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Forum Community / Off-topic Board / opinion of "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"
on: Today at 12:43:10 pm
For those that don't know its Pink Floyd's first album. Many think that Pink Floyd didn't exist before Dark Side
but they actually made seven albums before it and PATGOD was a full six years before it. I vote it as a total freedom album as it has an authentic feel to it with the Austin powers type clothing on the cover the apocalyptic title and the triple images of each member. The music itself is ahead of its time and pioneered what I call "space rock". Give it a try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwTV23pBm_U
Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Justin Ross Harris - stupid or evil?
on: July 10, 2014, 02:43:52 pm
In case you haven't heard he's the guy in the ATL metro who left his son in a triple digit car to die. The question is - did he premeditate it or was he dumber than a box of rocks? I'm leaning toward the latter - if he actually had a grand murder plot, why didn't he have an escape route like a flight to Dubai - which you can fly to nonstop from hartsfield airport?
General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Evanston, IL before the mid 60s
on: July 10, 2014, 12:50:51 am
anyone know why it was so republican before then? I read that from the founding of the republican party until 1964, Evanston always went republican, even for Alf Landon. Beginning in 1964, the township has only went republican for president once - in 1972.
Before 1964, what were the demographics of the place like? My guess is that it was similar to the other areas in Northern Illinois like Ogle, Kendall, DuPage, McHenry etc that were ancestrally republican with a WASP population, particularly of the Methodist prohibitionist variety. My guess is that Northwestern was sort of a bigger version of Wheaton back then.
As to why the city shifted hard left beginning in 1964 - my guess is that a lot of the left wing academic types, who previously had limited themselves to the Hyde Park/University of Chicago crowd started moving to the north shore. Abner Mikva, for instance, represented a south side district that took in Hyde Park. When the 1971 reapportionment dismembered his district, he decided to carpetbag to an Evanston seat and his explanation as to why was "if only because so many of my constituents are moving there anyways".
Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Election Results by Congressional Districts, OFFICIAL THREAD
on: July 01, 2014, 11:35:07 am
here is CA in 1988. The average district that year cast 208496 votes. The ones with a number to the right had a below average number of voters (the number to the right is the number of votes cast)
CA 1 (North Coast) 56.1% Dukakis
CA 2 (Sacramento Valley) 59% Bush
CA 3 (Sacramento) 50.4% Bush
CA 4 (Yolo, Solano, some of Sacramento) 51.5% Bush
CA 5 (Pelosi) 72% Dukakis 206664
CA 6 (NW Frisco, Marin, some of Sonoma and Vallejo) 64.8% Dukakis
CA 7 (Miller) 53.9% Dukakis
CA 8 (North Alameda, some of Contra Costa) 70.6% Dukakis
CA 9 (Stark) 57.6% Dukakis
CA 10 (Central San Jose, south Alameda) 55.8% Dukakis 182315
CA 11 (San Mateo) 58.7% Dukakis
CA 12 (Stanford area) 50.1% Bush
CA 13 (Sunnyvale, Cupertino) 50.2% Dukakis
CA 14 (Mother Lode, some of Stockton) 59.8% Bush
CA 15 (Merced and Modesto) 52.8% Bush 175290
CA 16 (Monterrey, Santa Cruz) 55% Dukakis
CA 17 (Tulare, Hanford, Clovis) 59.4% Bush 187271
CA 18 (Central Fresno, some of motherlode, inner-city Stockton) 53.5% Dukakis 189162
CA 19 (Santa Barbara, Oxnard) 54.7% Bush
CA 20 (Bakersfield) 65.3% Bush
CA 21 (Conejo Valley, Santa Clarita, West SFV, Calabasas/Agoura) 65.1% Bush
CA 22 (western San Gabriel Valley) 64.7% Bush
CA 23 (Beverly Hills, Malibu, Sherman Oaks) 56.5% Dukakis
CA 24 (Mid City LA, SE SFV) 65.7% Dukakis 162408
CA 25 Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, East LA) 67.9% Dukakis 108932
CA 26 (NE SFV) 55.9% Dukakis 194300
CA 27 (Santa Monica, LAX Manhattan, Redondo, Inglewood) 55.2% Dukakis
