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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: Today at 06:31:15 pm

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oldiesfreak Deluge of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: Today at 06:27:12 pm
White privilege is a myth.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: John Edwards - no affair on: Today at 05:55:45 pm
Still doesn't win Iowa... By 2008 he was essentially a white Barack Obama.

Especially since the allegations were given very little attention outside of tabloid newspapers and blogs in late 2007, and Edwards only started to come clean about the affair in late 2008.

But, if there hadn't been an affair, I'd say Edwards would've been a decent veep pick for Obama.
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: South Park vs. Girls on: Today at 05:50:05 pm
One of these is one of the worst shows on television, and even one of the worst of all time. It relies mostly on nothing but shock value and trying to push the envelope of what can be shown on TV, but with no attempt to actual make it clever or get any humor out of it. It features idiotic and unlikable characters, and really vapid plots with terrible messages. Also the creators are clearly complete morons who have the maturity of probably a 13 year old at best with the type of crap they shovel on it. It only appeals to the lowest common denominator and people who are easily amused by cheap shock value and really simplistic and vapid "humor".

Dude, we get it already.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How many kids do you want? on: Today at 03:46:40 pm
Zero. I never wanted children and that has not changed. I'd be surprised if it does change.

I'm not ready to permanently say goodbye to peace and quiet. Toddlers, babies, little kids are dreadful, and to take care of one isn't something I want to do, although at least when they get older you can have a conversation with them, and under the right circumstances that might be worth it (a preppy daughter would be nice to raise), but I have no desire to take the chance.

That's exactly how I've always felt.

I always figured that if I ever were to have a child, I'd prefer it be a girl, and hopefully an adopted one at that.  However, I really have no interest in taking that up.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hide behind the poll: have you ever taken a picture of your genitals? on: Today at 03:32:46 pm
I've never really gotten the appeal of dick pics (dicks look pretty weird) but whatever, I don't have Snapchat

I have to agree.  Wouldn't a full-body nude shot be much more appealing for the person you're sending it to?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Hide behind the poll: have you ever taken a picture of your genitals? on: Today at 12:18:42 am
No, I honestly haven't.  Nor do I plan to.  Ever.

Six of you have, so far?  I didn't know sexting was so popular here...
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your alignment? on: Today at 12:17:04 am

9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: April 17, 2014, 11:16:07 pm
Ernest why do you go to two different churches?
Because I am a Christian Universalist without a church which hews to that position nearby, so I go to the UU church to deal with the Universalist aspect of my soul and to Christian churches for things such as bible study that at least at present I am unable to obtain at the UU church I go to. (It's fairly small, so aside from one monthly spirituality forum, they only have the weekly service with no pre-church study groups.  The one in Columbia is larger and closer, but is not to my taste for a number of reasons.)  There were some Universalist churches that did not participate in the merger of the Unitarians and Universalists, but the closest are in North Carolina and I'm smack dab in the middle of the Midlands.

But actually, it's more than two churches.  Where I go for Wednesday bible study is close to home and thus convenient for that, but as I pointed out, my UU church doesn't have a Sunday school and is some distance from me.  There's no way I could go to Sunday school at a church near me and make it to my UU church, yet I do want to go to Sunday school, so I do that at another church about midway between where I live and the UU church.  My normal Sunday routine is to leave home no later than 8:45, Sunday school from 9:30 to 10:15 (they start their Sunday service at 10:30) and then get to my UU church in plenty of time for the 11:00 service.  I get back home around 1:00 most Sundays, 2:00 on the first Sunday of the month when my UU church has a pot luck after the service.

As I think I have mentioned before, my UU church does not hold a service on the fourth Sunday of each month, so I typically use that Sunday to attend the service at one of the Christian churches I regularly visit for Bible study and Sunday school.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS April 2014 Regional Election on: April 17, 2014, 11:05:23 pm

[X] Scott of North Carolina
Federalist Party

[ ] Write-in:______________________________


[X] Dereich of South Carolina
Federalist Party

[ ] Write-in:______________________________
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2014 At-Large Senate Election on: April 17, 2014, 11:03:37 pm

[4] Adam Griffin of New Brunswick
Labor Party

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

[6] a Person of Maine
The People's Party

[3] Goldwater (Republitarian) of Delaware
Federalist Party

[7] JCL (Johanus Calvinus Libertas) of Indiana
Federalist Party

[1] Lumine von Reuental of Montana
The People's Party

[2] shua of Nunavut
Democratic-Republican Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / IDS April 2014 Regional Election on: April 17, 2014, 10:59:23 pm
Voting shall begin immediately for the offices of Emperor of the Imperial Dominion of the South and for two seats in the Imperial Legislature. Voting will end on Monday, April 21st after 72 hours have elapsed.

