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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Invent a gender or sexual preference for the previous poster. on: March 21, 2015, 09:19:01 pm
Passive betaromantic
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: March 20, 2015, 08:19:48 pm
On the Inside: 1988

Thad soon found himself in Dallas, Texas, after a four hour flight. After shaving his mustache, augmenting his shoes with lifts, and putting in blue-tinted contacts (a new cosmetic development), Thad's disguise was complete. He looked down at the accompanying driver's license; Aaron Tatum was to be his alias for the next few hours. Thad left the airport and arrived at the Working Man's Party Convention after a quick taxi-ride. The event had lived up to its expectations: security was tight, and it was as inconspicuous as a party convention could conceivably be.

Thad approached the entrance of the Reunion Arena, only to be meet by an imposing guard at the door. "Ticket and identification please," said the man. As instructed, Thad proffered the borrowed license and ticket, and was given entry to the convention. As Thad walked through the area, a handful of people seemed to recognize him. "Hey Aaron!", "Hey!", they said. Thad would wave and smile in passing, worried that his voice might betray his true identity. It was an odd assortment of attendees: some looked dapper in expensive suits, while others wore simple button-ups and blue jeans. Smoking seemed to be the common denominator, and even Thad found himself taken aback at the smoke.

He made his way toward the front row of the convention, in order to make the most out of his wire, but his blood turned to ice and his stomach caved. He had just locked eyes with none other than Davis Griffith, who readily recognized him and made his way toward Thad. Having dealt with Griffith up close on several occasions, Thad took it for granted that his identity had been compromised, and tried to break loose. But the crowds around him were impermeable, and Griffith was soon upon him. His eyes were saccharine and sparkling.

"Hey Aaron! Good to see you!" he said, offering his hand. Thad suddenly felt weightless, and stared at Griffith in awe for a moment, before shaking hands with him. "Thanks! Good to be here," he said. "You're looking a little thin, Aaron. Have you been eating?" asked Griffith. "Just been doing a lot of travelling, but I try to when I can," responded Thad. "Very well. Anyway, this is shaping up to be a great forum tonight. I'm just hoping that Laxalt can pull this off," said Griffith. Thad nodded in agreement and walked off, relieved. He spent the remainder of his time day dreaming and walking to and fro, waiting for the formalities of the convention to be done with.

"And now, before balloting: a final appeal on behalf of each candidate. First, will be Lawrence Ponder, on behalf of David Duke," said the announcer. A tall, scrawny man who looked to be prematurely bald took to the podium. Thad instantly activated his recording device. "I'm glad to be here and address my fellow working men, at the first ever Working Man's Party Convention. Forever shunned by the big interests that dominate both parties and perpetuate the False Choice, this convention serves as a beacon for free-thinking men to share solutions that weren't conceived from within the beltway. We have an important choice before us.

The False Choice is what's presented in front of us. The choice between Democrat and Republican. The former has given us eight years of morass, eight years of heavy spending, and eight years of a spastic foreign policy. The latter has offered a teethed domestic agenda, no real challenge towards the consensus on welfare spending, and nothing short of complete retreat in the Middle Eastern area. The False Choice is one between bad and worse.

The False Choice is also blind to the dilemma that faces average working men today. President Lloyd Bentsen willfully lifted tariffs on Japanese auto imports. Speaker Ho'kee implicitly supported such action. President Bentsen signed a 'compromise' raising taxes on middle-income workers. Speaker Ho'kee was an architect of that proposal. Neither President Bentsen nor Speaker Ho'kee have spoken about the burgeoning illegal alien population, which threatens to further devalue our wages and change the makeup of this country.

It is unfortunate that I've had to use the word 'neither' in most of my speech. However, the reality is that neither of these candidates have adopted a strong stance against the Sovet Union. Neither of these candidates have absolved to stand against the debasement of the common man's wage. Neither of these candidates have even mentioned the pending demographic and socioeconomic threat looming south of the border to us.

We can't allow the President to get elected to his own term. Since the Democrats won the White House in 1980, we've been hampered with inflation, high gas prices, declining wages, and crippling unemployment. It's unfortunate that the party of the working American has now become the party of the unemployed American. This was the party that sided with rabble rousers in the sixties, and nominated George McGovern in 1972. This is the party that refused to turn out for Jimmy Carter, an honest man, for not being liberal enough. This party has been taken over by spoiled college kids and their overpaid professors - they no longer represent our interests.

