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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AL Supreme Court orders probate judges not to license same sex marriages on: March 04, 2015, 02:46:52 am
Marriage will lose almost all its meaning. It will be seen as little more than a friendship. This is probably already the case in Massachusetts.

I remember when I used to find this sort of satire fresh and amusing...
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 03, 2015, 02:54:07 am
I've met Tony Abbott, but we didn't shake hands.

Living in Canberra for many years, I surprisingly didn't see very many politicians; granted, I did tend to stay in the same places.  I do recall, age 14, standing in the foyer in the church we attended in Charleston, where Mark Sanford was shaking hands with the pastor.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather have your son be an Atlas poster or a pothead? on: March 03, 2015, 02:47:46 am
Who says the two are mutually exclusive?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: March 02, 2015, 06:21:16 am
Antony Green's assessment.

I don't quite agree, I think he is overcompensating for a reluctance to embrace the result as it was in QLD.  With a result like 69-31 for preferred premier, it's difficult to see a government change without a polling shift.
5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: March 02, 2015, 05:38:29 am
The Senate censured the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, by a vote of 35 to 32 earlier today over the Gillian Triggs affair.

6  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Just how did we find out Napoleon was Kyle Mercado? on: February 28, 2015, 06:57:59 pm
Looking at the post, it seems more like it says Napoleon was Libertas.

Only you could made such a brilliant connection.

To be fair, I think that's what the original post was positing, and BK's evidence then shifted it to the Hamilton connection.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: New South Wales State Election, 2015 on: February 28, 2015, 06:36:47 pm
On the plus side, unlike QLD and Vic, because of the election being upcoming rather than just occurred, our greyhound racing board in NSW was disbanded (slightly old news, but I still find it amusing).  Whether that will result in any meaningful reform (preferably, a total ban of the practice), I'm not too optimistic, especially as I can't see either the Liberal or Labor parties here making a serious effort to combat animal cruelty and gambling.  With Labor's seeming capitulation on WestConnex and similar congestion timebombs, it's very hard to see them making a real contest here.  They just haven't presented enough of an opposition to much of the Liberal agenda.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Russia: Opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead on: February 28, 2015, 06:30:30 pm

Wonder what the 'investigation' will say.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 28, 2015, 06:24:39 pm

Ugh, no thanks.  Can't he just retire already?  He is an embarrassment.

Helen Clark would be an excellent choice.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: do you miss inks? on: February 27, 2015, 06:55:41 pm
LOL no.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: February 27, 2015, 05:09:06 pm
Maybe this is the sleep deprivation in me talking, but "you're completely unattractive to me, maybe we could register voters together" is either the best let-down line or the worst pick-up line I've ever heard.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Round 1: "Best" of Atlas Forum Series on: February 27, 2015, 05:06:50 pm
These poll options suck.  What do we vote for?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the following citrus fruits do you like most? on: February 27, 2015, 04:46:03 am
I eat oranges and grapefruit almost daily, and rarely go a day without consuming some amount of lemon juice.  Limes are very cheap here at the moment so I've been enjoying them recently too.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Series finale: TAAHM vs. HIMYM on: February 27, 2015, 03:58:57 am
Just watched those clips, How I Met Your Mother was easily worse.  And so cringe worthy.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama breaking out the veto pen today for Keystone on: February 25, 2015, 03:21:29 am
This is one of Obama's finer moments.  I hope he doesn't eventually cave on it.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans to cede on Net Neutrality on: February 25, 2015, 03:14:14 am
Great news!
17  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Assault Weapons Ban on: February 24, 2015, 03:07:17 am
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 24, 2015, 03:00:44 am
A recent focus back on national security and foreign affairs is the reason. This is a flash in the pan.

Man, this sort of nonsense actually works?  I guess if it didn't, they wouldn't do it... :-/
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 24, 2015, 02:57:45 am
Bushie, does 'once saved always saved' apply to apostates?
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: GOP primary in D.C. on: February 21, 2015, 09:09:16 pm
Going by 2008 and 2012, they have a closed primary with a small voter pool of about 4,500 votes which votes for the primary winner.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the greater authority on religion? on: February 21, 2015, 07:37:01 pm
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 21, 2015, 06:08:17 pm
We just got back from supper.  Mexican food.  That was my only meal today other than a small cinnamon roll for breakfast.  Let the trumpets sound, along with the bugels, French horns, baritones, tubas, and the rest of the brass band.  Flutes are not allowed...

Wouldn't all of those require a higher lung capacity than a flute?
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Bushie's end times theories on: February 21, 2015, 06:06:46 pm
Where do we draw the line between crazy and not crazy though?

End times = Crazy. You must be off your rocker!

Coming back from the dead after 3 days = Not crazy
Virgin birth = Not crazy
Magically turning water into wine = Not crazy

There is something, perhaps, about changing the frame of reference from the past to the future that allows people to more freely patronise those whose characterisation is dwelling in imagination.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: February 21, 2015, 06:02:35 pm
I've been thinking since the first spill motion that another one this year (probably sooner than later) is inevitable given the intrinsic rascally nature of Abbott and his fundamental inability to change or adapt to changing circumstances.  I would sort of prefer this because I think a Labor victory next year is more legitimate if it is won on the policies rather than on the abysmal personality of Tony Abbott.

Also, the damage that Tony Abbott is doing to Australia's interests abroad is ghastly even if it provides for amusing polling numbers.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Oregon state house passes automatic voter registration on: February 21, 2015, 05:56:13 pm
Yes but are you comfortable with people who do not know any of the candidates and nothing about the office consistently swinging elections?

We already do that.

Also, felons and non-citizen long-term residents should be able to vote.
I agree felons should be allowed to vote but non-citizens who are long term residents should only be able to vote in local elections not federal or state

That's quite reasonable.  I think some local jurisdictions do already allow that.
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