LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    Tokyo-Engr,

    Also should we just accept mediocre governance and choose the worst of two evils?

    Absolutely not. But we should also be savvy enough to recognize when the legitimate public interest is being served by an investigation that costs taxpayers millions of dollars and when the interest being served is more private, partisan, and vindictive in nature. By waving the rule book squarely in the face of Clinton and ignoring at least five other Secretaries of State who committed the exact same indiscretions, the investigation is suspect and corrupted from the onset.

    Colin Powell took immediate umbrage at State Department suggestions that he mishandled materials that should have been classified, and it looked like there may have been a glimmer of a fair investigation unfolding. But his justifiable anger was displelled almost immediately. Why? Because it was made very clear to him and other Secretaries that they were no the target of the {ahem} "investigation."

    Clinton handled her emails in a manner that was not authorized by the State Depatment's technology and security specialist. But so did virtually every Secretary of State before her, and, as you point out, a vice president and defense secretary. Where is the outrage for their transgressions? Where is the cry for thieir prosecution? Not coming any time soon, I can guarantee you.

    Should we accept mediocre governance and choose the worst of two evils? To what mediocrity are you specifically referring to? And which ever would you deem to be the worst? Respectfully, you are allowing yourself to be clouded by a bias that while certainly more liberal in your similar disdain for both the Democratic and Republican contenters, is still not able to see the naked, shameless hypocrisy being bandied about by the GOP leadership regarding the emails.

    I'll take mediocre over paetisan hypocrisy any day of the week. Mediocrity means things may not get done as efficiently as they could be. By naked, shameless hypocrisy from political leadership is more destructive and debilitating to the Body Politic than an army of average politicians could ever be.

    Posted in: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

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    LFRAgain

    I am sooooo glad many of the posters here aren't involved in any way, shape, or form with the formulation of public policy issues like mental health.

    The only positive thing in of all of this is that she did not kill the child. What happens with her and her family next can only be guessed at, but if even a fraction of the officials involved in the case demonstrate the same sort of casual indifference to mental health issues that some here have, then I'm not optimistic about their future.

    Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for beating 4-month-old daughter

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    LFRAgain

    Joeintokyo, MarkG, Lizz,

    When you and the rest of the GOP drag Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell up in front of a subcommittee and press the FBI to charge them as well, then you have a legitimate and fair voice in the saga of the email server. But until then, your partisan anti-Clinto knickers showing makes it all too clear this isn't about what's right or fair or just. It's about getting Clinton. Since none of your other hairbrained attempts have worked, you're all clinging to the email issue almost as if it were the last Snickers bar on a life raft adrift at sea.

    You want fair? You want justice? You want to send a message to future Secretaries of State that the GOP takes national security seriously? Then press to indict Rice, Kerry, Albright, and Powell too.

    Otherwise, shut your yaps.

    Posted in: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

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    LFRAgain

    " broken rules" were actually "felonies committed" by Clinton.

    Well, clearly, that isn't true, or Clinton would be facing charges as we speak. It amuses me to no end how anti-Clinton -- and I can't really say anti-Democrat here. This is a entirely different beast. A neurosis, almost.

    It amuses me to no end how anti-Clinton folks so easily and readily take to seizing upon some law or other and twisting it to fit their own personal, neurotic narrative. Couldn't get her on Whitewater. Couldn't get her on Benghazi. So now conservatives are pinning their infantile hopes on an email server...

    Sad and pathetic don't even begin to describe the current cancer eating up the GOP from the inside.

    Posted in: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

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    LFRAgain

    Anonymous Jones,

    . . . but it doesn't change the fact that she's a monster for beating a 4-month-old.

    And I reiterate my original point. You also clearly have no idea what postpartum depression actually entails. It's a real and very frightening psychological condition that affects women all around the world and can manifest itself in a range of ways from posterpartum Blues, better known as "the baby blues," to postpartum depression, involving all the things the clinical depression does, including crying for no apparent reason, having difficulty bonding with your baby, withdrawal from family and friends, insomnia, overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy, intense irritability and anger, unfounded fear that you're not a good mother, and feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy.

    The there's something called postpartum psychosis. It can result in confusion, disorientation, obsessive thoughts about your baby, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and, yes, attempts to harm yourself or your baby.

    You and posters like Mr. Cricton toss around these flippant comments that are akin to, "Yeah, yeah. Postpartum depression. Right. {eye roll}. But who would do such a horrific thing to a baby?"

    But that's precisely the point. Mothers suffering from postpartum depression don't behave rationally. Which is why it's considered a medical condition in need of professional help.

