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powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 03:33PM JST
America's closest neighbors are multiracial nations but can't produce an Obama-like figure.
Why is anyone expecting ethnically homogenous Japan to do so?
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 02:29PM JST
I predict that when Obama starts to flounder in the polls - maybe next summer or so - stories about all the good in Iraq will slowly start to appear in the mainstream media. At present it is still only bloggers bringing us such news. This is from an Iraqi exile:
"Iraqis are telling each other the worst is behind us, and now we can look forward to the future. People are hoping to vote at the Jan. 31st provincial elections. And the economy is improving. In fact there are so many jobs available that Iraq has asked the Philippines to lift its ban on sending workers to Iraq."
Posted in: Iraqi Shiites burn Bush effigy to protest U.S. pact
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 02:21PM JST
"Next to al-Sistani, al-Sadr is probably the single most powerful man in Iraq."
If he is so powerful, why is he hiding in Iran?
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 02:06PM JST
Personally, can't wait til Royal Hosts no longer blights the landscape here.
Can we get an article or two on the new breed of tachinomis popping up, college girls behind the counter, cheap swill, foreigners welcome...
Posted in: Countdown begins on extinction of family restaurants
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 01:57PM JST
I think smith would agree that Al Sadr is one hell of a community organizer.
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 01:54PM JST
Shouldn't some angry beardo in Saudi somewhere have issued a fatwa by now?
Posted in: Somali pirates build up defenses after making ransom demand for Saudi tanker
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 01:48PM JST
How much sillier can the media get? They rail at Bush for his supposedly unilateral approach to matters international and then here they turn around and make the man President of the Entire Western Hemisphere so they can lionize yet another socialist thug - Putin's cabin boy Medvedev - use the term 'defiant,' and thereby believe they are getting even with Dubya for having the gall to disregard for 8 years their editorial reporting on everything from the apocalyptic significance of simple climate anomalies to wildly inaccurate predictions of protests and riots like those of the Vietnam era that they ensured the public would engulf US campuses and cities if we went into Iraq.
Posted in: Russian leader embarks on defiant Latin America tour
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 01:29PM JST
smithinjapan: "Don't they [Iraqis] therefore have the right to protest then and burn effigies of unpopular people like in any free nation?"
Indeed they do. I reckon their free speech laws are more liberal than those in some of the free nations whose ranks they have recently joined;Canada, with its ridiculous Human Rights Commissions, comes to mind.
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 10:04AM JST
Just one more threat to civilization that suicidal, sentimental Lefty morality has brought us:
"The key problem is that America's NATO allies have effectively abandoned the historical legal rules permitting irregular fighters to be tried in special military courts (or, in the case of pirates, admiralty courts) in favor of a straightforward criminal-justice model. Although piracy is certainly a criminal offense, treating it like bank robbery or an ordinary murder case presents certain problems for Western states.
"To begin with, common criminals cannot be targeted with military force. There are other issues as well. * Last April the British Foreign Office reportedly warned the Royal Navy not to detain pirates, since this might violate their "human rights" and could even lead to claims of asylum in Britain.* Turning the captives over to Somali authorities is also problematic -- since they might face the head- and hand-chopping rigors of Shariah law. Similar considerations have confounded U.S. government officials in their discussions of how to confront this new problem of an old terror at sea."
Wall St Journal online Nov 19 2008
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 09:34AM JST
He forgot Canada?
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 09:26AM JST
At the end here it's only Sadrists and the international Left protesting...
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 09:24AM JST
Maybe we can get a poll -
"Which side would Malcolm X choose if he were alive today - Obama or Osama?"
Posted in: Al-Qaida warns 'house negro' Obama
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 05:08AM JST
Prosecutor who had Cheney indicted yells at judge [We all know the type...]
Nov 21 03:21 PM US/Eastern
By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer
RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) - A county prosecutor who brought indictments this week against Vice President Dick Cheney and others pounded his fist and shouted at the judge Friday during a routine hearing.
Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra asked Presiding Judge Manuel Banales to recuse himself from the case, which alleges abuse at federally run prisons.
"You can't have district attorneys across the country bringing charges against federal officials," Treece said. And even in a federal probe, Cheney and Gonzales have a "qualified privilege" that would protect them so long as they were acting within their jobs, Treece said.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.
