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JimizoFeb. 06, 2016 - 09:59AM JST
Exactly. Many of my coworkers who don't know about football were shocked when Japan didn't reach the last 16 of the last World Cup after listening to similar drivel from people predicting last 8 in the media. Very few, if anybody, outside Japan predicted last 8.
Just let them get on with it without unnecessary pressure.
Posted in: Japan set for rich medal haul in Rio, say analysts
JimizoFeb. 05, 2016 - 10:58PM JST
"Mrs. Bill Clinton"
Based on a similar principle, how to you refer to fellow Texan Jeb Bush?
FDR was a famous and distinguished 'progressive' I know in Texas a 'fireside chat' means laughing while someone ignites a fart but he's worth looking up.
Posted in: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign
JimizoFeb. 05, 2016 - 06:32PM JST
I've just watched some of this debate. Bernie Sanders ( a politician ) actually comes across as, and I hesitate to use this word about a politician, genuine. Maybe this is relative to Wall Street arse-kissers, slimy Jesus-lovers, self-promoting loudmouths and genuine lunatics, but I was impressed.
JimizoFeb. 05, 2016 - 03:12PM JST
"I’ve got their number,” she said, “the Wall Street guys.”
I can imagine she calls or texts them on a regular basis.
JimizoFeb. 05, 2016 - 10:03AM JST
"You think people trust Ted Cruz? Even Republicans don't trust Ted Cruz. The guy is as slimy as they come. And then you have Trump... Both Sanders and Clinton run circles around these two."
I agree Cruz is utterly repulsive and Trump is Trump but how about Rubio? He is the clear bookies favourite to win the nomination. I'd hate to see a Republican in power but Rubio can't be ignored.
Posted in: Sanders, Clinton meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign
JimizoFeb. 05, 2016 - 12:18AM JST
"Obama never wastes an opportunity to condemn Christians whom he sees as backwards and sexist. Yet he let's Muslims slide. Why the blatant hypocrisy?"
All backward religious types should be called out. I can't recall these supposedly very frequent occasions when Obama has called out the Christian nutters. I remember something about the south loving their religion and their guns. I lived in Texas and many told me how much they loved Jesus and firearms ( a strange combination ). Any more examples?
It is also worth pointing out that George W. Bush gushed non-stop about the virtues of Islam. Obama has been less gushing largely because the nutters on the right would take it as proof of his 'true' faith.
Posted in: Obama visits U.S. mosque; says impression of Muslims distorted
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 09:30PM JST
"You can find the same kind of nastiness in the bible, too. Sodom and Gamorah, flooding the world anyone?"
That's very true. The Hebrew Bible is full of genocide, rape and racism along with the murderous injunctions but most countries have managed to move away from the idea that these ideas should be the law of the land. This is more difficult in Islam with the idea of Sharia and the fact that the example of Mohammed is very different from the Christian view of Jesus as non-political. One example of this is the 13 countries in the world who carry out executions for blasphemy. It's no coincidence they are all majority Muslim.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 08:22PM JST
"From that comment, I'm guessing you don't actually know what Islam's core teachings are."
What are Islam's core teachings? Which are core and which are not? Also, according to whom? The problem of who speaks for and has the right to interpret this book is one of the key problems of SunnI Islam in particular. You can find the wonderful idea of killing one person being equivalent to killing the whole world along with the monstrous slay the infidel in the Koran and the Hadiths.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 05:59PM JST
"Do you believe in British customs because you have been brainwashed?"
I believe some and reject others. I've read books by fellow primates who are cleverer than me but are still imperfect primates and as such I don't accept everything they say. I don't believe in perfect books which claim to have the answer to all human problems. I also didn't attend a brainwashing school like the Muslim school reported on in an alarming UK documentary which found ALL students rejecting the theory of evolution and regarding the Koran as a perfect book of science as well as morality.
We all carry biases but there are extremes.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 05:04PM JST
Of course there is a difference between the Christian crackpots and the Islamic crackpots. The 'cracked and bigoted' ideas I was talking about are denial of scientific facts and bigotry such as homophobia. They do have this in common. Of course I'm not saying even the most primitive and crazed Christians, say GOP Presidential candidates, are promoting the kind of murderous ideas espoused by their Muslim counterparts.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 04:53PM JST
"I agree we should be consistent in calling out extremists; they're the scourge of the planet, as are bigots. I object when people call out all Muslims, all 1.5 billion and accuse them of living in the stone age and being responsible for the atrocities committed by Daesh, al Shebab etal. Notice you limited Christians to fundamentalists but generalised Muslims. Oversight or intentional?"
Most sane people ridicule the Christian fundamentalists for denying scientific facts such as evolution ( many posters here do it ). Denying evolution is mainstream, not extreme, in Islam. A Muslim cleric in the UK was given death threats for expressing his view that evolution is a scientific fact.
In my own country of the UK, close to four fifths of young Muslims want homosexuality criminalized. This is in a country where the majority of people accept gay marriage and homosexual acts were decriminalized fifty years ago. You agreed that we should call out bigots. Are you prepared to call the majority of young Muslims in the UK bigots? I wouldn't use the word bigot here, I prefer to think of them as dangerously brainwashed.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 04:26PM JST
"True. But not now. Who now is standing up to Islamic bigotry? (apart from Trump LOL). In today's whacky PC climate, anyone (like me) who points to the oppression of women, homosexuals, and other heretics by Muslims is branded a racist."
