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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1902 on: April 10, 2014, 09:42:32 pm
Empire of Japan

-We will not give the Zaibatsu full control over the process of industrialization, as it is the government who can best guide the development of industry and direct the nation to prosperity. However, we recognize the important role of private enterprise in achieving prosperity. We shall take the advice of the Zaibatsu into consideration when making our future decisions, and will be fully willing to sell off government-constructed assets if any particular Zaibatsu wish to pay a fair market price for them.

-We do not wish any bad relations with the Korean Empire, and publicly declare our non-hostile intentions at this time. We do, however, recommend they seek better relations with their neighbors. If they ally with a nation hostile to Japan they may see a rapid deterioration in our currently pacific relations.

Long-term policy on Taiwan: the people of Taiwan are extremely similar to the people of Japan. We shall pursue similar policies as we have in place in the Home Islands, seeking to integrate the Taiwanese people into Japan through promoting use of the Japanese language and supporting Shinto missionary efforts on the island. We will also continue expansion of the railways and reduction of opium permits. Our end goal is full assimilation of the Taiwanese as members of Japanese society.

To the United States
We would like to express our deepest sympathies with your nation for your loss of your Vice-President. Given your current state of grieving, we hope you can understand the grief of the people of the Philippines, countless many of whom are losing their husbands and sons every day. Japan is deeply disturbed by the current reports from the Philippines, and stands with the Filipino people, who have been brothers and sisters of the Japanese for over 400 years, against these reports of horrifying war crimes. We strongly encourage a peaceful and speedy resolution to the conflict.

Diplomatic notes:
We congratulate King Alfonso XII on his coronation, and Mr. Dunant and Mr. Passy on their prize.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bacon King Institute of Comedy on: April 10, 2014, 07:46:42 pm
I'm sort of like a southern Democrat although I'm not from the South and not a Democrat.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Any Southern Democrats Left On Here? on: April 10, 2014, 07:36:11 pm
Scott likes country music and IIRC is going to college down here.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your governors during your lifetime on: April 10, 2014, 07:32:05 pm
Lawton Chiles (1996-1998)
Buddy MacKay (1998-1999)

Jeb Bush (1999-2007)
Charlie Crist (2007-2011)
Rick Scott (2011-??)

Same governors, same span. Changed the color on Crist though.
80  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: April 10, 2014, 02:33:06 pm
1. Dereich
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would you react to a Thune or Portman VP pick in 2016? on: April 10, 2014, 01:52:28 pm
"Experienced and competent" and boring as hell aren't mutually exclusive.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1977 US Presidential Election on: April 10, 2014, 08:52:05 am
I probably fit in best with Church but damn do I want to see commie Reagan.
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MI-Sen: For women, flexibility > equal pay, says Land on: April 09, 2014, 09:21:00 pm
A study seems to at least back up her point.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Based God Polling: At-Large Senate Possibilities on: April 09, 2014, 07:49:34 pm
1. Lumine
2. Talleyrand
3. Shua
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 House Election Polls / FL-13/St. Pete Polls: Jolly+2 on: April 09, 2014, 07:44:52 pm
Rep. David Jolly: 48%
Fmr. CFO Alex Sink: 46%
Undecided: 6%

Sample size around 900, MoE Ī3%
86  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 09, 2014, 05:23:45 pm
John Edwards Debate Answers

This election will likely focus a lot on national security, what experience do you have to make a credible case that you are well informed on the matters, if the eventual Republican nominee is Rudy Giuliani or Donald Rumsfeld?

During my time in the Senate I served on the Select Committee on Intelligence. Iíve spent significant time on issues of national security, and as a member of the Intelligence Committee Iíve spent years thinking specifically about terrorism and how we can confront it. Iíve had a lot more Washington experience than George Bush had four years ago, but more importantly I have quality experience - serving on the Intelligence Committee during a time when it was suddenly thrust into the role of one of the most important committees in Congress. As the Democratic nominee, Iíll be able to present my record, as one of the first on the committee to speak against faulty intelligence-gathering practices, against a possible Republican nominee with a record of backing those faulty practices. If that happens, Iíll have the necessary experience and credibility to win.

What is your position on gun control?

