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Bush is a hero

I am convinced that in the beginning he didn't really want to actually be President, that he just jumped in for his own ego and promotional considerations, which seems to be a fad the last few cycles, esp. on the GOP side (Gingrich, Cain, Palin, Carson, and more). I believe he's as surprised as the rest that he made it to the top of the heap. I think that he, consciously or unconsciously, kept trying to sabotage it so he could exit without losing face, but his supporters didn't care, and swept him to the forefront. The fact that he refuses to change now that it's in the bag seems to confirm that he secretly hopes to lose, or "not win" (I'm sure he would reject the term "lose"). It's all goodI did, in fact, reply directly to that point of the "over 1000 emails", quoting from Comey's testimony. It is tedious to have to repeatably rehash for those who either can't read or can't retain what they read. If there is an organic issue, please advise and I will humbly apologize and repeat. Otherwise, go ahead and scroll back if it's that important to you. As for the discrepancy between her assurance and the revealed fact - there is a mountain of doubt simply because of the bewildering "not classified today, classified tomorrow" process. It seems these things go on and off the list depending on the contingencies of the day, and the whim of the classifier. To my understanding, it is that doubt that prompted Comey to decide that he could not bring charges about knowingly passing classified info, due to the ever-changing nature of the classifications. That's when he alluded that it was sloppy for her not to just save us all this trouble and use the damned antique, vulnerable, but official servers. That said, it should be stated, again, that the fact that she so arrogantly and obliviously handed her opponents the rope to make a noose speaks to a serious flaw in her character. Both candidates reveal serious flaws in their character. The sad question for Americans is, which seriously flawed character will, against all odds, come closest to promoting my ideals and vision of America? It ain't the first time I've had to mark the ballot for the best of the least, but it is by far the least of the least I've ever had to choose from.  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191799)

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One thing I'd like to have explained, and I can wish it can be done without the associated partisan asides. Comey said that there was no intent or knowledge of wrong-doing. Conventional Wisdom says, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." Is Conventional Wisdom wrong?  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191798)

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Of course, Ann Richards won't be running in 2016; just saying, she'd have been a fine choice.  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191797)

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I think she's perfectly well qualified for the job, but I do agree that there are many brilliant women I'd rather see break that glass ceiling. Just don't think you'd like Ann Richards or Elizabeth Warren any better ;)  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191796)

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And again, you failed to notice that I replied to his question. In short, HE deflected the topic on a tangent, and I merely replied to HIS questionI'm sorry, I don't know if you really think that's what was said, or if you're just being facetious. In either case, you're quickly carving out a place in the Not Worth A Reply category, and we don't have enough participants anymore for that. Up your game, friend.  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191795)

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See, this is where it goes off the rails. Someone will make a charge, that is not supported by the facts. The person that dares to point out the fallacy is instead derided for partisanship. I have only my conscience as guide and witness, but I feel my "partisanship " is for factual truth, not for persons. I watched Comey's testimony. He specifically said that "there is no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI". When asked if she lied to the public, he said that "I'm not qualified to make that determination ". So I'm wondering where and when he recanted and said she lied to the Senate? It's not my intention to white-wash the situation. My intent is seeking factual truth and perspective. There is absolutely no doubt that she was, typical for a Clinton it seems, arrogantly oblivious to the ramifications of her actions. It appears from the git to be absolutely stupid, and I don't think she's stupid. This is unsettling at the least. The perspective comes in when I ask, "So, what harm?" It's been freely speculated that her servers >>could << have been hacked, but it's not been shown that her server was in fact hacked, nor that they endangered any operation or operative. Then I ask, "What's the fix?" The deficiencies in the antiquated "official servers" have been attested by Powell, and in fact we know they have been hacked, but nowhere in these hearings have we heard a legislator propose an upgrade, and we have yet to see one propose any through appropriation. Thus it is, just as it was with the 9/11 and Benghazi hearings, that we have fire, smoke, and heat, and a host of firemen standing around, and not a drop of water brought to the scene. This tells me that this is all purely political. The public is upset, as intended, but those that are hired to do something about it are not nearly upset enough to actually fix the deficiencies. They just want to effect an election, plain and simple. That being the core of the matter, the last question is, "So, how does this affect my choice for POTUS?" Again, as unpalatable as Clinton may be, for a load of reasons aside from this sideshow; nevertheless, the alternatives are profoundly bleak. I appreciate the measured and cogent reply. Of course I suppose I'm meant to comment on the gratuitous "serial rapist" slipped in at the end. I'll just file that in the "Talking Points for the In-Crowd" along with "terrorist Obama", and leave it at that. Ya'll are entitled to have your fun.  (Sunday Jul 10 | post #191794)

