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251  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring - The South on: January 25, 2016, 02:15:25 am
The Dutiful Maester
The longtime maester of Dorne moved quickly through the winding halls of Sunspear, scrolls in hand. He hesitated outside his Lord's solar for only a moment; the Prince would want to hear the news. The maester enter to find Prince Doran in a chair by the window, sound asleep with a copy of Lies of the Ancients Archmaester Fomas sitting on his lap. The maester had scarcely begun to consider leaving the prince to his rest when Doran suddenly awoke. "Ah, Caleotte, it's only you. I was afraid my wife had come to scold me again." Doran pulled out a glass, seemingly out of thin air, filled with a bright yellow liquid. "Come to think of it, its a good thing you aren't my brother as well. He would be up in arms to find me drinking anything but Dornish Red. He is yet to find anything from our new friends in the Reach that he approves of." Drowning the glass in a single gulp, Doran sighed. "If you've decided to interrupt my rest the news must be important, so out with it."

The maester again hesitated; it seems he had caught his lord and master in a strange mood. The haranguing of his wife and brother must have left the Prince of Dorne out of sorts...to say nothing of the drinking. He handed over the scrolls, sealed with the crests of the direwolf and kraken. "The newest details of the accusation against your person by Lord Stark. He has presented the basis for his claim." Prince Doran's brow furrowed. He appeared to read the Stark missive slowly, word by word, as if the words could not quite say what he thought they said.

Doran laughed somewhat uncertainly, "Is...is this a jape? Some strange prank pulled by my brother?" The maester shook his head. "Is it false? A trick by some lord opposed to Lord Stark? A Bolton, perhaps?" Again the maester shook his head, "I'm sorry, my prince. The seal is genuine and the writing appears to match that of Lord Stark's maester. Have you a problem with the letter?"

"A problem? Yes I do! Why did you wake me up for this? If THIS is all Lord Stark's accusation amounts to, leave me to my rest!" Maester Caleotte was taken aback, "But my Prince...a Paramount Lord of the realm is accusing you of regicide! You must draft a response!" Doran rolled his eyes, "I will do no such thing. This kind of accusation is best left to rot on the vine. To respond is to give it credence in a way that Lord Stark obviously cannot." The maester started "But...but", but he was cut off by the increasingly angry Prince of Dorne. "Do you really not understand? Fine, I will lay it out and then you will leave me to my rest with no interruptions this time."

Doran began: "So Lord Stark accuses me of murder. That is all well and good. I have motive; my sister is the King's captive and his disfavored son my good-brother. But wait; nearly every lord in the Realm has motive to kill the king! Lord Tyrell wanted influence and used the King's death to become regent, Lord Lannister is still upset from his ignominious dismissal as Hand and the failure of his marriage plans, Lord Baratheon obviously wanted to declare himself King, and Lords Tully and Arryn might have wanted to further this plot. Lord Stark HIMSELF had great motive; when Rhaegar went missing he was ordered to send his son to King's Landing to what he admitted was certain death. Frey, Merryweather, Greyjoy, Hollard, Mooton, Lonmouth, a third the Kingsguard, all the Lords Declarant, Queen Rhaella, the Queen's lady's-in-waiting, the Grand Maester and the half the Lords at Court supporting Rhaegar all had motive and some degree of opportunity to assassinate Aerys. Even among the Dornish I would not be the primary suspect; my sister, nearby and trapped in captivity, her handmaidens, House Dayne, and my brash and poison-happy younger brother would all be better suspects than myself."

The prince was practically cross-eyed with rage, but his loyal maester knew that stopping him in the middle of a tangent would just cause more problems, so he stood in silence and Doran continued.

"And this accusation? Where is the evidence? A "Green Dream"? Half the Lords of the Realm won't know what that is! Half of those who DO know will think they are a vile Northern heresy against the Seven and the OTHER half will consider them a myth, an ancient superstition told to Northern children. I bet half the maesters who saw this message didn't even give it to their lords; no man in their right mind would believe such baseless nonsense. And if I WAS guilty and evidence HAD existed, it would have been washed away when those RATS in Kings Landing murdered my sister and every other Dornishman in the city."

"Even then, consider the wild tale's author. If this was the noble and honest Lord Stark of two months prior, mayhaps some lords would give the accusation some consideration. But now? Now it comes from a man half a step from kinslaying. Even the most anti-Dornish Marcherlords will have a difficult time believing the man who murdered their lord, his daughter's betrothed, in cold blood."

