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13801  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: June 18, 2009, 06:02:42 pm
It's looking like we'll have a majority of votes in the absentee booth, lol...

Yeah, it's a bit ridiculous. I think the 5-day long election with no absentee booth is best.

Alternatively, have an absentee booth opened the weekend before regular election weekend, but only for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Perhaps we should simply require people to give a reason why they have to vote absentee instead.
13802  General Politics / Economics / Re: Arguments for Free Trade on: June 18, 2009, 05:36:51 pm
Ah, I remember this thread. I never participated because people were linking to things they themselves probably didn't even understand, posting a graph they probably can't explain, and beating everyone else over the head with their Econ textbooks. Good stuff.

(For the record, protectionism is stupid. But there's a middle way between FREE TRADE FOREVER, FREE TRADE PREVENTS WAR and NO FREE TRADE EVER, RAISE ALL TARIFFS. People always need to remember the human impact, and that good economic numbers don't translate into a good economy for all.)
13803  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Are all the crazy Obama rumors... on: June 18, 2009, 05:20:44 pm
Most likely, yes. Alot of people, whether they mean to or not, associate being black with being "unpatriotic" or "unamerican." Alot of these "rumors" are just designed to heighten that sense of unamericanism that is based on his skin color.
13804  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 65 on: June 18, 2009, 05:15:34 pm
Lean yes. If a company is too big to fail it is too big to exist and should be broken up.
13805  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Is having "In God We Trust" on money, buildings, etc. constitutional? on: June 18, 2009, 04:34:30 pm
My problem there is that freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, in my opinion. The notion that a higher being (= God) exists seems to me to mean that the state recognizes that religion (whichever religion that may be) must be true in some form.
13806  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: State by State Favorites: Texas on: June 18, 2009, 03:44:27 pm
LBJ
13807  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Legislation Introduction Thread on: June 18, 2009, 03:13:05 pm
Intelligent Voting Amendment to the Constitution

The Sixth Amendment is hereby repealed.
13808  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: June 18, 2009, 02:49:01 pm
ConservativeforRudy
RPP
Kansas


Re-register when you have 25 posts. I don't like this new trend of brainless newbies registering when they have less than half the required number but no one questions the registration and they just let it go.
13809  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The Official Obama Approval Ratings Thread on: June 18, 2009, 01:39:45 pm
Views of the budget deficit:

41% say the government should spend money to stimulate the economy, even if it means increasing the deficit; 54% say the government should not spend money to stimulate the economy and should instead focus on reducing the deficit

Yet again the American public shows it doesn't know what the f**k it's talking about.
13810  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which group do you find most annoying? on: June 18, 2009, 01:29:42 pm
Militant atheists. I hate atheists in general. Put the word Militant in front of atheist then I hate then as much as I hate Bin Laden or Hitler.

Then you're stupid.
13811  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Interest Rates Bill (Amendment at Vote) on: June 18, 2009, 01:18:08 pm
Aye
13812  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fair Interest Rates Bill (Amendment at Vote) on: June 18, 2009, 01:17:42 pm
Nay.

So glad you could participate.
13813  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: DEM Primaries: Brian From Family Guy vs. Frodo vs. Mint on: June 17, 2009, 10:31:43 pm
Considering that flyers is, unfortunately, the only liberal on the list, my choice should be obvious.

This is really using the term "Democratic Primary" loosely though.
13814  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: GOP Primaries: Keystone Phil vs. Inks vs. Naso on: June 17, 2009, 10:19:18 pm
Phil would be a lackluster campaigner.

"LOOK INTO THE CAMERA AND ANSWER THE QUESTION!"
13815  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The "Repair Our Wiki" Project! (R.O.W.) on: June 17, 2009, 10:16:55 pm
Just letting everyone know that I have contacted Dave about a username and password for the Wiki. If I do not receive it within a few days, I will be launching an investigation into prominent elected officials around here. I believe Dave may have been pressured into ignoring my requests by some of my enemies.

It took him about two weeks to give him my username and password.

Same for me.
13816  General Politics / Economics / Re: Delay the Minimum-Wage Hike on: June 17, 2009, 07:46:55 pm
Have you ever had an independent thought in your life?
13817  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List on: June 17, 2009, 07:41:56 pm
PoliticsForum Quiz

Quote

Overall, the PoliticsForum quiz considers you a socially-orientated, materialist, internationalist, protectionist, controlled-market kind of person.

These characteristics would put you in the overall category of socialist. Your natural home at PoliticsForum would be the Socialism area.

You scored 85 out of 100 on a scale of Individual vs Social. This means that politically you are more likely to value the need for group actions and group benefit over individual enterprise and benefit.

