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    Laguna

    Trump's never been known to be the sharpest pencil in the box - probably that's why he uses Twitter and eschews email. He clearly does not understand technology. On a Fox interview Friday, he alleged:

    I hear the NSA maybe has the emails. A lot of people say the NSA would have the emails if they really wanted to get them.

    Ah. Okay, it's that Ocean's Eleven "I know this guy" thing. He continued:

    Obviously they don’t want to get them. They’re protecting her, they’re coddling her. And it’s the only way she could even consider running.

    Well, at least this fits in with his building campaign to portray his impending defeat as a huge conspiracy by the, uh ... "establishment," but it certainly betrays his ignorance of both technology and law. So he contines:

    She knows what was on those emails and it was very, very bad. And maybe somebody should, in fact, ask the NSA whether or not they have the emails.

    Hmm. Very, very bad, he says? He seems certain that the NSA had previously been hacking her sever and storing her messages. That to me is more a definition of "very, very bad" (though he seems to think it's okay - so much so that he said at a rally earlier:)

    “I don’t know what the law is, but they say that they would have the emails. I guess somebody came out from the NSA and they said, ‘We have everybody’s emails.' So I don’t think they tried too hard. Do you, folks?

    Mah, Snowden, NSA - it's computer stuff! Whatever! Normally, I wouldn't make fun of a septuagenariun for such mistakes - but this guy is running for president, has a foul attitude, and seems totally cool with the NSA possessing all of our digital communications - he, a man who his campaign cannot leave unattended with a smartphone.

    Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

  • 0

    Laguna

    Trump's presidency will be good for the ladder business.

    And the shovel and panga businesses.

    Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

  • 1

    Laguna

    ...the reason Japan is so safe is the Japanese governments no nonsense STRICTER approach to illegal immigration

    Prima facie illogical. If that were true, the majority of American crimes would have to be committed by illegal immigrants, when in fact their crime rate is lower than that of citizens (go ahead and Google it).

    Thereason Japan is so safe is their extremely strict restrictions on gun ownership. Anyone who knows Japan would shudder at the thought of guns being freely available in this society.

    Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

  • 2

    Laguna

    One difficulty I noted was the long and short vowels. Try saying 高所で胡椒を交渉しました。

    Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese

  • 3

    Laguna

    Homeland Security could contract with Haliburt to set up RFID scanners randomly across the US to passively monitor these people. It would probably only cost a few hundred billion - cheaper than the wall.

    Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

  • 5

    Laguna

    Simple: Tag all visitors to the US with those hypodermic RFID chips used with pets. I'm sure they won't mind.

    Posted in: Trump says he would track immigrants to ensure no visa overstays

  • 3

    Laguna

    Exactly, zurconium. Hillary is dreaming if she thinks controversies are behind her in the land where a sizable amount of people still think Obama was born in Kenya. Her bathroom breaks and pillow usage are under scrutiny, for heaven's sake. She will win, but the nasty teabagger rage will follow her like a fart in an elevator. Expect tens of millions of dollars and thousands of hours to be spent on various "investigations."

    It will never end until this demographic segment either dies from old age or achieves a college education.

    Posted in: Clinton says controversies behind her; Trump begs to differ

  • 3

    Laguna

    I'll never forget how my four-year old boy (now 21) almost hit the ceiling the first time he mistakenly pressed the bidet button.

    Posted in: What do you think of Japan’s high-tech toilets?

  • 3

    Laguna

    If there's a quake... we are screwed

    After experiencing the Kumamoto quakes, I'm afraid I have to agree. I cannot imagine going through that in such a densely populated area.

    Posted in: If there's a quake...

  • 6

    Laguna

    A very important and interesting speech - important as it signals the tack her campaign will take, and interesting as the tack is so unusual. Clinton could have attacked Republican policies; this would have helped Dem downticket candidates; instead, she said,

    This is not conservatism as we have known it. This is not Republicanism as we have known it.

    Basically, she is endorsing the traditional GOP and its philosophies as legitimate. This has two ramifications: it encourages conservatives that splitting their ticket - voting for Clinton and GOP congressmen - is okay. It also signifies her good will towards working with moderate Republicans in Congress.

    In that sense, this was less a campaign speech than the beginning of her presidency. She knows she will win, but she also knows that the GOP will likely control the House and will have at least a significant minority in the Senate. Signaling at this early stage that her fight is more against the abomination that is Trump rather than the Republican Party as a whole is brilliant. Like Obama, Clinton's playing 11-dimensional chess while Trump is playing checkers.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over who is best for U.S. minorities

  • 3

    Laguna

    Every article about Trump and whatever issue he talks about always contains this part, "......but he offered few specifics."

    Ha! - another example of the media being in Trump's camp. More accurate would be, "..but he offered zero specifics, and his statement contradicts what he has said previously - which also contradicts what he said previously - so fast, it makes your head spin."

