Alphaape's past comments

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    Alphaape

    I don;t know which country you come from but in Japan, a majority of 18-20 age group sre usually college or university students.

    Whether they are in college or not, if they can be of legal age to vote then they can. I think that is part of the issue with Japan on this. The students may be protesting, but I am sure behind the curtains, there are some elders telling them what to say, and putting their own spin on this issue, without the youth actually taking the time to read and find out for themselves.

    I voted in college and these guys should be able to vote in Japan I believe, whether they are in college or not.

    Posted in: Student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests

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    Alphaape

    Unfortunately, I doubt very much any of these students thought through this problem in the comprehensive manner worthy of being an intellectual elite.

    Every week, there is a protestor outside the gates of the Yokosuka base with a sign that says "U.S. stop killing the people of Iraq." That may have been a valid point 10 years ago, but the US has not troops fighting in Iraq and if there is any bombing or killing being done there, it is by ISIS and not the US.

    I bring this up because this guy is obviously uninformed about what is going on in the world, and like some of these college students, they are probably just as misinformed. I bet if you asked them what they are really protesting and the details of the policy they would probably just give you talking points on what they have heard.

    If Abe said that the next move would be to start registering young males for a possible draft, then maybe I could agree with them. But if you look at the volunteer rates for SDF, they are not going to be sending them anywhere soon.

    Posted in: Student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests

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    Alphaape

    Joyride?

    Possibly a joyride but the more important thing one should ask is shy are 16 and 17 yr. olds out alone past midnight? My guess is that these were probably not the high school type and the group of kids that hang out at DonQuxotie late at night.

    Though I will admit, that in my youth we teenagers did get to hang out, but normally it was at a teen club and there was some semblance of adults around. The 16 yr. old had access to a car or the skills he thought that he could drive. I wonder if he had taken any drivers education courses.

    Tragic all around, and I am sure that this event will stay with those kids for the rest of their lives. I hope that it is also a wake-up call for the survivors, to take life more serious (still have fun but be aware of what you are doing) and that they don't become some future whack-jobs we often read about on JT about doing something horrible to someone because they were stressed or felt hopeless.

    Posted in: Driver killed, 5 passengers injured after car hits traffic light pole

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    Alphaape

    The only reason Trump is leading in the polls is because he unites the fringe right wingers, the majority of the other Republicans are split between the other 10 plus candidates. as the field is narrowed, he wont pick up much more support but the remaining candidates will.

    The latest poll in NH had Trump up by 35%. This is important because of the way the poll broke out. He had a 30-35% favorability among, white males, females, independent voters, and voters in the 21-30 demographic. This is hardly what one would call the far "right wing" of old grumpy white men. Also, this is in NH, a very liberal and Dem leaning state. Considering the next in line to Trump in that poll was Ted Cruz and the Ohio Gov.

    Ramos may have a high rating of about 30% among Hispanic viewers, but that still leaves 70% of Hispanic viewers who don't think highly of him. And believe it or not, he is polling well among registered Hispanic voters. Those who are in the country illegally and who can't vote, why should he worry about their vote? They aren't supposed to have a say in the election anyway.

    Posted in: Trump dumps insults on questioners; insists on control

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    Alphaape

    But God bless Trump and his red hat. He is the perfect leader for the republican party. Rich, racist and ridiculous

    Hillary is also very rich too. Biden is rich also and if you look at his tax returns, he only gives a minimum amount to charity. I guess he is one of those liberals who says that "his time" that he gives to liberal causes is worth more than giving monetary donations.

    Posted in: Trump starts new media feud with Spanish-language anchor

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    Alphaape

    I read about children killing their parents over pension money, my question to the JT public, exactly how much does a pensioner make in Japan? Is it an amount that is really worth killing someone or not reporting their death (in the cases of those supposedly aged 100+ who have been dead but not reported so the family can keep getting the pension).

    Or is there a bigger story that is not being told, how the Japanese economy is really just "smoke and mirrors" and there are a lot more people out there who are on the brink of being in the poor house and if the public really knew how one works long hours and gets little pay that is eaten up by taxes demands for real reforms would rise and mess up the whole system.

    Just curious. Is getting 150,000 yen a month (what I am guessing) worth killing someone over.

    Posted in: Woman kills father, then buries body in garden

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    Alphaape

    So, let me get this right: Trump is a vacuous, foul-mouth, blustering blowhard who thinks the world owes him, well, everything, because, well, because!

    So does Hillary.

    Posted in: Trump dumps insults on questioners; insists on control

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    Alphaape

    Again this shooter doesn't fit the "norm" of what we are to believe from the MSM in regards to shootings. Here was a Black man, clearly a Democrate (he wore an Obama pin in reporting elections and was chastised by his employer for doing so on the grounds of trying to remain impartial in those matters while at work), and he was gay. Again this is not what we expect as a gun toting, NRA, right wing Republican who hates Blacks and gays as we are led to belive.

