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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Signs Of A Top? [View article]
    James - I, for one, know relatively little on the law or rule apparently obliging a high placed government official to use government servers for E-mails. I'm just wondering if the rules allow for a private life. Do the rules allow for asking Chelsea how she is doing without the message and response being archived forever? If not, eventually some nuance in the rules is likely to be made to make a distinction public and private life. As for the danger to national security, one can only hope that important government E-mails were sent over safe government lines, and that the safety of the receiver's server was also considered.

    I do find it interesting that Hillary's old E-mails have managed to bring about consternation in some circles. Things must be going pretty well in the U.S..
    Mar 5, 2015. 08:27 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Husker Bob - For WWII, the U.S. was by far the biggest contributor in the Pacific. Despite its late start, the U.S. was#2 against the AXIS powers in Europe. The true unanswerable question is what would the world's future have been if the U.S. had not turned its back on Eastern Hemisphere involvement after WWI. The punishment of Germany post WWI would have been lessened with American participation, and the conditions making possible the Fascist governments in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany would have been lessened. Lend-lease in exchange for territories in the Caribbean is all that could be done in an isolationist U.S.A..

    As for the U.S. being a force for betterment and progress, that was sporadic at best. Truman did not repeat the isolationism of the 20's following Wilson's internationalism. The Marshall Plan and the generous treatment of Japan post WWII are what was done best by the U.S., or any other country for that matter. The dismantlement of the late created and tiny American Empire also contributed. Unfortunately, once the Communist threat arose, many good intentions seemed to take a secondary role. Be it in Iran and Viet Nam decisions were made in favor of power politics rather than the democratic will of the people. The U.S. paid dearly in Viet Nam in preventing Ho Chi Minh's election in 1956, and is still paying for the overthrow of Iran's Mossadegh n 1953.
    Mar 4, 2015. 09:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    a64hoo - re. - if you don't like the rules - Isn't it strange that the ultimate retort to a complaint about Presidential action is a suggestion to "go the hell away and find your Eden." Those who complain most complain about complainers. Round and round we go!
    Mar 4, 2015. 05:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Husker Bob - How people perceive things, and reality, can be quite different , or they may be accurate. People in many countries don't necessarily perceive the U.S. with the same ennobled and exceptional image as so many Americans seem to. I had a hard time understanding Obama's Nobel Peace Prize (I think he did too ) except as a recompense to the American people for having refuted the ugly American image created during the Bush Presidency.

    The image of the U.S. so often given by Americans about themselves as the savior of Europe in the two World Wars is far from being entirely accurate. The U.S. was late to both wars, turned its back on Europe and the League of Nations after WWI, and came to WWII after Pearl Harbor and after a Declaration of War by Hitler against the U.S.. It did serve as the "Arsenal for Freedom". Much as France was a late but essential contributor to American Independence, the U.S. was a late and essential contributor to the defeat of the Axis Powers.

    You are right about polls in that they only measure all too imperfect perceptions.
    Mar 4, 2015. 05:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    BlueOkie - More thumbs may be blackened by hammers than by guns, and 30,000 Americans may be "hammered" each year, but I doubt that "more people are killed by hammers than guns".
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    TAS - Why would I leave Quebec if it became independent? Even if I did want to leave, why would it be to the U.S.? And why would I bother asking for a green card, considering that I have retained American citizenship?
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - Referring to American deaths in France during WWI and WWII is as relevant as the number of French who died on the American side during the American Revolution. None of the examples given has anything to do with the availability of ammunition for American small arms lovers.
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:23 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - Rubin and Summer were for deregulation, and Clinton signed off, but it was basically a Republican idea. The majority of Democrats continued to see a role for government regulation.
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - I still remember during the early days of the financial implosion that it was assumed by some that the sub prime disaster would not contaminate the rest of market. My not hasty enough move to the exits may be the reason that I remember those warnings so well.
    Mar 4, 2015. 04:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - Once upon a time, people feared the big bad wolf, and were wondering what to do. Some suggested that everyone arm themselves against the big bad wolf. It was finally decided that police do the job of protecting everyone from the big bad wolf close to us, and that a military be established to protect us from the big bad wolves far, far away. And they lived happily ever after -except - advanced for adult version - for thin blue lines and military dictatorships - neither of which would be resolved by .223 ammo for AR-15's - née M-16.
    Mar 4, 2015. 12:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Chudzihb - Children often repeat simplistic puerile arguments. Perhaps they should be told that police protect them locally, and the military protect them from outside invaders. When they are older and able to understand more complex ideas, they can be told of the danger of a police state and military dictatorships.
    Mar 4, 2015. 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    James - Canada has long had an army, though it as often been used differently than that of the U.S.. The nuclear umbrella argument has been the standing argument since the U.S. first developed nuclear weapons. The contributions of other countries, and America's previous isolationism never seem to be taken into account.

    In any event, countries have not had to have a 2nd amendment to remain free, and unless the "right to bear arms" meant the right to any arms, would not have any impact on any nuclear umbrella.
    Mar 4, 2015. 11:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    James - Since no other modern democracy has the 2nd amendment, let alone a written Bill of Rights, must I conclude that we are all doomed? Also considering that the present Constitution was a product of the perceived inefficacy of the Articles of Confederation and its proven inability to put down insurrections, should I forget that little clause about the needs for mounting a militia that leads into the gun clause that so many right-wingers bloviate about?
    Mar 4, 2015. 11:02 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - If pimping were made legal, the resultant increase in prostitution would be blamed on the pimps and those who legalized their services. Similarly, the deregulation of financial institutions should rightfully be blamed on those legislators who caused the subsequent mess to occur and to those who profited directly from it with apparently no chance of ever being imprisoned for their actions.
    Mar 4, 2015. 10:43 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    From the point of view of those living in other modern democracies, the string of comments above must leave them bewildered and/or bemused.
    Mar 4, 2015. 10:33 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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