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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: CAUTION on: September 08, 2014, 12:11:59 am
Is this the new Update?
102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: people you miss on: September 07, 2014, 10:57:39 pm
I also miss Alcon, even though he still posts.  He doesn't seem to be too active anymore.  But he was one of the best posters here when he was more active.
103  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: people you miss on: September 07, 2014, 05:18:33 pm
The correct answer:

Lunar
104  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who was President when your parents were born? on: September 06, 2014, 11:54:44 pm
Coolidge for my dad and Truman for my mom.  Yes, my dad was quite a bit older than my mom.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 06, 2014, 11:52:25 pm
I'm home from the potluck game night.  We had a Mexican potluck and as predicted, I didn't eat a whole lot.  In fact, I am pretty hungry right now, but I'm okay for the night.  We played a couple games as a group and had a great time of fellowship and fun.

What games did you play?
106  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Jim Varney on: September 06, 2014, 09:44:15 pm
His commercials for Braum's were the highlights of his career:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD03XSi4f54
107  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 06, 2014, 09:31:03 pm
I think Portman could be a frontrunner for VP again depending on who the nominee is. If he runs and does well on the campaign trail, that could be a boost for his chances. But I also have a hard time seeing him actually win the nomination.

Of course, like Ayotte, Rubio, and Thune (among others), his Senate seat's up in 2016, so running for VP means taking himself out of Senate reelection.  Though if he's seriously thinking about a run for president, then I guess his Senate seat might not be the highest priority for him.
108  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 06, 2014, 07:20:30 pm
The Prime Minster needs to delay the parliamentary elections.  I just did the math, Labour would have a 42 seat majority based on polling now, and they would likely have 49 seats in Scotland. 

But don't they legally have to hold the next election within five years of the previous one (meaning 2015)?
109  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish Independence Referendum - 18 September 2014 on: September 06, 2014, 07:05:59 pm
Can I ask a stupid question?  What is the current party breakdown of Scottish seats in the UK Parliament?  Couldn't find that info on Wiki.  If the referendum passes, but independence doesn't take effect until 2016, then I suppose it's mathematically possible, if unlikely, that Labour wins the 2015 general election, but then loses its majority in 2016, once Scotland is no longer represented in the UK Parliament?
110  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 06, 2014, 10:17:49 am
If she named the person she is accusing, wouldn't it be defamation of character? Considering that as far as the law is concerned it "never happened"?

What?  That's not how "defamation of character" works.


No I mean if she went around accusing someone of something like that without formally filing charges. Because I mean c'mon this seems like a pretty clear cut case here unless she has any evidence.

If a man and a woman both say that they've had sex with each other, and that part is not in dispute, but she says that it was not consensual (it was rape), and he says it was consensual, then I don't think she is going to get charged with defamation of character, unless you can actually prove that she's lying.  And not sure how you're going to do that in this case.
111  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: "Jessica Walterstein" vs. Robert Stark vs. opebo on: September 06, 2014, 03:04:17 am
I haven't really been following the ins and outs of Naso's life over the last seven years, but it sounds like he and Jessica broke up.  Sad
112  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you be disappointed if your daughter was dating the previous poster? on: September 06, 2014, 03:03:05 am
She's imaginary, so I think I'd be OK with it.  In fact, I'd probably encourage it, since it would keep her from spending any more time with BRTD's imaginary daughter, who I find to be a bad influence.
113  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Woman, mattress, rape, performance art on: September 06, 2014, 02:37:29 am
If she named the person she is accusing, wouldn't it be defamation of character? Considering that as far as the law is concerned it "never happened"?

What?  That's not how "defamation of character" works.
114  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 06, 2014, 02:05:08 am
Zzzzzzz

you know you can't really pretend like you're ignoring a post that says something about you that you don't want to hear when the very fact that you are making this post showing off how you're ignoring it actually means you saw it, read it, thought about, and decided you should make post where you pretend to be ignoring it

No, I don't think that's it.  Bushie didn't read any posts that he's pretending to ignore.  He's simply sleeping.  He's become so enveloped within Update that his current method of sleep involves resting his head on the "z" key.

Now, I urge everyone here to refrain from "shouting" with all caps before morning, or you might wake Bushie up in the middle of the night.
115  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 06, 2014, 01:58:19 am
Deval Patrick says "maybe" to a White House run:

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/216755-deval-patrick-says-maybe-to-a-presidential-run

Note that in May, he said that he might run for president some day, but not in 2016:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=164982.msg4167758#msg4167758
116  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The "Who is running?" tea leaves thread on: September 06, 2014, 01:53:48 am

Skepticism from Catanese:

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2014/09/03/would-martin-omalley-really-run-against-hillary-clinton

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To understand the significance of these statements, it's important to remember one of the first rules of presidential fight club: Never signal your decision would be impacted by another candidate's entry into the fray. That indicates weakness and timidity, an immediate red flag for discerning donors.

