Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    He was on his soap box deriding GW Bush for not going to NO quickly after Katrina; but now, a natural disaster to hit an American city had zero effect on cutting short his vacation; choosing instead to hang out with his celebrity friends and play golf in Martha's Vineyard.

    This was the second disaster to hit the state of LA since he has been in office. Remember the BP oil spill? People complained about his lack of an immediate response after that, but he was very quick on the whole we need to get off oil and go "green."

    Look, I get that his going there is not going to fix anything, any President going there will not do much of anything. But him taking an active interest sets the tone. The first responders and other emergency personnel as well as those affected will do what they have to do to survive and bounce back. Any visits by elected leaders are at best photo ops, and designed to let the people know that we support them and will do what is right by them to make sure that they can recover. I am not talking about just giving a "participation award" as some would say that we have gone to these days where everyone is a winner, but inspiring people to give a little extra and to let them know that we are all in the situation.

    Posted in: Obama vows support for flood-hit Louisiana after the 'cameras leave'

  • -3

    Alphaape

    I find it interesting that back in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy damaged parts of NJ, the President went while things were still in the recovery phase, and the governor of the state (Chris Christie) was blasted by the conservative media for cozying up to Obama and giving him a hug and shaking his hand, basically making Romney look bad for not showing up.

    4 years later, we have a similar situation. A Dem. Gov. of a state didn't want to meet with Trump when he arrived, and in fairness he did ask Obama not to come right away, but had that been the case if a Rep. was President he would be singing a different song.

    I didn't care back in 2012 about Obama and Christie giving each other a shake and a hug on the tarmac because like it or not, he was the President of all the USA, not just the Dems and he had an obligation to at least try to show some compassion. Romney lost that election well before the hurricane had hit.

    Now, Obama doesn't seem to want to show up for some reason. Maybe because the hardest hit areas were not all Black populations like New Orleans after Katrina or that the state may lean GOP in the upcoming election. In any event, shows poor leadership. Same for the Gov. of the state, he should want to big named people to show up, if for anything to keep the story in the news cycle and maybe get a few more people to donate. Yet we have partisan politics standing in the way.

    Posted in: Obama vows support for flood-hit Louisiana after the 'cameras leave'

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    Alphaape

    95,000 yen a month on a 3.5 million salary for a bachelor is not bad at all. I'll be paying 130,000 yen a month for my new house after a 5 million yen down payment.

    I was paying at least that much for a rental house in Yokosuka (non SOFA contract). But what will take a toll will be the utilities costs and taxes. How much of that 3.5 million yen does he actually take home after taxes? That is what I have seen drive people into financial issues in Japan (among other issues).

    Posted in: Low-income over-40s: How it happens and how they live with it

  • 3

    Alphaape

    What sets Islam apart from every other major religion is that it cannot accept secular, democratic, man-made law should be supreme over the direct and final word of Allah as revealed in the Quran. This is fundamental to Islam. There is no possibility of separating of religious and secular authority in Islam.

    A quick lesson in religion and fast food chicken. In the USA there is a fast food chicken chain named Church's Chicken. Though the name is Church's, it has no religious affiliation at all, just a name.

    This chain is also international, and they have franchises in the Far East. Let's look at two countries that are close and have them. Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore, the name is exactly as it in the USA, and the menu is the same also. However, just across the Straits, the same franchise is named 'Texas Chicken" and has the same menu. The only difference is in the name, since to some it would connote a religious (church) name. Singapore is a multicultural country with many different religions living together, and Malaysia is predominantly Muslim, even though more secular than some ME countries, they still have a hard time with naming something like a chicken restaurant with a name that some may find offensive.

    For those refuges going into Germany, I would say Merkel would be correct if they came from a place like Singapore, where the people there have managed to somehow get along with others of different religions and are tolerant of others. But, as we have seen they aren't. They are fleeing their countries, and once established, want to live by the same rules as they did in their old country, and not try to assimilate into the local culture.

    Sure, a business is out to make money, and a Western fast food chain is able to go into a market, change the name, and sell mostly the same food as they do in the non-Muslim world. That doesn't make them any less a capitalist organization or against their owners religion, whatever it may be even though their name has nothing to do with any particular religion. Yet, somehow out of a million or so refugees, they can't accept the fact that in Germany, women don't have to wear veils or can dress and go as they please.

    Not all religions are equal. Note I didn't say that one is better than the other but that they are not all equal. Some may be more tolerant to opposing views than others. Merkel (and other leaders) need to be aware of this, and let this guide their policy decisions. Not saying to discriminate, nor force others to change their religions, but they need to be aware, people may not change their religious views just because they relocate. And you bring masses of those types in, you will have problems. If a chicken restaurant can change a name to sell a product to sell in a Muslim nation, then maybe they can change some of their outlook at others and live in a nation that is not Muslim vice trying to make them change.

