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  1. Um, yes, it was, and since we're back on the topic, let's add to the list Arnold Schwarzenegger, a fine leader and philanderer if ever there was one.


    my2thhurts, I'd be interested to know which other candidate(s) for office have not lied publicly about one thing or another, in your opinion.


    At least the other candidates lie about things that can be fact-checked, whereas a large proportion of the voting public is more interested in lies of the sort that are beyond the scope of Politifact.


  2. Another reason her "case" is weak is that she really had very little to report. She says Cain had a go at her, a rather forward go if you believe her version, but when she said "no" he stopped immediately and dropped her off, alone, at her hotel. She was not an employee of his, rather a job-seeker. Caddish behavior, to be sure, and probably pretty alarming for Ms. Bialek, but nothing that would disqualify Cain for office today.


    Bialek told CNN that she is not after money and has nothing to gain personally from coming forward. She said that a large part of the reason she decided to go public was because her 3-year-old son encouraged her to:



    "He said, 'Mom, I think you need to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him," Bialek told American Morning. "That confirmed it for me. If my son is saying it, I want to be the role model for him and other kids growing up."

    Her son apparently thinks that going national with an unconfirmable story about past abuse at the hands of a presidential candidate is the same thing as reporting to your teacher about a playground bully. Mom should have set him straight, not phoned a lawyer.



    Corzine is the former chairman of Goldman Sachs, former Democratic Senator from New Jersey, former Democratic Governor of New Jersey, and a significant fundraiser for Obama on Wall Street.


    I'm currently reading Glenn Greenwald's new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some, which outlines the two-tier justice system we now have in the United States. Whereby if you're wealthy and have strong political, business, or other powerful connections, you enjoy a different system of justice than the ordinary American.


    The practice crosses party lines and goes back to at least Ford's pardon of Nixon, where Greenwald begins. The argument goes that "it's too disruptive to prosecute high-ranking individuals and large businesses for willful and blatant lawbreaking. We must look forward, not backward."


    It's arguable that nothing will change in this country until the underlying injustice is addressed.


    Oh, by the way, guess what, kropotkin? I voted today! No people running for office on this ballot, only proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution and a couple of bonding proposals.


  4. The saddest thing about this kind of scandal is that the more of them happen, the more the public shrugs and looks the other way. Not all sexual harassment claims are equal. This one (from the woman who never reported the incident 15 years ago) seems pretty weak.


    Cain will give a press conference on the matter today.


    I hope he makes the point that if voters dismiss out of hand anyone who has a little minor flirtation in his past, the public might lose out on some great leaders. I mean, look at Silvio Berlusconi.


  5. Jon Stewart on the video: "Best-case scenario: that dude's hammered. Worst-case scenario: that is Perry sober, and every time we've seen him previously, he's been hammered."


    The Texas Tribune:



    A giddy Gov. Rick Perry was fidgety and full of exuberance in this must-watch speech recorded in New Hampshire Friday night. . . . Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor was "passionate in his remarks" but he said he saw nothing unusual in Perry's delivery of his speech.

  6. I think your heart may be in the right place, but people facing separation or divorce are in need of professional help, from lawyers, family counselors, etc. Your kind of help may very well do more harm than good.


    Also, not a good idea to post your e-mail address. That right there makes me suspect you won't be of much help to anyone, while you'll be asking them to give you all sorts of personal information.


    Ask for personal messages instead. You'll get an e-mail from Toytown when you have a message waiting.



    Don't worry, hams. The military will likely be in Syria on some pretext soon enough (but after the elections), contributing to the "stability of the region" from there.




    And as regards Syria, I personally don't think that'll come to pass.


    Score one for you, hams. The winner of new expanded US military presence in the Middle East is: Kuwait!



    “We will have a robust continuing presence throughout the region, which is proof of our ongoing commitment to Iraq and to the future of that region, which holds such promise and should be freed from outside interference to continue on a pathway to democracy,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Tajikistan after the president’s announcement.

    Freed from "outside interference" other than US and NATO "involvement," of course.



    Meanwhile, some Turks living in Germany are known to have adopted the popular local habit of drinking German beer.




    to be honest this is a habit the Turks developed way before coming to Germany


    You're brilliant, you are. My point being that a story about Germans enjoying Doeners is just about as newsy as Turks drinking beer.


  9. I second the advice to read A Confederacy of Dunces.


    Also the advice to just go ahead and try Germany, if you're going to move somewhere anyway.


