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251  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-13: Crist running on: October 28, 2015, 02:54:50 pm
I wish him well. It is a shame for Floridians that he lost the election if only for the fact that he would have expanded Medicaid to more uninsured Floridians. I hope he wins the seat, and then comes back as Governor 4-8 years from now, and if he makes a name for himself as a progressive legislator or governor within his new Party, I'd like to see him on a presidential ticket somewhere down the road.

Yeah....no. If you didn't notice, expansion of Medicare this year already caused a massive fracas in the legislature and while Rick Scott admittedly didn't help with his incredibly stupid hospital funding plan, the primary force in the state stopping expansion of Medicare is actually the House, specifically, the incoming House Speaker who led what he called a "great crusade" against it. Charlie Crist wouldn't be able to act without the legislature  and he wouldn't have the spine to fight them anyway. Medicare would fall by the wayside as Crist would negotiate to get some kind of populist goodie to pave the way for a future campaign.
252  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 General Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: October 25, 2015, 09:31:18 pm
President:
1. Cris/Homelycooking
2. AdamGriffin/Duke
3. Write-in: Seatown/BenKenobi

Midwest Senate:
1. Write-in: RFayette
253  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: October 25, 2015, 04:09:40 pm
Aye
254  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: October 24, 2015, 09:29:10 pm
The FSU/GT finish....

Let's not talk about it. Please. Please.
255  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Scalia: it's probably time to say goodbye to the Death Penalty on: October 23, 2015, 02:45:19 pm
Sounds like he's just whining because it's about to go away despite his best efforts to keep murdering the mentally handicapped and innocent in Texas.

Yeah, I'm sure that's a MASSIVE percent of those "murdered" via the death penalty.

Personally, I don't know where I stand on this issue.  I think there are some good logical issues for abolishing it (e.g., cost analysis), but I don't buy for a second this fake moral high ground that we just simply shouldn't be executing vile criminals because it's "inhumane."  Bullsh&t.  In the end, I don't really care at all.

Surely, you're kidding. Even one innocent is too many (and frankly one guilty too), and I believe the wrongful rate is 1 in 20. That's before you even consider states that frequently execute the mentally handicapped - Georgia in the news most recently, Florida and Texas from time-to-time as well.

This sounds really strange to me. If you think the error rate on death cases (where every case has mandatory review by layers of judges, lay people and politicians) is that high, do you think the rest of the criminal justice system is worse? Because an argument that juries in general are wrong 1 in 20 times is a strong argument for scrapping the whole trial by jury system as it exists now. IMO if the wrongful deaths since the death penalty has come back are more than one or two its a stronger argument for reevaluating the whole way we deal with criminal justice more than anything else.
256  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: October 21, 2015, 02:03:16 pm
I second
257  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: October 13, 2015, 11:57:56 pm
UCLA at Stanford    Stanford by 6.5  UCLA wins outright
Iowa at Northwestern  Iowa by 2.5  Iowa covers
Alabama at Texas AM   Alabama by 4 Alabama covers
Michigan State at Michigan Michigan by 8.5 Michigan wins but fails to cover
Florida at LSU  LSU by 9.5 LSU covers

Bonus: Your upset pick (Straight up)  Nebraska beats Minnesota
One game where the favorite will cover the spread and another where the favorite will not cover the spread (please choose a different game then the ones listed above)

Ohio State fails to cover over Penn State (Ohio state by 17)
Auburn covers over Kentucky (Auburn by 2)
258  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the debate? on: October 13, 2015, 10:06:49 pm
I like that Chafee was progressive, but not TOO progressive. By all accounts the winner.
259  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: October 12, 2015, 10:09:56 pm
Wow, absolutely terrible day is your initials are SS and you coach at a USC...

RIP Steve Spurrier's coaching career as well Sad

One of the best. Guess that leaves Saban, Miles, Mullen, Craig Bohl and Italian-icon Mark Dantonio to cheer for. Maybe Pat Fitgerald and Kirk Ferentz too.

This is the worst coincidence since two guys named Jim from Virginia thought they could be the next President.

If you're cheering for Nick Saban and you don't live in western Alabama something is objectively wrong with you.
260  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The ultimate poll: Opinion of Florida on: October 09, 2015, 10:33:40 pm
The greatest state. Accept no substitutes.
261  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2015 Special Senate Election on: October 09, 2015, 03:07:35 pm
1. None of the Above
2. Write-in: Seatown
262  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Conservative Party Convention, October 2015 on: October 06, 2015, 02:06:45 pm
X Dereich
263  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament: South American Ecosystem Protection Act of 2015 (Gov't Bill) on: October 05, 2015, 10:17:42 pm
Aye
264  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: October 05, 2015, 04:33:38 pm
Northwestern at Michigan  Michigan by 8     Northwestern wins outright
Wisconsin at Nebraska  Nebraska by 2.5  Nebraska covers
TCU at Kansas State  TCU by 8.5  TCU wins but doesn't cover (This one was tough) 
Miami at Florida State FSU by 9  FSU Covers Florida State Florida State Florida State!
California at Utah  Utah by 6.5  Utah Covers
Bonus: Your upset pick (Straight up)  Mizzou beats UF

One game where the favorite will cover the spread and another where the favorite will not cover the spread (please choose a different game then the ones listed above)
Clemson covers over GA Tech
Alabama doesn't cover over Arkansas
265  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Murphy In on: October 05, 2015, 02:19:24 pm
Libertarian candidate Augustus Sol Invictus admits to sacrificing goat and drinking its blood.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-ap-florida-senate-sacrificing-goat-20151005-story.html

Damn, just missed on getting this out first. It's such an amazingly Florida news story.

