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Vermont Public Radio Explains the Iowa Caucus with LEGO

If you’ve wondered how the Iowa Caucuses work, Taylor Dobbs & Angela Evancie and Vermont Public Radio have put together this handy video with LEGO figures to help explain it all.

There is a difference between the Democrats and Republicans when it comes to this and if you’d like to find that out, you can here.

Today’s the big day, so if you’re out in Iowa, go participate and sound off with your experience below!


Trump is Gollum? Rand Paul Butchers the Lord of the Rings

Rand 2016Politicians and candidates referencing comic books and movies is nothing new. Cong. Alan Grayson sent an email referencing Green Lantern. Marco Rubio’s Presidential team listed their love of comics on their Twitter profile.

Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul has gone on a weird tangent comparing fellow Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.

In a Facebook post entitled “Electing Gollum Should Not Be Our Objective,” Paul for President wrote:

One candidate on this national stage wants you to give him power. He tells you he is rich, so he must be smart.

If you give him power he claims he will fix America, but there is another tradition in America. A tradition that believes that power corrupts, and that our goal should be not to gain power but to contain power or limit Presidential power. Our founding fathers feared centralization of power.

They wrote the constitution to restrain the accumulation of power by the government. Trump is ignorant of this tradition, or worse yet, he is overtly opposed to the limited government tradition.

This race should not be about who can grasp the ring. Electing Gollum should not be our objective. This race should be about which candidate will best protect you from an overbearing government.

I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.

The Lord of the Rings reference comes out of left field a bit. In an email Paul’s team continued, expanding on the metaphor with a fundraising pitch:

In many ways, the campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has reminded me of one of my favorite movie series.

Lord of the Rings.

You may recall the character Gollum. Gollum was a man who become corrupted by absolute power, and became obsessed with obtaining the “Ring of Power, the ring to rule them all”.

Donald Trump shares Gollum’s unquenchable thirst for absolute power and to rule over Mordor. Or in this case, Washington, D.C.

Patriot, you and I must do everything that we can stop Gollum from gaining the Ring of Power.

Will you donate anything you can afford to help my campaign?

You may also recall there is a scene in the last movie, where Aragorn is leading his men into battle against Suaron and his Orc armies.

He tells them this before the battle:

“I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day… Today we fight!”

As we approach the Iowa Caucus, your support means more than ever.

Together, we can defeat Donald Trump, win the Iowa Caucus and defeat the Washington Machine. Donate anything you can today.

I am counting on you.

Ok, maybe they shouldn’t have expanded on it? Where to begin, but we’ll go for the easiest:

  1. Gollum is a Stoor Hobbit, not a man
  2. Gollum doesn’t want to rule Mordor

So, while a nice attempt recounting Paul’s “favorite movie,” the email fails on multiple levels, and should cost him the Tolkein fan vote.

Canada Gets their own Commander in Geek

The Liberal Party of Canada dominated the Canadian election this Monday. The party won 184 seats, 54% of them, giving them a majority, and making Justin Trudeau the next leader of the country. It also continues geeks taking over in politics. Trudeau is a comic fan, even having attended comic cons in the past.

Here’s a photo of Trudeau at the 2012 Montreal Comic Con. Yes, Canada’s Prime Minister sides with the Rebel Alliance.

trudeau montreal comic con

But, one photo doesn’t make a geek. Here’s Trudeau playing with his kids. While election results were coming in, they were celebrating the new Star Wars trailer.

And finally him being asked who his favorite Avengers is.

Congrats Canada, the Liberal Party, and Justin Trudeau!





Full Disclosure: I was involved and did work with the Canadian election, and particularly the Liberal Party and its candidates

Team Rubio, X-Men and Walking Dead Fans

On Monday I ran a story about how the team for Marco Rubio noted that they’re fans of Marvel and DC Comics‘ television shows and movies. It was a rather odd thing to include in a Presidential Twitter bio. After a few Tweets pestering them why they didn’t show any love for indie comics, I decided to go with an easier one. Now we know what they’re fans of.

So a series about the apocalypse and another that focuses a lot on tolerance/racism/and exclusion. Some lessons to be learned from both as the campaign chugs along.




Voter Lookup.

Tuesday, November 4 is the 2014 midterm elections. We believe in free speech here, and the greatest speech is getting out to vote. You can use the below tool to find your local polling place, who’s on the ballot, and even local initiatives.

We may be a partisan site, but in the end it’s important you get out there and do your civic duty in the end. This Tuesday, head to the polls, and be counted.

Voter Lookup.

