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Posted in: Which English words or expressions really annoy you? See in context

'than' for 'then' or vice versa.

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Posted in: Men who use trains on dates: Please stay single See in context

Oh I can't wait to take this girl out... said no man ever.

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Posted in: Humanoid robot to keep Japanese astronaut company on space station See in context

Slumdog...my thoughts exactly. I'm sure the robot feels the same ;-)

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

I'm sure the people who think Obama is a failure are the same people who thought he wouldn't get re-elected. There are many things the GOP and their supporters have been saying since W was in office that have proven to be false. I guess we can just add the latest predictions they have to the "bunk" column. The GOP talks the talk, but they sure ass heck don't walk the walk. Many conservative ideals have been espoused for generations, but it was progress that put them on the back burner. Many of their ideas are great in theory, but we (the USA) are not there yet. Let's get to a place where we have a solid foundation for equality and fairness, then we can get to the business of having a true laissez faire society.

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

"Hey Darryl, go check what the worst unemployment rate was during the 8 George W. Bush years, and the best unemployment rate during the almost 4 Obama years."

Okay Serrano... Obama - September 2012 - 7.8% Bush - January 2009 - 7.8%

Looks like they are the same.

In January 2001 the unemployment rate was 4.3%. I would find merit in your argument if Obama started at 4.3%, but when you move your 'I wish it was the same' argument to the 'I wish the average was the same' argument you are not going to get many positive reactions. It's not a fair comparison considering the starting points of both POTUS'.

It seems like this happens a lot in the critique of Obama.

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Posted in: OBAMA RE-ELECTED, SAYS BEST IS YET TO COME See in context

"Heh, I notice my 7:18am post has 6 thumbs-down, but no rebuttals to the truth of my post."

Hey Serrano...if you want the POTUS to do something and then he does it. It's not wise to go to another idea and try to make the same point. You said you would like him to get the unemployment number to where it was when Bush was in office (which he did). Someone gave you that fact. Then you say the average is what you want. That is probably why you keep getting the thumbs down. You moved the goalpost (a common GOP tactic often used by cheaters as well). If he gets it down to the same average, that would be AMAZING. But I think that if he does, you will bring up another goal that you really wanted him to meet. (I would have loved competing against you in sports. It would have given me great joy I'm sure ;-) )

BTW, I'm glad he is still our president.

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Posted in: Is black voter support for President Obama racist? See in context

Well racism has a definition. It's not liking, or not liking, someone of a certain race. Black people have many reasons to vote for someone who understands their issues. A lot of those reasons are the same as why they don't want to vote for another white guy. That is a fact. All of our other presidents have been white guys. I have heard from many afam's that they are voting because they see more opportunity now, unlike before (when they didn't even vote). To me that is different than the white folks who have been interviewed and don't want to vote for the black guy without any regard to the issues. In 2008 there was a statistic that said nearly 30% of those voting republican didn't feel comfortable voting for a black person or a woman. That is pure bigotry and I'm sure some racists were in there too. I don't feel that there are no racist black folks, but I don't think (in America) that they will gain anything from having that view. Plus there is no real precedent for this. But racism towards blacks was the status quo in this country for years and keeping blacks uneducated and delegated to certain areas was the right thing to do. These ideals are hard to get rid of when some sold them as being ordained by god. The same god that many blacks worship today.

I think, for the most part, blacks voting for other blacks is a way to get SOMETHING out of a society that has been giving them nothing for as long as they have had the right to vote by law. You know almost a whole 65 years. They are just looking for a little more hope. It is not a coincidence that the POTUS used that as a campaign slogan in '08.

Sorry for the length.

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Posted in: 16 tips for raising a bilingual child in Japan See in context

I loved the article and all of the comments that pertain to related experiences. I look forward to implementing these methods with my children. Thanks.

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Posted in: Japan's indifference to 'Gangnam Style' riles S Korea See in context

I think it may be because it's not very good. I just watched it and I would agree that it's pretty lame. Especially Psy. Sorry.

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Posted in: Apple, Samsung infringed each other's patents: S Korea court See in context

@ Serrano. I'm not too sure about that. I mean without IBM there would be no Apple. The technology was already out there before Apple made the iPhone. I don't know how it would have happened without Apple, but it definitely would have happened and would have smartphones and tablets. The technology community has been investing in and building these things since at least the early 80's.

