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    Sabrage

    We fight the ideology by military means. It's the only way.

    Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology?

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    Fadamor

    The "Fact Checker" column in the Washington Post (normally considered a "liberal" newspaper) just gave Secretary of State Kerry and the Obama Administration 4 out of 4 "Pinocchios" for outrageously stretching the truth regarding the benefits of the TPP with this quote:

    Estimates are that the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] could provide $77 billion a year in real income and support 650,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone.”

    (Secretary of State Kerry in an opinion piece he wrote. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/american-alliances-international-cooperation-by-john-f--kerry-2015-01#4bxmfbYemSPg1fzI.99)

    The Fact Checker concentrated on the "650,000 new jobs" assertion and found it to be completely without factual support:

    Clearly, with the Peterson Institute refusing to play the game this time and cough up a jobs number, the administration decided to concoct its own. But, as we have shown, one cannot at the same time claim both a gain of $77 billion in income and a gain of 650,000 jobs; the same effects simply cannot happen at once.

    Moreover, these are big numbers with virtually no context. It is pretty lame to use such huge numbers to tout what, in the context of the U.S. economy, amounts to minuscule changes in income —10 years from now.

    Our advice remains: be wary whenever a politician claims a policy will yield bountiful jobs. In this case, the correct number is zero (in the long run), not 650,000, according to the very study used to calculate this number. Administration officials earn Four Pinocchios for their fishy math.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/01/30/the-obama-administrations-illusionary-job-gains-from-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

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    SpeaklikeGandhi

    As I said previously, this is just a beginning. IS stated, "because of yours (Abe's) reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this man will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage where your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin." Read the words carefully. It said, "your people": that can be you, your friend, your brother or sister-anyone of you, Japanese. American newspapers never posted this Japanese problem (capturing and beheading of the Japanese journalists) on its front page. For America, Japan's and Japanese problems are not important although Japan has provided a huge amount of money to support America's politics. Now Japan is in a bottomless mud pit. America can be careless about the Japanese problem because, for them, there are many other important things to worry about. When Japan provides money to support America (or other European nations), it does not matter whether the money is for peach or for war. For IS group, it is money that is used against them.

    Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

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    scipantheist

    Build a huge wall around the middle east. Politically, economically, and physically. Come back and see what is in there after 100 years.

    Posted in: Fighting Islamic State by military means is one thing, but how do you fight their ideology?

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    A Realist

    Japanese TV's and other electronic products are much superior to Korean and Chinese products. However, they are more expensive also and that is the same reason electronic products are no longer manufactured in North America; hard to compete against low wages. Most consumers either don't know the difference in quality or are not willing to pay more for better quality.

    Posted in: Panasonic closes TV plant in China; to sell Mexican factory

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    Makukun

    Being from Takamatsu I can tell you there was no black ice so you can discount that theory. Our so called river deltas have very little water in them. Most likely cause is excessive speed.

    Posted in: 5 young men and women killed in Takamatsu car crash

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    kcjapan

    "What are these "lies" in the movie" - comments

    When children watch 'Sniper' they see a really cool guy who shoots really bad guys, and a child, but that's really cool because shooting guys and a woman is really cool, because they're evil. And then they go tweet they want to shoot guys and that's cool too, because children love 'Sniper', he's cool.

    When grown ups watch 'Sniper' they think. And most grown ups think:

    "At no point does the film consider the fact that the war was based on false justifications. At no point does it imagine that those in Iraq might have seen the U.S. soldiers as invaders in their homeland. At no point does it imagine that the violence suffered by our own soldiers could have been avoided if we simply hadn’t started the war to begin with. The logic of war is completely unquestioned, making this the most simplistic war film we have seen nominated for an Oscar in decades"

    reference: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/26/americansnipersbiggestlieclinteastwoodhasadelusionalfoxnewsproblem/?utmsource=zergnet.com&utmmedium=referral&utmcampaign=zergnet_382327

    Some read these comments and imagine the Veteran shouldn't be thinking about lies. And some Veterans can't stop thinking about lies, because they're grown ups and will forever pay the price for Bush's lies. That's the difference between children and grown ups. Grown ups think and children think killing is too cool to spoil with thought. Think about it, or don't, that's cool, who wants to ruin a really cool movie?

