Suzu1's past comments

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    Suzu1

    JET is a good experience for a new graduate to do for a couple of years and then move on to bigger and better things. As someone noted above, the starting salary is similar to a federal government entry level position in the U.S. (GS-7 step 1). The difference is that in Japan the salary will not change much over the years, whereas the pay scale in the U.S. moves up much more quickly.

    Posted in: Japan's consulate in New York sees off JET teachers in program's 30th year

  • 6

    Suzu1

    climate of xenophobia

    No, Europeans have just woken up to reality.

    Posted in: Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe: U.N. refugee chief

  • 4

    Suzu1

    Nakamoto said the dignity and the constitutionally guaranteed right to the pursuit of happiness of a minor are not terminated with the finalization of a death sentence.

    Well, they should be terminated upon the murder of two persons and the attempted murder of a third.

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  • 2

    Suzu1

    Why don't the host city ban the serving of alcohol in bottles or glasses during these events that attract hooligan violence. Just serve up beer, wine and spirits in plastic cups. Make it more like a off-campus kegger.

    Posted in: Hooliganism scars Euro 2016 as England, Russia risk expulsion

  • 4

    Suzu1

    One way to reduce the crime rate in Okinawa would be to bring in more SOFA-status personnel. Since 1972 Japanese government figures show the rest of Okinawa’s populace has a crime rate more than twice as high as SOFA-status personnel — 69.7 crimes per 10,000 people, compared with 27.4 by SOFA members. The SOFA crime rate also has been dropping. In 2014, Okinawa saw the lowest level of crime committed by SOFA-status personnel since the reversion. Out of 3,410 arrests prefecture-wide that year, only 27 involved SOFA personnel. There also was just one charge of a heinous felony, a rape, which was later dropped by prosecutors. SOFA members are generally young, and with the steady turnover, the overall age remains frozen. Younger populations usually commit more crimes than older groups so their lower crime rate compared to the general Okinawan population is remarkable.

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  • 0

    Suzu1

    The family's home needs to be searched. That is the likely crime scene, not the remote mountain area.

    Posted in: After 5 days, no clues to missing boy's fate in Hokkaido

  • 20

    Suzu1

    The police need to interview the older sister, away from the parents and with the interview conducted by a female detective familiar with child abuse cases. The story (stories) told by the parents just don't add up.

    Posted in: Searchers struggle with lack of clues to fate of missing 7-year-old boy

  • 0

    Suzu1

    The odd thing in the discussion about tax rates is that almost half of U.S. workers do not owe or pay any federal taxes. The amount taken from their paychecks, if any, is refunded when they file their taxes. On top of that, a family of four earning up to about $55K per year can expect to receive refund of the Social Security taxes they paid - and still retain their right to claim the full amount of Social Security when they qualify to receive it.
    Moving up into the middle incomes, a family of four making up to $125K per year will only pay 6 or 7 percent of their income in federal taxes after taking the standard available deductions and getting credit for property taxes and mortgage interest paid.
    The reality is that the rich already pay almost all of the federal income taxes collected by the government. Poor and lower middle class people are largely exempt from paying federal income taxes - so how can the rich be "not paying their share"?

    Posted in: Trump says he's open to raising taxes on wealthy Americans

  • 1

    Suzu1

    It is disingenuous when the women selected each year by People magazine express surprise or false modesty. It was their own publicists and PR teams that lobbied People for the "honor".
    Jennifer Aniston is one of several actresses that are attractive, but not nearly as gorgeous as the media continually assures us they are. Others include Kate Hudson, Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Renee Zellweger, Kristen Stewart, and most of all, Sarah Jessica Parker.

    Posted in: Actress Jennifer Aniston is world's most beautiful woman: People

  • 0

    Suzu1

    Not a brilliant campaign move by Sanders to leave New York four days ahead of its critical primary election.

    Posted in: At the Vatican, Sanders blasts 'immoral' wealth inequality

  • 2

    Suzu1

    The Issa family were members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Glendale.

