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1  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: Today at 12:25:10 pm
Can't wait to see where this will go! Take your time though, no rush.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Election, April 2014 on: April 19, 2014, 09:02:41 pm
1. Dr. Cynic
2. Napoleon
3. SWE
4. BaconBacon96
3  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 19, 2014, 03:00:25 pm
Yeah, I stopped doing anything to help Lumine catch up.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post a recent picture of your neighbourhood/city on: April 18, 2014, 11:02:54 pm

The above picture is when the duck was in town. The second picture is my neighborhood, Oakland.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official Stanley Cup Playoffs MEGATHREAD! on: April 18, 2014, 01:26:48 pm
I really want St. Louis to win their series.  I fear the Kings are toast and won't last long.

Afraid of being sniped this June?

Actually, no, I think the Blues are a very good team who hasn't sniffed the Cup in far too long.  I'd be thrilled to make it to the finals no matter who we would play.  Smiley

When and how bad does Fleury meltdown this year, Uncle Gramps?

At any time, and probably bad.   They trust him so much Vokoun is back on the regular roster.  I do think we'll get by Columbus.  We were 5-0 against them in the regular season.

If he does, it's curtains for Bylsma as head coach.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 18, 2014, 01:25:05 pm
PD. 5 Star Movement is tempting, but I'm not Eurosceptic.


Another East VS West battle, which unfortunately the East won.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of William J. Brennan, Jr. on: April 18, 2014, 01:20:35 pm
My favorite Court Justice of all time.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you vote for your party presidential nominee if they had no college degree on: April 18, 2014, 01:19:59 pm
Yes, because a college degree, to me, really doesn't mean anything towards someone's ability. Truman didn't have one and was a good President.
9  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: The Man of Steel: Watson Timeline Part II on: April 18, 2014, 01:14:56 pm
January 1989

Watson could look back on inauguration day as one of the most enjoyable of his life to that point. All the focus and attention was on Dent and that was fine with him. Let Jeff use that southern charm of his and be the center of attention, he thought. Meanwhile, Watson simply could enjoy the laid back socialization that the anonymity of the VP affords. With Laura at his side, he chatted casually with David Owen who was on his second tour of duty as British Foreign Secretary at the post-inaugural party. Owen was the MP for the same seat Watson's maternal great-great grandfather had served in and like Watson, Owen had married a foreigner, but an American. Watson had maintained his interest in British politics, but the two mostly chatted about Plymouth and what it was like to marry a foreigner.

After that conversation broke up he and Laura sought out Senator Udall who mentioned feeling ill. Udall eventually left the party early complaining of exhaustion and asking the Watsons not to mention anything about it to anyone. Senator Biden was much more enthusiastic company. Watson and Biden were both rail enthusiasts and supporters of AMTRAK. Biden had managed to remember seeing the massive model railroad layout in the Watson home in Mt. Washington and asked if it had expanded at all since he was last a guest.

"Not really, Joe. It's been busy with the campaign. Once we get a chance to go back though and work on it, I'll bring you up."

"That'd be fan-f'in'-tastic, man."

That was Joe. Senator Simon, speaking seriously in his deep bass which came out from a body you wouldn't have expected it to. Simon was anxious to present his PAYGO bill before Congress, which would be a shift to the right from previous Democratic policy. Simon wanted to gauge whether or not the administration would back it when it came up for debate.

"Paul, this seems like a real shift away from our core values."

"But it's not, really. It gives us flexibility, especially with things like the Defense budget. If you get them believing there'll be cuts, they'll scream bloody murder, but they'll also start to be more efficient."

"Well, we do need to get that under control. There's really no department besides the DoD where the expenses are getting out of control, not even social security and we're in for trouble there if this bill goes through. Keep that in mind, Paul. I'll see what I can do with the President."

Watson's favorite companion of the evening proved to be the ever-profane Scott Westman who was contemplating a return to Montana soon to run for Governor in the next cycle which would be all the way in 1992.

"How can you want to leave Washington, Scott? Isn't it just the picture of real America here?" Watson jibed with a dripping not of sarcasm. "Who would want to be in Montana getting things accomplished when you can stay here and deal with gridlock and ass kissing and money grubbing?"

"I friggin' hate it here, man. Either way, I'm so done with Washington after this cycle. I won't miss your fat ass, that's for sure."

Watson let out a big laugh, "By 2001, I'm going to be home. From VP to POTUS and retired at 51."

"Well, it's a good thing you're being humble about everything..."

"Scott, I've got it figured that once it's all over, I'll be able to go home and be with the family. I mean, I get everything done quickly and I can live on a pension and do nothing."

"Ya lazy fat bastard. What if, Jeff gets knocked out in '96? What are you going to do between then and 2000 to keep yourself busy?"

"I'd be running for President, obviously," Watson laughed. Westman shook his head and knocked back a Dewar's and soda. "Come on, Scott, it's a party! Let's go see Jeff, or should I say POTUS now?"
10  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Westman, Part II: The Rising on: April 18, 2014, 12:11:16 pm
Loved it. Gotta say though, those kinds of attacks on his "father figure" Udall are the kinds of things that would cause Watson to lose his temper and he'd probably try to, I don't know, maybe get MacMahon ousted...

Food for thought Wink
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 18, 2014, 12:33:15 am


[ 1 ] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party

[ 2 ] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party

[ 4 ] a Person of Maine
The People's Party

[ 5 ] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party

[  ] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party

[ 3 ] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party

[  ] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you were in Congress, what would you do if... on: April 18, 2014, 12:30:56 am
Option 2 would be a boon for publicity and goodwill. If it got out that I skipped meeting a mother and child for some rich assholes, it'd kill my campaign.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like eating mushrooms? on: April 17, 2014, 09:11:33 pm
Yes, but only together with something.
14  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 17, 2014, 07:04:03 pm
To: The German Empire
From: The French Republic

Our agreement was made fair and in earnest agreed by both parties. We wish to stress that any attack on France in an attempt to reclaim what we fairly bought is also an attack on French allies and a break of the treaty that promised peace between us. France will make no attempt to attack Germany in accordance with the treaty.

We feel the Kaiser dealt fairly with us and that we dealt fairly with him. We have no wish to break the peace and it would be a tragedy if the German Reich were to attempt to do so.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official Stanley Cup Playoffs MEGATHREAD! on: April 17, 2014, 06:52:04 pm
I think it's imperative we get by the Jackets early.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Game of Thrones vs. Girls on: April 17, 2014, 12:32:35 pm
Nope, Game of Thrones is. Better acting, better direction, better writing and better nudity.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Finally, an interesting and useful quiz! on: April 17, 2014, 12:28:46 pm
What the hell is Pirate's Booty?!
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New York gubernatorial election, 2002 what if? on: April 17, 2014, 12:26:10 pm
Jimmy McMillan!
19  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 17, 2014, 12:25:19 pm
OOC: Yeah you're getting overthrown.

OOC: Not me. Tongue I averted a war, got a portion of French territory back for a small cost and signed a treaty to secure our border with our age-old rival.

But then I suppose it could be considered a negative that I didn't take the whole thing, but I think overall this should be considered a positive for France.
20  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1902 on: April 17, 2014, 12:21:52 pm
The Governments of the French Republic and German Empire heretofore agree to the return of the undersigned territory to the French Republic for the price of 50 million francs (OOC: All the orange area). We also agree for our mutual protection and security that both nations will honor the redrawn borders. The French Republic and German Empire also pledge an agreement of friendship and trade which will ensure a peaceful and mutually prosperous relationship.
x Kaiser Wilhelm III of the House of Hohenzollern, King of Prussia and Deutscher Kaiser
x Prime Minister Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau

(OOC: these are the orange parts:
The above is German and says which German/French dialects were spoken in Alsace-Lorraine in the 19th century. Green and blue tones are German dialects, Orange French dialects.)
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Hillary Clinton too liberal, too conservative, or about right? on: April 17, 2014, 03:37:26 am
She's definitely more conservative than I am, but the issue for me is trust. I do not trust her at all. She and Bill both are extremely vindictive, but from what I've read in most accounts she goes much further with it than even he does.

I don't really feel like we need a Claire Underwood in the White House.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 17, 2014, 03:34:14 am
Social Democrats

23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Compass: Question #20 on: April 17, 2014, 03:28:19 am
Strongly agree
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rank your sports teams by how much you care about them on: April 17, 2014, 03:27:26 am
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Pittsburgh Penguins

3. Pittsburgh Pirates

4. Pitt Basketball

5. Pitt Football
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine Poll - April At-Large Senate Election on: April 16, 2014, 03:18:13 pm
Adam or Alfred are going to get my 1st preference.
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