    Posted in: Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims

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    Juan Rodriguez

    Why on earth were Bush and Bliar so enthusiastic about invading Iraq and bombing the whole place, and yet, there doesn't seem to be any effort to combat these murderers? Had Saddam Hussein been left alone (no, President Bush, there were no WMD and the Taliban did NOT come from Iraq), I doubt whether there'd be the opportunity for IS to be established. Hussein was the lesser of two evils, and once even financed by America (the irony).

    Very good point man, seems to me the invadors wanted IS to be the new face of horror

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    ramses68

    “hunting those without a license”

    Do you need to have a license to hunt?

    “playing music without a license in Kawaguchi was illegal,” But...

    "violently punched and kicked" Assault, and "stole two of the bicycles" theft, aren't?

    No wonder the birth rate continues to plummet in Japan. Between lack of social services, and the office work ethic that often keeps parents out of the home(fathers), and the shop till you drop ethic of those left behind(mothers). Then you get to look at the news and see what fine examples of Japanese youth you have running around.
    I wonder if these youth are the ones that grow up to be mental 20-50 yr olds that walk out, and go all stabby, on some poor innocent? Too bad Japan doesn't have squat for mental health services, or they might have already found a correlation, and have been able to answer this question.

    Posted in: 7 youths arrested for beating up cyclists last October

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    Yogi Zuna

    Sorry, but football has become an insane obsession glorifying violence, and hopefully one day it will retire to the dust bins of history.

    Posted in: Super Bowl the final act of the NFL's worst season

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    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    Ultimately... Japan's reaction to these unfortunate events is the most important thing to consider. From my experience... I believe what happened will give Abe a further excuse to venture out into the world and increase its military scope. I don't think what happened will... at this point.... change the minds or views of the average Japanese citizen. However at some point, if events similar to this increase, obviously, the average Japanese citizen may become quite angry. Usually when a country and its politicians / government are confronted with a difficult future. In Japan's case, an economically debilitating ageing demographic, increased corporate competition in industries they once dominated, and the Fukushima disaster which greatly increased the need for imported oil, they try to take people's minds off of their reality and provide a nemesis. Something else to focus on.

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    Raymond Chuang

    While gyoza is essentially a Japanese version of the Chiense jiaozi, there are quite a number of differences, especially the filling is quite different. I don't think the Chinese of northern China--where jiaozi originated--would recognize the type of gyoza made at Utsunomiya, perhaps the most famous city in Japan for this type of food.

    Posted in: Gyoza the great

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    Raymond Chuang

    This right now opens the door for the likes of Scott Walker, Ted Cruz or even Sarah Palin.

    Posted in: Romney departure resets 2016 Republican field

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    WilliB

    Serrano:

    " Virtually all of the Sunnis sympathise with/support IS, "

    I doubt the "virtually all", but obviously a significant number does. Without popular support, ISIS could not have gotten this far. Clearly many Sunnis prefer the Sunni ISIS Caliphate to the Shiite run Baghdad government.

    " but just like they lost power in Iraq when Saddam was kicked out, they'll lose Mosul. "

    Saddam was kicked out by a superpower with practically unlimited ressources. You compare that with the few thousand under-equipped Peshmergas? Get real.

    Posted in: Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS

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    Yogi Zuna

    In my honest opinion, Obama is pushing "fast track" because that is what his Wall Street and other wealthy friends want, not most citizens of the United States of America.

    Posted in: Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

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    Todd Topolski

    All if these agreements lack two things. Free movement of people to work anywhere. Labor is somehow never on the table. They will move the goods around But not the people. If this could happen, it would force each country to make itself appealing to people which in turn would raise wages or lower taxes.

    The second is Unless you are a decent sized small company or larger or a government, you can't participate in trade. Your own government will get in the way with thousands of dollars in fees and licenses to ensure an individual or Very small company is unable to import or export.

    These trade agreements are Ok Though if they Do eliminate all tariffs. The reason is most tariffs are just a means for the freeloading politicians to scam money. They Also artificially raise prices reducing income purchasing and allowing some industries to get a free ride instead of innovate.

    Posted in: Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

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    drinron

    In despite of this tragedy, stupid people are giving thoughtless comments and pointing fingers other than to ISIS. No one is to blame but IS, not even Abe for giving humanitarian aid in the Middle East. Every country can do that. But no one should kill for the sake of extreme adherence to own beliefs and to scare people who wants to help a race. Gets?

