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26  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best president between Taylor and Lincoln on: June 17, 2017, 12:19:18 am
Fillmore(xenophobes>Kansas-Nebraska Act supporters)

1. Fillmore
2. Pierce
3. Buchanan

Fillmore wasn't much of a xenophobe. He hitched his wagon to the Know Nothings in order to provide a platform for his Whig pro-Union moderate heroism.
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Primary result: Northam vs Gillespie (General election: Nov 7th) on: June 15, 2017, 04:50:46 pm
Don't read too much into these party primary comparison figures. People vote for the race they believe is competitive - which in this case ironically meant they helped the other race be more competitive instead. 
28  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Petition for all moderators to write in complete sentences... on: June 15, 2017, 10:13:07 am
Is this about getting rid of  dyslexics and non-native speakers or is just Averroes wanting to express his superiority again?

I wonder if this is all part of a really long campaign to become a moderator. People who obsess over forum moderating tend to be fueled by that.

We can always count of you to crawl out for a disingenuous sneer.

Most of our non-native speakers of English are as good or better at writing in the language than the median American poster, and I'm not aware of any dyslexics who have trouble writing in complete sentences as opposed to reading and writing in the first place.

No, I have no interest in moderating, nor would I describe anything that I've written on the subject as an "effortpost." (Look at what Griffin or BK have written in the past if you want to see that. I'm just stringing a few simple sentences together.) It just bothers me when people who are clearly not among our forum's best are put in a position from which they can harass, bully, and sanction better posters off of the site.
Someone seems very salty right now.

please try not to be creepy.
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Primary result: Northam vs Gillespie (General election: Nov 7th) on: June 14, 2017, 08:55:36 pm
Here are some comparison maps, which are as interesting for their differences as their similarities:



Perriello and Northam each got 91% in their best counties (Nelson and Northampton, respectively)
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump plans an anti-Christian action on: June 14, 2017, 07:47:21 pm
At least Trump isn't being discriminatory in favor of them -  Surely a comforting thought for them and their families in this dark time.
31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Western feminists and FGC on: June 14, 2017, 03:18:08 pm
Work against it but be humble about the limitations of one's own voice, actions and perspective, and take the time to understand it within it's cultural context beyond "omg patriarchy!"
32  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: IF you had to pick one, which gender should the next Doctor be? on: June 14, 2017, 03:05:15 pm
I'm all for gender inclusivity, and we have that in Missy, but a female Doctor would just be too jarring.

Ugh, I can't stand Missy.  I'm not sure that counts as "gender inclusivity" anyway.

Keep the Doctor a man. Why mess with a good thing?  Maybe he can be a hermaphrodite or something.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 14, 2017, 02:28:05 pm
Spectacular work as always, Miles!

So the word on Dark Atlas is that Wagner basically ran as a moderate on economic issues.  I wonder how much support that bled from Gillespie.  I didn't follow his campaign at all but I didn't see any signs of his and I don't think he ran a single ad - and this is his home city.

Eyeballing that map, it appears Stewart won my precinct.

Wagner's focus was on investment in economic development rather than Gillespie's very original and thoughtful focus on tax cuts or Stewart's identity politics. Probably "took" net a significant amount from Gillespie, though certainly there were some Trump (primary) /Wagner voters, at least in Hampton Roads. He didn't have the funds for tv ads.  He ran them on talk radio though. 

Miles, do you have larger versions of those beautiful maps?
34  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 14, 2017, 12:57:58 am
Buena Vista went for Northam just as I thought.

Unlikely, but it'd be hilarious if Lynchburg voted for Perriello right after this
. No idea when that will dump.

Methinks for that city:

Dems: Northam, Fairfax
GOP: Gillespie, Vogel


Holy s&^!

Wow, Lynchburg was less establishment than usual and to the left of Buena Vista at that. I know the city went significantly leftwards towards Hillary this time around, but this is crazy.

The land of Jerry Falwell's institution, one of the last holdouts for the state during The Civil War....and it votes decidedly to the left of Buena Vista AND in the case of the Governor, the college town of Lexington....this, this is telling.


and nearly 2/3 of Lynchburg voters today voted in the GOP primary.

perhaps more to the point, this is right outside the boundaries of his former district.  People know about him there and they believed he would represent their interests.  Not everything is about left vs right.
35  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: June 14, 2017, 12:30:13 am
I'm slowly beginning to pick up the 'ole keyboard again.  It's been so long since I last practiced.  So, I whipped up a short song in less than five minutes on Garageband.  I don't normally post my art or music work here, but since it's never going public/in any albums or whatever, I thought why the hell not.

http://vocaroo.com/i/s1fKzS1LTfvG

Starts off decent in the beginning, kinda goes to sht as the song progresses.  But hey, babysteps.  I apologize for any ensuing ear torture.

