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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you support a military strike to degrade or destroy Iran's nuclear program? on: March 04, 2015, 05:54:03 pm
A US strike on the Iranian nuclear weapons programs sounds like an excellent and legally legitimate reason for Iran to pursue nuclear weapons. Escalating to war also sounds like a decent reason for our partners to end their sanctions, a good way for Iran to gain international sympathy, and a major popularity booster for Iran in the rest of the Middle East.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Israeli Elections, 2015 on: March 04, 2015, 05:51:03 pm
Hilariously, the Haredim parties are outpolling Likud.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are republicans concerned about a nuclear Iran? on: March 04, 2015, 05:45:43 pm
Saudi Arabia has made a commitment to keeping nuclear weapons out of the Middle East. It is the world's most volatile region, after all. The Saudi also, through cooperation with Pakistan, have the capacity to quickly gain a nuclear arsenal. Some intelligence sources say they could have a bomb within a month.

So your tangible policy harm here is that the Saudis go from "having a bomb on order" to "having a bomb"?

The threat becomes even more concerning when you look at Iran's expressed willingness to bolster their militant allies with nuclear technology in order to encourage loyalty to Tehran. Does that bring Saudi-backed Sunni militias to the nuclear table?

Citation needed, preferably one better than this.

A Middle East arms race coupled with an escalation in the fight for regional preeminance is what concerns me most. We see governments collapse in a matter of months in the Middle East. We see extremists take over countries. What happens when Iran gets a Libya-like rebellion against the authoritarian regime and the country is gripped by chaos? The same could be asked of Saudi Arabia. Or if Bashar Al-Assad wins in Syria, Iran chooses to bolster one of their closest ally governments with nuclear technology? Or if the Saudis strengthen shady Sunni governments with nuclear tech?

Is there any sort of Shi'a equivalent of the Islamist groups that have taken advantage of the situation in Libya? For that matter, are there any indications that the Iranian opposition includes significant Islamist elements at all? Are there any signs of instability in the Saudi regime?
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which show is a more accurate representation of the US political system? on: March 04, 2015, 02:50:41 pm
I'll nominate The Thick of It.

Um, we're not technically American

Neither is Denmark. Caveats about a different political system apply, obviously, but not hard to be more accurate than HoC or WW.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia Survey: Vice Presidency on: March 04, 2015, 02:29:34 pm
Yes.

It's an ill-defined and largely pointless position. The role of the VP after the reformation of the Senate rules is merely to administer nominations (which could be handled by the Speaker) and break ties (which, when you think about it, could easily be handled by the President - assuming that the VP breaks ties in the manner the President wants already). The line of succession can easily be amended to replace the VP with cabinet-level officers.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Israeli Elections, 2015 on: March 04, 2015, 02:17:37 pm
Interested to see how the forum would vote on this.
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which show is a more accurate representation of the US political system? on: March 04, 2015, 01:05:14 pm
I'll nominate The Thick of It.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democrats, who would vote for out of these candidates and why? on: March 04, 2015, 07:25:45 am
[1]Sanders
[2]Warren
[3]Webb
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Carson communications director: "We will win the biggest landslide since 1984" on: March 04, 2015, 07:23:58 am
Mostly true. If Carson is nominated it would be the biggest landslide since 1984, just not necessarily in his direction.
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What exemptions should exist for school vaccination requirements? on: March 04, 2015, 07:22:13 am
Medical only, but in practice I don't object to a religious exemption that's only going to be used by a handful of Dutch immigrants (even the Christian Scientists don't oppose vaccinations).
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Can Communism work? on: March 04, 2015, 07:17:43 am
Yes in the abstract, in that there are hypothetical conditions under which communism could work, as Cory mentions. The better question is probably "Can communism work in our lifetimes?", to which the answer is no, probably not.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: EPONA Poll - Presidential Elections Retrospective on: March 03, 2015, 09:54:35 pm
Bore, Lumine, Others/Write-in, Duke, Lumine, Nix, Marokai.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Best President elected from New York? on: March 03, 2015, 04:33:09 pm
FDR
MVB
Cleveland
Arthur
TR
Fillmore
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What do you think about your representation in Congress? on: March 03, 2015, 02:49:52 pm
If we're going with Hogwarts grades (I spend half my day in FL-13 and the other half in FL-14)

