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    lostrune2

    The Iraqi PM even told a joke - when Trump was asked about being wire-tapped, the Iraqi PM took a pre-emptive strike by telling Trump:

    "We had nothing to do with the wiretap.”

    Because he knew that with Trump even targeting an ally like the UK, it's probably only a matter of time till Iraq gets blamed for the alleged wiretap too, lol

    Posted in: Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on IS

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    I won't hold my breath for the US State Department to condemn this blatant invasion of sovereignty.

    Especially not with Trump giving Israel a blank check

    Posted in: Assad sees key Russia role after Syria-Israel strikes

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    For some strange reason, those pictures make me hungry for some fava beans

    Posted in: The new look

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    lostrune2

    Except for 1 game against Puerto Rico (who they'll face in the Final), the US starting pitching has been pretty good:

    vs. Colombia - SP Archer - 4 Innings Pitched, 0 Hits, 0 Earned Run

    vs. Dominican Rep. - SP Stroman - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER

    vs. Canada - SP Duffy - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER

    vs. Venezuela - SP Smyly - 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER (plus 1 unearned)

    vs. Puerto Rico - SP Stroman - 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER

    vs. Dominican Rep. - SP Duffy - 4 IP, 6 H, 1 ER (plus 1 unearned)

    vs. Japan - SP Roark - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER

    Except for the Puerto Rico game, they've only given up 1 ER in the 6 other games. So their starting pitchers have been keeping them in games and giving their batters a chance to take a lead.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 2-1 in WBC semifinal

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    The Doolittle Air Raid is more symbolic than anything else. Only 16 B-25 bombers were involved and did little damage:

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/doolittle-leads-air-raid-on-tokyo

    The now-famous Tokyo Raid did little real damage to Japan. Although the raid was materially but a poke, its psychological impact was monumental. It elevated the flagging American morale and destroyed the Japanese conviction that they were invulnerable to air attack, let alone their capital Tokyo. In their chagrin, the Japanese command hastily planned an attack on the American outpost at Midway - an attack whose failure would become the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

    Posted in: B-25 bombers to fly over Ohio to honor historic air raid on Japan

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    She became a social media addict, and let what social media says about her affect her well-being

    Good she's trying to treat that

    Teenagers should take heed

    Posted in: Selena Gomez reveals Instagram addiction, low self-esteem

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    lostrune2

    The biggest news with Lego right now is a crowd-fund item:

    https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/nimuno-lego-tape/

    "This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface"

    The inventors only asked for $8,000 - the crowd-fund is already over $1.2 million and there's still 3 weeks to go, lol

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nimuno-loops-the-toy-block-tape#/

    Posted in: Legoland Japan ready to open

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    Common criminal

    Posted in: Man killed at Paris airport had criminal past, flagged for radicalism

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    lostrune2

    The term is not bad. Heck, sometimes I call Japanese "Asians" and they don't mind

    Posted in: Two halves of a whole: Japan’s habitual ‘labeling’ of bicultural kids

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    lostrune2

    Who said Trump isn't gonna go to another war

    Who said Trump would talk to North Korea

    Posted in: Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with N Korea

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    lostrune2

    Trump, the celebrity real estate developer and former reality television star, repeated his contention that former President Barack Obama may have tapped his phones in Trump Tower. He sought to turn the explosive charge into a light joke when asked about concerns raised by the British government that the White House is now citing a debunked claim that UK spies snooped on Trump.

    Merkel wasn't laughing at all on that one. She's probably thinking: "don't compare our situation with yours - our situation was real; yours is probably fake." lol

    As for the most recent report, Trump said he shouldn’t be blamed for quoting a Fox News analyst who had accused British intelligence of helping Obama spy on him.

    For someone who constantly derides mainstream media, Trump sure believes so much of MSM news

    I mean I don't get it - he's the one who keeps saying MSM news shouldn't be believed; yet he keeps believing it...................................... So which is it?

    (Oh yeah, don't believe everything ya read on the internet neither.)

    During a photo op in the Oval Office, the two did not shake hands before reporters.

    Seems Trump who didn't want to shake Merkel's hands........... which is weird since he's the host and who invited Merkel to visit

    Imagine if other state leaders refuse to shake his hands when it's their turn to host him

    Posted in: Trump, Merkel try to sidestep differences in first meeting

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    lostrune2

    It should be all green! It's St. Patrick's Day!

