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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Abraham Lincoln on: Today at 12:43:11 pm
Ultimately an FF, but he's certainly not all he's cracked up to be, and he certainly didn't emancipate the slaves as a matter of conscience.

He compromised at many points for the sake of the Union, but if you look very much at Lincoln's statements both in public and in private over the course of his political career, saying slavery was not for him a matter of conscience is not a tenable position.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: If Mark Udall (D-CO) survives, what will be the factor that did it? on: Today at 10:24:52 am
Ground game. As 538 has pointed out, the difference between D and good public polls is whites, not Hispanics.

I didn't really follow the logic in that article.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best President, of these three on: October 24, 2014, 09:49:57 pm
Ford is immediately eliminated for his pardoning of Nixon and letting inflation run rampant (remember "Whip Inflation Now"?). Also, his two progeny were easily the worst high-level public servants in American political history.
Huh  Ford had four children and none of them were politicians - not that it would matter to his presidency if they were.

Ike of course.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 24, 2014, 09:23:10 pm
presidential count (last voter homelycooking):  

first count after write-ins eliminated:
Lumine     23
Marokai    17
Poirot       13
Al              9
none/ex     1

Lumine     24
Marokai    21
Poirot       15
none/ex     3

Lumine     35
Marokai    21
none/ex     7
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: October 24, 2014, 07:47:34 pm
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: AK-Hellenthal (R): Begich +10 on: October 24, 2014, 07:34:58 pm
403 is not a lot of respondents for a poll, hence the large MOE at 4.88%. 800 is usually the magic number. Then again Alaska has such a small population, who knows.

With populations of more than a few thousand it shouldn't make much difference - a sample size of 400 is pretty low.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Steve King: "I donít expect to meet [gays] should I make it to heaven." on: October 24, 2014, 05:18:09 pm
I don't expect to meet gays
Should I make it to heaven
Would it be the same
If there were gays in heaven?

I've got to be strong
Against the things I frown upon
Cause I expect gays don't belong
Up in heaven
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Finding political meaning in this Simpsons Couch Gag.. on: October 24, 2014, 04:44:20 pm
It is rather Wittgenstein-esque, showing the problem of translation between the thoughts of one time and place and another. What appears as unintelligble is shown to not in fact be also irrational, but involving a logic which we are not cognizant of, and relations which have a deep reservoir of sentiment. In this way attempts at colonization of one culture over another are questioned.
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: wikipedia.org has no page for this site on: October 24, 2014, 03:37:48 pm
Wiki is generally a pain when it comes to establishing notability and there doesn't seem to be any reviews of the site (except some peer reviews) or articles about the site.

Well, there has been at least one article, though it doesn't mention the forum specifically.

It doesn't mention Atlas at all.

But it does mention Atlas forum members! That's really cool.

Here is perhaps the most recent notable use of The Atlas as a source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/upshot/arkansas-a-demographic-challenge-for-democrats.html?smid=tw-upshotnyt&abt=0002&abg=1&_r=0
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Another School Shooting north of Seattle on: October 24, 2014, 02:57:51 pm
Only fifteen minutes from my home. Yikes.

EDIT: Apparently my brother-in-law's wife's brother teaches there. He's okay, though.

Glad you are safe!

one other person is dead, three more are in surgery.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jeff Merkley becomes first sitting US senator to endorse marijuana legalization on: October 24, 2014, 12:57:17 pm
So glad he won in 2008. Can you imagine if Gordon Smith were still Senator? LOL

I'm sure it would be hilarious ?
 
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Civil liberties advocates losing in midterms on: October 24, 2014, 12:34:46 pm
Udall not making his stand against security state overreach central to his campaign is one of the worst political decisions of this cycle.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Sarah Palin has endorsed Walker in AK-Gov race. on: October 24, 2014, 11:51:46 am
Why exactly is Parnell even struggling? Has he done anything wrong?

We don't know that he actually is struggling; Alaska polls are basically polls of just Anchorage because there's almost no landline penetration in the rest of the state.

