RowanM comments

Posted in: U.S. House passes bills that would end government shutdown, without wall funds See in context


the economy was doing so well.

Do you actually remember 2009 when Obama took office? TARP and the bailouts? The economy was in a terrible place for a lot of Obama's presidency. It was still an issue in the 2016 election. What flavor kool-aid did you drink!? Parts of the bailouts fall under "Obama's debt" as does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as does most of TARP. If the economy was doing well as you say then it was due to Obama, and the debt increase was responsible for that, not in spite of it.

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Posted in: U.S. to send migrants back to Mexico to wait out asylum requests See in context

@cla68 Because we can't send them to Mexico unless Mexico is also willing to take them. We can't just arbitrarily dump random people in another country as official policy.

Mexico's government said that it would accept some of those migrants 

This is the key point that makes this possible.

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Posted in: Teacher referred to prosecutors after assaulting student at special needs school See in context

According to investigators, the teacher is suspected of physically assaulting the victim, who was a third-year high school student at the time, in November 2017,

 between April 2017 and February 2018, the suspect verbally abused several other students

So they had VIDEO of him assaulting a student and yet he was still teaching for another three months?

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Posted in: Kobe government worker fired for lying about having LESS education than he really does See in context

@Belrick that's probably the entire reason he got fired.

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Posted in: Mississippi Republican overcomes gaffes to win final 2018 Senate race See in context


Sneezy - Democratic challenger Mike Espy must be even worse to lose to Hyde-Smith, eh?

Worse in the minds of people who live in Mississippi, sure. But that could just mean that a majority of people in Mississippi are racist. "Worse" is subjective.

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Posted in: U.S. senators clash with Republican leader over protecting Mueller See in context

If Trump decides to interfere, then there can be great harm to the US and American democracy.

So why would you choose to leave that gap open when closing it does no harm? There is potential risk in blocking the measure and no risk in allowing it.

There is only risk on the side of stopping the investigation, so why would you actively vote against it unless you want to leave that possibility open?

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Posted in: U.S. senators clash with Republican leader over protecting Mueller See in context


Well, he doesn't need to

That still isn't a reason to vote against protecting Mueller's investigation from Trump's influence, let alone actively blocking such a vote in the first place. If you think it's not necessary, what harm does it do?

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Posted in: U.S. senators clash with Republican leader over protecting Mueller See in context

Dear Mitch,

If Trump doesn't want to shut down the investigation, then passing the legislation wouldn't cause any problems at all.

The only reason to oppose protecting Mueller from Trump/Whitaker is if you think both A) Trump/Whitaker may do something about the investigation and B) You want them to be able to do so (or at the very least you're too cowardly to explicitly oppose even the possibility of ending up on their bad side). I cannot understand why this protection measure is something worth opposing.

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Posted in: Mira Sorvino urges #MeToo to do more than 'name and shame' See in context

Good on her. I'm glad she's trying to move towards future solutions!

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Posted in: Man at center of Nobel body scandal tests rape conviction See in context

He was acquitted of that rape because the victim said she was asleep at the time

This sentence boggles my mind.

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Posted in: Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink See in context

ONE county in Georgia results: 

“A full 1,811 provisional ballots in Fulton County were duplicates (49 percent), and 1,556 of them (42 percent of the total provisionals) were rejected.

Three of the individuals were not citizens, 581 were not registered to vote, and 972 did not live in that county.”

one candidate got 300,000 votes in this county and one got 100,000. Can you guess which one was the Dem?

What is your point? This means that the votes in this counter were properly vetted and they found the ones that shouldn't be in there. That is the point of the entire vetting process. I don't see anything wrong with the fact that they found the votes that shouldn't be there and didn't count them towards the candidates.

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Posted in: White House braces for Mueller See in context


That was the GOP strategy during the entire Obama administration and they ended up with Congress and the White House in 2016.

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Posted in: Tokyo subway system may not be able to cope with Olympics See in context


It’s two years away from the Olympics and you are reading an article literally about Olympic planning. 

Jumping the gun a bit aren’t ya.

Is there time between now and the Olympics to do anything about this? Is there money to get it done? If it's too late to fix the problem then it's not "jumping the gun". Tokyo was selected as the Japanese candidate in 2011 and was chosen for the Olympics in 2013. November 2018 is, in fact, pretty late to not have a solid plan in place.

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Posted in: Trump political ad linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive See in context


What part of this ad is Republican's platform for the economy?

As in the famous words of Democrat James Carville- “It's the economy stupid”

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Posted in: Sharp to release around-the-neck wireless speaker See in context

I think this is a terrible idea. It's going to encourage more people to play their music where it will bother everyone around them when they should be using headphones. The main times you'd need a wearable speaker (as opposed to a standard speaker) are the times that you're going to be on the move in public. At home or at an event you can set up regular speakers easily.

is perfect for wearing while cooking, walking around, or even when watching TV.

