Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    It seems that the Empress and the crown princess always seem to wear nice hats. But I never see women in Japan wear hats out in public like the ones they do. Is this just some Imperial thing? I think that they look classy.

    Posted in: Imperial garden party

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    Alphaape

    Not listed in this article is the fact that he said the US was wrong in trying to push Western style democratic governments on people who do not want it. In other words, we need to get out of the Nation building business. I totally agree, and I thought that those in the press who constantly didn't like 'W" would be glad that someone admitted this.

    Trump also contradicted his own broad-brush approach to foreign policy. He said at one point that the best way to achieve his goals was through “disciplined, deliberate and consistent” policy. Later, however, he exhorted the nation to “be more unpredictable” in how it combats enemies.

    Again, this article is misleading. If one were to read the entire speech, he said that we need to be deliberate with our allies, but not telegraph to the enemy our intentions to come at them. In the speech he goes on to show how we tell ISIS where we are going to bomb them, giving them time to get out of the way. Be unpredictable with an enemy is a sound military strategy.

    Article was written from an anti-Trump perspective.

    Posted in: Trump struggles to explain his 'America first' foreign policy

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    Alphaape

    Yes, first the country was taken away through dubious means (read about it), and made a state.

    Actually, before being taken away by whites, King Kamehameha defeated other tribes and united the islands. So the first land grab was done by the natives on the natives. They weren't all just some "noble savages" living in peace and harmony with each other until getting screwed over by whites. They had their own divisions amongst them selves.

    in regards to the locals not liking tourists, I lived in Hawaii for 2 years, and yes there are divisions, but also there are many cases where the locals don't want to interact with anyone who is an outsider, or if you are not one of "Da' kine" you may get substandard performance or over charged for any type of assistance or job you may need.

    Over taxation for property is something that they can resolve by restructuring their tax assessments. Some of the problems that locals faced can be resolved by making their elected officials be more accountable, and to stop doing things because "they have always been done that way" and make real changes that will help the local people there.

    Posted in: Agency to Hawaii residents: Don't hate tourists

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    Alphaape

    Who's the guy in the wheel chair?

    Posted in: Imperial garden party

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    Alphaape

    (really?) . . . . Heh. Then Hillary is a cross between Lorena Bobbit and Donald Rumsfeld. She was on the same page as both-

    Recent polling shows that Hillary has only a 17% favorable rating among likely white male voters. that's means that 73% of white males think negatively about her. That's a huge gap that she has to narrow down. But Trump shouldn't take it for granted.

    Posted in: Most Japanese firms say Trump presidency would hurt trade ties, security aliance: poll

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    Alphaape

    She should have directed her energies at the manager instead of harassing the law firm. Not that she should harass him, but if she has enough energy to be that dedicated to harass, then maybe she should focus on confronting the manager face to face and try to resolve the issue instead of striking back against someone else.

    Posted in: Woman arrested for making 330 nuisance calls to law firm

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    Alphaape

    I hope that nothing else bad comes from this.

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    Alphaape

    The global warming scam.....thick with irony this guy.

    @ texpudlian: I once had to explain to a true believer that kept insisting that the rise of CO2 was a very bad thing for the trees since they needed oxygen to continue to grow. After I stopped laughing, I had to explain some basic earth science to this person (ironically a female). Plants use photosynthesis to live. Where they take in sunlight, water, and CO2, and as a by product give off O2 (oxygen that we breath) and water vapor. This so called "enlightened" person didn't realize that the CO2 that we humans (all animals for that matter) exhale gets into the atmosphere and the cycle continues, but that person didn't let science stand in the way of their beliefs.

    Not saying that we can't be better stewards of the earth, learned a lot about recycling in school too, but if as I am assuming you are a non-religious believer that you prefer evolution (I don't have a problem with that, I believe in that also), then you would have learned that over the eons, the earth has changed from having a very inhospitable environment to one that sustains life now. All done not by anything man has done, since on the scale of things, we have only been here a few million years compared to the billion that the earth has been around.

    But, as this young lady will likely to be one of the countless "kwaii" girls in the future who will base her decisions of feelings and not logic, since she probably will have missed what was being taught in school, she will just be one of the many followers you see in Japan and other places.

    At least she's questioning it, instead of just accepting it if she feels it's useless. Good for her.

    I can agree somewhat with that, but like it or not, she will have to go to school and she may as well get used to doing something that she may not like. After all, that is part of life and being an adult.

