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26  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Meteorological Spring 2015!! on: March 01, 2015, 03:33:29 am
It's nice of it to come in the midst of our snow season we're having here.
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / U.S, Congressional District Shapefiles 1789-2012 on: March 01, 2015, 03:28:45 am
pretty cool.

I can think of a few forumites who might find some use of this, and as soon as I manage to get a GIS set up and running on my computer I will be enjoying it myself.   And if nothing else the animated map is neat.
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Windjammer (Update 4) on: March 01, 2015, 03:14:48 am
It appears that the Northeast region is making fun of the mormons. Considering that the ME has an important Mormon community (2 mormons are in my region), I believe this is my duty to try to overturn this anti-mormon bill. Join me in the fight!

ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

29  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Boston Citizens vs. Harvard Faculty on: March 01, 2015, 03:03:38 am
In the course of our nation's history the people of Boston have rallied bravely whenever the rights of man have been threatened...
30  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: March 01, 2015, 02:33:07 am
To the people who see it as black, can you distinguish that color from the color of the dress that is behind it on the lower left hand corner of the photo?
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: First Republican President from the South? on: March 01, 2015, 02:29:15 am
I'd say it was a Kentucky boy named Abraham Lincoln.
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In general (not just dating), do nice guys finish last? on: March 01, 2015, 02:22:09 am
It depends on what you're after, where you are, and who you hang around. Some social contexts run on fierce competition, some are more receptive toward a more gentle manner. So you want to find somewhere you can thrive.
33  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Henry Wallace 1948 Strength on: March 01, 2015, 02:13:09 am
don't apologize... but IIRC there's a county map buried in a thread somewhere on this forum.

Wallace was hoping for a good deal of support from African-Americans, which for the most part did not materialize, thanks in part to the stand of Truman and Humphrey in 48 toward making the Democrats more supportive of civil rights.
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article I, Section 5 on: February 28, 2015, 09:45:19 pm
is that (a, b, OR c) or (a, b, AND c)?

I still don't think we need to bring "gross inactivity" into it. How about this?

Quote
Section 5. The Lieutenant Governor

1. The Governor shall be assisted in his duties by a Lieutenant Governor
2. All previous rights, priviliiges and responsibilities conferred to the Lieutenant Governor are still valid and maintained
3. The Lieutenant Governor shall be able to break deadlocks in the Assembly by breaking ties once the time for voting on a piece of legislation has been exhausted.
4. The previous clause shall only kick in if there is a vacancy or case of gross inactivity with a member of the Assembly
54. This amendment shall be in force upon it's ratification

Also, what does clause 2 mean? What "previous rights, priviliges and responsibilities" does this speak of and where are these listed?
35  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What color is this dress? on: February 28, 2015, 07:33:17 pm
I'm interested to know what homely sees, since he does those maps with thousands of colors in them.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-ACA former sheriff now begging for money to pay for medical bills on: February 28, 2015, 05:50:20 pm
Don't act like ACA is some magic pill that solves every problem with no downside.  It has good and it has bad. I know some people who got health insurance on the exchange and would still be begging for money for medical bills given the high deductibles they would have to pay before anything kicks in.

If they make less than 250% of the poverty line, the government also pays a portion (on a sliding scale) of their copays and deductibles, in addition to their premium subsidies.

If they make more than that, they should be able to afford the deductible.

Obviously you know more about your friends' specific situations that I do, but the fact remains that people under 400% of FPL using the Exchanges generally shouldn't have higher bills, either in premium or cost-sharing, than they can handle. It's the people who make 401% of the poverty line who are screwed.

I fairly certain the drop-off in assistance is much more gradual.

Or do you just not like that he has a different view of how to best provide care for people?

If you think begging for money on the Internet is the best way to fund healthcare, you're an idiot.
Aside from your remarkable reading comprehension skills, you are correct, it would be far smarter for him to just die out of shame as you propose. Send him some info on that, I'm sure he'd be grateful to hear your opinion on his illness.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anti-ACA former sheriff now begging for money to pay for medical bills on: February 27, 2015, 10:50:21 pm
What, did he say people who get sick should not receive any help from anyone?  Or do you just not like that he has a different view of how to best provide care for people?

This is like someone saying you don't support some weapons program so if we get invaded by another country we should let them bomb your house. 

Don't act like ACA is some magic pill that solves every problem with no downside.  It has good and it has bad. I know some people who got health insurance on the exchange and would still be begging for money for medical bills given the high deductibles they would have to pay before anything kicks in.
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Election Results by Congressional Districts, OFFICIAL THREAD on: February 27, 2015, 10:32:16 pm
That's awesome. Fascinating patterns there - that Chicago suburb support in the Midwest lake surrounded by an area devoid of AuH2O. winning the suburbs/exurbs of LA and Phoenix too, and some support but failing in the suburbs/exurbs of Dallas, St Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philly, Milwaukee, Twin Cities, and outside the NYC metro, but not around Detroit. 

What is it about that North-South stretch in the middle of TX that gave LBJ his best results in the state?
39  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CPAC 2015: February 25-28 on: February 27, 2015, 09:48:18 pm
hearing people say "CPAC" always make me think of sleep apnea. 

