SiouxChef comments

Posted in: Liberation of sexual expression clearly helped to reduce the number of rape victims in Japan. See in context

She refers to an unnamed American study in this Japan Times article and says that Japanese research also supports her claim:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100612f1.html

I'd be interested in knowing what studies she's referring to. As any competent researcher knows, correlation doesn't equal causation . . . though I'm not sure I'd expect a "Professor of Manga" to understand this. I'd wager we're a reading a gross misinterpretation of an abstract here.

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Posted in: Space probe returns to Earth from 7-year trip to asteroid See in context

No I don't think this will help avoid the doom of the Earth. We already know it's a massive rock, how does a dust sample help us avoid it?

You don't think it will help? Fortunately, there are smarter people who know what the important questions are.

From Dr. Phil Plait's blog at Discover Magazine:

"As I mentioned in an earlier post, Itokawa is a 500-meter-long potato-shaped rubble pile, an asteroid that is not a solid rock like a boulder or mountain, but probably an assemblage of rubble held together by its own gravity. If one of these things were headed straight for us, we could lob nukes at it, even slam it with space probes at high speed to try to push it out of the way, and it would laugh at us. We need to understand these objects much better than we currently do if the time ever comes that we need to keep one from smacking into us. The sample of Itokawa contained inside that tiny glowing dot you saw in that video may just give us some of the answers we need to do that.

Science! It makes the world better, but it also just might save it, too."

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/06/13/video-of-hayabusas-return/

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Posted in: Space probe returns to Earth from 7-year trip to asteroid See in context

maxpower,

Dont we have asteroids already hitting and landing on Earth for free?

If we had asteroids impacting Earth, you wouldn't be here to complain about anyone's space program.

Surly we could just study those rocks and put the cash somewhere needed!

You really don't see how knowing as much as possible about a threat to all life on our planet might be a good idea?

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Posted in: Elderly woman robbed, punched in the face on Tokyo street See in context

and said “This, this,” before punching her in the face several times and fleeing with the bag.

Is this a "kore, kore" scam to cover up being had by an "ore, ore" scam?

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Posted in: Winston See in context

This was the original "Winston Man":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZvHiiWFbBU

"Winston tastes good like a cigarette should!"

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Posted in: Smokeless tobacco product goes on sale See in context

If I was running a bar/restaurant and I saw a Japanese smoker trying to use this "smokeless" cigarette - they would be turfed out onto the street with the other smokers.

The inanity is astounding.

Nagoyalove - spot on.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

You don't need an ID to flip the bird. It's not illegal.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

guest,

Legally issued ID cards are proof of identity. If you don't carry your ID you risk being detained by the police until you, or they, can make positive identification. Therefore, it follows that without ID, you can be detained for not having ID, even if the original cause for the police to interact with you was proven incorrect. Welcome to the real world."

I see you're coming around on this one.

However, in the real world, people have an avenue for recourse when their rights are violated.

AZ should be prepared for lawsuits they can't win if this law is approached that way.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

Yes there is an agenda by the democrats to increase their voting base in the form of illegal aliens.

Hey Lou . . . keep this one the DL but . . . but illegal immigrants can't vote.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

I haven't heard anything about 'most' cops not wanting this. In fact, the opposite is true.

Source for this fact?

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

Funny, you started it, but now claim to take the high road, too bad it's a slippery slope.

The only thing I started was the correction your misunderstanding of American law, Fourth Amendment protections in particular. And you apparently need to look up "slippery slope" because I certainly haven't presented one.

Repeating "Without ID, you can be detained, it's simply the law of the land" doesn't change what you said; I didn't misquote you nor did take anything out of context:

You claimed that a Mexican American can be stopped without cause and then detained for not showing ID. False.

When I corrected your misinformation about carrying ID being a requirement, you repeated that carrying ID (or be detained) is the "law of the land". False.

Finally, you asserted that "A cop can find a reason to detain anyone at anytime". False.

0 out of 3 ain't bad.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

guest,

The words came from your keyboard. Specifically, in response to sfjp330's analogy about a Mexican American stopped without reason and not having ID, as to whether or not they could be detained, you said:

Yup! Same as they would any American without an ID card, as it is against the law of the land.

Wrong. That would be an illegal stop.

And your response to me when I answered cleo's question as to whether "Americans are required by law to carry ID with them at all times" (of course they are not) was:

American law of the land is simple: Carry ID, or you can be detained in jail, until an positive identification of you is made by the police. End of story.

Wrong again. And then this:

A cop can find a reason to detain anyone at anytime

Wrong yet again.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

People aren't stopped merely for walking down the street. However if the cops see you waving a gun around, they'll stop and ask you a few pertinent questions. If they see you weaving all over the road while driving, same thing . . .

I never said otherwise; I'm saying people CANNOT legally be stopped just for walking down the street.

I was only addressing guest's woeful misunderstanding of Fourth Amendment rights (it's the "law of the land" to always carry ID, "cops can stop you for anything" and demand you identify yourself, etc.).

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

A cop can find a reason to detain anyone at anytime,

Wrong again. Reasonable suspicion doesn't include an officer's gut feeling (see Terry vs. Ohio) nor does probable cause.

If you're contending that an officer can make something up when probable cause/reasonable suspicion doesn't exist, then you're only suggesting that an officer might break the law. That isn't the "law of the land".

Being stopped and required to identify yourself without probable cause for arrest or reasonable suspicion of a crime is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

If you think otherwise, sorry, but (thankfully) the Supreme Court disagrees with your interpretation of the Constitution.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

guest,

briefly detain a person if they have reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime.

I see that you now admit that that your original statements

Yup! Same as they would any American without an ID card, as it is against the law of the land. Carry ID, or you can be detained in jail, until an positive identification of you is made by the police. End of story.

