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16726  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: SC: Gov. Haley (R) signs photo voter-ID law on: May 19, 2011, 09:42:53 am
If you're going to charge as little as $5 for the damn things, I don't know why you can't go the extra step and just make them free.

I don't know if it made it into the final bill, but they did have a provision to make the non-DL ID free in it initially.
16727  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should the United States sell its gold reserves? on: May 18, 2011, 06:37:12 pm
I wouldn't mind seeing us exchange our gold reserves for more needed reserves such as an augmentation of the strategic petroleum reserve.
16728  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2012: the official thread on: May 18, 2011, 02:08:35 pm
Are the polls just assuming DSK is washed up or are they actually polling for him and coming up with him having no support now?
16729  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2012: the official thread on: May 18, 2011, 09:59:51 am
Secondly, drugging and then anally raping a 14-year old girl didn't make Roman Polanski unpopular in France. Your government took him in and defended him vigorously. In fact, you're defending DSK right now.

Again, the two affairs have really nothing in common. To the points I've made earlier, let me add being an artist isn't the same thing as being a politician, and if Polanski ever ran for an office he wouldn't get half a vote.

Actually they have everything in common.  Once back in France, DSK would be no more extraditable than Polanski was.  That's the primary consideration here.
16730  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US campaign in Libya comes up against War Powers Act deadline on: May 17, 2011, 10:03:50 pm
My personal view is that the committing of U.S. armed forces to a fight outside U.S. territory absent a declaration of war should only be in defense of U.S. nationals or the territory or nationals of a nation of which we've entered into a mutual defense treaty with.

Whether we are doing so in Libya depends upon whether United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 is a valid use of the powers granted to the Security Council under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter.  The peace was indeed breached, but it was not the international peace that was breached.
16731  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Telecommunications act of 1996 on: May 17, 2011, 09:15:07 pm
You think they could have at least thrown the newspapers a lifeline and ended the prohibition on owning both a tv station and a newspaper in the same market.
16732  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US campaign in Libya comes up against War Powers Act deadline on: May 17, 2011, 04:44:56 pm
If the Administration has the guts, this would be the perfect time to simply ignore the War Powers Resolution and bring the issue of whether it is constitutional to a resolution.
16733  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2012: the official thread on: May 16, 2011, 10:08:58 pm
If he is guilty, then he has no future anyway, but fleeing back to France could keep him out of jail.

How? Can't he be extradited to the States?

I doubt he'd be any more extraditable than Polanski has been these past few decades, and he wasn't merely accused of a sex crime, he was convicted of it.  However if France wants to trade DSK for Polanski, I'd be willing to accept that deal.
16734  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is malapportionment ever justifiable? on: May 16, 2011, 01:47:09 pm
For a unicameral legislature, no it is not.  For a multicameral legislature, it can be.  For example, in a Federal government, it would be reasonable for Federal laws that affect the state/provincial governments to be subject to a house where each government has equal weight.  (i.e., like the US Senate pre-17th Amendment, but restricted to certain topics)  A house in which apportionment is based not on population, but taxation would also be reasonable.
16735  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Signatories of the Declaration of Independence Survivor ROUND 44 (Top 13) on: May 16, 2011, 01:38:41 pm
Josiah Bartlett
16736  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2012: the official thread on: May 16, 2011, 12:39:18 pm
Imagining that he could flee is just ridiculous.

Sure...

He has money, he can flee if he wants.
Some people just don't want to go in jail.

It would make him definitely guilty and as popular as Hitler - yes, in France too. If he wants a future, he has no choice but staying.

If he is guilty, then he has no future anyway, but fleeing back to France could keep him out of jail.

True, but he probably would still face persecution over the other case?

Maybe, maybe not.  In any event, the other case does not seriously impact whether or not he DSK is a flight risk from New York.
16737  General Politics / International General Discussion / How will DSK's troubles affect the IMF? on: May 16, 2011, 12:33:16 pm
Since some people* think DSK was only noteworthy with respect to French politics, I guess I'll have to start a new thread to deal with the non-French election related repercussions of what has happened.

First off, who do people here think will likely be replacing DSK at the IMF?  There was already a strong push to have a non-European as the next IMF head, tho the talk had been in relation to his expected stepping down in a month or so to run.

Secondly, is this going to seriously impact the Eurozone bailouts?

* to get my feelings concerning the decision to move and merge the thread that was here, replace people with a more strongly expressed opinion here that was self-censored to avoid death points
16738  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: France 2012: the official thread on: May 16, 2011, 12:30:05 pm
Imagining that he could flee is just ridiculous.

Sure...

He has money, he can flee if he wants.
Some people just don't want to go in jail.

It would make him definitely guilty and as popular as Hitler - yes, in France too. If he wants a future, he has no choice but staying.

If he is guilty, then he has no future anyway, but fleeing back to France could keep him out of jail.
16739  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Hotel/IMF/Rape where is it? on: May 16, 2011, 12:10:16 pm
With all due, he was head of the IMF, and as this moves along through what might be a trial phase, it seems weird to have it on Al's board inside another thread.

Agreed.  This is worthy of a thread of its own, and since he is/was more than a 2012 candidate for the French presidency, the International elections board is the wrong board to discuss this.
16740  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories Survivor ROUND 3 on: May 15, 2011, 12:09:15 pm
BIOT is strategically essential.

And the British no longer have the military to make use of it.
16741  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories Survivor ROUND 3 on: May 15, 2011, 12:07:02 pm
16742  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: What does this mean? on: May 15, 2011, 09:48:10 am
If you use the Ultimate Profile, you can choose to allow other people to post comments on it, which will appear at the bottom of your profile.

Hmm... ok.

I wonder how Feeblepizza managed to comment on mine without ultimate profile enabled.

Did you ever add him to your buddy list?  Maybe there is some interaction there as well.  (Since I use neither UP or BL, I can't say for sure.)
16743  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: May 14, 2011, 06:11:25 pm
The Civil War: A Narrative, Vol. 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote
16744  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Signatories of the Declaration of Independence Survivor ROUND 43 on: May 14, 2011, 06:04:21 pm
Eliminate:
Benjamin Franklin
16745  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Zimbabwe program would give farmland to Chinese investors on: May 14, 2011, 05:58:46 pm
Headlines from 2040:
"Chinese farmers in Zimbabwe have their land violently seized".

Don't you mean 2020?
16746  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: What does this mean? on: May 14, 2011, 05:54:44 pm
If you use the Ultimate Profile, you can choose to allow other people to post comments on it, which will appear at the bottom of your profile.
16747  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Indiana Supreme Court overturns 4th Amendment on: May 14, 2011, 02:49:39 pm
The question here is not as some will say "OMG they overturned the 4th amendment" but what is the proper remedy for violations of the 4th amendment.  Also, given the sparse amount of information in the article concerning what happened, there isn't enough for me to conclude that this was a unreasonable search.

16748  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Comedy Goldmine & Robin on: May 13, 2011, 09:48:55 pm
CARL's narrative is once again disrupted by far-left radical hacks like Joe Republic and Ernest.
Ironic thing is I rarely even read the 2012 election board, let alone post in it.
16749  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have you actually read the Bible? on: May 13, 2011, 08:36:31 pm
I'm waiting for the movie.

(Option 10)

Go rent the 1966 film The Bible: In the Beginning.  It was intended as the first in a series of films that would cover the entire Old Testament, but they never filmed the sequels.
16750  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories Survivor ROUND 3 on: May 13, 2011, 06:25:46 pm
7 - British Indian Ocean Territory
2 - Pitcairn Islands
1 - Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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