Jeff Ogrisseg comments

Posted in: Dutch Safety Board: Buk missile downed MH17 over Ukraine See in context

So, no actual evidence incriminating the Russian Federation or President Putin?

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Posted in: Breaking barriers: Rika Beppu’s path to the top of corporate law See in context

Great idea to feature Beppu's admirable career achievements. But the writer needs to know that the "nail that gets hammered down" cliche has been hammered down our throats forever, and it left a bad taste long after the unneccessary natto question. (Unless, she's leading a merger with a natto company...)

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Posted in: Japan launches sports agency to boost athletic performance See in context

Suddenly, a 1978 No. 1 gold record single sung by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams is playing in my head...

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Posted in: New arrival See in context

@Kapuna I think Shonan is referring to air wing landings/departures at Atsugi, which if you're living around the Shonan area can get kinda noisy.

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Posted in: Rabid animal rights activists go head-to-head with tradition See in context

Now if only all that oddly directed activism could be rechanneled into shutting down pet stores that snuff puppies, kittens, etc., when they reach their sell-by dates...

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Posted in: Pressure grows on Republicans to take on Trump See in context

I couldn't understand how Trump became the front-runner until I saw him on Jimmy Fallon the other day. The Donald clearly enjoys being The Elephant in the room (pun intended). This is going to be a very entertaining process.

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Posted in: Man arrested for killing 16-year-old girl in Yokohama guesthouse See in context

Is it possible that this is a case of choke-sex gone awry? Not that "choke" makes it better, but "strangle" makes it worse and signals intent. Choking during sex isn't a turn-on for me for precisely this reason, but it's showing up a lot more in porn scenes than it used to.

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Posted in: Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage released from jail See in context

@Sioux The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is pretty clear: "The powers not delegated to the United States [federal government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Since no provision of the Constitution delegates power over marriage to the federal government, this is clearly a states' rights issue and should be addressed as such.

"Next" indeed. I'm neither for nor against same-sex marriage, because I expect no effect either way on my life. I do, however, frown on the political and religious circus the U.S. has become. Wake me up when the Heinlein-esque group/line marriages of Luna are given the same freedom.

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Posted in: Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage released from jail See in context

If only the clouds of politics and religion could be lifted on this, we could see this for the states' rights and federal overreach case that it is.

Marriage is mentioned nowhere in the U.S. constitution, and the constitution grants no powers to the federal government that are not mentioned therein.

But Kim Davis' case does involve a constitution. The constitution of Kentucky, which 75% of that state's voters chose to amend by referendum from 2004. In that amendment, same-sex marriage or any “legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage” was specifically outlawed. No matter what your opinion is on this, that is the law in Kentucky. To throw someone into a Kentucky jail for upholding that law is an assault by the federal government against the state and citizens of Kentucky.

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Posted in: Clinton says private email was a mistake, says she's sorry See in context

"That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility."

Then maybe I'll order one of those "Hillary for Prison 2016" shirts after all.

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Posted in: If you come across children alone at night, please ask them, ‘What are you doing?’ If this is difficult, it’s also OK to contact the police and other authorities. See in context

Many parents have a hard time discouraging their children from staying out at all hours of the night.

Then these supposed "parents" have no business reproducing. Why must I be troubled with someone else's failure to teach their sprogs common sense?

And JT, seriously, is there no effort on phrasing here?

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Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna group puts off new moves to save fish See in context

I'm not a big fan of tuna, but it seems they need a friend to avoid being fished out of existence.

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Posted in: Early visit from Santa See in context

Since when does any self-respecting Santa wear Oxfords? Somebody got lost on the way to the mall...

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Posted in: Are there any reasons for hope in the Middle East? Maybe See in context

Winds of change? More like glad-handing hot air from a pair of neoconservative windbags. Peace, especially in the Middle East, is simply not profitable for the military-industrial complex. Here, they're trying to make you feel good about their sinister goal of overthrowing Assad, who is far, far, far from the monster portrayed by the pressitute media.

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Posted in: White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali See in context

I doubt that McKinley is widely honored in Ohio, so even less reason to do so in Alaska.

