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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who are some posters you like a lot? on: Today at 01:32:30 am
Lief
Bacon King
Grumps
Joe Republic
King
Eraserhead
Deadflagblues
Bgwah
Angus
Polnut
Snowguy
Rob/Anonymouse
BRTD
Mr Morden
Adam Griffin
Badger
Old Europe
Franzl
HockeyDude
Opebo
Lewis Trondheim
Memphis
...among others.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 US Congressional Election Results on: December 18, 2014, 02:53:58 am
With AZ-2 now officially going for McSally, all that is left is the Vermont governorship. One would assume that the legislature would choose Shumlin due to him winning the PV and the legislature being democratic, but Milne continues to push the members of the legislature to choose him instead.

There is no assuming. The Leg' has never chosen a candidate for the Governorship who didn't win the popular vote. It's not an uncommon occurrence, either.
Typically, one candidate or the other concedes (like Dubie did in 2010). In this case, Milne is not conceding. He is instead trying to get the democratic members of the legislature to vote as their state house districts did (Milne carried some of those districts), and that along with unanimous support from republicans is (according to him) enough to win.

That won't happen, the political backlash for Milne would be tremendous.  Democrats didn't do that when Douglas got less than 50% in 2002, either.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama: 37-yr old Surgeon General has "lifetime of experience" in public health on: December 18, 2014, 02:40:57 am
 
 As I understand it, this guy wants to train everyone the proper use of and tactical defense, and, now that the complete funding of Obamacare has occurred, anyone not owning a gun will be provided a gun – at first, the choice of gun will be limited. The pro-choice crowd is said to be upset that it will still be unlawful to use their Obama gun to kill their own baby, insisting the  $ saving’s would be substantial for the Obamacare system.

I thought the free Obama guns were only for ex-convicts and people on poverty assistance?
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you agree with Obama's decision to normalise relationships with Cuba? on: December 18, 2014, 02:27:19 am
I would have waited until after the Castro brothers were dead and buried.  As it is, it looks like a surrender. 

Well, no.

Well, yes.  Appearances matter in foreign policy.  These sanctions (unlike others) were rather personalized around one individual, unfortunately.  As long as he remains alive, he (and his brother, by extension) can claim victory by having outlived them.  As if we had simply given up, acknowledging failure.  Which is what essentially President Obama has done here. 

I'm not sure how that sort of rhetoric applies to the actual situation.  Certainly not in your lifetime has Cuba ever presented some kind of threat, imminent or otherwise to the safety of the US.  If the original goal of the embargo has become irrelevant and it remains in place out of tradition and/or personalized spite more than anything else ... it's hardly a "surrender."  Someone has to clean up these kinds of mistakes, after all.  If not Obama, who?
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Pacific Court on: December 18, 2014, 02:12:50 am
Welcome to the office of the Pacific Justice.

Any legal opinions will be found here... Smiley
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: End Predatory Gambling Act on: December 18, 2014, 02:06:51 am
Does this region which is in dire straits really need to get rid of tax revenue, as well as bankrupting the small businesses of cities that foster gambling?

It's a long term investment in our community as a whole.  Businesses have adapted to regulation before; they can again.  Yes, tax revenue is lost, but if our budgets aren't written to be reliant on lottery tickets then that doesn't need to be a problem.  Casinos would have to find more innovative, less brazenly addictive and antisocial forms of gambling over slot machines.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: David Duke v Barack Obama on: December 17, 2014, 01:34:05 am
I was looking at the parish breakdown and found something I thought interesting; David Duke won more votes in Orleans in 1990 (30,123) than Romney did in 2012 (28,003).  From my cursory glance it looks like the only county where this is the case.

(For comparison, the totals for Johnston in 1990 are 110,397 and Obama in 2012 at 126,722)

Edit: Duke and Johnston beat Romney and Obama in St. Bernard, with Duke gaining 10,044 votes on Romney.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where do you stand on abortion rights? on: December 17, 2014, 01:26:20 am
But at the same time, abortions in the third trimester, and sometimes even in the second are questionable.  I know that they constituted a very small percentage of abortions prior to the Partial Term Abortion Act in 2003

Also before it, as the partial birth abortion ban only prohibited a particular type of procedure, not all abortions performed after a certain point.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: December 17, 2014, 12:47:30 am
You don't have to tell anybody; You can just keep it to yourself.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama: 37-yr old Surgeon General has "lifetime of experience" in public health on: December 17, 2014, 12:32:03 am
The NRA/Republican opposition to this was completely ludicrous. It would be like blocking a Secretary of Defense nominee because of their position on abortion. Who f'ing cares about their views on something that is completely irrelevant to the job?

The point of controversy regarding guns was that the nominee did not believe that it was irrelevant to his job.

Referring to gun violence as a health issue is not controversial / arguable, or is there more to this that I hadn't seen?
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 16, 2014, 02:07:22 am
Also, while obviously no sane person supports violence or discrimination against random Muslims, it is really bizarre that a Muslims extremists kills a bunch of people and one of the first major reactions among the general public is to start a hashtag about how much everybody loves Muslims.

No.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 02:10:23 am
Yes, why wouldn't they have the decency to only retaliate in the places where they are bombed, I thought to myself.

What an odd comment and yes, I know it's sarcastic. Still odd, not completely sure what it means. You feel sorry for the terrorists being bombed? You think it's fair game for them to attack in Western countries?

