LNF Rusties Awards 2015

January 17th, 2017

Thank you to everyone who provided nominations and votes! Without further ado, here are the LNF Rusties winners for 2015:

TOPIC OF THE YEAR:
GUN CONTROL
This was the winner by a landslide.

ECONOMIST OF THE YEAR:
TOWARDLIBERTY
Once again, TowardLiberty dominated this category.

HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR:
MERCY FOR ALL
This one also wasn’t close.

FRIENDLIEST POSTER OF THE YEAR:
JASMINE
Jasmine won this handily, but Josie and Mercy For All also got multiple votes.

JERK OF THE YEAR:
OLD TRAPPER
This one wasn’t close, either.

MOST HUMOROUS POSTER OF THE YEAR:
JASMINE
This one was very close. Jasmine barely edged Rabbit Reborn, Bert and BamaBeau.

CLEVEREST COMEBACKER OF THE YEAR:
RABBIT REBORN
Rabbit wins again, but this year he had some stiff competition from Fiddler.

DRAMA QUEEN OF THE YEAR:
HARRY
Happy now, Harry? Smiley (You just barely beat out Old Trapper.)

THREAD STARTER OF THE YEAR:
STU GATZE
Stu beats out Jasmine by a single vote.

MOST CONTROVERSIAL POSTER OF THE YEAR:
FRANK
This one wasn’t close, although Old Trapper got some votes, too.

MOST INFORMED DEBATOR OF THE YEAR:
RABBIT REBORN
Rabbit narrowly wins here, edging Queshank and Mercy For All.

MOST INFLUENTIAL POSTER OF THE YEAR:
MERCY FOR ALL
Mercy ekes out the win over Josie.

FEUD OF THE YEAR:
JOHNNYB vs WADSWORTH
Who gets the trophy? Let them fight over that, too.

CENTRIST OF THE YEAR:
QUESHANK
Q narrowly beats out Mercy For All by a single vote.

LIBERAL OF THE YEAR:
GREG
Congrats, Greg! This was almost a landslide, although Fiddler got some votes, too.

CONSERVATIVE OF THE YEAR:
WALKSTALL, SEAWOLF, JASMINE
A three-way tie.

OVERALL POSTER OF THE YEAR:
RABBIT REBORN
Rabbit claims top honors! He edges out Fiddler and Jasmine.

THE LNF ALL-STAR TEAM:
Rabbit Reborn
Josie
Queshank
Bert
Jasmine

Congratulations to everyone! Smiley

-special thanks to Jasmine running the awards again! – admin

2014 LNF Rusties Awards – COMPLETE LIST

March 10th, 2015

Congratulations to all our winners!

TOPIC OF THE YEAR:
Race/Race-Baiting

ECONOMIST OF THE YEAR:
TowardLiberty

HISTORIAN OF THE YEAR:
Queshank

FRIENDLIEST POSTER OF THE YEAR:
Josie

COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR:
Bert

CLEVEREST COMEBACKER OF THE YEAR:
Rabbit Reborn

DRAMA QUEEN OF THE YEAR:
JustAnIndependent

THREAD STARTER OF THE YEAR:
Jasmine

MOST CONTROVERSIAL POSTER OF THE YEAR
Jasmine

MOST INFORMED DEBATOR OF THE YEAR
TowardLiberty

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
TIE: Jasmine and Limey

CENTRIST OF THE YEAR:
TowardLiberty

LIBERAL OF THE YEAR:
Queshank

CONSERVATIVE OF THE YEAR:
TIE: Bert and WyattsTorch

OVERALL POSTER OF THE YEAR:
TowardLiberty

 

Congratulations all ! Special thanks to Jasmine who ran the awards!
– admin

2013 LNF End of Year Awards

January 2nd, 2015

Economist of the Year:  TowardLiberty

Historian of the Year:  Demos

Philosopher of the Year:  TowardLiberty

Friendliest Poster of the Year:  Mercy for All

Comedian of the Year:  limey

Newcomer of the Year:  limey

Best Comebacker of the Year:  Rabbit_Reborn

Controversial Poster of the Year:  SOUTHERN-PRIDE

Informed Debater of the Year:  TowardLiberty

Centrist of the Year:  Possibly Logical

Leftwing of the Year:  Phillip 2.0

Rightwing of the Year:  Seawolf

Poster of the Year:  Mercy for All

Congratulations to all the winners!
*Edit:  special thanks to walkstall for bumping the voting threads.

