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timorborderJul. 16, 2010 - 03:28PM JST
And what a big underbelly it is. Indeed some of the underbellies in Sumo are so large that you could keep a box of Quality Street tucked away. Moreover, will the underbelly of Sumo ever see the light?
Posted in: Scandals expose sumo's shady underbelly
timorborderJul. 09, 2010 - 11:37AM JST
Laughing - Obviously a youth with a death wish. As anybody who has lived in Japan knows, you sign away your life if you get between some old gal and a free seat on the trains/buses. Indeed, I reckon there is a school somewhere where grandmas learn how to swing their shopping bags and elbows to maximum effect.
On a more serious note, although we have all come across young folks who could do with a bit of slap, laying into somebody and breaking their nose is pretty serious stuff. As a parent also, this history of beating up school-aged children is problematic.
Posted in: Elderly woman arrested for beating youth sitting in priority seat of bus
timorborderJul. 07, 2010 - 04:04PM JST
Wonder what his views will be when he gets back to the Land of the Long White Shroud?
Posted in: Anti-whaling activist Pete Bethune gets suspended prison term
timorborderJul. 07, 2010 - 02:55PM JST
What a let down. So the net result is this guy goes free after having an extended holiday at the expense of the Japanese taxpayer.
timorborderJul. 06, 2010 - 10:00AM JST
How did she "grab him".
Let's just say she had his undivided attention!!
Posted in: Off duty officer caught taking up-skirt video at Yokohama bookstore
timorborderJul. 05, 2010 - 10:45AM JST
Maccas of course.
Posted in: Debate swirls over best abbreviation for McDonald's
timorborderJul. 03, 2010 - 03:15PM JST
Just might be impressive if the vehicle was moving...
and passing under a low bridge.
Seriously, with skills like this an intellectual giant like Iketani will be a sure thing for the next cabinet. What about nominating him as Foreign Minister. Send him off to Rome to meet Pope Benedict. I can just imagine Iketani getting down to some important business and then snapping off a handspring to relieve the tension. It would be a lot better than snapping off a nugget on the carpet, or turning up drunk like a certain minister (should not speak ill of the dead).
timorborderJul. 01, 2010 - 11:44AM JST
So he will get a suspended sentence for trying to knock over the cash, while getting 10 years hard labor for the can of coffee?
Posted in: Would-be thief asks store manager to report him to police
timorborderJun. 30, 2010 - 04:49PM JST
So when did the switch occur? How did a team go from a 0-0 draw with African powerhouse Zimbabwe to getting to the second round of the World Cup?
Despite all the criticism by the clowns on JT (including myself), Japan actually gave a very good showing. Tulio proved he could play against some serious opposition and the Japanese keeper was also very good. Moreover despite yesterday game being rather boring, Matsui's shot in the first half was probably the best effort we have seen in the World Cup that did not result in a goal.
Posted in: Okada hints he'll quit after Japan exits World Cup
timorborderJun. 30, 2010 - 04:18PM JST
Romulus and Remus! Another never-was hoping to suckle from the teat of public largess.
timorborderJun. 29, 2010 - 04:04PM JST
Worst case of jaundice I have seen in years.
Posted in: Hail the King
timorborderJun. 29, 2010 - 10:39AM JST
I was watching The PBS NewsHour and it struck me as strange how they were accused of infiltrating and seeking out policy makers
It is called manipulation.
Posted in: 10 alleged Russian secret agents arrested in U.S.
timorborderJun. 28, 2010 - 03:44PM JST
They were hesitant, especially with the Scotch mutton pies, but once word got out, the pies disappeared.
Got to love the locals. I remember going to a BBQ up at the Australian embassy only to see the locals get out their shopping bags and try and pilfer the meat before it was cooked.
Anyway best of luck to Nick George. My only request would be that he try and produce some pies like I used to have as a little boy in Australia. I still remember being dragged along to rugby games on cold Saturday afternoons, with us kids being bribed by our grandfather with the offer of "pies and coca-cola" on the way home. I even remember the day that I burnt my hands on a hot meat pie (about 5 years old). I remember crying and laughing at the same time because one of our dogs was desperately trying to like the gravy off my painful (and slightly swollen) hands.
Posted in: Bake my day
timorborderJun. 28, 2010 - 03:01PM JST
Couple of comments:
Although I favor the DPJ, there is something about this woman that grates with me. It might be her background in journalism and her ability to use the "soundbite" to maximum effect. I also didn't like her performance at the government-funded programs meetings. Then again, I suppose there is fine line between grilling somebody and coming across as a grandstanding prat.
