Alphaape's past comments

  • -3

    Alphaape

    A pointless demonstration. The weekend of the Orlando shooting, 8 people were killed and 32 other injured in Chicago alone. Chicago, has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, and some of them were found to be unconstitutional. I am willing to say with 99.99% certainty, that the shooters in the Chicago area, were all persons who would not be able to legally purchase a gun due to a prior criminal record.

    Chicago is a very Democratic city and look at the violence. Also on this issue, the very liberal VOX website also proved a point Blue states have 42 percent more mass shootings than red states. Vox published its data after the Orlando terror attack last Sunday, and it suggests that blue states, which tend to have extremely strict gun laws, are ironically much more likely to have mass shootings than red states with less strict gun laws. The analysis found that 543 of the mass shootings listed by Vox occurred in blue states while only 330 occurred in red states. This means that a mass shooting, as defined by Vox, is 42 percent more likely to occur in a blue state after accounting for population differences.

    So sitting there and holding hands though symbolic is not going to do anything. How about getting the criminals off the streets that would be a better start.

    Posted in: After Capitol all-nighter, Democrats push on for gun control

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I don't see why they cancelled the on-base concerts, since you don't have to open the base to the public for those events, and what's the difference between having a concert for a big named star (R&B singer Joe was coming to the Kanto area), for on base/SOFA personnel only than securing everyone's liberty and curtailing where they can go after work and when they can drink. No real difference since by banning the people to the bases you dip into the local economies and they are trying to have events on base to keep the idle minds and hands happy.

    Bad policy decision in my opinion.

    Posted in: No July 4 fireworks at U.S. bases in Japan after Okinawa murder

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Tell me, what has been the results of the gun bans in the UK and Australia? How much has violent crime decreased? How much has the murder rate declined? The correct answers are "none" and "not at all."

    To prove your point, just today, in Germany a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring between 20 and 50 people and barricaded himself inside.

    Germany has some very strict gun laws. So this posturing in the US Congress is really not doing a thing. The weekend of the Orlando shooting, 8 people were killed and 32 other injured in Chicago alone. Chicago, has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, and some of them were found to be unconstitutional. I am willing to say with 99.99% certainty, that the shooters in the Chicago area, were all persons who would not be able to legally purchase a gun due to a prior criminal record.

    So grandstanding on this issue is not going to solve anything. We have laws on who can buy a gun and where you can take them. Even in places in the US and in Germany where gun laws are strict, bad people will do bad things with guns. Funny, I wonder will they state the reason for the mass shooting in Germany. I suspect that the motivations behind the shooter there, are probably similar to the shooter in Orlando.

    Posted in: Rebellious Democrats disrupt House, stage protest over guns

  • -1

    Alphaape

    If anyone can show an equal amount of violence in the most horrific way over the last 15 years by Jew or Christians compared the carnage that radical Jihadism has caused, I'll give an apology right now.

    I'm surprised that the press hasn't brought up the Catholics and Northern Ireland. Even though that conflict had some religious aspects to it, the main reason was that N. Ireland didn't want to be under GB anymore. The IRA did their share of bombings, but, they had specific purpose and targets, namely to get away from GB. Never did I see them afterwards proclaim that they did that so that the rest of the world would convert to Roman Catholicism.

    No one is as bad, with a lack of facts, as Fox "News". The equivalency you are trying to create doesn't exist.

    @ Strangeland: I think you are wrong with this statement. Just take a look at the released transcripts of the shooter's 911 calls. At first the Obama admin said that they were going to edit them so that they wouldn't give any credit to ISIS, and then that blew back in their faces. Then they released them, and when you read them, he calls out the name of God why he was doing this, but in actuality, Muslims don't use the term God but Allah. Again, the Obama admin is sending out a false narrative. After the AG went on all the news shows Sunday and said that they weren't going to release the full transcripts, they had to back track just like when Susan Rice went out and said the Benghazi attacks on the embassy were the results of a Youtube video, which we all know was false. So I think you are wrong in your assessment. The rest of the media has tried to cover this as a "gun issue" instead of what it really is. That's what I would call a lack of facts.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

  • -1

    Alphaape

    The problem is that the term becomes exclusionary. It creates disenfranchisement of the 1 point some billion people who are Muslim, and not terrorists.

    I think it is pretty "paternalistic" for people to think that the rest of the billion Muslims and the rest of the world will get offended just because when we say "Radical Islam" we are talking about the ones use Islam as a basis for committing their acts of terror. I know full well that not all Muslims may hold those beliefs. So when I say radical, I get the fact that some are not and will not discriminate against anyone because of their religion. But, if I met someone, and all they said that the US must pay and I am part of the "Great Devil" then I have a clear indication that this is probably a person who may be radicalized, and wishes to do the rest of the non-believers some harm. Does that mean I can just call to have them locked up, no since if they are in the US they are still allowed free speech, but if they are coming from another country, then we don't have to let them in.

