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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / FL-St. Pete Polls: Crist heading for a blowout primary win on: August 22, 2014, 02:52:10 pm
Statewide poll of 1825 registered Dems. Only surveying voters who plan to vote August 26th, 2.3% margin of error. Statewide reach including voters in every State House seat. And yeah I know decimals but still.

Crist: 68.5%
Rich: 18.9%
Undecided: 12.7%

Crist approvals sit at 71/19 among Dems.
77  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which Batman director is your favorite? on: August 22, 2014, 02:31:12 pm
Martinson, of course. Surprised nobody mentioned him yet.
78  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: August 21, 2014, 03:34:40 pm
One America PAC: Statement on the State of the Union

On behalf of those of us working here at One America PAC to advocate real change in our country, I commend the President for his forward-thinking approach to many of the problems facing America today.

President Giuliani’s focus on homeownership is heartening. Like him, I believe homeownership, as the bedrock of economic security and the primary source of most families’ wealth is the engine of American economic growth. But if we’re focusing on strengthening homeownership, the foundation of the American dream, we need to act decisively to help regular people by fighting dangerous mortgages. There are dangerous practices in the mortgage market currently, and “exploding” interest rates and hidden fees mean quick profits for lenders and brokers but threaten the stability of millions of families. We need to enact a strong national law against predatory lending, like we did in North Carolina in 1999, which protects families without decreasing access to credit. I’m calling on Congress and the President to pass a strong national law that does the following: ban prepayment penalties, which trap families into unaffordable mortgages and prevent them from refinancing with another lender; ban yield-spread premiums, which function as a kickback for brokers who steer borrowers into higher-cost mortgages; establish uniform broker licensing standards and a national database for disciplinary infractions, to ensure brokers put borrowers’ interests first; establish new rules to combat appraisal and servicing fraud, which causes families to owe more than their home is actually worth; and ban a number of other abusive practices, including loan flipping, mandatory arbitration clauses, balloon loans, and other excessive fees. How will we make sure all this happens? I propose setting up a new Family Savings and Credit Commission, to be paid for by eliminating the Office of Thrift Supervision, to ensure vigorous and continuing regulation. Federal bank regulators are focusing on bank soundness, meaning no one’s watching non-bank finance companies. The FSCC would review all financial services marketed to America’s families, including abusive mortgages, to ensure their terms are reasonable and fairly disclosed - basically, ensuring that we put in place the same consumer protections we have for other financial products.

I’m also glad to see the First Lady focusing on childhood education. Whether through family literacy programs or increased investment in math and science education, we need a renewed focus on American education, no matter the cost. We all pay a price when young people, who could someday find a cure for AIDS or design a new fuel cell, end up sitting on a stoop because they didn’t get the education they need. I want to see a country that’s an education leader, not a follower. With ninety-five percent of urban high schools reporting trouble getting qualified teachers, and with rural schools enrolling 40% of our children but getting only 22% of our funding, we need a strong program of increased teacher pay and training (with a focus on rural and other hard-to-staff schools), including college scholarships for students who commit to teaching after graduation, to attract the best-quality teachers we can. We need to massively overhaul No Child Left Behind - better tests, broader measures of school success, and the resources and flexibility for states to identify and reform underperforming schools are all necessary to achieve the goal of helping all children learn on high level. We also need universal preschool education, modeled from North Carolina’s Smart Start program, that links together health care, child care, education, and family support services for children under five, to help our four-year-olds develop early academic and emotional skills. Beyond that, we also need extended STEM and after-school programs, stronger high school curricula, and an expansion of new digital teaching tools, to ensure that our children are getting the best education they possibly can. As the product of public schools in a small rural town, and as the father of four children who attended public schools, I understand the value of education, and believe that every child deserves the same chance at a great education, and I wish the First Lady all the best in reforming America’s schools.

Finally, his support for increasing the reward for working is the first step we need to take towards making work pay. President Giuliani discussed the strength of our nation’s economy - raising the minimum wage will help lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty and ensure they share in that prosperity. I urge the Congress, when considering this legislation, to also index the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index, to ensure it will continue to rise. No one who works full time should have to live in poverty. If a job takes you away from your family every single day it had better pay you enough to support them. Now, the burden is on our Congress, to show whether they support working families and are courageous enough to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Is that a high number? Yeah. It is. But we’ve had nearly eight years of inaction; if we want to see the minimum wage as a tool to fight poverty, reward work, and reduce inequality, we must raise it to $9, in line with its historic value. If we want an America that lifts up working families, an America that rewards work instead of wealth, we must raise the wage.