    Is your husband's BS from a university in the States? If so, he's probably already aware that his undergraduate degree will be considered inferior in Germany to one from a German uni.


    If you're seriously worried about your marriage failing, though, DDBug's post is a good one to consider. Divorces between couples who are citizens of different countries can be horribly messy, especially with kids. If you divorced in the States, your kids had never lived in Germany, and your husband wanted to return to Germany to live, you'd probably have an advantage in a custody battle and could keep them with you in the States except for visits. Nasty to contemplate, but there it is.


  10. The US doesn't even compare well to other countries when it comes to social justice issues. 27th out of 31 overall:



    A central concern for those in the Occupy movement -- that the economic system in the U.S. is rigged in favor of the well-off -- has been corroborated by a major new survey of developed nations.


    When it comes to social justice -- defined here as the ability each individual has to participate in the market society, regardless of their social status -- the United States ranks near the bottom of 31 developed countries, the Thursday report from Bertelsmann Foundation found.




    I'm a Texas musician living in Berlin, does this mean I can soon put up with the same pay to pay BS as I do when I play Austin?


    "Pay to play," perhaps? ;)


    Is it just me, or does Texas music seven nights a week sound like a bit much for Berlin? Once or twice a month, maybe.


    Or mix up Texas-style music with what they like in Berlin: Texno!


    Hell, I live in Austin, and I don't even seek out Texas music here, though it's pretty much inescapable. My experience after one year of The Live Music Capital of the World is that most of the live music around here (outside of the major festivals and touring bands) is crap, probably because there's too much of it, and the smaller venues and restaurants end up scrounging for scraps.


    That said, if you throw in some good BBQ, you might draw interest. Recruit one or two of the boys whose tours with the US military are ending, but who want to stay in Germany (or return there) and can do a good brisket. There are ex-pats in Germany who would kill for meat with some spice and flavor to it.


    I'm assuming you know all about the hurdles you must jump to open a business in Germany if you're not a citizen. There are threads on that elsewhere here on TT, if you haven't looked into it yet.


  12. Things are getting better for Libyans already:



    [National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil:] "We as a Muslim nation have taken Islamic Sharia as the source of legislation, therefore any law that contradicts the principles of Islam is legally nullified. This includes changing marriage laws to allow men to more easily take on a second wife."



    What is perhaps most disturbing about Abdul-Jallil's move is that the NTC has not been elected and such measures should be voted after the introduction of the new constitution enshrining the rights of the Libyan people.

    In other news, Libya has announced that whomever actually shot Qadaffi is going down (my bold), or at least some hapless patsy they can accuse of it:



    "We had already launched an investigation. We have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. There were some violations by those who are unfortunately described as revolutionaries. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army," the top interim official said.


    "Whoever is responsible for that (Gaddafi's killing) will be judged and given a fair trial."



  13. Here's another good reason to drop your American citizenship in favor of whatever other citizenship you hold, especially if you're wealthy:



    The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.

    Half a million is nothing to spend on a home in some markets, like NYC and many parts of California. So give up your US citizenship, buy a house in the US, get a residence visa. Simples.



    Exactly, cinzia. When I was a servicemember, I knew some who partied even with a girlfriend or wife around.


    And how much would it suck for her to get over to Germany, only to find she's not wanted? Better to stay in the States and wait for him to finish sowing his wild oats, if that's what he's into. Unless he hooks up with a German, he won't have any more right to stay in Germany after his tour than she would now. Eventually he'll have to return.


    Of course, she doesn't have to be waiting for him when he does, either.



    There are many who do want to get married in order to get out of the barracks (dumb reason to do so, BTW), but many don't want to get married because that means having to settle down with one person.


    Potentially even less attractive is settling down with a fiance AND kid when you could be having a good time as a single guy in Germany with your buddies instead. ;)



    With this in mind, maybe the lady can come back and fill in the gaps for us.


    Wouldn't blame her if she didn't, though. She's already been advised that she has close to zero chance of getting a job in Germany, and there's no social safety net for newcomers who are looking for a job.


    If I were her, I wouldn't be posting more just to satisfy TTers' curiosity.


  16. Missiles from the air were lawfully used in Libya per international law, and probably also would have been lawful if dropped by unmanned drones:



    Battlefield weapons may also be lawfully used before an armed conflict in the following situations: when initiating self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter;[18] when authorized by the UN Security Council; when a government seeks to suppress internal armed conflict; and, perhaps, when a state is invited to assist a government in suppressing internal armed conflict.[19]