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8251  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: what politician do you think would make the best SNL host? on: March 12, 2012, 05:53:29 pm
Al Gore's episode was fantastic - his visit to the set of the West Wing was a brilliant sketch.
8252  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: March 12, 2012, 04:36:45 pm
First post-spill Newspoll... a mix of news.

ALP: 31% down 4%
Coalition: 43% down 2%
Greens: 12% up 1%

ALP: 47% - steady
Coalition: 53% - steady

Preferred PM
Gillard: 39% up 2%
Abbott: 37% down 1%

Gillard: 28% up 2%
Abbott: 32% up 1%

Gillard: 62% down 2%
Abbott: 58% up 1%
8253  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How likely will the US be under a military draft within the next five years? on: March 12, 2012, 04:30:46 pm
I strongly agree with BRTD, Redalgo and Franzl on this one.

8254  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Clarence for Senate on: March 12, 2012, 06:17:11 am
Congratulations on your elevation, I look forward to seeing your work in the Senate.
8255  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Write-in Oakvale for Senate! on: March 12, 2012, 06:15:31 am
Congratulations! You will be a tremendous asset to the Senate.
8256  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2012 At-large Senate Special Election on: March 10, 2012, 08:17:14 pm
1. Write in: Oakvale
2. Earl
3. Clarence
8257  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House - Polnut Administration on: March 10, 2012, 09:23:05 am


The President has been suffering from a severe cold, so his schedule has been cleared until Monday.
8258  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Romney: "I am an unofficial Southerner" on: March 09, 2012, 08:18:30 am
He really is disgusting...
8259  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: March 08, 2012, 08:30:21 pm
Today's Gallup:

Obama Approval
48% (+4)
Obama Disapproval
44% (-3)


It's Gallup daily results; don't worry, it will change soon.

I do find it kind of amusing, you rarely comment when he spikes upwards... but always the doom-sayer when he drops...
8260  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Pennsylvania: An analysis. on: March 08, 2012, 08:29:30 pm
I see PA trending rightward in this election. Obama has done worse in PA than his national average consistantly.
Their Tea Bagger Governor has a worse approval rating and polls point to PA staying blue.

I don't know anything about teabaggers but that sounds sexually offensive. It's always been a barely Democratic state in modern day elections and the trend would point towards that. Governors only play as big of a role in the campaign as the role they take on for it. Ed Rendell didn't help Kerry very much as the state was pretty much even and Tom Ridge didn't swing the state for Dole. I haven't seen Obama doing well in PA for an approval rating in a very long time.

PA has been GOP fool's gold for 20 years...
8261  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I have a HUGE opportunity (Attention Whoring) on: March 08, 2012, 08:11:21 pm
That's too bad. I think it would do you good to get out of Oklahoma, especially if you've lived there all your life. Different states offer different perspectives. It's a wonderful thing.

Consider who you're talking about... K? .... I'll wait...

OK, now you see why that thinking is pointless for someone like Bushie?
8262  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is Tidewater_Wave running for something? on: March 08, 2012, 08:09:33 pm
Mind you Jake, your 'no taxes' response is kind of cute... ridiculous, but cute Tongue

Yes, who the f*** is this guy?

8263  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 2008 jungle primary-style semi-runoff on: March 08, 2012, 12:47:35 am
Gravel by virtue of not being Kucinich.
8264  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: March 08, 2012, 12:43:56 am
Conservative/Progressive score: 11
You are a social progressive. You generally consider yourself a humanist first. You probably think that religion and patriotism go too far in society. You probably consider yourself to be a citizen of Earth first rather than a citizen of your country.

Capitalist Purist/Social Capitalist score: 12
You're a Social Capitalist, you think that, left to its own, Capitalism leaves a lot of people behind. You think that Health Care should be free to all, that the minimum wage should be raised, and that the government should provide jobs to all that are capable of having them. You likely hated the Bush tax cuts, and believe that the middle class has gotten poorer, and the rich have gotten richer over the past several years. The far extreme of social capitalism is socialism.

