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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing *DISCUSSION AND LIVE COMMENTARY* on: March 22, 2017, 04:15:25 pm
- He is clearly insufficiently committed to at least seriously considering overturning Roe v. Wade, and even implied cautious support for it.

Let's bring on an actual moderate-conservative. My suggestion is Brian Sandoval.

do you not see the contradiction here
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are the meme locations of Atlas? on: March 21, 2017, 05:35:57 pm
what will you tell your therapist when you forgot to mention eastern poland
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been the victim of a crime? on: March 21, 2017, 12:13:27 am
In New Orleans I had my bicycle stolen
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Disgraced mods on: March 12, 2017, 12:30:57 pm
     Bacon King over ModLeaks, no?

Right, though I would hesitate to apply term "disgraced" here.
why?  Certainly dumber than Ameriplan.

wow f you dude

Yeah it was a big league mistake and a lack of judgement to gave Tweed my password. I took responsibility for my mistake and I accetped the repercussions.

Frankly I think it's incredibly insulting that you consider my actions to be worse that literally forcing one's friends and family to waste hundreds of dollars on a fraudulent health "insurance" "plan"-- the comparison is offensive.

I also feel unfairly treated -- bullied, even, -- that you apparently can never resist the urge to bring it up at every chance you get. You constantly imply that I'm a complete dunce and that my mistake is representative of some sort of innate character flaws. You've known me on this forum since 2007. You should have ample evidence in your memories to understand my mistake was a unique circumstance and entirely unlike any behavior I've exhibited both before and since.

In case you (or others) were not clear on the specifics:

1. I have a psychiatric disability that would quickly become debilitating if not for the 7 pills I take every morning.

2. The month prior to my ban, my doctor was concerned about potential interactions with some of my prescriptions so he changed my mood stabilizer to a different brand

3. I pay out of pocket because I don't have (and cannot afford) health insurance. As a result, for most years my annual medical expenses are above 100% of my annual income, because increasing that mountain of debt ever higher was actually the least bad option available to me at the time

4. I arrive at the pharmacy to pay for all my prescriptions - the new drug was ~$350 more than twice as expensive as all my other medications combined. I literally don't thave the money to pay for it and none of my friends or family had that kind of money sitting around to lend me. At the time I couldn't even afford the $150 appointment fee I would have needed to visit my doctor a second time to request a different prescription that was within the realm of what I could possibly afford.

5. I therefore went weeks without access to a crucial medication. Without the mood stabilizer my bipolar disorder became "unbalanced" from the even level it should be at, and my mood/perspective/personality quickly shifted into full blown mania. During my PM conversations with Tweed, I was incredibly manic in a way I hadn't felt in at least five years, if not more

6. Scientific research has consistently documented that individuals suffering from bipolar mania experience impaired judgement and poor decision-making. In fact let me just go ahead and quote a portion of the article:

The researchers found that manic people made poor decisions because of an inability to understand the consequences.

During a manic period, people with bipolar disorder often have impaired judgment and act recklessly. People with bipolar disorder often do not recognize just how ill they are (a condition known as anosognosia) and may blame their problems on outside factors.

7. I am cognizant of the mistake I made with Tweed, and I accept responsibility for it because even if I couldn't avoid the impulse to offer him my password, it's my own responsibility to have some coping skills to use in such situations, like take a step back for a second and discuss my impulses with my fiancee rather than immediately acting on them. This is a skill I have learned since I lost my moderator position and it would have been very useful around that time!

8. After I was banned my mania kept growing continually worse until I embarrassingly had a complete nervous breakdown in front of my entire family which was extremely embarrassing but afterwards my dad found the money to pay for my medication and within days I was acting and feeling like a completely normal person again

tl;dr I have a very bad psychiatric disability and due to circumstances beyond my control I was not properly medicated and experienced a severe lack of judgement. I would appreciate if you stopped judging me based on a single isolated incident when I was at my very worst, thanks
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-6? Can Democrat Jon Ossoff win in the special election? on: March 10, 2017, 09:25:32 pm
If Sen. Johnny Isakson resigns or dies due to his health problems, the GA GOP primary in 2018, 2020, or 2022 could be between Paul Broun, Handel, and Jack Kingston.

I could definitely see all three of them running to replace Deal and/or Isakson but they will be facing stiff competition from the next generation of up-and-coming Georgia Republicans - Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp, Mark Butler, any of the newer Congressmen, etc.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-06 Poll Ossoff/Handel Tied at 18% on: March 10, 2017, 08:52:25 pm
Karen Handel is a terrible campaigner, incredibly overrated by political insiders for no tangible reason. You heard it here first - Judson Hill is going to be the top Republican
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you were ran for President on: March 10, 2017, 08:35:30 pm
If I were ran for President I were had won Great Job
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-6? Can Democrat Jon Ossoff win in the special election? on: March 10, 2017, 08:30:06 pm
If Ossoff wins in the special election he'll have no problem winning this district again in 2018. Ossoff's biggest risk in 2018 would be the GAGOP gerrymandering the seat out from under him - such a hypothetical gerrymander probably wouldn't look very pretty but it would do its job by putting Ossoff in an unwinnable position.

