New Hope for a New Year?

First things first:  Happy New Year!

I love New Year’s Day.  There’s nothing like a bright, shiny opportunity to try it all again–a new year, ready for us to make our mark on it.  Course, its the same old us, bringing our same old stuff into it, but its still nice–its open and full of possibilities.

Now back to politics…

Can you believe that after two years of campaign this and campaign that, the Iowa caucuses are in two days?  Finally, we will see some real action!  And here’s what I expect to happen–not much.  Honestly, the race is tight, but I don’t think there’s going to be some major upset.  I think Hillary and Obama will both do well, as expected.  I think the surprise to most people (not the pundits or those paying attention, but to most of America) will be how well John Edwards does.  He is very close, within the margin of error in most polls, to Hillary and Obama, and is tops of the second vote polls.  (In case you didn’t know, in Iowa, if your candidate doesn’t get 15% of the vote in your location, you get to vote again–and in poll after poll, Edwards is the top second choice.)  The only surprise I halfway expect to see, is Bill Richardson might do better than predicted–but I’m not holding my breath.

But here’s what I’m here today to say:  Who’s got the hope?

In the United States, we are desperate for a uniter, for someone to cast a common vision of our great land, someone who can sell us what America can be, and help us move towards that goal.  We have leaders like that about every 20-30 years.  They come into power during a tumultuous time, facing economic and political division, and generally a war of some sort–either ongoing or concluding.  FDR, Kennedy, Reagan all come to mind.  They may not have come into office in a landslide, but they certainly cast that vision while in office, and the nation rallied around it.

So who is it?  We do have Hope candidates out there–Obama, Edwards, Huckabee, McCain, Richardson.  They all have their new ideas and visions for America.  Very different, each vision, but a Hope vision nonetheless.  Do any of them stand a chance?  And will they be able to spread the net far enough to bring America together again?

End of Year Wrap-Up and Giveaway! And Freebies!

 Wow, I’ve had a great deal pop up and I have to edit this post already!  Read below for free batteries and great savings at Walgreens!

A couple of good deals!

First, take the $5 Energizer CVS coupon that expires today, and run to CVS.  Buy the 8 pack of Energizers.  Make three trips through the line, get $15 of batteries, pay $0 oop and get $5 in ECB’s!  You can do this twice per ECB card.  Now, remember that the coupon only works once per trip, and though it might expire today, it will often work for another few days.  So, free batteries, and free money to spend on other things at CVS.
Second, take any Tylenol, etc, q’s that you have left, and head over to Walgreens today.  This is a today only deal!  For today, they have a $10 off a $30 purchase.

Get some printer ink refilled…get some medicine, some decorations, whatever you need!

Enjoy everyone!

First, I want to congratulate the winners of the trivia contest–Hillary Clinton was the correct answer. She was an active member of her College Republicans on her campus! Congrats to those who knew the right answer! Polito-clicks are on their way to you!


Its that time of year–time to look back, reflect, figure out what was good, what was bad, so you know how to improve for next year. So in that fashion, we have another giveaway.

Look back through the past year’s posts, and let me know which ones were your favorites. Which were your least favorites? Leave a comment with them in it. The first 15 comments get free polito-clicks, just in time for the primary kick-off! And in the week after Christmas, I’ll repost the top three blogs.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Where’s Mom?

She’s at Target!  Why?  Cause right now, Huggies wipes are free!

Yes, we all know moms of every shape and size cannot live without their baby wipes.  Doesn’t matter how old your kids are, you still need more baby wipes!

Okay, so head over to this website for a $3 off any 2 Huggies products.  Now, you can use that coupon with a Huggies coupon on larger wipes, or diapers, and get a great deal.  But if you don’t need those things, just some handy wipe packs, motor over to Target’s trial section, and pick up two of the travel sized Huggies wipes for $2.  Throw down your coupon…and voila, free wipes!

I know its not Friday…but I thought you’d appreciate this deal!

Hillary, Obama and Edwards

I hate to be a Know it All, but…

I told you so.   😉

I have said all along that Hillary’s inevitability was not as solid as it seemed.  That it was media driven.   I have to laugh at Bill accusing Obama’s rise as being media driven–because that’s just what got his wife started, was a media fascination with her possible candidacy.

