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    Alphaape

    Maybe the j government would rather have organized crime without guns compared to the U.S. Which has disorganized crime with guns, murders everywhere.lol

    If you think that the yakuza don't kill people with guns and other means you are mistaken. The difference between the US and Japan is that many of the crimes they commit are not reported as much as they are in the USA. Mobsters whether in the USA or not will kill each other. The thing you should take a look at is see how many "missing person" reports have been filed by family members of people who had reputed gang ties, and then you will probably get a closer look at how many yakuza killings go on. But then again, the J-press and Gov are probably not going to be forthcoming with those numbers.

    Murders happen here in Japan also. Everyday there is a new post of some person killed by another. Yes they may not use guns, but it still happens. Just as with the USA, lower level crimes are disorganized in Japan the random killings and convenience store robbery that goes on happens here just as the USA.

    Still, it is not a nice banner to fly if you think that the Japanese system of organized crime is much better, why don't you tell that to the many older people who have been scammed by the telephone operators into giving away huge sums of money to supposed family members in distress that have been run by organized crime. But according to your logic, that's a good crime since no bodies were left in the streets from bullet wounds.

    Posted in: U.S. Treasury freezes assets of Kodo-kai yakuza group

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    Alphaape

    That was President AWOL Bush and the GOP-Tea. Well noted.

    @ kcjapan: The teaparty wasn't around when Bush was president. As far as you hoping the world will not have to deal with a GOP president, how's it going so far with the Dem in office. The Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS and the other issues were started before the GOP held both the House and Senate, and compared to say the ruling "juntas" in places like Zimbabwae, Venzuela, and other places where the "populist" liberal leaders have taken over and assumed lifetime employment, how are they doing so far? Makes the GOP not look that bad.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Alphaape

    I imagine that he was developing into a hikikomori and maybe the mother was trying to cut off his access to the internet to get him out of the house. If he were one of those "dyed hair" dropouts, no internet at home probably would not matter since they are out all night and there are plenty of net cafe's they can crash at.

    Mother was probably doing him a favor making him get out and interact. Judging by his actions, he needs to let go of the net, have some real interactions and control his anger. Can't do all of that playing online games.

    Posted in: 15-year-old boy arrested for stabbing mother in back

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    Alphaape

    Good for her and I hope she keeps that attitude through life. As far as the city is concerned, they need to learn how to be able to distinguish between a cheat and a person trying to get back on their feet. If anything, they should be encouraging this type of effort.

    I could see the city's case if it were the parents who were actually working full time and bringing in more than they would be getting in welfare. But this was a kid that was doing part time work, hardly an amount that would be able to support a family of three with all expenses.

    Posted in: Family branded welfare cheats because daughter gets part-time job

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    Alphaape

    But her distrust remains, largely because of the continued U.S. military presence in Okinawa, home to several U.S. bases.

    They had to get that in somewhere.

    Posted in: Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy

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    Alphaape

    @ kcjapan: You are not making much sense. Once again, I have asked provide proof of any GOP/Tea Party (and for the record, there is a huge rift between the GOP and Tea Party, but don't let facts get in your way), have made blatant racist remarks.

    Wanting to secure the border to keep illegals from entering the USA, how is that racist? I guess according to your logic, I should just be able to land at Narita and come into Japan and demand that I am given rights of citizenship because I "feel" that I should. Making sure that voters have ID to vote, you need an ID to cash a check, use a credit card, buy alcohol and cigarettes so how is it racist to ask to show proof of state residency (I as a resident of my home state can't go and vote in another state's elections unless I show proof of residency)? They have not said that people of color or women or gays not be allowed to vote based on their origins or background.

    If anyone is being pompous, again it is the Dems and the "heir apparent" in nominating Hillary. Sure there have been some who are trying to upset the status quo, but they get marganilized and looked over since the big and powerful machine of Hillary holds sway not only over the donor base, but the media. Name for me one news show that would have someone like Webb from VA who is a potential Dem candidate on, when they get a call that says Bill Clinton would like to come on and discuss why Hillary should be the nominee. Guess which one would get the air time. Or you can look at how the Hillary campaign has given the press the do's and don'ts as to what they can ask of her. So the arrogance would appear to be more on the Dems side rather than the GOP.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Alphaape

    Comments seem to provide a clearer picture of the racism the GOP-Tea welcomes and encourages in it's most rabid supporters. Everyone has to find their comfort level in a nation's election process.

