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26  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US adopt a single-payer health care system? on: October 15, 2014, 10:10:38 pm
No, a Bismarck system is both more efficient and more likely in the current climate.


While I believe in universal health care, I don't have quite the same, uncritical (almost touching) faith in government that my more leftist friends share.  

27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Obama 2.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: October 15, 2014, 07:23:26 pm
Obama's approval ratings have now sunk to 40%, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / NRSC Pours $6 Million into North Carolina Senate Race on: October 14, 2014, 11:32:59 pm
They haven't given up on Thom Tillis after all.
29  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb Bush versus Mitt Romney on: October 14, 2014, 11:27:12 pm
It's increasingly likely that Jeb Bush will run after all -his wife has finally come around.
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UK General Discussion II on: October 13, 2014, 09:53:03 pm
Black-faced -seriously?  In the early 21st century?  Are they still doing minstrel shows over there?
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Which states qualify as culturally Southern? on: October 13, 2014, 07:06:05 pm
All of the above, especially the southern half of Virginia and the northern half of Florida.  
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Republicans: What faction do you belong to? on: October 13, 2014, 07:01:55 pm
When I was a Republican, you could say I belonged to the New Right faction, considering how much I admired John McCain -and more or less in agreement with his policies.  In fact that I did not leave the GOP until after the Bush administration's incompetence in rebuilding Iraq (and dealing with the subsequent insurgency) in the wake of Saddam Hussein's fall was revealed for all to see.  
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-SUSA: Hagan +3 on: October 13, 2014, 06:55:50 pm
Is her margin of victory in this poll (assuming this would carry over into the general election) enough to overcome the cumulative effect of all the voting suppression measures enacted into law by the Republican-controlled North Carolina government?  
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you consider the preceding poster a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative? on: October 13, 2014, 10:46:41 am
Rock-solid southern conservative
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / GOP Has Edge Over Democrats On the Most Critical Issues -Gallup on: October 13, 2014, 10:32:16 am
Poll shows GOP leading on critical issues

By Peter Sullivan
October 13, 2014, 08:46 am

The poll finds that voters rate the economy, the availability of good jobs, the way the federal government is working, the situation with militants in Iraq and Syria, equal pay for women and the federal budget deficit as the most important issues facing the nation.

Voters rate Republicans higher on their handling of all of those issues, except equal pay for women.

The highest number, 88 percent, rated the economy as important, and on that front Republicans lead 50 to 39 percent over Democrats. That's up from a five-point lead in April.

In what could be a troubling sign for Democrats heading into the midterm elections, this 11-point GOP lead on the economy is similar to the 12-point lead Republicans had in 2010, when they won back the House majority.
36  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Which GOP governor do you most want to see lose? on: October 13, 2014, 10:09:14 am
Scott Walker for much the same reason I wanted Senators George Allen and Rick Santorum to go down in flames in 2006...
37  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The forum needs another admin on: October 12, 2014, 10:38:03 am
Well, if Nym is active, why this forum shouln't have a third admin?
Mr Morden or Joe Republic would be perfect in this role.

Morden has already indicated he doesn't want the job. 
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 House Election Polls / Re: GA-12: Barrow +2 in GOP poll on: October 12, 2014, 10:23:07 am
Considering his voting record, why doesn't John Barrow just switch parties already?  He can have that seat as long as he wants it without continually worrying about whether the next GOP challenger can finally topple him... 
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 House Election Polls / Re: VA-10: Comstock (R) 41, Foust (D) 39 on: October 12, 2014, 12:35:02 am
The NRCC has joined its Democratic counterpart (the DCCC) in pulling funding from this district.

