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    kurumazaka

    Watched a couple of his fights on YouTube. Damn good fighter! Really happy for him!

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    Following some biker blogs, primarily The Aging Rebel,here is what I've been able to come up with. There is serious beef between the Bandidos and Cossacks. Bandidos are a major, intercontinental club (one of the so-called "big 4" along with the Hells Angels, Outlaws and Pagans) classified as a major organized crime outfit by the U.S. Government. They are found in Europe, Australia and Thailand as well. They are big time. Texas is their stronghold. Any outlaw MC activity in Texas must acknowledge the Bandidos as top dog to be allowed to operate. The Cossacks are a Texas based MC that decided not to play by Bandido rules. Of particular offense was their decision to start flying a "Texas" bottom rocker on their colors. Only Bandidos get to fly "Texas" in Texas. Other clubs can fly specific towns/counties, but not the state rocker.(This is the same thing that started the decades long war between the Hells Angels and Mongols in California) The Cossacks were throwing a big middle finger at the Bandidos, and they knew it. To add insult, there are rumors that the Cossacks were possibly allying with the HA, the Bandidos most hated and formidable enemy. Any HA influence at all in Texas is intolerable to the Bandidos. Past attempts at opening HA chapters in Texas have ended with the guys trying dead.

    The "Breastaraunt" in question was hosting a meeting of the Texas Confederation of Motorcyclists, where supposedly the two sides were going to confer on their "issues." A number of other clubs were also present, including support clubs of both sides as well as unaffiliated clubs. Law enforcement tried unsuccessfully to get Twin Peaks to cancel, as they knew the potential for trouble was very high. They were however, present in considerable force in the parking lot. Supposedly the fight started in the bathroom, spilled into the dining area and then parking lot. The biker side is that this was just a good old fashioned brawl with nothing more than knives etc being pulled. (Bikers also think the fight was instigated by undercover agents) All that changed, when according to Aging Rebel, 1 biker pulled a gun in the parking lot, at which point law enforcement lit the place up. The biker side is that all 9 dead were killed by cops, not other bikers. While it's easy to discount that as criminal bikers just making excuses, the Waco police issued a warning to its officers (made public) that both the Bandidos and Cossacks had "green lighted" law enforcement. Actually the statement was more forceful than that; that both clubs had "ordered" their members to kill uniformed officers. This begs the question "why?" Shouldn't the two clubs be focusing on killing each other? Their beef is very real, and the initial fight was very real. Why are both sides turning on the cops, a fight they are certain to lose and lose badly. Only makes sense if both sides feel their "brothers" were unjustly gunned down by police. In the present environment of a public rather suspicious of the police, this announcement by the Waco police brings with it uncomfortable questions about just how this all went down. I'm sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but up to the Waco PD "green light" announcement, law enforcement had complete control of the narrative. Now, I'm not so sure they do.

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    San Antonio based Bandidos MC has been king of the hill in Texas for a long time now. Seems the Cossacks MC is starting to challenge them. Scimitars MC appears to be a Cossacks MC support club (both fly yellow and black and the Cossack on the back patch wields a scimitar). Don't know much about the Cossacks, but they seem to have quite a few chapters and must be feeling their Wheaties if they are going after the Bandidos, who aren't a group to be toyed with. They rival the Hells Angels and Outlaws in sheer power and numbers. Afraid this is far from over

    Posted in: 9 dead in Texas shootout among rival biker gangs

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    Yuri, I agree with your first two sentences, and the first half of the third. But just what do you think Abe and his predecessors (there is no credible opposition whatsoever right now) would do if the Japan/US security alliance were to be abrogated? And this isn't actually meant as a swing at Abe. A PM Ozawa would face the same realities.

