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.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Game Fan, Volume 1, Issue 5, April 1993

Jousting - Hoggetowne 2012

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

NSA: We Will Illegally Spy on Citizens Only When Absolutely Necessary

The National Security Agency (NSA) says Americans should trust them to use their surveillance powers only for good. This from the group whose leader refused to say how many Americans they are spying on because it was “beyond the capacity of his office and dedicating sufficient additional resources would likely impede the NSA’s mission.”

In other words, the NSA is too busy illegally recording our private emails, texts, Facebook posts, and phone calls to figure out how many of us are already caught in their net. And, furthermore, there is nothing Congress can do about it.

Apparently, NSA thinks it’s beyond the court’s oversight, as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Commodore Magazine, Volume 10, Issue Number 2, February 1989


The February 1989 issue of Commodore Magazine

Empty Hats - Donald_McGillavry - Hoggetowne 2012

Empty Hats perform "Donald McGillavry" at the 2012 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Prison May Be the Next Stop on a Gold Currency Journey

Described by some as “the Rosa Parks of the constitutional currency movement,” Mr. von NotHaus managed over the last decade to get more than 60 million real dollars’ worth of his precious metal-backed currency into circulation across the country — so much, and with such deep penetration, that the prosecutor overseeing his case accused him of “domestic terrorism” for using them to undermine the government.

Of course, if you ask him what caused him to be living here in exile, waiting with the rabbits for his sentence to be rendered, he will give a different account of what occurred.

“This is the United States government,” he said in an interview last week. “It’s got all the guns, all the surveillance, all the tanks, it has nuclear weapons, and it’s worried about some ex-surfer guy making his own money? Give me a break!”

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oh My Goddess! Part VIII No. 4, Hail To The Chief 1 of 3

Oh My Goddess! Part VIII No. 4, Hail To The Chief 1 of 3

Girls of Gaming Volume 5


Girls of Gaming Volume 5 (presented by Play magazine)

Commodore User, Issue Number 15, December 1984


The December 1984 issue of Commodore User (also incorporating Vic Computing)

Empty Hats - La La La Song - Hoggetowne 2012

Empty Hats perform "La La La Song" at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Ron Paul: Man of the Left - How the libertarian Republican scrambles progressive priorities

At Occupy Wall Street encampments around the nation last fall, most of the activists rallied against modern American capitalism and in favor of government aid to the now-famous 99 percent. But from New York to Philadelphia, from Seattle to Los Angeles, Occupiers were joined (or infiltrated, in the eyes of some) by activists talking up the benefits of a truly freed market, without government giveaways to favored interests or central bank manipulations of the economy. This minority took its inspiration from Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. The confluence between libertarian and progressive activism surprised many, including Paul himself. But it was the strongest indicator yet that the Ron Paul uprising poses a unique challenge—and potential attraction—to the American left.

Third Party Presidential Debate | C-SPAN

Four Third Party Presidential candidates participated in a debate in Chicago, organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

The participants included Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. The hour and half even was moderated by former CNN anchor Larry King and Christina Tobin, founder and chair of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

Gary Johnson’s Statement On Foreign Policy Presidential Debate

Gary E. Johnson is an American businessman, a former Governor of New Mexico, and the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Johnson is known for his low-tax libertarian views. He is the author of Seven Principles of Good Government.

Campaign for Liberty | Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

<blockquote class='posterous_medium_quote'>Campaign for Liberty sent surveys to candidates running for Congress and State Legislator. Find your state below to find out where your candidates stand.  Sections not linked will be posted after their deadline on October 24th.</blockquote>

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Millipede Advertisement

Advertisement for the Millipede arcade game by Atari from the January 1983 issue of Video Games

Info, Issue Number 15, July / August 1987


The July / August 1987 issue of Info for Commodore 8-bit and Amiga computers

Empty Hats - Black Velvet Band - Hoggetowne 2012

Empty Hats perform 'Black Velvet Band' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)

Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years

Overall, welfare spending as measured by obligations has grown from $563 billion in fiscal 2008 to $746 billion in fiscal 2011, or a jump of 32 percent.

So under Obama welfare spending has grown 32% and meanwhile, the 'fiscally conservative' Romney proposes more than $2 trillion in increased defense spending.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rising Stars #14

Commodore Magazine, August 1989


The August 1989 issue of Commodore Magazine for Commodore (64 & 128) and Amiga Users

Video Games: The Ultimate Gaming Magazine, Number 81, October 1995


The October 1995 issue of Video Games magazine

Hoggetowne 2012 - Swings

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

Who Bought Your Politician? Check With Our Embeddable Widget

Ask politicians whether campaign contributions influence their decisions, and they’ll tell you certainly not.

