Archive for November, 2012
(Reuters) – Larry Hagman, who created one of American television’s most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of “Dallas,” died on Friday, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was 81.
Hagman died at a Dallas hospital of complications from his battle with throat cancer, the newspaper said, quoting a statement from his family. He had suffered from liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver in the 1990s after decades of drinking.
Hagman’s mother was stage and movie star Mary Martin and he became a star himself in 1965 on “I Dream of Jeannie,” a popular television sitcom in which he played Major Anthony Nelson, an astronaut who discovers a beautiful genie in a bottle.
“Dallas,” which made its premiere on the CBS network in 1978, made Hagman a superstar. The show quickly became one of the network’s top-rated programs, built an international following and inspired a spin-off, imitators and a revival in 2012.
“Dallas” was the night-time soap-opera story of a Texas family, fabulously wealthy from oil and cattle, and its plot brimmed with back-stabbing, double-dealing, family feuds, violence, adultery and other bad behavior.
In the middle of it all stood Hagman’s black-hearted J.R. Ewing – grinning wickedly in a broad cowboy hat and boots, plotting how to cheat his business competitors and cheat on his wife. He was the villain TV viewers loved to despise during the show’s 356-episode run from 1978 to 1991.
The GOP lost the election and they say we are imbeciles but look at the numbers. About 80 percent of blacks, Latinos and other nonwhite voters cast their ballots for Obama on Tuesday compared with less than 17 percent for Romney, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. (Source) Obama also won about 63 percent of total voters age 18 to 34. Obama also maintained his advantage with women, defeating Romney by 11 points among female voters. So the demographics say that Romney’s biggest block of voters would be old white men and shrinking. Throw in the Asian vote (President Obama carried 73 percent of the Asian vote on Tuesday, continuing a two-decade-long march of Asian-Americans toward the Democratic Party in presidential politics.) (Source) and you see the GOP is starting to run out of options.
So the GOP is under the assumption that “The Takers” just want to take from the makers, one person on Facebook even suggested we should split the states based on red or blue and maintain an army but govern separately well lets look at that idea. Here is data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis as per the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. And using the electoral map from here http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/results. If you take the total in millions Blue States almost have double the State Gross Product of Red States. The math doesn’t add up for the GOP but they don’t really see it.
This is State Gross Product
|Millions of chained (2005) dollars|
|District of Columbia||87,765||87,089||89,893||91,643||Blue|