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    smithinjapan

    Tough one, seriously. I had this situation in my first apartment building, and I was coming home with a bag of laundry in tow (had to hit the laundromat) when I heard shouting, stuff breaking, and some hitting going on. The super-intendent of the building was outside at the same time and we both looked up at the room and I, a little panicked, asked her to call the police. She just laughed and said the police wouldn't do anything if they even came after questioning you for a while as to what was going on, who you were, what your job was, etc. I wanted to call anyway, but didn't as I was still pretty new here. Fortunately in this instance there were no more fights (a couple of arguments, but not nearly as serious), and when I saw the couple outside they seemed pretty lovey-dovey.

    If I heard it now, and it sounded like anything beyond an enthusiastic argument I would probably call the police so long as I feared for someone's safety, but that's it. Now, if I were coming home and SAW it happening, I would have to intervene. There's no way I could just stand there and let it happen, or walk away and do nothing. I would do my best not to fight but to try and calm the situation. If it didn't work, then, well, I'd end up regretting it but I'd see where it went from there -- but letting it be know I would contact the police.

    Posted in: If you heard someone crying or screaming nextdoor, and sensed it was someone being physically abused, would you intervene in some way, or call the police, or do nothing and just mind your own business?

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    turbotsat

    Defending what? China against itself? So proceeding to take over Manchuria and most of the populated Chinese areas was also defending China against itself, or the evil white people?

    Such good boys! Medals all around!

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    turbotsat

    smithinjapan: Meanwhile Tom Cotton is off again on his treason mission working with Netanyahu to "go against American diplomacy". The guy is literally a traitor to the nation.

    Wasn't there a whole list of politicians who in their time had done the same? And then declaimed the same when their party occupied the White House. I don't recall details but the names from the last brouhaha were something like Nancy Pelosi, Jim Wright, Teddy Kennedy.

    Posted in: Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in U.S. Senate

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    Black Sabbath

    These days, calling someone Nazi like is just short-hand for saying: "They are bad. We should kill them."

    Posted in: Australian PM angers Jewish leaders by comparing IS with Nazis

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    lucabrasi

    @John

    The Faroes are Danish. Nothing to do with the UK.

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    nigelboy

    Really? Look at all the whining Japan's doing over the Kuriles, little islands you couldn't get even 1 percent of the Japanese population to visit in normal circumstances, let alone inhabit, they can in no way compare to a military position such as Wanping 10 miles (or 10 km) outside the national capital. Any "understanding" there?

    ????? How Northern Territories were taken by then Soviet Forces are explained.

    http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/europe/russia/territory/overview.html

    The positioning of the Japanese troops were pursuant to the Boxer Protocol earmarked toward defense in Tiajin.

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    JohnBecker

    There's very few albums out there with a high percentage of hits on them, or even over 50 pct. Ever heard of "B-side"?

    Don't have any Stones albums handy but probably they wouldn't be excluded from that.

    You must not have ever heard Beggar's Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers or Exile on Main Street. No "b-sides" on any of those records. Probably the best blues-based rock music ever produced.

    Posted in: Keith Richards belittles rap, metal

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    Black Sabbath

    . Who comes up with these ridiculous ideas.

    Japan Tobacco. Guess who is the largest stake holder...?

    Posted in: LDP studies lowering legal age for drinking, smoking to 18

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    Laguna

    Hmm. Thought the more conservative of our brethren would have had something to say about this, but it appears they're taking the McConnell route.

    Posted in: Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in U.S. Senate

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    turbotsat

    JW: You are forgetting the US forces that are there to defend Japan

    Japanese want USA out, say voiceofokinawa, YuriOtani, et al. If LDP leaves office, USA may be invited out in short order.

    Posted in: Russia risks Japanese anger with Far East war commemoration

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    Black Sabbath

    Jim Morrison was the original punk rocker.

    As for Keith, well, that is like, your opinion, man.

