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#FITN street flavor from Concord NH

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Sunday morning after the final NH Republican Debate, I wandered around Concord taking some street photos.

These are all licensed under a Creative Commons license, so use them if you provide a photo credit.

NH FITN Weekend

(or without the slideshow)


Newt buys dodgy email list

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

You would have thought after all the years Gingrich has been making money by working his direct mail lists his presidential campaign would know better than to buy some dodgy email addresses.

Years ago I used a bogus, but still valid email address to register a PC — think something like It was only used it for that purpose and somehow over the years it got onto some a spammers email list.

Tonight I got the following email to that bogus email address.

Since I live in New Hampshire, I don’t plan on attending this event in Atlanta…

Seems Newt is just going back to his blast-o-gram roots.

Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:41:20 UT
From: "Patrick Mayer" <pmayer>
To: "" <>
Subject: Newt 2012 Volunteer Opportunities and January 16th Debate Watch Party

Friends with Newt,

We at the Atlanta HQ are excited about the number of volunteers that came out to lend a hand over the holidays to make calls into Iowa and are looking forward to the next round of primaries.

In order to capitalize on the rush of volunteers, the phone banking system here at the Atlanta HQ is open 6 days a week. We want to make sure we contact as many voters as possible in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida.

Atlanta HQ Phone Banking Hours:
Monday =E2=80=93 Friday: 10AM to 7PM
Saturday: 10AM to 3PM
Atlanta HQ Address:
3110 Maple Drive
Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30305

The office also needs help opening mail, answering phones, and other basic office duties from 10AM to 5:30PM during the week. Please RSVP with your availability during the week if you would like to do these tasks, there are only so many of these spots to fill. You can contact me at in order to reserve your spot.

If you cannot make it into the Atlanta HQ you can always make calls from your home through our phone bank from home system at: The system will direct you though the process of signing in and calling to voters in the next states.

On Monday, January 16th we will be hosting a Debate Watch Party at Taco Mac in Sandy Springs. Please join us at 8PM before the debate at 9PM!

Taco Mac (Prado):
5600 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342

If you are hosting a similar event outside of the North Atlanta area, please contact me at I will post it to our Facebook Page, and will send it out with the event reminder at the end of next week.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the HQ and Taco Mac!

Patrick Mayer
Volunteer Coordinator
Newt 2012
(678) 973-2306

And another poll of this NH citizen tonight

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Not more than 2 minutes after getting a call from Rasmussen tonight I got another one (they didn’t identify until the end off the call)

  • If presidential republican primary was today who vote for? Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, Perry, Huntsman, Not Sure
  • How firm is your support: very/some/not very
  • Who is your second choice from the same list?
  • What issue most important when thinking of voting for President? Fighting against abortion; Cutting taxes and spending; Protecting gun rights; Defending traditional marriage; Promoting right to work laws and fighting big labor unions; Defeating Obama; Reducing the debt; Repeal Obamacare; Creating jobs and fixing the economy; Ending wars overseas
  • 2nd most important issue?

They signed off with “Paid for by the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign”

Tonight’s NH Rasmussen Poll questions

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

With the NH First In The Nation (#FITN) Presidential Primary less than a week away, the pollsters are making their phone calls.

Just got a phone call from Rasmussen…

Here are the questions they are asking tonight (05-Jan-2012)

  • What is your opinion of the job President Barack Obama is doing?
  • Sex
  • Age range
  • Your ethnicity: white/black/hispanic/asian/other
  • How often vote?
  • Identify as: Republican/Democrat/Other/Independent/Not Sure
  • Which primary will you be voting?
  • If Republican how likely are you to vote?
  • if 2012 election was held today who would you vote for? Santorum Romney Gingrich Huntsman Paul Perry
  • How certain are you?
  • The following is a list of people in news, what is your opinion? Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Paul , Huntsman, Santorum, Not Sure
  • Which Republican would be strongest against Obama? Romney, Santorum, Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry, Not Sure
  • Which Republican would be weakest against Obama? Romney, Santorum, Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry, Not Sure
  • Who think will win the primary? Romney, Santorum, Paul, Huntsman, Gingrich, Perry, Not Sure
  • if your favoriate candidate does not win, in the general election would you vote for the Republican, Obama or a 3rd party?* how likely rep will win?
  • Sometimes situations arise that make it impossible to vote. How certain you will vote?
  • Do you consider yourself political very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, very conservative
  • Married?
  • Do you have childen under 18 living at home?
  • Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party?
  • Which faith? Evangelical Christian, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Other
  • How much do you earn? < $20k, $20-40k, $40-60k, $60-75k, $75-100k, > $100k

And they signed off with: For more information and results, see or on

Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum NH

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

10 Lesser-Known Republican Candidates

Last night Son #1 and I attended the “Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum” at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH. Click below if you just want to see all the photos from the event:

Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum

The requirement was participants needed to be registered and on the NH primary ballot and had not participated in any other candidate forums. In order to get on the NH ballot you need to be a a US citizen, at least 35 by time you take office, filled out the appropriate form and pay your $1000 to the state of NH.

The first hour was for the 10 Republican candidates:

* Bear Betzler
* Timothy Brewer
* Hugh Cort
* Randy Crow
* John Davis
* Christopher Hill
* Jeff Lawman
* Benjamin Linn
* Michael Meehan
* Joe Story

The second hour were for the 8 Democratic candidates, although one was a no-show:

* Ed Cowan
* Dr. Bob Greene
* John D. Haywood
* Robert B. Jordanno show
* Edward O’Donnell, Jr
* Vermin Supreme
* Randall Terry)
* John Wolfe, Jr

All the photos I took of the event are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license — so you are welcome to use them as long as you give me a photo credit. (I won’t turn down a check if a media organization would like to send an honoria my way)

Here are my notes/scribbling/impressions from last night’s “Lesser-Known Presidential Candidates Forum” at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH on 19-Dec-2011. I’m just an interested NH voter, not a journalist so don’t be surprised of my views and bias come through…

The format was 2 minutes for each candidate to make their case followed by questions from the panel –Beth LaMontagne Hall (Union Leader), Ambassador Terry Shumaker and NH State Representative Jim Splaine; Bob(?) Griffin was the moderator.

