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Posted in: Chinese ship with largest-ever cannon enters Japan's waters near Senkakus See in context

“missile fight” Damn you, autocorrect!

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Posted in: Kanye West hints at another presidential run See in context

Trump is not violent

For starters, he’s a coward. He has mobs to do that for him. He can’t even fire someone in person because he’s a wimp.

And he knows he can motivate idiot rubes to do the violent part for him, thus maintaining (or attempting to maintain) a veneer of separation.

None of the most violent despots of the 20th century were violent themselves. They created an atmosphere here violence, especially political violence, on their behalf became accepted then rewarded. And then through their words and governance, they incited and enabled the violence.

They are all still responsible for the chaos the wrought. *

Sound like anyone we know? Perhaps a certain narcissistic sociopath with deep insecurities and a desperate need for affirmation?

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Posted in: Chinese ship with largest-ever cannon enters Japan's waters near Senkakus See in context

Just like the PLN, sorry “Coast Guard” to bring a big gun to a middle fight.

Wave it around all you want, boys. It’s heavy. It doesn’t float and push comes to shove, neither will your boat.

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Posted in: Japan eyes using enemy base strike capability with U.S. See in context

Ossan,

I read that this morning thinking “WTAF?!!!”

For starters (& I realize that to some extent this was an unknown to most of us before the war in Ukraine) seeing how much the Russians struggle (and that’s putting it diplomatically) against the UA, what would have happened against the Aegis-equipped MDF or the F-15, F-2, F-35 equipped ADF fighting with the situational awareness of the AWACS system? I dare say, the JSDF could have told the Americans to take their time riding to the rescue.

Which brings up the next point: the US-JAPAN defense treaty. Attacking Ukraine was one thing but a major Allie? We’re they stupid enough to think that we wouldn’t pull out a can of whip-ass?

And over something that happened in the late 1930s? Seriously?

That Russia could have been that delusional gives me pause at its ability to act in its own rational interest.

So yes, the time has come for a force projection capability because as you say, we’re living in the middle of some delusional actors.

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Posted in: Japan eyes using enemy base strike capability with U.S. See in context

This is exactly what Japan needs: a force projection capability. If Japan can hold an adversary’s assets at risk, it will be less likely to use its military against us.

As long as Japan lacks a force projection capability, it will have to fight defensive engagements on its own territory like Ukraine.

And while Ukraine is doing a wonderful job, if it could strike targets in Russia in retaliation for strikes on its civilian infrastructure, this war would be close to finished by now.

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Posted in: Musk plans to relaunch Twitter premium service, again See in context

Yeah, because it went so well the first time…..

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Posted in: Prosecutors raid Dentsu in widening Tokyo Olympic probe See in context

It’s almost like “Dentsu” is Japanese for “corruption.”

Do these people not understand the idea of repetitional risk?

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Posted in: Kanye West hints at another presidential run See in context

Between Ye bringing a horrible and widely known racist whom Trump decides to have dinner with because he needs the attention.

And the My Pillow guy running for RNC chairman, the GQP has devolved into pure parody.

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Posted in: Kanye West hints at another presidential run See in context

He promised to DM everyone who voted for him nudes of his ex-wife and promised that Jews won’t tell him what to do….

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Posted in: Taiwan votes in local elections amid tensions with China See in context

Somewhere in China, millions, perhaps several tens of millions in another arbitrary lock-down are wondering “Why can’t we have elections too?”

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Posted in: Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid a new 'type of hate' See in context

There is zero evidence that being homosexual or transgender makes one more likely to engage in pedophelia. In fact the very fact that the Trump cult is raging about it makes me wonder if its supporters have something to hide.

What this really is about is about fear and hate and how fear and hate of homosexuals is being utilized by one party, the GQP to mobilize their low-information base. That is what this is about.

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Posted in: Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid a new 'type of hate' See in context

Being gay is not a crime a mental issue or a moral failing.

And your party, attempts to equate discussion of sexuality with grooming, which it isn't unless it is in the fever dream of your cult.