Libertarian/Authoritarian score: 7
You're a Moderate. You think that we all have certain inalienable rights that must be protected, but that sometimes laws need to be made to protect the majority's lives or quality of lives. You might think that the 2nd amendment isn't necessary anymore because letting everyone a gun is extremely dangerous to the community. You might also be against illegal drug use or public pornography because of its possible harmful effects to society.

Pacifist/Militarist score: 3
You're a Pacifist. You are angered that the United States thinks it should dominate the world through its military force. You think that the only time war is necessary is when we are in direct danger of being attacked. You also believe the US spends way too much of its money on defense, as we can practically cut it in half and still easily defend ourselves, and use that money to fix all our economic problems.

Overall, you would most likely fit into the category of Hardcore Democrat... I'm not that much of an economic leftist... eh, whatever.
8265  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House - Polnut Administration on: March 07, 2012, 06:21:10 pm


The White House will shortly release legislation to create an Atlasian national broadcaster.

The President wishes to thank the Labor Party for making this a plank in their election platform, it is one that he has decided to take up and pursue.

The intent of the Bill is to provide for an intial set up of one national radio and television station. The broadcaster will be funded from a very small national levy, with exemptions provided for those on household incomes below $50,000. There will be no commercial advertising permitted.

The broadcaster will be independently managed, the Government cannot control content and will have no editorial control.
8266  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Ohio 2012 Congressional Races on: March 07, 2012, 12:15:46 am
I like Kaptur Tongue

8267  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Rasmussen: Another Massachusetts poll, another big Obama lead on: March 06, 2012, 06:35:36 am
And people ask why Romney isn't a viable nominee.

Considering no Republican has won MA since 1984... it's hardly his most damning quality... he's probably doing much better than Santorum.
8268  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: I will have nothing further to say about Super Tuesday.......... on: March 05, 2012, 10:05:28 pm
I consider this spam.

Maybe so... but I do need to say 'thanks be to God'
8269  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Assassin's Creed III trailer on: March 05, 2012, 10:03:22 pm
It looks cool Smiley
8270  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: (VIDEO) Reaganfan's Pearls of Wisdom II on: March 05, 2012, 10:00:27 pm
Can I just make a point that the shower curtain is absolutely disgusting...
8271  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: POLNUT/TMTH FOR ATLASIA - Transition office on: March 05, 2012, 09:06:14 pm

President's Oval Office Address
The White House

My fellow Atlasians,

On Friday I was sworn in to my second term as your president, I was deeply honoured to have secured your endorsement and support. However, I am very mindful that unlike June 2011, this election was a tight-one. Each ticket worked hard for every vote and preference they received. Considering the number and quality of the opposing tickets, this victory was deeply meaningful to me. This also means that there are many Atlasians did not support this ticket, which only means to me that I need to work doubly as hard to earn your trust, and I will do that.

Unlike a traditional Inaugural Address, I have chosen this opportunity to present you with my ‘statement of purpose’. When I left the presidency last November, I not only believed I was doing the right thing but equally, that I would never again seek this office. But times change and circumstances call some of us to look beyond our own personal interests and step up and serve.

This administration will be about securing the future of Atlasia as we embark on this new journey. During the campaign we spoke of key issues we need to work on, in order to ensure Atlasia is not only strong but vibrant for the future.

The first issue is our economy.  I will be blunt, our unemployment rate is inexcusably high, our debt is too great and we have not worked hard enough to reduce wasteful spending. However, we are faced with stark contrasts in our polity. We have some who believe that the way to address the issue, is to gut spending, slash taxes and in theory, the jobs should come and the money should pour in. On the other side, we have those who believe that we should dramatically increase our government spending and also increase taxes. Respectfully, we believe both of these extremes are counter-productive and could force our economy over the edge.

I have been accused by some, of being a ‘moderate-hero’. Obviously, this description is mean to be a cheeky insult. However, I believe that moderation is often the best course of action, and our economic policy will be a demonstration of that. We need to balance beneficial spending, with that which is wasteful. We need to encourage innovation while at the same time supporting people who have fallen on hard times. At the moment, we believe the tax balance is right. Our focus will be to increase our revenues by stabilizing the economy. We will slightly increase some government charges, which most will not feel, and at the same time, make cuts to wasteful defense projects and reduce the overheads of government. This will reduce our deficit by 18% within the 2012 financial year. By showing a disciplined, focused and steady hand on the economy, this will improve confidence.

