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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: July 27, 2014, 05:17:18 pm
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pollstergeist: President DemPGH's Job Approval Rates on: July 27, 2014, 04:16:52 pm
I haven't agreed with everything he's done, but I didn't agree with everything DemPGH, Nix or Polnut did, either. I strongly approve (TPP).
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Merger Discussion Thread on: July 27, 2014, 02:45:35 pm
You're aware that *hughughug* and all those things that made the Midwest unique would've been gone with the Merger, right?

Right? ...

If true, that would be one of the few things that could convince me to vote for a merger.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Official Citizen Initiative Thread on: July 27, 2014, 02:44:23 pm
Ugh, did we never get rid of "initiatives"?
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment Against Associate Justice Torie on: July 26, 2014, 11:31:36 pm
Well, I suppose either active justice can answer this, but has Torie been so completely MIA as to be a burden to the court? Or, rather, if you would like to give a statement without any explicit opinion on the matter, can you name the last time you communicated with Torie?

I won't go into that, but, in my case, the last I heard from Torie was in the early discussions on Snowstalker v. The Midwest, to the point where his opinion on the law was made clear (hence the unanimous opinion), in advance of his hiatus.

I did note that the decision in Scott v. The Northeast was unanimous, but given the de facto vacancy I was using that in the sense that me and Chief Justice bgwah were on the same page following our discussion of the case.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which political party would you register/ID with by state and country on: July 26, 2014, 05:57:18 pm
United States: I imagine I'd vote for the Democrat in most situations.
United Kingdom: Ugh. Labour. Maybe even a joke vote for the Lib Dems or something.
Scotland: SNP for all their faults.
Wales: Plaid Cymru for all theirs.
Northern Ireland: Sinn Fein obviously.
Ireland: I'm still voting for Labour. Who else? Really.
Canada: Liberals.
Quebec: lol
Australia: ALP is kind of useless but whatever.
New Zealand: Likewise.
France: lol no thanks
Spain: I would leave spain.
Germany: CDU.
Italy: PD (sane).
Austria: I would leave Austria.
Denmark: They all seem fairly awful. Maybe whatever that party that's in coalition with the SDs now is? Are they a joke?
Norway: Conservative Party, probably.
Sweden: Moderate Party.
Finland:  National Coalition Party. I don't know.
Iceland: No idea.
Japan: lol no thanks.
Taiwan: No idea.
South Korea: No idea. I would found a party based on submitting to glorious North Korea.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should Supreme Courts votes be made public? on: July 25, 2014, 10:18:14 pm
What do you mean by 'votes'? All members are constitutionally required to dissent or concur publicly in a case, so the public should be well aware of how each Justice voted.

The other justices seldom post in case threads.

Right, because all that's required is that they formally post where they concur or dissent. The ultimate opinion is the product of discussion between the Justices.

What are you proposing here, specifcally?
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Labour Zionism on: July 25, 2014, 10:03:24 pm
Horrible, like all zionism.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Should Supreme Courts votes be made public? on: July 25, 2014, 09:54:26 pm
What do you mean by 'votes'? All members are constitutionally required to dissent or concur publicly in a case, so the public should be well aware of how each Justice voted.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: TNF v. Windjammer on: July 25, 2014, 09:37:07 pm
As I mentioned in my post above, there was some discussion about whether it was appropriate for the Supreme Court to hear a case on what ultimately boils down to a question of Senate procedure. My arguments laid out above stand - perhaps most peruasively, the Senate election for a president pro tempore is not comparable to, say, electing a head of a private club, a situation in which the Supreme Court would have no right to intervene. The Senate is a public body, a branch of government that is necessarily, as with the executive branch, kept in check by the Supreme Court.

The election of a president pro tempore is a particularly important national matter that affects the passage of legislation, and, as a result, all Atlasian citizens. Furthermore, the simple fact is that there is no other court of law that could conceivably resolve such a dispute, other than this Court - Nyman, and the Senate, are not part of any region and not subject to regional legal jurisdiction. The 'who else?' argument also swayed our decision in choosing to hear this matter. As such,



Official Atlasia Supreme Court Release
Nyman, DC

Writ of Certiorari

The Supreme Court of Atlasia grants certiorari to hear the question of whether Vice President Windjammer's decision to discard write-in votes for Senator TNF in the election for president pro tempore was in violation of established Senate procedural rules and precedent, and whether Senator TNF's rights were infringed upon by this decision.


Schedule

Petitioner has one week to file his brief.  It is expected no later than 6:00PM EDT on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Respondent has an additional seventy-two hours to file his brief.  It is expected no later than 6:00PM EDT on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Amicus Briefs will be accepted until 6:00PM EDT on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, unless the filing party can show sufficient need.

Additional time may be granted to either party upon a showing of sufficient need, and the right of either party to respond to the filed briefs may be granted upon request.

A period of argument (Q&A) will be scheduled after presentation of the briefs in case any member of the Court has any questions for the parties.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Simfan v. Windjammer on: July 25, 2014, 09:28:49 pm
Official Atlasia Supreme Court Release
Nyman, DC

Notice of Dismissal

After consideration of the petitioner's arguments, the Supreme Court of Atlasia has declined to grant certiorari to hear the question of whether Simfan's constitutional rights were violated during his nomination for the post of Attorney General.