    This guy was messed up in the head. It is a pity that these two people lost their lives because of his actions. And for those anti-gun people out there, read the background on him on how he had to be "escorted out" of the building when they let him go 2 years ago. He didn't have a gun then, but management thought that he was enough of a threat to the well being and safety of the office that he needed help getting put out. It could have been a gun, knife or a car, this guy was going to make his point and strike vengeance on those he thought who did him wrong.

    Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia

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    Alphaape

    MI6. They don't, as a rule, employ blacks, or haven't, as far as I know.

    Not true. How do you think they infiltrate organizations in other parts of the world? So are you saying that the rest of the non-white world eagerly awaits some charismatic Brit into their organizations since they are the epitome of Western Civilization?

    However, on the Bond issue, I don't want to see a Black or gay Bond, and I am Black. To pick one just because of the race or sexual orientation is wrong. Base it on the acting skills.

    Posted in: Time for black or gay 007, says Brosnan

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    Alphaape

    This is the job of the on scene commander who in this case was probably on the American fire fighting team. That is why it is very important to have MSDS forms filed!

    Probably the only American fire fighter on the scene was the fire chief on duty at the time. Also, depending on his language ability, there probably was a senior MLC (Japanese base employee) fire fighter who was actually doing the On scene work and coordinating with the off base response of the local fire department. The base fire departments and local Japanese fire departments do drills all the time, it's not like they are strangers to each other hampered by language, since the base fire fighters are all Japanese.

    I doubt if they had that much explosive (i.e. ammunition) stored in that warehouse. There is a long and tedious process the Dept. of Defense goes through in order to enable a building to house ammunition. That stuff is normally stored in different types of bunkers and facilities. And if it was, as long as the maximum allowances have been met to ensure that if a fire did happen it would not cause too much damage to the surrounding areas that is one of the reasons why the damage was confined to just the warehouse.

    You have no idea what "legally" means. There is nothing "legal" of American on Japanese mainland. Sooner or later you will be kicked out, just like Kyrgyzstan has recently did it.

    @ yamashi: You don't know what "legally" means. Yes the US bases in Kyrgyzstan are gone, but it was because the government there told us that we were no longer needed, and due to the "legal treaty" we both signed we had to obey their wishes and move out. Japan has the right to ask us to move if the government really wanted us to, look at Okinawa for example. Yes the facilities on Japanese land are considered US territory, but we can't just pull up the land and take it back to the USA. When the government of Japan says that they want us out and have followed the provision set forth in the treaty between the two nations, all done "legally" we will leave. Don't let emotion cloud the facts.

    Posted in: Blast destroys warehouse at U.S. military base in Sagamihara

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    Alphaape

    “We have not poured water (on the warehouse) because it could make the situation worse, depending on what is inside,” he said.

    Time for a little basic Damage Control (DC) training I learned a long time ago in the Navy.

    Class D fires consist of combustible metals such as magnesium, potassium, titanium, and zirconium. You don't put them out using water since water and other common firefighting materials can excite metal fires and make them worse. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that metal fires be fought with dry powder extinguishing agents.

    So depending on what was stored there, the fire fighters made the right call. The base fire department was well aware of what was being stored there. Keep in mind, that the civilian fire fighters that are assigned to all the bases in Japan are Japanese MLC employees, who are well aware of the Japanese fire codes. There are only a few US citizen supervisors, but the fire fighters are all MLC.

    We mustn't get too "excited" about the word "chemical" in this case. The chemicals could be some very common ones like magnesium or sodium or some other industrial chemicals, that are found everywhere in Japan outside the bases. I am sure that there have been other warehouse fires in Japan, but in this case, the facility is owned by the US government, which makes it news worthy.

    Posted in: Blast destroys warehouse at U.S. military base in Sagamihara

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    Alphaape

    @ katsu78, I couldn't agree more with your comments. It is rare to find a person who chooses the path you described as not the norm to find success in Japan. I have tried to relay that to my spouse, where in America it can happen. Sure it is a difficult road and the measure of success may not be a corner office on Wall Street but one can rise above ones station more easily than in Japan.

    That being said, I think that the boy may have had other mental issues that are not being talked about. He didn't like the way his mother and grandmother disciplined him, then what about the father? Was this just another case of the father being absent due to long work hours and little time at home, or one of those cases where the parents are divorced, and the wife has taken the kid away and won't let the father into the life. A lot of questions surrounding the total picture of this case. But whatever the background, still no reason to stab someone.

    Posted in: 17-year-old youth arrested for stabbing mother and grandmother

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    Alphaape

    Funny connection. That's the same George Sorros I mention above who owns numerous news outlets. Does the word agenda come to mind?

    The same Soros who recently began buying stock in coal companies. I guess he was trying to get the stock prices down so he could go in and buy them up, and in a few years we will see that coal is not as bad as his people said it was and the prices will skyrocket and he will get even richer.

    Posted in: July was hottest month on record for world

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    Alphaape

    I don't know which is worse, Japan and it's people and government denying that it ransacked Asia during WW2, SK playing the victim to Japan colonialism all the while being brutal to Allied POWs and fighting along with Japan during WW2, or China, saying it was Mao at many of the "Big Three" meetings held during WW2 and not Chiang Kai Shek and the Nationalist.

