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101  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 11:28:00 pm
Wow, this page has become a hate-filled page filled with the mantra "Bushie is going to hell because he's fat."  What a ridiculous assumption.  You all accuse me of a "holier than thou" attitude and defaming the name of Jesus, when you all are doing the EXACT same thing.  Remember, when you point the finger at someone, there are 3 fingers pointing back at you.

Do not blame me - or the forum as a whole - for these conclusions, and do not confuse a comment with an accusation. What you do does not affect us; we have no stake what happens to you. We only have knowledge your life's intimate details because you have chosen to make this forum your confessional. If this discussion troubles you, reflect on its implications.
102  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 08:51:20 pm
No, I'm certain that I do understand grace, and the facts at hand could not be more clear.

Your actions and words are not those of a sinner who has surrendered to God. Instead, you have cynically appropriated the Bible to justify your selfish and myopic choices. God forgives sinners, but not those who are false in their repentance. He sees your heart, even if you would hid it from us. Even if you would hide it from yourself. 

So you do not sin and say, "Jesus, remember me." You are a wanton who loudly pleads for salvation as you willfully indulge in every form of excess. But it does you no good to scream, "Save us!" while you ignore your blackened soul.
103  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 07:13:24 pm
I highly doubt that Jesus would take any interest in an unrepentant sinner like Bushie who routinely profanes the Lord's name by using it as a catch-all excuse.

God takes interest in everyone even, nay, especially the frustrating and unrepentant sinners. Jesus died for the sinners, not for the saints.

Perhaps this passage will clarify my meaning:

Quote from: Luke 23
32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. [...]

39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ”

43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Tell me, which of these two men does Bushie resemble?
104  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The International Tribune-SoEA Official Newspaper (Israel-Palestine End of Saga) on: July 11, 2014, 07:02:38 pm
I don't agree with everything that JCL's said in this thread, but it's a fair point that it isn't really fair for the SoEA to be able to decide everything that happens while at the same time being tasked to come up with responses and solutions. It would probably be best if the SoEA's narration powers were transferred to the GM and there was a chance that the SoEA's attempts might fail to accomplish various goals could fail.

Anything the SoEA comes up with is subject to GM approval. If there's a problem with implausible story lines, it traces directly to the GM.
105  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: July 11, 2014, 06:54:42 pm

106  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: July 11, 2014, 03:51:21 pm
I, AverroŽs, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Secretary of External Affairs, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
107  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 11, 2014, 11:38:02 am
I highly doubt that Jesus would take any interest in an unrepentant sinner like Bushie who routinely profanes the Lord's name by using it as a catch-all excuse.
108  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Confirmation of Barnes as CJO on: July 11, 2014, 11:33:33 am
I'm aware of that, but I'm concerned that the language in our regional constitution precludes that possibility. Maybe no one cares, but if anyone does we risk turning the region's entire judicial system on its head and possibly even nullifying any ruling that you've made.
109  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: First day of Georgia's "carry your gun anywhere" law goes as well as expected on: July 11, 2014, 10:12:58 am
Not contributing to any deaths on its first day in effect is a pretty low standard for proclaiming the success of a policy.
110  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Robert Carlyle Byrd on: July 11, 2014, 09:34:38 am
Robert Carlyle > Robert Carlyle Byrd
111  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Why is South America so... "quiet"? on: July 11, 2014, 08:46:19 am
It's not under-covered (depending on your media diet, obviously) relative to its share of world population (~5%).
112  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama's War on Millenials, and One Woman's Case for Hope on: July 11, 2014, 08:40:50 am
"solutions for mass violence with more love and more guns"

Is she a Branch Davidian?
113  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Who is more capable of being president? on: July 11, 2014, 08:32:24 am
You are aware that the amount of power that an executive has varies widely across both cities and states? How prepared someone is to serve as POTUS has more to do with that than it does with raw population.
114  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Sweet Sixteen Act of 2014 (Debating) on: July 11, 2014, 08:21:06 am
Call me a reactionary, but I don't think high schoolers are ready to be living on their own and such.

