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Posted in: Romney announces White House exploratory committee See in context

The current crop of potential Republican candidates leaves a lot to be desired. The GOP had better come up with some better choices or January 2013 might find a Republican-controlled Congress in conflict with the Democrat Obama once again in the White House, which would result in even less getting done.

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Posted in: Baseball season opens to relief and cheer See in context

It's good to see NPB playing again.

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Posted in: Norika forever See in context

Norika Fujiwara is going to hit 40 soon, I've already done so.

It makes me wonder where the time went, and along with it all the good times in Japan.

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Posted in: Laugh-in See in context

Maehara studied former PM Mori's English training manual:

Maehara: Who are you?

Hillary: I'm Bill's wife.

Maehara: Me too.

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Posted in: Dark clouds for Democrats as Obama embarks on last push See in context

Obama can sit back in a few days, watch his majority in the House and possibly the Senate disappear, and realize that he won't be able to accomplish much more of his far-left agenda the second half of what should be a one-term presidency.

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Posted in: Steamy 'Glee' GQ pics have many steaming See in context

Lea Michele is one fine-looking woman.

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Posted in: COP10 See in context

She is an undercover cop.

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Posted in: Nevada Senate race turns ugly with Hispanic ad See in context

The U.S. needs to dispense with the political correctness crap and discuss racial issues openly and freely.

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Posted in: Things Japanese girls do that make guys go, 'Huh?' See in context

"They’re obsessed with fortune-telling."

This was a sore spot with me and an old girlfriend. I got tired of hearing about it.

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Posted in: All signs point to Republican victories: polls See in context

I thought George W. Bush and his "War Presidency" made him the worst Chief Executive since Jimmy Carter. Now I've decided to replace Bush with Obama and his failed state capitalism.

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Posted in: Girls, girls, girls See in context

Hooters would probably do better in Japan if they adopted some sort of maid costume down the road.

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Posted in: Girls, girls, girls See in context

"Wonder how long those foreign chix will stay at Hooters when they get offered way higher wages at the hostess clubs?"

That will be a discussion about a year from now.

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Posted in: Girls, girls, girls See in context

my2sense: I was wondering the same thing. Looks like quite a few Japanese are missing.

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Posted in: Pakistan resists U.S. push to expand terror fight See in context

U.S. response:

Calling all drones, calling all drones....

The U.S. doesn't need boots on the ground or carbon-based bipeds in planes in the sky to expand the war into Pakistan.

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Posted in: Why are girl bands and glamour groups like AKB48, SKE48, Morning Musume and Miniskirt Police so popular in Japan? See in context

"Clever marketing."


"Because of salarymen with Lolita complex..."

There is some truth here too.

In the case of AKB48, I would say that former member Rina Nakanishi's move to the AV world has drawn them a ton of attention and new fans who are wondering which young girl will be the next to move to porn.

For some fans, though, I would say that these groups give them an escape from the drudgery of their daily lives. It's fun.

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Posted in: Claims against attorneys on the rise See in context

"Claims against attorneys on the rise"

"the sharp increase in the number of practicing attorneys, which rose from 16,305 in 1998 to 26,930 in 2009."

No surprise here. Japan wanted to drastically increase the number of practicing attorneys. Well, obviously there would be pros and cons to all this.

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Posted in: Hooters to open first Japan restaurant in Tokyo on Oct 25 See in context

They should have only Japanese waitresses. Foreigners should not be allowed.

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Posted in: Canada beats U.S. 3-2 in overtime to claim ice hockey gold See in context

Canada deserves much praise for winning 14 gold medals.

The U.S. deserves a big pat on the back with its 37 overall medals.

Congratulations to both countries on a great hockey game to finish off a successful Winter Olympics.

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Posted in: Jero to make U.S. West Coast singing debut See in context

Premium tickets, in the center of the first six rows include a private post-reception, are $250 each.

He might appeal for a while to the Japanese-American community in the U.S., but I wouldn't bank on long-term success in the U.S. if I were him.

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Posted in: Japanese women go gaga over Buddha boys See in context

Japanese women go gaga over Buddha boys

And this boom too shall pass....

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Posted in: Canada tops Olympic standings in record gold rush See in context

Canada should be proud to win the gold medal total.

The U.S. should be equally proud to win the overall medal count while setting a record for most medals won at a Winter Olympics.

Congratulations to both countries!

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Posted in: Putin upset with Russia's Olympic performance See in context

Putin upset with Russia's Olympic performance

He should be.

"Remember 2010" will be plenty of motivation for Russia over the next 4 years.

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Posted in: Gatorade drops Tiger Woods See in context

Gatorade drops Tiger Woods

I'd like to see Gatorade drop their ridiculous "G" ad line while they're at it.

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Posted in: Poland's Kowalczyk wins women's 30-km cross-country See in context

The first ever Winter Olympics gold medal for a Polish woman.

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Posted in: Italian Razzoli wins men's slalom See in context

Italian Razzoli wins men's slalom

He did look a lot like Alberto Tomba on the slalom course.

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Posted in: Death toll in Chile earthquake tops 300 See in context

300 dead vs. 100,000+ in Haiti. Goes to show what decent building codes can do for you.

Differences in construction methods and materials and enforcement of the laws is certainly part of it.

Chile's death toll will worsen. Haiti's is higher than you say.

Big differences in population density between the main cities affected in both countries.

Also, quite a difference between the two concerning the depth of the quakes and how the intensity was felt at the surface.

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Posted in: Death toll in Chile earthquake tops 300 See in context

The death toll is now over 700 and climbing.

Looting seems to be a very big problem right now.

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Posted in: Japan won 5 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. How would you assess the results? See in context

Fair to middlin'

5 medals-no golds-after one gold in 2006 and only two medals in 2002.

Then again, any reasonably competitive country should benefit from the ever-increasing # of medal events in successive Games and win more medals overall.

Japan has got a lot of work to do to be better at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Posted in: The graduates See in context

I used to like Masami Nagasawa back in her CM days, especially the Calario ones.

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Posted in: Mao Kobayashi bids farewell to pinup days See in context

Mao Kobayashi bids farewell to pinup days

There's a pretty substantial permanent body of evidence for the interested to view for years to come.

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