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SushiSake3May. 14, 2015 - 10:28AM JST
Never thought I'd say this but I'm glad Obama lost this one.
Here's hoping opposition to the TPP hardens even further as more of it's largely unpalatable content is leaked.
Posted in: Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda, putting TPP on hold
SushiSake3May. 14, 2015 - 10:25AM JST
Just think of how many more people could have been injured, maimed and killed had Japan entered the global arms market earlier.
Oh, they didn't.
Great news. :-)
The spin on this article is troubling.
Posted in: Japan's defense export hopes dimmed by latecomer status
SushiSake3Apr. 20, 2015 - 11:27AM JST
This is gonna be EPIC!
I was a kid when the original was released in 1977. Watched it 14 times at my own and my mates birthday parties and at the movies.
I've seen every one since.
Actually watched the original on TV a few years ago and was still blown away by the SPX.
Pretty amazing considering the movie was days(?) away from running out of money.
Star Wars defined a generation: I consider myself more of the 'Star Wars generation' than 'from the 70s.'
Cannot wait!!! :-)
Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams
SushiSake3Apr. 16, 2015 - 11:13AM JST
Abe stacked the 'nuclear watchdog' with pro-nuclear power yes men.
It's now more like 'nuclear support group' than a 'nuclear watchdog'.
Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction
SushiSake3Apr. 15, 2015 - 11:22AM JST
Heh, you know the Repubs are panicking when every one of their candidates slams Clinton the day she announces. :-)
Thing is this time unlike last time, with no clear Democrat opposition, Clinton's going to siphon up ALL the money - maybe $2 billion?
But it won't make much difference.
As we've seen in the last 2 straight elections, if there's one thing GOP/TP candidates are superbly adept at it's imploding - simply self-destructing like fireworks: Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! - until there's no one left. :-)
They never learn and never know what's good for their side until they've completely blown it.
Along with the non-stop laughs the GOP candidates give us, this is a key reason why I love Republicans so much. :-)
Let's examine the candidates:
Ted Cruz - I'm glad he declared first. As he's already an extremist, he may well have already cost the Right the election as the other candidates will have to 'out extreme' him, which will only make all of them even more unelectable.
Rand Paul - who's kidding who?
Jeb Bush - has chosen 10 of his 12 inner circle from among his brother and Dad's advisors.
This includes some individuals who advised GWB and America that the Iraq war would cost $200 million and be over in 3 months.
Jeb Bush is GWB Lite - and we all know how that turned out.
Marco Rubio - has potential ....as everyone's second choice.
So, this election's pretty much already done.
Looking like 3 straight victories for the Dems.
What's for lunch?
Posted in: Clinton starts White House campaign with small-town meetings
SushiSake3Mar. 22, 2015 - 10:23PM JST
Are the Republicans still trying to blow up the talks?
Frantically scribbling another letter that will show the world - again - how ill-educated they are?
One can only hope. :-)
Posted in: U.S., Iran cite progress in nuclear talks, though deal is unclear
SushiSake3Mar. 22, 2015 - 10:19PM JST
I went to one of his concerts in Tokyo in the tour before the one that was cancelled (Nov 2014?)
Blo*dy brilliant - loved it.
That guy still has it in spades.
Posted in: Paul McCartney announces Budokan concert
SushiSake3Feb. 25, 2015 - 09:35AM JST
I'm still not quite sure whether all the moral outrage emanating from the west is entirely justified wrt murders carried out by ISIS.
I've been wondering what - if any - difference there is between beheading someone and dropping a 500lb bomb on a building that 'intelligence' claims contains 'territorists' or 'insurgents' (quite possibly nothing more than dads defending their courtyard against invaders/occupiers)?
At the end of the day, people die, but only one group is filmed.
Does the fact one is being filmed make any difference?
Not to my mind.
The filming changes nothing; it is used purely for propaganda,
If western forces filmed their bombs, missiles and drones blowing people to little pieces and posted those clips on Facebook, I wonder how the selective moral outrage of people who are disgusted at ISIS's actions would change?
Would we be as horrified as many people are at ISIS beheadings?
