Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    The Chinese have an endless thirst for Russian petroleum and India is buying up Russian weapons in the billions.

    Pretty much summed up the Russian economy there.

    Posted in: US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

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    Laguna

    If the dude had fins, I don't see how he couldn't have swum to shore.

    Posted in: Man adrift at sea swims for nearly 40 kilometers before being found on beach

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    Laguna

    It is not clear if he has a lawyer.

    Ha ha - this is China! It is quite clear that he doesn't need a lawyer.

    Posted in: China's Xi reached deal with former leaders to investigate ex-security chief

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    Laguna

    Wow - 15 thumbs down! That has to be a record for me! But, really, if your own child - or grandchild - were driven to school in a bus piloted by a septuagenarian, if you didn't feel a bit concerned, you would not be a good parent.

    Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus

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    Laguna

    ...would you be able to survive without the Internet?

    No. As a news junky, there would be no point to life.

    Posted in: Looking for a unique job environment? This could be as unique (and isolated) as it gets in Japan

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    Laguna

    If you have your own office, dump a bunch of paperclips on the floor and then lie down next to them and commence drooling. If the door opens suddenly - Boom! You're at work picking up spilled paperclips!

    Posted in: 5 ways to nap at the office

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    Laguna

    Are you on thin ice with this one.

    I agree with you on this, MarkG, substantially if not grammatically. This is a very sensitive issue, both legally and politically. However, note:

    But Obama told them in a meeting a month ago to “right-size” expectations, even as he pledged to be aggressive in steps he does take.

    I remember living in Taiwan in the late '80s. So many laws existed then regarding the fantasy that Taiwan still controlled the mainland that, in effect, no law existed at all. The American immigration system resembles this chaos. Whether undocumented aliens will be allowed to stay - and thus are permitted legal employment - or are slated for deportation must be clarified as soon as possible.

    It would be best to accomplish this through legislative action, of course, but failing that, well, Obama's pen is all that remains.

    Posted in: Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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    Laguna

    Well, now she knows.

    Personal problems with this kind of "I wonder..." craziness begin the next day.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl says she wanted to see what it was like to kill someone

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    Laguna

    ...the 72-year-old driver....

    Sadly reminds me of that comedienne commenting re: Reagan during his presidency: "My grandfather is 72, and we don't trust him with the remote control!"

    Posted in: 1-year-old girl hit and killed by kindergarten bus

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    Laguna

    Obama imposed this "law" as if he were King.

    Two points regarding DACA:

    • it is not a "law" - it is administrative priority. You must know that deportations under Obama dwarf those under Bush, but each costs money, whether you're deporting a felon, a Rhodes scholar, or a military vet. Do you really suggest that we treat them the same?

    • a vast number of people who are not American citizens nonetheless live in America and contribute greatly to its society. You want to lump all illegal immigrants together. Can you imagine deporting 10,000,000 people - not only the effects on wherever they end up, but the effects on where they have left? I dare say such an experiment has never been conducted on this scale - and yet this is what you, Wolf, and the GOP demand.

    Have you ever heard of "nuance"?

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    Laguna

    Drop amnesty and we got a deal.

    Cool!

    But what do you mean by "amnesty"? Do you mean that America immediately and forcibly deport up to 10 million undocumented residents? That DACA totally be ignored, thus returning to the countries of the parents millions of young adults who know only the United States?

    The problem with using such buzzwords, Wolf, is that they are good at eliciting visceral reactions from the base but are useless at formulating actual policy. This is exactly why House GOP members have found themselves in this quandary: They cannot support "amnesty," but they must to a certain extent.

    Posted in: Obama pressures Republicans on border issue

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    Laguna

    That's because their definition of negotiate is to just do everything the way they want it done.

    Exactly, Strangerland! The GOP will not compromise on a thing - one of their members once compared "compromise" to "date r©pe."

    Posted in: Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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    Laguna

    Would Australia tolerate say Russian federal police to walk about armed on the streets of Sydney and exercising police authority?

    This is Ukrainian territory, not Russian. Why would you bring Russia up unless... Oh, wait, I get it. This is Russian territory, just like so many other slices it has carved from nominally independent countries.