    Posted in: Schoolgirl says education pointless; gets schooled in debate on Twitter

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    Alphaape

    Science → If you don’t learn it, you’ll get tricked by pseudo-science scams.

    So true! That's why so many people have fallen for the whole "Global Warming" scam and others that have come along and offered you a solution if you just buy their product.

    Social studies → If you don’t know how society is built, you’ll always end up with the short end of the stick.

    Again a great point! Look at all of the promise you the world politicians out there who will give you everything just as long as you turn over your rights to them "for the good of the people"

    The kid is young, and I hope she wises up. I could see her point though, if she tweeted about the current Japanese system of only prepping you for an exam.

    Posted in: Schoolgirl says education pointless; gets schooled in debate on Twitter

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    Alphaape

    Laguna: "Rigged"? This coming from a guy who owns casinos? Trump has benefited from a life rigged from the time he was born with a multi-hundred-million inheritance.

    So tell me, what has the current US Ambassador to Japan done that has uniquely qualified her for that position? So he had an inheritance and he was able to make it grow Good for him. And he owns casinos, but unlike with the situation in CO, going to one (if it is rigged) is purely voluntary and not a state requirement. Selecting a delegate is supposed to be about the people selecting who will represent them based on voting, not just for the insiders to decide. After all, that is what was done in the past to elect US Senators, normally political benefactors who helped a person get elected to the governorship of a state and was paid off for it by being sent to the Senate. Remember, we did away with the laws saying that only land owners were the ones who were eligible to vote.

    Posted in: Trump blasts 'rigged' rules on picking Republican delegates

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    Alphaape

    I think that what this shows is how both political parties need to change. In the past, when there were more people working in the USA and people didn't have as much free time or quick access to information, these political shenanigans could be gotten away with. Just think of the old cliché "a smoke filled room" and there you have it. But it wasn't until the late 1950's that states started moving away from the caucus system and having primaries where people could determine who the delegates would be.

    Cruz was playing by the rules. He won, and though I don't like it, he did win. But what I am seeing is the same thing that people said about Trump and his bankruptcies. After all, he said he used the current bankruptcy laws to his advantage, and people got upset with that.

    If I were Trump, I would go to CO, and make a speech. Tell them that he didn't do a good job of playing the game, but if the people want to send a message, in the Fall vote every GOP member on the ballot that is running out of office. It would be a good place to give a speech for his national campaign to say if you are tired of these political games, where a few insiders determine the rules, then vote for Cruz or Hillary, but if they want someone who will scrap all of that, expose it for what it is and demand a more fair way, then vote Trump. He could bounce back from this and make Cruz look more like "Mr. Haney" from "Green Acres" (most Americans over 40 know that I am talking about on that one).

    Posted in: Trump blasts 'rigged' rules on picking Republican delegates

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    Alphaape

    I'm not exactly sure what that's all about. Perhaps the history isn't taught in schools. If Japan want an apology from the US than Japan must first apologize to the rest of the world including Asia.

    I can attest to that. Took the in-laws to visit Asan overlook memorial in Guam and there is a mural there along with the names of the people killed in the occupation. They didn't particularly care too much for the depiction of the Japanese soldier on the monument or looking at the long list of names of people killed. And they are relatively moderate in their beliefs about Japan's role in WW2.

    He stopped by and visited. I think that was good enough.

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    Alphaape

    President in 4 years is a bit unrealistic unless you're expecting a constitutional amendment. Considering he's only 23, it will be at least 2028 before he'll even be eligible to run :)

    I think he was going for sarcasm, but I could be wrong. What I see for this kid is that he will wind up on Wall Street, spend a few years there and by the time he is 30 be a Congressman from either NY, RI, or MA. Same as with most of the political families the world over. He will make a run for the White House, some day, and he will be running on the fact that his grandfather was a US president.

    Posted in: Welcome to Japan

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    Alphaape

    KFC also taste crap to me in Japan, and so many new entries into Japan, I believe, fail for these reasons.

    I think KFC in Japan is much better than KFC in Guam. Mickey D's in Japan is a bit better than in Guam, but I will admit Guam's food portions are a bit larger.

