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11401  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: office of senator shua on: April 07, 2011, 07:49:53 am
Dear citizens of AtlAsiA,

I, ShuA, have presently A certain slight challenge in communicating And I hope you will bear with me through this time As I continue my work As your Senator.

in the meAntime, As Alwys, pleAse leAve me your thoughts on the importAnt mAtters of the SenAte being discussed on the AtlAsiA government boArd. 
Thank You.
"Shift" button acting up, eh? Wink
11402  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regional Protection Party Spring Fling/April Retreat (members sign-in) on: April 07, 2011, 07:48:47 am
X Tmthforu94
11403  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian-International Journal on: April 07, 2011, 07:48:05 am
I congratulate Ben for creating a story that is getting such a response. One of the hopes in making these reforms is getting discussion geared towards actual policy, and I think we're suceeding in that department. Smiley

I do find this story actually going into effect hard to believe, but it didn't really surprise me to see Ben's first story being related to Israel. Wink
11404  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 10:47:46 pm
Mr. President

Does Atlasia need a national anthem?
Yes. Though I'm skeptical of your proposals.
11405  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / TRC Poll - Mideast Senate Race on: April 06, 2011, 09:47:58 pm
Tmthforu94 Research & Communications

Early, but this could be an interesting race. The Mideast has been very tight for the past several rounds, and this one should be no different, especially with no incumbent.

Poll will run for 3 days. I know there's a lot of options, sorry! Tongue

Mideast Citizens Only!
11406  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: NBC/WSJ: Romney 21% Huckabee 17% Trump 17% Gingrich 11% Palin 10% Pawlenty 6% on: April 06, 2011, 07:24:22 pm
I like Trump, but once a campaign starts and the skeleton's roll out, he's toast.

Great to see Romney doing so well, especially in the second poll, which is much more likely.
11407  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: April 06, 2011, 07:02:22 pm
Statement from the President

Good Evening,

Tonight, I am here to update the Atlasian people on the current situation in Libya, what we plan to do, and how this will affect our future. Iíd like to begin this address by thanking the men and women currently serving our nation overseas.  It is our military we must thank for preserving our many freedoms and rights as an Atlasian citizen.  Atlasia has always played a role in achieving global security and advocating for human rights.  Because of our commitment to making this world a better place, there is a cost involved, both financially and sadly in lives.  In situations like the one currently ongoing in Libya, our values of democracy and our interests are at stake, and it is our duty to act.  For too long Colonel Gaddafi has been allowed to violate the sacred obligation a ruler has to his citizens; at long last, the people of Libya have risen up against Gaddafi, and reasserted their natural rights.

In the face of opposition, Colonel Qaddafi and the Libyan government have taken the cowardly approach: they have started to conduct a military campaign against the people of Libya.  It is important that we stop the killing of so many innocent lives, and Atlasia is ready to do its part in assisting the rebels and ending the killings.  We will be deploying CIA and other intelligence agents within the rebel forces to both train and advise them.  In addition, Colonel Gaddafi and top government and military leaders will now be considered bombing targets.

Many of our allies have joined in this quest to defend the brave people of Libyan, and I thank them for their commitment to this cause.  Their commitment shows the rightness of our cause; it shows the legitimacy of our action.

I understand the concerns of those questioning our action.  Why should Atlasia be a ďpoliceĒ for the entire world?  That is not the issue Ė the issue now is whether or not to help the Libyan people overthrow and oppressive dictator, and allow them the right to self-determination.  Do not misconstrue this initial action for a long term military commitment.  It is our goal to stop Colonel Gaddafi without putting Atlasian troops on the ground, and I am confident we will be successful in this mission.

For centuries, now, Atlasia has been a beacon of hope in the world and the leading voice for democracy and human rights.  It is vital to our future that we maintain that record.  If we continue to sit back and do nothing, we will be letting down not only the people of Libya, but our Allies, and our own basic principles.