    Posted in: Keith Richards belittles rap, metal

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    John-San

    Of course it cruel. The Uk stand by and allows the annual whale kill in the Faroe Island. because it cultural. In Australia they invented a poison bate just for foxes it call 10/80 it kill 100,000 plus a year. No Activist complains about both and I don,t also. because each has a purpose. One is cultural the other is a feral pest that kill native mammal which have no protection against carnivores. You have lost me with your emotion garb about mercury which has no relevance concerning this story and it 2015.

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    Black Sabbath

    Maize while technically a vegetable, is a starchy veg -- a starch.

    A giant eggplant would be cool....

    Posted in: Eat your veggies

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    Novenachama

    Smoking and the excessive use of alcohol is a bad idea and it doesn't help your overall health. The younger you are when you start the harder it is to quit. Smoking causes nearly 6 million deaths world-wide. With 2,000,000+ deaths occurring each year due to alcohol or alcohol-related crashes. It increasingly affects the younger generations and this serious issue increases year by year. It isn't worth wasting away your life over smoking or drinking to the point that it causes damage to heath. Think about the smart thing to do and stop.

    Posted in: LDP studies lowering legal age for drinking, smoking to 18

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    turbotsat

    There's very few albums out there with a high percentage of hits on them, or even over 50 pct. Ever heard of "B-side"?

    Don't have any Stones albums handy but probably they wouldn't be excluded from that.

    There are some good tunes in rap and lots in metal, KR should get off his high horse.

    U Can't Touch This!

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d0/Hammer_Touch.jpg

    Posted in: Keith Richards belittles rap, metal

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    JohnBecker

    In racing here in the U.S., instead of saying something like "gambatte," people often say, "Drive it like you stole it!"

    Posted in: Student wins auto race using stolen sports car

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    Black Sabbath

    Smith

    Go easy on the treason talk.

    Posted in: Democratic support piles up for Iran nuclear deal in U.S. Senate

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Are the RocketNews staff all morbidly obese?

    Posted in: KFC Japan celebrates Colonel’s birthday with all-you-can-eat fried chicken

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    Jay Wilson

    turbotsatSEP. 05, 2015 - 12:55AM JST: Japan military approx. 300K strength, with reserves. Russia military approx. 20.8M strength, with reserves. Go it.

    You are forgetting the US forces that are there to defend Japan

    Posted in: Russia risks Japanese anger with Far East war commemoration

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    turbotsat

    Why? They would certainly try to understand how and why China would be there in the first place.

    Really? Look at all the whining Japan's doing over the Kuriles, little islands you couldn't get even 1 percent of the Japanese population to visit in normal circumstances, let alone inhabit, they can in no way compare to a military position such as Wanping 10 miles (or 10 km) outside the national capital. Any "understanding" there?

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    Chop Chop

    I don't take seriously about Jewish leaders’ complaint for PM comparison between Nazi and ISIS. Jew and Muslim leaders always complain for nothing. I lived with Jewish neighbors in Balaclava in the past. So I used to it. I agreed with PM.

    Posted in: Australian PM angers Jewish leaders by comparing IS with Nazis

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    turbotsat

    NathalieB: A woman I know here whose husband cheated on AM is very grateful for the exposure.

    How did he manage to find a live female on AM, supposedly there aren't much?

    Posted in: What do you think of adulterous dating sites like Ashley Madison?

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    moskay

    Proponents said that because the voting age has been lowered to 18, it is reasonable to lower the drinking and smoking age to 18 as well.

    so funny

    Posted in: LDP studies lowering legal age for drinking, smoking to 18

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    turbotsat

    How about raising drinking age to 25 and raising smoking age to 100? That would make a lot more sense.

    Posted in: LDP studies lowering legal age for drinking, smoking to 18

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    The U.S has bombed the ISIS occupied area for a whole year, yet it just gave those terroists advanced to the Turkish border and they gained more ground. The syrian refugees tragedies was totally rootedf romt hisc ivil war Ironicaly, the one who kicked startedhis massive humanitarian crisis concered more about the glacier in Alsaska rather than human lives, I doubt the above horror image has ever changed his mind.History will remarks obama was the worst president in 21st century but I guess that was nothing his concern.