So now we see not only Obama in the lead in both Iowa and New Hampshire, but Hillary sinking fast.  Edwards is rising between the two.  Obama seems to have stayed steady, Hillary has lost ground, and Edwards has gained ground.  Because of Iowa’s caucusing system, there are two who stand to benefit greatly from this:  Edwards and Richardson.

What it boils down to is this:  after two years of media hype, rallies and polls all declaring Hillary or Obama the choice du jour; all the hype that declared it was over a year ago, that the national polls all pointed to one or the other; it now appears that in the last two weeks, its anyone’s guess as to what will happen!

Stay tuned, its about to get interesting!

Easy Peasy Silver Polish

The Know it All’s had their annual Christmas Party last weekend, and in all the hustle and bustle, I forgot to buy silver polish for the bells and trays. So, there I was at 1 am the night before, setting up for the party, and I had to figure out how to do it the homemade way.

A quick internet search and I found this super easy solution!

Ingredients needed:

Aluminum Foil, baking soda, hot water and salt


Fill a large bucket or your sink with steamy hot water. Fold a piece of aluminum foil to fit the bottom of your container and put it in the water. Next add a tbsp of baking soda, and a tablespoon of salt. Let sit for one to two minutes, so the ingredients can react to each other. Now, dip your tarnished silver into the hot water, let sit for a few seconds, then remove and dry with a soft cloth.

The tarnish just fell off my silver. Only the tarnish thats really deep remained. I had a silver bell that hangs on my Christmas tree, etched with the year of my birth, and it was so tarnished I couldn’t read it anymore. I dipped it into the water for 20 seconds, and it came out so shiny! I couldn’t believe it!

No more of those kits you buy in the catalogs. No more long polishing sessions with that yucky, pasty goo! Hooray!

Friday’s Freebies!


Some Excellent deals this week, on things we all need! I have spent the past few weeks learning about CVS–they’re extra bucks system is wonderful, but a little complicated. My advice is to register for the card now, and take advantage of the deals as I post them. Someone started spoon feeding me deals about a month ago, and now I am starting to stand on my own two feet. You will too–it takes a little practice, but you can really get some great deals at CVS!

1. Energizer batteries are on sale this week at CVS for $5.49. These are 8 packs of AA and AAA batteries. (C’s, D’s and 9 volts are on sale too, but I’m not sure of the prices.) There are three pieces to this deal–first, look through your coupons and pull out the $1 off Energizer batteries that was out a couple weeks ago. Second, go to the link below and print out the CVS coupon for $5 off Energizer 8 packs. That makes the batteries FREE! (and we all know, we can always use more batteries!) Now, to make this deal sweeter, when you buy $15 of Energizer batteries this week, CVS will give you $5 in
Extra Care Bucks to use on your next trip. Here’s the tricky part–the CVS coupon only works once per trip–so while you can print out multiples, the register will not let you use more than one per shopping trip. So make three trips, get 24 batteries for free, and get $5 back! Now that’s a SWEET deal!




2. Tissues are free at CVS this week too! Again, its one coupon per trip…but unlimited trips!

3. Now, add in a few goodies you already need (like milk, tylenol, candy, stocking stuffers, wrapping paper) and add in a $4 off $20 coupon at CVS. Sign up for email at this link, and they’ll send you your own $4 off $20 coupon. Hint: these can also be printed off more than once! One per trip, though.…




4. One more CVS deal. If you still have Tylenol coupons around (the $5 one posted the last several newsletters), go use them on Sudafed at CVS. They have the 24 count boxes for $4.49, and you get $1-2 (I forget) in ECB’s. So that’s more free money to use at CVS!

Now, head on over to Target for some great deals on Shampoo! Sunsilk is only .60 for two bottles with the coupons below:
A Buy One get One free from the paper a couple weeks ago (or buy on ebay, or the and $3 off 2 bottles… They are $2.99 and $3.29 each at Target–use the two together to get them for .60!

Also, look through your past coupons for Fusion and Olay coupons. Target has the Olay and Fusion gift sets for $9.97 and they come with a $5 gift card. If you’ve got the $3 or even $4 coupons from recent newspapers, this is a great deal!

Last, don’t forget about the Polly Pocket coupon I posted several weeks ago! If you don’t need Polly’s, I’m sure the Toys for Tots bin would love a few more!

