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lordmanjiDec. 23, 2011 - 06:49AM JST
To think if Japan had not invaded Korea during WW2, the peninsula would still be unified today.
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lordmanjiNov. 28, 2011 - 04:01PM JST
Japanese KFC is pretty good. I wish we had the recipe in the US.
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lordmanjiNov. 25, 2011 - 03:08AM JST
Man, heart goes out to the mom.
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lordmanjiNov. 25, 2011 - 02:24AM JST
So you support the position that no matter the evidence, serial killers, child rapists/murderers who have confessed should not be executed?
The protections against executing the innocent are inherent in the system. Is it a perfect system? No, but what system is? Neither the state nor the defense will have the best attorneys, experts (since they both cost money), or even investigators. Criminals exploit technicalities in the law, some say their confessions were forced or the search was illegal and that can be the basis for an appeal, despite the overwhelming evidence states that in all likelihood, the defendant committed the crime. Not without doubt, but without reasonable doubt.
There are protections inherent in the system as well: the provision of a defense attorney at cost to the state, a trial by a jury of your peers who all have to agree on the verdict, a judge whose sole purpose is to facilitate fairness for the two sides and decide which evidence is permissible or not, and in practice prosecutors will not prosecute all the crimes and investigators knowing the judicial system, will play by the books.
The issue I have is when the appeals system is abused to file appeal after appeal based on technicalities when the overwhelming evidence still supports that the now convicted felon committed the crime. I remember one a convicted felon who had the county's best attorneys, but he found one error out of many rights and had his retrial. Then he found a basis for the judge who heard the appeal to be removed and another trial was ordered and so it went. The length of time between conviction and execution should be shortened so that victims, society, and justice is served.
The system is made up of human beings so it is impossible for mistakes not to be made. We must understand that. To point out one mistake and say it doesn't work is not practical nor efficient. Plus, we ignore when the system does work and the innocents are released. Also, the very point of having a life sentence for say, multiple murders is ridiculous. People are highly adaptive and some prisons even have cell phones and MTV, all supported by our tax dollars. Hardly a fate criminals fear. As it is, the system does not serve the victims nor as a deterrent which is why we have the death penalty in the first place and this is why the appeals process needs to be revamped.
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lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 05:06PM JST
So SmithinJapan, let me get this straight: you believe that nothing at all warrants execution? Not even child rapist/murderers and serial rapists? For every crime the victim's entire circle are victimized. I sincerely suggest you look up the criminal records of serial killers Ed Kemper, Ted Bundy, the Green River Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, Robert Hansen et. al. all of whom confessed to their multiple murders and then reevaluate your position.
lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 07:58AM JST
Humongus, obviously you don't know anyone who's been sexually assaulted or have been yourself. There are details of them I won't share with you for fear of being deemed lewd, but let's just say that "one-off" rapists' imaginations are limitless. The scars are permanent even if it is no longer bleeding. "Full recovery" is never truly possible; but they can go on to fulfilling lives, yes. But we're getting away from the point. Saying rape isn't as bad as murder so it doesn't deserve capital punishment is a false comparison. Rape is an act of depraved evil in itself. Obviously there are degrees and mitigating factors such as prior offenses, details of the rape that can be taken into account. But usually when its of the degree that warrants a life sentence, it is severe enough to be a capital crime. This is in the category of raping multiple women/children and some have an added element of sadism. These rapists cannot be rehabilitated. They see the world in a fundamentally different way. Society deserves to be rid of them.
lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 04:35AM JST
Swiss: I reject your notion that the death penalty is "baying for blood." We are not the guilty. They are. Convicted by a jury of their peers and again upon appeal. Get that straight. Exterminating predators is the best way to keep society safe, give victims and their families a resolution, save taxpayer money that can be used for other services such as the one you suggested for victims, and deter criminals. Of course the last reason is laughably flimsy since criminals can't be thinking of the death penalty when it's some abstract notion that is decades away.
lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 02:33AM JST
I had a family member who was molested by her uncle as a child. She's now a paranoid schizophrenic who'll go into psychotic episodes if she doesn't take her meds. Cruel part is she thinks she doesn't need her meds when she's lucid but she goes off them and it's right back to nightly screaming. Her condition has torn her family apart with people taking sides, issuing blame.
Maybe some victims of sexual assaults do recover, but the fact is some do not and are haunted by it the rest of their lives. Yet we're taking the side of the criminal who is likely to prey on another victim. I say no. The sex offenders out there need to be in jail for the rest of their lives; the worst among them, executed. Another point: how do we even expect these criminals to be rehabiliated in prison? They can't even function in society and you throw them in with the worst of the worst and expect them to become better people? That's patently ridiculous.