    Elephant200,

    What Chinese/English translation software are you using? It really sucks.

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    turbotsat

    Japan military approx. 300K strength, with reserves. Russia military approx. 20.8M strength, with reserves.

    Go it.

    Posted in: Russia risks Japanese anger with Far East war commemoration

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    Ayler

    It's just the old boys club trying to get what they can while they can.

    Posted in: Fiscal 2016/17 budget requests hit record Y102.4 tril

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    nigelboy

    If positions had been reversed and hostilities had started with Chinese garrison based in Chiba, Japanese would be like:

    Why? They would certainly try to understand how and why China would be there in the first place.

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    Patrick Hattman

    Of the total budget requests, debt-servicing costs accounted for a record 26.0543 trillion yen, due to ballooning public debt,....

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second term will be best known for adding mountains of debt with his wildly off-target economic policy arrows.

    Posted in: Fiscal 2016/17 budget requests hit record Y102.4 tril

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    Jay Wilson

    Chop ChopSEP. 05, 2015 - 12:34AM JST: President Vladimir Putin should be tried as war crime for his involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and murdering 298 passengers and crews and invading Ukraine. Putin is modern era Hitler.

    you took the words right out of my mouth

    Posted in: Russia risks Japanese anger with Far East war commemoration

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    turbotsat

    Simple English version:

    Japan (Suga): Oops, China! My bad! I mean, Grandpa's! Get over it, yoes!

    If positions had been reversed and hostilities had started with Chinese garrison based in Chiba, Japanese would be like:

    What were China doing in Chiba in the first place!?!? We had a right to shoot at them!!!

    As for casualties:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:World_War_II_Casualties2.svg

    (WWII casualties by country, in millions and as percent of pre-war population.)

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    Chop Chop

    It looks like educating Chinese children to adore Tojo. I'll say it was similar marketing strategy for Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney selling Mickey Mouse Ice cream to children.

    I don't know whether it was accidental marketing error or not but I'm sure one of Communist Chinese children will be crying for to buy Tojo Ice cream to his parent. Children will love Tojo Ice cream and children don't care slogan.

    Posted in: China sells Tojo ice cream on war end anniversary

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    shallots

    It's persecution and a waste of time.

    Posted in: No. of quasi-illegal drug cases up fivefold in 1st half of 2015

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    daito_hak

    Since a 150 km distance is ridiculously short for a high speed train, the Indonesian government is taking a wise decision. Not just going for expensive projects with little real practicality, you know like they do so often in our dear Japan.

    The Indonesian coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution had a nice way to explain the decision:

    Although the speed could be 300 kph, the train would not be able to reach the maximum speed, because before it reaches the speed, the brake has to be put on.

    Beautiful!

    Posted in: Indonesia scraps fiercely contested rail project in favor of slower train

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    Patrick Hattman

    It's a good day with Hanshin still atop the CL standings.

    Congratulations to Matt Murton on his 1000th career hit in NPB!

    Posted in: Hawks hammer Lions to stretch PL lead to 10 1/2 games

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    Triring

    The 20-30million I referred to was for the killing Japan DID in the Far East & SE Asia etc, not just China.

    Interesting even though KMT in 1946 year after WW2 estimated that the total casualties of both military AND civilians only added to less then 5 million. That means there were more people out side of mainland china that became casualties. I wonder where they all been?

    East Asia? Nope Korean peninsula up to East Siberia was Japanese territory so was Taiwan. Indonesia, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia were sparely populated and many joined the Japanese force. Thailand was part of the Axis powers.
    More Japanese died in the Battle of Imphal then any locals so I wonder who consists of the remaining 15-25 million? Someone should actually history books for a change.

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    cleo

    These people are fisherman who once a year hunt dolphins.

