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    Alphaape

    Clinton said Tuesday the letter was “out of step” with American leadership and was an attempt either to be “helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander in chief” amid the negotiations. “Either answer does discredit the letters’ signatories,” she said.

    John Stewart on "The Daily Show" did a piece on this issue. In it he had clips from Hillary Clinton, Pelosi, Chris Matthews (MSNBC) and others speaking out against the Republicans and how this is an affront to the President. Then he played clips from back in 2007, when Pelosi went to Syria to meet with Assad and basically do the same thing and try to influence foreign policy that then Pres. Bush was doing, and it showed Clinton praising her efforts, and the very same Chris Matthews praising her and the Dems for doing this against the Republican Bush.

    In other words, "meet the new boss, same as the old boss!" This is just petty politicing done in D.C. that has gotten us into many of the situations that we are in now. It seems that politicians on both sides are not really interested in us (general public) but only their own political future and what they can get away with.

    I guess this is another one of those "I was for it before I was against it" moments for Hillary and the rest.

    Posted in: Clinton: Republican letter to Iran undermines U.S. leadership

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    Alphaape

    I have read stories that this is happening in the US also. It seems that some think that it is the result of general hackers and not being associated with ISIS. Just some people doing some bad things sort of as a prank. But it could be the result of some who may be sympathetic to ISIS.

    Whatever the case, if they are just pranksters toying around, on the internet, they really don't know what they are getting themselves into. If they are associated with ISIS, they need to realize that if this keeps up they will get tracked down and wind up in sunny Cuba for an extended vacation.

    Posted in: Japanese tourism site hit by pro-IS hackers

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    78% of Jewish people voted for Obama in 2008 and 69% of Jewish people voted for him in 2012.

    Like Boehner or not, he did a job on causing a rift in the Dem party. Since the reaction of Bibi speaking, and some Dems like the Congressional Black Caucus and other groups of Dems not showing up, guess who will not be getting the campaign donations for the next elections. There is a difference between the Jews in America and the Jews in Israel. The "Woody Allen" Hollywood types may be Jewish in name, but have no love for Israel.

    As for trying to compare US Republicans to Bibi and his party in Israel is ridiculus. To say that a party is conservative in their own country has nothing to do with conservatives in another. One thing that Bibi told the AIPAC yesterday was that "America is concerned with her security, Israel is concerned with her survivability." When you have a nation like Iran saying that they will wipe Israel off the face of the earth with a nuke, then why wouldn't want to stop them from getting one.

    Take a look at NK, they are believed to have a nuclear capability, and every so often they make the rhetoric to invade the south and destroy it as well as pose a threat to Japan. The difference between NK and Iran is that Iran has had actual combat experience (remember the Iran/Iraq war that lasted for most of the 80's), where we had embargos on weapons to Iran back then, but they will still capable to holding their own against Iraq for a long time. As others have pointed out, Iranians are Persians and not Arabs, and the Arabs don't want a nuclear Iran either but know that a nuclear Israel will not attack them, but do you think Kuwait or Jordan will be happy with a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia? I doubt it.

    Posted in: Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

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    Alphaape

    And in doing so, you become no better than them.

    You come to their terms when you lob off the heads of people who don't believe in your religon or sell off women and girls into slavery. By fighting like they do, and letting them know you get no special treatment for the inhumane things you are doing sends a message.

    If they want to be recognized as a legitimate government, and have an army as a legitimate force that follows the rules of the Geneva convention, then of course my recommendations should not be valid since they are following the "rules of war." But if they chose not to follow, then all bets are off.

    As a "terrorist" they want to instill fear into the populace in order to compensate for their smaller numbers since they don't have the men and arms to fight in a conventional way. I say just stop treating them with any humane compasssion and treat them the way they treat their victims. That's how they are fighting and understand things.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

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    Alphaape

    By all means reduce this piece of scum to a smear in the desert... but to punish his parents?

    The reason why is you need to bring this war to them on their terms. To them, they see it as a religious war, while the west is trying to do as much as it can to say that it is not. If they want to live by a Sharia law, then when you fight with them, you need to fight with them the way they understand. For him and his beliefs, the worse thing that you can do to him is to say that he can't take care of his family. Strike back at his family, and he will see that he is not able to deter the will of his enemy. Right now, they are winning the "war of the wills" because the west will bend over backwards to appease them.