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Posted in: Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power' See in context

@bass4funk...I wish the GOP supporters, like yourself, could make an argument or a political statement about the future without mentioning liberals or the POTUS. I don't think you can, but I'd like to see you try. Only then will you get the honest debates you say you remember.

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Posted in: Romney angers Palestinians with pro-Israel comments See in context

It's funny that when a story about Romney comes out in a negative light, and for good reason, conservatives defend him by conjuring up and criticizing Obama. What is so difficult about defending Romney on merit? If he had a legitimate point to make it should be easy to defend. Bringing up tangential doctrines makes for a weak debate. It often seems that the Romney camp's best offense is the rhetorical Obama attack. I hope this doesn't go on much longer because the fact checkers will start to disprove many of the allegations made by the GOP and we may lose the race again come November.

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Posted in: Japan's 'Lolita' style: cutesy and disturbing See in context

Baby make the stars shine bright.

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Posted in: Japanese family's average savings: Y16.64 mil See in context

Quite impressed the median savings of 2/3 of the household is over $100K and all the other households have even more. Can't say that here in the US.

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Posted in: Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting See in context

I support the fact that Zimmerman will get his day in court...Bad (Thumbs down).

I support Zimmerman regardless of all the facts...Good (Thumbs up)

...pathetic

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Posted in: Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting See in context

No wonder Trayvon was followed. It seems like so many others are still in fear of black people. They are even placing blame on specific black individuals for Zimmerman being charged because of the "pressure" they put on the prosecutor. May I remind the folks who think this is true that, the Martin FAMILY wanted this to happen before anyone else.

Zimmerman is being charged because he shot and killed an unarmed person and the evidence is showing that his claim of acting in self-defense is questionable enough to charge him with 2nd degree murder, period. The supporters of the Martin family, and their request that he be charged, are there to see that justice is done. In the past, cases like this one have been brushed aside and sometimes ignored. History proves this. We as citizens of the U.S. should never allow that to happen. Regardless of the verdict in this case, we should be glad that it was, at least, brought to court. Now let the chips fall as they may. This is how our system works. Like it or leave it. But don't just get upset because you don't like who is in favor of seeing justice. And for the record...these folks that keep getting named are allowed to have their own opinions, just like yours. So many seem to think that only they can resist being persuaded to do what they desire. Well if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

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Posted in: Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin shooting See in context

"It seems pretty obvious that this case is being tried by political demogues, thugs on the street, and politicians who pander to them. Everybody has their mind made up, with no more deciding factor to go on than skin color. It is politics from top to bottom, with even the president chiming in, with his usual race card.

Expect this guy to be railroaded."

Is that you Willi Lynch? You tell'm son.

Railroaded?? SMH...when these people you are talking about end up in the courtroom, then you'll have a point. You obviously have tried the case too. So where to your convictions lie? I know, I know, you are completely fair and unbiased...of course. SALTS.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

His lawyers have dropped him and have been telling the media about his potential PTSD and that he is not in the state of Florida anymore, I guess he owes them some cash. I can't believe they are talking about him so much. Client-attorney privilege...Hello!? Now the prosecutor is saying she will make an announcement in less than 72 hours. I think she may be worried about him too (thanks lawyers SMH). Hopefully something will come of this mayhem. I'm glad the Martins kept up their fight for justice. I stand with them because they have never wavered in their goal.

At arrestpaul...I think the little Black Panther party better watch their butts. It's ridiculous to put a bounty on someone head...even in jest. They will be on an FBI watch list forever after that stupid publicity stunt.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

The investigation is ongoing and the prosecutor is not sending the case to the grand jury. Hopefully she has the evidence she needs to either back-up or refute Zimmerman's claim. I wonder if this would have happened if the so-called "lynch mob" was silent. It's about time the facts came into the light. I don't know why Zimmerman is trying to raise money for his defense when he hasn't been brought into custody. Maybe he knows he effed up, or maybe he just wants some free cash.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

Don't put any spaces in that url and see what she has to say. I believe she clarifies the anti-Zimmerman solidarity very well as well as the pro-Zimmerman side. It is apparent that only 5 or 6 people still care about this on JT, but the truth, that Zimmerman wants us to believe, needs facts that can be backed up by evidence (not just heresy). This should be mandatory when only one side of the story exist.

