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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: Today at 01:50:18 am
I, shua, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Mideast Asssemblyman, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Atlasia and of the Mideast Region, so help me Dave.
2  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: why is NE Indiana so right wing? on: Today at 01:46:43 am
It's not all that much more Republican than most of the rest of the state outside of the Northwest and Indianapolis.
3  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Texas is Way Bigger .... on: Today at 01:35:55 am
nice that it gives an equal area comparison by constantly changing the frame of reference for the projection of the shape equidistant with reference to the map.

I didn't realize Texas was so close to the size of Ontario, or Alaska!
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Federal Reserve Reform Act (Debating) on: Today at 01:14:16 am
As a former GM, I would have liked to have another character setting Fed policy that I could have interacted with.  It wasn't understood as part of GM's duty when I was there, but if it had it would have just felt like another instance where I was talking to myself. I support this.
5  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which of the following is more conservative? on: Today at 01:01:13 am
The RI Republicans are a much smaller group in proportion to the state. 40% or so of Oklahomans are registered Democrats. RI Republicans are about 10% of the state.  The majority of the people who vote Republican in a general election in RI in any given year are independents.  So I'd say that the vast majority of those who vote in the primaries (which either requires or leads to registration with that party) voted for Romney. And somewhere between three-fifths and three-fourths of Oklahoma Democrats voted for Obama. There are a lot of OK Democrats that are going to be more conservative than most RI Republicans, but there are also those who are decidedly to the left.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Susan Collins on: Today at 12:38:35 am
Cuomo. There is no such thing as a moderate Republican, and I would vote for any serious Democrat over any serious Republican. There is very little difference between her and David Duke.
on the other hand, Cuomo is way different from a moderate Republican.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Steve King-athon Iowa Freedom Summit Jan. 24: commentary thread on: Today at 12:09:22 am
Pics of Jim Gilmore and Scott Walker:

http://instagram.com/p/yQBgwriiBD/

http://instagram.com/p/yP9qGcCiI8/

Anyway, I saw bits and pieces of the speeches by Cruz, Christie, and Huckabee.  I have to say, I still think Christie is really good at the "speaking somewhat like a normal person rather than a politician" and winning the "would like to have a beer with him" contest.  Despite his troubles, I would still not want to write him off as a major player for '16.


I saw Christie's speech as well and I agree. He has more potential than Mitt, maybe more than Jeb.   

I haven't heard from Gilmore in ages. I'm impressed he's still seeking a political role after

I realized who Steve King reminds me of:


..something about the eyes
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The GOP's latest line of attack against Obama's economic policies... on: January 24, 2015, 10:12:44 pm
The GOP should be careful about low wages being a factor in the low labor force participation rate, as it would be an argument for increasing the minimum wage.  But if low wages are seen as just economic stagnation, then the opposition party will always blame the party in power for that - even if the problems are more structural than cyclical.  The discouraged worker problem is a real one, and neither party can afford to ignore it.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where to watch Rubio-Paul-Cruz forum? on: January 24, 2015, 08:24:08 pm
Not to be harsh, but do you just assign your threads to random boards?    This belongs with the 2016 Presidential Election.

And it's the first I've heard of it, but I would bet C-SPAN will cover it.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hypothetical/Future Transit Projects on: January 24, 2015, 05:32:47 pm
An expansion of commuter rail would be nice. Right now all we have is a line that goes along the South edge of Norfolk, from the downtown to the east edge of the city.  What I'd find most personally useful is extending the it northward at the west end, connecting Ghent, ODU and the Naval Base. Unfortunately its hard to figure out how to do that without disturbing a lot given the current configuration of infrastructure and neighborhoods. Perhaps more feasible logistically, if not financially, would be connecting the line to Virginia Beach along 264 all the way out to the Oceanfront. Would be nice also to see something across to Downtown Portsmouth and out to Churchland/Western Branch, and a line connecting South Hampton Roads to Hampton, Newport News and ultimately Williamsburg. 

barring that, it would be nice just to get the bus system so it doesn't take 4 times as long to get anywhere as it does to drive. I'm not sure exactly how to do that.  maybe more frequent shuttles between various nodes.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of modern houses on: January 24, 2015, 03:41:19 pm
I like it when it involves rustic-esque wood/stone.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Steve King-athon Iowa Freedom Summit Jan. 24: commentary thread on: January 24, 2015, 02:35:45 pm
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/397123/trump-tells-iowans-if-he-runs-hell-build-beautiful-fence-southern-border-eliana
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“We have to build a fence, and it’s gotta be a beauty,” Trump said. “And who can build better than me?” 
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Did Reagan run on racism? on: January 24, 2015, 02:00:47 pm
And, Shua, I am excruciatingly embarrassed to see a poster whom I usually respect defending Atwater's remarks as evidence that the 1980 campaign was not largely about race.

I'm saying Atwater said it was not about race.  I don't know how someone can fairly come to any other conclusion that he was arguing anything else, unless there's some sort of deconstructionist hermeneutic involved. Maybe he's just justifying himself retroactively, I don't know, but if you quote Atwater as an authority on the subject, then don't take his remarks out of context and twist them around to try to make it sound like he supported the very argument he was criticizing. 

I don't know what a "deconstructionist hermeneutic" is, but how exactly are you connecting that ominous Atwater line about "doing away with the racial problem one way or the other" to the claim that racism wasn't relevant to the 1980 presidential campaign?