** Special thanks for Mercy For All whom ran the awards again! LNF Admin

2012 LNF AWARDS WINNERS

February 27th, 2013

HOT SEAT AWARDS

Right-Wing Poster of the Year
Duster

Left-Wing Poster of the Year
Darwinist

Centrist Poster of the Year
CubaLibre

Libertarian Poster of the Year
TowardLiberty

OTHER FORUM AWARDS

Christian/Religion Forum Poster of the Year
Fair Minded Know It all

House/Games/Crafts, Cooking, Home Economics Poster of the Year
Josie

Entertainment/Sports Poster of the Year
CubaLibre

PERSONALITY AWARDS

Most Interesting/Thought-Provoking Poster of the Year
TowardLiberty

Most Humorous Poster of the Year
Bert

Friendliest Poster of the Year
Josie

Controversial Poster of the Year
Darwinist

Antagonistic Poster of the Year
Frenchconnection

Drama King/Queen of the Year
Writers Block

Commonsense Poster of the Year
Crepe

KNOWLEDGE AWARDS

Philosopher of the Year
TowardLiberty

Historian of the Year
Moishe3rd

Economist of the Year
A tie between total and TowardsLiberty

Most Knowledgeable Poster
west2004

PROFILE AWARDS

Best Signature Picture, Quote, or Personal Text
Phillip

Best Username
Sheik_Yerbouti

ULTIMATE POSTER AWARDS

Newcomer of the Year
limey

2012 LNF Poster of the Year
CubaLibre

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all that voted and nominated others. Special thanks to ranger4life for making the 2012 LNF awards contest very exciting by managing it and making polls for everyone to vote in each category. LNF Admin

2011 Ninth Annual Liberty News Forum Awards

May 10th, 2012

Winners of the 2011 Ninth Annual Liberty News Forum

HOT SEAT AWARDS

Right-Wing Poster of the Year
Sarge19

Left-Wing Poster of the Year
bama b. beau

Centrist Poster of the Year
PossiblyLogical

OTHER FORUM AWARDS

Christian/Religion Forum Poster of the Year
Mercy For All

House/Games/Crafts, Cooking, Home Economics Poster of the Year
Josie

Entertainment/Sports Poster of the Year
Queshank

PERSONALITY AWARDS

Most Interesting/Thought-Provoking Poster of the Year
Sioux Rebel

Most Humorous Poster of the Year
Well Provisioned

Friendliest Poster of the Year
Crepe

Controversial Poster of the Year
FounderChurch

Antagonistic Poster of the Year
SeriousMan

Drama King/Queen of the Year
Sistah7

Commonsense Poster of the Year
Mercy For All

KNOWLEDGE AWARDS

Philosopher of the Year
Tennenbaum

Historian of the Year
Glen65

Economist of the Year
Toward Liberty

Most Knowledgeable Poster
Toward Liberty

PROFILE AWARDS

Best Signature Picture, Quote, or Personal Text
leakingleopard (snow leopard pic)

