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  • 4

    Alphaape

    A fleeing, unarmed, 18-year-old kid in flip-flops -- who has already been shot at least three or four times -- against a trained cop with a firearm

    @ yabits: You must not be talking about this case. It has been shown that the victim was assualting the cop before he was shot. The cop has wounds to prove it. Also, prior to the shooting, he is on video doing a strong arm robbery in a convenience store for cigars to make "blunts" which if you didn't know, you use them with your marijuana.

    I am all for curbing police brutality, and if this was just a kid who was not walking in the middle of the street, and didn't stop when the cops asked him to but was shot anyway, then I would say the people have a right to be angry. Not a right to riot and burn their own community down but to be angry. But, based on the evidence that has been shown, this is not the case. You say some white witnessess saw this, but also did some black ones and their testimonies jibe with what the cop says.

    If it seems that everyone wants to come out of the wood works and testify as to what they saw, where are these people when there are black on black crimes, and the police ask and they get the silent treatment? Let's see what the Grand Jury says and go with it. Also, the Grand Jury is made up of people from the community who are registered voters. Again with this story, Blacks are up to 65% of the community, but only had about 6% participation in the last few elections. So again, it will probably be made up of people who may not look like the community. So don't come out with "people don't have the time or opportunity to vote" if the very same people have been gearing up for the past few days to protest the verdict. That takes a lot longer than going to the polls on one day for a few hours to vote and participate in the democratic process.

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  • 2

    Alphaape

    saying that “the stupidity of the American voter” helped Democrats pass the complex legislation,

    If anything, it says more about those who were in the House and Senate and the President more than the people. Afterall, they were the ones who voted it into law and signed the bill. But to a point, those who were in office at the time thouth that they had a mandate from the people wanting health care changes. I believe most Americans do, even I do and I am more right leaning than left. But I said at the time why not start off small and make incremental changes that would be more beneficial to the majority than trying to start off something new. America had processes in place to provide health care to those who truly needed it. But those processes needed to be fixed (and still do) and the focus of effort should have been on reforming those, so that they would be able to rach more people and truly be more affordable.

    This is how all types of insurance work, not just health insurance. This isn't hard to understand, is it? The 'stupidity of the American voter'.....he's right on point with that.

    But the big insurance companies needed to get paid off. And they are not going to be on the hook in the end. Remember the housing crisis back in 2008? Many of those homes that went into default the borrowers were required to purchase mortage insurance in the event they couldn't pay. Where did that money go? Lenders/banks should have been able to recoup their losses based on having all those who could make payments and the previous payments on their insurance cover the costs of those in default. But they didn't, they did other things with the money. Sad to say, but we will probably see something like this with the health care industry before too long.

    I did the same while living in the USA. And I would hope that when I am old and decrepit my premiums will go down with the assistance of the government and the general population.

    Why should I take care of you in your old age? What about the concept of making insurance affordable so that even when you get old, you will be able to pay for it yourself and not rely on the government and other people's money to take care of yourself. That should be the goal of the population, not just wanting for their government handout.

    The Interstate Highway Bill signed by Eisenhower back in the 1950's was only 12 pages long. From that law, we got the US highway system and it was at the time and still is an ideal way for providing a method of moving cars and vehicles along with a uniformed standard that has proven to be one of the greatest assests the US has to move goods from one state to another.

    So why do we need a 1200 page bill to pass as Obamacare? Just more smoke and mirrors by our so called elected leaders. But it doesn't stop there, just take a look at some of the local "bond measures" and other propositions that get put on ballots that may sound good, but if you read the fine print you find out that they do something else completely unrelated. Not so much that the American voters are dumb, but the politicans are crooks.

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  • 0

    Alphaape

    If a kid living in Japan coming from North Korea can't see that what they are going to "teach" them in a school like this and honestly believe the hype, then they deserve what they get and maybe it's good for them to attend. If they can't compare and contrast the lifestyle of what goes on in their country compared to what is happening in Japan, then NK will be around for a long time. I would expect that these kids are probably the "elite" of hte regime who have the chance to get out of the country with their parents and see the world as it is. I would imagine that they would see that even the poor in Japan, probably have it much better than most of their countrymen in NK, including some in the so called elite.

    Let them go, and let them believe what they want to do. They will be only marganilzed in the rest of the world will only benefit the powers in charge there and will not have any affect on the rest of Japan.

    Posted in: The schools are a propaganda entity for Kim's regime. It's like putting a Cuban school backed by the Castros in Florida.

  • 5

    Alphaape

    Seems like he is the real "Charisma Man" but in the extreme. I would like to see him try this with a few of the Japanese women I know who mainly date Black men. Probably would get a different result. I am sure that he doesn't try that in his own country.

    Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Contrary to some TV pundits, the numbers of Black voters was not as low as they would have you to believe. Blacks voted in larger numbers than expected. Yet the Dems didn't win in some of their elections where there were majority of Black voters helped defeat the GOP in previous elections.

    Where was the attitude and mentality from the Dems when they had both House and Senate of working with compromise and reaching across the aisle? Now why do they want to change their tune? I hope that the GOP doesn't fall into that same trap. Some Dem ideas are good some not so good, but on the same token Dems need to realize that they can't get it all.

    If Obama would have come out with a more concilatory tone, he may be able to come out of this a little better. But he didn't and we can expect to see 2 more years of bickering.

    Here's what I see happening, the move to undermine Obama will not come from the GOP, but from the Dems specifically Bill and Hillary. The more he digs in and doesn't accept that the people don't want all of the things on his agenda, this will make Hillary less marketable. They have a massive political machine that is starting to rev up, and they don't need him to bring them down. I forsee that Hillary will distance herself from some of the decisions she made as Sec. State, and use the old adage "I was only following orders." You will start to see more and more of these things come out to distance herself from that arm of the Dem party.

    Posted in: Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

  • 1

    Alphaape

    There is life after work. You can leave your job if you are being mistreated. They should hammer this into Japanese kids when they are young.

    I agree, if he got the job then he should be marketable enough to get another job. To be a manager at 24 meant that at least he could do the work, so he should have had a bit more confidence in himself and applied elsewhere.

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  • -2

    Alphaape

    What would Romney say?

    @ Laguna: I take it that you think the GOP is the party of "Big money donors" well if you listen to the LA media, you would hear of the numerous traffic jams and impacts on the already hectic commute when either Obama or Biden would show up in West LA to pick up donations at $30,000 a plate dinners. But of course they were doing the peoples work by stopping by at a local business and having a lunch and doing a forum on raising the minimut wage or promising amnesty just to make it offical.

    Go back and see how many campaign fundraisers Obama has gone through in the past few months. Also take a look at how some of his own people were saying instead of getting intelligence briefings on world events, he was out fundraising. I have known people who were on the White House communications team, so I know that if needed, he could launch an attack and get updates while taking a bath, so I am not going to say that he isn't doing the job, but he is nott committed to the job. A big difference that has been shown by his lack of leadership.

    People like to get on the Koch brothers and other big named GOP backers and their donations, but what about Soros and Katzenberg and the other big money donors to the Dems? Aren't they just as guilty of gaming the system?

    Posted in: Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

  • 1

    Alphaape

    The real winners yesterday were the members of the political campaign business. It is said that $4 billlion was spent in total for these midterms. If you added up every elected offical's salary for the next two years until 2016, it would not come no where near that amount. So we have people spending that much money in total, to get jobs that will pay less than that amount, it can only lead to one thing, someone is going to get rich at the taxpayer expense.

    The cynic in me is saying that this election wanted to be lost by the Dems. That way, they can get their donation machine back on track. You now have two years to beat the stump on how the GOP's policies are not working after trying to undo the last 6years of the Dems. Plus, now the likes of Sharpton, Jackson, etc. can get on the bandwagon and say that it was the "white voters" who voted against the Dems since they reject a Black President, etc. Trust me on that one, I listen to "urban" radio from the states and that is all I heard. No real tackling of the issues, but "it's the man's fault."

    So with the Hollywood left embarrassed and too vain to admit that they don't know it all, you will see a massive campaign fundraising take place for 2016. Right now, that favors Hillary since so far she is the only one (Dem or GOP) that has a solid base of donors and a machine ready to start. All she needs to do is keep her mouth shut and hope that no one really looks into her past record.

    Posted in: Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

  • 4

    Alphaape

    The Republicans have successfully rigged the elections so that the will of corporations is superior to the will of people.

    Idon't think so. There were several news soties that didn't get much national attention recently about how a group of Black activist leaders from Chicago and Detroit went on how the Dem party is the really biggest problem in their communities and a recent pastor of a church in the Southside of Chicago stated he was backing the GOP candidate for Gov., and he received death threats (which were played) and how his church was broken into and robbed of $8,000 that was going to be used to build a community center in the area. All because he was going away from what was expected as a Black.

    Also, on CNN as they began to make excuses, Cooper and a commentator from none other than the NYT were going on about maybe it is time to get rid of the mid-term elections, since the majority of voters seem to be white, more informed voters and they believe this may skew the elections. In other words, they want more minorities who are not aware of what is really going on to vote to keep them in power.

