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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorMay. 19, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
This is what happens in a country where the concept of "fatherhood" begins and ends at providing a paycheck. These youngsters have probably never had a male role model in their life who could teach them how to be a man. It means more than being a company slave- it means independence, learning to care for yourself, to cook and clean, etc. It results in a generation of 25-30 year old babies who are incapable (and unwilling) to shift their lazy arses.
THere is a whole lot of enabling going on.
Posted in: Parents advised to give the boot to their sponging adult kids
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 30, 2013 - 09:49PM JST
Good for him, nice. Especially when his contract is coming up soon.
As for being a hero like Jackie Robinson, please don'T make me laugh. Jackie faced real discrimination, death threats, wasn'T allowed to stay in the same hotel as his teammates, and so on. The NBA has already fined and disciplined players for making anti-gay remarks. Nike is just waiting with a boatload of money in sponsorship for the first gay player who is anything approaching a star to come out.
I wish him well, but this is no kind of great accomplishment.
Posted in: Breaking a sports barrier, NBA's Jason Collins comes out as gay
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 27, 2013 - 03:40PM JST
One thing I have long admired about American politics is the graceful way past presidents act. Also, past and current presidents do their best to treat each other with respect. Once they have experienced the presidency, it seems that they finally understand the incredible pressures and stresses the office causes those who enter it. They may still remain politically active, but I dont think they ever take shots at each other. I am happy to see President Obama carrying on that good and noble tradition.
It's a pity that JT readers can't show the same decency. THis isnt the time or place to refight the finished battles of the Bush presidency, or Obama's.
Posted in: Obama, ex-presidents praise 'resolute' Bush at library opening
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 25, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
A telling point about JET is what the scheme is called in Japanese. The word "teaching" does not appear. Instead, it is called the "youth exchange programme". Even in English, it is the "Japan EXCHANGE and Teaching Programme". The emphasis is on the former and not the latter. However, they needed to find a way to actually have this "exchange", and classrooms were seen as a convenienf forum. From that , the idea that it was an English teaching programme was falsely developed.
The whole point is/has been to get impressionable youth from overseas to come to Japan, have a great time, and go home with good memories. Then, later in life, they may give favours to Japan when they can. Every JET who stays in Japan when they finish is a loss for the programme.
Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 24, 2013 - 10:37PM JST
You can't get a Coke (or even a normal Pepsi) at MOS burger- the only option is "Pepsi Nex". (gag)
Burgers need to be eaten with Coke. It's the law.
Plus, as others have said, the idea that an "order" of onion rings contains 5 straggly pieces is a sad joke.
I need a Baconator, not a delicate little 1.3 oz piece of mystery meat with a soggy white bun.
Posted in: Mos Burger to take on McDonald’s in breakfast arena
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 24, 2013 - 08:37PM JST
Atroboy, you are funny. Your examples of "Christian extremism" are: a guy who burned a book, and 10 century old history.
Islam is about the Ummah, the pan-national state that the extremists dream of. Not nations as the political entities we know. One where you and I are NOT welcome. The whole "moral equivalency" argument is simply not accurate.
Posted in: For American Muslims, dread
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 24, 2013 - 08:26PM JST
I'm sure JET is a fun experience for those who take part, but for the money it uses, far more could be done in terms of actual English education. Unfortunately, JET also peretuates the stereotype of native English teachers as inexperienced and often unprofessional. Schools that use JETs for too long don't know what to do when an actual English teacher arrives. They are used to the fun, genki, smily gaijin. The idea of a non-Japanese professional who can contribute to education and curriculum development is seen as ridiculous.
As others have said, the cash is better spent on educating Japanese English teachers, training them in modern pedagogy, and using them as seeds for future teachers. By design, JETs leave after their contracts are done.
The current system only perpetuates the power and respect imbalance between native and Japanese teachers.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 15, 2013 - 06:36PM JST
The trouble is, the vast majority of foreigners coming to/already in Japan will be ignored by this kind of shallow programme. Guaranteed not too many Chinese or Korean or other Asians will be on, only "interesting" gaijin allowed.
It WOULD be refreshing if a programme tried more to find long-term residents rather than hunting for tourists. All too often, the implication of "why are you here" is actually "when are you leaving". Very few Japanese can grasp the idea that foreigners may actually live here long term, raise families here, want to stay, and perhaps (gasp) retire here.
Posted in: What are you doing here?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 15, 2013 - 06:27PM JST
Excellent post Sailwind. As a right winger myself, I was dismayed at what happened in the past decade regarding the now holy issues of "security" and "terrorism prevention". Agreed also with SUperLib that the whole "gun grabbing" argument is BS. Don't put me in the paranoid camp please.
I would simply like to see the government do something that works. If you look at what is happening with the immigration issue, it is encouraging. Both sides are sitting down and working out a deal. No histrionics, no bitter public fighting, no emotional appeals. If only the gun issue could be dealt with in the same manner.
It seems to me that the US is too far gone to legislate or regulate guns. There is no way to remove semiautomatics from the streets or the gun clubs. Even a ban on manufacture and import would do little or nothing. Guns are made to last, the ones already in existence can be used for another hundred years. I would rather see more effort put into violence prevention and crime prevention than restricting the sale/use of legal products.
