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15876  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: May 30, 2009, 04:33:49 am
I'd like to register with the Democratic Alliance please

Liberal Democrat from NY recruited by Vepres

Welcome to Atlasia! Although the DA has endorsed a radical libertarian for President. The JCP is much more in line with you politically if you're a "NY Liberal Democrat," I suspect. Wink

Since when do "radical libertarians" support increased federal funding for education, subsidies for nuclear power plants, and subsidies for ecological cars? Oh, and a federal minimum wage?

Clearly your defintion of "radical libertarian" is a bit...ummm....weird.

     It's called being willing to compromise. If the government's policies were my prerogative to implement, none of those things would happen. Wink

     At the same time, I would like to think that the openness towards compromise that I have shown recently would suggest that endorsing me is really not an objectionable proposition.

But they weren't compromises, especially something like the fuel efficient cars thing.....we were creating subsidies that didn't exist in any form. You could have just as easily voted NAY, but you chose to support it Smiley
15877  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Action Bill (Debating) on: May 30, 2009, 04:31:14 am
Why is this necessary?  Affirmative action in government employment is already illegal.

as far as I know....first of all....that only applies to the federal government, I'd like to make this law apply throught the entire country. (Now that might make an amendment necessary....actually, it probably does......going by past precedent)

but I also want to prevent affirmative action (read: reverse discrimination) in every other situation, whether directly by the goverment or simply some absurd university policy.
15878  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Affirmative Action Bill (Debating) on: May 30, 2009, 03:27:01 am
This should primarily apply to anything run by the government....or any institutions that aren't really direct employment (which would be covered by the Workers' Bill of Rights)....such as universities, even if they're private.

But sure....government is the main thing here.

Might be a good idea to add a clear penalty, though.
15879  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? on: May 30, 2009, 03:18:17 am
Yes America is the greatest country in the world!

I can't even believe this question had to be asked.

Furthermore, I can't believe that the vote is this close.

Ridiculous.

While I have no problem with people believing that America is the best country (I think it is in many respects).....although I personally find it foolish, as there are so many countries that offer equal liberties (and some even more).....but I find your stance to be extremely arrogant, and an indication of insufficient knowledge about the rest of the world outside of the United States. An intelligent response would be a little different, frankly, and you appear brainwashed when you say something like that.

Everybody has some degree of ethno-centrism, just some are more extreme than others. On your comment that other countries have more civil liberties, I have to partially agree with you. While yes, legally they may be freer, in practice they're not. For instance (not 100% sure about this), it is socially acceptable to racially/ethnically/religiously profile in many European  countries. Also, is government control of over half the economy free? (Not criticizing European people, who I happen to be fond of, but European government.

Perfectly acceptable viewpoint...and there are many things I prefer in the U.S. to other places, as I said.

My point was that his absolute declaration that it was ridiculous to even imply that America might not be "the best" (whatever that means) is indicative of a lack of knowledge and arrogance, in my opinion.


edit: Regarding the civil liberties thing...I'm unaware of racial profiling being government policy in any European country, personally. Or were you talking more about the average citizen's attitude? That would certainly be correct. When I said some countries have more liberties, I was talking about things like....gay marriage, marijuana, not an absurd alcohol purchase age, legalized prostitution, etc. They're not incredibly important things....but if you add them up, I think they do make a difference.
15880  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: May 30, 2009, 03:09:07 am
I'd like to register with the Democratic Alliance please

Liberal Democrat from NY recruited by Vepres

Welcome to Atlasia! Although the DA has endorsed a radical libertarian for President. The JCP is much more in line with you politically if you're a "NY Liberal Democrat," I suspect. Wink

Since when do "radical libertarians" support increased federal funding for education, subsidies for nuclear power plants, and subsidies for ecological cars? Oh, and a federal minimum wage?

Clearly your defintion of "radical libertarian" is a bit...ummm....weird.
15881  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 59 on: May 29, 2009, 09:10:11 am
Absolutely, yes.
15882  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: MasterJedi's Senate HQ on: May 29, 2009, 09:03:59 am
By the way, good luck in your senate race (do you even have an opponent?).

We're talking about the Southeast here....Wink
15883  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sessions: Sotomayor Will Not be Filibustered on: May 29, 2009, 05:49:03 am
Sotomayor may not be a lockstep liberal, but the flak she has been catching from conservatives should be more than enough to calm whatever fears NARAL or any other liberal groups might have about her. 

Somehow the extreme right left isn't the best judge of whether someone is a liberal conservative.

Works both ways.

15884  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you hate pulling a number and waiting for 2 hours as much as I do? on: May 29, 2009, 05:46:59 am
$100.45, I think you mean.

more like $105.04 Wink
15885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather read all of Mein Kampf or Einzige's posting history? on: May 29, 2009, 05:03:25 am
Perhaps one of the German speakers can correct me (Lewis...?), but doesn't 'einzige' mean something like 'ego'.  If true it's exceptionally fitting.

