chardk1 comments

Posted in: Palin gets chance to overcome doubts in VP debate See in context

Don't worry about VP position, the P is what most important. These days many people live forever ; but if the one of 70 something can die any time, so is the one of 44! Same thing.

Uh, you're not an actuary are you? The probability that someone 72 will die in the next five years of is his life is approximately ten times that of someone 47.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers try to revise bailout plan See in context

What has been fascinating to me is hearing House minority leader John Boehrner and John McCain complain that the Democrats are responsible for the bill failing because Pelosi and Obama weren't persuasive enough in getting more Republicans to buy into the bailout. Uh guys, so at this critical time, on this critical issue, after you claimed this was the only thing you would be working on, your excuse is that the Democratic leaders in Congress didn't do your jobs for you?

It's getting pretty obvious how McCain's "bipartisan leadership" operates - say "I'm da bipartisan leader" loudest and oftenest and challenge the Democrat counterpart to actually do all the heavy lifting for both parties so you can take credit for everything if it works and blame the other guy if it doesn't, and all throughout do a lot of press conferences bragging about how you get results when in fact you can't even get a single congressman from your own state in your own party to support you on the solution you endorsed for the self-proclaimed biggest financial crisis of the past 80 years. That's some fine leadership.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers try to revise bailout plan See in context

A sign of the McCain's so-called leadership skills: the number of Arizona House members who voted for the bailout? ZERO. Even Bush, with little political capital, managed to help wrangle 9 "yes" votes from the regulation-unfriendly Texas contingent. McCain did achieve a kind of bipartisan cooperation I guess, if you mean both Republican and Democrat representatives from his home state (4 GOP, 4 Democrat) blew him off.

McCain has been all over the news blaming Obama (in now-classic McCain fashion, his usual line is "Obama and the Democrats kept the bill from passage, but now is not the time to fix blame" hypocritically 1) fixing blame and 2) lying, since it's the Republicans who killed the bill by a 2/3rds majority), but 50% of the Illinois members of the House, including 2 of 8 Republicans (1 abstaining), voted yes on the bailout bill. Assuming McCain is being sincere in claiming he wanted the bill passed and would spare no efforts in getting it done (not clear since he is ideologically opposed to these kinds of bailouts) . . . he is the one didn't get it done. And this is when he was supposedly focused on one thing and one thing only, imagine when he has to deal with multiple problems.

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Posted in: Edo era firearms See in context

chardk1 Most of the fighting like this was done between the Japanese themselves in the Muromachi and early Edo Periods, and at the end of Edo to protect Japan against the Western barbarians who were threatening to do to Japan what they had done to China.

I was being sarcastic, sorry if that wasn't clear.

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Posted in: Edo era firearms See in context

I'm surprised the Koreans and Chinese didn't protest this blatant glorification of period Japanese aggression.

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Posted in: Manners more attractive than boobs, says Mika Kano See in context

I guess that's why all those men's magazines with the full-color spreads on manners sell so well.

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Posted in: Palin defends Alaska-Russia remark See in context

You know, Palin needs to just say "You're right, I don't have a lot of foreign policy experience right now. But neither did Truman, Clinton, Carter etc. and they did just fine in that regard. Also, John McCain is particularly gifted and experienced in that area, I'm a fast learner and in six months on the job I'll be as good as anybody. To me this is largely a manufactured issue by the Democrats." I wouldn't agree with most of that, but at least it is a logically and intellectually sound argument, unlike this expertise by osmosis theory she refuses to give up on. For God's sake, "people in Alaska trade with foreign countries and I'm their governor so I must be a foreign policy expert"? That isn't poor reasoning, that isn't reasoning at all. She is taking a hypothetical that could be true (i.e., the governor of Alaska could have relevant foreign policy experience) and presenting it baldly as a fact. Inexperienced is not good, but blind to one's weaknesses is a lot worse.

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Posted in: McCain warns Washington big shake-up is coming See in context

And like you what they have in greatest supply are simplistic caricatures of the real America, because most of them also despise it.

And there you are, just like clockwork. Sometimes a caricature is simple because the subject is not complex.

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Posted in: McCain warns Washington big shake-up is coming See in context

Eh, whatever. I'm tired of stumping for (against?) people who insist on shooting themselves in the foot with the guns they love so dearly.

The sad truth is that the "liberal elites" "Hollywood pinkos" and "left-wing media" that supposedly all of the red-blooded "real" Americans are sticking it to by continually voting for people like Bush and McCain are among the Americans least affected by partisan policy decisions because they are relatively well situated economically, and have education and skills that make them competitive in a global market.

