Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    Japanese currency, I have heard, is made of washi.

    Posted in: Washi paper added to list of UNESCO intangible heritage items

  • 3

    Laguna

    I'm disappointed at this news; for once, I would have agreed with a very stern caning.

    Posted in: 'Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore

  • 0

    Laguna

    Albino dolphins. Umm. They are the tastiest.

    Posted in: Rare albino dolphin captured in Japan's 'Cove'

  • 5

    Laguna

    Pathetic losers. When I aim to lose socks, I sure as hell lose them in pairs. Matching pairs, folded together. That is why I am successful.

    Posted in: Common habits of Japan’s low earners - What this survey tells us, and what it doesn’t

  • 0

    Laguna

    They will come around. It is a bitter pill for them to swallow - really, it amounts to a complete reversal of a generation of strategic planning - and this will take some time, but every Iranian I know sees this as inevitable.

    Posted in: Iran nuclear talks stumble; extended until July

  • 0

    Laguna

    However, with potential kidnapping stock apparently plateauing, Moody's has put a "sell" advisory for ISIS shares until they expand their "plunder" division.

    Posted in: U.N.: Islamic State group got up to $45 mil in ransoms this year

  • -1

    Laguna

    Reza, I completely agree - and also would add the necessity of reducing government by consolidation (e.g., rid Kyushu of its prefectural governments by replacing them with a larger, more efficient body).

    Still, what the doomsayers don't recognize is that it is all just money. Seriously - it is not specie, it is fiat, and thus, should the kuso hit the senpuki, the government could simply retire the debt by printing more money. Of course, this would likely result in a massive devaluation of the yen (think 400 to the dollar) - but that is comparable to the post-war rate, and Japan would, again, eventually regain its status.

    Historically, economies embroiled in contradictions returned to normality via war. This is really the first time in history that this purging must be done peacefully. It will not be pretty, but it is better than the alternative.

    Posted in: As debt piles up, Japan tries to lock in low borrowing costs

  • 3

    Laguna

    What do loud noises, small shiny balls, and bright lights have in common?

    The lead sentence had me thinking this was an article about Christmas. Or Julien Blanc.

    Posted in: Nearly 5% of Japanese addicted to gambling – even though it’s still 'illegal'

  • 4

    Laguna

    When an ARMED Policeman is ( likely ) pointing HIS GUN at YOU, DO WHAT HE SAYS.

    Yes. This is the message we must send to American children.

    !----And knives, bows and arrows, pressure cookers, baseball bats, hammers, rope, lighters and matches, windows w/o safety bars above the 2nd floor. Heck lets add privately owned motor vehicles.

    Your copy-and-paste stock answer to gun violence in America does not apply here. Do you think a 12-year old at a playground would have been shot if he had been carrying any of the above? Seriously: this is not the first time a toy gun has been mistaken for the real thing, and since restricting the real thing is impossible, we'd be better of eliminating toy guns.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

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    Laguna

    With the US awash in guns, cops have got to assume the worst about each situation. This suggestion is pathetic but is made in the context of American gun insanity: All toy guns should be banned.

    Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer

  • 0

    Laguna

    Wait - Obama has once again acted in a way which both helps people and benefits the economy?! No wonder the GOP is against it! As a consolation prize - and now that the Benghazi! investigation has finally sputtered to a halt right where it began - perhaps they can start a NEW investigation!

    Posted in: Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy

  • -1

    Laguna

    Coincidentally, a congressional committee dominated by Republicans put the final nail in the coffin of Benghazi! with the release of their report today, and so it goes to join all of the other GOP pseudo-scandals down the memory hole. (Whatever happened to ISIS terrorists smuggling Ebola across the border? - oh, sorry that is SO three weeks ago.)

    Now, if GOPers are so confident that the GOP will win the presidency in 2016, there is no need to worry about Obama's executive action - it will expire in 2017, so any hypothetical GOP president doesn't even need to seem cruel by yanking away stability from millions of law-abiding residents; he (and it would be a "he") just needs to wait out the clock a half-year following inauguration.

