Archive for the ‘blimp’ Category

Curse You, Red Baron! Romney Blimp Crashes

October 23, 2012

Curse You, Red Baron! Romney Blimp Crashes

Despite defensive maneuvers by the Tea Party Cavalry and artillery barrages from Koch Brothers battleships, Mitt Romney’s gas-filled airship tumbled from the skies over Boca Raton on Monday. Republican strategists blamed Soviet-inspired Sopwith Camels.


Gas Up the Blimp!

May 13, 2011

Gas Up the Blimp!

A humor-starved nation welcomes Congressman Ron Paul (R, TX-14) into the 2012 presidential race. His strong constituency of unmedicated mental patients, climate change deniers, potheads, gun nuts, gold bugs, teenie boppers, survivalists and anarchists makes him a Tea Party shoo-in. We can’t wait for the new blimp.


“Ron Paul: Why his silly campaign launch today really matters for 2012,”Andrew Malcolm,  Los Angeles Times

“Does the Tea Party Make Ron Paul Mainstream?” Michael D. Shear, New York Times blog

 “Ron Paul stirs the pot for America’s annoyed,” Konrad Takabusi, Globe and Mail

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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December 6, 2008


WTF? A UFO on Capitol Hill? NotionsCapital’s Mike Licht was an eye witness:

At 5 PM today I was on Barracks Row, walking toward Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Looking to my left, I saw a round or spherical shape in the sky, back-lit in the dusk, when the sky is lighter at higher elevations.

Lighting conditions made it hard to judge size (weather or barrage balloon? Hot air balloon? Blimp headed towards or away from me?) and distance (over the Mall, SW or NW DC, Georgetown or Arlington?).  I wasn’t carrying a camera, of course.


Ron Paul Campaign Simulator

July 28, 2008

Ron Paul Campaign Simulator

Political Scientists at Accoutrements Corporation R&D have developed uncannily exact simulacra of the campaign apparatus supporting the presidential bid of Representative Dr. Ron Paul (R [wink!], TX-14).

The male/female ratio, ethnic composition, humorlessness, and expressions of rage and fear mirror the social realities perfectly. Voter instrumentalities, the strategies voters choose to influence political outcomes, are realistically expressed. With a few tweaks, political theorists and practitioners will be able to add this teensy, tiresome, erratic, and noisy demographic to election-year models.

A few elements are missing from this iteration, however: no blimp, no glamour shots, no Triumph of the Will videos, no spambots pointing to congresscheck(dot)com/category/spambots-r-us/. Perhaps these will be in the next service pack.

Pioneering political modeling firm Archie McFee Laboratories distributes this remarkable product under the code name ANGRY MOB PLAY SET. No campaign planning office should be without it.


This product review does not constitute or imply an endorsement of any candidate, no matter how imaginary or phantasmagorical, by NotionsCapital, Accoutrements, Archie McFee, Leni Riefenstahl, Spambots-R-Us, or Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH.

Pentagon Rebids Flying Tanker Contract

July 9, 2008

Pentagon Rebids Flying Tanker Project
Above: NotionsCapital high-mileage Aero-Tanker (artist’s concept)

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that the contract already awarded for an updated mid-air refueling aircraft will be withdrawn, and bidders will have to go through the bidding process all over again, for the third time.

The contract, which may eventually be worth $100 billion and last 20 years, had been awarded to Northrop Grumman and the European company EADS. Sore loser Boeing, American maker of previous Air Force tankers, objected, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a Congressional agency,  reviewed the bidding process and found it flawed.

The fact that this is a U.S. election year, the cancelled contract winner included a European partner, and Boeing claims it is an American company (it just happens to use lots and lots of imported parts) has absolutely nothing to do with this decision. Absolutely nothing. Nothing whatsoever. No way, no how.


Presidential Campaign Blockbuster!

May 27, 2008

Presidential Campaign Blockbuster

NotionsCapital returned from the holiday weekend to a stuffed email box, a pile of FedEx deliveries, and a heap of phone messages from this guy, um . . . Bob. Bob Barr. Oh yeah, that Bob Barr. The candidate.

Sorry Bob, but you know what you need to get coverage from NotionsCapital:


The Law of Gravity: Not in the Constitution

March 10, 2008

The Law of Gravity -- Not in the Constitution

You may have heard that the Ron Paul presidential campaign is over just because some other guy got all the Republican delegate votes and endorsements. Is it over? Congressman Paul, MD, says “Yes. And no.”


GOP: Last Man Standing

March 5, 2008

 GOP -- Last Man Standing

After the March 4th primaries, Senator John McCain is the indisputable, bulletproof Republican presidential nominee.  GOP voters in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont put him in a mathematically-certain position, with enough delegates to swing the convention. Senator McCain has certainly survived tougher fights than this one; he has another ahead of him.


Blimp: The Movie

February 2, 2008

 Blimp --The Movie

In a stunning Super Bowl Weekend surprise, the team that brought you the Ron Paul Blimp spins off a complete action-adventure film based on the project.  

Blimp Battle Warriors, written with complete disregard for the screenwriters’ strike by Libertarian scribe Buzz Marconi, stars Congressman Ron Paul — but was made without the Republican presidential candidate’s active participation.


Busted Bungees Bedevil Blimp

December 22, 2007

Busted Bungees Bedevil Blimp

The Ron Paul Blimp is back in port at Elizabeth City, NC replacing broken banner bungee cords. Be sure to track the airship’s northward progress. If it approaches your vicinity, you might want to have an evacuation plan ready, just in case. Don’t forget the family pets.

Image by Comrade Mike Licht, who knows those are zeppelins.