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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) on: November 12, 2016, 10:11:27 pm
"The Adventures of Hobo Orgy Guy and Blondie" (see my sig) is over 70,000 words.  Of course, that took me well over a year....


But you finished!
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone else just want to drink, or cry? on: November 11, 2016, 04:58:30 pm
Besides, it would only be for two years since you do not know what the midterm elections have in store. 

Unless Trump and the Republicans make such an utter and complete mess of things and quickly, we know that the GOP will retain control of the Senate. There are at most 2 Class 1 Senate seats that the Democrats could hope to take from the Republicans (Nevada and Arizona) as there's no way the other 6 seats the Republicans hold are anything other than utterly safe right now.  When you hold 25 of 33 seats, there's little room for improvement.  The only other option is that the Democrats win a seat or two by special election, but even so, they'll have a tough time holding onto all they got.

True, but with such a slim majority in the Senate, the Republicans will have a hard time gaining the needed votes on anything "radical", and on top of that, they definitely won't reach any filibuster-proof majorities.  As a result (much like Obamacare), anything making its way out of the Congress will be watered-down from what would otherwise be desired.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The electoral college on: November 11, 2016, 04:42:23 pm
Considering that the electoral college was literally designed to keep a wave of populist furor from electing a demagogue like Trump, this election proves that keeping the electoral college around after every state decided 200 years ago to allocate their electoral votes by a statewide popular vote is counterproductive and contradictory to the point of lunacy.

"...every state..."  That is incorrect.  Maine and Kansas split their EVs, and there are proposals in California, North Carolina, and other states to consider doing the same.

And Trump's win is short of a populist furor.  He won the majority vote in only 30 States/Commonwealths, and that is with less than half of the total registered voters nationwide participating in the 2016 election.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone IV - Hungover on: November 11, 2016, 04:29:53 pm
It's NaNoWriMo and I have a story I've been meaning to work on, but shirked off for being an election junkie [totally called Wisconsin and only two Senate gains (albeit Ayotte and McGinty I got wrong)].

Best of luck!  I didn't reach the 50,000 last year, and I don't have time this year.  Make the Atlas proud!
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) on: November 11, 2016, 04:28:40 pm

Sadly, I have no time this year to attempt it.  Maybe things will be quieter next year.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forumite with the most posts who you didn't know existed? on: November 11, 2016, 04:14:41 pm
MODU? wow have not seen your name in a long time. Doesn't it mean, Member of Democratic Underground?

remember me?

Yes, I do remember you.  Smiley  And no, it means "Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit". 

7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone else just want to drink, or cry? on: November 11, 2016, 04:12:08 pm
Thank you for being a voice of reason, modu.  And welcome back.

Thanks bud.  It's a rare day where I can get online.  Smiley
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Anyone else just want to drink, or cry? on: November 11, 2016, 04:05:28 pm
Paul Ryan getting his knife out for the New Deal...For Medicare...and we have to endure this for four years with nothing to stop him. What did we do to deserve this? Why is he such a sociopathic piece of garbage? Anyone else feeling just...deep despair?

Half of one branch (let alone one person) cannot do anything alone.  Just like at the start of the Obama administration, just because you have Congress and the Presidency doesn't mean you can pass whatever you want.  There is still a lot of compromise that has to occur because no one party is homogeneous.  There are many different opinions and philosophies. 

Besides, it would only be for two years since you do not know what the midterm elections have in store. 
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forumite with the most posts who you didn't know existed? on: November 11, 2016, 03:53:53 pm
This thread reminds the better days of Atlas.......MODU, Gabu, Lewis, Lunar, dazzleman and others.........all who made the place pretty damn cool.

Thanks!  Smiley
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The electoral college on: November 11, 2016, 01:12:10 pm
Electoral College needs to die and its actually much easier to kill it than people think too.

It would require Amending the Constitution.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The electoral college on: November 11, 2016, 12:32:40 pm
It demonstrates that it works.

There isn't a national election but rather 51 separate State/District elections for the Federal office of President.  The cumulative number of PV's is irrelevant. 

But why ought that to be the case?

Because we are a Union of 50 sovereign States/Commonwealths that function under a single Federal government. 
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The electoral college on: November 11, 2016, 11:30:45 am
It demonstrates that it works.