A voter's ballot is valid only if the voter:

(1) is registered with the Atlasian Registrar General as a voter of a Southern state during the entire time that the poll is open;
(2) makes only a single post in that election thread;
(3) does not edit or delete the post more than one hour after the post has been made; and
(4) clearly identifies the contest in which a vote is intended to be applied, except when there is only one contest on the ballot.

NOTE: The Legislative election shall occur by district. Vote in the election that corresponds to your district.

District 1 (Red) (+Newfoundland and Labrador and Puerto Rico)
District 2 (Blue) (+Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia)


[ ] Scott of North Carolina
Federalist Party

[ ] Write-in:______________________________


[ ] Maxwell of Louisiana
Democratic-Republican Party

[ ] Write-in:______________________________


[ ] Dereich of South Carolina
Federalist Party

[ ] Write-in:______________________________
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Teabagging fascists in TN move to nullify federal ban on hemp produciton on: April 17, 2014, 10:52:14 pm
I think Lief is in favor of legalizing pot. Tongue
14  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Grumps vs. Oakvale on: April 17, 2014, 08:31:54 pm

Grumps (I-PA) - 333
Oakvale (D-Some state) - 205
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Wisconsin becomes first state to restrict parents from giving up adopted kids on: April 17, 2014, 08:07:32 pm
The reasoning behind the bill makes sense to me, though I don't see how transferring your adopted child to another home would be less complicated than adopting from an agency.  Did we just stop doing background checks for some reason?
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 17, 2014, 08:02:18 pm
Voinovich.  I know nothing about his opponent and Voinovich is reasonable.

17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you plan on celebrating Easter this weekend? on: April 17, 2014, 07:20:00 pm
Fifteen voters so far and only two are smoking pot?  I find that hard to believe.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / How do you plan on celebrating Easter this weekend? on: April 17, 2014, 06:44:10 pm
Right now, it's looking like options 2, 4 and 8 for me.  It'll pretty much be an ordinary Sunday.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of this Political Cartoon on: April 17, 2014, 05:52:22 pm
Ronald Reagan was a Tea Partier?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 2: Cultural Protection Act (Debating) on: April 17, 2014, 05:09:37 pm
Keep in mind that this bill will have to be funded.  A GM estimate is necessary.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Favourite latest post by previous poster on: April 17, 2014, 05:07:41 pm
Lifetime judicial appointments result in too much difficulty in achieving a court that undos its bad prior decisions, and there are a few awful decisions of the recent court that we're going to be stuck with for a while.  Too much authority for too long of time for anyone is corrupting, and limiting time on the court to a fixed 20 years would be the best solution.
There's nothing inherently positive in reversing prior decisions. If anything, I would think that more frequent SCOTUS rotation would have a negative effect by politicizing the court further. Besides, you have no guarantee that decisions that reversed thanks to newly appointed Justices would be ones you view negatively. They could just as easily reverse decisions you view positively.

Yes, of course they could reverse decisions that I like.  This isn't about the court making decisions that I like; it's just a disagreement of what the best system is.

Although you have a point that frequent rotation invites may more politicization.  However, 20 years on the bench is not that short of time, and would keep much stability.  With lifetime appointments, a series of justice deaths under a single administration could result in young appointments by a single president with a strong ideology, and they may make bad decisions; those bad decisions may even reverse prior good decisions, or a precedent that the court had traditionally subscribed to.  The court could be radical, and if the ideological justices are young, they will be there for a while.

Again, it doesn't have to be about decisions that I don't like, and suggesting that it is misrepresents the whole point.  The court could make decisions that you think are horrible, and those decisions may be there for a long time.  But if you honestly feel that the current system is best, then that's fine.  I happen to believe that that system could be improved, regardless of ideology regarding court decisions.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: do you support right to work laws on: April 17, 2014, 04:56:09 pm
Quote from: Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.
Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: April 17, 2014, 04:44:36 pm

24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton Preggers! on: April 17, 2014, 04:15:09 pm
I wonder what their foreign policy will be.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Chelsea Clinton (now) open to running for office on: April 17, 2014, 03:35:30 pm
CNN says, "Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy."  For a second I thought it said, "Chelsea Clinton announces presidency."

That would've been awkward.
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