I agree that a person should be able to defend themselves. I do not agree that a thorough investigation should not be done when a person is killed and the killer says they were protecting themselves. There should be overwhelming proof to back up the claim.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

One way of looking at how the "anti" and "pro" sides is by listening to someone with empathy like this girl: www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=TBRwiuJ8K7w

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

The gotcha stuff on this thread is hilarious. This is a case of he said, he said. Where is the forensic evidence? Where are the results of a thorough investigation? Until we get this info, it's all based on what Zimmerman said and the one witness that says Zimmerman was on the ground. We don't know what happened after the Zimmerman 911 call and before Trayvon and George had a confrontation. We pick sides because some are willing to believe the shooter and some want to see the proof that it went down the way he said. If you want to see proof to the contrary, you still want to see proof. I hope the proof comes out soon. There are so many stories of "self-defense" that later turned out to be BS because it was based on one side of the story. I hope this is NOT one of those cases. Did you hear me (arrestpaul, Lieberman, Madverts)?? I hope for Zimmerman sake, he IS telling the truth. But without heresy, his reason and his legal defense seem suspect.

I hope it doesn't lead to similar acts of "self-defense" where a legally armed citizen pursues a "suspicious" person and ends up in a fight because they, themselves, are suspicious, so they shoot and kill because they were just trying to...(who the heck knows)...follow someone? Word the wise...don't follow too close.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

"Zimmerman was injured during his confrontation with Martin."

I was injured...so I shot him. (Sounds like a great defense.)

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

Give it a rest arrestpaul. And yes you got my play on words (your name). You can always find one eyewitness. There is another eye witness that says they heard Martin screaming for help because they were right outside her window. None of this changes the fact that this case is based on heresy. The parents are left to just believe the shooters story. Would any just let the situation stand as is if there are no FACTS to back up his claim? The parents want the facts and have asked that Zimmerman be detained and fully questioned plus they want the forensic evidence so they know what happened. You don't KNOW what happened, but yet you act like you do. They have only been a few FACTS that have come out. Wait for the facts or just continue to rush to judgement.

I'm curious if you would defend every shooter who claims self defense after killing an unarmed person. There are so many cases where this never turns out good for the shooter once the truth comes out. This is truly why people are asking for more details and accountability. You can keep living in your fantasy. And, yes, this is directed at YOU and anyone else jumping to any conclusion as to what happened (outside of what we know) that night. You would all be horrible potential jurors and would never get picked.

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Posted in: Video shows handcuffed Florida teen shooter Zimmerman See in context

According to the preliminary police report, that is available to the public, Zimmerman was treated by the SFD (fire department paramedics) at the scene before he was taken to the police department.

The police station video shows a wound on the back of Zimmerman's head.

Wow. That's a big wound. He should have shot the kid. I know it doesn't require a bandage, nor did the broken nose. No traces of blood. (I guess the EMT's cleaned it up because they are so thorough), but still...I'm glad he shot him.

Looks like you were about to die Zimmerman. Kudos to you.

I say arrestpaul because he's liable. The name is even suspect. Pathetic. Only a p*ssy would defend a guy who got hit (to the point of not needing a bandage) and then shot someone. No wonder you like fools who are itchin' to use their guns. Crazy. SMH

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Posted in: New wrinkle in pot debate: stoned driving See in context

I was a "designatied driver" for a friend who needed his daily pot high. He actually opened the passenger door and tried to jump out at 40mph/hr. I can't imagine what he would have done were he driving.

I think your friend may suffer from a serious illness and he just happened to be high. It is quite difficult to open a car door at that speed as well. That takes some serious determination which is something most stoned people lack.

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Posted in: Ichihashi appeals against life sentence for killing British teacher See in context

“I want to use the rest of my life to apologize to her and her bereaved family.”

No problem. Do it behind bars.

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Posted in: Playing a round: The ultimate Japan golf guide See in context

"Note, they will try to not accept it, but this is also customary. You need to insist and even put it in their pocket if need be."

This is NOT a problem. I'm just looking forward to my next round in Japan. :-)

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Posted in: 3.11 - WHAT WERE YOU DOING THAT DAY? See in context

Sorry, I forgot my info. Male, 40, Graphic Designer from Brooklyn, NY (visiting wife's family in Yokohama and also a wedding in Tokyo)

Me and My wife had just finished lunch after visiting Meigetsu-in Temple. We were on our way to Kamakura's Main Temple (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu) when the earthquake started. We were right across the street from the Annex Museum of Modern Art and I felt like I was getting drunk or very light headed and I turned to my wife to tell her I wasn't feeling right and I could see by the look on her face that she was feeling something too. That's when we both realized we were feeling an earthquake. We kept walking quicker to find something to hold on to because it was hard to stand. We crouched down and held on to a guard rail on the side of the road. There was a group of friends walking behind us and they started to scream a little. It lasted well over a minute.

