Alphaape's past comments

  • -6

    Alphaape

    Funny how this article says that Korea imported Christian conservative views, and then they jump clear over to Thailand, yet they bypass Malaysia and Indonesia, majority Muslim countries who look down on homosexuality. Instead of trying to make this about conssrvative Christians and our socalled hangups.

    Posted in: Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of U.S. court ruling

  • 0

    Alphaape

    The controversy has spread across the country, with politicians adding to the voices clamoring for the removal of Confederate symbols and names,

    A few years ago, the Univ. of Mississippi (Ole Miss) mascot was a character named "Colonel Rebel" for obvious reasons. Colonel Reb was depicted as a Old style confederate gentleman, along the lines of the old look of Harlan Sanders for KFC. Of course during the late 90's and early 00' this was deemed as "offensive" and the university removed him as an official mascot for Ole Miss, and replaced him with a bear. Funny thing in all of this controversy, the university had a contest on what the next mascot should have been, and they were finding that there was a big move to get the Star Wars character "Admiral Akbar" to replace the Colonel. Of course the university didn't go with that, but that goes to show that the voices of the loudest whiners get heard, and sometimes those that whine the most have other agendas in mind.

    As I stated, I understood what the flag stood for, and know what it is used for, and I don't hold those beliefs. So it doesn't bother me. But sadly it is part of the American dynamic and we can't just whitewash it over. It is offensive to some I agree, but it is a part of the American life. Having said that, if it flies on Civil War memorials and cemeteries, I can live with that. Over current state government buildings, then I can see where the line can be drawn. If individuals want to have one, that's their right.

    I just wonder, will this mean that they will go back and digitally erase the flag from the "Gen. Lee" on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard" reruns?

    Posted in: 2 victims of Charleston massacre mourned as battle rages over flag

  • 6

    Alphaape

    The controversy has spread across the country, with politicians adding to the voices clamoring for the removal of Confederate symbols and names,

    The first place they need to start would be in West Virginia, where the late Senator Robert Byrd's name is on several dozen bridges and buildings. Byrd was the Democrat West Virginia Senator who was before that a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan and a former Kleagle (i.e. Klan boss) and politician who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but later in life was one of the longest serving and key power broker in the Democratic party.

    As a Black man, I don't believe in what the rebel flag stood for, and I for one will not be buying one. But, from a historical standpoint, it is part of the American fabric, and shows that at a time when the nation was divided, we fought a war and afterwards, the nation was able to get back together as a union. I am not naïve enough to believe that there is not racism and rather they rally around a flag from the Confederacy, a Swastika, or the old flag of Rhodesia (as the shooter was shown wearing on a jacket), those types of people will be here no matter what. What matters is that people don't allow those types to get the upper hand and try to push their narrow views on others.

    Posted in: 2 victims of Charleston massacre mourned as battle rages over flag

  • 4

    Alphaape

    One would think that these "civil servants" should only have to look in the mirror at themselves to figure it out. If they are single, ask themselves why they are and you will probably come up with the same answers that these so called surveys came up with. If they are married, you mean that they can't look at their working conditions and see long hours, increased taxes and the other reasons people say that they have put off marriage and starting a family isn't obvious to them?

    Not too many bright people, or these are the ones in this department who didn't test well but still got a job simply by going to the right schools.

    Posted in: No romance to show for Y6 bil in gov't outlays

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Be careful what you wish for, as the saying goes. The GOP/Dems who voted for this seem to be fine giving the President the authority granted in this bill. But what happens when a new President comes along and they don't like him/her. Then you will see Congress will reap what it has sown.

    Posted in: Congress hands Obama major win on trade legislation

  • 3

    Alphaape

    Very sad all around for the parents/brother and the driver of the car. If as she says she didn't notice the kid in the parking lot I hope that she doesn't get the "book" thrown at her. It seems we see people do horrible things on purpose on JT and they wind up getting light sentences, yet someone who really didn't know that something had happened or it was out of their control get harsh sentences.

    RIP little girl.

    Posted in: 2-year-old girl dies after being hit by car in Fukuoka parking lot

  • -3

    Alphaape

    Good job by the police officer, but he fails in execution. You don't fire warning shots like on TV. When a bullet leaves the gun, it is going somewhere. If he shot it in the air, it's not going to be like in the cartoons and somehow come right back down next to him, shoot into the ground, a chance of a ricochet and injuring himself and allowing the perp to get the upper hand on him, and shooting at the perp and missing, you run the risk of the bullet finding an innocent bystander.

    If you shoot, shoot at the perp shoot center mass to take them down, and you don't try the fancy stuff you see on TV of shooting to take a weapon out of their hands or in the legs to stop them.