Best Username
Makhpiya Luta

ULTIMATE POSTER AWARDS

Newcomer of the Year
CubaLibre

2011 LNF Poster of the Year
Toward Liberty

2010 LNF AWARD WINNERS!

April 26th, 2012

1.  Conservative of the Year:
Glenn Beck Fan
In a landslide, Glenn Beck Fan took Conservative of the Year!
2.  Liberal of the Year:
Random Citizen
Not a random win–another landslide victory!
3.  Other Political Leaning Poster of the Year:
Shooterman
He gunned for this award while not falling into the trap of taking himself too seriously!
4.  Ostentatious Linguist/Anal Grammarian of the Year:
Berggeist
At prose a master, he may be a musophobist, but, his posts never balatronic, he barely overwhelmed Book_Worms tally to claim this prestigious award.
5.  Newcomer of the Year:
Gary86
Over 1,000 posts in less than a hundred days–a valuable new contributor to LNF!
6.  Returning Poster of the Year:
Book_Worm
A very tight race with Jasmine, requiring a runoff vote.  Book_Worm volunteered to withdraw, but the nomination and the votes were there.  She goes home with “the prize”!  (…the prize being an invisible statue she can place on the mantle.)
7.  Nemeses of the Year (Debate Opponents):
Thomas_Paine vs. Confederates
Outrivaling “quiller vs. SORAL,” this one also required a runoff vote.  Thomas_Paine must be busy taking on all those Confederates single-handedly!
8.  Antagonist of the Year:
Rob_Larrikin
He’s made the insult into an art.  (Get it?)
9.  Interesting/Thought-provoking Poster of the Year:
Mercy for All
Surprise winner, edging out TowardLiberty!  (Didn’t see that coming…)
10.  Financial/Economics Wiz of the Year:
pepe
In the tightest race of the poll, pepe topped taxed and TowardLiberty to win this category again!
11.  Tech/Science Nerd of the Year:
walkstall
Hey…don’t you claim to be old?  How do you keep up with the technology?
12.  Tin Foil Hat/Conspiracy Theorist of the Year:
Kim Ung-Yong (WALTERJONE1976)
Won with a significant margin to take kathaksung’s place as the conspiracy theorist of LNF!
13.  Drama King/Queen of the Year:
SORAL
SORAL barely bested SiouxRebel for this award.  Sorry Harry, you’re going to have to try a little harder next year…
14.  Controversial Poster of the Year:
SiouxRebel
I hope nobody’s going to argue about this one…there’s enough controversy.
15.  Religious Poster of the Year:
Mercy for All
Praise the Lord! Wink
16.  Humorous Poster of the Year:
Jasmine
Won by a long shot; maybe someone should write a skit or something about this award.
17.  Quote of the Year (from a sig line or a thread):
Dreadnaught1968 – “I could care less about apathy”
I don’t care enough to leave a comment about this one.
18.  Sig Pic of the Year:
AmericanMom
Wins it again!
19.  Nicest/Friendliest Poster of the Year:
Ladybug
Our bug wins again!
20.  Overall LNF Poster of the Year:
Glenn Beck Fan
In a pretty tight race, Glenn Beck Fan takes the top!
Congratulations to all the winners!

Once agains Mercy For All did a great job.

2009 Poster of the Year Awards

January 11th, 2010

2009 Seventh Annual Liberty News Forum

POSTER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
  
HOT SEAT AWARDS 

Political Forum Poster of the Year 
 
SolarRightwingExtremist

 
  
Conservative Poster of the Year
 
Taxed
  
       
       
Libertarian Poster of the Year
 
Shooterman  
  

Liberal Poster of the Year
 
Laudanum  
                               

Centrist Poster of the Year
   
MercyForAll            
   

OTHER FORUM AWARDS

Christian/Religion Forum Poster of the Year
 
MercyForAll  
  
             
House/Games/Crafts, Cooking, Home Economics Poster of the Year
 
HarleyWoman
  
                   

Entertainment/Sports Poster of the Year
 
Jasmine 
  
           

PERSONALITY AWARDS 

Best Debate Opponents
 
Solar vs Realist  
         
  
Most Interesting/Thought-Provoking Poster
 
Maestro       
                         

Most Humorous Poster 
 
Jasmine 
       
                   
Friendliest Poster
 
LadyBug 
  
                                     

Controversial Poster
 
Truth, AKA Kfed 
  
  
Antagonistic Poster
 
Truth, AKA Kfed
  
  
                                     
Drama King/Queen of the Year
 
Rainbowseer 
       
                                           

Quixotic Poster of the Year
 
Bert  
       
                                           
One-Liner Contributor of the Year
 
Harry 
                                           
  

KNOWLEDGE AWARDS  

Philosophers of the Year 
 

Shooterman

Maestro
 
       

Scientist of the Year
 
SolarRightWingExtremist 
  
                                     

Military Analyst of the Year
 
cclezel 
  
       

Historian of the Year
 
Berggeist 
  
                                     
Economist of the Year
 
Pepe   
  
                                           
Most Knowledgeable Poster
 
SolarRightWingExtremist  
       
                                           
THREAD AWARDS

Most Interesting Topic/Series
 
The Global Warming Threads

  
  
Most Volatile Thread
 
UPDATED!Waterboarding Worked After All (Solar) 
 
 
PROFILE AWARDS 

Best Screen Name
 
FreedomLover  
       
                         

Best Signature Picture
 
Wally   
  
       
Best Signature Quote or Personal Text
 
HarleyWoman  
       
                                     

