wenches bring you mad-capped teenage sci-fi hi-jinx and more fun than a barrel of Ewoks on Red Bull! From Shakespeare to Star Wars, we want YOU in the front row for fun! Join us (18 yoa min) for this 45 minute racey romp through Craplandia (aka Denmark) complete with dirty Disney parodies and special guest star Cthulhu puppet!
part 1

K-Power, Issue Number 4, May 1984


The May 1984 issue of K-Power

The Pilgrims' Real Thanksgiving Lesson

Faced with potential starvation in the spring of 1623, the colony decided to implement a new economic system. Every family was assigned a private parcel of land. They could then keep all they grew for themselves, but now they alone were responsible for feeding themselves. While not a complete private property system, the move away from communal ownership had dramatic results.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mega Play, Issue Number 11, August 1992


The August 1992 issue of Mega Play

You're Not Free If You Can't Secede From An Oppressive Government

Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States? Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War. On the contrary, the principles of self-government and voluntary association are at the core of our founding. Clearly, Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825 he concluded that states "should separate from our companions only when the sole alternatives left are the dissolution of our union with them, or submission to a government without limitation of powers.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Emerald Rose - Pagan Girl - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Pagan Girl at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

U.S. foreign policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 years of failure

U.S. foreign policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 years of failure

The detachment from reality exhibited by news organizations like Fox and Americans in general is stunning. Americans actually believe that Iraqis should be grateful that the United States invaded their country, destroyed their infrastructure, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and made homeless refugees of millions more.

They also believe that after deposing a relatively westernized dictator and putting the Shia majority in power, the resulting government would not seek to retaliate against U.S. support for Israel.

This is by no means an isolated incident. It is a recurring theme. Contrary to official myth, U.S. foreign policy has been a failure for the past 100 years, virtually without exception.

Gold May Pass $2,000

Gold May Pass $2,000: Schiff said the reason why the price isn't higher than $2,000 now is that many people don't have a full grasp of the country's current economic challenges.


Friday, November 16, 2012

TurboPlay, Issue Number 14, August/September 1992

Retro Gaming / TurboPlay, Issue Number 14, August/September 1992

Emerald Rose - Merry May Folk - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Merry May Folk at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedoms

They are two of America’s most celebrated presidents. One, a Republican who had a storied military career, created the American conservation movement and once gave a speech after being shot by a would-be assassin; the other, a Democrat who overcame dyslexia as a child only to lead America to victory in World War I and formulate the idea of an international body of nations dedicated to the preservation of peace. These are the tales all American schoolchildren are taught about Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. However, they are also a whitewashed view of two U.S. presidents who, more than any other, set the United States on a path of expansionist government that has given us anti-liberty policies like Obamacare.

Did Freedom Win?

Years of government impositions change people. At Obama's celebration, people didn't mention freedom, but they sure mentioned handouts, like taxpayer-financed higher education. It's as if their attitude is: What can government give me? They don't realize that "free stuff" only seems free because the real cost is hidden.

Napolitano: If BP Case Had Been Civil Rather Than Criminal, Settlement Money Would Have Gone to Those Harmed Instead of the Government

Napolitano: If BP Case Had Been Civil Rather Than Criminal, Settlement Money Would Have Gone to Those Harmed Instead of the Government

Silencing General Petraeus

The evidence that Gen. David Petraeus, formerly the commander of US troops in Afghanistan, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign from the CIA to silence him is far stronger than is the version of events that the Obama administration has given us.

The government would have us believe that because the FBI confronted Petraeus with his emails showing a pattern of inappropriate personal private behavior, he voluntarily departed his job as the country’s chief spy to avoid embarrassment. The government would also have us believe that the existence of the general’s relationship with Paula Broadwell, an unknown military scholar who wrote a book about him last year, was recently and inadvertently discovered by the FBI while it was conducting an investigation into an alleged threat made by Broadwell to another woman. And the government would as well have us believe that the president learned of all this at 5 p.m. on Election Day.

Hostess, parent company of Merita Bread, going out of business

Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

No more twinkies?!?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Computer Gaming World, Issue Number 49, July 1988

The July 1988 issue of Computer Gaming World:

Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown

Marc Faber: Prepare for a Massive Market Meltdown 

The markets are going to go into meltdown soon, so expect stocks to lose 20 percent of their value, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Tuesday.

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how:

Gen. David Petraeus, the former head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, resigned over the weekend after he was found to have engaged in an extra-marital affair. What caught Petraeus out was, of all things, his usage of Google’s online email service, Gmail.