The thing I find irritating is the people who are quick to call out and ridicule cracked and bigoted ideas from fundamentalist Christians are often the first to shout you down when you call out Muslims for the similar or sometimes much more extreme views. I just think we should be consistent.
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 12:52PM JST
"A Very nice in a dream state theoretical world, I agree. There is a reason why Rand and his father are way, way out in the stratosphere"
Wars of choice. I know you find it unthinkable to choose not to send people to die in another bloodbath/hiding, but it is actually possible.
Doesn't Fox consider this? Where do they want to see the US military get a spanking these days?
Posted in: Trump accuses Cruz of fraud in Iowa caucuses; Rand Paul out
JimizoFeb. 04, 2016 - 12:23PM JST
"Too bad about Rand Paul - he was the sanest member of the clown show."
Yes. His ideas about not involving the US in wars in which they keep getting hidings and have people coming home in body bags were very sane.
Alternatively, his ideas about not involving the US in wars in which they keep getting hidings and have people coming home in body bags were very insane to the Hillary/Benghazi/Obama is the antichrist, atheist, possible Muslim/ROFLing Fox News crowd.
JimizoFeb. 03, 2016 - 11:36PM JST
The most bemusing Bush gush about Islam was his respect for a Muslim holiday commemorating the visit of the angel Gabriel to the "prophet Mohammed" and his reception of the "holy Koran".
As a supposedly hardcore Christian who doesn't accept the revalation to Mohammed and that the Koran is fiction, these words must arouse suspicion.....
Posted in: Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque
JimizoFeb. 03, 2016 - 08:32PM JST
"Just wait for the backlash from the troglodytes, though. It will come."
They just need to be reminded that George W. Bush spoke of the fact that the Koran when translated into English isn't as beautiful as the original Arabic ( I suppose you must ask how he knew that ). He gushed about how marvelous Islam was to an almost embarrassing level.
The delerious right would have dropped their snakes in a chorus of Muslim/anti-Christ/atheist if Obama had come close to this.
"Everyone needs to consider being a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Shinto, Hindus, etc. etc. at the same time. Just take the kind and generous messages and forget the vengeful and superiority sentiments."
It's probably better to reject all of them at the same time. It gets rid of a reason to divide and despise.
JimizoFeb. 03, 2016 - 07:59AM JST
"While most mainstream Japanese accept national guilt over historic atrocities, a vocal right wing minority say the country has been unfairly maligned for behavior they claim was common in conflict."
We keep being told "most mainstream Japanese" reject the claims of the rightists, but until this majority makes its voice heard above this supposed minority, so what?
Are these people just complacent? Don't really give a crap? Sort of on the fence? Afraid of rightist thugs who share the government's true view on this matter?
Not very impressive nor convincing.
Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery
JimizoFeb. 02, 2016 - 09:54PM JST
I just got a mail from my bookie mate in the UK. He told me the bookies are watching the money on Rubio very carefully.
Worth a flutter?
Posted in: Cruz defeats Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders in tight race
JimizoFeb. 01, 2016 - 10:35AM JST
"No more wimpy socialist government in Japan."
The LDP have been in power for 67 out of 71 years in Japan, have sat up and rolled over whenever the US has told them to and have racked up an enormous amount of debt with continuous wasteful spending in the form of subsides and construction work.
In what sense is this government not 'wimpy socialist'?
Posted in: Support rate for Abe cabinet up 4.3 points at 53.7%
JimizoFeb. 01, 2016 - 10:23AM JST
"What does that has to do with Hillary NOT answering the question from Matthews?? And for the record, they do, all the time, but since you don't watch the FNC there's no way for you to know about it, right?"
I've got no time for Hillary Clinton. She's shady and slippery. That's not the point here anyway. I haven't come across or heard of Fox News pointing out the difference between a Communist and a Democratic Socialist. Since they do it all the time according to you, could you post a link? Also, seeing as you know the difference, why are you calling Sanders a Bolshevik? If I didn't know you better, I'd suspect that was silly, partisan and disingenuous name-calling.
Politics isn't always based on who is the most entertaining. If you want entertainment, read The National Enquirer or watch Fox News. This is a serious business despite the efforts of Trump, Palin, Beck, Hannity and others.
Posted in: Presidential hopefuls crisscross Iowa ahead of 1st 2016 vote
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Feb. 06, 2016 - 11:56AM JST
You know what?
North Korea is the one which has to change the route
Posted in: Japanese airlines to alter routes to avoid N Korean rocket
Feb. 06, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
I was like "I don't have any children, but yea, let's just watch the video", and…
Posted in: Video explores gap between ideals and reality for working mothers in Japan
Feb. 06, 2016 - 11:50AM JST
"But he still advised pregnant women “to avoid kissing.” ...strangers I assume?
Yep good advice cheers!…
Posted in: Rio carnival opens, defying growing Zika fears
Feb. 06, 2016 - 11:37AM JST
"They've never stopped being in business. They can just now stop begging to be an exception…
Posted in: Japan, Iran back in business
Note to self….
Must study Japanese more!!
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