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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: September 19, 2014, 01:12:48 pm
I assume all the jokes about a PM called Salmond whose second-in-command is called Sturgeon have already been made long before I became aware of this fact, but regarldess...

ROFLMAO!!!

What is life like in the Sea N Pee? Is it a dogfish eat dogfish world? Is everyone united for a common porpoise? Or do they all split off in their own special groupers? Well, one tragic story indicates it's not so perfect down there.

"There was once a brilliant Sturgeon on the staff of the Scottish community health fishility. She was in fact one of it's flounders. Wiser than Salmond, a fin fellow who would never shrimp from his responsibilities, she was successful and happy and always whistled a happy tuna.
One day one of her patients, a mere whipper snapper, started trouting around telling everyone the Sturgeon's treatments had made him more eel than he had been and the conked her with a malpractice suit.
Well, the Sturgeon was in a real pickeral. The board chased her off the staff and demanded her oyster. But fortunately the case smelt to high heaven so the judge denied the plaintiff's clam.
The board tried to hire the Sturgeon back but by then she had hit the bottlenose pretty hard. But what's really shad about the story is that the Sturgeon ended up on squid-row..."
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 12:41:55 pm
I assume all the jokes about a PM called Salmond whose second-in-command is called Sturgeon have already been made long before I became aware of this fact, but regarldess...

ROFLMAO!!!
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: September 19, 2014, 12:39:09 pm
Sorry, it's been a busy week with all these elections, and I got the flu yesterday, so I didn't have time to come up with a full State update. I will try to post Indiana in a couple days (though I must warn you that it's pretty boring).

In the meantime, here's the Erie / Ohio PVI comparison chart:

79  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Devolution General Discussion Thread. on: September 19, 2014, 12:32:39 pm
What?
UK is devolving!


...sorry, I've always found that term funny. Tongue
80  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: September 19, 2014, 12:30:48 pm


20 minutes ago, Poison Dwarf announced his candidacy for the presidency of the UMP.

Quote
Mes chers Amis,
Le 6 mai 2012, au soir de l’élection présidentielle, j’ai remercié les Français de l’honneur qu’ils m’avaient accordé en me permettant de conduire les destinées de notre pays durant cinq années. Je leur ai dit ma volonté de me retirer de toute activité publique.
Depuis, j’ai pris le temps de la réflexion après toutes ces années d’activités intenses. J’ai pu prendre le recul indispensable pour analyser le déroulement de mon mandat, en tirer les leçons, revenir sur ce que fut notre histoire commune, mesurer la vanité de certains sentiments, écarter tout esprit de revanche ou d’affrontement.
J’ai pu échanger avec les Français, sans le poids du pouvoir qui déforme les rapports humains. Ils m’ont dit leurs espoirs, leurs incompréhensions et parfois aussi leurs déceptions.
J’ai vu monter comme une marée inexorable le désarroi, le rejet, la colère à l’endroit du pouvoir, de sa majorité mais plus largement de tout ce qui touche de près ou de loin à la politique.
J’ai senti chez beaucoup de Français la tentation de ne plus croire en rien ni en personne, comme si tout se valait, ou plutôt comme si plus rien ne valait quoi que ce soit.
Cette absence de tout espoir si spécifique à la France d’aujourd’hui nous oblige à nous réinventer profondément.
Je me suis interrogé sans concession sur l’opportunité d’un retour à la vie politique que j’avais arrêtée sans amertume et sans regret.
C’est au terme d’une réflexion approfondie que j’ai décidé de proposer aux Français un nouveau choix politique.
Car, au fond, ce serait une forme d’abandon que de rester spectateur de la situation dans laquelle se trouve la France, devant le délitement du débat politique, et la persistance de divisions si dérisoires au sein de l’opposition.
Je suis candidat à la présidence de ma famille politique. Je proposerai de la transformer de fond en comble, de façon à créer, dans un délai de trois mois, les conditions d’un nouveau et vaste rassemblement qui s’adressera à tous les Français, sans aucun esprit partisan, dépassant les clivages traditionnels qui ne correspondent plus aujourd’hui à la moindre réalité.
Ce vaste rassemblement se dotera d’un nouveau projet, d’un nouveau mode de fonctionnement adapté au siècle qui est le nôtre et d’une nouvelle équipe qui portera l’ambition d’un renouveau si nécessaire à notre vie politique.
J’aime trop la France ; je suis trop passionné par le débat public et l’avenir de mes compatriotes pour les voir condamnés à choisir entre le spectacle désespérant d’aujourd’hui et la perspective d’un isolement sans issue. Je ne peux me résoudre à voir s’installer dans le monde l’idée que la France pourrait n’avoir qu’une voix secondaire.
Nous devons faire émerger de nouvelles réponses face aux inquiétudes des Français, à leur interrogation sur la pérennité de la France, à la nécessité d’affirmer sa personnalité singulière, à la promotion de son message culturel qui est sans doute la plus belle part de notre héritage.
On ne fait rien de grand sans l’unité de la nation. On ne fait rien de grand sans espérance, sans perspective.
Pour construire une alternative crédible, il nous faut donc bâtir la formation politique du XXIème siècle. Je le ferai avec le souci du plus large rassemblement, la volonté d’apaiser les tensions, et en même temps de susciter l’intérêt passionné de tous ceux qui ne peuvent se résoudre à l’abaissement de la France. Nous aurons besoin de toutes les intelligences, de toutes les énergies, de toutes les bonnes volontés. Il nous faut tourner la page des divisions et des rancunes afin que chacun puisse s’inscrire dans un projet, par nature, collectif.
Je connais les difficultés qui nous attendent. Mais l’enjeu nous dépasse tellement, les perspectives sont si exaltantes, le redressement si nécessaire qu’à mes yeux les obstacles paraissent dérisoires.
Ensemble, par la force de notre engagement, par notre conscience commune de la gravité des enjeux, nous rendrons possible le sursaut dont nul ne peut douter de la nécessité et de l’urgence.
Que chacun soit convaincu de la force et de la sincérité de mon engagement au service de la France.
NS