Ask any citizen, and they’ll likely give the opposite answer.

With that in mind, we’re re-introducing a web-based embeddable widget — for anybody to use — that lists the top 10 donors and their contributions to any member of the House and Senate, their opponents, and the presidential candidates. Wired updated the widget in conjunction with Maplight, the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit dedicated to following money and politics.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Minstrel Revue - Jamie Raeburn - Hoggetowne 2012

New Minstrel Revue perform Jamie Raeburn at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. (2012-01-29)

Ron Paul Will Not Endorse Romney Because He Rightly Thinks America is a One Party System

In the end, Paul sealed the deal with finality: “[Obama and Romney] represent a one party system. Somebody said, ‘why don’t we get a third party?’ And another one said, and I think correctly so, ‘why don’t we get a second party?’ … I’ve been in this business a long time, and believe me,” he said, “there is essentially no difference one administration to another, no matter what the platform.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vampi No. 13

Next Generation, Issue Number 8, September 1997

A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, Issue Number 43, June 1986

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) -

Army to Congress: Thanks, but no tanks

“When a relatively conservative institution like the U.S. military, which doesn’t like to take risks because risks get people killed, says it has enough tanks, I think generally civilians should be inclined to believe them,” said Travis Sharp a fellow at the defense think tank, New American Security.

But guess which group of civilians isn’t inclined to agree with the generals on this point?


Way to save money, cut costs and lower the deficity, congress!

Rand Paul: Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Speech Left Me 'A Bit Dismayed'

;A Tea Party Republican known for his libertarian bent, Paul stated that he would not support any call for an American intervention in Syria. He criticized Romney’s approach as one that has not taken into account the complexities of the situation on the ground.

In his column, Paul criticized an “act first, think later” approach to foreign policy that has involved the United States in long and messy campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan — costing trillions of dollars and “tens of thousands of casualties in the loss of the lives and limbs of our soldiers.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

X-Men #35 (1994)

Advertisement for Wild 9 by Shiny Entertainment


Advertisement from the September 1997 issue of Next Generation for Wild 9 by Shiny Entertainment for the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation

Compute!, Issue Number 89, October 1987


"The Leading Magazine Of Home, Educational And Recreational Computing"

The New Minstrel Revue - The Minguelay Boat Song - Hoggetowne (2012-01-29)

The New Minstrel Revue perform 'The Minguelay Boat Song' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, FL.

Reality Check: What Is The Petro-dollar and Why Is China Trying

(FOX19) -

There is a lot of talk from Presidential candidates about how to get America's economy moving again. But something virtually no politician is talking about is something called the petro-dollar.

Tonight, we'll tell you what it is and why China is pro-actively working to destroy it.

This is a Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.

View a document that further explains the petro-dollar here.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.

Government Dependency Will End in Chaos

Government does not create resources when it taxes people and prints money; it merely redistributes the wealth, while supporting a massive, wasteful bureaucracy along the way. Government is a giant, blood-sucking parasite on our otherwise healthy economy. For too long we have entrusted too much economic power and influence to irresponsible politicians in Washington. It’s the chaos that ensues after they run the system into the ground that will be so painful for so many people. But realigning our economy with the free market and away from government mandates and handouts must happen in order for it to thrive again.

The answer is not to keep asking government to do more. The answer is to extricate our economy and ourselves from the grasp of Washington DC as much as possible now, before our dependency becomes our downfall.

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson’s supporters are not a “nonfactor” in this election

NDAA: The Biggest Election Issue No One's Talking About

The NDAA is so poorly defined that it becomes a bit of an inkblot test for its possible effect. But the thing is, when it comes to basic, constitutionally protected, fundamental freedoms, we typically don’t take an “Ahh, y’know what I mean” approach. What we do know is, pursuant to the NDAA, American citizens on American soil can be jailed indefinitely without the right to legal counsel if suspected of being a terrorist. And as Senator Rand Paul has pointed out, there are already all sorts of things on the books that can make you a suspect, such as missing fingers or having more than a week’s worth of food in your house.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Uncanny X-Men #366

Advertisement for Gorf and Wizard of Wor for the Atari 2600 (VCS)

Advertisement for Gorf and Wizard of Wor for the Atari VCS (Atari 2600) from the Spring 1983 issue of Creative Computing's Video & Arcade Games

Commodore: The MicroComputer Magazine, Issue Number 19, August/September 1982

Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

“Considering the lack of demand for electric vehicles, despite billions of dollars from the Obama administration that were supposed to stimulate it, it’s not surprising what has happened with LG Chem. Just because a ton of money is poured into a product does not mean that people will buy it,” Paul Chesser, an associate fellow with the National Legal and Policy Center, told

The 650,000-square-foot, $300 million facility was slated to produce 15,000 batteries per year, while creating hundreds of new jobs. But to date, only 200 workers are employed at the plant by by the South Korean company. Batteries for the Chevy Volts that have been produced have been made by an LG plant in South Korea.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sega Challenge: The Team Sega Newsletter


Issue Number 2, Spring 1988

Compute!'s Gazette, May 1988


The May 1988 issue of Compute!'s Gazette for Commodore 64/128 users.

