Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
July 24, 2016, 05:44:19 am
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Atlas Hardware Upgrade complete October 13, 2013.

  Show Posts
Pages: 1 ... 604 605 606 607 608 [609] 610 611 612 613 614 ... 1159
15201  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The better Romney VP? on: February 26, 2012, 11:33:57 am
Of anyone, Susana Martinez.

Much like Sarah Palin, the idea of Susana Martinez is much better than the actual product.

She's not nearly as idiotic as Palin. She's popular in her state, too, IIRC.

She's governor and the last thing Romney needs is another governor as a running mate.
15202  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: Fictional characters you've made for school reports on: February 26, 2012, 11:22:08 am
What Hernwhich specifically di to kill the silent film industry and make sure that silent film actors couldn't work in talkies was enact policies that didn't allow people from working in two industries. This was meant to protect workers from being over-worked by their corporate masters. However, the silent and talkie movie industries were classified separately and thus a number of stars were forced to decide between the dying silent industry and the talkie industry that they couldn't compete in. As well, Charlie Chaplin's famed visit to Nazi Germany--where he gave Hitler some hand facial hair grooming tips--helped to soil the industry.

The Anarcho-Christian movement came from a number of Irish and Italian immigrants who called for the overthrowing of the government. Their silent film "The Way" which layed out their messed up philosophy. This, along with Chaplin's nazi sympathies, made the industry look bad.

Wowl.............speechless.

You'd better hope that teacher has little knowledge of Charlie Chaplin.  Chaplin actually played up that similarity of mustaches in his 1940 satire of the Nazis: The Great Dictator.
15203  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: A Gazetteer of The Confederate States of America as of the 2007 Census on: February 26, 2012, 11:13:20 am
Arkansas
Arkansas is bordered on the east by the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, on the south by the state of Louisiana, on the west by the states of North Texas and Sequoya, and on the north by the the states of Missouri and Illinois in the United States.

Arkansas has had fairly fluid borders in the 19th century. The original 1819 territorial border included all of Sequoya south of 36°30'N, but the that area was largely divorced from Arkansas in 1824, with the current Arkansas-Sequoya border set in 1828.  The border of Arkansas moved northward in 1865 from 36°30'N to  37°N as a result of the Treaty of Richmond that brought an end to the Second American Revolution.

There are a number of military facilities in northern Arkansas to guard against a Yankee invasion, but fortunately Yankee aggression has been focused northward rather than southward since the conclusion of the Second American Revolution.  However, those installations did play a crucial role in the Second Nullification Crisis precipitated by Arkansas Governor Jeff Davis (who was named after, but otherwise was no relation to our illustrious first president) as did worries that the United States might try to reclaim the parts of the state that were once part of the Federal state of Missouri if a civil war broke out in Arkansas.

The above needs some explanation for us to understand what was going on in that alternate reality.

The One Drop Act of 1904 was the first of what would later be known as the Emancipation Acts. The Emancipation Acts tried to get around provisions that enshrined negro slavery (which had generally come to be seen as a burden by then) in the Confederate Constitution by restricting the definition of "negro".  The One Drop Act declared that "even so much as one drop of non-negro blood sufficiently ennobles a person as to render that person unfit to be a slave", and provided for the gradual (very gradual) emancipation of such persons.

Later on the Presumption Act of 1935 would create a legal presumption that there was that there was one drop of non-negro blood unless it could be shown that there was not via documentation that in most cases was impossible to provide. (It was a lot easier to find such documentation if you held slaves in Mississippi than in most other places.) Still, it would not be until 1963 that the Eighteenth Amendment formally ended the existence of negro slavery in the Confederate States.
15204  General Discussion / Alternative History / Re: A Gazetteer of The Confederate States of America as of the 2007 Census on: February 26, 2012, 01:29:23 am
Antarctica
Sometimes referred to as Wilson's Icebox after the then Secretary of State and later President, the uninhabited Territory of Antarctica consists of that portion of Antarctica south of 68°20'S (1300 nautical miles from the South Pole), east of 175°W, and west of 40°W. It is bounded on the east by the British Antarctic Territory, on the west by the Australasia Antarctic Territory, and on the north by the Territory of the Falkland Sea.  Norway claims Peter I Island which is within the territory. The claims of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Japan and Russia in Antarctica overlap portions of the Confederate Antarctic Territory.

The territory was established on 22 February 1922 to secure the provisions of the Treaty of Madrid in which the British Empire ceded to the Confederate States all claims on Antarctica between 175°W and 40°W.  68°20'S was chosen as the boundary between the territories of Antarctica and Falkland Sea as it enabled all of Adelie Island to the southwest of the Palmer Peninsula to be included in the latter.

