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  • 2

    Laguna

    He be right about the U.S. is a serious debtor nation, something Clinton doesn't seem to grasp.

    Gee, Serrano, you might want to check out the Clinton tax returns for the last decade or so to see how they've helped the federal balance sheet. Bloomberg notes that, in 2015, the Clintons paid a tax rate of 34.2 percent in and donated 9.8 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity - the tax rate was roughly twice that that Romney had paid in the year prior to his run. Clinton tax records are available back to 1977, according to the article, and show little variation in tax avoidance. Now, maybe they're just being tricky as they know their tax records will be scrutinized, or maybe they're putting their money where their mouth is. Trump? - Who knows! NO Trump supporter has ANY right to criticize the federal deficit until we know how much Trump has paid - or evaded. The "balance" of a balance sheet cannot be ignored (unless it's just "smart" or "business", according to Trumpians - those who pay taxes are suckers).

    <http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-12/clintons-paid-34-2-effective-tax-rate-in-2015-campaign-says

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 7

    Laguna

    This is a perennial problem - JT has reported on it before. More on the "inane" mechanisms that have led us to this sorry land of expensive butter and few cheese sources here: https://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/kuchikomi/bureaucratic-bungling-behind-butter-shortage

    Posted in: Gov't to import 4,000 tons of butter to ease shortage

  • -7

    Laguna

    It's the principle of the matter that bothers me.

    Yeah - the principle of hardworking, underappreciated people simply trying to scrape up as many scraps as possible. I usually appreciate your posts, Stranger, but really.

    Posted in: Man arrested for assaulting cabbie after fare goes up just as taxi stops

  • 4

    Laguna

    This is interesting for anyone interested in facts: " Hannity: Hillary Clinton will be President Obama on steroids" ( wildly popular Fox News )

    Sean Hannity?! "Nobody calls Sean Hannity! ... Nobody wants to call Sean Hannity!" - Trump

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBAgd_WmkX0

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 4

    Laguna

    Outrider, you apparently have never met an 18-year old woman, particularly the busty type favored by these pageants. They balloon at that age, even subsisting on water and saltines. (My daughter was the same.) It is genetic, the female body preparing for motherhood, and not much can be done to prevent it.

    In addition to the myth of the "perfect" female body that these pageants exploit were Trump's sexist and racist remarks,; encouragement to stay in shape is one thing, body shaming is another; and conflating her accent with "the help" was simply racist. If he feels this way about women, he should restrict his pageants to Eastern European women as he has done his wives.

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 5

    Laguna

    Apparently, Public Policy Polling says Clinton won their instant poll by 51-40 percent—and won young voters by 63-24 percent. And that was their instant poll, before the spin, which has been heavily negative against Trump - sets in. The young voter result spread is unprecedented. We'll see if whether it actually results in changed voting behavior.

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 10

    Laguna

    Sometimes it's the seemingly smaller things that end up being more important. Trump's attack on Rosie O'Donnell was an aside but a telling one: An inane attack brought up completely voluntarily by Trump, wasting precious time and alienating crucial demographics; it was so stupid, one called it evidence of a “toxic, unreliable mind.”

    The reason I think this was particularly stupid is that it might well alienate young people, a group Trump is not doing so badly with. Those college age and under tend to be less attached to any party and more susceptible to peer opinion. Not only was what Trump said not cool, it has alienated a wide swath of entertainers. Be sure that, between now and November, Hollywood will be very vocal about their disdain of Trump. And then voting for him becomes not cool. While it may once have been cool to vote for this bull in the china shop over Grandma Clinton, it's not cool to vote for a racist misogynist - and the "friends don't let friends vote Trump" movement could take off.

    And remember, this is the younger generation. Once they've voted Dem, the may stay so.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rosie-odonnell-donald-trump-debate_us_57ea1f42e4b0c2407cd9455a?section=&

    Posted in: As Clinton cheers, Trump digs in after debate

  • 4

    Laguna

    Trump seemed more knowledgeable about economic issues

    Maybe we were watching different debates, Fizz, but aside from maligning America as a dystopia of crime, violence, drugs, and illegal aliens running amok, I didn't hear a single concrete example from him as to how he would improve things. (In fact, that extends to most every subject discussed in the debate.) Could you provide some supporring quotes?

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over defense of U.S. allies

  • 2

    Laguna

    mothers should “encourage” children when they make mistakes rather than scold them.

    I'm all for that. ダメ!危ない! seems to make up a large portion of conversation time between parents and children here, such that they're pretty much paralyzed by the time they reach adulthood.

    Posted in: Mayor sued over leaflet upholding 'traditional' gender roles in Japan

  • 1

    Laguna

    Comes down to money, apparently - plus, that "Putin says nice things about me"-type bromance. Perhaps Putin could continue his sweet words, backed up by "the oil" (Russia doesn't have any cash left, but they can barter), and a President Trump would move US troops from Europe and Asia to Russia so as to defend it against the rapacious Europeans and Asians. Hey, if there's profit potential, why not? It's not like Trump stands for anything.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump clash over defense of U.S. allies

  • 5

    Laguna

    Was this a slip, a misreading of notes (I noticed she was looking down every other second) or the way she personally judges what is constitutional and what isn't. If the latter is true, and, as president, she is responsible for nominating Supreme Court justices, it makes me wonder what direction law will take in her administration.

