JenniferKim comments

Posted in: Lockerbie bomber freed; returns to Libya to die See in context

Americans won't understand this, but showing "mercy" to this man opens a path to dialogue and closure. Guilty or not, Scotland has chosen to show some great kindness to this man. Acting out of feelings of revenge, anger or hate never benefits anybody. The world would be a much better place, if more people chose compassion and empathy, over revenge and anger.

It is not about anger or revenge.

It is about justice -- a word which, curiously, does not appear anywhere in your message.

For all these years in prison, he was fed and clothed and housed and kept alive. He was also given medical treatment.

For what he did, pal, that's "mercy" enough.

This man doesn't need our mercy anyway. He needs God's mercy now. He needs it a LOT. .

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Posted in: Lockerbie bomber freed; returns to Libya to die See in context

BOYCOTT SCOTLAND

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Posted in: 'Eeeek, gokiburi!' How gallant guys can score points with damsels in distress See in context

And why are guys expected to "score points" with the women in their lives? If a woman expects a man to "score points" with her, as if it's a frequent-flyer program with sex as the reward, then she's not really a woman. She's a little girl inhabiting an adult female body. She's even a prostitute of sorts.

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Posted in: 'Eeeek, gokiburi!' How gallant guys can score points with damsels in distress See in context

So, women can be corporate CEOs and space-shuttle pilots and hold high political office and even command armies -- but we are too "girly" to deal with a little bug in the house?

This whole idea that men have to deal with the bugs, while the women cower on the sofa and go "eek!", is incredibly sexist. Toward BOTH genders.

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Posted in: Angry Hillary Clinton: 'I'm secretary of state, not Bill' See in context

another student had asked if the U.S. and the West felt a need to apologize to the people of Congo for colonialism and post-colonial interference.

Good point. In the interest of avoiding "post-colonial interference," maybe we should stop sending billions of dollars in aid to Africa.

Especially since most of that money never seems to help anybody out of poverty -- it's used instead by the "leaders" to build themselves palaces and buy themselves new fleets of Benzes.

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Posted in: Angry Hillary Clinton: 'I'm secretary of state, not Bill' See in context

She is secretary of state now -- our country's top diplomat. She should not be so testy when answering questions by university students in another country. She should grow up and remember that, as our country's top diplomat, it's not just about her or her feelings. The whole Obama administration seems to be reminded, in fact, that it's not just about themselves and their own feelings.

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Posted in: 'Gayjin' find it tough going in Tohoku See in context

If you don't like Japan's attitude toward homosexuality, you can always go home. It's an exercise in cultural arrogance to try to remake Japan into a Western image ... even when it comes to something "politically correct" like homosexuality.

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Posted in: 'Gayjin' find it tough going in Tohoku See in context

I hope she’s not as fat as the other one was; then maybe I’ll have a fighting chance.

Is it just me? Or is the author who champions "acceptance" and "open-mindedness" displaying an intolerant attitude toward "fat" people?

I just love how pro-gay people demand tolerance from others, while refusing to extend it to others.

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Posted in: 'Gayjin' find it tough going in Tohoku See in context

I understand why the gay bars frequented by friends of mine here in Sendai have a strict “no straights” policy

So much for gays being the self-proclaimed "champions of tolerance."

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Posted in: Teacher gets pay cut for putting chalk in yawning student’s mouth See in context

LFRAgain, the teacher actually apologized for his behavior and pledged never to do it again. So why are you still defending him?

You sound like a lawyer who continues to piss and moan about a client's innocence -- after the client has already admitted to the crime!

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Posted in: Teacher gets pay cut for putting chalk in yawning student’s mouth See in context

Also, that the kid stayed out of school the next day, then only sporadically attended thereafter suggests that there’s far more at work here with this kid’s attitudes

Great. So if I assault a kid at my school -- and yes, putting chalk into a kid's mouth IS assault -- and he/she skips school for a few days after that, I should blame it on his/her attitude?

Yeah. Kids just LOVE going to school where there are teachers who assault them. How dare they expect to go to class without toxic substances being placed in their mouths! Oh, these kids today!

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Posted in: Teacher gets pay cut for putting chalk in yawning student’s mouth See in context

I can imagine the sort of kid he was dealing with here. And besides, it was chalk, for Pete's sake, not a handful of asbestos.

If you put chalk in a yawning person's mouth at the food court at the mall, you would be charged with assault. Why should it be any different here?

A 10 percent pay cut over 3 months seems way too lenient. .

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Posted in: Boston policeman who arrested Gates won't apologize See in context

But Gates countered by saying Crowley was clearly responding to racial profiling and “couldn’t understand a black man standing up for his rights, right in his face.”

The "right in his face" remark suggests, to me, that Dr. Gates was being belligerent.

There is a way to stand up for one's rights, without being "in your face" about it. Dr. Gates, of all people, should know that.

As for Obama's comments about this, he should put a cork in it. How can he say for a fact that the cops acted "stupidly"? He wasn't there.

Besides, tis is a local issue. It's not his concern. This is none of the federal government's business. Or perhaps Obama needs a distraction from his plummeting approval ratings on the economy and health-care.

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Posted in: Renowned African-American scholar Gates arrested; claims racism See in context

So .. Dr. Gates refused to ID himself, he immediately lodged a racism charge against cops who were just trying to their jobs, and he finished off by saying "you don't know who you're messing with."

Even if Dr. Gates didn't actually commit a crime ... he's guilty of being a first-class jackass.