So the law, modern psychology and every established Christian Church says that you are wrong. I will defer to them.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

https://gunsafetytrainingpro.com/lives-saved-every-year-by-guns/

This link has zero factual data to support the suppositions it makes which is in line with the gun lobby's inability to prove the world is round much less how many lives are "saved" a year by guns. This "supporting link" is nothing more than gun lobby propaganda.

On the other hand, there is rather "a lot" of documentary evidence about guns being used for self-harm, domestic violence, accidental killing of family members in addition to goobers deciding that they have a right to make a citizens arrest (which they do NOT) as two goobers in (where else?) the "great" state of Mississippi did recently when they attempted to shoot, (wait for it) a black man in uniform working for Fed -Ex trying to deliver a package.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

 I have the legal right to own them and I don’t owe anyone an explanation or need to apologize for anything.

You do, however have the obligation to follow the law, which can be changed in accordance with the wishes of a majority of the electorate.

Right now, gun control - especially in regards to high capacity assault style rifles is going 80/20 or more.

Guess which side you are on, B?

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Its going to be a long next 2 years for the Bidens.

6 years if by some miracle the Dotard wins the GQP nomination or rock-star Ronnie tries to do his Florida man schtick on a national level.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Wallace,

I agree with your basic premise, but there are a few caveats in the rules.

In most, but not all states, handguns cannot be legally purchased or in the state of KS carried until 21.

The rules vary by state and I do agree with the basic premise that some level of competence, maturity and mental stability should be demonstrated prior to excercising this right.

Just wanted to point out some of the variance in laws among the states (which is its own problem as a person can sometimes legally purchase a neighboring state what they would not qualify for in their home state and then transport the gun across state lines.)

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Posted in: Ukraine struggles to restore power See in context

The Russians had better hope that their gambit to kill as many civilians as possible and force a conclusion works because if it doesn't, come the spring time.....

A well-armed, better trained UA is going to have payback on it's mind.

And the winter is going to do nothing to help the Russians re-train (which would assume they were trained in the first place) or re-arm (apart from pulling some more 60 year old tanks off the museum floor).

At some point, the real solution to Russians blowing up civilian infrastructure is to hold Russian cities at equal risk. When the Russians have to worry about their own territory, I predict that domestic pressure will cause them to re-evaluate their choices as if by magic.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

you cannot have a gun in Japan to protect yourself,

Actually you can own a gun in Japan to protect yourself if you can prove a need for it and go through the correct training and regulations.

This is (thankfully) a functional impossibility for all but rural farmers as Japan has made the very wise decision that goobers and yaks with guns are bad for society.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Jeans,

Hand guns are indeed an issue. I am old enough to remember when normal people didn't carry them (concealed or open) in public and somehow, magically, we all rolled along just fine (and crime was worse then than it is today by a quantitative measure).

The entire idea of "Shall issue" concealed carry permits without a demonstrated need is foolish. Open carry is just dystopian.

The right to keep and bear arms can and should be limited to one's domicile and perhaps one's car (and I don't really like the latter).

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Posted in: Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid a new 'type of hate' See in context

Not necessarily. The shooter may have been emotionally conflicted and made more so by the hateful and misleading rhetoric peddled by "conservative" media.

Yep, the fact that this shooter identifies as non-binary does nothing to deflect from the hate directed at the group in general and that this kid, who's dad was a violent homophobe experienced in particular. It might, MIGHT have driven him to this.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Do you think ALL semi- automatic weapons should be banned or just the AR- derivatives?

Jeans,

You are correct, this would not stop all mass shootings. And to your honest question:

No, I would not ban all semi-automatic weapons. I own a ruger 10-22 semi-automatic rifle. It was my first gun and I love it. It is modeled on the M-1 carbine but in the wimpy (and cheap ammo) .22 caliber. I also own a Smith and Wesson MP-22 (again, cheap ammo. not a lot of kick) semi-automatic handgun. both are limited to 10 round magazines.

I WOULD ban any capacity over XX (10 in my view) rounds for rifles because if you need more than a given number of rounds for marksmanship or hunting, you are lazy and a bad shot.

And I would ban the AR because it is such high velocity and a high capacity weapon. It is just not appropriate in the hands of a private citizen. It is the equivalent of giving a person with a normal DL an F-1 race car and saying "drive safe!"

