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JimizoAug. 28, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
'A relegated United would still fill Old Trafford on any match day'
What? Roy Keane famously and accurately pointed out that Man U have a hardcore of loyal fans while Old Trafford is a library when they are not hitting the heights. Those who jumped on the bandwagon ( a measure of success ) would be out of there in a flash if Man U went down. Many Man U fans look at the 'prawn sandwich' brigade in the same way. I recommend a visit to Old Trafford.
Posted in: Another setback for Kagawa at Man United
JimizoAug. 28, 2014 - 12:08AM JST
'Syria is NOT that stupid, the fury and that would rain down on them would be legendary.'
That Hollywood/biblical rhetoric of the US rightwing always gets themselves weak at the knees. Knock it off. This isn't the book of Exodus or idiotic action movies. Talk like normal people.
Posted in: Syria warns U.S. against unilateral strikes on Islamic State
JimizoAug. 27, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
Man U are throwing cash around like crazy trying to get back into the top 4. Van Gaal will be out the door if he doesn't deliver this in his first season ( the bookies have Man U to finish 5th ). Kagawa is best off playing regularly at a club with stability, not trying to get a place in one desperately trying to halt its decline. I'm sure he regrets the move from Germany now that the Ferguson era is over.
JimizoAug. 27, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
No big deal going out of the League Cup, although the players out there should have been good enough to beat MK Dons. City's second string would probably beat Man U's strongest line-up. Man U need at least two defenders and two centre midfielders. They haven't played a top side yet and still look very weak in midfield and dodgy at the back. Di Maria is a good addition to a good attack but a top class midfield and forward line could run riot against Man U.
Posted in: Man United signs di Maria in record deal
JimizoAug. 26, 2014 - 06:40PM JST
I remember sitting in my mother's garden with my brother drinking beer and being armed with badminton racquets ( we were pretty handy players ) ready for any wasp who fancied a Guinness. The lad with the racquet has the right idea.
Posted in: Advantage bee
JimizoAug. 26, 2014 - 05:58PM JST
I thought Liverpool were the better side up to the mistake for the first goal. Probably the last chance for Balotelli at top club level. I hope he takes it. A world class forward if he can grow up.
Posted in: Jovetic double helps City beat Liverpool 3-1
JimizoAug. 26, 2014 - 01:50PM JST
'totally against the ban... I think at that tender age students should be taught tolerance they should understand sharing space with other religions and race.'
Surely the bigger question should be why those of a 'tender age' are identified with a religion that they are too young to understand and may be dressed in something which marks them out as a member of a particular belief system. I find it really sad, wrong and in some cases potentially dangerous that parents do this to their kids. I remember one writer asked if it would be okay for children to introduce themselves as Marxists, Libertarians or Keynesians because that's what their parents are. Parents should not advertise their often divisive beliefs through their children. I think it's also worth considering the growing popularity of 'faith schools' in the UK for example to see who is often promoting not 'sharing space with other religions'. It's generally not the non-believers.
Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?
JimizoAug. 26, 2014 - 12:07PM JST
'The US should just stay out of it altogether. They're throwing good money after bad. Let the region clean itself up. If there is anything that decades/centuries of middle-eastern meddling have shown, it's that foreign actions in the region never lead to anything good.'
Common sense but there are still those in the US who think past 'interventions' in the Middle East were justified and a good thing. They are beyond reason.
JimizoAug. 26, 2014 - 12:03AM JST
Fair enough. No disrespect to the fine, grand old club of Burnley intended. The reference was made in comparison to the modern, moneyed clubs trying to buy the league.
Posted in: Sluggish United held by Sunderland; Spurs thrash QPR
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 11:53PM JST
'this is simply become a showpiece if YOU decide for them what to wear'
I think it's fair to say that all major religions have treated women as second class citizens ( not surprising if you consider they were created by men ) but a quick look at the gender equality stats from around the world puts Muslim majority countries at the bottom. It's also no coincidence that the countries that do best on this score tend to be secular in nature. I'm a little doubtful of a woman's 'right to choose' in Muslim cultures or even in some Muslim families or communities in secular states. My wife ( hardly a militant feminist ) wonders how any woman could be an adherent of any religion after reading the texts.
