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samwattersOct. 04, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
@Strangerland. Me, too. I live in Tomakomai and I am thrilled if the city bus is only five minutes late.
Posted in: Top 10 things even Japanese people think they’re too obsessive about
samwattersOct. 03, 2015 - 06:49PM JST
@TheGodfather. She took a year and a half off to recharge her batteries and think about her future. Glad she came back.
Posted in: Back on the ice
samwattersOct. 03, 2015 - 06:45PM JST
I see a booming market for iron safes and money being pulled from banks in 2016. The government is panicing; they are out of money, they've milked the populace for all they can get and they still want more.
Posted in: My Number system raises red flags ahead of notice release
samwattersOct. 02, 2015 - 10:09PM JST
@tmarie. If the moderator will allow it, I would like to ask you which of my comments do not contain a fair amount of truth. But that may be off topic. I am, however, surprised that you allowed this comment to stand...
In response to violence committed by women, one poster wrote, "Not that it matters as there is always a good reason why the woman is doing this..."
Does this nugget refer to women-on-men violence only or is it OK if women hurt each other if they are in a same-sex relationship?
"I also disagree with your views on women because you post speaks loud and clear how you feel about women in general and frankly your attitude for someone involved with a shelter is frightening."
That's OK as long as it's acknowledged that a number of women and children had a place to eat and sleep without fear when they escaped violent situations because of my direct intervention. You may not like my attitude but I walk the walk.
Posted in: Husbands on receiving end of domestic abuse from wives
samwattersOct. 02, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
@Tmarie. Name one. Name the sexist comment.
samwattersOct. 02, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
In the US, well over half of the domestic violence incidents are started by women. A cop friend once explained to me that when a woman yells, she's expressing herself. When a man yells, it's domestic violence. When a woman throws something or grabs someone by the arm, it's venting. When a man does it, it's assault.
My take on this; the result of being raised in vastly different manners. Girls are raised to believe they are perfect (you know the rhyme, What are girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice.). Boys, course are made of snakes and snails and puppy-dog tails. Boys compete; we play sports that have winners and losers. The greatest lesson that sports teach is not working together---anyone who has played sports will tell you that it sport is a true meritocracy and the best set the rules and get special privileges---but learning that you never get everything you want everytime you want it. Girls, on the other had, perform; they play the piano, dance or sing and everyone regardless of talent/ability gets a ribbon and is equally perfect and wonderful and great. The result is that boys are often "no" and "you're not good enough" at an early age and girls are not. Some will point out that girls play sports too but that coincides with the latest trend of not keeping score lest someone's feelings get hurt.
I am very proud to have one of my companies found and financially support a shelter for battererd spouses and children in my native Detroit. But one snag I ran in to was my the insistence of the city hall that men be barred from the facility. I balked and said what about the men who are abused. "Oh, Sam, " the response went. "Women never hurt men." That attitude needs to be reexamined.
samwattersOct. 01, 2015 - 10:39AM JST
"Rio Olympic organizers acknowledge it will be impossible to clean the area’s waters by the time the Games open in 10 months, a promise they made in winning the Olympic bid in 2009."
What BS. There was no "promise," it was a bold-faced lie. Rio organizers knew they wouldn't do anything because they knew the brides would cover it and the IOC never moves a venue. Tokyo is following suit with the stadium and Fukushima which is supposedly under control. I have come to hate the Olympics as it is little more than a money-grab for government swine. I feel for the athletes and the original charter of the Games but I hate the Olympics.
Posted in: Rio's sewage-filled waters a health threat for surfers, too
samwattersSep. 29, 2015 - 07:21AM JST
"Putin will offer preferential fishing and mineral rights, as well as visitation privileges and perhaps residency options.
But Russia will retain sovereignty over the islands."
If History is indication, Russia will offer the possibility of increased access to the islands of course if Japan gives a lot of cold, hard cash up front today. Russia will deny this and call the money "business investment" but it's just aid to Russia. Russia's ambassador, Mr. Lasarov (spelling?) already told our foreign minister Kishida that "certain post-WWII relaties must be faced." That's code for the islands are ours so shut-up about it. I wrote in a different post that I accept the islands are now Russia as possession in nine-tenths of the law and to the victors of war go the spoils. That's fine but Russia has got to get it through their collective head that with possession goes responsibility; they're your islands, Russia, you take care of them.
Posted in: Abe meets Putin to discuss territorial dispute
samwattersSep. 27, 2015 - 07:53PM JST
Can I assume you are Russian? Translate your post into Japanese and send it to Nemuro. You'll be able to hear the howls in Okinawa.
