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15876  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: July 04, 2009, 11:57:08 am
If no one else runs in the Mideast, I may consider a move there as well

So, you're considering running in both elections simultaneously?  If that isn't illegal, it should be.

Why?
15877  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: July 04, 2009, 11:53:50 am
Is that supposed to mean something that you included the far-right with Democratic parties?

No, just a map of CDU+FDP would be fine as well ...

BTW, is this your MP ?



Yes, that's her.

She won by 79 votes in 2005!
15878  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What should be done about laws that everyone breaks? on: July 04, 2009, 09:11:00 am
The laws you mentioned are clearly unreasonable.

I naturally don't drive 65-70 mph when I'm in the U.S., but I've never gotten a ticket either. It's still annoying as hell to constantly fear that a cop might be waiting behind the next curve.

The "21 to drink" thing is even more annoying. Again, I know of many bars and restaurants that will serve me without asking for ID....but it's also annoying as hell to just take your chance in a place you're not familiar with. Sure, the worst that can happen is that you don't get your beer, but it's just plain embarrassing.
15879  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Now I understand the appeal of Obama to the teenage slackers on: July 04, 2009, 09:05:09 am
While it is true that the idiocy of the original poster has long been proven beyond any doubt, this post is a worthwhile one for this reason:  It reminds us that the idiot vote already believes that the depression has been caused by the black president, and not be the previous administration.  And it is the idiot vote which is in the great majority in america.

Might I ask what that has to do with the skin color of the President?
15880  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: July 04, 2009, 08:51:58 am
Could we maybe switch to pure FPTP for this election?
15881  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Celebrate Independence Day on: July 04, 2009, 08:47:55 am
God Bless America and no place else!

I'm half-convinced you're trolling at this point. But only half.
15882  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg on: July 04, 2009, 08:33:11 am
Both, duh.

^^
15883  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it unpatriotic to eat "ethnic food" on the 4th of July? on: July 04, 2009, 07:55:02 am
Of course it is unpatriotic. One day of the year to celebrate our nation, and you go and be a traitor. What the hell is wrong with you.

I consider it extremely unpatriotic to lower the defintion of one's "patriotism" to whether he eats hot dogs or waves a flag.
15884  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: A highly biased healthcare poll on: July 04, 2009, 07:52:48 am
Just kidding. Obviously nobody should be denied emergency care but government should otherwise not interfere.

Do you understand the problematic results of only providing emergency care?

Such as people not ever getting proper treatment for things like cancer.

Or that providing "free" treatement in hospital ERs when an "emergency" happens increases the bill for everyone else? It's not like treatment is ever really free of charge, it's just a matter of who ends up paying for it.

Preventive care would keep people from requiring "emergency care" in many cases, and would not only keep people healthier, but would also reduce overall costs.


That said, I'm still undecided myself on whether a government system is desirable, but at the very least, whether through directly public or private means, care must be universal or near-universal. Anything else seems quite dangerous to me.
15885  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many times a year do you sing the National Anthem? on: July 04, 2009, 07:47:18 am
Umm, why should I?

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15886  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: How many votes will the media get for Obama this time? on: July 04, 2009, 07:37:28 am
The center--lets say 20%--have no core beliefs other than kicking the bums out when times are tough and letting them stay when times are good.

I'm sorry, but I just can't imagine this guy getting elected and perhaps even re-elected without the media serving as his campaign arm. And its not just me. A Pew poll showed that 44% believed media coverage of the McCain campaign was unfair, for comparison 35% thought this for the first Bush and Dole. A similar percentage say the media has too much influence on the election.

lol, so you believe that McCain should have won by default?
15887  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2009 State and Federal elections in Germany on: July 04, 2009, 05:06:21 am
Is that supposed to mean something that you included the far-right with Democratic parties?
15888  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is it unpatriotic to eat "ethnic food" on the 4th of July? on: July 04, 2009, 04:57:32 am
Of course.
15889  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GM Discussion Thread on: July 03, 2009, 06:50:28 pm
One problem with not having a real budget is that we have no idea what really is "responsible" and how much money we have/need.

All these debates are entirely theoretical.
15890  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GM Discussion Thread on: July 03, 2009, 06:46:41 pm
I'm generally open to the idea of tax cuts, although they should be somewhat responsible and should be combined with investments that are designed to have a stimulating effect.
15891  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: should Al Franken receive back pay? on: July 03, 2009, 06:25:38 pm
But alright...I don't want to argue about Florida in 2000.

What leads you to believe that the case in which the Republican won was legitimate, but where the liberal Democrat wins it's a "selection"?

They applied different standards in different counties for counting or throwing out ballots, there was no uniformity, so hence, there was some voter disenfranchisement.

says the Coleman campaign
15892  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: should Al Franken receive back pay? on: July 03, 2009, 05:57:32 pm
But alright...I don't want to argue about Florida in 2000.

What leads you to believe that the case in which the Republican won was legitimate, but where the liberal Democrat wins it's a "selection"?
15893  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: should Al Franken receive back pay? on: July 03, 2009, 05:55:53 pm
Selected, not elected.

Now, I disagree with your opinion on the Minnesota Senate election, but do you feel this way about Bush in 2000 as well?

I feel they should have recounted all of the ballots.

But didn't the news agencies do that anyway and showed Bush won?

Only using very specific conditions. A full statewide recount would have changed the winner most likely.

And even then we're only talking about the ballots that were cast. They didn't really reflect the will of the electorate.
15894  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Are we ever going to get county data for past elections? on: July 03, 2009, 05:22:10 pm
Is this site ever going to input information on county results for elections prior to 2000?

2000? Do you mean 1960?
15895  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you like about the preceding poster? on: July 03, 2009, 03:33:05 pm
He's German Smiley
15896  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast Senator Hashemite on: July 03, 2009, 01:55:07 pm
Congratulations Mr. Senator, welcome!
15897  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: PPT Declarations Thread on: July 03, 2009, 01:38:53 pm
Yes, I obviously agree. I look forward to enjoying another session with Jedi as PPT.
15898  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: filibusters? on: July 03, 2009, 11:52:07 am
Very unlikely...since when do the Democrats vote together on everything?

That's nonsense.
15899  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: filibusters? on: July 03, 2009, 11:41:15 am
Where did you get that idea?
15900  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: should Al Franken receive back pay? on: July 03, 2009, 10:22:50 am
Selected, not elected.

Now, I disagree with your opinion on the Minnesota Senate election, but do you feel this way about Bush in 2000 as well?

Of course not silly!

Bush was a good Republican.

Franken is an eeeeevil librul!!!

Oops, you're right, silly Franzl didn't think of that.
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