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51  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Rooney for Archduke on: January 02, 2015, 09:26:14 pm
Hello to all the Midwest,

Today I announce that I will seek the position of Midwest Archduke. Archduke Cris, a fine public servant, is heading off to Nyman, D.C., to serve as a senator. I know he will do his best and will make us proud.

I promise as archduke to do the following:

1) Be active

2) Follow the Midwest Constitution to the letter

3) Respect the governor and all members of the Althing

Above all I will do my best in the position. That is all I can promise.

Thank you and I hope that your New Year is off to a great start.
52  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Potus/Maxwell for Atlasia on: January 01, 2015, 03:02:01 am
Good luck to you! You have my vote. Smiley
53  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: January 01, 2015, 02:58:45 am
I'll run for Midwest Archduke in the special election if this is still a thing.
54  General Discussion / History / Re: Good Books on Early US Government and Politics on: December 25, 2014, 06:06:41 pm
Here are some to try:

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen (about the Constitutional Convention)

Inventing America by Garry Willis (more about the Dec of Independence but goes into the Hamilton vs. Jefferson battle)

A Magnificent Catastrophe by Edward J. Larson (about the election of 1800)

The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy by Jeffrey L. Pasley

The Presidency of George Washington by Forrest MacDonald 
55  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Aaron Sorkin on: December 17, 2014, 08:48:31 pm
He's pretentious as can be but is a decent writer of dialogue. However, why does he think everyone communicates in long oratories?
56  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturor...... on: December 17, 2014, 11:44:30 am
This is a good idea. Lawsuits are a wonderful tool for policy change.
57  General Discussion / History / Re: Rooney's Presidential Election Rankings on: December 17, 2014, 11:42:26 am
Please continue this!
I can probably do some work over Christmas Break. I have recently become chair of my department at the school I teach at. That-added to the fact that I write IEPs, do Medicaid billing work and also have to teach six classes-has eaten up so much of my time. I'll try to get another update up.
58  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: Don't Miss 3 Consecutive Votes in the Althing Amendment on: December 14, 2014, 08:32:03 pm
59  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you believe in the American dream? on: December 14, 2014, 12:39:56 am
No, since one person's American Dream almost always becomes someone else's nightmare.
60  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 14, 2014, 12:29:41 am
[1] Cris
[2] JCL
[3] Write-In: Maxwell
[4] Write-in: HagridOfTheDeep
[5] Lief
[6] Bacon King
[7] SWE
61  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Oldiesfreak1854 on: December 11, 2014, 05:36:26 pm
Oldies is a great Yankee Republican. I personally think a lot of his routine is done to annoy the Red Pennsylvania and Red European avatars. He does one heck of a good job aggravating them and that it to be applauded loudly. 
62  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Chicago, IL? on: December 11, 2014, 05:34:45 pm
It has awful traffic but the best food.
63  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: December 10, 2014, 08:56:19 pm
The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On by John Stauffer. A wonderful treatment of a great American song.
64  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest Voting Booth: Game Moderation Reform Amendment II on: December 08, 2014, 07:39:23 pm
65  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How do you feel about law enforcement officers at different levels? on: December 05, 2014, 04:24:18 pm
Individual cops can be decent people. As a whole all forms of law enforcement are terrible. Those who are usually attracted to "law enforcement" are generally bullies (like cops), arrogant and power hungry (like prosecutors) or creepy (like FBI/CIA/NSA agents).
66  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How would you restructure the U.S. Cabinet? on: December 05, 2014, 11:31:27 am
We have too many executive departments and bureaucracy. All these departments do is make it easier for suits with egos to hate freedom and attack liberty. Many need to be weeded out and burned. Here is what I would do!

Department of State: I would keep.

Department of the Treasury: I would keep. He should just be an accountant though and have NO say over how money is allocated.

Department of Defense: I would keep even though I question what need there is for one.

Department of Justice: I would keep.

Department of the Interior: Do away with this!

Department of Agriculture: Do away with this as well! It plays no useful role.

Department of Commerce: Last time I checked commerce is what private individuals do. Let us be done with this department.

Department of Labor: Do away with this one as well. Labor is done by private individuals, union and corporations. Let them handle labor issues on a case-by-case basis.

