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    JTDanMan

    Honestly I think Obama is arrogant and incompetent in some case.

    Yes, yes, yes. Obama is arrogant. He just doesn't know his place. One might even say he is uppity...

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • 1

    JTDanMan

    Congressional panel predicts rain this winter....

    Posted in: Congressional panel predicts China will keep confronting U.S.

  • 1

    JTDanMan

    I basically want my 8000 dollars back in processing and lawyer fees that I had to pay for my Japanese wife to get her Greencard so she can stay in the USA LEGALLY with me

    A fair point.

    As far as that goes: go through the Consulate, ie, from overseas and not in the US. It takes six months or so for the processing, and is free, except for some nominal fees. The only catch is the process must be complete before the spouse enters the US. See, that ways they know its all on the up-and-up.

    Posted in: Obama spurns Republicans with immigration orders

  • 1

    JTDanMan

    Maybe it is more human to allow rural women living in small, traditional villages to sterilize themselves. That gives them absolute control over whether they want more children. Conservatives husbands can, and will, refuse to use condoms.

    Posted in: India's sterilization drive leaves at least 8 dead

  • 1

    JTDanMan

    Because condoms are expensive.

    Posted in: India's sterilization drive leaves at least 8 dead

  • 1

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    “There are many people who drink coffee in Japan, but they drink bad coffee,” said Sekiguchi, who estimates that there are only “around five” truly good coffee shops in Japan."

    It's true. And strange, when you think about it. Japan usually gets the imported food and drink stuff right. The beer and whiskey is world class. The pastries and bread shops kick ass. True, they are adapted somewhat to the native palate, and do not show the range, for example, of what you may find in Germany regarding bread, for example, but the Japanese palate is quite good IMO. And in certain parts of the country, like Kobe, you can find a real Austrian bakery! And often, you can find that hole-in-the-wall shop opened by some strange dude who spent 5 years in Tuscanny learning how to prepare Tuscan food.

    But the coffee traditionally sucked. I'll say this for Starbucks: as mediocre as it may be, it did bring the level of coffee up in Japan. I think all the older expats here can attest to that.

    [As an aside, regarding Japanese beer: Japanese beer was heavier and more full flavored back in the day. Back in the 90s, Kirin progressively released their early Meiji, late Meiji, Taisyo and early Showa lager beer. Both the Meiji beers were outstanding -- but they did not necessarily go well with flavor profile of the food Over the years, brewers progressively lightened the lagers, to what we have now.

    And then Asahi created the bane known as "Super Dry." Which ain't all that bad, but compared to Sapporo Black, and Malts, well, if you know what I'm talking about, then you know what I'm talking about...

    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

  • 2

    JTDanMan

    As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.

    China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. To reach that goal, Mr. Xi pledged that so-called clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030.

    -- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=1

    First, the New York Times article contradicts the one here, which states China did not pledge. (China)...."didn’t commit to cut emissions by a specific amount." So, I wonder which is accurarate.

    Second, Republicans are predictably outraged. This historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions represents both Obama getting something done and hurts Republican efforts to accelerate climate change.

    For shame!

    Posted in: Obama, Xi look to highlight areas of agreement despite tensions

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    I must admit confusion at the frequent characterization offered above that Japanese don't take responsibility for wrong-doing.

    I'm talking about the people in general here, and not those in positions of power.

    I've lived on this rock for my fair share, done so on different continents and have had the fortune to get to know a wide variety of lands and peoples. IMO, out of all major industrial nations*, no other place is populated with a people more concerned with honesty when it comes to performance of duty. This emphasis on right conduct comes with the inevitable need to make amends when that trust is violated.

    • Swedes, Danes and Finns, Norwegians, Swiss, Aussies and Kiwis, Canadians, Singaporeans and Costa Ricans rate high and higher in my book as well. But they are small/ mid-sized.

    Posted in: Tomita denies stealing camera at Asian Games

  • 0

    JTDanMan

    Good on Japan.

    Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan

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    JTDanMan

    I find it ironic, to say the least, that some of those here who incessantly decry Western imperialism and chauvinism are some of the most strident and petty nationalist when it comes to their country.