Posted in: Residents of Russian-held isles await diplomatic resolution
samwattersSep. 27, 2015 - 01:32PM JST
The islands belong to Russia; they took them in the war and possession is nene-tenths of the law. I get that, but with possession goes responsibility and notice how the Russians can't manage them on their own. Look how they need Japanese aid (always received with the promise to "improve ties"). Well, Russia, the islands are yours. You build something that attracts people and work out the arrangements. We in Hokkaido stopped trusting you long ago and are working hard to ensure that no more tax yen goes to your islands.
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 10:51PM JST
Well, you have made some interesting arguments and I look forward to seeing how the election shakes out. I have do get to work so I must say goodnight. Thank you for the debate; you are courteous and don't rely on hissy fits name-calling like other members of this board do so thanks again! Sam
Posted in: Do you think Donald Trump would make a good U.S. president and how do you think it would affect U.S.-Japan relations if he were elected?
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 10:15PM JST
"Was that illegal given ROR for murder?" No, one ROR was for drunk driving and another was for assault.
"Trump is going to be illegal's best friend." If I wrote that I would be thumbs-downed a thousand times so I look forward to how other posters respond. I disagree.
"What will Trump's excuse be when he grants amnesty to at least 20 million, maybe more?" He won't. I guarantee it.
"Now you sound like some of the less-than-intelligent posters on this site. People who invest in Trump's business are intelligent investors?" You're ducking the point and you know it. If you have an argument, make it. If you don't say "I'll have to study that issue and get back to you" but intelligent people refrain from these kind of attacks. But since you asked I will answer the question; people who invest in Trump's businesses seem to do well. I am a person of modest means so I don't like to question the intelligence of people who have created assets worth millions of dollars. I can think of worse things to invest in than a Trump business. Ever hear of Solyndra? That was government-sponsored energy company that went up in smoke. Didn't matter because the tax payers footed the bill.....
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 09:38PM JST
"If it were major it would not be ROR."
You are incorrect. Illegals are often released due to lack of space and other reasons. There is a recent famous murder case in San Francisco that highlights this. Besides, being in most other countries illegally will get you jailed and immediately deported. Why is America is different?
"Donald Trump says as president he would ultimately give some illegal immigrants legal status and isn't ruling out a pathway to citizenship, CNN reports." Looks like Trump will grant mass amnesty just like Reagan did"
It's a mistake to derive Reagan's blanket amnesty from a possible Trump path to citizenship. Reagan got scammed; he was promised comprehensive border security after giving amnesty. The Dems renigged. What Trump is saying that is illegals who meet certain criteria will be offered a path to citizenship----which is what most people who ciriticize Trump say they want----and deportation for illegals who don't.
"It looks like he just wants to be President because he wants to see himself on TV more. He just wants to trick voters like he tricks his investors. I mean who in their right mind would invest in Trump's businesses? They all lose money. Vote for Trump it's Reagan all over again."
Now you sound like some of the less-than-intelligent posters on this site whose idea of an argument is to make bad hair jokes, call him "Rump" and cite consitutional amendments they don't understand or don't exist. Look, Trump has nothing to gain by becoming president unlike the endless stream of lifetime politicians on both sides who are running for the office. Saying that Trump just wants to trick voters like he tricks investors is juvenile and inaccurate; Trump has won more than he has lost. More importantly he knows how both sides work because he played politicians while he was in business. He will be immune from pressure from lobbyists and SIGs. And if you are right and it turns out to be Reagan again, I'll take that over what we have had over the last 12 years any day.....and I bet most people would, too!
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 08:54PM JST
"Of course they play it safe. If they get busted then out they go. Deportations are up. Once you are busted, if you are illegal you are out."
Oh, no. You're incorrect. Illegals are not usually deported even when they do committ a crime. They are usually given a court date and released on their own recognizance. Add to the equation the number of "sancutary cities" that will not turn over an illegal immigrant to ICE or any other law enforcement agency (and, please, before you say---yet again---that deportations are up remember that "up" is not enough). Illegal is illegal.
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 06:47PM JST
"No, Mitt Romney said there has to be a "mandate" to prevent "freeloading" at the ER during his presidency. He meant on a national scale. But I'm fine if the Republicans make a real mandate."
What difference does it make? ObamaCare is so seriously flawed that the President made sure it wouldn't fully be implemented until he was well out of office. Congress exempted themselves from it. Again the point is that both parties treat the citizens of the US as a means not as an end.