The first hour was for the 10 Republican candidates:

  • Bear Betzler — missed intro; cool first name; don’t have much notes
    on him.
  • Timothy Brewer — missed intro; first day in office? Talk to Jesus
    and the Afterlife; God very important to him and should be to you
  • Hugh Cort — “Google Iran Holocaust”, nuclear attack on the US very
    soon by Iran (March 2012); Mexico-Venezuela-Iran connection;
  • Randy Crow — References 9/11 alot; worked in retail gas sector,
    driven out by major oil companies which keep prices up and drive
    foreign policy; get tough with big oil;
  • John Davis — God spoke to him to have him run, then he told his
    wife; Home builder; pro-life; constitutionalist; asked about Global
    Climate change and said hard to know if really happening and need to
    study it more.
  • Christopher Hill — I saw him at some Tea Party events this year;
    raised in Bedford, NH now lives in KY; airline pilot; wants no
    income tax up to $250k afterwards increased taxes;
  • Jeff Lawman — From NH, an Engineer who will bring that view to the
    whitehouse, fiscal conservative, social liberal, concerned about
  • Benjamin Linn — youngest candidate born in 1973 in CA. anti-war,
    pro-life; get out of Afghanistan ASAP
  • Michael Meehan — from St. Louis(?), real estate; Asked about
    gay/civil marriage position which he does not support but considers
    it a minor issue compared to problems that need to be addressed
  • Joe Story — Godly, 10 commandments, christian, concerned about 10
    million illegal aliens that may be spying for our enemies; for
    Supreme Court, only appoint strict constitutionalists that don’t
    follow precedence but only from what is in the US Constitution;
    Somewhat libertarian wants to put most government owned operations
    in a ‘benefit trust’, ie: Ford, royalties from land use, etc

The second hour were for the 7 Democratic candidates, although one was
a no-show, so the seven where:

  • Ed Cowan — from VT, want US to get organized and solve list of
    problems ie: nukes, ozone, population growth, energy, disparity of
    rich/poor (people and countries) and environment
  • Dr. Bob Greene — PhD in Physics (w00t!); from CA; Thorium holds
    great promise for energy production; Thorium found in lots of ‘waste
    products’ like coal ash(?), etc. golf ball sized amount can generate
    enough for a person/year(?)
  • John D. Haywood — from NC; wants British National Health Care-style
    system which is much loved, economical in comparison; get rid of
    Bush tax cuts; return to 1965 Johnson/Kennedy level income tax
  • Edward O’Donnell, Jr — all about love, kindness and friendliness;
    no jacket, turtleneck with pumpkin & kitten (see photos); loud
    speaker; no guns (including hunting); wants non-violent foreign
  • Vermin Supreme – ran in 2008 and announced same day as Hillary
    Clinton (see ); mandatory toothbrushing; gingivitis greatest threat;
    friendly fascist; a pony for everyone in the US; future is a pony
    based economy; Genius Idea: to solve dependency on foreign oil
    develop Zombie Turbines. Tie zombies to a large turbine and dangle
    human brains in front of them. They will endlessly walk around in a
    circle pulling the turbine and generate electricity; Donated a
    kidney to his mother this year. His mother was in the audience and I
    verified he really did donate a kidney. What a nice boy.
  • Randall Terry — From West Virginia; only candidate to refer to the
    President as “Barack Hussein Obama”, pro-life, loves god, 52 million
    children killed; founded the repellent ‘Operation Rescue’; anti-gay;
    now running as a Democrat. Glitterbombed by Vermin Supreme.
    A little bit of #Occupy ‘mike check’ then told it was okay to come
    out of the closet and people will still love him (could have been a
    Vermin Supreme operative saying that, unclear who); See photos of
    presumed notes “Progressive Income Tax is based on jealousy,
    greed. Marxist”
    ; we are a socialist country now;
  • John Wolfe, Jr — From TN; true progressive to challenge Obama to
    address issues on the left.


Bear Betzler
Bear Betzler

Timothy Brewer
Timothy Brewer

Hugh Cort
Hugh Cort
Randy Crow
Randy Crow
John Davis
John Davis
Christopher Hill
Christopher Hill
Jeff Lawman
Jeff Lawman
Benjamin Linn
Benjamin Linn
Michael Meehan
Michael Meehan
Joe Story
Joe Story


Ed Cowan
Ed Cowan
Bob Greene
Bob Greene
John D. Haywood
John D. Haywood
Edward O'Donnell, Jr
Edward O’Donnell, Jr
Vermin Supreme
Vermin Supreme
Randall Terry
Randall Terry
John Wolfe, Jr
John Wolfe, Jr

Glitterbombing of Randall Terry

Vermin Supreme glitterbombs Randall Terry
Vermin Supreme glitterbombs Randall Terry

NH is swarming with Presidential Candidates

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Protecting Rick Perry, originally uploaded by marcn.

This weekend Rick Perry was in Manchester.

Today Mitt Romney is in Concord speaking to a Tea Party crowd (with protesting a FreedomWorks-backed Tea Party group — talk about a photo op!).

Monday in Manchester Sarah Palin with virtually unknown Presidential Candidates Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson will also be speaking at a Tea Party event.

Anyone interested in licensing some photos?