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Posts Made By: Dave Hurst

December 7, 2011 05:15 AM Forum: Politics

As the plot thickens...

Posted By Dave Hurst

Can you, really, envision Newt as POTUS? The R's may as well nominate Rush!

January 9, 2012 11:16 PM Forum: After Dark

Re: Do people do astronomy with annoying friends?

Posted By Dave Hurst

My brother's neighbor found out that I am into observing the night sky. At a fourth of July party we talked for a good while. He bragged about viewing dark nebula and feint galaxies from his backyard. I agreed to go check out his scopes.

Similarly, when I went to his house, he had about 15 small (under 4 inch) reflectors and refractors in a closet. He had a cg4 mount with motors that was missing the counter weight shaft and weights. He, obviously, had never used any of the equipment. He had no idea how to set up the mount, attach the motors, nor did he know he was missing parts to his mount.

I went home to retrieve and let him borrow an old shaft and weight. I set up his mount, got the motors all working, and told him to bring out one of the small reflectors with a dovetail on it. I went to use the bathroom and when I came out he had mounted his 4" reflector upside down and was trying to view through it like a refractor cwy HAHA!

After some basic instructions, we viewed a few objects. I soon left kind of disgusted that he had lied. He had no clue about magnification, feild of view or even the simple basics of observing with a telescope.

Even though he was full of crap, he was pleasant, but very weird, eccentric and creepy. For months afterward he called me weekly wanting to go observe, but I really wanted nothing to do with the guy and shunned him each call. He finally relented and I haven't heard from him for several months.

I really don't know why he had to lie, nor why he had so many cheap scopes and one mount that he didn't know how to use. Some people!!!!

January 11, 2012 04:06 AM Forum: No Holds Barred

Need help choosing your religion?

Posted By Dave Hurst

For those of you who need help and maybe for those of you who don't:

February 1, 2012 07:52 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

Is the US ready for a Mormon president?

Posted By Dave Hurst

Some within the LDS say no!


February 21, 2012 04:29 AM Forum: Politics

Republican electorate resembles that of 1890

Posted By Dave Hurst

NYT February 16, 2012
The Electoral Wasteland


In barely a century’s time, the population of the United States has more than tripled, to 313 million. We are a clattering, opinionated cluster of nearly all the world’s races and religions, and many of its languages, under one flag.

You would not know any of this looking at who is voting in one of the strangest presidential primary campaigns in history. There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large.

None of that is a surprise. But when you look at the numbers, it’s stunning how little this Republican primary electorate resembles the rest of the United States. They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012.

Given the level of media attention, we know an election of great significance is happening on the Republican side. But it’s occurring in a different place, guided by talk-radio extremists and religious zealots, with only a vague resemblance to the states where it has taken place. From this small world have emerged a host of nutty, retrograde positions, unpopular with the vast American majority.

But before getting into how this minority has steered the party into a corner, let’s look at the size of the electorate. The nine states that have held caucuses or primaries to date are home to roughly 28 million total registered voters, of all political persuasions.

So far, three million voters have participated in the Republican races, less than the population of Connecticut. This means that 89 percent of all registered voters in those states have not participated in what is, from a horse-race perspective, a very tight contest.

Yes, we know Republicans don’t like their choices; it’s a meh primary. But still, in some states, this election could be happening in a ghost town. Less than 1 percent of registered voters turned out for Maine’s caucus. In Nevada, where Republican turnout was down 25 percent from 2008, only 3 percent of total registered voters participated.

This is not majority rule by any measure; it barely qualifies as participatory democracy.

Results from the two populous states that have held big, media-saturated primaries, and are more likely to attract average voters, are also very revealing. In Florida, the largest and most diverse state among the nine, turnout was down 14 percent from 2008. And 84 percent of the state’s total registered voters did not participate in the Republican contest.

South Carolina is the major outlier this year, the only state to show a big increase in turnout, up 35 percent from 2008. But when you look at who voted, you see a very specific niche.

In the Palmetto State, 98 percent of primary voters were white, 72 percent were age 45 or older and nearly two-thirds were evangelical Christian, according to exit polls. From this picture, you may think South Carolina is an all-white, aging state, full of fervent churchgoers. But the Census says the state is only 66 percent white, with a median age of 36. Exit polls from 2008 put the evangelical vote at 40 percent of total.

Florida was at least closer — only in the Latino vote — to the general election of 2008; in both cases, it was about 14 percent of the total. But voters 45 or older made up 78 percent of the primary, versus 59 percent in the general matchup four years ago.

Outside of Florida, this contest has been nearly an all-white affair. Nevada is 26 percent Latino by population; in the primary, only 5 percent were Latino. Caucus voters in Iowa were 99 percent white.

Again, these numbers represent a small echo chamber. Whites are 63.7 percent of the total population of the United States; in 1900, they were 88 percent — still more diverse than Republican primary voters today.

The takeaway point of this poorly attended, unrepresentative Republican primary contest is not to focus entirely on who is voting but on why the candidates are taking such fringe positions. One explains the other.

Thus, the New York Times poll of this week found that all voters, by a 66 to 26 ratio, support the federal requirement that private health care plans cover the full cost of birth control for female patients. Among women, support is 72-20. And with Catholics, it’s 67-25. Yes, Catholics are slightly more liberal than the population at large.

Other polls show a huge majority of Americans want to raise taxes on the rich, favor the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan and believe the earth is warming because of human action.

Yet the Republican front-runner of the moment, Rick Santorum, is with the minority on each of these issues, and Mitt Romney is a near match.

So, given how out of sync these two candidate are with the rest of the country, how could they be the front-runners? It’s simple: Look at who is voting, a nation unto itself.

May 21, 2012 03:37 AM Forum: Solar System Observing


Posted By Dave Hurst

Sky90 Sungun

June 6, 2012 03:15 AM Forum: Solar System Observing

Venus Transit

Posted By Dave Hurst

Sky 90 SunGun

September 13, 2012 11:22 PM Forum: Politics

muslim craziness over defaming the prophet

Posted By Dave Hurst

Why hasn't some counter intelligence agency made/conjured up youtube vids of say... Ahmadinejad blaspheming the prophet or, Alqaeda leaders doing the incite riots within and against the enemies themselves?
Seems like we could turn the crazies on themselves rather easily.

November 7, 2012 06:12 AM Forum: Politics

What's better than the election?

Posted By Dave Hurst

Seeing Richard eating $20 worth of crow! wink grin wink

January 2, 2013 06:20 AM Forum: Politics

Illinois where only criminals will have guns

Posted By Dave Hurst

I foresee a lot of "boating accidents" in Illinois this week.
Confiscate from and handcuff the lawabiding man. As if the criminals will follow the law!
I'm sick of these knee-jerk reactionary idiots!