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76  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Trump the most repulsive creature ever to run for president? on: October 31, 2016, 10:19:25 am
Quite possibly the worst of the post-WWII era with the exception of George Wallace, but I imagine that a large percentage would have answered 'yes' to the same question about Romney in October 2012. Presentism is a very powerful thing.

Indeed, and they may very well say the same of the Republican candidate in 2020, or at least say "second worse".

Is he worse, than, say, Breckenridge (a literal traitor)? I don't know.
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Comey taking orders from Putin? on: October 31, 2016, 10:17:21 am
Looks like Comey is a Putin stooge.  What is he hiding and why is he hiding it?

LOL, good one, Ebowed!
78  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Yay Wallons! on: October 31, 2016, 06:58:56 am
I guess the good news is now Canada can flood Wallonia with cheap Canadian wood pulp so the Walloons can manufacture tissues to cry into.  [/snark]

But really Benwah...did you expect anything different?  The Belgians' only chance would have been to try and convince the Canadian people that the deal was bad causing Justin! To back out.  With both sides against it...it could not go forward.  But that was never going to happen.  The beast gets what it wants.

Ah, I remember softwood. Good old 2002!  Excellent news, either way. But a dangerous precedent has been set.
79  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The rise and rise of Evan McMullin (formerly Egg McMuffin) on: October 31, 2016, 06:46:30 am
I urge American voters from coast to coast to vote for McMullin/Finn in states where they are on the ballot and to vote for them as a write-in in states where they are not on the ballot.

McMullin and Finn will restore honesty and integrity to the American political system.

Finally, Winfield, you've started speaking sense again!
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2016 Presidential Runoff on: October 30, 2016, 04:01:06 pm
[ X ] North Carolina Yankee/Rpryor03
Federalist Party/United Alternative
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Gingrich: If Trump Loses, He Could Seek Rematch in 2020 on: October 29, 2016, 10:41:54 am
The most disturbing possibility, and the logical conclusion if Trump thinks it was a "rigged" election. And, God forbid, imagine how unpopular she'd be in four years.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do it.

impeachment or trump rematch, maybe the only ways to secure 8 years of hillary... (i would prefer if she steps aside after 4 years.)

Good God, the country can't take another four years of this. We're anticipating it being over on November 9.
82  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Re: Kasich vs Hillary and Sanders vs Trump on: October 29, 2016, 10:38:21 am
Kasich would win big-- much bigger than, say, Rubio, who would have been eviscerated in the debates, for starters-- but not that big. Progressives would be demonizing him as a women-hating, minority-loathing, homophobic, plutocratic far-right nutjob, probably trying to convince us that he was EVEN WORSE THAN TRUMP, definitely worse than Romney. I mean, people are painting Trump as anti-gay even though they're pointedly just about the only group he hasn't attacked during this election.

Bloomberg would have run in the second matchup, and all I know is that I'd have voted for him.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How much will the fake email scandal hurt Hillary's poll numbers on: October 29, 2016, 07:54:32 am
I think all this back and forth tells us that people are simply looking for the slightest excuse to vote for Trump.

Hillary will still win of course, because of CO and VA (those states are not made for Trump).

Probably by 47-44-5-2-1-1

Who is the fourth third party? Either way, if she does not take back the House and Senate the next four years will be hell. I have always insisted that if she does not win in a landslide, a genuine landslide, she might as well lose. Only a landslide will give her legitimacy and teach the GOP the lesson it desperately needs to learn by killing off Trumpism. If that doesn't happen, things will only get worse from here. The rhetoric won't go away.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: This article is the perfect example of how Green Party voters are so stupid on: October 29, 2016, 04:20:08 am
My biggest problem with intersectionalism by the way, isn't so much the very concept of it, which is quite valid, but the fact that for whatever reason, almost all people who call themselves intersectionalist feminists care far more about stupid nonsense like this instead of actual serious issues that face women and minorities today.

Why was Black capitalized in that article and not others? Is that a thing now? I can't keep up anymore Tongue

I think I've finally gotten it, after long being confused and rejecting it out of hand: "Black with-a-capital-B" is supposed to refer to the specific and distinct culture of Black Americans, which, for a lack of a better phrase, share a common history in their descent from slaves. It does not include more recent immigrants (and their descendants), such as myself. I think. I've definitely seen "Black with-a-capital-B" used inclusive of the latter group, however, so I'm not entirely sure.

The fact that our language lacks a terminology for easily making such a distinction (at least one that doesn't require making overt reference to slavery, which seems grossly offensive) is a glaring omission.
85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Republican Congressman compares Trump with Mussolini and plans to vote for him on: October 29, 2016, 03:35:56 am
"He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him."
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Bill Weld soft endorsement for Clinton on: October 27, 2016, 08:54:42 pm
Jesse Helms could not have been more right about Weld.

The Earth is a better place without Jesse Helms on it.

Yes it is, because he devoted his life to providing excellent constituent service (even Democrats admit this) and was a courageous leader in the conservative movement. He improved the world and then left to meet his creator.

Only if you were white, I'm sure.
87  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The rise and rise of Evan McMullin (formerly Egg McMuffin) on: October 27, 2016, 08:15:07 pm
this whole "cuck"-thing leaves the feeling the whole american nazi establishment is run by frat boys.