I thank you all for your attention.  Dave Bless you all, and Good Night.
11408  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 04:19:03 pm
What are your thoughts on the Senate right now and it's activity, and is your Administration going to try and do anything regarding Senator activity requirements which was floated during the campaign?
I was generally disappointing for most of my first month in office at the activity of the Senate. Amendments were slowly being made, and nothing was being passed. However, now that we're on to new legislation, I've really seen a lot of progress in the past few days. If we're going to keep taking over a month to pass a bill, my hope is that it at least comes with 10+ pages of discussion, which wasn't really taking place. The Senate will hopefully soon pass an amendment on expulsion procedures. Something I am in complete support of is stricter activity requirements for Atlasian Senators, and I do plan on getting something written and passed by the end of this session.
11409  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Amendment to the OSPR.... (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 04:15:44 pm
Could we bring this to a final vote soon?
11410  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Feline Protection Act (Amendments/Debate) on: April 06, 2011, 04:09:29 pm
I suppose we shouldn't be surprised by the anti-feline agenda of this administration.
Good gracious...my record as an Atlasian has been spotless in this area, and the fact that you keep bringing up personal matters here is extremely unnecessary. No one cares about it but you.

For the record, I was leaning towards signing this bill, but will accept the decision made by my Vice President.
11411  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Would you vote for Trump in a general? on: April 06, 2011, 03:53:30 pm
Anyone who would seriously consider voting to elect Donald Trump President should be shot.
Sad Sad Sad
11412  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Reduction of Registration Requirements Amendment (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 03:50:17 pm
I'm going to oppose this, sorry.

If you want to join, you can wait a little.

You really don't remember zombie invasion, when people were registering onsite just to get involved in Atlasia? Come on!
The zombie invasion occurred due to people previously in the game. All this would do is slightly delay the inevitable, Dave forbid that ever happens again.
11413  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: Reduction of Registration Requirements Amendment (Debating) on: April 06, 2011, 03:37:14 pm
What are the current requirements?
75 and 15 days.

A resolute and definitive no. The last thing we need is easing zombie recruitment.


My thoughts exactly.

Also: quality, people, quality. It's better to have less, but committeed, citizens, than being flooded.
I think we have plenty of longstanding members who are not at all committed to this game. The only way we can know if someone will be committed to the game is by giving them a chance.
11414  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 02:51:25 pm
Mr. President,

The White House thread has made clear that 'all options are on the table' with regards to Libya. While it is obvious that the administration is already backing the UN 'No Fly Zone,' is it actually a possibility that this government is considering putting Atlasian boots on the ground?

War is something that is not on the table now, and hopefully never will be. The only way I would want this nation to enter a war is if our own security and rights were threatened, which I don't believe they are at this current time.
11415  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Regular Question Time Made Interesting Thread April 2011 on: April 06, 2011, 02:49:14 pm
Marokai, I'll be answering your three questions individually, as I do not have a long enough time right now to sit down and answer all three. Letting you know this so you won't think I'm avoiding your other two questions. Wink

In the past when you were a Senator, you once proposed a modified version of a bill I proposed a long time ago, which would've allowed regional governments more leeway in how they elect their Senators. I know regional rights is a third rail in Atlasia.. but I think we need to change our elections in some way to keep the game interesting. Would you ever propose anything similar in your position as President?
I don't recall proposing a specific amendment on it. Looking back, while I still do not support Fusion Voting, I do believe letting the regions decide how to elect their Senators is acceptable. Fusion Voting could possibly pass as an amendment, but I'm not sure if I see two regions even doing it. And in order for it, I would think there should be a high percentage of voters in each region supporting it.

The current system is flawed, as neither is highly competitive. Regional seats generally are unopposed, though I think that's more of the people's fault and not the systems. And with At-Large seats, we generally know who's going to get in, and the only sort of competition is for the last seat. Though that could potentially change as the right and left are getting more and more even. I just don't see a solution that both regionalists and anti-regionalists would find palatable, but if one were introduced, I'd certainly support it.
11416  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: April 05, 2011, 01:27:42 pm
Mr. President,

The Game Moderator Reform Act has passed the Senate and is presented to you for your signature.

Sen. NC Yankee,
President Pro-Tempore

X President Tmthforu94

It's an honor to sign such an important piece of legislation that will vastly improve the GM position.
11417  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (On The President's Desk) on: April 05, 2011, 01:26:20 pm
X President Tmthforu94
11418  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is the preceding poster moderate, liberal, or conservative? on: April 04, 2011, 07:55:57 pm
11419  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: 2012 Interactive Timeline Thread (Game Thread) on: April 04, 2011, 07:52:48 pm
Congresswoman Bachmann will spend the week touring the state of South Carolina, where she hopes her conservative credentials will give her a solid win on election night. She has also began running ads in all leadoff states.

(The ad opens with an image of a woman walking with her son to school.)

