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1  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: WrathOfTheGods on: July 31, 2014, 11:26:48 pm
Let him stay, there are far worse.  He's pretty benign Smiley
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 31, 2014, 08:40:05 pm
Hate to jump in here with an inconvenient historical factoid, but up to 1930 or so Smith was rather pro-interventionist on economic affairs.  I mean, he ran on an economic platform similar to the New Deal before the Great Depression even happened and supported relief programs for American farmers that Hoover's campaign openly denounced as "state socialism".

His later conservatism was the result of a combination of apathy and disillusionment with the American system after his 1928 defeat.  It also bears mentioning that his wealth substantially increased after he was Governor and thus made him more sympathetic to lace curtain interests.

Touché

Well, in this timeline that's not the case Tongue
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Illinois Executive Mega-Thread on: July 31, 2014, 06:29:54 pm
Governor
Pat Quinn
Bruce Rauner
Toss-Up/Tilt R

Lt. Governor
Paul Vallas
Evelyn Sanguinetti
Toss-Up/Tilt R

Attorney General
Lisa Madigan
Paul Schimpf
Safe D

Sec. of State
Jesse White
Mike Webster
Safe D

Treasurer
Mike Frerichs
Tom Cross
Toss-Up/Tilt D

Comptroller
Sheila Simon
Judy Baar Topinka
Likely D

Why Likely D for Comptroller? Simon's name recognition is not as good and Topinka has some sympathizers among ILDems.

My bad I didn't realize Topinka was the incumbent.

Topinka also has most of the big union endorsements.

Cross also has much better name ID than Frerichs, and summer polls have shown Cross ahead.

Frerichs should pull it out, but Topinka will probably win a good margin (by the standards of numerically possible Republican victories in IL Tongue ).
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1924 House and Senate Vote on: July 31, 2014, 05:28:44 pm
It's your choose Congress!

Underwood/Wheeler!
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 31, 2014, 05:21:17 pm
Are any Populist traditions of the WP helping Underwood in the South, or has Coolidge's withdrawal gained his party favor in Dixie? All three parties seem like they wouldn't be the South's cup of tea, so to speak. Even with the Unionists showing more favor to the South, they'd still have economic policies designed to benefit Northern industry, especially on tariff issues, and that could be crucial.

The "Massachusetts Miracle" (as reconstruction has come to be known) is rather controversial in the South.  It'll vary by state.  Somewhere like Florida or North Carolina which lacked a firm economically populist tradition should go for Coolidge.  On the other hand, somewhere like South Carolina or Texas goes for Underwood with extremely low voter turnout.  The low voter turnout among Southern whites probably helps Underwood the most since it increases the influence of the African-American voters.  Really, the region is a bit of a toss-up.  The only one who can't compete there at all is Smith.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1924 on: July 31, 2014, 02:20:28 pm
To Congress!
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 31, 2014, 02:17:16 pm
Evidently you didn't have excellent grades and public exam results either.

You're starting to raise serious concerns about the types of values Oxford is instilling in its students.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 31, 2014, 02:10:47 pm
Please be aware that an Oxbridge organ scholarship is not like an American sports scholarship where you can be dumb as dumb can be and get into good universities.
You must have exactly the same academic credentials as normal candidates (they are extremely strict in this respect except maybe for candidates applying to read Music) with the added extra that you are able to play a significant part in Chapel music (I have a professional diploma in organ performance with music theory). The academic interview and application processes are all the same, with the exception that they are carried out earlier.
The best organist among my application year group was rejected outright before interview.

I'll admit Oxford is a really high-ranked school and you should be proud of yourself for getting in and even prouder for graduating.  That being said, you seem to have convinced yourself that going to a higher-ranked college than someone else means you're inherently better than them or that it makes your opinion more legitimate than theirs regardless of the context.  Your posts about Oxford are often dripping with egomania and (albeit to a lesser degree) condescension towards anyone who didn't go there.  I didn't go to a "name" college and I'm not ashamed to admit that I got rejected by the two of the highest ranked schools I applied to (Kenyon and Oberlin).  I know there is no way in hell I'd even be considered by Oxford either, but you know something?  I'm better off for it.  I'm pretty sure I got a lot more out of my college experience than you did based on your posts here.  Let's compare and contrast, shall we? 

You probably met some people who will be useful down the road, but (and I don't know you, so this could be way off) you really don't seem to be too happy.  If anything, it's like you're so insecure about the whole thing that you need to constantly try to make everyone else feel inferior because they didn't go there instead of just being happy with yourself.  This strange and rather annoying inability of yours to talk about Oxford without turning it into a pissing match or trying to make some silly hierarchy out of it (using it to put others down instead of just being content with your accomplishment) is quite telling.

On the other hand, I admit my college experience wasn't perfect, but I sure as hell came out of it a lot more prepared for the real world than I was going in.  I didn't go to some big-name school and I'm doing just fine.  I have a great job in a field I've wanted to work in for as long as I can remember.  I got my job only three weeks after I graduated.  I admit I don't have my own place yet, but I've been able to help my parents quite a bit with the bills and will be helping more and more until I can move out, so I won't be jeopardizing their retirement.  Most importantly, I'm content enough with where I'm at in my life that I don't feel the need to rub it in everyone's face twenty four hours a day.  I can just be satisfied with what I've accomplished and you know something?  I didn't have to go to Oxford to do it.  What's more, I doubt I'm the only one here who did pretty well for themself without attending Oxford.


TLDR version: Seriously dude, enough with the Oxford stuff.  We get it, you went to Oxford, we heard you the first 500 times.  It doesn't make you Emperor of the Atlas Forum.  Plenty of people are doing just fine without ever so much as applying for Oxford.  We don't need the Official Hifly Seal of Approval ® for our opinions to be valid either Angry
 
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for a 2 week moratorium on banning petitions on: July 31, 2014, 10:22:46 am
What are you saying Morden? Petitions are so successful that none of the recent petitions to have a member banned have been acted on!

TexasConservative or whoever it was that sent threatening PMs got banned.

That had nothing to do with any petition.

But the petition was based on the threatening pms?

I thought the petition was what brought the PMs to the mods attention, although I could be mistaken.
10  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition for a 2 week moratorium on banning petitions on: July 31, 2014, 06:55:48 am
What are you saying Morden? Petitions are so successful that none of the recent petitions to have a member banned have been acted on!

TexasConservative or whoever it was that sent threatening PMs got banned.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 31, 2014, 06:02:01 am
Haha, delete it?  I intend to add to it!  It's only a matter of time before more troubling evidence (or 'drips' if you like) emerges.

Besides, it's your support for all of the above rather than "any" that creates the interesting pattern.


(A fitting thread title change, btw.)

Yes it's a fitting title change. It's the closest to one of the world's top selective educational institutions that you're ever going to get. Suck on it.

If you support "traditional values" then why are you asking other men to suck it?  At least have the restraint to get to know him first.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you be disappointed if your son... on: July 30, 2014, 07:35:00 pm
I would probably frown upon my child dating a married woman, yes.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What will Adam FitzGerald do when Ed FitzGerald losses in November? on: July 30, 2014, 06:14:20 pm
Probably blame the national party for not giving him enough money.
14  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 300 AL (1) - A Time for Wolves) on: July 30, 2014, 02:54:42 pm
Has the turn ended yet?
15  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!
16  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.
17  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
18  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?
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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
24  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...
25  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?
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