    @ kcjapan: Where has the GOP ever said that all people who are non-white and Christian should be kicked out of the country? Again people are just throwing out the racist word without any justification just because you don't like their approach to matters.

    There have been numerous Black politicians and pundits who have brought out the "plantation mentality" of the Dems and it is not just a GOP thing. Why do you think that the Dems want to open the flood gates to illegal aliens into the USA? Because these people will become political "sheeple" to the party that is going to give them more free stuff. Think I am wrong, look at a country like Mexico, and see how long the dominate political party has been in power there, and the condition the country is in and how the opposition party has fared over the years. I beleive that Vicnete Fox the former Mexican president elected in the 2000 was the first president from the opposition (National Action Party or PAN) since 1910. So of course the Dems want that type of person who will follow what the government will tell them as long as the goodies keep coming to them.

    If you don't agree with the GOP then fine. But don't just throw out the word racist without providing proof, or for that matter being able to discuss why you oppose their position and what you have to offer.

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Alphaape

    I have heard it said the best way to deal with marriage and dating is this: It's better for her to be happy and you not, rather than you being happy and she's not.

    Some of these are true and some are a bit exaggerated. I find it interesting that the man is expected to pay for the wedding, when in the USA it is normally the woman and her parents who spring for the wedding.

    In regards to the housework, in the Ape house we both share the load and I actually don't mind doing the cooking and dishes and do it all the time.

    I have seen so many American guys married to Japanese and other Asian women who have turned over complete control of the finances to the wife. They have even gone so far as to grant them access to the pay system web site (for those working with the military and Federal jobs) which has enabled the spouse to see exactly how much is being made, as well as how may days of leave are on the books etc.

    My thoughts on this are probably a bit different. I believe that a man should provide support for his family, but I don't need someone to tell me how to spend the money I made heading out the door everyday to work. I am all for the spouse having their own account and will provide enough support to allow that, but the idea that i "owe" it to someone is something I just don't see.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

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    Alphaape

    Reading the comments on this and other posts about the upcoming US elections, I see two sets of people.

    1) The non-US people who want to harp and complain about US politics and have swallwed the media hype that all things Republican are bad, and that the US is just a big bully. To those people I say you can post your opinions since you can't vote in the US elections anyway. If a "war monger" gets elected as you think, it will not make any difference. When there is a strong us military presence in trouble spots, most likely your home countries will send token forces, and once things get really bad your people will pull out, and leave the US to do the heavy lifting. At least with a GOP led country, the US will probably commit instead of like it is doing now leading from behind. And since we are in so many places, how many of your countries have stepped up?

    2) The US citizens who will not vote for any GOP candidate. To those I say that's your choice and if you don't like any of the potential candidates and the people who follow, then that is your choice. But the real question these people should be asking themselves is where are the Democratic runners? I am sure that not every Dem elected offical has the same mind set, and some may think that they can bring a different viewpoint and ideas to the table to help out their party and the nation. Yet they are pushed aside in order for the coronation of Hillary. Does that sound like a free and open policital process? These same Dems will villify people like the Koch brothers and their donations, and yet team Hillary has a such a strong donor base and connections and will get plenty of money from the DNC that any other person who would be a viable candidate will not be able to raise the money needed.

    The problem for any potential Dem candidates is not having the money to make it to the general election, the DNC will be able to support that, but making it to the nomination convention since Hillary has sewed up key political support and has her campaign machine going full speed.

    If you posters (US citizens) have no issues with just giving the nomination to Hillary,without at least hearing what other potential candidates have to say and are fine with her being coronated as the Dem nominee, then I think you need to go back and review your civics lessons and the American political process.

