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1  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Boyd K. Packer, the highest-ranking Mormon apostle, is dead at 90 on: July 05, 2015, 10:30:09 pm
Why is Heber such a common name?
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Boyd K. Packer, the highest-ranking Mormon apostle, is dead at 90 on: July 04, 2015, 11:54:14 pm
Is Nelson on death's door? I'd assume he is, being 90.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Are You in Favor of Polygamous Marriage? on: July 04, 2015, 06:28:00 pm
yes in principle but there's a lot of problems that'd have to be worked out.

I didn't vote.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 04, 2015, 01:16:03 am
His Holiness Pope Urban IX
Labor
New York

Glorious news!

<3
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker's "anti-gay transition" on: July 03, 2015, 10:47:50 pm
leave it to the states
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Boyd K. Packer, the highest-ranking Mormon apostle, is dead at 90 on: July 03, 2015, 07:05:08 pm
http://www.sltrib.com/home/2694491-155/boyd-packer-dies-lds-church-confirms

With Packer's death, Russell M. Nelson (also 90) is the new President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and next in line to succeed prophet Thomas S. Monson. Should he die, the Presidency will go to Dalin H. Oaks (82) and then to M. Russell Ballard (86).
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: July 03, 2015, 05:58:35 pm
His Holiness Pope Urban IX
Labor
New York
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: It took me 7 Years but finally.. on: July 03, 2015, 05:16:08 pm
It goes all out on the crazy Palin train, but puts McCain in a pretty good light. And yes, Moore absolutely killed it.

Recount, not Game Change.

And we watched this in my government and politics class after the AP and my teacher said everyone he's spoken to (who was knowledgeable about the situation) has said that the portrayal of Harris was essentially accurate.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1956 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: July 03, 2015, 02:14:16 pm
If Kefauver wins, will he go back to being a Populist?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Obama be remembered in the top 10 of Presidents? on: July 03, 2015, 02:10:59 pm
If one considers gay marriage a noteworthy success, how much credit does Obama really deserve? He appointed Sotomeyor, but any Democrat would've appointed a 5th vote justice. It's like giving Ike credit for the Brown school desegregation decision.

Edit: And he appointed Kagen too.

That's a good point. I'm honestly not sure Stevens would have went along with such a ruling. He was, after all, a major advocate for judicial restraint.

"Individual decisions by married persons, concerning the intimacies of their physical relationship, even when not intended to produce offspring, are a form of ‘liberty’ protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment" - John Paul Stevens, Bowers v. Hardwick (dissenting). That's the basic message of Kennedy's opinion, no?

That decision regarded the Texas ban on sodomy, if I'm not mistaken. It's one thing to say that the government has no right to regulate what two consenting adults do in their bedroom, but it's another to say that the government must provide legal recognition to a category of relationships.

Anyway, I don't claim to know how Stevens would have ruled. I'm genuinely wondering.

He was interviewed by NPR and said that the rapid change in public opinion might lead people to "accept the merits of some of my arguments," which to me certainly indicates he'd have ruled in favor.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/04/24/306524864/retired-justice-john-paul-stevens-marijuana-should-be-legal
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / This guy edited together the most important bits of the major Pubs' speeches on: July 03, 2015, 02:18:20 am
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZH0R0rlR8&list=PLwV95EIdLbL8yNF9eqhYmsbzio9U66-LH

It's a really great resource to check out the main themes of their campaigns.
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Obama be remembered in the top 10 of Presidents? on: June 30, 2015, 09:28:10 pm
Q. Adams

What!? I'm a JQA fanboy as much as the next guy (assuming that guy is Cathcon), but I can't name anything he actually *did* as President.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will Obama be remembered in the top 10 of Presidents? on: June 29, 2015, 09:55:40 pm
John Tyler was widely considered top 10 when he left office

Well, when he left office he was by definition in the top 10, so that doesn't tell us much.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Taking a break. on: June 29, 2015, 02:56:58 pm
CCSF.

If he's resorted to harassing posters via PM, that definitely is grounds for banning.

Nope. Unless he makes a sock account, the moderators here don't give a shit.

Didn't you once boast that "we don't ban people on Good Atlas"?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of these lyrics to "Dixie" on: June 28, 2015, 08:21:21 pm
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A5ra9cXx1-o
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you LGBT? on: June 27, 2015, 12:52:16 pm
Gay (normal)
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1952 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: June 27, 2015, 12:49:21 pm
Guys, the last two-term Populist was Sinclair. Change would be voting for ROOSEVELT.
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Now that gay marriage has passed should we ban straight marriage ASAP? on: June 27, 2015, 10:22:30 am
We must join our brothers and sisters in Mississippi!
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone III - The Whinge Binge on: June 25, 2015, 09:53:51 am
Bacon Queen just rolls off the tongue.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1952 Conventions (The Hearse at Monticello) on: June 24, 2015, 07:43:32 pm
McCarthy/Nixon! Stamp out the Red Menace!
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bobloblaw Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: June 23, 2015, 05:27:29 pm
Was Deus always this weird? I knew he was a redpiller, but...
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support the legalization of gay marriage? on: June 22, 2015, 03:04:38 pm
Yes (not Wulfric).
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Haley Barbour: CSA flag "didn't have a thing in the world to do" with shooting on: June 21, 2015, 09:47:40 am
The guy had tons of pictures with the flag. I think it's safe to say it played a role.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The new ten dollar bill to have a woman on: June 20, 2015, 06:55:10 pm
Hamilton had an affair with a married woman that ruined his political career. I doubt he was gay.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: South Carolina shooter's photos found on white supremacist website on: June 20, 2015, 03:06:23 pm
Sorry but identifying the problem and shining a light on the underground of hate groups on the web in this country is not a bad thing to do. People need to be aware of the danger. Parents need to know that there are sites out there poisoning the minds of kids, some of whom may turn to violence. Pretending they dont exist and not talking about them wont make them go away.

And in this particular instance I think the connection to South Carolina's official embrace of the Confederate flag and this particular hate group is a salient point.



But you just published a part of a killer's manifesto. Can you not shine a light without furthering his goal of getting his message out?  

You hear pundits talking about how ISIS attracts followers in the West by convincing them they'll have greater opportunity and a better life if they join ISIS. Why can the same not be applied here? Clearly this man was radicalized by the bullsh*t talking points on Fox News about white persecution. Can we not have an open discussion about this growing problem in the United States?

We are dealing with sick minds who want attention.

When someone jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge there is no nationwide discussion (indeed, local papers give minimal coverage to the event) because it is known that this will only encourage copycats.

When a drunk runs onto a football/baseball field the cameras are immediately averted because it is known that showing these people will only encourage others.

Copycat killers are a known and studied phenomena. Have you not seen how many times one mass shooting follows another?

Some killers place their manifestos where they will later be found because they know they may not make it out alive to tell their story and that their acts will ensure their story receives the widest possible audience.

Surely we can have this conversation without publishing manifestos and giving these people what they so desperately want, what they kill to achieve, attention.

He was not aiming for attention. He was aiming for a race war.
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