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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: February 27, 2015, 06:28:22 pm
Please follow the script, Retro, and do what we are expecting of you. I urge you to.

Is this a death threat?


...how is that in any way a threat? What?!

This is serious- people have been banned for this very thing. How on Earth can that be considered a threat?!?!

What do you think most people are expecting, given retromike's.. err. reputation?
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Retromike's "Fear and Hockey in Las Vegas." on: February 27, 2015, 06:07:53 pm
Please follow the script, Retro, and do what we are expecting of you. I urge you to.

Is this a death threat?
3  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Unfortunate Son on: February 26, 2015, 08:58:11 pm
It's back, and in full force. Grin
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Irony Oremine on: February 26, 2015, 01:44:47 am
I'm getting tired of everybody putting off
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of The Romanovs on: February 23, 2015, 09:45:15 pm
Had it coming!

I am secure enough in my ideology that I do not believe a word you said.  Your post is just The Owning Class trying to twist Das Kapital to convince me North Korea is going to be bankrupt. Wrong lumpen.  I am saved by redistribution of the means of production, not my work.  You apparently didn't read the passages about class consciousness.  When Trotsky died at a hospital, his last words were "I will not survive this attack. Stalin has finally accomplished the task he attempted unsuccessfully before."
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Maxwell/Dallasfan65 for President - Concession Speech on: February 23, 2015, 01:00:53 am
OK. As evinced by the returns, bore has won a mandate.

This was a relatively brief campaign, but regardless, I would like to thank Maxwell for giving me the opportunity to reprise my role as Vice Presidential nominee one last time. Despite this loss, I think there is great potential ahead of you, and I consider you a great friend. In our short time running, we managed to bring forth some substantive ideas and hopefully will be able to influence the national discourse.

All of that being said, bore ran an active campaign and was thoroughly engaged with concerned citizens. I won't try to argue the point that Atlasia lost out tonight, because bore has the potential to be a great President, as evidenced by his tenure in the Senate. Bacon King indisputably has the experience to execute the duties of Vice President, so I suspect that there will be no issues on that front.

Cheers.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: February 2015 General Election on: February 22, 2015, 11:14:02 pm
Governor:

[1] Sawx

Assembly:

[1] MattVT
[2] Write-in: Lawrence Coventry
[3] RGN08
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 22, 2015, 08:20:37 pm
President:

[1] Maxwell/Dallasfan65

Northeast Senator:

[1] MattVT
[2] cinyc
[3] Talleyrand
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of this ruling on: February 22, 2015, 07:47:40 pm
"Oh, so criticizing Israel makes me anti-semitic?!" seems to be the go-to defense immediately after someone goes on hate tangents about teh Jooz.

So you're denying that Zionists love using actual anti-Semitism (like the subject of this ruling) to smear all criticism of Israel?

Anti-Zionists have been using "I'm not anti-semitic, I'm anti-Israel!!!" as a shield for blood libels for decades.

Which is the result of Zionist efforts to use Israel as a representation of all Jews worldwide, something which harms Jews critical of Israel (I myself have Sephardic ancestry) and ignores Israel "supporters" who are nonetheless anti-Semitic (American evangelical conservatives). Israel must be treated as a country.

Wow, China, you've deserted Kim because he's weak?  You are obviously not a true comrade because a true comrade would NEVER give up on their comrades no matter what.  I think it's time to unite Korea as nobody seems to care anymore.  I'll go back to Super Smash Brothers.  You guys continue to insist you are comrades, but you are pathetic comrades, at best.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 21, 2015, 10:41:03 pm
What will likely happen re: reaching 300 lbs is that Bushie will leave Update in a huff, and then two-three weeks later will try and casually mention it hoping nobody will notice.

I can see it now:

"The hiatus of Update is over for the time being. I have in fact gotten a job, at Wal-Mart.  It is not the management job that Bacon King wanted me to apply for, but it is a job nonetheless.  Despite my Tourette's, the interviewer seemed impressed with my communication skills and even offered me a job in human relations: right out front greeting the customers!  The starting pay for this job is $10/hr, with opportunities to move up the corporate ladder based on my performance.

