Alphaape's past comments

  • -4

    Alphaape

    Sad story. But my guess is that the family is Muslim. Not to say that Christians can be just as guilty of this type of intolerance, but looking at this story objectively and realizing how the media operates in the USA one can determine this pretty accurately.

    The fact that it wasn't mentioned in the story that the father was Christian is a major key. In most cases, sometimes the writers or editors would like to put in the fact that the father had a religious belief or belonged to some church that has strong anti-gay sentiment when they go through the background of the family. This is not the case with this story so far. They have gone and talked to neighbors and talked about other issues the family may have had, but they are steering clear of the religious aspect. This tells me that the reason for this is because they may be Muslim, and sadly this goes against the agenda that a lot of the media wants to present. Like it or not, many Muslims would be viewed as strict "conservatives" in their beliefs in regards to sexual orientation and family values. That's jus the way it is.

    Without that background research done by the reporters, one could surmise that the father was Muslim. Just my opinion.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

  • 1

    Alphaape

    There used to be similar festivals throughout Japan but from the Meiji Era onwards have been phased out mainly due to criticism by interfering disapproving foreigners.

    While stationed there in the Navy, the commands used to ask us to get out and participate in the various local festivals and events, even pointing out some of them in notices. Funny, they never did point out these types of festivals or recommended that we attend. But they did give us a heap full of sexual harassment training. Go figure.

    Posted in: Size matters at Japan phallus festival

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Someone forget to deliver the envelope this week?

    Probably so. But now that this is out in the open, the business will dry up. They just couldn't wait an extra week to get their vig.`

    Posted in: Osaka police raid elite 'tiger blowfish' restaurant

  • 1

    Alphaape

    He's sitting under a bare tree. I guess he will not get tapped next year to do it.

    Posted in: Early reservation

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I find it amazing sometimes that refugees may come to one place, and demand that their traditions and laws are allowed to be as it were in the place that they came from. They don't want to assimilate but expect others around them to accommodate them. If their desire is that strong to maintain their culture, then why not go back to where they left and fight for it there instead of fighting or blowing up other people who may not wish to follow according to how you chose to live.

    I remember back in the late 70's the influx of Vietnamese Boat people into one of the National Guard camps in my home state. They stayed there for almost a year, but then they were farmed out to other areas of the USA. Some moved down to the Gulf coast and now their descendants are the shrimp fishers down there, others relocated to different parts of the USA and this you have a few "Little Saigon's" in places like Orange County CA, etc. My point is once they got settled, yes they did set up ethnic neighborhoods, I don't have an issue with that, but for the most part they have assimilated into the USA.

    Europe still has a problem that we in the USA don't have as much. To be an Italian for example means that one is of Italian heritage. Same as in other countries, even Japan. But to be an American, one can be a foreign born person, gone through the citizenship process (legally) and once granted US citizenship, they are identified as an American. Sure we get nit-picky and go with "African-American" or "Irish-American" etc, but when have you seen many label themselves as "African-Italian" or "Japanese-Chinese"? I am not talking about mixed raced people but one born of a different race in a different country, and having become a full citizen in every right to a particular country like in America. I know that there are some, but the difference is in America we are more accepting to that than some of the nations in Europe, where like it or not your lineage still matters.

    Posted in: Nations drag heels on Syria refugee resettlement

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Syria’s neighbors, especially Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have absorbed most of the refugee burden, with the U.N. repeatedly calling on wealthier nations to do their fair share.

    If you look at what has happened in Belgium, where immigrants came, some generations ago and settled there, but they didn't assimilate but stayed isolated in their ethnic communities so much that they have the problems that they have now. Taking in refugees is one thing, if they are going to eventually go back to their homeland when it is safe, but to order nations to take in a complete group of people, who may still want to keep their own ways and customs and not assimilate is a problem.

