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26  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Leinad/Cris for President/VP!!! on: February 02, 2016, 12:19:35 pm
Good VP pick Leinad.

Good luck in the election, but, as you say, not too good.  Smiley
27  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WINFIELD/POIROT FOR ATLASIA on: February 02, 2016, 12:13:29 pm
I wish to congratulate my esteemed running mate Poirot for winning election, again, as a Representative in the Northeast Assembly.

Good work Poirot.
28  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WINFIELD/POIROT FOR ATLASIA on: February 02, 2016, 12:10:09 pm
Great VP pick Winfield, good luck guys!

...but not too good! Tongue

Well thank you my good man.  Appreciate your comments.
29  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Public Office of DKrol on: January 31, 2016, 10:54:31 pm
Best wishes to you Dkrol wherever life leads you.

It has been a pleasure to have worked with you.

All the best.
30  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 31, 2016, 10:31:11 pm
I am most pleased to announce that Poirot has consented to become the Vice Presidential candidate on the ticket with me.

Poirot brings many outstanding qualities to the ticket.

He is capable, conscientious, intelligent, thoughtful, trustworthy, hard working, experienced in public service, and brings with him a deep concern for the continued betterment of Atlasia.

Poirot has served well and faithfully as a Representative in the Northeast Assembly, and is currently serving as a member of the Northeast Electoral Commission.

Poirot will be a great asset to this ticket and will continue to be a great asset to Atlasia.

Thank you Poirot for joining me on the ticket. 
31  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: The Executive Branch (President, Vice President, etc.) on: January 30, 2016, 09:16:27 pm
1.  The President should have the ability to grant reprieves and pardon individuals of crimes past and present.

2.  The President should have the ability to introduce legislation into the queue of the Senate.

3.  The President should have the ability to appoint cabinet members, and to create cabinet-level offices as he/she sees fit.

4.  The President should have the ability to appoint individuals to the Supreme Court, subject to Senate approval.



Point 1, I agree with Leinad.

We should put some safeguard on the pardoning system, if not scrap it altogether. Letting the president pardon someone unilaterally is dangerous.

Point 2, Agreed.

Point 3, Do not agree.  This must be subject to debate in the Senate and to Senate confirmation.  On this issue, it is absolutely necessary to have a system of checks and balances in place.

Point 4, Agreed.
32  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Special Election IV - January 2016 on: January 29, 2016, 08:08:01 pm
1.  Poirot
2.  Thomas from NJ
33  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: The Executive Branch (President, Vice President, etc.) PRINCIPLE VOTE on: January 28, 2016, 12:13:53 am
PRINCIPLE VOTE

Question 1: How long should each presidential term last?
[ 2 ] Two (2) Months
[ 1 ] Four (4) Months
[ 3 ] Six (6) Months

Question 2a: Should there be a limit on the number of terms a person may serve as president?
[ 1] Yes
[   ] Yes, but the limit should only apply to consecutive terms
[   ] No

Question 2b: If Question 2a passes, what is the maximum number of terms a person should be able to serve as president?
[   ] One (2) term
[1 ] Two (2) terms
[   ] Three (3) terms
34  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 25, 2016, 05:51:04 pm
As President, I will promote a strong distracted drivers agenda, and will work with the regions in passing this much needed policy.

This is law in the Northeast Region, and I will push to have this made nation wide.

Some sobering statistics that have been published as to deaths and injuries due to distracted driving in Atlasia:

In 2015, 3,700 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,300 in 2014. An additional, 423,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2015, a 9% increase from the 387,000 people injured in 2014.
In 2015, one in five crashes, 20%, in which someone was injured involved distracted driving.
In December 2015, more than 182 billion text messages were sent or received in the US.

We simply must get control of this situation and start getting serious about putting into place some tough distracted driving laws for the safety of our people.

This carnage on our roads and highways cannot be allowed to continue.  

Distracted driving has caused untold misery, hardship, and grief among our people, with the death and injury of loved ones.

We cannot simply stand by and let this carnage on our roads and highways continue.

We have a responsibility to act, and to act now.

Let us, as a nation, get behind this initiative in order to decrease these terrifying numbers.    
 
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 (Citizen’s 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.
35  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 25, 2016, 05:19:27 pm
As President, I will promote and work with Congress in passing a far reaching sensible, and well needed gun control policy.

There have too many deaths caused by people who should have no right to have any guns in the first place.

Universal background checks for all firearm sales.
 
Administration to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun and make recommendations to ensure dangerous people aren't slipping through the cracks.
 
Remove barriers that prevent reporting information on people prohibited from gun ownership for mental health reasons.
 