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 04:19PM JST
turbostat - 'French ban is racist.'
In what sense is it racist? Religions are beliefs, not races. Most religions now love to tell us that we are all God's children no matter what our ethnicity is. The division and intolerance from many is between believers and non-believers. Even the Mormons had to change their racist views of humans to conform to the law about 40 years ago.
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
A class act. Self-deprecating and very personable in interviews. I'll never get tired of watching him as Big X in the Great Escape. I can even forgive him for supporting Chelsea. That's the highest praise I can give him.
Posted in: Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
'And honestly, lets not try to compare a crucifix worn under your shirt with a full black body suit. The former is normal and many many non-Christians wear such jewelry, the later is an affront to normal thought, and adopted by extremists only.'
'Normal' according to whom? The wearing of a crucifix still advertises division in certain places with a Catholic/Protestant problem. I agree that covering yourself in a cloth bag is more extreme than a crucifix but is walking around with an representation of an instrument of torture 'normal'? I think it was Lenny Bruce who observed that if Jesus had been executed in modern day America, Christians would be walking around with little electric chairs around their necks.
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 10:05AM JST
I support a ban in schools in particular, and as pointed out, it must not make any exceptions. Religion very often divides societies and contributes to the dangerous isolation of groups within that society. That is not what governments should be promoting.
JimizoAug. 25, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
Many Man U fans were happy with the fixtures as they had Swansea, Sunderland and Burnley to start and they could get some confidence with early points up on the board. The mighty Burnley are next up against the likes of Cleverley, Fletcher and Young. What will anyone decent do to this Man U side?
JimizoAug. 24, 2014 - 12:11PM JST
This from the Telegraph:
'....Save the Children said almost a third of those injured were children. Less than a quarter of all casualties are thought to be Hamas militants.
"This is why we described the ongoing operation as a war on children," said Osama Damo, a Save the Children official in Gaza.'
Regardless of your political position, those statistics are beyond disgusting.
Posted in: Prayers for Gaza
JimizoAug. 23, 2014 - 12:42AM JST
'Perhaps the first question should be: How many refugees does Japan accept per annum?'
Nothing more to add but plenty to consider. Thumbs up.
Posted in: Raising awareness about refugees
JimizoAug. 22, 2014 - 10:34PM JST
Is there a Richard I crusader cult around that I haven't heard of? His name keeps coming up on this site.
Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State
JimizoAug. 22, 2014 - 06:37PM JST
'USA and middle east and civilized world need Richard I ( Richard the lion heart) of England who marched the fought against the Genocide and religious oppression during crusade war. If not, the whole world will be reading the sword verse of Koran sooner and later.'
Somebody else referenced Richard I the other day with regards to this situation. This whole debacle stems from one who fancied himself as a crusader with god on his side ( he was supposedly hearing voices in his head ) and it ended up in a calamitous bloodbath. I think we can do without another leader with delusions of grandeur.
JimizoAug. 22, 2014 - 12:14PM JST
'Just read the history and try and recall the jubilation when US did invade.'
Who was jubilant? I recall the news networks getting huge viewing figures and getting almost erotic in their descriptions of US military might. I can also remember big business slavering away at the opportunities created. Is that who you mean?
Aug. 28, 2014 - 10:16AM JST
What does the video in the store have to do with it?
You don't get it?…
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"Because most Japanese don't understand English."
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Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan
Well, 3 out 6 commentators on this article don't c.ap.
Posted in: Field trip
Aug. 28, 2014 - 10:15AM JST
While I so share you sentiments, try to appreciate how far we've come in the…
Posted in: U.S. Army retires general for not properly investigating sex assault in Japan
Aug. 28, 2014 - 10:13AM JST
because he let a girl die.
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