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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football pick'em 2017- Gameplay and scoring thread on: October 20, 2017, 09:52:46 pm
October 20

Marshall at Middle Tennessee

Colorado State at New Mexico

October 21

Oklahoma at Kansas State

Oklahoma State at Texas

South Florida at Tulane

Wake Forest at Georgia Tech

LSU at Mississippi

Maryland at Wisconsin

Iowa State at Texas Tech

Iowa at Northwestern

Temple at Army

Louisville at Florida State

Akron at Toledo

Boston College at Virginia

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

Tennessee at Alabama

Syracuse at Miami(FL)

Indiana at Michigan State

UCF at Navy

Illinois at Minnesota

Oregon at UCLA

Kentucky at Mississippi State

North Texas at Florida Atlantic

Michigan at Penn State

USC at Notre Dame

Arizona at California

Wyoming at Boise State

Fresno State at San Diego State

Colorado at Washington State
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2017 Federal Election on: October 20, 2017, 11:52:14 am


[1] fhtagn/PiT (the Physicist)
Federalist Party

[  ] Harry S Truman/Ascott
Labor Party

[  ] LongLiveRock/MikeWells12
Peace Party

[2] LumineVonReuental/rpryor03

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above


[9] Governor Illiniwek of Illinois
Labor Party

[3] Haslam2020 of Tennessee
Federalist Party

[ 8] JGibson of Illinois
Labor Party

[ 7] LouisvilleThunder of Indiana
Federalist Party

[1] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party

[2] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party

[6] Pessimistic Antineutrino of New Jersey
Federalist Party

[4] RFayette of California
Federalist Party

[10] thumb21 of England

[5] vivaportugalhabs of Kansas
Labor Party

[  ] Write-in:______________________________

[  ] None of the above
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2017 - Southern Elections and Congressional Procedure Amendment on: October 20, 2017, 11:49:05 am
1. Peebs
2. fhtagn
3. Mr. Reactionary
4. Dfwlibertylover

1. blackraisin
2. Tim Turner
3. Lechasseur
5. BlueDogDemocrat
6. DTC
7. IceAgeComing

4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football pick'em 2017- Gameplay and scoring thread on: October 19, 2017, 07:15:59 pm
Arkansas State and Houston for now
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Mitt Romney on: October 11, 2017, 11:25:45 pm
Mitt Romney is a man of integrity and one of the great leaders in modern history, if not the greatest. He would make an amazing president - our country would be much better off had he won in 2012. Sad
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football pick'em 2017- Gameplay and scoring thread on: October 11, 2017, 09:58:45 pm
October 13

Clemson at Syracuse

Washington State at California

October 14

Arkansas at Alabama

Auburn at LSU

Georgia Tech at Miami(FL)

Texas A&M at Florida

Florida State at Duke

Michigan at Indiana

TCU at Kansas State
- TCU sucks

Texas Tech at West Virginia

BYU at Mississippi State

South Carolina at Tennessee

Eastern Michigan at Army

Old Dominion at Marshall

Oklahoma at Texas (in Dallas)

Purdue at Wisconsin

Virginia at North Carolina

Northwestern at Maryland

Vanderbilt at Mississippi

Toledo at Central Michigan

Navy at Memphis

Wyoming at Utah State

UT San Antonio
at North Texas

Tulane at Florida International

Ohio State
at Nebraska

Cincinnati at South Florida

Utah at USC

Michigan State at Minnesota

UCLA at Arizona

Boise State at San Diego State

Washington at Arizona State

Oregon at Stanford
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: KS-GOV: Brownback to resign on: October 10, 2017, 09:50:48 pm

If he actually runs, it almost certainly means we will have Governor Kobach in 2019. The Democrats running in 2018 aren't as weak as Chad Taylor was in '14 and will be much less likely to defer to Orman. If he wants to run, he should run as a Democrat and duke it out in the primary.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: dfwlibertylover for Southern Governor on: October 10, 2017, 08:41:27 pm
Is there really no other option?
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football pick'em 2017- Gameplay and scoring thread on: October 05, 2017, 09:01:49 pm
October 5

