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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party October Convention - Friday 3 October - Wednesday 8 October on: October 01, 2014, 05:14:12 pm
Good good, tradition is maintained
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party October Convention - Friday 3 October - Wednesday 8 October on: October 01, 2014, 04:44:05 pm
Where is the convention?

Uh... we don't usually do that.

But if the People wish...
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Peace and Prosperity + SoEA Statement) on: October 01, 2014, 03:58:18 pm
He can serve in the cabinet and serve elsewhere in the game.

Also,

In regards to the Senator from the Midwest's point about Hifly's foreign policy being a plus for the administration:

Could you really find no one else?  It's not like non-interventionists and pacifists are rare in this game?


The problem becomes getting a pacifist who wants to do it past the senate. I can start going through some non-interventionists in the game, probably - if they will accept, or leave the office vacant or nominate trolls. Whatever.

Not the most constructive attitude Mr President, considering the history of this nominee and the importance of the role.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The Public Sector Strike Curtailment Act (Voting on Amendment) on: October 01, 2014, 08:29:25 am
AYE
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Hifly15 for SoEA (Questioning) on: October 01, 2014, 08:27:08 am
Will you do the right thing and take a stand for persecuted LGBT citizens around the globe given your less than, shall we say, embracing philosophy?

Of course I will. My stance on marriage is no indication of my stance on gay people and their plight around the globe. We need to continue condemnation of Russia's anti gay law and take heed of any deliberate targeting of LGBT people that ensues in current conflicts.

So, you're comfortable in ensuring LGBT people are not deliberately targeted in conflict and not targeted by other draconian laws. Which, obviously is a good thing. But you don't see a conflict in your desire to use taxpayer funds to undermine existing relationships here in Atlasia?

Also, how would you approach international treaties to do with same-sex adoptions across international borders?
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Caption Competition thread on: October 01, 2014, 06:45:49 am
How about this picture?




RBG: "Oh my gaaaaawd... I seriously can't even"
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: OH: Quinnipiac University: Kasich+22 on: October 01, 2014, 06:23:29 am
Ouch...
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for the Withdrawal of Mideast Speaker Hifly's Nomination as SoEA on: October 01, 2014, 06:20:30 am
Unsurprisingly this is little more than a campaign to discredit Hifly on account that he does not automatically support intervening in foreign nations and murdering people to further the interests of Atlasian capitalists, which is a prerequisite for being considered "sane" on foreign policy issues by the likes of X.

You're verging on self-parody...
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut on: October 01, 2014, 01:05:33 am

PRESS RELEASE

Secretary of External Affairs


I was as perplexed as most Atlasians to see the President's decision to nominate Speaker Hifly to serve as Secretary of External Affairs.

Now, I will stress that as someone who has served as President and as Secretary of External Affairs, that the task of filling a Cabinet is tough and the job of serving as Secretary of External Affairs is one of the most thankless in Atlasia. However, I believe strongly that the person who serves in that role be someone who reflects the best of us as we deal with some unpleasant actors.

The Speaker's position on a number of issues, do not rule him out completely, they to undermine his ability to speak to a number of issues and our ability to show global leadership. I also believe it undermines this president's ability to project, what I believe was his agenda, of a positive and progressive foreign policy.

I believe we need to have a real conversation about the Speaker's suitability for this high-profile and delicate role. It is not helpful to have further accusations of conspiracy or deliberate destabilisation. I believe in the importance of the SoEA and ensuring that the best person for the job, considering the challenges of it, is in place. It is not unreasonable to harbor doubts and significant concerns.

While I urge the President to re-consider the nomination, I respect the President's prerogative to nominate and he will be given a hearing in the Senate unless the President decides otherwise.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: September 30, 2014, 10:55:11 pm
Can anyone explain Christopher Pyne's voice?

Posh Adelaide... see Alexander Downer.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Hifly15 for SoEA (Questioning) on: September 30, 2014, 09:06:06 pm
I need a little while on this one.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA: PPP: Ernst +2 on: September 30, 2014, 09:05:26 pm
Talleyrand warned us about this, and we didn't listen.

I will now accept my accolades. Ernst is a wonderful candidate.

