LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    Anyone who uses the word "bubble" is already in one, and just jealous.

    I know you are, but what am I?

    Is this the part where we now bump chests and talk about whose dad can beat up whose dad?

    Posted in: Clinton campaign hits Trump for seeing Brexit as boon to his business

  • 0

    LFRAgain

    Educator.60,

    Not sure if the police had him staked out from before or if it was just by chance but according to media reports the police witnessed him (or perhaps her, not sure) purchasing the drugs

    Which leads back to my original question. How did the police find themselves fortunate enough to be in the right place, at the right time, to make what can best be described a sensationalized grandstand arrest? We have all the necessary incredients: a celebrity, a raid that somehow succeeded 100% in uncovering something illicit, then the obligatory walk/drive of shame in front of mass media cameras that somehow managed to converge on the police station just in time for the obligatory Walk of Shame.

    I wouldn't question it if it all weren't so darned predictable in all of its choreographed garishness.

    How do you know they aren't also going after the dealers? For instance in the recent case of the former baseball player Kiyohara, his supplier was also arrested.

    Glad you brought Kiyohara up. I had the very same questions about his arrest too. Pretty fortuitous for the police to catch Kiyohara when they did and how they did. Or was it luck? I don't think so. I think it was a disproportionate expenditure of police department resources to net one Big Fish that could have been used to catch a dozen smaller ones or go after dealers or bolster public awareness programs that go further than some of the silliness I've seen to date.

    Yes, I'm certain the police are making some effort to go after the dealers, but an arrested dealer, particularly one who is a relative nobody, doesn't create the same splash in public perception as a Kiyohara or a Testsuya Komuro, does he? And yes, I'm certain as well these Big Fish arrests make a splash, so to speak, sending ripples through the drug-using celebrity community that you too could ostensibly get busted.

    But how many laws were bent to get the police to a point where they were able to see a 100% successful yield on a raid? I doubt very sincerely the police just randomly witnessed Takachi purchasing drugs, giving impetus for the raid. It sounds more like he was being followed for a really long time in order to eventually uncover wrongdoing -- and not because he was possibly using drugs but because he was a celebrity using drugs. And that raises questions, not only about what the threshold is for society to allow its citizens to be effectively stalked by the police, but also about how the police spend taxpayer money in order to effect positive change for society. Tailing a retired celeb seems like going after the low hanging fruit with a shotgun, at best.

    Posted in: Ex-actor Takachi arrested for drug possession

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    LFRAgain

    Re: " We can’t bring the next item you’ve ordered unless you order something else after you finish what you’ve got on the table.”

    I've run into this on occasion at izakayas as well, particularly when they're busy. I've been with a group that ordered, say, 10 dishes, and only the first 5 or 6 came out. While nibbling on those, we'd ask for the rest of our order and the server would reply (bruskly, in most cases), "You have to finish what's on the table before we bring any more items out."

    Yeah, we were perplexed too. After all, we wouldn't have ordered it if we didn't want to eat it. In the end, having to wait invariably compelled us to cash out early on what should have been a two-hour food and alcohol-laden feast. We took the money we would've gladly spent there to other more appreciative establishments.

    Posted in: At old-style drinking places, the quest for Showa-era nostalgia clashes with reality

  • 11

    LFRAgain

    Redfender,

    JapanToday gets a bit of information and it's news

    JT doesn't get "bits of information." It's an aggregate news site, meaning the content it publishes is taken from other news sites. In the case of the story above, it was taken from the Kyodo News Service. JT does not have a bullpen of dedicated reporters going out into Japan to find stories and then write on them.

    How did they know he had the weed and whatever else he had? Sounds like they themselves saw that he made a buy or somebody at the hostess bar told on him.

    Legitmate question. I'm always curious as to how Japanese police manage to raid these celebs in their private time and magically "find" drugs at the scene. I'm thinking of legal concepts like "probable cause" and "search warrant" and wondering how much, if any, value they have in the Japanese legal system.

    I'm not a big fan of illicit drugs. They make people generally stupid. But to spend taxpayers yen to stake out celebs and sports stars for possession and usage, rather than going after the dealers seems, well, pretty stupid.