"BTW, do you know that the crime rate for illegal immigrants is low so it contradicts what Trump says about illegals having very high crime rates."
Stats can be manipulated but, again, so what? The crime rate for immigrants should be zero. A country's immigration should be used to improve the country, not to solve the problems of 3rd world Latin America. Now having said that I am all for anyone becoming a US as long as it's done legally and is controlled and the anchor baby practice ended.
"And can you please share the legal process of how Trump will stop any and all aid to Mexico?"
If a legal process exists that allowed for the beginning of aid to Mexico then logic suggests there is a process for ending it. It's probably similar to the way Bush got the Iraq War or Obama got ObamaCare. He will work the necessary people and get it passed.
"But (“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best,”") Wow! Trump claims the Mexican government is sending its worst people to the US. Really? Do you believe that?"
Non-issue. The door is open to anyone who wants to come legally.
"if amnesty is passed then it's game over."
I do believe that and before I get labelled a racist or a bigot, my fear is that EITHER party could add 30 million voters through amnesty.
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 05:35PM JST
@Nishikat. We've covered this before; ObamaCare was designed by Mit Romney for the state of Massachussetts, not for the country. Congress passed ObamaCare but exempted themselves from it, meaning it is a bad idea. Illegal immigration is decresaing...great!....but if amnesty is passed then it's game over. Got it? If amnesty passes then it's game over for the US as we know it. Members of the Tim Wise Fan Club and those on the far Left want that. I don't. The Dems are bought and paid for and so are the Repubs. We needs an independent who truly is independent, hence our support for Trump.
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
@PTownsend. Interesting you use the word dictator to describe a person who may ignores the legislative side of government because President Obama has done that a number of times during his term. Of course that still makes it wrong but I believe that a Trump administration would work with state authorities in Texas and Arizona and make their plans from there. Remember, Arizona wants to do enforce a controled border but someone told them they can't. Can you guess who that person is? Do I think any President has the power to pull it off? I don't know but I do know that ObamaCare, the IRS scandal and others were pushed on to people without due legislative process.
@Nishikat. I try to give credit where credit is due; you are correct that deporations are up and illegal immigration is down. Of course, how MUCH down and the impact is unknown. Either way, the main issue is amnesty which the Dems want and that is why immigration and amnesty are the main issues of this election in the minds of many people. I think giving any party, Democrat or Republican 30,000 guaranteed votes is a recipe for disaster.
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 12:57PM JST
@Strangerland. What are those issues and how would those issues not be affected by basically giving one party 30,000 exrtra guaranteed votes?
samwattersSep. 26, 2015 - 12:06PM JST
*@PTownsend. Uhm....we (the US) will build the wall and..then....um....we send the bills to Mexico....and ...then..um.....Mexico pays for the bill and....um,,,,,if Mexcio doesn't pay then...um....we cut off the financial aid and other assistance. Kinda like what I wrote in the earlier post.
If this plan is not to your sataisfaction, please compare with the current lifetime politician occupying the White House and his stance on illegal Chinese immigrants. Approximately 4,000 Chinese citizens have been arrested by ICE and are awaiting deportation which is being delayed because China is not convinced they (the illegal immigrants) have broken any laws. But the White House reports that (from the Japan Times) a "modem of understanding was reached" in regard to the issue and both sides will work towards a resolution. Gee, I feel better.
As I have written numerous times, a growing number of people see this election as a single issue election: immigration. The sovereignty of the US is at risk (since when does another country decide when US laws are being broken?). The Dems don't care; they want the votes. The Repubs don't care; they want the cheap labor. Only Trump has said he will tackle this issue and has not wavered or flopped in the midst of the immediate firestorm from the Lefties and self-esteem crowd.
samwattersSep. 25, 2015 - 12:37PM JST
"He has told the American citizens over and over "I will do ...this or that" but never once said what he would do or how he would do it."
I'll give you one example of how Trump said he would fix something. He said he would build a fence between the US and Mexican border. He would force Mexico to pay for it. If Mexico refuses, he would cut off their aid. That is a measurable plan.
"Clinton turned and said calmly *It doesn't work that way Ross". And it doesn't."
Many Americans llike me think that is the problem. The current system can't be sustained but the entrenched parties aren't going to give up their royal lifestyles. That's why we need Trump.
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 06:59PM JST
IP protection is lacking,,,
Posted in: Why has China been excluded from the TPP negotiations?
Oct. 07, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 06:56PM JST
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 06:50PM JST
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Oct. 07, 2015 - 06:46PM JST
Thanks for the info Strangerland, I have heard varying things regarding back payments. My particular area…
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