    You add nothing to the conversation by saying, "Yeah, I'm sure this woman didn't do it it out of boredom, but what a monster!" All it demonstrates is that you are woefully out of your depth on the subject and shockingly short of empathy in your rush to judge others.

    Take a moment to educate yourself.

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/symptoms/con-20029130

    Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for beating 4-month-old daughter

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    LFRAgain

    Right now, in Albuquerque New Mexico, outside of Trump Rally,

    Hey, Toshiko. I'm from Albuquerque! Please say they aren't trashing Civic Plaza.

    Posted in: Clinton blasts Trump for cheering housing bubble burst

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    LFRAgain

    Plenty of women with PPD do not abuse their children.

    This comment suggest your don't have a really clear understanding of what postpartum depression actually entails for some women.

    Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for beating 4-month-old daughter

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    LFRAgain

    "This'll be the greatest thing since I decided to market Trump Steaks through The Greater Image!" he chortled to himself.

    I spit coffee at this. Thanks for that, Laguna. :)

    Donald Trump: Winner!

    Posted in: Clinton blasts Trump for cheering housing bubble burst

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    LFRAgain

    Yes, it was taken as a racial slur.

    No, it wasn't. "Islam" and "Muslim" are not terms related to "race" or some sort of genetic predisposition. They are words associated with religion. Anyone who mistakenly believes Trumps views on Muslims were racist in nature can be forgiven for the oversight. Anyone who continues to believe Trumps comments were perceived to be racial bias is a blooming moron.

    His assorted comments about *Mexicans," however... Yes, those were racially-tinted slurs maligning an entire population. Maybe that's where your misconception is coming from.

    The thing is, with Trump's long list of comments, retractions, and reaffirmations -- depending on which way the wind of popularity blows -- it's easy to get things confused.

    Please go out into the world and learn a bit about life instead of eating from the socialists' hands.

    I live out in the world. I've got nearly 5 decades of road under my feet, visited 5 different countries, lived in three of them, and have seen vastly more of what life is like outside of the United States than 99% of Trump's willfully ignorant supporters.

    The fact that you still peddle terms like "socialist" and "leftist" like we still lived in the 1960s and are battling the evils of the Great Soviet Menace™ suggests you might want to take some of your own advice and step beyond the borders of the US for an extended period.

    Take a look at all the leftist news outlets who continue to cut Trump's sentences short and twist his words to make him out as some dictator.

    "Leftist" news sources don't have to cut short anything Trump say. His stump speeches have all the grammatical and linguistic complexity of a 5th grade elementary student. He does perfectly fine all on his own sounding not only like a megalomaniacal narcissist, but also an absolute idiot.

    Let me remind you that you are eating from a socialist's agenda, much like Hitler and Stalin who were both socialists.

    Let me remind you that you are eating from . . . well, i have no idea what. It sounds an awful lot like a Joe McCarthy stump speech, but then again, we all know what happened to Joe McCarthy, don't we?

    The issue with Trump has less to do with Trump trying to {ahem} "remove the masks from the crooked politicians faces so that the people can see the true corruption" and more to do with him being a ten-faced lying politician of the worst kind.

    Already, he has backed away from some of the most passionately delivered bait he dangled in front of supporters like you. No taxing businesses or the wealthy? Well, apparently, that's now "negotiable." No soliciting donor money to drive his campaign and unduly influence him? That's no longer an issue for him, it would seem.

    Punish women who have abortions! he cries. Oh, wait. He took that back. But not before he got a rousing, "Hell, yeah!!" from supporters while campaigning.

    Chit chat with North Korea, probably the last and scariest bastion of old-Socialism state-owned economies left in the world. Oh, wait. He didn't really mean that either.

    How about Trump saying he would order US military personnel to commit war crimes by having them murder the families of suspected terrorists? Oh, wait, he took that back. But not before he got another rousing, "Hell, yeah!!" from supporters while campaigning.

    How about Trump blowing off a positive relationship with Great Britain, one of America's oldest and staunchest allies, politically, economically, and culturally? Oh, wait, he walked that back too.

    No more corrupt politicians or business as usual! he cries. Except for when he claims on federal election commission documents that his Westchester Country golf course is worth $50 million, yet his lawyers still keep insisting to Westchester Country tax authorities that it's really only worth $1.35 million... No, wait, make that $9 million. No, wait. It's $50 million in Trump documents and $9 million for Westchester County if it means he can skirt his tax liability. Oooooh!! It's all just so darn confusing, this Trump fella. He says e's for the little guy, but he keeps saying and doing thing that are just so very, very . . . establishment.

