Yardley comments

Posted in: Gunman angry at Maryland newspaper kills five in targeted attack See in context

It is beyond understanding how anyone with any sense of morality or humanity could argue passionately about hanging on so tightly to their guns in the face of the thousands of innocent lives lost every year due to gun violence. It's useless to try to reason with those kinds of people or even take their arguments seriously because they are irrational zealots. They cling to the 2nd Amendment as if it were the word of God. There is no hope for the evolution of their thought. They do not evolve. But, society does, and the 2nd Amendment is not the word of God. It will change someday, or some other course of action may present itself. Sadly, many more people will die in the meantime, maybe even someone you know or love. Reasonable people must continue to speak out and protest against this stain on America. “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”

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Posted in: NRA chief slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre See in context

This issue has absolutely nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment or freedom. It has everything to do with gun sales, big money donations to politicians from gun manufacturers, the power they have to motivate the Republican base, and the lust for power at any cost, including your loved ones' lives. More fear = more money. More hate = more money. More ignorance = more money. The Republican playbook.

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Posted in: Japanese woman publishes book about being groped on trains for six years, from age 12 to 18 See in context

“... nearly daily...” Completely believable. She should have reported it, and maybe she did, but the article doesn’t say, and judging by the tone of the comments here, it’s easy to understand why she probably didn’t.

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Posted in: Home alone: Men especially face harsh times ahead See in context

Looking beyond the family for support is important. Build friendships, volunteer, join a club - do things to meet other people. Try to forge connections that hopefully will last a long time.

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Posted in: Zushi City ordered to pay compensation to man whose wife was killed by stalker See in context

As others have commented, why would a husband be asking for his wife's address? That should have been caught. I imagine the employee who gave out the information is pretty devastated. It should be the rule that if information is restricted, the person who requested that it be restricted should be contacted immediately before any information is given out.

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Posted in: Kobe Steel reports wider fudging of metals data since 2011 See in context

The widespread falsification of data is "inappropriate"? That's an understatement. Isn't "criminal" a better word?

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Posted in: Suspect may have dumped Vietnamese girl's body before daybreak See in context

If this is true, I feel sorry for his children as well as the victim and the victim's family. This will be like a bomb going off in their lives. So much pain and damage from his sick act.

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Posted in: Severed crow head found on tree branch at Kobe school known for infamous 1997 murder See in context

@wowyz

What do you expect for more iniquitous tantamount inclined to do given the many foramen and concession to adumbrate simulacrum, exploit and skulk

Sorry, what?

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Posted in: Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan See in context

Trump was holding unspecified meetings Saturday at a golf club in Virginia.

Is he off playing golf again?

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Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English? See in context

I really have to laugh. These are exactly the same comments and arguments I heard 27 years ago when I first went to Japan to teach English. I suspect that they are the same as 50 years ago, too. I stayed 13 years and taught in a variety of situations - high school, college, private lessons, and chain school (briefly!). Clearly, nothing has changed. I hope those of you still teaching English enjoy your jobs, but please don't expect anything at all to ever change in English language education in Japan. It never has and it never will. God alone knows why!

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Posted in: Trump, hitting back, accuses Schumer of Putin ties See in context

Isn't it a further matter of concern that the President of the United States gets his information from the Drudge Report and Gateway Pundit? What's next - the National Enquirer?

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Posted in: Trump says White House 'fine-tuned machine,' despite turmoil See in context

Trump's tenuous grip on reality has slipped even more. He thinks just by saying something he makes it true. He's done that time and time again, lie after lie. Finally, frustrated by trying to explain another ridiculous Trump statement, Sean Spicer metaphorically threw up his hands and said, "This is what the President believes." Trump can believe anything he wants, I suppose, but that doesn't make it true. He's a pathetic, delusional old man, unfortunately surrounded by people so hungry for power that they are more than willing to support and encourage his delusions. Never imagined seeing the U.S. in this sad mess. It's humiliating.

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Posted in: Yoshiki performs 2 sold-out shows at New York's Carnegie Hall See in context

The American Dream now is to somehow survive the next four years.

