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Comment Re:dont be so sure (Score 1) 350

You do realize that Republicans gained control of the legislatures which allowed them to do this when the districts had been gerrymandered by the DEMOCRATS to maximize their representation in the legislatures, right? The Democrats did the same thing when they controlled the legislatures. They even gamed the system in states with "non-partisan" committees to lay out the districts so that those committees were overwhelmingly Democratic Party.

Comment Re: Can a Hillary supporter step up and explain? (Score 1) 634

It's not just the Democrats going through this now. The Republican Party wants its chosen candidates and they get Trump and Cruz instead. Both parties are having to fight popular sentiment to get their candidates in the general election.

Except that the Republican "chosen candidate" (Jeb Bush)* is already out of the running, while it seems likely that the Democrat's "chosen candidate" will win the nomination, even if she loses the primaries.

*It looks like the Republican establishment has chosen Rubio as its fallback candidate.

Submission + - Creating A Market for Privacy (

Attila Dimedici writes: Richard Fernandez talks about the various issues around privacy in the 21st Century. He states that the biggest problem on this front is that people do not know the value to them of privacy, nor the cost to them of losing it. He touches on a lot of the issues related to privacy which we discuss on this forum but, to me, the key paragraph was this:

The classic solution to the problem would be to establish a market in privacy because it is the most efficient known mechanism for allocating valuable items. If one could know the true costs and benefits of keeping a secret then most rational consumers would choose the level of privacy that suits them. However, this runs counter to the basic instincts of bureaucracy. For example, the European high court has decided to give a relatively obscure bureaucrat in Paris to the mandate "to lead an increasingly powerful group of European privacy regulators" to decide who gets access to what.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

Except that when Hillary Clinton gave them to her lawyer, she was no longer Secretary of State. As such, she was no longer legally in possession of those emails. Further, considering that the Intelligence Community Inspector General had to get special clearance in order to read some of her emails it seems improbable that her private lawyer had sufficient security clearances to do so.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

I take it you are expecting Obama to be assassinated before the election? The only reason Goldwater lost to Johnson was because of people's reaction to JFK's assassination. If JFK had not been assassinated, he would have been running for re-election and I have no idea who the Republican nominee would have been. How JFK's re-election would have gone is anybody's guess (unlike today, in 1963 the Presidential campaign had not yet begun in any way when JFK was assassinated).

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

Oh come on, that's not fair. Everything I have read suggests that it was she who championed overthrowing the stable government in Libya, which was run by a dictator who, while not friendly to the U.S., had become cooperative with U.S. initiatives in order to avoid suffering the fate of Saddam Hussein. By doing this she was able to send the message to would be dictators that cooperating with the U.S. was no way to ensure a long and healthy life AND sow chaos and turmoil in North Africa. How is that not a success?

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

You miss one important point. At the time Hillary handed those emails over to her lawyer, she was no longer Secretary of State. At that point she no longer had lawful possession of an awful lot of those emails (when someone steps down from a position like Secretary of State they are legally obligated to turn over any top secret documents which they possess by virtue of holding that position).

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

Except that the Intelligence Community Inspector General has already affirmatively declared that some of the emails WERE classified when they were sent because they contained information that was classified by the fact of where that information came from. It was information that did NOT require anyone to decide it was classified and mark it as classified. It came from a source which made it classified by the nature of that source (and the emails apparently contained references to that source).

Further, the State Department has just declared that some of Hillary's emails contain information so sensitive that they cannot be released even now (I am not exactly sure how that happens, since the enemies of the U.S. already have them).

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

According to the Intelligence Community Inspector General, an Obama appointee who was confirmed while the Democrats controlled the Senate and is a lifelong Democrat, some of the emails contained information that is classified above top secret just because it was obtained by the government through Special Access Programs. That is, the email contained information that was classified as above top secret from the moment the government obtained it.

As to why an email about an NYT article would be classified. If that article was about a program which the White House, and the rest of the Administration, was still officially denying (and my understanding is that such was the case here) including it in an email is an admission of its truth (unless the email specifically called it out as false, which, again, my understanding is that the email did the opposite). Hillary Clinton did NOT have the authority to decide that something declared classified elsewhere was not actually classified.

Comment Re:What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

The Republicans do not control any organization with the authority to arrest anyone for a crime of this nature.
In addition, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, who was appointed by Obama and is a lifelong Democrat, has stated that some of Hillary's emails contained classified material.

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