    Posted in: Merkel says refugees didn't bring Islamist terrorism to Germany

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    Alphaape

    Same as the Trump supporters - they are ready to burn down their country by electing Trump, due to their frustrations.

    electing Trump is not going to burn the country down. In the past, there was a vibrant Black Blue Collar area in Milwaukee where these events are taking place. There were manufacturing jobs and other industries where people could work, and make a decent wage, and of course you had crime, but overall it was a lot less. Then, the jobs started to leave. Under the guise of trade agreements and globalization, jobs moved out. If Trump wants to make a message to the people in the Town Hall meeting tonight from the area, he should first start naming names of companies that pulled out of the area, who left the area without jobs for people. Then, he should start naming the parties (Dem and Rep) hacks who made this happen, and simply explain if given the chance, he would try to bring back those jobs to areas like this one and not just sell the people out.

    People are frustrated because these so called elected officials are getting rich off selling off the American industrial base. Why is it that in places where the jobs have gone to (Mexico, China, PI, etc) you don't see as much rioting and problems as we seem to be seeing here in the USA? Because of two reasons, 1) they are developing an industrial base of middle class (by their standards) workers, and 2) whomever doesn't get into those jobs, they can send them to the USA to rely on our social services to send remittances back home, leaving the over burdened US taxpayer to foot the bill.

    Posted in: Milwaukee leaders blame outside agitators for violence

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    Alphaape

    What do any of your comments have to do with the truths I'm speaking? None of them show anything I said to be wrong.

    The guys father even said that it was more his fault than the cops, since he failed as a father showing his son right from wrong by going in and out of jail. So the old narrative of he was a person who had decided to "turn his life around" doesn't work in this case.

    Also @ Strangeland you say cops should only shoot to just maim, and not kill. Then shouldn't the criminals also shoot that way too? Or do they get the right to defend themselves to the max by shooting to kill. Not sure if you have ever fired a gun, but even hitting a stationary target takes some skill (look at the recent Olympic competitions), now you add this with chasing someone at night and not knowing what their true intent is, you are not going to easily shoot at a leg and stop them. You try to shoot for body center mass. Don't want to get shot by cops, don't run away from the police run pulled over for a traffic stop.

    Posted in: Police say black man shot in Milwaukee had a gun in his hand

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    Alphaape

    Not at the cost of the lives of the people they have volunteered to protect.

    "To protect and serve", not "To protect and serve ourselves".

    Police have a duty to the taxpayers to do their job correctly, and that means in this case to be the one to come home alive. The taxpayers of Milwaukee have paid a significant investment in this cops training, which includes him being taught the right to defend himself. To just have him get shot for the "benefit of the doubt" so that some people will not be upset is ridiculous at best. He has a duty to return home. Just as he has a duty to act in a manner that does not bring discredit to his city and department. Those who do need to be dealt with. But, you are fleeing after a person, and they turn around with a gun in their hands, your first priority is to save yourself. We talk about what happens after these things and lets take a look.

    The guy had a long criminal record, maybe the cop didn't know it at the time but that still means that this guy was trouble. The suspect had a weapon with 23 rounds loaded, that's more than what the cop was loaded with. So you want to be the one to take a chance on being out gunned?

    What does burning your own community solve. @ Strangeland are you willing to get a loan from a bank, invest in a business in this area, and watch it go up in smoke because some people are upset about a known criminal in the act of a crime getting killed? The same guy who was charged with intimidating a witness before. But, if you are, I guess forking over the loan payments on your burned out business is well worth the price of you giving back (that's being sarcastic). Burning down ones home does not bring any sympathy to your cause.

    Posted in: Police say black man shot in Milwaukee had a gun in his hand

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    Alphaape

    I say let them go. It's part of Japan's history even if it is bad.

    Posted in: Back to the past

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    Alphaape

    “My son is gone due to the police killing my son,” Marilyn Haynes told the Journal Sentinel. “I am lost.”

    From the Daily Mail (UK) they also quoted the father as saying that his son's death is his (the father's fault). His reasons were that he (the father) just got out of jail 2 months ago, and he admits that he presented a bad role model to his son on how to live his life, going in and out of jail and living that type of life that wound up getting him shot.

    Somewhat sad that as an American I have to go to a British newspaper to get some objective journalism rather than only getting part of the story from the American press.

    The cop who shot him was Black, so I don't see why the BLM and the others are blaming whites. This guy has had a long history of intimidation of witnesses and other crimes, yet we are supposed to rally around his death as being a statement against police violence, I don't think so. You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes, and this guy got his prize by being a felon with a gun, running away from police, and pointing a weapon at them.

