“When a legislator asks for a specific monetary amount in exchange for the legislator’s vote, bribery is taking place.”
If a legislator says “Give me $10,000 and I’l vote in favor of this bill”, then he’s obviously asking for a bribe, but what if the lobbyist says “I’ll give you $10,000 if you vot in favor of this bill”? Isn’t that also a bribe?
“But when the legislator’s political party is instead given a donation from a lobbyist, it need not influence the legislator in any particular fashion.”
I don’t know what American laws say, but in Iceland, any kind of a reward in return for a specific action on the part of an official is considered a bribe. Giving money to an official’s re-election campaign or to his party is just as much a bribe as giving the money to him directly.
“She’s under no obligation to follow Ann’s orders.”
The post I was replying to didn’t address the characters in the strip specifically, but was a comment about secrets in general. Looking at the responses I’ve gotten, it looks like people here have a hard time understanding what context is.
See my answer to BJShipley1, and also to DaveQuinn.
Have you ever heard of something called “context”? Read what I posted again, and read the post I was responding to. What you said is total nonsense when you look at what I said in context.
“If the secret is intended to hurt someone else, you have NOT obligation to keep quiet.”
Obviously there are cases where you would be allowed to tell a secret, such as if they are going to hurt someone in some way, and if the secret involves something illegal, such as a confession to a crime or a plan to commit a crime, you may even have an obligation to tell the proper authorities about the secret. But the post I was responding to didn’t address the nature of the secret, but only how the person had treated you and, in my opinion, whether you keep a secret or not has more to do with your character than the character of the other person.
There’s something I’ve never quite understood. Maybe somebody here can explain it to me. What’s the difference between lobbying and bribery?
That’s because it’s correct. Gender is a grammatical term, while sex is biological.
“When you treat a person like dirt they are under no obligation to keep secrets for you.”
I disagree. Keeping secrets for other people has nothing to do with how much the other people deserve or don’t deserve your loyalty, but with how trustworthy you are.
I read all the time. For example, before I came here, I was reading One Big Happy, and after I’m fineshed here I’ll read Over the Hedge.
“A lot of B-types (C and D and E and …) that really bombed when they first played.”
I noticed that there were no box office hits on the lists.
“The one thing I don’t like with these type of apps is you have to scroll, scroll and scroll to find something that might be worth watching. Whenever I tried to find a movie my wife might watch with me, I spend a half hour scrolling an she loses patience and goes up to bed.”
You should do what I do – scroll through the list in the afternoon or even the previous day and find a few movies that you might like watching, and then you can go straight to those movies in the evening when you want to watch with your wife.