    Once a year? You make it sound like it's a single event, blink and you'll miss it. The 'season' lasts six months.They spend half of every year terrorising dolphins and stabbing them to death. Thousands of animals are killed each year, and they are killed by a method that does not conform to the recognized requirement for “immediate insensibility” and would not be tolerated or permitted in any regulated slaughterhouse process in the developed world.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10888705.2013.768925#.Vem68euOVk5

    You say you fought to get fishing nets changed, to prevent dolphins being killing (drowned) accidentally. That's very commendable. But if killing dolphins accidentally is wrong (and I think we agree it is, and should be stopped if at all possible, yes?) how come you see nothing wrong in the deliberate, planned and inhumane killing of dolphins?

    It's like saying traffic accidents are bad and must be stopped, but deliberately and repeatedly driving your car into a crowd of people is fine.

    Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start

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    nigelboy

    According to the link, beside Germany, countries like Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary make it illegal to deny war crime/Jewish Holocaust.

    That's six. Still not even close to being "most countries in the world".

    As Pukey stated, the Jewish Holocaust is irrelevant to Japan.

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    turbotsat

    Nitpicking over inhumanity.

    If the Nazis had succeeded, they would have thrown the covers off.

    ISIS uses these tactics as advertising, hiding is counterproductive to that. They don't have to worry about world reaction because the world is relatively static these days, hasn't bothered ISIS much, and doesn't seem inclined to devote the resources needed to defeat ISIS.

    The Nazis hid the camps because their situation was different. Advertising the camps would have been counterproductive.

    They made a Potemkin village to disguise the camps' nature.

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007822

    U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - Holocaust Encyclopedia

    PROPAGANDA FILM: LENS ON THERESIENSTADT - As early as December 1943 SS officials in the Office for Jewish Emigration in Prague, an affiliate of the Reich Main Office for Security, decided to make a film about the camp. Much of it taken during the summer after the Red Cross visit, the footage depicts ghetto prisoners going to concerts, playing soccer, working in family gardens, and relaxing in the barracks and outside in the sunshine. The SS forced inmates to serve as writers, actors, set designers, editors, and composers. Many children participated in the film in return for food, including milk and sweets, which they normally did not receive. The purpose of the mid-level officials in the RSHA in making the film is not entirely clear. Perhaps it was meant for international consumption for, in 1944, German audiences might have wondered why ghetto residents appeared to live a better, more luxurious life than many Germans in wartime. In the end, the SS only completed the film in March 1945, and never showed it. Indeed, the complete film did not survive the war.

    Posted in: Australian PM angers Jewish leaders by comparing IS with Nazis

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    Chop Chop

    President Vladimir Putin should be tried as war crime for his involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and murdering 298 passengers and crews and invading Ukraine. Putin is modern era Hitler.

    Posted in: Russia risks Japanese anger with Far East war commemoration

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    DonDon

    So you are saying there are two version and that is the real Nanking Massacre and propaganda Nanking Massacre version? Can I ask you a question first? Do you believe there are thousands of innocent Chinese civilians killed by Japanese soldiers in Nanking as that's what the real Nanking Massacre really is.

    Posted in: Germany's past and present ties with Yasukuni shrine uncomfortable for some

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    serendipitous

    Loved it! Had my mouth open for most of the movie. Contrary to what is written in the article above, it was scheduled to be filmed in Australia but unseasonal rain made the desert grow flowers so it ended up being shot in Namibia!

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    Chop Chop

    She's so beautiful. I don't care whether she was porn-star or not. I love her. It was her professional. I've no objection for printed her image on swipe car whatsoever. Good for charity.

    Posted in: Taiwan swipe card with Japanese porn star image sells out in 4 hours

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    smithinjapan

    bicultural: Not reading comprehension but merely bad skimming. I read where Yoshida scored in the second half, and also scanned the comments and saw ogtob's comment about no one scoring in the first hour and my brain jumped the gun. All the same, you are correct in that I was wrong. My bad.

    Doesn't change the fact that it was a pretty poor performance overall in a game that should have been extremely one-sided -- and no, three zip is not that. 8-0 is, and even 5-0, but not 3-0.

    Posted in: Japan beats Cambodia 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

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    turbotsat

    It wasn't like anyone was going to go to war with them.