    At least with the field of GOP runners, we get a chance to get a good look at them and see where they stand, and then can decide if they are too looney to elect, but with the Dems, to borrow a phrase from the movie "Caddyshack"" "You'll get nothing...and like it!"

    Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world

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    Alphaape

    For once, I am with an action group from San Francisco. Make it legal to keep the trafficers out of it and make them do health checks and let them face CAL OSHA like the rest of the businesses in CA do, and they will all move across the border to Nevada.

    But if consenting adults want to do the sex for cash deal, then let them do it.

    Posted in: Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution in California

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    Alphaape

    I understand what you're saying, but people still flock to California because it's a nice place to live. And businesses from around the country come to California to tap into the immense wealth of the state's residents. Why not charge them a premium for that privilege if that's what the market will bear? Why should the state give itself away for free?

    CA has a few people who do have immense wealth, but the rest of the state is not that wealthy. If you look at the latest statistics, you will see that CA has the most people on government assistance. If you are a middle income family of 4 say in an area like San Francisco or LA with an income of $100K, you are barely making it. You will spend most of your money on education, since the public schools in places like LA (which has some of the highest paid teachers in the USA) are underperforming immensely.

    At any rate, the big money comes from post-production work, not from sight shooting, and that work is still predominantly in LA.

    Take a look at the end credits of TV shows/movies and you will see a long list of names from caterers, carpenters, set designers, drivers, etc. Those people are the local folks that get these jobs, which if you manage to get work on a series can provide a nice steady income. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011 estimated film and video industry electricians and lighting workers earned an annual mean wage of $71,380.

    You multiply that times the numbers of these types of personnel who used to be employed in LA and you will see that LA and CA is missing out on a lot of tax revenue, more than what ever incentives that they could give.

    Posted in: Hollywhere? Los Angeles unable to halt film exodus

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    Alphaape

    California is an expensive place to live because it is an expensive place to maintain, but the maintenance is worth it. At any rate, the big money comes from post-production work, not from sight shooting, and that work is still predominantly in LA.

    Have you driven on any of the CA roads lately? Or have you heard how LA's water system has had water mains break and millions of gallons of water lost, and yet they claim that they need more money to fix it up while the Dept of Water and Power has been for the past few years charging customers extra to the tune of having an extra $40 million dollar in "extra money" that they are not going to rebate to the customers. One LA city council member has said that to fix the roads and sidewalks in LA would take over 100 years, and that if the voters just passed another increas in the sales tax (already the highest in CA) they can get started on fixing things up. My question, what has happened to the money that has been taken in taxes for all these years, and why haven't the roads, sidewalks, and water mains been fixed?

    Yes CA has nice beaches and climate, but so does FL and the Gulf Coast of Texas. It's not that the states are subsiziing the companies for everything. Yes they are on some things, but these companies then turn around and hire people to work for them. Remember, because of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and other cinema trade unions, if a film is made, they have to pay union wages. So those people doing the shooting on locations and other support services are getting union pay, yet not having to worry about some of the high cost of living in CA. That means those middle class jobs are not being done in CA, and when you have thousands of people who are working at good midddle class income jobs, and being able to save and spend and contribute to an economy far outweighs the 5-10% reduction in taxes that a company may have to pay to the state.

    Posted in: Hollywhere? Los Angeles unable to halt film exodus

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    Alphaape

    The cost of living in LA is too high and rising and the quality of life degrades every decade.

    It's not so much as the cost of living in LA, but the general atmosphere of doing business in California and the taxes and fees that go with working there.

    Even though the big studio execs like to give to the Dems and blast any Republican on not paying their "fair share" of taxes, they are businessmen who realize that it is cheaper to film in places like Canada and Lousiana and save on the bottom line to make sure that the shareholders are happy, and that they keep getting their big salaries. For example, the movie "Battle of L.A." where LA was attacked by aliens was filmed in Louisiana (around New Orleans). The state offered huge tax incentives and the studio took it. Also, with the lower taxes, the studios were able to hire local people to do a lot of the production work. They weren't just paid minimum wage but they were the industry regluated (i.e. union pay scale) and the money earned by these people was not eaten up by CA taxes.

