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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (2) - Tywin v. the World) on: June 28, 2014, 08:00:55 pm
OOC: we didn't sack Bear Island, not properly at least. We occupied it, but since we used it as a base of operations for a couple turns we intentionally didn't sack it or harm the local population/lords. Didn't want to intentionally provoke violence in the area we were basing a fleet in.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Moral foundations test on: June 28, 2014, 02:47:55 pm
Harm and care: 4.5
Fairness and reciprocity: 3.5
Loyalty: 1
Authority and respect: 0.3
Purity and sanctity: 2.2
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: June 28, 2014, 12:53:47 pm
Compass:
You are a centrist social libertarian.
Right: 0.05, Libertarian: 6.91

-9.94 foreign policy
-5.04 culture
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Office of IDS Emperor Scott on: June 28, 2014, 09:49:56 am
I'd like to introduce non-profit and cooperative insurance providers. Not sure on for-profits though.
80  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What 2014 elections are you emotionally investing yourself in? on: June 27, 2014, 07:03:26 pm
Florida Amendment 2 (Oppose)

You're emotionally invested in preventing sick people from receiving treatment? That... actually, that does sound like a very Republican thing to say. Carry on.
81  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: 2004 Presidential Election: GAME THREAD on: June 27, 2014, 06:39:52 pm
Yeah, how would you like to go about it?
Maybe three groups per candidate.
Two positive, one negative.

Here, I'm just gonna do it and you'll see how it rolls - basically a surrogate but with a not-candidate-focused aim.



One America PAC

Im Senator John Edwards, and Im here today in Robbins to announce the formation of a new group, which were calling South Forward. What we are is an organization that works to see progressive leaders elected around here. Were not affiliated with anyone here, and were not connected to any business, union, or campaign. What we are is a group that provides support, training, and advertising in key states and areas to help get these folks elected. Im proud to stand here today to announce a few of these folks that were endorsing for Senate races - weve got Dan Mongiardo, hes a State Senator running in Kentucky; Representative Chris John, whos from Louisiana; and Representative Brad Carson of Oklahoma. Were working on coming up with tough ads in those states and in other states where were identifying candidates to support, to help Democrats take the Senate and so we can see some real progressive change. These men are the ones we need to put into office to help make one America, and thats what were going to do.
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (2) - Tywin v. the World) on: June 27, 2014, 03:03:59 pm
A raven to Robb Stark

Lord Stark,

We look forward to cooperating in our mutual interest against those who would declare themselves sovereigns over all of Westeros. Your scouts are correct in their assessment: Bear Island was maintained as a tactical naval base against any navy's attempts to interfere with our own while the bulk of our fleet sailed south to Pyke. Seeing that the Lannisters no longer possess any sort of navy, we shall return the territory to your bannermen.

-Balon Greyjoy, Ninth of His Name Since the Grey King, King of the Iron Islands
83  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Cars, trucks and politicians' pursuit of the "everyman image" on: June 26, 2014, 11:53:06 pm
Several SC pols drive BMW's assembled in-state.  So foreign makes appear to be acceptable if they represent in-state jobs.

I assume it only becomes important if you're going to make a point out of it (Ernst, Tancredo, Brown) or are running for President and the media needs a story.
84  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Make up a plausible 2016 map where ... on: June 26, 2014, 11:44:49 pm
No offense to OP, but in 2016 I don't think it would be plausible for either party to win all four states listed and still lose nationally.

I think so, too. Especially the Republican map was extremely hard to create.
If, however, two of the four states are the GOP's candidates' home states, my scenarios will become not completely unlikely.

Yes, that is very true.

Also, having a Brian Sandoval/Susana Martinez ticket might make the Republican map more likely.

However ... I can't see how a Republican can win Florida without a Bush on the ticket.

85  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How the Clintons went from "dead broke" to rich (WaPo) on: June 26, 2014, 11:19:24 pm
I believe all the negative attention Hillary's comments have generated has finally disproved the myth of the liberal media.

It disproves the myth that the media holds any particular ideological standpoint apart from enhancing the media's profits. If it benefits particular segments of the media to pander to a particular ideology as a way to increase their revenues then they will do so.
86  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 299 AL (2) - Tywin v. the World) on: June 26, 2014, 07:15:55 pm
Isn't Margaery being pregnant with Renly's child rather OOC for Renly Tongue

OOC: The stated father isn't necessarily the real father - as you should know, Lord Tywin Tongue
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of eric82oslo? on: June 26, 2014, 05:09:02 pm
#hacks4hillary
88  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Balance of Power - WORLD WAR (Phase One Results) on: June 26, 2014, 01:36:05 pm


Hey Lumine, I fixed some of the stuff here - those large island groups in Micronesia are Japan's, Germany gave them to us, so I colored them red. I'll have my moves in shortly.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What 2014 elections are you emotionally investing yourself in? on: June 26, 2014, 12:33:26 pm
FL-13, VA-7, NC-SEN, IN-8

What are you hoping to see out of FL-13? Libertarian pickup or...?
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of blacks that voted for Cochran on: June 25, 2014, 11:47:47 pm
As an Ohioan, it just doesn't sit right that black Democrats should be able crossover and determine the Republican nominee, no matter if it's competitive or not. If Ohio had open primaries and Kasich got a strong primary challenge this year from say Mike DeWine or Steve LaTourette (not to say either one of them ever would have ran), I would still cast a Democratic ballot because that's my party affiliation and who I identify with closest. I wouldn't try to blatantly sabotage the other side.