As for the weight question, I'm sitting at 302.3 as of yesterday's weigh-in, which is down from the 310 a few weeks ago."
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 21, 2015, 08:55:27 am
Update Season XXII: You are not going to change my mind or even cause me to think
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 17, 2015, 09:17:35 am
OK, so a quick recap on the "diet":

crackers and cheese

BLT

Bacon Cheeseburger and some fries

pizza

Mexican food

hot dogs

(chili with fritos and cheese)
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Spiral for Mideast Senate on: February 16, 2015, 12:24:41 am
What will you do to increase the proliferation of Italo-Disco and other tracks that are sick?
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, February 2015 on: February 15, 2015, 11:26:16 pm

Greetings to my fellow party-mates.

In case there was any doubt left by Maxwell's speech, I would just like to reiterate the need for us to have our party's support in this election.

I "founded" this party on a whim back in the Summer of 2013. As I've mentioned before, this party has well exceeded my expectations. Since our creation, we managed to elect an At-Large Senator numerous times, have won the Governorship in a majority of regions, and we were part of a presidential ticket that nearly won. Since our halcyon days in the Spring of 2014 we've been on a bit of a decline, but I do not believe this to be a permanent trajectory.

Ultimately, this party is only as good as those who comprise it, and will only run as hard as we do. Maxwell nearly got elected to the Senate as a write-in in December. Spiral stands a fair shot at beating windjammer this election. I think there's still great potential in this party, despite the drought that we've encountered. Perhaps the best testament to that is the election that lies before us: a week ago, polls showed bore clobbering Riley. Now, polls seem to indicate that it's a close race. I readily understand that Atlasian polling is unreliable, but we can atleast use these two samples as a control.

Setting all of that aside, I would not like to use the argument of "we can win" as the sole source of persuasion for this party's endorsement, since that line of reasoning has always been lost on me. I would much rather earn the support of this party on the merits of our accomplishments. So, without further ado, I'd like to talk a bit about that.

Maxwell inherited an inert region in the Midwest, and turned it into a vibrant one. As part of his tenure, he facilitated an overhaul of the Midwest's Constitution and also created an actual budget. Maxwell would later go on to get elected At-Large Senator, and work with TNF to vastly liberalize our drug laws - which is an integral part of our platform. He would also establish ambitious legislation to phase out perverse agricultural subsidies. Improving upon that, Maxwell would get elected Governor in the Southeast, and pursued criminal justice reform and a slew of other initiatives. That's no mean feat.

Not to gloat too much, but I have accomplishments of my own. As Northeast Governor, I liberalized our sex offender laws and our public intoxication laws. No longer does one in the Northeast have to take a leak or be drunk in public and fear the heavy hand of law enforcement. As Northeast Governor, I spearheaded efforts to legalize commercial drones in our region. With simple innovation, shipping and handling may be both quicker and cheaper than ever. As Northeast Governor, I was a leader in equipping police officers with wearable cameras, as part of an initiative to cut down on police brutality and make our criminal justice system a little less opaque.

Bore is an accomplished statesman, and it would be impossible to try and diminish his contributions toward Atlasia. It would be unsportsmanlike to try. However, I would like to offer the argument that our case is a bit better. Smiley
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The ElectionsGuy Quartz Quarry of Ordinary Posts on: February 15, 2015, 08:43:57 pm
Had nice chats with three fairly attractive girls.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1980 Presidential Election on: February 15, 2015, 08:17:48 pm
Dude, the voting's over, Church won...and 1984 still isn't up.

The only thing for certain is that Church isn't gonna live long enough for re-election.

If it's too long of a wait for you then you're more than welcome to start your own election series.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: For The Record: My Insanely Early 2015-2016 NFL Playoff Prediction on: February 14, 2015, 10:13:01 pm
The Bills have a fairly easy schedule next season, but who's to say they'll make the play-offs? And why would the Colts beat Denver again?

I agree with the Colts beating Denver again because Peyton will be 39 years old and really should either be coaching or with ESPN or NFL Network.  At this point Andrew Luck is at least on par with Peyton Manning, maybe slightly ahead.

That said, I think depending on what happens with DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant in Free Agency, Dallas has to be considered the favorite to repeat as division champs.

One more note, New England better not win another Super Bowl...

Like you said, though, this is all a shot in the dark at this point.

Manning had a torn quad, and although 39 is old for a QB I still think it's a bit of a bold claim to be making this early out. Favre was 40 and still took the Vikings to the NFC Championship (and nearly the SB) and was probably less healthy than Manning given today's concussion and safety rules.