    All Mickey D's Japan needs to do is get some popular "talento" to eat there and say that they love the place, and it will be back in the black again.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went

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    Alphaape

    I like their fries the best! Even a Japanese McD's fries are just as good as the ones in USA.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan wonders where its customers went

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    Alphaape

    Beyonce caused a stir in February with her new song “Formation,” whose video was heavy in imagery from the Black Lives Matter protest movement including a scene in which police raise their hands up as if under arrest.

    So she doesn't want to be seen as anti-police yet she sung this song and dance routine at the Superbowl, where she had to practice it many times to get it right and now we are to believe that she didn't realize that it may have presented a negative image. If I were her, I would have just kept my mouth closed on this one. Now we know she is just a shill for the money and doesn't really believe in what she is singing or she is too dumb to realize that maybe coming out with something like that in the long run will make you look bad. In either case she comes off as looking silly in my opinion. I think that there are much better artists out there, but if she can sell music, and people buy it, more power to her.

    Posted in: Beyonce says she's not 'anti-police'

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    Alphaape

    I do agree with you though, that assuming this is simply a case of 'he shot him for being gay' is sloppy.

    That's the point I was trying to make. Instead of the media making it a "sensationalized" story about a supposed hate crime because someone it gay, they should say that a father shot a son. That in itself is a tragedy, but in this day of "hits" for a website they need to do it this way. Regardless of what the religion was. I also blame the LA DA in this case. They are being politically driven by the Mayor and others. If you keep up with LA politics, the Mayor (Eric Garcetti) is the son of the LA DA who was in charge during the whole OJ trial. It doesn't help that he is a total "smart buffoon" and continuing to run the city into the ground, but the current drama on American TV on the OJ case and how they blew that case, he will need to make another name for himself by 2018 when he runs for Gov of CA. What better way to jump out and say that he ordered his DA to vigorously protect the civil rights of gays, all the while LA crumbles around him.

    Just my opinion on the case. The real tragedy is, a family is broken. And this just goes into the FBI crime statistics that will show, most people (not all) murdered in the USA, will be killed by someone they know. Whether it was by a gun (the father in this story) or if the son had succeeded in stabbing him with the knife he supposedly had, the end result would have (and is) a death among parties that knew each other.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

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    Alphaape

    Before you complain of the media not doing background research, it might help if you do a bit of background research yourself.

    @ cleo: It's not my job to do the research and print the news. That's the medias job. It is my job to look at what is presented, and if I have the time or inclination to look further to delve into it to get some of the real truth.

    It can be said that "the media used to be the 4th Estate, now it is the 5th column" by a popular radio host in the USA. In other words, the press used to be about the truth, and not some hidden force designed to "bring it all down."

    But the bottom line is this father killed his son, probably in part because of his sexual orientation, but probably due to a long standing disagreement between the two. The fact that the parents were evicting the son, and he was victimizing the parents indicates that there is a lot to this story, and just trying to get after him because of the hate crime angle is pretty sloppy by the DA. I would imagine that they are under pressure to prosecute from that angle due to pressure put on them from the LGBT community once it comes out during the trial that one of the areas of discontent between the two was his sexual orientation.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

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    Alphaape

    Sad story. But my guess is that the family is Muslim. Not to say that Christians can be just as guilty of this type of intolerance, but looking at this story objectively and realizing how the media operates in the USA one can determine this pretty accurately.

    The fact that it wasn't mentioned in the story that the father was Christian is a major key. In most cases, sometimes the writers or editors would like to put in the fact that the father had a religious belief or belonged to some church that has strong anti-gay sentiment when they go through the background of the family. This is not the case with this story so far. They have gone and talked to neighbors and talked about other issues the family may have had, but they are steering clear of the religious aspect. This tells me that the reason for this is because they may be Muslim, and sadly this goes against the agenda that a lot of the media wants to present. Like it or not, many Muslims would be viewed as strict "conservatives" in their beliefs in regards to sexual orientation and family values. That's jus the way it is.

    Without that background research done by the reporters, one could surmise that the father was Muslim. Just my opinion.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

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    Alphaape

    There used to be similar festivals throughout Japan but from the Meiji Era onwards have been phased out mainly due to criticism by interfering disapproving foreigners.

    While stationed there in the Navy, the commands used to ask us to get out and participate in the various local festivals and events, even pointing out some of them in notices. Funny, they never did point out these types of festivals or recommended that we attend. But they did give us a heap full of sexual harassment training. Go figure.

    Posted in: Size matters at Japan phallus festival

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