    Thank you for your concerns, Bill. Two points.

    First, this was a debate - notes in a debate may be helpful to remind one of accurate statistics but not much else.

    Second, considering the dumpster fire that was Trumps performance in the debate, quibbling over Clinton's single misuse of a clause connector might not be the best use of your time. As I mentioned above, Trump seems quite eager to deprive certain groups of both their rights under the Fourth Amendment as well as the Second Amendment. Remember, this was a debate, not a legal document. If you'd like to pursue this further, we can open up the debate again about the Second Amendment's clumsy, impenetrable use of those two subordinate phrases, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, ..."

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 4

    Laguna

    Ha. Even Stormfront supporters are calling it a Hillary win. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/even-stormfront-thinks-hillary-clinton-won-the-debate-1787121521

    Another question is what happens during the spin over the next few days. Most people who'd watched the first Gore/Bush debate called it in the former's favor until the meme of Gore sighing and rolling his eyes became all that mattered. Clinton was relatively gracious; Trump was a boor. His interrupting both Clinton and the moderator, red-faced yelling, lies, and condescension to Clinton herself (and women in general) and minorities all present perfect opportunities for memes. As does his sniffling. (Was he on coke?)

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 1

    Laguna

    Another thing that blew my mind: Asked about race relations in the United States, Clinton gave a thoughtful answer that encompassed discrimination in terms of housing, education, employment, and treatment by the criminal justice system. Trump, on the other hand, immediately pounded on the need for "law and order" - that is, in his mind, "race relations" equals "crime by minorities" and nothing else.

    By the way, the full debate transcript is here. 検索 "law and order" for their full remarks. This will save all of us much quoting. <http://fortune.com/2016/09/26/presidential-debate-transcript/

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 0

    Laguna

    Another thing that blew my mind: Asked about race relations in the United States, Clinton gave a thoughtful answer that encompassed discrimination in terms of housing, education, employment, and treatment by the criminal justice system. Trump, on the other hand, immediately pounded on the need for "law and order" - that is, in his mind, "race relations" equals "crime by minorities" and nothing else.

    By the way, the full debate transcript is here. 検索 "law and order" for their full remarks. This will save all of us much quoting. <http://fortune.com/2016/09/26/presidential-debate-transcript/

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 4

    Laguna

    I thought Holt was quite good. The format, with his back to the camera and in the shadows, was good. He tried to shepherd but did not interrupt except to (somewhat tolerantly) enforce the time rules. The only fact checking he did was by the way he phrased follow-up questions. I hope the moderators during the next debates are as successful.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 5

    Laguna

    She said, "Stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional. And, in part, because it was ineffective." I agree that, although both statements are true (it was ruled unconstitutional, and most criminologists have found very slight impact on crime rates), the result/cause conjunction is out of place. She should have said, "And, in addition, it was ineffective." Her later reasoning supports this.

    Also interesting is Trump's "law and order" schtick - well, more of a dog whistle, really. What he seems to be saying is that gun rights are sacred except for certain groups of people (wink, wink) who should be stopped and frisked, thus depriving certain groups both their rights under the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures as well as the Second Amendment (depending on local gun laws, of course).

    She begins talking about this at the 2:37 mark here. http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/debate-fact-check-trump-wrong-stop-and-frisk-was-ruled-unconstitutional/

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 11

    Laguna

    Absolute disaster for Trump. I'm still slack-jawed over how awesomely bad he was. I have ESL students who debate better than he did. Specifics aside, I think his worst mistake was that he spoke in vague generalizations that frequently meandered into areas quite off-topic. This was of course unavoidable as he has zero knowledge of most any issue - and it showed. His joke about Clinton being off the campaign trail this week because she was preparing was all the more lame for that.

    Altogether, it was a cringe-worthy performance from Trump (literally - I was cringing), the magnitude of which will only become more apparent as critics wage in. Trump hates to lose, and he hates to appear foolish, and he did both tonight. How will he respond? Will he even show for the next debate? Will he try to prepare this time?

    The upshot is that anyone who still thinks Trump has the ability, knowledge or temperament to be President of the United States clearly has serious deficiencies in judgement.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump debate fiercely over taxes, race, terror

  • 7

    Laguna

    Hillary had the best line of the night. After Trump committed verbal suicide trying to defend his birther claims, going so far as to state that it aided Obama, Hillary was asked to rebut. She said: "...uh, well, listen to what he just said."

    Preparation, Donald. See, it is important.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump poised for debate showdown

  • 4

    Laguna

    Wow - Trump is really low-energy tonight. Sad. Hillary is running away with it.

    Posted in: Clinton, Trump poised for debate showdown

  • 3

    Laguna

    Do you think he'll mention his relationship with Czar Vlad?

    Do you think Trump will agree to release his business correspondence with his Russian counterparts if Clinton agrees to release her speech transcripts to American companies?

    Posted in: Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in U.S. presidential debate

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