You think it'd be insane for the General Assembly to redraw congressional districts mid-decade just to kick out one guy, but ICYMI they are literally in the middle of redrawing the State House map just because 2 out of the 180 seats have Democratic office-holders even though they were drawn for Republicans. They're so insistent on getting rid of those two Democrats they're literally redrawing the whole map to do it
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Guess how the previous poster looks like on: March 08, 2017, 04:49:59 pm
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Study: alt-right propaganda caused unfair anti-Hillary spin throughout MSM on: March 06, 2017, 11:54:03 am

This fascinating study from Columbia University uses a Harvard platform for studying the dissemenation of media content to demonstrate that Breitbart-style fake news caused mass media as a whole to become unfairly anti-Clinton in the 2016 election. The paper demonstrates the existence of a right wing "bubble", its methods of propagation, and the vectors through which it 'contaminated' the overall media landscape

Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective to the world. This pro-Trump media sphere appears to have not only successfully set the agenda for the conservative media sphere, but also strongly influenced the broader media agenda, in particular coverage of Hillary Clinton.


Attacks on the integrity and professionalism of opposing media were also a central theme of right-wing media. Rather than “fake news” in the sense of wholly fabricated falsities, many of the most-shared stories can more accurately be understood as disinformation: the purposeful construction of true or partly true bits of information into a message that is, at its core, misleading. Over the course of the election, this turned the right-wing media system into an internally coherent, relatively insulated knowledge community, reinforcing the shared worldview of readers and shielding them from journalism that challenged it. The prevalence of such material has created an environment in which the President can tell supporters about events in Sweden that never happened, or a presidential advisor can reference a non-existent “Bowling Green massacre.”

I find it alarming that blatant propaganda can have such a forceful impact on our nation. Indeed, it appears that Trump's own chief strategist has created a veritable propaganda empire, with tens of millions of "inhabitants" who were able to tip an entire election with nothing but the creation and propagation of their own "fake news".

Trump supporters who might seek to defend your news sources in this thread: please actually read the link before responding! Let's not run around in circles in a pointless argument just because someone gets stubborn and makes assumptions about the study without even looking! Thanks Smiley
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Hall of Fame - Nomination Thread on: March 05, 2017, 06:25:33 pm
Oh damn I want to vote for Xahar too
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: On a scale of 1-10, rate your social skills? on: March 05, 2017, 08:41:50 am
I have some sort of weird charisma "it" factor that makes the ladies swoon and causes people to like me for reasons that I don't understand in the slightest. I have no way to accurately gauge my own opinion of my own social skills but in a vacuum I'd place myself at a 3 or 4 because I'm awkward,  self-centered, flakey, and susceptible to dramatically intense mood swings over trivial issues. However when I take empirical evidence into account and consider the outcomes of my social interactions, I honestly couldn't rate myself as anything less than a perfect ten out of ten. As I stumble through life I have somehow managed to accomplish amazing feats of charisma because for some reason most people consider me likeable and attractive and personable and I honestly don't understand how or why at all
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Little Marco rips Tillerson for staying clear of Human Rights Report on: March 05, 2017, 05:55:16 am
Sure he was a moron and voted for the guy but any dissenting voice against the administration is welcome and cool and good.

and legally he can say whatever complaints he wants to what are y'all on about Huh
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Hall of Fame - Nomination Thread on: March 05, 2017, 05:47:57 am
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protestors confront politicians at town halls megathread on: March 04, 2017, 06:05:17 pm
How is a 7.7% win a landslide? I mean it's a very comfortable win, but its not a landslide.

Florida has been a tough state for Republicans to win Senate elections since the beginning of direct elections of Senators. It's never elected 2 simultaneous Republicans at all. Rubio did better than most others.

One might think that counts for something.

In 2014 Montana's Class II Senate Seat ended an entire century of uninterrupted Democratic officeholders but that doesn't mean Steve Daines' 18 point win against a math teacher with an entirely unfunded campaign was in any way unexpected and it says nothing about Daines himself. You can massage statistics to make any claim you want but just because Robio did a little bit better than other candidates in his situation have, it doesn't mean he gets to suddenly start ignoring the people he represents
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during campaign on: March 03, 2017, 04:32:25 pm
OH! Also the leaks from last fall that said the Russians have compromising material on Trump also said that Putin would reward Trump with 19% ownership in a Russian state-owned oil company if he got elected and could start removing the sanctions, and now suddenly 19% of the company is owned through a myriad web of shell companies that make it impossible to know who the real owner is
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during campaign on: March 03, 2017, 04:26:37 pm
^ Don't forget that Manafort worked pro bono, and FEC documents show he wasn't getting paid at all by the Trump campaign... even though Manafort doesn't exactly seem like the type of person who would suddenly become optimistic and inspired about Making America Great Again that he'd leave his lucrative career to start doing his new job for free

And of course he has very close connections with Russian oligarchs who already have a lot of experience paying him under the table
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BK is back on: March 02, 2017, 06:10:02 pm
Bacon, you're not a sore loser, but you're sure a partisan of one.