    Posted in: Policeman fires warning shot after truck thief threatens him with hatchet

  • 4

    Alphaape

    I wonder what happens to the people in their 20's from their teens. It seems everywhere I go I see teenage "couples" sitting together in their school uniforms holding hands and basically doing the "boyfriend/girlfriend" thing. Do these types of things all of a sudden disappear when they become adults?

    Posted in: 40% of unattached singles in their 20s, 30s don't want relationship: survey

  • 3

    Alphaape

    40% say that they are not interested, but that still leaves 60% that says they are. Even when you slice and dice the statistical data, you still have more people who don't necessarily hold those views.

    @ Gosenx: I can understand to a point your views, but buried in the article was the statements

    Other reasons cited by respondents were they did not know how to start a relationship or where to find a possible partner. Another reason cited by some was that they felt they lacked appeal.

    that really explains the crux of the matter. These young people don't know how to be adults and take a chance and try to meet someone or that they have no self confidence. If you have a majority of people like that in a society, then what you get is what you see here in Japan, a large group of people just going with the flow because someone tells them to and even if they don't think it is the right thing to do, they do it anyway. That just keeps the ones who don't think like that in power and the end result is you have a Japan typically along the lines of what you described in your post.

    Posted in: 40% of unattached singles in their 20s, 30s don't want relationship: survey

  • 4

    Alphaape

    Roof was a coward plain and simple. If he really wanted to start a race war, why didn't he go to Baltimore or Ferguson and shoot up people? Probably because he knew that they would fight back. He thought he was going to trigger some type of "Helter Skelter" and he was sadly mistaken.

    My choice of punishment for him, send him into general population in prison, and let the local "Black Guerrilla Family (BGF)" or the Black prison gangs take care of him.

    Posted in: Charleston church holds emotional reopening

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Basically, most of the developed world that isn't gun-crazy America.

    @ cleo: You do realize that in Austria on the same day, a man used his car to ram into 3 people, killing them and getting out of the car and slashing people with a knife. He later turned himself in to the local police, without first stating his religious reasons for doing so.

    No guns were used, yet people were killed. I have known churches as I have stated that have had persons in the pews with guns. Some had concealed carry and some were there serving as security. One reason, one of the best places for a criminal to do a break in is in a large area where many people are otherwise occupied. That's shy in some churches they have roving security in the parking lots, to make sure that those who would do break-ins into cars and attack persons going in with their money to give to church aren't harassed and robbed. You will not hear about this in the news, but I come from an area that has this scenario and more that occurs every Sunday.

    Doping young men (as in the case we find out in this case) is the root cause. What you will see is that after his toxicology report comes out, it will be negative for drugs, where sadly in this case it should have shown some of the psychotropic drugs he was on since at least they kept him in check for the years he was on them. Just like the shooters in the other mass shooting cases (VA Tech, Colorado) they were "off" their meds, meds that they have been on for years that they shouldn't have been on in the first place.

    Posted in: Suspect caught in South Carolina church shooting rampage

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Depends on what I did during the day, but if I feel "sticky" I hit the shower before bed. But I am normally a morning shower type.

    Posted in: Mega-important debate: Do you shower before work or before bed?

  • 0

    Alphaape

    If you're balanced, you don't feel the need to obtain a firearm.

    If you don't want to have a gun I can respect that. Funny thing though, a couple of years ago in my home town in the south there were a series of break-ins occuring in churches in the area, even one where the perps shot up a church on a Sunday. Most of the churches in some areas do have security guards or members who act as security and some of them are armed. Sad to say that the cases in my hometown were Black on Black crime cases and the perps were caught.

    Posted in: Suspect caught in South Carolina church shooting rampage

  • -5

    Alphaape

    Wait for the inevitable NRA statement, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

    More like people who take anxiety drugs kill people. Once again, we find out that he was on some type of drug that altered his mood. He was arrested earlier this year, and the police found on him Suboxone, which is a habit-forming drug that has been connected with sudden outbursts of aggression.

    So whomever pushed these drugs (big Pharma) drugs would be just as responsible according to your logic as the NRA. This guy had issues, and sadly he attacked people that had not done him wrong. This type of violence happens in the USA, but the rest of the world too (remember Charlie Hebdo).

    I hope that calm remains in Charleson and that the baiters on both sides of the spectrum don't use this event to push some agenda, and that we don't forget that the lives of 9 people were lost in a church.

    Posted in: Suspect caught in South Carolina church shooting rampage

  • 1

    Alphaape

    If I said that Japan is just another "asian country" on this board, many of the same posters who say that I am wrong and that Japan is a unique entitiy unto itself are the very same ones who say that the universities shouldn't have the anthem played.

    Like it or not, we are all parts of a group. Some groups allow others to have more freedoms than others,but we are still part of the group. Hey my ancestors were brought to America in the bottom of slave ships, but I still stand and respect the American flag and anthem, simply for the fact that it is my home and I belong. Yes there may have some bad parts to the history, but somehow we have overcome that and it is much better than it has been in the past.

