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Posted in: Man arrested for smuggling gun parts from U.S. See in context

Japan needs to amend their Constitution so that all law abiding citizens retain the right to keep and bear arms.

That is the stupidest idea I have ever heard. Firstly, Japan is safe because it has strict gun laws. Secondly, , Japan has it's fair share of crazy people and if you allow those people access to guns, I can guarantee you that the deaths and injuries they cause will be greatly multiplied.

I totally enjoy walking around Japan freely with the knowledge that there is a 0.0000001% chance that I'll be shot at in Japan, as opposed to America, where the chances are much higher.

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Posted in: Tsitsipas puzzled by complaints over extended toilet breaks See in context

To make it fair, they should allow his opponent to get some practice time in, talk strategy with their coach, etc, while he's taking his extended break.

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Posted in: More than 30 California children still stuck in Afghanistan See in context

If Republicans want to play the blame game, they should blame Trump. All Biden did was follow up on keeping his word to honor that terrible one-sided deal that Trump made. It ended up being a sweet deal for the Taliban because although it required that the Taliban keep "their word' that they would not attack Afghan forces, people and American interests, there was nothing in place to enforce that "promise".

And we all know how much a Taliban's word is worth. And lest we forget, he had almost universal appeal to bring the troops home from all Americans. And so when Biden does keep his own word to bring the troops home from a war that we should never have been in in the first place, something Trump never did in his term, now Republicans are crying foul? I'm sorry, but you reap what you sow.

Let this be proof that Trump is terrible at making deals. People from Putin to the Taliban know this and end up licking their chops by playing Trump for the fool he is. Trump's deals give up more to the opposition with getting back very little in return.

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Posted in: 27-year-old man arrested over sister's death in Kawasaki See in context

Crimes like these would never make national news back home in the U.S. That's how much safer it is to live here in Japan. Heck, even shootings and muggings, unless they happen in public places like schools, often don't make the news in the U.S.

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Posted in: Paralympic disability categories under fire over fairness See in context

Making it perfectly fair for every type of disability is just too hard to do. If they had to make it perfectly fair, then they would have to literally make 100 different categories; meaning that only one or two people might be competing in each category. Is that really what we want to see? Two people competing for three medals, in each event and in each category?

Also, what may on one hand seem like an advantage, could actually be a disadvantage. Most people would at first agree that a person with all four limbs would have an advantage over someone with only one limb. However, if that person with all four limbs is paralyzed from the waist down, their legs would simply be acting as dead weight and make it harder to swim than someone who are missing those legs.

Also, in running and long jump events, some people say that having two bladed legs could actually be an advantage over someone with one bladed leg and one real leg by adding more spring to their steps; even though many would say that the one missing two legs is more disabled than the one with only one leg.

However, like many posters here, I too get perplexed by seeing the 100 m races with perfectly looking males and females running, who supposedly have some type of mental impairment. They run perfectly fine with times between 10 and 12 seconds. Yes, none of them would make the final of a real Olympics, but they would be pretty close. Also, I don't get why being blind is considered as an impairment, but being deaf is not. I heard the deaf people have a different type of Olympics or international event they compete in. Why?

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

One way to look at the games is the greed of the IOC. Yes, I do think the IOC, governments around the world, media outlets who get a ton of money through showing these games, sponsors who hawk their products and wares by aligning themselves with these games, etc. are abusing their power over these games to get as much money as they can from it. It's terrible that rich companies and governments can take advantage of poor countries in this way.

Another way to look at it is the various individual stories of triumph of athletes who must sacrifice four years (and even more) to train for their dreams and thus inspire future Olympians to live out theirs. Or the thousands of volunteers who helped out and built bridges of communication between cultures and showed that kindness and love can really help to keep societies together. In a world of grief, pain and sorrow, I don't see any way that these acts of kindness (e.g. fallen athletes helping each other, athletes sharing a gold medal rather than compete in a playoff, or fierce competitors hugging each other after a hard-fought match, happy competitors in sports like karate, surfing and skateboarding finally see their sport be ) can be negative.

In the end, holding these games in the face of adversity and hardship was a good way to say the virus may knock us down, but it won't knock us out.