Hiranuma is old-Japan. Indeed, for those on the right-wing of Japanese politics, he has all the prerequisites required for being a great leader. Namely, he takes a revisionist view of history and his (adopted) father was a convicted Class A War Criminal. With a pedigree like that, no wonder he looks down his nose at Renho. Indeed, in his world she would be either lying in ditch somewhere after being bayoneted, or working down the Diet as a comfort girl.
Posted in: From TV to politics, Renho blazes a trail
timorborderJun. 26, 2010 - 04:06PM JST
Couple of quick comments:
This reminds me of the old (and very politically incorrect joke) that goes something like this:
Q. What is the difference between shooting men, and shooting women and children?
A. You don't have to lead women and children so much.
(If you need an explanation of what this means, you are probably too young to be corrupted by such ideas).
Now with regard to rules of engagement, I must say that based both on joint training with the US military and a 2 year stint at Fort Bragg on exchange (including a nice 8 months in a certain desert oasis), the term "fire discipline" is very alien to some people. It is particularly scary when it involves a couple of overly-bored airline pilots who are moonlighting as A10 drivers over the wastelands of Northern Kuwait and who consider Australian English and Iraqi English as one in the same.
Posted in: Petraeus to face soldier complaints over war rules
timorborderJun. 24, 2010 - 04:04PM JST
If you're interested, there was an article in the NY Times entitled "General Faces Unease Among His Own Troops, Too" which is a rather interesting read on how field officers are straining under some rather stiff rules of engagement.
Posted in: Obama fires McChrystal; Petraeus picked for Afghanistan
timorborderJun. 24, 2010 - 03:47PM JST
Timoborder, are you also saying that McCrystal taking his comments to the media should have more bearing on whether or not he remains in his post than his actual effectiveness as a commander?
First of all, I don't think McCrystal took his comments to the media as such. Rather, he let down his guard and vented some personal opinions while in the company of a journalist. The journalist in question, whatever his motives, then turned around and used these comments to do a bit of a hatchet job on the General. That being said, however, responsibility in the military is a serious thing, and the General has resigned as a result.
In this instance what worries me deeply is the issue of the General showing extremely poor judgment and a lack of basic command presence. I believe this poor judgment occurred on a number of levels. Specifically, I don't know about the situation in the US, but where I did my military training (The Royal Military College, Duntroon), we were taught that you could "command your troops or be friends with them, you could not do both." Obviously, by allowing his subordinates to be openly disdainful of their ultimate superiors (specifically Vice President "Bite Me"), it seems that the General forgot this rule. As such, I believe the President is well within his rights to remove the General on grounds of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.
timorborderJun. 24, 2010 - 03:19PM JST
made an error of judgment that resulted in the deaths of his men
In my experience getting your own people killed has never been a reason for getting sacked in the military. Indeed, in the infantry at least, having a couple of stiffs on your resume is seen as a good thing, as long as you show an ability to get the job done.
timorborderJun. 24, 2010 - 03:12PM JST
If nothing else, this case has highlighted a major failing of the U.S. military.
And what failing would that be? I cannot see any failings in the current instance. Like an idiot, McChrystal unwisely stuck his head above the parapet, showing extremely bad judgment in venting his spleen. He was canned accordingly. End of story.
timorborderJun. 24, 2010 - 12:18PM JST
Some of you should get off the turps and stop trying to spin this story to match your own political views.
This chap (McChrystal) went way over board in his comments regarding certain senior figures in the current administration and got canned as a result. It has to be remembered that the army protects others' rights to freedom of speech, it does not practice such freedoms itself.
And yes, he should have probably not been given command in the first place considering his involvement in the Tillman Affair.
May. 22, 2013 - 03:52PM JST
How much of the Donations from the Western World was used for replacing or repairing the…
Posted in: Hundreds of Miyagi residents seek equal compensation as Fukushima
May. 22, 2013 - 03:51PM JST
Saitama needs some serious improvements in social services.
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death
dang, that it one healthy, and rich, old dude!
Posted in: Nearly there
May. 22, 2013 - 03:48PM JST
21% compose of people............,...............................,.........................,................................,..........................,..........................ab.......l.
Posted in: Hashimoto hits back at polls showing majority disagree with his comments
May. 22, 2013 - 03:47PM JST
Horrifying stuff. RIP to those lost, and I hope the rest get well soon, though I…
Posted in: Crews wrap up search for Oklahoma tornado survivors