The territory has been subject to benign neglect since its creation as there is not much of economic value to be found in it.  Even whaling normally takes place in more northerly waters around the Antarctic Convergence Zone.

Judging by the map included in this tome, Adelie Island corresponds to what in our reality is called Adelaide Island, and the Palmer Peninsula is the Antarctic Peninsula, and was the name Americans used for it until we reached a compromise with the British who called it the Graham Peninsula.

That map also indicates that besides Antarctic claims by Brazil, Japan, and Russia in the Antarctic that have no corresponding claim in our reality, Germany and South Africa both have claims in the Antarctic as well.
15205  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: The better Romney VP? on: February 25, 2012, 11:46:02 pm
Dose anyone really think that Mitt and Rick can kiss and make up?

Reagan and Bush were despite the latter's "voodoo economics" bit, so kiss and make up isn't what might stand in the way of this.

The last thing Romney needs is a Republican governor as a running mate, as the inevitable comparisons to what Romney did and didn't do as a governor is not something that benefits Romney, so that disqualifies Christie and McDonnell.

If he is the nominee Romney needs to pick someone with Congressional experience.  Rubio doesn't have enough Congressional experience yet.  Santorum has the needed experience, and if Romney decides he needs someone who has also run this time, he is the best of the other Republicans who ran to be Romney's running mate.  However, Santorum will be controversial and he has been gone from Washington these past six years.  Romney may choose to go with a sitting Senator.

There are seven current Senators that I think should be on Romney's long list.
Richard Burr (NC)
John Cornyn (TX)
Mike Enzi (WY)
Jon Kyl (AZ)
Jerry Moran (KS)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
John Thune (SD)

They each have their strong and weak points, but they all have a reasonable amount of Congressional experience, no time as a Governor, would not put a seat at risk for a Democratic pickup, and are not so controversial as to be toxic to either the base or the middle.  If Romney picks a sitting Senator as his running mate, it should be one of these seven.
15206  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Daily Gallup GOP Tracking Poll Thread on: February 25, 2012, 10:36:13 pm
Well, it's over. Good job Santorum.

Too bad.  At least Obama gets a weaker opponent in the general now.

Not really.  If Romney does become the nominee, the weaknesses were always there, and even suspected to be there.  It;s just that the primary campaign has made them more obvious.  Romney might be able to win the general election, but he'll need for the economy to start tanking to do it.  Then he might be able to win because Obama will be the incumbent who will get the blame.  Thing is, Mr 1‱ could still lose it even then.
15207  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Rick Santorm is a serious candidate for the Republican nomination on: February 25, 2012, 10:21:27 pm
Why shouldn't he be?  For those who think he shouldn't be considered a serious candidate, name an issue on which he is out of sync with the core Republican position.  For better or worse, Rick embodies the current Republican Party best of the four remaining candidates.
15208  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Why aren't the GOP candidates serious about reducing the debt? on: February 25, 2012, 10:15:38 pm
Seriously, all of their plans (except Paul's, but he doesn't count Wink ) would increase the debt by trillions. They refuse to raise revenue and their spending cuts to 'entitlements"  will be offset by tax cuts and spending on the military.

What is with this idiocy?

Simple.  Without a considerable increase in taxes, reducing the deficit significantly can only be achieved by a major cut to a major area of the federal government.  Only if the Federal Government is ever headed to a Greek-style default are we ever going to cut current spending on Social Security and Medicare and longer-term reforms to those programs that might be politically possible won't even begin to have a noticeable effect on the budget until after a candidate's second term is over, so won't be something worth mentioning on the campaign trail.  Medicaid conceivably could get dinged hard, but doing so would hit the States hard and expose State-level politicians for the Federal-gravy train-addicts they pretend they are not.  As for defense, Republicans these days worship Reagan, not Eisenhower, so don't expect them to trim the military-industrial complex much, nor can the Democrats be relied upon here as it's a source of a lot of pork and good union jobs.

In short, the deficit is not going to be solved on the campaign trail by either party, as deficit solutions involve political pain.  We need a period of responsible government: a period in which one party is in control and is unable to blame the other.  To do that, we need to eliminate the filibuster, which I am dubious will happen any time soon.
15209  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the MPAA on: February 25, 2012, 06:48:45 pm
Their ratings system needs to be abolished ASAP. This became evident during the The King's Speech "controversy" where it was discussed whether the film should be re-cut/censored in order to obtain a rating below "R".

And what replaces it if it goes away?  The MPAA ratings system for all its flaws and quirks is still an improvement over what preceded it.  BluRay's rated by a Wal-Mart devised system?  The amazon.com rating system?  The mass marketers have been even more skittish over media content than the film and music industry have been.
15210  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Under what circumstances does Gingrich drop out right after Super Tuesday? on: February 25, 2012, 01:48:13 pm
There's no reason for Gingrich to not go the distance. After this gig, he's retired. He has more than enough cash on hand to travel the country and speak. Why wouldn't he want to do what he loves to do best?

