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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Tax the Bastards Act of 2014 (Debating) on: October 25, 2014, 10:49:53 pm
Before we move to a final vote, is there anything that might be changed that could convince some of our resident centrists to support a bill that would jack up tax rates on the parasites, or?

Short of a total frontal lobotomy, it's unlikely.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Charles Darwin for Midwest Governor! on: October 25, 2014, 04:12:52 pm
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Amendment to Official Senate Rules and Procedures (Debating) on: October 25, 2014, 01:33:06 pm
I am ready for a final vote.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: My public challenge to Nix, Kemp,Griffin, Flo on: October 25, 2014, 11:51:55 am
These theatrics are exactly what I would expect from a candidate who is losing in a landslide. Why didn't you challenge the advertisement's assertions when you believed that your election was assured? The answer is obvious.

The voters have already rendered the only verdict that matters, Winfield. They have rejected your prejudice and fear-mongering, and Sawx is winning a remarkable victory because his message was one of hope, fairness, and inclusion.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: GRIFFGRAPH ELECTION CENTER on: October 25, 2014, 07:41:52 am
This week's feature... The Great Communist Conspiracy to Elect Windjammer and Blow Up the White House.

Actually, Cassius isn't a bad Senator. My best guess is that he's doing poorly on account of the extremely disturbing posts that he's made outside of the Fantasy boards. Call it sophistry, call it fascism, call it moral nihilism, call it whatever you want, but I don't blame any voter for not wanting that on his conscience.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of MW Governor LeBron FitzGerald (GOTV for Labor!) on: October 25, 2014, 12:14:39 am
But why did it get into the original platform?

Maybe if we ask this another dozen times, we'll actually get an answer.

Frankly, LeBron's response raises more questions than it answers. It's disturbing that any candidate for regional office would even consider removing the basic tenets of modern science from school curricula.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: October 25, 2014, 12:11:14 am
No, I think I have my answer. This isn't going to work.

What isn't going to work? You are being rather cryptic.

First, the cost of the obligations attached to the grant money could exceed the amount of the grant.

Second, we seem to have no idea how much money regional police departments receive from the federal government.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Police Militarization and Civil Rights Act (Debating) on: October 24, 2014, 11:54:18 pm
No, I think I have my answer. This isn't going to work.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Repeal of the Regulatory Overhaul and Review Act (Debating) on: October 24, 2014, 11:13:15 pm
Anyone who has read the Regulatory Overhaul and Review thread understands that this approach suffers from serious problems. If our goal is to overhaul federal regulations, we need stricter controls and more thorough discussion.

Senator Deus has said that he plans to introduce a series of deregulation bills, and I hope that the Senate will meet those proposals with thoughtful debate and fair consideration. In the meantime, we shouldn't waste any more effort on this failed project.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of MW Governor LeBron FitzGerald (Running for Re-Election!) on: October 24, 2014, 11:08:08 pm
I'd nearly forgotten that you have been ignoring my question about this:



I reiterate: Why do you support teaching creationism instead of evolution in science classrooms?
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 24, 2014, 10:10:37 pm
President and Vice President

1. Sibboleth/Hashemite
2. Marokai/Antonio
3. Lumine/Sjoyce
4. Poirot/Shua

Pacific Senate

1. TheCranberry
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of MW Governor LeBron FitzGerald (Running for Re-Election!) on: October 24, 2014, 09:57:57 pm
I'd nearly forgotten that you have been ignoring my question about this:



I reiterate: Why do you support teaching creationism instead of evolution in science classrooms?
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 08:58:58 pm
It's my money and if I want to be "financially wasteful", I should be allowed to.

How large is your debt? How much do you (or one of your caretakers) pay in interest per month? How much will you be earning at your new job, and how likely is it that you'll have that job in one month? Three months? Six?

I don't care what the answers are, but you need to think about them.

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I should not be subjected to hours of insults and character assassinations because of it.  I'm seeing clearly what kind of people some of these posters are, and frankly, it is disturbing.

You should be disturbed. Honesty is a difficult exercise for anyone who rarely practices it.