I do not own a semi-automatic shotgun (mine is a pump) but would not ban them as they are both legitimate hunting and home defense weapons. Again, limitations on capacity are in order. My dad's Remington 1100 was limited to 3 which seemed to work just fine for hunting pheasant in KS (In reality, dad never needed more than one shell. I was pretty jealous.....)

Again, I realize that this would not stop all mass-shootings, but it is an obvious place to start. These weapons, like sub-machine guns (which are banned) have no place in the civilan population.

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Ban the sale of assault weapons and their private sale as well. We’ve done it once and the Republic moved along just fine. We can do it again.

It won’t stop mass-shootings. It won’t stop mass-murder. But it’s a start. And it’s the first step past the “thoughts and prayers” mentality that shrugs its shoulder, says “Whatyagonnado?” and changes the channel till next time.

No private citizen should have access to that ability to put that volume of fire (because that is what assault weapons were designed to do) down.

They're not hunting rifles. They’re not marksmanship rifles (granted they are accurate to several hundred yards). They’re not good defensive weapons.

They are designed to pour a lot of fire at relatively short range in a very short period of time. And no private citizen should have access to that.

As always full disclosure: 40 year gun owner who likes shooting guns.

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Posted in: Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid a new 'type of hate' See in context

There is one political party that is responsible for this new(er) wave of homophobia. It equates homosexuality with incest, pedophilia and beastiality.

It attempts to enshrine discrimination against homosexuals on the basis of “religious freedom” (As a thought example, let’s imagine the reaction of most people if someone wanted to discriminate based on race, religious affiliation or left-handedness) to give the thin veneer or respectability to its hate.

And it now floods the public space its accusations of “grooming” against anyone who might empathize with adolescents struggling with sexual identity or advocating an age-appropriate discussion of gender and sexuality.

the GQP is responsible for the environment in which hate-based mass shootings occur because it has consciously NOT reprimanded prominent members who use these rhetorical tactics in order to energize the party’s extremist base.

It’s a feature, not a bug of the party the Republicans have become.

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Posted in: Mizuho Financial in high gear to appoint female managers See in context

The thing to look for, and the real measure of accomplishment will be women in numbers (eg more than one, preferably 3+) on the BOD and in C_O positions.

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Posted in: Japan gets 2 late goals to upset Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener See in context

The coach was a lot calmer, bordering on inscrutable, than I would have been - especially in extra time.

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Posted in: North Korea slams South Korea's Yoon; warns sanctions will fuel more hostility See in context

Cray Bae really needs a person in her life. Except no man or woman would consent to being the partner of someone who’d execute them with a 40mm AA gun the first argument they had.

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Posted in: Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan See in context

Way to stay classy and win the hearts and minds, Taliban.

Nothing like beating people to make them love you, eh?

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Posted in: Police: Man who killed 6 at Walmart in Virginia was store manager See in context

Well, he wasn’t a white supremacist, so I don’t think the left have anything to worry about.

The idea that gun control advocates (who are usually Democrats) only care about mass shootings when the shooter is a white supremacist or a homophobe is a popular troupe amongst the far right.

But it is as untrue as most of their other claims (stolen elections, jewish space lasers, etc.).

It is a deflection tool to distract from the fact that the GQP is unwilling to do anything to lessen gun violence in any meaningful way because the cult that supports it demand unlimited access to high capacity assault weapons to empower their "Freedumb" against the government (as if a couple of beer-gutted goobers has any chance against even a state guard...)

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Posted in: Police: Man who killed 6 at Walmart in Virginia was store manager See in context

it’s not a sickness, I own a multitude of guns, and I’m not sick.

Says you.

Gun owner here. Anyone, ANYONE who claims to own 25 separate firearms and talks about loving them all equally has an issue.

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Posted in: Power outages in Ukrainian cities, Moldova after new strikes See in context

There are no depths to which Russia will not stoop, but Ukraine is not going to bend, it is better armed and equipped, and it's troops are FAR superior to the rabble that Russia uses for cannon fodder.

The intitative and momentum are on the side of Ukraine. As long as the West continues to provide the current levels of support, I believe it will eventually prevail.

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