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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 06, 2015 - 10:37AM JST
Quick history lesson: in the 18th century, a "well regulated militia" meant "armed citizens". The old meaning of "well regulated" simply meant well equipped. It did not mean organized, uniformed, or anything like that. "Militia" simply meant all citizens. Again, nothing about being organized. The writers were paranoid about a tyrannical local (American) government eventually taking the place of the tyrannical British. So, they added an amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed ordinary people the right to arm themselves in order to prevent it. It had no meaning about any organized military, national guard, or anything like that.
It is dangerous to use current definitions when reading old documents.
Posted in: Gunman opens fire at Oregon college; at least 9 killed, 7 wounded
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 06, 2015 - 10:32AM JST
There is nothing wrong with kids doing sports, being active, and getting exercise. However, none of these traits are present in making a human pyramid. Most of the time, the kids are either being lectured on how to do it, or passively waiting for the next layer of bodies to climb up.
WHile we're in "bitching mode", what's up with school grounds not being covered with grass? A layer of dirt and pebbles is not exactly a great surface for exercise and only invites injury.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 06, 2015 - 09:31AM JST
The Rat: Actually, I wouldnt mind if the idea was to WIN WIN WIN. However, most sports teams here seem to only PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. There are actually very few games played between teams/schools. The vast majority of time is spend doing repetitive drills, running around, and the like.
The purpose of such activities isn't to produce good athletes. If it were, then Japan would win every medal at the Olympics, given the amount of effort spent at practice. Rather, the purpose is; to keep kids busy and out of their parents' hair, and to assimilate them into groupthink that will serve them in their adult years.
Don'T get me started on school Sports Days.... the most difficult event is the "Space Scramble", when parents line up at the school gate a full day before the event, just to ensure themselves a spot where they can watch their kids perform. God forbid the school designate space for each class, or maybe have a lottery system if there isn't room for everyone...
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 05, 2015 - 11:11PM JST
Kabukilover: My source is the FBI. The problem isn'T mass killings. Statistically, they are not that relevant. The real problem is the day to day violence in big cities, the casual use of mostly handguns by drug gangs. The kind of crimes that don't get a lot of media attention.
I can't think of a single recent case, with the possible exception of the Virginia Tech shooter, of a mass murderer who would have been prevented from getting guns by stricter background checks or by mental health screening. The perps generally have clean records until they snap.
I dont mean to sound flippant, but the US is a huge country. You are far more likely to die in a car crash, or choke on your food, than to die in a mass shooting.
Posted in: San Francisco's last gun store closing doors for good
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 05, 2015 - 09:25PM JST
Kabukilover. If you look at the statistics, the rate of mass killings in the US has not been on the rise. It has been steady at least since the 1980s. Given that the population has increased substantially since that time, it's logical to assume that the rate of such crimes has actually decreased. What HAS increased is the media exposure and oversaturation of every form of communication about such crimes.
The problem is that Americans simply like guns. They like the history of them, they are an intrinsic part of the American story and culture and folklore in a way that is unlike any other country. Until such time as they lose this cachet, there really can't be much effective legislation.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 05, 2015 - 04:21PM JST
Mr. Bum, my point is that the number of guns in circulation seems to have little relation to the crime rate. The murder rate is down nearly 40% over the past 20 years in the US, in spite of the increase in gun sales. It is simplistic to just say "less guns means less crime".
If you break down the numbers by type of firearm, the numbers are even more shocking. The number of murders with rifles (including so-called assault rifles) is I believe under 400 per year. Horrific to be sure... yet... Less than are killed with knives. Less than are killed with bare hands. Yet idiot politicians constantly call for bans on assault weapons and accessories.
No easy answers, especially given America's historic love of, and need for, firearms.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 05, 2015 - 02:40PM JST
Lovely work there SanFran. Now you can be as safe as other tightly controlled areas, like Chicago or Boston...
I'm no gun lover, never wanted one, but it is interesting that, as gun sales have climbed over the years, the crime rate has fallen. Coincidence?
The problem with gun laws is that only law abiding people will obey them. Criminals will get their weapons whatever the law says. Unless you are willing to have a national campaign of forced confiscation of firearms (especially handguns), then any solution will probably be nearly useless.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 06:40PM JST
Of course I've heard of the Johnny's group. But do you really think it is comparable. Have you ever seen books and magazines full of Johnny's members in swimwear, or pyjamas, or eating fruit suggestively?
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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 02:44PM JST
Strangerland, liking cute things is one thing, obsessing about teenage girls is quite another. Not to mention it seems like a very gender specific obsession. "Aidoru" as far as I know only applies to young girls, not boys.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 02:41PM JST
It's funny that I got so many 'thumbs down' for the temerity to mention that the internment in the US was done by a Democratic President. Further irony, compensation was paid under a Republican administration. Canada was the same- Japanese Canadians were put in camps by a Liberal Prime Minister, and compensation paid by a Conservative one.