-John Edwards, former U.S. Senator for North Carolina
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Final Vote) on: August 21, 2014, 11:21:05 am
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1. All power and fuel companies within the IDS (defined as any for-profit entity deriving 75 percent or more of its profit from the production, maintenance, or distribution of any form of energy, but excluding gas stations and the extraction of natural resources) will be immediately nationalized by the Imperial Government upon any attempt (constituting the entry into force of legislation or an executive order) by the federal government to bring those corporations into public ownership. During their time under regional control, the operations of these companies will not be affected in any way. These companies will be returned to their former owners one minute after the federal attempt goes into effect.

Edited to address PiT's concerns.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Christian rock musician Vicky Beeching comes out as gay on: August 20, 2014, 08:06:23 pm

And my friends wonder why, as a big time lefty, I have such a disdain for country. 

I had a friend in school,
Running-back on a football team,
They burned a cross in his front yard
For asking out the home-coming queen.

I thought about him today,
Everybody who's seen what he's seen,
From a woman on a bus
To a man with a dream.

He-e-ey...
Wake up Martin Luther.
Welcome to the future.
He-e-ey...
Glory glory hallelujah.
Welcome to the future.


One incident doesn't mark an entire genre.
81  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Bicameral Birthing Amendment of 2014 on: August 20, 2014, 04:55:33 pm
Aye
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Christian rock musician Vicky Beeching comes out as gay on: August 20, 2014, 01:56:47 pm
Meanwhile in country...
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA: Gov. Scott (R) up 3 on: August 20, 2014, 06:28:18 am
Crosstabs look promising for Crist he's only winning blacks 72-15 and Dems 76-13. Needless to say there's no way Scott is winning 15% of blacks, it'll look more like 92-4 on election day same with Dem votes.

Don't you remember "Chain Gang Charlie"?

The one who extended early voting hours and restored voting rights for non-violent felons? The first Republican governor to ever attend a NAACP convention? Yeah, no.
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA: Gov. Scott (R) up 3 on: August 19, 2014, 07:10:01 pm
Wow, Crist really f***ed this up didn't he? Its hard to believe he lead by 12 at one point.

16 points actually. But its not Crist's fault that liberals are attacking America with obamacare.

Don't you mean Cristcare?

No, Charlie Crist never voted for Obamacare. Neither did Alex Sink. The voters thrashed Sink anyway.

Jolly won by 1.8%, hardly a thrashing. If you want to see a real thrashing, pick up a local newspaper on November 5th. Wink

The more relevant story with Sink isn't her narrow loss, it's how the party completely ed up fielding a candidate for the general.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA: Gov. Scott (R) up 3 on: August 19, 2014, 03:24:23 pm
Did the democrats really have nobody better than Charlie Crist to run against Scott?

A former CFO and gubernatorial nominee who lost a Congressional race to an attorney despite massively outspending him, a guy who hadn't served in the State Senate since 2006 (losing a gubernatorial primary in 2006 and on the losing ticket as Lt. Gov in 2010, and served as FDP chair), a big-city mayor previously indicted and suspended on suspicion of election fraud and noteworthy for his ban on feeding the homeless, a couple guys who served as mayors of a major city for less than a full term, a sitting US Senator, and Pam Iorio, who I don't think wanted to run. So yeah, we really didn't.
86  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Cris Survey - August Senate Election Poll (FINAL POLL!) on: August 19, 2014, 02:58:55 pm
[1]Polnut
[2]Lumine
[3]Deus
[4]GAworth
[5]Bacon King
87  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth: The Candidacy Withdrawal Amendment on: August 19, 2014, 02:46:41 pm
Aye.
88  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The New Order--Gameplay Thread on: August 19, 2014, 01:59:21 pm

International Affairs: Japan was clearly acting in self-defense and the League's condemnations of her actions in Manchukuo represents nothing more than the clear Western bias of the League and of League leadership - see, for example, Japan's exclusion from this proposed international trade conference. Japan hereby withdraws from the League of Nations, for her interests are no longer served by membership. Now that we're good and friendless, we will begin exploring alternative trading partners, with a particular focus on Latin America (already home to significant diaspora communities)

Government Affairs: Publicly, I'll take a more nuanced line than the militarists, but privately they shall be reassured that they shall get that which they wish to see happen within their lifetimes. The progress of the Empire is paramount, and a united Asia free of Western influences is our ultimate goal - it may require us to take more time and act less aggressively than some of them hope, but it will happen.