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Posted in: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty See in context

Pro-Israel is not the same as Pro-Jewish. Anti-Israel is not the same as Anti-Semitic.

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Posted in: Masked gunman killed by McDonald's customer in Alabama See in context

"Right now it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and (his) children's' life,"

The victim?

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin must face new trial claiming it stole 'Stairway' riff See in context

Isn't there a statute of limitations on this? I mean the writer had complained of similarities so he knew about the potential infringement before he died 20 years ago.

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Posted in: Japan defies S Korean call not to use rising sun flag at naval event See in context


are the countries that Britain colonized calling for an end to the Union Jack? Because if not then it's not a fair comparison. Korea is neither obligated nor entitled to speak for how other countries respond to colonial history. That being said, though I've never heard of such an issue, if other countries do have widespread calls against the Union Jack then it would be hypocritical for Korea not to support it, but it definitely isn't Korea's place to bring up the issue on behalf of others.

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Posted in: McDonald's says classic burgers in U.S. no longer have artificial ingredients See in context

@theFu @Aly @scrote

100 percent fresh beef

I think the key point is that it's now fresh instead of pre-cooked or whatever they did before.

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Posted in: 3 arrested for trying to steal money from ATM in flood-hit area See in context


Delay the case until they are 20.

The age of the person on trial is not particularly relevant. The relevant number is the age at which they committed the crime which would still be 19 in this case. They can't just delay a case for someone and wait until they're old enough.

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Posted in: Federer needs 10th Halle title to stay atop rankings See in context

@pukey They give extra weight to a player's recent record on grass courts to more accurately reflect their likelihood of doing well at Wimbledon. So even if Federer doesn't remain the world number 1, he's mostly likely going to be top seed at Wimbledon anyway because his record on grass last year will likely make up for any small point deficit overall compared to Nadal.

I don't know what makes that "holier than thou". It's not some arbitrary selection just because they can.

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Posted in: Trump's announcement that he will end U.S.-S Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard See in context

@blacklabel are you being deliberately obtuse? Justify this decision to Congress and the American public. Yeah, he can make this decision for now, but it won't last or mean anything if it has no public or congressional support. He's not actually a unilateral dictator.

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Posted in: Rain cuts short Nadal fightback; Muguruza crushes Sharapova See in context

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris," said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in four meetings.

But she isn't in the final yet, is she? That was a quarterfinal and she will play Halep in the semifinal. Did she just misspeak?

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Posted in: Boss of restaurant mysteriously found drunk with employees See in context


It's a police matter due to business regulations and underage drinking.


In general probably not so much, but you can bet they'll be all over this after it has made national news.

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Posted in: Serena's French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate See in context


I think that's quite different. Pregnancy physically affects women. It not only changes their ability to play greatly and has a physical recovery after the fact, but playing while pregnant is quite dangerous for both mother and child later in the pregnancy.

I can sympathize with men taking paternity leave, but it doesn't affect their ability to play the same way so I wouldn't compare them.

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Posted in: Nishikori needs French Open success to reignite career See in context

and how it's not fair,

fxgai never said it wasn't "fair". They simply said that he'd probably face a tougher draw than he usually gets at tournaments like this, due to his lower ranking due to injury, and so this particular grand slam isn't necessarily make or break.

I have a hard time writing anyone's career off at the moment considering where Federer and Nadal are and where they both were in 2016

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Posted in: Court rejects damages suit by alleged swindler after money stolen from police safe See in context

@Steven he's not asking about the swindled cash per se.

Two main points.

One, he's still "accused" and not guilty (yet).

Two, he's accused of stealing 6 million yen. The cops took 85 million yen from him. Unless they find somewhere that he stole that money, that's almost 80 million yen that (possibly) rightfully belongs to him. He can still be fined and go to jail AND be out this money on top of it.

Don't misunderstand, I don't really feel sympathy for this guy, but if the police suspect me of something and take all of my money and "lose it" you can bet I'd be furious, especially if I hadn't actually done anything. It's not about this guy in particular. It's about the precedent that applies to ANY person who is ACCUSED of a crime.

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Posted in: U.S. brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war See in context

This was a very confusing article. It started off talking about "The U.S. clothing company" but didn't specify which company. I had to read a different article about this issue to learn that it was an unnamed company. That's important information and the wording of the article doesn't make it clear that we aren't supposed to know.

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Posted in: Saying 'Me Too' in Japan carries risk of being criticized, ignored See in context


Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.

Second sentence on the page. Huge difference and completely relevant especially considering the article is about how society pressures women in Japan not to complain or go to the police.

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