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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are women who demand access to family planning services "vile and horrible"? on: July 12, 2014, 11:18:57 pm
I won't make any universal judgements on a person's character for this, but trying to force someone to give you something when to do so would go against their beliefs is itself generally a horrible thing to do.

It's worth noting that virtually no one would agree to this unequivocally. There are rules that we expect everyone to abide by, regardless of what his or her personal beliefs dictate.

Thus the "generally,"  but the fact that it is not absolute does not mean that the principle should just be ignored.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: GM Political Independence Amendment on: July 12, 2014, 02:50:05 pm
The GM is not a member of the Cabinet, and so the GM should not be able to be so easily dismissed by the president.  There should be a way to remove an inactive GM, and I don't know whether my exact amendment is what we want, but the current situation gives the president too much power to simply remove someone if things aren't going the way he likes. 
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are women who demand access to family planning services "vile and horrible"? on: July 12, 2014, 02:33:32 pm
I won't make any universal judgements on a person's character for this, but trying to force someone to give you something when to do so would go against their beliefs is itself generally a horrible thing to do.
29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Sanity in Foreign Policy Amendment (Veto Override at Vote) on: July 12, 2014, 02:22:16 pm
Aye
30  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Constitutional Convention Clarification (Not Voting, Debating.) on: July 12, 2014, 02:21:48 pm
Aye
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Should America just not elect anyone in 2016? on: July 12, 2014, 01:36:54 am
I'm thinking it's the way to go, given the alternatives.

Any ideas on a good campaign strategy?
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Hartford, Connecticut: What Happened? on: July 12, 2014, 01:30:40 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_flight

Nor is this a phenomenon limited to liberal cities-the case has been the same with Southern city cores such as Atlanta or Jackson.

white flight is at least as much a result as a cause of the decline.

It was a manufacturing center in midcentury and so suffered a decline similar to other Northeastern manufacturing cities. Add to that a few decades of generally unattractive tax and business climate at the state level.
33  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: July 11, 2014, 11:57:50 pm
Gully's told me who it is - my final clue (and I'm honestly confused as to how no one has managed to get this yet, joke answers aside) is that both ShadowOfTheWave and BaconBacon96 were close to home with their guesses of Ed Rendell and Bob Casey, but not necessarily in the most obvious way.

male pattern baldness?
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: O'Malley on border crisis: "We can't send children back to death" on: July 11, 2014, 11:55:11 pm
The law and order emphasis on this issue has become dominant to a surprising degree, so voicing this is an important balance.  We can't send children back to death, but also we can't encourage children to risk death trying to get here. It's an incredibly difficult problem. 
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 on: July 11, 2014, 11:04:12 pm
Why should energy costs be at the lowest possible price?  What does that do for conservation?
36  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Private School (k-12) be Abolished in the United States? on: July 11, 2014, 10:51:26 pm
To me this is like asking if we should abolish privately run newspapers, or should the government  just tightly regulate their content.
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Deus for At-Large Senator (Tax, Regulatory, Fiscal Reform) on: July 11, 2014, 10:40:56 pm
Just to clarify, a tax credit being "refundable" means that those who file can receive the credit even if they don't pay any tax.  So, everyone can get the credit, though there may be a more efficient way of doing it.
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: stay at home dad on: July 11, 2014, 10:33:54 pm
Yes, I would like to be a dad, and be "stay at home" for some of the time, maybe with some work I can do from home or other part-time work.  I would like to homeschool my kids for a few years too if they are up for it.
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The right not to get shot amendment (debating) on: July 11, 2014, 10:25:00 pm
Speaking as the presumptive SoEA, I must note that the right to bear "low potency explosives" poses a national security risk.

low-potency explosives are basically gunpowder and fireworks, correct?  Is there something else that is included in this?
40  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1992: Jimmy Carter is the Democratic nominee on: July 11, 2014, 10:13:53 pm


Pres. George HW Bush/VP Dan Quayle  42% 338 
Fmr Pres. Jimmy Carter/Gov. Mario Cuomo  35% 197
Citizen Ross Perot/Vice Adm. James Stockdale  22% 3
41  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should Private School (k-12) be Abolished in the United States? on: July 11, 2014, 04:40:58 pm
No but they should be prohibited from charging tuition and follow strict guidelines on curriculum.

So do you then support public funding for these schools too?  Because other than that, you would be making them public schools in all but name.

42  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Office of JCL on: July 11, 2014, 04:30:11 pm
You have a geologist friend?
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Simfan for Attorney General on: July 11, 2014, 11:08:46 am
Simfan, what are your goals for this position?
44  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Public Fuel and Power Act of 2014 on: July 11, 2014, 11:02:42 am
I think techology has provided the answer to the natural monopoly status of power distribution. Yes, I knew we had the grid, but I do think there are other key aspects and of course there is the flat rate charge that should be changed somehow, since that would prevent competition.

What exactly does the flat rate refer to?
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The memphis Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 11, 2014, 10:55:59 am
in the middle of an otherwise reasonable argument, this:
Indeed, it stands to reason that the quality of all music is subjective.  One man's Beatles is another man's Nickelback.
46  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Robert Carlyle Byrd on: July 11, 2014, 12:34:12 am
hp.

your typical right wing democrat asshat and union stooge.  r.i.p.

He wasn't, in any sense of the word, "right wing."  He was a racist liberal Democrat.  I know you like to believe being racist and being liberal are opposites, but they're not.  Sorry.

There have certainly been quite a few white supremacist progressives, but Byrd is not a good example of that.  During the 70s he moved to the left generally at the same time as he softened on civil rights, but could hardly be called a member of his party's left wing even toward the end.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the absolute worst board on the forum? on: July 10, 2014, 09:39:59 pm
U.S. General Discussion. It's basically clickbait.
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 10, 2014, 09:15:07 pm
Please stop, this is not funny.
Nothing's funny here. It's all business.
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Republicans only, should Christianity be the official religion of the U.S? on: July 10, 2014, 08:42:53 pm
No, it should be narrowed down to a specific denomination like in a civilized country. (normal)
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation hearing: Snowstalker for Deputy Attorney General (Voting) on: July 10, 2014, 08:38:30 pm
AYE
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