    Using common sense is not that hard.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

  • -1

    Alphaape

    How about this, instead of the UN and other organizations trying to tax wealthy nations with these so called "Global Warming" taxes, why don't they use the money they have by going in and start to reclaim some of these lands hit by droughts and other disasters. If the sea levels are supposedly rising because of polar ice melting, then why not start building desalinization plants and making the water fresh and start piping it to desert regions where there is little water to make them green again. There are many other solutions out there that can be done based on the technology we have, if only one would be able to by-step some of the corruption in places like the UN, as well as in some of these countries that people are fleeing from.

    Also, before the usual "It's Bush's fault" and "the USA's fault" that people are fleeing, the mass numbers of migrants from the ME into Europe are the results of Muslim on Muslim wars (ISIS vs.) and not anything the West has to do with. That internal strife between the different sects of Islam has been around long before the USA was born or Europe was meddling in ME affairs.

    Posted in: Record 65 million people displaced worldwide: U.N.

  • -1

    Alphaape

    Now tell me, how does using the term 'radical islam' make things better? What does it improve? Will it bring world peace?

    Obama said something similar, yet before he was forced to make such a statement, he refrained and has directed government officials to not use the term. If the name isn't that bad now, then why go though all the trouble not to say it in the first place?

    The term needs to be used, so that the rest of the Islamic world understands that no one is at war with Islam. I personally don't care what they practice and how they practice it. If I go to Tony Roma's in Bahrain, I fully understand that instead of pork baby back ribs, I will get beef ribs. But, they also need to understand that if you come to places like the USA, where one can practice their religion of choice, that doesn't mean that your religious laws will apply to those who don't follow your religion.

    Those more radical elements of Islam, the same ones that are fighting other Muslim nations like Jordan, etc. need to be called just that. Those are the ones, bent on waging jihad against any who don't follow their brand of Islam (including fellow Muslims like King Hussein of Jordan) that we should target and focus our efforts on finding and denying them access to the USA. That's not being racist, that's being prudent.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

  • -1

    Alphaape

    When you enter Japan at Narita, they have a big sign up that asks if you have been to certain areas in Africa that you need to visit the Health Consultation Desk to get screened. Are they profiling, why yes. Are they racial profiling, and asking everyone who looks "Black" or "African" to go to that desk no.

    Like it or not, profiling occurs everyday in every country. You sometimes have to have a tool that takes a look at people to determine if they are meaning harm. Would it be ok to say that if your trip origin began in say the Middle East that you are given an extra look? No I don't think so. That would include both Muslims and Christians and all persons whose flights originated from those areas. After all, the Tsarnev brothers from the Boston bombing looked white, and were Chechen Muslims who had an intense hatred for the USA (even though they grew up there) and went back to Chechnia to get more radicalization. If Customs were doing their jobs at the time, and paid closer attention to where they were coming from maybe we might have prevented that disaster.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

  • 2

    Alphaape

    It's money they have not earned. Why shouldn't they pay taxes on it?

    @ cleo: If I had made that much money as you mention in your post, I would have been paying taxes on it over the years. Both in income taxes from working to amass that amount of money, and also on the capital gains from the interest it is earning in the banks or various investments. So that money has been more than taxed enough.

    No you can't take it with you, but you should be able to pass it on to someone without them having to pay for it. What's next, if I give my brother $100 then I will somehow need to pay a "gift tax" which is on the books in the USA and he will have to pay a tax on the transaction of receiving a monetary donation from me?

    Like it or not, those who are fortunate enough to amass large amounts to pass on to their heirs have paid the taxes on the income and it should not be taxed. There is a big difference in selling/buying something and having it given away to you in death.

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 10

    Alphaape

    Why should one have to pay a tax on after taxed money after they pass it own? Makes no sense to me.

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

  • 5

    Alphaape

    How about this, just play the game with a group of friends. You hit a Hole in One and just keep the score card, and maybe buy a round of drinks at the bar. No need to go all extravagant over a past time hobby. If your associates complain, get new ones. They are nothing but a bunch of free loaders if they expect you to go all out for them just because you made the shot.

    Posted in: Here’s why you’ll never want to hit a hole-in-one in Japan

  • 1

    Alphaape

    The slaughter of innocent LGBT people wa a horror that exposed the sickness of moral rot that pervades America. The vile religious fanatics, the Republican bigoted politicians and the evil gun lobbies that help arm mass murderers. I stand by the LGBT community in their right to be left in peace.

