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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Larry Pressler says the darnedest things Thread on: October 14, 2014, 10:29:18 am
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"I have lived in D.C. since 1971, longer than anyone else who's running,'' Pressler, a senator from 1979 to 1997 and a congressman before that, said in 1998 to explain why he was toying with running for mayor.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The "This is funny now that we know what happened" Time Machine on: October 14, 2014, 01:03:49 am
Oh, and also read this thread:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=40693.50

While he's not someone on the left, it's hard to imagine Inks posting stuff like that today.  E.g.,


A discussion between some classic posters there. I'm impressed with the generally restrained and patient manner in which people were responding to Inks given some of the things he was saying.
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Harry Reid vs Mitch McConnell on: October 14, 2014, 12:10:21 am


Mitch McConnell/John Boehner 306
- Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi 232
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: A Negative War on Poverty Act on: October 13, 2014, 11:27:57 pm
Yes, it looks like that would work.

Of course if you wanted to go for a more generous benefit you could do this all with one formula:  (.058)(Taxable Income - $25000)
80  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Limiting Abortion... on: October 13, 2014, 11:10:35 pm
The availability of abortion changes behavior and social relations in a way that is hard to measure. If you look at fertility rates in the US, they were dropping quite a lot during the 1960s and 70s. It's easy to see that the pill likely had a lot to do with that, plus more women working outside the home. But then, after Roe v Wade the fertility rate didn't start decreasing even more, it actually coincided roughly with plateau at about 2 per woman where it's been (more or less) ever since.

A population increase, at least in the short term, is a likely possibility from limiting abortion but you can't count on it.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: In Defense of Obama on: October 13, 2014, 10:46:39 pm
And, at least on the basic macro-economic questions, love or hate him, Paul Krugman was proven right in the past 5 or 6 years.
Such as?

-The economic stimulus worked and probably should have been even bigger and heavier on spending as opposed to tax cuts.
-QE didn't lead to a giant economic collapse or runaway inflation
-Obamacare has worked better than expected.

I'm surprised Krugman supports QE given his criticism of "trickle down economics."
82  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shut down the EPA? on: October 13, 2014, 10:26:27 pm
It has no legislative or judicial capacity, only executive, and to my knowledge, it has not erred.  For example, we have all been the beneficiaries to the Clean Water Act, and its amendments and extensions. 

Doesn't it basically have legislative capacity though?  It makes decisions on what items can't be sold or manufactured.  Regulating commerce is a legislative function, not an executive.

Not really.  Whatever power the EPA has comes from statutes passed by Congress.

Those statutes give functionally legislative power to the EPA.  Congress is saying "Here, make some laws."


The EPA is not abusing its power unless you don't believe in what science defines as pollution.

What is the scientifically derived definition of pollution and how does it give power to the EPA?
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: There's only one candidate that can save the Republican Party... on: October 13, 2014, 10:10:24 pm
All Republicans must share the same opinions as idiots in a Facebook post's comments.

It's an Atlas fact.  This place is turning into SUCH a circle jerk of red avatars.

No, but most don't call them out on their BS. They do what John McCain did when that foaming-at-the-mouth Tea Partier ranted about him being a secret Muslim and he just offered some tepid assurance that Obama was a "decent man." Or they do what Mike Castle did when that foaming-at-the-mouth Tea Partier demanded to know where the birth certificate was and flinched.

Show me video footage of an elected official responding to their uninformed town hall constituents with a, "With all due respect, sir/ma'am, your comments are ill-informed and you clearly have no idea what you're talking about," and that person will have my vote.

McCain said you don't have to be scared of my opponent being elected. How often do you hear that?  He wasn't going to go on the attack against some confused old lady supporter of his, and no politician who had any interest in winning elections would.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: hbpihyb hkihjipppp on: October 13, 2014, 09:46:34 pm
something good on tap tonight, Greens? or is it the smokes?
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 13, 2014, 09:34:09 pm
President
[X]Poirot/shua
[ ]Lumine/SJoyce
[ ]Marokai/Antonio V
[ ]Al/Hashemite
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Northeast Senate
[ ]bore
[ ]Matt from VT
[ ]write-in:
[X]neutral/no endorsement

Mideast Senate
[ ]Cassius
[X]MadmanMotley
[ ]windjammer
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Midwest Senate
[ ]Cris
[ ]TNF
[ ]write-in:
[X]neutral/no endorsement

IDS Senate
[X]Yankee
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Pacific Senate
[ ]Cranberry
[X]write-in: Averroes Nix
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Northeast Gov
[ ]Sawx
[ ]barnes
[ ]Winfield
[ ]write-in:
[X]neutral/no endorsement

86  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shut down the EPA? on: October 13, 2014, 08:41:09 pm
It has no legislative or judicial capacity, only executive, and to my knowledge, it has not erred.  For example, we have all been the beneficiaries to the Clean Water Act, and its amendments and extensions. 

Doesn't it basically have legislative capacity though?  It makes decisions on what items can't be sold or manufactured.  Regulating commerce is a legislative function, not an executive.
87  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sore winner Lief, doesn't like jokes, still attacking Romney on: October 13, 2014, 07:55:17 pm
as far as awful Obama jokes go this one is kind of clever.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: There's only one candidate that can save the Republican Party... on: October 13, 2014, 07:44:13 pm
Odds that this is just an aide?

Very low.  He was holding a Q&A on his facebook page, which is a very Newt Gingrich-ish thing for him to be doing.
89  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Shut down the EPA? on: October 13, 2014, 03:26:57 pm
It's tempting, but not without figuring out a better system.

Anyone who has ideas of eliminating 40-100+ year old institutions like EPA, the Fed, Social Security, Medicare, etc., has to turn in their "conservative" card and call themselves a radical.

These institutions are generally designed in such a way that they continue to expand their reach at the expense of other institutions.  Agencies find new things to regulate and new methods of regulating and shuttering shops, entitlement programs make up a larger and larger portion of the economy, etc. It is not necessarily conservative to support this trajectory just because it is the status quo.
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Genghis Khan on: October 13, 2014, 12:04:17 pm
Why is this even close?

He has a lot of descendants.
91  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Black Goo on: October 13, 2014, 01:10:41 am
So, I'm supposed to be a horrible person because I don't know what the "good post gallery" was designed for and because I don't know how many post archives exist. Okay...

The good post gallery is designed for good posts, not awful posts. How was that not clear? Tongue

I think the fact that you call yourself "black goo" and not, say, "fuzzy bunny" or "kitten whiskers", is  not helping your popularity.
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does BRTD have obsessive–compulsive disorder? on: October 13, 2014, 12:27:44 am
I think he has said as much (?) but I don't know if that was a matter of professional diagnosis.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 11:59:56 pm
I have modified the ballot to add Motley and the Pacific Senate seat.  (Cranberry is the only candidate I saw in the declaration thread, though I would support Dallasfan's suggestion of a draft Nix write-in endorsement.)

Please feel free to modify your vote, just post that you have done so. There's no 20 minute limit here. Wink
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1928: Coolidge runs on: October 12, 2014, 11:45:21 pm


Pres. Calvin Coolidge (MA) / Sen. Charles Curtis (KS)  56%  434
Gov. Al Smith (NY) / Sen. Joseph Robinson (AR) 43% 97


Coolidge would perform better than Hoover in New England, retaining some of the Irish and other 'ethnic' community vote there even though most still do go for Smith. He does not quite as well in the Midwest due to the Central/Eastern European connection that Mecha mentioned, bleeding to Smith from progressives who would go for Hoover but find Coolidge too conservative, and Hoover originally hailing from that region. Coolidge has slightly less support in the South than Hoover, but basically Coolidge can hate the KKK all day long and they are still going to go out and support him over a Catholic except in the most extremely solidly Democratic parts of the Deep South.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Will Joe Dorman win a congressional district in Oklahoma? on: October 12, 2014, 11:20:26 pm
He actually resides in Rush Springs in Caddo, which is in the 3rd CD unlike most of his state House District.  He won't win the 3rd of course since most of the district is very Republican.  He stands a good chance in both the 4th and the 2nd, though I wouldn't count on either of them going his way unless he makes this a closer race than it has been.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Democratic-Republican Party Convention, October 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 10:57:56 pm
Ok, let me know if I'm missing anything/anyone here:

Sample ballot

President
[ ]Poirot/shua
[ ]Lumine/SJoyce
[ ]Marokai/Antonio V
[ ]Al/Hashemite
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Northeast Senate
[ ]bore
[ ]Matt from VT
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Mideast Senate
[ ]Cassius
[ ]MadmanMotley
[ ]windjammer
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Midwest Senate
[ ]Cris
[ ]TNF
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

IDS Senate
[ ]Yankee
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Pacific Senate
[ ]Cranberry
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

Northeast Gov
[ ]Sawx
[ ]barnes
[ ]Winfield
[ ]write-in:
[ ]neutral/no endorsement

97  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Henry VIII on: October 12, 2014, 10:38:31 pm
Clearly awful but I appreciate his musical contributions.

You aren't referring to Greensleeves are you? The style of composition its written in didn't exist in England until after his death, and there's about an equal chance that he wrote it as he did Rites of Spring's For Want Of.

That's a bit hyperbolic, but no, I wasn't referring to Greensleeves except perhaps in the general sense of the impact of Henry VIII's patronage of the musical arts for his own time and later.  He was actually a musician and a composer of a number of songs, the most famous probably being 'Pastime With Good Company'.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: And now...Alaska on: October 12, 2014, 10:22:57 pm
What's wrong with using the census regions? (Other than including Maryland and Delaware as South) The entire Pacific division is full of SSM, and the entire Northeast.

Only three states in the Western division are left; Wyoming, Arizona, and Montana.

There is no Census region called "East Coast" and even if there were Alaska would not be a part of it.

Also it appears you are mixing up "region" and "division."
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: And now...Alaska on: October 12, 2014, 08:10:00 pm
Gay penguin marriage is the hip new fad.

And the East Coast is complete.

I don't know if your mistakes are deliberate here, or...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZkjJbXMDZI
100  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of mittromneysons.com on: October 12, 2014, 07:56:41 pm
Is Tagg Romney's name supposed to be a subtle reference to the Ayn Rand heroine Dagny Taggart? I wouldn't put that past ol' Mittens.

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After the 19th century conversion of major Wolof kingdoms to Islam, the tagg, or ode song in Wolof, was reused in an Islamic Nasheed tradition—an important integration of pre-Islamic style into the new Muslim paradigm.[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolof_music

So Mitt Romney is a Muslim Mormon Objectivist?


No, he has a fondness for the historic traditions of West African music.  Probably from his missionary days.
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