    But as Trump himself said, "I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible," just two weeks after stating in an interview, "“I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more,” to a rousing "Hell, yeah!!" from supporters.

    How about Trump stating in November of last year, "Wages are too high for American workers!" to a rousing chorus of, "What the f$#...?!"* from supporters. "Oh, no, wait. You misunderstand me. What I really meant was wages have to be higher! Much, MUCH higher!!" [And the crowd goes wild!]

    This is the guy you think is fighting the good fight for you and other "little guys" who are tired of getting gamed by the wealthy and influential in Washington?! Wow. Your standards are clearly very, very low when shopping for a champion.

    That you aren't insulted in the least by how much of a fool Trump has taken you and all of his supporters for is truly saddening.

    Posted in: The very idea of a President Trump scares some, bolsters others in Asia

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    LFRAgain

    Keitai,

    Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on,"

    Trump was stating that the vetting of visitors coming into the country was weak. It threatens the security of the United States. The left took it as some racial slur.

    For one thing, it wasn't taken as a racial slur. It was taken as an assault on religion, which is precisely what it was. Please try to keep the civil liberties you mock straight, at the very least.

    For another, do you really think you're being somehow clever by equivocating his comments with "...our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on?" (Get your quotes right, as well)

    Replace the word "Muslim" with "Catholic" and see if it still holds the same innocent meaning you seem to believe it does. Or replace "Muslim" with "journalist," "woman," "African," or "homosexual" and see if anyone is overreacting.

    No, nothing was taken out of context. Americans understood the context perfectly fine. And the context was unconstitutional fascism.

    Posted in: The very idea of a President Trump scares some, bolsters others in Asia

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    LFRAgain

    I hope wherever they lock him up they put pictures of that 3 year old kid whose mother he killed...

    Absolutely. He took away this child's mother forever for something so ridiculously inconsequential as upstairs noise. He should be forced to look at the consequences of his actions for the remainder of his natural life.

    I hope someday he will be able to realise what a selfish person he was, and change for the better.

    I hope he dies soon, alone, and miserable.

    Posted in: Man arrested after one woman killed, her mother injured in Hyogo

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    LFRAgain

    It seems only in Japan that the system is so unfair. Japan's burden is also the largest.

    And Japan is the only modern nation state in the world that not only has a pacifist provision in its constitution, but also has, at minimum, two powerful, vocally aggressive nations right next door demanding that Japan pay eternally for World War II transgressions, either financially or in blood, if need be.

    Japan and South Korea both are in similar situations with US forces being stationed on their soil, but both countries experience a degree of security that nations like Cambodia, Vietnam, and even the Philippines to some degree can only dream of.

    It also bears noting that as a result of not having to pour excessive amounts of the GNP into defense expenditures, Japan -- and South Korea -- have experienced phenomenal economic success and security that most, if not all, nations across East Asia are scarcely close to attaining even now, some 70 years after the War ended.

    Yes, Japan's situation may seem unique in terms of SOFA, but to make it sound like Japan gains no benefit from the arrangement is disingenuous nonsense.

    Posted in: Japan-U.S. pact on U.S. base personnel still unfair: Japan expert

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    LFRAgain

    “My reaction was, Again! Aren’t the people in Okinawa allowed to enjoy a normal life? Crimes occur because there are bases,” said Mutsumi Gushi, 66, who lives in the prefectural capital of Naha.

    Because no Japanese ever commit crimes in Okinawa. Right. Mr. Gushi, 66, is a predictably boring, xenophobic imbecile.

    Posted in: Japan-U.S. pact on U.S. base personnel still unfair: Japan expert

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    LFRAgain

    Yujin Fuse, a Japanese journalist and expert on the issue: “It could be serving as a breeding ground for crimes committed by military personnel and civilian employees (of the U.S. forces in Japan),” he said.

    One, this is a pretty egregious example of willful ignorance. Mr. Fuse is essentially saying that the US Military Code of Justice does not possess enough teeth to its deter its military personnel for committing crimes. He's also saying that US military personnel are, by their very nature, criminals at heart simply waiting for circumstance and opportunity. Finally, he's saying that only the perfect and wholly impartial Japanese justice system is up to the task of keeping these savage foreigners in check. Fuse is an ass.

    Two, "expert?" More like self-proclaimed expert. With a career as a journalist, writer, and expert materializing out of thin air in 2009, at the ripe old age of 32, Fuse has had put 7 books published through assorted outlets, three of these small publishing houses that only came into existence in the last 10 years. Two of his books, the most recent, in fact, are about the Fukushima nuclear reactor. He did make an essay contribution to a collected work last year, but the other four books he wrote were decidedly anti-US military, if their titled are any indication of the content. He has no known education history, no known certifications or qualifications, no scholarly publications, no work that has been critically reviewed, by peers or otherwise, and he hangs his journalistic hat at the long-established and well respected journalistic bastion of truth and integrity known as . . . well, his own personal blog and Twitter feed.