Megalomania is strong in this one.
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 12:03:49 pm
Based on what?
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 10:38:01 am
Time for updated charts! Smiley

Parties in % of valid votes:


Left vs Right in % of valid votes (FI is included in the left):


Parties in % of registered voters:
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 10:16:40 am
I posted this to fb, but it works here too.

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I'm feeling vaguely heartbroken, and I had nothing to gain or lose.

A dark part of me says that I did have something to gain - English pain - which is a drug I can't get enough of. But realistically, I was approaching this from a reasonably unaffected place.

But, stupidly, I allowed myself some hope. I really did hope that Scotland would be independent, not out of hatred for the Poms, or love for the Scots, but out of a desire to see something radical happen. Something that wasn't just 'economically sensible', or realist, or establishment sanctioned. Something that proved democracy was still alive, and that the average man or woman on the street had a voice, and that it mattered. A voice with the future in mind, a voice free of fear, a voice for equity, for community, and for freedom.

Not freedom for the Scots, but freedom for the people who want to be able to have their future in their own hands.

I know this was idealistic, and I know the Scotland is still part of one of the strongest democracies in the world - although Britain does have real issues with civil liberties, and there is, at least for now, a significant list of concerns with how democracy truly works in the UK - but the status quo is not particularly satisfactory.

Maybe independence in Scotland would change absolutely nothing for the world at large, and I was unreasonable, maybe presumptuous, maybe offensive, when I put more on this referendum than simply yes or no to a question about where Scotland's future would lie.

I wish the people of Scotland well, and can't argue with their decision, it was a decisive result. But I can still be disappointed with it, not because there won't be a new flag for the UK (and perhaps Australia), not because there won't be another country in the world, but because for once there was a chance for change to the current world order that didn't involve terror, that wasn't based on market capitalism, that wasn't about the delicate balance of global diplomacy, but was simply about one small country on the other side of the world choosing a new road without guns or bombs, fiscal bullying or lesser evil decision making.

Yeah, I have similar feelings - although not nearly as passionate as yours. I think it's a hell of a wasted opportunity, but I already knew that was going to end up like that, and there are so many things that suck in the world that I need to spare my energies.

Also, there's the silver lining that we might still have a chance to send Cameron packing, which would be sweet.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KS-Sen: Taylor drops out on: September 19, 2014, 08:22:14 am
Kobach illegally extended the deadline for the printing of ballots to pursue is partisan crusade.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rate Preceding Poster's 2014 Prediction "Hackness" from 0 to 10 on: September 19, 2014, 07:52:28 am
It is pretty middle ground, I think it is a perfectly reasonable prediction.  Also this is with me taking the scale as 1 as dem hack and 10 as Rep hack.