He is taking the premise of this question:
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Q: But might there–I’m not saying that he does this consciously–but the fact is that he does get to the Wallace voter, and to the racist side of the Wallace voter, by doing away with legal services, by doing away with, cutting down on food stamps–
and accepting it for the sake of argument.
He is arguing that a campaign that might appeal to racists by pointing to other issues that might be subconsciously related to racism is going to leave racial politics behind anyway by focusing on those other, substantively nonracial, issues.  There's some weakness to that argument, but this is one of many things he is saying in defending against the charge that the campaign was racist.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Did Reagan run on racism? on: January 24, 2015, 01:06:18 pm
And, Shua, I am excruciatingly embarrassed to see a poster whom I usually respect defending Atwater's remarks as evidence that the 1980 campaign was not largely about race.

I'm saying Atwater said it was not about race.  I don't know how someone can fairly come to any other conclusion that he was arguing anything else, unless there's some sort of deconstructionist hermeneutic involved. Maybe he's just justifying himself retroactively, I don't know, but if you quote Atwater as an authority on the subject, then don't take his remarks out of context and twist them around to try to make it sound like he supported the very argument he was criticizing. 
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Americans Only: Who sould you vote for 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 10:57:48 am
I'd support a Carswell-ite UKIP. Other than that I'm not sure. I'm done with Cameron.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Ministry of Purity Crimes Self-Reporting Thread on: January 24, 2015, 10:15:02 am
Well, now we're just going in circles.
better leave this thread to Simfan.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Ministry of Purity Crimes Self-Reporting Thread on: January 24, 2015, 09:38:23 am
So then Gustaf, how did I mischaracterize what you said?  You believe that satirizing anti-racists is only funny to racists, and that satirizing anti-sexists is only funny to sexists, correct?  That's frankly absurd. Just because people oppose an awful ideology doesn't mean they are without fault in they way they respond to it.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Real Life Picture Thread (PAPOY Creepfest 2015) on: January 23, 2015, 07:53:29 pm
I didn't know Uncle Sam was a pirate!
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Ministry of Purity Crimes Self-Reporting Thread on: January 23, 2015, 07:47:36 pm
What's embarrassing about this thread is that it displays severe ignorance. All of the "jokes" in it are only funny if one is some combination of dumb and sexist. I.e. one thinks, for example, that objecting to sexual harassment means thinking "men can't talk to women". And so on.

A priest and a rabbi would  have no problem walking into a bar together! This is an outrage. Distortion of facts will not be forgotten by The Regime.

Eh...I think you sort of missed my point. It wasn't that jokes need to conform to reality. Or even be inoffensive - I love jokes that a lot of people find offensive. But if your joke about how anti-racist people are really dumb because political correctness has gone mad!1 is only funny to someone who is a bigoted racist then you're probably better off not telling the joke. And the same goes for sexism. It's not a terribly complex issue.

The idea that someone has to be a sexist to find satire about anti-sexism amusing is itself a worthy subject of satire.

Do you guys do anything other than mischaracterize other peoples' posts? What you just said is not what I said. I explicitly said something different and if you re-read the post (or just use common sense) maybe you'd get it. I joke about sexism all the time. In fact, one of my jokes on sexism was posted in this very thread. Amusingly, it seems that none of the misogynists understood it. Which isn't entirely surprising of course. It's sort of like when conservatives think the Onion is real.

So your jokes on anit-sexist extremists are funny to people who aren't sexist but other people's aren't?  Ok. I don't get it why, but at least I can respect that it is out of egoism rather than ideology.
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: I don't think the red is used correctly here. on: January 23, 2015, 01:15:42 am
If this is incorrect then I am in serious trouble.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of opebo's final post on: January 23, 2015, 01:12:43 am
Is the sig still the same?
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Economic Freedom Fighters on: January 23, 2015, 01:09:03 am
It's an appropriate name since they are fighting economic freedom.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Show Families the Money. New tax reform. on: January 23, 2015, 12:38:02 am
If the GOP is smart, they'll support tax credits for all parents as an alternative to Obama's plan for a tax credit for childcare.  Mike Lee has been trying to do that, though his plan has its flaws and may not be directed toward the people who need it most. Any of this is going to require systemic tax reform if its going to be paid for and provide any sort of substantial help.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republican House continues to have excellent priorities on: January 22, 2015, 11:39:54 pm
An excellent bill. Taxpayer money shouldn't be used to kill innocent lives.

I agree with the second part, but restricting abortions for women who are raped past 20 weeks who didn't make a police report? There are definitely things to fix. There are reasons why the GOP killed it and that's because the rhetoric resulting from this can kill them.

I can understand and appreciate the reasons for a rape exception for early term abortions. I can understand and appreciate the reasons for health exceptions, both for the mother and for terminal/painful illnesses for the baby, for late term abortions. I don't even know if this bill had that. But I can't understand a rape exception for a late term abortion. And even allowing that, how can something be worth snuffing out a growing life over but not worth reporting to the police? 
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: Democrats Runner up nominiee vs Republican Runner up nominiee on: January 22, 2015, 11:22:10 pm
2000
McCain 288 v Bradley 250
Nader has less traction with Bradley doing a better job of unifying the left, while there is more breakaway support on the right for Howard Phillips and Pat Buchanan. Nevertheless, McCain manages to win with the support of independent voters.


2004
Bush 283 v Edwards 255
Edwards does better than Kerry in the South and some parts of the Midwest, but struggles a bit on gravitas.


2008
Clinton 365 v Huckabee 173

Clinton takes MO but not IN. AZ is a narrow win for Huckabee.

2012
Obama 332 v Santorum 206
Same states, different percentages as versus Romney. Santorum has trouble with social and foreign policy moderates, but doesn't come off as out of touch towards the poor.
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