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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker on if Obama loves America: "I don't really know" on: Today at 01:58:50 am
He should have just said "Why don't you ask him?"

All in all this was a safe reply. No one will be talking about this answer a month from now.

The media still talks about Hillary's "dead broke" comment from 8 months ago. I would think questioning the patriotism of the first black president would be a much bigger deal than that.

You would actually think that, or you would want people to think that?  Because there's a difference between saying something in a speech and refusing to address a question that has nothing to do with you.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hugo Black on: Today at 01:29:47 am
a mixed bag. FF generally, though by no means completely, on 1st amendment issues, among other things.  HP for among other his support of Wickard v Filburn, and most especially his authoring of Korematsu.

So you are strictly judging by his SC career?

mostly. That was the majority of his public life and where he had the most influence, though his work on what became the FLSA was significant also.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1864 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: February 26, 2015, 11:47:52 pm
Lincoln, with either VP.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 26, 2015, 11:34:50 pm
So just to clarify, you really see black and not gold? That's just unimaginable to me...

It's black in bad lighting.  The fact that the dress is literally blue and black in real life kind of proves that.

Again, where is the white?

where your blue is.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article I, Section 5 on: February 26, 2015, 11:28:46 pm
As opposed to anything about inactivity, maybe we can institute this in case where the time for a vote has expired and it is a tie.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hugo Black on: February 26, 2015, 11:20:10 pm
a mixed bag. FF generally, though by no means completely, on 1st amendment issues, among other things.  HP for among other his support of Wickard v Filburn, and most especially his authoring of Korematsu.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Cute or Puke: Mitch Landrieu on: February 26, 2015, 10:49:29 pm
I though this was going to be about Mitch McConnell.
yep, and his love child with Mary Landrieu.
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 26, 2015, 10:45:50 pm
It only looks blue and black to me if my tilt my screen back.
9  General Discussion / History / Re: War of 1812: Win, Loss, or Draw for America? on: February 26, 2015, 10:41:19 pm
America stopped having sailors impressed for foreign navies, so that's a plus.

That was more because with the Napoleonic Wars at an end, the Royal Navy no longer needed to impress sailors to fill the ranks.

still, the Brits never tried that one again though, did they?
10  General Discussion / History / Re: War of 1812: Win, Loss, or Draw for America? on: February 26, 2015, 09:42:14 pm
America stopped having sailors impressed for foreign navies, so that's a plus.
11  General Discussion / History / Re: Congressional Vote Maps: War and Foreign Policy on: February 26, 2015, 09:39:27 pm


Spanish-American War 1898: Resolution for Cuban Independence from Spain and Authorization of Force


first, the initial vote in the House on Resolution 233, in response to the McKinley administration's April 11 request: April 12, 1898. 324-19
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans to cede on Net Neutrality on: February 26, 2015, 06:53:14 pm
The responses to the FCC were over 99% in favor of net neutrality, so I imagine even among non-politician Republicans, it had to be completely overwhelming support.

Yeah, this is a pretty undeniable example of 'opposing it just because Obama's for it' from the Republican political classes.

It's a credit to their foresight then, since they had the same position a decade ago.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC Senate considers bill for magistrates to opt-out of SSM marriages on: February 26, 2015, 06:27:39 pm
Maybe they should pass a law allowing officers to opt-out of being in a gay pride parade.