    These apoplectic protestations by Republicans reveal their fear more than anything.

    Posted in: Obama's immigration changes upset Republican plans

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    Laguna

    The GOP position (not only here, but in general) seems to be, "Because our party is dysfunctional, no progress can be made in Washington." Note that, among frenzied calls for impeachment or shutdown or lawsuits, barely a peep is heard about legislation.

    So sad.

    Posted in: Obama's immigration changes upset Republican plans

  • 2

    Laguna

    Human faces on statistics help. GOPers would deport this man's family in a second, apparently.

    http://archive.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20131120military-undocumented-relatives-policy.html

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • 3

    Laguna

    The Reagan bill was quite clear; when the Senate Judiciary Committee sent it to the Senate, it contained this clause:

    It is the intent of the Committee that the families of legalized aliens will obtain no special petitioning right by virtue of the legalization. They will be required to "wait in line" in the same manner as immediate family members of other new resident aliens.

    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19881748700FSupp1048_11564

    If Republicans want the parents of an American military service member - who, through such action, has gained permanent residency - to be deported with the same urgency as, say, some gang-banger who was picked up for tagging, they are welcome to stipulate so. However, the Dept. of Homeland Security is currently able to deport only some 400,000 people a year, so unless Congress vastly increases its resources, law-abiding parents will be deported, while criminals will languish in jail under care of the American taxpayer. If that is what the GOP wants, they are well within their rights to legislate it so.

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • 7

    Laguna

    ... under (Reagan's) reading of the congressionally authorized 1986 amnesty law, and President George H.W. Bush did so in 1990....

    Interesting point there, John Galt - that Congress had already acted, and, in fact, had* specifically legislated that the amnesty program was limited to immigrants had to have been in the US since 1982*. Both Reagan and Bush, therefore, acted against recently expressed Congressional legislation. Now, if the Republican Congress passed legislation stipulating, for example, that no criterion other than simply being in the US illegally be used in determining deportation priorities and Obama ignored this, I would say you might have a case - but Congress has recently been silent on immigration.

    Regarding your numbers, Congressional action in 1986 legalized some 3,000,000, meaning that Bush was left with a relatively small number of undocumented immigrants; still, Bush's executive action protected about 40 percent of America's unauthorized immigrants at the time, which is roughly comparable to Obama's plan.

    (Also, remember that only 30,000 immigrants were deported in 1990 - less than one percent of the unauthorized population, compared with an annual average under Obama of 400,000 - about 3.6 percent of total illegal immigrants.)

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • 8

    Laguna

    Who will these countries send?

    Alphaape, Obama announced a deferral of deportation for parents of those who are in the country lawfully, with perhaps some 4 million of 12 million undocumented residents eligible to apply. Note that not even parents of Dreamers - those who are in the United States under the deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA, program - are not eligible because they remain in the country based on discretion, not on the basis of a legal entitlement.

    So unless these scary countries you fret about are able to send their poorest and sickest back in time and with American citizenship or legal residency, they're in a tougher place now then they were yesterday.

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

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    Laguna

    Republicans should ask, what would Reagan do? (In fact, they can dispense with the conditional: they should just look at what he did, which is very similar to what Obama has just done.)

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

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    Laguna

    Didn't I already answer that tomorrow?

    Posted in: Do you think time travel will ever be possible?

  • -3

    Laguna

    Very thoughtful post, Alphape, and I appreciate your sentiments. Yet it remains the case that millions of American residents are living in the shadows, and that is untenable. We can provide many of them a path to citizenship, which is what most Democrats support, or we can follow the Republican plan, which, as far as I can tell, is to kick the can down the road. The GOP cannot bring itself to accept legalization (not, understand, citizenship; simply the ability to function in the US without fear of imminent deportation) of undocumented aliens, but nor can they rouse the will to legislate organized mass deportation.

    So the president will act. As I mentioned above, if the GOP is unhappy with this, come January, they will be in a very good position to legislate a permanent solution more to their liking.

    Posted in: Obama to unveil plan to fix 'broken' U.S. immigration laws

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