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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

jcapan- While that may be true, there's a few grains to take from that link.

First, it's that the poll is nearly a month old.

Second, that the biggest source of dissatisfaction, the biggest 'issue' in general is leadership and trust in the government.

Donald Trump, by his actions yesterday, showed a total lack of leadership, and a demeanor as well as actions that cannot in any way hearken to good leadership. Regardless of how hard his talking heads at Fox will try to spin it, or his bots on here will parrot the same talking points.

If the biggest issue in American politics right now is leadership, and the second is the economy, then simply put the Republican party must be voted out of office come November. Not for any individual Republicans, as much as I might disagree with some of them. But for the simple fact that a bad leader, a coward and a possible self centered egotistical traitor is inhabiting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

For any of the checks and balances that are integral to the United State government to work, then they must be used. So far, the Republican Party and their leadership under McConnell and Paul Ryan have failed to do so. They have stood by while letting a 70 year old man-child act as a petulant coward, harming America's relations with her allies while cozying and currying favor with autocratic dictators.

I will be the first to state that I disagree with the Republican leadership. I will also baldly state that the Democratic leadership doesn't exactly inspire great enthusiasm from me either. The idea of Nancy Pelosi being Speaker of the House again is abhorrent to me, she's just the other side of the coin to Paul Ryan.

But at least if the Dems take back the House or Senate, they can check Trump. The worst that happens then? Paralyzing the government. I'd rather have that, a paralyzed federal government with nothing being done, than a traitorous coward being handed a rubber stamp by a cowed 'conservative' party.

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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

He didn't admit to any mistakes. He admitted to one 'slip of tongue.'

But what about the half dozen other times he threw his country under the bus? What about the times he sucked up to Putin, while denigrating his own officials?

There was no truth there.

There was no honesty.

There was a forced, contrite attempt to try and say something, anything in a desperate attempt to not have to stand up and be a man.

"Big T?" More like Big Coward.

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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

The body language, the stuttering voice, the sneering condescension, the way he had to just work in the quibbling commentary... it's clear that Trump didn't believe what he said. Even after he penciled in his 'no collusion' comment because he just had to, regardless of the application to the actual statement itself.

As others in the article put, it was a poor attempt to contain the damage. He's done the same (on both sides... both sides. Ring a bell?) numerous times in his Presidency and in his life.

Today was just another exercise in demonstrating what Donald Trump is at his very core. He's a coward and a bully. When pushed, he will not respond as a mature man, but as a petulant child, crossing his arms and pouting as soon as he forces out the words he must say.

We know the Trump playbook by now. Within 48-96 hours, he'll have a Twitter tirade, where he's basically walk back his walk back, and he'll try to deflect to his most popular targets. Wait for it, you'll hear a lot of tweets about "Crooked Hillary/Witch Hunt/13 Obama Democrats/MS-13" or whatever. Soon after that he'll pivot to raising some more hell in another area, bluster about something, try to puff out his chest, and hope it blows over.

But the simple fact is, first in Chancellorsville and now in Helsinki, Donald Trump exposed himself for what he is. A coward undeserving and unfit for the office of the President of the United States.

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Posted in: Trump refuses to blame Putin for election meddling; U.S. lawmakers call Trump weak, cowardly See in context

nishikat- The President is technically a civilian (hence the term civilian control of the military in American life), but I doubt there is anything that could be done if Generalissimo Trump wanted to stalk around with a ton of medals on his chest and his dress uniform coat unbuttoned.

Seriously, what is it about certain blowhard politicians and failing to button a suit jacket? Boris Johnson seemed to always do the same thing.

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Posted in: Trump refuses to blame Putin for election meddling; U.S. lawmakers call Trump weak, cowardly See in context

bass,

you and I have rarely stood eye to eye on nearly every political thread on here.

Thank you for your honesty and not playing the team game.

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Posted in: Trump refuses to blame Putin for election meddling; U.S. lawmakers call Trump weak, cowardly See in context

Wallace Fred,

Sure.

