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76  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: October 02, 2014, 07:19:32 pm
Oregon

Marshall
Ohio State
Illinois
Tennessee
Texas A&M
North Carolina
Indiana
Clemson
Florida State
Baylor
Bowling Green
Oklahoma
Notre Dame
Wisconsin
Alabama
Navy
Auburn
Toledo
Rutgers
Kansas State
Georgia Tech
Virginia
USC
South Carolina
Michigan State
Boise State
UCLA
77  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Magnolia Tree Polls - SoEA Nominee on: October 02, 2014, 06:46:29 am
At this point I'm a little worried about selecting a Secretary who pledges to cut military spending. Cutting military spending was an admirable goal several years ago, but from naval cuts in 2007 to significant program cuts to our withdrawal from Afghanistan, we've already reduced our military to a reasonable level. I'd be very much interested in seeing what wasteful spending the nominee thinks exists and what areas and specific programs he'd cut.
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report confirms that FL is still a 3rd world-like state when it comes to voting on: October 01, 2014, 06:40:11 pm
If there is one place where succession for a 51st state would do much more good than harm to many people, it would be for Dade, Osceola, Orange, Monroe, Palm Beach and Broward counties.

We say this all the time. The state would be so much better if we could eject Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
I live in Palm Beach County, and I can't wait to get out even if it means I have to move just one county up to Martin. These three counties are more like a tropical suburb of a freaky combination of New York and Las Angeles worst aspects.

I know it'd shut down my party's chances of winning for another few cycles, but this would make sense. South Florida bears little similarity to the rest of the state.
79  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Petition for the Withdrawal of Mideast Speaker Hifly's Nomination as SoEA on: October 01, 2014, 03:46:22 pm
Oakvale I think it says more about yourself that you don't seem to care about children suffering because their parents don't care about their education, as well as the problems of drug smuggling. I would say that someone who thinks that people should be punished for crimes nobody has proven they committed is a danger to world peace. That's just my opinion, though.

With all due respect, Mr. Speaker, you're making the leap from Oakvale saying "it's a stupid idea to enforce compulsory sterilization of alcoholics" to him not caring about drug smuggling. Which is a bit of a logical stretch.
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: FL-SurveyUSA/WFLA tracking poll: Crist+6 on: September 30, 2014, 09:17:28 am
Flo's right, these tracking polls have been erratic and random and only serve to re-emphasize that the race is a tossup.
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / MA-UMass/YouGov: Baker by 1 on: September 29, 2014, 06:33:01 pm
Charles Baker: 46%
Martha Coakley: 45%
Evan Falchuk: 2%
Jeffrey McCormick: 2%
Scott Lively: 2%

440 likely voters, 4.4% MoE.

Details here.
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida Megathread on: September 29, 2014, 03:36:42 pm
Devastating article from Rolling Stone.

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Look to a Ponzi state running eternally on the next out-of-town sucker, administered by a gerrymandered GOP hammerlock and overseen by a man who the president of Public Policy Polling once said could be trounced by "a ham sandwich." That man is Florida Governor Rick Scott, who bought one election and feels like having another, who depending on your point of view makes the Sunshine State either more of a national punchline than it already is, or a paradise where every political malignancy can sizzle and bloat before coming home to up wherever it is you live. Meanwhile, the man sent as an alternative to the theory that government's job is to die quietly is Charlie Crist, a Republican conveniently converted to Democrat, for whom even long-time friends say pursuing policy takes a distant second place to holding office as an end in itself.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How do you plan to vote? on: September 28, 2014, 08:44:09 am
Not old enough to vote in 2014. If I was able to vote, this is who I'd vote for:

Governor and Lieutenant Governor: Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo (Dem)
Attorney General: George Sheldon (Dem)
Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater (Rep)
Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam (Rep)
State Representative - District 70: Undecided.
Board of County Commissioners: Pat Gerard (Dem)
Retain all judges
School Board District 7: Rene Flowers
Constitutional Amendment 1 (funds land conservation): Yes
Constitutional Amendment 2 (medical marijuana): Yes
Constitutional Amendment 3 (let Rick Scott have more influence in appointing SC justices): No
Greenlight Pinellas (levy countywide tax to expand rapid transit and fund local and regional passenger rail): Yes, for the 1% sales surtax


Atwater and Putnam are competent, and I'm not hackish enough to vote for the tomato cans the Dems put up in those races. In District 70, the Democrat, Darryl Rouson (Dem), is pro-voucher and anti-drug, but I have no idea what the independent Philip Garrett believes. I also don't particularly like the school board incumbent, but the write-in she's running against had spelling errors in her literature, which is sketchy for school board.
84  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: The Imperial Dominion of the South's Legislature on: September 27, 2014, 05:08:27 pm
[1] Flo
[2] Pingvin

Sorry Pingvin, but Flo's just been more active recently and we need an active speaker.

