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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Just me here and my thoughts! on: Today at 09:49:00 pm
Color me surprised.  I never would have thought you were a sock.
2  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Finding political meaning in this Simpsons Couch Gag.. on: Today at 07:04:09 pm
Well, if we take the future photos on the wall as actual, it appears Bart will have two sons.  Also, for some reason, Homer has his face covered with Post-It™ notes for some reason.  Also the final date of Septembar 36.4, 10,535 suggest a change to a decimal based time system with ten months of 36 or 37 days as needed.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Killer Presidents on: Today at 07:03:07 pm
write-in: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite Slavic country on: Today at 06:54:51 pm
Malorussia Wink
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Union makes sure $60M does NOT come to California town on: Today at 05:36:41 pm
It's sad, just as it was sad when anti-union forces made certain VW would delay expanding its Tennessee plant.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / MOVED: Just me here and my thoughts! on: Today at 05:29:45 pm
This topic has been moved to Forum Community.

7  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause on: Today at 05:09:25 pm
The problem with current interpretation of the interstate commerce clause is that it is interpreted in a manner that makes the word interstate irrelevant.  Now one can reasonably argue that with improvements in transportation and communications since 1787 it makes sense to have the federal government regulate all commerce.  Indeed I would argue that.  However, I think it is also quite clear that the original intent was the clause was intended solely to give the federal government authority to regulate commercial transactions between parties in different states.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SC: Susquehanna Polling & Research: Haley dominating on: October 23, 2014, 10:28:56 pm
Susquehanna is a garbage pollster. I'm surprised they're polling South Carolina instead of trying to show Corbett making a race out of it.


Not that it matters since Haley will win easily, of course.

They polled South Carolina because the media paid them to poll South Carolina.  With no real competitive races save maybe Secretary of State, they need to do something to generate excitement.  Unfortunately for them, this poll ain't it.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of posters who use ellipsis on: October 23, 2014, 10:17:01 pm
It depends…  Do you mean an actual ellipsis or just three period placed without worrying about typography?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 23, 2014, 08:47:38 pm
Damn arrogant doctor.  He failed to remember that he could make a mistake.  At least he apparently was waiting for the full twenty-one days before seeing patients, but under the circumstances once he felt a little under the weather he should have stayed home until he was sure.  He probably didn't transmit the disease to anyone, but now we get to have three weeks of panic in NYC.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: District Judge Upholds Puerto Rico gay marriage ban on: October 23, 2014, 08:01:54 pm
I didn't even know they had one.

Yup, it's even an Article III court with lifetime judgeships.  The Virgin Islands, Guam, and Northern Marianas have district courts that are counted as Article IV territorial courts with judges appointed for a fixed term, but also have their cases appealed to a Federal circuit. (3rd, 9th, and 9th respectively)

American Samoa is the odd man out.  It has a high court that hears issues of local law and an appellate division that for each case has three judges from the high court two US circuit court judges from whatever circuit currently is the least backlogged (of late it's been the fifth circuit that has provided the judges, but no guarantee that they'd provided them if a SSM case arose is American Samoa.  There is no fixed path of appeal on federal issues raised in territorial cases. Original jurisdiction cases involving federal law also get assigned to any US district court that's handy, with the courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Columbia typically selected.  As with many thing involving Eastern Samoa, its relationship with the US government is sorely in need of straightening up, but it never gets done because the Congress always finds more pressing things to do and things generally work out anyway.

First time we heard anything from a territory. I wonder how the other four are.

PR and VI have laws banning SSM, the other three don't say anything in their laws.  There is an effort in the VI to have their legislature repeal the law, but it certainly won't pass until after the election.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reaganstan! on: October 23, 2014, 06:06:08 pm
Ronald Reagan was from Illinois/California and that MacKinnon guy wants to name a nation located nowhere near those states after Reagan... mhm...


Washington State is nowhere near Virgina and Wyoming is nowhere near Pennsylvania.
13  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which song is more abominable? on: October 23, 2014, 01:48:44 pm
I'll go with the first simply because of the cigarette smoking in the video.
14  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: The "preview" thing is not working anymore on: October 23, 2014, 01:28:11 pm
PS: Please remove that annoying signature.