    Why do you think the US went through such measures to make sure that the body of bin Laden was buried according to "Muslim traditions" in order to make sure that the people would not have a rallying poing (among others) against the west. Look at what happend when the so called "torture" reports that the US supposedly used in Iraq incluede telling militants that they would be shot with bullets soaked in pig grease or their bodies would be buried in materials soaked in pig grease. They didn't like the thought of that and of course we get blamed for cruel punishment.

    Fight them the way they fight, and pretty soon they will see that the rest of the world is pretty fed up with them and maybe they can come to the table to talk for a solution.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

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    Alphaape

    What is not being reported is that when Obama and the Dems accuse Bibi of using the US Senate to help his campaign back in Israel, they don't mention that a group of Dem operatives are there to help the opposition against him in the upcoming election. The team is made up of five Democratic consultants and headed up by strategist Jeremy Bird flew to Israel right after the White House publicly objected to Mr. Netanyahu’s plan to speak to Congress. Mr. Bird was the field director for Mr. Obama’s 2008 Democratic primary in South Carolina, when he bested Hillary Clinton.

    So it's fine for Obama to send others who are not even citizens of a nation to help get someone out of office, but it is seem as bad form when they push back and come to the US to speak in front of Congress.

    @ kcjapan: You really need to get an understanding between Boehner and the Tea Party in general. They are really not on the best terms, and you really don't understand what the Tea Party wants.

    Posted in: Netanyahu assails Iran nuclear talks in speech to Congress; Obama disagrees

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    Alphaape

    In a related case, UCLA Medical Center has been going through a similar position in regards to using a similar device going down your throat. It seems that a newer version of this piece of equipment is allowing bacteria to get caught in places that aren't cleaned properly, becaues the company that made the scope hasn't revised the cleaning procedures. As a result, there have been several cases of the "superbug" that is resistant to anti-biotics occuring and people are getting sick and dying.

    The company that makes this device, none other than Olympus. The company that was all over the news a few year ago here on JT when they got rid of their foreign CEO. It seems that the cleaning procedures were not revised for the new equipment, allowing matter to get into smaller areas that were not on the previous devices.

    Again, as probably with this hospital, someone didn't speak up and let the right people know that there could be problems. Yet I am sure that all the paper work is in place and the overtime for the workers was in full force.

    Posted in: Gunma hospital report admits negligence in deaths of 8 liver operation patients

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    Alphaape

    I say they go after his parents and hold them in jail until he is captured or killed. If he knows the world knows who he is now, let's see if he is really a "true believer" and show his face for the next one. I doubt he will. Take a page out of the Israeli playbook, when terrorist do bad things, they level their families homes to make sure that they understand actions have consequences.

    Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked

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    Alphaape

    The only thing that can be done is to see that the youths who slaughtered this little boy be put behind bars for a very long time, and not treated as youths who will merely get a slap on the wrist,

    Does Japanese law allow for the charging of minors as adults in cases of serious crime? If not then it needs to be done, and if it does indeed allow this, I hope that the prosecutors will not just try to put this one in the "win" column and take the easy way and try them as youths, but do the hard work that I am sure it will entail to get them to be charged as adults so that they can get the maximum sentence.

    Posted in: Kawasaki murder victim's mother releases statement to media

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    Alphaape

    For those who don't think that there isn't any voter fraud, have you ever seen people try to get initiatives on a ballot? In order to do so, you will have to have enough registered voters to sign their name to get the initiative on the ballot and those names are turned in to the local county registras office. So if it takes at least 100,000 names of registered voters to get an issue on the ballot, you will need to get at least 25% more than the 100,000 due to the fact that when they check the names, they will exclude those who don't live in the district, not registered to vote, or who are ineligible to vote.

    So there are cases when people think that they can vote and shouldn't be able to vote. It's not fraud all of the time, but the potential is still there. If not, then you would not need to have to gather an excess of names to make sure that you get the right numbers of registered voters to get an initiative on the ballot.

    Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

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    Alphaape

    What makes it worse is the other things Republicans are doing, like shortening hours at polling stations, closing polling stations, shortening the voting period, stopping voting on the Sunday before an election (because black people sometimes caravan from church to the polls).

    I'm Black, grew up in the Black community, and we never did such a thing. I can remember the pastor telling people to go out and vote, but just because you go to a Black church, doesn't mean that you will vote Dem. After all, MLK was a Republican.