    The same thing with professional athletes. If a profootball player had the choice to play for the SF 49ers or the Jacksonville Jaguars (FL) for the same $20 million salary, they would come out ahead in regards to taxes since CA has a max tax rate of 14% (which would be $2.8 million) whereas FL has no state taxes (that's $2.8 million they get to keep).

    CA has the worse business climate in the USA, yet the people there keep electing the same people to office. They get what they voted for.

    Posted in: Hollywhere? Los Angeles unable to halt film exodus

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    Alphaape

    A leader from yesterday is better than someone who think USA is a slave labor country, who want to scrap minimum wage.

    @ toshiko: Clinton wants to keep letting illegals aliens in, thus letting more people into America when we have massive unemployment numbers. As a result, those who are in the low end of the job skills those who work fast food and agriculture and other minimum wage jobs will continue to have these low skilled jobs because if they don't do it, there will be more illegals waiting to take their place.

    Also, if these people coming to America to work in low wage jobs keep coming, obivously it is much better in the USA than their home country since they keep coming and somehow manage to work menial jobs, and get welfare from the US taxpayer and remit money back to their home countries.

    Hillary has not shown me anything specific about what she will do. She herself is part of the so called "1%" herself, so I am not sure what she has planned for the rest of us.

    Posted in: Clinton starts White House campaign with small-town meetings

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    Alphaape

    So sad to see that a yound lady lost her life because of this looser. No excuse for killing someone just because they decided to grow up and not want to be with you. I have seen friends who had high school sweet hearts leave them and they were a mess for awhile but eventually they got over it.

    My advice to young people, it is a good thing to have a boyfriend/girlfriend when young, but it is equally important to have those relationships end simply for the fact you will learn how to deal with rejection, and to deal with change when people tend to grow up and apart from each other.

    Posted in: Man arrested for murder of ex-girlfriend said he still had feelings for her

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    Alphaape

    Christianity wins the lion's share of atrocities in history, by far!

    @ smithinjapan: I guess you have no idea what Muslims are doing to non-Muslim girls and people in places like Nigeria and other parts of Africa these days. They are also doing them to fellow Muslims.

    I say if a person is offended by alcohol, then don't drink or buy it. Just because you may want to practice a different religion that has prohibitions against it, then you should be secure in your faith to let others around you do what you consider a sin as long as you don't partake in it. Drinking is not going to kill someone, unless they drink and drive and you can put measures in place to prevent that. But if someone wants to sit in their home alone and have a drink, how is that going to affect your religious beliefs?

    “This is not a religious or ideological issue,” Abdul Hakim of the Prosperous Justice Party told Reuters. “This is purely for the protection of the children of the nation.”

    That is probably the funniest things I have read. I watched a Vice documentary awhile back on the large numbers of smokers in Indonesia, especially among the children. They showed kids as young as 6 and below smoking, picking up the habit from seeing the adults. If they really want to "protect the children" then they should ban cigarettes along with alcohol. That way they can be healthier and still have the opportunity to live a long life in some of the third world conditions that you see in Indonesia.

    Posted in: Islamic parties seek ban on alcohol consumption in Indonesia

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    Alphaape

    His family said officers also used stun guns at least twice with no effect.

    So what are the police supposed to do when the stun guns don't work? Just allow the perp to get away?

    I think that the cop in the case in SC is wrong in this case, there is no excuse, but that doesn't mean that the cops should be disarmed. I think in this case another serious issue that is not getting the proper attention is why the man (Scott) ran in the SC case.

    He was no seasoned criminal, he was weary about going back to jail due to being late with child support payments. He had previously held a job that was paying $35,000 (good for that state), and lost it when he was jailed for back child support. His family even said that he would often take the long way home while driving, since he didn't want the chance to be stopped by the police for any traffic stops. He was aware of the broken brake light and was attempting to get it fixed until this even happened.