Posted in: Obama hands weekly address to Newtown gun victim's mother
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 15, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Superlib: Mentioning crimes is one thing, parading the victims and their grieving families is another. I haven't seen the GOP trotting out the widows and fatherless children of the guys killed in the Benghazi attack. Have you?
More to the point, I also haven't seen the GOP using those who saved their lives/families with guns either. You know, for example a woman who shot a man attempting to rape her, or someone who used a gun to fend off a criminal attacking their family. Have you?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 09:01PM JST
Laguna, I wouldnt mention the New York law as a success. As with so many proposals that were made after Sandy Hook, it was crap. Hastily written, with no forethought, a total knee jerk response. As written, it would have made every weapon carried by the police services of New York illegal! As with the use of victims' pain as a substitute for discussion, it put feelings ahead of efficacy.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 08:57PM JST
I wonder what the cause of it all is. I have (university) students who come to school every day with a lovingly prepared lunchbox, courtesy of mama. Now, should I blame the child who apparently can't be bothered to throw their own lunch together, or blame the mother who refuses to give up any of her power? Is this a conspiracy designed to keep kids in helplessness? Or simply lazy entitled kids?
It is a mystey to me.
Posted in: Mama-friendships can be deceptive
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 06:53PM JST
Laguna: banning high capacity magazines will do nothing about the ones already in circulation. You can't just wave a magic wand/law and expect them to disappear. Your numbers make no sense in that context. Plus, like I said, the real problem is the daily use of handguns by violent thugs in poor/drug infested areas. These weapons are not/ cannot be/ will never be registered nor will their magazines be checked. It is bad law to ban something that is not the root cause of the problem. Targeting assault weapons or magazines is easy, but ineffective. The vast majority of rifles/shotguns will never be used in crimes.
I would suggest going after the criminals who use guns in the commission of offenses and hitting them with an extra 10 plus years on their sentence. Provide incentive scholarships for youth who are/stay drug and crime free through high school. Enforce the laws already on the books. That kind of thing.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 06:22PM JST
I've also read about the fun that mothers have during the oh-so-important "koen debut", when they take their kids to the local park for the first time. Stress at meeting others, stress if their child does something even remotely childlike, stress at having to kiss ass on the other "senior" members of the park mommy-mafia...
Makes me glad to be a father!
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
The democrats havent been serious on the issue of guns anyway. Banning "assault" rifles would only address 2-3% of all firearms death. Banning large capacity magazines would address, well, nothing. If the president wanted to get serious he would look no farther than is own hometown of Chicago. The equivalent of a Sandy Hook shooting happens every two weeks, yet he doesn't seem to care.
But the issue is using victims as political props. Liberals are very good at it.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 02:48PM JST
Terrible. Yet another patronage appointment. It shows how little regard Obama has for Japan. Roos was bad enough, just a fundraiser with no experience. Given the current situation with North Korea, the ambassadorship calls for a much more experienced and serious candidate.
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy: Good or bad choice for U.S. ambassador to Japan?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 02:23PM JST
Apples and oranges. Brady was a political figure before he was shot. However, it is sad to see him constantly trotted out as if to claim some mythical moral high ground by those in favor of over-regulating guns. Plus, what side is it that uses him?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 11:11AM JST
Some prison.... halal meals, prayer books, video games. These guys have never had it so good. Compare it to living as a starving illiterate peasant in the back end of nowhere, Afghanistan.
It's no wonder that the vast majority of prisoners leave Guantanamo far healthier than they arrive. Gained weight, fixed teeth, free eyeglasses, deloused and bathed, they never had it so good.
Posted in: Clash over hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 14, 2013 - 11:04AM JST
No surprise here. It is a typical left/liberal tactic to involve victims, emotions, and tearjerking in serious political issues. It is petty and does nothing other than to stifle serious debate. After all, who can disagree with the victims of crime without looking heartless?
To me it looks like a tactic for losers. When you cannot win on the merits, you try to win on the emotions. Obama loves to do this, surrounding himself with children or grieving parents or whoever is the victim du jour.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorApr. 07, 2013 - 09:04PM JST
Yuri, it's gonna be "your war" whether you want it or not. Just hit your knees and thank God that you are allied with the US, and that the US military will take up the slack that the Japanese SDF cannot or will not do.
The drones are in Misawa because that is the best position to detect any missile tests from the North Korean coast, especially if they fly over the ocean. The drones can safely operate outside of NK airspace if they want, and still reap valuable data.
Posted in: U.S. military to deploy unmanned spy plane in northern Japan
May. 19, 2013 - 01:22PM JST
Modern feminism gone mad. These women portray themselves as victims but are in fact aggressors who…
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
May. 19, 2013 - 01:21PM JST
Japan needs to be active about the abduction issue since U.S seems to be not interested…
Posted in: Abe's envoy returns from North Korea
May. 19, 2013 - 01:19PM JST
It did happen.
You'd have to be mighty naive to think it didn't.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
May. 19, 2013 - 01:14PM JST
Thank you, an interesting and informative article. I'd like to see more from this author.
Posted in: How food color can warp time when cooking
May. 19, 2013 - 01:12PM JST
"Based on the findings, Risk Monster said, “This outcome is the result of the high level…
Posted in: Companies Japanese people are most proud of