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    Laguna

    Agreed. If, as stated, the park focuses on non-Japanese tourists, many would be coming from points even further south than Okinawa such as Taiwan. Why not call it "Ryukyu Kingdom"?

    Posted in: Name for USJ Japan theme park in Okinawa leaves netizens confused

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    Laguna

    Exactly, gcbel. In particular, he expanded Medicare in his state under the ACA rubric and then claimed to those who objected that they were insufficiently Christian. He's toast.

    Posted in: 2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

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    Laguna

    sangetsu, check your reality. Guns play an outsized part in American life. American cops are so on edge because they don't know who's packing, and you see the results there. This article discussed security at movie theaters; tell me, which other country outside of a war zone need consider this?

    Posted in: After U.S. shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters

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    Laguna

    But training is required for anyone who wants to carry a gun on their person.

    What is not required for gun ownership in either Alabama, where the gun was purchased, nor Louisiana, where the murders took place, are a permit to purchase, firearm registration, or owner license. Basically, anyone can purchase a weapon, and what happens to the weapon after that is unknown to anyone.

    I assume, as a responsible gun owner, that you would like potential gun owners to first obtain a permit clearing them of legal or mental issues, that the firearm is registered so that it can be tracked, and that the owner have a license so that authorities might periodically update data. Without these, any suggestion of gun control is a joke.

    Posted in: After U.S. shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters

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    Laguna

    Right, Farmboy. Rand Paul came out with a similar video showing how he would dispose of US tax laws: http://time.com/3966731/rand-paul-chainsaw-tax-code-video/

    All pretty funny until one realizes the desperation behind it: These candidates are desperately seeking attention so as to be selected for the debates, but Trump is sucking up all of the oxygen.

    As humorous as the videos are, the situation the GOP has gotten itself into is more so by magnitudes.

    Posted in: 2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

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    Laguna

    The strawman du jour is that enough laws are on the books but are not sufficiently enforced. Than Rick Perry suggests that no-gun zones are the problem:

    I will suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea. I think that you allow the citizens of this country, who have appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms, to carry them. I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there's as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.

    Let's think about this for a moment.: "appropriately trained"? There exist no training requirements for gun ownership anywhere in America (unlike, say, for automobiles), and any suggestion that such training be required for gun ownership would be vehemently opposed. Also, "appropriately backgrounded"? The perpetrator in question here, like many others, had shown obvious signs of mental distress - but where do you draw the line? Imagine the reaction on the right if a Tea Partier had been denied his 2nd Amendment rights simply because his wife had secured a restraining order against him and he had written anti-government scripts on social media.

    No, what Perry is suggesting is something we already have: a well-regulated militia, i.e., the police and the National Guard. It is unfortunate that public outings in the US must be taken in consideration of gun mayhem, but that reality is sadly unlikely to change.

    Perry went on to say:

    "I think we have the laws in place. Enforcement of those laws is what seems to be lacking, both in Charleston and here in Lafayette, Louisiana.

    Ah, that new strawman. Sweep it under the rug, Rick.

    Posted in: After U.S. shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters

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    Laguna

    One reason why I tend to wait for the DVD.

    Posted in: 3 dead, 7 wounded in Louisiana movie theater shooting

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    Laguna

    Anyone heard of any concrete suggestions from Trump on how to address the multiple immigration problems? Congress has many but has not advanced any of them, mostly because the Dems refuse to move solely on increased boarder security without accompanied reforms to undocumented worker status, while the GOP is terrified to even discuss the latter. It is clear that immigration is broken; it is also clear (as Obama has often stated) that any permanent fix must come from Congress.

    Again, anyone heard any proposals from Trump?

    Posted in: Trump visits Mexico border; claims Hispanics love him

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    Laguna

    How do you herd that many cats??!!

    This is how:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8

    Posted in: Brigitte Bardot slams Australia's plan to kill 2 million feral cats

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    Laguna

    So, since we're clear your statement was dead wrong, are you now changing your statement to say not a single Congressman is suggesting war with Iran is an option?

    There was, of course, the 'Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran' utterance by McCain, which may or may not have been in jest - but then, I prefer my war heroes not to have been captured. Doubtless, this GOP encouragement did much to bolster the moderates in Iran, who are crucial for not only the success of this deal but for potential cooperation in future.

    Basically, though, a position against negotiation is either capitulation or war, and the stance that the agreement reached could have been more stringent must be taken up with our partners, including China and Russia. Good luck with that on your first day, Scott Walker.

