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1  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: Today at 02:54:42 pm
Has the turn ended yet?
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 25 animated shows on: July 29, 2014, 10:52:55 pm
Courage the Cowardly Dog should at least get a mention for it serving as a vehicle for horror to become an acceptable type of children's entertainment. 

Definitely!
3  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 29, 2014, 05:09:18 pm
A proclaim:

"Let it be known that should the Hound, Sandor Clegane, desire to claim it, there is place for him in my service waiting for him at the Dreadfort.  If he can make it to the North or even the Riverlands, it will be waiting for him.  House Bolton will always have need of such men!" - Roose of House Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Weird dreams you've had involving politicians on: July 29, 2014, 03:43:32 pm
Last night, I had a dream Joe Donnelly was elected President with Scott Brown as his running-mate, but for some reason they were running for President of the Senate too and lost that election.  I'd assume they were killed along with myself and most of the country when giant spiders emerged from some dude's luggage at LaGaurdia and started eating everyone, but I don't recall for sure.  I don't even remember how I got from watching election returns to LaGaurdia, but dreams are weird that way Tongue
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 29, 2014, 02:42:50 pm
Sorry to be the usual prick, but when will we get the military update?
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination Poll - July 2014 on: July 29, 2014, 02:41:38 pm
Rubio.

Because youth + diversity + handsome factor > professional accomplishments + experience
Case in point: Obama vs. Hillary '08

What accomplishments did Hillary have? Though I see your point - Biden was one of the few on that stage that actually had professional accomplishments, and look how well he fared.

Marrying Bill Clinton? Tongue

I mean that's basically the only reason she is considered a serious candidate if she runs.  Otherwise she'd be as credible a presidential candidate as Evan Bayh was in 2008.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Senators: Final Results on: July 29, 2014, 01:03:32 pm
It's a travesty that Bernie didn't get >90%.

This forum may tilt left, but what blue avatar did you think was going to vote for him?  He's a socialist...

Sanchez
I'd vote for Sanders. The ideas that he has that I disagree with the most would either be blocked or molded into a grand compromise, and his views on civil liberties, foreign policy, and most social issues are great. Plus Sanders doesn't have that egregious personality that Feingold (who I despise) has.

How is Feingold's personality egregious?  Huh


If anything Feingold has a far more likable personality than Sanders.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 29, 2014, 12:57:54 pm
The second one on that list invalidates the whole thing. And the first is pretty dumb too considering a majority of episodes of that show are unwatchable garbage.

Also no My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab or Johnny Bravo.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Family Guy/Simpsons crossover on: July 29, 2014, 12:55:03 pm
The last gasp of two dying shows.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 Primaries on: July 29, 2014, 11:30:53 am
Btw, I'm glad Owens got no delegates in the '20 or '24 primaries since I just remembered Oklahoma still isn't a state Tongue
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: July 29, 2014, 07:55:51 am

IIRC, they estimated that Minnesota is the DSCC's fifth highest priority.  Is there something we don't know about?  I doubt it, but...
12  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 28, 2014, 06:48:20 pm
Well, it seems this end of turn will have almost no battles and carnage, that is rather curious, xD. That said, I'm having some trouble with the outcome of a certain campaign, so this turn will end tomorrow afternoon. (Hopefully this will give time for a Tyrion Lannister to appear)

Can the game resume with an NPC Tyrion until someone claims him?
13  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 28, 2014, 03:07:30 pm
Those in revolt shall be dealt with in due course.

That's nice.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1924 on: July 28, 2014, 01:44:41 pm
While President Coolidge was easily re-nominated despite some grumbling by anti-prohibition Unionists, the balloting for the Vice-Presidential nomination was another story after the President's surprise announcement that the delegates would decide the Vice-Presidential nominee without his input.  Among the first to bow out was Coolidge's personal choice: former Iowa Senator William Kenyon.  While President Coolidge initially received a great deal of positive press for this decision, the delegates remained deadlocked and after two weeks, it became clear that letting the delegates decide was a terrible mistake.  "New York for Wadsworth" even briefly became something of a Bull-Moose slogan as the New York delegation's refusal to cast its votes for anyone except its favorite son candidate (even after Senator Wadsworth had dropped out Tongue ) became symbolic of the disorganized mess that was the 1924 Unionist National Convention.  Eventually the conservative-wing of the Unionist Party united behind Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a staunch conservative who was popular with the party bosses and big business, in order to halt the momentum of progressivish Missouri Governor Arthur Hyde.  Thus, Secretary Hoover became President Coolidge's running-mate a mere five weeks and two days after the convention was scheduled to end.  President Coolidge is running on the usual reactionary laissez-faire economic policies, the surprising success of reconstruction, isolationism, eliminating the practice known as collective bargaining, even harsher restrictions against immigration, and a promise to vigorously enforce the Volstead Act.  