    As far as shortening the hours to vote, there is a thing called absentee voting or mail in voting. It doesn't just have to be for those who are overseas in the military. If you are sure you will not be able to be at the polls on the voting day, then you can request a ballot in advance, and mail it in as long as you are a registered voter.

    As far a voter fraud and controlling the polls, all one needs to do is do a search on the city of Bell in Los Angeles county, and how a corrupt city council for a small town with a large illegal population and an small apathetic amount of low income registerd voters wound up passing bond measures to pay for the city officals lucrative salaries. The police chief in a city of 30,000 was making more than the police chief of LA, and other city officals had their hands in the till. Voter fraud was identified by having 19 voters who were living in another city or dead with vote casts in 2009, and several citizens several citizens had reported that city officials encouraged them to fill out absentee ballots in a manner that election experts say has significantly raised the possibility that state law has been violated. Of cousre I need to mention that in the city of Bell, this was a Democratic controlled city.

    So I don't buy this "I can't vote because my boss will not let me off or I will miss hours of work" mantra, if you are a concerned citizen, and know you need to vote, you will take steps to make sure that you make arraingments to get your ballot by mail. I believe that OR has gone to all mail in voting. There is no excuse, no racists standing in front of the polling place to deny one the right to vote. TThe citizen must want to vote first.

    Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

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    Alphaape

    Whaaaat? That is not the way it works in America either. You need to establish that you have resided in your voting district for a certain length of time before the election.

    You find cases like that in FL where a lot of retirees go to live, especially from NYC and for some reason they still want to vote in local elections back in their home state where they had spent most of their previous lives. Being a former military person who was stationed in several states, but maintained my legal state residence in another, I have often used absentee voting, even here in Japan. It's not hard to do, and I have even filled out the application overseas, not needing to go back to my home of record and register at the county courthouse which I have done before.

    So these people saying that requiring someone to show proof of residence is unfair and against the Constitution, I say to them I can still legally vote in my home state and I am a registered voter, and even get those annoying calls from candidates over my Vonage phone, so there is no excuse from someone who lives in the same area and complaining that the "man" is against them because they can't get to the courthouse to register and show proof of residence.

    Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

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    Alphaape

    First of all, fraud doesn't exist to any extent. That's been shown over and over for years now and you even have Republican studies saying the same thing. That alone should stop the debate, but obviously there's more to it.

    Watching a show on Fox recently, and they were having this discussion between 2 Black men on opposite sides. The host asked the one commentator, that at the recent NAACP convention, one of the requirements that had to be followed was that voting delegates had to show an "ID" to ensure that they were supposed to be there to vote and were offical delegates. When the host asked the commentator why is it that the NAACP will ask for ID to ensure the proper delegates can vote, yet don't want the rest of the American public to show an ID before going to a polling booth? He couldn't answer that but began his usual liberal spin.

    You need ID's for everthing in the USA, so asking someone to get one to make sure that they are legally allowed to vote in an election is not denying someone of their constitutional rights. Name me any country that allows anyone off the street to go in and vote to prove me wrong.

    Posted in: Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

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    Alphaape

    Comparing my HTC M7 to wife's I-phone 5c, Apple may have a few better features, but I am still an Android fan. Simply for the fact I am not limited in what I can do by Apple. I-phone can't add additional storage, you must go through the cloud. If you are not tech savvy enough to know when to switch to wifi, all you wind up doing is using your carriers data usage to the max for the month and then you are forced to pay for additional speed. Andorid, just add a micro storage card. Now that ScanDisk has come out with a 200 GB micro, never need to worry about sending to the cloud.

    I will say this, the latest episode of Modern Family was done entirely based on the family communicating through various Apple products and software, and it was a good show case for what it can do. But I still prefer the android and looking forward to the HTC M9.

    One thing about Japan, now that they have started to allow people ot "unlock" their phones and get away from the stranglehold au, docomo has on the market, I imagine that the market here will change somewhat and you will see more people switching from the still popular "flip" phones to either smart version.

    Posted in: Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

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    Alphaape

    So because you are desensitized to violence and your coworkers are not, they somehow do not understand the world?

