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TorafusuTorasanAug. 21, 2014 - 07:04PM JST
@Samwatters, some departments like Albuquerque Police Department have used lapel cameras, but the sight of a large team of public employees using a mix of department-issued and private weapons to shoot and kill a lone homeless and mentally ill man about half a year ago in that city resulted in such an outcry from the public--regular protests and a near citizens arrest of the police chief of New Mexico state's largest city--that mysteriously lapel video was no longer made public for more recent shootings.
Considering that Albuquerque in recent years has had to make multi-million dollar payouts to the families of many of the police shooting victims who sue the city, I'd imagine that much smaller and poorer Ferguson is in trouble because of their poor record of wrongfully detaining and beating individuals simply because some part of their name matched an arrest warrant. Will the funding/insurance/staffing for a Ferguson police force even exist by next year?
Posted in: Holder says he understands mistrust of police, pledges top investigators for Ferguson
TorafusuTorasanAug. 21, 2014 - 04:40PM JST
Reckless: "I think the police should have the same right of self defense as any civilian."
The problem with this is that they are not regular civilians, but instead are empowered by taxpayers to use force in ways off limits to civilians. Shooting at moving vehicles, performing rough physical arrests, etc. But abusing this license, such as the current case of the Rio Arriba, New Mexico, sheriff who acted like a street fighter when he was off duty, or the numerous police who were sentenced for the post-Katrina shootings, should be enough to end employment and special privileges from prosecution, which seems to be the tenor of the Ferguson protests. Maybe the scope of the weaponry such as second hand military gear and use of deadly force without legal consequences should be toned down to civilian levels, not boosted up to quasi-military levels. Civilians can use close range pepper spray, but can't indiscriminately tear gas an entire block for example.
Posted in: There is never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects
TorafusuTorasanAug. 14, 2014 - 03:52PM JST
Those percentages are off considering part of the article's premise in the lede is that the Silicon Valley boom excludes Hispanics, whose tech employment is in the low single digits, despite being close to the majority in California. So you would have to unpack what you (or wikipedia) mean by white. Unless you think everyone from East L.A. up to the Bay goes around saying "odelay white man" to each other, you're missing something with those stats.
Posted in: Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men
TorafusuTorasanJul. 22, 2014 - 03:12PM JST
The next time Perry runs for president, can he please hire an aide in charge of helping drill him on which government agencies he wants to shut down. Otherwise, he is going to say something stupid like "Close the CDC, FDIC, and...um...the VA?"
Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border
TorafusuTorasanJun. 11, 2014 - 05:52PM JST
@Texas A&M Aggie, must be flying a big old Confederate flag. Texans still approve secession (oops, spell check: sedition) at about 25%, all you need to know right there. But you see deep down they are tolerant liberals with a Canadian-Cuban senator who may still have dual citizenship (he's only talked about paring it down to one).
So why worry about other states' problems. All y'all know about that horrific clock tower massacre at the University of Texas main campus many years ago, right? Give us the rundown on the shooter's political affiliation. (I honestly don't know.) And throw in your two cents telling us how you really feel about the shooting of JFK in your lovely state.
Posted in: Obama urges national soul searching over gun violence
TorafusuTorasanJun. 11, 2014 - 03:14PM JST
I hope her cavaquinho player is up to the task. Brazilian music fans will not accept his usual laziness on those tough sixteenth notes like the Americans do.
But seriously, the samba drum-based group they listed, Olodum, is the one to watch. Any of their songs would rock more than anything in the J Lo catalog.
Posted in: Jennifer Lopez to perform at World Cup opener after all
TorafusuTorasanJun. 11, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
Some joker could put out a memoir:
Obliberating Iraq, Putting Food on the Family, and Backbreaking Brush Clearing with Bush
Posted in: U.S. condemns militant takeover of Iraq's second biggest city
TorafusuTorasanJun. 11, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
Especially the children escorting, er, guiding the poor blind soccer players who can't find their way onto the pitch alone.
Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing for Japan's World Cup opener
TorafusuTorasanJun. 10, 2014 - 01:03PM JST
"How could a guy like this get guns?"
Well, the female half of this Batman-cosplay dipshit duo could have procured the guns. When someone buys a gun, they don't ask who you're shacking up with. It seems like she killed the majority of the people by the time she got around to shooting her man and herself.
Posted in: Vegas cop killers 'saw police as oppressors'
TorafusuTorasanJun. 09, 2014 - 08:12PM JST
@tmarie, how and why is the president responsible? Does he make anti-cop music videos in his free time that would have influenced these dimwits? Place some blame where it belongs, not on a positive election message from years past.
Posted in: 2 police officers among 5 dead in Las Vegas shooting
TorafusuTorasanJun. 09, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
There were some red flags regarding this insane couple. They had been to the Bundy encampment, and at least one of their neighbors said they were planning to kill police. They made the political gesture of draping the unofficial TEA Party flag, Don't Tread on Me, over the deceased officers. Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
TorafusuTorasanJun. 07, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
John, roughly a fifth of the population is severely (5%) or mildly (15%) mentally incapacitated. That's 60 million people. What do you propose? Force feeding medication?
Posted in: Students helped stop gunman at Seattle university
TorafusuTorasanJun. 05, 2014 - 07:45PM JST
@USN, that is only about a 5 out of 10 on the rhetorical harshness scale. Check out what Kevin Tillman wrote in disgust about the war and his brother/ fellow soldier's fate. Shortly after this letter and one day after the late Pat Tillman's birthday, Barrack Obama was elected president. Don't underestimate the support these kinds of sentiments hold with voters. Idaho is big on anti-authoritarian militia after all.
"Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.
Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.
Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes.
Somehow American leadership, whose only credit is lying to its people and illegally invading a nation, has been allowed to steal the courage, virtue and honor of its soldiers on the ground.
Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.
Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.
Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.
Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.
Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.
Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.
Somehow torture is tolerated.
Somehow lying is tolerated.
Somehow reason is being discarded for faith, dogma, and nonsense.
Somehow American leadership managed to create a more dangerous world.
Somehow a narrative is more important than reality.
Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is.
Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.
Somehow being politically informed, diligent, and skeptical has been replaced by apathy through active ignorance.
Somehow the same incompetent, narcissistic, virtueless, vacuous, malicious criminals are still in charge of this country.
Somehow this is tolerated.
Somehow nobody is accountable for this.
In a democracy, the policy of the leaders is the policy of the people. So don’t be shocked when our grandkids bury much of this generation as traitors to the nation, to the world and to humanity. Most likely, they will come to know that “somehow” was nurtured by fear, insecurity and indifference, leaving the country vulnerable to unchecked, unchallenged parasites.
Luckily this country is still a democracy. People still have a voice. People still can take action. It can start after Pat’s birthday."
Shortly after this letter and a day after the late Pat Tillman's birthday, Barrack Obama was elected president. Don't underestimate the support these kinds of sentiments hold with voters. Idaho is big on anti-authoritarian militia.
Posted in: Bergdahl's U.S. hometown cancels celebration amid furor
TorafusuTorasanJun. 04, 2014 - 01:11PM JST
Sorry, should have said Pat Tillman.
Then there is 60 something Jesse Ventura getting in bar fights and lawsuits against a fellow soldier. Pretty sad so see this kind of infighting.
Posted in: Obama defends deal with Taliban to free U.S. soldier
TorafusuTorasanJun. 04, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
Seeing all the friendly fire swiftboating over this story reminds me of ex-NFL player Matt Tilman getting killed reportedly by members of his own company. If they did not court martial over someone as high profile as that, you can bet the DoD is not going to bother in this case either. They already said "Five years is enough." The backlash from once again imprisoning Bowe by the 99% American civilians would be a lot harsher than what we hear now from the tiny minority asking why he is not thrown back in prison.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 30, 2014 - 12:37PM JST
@Farmboy, how about a compromise by calling them "troopers."
I saw it reported a couple days ago that a group (or troop) of rebels that was stopped from entering Ukraine was from Chechnya, so clearly there are some rebel forces that are not backed by Moscow. Russia itself has more than 100 ethnic groups, so they can't all be on the same page, can they?
Posted in: Ukraine rebels down helicopter, killing 14 troops
TorafusuTorasanMay. 30, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
Donald Sterling had a track record of racist behavior for decades. The latest TMZ scandal was just the final straw.
At first, it seems like the Sterlings are going to make out like thieves on this deal, but when you consider the capital gains taxes and the charitable payments needed to get back in the good graces of California's upper crust and the formerly supportive NAACP, and years of legal bills needed to thwart any number of skeletons from the already mentioned years of blatant racism, I'd say they will just about break even in the end. So much for a relaxing retirement.
Posted in: Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer to buy Clippers
TorafusuTorasanMay. 29, 2014 - 10:43AM JST
@Ethan Wilber, you have got to be putting us on. Nippon Ossan no Kai is thisparty's name? JT boards are full of nationalist apologists?
It's Isshin no Kai by the way. Your spelling meant Japan Old Fogey Party. Your typo was more realistic, actually. But don't pronounce it that way if you want to be taken seriously.
TorafusuTorasanMay. 28, 2014 - 01:38PM JST
No, the thumbs down are not from "socialist crowds", just the regular readers of Japan Today who are used to your long winded rants whenever the current administration is in the news. Is this article about California? Tourists? Big Mac toppings? PETA? Nope, no, nah, and nada. Focus and at least give us something faintly on topic, why don't ya?
Posted in: Michelle Obama takes on Republicans over school lunches
TorafusuTorasanMay. 28, 2014 - 11:58AM JST
@John Galt, if your friends had done something other than lay on the ground peeing their pants (I know, the pseudonymous fraud Taro wrote that but I couldn't resist) then the criminals wouldn't be so emboldened, right?
With the way you slander the police on here, how do we know you and your friends are really on the level? What's your gripe, anyway?
Posted in: Dentist stabbed in Kitakyushu parking lot in possible gang attack
Aug. 21, 2014 - 07:08PM JST
Japan really needs to technologically revolutionize it's entire agricultural sector. Being primarily vegan compared to other…
Posted in: JFE Engineering starts operation of vegetable plant
Aug. 21, 2014 - 07:05PM JST
I like communists. A lot of us still do. It's not an insult, it's a…
Posted in: Chiba teacher arrested for threats to blow up government buildings because of Saturday classes
Aug. 21, 2014 - 07:04PM JST
@Samwatters, some departments like Albuquerque Police Department have used lapel cameras, but the sight of a…
Aug. 21, 2014 - 07:02PM JST
@lucabrashi, I'm talking about the teachers who refuse to sing the national anthem. They are communists.…
Aug. 21, 2014 - 07:01PM JST
Posted in: 111-year-old Japanese man becomes world's oldest