Whether or not O'Malley would actually challenge Clinton in a primary, he has to indicate to the party's top fundraisers that he would. As he's traveled the country, the governor has been careful not to criticize Clinton or even to be drawn into comparisons with her publicly, but privately he must show iron will and unwavering ambition. Politics' most prized moneymen and women expect nothing less from an aspiring candidate.
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If Clinton does pull the trigger on a 2016 White House run, it seems highly unlikely O'Malley would wage a campaign against her. Even if he saw it as a venue where he could improve his low national name identification, he would be forced to make some of his own hard choices about how aggressively he pursued a contrast with Clinton. Would he have the gusto to take direct shots? Demand more primary debates? Defy those calls for him by Clinton's comrades to step aside so she could focus on the general election battle?
117  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: September 05, 2014, 11:45:48 pm
CherryPanda has been banned for being a spam/troll.
118  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Did the forum's default font change last night? on: September 05, 2014, 10:14:00 pm
No change in the fonts for me.  But I use a Mac, in case that matters.
119  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you hear of Braum's before Atlas? on: September 05, 2014, 06:40:48 pm
Is this like a running gag or something?

It's an inside joke, like "Alpha Jew".
120  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Adventures of Hobo Orgy Guy and Blondie on: September 05, 2014, 08:06:48 am
The Adventures of Hobo Orgy Guy and Blondie (....in progress)

Episode 35 (2x15) "There Should Be A Statute Of Limitations For Criticsm"

Winfield's bunker, large storage bay interior

[The gang's all here, debating how to save themselves from nuclear annihilation.  Hog has just remembered his life as Bushie, and volunteered to make the dangerous trip into the bunker's reactor core.  He's just now asked Dave to make him a moderator again, so that he'll be able to fight his way through this mission.]

Joe Republic: (turns to Dave)  Hold on a second.  Are you saying that this guy (points to Hog) is actually Bushie.....and he's asking to be reinstated as a moderator?  So that...what?  We can trust him to save our lives?  Bushie?  You do remember why we was de-modded in the first place, don't you?

Hog: I think we all remember that, Joe.  My de-modding was a consequence of the first of many bad decisions that I made many years ago.  But I've moved on.  I'm ready to begin life as a normal member of society, just like everybody else.  No better and no worse.  I'll start a normal career with the skills that I've learned once I save us all from nuclear attack.  But I'm going to need moderation powers to do that.

Now, maybe you still disagree with me, and *still* don't think I can be trusted, even after all these years.  But I just explained my deep desire to change, and you have no real alternative, so your argument just got tinkled on.

Joe Republic: OK.

Hog: OK, you agree with me?

Joe Republic: No.  OK, I believe that you're Bushie.

Dave: I understand your concerns User Number 1337, but as Atlas administrator, I have to make some hard decisions, and this is one of them.  And it appears that User Number 1387 may be our only hope.

User Number 1387, are you ready?

thanks,
Dave

Hog: Ready as a Rich & Rare whiskey.

Dave: Very well then.

[And with that, Dave takes one step towards Hog, and reaches out to him, granting him moderation powers in the same manner that Jor-El did to Superman in the "re-powering" scene from Superman II (the Donner Cut), see ~3:10 to the end of this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaRNtPA0l2w

Hog's t-shirt now features a red Oklahoma avatar on it, as he's enveloped in red electricity, which then retracts into his hands.

But now we focus on Dave.  His gift of mod powers to Hog has nearly drained the life out of him, and he collapses to the ground.  Several of the moderators rush to his side, to discover that he's still breathing, but very weak.  He lifts his head slightly.]

Dave: Worry not, my friends.  After all these years away from Atlas, that re-moderation has shaken me up, but I will survive.

thanks,
Dave

AndrewCT: No offense Dave, but you look awful.  Are you sure you don't want to lie down for a few minutes?

Dave: There's no time.  I still have enough life in me to direct the reprogramming of the Atlas source code from here.

(turning to the moderators) I'm going to need all of you for this.  I know this has been a roller coaster for all of you, but right now, I need my Atlas moderation team for this job.

It's going to take every scrap of technological and demographic expertise you have.  So it's got to be all of us working on this......that includes you, User Number 1663, regardless of what they may say about your moderation judgment.

thanks,
Dave

[Inks smiles a bit at the suggestion, after having felt rejected by his peers a few moments earlier.]

Blondie: Well, I'm just a dog, so I don't know anything about election map websites.  But I do know how to be man's best friend to my traveling companion of these last few days.

Hog, or Bushie, or whatever you want me to call you now....I'd like to join you on this.

