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Posted in: Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general See in context

Let's see, on one hand, we have Robert Mueller, who is was a long-time director of the FBI, is a decorated (Purple Heart and Bronze Star) Vietnam vet, is an esteemed attorney, and has served under Bush Sr, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. On the other hand, we have Trump ... Who are you apt to believe?

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Posted in: American man arrested over murder of wife at Tokyo Family Court See in context

Desperate times can drive people to do desperate things.

There is no justification for this. This was murder; plain and simple. I know a few foreigners who have divorced in Japan, but they never let it get to them and moved on with their lives. In fact, the two men I personally know who have divorced with kids, have found new girlfriends and still have time to spend with their kids on the weekends or days off.

On the flip side, I've heard of several divorced men in other countries, like the U.S., who have flipped and killed his ex-wife and kids. Does that mean the divorce system in those countries are whacked too? IMHO, most of the blame lies squarely on the perpetrator. Becoming an alcoholic, depressed, or withdrawn, is one thing. Resorting to murder is totally uncalled for and should not be acceptable.

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Posted in: GOP senators defend the late McCain against Trump's attacks See in context

Even if you don't agree with McCain's policies when he served as a senator, doesn't give you the right to criticize the service to his country, especially when you yourself have never served. It is what is called being a hypocrite is. That is Trump. Yes, there were Presidents in the past who have never served in the military, but never have they lambasted and criticized someone who was a decorated war hero after they have died, such as Trump has. It is utterly cruel. To top that off, Trump does it while showing off his own so-called successes and praises himself. Each day with Trump becomes more and more a journey into the insane and weird.

The President seems calm, cool and collected, more confident wanting the report to come out.

And when Trump's sheep says things like this over and over, like a hypnotic mantra, it gets even more surreal ...

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Posted in: 36 countries issue first rebuke of Saudi Arabia at U.N. forum See in context

And yet, Donnie's son-in-law is still allowed to have top level security clearance and have meetings behind closed doors with Saudi officials. Isn't anyone afraid that by doing so, he is putting American lives at risk?

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Posted in: Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by Congress See in context

As a side note, when will Trump ever release his tax returns (something every President before him has done)? It should be written as a requirement before you take office. Make your tax returns transparent, as least to show in good faith that you have nothing to hide. Trump wouldn't be in any messes involving investigations into his transgressions if he just came out and be open about information that people request. It's what tax payers who are audited do.

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Posted in: Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by Congress See in context

Again, if Democrats would support Trump the way they supported Obama we wouldn’t be in this mess.

And if Republicans had supported Obama more when he was in office, then he would've been able to accomplish even more for the American people. At least Obama had the support of the Democratic minority at the time he was in office. Trump is even losing some his GOP support.

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Posted in: Trump administration warns of record illegal border crossings ahead of vote by Congress See in context

Let's see, Kim Jong likes to use fear to rule.

Putin uses fear to rule.

Trump likes using fear on a daily basis to rule.

Coincidence that they are all buddies? I think not.

Throughout history, there has been despots and madmen who used fear to rule and control the population. Yes, it's been pretty effective in brainwashing a large group of mindless followers to do their bidding.

However, it never ever ends well. If we continue on this path of letting this madman control mindless Americans through fear, I don't see it ending well at all.

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Posted in: U.S. House panel picks veteran prosecutor to lead Trump probe See in context

What I don't get is that Trump is refusing to hand over his son-in-law's security clearance documents. If he has nothing to hide, then why the refusal? Obviously it means that Kushner has had some dealings with foreign powers like Russia, that they don't want noticed. Trump is the only president I know actually ORDERING his own former chief of staff to grant a member of his own family a security clearance, as if it were like candy. No one, and I repeat no one, should be handed security clearance so easily. It affects the security of all Americans and can be deemed unpatriotic by doing so.

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Posted in: Trump says talks with Kim failed over N Korean sanctions demands See in context

That was a very expensive photo op. Trump goes to Vietnam, meets up with his buddy Kim, takes some nice photos to look good, then goes back to his hotel. All of this at taxpayers' hard earned money. And for what? I wouldn't be surprised if Trump and Kim planned all of this. They probably said to each other: Let's meet, take some nice photos to look like we're making peace for the press, then say we played hardball with each other. That way, we'll look good in front of our own people. You can keep your nukes, and I can make it seem as if I'm making some progress towards peace by being buddies with you. Trump may fool us once, but not again and again and again.