When clear evidence (as has been out for months) comes out that Russia did meddle in the election, you don't do fawning press conferences with the autocratic dictator of Russia.

You don't stab your intelligence agencies, your allies, and others in the back by throwing shade and casting doubt about it, or deflecting and setting up strawmen.

If you do have a meeting with said dictator of Russia, you go in there with firm resolve and strength. This is not belligerent bullying arrogance, but firm, calm resolve and strength. You look the dictator in the eye and tell him in no uncertain terms that he can deny it all he wants, but the United States will not tolerate an attack on the institutions of our democratic republic, and those found to have done so will face repercussions.

Again, you do not say "Oh, I don't care what my NSA, CIA, and more have said. It's all the Fake News and their Witch Hunt! I won, I won dammit! I won, and why can't you love me for who I am?"

You don't act like a desperate fanboy at a pro wrestling even sucking up to the other guy in hopes that he'll like you. You don't act like the same desperate kid who, in high school, kissed the backside of the bullys and acted like a bully himself in order to assuage his insecurity.

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Posted in: Trump refuses to blame Putin for election meddling; U.S. lawmakers call Trump weak, cowardly See in context

So, we should be back on a Cold War footing with Russia?

There is a world of difference between having bombers ready to go (BTW, there are still Alert aircraft, missiles, and subs out there even now) and what Trump did.

That wasn't dialogue. It was a disgraceful, shameful sham of a performance by a person totally unqualified to be President. Dialogue is speaking with another country, not stabbing your allies, your own country, and more in the back to curry favor with an autocratic dictator whose rule has been marked by violations of just about every tenet that is outlined in the founding documents of the United States of America.

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Posted in: Trump refuses to blame Putin for election meddling; U.S. lawmakers call Trump weak, cowardly See in context

I believe I called it a few articles ago about this.

Trump, first and foremost, is an authoritarian. He admires people like Putin.

At the same time, his egotism means that at no time, in no way, can he acknowledge either a loss or even the possibility that a win was anything other than by his own means and by his own excellence.

If faced with either one, Trump will almost instinctively lash out to try and spin the issue to either deflect blame away from him or in some other way make his loss not a loss.

In dealing with Putin, Trump has a congruence of both. An authoritarian, which as an inherently weak wannabe he will automatically roll over and expose his belly to, and his egotism. He can't bear the fact that he didn't win fair and square. He can't bear the fact that he's been set up to be the fool and the dupe. He can't bear the fact that he was seen by someone like Putin as the weak sister who should be installed because it makes Putin's goal of bringing down the United States and Western democracy easier.

Basically, Trump's either non compis mentis, or he is compis mentis, and as one commenter said, either criminally negligent or treasonous.

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Posted in: Japan to beef up nuclear security before Rugby World Cup, Olympics See in context

"Authorities are looking for a lad in a rugby shirt," said no terrorist wanted report ever.

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Posted in: NHK aims to begin simultaneous streaming, with gov't approval See in context

I wonder, will NHK now try to collect their fees from every Internet user in the world? sarcasm

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

You're welcome.

Now.... Go Army, Beat Navy.

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

That's perhaps the biggest thing that's scary about Trump, extanker. It's that his world view and playbook might just happen to so easily align with Russia's.

Face it, the Russians and the Soviet Union before them were very, very good at playing the manipulation game, whether on a small or big scale. They knew how to make whole countries believe some of the most outlandish propaganda, and turn individual citizens against their country.

In this case, it's not that hard. I believe that Trump is, first and foremost, an authoritarian. Now, if you're a mythical Bruce Wayne with a genius level intellect and a fanatical devotion to the wellbeing of others, then that's maybe not a bad thing.

When you're Donald Trump, with a 40 year history of being an egomaniacal insecure person, manipulation is easy. On one hand, you coddle him with fawning praise, and give him easy to reach 'targets' that are empty but allow him to think that he's carving some form of immortality for himself.

