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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 06:40PM JST
Of course I've heard of the Johnny's group. But do you really think it is comparable. Have you ever seen books and magazines full of Johnny's members in swimwear, or pyjamas, or eating fruit suggestively?
Posted in: Kanna Hashimoto reminds everyone why she’s the 'once in a millennium' idol with new ads
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 02:44PM JST
Strangerland, liking cute things is one thing, obsessing about teenage girls is quite another. Not to mention it seems like a very gender specific obsession. "Aidoru" as far as I know only applies to young girls, not boys.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 02:41PM JST
It's funny that I got so many 'thumbs down' for the temerity to mention that the internment in the US was done by a Democratic President. Further irony, compensation was paid under a Republican administration. Canada was the same- Japanese Canadians were put in camps by a Liberal Prime Minister, and compensation paid by a Conservative one.
Seems that left leaning folks are a touch sensitive about their racist and warmongering history...
Posted in: Survivor recalls life in internment camp for Japanese-Americans
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
I have to be honest, I don't really understand the obsession with "cute" that pervades Japan. I can get that teenagers might be into it, but middle-aged men? It's creepy. I think it really says something about their psychological condition, perhaps about their maturity, their confidence, their ability to deal with women as social/sexual equals.
The other side of the coin is the parents who allow their daughters to participate in it. If I had a 14 year old daughter, there would be NO WAY I'd let her model for some of the skanky magazines that I see these pervs carrying.
Finally, how would these dudes feel if their WIVES started obsessing about teenage boys? How about if magazines full of photo spreads of 12-15 year old boys wearing speedos were widely available?
Grow up, Japan.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
The camps were terrible. The stark contrast to the treatment of Americans of German/Italian descent is telling. I guess the Japanese were easy to spot, were more recent, and had not had as much inter-marriage with non-Japanese.
Anyway, it's no surprise that it happened under a Democratic president. They tend to be warmongers and racists historically.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:34AM JST
Elbuda, since you are Mexican, I want to ask you: what does MEXICO do to those who enter Mexico illegally? Are they welcomed, provided with social services, provided shelter and a pathway to citizenship?
As for Trump, his insults are getting rather predictable. They are one of three styles: "loser", "disgusting", or "I gave him/her money after they came begging for it".
My only hope is that his 'candor' will at least get the professional politicians in the race to start talking a little more like normal people again, and less like Euphemism Generating Machines.
Posted in: Trump says he can't recall using insults; then attacks Kelly
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 10, 2015 - 08:28AM JST
Relax, folks. There are still 16 months to the election. For all the stress, at least the GOP is trying to field a strong group of candidates. Governors with multiple successful terms, long standing senators, etc.
I'm still confused why Hillary Clinton would be considered as a nominee, beyond the obvious recognition factor of her last name. It reeks of nepotism and "my turn-ism". Her list of accomplishments can be written on the head of a pin, she is not an engaging speaker or campaigner, she is not trusted......... the list goes on. Yet she is the BEST the Democrats have to offer?
My heart weeps for my American cousins.
Posted in: Republicans face uncertainty in White House race
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 06, 2015 - 07:31PM JST
6- days it took Japan to actually surrender after Nagasaki
10,000- the number of kamikaze aircraft available to attack an invasion fleet
900,000- the number of IJA soldiers ready to repel an invasion
35,000,000- the number of civilians who were training as a Home Guard to attack the allies
And the Most Important Number:
The number of allied servicemen who died in the invasion of Japan
Also the number of Japanese who died during said invasion
Posted in: By The Numbers: The atomic bombing of Hiroshima
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 09:07PM JST
Of course, Americans approve of the bombs. They saved American lives. And not just the inevitable "if the Allies invaded Japan, xxx thousands of soldiers would have died" type. Each day the war continued, soldiers died. They died of diseases, they died in kamikaze raids, they died during air raids, POWs died horribly in Japanese POW camps.
As others have said, hindsight is always 20/20, especially when viewed through the lens of 21st century morality. At the time, there were no other viable options that would have worked faster.
Posted in: Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 06:32PM JST
Actually Strangerland, it isn't too hard to get a gun legally in Canada. Rifles and shotguns in particular are not hard to acquire. Handguns, on the other hand, are more difficult. Considering the border with the US is less than 2 hours away by car, I can't see it being much of a problem to get a pistol either.
Posted in: Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 06:04PM JST
I guess this shows that people who are determined to get guns (and use them), WILL get guns, regardless of the local laws. Not sure what the answer is: perhaps a mandatory 20 years added on to the sentence of any gun crime?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
I had no particular trouble with Bill Clinton as president, his moral failings aside. How much of it was Clinton, and how much was timing? Again, a debatable point. As for Thatcher, she was groundbreaking in many ways. She had class and dignity, something that has been lacking since. Neither the UK nor the States have much to be proud of today...