The Sea Dragon at Hoggetowne (2012-01-29)

The Sea Dragon at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, FL.


Liftoff! SpaceX Dragon Launches 1st Private Space Station Cargo Mission

Sunday night’s launch was nearly flawless. One of the Falcon 9 rocket nine engines apparently shut down unexpectedly during the ascent, but the booster’s eight other engines compensated for the glitch and delivered the Dragon spacecraft into its intended orbit, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said after the flight. The rocket is designed to do exactly that in the event of an engine anomaly, she added.

"Nearly Flawless" might be a bit of an exaggeration. The engine that "shut down unexpectedly" appeared to actually disintegrate or explode as can be seen in this slow-motion youtube video (at about the 30 second mark):

Having said that, the Falcon 9 is designed to function normally with failures in up to two of the nine engines and it did just that. Congrats SpaceX!

Romney Vows To Arm Al-Qaeda Terrorists In Syria

The Obama administration has already sent over $200 million dollars in “humanitarian” and non-lethal aid to the rebels, while the CIA has helped the likes of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar funnel heavy arms to rebel groups in the region.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Star Wars: Empire #9

Star Wars: Empire #9

Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 9, June 1999


The June 1999 issue of The Official U.S. Sony PlayStation Magazine

Compute!'s Apple, Volume 2, Number 1 (Issue 3)


The Spring/Summer 1986 issue of Compute!'s Apple specific publication.

Delta IV Launch (2012-01-19)

Delta 4 rocket launching the WGS 4 military communications satellite as seen from the West Melbourne, Florida area.

Rocket: Delta 4
Payload: WGS 4
Date: Jan. 19, 2012
Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Florida


"The Wideband Global SATCOM 4 spacecraft, better known as WGS 4, rode a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket away from the Florida spaceport's pad 37B at 7:38 p.m. EST (0038 GMT) on a 40-minute ascent to supersynchronous orbit.

Liftoff occurred at the opening minute of a launch window set months in advance.

Valued at $464 million, the 6.5-ton satellite will enhance military communications over a turbulent portion of the globe when it commences broadcasting duties in a few months."

Romney-Obama debate as competitive as professional wrestling

As for other cuts, Romney confirmed he’s really not making any. When Obama peddled the canard that the Paul Ryan budget would make draconian cuts to federal spending on education, Romney truthfully answered, “I’m not cutting education.” Ditto for Medicaid. Ditto for the whole federal monster. Romney isn’t going to cut a penny. He’s going to increase spending. So is Obama.

When Romney (or most politicians) refer to cuts, what they usually mean is that they are not going to increase spending as quickly. Spending, the debt and most likely the deficit will all continue to grow under Romney just as they will under Obama. Whatever net spending differences there actually are are so insignificant as to not be worth talking about.

16 Critical Economic Issues That Obama And Romney Avoided During The Debate

Perhaps the biggest failure on Wednesday night was debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS. His questions were about as far from “hard hitting” as you could get.

The hour and a half debate was almost entirely about the economy, and yet almost all of the critical economic issues were ignored.

Yes, Obama and Romney have slight differences when it comes to tax rates and regulations, but those small differences are not going to do much to change the direction of this country one way or another.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Retro Gaming / Atari Age, Volume 1, Issue 6, April 1983


The April 1983 issue of Atari Age

Zzap!, Issue Number 52, August 1989


The August 1989 issue of Zzap!

The Great Pumpkin Roll

The fate of last Halloween's pumpkins...

Filipino Government Imposes Worst Set of Internet Regulations Ever

According to Guingona, the law is so broad and vague that it’s not even clear who should be liable for a given statement online, and if you’re found guilty, you can spend up to 12 years in prison.

Coming soon to America if we are not careful...

Election 2012: A failure and a disappointment

In his lust to build a new world order in the Middle East, a goal for which he roundly criticized President George W. Bush, Mr. Obama has unilaterally, unconstitutionally and unlawfully killed Americans there. He killed Osama bin Laden when he could have captured him, and he let a mob kill our ambassador to Libya when he could have protected him — all to justify a value-free foreign policy that has no lasting friends or enemies, just fleeting interests. He has killed thousands in foreign lands in secret, using drones that will soon find their way here and come back to haunt him.