Seems that left leaning folks are a touch sensitive about their racist and warmongering history...
Posted in: Survivor recalls life in internment camp for Japanese-Americans
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
I have to be honest, I don't really understand the obsession with "cute" that pervades Japan. I can get that teenagers might be into it, but middle-aged men? It's creepy. I think it really says something about their psychological condition, perhaps about their maturity, their confidence, their ability to deal with women as social/sexual equals.
The other side of the coin is the parents who allow their daughters to participate in it. If I had a 14 year old daughter, there would be NO WAY I'd let her model for some of the skanky magazines that I see these pervs carrying.
Finally, how would these dudes feel if their WIVES started obsessing about teenage boys? How about if magazines full of photo spreads of 12-15 year old boys wearing speedos were widely available?
Grow up, Japan.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
The camps were terrible. The stark contrast to the treatment of Americans of German/Italian descent is telling. I guess the Japanese were easy to spot, were more recent, and had not had as much inter-marriage with non-Japanese.
Anyway, it's no surprise that it happened under a Democratic president. They tend to be warmongers and racists historically.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:34AM JST
Elbuda, since you are Mexican, I want to ask you: what does MEXICO do to those who enter Mexico illegally? Are they welcomed, provided with social services, provided shelter and a pathway to citizenship?
As for Trump, his insults are getting rather predictable. They are one of three styles: "loser", "disgusting", or "I gave him/her money after they came begging for it".
My only hope is that his 'candor' will at least get the professional politicians in the race to start talking a little more like normal people again, and less like Euphemism Generating Machines.
Posted in: Trump says he can't recall using insults; then attacks Kelly
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:28AM JST
Relax, folks. There are still 16 months to the election. For all the stress, at least the GOP is trying to field a strong group of candidates. Governors with multiple successful terms, long standing senators, etc.
I'm still confused why Hillary Clinton would be considered as a nominee, beyond the obvious recognition factor of her last name. It reeks of nepotism and "my turn-ism". Her list of accomplishments can be written on the head of a pin, she is not an engaging speaker or campaigner, she is not trusted......... the list goes on. Yet she is the BEST the Democrats have to offer?
My heart weeps for my American cousins.
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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 06, 2015 - 07:31PM JST
6- days it took Japan to actually surrender after Nagasaki
10,000- the number of kamikaze aircraft available to attack an invasion fleet
900,000- the number of IJA soldiers ready to repel an invasion
35,000,000- the number of civilians who were training as a Home Guard to attack the allies
And the Most Important Number:
The number of allied servicemen who died in the invasion of Japan
Also the number of Japanese who died during said invasion
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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 09:07PM JST
Of course, Americans approve of the bombs. They saved American lives. And not just the inevitable "if the Allies invaded Japan, xxx thousands of soldiers would have died" type. Each day the war continued, soldiers died. They died of diseases, they died in kamikaze raids, they died during air raids, POWs died horribly in Japanese POW camps.
As others have said, hindsight is always 20/20, especially when viewed through the lens of 21st century morality. At the time, there were no other viable options that would have worked faster.
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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
Actually Strangerland, it isn't too hard to get a gun legally in Canada. Rifles and shotguns in particular are not hard to acquire. Handguns, on the other hand, are more difficult. Considering the border with the US is less than 2 hours away by car, I can't see it being much of a problem to get a pistol either.
Posted in: Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 06:04PM JST
I guess this shows that people who are determined to get guns (and use them), WILL get guns, regardless of the local laws. Not sure what the answer is: perhaps a mandatory 20 years added on to the sentence of any gun crime?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
I had no particular trouble with Bill Clinton as president, his moral failings aside. How much of it was Clinton, and how much was timing? Again, a debatable point. As for Thatcher, she was groundbreaking in many ways. She had class and dignity, something that has been lacking since. Neither the UK nor the States have much to be proud of today...
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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
Won't be MY President, Clamenza, I'm not American. Sorry to disappoint...
As for Pres. Obama, the jury is still out. Too soon to tell where he may rank in the spectrum of Presidents. Your list of talking points are all debatable, but there really isn't time to do so here. One could just as easily point to his failures in Syria, Libya, the Crimea, the ballooning national debt, and the lowest percentage of Americans actually working in decades.
Hillary? All I see is a candidate who loses popularity every time she speaks, who is neither trusted nor liked by a majority of Americans. The election may indeed turn into a coronation, but that would be a pity. I'd like to see the Democrats have a good and healthy debate on the issues, much the way the GOP is.
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