Military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines will not be made available to private citizens

Reinstate and strengthen the ban on assault weapons.
 
Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
 
Ban possession of armor-piercing ammunition by anyone other than the military and law enforcement.
 
Gun violence research

Administration to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.
 
Provide $10 million for additional research on relationship between video games, media images and violence.
 
Gun safety

Launch a national campaign to promote common-sense safety measures.
 
Review and enhance safety standards for gun locks and gun safes.
 
Administration to review gun safety technologies.
 
Challenge private sector to develop gun safety technology.
 
 
School safety

Administration to examine the feasibility of placing an armed guard in every school.

Provide incentives for police departments to hire school resource officers through hiring grants.
 
Give $150 million to school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire school resource officers, school psychologists, social workers and counselors.
 
Provide $30 million in one-time grants to help school districts develop emergency management plans.
 
Give schools and other institutions a model for how to develop and implement emergency plans.
 
Provide $50 million to help 8,000 more schools train their teachers and staff to create safer and more nurturing environments.
 
Share best practices on school discipline.
 
Mental health

Provide $55 million for new initiative to make sure students get treatment for mental health issues.
 
Provide $25 million for strategies supporting individuals ages 16-25 with mental health or substance abuse issues.
 
Provide $25 million to offer students mental health services for trauma or anxiety.
 
Provide $50 million to train 5,000 additional mental health professionals serving children and young adults.
 
Clarify that the health-care law does not prohibit doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes.
 
Launch a national dialogue about mental illness.
 
Finalize requirements for private health insurance plans to cover mental health services.

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html)
 
36  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 25, 2016, 02:53:54 pm
There is a widening wealth gap between the world's wealthiest people and the rest of the world, and lobbying is responsible for much the of wealth accumulation at the top. The world’s wealthiest 1 percent is likely to control over 50 percent of global wealth in 2016.  

In 2014, the top 1 percent held 48 percent of global wealth. But that doesn’t mean the other 52 percent was for the rest of us; most of it was controlled by the 20 wealthiest percent, leaving just 5.5 percent of global wealth for 80 percent of the world.

It used to be that the total wealth of the world’s billionaires and of the bottom half of the globe increased at roughly the same rate. That changed in 2010. Total wealth for the poorest 50 percent has actually decreased from what it was in 2009, while wealth at the top has doubled.  Just 80 billionaires now control the same wealth as 3.5 billion people.

(http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/wealthiest-getting-wealthier-lobbying-lot/)

As President, I will advocate to eliminate lobbying of government officials and representatives.  

I will eliminate off shore tax havens for Atlasians, and will increase taxes on the wealthiest Atlasians.  

My plan is to increase taxes on the wealthiest Atlasians by 5 percent, and none of the income of this group can be sheltered in off shore tax havens.  It is completely unacceptable that the wealthiest Atlasians should live by different tax rules than ordinary, hard working people.

Those with an income of 5 million dollars per year and more are subject to this tax increase.

This tax will raise more than 150 billion dollars additional revenue over 10 years.

This tax plan leaves 99.98 percent of Atlasians unaffected by any tax increase.

The wealthiest corporations in Atlasia will likewise see a tax increase, which will be set at an increase of 2 percent in the first year, 4 percent in the second year, 6 percent in the third year.    These corporations benefit greatly from carrying out business in Atlasia, and must pay their fair share, and will likewise not be permitted to benefit from off shore tax havens.  
37  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: January 24, 2016, 06:35:23 pm
The Remeber Freedom of Speech Act
1. The Assembly hereby reminds any establishment in the Northeast that we support any individuals right to speak their mind freely.
2. All safe zones from freedom of speech is hereby banned.

This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read on this forum, and there have been plenty.

Speaking your mind freely and going to the point of threatening the lives of others, are quite different.  You make no provision in this ridiculous bill to make it illegal to, for example, threatening someone's life, and saying you are simply are expressing your freedom of speech.

Safe zones from freedom of speech are hereby banned?  What are you even talking about?  Since when can the government legislate or dictate or police what people say in private?

No wonder this forum is suffering an activity problem.  With stupid legislation such as this nonsense even making it to the point of being proposed I do not wonder why people do not want to participate.

Cut  this stupidity and get on with matters that at least have a tiny bit of sense to them.       

I already withdrew it for a rewrite, but name calling is a very adult thing to do. People make mistakes, obviously I didn't think on this bill enough. A simple "hey, this is what's wrong with this bill" would've been enough. It's not the stupidity of people that's slowing down activity, it's people jumping up to accuse people of being stupid when they make mistakes that is slowing it down.

