the_sicilian's past comments

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    the_sicilian

    I don't begrudge anyone the American dream. I just find it hypocritical to criticise virtually every aspect of the country and the system that allowed one to live the American dream. Including having a go at the 1% when one is part of the 1%.

    Posted in: Michael Moore 'invades' Europe to teach us all some lessons

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    the_sicilian

    Unless you live where there is a significant Muslim population, you have no idea how they do not adapt to their surroundings. As others have noted above, they tend (in large percentages) to not assimilate, demand that local governments kowtow to their religious beliefs, and pretty much destroy the lives of those around them that are non-believers.

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/23/sweden-opened-its-doors-to-muslim-immigration-today-its-the-rape-capital-of-the-west-japan-didnt/

    https://www.rt.com/news/310757-sweden-malmo-blasts-crime/

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/275686/losing-malmo-andrew-c-mccarthy

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/5195/sweden-rape

    I think Japan has it right by not opening their doors.

    Posted in: Japan should accept more refugees, fix asylum system: UNHCR

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    the_sicilian

    Clio, that is actually pretty good. My wife brought me to the house to meet her family. My Japanese was pretty bad, but her Dad (from Amami Oshima) understood me. Both he and my Mother In Law (from Okinawa) really took to me. That was the thing: Being honest up front. They liked it and my wife thought they would (her sister ran off with a Marine, so being the second military guy I really had to go through the ringer).

    21 years later and still going strong.

    Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them

  • 0

    the_sicilian

    They need to be paid. This is good news and could touch many lives in a good way.

    Posted in: TELL opens telephone counseling facility in Kobe

  • 2

    the_sicilian

    In all reality, both US parties are terrible. The people really need to rise up and vote for people that are not in the back pocket of a lobbyist, or one of the many big corporations that get rich....

    Oh, there isn't anyone. Pity. I think we as Americans have lost our way.

    Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin

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    the_sicilian

    Fadamor

    It's no different in the U.S. The governor of a state doesn't dictate to the Pentagon how many bases are located in his state. The governors of prefectures/states have NEVER had that ability.

    Exactly. This is a tough thing for the people of Okinawa. The island is very crowded in the lower portion with bases taking up a huge piece of real estate. But they provide some employment and local stimulus to the economy (I know, my rent was pure extortion) and protect Japan and Okinawa.

    Should there be a reduction? Sure. Should the Okinawan government have followed through when this was agreed to in 1996? Sure. The local government has to stop the myopic view of only looking out for themselves, and not understanding the bigger game that China is currently playing. Ask Vietnam and the Philippines how those disputes are going?

    Posted in: Hayashi countermands Okinawa governor's halt order on base work

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    the_sicilian

    No issues with this, as long as it is truly equal. As Disillusioned has stated, don't throw it in my face every time I watch something on TV. We get it, get married, move on.

    Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?

  • 0

    the_sicilian

    If they were to build something on the land where Camp Kinser is at (should be returned soon), it would be a nice financial shot in the arm for the Urasoe City area. But the north has more land to give.

    And actually, Expo park just needs a little bit added to it to make it a better attraction. Just built the park nearby.

    Posted in: Universal Studios Japan considers new theme park in Okinawa

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    the_sicilian

    Lest we forget the fine negotiating skills and give in first mentality of Neville Chamberlain Something Mr. Obama seems to be emulating). We all know where that went.

    Posted in: Unwelcome mat: White House tries to counter Netanyahu visit

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    the_sicilian

    I guess this is better than it being a "dead" issue. As long as this drags out, the better the chance he comes out of this alive.

    Posted in: Japan says hostage negotiations deadlocked

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    the_sicilian

    I agree this is a tough spot for Japan, however Jordan is a strong country and they can have some influence/sway being an Arabic country. Hopefully they can gain Mr. Goto's release.