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Posted in: As pandemic Olympics come to a close, Japan asks: What did Games mean? See in context

I think in the face of tremendous danger and crisis; never before seen since the end of World War II, these games have been done really well. It's just too bad the media outlets like NBC had to be so stubborn and not let these games be held in September, like the Japanese Olympic Committee had suggested. It seems like American football and baseball playoffs take more precedence in coverage than the Olympics.

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Posted in: Gymnast Biles still struggling with 'petrifying' mental block See in context

Let's see: Do I trust armchair quarterbacks who have never done any gymnastics in their lives, or do I trust the statements of former gymnasts like Dominique Moceanu, who have first-hand experience of what gymnasts and other athletes have to go through? Hmmm ... I think the choice is so obvious.

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

Personally, I feel that anything where the outcome is solely relied on judges (e.g. figure skating, skateboarding, surfing, synchronized events), should not be included as an Olympic sport. The outcome is always going to be subjective and controversy will always loom, no matter what. At least with sports like basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, etc, the physical element, strategy, and will are the main factors in determining the outcome.

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Posted in: Trump insults Pence, McConnell in speech to party donors See in context

The grifter keeps spouting nonsense. He even tries desperately to deceive his GOP base to donate money directly to his own pockets by keeping up with his divisive rhetoric. He is like the gum you can't seem to get off your shoe.

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Posted in: Medical examiner blames pressure on neck, not drugs, for Floyd's death See in context

I wonder if Chauvin could go without oxygen for 9 minutes, with a knee pressed against his neck. All of that against an unarmed man who was accused of one counterfeit bill. And yet, when a white guy commits mass murder, they don't use nearly the same kind of force on them.

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Posted in: Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure See in context

Wow! It takes three fully-armed and well-trained officers to restrain an unarmed man. Also, to keep using excessive force even though he was totally unresponsive. And to top it off, not even trying to give him CPR, even though they were well-trained to give it, when it was apparent that he was unconscious. It is totally clear that Chauvin is guilty. If not, then I guess anyone can become an police officer nowadays. If he isn't found guilty then it sends the message that any police officer can arrest and use excessive force on any civilian, whether they are a threat to them or not.

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Posted in: Florida Republican Rep Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations See in context

He is truly a repugnant human being. No, actually, he shouldn't even be classified as a human being. I think I truly started hating him the moment he became the lone Congress person to vote against a human trafficking bill. He obviously showed that he doesn't mind the trafficking of minors.

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Posted in: British citizen arrested for dumping bento trash in mailbox See in context

That's pretty gross. Imagine receiving one of those mail with some soy sauce or mayonnaise stains on it from his discarded bento.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Trump's acquittal smells eerily similar to when O.J. Simpson was. I can guarantee that Trump will not get away from the numerous suits being brought forward against him. The Georgia lawsuit of extortion is one that seems to have real legs because there is insurmountable proof of his liability in that case. He will go to jail in the end for something, just like O.J.

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Posted in: Super Bowl No. 7 for Tom Brady as Buccaneers beat Chiefs 31-9 See in context

Credit for the win should go to DC Todd Bowles for creating a masterpiece of a plan. The Bucs got gashed by K.C. in their regular season game, but this time around, they made the necessary adjustments. K.C. probably didn't expect to see so much Cover 2 and 2-man coverage. Credit for that should go to their young secondary who didn't allow Kelce and Hill to go wild, and made Mahomes stay in the pocket longer for the four man rush to apply just enough pressure to get them off their game.

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Posted in: On first day, Biden rolls back Trump policies on border wall, climate, WHO, health, Muslims See in context

Trump agrees with you - he loves employing illegals at his properties - cheaper than hiring Americans...

So true. Also, let's not forget that Trump is notorious for stiffing payment to his workers. His followers should have used their "Stop the Steal" signs for Trump to stop stealing money from them and his workers.

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Posted in: Capitol rioters hold out hope for a Trump pardon See in context

“I feel like I was basically following my president. I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So I was doing what he asked us to do,”

If Trump does pardon them, then it would be clear admission on his part that he did incite the protesters and caused an insurrection. Even Trump wouldn't be so stupid to do that.

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Posted in: U.S. state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end See in context

Thanks to Trump, Americans have to be more afraid from their own fellow Americans, than from foreign terrorists. It's not to crazy to think that we will now need walls surrounding all federal buildings, monuments, etc. as well as heightened security at all times.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

I really hope they impeach Trump, even if it has to be after he leaves office for the sole reason of taking away his tax-payer funded benefits he would receive as a former president. He absolutely does not deserve a penny more from hardworking Americans.