It's signatures like that which is the main reason I use an ad blocker.  I use Firefox myself and sometimes the preview function is persnickety, but that's nothing new for me.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: October 23, 2014, 01:24:55 pm
Oh, the irony of an Islamic extremist named "Michael". Tongue
What's so ironic?  Both Michael and Gabriel are mentioned in the Qur'an as angels.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reaganstan! on: October 23, 2014, 01:15:50 pm
Thing is, obviously this guy wants to avoid the mistake made in 1860-1, where secession cut off the Mississippi River, thus giving the North an economic motive for invading.  So Mississippi has the misfortune of have to stay in Homostan to allow those who could secede to do so.  I guess Alabama also is being rejected from inclusion into Reaganstan so as to not interfere with steamboats on the Tennessee River.
17  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Will the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church ever be reunited? on: October 23, 2014, 11:16:02 am
Depends on what you mean by "reunited".  I don't see Rome ever giving up its claim to sovereignty over the church or all the orthodox churches ever agreeing to view Rome as being more than first among equals.  Not withstanding that I doubt that they'll ever reunite into a single church government, I think they'll be able enough to reunite in an ecumenical sense, tho they'll retain some differences in theological fine points.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The t_host1 Institute of Comedy on: October 23, 2014, 07:39:54 am

White culture of violence at it again. Cops should have put those thugs down like the animals they are. No wonder they riot at a pumpkin festival when their thug music glorifies that kind of violence. When will leaders in the white community (like Ryan Seacrest and Bill O'Reilly) speak out against this destructive culture?!

Funny as this post is, it really does speak volumes.

Great comedy often does.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: I find a mistake here. on: October 23, 2014, 07:36:35 am
It should be fewer and fewer according to prescriptivist grammarians, but descriptive grammarians don't sweat any difference between using fewer and less.  Since the writer appears to have been going for an informal tone, less and less is acceptable here.

The pseudonym that the author has taken, Stephen, indicates that this almost certainly is a Christian text, as Stephen is the name of the first Christian martyr.  So yes, creator here means God, and more specifically the author was referring to the Christian view of God.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Institute of Funny Partial Thread Titles You've Seen on Atlas on: October 23, 2014, 07:16:56 am
"Re: Update XVIII: 15 Mil…"

I keep thinking the thread is going to be about the excellent Black Mirror episode "15 Million Merits", rather than Bushie's life.


That titl... has me thinking about a property tax increase.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Arbitrary Easter. on: October 22, 2014, 02:58:37 pm
There's more than the two most common options.

I'm partial to Quartodecimanism myself, but the Sunday after the first astronomical new moon of Spring makes sense if one insists Easter be a Sunday.
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Giant Butt Plug in Center of Paris Deflated by Prudish Vandals on: October 22, 2014, 01:59:17 am
^^ITT, prudes applauding the vandalism of art apparently

You're using that word rather liberally in this case, to say the least.

Nope, I'm using it correctly.

Granted, art is still art, even when it is awful.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Our President continues to be the best on: October 21, 2014, 05:20:59 pm
Good Lord, is Snowstalker ever happy?

♫ If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands! ♫
Snowstalker: A typical capitalist plot to divert the proletariat from taking into their own hands the means of production.

♫ If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet! ♫
Snowstalker: True happiness will not be obtained until the people stomp the capitalist system into the dustbin of history.

♫ If you're happy and you know it, shout Amen! ♫
Snowstalker: As you can see, the predatory capitalists - like the rapacious feudalists before them - are quite happy to dope the masses with the opiate of religion.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Ebola Thread (US Domestic) on: October 21, 2014, 09:26:39 am
A.) That's not my point and you know it. I also noticed you still haven't actually pointed out why such a ban is a bad idea.

Enforcing it would be a horrible waste of resources.  It's not as if people from there would never consider coming here if we cancel the direct flights, so for a travel ban to be have any effectiveness, we'd need to do background checks on every passenger arriving here on any flight.

It won't accomplish its intended purpose.

Indeed, by making it more difficult to get assistance to West Africa where we need to send it if we're to get Ebola back under control, a total travel ban actually makes it more likely we'll get additional cases in the US.
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: October 21, 2014, 09:18:34 am
This post qualifies for this school on several levels, but I've bolded the part that is the strongest qualification.
Of course.  Design decisions made in the service of having a playable board game with simple and engaging mechanics should totally be taken as expert advice from actual epidemiologists.  Makes perfect sense.  Roll Eyes

This is the same principle by which Risk proved that control of Australia is the most important step towards control of the world; or, to get even nerdier, how Twilight Struggle proved that domino theory was correct.

A.) That's not my point and you know it. I also noticed you still haven't actually pointed out why such a ban is a bad idea.

B.) I wasn't talking about the board game. I was talking about the computer version, it's similar but you play as the virus and try to kill as many as possible.
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