Rep. David Jolly (R): Acceptable
Rep. Kathy Castor (D): Exceeds Expectations
Sen. Bill Nelson (D): Exceeds Expectations (by virtue of being a Democrat elected statewide in Florida)
Sen. Marco Rubio: Dreadful
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Convention, February and also March 2015 - Senate primary on: March 03, 2015, 02:33:57 pm
[X] Yes
[ ] No

I dislike the idea that a candidate can join The Party and within less than a week be able to expect the support of a vast majority of members as a Senate nominee. Seems like a system that could easily be taken advantage of.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1984: No Watergate Election Series (GE) on: March 02, 2015, 04:00:02 pm
Bob Graham.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida Law Banning Cohabitation Still Being Enforced on: March 02, 2015, 12:56:41 pm
It won't be repealed, there is too big of Republican majority in the legislature. So much for limited government.
Are you serious?

Repeal already failed once and the quote of opposition was from a Republican. Republicans simply aren't going to pass a bill introduced by Democrats, that's how partisanship works.

^He's probably right here. I doubt the 2015 legislature will be much more progressive than it was a few years ago, and even good legislation sponsored by Democrats typically doesn't make it to a vote, much less to the governor's desk. Notably, Baxley (who's quoted as opposing the reform) sits on both the Criminal Justice & Rules (sub)Committees, and the Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee is the Rev. Charles Van Zant, who opposes Common Core because it "promotes homosexuality". Can't see Republicans wanting to bring this to a vote when their caucus will be significantly divided both in committee and on the floor.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Describe a Charlie Crist (R)/Charlie Crist (I)/Charlie Crist (D) voter on: March 02, 2015, 12:46:22 pm
SJoyce

This is true, though I'm also a Pinellas County resident.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: California vs. Florida on: March 01, 2015, 03:32:55 pm
Florida is the mentally challenged offspring of a nasty tryst between the Confederacy and Cuba, who was raised in a foster home by a well-meaning but smothering Jewish Mother from the Tri-State Area and her real estate developer husband.

This is accurate. There are some very nice parts of Florida (mostly along the I-4 corridor), but the odds of throwing a dart at the map and ending up somewhere nice is better in California than in Florida.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Pollstergeist: Special At-Large Senate, March 2015 on: February 28, 2015, 06:24:22 pm
There are a few Labor candidates I would preference over Dkrol and a few I'd proudly vote for JCL over. Can't really answer without a name.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: February 27, 2015, 02:54:44 pm

Somewhere Midwestern - he was born in Illinois but graduated from Penn State in 1980 (moved here in '82).

Totally missed the joke



Congratulations on your ability to recognize repetition of the letter 'B'. Your kindergarten teacher must be proud.

A bit snarky Tongue

Hey, if you're gonna be funny on the Florida thread, at least be funnier than what we already do.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: February 27, 2015, 08:22:51 am

Somewhere Midwestern - he was born in Illinois but graduated from Penn State in 1980 (moved here in '82).

Totally missed the joke



Congratulations on your ability to recognize repetition of the letter 'B'. Your kindergarten teacher must be proud.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: February 27, 2015, 06:26:59 am

Somewhere Midwestern - he was born in Illinois but graduated from Penn State in 1980 (moved here in '82).
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia Survey: Militias on: February 26, 2015, 02:59:04 pm
Of course not. Law enforcement exists for a reason. All these militias will do is destabilize the situation and add chaos to an already turbulent environment.

You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, but I would appreciate it if you would cite some evidence before making such a claim. When 20 people are killed in terrorist attacks in 48 hours, it's natural for citizens to want to defend themselves.

Absolutely. And because we live in a nation with a functioning law enforcement infrastructure, the way we have decided to defend ourselves is through paying taxes and hiring individuals specifically dedicated to defending our communities. Not through rushing out to establish militias after a terrorist attack. This isn't the 18th century.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Izvestia Survey: Militias on: February 26, 2015, 01:59:24 pm
Of course not. Law enforcement exists for a reason. All these militias will do is destabilize the situation and add chaos to an already turbulent environment.
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