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Far away, across the field, the tolling of the iron bell, calls the faithful to their knees, to hear the softly spoken magic spell.  (Saturday Jul 9 | post #191767)

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No, you haven't seen anything "derogatory " from me. At the same time, I have on multiple occasions expressed what I feel are negative traits, inc. in this most recent series of posts. I did note vote for Clinton in the IL primary, in fact by the time it was IL's turn my only option was Kasich. I expressed as much at the time. In short, I am not an open-throated Hillary advocate. Why my expressions haven't registered with you, I feel, reveals more about the ideological filters of the reader than on my failure to express them in a satisfying derogatory fashion. I'm sorry, but I won't be adding repeated disclaimers in every post just to avoid the accusations of critics who can't be bothered to read and retain. It's not personal. I've been doing this awhile and I've learned that it's just the nature of the game. My fellow Americans gave me a choice between Trump and Clinton. I despise a "best worst choice" vote, but I cannot, even in any parallel universe, vote for Trump as President of this nationAfter exhaustive investigation, the top Law Enforcement officials in the nation did not find cause to charge her with perjury. Thus what we in the open forum freely call "lies" apparently did not meet that legal definition. The only things left us are to charge them with bribery and collusion. It smacks of frustration at not seeing blood. I won't call Clinton's statements lies any more than I will call the run-up to the Iraq War to be based on "lies". I feel I am applying a consistent standard. I feel the respondents in this forum are not. I'm pointing that inconsistency out. That prompts ad hominem attacks. Sur-prise, sur-prise, sur-prise! Did you know that the missiles in our Air Defense System are still running on ancient 8" floppy disks? I mean the old, old-style truly "floppy" disks from the 80s. This is an illustration of our nation's strategic infrastructure as woefully neglected. Colin Powell himself explained his use of a private system due to the "antiquated systems" he found when he went to State. Clinton has been accused that her server "might have been hacked", when in fact Powell attests to the fact that his, and her, private systems were certainly superior to that at State. The 9/11 attacks and subsequent hearings revealed certain deficiencies in our system. The Benghazi hearings likewise. This email flap reveals the same. Few, if any, of those structural deficiencies were ever addressed. This tells me that these "investigatio ns" are not so much about seeking truth and improvements, and very much about seeking political "gotchas ".  (Saturday Jul 9 | post #191764)

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LOL can't imagine. For my part, I haven't "justified " either one. I'm just asking why I'm supposed to get all verklempt about 30K emails and disregard 5,000,000? One of us acknowledges both, the other has his partisan blinders pulled down regulation tight.  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191760)

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Yeah, good one, BabaLoo! Nobody could hardly tell you were stumped......lol  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191758)

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Speaking of getting with the program, it was very much on the subject of deleted emails, which is what RicFire asked about s-p-e-c-i-f-i-c-a- l-l-y. Why was no noise heard, no outrage, no years long investigations done for 30K x 166 = 5 million deleted emails? What is different about the two? If it "exposes a POS" now, why not then? Shoot, you drew a hypothetical equivalency even farther out there ("what if you or me had done the same thing")? So, like, we can compare it to us in the abstract, but not to an instance where it actually occurred on a much larger scale in the very last admin? That's off-base? Yeah, get with the program is right. I understand you don't want to deal with the obvious parallel - because it hasn't ever been about security or justice. It's about a good ol' fashioned witch-burning.  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191755)

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Well that's a positive. Let me rephrase: Face it, friend, they blew it, Big Time. Maybe that'll learn 'em, this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191754)

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Let me see if I got this right - you say they were deleted, but you know what they pertained to? That's a neat trick....... Like I said, in this particular election, when the alternative is Donald J Trump, well, you do the math. Face it, friend, ya'll blew it, Big Time. Maybe that'll learn ya's, this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191744)

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Cos, like, you were so on the fence before, right? Republicans can't win in the court of public opinion on policy, so they're only left with the salacious and scandalous, to motivate the fish-mongers and fish-wives. No wonder Trump, who "says it like it is", loves the uneducated.  (Friday Jul 8 | post #191743)

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