I really don't think so,
To me, the killing on both sides is unacceptable.
Western forces have killed hundreds of thousands more (many of them civilians) than ISIS have.
If we are to hold a morally balanced view, we should be venting far more and much louder against our own nations' governments if they have contributed to the carnage in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.
ISIS beheading 21 people doesn't even begin to compare to the death toll created by western nations and yet - apparently because ISIS films some of their execution and puts on FB - it's a big deal?
Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria
SushiSake3Feb. 10, 2015 - 11:37AM JST
LOL! This is awesome.
Obama has screwed Republicans again and shown they - yet again - have zero leadership skills.
If they don't want to look like pack of frightened schoolgirls, they'll have to do something they've never done: say 'yes' to their president.
We can all guess what will happen if they don't.
Obama'a bringing his A game post election and the Republicans are getting whipped.
All good. :-)
Posted in: Obama to seek new authority for Islamic State fight
SushiSake3Feb. 07, 2015 - 02:01PM JST
Yubaru, Obama's not a lame duck at all - far from it.
Democrats can block legislation in the Senate, and Obama can veto.
Republicans need to understand they need to compromise to pass legislation.
They've proven again and again that they can't, which is one of the many, many reasons why they're going to lose again in 2016. :-)
A Juvenile GOO
Posted in: Obama invites China's Xi, Japan's Abe for state visits
SushiSake3Feb. 03, 2015 - 12:26PM JST
Welcome to the beginning of the GOP's 3rd straight election defeat.
The writing is on the wall for those who have eyes to see it.
This budget will help shape the election debate and Obama and the Dems have no doubt planned this so that Republicans say 'No!' in all the right check boxes so that Dems can box conservative candidates in during the 2016 campaign.
And here's some news for all the conservatives out there who - strangely - seem to have convinced themselves that Obama is "wrecking" the economy:
You want to talk jobs? Where's the jobs?
Let's talk jobs -
Right now, America's enjoying the longest period of private sector job creation in American history..
Deficit? Let's talk deficit:
The Federal budget deficit is shrinking. It’s been reduced by two-thirds since 2009.
"The $1.4 trillion federal budget deficit that Obama inherited in 2009 was in a large part due to the high rate of unemployment.
When millions of people were put out of work in 2008 and 2009, it resulted in far less income taxes and less economic activity to generate federal revenue. As ten million people have been put back to work, there have been billions more tax dollars generated. As a result, the deficit has been SHRINKING each year.
The 2014 deficit is projected to be around $500 billion, the smallest deficit since 2007 and roughly 1/3 of what it was in 2009."
Hey, income taxes are way down, too.
"For 95% of American taxpayers, income taxes are lower now than just about any time in the previous 50 years.
After President Obama took office, thousands of Tea Party members all over the country held rallies protesting Obama’s tax increases.
At that time, President Obama had actually passed several tax cuts to stimulate the economy.
Most of the Tea Partiers who were protesting had only seen their taxes decrease under Obama. Yet polls indicated that most Tea Party members wrongly believed their taxes had gone up.
In fact, the only people whose income taxes have gone up during Obama’s presidency are those making $400,000 per year or more.
That's less than 2% of the population.
Today, for the vast majority of people, tax rates are exactly where they were when Obama first took office or lower. The article below from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains this in greater detail."
Oh, and one more - Obamacare's added years to the life of Medicare.
"The Medicare trust fund had been on course to run out of money by the end of 2016. But due to cost savings from the Affordable Care Act and lower healthcare expenses, Medicare’s trust fund is now stable until the year 2030 without cutting benefits."
That's probably going to directly help you and your families.
14 Facts About The Obama Presidency That Most People Don’t Know
Posted in: Republicans reject Obama's $4 trillion budget
SushiSake3Jan. 15, 2015 - 10:18PM JST
It does not matter who the GOP select to represent them.
As with the last 2 elections, the only thing the GOP can guarantee us (besides guaranteed failure) is a lineup of inept fools who will once again turn the GOP into a global laughing stock.
I say 'Bring. It. On!' :-)
The key to the Right's ongoing electoral defeats is education, or should I say lack of it.