    Posted in: Japan envoy in Jordan hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

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    the_sicilian

    minello7JAN. 26, 2015 - 03:27PM JST Just imagine if the government passed legislation stipulating all new buildings,i.e.: houses small factories had to be self sufficient, i.e. :solar,etc, with all utility companies forced to take back on the grid all the surplus electricity generated by the new building regulations.

    The thing is (I left Okinawa in 2011 and have been living in Germany since) is the "greenies" seem to think that solar/wind power is nearly 100% efficient, and just by putting them everywhere you solve all of your con tries energy problems. This is not how it works. See this link:

    http://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press-and-media/press-releases/press-releases-2014/new-world-record-for-solar-cell-efficiency-at-46-percent

    A recent break through in advanced solar energy production has raised up to 46% efficiency. 46%? Um, that would mean you would need a lot of sun everyday to achieve that, but then some will be lost through transmission medium (think power lines). This number will not make it to market for a while due to economies of scale. So even this lofty number is not really attainable. So Germany depends on coal. Yes, coal.

    http://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/downloads-englisch/pdf-files-englisch/data-nivc-/electricity-production-from-solar-and-wind-in-germany-2014.pdf

    Slide 5 of this link shows Germany "installed" power generation systems, however because of inefficiency, the next slide shows what is really powering the country (uranium and coal).

    So I say once the technology is here, where you have really good efficiency and a reliable grid for transport then the "green energy" solutions will be more viable.

    Posted in: Japan's trade deficit balloons to record Y12.781 trillion in 2014

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    the_sicilian

    They have to accept the laws of the countries they choose to live in.

    And that is the real crux of the situation. The muslims that carry out these extreme acts are doing so in Western societies that reject and forbid this under law. Muslims are hiding behind their religion, meaning that they believe their religion is more important and should override host country laws. Here's a good read on that.

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4092/europe-islamic-fundamentalism

    Posted in: Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits

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    the_sicilian

    How about the schools hire former wrestlers and body builders? The kids that are being bullied can report the actions to them, and point out who the bullies are. Then they go on a watch list that the new hire has to "take care of". Basically, the bullies have the spectre of a very large person they can not intimidate watching thier every move.

    It might work, and there are a lot of unemployed wrestlers out there.

    Posted in: Mother of suicide boy files slander charge against 3 bullies

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    the_sicilian

    I miss living there. Damn.....

    Posted in: Bra with built-in ice packs aims to keep women cool

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    the_sicilian

    Until China recognizes other nations sovereignty (this includes Taiwan and Mongolia), they have no business telling the US or anyone else to be "culturally sensitive". I think the "String of Pearls" policy will keep them from ever doing this.

    Posted in: China urges U.S. to respect its interests in Asia

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    the_sicilian

    johninnaha: To you, no US planes is good, right? So maybe Chinese planes will suit you. I digress.

    But they can keep flying F4's and F15's....... Not really an alternative.

    Posted in: Japan says it may cancel F-35 order if prices rise

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    the_sicilian

    I thought it was very brave for the father to come on here and explain in detail that most of us really do not need to know. But he did and I say bravo for that.

    But some of the comments, mostly from two posters, really paints a true hatred for non-Japanese men. And that is too bad some people have all this hate inside for whatever reason. This story, and this poor man's plight to get his child back is something that should be looked at as having a good ending.

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    the_sicilian

    @Nicky: No sense asking JT to moderate a purely Japanese point of view. I like the request, though.

    So let me see if I understand this: they were married in the US, they divorce, and a US court says that NEITHER of them can get a passport to take the kid away but the mother does, secretly. And after the second proceeding, she illegally takes the girl out of the country? Then he goes to court, gets custody, goes to Japanese court and gets a favorable ruling, and the mother keeps the girl hidden away with him no access?

    Um, yeah, he's the bad guy alright (lots of sarcasm).

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  • 0

    the_sicilian

    It means it will take two years for them to decide to come together in 6 nation talks, and then get rebuffed by NK, and start the process all over again. Progress.

    Posted in: U.S. envoy to N Korea to visit S Korea, China, Japan

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