How does being on the campaign trail help Newt find a fourth wife? Wink
15211  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Santorum: Obama 'A Snob' For Wanting Everyone To Go To College on: February 25, 2012, 01:46:57 pm
If everybody had a college degree, are we going to have college graduates who are janitors? College graduates working the front-lines at Target? We already have quite a few who work at Starbucks...

Perhaps we could get a workforce where being a janitor was a job rather than a career?  While it came out sounding very silly, Gingrich's proposal to have kids doing the bulk of the janitorial work at their schools made some sense because you don't need even a kindergarten diploma to do most janitorial tasks.
15212  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Under what circumstances does Gingrich drop out right after Super Tuesday? on: February 25, 2012, 01:30:46 pm
Gingrich must win Georgia to stay in.  If Santorum does well enough to win Georgia, then there's no hope for Gingrich to be the leading anti-Romney, even if we do end up with a contested convention.  If Romney wins Georgia, game over man.
15213  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Santorum: Obama 'A Snob' For Wanting Everyone To Go To College on: February 25, 2012, 01:23:14 pm
We have a considerable trend to over-credentialing in this country (and others).  To some degree, that's because in our desire to give every kid the opportunity to go to college, we've downplayed vocational education severely, so that even when it is possible for an 18-year old secondary school graduate to have learned the necessary skills to qualify for a skilled position, they usually haven't have the opportunity and thus must go on to tertiary education.

We need to get our secondary education system back to being useful, and in order to do that, we need to abandon the folly of one-curriculum-serves-all and return to having non-college track curricula being a respectable part of secondary education.
15214  General Discussion / History / Re: Top 5 worst U.S. Presidents. on: February 25, 2012, 09:51:13 am
Let me preface this with that I don't know a lot about Wilson.

I know he was a segregationist and was quoted in the introduction to Birth of a Nation, and that certainly doesn't endear me to him. But what I like about him is that I associate him with the high tide of progressivism (the income tax amendment; the FTC, the Clayton Antitrust Act, child labor laws, and yes even the Federal Reserve). I think the US entry into WWI, while not entirely necessarily, was not heinous either, may have helped to shorten the war and more than anything else pushed the US into superpower status. And while he failed to get the US into the League of Nations or negotiate a more sustainable Treaty of Versailles, I blame the latter on British and French vindictiveness and the former on his opponents in the Senate. I think the League of Nations overall as a concept was vindicated by the UN.

I do wonder why people keep blaming or praising Wilson for the 16th Amendment.  It was sent to the States under Taft.  34 of the necessary 36 States ratified the amendment before Wilson was even the Democratic nominee.  All three major candidates in 1912 were in support of the 16th amendment.  After the election was over another 6 or 7 states ratified the amendment before Wilson took office (Massachusetts ratified on Inauguration Day, and I don't know if they did so before or after noon.)

Granted, Wilson was a major force behind the passage of the Revenue Act of 1913, but the income tax levied in that act was incidental to the reform of the tariff.
15215  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: create movie title and tagline for forum member of choice on: February 25, 2012, 01:34:08 am
ILLEGAL ALIEN starring CARLHAYDEN

In Arizona they can hear you scream.
15216  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Bye bye relativity? Scientists apparently break speed of light. on: February 25, 2012, 01:29:32 am
1) I'm a big fan of experimental physics

2) I thought Einstein figured out that Newton was wrong by use only thought experiments

Einstein used thought experiments to come up with solutions to the discrepancies between how Newton explained the universe and what experimental results that were being done by others were showing once we started investigating atomic and subatomic particles.  Without those discrepancies, he would have had no reason to come up with relativity, not for his work on the photoelectric effect that he won his Nobel Prize for.
15217  Election Archive / 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: GA Ramussen: Gingrich leads Santorum, Romney way back in third on: February 25, 2012, 01:02:40 am
Very good news for me, not so good for Santorum.

Romney's SuperPAC has been flooding the Augusta TV market (and presumably the other Georgia markets) with attack ads on Newt.  With numbers like these, there is no hope for Romney to take Georgia and I'm certain Mitt would rather have Newt take the state instead of Rick if he can't buy it for himself.  So, I have reason to hope the deluge will at least slow to a trickle.
I haven't noticed any deluge.