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    Raymond Chuang

    I think a big problem here is that it won't be until the late fall of 2015 that Ultra HD video sources start to become widely available, starting with the new 4K Blu-ray format and then 4K television broadcasts (ATSC 3.0 in the USA and Canada plus updated ISDB and DVB formats elsewhere). As such, there is no incentive yet to upgrade to an Ultra HD flat panel display yet, which is really hurting the TV manufacturers, including Panasonic, in the short term.

    Posted in: Panasonic closes TV plant in China; to sell Mexican factory

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    drinron

    Well Nishikori lost to Wawrinka but he still gave him a fight even if it's in 3 sets, gets? Could you actually play better than Kei? If so, go and play, prove yourself. Haters gonna hate. S*cker.

    Posted in: Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final

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    3dgcb

    Personally, i hope Sarah Palin runs for president. I can only picture a sad rehash of Obama in Mrs. Clinton if shes elected.

    Posted in: Romney departure resets 2016 Republican field

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    NathalieB

    Clinically dead is not the same as brain dead. There is a huge difference, and until you learn that difference I'd ask you to please keep your opinions to yourself, because your ignorance is killing people.

    Absolutely.

    This story tells us everything we need to know about the leadership of Japan. She may not have survived anyway, but to prioritize everything else he was doing over a childs life - pretty despicable.

    Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter

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    boweevil

    Right on pukey too.

    It makes me puke too.

    Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

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    Genki/Flash

    This is news? Anther punk with too much time on his hands.

    Posted in: Justin Bieber apologizes for bad behavior in online video

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    TokyoLurker

    ...a "bearable" terrorist is a dead terrorist.

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    Genki/Flash

    After reading some of the comments, I think we need to set the record straight! First, Goto decided to go to a place where he would be at risk. Second, Abe did more than most leaders would have done under the same circumstances. Third, if you want to be mad at somebody, be mad at ISIS! And last but not least, for those of you who think JAPAN can't take care of itself, you're gravely mistaken! Japan has one thing that so many other militaries don't have, and that's heart!

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    SuperLib

    MarkG: It seems democrats believe money grows on trees (or generated on printing presses) and it doesn't.

    Republicans spend just fine on their own. Just look at the military budget, or the new ballooning border patrol, or forcing the states to create useless voter ID cards, or...

    Taxing does not generate federal wealth, perhaps short term, it will cripple the U.S. economy.

    Right, because extra taxes on people making more than a half-million a year is just going to cripple the entire economy. You guys need to use more balance and less dogma. To pay off the debt we need to spend less and generate new revenues. You need both. The Republican lie is that you can reach a better budget entirely by cutting services.

    That, and trickle-down economics.

    Posted in: Obama budget sets up battle with Republican-led Congress

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    KnowBetter

    'jerseyboy' consider yourself lucky that your Chinese knockoff didn't catch fire or just fail out right. I stay away from Chinese brands because my past bosses were so damn cheap that's all they'd buy and they failed left, right and centre. Some failed with great fanfare that scared the crap out of most in the room and set off the smoke alarm. Other unit just failed to back light one day when turned on. If you think Samsung and LG are any better well they somewhat better than the Chinese but good luck getting warranty coverage with either one. Been there done that for work related units so you'd think I'd get better service than a personal use unit. Nope! Their customer service seems to think their products are perfect and it's your fault.

    Yes, Japanese products are more expensive.

    Yes, Japanese products tend to be over built.

    YES, Japanese product last longer than Chinese and Korean models.

    YES, Japanese products tend to have accurate specifications listed to help you decide which model to buy (Chinese & Korean models more often than not fudge those specs to be able to compete with the higher quality Japanese ones).

    YES, Japanese products have better warranty coverage that is ACTUALLY HONOURED!!!

    YES, Japanese products get my money for 'most' of those reasons and a few personal ones as well.

    Posted in: Panasonic closes TV plant in China; to sell Mexican factory

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    gkamburoff

    American football is all about the basest of brute instincts, self-righteous violence. This year is especially relevant because it is really the Cheater Bowl, featuring Cheating Pete Carroll, whose last team, the USC Trojans, are still suffering from the punishments they got when he cheated. Bill Belichik is known to all as one who will do anything to win.

    The NFL is really a set of billionaires who own all the business, which gets treated as "non-profit" tax-wise (really), for the benefits of tax-dodging billionaires. Hey, if you really own America, why not run it?

    Posted in: Super Bowl the final act of the NFL's worst season

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    Fadamor

    The highest ever recorded? Right....go back a decade or more and I'll bet there were 10 times this many incidents, but because it was never "recorded" folks have selective memories and choose to think that this is "a lot".

