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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 24, 2014, 07:37:29 pm
Deregistering.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: August 24, 2014, 07:37:01 pm
Resigning.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2014 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 24, 2014, 07:25:25 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE


[7] Alfred F. Jones of Rhode Island
Labor Party



[  ] Bacon King of Oceania
National Front to Restore Democracy



[  ] Clarence of Florida
Federalist Party



[  ] Deus naturae of New York
Democratic-Republican Party



[5] Dr Cynic of Pennsylvania
Labor Party



[4] GAworth of South Dakota
P.E.A.C.E. Party



[6] JohanusCalvinusLibertas (JCL) of Indiana
Federalist Party



[1] LuminevonReuental of Utah
Federalist Party



[8] Mechaman of Indiana
Bad Party



[3] Poirot of New York
Independent



[2] Polnut of Massachusetts
The People's Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: A Taxanomy for Protestants on: August 24, 2014, 06:23:22 pm
Err... the Virgin Mary's role in prayer and the church?
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is your urine ever bubbly? on: August 24, 2014, 06:18:49 pm
Never use Google to diagnose illness.  Ever.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 06:07:32 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.

I take issue with your statement that "black people and white people are different culturally."  That's a broad generalization.  Yes, he happens to be black.  Yes, he happens to enjoy rap and hip hop.  We'd be just as different from each other if he were white or I were black.  And for the record, I would've used the same language despite his race -- it doesn't sound odd to me if used in that context, personally.

No, you would not ever describe a white neighborhood as a "hood". Don't lie. I made an effort to assume good faith, but it's clear that you don't even understand what the problem is.

None of us are perfect in the language that we use, but thoughtful people pay attention when they use offensive language and agree not to use offensive language in the future. Don't pretend that what you said wasn't racist. You clearly anticipated the fact that people would call you out on it:

Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

Maybe instead of being preemptively defensive about the racist things you said, you could try not saying racist things. If for whatever reason you can't understand why it's not okay to describe black people or their communities with the terms "gangsta" or "hood", then don't worry about it. You don't need to understand if it's too difficult. Just don't use those words.

And here you continue to operate under the assumption that the objective of my comments was to illustrate my dorm mate's race rather than his own personality and individual sense of style.  What's truly racist is that you apparently like to project this standard for "white neighborhoods" versus "black neighborhoods" even though nothing in my post inferred anything about that.  Remember, it is you who specifically expressed that "black people and white people are different culturally."  You choose to view society through that set of lens.  I don't.

I would ask you to just stop interjecting race into the conversation in what I see as a pathetic attempt to veil your own racism, but then that would defeat the point of your accusations entirely.  So I'll leave you to wallow in your own delusions and think what ever you want about me until you come to realize the irony in your words.  Sound good?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 02:20:25 pm
I'd like to emphasize that my intention was to describe his personality more than his physical appearance, since I apparently hadn't made that clear already.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 02:13:16 pm
Just throwing this out there, but I'd never be able to have a roommate. Even if he was a decent guy and not one of the 100 kinds of assholes that you find in college, I probably wouldn't be able to cohabit with a complete stranger in such a small space. I really need my privacy.

Aren't you still in college?  Do they let you opt out of having a roommate or something?
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 02:06:20 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.

I take issue with your statement that "black people and white people are different culturally."  That's a broad generalization.  Yes, he happens to be black.  Yes, he happens to enjoy rap and hip hop.  We'd be just as different from each other if he were white or I were black.  And for the record, I would've used the same language despite his race -- it doesn't sound odd to me if used in that context, personally.

Come on Scott, you don't see how describing your black roommate as "gangsta" and "from the hood" might make people a little uncomfortable? I'm not saying you were being consciously malicious but that kind of language is a bit troubling. I don't think anyone associated "gangsta"/"hood" with the idea that your roommate might be anything other than black, expressed in a strange wink, nudge manner.

Simply saying "black" or "white" doesn't tell you anything about a person's personality.  I was purposely trying to avoid linking his race with his persona and interests, but I see that that, as expected, came out completely wrong.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: All about yourself! on: August 24, 2014, 02:03:10 pm
Since so much has changed for me the last few months...