Not bad overall, it's got sort of a neat quiet mystical quality to a lot of it.
36  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 13, 2017, 09:18:55 pm
Who did blacks support in the dem primary?

The vote was correlated much more with regional geography than with race, but the clear majority of blacks are in areas that went for Northam.
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 13, 2017, 08:42:47 pm
Vogel was someone with a moderate record in the legislature who decided to run as a hardcore tea partier. 
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 13, 2017, 07:59:44 pm
Who would have thought the most interesting primaries where on the R's side? That East-West divide is seriously bad it playing out in all races.

The proposed gas pipelines, among other things, is a contributor (Stewart and Perriello are both opposed)
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 13, 2017, 07:15:33 pm
Wasserman says big reason for Northam easy win are AA voters

Less than one might expect, if the map is anything to go by.
40  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Perriello to run for Va. governor (primaries: June 13th) on: June 13, 2017, 07:09:08 pm
Doesn't a Vogel win in the Lt Gov GOP primary essentially guarantee Democrats hold that office? She was up to a lot of shady stuff in her race against Bryce, and iirc there is still a lawsuit on that. Seems ripe for dragging her down in a general election where the problems of the national GOP will be weighing her campaign down.

Vogel and Bryce were going after each other with accusations. I don't believe Vogel is any worse off on this front than Bryce would be, though perhaps that's not saying much.
41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA/NJ Gubernatorial Primary Prediction Thread on: June 13, 2017, 05:55:18 pm
Northam  52%
Perriello   48%

Gillespie  45%
Stewart   32%
Wagner   23%

geographically:

Northam will win by big margins in Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore, and win Richmond. Perriello will win Central VA and Shenandoah. Southside will be close overall, more Perriello as you move West.  Perriello will win SW for the most part, though with a few counties for Northam (ironically very possibly the ones he lost in the primary 4 years ago, now that he is the establishment candidate).  As for NOVA, I'll leave that to the comments of those most familiar with the area.

Wagner will win Norfolk and VA Beach, and otherwise do decently in Hampton Roads. Stewart will do best in Southside VA, and some other random places. Gillespie will win elsewhere for the most part.
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Can Muslims be white? on: June 13, 2017, 04:18:52 am
Arabs are already considered "white" by the Census Bureau, so...
Semitic/Middle Eastern people are not white, so I have always found that strange.


They're not? It was my understanding it all generally flows from Phoenician/Mediterranean peoples in the Bronze Age ME

What are you saying flows from there?  Whiteness?
43  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Closest US Ally on: June 13, 2017, 03:33:57 am
probably one of the South Pacific island nations
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA/NJ Gubernatorial Primary Prediction Thread on: June 13, 2017, 12:00:29 am
Northam  52%
Perriello   48%

Gillespie  45%
Stewart   32%
Wagner   23%
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Activists protest against Islamic Sharia law in US-wide rallies on: June 11, 2017, 05:45:44 pm
What it boils down to (on top of outright bigotry) is deflection: the Christian right wants to impose religion as the law of the land, so of course they accuse Muslims of wanting to do this instead to distract people.

Be fair. The vocal religious right aren't actually Christian, they just  claim to be when they're on TV (or the internet). Just like with 'radical Islamic terrorism' (where most of the terrorists aren't actually practicing Muslims, or they wouldn't be doing what they're doing). I think that's an important distinction to make.
Their idea of "Christian" is to be white. They protest shariah, to protest Islam. They protest Islam to protest brown people.

because conflict based on religion isn't a thing

Largely not. Religion is almost always a proxy for other considerations.

This may come as a shock, but religion is really important to some people.
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: June 11, 2017, 05:28:41 pm

what the Hell?  That was a brilliant post deconstructive of xenophobia!
47  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the French Monarchy be Restored? on: June 11, 2017, 05:21:21 pm
Could a Constitutional Monarchy moderate the excesses of French republican ideology?  It's worth a try.
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The elephant in the room, that Democrats are trying to ignore on: June 11, 2017, 05:06:25 pm
Surely the answer is to contort one's positions on the issues in order to achieve the support of as many different demographics as possible.
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Woodrow Wilson on: June 11, 2017, 04:59:04 pm
Anyway, Wilson was a disaster in terms of foreign policy, mishandling the entry into WW1, bunking the actual war almost as bad as Johnson did Vietnam and completely screwed up the peace process by pushing for the same petty nationalism that wrecked Europe in the first place.

Is this the common perspective in Britain?  Everything was going fine until the Americans showed up?  The Allies wanted to usher in an era of universal brotherhood but Woodrow wouldn't let them?   
50  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: June 11, 2017, 12:40:00 pm
Edited.
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