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Family Ties    Looking back 25 Years Family Ties ran for 8 years and starred Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton, the conservative, business-oriented son of liberal parents Elyse and Steven (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross). Elyse was a successful architect, while Steven ran a public television station. They lived in suburban Columbus, Ohio with their children: Alex (Michael J Fox, Mallory (Justine Bateman) and Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Another child, Andrew (Brian Bonsall), was added later. The majority of the show's humor was derived from the tension between Alex's conservative, Republican mindset, Mallory's uninformed consumerism, and their parents' attitudes as liberal Democrats, who grew up as hippie flower children in the 1960s. This show gave Michael J Fox his shot at superstardom, and aren't we all glad it did! This show began two spinoffs, Day by Day, which lasted two seasons, and The Art of Being Nick, which was produced as a pilot but never picked up as a series.
Tags: family  ties  michael  j  fox  abc  sitcom  1980s 
Added: 28th September 2007
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Posted By: Guido
Bob Hope Classic Line Here's a clip of Bob Hope in the movie "The Ghost Breakers," where he says what is considered to be one of his funniest lines ever. Politically sensitive folk beware; he knocks democrats. Keep in mind, however, that politically parties represented an entirely different set of beliefs in the 1940s. That said, it is interesting to see a movie from 1940 crack a joke about democrats when it is more commonplace in today's films to see the same jokes said about republicans.
Tags: Democrats  Democratic  Republican  American  America  USA  politics 
Added: 4th February 2008
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Posted By: wjcl001
1884 Political Cartoon Think presidential election campaigns are nasty now? They're quite tame compared to the good old days. In 1884 the Democrats learned that Republican candidate Grover Cleveland was making chid support payments to a young woman named Maria Halpirn. Cleveland admitted he may have been the child's father, but there were numerous other prominent men who had sampled the horizontal refreshments in the willing Miss Halpirn's boudoir. (Cleveland apparently took responsbility because he was the only bachelor among Miss Halpirn's plentiful beaus!) Democrats mocked Cleveland with the chant, 'Ma! Ma! Where's my pa?' After Cleveland won the election, the Dems added, 'Gone to the White House...ha, ha, ha!'
Tags: Grover  Cleveland  scandal  cartoon 
Added: 25th April 2008
Views: 2845
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Posted By: Lava1964
Herbert Hoover Speech 1960 Former president Herbert Hoover makes a speech at the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicago. Hoover was a month away from his 86th birthday.
Tags: Herbert  Hoover  speech 
Added: 10th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1968 George Wallace Campaign Ad Tags: george    wallace    campaign    ad    1968    commercial    democrat    republican     
Added: 10th October 2008
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Posted By: Cathy
A Civics Quiz Test your civics knowledge with this online quiz. The test includes 33 items "designed to measure knowledge of Americaís founding principles, political history, international relations, and market economy." A few findings from a random sample of 2,508 adult Americans who took the test: Average score: 49% Elected office holders: 44% (not a typo) High School: 44%; Bachelor's: 57%; Master's: 64%; Doctorate: 72% Liberals: 49%; Conservatives: 48% Republicans: 52%; Democrats: 45%; Independents: 52% Age 25-34: 46% Age 65 & over: 46% Annual Income: < 30K: 40%; 30-50K: 46%; >100K: 55% Attend church weekly: 48% Never attend church: 50% Warning: Comments may contain spoilers. Take the quiz before you read the comments. http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx
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Added: 27th December 2008
Views: 1160
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Posted By: Teresa
Republican and Democratic Chairmen on Whats My Line Here's something you'd not likely see nowadays: The chairmen of both national political parties team up to be mystery guests on the September 21, 1958 edition of What's My Line.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  political  chairmen 
Added: 16th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
1988 Willie Horton Campaign Ad The famous 1988 Republican political ad that used murderer and rapist Willie Horton to portray Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis as 'soft on crime.'
Tags: Willie  Horton  Michael  Dukakis  ad  crime 
Added: 17th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jeannette Rankin - Lone Vote Against War with Japan Many people find it hard to believe, but after the deadly surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the vote by the U.S. Congress the next day to declare war on Japan was not unanimous. Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, cast the lone dissenting vote. Declaring the war to be unnecessary and adhering to her beliefs as a lifelong pacifist, Rankin cast the solitary negative vote. Rankin had been a congresswoman during the First World War and had voted against America's entry into that conflict--along with 49 others--in 1917. Returning to politics more than two decades later, Rankin had, in fact, campaigned in 1940 on an anti-war platform and had won. Not surprisingly, very few people in her home state supported her decision after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. So unpopular was her stance that Rankin decided not to run for re-election when her term expired in 1943. Interestingly, Rankin did not vote against declaring war on Germany and Italy following their declarations of war on the U.S. a few days later. Instead, she voted merely 'present.' During the remainder of her life, (Rankin lived to be nearly 93) she travelled to India seven times and was a devotee of Gandhian principles of non-violence.
Tags: Jeannette  Rankin  pacifist  politician  antiwar  Pearl  Harbor 
Added: 11th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Nancy Kulp-Buddy Ebsen Feud - 1984 Nancy Kulp and Buddy Ebsen starred together for nine seasons on The Beverly Hillbillies, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. From 1962 to 1971 Kulp played prim bank secretary Miss Jane Hathaway. Ebsen played the patriarch of the oil-rich, unsophisticated Clampett clan. In 1984 Kulp, a Democrat, decided to run for Congress in her home state of Pennsylvania. She attempted to unseat popular 12-year Republican incumbent Bud Shuster in the state's 9th District. During the campaign, Kulp made an offhand remark that all the surviving cast members from The Beverly Hillbillies were supporting her. Ebsen, a lifelong Republican, wanted to set the record straight: He dispatched a note to Kulp from his California home. It read, "Hey Nancy, I love you dearly, but youíre too liberal for me. Iíve got to go with Bud Shuster." The rift between the two actors was further exacerbated when Ebsen did a radio spot for Shuster in which he reiterated his objections to Kulp's liberal politics. Kulp believed Ebsen's intrusion into Pennsylvania politics was "cruel." Embittered, she terminated their friendship. On election day Shuster soundly trounced Kulp by about a 2:1 margin. Apparently Kulp and Ebsen only reconciled shortly before Kulp's death from cancer in 1991.
Tags: Nancy  Kulp  Buddy  Ebsen  Beverly  Hillbillies  politics  feud 
Added: 18th September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964

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