I grew up in the rural South. Everyone around me hunted, and everyone around me had guns. Where I come from, and here in Greenville and in small towns across America, hunting and gun ownership is a way of life. People donít want the government messing with their ability to buy a gun and hunt, and law-abiding citizens want to have the right to defend their families. I respect and believe in peopleís Second Amendment right to bear arms. That doesnít mean you should be, if youíre convicted of a violent crime, able to walk out of prison and walk across the street to buy a gun, and that doesnít mean we shouldnít take every step we can to keep guns safe and out of the hands of kids. I support extending the Brady Bill, which is set to expire, and I support closing the gun-show loophole to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals. And it does make sense to have trigger locks for the purpose of keeping guns safe from children. As President, Iíll pursue solutions to reduce crime and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, while protecting peopleís Second Amendment rights.

What is the biggest difference between you and your fellow Democratic rivals?

Poverty is the great moral issue of our decade. If elected, I will make it a national goal to end poverty in 30 years, and my campaign has several initiatives to help families save and act responsibility. The America I envision is one where everyone who is able to work will work and theyíll be rewarded for working. There are 12 million Americans out there who I believe can be lifted out of poverty in the next decade alone.

The cornerstone of my proposal is to make it so people are rewarded for working. We need to raise the minimum wage to $8.40 an hour - which in 2001 would have lifted nearly a million out of poverty. We also need to index the minimum wage. Beyond that, we also need to vastly increase the Earned Income Tax Credit and reduce the marriage penalty, providing a larger incentive for work. We also need to protect workers through legislation to close the loopholes and fix the poor enforcement of the National Labor Relations act, and create a new task force to target misclassification of employees as independent contractors and strengthen work safety rules. Finally, as someone who grew up in a rural community, I know how hard life in a rural community can be. Nearly 90 percent of our poorest communities are rural. We need to increase investment in rural community colleges and support rural small business centers to get these communities back on their feet.

It looks like Iím running out of time now, so Iíll wrap things up, but I have a number of other proposals that Iíll detail in future speeches on the campaign trail. By creating new housing vouchers, we can help low-income families move into areas where they can find more opportunity. We can also create a new tax credit to help low-income Americans save for the future, and pass legislation to limit abusive practices in credit cards, payday loans and predatory mortgages. Finally, we can strengthen our public schools and create more opportunities for high-school dropouts and those struggling through college. We can eliminate poverty within a generation, and Iíll be striving to make that happen.
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: April 08, 2014, 10:01:35 pm
I'll nominate Dereich if he wants it - I'm kinda swamped already.
88  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: April 08, 2014, 05:43:55 pm
I, SJoyceFla, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Imperial Dominion of the South against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me Dave.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Shenna Bellows on: April 08, 2014, 01:33:50 pm
FF (pro-gun/pro-drug Dem)
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Scott for Emperor - Solutions for the South on: April 08, 2014, 06:56:01 am
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: best minor league team name? on: April 07, 2014, 10:59:26 pm

Bowling Green Cave Shrimp, y'all.
92  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Alex Sink running for Bill Young's old house seat on: April 07, 2014, 09:10:37 pm
Sink is the only Democrat to win a constitutional office in Florida this century, so I don't see her as a bad candidate. Besides, I read that the DCCC wants her to run again and they don't usually want poor candidates to run again.

She won one election eight years ago.

Still, it's a stretch to keep calling her a horrible candidate. She over performed greatly in poor turnout conditions, I don't think any other candidate would have done as well in FL-13 as Sink, nor as well for Governor in 2010.

She overperformed? When the polls are predicting you'll win, and you'll lose, that's not called overperforming. That's underperforming. Any of the other candidates who grew up in FL-13 or have actually lived in FL-13 or owned a house in FL-13 or held a job in FL-13 would've done just as well if not better.
93  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Alex Sink running for Bill Young's old house seat on: April 07, 2014, 07:33:36 pm
Sink is the only Democrat to win a constitutional office in Florida this century, so I don't see her as a bad candidate. Besides, I read that the DCCC wants her to run again and they don't usually want poor candidates to run again.

She won one election eight years ago.
94  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 07, 2014, 06:34:17 pm
This round closes tonight at 10:30 pm EST.
I will have polling/info up by tomorrow for Round IV.  
Is everyone up for a debate to take the place of Round IV and then moving to the middle of December for Round V.