The maester cut in boldly, "But my Lord, the Lord Reaver obviously believes. His missive states that he will continue to besiege your territory until you submit to trial." Prince Doran rolled his eyes. "Greyjoy doesn't believe this drivel; nobody does. Lord Greyjoy has been waiting for a chance to increase his power and influence for years. Besieging an empty rock and accusing me of murder isn't supposed to "force me to atone for my sins" or whatever he called it, but give him leverage to extract things from me. Once he's had his fill of power and loot he'll drop these ludicrous claims."

The Prince stood. "Now. You will leave me to my rest and will not disturb me again unless something IMPORTANT happens." Doran began shooing his maester towards the door and pulled a bottle, again seemingly out of thin air, to refill his glass. Maester Caleotte shrugged at the sight and left his master to his wine and his reading.
252  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Questions for Justice Thomas on: January 19, 2016, 07:22:20 pm
So, Justice Thomas will be teaching one of my classes next week. We were told that he loves to stay afterwards and chat with his students. It's been recommended that we have lots of questions for him. Anyone have any questions they'd like answered by a Supreme Court Justice?

Please no Anita Hill stuff
253  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring - The South on: January 18, 2016, 04:17:04 am
Here's my promised PoV; no promises that its anything of quality, especially since I can't figure out tenses. I also couldn't find ANY good images of Mellario.

Mellario of Norvos

Princess-Consort Mellario of Norvos sighed as she carefully ascended the stairs in the Tower of the Sun to her husband's study. This was the third time she had been called to chastise her husband; yet again he would not listen. The princess was often told that she had chosen the wrong brother, that as a young and vivacious woman she would have faired better with dashing Oberyn instead of the quiet Doran. They didn't understand. The first time she'd seen Doran, he had been negotiating with her father. His smile was genial, his movements deceptively still, but his eyes...his eyes were alive and burning with fire as he spun a web of lies and half-truths that had completely fooled all the men who were listening. But not her. She had decided right then that she would marry this foreigner.

They began growing distant from the day they arrived in her husband's keep. Dorne was a strange place. A slow place. As her husband serenely slipped into his new role as ruler of this sluggish and boring desert, Mellario grew more and more bored, hoping that something, ANYTHING, would happen. All at once, her wish had come true. It started when the Prince went missing. Doran had become a flurry of activity; the fire was back in his eyes. Letters started flying out of Doran's study by the hundred; to the Lords, to King's Landing, to every part of this godforsaken land. After the Mad King had died, the fire grew even brighter. The night they got the news, he had asked her to dance for the first time since Norvos. It was clearly getting more difficult for him and he had forgotten some of the steps, but the mad exhilleration of the moment made up for everything. Here was the man she had married. Her husband continued his mad dance with all Westeros, with more and more letters going everywhere, to his lords, to Essos....to his sister.

The news of Elia's death hit the city like a Dothraki Khalasar. Oberyn, who had been preparing to race north to her ai, for the first time anyone could remember. had been struck dumb. The common mobs of Sunspear took to the streets to grieve and to call for vengance on someone, on anyone. Her husband...that was the first time. From the moment he heard the news, the fire in his eyes had died; he didn't say a word the rest of the day. That night, a guard had caught the Prince of Dorne trying to take poison. He had luckily been caught before any real damage could be done, but his guard was increased and his friends and family brought in to talk sense into their errant prince. He didn't hear a word anyone had said. The second time, he was caught with a dagger. The guards had found their Prince too drunk with grief and Dornish Red to hit a vital point. Still he did not listen. As the weeks went by Dornishmen came and went without purpose or guidance. Their Queen was dead, their King missing, and their Prince spent all his time drinking and staring out into the horizon for someone who was no longer there.

And now, the third time. Mellario knew it would happen the moment the death of Rhaegar Targaryen had been announced. Sure enough, the summons came: the Prince had tried to leap out his window. At the top of the steps, the Princess prepared herself for yet another disappointment and opened the door. Inside, she found Doran Nymerios Martell, Prince of Dorne drunker than a Volantene whore. "Well? Do you have anything to say this time?" Mellario asked. "...Why do you even bother?" Doran responded. "Because I am your wife. And did you forget you still have a domain to rule?" "They're better off without me." Mellario sighed. She had not come all this way to indulge her husband's petty whining. "Enough. You need to do something. Rhaegar is dead and your people call on you to crown his daughter." Doran snorted. "And do what? Conquer the rest of Westeros with 20,000 spearmen? None but the Dornish will rise for Rhaenys as long as Viserys..." Doran stopped, his eyes gaining focus.