    It also seems like a pretty blatant attempt to suck up to the electorate by saying, "See? We're doing something to protect society."

    Honestly, busting a retired actor getting it on with his hostess club fling in a drug-fueled night of infidelity and whoopie at a love hotel in central Tokyo doesn't make me sleep better at night.

    Posted in: Ex-actor Takachi arrested for drug possession

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    LFRAgain

    “Freedom of expression can’t be lying to the people or insulting citizens and politicians.”

    Umm, yes. Yes, it can be. No one ever said a person has a right to not be offended. And no one ever said freedom of speech was limited strictly to agreeable statements.

    Besides, what be agreeable to one may not necessarily bother another.

    These legislative proposals smack terribly of a focused effort to stifle civic criticism of political asshats, and not, as these asshats would have people believe, protect public order.

    Posted in: Proposals to curb online speech viewed as threat to open internet

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    LFRAgain

    I didn't know that either. Thanks for bringing hours of fun to lots of people's lives, Mr. Hasegawa.

    Posted in: Inventor of Othello board game Hasegawa dies at 83

  • 4

    LFRAgain

    Bass,

    One thing for sure is, once this president is out of office at least the country will be better off.

    You keep repeating this line, but it just doesn't make a bit of sense when Obama's job approval rating has been steadily rising since 2014 and currently sits at 53 percent. The historical average for

    Trump is a clear repudiation of Obama and his policies as well as a rejection and anger towards the GOP.

    Possibly for Trump supporters. But not for some 53 percent of the electorate. And of those Americans who disapprove of Obama's job perfomance, some 44 percent, they most certainly are not all Trump supporters.

    So clearly, something here is wrong with either your perception of reality or your ability to do simply math.

    Posted in: Trump fires his campaign manager in dramatic shake-up

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    LFRAgain

    Lizz,

    It bears noting that the Mexican flag wavers, violent demonstrations, and general anger didn't exist in any appreciable capacity until Trump characterized Mexican immigrants as rapist and thieves and announced a wall to be built along the southern border.

    He further cemented his position as decidedly anti-Mexican when he announced that all illegal immigrants, seed, stem, and root, be sent back to Mexico immediately, including "anchor babies," an obnoxious term designed specifically to dehumanize Mexican parents and their children.

    Trump has worked very hard to earn the anger of Mexians, those in the US legally and illegally alike.

    Posted in: Trump fires his campaign manager in dramatic shake-up

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    LFRAgain

    well Trump just created a new job

    Heh! Made me spit some morning coffee with that.

    that's what ya get for assaulting a woman during the Campaign.

    Unfortunately, I don't think this is the case. Lewandowski will likely never face any real repercussions for his assault on that reporter. Rather, this abrupt dismissal is a business decision. The campaign is struggling, something no one can deny. Trump clearly felt he needed to do this or see his ambitions die in the water. The irony is its Trump himself that's the problem with the campaign.

    Posted in: Trump fires his campaign manager in dramatic shake-up

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    LFRAgain

    Democratic Party's Renho says she won't run for Tokyo governor

    Good. This is the same political who, in all seriousness, asked scientists from MEXT during a hearing to defend the budget for the next generation of supercomputers, "Why do we have to have the fastest computer? What's wrong with being Number 2?"

    I will never forgive that lapse of ignorance.

    It's not too hard to imagine her applying that kind of rationale to cutting already inadequate funding for daycare centers. Rehno's kind of leadership we can do without.

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    LFRAgain

    you hush now, serrano. PC beats human lives anytime!

    Aren't you cute. Equating political correctness with the Bill of Rights. Lucky for the rest of America, that logic is just as impotent as the folks who peddle it.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

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    LFRAgain

    If the name [radical Islam] isn't that bad now, then why go though all the trouble not to say it in the first place?

    Because you and people like you desperately want official sanction to discriminate against Islam in its entirety. The thick-witted, ignorant meat-heads that form the backbone of Trumps support would seize upon any official recognition by the government as some sort of twisted, convoluted admission that Islam itself is the issue (which its's not) and embark on a scared white man's version of Jihad by accosting, assaulting, and in ever increasing cases murdering anyone who looks even the least bit Middle-Eastern.