Department of Health and Human Services: I guess this one is okay. We will keep it.

Department of Housing and Urban Development: No, get rid of this one. Allow cities to manage their own affairs.

Department of Transportation: Anyone who has been to the DMV knows this one is a disaster. Get rid of it for once and all.

Department of Energy: This is silly and unnecessary. All the Department of Energy is good at is creating a series of energy related bubbles and misspending tax dollars. Bury it, sir!

Department of Veterans Affairs: Get rid of this one. We all know what a bang-up job the VA does. I am 100% sure veterans would be better off with state, local or private options. Maybe a few less of them would die while waiting for health services. 

Department of Homeland Security: Yes, this one is awful. It may be the worst cabinet department ever made or ever thought of. I would not only get rid of this freedom hating post I would also imprison anyone who ever wanted to be the secretary of this liberty destroying monstrosity.

I also would end executive posts such as Trade Representative, UN Ambassador, OMB Director, the Council of Economic Advisers and the small Business Administration. The Executive Branch is far too big and powerful. It needs to go on a diet. 

67  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: December 03, 2014, 01:30:11 pm
God Bless America: The Surprising History Of An Iconic Song by Sheryl Kaskowitz has proven to be a lovely little work that explores Irving Berlin's patriotic tune. Little did I know that it was written in 1918, was changed to an isolationist hymn and Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land is My Land" as a protest of the song. Incredible the history that lies behind things. 
68  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Dictator Obama continues to be Best Obama on: December 01, 2014, 04:40:17 pm
This is cool. Obama can be pretty cool.
69  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ten Best, ten worst Presidents on: December 01, 2014, 03:01:52 pm
Best (none were that great but this list suffices)
1. Martin van Buren
2. Franklin Pierce
3. Grover Cleveland
4. Ulysses Grant
5. William Henry Harrison (he died quickly and allowed Tyler to become president) 
6. John Tyler
7. Andrew Jackson
8. James Polk
9. Jimmy Carter
10. Calvin Coolidge

Worst (easy list to compile):
1. Harry Truman
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt
3. George W. Bush
4. William McKinley
5. Ronald Reagan
6. Lyndon Johnson
7. George H.W. Bush
8. Benjamin Harrison
9. James Madison
10. Bill Clinton

And that's the way it is...
70  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which third party gets your protest vote? on: December 01, 2014, 02:56:32 pm
I always vote for the Libertarian candidate because the Libertarian candidate is always the best option. There is no protest it is just common sense.
71  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest (Nov. 2014) Gubernatorial Recall Election on: November 29, 2014, 05:18:36 pm
Should LeBron FitzGerald (Labor Party-MN) be recalled from his position as Midwest Governor?

[X] Yes
[ ] No
[ ] Abstain

If the Governor is recalled, who should replace him?

[2] Gass3268 (Labor Party-MB)
[1] GAworth (P.E.A.C.E. Party-SD)
[ ] Write-In: __________
72  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama "blames Bush" on: November 28, 2014, 06:37:09 pm
Considering that George W. Bush and his government broke the world every president for the next century can safely blame him for everything bad that happens.
73  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Three strongest/weakest candidates on: November 25, 2014, 02:41:21 pm
The Democrats only have one strong national candidate and that is Hillary Clinton. The Republicans only have one strong national candidate and that is Jeb Bush.

Republicans Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Chris Christie may well evolve into strong national candidates but given the GOPs views on the Darwinian theory I highly doubt it.
74  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: November 2014 Althing Elections on: November 22, 2014, 01:57:29 pm
Ballot for Most Serene Representatives:
[2] BaconBacon96 (Democratic-Republican Party-CO)
[5] Gass3268 (Labor Party-MB)
[3] GAworth (P.E.A.C.E. Party-SD)
[1] RR1997 (Federalist Party-IA)
[4] Vega (Labor Party-WY)
[ ] Write-In: __________

75  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Would you rather live in Forsyth County, GA or an >85% Obama precinct in Iowa? on: November 17, 2014, 10:22:59 pm
I used to live in an 85% Obama precinct in Iowa. It was a nice place. A lot of good, hemp growing people lived there.
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