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samwattersNov. 29, 2015 - 01:37PM JST
In Hokkaido I have eaten whale and have no problem with Japan hunting and eating whales that are not endangered and caught in Japanese waters but Japan must realize that the oceans of Antarctic are not Japanese waters so any resistance the Japanese receive is deserved.
Posted in: Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic Ocean by end of March
samwattersNov. 27, 2015 - 12:16AM JST
"If only turkeys could talk, I'm sure he'd say he's not the one who needs forgiven. LOL"
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Posted in: Chinese gloat over Obama's turkey named Abe
samwattersNov. 26, 2015 - 11:39PM JST
"You threw me with this one. The turkey is being forgiven for being a turkey?"
No, forgiven for being so delicious and not eaten! :)
samwattersNov. 26, 2015 - 10:48PM JST
Leave it to the Chinese government to make two mistakes (of course these are just mistakes and the state-run media would never do anything snide on purpose!); first they mispronounce the name as "Abe" is a reference to former-President Abe Lincoln and second they miss the fact that Abe is being pardoned which means he is being forgiven and given a second chance at life. Forgiveness is a concept most Asian cultures have a problem with but the Chinese government is worst than most. Stay classy Chinese government.
samwattersNov. 20, 2015 - 02:23PM JST
"And on such a scale, the fact of life is that disabled people consume a disproportionate amount of resources and the probability they would be above average in productivity is low. I'm sure you can dig exceptions but as I said we are looking at large numbers here, and statistically speaking their cost benefit just aren't that good! Thus, society's interests ARE in reducing the numbers of such people."
I have taken the liberty of sending this news story along with this comment to the IOC and other agencies. I think it's important for the world to see what we can look forward to in 2020.
samwattersNov. 20, 2015 - 01:05PM JST
@Shonanbb. First let me acknowledge that you face challenges that few of us truly understand. Having said that this woman is in a government position designed to help these children so in that context her comments are wrong.
samwattersNov. 20, 2015 - 12:35PM JST
"I thought about the burden the families with diabled children bear, but I was not fully able to explain (what I wanted to say).
Oh, I think you did a pretty good job; handicapped children are a burden and it would be great if we could find ways to identify them before the fourth month of pregnancy because abortion is not allowed after that. See, you did a great job of saying what you felt! So glad a person like you gets my tax money to improve education.
samwattersNov. 19, 2015 - 01:01PM JST
The percent of nations with significant Muslim populations that view IS favorably according the poll cited by LFRAgain.
Lebanon Sunnis = 1%
Israel Arabs = 4%
Patestinians (Gaza) = 5%
Palestinians (Westbank) = 8%
Burkina Faso (Christians) = 5%
Burkina Faso (Muslims) = 9%
Nigeria (Christians) = 7%
Nigeria (Muslims) = 20%
Malayasia (Muslims) = 12%
Malayasia (Buddhists) = 6%
Now I don't like this poll a whole lot for 3 reasons; (1) it doesn't define what "unfavorable" means; are we talking about "unfavorable" in the way I find a barking dog annoying or are we talking about "unfavorable" in the way I find having cancer being dangerous to my life, (2) it doesn't ask the question in places like Saudia Arabia, Iran, Iraq, etc. and (3) it doesn't ask the question of Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. Either way, this poll does suggest a rather high level of support for IS.
Posted in: IS executes Chinese, Norwegian hostages as bastion pounded
samwattersNov. 19, 2015 - 12:07PM JST
"Enough with the flamebaiting" No flamebaiting going on here. I'm simply stating the obvious; this is is a great opportunity for Islam to break ranks with an image of violence and further isolate ISIS/IS. Check my past comments and you will see at least one post where I express appreciation for one imam doing just that.
"Mainstream Muslims do not support ISIL, any more than mainstream Catholics support the Irish Republican Army.."
I cannot comment on the KKK or Lord's Army but as I former Catholic/now atheist living in Detroit I saw many a hat (both metaphorically and literally) being passed around for the IRA. Don't assume you know what all Muslims are thinking. Now you will probably retort by saying something along the lines of "the majority of Muslims are peaceful..." I know that; the majority are peaceful. No, that's not good enough; the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful people. But you know what? So were the majority of Germans in the 1930's and we still had the Holocaust. So were the majority of the Japanese in the 1940's and we still had Nankin. It is the radicals that move society and with over a billion followers of Islam even if only 1% qualify as radicals or supports IS then that means they are 10 million people who want those not following Allah to be killed.
samwattersNov. 19, 2015 - 08:58AM JST
This is an excellent opportunity for Muslims who claim that Islam is a peaceful religion and that IS and the like are the exceptions to publicly rally against Islamic extremism and to disavow IS. This would be a good step in improving Islam's image in the world...assuming, of course, that Islam does not support IS.
samwattersNov. 17, 2015 - 05:52PM JST
"Also closing mosques is not going to solve anything since the will be going underground."
I disagree. A strong response will send a strong message; assimilate or get the hell out. The US has room for all religions but the agreement is freedom for religion and freedom from religion. It is not negotiatable.
