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1  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Is Ted Cruz constitutionally eligible to be President? on: March 26, 2015, 05:38:09 pm
Not only is he constitutionally eligible to be President of the United States, but he is as well intellectually qualified to be President of the United States.  After all, he is "off the charts brilliant," according to no less an authority than famed Harvard Professor Alan Derschowitz.

Add this to the fact that Cruz has a Juris Doctor graduate law degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Harvard.

In addition, Cruz is as well oratorically qualified to be President of the United States.  The fact that he is one of the most gifted orators in the recent history of the United States, most certainly would be a tremendous asset in this office.  

As well, Cruz has a very attractive family.  His wife would make an extremely smart and attractive First Lady, and the nation would absolutely fall in love with their two very cute little girls.

Add it all up, and it spells P R E S I D E N T!    
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act (voting Open) on: March 25, 2015, 12:23:51 pm
Aye
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 25, 2015, 11:33:30 am
OK, if debate is concluded, we can vote on this version of this bill as soon as you would like to call the vote.

Following is the amended version of this bill which replaces the original bill.

It is my own amendment, and it is friendly.

Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time.  

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time.  

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.    

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program  

Allocation of this budget will be as follows

Community kitchens      $60,000,000
Homeless shelters         $60,000,000
Women's shelters          $60,000,000
Teen shelters                $35,000,000
LGBTQ teen shelters      $35,000,000





4  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Constitutional Question on: March 25, 2015, 11:14:30 am
This scenario refers to no President in particular, simply in general.

Here is the scenario:

The outgoing President has served two terms in office and is at the inauguration of the newly elected President.  Of course, the outgoing Vice President is as well at the inauguration.

The President Elect is to be sworn in at noon by the Chief Justice of the United States, who is of course also at the inauguration. 

It is 11:00 A.M., one hour before the swearing in of the new President.

At that time, 11:00 A.M., the outgoing President has a heart attack and dies.

Given this situation

Is the outgoing Vice President sworn in as President and serves as President for 1 hour?

Does the outgoing Vice President simply assume the Presidency for one hour without being sworn in?

In this situation, are there any circumstances under which the President Elect would be sworn in at 11:00 instead of 12 noon?

Comments please.     
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 25, 2015, 10:48:44 am
Following is the amended version of this bill which replaces the original bill.

It is my own amendment, and it is friendly.

Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time.  

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time.  

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.    

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program  

Allocation of this budget will be as follows

Community kitchens      $60,000,000
Homeless shelters         $60,000,000
Women's shelters          $60,000,000
Teen shelters                 $45,000,000  $35,000,000
LGBTQ teen shelters       $25,000,000 $35,000,000



Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.

Representatives, please see the following further amended version of this bill.

My final amendment.

I have read the LGBTQ population is estimated at as high as 6%, so I have therefore allocated 10% of the budget for that initiative.

6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does Ted Cruz really want? on: March 24, 2015, 10:29:17 pm
Although I have no evidence to back it up, I believe that Cruz only ran for the U.S Senate as a platform to run for President, and isn't interested in being a senator for the long haul.



Oh, you mean just like Hillary Clinton who only ran for the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000 as a platform to run for President, and wasn't interested in being a Senator for the long haul.

At least Hillary was able to finish a term, and didn't spend her entire tenure in office grandstanding and attention whoring.

At least you don't deny that Hillary only ran for U.S. Senate in order to have a political base from which to run for the Democratic nomination for President.

And I am sure Cruz will finish this Senate term, unless of course he is elected President.  And if he is not elected President, he will run for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2018.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What does Ted Cruz really want? on: March 24, 2015, 10:04:16 pm
Although I have no evidence to back it up, I believe that Cruz only ran for the U.S Senate as a platform to run for President, and isn't interested in being a senator for the long haul.



Oh, you mean just like Hillary Clinton who only ran for the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000 as a platform to run for President, and wasn't interested in being a Senator for the long haul.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 24, 2015, 09:28:49 pm
Following is the amended version of this bill which replaces the original bill.

It is my own amendment, and it is friendly.

Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time.  

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time.  

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.    

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program  

Allocation of this budget will be as follows

Community kitchens      $60,000,000
Homeless shelters         $60,000,000
Women's shelters          $60,000,000
Teen shelters                $35,000,000
LGBTQ teen shelters      $35,000,000



Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.

Representatives, please see the following further amended version of this bill.

Mr. Blair, in your view, should the LGBTQ shelters have the same budget as the Teen shelters?  What I am trying to get at is are there as many LGBTQ shelters required as there are Teen shelters required?  I do not know the statistics of the numbers of at risk teens generally as compared to the numbers of at risk LGBTQ teens.  What do you think?  You seem to be more familiar with these statistics.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Hillary lose in '16, then win in '20? on: March 24, 2015, 04:44:26 pm
Could Hillary lose in 2016?  Yes, of course she could lose in 2016.

Could she come back and win in 2020?  No, absolutely not.  For Hillary, it is 2016 or nothing.  

If she loses in 2016, when, according to this forum anyway, she was DEFINITELY going to win, no question about it, there is no way the Democrats would nominate her again.  
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Expand Mass Transit Act on: March 24, 2015, 04:24:15 pm
I as well would not support congestion charges.  Most motorists are tax payers.  Why should they be penalized because they have to use these routes? 
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 24, 2015, 04:20:26 pm
After giving this matter some thought, I was considering the following allocation

Community kitchens               60,000,000
Homeless shelters                  60,000,000
Women's shelters                   60,000,000
Teen shelters                         35,000,000
LGBTQ shelters                      35,000,000

How does that sound?