You trust in his absolute belief in his 'instincts' and his 'street smarts' while knowing that such people are often the most easily led astray in the complex, multilayered actions of international diplomacy. You feed him enough 'bad guys' that he can rail against and rally his supporters against that his focus will never turn towards you and your own actions.

Most of all though, you project a strong but still accepting image to him face to face, knowing that as an inherently weak man raised with an authoritarian bent, he'll immediately kowtow to anyone who projects an image of 'rugged individualism' or however you want to term it. You know you can dominate him with a little bit of flattery and a lot of cowboy toughness, and promise him nothing or even not do what you said, and he'll not say anything. Why? Because in his haste and eagerness to try and declare 'victory' for himself and his self-image, he can never, ever accept the fact that he's wrong. He can never accept the fact he's been duped and taken advantage of.

So maybe Trump isn't a knowing puppet of Putin. But I bet that more than a few of the strings yanking Donnie in various directions are connected to the Kremlin, even if he doesn't know the strings even exist.

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Posted in: Trump claims victory after forcing NATO crisis talks See in context

extanker, it's pretty simple, and one answered I think other times on here.

The biggest 'win' for Russia in all of this is if the USA becomes isolated and NATO, the military force standing in Russia's way of extending it's sphere of influence, is destroyed or neutered.

A short term loss of a pipeline is a small sacrifice to make when compared to the larger target. In terms of chess, it's sacrificing a pawn to claim a bishop or even a queen.

When Putin isn't facing any political threat, and his biggest rival (The USA) is continuing to lose influence and respect on the world stage, a single pipeline to Germany means absolutely nothing.

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Posted in: China joins 20 most innovative economies; U.S. falls to No. 6 See in context

Make America Sixth Again?

Make America Sith Again?

Make America Sick Again?

Not sure which.

BTW, looking it up, South Korea came in 12th, Japan 13th.

Both the USA and Japan had a troubling point too, in their efficiency ratios, which both were far below their ranks.

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Posted in: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson quits as May faces mounting Brexit crisis See in context

May's done for. Her Prime Ministership hangs on her delivering a pie-in-the-sky version of Brexit that never would have happened.

The Pro-Brexit campaigners (including Boris the Boor) all thought they could just walk away from the EU and with a wave of a teacup, get all the benefits of EU membership (specifically on trade) with none of the consequences. They thought that somehow, Europe would just give them everything they wanted and there'd be no negatives from leaving the EU.

Now the EU is telling the UK to stuff their tea up their crumpets, and May can't deliver on her promises. Of course, the purists like Boris are abandoning ship, because they can try and claim that if only the UK had done the 'clean Brexit' that they wanted, then everything would be nice and rosy.

Nevermind that a 'clean Brexit' had about the same chance of happening as me getting declared the next King of England.

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Posted in: Transgender professor fails to win mayoral election See in context

Depends, zichi. What Thatcher, May, Jacinda Ardern, etc all Prime Ministeresses?

Didn't think so. The condescension isn't something I'd expect from you.

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Posted in: 1st live-action film of 'Gundam' anime in works See in context

So in other words, it'll have a release in 3 cities in the US, maybe a dozen in Europe, and will star a bunch of 'talent' from Johnny's and other agencies.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., S Korea unite on N Korea; Pompeo brushes off 'gangster' claim See in context

Kim's 'signed papers' promising denuking are pretty much word for word with what NK has said many times before going back to his father's time at the helm. Without action, they're worth little more than toilet paper in a train station.

The reason that Trump is incompetent isn't for meeting with Kim. It's for the dog and pony show he put on, heaping praise on Kim's head and more. He nearly fawned over Kim, like he has most of the autocratic despots that he admires (such as Putin).

That's the key difference between Trump's 'summit' and what Obama wanted to do. Obama said "meet" not 'fawn over like an otaku at an AKB48 concert.' Trump also showed his incompetence by basically claiming victory long before even the first step towards victory was ever taken. People rightly lambaste W for his 'Mission Accomplished' carrier landing stunt and speech... yet somehow, Trump trumped his bombastic jumping the gun.