What's worse is the descent of the Republican Party. Twenty years ago, conservative interests had finally prevailed against the elite establishment, and Barry Goldwater wrested the nomination. But now we've been left with piddling moderates and political squishes like Howard Baker and Mark Hatfield. Armstrong was a great candidate, but he could not stand up to the well-oiled smear machine of an exotic Indian millionaire. Between his contempt for the rights of the unborn and his willingness to retreat from our foreign conflicts, he's off the reservation for sure.

Senator Laxalt has a considerable sales pitch here: he's actually won elections in his state before. He's served in office. He's been a Senator for years, but he hasn't endeavored to solve any of the problems that our nation faces right now. When this great party was first formed, Senator Laxalt ran for office as a Republican. Senator Laxalt caucuses with the Republicans. This is just a power play to try and get us to compromise our core values and give Senator Laxalt another chance to run for President.

There is one candidate who hasn't been rendered tone deaf by the political beltway: Representative David Duke. David Duke readily understands the dangers presented by the Queer Disease, and supports a quarantine of those infected. Rather than lifting tariffs on Japanese imports, David Duke would reinstate said tariffs and enable domestic oil drilling to the best of his ability, to reinvigorate American automobile manufacturing. Following up on that, President David Duke would enact a vigorous immigration enforcement system; as a nation, we can't afford letting the Reds into our country.

There's only one candidate when it comes to faith, family, and keeping our country strong. I ask the delegates to vote for David Duke, for the future of this country."
78  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on: March 20, 2015, 08:08:04 am
"Frank's Brother" was kind of a dud, but I really can't think of any bad episodes besides that one. Great, great show all around.

The Gang Gets Whacked is kindof weak IMO. But even going into Season 10, there haven't been any major disappointments, which is a good sign.

A Paddy's Pub shirt came into my possession a few days ago as a gift. I might try to get a DENNIS System one at some point. Grin
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been arrested? on: March 19, 2015, 11:06:20 pm
80  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TNF on: March 18, 2015, 04:44:56 pm
Great guy, huge FF

I need to pull a stick out of my ass over him defending murder and the use of demeaning slurs? If that qualifies as having a stick in my ass, then I guess I'll keep that stick in there.

81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 16, 2015, 11:13:18 pm
Again, it is an absolute fact that if I regulate what I eat, I WILL lose weight by standing for 5-8 hours a day.  I may not lose weight in buckets, but it will happen over time.

I am optimistic.  I know my strengths and abilities.  I know my resolve and my determination.  Those factors make me optimistic.

82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2015 NFL Offseason/Free Agency Thread on: March 16, 2015, 09:57:49 pm
Tramon Williams to Cleveland Browns

Vince Wilfork to Houston Texans
83  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: In "Atlas Forum: The Movie" which actor would portray the previous poster? on: March 16, 2015, 09:10:32 pm
Chris Crocker
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: March 16, 2015, 03:17:33 pm
Given that Atlas is more or less a liberal echo chamber, I'm going to have to go with Reality TV stars. I am far more confident in The Situation than I am litany of guilt-ridden, perpetually offended liberal whiners that compose almost all of our red avatar'd friends.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 16, 2015, 03:12:22 pm
Work Night 2 is officially 8 hours away at 2230.  It starts at 2230 tonight because that is 24 hours before my shift ends tomorrow night.  So, 8 hours until Work Night 2 and 26 1/2 hours until I begin Day 2 - my first day of training at 1700.

I'm confused - why is this Work Day 1 if you haven't gotten trained yet? Huh
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 15, 2015, 07:02:12 pm
I made it back home to Tulsa a little over an hour ago.  I am just going to sit back and relax for most of the evening and watch the NCAA Tourney Selection Sunday special on CBS and ESPN/ESPN2.  I will go to bed just after the news about 2225.

Since it doesn't look like you'll be doing any standing tonight, will you use your standing gear at work?

CADD is definitely in a locked chest tucked away in the attic.

First nominee for Update XXIII's title.

