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samwattersJan. 23, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
"Rubbish. Japan has never been a target.
These blokes were captured because they are non-Muslim foreigners. The same would have happened if they were Estonians, South Africans or Brazilians."
Well, said, Luca. I was thinking the same thing.
Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts
samwattersJan. 21, 2015 - 12:27AM JST
"They are clearly not true Muslims."
Straight from the Quran(8:12): "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike of every fingertip of them."
Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom
samwattersJan. 08, 2015 - 03:05PM JST
"Sam - noble sentiment, but would you rewally go around wearing a shirt like that not knowing which of the many people who see it might take offence and be a lunatic and wound or kill you?"
Good question, Wakarimsen. I honestly would for two reasons. 1.) A lot of what I have today is the result of sacrifices made by people who came before me, people who rose to the challenges of the times knowing that the costs would be high. I think it might our time to do just that. 2.) I think at some point we have to answer the question, "where do we draw the line?" We---rational people who do not kill others when someone disagrees with our Bronze Age religion---have already sacrificed objective news reporting in part due to the fear of Muslim violence, altered many school curriculums to molify a vocal few and now we have to worry that the pillars of our free speech (satire and parody and disagreement) may be torn down by a group of subhumans who shout “Allahu akbar!”
I think I will make the t-shirts.
Posted in: 12 dead in terrorist attack on Paris weekly; police identify 3 suspects
samwattersJan. 08, 2015 - 01:01PM JST
I would like to begin a non-profit, world-wide campaign against this nonsense. Let's print t-shirts with the so called "prophet's" image on the front and the message "We are Charlies Hebdo" on the back and sell them for cost with all the money going to the repairing of the Charlie Hebdo. Let's send a message that we will not cower before these beasts. And for the overally politically correct "beast" is defined as any Muslim who believes violence is the best response to someone with different views.
samwattersDec. 25, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
The title of this article is irresponsible and appears to be a deliberate attempt to again agitate the public. The person who wrote the title should be ashamed.
Posted in: Anger after latest police killing of black teen in St Louis
samwattersDec. 25, 2014 - 10:18AM JST
"The biggest thing I'm worried about from this article, is how overwhelmingly Abe was brought back in in the Lower House.."
@dcog9065. He really wasn't; the LDP received fewer votes in this past election then they did in 2009 when they were thrown out of office. Most analysts think the vote for Abe says more about the weakness of the opposition parties than it does about Abe's strength.
samwattersDec. 20, 2014 - 10:47PM JST
I no longer wish to see "The Interview" as much as I would like to watch the future documentary of the actually assassination of the Kim family and their garbage government.
Posted in: For N Korea's cyber-army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids
samwattersDec. 19, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
So it appears that Sony is not the only Japanese corporation run by morons.
Posted in: Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales
samwattersDec. 18, 2014 - 01:16AM JST
@WA4TKG. Send a little of that southern warmth up to us!
Posted in: Northern Japan in grip of blizzard; 300 flights canceled
samwattersDec. 17, 2014 - 03:45PM JST
Wicked winds and ice in Tomakomai but not a lot of snow. Stay warm my fellow Dosankos!
samwattersDec. 17, 2014 - 01:52PM JST
Excellent decision for all of the reasons noted by Hector Villagre of the ACLU but we need safeguards to ensure that video will be made public and not supressed when it contradicts a preferred narrative which was the case in Ferguson.
Posted in: LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015
samwattersDec. 15, 2014 - 08:35AM JST
Whatever you make think of Abe---I don't like the man--- you have to marvel at the hit job he did on the competition; Ishihara, Watanabe Yoshimi, Kaeda and Kan. The remaining opposition parties are splintered and have no real leadership. The LDP will rule uncontested for the next 50 years and that is not something to celebrate.
Posted in: DPJ leader Kaieda, Ishihara lose seats; Obuchi re-elected
samwattersDec. 13, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
I want to hear the sound of someone's hand slapping the side of this idiot's head.
Posted in: Student arrested for placing rocks on train tracks in Ibaraki
samwattersDec. 11, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
I remember the days when people had guts and courage. No wonder SONY is tanking.
Posted in: Sony CEO ordered 'The Interview' toned down; Rogen objected
samwattersDec. 09, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
I support Bach and his reforms. He seems sincere but I want to see revenue sharing as part of the plan. It is beyond comprehension that cities are paying billions---yes, billions!---to host a two week sports festival during an economic depression while the IOC pockets expand.
Posted in: Bach: IOC must change now or fall behind
samwattersDec. 05, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
Interesting article in the Japan Times today in which Gregory Clark was approached by touts who were super aggressive. Clark then went to the police station and the police returned with Clark after which they did ...nothing.
Posted in: Police crack down on bar, adult establishment touts during year-end
samwattersNov. 28, 2014 - 10:50AM JST
"Next month, climate negotiators will meet in Lima to prepare the groundwork for a meeting in Paris late next year, with the goal of reaching a global agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions."
Here is where I have a problem. You folks are going to burn a large amount of fossil fuel by taking airplanes and limosines to have a meeting (that will include lavish accomodations for you and your countless sherpas) that will conclude that the world needs to use less fossil fuel. If you folks could set an example I would be more willing to buy into the programs that you advocate. How about Skyping? Or teleconferencing? This is how those of us not blessed enough to work for government agencies do it. Why can't you? Personally, I ride my bicycle to-and-from work everyday in the Spring,Summer and Fall and then walk one way and take the bus in the winter. I walk the walk eventhough it probably won't make a difference in terms of global warming or global change. You guys should give it a try.
Posted in: How to avoid the climate change storm
samwattersNov. 18, 2014 - 12:18PM JST
"TINKERING WITH TAXES: After many years of deficit spending, Japan needs tax increases to get its battered government finances into better shape and cut its total public debt, which is more than twice the size of the economy and the largest among developed nations. A delay in the tax hike will slow that process."
Complete BS. Government needs to cut its staff, allowances and wasteful projects. Do that first then we'll talk about a tax increase.
Posted in: What Japan's recession means for the country
samwattersNov. 03, 2014 - 10:06AM JST
How about instituting the "designated driver" system in Japan? In the US bars give the designated driver a patch to wear on his or her clothes, gets to drink all the juice or soft drinks they want for free in return for driving the rest of the people home. Companies could pickup that tab and being the DD would be a great excuse for people who want to attend the drinking parties to further their career but don't want to have hangovers the next morning.
Posted in: Man arrested over fatal accident says he was drinking, fell asleep at wheel
samwattersNov. 02, 2014 - 12:00PM JST
Yes, waaaaaaaaay to early. I will be listening to music from headphones every time I enter a store from now until December 26th.
Posted in: Christmas decorations and light displays are already up in some parts of Japan. Do you think it is too early?
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:13AM JST
I am not even sure what that is supposed to mean. Abe did not create ISIS,…
Posted in: Rally for hostage
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:10AM JST
From Japan spread and link "I AM KENJI" all over the world.
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:04AM JST
in this particular case we are talking about a racist bigot with blind hatred of all…
Posted in: 'American Sniper' triggers angry debate
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:03AM JST
And we tough Iraq was bad with Saddam. We just bought defective news.
Posted in: Bombings kill 13 in Iraq's capital
Jan. 26, 2015 - 07:02AM JST
Surprise, surprise, looks like the U.S. mercs are on the scene:
Posted in: Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch offensive