    This is just another way to run out the clock. An inspection regime with the limits this one has is not really serious.

    Will be interesting to see what Iran does with its new weapons, and how well they control them from theft.

    Europe can't even keep refugees out, don't see they're going to keep out surreptitious nukes.

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Chop Chop

    I agreed with him on Hip-hop.

    Posted in: Keith Richards belittles rap, metal

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    Hawkeye

    He's got my vote. A true people's Pope. Hope he can make a change to the old system that is full of itself and needs a reformation.

    Posted in: Pope makes surprise visit to Rome optician for new eyeglasses

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    Hawkeye

    These so called migrants are not content to remain in Turkey or Hungary, they are angry because they can not get to richer countries like Germany or France. They should be happy that they made it this far and settle down. The Hungarians are not throwing them out, they are creating camps to house them until some resolution can be found and applied. What is going to happen in Germany when 800,000 so called migrants are sitting in their streets, are German families going to share their homes with these Muslims? How is Europe going to weed out the Jihadists from the pack if they carry no documentation? This is a mess and merely letting these so called migrants into all of Europe is going to cause huge problems that Europe may never solve.

    Posted in: Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains for 2nd day

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    bass4funk

    The government of every country on Earth, excluding Israel, is misinformed or gullible.

    I think you might be wrong on that. People were wrong about Hitler as well and look what happened.

    Why might Israel and the Republican Party be the only political entities to vehemently oppose not only this deal, but any deal not based in a cartoon universe?

    Because, they don't believe in capitulation and appeasing the enemy with Hippie love! No matter what the costs, including sacrificing one of our closest allies in the ME.

    Juan Cole is a professor who has an opinion. Are you presenting this as a respected news source?

    Dude! You're never satisfied with references, without them, you always complain! When I provide them, then it is still not good enough. So from now on I guess, I just won't need to bother with putting any source down, because unless it was written, notarized and approved by the looney left progressive media, you'll just dismiss it! I clearly see what this is about. Peace!

    Yes, I know. There are some US military officers who oppose the deal. The point is that globally they are in the vast minority, and even in the US they represent a neocon ideological fixation on war and the $$$ it entails.

    Hold on a second! First, we are talking about the top of the top and the highest ranking officers, i will take all of their knowledge, expertise and years of experience combined of Obama's faulty gut feelings anytime of the year. I don't care if the rest of the world THINKS it knows better, but these men know the enemy fought in combat and I wouldn't take what they say or feel with a grain of salt either, but Obama, the ever all-knowing person, omnipotent as he is and the creator of the Universe, well of course, he knows better.

    The realpolitik of the situation is this. If Iran is truly dedicated to making nuclear weapons, then a rejection of this deal brings Iran closer to its goal by at least a decade. Otherwise commit to full scale war immediately.

    Well, I'm not worried, because Obama is buying that BS, Israel is not and they will have the final word on this, knowing that their country is facing serious dangers. Obama will be long gone (thank God) and the Iranian problem will still remain and if you think Israel is just going to become a sitting duck, I already can see how this scenario will play out. The Israelis and the Sunnis will destroy that country sooner or later, that is not a guess, that is a promise.

    The GOP knows this deal is the best available,

    They don NOT think that at all.

    but for political reasons it doesn't want to admit it.

    No, for political reasons, unlike Trump, they are too scared of alienating their constituents.

    The GOP knows that the deal will go through, but by not signing on it doesn't have to take responsibility for the outcome either way. Classic chicken hawk move by a party that has nothing substantive to offer.

    On that part, these groups of GOP politicians, you might be right for the first time.

    Nor does Israel. If you care to glance at a map, you'll notice that it's not even next door to a country that's next door to Iran.

    You know what Im talking about. Vegas is about 4 hours away from Los Angeles, for us, it's right next door. Try not to take EVER word literally.

    Posted in: Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

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    Chop Chop

    Nissan has just signed the boy who won the race with Nissan GTR. That boy will be driving in Le Mans 24 hours race in 2016 for Nissan.

    Posted in: Student wins auto race using stolen sports car