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Posted in: Chinese cinemas pull Tarantino's 'Django' on first day See in context

When will they release the movie, 'Bojangles Unchained?' As in, 'Mr. Bojangles.'

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Posted in: What do you think about those people who are holding parties to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? See in context

@ zichi:

You've missed the point; she didn't want the expense. In other words, she's not a hypocrite, which characterization is the point of your post and it's quite patently wrong, because it's specious logic.

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Posted in: G8 plus 1 See in context

It's a serious problem and, while her leftist political views are a turn-off, it's good that she has taken up this cause.

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Posted in: What do you think about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal that universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for entrance exams. Abe says it is aimed at reforming the En See in context

Well, I'm all for it, so long as the US doen't enact a similar adoption for TOJFl, or TOCFI, or TOGFI, or TOFFI, etc.

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Posted in: How healthy a food is sushi? See in context

Not healthy; white rice is bad and large fish (e.g., tuna, salmon, etc.) contain very high levels of mercury. Best bet is sardine sashimi and other small fish sashimi with brown rice.

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Posted in: What do you think about those people who are holding parties to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? See in context

Such persons are losers who can't make it on their own. So, they're willing to trade freedom for state handouts.

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Posted in: What do you think the yen-dollar exchange rate should be in order to benefit the Japanese economy? See in context

140 Yen to the dollar.

@ fellow gaijinist (aka gaijinfo):

But you have to offset increased GDP, income, profits, etc. from the increased cost of some raw materials. The net likely might well make it worthwhile to decrease the value of the yen. Also, while such a decrease initially might reduce capital inflow to Japan, the increased profitability of Japanese companies and a likely concomitant increase in such companies' stock prices will cause a return of capital to Japan, as foreign capital rushes back in to buy the stock of Japanese companies.

But, you've a point. Should the Japanese birth rate not increase immediately and substantially, then, over the long run, nothing done will matter.

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Posted in: Japan trying to confirm N Korean missile launch status See in context

China and Russia use NK and Iran as client/proxy nations to tweak the US' nose and the US stupidly responds to these client/proxy nations. As I've written before, the US should engage China and Russia in turn-about-is-fair-play. Accordingly, the US should give to Japan, SK, Taiwan, Israel, and the Philippines nuclear-armed missiles and the most sophisticated anti-missile defense systems.

Then, when these countries tweak the noses of China and Russia, the US can issue statements, such as, 'China and Russia are interferring with the sovereignity and internal politics of these countries.'

Or, 'Hey, all of you cool the rhetoric and try to get along.'

Or, 'Hey, don't cause problems in the Middle East [or Asia, as applicable].'

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Posted in: China concerned as Japan, Taiwan sign fishing agreement for disputed isles See in context

The fish are in favor of the treaty. The fish reason that, better that they've a sporting chance, than see their environment degraded if China were to have control of these waters.

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Posted in: Japan trying to confirm N Korean missile launch status See in context

@peanut666:

Good points and precisely why the Allies should first strike @ NK.

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Posted in: Japan trying to confirm N Korean missile launch status See in context

@Fadamor:

Please be rest assured that a first strike by the Allies (US, SK, and Japan) substantially would reduce NK's ability to respond. NK has troops massed on its border with SK, because NK doesn't have enough fuel to move troops much of any distance. Also, Japan could the test the combat readiness of its F-35.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

BTW folks, all officers and politicians at all levels of gov't, including state and local law enforcement officers, along with elected and appointed gov't officials of all gov't entities take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the US and, when applicable, the respective State's Constitution.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

No gov't entities keeps separate stats on armed citizens stopping crime. Hence, the variation in the numbers, but, this doesn't remotely suggest that such numbers are uncalculable. If you knew anything about statistics, you'd know this.

You, quite obviously, are a non-STEM major (i.e., you didn't major in any hard sciences, if you went to college at all, this being not evident from your posts, especially the grammar) and likely didn't even major in any business discipline (e.g., business, accounting, finance, etc.).

