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sodesukaMay. 28, 2013 - 03:55AM JST
Trinity Sunday - Natural Family where Father and Mother Love and produce children in love. It is something to defend. Children have a right to a Father and Mother that love each other. Children are precious and this is what these French citizens are demonstrating for. God bless them for it is a noble cause.
Posted in: 150,000 protest in Paris against gay marriage
sodesukaApr. 01, 2013 - 05:51AM JST
All are welcome to accept this wonderful gift to treat All Life and the Earth with love and respect. Peace on Earth to All men of good will. Such a beautiful message to All human kind and to Earth itself. The music is beautiful and the Art through the ages as well. All are welcome. Happy Easter Everyone.The hope of glory through and by none other than...
Posted in: Pope appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions, in Easter message
sodesukaMar. 28, 2013 - 03:25PM JST
@Jinizo Interesting really - Orientation should have nothing to do with things. Do two people have to prove their orientation to get the benefits? Take out orientation and just put in children, for people can be platonic as well and share a life with children. So a family could be redefined as one with children, be it one, two, three or so adults. You know grandparents or those who decide to help each other out. Really, to have a society to pay benefits to two adults who are sharing costs anyway is kind of funny, even if it is a guy and a girl. What is that marriage thingy anyways. Perhaps we need to just consider the children and get away from the orientation issue completely. Just an idea.
Yes, it is right for the Supreme court to be cautious with this issue because in effect it would be granting special rights to a group of people who are no different from you or I setting up shop as brothers. In fact, I will bet many will do just that to help a friend. "Let's get married and you can have a good life after I am gone." Love can be platonic and is probably the true love that we all learn, finally. Life has a way of bringing truth to each one.
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sodesukaMar. 28, 2013 - 02:34PM JST
http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/03/22/gay-marriage-is-not-a-conservative-cause-2/ by some smart black american females.
Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court skeptical of federal marriage law
sodesukaMar. 28, 2013 - 02:13PM JST
Free will Jimizo. Does not an alcoholic have free will? Abstinence ... not easy but can be done...AS we can see above, all religious people will be demonized as bigots and persecuted...see SmithInJapan. That is only 60% of the population in Western cultures...Africa and the Asians are not too big on this nonproductive behavior either. We need to ALL work together to feed and educate the next generation.
To be spending so many resources on this issue is just weird when there is so much work to be done in service to one another...as the new Pope Francis washed AID victims feet on Holy Thursday...even though he stood for traditional marriage and the rights of children to a Father and Mother. We must keep our hearts aimed toward truth but deal with the real world in a compassionate manner. Anyone seen the poverty in India? Now there is a cause to get excited about. The crime in the USA cities...India could help us.
sodesukaMar. 28, 2013 - 01:46PM JST
Balderdash is the first thing that came to my mind regarding this article. Got my attention though and the thinking seemed Japanese. Japanese logic is always poorly translated into English. Kind of like pulling to saw where I would push. I know something wishes to be communicated but I have to think about it in a different mode then I am used to. Point well taken and I have seen in software the analysis - paralysis paradigm. Cost a million in that case.
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sodesukaMar. 26, 2013 - 05:03PM JST
I think it is a mockery of human sexuality as is porn. It is not that porn shows too much, it shows to little. Humans are meant for the divine and the different functional attributes that we have, each have a proper context in humanity. Human sexuality is meant for marriage between a male and female. All must control themselves for their own happiness, ALL. You don't love someone with lust. Spare me...Spare the other.
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sodesukaMar. 06, 2013 - 02:32PM JST
There are a lot of issues with redefining marriage. It is the children whose rights are ignored. Every child has a right to their father and mother. Every marriage does not have children but all children have a mom and a dad. I think that the benefits spoken of by people who wish to share a future should be had by any couple or more, without regards to orientation. Why cannot a brother and sister receive similar benefits? Or even throwing in an old man/woman or the homeless. Why not? What people do in private is their business but the benefits can help a group of people. Marriage should be focused on the rights of a child to have a mother and a father. C'est tout.
