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    Laguna

    In 2012, the GOP won 49% of the popular vote for the House against 50% for the Republicans yet ended up with a majority; in 2014, that election of so-called sweeping GOP triumph, the GOP won 52 percent of the popular vote yet ended up with 57% of the House. The Senate makeup makes this travesty of democracy even worse.

    I'm glad Sanders is in. I like the guy, and I think he will have a very positive influence on Hillary, pulling her further left. As for the sudden GOP "concern" regarding the poor and income inequality, there has never been a better example of crocodile tears. Not one of their presidential candidates' proposals would alleviate the situation; all would aggravate it.

    Posted in: Vermont's Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton's left

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    Laguna

    It is not the "Japan" Olympics; it is the "Tokyo" Olympics. In the US, the city hosting the Olympics foot the entire bill save for some Federal security contributions. Down here in Kumamoto, we will see no new facilities, no economic stimulus, no events - and most will not even attend (probably not even Kumamon) - yet we are being asked to contribute? THAT is ridiculous.

    Posted in: Tokyo governor hits out at 'ridiculous' bill for 2020 Olympics

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    Laguna

    Here's how I see it: It's not an Iraqi army, it's a Shia army increasingly under the influence of Iran. Saving the Sunni from themselves would, in their eyes, be spending their own blood to aid their enemies. Iraq is a very tribal society, and when the ISIS sweeps in and the Sunni tribal elders must either acquiesce or be killed, either way their legitimacy is lost.

    Anyone with any historical knowledge knows that the ISIS is a flash in the pan. It lives on expansion, and once that ends, it will contract explosively - and its expansion is limited to Sunni areas in Syria and Iraq, already mostly filled. Its demise will leave behind a smoking ruin of the historically dominant Sunni culture in the region, and guess who will be there to fill the vacuum?

    I'm not saying that this is a bad thing. Iran is a regional power with no real animosity to the US beyond antipathy towards what it perceives as US prevention of its historical influence. In fact, just as competition leads to innovation and excellence in economics, a revitalized Shiite culture would force the Sunnis to shape up a bit.

    Ironically, this would be the greatest contribution of Bush's misadventure: that he created the opportunity for Iran that a decade of warfare with Iraq could not. Bravo.

    Posted in: U.S. does damage control after defense chief’s remarks on Iraq

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    Laguna

    Stand to the side, watch and blame. Leaders belong in charge.

    Exactly! This is precisely why Obama should step aside and let the GOP-led Congress direct the way forward. Oh - wait: It's been nine months since the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and they still haven't done their job to authorize the use of military force as the Constitution requires? Ah, well, it's probably not that important to Senate Majority Leader McConnell anyway; he can't even manage to ram the NSA spying bill through.

    http://www.hngn.com/articles/90550/20150507/sen-tim-kaine-after-nine-months-congress-still-hasnt-done-its-job-and-authorized-war-against-isis.htm

    Posted in: U.S. does damage control after defense chief’s remarks on Iraq

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    Laguna

    The United States did not instigate the revolution in Libya, nor in Tunisia, nor in Egypt, nor in Syria. The US had three options: to weigh in on the side of the dictators, to act neutral, or to weigh in on the side of those seeking change.

    Change takes time. We're not talking about societies well-versed in the nuances of Athenian democracy or parliamentary rules here. A fundamental realization must be reached: That of the preference for peace over warfare, which requires an ability to compromise. This is a difficult concept, one even so-called advanced countries struggle with. It must be learned; it cannot be taught; and it cannot be learned under the "benevolent" boot of a dictator.

    These are difficult times, but they are necessary. It has only been 400 years since the Peace of Westphalia; 150 years since the American Civil War; 70 years since the end of World War 2 - all of these a blink of the eye in the 400,000 years that Homo sapiens have been fighting each other for dominance. Progress is being made; don't screw it up by intervening where you don't belong.

    Posted in: U.S. defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue

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    Laguna

    Obviously the Iraqi Army, being Shia, is not going to stick out its neck to deal with what essentially is Sunni internecine fighting. Jerseyboy has made some very good points. The only ones who will determine the outcome are the tribes who constitute the region; all the US may do is aid.

    Posted in: U.S. defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue

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    Laguna

    Presiding at the internment was the Minister of Toilets.

    Posted in: Man admits flushing ashes of wife down supermarket toilet

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    Laguna

    Why is it always the liberals stance to blame Bush for today's problems?

