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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Debating) on: April 24, 2015, 03:54:37 pm
It's not about ideology or opposing the bill. It's about constitutionality. The federal government, legally, cannot set up an oversight agency to police, no pun intended, state or local police department. The senate can pass a law doing that, but the Court can and will overturn it, and then no progress will have been made.

You can put strings on funding and direct where it can go, but you can't directly meddle in regional affairs. The only way to accomplish that is to pass a federal amendment removing policing powers as a right left to regions/states.

Federal agencies already have access to state and local law enforcement documents and media through the subpoena power if the government brings a federal case against a state agency or actor.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you have voted for the Iraq War? on: April 24, 2015, 03:38:21 pm
Based on what Clinton, Bush, the British and everyone else was saying in 2003, yes.

Based on what we know now, no.
3  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: April 24, 2015, 02:53:26 pm
Bushie has every right to gush over Oklahoma just like Hockey can gush over New Jersey. I'd never want to live in either place, but gush away.

However, in terms of which state offers more to this country in terms of economic power, which is all I care about, not where it's nice to raise a family, it's obviously New Jersey and it's not even close.

He keeps attempting to re-start Update in almost every post he makes........he needs banned.

Yes, I agree. I just wish they'd let him tell his tale. It really isn't harming anyone on this forum, and no one really wants to talk about politics. I know I don't.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your number on the Kinsey Scale? on: April 24, 2015, 02:36:13 pm
I found another test that's even more interesting than any of those.  Click here.

My result:



I miss Christopher Lowell
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma City bombing: 20 years later on: April 24, 2015, 01:20:31 pm
Have polls been taken on the favorables of each city?

And I don't know why anyone would think negatively about OKC honestly. It's not a place I'd want to live but I'm sure it's relatively harmless/.
6  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban BushOklahoma on: April 24, 2015, 01:17:00 pm
Bushie has every right to gush over Oklahoma just like Hockey can gush over New Jersey. I'd never want to live in either place, but gush away.

However, in terms of which state offers more to this country in terms of economic power, which is all I care about, not where it's nice to raise a family, it's obviously New Jersey and it's not even close.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: South: Southern Law Commission Act on: April 24, 2015, 12:50:37 pm
     I would beg to differ. Your presence and input is valued, Duke. Things may have been a little slow for my taste around here before, but it happens and we've improved on it. We've had excellent discussion in this very thread.

No no, I just meant in general. When you said we don't play this game forever, I realized I'm coming up on my 7th anniversary in this game! Aside from the year I took off from late 2011 to late 2012, I've been in office almost nonstop!
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Vote Aye: Atlasians for Electoral Reform on: April 24, 2015, 09:32:50 am
You do raise an interesting point with at-large senate races: who are your constituents? I struggled with this a lot from 2009-2011 when I was in the senate because I was representing a conservative party and wasn't a conservative guy. I'd have half the party mad at me and half of them supporting me, so I never knew just who I represented.

Ultimately I decided I was representing those who voted for me - the 18-22 voters who first preferenced me each time.

I am happy to support this amendment. We've needed some reform for sometime. I championed a government overhaul that was maybe too ambitious about a year ago, but this will be a welcomed change.

x Duke
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: South: Payday Lending is a Bad Thing Act on: April 24, 2015, 09:19:04 am
I thought this was banned federally, but if it's not defined we need to go ahead and do that so people can't find a way around the loopholes. Loan sharking should be illegal everywhere because it preys on people who don't know any better.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Windjammer/Franzl for Mideast Governor/Mideast Lieutenant Governor on: April 23, 2015, 12:47:16 pm

I saw this and immediately got all hot and bothered!
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on Polnut's amendment) on: April 23, 2015, 12:26:47 pm
It is legal for a citizen to film a police officer, yes, so long as you are not interfering unreasonably.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: South: Southern Law Commission Act on: April 23, 2015, 10:44:37 am
You're right, and I should have left long ago..
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: April 22, 2015, 09:24:33 am
I'll wait for Polnuts amendment, but I think I speak for most labor senators in saying that we can actual reform-not just a re-arranging of deckchairs on the titantic

To do what you want to do, you'll need to pass a federal amendment nationalizing law enforcement because right now, policing powers are left to the regions.

Otherwise, Polnut's bill will need to be passed because it's actually constitutional and would survive a court challenge.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: April 22, 2015, 12:36:04 am
Duke
The People's Party
South Carolina


Time to go home
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: South: Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment on: April 21, 2015, 11:48:22 pm
Aye
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tax returns on: April 21, 2015, 12:44:56 pm
I don't think I got anything back, but I didn't work at all in 2014 thanks to the bar exam taking up my life.

I got a few hundred back a year ago though.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma City bombing: 20 years later on: April 21, 2015, 12:43:27 pm
He needs banned.

I support this if the mods stick by their unreasonable ruling that Update is to be discontinued indefinitely. His celebrity won't go away and he'll never be a "normal" poster.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you know what country your grandparents were born in? on: April 21, 2015, 12:00:31 pm
Greece and America
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Oklahoma City bombing: 20 years later on: April 21, 2015, 11:59:00 am
I love this thread. Bushie makes a tribute to remember the bombings and proceeds to go on a rant about how Oklahoma is unfairly treated on this forum!

Welcome back, friend!
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: South: Southern Law Commission Act on: April 21, 2015, 10:49:30 am
     Strictly speaking, it is not necessary. Passing this would create a greater impetus to see this through and make it easier for the regional government to "own" it. That is about what I can say on that matter.

If we need the government to own it, I guess it's fine to pass. I just see it as more needless bureaucracy that will just be repealed once you, PiT, leave since no one else will really be interested in it. Tongue
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: April 21, 2015, 10:38:48 am
The federal government can attach strings to funding as long as their strings are not coercive. I haven't read the current bill prior to Blair's amendment, but so long as the demands by  the senate are not coercive or too intrusive, then it's constitutional. From Blair's amendment, I already am suspicious of federal oversight of a state agency. I'm not sure whether that would be constitutional. I understand those saying "well we can't let a state agency keep this up," but unless there is some sort of federal amendment passed, each state has control over their policing powers so long as they don't break any federal amendments.

But to correct others in this thread, yes, the Courts do have a say in the bills passed by this body. It's called Judicial Review. Surely some of you have heard of it, no? Tongue

Sorry for the interruption. Carry on.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Cranberry, Pacific Regional Senator on: April 20, 2015, 08:38:44 am
Congrats, Cranberry!
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - A remarkable victory on: April 20, 2015, 08:35:34 am
Congrats, The People's Voices' were heard loud and clear this weekend!
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: NC Yankee for At-Large Senate HQ (Get Out And Vote!!!) on: April 20, 2015, 08:34:50 am
Congrats friend, welcome back
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 19, 2015, 09:39:18 pm
1. Polnut
2. NC Yankee
3. Lief
4. Cris
5. Blair
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