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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 28, 2015, 10:51:39 pm
Oh yeah, I really love Fireball too Tongue
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Yes, Jeb actually said this "I have libertarian blood in my veins" on: August 28, 2015, 10:16:07 pm
lol
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of darthebearnc on: August 28, 2015, 08:39:31 pm
I like him a lot. Great guy and a great new addition to the forum.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bobloblaw Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: August 28, 2015, 08:24:57 pm
............

Actually, you know what? No matter how cruel Hitler and his allies were, Hitler never deported people. The truth is that Trump's plan to deport between 11 and 12 million people would be by extremely far the greatest deportation effort in the history of human kind!
Oh. My. God.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Erika on: August 28, 2015, 08:21:30 pm
Erika expected to weaken down to a depression, come onshore around Sarasota.
Great. I have to go to classes in the down pouring rain now Tongue.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: August 28, 2015, 08:19:17 pm
So Hurricane Erica might hit me.
7  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Capital Planning Committee on: August 28, 2015, 08:17:21 pm
I am very interested in assisting with this committee's work.
8  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: August 28, 2015, 08:16:48 pm
Mr. Speaker;

My Right Honorable Friend, the Minister of Justice, has proposed a wonderful constitution. But I do not believe that parliament should be able to amend such a document as if it were just any other piece of legislation. On matters of such importance, direct democracy is the best solution, and I ask that the issue at least be considered a bit more.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ironic and unironic Trump supporters on: August 28, 2015, 02:54:39 pm
Ironic supporters of anyone on Atlas are annoying, but I am neutral on Trump supporters because I am weighing whether I want to vote for him or not. We need a guy to get tough on the illegals. But we don't need a complete douche in a toupee. Tough decision.
10  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: August 28, 2015, 02:50:18 pm
The Pioneers propose the following Amendment.

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The Constitution of South America Act

Preamble:

To build a lasting foundation for this new state, a limited Constitution is deemed necessary.

I: The State

1. The name of the state is South America, a federal republic consisting of the nations of Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname. The state does not lay claim to the territories of Las Malvinas (or the Falkland Islands) or to French Guiana.

2. All citizens of the constituent nations will be citizens of South America. The specifics of citizenship and nationality will be determined by law.

3. Dual citizenship is permitted, but, to ensure a strong and independent state, the President, the Prime Minister, any minister with responsibility for foreign affairs, and any diplomat must not hold office in another nation.

II: The Government

1. (a) The President shall serve as the ceremonial Head of State of South America, representing the nation at the highest level. He shall be tasked with the appointment of a Member of Parliament as a Prime Minister to serve as Head of Government of South America.

(b) In order to be appointed, a potential Prime Minister must demonstrate to the President's satisfaction that he can command the confidence of Parliament.

(c) The President will appoint the Cabinet, consisting of government ministers, who must be Members of Parliament, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

(d) If the office of President falls vacant, the Speaker of Parliament shall temporarily discharge the duties of the office.

(e) The Cabinet must include at a minimum ministers with responsibility for financial, foreign relations and legal/law enforcement matters.

(f) The Prime Minister will meet regularly with the President to inform him of the progress of the government and the affairs of the nation.

(g) The Prime Minister shall hold office indefinitely until a successor is formally appointed, including upon his resignation or the dissolution of Parliament. In addition the entire incumbent government will hold office until a new government takes office.

2. All citizens of South America, without restriction, may serve as President, unless they are found guilty of treason against the state or hold office in a foreign nation.

3. (a) In the week preceding the conclusion of the incumbent President's term, the Parliament must elect a new President with a two-thirds majority of all sitting MPs.

(b) Should the President's term end without the election of his or her successor, the Speaker of Parliament shall preside over a special session of Parliament lasting no longer than one week to elect a new President.

(c) If the special session fails to elect a President, Parliament shall be dissolved by the acting President and elections held.

(d) Should the office of President fall vacant before the conclusion of a President's term, the procedure described in sections (b) and (c) shall be used.

(e) The first President, succeeding the interim President, will be nominated one week from the passage of this act.

4. The President will serve a term of three months from the date of his election.

5. A President may not serve more than one consecutive term.

6. Laws passed by Parliament will be considered effective immediately upon their passage - they are not subject to the signature of the President.

