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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Kim Davis on: September 06, 2015, 11:39:02 am
Lean FF. I admire her bravery and believe she's a kindhearted person who is only doing this to please god, but she should just resign at this point. SSM is settled law.

We don't live in a theocracy. An elected official doing something contrary to his/her job to "please God" should not even be a thing.

HP, and the funny thing is she's an elected Democrat.

So is every single elected official in Rowan County, save the (elected!) jailer. What's your point?

Frankly, she's one of yours.  I'll bet anything that Kim Davis is a big fan of the governor, is totally cool with taxing the "rich," increasing government funds for things like education and is probably perfectly fine with regulating Wall Street.  The fact that she's an intolerant dumb*ss doesn't make her any less of a Democrat...

And the difference between my party and yours is that we criticize our dumbasses while you make them your Presidential nominees.
77  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Let's suppose that SUSA poll is right on: September 05, 2015, 10:29:18 pm


Something like this, going just off the SUSA poll (which showed Clinton performing a little better among whites than 2012, with Trump's margin largely made by him pulling around a quarter of black voters and a third of Hispanic ones).
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Kim Davis on: September 05, 2015, 08:25:54 pm
Lean FF. I admire her bravery and believe she's a kindhearted person who is only doing this to please god, but she should just resign at this point. SSM is settled law.

We don't live in a theocracy. An elected official doing something contrary to his/her job to "please God" should not even be a thing.

HP, and the funny thing is she's an elected Democrat.

So is every single elected official in Rowan County, save the (elected!) jailer. What's your point?
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the US accept more Syrian refugees? on: September 05, 2015, 10:52:56 am
This is my thought process here one thing with Sunnis, when you have 51% of Somali refugees here support Sharia over the Constitution, that's wrong.

I fully support deporting people who support their religion over the Constitution. Let's start with Ted Cruz.
80  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which religious dude do you most prefer the politics of? on: September 04, 2015, 09:40:28 pm
Please show me where Jesus advocated anything "liberal."

Matthew 19:21, Luke 3:10-11, John 4:4-26, really not that hard man.

Jesus didn't really advocate anything political, a lot of people at that time wanted Him to but he didn't.

Jesus was the zealous leader of a revolutionary movement in a land gripped by social and political turmoil, who was eventually put to death for treason against the Roman state. He was many things, but 'apolitical' certainly wasn't one.

Please show me where Jesus advocated anything "liberal."

Matthew 19:21, Luke 3:10-11, John 4:4-26, really not that hard man.

Indeed, but "All Liberal, All the Time" is certainly a bit of a stretch, especially when we consider that what we call liberal (social democracy-lite economic policies combined with egalitarian social policies) was not even a form of government conceived of yet.  Jesus's teachings on adultery (that lust = adultery) and divorce hardly fit in well with a secular progressive viewpoint.  Of course, his admonitions against the love of money and the arrogant rich certainly don't fit in well with the prosperity Gospel or other false teachings, but it's not in lockstep with modern liberalism at all.

Certainly, it's a fruitless exercise to attempt to fit someone whose perspective is based in the cultural issues of first-century Palestine into the neat political labels of the 21st-century Western world. My point was that it's certainly possible to find places where Jesus advocated things we now understand as "liberal," as well as times he advocated things that would be considered deeply conservative. Neither is necessarily an incorrect interpretation.
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football 2015 Discussion Thread on: September 04, 2015, 11:40:31 am
Glad I chose to watch that Vandy-WKU game - Western's offense is always fun to watch when they get going like they did in the second half (it wasn't a shootout like against Marshall, but that's to be expected against Vandy's defense). A failed two point conversion and a near-recovery on an onside kick meant it was interesting through the last thirty seconds.
82  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mock Parliament Diplomacy on: September 04, 2015, 11:09:41 am
I'm not sure why "criticisms of Atlasia" prohibit the two nations from co-existing in the same universe. Surely nations far more explicitly opposed to Atlasia's policies (North Korea, etc - ones that surely use much more violent rhetoric than 'tremendously failed state' to describe Atlasia) are considered to exist in this universe?
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which religious dude do you most prefer the politics of? on: September 04, 2015, 05:31:00 am
Please show me where Jesus advocated anything "liberal."

Matthew 19:21, Luke 3:10-11, John 4:4-26, really not that hard man.
84  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1984 Primaries (The Hearse at Monticello) on: September 03, 2015, 05:58:08 pm
Lewis/Reagan
85  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Mock Parliament Diplomacy on: September 03, 2015, 04:24:56 pm
To address some of the concerns brought up:

There will be no officeholding ban apart from that which has already been passed. There was never enough political support for the ban for it to pass, and all involved seem reasonably satisfied with the current solution. The odds of such a ban passing are all but nil. Refusing to establish diplomatic relations because of the fear of a future officeholding ban is unreasonable and entirely unfounded.

As for the idea of "anti-Atlasian sentiment," there may be some present, but it's by no means "irrational," as the good Governor claims. The people who founded this iteration of the Mock Parliament were, by and large, people dissatisfied with Atlasian legalism - by that, I mean arguing over tedious and unimportant amendments to legislation, crafting a complex and difficult amendment process for the Constitution, and doing things like attempting to install a member as speaker who was not a member of the Parliament. It seems natural that these people would want to improve on the flaws that are apparent in the Atlasian system of government. That does not seem irrational.

