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OcgoodtimesApr. 18, 2013 - 09:40AM JST
a 25 yr old model knocked-up by a 21 yr old actor--sounds like the prime ingredients of a stable family...NOT. Don't these entertainers even contemplate let's-not-make-an-oops-baby sex? even for a nanosecond? I guess not.
Posted in: Model Maki Nishiyama reportedly 5 months pregnant
OcgoodtimesNov. 08, 2012 - 01:02AM JST
"...the best is yet to come..." That's true because you can't do much worse than what Obama's done over his first term. It's pathetic that Romney couldn't muster up the votes to defeat a VERY defeat-able Obama. I was at a conference where Charlie Cook (cookpolitical.com) was a speaker. He said that Romney would lose, based on the electoral "head-start" that most any Democrat candidate has, but mainly because of the tactical error he made over the summer. In the swing states, Obama's campaign launched a massive negative ad campaign over a three month period where, using Cook's word, Obama "took a baseball bat and beat the crap out of Romney's character". They focused on Bain Capital, layoffs, how much money he made, etc., etc. Romney's response was to stay on message. Well, attack ads do work. So imagine a picture where Obama is beating Romney repeatedly with a bat, and Romney's response is "...we need to create a bright economic future for our children, ..blah, blah..."
Had Romney changed his tact and focused his money on blunting those attacks--essentially putting more of a Teflon coating around his character--he said that 1) the Obama ads' effects would have been deeply lessened, and 2) he would gain more of a connection to the voters. After the first debate, Romney got a popularity bounce everywhere, BUT his lift in the swing states was far less because of the damage Obama had already inflicted. According to Cook, had Romney effectively countered the Obama attack campaign, he thinks Romney would be way ahead going into the election.
So sadly, we have 4 more years of a social revolutionist. He'll continue to galvanize Obamacare and other policies that threaten the fabric of the US economy, and business owners like myself are going to hang onto our cash and NOT invest. Hopefully, by 2016, we won't have transformed into too much of a welfare state and we'll have a chance to elect a leader who is pro-small-business, who understands job creation, and knows that the way to build wealth is to preserve an economy that rewards hard work and ingenuity.
Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME
OcgoodtimesSep. 09, 2012 - 01:27PM JST
I was going to comment, but after reading some of the nonsense of the commentators, I figured on saving me 10 minutes of futility. I'm just shaking my head and hoping that the downfall of the U.S. happens after I'm dead and gone. But it will happen given the current trajectory of this great country of ours.
Posted in: Michelle Obama says change takes time; urges 4 more years
OcgoodtimesAug. 28, 2012 - 11:47PM JST
Hope Nishikori does well at the US Open. He lacks the firepower of the top players, but his consistent, counter-punching play serves him well. Regarding soft tennis--I guess I don't quite get the notion of soft tennis being safer. Okay..a soft rubber ball should technically be less painful than a hard, felt covered tennis ball, but c'mon--getting hit by a rubber ball going 100kph is going to sting. As an avid tennis player, I've had my share of being hit by a tennis ball--especially when you're at net and playing doubles--but it's not that bad.
Posted in: Nishikori looks to inspire Japanese youngsters
OcgoodtimesAug. 15, 2012 - 04:27PM JST
The other thing is revenue. I know that carriers carry some of the cost of the hardware, but I would say, on average, iPhones cost 3 to 4 times more, cash out of pocket than any Samsung phone (at least, here in the US where iPhones are only available from 2 carriers). Gross margins for iPhones are probably the envy of every mobile phone manufacturer.
Posted in: Samsung expands lead in smartphone market: Gartner
OcgoodtimesAug. 15, 2012 - 07:53AM JST
@michael--seriously, what's going on here? Regarding that soccer-player, I read that the Korean government is backing the soccer player by saying something to the effect that the sign he held up was NOT political. Seriously? Not "political"? Then what--they're saying it was "personal"? The soccer player just happened to have some affinity to these useless rocks stick up out of the water? Now this hubbub over the shrine? Is it election time in S. Korea?
Posted in: S Korea urges 2 Japanese ministers to scrap Yasukuni visit
OcgoodtimesAug. 13, 2012 - 11:14AM JST
@serendipitous... I'll have to reread at least once before I hit the "submit" button.
Posted in: S Koreans back soccer player over banner
OcgoodtimesAug. 13, 2012 - 09:52AM JST
Those islets are just stupid pieces of rock sticking up out of the water. Arguing over these islands is like two children fighting over jelly beans. Everyone should just dessert the islands and let both the South Korean and Japanese military use them for target practice. Couple rounds of live firing should reduce the islets to bottom-of-the-sea rubble so that fish and crab can use it for spawning--something that's actually useful.
OcgoodtimesAug. 12, 2012 - 01:44PM JST
This is a problem for government officials and diplomats. I think athletes do their sport a disservice by politicizing what are supposed to be athletic games that transcend nationalistic squabbles and discord. That said, is there something particularly strategic about these islands? I've seen pictures of them--they're literally dinky rocks sticking out of the water. I actually feel bad for the police officers who got stuck with the assignment of "guarding" the islands.