"Viserys...", he repeated quietly and looked away, a spark in his eyes. Doran suddenly sprang to his feet; "Get me paper, get me ravens for King's Landing I..." Doran stopped again, looking ill. "Perhaps you should get his lordship a bucket instead?" Mellario cooed. She left her husband mumbling obscenities as the alcohol finally caught up with him. She descended the stairs with a smile. Maybe Dorne wasn't quite done yet. She could see it in his eyes: Doran Martell had a plan.
254  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: January 17, 2016, 10:15:03 pm
I'm only concerned at the death rate and success of assassinations so far. I mean all male adult claimants to the throne are dead, Stannis is something like 16 at best. Just kinda a bit dead endish imo lol

I agree, Malcolm and I are going to discuss it. Some of the stuff in the turn 2 post may change. I will also be adding everyone else's orders to the post (though i'll note i never received turn 2 orders from Talley or Dereich).

I don't know about Talley, but I chose to sit last round out for in-character and strategic reasons.

You didn't have to tell everyone!!! I could have kept looking like a mysterious master plotter!
255  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Motion to adjourn sine die on: January 16, 2016, 10:45:06 pm
256  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: January 14, 2016, 11:16:59 pm
I've been meaning to put out a PoV, but Laaaw Schooool has been keeping me away. I swear I'll try to get one out before the turn ends
257  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the Trump-Jeb! spat? on: January 14, 2016, 10:46:11 pm
Jeb was objectively right. The winner, however, was Cruz, who got to step in as the compromiser between the two.
258  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the Trump-Cruz argument? on: January 14, 2016, 09:50:59 pm
I think Trump did. The fact that I don't like Cruz colors it, but I also think its that Trump was in the right. I don't think the founders would have considered Cruz a Natural-Born Citizen eligible for the presidency.
259  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Justice Roy Moore orders AL Probate judges to not issue SSM licenses on: January 14, 2016, 04:46:14 pm
Roy Moore thinks that Obergefell only applied to the sixth circuit states that were being sued in the case-Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. If he'd read two pages into the ruling, Moore would have found this:

The Fourteenth Amendment requires States to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed out of State. Since same-sex couples may now exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States, there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.

Roy Moore is a perfect example of what's so dangerous about Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas: none of them consider the Constitution in their rulings and simply write decisions based on their own ideology. Hopefully he'll be removed from the bench yet again, just like he was after the Ten Commandments debacle, and same-sex couples in Alabama will be able to sleep at night without having to worry about a senile, evil old man screwing with the legal status of their marriages.

Oof. You can say a lot about Thomas and Scalia, but accusing them of not considering the Constitution? That's crazy talk. Moore certainly has shown a willingness to put ideology over everything, but the Justices have not. Scalia is too concerned with stare decisis and his texualism and Thomas is too much of a originalist purist to make the kind of leaps in logic Moore is doing to get a good political result. You can find lots of decisions where both Justices go against the other conservatives because of how they interpret the Constitution; I bet you'd be hard pressed to find one unconservative ruling by Moore. Don't lump them in with this rogue.
260  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 28, 2015, 01:08:58 pm
Ugh; everything was going so well too. So much for the long and glorious regency of Elia. Thinking about it, I was having a perfect turn until it turned into the worst possible scenario.
261  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring - The South on: December 23, 2015, 02:58:19 am

All men must know me for the trueborn Prince of Dorne and a man of honest conduct and virtue. On the honor of my House I declare that our late king, Aerys II Targaryen, was mad and unfit to rule. Let the proof of his madness be known by all:

1. His erratic behavior and warped appearance, witnessed by all the Realm during the Tourney at Harrenhal.
2. His frequent usage of pyromancers, including in executions in violation of our rights of trial, while the Tragedy of Summerhall is still fresh within memory.
3. His unprompted taking of highborn hostages from undeniably loyal subjects such as Lord Stark.
4. His fickle governance and dismissal of fair and honest councilors, disrespect for vows made before gods and men, and abuse of the High Septon.
5. His unjust murder of the good Queen Rhaella and demands for highborn women to be kept from their families at his pleasure.

Therefore, the decree stripping crown prince Rhaegar Targaryen of his title and rights, being the product of madness and made without trial or evidence of wrongdoing, must be invalid.

Rheagar I Targaryen is by right of birth and blood the rightful King of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and Elia Nymeros Martell is his Queen. Dorne will recognize none but Him and His line as King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men.

Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
262  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 23, 2015, 12:22:52 am
That was well worth the wait. It seems the fun has started very very early this time; we didn't have anybody die until turn 3 in the last game.
263  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 2nd Parliament: Election of the President of South America on: December 19, 2015, 09:05:00 pm
264  General Politics / Economics / Re: Fed raises rates from 0 percent to .25 percent on: December 17, 2015, 07:51:26 pm
More savings = more loans is old fashioned banking. Modern banks only care about the capital requirements they have to meet. It doesn't matter how much people are saving

That's true in theory, but banks still aren't lending to the extent that would otherwise be expected. My theory is that a larger margin of money to work with could improve that; no point in being so difficult on businesses wanting loans if you've got so much more cash to play around with anyway.