    Posted in: Dutch, Australian police scrap mission to MH17 crash site over security concerns

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    Laguna

    Republicans have also been MIA in addressing this immigration crisis as a whole. The Senate has sent to the House a bill that would address the crisis in comprehensive way, but Boehner will have none of it. The reasons for the obstruction are two:

    • They oppose vehemently Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, under which individuals raised in America and never convicted of any crime are left alone.

    • They will not abide with anything akin to amnesty whatsoever.

    The logical conclusion is that Republicans would deport all 12 million undocumented immigrants in America, with no exception.

    If this does not meet you definition of "insane," perhaps you need a new dictionary. Yet this is the GOP with whom Obama must "negotiate."

    Posted in: Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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    Laguna

    This has me very worried. If the Ukranian East Russian puppets will shoot down an airliner to frame Kiev, then attacking this group for the same purpose is small potatoes. I think Russia wants to start WWIII.

    Posted in: Dutch, Australian police scrap mission to MH17 crash site over security concerns

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    Laguna

    Obama would find it easier to negotiate with the ISIS than with Republicans in Congress - at least the former has goals that are not limited to the complete destruction of this presidency (and if you think Republican policy extends beyond this, I have a bridge to sell you - though unfortunately it is dilapidated as Republicans refuse to adequately fund our infrastructure).

    Let's look at Republican logic here: A law signed by Bush prevents the government from directly returning illegal minor immigrants, requiring that they are entitled to a hearing before a judge; Obama asks for funding to increase the number of such judges (and also to mitigate the shameful conditions in which these children are held) and the Republicans answer that they will not give him a "blank check" - as if that is what he asked for - and also state they cannot trust him to uphold the law; but in a twist, they instead insist that Obama has the ability to deal with this crisis via executive action while simultaneously suing him for his usage of executive action. Meanwhile, a Republican governor sends National Guard troops to the border at a cost of $12 million a month as "deterrence" - they're not actually empowered to do anything useful, and while that money could have been used to do something useful, this governor threatens to sue the Federal government if his state is not reimbursed for this totally wasteful spending.

    Republicans broke the system. They can't even agree on measures to fix the VA. And as they will likely not capture the presidency in the foreseeable future, the only chance America has is that they are equally marginalized in Congress.

    Posted in: Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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    Laguna

    though, to be fair, Putin has not denied that pro-Russian rebels shot down that flight.

    I see no interviews with Putin where he'd say about it.

    Funny thing about not denying things, Sidekick, is that this is generally done by not saying anything.

    Posted in: U.S. says Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

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    Laguna

    And where is the connection to tragic MH17 incident?

    Actually, in this case, we're discussing U.S. assertions that Russia is firing artillery into Ukraine, though, to be fair, Putin has not denied that pro-Russian rebels shot down that flight.

    Rant all you want, but these "drunken gorillas'" sudden ability to down Ukrainian planes did not magically appear. Putin thus far appears to have hoped that being required to prove innocence (to continue your legal argument above) would deter the West from sanctions. That is no longer the case. Of course, Putin is able to support the separatists; just so, the West is able to punish him for this. Both sides find their positions justified.

    Please, we are not in some sort of club of young poets.

    Neither are we a group of automatons. Do you understand the ramifications of the two points I mentioned above? - Putin is tightening his already-suffocating control over the Russian free arena. Circumstantial evidence is often quite, quite sufficient.

    Posted in: U.S. says Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

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    Laguna

    Sidekick - Sh!t is obviously going down, and while your reluctance to believe American pronouncements is reasonable in light of the previous administration's shenanigans, it is also quite possible to error excessively on the other side: the Russian government is, after all, not well regarded for its respect of transparency and human rights. (Just this week, cable broadcasters were prohibited from streaming commercials, thus blocking off much of their revenue and leaving public broadcasting in the hands of Putin's government-run networks; at the same time, all Internet content companies operating in Russia have been required to store their data physically in Russia, requiring such companies as Twitter and Facebook to either open facilities there or shut down service.)

    Some can see which way the wind is blowing even without concrete evidence. Can you?

    Posted in: U.S. says Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

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    Laguna

    Obokata was also followed into the toilet.

    Unless the article is comparing the quality of Obokata's research and that of NHK's reporting.

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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