Economics: We have suffered less from this depression than most other countries and shall stay the course with Takahashi's policies of fiscal stimulus and currency devaluation, which should allow us to seize a greater share of export markets. We shall taper deficit spending should the inflation rate spike above 8%.

Military: The army, in particular the Kwantung Army, appears to have become a bastion of the militarists. In response, military officers more loyal to the Emperor's orders shall be concentrated in the Navy. We shall not take aggressive action this year.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Facebook to start tagging Onion articles as 'Satire', to protect the stupids on: August 18, 2014, 09:00:59 pm
The Onion responds.

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Describing him as frequently frustrated and overwhelmed, sources confirmed Monday that local Facebook user Michael Huffman is incredibly stupid.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: RC Poll: Regional Consolidation Poll on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:23 pm
Regardless of my support for bicameralization or regional consolidation, I cannot see an Atlasia with five active regions and two active houses. Assuming we want a bicameral legislature, it's necessary.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is the lieutenant governor roster so diverse? on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:43 pm
Also, I've tried looking up this Taddeo woman, and I can't find anything that she's actually done.

Businesswoman, Congressional candidate against IRL in 2008, and party chair of the Miami-Dade Dems.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS August 2014 Regional Election on: August 16, 2014, 11:11:28 am
Emperor:
[1] Scott
[2] WI: Maxwell

District 1:
[1] WI: Flo
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Allen West: Obama is an "Islamist" on: August 15, 2014, 09:41:48 pm
Who cares about Allen West anymore? Even the Teabaggers have moved onto Ben Carson as their token black hero.

He is planning on running for US Senate if Rubio runs for President in 2016.

And leads in the most recent poll of that race.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What avatar color/state combinations represents the best/worst group of posters? on: August 15, 2014, 09:39:27 pm
Best is easily O-AR.
95  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Oxford School of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts IV on: August 15, 2014, 09:01:59 am
I really like Pensacola, however, that literally is basically in Alabama. But Orlando is central, so I voted that way. It also is on the dividing line of Florida, if you will. South of Orlando, the state is more akin to a Northeastern state, while north of Orlando you basically have "the South".

It's bad wording, but he's not wrong.

I'd also put it north of Gainesville instead of Orlando.

The only really Southern parts of Florida are Jax and the Panhandle, and whatever's in between there - Gainesville really isn't, and I'd struggle to define Daytona/St. Augustine as 'Southern' too. But Florida south of Orange County isn't akin to a Northeastern state either, unless you're just looking at transplanted Yankees in Palm Beach and Broward.
96  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 15, 2014, 08:18:48 am
What also worries me is the military-style outfit of the police in small towns like this one in MO:



Not even the riot police in Vienna (a city of 1.8 million) is outfitted like this (they have a few water cannon throwers and normal guns and pepper spray).

It's like they are trying to fight ISIS within a MO small town ... Tongue

Tender, that's a Lenco Bearcat, which Ferguson's PD doesn't have. That's St. Louis County PD, which isn't really a small town. As for why they have it, they won a grant from DHS that gave it to them for free to - fight terrorism, or something.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The Onion has a new clickbait site, and of course it's genius on: August 14, 2014, 11:20:15 pm
Is that legal? Tongue

US copyright laws are draconian and terrible, but even they recognize 1851 as being in the public domain.
98  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: IDS Save our Utilites Act (Final Vote) on: August 14, 2014, 09:51:55 pm
Veto it and let us redraft it.

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1. All power and fuel companies within the IDS (defined as any for-profit entity deriving 75 percent or more of its profit from the production, maintenance, or distribution of any form of energy, but excluding gas stations and the extraction of natural resources) will be immediately nationalized by the Imperial Government upon any attempt by the federal government to bring those corporations into public ownership. These companies will be returned to their former owners one minute after the federal attempt goes into effect.
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 1 in 4 tea partiers support socialism on: August 14, 2014, 07:55:04 pm
The pollsters must have disguised socialism somehow.

"As I read a list of words and phrases, please tell me if you have a very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very UNfavorable opinion of them. First, would you say your opinion of [socialism] is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very UNfavorable?"
100  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: St Louis police murder scandal (PLUS: riots, idiotic press conferences, etc.) on: August 14, 2014, 12:57:31 pm
Rand Paul delivers a much stronger statement than I've seen from any Dem.
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