    There was no case of collusion on the GOP in this election. The people voted on what they have seen and what they are going througn. Will electing an all GOP Congress make the sun shine brighter tomorrow? No it will not, and there is still a lot of work to be done. But there was not any rigging of the election. If anything, the more recent stories of how people in MD and IL were voting GOP and the electronic machines were casting their votes as Dem, and they blamed it on the screens not being calibrated, or how the various investigative reporters have been shown to be able to vote twice or not even show proof of identity.

    Posted in: Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

  • 2

    Alphaape

    I hope the GOP doesn't blow it this time by trying to only stick to "moral" issues. Though theyare important, that's not what I expect from elected officials. If they want to have a moral platform, lead a moral life themselves and don't try to put your beliefs views on too many people.

    As far as bi-partisanship, this is something that Obama will have to face. The GOP was willing to work with him, and of course on the campaign trail for the past 6 years, Obama says that what they are proposing is out of the question (his question I may add). Time for that to end. I don't think it would make him seem "weak" in not getting it the way that he wants, since for the past 6 years he has been getting things the way he wants, and he does actually look "weak" on the national and international stages.

    In my home state of AR, Bill was campaigning hard for the Senate/Gov candidates who were long standing parts of the Clinton machine, and both lost. Hillary was on the trail in Iowa and the GOP won there. Probably now she needs to take a look at what happened in FL with Crist who lost again and realize it is probably better to go in and be who you are, and not try to contort yourself to what you think the people and polls want. If the public likes where you stand on an issue then they will vote. Even if I don't fully agree with a candidate on everything, if I see them willing to hold fast and not try to change too much to be the "every man" then I would probably vote for them because I would at least know where they stood.

    This victory may help Hillary/Dems in a few ways. 1) Some economist feel that the economy may make a comback around the later quarters of FY15 or early FY16 in spite of the current government influence in its policies that are hurting it. If it does, then the Dems can say that it wasn't the short term effects of the GOP but the long plan of the Dems that got us there. 2) If the economy doesn't come back as some have projected, then Hillary/Dems can say that even with the GOP House/Senate majority it didn't help.

    Now that the election is over, I do hope at least that the GOP and Obama will try to work things out, and I think he may have finally realized that if he wants his party to win the White House in 2016, he will need to eat a little humble pie and work with the GOP. The GOP needs to understand that they can't get everything that they want, and true there are some issues from the past that need to be looked into and some changes to previous legislation needs to be made, but this is not a time for revenge politics but to move ahead. That is how they can stand up to the Hillary/Clinton machine that will not take these losses lightly and will come out in full campaign mode tomorrow.

    Posted in: Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

  • 0

    Alphaape

    What a load of rubbish. There is nothing at all in the story that indicates that the man was at a company event (until 2:40am!) but even if he was, why on earth should the company be responsible? (Unless of course they somehow demanded that he drink and then demanded that he drive home).

    @ ADK99: I brought up the company event because the story says he is a "25 yr-old company employee." What does it matter if he works or not I wonder. But since they brought it up, I am assuming that there may be some association with the comapany and his drinking.

    I for one have never understood why J-media needs to bring up the employment status of someone in a news story. What difference does it make if he works for a company or is self-employed, out of work, etc. It is still a matter of individual responsibility.as you stated. I am in full agreement with that. What I was saying, that if as you say people here are finding more ways of ducking their own responsiblity, I would certainly use that as a defense if at least to stay my prison time.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel

  • 2

    Alphaape

    although it sounds a little like you are not really in favor of the current laws holding establishments responsible

    @ smithinjapan: To be fair, I don't really think that the establishments should be held at all. My point was, if you are going to hold them responsible, then why not the companies. I am big on the personal responsibility of the individual. I can agree with holding establishments accountable by shutting off the sale of liqour after a certain hour and if the person seems too drunk for their own safety. But I think that the responsiblity ends there.

    A long time ago on a US tv show caled "Frank's Place" they had an episode similar to the laws here in Japan. A well known patron of the bar (Frank's Place) was proven to have knowingly get too drunk and get involved in an accident killing himself. HIs family sued the business since they thought it was the bars fault for selling him. Of course in the manner of 1 hr tv shows the case was thrown out, but these cases can happen, especially with the laws as I understand them here in Japan. Why would me and my business be held liable for someone who willingly drinks and drives.

    But I realize life is more complicated than a TV show, but it does bring the issue into question.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel

  • 3

    Alphaape

    @ Viki Lyn Paulson-Cody: I agree with your points, and the bottom line it is up to the individual, but the way the law is written, the authorities can go back and fine the bar/establishment where you were drinking, and if it is a personal party the individual host. Also, if you are riding in the car with a drunk driver, you can also be held liable. The point I was making is that if they are going ot go after all of those people in an incident, then I think being forced to go to a mandatory work party is just as liable. After all, say this guy was at one at some local driking establishment and the prosecutors want to charge them in this case. Then I would at least think the company has some liability.

