alimel1969 comments

Posted in: Woman confesses to killing 25-year-old mentally disabled son See in context

How can anyone call this a mercy killing? The mother herself stated it was because SHE was tired of caring for her son. Don't get me wrong, I understand that she might have been at the end of her rope and exhausted with caring for her son. But her quotes by the police were about how she felt and how it affected her. No where did it mention that this is what her son wanted. And just how merciful is it to strangle him with a cord? If this were truly a mercy killing then she would have done it as painlessly as possible to ease her sons suffering. It sounds more like she snapped.

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Posted in: Tokyo man arrested after living with father's corpse See in context

TBS quoted police as saying that the man will be charged with unauthorized disposal of a corpse.

But he didn't dispose of the body......

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Posted in: Man arrested for shaking 6-month-old daughter to death See in context

Nothing gets me more angry than a child dying from shaken baby syndrone. This is not a man, and certainly not a father. You want to read about a real father then read about the man who died protecting his daughter in the blizzard.

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Posted in: Father dies sheltering 9-year-old daughter from blizzard See in context

Very sad news. This girl was loved very much and I am sure her father can rest peacefully having been able to protect his little girl.

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Posted in: Normal behavior in Japan, taboo abroad See in context

@Deplore, if that were the case then why bother with doors at all?

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Posted in: Normal behavior in Japan, taboo abroad See in context

Another interesting one. Matome Naver suggests that in the US and Europe it’s impolite to knock on a bathroom stall to check if it is open. They say it’s like saying, “Hurry up and get out!” and shouldn’t be done. Instead, they suggest jiggling the doorknob before entering a bathroom stall.

Then why has my American self been teaching my kids to knock politely on stall doors? Oh right because the Americans I know have also been taught that it is the polite thing to do. Who came up with this garbage?

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Posted in: Beijing restaurant removes 'racist' sign after fury, but manager refuses to apologize See in context

It could be worse. At least you know where this guy stands. Better this than entering his establishment, order your lunch, while he shows his best phony smiling face and having him tamper with your food.

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Posted in: Three young Indian sisters raped and murdered See in context

I am just so sick over this. It's been hours since I read it but I still can't wrap my head around it. The hell these angels experienced is just too cruel to express in words. May they rest in peace and may the animals who did this be caught and prosecuted justly.

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Posted in: Vietnamese noodles: a cultural pho-nomenon See in context

Pho was already the plan for dinner tonight, now my mouth is really watering. Can't wait for a big bowl of deliciousness.

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Posted in: Students forced to drink diluted acid as punishment at Aichi school See in context

@WilliB - agreed. I also don't believe that there was actual criminal intent as the teacher himself tasted it beforehand. It's the do or die method of teaching that I have a problem with.

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Posted in: Students forced to drink diluted acid as punishment at Aichi school See in context

I think that many are missing the point. It's not about what the kids were made to drink but the motivation behind this teachers action. It was a form of punishment by use of fear and intimidation. Are you really okay with your child being taught with fear of bodily harm? I don't believe that it is and it seems that there are many who agree with me.

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Posted in: Students forced to drink diluted acid as punishment at Aichi school See in context

It doesn't matter how harmful or harmless people think it is. It is an abuse of power and most middle school children would be afraid to go against the authority of a teacher. Also, he is the teacher, not the parent. It's not up to him to decide what is okay and not okay for these children to ingest. I agree that it was probably harmless but try it on my kid and see what I end up shoving down your throat.

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Posted in: Colorado judge orders accused movie theater gunman to stand trial See in context

The article lacks several information that was reported in the news here in Aurora. He had taken several surveilance photos of the theater and it's exits. He purchased his movie ticket almost 2 weeks before. His plans to divert police to his apartment was by having programmed his computer to play music very loud to draw out neighbors at his apartment complex, left a bag out with a remote controlled car that was rigged with an explosive in hopes that someone would play with it.

@Tom DeMicke - I agree, I wish the trial would just get going. However, it is already being reported here that it most likely won't happen in 2013.

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Posted in: U.S. teachers take up arms to prevent mass shootings See in context

I don't like this at all. I don't want a gun in my childs classroom. If the schools are that concerned then they should have armed officers on school grounds but not arm the teachers. I worry more of a careless teacher than I do a crazed gunman breaking into my childs school. And I am a gun owner and a member of the NRA (required for my local gun club membership). Though their encouraging arming teachers and comments of late are making me rethink my membership.

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Posted in: Woman held over murder of 5-year-old daughter See in context

Having concerns about child raising is a normal part of parenting. Am I doing the right thing? Did I put a warm enough coat on her? And so on. It usually indicates love and care. Appears this so called mother was just thinking about how child raising is affecting her. Just disgusting.

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Posted in: How to talk to your children about a school shooting See in context

To be honest, I only skimmed the article. I feel I have too much experience with this now. My eldest was in Kindergarten when Columbine happened. We lived close enough that I had to wait until school lockdown was lifted to pick her up. Since she was so young I only explained that something bad happened at the high school and kept her outside playing and left the TV off that night. I gave no details and answered her questions with some bad people did bad things and people were hurt. Roll a few years and my youngest was getting ready to enter kindergarten when the Aurora theater shooting occured, 5 miles from my home. She didn't have any questions until school started and wanted to know why her new friends daddy was shot and hurt at the theater. Again, a bad man did a bad thing and many people were hurt. Honestly, both girls were way too young when these events occured and didn't ask many questions after my simple answers and that's really all they need to know at their age. I feel that anything more would add or create fear. I think parents best know their own children enough to know how much they can handle and what to tell them.

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Posted in: Patient bank robber arrested in Fukuoka See in context

This is great. I really needed the laugh.

