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13801  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Pacific Legislature Official Thread on: June 16, 2009, 03:10:42 am
Official Regional Name Bill: Aye

Renaming of San Luis Opisbo County Bill: Aye

Affirmation of the Pacific Region's Right to Continue Existing Bill: Nay

Official Regional Plant Bill: Nay

Government Furniture Bill: Aye

School Bus Bill: Aye

Salad Bar Bill: Aye
 
Affirmative Action Ban Repeal Bill: Aye
13802  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: June 15, 2009 on: June 15, 2009, 10:45:23 pm
Good to see one my campaign ideas was implemented...

I was going to introduce the "Secretary of the Senate" idea, but I figured since it was Hashemite's idea, I didn't want to look like a thief.

The Secretary of the Senate idea was my idea, not Hashemite. He just had the idea of the noticeboard.

Oh, damn, I'm getting nothing straight today Tongue
13803  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New!!! The Atlasian Sentinel on: June 15, 2009, 10:18:42 pm
Good to see one my campaign ideas was implemented...

I was going to introduce the "Secretary of the Senate" idea, but I figured since it was Hashemite's idea, I didn't want to look like a thief.
13804  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 15, 2009, 10:17:10 pm
What the hell is the deal here? Do I need a separate account just to edit the Wiki? If so, do I need to e-mail Dave for access?

     Yes, you do. You have a regular site account, right?

...

I'm posting here, right?

All you have to do is email/PM Dave with your account and he gets back to you after a bit with your username and a random password. It took me over a week or so to get him to respond though, so cross your fingers.

I'm surprised that you've been around for this long and didn't realize that you needed a separate account for Wiki access.
13805  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Denver Mint Producing Amero Coins on: June 15, 2009, 08:42:07 pm
The Amero is a pretty cool idea, actually.
13806  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 15, 2009, 08:34:02 pm
OK, it would take some time for me to finally get a wiki account. Anyway...I noticed a problem with Marokai Blue's page. How can the "Attorney General" box on the bottom be modified so that "Succeeded by" would say Keystone Phil, as he is now confirmed?

Well, I was doing that, then someone edited it as I was editing it and ended up erasing everything else I was writing due to an edit conflict. So I ended up editing something ELSE on top of what was already edited. Sad
13807  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 15, 2009, 07:20:25 pm
LOL Wow! Sorry Tongue

You must have been really bored.

A broken Ps3 leads to this Tongue
13808  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: IP check on JewishConservative on: June 15, 2009, 07:05:49 pm
He sounds like tmthforu to me.
13809  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 15, 2009, 06:54:53 pm
LOL Wow! Sorry Tongue
13810  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 15, 2009, 06:50:28 pm
I was bored and created a page for NCY's polling agency: http://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php/SurveyAtlasia

Vepres, does The Atlasian Sentinel have a page of it's own, yet? If not, I can create a short one and add it I suppose.
13811  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Interest Rates Bill (Debating) on: June 15, 2009, 05:08:34 pm
This doesn't seem all that controversial: save people from incredibly detrimental cartel-esque tactics.

     A better way than forcibly denying credit to those who do not make proper use of it?

I would support an amendment, albeit a bit more moderate than that, to ensure that those that you mentioned cannot receive credit.

Draft one up, I'm interested in seeing it.
13812  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Insurance industry trying to shut down doctors catering to the uninsured on: June 15, 2009, 04:20:00 pm
Well, the market will solve it.
13813  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CIA Chief: Cheney wants U.S. to be attacked on: June 15, 2009, 04:13:23 pm
Jewish, 9/11 was the best thing that ever happened to the Republican Party.

Quoted for truth.
13814  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Notice of absence on: June 15, 2009, 03:51:40 pm
Can't you go somewhere more interesting? Tongue
13815  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: School Lunch Bill (On the President's Desk) on: June 15, 2009, 03:29:36 pm
Sad I can't Wiki this, we have a new AG Sad No more fun for Dan Sad

We need to force Phil to do something Tongue
13816  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Keystone Phil Appreciation on: June 15, 2009, 04:02:39 am
Keller is great, isn't he? Smiley

he's earned 1 point towards fake poster status in my book, although still quite some ways away

Come now, lighten up. Get to know him a bit.
13817  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Interest Rates Bill (Debating) on: June 14, 2009, 10:55:59 pm
This doesn't seem all that controversial: save people from incredibly detrimental cartel-esque tactics.

Ideally I would prefer the process of payday loans banned, given that they're basically designed to trap you in them, but a cap on interest rates I suppose would save us from eliminating a market, however detrimental I view it.
13818  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CIA Chief: Cheney wants U.S. to be attacked on: June 14, 2009, 10:30:15 pm
I'm sure he does.  That would make the score:

Republicans since 9/11 = 0 attacks
Democrats since 9/11 = 1 attack

Thus, proving his point.

I hate that we even have to use the phrase "since 9/11." I mean, what, was that a free pass or something?
13819  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Keystone Phil vs Arlen Specter on: June 14, 2009, 08:10:59 pm
Stop flirting.

I wouldn't want to make Snowguy jealous. Tongue
13820  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Keystone Phil vs Arlen Specter on: June 14, 2009, 08:08:35 pm
Somebody needs their evening pills...

They're once-a-day. Tongue
13821  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Keystone Phil Appreciation on: June 14, 2009, 08:06:25 pm
As long as you guys are on the subject, I've seen this "Teamspeak" thing referenced in various old threads.  What was it and is it still extant?