    Posted in: Los Angeles father charged with killing son for being gay

  • 0

    Suzu1

    About 50 Okinawa-based Marines were on the flight, which had no air marshal. The Marines responded to flight attendant request for assistance and managed to restrain this man "without a scratch":

    http://www.stripes.com/news/okinawa-marines-help-restrain-unruly-passenger-on-pacific-flight-1.401932

    Posted in: Man arrested after doing yoga, meditating on Japan-bound plane

  • 4

    Suzu1

    Local governments need to eliminate the "foreign" part and just treat all children as precious resources that need to be treated and looked after equally.

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  • 5

    Suzu1

    Amara grew up in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Cypress before immigrating to Canada in 1997. A mere nine years later, his group built detonators and acquired explosive materials for large truck bombs that were to be detonated in 2006 near the Toronto Stock Exchange and CN Tower. An Ontario military base was also to be attacked. Prime Minister Trudeau and Immigration Minister John McCallum are poster children for political correctness gone mad. Amara has nothing but contempt for Canada and this weakness by its leaders will only increase his contempt for it.

    Posted in: Canada moves to repeal law that revokes citizenship in terror cases

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    Suzu1

    It is hard to hold Maruyama's comments against him, given this Black History Month speech by Obama:

    President Obama held a reception celebrating Black History Month at the White House on Thursday.

    In his remarks, he emphasized the influence of African-American culture on the nation.

    “From our earliest days black history has been American history,” he said. “We’re the slaves that carry the stone to build this White House. The soldiers who fought for our nation’s independence, who fought to hold this union together. Who fought for freedom of others around the world. We’re the scientists and inventors who helped unleash American innovation.”

    http://www.wbal.com/article/144340/110/obama-speaks-at-white-house-reception-for-black-history-month

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  • -1

    Suzu1

    The philosophy of Japanese police: Small cases, small problems. Big cases, big problems.

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  • 0

    Suzu1

    The U.S. is generous in its acceptance and treatment of legal immigrants, refugees and even undocumented aliens. My kids' school district spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support migrant children and reach out to their parents to get involved in school events. You don't see Central Americans trying to head south to Argentina or Brazil. And not many try to go beyond the U.S. border into Canada.

    Posted in: Pope vs Trump: 'Not Christian' to only build border walls

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    Suzu1

    If they were black men they would have all been dead ages ago even if unarmed.

    This is one of the more ridiculous, knee jerk, and all too predictable, opinions spouted by uninformed observers throughout this incident. It flies in the face of reality on the ground. The Malheur Refuge is literally in the middle of nowhere. The FBI would never move quickly with force against anyone taking it in the middle of winter absent any immediate public safety concerns like active shooting. And, of course, it should be pointed out that there were at least two black activists at the Refuge supporting Bundy.

    I don't agree with anything the Bundys spouted but I can't stand to see such uninformed opinions by folks that don't really understand the area and what was going on.

    Posted in: Police restrict access to Oregon refuge after fatal standoff

  • 3

    Suzu1

    It sure appears that the British Left is desperate to gin up a straw man for its phony arguments. Would be funny if it weren't for the sad fact that Britain continues to allow in its citizens and residents return after fighting for ISIS and other terror groups.

    Posted in: MPs debate banning 'fool' Trump from Britain

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    Suzu1

    Mark G

    The current federal laws require all pistols to be transferred by licenced dealer, used long arms (rifles and shotguns) are not.

    There is no federal law or regulation requiring pistols to be transferred by licensed dealers. Some States like California have laws requiring private party transfers to be completed through a licensed dealer but that is it. Nothing in federal law prevents me from selling a pistol to another non-licensed individual as long as that person is a resident of my State, at least 18 years old and I have no reason to believe they are prohibited from firearm possession.

    https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/whom-may-unlicensed-person-transfer-firearms-under-gca

    Posted in: Obama defends forthcoming gun restrictions as constitutional

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