    People who normally immigrate on their own free will for the most part are willing to assimilate. For these refugees, there are plenty other Gulf and Middle East nations that are wealthy and can take them in. For those who say, what will they do there in those nations, with no jobs for them to do, the same could be asked what will they do in Europe or America?

    Posted in: Nations drag heels on Syria refugee resettlement

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Apple should have helped plain and simple. With the proper use of search warrants, this should not have been a problem. If Apple would have complied, they would have been able to keep the technology to do so in house, and then charge a fortune for people to get their phones unlocked. Now that the FBI has been able to crack it on their own, there will be no market, or a smaller one for the technology to do so. It will get leaked, and I am sure that there are some out there who will think of this as their "Mt Everest" and try to develop a crack. As they say, if you make something idiot proof, a better idiot will come along.

    Posted in: FBI unlocks iPhone of attacker without Apple's help

  • -3

    Alphaape

    Notice he didn't say that they will be required to have them, but he was ok with them having them. So If Japan and SK want to have them, and have measures in place to assure that they will not use them as a first strike, who is the USA to say no? I mean we keep hearing from those in Japan who want the use to close bases, well this will give Japan a big option to defend itself if their homeland comes under attack. Isn't that what the anti-base people want?

    So far the world (UN) has banned other countries from getting nukes. But that hasn't stopped North Korea yet.

    Posted in: Trump criticizes NATO; says he's OK with Japan, S Korea having nuclear weapons

  • 4

    Alphaape

    Wonder what American's of the Jewish faith really think of their bigot in chief? Cruz's religious nutters already have spoken, they like folks who act like teenagers in high school social media.

    You do realize that one of Trump's daughters is married to a Jewish man and has accepted that religion. So I am not sure why one would say that Trump is a bigot. Again, if Trump actually used a derogatory terms for a race of people it would be all over the news. Yet he says some Mexican illegal aliens come to America and commit crimes. Did he say all? No, and the truth to the matter is that some Mexicans do come to the US and commit crimes who are illegal. If you want to be technical about it, if an illegal alien is from Mexico in the US, they are still committing a crime since they are not in the USA legally. He only said we should monitor Muslims who may come from certain parts of the world to make sure that they are not radicalized and don't want to do us harm. What's wrong with that? Did he say ban all Muslims and outlaw that religion? No he didn't.

    Trying to throw the racist card at him is a cheap ploy for those who can't find a way to argue against him on issue points. If you don't like him, fine but looking at the numbers of people voting for him so far in the primaries, according to those who keep throwing the race card, America should be like it was back when Woodrow Wilson (Dem) was the president and the Klan was rising up after the showing of "The Birth of a Nation" who said after he watched it in a private screening at the White House "It was like writing history with lightning." America is not like that anymore, so there must be some truth to the issues that Trump is brining up.

    Posted in: Cruz calls Trump a 'sniveling coward' for threatening his wife on Twitter

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Let us keep in mind guys and gals, he is at this moment, locked up in a cell with no access to outside parties and likely minimal or no access to a lawyer. If his lawyer is Japanese, the lawyer is most likely telling him to cooperate with police in order to receive a more lenient sentence.

    Not all true. Since he is under SOFA, the military can send in lawyers to check on him and advise him on what to say, but he will still have to stay in the Japanese legal system for the 23 days. As for representation, military lawyers are probably not going to defend him in a Japanese court, but what will happen is they will work with a Japanese defense lawyer, and provide him advice based on his Japanese lawyers decision. This will not be free, the military lawyers will do their own "Line of Duty" investigation to see who is at fault. So if he was in jail due to some sort of traffic accident, and he wasn't drunk behind the wheel then in all probability the cost for the Japanese lawyer would be paid for by the US government. In this case, the government will probably pay, but then turn around and put a lien on his pay until the legal fees are paid. As well as any "Gomen Nasi" money that the US government will have to pay, the official representatives will pay it first, and then charge the Sailor for it.