Tuesday, November 4 is the 2014 midterm elections. We believe in free speech here, and the greatest speech is getting out to vote. You can use the below tool to find your local polling place, who’s on the ballot, and even local initiatives.

We may be a partisan site, but in the end it’s important you get out there and do your civic duty in the end. This Tuesday, head to the polls, and be counted.

The Hulk Dips Into Brazilian Politics

Mark Ruffalo, the actor who you might know as Bruce Banner/the Hulk in Marvel’s movies, is outspoken when it comes to politics and numerous issues he finds important. He’s been involved in numerous international issues, and forums. Recently he waded into Brazilian politics, endorsing a presidential candidate, Marina Silva, then reversed his position the next day.

“Marina Silva is probably one of the most interesting and exciting politicians on the world stage today,” he said in a YouTube video, endorsing the presidential candidate.

This endorsement (you can watch the video below) got legions of gay rights activists to urge Ruffalo to reconsider citing the candidates lack of support for gay marriage.

Ruffalo asked the candidate whose aide responded she was, linking to her campaign platform with pledges support for the gay community. Many activists pressed further doubting the actual support. This playing out on Twitter got Ruffalo’s name to trend in Brazil.

Ruffalo then backtracked:

It has come to my attention that the Brazilian Candidate for President, Marina Silva, may be against gay marriage… It is a little bit murky and unclear presently. I have to apologise for not doing a better job of vetting this decision.

…my support is null and void.

Silva is one of three leading candidates for the presidency in Sunday’s election.

(via BBC)

There’s a Klingon Running for Senate

David-Waddell-jpgYou might remember politician David Waddell. He made national attention when he resigned from the Indian Trail town council, writing the letter in Klingon. For those who might not know, Klingon is a language (and alien race) from the science fiction series Star Trek.

Now Waddell is an official write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. It took him about four months to collect the 500 signatures needed to be recognized in the race. Candidates who aren’t able to collect the signatures have their votes not counted. There’s actually two other official write-in candidates so far.

Waddell is a former Repbulican and left the party due to the party’s nominating rules. He felt they were changed to keep candidates like Ron Paul from “having a chance.” Waddell is running as a constitutional conservative advocating for a shakeup of the status quo and advocating for limited intrusion from the federal government.

Brazil’s Politicians Channel Superheroes

While here in the United States politicians tend to hide their goofy side, in Brazil, it’s a whole other situation. There, politicians have no problem channeling their inner superhero to court voters. Via the New York Times, there an auditor flies through the air like Superman, shooting laser beams from his eyes while using font last seen in He-Man. The candidate for a Catalão City Council seat dressed as Spider-Man and vanquished scoundrels in striped prison uniforms with well-aimed body blows.

This is all a move to cut through and grab voters’ attention. With over 20 political parties, you need to do whatever you can I guess.

If only our elections were this entertaining.

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Fans and Politics

Work is underway for the 2014 elections for the Senate, House and more. We’ll be tracking how comic fans break down in the political spectrum throughout this election year. It’s around the first of the month so I again dove into Facebook to figure out how it all shakes out and what has changed since last month’s statistics.

For these stats, I used the terms I’d normally use to determine other demographic breakdowns of comic fans. Facebook also provides the ability to break down those stats into convenient groups as far as politics which I have used. However, Facebook is now providing even more data including voter registration and donation habits.

According to Facebook 9.6 million “comic fans” are “active” politically in the United States, that’s 400,000 more than the previous report. This breaks down further into 5.4 million men (56.25%), and 4 million women (41.67%). Men have made all the gains. That also makes political active “comic fans” 19.50% of the individuals active politically which account for a little over 49 million of the 180 million individuals in the United States.

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Party affiliation is pretty clear as folks can indicate a party or none (which I assume is what the non-partisan stat is). The non-partisans make up the majority of comic fans with 48.53%, liberals are 26.47% of comic fans and 25% of comic fans or conservative. Both conservatives and liberals gained percentage wise from the previous report.

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Further breakdown of gender when it comes to party affiliation:

  • Conservative: 55.88% men, 44.12% women
  • Liberal: 55.56% men, 44.44% women
  • Non-Partisan: 59.09% men, 39.39% women

According to Facebook, just under 1 million comic fans  have donated to a liberal or conservative cause and there even is some overlap of about 80,000 individuals. For “comic fans” the conservative are a bit more likely to donate than those interested in liberal causes.

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Next up is voter registration. Not shockingly Democrats have a slight edge (voter registration is a strong point of the party) and make up 49.38% of those registered, only a few percentage points more than Republicans who account for 47.20%. Below is the raw data for these stats.

registration 6.2.14

We’ll keep watching to see how the political winds might be reflected through this.

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