Some are more capable of taking care of themselves than their own parents are. It's really not that unusual for people to live away from their parents in high school. Adoption is hardly an option at that age and the foster system works even less well for teenagers than it does for children. If a sixteen year-old wants to move out and can find somewhere else to live, they ought to be permitted to make that happen. There are too many abusive parents.
115  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the absolute worst board on the forum? on: July 11, 2014, 08:08:17 am
The election what-ifs board.

You obviously haven't read Jack Enderman's timelines.
116  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which is the absolute worst board on the forum? on: July 11, 2014, 08:06:41 am
Town Hall
117  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Confirmation of Barnes as CJO on: July 11, 2014, 08:01:21 am
As I haven't resigned yet and my six month term has not expired, I can't help wondering whether this appointment and confirmation are valid.
118  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Special Assembly election on: July 11, 2014, 07:57:22 am
Assembly:

1. Doc Cynic
2. WI: Poirot
3. Joseph M. Carmichael
119  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Spring 2014 Convention - PLATFORM OR I'LL CHOKE A B*TCH on: July 11, 2014, 07:55:17 am
I think we should break down the vote on nationalization by sector and vote on eliminating the agriculture language that a couple of us objected to earlier.

I would also like to see replacing at-large seats with districts as a game reform option in our vote.

I'll work on coming up with some new foreign policy language... please let me know if you have any ideas, as we haven't had much elaboration in what people don't like about that part of the platform.

Also, I'm on my phone so I can't check, but if we don't have some kind of executive summary at the beginning of the platform we should add one. (That could then be posted in the wiki and the intro to Atlasia thread). I think it's important that we summarize the platform for both our own edification and making the party appealing and accessible to prospective members.
120  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Political Tracker (Advice and Consent) on: July 11, 2014, 07:48:23 am
I find it interesting that a majority of the Senate has not posed any questions to the nominees. This presumably indicates a high level of confidence.

More disturbingly, two senators haven't even posted in any of the confirmation threads.
121  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The right not to get shot amendment (debating) on: July 11, 2014, 07:44:28 am
As someone who agrees with you, Bore, I feel obliged to point out that serving on a jury or voting the wrong way in the aggregate can easily result in deaths. Until we abolished the death penalty, in fact, that connection could be very direct. Which isn't to imply that either scenario is comparable to exacting vigilante justice or defending yourself from the mailman's petty tyrannies or whatever odd scenario gun fetishists can dream up.
122  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The right not to get shot amendment (debating) on: July 11, 2014, 07:27:00 am
Speaking as the presumptive SoEA, I must note that the right to bear "low potency explosives" poses a national security risk.

(As a citizen, I agree completely with Senator Bore. The right to bear arms is an anachronism that imposes no meaningful check on government action. It makes no more sense in the present day than a hypothetical right to operate heavy machinery or to store volatile chemicals in your suburban home. Most functioning democracies get along with less violence by doing away with this "natural right.")
123  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The memphis Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: July 10, 2014, 11:01:16 pm
Needs to be deported and stripped of his citizenship.

Preferably to Palestinian Territory.
Anti-Semitism at its worst.

This is as bad as antisemitism gets? It's an interesting world that you live in.
124  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Douthat: Stopping Campus Rape on: July 10, 2014, 04:04:49 pm
I am all for raising the voting age to as high as we see fit.

A maximum voting age would probably be more appropriate.
125  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (4) - The Gates of Winter) on: July 10, 2014, 01:46:39 pm
A PROCLAMATION

Bran Stark and Rickon Stark are not to be killed or harmed, on penalty of death. If captured, the two boys shall be sent to court in the capital to be raised as wards of House Targaryen as soon as conditions are safe enough to permit their passage south, by land or by sea. The men of the Golden Company's northern army shall provide them with protection along this journey if necessary.
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