This has not only landed the former CIA chief in hot water but has ignited the debate over how, when, and why governments and law enforcement agencies are able to access ordinary citizens’ email accounts, even if they are the head of the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BLiP: The Video Games Magazine, Issue Number 3, April 1983

Retro Gaming / BLiP: The Video Games Magazine, Issue Number 3, April 1983

#VideoGames #80s #1980s #1983

A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, Issue Number 75, August 1989


The August 1989 issue of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing.

FBI's abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation

But, as unwarranted and invasive as this all is, there is some sweet justice in having the stars of America’s national security state destroyed by the very surveillance system which they implemented and over which they preside. As Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation put it this morning: “Who knew the key to stopping the Surveillance State was to just wait until it got so big that it ate itself?

State Republicans may be more open to Obamacare

I believe it is the law of the land," Weatherford said. " I also think that the Legislature wanted to wait and see what happened in the presidential election.  That would have a big impact on, probably, what we needed to do.  We have some choices to make.

White House 'secede' petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation

By 6:00 a.m. EST Wednesday, more than 675,000 digital signatures appeared on 69 separate secession petitions covering all 50 states, according to a Daily Caller analysis of requests lodged with the White House's "We the People" online petition system.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Emerald Rose - Red-Haired Mary - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Red-Haired Mary at Megacon in Orlando. (February 25th, 2006)

Tutankham (Atari 2600)


Advertisement for the Atari 2600 / Atari VCS game Tutankham by Parker Brothers from the April 1983 issue of BLiP: The Video Games Magazine

Converting the National Debt into Gold

President Obama's contribution of $5,595 billion to the U.S. national debt during his term in office through 1 November 2012 would be represented by a solid gold cube that is 55.7 feet high by 55.7 feet long by 55.7 feet wide, which would represent about 60% of all the gold that is known to exist in the world.

Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution

He wanted to force lawmakers to wait one day for every 20 pages of a bill before a vote can occur — that never saw the light of day. He wanted to make sure every bill explicitly lays out its constitutional authority — that proposal is gathering dust. Often, he finds himself on the losing end of his own party — most notably on his recent push to slash foreign aid that failed resoundingly 10-81 over fears it would have weakened national security.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Emerald Rose - Wild Mountain Thyme - Megacon '06

Emerald Rose performs Wild Mountain Thyme at Megacon in Orlando, FL. (February 25th, 2006)

Unfortunately, this isn't quite the whole song.

Your Commodore, Issue Number 19, April 1986


The April 1986 issue of Your Commodore

Game Informer, Issue Number 56, December 1997


The December 1997 issue of Game Informer

Ron Paul Legacy Could Trigger a Libertarian Takeover in the 2014 Midterm Elections

The untold story in this election is the quiet infiltration of a small, new liberty caucus in Congress. These newly elected officials, all Republican and all backed by Young Americans for Liberty PAC, are just the beginning of what could possibly turn into a stealthy libertarian takeover of the Republican Party and the federal government.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Emerald Rose - Hobbit Set - Megacon 2012

Emerald Rose performs their Hobbit Set at Megacon 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

Several ‘Ron Paul Republicans’ win closely contested House races

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul will retire from Congress next year after serving for 12 terms, but several Republicans influenced by the iconic libertarian-leaning lawmaker will be arriving to take his place.

Four more years to crush personal freedoms

Only in America can a president who inherits a deep recession and whose policies have actually made the effects of that recession worse get re-elected. Only in America can a president get re-elected who wants the bureaucrats who can’t run the Post Office to micromanage the administration of every American’s health care. Only in America can a president who kills Americans overseas who have never been charged or convicted of a crime get re-elected. Only in America can a president who borrowed and spent more than $5 trillion in fewer than four years, plans to repay none of it, and promises to borrow another $5 trillion in his second term, get re-elected.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Electronic Gaming Monthly, Issue Number 86, September 1996


The September 1996 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly

The Terrifying Line in Obama's Speech That Everyone Missed

But while everyone was picking apart these and other flaws in Obama's speech, they overlooked the most frightening line of all. That was when Obama promised that he'd pursue "the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one."

That promise might have made liberal hearts swoon. But as Amity Shlaes explained in her outstanding history of the era -- "The Forgotten Man" -- it was precisely FDR's "bold, persistent experimentation" that was largely to blame for the length, depth and severity of the Great Depression.


Hoggetowne 2012 - Royal Procession

The royal procession at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 4

Tribal Circus performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Who Is Gary Johnson? And Why Is the GOP So Mad at Him?