Sjoyce honestly, who is more likely to be the dem nominee? I would say Grayson because florida dems are awful but I m not a specialist.

Not him, but as an admittedly biased Florida poster I'm still saying Grayson. The FL Dems original sin is not understanding the unique nature of the Florida electorate. They count on demographics and Republican mistakes to carry them to wins without any need for them to regulate their behavior themselves. While this works in other states (and with Bill Nelson, who has the advantage of many many GOP mistakes and is himself a good politician) in Florida it just means getting far outperformed by savvier GOP campaigns. For me, it all translates into the FL Dems making lazy and poor decisions when it comes to electibility, which is why I've always considered Murphy doomed.

In this election, Greyson is well known and well liked by large parts of the liberal primary electorate. Murphy is not well known outside his district and political watchers. He doesn't have any signature accomplishments or benefits that I can think of and electibility isn't a primary concern for primary voters; given all that and it being a presidential year (with low information voters who only know Grayson and perhaps people thinking the Presidential election gives more leeway with ideology) I've seen nothing which would put Murphy over the top without a world-class campaign.
266  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: October 04, 2015, 10:18:19 am
Aye
267  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football prediction megathread on: September 29, 2015, 10:58:17 pm
West Virginia at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Baylor
Alabama at Georgia
Washington State at California
Ole Miss at Florida
Mississippi State at Texas A&M
Notre Dame at Clemson

Upset: Cincinnati beats Miami (FL)
268  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 28, 2015, 01:38:16 pm
Mr. Speaker, I will direct the House to my comments upon the act's introduction which I will repeat here:

Quote
The treasury has just put before the House an act to create a common market in South America. In the forging of a new nation from many diverse parts, allowing the freedom to trade across borders is one of the most vital. A common market allows new ties to be forged between new countrymen, new markets for growing businesses, and more options for consumers. We firmly believe that all trade is good trade and this act will play a major part in creating new trade across all South America.

If this act is passed, the treasury intends to schedule the integration of industries in a measured and deliberate fashion over a period of twelve years. We have also included an exemption for the energy sector. At this time the Government believes that debate on energy liberalization, being a complex issue set deeply in the popular imagination, deserves to be handled separately. We have no desire to cause needless provocations by dealing with an issue that has even recently caused public conflict in a less thorough manner than it deserves.

We ask Parliament to consider and with all due haste pass this act. Help the Government forge the brotherhood and unity of the South American people.
269  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer on: September 28, 2015, 02:14:01 am
The treasury has just put before the House an act to create a common market in South America. In the forging of a new nation from many diverse parts, allowing the freedom to trade across borders is one of the most vital. A common market allows new ties to be forged between new countrymen, new markets for growing businesses, and more options for consumers. We firmly believe that all trade is good trade and this act will play a major part in creating new trade across all South America.

If this act is passed, the treasury intends to schedule the integration of industries in a measured and deliberate fashion over a period of twelve years. We have also included an exemption for the energy sector. At this time the Government believes that debate on energy liberalization, being a complex issue set deeply in the popular imagination, deserves to be handled separately. We have no desire to cause needless provocations by dealing with an issue that has even recently caused public conflict in a less thorough manner than it deserves.

We ask Parliament to consider and with all due haste pass this act. Help the Government forge the brotherhood and unity of the South American people.
270  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Government Bills Introduction Thread on: September 28, 2015, 01:53:32 am
Quote
South American Common Market Act

Article 1
1. By this Act, the South American States establish among themselves a common economic community. By establishing a common market and progressively approximating the economic policies of Member States, to promote throughout the South America a harmonious development of economic activities, an increase in stability, an accelerated raising of the standard of living and closer relations between the States belonging to it.


Article 2
1. For the purposes set out in Article 1, the States of South America shall, in accordance with the timetable set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer,

(a) Eliminate tariffs, restrictions on the import and exports of goods, and of all other measures having the same effect with other Member States.
   
(b) Grant to the Parliament of South America the right to set common customs tariffs and trade restrictions between other nations.

(c) Abolish, between Member States, obstacles to freedom of movement for persons, services and capital.

(d) Act to harmonize their laws to the extent required for the proper functioning of the common market.


Article 3
1. The common market shall be progressively established during a transitional period set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
 
2. The provisions of Article 2 will not extend to the energy sector.
271  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 15, 2015, 02:20:29 am
Mr. Speaker,

The honorable member's argument fails to take into account that the parties were elected on their merits at the time of the election; there is no reason to assume that the voters intended to give party leaderships carte blanche authority until the next election. The parties that are represented in Parliament should be as similar as possible to those elected by the people. If, for example, for some reason the Socialists decided to join the Social Liberals and their members were given high spots on the Social Liberal list, would that be the same Social Liberal party that through its member's work and its promises to the voters earned seats in Parliament? Of course not. I think it'd be quite a leap for us to assume that voters are voting for anything beyond the lists presented to them.
272  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament: Inactive Member of Parliament... (Private Members Bill) on: September 13, 2015, 02:31:11 am
Nay
273  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament: Election of the President of South America on: September 10, 2015, 03:04:10 pm
Hagrid
274  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 08, 2015, 07:29:49 am
Aye
275  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 03, 2015, 02:55:59 am
Aye
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