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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where Do You Rank on the Male Social Hierarchy? on: April 17, 2015, 04:23:59 pm
Gamma + I guess...
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cynic for NE: Go Vote! on: April 17, 2015, 10:41:05 am
If you live in the NE and you haven't voted yet, go do it! There are six candidates running for five seats, so one of us is gonna get jobbed. Will it be me or someone else? Either way, best go vote so your favorite doesn't!
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Pat Buchanan on: April 17, 2015, 12:23:36 am
The greatest man never to have been President, regardless of the skeletons in his closet.

Quote from: Thomas from NJ
A great man who would have made a great President.

How does the fact that Pat Buchanan is a fan of Hitler factor into that?

Believing that half a million Americans and a million western Europeans should not have died in a war for Poland's territorial integrity does not a Nazi make.


Oh my god did you really just post this.

Yes, that is Buchanan's position which, according to some, makes him a swastika-waving Hitler fan.

As Henry Blake would say, "Goom-bye!"
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: April Assembly Elections on: April 17, 2015, 12:18:27 am
Official Ballot

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[2] Clyde1998 (Labor - Massachusetts)
[1] Dr. Cynic (Labor - Pennsylvania)
[4] Castro2012 (The People's Party - Connecticut)
[3] Pikachu (The People's Party - New Jersey)
[5] Altsomn Jósef Stmarken (Federalist - Maine)
[6] Dkrolga (Civic Renewal - Massachusetts)
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 17, 2015, 12:14:49 am

AT-LARGE SENATE


[ 2 ] Blair2015 of Massachusetts
Labor Party



[ 7 ] Cris of Kansas
Civic Renewal



[ 4 ] Lief of Vermont
Labor Party



[ 6 ] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[ 5 ] Poirot of Quebec
Independent



[ 3 ] Polnut of Massachusetts
The People's Party



[ 1 ] Write-in: Dr. Cynic



[  ] None of the above
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you going to join Hillary? on: April 16, 2015, 10:38:14 pm
I don't plan to. She's not my cup of tea.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1908 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: April 16, 2015, 10:36:13 pm
Whatcha gonna do when Eugene Debs and Gene-a-mania runs wild on YOUUUUUU?!
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If Hillary Clinton ran against the previous poster, who would you vote for? on: April 16, 2015, 11:55:52 am
DeadFlagBlues
84  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1908 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: April 16, 2015, 11:50:56 am
Voted for Debs.
85  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK General Election, 2015, in Sheffield Hallam on: April 16, 2015, 11:50:06 am
Why are people with positive social scores and negative economic scores voting for Clegg?

You'd think he'd be the last one they'd want...
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If Hillary Clinton ran against the previous poster, who would you vote for? on: April 15, 2015, 10:03:10 pm
Turkisblau
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Update on: April 15, 2015, 10:39:18 am
I never read it. I didn't need to read the story of an overweight depressive. I live that story every day, so what was the point? I'm neither depressed not happy that it's done. It just is and now the forum moves on.
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the US have entered WW2 Earlier? on: April 14, 2015, 09:12:48 pm

What possible justification would we have had? We were not part of the Anglo-French ultimatum to defend Poland, we were not allied with Britain, France, or Poland, nor were we allied with the Republic of China, despite our very warm relations with Britain, France, and China. The United States had an armed force in 1939 rivaling titans like Spain, and it would take two years of buildup between 1939 and 1941 before we were even on paper a serious military force again. Outside of economic pressure like the earlier embargoes I advocated, what position would we have been in to do anything whatsoever on the European front without over a year's worth of preparation?

The Pacific theater is a different beast due to the US Navy's still-considerable power, but then again, war with Japan not involving war with Germany and Italy is not exactly what this question is about. I could actually see that as a more plausible option, especially given America's massive financial and humanitarian and personal interests in China in the 1930s and Japan's naked coveting of the Philippines.

EDIT: War between the United States and Japan over dominance of the Pacific Rim was coming, coupled with WWII or not.

Well, obviously the US was in an isolationist mood back then and we didn't have formal treaty obligations, so to a certain extent this is 20/20 hindsight, but uh... what justification?  Defending the oppressed Poles is justification enough, to say nothing of the other atrocities and genocides that would come to light later (and, if we were better, more observant people back then, would have probably been able to bring to light).  Do they not count as victims to you?

I'm not saying that we necessarily could have jumped in immediately.  If we needed some months to ramp-up, then okay, fine.  We should have been in by the Battle of Britain, though.

I agree entirely with your sentiments and I probably would have wanted the U.S. to join the war around the time France fell, myself. However, Roosevelt was in the middle of an election campaign. If he had gone further, the isolationist public would've been more likely to kick him out.

Emotionally and with hindsight, I think most of us agree that we should've been in earlier, but pragmatically, it's hard to see the American public of that time willing to go any earlier.

I'm lucky enough to have letters from that time period exchanged between my family here and in England (From soon to be devastated Plymouth, no less). This was right before the Battle of Britain began. Isolationism among Americans and even in my previously British family was quite high.

It was the right thing to do, but the timing was just bad. If it wasn't on the eve of an election, FDR may have felt more secure about aid to the Allies.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the US have entered WW2 Earlier? on: April 14, 2015, 07:14:45 pm
Would it have been the right thing to do morally? Yes.

But how would you justify it to a skeptical and provincial electorate? How do we justify fighting? We know now the hindsight just what kind of situation the world was going to face, but at the time, why would Americans think Hitler was a danger to us? Roosevelt did the right thing in sending aid. What more could he have done until Pearl Harbor?
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy on: April 14, 2015, 07:07:23 pm
All confederate sympathizers are jags.
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of George Galloway on: April 14, 2015, 07:06:22 pm
An example of someone whom I might agree with on many things who is also an utterly loathsome human being.
92  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: The Devil's Parliament: An Alternate Reality UK Parliament TL by Mechaman on: April 13, 2015, 10:01:35 pm
The first constituency surgery you write should be a hell of a lot of fun.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cynic for NE: The Arts on: April 13, 2015, 09:58:00 pm
With the repeal of the Restoration of the Arts Act in the Northeast going through the Assembly, I will say that I hope the next Assembly will take into consideration making arts courses such as Music and Drama just as important as a class like gym.

Education should not just be about the three R's, though they are surely important. Education should enrich the lives of students. Arts courses such as music and drama should be taught so that students can explore their creativity. When I was in school music and drama were electives. Music was an expensive elective as well (we had to pay a deposit on our instruments, so I never took it because my family simply could not afford to pay the deposit).

These are classes that should be taught if not daily, then at least twice a week. If I'm elected to the assembly, I will look to author a bill on just that very thing.

We are already debating a bill, at this very moment, to require arts classes at least once a week.

Good. I'm glad to see that. In fact, when I'd written that, the bill wasn't up yet, but I am still glad to see it and I hope it passes the Assembly, if not before the term, then I hope it's reintroduced, because I'd hate to see the arts just left out in limbo with the likely repeal of the Arts Restoration Act coming.

I hope though that the bill's author will consider things such as the cost of instruments for students. Like I said, when I was a student, I'd wanted to take music, but there was a required monetary deposit, so I'm hopeful that the Assembly will consider waiving such things to allow students to participate who otherwise would not be able to.

Classes have monetary deposits? What kind of school district did you go to?

Ringgold School District. Now, you could do things like Drama and Choir for free. (Although our drama department had a whopping $55 budget, so so we and the teacher often paid out of pocket to put on shows, such as when we did MASH) However, instruments cost money and everyone in band or who took the instrument lessons had to buy their instruments. Last time I remember it was $75 dollars to do it. Now, that may have changed since I've not been in school for 10 years almost, but that was how it was done.
94  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Dr. Oz on: April 13, 2015, 07:37:53 pm
Terrible. He's a modern day real life Nigel West Dickens.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: The 21st Amendment on: April 13, 2015, 07:36:34 pm
Aye
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cynic for NE: The Arts on: April 13, 2015, 07:32:22 pm
With the repeal of the Restoration of the Arts Act in the Northeast going through the Assembly, I will say that I hope the next Assembly will take into consideration making arts courses such as Music and Drama just as important as a class like gym.

Education should not just be about the three R's, though they are surely important. Education should enrich the lives of students. Arts courses such as music and drama should be taught so that students can explore their creativity. When I was in school music and drama were electives. Music was an expensive elective as well (we had to pay a deposit on our instruments, so I never took it because my family simply could not afford to pay the deposit).

These are classes that should be taught if not daily, then at least twice a week. If I'm elected to the assembly, I will look to author a bill on just that very thing.

We are already debating a bill, at this very moment, to require arts classes at least once a week.

Good. I'm glad to see that. In fact, when I'd written that, the bill wasn't up yet, but I am still glad to see it and I hope it passes the Assembly, if not before the term, then I hope it's reintroduced, because I'd hate to see the arts just left out in limbo with the likely repeal of the Arts Restoration Act coming.

I hope though that the bill's author will consider things such as the cost of instruments for students. Like I said, when I was a student, I'd wanted to take music, but there was a required monetary deposit, so I'm hopeful that the Assembly will consider waiving such things to allow students to participate who otherwise would not be able to.
97  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Israeli legislative election, October 1949 on: April 13, 2015, 10:36:29 am
Yay! Another election in 6 months!
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK General Election, 2015 on: April 13, 2015, 10:34:32 am
My political views are closer to the LibDems, but they really need to hit the reset button and dump Clegg. I'd vote Labour in almost all cases.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Denver or New York City? on: April 13, 2015, 10:29:26 am
NYC because it would be easier to advance my career there than Denver.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you support gay marriage before Hillary Clinton? on: April 12, 2015, 09:46:52 pm
I've supported it as long as I can remember. At least since 2000 when I had a friend come out of the closet as gay and then receive hellish treatment over it. I mean before that, I didn't know anything about it. I mean, that was about the time everyone started puberty and before that, I never even thought about it one way or another. My family didn't discuss it and I never saw it anywhere, so I didn't even really understand what gay was before puberty.

But seeing my friend treated badly because he was attracted to guys... I thought it was unjust. He'd get punched and pushed around and it wasn't right.
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