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Posted in: In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall See in context

Pence's "elf on a shelf" posture is priceless. I agree none with his antedellivian policies, but I don't regard his intelligence as dismal as Trump's. He's observing Trump getting played and trying to blend in with the tapestry.

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Posted in: Huawei arrest stokes fears of China reprisals among American executives See in context

If Meng were not a "princess" (to use the word given to children of cadres and, by extension, kleptocrats in cahoots), no one in China would have noticed. There will be economic repercussions, and they will all accrue to China. Southeast Asia, prepare for an investment boom.

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Posted in: Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election See in context

The Mueller report will hit like a tsunami, with indictments possibly reaching the Trump family (Don Jr, Kushner). And tbe Trump team is totally unprepared. They are under lawyered and their Chief of Staff is up in the air.

Trump clearly has no concept of the hammer about to fall on him. This will be a bloodbath.

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Posted in: Japanese tourist in Thailand lured by travel freebies into smuggling meth See in context

...offered free getaways to Thailand, Shanghai and Frankfurt, complete with thousands in spending money

Darwin's law.

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Posted in: Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post See in context

Word has it that Trump is considering Mark Meadows, (R, NC) - leader of the House Freedom Caucus. He'd be a great choice as everyone hates him, even his fellow Repubs. Make America Grotesque Again; talk about a toxic working environment.

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Posted in: U.S. automakers call for currency provision in trade deal with Japan See in context

Cleo, with all due respect, America makes some wonderful cheeses. Frankly, though, my xenophobia does not extend to fromage. Processed "cheese" and half-hearted brie - help!

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Posted in: Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post See in context

Hmm. Funny how "a simple transaction" was delayed for years until it coincided with Trump's campain. Well, these things happen. But "Lawyer's liability if he made a mistake, not me" - well, that's just Trump letting another man go to jail for his mistakes. Nothing to see here: he acts in such a way frequently.

And what was that about Trump's inability to fill a key post?

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Posted in: All 9 private-sector execs of state-backed fund to resign over 'too high pay' dispute See in context

Ha! First:

This shows that Japan is not a country ruled by laws.

Right. I have a dog, and when neighborhood females are in heat, his response is similar to those aware of publicly available funds. But then:

Not one of us has come to the (fund) for money. We came with the desire to make a difference about the country's future.

Translation: The carrot was not worth the predicted whip size.

I'm not blaming Japan; most countries are similar. But I'm not praising it.

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Posted in: U.S. automakers call for currency provision in trade deal with Japan See in context

As U.S. and Japanese officials embark on bilateral trade negotiations, it is imperative that Japanese open its market in a meaningful way to U.S. cars and trucks.

Seriously - can you imagine a car from an American manufacturer better suited to the local environment than those available here? The automobile tripe is getting stale.

Focusing on food, IMO, would be far more productive. We're in that season when superarkets are reduced to cabbage and onions, and the cheese section is a joke. Strike where the metal is hot.

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Posted in: Legal clouds over Trump grow with new disclosures See in context

The only clouds looming would be those over mueller, the left wing and anyone else hoping and praying their fake russian collusion was real. 

Yeah. Go ahead and believe that. Mueller's a pro. If the bimbo payments were all there were to this, he'd have wrapped it up to spend the holidays with his family.

Mueller's behavior indicates he's penetrated Trump's inner circle and has damning leads on very high-level figures. Remember, the time span of this investigation is still only 1/3 that of Watergate. Next year will be interesting, and all Trump family members had better lawyer up.

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Posted in: Panasonic unveils camcorder equipped with 8k organic image sensor See in context

Kind of exciting. Typical digital cameras "scan" an image from top to bottom; the time gap is insignificant for everyday photography, but even a difference of microseconds between the top and bottom of an image for scientific photography is large. The "organic" part comes from the CMOS device, which utilizes organic molecules rather than silicone to capture images. This vastly expands the range of the spectrum which can be captured - the camera should be able to capture images beyond the human vision spectrum, and computer processing will render them visible to us. Organic components are also cheaper, lighter, and lower-cost than silicon - and recyclable.

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

The idea of anything really important being decided in a chamber with two Senators from each State regardless of population sizes is inherently absurd.

Simon, I agree - but sadly, this does not end at the senate itself. Remember that Electoral College votes are apportioned by adding the number of senators and representatives. Thus, Wyoming has three votes for its 600,000 residents - about one per 200,000 people - while California has 55 - about one per 700,000 residents. That is, one vote for president in Wyoming is worth about 3.5 times that in California. Multiply that be the the diminutive rural states (red) divided by the populous coastal states (mostly blue), and you end up with Trump.

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Posted in: Ayers will not become Trump's chief of staff; Mnuchin, Meadows considered See in context

Judging how the Democrats took back the House, I don’t know what that is even remotely possible, but if they think so, it’s a free world.

