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    Laguna

    Was Hillary an enabler or just doesn't care?

    Good question, Mark! Inquiring minds want to know! Two points. First, there is zero information regarding how Bill and Hillary patched up their marriage. Anything you read or say is simply speculation. Second, there is a third, far more likely option (enabler? didn't care? sheesh - have you ever been in a male/female relationship?) that you (conveniently) did not mention: that Hillary did care very much but worked to save her marriage anyway.

    Posted in: Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary's presidential run

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    Laguna

    Agree, Lizz. Bill was certainly a philanderer, and whatever all the literature supporting the theory that such behavior is inherent in "alpha males" - precisely those who target the presidency - let us not forget that Hillary was equally a victim.

    Marriage is difficult. Monogamy is difficult. Hell, life is difficult. But Hillary managed to work this out with Bill. Normally, the Christian Right would applaud and support their struggles, but they're Democrats so apparently beyond redemption.

    Hillary could turn this on a dime if push does come to shove. The GOP is foolish to pursue such a reckless strategy alienating women as well as men.

    Posted in: Woman who accused Bill Clinton of assault to campaign against Hillary's presidential run

  • 7

    Laguna

    What about burning to death in cages like ISIS did to that Jordanian pilot?

    Okay, yeah, that was an utter atrocity. But so what? Are you arguing that ISIS atrocities gives the US leeway to do whatever they want as long as their methods are a smidgen less atrocious? As if America could burn people to death but not in cages or burn people in cages but not to death and then point to their relative restraint as a sign of their benevolence?

    I'm sorry, but torture is not relative.

    Posted in: Trump calls for waterboarding, other methods in U.S. fight against ISIS

  • 4

    Laguna

    This argument reminds me of Cruz' statements that he would "carpet bomb" ISIS "into oblivion". Even after many with military knowledge pointed out that the multitude of "smart" weapons the Pentagon possesses has made carpet bombing as obsolete as, say, dumping buckets of hot pitch, Cruz wouldn't back down. Seems two things about being being a GOP presidential candidate are that you have to take idiotically tough (even if everything you've said comes straight from your butt), and you can never back down (even if the former has been pointed out by those with actual knowledge).

    Like this guy, Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the commander of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, who differs (and, given his position, who likely knows about a zillion percent regarding these matters than Cruz). MacFarland said that carpet bombing whole regions - including, presumably, unlucky civilians - into oblivion is "inconsistent with our values." He added,

    At the end of the day it doesn't only matter if you win. It's how you win. We're the United States of America. We have a set of guiding principles. Indiscriminate bombing, where we don't care if we're killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values.

    I assume he has similar feelings about water boarding. But then, perhaps America has learned nothing from the Iraq debacle, and perhaps a GOP Commander-In-Chief would set America back on the course it was on under Bush. All of the GOP front runners - Trump, Cruz, Rubio - have stated their revanchist policies to clearly to backtrack. Soon it will be time for Americans to choose.

    Posted in: Trump calls for waterboarding, other methods in U.S. fight against ISIS

  • 4

    Laguna

    Okay, show of hands here: If America permits waterboarding and other countries subsequently use it against American troops, who would be okay with that? If not, why not?

    Posted in: Trump calls for waterboarding, other methods in U.S. fight against ISIS

  • 0

    Laguna

    As Henry Kissinger said, 'America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.' Of course, the same is true for every country - with the exception that many countries need America much more than it needs them, and it would thus behoove them to align their actions with American interests. That may not be possible - or they may not be willing to do so.

    I've long thought that Iran and America share vastly closer interests - and national characteristics - than America does with Saudi Arabia. A tipping point may well be coming. The House of Saud is no doubt aware of this. The question is whether they will be willing or able to do anything about it.

    Posted in: Is it time for U.S. to dump Saudi Arabia?

  • 3

    Laguna

    "Magazines," eh? Bet they were manga.

    Posted in: 71-year-old woman torches her son's room for not cleaning up mess

  • 3

    Laguna

    I prefer water board interrogation over physical pain interrogation or worse. The Iranians humiliated the US sailors recently captured. Not torture per say although humiliating.