    Posted in: Abe, Park chat at APEC dinner

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    You can do almost anything like this because you're white and the girls accept that.

    Quite a claim. Any evidence?

    Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests

  • 0

    JTDanMan

    It’s a situation created by the shameful nexus of political power, money and the media, with the latter on the receiving end of tasty treats to elicit their cooperation.

    So, yeah. The media is doing their job....

    Posted in: Media not doing their job on covering political fund use

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    JTDanMan

    Tahoochi

    In America you cannot be charged for "looking at someone too long or" for saying something offensive. The "offensive" nature of speech has time and again ben stricken down by SCOTUS as vague and overbroad.

    For example, you cannot be arrested for saying, "All Jews should be rounded up and gassed." But, you could be arrested for saying to an angry crowd of people gathered in front of synagogue, "Let's right now round up those Jews in there and go Treblinka on them!" If, and this is a big if, it is understood by the crowd that you mean it. That is incitement. If the crowd thinks you are a kook, and derisively laughs off your rant, then, no, you cannot be arrested for incitement.

    Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests

  • -1

    JTDanMan

    Sillygirl.

    Yes, Japan is irrelevant to Americans. I live on the West Coast, and it is irrelevant. EVerything is China, China and China, and sometimes Korea.

    Posted in: Japanese viewers help CSI team unravel a murder… with basic vocabulary

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    JTDanMan

    What he does instead is sprout highly, highly offensive, misogynistic and demeaning drivel towards 50% of the population,

    As his his right to do so, in Japan. He is not allowed, however, to touch anyone. If he is anything other than a fool, he probably sets it up. C'mon, grabbing women in broad daylight on a public thoroughfare is not dismissed by the local cops as gaijin being gaijin. Its, rather, one of the few ways to ways allowed a foreigner to tour the inside a police box.

    And highly, highly offensive? Well, I'll let Mr. Fry speak for me here:

    "It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so f****ing what?!"

    Posted in: Video of pick-up artist grabbing Japanese women on street triggers online protests

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    JTDanMan

    We lost because there guys showed up and ours did not.

    2016, of course, our guys will show up, and blast them. But then 2018 will come, and our guys will not show up.

    That is the problem.

    Posted in: Republicans take control of U.S. Senate

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    JTDanMan

    Here are my predictions:

    Senate

    Democrats lose Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. And eventually Louisianna, but not today. It will go to a run off in December, when Landrieu will lose (no third candidate, low turnout favors Republicans). That means Team Dem loses five, Team Republican gains five.

    Result: A 50-50 split. Hello Biden Senate.

    House

    No wave. The slight Republican advantage (Overall R +2) is countered by the disadvantage of defending more seats. Depending on Dem GOTV, very little movement

    Govenors

    Many very close races. Walker will hold in WI, which is a shame, 'cause he's a true Republican jerk. But I won't complain. Dems have the numbers. If they would just turn out to vote in midterms, we'd win.

    Posted in: Democrats slipping in Tuesday's Senate contests

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    JTDanMan

    Oh boy. Here is the story:

    The Syrian govt know that the West will not stand for an ISIS win in Syria, and so does not need to attack them. Instead, Assad focuses on the so-called moderates.

    ISIS also focuses on the so-called moderates, in order to win the civil war within the civil war.

    In short, the guys the US and the West back are getting it from both sides. Its two-against-one. And unless the US figures something out, and changes the current dynamic, the so-called moderates will eventually lose.

    Posted in: Peshmerga, Syrian rebels battle Islamic State in besieged Kobani

  • 0

    JTDanMan

    The Republicans here hate Obama so much they actually are supporting a foreign leader against sitting American President.

    See how far the worms have spread.

    Posted in: Israeli leader lashes back at harsh U.S. criticism

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    JTDanMan

    Bla bla bla bla bla.

    The only thing that matters if our people turn out. We Dems got the numbers. If we turn out, we win.

    And it's sunny today....

    Posted in: Democrats slipping in Tuesday's Senate contests

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