Posted in: S Korean soccer player barred from medal ceremony over political message
OcgoodtimesAug. 05, 2012 - 12:16PM JST
Just a couple things: 1) I always liked this saying: "hatred is a poison you take, hoping the other person dies" and 2) what a useless poll.
Posted in: S Korea hates Japan more than N Korea, Gallup Poll reveals
OcgoodtimesMay. 18, 2012 - 09:32AM JST
My great-grandfather must have been in the focus group that said that this product would be a huge hit in the market place.
Posted in: Toshiba CD radio cassette recorder
OcgoodtimesMay. 01, 2012 - 07:12AM JST
Are you serious? This is news? First of all, it's just a commercial, not an etiquette how-to video. These so-called Netizens need to get a life because they have way too much time on their hands for useless commentary.
Posted in: Korean idol enrages Japanese netizens by eating instant noodles from the pot
OcgoodtimesApr. 30, 2012 - 01:10PM JST
The 5 guys' gang had an IQ of 5, too. 66 burglaries only netted them 2.1 million yen? That comes to just over 30,000 yen per burglary--doesn't that seem like a small amount of money considering the risk of getting caught?
Posted in: Gang robs 66 residences to get money for maid cafes, AKB48 concerts
OcgoodtimesApr. 07, 2012 - 01:31AM JST
I think it was funny--especially the reference to N. Korean newscasters. Seeing video clips of the N. Korean newscasters reporting the death of Kim Jong-Il, wearing their hanboks and speaking through quivering voices and tears, imagining NHK newscasters doing the same kind of made me laugh.
Posted in: NHK apologizes for April Fool's Day Twitter joke
OcgoodtimesApr. 07, 2012 - 01:28AM JST
I suppose the silver lining to this dark cloud is that there'll be more job openings available.
Posted in: TEPCO workers quitting due to threats, sense of despair
OcgoodtimesMar. 30, 2012 - 12:47AM JST
The problem with the death penalty is that they don't follow through quickly enough. Same is true in the US, a lot of these guys wind up dying of old age before they get to the chamber for their lethal injection. In the meantime, it costs something like $60K per year, per prisoner to keep these guys in their special lock-up. But the appeals process is just excruciatingly long. They should just give the guy one appeal and if he loses, just walk him to the back of the courthouse and take care of business. But the way it is now, victims' families just end up not being able to get closure for years and years. In the US, you always have these protests on days of execution and to all those people, I say, "look, if you care about these people so much, you take them into your households and have them babysit your kids. You pay for their care and feeding, and if they commit some heinous crime, then you pay the damages in civil court". That'll make the crowd go away, because they won't ever put their money where their mouth is. Fact is, society is just better off without these people. Sure, you can talk about their terrible upbringings--their abusive parents, etc., etc., but there are probably more examples of people who come from the same sort of backgrounds and actually do good for society. I don't care who you are--you go on a killing spree, you deserve not to live.
Posted in: 3 inmates hanged; 1st executions in Japan since July 2010
OcgoodtimesMar. 27, 2012 - 11:29AM JST
Afghanistan is a lost cause. Let's just pull the troops and let Karzai deal with the rock-dwelling Talibans. The US keeps pouring billions of dollars every month for, what? NOTHING! The US should just keep Israel armed to the teeth, play nice with the Saudis and Kuwaitis to keep the oil flowing, and then let the Iranians, Iraqis, etc., fight over their piece of sand. We should just monitor the nuclear situation in Iran and just nuke their facilities when they get close to having a working warhead.
Posted in: Afghan security forces kill British, American soldiers
OcgoodtimesFeb. 24, 2012 - 08:55PM JST
$110,000 US? Wow...that's like 80 gazillion pesos!
Posted in: Wynn Macau board ousts tycoon Okada for 'unacceptable conduct'
OcgoodtimesFeb. 12, 2012 - 02:16AM JST
Cute girl, but a detective? And she's holding a 2" snub nose revolver in a miniskirt? Awesome...
Posted in: Masami Nagasawa relishes her role as detective
OcgoodtimesFeb. 08, 2012 - 10:44AM JST
Stupid, retarded act...she deserves to have her career ended and the idiot friend should spend a year in jail for aggravated assault. The allegation about "fondling" has got to be bogus. Unless the cab drive is an absolute retard, he won't try to cop a feel when she's in the cab with two other girls and a drunk boyfriend. I say 30 days in jail and 300 hours of community work picking up trash for her.
Posted in: Taiwanese-Japanese star implicated in beating of taxi driver in Taipei
May. 26, 2013 - 07:48AM JST
Abe vows "all possible help.." sounds non-committal, even if true it's long overdue :)
Posted in: Abe vows all possible help for Myanmar economy
Meanwhile Tohoku's homeless are contemplating moving to Burma to get govt' assistance.
May. 26, 2013 - 07:38AM JST
Sorry, I'm late to this. Wasn't paying attention to this. I should have known that the…
Posted in: At least 91 dead in Oklahoma City tornado
May. 26, 2013 - 07:37AM JST
@Disillysion and Hashimura: Are you sure Jaoanese offices still use Cp operating system that had been…
Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number
Personal attack against soldiers versus drones dropping bombs 11,000kms away, which is more terrifying?
Posted in: French soldier stabbed in throat in Paris