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Posted in: U.S. rockets strike Afghan home, killing 12 civilians See in context

sailwind wrote -"We're still trying to contain Soviet expansion which was the backdrop for our involvement in Vietnam in the first place? I musta missed the memo."

Intentional silliness or accidental? You can't see the similarities between Afghanistan and Vietnam? Outsiders getting involved in an internal conflict, militarily supporting one side over the other using technically advanced and cowardly weaponry, raining bombs down on civilian and intended target alike. Not winning over the people by such tactics. Unfaltering confidence for nearly a decade despite setback after setback. Trying to fight a guerilla war with airplanes and helicopters. Most people back home not really giving a damned anymore. Government cover-ups, only this time its not letting us see coffins coming home on the TV.

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Posted in: 7-year-old samba queen breaks down in tears at Rio's Carnival See in context

womanforwomen wrote- "but what were the parents trying to do? Fertility and sexual dances are not for kids."

Samba is a symbol of Brazilian national identity. It is not a fertility or sexual dance unless that is what you see. If you look at a 7 year old wearing somewhat more than a bathing suit and dancing and see sex, then I suggest you stay away from public pools please. The problem is with your head, not the dancing little girl, and stopping her dancing is not going ward off all the other scantily clad children you are going to see in the world. Golly, when I was a kid I danced about the house wearing less or nothing. I even escaped outside a couple times!

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Posted in: Biden and Cheney spar over antiterrorism policies See in context

As if Dick were not enough of an embarrassment while he was in office! Now he breaks perfectly good traditions of bowing out and shutting up when the term is done. I find it hard to believe that no one has taken a shot at this fool yet. I guess they thought he would die on his own sooner?

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Posted in: 7-year-old samba queen breaks down in tears at Rio's Carnival See in context

Damned paparazzi! If not for their sticking their cameras and mikes in people's faces with no feeling of respect whatsoever this would have went off without a hitch. I got no patience for people who scare children like this. I would like to make them cry!

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Posted in: Actor-director Kevin Smith ejected from plane for being oversized See in context

On the other hand, if the airline made seats for obese people only, they would be forced to issue a heart-felt apology for their discriminatory practices!

Over-weight people won't be happy until they are called slim and treated as such despite their girth not changing.

Its not an asthetic issue. Its not a directly money issue. Its a safety issue. If this guy could not get seated properly and wound up hurting himself or other passengers due to severe turbulence or a hard landing, people would be hurt and the airline would get sued.

I applaud the pilot for making this hard and correct, though politically difficult decision. He sounds like the type of guy I want to fly with.

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Posted in: U.S. rockets strike Afghan home, killing 12 civilians See in context

SuperLib wrote- "What's even worse are those from our own countries who spit on the soldiers going through those conditions just because they hate the military. It must be difficult to place yourself in such a high degree of danger to spare civilian casualties while at the same time be accused of wanting to kill everyone around you."

I say tough. They did not think it through and now they are on the wrong side of history. Its not like the U.S. made any core changes to ensure another Vietnam could not happen, and since that precedent has been set, joining up and not expecting another one is ignorant at best. If they joined up thinking nothing would happen, they should have jumped out when they saw this coming. Its this sort of nonsense why early Americans refused to have a standing army. And here we get more like our former British masters every day! How quickly we forget. First the Revolutionary War and now the Vietnam War.

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Posted in: U.S. rockets strike Afghan home, killing 12 civilians See in context

Humans are oddly irrational. Its easy for us to declare that we kill fewer civilians than the Taliban and calmly absorb that fact from the comfort of our homes. But the Afghanis will downplay Afghani deaths by other Afghanis and make a huge stink about those killed by foreign troops. Look no further than the U.S. military in Japan. They commit fewer crimes per capita than the locals, but every military crime gets inflated by a degree of 20 at least. The only way to win is to be perfect, and you got to a complete fool to think it possible.

There won't be peace in Afghanistan. This won't end. This not my hope. This is my prediction after looking at the facts. My hope is that I am wrong. But my money goes on never ending conflict and I am confident I will win the bet.

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Posted in: U.S. rockets strike Afghan home, killing 12 civilians See in context

tkoind2, I agree with you that we are fighting this all wrong. Some people think its WWII all over again. But I am not sure its winnable in any real sense, certainly not with supposedly "high tech" rockets butchering civilians. And Afghanistan has been one big civil war for how long now? Bizarrely, while the Taliban was never loved outside of Afghanistan, it was recognized that they brought more peace than the country had seen in a long time.