(Google Translate comes up with 'only', but I'd imagine it varies by context.)

     I remember Lewis saying that it means "only one".

that is correct.
15886  Forum Community / Forum Community / Do you hate pulling a number and waiting for 2 hours as much as I do? on: May 29, 2009, 05:00:39 am
I went to the American Consulate in Frankfurt this morning (45 min. drive) in order to renew my American passport.

My "appointment" was scheduled for 7:45 am....and this is a new system.....you used to just go to the Consulate and wait in line....so I expected that this might speed up the process significantly....well....I turned out to be wrong.

I arrived at 7:45 to check in.....that went fast enough....and by 7:50 I was waiting in line to go through security.....This is where the fun started....Security took about 30 minutes...out in the cool morning air....

And then, to my dismay, I still had to pull a number and wait.....WTH are the appointments for then?

That took another 30 minutes until I was called to submit my documentation for passport renewal. I was happy at that point because I thought it was almost over. Wrong again, I was sent downstairs to purchase a postal stamp because the Consulate doesn't pay for their mail....

And then when I got back from that, I was told to wait for my number to be called again. It took another FULL hour for that to happen.

For what purpose, you may ask? Well, the woman I gave my forms to isn't an "officer" or whatever....so I had to wait for an official to witness my SIGNING my application.....I waited a whole hour just to have somebody watch me sign a paper.....

And for this honor...I only had to pay $100!



Question: Do you hate these kinds of situations as well? Smiley
15887  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is America the greatest country in the world? on: May 29, 2009, 04:43:15 am
Yes America is the greatest country in the world!

I can't even believe this question had to be asked.

Furthermore, I can't believe that the vote is this close.

Ridiculous.

While I have no problem with people believing that America is the best country (I think it is in many respects).....although I personally find it foolish, as there are so many countries that offer equal liberties (and some even more).....but I find your stance to be extremely arrogant, and an indication of insufficient knowledge about the rest of the world outside of the United States. An intelligent response would be a little different, frankly, and you appear brainwashed when you say something like that.
15888  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Atlasia-Iraq Free Trade Bill (At Final Vote) on: May 29, 2009, 04:38:38 am
Aye
15889  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Workers' Compensation and Training Bill (Debating) on: May 29, 2009, 04:38:04 am
Keep in mind that those numbers are maximums, guys.

Well sure....but should the state ever be paying somebody the equivalent of $150,000 annually?

15890  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fuel Efficient Cars Bill (At Final Vote) on: May 29, 2009, 04:34:50 am
Aye
15891  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Fuel Efficient Cars Bill (Debating) on: May 28, 2009, 06:14:19 pm
Nobody seems interested in debating this....

so I guess I'll request a vote.
15892  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Nuclear Power Advancement Bill (At Final Vote) on: May 28, 2009, 03:08:42 pm
Yeah, I'm sorry, I wanted to write an amendment myself to address what Frodo and Afleitch said.

I ask that people still vote AYE on this....I promise to write a new bill soon that will address these concerns.

I should have mentioned that I wanted to add something....



AYE
15893  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Republican Nomination 2008 Survivor: Round 2 on: May 28, 2009, 03:05:49 pm
Tancredo
15894  General Politics / International General Discussion / If you were British (or are British), would you support retaining the monarchy? on: May 28, 2009, 02:59:48 pm
Please discuss.

This is something I've always found fascinating.


And it's not strictly limited to Britain, of course. It's more about European constitutional monarchies in general.
15895  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: EU elections 2009 on: May 28, 2009, 11:18:28 am
Are exit polls allowed to be released in every country?
15896  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Democratic nomination 2008 Survivor: Round 2 on: May 28, 2009, 10:37:52 am
Edwards
15897  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: Means by which Casual Vacancies may be filled on: May 28, 2009, 10:18:50 am
Personally...I prefer the current method. Special elections are a way to generate interest at a time many people don't care about Atlasia.
15898  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Workers' Compensation and Training Bill (Debating) on: May 28, 2009, 09:36:35 am
I'm all for worker compensation....but isn't the amount a bit high?
15899  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Were the Khmer Rouge right about waterboarding? on: May 28, 2009, 06:57:08 am
Obviously not. It was bad when the Spanish did it. It was bad when the Germans did it. It was bad when the Japanese did it. It was bad when the Vietnamese did it. It was bad when the Cambodians did it. And it's bad when the Americans do it.

but still acceptable because they're Jewish, right?

...but it's not bad when the Israelis do it.

It's bad when the Israelis do it, too.
15900  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: U.S. Warmongers Accused of Stepping up Military Moves against the DPRK on: May 28, 2009, 06:40:05 am
Hey that website is even better than Conservapedia.

I enjoyed reading about the fascist dictatorship in South Korea.
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