Hog: OK then.  Let's go.

Winfield's bunker, Level 9B, corridor leading to engineering area

[Hog is typing some Swahili instructions into the Rainbow Play computer as Blondie looks on.  It's a little tedious, and Hog begins to make some idle conversation with Blondie as he types.]

Hog: You know, you didn't really need to come along for this.  I appreciate the company, but I think I've got this.

Blondie: You never know when I might prove myself useful.

In any case, who knows if any of this will work?  If not, then I just want you to know.....it's been an honor serving as your traveling companion for these incredible "adventures" we've been having this past couple of days.

Hog: Despite you....and me....now knowing my real identity?  After all, my treatment of you way back in 2013 when I "adopted" you may not have been the best.

Blondie: You are who you are now, and that was many years ago from your perspective.  I'm not going to hold your past against you.  It may be immortalized in Update, but you don't have to be bound to that forever.  There's nothing to stop you from being whatever you want to be now.

[And just then, Hog gets the doors open, and the duo are faced with what lies behind it....a room full of robot nkpatel units, ready to attack.  The red Oklahoma avatar on Hog's shirt illuminates, as he prepares to use his moderation powers for the first time in many years.]

Winfield's bunker, large storage bay control room interior

[Dave lies on his back, directing his moderators as they program.  It's sort of like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where Sean Connery has been shot, and he's lying on his back, mouthing words of instruction to Indy about the "Breath of God", "Word of God", and "Path of God".  Except in that case, Indy wasn't in the same room, so it wasn't clear what Sean Connery was accomplishing.  In this case, Dave is similarly injured (his granting of moderation powers to Bushie having sucked most of the life out of him), but the people he's instructing, his moderators, are right there in the room with him.

In any case, they're typing away at computers in this room, trying to use the Atlas code to set up the website just right, for when Hog (hopefully) establishes internet contact with the outside world.  Oddly enough, Dave is offering his instructions in machine language, as it's the programming language that he's most comfortable with.]

Dave: User Number 1799, 10100000 00010100 10110010.  Now, User Number 1478, set the first line on your piece of code to 11010101 10100100.....

[And the moderators respond to his instructions accordingly as they type away.  So, with nothing exciting going on here, we cut back to.....]

Winfield's bunker, Level 9B, corridor leading to engineering area

[Hog has apparently destroyed the bulk of the nkpatel units with relative ease.  However, two of them are left, and they retreat in fear.  They exit through the door into the engineering area that Hog had just opened.

Hog and Blondie run after them.  Before them, they see a long tunnel, at the end of which is a ladder leading up to the next level, where there's an open door.  They chase after the two nkpatel robots, but the nkpatels have a huge lead on them, and are very fast.  They both make it all the way across the tunnel, climb the ladder, and reach the open door while Hog and Blondie are still only about halfway across the tunnel.

One of the nkpatels shouts out:]

nkpolitics1279: In the 2012 presidential election, if the Republican nominee had been Mike Huckabee-AR.
Obama wins PA,WI,IA,and NH-4.
Huckabee win FL,OH,NC,VA,IN,and MO and plus all the other Southern States.
Huckabee selects John Thune-SD as his VP runningmate- giving him AZ,MT,ND,and SD.

[Both robots then exit through the door, close and lock it, and then the door on the other side of the room appears to seal shut as well.

Blondie and Hog stop in their tracks, not knowing what to expect next.

And that's when the tunnel begins to fill with water.]

Blondie: No problem.  We can make our way to the other end of this thing before this room fills up, can't we?  I mean, it'll be deep enough that we'll have to paddle, but--

Hog: Well, there *is* a problem with that.

Blondie: What's that?

Hog: Don't you remember from that "Update on tape"?  I can't swim.


TO BE CONTINUED….
121  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: September 05, 2014, 06:15:00 am
Bushie, forgot to ask earlier in the year, but do you still hold a birthday party in Oklahoma for the Kenyan kids each year?
122  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you hear of Braum's before Atlas? on: September 05, 2014, 03:40:30 am
No, I heard of Atlas first.
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is BushOklahoma your favorite Update character? on: September 04, 2014, 07:57:23 pm
Blondie
124  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / FL-Gravis Marketing: Clinton 39% Bush 37%; Clinton 44% Rubio 35% on: September 02, 2014, 06:29:29 pm
http://gravismarketing.com/polling-and-market-research/scott-crist-tied-hillary-clinton-ahead-marijuana-past-60/




125  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NFL draft prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay--UPDATE: cut by Rams on: September 02, 2014, 05:55:31 pm
Yeah, looks like he's joining the Dallas practice squad:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/cowboys/2014/09/02/michael-sam-on-the-verge-of-joining-dallas-cowboys-practice-squad/14983763/
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