The Worker's Party had been expecting a deadlocked convention, but Maryland Governor Albert Ritchie was considered too anti-civil rights/openly sympathetic to the second Confederacy by party bosses who, fearing that Governor Ritchie's nomination would cause immigrants and pro-civil rights WPers to support the Bull-Moose ticket, were able to prevent most of the Ritchie delegates from being seated.  As a result, the convention produced a rather left-wing ticket on civil rights.  Former President Oscar Underwood was nominated for President and is looking to avenge his defeat in 1916.  Underwood chose Montana Senator and arch-progressive Senator Burton K. Wheeler as his running-mate in an effort to ensure that the Bull-Moose ticket doesn't manage to poach any WP voters.  Underwood is running on higher income taxes, repealing prohibition, the creation of an inheritance tax, low tariffs, universal healthcare, stronger laws to protect the civil rights of African-Americans (including a ban on lynching), a constitutional amendment protecting collective bargaining, and renewing negotiations with Columbia for the construction of an American owned "Columbian Canal."  It should be noted that Senator Wheeler supports women's suffrage despite Underwood's opposition to it and is considerably more isolationist than the former President (although Underwood is no interventionist, himself).  Although Governor Ritchie briefly talked of running as an independent by creating an "America for Ritchie Party," nothing came of this except cries of "Go home Albert, you're drunk!"  

Lastly, the Bull-Moose party nearly nominated Senator Robert LaFollette, but his old enemy and rival Presidential candidate Senator Hiram Johnson was able to convince many in the party that "Fighting Bob" lacked the health and energy to lead the party this time around.  Naturally, Senator LaFollette was all like "Screw you Johnson, get off my lawn Angry " and made sure that his supporters backed "Anybody But Johnson."  Thus, while Senator Johnson led on the first ballot, it quickly became clear that he wouldn't secure the nomination and he gracefully bowed out with the hope of currying favor with the party bosses for a 1928 run if the '24 ticket was defeated.  PA Governor Gifford Pinochett seemed like a viable candidate, but nope, not a single delegation except Pennsylvania's supported him Tongue  That left the party with the likes of that three-name what's his face from Illinois, Senator Smith "I'm Albert Cummins 2.0" Brookhart, and some delegates who decided "F!ck it, let's just go and nominate whoever the Worker's Party is running."  Who could save the party from this pathetic state of affairs?  Enter New York Governor Alfred E. Smith, a Catholic who was nationally known for leading the fight against prohibition and since emerged as one of the leading advocates of its repeal.  Although Governor Smith is rather conservative-leaning on economics, he still supports some limited social safety net programs.  Another key plank in his platform is the repeal of Coolidge's harsh anti-immigration laws, known collectively as "the Coolidge quota."  However, unlike most Bull-Meese, Smith is relatively interventionist on foreign policy and thus was forced to name his closest opponent at the convention, Massachusetts Senator and leading isolationist David I. Walsh, as his running-mate for the sake of party unity instead of his personal choice: former Illinois Governor Frank Lowden.

It's your choose...

Underwood/Wheeler!
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Homeland on: July 28, 2014, 07:54:00 am
She's a brilliant analyst who happens to be bipolar - not crazy (Homeland won a PRISM award in 2013 for its portrayal of mental health issues). Who hasn't let their emotions get the better of them. Oh and the romance angle is now gone.

The damage was done already though.  She clearly isn't good enough to be kept in her job despite her bipolar disorder and she would've been fired for a lot of the crap she tries to pull.  Also the romance thing was a problem even in season 1.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your Forum Cabinet on: July 28, 2014, 07:47:04 am
(I never make these lists anymore, have lost my entire street cred...tear)
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Implicit Association Test - Race on: July 27, 2014, 09:16:48 pm
Quote
Your data suggest a strong automatic preference for European American compared to African American.

*Ducks and runs...*

Me too Sad
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 Primaries on: July 27, 2014, 08:02:58 am
The general election will be up tonight.
19  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 27, 2014, 07:52:24 am
Proclamation:

"House Bolton shall end its rebellion against House Stark effective immediately.  My men and I ask for the forgiveness and mercy of King Robb Stark.  We shall withdraw to the Dreadfort and await his reply.  Our fate is in your grace's hands..." - Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win in Iowa? on: July 26, 2014, 08:51:48 pm
Probably Braley but it's not impossible to see him losing. The sad thing is that ideologically, Braley is awesome, and I really love him for being such an outspoken economic populist with a strong record on fair trade and labor unions, but he's really disappointed me. As much as I think it was overblown, the farmer from Iowa comment was really awful.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hey on: July 26, 2014, 07:59:46 pm
Hi Snowguy.  Glad to to hear that you'll be around. Smiley
22  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 26, 2014, 06:21:41 pm
This game will never end if you keep adding more characters. Tongue

Sounds good Smiley
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 Primaries on: July 26, 2014, 06:08:30 pm
Smith-merger-Walsh runoff?

No, Smith gets the nomination.  Walsh has fewer votes and mergers need to have the most votes to happen.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If executions happen, should the guillotine be used? on: July 26, 2014, 04:40:19 pm
No, the death penalty should be abolished.
25  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 26, 2014, 03:03:17 pm
Good; otherwise the only claimants left to the Iron Throne were Renly and maybe Myrcella.

What's wrong with that?  Eliminate the Renly and it is a free for all
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