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Posted in: Rakuten acquires ad platform developer LOB See in context

Great, just what Japan needs.... more advertising.

Between the 10,000 billboards and posters the average Taro sees on a daily basis, the constant ads in radio and TV, and the invasive and annoying online ads, I don't think they see enough.

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Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English? See in context

I look at them, tilt my head and say "eh?"

If that fails, I suck through my teeth and mutter "Taihen desu..."

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Posted in: Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth next week despite chorus of discontent See in context

Hey Donnie... Obama's visit was bigger.

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Posted in: Emperor resumes official duties after suffering nausea See in context

While it is true that both Akihito and Naruhito are older than average at date of ascension, it tends to work in a somewhat cyclical pattern in recent times. A long serving monarch will pass their crown down to an already older progeny, who will tend to have a relatively short reign before passing it down to the next generation that'll have a longer reign.

Look at the UK right now. Charles is the eternal Crown Prince, because Liz ain't willing to give up the scepter just yet. So no matter what, Charles is going to have a much shorter reign than his mother, while William will have a decent chance at a 30 year reign or so before passing it off to George.

In the Japanese case, Naruhito will have at most a 30 year reign or so before passing it on to (perhaps) his brother, although most likely Hisahito, who will be roughly middle aged at the time.

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Posted in: BOJ's Harada spurns rate hikes, says 2% inflation goal needs lower unemployment See in context

So wait, near historic low unemployment (even if it's a figure that's massaged more than an amukudari oyaji in a soapland)... and he thinks it needs to fall even further?

What, is he trying to find a way to actually make unemployment a negative number... as in so many people have to have 2 or 3 arubaito that there's actually more 'jobs filled' than people working?

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Posted in: Doubts on North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo visit See in context

As posted 2 days ago, America is testing nukes.

Because despite what sputnik, RT, and all the other Kremlin approved propaganda sites may say, the test was not of a nuclear warhead. It was a dummy bomb, and a type of bomb that can also be conventional.

Basically, nothing went boom, there was no nuclear explosion at the Tonopah Range.

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Posted in: The system to predict street crimes has already achieved results in Europe and the United States. See in context

Didn't Tom Cruise make a movie about this farce?

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Posted in: Trump responds to attack on Maryland newspaper See in context

What’s he supposed to do?

Something I learned about hour 1 at West Point... lead by example. So what he could do is not engage in petty name calling, threatening people, dog whistling, or telling people "I hope someone knocks the crap out of them"... and then acting sad with big, fake crocodile tears when someone actually engages in such behavior.

He could own up to his own comments, mistakes, and failures to be an actual leader...

but he won't.

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Posted in: JFA boss praises Japan's 'fair play' in Poland game See in context

Huh, and here I was thinking the 'Japan Way' was to always try your best and play to the best of your abilities to the very last tick of the clock with a samurai spirit... not to game the system dishonorably and use some loophole in the rules to skate by while accepting a defeat from a team that, a mere 24 hours prior, you had said you were going to do your best to defeat.

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Posted in: Mattis reassures Japan over N Korea talks; cites abductees See in context

Is it just me, or does Onodera look like he's trying to hold something inside in that pic?

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Posted in: Japan's jobless rate hits 25-year low; labor shortages remain a concern See in context

It's not even wages stay the same! It was only a week or so ago that in a story about the lack of inflation, it was revealed that compared to about a decade ago, the average worker's purchasing power in Japan has actually DROPPED by (I think) the equivalent of 9,000 yen a month.

And it's any wonder why the Japanese economy isn't growing? That if you look at the domestic economy, it's actually shrinking?

Yeah, good job Dear Leader Abe. Your economic policies are doing just wonderful.

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Posted in: Protest held in Okinawa against landfill for U.S. base transfer See in context

drunk and dangerous occupying force on their land.

As opposed to the drunk and dangerous indigenous population, who has a crime rate and drunk driving rate higher than the US forces that serve in Okinawa.

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