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Posted in: 23-year-old father arrested for abusing 3-month-old daughter See in context

@ Do the hustle:



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Posted in: Breakdancing set for Olympics debut in Paris 2024 See in context

Breakdancing? If it can be in the Olympics, then ballet, bowling, and fishing needs to be in it. Heck, why not parkour, BASE jumping, or bull riding?

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Posted in: Trump calls discussions about removing him 'treasonous' See in context

A president who would rather believe in a person like Putin or Kim Jong rather than his own fellow Americans, could definitely be considered a traitor.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Sorry, forgot to put in the quotations:

Smithinjapan - guns don't kill people, the people using them do. Gun control ain't going to make a difference to someone who wants to kill someone else. Chicago is a prime example of that!

That's right. America is beyond help. All Americans want to do when a mass murder happens is to bury their heads in the sand and think the problem will go away ... at least until the next mass murder.

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Posted in: Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant See in context

Smithinjapan - guns don't kill people, the people using them do. Gun control ain't going to make a difference to someone who wants to kill someone else. Chicago is a prime example of that!

That's right. America is beyond help. All Americans want to do when a mass murder happens is to bury their heads in the sand and think the problem will go away ... at least until the next mass murder.

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Posted in: Trump to sign border bill, but also declare emergency seeking wall funds See in context

Trump is such a hypocrite. Illegal immigrants is all fine and dandy, as long as they're working in his hotels, but when it comes to pushing his agenda for a wall to keep foreigners out and Americans in, he'll demonize Hispanics as being bloodthirsty murderers. Watch this video from the Daily Show to see a mascot called Bricky the Border Wall talking with Trump supporters to witness the level of intelligence that supports Trump:


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Posted in: In El Paso, Trump and O'Rourke go head-to-head over wall See in context

Maybe Trump can fund his wall with all the money he's taken from us in his "tax scam". Many Americans are finding out that they actually owe money, or have their refunds greatly reduced this tax season.

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Posted in: Warren says Trump may not be 'free' in 2020 See in context

I'm sure the next President won't screw the middle-class like Trump has. Tax time is here, and middle-class America is now feeling the effects of Trump's greed and so-called 'tax cuts'.

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Posted in: Democrat Warren kicks off 2020 run, hobbled by ancestry row See in context

Whomever is the next leader of our country, I just hope they don't screw the middle-class citizen, like Trump has done with his so-called tax cuts (for the rich). We in the middle-class are seeing our refunds disappear, and actually many of us have to pay some. This is due to the fact that Trump's tax law has taken away many of the deductions that we depended on to increase the amount we could've expected in our refund. Getting less money per year to me, is definitely not winning.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

I said it three years ago when there were a LOT of deniers here (in Japan), she is going to be (and now is) a major force to be reckoned with.

I too remember hearing her name about two - three years ago and thought she would be good. At that time, only Japanese TV broadcasting was showing games with her and propping her up to be the next big thing. I even remember some announcers mentioning that even though she is ranked outside the top 100, she has a powerful serve and could be a winner for Japan someday. Maybe even winning the first Grand Slam for a Japanese person. I remember mentioning to my American and Canadian friends back in the States and Canada, and none of them even heard her name. They thought it was a city in Japan. At that time, only Japanese companies would give her any attention and money to support her, thus it ended up being one of the reasons for choosing to represent Japan.

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Posted in: Tennis fans in Japan, Abe hail Naomi Osaka See in context

Naomi is such a sweetie. If you listen to her post-match speech, not once did she mention about her victory. All I heard was how honored she was to have played Kvitova and that it's just too bad that the first ever match between them, had to be in a final. She also mentioned how she is bad at public speaking, and how she had notes, but forgot what she wanted to say. She then went on thanking all those people in her life that made it possible to reach this day. Please stay the same, Naomi.

Also, it was so good to watch a match without any annoying grunting going on, like so many other tennis matches I watch.

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Posted in: Osaka wins Australian Open title; rises to No. 1 in world rankings See in context

Congratulations to Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova! It was an exciting match, especially the nail-biting first set. Way back when Naomi was ranked 72, the only sponsors she could get were Nissin and ANA. Now that she is so well-known and no. 1, the offers are coming out of the woodworks. She is definitely a good representative of the new generation of stars in women's tennis.