    Thanks to the more than 200 acts of racial profiling leading to the harassment, assault, and even murder of dark-skinned Americans in the aftermath of 9/11 by "God-fearin' patriots," I have absolutely no faith whatsoever that these same "God-fearing' patriots" would know a terrorist if one came up and bit them on the heinie. And mired in this goop of irredeemably willful stupidity, they would just accost any darker skinned person unlucky enough to come across these morons' paths.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

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    LFRAgain

    Forty-nine percent of respondents said they favor surveillance programs aimed at predominantly Muslim communities in the United States to obtain information about possible radicalization.

    Might does not make right when fundamental human rights are at risk. Forty-nine, 50 or even 100 percent support for a noxious idea doesn't make it less noxious. See Nazi Germany for an example of what I mean by this.

    The fact is that the right is just as PC, if not more so, than the left.

    Absolutely. What else is the phrase "radical Islam" but conservative political correctness? The GOP constituency demands from their leaders that they use this phrase to lend legitimacy to their assertion that Islam should be vilified wholesale.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

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    LFRAgain

    Yes, lets not do anything effective. PC even if it kills us.

    My god, can you really not see the difference? Speaking out against racial profiling hasn't got a damned thing to do with being "politically correct." It's about protecting our the civil rights of ALL Americans, not just those of scared white males who still haven't learned that this nation isn't theirs. It belong to all Americans. Black, white, Asian, Native, straight, gay, liberal, conservative, Catholic, Episcopalian, Sikh, Moony, 7th Day Adventist, agnostic, and yes, no matter how much you disagree with it, Muslim.

    The real crisis here is that those supporting Trump and his insanity not only possess a woefully piss-poor understanding of the actually US Constitution, but also the cognitive ability to see how so much of the garbage they consume makes no logical sense.

    Anyone who would link investigating Americans because they look like Middle Eastern with PC-ness is obviously suffering from profound cognitive dissonance, and have no idea what racism actually looks like.

    Guess what? Tump's proposals are 100% racism staring you, me, and the rest of America squarely in the face.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

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    LFRAgain

    The article quotes him as saying just "profiling".

    Profiling in this context means to scrutinize someone based solely on their appearance. In this case, if a person looks like they are of Middle Eastern descent, then they get a closer look. That, by definition, is racial profiling.

    Again, replace every utterance of the word "Muslim" made by Trump and replace it with "Jew" to better understand just how eff-ed up a human being he truly is.

    Posted in: Trump says U.S. should consider profiling Muslims

  • 3

    LFRAgain

    Bass,

    How is she a criminal?

    That's like saying, how can Mickey Mouse be a mouse?

    No, Bass. You don't get to do that. You don't get to sidestep this with glibness, especially since you've been one of the leading voices here spewing that "criminal" crap about Clinton from the start.

    Put your money where you mouth is and provide case numbers, court docket information, mugshots, articles, and any other primary sources that support your assertion that Clinton is a criminal. These criminal charges and convictions should all be of public record, if they are so obvious, as you seem to suggest.

    How PRECISELY is Hillary Rodham Clinton a criminal as defined by the federal -- oh, heck, I'll make it easy for you and throw in state and local -- criminal code in these United States?

    And please do recognize how incredibly lame and telling it is retreat to, "Well, the DOJ is corrupt, and that's why she hasn't be convicted." Claiming conspiracy anytime something doesn't fit your narrative is in no small way childish.

    Posted in: Trump battleground plan relies on skeptical GOP leaders

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    LFRAgain

    People who think they hate Hillary have no real reason to hate her as much as they do. I admit she's not perfect but she's had a long career of service, and knows the job, including how to work with the other party to get stuff done. I will support her.

    Indeed. This nonstop drumbeat of how "bad" Clinton is and how "corrupt” she is has gone well past its shelf life. You couldn't get most of the people who keep peddling this line to cite a single, verifiable, non-conspiracy theory based example of her supposed awfulness or corruption. Not a one. Sure, lots of hints and allegations. Whinging about email servers. And of course a Benghazi probe that laid to rest the GOP-led assertion that Clinton had somehow caused the tragedy.