How old are you? Tongue
13822  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Keystone Phil vs Arlen Specter on: June 14, 2009, 08:04:03 pm
And by the way, to all the Phil Haters...

He's really a good guy.  We all get defensive.. and Phil has done his fair share, but ultimately he's a kind soul. 

I realize it must be hard having such a crush on Phil, but at some point, a boy's gotta move on.

Look whose talking, obsessive.

k thnx
13823  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Mike Keller Appreciation on: June 14, 2009, 07:48:35 pm
Better than most people imagine.
13824  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: What has Obama done so far? on: June 14, 2009, 06:54:37 pm
Economy: D-

I would say "A for effort," but there was no effort. The stimulus was a complete and utter waste of money because it, 1. Wasn't large enough, 2. Wasn't targeted, & 3. Full of useless tax cuts. Obama and the Democrats also have no spine on other economic measures, like measures to stem foreclosures, and credit card reforms, one of which didn't pass, and another that didn't go nearly far enough. (An interest rate cap, hello?)

Bailouts are also a total waste of money, there is no third way here. You either nationalize, or kill, but don't put useless businesses on life support. We should have nationalized several banks and GM immediately, restructured the businesses on our own, and built the business from there. It would've been CHEAPER in the short term to nationalize them, and other countries have nationalized their banks to great effect in the past, yet again, Obama has no political guts to go there. He is personally pissing away any chance left-wing economics has at gaining any credibility, because he's trying to play it both ways and coast on what is quiet and easy, as opposed to forcing what is absolutely necessary. I'm really, really, disappointed.

Foreign Policy: A-

I really have no complaints here, other than I wish we got our of Iraq sooner, and wouldn't be wasting our time with Afghanistan. Again, this is nice and easy and gets Obama political points for something we shouldn't be wasting our time on. Otherwise though, he seems to be vastly improving our image in the world, and I suppose that's more important in the grand scheme of things.

Healthcare: C-

I'm happy he's intent on reform here, but he's not doing it right. He says he would support Single Payer if he was building a system from the ground up, but that we apparently can't do that. Why the hell not? That doesn't even make sense considering your campaign theme, change! If you're only intent on shuffling around the procedures and offering subsidies, and holding hands with the insurance companies in the naive hope they will lower costs on their own, then you're not offering real reform.

We need a serious public option on healthcare, and all Obama has said in that regard is basically "No, f**ck you, we can't do it." We have the best chance we've had in 60 years to institute real universal healthcare, and once again Obama is pissing away any chance we have of doing it properly and catching up to the rest of the first world.

"Defense:" B-

His flip flops on torture, and releasing the photos that he previously pledged to release, and even signed an executive order to release them, have lost a great deal of respect here. Once again he's not made any radical changes in this area. On torture he's essentially stating "We reserve the right to do it, but we won't, so it's all good." Both of these things just give him nice and pretty political points that do nothing to help the country.

His high score here from me comes from the fact that he's standing by his intention to close Guantanamo. I'm happy he hasn't backed away from that and he's actually saying common sense, that we can house them here, and should give them a fair and proper trial as best we can do that.

Gay Rights & Abortion: D

Abortion really doesn't affect this score much at all, but I'm just throwing this in here because I'm a little sick and tired of his "let's hold hands with evangelicals" attitude. We shouldn't be compromising on this issue at all if it hurts the existing right of a woman to choose.

As for gay rights, I'm disgusted with him. Not only does he most likely support gay marriage in private, that was okay for the campaign, but NOW it's not. He needs to find some way to do a clever switcharoo here, because the country is moving on this issue without him, and that's not "change" I voted for. Leaving aside marriage for the moment, and him once again being too politically spineless to take a position that might force him to fight for something, he's not even moving on civil unions, which he says he supports.

But DADT is what really bugs me. Obviously I have no interest in serving in the armed forces, but there are tens of thousands of soldiers that are gay, and thousands that have been thrown out because of their sexual orientation. Obama has repeatedly said he opposes this... yet does nothing about it! Sign an executive order stalling the implementation of the policy, tell congress to move on repealing it, make a speech, release a statement, do SOMETHING that shows us you're not just letting this issue coast along like on everything else you've done.

Overall: C-

Obama has repeatedly shown a lack of political will to take on tough issues, lack of willingness to fight for something he believes in, not moving the congress to repeal DADT despite opposing it, supporting half assed economic measures that are worse than doing nothing at all, allowing Republicans to trample over literally everything he proposes and trying to hold hands with people who are NEVER going to like him, and generally acting as if 2008 was a close election.

Newsflash. It wasn't. You won. Act like it. There's no need to play into the "Conservative enough?" game with everything you do. Fight for something.
13825  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Interest Rates Bill (Debating) on: June 14, 2009, 06:43:45 pm
I think interest rate caps are absolutely essential, especially in the times we live in. Credit card companies sometimes charge 35% interest or higher, and all of their tricky clauses are in the fine print to let them get away with it. Payday loans are similarly deceptive and harmful, and are often designed to take advantage of people.

In order for people to get a leg-up in the recession we're facing, we need to make sure that people aren't getting raped by horrific interest rates that they didn't know they were going to end up paying, and to make sure that businesses don't take advantage of desperate people just trying to survive on a week-by-week basis.
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