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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Religion in Latin America 2014 on: Today at 12:27:42 pm
After centuries spent under the thumb of the Whore of Babylon, the people of Central and South America are finally beginning to see the light of true Christianity. Praise the Lord!
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Which of These Individuals Sounds More Appealing? on: August 19, 2014, 09:45:45 am
Yesterday, I checked out The Viking Portable Library's Greek Reader from my local library. In the Introduction, the author described the following two fans of ancient Greek literature as a means of demonstrating the diversity of characters which that genre attracts:

Professor X. Reade Chair of Moral Philosophy. 59. Married. Three daughters. Religion: C of E (broad). Politics: Conservative. Lives in a small suburban house stuffed with Victorian knickknacks. Does not entertain. Smokes a pipe. Does not notice what he eats. Hobbies: gardening and long solitary walks. Dislikes: foreigners, Roman Catholicism, modern literature, noise. Current worry: his wife's health.

Mr Y. Classical tutor. 41. Unmarried. Religion: none. Politics: None. Lives in college. Has private means and gives wonderful lunch parties for favorite undergraduates. Hobbies: travel and collecting old glass. Dislikes: Christianity, girls, the poor, English cooking. Current worry: his figure.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did your mother keep or change her name when she got married? on: August 17, 2014, 02:16:22 pm
In my opinion, the most logical system is for both spouses keep their last name and for the kids to adopt the last name of whoever gave birth to them.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday Gully on: August 16, 2014, 05:25:48 pm
Happy Birthday. Do you plan on using your vast influence over the moderators to have anyone banned on your special day?
5  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The New Order--Gameplay Thread on: August 14, 2014, 11:51:32 am
Statement from the Chancellor's Office:

The greed of the international merchant class has conspired with the petty vindictiveness of the Triple Entente to make the current global depression especially painful on the German people. The first line of defense that our proud race has against its numerous enemies is the state, which will not stop working until the day returns that every German man can walk through the door of his house with his head held high, knowing that his family will not have to subsist in want.

One part of the work that the government does is marshal its resources towards the completion of projects that only the state has the power to carry out. One such is project is the Autobahn, which, in the process of economically and spiritually uniting the German people, will employ thousands of noble job-seekers.

There is another project whose benefits are manifold, and that project is re-armament. To the west, Germany finds herself staring face to face with governments that have proven their hostility to her in the all-too-recent past. To the east, meanwhile, she finds the creeping menace of Bolshevism, which is merely lying in wait for the right moment to make its own hostility open for all to see. In the face of these threats, Germany will never apologize for what she does to protect herself - either on the international or domestic stage.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: KS: Rasmussen: After primary, Sen. Roberts (R) in trouble on: August 13, 2014, 09:06:35 am
Both Roberts and Brownback are likely to receive more than 41% of the vote. I suppose that one might consider that a victory, if one were so inclined.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: parody the preceding atlasian's postings. on: August 12, 2014, 02:45:28 pm
How about no
8  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Reincarnation on: August 12, 2014, 11:10:02 am
If I were spiritual, I would most definitely believe in reincarnation. Transmigration just strikes me as a much more logical explanation of the fate of the soul than divine judgment, followed as it is by either exaltation or damnation. It also rids us of that particular problem in Christianity (and in other religions, presumably), namely the fate of those who died without having a chance to either embrace or reject God's Word.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 09, 2014, 10:47:20 am
I see that it's time for an Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blingee.

Even if we somehow drive ISIS out of Northern Iraq (which is going to take more than a few airstrikes and cost the lives of more than "some" civilians), they'll be back. A direct fight against the the United States, the symbol of the sinful West, will be a huge motivator for these fanatics and a boon for recruitment throughout the Middle East. Then, we'll either have to stay and perpetually pour even more blood and treasure into this Godforsaken desert, or leave and see them return even stronger and crazier than before, like angry hornets (if that happens, the interventionist crowd will say we have to stay because "we created this mess").

This is foreordained, is it?

The I. S. took advantage of western Iraq's grievances against its government in order to establish itself in that region. The surest way to decapitate the Islamic State is to address those grievances (lack of say in the government) (which is in the process of happening, as I understand it), and/or convince the local Ba'athists and Sunni tribes to revolt against their "liberators". The latter might happen naturally, if the I. S. continues to blow up sites that are holy to Sunnis.

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The Kurds need to fight this out themselves. It just isn't possible for them to rely on a foreign power, especially the United States, for their defense forever. We'll have to leave at some point, and the later we get out permanently the worse it'll be for us and them.