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sodesukaFeb. 12, 2013 - 02:49PM JST
St. Malachy, an Irishman from the 11th century, predicted the next 112 popes. Benedict XVI was the 111.
St. Malachy had written about the 112th pope:
"In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End."
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sodesukaNov. 01, 2012 - 02:58AM JST
I was in Kansai when the children were young. My biggest fear was them being hit by a car when traveling to and from school. Just too much. But I love the Japanese people and the safety of their cities. There is something that goes with the love I have for their mother I suppose. I will return and now that the boys have a good grasp of the English world I am considering returning to Tokyo. There is room for them and I think I have found a school that would make the two youngest happy where English is not frowned upon but is considered an asset. The oldest is enjoying the car apartment life and will go to the University stateside. I have asked him to go to Europe to school to see how they live (what a life those Europeans have). Maybe after a couple of years and he will go to Leuven. As for bilingual children there is a nice life to be had in Tokyo as well with other bilingual children. I have met many missionary children who mostly grew up in Japan and have stayed and are contributing in their own way to the Japanese world in a constructive way. God Bless Japan.
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sodesukaNov. 01, 2012 - 02:12AM JST
Children are different. I met my Japanese wife in Europe (not England cleo). It was my cultural milieu. I tried French with her but missed my English language and we switched. I found myself in Japan working at Citibank and life was great. When the first child was born I realized that if I lived in Japan I may not be able to speak to my children. I would be that china-man (no a pleasant thought) being a gaijin in Japan. I never wanted to even go to Japan. Now for those who met your spouse in Japan,,,
However Tokyo and the roads saved me because life for young children was just so much better in the US. Sidewalks, no bikes, drive everywhere, a yard to play in etc. Life was good.
We did return to Japan 8 years later, with a 9, 7, 5 yo boys. We put them in Japanese schools. Teachers were great, neighbors etc. The oldest is social and picked up the language quite well, the middle tried but looked like he was going into la la land, the youngest just spoke English (I can't understand you and you can't understand me so we are even). Brave little kids. I worried about the two youngest and I took the boys back to the US to see what was going on. They just loved American schools and life.
Mom was back in Japan so we returned after 2 years stateside. Now the boys would have been 13, 11, 9. We put them into the same Japanese schools. The oldest again did well, middle boy tried and felt like a social misfit, the youngest just was fighting and not learning even though a very friendly boy. So at 15, 13 11 we returned to the US to California. Just a beautiful location with many foreign born students. The boys are very happen here and really do not want to return to Japan, except curiously, the middle boy. This is our third year here.
I've always loved Tokyo. I admire the Japanese spirit and value of the family. Homeschooler, let it go. Let your children be Japanese. Japanese love their culture too. Bring a gift to the Grannies like Kolbe beef. BE humble. Relax. Love your husband. Hopefully the character of your children will allow them to learn quickly.
One Japanese man said intelligently, whatever you do make sure the child can function in one or the other cultures. Do not leave them dangling in the middle of the pacific.
sodesukaSep. 09, 2012 - 04:11PM JST
Persons do not exist. No. Just matter. Reason is an illusion when only matter exists. Virtue is what? How about goodness? And Truth. All a joke.All relative. So they say. But maybe persons do exit with will, perception and reason. Person hood must exist in the Universe because we exit. Perhaps through will, perception and reason we can know truth. Surely something is there for those who do not harden their hearts, for we can will to not see. Perhaps what we believe is what we get. I like the idea of a being treated with loving kindness by a supreme being. I am not jealous and know that the spirit of such is not too far away. In fact my very thoughts exist by that grace. Be quiet and know.
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sodesukaAug. 21, 2012 - 01:38PM JST
SushiSaki3: With all due respect, certainly the unborn have rights. More rights then putting their body parts together to ensure you got all of him or her. Something I would never want to do nor condone. Why people would point to body parts of an unborn and call it nothing is beyond me. What blind's them? Using the principle of double effect, a Rape victims should always be given the morning after pill to rid of the stuff put inside of the poor victim. If a life is lost it is not the intention. The intention I would say is to clean the body of the victim from whatever that evil was.