    Posted in: Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Hispanics

  • 1

    Laguna

    True, Speed, but the '11 quake epicenter was far offshore (about 70km from the nearest land) and very deep (30km). A better comparison is the 6.5 we had here in Kumamoto two days before the 7.2, both with epicenters under populated areas and depths of 10km. The point about the logarithmic scale is best understood by experience: the 6.5 was enough to jolt me of the sofa (it was 9:15 PM and I was napping); the 7.2 was enough to bring down some neighborhood houses. One literally cannot stand.

    Tragedy, yes. Retrofitting should be done where possible. Mostly, though, these older towns are simply at the mercy of nature. As someone in Mashiki said after the big one, "We knew eventually it would come; we just didn't think it would be during our generation."

    Posted in: Italy earthquake death toll rises to 247

  • 2

    Laguna

    Speed, I dunno about that. I approach my garden each spring with deep passion, and as such, I've learned the veracity of that saying, "Gardening and second marriages are similar: the triumph of hope over experience."

    Posted in: It’s easier to be a salaryman. You can’t be a farmer unless that’s your passion.

  • 5

    Laguna

    Nice comment, goldorak. As a whippet owner, I know the passion the sighthound breeds have for running, so I don't believe racing in itself is cruel. If only the people could have acted more intelligently....

    Posted in: Uproar as Australian state bans greyhound racing

  • 1

    Laguna

    You have the right to walk outside without being shot. You have a right to a good education for your child. You have the right to own your home. You have the right to have a good job.

    Wow. Those are rights - as in, government-guaranteed? If he's serious about this, even I would vote for him.

    Posted in: Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Hispanics

  • 3

    Laguna

    Heh. Babes in the woods. Do you not see how other Republicans are not piling on this? - it is because, but for the grace of email leaks, there go they. One might wonder, for example, of Trump's explanation of his charity donations (hint: all that we know is that they were all from the Trump Foundation until he releases his tax returns; in the meantime, we know that some 10% of the combined Clinton income went to charity). As I mentioned above, perhaps some illegality will be found - but you will not find GOP players urging investigation lest the worms turn on them.

    I'd suggest the health issue might be more promising. Or Benghazi redux. Or perhaps revisit Whitewater. This line of attack is a circular firing squad - those in the know know it, and that is why it will go nowhere. Unless something actually comes up, but the Clintons Re way to smart for that, I suspect.

    Posted in: Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State

  • 1

    Laguna

    No, they purchased special favors.

    Whether any evidence arrives of this will be interesting to see (and I'm not saying it won't - you can imagine the flurry of activity to discover actual wrong-doing), but at the moment, there is nothing. Clinton was free to meet whoever she wanted to, as are all politicians.

    ...these are huge amounts of money given directly to Hillary and her family.

    Nope; these were given to her family's foundation. Granted, some money is disbursed from the foundation to family members for various reasons (Chelsea in particular draws a large salary - $400,000? - as a foundation director), but all of this has been quite transparent as the foundation's finances must be open for public scrutiny.

    Come up with some actual law-breaking and I'll pay attention. Otherwise, it's simply American politics as usual.

    Posted in: Clinton Foundation donors got face time with her at State

  • 2

    Laguna

    C'mon, blacklable - you know it's Congress that drafts the actual legislation, and the Democrats have been very clear on this issue for years: Those who have demonstrated a long period of US residency without having committed any crimes will be given access to a procedure to legalize their residency - not citizenship (that would be subject to future consideration). At the same time, beefed-up border control can be instituted (in fact, it already has - look at the budget numbers).

    My point is, Trump has sounded recently remarkably similar to what the Dems have proposed - and Obama has implemented since elected.There is a reason for this: it is the only practical solution. But Trump's core supporters would have a cow if he abandoned this plank, so instead, he seems to be saying, "Okay, I'll do the same thing Obama is, only more loudly and obnoxiously!"

    So much for speaking softly but carrying a big stick.

    Posted in: Trump vows 'fair, but firm' approach to illegal immigration

  • 2

    Laguna

    So he has flip flopped to a much more reasonable position that all the complainers have been saying that he should do.

    Uh ... blacklabel ... do you have any idea what that position might be? He's signaled now that he's somewhere between the status quo under the Obama administration and the rounding up and deportation of 11 million people - kinda a big difference. The American people deserve a bit of a definite policy announcement here. Do you suppose such an announcement will ever come - and, if it does, that he will stick to it for longer than a few days?

    Adjusting ones policies to better align with newly-discovered information is admirable, but this is ridiculous: there is no newly-discovered info, and he hasn't even flip-flopped - he's just hedging (or confused).

    Posted in: Trump vows 'fair, but firm' approach to illegal immigration

  • 1

    Laguna

    There's not much historical precedent for the deportation of 11 million people outside of Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia - and, presumably, deportation would not be done by cattle car (right? RIGHT?), thus raising the cost - some economists have put it at some $400 billion; in addition, the economy would take a $1 trillion hit over a decade, continuing in the future.

    Anyone paying attention would notice that deportations of undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes in the US under the Obama administration have reached record levels, almost double those of the Bush administration. As such, it appears Trump is wavering between the status quo and the cattle car.

    I do so look forward to the debates. Certain items so require clarification.

    Posted in: Trump vows 'fair, but firm' approach to illegal immigration

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