Perhaps the next month will prove me wrong on Mr. Romney, but so far he is putting the electorate to sleep. I believe him when he claims to favor free market approaches to the nation’s economic ills, but I don’t believe him when he rails against big government and central economic planning, because his record belies his words. He is, of course, the father of the individual mandate — a totalitarian giant leap forward for the welfare state. He has stated that if elected and re-elected, he will borrow money every year he is in office until the last.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Star Wars #39: The Stark Hyperspace War #4 of 4


Star Wars #39: The Stark Hyperspace War #4 of 4

Activision Fun Club News, Issue Number 3, Summer 1983


The Summer 1983 issue of Activision's Fun Club News

Sync: The Magazine For Sinclair Users, Volume 2, Number 4, July / August 1982


The July / August issue of Sync, a magazine for Timex/Sinclair ZX80/81 and Spectrum users.

Cocoa Beach Air Show 2011 part 4

Scenes from the Cocoa Beach Air Show, November 6th, 2011 -

'Babylon 5' Star, Michael O'Hare Dies At Age 60

The sci-fi community has lost another star as it has been reported that Michael O'Hare has passed away on Friday, September 28, due to complications of a heart attack that had occurred 5 days earlier. Michael O'Hare may not be a well-known actor but to science-fiction fans, he carved a spot in the genre as the leader of the space station 'Babylon 5, Commander Jeffrey Sinclair.


Open up the Debates!

It’s “a rigged system designed entirely to protect and perpetuate the two-party duopoly,” charges Johnson lieutenant Ron Nielson. Nielson is biased, of course, but he’s not wrong. The major party organizations created the CPD — its first co-chairs were the chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties — in order to seize control of the debates from the independent League of Women Voters. The scam worked: The League pulled out in 1988, decrying “a fraud on the American voter.

I think there should be at least two "third party" candidates in the debates. At least the first few. Even if they don't win they can at least force discussion of some issues that the big two seem to ignore...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adrenalynn: Weapon of War #2

3x3 Eyes: Curse of the Gesu #5 of 5

Duo World, Issue Number 1, July / August 1993

The July / August 1993 issue of Duo World

TPUG Magazine: The official publication for the world's largest international Commodore users group, Issue Number 1, February 1984

The February 1984 issue of TPUG

Bernanke Warns Congress: Don’t Change Law To Review Fed’s Policy Discussions

The chairman cautioned Congress against adopting a law that would allow it to review the Fed’s interest-rate policy discussions. The House has passed legislation to broaden Congress’ investigative authority over the Fed and allow a review of its interest-rate policymaking. The Senate hasn’t adopted the bill.

If you have not yet done so, call or write your senator and urge them to support S 202 "The Federal Reserve Transparency Act" and sign the petition at

NDAA Plaintiffs Say Obama Flipped Out When A Judge Blocked The Act Because He Was Already Detaining People

“Anyone who dissents is in threat,” Hedges wrote in response to a question about who should fear the act. “The legislation, as the dumped emails by Wikileaks from the security firm Stafford illustrated, allows the state to tie a legitimate dissident group to terrorism and strip them of their right of dissent.”

Monday, October 1, 2012

Advertisement for SimEarth for the Turbo Duo


Advertisement for SimEarth for the Turbo Duo from the July / August 1993 issue of Duo World.

INFO, Issue Number 10, May / June 1986


May/June 1986 issue of INFO

Florida: Court Approves Detaining Motorists at Toll Booth

<blockquote class='posterous_short_quote'>Motorists can be held indefinitely at toll booths if they pay with large denomination bills, according to a federal appeals court ruling handed down Wednesday.</blockquote>

Not QUITE as bad as it sounds but still, if the court is going to say it is ok to detain someone for using large bills, even if only temporarily, then better notification should be given to drivers that this is the case. Currently it doesn't matter since they apparently stopped this procedure in 2010.

Obama to Issue Disastrous "Cybersecurity" Executive Order

The American people stopped Congress from passing disastrous so-called cybersecurity bills that would infringe on the free speech and privacy of internet users. Nothing short of amazing happened when Congress tried to ram through CISPA, SOPA, and PIPA. The defeat of these bills showed the power of grassroots activism as countless activists rose up and took action by calling their congressmen and spreading the word on social media.

Senator Joe Lieberman hasn’t been pleased.

Lieberman was the lead co-sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that failed to muster up the 60 votes it needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.

Now, according to the Daily Caller, Lieberman is pushing Obama to issue a cybersecurity executive order identical to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012: