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76  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Peace and Prosperity Act of 2014 (Voting on Amendment) on: October 07, 2014, 06:16:32 pm
Peace has rarely been achieved by engaging in such a massive restructuring of the military with the unintended consequence of debilitating its effectiveness. There are people in the world who take advantage of power vacuums and whilst we have made mistakes that have hurts us in history, hobbling ourselves will neither undo those mistakes any more then it will dissuade rogue states.
Why do you believe this restructuring will hobble us? What power vacuums are you talking about? All of our current bases are still in place.

The restucutring is conducted two quickly and without much concern for capability.

Whenever you pull out or are perceived as pulling out, that is a power vacuum. That doesn't mean you should never draw down or pull out, it just means you have to consider all the factors when doing so.
We aren't pulling out of anywhere. The bill just collapses some branches of the armed forces into others and reduces overall troop numbers over a five-year period. Since you are the one urging careful consideration, what are some specific concerns (ie, actual situations where this bill would hamper our capability [what ever that means]) you think should have been considered?

I meant to say weakness. If you remove a capability, that creates a weakness whether real or perceived. You need to have the necessary capabilities and ensure they are preserved throughout this transition in case we are attacked. I am worried about the preservation of various capabilities as the branches are consolidated and also the chain of command. You cannot just stick them together without creating confusion in the chain of command and that reduces the effectiveness of the unit. What are the stages of the transition? What in this will serve to mitigate or ease with the transition and what will minimize those loses to the transition?
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to the Fair De-Registration Rights Act (Debating) on: October 07, 2014, 06:03:35 pm
PMs can be deleted and I have said for years we would regret catering to the disgruntly PMed in the one or two instances per year this comes up, if that.
78  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Office of Provisional Chairman of the RJPRA Snowstalker on: October 07, 2014, 05:59:16 pm
So this is illegal or something? Wink

lol dual reference, points to who gets both first.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: SirNick for Game Moderator (Questioning) on: October 07, 2014, 05:57:05 pm
Can someone give me a run down on why he was removed. All I saw was because DemPGH hated the terrorist story?

Will that story be reinstated?

We need to make the GM more powerful regarding story making and I encourage the nominee to read my "A Speech" speech and give me his thoughts on making adhering to such stories a condition on participation in the game?
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Sgt. Where's My Car?' Act (Voting) on: October 07, 2014, 05:54:48 pm
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Bacon King for Attorney General (Voting) on: October 07, 2014, 05:54:10 pm
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Out Of The Grave: Yankee For Senate Oct 2014 on: October 07, 2014, 05:52:52 pm
If I had my internet from my house then I would use Thriller for my campaign song, but my neighbors would not approve of loading that even to get a link.
83  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: President Ogis - A Journey on: October 07, 2014, 05:51:08 pm
Remember when Duke call him Otis by accident and he reacted in such a funny way, hilarious. Wink

I even tried to provoke a repeat by calling him ogre (I included the number the Otis account had to avoid confusion with OgreMage), but it didn't work unfortunately. Shame.

Coffee beans is the one I remember and like most, you have forever ruined my breakfast dude. Tongue
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Motion to expel Senator Deus from the Senate on: October 07, 2014, 05:47:14 pm
I've been looking at Deus's thread closely, and I don't think we can do this.

Deus is very careful in the thread not to say anything that could be construed as an action. Unlike certain people, he did not declare the northeast independent. Unlike certain people he did not detain anyone. All he does is express the view that the northeast would be better off independent.

Now I think this view is disastrously wrong, but, as long as he is peaceful and democratic in pursuing it, it is not treasonous.

Exactly, unless their is a post where this line was crossed, my default answer is Nay on expulsion.
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Motion to expel Senator Deus from the Senate on: October 07, 2014, 05:45:26 pm

The fact that Deus is an At-Large Senator also kind of makes expulsion a waste of time, because if he is expelled, the Democratic-Republican Party could reappoint him immediately thanks to the Proportional Representation Act. If you want to waste the time of the Senate to vote on an expulsion that will likely be undone in the span of five minutes, be my guest. But understand that this action is an undemocratic attack upon the right of a Senator to speak his mind on an issue that he feels passionate about. Speech advocating for the secession of a Region should not be the grounds for the expulsion of an Atlasian Senator anymore than calling for the overthrow of the government should.

Wrong, we fixed that after the Xahar mess. If he is expelled, his appointment will not be recognized for the duration of the current term. He also could not be elected in October to a regional seat either.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: A Speech on: October 07, 2014, 05:40:58 pm
Glad you're okay Yankee.

