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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which FOX cartoon is better? on: Today at 02:50:23 am
why are ugly cartoons so popular?

Yes, and Avatar was obviously the greatest movie of all time.

The greatest movie of all time, whatever it was, had decent costume, sets and cinematography.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sony hackers threaten 9/11 style attacks on theaters that show "The Interview". on: Today at 02:06:21 am
I bet the real reason theaters were pulling the movie wasn't because they actually believed the threats or that NK would do anything, but were worried too many people would believe that they might, which might hurt business for other movies. Don't want to have to families scared away from seeing the last Hobbit movie or Into The Woods because The Interview was playing on the screen next door.

Yes, that was clearly a major factor.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the most "Bushie-esque" thing you've ever done? on: Today at 01:22:29 am
There are a lot of Bushie-esque things. The difference is I feel shame and so i'm not going to post them here.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: 1912, No Roosevelt Candidacy on: Today at 01:11:21 am
It would be fairly close, something like this:

287-244, with a decent chance of some combination of WV, WI, OH and/or NY giving a win to Wilson
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Gina Raimondo on: December 21, 2014, 11:57:58 pm
Definitely a FF. I liked Fung too. I like how centrist everyone in Rhode Island is, but she is particularly good.

Eh, I'm not sure I'd say that, but it is interesting how a state so dominated by the Democratic Party still finds ways to make things interesting. It's sort of like Kansas but backwards.

Kansas is a state so interesting but still finds ways to be dominated by the Democratic Party?
6  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: When will True Federalist end his political censorship? on: December 21, 2014, 11:53:54 pm
Snowstalker is right about this much:    The fact that both of those posts were given the same amount of points is odd.  The longer of the two is just dimestore Marxism and not in itself an explicit call for violence.

If anything, he should thank Ernest for being so lenient.

My practice is that unless a infraction is very minor or absolutely egregious, I usually give 5 points.  Back in the early days of moderating, before there were points, 20 infracted posts got the same result as 100 infraction points do now.

The dimestore Marxism isn't what got him in trouble with the longer post, but dismissing a call for murder as an "innocuous statement".

in that case I find the idea that one would infract as much for a statement about a statement as much as for the statement itself rather odd.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why were Megyn Kelly's comments on Santa so controversial? on: December 21, 2014, 09:06:48 pm
Do you even know anyone from the Balkans heritage wise? I'm Serbian/Croatian and have that skin tone in the summer. No one ever confuses me with anything else.

Did your sarcasm detectors fail you or am I missing something?

Maybe need to work on that sarcasm generator.
8  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: When will True Federalist end his political censorship? on: December 21, 2014, 09:04:07 pm
Snowstalker is right about this much:    The fact that both of those posts were given the same amount of points is odd.  The longer of the two is just dimestore Marxism and not in itself an explicit call for violence.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is Bill de Blasio done? on: December 21, 2014, 02:27:51 am
This strikes me as something he can't just shake off.

He'll be fine.

But will he be liked?
haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1948: Truman vs. Willkie on: December 21, 2014, 02:06:45 am
I could see Wallace endorsing Willkie, who is perceived as soft on communism, and instead of Wallace there is a conservative non-segregationist candidacy such as John W. Bricker. In which case, Willkie wins VT and ME, perhaps NY and ND, and maybe another state depending on his VP.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Things to do when bored on: December 20, 2014, 10:05:44 pm
Just get an electric guitar and take some time and learn how to play.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jim Webb vs. Jeb Bush on: December 20, 2014, 04:48:31 pm


Webb/Warren 328 50% - Bush/Jindal 210 48%
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 20, 2014, 04:01:54 pm
We really ought to have a process for certifying the adoption of amendments.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Virginia 2015 Midterms - Megathread on: December 20, 2014, 03:54:28 pm
Morrissey announced his resignation on Thursday, but he's going to be going for his party's renomination anyway.  The nominating process for the seat has caused some controversy, as it will be limited to about 100 Democrat "party members in good standing." The assumption seems to be that this will help keep Morrissey from being renominated, but also some are questioning whether the district's large African American community will be adequately represented by this process.