It's a direct response to the sentiment that the "terrorists" keep the violence to "themselves", which presupposes that everyone in "the Middle East or wherever this is happening" is either a terrorist or sympathetic to the terrorists.  No doubt had I made this comment to her, she may have asked the same accusatory questions.  I think it demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding, and for you to make light of the hostage situation in one post and then seize on the opportunity to take macho potshots in the next illustrates your callous disregard for the issues at hand.
13  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Miss. Sen. swing 2008-2014 on: December 15, 2014, 01:54:13 am
Yes, that's what I said.

I didn't know such a thing existed Tongue

It's one of the best parts!
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hostage Crisis in Australia on: December 15, 2014, 01:39:11 am
No doubt Abbott will milk this for all its worth.

Calm down. At least have the decency to wait until it's over.

I couldn't help but think that too, even before I read anything (I heard a lot of talk at work - over in Randwick, though other staff are in the CBD).  I overheard one woman saying that she'd prefer the terrorists fight wars 'in their own countries.'  Yes, why wouldn't they have the decency to only retaliate in the places where they are bombed, I thought to myself.  But, the very fact that this incident stirs that sentiment in people when we don't even have answers to who is doing this and their motivation, was a depressing reminder to me that fear and bigotry will be prevalent throughout any situations like these.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: When did you register for the Atlas Forum? on: December 15, 2014, 01:14:20 am
February 2005. Smiley
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Who was the last republican nominee to win new york city? on: December 13, 2014, 07:57:17 pm
Are you kidding me? Voter turnout was higher in the 1830s than it was in the 1930s, and in both cases there were no property requirements. The idea that the common man didn't participate in politics before the 1930s is absolutely ridiculous and unsupported by any historical context. If anything, the period since 1932 has seen DECLINING rates of voter participation in politics.

Women and blacks, among others, couldn't vote in 1830.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: End Predatory Gambling Act on: December 13, 2014, 06:27:52 pm
If a person chooses to gamble, let them. Why should we waste police resources on pushing gambling underground? I just do not understand the reasoning behind making it illegal.

The people who are addicted to slot machines (often sponsored by the state) are not necessarily inclined to find underground gambling rings if their video poker games are taken away.  It is indisputable that rates of gambling are exponentially higher in states that promote it than those that do not.  If unregulated by the state, customers can expect to be gouged and face even worse odds.  There is no real good reason to allow them.

Here in New South Wales, where the 'pokies' are not sponsored but regulated by the state, they are everywhere, in most bars and clubs, and the promotion of gambling and alcohol go hand-in-hand.  The state government stands to make $1 billion annually in taxation from slot machines, so where is its incentive to curb problem gambling?
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Protecting People From Explosives Amendment on: December 13, 2014, 06:15:18 pm
Abstain
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinions on the following issues on: December 12, 2014, 07:37:57 pm
All 'strongly'.

Abortion is a Women's Right - Support
Gay Marriage - Support
Affirmative Action - Support
Absolute Right to Gun Ownership - Oppose
Capital Punishment - Oppose
Prayer in Schools - Oppose
Make Taxes more Progressive - Support
Privatize Social Security - Oppose
Government playing a stronger role in Healthcare - Support
School Vouchers - Oppose
Legalize Marijuana - Support
Stimulus Better than Market Recovery - Support
Expand Drilling - Oppose
Prioritize Green Energy - Support
Animal Rights - Support
Expand the power of Unions - Support
Pathway to citizenship for Illegal Immigrants - Support
Protectionism in trade - Depends. Smiley
Increase military spending - Oppose
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans Support Gun Rights Over Gun Control -Pew Poll Shows on: December 12, 2014, 07:08:21 pm
Democrats aren't interested in controlling guns, only law-abiding citizens who wish to own them, which isn't going to do a damn thing to fight crime.
Exactly.  Criminals break the law by definition, so if they want guns, they're going to try to get them.  They don't care about the law in the first place, so trying to restrict gun rights that way is completely stupid.

Yes, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that one of the problems with legal guns is that they are then mass produced and sold.  Obviously if you distribute tons of weapons into the market, the criminals are going to use them.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would Rand have a chance at MN? on: December 12, 2014, 05:20:39 pm
It should be noted that this was one of his father's best states while Clinton lost it huge in 2008.

That's mostly not useful to extrapolate from, as they were caucuses, and conversely, you can find plenty of solid Democratic states that Obama lost in the primaries.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: December 2014 Governor and Legislative Council Elections on: December 12, 2014, 05:13:52 pm
Governor - Varavour

Council
1. Gully Foyle
2. Türkisblau
3. Superique
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 12, 2014, 01:46:29 am
1. Lief
2. Bacon King
3. Polnut
4. SomebodyWhoExists
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: New Jersey legislature: no evidence that Christie was involved in bridge scheme on: December 11, 2014, 01:02:28 am
Ideology, temperament and Madoff will be far more harmful to Christie than Bridgenado.

His temperament is arguably one of his assets.

Until he calls some Iowan activist an idiot.

I think, although I hope otherwise, that this is a thing that would impress a lot of voters.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 US Congressional Election Results on: December 11, 2014, 12:35:40 am
Did anyone notice how, in the Nebraska Senate race; petitioning candidate Jim Jenkins beat the Democrat, Dave Domina, in his home county of Custer County?

That's clearly an error.  Well spotted!

2012 for comparison.  It doesn't look like an error to me, as Jim Jenkins is from Custer county and garnered more votes than Kerrey did.
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