Posted in: Canada PM triggers election with vote in October
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
Won't be MY President, Clamenza, I'm not American. Sorry to disappoint...
As for Pres. Obama, the jury is still out. Too soon to tell where he may rank in the spectrum of Presidents. Your list of talking points are all debatable, but there really isn't time to do so here. One could just as easily point to his failures in Syria, Libya, the Crimea, the ballooning national debt, and the lowest percentage of Americans actually working in decades.
Hillary? All I see is a candidate who loses popularity every time she speaks, who is neither trusted nor liked by a majority of Americans. The election may indeed turn into a coronation, but that would be a pity. I'd like to see the Democrats have a good and healthy debate on the issues, much the way the GOP is.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 11:31AM JST
The worst for society: the idea that working long hours equals being a good worker.
Seriously, any good manager with a remote concept of human psychology would encourage their staff to finish work, go home, recharge, and come back the next day ready for action. If a person can't get their work done on time on a regular basis then either; they are trying to do too much, or they are incompetent. In either case, a good manager should be able to deal with it. Similarly, a manager whose staff constantly needs to put in 14 hour days is an incompetent manager.
Posted in: 7 customs that Japanese people wish would just disappear
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 05, 2015 - 11:25AM JST
The bottom line is, if you don't like Uber you don't have to use it. From the other side, if you don't want to drive for Uber, you don't have to.
There is nothing wrong with a bit of competition. The big taxi companies have had it their own way for too long, and have had an effective monopoly on business. They control the taxi medallion system and often rent out taxis to drivers, who have to pay leasing/rental fees to the companies. These companies are crapping their pants in fear that their medallions (which can sell for upwards of $1 million each) may be less valuable in the future.
Posted in: As Uber booms in New York City, drivers note pros, cons
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 04, 2015 - 06:52PM JST
Hopefully Canada has learned from the mistakes of their cousins to the south. It would be pure folly to elect a young, inexperienced political naif to be Prime MInister. To make matters worse, he is the son of a former Prime Minister (Trudeau). In a strange way he combines the worst aspects of Obama with the nepotism of the Bush/Clinton dynasties in waiting.
Stick with Harper and keep the country on the right track.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 04, 2015 - 06:43PM JST
What lingering issue, the issue that Korea is too embarrassed to thank Japan for contributing to their civilization and economic recovery, both pre and post WW2? Or perhaps their lingering reluctance to thank the US, Japan, and the other UN countries who saved them from communist domination in the 1950s...
Ungrateful, aren't they?
Posted in: Asia News Weekly - Lingering issues between South Korea and Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 10:56PM JST
Well, Tina, here is one;
"The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated that an invasion of Japan’s home islands would result in approximately 1.2 million American casualties, with 267,000 deaths. A study performed by physicist William Shockley for the staff of Secretary of War Henry Stimson estimated that the invasion of Japan would cost 1.7-4 million American casualties, including 400,000-800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese deaths."
from Forbes Magazine.
As I said before, the Japanese military was storing and saving weapons and soldiers for the invasion. The Japanese armies in China were cut so that soldiers could go back to Japan. As well, all civilians from age 15 and up were drafted into a kind of civilian army, and given bamboo spears to attack Allied soldiers with.
Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 09:55PM JST
Steve, there is really no difference between being killed in a firebombing raid and killed in an atomic bombing raid. You are dead in both cases. As for the importance of the two cities, Hiroshima was an army HQ as well as a supply and logistics centre. Nagasaki was an important industrial centre, especially the huge Mitsubishi shipbuilding and arms factories, as well as a port.
There is no question that a longer war would have led to more civilian casualties. As it was, Japan only survived the winter of 1945-6 thanks to American supply and relief efforts..
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
Also, the shibboleth that Japan was a beaten nation should be carefully re-examined. It is true that by 1945 Japan lacked any offensive military capability. That did NOT mean, though, that Japan was defenceless. To the contrary, there were hundreds of thousands of armed and trained troops kept in Japan for the express purpose of repelling an Allied invasion (think D-Day on steroids). Also, there were 10,000 aircraft waiting for use as kamikazes, plus millions of civilians being organized into ad hoc home defense groups.
Estimates of Allied casualties were upwards of half a million. Japanese, up to 10 million.
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:54AM JST
If for this lifestyle we need wars, I don't want this lifestyle anymore.
Posted in: U.N. chief Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:53AM JST
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Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:50AM JST
You are the Chairman of a major corporation and are not a millionaire?
Posted in: Trump dumps insults on questioners; insists on control
Aug. 31, 2015 - 12:49AM JST
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