I really wonder why JT hosted this article in the first place...
Posted in: Arraignment date set for Cheney, Gonzales in Texas
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 04:57AM JST
"Since when did we start caring what the AQ thinks/says? Never. "
Yes, Al Sharpton was indifferent when conservatives like Colin Powell or Condi Rice, who happen to be black, were called 'house negroes,' but now he's shocked - shocked! - that Al Qaeda is 'dissing' the media's Chosen One. So shocked that he even went on Fox News:
powderfingerNov. 22, 2008 - 04:45AM JST
"The current CEO system needs to be shaken to the ground and rebuilt."
What CEO 'system'?
I read this and just laugh. A Canadian, with no experience in US or even Canadian corporate culture, preaching from Japan about how the US automotive industry needs to restructure.
You make no sense.
Posted in: Democrats delay auto bailout vote
powderfingerNov. 21, 2008 - 03:14PM JST
"In vino verily are tarts," or whatever it is Roddy McDowell says to Elizabeth Taylor in that vomitorium scene in Cleopatra.
powderfingerNov. 21, 2008 - 03:03PM JST
"Oh, and I forgot to mention - I met the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Tuvalu earlier this year in Tokyo - they had come to Japan to look for funding to help their islanders mitigate the effects caused by their island sinking."
Tuvalu, eh?I can go one better. It were just last week and I was at my local tachinomi and I met several guys from NASA!, astronauts they said they were, been to the moon an everthing. And they told me just the darndest news - seems old Sol is at a point in his cycle where he is emitting more heat than ever.
One of 'em, hearing me translate in my near flawless J-speak for the benefit of one of the girls behind the counter, thought I was credulous enough to actually believe in MMGW, and he beat me round the head with a Birtish newspaper -
I called for another beer.
Posted in: What climate change? Meltdown trumps fears at APEC
powderfingerNov. 21, 2008 - 02:37PM JST
Great stuff, sushisake3. Real convincing:
"At this time, neither NASA nor the National Snow and Ice Data Center have made suggestions as to the possible cause for the change. A thorough analysis of the data is scheduled to be released the first week of October, according to NASA."
"worldviewofglobalwarming.org"? LOL. It's one guy, his camera and a list of 'supporters' engaged in an overtly political project sponsored by a bunch of Lefty photographers at 'Blue Earth Alliance' laboring under the delusion that with their photographs they can change the minds of millions. I have seen personal blogs that are more professional-looking.
Until then I say we try the 'follow the money' line of investigation Lefties insist is the best way to determine where the truth might be found:
"...proponents of MMGW [ man made global warming ] have been funded over the past decade to the tune of $50 BILLION whereas the sceptics have received a meagre $19 MILLION. In other words, MMGW is a giant cash cow for scientific researchers, while those who refuse to latch onto the poisoned udder find they risk professional suicide. Even so, the number of scientists now ‘coming out’ to declare that MMGW is a monumental fraud is growing by the day."
powderfingerNov. 21, 2008 - 01:46PM JST
"I would, if I could be bothered, but what's the point?"
IOW, you have nothing to offer but your blind faith in clearly irrational tenets which are central to your 'progressive' groupthink politics.
So much for 'debate' and 'argument.'
You guys are as quaint and silly as scientologists.
powderfingerNov. 21, 2008 - 01:30PM JST
One more reason we need to drill in Alaska and find a way to make oil extraction from shale possible and profitable.
Not that the Dems care...
Posted in: World struggles to take on plague of Somali piracy
May. 26, 2013 - 02:46AM JST
The utterances of the Japanese right wing politicians are simply a reflection of the opinion of…
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
May. 26, 2013 - 02:33AM JST
I suspect Elvis is living out his last few years up there.
Elvis lives in Osaka.…
Posted in: The grave of Christ – Japanese town solves many of world’s mysteries
May. 26, 2013 - 02:17AM JST
People get their identity stolen already, it would be dumb to have something like this. Just…
Posted in: All Japanese citizens to be issued ID number
Steven C. Schulz
May. 26, 2013 - 02:01AM JST
Many, many props to Mr. Matsumoto. God bless you.
May. 26, 2013 - 01:58AM JST
Facts? How about these?
Unemployment in Sweden among its immigrant population is more than 2X that…
Posted in: Stockholm police get reinforcements as Britain, U.S. warn over riots