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    Patrick Hattman

    Hanshin is now in first place and Yomiuri is second with a losing record. I hope the Tigers keep it going and win the CL title, and the Giants fall back in the standings and miss out on the postseason.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    Hanshin is still muddling along in third place in the CL standings. It's time to put together a winning streak and take the top spot away from Yomiuri.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    Jeb Bush will be the 45th President of the United States of America.

    Hillary's multitude of scandals like the destruction of official e-mails, lies about Benghazi, corruption in the Clinton Foundation etc. will seriously damage her run for the presidency.

    She is the same uninspiring candidate that she was eight years ago, just an older version with more baggage to lug around. And the tired inevitability of her candidacy will turn off some voters in 2016, too.

    So mark it down now: President Jeb Bush!

    Posted in: Jeb Bush joins Republican race for U.S. president

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    Patrick Hattman

    MarkG says:

    the number of Americans on government benefits reached an incredible 49.2 percent of the total population

    This was true based on Census Bureau stats a while back but is used in a misleading way by you.

    When considering the 150+ million people that are receiving said benefits, you need to take into consideration the tens of millions who are on the Social Security and Medicare rolls.

    So many of them paid into the programs and are getting benefits they deserve now as senior citizens. They are not sponging off the taxpayers.

    Also, there are more than three million people receiving veterans disability. Most of them are being compensated fairly for mental and/or physical injuries received in service to the country. They are not mooching off of everyone else.

    So a quick review of this thread shows zurcronium, sengetsu03 and MarkG posting erroneous or misleading information about the U.S.

    Since this thread is supposed to be about Japan’s expanding number on welfare, perhaps it would best to get back to that topic.

    Posted in: Record number of households on welfare in Japan

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    Patrick Hattman

    Jeb Bush will be the next U.S. president. He will have the money to defeat the Clintons. He will be able to win the all-important electoral votes from Florida and Texas.

    His choice for vice president should be John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, which would help him win that critical state in the electoral vote tally.

    Jeb Bush has a Mexican wife and speaks a good bit of Spanish. He will be able to get many more Hispanic votes than Mitt Romney in 2012.

    Posted in: Jeb Bush joins Republican race for U.S. president

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    Patrick Hattman

    sangetsu03 says:

    Right now, about one-third of Americans are receiving food stamps

    This is not close to being correct. The U.S. population is almost 319 million, with the number of Americans on food stamps around 46 million. The percentage of Americans getting the benefits is 14+%, a far cry from the 33% you claim.

    Posted in: Record number of households on welfare in Japan

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    Patrick Hattman

    zurcronium says:

    True, but in recent history only twice has the US budget been a surplus. Under Carter and Clinton. Under the GOP the debt has always been massive.

    Absolutely, positively not true. The last U.S. budget surplus prior to the last few Clinton years was fiscal 1969, with LBJ leaving office and Dick Nixon taking over. The four years of Jimmy Carter from Jan. '77-Jan. '81 were an economic disaster.

    Posted in: Record number of households on welfare in Japan

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    Patrick Hattman

    I can't believe that Yokohama is still atop the CL standings. Hanshin needs to get hot and win the division.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    A Yomiuri victory makes it a bad day.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    It's good to see Hanshin get a win.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    Obama wants us to believe that the US couldn't get a SOFA with Iraq from 2012 because the Iraqis wouldn't agree to US demands on legal protections for our soldiers and marines.

    But he never wanted to keep a residual force there, one that we know now could've prevented an ISIS invasion. And we know he didn't want us there at all from 2012 because he said so during a debate with Romney.

    Or was that another one of his lies?

    One thing is for sure in 2014: we've got a big problem now that the Obama administration has to start dealing with when they err...get some plans together.

    Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy

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    Patrick Hattman

    Another Hanshin win!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    The US is reducing its military expenditures for at least the next few years and is consumed by what is going on in the ME and at its own doorstep with the southern border.

    So Japan needs to take on greater responsibility for its own defense. And a weak Japan cannot negotiate on equal terms with China, Russia and South Korea over various territorial disputes.

    Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

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    Patrick Hattman

    Tigers 5, Giants 4...a good day.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    "1,180 war criminals"

    Yes, it's a good idea to honor these "martyrs," including Class B and C criminals who were responsible for some of the most disgusting crimes against humanity.

    Nice work, PM Abe. And it's comforting, I'm sure, to the Chinese, Koreans et al. that you expressed your appreciation for the "martyrs" in a role other than prime minister.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    Patrick Hattman

    Enjoy your year in jail, Nagaya-san. It's a shame you didn't get a longer sentence.

    Posted in: Japanese diplomat agrees to plea deal over wife abuse in U.S.

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    Patrick Hattman

    Japanese authorities recently are trying to crack down on businesses-dance clubs, sexual services establishments, pachinko parlors-that in some, if not many, cases have ownership that is in part or whole foreign-mainly Chinese and Korean. They will undoubtedly include Japanese-owned ones too, but that's just too bad for them.

    All of the above also means that they want to direct gambling and associated businesses to new construction areas containing casinos and offshoot fun places down the road that the government and law enforcement people can control and benefit from financially.

    They are also doing this with an eye on the 2020 Olympics. The winning bid will be announced next September. If Tokyo gets it, the powers-that-be will have billions and billions of yen to spend on construction over the next seven years, and then they want to rake in the dough from the casinos and other places for many more years.

    Posted in: Why they don't want us dancing at nightclubs

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    Patrick Hattman

    I think Romney wins the popular vote by a couple percentage points and takes the Electoral College by a slim margin.

    Posted in: Obama, Romney make final pitches to voters

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    Patrick Hattman

    Good for the people mentioned here. I hope things work out for them back in Brazil.

    Not a few aging English teachers still trying to make a career out of the eikaiwa racket would do well to heed the same advice and move back home while they still have a chance to start anew.

    Its economy is growing, and there are jobs and business opportunities. That’s why I plan to go back and try my luck back in my own country, because Brazil is a country of the future.

    Brazil is a country with a bright future. Japan is not.

    Posted in: Japanese-Brazilians go 'home' to tap economic boom

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    Patrick Hattman

    North Korea is far from being able to put a missile together with a nuclear warhead and deliver it against perceived enemies in East Asia, let alone the U.S. A repeat of an underground nuclear test is not much to be concerned about at this time.

    Posted in: Defense official voices fears over possible N Korea nuclear test

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