<blockquote class='posterous_long_quote'>The GOP isn't ignoring him anymore. Now that Johnson is threatening to siphon votes from Mitt Romney in close elections in Colorado and Nevada (he's also on the ballot in 46 other states and Washington, D.C.), Republicans are doing whatever they can to limit his appeal. Michigan party officials kept him off the ballot because he filed his paperwork three minutes late. In Pennsylvania, the GOP hired a private detective who went to canvassers' homes and flashed his old FBI badge before questioning the signatures they collected, a lawyer for Johnson's campaign alleged. The state GOP and the investigator denied doing anything improper. (On Oct. 10 a judge decided that Johnson will be on the Pennsylvania ballot.) The experience has left Johnson, 59, alienated from some of his old comrades--which, it turns out, he doesn't mind at all. "Going to Republican events, as I did a zillion times, I listened to Republican candidates do their spiel. I cringed at a lot of what they said, whether it was abortion, the terrorist threat, the homophobia, the 'illegal immigrant is the source of all our problems'--man, that stuff made me crazy. The kook element of the Libertarians gets up, and I don't cringe."</blockquote>

Thursday, November 1, 2012

VideoGaming & ComputerGaming Illustrated, October 1983


VideoGaming & ComputerGaming Illustrated, October 1983

Airborne Ranger by MicroProse


Advertisement for Airborne Ranger by MicroProse for the Commodore 64/128 and IBM PC/Tandy compatibles - from the February 1989 issue of RUN Magazine

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 3

Tribal Circus performing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. 2012-01-29

Ron Paul 2012 Endorsements | LibertyPAC

Feds Try to Take Innocent Elderly Couple's Mom-and-Pop Motel

All Russ and his wife want is to peacefully operate their motel. But because their property was worth one million dollars and carried no mortgage, and because a handful of drug crimes had taken place on the property over 20 years (which represent less than .05 percent of the 125,000 rooms the Caswells rented over that period of time), the federal government is trying to take the Caswell's property through civil forfeiture, sell the land and keep the money.

Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras

CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Battle Chasers #6

Girls of Gaming, Volume 1


Girls of Gaming, Volume 1 presented by Play Magazine

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 2

Tribal Circus at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Cop Tasers Little Boy

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.

Megalextoria: Space » NASA's Huge New SLS Rocket Could Power Missions Far Beyond Mars

NASA is contemplating space journeys far beyond a near-Earth asteroid, the moon or Mars for its new heavy-lift rocket in development. The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is called, could instead visit the moon of Pluto or return samples from other outer planets.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Imagic Numb Thumb News, Volume 2, 1983

Transactor for the Amiga, Volume 2, Issue 4, July 1989


The July 1989 issue of Transactor for the Amiga

Tribal Circus - Hoggetowne 2012 - 1

Tribal Circus at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

The Avalanche Of New Obamacare Rules Will Come In January, 2013

When Congress wrote 2,700 pages of legislation to create ObamaCare, that was only the starting point in the government's re-engineering of our health sector. Tens of thousands of pages of regulation or more are needed to provide detailed guidance dictating exactly how its maze of new programs must operate.

But deadlines are looming for ObamaCare for programs that are required to begin in 2014. And the administration is significantly behind schedule, with insiders speculating the White House is waiting until after the election to issue an avalanche of rules, many of which are sure to be controversial.

Fear No Hurricane: Obama Quietly Approved Federal Subsidies to Houses in Floodplains in July

Four months before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, President Obama quietly signed legislation expanding the federal program that offers taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance to ocean-front homeowners.

Cops Raid Free Poker Tournament, Because in Florida Gambling Does Not Require Betting

Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Joshua Riba told the Times that Florida’s definition of gambling, rather counterintuitively, does not require betting.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wolverine #137


Wolverine #137 from April 1999

Commodore Magazine, Volume 10, Number 6, June 1989


The June 1989 issue of Commodore Magazine

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2012 - Pub Sing

Pub Sing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. This clip features New Minstrel Revue with the fiddler from Empty Hats.

I believe the title of this song is 'A Singer's Request'. It's the last track on this cd:

Canadian Association of Police Chiefs Calls on Government to Approve U.S.-Style Internet Surveillance

For those who think that certain countries are somehow immune to the sweeping cancer that is the total erosion of privacy and our most essential rights, that myth should be at least partially swept away by the fact that the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs is calling on the government there to pass a controversial internet surveillance bill.

Gary Johnson at America's crossroads: Is government inherently evil

Gary Johnson at America’s crossroads: Is government inherently evil

Whether you support Gary Johnson or not or whether you consider yourself libertarian or not, this article is worth reading. It does a good job of explaining the libertarian view of government.