Mike Dashler comments

Posted in: Blinken tells irate Congress the U.S. was ready on Afghanistan See in context

You all make excuses for Biden as if he had no idea we were at war in Afghanistan before he became President; as if he had never received an intelligence brief, or had no pre-existing knowledge of the situation. I get it that he had only been President for eight months before this happened, but if memory serves me correctly, he was a sitting U.S. Senator when the war began and was the VPOTUS for eight years of wartime. He had plenty of time to back out of the timeline he inherited from Trump. Blaming everything on Trump isn't going to solve Biden's problems, isn't going to get America behind him, and definitely isn't going to help any of the Americans we left behind.

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Posted in: Ohtani steals home as Angels send Yankees to 4th straight loss See in context

Headline, "Ohtani steals home..." 7 pictures with the article, but no picture of him stealing, or having just stole home. Seems kind of strange.

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Posted in: Organizers defend Bach's return to Tokyo for Paralympics See in context

@ Reckless He put himself in harm's way for the children and athletes. Like a hero.

I hope you were joking because I seriously laughed out loud when I read your comment.

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Posted in: Tokyo Games chief Hashimoto pledges all possible steps for safe Paralympics See in context

Hollow words from yet another LDP/IOC controlled muppet.

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Posted in: Olympics now ended, Suga pinning his hopes on vaccinations See in context

Getting people vaccinated should have been top priority for Suga, but the Olympics were more important than the health of the nation. If the vaccine rollout had been first priority, the Olympics would have been much more welcome and fans most likely could have attended to some extent.

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Posted in: TV Asahi Olympic coverage worker injured after attending all-night party See in context

I thought karaoke places were closed. I thought alcohol was banned from being served after 8 pm. Oh right, TIJ. The quasi-rules are only quasi-enforced and the government's on-again off-again approach towards fighting the pandemic has most people not even quasi-paying attention anymore.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for requesting young girl send naked selfies See in context

Japan desperately needs a sex offender registry and this guy needs to be on it. He should never be able to get anywhere near children again, let alone be a teacher.

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Posted in: Suga kicks off Olympics diplomacy See in context

Suga is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, when the French president is expected to raise the issue of child abductions by separated parents.

Vincent Fichot, a 39-year-old French national who says his Japanese wife has abducted his two children, has made headlines for going on a hunger strike near the National Stadium in a bid to raise awareness of the issue.

Thank you Vincent Fichot and Presidnet Macron. It has been one year and 17 days since my kids were abducted. I feel your pain and appreciate your determination as I know many many others do too!

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Posted in: Police find missing Ugandan weightlifter in Mie Prefecture See in context

He should be deported immediately and the people that were harboring him should be investigated.

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Posted in: Over 70% of Japan's elderly to be vaccinated by end of July: tally See in context

If there is a supply shortage, why has Japan been donating so many vaccines to other countries? My guess is because the incompetent oyajis running the J-gov couldn't figure out how to use them all before their expiration date.

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Posted in: Federer fails to make Halle Open quarterfinals for 1st time See in context

I hate saying this, but I think it is time for Federer to retire.

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Posted in: IOC veteran Pound says Tokyo Olympics 'a go' See in context

I feel like we are playing chicken...you know where two cars (Japan and the IOC) are charging at each other at high speed hoping that the other will swerve out of the way first. Unfortunately I think we are about to witness a head-on collision as greed is preventing either one of these idiots from getting out of the way.

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Posted in: Did you think that in March 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until this year because of the pandemic, that even 2021 would be too soon to hold the Games? See in context

No, a year ago, I still had faith that the government would actually do what is right to protect us. I believed in humanity; that a vaccine would be developed, which it has. I also believed that the government would do everything they could to distribute that vaccine and inoculate in mass. We have seen that in some countries, but certainly not in Japan. If I have learned anything over the last year, it is that those in power within Japan are only concerned about saving face and increasing their personal wealth. The government dragged/is still dragging their feet on the vaccine role out because they were hoping a Japanese company would produce one and they could all increase their wealth. Hosting the Olympics is obviously much more important than the livelihood and health of the people...how many times have we heard a government official or the IOC say something like the games will go on at all cost, or the games will go on no matter what. Yes, I was a much more naïve a year ago. I believed in our leaders. I believed people were mostly good-hearted and wanted to do what is right. I know better now.

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Posted in: 2 Americans accused in Ghosn escape to go on trial June 14 See in context

"The Taylor's were not available for comment." Wonder what they could possibly be up to which would make them unavailable? They were denied bail, so they should have all the time in the world right? Could it be 18 hours a day of questioning without an attorney present? Wonder if they have been physically assaulted by police/interrogators and perhaps were not presentable enough or coherent enough to speak to the media?

