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Posted in: Pompeo loses his temper with journalist over Ukraine questions See in context

Let me get this straight:

When Joe Biden was the vice president, his son Hunter lands a $50,000-per-month job with a Ukrainian company -- a job for which he is totally unqualified.

A Ukrainian prosecutor investigates that company.

Then-Vice President Biden gets $1 billion in aid to Ukraine held up unless the prosecutor is fired.

But Trump gets impeached for simply asking the new Ukrainian president to look into all this.

This is truly stuff from an alternative leftist universe.

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Posted in: Trump attends anti-abortion rally See in context

Good for him.

I applaud President Trump for speaking up in defense of the right to life of unborn babies -- who are undeniably, as confirmed by science, human beings.

And to anyone who thinks otherwise, apparently you must think that pregnant women have two sets of DNA (the baby's exists from conception), two hearts, two sets of chromosomes, two hearts, two brains, two pairs of arms and legs, and approximately half the time, a penis.

Yes, you have a right to control your own body. But that does not extend to the "right" to kill someone else's body -- which an unborn baby's body undeniably is.

It's high time to set aside the ideology and shrill angry emotion of the pro-abortion crowd. It's time to get with logic and science. Unborn babies are human beings -- fact. And killing human beings is murder.

Again, I laud Mr. Trump for defending, by his words as well as his actions, the weakest and most vulnerable human beings there are -- unborn children.

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Posted in: Eminem album urges gun control, sparks anger over bomb lyric See in context

I don't believe this. He's gotten rich and famous via a genre of "music" (I hesitate to call it so) that frequently glamorizes and glorifies violence, including gun violence. What hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer quits after client's flight to Lebanon See in context

No surprise there.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

MrHeisei Today  10:45 am JST

It looks like most people who read English news articles in Japan are sympathetic with Ghosn - baffles me why. The guy was screwing the system for years to amass and keep his fortune. But you don’t want to hear the truth..

Seems Mr. Heisei isn't a big fan of that "innocent until proven guilty" thing.

The good news is that Mr. Heisei, presumably, isn't part of the Japanese judicial system.

The bad news is that some people who share his mindset do seem to be a part of it.

I'm neither sympathetic nor unsympathetic to Ghosn, Mr. Heisei.

But I am sympathetic to the idea that people should get a fair trial -- and Japan's way of doing things, judicially speaking, doesn't seem to make way for that.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

BigYen Today  10:23 am JST

Far too many posters here have been using the Ghosn case solely as an opportunity to whack the Japanese legal system

Does that surprise you? It does not surprise me. When a judicial system is "whacked," it's usually done by pointing to particular cases as examples. Cases such as Ghosn's.

And it's even more natural to turn to specific cases as examples of judicial system flaws when the defendant is such a high-profile person like Ghosn. So, why would using his case be surprising?

while assuming solely based on that criterion that Ghosn must therefore be innocent

Nobody's assuming anything -- well, at least I am not assuming anything.

Is it possible that Ghosn is guilty of something? Of course it is.

But whether he is or not, his case still serves as an example of how Japan's judicial systems needs some pretty major shoring up if it's to be brought up to modern international standards of human rights. Standards that are included in international accords to which Japan is a signatory.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

BigYen Today  10:23 am JST

Japan's judicial system and Ghosn's guilt or innocence of the charges agaisnt him are two completly different issues

No they're not. His guilt or innocence was going to be determined within that judicial system.

If there are flaws in the judicial system, then obviously the determining of a person's guilt or innocence within that system is going to be very much connected to it.

Your comment is sort of like saying, "The dirty air in your city, and your ability to breathe in a normal manner, are two completely different issues."

In fact, the latter has a great deal of bearing on the former -- both in your statement, and in my analogy.

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Posted in: Ghosn's Japan lawyer: Questioning averaged 7 hours a day See in context

Educator60 Today  07:27 am JST

“Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Wonder why Takano threw those in his statement. Neither are holidays in Japan.

But Christmas would be a holiday for him and his wife.

For Christians in Japan, Christmas is very much a holiday. It does not matter that the Japanese government doesn't designate it a holiday.

And Thanksgiving would possibly be a holiday for Mrs. Ghosn; she has American citizenship so it's quite possible she celebrates it.

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Posted in: Man beats fast food worker because one chicken nugget was missing from his combo meal See in context

When questioned about the incident, the customer told officers “I haven’t done anything wrong.” 

I'm speechless.

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Posted in: Japan asks Interpol to issue red notice for Ghosn's wife See in context

Wakarimasen Today  04:27 pm JST

He jumped bail from an Interpol member country. I think that is all that is needed for a Red Notice. He will end up back here.

If that's what you think, then no offense, but your nickname was chosen well. Again, no offense.

Interpol only refers cases to local/regional police agencies. Lebanon and Japan have no extradition treaty, so for the local police to arrest him would be a waste of time.

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

Reckless Today  02:35 pm JST

Attorney client privilege is the absolute foundation of the profession.


These prosecutors are out of control and need to be brought down a peg or two for sure.

Yes, although if they have genuine and reasonable cause to believe that Ghosn's lawyer helped to aid his escape, then that's a different story.

The question is, do they? Or is this just an attempt to intimidate or to save face?

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Tokyo office of Ghosn's Japanese lawyer See in context

In what other civilized country / modern democracy do prosecutors raid defense lawyers' offices?

This is deeply disturbing. It suggests that there is no respect for attorney-client privilege.

What if, just surmising, it was learned that Ghosn had seen a clergyman while out on bail? Would that mean that the clergyman's home, office, or church would be raided?

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Posted in: More details emerge on Ghosn's escape from Japan See in context

Disillusioned Today  08:56 am JST

any foreigner that finds himself or herself on the wrong side of Japanese law can forget about any chance of gaining bail

Hopefully that's not going to be the case.

Surely the Japanese authorities would realize that the typical foreigner doesn't have the financial resources to arrange the sort of elaborate (and expensive) escape that Ghosn arranged.

Then again, maybe not.

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

kwattJan. 2  10:51 pm JST

Ghosn has a spare French passport. Why did not he go to France?

One reason, I guess, is that he's hugely popular in Lebanon. Also, he perhaps has more friends and relatives there.

How he entered Lebanon without official passport?

He did have an official passport -- a French one. People enter countries with other countries' passports all the time. Nothing remarkable about it.

Maybe he also has a spare Lebanese passport.

Maybe, but probably not. And if he did, he didn't use it to enter Lebanon; he used his spare French one.

As a citizen of Lebanon, I'm sure he can now easily obtain a replacement passport from that country.

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Posted in: Ghosn met Lebanese president after fleeing Japan See in context

kwattToday  09:40 am JST

No doubt Ghosn used fake passport to enter Lebanon because his lawyer still keeps all his real official passports in Japan. Another passport means "fake". I heard the passport's name is not written Carlos Ghosn.

News updates say he had a second French passport that was valid, which was to be kept locked in a lock box.

It's good to wait for news updates rather than leap to "no doubt" conclusions.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

MrHeiseiJan. 1  10:30 pm JST

We now know how justified his bail conditions were, especially the banning of communication with his wife (who I assume was behind planning all of this).

It is really ridiculous that the goods leaving his house were not thoroughly checked and the company and individuals that arranged it should also be suitably punished.

I would truly love to see both Carlos & wife back in Japan and wearing handcuffs - they are making a mockery of Japan.

He is now a criminal, a liar and a fugitive - the press should not give him any air time.

I for one am not thrilled that he escaped. I'm in no way celebrating this.

But let's take stock:

a) He was lured to Japan under false pretenses of an "important meeting" that was probably never intended to be held.

b) He was interrogated for several hours a day without a lawyer present.

c) He was not allowed to consult with his own lawyers for more than just a short time each day, if even that.

d) He was charged with one crime, let out on bail, then re-arrested on a fresh charge and had to go through the whole sit-in-jail-and-get-bailed-out thing.

e) Upon his second release on bail, he wasn't allowed to contact his wife -- an appallingly inhumane prohibition.

f) His wife had police raiding her residence and seizing her passports (though, fortunately for her, they missed one) ... even though she had not been arrested or charged with any crime.

g) The prosecution refused to hand over evidence to his lawyer, which in any other normal civilized country would be par for the course. People are supposed to have a right to face their accusers -- and that doesn't just include human accusers, but also evidence that must be disclosed to the defense prior to trial.

So, again, I'm not thrilled that he fled. But given all the above, on a certain level I can't blame him either.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

Educator60Today  12:27 pm JST

Have you forgotten when Carlos was re-arrested and taken from their residence, and the police confiscated some of her passports but she skipped the country using one she hid from them, her American if I recall correctly.

She was not under arrest and she had not been charged with any crime. So under what authority did the police confiscate her passports?

That the police can just willy-nilly seize people's passports when they haven't been arrested or charged with a crime should disturb everyone.

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Posted in: Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced See in context

John S. WhitfordToday  07:23 am JST

I look forward to seeing his name on an Interpol red notice soon. He won't be able to travel outside of Lebanon ever.

Yes he will, as long as he avoids South Korea and the U.S.A. Those are the only two countries with which Japan has an extradition treaty for the type of crimes he's accused of.

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Posted in: Lebanon neighbors welcome Ghosn; activists in uproar See in context

RecklessToday  05:01 pm JST

I am curious if whether Lebanon made him a diplomat he could travel freely, even to Japan, under diplomatic immunity. 

Probably not. I would think that immunity would not apply to alleged crimes prior to becoming a diplomat.

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Posted in: Lebanon neighbors welcome Ghosn; activists in uproar See in context

The anti-Ghosn "activists" quoted in this article are a professor, a filmmaker, and a musician. That's says it all.

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Posted in: 'One Team', '#KuToo' buzzwords for 2019 in Japan See in context

I don't do "buzzwords." Too copycatty and conformist.

When did it become "cool" to do all the same things -- like say the same words, wear "hipster" glasses, grow big bushy beards, get tattoos, and so on -- as everyone else?

Being "cool" used to mean being different, an individualist. Now it seems to mean just being a copycatting drone.

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Posted in: Polanski cancels visit to Polish film school See in context

It's known as a fact that he raped a 13-year-old girl, and has probably sexually assaulted other girls and women. But Hollywood loves him, which is why I never again want to hear them virtue-signal about how much they care about women.

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Posted in: 80-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, killed in head-on collision See in context

How can you be driving and not notice that EVERYONE else is going in the opposite direction, swerving to avoid you and waving or honking their horns at you?

Dementia, perhaps.

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Posted in: Long hours of gaming adversely affect daily activities: survey See in context

A survey wasn't needed to determine this

Not to determine it, but to confirm it and to provide scientific evidence for it.

Even when it comes to things that "everybody knows," studies still need to be done.

Otherwise, there would be no evidence when we're asked, "Where is the evidence of that?"

Such studies provide that evidence.

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Posted in: Coldplay no-tour plan highlights growing climate awareness See in context

Meaningless virtue-signaling. They're still going to play music using instruments that are petroleum-based products. And they're still going to record that music on electronic equipment that is also petroleum-based, and that emits energy into the atmosphere.

This idea that we can destroy the earth just by living like civilized human beings is ridiculous. These enviro-alarmists have been so entirely sucked in by emotion and political ideology that they can't think logically.

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Posted in: White House handling of U.S.-Japan trade deal angers Democrats See in context

Everything that Trump does angers Democrats. Trump's very existence angers Democrats. I've never seen a bigger bunch of easily-triggered crybabies in my life.

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Posted in: Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope See in context

It is impossible to act on homosexual feelings within a marriage. The second sentence there is a contradiction.

From a Catholic moral standpoint, that is -- which is really the only standpoint being discussed here. Just to clarify.

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Posted in: Pope Francis to bring anti-nuclear message to Hiroshima and Nagasaki See in context

Hopefully he will also evangelize, inviting people in Thailand and Japan to accept Jesus Christ and receive baptism into His Church.

In fact, that should be his primary reason for traveling anywhere -- yes, even more important than the issue of nuclear weapons, as important as that is.

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Posted in: Do you find Japan's rising sun flag offensive? See in context

All sorts of things can be hijacked by people who falsely use them to advance their cause. That doesn't mean that the things themselves are to blame.

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Posted in: Former entertainer Tashiro arrested for 5th time over possession of drugs See in context

Do the hustle Today  04:28 pm JST

One of my foreign friends was sentenced to 8 months in prison for having less than a gram of pot on him. His visa was cancelled by the company he worked for and he was forced to leave Japan. This was his first and only offense This joker gets arrested five times for possession of ‘heavy’ drugs and has done very little jail time at all. Japan definitely is a land of contrasts.

I wouldn't say that he "has done very little jail time at all." He has been imprisoned twice, for a total of six years.

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