Their usage "cuck" itself carries, uh, racial overtones, so you get the impression they have a certain kind of genital fixation.
88  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pence's plane skids off runway at LGA on: October 27, 2016, 07:43:05 pm
Holy cow! I'm not sure "slide" is the right word here:

89  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pence's plane skids off runway at LGA on: October 27, 2016, 07:28:31 pm
"Appreciate the congrats for being right on third-world LaGuardia, I don't want congrats, I want us to get smart. We must fix!"
90  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Pence's plane skids off runway at LGA on: October 27, 2016, 07:14:32 pm
This is why you don't land a 747 on LGA during heavy rain.

It's a 737, I'm pretty sure. The runways at LGA are too short for 747s, rain or no rain.
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: AP-GFK National: Clinton +15 on: October 27, 2016, 07:08:46 pm
Now this is my kind of poll!
92  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Pence's plane skids off runway at LGA on: October 27, 2016, 07:08:02 pm
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The campaign airplane of Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence slid off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Thursday night.

Emergency crews responded to the incident, which occurred during heavy rain. Journalists aboard the plane quickly tweeted that there were no injuries, including to Pence.

"The governor himself came to the back of the plane to make sure everyone was OK," said Elizabeth Landers, a CNN reporter who was on the plane.
http://www.businessinsider.com/mike-pence-plane-runway-laguardia-airport-2016-10
93  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The rise and rise of Evan McMullin (formerly Egg McMuffin) on: October 24, 2016, 07:08:42 pm
i am shocked how attractive, self-ironic and seemingly anti-sexist, anti-racist mister mcmuffin is.

where does the GOP hide such people?

They don't bother running under normal circumstances, and if they do, their handlers make them behave like reactionary fundamentalists to please The Base.

To his credit, there's no reason he couldn't have run on a Cruz or Huckabee-esque platform. Instead his stated positions are to the left of Romney, and closer to Kasich if not Huntsman.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why was HRC invited to the Al Smith Dinner? on: October 22, 2016, 11:10:52 am
Also, Pope Francis began denouncing priests who played politics with abortion at the beginning of his papacy.

lol
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2016 Federal Election on: October 21, 2016, 06:04:59 am
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF ATLASIA

[  ] Blair2015/Kingpoleon
Labor Party/United Alternative

[1] North Carolina Yankee/Rpryor03
Federalist Party/United Alternative

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - NINE SEATS

[6] EarlAW/Hatman of Ontario
Washburnist Socialist Revolutionary Party

[2] Enduro of Pennsylvania
Federalist Party

[  ] Fitzgerald of Montana
Labor Party

[  ] NeverAgain of Virginia
Labor Party

[  ] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party

[4] Republitarian/Goldwater of California
Federalist Party

[  ] Santander of Alabama
Federalist Party

[3] SecureAmerica/Heisenberg of New Mexico
Federalist Party

[5] Siren of Puerto Rico
Independent

[  ] Southern Gothic/White Trash of Louisiana
Labor Party

[1] tedbessell of California
Federalist Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________

[  ] None of the above
96  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: US rejecting Russia's offer to send election monitors on: October 21, 2016, 05:54:50 am
Trump should demand they be admitted. They'd corroborate whatever he'd say.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: LOCKER ROOM TALK? on: October 20, 2016, 09:38:08 am
I remember running for Senate and having one side call me a socialist and the other call me a bourgeois reactionary. And then it ended up being actually rigged through the most blatant sort of insincere mischief voting. Good times.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Fmr. Governor Simfan34 [ENDORSEMENT] on: October 20, 2016, 09:31:13 am
Fellow Atlasians,

I am no longer at the front line of our country's politics. One might even say I am retired. But I would like to break my silence in order to make a very important endorsement. I will-- for once-- be brief.

In the upcoming presidential election, there is only one candidate with experience nearly as long as Atlasia's history itself.  Despite our differences in the past., it is clear that he is by far and away the most qualified candidate in this election and more than prepared to lead this country moving forward.

I therefore am proud to endorse North Carolina Yankee for President.

Simfan34
99  General Politics / Economics / Re: US Job Openings Reach Record High on: October 19, 2016, 04:01:52 pm
As I've said many times, HR policies in the United States are messed up and do not promote filling positions. Of particular concern is inflexibility with regards to the requirements of the position, which make the candidate pool unnecessarily small. I've often looked at computer programmer requisitions and wondered if there were even anybody in the world that met all of their requirements, given how exacting and specific many of them were.

If you're looking at professional openings in the public sector, a large share of openings are listed only because of laws or policies that require hiring practices to be non-discriminatory, when in reality the job description was written for the sake of a specific person. The entire application and interviewing process becomes a hollow exercise that is completed only for the sake of following the law's letter.


Actually, in many cases there is a real application/interviewing process before the job is advertised. It is not that they do not want a proper process to run, it is that, for some reasons (frequently union-related) they cannot enforce the requirements they really need. So, they, first, do a selection on criteria they care about and then advertise a job description, fitting just the guy they chose (but often not mentioning at all, why they chose him).

It is, actually, worse in Europe, where the civil service rules are even more restrictive.

Well civil service positions would, be definition always filled internally, no? Certain posts might potentially be filled (and contested) by political appointees or civil servants, but posts within a civil service?
100  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are colleges shutting down free speech? on: October 19, 2016, 12:08:14 pm
It is simply disingenuous to act as if the concept of "safe spaces" is still limited to places where people facing active threats or discrimination can seek respite. It's more than that, and we all know that.
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