maxjapank comments

Posted in: Trump meets Obama for first time at White House See in context

Gonna miss Obama. He did a great job, despite the unwillingness of Republicans to work with him. Wish I could be more like him. But I don't think I am capable of supporting this new presidency.

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Posted in: Trump edges closer to White House win See in context

Dems shoulda gone with Bernie from the start. The majority of voters wanted him, but the super delegates gave it to her.

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Posted in: Obama disputes Trump on rigged election, tells him to 'stop whining' See in context

lol. Look at all the thumbs up and thumbs down. I think this article link has been copied to a Trump supporter's website. Cause it definitely doesn't reflect the usual opinion of JT posters. It's almost like how the online polls were manipulated in saying that Trump won the debates.

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Posted in: Roman coins ID'd in Okinawan ruins, but how they got there remains mystery See in context

Looks like a penny to me.

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Posted in: Giving up on Trump, Ryan focuses on saving GOP majority See in context

I almost feel like Trump is trying to see how much he can say and do...and still have his supporters blindly follow him. It's almost comical, and yet not funny at all. I'm really starting to believe that when he said "I could shoot someone and my supporters would still support me" that he was telling the truth.

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Posted in: Kaine attacks, Pence fights back in U.S. vice presidential debate See in context

lol. Funny add. Pence looks so smug. But what a liar!

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Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate See in context

All you have to do is look to the rally today in Florida. Maybe 12,000 in the arena, another 12,000 outside and over 25,000 watching live streaming coverage. And their enthusiasm is electric.

As enthusiastic as them watching pro wrestling. It's entertainment, whether it's real or not.

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump poised for debate showdown See in context

How did we get to the point that Hillary even got in this race to begin with, after 8 years of having been through the ringer with one of the worst presidents,

Personally, I think Obama and his wife have been the best we've seen. It's the first time I've wished that a president could serve longer than 8 years. I would love for Michelle to come back as president some day, though I'm not sure she's interested.

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Posted in: In dramatic reversal, Cruz to vote for Trump See in context

The democrats about to feel the burn......................Trump for president.

The world is about to be burned if Trump becomes president. It's actually a bit scary.

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Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV See in context

I had this Japanese student who wrote an essay about how foreigners should behave in Japan. She supposedly won an award for it. And I was really interested in reading it until she was telling me, a teacher, to be more energetic and clown-like at the Open Campus for my school. Of course I am always friendly and full of smiles for new prospective students. I'm actually that way with all of my students. But there's a borderline between being naturally excited and crazy excited. And unfortunately many Japanese have a stereotyped idea of this "crazy" foreigner image.

I really understand what Micaela says about people trying to “give me a personality that is not mine”. Good on you, Micaela.

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Posted in: Finding a half decent gym in Japan: A survival guide See in context

I bought my own free weights, bench, and pull up bar. They fit nicely in the tatami mat room that nobody uses. haha. I thought about joining a gym, but I have found it much easier to just work out when I get home. It's easy to take a shower immediately after, too.

For me, the hardest thing was balancing a work out time between family and regular work. So having my own weights was also a way to be near my family. Now my wife is working out with them, too. I also started biking to work three days a week about a year ago. I bike on Mon, Wed, Fri, and change into work clothes when I get there. Tues/Thurs is by car to bring extra work clothes for biking. And Tues/Thurs is for weights when I get home. Sat/Sun is weights on one of those days.

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Posted in: Suddenly unsure on immigration, Trump trying to clear it up See in context

Trump has no clear policies. Has presented no real solutions. And is quick to say one thing one day, and then the complete opposite the next day. And even when this is pointed out, his supporters still defend him. They defend him not by clarifying what he would do, but rather by attacking his opponent. There is a reason for this. It's because they cannot answer what he would do. It's because they have no real answers. But just watch one of them is going to respond to my attacking his opponent and not giving any answers.

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Posted in: Trump nominated as Republican presidential candidate See in context

Has the doomsday clock been adjusted?

Don't know. But if Trump wins and people who make comments like this:

The RNC has one goal, re-weaponizing America. --And Thank God for that, it's long overdue!

Then we just might see another world war.

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Posted in: Trump nominated as Republican presidential candidate See in context

True. And the Dems are going to repeat the exact same mistake next week. Sad day, sad week, sad next four years no matter who wins in November.

No argument here. What does it mean when 58% of the voters are unhappy with both candidates?

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Posted in: Trump nominated as Republican presidential candidate See in context

What a sad day in America.

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Posted in: 50 dead, 53 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting See in context

There is absolutely no reason a civilian should have access to assault weapons. As for handguns, though I am against them, I am willing to accept that as a part of American culture. However, stricter laws, perhaps background checks and longer waiting periods, should be implemented. I understand that making guns more difficult to own and purchase will not curb gun violence completely. But it will help. And the majority of Americans would support steps like these.

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Posted in: H.I.S. cancels travel with 'beautiful girls' campaign after complaints See in context

Omg! I am a loss for words. How cheesy!

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Posted in: Here’s what Japanese men and women think about cheating See in context

I may be traditional in some eyes, but I married for life. Sure, we have our own seperate interests, but we still share many common ones. And I think if you want to continue a meaningful relationship, then you make efforts to do things together. That's what motivated me to starting jogging. Saw my wife doing it, and I wanted to spend more time with her. So I began getting in shape and now we run every weekend together. It gives us special time alone away from the kids, too.

Infedelity would be a hard thing to get through, if that ever happened. But I know on my end that I have and will never do that. Why would I mess up what I value most? And over a one night thing? No, not gonna happen from me. We are best friends and true soul mates. Feel lucky to have her.

