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Posted in: Tearful Sawajiri confirms plan to divorce, promises to change attitude See in context

Sawajiri tearfully said that if the Japanese public could forgive her recent rebellious behavior, she planned to change her attitude and return to her celebrity lifestyle in Japan

My family and I had a 90 minute discussion about this and let me say, it was quite emotional. But we finally decided that although we strongly disaprove of her behavior, we will in fact forgive her. But we want her to know that we will be closely monitoring her attitude and lifestyle changes.

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Posted in: At Obama's midpoint, an altered State of the Union See in context

The divisive nature of American politics today has rendered the country incapable of achieving anything meaningful for the people. There are two juvenile parties sparring like two testosterone infused jocks fighting to see which has the larger unmentionables.

Very true. Might there be a legitimate 3rd party to shatter the two party system in the next decade? Personally, I think a party that is financially conservative and socially liberal might resonate with many Americans...but what do I know.

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Posted in: Giffords leaves hospital in Arizona See in context

And what would describe the people who broadcast hatred and invective that certainly reaches the minds of many borderline mental cases?

Bad argument. You are starting to get into semantics. In that case you had better ban heavy metal music, violent video games, movies, and TV.

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Posted in: Giffords leaves hospital in Arizona See in context

I don't believe that many of my fellow Americans would agree that the luxury of demonizing opponents with violent rhetoric and demagoguery is worth the price of the harm done to people like Representative Giffords and the other victims of Tucson. Some Americans might feel it is worth it. The vast majority would not.

You are making some very far reaching assumptions about my previous post. Read my post again.

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Posted in: Giffords leaves hospital in Arizona See in context

Political opponents should not be treated as enemies.

Nice try Yabits. I wish it were so, but it isnt. But the politicians are not to blame. They are just a reflection of the American public. Americans are very willing consumers of all the negative ads and chest thumping...they love it. It is what sells. Politicians will do whatever is effective to get elected. Negative and attack campaigns work. Seems to me, Americans are not very interested in rational, civil debate. They are more interested in raw emotional displays and demonizing people with opinions that differ from theirs.

American politics has turned into a circus talk show. But then again, that's what Americans love.

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Posted in: Obama refocuses on job creation efforts See in context

As Obama made his pitch Friday, the top-ranking African-American in Congress called on the president to make a more concerted effort to help hard-hit minority communities.

A couple points. Why would his being African-American be relevant to anything? Also, when are Americans going to stop calling people "African-Americans" and just say, "American"? Does it really matter what color someone is? Why does everything have to be categorized? I know some black Americans, and they have never been to Africa, and dont plan on going to Africa. They were born in America...but they are constantly called "African-American".

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Posted in: New Alabama governor apologizes for remarks on Christians See in context

"Apology" and "damage control" are not the same thing. This apology is just a PR job.

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Posted in: New Alabama governor apologizes for remarks on Christians See in context

Hmmmm. If it were a governor that just happened to be Muslim and said the same thing, there would be an uproar by many Americans. Double standard.

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Posted in: Arizona Rep Giffords shot, 6 killed, including judge, 9-year-old girl See in context

Wow. Just read that he obtained his gun legally. I guess the next question would be, if he had a history of being mentally unstable, how was he legally allowed to obtain and keep a gun?

Now I know some people will say, "A more strict gun law would not have prevented him from doing this. He would have been able to get one on the black market". That would probably be true. But if you are going to use that logic, then why doesn't the USA go ahead and make cocaine and heroin legal...and while you are at it, bazookas and RPGs etc.

There are shades of gray inbetween black and white.

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Posted in: Arizona Rep Giffords shot, 6 killed, including judge, 9-year-old girl See in context

Giffords was barely re-elected over a Tea Party candidate. There are many Arizonans against the unconstitutuional Democrat healthcare debacle.

This kind of illustrates my "sore loser" previous post.

It doesn't matter if she was barely re-elected. She was elected...she won. As for the healthcare "debacle" being unconstitutional...both sides have said from the beginning it will be up to the Supreme Court to decide. And if the court rules it is unconstitutional, people will need to accept that. And if the court rules it is constitutional, people will need to accept that as well.

At some point, you have to stop always complaining about things that don't always go your way and respect the process of government that is.

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Posted in: Arizona Rep Giffords shot, 6 killed, including judge, 9-year-old girl See in context

The Radical Left in America is becoming more and more dangerous.

Go ahead and leave out the "left" and just say, "the radical in America are becoming more and more dangerous".

America has a pretty accurate reputation for valuing a "win at all costs" attitude towards life. Competition is highly valued. It's actually great in some respects. But on the other side, it also creates a "sore loser" attitude.

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Posted in: Obama faces opposition from newly empowered Republicans See in context

I can't believe this silliness is allowed to stand here.

It was meant to be a joke, but it was also meant to make a point. I guess you missed it. Oh well. Those that got it, got it...those that didn't, didn't.

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Posted in: Obama faces opposition from newly empowered Republicans See in context

And I didn't know the military is part of the government

It is in that tax payers fund it.

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Posted in: Obama faces opposition from newly empowered Republicans See in context

Republicans have vowed to shrink government

I wonder if this includes the 742,848 military bases that the US has scattered over the globe on foreign soil.