    And then, of course, the biggest boogeyman Sanders' supporters could throw at Clinton -- she supports our capitalist system.

    Well, no freakin' duh. ALL candidadate for major parties in the United States support our capitalist system. It's that support that makes it possible for Sanders supporters to tweet their disdain for Clinton from their $600 iPhones in the cool comfort of a Starbucks over a $5 cafe mocha.

    Does she support Wall Street? Of course she does. And so does everyone else, including Trump and the vast majority of the Repblican Party. Does she accept speaking fees? Sure. And so does everyone else, except perhaps Sanders. Does she advocate on behalf of campaign contributors p? Yes, she does. Are those she advocates on behalf of corporate interests? Of course they are. The contributed to her election campaign. But she also advocates -- fiercely, I might add -- on behalf of regular Americans, and has done so for the majority of her political career. She wouldn't be where she is today if she were the openly corrupt, horrific train wreck of a politician that so many seem to insist she is.

    Again, this narrative has gotten quite stale.

    I'm supporting Clinton 100% because she is imminently qualified to do the job and I know she'll actually do it.

    Posted in: Trump battleground plan relies on skeptical GOP leaders

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    LFRAgain

    He tells whatever he wants people to believe and that no longer works for him.

    Yup. Classic scam artist. Tell the people what they want to hear, despite having zero intention or chance of ever delivering on any of those promises.

    Posted in: Clinton wins endorsement of the AFL-CIO; Trump accuses labor leaders of selling out

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    LFRAgain

    Replace every utterance of the word "Muslim" from Trump with the word "Jew" and you'll have a much better idea of how insidious his proposals are.

    Dump Trump.

    Posted in: Trump calls for surveillance of mosques despite criticism of rhetoric

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    LFRAgain

    Bass,

    Obama had almost 8 years where he could have shown strong leadership skills and calling out radical Islam for what it really is and he didn't, always using other excuses in order NOT to label it properly as what it is out of fear for being politically correct.

    Obama has been unequivocal in his condemnation of terrorists who have killed both in America and abroad based on an extremist version of Islam. He has stated clearly that these extremists and their perverted version of Islam has no place in civilized society.

    But he has also been unambiguous in delivering the message that "radical" is not synonymous with "Islam," and I think this is what rubs you and other like-minded conservatives two wrong when you continue with this infantile insistence that labelling ISIS or the Taliban or Al Qaeda a certain way will somehow make any sort of difference in how the fight is fought or won. How about "mad-dog Islamics?" Would that magically increase our resolve and efficacy in the fight? Or how about "hyper-violent Islamics?" Or perhaps, "supercharged ultra-nutjob Islamics?" Will that give us the competitive edge you seem to think is lacking?

    He never took a hardline domesticall or internationally against radical Islam, called it out, marginalized it and used every resource to combat it, but now in his last few months, Obama is resigned to leaving all this up to the next president.

    Your definition of "hard line" and my definition differ radically (pun intended).

    A conservative estimate puts the total number of "bad guys" in the War on Terror at 30,00 since Obama took office.

    According to Breitbart, some 75 percent of the all U.S. military deaths and 87 percent of injuries in Afghanistan occurred during Obama's tenure, which works out to 1,670 killed and 15,159 wounded, respectively.

    During Bush's tenure, Bush and Congress (because war spending doesn't happen without Congress's approval) spent a total of $768.3 billion in the War on Terror. During Obama's time in office, he dropped the label "War on Terror", but, along with a Republican-controlled Congress, will have spent a projected $917 billion in the effort to combat terrorism.

    Bin Laden was eliminated, the Taliban was reduced by anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of its full force, and half of the top commanders for ISIS have been killed.

    So, when you say "hardline," was there a specific expended blood and gold threshold you were expecting Obama to cross in order to meet your criteria? Or were you just blowing wind again out of frustration at the untenable position the GOP finds itself in?

    Posted in: GOP lawmakers duck for cover after Trump's response to Orlando massacre

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