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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Non-Americans: Christmas traditions unique to your country on: December 19, 2014, 10:38:51 pm
We make snowmen out of sand and hang lights in the palm trees.

What country is that?

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Non-Americans: Christmas traditions unique to your country on: December 19, 2014, 12:11:04 pm
We make snowmen out of sand and hang lights in the palm trees.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS December 2014 Elections on: December 19, 2014, 12:01:19 pm
IDS Emperor:
[1] Flo

District 2
[1] Dereich
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to announce sweeping changes in Cuba policy today! on: December 17, 2014, 06:17:38 pm
Does Obama need the approval of Congress to end the embargo or can he just sign an executive order?

Congress has to pass a repeal. Republican Party is clearly not ready for that even though there are many who would be happy to junk it and are public about it.

Even if they were, the Senate Subcommittee it'd have to pass through is chaired by Marco Rubio. So that's not happening.

Anyways, word is that the top choice for the first ambassador to Cuba in over 50 years is a former Florida governor who discussed visiting Cuba during his campaign and was seen visiting the White House five days ago.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New Jersey Gubernatorial Election 2009 on: December 17, 2014, 11:17:50 am
Daggett (non-criminal option)
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Where do you stand on abortion rights? on: December 17, 2014, 11:15:38 am
Option 1 if you ask me, option 2 if forced to comply to TNF's outlook that any regulation implies option 2.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Album of the year, 2014 edition on: December 16, 2014, 06:57:08 pm
Platinum was probably the best country album of the year, for whatever that's worth. Apart from that, I agree with smilo that it was generally a weak year in the genre.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 16, 2014, 06:23:39 pm
I'm speaking about wearing dynamites and grenades freely. Not necessary a felon, and that would be dangerous.

What does it mean to "wear dynamites"? Honestly not sure what this means - I've never seen anybody wearing dynamite except as some sort of suicide vest, and presumably suicide bombers aren't too interested in obeying the Constitution.

There is a lobby for guns, so why not a lobby for grenades and dynamite too?

Because very few civilians have any reason to purchase grenades and dynamite? You can't defend your home or self with it while still maintaining some reasonable level of personal safety. Really, you're addressing a problem that doesn't exist.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: AK: Gov. Walker fighting for Medicaid expansion on: December 16, 2014, 06:09:15 pm
Walker is nothing but a hyperpartisan, Tea Party Republican hack.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Article of Impeachment against Vice President SJoyce on: December 14, 2014, 02:05:41 pm
I check this board fairly frequently to see if there's any ties that need to be broken, but apart from that I have no duties here - as in real life much of the VP's informal work seems to be done outside of the confines of the Senate.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Robot Unicorn Polling: Articles of Impeachment Against Pres Lumine & VP SJoyce on: December 13, 2014, 03:05:00 pm
Maybe because our Presidents and Vice-Presidents actually did their jobs and didn't disappear from the Government board for more than a week at a time. I no longer have an agenda, other than one that rains hell down upon people who phone it in while occupying offices others could be holding. If you run for office, do the job. If you can't, then get the hell out of the way and let someone else do it.

Not my fault that legislation (actually, legislation sponsored by your party) has stripped the Vice-Presidency of virtually all of its Constitutional duties. There have been no ties that have needed to be broken and so I am fully fulfilling the duties of my office under the Constitution.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 13, 2014, 02:53:28 pm
"the right to bear an arm shall not be infringed": you can NEVER take the gun of someone in any case.
If a judge wants to take the gun of a prisoner, he couldn't because that would infringe this right.

There's dozens of states where convicted felons cannot own weapons even after they're released from prisons. You can absolutely lose a right even if it's guaranteed in the Constitution so long as its removal is conducted through due process and I don't see how you can interpret it differently.

You're speaking about the current US system? Do you realize the current Supreme Court is full of crazy people like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas? I prefer not to put that in the constitutioin, because this is a utopy to think judges are fair in their judgement, they are appointed after a decision made by politicians who are EXTREMELY under lobby influence, so potentially a lobby of dynamite could rise etc.

I'm speaking about either the current US system or Atlasia's, doesn't matter. No judge is stupid enough to say that any part of the law implies that prisoners can bear arms. Neither Antonin Scalia nor Clarence Thomas - nor any other politician or public servant - want a society where prisons are controlled by armed prisoners. The idea that it's a realistic possibility that a 'lobby of dynamite' might influence judges to declare that convicted felons can carry grenades while serving their sentences is either deliberately disingenuous or mind-numbingly dense. Your amendment tries to resolve a problem that has never existed, does not exist, and will never become a problem by adding more language that does nothing other than make the Constitution a muddled mess to a clause that has not been an obstacle to major gun control in the past. There's neither concrete need nor coherent rationale for it and as such it's a useless piece of law.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 13, 2014, 12:40:04 pm
Oh and, with the current constitution, there is absolutely no regulation possible. "it shall not be infriged". I believe that a prisoner can require to keep his weapon in jail for instance.  With the US 2nd amendment right, while it protects the right of bearing weapons, there is still this notion of "regulation": so I believe with the US second amendment, prisoners can't require to keep their guns in jail for instance.