. . . were simply wrong. As I said before, you cannot be detained simply for not carrying an ID. Despite the fantastic notion you have that Americans are without Fourth Amendment protections, U.S. citizens are not required to carry ID at all times and cannot be stopped and asked for identification without sufficient reason. "I want to know who you are" isn't probable cause.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

If they are asked for identification, the US Supreme Court as already ruled that states can ask for people's names when asked by a police officer, not ID cards.

I presume you're referring to the Hiibel case. What you say is true but the court ruled that you must identify yourself if there is "reasonable suspicion" of a crime. You cannot be stopped by police for no reason and asked to identify yourself, even if just by name.

"I want to know who you are" isn't probable cause.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

Carry ID, or you can be detained in jail, until an positive identification of you is made by the police. End of story.

Nonsense. You cannot be detained simply for not showing an ID to police.

"I want to know who you are" isn't probable cause.

For someone claiming to be American, you sure don't know squat about our laws.

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Posted in: Furor grows over Arizona's new immigration law See in context

Americans are required by law to carry ID with them at all times? Really?

No, Cleo. Despite the blather you encountered above, carrying ID at all times isn’t “the law of the land”.

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Posted in: 'Cove' director defiant on Yokota base ban, harassment See in context

Who said Yokota had an option to screen it in the first place? I can't seem to find any Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) theater anywhere showing it. http://www.aafes.com/ems/default.asp

It doesn't look like the Navy procured any copies either: http://www.mwr.navy.mil/mwrprgms/nmps1.htm

So if there really was an actual screening canceled, where are the reels?

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Posted in: Muslim group warns 'South Park' creators of death See in context

I had never heard of this group before. Thank you SiouxChef for confirming my suspicion.

Sure you hadn't. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

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Posted in: Muslim group warns 'South Park' creators of death See in context

samwatters - If you've read enough of sabiwabi's posts, you'd learn he's a holocaust denier.

Here he appears to be suggesting that Jews are behind the South Park threats; the leader, I've read, is a Jewish convert to Islam (notice the scare-quotes around "convert" in his previous post in this thread).

Similarly, he is alluding to a Jewish consipiracy behind van Gogh's murder.

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Posted in: Muslim group warns 'South Park' creators of death See in context

If people would respect the sensitivities of others then this won't happen at all. Borrowing from the overused line, freedom is a great power, and with it great responsibility.

Nobody has a right to not be offended. Muslims included.

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Posted in: To fly through ash or not? That's no easy question See in context

But research by the military and other US tax payer funded agencies have benefited private businesses for many a decade (internet and Tang are but two.)

You don't still believe the urban legend about Tang being developed by NASA, do you?

As for ARPANET, surely you're not suggesting that the fact that U.S. military technology is sometimes adopted commercially is precedent for expending resources to analyze the safety of European skies. That's hardly a humanitarian mission (and one that European nations are perfectly capable of themselves).

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Posted in: Tearful pope says church will better protect young See in context

Tears aren't going to cut it; arrest him and all the pedophiles he's harbored.

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Posted in: Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy See in context

Looks like he "evolved" after all as with the rest of the country on our attitudes towards Gay folks.

No, he hasn't (he doesn't believe in evolution, after all) and these most recent comments demonstrate this. He believes that homosexuals decide to be homosexual (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22409176/page/3/) and that it is an aberrant, sinful lifestyle.

Perhaps you should read his comments again (not his damage control press release):

“That would be like saying, well there’s there are a lot of people who like to use drugs so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want to use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, should we accommodate them?”

Doesn't mean many of us now embrace the left leaning side of the gay community who want a state sanctioned marriage. I for one could care less if they want a piece of paper to sanction their union let have one, big deal, it isn't like America is going all the sudden fall because two guys have set up house together just like they always did before there was a paper to 'sanctify it' now.

It's not about wanting a "piece of paper to 'sanctify it'"; it's about the rights that come with marriage.

I do part company with Huckabee on that one I'm fine with civil unions for gay couples but would like to set a distinct difference between the two, marriage and civil unions.

Reasons?

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Posted in: Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy See in context

Your contempt and ridicule for those who disagree with your point of view likewise duly noted.

Sorry, but if that was "contempt and ridicule" to you, you might want come up with a logically sound argument (try to avoid fallacious slippery slopes and polygamy/incest straw men).

However, it might be easier to just be honest about your views like Huckabee:

“I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle,”

Don't hide behind this "traditional definition" stuff. It's not about a word. Come correct!

Of course, the reason for the subterfuge in the first place is that this brand of intolerance is (thankfully) on its way out.

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Posted in: Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy See in context

I hardly see him condemning homosexuals at all, just defending the "radical" position that the definition of a legal marriage is between a man and a woman.

Yes, because it's just about the definition of a word, after all.

“I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle,”

Concern for Merriam-Webster noted.

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Posted in: Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy See in context

It is when the Main Stream Media wants to push the new meme that Conservatives are all Homophobes.

Oh, please. The Republican agenda is hardly a "new meme" and this particular homophobic presidential hopeful certainly isn't a minority in the party.

Sorry, but that RNC party in the lesbian bondage club last month (http://tinyurl.com/yz8dbos) didn't change anything; the GOP still the party of discrimination and is not ashamed of it--just as Huckabee is unashamed of his ignorant comments about AIDS patients (made YEARS after we learned how the virus is transmitted).

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Posted in: Man caught taking up-skirt photos with camera in his shoe See in context

I think I've actually started seeing a few girls with shorts, trackpants, or some kind of spandex under their skirts

Shoe-camera?

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Posted in: Fan automatically adjusts air volume See in context

Fan automatically adjusts air volume

I'm pretty sure this fan doesn't "adjust air volume".

"Fan automatically adjusts its speed" is what you're looking for.

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