I also disagree with the idea that we have an obligation to the Afghanis. We don't. We went there because the Afghanis messed up in aiding al-Quaida. Well we hit al-Quaida hard. And those starving Afghani men will not learn to fish anyway, so even trying teach was dumb, and to keep stubbornly trying is dumber. We do have an obligation to the Pakistanis, but not the Afghanis.

And mate, meeting a few non-Taliban Afghanis does not let you know what the average Afghani wants. The Taliban is not some skeleton crew with magical powers. The Taliban are Afghanis themselves and if their numbers were not great, they could not do what they do.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

SuperLib-"What was that word you used before? Cowardly? ;)"

Nice try. Nation building, especially in a crap hole like Afghanistan, is a fool's errand anyway. Wanting to stay out of it is not cowardice. Its minding your own business on one hand, and conserving lives and resources on the other. It looks like you too forget what was said with each new post. I would have supported getting al-Quaida if negotiations were tried and had failed. But I never supported nine years of wasted time and lives. That is not bravery. That is stupidity.

Don't tell me you are one of the hardheaded people who has been muttering "Just one more year..." every year since the invasion? What is it with people who do that? Is it so hard to admit being wrong? Is it pride? Arrogance? Forgetfulness? Being a hopeful fool? Its like Vietnam never happened with so little learned there.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

bushlover wrote- "They are not there when they detonate them remotely"

I guess you too forgot my first post. I am not defending roadside bombs. I classify them too as cowardly and dangerous to civilians, but still braver than dropping bombs from aircraft or using a remote control device to do your dirty work.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

I'm sorry liquid, I seem to have struck a nerve. The truth will do that. I already described roadside bombs as cowardly, so don't think I am defending them.

Whatever conspiracy theories of faked predator drone bombings you dream up does not counter the fact that even when they are real and dropped on legit targets, it is the epitome of cowardice in fighting a war. Its not me you need to convince, its the people of Afghanistan. That or support getting out.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

bushlover wrote- "Sorry matey I can't see how one is different from the other. In both cases the deliverer is absent and the receiver could be anyone. What don't you get about that? One is more technically advanced than the other that is all."

The deliver has to be present sometime. One is at the actual location where he could get sniped or blown up by his own homemade bomb, that is if he does not get nabbed making that bomb by foreign troops in his country. The other is thousands of feet up in a metal box at most dangerous, or in a control room hundred or thousands of miles away. What don't you get about that?

Its not just about technical advancement. Its about showing courage or cowardice, and one might win people over to your side and the other most certainly will not. Nine years of dropping bombs from afar on civilians is not going to win Afghanistan. America follows in the footsteps of the British and the Russians, but some either too stubborn or stupid to admit it.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

Sarge wrote- "dearjohn would, I guess, prefer that the good guys here ( the ones dropping the bombs on the wackos who would torture and kill dearjohn without hesitation or remorse ) walk into the Taliban-held town unarmed and plead with them to stop their evil ways, lol."

No. I was perfectly happy to let them practice their evil ways in their own Godforsaken country, because they had no interest in me at the time. They did have a nasty house guest that had to be dealt with but certain people hungry for war, profits, and a legacy unilaterly threw out the the option of any negotiations whatsoever. And rather than focus on the house guest they had to go and stir up the hornets nest which has gone and invaded Pakistan. We are coming up on nine years of this garbage. Nine years that have created the very worry you express.

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Posted in: Alabama professor shot brother dead in 1986 See in context

From the article- "Bishop fired at least three shots, hitting her brother once and hitting her bedroom wall before police took her into custody at gunpoint, he said."

There is a one-liner, "Honest officer I accidentally pulled the trigger when I shot him...all three times!"

I never imagined it was a true story, and the cops were either so stupid or so corrupt that they filed the event under "accident".

"but someone who often had difficulty explaining difficult concepts."

Could be why they are called "difficult concepts"? I nominate this for non-sequitor of the year!

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Posted in: What part of 'slow it down' doesn't the IOC get? See in context

tmarie wrote- Did you not read my comment? They HAVE slowed it down and now the lugers are complaining it is too slow!

I humbly apologize for not hitting refresh in the four minute difference between our posts. How can I ever make it up to you? But still, slowing the course down is part of the multifaceted approach I suggest, and if I left it out it would not convey my meaning.

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Posted in: Taliban militants dig in as Marines occupy Afghan town See in context

The only things more cowardly than planting bombs is dropping them from the air or having a remote control craft do it for you. The Taliban don't seem to have stooped that low yet, though this is low enough.