Oh, and for all the freebie lovers–don’t forget to check out the Trivia question on the Political side of the blog. Free polito-clicks to the first five correct answers!




Merry Christmas!

Polito-clicks Giveaway


Apparently, my trivia was a little too hard! We’ve had only one person get the correct answer. I’ve gotten several replies, but only one correct one! Congrats to Chris over at Just Write!

Now for a hint on the trivia question: The correct answer is a CURRENT candidate for president, and is originally from Illinois.

Hope that helps! I’ve got four more to give away this week, so hurry up and email me your answers at Truthinpolitics at Contentquake dot com.

As promised, we’ve got our very first giveaway at Truth in Politics!

Up for grabs are the very cool Polito-clicks. The first five people to answer my question correctly get their own set of Polito-clicks for their favorite candidate.

Now for the question:

Which current major Democratic Presidential Candidate once led the Young Republicans at their school?

Email me your answer at Truthinpolitics at contentquake dot com. The first five that get it right win!


Hostages taken at Clinton headquarters

Armed Standoff Unfolds at Clinton Office



Posted: 2007-11-30 17:25:56

Filed Under: Crime News, Elections News, Nation News

ROCHESTER, N.H. (Nov. 30) – A deranged man wearing what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his chest walked into a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office Friday, took several hostages and demanded to speak to the candidate during a nearly four-hour standoff, authorities said.

The man released the last of the hostages as the afternoon wore on, but he remained in the office and was not immediately taken into custody.

Photo Gallery: Crisis in New Hampshire


A man who appeared to have a bomb strapped to himself initially took several hostages at Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign office Friday in Rochester, N.H. All of the people being held were later released.

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Clinton was in the Washington area at the time, and extra security precautions were taken to protect the former first lady, who still has a Secret Service detail, said a law-enforcement official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation.

The man entered the simple storefront office along the town’s main street around 1 p.m., ordered people onto the floor and then let a mother and her baby leave, said State Police Maj. Michael Hambrook.

About two hours later, a woman in a green sweater was led away from the building by a SWAT team member. Authorities, some carrying shields and guns, had the building surrounded, and laid wiring up to the building’s entrance before the woman was released. It was unclear if the wiring helped authorities communicate with the suspect.

The office is one of many Clinton has around New Hampshire.

The suspect was an older man known around the town to be mentally unstable, the law enforcement official told the AP. He walked into the campaign office and opened his jacket, revealing what appeared to be a pipe bomb.

The law enforcement official said the man also demanded to speak with Clinton.

Witness Lettie Tzizik told television station WMUR of Manchester that she spoke to the woman who was released first and that she was crying, holding the infant.

“She said, ‘You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,” Tzizik said.

Clinton was scheduled to give an address at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Vienna, Va., Friday afternoon, but DNC Chairman Howard Dean announced from the podium that Clinton would not speak.

“We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction,” Clinton said in a statement. “We will release additional details as appropriate.”

Authorities sent a tactical bomb unit to assist local police, and the area was evacuated, Hambrook said. A nearby school was in lockdown.

The small Clinton office is located in the New England community’s downtown area in a strip of several storefronts, and has large glass windows with a campaign sign out front. Police with guns drawn crouched behind cruisers across the street from the office.

Workers for Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign office also evacuated, a campaign spokesman said. The office is four doors away from Clinton’s. Staffers in John Edwards’ office, a few buildings away, evacuated as well.

Associated Press writer Lara Jakes Jordan in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.

2007-11-30 14:25:43

Not Friday’s Freebies….Friday Cheapies!

Its been a slow week battling bronchitis and I’m sorry that I haven’t posted much lately on freebies.

