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Carolee ThummaMay. 18, 2016 - 08:19AM JST
mitokomonalex: He not only is willing to keep US bases in Japan he also wants Japan to pay more to have those bases...still admire him?
But don't hold him to this, by Thursday he might change his mind...again.
Posted in: Trump willing to meet N Korea's Kim; wants to renegotiate Paris climate accord
Carolee ThummaApr. 23, 2016 - 02:49PM JST
I'll think of "Purple Rain" and memories of my younger self comes floating back, sitting with my boyfriend in his car and listening to "Red Corvette" and thinking how sexy it was when he said "a pocketful of horses", lol
Whenever I hear his music it will bring sweet memories to me and I think that's how he would have wanted it.
We will miss Prince and his music and words. R.I.P. Prince
Posted in: Questions swirl about Prince's health with unexplained death
Carolee ThummaApr. 04, 2016 - 11:13PM JST
Once again, not one poster can say "hey, great job, congrats"...nope, everybody has to piss all over someone elses achievement.
Does it make you feel better about yourselves now?
Congrats to the show and to Yasuhiro Kawana!
Carolee ThummaApr. 02, 2016 - 11:31AM JST
I've been following him since the beginning and he has always been a gentleman, I've never heard him called a diva, never. Where are you getting these diva moments? And as his coach said in the interviews about the defying incident, it wasn't like Brian told him "you can't skate", it was talked bout between them and Hanyu wanted to skate and Coach Orser didn't want him to.
Plus read the article again, people who have seen the video said it "looked intentional", Hanyu agreed with them. Plus how would you feel if it was your practice time and another skater came out onto the ice and purposely slammed into you.
Harding paid someone else to take out Nancy Kerrigan, people have said today that Ten tried to take Hanyu out himself. Jealousy in skating does exist.
Posted in: Hanyu accuses rival of deliberately colliding with him
Carolee ThummaMar. 16, 2016 - 05:47PM JST
All it would take is one person, her boss Ken Shimura to have her sitting on stage the next Zoo and I don't think anyone would question him. He's got too much clout in the Nipon TV industry. I would love to see that.
Posted in: Becky remains secluded at home following enforced leave from show biz
Carolee ThummaMar. 13, 2016 - 03:59PM JST
Drumpf says it was Bernie's people who started the protest, but the one man they arrested was a Drumpf supporter, so who was the violent one...
I don't think Drumpf had any plans to actually go to the rally, he says the police warned him not to, but the police gave a statement today that they never had any discussions with Drumpf or his people about canceling the rally. I think he chose a place that was so diversified, a place he knew that he had less supporters and more protesters and he planned NOT to attend when he set it up. It was just a set up to cause trouble and it would make Bernie's supporters to look bad, but it was a Drumpf supporter who was arrested. Another set up planned by Drumpf and his people that backfired on him.''
Posted in: Trump blames 'our communist friend' Sanders for Chicago clashes
Carolee ThummaFeb. 29, 2016 - 08:03AM JST
@shonanbb, as an American I can say this, a lot of Americans are stupid, you are correct. They don't educate themselves. They only want to be entertained, it is the land of Entitlement. We the people of American send soldiers around the world to fight for freedom and injustice while at home we're taking selfies and having fat put into our butts. The majority of Americans don't know what it's like not to have. Our stores are loaded with "things", cool things, expensive things, big things, small things. And it's these "things" that have become more important. It is as simple as that. It is true. BUT...(and see it's a large butt) but there are still a lot of good people in America trying to get education back into the norm and trying to educate people on what's right and wrong in the world. It's just that the stupid people have a tendency to scream and yell and not listen. But I have to believe that America will get smarter, it will get better, I have to have hope that the people with self-respect and great minds will persevere and make America if not great, but at least a place to be proud of again.
Not all American's are watching Trump and Kartrashians, some are studying and working to help America get better.
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Carolee ThummaFeb. 11, 2016 - 02:30AM JST
sensei258, No, that would be "Bump of AKB Funky Monkey Baby Metal Kara Perfume E Girls48" To be followed next year with "Bump of AKB Funky Monkey Baby Metal Kara Perfume E Girls68"
Posted in: J-pop idol fans run amuck, drop their pants at Tokyo concert
Carolee ThummaJan. 21, 2016 - 12:45AM JST
Without knowing what was actually stated on both contracts we the public can't speculate. If one states "dating affects the monetary outcome of the group" but the other states "she's not allowed to date" the judges can make different rulings. It all depends on what they actually sued for.
Personally I agree with the 2nd ruling, Dating is private, personal, no company should have a say in this. I know a lot of people say J&A has the same clause, but an ex-intern stated a few years back that J&A's contracts state "keep any private or personal business out of the eyes of the public." In other words you can date you just have to do it on the downlow, which is still sickening.
Carolee ThummaJan. 18, 2016 - 01:07AM JST
It really doesn't matter how good a group or individual is in entertaiment, because it's a hugely individual market, YOU like what YOU like, it's as simple as that. What YOU like, the next guy might not, doesn't mean one is right or wrong, just means we all have different taste.
Please stop dissing on things you don't like and just move on, you don't have to prove how "cool" you are by being as negative as possible. I used to love to come here and read the reviews but in the last few years this place has become one big dumping ground for all things negative. It's sad.
Carolee ThummaJan. 15, 2016 - 06:01PM JST
I'm hearing a lot of "I didn't listen to SMAP, didn't like em." A lot of jokes being made about them on these reviews.