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    But, but, but....Yuri! You are playing right into Abe's hands! You clearly acknowledge that Japan faces external threats. You're distaste for China and Russia is borderline venomous, while at the same time you detest the U.S. Military presence in Japan that whether you care to admit it or not, plays a significant deterrent role. So just what does Japan do after, as you advise, Onaga goes to the UN and gets international pressure to finally get the U.S. to say "screw this" and leave? Up to reading this last post of yours, I was strongly leaning toward you being an actual Uyoku, because that is the only direction your "suggestions" lead to; A highly re-militarized Japan standing alone in a hostile environment! Reading your last post, you don't seem to want that, but everything you demand leads straight that direction! How does Japan defend its sovereignty and interests in this region under the same constitutional constraints the SDF faces right now? Seriously Yuri, answer that and try to square it with your position! You can't!

    Posted in: China sets Sept 3 to mark WWII victory over Japan

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    And only file that complaint against the U.S. Military, right Yuri? Never mind that Japanese government that is also very much a part of this set up...

    So in other words, you are a supporter of the full re-militarization of Japan, because hey, somebody has to fill the void left when the U.S. leaves. Japan is far too proud to meekly become subordinate to China, right? Mandatory conscription for all able bodied young men, because sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, right? Japan has a proven record of being quite formidable when it wants to be, and you're right, can take care of itself if it has to. And you want to make sure that Japan has to take care of itself. Has it dawned on you that your island won't be de-militarized in the slightest, that those bases will merely change hands to what will, by necessity, no longer be an "SDF?" Or is that what you actually hope to see? Have you considered what sort of Constitutional/domestic policy changes Abe and his successors will be "forced" to employ to ensure that this country CAN be defended and will not just become a humble little brother to Beijing? Or is that what you hope to see? Sorry if this seems offensive Yuri, but just following your utterly uncompromising position to its logical conclusion. This is in no way about Japan being "bad" or wanting to "relive imperial glory." If the U.S. and Japan do what you so vocally demand, this MUST happen for Japan to be able to defend itself in what will be a rather "hostile" environment. Being former SDF yourself, you know very well what I mean by "hostile."

    Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation

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    I have to repeat it once and again, the Henoko conflict is not only about the relocation of a US base, but about whether the will of the people is respected or not.

    No proper democracy could ignore the clearly and democratically expressed will of a geographically and culturally so distinct minority.

    Bam_boo, I wholeheartedly agree with you about this. But this is also about whether a central government has the right to define the national interest vis-a-vis an individual prefecture.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation

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    Voiceofokinawa, that is exactly my point. Going to Washingon to exhort Washington to ignore its interests, and the wishes of its Japanese ally (aka, Tokyo), in order to hand the region on a shiny silver platter to Beijing, is an utter waste of time and taxpayer money. I'm not saying China is going to "invade" Okinawa, that is extremely unlikely. They will however, dominate the region (unless the Japanese navy returns to its imperial might, that is...)and that is unacceptable to both Washington and Tokyo. I understand that many on Okinawa would think little of that as China historically treated the Ryuku kingdom pretty well, frankly better than Satsuma, Imperial Japan, or the U.S. did. But be under no illusions, Tokyo and Washington both emphatically disagree. The only way that Okinawa can keep Washington from doing what is in Washington's interest is by changing Washinton's interest, aka turning the U.S. Voting public against present US East Asia policy. That's gonna be a tough sell, but there is a significant portion of the U.S. Population that wants nothing to do with "Imperial Adventures."

    Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation

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    If Governor Onaga wants to mount a PR campaign in order to turn the U.S. Public against the U.S. Military presence on Okinawa, more power to him. If he wants to meet with and issue joint statements with like minded American thinkers like Pat Buchannon or Ron Paul or any of the myriad university based "anti- imperialism" groups, more power to him. But he cannot go straight to the U.S. Government, especially not State or DoD, which as parts of the executive branch, are explicitly not authorized to deal with directly with a prefectural government. If that is his real goal, this is nothing but a waste of Okinawan taxpayer money.