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ Superlib:

FIrst go to my sources. From your responses, it's obvious that you didn't review these sources.

Second, google "do armed citizens stop crime. Third, if you'd bother to read the CDC's 2003 report and subsequent updates, you wouldn't make uninformed statements or ask questions that disprove the old adage that there's no such thing as a stupid question.

The numbers on armed citizens stopping crimes is estimated to be a low of several thousand, based upon police reports , a middle range of about 1M based upon news stories and verification of indiividually told stories, and several million based upon extrapolation of the preceding two items. Google it yourself. Start (but don't end) with "do armed citizens stop crime." Also, it's very well known that armed citizens have either prevented or mitigated the attempted or initial mass killings. Again, in order in improve your lacksidasical research skills, please googel this yourself.

As for you other comments, they don't warrant a response, b/c they're just too sophomoric or obviously specious.

Do your own homework.

Your best pal and mentor,

Baka Gaijin

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

And BTW libs and other gun-control freaks, even gov't studies conclude that gun ownership prevents @ least one million crimes a year. The number of gun deaths in the CDC studies measures preventable deaths in the thousands, or, at best, in the 20K range. Tens of thousands of the crimes are prevented, because someone had a gun and this most very likely prevented hundreds of thousands of bodily injuries, deaths, assaults, rapes, etc.

Do the math.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@BRG4987:

Then follow the laws of the US Constitution and amend the Constitution via the prescribed process, but don't violate the Constitution by trying to amend it with a mere statute.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ SuperLib:

In fact, SuperLib, the CDC report was so disjointed in many ways (e.g., not understanding in 2003 that it's own findings show that there are other factors that portend whether or not a geographic location will have more gun violence), that in 2004, Congress withdrew funding for such studies by CDC and when the DemonRats (aka Democrats) controlled both houses of Congress from 2008 to 2010, the Dems didn't vote to restore such funding.

Nevertheless, the CDC shifted funds from other areas to gun violence studies and, around 2009, found that gun control laws are ineffective.

As I've posted elsewhere on this story, since certain ethnic groups/races have much higher incidences of all types of violent crime and pretty much vote only for Dems, the most effective gun-control law would be to deny Democrats the right to own any weapon, even a butter knife, let alone a gun. Of course, absent an amendment to the US Constitution, there's no way that any such law would pass Constitutional muster.

Cheers, my good friend,

Signed:

Your best pal and mentor,

Baka Gaijin

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ Superlib:

Son, I hope to educate you yet, so that you might be able to change to SupertIntelligent, your moniker.

First, you should strive for honesty and transparency in all discussions. The CDC report found that states with the least restrictive gun-control laws have the most gun violence, but states with the highest per-capita gun OWNERSHIP had the lowest crime rates. And suicides account for much of the so-called gun-violence spike in such states. Ain't no law that'll stop people from killing themselves.

As for the CDC study, what you also failed (whether intentionally or by reason of lack of research) to point out from the report is that it found that gun-control laws are ineffective.

Also, the higher the percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics in a population, the higher the gun violence. In fact, the higher the violence and other crimes with these the higher the percentage of these people in any population anywhere in the world. Hence, another fact that you failed to address from the 2003 CDC study (Son, it's old and has been debated to ad nauseum in the US for the last decade). In fact, should you look at the CDC's breakdown of gun violence by Metropolitan Statistical Areas, presto, most gun violence occurs in MSA with higher percentages of minority populations.

Accordingly, places such as Washington, D.C. and Detroit, both with low per capita rates of gun OWNERSHIP, but high percentages of minority populations, have much gun violence (despite D.C. having the strictest gun-control laws in the US). On the other hand, places such as Wyoming, West Virginia, SD, ND, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, to name a few, have the highest rates of gun OWNERSHIP and very high percentages of Caucasian population and very low rates of violent crime, including gun violence.