Are your New Dawn captors treating you well?

They took away my freedom and my life, so I took away their kidneys, I think that's a "fair trade".

87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Another Speech on: October 07, 2014, 05:34:08 pm
Ladies and Gentleman of the Southern Variety,

   Considering what happened, I cannot say for sure whether or not the terrorist attacks actually occurred or not as it would seem that President overrode the GM and cancelled that whole story line, something that I think was a mistake for the precedent it sent. I do support legislation to prevent this in the future, but as I stated in my announcement speech, we have to do more if we want to put the GM’s story making ability on solid footing and bring us to a place where that actually drives the game forth.
   That being said, we should not take this a sign to get complacent, we need a military force that is capable of getting a specific job done and with the focus being on capability. Lately, we have set some objectives, like consolidating branches, or across the board cuts in spending and in the absence of an comprehensive strategy or focus beyond just cutting and consolidating, we risk our capability and the potential for foreign despots to take advantage of that weakness whether real or perceived.

   It is therefore a responsibility to ensure that we maintain the necessary capabilities to defend our country and yes, still avoid wasteful or unnecessary spending in this arena. We should get what we pay for and we should be able to adequately defend our country without breaking the bank; however, that in my view requires a focus and a plan that so far the various pieces of legislation on this matter, many of which have passed unfortunately, have lacked in my view. We should avoid just throwing and wasting money in the name of defense as we have done so often in the past, that money instead should be saved and targeted only towards that which preserves as necessary capacity, or provides for and cares for our activity duty military and veteran servicemen and women.

   As we maintain our capabilities to defend and response to terror with our military, we also need to maintain a presence overseas that will enable us to achieve an objection with minimalist amount of resources and manpower possibility. That does not mean we should occupy, nor that we should keep all our bases overseas. Some consolidation is definitely necessary, but a whole scale abandonment of the Middle East will not produce the desired results, but create another perceived weakness that will be exploited and necessitate the return of even more forces later on. Our presence in some countries has created the impetus for some to attack us; however, from a perspective of marginal gain, I highly doubt that removing ourselves will cause them to stop at this stage but it will reduce our ability to respond to such threats in the region, leaving us vulnerable. It has long been my view that knee-jerk ideology approaches to foreign policy can be very dangerous and whether that be the Bush doctrine ten years ago, or complete isolationism. In general, I probably would take the latter over the former, but I would take a balanced approach that factors in the situation on the ground over either of those two options.
   We must also remember to take care of our activity duty and veteran military personnel, which is why when I learned that in some cases our re-stationed military servicemen and women were waiting months to get their personal vehicles shipped to their new locations, I acted and crafted legislation that is at last check nearing passage that will reform the contracting process, hold the contractors responsible and clean up unnecessary red tape in the customs so that activity duty personnel can be quickly reunited with their vehicles. In some cases that is a life line and I know from experience what not having a vehicle in rural area can mean, and a large percentage of our bases are location in just those kinds of areas. Our servicemen and women should not have to wait months and spend money they don’t have to rent a car while the bureaucracy grinds them into dust. I worked with President Duke, Senator Lumine and then Senator shua, to ensure that veterans were not left out in our healthcare law that we passed. I have worked endlessly with both Duke and others to improve the way we care for those with Mental Illness, including those suffering from PTSD.

   If am I so blessed as to receive your vote for reelection, I will continue to fight for our veterans and active duty military, including by pursuing a foreign policy guided by moderation and reason that avoids going to war unless absolutely necessary and uses intelligence, the latest technology and the various assets of our allies in the region to achieve clear and necessary objectives and minimizes the need for boots on the ground.

Thanks, I and hope to earn your vote for the Atlasian Senate.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / A Speech on: October 07, 2014, 05:29:32 pm
Distinguished Members of the Southern Persuasion,

   I come before you to formally announce my candidate for reelection to the Atlasian Senate. Traditionally, I would have posted this first and then made the official declaration subsequently, but unfortunately events forced the cart to be placed before the horse this time.
   We face a critical time in Atlasia, and the challenges are many. In times past we have seen situations like this separately, but never have all of these things occurred at the same time. We have mass confusion, chaos in the streets, people being forced on the lamb, Coffeebeans  is President without a single vote having been cast in his favor (“Democracy is so overrated“ - Ricky Travaise FTW). As has been noted by our esteemed Emperor, the best approach to the all of these matters is just keep our heads and it will pass, and that has been the case in the past for running around wild with my old buddies Kalwejt and his evil but nonexistent twin Kaljewi will only make things worse not better (Welcome Back, by the way, man! Cheesy)