So let the "real Americans" who always "put America first" (an act apparently defined as "acting out of self-interest like everyone else, but being Republican") vote for whomever they want, but it is laughable such people think they are sticking it to Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, Keith Olbermann, etc. worse than they are sticking it to themselves. At the end of the day, liberal elites have houses and money. Their kids aren't going to Iraq. They don't have to worry about unplanned pregnancies or kids learning medieval science. Not surprisingly, liberal elites benefit from pro-rich, pro-corporate policies just the same as conservative elites. They just don't feel quite so good about it.

Like your Bible says, "as you sow, so shall you reap." Real Americans, you want it, you got it. Just don't kid yourself about who is really getting it and where.

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Posted in: 22 female freelance TV presenters to hold poetry reading on stage See in context

Well, they just came out with a farce called "Hamlet 2" why not do the same with the "The Vagina Monologues 2."

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Posted in: Sony unveils improved PlayStation Portable See in context

Hard to justify getting the XBox 360 over the PS3 if you can have both, if only because the PS3 is a fully functional Blu-Ray player at a killer price. Microsoft blew it by going with HD-DVD.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim died in 2003; replaced by lookalike, says Waseda professor See in context

I think the point is not so much that it is insane to think Kim Jong Il might have died and was replaced by a fake, but that the "evidence" given is so laughable.

The people who say "lots of dictators use doubles" yes, to avoid assassinations and the like. Generally less of a concern once you are dead. Also, Kim Jong Il has numerous sons and they're still kicking around in places like Paris and Tokyo, wouldn't their behavior reflect some change if their father the dictator had died and power seized by a fake?

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim died in 2003; replaced by lookalike, says Waseda professor See in context

Uh, but wouldn't the Korean and American officials (like Chris Hill) who have seen and talked with him over the past eight years be able to tell it's not the same guy? Just because the Japanese haven't been dealing with him on a regular basis doesn't mean NOBODY has.

Also, supposedly the evidence is that North Korea became suddenly belligerent and uncooperative after 2003. But then how does one explain its current, more concilatory behavior? Did Kim Jong Il come back to life?

Spy satellites can tell Kim Jong Il has dimensionally grown one inch and is not just wearing elevator shoes (which he has done for years) but they can't find Osama?

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Posted in: Ex-Yankees, Marines Irabu arrested for alleged assault See in context

I thought it was funny that in the Japanese news, it was reported that Irabu was "mushoku" (unemployed). He's not unemployed you idiots, he's rich biyatch!

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Posted in: Police suffer from inappropriate emergency calls See in context

From another JT article today:

A monkey appeared Wednesday morning at Tokyo’s busy Shibuya Station near the Tokyu Line, prompting the deployment of more than 30 police officers to catch it.

The monkey eluded the police, by the way. But heaven forbid people should bother the police with their petty problems, clearly they have enough to do.

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Posted in: Police suffer from inappropriate emergency calls See in context

From the article about the arrested Russian sumo wrestler:

The police are investigating why the 20-year-old wrestler started smoking marijuana.

Yeah, when they have to figure out extremely complicated and pressing issues like why a young man would smoke pot (not even relevant to his prosecution), clearly the Japanese public shouldn't be bothering them with their trivial problems.

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Posted in: Anti-Obama books are best-sellers See in context

It's interesting how anti-Obama right wingers claim Jerome Corsi's book on Obama has to be taken as fact, while completely ignoring that the SAME FRICKING NUTCASE published statements that John McCain:

1) is rich on mob money. According to Corsi, Cindy McCain's father has close ties to organized crime and his beer distribution business is backed by the mob. Corsi also alleges that McCain is tight with Russian mobster Oleg Deripaska.

2) is a fake, corrupt Republican in the pocket of rich liberals George Soros and Ariana Huffington.

3) is supported by al-Qaida. A direct quote: “Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has enjoyed strong support from a lobbyist group that backs the Kosovo Liberation Army despite allegations the KLA is a Muslim terrorist group with ties to criminal drug networks and al-Qaida.”

4) has attacked McCain's relatively liberal attitude toward immigration, calling him "anti-Conservative (therefore anti-American)"

You don't like Obama that is fine, but how can anybody with any intellectual honesty explain how they can choose to believe only Corsi's attacks on Obama? Just shameful.

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Posted in: Obama, McCain reach out to Christian voters See in context

Thanks for the explanation guys. But I have the feeling that, maybe, the political religiousness isn't representative of the people religiousness. What's the percentage of atheists anyway?

The percentage of Americans who ACT like not merely atheists, but flat out blasphemers -- i.e., don't read the Bible, don't regularly attend church, never think hard about morals or ethics, lie, cheat, steal, don't say grace, don't know or care what your religion specifically says you should or should not do, take the Lord's name in vain, commit adultery, act selfish, mean, violent, burn resources like there's no tomorrow, put money before God, family, friends and country etc. etc. probably isn't different from most other countries. Which is why it's flat-out irresponsible to have a religion where all you have to do is self-identify. All the self-righteousness without any of the work, man it must be great to be a so-called God-fearing American in the 21st Century.