    True, even if Bush had not barged into Mesopotamia, the Arab Spring might have swept Saddam away and the ISIS might have been born organically. Not likely, but possible. Still, the US would not have lost over 4,000 soldiers and burdened itself with over $2 trillion dollars in debt. The reason this is germane is the stance candidates for the 2016 elections take, which reflects the lessons they have (or have not) learned. When GOP candidates blithely advocate attacking Iran with glib promises that it would be a cakewalk, caution is due.

    Posted in: Veterans frustrated by U.S. presidential debate on Iraq war

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    Laguna

    Steve Martin had the last word on azaleas:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6piBteOHCZQ

    Posted in: Full bloom

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    Laguna

    Forget about those 4,491 U.S. troops killed in Bush's war. What about the four who died in Benghazi?! Let's get our priorities straight!

    Posted in: Veterans frustrated by U.S. presidential debate on Iraq war

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    Laguna

    Just before a Starbucks opened a while back in my neighborhood, I was walking my whippet and noticed suits on Apples in a pre-meeting, and figuring this would be the only time my dog would be allowed in the building, I went inside to say hello. They seemed delighted at the presence of a Westerner and gave me a ticket to the next day's pre-opening, so I went again with my whippet the next day and got him a latte to lap up on the patio. (He loves milk-based coffee drinks.)

    I've never been back.

    Posted in: 1,000 line up for Starbucks' opening in Tottori

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    Laguna

    Read RedState much, CrazyJoe?

    Fox News, as usual aiming to both toss red meat to its audience and appear responsible, explains the situation here.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/25/was-syrian-weapons-shipment-factor-in-ambassadors-benghazi-visit/

    Whether weapons were shipped out of Libya has not been confirmed; if they were, under whose behest, the reason for their transfer, and their final destination have not been confirmed. And, most importantly, this has nothing to do with the riot that killed the ambassador.

    Good luck digging, though! It'll keep your mind off other, more important questions such as whether the Bush administration deliberately fixed the intelligence that led to 4,000 US deaths in Iraq - and that all prominent GOP candidates for president today say was A-OK.

    Posted in: Clinton received sensitive info on private email account, documents show

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    Laguna

    That place has gotta be raking in the bucks.

    Posted in: Rise and shrine

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    Laguna

    I second Scrote's query. While I do not have near that amount now, I may once my dear parents pass on. These assets have and will always be in America. I do not declare any income currently derived from my US assets now, and no one has ever questioned me.

    Does anyone have an answer to this?

    Posted in: Don’t forget to tip the doorman - Japan’s new exit tax

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    Laguna

    If you're ever in Kyoto, I'd strongly recommend 鞍馬駅 http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%9E%8D%E9%A6%AC%E9%A7%85

    Posted in: Five of Japan’s most beautiful and unique hidden train stations

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    Laguna

    Johnny Depp: 51. Amber Heard: 28. This explains a lot, I assume.

    Posted in: Depp storms off 'Pirates' set in pursuit of wife

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    Laguna

    I was in a 23 degree, 60% humidity classroom today

    Right. I've got two types of classroom: one in which the air conditioning is centrally controlled by the energy misers, leaving me a sodden lump of gaijin-infused cotton button-down, and one in which, by simulating a Maine autumn, I can both screw the future for my present comfort and encourage my students not to zone out in a tropical stupor. Guess which I prefer.

    Posted in: 2 dead, 480 hospitalized due to heat exhaustion in one week

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    Laguna

    “We intend to persist in urging him to clean up his place,” said a city worker. “If things don’t get better, I’d expect we’ll go with an order for removal.”

    You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training.

    Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes

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    Laguna

    6.5million? 6.5 billion

    4.5 billion is the initial cost of the carrier; another 3 billion will now be spent to extend the Washington's lifespan to its planned 50 years. 6.5 million is the average daily running cost of a carrier, its planes, and its attending group. But, heck, it's only money.

    Posted in: U.S. Navy's Japan-based aircraft carrier heads home

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    Laguna

    Who supported and armed Saddam with conventional and chemical weapons to wage a million-dead war with Iran?

    Ronald Reagan, Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of the neocons who later "advised" GWB and who are now lining up behind whichever GOP candidate seemingly capable of winning.

    http://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saddam_rumsfeld.jpg

    Posted in: Iraqi city of Ramadi falls to Islamic State

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