One or two deals I will mention….
1.  Pepsi.  Pepsi seems to be popular!  Its on sale this week at
Walgreens and Target.  Target has it for $3 a twelve pack, buy $15 of
Pepsi get a $5 gift card.  If you’re a Dr Pepper fan, it gets better–
they have $1 off peelies on them, so you can get 5 12 packs of Dr
Pepper for $10, plus the $5 gift card.  Walgreens is a good deal too.
Go to and print out a coupon for Sierra Mist 2 liters–
buy one get one free.  Mine was out of the Sierra Mist and I was able
to use it on the Pepsi.  The ad this week shows them $4/4, but instore
signs said $3/4, so I got two Pepsi 2 liters for under .50 each.  Next
week they’ll be on sale at CVS, along with an Extra Bucks deal.
2.  Target has .75 off Kraft cheese coupons on their website.  (go to
the bottom of the site, under SuperTarget or Grocery coupons.)  They
also have Kraft cream cheese on sale for $1 a box.  Combine with
coupon and they’re only .25 a box.  There are manufacturer coupons out
there too, I believe .30/3, so that brings it down even further.
Oh, and those same .75 off q works on the individual string cheese
too–they adjust it down to the price of the cheese, but its still
free string cheese!  I’ve gotten 20 so far…and yes, I’m nuts to
print and clip 20 coupons for 20 free string cheeses!  But hey, you do
what ya gotta do to please the kids, don’t ya?  😉
I’ve taken the down time to learn CVS tricks, and they have some GREAT
tricks.  So expect more CVS deals in the future!
Last, do NOT shop at  Its been a nightmare.  Three times
now I’ve ordered things from them, only to have them email me THREE
WEEKS LATER and cancel the order cause its out of stock.  Only thing
is, they’re still selling it on their website.  Three times since late September.   I’m not the only one,
either.  Google it, and you’ll find there are thousands of unhappy
customers.  And their answer when you complain–nothing.  They’ve been
downright rude to many people I know.  Also, be careful when they
advertise “original price.”  Often its 30-40 percent higher than any
price they’ve ever sold it at.  Kohl’s is notorious for this
practice.  All in all, their stores are good, but their internet site
is terrible.  Avoid it!

Viral Video for Campaigns

Every week or so I get an email from the Democrat Party, with their talking points, campaign news, or fundraising requests. I normally don’t repost them, but I found this to be a cool new tool for political campaigns. It definitely increases the chances of getting caught saying the wrong thing! Check it out!


The Democratic Party


Dear Little Miss Know it All,

I’ve got something for you.

For a few months, we’ve had Democratic Party “trackers” recording hundreds of hours of Republican candidates in the field. From event to event, we’ve got footage of some pretty revealing moments. Some are regular Americans putting a candidate on the spot with a tough question. Others are blatant contradictions. A lot of it is just the standard candidate stump speech.

The footage isn’t high quality, but it’s straight from the field — and there is a lot of it. Since there’s more than my team can realistically process, we’ve decided to throw it up on the web and put the Party’s most powerful asset — you — to work.

As soon as a tracker leaves an event in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or wherever they’re taping a Republican candidate, they’ll head to a computer and upload it directly to a special section of called FlipperTV. That means you’ll have a chance to go through the latest video the same time we do.

Nobody has ever done anything quite like this before, but with the Internet giving ordinary Americans like you access to the tools you need to change an election with the click of a mouse, we need to make sure you have everything you need to do just that. The video is yours — you can just let us know what you find, or you can take it, re-mix it, add music, and make your very own ad out of it. It’s up to you.

Take a look:

Back in March, I told you about our program to hold the GOP accountable for everything they say on the 2008 campaign trail. We launched a website dedicated to the Republican presidential hopefuls, and created a rapid response group in PartyBuilder that people like you could join to get the latest campaign news.

This video is part of that program — and part of the work that the Democratic Party is able to do because of your help.

Take a look at the video, forward your favorite clips to your friends, and make a contribution of $20 to keep this and other programs going strong through the 2008 election:

What are Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Fred Thompson telling voters in Iowa and New Hampshire?

I’ll give you a hint — it’s not what they’re going to say in tonight’s Republican debate.

As the Democratic Party’s Research Director, I spend a lot of time watching what the candidates say when they aren’t on CNN or Fox News. Believe me, they’re like entirely different people when they’re speaking to just a few dozen people in Des Moines or Manchester and don’t think the cameras are rolling.

But don’t just take my word for it — watch the video yourself, and let us know right away if you find something noteworthy:

People like to say that Democrats have a tactical advantage because we’re better at using the Internet. Let’s show them just how far ahead we actually are.

Let’s get started,

Mike Gehrke
Research Director, DNC

P.S. — Be sure you join the PartyBuilder group on that page so we can get you the latest clips everyone finds.