Ha ha! A certain House electee will likely not be seated come January due to real, substantiated fraud. Guess which party he's from.

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

Per CNN:

Trump pushed Ayers to commit to two years, but he declined. He has young children, he told the President, and wants to move back to his home state of Georgia. He offered to become chief of staff temporarily, but Trump was firm on a two-year commitment, and talks fell apart.

Ha ha! Talk about a "the dog ate my homework" story. Trump cannot find any talented person to fill Kelly's Chief of Staff position. It's not difficult to read the tea leaves here. Maybe Trump can hire the broom pusher at his local McDonalds.

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

A few months from now, no doubt Trump will regard the illegal payments to his female conquests as the least of his problems.

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Posted in: Chinese poster for 'Totoro’s' first theatrical release in country has a beautifully subtle secret See in context

Art, historically, always eclipses politics.

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Posted in: Ruling bloc to agree on tax reforms spurring car, home purchases See in context

One question: Are these people insane?

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Posted in: What will happen to Ghosn when his 22-day detention ends on Monday? See in context

"Whistleblower"? Gohsn still hasn't been charged. I certainly hope that the identity of this "whistleblower" is publicized.

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings See in context

Trump is cleaner than how they portrayed him.

Trump's lawyer is going to be jailed for actions Trump ordered him to do. That doesn't sound very "clean" to me.

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings See in context

Serrano, it's not just the arguably illegal payments to the women Trump conducted adulterous affairs with (which he may still be prosecuted for after leaving office). Cohen revealed that Trump lied during his campaign regarding his lack of economic connections with Russia. Putin knew he lied, which gave him leverage over Trump. What else Putin knows that we don't is now anyone's guess. Considering what has been revealed to date, though, it would be prudent to assume there is much more. Mueller has redacted a majority of the material released so far (though those tasked know), and the investigation continues. Stone is likely next to fall, then Kushner and Junior.

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Posted in: Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year's end See in context

Word has it that the two "aren't talking" and that Kelly, stripped of influence, spends a lot of time simply exercising. So much for "my generals." One wonders how long it will be until Trump goes full Tillis on Kelly - Kelly's got a lot to disclose, and Trump's current friendly words are an attempt to dissuade him from doing so. With Kelly, it probably won't work.

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings See in context

Trump Jr. is likely in the crosshairs now, as is Trump's finances. This explains Trump's panic: Mueller has breached his outer defenses and penetrated his inner circle. Suddenly, it's personally very dangerous.

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Posted in: Law enacted to create 10-day holiday around 2019 imperial succession See in context

Masako-sama looks quite unhealthy. I worry that the added pressures of being empress will exasperate her condition.

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Posted in: Trump calls Tillerson 'dumb as a rock' and 'lazy' See in context

I'd have to say to him, well Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way. It violates the law, it violates treaty.

For Trumpsters, violating the law is a feature, not a bug - so long as you're Trump. Otherwise comes the "throw in jail!" chant.

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Posted in: Kelly expected to depart White House amid Trump shake-up See in context

So Trump tweets this about his former Secretary of State:

Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great spirit at State!

Yeah. I'm sure the spirit at State is tip-top. Bueller? Bueller?

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Posted in: U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments; detail Russian contacts See in context

The government's filings in Mr Cohen's case tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known.

Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled "Justice" committee of the House have concluded their first day of questioning Comey, which apparently centered on - wait for it - Hillary's emails! Desperation ranks, and, as Comey said after his interrogation, "Facts are stubborn things."

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Posted in: Kelly expected to depart White House amid Trump shake-up See in context

Federal prosecutors had this to say when providing information for the sentencing of Cohen related to the hush payments he made to "adult entertainment" stars:

Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.

That is, Trump is as guilty as Cohen. Anybody want to work for him? Bueller? Bueller?

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Posted in: City hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall See in context

Crows are very intelligent. My office has a large ledge outside the window, and years ago, a crow noticed me eating and alighted there for a closer look. I put out some food, and she (researched crows - females are bigger) began to come every day. Later, she was accompanied by a smaller crow, which I assume was her son, and then she disappeared, but he continues coming. Fascinating animals despite their nuisance.

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Posted in: Diet passes bill to accept more foreign workers See in context

Seadog, I understand that was snark, and I also understand the myriad differences between a nation-state like the countries you mentioned (of which Japan is on) and a melting pot such as countries in the Americas. I for one am vastly stronger due to the polyculturalism of my upbringing in California. Nation states to me all seem so provincial.

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Posted in: White House, Trudeau seek to distance themselves from Huawei exec's arrest See in context

Let's get this straight: Trump creates an environment in which only dubious companies from dubious countries can trade with Iran and then pleads ignorance when his policies are enforced in a way which harms his agenda.

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