87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: March 14, 2015, 10:33:33 pm
It's true McDaniel did attend a few Neo-Confederate meetings, yes, but he is the lesser of the two evils. He made offensive comments about gays and I even still support him over the Mark Sanford of Mississippi! I probably would abstain if McDaniel ends up being the nominee against Childers though.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 13, 2015, 07:14:04 pm
Bushie do you ever watch Women's Basketball?
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 12, 2015, 05:14:22 pm
What've you been eating? When's the next weigh-in?
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Porcupine: At-Large Senator Special Election Debate on: March 12, 2015, 04:31:05 pm
Since the election will soon be upon us, this shall be the conclusion of questioning. Thank you for your thoughtful responses and good luck to all candidates.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Porcupine: At-Large Senator Special Election Debate on: March 11, 2015, 08:18:21 pm
To all candidates: Since the DemPGH administration, there were several attempts at "revolution" (more specifically, Alfred's Papal Batch and Snowstalker's posts.) While both posters in question were prosecuted for these actions, do you think that posts such as these should have actual bearing on the game? While President, Cranberry briefly mentioned negotiating with Alfred's movement before being overwhelmingly rebuked by the public. Should these be ignored and not considered canon to Atlasia?

To Adam Griffin: You've served several times in the Atlasian Senate. Since your departure, the rules have been overhauled. Have you studied these rules, and are you confident in your command of them?

To JCL: When the Senate was debating the Protecting People from Explosives amendment, you accidentally voted Aye when intending to vote Nay - thus making the difference in the amendment's passage. In the event that you are elected, are you confident that you will give more diligence to legislation as it's being voted on, to ensure you know what you're voting for?

To Poirot and Foucaulf: Neither of you have been elected to the Senate before. When I served as Senator and Vice President, I sometimes used Yankee as a crutch when I was unsure of the proper procedure. However, Yankee no longer serves in the Senate, and the most senior Senator is TNF. If elected, will you take the initiative to study the Senate rules?

Submitted questions:
To all candidates: What do you think is the best way to move forward on economic growth?

To all candidates: What is your view on the current debate about inactivity?
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Irony Oremine on: March 10, 2015, 10:40:47 pm
You should feel bad for posting such utter garbage.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 10, 2015, 08:43:44 am
I have just crossed underneath 13 days until my new career.  The time is drawing near.  First, though, I get a mini-Spring Break vacation at my parents this week.  I will head down to my parents this afternoon (Tuesday) and spend the next five nights with them.

You never "eat healthy" when you're with your parents. Is this when we finally break into the plane of three hund-o?
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Porcupine: At-Large Senator Special Election Debate on: March 08, 2015, 08:21:56 pm
JCL, you can still respond to the previous question but I'm going to post the next round.

To all candidates: The position of Secretary of External Affairs has been an important position for years. Superique seems to have been doing a good job. However, other than luminaries such as Hashemite and Nix, Presidents have sometimes struggled filling this position. Similarly, in my time in Atlasia, the Secretary of Internal Affairs has often seemed like a Postmaster General with an identity crisis. My good friends NiK and MattVT struggled to make purpose out of the office. Since then, it has become a bit more purposeful as an assistant to the Game Moderator, and Hagrid served competently in the office.

The Cabinet Reform Amendment failed, in part due to low turnout amongst the Senate. Would you have supported the Cabinet Reform Amendment? Do you think these departments should be redefined, kept as is, or abolished?

To Adam Griffin: In the past you have stated your opposition to US intervention in Iraq to stop ISIS. Secretary Superique, who is to be retained by Bore, has called for multi-lateral action against ISIS. Do you agree with this approach? If not, what (if any) solution would you offer?

To JCL: Regarding ISIS, you said during your presidential campaign:

I hate war and senseless destruction. ISIS is killing and pillaging Christian and Muslims indiscriminately and several world leaders are looking to Atlasia to stand up and lead in an international coalition to put them down. I'd rather not send our boys and girls over to fight but we might have to.

You have also mentioned support for a declaration of war on ISIS. Is this a measure that you would support as Senator? If not, how would you work as Senator to fight ISIS?

To Poirot and Foucaulf: What action, if any, do you think needs to be taken against ISIS?
95  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: If the above poster ran for President, what would be his worst state? on: March 08, 2015, 06:19:58 pm
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post your nominations for titles for Update Season XXII here. on: March 08, 2015, 01:24:29 pm
Season XXII: Opportunities for Corporate Worship
97  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: March 07, 2015, 10:37:43 pm
Bentsen's speech was pretty weak, but I could see him saying it. Great work!

I'd figured that Bentsen would devote most of his speech to attacking Ho'kee, given that he doesn't have much else to work with.

James Garner - A Republican Senator?