What do you think it means?  
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / President Bill Clinton and Gen. Colin Powell Talked about Gays in the Military.. on: October 11, 2014, 11:04:35 pm
...according to recently released documents.  And apparently Generals Colin Powell and Carl Mundy talked him out of ending the military's longstanding ban on letting gays and lesbians serve in the armed forces when the topic was broached in January 1993:


And thus was born the 'don't ask; don't tell' policy that was originally a compromise. 
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Could Jeb Bush win Virginia against Hillary Clinton? on: October 11, 2014, 10:46:40 pm
A little more likely than California....   
42  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Objective: Hellenistic India on: October 11, 2014, 10:33:39 pm
A stronger, more expansive Indo-Greek kingdom certainly works.  So would a Seleucid Empire under Antiochus III conquering northern India -and staying there long enough for Hellenism to take root and flourish there. 
43  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: China General Discussion on: October 11, 2014, 10:25:23 pm
Xi Jinping sees himself as a 21st century emperor, it seems like:

Leader Taps Into Chinese Classics in Seeking to Cement Power

OCT. 11, 2014

China’s modern leaders have often sought to justify their policies by bowing to their Communist forebears, and so has Mr. Xi. But he has reached much farther back than his predecessors into a rich trove of ancient statecraft for vindication and guidance. He portrays his policies as rooted in homegrown order and virtues that, by his estimate, go back 5,000 years.

In his campaign to discipline wayward and corrupt officials, Mr. Xi has invoked Mencius and other ancient thinkers, alongside Mao. Most often, he has embraced Confucius, the sage born around 551 B.C. who advocated a paternalistic hierarchy, to argue that the party should command obedience because it represents “core values” reaching back thousands of years.

“He who rules by virtue is like the North Star,” he said at a meeting of officials last year, quoting Confucius. “It maintains its place, and the multitude of stars pay homage.”

(...)Mr. Xi has also shown his familiarity with “Legalist” thinkers who more than 23 centuries ago argued that people should submit to clean, uncompromising order maintained by a strong ruler, much as Mr. Xi appears to see himself. He has quoted Han Fei, the most famous Legalist, whose hardheaded advice from the Warring States era made Machiavelli seem fainthearted. And at least twice as national leader, Mr. Xi has admiringly cited Shang Yang, a Legalist statesman whose harsh policies transformed the weak Qin kingdom into a feared empire.
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who has created the second most polls on the Atlas forum? on: October 11, 2014, 10:15:41 pm
Tender Branson has created the most threads, narrowly ahead of BRTD.  But far more of BRTD's threads have been polls.  (4815 polls by BRTD, compared to only 470 polls by Tender.)

But who is second in number of polls created, after BRTD?  I think I know the answer, but please try to guess without looking.

Yes, most of which concern opebo.  Roll Eyes
45  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The forum needs another admin on: October 11, 2014, 10:06:32 pm
How about Averroes Nix?
46  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: opebo vs. The Cleveland Show on: October 11, 2014, 09:59:00 pm
Please, for the sake of the children:

47  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best POTUS of the past 50 years on: October 11, 2014, 08:19:05 pm
Barack Obama -years from now, when the dust has settled after the end of his presidency, historians will agree with that assessment.  
48  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the US propose annexation with Canada? on: October 11, 2014, 08:13:51 pm
Yes, but I prefer the gradualist approach, uniting with Canada by increments (NAFTA is the first step) such that by the time annexation is proposed, it would be a mere formality.  
Why? What makes the US+Canada (which would be larger than Russia by land area) a more geographically ideal political unit than either of them on their own?

This. Also, it would eliminate a long and porous overland border, replacing it with a maritime border covering the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic coastlines that can be more easily patrolled by the US Navy and Coast Guard.  It would also enable us to more direct control over who comes in (and out) of Canada's ports, complementing our national security.    
49  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Objective: Hellenistic India on: October 11, 2014, 07:30:54 pm
Well, part of it was, wasn't it?

Yes, but I have something more ambitious and extensive in mind:

Now if we can have a Hellenistic state approximating the OTL Gupta Empire's boundaries within the Indian sub-continent, that would be golden.  
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hair Color on: October 11, 2014, 07:26:47 pm
Black, but due to peculiar genetics (I have my mother to blame....), I am already showing streaks of grey despite still being only in my early 30s.  Tongue
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