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Posted in: 'King Kazu' renews Yokohama FC contract at nearly 54 See in context

Great job, King Kazu! Him not making the 1998 WC squad was a tremendous crime.

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

He should be paying for a wall around the Capitol.

At any rate, I'm sure now Mexico is willing to pay for the wall to keep Americans out of Mexico. Heck, I'm pretty sure Canada wants to build a wall to keep crazy right-wing white supremacist lunatics out of their country too.

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Posted in: Justice Department pursuing seditious conspiracy cases in probe of Capitol riot See in context

I'm sure they are also investigating whether or not it was an inside job. It sure looks that way. The Washington D.C. police department even requested that the Department of Defense send in the National Guard, but was totally ignored. It wasn't until Pence called in way later, that the guard and backup was sent. It was a stark contrast to the preparation for the BLM protests. The insurrectionists seemingly had the doors open for them and they knew the layout of the building.

On any normal day, if anyone wants to visit the Capitol, they have to go to strict clearance and checks. Even handicapped people in wheelchairs have to have their wheelchairs thoroughly inspected. Mothers with babies have to have their bags of baby necessities X-rayed and hand-checked. Yet, these armed protesters were allowed to go through the doors unimpeded. Why?

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Posted in: Florida man spotted with Pelosi lectern gets $25,000 bail See in context

What a terrible example to set for his children. I really hope his children don't grow up to be thieves and looters like him. Guys like him don't deserve to have children.

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Posted in: West Virginia lawmaker charged with entering Capitol in riot resigns See in context

As more details come out about this riot, it gets more and more disturbing at how violent it was. Police were not only injured, but some seriously. A lot only saw the outside where protesters were mostly peaceful. However, there were many inside the building armed with guns and knives and zip straps ready to kidnap and possibly torture or kill congress men and women. They looted and destroyed property. You thought the BLM protests were violent? The riots in the Capitol made them look like children's playtime. I really hope they go after and punish all perpetrators hard, so nothing like this can happen again.

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Posted in: Democrats plan impeachment; Twitter deletes Trump's account See in context

Trumpism is an ideology. It has no place in the GOP. In effect, it has been like a cancer spreading in the GOP and causing it to split into to camps. The traditional Republican party, and the party of Trump.

Trump doesn't care one bit for the ideals and traditions of the GOP. In fact, Trump doesn't even care for any of his supporters, contrary to what his supporters may believe. His supporters are so stupid to think that their shyster of a leader actually cares for their needs and wants. All Trump cares about is himself and only himself. Just look at how quick he will throw former friends under the bus. Heck, I'm not sure he even likes his children.

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Posted in: Democrats plan impeachment; Twitter deletes Trump's account See in context

Trump must be punished. Even though impeachment may take too long with only 12 days left until Biden takes office, he and every senator and protester who took part in this coup must be held accountable and severely punished. If not, make no mistake, it would send a message to future despots and power hungry wannnabe leaders to do this again. Next time, it could be even worse. Instead of impeachment, maybe a lengthy incarceration would be more appropriate. These attacks on America's democracy cannot happen again.

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Posted in: Trump says he will not attend Biden's inauguration See in context

He is being petty as he has always been. He will go down as the biggest sore loser there ever was. To top that off, he has shown to be a liar and coward, as he first said to his followers that he would be right there with them as they marched to the Capitol, but was quickly found hunkering in the WH. Cowards will always lead from behind.

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Posted in: Prosecutor: Sedition charge possible for pro-Trump rioters See in context

Defund the police!

Except the U.S. Capitol police of course.

The Capitol police were so inept. They were taking selfies with the protesters, and basically opened the front door for them. A stark contrast in the way the Black Lives Matters protest in Washington was dealt with. A clear sign that racism exists among the police force.

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Posted in: Woman killed in siege of U.S. Capitol was veteran who embraced conspiracy theories See in context

"She loved her country and she was doing what she thought was right to support her country, joining up with like-minded people that also love their president and their country," he told Fox 5. "She was voicing her opinion and she got killed for it."

No, she only loved Trump and his right-wind ideals. If she cared about her country, she wouldn't have willfully broken into a government building, destroying property, and threatening bodily harm on government officials.

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