On the contrary, there are a number of statues, memorial sites, schools, roads and events named after McKinley in Ohio, including a huge monument and a high school in my hometown of Canton, Ohio. Being assassinated in office or killed on the job has that effect.

Predictably, no one ever pointed out to us the facts about naming the mountain after him. So, here's to Denali!

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Posted in: Little League champs See in context

Omedetou gozaimasu! And what great uniforms, too. (No doubt Mr. Sano had no hand in the design. LOL!)

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Posted in: IndyCar clearly too risky; time to shut it down See in context

Would not bother me in the least if ALL racing activities involving fossil/chemical fuels vanished. There are 1,000 better uses for the money and resources being wasted.

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Posted in: This sort of incident triggers anxiety among residents living near the U.S. bases, and we urge the U.S. to provide further information, to investigate the cause and to prevent the repetition of such i See in context

A huge blaze broke out Monday at a steel pipe plant near Tokyo’s Haneda airport, as television images showed plumes of thick black smoke and flames shooting up into the air.

This sort of incident triggers anxiety among airline passengers and residents living near the airport, and we urge someone to investigate the cause and to prevent the repetition of such incidents. There... see how that works?

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Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands See in context

An honest poll would probably reveal that most Japanese couldn't care less about this event amid all the other problems this country faces, like the economic mess, Fukushima, an ever-rising bill for the 2020 Olympics, etc.

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Posted in: 11 children stung by wasps in Fukuoka Pref See in context

Typical human arrogance. Boy scouts invade the insects' territory and the insects face genocide for defending their home? Great job, scout leader, you deserve a swift kick.

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Posted in: Folding fan emblem proposed for 2020 Olympics soars in popularity See in context

A much, much, much better logo. Flush that clown Sano's hideous "design" down the crapper.

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Posted in: U.S. regulators approve first 'female Viagra' See in context

Why do they call it "viagra"?

For the same reason they slap "Gate" on any scandal under the sun: lack of journalistic integrity.

Having said that, how can a "medication" that has nausea, dizziness and sleepiness as side effects improve women's sex lives? (And doesn't booze already do this?)

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Posted in: Legal challenges mounting for TEPCO over Fukushima disaster See in context

Soak these TEPCO criminals in tar, then drag 'em through feathers. A retro approach of questionable efficacy, but more satisfying than the mollycoddling they're expecting.

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Posted in: Departing U.S. Army chief says Iraq may have to be partitioned See in context

This partitioning plan has been in the works for years. It was the whole point of Washington creating and arming ISIS.

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Posted in: Japan PM calls for probe into WikiLeaks claims of US spying See in context

Suga said Biden had apologized to the Japanese prime minister in a telephone call for “causing troubles,” without confirming the spying claims.

It's weird seeing the "apology" geta on the other foot.

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Posted in: Japanese designer refutes plagiarism claims in Olympic logo See in context

Somebody needs to learn the difference between "refute" and "rebut." Sano's whole argument that he'd never seen the theater's incredibly similar logo and that Debie's claims are groundless is disingenuous, i.e., a rebuttal.

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Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims See in context

Suga said the government has asked James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, to verify the claims.

Good idea! Ask the chap who lied to the U.S. Congress. That'll sort it all out. (lol)

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo design ruffles feathers abroad See in context

It's hideous. Just awful, made even more so by the serif font for "Tokyo 2020".

On the bright side, I'll save a fortune snatching up all the unsold ugly T-shirts to gift my relatives.

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Posted in: Japan shouldn't cave to foreign pressure on PM war anniversary remarks, says aide See in context

how many times can this same news story run?

Hehe, nice one! Trust me when I say that "Surrender Season 2015" is just hitting full stride.

"Conservatives" like Abe would love to have cancelled this series years ago, but it's been renewed for another 10 seasons by executives in Beijing. The drama continues until August 9, when, in the season finale, the mayor of Nagasaki makes a speech calling for an end to the use of nuclear weapons, by everyone, for all time... blah, blah, blah...

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Posted in: Is Apple Watch a dud? See in context

They said the horseless carriage was going to be a dud, Coke in cans, lots of things. This is ver. 1.0, just give it a minute. I'm sure there will be a "compelling use" by the time the 2nd generation rolls out.

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