But they want to cut funding for that, too, which will only guarantee their own ongoing electoral failure.
Add to that, the current and upcoming fistfights Congress will have with the WH will only serve to underline how much the GOP wants to bury middle-class America.
Conservatives could learn, but luckily for the rest of us, they NEVER do.
Equally enjoyable is being lectured to by American conservatives about US politics while I continually prove them wrong and massively out of touch. :-)
Loving it. :-)
Posted in: Clinton recruiting Obama veterans for expected campaign
SushiSake3Jan. 14, 2015 - 10:00PM JST
Bass, I think you need to start following the news.
Yes, the news, not Fox 'news' where you are clearly getting your talking points from.
Highest in 8 or is it 10 years?
Off the charts.
No. of Americans with health insurance?
Higher than ever.
What is it today - 5% ?
You need to look at reality - things are rocking and you're still focused on the fantasy world of conservative 'news.'
I'm loving this. The GOP does not know how to govern let alone propose sensible legislation.
The last decade has shown this conclusively.
The GOP is the stomping ground for people who want to destroy America while thinking the complete opposite.
BTW, you and your conservative compatriots are right now engineering the coming defeat of the GOP in 2016.
Posted in: Republicans ignore veto threats, attack Obama agenda
SushiSake3Jan. 14, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
This is simply the start of the end of the GOP in the next election.
And like the last 2, this coming election loss will be self-inflicted.
When will conservatives ever learn??
SushiSake3Jan. 14, 2015 - 11:31AM JST
Bad news for conservatives: Obama knows all too well who the real terrorists are: the GOP and TP/other extremists in the conservative camp who would rather sabotage and tear America apart than work for the people who voted for them.
Obama's already tried compromise with the GOP - and we got a government shutdown.
Dems have bent over backwards to compromise - even offering to cut Medicare.
Cut valuable life-saving health insurance?
Not fund infrastructure?
More for wars and less for for schools?
Who are conservatives trying to kid?
It's time to play hardball: and Obama's doing it.
The GOP are lining themselves up for a third straight election defeat.
This is going to be fun to watch.
SushiSake3Jan. 10, 2015 - 08:15PM JST
This is awesome. I hope he runs.
Mick Huckabee is running a presidential exploratory campaign that will suck the air out of Rick Santorum's campaign if he runs.
They all suck, and will suck the air out of each others' campaigns.
The GOP field in 2012 was nothing more than a standup clown comedy lineup.
I heard some people mistakenly thought they were presidential candidates, haha :-)
Posted in: Romney considering 3rd run for White House
SushiSake3Jan. 07, 2015 - 03:46PM JST
Shinhitata, you've clearly never been to a SAS concert.
The Beatles could write songs and song them, bit could they entertain?
No. They just stood there and sang.
SAS frontman Kuwata Keisuke does all 3 and more.
Posted in: Southern All Stars to release first new album in 10 years in March
SushiSake3Jan. 07, 2015 - 01:28PM JST
SAS - one of the best bands out there.
Make the Beatles looks tired and boring.
I went to their 30th anniversary concert - unreal.
4 concerts, quarter million fans.
Loved it. This band can rock!
SushiSake3Dec. 27, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
McDees is a fast food joint that doesn't actually sell food (at least not in the real sense).
All it sells is disease.
Posted in: McDonald's Japan to put big-sized fries back on the menu from Jan 5
SushiSake3Dec. 04, 2014 - 09:55PM JST
But of course, if you want to see Jackon's work at its finest, look no further than his first movie, Bad Taste.
The exploding sheep were a-w-e-s-o-m-e.
Leaves every other movie he's made since literally in the muck. :-)
Posted in: Dark and epic 'The Hobbit' finale premieres
May. 23, 2015 - 12:57AM JST
South Korea has every right to do this, however, they must also face the consequences up…
Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions
May. 23, 2015 - 12:47AM JST
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Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on
May. 23, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
My good japanese friends agree with me ;hang this mayor .. soon !!
May. 23, 2015 - 12:30AM JST
The JAL stwewardess was so rude to me on my flight I reported her to HQ.…
Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case
May. 23, 2015 - 12:29AM JST
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