BUT...somebody was listening, somebody was paying for the music and concerts. Someone was watching their drama's and movies. And they only got paid from J&A for concerts. Anything else, TV Shows, Specials, Drama's Movies, Commercial was money in their pockets, not Johnny's they also had to find those jobs on their own. It's one of the reasons Johnny took away the ban on photo's on the drama CD boxes. If they worked to get their own drama's they wanted their faces on them.
I'm not a fan of Johnny Kitagawa's, nor was I a fan of SMAP, I'm an Arashi fan, and I love Arashi, they simply make me feel good to watch them. That's all, it doesn't matter to me how the rest of the posters here feel, it only matters how I feel. And I can image there are a lot of SMAP fans out that that are upset about this, I feel bad for them.
Plus Julie is blood related to Johnny, if Michi Iijima actually thought she was going to "inherit" the company over a family member she wasn't thnking clearly.
And basically I think most of the posters on here are just posting this crap so that they can sound cool. Pathetic. I hope that no one craps all over the entertainers you like, I would hope most people would be respectful enough to go, "not a fan and move on" without feeling the need to be mean...but this is the way of the world now.
Posted in: Idol group SMAP rumored to be splitting after 28 years
Carolee ThummaJan. 12, 2016 - 11:50PM JST
I'm happy for them, they are both sweet and a bit naive, I hope their lives are filled with love, laughter and happiness.
I love it when people act like "this is not news" (pointing at you sandigoluv) but they take the time to post, if it's so not news why are you even here. It's so easy not to click on the link.
Posted in: Singer Daigo, actress Keiko Kitagawa tie the knot
Carolee ThummaNov. 25, 2015 - 11:22PM JST
I've never, not even once got a "swelled ego" feeling from Taguchi. I've gotten that from Kame (who I do adore) Rumor is he isn't happy, well then let him go to find something that makes him happy. Making him stay in a group that doesn't make him happy is ridiculous. KAT-TUN have had inner group problems from day one. Kame once told a story about Ueda punching Kame in the face as they were walking off a stage because Ueda missed some dance steps and Kame called him on it. Jin talked once about mental issues attached to being a member of KAT-TUN. Nakamaru has talked about being bullied. Let it go, let them go, if they aren't happy just let em go and don't call them prima donas and swelled heads, they are just human beings that have possibly been in an unhealthy situation for over 15 years. (counting jr years not debut years).
I say good luck and I hope he finds the thing that makes him happy.
Carolee ThummaNov. 22, 2015 - 01:58AM JST
There are more pictures accompanying this article, they are at the bottom of the page.
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Carolee ThummaNov. 16, 2015 - 09:31PM JST
I listened too some of Biebers songs and it seems like he's still using auto-tune. And it's hard to understand some of his words on too many of the songs.
Posted in: Justin Bieber, One Direction try to grow up on new albums
Carolee ThummaOct. 23, 2015 - 12:00PM JST
As for people who believe that service dogs just crap anywhere think again. I worked in a department store for many years and we have 6 or 7 regulars who shopped with their dogs and never, never did any of the dogs have accidents. The problem was parents not teaching children to rush up to service dogs and try to get them to play. (and before any one says it no the dogs didn't growl or snap at the children either).
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Carolee ThummaOct. 08, 2015 - 12:37AM JST
I'm a big fan of SOME of Johnny's groups but not SMAP and as for acting he can do a fairly okay job (Mr Brain, had to play wacky and did a good job). But for something like this there were plenty of other actors that not only look good/cool, but can also ACT, which is pretty important to someone of this characters league. It might turn out like Attack of Titans, okay but nothing as good as the original story.
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Carolee ThummaSep. 29, 2015 - 10:34AM JST
As my grandmother told my mother years ago, when my parents b*tched about my brother listening to rock music, we all listen to what pleases us, to each their own. If we all listened to the same thing it would get really boring.
So there is no "real" music to the complainers, it's ALL music, and we listen to what makes us happy. Why should I listen to what you like if it doesn't make me happy.
It's sad that people have to put down things, I know they think it makes them look better or cooler but all it makes them look like is bullies and meanies.
Posted in: One Direction announces album after split speculation
Carolee ThummaSep. 22, 2015 - 07:19PM JST
It takes a few minutes to google the Age of Consent in Japan, the reason the judge didn't mention her age is that the age of consent in Japan is 13 years old for sex. Unbelievable. But then again didn't Japan only put in Child Protection laws in the early 2000's?
I agree with someone else that posted above, it's keeping natural human rights away from these "idols". Humans want and need companionship, these management companies are "legally" keeping those rights from their clients and raking in the money while they do it.
But nothing will change, the Jumusho's will continue to thrive and the kids will be the ones who suffer. Most of these kids only make money if they get ads/commercials or TV/movie deals on the side. They usually just get paid small fees for the singing and dancing, only make any real money if they get the side jobs outside the management companies.
Posted in: Idol singer ordered to pay management company Y650,000 after going to hotel with male fan
Carolee ThummaSep. 05, 2015 - 11:53AM JST
As far as Trump being his "own man", he's not, daddy gave him half a million dollars and a huge money making apartment complex. He never had to answer to a "boss" so he only wants to make himself happy, never once is he going to think about what's best for the American public.
He's what my grandparents called "Snake Oil Salesman", those trump up more entertainment than business man.
He put a reporter in time out, he keeps calling another female reporter names, a reporter who pissed him off by asking him "how are you going to be a fair president when you consistently call woman names?" And then he calls her bimbo and stupid and makes cracks about her period.
So what happens when Putin pisses him off, or some other World Leader doesn't act the way Trump wants them to act...and then we are off to war because big orange head can "hurt them harder then they hurt him". Yeah that's the way one should deal with Kim Jong-un.
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