Can straight people refuse to be married by magistrates who refuse to marry same sex couples?
If this passes, then the magistrate who objects to the same-sex marriage will not be officiating marriages at all.
14  General Discussion / History / Re: Congressional Vote Maps: War and Foreign Policy on: February 26, 2015, 04:06:11 pm
bump - just remembered this project.  I'll be doing the Spanish American War, then WW1. Later I may go back and do some more votes from the 19th century if I can find them.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Is A Fremont 1856/Breckenridge 1860 Voter Possible? on: February 26, 2015, 03:49:08 pm
A voter is possible, but it would be highly idiosyncratic. None in Breckenridge's home state since Fremont was not on the ballot, and his running mate's home was still a territory. There were quite a few Fremont/Douglas voters, esp in New England.  Those votes for Breckenridge in PA were practically all Buchanan voters in 56 - in fact the reason why Breckenridge got those votes is because he got the support of the Buchanan faction.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Gay Marriage Legalization Poll on: February 26, 2015, 01:44:46 pm
In theory, yes. It would be a lot easier to support if we could count on courts that interpret the 1st amendment anywhere near as expansively as they do the commerce clause.  At this point I don't know if gay marriage and religious freedom are compatible. In this context, civil unions with full rights and benefits doesn't sound so absurd, but that's hardly a decent solution either. So I don't know. Modern liberalism and religious pluralism have come to be fundamentally at odds, so that's where we are.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Moderators Round 3: Return of the Mikado on: February 26, 2015, 12:46:25 pm
muon, Alcon, Torie, Morden, Dallas

Looks like the smear campaigns ("you lock up people, especially DAVE, in basements), mobbing ("you are the KRAMPUS") and misinformation ("Google-Gate") against me apparently did their work.
yeah, honestly you're probably one of the best moderators.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Would you punish Barronelle Stutzman? on: February 26, 2015, 12:39:07 pm
Would you punish Barronelle Stutzman?

Barronelle is a florist who regularly serves gay customers aside from weddings and has had gay employees. When one of her long time customers wanted her to make arrangements specially for his same sex marriage, she told him her religious convictions wouldn't allow it, and she referred him to three other florists and offered to sell him the raw materials necessary to make his own arrangements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDETkcCw63c

The state of Washington has ruled that she can be penalized both in her business and personal capacity and damages received both to the state and to the gay couple. Do you agree?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this forum have a tendency to feign outrage over trivial things? on: February 26, 2015, 11:54:41 am
Yes, I think so. I have been reading posts on this forum for four years now and I'm still baffled when I see that most users don't seem to mind abrasive or downright rude attacks and insults on other posters while being fixated on and taking offense at very minor things.

^this, and yet

I don't think anyone is feigning anything, unfortunately.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: The Mideast High Speed Rail Expansion Act (Voting) on: February 25, 2015, 09:44:38 pm
Aye
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Behold: The Troll on: February 25, 2015, 09:38:53 pm
  I have been called a troll (and worse) at many forums.  But do you know what the opposite of a troll is?  A fairy. 

pretty sure it's a billygoat.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is human life sacred? on: February 25, 2015, 03:16:43 pm
No. There is nothing inherently valuable about life. It can be a fantastic thing as much as it can be a horrible thing.

However, I believe that every human being has an absolute and universal right over their life (or death). They are the only judges of whether or not their life is worth living.

Where does that right come from? I think you've said before you don't believe in natural rights.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Other Maps from the Feb 2015 Election on: February 25, 2015, 03:10:02 pm
very interesting.   
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Smallest possible area? on: February 25, 2015, 12:25:36 am
Isn't the answer here to just take the densest states by population and count up EVs until you reach 270?

not exactly, since the smaller states by population have an advantage as a result of having 2 senators included along with the number of their congressional districts in the EV count. plus, if you just go from least to greatest you will have some extras over 270 that may need to be switched out. (for example in this map, where I would have included ME-1 had it not been insufficient and unnecessary to get to 270)
I think this is it:


270-268

and lol at the bump.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama breaking out the veto pen today for Keystone on: February 24, 2015, 09:19:09 pm
Now the Republicans have forced his hand and proved that he would rather get donations from the Sierra Club than money for the economy.

The economy will be fine minus those 50 permanent jobs + whatever cleanup jobs come up after spills.

Considering the big Democratic job creating idea - road jobs and infrastructure - creates very few permanent jobs as well, it seems a rather silly thing to harp on.

in both cases potential jobs created need to be weighed against potential jobs lost through taxes and takings.
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