Yes - you might notice that I freely admit to being a partisan hack in the text you quoted Smiley
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Formula for every Trump/Russia 'revelation' on: March 02, 2017, 06:07:03 pm
It must be nice living inside of a magical bubble where Trump's administration wasn't obscenely corrupt and everything goes perfectly for him. You can hold your ears all you want but Sessions is still a dirty liar
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during campaign on: March 02, 2017, 06:19:17 am
1) you don't get to make the rules.  Hillary was your party candidate.  She is fair game.  I understand the embarrassment.

First let the record show, I don't even like Hillary.

The Trump Administration isn't going up against the Clintons any longer - the election is over. Trump's presidency is a dumpster fire and any comparisons between Trump and the person he beat four months ago is an irrelevant distraction. Nice try.

2) haha perhuryvcoming from the party of Clinton.  Yup fair game.  Prove the allegation of perjury and name the the direct source.  Confrontation clause my homey.  Democrat pedophilia ring.

If you bother reading through this thread you'll find several people explaining how Franken asked Sessions a direct question while he was under oath and he blatantly lied. Still waiting on those citation buddies!

3) so you admit left-wing media bias, and consequently, the cheating and unfairness in the Democrat primary.

lol no? Besides what you're saying is irrelevant to the fact that Trump's administration has numerous proven contacts with the Russian government that they've been desperately trying to hide

4) what's pizza-gate?  Seriously?  Diversion tactic?

>rants about DEMOCRATIC PEDOPHILE conspiracies
>conveniently ignores the hilarious embarrassment of pizzagate

5) i am an American citizen.  I am not being paid by a foreign government.

I'm sorry to hear you aren't being compensated for the nonsense you spew!

Only the Democrats are systematically paid by foreign governments within every level of their party.

lmao [citation needed]

This is child's play.  I've been merciful. 

I've asked for sources on like a dozen different things but you're just turning to distractions by ranting about Hillary Clinton who isn't even relevant anymore. Why no evidence for your insane claims, friend? Afraid to reveal the sources? Are you making stuff up, parroting the insane Alex Jones, blindly trusting what you read on 4chan?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: BK is back on: March 02, 2017, 03:30:16 am
You're no hero, just a partisan of a sore loser.
Here we go again. Stop discuss the messenger.

Is he not right? If Trump wins, it should not come as a shock, given recent polls. He very unlikely to win, yeah, but it is not "WTF, Trump won??? how is it possible!!!111" kind of shock. It would "Oh my God, ABC was right" kind of shock.

This doesn't directly have anything to do with this specific quote but I just wanted to say you're probably the forum's most notable new hack since the last time I regularly posted (and I don't use that term disparagingly, I'll readily admit I'm pretty much a Democratic hack).

I'm very interested to see how you will handle Trump's landslide defeat in three days: will you be in denial, like Karl Rove in 2012? Will you write barely-legible screeds about how Hillary stole the election? Will you ignore it without comment and effortlessly shift gears and start delegitimizing every action President-elect Hillary takes? Will you disappear quietly into the night?

I await the outcome with anticipation!

lmao I did totally call that wrong

I'm no sore loser though! Hillary's loss was her incompetent campaign's own fault, I've argued that since November
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Schumer thinks dems can get the senate in 2018 on: March 02, 2017, 02:49:28 am
The guy's job is literally to hype up Democratic Senate candidates and promote their fundraising - what else is he supposed to say??
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / BK is back on: March 02, 2017, 02:46:40 am
Having discovered the horrifying extent of this community's troll infestation, I have decided to gloriously return to the forum in its hour of direst need. I will defend all decent and hardworking denizens of Atlas Forum in my fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way against the forces of sposting and shilldom

I am not the hero you deserve -- but I am the hero you have.

24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: March 02, 2017, 02:31:43 am

2014 - 2017
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during campaign on: March 02, 2017, 02:26:03 am
He lied to Congress in his confirmation hearings about matters pertaining to treason.

-That is a lie, Beet. You should apologize to the people for this pollution of discourse. Failing to adopt a Hitlerish posture towards Russia has never been treason, and Sessions told the truth -no contact with the Russian govt in his role as Trump campaign surrogate.

lmbo that you're still digging yourself deeper

>implying it's "Hitlerish" to oppose a foreign nation meddling in our election
>implying a Trump supporter has the right to call anyone else "Hitlerish"
>implying that speaking as a "Trump Surrogate" or "Senator" is in any way relevant distinction
>implying Sessions can be trusted to not bring up the campaign in his private convos
>implying Sessions had legitimate committee business that required multiple secret meetings with the agent of a foreign government without telling your fellow Senators about it
>implying Sessions didn't commit perjury
>implying the Trump administration isn't actively collaborating with foreign enemies of the United States

You should apologize to the people for this pollution of discourse.

Sorry we're not morons or five year olds so nobody is falling for your garbage trolling. You are convincing literally nobody of your point of view. I do hope the Kremlin is paying you well, friend
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