You make very good points on war though and it certainly is a waste of life. There is a just war theory, but it is just a theory and is always interpreted by each side as just. It is a blight on humanity as is greed, and the abuse of power... There is a lot of balderdash in you comment and I will let some rest. We do have the freedom of religion for now which gives the freedom of assembly which enforces the freedom of speech and the press. But maybe it is time to move on from the freedom of religion in the USA. It will be a "just society" as was tried in the 20th century.
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sodesukaAug. 21, 2012 - 11:39AM JST
Still with the spark of life. Cool.
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sodesukaAug. 21, 2012 - 11:37AM JST
Much goes on in small talk. You can look into someones eyes and they yours. A smile says a thousand words and warms the heart. The different cultural movements are intriguing to us as ours are to them. A transference of solidarity and good will hopefully takes place. A thank you would be a nice way to end the conversation as one leaves with a piece of Japan in their heart. Sure the literal sense can be amusing in a light sense as the writer has written. No harm done and I bet he enjoys all of it. Them there eyes...something to remember. Even the elderly lady who welcomes him in her own way. Still will the spark of life. cool.
sodesukaAug. 15, 2012 - 03:00PM JST
billyshears - 'Since the enshrinements, there have been calls from some groups of people to remove the war criminals from Yasukuni Shrine. Shrine officials have stated that unlike traditional Shinto shrines, all enshrined kami are immediately combined and inseparable, and therefore impossible to "remove". '
Interesting comment. I remember a Japanese fella who said he knew of no other culture quite like the Japanese one except for the Catholic Church. And we all know that if that is how it is done that is how it is done. Been that way for a thousand years and will be that way for a thousand more.
Let it be. Shall we scour the history of China? Korea? America? War is hell and Sherman made sure the south knew it. Nice guy. Truman gave an order that still makes me cry. The kids.
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sodesukaJun. 21, 2012 - 02:24PM JST
"with consent, moral objections to the proposal are not relevant considerations.”
Strange thing to say. Not very emphatic at all. How about the person who said this send their daughter to work there. I remember being at a strip join and my friend saying, "remember that that is someone's daughter". Buying and using people in this manner just seems wrong. Slavery was pretty much wiped out until the Portuguese started trading in Africa, where it was trade and money was to be made. We saw what America did with slavery. History is not always progressive to the good. I see this as an attack on the dignity of women and a step backwards for person kind.
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sodesukaJun. 21, 2012 - 02:07PM JST
I would want someone to give my wife a seat when pregnant on a crowded train. Especially in the last month. It is the least a healthy person can do and that includes women. Most Americans I know, women and men, would give their seat to someone in need. I guess not all, but they bring shame to my nation.
Posted in: Commuters' tolerance tested in face of declining public manners
sodesukaJun. 09, 2012 - 12:38AM JST
Big Paddy - Left Japan because of the roads and my concern or the safety of my children when walking. I just could not put my children at risk like that. I actually home schooled. However, when the children walked to school in groups I felt safe for the children.
Eminent domain is weak in Japan, I believe, or things would be different. They are a practical people but for the sake of harmony they do not want to upset the landowners, so the roads remain the same. Very sad and lives are lost. I hope it is not related to any kind of world view to where this is all an illusion anyway.
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sodesukaMay. 29, 2012 - 04:12AM JST
...laced with cesium.
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Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:50PM JST
Sort out the bun. That's the soft point. Use your Egg McMuffin muffins.
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Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:49PM JST
Stairway to heaven.
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Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:48PM JST
can lower the drive voltage and run at low energy.
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Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:46PM JST
"Santa Claus in Africa" yields 20,000 results.
24,000 for "McDonalds in Africa". In your face, Santa!
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Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:45PM JST
Many of these notes are on the bubble (overvalued at low interest rates) as it is…
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