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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tax returns on: April 20, 2015, 11:16:57 pm
I'm very good at maximising deductions Tongue

I generally get a decent refund.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your number on the Kinsey Scale? on: April 20, 2015, 11:13:12 pm
Almost anyone with any knowledge of the study of gender and sexuality knows that the Kinsey scale is bunk.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: April 20, 2015, 07:09:42 pm
I would remind my fellow Senators that we are a co-equal branch of government. The judiciary is not superior to us. Our interpretation of what is constitutional is just as valid as theirs is. We should obviously not strive to draft unambiguously unconstitutional legislation, but Blair's amended version is far from that. Tweaks can be made to make it more in line with constitutional requirements (for instance, tying the requirements in sections 3 and 4 to federal funding). Frankly the idea that some Senators seem to be pushing that there is absolutely no place for federal regulation of the police (unless we shower them with money first and ask nicely that they maybe look at putting together a study to improve) is terrifying to me. Considering the litany of abuses carried out by the police over the past year, and the absolute failure of local and regional governments to put any stop to this, we have a duty and a responsibility to protect the civil rights of Atlasians.

But there's no point in continuing to waste time on this if we're just going to pass some neutered mediocrity of a bill. Polnut's amendment is moderate hero nonsense, that somehow has turned this into a cash prize for police apartments to continue doing whatever the hell they want, with no oversight or reform. If we cannot pass a real reform, then we should not implicitly endorse the current situation, which is what the current bill would do.

Let me make this very, very, very clear. This is how the Federal Government gets regional or state governments to undertake activities when the Federal Government has no constitutional authority to do it. This isn't about co-equal status with the judiciary. They have a role and we have a role, our role is based on what we have the legal authority to do, and theirs is to tell us when we have.

You can spout "moderate hero" and  "cash prize" all you want, but you are yet to provide a SINGLE piece of evidence, including against additional input from the President and the Attorney General that argues what you and the minority of the Senate wish to do would be valid under Constitutional arrangements. Also, because these screeds show little understanding how how intergovernmental funding agreements actually operate, it interferes with grandstanding, I get that. But, every agreement comes with a clear set of milestones and deliverables. If they are not met, funding does not happen and there are severe financial penalties for payments already made. There are also full audits and acquittal processes that take place, to ensure that public funds are being handed over and managed in exactly the way they are supposed to. So this, 'no accountability' sounds exciting, but is not based in reality.

As I said, the re-write was designed to address at the highest level what we can actually do. It was never meant to be the final version. I have said here and privately, that I am open to additional elements and will outline them shortly. We can create something with some teeth, but we cannot put forward something which massively oversteps our bounds, will be rightly ignored by the regions and local authorities and do nothing in the end. Many here talking about the Senate not listening? We carry on down this path and that's exactly what we're doing.

There are paths forward here, but we actually need good-faith negotiations.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - A remarkable victory on: April 20, 2015, 08:57:00 am
Ladies and gentlemen,

The votes this weekend, that I received from across the political spectrum, speak to a broader issue. We have allowed ourselves and our Government become the toy of a few. As I said, a Senate seat is not he property of one party, or an individual, it's yours. When I launched this final campaign in Chicago I said we need to demand more from our political class. I believe this result speaks to that desire.

I outlined a clear set of priorities on areas from education, environmental reforms, a massive overhaul of our prisons, and more. I will not leave the Senate without progress being made. Your support for me, is a support of this agenda and it is an expectation that I will deliver what you expect in the spirit in which it was offered.

I return to the Senate for one final term, my final elected office, with fresh determination. I will work with whomever I need to, I will reach across party and ideological lines. I will seek consensus, but make no mistake, I will not surrender progress for the sake of ease, I will fight for what I believe in and to fulfill the promises I have made to you.

I send my congratulations to those who were successful this weekend and my best wishes to those were not. I also want to note the leadership and tireless workers of my campaign and the party. Thank you, words cannot express it.

But today, the work goes on and I will start this next and final term full of hope but driven by the endorsement you have given me.

Thank you, Dave bless.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Poirot for At-Large Senate on: April 20, 2015, 07:47:32 am
Sorry that you couldn't breakthrough this time.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of Senator Lief on: April 20, 2015, 07:46:42 am
Congrats on your return to the Senate
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris for Senate! - POLLS ARE OPEN - GO VOTE!. on: April 20, 2015, 07:45:45 am
Congratulations on your re-election!
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: I'm Backing Blair: Campaign for At-Large Senate seat (Policing Reform) on: April 20, 2015, 07:45:17 am
Congratulations on your election.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: NC Yankee for At-Large Senate HQ (Get Out And Vote!!!) on: April 20, 2015, 07:44:26 am
Welcome back Smiley
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - A remarkable victory on: April 20, 2015, 01:49:18 am
I am honoured and incredibly humbled by this result. I will say more later, but thank you all and I promise I will not let you down.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2015 At-large Senate Election on: April 19, 2015, 09:01:09 pm
1. Polnut
2. Cris
3. Blair
4. Yankee
5. Poirot
6. Lief
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Agricultural Policy Act of 2015 (Final vote) on: April 19, 2015, 07:06:40 pm
AYE
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Policing the Police Act of 2014 (Voting on amendment) on: April 19, 2015, 07:03:02 pm
NAY
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Grand New Hampshire Debate on: April 19, 2015, 08:10:40 am
What with this and the muh gold standard thread you best read up on your blogging before trying to comment on it.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why do some Republicans hate President Obama that much? on: April 19, 2015, 08:08:53 am
Frankly, because he's a racist islamist  demagogue who got elected on a false premise of "changing the way politics is done" - when he has undoubtedly been the most hyperpartisan liberal president this country has ever had.