When it was over we continued on to the main temple. People were checking there cell phones to see how big the quake was and where it started. ehh...5.1...5.0. Tokyo mo. There were a lot of smiling facing and tourist kind of laughing at the experience. We then got into the town area where the small shops line the streets (Komachi) when we felt a big after shock that started to rattle all of the low hanging electric and phone wires. All of the shops had lost power and couldn't make sales via their registers. Everyone looked more anxious near the shops. When the second aftershock hit, people started to run out of the street and tensions grew even more. That's when we got away from the narrow streets and went to the station to find out when we could maybe start towards home.

When we got to Kamakura Station we realized the trains would not be running, but the crowd was incredible. People were lining up for the few cabs that come by. I took a video because everyone was looking up and around with serious apprehension. The feeling of worry was palpable. The Lawson was dark and was trying to get rid of the perishable and refrigerated items at the front door, like the other food stores. This went on for 3 more hours until the dark and cold was settling in while an aftershock seemed to come every 10 minutes. My wife eventually asked one of the police officers, near the station entrance, if she could get into the station to use the WC. He obliged and when she came back I asked if there was anyone stopping her from getting to the trains. When she said no, we quickly made our way to the Denentoshi train and got on board to relax in the heated seats. The train filled up about 20 minutes later. We stayed there for nearly 4 hours until they told us the train would not be running that evening and shuttle buses would take us back to Fujisawa. We quickly got to them, but it took nearly an hour and a half to make the short trip. There was traffic galore. The whole time period from the earthquake to making it back home took almost 10 hours. When we got home to see the reports we didn't even know about the tsunami. When I got back to the states 3 days later, I couldn't believe the devastation. My heart fell and I felt, and still feel, very lucky that I didn't suffer like so many others. It was my first big earthquake while in Japan and I will never forget 3/11.

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Posted in: 3.11 - WHAT WERE YOU DOING THAT DAY? See in context

Me and My wife had just finished lunch after visiting Meigetsu-in Temple. We were on our way to Kamakura's Main Temple (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu) when the earthquake started. We were right across the street from the Annex Museum of Modern Art and I felt like I was getting drunk or very light headed and I turned to my wife to tell her I wasn't feeling right and I could see by the look on her face that she was feeling something too. That's when we both realized we were feeling an earthquake. We kept walking quicker to find something to hold on to because it was hard to stand. We crouched down and held on to a guard rail on the side of the road. There was a group of friends walking behind us and they started to scream a little. It lasted well over a minute.

When it was over we continued on to the main temple. People were checking there cell phones to see how big the quake was and where it started. ehh...5.1...5.0. Tokyo mo. There were a lot of smiling facing and tourist kind of laughing at the experience. We then got into the town area where the small shops line the streets (Komachi) when we felt a big after shock that started to rattle all of the low hanging electric and phone wires. All of the shops had lost power and couldn't make sales via their registers. Everyone looked more anxious near the shops. When the second aftershock hit, people started to run out of the street and tensions grew even more. That's when we got away from the narrow streets and went to the station to find out when we could maybe start towards home.

When we got to Kamakura Station we realized the trains would not be running, but the crowd was incredible. People were lining up for the few cabs that come by. I took a video because everyone was looking up and around with serious apprehension. The feeling of worry was palpable. The Lawson was dark and was trying to get rid of the perishable and refrigerated items at the front door, like the other food stores. This went on for 3 more hours until the dark and cold was settling in while an aftershock seemed to come every 10 minutes. My wife eventually asked one of the police officers, near the station entrance, if she could get into the station to use the WC. He obliged and when she came back I asked if there was anyone stopping her from getting to the trains. When she said no, we quickly made our way to the Denentoshi train and got on board to relax in the heated seats. The train filled up about 20 minutes later. We stayed there for nearly 4 hours until they told us the train would not be running that evening and shuttle buses would take us back to Fujisawa. We quickly got to them, but it took nearly an hour and a half to make the short trip. There was traffic galore. The whole time period from the earthquake to making it back home took almost 10 hours. When we got home to see the reports we didn't even know about the tsunami. When I got back to the states 3 days later, I couldn't believe the devastation. My heart fell and I felt, and still feel, very lucky that I didn't suffer like so many others. It was my first big earthquake while in Japan and I will never forget 3/11.

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