Ike-in-Tokyo-from-89 comments

Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

I hate the way the word hero is used so casually today. (I don’t even want to touch on “super-h...”.)

I have always been wary of its use because it has so, so often been exploited by people pushing an agenda that was far from heroic.

A hero to me is someone who willingly, even if hesitantly, puts himself in harm’s way for the sake of others in a worthy endeavor without the expectation of reward. (Cynics would call such a person a sucker.)

There is NO question that Neil Armstrong and the other astronauts and cosmonauts had courage and that is laudable. The only problem I have was the endeavor. Was the Apollo program really worth the enormous expense and lives lost? Wouldn’t the technological benefits derived from the program have been got through other terrestrial projects?

As for patriotism, wasn’t it really just an administration-run propaganda effort to “prove” the superiority of “the American way” (Older posters may recognize this from the old George Reeves “Superman” opening.) over the Soviets’? Tribal drum beating?

Perhaps I’m wrong.

Maybe my own education as a patriot never developed beyond the events on Lexington Green: protect your family’s lives and property - as well as your neighbors’ - then go home.

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Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

I wrote:

I wonder why the writer chose to refer to Marco Rubio as “failed presidential candidate”? It really isn’t relevant to the article.

The article said:

Among those who have criticized the film is failed presidential candidate and Republican senator Marco Rubio.

Alfie Noakes posted after quoting the article above:

And the crackpots at Breitbart. What a team that is, a Trump-lite object of contempt and some internet fascists! Everyone else seems to think it's an superb film featuring a great performance by Gosling. I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

I see, Alf. Rubio is one of the crackpots.

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Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

Among those who have criticized the film is failed presidential candidate and Republican senator Marco Rubio.

I wonder why the writer chose to refer to Marco Rubio as “failed presidential candidate”? It really isn’t relevant to the article.

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Posted in: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s See in context

Judging from the lack of comments it looks like this story wasn’t packaged very well.

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Posted in: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s See in context

In the past few days, the American packaging machine has pulled these two lives into slick renditions of who they actually were.

Well written piece. “The American packaging machine” continues to excrete pap rivaling Gerber’s.

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Posted in: What's lost when the president can't show up at a funeral? See in context

How can anyone expect a democratic nation to unite behind the person who didn't win the majority vote?

This statement implies that a nation, to be democratic, should unite behind a person who wins the popular vote, but what is meant by “unite”?

What if an aggressive minority (within a political party) is brought to power by a majority vote and that minority then browbeats fellow party legislators to go along with radical changes to basic laws in order to promote an agenda which most of their voters truly didn’t understand because it was misrepresented? Has the elected president then united the nation?

Yes, but Finis Rem Publicam.

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Posted in: Teen biker mistaken for fugitive killed in crash after police chase See in context

He had no license, so he was driving illegally, and he was 17 so easily panicked. Poor kid.

I wonder if he knew the motorcycle had been stolen. Another reason to flee? Then again, maybe it was lent to him by a friend or given to him. Do look a gift horse in the mouth. Dead at 17.

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Posted in: Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff See in context

"Why would any man have passed up the opportunity to go to Vietnam?"

You would have gone if you could have, right, Ike?

Oh, Serrano, I could indeed have volunteered and requested to be sent to Vietnam. In fact millions of men could have volunteered but didn’t. Why is that?

They weren’t patriots? We weren’t talking “one, if by land, and two, if by sea” in Vietnam. Saigon was nowhere near the green at Lexington.

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Posted in: Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff See in context

The draft dodger disrespects the war hero. What else is new.

“Draft dodger”?

Why would any man have passed up the opportunity to go to Vietnam? Don’t wars build character? Don’t they give (with a bit of massaging) bona fides for future careers in politics?

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Posted in: Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff See in context

It shouldn't be hard to look presidential in response to a popular senator's death.

“Popular”?

With whom? Certainly with enough constituents in Arizona to be elected repeatedly. But certainly not with Democratic Party operatives during his run for the presidency in 2008 against junior Senator Barack Obama. Go back and read the criticism.

”Be nice, Mr. President. The man’s dead and can’t hurt you.”

There are so many people vying for standing room on McCain’s coffin to denounce Trump that it’s in danger of caving in. These weepers are just trying to extract as much political capital as possible while the corpse is fresh.

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Posted in: End of an era: Emperor's abdication to reset Japan calendar See in context

Well, it is 1438 AH just now, and some people who adhere to this dating system would get obstreperous about any other.

Actually, it’s AH 1439 now.

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Posted in: Mayor of Japan’s Conan town to Conan O’Brien: 'If you want the money, come visit' See in context

atleast someone is entertained by that egotistical , slapstick lowbrow american clown

So? That’s exactly how he portrays himself.

Good repartee by the mayor. These guys are just having fun.

Lighten up.

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Posted in: 3 dead, including gunman in shooting at video game tournament in Florida See in context

When gamers go bad... All that virtual killing has gotta take a toll.

Hollywood and the game industry published disclaimers long ago.

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Posted in: Student who was using smartphone while riding bike indicted for hitting, killing pedestrian See in context

Although such a practice may put me in danger of being hit, admittingly, I personally have never hit nor almost hit somebody due to me enjoying my tunes. That’s what eyes are for...

I’ve done a lot of long distance bicycling in Japan and so have experienced many different road/pavement conditions. I need to hear what’s going on around me that’s yet out of sight especially things behind me. Even doing that hybrid cars will be up to me before I hear them. Any distraction increases the danger.

I’m glad to hear you’ve never had a problem. May it continue.

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Posted in: Student who was using smartphone while riding bike indicted for hitting, killing pedestrian See in context

Smartphone addiction = adult acquired autism.

You nailed it!

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Posted in: U.S. Senator John McCain dead at 81 See in context

Now to practical matters. McCain was unpredictable but ultimately a pragmatist, which made him a centrist, an increasingly rare breed in the GOP. One might be concerned about who will replace him.

Are you talking about the man who chose Sarah Palin for his running mate?

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

Sounds good enough to buy a private jet

I wouldn’t buy one on principle with the principal.

Was? Oh, dear....lol

Yes. All the way to the bank. I sold.

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Posted in: Student who was using smartphone while riding bike indicted for hitting, killing pedestrian See in context

Prison is not a suitable way for the student to make amends and repay his debt to the man's family. 

Agreed. One life gone. Another may be ruined.

Surely it is common sense to NOT walk, ride or drive without paying attention?

I’d sooner believe in God than in “common sense”.

Education is only as good as people’s reception of it.

When I see peers of such people openly tell them to stop moving (and get out of the way) while using a smartphone, then I’ll know there’s hope. But, this is Japan so that is unlikely to happen.

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

How many years, exactly?

8

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

Spoken like someone who never invested

You didn’t?? Why? Well, you should.

bass4funk:

My ROI over those years was 125%.

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

serendipitous1:

The market wouldn't crash at all and, even if it did, it would be well worth it. Good to see Trump is realizing that he needs to consider his impeachment becoming a reality.

The stock market doesn’t “crash”, it “adjusts”.

The adjustment might be severe if it looked like the Republicans were heading to “Hillary-like” defeat in 2020, i.e. loss of the WH and both houses of Congress because the regulation roll back would certainly be reversed.

serendipitous1:

The market wouldn't crash at all and, even if it did, it would be well worth it. 

bass4funk:

Spoken like a true Marxist. Lol

Spoken like someone who never invested.

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Posted in: Trump says market would 'crash' if he were impeached See in context

t took Bush 8 years to destroy the economy - can Trump do it in less?

Hyperbole.

If Bush destroyed the economy then how did ROI for stocks increase steadily during the OBAMA years? From base zero? The same increase continues under Trump. But that’s the stock market.

How about jobs as careers? Every administration promises infrastructure repair. This isn’t possible unless you have skilled workers in sufficient numbers to do the work. Has anyone read reports of investment in trade schools and promotion of careers in the trades? Bi-partisan effort is needed to do this. Democrats and Republicans have failed which only shows that you can’t rely on many politicians of either (any) party to do more than line their pockets at taxpayer expense.

Come November throw ALL the bums out.

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Posted in: Japan replaces U.S. as N Korea's most vilified imperialist enemy See in context

The relationship among China-Koreas-Japan is always a relationship of parents and children, wives and husbands, sisters and brothers.

I suppose you mean there’s a shared cultural heritage. I think a “close friendship” would be preferable given marital, fraternal and sibling quarrels we’ve witnessed.

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Posted in: 5 defectors in Japan sue N Korea, alleging rights abuses See in context

That's communist states, not communism.

Agreed. “Communism” is an idea. But one wonders why, if it’s held to be a good idea, it has it never been realized in a state? I hope no existing states are being held up as examples of its success.

Perhaps the instruction manual is always read upside down?

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Posted in: 5 defectors in Japan sue N Korea, alleging rights abuses See in context

She should sue USA for sanctions ...

Goodlucktoyou forgot to say ...

”Were it not for US sanctions, the superior central planning of the DPRK as guided by the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, would have brought heretofore unheard of prosperity and social justice to a united Korean Peninsula and served as a shining star for all oppressed peoples of the world.”

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Posted in: Japan replaces U.S. as N Korea's most vilified imperialist enemy See in context

Many pieces of anti-American propaganda have also disappeared from Pyongyang's streets.

Gee. Then Kim must truly love the US. I’m waiting for his announcement that NK and the US have ALWAYS been friends and have never warred.

“News” is manipulation.

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

Probably because there is a slight chance that the government of the U.S. think it's the center of the world, i think.

Sorry, Imperial China beat the US to that title many hundreds of years ago.

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

... exactly to remove the possibility of mistakes from mistaken conversions.

Possibility or probability?

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Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system? See in context

No way! No concessions! Give ‘em a centimeter and they’ll take kilometer. (Doesn’t quite make it...)

I heard once that the cost of retooling in factories would be enormous. Not really interested enough to pursue this.

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Posted in: After U.S. hype, Asia greets 'Crazy Rich Asians' with a shrug See in context

The first Hollywood production since the "Joy Luck Club" in 1993 to have a majority-Asian cast, ...

Set in Singapore? Ummm... SE Asia, right? Hollywood congratulates itself for no-brainer casting.

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