JTDanMan's past comments

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    JTDanMan

    Anyone remember those crime tales of Old Japan that appeared in the Mainichi back in the 90s?

    Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan

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    Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist during the Balkan wars but who is now a moderate with a pro-Western stance,

    I understand the hatred for the man, or at least what he represents. But, seriously, looking at Japan and Korea, how the hate never dies, were I a Bosnian Muslim, I would grit my teeth and say to the man:

    "Welcome. Ain't the water fine over here."

    Posted in: Srebrenica ceremonies marred by attack on Serbia's premier

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    Well, we'll see if this is puffery for the gullible, or really is as foolish as it appears.

    I vote the former.

    Say what you will about Iran's leadership, but one thing cannot be denied:

    They are smart. They are careful. And they understand realpolitik.

    Posted in: Iran's leader calls for continued anti-U.S. struggle

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    Isn't it funny how those above who bleat financial responsibility now were so silent in 2008.

    Posted in: Greece struggling to convince creditors it's for real

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    A good idea. Setting up the meeting would predicate setting up the agenda of the meeting.

    And that would mean a lot.

    Posted in: Abe considering China visit in September

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    First, I'm not complaining. Second, I have dealt with selfish, unruly kids.

    And third, I have found simply asserting submission is only a half measure. After they have submitted, then it is time to teach.

    Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

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    FYI: Bernie Sanders recently topped 20% for national primary Dem voters on a open field. Against HCR a lone, he's at 35% to her 40 something.

    And now Clinton trots out the middle class big reveal.

    I am glad to see which way the wind is blowing. While I think she'd make a damn fine president, I prefer someone who started blowing.

    Posted in: Clinton to make boosting wages central to her economic plan

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    Amazing how many people here are ok with child abuse.

    I see what you're getting at. Still, I think it unfair to lump the tough love posters with with others who find the teacher's conduct ok. That is, the latter do not necessarily view 20 minutes of seiza as abuse.

    Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

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    So, the author's argument is Greek spent too much on hosting the Olympics and now is facing debt suicide, and because Japan is hosting the Olympics, the same.

    Right.

    I guess the only problem with this, er, analysis, whereas Greece is a country of 11 million and ranks 44th in GDP, Japan is a nation of 125 million, and ranks no 3 in GDP.

    Oh, and isn't part of the EU.

    Posted in: Japanese should take heed of Greece's woes

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    I think the most interesting thing about this whole affair is...

    the students complied.

    Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late

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    Only private sector can pull the nations economy out of the sluggishness it has been in.

    A statement of faith by the right; empirically false.

    And we Democrats know this. And that is why you will lose. And we will win.

    Posted in: Clinton to make boosting wages central to her economic plan

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    Currently the US and Japan seem in some kind of honeymoon.

    After taking their second vows. The first was a shot-gun wedding. Now, we are meeting much more as equals, and I am very happy about that.

    I love the Japanese people. They have all the foibles and greatness of humanity. And I think it high-time for Japan and the Us to come together on a much more equal footing.

    Posted in: Pelosi receives Japan award

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    In the US and UK common law, he may have been found guilty of depraved-heart murder, or second degree murder. Depraved-heart is when if the defendant commits an act of gross recklessness.

    If the facts are as alleged, then, yeah, he committed depraved heart murder.

    Posted in: Appeals court convicts S Korean ferry captain of murder

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    People! Its not racism. Its just bigotry based on race.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    Uhm, in Operation Tomodachi US Forces delivered 189 tons of food, 2 million gallons of water, and 87 tons of additional relief materials during response operations.

    Source: Japan Ministry of Defense White Paper Special Feature, Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Appendix 1).

    Conclusion (and I quote): "The fact that US servicemen and assets were located on or adjacent to recovery operations saved an incalculable number of lives and expedited recovery operations."

    So, yeah, I guess the Japanese government thinks " IF it wasn't [sic] for America and Operation Tomodachi many Japanese would have died."

    Posted in: Helping hand for Nepal

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    Two interesting related aspects to Sugihara's story:

    First, he was not murdered or imprisoned for his rebellion. To be sure, he became a persona non grata, but he was allowed back into Japan, and even pursued a new career. His punishment was, in effect, ostracism.

    Second, considering the first, where were all the other potential Sugiharas....? Just as, where were all the emmigres?

    Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara

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    JTDanMan

    A hug, when on American soil, is perfectly acceptable.

    Not for every one. Not me. I hug my family and a few, very old friends.

    Posted in: Give us a hug

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    JTDanMan

    And, of course, Calgary Cruz is a typical Republican after all: no honor; no shame.

    Headline: Ted Cruz to sign up for Obama Care.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/ted-cruz-health-insurance-obamacare/70384334/

    Posted in: Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

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    JTDanMan

    See, ISIS actually thinks this is good publicity for them. Which it is. Because they appeal to madman and barbarians.

    They can't help but be barbaric. And barbarians are stupid.

    And that is why we civilized peoples will destroy them.

    Posted in: Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack

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    JTDanMan

    Let me get this straight. These guys are saying:

    This is JAPAN! SPEAK ENGLISH!!!!!

    Posted in: Sign of the times

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