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51  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: March 2015 Elections (Althing/Archduke) on: March 20, 2015, 11:38:48 am
Ballot for Midwest Archduke:
Write-In: Dereich

Ballot for Most Serene Representatives:
[5] Brewer (Labor - Joy)
[4] Fuzzybigfoot (Labor - Amity)
[1] Dereich (Federalist - Serenity)
[3] Libertarian Socialist Dem (Labor - Joy)
[2] RFayette (The People's Party - Moxie)

52  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Which was the greatest political convention? on: March 16, 2015, 12:07:01 pm
By the term "greatest" I mean the most memorable and the one which created the greatest noise. As for convention I mean a Republican or Democratic (or minor party) political convention held every four years in order to nominate a candidate for the presidency and vice-presidency as well as construct a platform.

I feel there is no way one cannot say the Republican and Progressive Party Conventions of 1912. I will include these two beasts as one due to the fact they are joined at the hip. Without the 1912 RNC and the catcalls against Taft and his "steamroller" of Southern delegates, the forced of Teddy Roosevelt would not have booed former Ohio Lt. Governor Warren Harding while he was nominating Taft, started fistfights on the floor and then marched out of the convention to the jubilant tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The second part of the 1912 RNC, held a week later in the same city of Chicago, was a mix of political convention and old time Christian tent revival. A motley, multi-ethic convention featured the first ever female speakers at a political convention. As the run-up to the greatest presidential election ever waged the 1912 Republican and Progressive Conventions must rate as the greatest ever held in American political history. 
53  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1996 Primaries on: March 14, 2015, 06:54:20 pm
Ross for Boss!
54  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2015 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 13, 2015, 12:14:43 pm
1. JCL
2. Poirot
3. Foucaulf
4. AdamGriffin
55  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What did/do your parents do for a living? on: March 09, 2015, 12:11:00 pm
My mom worked at a TV station when she was in her twenties. She worked as a copy writer and in PR for a few years. When I was born (the third kid) she decided to stay at home and raise us. When I was a junior in high school she became a substitute teacher for a while. Now she works at a Hallmark Store and writes romance novels.

My dad started out as a KFC fried chicken worker. He has grease scars that are scary to look at. He graduated from the University of Dubuque and got a job running time sheets at a factory in Burlington, Iowa. In his mid-twenties he was hired as an insurance agent by Farm Bureau. He worked for them until the mid-nineties when he went to work for another insurance company. He owned his own insurance agency for a few years and then he decided insurance was boring and got a new job as a traveling salesman. Currently my dad is working as a mega-church financial adviser in Texas. He makes good money and my mom likes that it is warm in Texas.
56  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / 1976: Gerald Ford vs. Scoop Jackson vs. Eugene McCarthy on: March 08, 2015, 05:13:16 pm
In 1976 President Ford faced a true mountain to conquer in order to win reelection. Staglfation was raging, gas was very expensive, the American quality of life was at a nadir, the Republicans were tarnished by Watergate, Ford had pardoned Nixon and foreign policy was a total mess under the management of Dr. Kissinger. On top of this Governor Reagan nearly beat Ford assaulting him on this whole laundry lists of political sins and then took control of the 1976 RNC in Kansas City. Things were simply awful for President Ford. 

Political journalists and historians opined that one of the main reasons why the 1976 election was close was due to the fact that Jimmy Carter was a highly flawed, very green national candidate. There was really no other reason why the campaign was so close.

Let's say that Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson of Washington, the grand old neo-conservative and "Senator from Boeing", manages to win the nomination by beating Carter in Iowa and New Hampshire, leading the Georgia governor to lack the media following and money to best George Wallace in Florida.  Senator Jackson is nominated by the Democrats in Madison Square Garden. Jackson taps Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen for vice-president.

This Democratic ticket picks up some anger from the party's left flank. Former Senator Eugene McCarthy announces an independent bid for president and selects consumer activist Ralph Nader for vice-president. The McCarthy/Nader ticket manages to land itself on the ballot in all 50-states.

How would a Ford vs. Jackson vs. McCarthy race in 1976 play out? 
57  General Politics / Book Reviews and Discussion / Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? on: March 08, 2015, 05:01:41 pm
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris. What an odd treatment this memoir is. Morris spend a good deal of the time telling the reader about himself and questioning the intelligence and character of Reagan, whom hired him to write the memoir in 1985. Half the time I scoff at how pseudo-intellectual Morris is. He inserts French and Latin phrases almost as if to tell the reader, "Look at me! I am smart!" If one wants to read a good book on Reagan I do not think this is the one to go to. It is written in an engaging way, but the biographer seems more interested in himself than the subject of the biography.
58  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Richard M. Johnson on: March 08, 2015, 04:56:05 pm
A good Jacksonian Democrat who should have been president instead of Polk.
59  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of John C. Calhoun on: March 02, 2015, 01:02:47 pm
I have to applaud him fro marrying a woman named Floride. That took some guts.
60  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Hugo Black on: March 02, 2015, 01:01:37 pm
Hugo Black got a KKK activist who murdered a Catholic Priest (James Coyle) off by arguing the insanity defense. Why was Father Coyle murdered? He married the KKK member's daughter to a Puerto Rican man. Hugo Black was a horrible person. 
61  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2015 Presidential and Regional Senate Elections on: February 20, 2015, 04:45:38 pm
President:
1. Maxwell/Dallasfan
2. JCL/Devin

Senate:
1. Dereich
2. TNF
62  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: MW: February 2015 Gubernatorial Election on: February 20, 2015, 10:51:17 am
Ballot for Governor
[2] Gass3268 (Labor Party-EX)
[1 ] Foucaulf (Federalist Party-MN)
[ ] Write-In:________________
63  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the United States Senate be abolished? on: February 16, 2015, 06:13:42 pm
No. The Senate slows everything down to a crawl and keeps government foolishness at a minimal. It does not nearly keep enough foolish down but it does an okay job at it. If anything we should ONLY have the Senate because then gridlock would make governing almost impossible.
64  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH in February!!! Federalist Convention (Sign in!) on: February 08, 2015, 05:11:43 pm
Hey I'm here!
65  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: February 02, 2015, 03:15:03 pm
I confirm that I voted Guilty.
66  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: January 09, 2015, 04:40:49 pm
I also withdraw from the Midwest Archduke special election.
67  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Midwest Governor LeBron FitzGerald on: January 07, 2015, 09:05:08 pm
"I swear that I will well and truly try the matter in issue between the parties, and give a true verdict according to the law and evidence, so help me Dave."
68  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Comrade vs. the formal titles. on: January 04, 2015, 01:11:17 am
I just call everyone "dawg." It is so much easier.
69  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.
70  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
71  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.
72  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 
73  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?
74  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.
75  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.
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