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Posted in: Anonymous email threat closes all Los Angeles schools See in context

Wc626 Don't forget the many more unecessary deaths that are caused by handguns and assault weapons. Weapons whose sole purpose is to kill human beings. As you say, doesn't matter where the threat comes from. It's there everyday with your claim to 2nd amendment rights. But you know, it is an amendment. And and amendment by definition can be changed.

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Posted in: Clashes over national security mark 5th Republican debate See in context

Which one is the lesser of two evils? It's hard to decide.

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Posted in: Debate on separate spouse surnames heats up before court ruling See in context

Maxplank, basically you've got zero rights in your household, including being your daughter's legal guardian. I would say you've been suckered...

Well...I don't know how true that is. I do know that some foreigners have a terrible time trying to be with their kids after a divorce. But my relationship with my wife is solid. We are soul mates through and through and have been for 18 years. My daughter knows who her Dad is, and both of our families are supportive of us. So if this is what being suckered means, I'll take it...happily.

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Posted in: Debate on separate spouse surnames heats up before court ruling See in context

Interesting! I guess this doesn't apply to International marriages. When I got married to my wife (Japanese), we couldn't decide on whose name to take. So the Japanese city hall official told us we didn't need to decide right away, that we could change it later. So we got married. I kept my last name. She kept hers.

It turned out, though, that you had to decide within a certain time period. Of course, he didn't tell us that. So when we went back, after that period, we were told we'd have to petition a name change in the courts. We didn't want to go through that trouble. So here we are. I have my last name. And she has hers.

The only problem we've run into since then was when my daughter was born. My wife wanted her to have my last name. But when I went to the city hall, I was told that my daughter could only take the family name on the Juminhyo (family registry), which still had my wife's last name.

So here we are now. My wife has her original family name. My daughter has her mother's name. I have my orignal family name. And just so the U.S. immigration officials won't get confused, I gave my daughter my last name as her middle name on her American passport.

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Posted in: Trump rejects criticism of his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering U.S. See in context

@plasticmonkey The Pentagon has called Trump's proposal a threat to national security. That is correct. Trump is no longer a joke. He has unleashed a very self-destructive force that has been hiding under the surface of American public life. It is coming to the fore, and you can see it in some of the comments by regular posters (and journalists) on this website.

You are so right. And it speaks volumes that some of the regular posters here are unwilling to speak out against Trump. They will talk about anything else to avoid saying that Trump is wrong, and even go so far as to defend him. The racism and discrimination is just deplorable.

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Posted in: Trump calls for 'complete shutdown' on Muslims entering U.S. See in context

What a complete nut! And this is still the Republicans front-runner? Shame on you.

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Sorry to break this to you max, but John Lennon himself admitted when a disappointed friend observing Yoko's thousands of mink coats reminded him, "Imagine no possessions, remember John?" "Thats just a bloody song!" John replied. The words had as much meaning for John as those in I Am the Walrus, or Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite. Its called show biz.

No. The song has meaning. A very good meaning. And I'm sure even with Lennon's remark about the shoes, he believed in the message. The real world is that we have fanatics in the Muslim world and in the Western world. Fanatics are unwilling to accept any other ways except their own. It is the "world" you and them live in that continues this fighting. And unfortunately, we others are endangered because of it.

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Damn straight. Why should I have to accept or respect their "values" In my own country (US)? The nerve of some of these foreigners . . . . wanting to live in america and demand expectations. It is "they" who need to accept our way.

Not the other way around.

Spoken like a true Nationalist. But the U.S. does not belong to you alone. It is home to a multitude of beliefs. I do understand your feelings, though. There are people here in Japan who also think the same as you.

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Im with you on this though: muslims do not belong in western societies. Theres just a different set of "values" in action.

Actually its this kind of thinking, "us" vs. "them", that makes it so hard for people of different nationalities, races, sexualities, and religions to live together. You're just as guilty for causing conflict because of your lack of acceptance, your unwillingness to see people as human beings. Perhaps you might actually listen to John Lennon's "Imagine" song again.

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

The best way is to let the states or counties decide, just like there used to be dry counties in the southern U.S. that prohibited alcohol there could be counties that made gun ownership so difficult that the status quo would change.

I know it sounds good. But it won't work like that. The county I lived in was a "dry" county. But the one next to it was "wet." So everyone from my county would just drive 20 minutes away to buy alcohol and bring it back. It was actually quite silly.

As for guns, people have often cited that even though Chicago has one of the toughest gun laws in America, they still have one of the highest gun-related crimes / deaths. What they fail to mention is that you can also just drive 20 minutes away to Indiana and buy a gun.

Nothing is going to change unless it happens on a national level.

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

Err.... like the French, whose gun laws are to blame for the Paris massacres and the attempted on at the Eurostar recently, according to your logic? Do you seriously think a new law will stop those who are determined to go on a rampage, especially in a country that is already awash with weapons?

Not a new law, but banning hand guns and assault weapons. Weapons whose sole purpose is to take human life. Yes, I think getting rid of all of these types of weapons, except for those in law enforcement, will save more lives. See...I value human life more than your so called right to bear arms. Do you? Do any of you who continually defend the 2nd amendment? Is your right to carry a handgun more important than the current loss of human lives?

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Posted in: California shooting rampage leaves 14 dead; 2 suspects killed in gun battle with police See in context

I know that it was the gunmen who killed these people. But I can't help but blame all of those who continually support hand guns and assault rifles. It is your insistence on a person's right to bear arms, soley for the pupose of killing human beings, that is contributing to these mass shootings. You are an accessory to the loss of these people's lives.

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