And that may be the cup of tea for the far-left, the problem is he portrayed himself as a completely different person.

He did change DC, but not for the better. The country is more divided than ever and more polarized than ever. There's more racial tension than ever. 

In the words of a very wise drag Queen. Hate yourself a little less.

Then get as much help as you can.

When the GOP's strategy from day one was 'we're going to make him a one-term president' and their definition of negotiation is 'we'll mobe the goal posts sooo far that if you don't agree with us, we'll call you uncooperative and hyper-partisan' how well do you think things would go?

The GOP never ever intended good faith negotiations with Obama (see bat**** above) but that would be capitulation. Considering Obama advocated for GHWB's climate policy and put in place Bob Dole's healthcare policy - it's the GOP that needs a long hard look in the mirror.

But whu about the white men?! When is it our turn?!?!?

Also this 'Bush was just as hated' sorry, but as someone who was around and older than an infant .... Bull****. The bitterness and vitriol towards Obama was almost immediate. The distaste for Bush grew with time but they aren't the same. And well Clinton gave them something to go after him with. Obama's done NO-THING... you think this lot isn't insane enough to have gone after him if they had a shred of evidence? They still make stuff up and assume the nasty 'urban' liberal is going to do these terrible things.

This was immediate and not based in what he did or said he would do... But what they 'knew' he would. But after more than 6 years, hasn't.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - The Final Stretch - KEEP VOTING!!! on: April 19, 2015, 05:04:43 am
Everyone - if you haven't voted yet, regardless of who you support please vote!

There are nearly 100 people who could vote and the dynamics of this race could change - preferences will decide this election.

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What questions will you ask Mark B Graham? on: April 18, 2015, 11:25:35 pm
Who are you and what are you doing here?

18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Satellite Network's Election Weekend: At-Large Senate, Northeast Assembly (*) on: April 18, 2015, 08:34:14 pm
I would really like to see how the transfers are flowing, it'll be deeply confusing and fascinating lol
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Fairness in Cabinet Obligations Amendment on: April 18, 2015, 08:29:57 am
AYE
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: April Assembly Elections on: April 18, 2015, 08:15:59 am
Official Ballot

Northeast Assembly
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ 4 ] Clyde1998 (Labor - Massachusetts)
[ 3 ] Dr. Cynic (Labor - Pennsylvania)
[ 1 ] Castro2012 (The People's Party - Connecticut)
[ 2 ] Pikachu (The People's Party - New Jersey)
[ 6 ] Altsomn Jósef Stmarken (Federalist - Maine)
[ 5 ] Dkrolga (Civic Renewal - Massachusetts)
[ ] Write-in:____________
[ ] None of the Above
[ ] Abstain

21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - The Final Stretch POLLS OPEN - TIME TO VOTE!!! on: April 17, 2015, 11:47:50 pm
Thank you for your support Mr Vice President.

And thank you all for such a vote of confidence. But this election is not over by any means. My message to those who want to send the message that policy matters and that the people are to whom we owe our first loyalty - keep voting and I am asking humbly for your support. Preferences will determine this election and I urge you to consider them carefully.

But regardless of who earns your support, please vote!
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Consent in Post-Secondary Education Act of 2015 (Voting on amendment on: April 17, 2015, 07:10:40 pm
That looks good.

It's certainly better.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: WI-Marquette: Hillary+12 vs. Walker on: April 17, 2015, 09:11:18 am
How are the Republicans going to win the general again?

UR R A HACK.

A REAL conservative... duh.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Polnut Re-election HQ - The Final Stretch POLLS OPEN - TIME TO VOTE!!! on: April 17, 2015, 09:09:33 am
I used to have campaign theme, quite a few campaigns ago. I thank Mr Poirot for bringing them back.

But, thinking on this final campaign... what have I been listening to, to power through?

So, everyone, my unofficial campaign theme ... Come For Me.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Tony's Back in Town: University Choice (Attention Whoring) on: April 17, 2015, 08:34:05 am
UCLA it is. I'm not fully convinced that it's the best choice, but anyway, there was no bad choice.

Extremely poor choice. Los Angeles?! You could've come to any of the amazing universities in Chicago, with the city's superior and unrivaled culture and anemities. You could've hung out with me, man.

Too bad Ian, looks like he's going to be hanging out with me! Cheesy


^

RIP Antonio, FF. It was nice knowing you. Cry

mmmm - Chicago is an amazing city. LA is a glorified parking lot.
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