Louisville at NC State

October 6

Memphis at Connecticut

Boise State at BYU

October 7

California at Washington

Washington State at Oregon

Wake Forest at Clemson

Iowa State at Oklahoma

Penn State at Northwestern

Georgia at Vanderbilt

Mississippi at Auburn

Eastern Michigan at Toledo

Illinois at Iowa

Duke at Virginia

Florida International at Middle Tennessee

West Virginia at TCU

Miami(FL) at Florida State

LSU at Florida

Notre Dame at North Carolina

Air Force at Navy

Minnesota at Purdue

Maryland at Ohio State

Arkansas at South Carolina

Colorado State at Utah State

SMU at Houston

Kansas State at Texas

Alabama at Texas A&M

Michigan State at Michigan

Wisconsin at Nebraska

Arizona at Colorado

UCF at Cincinnati

Stanford at Utah
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Halter vs. Southeast on: October 05, 2017, 08:46:48 pm
This has been seen.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: dfwlibertylover for Southern Governor on: October 03, 2017, 09:57:11 pm
not a real texan!!!
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: October 02, 2017, 10:11:51 pm
I, tmthforu94, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of Southern Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Southern Region and the Republic of Atlasia, so help me Dave.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Weirdest congressional races since 2000? on: October 01, 2017, 10:58:28 pm
what races were the weirdest

I say ne sen 2014. Ben sasse is always weird, and a petition candidate got 29% in one county while getting 3% statewide

what county
Jim Jenkins got 29% in Custer County, where he is from.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How did you land your current job? on: October 01, 2017, 09:51:06 pm
I was contacted by a recruiter for my first job. For my current one, I found the job posting on LinkedIn and applied through the website.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: College Football pick'em 2017- Gameplay and scoring thread on: September 27, 2017, 09:14:03 pm
September 28

Texas at Iowa State

September 29

Miami(FL) at Duke

Nebraska at Illinois

USC at Washington State

September 30

Indiana at Penn State

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

California at Oregon

Arizona State at Stanford

Iowa at Michigan State

Maryland at Minnesota

Northwestern at Wisconsin

Vanderbilt at Florida

Houston at Temple

Syracuse at NC State

Georgia at Tennessee

Florida State at Wake Forest

Eastern Michigan at Kentucky

Miami(OH) at Notre Dame

Mississippi State at Auburn

Marshall at Cincinnati

Memphis at UCF

South Carolina at Texas A&M

Clemson at Virginia Tech

Mississippi at Alabama

Northern Illinois at San Diego State

Colorado at UCLA
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: September 25, 2017, 10:17:39 pm
JAHN BARRA is running for Secretary of State! I can already see the campaign ads:

"I'm Jahn Barra and long before I was born, my granddaddy used this lil' Smith and Wesson here to help stahp a literacy test"

Former Georgia congressman John Barrow, who was the last white Democrat from the Deep South in Congress, will end a three-year absence from politics with a statewide Democratic bid to become secretary of state in 2018.

Barrow made the announcement Sunday during a meet-and-greet with Democrats in Athens.

In a separate press release, Barrow said he refuses to “stand on the sidelines when we face such huge challenges” and vowed to protect the right to vote, cut regulations and crack down on fraud.

“None of this has anything to do with partisan politics,” Barrow said, “and I won’t allow it if I’m elected.”

If he wanted to run for statewide office, why not run for Governor? Would he struggle in a primary?
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Americana on: September 24, 2017, 09:52:54 pm
Always love your timelines - looking forward to this one!
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Well-behaved women... : a 2020 TL on: September 22, 2017, 04:12:51 pm
Status of cabinet nominees/Vice President? Great timeline!
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Nyman Questioner (THE FEDERALIST CONVENTION) on: September 20, 2017, 05:08:07 pm
Yankee, I'm pretty sure this is satire.
Don't ruin the fun.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Confirmation hearing of Tmthforu94 for Southern Associate Supreme Court Justice on: September 19, 2017, 11:06:15 pm
Do you think you will be available and have the time to deal with a case when it comes up since it can come up at an unexpected time.
I can't promise that there won't be a case down the road that occurs at a time when I am swamped with real life issues, in which it may take several days longer for me to reach a decision. At least for regional cases, that is a challenge that always occurs when there is only one person with the power to make a decision. What I can say is that I understand the importance the judicial system has in Atlasia and I will work to respect all parties' time to ensure every decision is made in a timely manner. I think I have a strong record of activity in this game that backs me up on this.

When and how did you hear about the vacancy for this position.
Shortly after Justice JBrase resigned, I was on #SouthernChat on Mibbit and the vacancy was brought up. I had a private conversation with the governor where I expressed interest in the position and said that if he nominated me, I would accept. As I said in my opening remarks, being nominated to this position is a true honor - the highest in Atlasia. If confirmed, it is not a position that I will take lightly.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Confirmation hearing of Tmthforu94 for Southern Associate Supreme Court Justice on: September 18, 2017, 07:24:48 pm
Thank you for your questions.