    To me, all three (including NK) need to look in the mirror and realize they all had something to do with WW2 on the bad side and get over it with each other.

    Posted in: S Korean leader to attend China's celebrations of victory over Japan in WWII

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    Alphaape

    They are no more victims than the portrayal of Blacks in Japanese media. I seem to remember when Memoirs of a Geisha came out the uproar of portraying a Chinese actress as a Japanese woman. Some people will just never be satisfied.

    Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes

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    Alphaape

    One of the lessons learned from the Vietnam POW experience was a revision to the Code of Conduct for POWs. During the conflict, POWs were not expected to reveal information, and it did the job well. However, after debriefings upon their return, military officials realized the POWs are humans, and each human has a specific breaking point. So it has been revised somewhat, to reflect that. What they teach in SERE (Survival, Evasion, Rescue, Escape) school for military personnel is that you at least try to hold out for as long as you can. Most likely if your command knows you have been captured, they will go through and change call signs and settings so that anything you do give, will not be effective.

    McCain endured a lot, and has nothing to be ashamed of in his service to the Nation. However, he did use his time as a POW to help launch his career as an politician. There are other POWs from the conflict, and yes they have gone on to do some great things, but I don't recall them only standing on the point that they were a POW. They may have some credibility with certain military issues, but McCain has failed in numerous other areas in his political life that had nothing to do with his time as a POW. Heck Bob Dole lost the use of his arm in WW2, and when he ran he really didn't bring that up at all. But is seems that the very same people who thought McCain was a weak choice back in 2008, and didn't really support him until he brought on Sarah Palin are now all in a huff about Trumps comments.

    Is Trump brash and shoots off his mouth, yes. At least we know what we are getting. Rather have someone up front with me so I can see what he is up to, rather than some smooth talker who speaks in "political speak" that sounds good but will screw one later down the road and then cast blame on someone else or because I wasn't "enlightened" enough to fully understand.

    Posted in: Disavowed by party leaders, Trump has supporters cheering

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    Alphaape

    When you see both parties talking bad about someone, then you know he must be a threat to them both. Funny how the Dems back in 2008, said similar things about McCain. Case in point, I received a forwarded email from one of my relatives talking about the three other times that McCain had lost an aircraft, and was somehow allowed to continue to fly because his father was a top Admiral, or how it was McCain's plane that inadvertently ignited a rocket while still onboard the USS Forrestal that caused the devastating fire. So you see on and on how the game is played.

    Like Trump or not, he is making some sense. As far as being racist, why don't those of you who are not of Mexican decent (in reference to his supposed comments) go down to Mexico and see what the local populace actually thinks of non-Mexicans, or how the Mexicans who are Black (yes there are some) or more native tribes (the real Mexicans) face discrimination, or the comments that they make towards Obama. I believe one Univision commentator was relieved for comparing Michelle Obama to a character from Planet of the Apes.

    What Trump has done, is bring up the issues to the front just as those in power do in their private meetings, without the carefully scripted comments as to not offend anyone. The comments he makes are probably made on both sides of the aisle. Just look at some of the disdain that Hillary has shown people and the way she treats the press.

    People need to stop clutching their pearls, and get off the fainting couch and find out what the candidates are talking about rather than watching some cat video on You Tube.

    Posted in: Disavowed by party leaders, Trump has supporters cheering

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    Alphaape

    Furthermore, she's deceiving herself if she reckons there will be no blow back from these indiscretions. She might have some major issues trying to get her license

    I have known several people who were "book smart" and could do well in school and made it through medical/law school, only to be some of the most insane people you would ever meet. With her feelings about older men, can you imagine if she became a urologist and had to do those "men's exams" to men! Being able to feel empathy and compassion are key requirements to becoming a medical professional, something I don't think that this woman has.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after drugging dates with chocolate, robbing them

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    Alphaape

    This lady has some serious mental issues. Heaven help the guy who tries to "wife" her.

    Posted in: Woman arrested after drugging dates with chocolate, robbing them

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    Alphaape

    The official Kuwait News Agency on Friday quoted the Interior Ministry as saying that while Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait, he was of Jordanian origin.

    Someone had mentioned this yesterday, but even though he was born in Kuwait he probably was Palestinian, and this has proven to be true. His trip back to Jordan a few years ago probably led him to make a side trip into Syria and get radicalized. Though, reading about how his father treated his mother, he probably didn't need to go that far to pick up some of the "throwback" beliefs that he held.

    RIP to the Marines and Sailor who lost their lives. I just hope that the US Government doesn't play politics with this, and not give the victims the proper recognition as being killed in action vice the old "workplace violence" like they did the Ft. Hood victims and the other victims who were killed at a recruiting station before by a Muslim. That's a slap to theirs and their family faces, with our government not being able to call it what it is, an act of terror and we need to start treating those radicals as enemy combatants.

    Posted in: Investigators looking into Tennessee shooter's travel

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