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Posted in: Obama, McCain reach out to Christian voters See in context

The irony is that one's piety wasn't such a big deal until the religious right started freaking out about losing power, so we are actually more obsessed with the religiosity of the American President than Americans were 100 years ago. That's progress for you, fundamentalist-style.

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Posted in: Actress Masami Nagasawa in new film See in context

If they did product placement in the movie with everything she hawks, the budget would be just the salaries of the actors and production crew.

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Posted in: The do's and don'ts of having an affair See in context

But I note that the meaning of the word changed in the early 80's from simply "immoral" to the English "fling". I submit that this was due to the influence of English, and some clever person saw the similarity and made the twist.

Hilarious. The word is a kanji cognate and it means infidelity in Korean and Chinese as well, and probably has for two thousand years. It does not and has not meant simply "immoral." I guess next you will be arguing that the word "sushi" is derived from "fishy" and Japanese learned it from American soldiers after WWII.

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Posted in: Singer Nana Tanimura performs in Odaiba See in context

If her parents could buy her a new nose, jawline and chest (according to her high school classmates, and you don't have to be an expert to spot the knifework), I imagine they could pay for tutoring as well. Also, she grew up partly in Hawaii and speaks pretty good English. That alone will get you into liberal arts faculties of most any private university in Japan.

I'm not saying she's not cute or smart, but she is a "manufactured" star in the most literal definition of the word. Also, it's funny how according to a Japanese website I read, her career goal in high school was to be an entertainer, and now she says her goal is to be a lawyer. I guess if she were a lawyer she'd want to be a judoka.

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Posted in: Actress Megumi Okina appears at Japan premiere of horror film 'Shutter' See in context

How is it a "Hollywood" film when it has been filmed fully in Japan by Japanese producers?

It's got some American actors in it, and an American wrote the screenplay. Otherwise, a vanity project by the Japanese to create a fake American movie so they can claim to have gone Hollywood. Sad.

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

I'm sorry, 5.5 million yen. Still outrageous!

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Posted in: Chrysler makes its mark in Japan See in context

You'd be nuts to buy an American car in Japan considering the premium you have to pay, and you don't get those fat American rebates. For $35,000 a Hemi 300C looks pretty good but 55 million yen for the V6?! I'll pass, thanks.

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Posted in: Kano sisters turn into anime crimefighters See in context

Oh well, I guess it can't be worse than "Hammerman."

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Posted in: 16-year-old high school student commits suicide after meeting teachers over online insults See in context

Japanese kids. Sometimes it seems like you coddle them, they commit suicide. You are tough on them, they commit suicide. To blame teachers for this kind of suicide is to tell people "don't become teachers, you become the sphincters of this country responsible for taking all kinds of crap without any benefit to yourself." Mental health and stress are endemic problems in this country, condemning overworked, underpaid public school teachers for not being babysitter, therapist, confidante and educator to every messed-up kid is almost as crazy than committing suicide over nothing.

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Posted in: McCain ridicules Obama over Iraq policy See in context

So entering a country not at war with you with your military, deposing the standing government and installing a government with an ideology and personnel more in line with your own is by definition "liberation" so long as you don't colonize or annex it outright? And here my American history textbooks have been incorrectly characterizing the Soviet "liberation" of Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan et al. during the Cold War as "invasions!" To think we should be so unfair to the memory of the Soviet Union, it is downright un-American.

I can't wait for the "liberation" of China, AKA World War III. But hey, as long as you are spreading democracy it's all good right?

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Posted in: McCain ridicules Obama over Iraq policy See in context

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Go talk to the Iranians and the Kuwaitis and get back to us on that one, OK?

The U.S. armed and supported Saddam when he was fighting the Iranians and slightly older folk will recall that in the 80's Saddam was sold to Americans by their government as the relative "good guy" much the same way as Dubya presented Musharraf after 9/11. Until he attacked a closer ally in Kuwait, America was perfectly content letting Saddam raise hell on the "the enemy of our enemy is our friend" principle. So while his belligerence toward Iran in the brutal war between these countries may indeed be proof of Saddam's evil ways, the U.S. is probably not in a position to point an accusatory finger at him in that regard.

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Posted in: McCain ridicules Obama over Iraq policy See in context

You have to love people who compare being wrong on the surge to being wrong on going to war in the first place, "they were both wrong, it all evens out." I guess we now live in a fantasy world where the magnitude or consequences of being wrong are irrelevant to the mere fact of being wrong. Unbelievable that anyone could have such a skewed sense of responsibility like this. Well, I ate at a restaurant that wasn't that good, I made a mistake, I guess that's the same as a decision that's killed 150,000 Iragis and 3,000 U.S. soldiers.

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