   Our other problems are not so easily dealt with and some of them are the same set of issues that we have been dealing with for years and I am confident that now with the events having occurred the way they have, it is time for a real discussion on the matter of the Game Moderator. There many different proposals that deal with structure and responsibilities, many different avenues to do essentially the same thing, which is to tell us what the hell is going on in the world. None of these solutions will make people accept what the GM is saying is happening, and none of these will ensure that people then react accordingly so as to ensure that the GM is actually driving the game with his event pronouncements. There are two solutions I think that do drive right at the heart of this problem, one is very heavy handed, the other is a concession in many ways. I would hope that if the conversation is focused on matter, that more middlish responses will be found that still achieve results.
   The first would be to make participation in the game contingent upon accepting what the GM says as gospel, the other is to abolish the Game Moderator and replace it with something that is only expected to shoot out numbers on request. In the former, you would have some kind of a mechanism that would require that, like the President recently did with the terrorist attack, that such overrides would be forbidden and attempts to do so could lead to a ban from the game for a period of time set by the provision in question. The biggest difficulty would be determining what is really a refusal to accept the GM’s pronouncements and what is merely an effort at specialization whereby they focus on the issues they are most familiar with and not necessarily the biggest issue of the day. Obviously, this is a complex and rather undesirable perspective, but if the actual solution is so, then the discussion of the matter is positively essential and unavoidable. It will be my goal once the new term starts (by which time I should have high speed internet from my house if not necessarily my own bedroom like I used to party it up till late at night on the Atlas, damn I miss that and my friends on AIM. L), if I am so fortunate to have been reelected, to force a real discussion on this issue, either with an aggressive text describe above or some other inducement to bring this to the forefront.

   It is my view that this issue underlies many of our numerous problems and thus I hope that by bringing it and its root source, the lack of respect for the GM to the fore, that we can find some real solutions after all this time of accepting the GM as basically an annoying appendage that some times assists the game, as opposed to driving force in the playing of the game. I look forward to beginning this conversation with the people of the IDS, and one of many reasons I am running for reelection is to do just that.

   Over the course of the campaign I will also detail several of my other priorities and try to bring a new approach both to the content and to the format of the game. Here, hold my “head” whilst I get to work on that. I am NC Yankee, I am still crazy after all these years and I am seeking your vote for reelection
89  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: With regards to Tyrion on: October 07, 2014, 05:24:47 pm
Wait hold the phone, when did Dallasfan become a Moderator?

Belated Congrats man. Smiley
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Well, this is strange... on: October 07, 2014, 05:21:22 pm
"Long national nightmare is..." Wink
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Atlasians Against Politically-Motivated Expulsions on: October 07, 2014, 05:20:08 pm
Unless someone can provide me with clear evidence of committing treason as opposed to just advocated, I am going to tend to view it as a free speech matter and thus a matter for the voters in December.

Thankfully we have strict limitations on the expulsion procedure.
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: LA and NC 2014 Congressional Races on: October 07, 2014, 05:15:35 pm
NC-Sen: Politico on how Hagan is holding on:

But even Republicans concede that Hagan has run a smart campaign that has made it hard for Tillis — who was touted as a top recruit — to break through, especially as Democrats outgun Republicans on the airwaves in recent weeks.

You have got to be kidding me.

Besides Rubio, when as has a state house leader not been a complete disaster statewide. Berg, That dude in Kentucky, Tillis.

That said the combination of mediscare tactics which soured me on McIntyre in 2010 and the tax cuts to ship jobs overseas tactic of Kissell in 2010 has only made me dislike Hagan even more, if Amnesty and Obamacare weren't enough.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Out Of The Grave: Yankee For Senate Oct 2014 on: October 06, 2014, 06:32:34 pm
I have two speeches but they are in a format that I cannot open on this computer. So they will have to wait until tomorrow.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Support for Carers Bill 2014 (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:26:54 pm
Aye Guess
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to the Fair De-Registration Rights Act (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:26:14 pm
Deregistration was a mistake in my view.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Sgt. Where's My Car?' Act (Voting) on: October 06, 2014, 06:23:25 pm
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Ending Financial Havens for Islamic State (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:21:51 pm
I might be willing to consider Saudi Arabia with regards to removing our presence.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Support for Carers Bill 2014 (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:20:00 pm
Not again.
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:13:34 pm
I still think you should have been PPT. Tongue
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: October 06, 2014, 06:13:10 pm
I am fine with four, Yankee, although my opinion hardly matters any more Tongue

Don't give me that El Senor Coffeebeans. Tongue
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