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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Labor Party Standing Committee - VOTE OF CONFIDENCE on: September 17, 2014, 07:51:27 pm
OFFICIAL BALLOT:

Should the Labor Party of Atlasia continue to exist, or should it dissolve?

[X] Continuation
[  ] Dissolution
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Current laws against SSM are not unequal? Sure... on: September 16, 2014, 10:26:34 am
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Andrew Cuomo vs Ed FitzGerald vs Tom Corbett on: September 16, 2014, 10:25:00 am
Hold my nose and vote for Fitz.
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1936 Presidential Election on: September 14, 2014, 02:18:45 pm
You all make me sick. Sick to my stomach.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / 1936 Presidential Election on: September 14, 2014, 10:37:24 am
The President coasted to victory in the WP primaries, with recently-selected Vice President Matthew M. Neely easily countering some opposition from Governor Upton Sinclair of California, and the other two candidates won by comfortable margins as well (though not nearly as much as those given to La Guardia by his incumbency factor). The Bull-Moose Party appears to be descending into civil war, as they again swung over to the left with the man who almost primaried President Smith, and the Unionists made the rather odd choice of giving in to the leftist turn of the times and choosing former VP William Borah to bolster the isolationist credentials of their main man, conservative Michigander Arthur Vandenberg. The WP is running on the same general stuff they did last time - universal health care, a social security program for the old, and VP Neely's pet project of a comprehensive civil rights bill (at least, as comprehensive as one can get in such times as these), and the Unionists are opposing every measure they put up (at least, one of them is). Roosevelt, for his part, is sitting down a lot and pretending his platform isn't basically the same as La Guardia's (though at least he has a cool name for it - something about nude eels), and Garner, much like Borah, has been relegated to the sidelines. All three have significant momentum behind them, and it's anyone's game here in Washington.

It's been thirty-five years since Wharton Barker's death. We could use more of that People's Alliance fighting spirit.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum LGBT Census 2014 on: September 13, 2014, 11:19:12 pm
This isn't *that* far off from the usual 60-40 ratio.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Americans: if your state... on: September 13, 2014, 04:00:51 pm
Perhaps, though I'd hate to see President Cuomo.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force to atheist Sgt.: "Recite 'So help me god' or get out" on: September 12, 2014, 11:00:39 pm
An oath began as a mystical thing, and I think retains a bit of that quality to it even today.  It is possible for an atheist to have a commitment that is of an almost religious quality.

What does that even mean in this context? Why should that mean this man should be forced to invoke a god he doesn't believe in?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why has there never been an Italian-American President? on: September 12, 2014, 09:28:22 pm
I wish there'd be an Italian-American President soon...as well as a Lutheran-American President (He/She can be German-American, Scandinavian-American, or Baltic-American).

Why hinder the Italians and Lutherans in the United States?!

Michele Bachmann's a Lutheran.

And welcome to the forum!
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas Forum LGBT Census 2014 on: September 12, 2014, 02:50:32 pm
Hasn't Hifly said anti-Semitic stuff before? I wouldn't put the first few posts past him.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Party ID Through the Years on: September 12, 2014, 08:21:45 am
1828-1932 (with hindsight) or 1940 (without hindsight) Democratic

Even during the Civil War?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Air Force to atheist Sgt.: "Recite 'So help me god' or get out" on: September 12, 2014, 08:19:35 am
If you're an atheist (as am I), saying "so help me God" isn't really any different than saying "hocus-pocus, if I am false let bad juju fall on my head."

I mean, it's just words. If you're treating religious references like they have mystical power... haven't you gone full circle back to being religious again?

But why should this man be forced to acknowledge a god he doesn't believe in? And why should the United States government be forcing that on him?
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Coming To America (A Post-WWII U.S. Timeline) on: September 12, 2014, 08:11:40 am
This is the most beautiful thing I've ever read.
14  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Summer isn't over until it's over on: September 11, 2014, 08:02:04 pm
We just had our first day of full-on fall weather, and it's projected to continue.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a young rich white liberal? on: September 11, 2014, 07:59:08 pm
Yes to all. If I were working full time all year, I'd earn more than the median household income for my census tract even without help from my parents. (Not that it would be much.)

All four. I'm still shocked by the fact that my parents make >$100,000 a year combined.

That still might be below the median for Brighton...

Nope, average family income is ~$70,000 according to Wikipedia. Both parents make $60,000, though, which is relatively close to the per capita income.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: are you a clock watcher? on: September 11, 2014, 07:56:23 pm
Obsessively so.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Describe the administration of the previous poster. on: September 11, 2014, 03:49:27 pm
President Grumps would be like Lyndon Johnson if he were an old Republican fogey.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a young rich white liberal? on: September 11, 2014, 03:47:32 pm
All four. I'm still shocked by the fact that my parents make >$100,000 a year combined.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Marriage bans struck down in Indiana and Wisconsin on: September 11, 2014, 03:44:15 pm
Congrats again, JCL.

Our ban is constituitional. It was a bunch of politicians who kept us from having our vote on the subject in November.

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you over sound of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declaring the ban unconstitutional.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate advances anti-Citizens United amendment on: September 10, 2014, 06:11:35 am
The text of the proposed amendment
Quote
“article —

SECTION 1.To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.

SECTION 2.Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.

SECTION 3.Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.”

Citizens United decided that Section 2 would run afoul of Section 3, so that's ...interesting.

Oh, are the Koch brothers journalists now?
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Senate advances anti-Citizens United amendment on: September 09, 2014, 07:25:50 pm
How come not more Republicans opposed it?

I think that they want to show some semblance of independence from the Koch brothers. Roberts needs some Koch-aine for his shaky re-election bid this year; Johnson,  Portman and  Toomey will need it in 2016.

That or they want the debate on this to dominate the Senate and distract the Democrats from things like the minimum wage.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Zephyr Teachout on: September 09, 2014, 02:36:19 pm
Maybe if there's some sort of insurgent anti-establishment leftist wave in 2016, Teachout will have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, but probably not otherwise.

This whole episode will probably knock Cuomo out of contention, though.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Cuomo v. Teachout on: September 09, 2014, 02:26:42 pm
Mom and government teacher voted for Teachout, if that's any indication of anything.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Jack the Ripper identified as Polish immigrant (DNA tests) on: September 09, 2014, 02:21:05 pm
Shame. Francis Tumblety was a much more interesting figure.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Senate advances anti-Citizens United amendment on: September 08, 2014, 09:07:34 pm
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/217025-senate-advances-constitutional-amendment-on-campaign-spending

It'll probably fail in the actual vote, knowing this Senate, but at least we know the 18 who voted against advancing it just this tiny bit. They are all Republicans:

John Barrasso (R-WY)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
John Thune (R-SD)
Pat Toomey (R-SD)


Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) did not vote.

Obviously not nearly all the Republicans who voted for this are going to vote for the final bill, though
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