For starters, try these links (Once you've criticized or dismissed them, I've plenty more for you.): http://www.ctsportsmen.com/issues/cdc_questions_impact_of_gun_cont.htm

Or, hey, how about your favorite lib new site, CBS. It offers this 2009 report that gun-control laws don't decrease gun violence. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-576422.html

Or, try this 2011 CDC report that found the gun violence is the highest in "big cities." Guess who lives in Big Cities? http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/research/articles/2011/05/12/us-murder-toll-from-guns-highest-in-big-cities-cdc

Hey, no need to thank me; my goal is to educate the uneducated and huddled masses. I'm happy to do this for you pro bono.

In closing, please consider the words of the first Democrat POTUS, Thomas Jefferson:

"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it". Thomas Jefferson

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ Torafusu Torasan & SuperLIb:

Due to an unreporting of past crime stats, violent crime is down in Milwaukee in 2013. Read this:

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Also, if you'd be much more objective and better informed if you read the John Lott's book entitled, "More Guns, Less Crime." Even the Harvard Law Review agreed with the conclusion of Mr. Lott.

Here, for your edification:

Search ResultsMore Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and ... - Amazon.comwww.amazon.com › ... › Specific Topics › Civil Rights & LibertiesCached - Similar You +1'd this publicly. Undo Rating: 4.6 - 34 reviews - $11.20 - In stock

John R. Lott, Jr., is the author five books, including Freedomnomics and Are Predatory Commitments Credible? Who Should the Courts Believe?, the latter also ...

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

Everday in the US and, for that matter, the rest of the world, one can read stories such as from this link:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/31/17542064-philadelphia-father-of-two-shoots-kills-home-intruder?lite=&lite=obinsite

At an Oregon mall shortly after the Colorado theatre shooting by Holmes, another shooter attempted the same thing, but stopped after shooting a few people & killed himself. Why did he stop?

Another person with a gun pulled out his weapon and began to aim at the murdering shooter. This other perso and the shooter locked eyes and the murdering shooter then put his gun to his chin and killed himself. The hero's last name is Meli. I believe that his first name is Bob or Robert. He immediately didn't come forward, despite many witnesses describing him, because the mall was a gun-free zone and so, technically, Mr. Meli was a trespasser and criminally could've been prosecuted or sued in civil court.

So, what do most mass murders have in commmon? The take place in gun-free zones. The Colorado theatre shooter passed several other theatres that not only were larger (hence, more potential victims for the shooter) and showing the same Batman movie, but also were closer to his home. Instead, he drove to a theatre/mall that prominently advertised itself as a "gun-free zone."

In Georgia, shortly after the Newtown massacre, an armed intruder broke into a woman's home. She called her husband on his cell phone, he conferenced in 911. With the 911 operator listening, he told his wife to shoot the intruder. She shot the intruder six times (that all of the rounds that she had in her 9mm pistol). The intruder then drove himself to a hospital and was treated and arrested.

So, imagine if more than one intruder had entered the home. Hence, the need for more rounds in high-powered rifles and pistols.

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Posted in: Gorbachev, Obama lead tributes to Thatcher; miners say good riddance See in context

The unions killed UK manufacturing and mining jobs. Pretty much the same for the US auto and textile industries.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

Laguna and others:

Were the polls are so accurate, then why, since Newtown and the renewed debate on gun control in the US, have Americans bought guns at a record pace? Whaddya gonna believe, the polls or your lying eyes?

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Posted in: Gorbachev, Obama lead tributes to Thatcher; miners say good riddance See in context

In other words, Thunderbird2, the Labour Party and the socialists epitomize the threat seen by Benjamin Franklin when he said (to paraphrase), 'Those who favor security over freedom will end up with neither.'

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Posted in: Gorbachev, Obama lead tributes to Thatcher; miners say good riddance See in context

@ Thunderbird2:

Well, if there were less gov't in the UK today, there'd be more wealth for all. Liberals and socialists need the poor, as the more poor there are who meekly accept gov't handouts in exchange for voting Labour Party, the better for the Labour Party. As Ms. Thatcher so succinctly said it, "You (the Labour Party) want the poor to be poorer and the rich to be less rich."

BTW, have you ever seen a poor liberal/socialist politician?

