Alphaape's past comments

  • -1

    Alphaape

    They just follow the rest of the sheeple and become haters of something they know nothing about.

    @ Disillusioned: I think you need to look at the story line and the photos and then reevaluate your comments about "sheeple." Of all those people in line, I wonder how many had a good Apple phone that is still working fine, and just downloaded the iOS update and still want to drop down the yen to buy a new one.

    Posted in: Apple core

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I guess the public servants of Fukuoka see how the American service members feel with their prohibitions on drinking now in place. The vast majority didn't do anything wrong, yet they must suffer for what somone else did.

    I don't see how the lawyers let the mayor get away with this. I know that the company is all important but I don't believe that they can really regulate your life like that. And who was going to police this?

    Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban

  • 12

    Alphaape

    At age 65 I figure that this is a payoff position for him for doing the "party work" for so many years. To an outsider looking in, I think that is the problem with Japan politics. Not enough positions to go around for the "political elites" in terms of the children of long time politicians and their family members. As a result, you get people whose only thing they know how to do is to graft to politics as usual because it is expected of them to go into that field and if they hold on long enough, something will come up to reward them.

    Probably why it is hard for an outsider (not foreigner but outsider Japanese to the political families) to get ahead and that is why Japan keeps getting stuck with these boobs who really shouldn't be in a position and people who may have real solutions will not get the chance to rise up and make a difference.

    Just my opinion.

    Posted in: Gender equality chief makes light of sexist jeering in Tokyo assembly

  • 1

    Alphaape

    If I were a fan, I would just get my entertainment elsewhere. Now I see why the governent has it's hands in trying to regulate what people can download and see from the internet. Why bother with this ridiculous crap when there is a world of entertainment out there that is much better.

    Fans should just vote with their pocketbooks and not see the talentos from these companines.

    As some have posted, what better way to build up a fan base than to think that you may have a "chance" at dating to keep the faithul wanting to see them.

    Posted in: Pop idols’ management demands Y8 million in damages after two members caught dating fans

  • 0

    Alphaape

    “Success looks like an ISIL that no longer threatens our friends in the region, no longer threatens the United States,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

    in WWII, victory was beating then enemy period. Now we have this sort of "desired end state" sort of statements that helps us define what "is" means (to borrow a phrase). I think it is time to drop the PC and call things as they are. Not go off and kill them all and let God sort them out, but to just deal with them as they deal with others. They behead a journalst, then start treating them the same way. Show them no mercy like they don't show no others. But what we have now is focus groups on the side who are somehow "offended" if we say we will cover our bullets in pig oil and when you get shot you will not enter heaven, or say that we will rub their bodies with pig oil (stuff that came out from the infamous Abu Gharab so called torture). Yet those same groups will not get upset when their side lobs off a few heads on the internet.

    I would have a lot more respect for Obama if he just said, ISIS, you're going to be dead soon and those who follow will also. Here's a hint, we don't say words like that, and they still do the bad things to people and don't follow civil rules, so why should we?

    Posted in: Kerry says 'all bases covered' in coalition bid to crush IS

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Part of the problem is that probably not a lot of foreign men in Japanese porn. Don't watch that stuff much anymore but when I did see it, I would see scenes of "group sessions" and some of the homeliest looking guys partaking. So I am not seeing what the issue is here.

    Posted in: Japanese male porn stars rarer than Bengal tigers, actor says

  • 1

    Alphaape

    In 2012, a Chinese teenager had his kidney removed to fund the purchase of an iPhone and an iPad. That led to the arrest of members of an illegal organ trading group.

    Well hopefully he still has his other kidney to give up for the new model. Just think, he gave up an organ 2 years ago for an Apple product, and now it is going to be obselete. I just hope he did at least get the insurance plan in the event that he dropped it or broke it, hate to see him give up body parts just to have someone steal his devices.

    Posted in: Japanese fans already lining up for Sept 19 release of iPhone6

  • -4

    Alphaape

    There are photo ops of famous politicians in USA who were blind sided by Mafia and Hells Angels affiliates who simply got pictures of themselves shaking hands with said politicians,no political or social affiliations whatsoever at all,just photos like any American citizen can take with a politician.Politicians will take photos with any "Joe citizen /potential supporter".It's probable that this could be the truth

    I agree. I remember seeing a photo of Nancy Reagan taken with some serial killer (Ted Bundy I think) who was dressed in a clown outfit. Did Nancy have anything to do with him and his killing, no. She just happened to be in the same picture as the guy. I would be more concerned if this lady had a paid membership card to the organization and was very active in their political beliefs. Then, I think that would be cause for concern. Just snapping a picture with some guy is no grounds to claim that someone holds those particular beliefs.

    I wonder, if she had taken a picture with Steve Jobs, and was then seen working on a windows device, would this be an issue? No, then this shouldn't either.

