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3026  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 26, 2015, 04:09:10 pm
HOUSE NEGRO
3027  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan General Discussion on: June 26, 2015, 04:08:19 pm
Well, I'm speaking more generally.
3028  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Jindal off his rocker? on: June 26, 2015, 04:07:14 pm
Casual anti-Catholic prejudice, that's cool.
3029  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What makes a country support/oppose nuclear? on: June 26, 2015, 03:58:30 pm
...

Nukes kill, yes, that's the point. Nuclear plants, not so much. Even the all-feared Chernobyl resulted in about 60 deàths, as I've said before. Hysteria killed more than radiation. Your hysterical antics will only cause more.
3030  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Japan General Discussion on: June 26, 2015, 03:57:44 pm
I still don't get how Abe can be doing so well, when literally all of his policy proposals are deeply underwater amongst the public. Well that's a lie, I do know the reason:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/06/24/commentary/japan-commentary/pathetic-state-dpj/#.VY23i4ikqK0

But I still find it baffling and depressing.

Be careful. The Japan Times is viciously anti-LDP.
3031  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Supreme Court Issues Ruling On Same Sex Marriage Legalizing Marriage Nat. on: June 26, 2015, 02:57:14 pm
This issue is not settled. 4-3 Traditional marriage wins because the advocates of marriage supremacy (gay marriage) have no honor in recusing over conflict of interest.

But that's not what the verdict was.
3032  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 26, 2015, 02:41:16 pm
It is absolutely insane that Simfan is now pinning inactivity on me... who was the only one who was ever actually interacting with the Council and getting things passed. The few times you ever interacted, Simfan, was for you to drop in a ton of legislation/amendments for us to "debate" and vote on.

Can I mention that I never served with any councilors who would actually contribute a viewpoint?

So now I'm the reason for inactivity because I didn't pass like 10 pieces of legislation instantly? Do I need to explain to your how the Council works and what the "Rules of Order" state, oh but you made the Rules of Order so you know perfectly well that isn't possible.

Just because I'm the subject of outlandish charges by the bore Administration does not mean that I can be a scapegoat for the failures of your governorship.

What you've just said is pure gibberish. Only one legislative slot was filled at the time of your departure from office.
Why don't you answer his questions?  Whether there was one or thirty one councillors when he left is irrelevant.


What question? Don't go around trying to make problems.
3033  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 12:04:07 pm
I encourage everyone to read Scalia's dissent. Hilarious stuff.

Yes, as I said before it's absolutely brilliant, even if you don't agree with it.

But that's that, I guess. Given a choice, I'd far rather have a ban on divorce than a ban on same-sex marriage, anyway. Cheers to the gays.

Yey! Physically and sexually abused women will be forever stuck with their abusive husbands! Loveless family units will continue! Children will just love it!

Note I didn't actually say I wanted to ban divorce- merely that I'd prefer it to banning same-sex marriage if I had to choose. It's not even banning divorce as such as it is no-fault divorce.

But broken families, deserted children, endemic poverty, adversarialism, wives treated like disposable objects, cheapened marriages, and so forth... are hardly desirable outcomes either. Divorce presents a far graver threat to "the integrity of marriage" than same-sex marriage ever have and ever will- that's my point.
3034  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Jindal off his rocker? on: June 26, 2015, 11:59:51 am
Such disrespect for the vision of the Framers! This is bound to go down poorly with the "constitutional government" set.
3035  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: She's Pregnant Again on: June 26, 2015, 11:58:46 am
3036  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 11:52:36 am
I encourage everyone to read Scalia's dissent. Hilarious stuff.

Yes, as I said before it's absolutely brilliant, even if you don't agree with it.

But that's that, I guess. Given a choice, I'd far rather have a ban on divorce than a ban on same-sex marriage, anyway. Cheers to the gays.
3037  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Supreme Court Issues Ruling On Same Sex Marriage Legalizing Marriage Nat. on: June 26, 2015, 11:46:16 am
I think one (?) already has called it "the law of the land".

EDIT: That's literally what Carson said, it's just above me
3038  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 26, 2015, 11:20:18 am
It is absolutely insane that Simfan is now pinning inactivity on me... who was the only one who was ever actually interacting with the Council and getting things passed. The few times you ever interacted, Simfan, was for you to drop in a ton of legislation/amendments for us to "debate" and vote on.

Can I mention that I never served with any councilors who would actually contribute a viewpoint?

So now I'm the reason for inactivity because I didn't pass like 10 pieces of legislation instantly? Do I need to explain to your how the Council works and what the "Rules of Order" state, oh but you made the Rules of Order so you know perfectly well that isn't possible.