    In this case, yes. Because my co-workers are what I would call your typical Japanese, they don't like to watch things that make them feel uncomfortable. I'm not talking about horror movies or shoot them up crime dramas, but anything that shows the world in a negative light (especially their Japanese world view) they tune it out. When discussing world events with them, they have no idea of what is going on with groups like ISIS, and to a much sadder point, nor do they realize and understand why surrounding nations don't have high regards to Japan from their WW2 history. Of course they know of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fire bombing of Tokyo, but have no clue what went on in those other battlefileds, nor do they like to discuss the horrors that are occuring real time or in the recent past.

    Teaching students that the world is not all a safe place is a good thing I think. What methods you use I admit need to be adjusted as to what leve you are teaching (don't show things like this to elementary kids), but students need to be made aware. And maybe they need to understand unlike in games and TV, once you shoot or kill someone, there is no reset or coming back.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    Alphaape

    It's a sad state of affairs when we feel that we should desensitize our kids to killing and murder in TV/movies.

    I was not saying that children should be desensitized to violence so that they can see it, however they need to be aware that bad things do happen in the world. Case in point, I tried to show a few Japanese female coworkers the movie trailer for the movie "Unbroken" and they both reacted as if they had seen a horrid scene when the main character was being beaten by the main Japanese guard, who happens to be Takamasa Ishihara (stage name of Miyavi) whom before they saw his role in the preview were excited to see that he was in an American movie.

    These were adult women, who like these girls had no clue as to what happened in WWII, and when the crisis was with the two Japanese citizens held by ISIS was going on didn't understand what ISIS was about, and somehow thought it had to do with Abe and his stance on wanting to change the Japanese constitution. They knew nothing of what is going on in the world, except the latest talento goings on and the latest drama on TV.

    I think the teacher used a valuable tool in teaching his world history class by showing the documentary. At least he is trying to expose them to what is going on. I remember back in my days in school when one of the classes I had asked us to watch what was on PBS the BBC documentary "the World At War" from about WW2, and it was a great way to understand what went on during that period, than watching some of the fictional movies on war that were being shown at the time.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    Alphaape

    If you have to go through so many steps to make sure that your apology or statement doesn't offend anyone, then I think that what ever he says is nothing more than just lip service, and would recommend you just don't say anything. If people will "clutch their pearls" and fall on the "fainting couch" at what he says or didn't say, I think that all parties need to get over it and realize that the war happened, some bad things were done, and we can say we are better for it because that level of fighting and kiliing is not going on now, thanks to the fact that we have been able to realize that it was wrong then and we have learned our collective lessons.

    If I were Abe, I would say just that, we learned from the mistakes of the past, and we will try not to repeat them and move on from there. Recognize that lives were lost on both sides but the fact that Japan has been at peace since then means that for those Japanese that have died, their deaths were not in vain.

    Posted in: Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement

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    Alphaape

    The board of education reprimanded the teacher, calling his decision to show the documentary poor judgement, Sports Nippon reported.

    The Board is wrong and I commend the teacher in trying to explain to his students what is going on in the world. At least he was using a documentary that was produced by NHK, and not just raw video footage from You Tube. One thing I would recommend that the Board take a look at is the latest story on how ISIS members have gone into a Musem in Mosul, and destroyed some statues that were over 2,000 years old because they believed that they were symbols of idolatry, and they should understand that the Great Buddah in Kamakura and other shrines here in Japan will face the same fate if they don't start teaching their students what it is that these groups want, and not worry about what is politically correct and just burying your collective heads in the sand hoping that if you do nothing to them, they will do nothing to you.

    As far as the violent scenes go, I wonder do these girls get nervous watching some of the TV shows and movies that are shown in the media today.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

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    Alphaape

    @ WilliB: You are mistaken if you think the majority is important.

    Correction to my post, that should read "You are mistaken if you think that majority is unimportant."

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 0

    Alphaape

    The "majority" of anything are always just simple followers. It is ALWAYS the radicals that represent the danger of any ideology.

    @ WilliB: You are mistaken if you think the majority is important. You cite the Nazis in your post. If a few of the majoity would have stood up when they first rose to power, maybe the bad things that followed would not have happened. Maybe not all of Nazis were extremists, then if that were the case after the fall of Stalingrad and the constant bombing, wouldn't you think that vast majority would have stood up and demanded more from their government. What if they did, things would be different.

    But, because the extremist knew they have the "silent majority" on their side, they continued on their rampage. So of course the majority matters. If they got fed up with the ISIS types, it would be a coalition of Muslims heading towards Syria to fight them and take back their religion. But, the majority are silent, leaving them to believe that they have their support.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

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