    Posted in: Police say black man shot in Milwaukee had a gun in his hand

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    Alphaape

    When has Japan preached to the world that it was not at fault? The usual narrative from Americans: 1) Japan did terrible things during the war so bombing the civilians in Hirosima and Nagasaki was ok. 2) if we had not bombed them many other lives would have been lost. 3. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved the Japanese from themselves and they have to be grateful to us. 4) in war people die so there is no reason for commemorating the victims of the bombings. The Japanese should accept it once and for all.

    @ JaneM: Like it or not those are some facts. What nation has the US dropped an A-bomb on that hasn't attacked another country? In the so called wars for expansion you claim the USA is on, how many have we nuked? Who is Japan more worried about with nukes: USA or NK?

    I never said that they can't memorialize the victims in Nagasaki, they should since it is their right. All I am saying is that though the victims didn't set the policy that led Japan to war and the bombings, at the same time they were part of Japan and contributing to the war effort. Not a nice and clean distinction but that's the way it was. Honor their dead all they want, nothing wrong with that, make statements that those weapons should not be used again, that is good, but don't get upset with one government (USA) who had to use a weapon because another government (Japan) would have rather fought it out to the bitter end. The USA had made overtures to Japan to cease hostilities yet they were ignored, so what was the USA supposed to do? Murder up to a million of their own troops and many millions more Japanese civilians and military until the bitter end?

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    Alphaape

    It is sad on the loss of life in both bombings, but it would be even sadder that instead of this being the 71st Anniversary that next year we would be approaching the 70th Anniversary of the end of the war with Japan. Truman saw the battle reports from Okinawa, which was compared to July 4, 1863 (Battle of Gettysburg) in regards to the loss of US military lives and casualties, and he saw the estimates of upwards of almost a million casualties expected in full invasion (which was planned for late 1945, with plans to invade mainland Japan by 1946. We could have been at war for at least another 2 years, with more civilians being fire bombed like Tokyo was along with the military casualties.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, where on the first day the British took over 51,000 casualties, and look how Gen Haig and his staff are viewed today for the waste of British lives in those battles for the Somme. Any commander in chief, if he had a weapon that could have prevented such slaughter and did not use it is failing those very troops that he is in charge of

    War is Hell, people have to die, a fact of life. I would offer up sympathy if the USA just dropped A-bombs without provocation as a racial policy. But it didn't. It did so during a war that saw Japan do just as much damage to the people and lands they took over.

    Yes the people can memorialize their dead, I can respect that. But don't go preaching to the world that your country wasn't at fault. That's only telling half of the story.

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    Alphaape

    Experts and media have speculated that Akihito will seek to abdicate while he is still in good health so he can monitor Naruhito, who is seen not quite ready for succession.

    Naruhito has been watching his dad for 27 years plus was brought up in the IHA system, what more does he need to learn to be able to assume the duties. With that much training, he should be able to do the job with ease. There is something more to this than being let out.

    Posted in: Japan awaits emperor's video message on possible abdication

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    Alphaape

    Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

    I think that the Pope needs to take a look at the latest magazine published by ISIS itself, telling its followers and the world that those who say such things are wrong about them.

    The 15th issue of Dabiq, published on July 31, is titled “Break The Cross” and appears to be primarily directed at those that ISIS considers its enemies, particularly Christians. One section is devoted to the words and actions of Pope Francis and is headlined “In The Words Of Our Enemies.” An editorial titled “Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You” takes aim at Westerners and “apostate ‘Imams’ in the West” who refuse to define ISIS’ motivation as being Islamic. ISIS calls this rhetoric purely political.

    Just to show how up to date this magazine is and how much they watch US politics, they show a picture of Khan's grave, the one who's father spoke out against Trump at the DNC and the following controversy, ISIS declares in a caption below Khan’s grave that the soldier is an “apostate” of the Muslim religion and urges other Muslims to “beware” a similar fate.

    And yet, if you say that you want to screen so called refugees who are not US citizens and have not Constitutional rights while they are outside the USA, you are called racist. They (ISIS) is not playing by the rules, and it would be better if those who are in the decision making process and influence those who do realize that and stop leading the world to slaughter like a bunch of sheep and do something about this group and call it for what it is.

    Posted in: Pope says it wrong to identify Islam with violence

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    Alphaape

    Again, no one in the media can explain how the Russians hacking the DNC will help the GOP? When Hillary saw SoS, she allowed the deal to go through that her husband (former President), helped to broker with a Russian company that resulted in the Russian company owning 25% of a uranium mine in Utah. Compare that to owning a hotel resort in Russia (which Trump doesn't) and you tell me which is worse? If they can get away with 25% of a uranium mine under her watch, wouldn't they be doing more than enough to help her get into the White House, no telling what they can get away with then.