1.) Broadly speaking, do you believe that protecting freedom of speech might require the carving out of previously protected categories of speech for less protection in the future? Worded differently, is some protected speech inherently less important than other protected speech, and therefore warranting of less protection by the courts?

I think all protected free speech should be viewed the same by the courts. I think the greater question that has been recently posed is how to define protected speech. Hate speech has been a prominent subject in our country, and while while many in our nation don’t like what is being said, hate speech inherently is protected free speech. There are limits, such as speech that incites violence, libel or copyright violations. I think with all of these limits, we have precedence to look at in determining future cases. A specific example that I remember studying in college would be Brandenburg v. Ohio, ruling speech that promotes lawless action is not protected.

2.) Broadly speaking, what do you believe an "arm" is within the context of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. As a follow up, how strictly do you interpret the accompanying phrase "shall not be infringed?"

I consider “bear arms” as a personal right for Atlasians to own firearms. I think the wording that was adopted in the constitution requires a strict interpretation that I would uphold. There are certain reasonable restrictions in terms of what gun ownership can look like - the prime example I can think of being regions restricting access to hunt animals for support when not in season and only in approved areas for public safety.

3.) Broadly speaking, to what extent do you believe the Constitution protects the general privacy rights of citizens?

Our Bill of Rights offers a number of protections, such as the privacy of having your own beliefs, warrantless search of your home. I think the Constitution serves to ensure that the government does not infringe on privacy, though I do think that the right to privacy must be weighed with compelling interests of the government. I think any effort to restrict privacy should be carefully weighed and supported as a need for public safety.

4.) Broadly speaking,  to what extent do you believe a non-commercial transaction between two persons from the same  region implicates interstate commerce? Worded differently, when generally do you think intrastate activities transmute into interstate commerce which can be regulated by the national government.

I think it stays as intrastate commerce unless the transaction takes place outside of the region.

5.) Pick your favorite of these 3 and explain why: Perry Mason; Matlock; Alan Shore
Well, my hometown in Indiana’s motto is “Mayberry of the Midwest” so I have a natural bias towards Andy Griffith/Matlock. What I admire about Matlock is that as a criminal defense attorney, in many episodes he is defending people that the population at-large wants locked away for years. I admire his commitment to justice as he knows that defending these people doesn’t make him popular with neighbors, but it is the right thing to do.

6.) Pick your favorite of these 3 and explain why: Atticus Finch; Vincent Gambini; Kevin Lomax
Going with Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite books as a child. For a reason similar to Matlock, I think he showed to be of high integrity and avoided public pressure by arguing that the law and justice should apply equally to everyone, regardless of skin color.

7.) Pick your favorite of these 3 and explain why: Clarence Thomas; Anthony Kennedy; John Harlan II
I’ve always been a fan of Clarence Thomas and think he has played the biggest role in determining my views of the constitution and supporting the original intent of the founders. I would like to note that I think the biggest argument against original intent in America has been the time lapse from when the constitution was ratified. Here in Atlasia, we are working with a constitution that was recently written by many who still play the game and we are able to rely on threads that outline their reasoning for specific clauses. I believe that interpreting the constitution as written is vitally important - if people have disagreements with what is in the constitution, there is a system in place to amend it. An opinion Harlan also had was that people sometimes try to use the judiciary system as a catalyst for change and that is inappropriate - I agree. I wouldn’t use the bench as an advocacy tool to implement changes I felt were necessary in our country.

Please let me know if you require further elaboration on any of these answers or if you have any additional questions. Thank you again.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MD-Gov Kamenetz in on: September 18, 2017, 02:27:00 pm
Baltimote County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in.

He won reelection by 12.5% even as Hogan was walloping Brown there by 20%.

Excellent news for Governor Hogan's reelection campaign!

23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Confirmation hearing of Tmthforu94 for Southern Associate Supreme Court Justice on: September 17, 2017, 09:45:16 pm
I want to thank Governor Leinad for reaching out and nominating me for this position; it truly is an honor. I've spent nearly 8 years in Atlasia, serving nearly every position imaginable, from president to a regional legislator. In terms of the South, I was on the committee that set up our constitution and would do my best in this position to uphold it and ensure that the law is followed. I welcome any questions you all may have.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 2012: Mitt Romney (R) vs. Joe Biden (D) on: September 17, 2017, 02:31:12 pm
Romney/Ryan: 272
Biden/Klobuchar: 266

25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Lisa From Alaska on: September 17, 2017, 02:19:19 pm
I like the sound of President Murkowski. Smiley Good work, keep it up!
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