Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:38 UTC, submitted by brewmastre
Legal "President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as the nation's solicitor general. The solicitor general is charged with defending the government before the Supreme Court, and files friend-of-the court briefs in cases in which the government believes there is a significant legal issue. The office also determines which cases it would bring to the Supreme Court for review. Verrilli is best known for leading the recording industry's legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster. That 2003 case ultimately led to Grokster's demise when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the RIAA's verdict." Cough.
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RE[3]: 3rd tier educations
by aesiamun on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 3rd tier educations"
aesiamun
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2005-06-29

As someone who isn't from America, you may not know the extent at which the opposing party digs up dirt on someone. Most people have enough skeletons in their closet that running for office doesn't seem reasonable if they want to keep their privacy.

We've all made mistakes in the past, there's no reason why they need to be aired out publicly to the entire world. Unfortunately, smoking up in the past, having any sort of sex that isn't considered vanilla or having an extramarital affair inevitably winds up being revealed to all when running for office in the states...

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RE[4]: 3rd tier educations
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Jan 2011 18:11 in reply to "RE[3]: 3rd tier educations"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

As someone who isn't from America, you may not know the extent at which the opposing party digs up dirt on someone. Most people have enough skeletons in their closet that running for office doesn't seem reasonable if they want to keep their privacy.

We've all made mistakes in the past, there's no reason why they need to be aired out publicly to the entire world. Unfortunately, smoking up in the past, having any sort of sex that isn't considered vanilla or having an extramarital affair inevitably winds up being revealed to all when running for office in the states...


Sorry I should have been more clear, when I say "get involved" I am also talking about participating in the party at all levels - from voting for candidates to represent the party to getting involved with the policy apparatus to simply getting up and handing out brochures for someone whom you support. Getting involved needn't directly relate to actually running although I have run in the past when it comes to NZ elections - ran in the seat of Wigram for the ACT Party (Classical Liberal party). Is there mud raking in NZ politics? sure but people who do have it done to them tend to throw it around and are a lightening rod to such undertakings in the first place.

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RE[5]: 3rd tier educations
by aesiamun on Thu 27th Jan 2011 18:25 in reply to "RE[4]: 3rd tier educations"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah I focused on one part of 'getting involved' when I should have known you could have meant on all levels. Actually, just getting a clear understanding of politics, understanding that what they say isn't true, and voting are all great ways of getting involved...

I am a strong proponent of our elective system, but I do understand the need for an overhaul. The government won't overhaul it, they exploit it. The only way is if the people demand it, and they won't until they learn. They won't learn because they either do not have the drive or the means (public education is just another outlet for the incumbent gov't) to do it...

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