The James Garner mentioned here is related to the former Vice President and is a fictional character.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 07, 2015, 09:54:35 pm
Season XXII: Opportunities for corporate worship
99  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Porcupine: At-Large Senator Special Election Debate on: March 07, 2015, 01:19:37 pm
Thank you for your answers. Next round:

To all candidates: Who do you consider to be the best Senator Atlasia ever had, either past or present? How would you emulate their performance?

To Adam Griffin: As you would know, Labor is indisputably the majority party in this government. Bore won the Presidential Election in a rout, and Labor held three out of five regional Senate seats. If you win this election, Labor will have six Senate seats and the Presidency. How do you plan on avoiding the pitfalls that Labor encountered during the DemPGH administration, when Labor had similar control over government?

Expanding upon this, one noted initiative that you supported in your last tenure as At-Large Senator was nationalization of energy utilities. President-elect bore was a vote against your attempt, but had stated in the debate that he supported nationalization of utilities in some form. If elected, can voters expect a more nuanced attempt at nationalization, or is this a dead issue to you?

To JCL: You are notorious amongst Atlasia for your right-wing views. Given that the current make-up of the Senate is majority Labor, and several more of its members are left-of-center, how do you plan on working with the majority?

As Senator, your sole piece of legislation was the Taft-Hartley Reinstatement Act. Attempts to pass that were about as successful as the Bills' offense. Perhaps more publicized is a bill you sponsored as Mideast Assemblyman: the Mideast Right to Life Act. Can we expect more proposals like this from a hypothetical Senator JCL? If not, what issues do you plan on legislating?

To Foucaulf: You previously ran a colorful campaign for Midwest Governor where you criticized the Midwest's budget for what you considered to be fanciful revenue figures and unrealistic expenditures. You also recently criticized the 2015 Budget passed by the Senate and signed by Lumine.

Do you intend to relitigate the 2015 budget? If not, will you oppose potential spending projects that may be proposed by Labor in the future? How do you expect to work with the majority, given how critical you've been of Labor in the past?

To Poirot: You are well-known for your repeated attempts to obtain elective office. Other than a stint as Northeastern Representative, you have not succeeded. Some attempts were more successful than others. Why do you think you fail to resonate with voters?

In addition, can you expand upon your political views and what issues you may legislate if elected?
100  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Dust In The Wind on: March 06, 2015, 10:10:18 pm
Trump: 1988

Thad O'Connor found himself in Areus' quarters once more, one week after the Democratic National Convention. He had been invited on short notice, but never took for granted the opportunity to be in the company of Areus Ho'kee and the luxuries that he afforded. Thad entered to find a tipsy Lawrence Coventry sitting with his feet up on Ho'kee's table, while Abimelech Delroy and Ericson Snell were on the opposite side of the room.

"Thanks for coming on such short notice, Thad," said Areus. "I'm a bit worried that Griffith and his pack of rejects are going to pose problems for us in close states. True to his nature, Griffith is holding the Working Man's Party Convention at a private venue in Dallas, Texas. This is a no-press, invite-only event, and it seems to me that the only reason he would have this event be so opaque is due to the controversial nature of some of his guests. Why else would a third party pass up on free press coverage? I'd like to go down that old road of freedom of the press, but it's Texas, and such a matter would not be resolved until after the fact."

"A party claiming to be 'for the working man', but only rich donors and established party leaders can get in. Typical considering the caliber of Davis Griffith," said Abimelech Delroy. Thad nodded his head in agreement. "He is hypocritical. But what business do we have with the affairs of the Working Man's Party?" he asked. "David Duke is in the running for this nomination. The average man does not know much about David Duke, but he will soon find out: David Duke used to be a goddamn Klansman. I can only imagine the torrent of bigotry that will come forth when he is to address this convention.

Under ideal circumstances, it is almost mathematically impossible for Paul Laxalt to have accrued enough delegates given the time that he entered the primaries. However, knowing Davis Griffith as I do, the fix is in, and he will surely find some way to engineer the nominating process to pick Paul Laxalt. This sort of affair attracts the furthest fringes of American politics, and these people tend to be quite intemperate. When it dawns upon these people that Laxalt has stolen the nomination, it won't be pretty on that convention floor.  So between that and the sort of speeches given by nutjobs, and it's hard not to see that this is ideal dirt. That's where you come in," said Areus, before holding up a wired apparatus.