Just because I'm the subject of outlandish charges by the bore Administration does not mean that I can be a scapegoat for the failures of your governorship.

What you've just said is pure gibberish. Only one legislative slot was filled at the time of your departure from office.
3039  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Brit PM Cameron calls Walker a liar on: June 26, 2015, 10:36:35 am
The UK is the one stepping back in the world, not the US. For Cameron to say such a thing would be the pot calling the kettle black.
3040  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Breaking: Supreme Court rules SSM a legal right on: June 26, 2015, 09:56:42 am
Scalia continues to be the best Justice



You've been reading it too? If Roe v. Wade is ever overturned I hope he writes the ruling.
3041  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS opinion watch on: June 26, 2015, 09:39:26 am
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Of course, the court's showy profundities are often profoundly  incoherent.  “The nature of marriage is that, through its  enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.”23  (Really?  Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that  means]  were freedoms?  And if intimacy is, one would think  Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage.  Ask the nearest hippie.
3042  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS opinion watch on: June 26, 2015, 09:36:18 am
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Take, for  example, this Court, which consists of only nine men and  women, all of them successful lawyers18  who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School.  Four of the nine  are natives of New York City.  Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast  States.  Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between.  Not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count).  Not a single evangelical Christian (a group that comprises about one quarter of Americans19), or even a  Protestant  of any denomination.
3043  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: SCOTUS opinion watch on: June 26, 2015, 09:29:21 am
This is a footnote in Scalia's dissent:

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"If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie."

I can't wait to read the whole thing!
3044  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Supreme Court rules with Raisin Farmers, Against USDA Program on: June 26, 2015, 08:57:55 am
Horrible decision. The fewer raisins there are, the better. Raisins are disgusting and should be banned.

Trail mix? Raisin Bran? Oatmeal raisin cookies!?

Awful, awful, awful! Hate having to pick out raisins.
3045  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 on: June 25, 2015, 11:57:53 am
I am going to "smuggle some more messages out of prison" because I think continued silence, even if for the sake of plot continuity, does not do me any favors, nor is it helpful for the region.

Let me express my feelings on what has happened in a (hopefully comprehensible) metaphor.

Imagine a great big sailing ship (a windjammer, if you would Tongue) with many masts and many sails, and which needs a large crew. This ship has been in the doldrums for an extended period, and with such little wind has not moved much. Much of the crew has taken off on dinghies, hoping to find ships with better fortunes. Many of the remaining crew tend to sit around all day grumbling about the captain's failures, rather than working to get out of the doldrums. As a result, the captain has become inured to this state of affairs, ignoring their griping and rarely scolding the crew for their unhelpfulness, and has become somewhat complacent himself.

None of these crew members have ever gone to the captain and offered their advice, taken their complaints out into the open, made the case that they might be better at sailing the ship than he has been, or even just tried to work harder to change things. When the ship finds itself in an unpleasant squall, however, these crew members mutiny against the captain and throw him in the ship's brig,  blaming him for the ship's predicament and lack of progress, while ignoring completely the role their own prior inaction played in the ship's present listlessness.


Now maybe this nautical metaphor is just a way of showing you all that I read The Republic sophmore year and am taking the "ship of state" analogy too far. But the point I am trying to make here is decidedly not that of Plato- that I am some philosopher-king who is alone fit to govern (though I suspect some of you imagine I would be given over to making such a claim!). Rather, it's that one person can't sail a ship on his own- he needs a crew.

Likewise, I cannot govern alone; as Oakvale said (although I think I might have been the one who came up with it), I cannot be a "one-man region". In order for any meaningful progress to be made there has to be a functional government comprising motivated or at least active participants who do more than complain and scheme on the IRC or in PMs- they can, at the very least, complain in the open. I've tried and tried again to induce more activity in the Pacific, but ultimately I cannot make people do things they are unwilling to do. They have to do those things themselves.

The "sensible" thing at such a juncture probably might be to give up and leave office, but, as the clear lack of prior electoral competition showed me, I don't possibly see whom I would even hand over office to. Even now, if I were to resign now, I don't think I would actually have anyone to resign in favour of. Again, is there some responsibility I must take for this sorry state of affairs? Absolutely. Am I doing the best job I possibly could? I honestly cannot say I am. But is my "failure to lead" the sole thing responsible for the "the horrible status quo", or even most responsible? Absolutely not, and I believe anyone saying such is being dishonest with themselves. I am still willing as ever, despite past experience, to take charge of the situation and try yet again to help steer the Pacific out of its semi-permanent doldrums. One can only lead by example if people are willing to follow.

