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Posted in: U.S. Marine's Japanese widow allowed to live in U.S. See in context

They should change the law altogether; it's pretty silly to require "consummation" of people who already have a kid together.

It's ridiculous to require consumation of any marriage before it's considered "valid".

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Posted in: Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure in 1971 See in context

All lot of people here in Paris still believe he was found dead on the toilet in a popular club....

Well, the rumor did make major headlines a few years back when a supposed witness (the guy managing said popular club in '71) came forward. Although, he was peddling his book, too.

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Posted in: Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure in 1971 See in context

You can't pardon someone before they've been sentenced, can you?

Yes, you can.

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Posted in: Brace for the post-WikiLeaks information big chill See in context

as bizarre is that people actually believe that you can hook a flash drive to one of these "secure" computers and just start downloading. Each one of these documents has security and must be checked/signed out.

Badsey - You obviously have no experience in such an environment. Is your (mis-)understanding of secure networks--apparently based on some movie you saw--the basis for some kind of conspiracy theory?

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Posted in: What is your view on all the fuss this week about pat-downs as part of security measures at U.S. airports? See in context

Obama and the authoritarian Left for their Orwellian "net neutrality."

I don't think "Orwellian" means what you think it does.

Or is the Colbert shtik just going over my head?

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Posted in: Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender? See in context

her busy life at the time as Governor and a mother who had just given birth to a special needs child and now with being the national stage as second on the Republican ticket that would be more than likely the honest answer to the question and she knew if she would have answered it that way......."I really haven't had time to read lately"..............You don't think Kate Couric didn't know exactly what she was going for with that so called 'innocent question'

No, I don't think Katy Couric knew 'what she was going for'.

"What do you read?" is a perfectly normal question regardless of whether or not they just had a baby, are a governor, or are running for office. People with babies do read. Governors--and presidents--do read. And when someone new to the national stage is running for office, that's a reason to ask them what they read.

You're really reaching with unfounded and bizarre speculation there.

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Posted in: Sarah Palin: Serious 2012 contender or pretender? See in context

'what books do you read' should result in her losing her composure. It was a nothing more than a 'gotch'a question and you know it.

Because the answer is "I don't read"?

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Posted in: TSA has met the enemy — the people See in context

Me? I do not care about a little touchy touchy, and these scans showing my huevos? OMG! Please do not look at my chorizo nor my huevos! Grow up!

You might do well to follow your own advice. The adults are talking now.

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Posted in: After The Beatles, who remains an iTunes holdout? See in context

Really? Then stop selling your songs to every movie studio that wants to use 'Back in Black', 'Highway to Hell' or 'Shook Me All Night Long' for their soundtrack or movie trailer.

Excellent point, stereoman.

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Posted in: The big Buddha See in context

just think how many people got turned away from the going there because Obama was there. So many people go there this time of year with the leaves changing and their visit got screwed up because of all the extra security.

Quick, somebody call the waaaambulance!

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Posted in: Bush is back, and eager to help history judge him See in context

I didn't vote Bush (or Gore) in 2000 and because of home state regs couldn't even vote in 04 but I like the way Dubya sends lefties into conniption fits.

Felony conviction?

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Posted in: GOP wins the House, falls short of Senate See in context

elitist Left cannot understand the tea party movement.Any such similar activity on the Left is 'astroturfed' so they naturally assume that is what the rest of us are up to.

Good grief...the tea party a grass roots movement? Is your memory really that short?

It's not possible. I call Poe.

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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

Unless you're one of those 30 or so a year (UK) that die from it . . .

I just thought it was interesting that you seem ready to dismiss the study's findings about alcohol but accept what Nutt has to say about MDMA.

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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

gaijintraveler,

It does not publish BS as many suggest. It has the highest editorial standards and only publishes serious, well researched material, which, I have no doubt, this study is.

While this is generally true of the Lancet, every once in awhile a turd slips under the radar (see Andrew Wakefield for an example).

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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

I think alcohol should be banned.

How'd that work out last time?

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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

yokomoc,

I still, however, await the day when MDMA is legalized.

It's interesting that you say that. Don't know if you're aware but before David Nutt was fired (mentioned above) he caught backlash about a comment he made about MDMA (that it was less dangerous than horseback riding).

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Posted in: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine: study See in context

thetruthhurts,

Perhaps you should wait and look at the study before deciding that these "experts"(to borrow your scare quotes) got it wrong and that your instinct trumps their actual research.

You appear to be certain that "[a]lcohol 'outranks' the others merely because it is used more" but this article makes it clear that they also studied "how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body".