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  • 5

    Alphaape

    Thousands of people have done this, and this guy gets caught. Something tells me that he would have died in suicide bomber training long before he got to the front lines.

    Posted in: Japanese man detained in Turkey for trying to join Islamic State

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Trump just became the next president of the United States.

    Anyone remember this from a few weeks ago:

    Media: Why do they Muslims) do this? Trump: Because they hate us. Media: racist, Bigot

    That about sums it up from the last supposed controversy made up about Trump being a racist and anti Muslim. Someone please explain to me how a country like Belgium, who has no standing military in the Middle East, who accommodates Muslims so much that there are large ethnic communities in the country, and they give out generous welfare to those who need it. Yet they are hated. I guess ISIS is just giving back to them what the Belgians did to the Congo a long time ago.

    and where exactly are these no-go areas the far right is so enamoured of?

    Well we know of one now in Brussels where the Paris attack planner was found. Need I also point out to you a few years ago when Paris was burning due to the disenfranchised youth who were burning cars and rioting, and where the initial search for the Paris attackers occurred in areas right outside of Paris. One can easily do a search and find stories on these places.

    Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombings in Brussels

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Belgium, authorities later found a nail-filled bomb, chemical products and an Islamic State flag in a house in the Schaerbeek neighborhood,

    After the attacks in Paris, when people posted here on JT that there were neighborhoods where the Muslims congregated and law enforcement didn't venture into because of fear, they would get the usual down votes and response to their posts as being typical far right fear mongering and that there are no such places. Well, a few days ago one of the planners for the Paris attacks was caught in his old neighborhood in Brussels, one of these types of places where the Belgium authorities had been searching for him, basically hiding in plain sight. Again, the obvious answer is right in front of their faces, yet they will do nothing and try to come up with some other reasons why this occurred. When the reason is quite obvious, they practice a form of Islam that calls for this violence. If they want to do so, they should round them up, and send them back to the areas in the world where they can practice their religion however they want. What gives them the right to come into another area, where the rest of the world doesn't practice it and blow up innocents? Last time I checked, Belgium isn't in the forefront of sending troops and military equipment attacking Islamic countries. As a matter of fact, the wars being fought in Islamic countries now are Muslim vs. Muslim.

    France has given up her colonies in NW Africa, as well as Britain and the rest of the world. Go back to your lands where if you don't want to interact with the rest of the world you can do so. But don't get mad when the rest of the world moves into the 21st century, and you decide to stick with the 11th century.

    Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombings in Brussels

  • 4

    Alphaape

    How can you say that her story doesn't fit the alleged events? Who's version of events?

    If you look at past reporting of these events, when there was clear evidence of a SOFA members guilt, the press kept reporting on the crime daily with it seemed daily updates on the victim and their story. Now with this case, after the initial story, things seem to have dropped off. I would like to think that the J--press has developed a more compassionate stance to respecting the victims privacy and not trying those accused in the public media, but I don't think so based on how they react to other related cases dealing with high profile Japanese on Japanese cases.

    I hope that the bottom line can be found in this case the right way. If it was as some have suggested a consensual affair with a "moment of truth" in terms of regrets afterwards then the woman should apologize to the Sailor. If he did indeed assault her, he should face the penalty of the crime in the Japanese system.

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  • -6

    Alphaape

    Can you tell us what you think the current vetting process is?

    @ SuperLib: Not a very good one. Case in point, the recent San Bernardino shootings show that the female of the pair was very active in anti-west sentiment and even went to a madrassa in Pakistan that is known for such sentiment. However, when she applied for her visa, ICE officials were not allowed to view her social media postings (which had the normal amount of anti-west postings) because it is "unofficial policy" for them not to view these types of things. This was a major talking point after the events on how ICE has been failing to properly screen, and that how can we say we will bring in 250,000 refugees from that area without any proper documentation, when we failed to catch a potential one when she presented all the paperwork, and it was there for us to see but we chose not to look at it.