    You sound like you disbelieve the statement, then immediately follow-up with a sentence that justifies why the statement is true. I have no trouble believing that this is the highest ever recorded. People are starting to realize that physical and mental abuse is not a "shoganai" incident and needs to be reported. Thus, while I highly doubt that the actual number of abuse incidents has risen (in fact with the new spotlights on the problem the number has probably fallen), the number that actually get REPORTED is still on the rise.

    The Japanese education system created this problem and a larger problem is having far too many teachers employed who only take the jobs because of the security the job offers as komuin.

    I think you have to go a bit farther back than that. The Japanese family culture created this problem back when it was commonplace for the father to backhand a child for getting out of line. Those children grew up to be educators and administrators and issued discipline the way it was handed to them. It's the only form of they knew. After all, if it was good enough for the family, then surely it's good enough for school, right? This cycle of handing down the abuse they received has to be broken.

    Posted in: Record number of teachers disciplined for corporal punishment

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    american_bengoshi

    @DaDude - Please, don't give me that "wrong country" BS. I've lived in Japan for 33 years and know the place better than you. There will be blowback against Muslims living in Japan. Likely limited to a few small, isolated incidents.

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    Tatsuwashi

    Try 25 years...

    Posted in: Nagasaki theme park to open futuristic hotel staffed by robots

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    KnowBetter

    'Marsi' "i condemn personally whoever give bad for the comment"

    Funny you say that because that's what I was mentioning in my first post on this story and at the time I gave your comment and 'pretso345' comment a thumbs up they were both at 1 after I did that. People, the public and parents in general just don't get it, it's the parents job to teach children about basic right and wrong BEFORE they even make it to kindergarten. If a child doesn't have those skills by then, you've got a serious problem on your hands that's only going to get worse as time passes.

    Posted in: Record number of teachers disciplined for corporal punishment

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    Wolfpack

    Will they award the highest distinction in American film making to this work? An Oscar for the crystallization of lies?

    What are these "lies" in the movie that have you so upset?

    The Left is furious because the movie is a huge hit and it is not about what they think it should be about. They think it should be about the myth that President Bush lied America into war - and not about an enlisted man who did his job extraordinarily well and has overcome the trauma that four deployments had on him and his family.

    This is a ridiculous criticism of the movie. It is akin to saying that the movie Pearl Harbor is full of lies because it does not criticize FDR for his internment of Japanese-Americans.

    Face it Lefties, you are wrong and are simply exposing your hatred of the rank and file military men and women.

    Posted in: Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims

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    wtfjapan

    never a fan of Murray, just loses his cool too easily, and his butter face woman is just like him

    Posted in: Djokovic beats Murray to win 5th Australian Open title

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    Leila26

    So you can be invaded and not say 'no' to the invaders? Lumping all negative speech together is not really very smart. If any invaded country cannot stand up with speech, the speech will turn into guns and warfare, which is much worse. All the prosperous countries are now being invaded because they used birth control and have more discipline which leads to a wealthier country.

    Posted in: 20 prefectural and local assemblies in Japan have urged the Japanese government to make hate speech illegal. Do you think hate speech should be illegal?

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    Serrano

    Obama doesn't need all this aggravation.

    Posted in: Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

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    Serrano

    If Islamic State wackos get wacko enough to kidnap and kill any Chinese citizens, they'll be in real trouble.

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    smithinjapan

    OssanAmerica: "Everybody on the planet except Jihadists and maybe you."

    No, they would be welcome only by warmongers -- who actually are not all that unlike the jihadists you rail against. What would be welcome by most, at least most here in Japan, is if Japan keeps its constitution as is and elects leaders who actively engage in peace, not war (under the guise of peace) and leading Japan back into the nation that got itself destroyed back in WWII. No one wants that... except maybe you.

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    jerseyboy

    starting to see lower quality chinese sets in the US now, shame if that is the wave of the future.

    praak -- could not disagree more. First off, I bought a Chinese brand flat-screen from Best Buy two years ago just before the Super Bowl. And I was so pleased with it, that I just bought a larger one in time for this year's game. Second, all China is doing is following the Japanese model. You may not be old enough to remember, but I am, but when Japanese products first came to the U.S., they had the reputation of being cheap junk. "Made in Japan" was not a positive. The problem is not that Chinese products are "lower quality". It is that the Japanese brands have not done enough innovation to continue to demand premium pricing for the average consumer like me.