Simfan argues that, as he was under the impression that a confirmation hearing was not required, it fell to the Vice-President, Windjammer, to alert him of such so that he could appear before the Senate and answer questions. Simfan argues that this deprived him of the right to due process and, furthermore, since his nomination was rejected as a result of his failure to appear, the "liberties" of serving as Attorney General.

The Court is unconvinced. There is no constitutional obligation for the Vice-President to contact nominees - it is simply a courtesy. Simfan also undercuts his own argument - that he was already serving as Attorney General as a result of President Duke's appointment - by the clear fact that he did not see the confirmation thread. If he had been serving as Attorney General in anything other than the most nominal of capacities it seems likely that he would have visited the Government board at least once during the hearing and noticed that his presence was required. As is, this suit borders on the frivolous.

The case is dismissed.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 04:04:08 pm
I've got a black friend!

More accurately in this instance, "my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a staunch friend to several noted Moors and thicklips in his day".
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: How would you have voted? Republic of Ireland edition on: July 25, 2014, 03:59:20 pm
ah-but-now-oi-went-ta-yer-mammy's-funeral-and-got-yer-kitchen-drains-fixed
[...]

Eire

[...]

Seriously, go die in a ditch, hibernophobic scumbag.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: July 25, 2014, 03:41:48 pm
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: July 25, 2014, 03:41:01 pm
For the record I have Sephardi ancestry on my father's side.
16  General Politics / Economics / Re: July US unemployment rate down to 5.8%, about 332.000 jobs created on: July 25, 2014, 01:22:24 pm
I eagerly await the death of the LFP IS FALLING canard. Guess who's reaching retirement age?
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: July 25, 2014, 01:19:02 pm
I've noticed that most of the red New York avatars have something in common. What could it be?

oh my God are you actually going there

I actually took that to refer to the fact that, unfortunately, our D-NYs tend to be slavish Israel apologists rather than the, um, other thing, but I might be giving him too much credit.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 25, 2014, 01:09:29 pm
Anyone wondering when snowstalker is going to join the legion of brave freedom fighters defending Gaza from the vile, imperialist zionist war machine?

I hope it's soon, so he can do stuff other than post inane comics on atlas.

That's an impressive argument, you must be proud. I forgot that people literally have to go and fight in warzones in order to express an opinion on anything that doesn't currently personally affect them. (Though it is funny that your sarcastic description of Israel is actually a perfectly accurate description of the state).
Seriously, go die in a ditch, anti-semitic scumbag. And as for your signature - if you really think Hamas is just a poor ol' caught fish in a barrel, ineffectually spitting seawater at a metal shield and getting undeserved insults in return - you must be utterly mad. Does "to the river to the sea" not carry the hint of genocide to you?

lmao

What on earth have I said that's "anti-semitic"? It doesn't matter, I assume if you continue throwing that tired old accusation around against anyone who dares criticise Israel like some kind of ancient talisman I'll eventually be transformed into a pillar of salt where I stand.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The burning pronunciation question on: July 24, 2014, 08:21:14 pm
Haitch (sane).
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Pacific Voting Booth: Merger Referendum on: July 24, 2014, 07:34:54 pm
Nay.
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: July 24, 2014, 06:38:49 pm
Anyone wondering when snowstalker is going to join the legion of brave freedom fighters defending Gaza from the vile, imperialist zionist war machine?

I hope it's soon, so he can do stuff other than post inane comics on atlas.

That's an impressive argument, you must be proud. I forgot that people literally have to go and fight in warzones in order to express an opinion on anything that doesn't currently personally affect them. (Though it is funny that your sarcastic description of Israel is actually a perfectly accurate description of the state).
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Simfan v. Windjammer on: July 24, 2014, 05:48:27 pm
I assume the court has declined to grant this case certiorari?

The decision on certiorari on both this and TNF v. Windjammer will be posted tomorrow, actually.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum IRC Channel on: July 22, 2014, 05:02:56 pm
Get in providing for the usual "as long as you're not terrible" condition.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: July 22, 2014, 01:10:22 pm
I don't actually disagree with anything in it, tbh. It doesn't change the fact the Israeli government is a bunch of morons and assholes and at this point bear most of the responsibility for the failure of peace talks.
You agree that the US has a responsibility to ensure that Israel maintains a "military edge?"

If that's necessary to prevent the neighboring countries from destroying it, then yes. Though I know that's not the case right now, Israel has historically been much less trigger-happy than its old enemies.
Why is it America's job to provide for Israel's defense?

Powerful nations should do their job to protect smaller nations from aggression, in general. The fact that Israel is probably the single State in the world that the most other countries would like to see crushed makes its defense particularly necessary.

Israel's very existence is a form of aggression.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this quote on: July 22, 2014, 01:09:35 pm
Snowstalker is actually completely correct in this thread, although that doesn't the change the fact that he's being an irritating troll in expressing those (correct) opinions.

The rewriting of history by the anti-Israel crowd is just shameless. 

[insane diatribe about THE JEWISH HOMELAND]

Okay, I'm convinced, obviously the foundation of Israel and its continuing slide into deranged genocidal expansionism is completely justified because the Assyrians kicked the Jews out of Israel a couple of millenia back.
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