CA 28 (Ladera Heights, USC area) 73.6% Dukakis 153813
CA 29 (Watts, Huntington Park, South Gate) 80.7% Dukakis 114138
CA 30 (Bell Gardens, Maywood, Montebello) 53.4% Dukakis 123866
CA 31 (Industrial inland South Bay) 65.2% Dukakis 148059
CA 32 (Lakewood, parts of Long Beach, some of San Pedro) 50.4% Bush 177409
CA 33 (NE SGV) 63.1% Bush
CA 34 (Norwalk, Pico Rivera, some of Whittier) 50.9% Dukakis 149563
CA 35 (Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands) 66.2% Bush
CA 36 (Riverside, Fontana, San Bernardino) 52% Bush 192812
CA 37 (Riverside County minus Riverside) 61.5% Bush
CA 38 (Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Buena Park) 61.7% Bush 151765
CA 39 (Fullerton, Anaheim, La Habra) 71.5% Bush
CA 40 (Irvine, Newport Beach, El Toro) 68.7% Bush
CA 41 (Del Mar, Ocean Beach, Marston Hills) 59.1% Bush
CA 42 (Huntington Beach, parts of Long Beach, Palos Verdes) 65.7% Bush
CA 43 (Mission Viejo, Carlsbad, Vista) 68.8% Bush
CA 44 (inner city San Diego) 52.1% Dukakis 155129
CA 45 (Eastern SD County, Imperial County) 66.8% Bush
Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / is there a possibility that minorities turn against the white liberals
on: June 14, 2014, 12:37:18 pm
I've believed for awhile that the democratic coalition is sitting on top of a volcano ready to erupt. My evidence for this happening is looking at parts of the country where this is already underway. In chicago for example the black community has turned hard against Emmanuel, calling him the "murder mayor" and such. New York is probably in the advanced stages of this with the Ocean Hill-Brownsville incident in the late sixties, the Bloomberg/BDB schism (Bloomberg would be a dem anywhere else) and the, until recently, Cuomo/WFP schism.
General Discussion / History / was the cold war as commonly portrayed basically over by 1963?
on: June 12, 2014, 01:27:45 am
I was talking with someone who's about 55 and says they never remember any of the "duck and cover" type bomb drills and hysterical videos (in reefer madness form) talking about the communists.
Although the soviets still existed in the 70s and we weren't exactly allies, the threat of nuclear annihilation was not really a threat and after the cuban missile crisis, seemed to take a back burner to other issues (vietnam, civil rights, crime control).
General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Describe the likely political views of the previous hypothetical person
on: June 10, 2014, 09:50:30 pm
ElectionsGuy: Almost certainly a Democrat, but perhaps more conservative or skeptical of government than most Democrats.
Income: None (husband makes $53k)
Occupation: stay-at-home mother
Religion: non-denominational Christian
Marital status: Married, 2 kids
Location: Houston, Texas
apathetic or republican (huckabee type).
Marital Status: Single
Location: Sunnyvale, CA (originally from Newton, MA)
Forum Community / Off-topic Board / my idea of district college football
on: May 25, 2014, 05:20:56 pm
the idea would be to balance the competition out by looking at the records of the FBS teams over the past ten years and seeding them by district. There would be sixteen districts of eight teams and the winner of each district makes it to the playoffs. Each team would play seven conference games and four or five nonconference games. Obviously the travel times would be longer but in an era when the conferences aren't really geographically sound anymore and with the advent of air travel, it wouldn't be a big deal.
SAN JOSE STATE
NEW MEXICO STATE
SAN DIEGO STATE
Who would you see winning each district in 2014?
Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: How did Carter lose OK?
on: May 21, 2014, 02:06:29 am
I mean, the state is what, 40% Democratic now? I'd bet it was at least 50% then. Carter destroyed Ford in AR, which is culturally similar to southeastern OK. Plus, Carter's Christianity should had gone over well with in the Oklahoma City area, no? Was Ford really that great a Republican for the state?
what's odd is that it was the large counties (Oklahoma and Tulsa) that did him in. He did pretty well in the rural areas.