Do we not have any Atlasians attending this year?
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a self hating liberal weenie? on: February 27, 2015, 09:43:56 pm
why can't I choose all three options in the poll?
41  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Tribbles on: February 27, 2015, 06:29:19 pm
fictional creatures ... depicted as cute, furry and attractive. However they have a dark side, as they eat planets to extinction, show parasitic tendencies
but enough about Andrew Cuomo
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC Senate considers bill for magistrates to opt-out of SSM marriages on: February 27, 2015, 06:13:10 pm
I think everyone is ignoring something very important here which is that this is NOT like the wedding cake scenario in the least because a magistrate is not an employee of a private business but rather a state official. When a public employee discriminates in this fashion, it is state action of the very type that the 14th amendment forbids. Unlike a private business, the state does NOT have the right to refuse service to whoever they choose.
The employee is a representative of the state, but is not the state in total, so you do not have a right for a particular employee of the state to do something if the state can do that same something just as well with another employee. Whether or not that is the case would be the question as to whether this bill is workable.

If all the straight couples who go to the county courthouse have to wait one hour to get a marriage license while all the gay couples have to wait two hours while the court finds a judge willing to do it, then discrimination has occurred, state action is present, the gay couple can bring a section 1983 claim against the judge, and they should win their lawsuit.

That's very clearly not going to happen with this bill since the magistrates who don't do same sex marriages won't be doing any marriages anyway, as was stated in the article and several times in this thread already. So we can all wait a couple hours and suffer because goodness knows marriage is something that should be rushed into.
43  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC Senate considers bill for magistrates to opt-out of SSM marriages on: February 27, 2015, 06:09:57 pm
I think everyone is ignoring something very important here which is that this is NOT like the wedding cake scenario in the least because a magistrate is not an employee of a private business but rather a state official. When a public employee discriminates in this fashion, it is state action of the very type that the 14th amendment forbids. Unlike a private business, the state does NOT have the right to refuse service to whoever they choose.
The employee is a representative of the state, but is not the state in total, so you do not have a right for a particular employee of the state to do something if the state can do that same something just as well with another employee. Whether or not that is the case would be the question as to whether this bill is workable.

That's a clear violation of the management rights of the employer. The employer decides what the employee is doing, not the reverse! You can ask your boss to not do it, but nothing is forcing him to agree with you.

With all this concern about management rights I'm guessing you hate labor unions pretty strongly?
Anyway, in this case, they work for the state, whose policy is set by the legislature. So if the legislature is ok with it, then whatever the employer's rights are ( I guess it'd be state's rights in this case) are satisfied. Bada bing bada boom.
44  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 03:01:43 pm
RIP, where's a Genesis Device when you need it? Sad
45  General Discussion / History / Re: Congressional Vote Maps: War and Foreign Policy on: February 27, 2015, 02:13:29 pm
On War of 1812, interesting that the Clinton's Republicans were solidly against it but the Massachusetts Republicans (actually not a small group) were solidly for it.

Also the "Old Republicans" in the South were actually a very small group it looks like.  John Randolph (of course) and just one other Nay.

Yes, New York always seems to have had factions that were distinct from the national party and  influential when it came to the (Democratic-)Republicans and the Democrats.

You are right, Old Republican Nathaniel Macon actually voted for the war, which became a cause of friction between him and Randolph.  The other House Old Republican Nay from the South was Richard Stanford - there's an interesting biography of him here.  I haven't seen anything suggesting one-armed Senator John Pope of KY who voted against it was part of the Old Republican faction.
46  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which left is your favorite? on: February 27, 2015, 01:37:25 pm
Is Emergent Left an actual self-descriptor? When I type it in google all I get is a bunch of reviews of a book by Ralph Nader that is something completely different.
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Beet on: February 27, 2015, 01:32:53 pm
dare I ask what inspired this?
48  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NC Senate considers bill for magistrates to opt-out of SSM marriages on: February 27, 2015, 01:31:39 pm
I think everyone is ignoring something very important here which is that this is NOT like the wedding cake scenario in the least because a magistrate is not an employee of a private business but rather a state official. When a public employee discriminates in this fashion, it is state action of the very type that the 14th amendment forbids. Unlike a private business, the state does NOT have the right to refuse service to whoever they choose.
The employee is a representative of the state, but is not the state in total, so you do not have a right for a particular employee of the state to do something if the state can do that same something just as well with another employee. Whether or not that is the case would be the question as to whether this bill is workable.
49  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker on if Obama loves America: "I don't really know" on: February 27, 2015, 01:58:50 am
He should have just said "Why don't you ask him?"

All in all this was a safe reply. No one will be talking about this answer a month from now.

The media still talks about Hillary's "dead broke" comment from 8 months ago. I would think questioning the patriotism of the first black president would be a much bigger deal than that.

You would actually think that, or you would want people to think that?  Because there's a difference between saying something in a speech and refusing to address a question that has nothing to do with you.
50  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hugo Black on: February 27, 2015, 01:29:47 am
a mixed bag. FF generally, though by no means completely, on 1st amendment issues, among other things.  HP for among other his support of Wickard v Filburn, and most especially his authoring of Korematsu.

So you are strictly judging by his SC career?

mostly. That was the majority of his public life and where he had the most influence, though his work on what became the FLSA was significant also.
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