    Posted in: Two of Abe's new picks deny neo-Nazi links

  • 1

    Alphaape

    North Carolina offered twice as much in incentives for the Toyota HQ as Texas ($100M vs $50M), but couldn't match that feature.

    It not only applies to businesses. When a pro athlete has an offer on the table from a team in FL or a team in CA, the teams in FL can offer a lower bid. Because FL has no state income tax as compared to CA. Consider this, in addition to the Federal taxes if you made $1 million, (about 34% or $340,000) in CA you have to pay an additional 13% ($130,000) compared to NV ($0).

    I get it that they will have tax loopholes, etc, but the bottom line is, even with all of the loopholes, you still are going to wind up paying a lot more in taxes in a place like CA as compared to NV. So businesses and people move away, and the state gets no tax (from sales taxes being spent in CA). Just make the tax rate lower, people will tend to spend more and you get more income from sales taxes and others vice trying to make a large grab before one gets to spend.

    Posted in: Tesla, Panasonic to build battery plant in Nevada

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Another blow to the CA economy. These are good paying jobs that don't require college degrees. Part of the problem of why they are leaving CA is that the CA state has made such environmental regulations that go above the Fedearl standards that end up raising the price of manufacturing. To be fair to the CA government, Gov. Brown did try to come up with a $500 million incentive package (that would equate to 10% saving of the cost of opening the plant) and that would have eased some of the environmental restrictions to that of the Federal level and offered some tax breaks to the company, but the majority Dem CA state Assembly didn't vote on it, they let the August deadline pass, and made it a point to be proud of on getting out in time without having to stay for an extra session to pass this bill. Yet, this same band of legislators will push for a bill banning the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and forcing consumers to pay an extra .10 cents "bag tax" that goes to the stores and unions with ease.

    So much tech talent and good jobs that are going to be leaving CA to head for NV, a state that doesn't have a state income tax either. CA only has themselves to blame, they keep electing the same people to run the state and they keep screwing it up.

    Posted in: Tesla, Panasonic to build battery plant in Nevada

  • 1

    Alphaape

    but tore it up at the airport and shouted that he wanted to seek asylum.

    He needs to read his passport carefully. It states that if you denounce your citizenship then you are no longer a US citizent (words to that effect). He is old enough to know what he has done, and he should be held accountable and face the consequences. Obviously this guy fell into the trap of being too smart for his own good. My guess, he wants to get out now so that he can gain another "15 minutes of fame" on writing about how much he loves America now that he has been to NK. I say let him stay there. He made all of the effort to get there so now that he is there let him stay.

    Posted in: Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

  • 3

    Alphaape

    He should have been busted a rank and forced to retire then.

    That's what did happen if you read the article. He was forced to retire at a 1 star vice 2 star level. To show how much he is going to lose (assuming he did 30 years), since he was a 2 star and if he would have retired at that rank he would make about $10,053 a month or about $120,634 a year for the rest of his life. This does not include the annual Cost of Living Adjustments that he would get. Since he was busted down to 1 star, his monthly pay would be $8,874 a month for $106,485 a year for life. So you can see that in the long run, every month he draws a retirement check (even though it is quite large) he is paying for not doing what he should have done. I think that is punishment enough.

    Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Tim Horton was a Candian hockey player who played in the US and one of the main reasons why was that when he played, the tax rate was much better for him as an individual than in Canada. Now I guess the tides have turned. Burger King will go from paying a total of about 40% in corporate (Fed/State/Local) to 26% taxes. So right off the bat they will show at 14% profit to the share holders.

    Before everyone gets on the "just another bunch of greedy Republicans and 1%er's" not paying their "fair share" of taxes, keep in mind who is helping to fund this deal. None other than Warren Buffet (his company Berkshire Hathaway). The main who complained that he was not "taxed enough" and it is not fair that his secretary has a higher tax rate than he does. I guess the bottom line for him is the "bottom line" and do as I say, not as I do.

    Wasn't it Warren Buffet who said that reputation is the most important thing in business? I guess it doesn't matter to him really.

    How about the US lowering it's tax rates on all and maybe companies won't leave.

    Posted in: Burger King to buy Tim Hortons

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Japan is very advanced as a society in whole!

    @ Strychnine: Obviously you didn't see the other article on JT about people complaining about nudity in an art display. It seems that sometimes Japan is a land of contridictions. You will have an event like this and yet some people will get upset if you show a nude art work, or the ones who will probably be the ones doing hte "hugging" are probably some of the same people who believe that women should not work and stay in the home.

    You have to know the ins and outs of Japan to make any sense of it all at times.

    Posted in: Boob Aid: Porn queens to take part in 24-hour 'squeeze-a-thon'

  • 6

    Alphaape

    So why have schools on Saturdays when the students have to go to the after school schools to get caught up. A better plan would be to redo the curriculum and stop worrying about lessons only geared for taking a test to get into college.