Atlasia will again play a role in the wider-world. Under my first administration we brought about an end to our entanglements in theatres of War. It is not my intention to put our young men and women in harm’s way. Atlasia will be a force for good. We don’t need military force to project our values, we will be a living example of a tolerant, open and secular society.

Speaking of a secular society, I want to make this very clear. I respect religion and its role in the lives of Atlasians, and I always will. But I believe that in public policy, we are to serve the interests of all. The freedom of religion contained in our Constitution protects people to practice whatever religion brings them comfort, assuming they do not undermine the rights of others. Equally, the freedom of religion also is to protect people of different or no faith from having the beliefs of other imposed upon you. How you choose to live your life is up to you, but the need to be respectful of religious and cultural differences has never been more important.

This administration will also work to make sure that public education in this country is not only strong but also the best possible. Education is the key to a successful life. We need to make sure that all Atlasians leave high school with key skills in literacy, numeracy as well as a broader math, science, history and classical education. But we also need to encourage students without an academic bent, who still require education and training in their field. We will never support a voucher system, it is a white flag for public education, and I will never give up on it.

We also need to work to address the expected cost blow outs in our health system that comes from a rapidly aging population. There are some difficult choices to be made. But I can assure all Atlasians the decisions made will not undermine the quality of care and they will be made with the utmost equity in mind.

The final issue I’d like to address is game reform. We all know that game reform to me, is a means to an end. However, reform does need to happen and we need a structure to allow options to be developed for the future. During my first term I created the Game Reform Panel, unfortunately, the Senate displayed little interest in the Panel’s work. However, the Game Reform Panel will live again, and I have placed Vice President Tmthforu personally in charge of this panel and he will be driving this Administration’s reform agenda.

Ladies and gentlemen, you have given me this great honour and have invested your time, energy and trust in this administration. I will work every single day to honour your investment and to work for the trust of those who did not vote for me.
Thank you all, goodnight and Dave bless.
8272  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Will "carpooling social conservatives" beat Obama? on: March 05, 2012, 08:52:43 pm
It's all soooo ginger...

But carpooling? that sounds terribly socialistic...
8273  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm officially an old man... on: March 05, 2012, 08:44:40 pm
The people at McDonald's gave my 21-year-old girlfriend a senior discount.  It's very possible they just hit the button for your parents and accidentally did it for you.  Doesn't mean you look like a senior.

That's exactly what happened, but my parents and I both laughed about it.  As an aside, next time I go in there, I'm planning to pay a little more for my regular buffet to offset the money they lost with that one wrongly coded buffet.  It was dishonest of us not to go up to the counter and correct it, and I do feel bad for it.  It may be a very small amount, and it undoubtedly wasn't the first time it happened in that restaurant, but I don't feel right in having my name or my parents' name attached to that list.

Oh please, considering the meat is probably cheap-grade off cuts... you didn't hurt them.
8274  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Where Should Romney and Santorum Speak Tomorrow Night? on: March 05, 2012, 08:42:08 pm
If I were advising them...

Santourm: Oklahoma - he needs to be somewhere he's going to win...
Romney: Ohio - because it's a state he needs to win to break the narrative that Romney is weak in the rust-belt... MA is a foregone conclusion
Paul: Probably Idaho or North Dakota
Gingrich: Georgia... duh Tongue
8275  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: A Tribute to the Whack-a-Mole on: March 05, 2012, 08:32:51 pm
So, price of gold is no longer J.J.'s number one catchphrase? Sad

Nor is the "Bradley Effect".

President McCain is shoo-in for reelection this year,

Gallup is always a reliable indicator!!! until the one time it fails... like no president gets re-elected with unemployment over 7%... then Reagan did... then it became 7.5%...

These rock-solid 'rules' only matter until the one time (and shocking opponents) they don't stand up.
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