    What we need to do is get a better vetting process as Trump and others have said before we start letting them in from that particular areas. After all, in the past we were told that once the border is secure, we can begin the "comprehensive immigration reform" that we keep hearing about.

    Posted in: Trump refuses to condemn violence at his rallies

  • -4

    Alphaape

    His misogynist attacks, contempt for Mormon faithful, Bigoted attacks on Mexicans and concentration camp philosophy towards Muslim faithful have disqualified him for inclusion in any recognized American political party.

    Where has he called for "concentration camps for Muslims? He has said that we should halt immigration/entry of Muslims from certain areas of the world where radical Islam is flourishing until we have a better method of vetting them before they come in. This would not be able to be enforced to Muslims who are US citizens, which he acknowledges. So how radical is that? Attacking Mormons? I believe he said that Mitt Romney is not acting up towards the tenants of Mormonism, not everyone else in the religion. That was a jab at Romney himself. I am not going to question another man's faith and if they are practicing it faithfully, but keep in mind the same anti-Trump crowd has called into question Trump's faith. Bigoted attacks on Mexicans? He was talking about the illegal aliens who are causing crimes in the USA. Just a week ago, ICE issued a report that since 2010, 124 illegal aliens who were released under the haphazard immigration plan we have now have committed 135 murders. This is not counting the ones released in sanctuary cites since ICE never had any record of them. During that same period, in 2014, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens who had been convicted of 92,347 crimes. Only 3 percent have been deported. Now we here on JT like to call the J-police a bunch of "Keystone cops" by the way they handle crimes and most here are readily available to offer "advice" on how they should do better. Do you have any advice to offer for that type of statistic with criminal illegal aliens? How about starting off with deporting them first, and then working on making it so that the border is not open for them to come back and do crimes in the USA.

    Posted in: Trump refuses to condemn violence at his rallies

  • -6

    Alphaape

    Trump's brinkmanship going up another notch to keep the réalité show alive. Disgusting behaviour, once again reminicent of 1930's Germany.

    Trump has not said go out and disrupt the communists and other political opposition parties like the Nazi's (National Socialist Party) did. These people are coming to his rallies and causing a disturbance. Free speech is fine, you can protest outside a rally all you want. And if a Trump supporter attacks then, well that supporter should be charged with assault.

    But when you purposely go into a rally, and try to interrupt speakers, then that is not a free speech right but a disturbance. You don't like him, that's your right, but I don't see Trump supporters going out and blocking highways to stop people from going to a rally (and elsewhere). You know if Trump has said for his supporters to go out and disrupt opponents rally's it would be a press highlight.

    Posted in: Trump refuses to condemn violence at his rallies

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Get rid of the root cause CIA makes alot money money trafficking drugs.

    Get real, the USA and CIA are not the cause of the world wide drug problem. Take a look at Afghanistan and their rampant opium problem in the area, both with the growers and users. That business has been there long before America was discovered. People have been getting high off opium for ages. The British used the opium from the Hindu-Kush (when it was all part of "India") back then to flood China with opium. So it is not a CIA problem, but a human problem in that since we first learned how to make alcohol humans have been addicted to some form of stimulant, be it khat in Somalia, opium, weed, mushrooms, etc.

    Posted in: End the war on drugs

  • -4

    Alphaape

    On the other hand, it is pretty easy for political groups like Greenpeace to suck in gullible kids with their nonsense. Somebody needs to protect the kids.

    They can still get much out of the gullible adults who have more money to contribute to their cause than high school kids. Just make sure they hire and pay off the right actor to make it seem "cool" and the adults will follow like sheep. Maybe the youth will be able to resist but I doubt it.

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  • 24

    Alphaape

    How about focusing on teaching or getting them off the "cram school" stuff and not worry about what they do after school hours if they want to participate in politics. None of their business. If anything, they should applaud the kids for having an interest in politics rather than sitting at home watching animae and playing video games.

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