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3176  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections of 2015 - Local and regional elections on May 24th on: June 07, 2015, 03:01:49 pm
The PP, it has occurred to me watching these elections, must be the worst major centre-right party in Europe. Possibly worse than the GOP. How can they have the gall to compare anyone to dictators when their party was founded by a member of Franco's cabinet, their rhetoric remains unchanged from the 30's and their internal party democracy is about as flourishing as North Korea's?

There is a reason the Francoist parties don't get much of the vote.
3177  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator TNF: TNF for Governor on: June 06, 2015, 01:04:07 pm
Children should have the surname of their mothers unless the mother has opted to take her husband's surname.

3178  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would You Rather Live in Nigeria or the Bronx? on: June 06, 2015, 12:39:47 pm
Where do I get to live in Nigeria?

The Royal Palace naturally (and if you'll buy that, I'll throw in a small bonus to woo you further)

This might be a bit much: https://vimeo.com/43598306

I worked in the Bronx for a summer, and I'd say... Nigeria.
3179  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republican Conservative Base Shrinks on: June 06, 2015, 11:40:39 am
That's honestly surprising. Even more surprising is that a quarter of Republicans have a positive view of socialism.
3180  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: RIP Beau Biden on: June 06, 2015, 11:35:27 am
I read this a while ago. Very sad, poor Biden. The man was going places, on top of that.
3181  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the new Socialist avatars on: June 06, 2015, 08:06:07 am
Change on the Atlas Forum? Shame!
3182  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA1: Governor's School Act on: June 05, 2015, 09:45:02 pm
As I said when I successfully sponsored a similar bill in the NE Assembly 3 years ago:

I think this is good way of rewarding our brightest students. We focus a great deal on bringing up the bottom, yet we suffer for not providing enough resources for the best and brightest, those with the potential to add to our region.

I feel the justification given then and there is just as pertinent and cogent here and now. Credit must be given to Barnes for the text here, which he contributed to through a number of amendments.
3183  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 on: June 05, 2015, 06:35:48 pm
I condemn the attack on our President as a cowardly and cynical act. But I just as strongly condemn the mob attack against and lynching of his attacker as just as cynical. In a society based on the paramountcy of the rule of law, such attacks are just as grave assaults on the constitutional order as are attacks on our elected leaders.
3184  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rick Perry announces presidential candidacy on: June 05, 2015, 06:25:15 pm
What's this about bridging the partisan divide?
3185  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Lincoln Chafee announces presidential candidacy on: June 05, 2015, 06:22:07 pm
What is this?
3186  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are conservatives becoming so unhinged over Caitlyn Jenner? on: June 05, 2015, 06:05:38 pm
Because while social conservatives tend to dislike the gay/lesbian/bi part of LGBT, they are actively horrified by the "T" part of it.

It makes no sense to them, you see.
3187  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post pictures of Marco Rubio on: June 05, 2015, 06:02:36 pm
I get what this is supposed to be.
3188  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Lumine for Mideast Senate! on: June 01, 2015, 02:38:09 pm
Yes, very much endorsed.
3189  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: TitD's random thoughts about food and drink thread on: June 01, 2015, 02:28:30 pm
It's not that that's wrong, just that it's completely orthogonal to my life.

Did know "orthogonal" could be used as an adjective like that. That's actually quite excellent.
3190  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: PA3: Fighting Unemployment (Pacific) Act of 2015 on: June 01, 2015, 02:27:52 pm
Great. Could we move to a vote?
3191  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you find a MILF pastor strange? on: June 01, 2015, 02:26:30 pm
I kind of find the idea of a woman pastor strange to begin with, but I'll ascribe that to the peculiarities of my religious upbringing.
3192  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Mikheil Saakashvili is living the Brooklyn dream on: May 31, 2015, 06:55:21 am
Bye bye!
3193  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Americans are now majority Pro-Choice again on: May 30, 2015, 06:14:58 pm
Republican turd polishing is always amusing.

3194  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of "Individual A" on: May 30, 2015, 06:13:33 pm
Can someone explain who this is?
3195  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor Simfan34 on: May 30, 2015, 06:09:58 pm
I hereby veto the Reinstatement of the Pacific Protection of Commerce in Arms Act.

Having signed the Accountability for Merchants of Death Act just a few months ago, I do not feel that its provisions have managed to become obsolete within such a short time span. I stand by my signing of the Accountability for Merchants of Death Act and thus cannot support this act.
3196  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: May 30, 2015, 04:56:13 pm
Moreover, it has been confirmed that from May 30th we should not talk about the UMP anymore, but about "Les Républicains".

lol is this to piss off the leftwingers?
Main reason is that Sarkozy needs a fresh image. He is betting that people will trust him when he says that he is a different man. So it's a new party of a "new man".

Of course they are trying to monopolize the role of "defenders of the Republic", which pisses off every one else.
Should be noted that internally, the new name isn't unanimously welcomed, like at all. I know from UMP members (that I only know from a French political forum, I promptly reassure you Wink) that the odds are rather for keeping UMP than changing to "Les Républicains". Wait and see.

It is done. http://www.republicains.fr/

3197  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pataki to launch presidential candidacy on Thursday on: May 28, 2015, 06:19:26 pm
Pro-abortion RINO. Not interested. A total sideshow.

We need more Republicans like you-you're the reason you've only won the popular vote once since 1992

No, we need more Democrats! It's why you only won a majority of the popular vote with a candidate not named Obama just once since 1964!
3198  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ethiopian electoral-type event, 24 May 2015 on: May 28, 2015, 05:34:35 pm
So, like, how do those vote totals occur in electoral-type events?  I've often wondered.  Are voters so intimidated that they just don't show up?  Or do they show up and are given completed ballots?  Or do the poll workers just blatantly not count the votes actually cast and write in whichever numbers they feel, or are told to write in?

Nope, party extension workers were going door to door in Addis Sunday afternoon, checking up on people who hadn't shown up at the polls telling them to vote.

Interesting.  But what prevents them from checking someone else's name on the ballot from the one that party extension workers want them to?

Nothing in particular, but this isn't an "established" practice so I doubt people made arrangements in expectation for it.

Also, "party extension workers" don't actually exist- but rather they are agricultural extension workers who also peddle partisan propaganda. I suppose it was plain old apparatchiks at work in town.
3199  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: America now FIFA's savior on: May 28, 2015, 05:00:22 pm
Former President of CBF (Brazilian Confederation of Football), José Maria Marin, served as governor of São Paulo between 1982-83. He was lieutenant to Paulo Maluf (PP-SP), who is also wanted by American justice.

Of course he would have been deputy to Maluf...

I'd be surprised if Russia gets its hosting revoked, but Qatar, considering the slave labor conditions in building the infrastructure, and the fact there are reports that over a thousand migrant workers have died already, seems likely. And that would give seven years.

This raises in interesting point:

If Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president and Michel Platini gets enough support for his proposed withdrawal of UEFA (of which Russia is a member) from FIFA, can the world cup still take place in Russia and can Russia still participate in the world cup? Tongue

Of course, the easiest solution for Russia would simply to switch membership from UEFA to the pro-Blatter Asian Football Confederation I guess.

You mean the Arab Football Federation?
3200  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mass arrests at FIFA on: May 28, 2015, 04:59:03 pm
Wanda? The Chinese real estate company?
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