    At his funeral, one of the SC Congressmen (a Dem) made the comment that we need to look at this whole child support system. How can a man expect to pay child support, if he is in jail? I know from my own personal story my brother is divorced, and was laid off and still had child support due. He had to pay it out of his unemployment, and yet the ex wife and the court thought they had the right to take him to court. When ordered to go to court in Chicago, he had to fly from one part of the country to another during a snow storm, only to have his ex-wofe's lawyer not show up, and the normally unreasonable judge finally saw that maybe my brother was doing what he was supposed to do and not being a deadbeat.

    There are so many cases in the US on how men are getting screwed when they slip up with child support. I am not talking about the types that you see on shows like "Maury Povitch" and the "you are the baby's father" but men who are trying to pay child support, and due to circumstances beyond their control may have a few problems paying and are subject to this type of treatment.

    That is the real story here besides the blatant killing of this man. He was not afraid of the cops or a criminal, but of the system that was stacked against him, and it was just his bad misfortune that he came face to face with the wrong type of law enforcement officer.

    Posted in: Police use of stun guns eyed in officer-involved killings in U.S.

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    Alphaape

    Where is the Batman tech? Just use your computer and shut his car down. Or fire one of those GPS trackers onto the car. Then he'll just abandon the vehicle somewhere. You'll still catch him.

    So what if he ditches the car in a crowded area? GPS tracker on the car will not do any good. I know the idea of using "whiz bang" gadgetry sounds nice, but it will not replace the fact that it will still take manpower to actually grab this guy up.

    Posted in: Man driving stolen minivan killed in crash following pursuit by police

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    Alphaape

    For those who are worried about the so called far right "Tea party" that seems to frighten everyone, Mayor De Blasio of NYC, Hillarys campaign manager for her senate bid in 2000 said this today on Face The Nation on why he's holding off on an endorsement until she has presented her vision for the country.

    "progressives such as himself want to see all Democrats running for office move from the center to embrace the farther left causes of "progressive taxation," increases in wages and benefits, and a willingness to tax the wealthy to fund investments in infrastructure and education. "

    I want those who keep bashing the right and the Koch brothers to keep watch on how many campaign stops and fundraisers that Clinton will make to Hollywood and the Upper East side in the next few months asking for money. Those very same people who if they really wanted to help people out instead of giving $30K a plate for a dinner could just as easily support a local food bank and feed hundreds, or donate to a failing school to help out, even though in places like LA (Hollywood) the amount spent on each student in the public schools is among the highest in the nation and yet they still have over a 70% high school dropout rate for black male teens.

    The nation is more center right than people tend to believe. I am not talking about the right wingers that so many here seem to be afraid of, but most Americans want lower taxes, and the opportunity to at least try to make it and not have either the government impede them, or special interest groups who can afford $30K a plate dinners get in their way either.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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    Alphaape

    If Madame AIPAC gets in then you should buy more shares in "defense" contractors. She is a puppet of the hardcore, right-wing zionists. And they want to see their surrounding Arab countries destroyed.

    In a round about way, this is happening because of her. Her inaction back in the "Arab Spring" and bad policy by the US has left us with the current situation in the Middle East. It's not Israel who is killing Arabs, it is Arab vs. Arab in places like Syria, Yemen, Lybia, and Iraq that are causing so much trouble and disturbances.

    I have never seen a poll that she is over 50%

    Whatever her poll numbers, they went down when she made those comments at a speech at a national recreation organization convention that there was not enough "fun" in America these days and maybe there should be more "fun camps" opened for adults where they can go and let go of the cares of the day to day life and just have "fun." This didn't set too well with people since I will admit the right equated it to the "re-education" camps seen in totolitarian regimes. That was a bit of a stretch to some point, but what the American people are beginning to tire of not only from her but the rest of the political front runners is how they try to be "everything for everybody" and the rest of their doublespeak and broken promises.

    She has a long way to go, and if she does make it through the Dem primary process, the very same press that is going to cover for her at the expense of maybe some better Dem candidates will then go after the GOP nominee with the whole "gender issue" and "sexist" attitudes but not doing so against primary contenders, since they will need to use that in the general election against the GOP.

    Posted in: Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign

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