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    TorafusuTorasan

    This article is problematic from the very first sentence, claiming that a postseason series between MLB and NPB players happens every year. If I am not mistaken, this year was the first such series in eight years.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball fans disappointed by filthy conditions visiting Major Leaguers left dugout in

  • 0

    TorafusuTorasan

    Somebody scour that old Soul Asylum song "Runaway Train" for subliminal messages.

    Posted in: Osaka police looking for woman who jumped in front of train and ran away

  • 1

    TorafusuTorasan

    Go the Darvish route and try to land an Olympic wrestler five years your senior.

    Posted in: Nishikori admits having partner on tour 'would be nice'

  • 4

    TorafusuTorasan

    Not so fast, Peace_Man. Among other things, Peace is a brand of Japanese cigarettes. So anyone who does a peace symbol could be promoting those sinful ciggies, eh?

    He was a prolific actor in 200+ plus movies. The count of his commercials could be just as high and diverse. Few people are going to bring up the CMs for liquor, coffee, or other crap that American actors make in Japan, so why is it so important?

    Posted in: China mourns death of Japanese actor Takakura

  • 3

    TorafusuTorasan

    @Farmboy

    That or steel toed Birkenstocks.

    Posted in: Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq

  • 5

    TorafusuTorasan

    In an alternate reality, in a far away land, there is a headline that reads:

    Speaker Pelosi touts bill to repeal Romneycare, build Keystoner solar energy grid.

    If Boehner sounds peeved, it's because a press conference dragged him away from his main interests: chain smoking, drinking, and shmoozing.

    Posted in: U.S. Speaker Boehner touts bills to repeal Obamacare, build Keystone oil pipeline

  • -1

    TorafusuTorasan

    Yes, let's be sure to end the partisan attacks... as soon as I finish my comment...

    What is the actual appeal of the "new" House and Senate leaders: Chain smoking, bourbon quaffing throwbacks like Boehner and McConnell. These are the fresh faces of the Republican revolution? No wonder Ted Cruz is being a backstabber.

    Posted in: Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

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    TorafusuTorasan

    "Simple common sense"

    Especially the part about Canada and Australia not locking up their returning medical workers for three weeks. It must not be election season in those countries.

    Unfortunately, the quarantine is being used as a political tool. Remember that the hardest hit place in the U.S. was Dallas Presbyterian Medical Center, with one fatality and two infections, but even that outbreak was not reason enough for Texas officials to call for quarantines or shut down the hospital. It is still operating normally and employing at-risk medical staff a month later.

    So a woman without any symptoms riding her bike in the sticks in northern Maine poses the highest risk? Nutty.

    Posted in: Canada, Australia restrict visas amid Ebola scare

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    TorafusuTorasan

    If it makes any difference, the Maine governor who is overseeing the quarantine is a Republican embroiled in a tight election race. Why do I have a nagging feeling that the whole ebola furor is going to quiet down after the elections next Tuesday? Chris Christie could camp out at the airport to personally oversee the arrest of returning medical workers if it helps his party pick up a few wins in the midterms.

    Posted in: Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in U.S.; rides bike

  • 1

    TorafusuTorasan

    Still, it's better than BFF's kid's name: Benghazi Soetero Squirrel

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

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    TorafusuTorasan

    Hey, the UN Study Group for the Equitable Distribution of Ebola to Preppers and Wingnuts is supposed to be a secret. How did you find out about it?

    Posted in: U.S. modifies Ebola guidelines after quarantine uproar

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    TorafusuTorasan

    @fxgai, sure it sounds great, but Hashimoto is unable to make the sale from his weak position in the upstart minor party Isshin no Kai rather than a more established party. Shintaro Ishihara, former Tokyo governor, was aligned with Hashimoto for a while, but how much clout does a lifelong Edoko like Ishihara have in Osaka city politics? Hashimoto needs a lot more allies locally, not just token bigwigs like Ishihara, before he can have an impact.

    Posted in: Hashimoto's plan to integrate Osaka prefectural, city governments voted down

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    TorafusuTorasan

    @AKBfan, that's like the old Monty Python skit, "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

    The last place I expect them to attack would be a submarine assault on the Mariana Trench.

    If these ruffians ever do set up their own state, they will find out that governing is a lot harder after the "shock and awe" of their brutality wears off. The wanton slaughter is a double edged sword that may bring in new recruits temporarily, but undermines their chances of anyone accepting them as partners.

    Posted in: Kurds thwart new IS bid to cut off Syria's Kobane

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    TorafusuTorasan

    Considering that hundreds of thousands of American citizens were imprisoned for years by Executive Order 9066, without trial or sufficient cause, of course there is going to be some resentment of politicians declaring open-ended quarantines (21 days is the standard quarantine until Christie and Cuomo say so?).

    I wouldn't be surprised if the quarantines get dialed down after the midterm elections. Chris Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association, so a lot of the responsibility for GOP success in this election is riding on him. Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not want to be overshadowed by a NYC mayor like Pataki was by Giuliani dealing with 9/11. But these governors would be wise to study the story of former Republican governor of Colorado, Ralph Carr, who sacrificed his political career by taking a principled approach to opposing the hysteria over Japanese-American interment.

    Posted in: White House questions new Ebola rules; nurse plans to sue

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    TorafusuTorasan

    @kitzrow, it will be hard to keep a lid on it when you have dozens of medical workers assigned to one patient. Someone is bound to alert the media.

    The main quarantine facility is in Yokohama according to NHK.

    Posted in: Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm

  • 1

    TorafusuTorasan

    According to Robert Whiting, the Colonel was the closest lookalike to Randy Bass that the fans could find to toss into the Dotonbori in the 1985 Japan Series celebrations. Good to see some fans keeping the dive alive this year as well.

    If both the Tigers and Royals pull it off, it will mirror the MLB and NPB championship results from 29 years ago. That and the two recent eclipses make me think the planets are aligned.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball result

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    TorafusuTorasan

    While we're at it, why don't we finally address the deleterious effects of mental illness and homelessness on well to do Canadians. Mom has a high flying job for a national government agency and she has only met her son once in the last five years to get a reading on his mental health? That seems to be as much a factor in this case as the Islam angle.

    Posted in: Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police

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    TorafusuTorasan

    Wow, two stories on this case in a row where the second comment blames Obama. The shooter's mother holds a high level ministry position in the Canadian government.

    Posted in: Canada shooter planned to go to Syria: police

  • 0

    TorafusuTorasan

    Those statistics should weigh the ease of access to citizenship, after which people are no longer counted as foreign nationals.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    TorafusuTorasan

    Comparing the physique of these two fighters, I'd say the trim mayor could outrun the bulging gut endowed ultranationalist if it came to blows, er, slaps.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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