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Posted in: What part of 'slow it down' doesn't the IOC get? See in context

A whole lot of things could have prevented it, and I see no reason not to take a multifaceted approach to making sure it does not happen again. Cushion those poles, install the plexiglass and safety nets, and do something to slow the course down.

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

LIBERTAS wrote-Vermont has a bill in the works requiring non-gun-owners to pay a yearly fee of $550 for not taking care of their own self-defense needs, and depending on the Police to do it for them. They are a burden on the public purse.

The logic just doesn't work though. In this case the police would have been called no matter what. Even if this prof pulled her gun and was promptly shot before she could kill anyone, which is best case but near impossible, the police still would have been called.

And suggesting random people on campus be armed? In many states that would be legal except the universities are not allowing it. It should not even be necessary to explain why and you have to wonder if people needing the explanation are just not being intentionally difficult. The reason is that instead of a few incidents a year with three dead, we would have dozens with one or two dead. And that is best case. You do the math. Worst case is that random people come with gun in hand and nobody knows who started the shooting. If you cannot figure this out you must have done poorly in math. Those who run universtities probably didn't.

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Posted in: Neo-Nazis rally on Dresden bombing anniversary See in context

A good day for a rally. Firebombing Dresden was a horrible war crime against innocent civilians and not anywhere near a legitimate military target.

Sadly, having Neo-Nazis doing the protesting actually makes the event appear legimate, and they ruin what should be a day of reflection for the nations that committed the crime. Neo-Nazis really could use a name change.

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Posted in: 200 Olympic protesters smash Vancouver department store windows See in context

Protest of the Olympics has some good reasons, not the least of which is the huge expense to taxpayers for no benefit to them. Olympic protestors span the political spectrum, and the tax issues are things the conservatives are known for protesting I should think. Not sure about the "Don't use my traditional lands" sort of protest, but it seems kind of conservative to me. The environmental issues we could call leftist, along with the protest of the crackdown on the homeless in Vancouver.

Anybody making this a left/right issue is trying way too hard to do so. Its almost like they have been trying to crawl out of pit since Obama took office.

Its hard to say what they should break in protest. On the one hand a department store may seem innocent. On the other hand, if the owner is heavily involved in some dirty aspect of the Olympics, that could change things. But I can't say I approve only because I don't know all the details. But I can tell you that I get pretty miffed when my taxes go up, though it usually only results in me yelling at people at the city hall. That never changed anything by the way. But I don't feel guilty for yelling at the soldiers who carry out bad orders.

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Posted in: What part of 'slow it down' doesn't the IOC get? See in context

tmarie wrote- Well these folks know luge is dangerous and still still do it. If they don't like the course, they can refuse to run it.

They trained for the day for four years. They may get only one crack at this. That makes it a rather difficult choice. But if serious changes are not made, given that one man is already dead, they may do just that.

The article says a speed of 10 kph faster than ever recorded in the sport was recorded on that track. Then a man dies. I think the writer is correct. The answer is to slow the course down. Everyone will remain on even footing. The IOC should not make the lugers choose between taking a risk and throwing away the last four years.

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Posted in: Activists claim Japanese whalers were hurt by their own pepper spray See in context

The video is really not clear at all. If any spray hit anyone's face you can't see it. The first sprayer does appear to rub his eyes after the second guy sprays, but while I see a cloud pass between the camera and him, I can't see any actually hit him. The second guy appears to be checking his equipment after the spray, not rubbing his eyes. And its hard to believe the third man in red would just leave the first guy to wander the deck if he had been hit.

Given the fact that the spray did not go far at all, I have to wonder if they were just checking their equipment and not suffering from the spray. Its really hard to tell.

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

Well nobody is going to say anything nice about her now.

From the article- “When it came down to tests, and people asked her what was the best way to study, she’d just tell you, ‘Read the book.’ When the test came, there were just ridiculous questions. No one even knew what she was asking,’” said Tucker.

Maybe Tucker should have read the textbook? And paying attention in class goes without saying. I have shared classrooms with so many dunces who thought the whole class should be brought down to their level and nevermind the other students. And if those same students were actually filing complaints, I could see that driving someone over the edge. Not that it excuses murder, but its best not to poke at people needlessly.

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

Noliving wrote- If they were not justified then it would be a crime considering in the US it is illegal all over the US to point a firearm at another person unless it is self-defense.