The Peshmerga was more than a match for the Islamic State until very recently. Now that the I. S. is armed with the mortars and artillery that it recovered from the fleeing Iraqi Army, the Peshmerga is outgunned. Since you oppose leveling the playing field with US airstrikes against I. S. mortar and artillery positions, do you support leveling the playing field by arming the Kurds with that kind of heavy equipment?
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: American forces bomb ISIS targets in Iraq on: August 07, 2014, 08:46:53 pm
Quote from: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, "there is no one coming to help". Well today, America is coming to help.

Like the patriotic American that I am, I literally stood up and applauded at this part.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote on these five Missouri ballot measures? on: August 07, 2014, 08:25:12 pm
How I voted:

Amendment 1: No
Amendment 5: No
Amendment 7: No
Amendment 8: No
Amendment 9: Yes

What is the "right to farm" actually about? Is it something to do with land use and zoning? Or an anti-animal-welfare measure?
What's the catch for Amendment 1?

My understanding is that Amendment 1 was an attempt by farmers (both of the corporate and family-owned variety) to shield themselves from regulations that they think could be detrimental to their business. Specifically, they were alarmed by Proposition B, which in their view demonstrated the electorate's willingness to regulate businesses that deal with animals (such as farms).
12  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: African-American % by state, by decade on: August 04, 2014, 04:59:47 pm
It's interesting how often blacks begin as a decent percentage of a state's early population, only to become more and more outnumbered by white immigrants/settlers.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your ideal solution to the Israel/Palestine issue? on: August 01, 2014, 08:10:13 pm
Ideal solution? The current Israel and Palestine are united into a single state (known as "The State of Israel" in Hebrew and "The State of Palestine" in Arabic, the nation's two official languages)

But what would you call it in English or any other language? Anyway, Israel already has a name in Arabic (Israil) and Palestine already has a name in Hebrew (Palestina).

That would be like saying the US's name in English is the United States of America and its name in Spanish is Mexico.

I was attempting to come up with a name that was inoffensive to the different sides, but it appears that I didn't quite think things through.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your ideal solution to the Israel/Palestine issue? on: August 01, 2014, 10:20:06 am
Ideal solution? The current Israel and Palestine are united into a single state (known as "The State of Israel" in Hebrew and "The State of Palestine" in Arabic, the nation's two official languages), whose legislative powers are vested in a national unicameral legislature headed by the Prime Minister, and whose executive powers are vested in the President. Legislators are elected from one of the nation's districts (modeled on the districts of Mandatory Palestine), with the number of legislators representing each district determined by that district's population. A Census is to be held every ten years to ensure accurate representation.

The President is appointed by the Prime Minister. When the Prime Minister is Jewish, the President must be Muslim, and vice versa. In the event that the Prime Minister belongs to a religion other than one of those two, there is no religion requirement for the President. The powers and responsibilities of the Presidency are comparable to those of the President of the United States.

Equality between the religions would be the first principle enshrined in the new state's Constitution.

I have no idea how practical any of this is.

What about Christian Palestinians, of which there are quite a few of?

Or Palestianians who speak Hebrew, or Israelis who speak Arabic?

What about them? Did I somehow leave any of those groups out in the cold in my proposal?
15  General Discussion / History / Re: Interesting religious trivia about U.S. presidents on: August 01, 2014, 10:09:20 am
-Thomas Jefferson observed Ramadan in December 1805, while hosting a Muslim envoy from Tunis
-Thomas Jefferson wrote a version of the Gospels that stripped out of all miracles (including the resurrection) and any reference to the supernatural or divine

He also owned a copy of the Quran, in addition addition to books on the Arabic language.

And I thought that Barack Obama was our first Muslim President.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Woodrow Wilson vs. Calvin Coolidge on: July 31, 2014, 05:48:23 pm
MOP, yes I think there's absolutely a difference.  Just because the other party obstructed Coolidge's pro-civil rights goals does not equate him to an open segregationist...