I'm good with that - though I question what'll happen to Clinton's numbers if she doesn't show up for a few months on the trail.
95  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Late 1901 on: April 07, 2014, 06:28:49 pm
Japan desires no conflict with China, and we thank the Empress for her recognition of Japanese sovereignty over Taiwan. We shall withdraw from our enclaves, though we reserve the right to intervene in the region should other nations attempt to control portions of Chinese territory in a manner threatening to Japanese security. We will also be moving forward with the naval buildup suggested by Prince Konoe. We shall communicate to Prime Minister Katsura our support of his ideals of internationalism, and as such our desire to further Westernize our nation through industrialization, seeking to expand Japanese manufacturing and exports by bringing in ideas of science, technology, and languages to Japan, and by sending Japanese students abroad to study and grow links with foreign nations.
96  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Alex Sink running for Bill Young's old house seat on: April 07, 2014, 06:17:57 pm
It would pretty much take a miracle to win the House this year anyway, so why not save our good candidates for 2016?

So run Sink now and run Justice in 2016? I'm good with that.
97  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: LA and NC 2014 Congressional Races on: April 07, 2014, 06:16:50 pm
Does it often happen in Louisiana? Blablabla I'm Christian, but I'm a womanizer, and I ask for forgiveness. The next Vitter!

Happens pretty frequently, actually.

Though I can't really see the Dems weaponizing this - not with Edwards also running.
98  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: April 07, 2014, 05:55:17 pm
Edwards for President: Second!

The Edwards campaign is riding a tide of momentum into second place nationally! We're grateful for the support of the people, and we're sure we can increase those margins over the coming weeks.

Schedule: September 21-27

September 21
-Town hall in Ste. Genevieve, MO
-Meet and greet in Grantwood Village, MO
-Rally in St. Louis, MO with Majority Leader Dick Gephardt

Second place seems to come with some attacks. I thank Congressman Kucinich for his praise of my campaign, and Iíll take this time to address his criticism of my record. I did vote to authorize the war in Iraq, and I agree that - now - that represents a blight on my record. I believed, at the time, that going to war in Iraq was the right decision. In retrospect, the reports I received while sitting on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda - I, and the American people, didnít have the full story. Had I known then what I know now, I would never have voted for the war. I made a mistake, and I take responsibility for that. If elected, I will be willing to put forward a plan for troop withdrawal and concurrent training for Iraqi troops. Additionally, we need to make sure the Iraqis get the most out of this that they can - that means taking out American contractors who have taken advantage of the situation and giving that work to Iraqi businesses. We also need to bring Iraqís neighbors, as well as our other allies, into an international process to get Iraq on its feet. Our troops, and the people of both nations, deserve nothing less.

September 22
-Meet and greet in Arrow Rock, MO
-Townhall in Marshall, MO
-Meet and greet in Nevada, MO

September 23
-Meet and greet in Grandview, MO
-Townhall in Independence, MO
-Townhall in Sibley, MO
-Rally in Kansas City, MO with Minority Leader Gephardt

Recently some have brought up the PATRIOT Act. I voted for the PATRIOT Act believing it was necessary to fight terrorism, as did 98 of my colleagues in the Senate, and it does contain provisions that were needed to strengthen our security, through promoting intelligence sharing and cooperation among government agencies. What weíve seen since is an abuse of powers in its implementation, since it gave too much discretion to the Attorney General. He promised he wouldnít abuse his direction, but he did. We need to rigorously review the PATRIOT Act. There are things in the Act we need to keep, and Iím not going to pledge myself to full repeal, but the idea that this administration can arrest American citizens on American soil, label them an enemy combatant, put them in prison, keep them there indefinitely-this runs contrary to everything we believe in this country. The notion that they are going to libraries to find out what books people are checking out, going to book stores to find out what books are being purchased. What we have to remember-and I will when I am president-is what it is we are supposed to be fighting for, what it is we are supposed to be protecting. These very liberties, this privacy, these constitutional rights-that's what's at stake in this fight. And we cannot let people like John Ashcroft take them away in an effort to protect ourselves. We need to take away from the FBI the responsibility of fighting terrorism, and set up an independent watchdog group to make sure that none of us are losing our civil liberties. In the name of protecting America, weíre sacrificing our civil liberties - and that threatens the very heart and soul of what makes this country great.

September 24
-Meet and greet in Excelsior Springs, MO
-Meet and greet in Laclede, MO
-Townhall in St. Joseph, MO

September 25
-Meet and greet in Franklin, NH
-Meet and greet in Canterbury, NH
-Town hall in Cornish, NH

September 26
-Town hall in Peterborough, NH
-Meet and greet in Hillsborough, NH
-Rally in Derry, NH

Letís talk about truly fair elections. The largest problem facing our electoral system is 527 organizations, which are groups claiming to be tax-exempt political organizations - but then they donít register as political committees. We need new rules regulating 527 organizations and requiring them to register and be subject to FEC oversight. We canít keep having these organizations using a technicality to get around contribution limits and disclosure requirements and drown out the voice of citizens.