WOMAN: Tommy was afraid to walk to school. I didnít know what to do and I was desperate. In my desperation, I started making calls. Before I knew it, Congresswoman Bachmann called me back. She worked together with the school district, and today the school and the street leading to it are safer than ever before. Iím voting for Ms. Bachmann because she understood what we needed, and she went to work for someone like me.

(The scene shifts and shows a truck driver speaking as he walks to his truck.)

MAN: I had been out of work for a year and I couldnít get access to any training funds to help. I had been out of work for a year and nobody was willing to help. I went to one of Michele's town hall events and told my story. I was getting ready to leave, and someone told me the Congresswoman wanted to see me. The next day, I was told that funding for driving school had been found. Iím voting for Ms. Bachmann because, when the chips were down, she didnít forget about someone like me.

(The scene shifts and shows a young female teacher in the classroom.)

YOUNG WOMAN: Over the last six months, weíve paid more for our health care than ever before. During that time, my husband lost his job and weíve seen our benefits cut in half. Without being prompted, my Congresswoman visited our classroom and talked with the other teachers and I about what he was doing to fight for education, and for the benefits we had earned. Why am I voting for Michele Bachmann? Because she understands the lives and the challenges of someone like me.

(The scene shifts and shows Michele Bachmannlooking into the camera.)

BACHMANN: My name's Michele Bachmann, and I approve this message, because I believe it's time for this nation to stop going down the socialist path we're currently being led down. The issues Iíve talked about in this campaign are more than campaign rhetoric Ė they come out of my own experience. Iím the proud daughter of middle class parents and the life Iíve lived is a testament to the American dream, a dream I want to fight to make available to everyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules. Your story is my story, and if you agree with me, then I would be honored to have your support.

11420  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A 2008 Interactive Timeline - Sign Up/Discussion on: April 04, 2011, 07:45:50 pm
Notice: I have a lot on my plate this week with work and college days, so an update will not come until Wednesday or possibly Friday. I'll try and throw a few small ones in for you, however.
11421  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Wiki Commission Thread on: April 04, 2011, 07:23:10 pm
Feel free to honor your current President by using his page. Tongue
11422  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Indiana CD 2: Possible rematch on: April 04, 2011, 01:50:06 pm
Governor Daniels has stated that he doesn't want to go crazy with the map, so chances are South Bend will still anchor IN-2.

That was before Indiana Democrats decided to be grade A douches. A lot of people are going to was to counterpunch.
They'll probably just flee the state again. Anytime a crisis emerges, they leave. I'm sorry, but they're completely ignoring the will of the people by doing this. Republicans completely owned Democrats in the last election, and I think that's soemwhat of a mandate from the people to put through their legislation.
11423  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SENATE BILL: The Game Moderator Reform Act (At Final Vote) on: April 03, 2011, 07:59:49 pm
There is a problem here. Badger's underlined changes never got introduced as amendment by a Senator. Damn it.

The amendment I declared passed was tmth's from several days ago.

Then once this bill passes, just introduce the Amendment by itself as a new bill.
I wouldn't object to this. With everything currently going on right now, I'd like for this bill to be enacted ASAP.
11424  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: 2012 Interactive Timeline Thread (Game Thread) on: April 03, 2011, 04:30:06 pm
The attacks by my good friend from Texas, Congressman Paul, are disappointing, to say the least. When he cites a speech I've made on this campaign trail focusing on gay marriage, I'll rescind this statement. My campaign has been focused on lowering government control and spending, as well as repealing Obamacare, issues I'm sure Mr. Paul agrees with me on. It's time America has a leader with integrity and honesty, not one who will throw our below-the-belt attacks the second he or she fears of losing.
- Michele Bachmann, responding to Paul at a press conference in Michigan

In late July, Michele Bachmann made an appearence at a fundraiser at the NBRA (National Black Republican Association).

I humbly ask for the support and help of this great body. I love this nation. What I don't love, however, is the spiraling path we're taking towards socialism, and that's why I'm running for President.

It's vital that our nation continues it's social progress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a huge step for African-Americans, I believe. Unfortunately, not all of my opponents think the same thing, specifically Doctor Paul. On June 4th, 2004, when Congress was hailing the CRA's passage, Dr. Paul said, and was quoted saying"the Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society." In our Constitution, it states that, all men are created equal. Doctor Paul, I'm sure, knows that. Yet he's criticizing legislation that honored the Constitution and gave blacks the same rights as whites. A disappointing statement, to say the least, by Congressman Paul.
11425  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Abortion Poll on: April 03, 2011, 12:12:06 pm
Option 3 works for me.
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