As for the discussion of the Constitution, many people were hostile to the idea of a written Constitution because there were legitimate questions as to its necessity. Nations like Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom get along fine without having such documents.

As for the discussion of technical issues, the lack of a GM doesn't seem to be a significant issue for government-to-government interactions. Each nation's GM could simulate the effects of things like foreign trade - I'm really not seeing the need for an 'impartial' GM unless we end up in significant conflict.

As someone who's spent more time as SoEA than almost anyone, Oakvale is correct that the current system of diplomacy in Atlasia is bland and uninteresting. I would urge Atlasia to seriously consider rectifying that situation by opening relations with South America.
86  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: FL: Rereredistricting on: September 02, 2015, 06:23:24 pm
Could the anti gerrymandering amendment be invalidated by the federal supreme court?

No. It is within the provenance of the states to do what they want, as long as it does not screw minorities per the US Constitution, or the VRA statute, and honors the one person, one vote, rule.

There are allegations that Fair Districts violates First Amendment protections by infringing on the free speech rights of Republican political consultants to meddle in the redistricting process.
87  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 02, 2015, 02:39:50 pm
Aye.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum update: Are you a virgin? on: September 01, 2015, 09:10:15 pm
#2, but at least I have the excuse of youth (not yet being in college).
89  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Foreign Office on: September 01, 2015, 06:55:13 pm
Foreign Office

Statement on South American Compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention
It is the formal legal opinion of the Foreign Office that the actions to recover Daniel Rojas from his captivity do not constitute a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The use of incapacitating chemicals, such as fentanyl, is covered under Article II 9(d) of the CWC, which specifically exempts “law enforcement including domestic riot control purposes” from the CWC.
The FARC kidnappings were conducted in violation of the laws of Colombia, and law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction to enforce that law, qualifying an antiterrorism hostage recovery operation such as was conducted as a form of domestic law enforcement.
The convention defines a riot control agent (Article II 7) as “any chemical not listed in a Schedule which can produce … disabling physical effects which disappear within a short time.” Fentanyl gas is not listed in any of the Schedules and has relatively short-lasting effects.
Given these circumstances, it is the opinion of the Government that no international treaty was violated in the conduct of this operation.
90  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: 1st Parliament of South America on: September 01, 2015, 02:30:49 pm
Amendment 1: Nay
Amendment 2: Nay
91  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Collage Football prediction megathread on: September 01, 2015, 08:46:14 am
Team with biggest drop from preseason to final polls: Notre Dame
Team with biggest rise from preseason to final polls: Kansas State
Heisman winner: Nick Chubb
National Semifinalist/Champions: TCU over Arizona. OSU over Georgia. TCU over OSU.
Winner of:
  • SEC: UGA
  • Big 12: TCU
  • Big 10: OSU
  • Pac 12: Arizona
  • ACC: Georgia Tech
Biggest upset from the current perspective: Western Kentucky over LSU

Week 1:
TCU over Minnesota
Boise State over Washington
UCLA over Virginia
Louisville over Auburn
ASU over TAMU
Alabama over Wisconsin
Virginia Tech over OSU
Upset: North Carolina over South Carolina
92  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Denali ! on: August 31, 2015, 04:00:06 pm
Light hearted jokes aside, if you follow this through to it's logical conclusion, everything in the US that originally had a Native American name that has since been renamed should revert back to the original Native American name.

If the majority of people who live there support the renaming, I don't see the issue with it.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / 2020 presidential election on: August 31, 2015, 02:47:48 pm
Discuss with maps.
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 30, 2015, 09:53:32 pm
SJoyce
Deregistered
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Ky. Governor's race: Who will win? on: August 30, 2015, 01:23:53 pm
lmao the libertarians are putting up someone pulled straight from an internet comments section
96  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of this GIF? on: August 30, 2015, 08:57:44 am
The amount of money it'd cost to give every student in America a free meal every day amounts to less than half of our yearly expenditure on the F-35 project. Just to put this in perspective.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Good Meals for People Living Alone (Leftovers +++) on: August 29, 2015, 11:33:16 pm
Ernest's advice is probably the best - Fix-It and Forget-It can work wonders. Throw some stuff together in the morning, go to class and do whatever else it is you feel like doing that day, come home to a good amount of food that can easily be made into a meal with some rice and vegetables (something you can do in <10 minutes with a microwave). Bourbon chicken in the crock-pot with yellow rice was my parents' go-to meal on busy days when there wasn't much time for cooking dinner.

Also, Trader Joe's has some easy & cheap chicken dishes (orange & teriyaki are the most popular among my brothers) that can be fixed quickly with rice. One bag serves three teenagers, so it should last you a few days. Not sure how far away you are from their unofficial Vancouver location (I know their prices are usually a few bucks higher too).
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: police murder megathread on: August 29, 2015, 10:45:57 pm
Cops shoot San Antonio man who had his hands up.
99  Forum Community / Mock Parliment / Re: Which city is going to serve as capital city? on: August 29, 2015, 03:53:59 pm
The Vrije Alliantie suggests having a decentralized presidency, along the lines of our constituent republic of Bolivia or South Africa.

I could get on board with the Bolivian model - the capital somewhere like Cochabamba, but with government functions largely occurring somewhere like Buenos Aires.
100  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: Reuters primary polling: tracking thread. on: August 28, 2015, 07:25:35 pm
Trump's lead is now larger than Hillary's.
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