If you really wanted more saving, better solution would be to make high-yield CDs tax deductible, so people have more incentive to store their money and banks have more incentive to chase after savers with good rate offers.

That would be an issue for Congress though. Even if Fed board members did want to encourage spending, the politicians probably would not. They'd have to work with the resources they have.
265  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Will Crist try again in Florida? on: December 17, 2015, 05:13:32 pm
I don't think he runs. Crist's biggest selling point was that he could win which didn't turn out very well and I assume there will be one or two actual Democrats running next time who will quickly start outpolling him in the primary. I don't think Rubio runs for the same reason; he has no strong FLGOP  connections and there are cabinet members who have been preparing to run in this election for years. The strategy for both would be to rely on starting name recognition and non-local fundraising, because their rivals will get the institutional support.
266  General Politics / Economics / Re: Fed raises rates from 0 percent to .25 percent on: December 17, 2015, 04:38:25 pm
saving money doesn't help the economy, investing does. Why should the Fed care about "rewarding" savers - it's not like inflation is high, so the money in the bank isn't declining in value.

Well, the average savings account interest rate is 0.06% and I'm 99% sure that doesn't account for inflation so your money in the bank actually IS declining in value. And its not like saved money just sits there; more savings makes it safer for banks to loan and can be counted as investment that way.

I'm not sure where I feel the right level is, but one thing the Fed considers is the personal savings rate and household debt ratio and while we're not anywhere near 2008 levels I've heard it argued that Americans are still too close to the point where one bad quarter can cause a chain reaction of defaults and foreclosures. It's not like there's no good case out there for encouraging more saving, especially if you think the economy is doing better and that further artificial pushing by the Fed will cause more harm than good.
267  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Students: How is your current semester going? on: December 16, 2015, 12:31:00 am
I had 5 exams in 7 days and was a physical, mental and emotional wreck for a while, but now I'm done and that means I'm halfway through with law school!

Not going to find out how I did for another two months though. They like to make us suffer.
268  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 09, 2015, 11:18:41 pm
I went through several characters in the last ASOIAF game because Lumine killed everyone I loved.

I feel slightly ashamed that I never actually managed to kill you, though I hope I get some credit for sending one of your characters to the Wall and making another commit suicide.
269  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida 2016 Congressional Elections on: December 08, 2015, 06:54:29 pm
Andrew Gillum might be challenging Corrinne Brown in FL-5 in the Dem primary.....please please please let it be true!!!    Get rid of her ASAP!

Don't get your hopes up. As long as that seat is primarily Jacksonville based she'll win easily. I think former Jacksonville mayor Brown could beat her, but that might be wishful thinking.
270  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 06, 2015, 10:47:28 pm
Robert shouldn't be necessary for the beginning: he'd start the game at the Gates of the Moon (assuming the false spring was over) as Jon Arryn's ward.

And yes, the longer you play as someone the more you'll sympathize with them. I was never on Team Stannis before the last game.
271  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: After The False Spring, the III ASOIAF Game (Sign Up - Rules Thread) on: December 05, 2015, 09:42:59 pm
I'm in, of course, but I'll be virtually unavailable for a week. I'll stick with Doran.
272  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 2nd General Election of South America on: November 05, 2015, 10:12:35 pm
Conservative Party
273  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: November 05, 2015, 10:11:24 pm
Here are week 10 picks   Spread
Duke at North Carolina UNC 7.5  UNC wins but fails to cover
Florida State at Clemson Clemson by 12  FSU Wins Outright
(This is an insane spread when we've got a healthy Cook; I honestly think we'll lose but not by THAT much)
TCU at Oklahoma State TCU by 4.5 TCU Covers
LSU at Alabama Alabama by 6.5   Dunno, but Alabama wins but fails to cover is usually a safe bet for any Bama game
Cal at Oregon Oregon by 5 Cal Wins Outright

Do we use the opening line or the current one? If it's the opening, Wazzu (+1) vs Arizona State is my upset, if it's the current line (Wazzu -3) it's my cover.

Depending on what Wazzu counts as, my other upset is Texas Tech (+7) vs West Virgina
my other cover is Northwestern (-2) vs Penn State

Michigan (-21.5) fails to cover over Rutgers
274  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Jeb done after tonight? on: October 28, 2015, 10:16:46 pm
Jeb isn't done until people with money stop backing him. People voting for him based on debate performances left several debates ago.
275  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the main debate? on: October 28, 2015, 09:23:56 pm
Cruz easily. Trump had one or two good moments but won't gain anything. Marco said nothing new and thus did moderately well like usual.
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