    I agree, it is an adult choice one needs to make, and I am sure you know that there are some who will not make a stand like you have.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel

  • 6

    Alphaape

    I know Japan has tough laws on drinking and driving and that if you are coming from an establishment either private or public they can be held liable also. If this guy was coming from some type of "mandatory" company event, will they be held liable? If so, that would just ruin most of the Japanese business world I would think when managers will realize that somethig like this could happen.

    Not to condone drunk driving, and i believe that this guy should pay for his crime severly, but if I were him and his lawyer, and he did indeed come from such a company event, I would make sure that they were brought up into this case as well. I know each has an individual responsiblity for our own actions and I hope he pays for his, but at the same time here in Japan, the "company" puts such an emphasis on taking away a persons individuality and maybe it is time they are held accountable for some of these tragic incidents as well.

    Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel

  • 1

    Alphaape

    I am not sure I follow the thinking of my government sometimes. We have entered the flu season. They urge all people to get a flu shot, and to stay home if you feel sick. We have a good idea of how the flu is transmitted and we have a somewhat good handle on how to combat it. Yet, we don't know much about Ebola, and scientist have seen how it has been changing. So why not stay home for 21 days to make sure that you are not carrying the virus?

    If she was in the area, and saw how the fight against the disease was to put people in quarantine, then why not follow those procedures when you come back home?

    For the record, the government do have the right to compel you to do certain things, such as 1) conscription (i.e. draft), where every male at age of 18 has to register for selective service in order to receive federal financal aid for school; 2) quarantine for illness, and 3) jury duty. Try to avoid the summons to appear in court for jury duty and you will be in contempt of court and could wind up in jail. So for her to say that her rights are being trampled are way off.

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  • 6

    Alphaape

    Police said he threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t sign it.

    Some real tough guy beating up on 20 year old women. If he looks like any of the guys I have seen outside these bars, he may not really be so tough after all.

    Posted in: Host club employee arrested for threatening girlfriend

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Without guns so freely available in your society making it so easy for any potential burglar to be a lethal intruder, all you would need to protect your family is a good lock on the door. And maybe a dog with a big bark.

    I seem to remember a few stories here in JT where a crook has broken into an apartment or house and robbed and killed without a gun.

    @MarkG "And the Welfare State created generations of welfare recipient single parents.

    Probably not in this case. For those who don't know, the tribe he was a member of is awash in money. They have one of the biggest Indian casinos in the area, and if anything, they are having issues of removing people who "claim" to be members so that the other members will gain a bit more.

    All of the social outcryig about being poor and gun control have nothing to do with this case. This is just a sad story of a boy who acted out his fantasy on how he perceived reality.

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

  • -1

    Alphaape

    How many of those jilted Japanese lovers were teenagers? How many of them went off and killed a whole group of people sitting at a table? Now compare the total number of incidents in Japan with the number of shootings in America.

    @ cleo: I am sure that there are many since JT doesn't post all of them, just like they don't post all of the killings by other methods than guns in America. My point is, if a person was killed by a nut job with a legal right to own a gun, or some guy who goes on a random stabbing spree, the end result is the same a dead person. If it was a person close to me, I frankly wouldn't care how many others were killed in the attack, since my only concern would be for the person involved that I cared about.

    As I have said, you don't like guns, then don't use them or buy one if available in your area. However, if I am law abiding and they are legal in my area, what right do you have to tell me that I can't own one if I am following the rules and taking responsibilty for ownership.

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Why would it matter - he has tested negative for Ebola. So even if he did any of those things on someone, they still would be fine (other than having had bodily fluids projected at them), as you cannot transmit a disease you do not have.

    What they test for is if the person has the anti-bodies in his system to see if he does have Ebola. There is not a way to tell unless you have the anti-bodies present. Also, it has an incubation period. Better to have him set aside to monitor than have him riding the crowded trains in Japan.

    So why is this a good thing for Japan, but in America when a governor tries to do it, its deemed as "unfair."

    Posted in: Canadian journalist in Japan tests negative for Ebola

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Girl trouble. Which in any other civilised society would have been worked out in a way that did not involve killing and maiming. He used guns because guns were there to be used.

    @ cleo: I am surprised that you posted that comment, since you have been on this site many times and have seen the numerous cases here in Japan on the jilted lover going off and killing the object of their desire or hariming their family members. It happens and that is a sad fact of life. Not having a gun around will not stop it.

    Posted in: 2 dead, including gunman, in school shooting near Seattle

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