    Are these kids learning anything anyway?

    Posted in: Chiba teacher arrested for threats to blow up government buildings because of Saturday classes

  • 0

    Alphaape

    The Lt. Governor was not at the scene, and no witnesses have come forward to corroborate any version that has Brown charging the officer. Too bad for your side.

    @ yabits: It's not about sides. And besides the Gov was not there and he thinks the cop should be prosecuted. By the way, the people there now are saying that the county prosecutor should step down from this case. Why? Because when he was a kid back in the 50's his father (a cop) was shot by a black criminal and killed. They think that he will be on the side of the cop and try to block prosecution. Funny, that has never been brought up in the many years that he has been the Prosecutor, yet now, in this case it is an issue.

    This case is developing to be more about political agendas than finding out what really happened. I post up statements and conjecture based on the evidence presented, and all you and your type do is realize that when the facts may be against what your agenda will be, out comes the names and usual banter. By the way, the Dem Gov of MO is at odds with the Dem prosecutor that I mentioned. Good to see some differences of opinions in the MO Dems and not that they are all just in lock step with no minds of their own.

    Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders

  • 0

    Alphaape

    as if we're all supposed to say "Well done!" over that, while killing an unarmed 18-year old kid who had surrendered.

    Right now it is looking like your assessment will be proven to be wrong. Even the Lt Gov of MO is saying that the Gov is out of line with his assumptions, and the evidence is pointing towards that facts that the cop was attacked first and that it was self defense.

    You don't seem to get the Boondocks point at all. Yes they characterize Uncle Ruckus, but if you look closely at all the characters and the issues brought up, you woud see that if this case is made into an episode, it would show the futility and stupidity of black people burning down and destroying their own businesses, following charlatans like Sharpton (whom he did an excellent lampooning in an episode).

    Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Just when I think it can't be done, you outdo Uncle Ruckus

    @ yabits: Why are you so concerned about Uncle Ruckus and me? the truth hurts, and though it may not be the "PC" thing to say, if this cop would have shot someone who had nothing to do with the incident, this whole issue woud really be over the top. As it is now, nothing is being sad about what the cop faced, and how he got off shots that like it or not hit the target.

    I heard a few looters comments on interviews, and one struck me as shameful saying that they deserved the right to loot and take to show their frustration. This was a fellow black like myself. So if you think my speaking the truth is an example of me wanting to be an "uncle Ruckus" I guess the ramblings of some of the looters and their justification for stealing anothers property is akin to King and his speeches.

    Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Sorry - I can't understand one thing - why six shooting ?

    I think he had a 9 mm, which holds more than 6 rounds. Shooting a gun is not all like you see on TV, if you keep squeexing, multiple rounds will be fired. One thing you have to admit, i fhe did receive a beating in the face that resulted in an eye injury and still was able to fire off shots and hit his target, that is good shooting. Good shooting from the standpoint that he was not just shooting blindly and hitting innocent bystanders who were in the area. He had hits wits about him enough to keep aim and shoot.

    Rather you agree with the shooting or not, you have to admit that at least he didn't hit any bystanders. But that point will not be brought up, I say that becuase in CA during a bank robbery and shoot out, a hostage/bystander was kiled by gunfire from the police, and these cops were taking aim and had not been hit in the face. But, you can imagine that if a bystander was hit in this case, there would be more riots.

    Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders

  • 2

    Alphaape

    And if you protest the 6 shots into Brown, look into Police and defensive training methods. You try for a good shot placement and you stop the threat. 1 shot or 100! Whatever it takes to defend your perceived threat.

    Latest info out of the area is that now the cop has eye injuries consistent with a beating. Again, people are going to say why didn't the cop use less than lethal methods and that is why we have inquiry boards. But to put it in perspective, just because someone is "unarmed" doesn't mean that they are not dangerous even if you have a gun. Case in point, last Friday, an LA county sheriff deputy was savagely beaten and kicked in the head by an unarmed assailant.

    The deputy didn't get a chance to use his gun and as a result he was severly stomped in the head and is suffereing major wounds and may not be the same again. Luckily bystanders were able to pull the guy off the deputy and rescue him. So, if any of you on here were police officers, and knew things like this could happen to you would you be more concerned about the public "perception" of what would happen if you used deadly force, or would you want to be able to come home at the end of your shift alive and in good health? I would take the second choice.

    So many times when police are involved we get the same,old drill on why was a gun used. In this case we will probably see that the cop took some of a beating and as I stated a case where a cop didn't use his gun and is in serous condition, you get a new perspective on this whole issue, and maybe those outside protestors need to go somewhere else and find something more to protest and loot.

    Posted in: As Missouri violence continue, fingers point to outsiders

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