The stat you quoted says nothing about pointing guns at other people. If people pointed guns that often at other people but killed so few it would make even less sense. If people pointed guns at people that often but did not need to actually shoot them it shows that they acted very pre-emptively, so pre-emptively in fact that they did not need to point a gun at anybody. They were over-reacting. I doubt that is what happened. If that is actually how often people pointed guns at others, it does you case a disservice.

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

HonestDictator wrote-Well, Bombs are illegal but people who are crazy enough to want to kill people can still do as much if not more damage with that than a gun.

So how many bombing incidents in the U.S. last year? How about the death toll? A Nigerian bloke tried to set off a bomb. He failed.

You realize you are not doing your argument any favors? You and skipthesong bringing up bombs only shows how banning bombs have reduced bombing incidents. And since they are so hard to obtain you have to make your own, shows us how well a gun ban could work. Thanks! But I expect you both will just turn the page in the NRA book of recommended responses in hopes to just keep this going in circles.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese celebrities featured in photos or stories on Japan Today frequently come in for a lot of derision from some readers? See in context

smartacus wrote- When people say "they can't sing," I often wonder what that means.

It means they have little talent actually singing. I don't pay attention myself, but my wife says that SMAP can't sing. Face it, lots of performers can't sing these days. They are known for their faces, their dancing, their antics, whatever. I have friends who swear by 1970s music and part of the reason is that actual singing talent among popular musicians has dropped since then. I don't think Susan Boyle is all that great, but how she was derided before she even opened her mouth is a sign of the times. And the sign is form over function.

Then you say- As for Becky, I met her last November at a Jetstar promotion and chatted with her for a few minutes. She does not set herself up as representing Caucasians or haafus or anything like that. She is an entertainer and a delightful girl, and undeserving of all the insults we see on JT from readers who have never met her.

Do you really think your few minutes chatting at a promo event of all things means anything significant? Over seeing her speak apparently frankly on TV over and over? Sure, she may not be her real self most of the time on TV, but she has to be some time, and surely for more than your few minutes. And its not what she sets herself up as, its what people see her as. Its also about what she says when she has the mike.

I hate her for her groping story lies, or if they are true she seems culpable. Most foreigners hate her for her squeals and airhead cartoonish manner. Fair enough.

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Posted in: Man arrested in Ibaraki hit-and-run See in context

Fadamor wrote- dearjohn, your "guess" has no basis of fact to it and, as such, is its own little fantasy. Regain control of yourself and stay on the "road" to proper cause and effect.

My guess is clearly stated as being a guess, so what your issue is is hard to understand. Oh wait! Why am I guessing? The article is so rich in details! No its not. The only reason given for him hitting the woman was "losing control of the truck". How? South Ibaraki does not often get ice and snow on the roads, or oil slicks. The roads can be narrow but they are all in good condition. I think my explanation is the best we will see being based on what little we know.

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

moonbeams, you have a point, but its easiest to take a bridge by attacking both ends at the same time. America needs to become a less violent society, somehow, but cracking down on guns in the meantime can only help in the long run. Guns are not "just a tool". They are the ultimate tool for the average mass slayer. You cannot find or elimate all such people before they try to kill, but I promise they will do less damage with baseball bat. This woman would have been hard pressed to kill just one person with a bat, and that is why we talk of removing the gun from the equation.

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Posted in: Why do Japanese celebrities featured in photos or stories on Japan Today frequently come in for a lot of derision from some readers? See in context

Ignorance combined with arrogance. I think Smartacus has done a great job explaining it.

Claims that "they can't sing" are often true though. But its also true that some readers here listen to music regularly by people who can't sing. So its sort of a protective reaction to their own flaw and a confidence game.

Other insults are also true, but they are either the rare case or get overplayed. Hate for Becky seems fair enough to me though. I don't want her representing caucasions even 50 percent. Obviously Smartacus did not get too close when he met her, or he would have received an aikido move, drug to the cop shop and charged with groping!

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Posted in: Professor charged in fatal shooting on Alabama campus See in context

Helter_Skelter wrote: There are an estimated 200 million plus guns in the United States. So talk of banning guns is nonsensical as well as unconstitutional.

It would be nonsensical if the idea was to do it tomorrow. I don't think everyone is in that much of a hurry. I don't like the word ban, and I think some people say it reflexively, perhaps in reaction to the opposition's quick use of it. Actually I think most people would be happy with restrictions, such as strict licensing like here in Japan. People often say guns are banned in Japan, which is not true.

And gun restrictions are not unconstitutional. Who is going to argue that the certified insane have a right to own a gun? Or those with a violent criminal history?

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