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    jerseyboy

    Just because the Fed has stopped its own QE doesnt mean its now innocent of deflating there own currency.

    wtfjapan -- huh? Have you checked the value of the dollar latelsy, say even in the last six months? It is at near recent highs against many of the major currencies, including the yen.

    If the US Fed is allowed to print $trillions then dont complain when, Japan, EU UK etc etc do it also.

    Further, if you really understood this subject, you would know that the U.S. is priniting money primarily to stimulate the domestic economy, especially areas like housing, by keeping interest rates at near-record lows. Abe, and Japan, did it primarily to stimulate export-oriented firms, many of which have a huge presence in the U.S. (Or did you miss the Japanese auto firms all reporting huge profits due to the weaker yen?) Because with a cheaper yen, those companies can be more price competitive there. Japan has been a known currency-manipulator for decades, and these Comgressmen have every right to be skeptical of any deal involving them.

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    Serrano

    Virtually all of the Sunnis sympathise with/support IS, but just like they lost power in Iraq when Saddam was kicked out, they'll lose Mosul.

    Posted in: Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS

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    Laotian in Sapporo

    It might have been a hoax? not that Goto was killed, but he was killed off camera.

    Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded

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    UK9393

    Very sad. Many people owe you the voice you gave them Goto sama, you did much more to help than the vast majority even think to. RIP. Yet, this happens up to and over 80 times a year in Saudi Arabia, civilians beheaded, on the street... Lalia Bint Abdul Muttablib Basim from Myanmar last month for example... by the 'government' and that's a regime we embrace.

    Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

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    Torakichi

    Gomeifuku wo inorimasu, Goto-san. I hope your family and children continue to live as you did - with compassion and conviction. Hold it together, Japan, for Kenji's sake if nothing else. He wouldn't want his lifetime's work of compassion to be forgotten, nor his death to be the linchpin in turning the tide of public opinion against Muslims in Japan. For Kenji's sake, we have to stick together - learning even more about another's cultures, and maintaining the culture peace that has been Japan's touchstone for ages. To have us become a paranoid, militaristic, society at the fault of these brutes would be heartbreaking. They will not defeat us, and they will not defeat the Japanese spirit.

    Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

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    SSS65

    Weldon DJ

    Posted in: Djokovic beats Murray to win 5th Australian Open title

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    Strangerland

    Your post seems to be worded as if it is countering something I said, though for the life of me I cannot tell what.

    Posted in: Texas governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper

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    WilliB

    Lostrune:

    Quite possible, but taking Mosul will be a tall order for the Kurds anyway. Lots of Sunni in that town, and we don´t know how many of those sympathise with ISIS.

    Posted in: Iraq Kurdish forces retake oil field, villages from IS

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    Strangerland

    But yes, for the average Democrat, they do money grows on trees, that's why they don't understand the words CUT, BUDGET, LESS SPENDING AND SAVING.

    Whereas you have republicans:

    "We want more services"

    "Then we'll have to raise taxes"

    "Don't you dare raise taxes"

    "Then we can't have more services"

    "We want more services"


    As for austerity, anyone who runs a business knows that if you need to cut corners in order for your business not to collapse, you are already doomed. The way to get ahead is to make more money.

    Posted in: Obama budget sets up battle with Republican-led Congress

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    deadbeatles

    @Strangerland... the Iraq war was based on fictitious claims. There were, and remain, no WMD's. Your forgetting who puts people like Saddam and Quadaffi in power... The U.S.. This is like putting out a fire that I started... and being lauded as a hero. There are NO heros in war...only the sheep that fight them.

    Posted in: Texas governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper

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    bass4funk

    Actually, money is generated on printing presses. Perhaps you are confusing money and wealth - the latter being the full ability of a society to harness its human and capital resources for maximum productivity. Don't be embarrassed, though - Republicans often confuse these.

    I guess, both sides do it, because Dems, the rich ones are the absolute people that would part with any of their wealth. But yes, for the average Democrat, they do money grows on trees, that's why they don't understand the words CUT, BUDGET, LESS SPENDING AND SAVING. But as the old saying goes give them a fish and they just want more.

    Europe is already in trouble, the social socialist network and entitlement culture is slowly, but surely coming to an end. Europeans will have to get up, work and take less lunch breaks and create more productivity and get their mouths out of the government teat.

    Posted in: Obama budget sets up battle with Republican-led Congress