III: The Parliament and Elections

1. (a) Parliament is the sovereign legislative body of the state and is responsible to the people, and shall regularly be dissolved to allow its constituents to vote on its composition.

(b) Parliament may not sit for a period lasting longer than ten (10) weeks.

(c) Clause (b) may be suspended in times of war, both external and civil, if no more than one-third of Parliament opposes a motion to recognize such an event.

2. Parliament shall be dissolved by the President and a general election held upon:

(a) The passage of a motion of no confidence in the government, unless the President is convinced that an alternative government can be formed that can command the confidence of the house, in which case he may refuse a dissolution and appoint a new Prime Minister.

(b) The advice of the Prime Minister.

(c) The expiration of its mandate as described in 1 (b).

3. All citizens of South America, without restriction, may serve as Members of Parliament, unless they are found guilty by the courts of treason against the state.

4. (a) The method of nationwide closed-list proportional representation will be used to elect Members of Parliament.

(b) (i) Twenty-one (21) Members of Parliament will be elected representing a national constituency.

(ii) All lists must be submitted by a leader of a political party or by an independent citizen to the Registrar General. Edits to the list are possible, but only by the list's original submitter.

(iii) Election of MPs from the national constituency will follow highest averages by the D'Hondt method, such that a list will first have its votes divided by the number of seats won by constituency candidate affiliated with the list, and then divided by one more than the previous for every seat won through proportional representation.

(iv) Should a list be allocated a seat but lacks an additional candidate to fill it, that allocation will be nullified and offered instead to the list next in line according to the electoral method.

(v) The precise date of an election will be determined by the Registrar General on advice of the Prime Minister. There must be a period of at least five full days, or one hundred and twenty (120) hours, between the dissolution of Parliament and the beginning of the election.

(c) The Registrar General is responsible for the enforcement of Sections 1-3, and will post an official election thread shortly in advance of the election date advised by the Prime Minister.

(d) Elections shall last precisely forty-eight (48) hours from the moment indicated by the Registrar General in the official election thread described in  section 4. (c). Votes that are cast outside of this period shall be disqualified.

(d) To be eligible to vote in an election, citizens must , at least one week in advance of the start of the election, 'sign in' in the indicated thread posted by the Registrar General. In order to vote it is only necessary for citizens to 'sign in' once throughout their time in South America.

(e) Citizens who have 'signed in' before the date of implementation of this Constitution are hereby recognised as having done so and will not be required to repeat the process.

5. Parliament will elect, by majority vote, a Speaker tasked with maintaining order and managing the business of the house. The Speaker must be a Member of Parliament.

IV: The Game Moderator and Registrar General

1. Parliament will appoint, by a two-thirds vote, a Game Moderator upon the resignation of the incumbent or his impeachment by a two-thirds vote. The Game Moderator will be responsible for providing information to the Cabinet and designing events for the government to react to.

2. Parliament will appoint, by two-thirds vote, a Registrar General upon the upon the resignation of the incumbent or his impeachment by a two-thirds vote. The Registrar General will be responsible for the administration of elections and the maintenance of the citizenship register through the aforementioned 'Sign-In' thread.

3. The Game Moderator and Registrar General must both be citizens in good standing of South America.

4. The Game Moderator may not be a Member of Parliament or of any political party. No such restriction will exist on the position of Registrar General.

V: The Judiciary

1. Parliament will appoint, by a majority vote, a State Justice of South America who will serve as the highest judiciary authority in the nation. He will be charged with passing judgement on criminal and civil matters and will serve a six-month term, renewable indefinitely, or until his resignation, upon which a replacement will be appointed by Parliament.

2. The first State Justice shall be nominated one week from the passage of this Act.

3. The body of criminal and civil law and the corresponding penalties for violation will be determined by the Government.

4. Bringing charges against South American citizens for crimes against the state will be the sole responsibility of the designated minister for law enforcement and legal matters.

V: Amendments to this Constitution

1. This Constitution may be amended only after a two-thirds vote of Parliament and a nationwide referendum in which a majority of 50%+1 will be required for ratification.

VII: Implementation

1. This Act will come into effect as the Constitution of South America upon its passage.

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11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should it be legal for race to be a criteria in sperm donor request? on: August 27, 2015, 11:20:17 pm
Yes.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mexico warns Texas not to refuse its immigrants' babies U.S. birth certificates on: August 27, 2015, 11:09:57 pm
Mexico ought to be minding their own...very serious...business.