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The rules require that candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the special election file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the 74th Democratic Committee and each pay a $1,500 filing fee by 5 p.m. today.

By Friday, four Democrats had announced bids to challenge Morrissey’s run for the party’s nomination: Lamont Bagby, a member of the Henrico County School Board; David Lambert, son of the late state Sen. Benjamin J. Lambert III; Floyd Miles, who served as the 74th District delegate from 2002 to 2006; and Kevin Sullivan, a former political coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Finkelstein said all candidates who will have filed by the deadline today will be on the ballot Monday.
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/article_2820c905-ca02-5f6a-a10e-09d7c858e5a6.html
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Election Results by Congressional Districts, OFFICIAL THREAD on: December 20, 2014, 03:02:22 pm
based off that 2013 ACS data, VA-5 should be >15%.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which FOX cartoon is better? on: December 20, 2014, 02:52:36 pm
why are ugly cartoons so popular?
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tips and Gratuities Preservation Act (Debating) on: December 20, 2014, 02:38:59 pm
Does this mean for the purposes of the minimum wage?  At the national level in Atlasia, there is a separate minimum wage for the untipped pay of tipped workers, which is being gradually lifted to equal that of nontipped employees.

Yes.  The Mideast should lead in guaranteeing tipped workers the same minimum wage as everyone else.  They should not be at the mercy of tips when it comes to earning enough for a decent living.

Employees in tipped positions have an opportunity to make money in a way that those in other positions do not, so I don't believe they need to have the same base wage all of a sudden.  But if that is what you want, then the bill needs to say that the minimum wage is the same for tipped and untipped employees.
18  General Politics / Economics / US Healthcare spending by type and payment: 1960-2012 on: December 20, 2014, 01:56:20 pm
Spending on personal healthcare in the US has increased by nearly a factor of 100 in the past sixty years (in inflation adjusted $ it would be about 12x). Meanwhile a much greater portion of this spending has been covered by insurance and public spending. 
Here's a neat data visualization
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: 2012 as a 60% landslide on: December 20, 2014, 01:21:29 pm
Would Obama have gotten past 80% in Hawaii? I imagine that would be the best result for a candidate in their state of birth since Carter.

Yes. 

Actually Obama in both 2008 and 2012 got a higher percentage in HI than Carter did in GA.   Obama in 2008 had the highest percentage performance of a candidate in their birth state since Coolidge in 1924.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: December 19, 2014, 10:34:36 pm
don't know if it's been pointed out yet, but a pun opportunity was missed by not calling this thread "Melancholy and the Infinite Sandwich."  just saying.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Richard Nixon vs. Jimmy Carter on: December 19, 2014, 05:42:56 pm
Whatever his personal views, Nixon's presidency saw a huge decrease in school segregation in a short amount of time. The state committees his administration helped set up were a lot more effective and less contentious than court-ordered busing ever was.  Nixon's New Federalism policies were a great contribution, but other Nixon policies and crimes make Carter the easy answer here.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of feminism on: December 19, 2014, 05:05:57 pm
kind of a meaningless term by itself in terms of philosophy. seems to function largely as a social identifier to give the speaker authority or a marketing advantage within certain circles.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Tips and Gratuities Preservation Act (Debating) on: December 19, 2014, 04:56:13 pm
Does this mean for the purposes of the minimum wage?  At the national level in Atlasia, there is a separate minimum wage for the untipped pay of tipped workers, which is being gradually lifted to equal that of nontipped employees.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Promoting Our Public Universities Act (Voting on Amendment) on: December 19, 2014, 04:51:13 pm
Aye
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: G-OK on: December 19, 2014, 01:16:10 pm
A notable and respected G-OK got banned for 3 months, and it increased in popularity to show solidarity with him.
only a month and a half to go!
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