Editor's Note: I've been sitting on this long enough; there's just too much important stuff going on this week to clutter the FP with it. If you like it, if you want others to see it, rec it up. I am indebted to kath25 and all who helped administer the fun. --Adam
Second verse, same as the first, a whole lot louder and significantly more inebriated, about 200 of you packed into Champions - Austin last Friday during happy hour to participate in Netroots Nation's Pub Quiz ][. The event was won by the Sea Org team, comprised of, sigh, some this site's front pagers and notables -- brownsox, Kagro X, ct, DavidNYC and Trapper John -- plus SSP's Ben, Trent and James.
Rules were the same as always -- no Google, no CrackBerries, no cell phones -- just your brain and your teammates. Here's the questions:
Round One -- Primary Trivia (1 pt each)
- Which candidate claimed in a debate, when asked about his/her biggest flaw, "I'm impatient. I try to change [things] too rapidly. I'm too aggressive"?
- Which candidate said at his or her YouTube debate, in response to an immigration question, "We're a better country than to punish children for what their parents did. We're a better country than that."
- For what Super Tuesday primary vote were the winners Clinton and Romney?
- Three different women served as assistant district attorneys to Jack McCoy while Arthur Branch (played by Fred Thompson) was the fictional Manhattan DA. Name the actresses. (1pt each, max of 3pts).
- In response to questions about his poor electoral prospects, Mike Huckabee said, "I didn’t major in math; I majored in ... " what?
- Rudy Giuliani staked his whole campaign on Florida. In what place did he finish in the Florida primary?
- Who’s the tallest person in the "Yes We Can" video?
- Everybody remembers Mitt Romney and his five sons, and everyone remembers Tagg, of course. Name one other Romney boy. (1pt only)
- Which Presidential candidate went to Louisville for law school?
- Leaving aside the District of Columbia, in what state did Barack Obama gain the highest percentage of the vote in a primary (non caucus) election?
- On 2/8/07, John Edwards announced that Amanda Marcotte’s job as a campaign blogger was safe. Two days later, she posted a movie review on her site in which she discussed how "the Christian version of the virgin birth [was] generally interpreted as super-patriarchal," which led to her resignation from the campaign. What movie was she reviewing?
- Prior to the 2008 Kentucky Derby, Hillary Clinton expressed her support for one horse, though things didn’t do so well for it. Name the horse.
At this point, the Terrorist Fist Jab team declared that whatever the results were, they got all the questions right that mattered.
Round 2 -- Texas Time. (2pts each)
- Name the only person to serve as President of the Republic of Texas, Senator from Texas and Governor of Texas.
- What was Lady Bird Johnson’s full maiden name?
- If you've read your Caro (and if not, shame on you), you know the name of the popular Texas Governor who LBJ defeated in 1948 Democratic Senate primary.
- Who is generally known as the "Father of Texas"?
- Texas gained its independence from Mexico in what year?
- In 1865, John Stetson opened his haberdashery business, and by 1886 he had the largest hat factory in the world. In what great U.S. city did this take place?
- Three men served as LBJ’s Attorney General. RFK is the easy one. 1pt for each of the other two.
- What recent TX gubernatorial candidate promised, "I'll keep us out of war with Oklahoma!"
- The pilot of "Walker, Texas Ranger" takes its name from what slogan about the Texas Rangers?
- Which Texas politician famously referred to the Vice Presidency as being "worth less than a warm pitcher of spit?"
- In 2009, we’ll have a new "southernmost presidential birthplace," no matter who wins in November, but until then which Texas town still claims the prize?
- Hey, what Dallas character did shoot JR?
At this point, the Terrorist Fist Jab team declared that they were lending themselves 20 points that they'd repay later.
Round 3 -- Who's the Boss? I'll name the entity, you tell us who's in charge (3pts each).
- Committee on House Administration - House Franking Commission
- Senate Select Committee on Aging
- Pittsburgh, PA. **
- EMILY’s List (executive director)
- Communications Workers of America
- South Africa
- Prime Minister, Japan
- President, Ukraine
** Ha! No one noticed I told you where NN09 would be, one day early!
At this point, the Terrorist Fist Jab team offered to turn all their points over to the leading team for the right to serve as its Vice-Champion.
Finally, the super-duper six point bonus question that no one got because you wouldn't believe the answer anyway:
Who is the longest-ago former U.S. President who still has a living grandchild?
That answer is here; the rest you all can figure out on your own.
Also: the New York Observer was there, and so too was a video crew. Here's their take on the event:
Yes, there will be a Pub Quiz /// in Pittsburgh. Start studying!
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