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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Assembly Considers Expanding Lt. Gov's Powers) on: February 24, 2015, 08:43:35 pm
Just to clarify, I voted for it because the people should get a chance to vote on it. I wouldn't say I endorse it, but I don't really oppose it either.
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Ron Paul still a racist on: February 24, 2015, 08:36:32 pm
For the record, there are just as many White people on food stamps as black people.

That's not racism, that's hyper-partisanism, which one still wouldn't expect from Ron Paul (and is still wrong).

I'll play devil's advocate - is that as a percentage or a pure number? I absolutely don't agree with Paul, but I just wanted to ask.

I think the more relevant question is whether the Black Caucus is more supportive of food stamps than the average Congressperson or even the average Congressional Democrat, and the answer to this is clearly yes.  Support for spending on programs for the poor domestically is in fact one reason why the Black Caucus tends to be less hawkish than other members of Congress, though not the main one - the more definitive factor being a historic experience that tends toward a less positively nationalistic view of America's role in the world.
78  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question (second thread) on: February 24, 2015, 04:30:54 pm
Yes, it's the greatest show ever.

Have you been seeing more little boxes with numbers inside them on this forum lately?
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Amendment to Article III, Section 1: The Assembly (Voting) on: February 24, 2015, 03:11:52 pm
Aye
80  General Discussion / History / Re: What US election was the first you consider democratic? on: February 24, 2015, 02:38:07 pm
How do the Federalists relinquish power in 1800 if the country is not "democratic" by then?

The Federalists lose because South+Middle outweighs North. I don't see what that has to do with whether the government is popularly elected or not.
Even if you argue that the South and New England were undemocratic (going along with the interests of the planter and merchant class, respectively), which is of course ridiculous, clearly the Middle voted Republican only because it was democratic.  New York was Republican precisely because Burr built a democratic coalition there.

If we are talking about presidential elections, then New York was one of the last states to move to the popular vote. On the other hand, the legislature that selected the presidential electors was democratically elected, so the franchise is probably the more relevant factor in determining whether an election is democratic. But even there, New York didn't completely abolish property/tax qualifications for the white vote until 1821.

The two don't always go together. RI was one of the first to move to the popular vote in the selection of presidential electors - as early as 1800 - but still retained some property qualifications in the early 20th century when the South was reinstituting them.
81  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: African-American % by state, by decade on: February 24, 2015, 01:09:57 am
The changes in Kentucky stand out.  Given the state now has a lower percentage of African Americans than CT, it would be easy not to realize the extent of the antebellum black population.
82  General Discussion / History / Re: Ethnicity of US Presidents on: February 23, 2015, 11:13:47 pm
TR is Scottish on his mother's side.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker on if Obama loves America: "I don't really know" on: February 23, 2015, 07:33:02 pm
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.
84  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 Academy Awards Discussion on: February 23, 2015, 03:39:05 pm
The best speech of the night was J. K. Simmons.
Musical numbers were boring. Tegan and Sara have some good songs, but "Everything is Awesome" is not one - I guess they were really hard up this year.
It was nice to see Wes' film do well. I'd have liked to see Linklater win for director.
NPH made some good jokes but that thing went on far too long.
85  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Iggy Azalea on: February 22, 2015, 06:10:49 pm
Her songs are awful, and yet still better than this thread.
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 Senate results by CD on: February 22, 2015, 02:58:28 pm
Excellent work.  I might suggest more difference between 40, 45 and 50% for the Dems - I can't tell them apart.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: February 22, 2015, 02:42:00 pm
Found out how I'm related to King David (and therefore Jesus) so that's cool.

!  wow, I'd love to see that family tree. how many generations back is David?
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Windjammer Reelected) on: February 22, 2015, 01:59:32 pm
No one has been elected yet. There is still a day left in the election.

Harry can still make a projection.
This

I mean, irl, there are projections before every vote is counted. There is nothing with that.

The headline does not say "projected." Discouraging voting by suggesting the election is over is not cool, imo.
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Windjammer Reelected) on: February 22, 2015, 12:29:54 am
No one has been elected yet. There is still a day left in the election.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you read a Karl Marx Book? on: February 21, 2015, 04:31:00 am
I have read in them, nothing cover to cover.
91  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 21, 2015, 04:26:22 am
I can see the slippery slope argument about if enough people do this than a gay couple will have trouble finding an essential and somewhat scarce service like a doctor  (I don't believe an event florist is in the same category) but this argument strikes me as somewhat ominous in its implications.
What new information about this is so incontrovertible it should lead to someone's license to practice being taken away?

Who is going to judge when "separate but equal" is working or when the alternatives aren't as good because the alternative practitioner has a worse record, the customer has to drive an extra 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours to reach that alternative, the alternative charges more (and knows he can because the gay customer doesn't have a choice), or the alternative doesn't provide as good service?

You don't intend this, but your argument is the same one that led to the creation of ghettoes in northern cities. African Americans paid more than white people for worse housing because whites preserved their right to not sell their homes to blacks. We have the opportunity to learn from history and not assume that in this best of all possible worlds, all will be well.

We also live in a time when we can investigate and aggregate data quickly to determine whether people are having a hard time finding decent services and resources. But I don't want to live in a country where we could have someone call up every Hasidic plumber in Brooklyn in order to find someone who won't serve a Goy just so they can win some lawsuit and stir up resentment. And the times lend themselves to that as well. Not every problem should have a remedy in punitive law. It's not a healthy way for a society to get on. There is value in, where possible, allowing people to live and work in the manner of their choosing, and in attempting to without force persuade rather than coercively "rehabilitate."
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 21, 2015, 04:02:49 am
Yeah.  So, for Jesus, healing is only for the faithful, and for those that "sin no more" if treated.  And so should it be for physicians who believe in him.  Got it.

I can't think of any time Jesus refused to heal someone except for the many times he withdrew from the crowds out of tiredness or the need to be alone.  Jesus sometimes said "Your faith has made you well" but the act of seeking out Jesus for healing was itself an expression of faith.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mideast Record Courier: Live Coverage of the Feb. '15 Elections on: February 20, 2015, 07:50:39 pm
The presidential race as of the most recent vote:

Bore (Lab): 39 (59.1%)
Maxwell (DR): 19 (28.7%)
JCL (Fed): 6 (9.0%)
Others: 2 (3.0%)

Turnout: 38%

Though Maxwell gains two votes as of the most recent count, Bore remains in the lead. Interesting to note is that, according to calculations by Mr. Adams Griffin, the Federalists currently make up a larger share of the electorate than they do of the population as a whole, while Labor and the DR turnout more or less matches registration. In terms of raw numbers, however, the Federalists are far behind in turnout. Roughly 3/4 of registered Federalists are yet to go to the polls, compared to 2/5 DRs and 3/5 Laborites. With the Labor campaign team having so far done an excellent job of getting their voters to turn out early, the fate of the race will depend on whether the right can catch up in the final two days of the campaign.


Huh  If Federalists have lower turnout, how do they have a disproportionately large share of the electorate? 
94  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition to ban retromike on: February 20, 2015, 07:19:43 pm
NO.
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 20, 2015, 11:02:24 am
I know this is going to sound very libertarian of me, but it's not as if this doctor refused to provide emergency care.  She even made arrangements so that the baby would still be seen by a doctor at the appointed time.  The idea that people who choose to provide services should have no ability to decide who to serve is a rather illiberal one. It was a bigoted and stupid decision on her part, but unless it rises to the point of preventing people from having any access to a needed service, I don't think government should be interfering in this particular form of idiocy.

Someone who has chosen to go into a profession, not forced into one, should not have the choice of picking and choosing who they will serve, especially due to intrinsic characteristics of the individual such as race, gender and sexual orientation. And if the doctor's excuse is that she doesn't approve of their "lifestyle", her license should be taken away because obviously this individual is not open to change when new information is presented. That is the sort of practitioner who will ignore the data that is coming out today and keep practicing like they did when they got out of med school.

I can see the slippery slope argument about if enough people do this than a gay couple will have trouble finding an essential and somewhat scarce service like a doctor  (I don't believe an event florist is in the same category) but this argument strikes me as somewhat ominous in its implications.
What new information about this is so incontrovertible it should lead to someone's license to practice being taken away?
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 20, 2015, 12:11:39 am
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

[3] Bore of Rhode Island and Bacon King of Oceania
Labor Party - The People's Party

[2] JCL of Indiana and Devin of Washington
Federalist Party

[1] Maxwell of Alabama and Dallasfan65 of Massachusetts
Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above


MIDEAST SENATE

[1] Spiral of Missouri
Democratic-Republican Party

[2] Windjammer of Michigan
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Cory on: February 20, 2015, 12:03:39 am
The worst of the worst. An absolute cretin. There aren't words in the english language harsh enough to describe how reviling some of the things he says are.

but keep trying anyway.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM! Doctor refuses to care for lesbian couple's 6-day-old baby on: February 20, 2015, 12:00:51 am
Well now, it seems someone doesn't take their Hippocratic Oath very seriously. Revoke the license.

which part of the Hippocratic Oath are you looking at?
99  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Mapping out the Left on: February 19, 2015, 11:52:28 pm
I don't understand the Green strength in Arkansas. Anyone have any background as to why they run so well in a state that you wouldn't expect to be that receptive to their agenda?

I can imagine that if you have a state where the Democrats have been the centrist establishment party, an alternative looks more attractive to the small faction of those on the left.
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are you a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, a Green or Wulfric? on: February 19, 2015, 05:30:23 pm
As a Green I am able to get by on the sustainable and renewable resource of my own smugness. What do you eat?

I eat Greens (vegetarian)
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