Weren't you proudly cheering on Chris McDaniel yesterday?
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Coalition for the Protection of Gun Rights (CPGR) on: June 25, 2014, 11:36:48 pm
I support this organization.
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: June Regional Senator Approval Ratings on: June 25, 2014, 11:03:04 pm
Approve of Yankee.
93  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: North Star Polls - Best President Since 2012 on: June 25, 2014, 11:02:32 pm
Probably Nix, objectively, but I got my start in the game during Polnut's era so there's some rosy nostalgia for that era. Duke's has also been a pretty good administration, as was Napoleon's first term.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of blacks that voted for Cochran on: June 25, 2014, 06:14:09 pm
Denied Childers a chance at winning a seat and thus endangered further the party's Senate majority.

You do realize Travis Childers was never going to win anyway?

Far better that they devote their energies to winnable races than go down this rabbit hole.

The odds were not impossible (especially if McDaniel pulled an Akin) and even if Childers had lost, a truly competitive race in Mississippi would have laid the foundations for future Democratic efforts. Indeed, it might force the GOP to devote additional resources to this state.

Force the GOP to spend money, yes. Lay the foundation for future Democratic efforts? Apart from a couple other candidates (Jim Hood, Ronnie Musgrove) you're not likely to get as good a Dem or as bad an R as Childers-McDaniel.
95  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 298 AL (4) - Five Kings) on: June 25, 2014, 04:46:38 pm
OOC: Geez, poor Lannisters! They're being attacked from the east (Stannis) the west (Greyjoys) the north (Robb) and the south (Renly). I know they're terrible people and probably deserve it, but I didn't expect them to be piled on so must so quickly.

OOC: it's really what I expected to happen - bad luck on their part that they're stuck in the middle of everything. Plus, that's where the money is.
96  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: IDS 1: Repeal of the Three Strikes Bill (Debating) on: June 25, 2014, 04:11:39 pm
The extension period seems rather rigid - that may be too much depending on the crime.

Also does the extension add to the 21 years?

Once you hit the end of your sentence or are scheduled to be released the court can step in and extend if necessary.
97  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Call For Cabinet Applications! on: June 25, 2014, 03:39:49 pm
The SOEA/SOIA are both set up in a way that conflicts with their dual roles. One cannot be a player and a narrator. The two most be separate. Its like a soccer player also being the referee.

^^^This is one of the biggest reforms I'd like to see to the position. My experience in the position consisted a lot of creating problems and then coming up with solutions to my own challenges. The Secretaries either need to take on a role in solving the challenges created by a GM, or they need to function solely as moderators and let the Senate or executive deal with the challenges they create, but they can't be the ones solving their own problems. Seeing that the position had amounted to knocking down my own dominoes is one of the reasons I returned to the Legislature. I would support amending VIII.2.
98  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 298 AL (4) - Five Kings) on: June 25, 2014, 02:57:22 pm
OOCish: rest assured the Ironborn are very clever people. We've got a couple more plans in the works.
99  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Clash of Kings, an ASOIAF Game (Gameplay - 298 AL (4) - Five Kings) on: June 25, 2014, 01:00:30 pm
OOC: What are people's thoughts on setting a close date/time for this round?

I've seen Simfan, Oakvale and Dereich posting today - if they're not in by this evening then move ahead.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Call For Cabinet Applications! on: June 25, 2014, 12:27:13 pm
Just curious, Mr. President-Elect, will you revive the position of Global Treaty Organization ambassador?

Maybe GTO Ambassador and Military Affairs get worked into the same person?

Also, do we have a definition of the Military Affairs position?
Well, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of External Affairs strangely merged. The Military Affairs Deputy Secretary would probably look a bit like a Secretary of Defense.

I believe that would require a modification of the Executive Branch Reorganization Act.
I don't think so.
The next Secretary of External Affairs has definitely the right to give some of his prerogatives to one of his deputy chief secretary.

I mean, Sjoce, Superique didn't give you some work during his tenure as SoEA???

Yeah, the SoEA can appoint deputies, it just depends on what you want this new position to be, whether it's a deputy of the SoEA in charge of DoD/VA stuff or whether it removes the SoEA's authority over military affairs entirely - whether it's a deputy or an equal.
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