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Posted in: In U.S. Congress, a harder line on illegal immigrants expected See in context

The folks on the left need to get realistic about immigration. A country's immigration system serves a purpose (otherwise just let anyone and everyone in the country).

The folks on the right need to get realistic about immigration. Simply saying deport all illegals now isnt practical, and neither is building an expensive wall.

If people want to amend the Constitution they are entitled to try. Personally, I think the government should hit the companies that employ illegals severely. Give them hard fines...put these companies out of business...set an example and a deterant.

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Posted in: U.S. Senate votes to overturn military gay ban See in context

Overdue. America is about freedom...right?

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Posted in: Senate showdown may pave way for year-end tax deal See in context

Democrats have controlled the House and Senate since 2007. That's why. The bottom 40 percent of wage earners in America pay NO federal income tax. You can guess which party the majority of them vote for...

Interesing. But didnt the wars start in 2002? Why werent the taxes raised in the period between '02 and '07?

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Posted in: Senate showdown may pave way for year-end tax deal See in context

I'm suprised American taxes haven't been raised. They have been fighting two very expensive wars for quite some time.

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Posted in: Hostages released from Wisconsin high school; gunman shoots himself See in context

If the 23 students and teacher had guns this could have easily been prevented.

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Posted in: WikiLeaks reveals more sensitive U.S. data See in context

Molenir - If this was a legal slam dunk, why wouldn't they go ahead with it? Something is missing. Don't be so cynical and eat a bran muffin or something.

There is a fine line between "classified" and "keep the public uninformed".

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Posted in: WikiLeaks reveals more sensitive U.S. data See in context

Seriously, the complete lack of anything being done here, goes to show just how weak and incompetent the Obama administration really is.

Politics aside, legally speaking...what options does Obama have? Any lawyers out there care to shed some light?

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Posted in: Tony Blair, Christopher Hitchens debate religion See in context

Who is "we"?

Humanity. You misintepreted what I typed.

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Posted in: Pope: Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversary a reminder to disarm See in context

should serve as reminders of the continued threat nuclear weapons pose and the need to get rid of them.

Great idea. But how do we get rid of them? Who gets rid of them? Who pays for it? Who verifies it? How do we monitor it once we get rid of them? How do we account for them? How do we account for individuals/groups that have already acquire them? How do we account for individuals/groups that will aquire them in the future? What happens if a country or group decides to change their minds after the fact? Etc etc etc etc etc..........

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Posted in: Tony Blair, Christopher Hitchens debate religion See in context

WilliB - I would disagree.

Over the past 100 years, there has been an amazing array of inventions, discoveries, and advancements in a wide variety of fields that has radically transformed life as we know it. Just to think that we sent an object (and people), outside this planet for the first time in history a mere 50 years ago is quite something. I wish I could be around to see what happens in the next 500 years.

Just my guess, but we probably won't lose relgion per se...but rather our view/interpreation of it and how we apply it to our lives/communities/governments will be radically different 500 years from now.

Somebody once told me, the great thing about science is it doesn't care how you feel...it just is. Gravity doesn't care how you feel...if you jump off a building, you will fall. Religion is the opposite. It's whole existence is based on how you feel. Also, in science there is a concerted effort to actually DISPROVE a theory...whereas in religion, the tendency is to dig in your heels deeper and cast aside questions/doubts.

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Posted in: Tony Blair, Christopher Hitchens debate religion See in context

500 years later, most people are going to look back at today's view of religion and laugh.

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Posted in: 4 in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete in U.S. See in context

I think that for a child it is important that parents have a committed relationship and not just live together. For a couple that is living together, there really isn't any significant tie that can help during the ups and downs and difficult times during a long relationship. Sometimes love just isn't enough. Many people stay married not only for the sake of their children but for fear of failing their marriage.

It is possible to have a committed relationship without being married.

It is possilbe to have a "significant tie" without being married.

Many people stay together not only for the sake of their children but for fear of failing their relationship.

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Posted in: Obama enlists big guns to help save nuclear treaty See in context

Republicans have argued that the treaty would limit U.S. missile defense options

How?

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Posted in: 4 in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete in U.S. See in context

A child doesn't care about marriage. All a child cares about is having both parents physically and emotionally present, nurturing, attentive to their needs/feelings, and the ability to help guide and support them through the stages of life development.

I would rather have a mother and father that are not married but have the above qualities, than a mother and father that are married but are dysfunctional, abusive, and abandoning.

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Posted in: Nobel Peace winners in Hiroshima argue for nuclear weapons ban See in context

“Nuclear weapons cannot be disinvented, but they can and must be outlawed, just as chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions have been declared illegal,”

Drugs are also declared illegal...so I guess there are no drugs in the world.

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Posted in: GOP upbeat, Democrats brace for losses in election See in context

President Barack Obama was home from the campaign trail at the White House after a weekend rush through four states. He had a radio interview on his Election Day morning schedule with Ryan Seacrest, the emcee of “American Idol” and host of a Top 40 radio program.

I have said this before many times on this site, and it seems it is more relevant than ever. American politics have turned into a cross between Jerry Springer and American Idol.

One thing I have observed about Americans in the past couple decades or so is that they tend to be very sore losers. They are very "win" driven. A lot of them can not fathom the idea that their beliefs could be wrong/in the minority. Will be interesting to see how the Obama handles his loss.

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