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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: IL-Gov: How many counties will Pat Quinn win in 2014? (ROLLING) on: September 26, 2014, 08:21:54 pm
Cook & Alexander
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence/opebo's banning correlation on: September 19, 2014, 08:23:24 pm
I felt very conflicted about Scottish independence - generally disliking secessionist movements or anything of a nationalist nature - but ultimately I felt that the debate allowed for a greater discussion about Scottish treatment.  I hope the outcome of reforms is generally positive.

I voted yes/no in the poll.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Friends on: September 18, 2014, 04:17:54 am
Love it.  I watched through the entire series in May / June and was astounded (also offended) at how frequent the gay jokes were.  At the time, the very mention of homosexuality was enough for a lot of conservative Christian parents to deem it unacceptable, relatives of mine included.  Have been watching through 90s Simpsons recently too.  Unlike Seinfeld, I think those two are still quite good.  Seinfeld almost feels irritating.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force to atheist Sgt.: "Recite 'So help me god' or get out" on: September 13, 2014, 10:41:16 pm
An oath began as a mystical thing, and I think retains a bit of that quality to it even today.  It is possible for an atheist to have a commitment that is of an almost religious quality.

What does that even mean in this context? Why should that mean this man should be forced to invoke a god he doesn't believe in?

I would think it means he shouldn't have to, as it would contradict his religious commitment.  I wonder if there could be some other source of help he can reference that is more in line with his beliefs.

I don't think so.  This sounds sort of like that 'atheists are religious / believe in God, even if they don't realise it' line of reasoning that I've come across.  I can't really speak for anyone else, but personally I wouldn't need to be referencing anything like that if taking an oath of that nature.  For me, it would be best to omit the line.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force to atheist Sgt.: "Recite 'So help me god' or get out" on: September 12, 2014, 09:24:13 pm
If you're an atheist (as am I), saying "so help me God" isn't really any different than saying "hocus-pocus, if I am false let bad juju fall on my head."

I mean, it's just words. If you're treating religious references like they have mystical power... haven't you gone full circle back to being religious again?

There's nothing mystical about respect.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have You Ever Completely Misjudge Who Someone Would Vote For on: September 12, 2014, 08:54:15 pm
Not that I can recall.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: On first night at CNN, Carney gets aggresive McCain on: September 11, 2014, 02:55:48 pm
I can't bear to watch John McCain speak for more than 30 seconds, to be honest.  Whatever this argument is about, hearing that self-righteous arrogant prick talk about his expert background in dishonesty is excruciating.  Such a relief he never came close to the Presidency, what an embarrassment.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McDonnells found guilty on: September 10, 2014, 03:46:11 am
The part of this story where Bob McDonnell signed off on a legal brief saying that his wife was some bat**it manipulative, crazed maniac and that she was guilty of everything while he was innocent is especially interesting in light of the fact that he got 11 charges while she only landed 9.

Edit- found source

There's also this, which is less relevant, but this snippet, I found worth noting.
And a former assistant to her husband said he was mortified when Maureen tried to pitch a dietary supplement to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, who has multiple sclerosis.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this look tasty to you? on: September 08, 2014, 03:57:24 am
I don't see why I wouldn't eat it.  My diet has changed fairly dramatically in the last few months (cutting out meat, alcohol, fried foods), but my desert options remain largely unreformed.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Counties with strong swings in opposite directions in consecutive elections on: September 07, 2014, 01:47:21 am
Alameda County,CA gave more support to Mc Govern in '72 (55%) than they did Humphrey in '68 (53%). 

Also more support went to Mondale in '84 (58%) than Carter's re-election campaign (48.3%)

John Kerry (75%) had more support than Al Gore (69%) against Bush

All three of those can be attributed mostly to third parties.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Comcast and TWC still trying to stifle any potential competitors on: August 30, 2014, 06:30:05 pm
USTelecom's hilarious suggestion that states ban local municipalities from establishing publicly owned broadband providers out of concern for the 'taxpayers' makes a lot of sense, as those taxpayers would then not be sending all of their money to Comcast, rather than receiving a superior service.  Comcast will always look out for its customers, er, the 'taxpayers.'  Maybe not look after, but definitely look out.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Obama is distant, aloof, weak and absent on: August 30, 2014, 06:08:13 pm
Obama definitely sounds reassuring in those remarks, and he's right.  There are always going to be a lot of problems occurring all over the world.  He is an effective and realistic manager, task delegator, and leader, working hard to achieve progress wherever possible.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is our "friend" from Bakersfield the worst poster in Atlas history? on: August 30, 2014, 05:19:52 pm
Robert Stark, Yates, Kyle Mercado, they're all pretty horrible.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever asked someone about the color of their urine? on: August 30, 2014, 05:18:00 pm
I talk about urine and fecal matter fairly openly, including with my staff, because that's the sort of friendly, jovial atmosphere I like to cultivate.  That's a 'yes' from me.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: August 28, 2014, 07:03:55 am
Brown Surge sounds like a disgusting ice cream flavor Tongue
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 22, 2014, 11:49:36 pm
[1] Bacon King
[2] Polnut
[3] GAworth
[4] Clarence
[5] Mechaman
[6] Dr. Cynic
[7] Alfred F. Jones
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Best Democratic nominee since 1945: Truman or McGovern? on: August 20, 2014, 04:45:56 am
Considering that McGovern lost the popular vote by like 23pts, what sort of definition of 'best' are we talking about here?

The most representative of what average Democrats on Atlas Forum want in policy from a presidential nominee.  I mean, it couldn't be yearning back to their inept and gaffe ridden campaign.  It blows my mind that Nixon even thought their HQs and events were worth sabotaging.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: August 20, 2014, 04:29:47 am
I doubt any parent ever launched a party while learning their kid was gay.

I wouldn't throw a "My daughter is a prostitute" or "My son is a car thief" party, either.

Those examples aren't on the same level as homosexuality at all.  Seems like a strange comment to make.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 16, 2014, 11:09:23 pm
I went skydiving yesterday.  It was incredible.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 16, 2014, 11:08:31 pm
She hyphenated it, I think having already accomplished work in her field before marrying being part of the impetus for that.
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How would you react to this story (see 1st post) on: August 16, 2014, 03:25:51 am
Can't vote since I wouldn't put mayo on my sandwich.

In any case, if I were working at a friggin' McDonald's, I'd be bored as Hell too. A swastika would give even butter coverage to all four quadrants of the bun and is probably a Great Leap Forward in terms of efficiency. When you're stuck with a mind-numbing, soul-killing job like working at McDonald's, I wouldn't be surprised to hear people doing far worse than this.

That's preposterous, and as someone who worked there for several years, I would have taken it very seriously had an employee done something like this.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What will Colleen Hanabusa do now that she lost the U.S Senate primary? on: August 11, 2014, 03:03:27 pm
Talking about the next move for a Hawaii Republican seems rather futile. Wink
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win the Hawaii Democratic Primary? on: August 09, 2014, 09:25:04 pm
I have a feeling this is going to be a bad year for the Democratic party.  Hanabusa will manage to win, unfortunately.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pelosi chases Tom Marino (R-PA) across House floor on: August 02, 2014, 04:37:11 pm
you republicans are just jealous that it was our floor leader pulling a Frank Underwood since Boehner is too effeminate to do so

Boehner would just sit back down and cry orange tears like the sloppy drunk that he is.

He is clearly an alcoholic, isn't he?  Has that ever been confirmed or does he just walk around in broad daylight like that with no concern for the decorum of the Congress?
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What % will Jerry Brown get in CA-Gov's 2014 top-two run-off? on: August 02, 2014, 04:33:05 pm
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