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ Vituouso:

Interesting that you quoted Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Your 'hero,' Yevtushenko was a commie dupe and a phony. Read this:

"Controversy

In 1965, Yevtushenko joined Anna Akhmatova, Kornei Chukovsky, Jean-Paul Sartre and others and co-signed the letter of protest against the unfair trial of Joseph Brodsky as a result of the court case against him initiated by the Soviet authorities.[16] He subsequently co-signed a letter against the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Nevertheless, "when, in 1987, Yevtushenko was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Brodsky himself led a flurry of protest, accusing Yevtushenko of duplicity and claiming that Yevtushenko's criticism of the Soviet Union was launched only in the directions approved by the Party and that he criticised what was acceptable to the Kremlin, when it was acceptable to the Kremlin, while soaking up adulation and honours as a fearless voice of dissent."[14] Further, of note is "Yevtushenko's protest of the trial of Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel, an event now credited with inaugurating the modern dissident movement and readying the national pulse for perestroika. Both writers had toiled under pseudonyms and stood accused, in 1966, of "anti-Soviet activity" for the views espoused by their fictional characters. But Yevtushenko's actual position was that the writers were guilty, only punished too severely."[17] "Yevtushenko was not among the authors of the "Letter of the 63" who protested [their convictions]."[6]

Moreover, "when Yevtushenko was nominated for the poetry chair at Oxford in 1968, Kingsley Amis, Bernard Levin, and the Russian-Hungarian historian Tibor Szamuely led the campaign against him, arguing that he had made life difficult for his fellow Soviet writers."[17]"

So, a snitch and foe of freedom dares to criticize America. So what? You might just as well have quoted Stalin, Hitler, Mao, or any other mass-murdering criminal masquerading as a man of the people, as they all have made similar statements about the US.

The fact is, most freedom-loving people everywhere thank God that there's a United States.

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Posted in: Obama slams Republicans for gun reform 'stunts' See in context

@ Torafusu Torasan:

You're 100% wrong. And, wherever did you find your non-existent stats? Read this:

"Milwaukee Police Report 2012 Crime Stats

February 15th, 2013 by milwaukeepolice

The crime rate in Milwaukee in 2012 was essentially unchanged from 2011. There were 289 fewer Part 1 crimes in Milwaukee in 2012, a decrease of about 1% compared to 2011. A significant drop was recorded in robberies, with a 13% decrease or 446 fewer than the previous year. Reductions were also seen in burglaries (4.3%) and theft (4.5%). Violent crime (homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults, and robberies) has declined 16% over the past six years, while property crime (burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson) has declined 22% since 2007. As previously reported, there were five more homicides in 2012 than in 2011.

Aggravated assaults increased 33% in 2012, and contributing to this increase is a 48% rise in domestic violence related assaults. In 2011, the Milwaukee Police Department’s citywide focus on domestic violence led to a collaborative expansion with the District Attorney’s Office and the Sojourner Family Peace Center. This initiative may have contributed to the increase in domestic violence reporting. In fact, in 2012 the Sojourner Family Peace Center reported 5,602 referrals compared to 4,299 in 2011. Despite the increase in aggravated assaults in 2012, Milwaukee has seen a 16% decrease since 2007.

“A 21 percent decrease in crime in Milwaukee over the past five years shows that our community-based, problem-orientated, and data driven policing strategies are having an impact,” said Chief Edward Flynn. “The recent increases in some categories clearly illustrates that work still needs to be done, but I’m encouraged that greater outreach and collaboration in the area of domestic violence prevention may have increased citizen confidence. It appears that this confidence is leading to more reporting.”

The following data prepared by the Milwaukee Police Department’s Office of Management, Analysis and Planning offers greater detail and analysis of crime data from Milwaukee, and comparable cities."

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Posted in: Mexico backs Japan joining TPP talks See in context

Should Japan choose not to join the TPP, then its trade agreement with Mexico won't be worth squat.

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Posted in: Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies See in context

A brave, level-headed woman. God bless you, Ms. Funicello.

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