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Posted in: 20-year-old man arrested for killing woman in Tokyo apartment See in context

In a country where they lock people in hotels for having the flu, they have let mentally unstable people in out-patient treatment? Japan has a serious lack of understanding of the mentally ill.

Wow -- a double play. Japan-bashing, and bashing people with mental illness, in the same sentence.

It is the writer of this ridiculous comment (and not Japan) that has a serious lack of understanding of the mentally ill.

Millions of mentally ill people -- and not just in Japan -- can receive psychiatric care on an outpatient basis, and the vast majority of them do not commit violent acts.

The writer seems to think that all mentally ill people should be locked up in inpatient care. Then he/she has the gall to say that Japan doesn't understand mental illness.

Such ignorant comments are the price we must pay for free speech, I guess.

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Posted in: Two die after toxic gas leaks into Ishikawa school cafeteria See in context

Another fine example of Japanese job safety!

Why is it that whenever something tragic happens in Japan ... someone, somewhere will turn it into an excuse to engage in Japan-bashing?

You mean deadly workplace accidents never happen in any other country?

Seriously ... every time I read some tragic news story and then read the Japan Today comments, there's somebody using it as an excuse to trash Japan. If you guys think this is such a bad country, why not just get the hell out and go home?

Moderator: Readers are allowed to express their opinions without being told to go home.

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Posted in: Praying for a hubby See in context

Stop hanging out inside your house everyday and all day watching stupid variety shows and reading comics

How do you know these women do these things? Do you just assume they do, because they're Japanese?

I will never stop wondering why some foreigners, who would otherwise be opposed to comments based on racial stereotypes, so often give themselves license to say blatantly stereotypical things about their Japanese hosts.

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Posted in: Malaysia arrests 9 Christians for trying to convert Muslims See in context

Muslims in the West often complain about the "prejudice" they encounter -- but the undeniable truth is, they face far less prejudice (and enjoy far more freedom) than non-Muslims do in predominantly Muslim countries.

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Posted in: U.S. House plan boosts taxes on rich to 20-year high See in context

My brother works for the Chamber of Commerce for a major US West Coast city. He tells me that the business community in that city -- and, presumably, the business community of every other city -- has ZERO confidence in Obama or the Democrat Congress.

The current Democrat government are a bunch of ideologues who are making decisions based on ideology rather than effectiveness.

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Posted in: U.S. House plan boosts taxes on rich to 20-year high See in context

This is absolutely insanity. Why a tax hike on ANYBODY is being considered during a grinding recession is totally beyond me.

An across-the-board tax cut for ALL businesses and individuals would get our economy moving again almost instantly. It would create more wealth which could then be taxed, which could in turn be used to fund all those things that Obama wants to fund, but for which we don't even have the money.

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Posted in: My first run-in with the police See in context

JenniferKim...If that is your only experience with them then why the ridiculous statement above?

Because I know other foreigners who've been stopped by police. They were polite and respectful, but did not let on that they spoke any Japanese. They were treated well by the cops too.

And, a person's opinion isn't "ridiculous" just because you happen to disagree with it. Have a little tolerance for people whose viewpoints differ from your own.

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Posted in: The cheering gets nasty at a pro baseball game See in context

If you were a Red Sox fan sitting in the right-field seats at Yankee Stadium, I bet it would have been a whole lot worse.

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Posted in: The cheering gets nasty at a pro baseball game See in context

I hate baseball and after this story it makes me happy that I have never ever wasted my time by actually going to a baseball game. A stupid Japanese slut slapping a 5 year old?

Why are you blaming BASEBALL for the poor kid getting slapped? Baseball didn't make the woman slap the kid. Being a nasty b---h made her do it. She could have done it at the shopping mall just as easily.

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Posted in: The cheering gets nasty at a pro baseball game See in context

Before reading about your son being slapped, we read about a fight, "busy buglers," chanting, a "messianic trance," and "baseball killer zombies." Why do all these things seem to bother you just as much as your son getting slapped? Something is wrong here, no offense.

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Posted in: Serial cat killer on the loose again in Tokyo's Setagaya See in context

Veteran volunteers of the local humane society recall the series of cat killings in the Setagaya area, in which 13 cats died. “Shortly after 13 stray cats had been neutered and released..."

Why does the "humane" society just "release" cats back into the city? Instead of either trying to find homes for them, or putting them to sleep?

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Posted in: My first run-in with the police See in context

My only dealings with the police here involved a minor traffic accident -- somebody backed into my car while it was parked in a school parking lot (I was inside teaching).

Had to go to the police station to do up some paperwork. No big deal at all -- except the cop, when filling out the report, forgot what YEAR it was! That was confidence-inspiring!

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Posted in: Kindergarten president arrested for hit-and-run which killed 2-year-old girl See in context

This joker is no different to any other Japanese person.

I'm not a big fan of using tragedies like this to take shots at Japanese people in general. Substitute "black person" for "Japanese person" and then ask yourself if you would make the same sort of statement.

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Posted in: House lays groundwork to probe CIA plan to kill al-Qaida leaders See in context

This program was never actually implemented -- and that's why Congress was never told about it. Nothing illegal about that.

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Posted in: My first run-in with the police See in context

Don't EVER speak Japanese to Japanese cops -- even if you have been in Japan for years and are Level 1 on the JLPT!

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Posted in: The cheering gets nasty at a pro baseball game See in context

Why is the woman who slapped your son calling security? Why aren't YOU calling security AND the cops -- and pressing charges against her for assault and battery?

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