    Posted in: Obama denounces 'chest-beating' critics of Iran nuclear deal

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    Laguna

    I love cats, but I support this program. The numbers are too large for the more humane method of sterilisation; also, if you've ever seen a cat with mange starving to death, a few seconds of carbon dioxide is a vastly preferable end.

    Posted in: Brigitte Bardot slams Australia's plan to kill 2 million feral cats

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    Laguna

    Obama is pushing this deal forcefully because he does not need the GOP to get it approved. The best way to corral all of the chicken Dems is to turn it into a partisan issue so that the Dems can be protected from the pro-Israeli bloc.

    Just like the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare, though, the GOP is secretly hoping Obama will succeed because, if they manage to overturn the deal, the results are all in their hands, and they have zero alternatives.

    Posted in: Obama denounces 'chest-beating' critics of Iran nuclear deal

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    Laguna

    ...at least they didn't add "with me."

    Posted in: Barbie and beer

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    Laguna

    The Des Moines Register, being a private enterprise, may well call for Trump to withdraw, but the GOP itself would face a debilitating rebellion if it attempted to do the same - as well as the threat of Trump running as an independent. As such, he is guaranteed a place in at least the first GOP debate, slated for 8/6.

    While most pundits continue to insist that Trump is simply the flavor of the month a la so many others were in 2012, they may be wrong 2016 has so many other candidates to split the vote and no clear front-runner. At any rate, Trump is the wrench in the GOP works that cannot be removed. All those who researched the GOP post-2012 postmortum must be sobbing in their beer.

    Posted in: Disavowed by party leaders, Trump has supporters cheering

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    Laguna

    Some U.S. lawmakers, including several prominent Republican presidential candidates, have vowed not to repeal the embargo and have pledged to roll back Obama’s moves on Cuba.

    Of course they would. A large faction in the GOP longs for the simplistic dualism of the Cold War and can't seem to wrap their heads around the facts that (a) it was never as simplistic as they imagine (e.g. Reagan negotiating with Gorbachev) and (b) those long-gone days have been replaced by a very complex system of multilateralism.

    Posted in: New era begins as Cuba raises flag at embassy in U.S.

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    Laguna

    Whatever party he or anyone else claims he owes allegiance to, one fact is clear: he would never have a chance of being taken with any degree of seriousness by the Democratic Party, whereas a sizable faction of the Republican Party is lapping him up. And they do so truly deserve him, finally reaping what they have sowed.

    A scarier thought is, is Trump the culmination of GOP insanity, or is there worse yet to come, and, if the latter, in what still more monstrous form will this appear?

    Posted in: Trump basks in McCain takedown; says rivals envious of rise

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    Laguna

    Reminds me a bit of that 2001 South Korean flood in which nineteen people were electrocuted - many while trying to aid other victims - after electric-wire panels on street lamp poles were inundated. Very unfortunate for the victims, and very irresponsible of the planners in both cases.

    Posted in: 2 dead, 5 injured after being electrocuted by electric fence

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    Laguna

    The Republican Party is the originator and owner of Swiftboating®. The Democrats may have their own dirty tricks, but they never go that far.

    Posted in: Trump stirs new controversy by criticizing McCain war record

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    Laguna

    Of course Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is saying that Iran will not immediately climb into bed with the Americans despite any agreement. It is useful to understand that the Ayatollah is similar to the US Supreme Court; he may weigh in on occasion, but real policy is made by the elected government. Still, this deal without his approval likely would not have gone through. Just as in the US, though, the conservatives need to give lip-service to their faction. Viewed as such, this is a positive thing.

    Similarly, would you expect Bush, Walker, Graham, Cruz, Carson, Huckabee, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Trump, Perry, or Santorum to express anything other than a wish for "regime change" - AKA "death to Iran" - at this point? Even Obama has put the dampers on expectations for short-term improvement in relations, though he has expressed hope for progress in the medium term.

    Perhaps Obama is channeling Ronald Reagan, the last US president who had attempted to improve US-Iranian relations. The difference, of course, is that Obama is doing it legally, whereas Reagan should have been impeached (he was saved only due to his age, the limited time left in his term, and his close proximity to Nixon).

    Posted in: Iran supreme leader: Nuclear deal won't change policy toward U.S.

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    Laguna

    Time to go surfing...

    No, no no! Get with the program: time to clamber upon the roof of your house so that your demise can make the JT.

    Posted in: Typhoon Nangka barrels toward Japan

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