Wonderful is really pushing it. In fact, it's downright lie, since she is crazy.

If she were literally crazy, wouldn't she have lost the debate with Braley? Roll Eyes

Crazy doesn't necessarily equal stupid. Her views are what is crazy, she believes in Agenda 21 of all things.

..wait, she believes the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory?
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Peace and Prosperity) on: September 30, 2014, 08:51:48 pm
Also, who else would want to do the role? Cabinet roles, to be frank, are awful.

Take it from me: it's always easy to bitch about the choices, but not so much to stand up and offer oneself for the role. I propose we pass an amendment that automatically confirms for a cabinet position the first person that bitches about the selection for said office

I have tremendous sympathy for anyone having to fill and maintain a Cabinet. It's pain of a job. But we have a right to question the virtue of a President's nomination. Frankly, this pick warrants it more than most.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVII: I Ate The Strawberry (The REAL, AUTHENTIC Update) on: September 30, 2014, 08:28:51 pm
I'm going to try to steer this thread back to the crisis at hand.

Jeff, why don't you consider finding a relatively non-demanding non-CADD job (yes, it will probably be hourly and minimum wage or close to it) and doing that for a few months while you work on improving your CADD skills? You're obviously not at a place right now where you can perform at a professional level. If you were, you wouldn't have been fired today.

A different job at a larger firm isn't going to address the root problem. Companies don't want to have to train you on-the-job. That's supposed to be what you went to school for. They can easily hire someone else who got better grades than you did and hasn't been fired from any drafting positions. If you're not ready to hit the ground running from day one, you have no business walking in the door. Take a few months to get yourself more up to speed.

In some ways... the two are connected.

If you believe that the Earth is about to end and you're going to be among the chosen ... why bother?
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - the Mideast Hate Bill on: September 30, 2014, 08:22:39 pm
Thank you Windjammer, that's very kind of you.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Peace and Prosperity) on: September 30, 2014, 08:06:43 pm
I actually agree with the Labor guys on this. Sure, I hate hifly on gay issues, but being SoEA has nothing to do with that. The nominee, assuming he has the views I think he does, has my potential support as long as the confirmation hearing goes well and he clearly states what he wants to do with the role.

As fun as politicizing everything is, I just don't agree.

Actually, as someone who was SoEA... I disagree entirely.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: IL: Rasmussen: Quinn leading on: September 30, 2014, 08:00:28 pm
Looking at 2010 polling, Quinn's now in a stronger position now than he was at this point then. Which is, hilarious.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: IA: PPP: Ernst +2 on: September 30, 2014, 07:57:34 pm
Ernst is already collapsing, a poll from a few days ago had her up by 5, now she's only up by 2.

From the left leaning PPP. This is still good news.

How are they left-leaning... the best state-level pollsters overall from 2010 and 2012...

This really needs to be put to bed. If anything, their national polls in 2012 had a right-bent.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which X-Men are You? on: September 30, 2014, 07:54:14 pm
Cyclops

You are a true leader at heart. You are not quick to judge, you can make hard decisions when needed, and you will always fight for a better world where humans and mutants can live together in peace. Try to keep your glasses on, it's very important
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: TheCranberry for SoIA (Questioning) on: September 30, 2014, 07:36:37 pm
It will be a tough job. What is the biggest challenge you see for the position?
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is season XVII one of the highest quality seasons of Update in a long time? on: September 30, 2014, 07:17:36 pm
This is like The Good Wife's creative resurgence this year... Emmy is only around the corner.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Peace and Prosperity) on: September 30, 2014, 06:49:37 pm
"Defamed"?

So, the President has no responsibility for his tenure. I mean that in general terms.

This IRC cabal conspiracy theory is really getting silly.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of President DemPGH (Peace and Prosperity) on: September 30, 2014, 05:50:15 pm
Mr President

This is a troubling nomination. I will hear him out, but I have deep concerns with your nominee being our representative to the rest of the world.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Energy for the Future Bill 2014 (Debating) on: September 30, 2014, 05:01:49 pm
AYE
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Ending Financial Havens for Islamic State (Debating) on: September 30, 2014, 07:12:54 am
NAY
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