Populist 'Merican rhetoric aside, Angus is of course correct.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hurricane Erika on: August 27, 2015, 11:08:09 pm
Last I heard it is heading straight for my hometown. I am eight hours away in Tally, so I will be missing out on the first hurricane to hit us in ten years.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather discuss music with BRTD or discuss sex and gender with Antonio? on: August 27, 2015, 10:56:59 pm
BRTD.... If I could whack him with a frying pan :-)
I wish I could use a like button on this post.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather discuss music with BRTD or discuss sex and gender with Antonio? on: August 27, 2015, 03:15:47 pm
Easy vote for Antonio here, and that would not be a pleasant conversation me thinks.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Beginning a New Life on: August 27, 2015, 03:14:56 pm
Welcome back! If (for whatever reason) you ever find yourself in Tallahassee, Florida (stranger things could happen while you are here) let me know and we can fight about politics in person over a nice meal somewhere Tongue
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Gov. LePage "very strongly" considering US Senate run in 2018 on: August 26, 2015, 08:49:48 pm
Trump/LePage 2016 first though.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DonaldTrumpForLife on: August 26, 2015, 08:09:12 pm
A waste of Brain cells for me.

One could say the same of you.
At least I don't say in every single post Ted Cruz 2016 if you don't vote for him your stupid. Also I could definitely say that to you.

You're right. You are a waste of brain cells.

You're so edgy.

I try my hardest for you.
Who are you again?

I never understood this quip. "Hah, you're new here, therefore you must be wrong!".

Post count means nothing. For instance, you have almost 20k posts but still manage to be a bottom tier poster.
Trying to move up the latter from what the late Snowstalker would describe as "milquetoast" I see. Go back to starting one post timelines on the What-If board already.

A waste of Brain cells for me.

One could say the same of you.
At least I don't say in every single post Ted Cruz 2016 if you don't vote for him your stupid. Also I could definitely say that to you.

You're right. You are a waste of brain cells.

You're so edgy.

I try my hardest for you.
Who are you again?

Someone important enough for you to ask "Who are you again?"
Yes, you are, in short, a dick who is trying to build a persona by being a hyper aggressive poster and partisan. That is the ultimate Atlas steroid, of course.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should illegal immigrants be able to vote? on: August 26, 2015, 06:14:02 pm
Simply being human shouldn't mean you have a right to expect anything from life... no matter what John Locke or the United Nations might have said. This attitude has been fundamentally corrosive to the principle of good governance and to human morality in general.
PREACH!

(No seriously, I am in 100% agreement).
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: More Likely to Win - Trump or Corbyn? on: August 26, 2015, 06:12:21 pm
Hard to tell at this point; Trump will likely get swiftboated (Trumped?) by the GOP establishment. I don't know enough about Labour to tell how they'll deal with Corbyn. Voted Corbyn, but neither of the two will either be President or Prime Minister.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Log Cabin Republicans on: August 26, 2015, 06:11:06 pm
'Socially liberal but fiscally conservative' types are some of the worst.
In terms of their self righteousness, yes. The ultimate moderate heroes.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: ever used a payphone? on: August 26, 2015, 02:20:38 pm
Literally once at a train station because my cell phone was dead.
23  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Why Dave and the mods are letting the website becoming a new Stormfront? on: August 26, 2015, 12:56:52 pm
Seriously.

Racism is against the ToS. Do your job, everyone.
Just shut up already and go away to AH.com if you don't like it here.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of DonaldTrumpForLife on: August 26, 2015, 12:52:08 pm
A waste of Brain cells for me.

One could say the same of you.
At least I don't say in every single post Ted Cruz 2016 if you don't vote for him your stupid. Also I could definitely say that to you.

You're right. You are a waste of brain cells.

You're so edgy.

I try my hardest for you.
Who are you again?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Two TV journalists shot dead live on air on: August 26, 2015, 12:50:27 pm
I heard on another site that the shooter was a BLM activist who thought these two were being racist against him. Any truth to that?
I haven't heard that all, and I don't think one shooter is representative of the BLM movement in the slightest.
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