    "Over physical pain"?" An American lieutenant had this to say regarding waterboarding Americans used during the Philippine-American War: "His sufferings must be that of a man who is drowning, but cannot drown." Please: that is physical pain. Imagine if the Iranians had waterboarded those captured soldiers. Do you honestly think that the American military would have let it slide simply because it is not "physical pain"? Remember, after World War II, the United States tried, convicted, and executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding.

    Most importantly, a large number in the American military establishment oppose waterboarding not only due to doubts over its efficacy but because it would give a green-light for other countries to practice the same on Americans.

    That we're still having this conversation almost two decades after that nightmare of the GWB administration is atrocious.

    Posted in: Trump calls for waterboarding, other methods in U.S. fight against ISIS

  • 2

    Laguna

    Well, that was fun. Two key takeouts: Christie thinks Rubio, with less than a single Senate (and under-performing, ill-attended at rhat) term under his belt, lacks the required experience for the presidency that only a governorship can instill - as can be seen by the purposed utter failure of Obama. Rubio disagrees: he maintains Obama ruined the country on purpose.

    Christie also suspects that Rubio is nothing more than a stuffed suit spouting index-card length memorized fact-free slogans, an assertion Rubio subsequently supports by repeating thrice more that index card accusing Obama of ruining the country on purpose. Whoops.

    Key winners of this debate: Sanders and Clinton.

    Posted in: Trump fights, Rubio on the skids in Republican debate

  • 4

    Laguna

    Well, as of this moment, they're on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!

    Posted in: N Korea fires rocket; no debris falls on Japan

  • 11

    Laguna

    Hori defended what he called the Japanese view of zoos as an educational exhibition of wildlife, which he said was culturally different from the Western view. He slammed the petition drive as “self-righteous and bigoted.”

    Perhaps someday space aliens will go full-scale "Planet of the Apes" on Hori's @ss, and it would serve him right.

    Posted in: Move sought for Japan's oldest elephant may be too late

  • 12

    Laguna

    What a fabulous word salad. Thanks; fulfilled my daily roughage requirement with this one article.

    Posted in: Russian gangs set sights on 2020 Olympic opportunities

  • 1

    Laguna

    Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Posted in: Long-term marijuana use tied to worse verbal memory in middle age

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    Laguna

    “I don’t think a president would have ever shouted profanities in a speech in front of thousands of people with kids in the crowd,” Jeb Bush said. “He does it all the time.”

    “I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly,” she said. “It’s terrible. And we knew what he meant, too.”

    Oh, Barbara and Jeb!, we commiserate. It is terrible! What kind of political organization exists so horrid as to elevate to their standard bearer such a beast!

    Posted in: Trump holds lead in N Hampshire; rebuked for profanity by Bushes

  • 4

    Laguna

    Earthquakes and volcanoes work on entirely different mechanisms. Furthermore, earthquake energy is centered onthe rupturing fault, and anybody with any knowledge of Kyushu geology knows faults here generally run southwest -northeast - so far from Sendai that, again, any quake sufficiently large to cause damage would level the entire region. http://tankyu.hatenablog.com/entry/2015/10/03/satsuma

    Posted in: Sakurajima volcano erupts explosively in southern Japan

  • 5

    Laguna

    As I've said before, if Sakurajima (or Kirishima, for that matter) ever erupts violently enough to threaten Sendai, the nuclear power plant would be the least of our worries. (I live just up the road.)

    Posted in: Sakurajima volcano erupts explosively in southern Japan

  • 4

    Laguna

    Most importantly, it's time to return the manji to its proper place historically and in meaning. The Nazis are gone; Buddhism and its symbols remain. Hiding or feeling ashamed of the manji is counterproductive; proudly displaying it in its proper context, such as a map indicating Buddhist temples, is not only required fairness to the faith, it is a symbol that we have moved on.

    Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion

  • 7

    Laguna

    MrBum, I doubt A&M understands "FDR." You should call him "Mr. Eleanor Roosevelt."

    Posted in: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign

  • 7

    Laguna

    While they're at it, get around to doing something about the flag - I always confuse it with Bangladesh's.

    Posted in: Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi swastika confusion

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