14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 07:39:02 pm
Listen, guys, I know my decisions are rarely popular, but this one is no worse than any of the previous decisions.  You are trying to get me to admit guilt.  I can't find where I should admit guilt, because my conscience is completely clear.  If you were here in Oklahoma with me you would understand where I'm coming from a lot of times.  If you sat in on the family meetings you would understand.  As it is, you are all arm-chair quarterbacking and pointing fingers.  You did know that every time you point a finger you have three pointing back at you, right?  Do not judge me.  I'm not a horrible person.  None of you are any better than me.  You're not any worse, but none of you are any better.

Do you find these clichťs reassuring? They have never served you well in the past.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: October 24, 2014, 07:03:41 pm
I'm confused. Removing the incident from its context is one thing, but if the point of getting insulin pump signatures is to "raise awareness," why is the family complaining about how their privacy has been violated?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:55:30 pm
No guilt here.  I'm just annoyed.  The only thing I'm guilty of is continuing the Update.  I am very comfortable with my decisions while I work this job.

Are you sure about that? It'd be a relief to all of us if you showed any indication of having a conscience, you know.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:51:54 pm
I'm not embarrassed by my behavior.  I know I'm not doing anything wrong and I am comfortable with my actions.

If that were so, why would you need to tell us that it is?

Because I'm being relentlessly and needlessly barraged by vicious attacks about my way of doing things that are not what everybody else would do.  Right now, it feels like I've got a bunch of flies and mosquitos buzzing around my head, but I can't swat them.

Most of us refer to that feeling as guilt.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Is democracy for everyone? on: October 24, 2014, 06:46:23 pm
What does the normative question in this thread's title have to do with the empirical question that you pose in the poll and in your post, Riley?
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:41:42 pm
I'm not embarrassed by my behavior.  I know I'm not doing anything wrong and I am comfortable with my actions.

If that were so, why would you need to tell us that it is?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:34:12 pm
Ah, but of course you have no choice but to impose on your elderly grandmother while paying rent on a weekend apartment in another city. Poor you.

Listen, I'm not doing anything wrong, so bug off.

This claim would staring credulity even if you were not acting so embarrassed about your behavior.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:27:04 pm
Ah, but of course you have no choice but to impose on your elderly grandmother while paying rent on a weekend apartment in another city. Poor you.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 06:05:27 pm
Nonsense. Your excuses are not even plausible. Anyone else in your situation would mail his rent check and tell his landlord that he'd be out of town for a while. But you already knew that.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Civil liberties advocates losing in midterms on: October 24, 2014, 05:44:35 pm
Democrats have pushed the 'Republican War on Women' line so hard this year that it's become disingenuous, to my ear - particularly as candidates have focused so heavily on optics and other cultural cues rather than relevant issues and policies. (Maybe this is just a reflection of the election cycle, easily our most vacuous one since 2002.)

But is messaging really to blame for Udall's probable demise? It's the sort of explanation that inspires plenty of commentary but very little evidence. I'm skeptical.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 05:15:58 pm
Bushie, will you at least cancel the cable package when you don't live there at all?

Realize every month that one entire week of your work will be spent on the rent and utilities at a place you don't live in at all. Perhaps more than a week when factoring in gas.



I thought about cancelling the cable package, but that would incur a huge disconnect fee that it wouldn't be worth it.  I called today about downgrading, but the agent spoke to me honestly and said I currently have $175 in discounts and if I take items away, I lose the discounts and that could likely cause my bill to actually skyrocket.  So, it's more cost effective to keep it as is.  That's okay with me because I will be come up here every other Friday after work and spend the night and watch some football and go back to Grandma's Saturday evening.

This clarifies everything.

I'm mainly coming up here to check on things and pay rent.  Football is a nice additive.

That's a pile of shit. Do you believe it yourself?
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVIII: 15 Miles From Lunch on: October 24, 2014, 04:15:57 pm
Bushie, will you at least cancel the cable package when you don't live there at all?

Realize every month that one entire week of your work will be spent on the rent and utilities at a place you don't live in at all. Perhaps more than a week when factoring in gas.



I thought about cancelling the cable package, but that would incur a huge disconnect fee that it wouldn't be worth it.  I called today about downgrading, but the agent spoke to me honestly and said I currently have $175 in discounts and if I take items away, I lose the discounts and that could likely cause my bill to actually skyrocket.  So, it's more cost effective to keep it as is.  That's okay with me because I will be come up here every other Friday after work and spend the night and watch some football and go back to Grandma's Saturday evening.

This clarifies everything.
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