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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Did Jindal Peak too Early? on: January 29, 2015, 05:44:03 pm
He wasn't ready in 2012, and he's still not ready. Maybe he'll be ready someday, who knows.
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 29, 2015, 05:39:33 pm
The genesis of the MMM was a response not to the CRA but to the passage of an Amendent to the Atlasian Constitution declaring the necessity of militias to the defense of a free state. It was our sense that in the present moment there was a spirit of fear for the security and freedom of the people, and so we set about to implement our vision at this time in a way that would serve the people in a responsible manner by giving them a sense of peace and unity. We have committed ourselves to the common defense, without prejudice, to protect against those who would incite war between one group of people and another.

The MMM has the same position on the CRA as it does on all potential legislation: it should respect freedom of speech and freedom of association in all its various forms and be enforced only by Constitutional means. This is a position that the MMM has anyway, we are merely reminding the people of Atlasia of the importance of this principle in this instance, a reminder that is appropriate any time the government extends its power. We are not all opposed, but we are all vigilant. The CRA may be here tomorrow or it may be gone; it is not the be all and end all of government policy. Either way the MMM will continue to do its work serving the people of the Mideast.
28  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 29, 2015, 03:29:08 pm
Mid-South:


It looks like we've been affected by some major sea level rise here in Coastal VA/NC. Tongue  I'm wondering if there is an issue with the coastal shapefiles.

anyway, great work. That website will be very useful.
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ATLAS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, 2015 on: January 29, 2015, 01:05:24 pm

305-233
30  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: White Vote by State: 2008 on: January 29, 2015, 03:07:51 am
On an interesting arcticle, I fond an interesting picture detaling the white vote for each state.



Maryland looks a bit high there, given the large minority population. The white vote must be closer to NY or IL than to the whiter states of MA or RI (all states ending up with close to 62% of the total vote).
31  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Intrastate Rivalries on: January 29, 2015, 02:03:02 am
NOVA versus the rest of Virginia.
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Napoleon Memorial Thread #RIP on: January 29, 2015, 01:58:36 am
You all realize the person behind Napoleon doesn't exist, right? It was a false persona. That "person" doesn't exist and never has, so you aren't losing a friend, unless you want to be friends with Kyle, and if so, good luck with that.

This. "Napoleon" does not exist. So in a sense you have kind of lost a friend but the anger should be at the manipulative sick mind who did that to you by creating the false friend.

What about Napoleon does not exist?  That he's just an internet persona?  Well aren't we all, except for those few who have met offline.
33  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 29, 2015, 01:25:20 am
Press Release

While the founder of the Mideast Matriot Militia has expressed serious concerns about the Civil Rights Act of 2014, we would like to make it clear that the organization was not established for the purpose of opposing this legislation, contrary to what might have been implied by the media. Supporters of the legislation are welcome to join in this militia.  At the same time, it is the position of the MMM that any legislation that is signed by the President respect freedom of speech and freedom of association in all its various forms and be enforced only by Constitutional means.
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 28, 2015, 03:09:09 pm
I'm getting lots of complaints from my constituents that your group is terrorizing them, as your group is brandishing your firearms across the region. They are afraid that one of your mentally unstable militia men may shoot them for looking at them funny-like. The public are living in fear! Some are afraid to leave their homes. What is the point of this vigilantism this thug-like behaviour?


Perhaps your constituents are mistaking the mundane and commonplace carrying of firearms by law abiding individuals for something else. At this time, no one involved with the MMM has made a public display of weaponry, much less any brandishing, in any official capacity as part of the organization. We would appreciate an end to the spreading of such unsubstantiated rumors.
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 28, 2015, 01:08:17 pm
If you're terrorizing the public, it's terrorism. It's in the very word.

Any instances of weapons being used to intimidate or threaten members of the public should be reported to the civil authorities. The MMM has not engaged in such activity, nor have we countenanced such activity.
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 28, 2015, 12:58:27 pm
Memorandum for the Matriots

The following law is in effect in the Mideast:
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MIDEAST FIREARMS SAFETY ACT (as amended)

1.) Definitions:
a. In this act:
i. "Firearm" means any weapon designed to discharge a projectile by means of gunpowder.
ii. "Specified felony" means any felonious crime that (i) has as an element of the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another (Such crimes include, but are not limited to, theft, robbery, homicide, attempted homicide, forcible sexual assault, sexual assault of a child, kidnapping, false imprisonment, substantial and aggravated battery, auto theft, and car jackings.); or (ii) is burglary, arson, or extortion, involves use of explosives, or otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.

2.) No person may conceal and carry a firearm on their person in public places unless they have completed a government-approved firearms safety course and have been issued a proper license.

3.) Violation of Section 2 is punishable by a fine of not more $5,000.

4.) No person may possess a firearm if they have:
a. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony in the Mideast Region, or
b. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony in another Region, or
c. Been convicted of a specified felony or adjudicated delinquent of a felony under Federal Law.

5.) Violation of Section 4 is punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment of not more than 5 years or both.

6.) No person may possess a shotgun or rifle with a barrel length of under 16 inches.

7.) Violation of Section 6 is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.

8.) The Second Concealed Carry Statute is hereby repealed.

All MMM members will abide by this law while it is in effect.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Just IN: Governor Mike Pence to create state-run propaganda, er...news agency on: January 28, 2015, 12:21:26 pm
Sounds like glorified press releases to me.
yep.
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 2008: If Dick Cheney ran... on: January 28, 2015, 01:09:31 am

Obama/Biden   407
Cheney/Thune  131


Clinton/Vilsack  429
Cheney/Thune   109
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which George W. Bush accomplishment is your favorite? on: January 27, 2015, 11:43:45 pm
Millenium Challenge approach to foreign aid seems to be doing a lot of good.
also Proliferation Security Initiative seems like an important thing that doesn't get much attention.
40  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Cuban model versus Soviet 1987 model democracy on: January 27, 2015, 09:28:30 pm
Neither was a democracy, but at least Glasnost USSR had some similarities to one.
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 27, 2015, 09:04:08 pm
Now that we have a majority of non-Americans in the Assembly, I think it's time we passed some strict gun control Smiley

It's time for terrorist organizations such as this one to be de-militarized.
I don't know how many times I have to quote the Constitution. Any attempt to do what you suggest would be expressly illegal.
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bergdahl to face desertion charges...... on: January 27, 2015, 08:58:45 pm
What does the United States military gain by doing this, exactly?

You can't just wander off with no reason when you're in the military.  And, the military is kind of a stickler for rules and discipline for whatever reason.

It's just that getting held captive by the Taliban for four or five years or so would fit most people's definitions of 'having suffered enough' and then some.

Perhaps they could charge him and have him answer for it and then commute any penalty as time served.

I can't tell whether you're seriously suggesting this or not, but I think that isn't a bad idea at all, actually.

I am seriously suggesting it, only phrasing it in a tongue-in-cheek way.
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 27, 2015, 08:53:13 pm
I would be happy to answer your questions Mr. Truman.

Our Atlasian Constitution states:
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A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
This militia is in keeping with that Constitution, and for a purpose which the Constitution itself expresses as being necessary. It is also in keeping with the Constitution and laws of the Mideast Region.
This organization is merely a precaution against the possibility of unlawful violence, whatever the source. We have nothing against the police acting in lawful authority, and appreciate their service to our region. The necessity of this and other independent militias arises out of a concern for a defensive power that directly responds to the needs of the people in their time of need. We have no interest in the arrest or punishment of any nonviolent trespasser or in the coercive enforcement of any agenda. This provides us with independence and trust with which to promote the peace in the event of violent confrontation.
We have not declared civil war, and being a purely defensive organization we have no intention of rising up against the government or against any faction, nor are we aware at this stage of anyone who has declared war against us.  I cannot speak for the intentions of other organizations, but it does concern me when a militia makes it a point to defend only one class against another, or only one point of view.  That could be seen by some as a provocation to violence. On the other hand we exist for the defense of all Mideasterners of whatever persuasion.
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question (second thread) on: January 27, 2015, 08:23:33 pm
Why didn't Sanchez ask a question?
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Koch brothers to spend $900 million on 2016 elections on: January 27, 2015, 08:08:36 pm
How much did they spend last time?  I think it wasn't nearly that much. On the other hand campaign spending as a whole will probably be drastically greater.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bergdahl to face desertion charges...... on: January 27, 2015, 08:04:35 pm
What does the United States military gain by doing this, exactly?

You can't just wander off with no reason when you're in the military.  And, the military is kind of a stickler for rules and discipline for whatever reason.

It's just that getting held captive by the Taliban for four or five years or so would fit most people's definitions of 'having suffered enough' and then some.

Perhaps they could charge him and have him answer for it and then commute any penalty as time served.
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Challenge: Describe the 1 person in King County, TX that voted for Wendy Davis on: January 27, 2015, 07:51:14 pm
Someone who thought she was a relative.
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: White Vote by State: 2008 on: January 27, 2015, 07:50:20 pm
here's a map of the white vote in 2012 exit polls (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012-exit-poll)



and here added estimates for the other states. 


49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Civil Rights Act of 2014 (Voting) on: January 27, 2015, 07:10:56 pm
Your issues with those sections seems more of a straw man than what they actually say. It says if a company has a vastly different proportion of, say white to black or male to female workers than their area and, importantly for something like engineering the employment sector the government should intervene. Now it's fine to disagree with that but you've got to recognise it's not the same thing as classical affirmative action, if anything it's a call to recognise employers that systematically discriminate against minorities. It also then leaves the actual laws and guidelines up to the regional governments.
If that is the intention it is worded very oddly.  "Equal" and "not vastly disproportionate" representation are not the same thing.  What do you mean by "engineering the employment sector"? 
It's also strange (but unsurprising) that the regions are supposed to enact guidelines when the Senate isn't even being explicit on what the Federal guidelines should be on this topic.
50  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / The Mideast Matriot Militia - For the Defense of the Motherland! on: January 27, 2015, 06:58:53 pm

Welcome to the Mideast Matriot Militia - free people organized for the defense of life, liberty and property for all Mideasterners. We stand in defense of all people of the region, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, class, ability or other status. Our Constitution recognizes the necessity of the right to bear arms and the formation of militias for the defense of a free people. Please sign up and declare your legal and defensive weapon(s) of choice.   
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