Don't forget, this is to be an initial allocation.  After monitoring the programs, the budgets could be adjusted to meet the needs.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 24, 2015, 03:13:37 pm
Question.

As you know, funding is spread equally amongst all five initiatives.

In all seriousness, would the teen initiative and the LGBTQ teen initiative actually require as much funding as community kitchens, homeless shelters, and women's shelters?

It seems to me that community kitchens, homeless shelters and women's shelters would be more in demand and therefore would require a greater percentage of the designated budget.

I simply cannot see how the teen initiative and the LGBTQ initiative would require the same funding as the other three.

Comments please.   

 
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz announces he's running for president on: March 24, 2015, 11:50:20 am
Cruz is one of the best speakers I have ever seen or heard.

He would be absolutely phenomenal in Presidential debates.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Election night 2016:Ted Cruz declared the winner. What is your reaction? on: March 24, 2015, 11:24:03 am
HA HA!

TOLD YA!
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Expand Mass Transit Act on: March 23, 2015, 01:32:36 pm
Efficient transport is fundamental to life in the Northeast, indeed to the nation in general.

We require modern, up to date infrastructure for transportation, but we must as well not allow the cost to get out of control. 
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz to announce presidential candidacy on Monday on: March 23, 2015, 11:39:41 am
This cycle's Fred Thompson

Or this cycle's Ronald Reagan?
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Cruz announces he's running for president on: March 23, 2015, 11:34:35 am
Cruz has a Juris Doctor graduate law degree from Harvard, so he is qualified to be President.

Famed Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who had Cruz as a law student, describes Ted Cruz as "off-the-charts brilliant," warning Democrats against underestimating him.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: March 23, 2015, 11:22:37 am
Northeast Distracted Drivers Act

The following activities shall be illegal when operating a motor vehicle anywhere in the Northeast Region

Talking on a hand-held cell phone
Texting/e-mailing
Using electronic devices like laptop computers, tablets, iPads, video games, cameras, video
entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (e.g., mp3 players)
Manually entering information on GPS units
Reading printed material like a book or a magazine
Writing, printing or sketching
Personal grooming like combing your hair, applying makeup or brushing your teeth
Using a 2-way radio or what is commonly referred to as a CB (Citizenís Band) radio, with exceptions as follows:

Drivers will only be able to use CB radios if they are operating pilot vehicles and must maintain contact with another vehicle; they are using the radio to contact their employer where the employee is required to maintain radio contact; to participate in a search, rescue or emergency situation; or when the CB is operable in hands-free mode.

First offence $200.00 fine
Second offence $400.00 fine and 5 demerit points
Third offence $600.00 fine and 10 demerit points
Fourth offence $800.00 fine and suspension of drivers license

Conviction of a fourth offence shall also result in mandatory attendance at a safe driving course sponsored by the government of the Northeast.  
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Opinion on Efficient referenda amendment on: March 22, 2015, 10:12:37 pm
I am opposed to this amendment, for reasons already spelled out so well in entries in this discussion.

20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Reintroducing the Efficient Referenda Amendment (Again) on: March 22, 2015, 10:06:14 pm
Nay
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: End Daylight Savings in the Northeast Act on: March 22, 2015, 08:28:58 pm
It gives one extra hour of daylight, beneficial as far I am concerned.

I will not support this bill.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 22, 2015, 03:45:52 pm
Following is the amended version of this bill which replaces the original bill.

It is my own amendment, and it is friendly.

Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time.  

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time.  

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.    

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program  


Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: End Daylight Savings in the Northeast Act on: March 21, 2015, 08:57:45 pm
It is still nice to have an extra hour of daylight each day.

24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Care For Those In Need Act on: March 21, 2015, 08:51:43 pm
Quote
Care For Those In Need Act

Section 1

The Northeast government shall ensure that the Northeast Region has adequate

Community kitchens
Homeless shelters
Women's shelters
Teen shelters
LGBTQ teen shelters

to provide the necessary aid for those in need of these services.

Community kitchens shall be provided for those who have fallen on hard times and who require meals provided for a time. 

Homeless shelters shall be provided for those who fall on hard times and who require refuge for a time. 

Women's shelters shall provide temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence.  It is recognized that if the woman has young children, that they shall likely be with her at the shelter, and shall as well be provided refuge and support at the shelter.

Teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.

LGBTQ teen shelters shall provide a safe environment for abused LGBTQ teens and a place that can ensure that their physical and mental health is not at risk.   

Section 2

The Northeast government shall provide an initial budget of $250,000,000, divided at $50,000,000 for each program 


Mr. Blair, please look at this possible amended version for this bill and let me know what you think.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: CNN/ORC national poll: Clinton = 53% favorable / 44% unfavorable on: March 21, 2015, 12:45:34 pm
Dewey being the favorite was built on a selection bias of people throwing out polls that didn't show Thurmond and Wallace getting any broad support.

If anything Republicans have been acting Dewey-Trumanesque these past two elections with unskewed polling and refusing to believe the Clintons are as popular with the public as they are.

My dear friend, the only two things that are certain in this life are death and taxes.
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