Ah, I assumed the scale went from 0 for full objectivity to 10 for complete hackishness. My bad. Tongue
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 19, 2014, 07:50:49 am
So what do you hate about the IRC in particular?

Huh

It's not a quote about the IRC. It just so happened to be posted on IRC. But I put it in my sig because I think it is the most perfectly fitting description for so many things.


SKIP

HuhHuhHuhHuhHuhHuhHuhHuhHuhHuh

SKIP
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KS-Sen: Taylor drops out on: September 19, 2014, 07:14:19 am
So aside from not being able to follow the law, the totally serious suggestion (that will likely be followed) is for the KS Democratic Party to just ignore the office that runs elections.

Can't say I'm surprised and I can't say that they've "stooped" this low; this is simply par for the course.

Px: Stop whining, Phil

Good. We're all satisfied here.

But now, seriously... stop whining, Phil.

Haha, could you imagine the head explosion if a state Republican Party pulled this stunt?

"LAWLESS RETHUGS! KOCH BROS!!!"

Not that any of this will matter. Just going to make the Kansas Dems look even more pathetic when Roberts wins.

In the case you missed it, it's Kobach who's violating the law, not the Democrats.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rate Preceding Poster's 2014 Prediction "Hackness" from 0 to 10 on: September 19, 2014, 07:12:44 am
5

Care to elaborate?
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KS-Sen: Taylor drops out on: September 19, 2014, 07:00:14 am
So aside from not being able to follow the law, the totally serious suggestion (that will likely be followed) is for the KS Democratic Party to just ignore the office that runs elections.

Can't say I'm surprised and I can't say that they've "stooped" this low; this is simply par for the course.

Px: Stop whining, Phil

Good. We're all satisfied here.

But now, seriously... stop whining, Phil.
90  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What should the Kansas Democratic Party do? on: September 19, 2014, 06:30:03 am
Simply ignore this Republican mega-hack and watch his head explode in anger.

This.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum results thread (Sept 18, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 05:16:12 am
84,59% is a very disappointing turnout given that 97% of eligible voters registered and the high level of commitment to vote expressed in the polls, some Yes supporters likely got scared in the end and stayed home.

Indeed, that's really depressing. I was really thinking that whatever the result, we'd get an amazing turnout level.  It seems that the No didn't really overperform, but the Yes underperformed massively.
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: How would a Free Scotland be politically different from the UK? on: September 19, 2014, 04:51:19 am
Scotland is Vermont? 

I was thinking more like West Virginia or Western Pennsylvania. 

lolamericans
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 19, 2014, 04:41:42 am
So according to val.se, the official results have just finished to be counted a couple minutes ago. Tongue

S: 31.01%
MP: 6.89%
V: 5.72%
Total Left Bloc: 43.62% (-0.01) - now that's just pathetic.

M: 23.33%
C: 6.11%
FP: 5.42%
KD: 4.57%
Total Alliance: 39.43% (-9.84)

SD: 12.86% (+7.12)

FI: 3.12% (+2.72)

Others: 0.97%

Turnout is at 85.80% (+1.23), the highest figure since 1994. The only good thing to come out of this election, I guess.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rate Preceding Poster's 2014 Prediction "Hackness" from 0 to 10 on: September 19, 2014, 03:48:40 am
4 - it's definitely too optimistic, but not outside the realm of possibility.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: September 19, 2014, 03:43:40 am
Guillotine is one of the most efficient and painless execution methods there is. It's not like we want to bring back some neo-medieval hellhole where they kill people through barbaric means like lethal injection or electrocution. Which country would do tha- oh wait.

What I was trying to imply was that you have no imagination....

Firing squads? Too military-looking. Gas chambers? Too nazi-looking. Guillotine is the most humane revolutionary method there is.

Guillotine has it's own negative connotations. I prefer the hanging personally.

Those connotations are not negative for everybody. Wink
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post something you admire about the previous poster on: September 19, 2014, 03:42:11 am
The quote in his sig is spot-on.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Senator Previous Poster most Reminds you of on: September 19, 2014, 03:40:38 am
Jeff Flake
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NH: Vox Populi (R): Brown in the lead on: September 19, 2014, 03:25:27 am
99  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2014 Senatorial endorsements page now up on: September 19, 2014, 03:19:03 am
We really need more Republicans on this site.

Nobody needs more Republicans, ever. The world would be better off if they didn't exist at all.
100  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: KS-Sen: Taylor drops out on: September 19, 2014, 03:15:58 am
Yeah, Democrats should just ignore Kobach.
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