You, sir, are contributing to the fall of this game. Instead of attacking people, try recognizing that we are all human, and help people when thy make mistakes.

If you read  what I said, you will see clearly that I was referring to this proposal as stupid and to this proposal as stupidity, not to you or to any other individual.

So please, read carefully before you react.
38  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 24, 2016, 05:49:32 pm
Fmr. Gov. Winfield:

Do you support a universal healthcare system without an individual mandate, allowing people to buy healthcare across regional lines, which people pay into over the course of their lives if they make above a certain amount, and a healthcare agent in charge of making deals with private companies instead of an advisory build?

Also, what is your position on allowing regions to each produce 20% of the total federal amount of money minted into their own currency, thus devolving the currency slightly and allowing for devaluing of any regional or the federal currency to not have too great an effect on the economy?

1.  I fully support a universal healthcare system that provides cradle to grave coverage, financed by a combination of government spending, payroll deductions for the employed, and cutting out the massive waste and corruption in the medical profession that is going on today.  I have other taxation policies to implement, but will not comment on that until I release a platform, so don't ask, because you will have to wait and see.

2.  There is absolutely no way whatsoever that I would ever support anything but a national currency.  Any notion of any regional currencies under any circumstances is a complete non-starter.

 
39  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Northeast Assembly Legislation Introduction Thread on: January 24, 2016, 05:38:17 pm
The Remeber Freedom of Speech Act
1. The Assembly hereby reminds any establishment in the Northeast that we support any individuals right to speak their mind freely.
2. All safe zones from freedom of speech is hereby banned.

This is one of the stupidest things I have ever read on this forum, and there have been plenty.

Speaking your mind freely and going to the point of threatening the lives of others, are quite different.  You make no provision in this ridiculous bill to make it illegal to, for example, threatening someone's life, and saying you are simply are expressing your freedom of speech.

Safe zones from freedom of speech are hereby banned?  What are you even talking about?  Since when can the government legislate or dictate or police what people say in private?

No wonder this forum is suffering an activity problem.  With stupid legislation such as this nonsense even making it to the point of being proposed I do not wonder why people do not want to participate.

Cut  this stupidity and get on with matters that at least have a tiny bit of sense to them.       
40  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: NE Assembly Special Election III and Referendum - January 2016 on: January 22, 2016, 04:24:43 pm
Northeast Representative

1.  cinyc

Amendment

Aye
41  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 22, 2016, 01:25:03 pm
Vigorously endorsed!

Thank you so much my good friend Simfan.  Greatly appreciated.
42  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 22, 2016, 01:20:31 pm
A BIT ABOUT ME

I was born in the town of Essex, Vermont, the third of four children, to a family of modest means.  I have one brother and two sisters.  When I was growing up, we did not have much in the way of worldly goods, but our family was rich in what really counts in life, love for family and for our fellow man.  We were taught from very early on to have respect and compassion for all mankind, as well as for all the creatures that share the earth with human beings.  I can remember when very young I was going to step on an insect, but my mother told me to just let the insect go about its' daily life, as it had a right to exist and to live out its' life in peace.  I have always remembered that lesson.

My father lacked an advanced education and worked as a truck driver, hauling sand and gravel, snow in the winter, whatever was available to keep busy.  There were times, however, when we lacked a steady income and got by on very little income and had to watch our food supply.

My mother supplemented the family income by taking in washing and did laundry for people in the area.

I can remember my sisters, my brother, and I, from as young as the age of twelve years, mowing lawns in the summer and shoveling snow at neighbor's homes to earn a bit of money to help out our family finances, and to earn a bit of spending money for ourselves.  

Three lasting lessons my parents taught us, their children, is the value of hard work, the value of a good education, and respect for all.

When I was eighteen years of age, I graduated from high school,  and not to be boastful at all, I graduated near the top of my class.  I worked very hard as a student throughout all twelve years of schooling, and it paid off at graduation.  

I made a decision early on that I would get a university education and find gainful employment, that I would be able to help my family and to help others.

I enrolled at the University of Vermont in Burlington, not too far from our home, and worked my way through my schooling. I spoke with the university administration and asked if there was somewhere on campus that I could earn enough money to get through school.  I was given a job in the cafeteria, so I worked for four years part time in the university cafeteria while keeping up my studies.  The rest of my education was paid for by money I had saved working part time while in high school, and by the modest, though greatly appreciated, funds my parents were able to send to me.  

I graduated from the University of Vermont after four years in my chosen field of study with a bachelor's degree in social work.  I finished near the top of my graduating class.

I had applied for a full scholarship to attend Yale University, and, to my surprise, I was accepted.  I graduated from Yale University after four years with a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude.