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    Yuri, by your logic a certain Governor Ishihara had every right to bypass the National Government in order to single handedly start up the whole Senkaku brewhaha with China. By the way, that "American puppet government" commands the SDF that is going to defend you against those darned Chinese that Ishihara sent into a frenzy. So you want to bypass that national government yet still expect them to defend you from a Country enraged by someone who blatantly violated international relations protocol in the same way that you are now cheering your governor for? Just how many sides of your mouth can you speak out of simultaneously?

    Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation

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    "According to the Japan Times?" Bertie, if you look at the disclaimer at the bottom of the article you linked to you will see (I suspect DID see) the disclaimer that states that the article is the opinion of the writer, NOT of the Japan Times... Come on, Bertie, you know better than to try to slip something like that by on this board!

    Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation

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    Glad to see Yagisawa Shoten mentioned. Probably the best miso I've ever had (the fridge is full of it.) They make great shoyu and shirodashi as well. And they are darn nice folks to boot!

    Posted in: Old companies thrive in brand-loyal Japan

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    Japangal, if they were drinking Dassai, they aren't nursing hangovers. That's some top grade stuff! I drank 6 go of it and was able to get up and work out the next morning. Good sake and good shochu ("good" is the key word here) are the way to go if you're doing a nomikai and still need to function the next day. Not to say I've never had a sake hangover, but let's just say I earned it! You have to try pretty hard! Dassai also has a splendid sparkling nigori that I would emphatically recommend to any of my fellow sake lovers here!

    Posted in: Abe state dinner features haiku, R&B - and chopsticks

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    Very well, Strangerland, consider me properly chastened

    Posted in: New radar system looks to nab speed offenders anywhere in Tokyo

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    Uh, Strangerland, I said 40kph which converts to 25mph...

    Posted in: New radar system looks to nab speed offenders anywhere in Tokyo

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    kurumazaka

    I got caught in one of the "mobile" speed traps. Four lane road with separate, guardrail-protected sidewalks with a 40kph (25mph) speed limit. Was doing a whopping 63 (39mph) and got a 15,000 yen ticket. Yeah, 15,000 yen for 39mph on a four lane road. Was a holiday with almost no traffic and no pedestrians within 500 meters...So if you use Uchibori between Kudanshita and Takebashi, watch your speed as they are enforcing that 25mph limit with vigor! Just laugh as you get passed by mamachari, knowing that you are a good person who follows the rules!

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    I feel your pain, Laguna! My son is in his final semester at college and is very much in "pull away" mode. I know I'm supposed to celebrate this, but it kinda sucks, too.

    Posted in: Some parents, adult children can't let go of each other

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    Thank you Himajin! I shall now crawl back under my rock and hide...

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    kurumazaka

    So I just read that Trump disqualified her and Miss Philippines for being half. According to his royal highness, they do not "represent their culture to its fullest extent." Way to go Donald! Afraid you really stepped on your crank this time. You claim it's not racist, but a celebration of "the purity of diversity in our universe." I'm curious, just how do you define a "pure-bred" American, Mr. Combover? Well, on the bright side, he probably just hooked Miss Miyamoto up with a mega modeling contract

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

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    kurumazaka

    Pizza is great here if you like real Italian style. Mexican, yeah being from AZ, I really miss good Mexican food. Central heating, yeah agree, it's rediculously hard to keep your pad warm. Reasonable Speed Limits, preposterously low, rarely enforced, but when they do...ouch! Just paid a 15,000 yen ticket for doing 63 (39mph) in a 40 (25mph) zone. Four lane paved road with separated sidewalks (Uchibori, between Takebashi and Kunanshita, so if you use that stretch, beware, it's being monitored) Yeah, 15,000 yen for doing 39 mph! How about they worry about drivers doing 160 plus on the Higashi Kanto? On that same line, reasonable right turn laws. Have been ticketed twice for making rights with no other cars within 200 meters. It's your willingness to violate the rule you get nailed for. So frigging anal! Ok, rant is over, sorry all!

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