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Posted in: Ishihara wants to buy Senkakus to keep 'burglar' China out See in context

Ishihara never fails to amaze. What is more amazing is that a strongly worded and very public denunciation by the central government re Ishihara's ranting hasn't happened. Perhaps there is more behind the scenes than we know and he actually has central government backing for this venture? If not, this would be akin to the Mayor of New York attempting to dictate foreign policy to the Federal Government. Obviously not his the job Ishihara was elected to do. He should stick to what he is being paid for and that is being the Governor/Mayor of Tokyo-to not the Foreign Minister.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki to divorce husband of 1 year See in context

Who isn't surprised about this turn of events?

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Posted in: NBA players and owners resume talks See in context

What if they reach a deal and no one cares one way or the other?

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Posted in: Ousmane Sankhon: Africa's most famous face on Japanese TV See in context

@Virtuoso. Having lived in Africa, I had thought the same as you, UNTIL one Tanzanian gentleman pointed out to me that having many children ensures that you will be taken care of in your dotage. No Social Security/retirement plans in the vast majority of the countries on that continent.

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Posted in: Should dog owners be prosecuted if their animal attacks someone? See in context

When are people going to learn? IT's not the breed. It's the owner who hasn't had the dog properly trained or the owner isn't properly trained on how to be a leader. Dogs gravitate toward a "Pack Leader". If you aren't the leader, the dog will assert him/herself as the leader. That's when you have trouble. No ones afraid of a yappy little Yorkie who is "asserting" and being aggressive. But multiply that by about a factor of 10 and you have an assertive and aggressive Pit or Rottie who scares the bejesus out of everyone. Again if you don't lead properly, the dog will in all cases. It's in their DNA.

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Posted in: Should dog owners be prosecuted if their animal attacks someone? See in context

"A rescue dog is a dog which has been abused by its owners - probably kicked around the living room, sat on, deprived of food, and then chucked out the car window when it pooed over the sunday roast in nervous agitation."

Not true. A "Rescue" dog is a dog that has been rescued from Animal Control, Dog pound or adopted from specific animal or dog rescue groups. Many, many different animal rescue groups exist. Like Huskies? Shepards? Pugs? Jack Russells? There are rescue groups for most all breeds and just plain old mixed breeds too. Google it if you don't believe me.

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Posted in: Should dog owners be prosecuted if their animal attacks someone? See in context

Time for the "YES" people to watch "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan on NatGeoWild.

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Posted in: N Korea detains 2 Japanese over drugs, counterfeit money See in context

Say what? LOL!! This is surely a case of a pot calling a kettle black! Though "unproven" it is more likely that NK is the single largest supplier of illicit drugs, i.e. methamphetamine into Japan and has also been called out by the international community for counterfeiting the currency of many other countries. Perhaps these two gentlement where cutting in on 'ol Kim's action?

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Posted in: Pitching in See in context

Semper Fidelis!

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Posted in: Obama declares Gadhafi must leave Libya now See in context

Here we go again. When is the US going to learn to stay out and wait until the dust settles and then deal with who is left standing? Let the Libyans sort out their internal struggles or if their Arab neighbors want to do something about it, let them instead of the US being the worlds cop.

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Posted in: Yukina Kinoshita dispenses marriage advice See in context

What can one expect from a 22 year old? Sheesh!

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Posted in: What do you think is the fairest method of income tax? See in context

I believe a 10 - 15 percent "Flat Tax" is the best and fairest way to go. No more Revenue Service, no more forms, less government bureaucracy.

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Posted in: Mother murders her 2 children; then tries to kill herself See in context

May the children rest in peace.

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Posted in: Do you think a man holding a door open for a woman, holding her chair for her when she sits down, or giving up his seat for her are outmoded gestures of politeness or do they still have their place in See in context

I am also in agreement with "Elephunk" and "Katsuro1000". The lack of politeness in today's society is terrible. Gentlemen seem to be a dying breed. Most ladies I know enjoy and appreciate good manners. If a lady does not want these gestures she will let you know and you can adjust accordingly. Make a note: It doesn't make her less of a person or a woman if she doesn't appreciate you being an "old fashioned" gentleman. Holding a chair or door for someone is not a waste of time, it's a gesture of politeness and as "masterkun05" said...common sense.

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Posted in: Disruptive passengers force Delta Air Lines flight to return to Japan See in context

Here's a link that fleshes out the story a bit more.


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Posted in: Confessions of a teenager in kimono See in context

Kathy and Abby you are true internationals! I applaude your courage to be differant!

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