    Do we really know this, or is Clinton making it up? How do we know it wasn't a supporter of Sanders who was upset by DNC bias towards Clinton?

    Of all the conspiracies, this one would actually make sense. Since Bernie would be considered a "Red" if he were running back during the Cold War days, it would be in their interests to strike back at the one who was causing his campaign the most problems, with then a potential data dump from Trump if Bernie would have made the Dem nomination.

    Posted in: Clinton says Russia behind DNC hacking; draws line to Trump

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    Alphaape

    Prior to Germany's invasion of Poland the American Left and Germany had a working relationship with respect to the eugenics programs dreamed up by Progressive thinkers.

    You should also mention that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a major proponent of the eugenics movement. Funny how I was watching a NG show on sex, and they had her on it talking about birth control for women, and the real reason was that she thought that the poor and downtrodden were better off not worrying about feeding and raising so many kids, and that handicapped children were a burden on society. I believe a few prominent politicians have has to "walk back" their acceptance of their awards named after her.

    Still, I really think this guy is deserving of the death penalty. But sadly, he will not. I base this on the fact that the families of some of the victims don't want their names to be known since they didn't want their relatives conditions to be known. That kind of shame will help push this story off the national spotlight, since there isn't a "poster board" representative of the victims and it will fall to the way side as just something that happened to people who are not viewed in a positive light by some in Japan society.

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    Alphaape

    I wonder how many Russian investments Mr Trump has on those tax returns they have now announced wont be shown?

    Before we look at Turmp's taxes, you should look into the whole story of how a uranium mine in Utah is now partly owned by the Russians, a deal brokered through by a former President whose wife was Sec State and approved the deal.

    In regards to the emails, the 30,000 emails that are missing were on a private server and not a government server. The same private server that was supposedly already hacked, and our cyber experts can't seem to find. Was he being sarcastic, yes. Will the Dems say the same thing about those somewhat racist comments found in their leaked emails were taken out of context, you bet they will. Heck DWS is no longer the DNC chair but now a national campaigner for Hillary, a paid position with no responsibility and accountability. Nice to fail upwards.

    Posted in: Obama implores Americans to elect Clinton; Trump asks Russia for help over emails

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    Alphaape

    and then told city officials the next day he is a member of the Freemasonry.

    What does that have to do with anything in regards to the disabled? They don't have any hatred for them, as a matter of fact, normally Masonic Lodges put on events to raise money and volunteer time at such places as part of their community service.

    This guys mind is twisted all around, but still he knew enough to plan this attack at a time when he would get the least resistance from the staff, so he is not too crazy to get the Death Penalty in my opinion.

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    Alphaape

    But police have not disclosed the names of the victims on grounds that their relatives do not wish to have them identified due to their disabilities.

    That's part of the problem. People not willing to talk about their relatives with disabilities, somehow thinking that it would bring some shame to their family. I don't mean one has to go out and tell the world all of the details of your medical conditions, but if someone is disabled, it's just that, a person with a handicap. Who knows what the cause was and really it doesn't matter in the long run. The person has been able to survive (in some cases up to 70 years) and though it may not be the "normal" Japanese lifestyle they did have one, and didn't deserve to be killed by this nut case.

    I wonder did working there cause his attitudes to change since he saw the neglect that he thought those there were facing? If you don't want to see handicapped people in the world, then why go work in such a place.

    My goal is creating a world in which euthanasia can be given to people with multiple disabilities—in cases where it is extremely difficult for them to live at home and be socially active—with the consent of their guardians.

    I hope he gets his wish for euthanasia pretty soon, but I doubt that this guy was socially active at all.

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  • 0

    Alphaape

    This game reminds me of the Star Trek the Next Generation episode where the crew was being taken over by the introduction of a game that brainwashed them. Sadly, we have no Commander Data or Ensign Wesley Crusher to save us.

    Posted in: The wait is over for Pokemon Go fans in Japan

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    Alphaape

    And another seemingly respectable life will end in disgrace and staining his family. Why the lack of control? Why the impulsivity? All for what?

    One just doesn't start at age 68 to grope women on the trains. I imagine that he has had a long history of doing this. It's about time that he was caught. Who knows, he may have been caught before and it wasn't reported. His family should not be stained, it is him and him alone who is the one who should carry the shame of being convicted of this crime. He is a grown man and is responsible for his actions, not his family. He's old enough to know better.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs man trying to grope her while dozing on train

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