Sorry y'all, I've been at a debate tournament all day.
85  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who should be the next Attorney General? on: September 25, 2014, 06:15:31 pm
I'd prefer Katyal, but anyone but Verrilli would be good.
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your current ignore list? on: September 25, 2014, 06:05:04 pm
The only one on mine who still posts is OC, because I can't understand his posts when I read them so I may as well just skip them.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a registered member of a political party? on: September 25, 2014, 06:00:27 pm
Not technically, but Florida does "pre-registration", so I've already filled out the paperwork and my name will automatically drop onto the voter rolls as soon as I turn 18. I checked the Democrat box.
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Finally visiting the States: 2 to 12 November on: September 25, 2014, 02:57:14 pm
As a Florida resident, I recommend only the Tallahassee area, and there is not much to do there at all unless a music festival is going on or something Tongue.

Eh, I'd add St. Augustine and the Keys as cool sorts of history places.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1908 Presidential Election on: September 25, 2014, 11:36:37 am
Hisgen seems good.
90  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - the Mideast Hate Bill on: September 25, 2014, 07:29:22 am
That still does not affect provision of rights in the same way that me standing up and shouting; "don't buy from Jews" also doesn't affect provision of rights so anyone who bring on litigation is dumbfounded.

You are free to say "don't buy from Jews". You are not free to use state funds to enforce a mandatory program that prohibits the promotion of businesses owned by Jews while promoting to students businesses owned by Christians. There are obvious differences between stating your opinion and using the state to enforce that view.
91  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Senator Polnut - the Mideast Hate Bill on: September 25, 2014, 06:50:03 am
"We're not saying that gay marriages are inferior, we're just saying that straight marriages are superior."
92  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: IDS Voting Booth - Two Regional Amendments on: September 24, 2014, 05:51:43 pm
Aye and Aye.
93  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football Pick'em- 2014 style on: September 24, 2014, 01:51:25 pm
Oklahoma State
UCLA

Old Dominion

Iowa
Kansas State
Michigan State
Wisconsin
Georgia
Boston College
Indiana
Michigan
Florida State
Louisville
Texas A&M
Auburn
Stanford
Ohio State
South Carolina
Boise State
LSU
Duke
Ole Miss
Notre Dame
Baylor
Nebraska
USC
94  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Promotion of Marriage in Education Act (Passed) on: September 24, 2014, 01:20:16 pm
God damn the whole ing Assembly and everyone in it except you, Franzl. Is this even constitutional? I'm sure we've got something in the Constitution banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

That's correct:

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Equal Rights Amendment
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged ... by any Region on account of ... sexual orientation.

And I hope someone sues and gets this struck down.
I oppose this bill,
But can someone explain me how this bill would violate this amendment???

In my view, the bill uses state funds to enforce the promotion of one specific sexual orientation; the comparable analogy would be if we had an amendment guaranteeing equality under the law and forbidding race-based discrimination, and then having a bill mandating that all schools give out white supremacist literature - not forbidding the discuss of all race, but prohibiting giving out any literature to promote any race except for the mandatory white supremacist literature. It's certainly not something to stake your life on, but there's a legitimate case to be made that it violates the Constitution.
95  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Promotion of Marriage in Education Act (Passed) on: September 24, 2014, 08:42:12 am
God damn the whole ing Assembly and everyone in it except you, Franzl. Is this even constitutional? I'm sure we've got something in the Constitution banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

That's correct:

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Equal Rights Amendment
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged ... by any Region on account of ... sexual orientation.

And I hope someone sues and gets this struck down.
96  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do I delete correctly? on: September 24, 2014, 06:40:30 am
Yes, that's correct - "a virtually a city in itself" would be incorrect.
97  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do I delete correctly? on: September 23, 2014, 09:40:07 pm
Those are the same passage. What question are you asking?
98  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Florida 2014 Congressional Races on: September 23, 2014, 09:26:49 am
For what it's worth, Patrick Murphy picked up the US Chamber's endorsement today.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Worst County in the Country? Explain why? on: September 23, 2014, 09:20:43 am
Eliot County, KY.  Poor, depressing, nothing to do and hasn't voted for one Republican nominee from Fremont to Romney!
Funny how that works.  I thought all the racist Democrats joined the GOP. Wink

Duh!  And the only reason was the CRA, it just (for some reason) took those Southern Whites several decades to catch on!

Oh look, you found a friend. Good for you.

Anyways, Elliott County's voting patterns are more attributable to Rocky Adkins than to any grand narrative. Nice try, though.

Mhm.  God forbid any "hick" county be filled with registered Democrats who legitimately buy into the economically populist policies of the DNC, right?  If they're culturally conservative in any way, there has to be some other lurking variable to explain away why you can't trash them as Republicans of the "cling to their guns" type.

I don't see your point. The quality HuffPo profile of Elliott County makes it seem pretty clear that the reason it votes differently from its surrounding areas is Rocky Adkins' (and the entire Adkins family's) influence in state politics and their ability to funnel lots of money into the district (in an area that's very much defined by familial loyalties) that keeps it voting Dem.
100  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Marokai/Antonio V: Let Us Cling Together. on: September 23, 2014, 07:38:07 am
On behalf of our ticket, we look forward to an engaging and constructive race. Best of luck!
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