No system is ever perfect. But putting the victims and their families through decades of parole hearings and testifying, dreading the day of his relief is what is cruel and unusual. When you commit heinous crimes, you do not deserve decades of tying up the courts. Heck, they even get a gourmet meal of their choosing before they die. But I digress. No system is perfect but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the criminal few.
lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 01:01AM JST
We need faster executions of rapists and murderers around the world. These people recidivate after their release and harm entire families with their rapes. The victims do not die but they live in hell afterward. And sometimes, the violence in the offender escalates into murder either to fulfill their fantasy or get rid of the witnesses. Families deserve a quick resolution that is not dragged on by years and decades of technical wrangling. One appeal at the state/province level and that's it.
lordmanjiNov. 24, 2011 - 12:58AM JST
This is a step towards ideal, respectful relations between the two.
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lordmanjiNov. 21, 2011 - 02:12AM JST
What's the point in trying to point out possible hypocrisy in Tom Cruise's visit with the Fukushima victims? Does that supposed insight contribute anything other than show the world your own cynicism? Bottomline: Tom's meeting with victims and the victims who go to meet him will have their spirits cheered. Good for both of them.
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lordmanjiNov. 18, 2011 - 12:48AM JST
So between the radiation in all the different types of food, water, and even in the air, basically Japan's screwed. Those with common sense has known this since the first measurements were released of the nuclear release from the plants.
Posted in: Gov't eyes Fukushima rice ban after high level of cesium detected
lordmanjiNov. 03, 2011 - 12:28AM JST
Japan needs an organization like the FBI which can investigate with better trained men and equipment (since it's nationalized). Also, it can act as an overseer to local police departments.
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lordmanjiNov. 01, 2011 - 04:32PM JST
I think I liked celery once and I do mean one bite when I was a little tot. Since then, I cannot stomach it. I hate ginger about equally unless it's with my seafood. For the life of me, I can't see how someone can not like tomato. That's like anti-food to me. Other than okra, everything else on the list is fine by me.
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lordmanjiOct. 31, 2011 - 03:15PM JST
I have a Sony laptop, but some other electronics in my house are Korean now, too, such as my cell phone and air condition unit. If I want something of high quality and I have a choice, I'll get Japanese still. But more and more, Korean electronics are the more affordable option and the quality is nearly equal to or equal to Japanese product. Perhaps Sony should have tiered pricing like Toyota to cultivate young consumers. They are in danger of becoming perceived as too high end. Also, some innovation. They did very well with the PS1 and 2 and to a degree, 3, but the last time they had a must own product was at the beginning of the flat screen TV boom.
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lordmanjiOct. 31, 2011 - 05:08AM JST
Utrack, I think that's what everyone's real fears are: a rising China. If you can characterize China, however, as an abuser of human rights, the pretext is made for war. Certainly they are an abuser of human rights such as freedom of expression and lack of due process, yet they've also made gains in lifting a huge section of their population out of poverty. It is a land of contradiction and to label it as black and white is a misrepresentation. I think some of the one-sided actions by the government such as the taking of land benefits some and hurts others. What China needs is democracy and an appeals process, so that the people have a voice and injustices have an avenue in which it is righted. China is a huge country and perhaps the communist leaders are afraid that they won't speak with one voice, but with increasing social unrest and economic disparity, there may not be a choice. Still, outside intervention in Chinese politics shouldn't be an option; it may hurt the average citizen more than it would help; change should happen at the grassroots level.
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lordmanjiOct. 31, 2011 - 01:36AM JST
the more equality there is in the world, the sooner the birth rate will drop and we will have less violence. i blame the pope for a lot of the violence and inequality. if he advocated the use of condoms instead of abstinence, catholic countries around the world would have lower birthrates and thus crime. the US had a similar crime problem until Roe V Wade was passed and abortions were allowed, according to freakonomics. it's not PC to say that poverty breeds crime but the stats back it up. or even a cursory glance at developing nations will tell you that's the case.
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lordmanjiOct. 31, 2011 - 01:32AM JST
Yep. What's the point of having a national team if none of them is from that nation? Imagine the Olympics team makeup. Yikes.
And France indeed is a shame. They no longer resemble any France from history but maybe the United States in a more racist, less inclusive version.
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lordmanjiOct. 31, 2011 - 01:26AM JST
40 million buckaroos. that is a chunk of cash indeed.
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lordmanjiOct. 29, 2011 - 11:40PM JST
Singaporean English is pretty fluent except for a slight accent but that's the case for Australia, the Irish, English and Americans.
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