    If Mr. Fuse is a journalist, then I'm a professor of social sciences from Harvard.

    Posted in: Japan-U.S. pact on U.S. base personnel still unfair: Japan expert

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    LFRAgain

    GAP had its time and place; Uniqlo filled it and finished them off. Don't need both.

    Respectfully, Smith, I'm going to have to disagree. Gap and Uniqlo are most certainly not interchangeably brands, either in style or quality. Gap clothing very much fits a specific niche in styling and target audience that is markedly different from the target audience for Uniqlo.

    Sure, Uniqlo has its occasional hit items, but by and large, the quality is still lacking for much of their product line, from hyper-thin fabrics to low-durability elastics to a virtual guarantee things will shrink an entire size with the very first washing, despite following the care-for instructions (this applies to Uniqlo's entire line of wool offerings which develop fabric-pills within two washings, no matter how delicately one handles them).

    While fashion is most certainly a matter of personal taste, Gap clothes are still built to a visibly higher standard of quality than Uniqlo garments. Yes, Gap is also arguably more expensive, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

    Not so with Uniqlo which tried to buck that marketplace truism in recent years by charging higher prices for many of its product line without any appreciable increase in quality. Consumers were not getting what they paid for. The result? A sharp drop in sales. Now, Uniqlo is in the same economic boat as Gap, with many shoppers holding off on purchases until the item they want hits the sale bins.

    Posted in: Gap to close 75 stores outside North America, including all 53 Old Navy stores in Japan

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    LFRAgain

    [Ontario premier] suddenly resigned with his tail between his legs. US system is better as you can impeach the elected officials.

    An official resigning of his own volition for improprieties or a public cat fight where the system has to rip an elected official from office via the public spectacle of impeachment.

    I'd much prefer seeing an elected official take personal responsibility for their actions and resign of his own volition out of embarrassment/shame/a sense of what's right than revel in the schadenfreude that is impeachment.

    Posted in: Opposition accuses Canadian PM Trudeau of elbowing lawmaker

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    LFRAgain

    “There’s no need for Abe to declare his decision before the upper house election,”

    Ah, the Donald Trump school of public service: "Vote for me and I'll tell you what you'll be getting for your support afterwards. By the way, you may not like it."

    What a tool.

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    LFRAgain

    Japan is a safe country. And [the US military] ruin it. This kind of crime have happened a lot. ...[T]hey all should live on base and they shouldn't wander outside of base.

    The vast majority of crimes committed in Japan are done by Japanese by a factor of 100. So, using your logic, can I as a taxpayer in Japan, demand that all Japanese stay indoors because they are ruining Japanes with their propensity to commit crime? After all, statistically, I have infinitely more to fear from the average Japanese person than I do from any member of the US military.

    Of course, that would be ridiculous.

    After all, who stereotypes and pigeonholes an entire group of people based on the actions of a handful?

    Oh, wait. You do.

    What happened to this poor woman happened because the person who killed her made a horrific decision all by himself, and NOT because he happens to be a member of some loosely generalized group. If he indeed turns out to be the person who killed Ms. Shimabukuro, then I sincerely hope the law deals with him swiftly and harshly. But I'm not going to be so naive and childish as to blame all US military members for what happened.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

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    LFRAgain

    Peter Julian called it a “pretty violent push” and said he had never seen such behavior in his 12 years in Parliament.

    Peter needs to get out more. That was most certainly not an intentional act of violence against Brosseau and it's more than clear that the opposition were not only behaving like asshats before the incident, but seem all too willing to continue the trend by turning this into something it never was.

    Politicians... Is there a profession with a greater number of trolls in its membership? Well, perhaps lawyers and hedge fund managers. But only marginally.

    Posted in: Opposition accuses Canadian PM Trudeau of elbowing lawmaker

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    LFRAgain

    I guess Obama thinks running guns to Mexico (justice department "fast and furious" program) actually helps.

    Only if Bush thought it was a great idea, too (2006 DOJ "Wide Receiver" gun walking program).

    We can play this silly little game all day, badsey3.

    Obama is right. Hiding like frightened children behind walls, of both the physical and ignorance varieties, is no way to move forward in the world.

    Posted in: Rebuking Trump, Obama tells graduates walls won't solve problems

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