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Posted in: 10-month-old girl fatally abused despite warnings given to mother See in context

Honestly, I am tired of hearing "discipline" as the excuse. Children don't even start to show the ability to reason until around age 3. Therefore, all you can do is redirect them when they misbehave as a toddler. But this was an infant, there is just no excuse. Kudos to the store manager and customer for trying to do the right thing and shame on the authorities for dropping the ball. The mother admitted to hitting the child, what the hell more do you need to further investigate?

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Posted in: Message for Japan See in context

@yosun: I personally believe that parents should take their children to protests with them as long as it is peaceful. I do the same with my own. However, my kids aren't allowed to carry signs or banners and are there to observe. When they are old enough to understand and can properly form their own educated opnion then can they hold up a sign for what they believe in. For all I know we will not agree and they may be standing on the other side and that is okay. Children are their own persons and have thoughts and opinions of their own. Parents should not force their own political beliefs on them and use them as their personal mouthpiece.

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Posted in: Message for Japan See in context

A small child voices is sincere and louder than the adults.

The voice may be hers but who's words is she speaking?

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Posted in: Body of newborn baby found in woman's refrigerator See in context

It appears that Japan needs to take a real good look at the everyday citizen and their needs. Are there no social services to assist people in need? I always say that we need to be more proactive and less reactive but it appears that the government doesn't react at all. We can say all we want that she should have called for an ambluance but the real question is WHY she didn't. Financial? Fear? Shame? If help was available and encouraged do we really think that this would have happened? This woman already has an 11 yr old child, I'm sure she already knows what to expect with birthing a child and just was not prepared for a stillbirth. And if insurance and her financial situation was in fact the reason, as suggested in an earlier post, for her laboring at home then she was probably confused as what to do next.

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Posted in: Drug trial begins for Japanese teen in Bali See in context

I'm torn on this. As much as I believe that we all need to respect and follow the laws of whatever country we visit/reside in, I can't get past the fact that we are talking about a kid. Yes, he is old enough to know better but at this age they really can't appreciate the consequences fully. I don't think an extended period in prison will teach him a lesson, I feel that has already been learned. Spending years in prison will most certainly damage this boy. I will not comment on whether pot can or cannot hurt you, I've never tried it so I'm in no position to form an opinion. I can say though that I don't see where he is a danger to society with regards to his offense and should be given a chance. I wish the young man the best and hope he will not be used to set an example.

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Posted in: Jilted man kidnaps ex-girlfriend's daughter See in context


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Posted in: Up a pole See in context

They look so bored....

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Posted in: 16-year-old Japanese boy faces lengthy jail term in Bali over possession of marijuana See in context

I wouldn't call this kid stupid. Yes, his actions were stupid but he is a teenager. Having raised one myself, I know they really aren't able to fully appreciate the consequences to their actions until it is too late. That said, I agree that the penalty is really harsh for what really is a minor offense. He did break the law and it does need to be dealt with but 12 years is too much. I'd rather see this boy spend a couple weeks in jail to get a taste of that life then get a suspended sentence and perhaps barred from entering the country again. At 16 that should be enough for him to think twice before testing the law again.

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Posted in: 41-year-old woman arrested for attempted murder of 5-year-old son See in context

So sad, there was no reason for any punishment to this child. Especially for him being just being what he is, a five year old. Just today I was telling my 5 yr old to clean her room, she did to what she believed was clean, not mommy standards at all. I sighed, shook my head and we started to clean together. We giggled the whole way through. All I could think about was that one day soon she will grown and on her own. Boy oh boy will I miss the chaos when that happens. It's too bad this mother couldn't see that these precious and very short lived moments will be the best memories of her life. It makes me so sad when I read such stories, as I believe all of our children are the most precious and important gifts of our lives. I pray for you little one, please pull through.

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Posted in: A Japanese woman’s guide for getting a date See in context

If I have to dumb down so that a man can feel superior over me then I don't want him. If you're looking for a simple minded gal then I guess this type of guy will not be intelligent enough to hold MY attention.

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Posted in: Man held for beating girlfriend's 4-year-old son See in context

It seems everytime I read a similar story the "boyfriend" uses the excuse of the child not taking to him and it was just discipline. Well if you hit me I wouldn't like you either you butt nugget. I have a 5 year old and I can't imagine what she could possibly do to justify me hitting her.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy held for allegedly stabbing mother to death See in context

It's so sad. Why does it seem that todays teens don't know how to express their frustrations and anger without violence?

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Posted in: More bullying victims turning to police to file criminal charges See in context

Miguel, I can appreciate what you are saying. This would be great should it be applied to the children just entering school and are still young and impressionable. The problem is that it's too late for the students already in their teens as the examples in the article shows that it has already escalated into abuse and physical assult. A few days suspension from school or a few hours in the police station and waiting for parents will not be enough for these kids to reflect upon their actions. These so called "bullies" in the news do not appreciate consequences. And it will remain this way until they are forced to accept consequesnces for their choices and their actions. Until then they won't even know how to make proper choices.

That said, educating children of choices and consequences starts at home. It's up to the parents to teach and arm their children with confidence, morals, self respect and the sense of right and wrong. The tricky part is allowing them out in the world to apply it in their everyday life with little interference. That is how they learn to problem solve for themselves. At lease that's what works in my household. But the schools, and when outside the school the police, will have to run interference when other students are being harmed. We cannot forget the victims while spending so much time trying to correct the behavior and aid the offenders. I can't remove the image of the one boys burned arm from the article. The victims rights and saftey should be the priorty. The school authorities will have to figure out a balance of how to deal with both the offenders and the victims to keep school a safe place.

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