ULTIMATE POSTER AWARDS

Newcomers of the Year
 
Boogyman
 
Federalist  
                  

***2009 LNF Poster of the Year***
 
SolarRightwingExtremist

2008 LNF Poster Award Winners!

January 10th, 2009

Hot Seat Awards:
Political Forum Poster of the Year

Impeach Barack Obama

Conservative Poster of the Year

republicans2

Libertarian Poster of the Year

Shooterman

Liberal Poster of the Year

Lefty_Loosey

Centrist Poster of the YeaR

Mercy for All

Other Forum Awards
Christian/Religion Forum Poster of the Year

Mercy For All

House/Games/Crafts, Cooking, Home Economics Poster of the Year

HarleyWoman

Entertainment/Sports Poster of the Year

Jasmine

Personality Awards Poster Awards:
Best Debate Opponents

Rabbit_Reborn vs. Queshank

Most Interesting/Thought-Provoking Poster

Maestro

Most Humorous Poster

Harry

Friendliest Poster

HarleyWoman

Controversial Poster

Truth Hurts

Antagonistic Poster

horselady

Drama King/Queen of the Year

Harry

Quixotic Poster of the Year

Simkin

One-Liner Contributor of the Year
Bert

Knowledge Awards
Philosopher of the Year

Demos

Scientist of the Year

Mobetta

Military Analyst of the Year

cclezel

Historian of the Year

Berggeist

Economist of the Year

pepe

Most Knowledgeable Poster

Demos

Thread Awards:
Most Interesting Topic/Series

forgotten_centrist interviews

Most Volatile Thread

Iraq War (The only unanimous winner…guess why? )

Profile Awards:
Best Screen Name

Fob’s electoral pseudonyms

Best Signature Picture

HarleyWoman

Best Signature Quote or Personal Text

cclezel

Ultimate Poster Awards:
Newcomer of the Year

Mrs. McCain [R-CA]

Poster of the Year

Harry

Essay Contest V Runnerup

July 2nd, 2008

Global Warming

Possibly Logical

Global warming is perhaps the most misunderstood and misrepresented political topic today. One view sees global warming as the greatest risk to humanity through famine, hurricanes, and the extinction of the great polar bear. Another view sees global warming as a way for socialist academics to punish corporate America while spreading socialism. While these misconceptions represent the some of the worst understandings of global warming, commonly held beliefs are that global warming is either certainly happening or certainly not happening. Naturally policy recommendations are based on the state of the world they believe exists. There is a sufficiently strong scientific basis for greenhouse gas induced global warming. However, the nature of the statistical processes being used prevent any definite conclusion from being reached. As time continues to pass further information is acquired about the dynamic systems that regulate the earths temperature. The nature of the costs and risks suggest that the ideal course of action is to take some action to reduce greenhouse gasses as more information becomes available.  
 
In attempt to discredit the scientific basis for the study of global warming, many claim that there is no reason for greenhouse gas concentrations to affect the atmospheric temperature. However, greenhouse gasses are a necessary component for maintenance of a livable temperature, greenhouse gasses are known to cause a warming effect. Without greenhouse gasses the earth would be too cold to maintain life. A much higher concentration of greenhouse gasses would also render the earth uninhabitable. In small models the mechanics behind global warming leads to increased temperatures; however, the earth has a number of feedback mechanisms that, over certain concentrations, may reduce or eliminate the warming effect. Since the smaller models do not take into account the complex systems of the earth, we cannot rely on smaller models as an indicator of the effect of increased greenhouse gas emissions on the global temperature.  
 
No science currently has the capacity to analyze the earth as a deterministic system, nor will they any time soon. Any analysis has to involve statistical methods that estimate the true effect of greenhouse gasses on climate, eliminating the analysis of many of the effects that we do not fully understand. While statistical methods do not provide the exact value, so long as the analysis is done appropriately, it provides the best available estimate of the true result. As time goes on, more information is acquired in terms of both relevant statistical data and an understanding of the complex systems allowing predictions that are more consistent with the state of the world. Current statistical modeling generally shows that there is a warming effect that is induced by greenhouse gasses.  
 
An appropriate analysis of the issue involves responding to the issue in terms of the statistical realization. If global warming is occurring and is costly the correct course of action is to reduce greenhouse gasses. There are consequences of waiting for more information to become available. Since greenhouse gasses are accumulatory, the gases linger in the atmosphere for many years; deferring action for an additional year means the necessary reduction is much greater and would be done over a shorter period of time. Because large reductions over short periods of time are much more expensive then small reductions over a long period of time, inaction would prove costly. If global warming is not occurring or has little effect the correct response is to do nothing. Reducing greenhouse gases would impose large costs on society without any benefit.
 