No, Coolidge was not on the same level as an open segregationist. I guess that my point is that if someone has more in common with Wilson's approach to government than with Coolidge's, but is troubled by Wilson's racism (as any modern observer should be), it isn't necessarily worth it to vote for Coolidge on account of that one issue, given that, whatever his personal feelings, the latter did no more to improve the rights of African-Americans in real terms than Wilson did.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: For students: Where are you currently receiving education? on: July 31, 2014, 05:33:12 pm
A member of the Atlas Forum is currently receiving their education at the prestigious University of Oxford? This is certainly news to me.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Woodrow Wilson vs. Calvin Coolidge on: July 31, 2014, 04:55:01 pm
A pro-business fiscal conservative who was strongly in favor of anti-lunching and other civil rights legislation

Did Coolidge actually succeed in passing any anti-lynching or civil rights legislation though? As far as I know, the only race-based legislation that he signed while President was the blatantly racist Immigration Act of 1924.

He publicly called for it, but as usual, all efforts would be killed by Democrats in Congress.

Certainly, Calvin Coolidge is to be lauded for his support of civil rights, and Woodrow Wilson is to be denounced for his opposition to the same. But if Coolidge failed to materialize his views in the form of improving the rights of non-whites (with the exception of signing the Indian Citizenship Act, as Cathcon pointed out), are Wilson and Coolidge functionally different on that issue?

A pro-business fiscal conservative who was strongly in favor of anti-lunching and other civil rights legislation

Did Coolidge actually succeed in passing any anti-lynching or civil rights legislation though? As far as I know, the only race-based legislation that he signed while President was the blatantly racist Immigration Act of 1924.

It was more xenephobic than racist. At that time, America was becoming more Catholic, Jewish, Irish, and Italian. It wasn't really about race.

Most Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox immigrants were not viewed as "white" by the native WASP majority. So it was about race, although I'll grant that it was about religion, too.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What would be your ideal solution to the Israel/Palestine issue? on: July 31, 2014, 03:23:27 pm
Ideal solution? The current Israel and Palestine are united into a single state (known as "The State of Israel" in Hebrew and "The State of Palestine" in Arabic, the nation's two official languages), whose legislative powers are vested in a national unicameral legislature headed by the Prime Minister, and whose executive powers are vested in the President. Legislators are elected from one of the nation's districts (modeled on the districts of Mandatory Palestine), with the number of legislators representing each district determined by that district's population. A Census is to be held every ten years to ensure accurate representation.

The President is appointed by the Prime Minister. When the Prime Minister is Jewish, the President must be Muslim, and vice versa. In the event that the Prime Minister belongs to a religion other than one of those two, there is no religion requirement for the President. The powers and responsibilities of the Presidency are comparable to those of the President of the United States.

Equality between the religions would be the first principle enshrined in the new state's Constitution.

I have no idea how practical any of this is.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Woodrow Wilson vs. Calvin Coolidge on: July 31, 2014, 01:02:45 pm
A pro-business fiscal conservative who was strongly in favor of anti-lunching and other civil rights legislation

Did Coolidge actually succeed in passing any anti-lynching or civil rights legislation though? As far as I know, the only race-based legislation that he signed while President was the blatantly racist Immigration Act of 1924.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Which Early Christian Heresy Are You? on: July 30, 2014, 10:08:08 am
I'm disappointed that the quiz had almost nothing to do with theology. I actually would have liked to know which early Christian heresy I was...

I did like the recurring jokes about the pomegranates, though.
22  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 25 animated shows on: July 29, 2014, 01:35:15 pm
Whoever wrote this list should have separated the pre-movie SpongeBob SquarePants episodes from the post-movie ones. Tragically, with the latter bloc of episodes included, the show does not deserve to make the list.

Avatar definitely deserves to be on that list. Brilliant blend of humor, fantasy, and action without treading into the full on anime territory.
Yeah, that's what my kids are saying, I had no idea it had humor in it.

Like half the dialogue is jokes. That and the fantastic canon lore are what make the show charming, to me.
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How do you pronounce the word "cretin"? on: July 26, 2014, 07:55:42 pm
cree-'in.

This is how I pronounce the word as well. Midwest represent!
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The last movie you've seen thread 2014 on: July 26, 2014, 10:15:01 am
I saw a screening of Boyhood last night and it's so terrific I just have to let you all know you have to see it whenever it comes your way.

I'm really interested in seeing this movie. Its average score currently stands at 9.4 on Rotten Tomatoes, which increases to a score of 9.8 (!!!) among Top Critics. As far as I can tell, that's the highest score that any film has ever received on that site.

Anyway, the last film that I saw in theaters was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Surprisingly deep for a movie that contains a scene in which a chimpanzee armed with a machine gun rides through a wall of flames while on horseback. 
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: which is stronger? on: July 25, 2014, 03:23:49 pm
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