And let me add just one more thing. It appears that the events that the would-be putschists claim as their justification- the failure to hold an election- have played out in an almost identical manner in the Midwest:

The recent months of inactivity in the Althing constitute nothing less than a crisis of epic proportions in the Most Serene Republic of the Midwest. Constitutional reform, pushed by our outgoing Governor, Gass3268, hasn't been given a line in two months by the members of the Althing, who have neglected their duty as legislators for our fair region, all the while some of them continue to be active on other parts of the site and refuse to respond to personal messages from either the Governor or Archduke Dereich.

This is unacceptable. We cannot have democracy in a society wherein the legislators refuse to show up for work and fail to bring the issues of the public up for a public debate. We risk withering on the vine in the same manner of the old Pacific if something drastic is not done to correct this imbalance.

There have not been legislative elections in the Midwest since the month of March. This includes the election of an Archduke, which was supposed to likewise happen in May following the election of Dereich in a special election in early April 2015. Therefore, it would seem that there is, at present, no legally constituted legislative authority in the Midwest.

Now I too am unwilling to see the region "withering on the vine"-- but the difference here, apparently, is that those who "neglected their duty as legislators" are the ones crying bloody murder. Identical events have taken place in two regions- but only one has fallen into "crisis". One might ask why. Hopefully this puts things into a bit more perspective than they've been getting.

Now let me stop giving one of my typically over-written speeches and go back to jail.
3046  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: May Regional Executive Approval Ratings on: June 25, 2015, 11:24:32 am
I disapprove of myself.
3047  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 25, 2015, 11:21:20 am
EDIT: Post(s) not directly pertaining to the topic at hand removed to a more appropriate thread.
3048  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: If malcontents can whine the GM out of office on: June 25, 2015, 10:40:48 am
What is this? Kal had nothing to do with their scheme. If Turkisblau wants to complain about "do-nothings" he can start with himself and his presiding over an Legislative Council that is still sitting on at least half a dozen bills proposed by yours truly that currently appear to have no chance of reaching the floor, which is so ineffective that it took nearly two weeks before anyone apparently noticed there hadn't been an election. I'm willing to own up to the fact I could have done more, but I'm not willing to stand around while abuse is heaped upon me by people who could have done the very same.

If Turkisblau was sincerely interested in changing things and being a force for positive change, he could have led as Speaker, which he once seemed to do, and presented a legitimate alternative to "the horrible status quo". He could have made that body a hub of activity in contrast to what he contends is gubernatorial lethargy. Instead- and by the admission of his own movement- it is almost more certainly more inactive than what he seeks to replace. Instead his personal machinations, founded on myopic aims, have made things worse, not better. I've suffered barely-concealed snipes and potshots from his direction in silence for a long while now--all while maintaining a public show of support for, mind you! But tolerance can only go so far, and this kind of gross hypocrisy far exceeds the bounds of such tolerance.

If the plotters and supporters of this scheme were so eager to see change, where were they before? Where were they in the Legislative Council? Where were they in the elections? If my leadership is so abysmal, why have I been twice re-elected with no organized opposition? This lack of action suggests to me that the people behind this plot were less interested in bringing positive change to the Pacific than they were interested in creating a bit of chaos for its own, ephemeral sake. It suggests to me that these people were aware that their criticisms, coming from them, could not hold water in the open, so they had to resort to this kind of silly subversion. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe they can do better and mean to do better. But in that case, where have they been? Where has the criticism been?

People have left the Pacific in droves. I've tried to reverse that through recruitment appeals every now and then (which was responded to with barely concealed punitive legislation from a certain someone/!), but the fact remains that well over a dozen people, I'd guess, have left, and I would say that number includes most of our better people. Averroes, oakvale, BaconKing (though he's back!), Lumine, even Cranberry, to name a few- all have left. I'm not saying they don't have a right to move- many moved to the Pacific from elsewhere-nor am I blaming them for what's happened, but it's not made things any easier. Maybe I am scaring them away- but then, again, why haven't any of them stood up and said "enough is enough" and challenged me directly?
3049  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio Kasich 2016 on: June 24, 2015, 07:46:03 pm
Isn't Kasich a divorcée? And a former Catholic?
3050  General Politics / Economics / Re: Ventura: Eliminate Income Tax and Replace it with 15% National Sales Tax on: June 24, 2015, 07:38:34 pm
So...I currently live in Texas, which has an 8% state sales tax. Add on a 15% national sales tax and...23% sales tax on anything I would buy.

That is...pretty hefty. Wouldn't this incentivize me to begin importing things from overseas to avoid sales taxes and cut domestic businesses and Uncle Sam out of the loop? At that point, wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy things off of Amazon Canada and pay the shipping fees?

Surely this would also entail a 15% universal import duty?
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