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Posted in: Olympic champion Hanyu wins world figure skating title See in context

Slightly biased judging yesterday, but no surprises there.


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Posted in: Japanese tourists in flu masks frighten British supermarket shoppers See in context

I never liked the mask thing at first. I would always walk around without it. But then one year, after having been here for two years, I kept catching the flu every winter. I then turned to wearing the mask, especially on the train, and then stopped catching the flu. I realize that while it is not 100 % protection against sickness and the flu, it does help. Of course, you need to pick out the right one, as the ones which still allow air to come in on the sides don't work as well as the ones which fit tightly to your face.

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Posted in: Rola makes Hollywood debut in 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' See in context

Rola may come off as an airhead and probably isn't that good of an actor, but there is no denying her heart. I have a friend to was in Kumamoto right after they had the earthquake, helping out at one of the shelters there. He was pleasantly surprised to see Rola make a surprise visit. It wasn't reported on the news at all, so few people know of it, but she was helping out and providing some needed boost to the evacuees there. She obviously didn't need to be there, but wanted to. It took awhile for people to realize it was her, since she was wearing a surgical mask, but once they found out, she happily obliged their requests to have her picture taken with them.

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Posted in: Anti-Trump protesters take to streets for third night See in context

I think they're protesting the fact that health benefits and insurance like Medicare and Medicaid are going away, since Trump has repeatedly said he'll get rid of them. They are more concerned now as many of their loved ones are going to suffer as a result of it. I shudder to think about the GOP privatizing Social Security.

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Posted in: Jamaica wins 4x100 relay giving Bolt 9th gold; Japan takes silver See in context

That was a spectacular effort by all involved. Bolt is definitely in a class all by himself. Winning 9 out of 9 gold medals in three Olympics will get you that. As for the Japan men, congrats on securing a spot on top of the podium. Such blazing speed matched with precision on the passing of the baton. That's what makes the relay so exciting. You need to have speed as well as technically sound mechanics.

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Posted in: Agony See in context

"The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat"

I fondly remember watching ABC's Wide World of Sports as a kid. It was always shown after the Saturday morning cartoons. Those were the days ...

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Posted in: Japan wins first badminton gold in women's team doubles See in context

That was a superb match. There were a lot of long rallies and I liked the feints executed by Matsutomo. Great strategy on her part to put in timely feints where she would make like she was going for a smash, but would gently tip it over for a point. Congratulations to Japan and Denmark for playing a very exciting match!

By the way, why are there several bad posters on this site that simply can't give congrats, but needs to create a whole bunch of negativity? Shame on them.

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Posted in: Third gymnastics gold for Biles as Whitlock outshines Uchimura See in context

Actually, it sounds like the tone of the article was at least in part written by someone of the same nationality as the winner

We really can't know for sure, can we. But you're right that it COULD BE a Japanese writer, but then it also could not. We can't know for sure, until a proper notation of who wrote is given. After all, journalists are not limited to writing about only their country's athletes, but are free to write about others' as well.

As for Uchimura not being dejected, why did he have to be told to sit?

It happens all the time. I've been to gymnastic events like this, and athletes are often told to sit down, or that they're out of position of where they should be. It's not a big deal, but this writer seems to want to stir some controversy or make their article more attractive to readers, so he or she mentions it as if it was a big deal. He may or may not have been dejected, but we can't know for sure that that was the reason he was told to sit down that one time. Things like this happen in a lot of sports, like tennis where athletes are taking too long, and are warned, etc.

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Posted in: Third gymnastics gold for Biles as Whitlock outshines Uchimura See in context

Oh, for crying out loud, he got gold in the team and men's overall. I don't know whether he really feels as if he leaves on a low point or whether the media is just saying this, but there are thousands of other athletes who are just glad to participate in the games, and they leave with no medals.

Good point. I don't know why AFP ( the foreign media outlet which wrote this article) tried to stir controversy and negativity into all of this, since Uchimura obviously was not dejected in missing out on another medal. After all, he was already content with his personal goal of getting the more important team gold, which he said he wanted most because it was with his teammates.

The reporter that wrote this article must be pissed that their country's gymnast couldn't do as well as Uchimura has done and tried to stir some controversy into all of this.

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