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Posted in: Raised fists, kneeling during anthem OK at U.S. Olympic trials See in context

If you are so ashamed and embarrassed of your country that disrespecting the flag and anthem are ok, why would you choose to represent your country in the Olympics to begin with?  There are other more appropriate venues to protest.  This just encourages even more division.   The Olympics are supposed to be about pride in country, and unity among athletes.

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Posted in: 3 men jailed for murder of 80-year-old woman in Tokyo See in context

Does it solely depend on the judge how long a custodial sentence is passed down?

I was wondering the exact same thing. It seems that there is no standard and must be entirely up to the presiding judge.

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Posted in: Man gets 17 years in prison for killing ex-girlfriend See in context

I am honestly shocked that they gave him this much time considering most cases where people kill their children, they only seem to get a few years. I agree with you all that he should have gotten more time.

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Posted in: Japan to stage Tokyo Olympics without overseas spectators See in context

Every athletes in their home countries do start the event in the same time, then we compare the results at the end. It would be possible for marathon.

Don't think that would work. They could all start at the same time, but it couldn't be made fair if they are running in different locations. Sure they run the same distance, but elevation changes in the race, altitude, wind speed and direction all come into play. The only way they run the same race is if they are in the same location.

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Posted in: Domestic violence consultations in Japan a record 82,643 in 2020 See in context

What is the definition of domestic violence (DV) and how many claims of DV turned out not to be true? My Japanese spouse and I separated almost a year ago. As I was packing my bags to leave, she asked where I was going and I wouldn't tell her. She said that not telling her was DV. I never touched her or even raised my voice, but she made a DV claim against me. I even had a witness there watching me pack my bags to make sure that she didn't get out of hand because she had several times before.

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Posted in: Suga inspects coronavirus vaccination program at Tokyo hospital See in context

This reminds me of "Kim Jong Un Looking at Things". The only thing I am missing is our PM being surrounded by people taking notes.

I thought the exact same thing. People taking notes, clapping, and crying to be in the presence of Dear Leader.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating 8-year-old stepson in 2019 See in context

It took six months for the boy to recover from his injuries, but 19 months for this monster to be arrested? How does this make any sense?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games organizers to raise opening, closing ceremony budget See in context

Give it a rest and let the Olympics go. Continuing to throw taxpayer money at this is such a terrible waste. This article should be in the Crime section. This Olympics has nothing to do with sports. It's just about money and saving face.

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Posted in: Turkish court keeps travel ban for pilots charged over Ghosn escape See in context

Turkey is a country as corrupt as they come. Turkey knows that Ghosn threw a bunch of money at the airline folks to help him get through the country. The court is upset that they haven't been paid off like everyone else, and now they are prosecuting them just trying to get their piece of the pie.

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Posted in: Do you think the media reporting details of suicides, especially by celebrities, causes an increase in suicides among the general public? See in context

I definitely see how someone who is having suicidal thoughts or is on the edge could be led to go through with it if someone they idolized did. I still think the media should report it. However, I think the media needs to be responsible with what they report. Anytime a suicide is reported, the media should include a paragraph about the many ways people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts can get help.

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Posted in: 74-year-old woman with dementia killed in hit-and-run See in context

The poor driver has to live with this now. 

What about the poor lady who was hit and left for dead on the side of the road? This is tragic for both parties, but why empathize only with the driver who couldn't even be bothered to stop and see what he had hit? The accident is forgivable, but leaving the woman there to die is definitely not.

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Posted in: Number of suicides among Japanese jumps in August See in context

Depression is a serious motional sickness. It's not easy to live with this fate. I hope these poor souls may find peace where they are now.

@Mike Stone, well said. Most concise and sympathetic comment on here.

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Posted in: Koike says coronavirus situation improving; Olympics on track for 2021 See in context

Why is this in the politics section and not in sports? Oh right, the only valid reason to say that the Olympics will go on next year is politics.

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Posted in: Jerry Stiller, comedian and 'Seinfeld' actor, dies at 92 See in context

I think my favorite episode with him was definitely a Festivus for the rest of us! RIP

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 2 young girls in park See in context

My 8-year old daughter went to school in Musashimuriyama up until October 2019. She was walking home from school one day when a man in a white box van pulled up next to her. He said that it was hot outside and that she should get in so that he could give her a ride home. Fortunately she sensed the danger, started screaming, and ran into the nearest 7-11. We filed a police report, but were told that since he didn't try to force her into the van, that they couldn't do anything about it and weren't going to investigate it. This incident and one other led us to putting our daughter in a different school. I wonder if this is the same guy. If it is, I can't help but blame the police for not taking more action in my daughter's case.

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Posted in: Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs See in context

If they want to earn their own income, why don't they cover their own security costs? I'm not Canadian, but if I were, I would definitely be upset about $650K of my tax dollars being spend protecting three people who are not giving back to society. I can think of so many better ways to put tax dollars to use.

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