"When things look like they're about to get intense, I want you to turn this on. The Working Man's Party could pose a threat in the future, which is why we need headlines like these: 'WMP Candidate: White Man Under Siege,' and 'Fists fly as Paul Laxalt Wins.' Laxalt is poised to break out, should he win, and this could be a nice brake on such momentum." Trying to comprehend all of that, Thad was still confused. "Why am I being sent on such a mission, though?" he asked. "To be simple, I had an inside man infiltrate this organization over the course of two years. Earlier this month he broke his leg and won't be in attendance. You're the closest that comes to filling his profile, which is why I need you to be wearing this wire," said Ho'kee.

Thad nodded. "Oh, and one other thing: once things go awry, you have to leave the area. Those few who are deranged enough to support Duke or Cleaver to the point of paying the fee needed to rub elbows with the interests that support the WMP will riot. These people are fanatics. Be careful," said Ho'kee. Ericson Snell rose up and interjected moments later. "There's something that does not sit right with me about this whole affair, Areus. The more I think about it, the less comfortable I feel being party to all of it. While I want to see you win as much as you do, this is a dangerous proposal.

For starters, we are Mavericks and we are Republicans. Through attrition, campaigning, and some shrewd campaign tactics, we managed to clinch the Republican nomination despite staggering odds. That's quite the feat. Now, however, you want to send a mole into a convention that the voters of the WMP recognize as private. This threatens the value of freedom of association, and the value of privacy. Don't the members of the Working Man's Party have a right to assemble and discuss their political opinions? Don't they have some reasonable expectation of privacy, and not to be caught on tape?

Secondly, I'm a bit concerned for Thad's well-being in all of this. I get that he fits the profile of whoever you had in mind to record this affair. However, Thad's a pretty distinctive looking guy. Do you really think it'll be that hard for Thad to get pinched in a crowd? It might be true that few people in Dallas will know what a Senator from Maine looks like, but Thad earned quite a bit of distinction from his filibuster. A short guy with long hair and a mustache; just how many of those are there in conservative politics?  What would happen to poor Thad if he got pinched as part of this wiretapping scheme? He could lose reelection. That could end his career, and cost Republicans a Senate seat. This seems awfully risky for no good reason," he said, finally finishing his harangue.

"I understand where you're coming from, but you're being myopic and I disagree with you in the strongest terms possible," said Ho'kee. "It is true that the Constitution affords us a right to freedom of assocation, and the right to privacy. However, one other thing that it affords us is freedom of the press, and freedom of information. While the Working Man's Party maintains the pretense of being a private club, the reality is that they will be affecting the public discourse of the general election. They will be appearing on the ballot in at least thirty-five states. I had to watch my tongue at the Republican Convention. Bentsen had to dance around the issues at his. Laxalt doesn't receive the same level of scrutiny because the Working Man's Party decides to be opaque? I call foul.

Consider the implications: had Mark Hatfield been able to get one or two percent more of the popular vote, we could have been spared of Jackson's second term. By comparison, the Working Man's Party garnered eight percent of the vote in the 1986 midterms, and Laxalt is sure to punch above the weight of his party's shoestring operation. I'm sure that you would agree that if we were to get a third term of Democratic rule it could be the downfall of this country; and if you don't, then leave this room at once.

I agree that Thad is more conspicuous than most, and he's sticking his neck out here a bit. But Thad has established his credentials as a fighter and a patriot, both in the Senate and on the battlefield. I'm confident that he's comfortable doing this. Besides, even if he were to be implicated in bugging the WMP convention, I doubt that the political backlash would be enough to cost him reelection. Even if it were, that would be far outweighed by the acquisition of the Presidency, and at this trajectory we should have Senate seats to spare. I don't need to remind you of the old adage about a bird in the hand versus two in the bush."

Ericson Snell was silent for some time, taking in what Areus had to say. An air of silence had filled the room, with each occupant uncomfortably glancing eachother, before Snell finally responded. "I'll cede the argument for the most part, but I'm still concerned about Thad's livelihood. He was part of the foundation that we built upon years ago, and rose to the occasion when it was time to do the filibuster. The youth of this country identify with him on a deeper level, and these are the voters that you've been trying to reach. You compare a bird in the hand and two in the bush, but my fear is that Thad is your bird in the hand, and you are poised to crush him in your fist. At the very least, you should get his opinion on this," he said.

"Okay. I'll cut to the chase, then. Thad, do you assent to this mission?" asked Ho'kee. "I shall do it," said Thad.
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