September 27
-Service at St. John's Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, NH
-Townhall in Kingston, NH
-Rally in Exeter, NH

Iíd like to highlight one of the differences between myself and the former Vice President. I wonít be bought by token gestures. I wonít compromise my stance because an organization offers me a chairmanship or offers to extend operations in my home state. This organization doesnít represent all Americans - just because they can come up with another, more biased way of apportioning electors doesnít prove that this current method that theyíre supporting wonít result in biased outcomes.

But I donít want just to be here talking about what I oppose - letís talk about what I support. I back the an interstate compact, as Northwestern professor Robert Bennett proposed, where states adding up to at least 270 electoral votes award their electors to whoever wins the national popular vote. This method - not proportional popular vote - is truly the closest we can get to electing-on-popular-vote, since it actually is electing on popular vote. Iím the candidate truly supporting a popular vote, not the ones who are backing Represent America. Another difference between this plan and Represent Americaís is that the interstate compact would only kick in once enough states have signed on to ensure it works. Youíll get a fair election where the person the most people vote for wins. Not one where California and New York split their electors and no other state does.

Letís look at the people funding this: T. Boone Pickens and Bob Perry - the major funders of Represent America. Both of these men have something else in common: they both live in Texas. So whereís Represent Texas? They claim to care about the will of the people, but arenít even trying to implement their plan in their home state. Why? Because they have something else in common: theyíre both major donors to Republican candidates. They know that if Texas adopts this plan, then Democrats can pick up votes from Texas. And they donít want that to happen. If you want your votes to truly count, youíll support an interstate popular vote compact - but not this. This plan as it currently stands is designed only to help get Republicans elected.

New Ad (radio): One of Our Own (Fritz Hollings)
To play in South Carolina

Fritz Hollings: Hello, this is Senator Fritz Hollings. I've served as your Senator in Washington for the past 30-odd years. This year, we've got some good presidential candidates, but here we have the rare opportunity to vote for someone who's got it all. The best candidate, the best position on issues, by far the best chance of beating the Republicans. And he happens to be a South Carolina native. It's John Edwards. I've studied 'em all and John is the best. He knows what we face because he remembers where he came from. He's led on the economy and health care for everyone, not just for those on top. And he's calling national attention to problems others ignore, like poverty and making college affordable. John Edwards cares what we think and will listen to what we have to say.
I hope you'll join me in supporting John. He's one of our own.
Male Announcer: Paid for by John Edwards for President.
John Edwards: Iím John Edwards and I approve this message.

Campaign Statement

Seriously, where is Senator Clinton? She's been missing from the trail for two weeks.

New Endorsement: Mayor Joseph P. Riley
Iíve served as Mayor of Charleston since 1975. I've been honored with my great state's Order of the Palmetto, and I've been named South Carolinian of the Year. There's another person in the field, though, who's going to go on to do things just as good for the State of South Carolina - our native son, Senator John Edwards. I urge y'all to support him in the upcoming primary.

New Endorsement: Senator Fritz Hollings
Like Senator Edwards, I was accused of being a 'false populist' once. People accused me of scheming to try to secure the Negro vote by focusing on poverty. What I found, from long times spent working with people who are poor, hungry, living in slums, is that the poor don't vote. They're not registered to vote, they're not going to vote, you're not going to win an election because you're campaigning on hunger. You just don't. If someone's bringing the attention to poverty in this country like Senator Edwards is doing, it's because they genuinely want to help the poor.

New Endorsement: Service Employees International Union

It's with great pride that the over 2 million members united in SEIU endorse Senator John Edwards for President. He's the only candidate out there who's truly fighting for our vision of an America as a land of opportunity for all. We need a leader who's willing to fight for the needs of the other America, and stand with the hard-working families to demand that all pay their fair share.
99  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power (Gameplay Thread) - Early 1901 on: April 07, 2014, 03:11:14 pm
100  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: UConn vs UK: Who wins? on: April 07, 2014, 07:02:54 am
I will go with Kentucky, just because they are the Cinderella or the underdog that thrived in tournament. And Louisville, another KY school just won, last yr.

Kentucky's not allowed to be the Cinderella. They're Kentucky. Dayton's a Cinderella, maybe Tennessee, maybe Stanford - but Kentucky's Kentucky.
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