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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 26, 2013 - 01:12AM JST
What has Kennedy accomplished in either politics or international relations that would vault her to this very (in my opinion) important and delicate post? I look, for example, at Canada's current ambassador to Japan. An accomplished diplomat, fully trilingual (English, French, Japanese), with decades of experience in Asia. I look at Japan's ambassador to the USA. Another career diplomat with accomplishments and skill.
This is a crucial time in Asian affairs. There are real tensions between Japan and other countries that demand serious attention. Three nuclear armed countries are almost neighbours. Kennedy will need constant monitoring, need to be briefed and translated for and isolated from all important events because she is simply not capable of dealing with them.
I understand that presidents need to give patronage rewards to their political supporters. It's part of the game. But I would have preferred she be sent to be ambassador to Belgium or Sweden, somewhere that there is no risk.
Posted in: Kennedy says JFK's spirit lives on
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 25, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
Slumdog: She is unqualified because she doesn't speak Japanese. She has never shown any deep interest in Japan. She has no experience in international diplomacy. She has no knowledge of or training in economics. She has not taken part in any kind of international negotiation. She has no knowledge of or experience in military affairs.
Other than those few shortcomings, she is a great choice. She has the most important quality needed- she is a toady of the president.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 19, 2013 - 07:40PM JST
The sooner this is over with, the sooner she can get on with her job of being an irrelevant figurehead. Congrats President Obama in carrying on the shameful tradition of treating Japan with such contempt.
Posted in: Pomp at the palace
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 18, 2013 - 10:48PM JST
If I read another Caroline Kennedy tongue-bath "news" story, I'm going to throw up. As the story said, she was born to privilege and spent her life staying there. She is the President's financial supporter, so she gets thrown the patronage appointment. I had hoped that Obama was smarter than to use an important ambassadorship in such a way, but I was wrong. It is a measure of the contempt that the current administration feels for Japan that she was appointed.
Contrast her with Ambassador Sasae, the Japanese representative in Washington. He is a career foreign policy specialist and diplomat with credentials and language skills, a quarter century of professional service.
The comparison is stark.
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy: Keeper of family flame, diplomat
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 15, 2013 - 10:55PM JST
She is a joke as an ambassador, as were her two predecessors. Japan is NOT the country to choose as a way to reward local political partisans. This region is too important and volatile to have an inexperienced representative. Make her the ambassador to Belgium, or perhaps Ecuador. But not one of the US's most important strategic partners. It again shows that the President is a lightweight, in a job that he is not very good at.
Posted in: New U.S. Ambassador Kennedy arrives in Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 13, 2013 - 10:23PM JST
Obama is a good and intelligent man, who proves the Peter Principle is actually law. He was promoted above his level of ability. IMHO, he would have been a good cabinet member for another president, but putting him into a position of leadership was a recipe for failure. He has combined the worst excesses of the Bush foreign policy with the worst leftist leanings of his own party on the domestic front.
He is leaving the next President a ruinous debt, out of control deficit, and a huge steaming stinkbomb of entitlements that he has refused to reform.
Posted in: Obama's popularity slumps to all-time low: survey
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 13, 2013 - 10:16PM JST
What an embarrassment for the Americans. Yet another President treats Japan as a "boutique" ambassadorship, rather than a serious strategic partner. There is no evidence of any diplomatic or foreign policy skill in Kennedy whatsoever. What she IS good at is raising money for Obama and being oh so social. Her gender is irrelevant. Her qualifications are (or lack thereof). Wouldn't you rather the US appoint a professional diplomat to this post? One with experience in the world? One who perhaps even speaks the local language? Japan is a vital US ally, in a potentially dangerous position with three neighbouring countries possessing nuclear weapons. Roos was bad enough, but to replace him with this lightweight is borderline criminal.
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorNov. 11, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
While the legalized discrimination is a problem- I was denied a rental for my family despite having a steady job, permanent residence, and an iron-clad guarantor, there is a bigger one. I think the simple, binary way that so many japanese look at the world is a real problem. The world has only two places, Japan and Gaikoku. It is so natural for people, no matter their education and background, to ask questions that start, "In Gaikoku,....?", or say things like "People in gaikoku...". THIS is something that holds Japan back in so many ways. So, when my students ask, "Do people in gaikoku eat rice?", I ask them which gaikoku they mean- China, India, Egypt, Brazil... they usually get it, but it is a tough habit to break.
Posted in: Is Japan really racist?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 12, 2013 - 11:43PM JST
Bush was no conservative, that is for sure. But, Obama added as much debt in 4 years as Bush did in 8, and there is no sign of an end in sight. Yes, Obama inherited a financial burden. ANd he chose to be a coward. To make it worse and pass it on to the next generation, instead of doing the right thing and trying to fix it. Clinton to his credit (and also the credit of the GOP majority in Conress he worked with) did a good job with the books.
The whole "deb ceiling" crisis is a farce. It is incomprehensible that Congress is allowed to spend money that it doesn't have, and hasn't made provision to get. It's like buying a car and driving it BEFORE the loan is approved.