I made the decision to move to Newport, Rhode Island, and to set up a law practice there.  I enjoyed a very successful and lucrative law practice.

I found success in applying my knowledge in the fields of social work and law to help people through difficult times.  On many occasions I donated my legal services at no cost to those who could simply not afford to hire a lawyer.

After awhile, I decided to spend some time in Atlasian politics, and was elected as a member of the Northeast Assembly. During my career in Northeast politics, I have served as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Northeast Assembly, and a multi term member of the Northeast Assembly.

I especially concentrated in sponsoring, introducing, supporting, and advocating for people friendly bills, and vigorously opposing ridiculous and out of control bills.

Currently, I am an elected Delegate from the Northeast Region to the Atlasian Constitutional Conventioin.

For some time, I was in and out of Northeast politics.  Most of the time when not involved in Atlasian politics directly as an executive or Representative in the Northeast government, I have volunteered my time to such services as working in community kitchens helping those less forltunate to get a meal, finding warm places for the homeless to stay, teaching English as a second language to immigrants who had recently  moved to the Northeast, working as a volunteer to help others before and after a natural disaster, such as flooding and snow blizzards.

As a matter of fact, I am serving at this time as one of the directors for storm relief efforts for this current historic blizzard that is battering the east coast.
43  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: January 21, 2016, 11:08:00 pm
I am running for President of Atlasia.
44  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Winfield for President.....because.....WHY NOT? on: January 21, 2016, 10:13:25 pm
You have my support.

Thank you so much Talleyrand.  Greatly appreciated.
45  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / WINFIELD/POIROT FOR ATLASIA on: January 21, 2016, 01:09:03 pm


My dear fellow Atlasians, I have agonized over this for awhile now, and I have made the decision to throw my hat into the Presidential ring.

Make no mistake my friends, Atlasia is at a crucial time in its' turbulent history.  We see our friends in Mock Parliament deciding to close down operations, or at least, to take a leave of absence, pending a revived interest in the future of that brief republic.

There has as well been those right here in our beloved experiment in democracy who have been openly calling for the demise of this unique and engaging union.

Fortunately, there are as well those who are striving to preserve this union of the willing, those willing to put nation above self, those willing to strive to keep the flame of democracy burning brightly, those willing to set aside long held beliefs and make compromises and agreements with others in the name of moving this nation forward, those willing to work for positive and meaningful change, those willing to dream of a brighter future, and those willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to realize that future.

It is against this backdrop, my dear friends, that I launch this Presidential candidacy, a candidacy I know that is not backed by entrenched and powerful political machines, a candidacy I know that is not backed by the big money interests.

It is, however, a candidacy that will be fighting for the forgotten and the downtrodden, a candidacy that will be speaking for those who cannot be heard in and of themselves, a candidacy that will be fighting for those who believe there is no hope.

My dear friends, I want to assure you, brighter days lie ahead, the flame of democracy and freedom shall never be extinguished, and hope springs eternal.

Thank you my dear friends, fear not, for I shall always be there, fighting for you, and fighting for our struggling democracy.

God bless you all, and God bless Atlasia.
46  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: After Trump Camp Plugs 'Special Guest,' Palin a No-Show at Norwalk, Iowa Rally on: January 20, 2016, 11:42:19 pm
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz citizenship thread on: January 20, 2016, 12:55:30 am
http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/09/dershowitz-tex-cruz-one-of-harvard-laws-smartest-students/

Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ranks Sen. Ted Cruz among the school’s smartest students, adding that the Canada-born Texan can run for president in 2016.

Dershowitz says Cruz is eligible to be President, case closed.
48  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: The Executive Branch (President, Vice President, etc.) on: January 20, 2016, 12:11:21 am
Aye

I am advocating for this convention to take a bold step forward, to look beyond the mundane and the ordinary, to think outside the box, to venture into new and courageous paths, and what do we get, nothing more than timid and feeble foot shuffling.

But VPH, thank you for showing courage. 
49  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Constitutional Convention / Re: The Executive Branch (President, Vice President, etc.) on: January 19, 2016, 12:11:57 pm
I would remind everyone that the recently passed Congressional Article tasks the vice president with coordinating the two Houses of Congress; I don't think that's compatible with making him a member of one of those houses.

Agreed.

That is why I say the Vice President  could hold a cabinet post if he wants and providing the President wants to nominate him for cabinet.
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz citizenship thread on: January 19, 2016, 01:18:31 am
Yes, Cruz is a U.S. citizen and he is eligible to be President of the United States.

Trump is playing games and trying to discredit his main opponent.

That should be obvious.

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