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Posted in: Man arrested for mailing more than 500 garbage items to former bullies See in context

An interesting idea for revenge, but did the bullies even know why they were being targeted or by whom? If not, then it was a waste of time and energy, unless it just made him feel better to confuse and upset them. Like most of their kind, I'm afraid they had probably forgotten all about their past abuse of this guy. Although, maybe they did remember and were able to tell the police who they suspected and that's how he was caught.

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Posted in: Clinton, Trump target two different Americas in final push See in context

Isn't it odd that 8 years ago, one of the biggest complaints Republicans had about Obama was that he was too inexperienced in government to be President. They went on and on that he was "just a community organizer". He was a community organizer before he earned his law degree. Then he went on to teach Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, serve 3 terms in the Illinois Senate, and then, in 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Now they support Trump? A crooked failed businessman, reality TV "star", and lunatic ignoramus? Can he even spell "Constitution"? We already know he doesn't know anything about the Constitution, if his speeches and so-called policies are anything to go by. Has the man ever even read a book? At the very least least, Clinton has experience, intelligence, and dedication on her side, as well as not being out of her mind.

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Posted in: Japanese director Kitano awarded France's Legion of Honour See in context

Must be part of their "Jerry Lewis is a genius" mentality!

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Posted in: Hate standing in line? Japan now has self-driving chairs See in context

They could have used their smarts and technology to increase accessibility for those who truly need assistance, some elderly or disabled people, for example.

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Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims See in context

If the girl were replaced with a boy, what then? Any change in reaction? Just curious.

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Posted in: Trump attacks Muslim father's convention speech See in context

And you think Trump doesn't believe he is "above the law"? He's certainly lived his life as if he believes so.

@Lizz: Can you tell me what the vetting process for immigrants currently is? Just curious.

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Posted in: Beefy, beany stew is warm, simple meal with slow cooker ease See in context

Sounds good, but judging from the nutritional information, I'm not sure it qualifies as healthy with so much sodium. But, I'm not a nutritionalist, so maybe it's okay.

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Posted in: MPs debate banning 'fool' Trump from Britain See in context

Please don't ban him. We'd like to get rid of him, even it's only for a short time!

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Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

I have been taking care of my mother for 9 years. She's 88 years old now. I'm blessed that she can still walk fairly well and doesn't have dementia. We get along very well, but still the stress and responsibility can sometimes be overwhelming. It's important to have support from other family members, but even more important to have caregiver support groups available. People to talk to who are dealing with the same issues. I feel so sorry for this woman if she didn't have that support. It can be terribly isolating to be a full-time caregiver. I hope the judge will have mercy on her, although I think she will never forgive herself. This sentence breaks my heart, "then she took her mother by the hand and led her into deeper water and then let her go." Tragic.

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Posted in: Actress Tomoko Tabata reportedly attempts suicide See in context

Wow. "Crazy eyes." "Nutjob." Is it any wonder some people with mental health issues try to hide their problems? Such compassion. I hope she gets the help she needs, whatever her issues may be.

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Posted in: The resplendent autumn colors of Nikko See in context

It is beautiful, but the two photos accompanying the article aren't very impressive!

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Posted in: What do Japanese men think about dating foreign women? See in context

It was great to see several of the guys give quite thoughtful answers to all the questions. They seem to be pretty knowledgeable already about the pros and cons. All of the guys were interesting, though - smart, funny, attractive, etc. They should have more confidence! From the background, it looks like some kind of international event or something, so maybe a lot of the visitors were already interested in foreign countries and/or meeting or dating foreigners. Good luck to them all!

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Posted in: Osaka convenience stores to help wandering dementia sufferers See in context

A practical and caring plan, particularly with the number of elderly in Japan on the increase, and many of them still living alone.

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Posted in: Apple ups hiring, but faces obstacles to making phones smarter See in context

Instead of making our phones smarter, why don't we try to be smarter ourselves? We need more work in that area, I think.

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Posted in: Kanye rants at VMAs; Miley Cyrus flashes breast See in context

I don't know why there have to be so many entertainment awards shows anyway. What other industry feels the need to pat itself on the back in public repeatedly year after year after year? How insecure are you? Strange cult of celebrity, I guess.

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Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia See in context

Liberals -- both foreign and domestic -- can shake their li'l leftists fists all they want, but my 2nd Admendment right trumps their whining and day of the week . . . .

And which "well-regulated Militia" do you belong to?

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