Posted in: Japan calls for more than short-term fix to U.S. budget dispute
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 12, 2013 - 10:19PM JST
The Nobel committee's credibility has been slipping for a while. First, Al Gore wins for his dubious efforts on weather prediction, then Obama wins for doing nothing. It was like giving an actor an Academy Award because they will probably make a good movie some day.
Posted in: Pakistani Taliban 'delighted' Malala missed out on Nobel
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 10, 2013 - 09:15PM JST
When the crap hits the fan, and seconds count, you can depend on the police to arrive in minutes.
Basically, they can't protect you. It isn't their job. They can only take reports, investigate after the fact, and write insurance claims. People need to be more proactive in protecting themselves and those they love.
Posted in: 18-year-old girl killed by stalker hours after seeking help from police
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 11:24PM JST
Thunderbird; To answer your question, hypothetically "yes" and "yes". The only thing that would stop me from it is if the species is endangered. Any non-endangered animal is fair game to find its way on to my plate, just beside the mashed potatoes. I don't discriminate.
Posted in: Dolphin-killing town to open marine park
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 10:48PM JST
Open Minded: I have never advocated "no rules" speech. Please don't put words in my mouth. I also have no problem with condemning hate speech. I agree that it is a sign of cowardice, and also of a weak argument. However, having said that, I can't see a reason for the coercive force of law to be used against it.
I don't want the law to enforce manners or thoughts. I want it to enforce behavior. I don't care if someone says something hateful, or discriminatory, or bigoted, or rude. They can be condemned socially, held up as pariahs, ridiculed, proven wrong.
There is more to speech than presenting facts. Opinions, even odious ones, need protection just as much.
There are already laws enough regarding speech. Copyright violations, corporate/government secret violations, slander, libel, uttering clear and specific threats, all are legitimate restrictions of speech that clearly deal with specific harm. Hate speech laws do not.
Posted in: Kyoto court rules anti-Korean hate speech illegal
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 09:46PM JST
Fish or mammal doesn't matter, as long as they are not endangered.
I like the idea of a park like this. Perhaps people can learn something about how food is made and where it comes from. We forget that too much IMHO.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 09:30PM JST
I'm not too thrilled with my hard earned tax money going to people who smoke and get cancer, or eat themselves to a heart attack, or ride their bikes without a helmet and get into accidents. But that is just the cost of having socialized medicine. Nobody really gets to pick and choose who "deserves" to be covered, and for what.
From what I read, the chances of any side effects whatsoever are in the range of 1%. The risk of serious complications are probably about 1% of that, so something like 1 in ten thousand. Pretty good odds if you ask me. I was glad that when my son was born, the hospital was able to help my wife with her birth pain. It make the process much less traumatic and stressful for her, which to me is far more important than the miniscule risks it had.
Posted in: 10 tips on giving birth in Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 07:41PM JST
For having the name "Open minded", you sure are a conundrum. Insulting speech absolutely needs to be protected. Threats and intimidation? If they are specific and directed, they are already covered under the law. No need for any kind of "hate speech" law at all. Hate is just an emotion, like love or happiness. It shouldn't be part of the law.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 08, 2013 - 07:38PM JST
Last I heard, dolphins weren't endangered. So, who cares if these good people choose to dine on a few every once in a while? It 's their business. I thought fish were a good, sustainable source of protein.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 07, 2013 - 11:57PM JST
Geez Cleo, you make it sound so dangerous.... one wonders why this demon medication was ever invented in the first place. It is even more amazing that well over half of women actually CHOOSE to have an epidural during delivery.
I think there is some space between your assertion that it should be available "on the whim of the mother" and the "women should shut up and take the pain" positions. Both attitudes seem condescending and dismissive. I would say that, if a woman shows no indication or predisposition to dangerous side effects, she should be given the option.
It reminds me of the Japanese attitude towards the birth control pill. It's only women who want it, so who cares?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 05, 2013 - 11:30AM JST
The whole idea of a debt ceiling is a farce. How can the president spend money he doesn't have, and also hasn't made provision to borrow? I can't go to a car dealer and say, "hey, give me a car. I'll arrange the loan next year". I understand that the gov't may need to borrow money at times, but the time to arrange the financing is BEFORE spending the money, not after.
As for the ACA, it seems to have been less than wonderful so far. The president and his cronies were tampering with it and giving exceptions to their friends before it was even implemented.
Posted in: Republicans rip into White House in counterattack
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorOct. 02, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
There should be some recourse for artists and intellectual property holders to enforce their rights. It doesn't seem fair that their work can be copied and distributed without their consent, and without compensation.
Posted in: Still no arrests one year after illegal downloading law went into effect
Dec. 10, 2013 - 05:25PM JST
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Dec. 10, 2013 - 05:21PM JST
These celebs are worth hundreds of millions dollar, and they get media coverage for donating crayons…
Posted in: Justin Bieber arrives in Philippines
Dec. 10, 2013 - 05:17PM JST
What do you mean by "social housing"? You mean temporary housing?
They are also required to…
Dec. 10, 2013 - 05:15PM JST
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