But rural Alaska is afaik leaning Democratic, isn't it?

Basically you've got three groups:

1. Weirdo loners, either survivalists or hippies, but the former outnumber the latter.
2. Oil industry workers; extremely Republican, especially in this race (they don't like the oil severance tax).
3. Natives, who have very idiosyncratic voting patterns and often vote as a bloc; they usually have a strong pro-incumbent bias but not always.

In general it combines to be more Republican than the rest of the state, except when natives vote as a bloc for the Democrat.

The Native vote is why I think Begich still has an even or better chance of winning, and why Young is absolutely safe no matter what scandalous insane thing he does or says.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 11:42:55 am
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

[  ] Al Sibboleth of West Virginia and Hashemite of Oklahoma
All Atlasia Progressive Rashtriya Janata Dal - Verenigde Gesuiwerde Atlasianer Volksfront

[2 ] Lumine von Reuental of Utah and SJoyceFla of North Carolina
Federalist Party - The People's Party

[3 ] Marokai Blue of Iowa and Antonio V of Hawaii
Labor Party

[1 ] Poirot of New York and Shua of Nunavut
Independent - Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above


MIDEAST SENATE

[1] Bmotley of Indiana
Democratic-Republican Party

[2] Cassius of Virginia
Federalist Party

[3] Windjammer of Michigan
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Biggest Hacks on Atlas? on: October 23, 2014, 10:39:55 pm
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Michelle's at it again: Mistakes Mark Udall for Cory Gardner on: October 23, 2014, 08:54:43 pm
Who really cares? This really isn't going to move any votes either way.

Michelle seems to have disagreed and thought that he issue of who's family had lived in Colorado longer was worth bringing up.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reaganstan! on: October 23, 2014, 02:44:04 pm
Reaganstan is everywhere except DC and Minnesota.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Paul's conspiracy theorist past on: October 23, 2014, 02:31:12 pm
open your goddamn eyes SHEEPLE

THEY only allowed randall paul to be elected so that ZIONIST SHILLS like bacon king could peddle this exact theory

CHEMTRAILS.



David Cross should really be more careful about what roles he takes.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Is this passage ironical? on: October 23, 2014, 11:21:48 am
In the broadest sense, yes, you could call it hat, because it turns a situation on its head. "Irony" has more than one definition.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: VA: CNU: Sarvis leads Gillespie with younger voters on: October 23, 2014, 11:17:50 am
If this is true, Sarvis may get as high as 7 or 8% statewide.

except that half of them won't vote.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Congressman Don Young (R-AK) threatens to murder his opponent on: October 23, 2014, 11:13:54 am
Don Young decides it wasn't the kid's friends who led to his suicide, but instead probably government handouts: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/don-young-digs-deeper-blames-suicide-public-benefits

Don Young is finally taking responsibility for Alaska's problems.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Can Greg Abbott Be Knocked Down Once Again? on: October 23, 2014, 10:53:18 am
This seems relevant:

23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: October 22, 2014, 10:49:46 pm
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

Mj possession in small amounts is already officially decriminalized, but they manage to get around that. 

Right, but NYC could go further and basically stop the police from dealing with marijuana offenses by making it the lowest priority. I suppose they would be able to get around that as well but it's worth a shot.

What would lowest priority mean?  If someone is getting stopped (ostensibly) for something else, wouldn't the police still have a look-see what else they can find?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: de Blasio continues to run Bloomberg's racist, drug warrior police department on: October 22, 2014, 09:54:40 pm
Also, regardless of action at the state level, couldn't NYC just make violations of Marijuana possession the lowest priority for the police? Many liberal cities out west do that to change policing without having to change state laws.

Mj possession in small amounts is already officially decriminalized, but they manage to get around that. 
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Washington Initiatives 591 and 194 on: October 22, 2014, 09:17:55 pm
No/No

There should be background checks beyond what is currently at the Federal level, but 594 casts too wide a net as to what counts as a "transfer" of a weapon.
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