Dallas seems to be offering Murray peanuts for a contract renewal. Despite my username I'm not a Cowboys fan so I don't know the nature of Romo's impediments from last season - if they persist then Murray might be a higher priority than Bryant IMO, though it's hard to say that either of them should be let go.

Pretty reasonable (if the Packers get their contracts straightened out, they could be next year's team "on a mission," and remember they beat the Pats 26-21 back in November)

Re-signing Randall Cobb is top priority IMO - he's young, and had just as many targets as Jordy Nelson last season. I'd like for Green Bay to do something about their defense - Clinton-Dix shows promise for a rookie and Julius Peppers was pretty good, but it's just been too unreliable.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: why are Lincoln and the US invasion of the CSA so universally popular? on: February 14, 2015, 08:56:59 pm
I do not view violence or the "destruction of a society" as an inherent negative.

Grumps, I have worked specifically for Cuba and Cambodia.  My paychecks came directly from the two countries.  They are much more than banana republics.  I was at Nicaragua for a year, so I had some good, decent success and was starting to build longevity there had I not run into a Contra. I can tell you from personal experience they are not banana republics.  Some of the Soviet satellites I have worked at are banana republics, but not Cuba or Cambodia. When I fought for both countries, I never saw mass genocides or mass starvation. Sure, there were people let go here and there, but not in waves like you find in dictatorships.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: February 14, 2015, 04:08:39 pm
Did Dreyfus choose, then, to run for re-election in 1982, or no? And it appears that Honkey is making no direct appeals to potentially alienated working class Democrats (not that such would be expected in any case).

Yes, and again in 86 - to my knowledge Wisconsin doesn't have term limits.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: February 14, 2015, 03:34:50 pm
Hey Dallas, do you think it's possible to briefly update what has happened since the Iran sanctions thing? I'm starting to get an idea of what's going on, but it feels like the last few pages are huge walls of words. Tongue

You try running a marathon in just one mile. Tongue

OK - where in particular did you leave off? I posted a summary here but that's still a lot of text.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Maxwell/Dallasfan65 for President - A Better, Substantive Atlasia on: February 14, 2015, 01:07:09 pm

I'll have to be candid and say that I'm just as surprised to be here as many of you might be by my presence. When Sirnick and I lost in June, I had figured that I would be finished with national politics (and more or less the game itself, to be honest.) I'd have to be crazy to audition for this job again. However, when Maxwell extended the impromptu offer to be his Vice Presidential nominee, I felt compelled to accept.

Why is that? Because, in my opinion Maxwell brings a much-needed perspective and insight to this game. Maxwell has served as a leader in various capacities; both as a Governor, and as an At-Large Senator.

While serving as a Senator, Maxwell sponsored an ambitious bill (despite the umbrage of some in his own party) to eliminate agricultural subsidies, saving the federal government of Atlasia millions of dollars. In addition, Maxwell co-sponsored legislation with TNF to legalize some drugs and decriminalize a whole host of others. Both of these legislative attempts were while he was a member of the Federalist Party, the prima-facie conservative party. I see this as a testament to his ability to work across party lines, as in both instances he encountered opposition within his own party on these bills.

Perhaps more impressive is Maxwell's stints as Governor in two different regions. While getting elected to the chief executive position in two regions is no mean feat in its own right, Maxwell was able to convert this into something more. When elected Governor of the Midwest, Maxwell took a relatively inert region and turned it into a vibrant region with much more activity than it had seen before, despite the "loonyism." Adding to that, Maxwell later moved to the Southeast and was quickly elected Governor, introducing a slew of legislation to that region as well.

To say nothing of my own stint in Atlasia, I would like to think that this would be reason enough to elect Maxwell and myself to Nyman this February.

More to come!



Apologies to all for the delay in the announcement - a personal crisis prevented me from writing this up sooner.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: For The Record: My Insanely Early 2015-2016 NFL Playoff Prediction on: February 13, 2015, 11:20:28 pm
The Bills have a fairly easy schedule next season, but who's to say they'll make the play-offs? And why would the Colts beat Denver again?
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1972 Primaries (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail) on: February 13, 2015, 04:56:42 pm
McCloskey
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been offered a scam job? on: February 12, 2015, 04:26:34 pm
A co-worker tried to rope me into Primerica, haha.

Wait, didn't Bushie try to get involved in that?
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, February 2015 on: February 12, 2015, 09:12:40 am
X Dallasfan65

Seconding the nominations of Spiral and Maxwell to Chairman and Vice Chairman.
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