There isn't a national election but rather 51 separate State/District elections for the Federal office of President.  The cumulative number of PV's is irrelevant. 
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) on: July 12, 2016, 11:26:44 am

I did it last year (until "real life" got in the way).  Made it to 34,000 words in a very jumbled draft.  Not bad for two-weeks worth of writing though.  Hope to get back to it some point this year to rearrange the plotlines of the novel and fill in some much-needed backstory.

14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich says he wont help Trump win Ohio on: July 12, 2016, 11:21:43 am
He ought to realize that he's not just hurting Trump here; he is actually is hurting Republicans across the entire nation because of down-ballot voting. For the sake of the party, he needs to play his role.

How does helping (or not) Trump perform well in Ohio have any bearing on downballot voting in other states?


A)  Because you have a lot of uninformed voters who only go to the polls to vote for President, and then lazily start selecting everyone in that same party down the line.

B)  Because our nation doesn't have a media blackout on releasing poll results until the polls in the last State have closed.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:44:35 pm
The problem with so much of the ACA is that there's not going to be near enough going in to handle what's going out.

^^^^

Which is why the backbone of the legislation is going to fail, taking the whole system with it.  All the ACA is a bandaid on the real problems of insurance, and unfortunately, we can't pay for those bandaids forever.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:39:25 pm

What's missing here is "why" should the ones who are now able to ride on their parents insurance until they are 26 sign up for individual insurance?   In a way, the very persons they need to sign up are the ones who they gave a waiver to.

Plenty of the "young invincibles" parents don't have insurance.

Hence the phrasing "... the ones who are now able to ...".  Those who aren't able to ride on their parents plans probably can't afford individual insurance on their own without government subsidies as it is, so they won't be the ones providing the needed funding the legislation is banking on.

17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Young Americans Resistant to Obamacare on: December 05, 2013, 04:28:07 pm

What's missing here is "why" should the ones who are now able to ride on their parents insurance until they are 26 sign up for individual insurance?   In a way, the very persons they need to sign up are the ones who they gave a waiver to.
18  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Does Santa Claus give presents to non-Christians? on: December 05, 2013, 08:47:17 am
Since "Santa Claus" is a part of the secular holiday of Christmas, I see no reason why any kid is restricted from receiving presents.  Heck, some of my Jewish cousins celebrate the secular holiday of Christmas.  They even put up a tree and hang stockings.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP to all victims of the Battle of Black Friday on: December 03, 2013, 12:26:37 pm

Add this to my list of why I hate how Christmas has become more about "stuff" and less about real gifts: family, friends, life, etc.



Speaking of friends, welcome home, MODU!

Hey there, Grumps.  Hope you and the family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Smiley
20  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Romance language on: December 03, 2013, 12:25:51 pm


Italian, but I would write in "Barry White".  hahaha
21  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: RIP to all victims of the Battle of Black Friday on: December 03, 2013, 12:23:56 pm

Add this to my list of why I hate how Christmas has become more about "stuff" and less about real gifts: family, friends, life, etc.

22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many days a week on average do you eat red meat? on: July 12, 2013, 07:56:50 am

Probably around 4 or 5.  If it's not beef, then I'm eating chicken.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: July 12, 2013, 07:43:44 am

Thanks, everyone.

We had the memorial service for him last weekend, and it's amazing how one individual can touch the lives of so many. I counted more than 325 people in attendance.  Simply amazing!  He will be greatly missed.

From his obit:

"...he enlisted in the Army at 18, serving in Italy and Germany at end of WWII. His second tour was again in Germany in 1954 with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Division, Company D. He also did tours of duty in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was awarded several decorations including the Legion of Merit. "

"... serving as a Chaplain with the Prince William County Police Department [starting in 1983]. He helped develop the chaplain program with the County Police and still went out on calls until just a few months before his death."


24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: June 24, 2013, 09:58:53 am

Thanks again, everyone.  Reports are that he passed away about 3 hours after I left.  He was sleeping and breathing relatively well when I left.  Hopefully he passed just as peacefully.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Prayer request on: June 23, 2013, 10:00:30 pm
Thanks guys.  It means a lot. 

11pm ... time for me to go.  Got work in the morning. 
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