Age: 19 (20 in November)

Gender: Male, genderfluid

Race/ethnicity: Caucasian

Religion: UCC/Methodist

Location: Salisbury, NC

Where you were born: Danbury, CT

Occupation: College student, transcriptionist

Political figure you most admire: Desmond Tutu

Favorite President: Thomas Jefferson

Political Orientation: Center-left

Favorite Musician(s): Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Audio Adrenaline, Nirvana, Phil Collins

Favorite Books:
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
A Theology for the Social Gospel by Walter Rauschenbusch
Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth by Michael McClymond
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Favorite Shows: The Boondocks, Impractical Jokers, The Middle, Louie, Clone High

Favorite Movies: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Rocky, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, American Pie, Philadelphia

Other interests: Religion, philosophy, spirituality, meditation

Favorite color: Green

Do you live by yourself?  No

Do you have any siblings?  No

Relationship status?  Single

What year did you join Atlas?  2011

Do you have any nieces, nephews?  No

Have you ever been attracted to someone of the same sex?  No

If you could pick your own nationality, what nationality would you pick?  The one I have now.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 01:46:54 pm
Also, my heart goes out to you, Sanchez, Grumps, and Hagrid.  I'm sorry to hear all the bad news this weekend.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 24, 2014, 01:45:16 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.

I'm not trying to be antagonistic at all here, but if your roommate is black, please say it directly. There's nothing wrong with pointing it out; black people and white people are different culturally. On the other hand, it is wrong to use racially coded language to imply that he's black ("gangsta", "hood"), so don't do that. If he's not black, then it just sounds odd to use those words.

I take issue with your statement that "black people and white people are different culturally."  That's a broad generalization.  Yes, he happens to be black.  Yes, he happens to enjoy rap and hip hop.  We'd be just as different from each other if he were white or I were black.  And for the record, I would've used the same language despite his race -- it doesn't sound odd to me if used in that context, personally.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Good Post Gallery II on: August 24, 2014, 01:07:48 pm
Now if we could get Badger to explain why he's a Republican, we would have two Atlas Forum mysteries solved.

I think he's stated before that he registered as a Republican to vote for Santorum in 2012, but I'm not sure if that's true or if it's only one part of the story.

Heh-heh. No, I never stated that. My party switch is complicated, but fundamentally ideological.

FTR, I spent most of today canvassing for a GOP incumbent congressman, went to a strategy briefing at a regional GOP HQ, spent last Saturday canvassing for said Congressman and Gov. Kasich, and went with the wife earlier this week to one of our county GOP's major fundraisers of the year.

Why do you always seem so reluctant to talk about your reasons for switching in depth, out of curiosity?
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: 2014 Selfie Creepfest/Post a picture of yourself thread on: August 24, 2014, 12:51:56 pm
I was challenged...





And you were looking for an excuse to show off. Smiley
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should Colorado have to pay for neighboring state's marijuana prohibition? on: August 23, 2014, 06:31:21 pm
If Arizona legalised hand grenades,

and young people had a habit of lobbing hand grenades, would California police be wrong to arrest people who had purchased hand grenades in Arizona? Or would you advise that California legalise hand grenades as well?

Do you understand the concept of victimless crimes?

If you lob a grenade in the woods, does it have a victim?

If you smoke marijuana in front of someone who is bothered by the stench,  is there a victim?

I'm sorry, but is this a real argument?
16  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Recent bans on: August 23, 2014, 06:21:48 pm
If anyone wants to see a picture of TX Conservative Dem, PM me.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 23, 2014, 06:00:20 pm
We put my cat down today.

Ugh... I can't even imagine.  I'm sorry, Hagrid.  Sad
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 23, 2014, 05:11:18 pm
Scott is "gender fluid"? What does that mean?

I suppose it is a perequisite to becoming a white heterosexual liberal Christian minister...

It basically means you fluctuate between genders on certain days or certain times of the day.  That's really all it means.

I'm kind of hoping no one would be a dick about this.

I just utterly fail to comprehend it. No offense meant.

I misunderstood, then.  I thought you used the second part of the post to take a jab at me or something.

I get how people wouldn't understand it, though.  I had a hard time explaining it to two of my closest friends who helped get me to accept it.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 23, 2014, 05:04:48 pm
Oh yes, and I fully expect the 'racist' accusations to pop up any minute now.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone II - Less Boring, More Whoring on: August 23, 2014, 05:00:44 pm
Scott is "gender fluid"? What does that mean?

I suppose it is a perequisite to becoming a white heterosexual liberal Christian minister...

It basically means you fluctuate between genders on certain days or certain times of the day.  That's really all it means.

I'm kind of hoping no one would be a dick about this.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this ad on: August 23, 2014, 04:34:31 pm
So that's one new addition to my ignore list.

Who's next?
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of this ad on: August 23, 2014, 04:27:07 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oczj6thd4CY

No poll.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why do you think? on: August 23, 2014, 03:54:03 pm
I try not to

That explains a lot.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Michelle Rhee to step down from StudentsFirst on: August 23, 2014, 03:38:36 pm
Some of you really need to expand your vocabulary.
25  Election Archive / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: WY: Rasmussen: Mead (R) ahead. on: August 23, 2014, 03:31:20 pm
For those who keep up on Wyoming politics: why did Mead do so poorly in the primary?
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