    (No matter your ethnicity, everbody's a little bit Irish today - so have a pint and Happy St. Paddy's everyone!)

    Posted in: Vroom, vroom

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    And now Trump is involving a 2nd country in his goose chase - and a close friend at that

    C'mon man, what are ya doing - it's one thing to have domestic disputes within your own house, but don't bring your good neighbors into your quarrels

    The UK has already denied those claims. The US and UK share a lot of intelligence; they're practically one - if there's any issues, all Trump has to do is ask his own US intelligence or UK PM May, whom he is in friendly terms with. Instead, basically what he's doing is embarrassing a friend without even asking that friend about it first

    And now that friend has categorically denied it, what's he gonna do? Go after the UK and force them to testify? Actually show some proof? Expose secrets between US intelligence and UK intelligence that they both agreed each other would keep confidential? Because that's the only way he's gonna get any proof, if it exists. (That's like someone spilling to everyone confidential stuff about a friend that they both agreed they would keep only between themselves.)

    Don't cast blame on a friend especially without showing proof first - this quarrel is between you and members of your own house. The UK must be thinking, with friends like these, who needs enemies

    As someone else noted:

    So often it seems as though Trump speaks with the casualness of a buzzed dad at a barbecue. In informal conversations between private citizens, it's perfectly normal, if not a little loose with facts, to speak in gross generalizations. There are no consequences and it sprinkles discussions with a little extra excitement.

    Yes, much of Trump's appeal with disenfranchised, anti-establishment voters who do not trust polished politicians was absolutely predicated in part on his ability to speak like he was just your average citizen- the dad at the barbecue, the friend at a party, the mom at book club. He always spoke simply, at first without teleprompters at all, and did not use the heightened rhetoric of his Ivy League peers. This built trust between him and his supporters.

    But now that his preferred parlance has more serious consequences, will Trump care? Or will the political benefits of speaking as casually as a parent on the sidelines of a middle school soccer match outweigh the costs of inciting national and international consequences?

    Posted in: White House says Trump stands by claim Obama wiretapped him

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    lostrune2

    Who are we to criticise what policies are installed in countries that aren't our own, however much our own consciences might be offended.

    "2010 - Chinese authorities arrests Japanese citizens in China for "illegal activities" as revenge after weeks of growing tension between China and Japan over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain by the Japanese coastguard when the Chinese fishing boat rammed a Japan Coast Guard vessel on disputed waters of the East China Sea"

    Posted in: Philippine lawmakers punished for opposing death penalty

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    lostrune2

    It's almost 2 weeks now, and still nothing. That's more than enough time to find something, especially from such confident accusation

    ("I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!" -- Trump)

    Trump could just have had his Justice Department -that he now controls- release any or all its records regarding Trump and Trump Tower, but either he won't or can't due to there are no such record of activities, so instead he kicked the responsibility to Congress to find the evidence for him - and even they didn't find anything

    In either case, at this point, an apology seems to be in order

    He did personally accuse the guy a serious allegation of Nixon/Watergate proportions and called him a bad/sick person

    ("Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!" -- Trump )

    Since it's a very serious allegation, Trump should never had pressed-send those tweets in the first place, until or unless he has evidence in front of him after some investigation. He jumped the gun big time and ended up with egg on his face

    Nobody really believes the excuses the Trump aides took a whole week to make up (it's like Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman" trying to redefine what he meant by "sex")

    He should just apologize and cut this sorry saga out of its misery. The longer this prolongs, the more he's only keeping people remember this whole embarrassing episode on their minds

    Posted in: Trump's allies backing away from him on wiretapping claims

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    lostrune2

    The Judicial Branch will eventually sort it out

    Posted in: Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold

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    lostrune2

    It seems the hard stance row with Turkey has helped the Dutch PM stem the tide

    Posted in: Dutch PM slaps down far-right challenge

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    lostrune2

    Don't let American cars be mocked as gas-guzzlers once again

    and don't let America be more dependent on MidEast oil

    Posted in: Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards

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    lostrune2

    Damascus not the fortress it once was

    It's going the same trajectory where Baghdad was

    Posted in: Suicide bombers strike Syrian capital, killing at least 30

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    lostrune2

    ^ No problem, Kurobune

    Posted in: Big return

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