    Just because one has pride in their nation doesn't mean that they are an extremist and if not their way they will behead you and take over your country.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

  • -4

    Alphaape

    Patriotism" and "nationalism" are the last resorts for people who want to feel superior but have no virtues of their own to be proud of.

    So what do you stand for? If you think this world is just some big "global union" and everyone is the same, then you don't understand human nature. Let me ask this, for any school that you may have gone to, did you or did you not support any team that the school may have put forth? If so, does that not make you a patriot and proud of that school? If not then I guess you don't care about the rest of the world around you.

    By the way, as others have pointed out, if you don't want to respect the nation at the university level, it is these university graduates that in the future will be in charge. If all they are interested in is their "own piece" they will have no problems selling out Japan just to justify their own self interests.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

  • 2

    Alphaape

    Yeah, but which one had more fun?

    That's the bottom line on all of these types of articles that seem related. Though I can understand the hesitancy of spending huge amounts of money in the dating scene (been there and done that), but that doesn't mean that if you don't want to do all of that your only option is to not date. How about going out with women who are not "high maintenance" for a chance and not be worried about trying to capture some image-type that everyone is after.

    These people seem like they are young who are responding, but wait I would like to see them in a few years when the reality of life hits them. You may not want a family now, but how will you feel when you are in your 30's? Also, if you are not going to spend freely but wisely, then what will you be doing with your money? Why are you going to slave away at J-incorporated, and do nothing with the wages you make except to just by comics and sit around and play online games.

    Guys need to learn how to take a chance on life and enjoy it a little.

    Posted in: Cost-conscious males make for stingy relationships

  • -9

    Alphaape

    In 2020 when Japan hosts the Summer Olympics, if a Japanese athelte wins the Gold Medal (especially in an event that the main competitors will be from China and South Korea), once the Japanese flag and national anthem are being played, everyone of the posters who say that it is just being nationalistic or those from the universities and others who are against it will stand with pride when it will be played then.

    Folks, if you don't have pride in your country, then I don't know what to say. If as they say the words in the song only extol the virtures of the Emperor and you don't like it, then have your elected officals remove the Imperial Household simply by cutting off funding and pass laws to do so.

    These are state supported schools, who receive a majority of their funding from the taxpayers and the government. If you can't show some appreciation to that, then I don't know what to say.

    Posted in: Universities asked to raise flag, sing national anthem at ceremonies

  • 5

    Alphaape

    It would if it were me. And I guarantee there are guys out there who are having sex with these girls. The girls just don't like to mention that part.

    @ Strangeland: You are 100% correct in your statement about the girls having sex, and I also bet that the boys are doing just as much. When I was single long ago, I found it interesting how when I ran into Japanese females that hung around "us Americans" that when you find our more about them you find out that they are actually in relationships with Japanese males, and basically living it up before getting married. In one case, a lady I was dating called me crying, explaining to me that she and her boyfriend (Japanese) had just had a huge fight and he broke it off with her. I of course just laughed when I reminded her just earlier that week she was on to me about what her "friends" said that they saw me out with another woman.

    I guess when you are young, these are the games young people will play. Whether they have a side boyfriend here in Japan or whether they have someone that they have met on an overseas trip (been there done that), it all comes down to they are trying to keep two images of themselves. One to present to the group, the other their own personal life. I say don't worry so much about the group. If you meet someone you like (for both males and females), then make an effort to get to know that person one on one, see if you two are compatable. If you are able to be compatable while you are away from the group, then try to work things out. If not, you have learned a valuable lesson and you move on.

    Staying with the group only leads to one thing, you and a bunch of other women (or men) sad and bitter and alone.

    Posted in: 'Will boyfriend' - A new expression in Japan’s evolving dating scene

  • 6

    Alphaape

    I believe the American English word for 'will boyfriend' is either 'friend' or 'male friend.' Is there no word for that in Japanese?

    Some in America call it "Friends with Benefits."

    I feel sorry for those guys

    .In a way I could feel sorry for the guys, but I would hope that they would be able to see that if that is all a woman wants, to cut your losses early and go looking for someone that is willing to go to the next step. Back in my single dating days, if I ran into a woman who just wanted to "hang out" and not get serious, then that's just what would happen. Two can play at that game and if she didn't have time for me then, well I would just go someplace else.

    I think the women types discussed in this article are not fully aware that if they just keep strining someone along, eventually he will go another way. Sad to say if a guy is wanting to get married, and even though there may be more men than women, it still will be much easier for them to find someone than the female. They (women) want to have their cake and eat it too, so they had just better be prepared when there is no more cake.

    Posted in: 'Will boyfriend' - A new expression in Japan’s evolving dating scene

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