I watch TV mainly for the local news these days, and with at least one Romney PAC attack ad per commercial break its past my annoyance level. Romney's current ad is castigating Newt for suggesting in 1986 that Reagan was not an infallible superman.  (If I had to guess from the ad, Reagan likely failed to include enough Lockheed cargo planes in his FY 1987 budget to satisfy the Georgia delegation.)
15218  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why would anyone be religious? on: February 25, 2012, 12:34:57 am
The strongest rational reason I can give for not being a soulless atheist is that if the premise were true, then people would be nothing more than clumps of biochemicals seeking to self-replicate.  That is not an appealing notion, so even if being a theist were delusional, it is a delusion that makes biochemical clumps happier and more likely to self-replicate. As Voltaire put it: «Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer» (“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”).

As someone who recognizes that I'm likely only a physical being, that recognition in no way makes me in any less happy or less wanting to have kids. If anything the notion that "I" will only exist as long as my physical body holds out makes me value what time I have here on this Earth and with the people I care about even more, because it becomes infinitely more valuable. One could say that the notion of eternity cheapens every moment you spend with them.

If one defines 'soul' as that force that gives a being the ability to make choices that are not predetermined by one's biochemistry, then yes I desire one.

However, the argument I presented does not depend upon a desire for an eternal soul as you have presumed.  Rather it depends upon wanting to be something more than a biochemical android operating under a delusion that I have self-actualization when instead, everything I do is a predestined result of my programming interacting with an environment I merely believe to have some degree of influence upon. 
15219  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Girl Scout Cookies on: February 24, 2012, 09:21:43 pm
Not since my youngest niece ceased to Scout.  However, I have a grandniece who will be old enough for the Brownies in a couple of years who I am 99% certain will do so.  Her mother and her maternal grandmother love that sort of thing and my nephew is smart enough to just simply shut up and nod.
15220  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Bye bye relativity? Scientists apparently break speed of light. on: February 24, 2012, 07:22:22 pm
Dangit!  Some error in the experiment was always the most likely reason, but we could hope.

hope for what, How the World Works by Scientists Who Demand to be Worshipped, Version: 49917912372?

Science is always more interesting when we discover that that our view of how the world works is shown by more precise data to be insufficient, for it opens up new fields of inquiry.  Take for example Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's relativity.  At the energies and speeds that could be measured in Newton's day, the two are indistinguishable.  It wasn't until we began to be able to study high-energy physics that we were able to realize that Newtonian mechanics was insufficient. Until that was the case, there was no reason for us to even consider alternatives to a theory that fit all the known facts.

If Einstein had been born a century earlier, he would never have come up with relativity.  It was an area of inquiry he would never had a reason to investigate.
15221  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: CNN Mesa, Arizona GOP pres. primary debate **live commentary thread** on: February 24, 2012, 06:49:03 pm
I think we should've put a no-fly zone over Syria and left Gaddafi in power (where he would've stayed if not for NATO).

Not really an option as Europe was scared silly of a massive refugee influx from Libya.  If Libya hadn't been on the Mediterranean Sea, NATO would never have gotten involved.  That's why Bashir has been able to do largely as he pleases in Sudan.  No matter what he does, it won't cause massive numbers of refugees to reach Europe.
15222  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: CNN Money: 3 of 4 GOP candidates would add to deficits on: February 24, 2012, 06:30:38 pm
Romney is the only one who knows what it means to budget. As Romney puts it, if you're not a fiscal conservative in business, you go out of business.

Romney the candidate also seems to understand that sometimes you have to spend money to get what you want.
15223  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: What constitutes a win for Romney in MI? on: February 24, 2012, 06:29:22 pm
With no more debates scheduled, a win is a win is a win.  (Except in Iowa and Maine of course.) If Romney wins Michigan then it will likely take a major gaffe or scandal to cause him to lose the nomination.  Not that it will end the campaign.  Santorum can still hope that Newt exits after Super Tuesday and that as the last anti-Romney standing he can defeat Romney, but without a Michigan win under his belt, that's not likely.  At most, Santorum might be able to keep Romney from securing a pledged majority of delegates, but at a minimum he needs a majority pledged to candidates other than Romney.

The rise in gas prices is helping Romney, as it means that Republicans can hope once more that someone as uninspiring as Mr. 1‰ can beat Obama in the fall.
15224  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Who would sell their soul to the devil to be elected President? on: February 24, 2012, 06:13:58 pm
All but Romney.  He's honest enough that he wouldn't sell something he knows he doesn't have.
15225  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Why would anyone be religious? on: February 24, 2012, 06:06:03 pm
The strongest rational reason I can give for not being a soulless atheist is that if the premise were true, then people would be nothing more than clumps of biochemicals seeking to self-replicate.  That is not an appealing notion, so even if being a theist were delusional, it is a delusion that makes biochemical clumps happier and more likely to self-replicate. As Voltaire put it: «Si Dieu n'existait pas, il faudrait l'inventer» (“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”).
Pages: 1 ... 604 605 606 607 608 [609] 610 611 612 613 614 ... 1159


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines