JTDanMan comments

Posted in: Clinton says controversies behind her; Trump begs to differ See in context

the US needs is a new party for those who identify with conservative economic policy, but without their extremist ideals.

We have that. It's called the Democratic Party.

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Posted in: Anti-Trump Republicans seek to recruit third-party candidate See in context

“What’s going to happen is Hillary Clinton is going to win big. It won’t be close.”

Well, what can I say, other than I agree with this Republican strategist.

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Posted in: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign See in context

Fizzbit

Thanks for your post. In reply,

-- I don't know what you mean by "playing the race card," so I can't agree or disagree with you there. Please explain.

-- I was framing the leftist Black critique as I understand it. Namely, there is more than just wealth going on. I think I made it clear that I primarily see things in terms of who controls wealth and power, and who doesn't. I think to the extent race is related to class in our country, race is a factor. It is less so now than it was a generation ago, where Jim Crow was alive and well.

Regardless, both leftist blacks and I agree that race is still a big factor; ignoring it as well. If that is 'playing the race card,' then, yes, I 'played the race card.' It appears you equate appreciating the role and legacy of White Supremacy in the way America works as "playing the race card." It seems to me that excluding how race has been used by whites to oppress blacks is 'playing the race card;" its a strategy of taking a discussion of race off the table. Which is, as you say, 'Bullshit."

The United States of America has yet to apologize to black Americans for chattel slavery. It was not legal for a white and a black to marry in many states until 1968. Redlining happens right now.

Do you really think what is happening in Flint MI would happen to a white suburban community?

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Posted in: Sanders, Clinton meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign See in context

He can't deliver

Oh, ye have little Faith.

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Posted in: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign See in context

Great debate.

Jimizo: classic.

Now, I'm no fan of identity politics, and I'd like to be proven wrong, but believe it or not, such things really do matter a lot to African-American voters,

Hillary is...not black. Sanders is...not black. HRC has a proven track record of working with the 'black community" while Sanders doesn't. Because Sanders is, in the same way I am, a Marxist. In the sense that it is all about $$$. Who has it. Who don't. Who call's the shots. Who suffers. Th-th-th-that's all folks.

Now, here's the deal: many blacks on the Left think: OK, let's say we get all the $$ the same as whites and everyone else, is that gonna make us equal? And, looking at our society, at history, at racism, they answer, Hell no.

And I see their point. Money goes a long way, but it don't change the legacy and current affliction of bigotry based on race as weilded against black Americans. [Note: blacks can and are just as bigoted as whites. They just can't harm us the same way. That is what they mean by institutional racism. ie. American history}

And that is where Sanders and me do not connect to black activists Democrats.

And HRC does, 'cause she's all about poltiking, about working within politcal realities and moving the needle.

It is that difference that splits Bernie and she.

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Posted in: Sanders, Clinton meet in 1st one-on-one debate of campaign See in context

On the death penalty, Clinton nails it.

On NAFTA, TPP, etc. Sanders nails it on 'free trade' v 'fair trade.'

I'm leaning Sanders.

Great debate.

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Posted in: Without Trump, Republican debate has 2nd lowest rating See in context

he is a man who gets things done

Yeah. He fires people and declares bankruptcy. His net wealth is no different than if he just stuck what he inherited into an SP index fund.

Oh, yeah. He also holds beauty pageants.

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Posted in: Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after contest snub See in context

"Lashes out"?

Women are so emotion...[rolleyes}

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Posted in: Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands See in context

Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands

Good. And about time.

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Posted in: Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope' See in context

Africa is our cradle, to be sure. We all came from Africa.

I prefer, however, to presume America in the last, best hope for our species.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 9 wounded in shootout at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado See in context

That is rather the point.

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Posted in: Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights See in context

Such gaudiness.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 9 wounded in shootout at Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado See in context

Terrorism. Plain and simple. Even the FBI agrees.

Three dead Americans.

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Posted in: Undiscovered Japan See in context

While I agree that one should not read the book as a precursor to a visit,

Oh yes, it should. It is all that is and is not what one should read.

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation? See in context

Turbo

To refrain oneself's biletic opine on the state of others's ostensibly ardent, if not bona fide, naked musings on our languages -- in a, I advisedly counsel, public forum -- could indicate an unduly categorical, if not arduously obtained or otherwise dilatory, countenance of self-contradiction and self-imposed, and perhaps wished, obstinate hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Craft beer comes of age in Japan See in context

Craft beer came of age in Japan the 90s with beers like Ginga Kogen.

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Posted in: If an unspecified number of people stay at a single apartment, they could make the room dirty or not abide by rules on leaving garbage out for collection, thereby adversely affecting the properties' v See in context

[Disclaimer: I don't like any of those AirBnB things[

Oh, noooooooooooooooooooos. We're hosting the preeminent international sports competition and....

don't want foreigners and their foreigner ways.

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation? See in context

Turbostat

“Language is part of the failure of truth,” says Derrida; however, one could say, it is not so much the failure of truth, but rather the fatal flaw, and therefore the genre of reality. Therefore, the particular and subsequent fatal flaw of neo-cultural theory depicts the resurgent emergence of generic and genetic -- the in the pre-Watson and Crick meaning of the word! -- appearance and issue of critical criticism upon the subject of unfolding pertinence to brazen %ssholery.

Or, more simply put: that which is observed is understood.

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Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation? See in context

The English word that most annoys me is (American) Republican.

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Posted in: Undiscovered Japan See in context

Peter

Depressing? You got that right. And outrageous. And poignant. And reverential. And a call to action for everyone who loves this country, its past, present and future. One of my and my wife's (who is from Kyoto) favorite Japan-related books.

When my friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have never been to Japan ask me what book to read before visiting, I without hesitation recommend Dogs and Demons. It is not that D'ND best explains Japan. In it's own way it does. It just generates so many questions in the unfamiliar reader's mind to perfectly prime him or her for the all that we know and love about Japan.

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Posted in: Republicans rush to shut U.S. borders to Syrian refugees See in context

Why should the USA and Europe accept them?

Because it is the right thing to do.

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Posted in: 5 crimes peculiar to Japan See in context

Anyone remember those crime tales of Old Japan that appeared in the Mainichi back in the 90s?

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Posted in: Srebrenica ceremonies marred by attack on Serbia's premier See in context

Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist during the Balkan wars but who is now a moderate with a pro-Western stance,

I understand the hatred for the man, or at least what he represents. But, seriously, looking at Japan and Korea, how the hate never dies, were I a Bosnian Muslim, I would grit my teeth and say to the man:

"Welcome. Ain't the water fine over here."

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Posted in: Iran's leader calls for continued anti-U.S. struggle See in context

Well, we'll see if this is puffery for the gullible, or really is as foolish as it appears.

I vote the former.

Say what you will about Iran's leadership, but one thing cannot be denied:

They are smart. They are careful. And they understand realpolitik.

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Posted in: Greece struggling to convince creditors it's for real See in context

Isn't it funny how those above who bleat financial responsibility now were so silent in 2008.

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Posted in: Abe considering China visit in September See in context

A good idea. Setting up the meeting would predicate setting up the agenda of the meeting.

And that would mean a lot.

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Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late See in context

First, I'm not complaining. Second, I have dealt with selfish, unruly kids.

And third, I have found simply asserting submission is only a half measure. After they have submitted, then it is time to teach.

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Posted in: Clinton to make boosting wages central to her economic plan See in context

FYI: Bernie Sanders recently topped 20% for national primary Dem voters on a open field. Against HCR a lone, he's at 35% to her 40 something.

And now Clinton trots out the middle class big reveal.

I am glad to see which way the wind is blowing. While I think she'd make a damn fine president, I prefer someone who started blowing.

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Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late See in context

Amazing how many people here are ok with child abuse.

I see what you're getting at. Still, I think it unfair to lump the tough love posters with with others who find the teacher's conduct ok. That is, the latter do not necessarily view 20 minutes of seiza as abuse.

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Posted in: Japanese should take heed of Greece's woes See in context

So, the author's argument is Greek spent too much on hosting the Olympics and now is facing debt suicide, and because Japan is hosting the Olympics, the same.

Right.

I guess the only problem with this, er, analysis, whereas Greece is a country of 11 million and ranks 44th in GDP, Japan is a nation of 125 million, and ranks no 3 in GDP.

Oh, and isn't part of the EU.

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