Posted in: Trump says he would consider closing certain mosques
samwattersNov. 17, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
@TumbleDry. The Constitution does not protect people from committing hate speech and/or inciting violence even under the cloak of religion. I think certain--notice Trump used the word "certain" which does not mean "all"--imams and their mosques fall under the category of inciting violence and/or hate speech and should be shut down. Of course this is common sense which today has become a form of hate speech.
samwattersNov. 16, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
You know what I didn't read in that article? Her condemnation of the Paris terrorist attacks. Oh, well...I guess it must she must be too traumatized dealing with hateful email to see that her religion enjoys blowing people up who disagree with it. Nice, though, that she can have her religious freedom, isn't it!
Posted in: Muslim Australian woman donating $1 for every hate-filled Tweet she gets
samwattersNov. 14, 2015 - 09:57PM JST
These titles and quotes from French newspapers:
"This time it's war," declared the Le Parisien daily.
Centre-right daily Le Figaro: "War in central Paris. In the name of the true martyrs of yesterday, the innocent victims and in the name of the Republic, France will be able to stay united and stand together," said Le Parisien.
The "terrorist barbarism" has crossed a "historic line," said the head of the left-leaning Liberation daily, calling for France to stay resolute.
"It is impossible not to link these bloody events with the battles raging in the Middle East. France is playing its part there. It must continue to do so without blinking," wrote Laurent Joffrin in an editorial.
You jihadi jerks have finally overstepped your boundaries. When a left-leaning, multicultural beacon such as France is now against you it is only a matter of time before the noose tightens around your collective necks.
Posted in: IS claims Paris attacks; says France at top of list
samwattersNov. 13, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
I don't care how much the tax is raised; it won't mean anything if the people we euphamistically call "civil servants" spend 105% of what is collected.
Posted in: The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition Komeito Paty are locked in a debate over applying a reduced sales tax rate for fresh foods when the tax rate rises to 10% in April 2017. Komeito wants the reduced rate to apply to all food and nonalcoholic beverages, which would lead to a loss of ¥1.3 trillion in new tax revenues per year. The LDP wants to be more selective, applying the rate to vaguely-defined fresh foods. What's your view on the issue?
samwattersNov. 12, 2015 - 05:15PM JST
@SenseNotSoCommon. I compensated for the thumbs down by giving everyone a thumbs up!
Posted in: Justin Bieber announces 58-city 'Purpose World Tour'
samwattersNov. 12, 2015 - 05:10PM JST
Here in part is Abe's logic:
Lower the corporate income tax and more international companies will relocate to Japan. Domestic corporations will make more money and then raise wages, spurring an economic recovery.
Here in part is why Abe is wrong:
In addition to the high tax rate, International companies do not what to deal with Japanese red tape and nonsensical regulations. As one business owner told me, "I can take 10 minutes, and talk to one Korean and get a definate yes or no or I can take 10 days, talk to a dozen Japanese men and get a vague maybe." Domestic export-driven companies are already sitting on a mountain of money and are not sharing it (Toyota, anyone?). They are not going to change even if they get a tax break because Abe has already made a law saying companies are no longer required to hire full-time workers which means none of the few remaining full-timers are going to complain about anything.
And here is why Abe is butt-stupid:
Abe believes that raising taxes on the average Japanese person will compensate for the loss of revenue caused by the corporate tax cut. This is pure fantasy. As more and more people lose their full-time jobs one of two scenarios will play out; 1) most people will lunge at the first job they can get which of course will likely pay less than what they are getting now. Pay goes down, income tax goes down. By the way, these people will also avoid shopping like the plague when the sales tax hits 8% next year and 10% the following year. Then there is scenario 2.) in which some people create their own jobs, work off the books and these people are only going to pay what they have to rather than get what the government allows them to have. Oh, I forgot scenario 3.) in which people jump on the welfare life raft which is already a collapse waiting to happen.
samwattersNov. 12, 2015 - 11:37AM JST
Yuri Borzakovsky is one of the people implicated in the BALCO drug scandal. Victor Conte reportedly worked with Yuri to perfect certain PEDs. Must be just a coincidence.....
Posted in: Doping scandal threatens Russia's sports legacy
samwattersNov. 12, 2015 - 11:23AM JST
If his recent behavior is any indication, it is likely he'll walk out of half of the performances.
samwattersNov. 09, 2015 - 02:39PM JST
Burning Bush hit the nail on the head. Most of the time comments deemed "insensitive" or "inflammatory" are those comments that don't conform with the popular narrative. As for personal comments that offend....read it and if you don't like it, ignore it. People need to grow some thicker skin.
Posted in: Nastiness threatens future of online reader comments
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 02:09PM JST
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 02:01PM JST
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 02:00PM JST
I usually read a book if they're watching it.
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Nov. 29, 2015 - 01:59PM JST
So, as I said...
Say it all you want. You still have no basis in fact…
Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of naked boys
What a ridiculous attempt at logic.
Posted in: Suspect in Colorado shooting a loner who left few clues
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