    @ Kabukilover: Did you show this much outrage when the videos came up of ISIS throwing gays off buildings in Syria and Iraq? I hope you were part of the group that was boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel that is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, where being gay is illegal based on the Muslim law of the land.

    You call people who may want to own a gun sick and moral rot, yet according to Islam, that is what gays are and they should be killed. Back in 2013, an Imam gave a speech in Orlando that said just that, they should be killed out of compassion for their sins.

    So instead of trying to somehow bash America and probably say it was Bush's fault, how about reading up on Islam and understanding that according to their religion, those who practice such behaviors should be punished by death. Yes, I know it says in the Bible that sodomy and adultery are just as bad and should be dealt with in similar matter, but Christian religions for the most part have had some sort of reformation, and realize that there are some things that can't be done in today's modern world. Islam has not had such a reformation.

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  • 2

    Alphaape

    I've seen it all. The good the bad, the ugly.

    Crime does occur on the bases by military and civilians alike. Most of them are petty, with probably the highest number of them being shoplifting from either the Exchanges or for stores out in town. In my 15 years in Japan, only knew of one case of murder on the base, a case where a man killed his kid up in Negishi and that was all over the news at the time.

    I would be curious to see if these patrols do deter any crime, if they will report the crimes committed by locals or will they simply overlook them? One thing unique about the US military, we are not all Black or White. There are a various number of people of other races, so if these patrols are just out looking for bad acts by US military, will they know the difference between a Chines tourist and a military member who is of Chinese decent who may be committing an offense?

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  • 2

    Alphaape

    And yet they will want foreigners to come to Okinawa and visit the beaches for tourism. Do these people have any law enforcement training. I would be curious to see who the police will believe if they every try to bring someone in. If they are patrolling, when was the law changed that Defense Ministry personnel have the right to pull someone over and question them?

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  • 0

    Alphaape

    Always loved those types of flowers.

    Posted in: Full bloom

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Both of them were idiots and deserve to be sterilized. Also, how is it a 22 year old can marry a 17 year old?

    Posted in: Woman gets 3-4 years for suffocating 16-day-old daughter in garbage bag

  • 2

    Alphaape

    It would seem ISIS and Islamic terrorists are really Republicans.

    @ nishikat, records show that he was a registered Democrat. People blaming guns on this, I also believe that the reports are that he was wearing some kind of suicide vest. And he had been on the FBI terror list for the past 5 years. Yet the media instead is going after Trump on being insensitive on his tweets.

    This event just lost FL to the Dems in November. The only way that they can come out of this is have the DNC chair resign immediately. They really can't try to say that this had something to do with the so called controversies on the Transgender bathroom laws, since even Trump said that in his buildings he didn't care if they used the bathroom in which they identify with, and even if he get the Evangelical vote, they can't blame this as an anti-gay shooting from a right wing Christian group since the guy obviously has Islamic ties. This will be a hard one to spin for those on the left.

    And honestly, it shouldn't be spun but the truth be told. 50 Americans dead while doing something that was not illegal and not wrong, just going out to a club to have a good time, regardless of their sexual orientation, no one deserves to be gun downed or blown up by someone because of their religious beliefs.

    Posted in: Gunman opens fire at Florida nightclub; at least 20 dead

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Trump, the gun owner's and white nationalist's champion, wants to ensure the gun industry stays untouched and remains one of America's most powerful forces.

    @PTownsend: Hate to break it down to you, but the guy who did this was not a white Nationalist. He was born of Afghan parents and listed his race as other. Also, from the description that they gave of him, he listed his voting preference as being a registered Democrat. Also, there have been reports of ISIS saying that something will happen in Florida for the past three days.

    So, you can't say that this is a result of the Trump followers.

    Posted in: Gunman opens fire at Florida nightclub; at least 20 dead

  • 2

    Alphaape

    How much does he make anyway?

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  • -1

    Alphaape

    You may as well advise potential bank robbers not to rob the bank but to wait outside and follow old people home after they've used the ATM, in the off chance that they will drop some money. Or drop dead.

    No comparison at all. When a elephant dies, it just decomposes. The ivory will be there until it is either swept away or buried under erosion. If the governments wanted to get a handle on this situation, they would hire the poachers to do just that, look for dead elephant bodies, and de-tusk them. Give them a job to do vice having them go out and kill. The ones who are pulling the triggers, are not getting paid that much. The real money is with the brokers who hire them to do the deed. Let these organizations/governments to that job Cut out the illegal brokers and have the tusks come from dead animals.

    But, since even the governments in these areas are corrupt, it probably would not be long before they start looking the other way when their hired hands resort back to their old ways and kill them for the ivory.

    But I would have thought with as many "smart people" as they like to call themselves in the UN and other organizations, they haven't tried that idea before.

    Posted in: Illegal ivory trade rife in Japan: report

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