    * 97% of test takers were more individual than you.
    * 3% of test takers were more social than you.



You scored 89 out of 100 on a scale of Theist vs Materialist. This means that politically you are more likely to believe that religion and spirituality are superstitions that should not inform political debate.

    * 92% of test takers were more theist than you.
    * 7% of test takers were more materialist than you.



You scored 54 out of 100 on a scale of Big Government vs Small Government. This means that politically you are neither more nor less likely to believe that government should keep out of legislating social policies, leaving such decisions to individuals.

    * 39% of test takers were more big government than you.
    * 58% of test takers were more small government than you.



You scored 75 out of 100 on a scale of Nationalist vs Internationalist. This means that politically you are more likely to favour international bodies over national ones.

    * 83% of test takers were more nationalist than you.
    * 15% of test takers were more internationalist than you.



You scored 37 out of 100 on a scale of Protectionist vs Free Trader. This means that politically you are less likely to favour free trade over protectionist policies.

    * 23% of test takers were more protectionist than you.
    * 75% of test takers were more pro free trade than you.



You scored 59 out of 100 on a scale of Absolutist vs Non Absolutist. This means that politically you are neither more nor less likely to believe that there is an absolute truth that may guide your ideological beliefs.

    * 57% of test takers were more absolutist than you.
    * 39% of test takers were more non-absolutist than you.



You scored 4 out of 100 on a scale of Controlled Market vs Liberal Market. This means that politically you are more likely to believe that there is need for government regulation of industry.

    * 2% of test takers were more controlled market thinkers than you.
    * 98% of test takers were more liberal market thinkers than you.



You scored 42 out of 100 on a scale of Marxist vs Non-Marxist. This means that politically you are neither more nor less likely to follow the philosophies of Marx.

    * 32% of test takers were more Marxist than you.
    * 65% of test takers were more non-Marxist than you.
13818  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: Update - June 16, 2009 on: June 17, 2009, 07:13:06 pm
I'm curious as to why a socially conservative economically liberal pseudo-southern populist would support a west coast socially liberal free-trader, but not much ever makes sense here in Atlasia-land.

Because he believes that PiT will be more active and knowledgeable on the issues (my opinion).

Ben would vote for a kitchen appliance if it was endorsed by the RPP.

Thanks Marokai, Now I know "what" we can run in the Pacific against MaxQue. Cheesy

Tongue
13819  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: Update - June 16, 2009 on: June 17, 2009, 06:59:37 pm
I'm curious as to why a socially conservative economically liberal pseudo-southern populist would support a west coast socially liberal free-trader, but not much ever makes sense here in Atlasia-land.

Because he believes that PiT will be more active and knowledgeable on the issues (my opinion).

Ben would vote for a kitchen appliance if it was endorsed by the RPP.
13820  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Sentinel: Update - June 16, 2009 on: June 17, 2009, 06:02:23 pm
I'm curious as to why a socially conservative economically liberal pseudo-southern populist would support a west coast socially liberal free-trader, but not much ever makes sense here in Atlasia-land.
13821  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favorite Journalsits/ Newscasters / Talk show hosts? on: June 17, 2009, 05:30:19 pm
Scarborough, Olbermann, Maddow (My favorite sarcastic policy wonk), Maher.
13822  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Does socialism encourage hard work? on: June 17, 2009, 05:28:13 pm
No, govt handouts are inherently demotivationary and evil sometimes (like farm subsidies).

You're more amusing sticking to your hack healthcare threads.
13823  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Speaking of affairs, Edwards says he might not be done with politics! on: June 17, 2009, 04:59:41 pm
Who can blame him after Newt Gingrich's annointment by some as Republican frontrunner for 2012? 
13824  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: June 17, 2009, 04:33:26 pm
I think 5 days would be a good compromise.

Five days is fine with me.
13825  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: FRANZL ELECTION TRACKER (UPDATED AS OF 3:44 PM EASTERN, WEDNESDAY 6/17/2009) on: June 17, 2009, 04:31:23 pm
Well, voting twice is against the law.

It is, but I think we should PM him and ask why he voted twice.

Does it matter? He still voted twice.

Edit: I mean, yeah, I guess finding out why he did it would be nice, but is vote is still invalid regardless, the law being the law.

What if Dan is right and his vote disappeared and so re voted. Then his first one appeared again. I think you should give him the benefit of doubt on this. If its the same thing that happened to Bacon King and Andy, since they are allowed to revote, what happens if there votes reappear. Strange things are happening in this voting booth.

I think there's no way to prove that and he voted less than a minute apart. Myself and others noticed this pretty much as soon as he voted so we would be taking a huge leap of faith to assume that. We'd basically only have his word, as opposed to witness accounts of the others.
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