Could you explain the meaning of the clause in the Constitution which states "The Atlasian government shall not deprive any citizen of ... liberty ... without due process"? Does not that clause mean we can deprive citizens of the liberties they enjoy under the Constitution, including the right to bear arms, through the judicial process?

Sjoyce, there is no definition of "low potency" explosives. So I believe it allows every explosive because you can argue this is "low" for everything, considering there is no definitionN.

Courts can define it and their precedent will set a precise definition for our system. That's how a common law system works.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: December 2014 At-large Senate Election on: December 12, 2014, 07:44:52 am
1. Polnut
2. Bacon King
3. Cris
4. SomebodyWhoExists
5. Lief
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Governors, The Protecting People from Explosives Amendment has passed the senate on: December 12, 2014, 07:43:32 am
And furthermore, considering there is basically no definition of what is "low", I believe everyone can argue that dynamite is low.

Not at all. High-potency explosives are ones where the reaction travels through the explosive at faster than the speed of sound - dynamite and TNT fall in this category. Low-potency explosives would be ones where the reaction wave moves at subsonic speeds, like black powder or other fireworks. That's seemingly the most logical way to differentiate between high-potency and low-potency explosives. There is nothing in the Constitution that can be construed to allow you to "wear dynamite", whatever the hell that means.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would you rather live in Los Angeles or Louisville? on: December 12, 2014, 07:33:29 am
When I visited Louisville the sky was not at all purple, which I appreciated. Voted Louisville.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The People's Party December Convention - Opens Sunday 7 December. on: December 07, 2014, 09:26:57 pm
xSJoyce
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Oval Office (Lumine/SJoyce Administration) (Confirmation Issue) on: December 04, 2014, 06:05:14 pm
Oh, relax. I accept full responsibility for the delays; I've had a few interruptions in Internet access, as well as several school and debate projects that sapped much of my time (on the plus side, I qualified to debate nationals and got an A on the history project, so there's that). There was a strategic decision to delay several confirmation hearings, but the strategic desire there was to ensure a legitimate confirmation process by not having the nominees introduced under one set of rules and have the rules change underneath them during their hearings.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition Against The Civil Rights Act of 2014 on: December 03, 2014, 08:35:31 am
x Vice President SJoyce

That said, there are several non-objectionable provisions of the legislation (Section 2, Clause 9, for example, as well as much of Section 3, parts of Section 4, and Section 6). I'm certain that those good elements can be extracted and formulated into a proposal that will pass.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protecting People from explosives Amendment (Debating) on: December 02, 2014, 10:50:14 am
What is a "low potency explosive?"

Was the original justification for the present wording in the constitution based on fireworks bans?

I'd assume it would be. A low-potency explosive is an explosive where the reaction wave travels through the explosive at subsonic speeds - including most fireworks, as well as gunpowder, but excluding high explosives like TNT and dynamite.
But it would still allow "explosive bombs"?

I'm not sure what you mean by "explosive bomb".

The major problem with the current passage is it's very plausible that it invalidates every single regulation on guns and low potency explosives,.
Indeed, prisoners can wear guns in jail, nothing would prohibit them from doing that, because the constitution would protect this right.

Clause 3 of Article VI allows the Atlasian government to deprive its citizens of their liberties with due process of law (ex: if they are convicted of a crime and imprisoned).
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Protecting People from explosives Amendment (Debating) on: December 01, 2014, 04:40:55 pm
What is a "low potency explosive?"

Was the original justification for the present wording in the constitution based on fireworks bans?

I'd assume it would be. A low-potency explosive is an explosive where the reaction wave travels through the explosive at subsonic speeds - including most fireworks, as well as gunpowder, but excluding high explosives like TNT and dynamite.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: Dr. Cynic for GM on: December 01, 2014, 04:37:46 pm
I need something that automatically closes these after the 24-hour change period is over.

Dr. Cynic is confirmed as GM.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Youth Empowerment Act (Voting on Amendment) on: November 29, 2014, 01:59:45 pm
Though I share Senator Polnut's concerns about the language, I trust the Senate's ability to clarify in future amendments and vote Aye on the amendment.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Confirmation Hearing: RPryor for Deputy AG on: November 29, 2014, 01:57:15 pm
He's confirmed
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Future of Charlie Crist on: November 28, 2014, 07:05:57 pm
What will be Charlie Crist's future? Will he run for Senate again in 2016 or Governor 2018? I also heard, that he might seek the mayor's office in his hometown. Or will he ruturn to the private sector?

Hi that's my hometown. The incumbent mayor is a Dem, former state rep, and pretty popular - by all accounts I'd expect him to run for re-election in 2017. Crist also endorsed him in 2013, and several top Crist operatives in 2014 worked on that campaign in 2013 (as did I). I haven't heard anyone talking about Crist running for mayor, except half-jokingly in 2013 before significant Dem candidates entered. I'd say Cabinet (EPA administrator maybe, or Interior) or FL-13.
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