They "[ranked the drugs] based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole."

They also looked at "death rates" and, if used correctly here, the total number of drinkers vs. users of other drugs isn't necessarily a factor.

I looked for the study today but didn't see it at the Lancet online (pub. date said 30 Oct. though).

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Posted in: Latin American leaders question Calif move to legalize marijuana See in context

What About Cancer? Marijuana contains more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke and because marijuana smokers typically inhale deeper and hold the smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers, their lungs are exposed to those carcinogenic properties longer, when smoking. Marijuana smokers were three times more likely to develop cancer of the head or neck than non-smokers.

sfjp330 - reference, please.

Because marijuana smoke contains three times the amount of tar found in tobacco smoke and 50 percent more carcinogens, it would seem logical to deduce that there is an increased risk of lung cancer for marijuana smokers.

Your logic appears to be an exercise in confirmation bias (it clearly ignores the difference in the amount of tobacco vs. marijuana smoked, for example). However, if you want to make such a conclusion and want others to accept it, you need to show that your premise is valid to begin with.

Also, if you want to be taken seriously when citing statistics, again, you need to show your hand. Without revealing the research you allude to, we can't know what "three times as likely" means. After all, if it's similar to 1 in 1,000,000 vs. 3 in 1,000,000 then it's pretty safe to disregard anything you try to extrapolate from such an insignificant difference.

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Posted in: Latin American leaders question Calif move to legalize marijuana See in context

Yes, you did want to generalize, or you wouldn't have. Funny thing about anecdotal evidence like what you are giving us there is it can go both ways. For example, I could say something completely true like 'Very few of the fat slobs I know smoke pot.' or even 'Of all the people I know that smoke pot, most exercise regularly.' Both are true statements.

Bingo.

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Posted in: Celebrating Japan's vegan and vegetarian traditions See in context

While I'm not necessarily advocating the eating of everything raw (especially meat), it's a fact that cooking -- ANY method of cooking -- REDUCES the amount of nutrition and vitamins in food.

Cooking does increase nutrition availability in many vegetables. And nutrition loss through cooking (not overcooking) is negligble to begin with. Both reasons that raw foodism is nonsense.

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Posted in: Eminent Domain laws in Japan notoriously weak See in context

From a development standpoint, Eminent Domain laws in Japan are notoriously weak

As it should be.

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Posted in: Former yakuza Tatsuya Shindo turns to God See in context

So the people who experience something that could shatter your world view must be liars in order that you can feel save.

By "world view", you must mean "reality".

I am amazed how ready people are to abandon logical thinking just to save their own philosophy.

I don't think "logical" means what you think it does.

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Posted in: Former yakuza Tatsuya Shindo turns to God See in context

When it comes down to it, there two kinds of people: 1) Those that don't know and are okay with it and 2) Those that don't know but delude themselves--and attempt to delude others--into thinking they are privy to non-existent information.

Tatsuya Shindo is the latter and based on your comments, I think that like him, you're not okay with not knowing.

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Posted in: The Lyon's share of office furniture See in context

Sounded interesting and intelligent until he mentioned 'my people', then he lost me.

What's so unintelligent sounding about this common phrase?

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Posted in: Gay pride See in context

I said nothing of my children doing anything. . . My reference was about me. Your reply sounds like the old white guy that has few friends, that think all parents push thier beliefs on thier children.

Pukey2 made a comparison and you seem to confirm it was an apt one with this.

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Posted in: I Write Like erupts online; authors scratch heads See in context

"I think that people really like to know how they write, even if it’s not accurate results,”

Translation: People will swallow any old bull***t you feed them.

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Posted in: Obama says Muslims have right to build mosque near ground zero See in context

Add Senator Harry Reid to your list also now.

Argumentum ad populum.

'A lot of people agree with me' isn't a logical argument.

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Posted in: Plugging the WikiLeak: What can U.S. government do? See in context

samuraisam,

Its what led to Watergate and then his demise.

Watergate led to his resignation. A stroke led to his demise.

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Posted in: Audiobooks of 4 Woody Allen works released See in context

OK then, I guess I will be waiting for Bill Coby and Andrew Dice Clay to release theirs too. Same era I suppose.

Have you been in a coma since 1984? Allen was writing, directing, and acting 20 years before Andrew Dice Clay was popular and never stopped.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000095/

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Posted in: Business caters to sexual needs of disabled See in context

White Hands? Where'd the name come from?

Probably from this:

"A young woman slips on a pair of disposable gloves."

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