Since we do not know the true state of the world, we can only make estimates based on the current information available. Based on the analysis of the costs of a policy given various states of the world, we are able to determine the cost of each possible policy for each possible outcome. Combining the estimate of the probability of each state of the world and the costs associated with each outcome, it is possible to determine the expected cost imposed by global warming. The current research points to a decent likelihood of a significant increase in the global temperature due to greenhouse gasses. Since inaction is extremely expensive, inaction is not a desirable choice. At the same time the science does not show with certainty that global warming is happening so it is not desirable to proceed as though it is. Emissions should therefore be reduced but not be reduced as though global warming is a certainty. As better information becomes available policies should be altered to take into account the new reality, continuing the same process until the issue is completely understood.  

Winner Essay Contest V

July 2nd, 2008

GLOBAL WARMING
 
 
KSU_Aviator

 
 
I started this essay contest with the idea that I would address numerous pollution issues through minimal government regulation. In the process I stumbled across a method for reducing pollution produced by vehicles AND increasing the productivity of farm crops. Just add water.    
  
In 2004 (the latest information I could find) the United States emitted 314 million metric tons of CO2 from vehicles alone. That accounts for about 45% of the world’s total output of vehicle emitted CO2.  
 
One gallon of gas contains about 5.5 pounds of Carbon. Once burned, that carbon combines with Oxygen to produce about 20 pounds of Carbon Dioxide. Interestingly, Carbon Dioxide combines with Water very easily to form Carbonic Acid (soda pop). When sprayed over crops, the carbon and water are absorbed by the root system, leaving only oxygen to be released.    
  
A method for collecting Carbon Dioxide in vehicle exhaust has not been invented as of yet. However, I think we will find that it will be relatively simple. A second water tank will be added to the car. Exhaust will be routed through the bottom of the tank and vented out the top. By pushing the exhaust into the water from the bottom of the tank (using a one way valve), the exhaust’s pressure will force the CO2 to combine with the H2O and the remainder of the exhaust will be vented out the top of the water tank.    
  
With the correct size tank, water can be released and replaced when the vehicle is refueled. The resulting Carbonic Acid can be collected and then sold to local farmers that can spray the solution onto their crops as a safe, cheap and environmentally friendly fertilizer.    
  
In the end, while this method for collecting and disposing of CO2 will not completely eliminate the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere, it will significantly reduce CO2 emissions. In the process, we will help farmers to grow better crops.    
  
However, vehicle emissions are only a small part of a very large puzzle. The US produces approximately 50,000 million tons of CO2 through industrial emissions. A large portion of the emissions come from power production. Power production is an industry that needs to grow to meet the demands of the US’s growing population and economy. As we increase our capacity to produce electricity, we must search for alternatives that do not produce air pollutants.  
 
Wind farms, solar panels and tide/wave generators are all clean forms of producing electricity; but as of yet they can only account for about 1% of our electrical needs. While these forms of power generation may be useful in the future, today we must address the problems we face with solutions that already exist.  
 
Nuclear power does not affect the atmosphere to the extent that burning coal does. In fact, with the exception of a small volume of spent fuel, nuclear power is exceptionally clean. The biggest issue faced with nuclear power is radiation. This issue is easily solved through proper placement of plants and stringent safety guidelines that have successfully allowed nuclear power plants to operate accident free for decades. According to Bernard L Cohen at the University of Pittsburgh, nuclear waste will cause 1 death per 50 years of operation. Compare that to coal that will cause thousands of deaths over the same time period.  
 
As our power needs grow, we should build new nuclear power plants to increase our electrical grids capacity and replace the aging coal powered plants that will soon be retired. Doing so will dramatically decrease our CO2 emissions. Should we completely replace all coal burning power plants, we would immediately reduce our CO2 emissions by 40%.  
 
As our society grows and our economy continues to expand, finding clean and inexpensive methods of producing energy is a goal set by every individual regardless of their political leanings. In an age of partisan politics and a widening gap between the two ideologies, the common goal is lost for the bickering over the method. As we continue to debate the how’s and why’s, do not lose sight of the goal. Cleaner burning vehicles, cheap and clean electricity, and advancement of our society and our economy are goals that each and every one of us can support.  
 
Sources:  
  
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9A01E4D9173AE633A2575 4C1A9639C946596D6CF&oref=slogin  
  
http://www.enviroduck.com/gallon_gas_co2.php  
  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonic_acid  
 
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2006/2006-06-28-03.asp  
 
http://www.mnp.nl/en/dossiers/Climatechange/moreinfo/Chinanowno1inCO2emissionsUS Ainsecondposition.html  
 
http://physics.isu.edu/radinf/np-risk.htm