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Posted in: Kishida says he respects Biden's decision on exit from presidential race See in context

When Harry Truman dropped out of his re-election bid in 1952, he announced it live on the radio.

When Lyndon Johnson declined to run for re-election in 1968, he announced it live on TV.

When Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in 1974 ... same thing.

Biden drops out of the race, and ... a copy of the letter posted as an attachment on his Twitter account.

No press conference, no televised speech, not even a photo or video of him signing the letter.

Did Biden even make the decision? Or was he deep-sixed by his own party, who put the letter out on his "behalf" and then told him about it later?

He's cognitively impaired and just tested positive for COVID a few days ago. Is he even aware of what just happened?

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Posted in: Kishida says he respects Biden's decision on exit from presidential race See in context

"Kishida respects Biden's decision" ...

Was it even Biden's decision?

No speech or comments by Biden at a microphone.

No video or pictures of him signing the letter -- the one that was posted on his presidential Twitter account.

(The Twitter account on which was posted 23 message during his debate with Trump, proving that he's not even in control of it.)

That's how the world found out about Biden's "decision" to drop out. Through a Twitter post.

How odd.

Could it be, as some are suggesting, that the Democrats dropped him out -- and then told him afterwards, after the letter had been posted?

This is tantamount to an intra-party coup. Engineered by the party that laughably calls the other party's presidential nominee a "threat to democracy."

Does Kishida respect that?

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Posted in: Anti-whaling campaigner arrested in Greenland; may be extradited to Japan See in context

SimonDelotes Today  03:02 pm JST

Heroes are always targets for hate.

So are enviro-terrorists ... whether they block traffic, put metal spikes in trees to injure lumberjacks, glue themselves to streets, vandalize works of art, or carry out aggressive and violent confrontations at sea using ships as weapons.

And for understandable reason.

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Posted in: Anti-whaling campaigner arrested in Greenland; may be extradited to Japan See in context

stormcrowToday  06:58 am JST

We don't need to eat whales.

And you don't need to post messages on here.

There are a lot of things we don't need to eat.

That doesn't mean we can't eat them -- or that it's right to engage in aggressive, even violent "activism" in imposing one's will on others regarding them.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

By the way, Biden didn't even step to a microphone and personally announce that he was withdrawing from the race.

A written statement, which he almost certainly didn't even write and maybe didn't even know about, was posted on his Twitter account.

That's how he let the world know that he was pulling out.

How very, very odd.

Anyway, since Biden's job performance has been dismal and everything is demonstrably worse under his administration than under the previous one, and since any Democrat who replaces him will not substantially differ in policy or ideology ...

... there's no reason at all why anyone would or should shift their vote to him or her.

Trump 47.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

Most Americans, if asked if they are better off now than they were four years ago and if they answered honestly and objectively, would say no.

And they'd have every reason to.

It doesn't matter who the Democrats replace Biden with as their nominee. His or her basic policy positions and ideology won't be substantially different.

There's no good objective reason, based on Biden's job performance, to vote for any of them.

The "good" thing for "progressives" is that Trump will only be president for four years. He's constitutionally ineligible to run for another term in 2028.

So, "progressives," admit that you goofed this election up big-time. Take the L, let the guy who's already run the country well for four years (and who would've sailed to re-election in 2020 if not for the COVID) do it again, and regroup for next time.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

Plenty of time for Trump to make a royal fool of himself like usual.

The Democrats used Biden like a pawn, and in so doing made him go out and make himself look like a fool for three and a half years. Anyone else doing that would be charged with elder abuse.

"Like usual"? I'm not sure which part of Trump's previous presidency you disliked more -- the peace or the prosperity.

Jobs. Inflation. Gas prices in particular. The southern border. Energy independence. Afghanistan. The Israel/Palestine situation. The Russia/Ukraine situation.

None of these were a particular problem when Trump was president before.

By any objective measure, everything under Biden has become demonstrably worse.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

Kamala Harris is an even worse word-salad generator than Joe Biden is.

And she doesn't have age or dementia to offer as an excuse.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

Trump tried to steal the election last time.

No he didn't. He legally challenged the results -- just like Democrats named Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton all did previously.

And when his legal challenges were exhausted, he relinquished the presidency and vacated the White House.

The voters deserve to know the threat to democracy that Trump is. 

Anyway, who's a threat to democracy? The Democrats and their media cohorts were protecting Biden and covering up his cognitive decline for three and a half years.

The voters deserved to know that too, but it was hidden from them.

Democrats tried to remove Trump from the ballots in several states -- but now you have the gall to say that HE is the threat to democracy???

The media also covered up the Hunter Biden laptop story -- polls showed that anywhere from 12% to 17% of Biden's voters would NOT have voted for him if they'd known about that.

The voters deserved to know that too -- but Democrats and the media conspired to cover it up, in an undeniable case of election interference.

You "progressives" chant this "threat to democracy" line like a tired old mantra.

You fail to remember that Trump already was the president before. What exactly did he do during those four years to indicate he's a "threat to democracy"?

Biden and the Democrats are weaponizing the criminal justice system against their political opponents -- and not just against Trump either.

And what about student loan forgiveness? The Supreme Court ruled against it, but Biden is doing it anyway. How is Trump a "threat to democracy" when it's a Democrat president blatantly ignoring a Supreme Court ruling.

So please, enough of the "threat to democracy" nonsense. If anyone is such a threat, it's the Democrats. The Biden regime has exhibited that frequently over the past four years.

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Posted in: Biden's withdrawal injects uncertainty into wars, trade disputes and other foreign policy challenges See in context

You mean the wars, trade disputes, and other foreign policy challenges that were not going on under Trump's watch?

In all three of those areas, and in many other areas, things are demonstrably worse under Biden than they were under Trump.

Not even debatable.

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Posted in: Japan's weekly COVID-19 cases rise for 10th straight week See in context

Yawn.

It's like the flu or a bad cold for almost everybody at this point.

If you do get the COVID, though, be sure to tell Joy Reid. She'll call you a hero and say that it's "exactly the same" as almost being assassinated:

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/other/joy-reid-says-bidens-covid-is-exactly-the-same-as-trump-being-shot/ar-BB1qbl2f?ocid=BingNewsSerp

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Posted in: Trump recounts attempt on his life, then abandons unity theme in marathon convention speech See in context

I'm watching Trump's speech right now.

He's clearly a zillion times more articulate, more coherent, and cognitively stronger than Biden could possibly be -- regardless of how much Adderall he's hopped up on.

And when Biden drops out (I give it a week), that's it. Trump will be the next president.

But cheer up, "progressives." At least he can't run for re-election in 2028. That document that you typically don't give a hoot about -- the Constitution -- prevents it.

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Posted in: Rally shooter had photos of Trump, Biden and other U.S. officials on his phone, AP sources say See in context

Republican have been calling for Cheatle to resign in the wake of the shooting, though she has said she has no intention do so.

Only a few days after the Secret Service's extreme incompetence (or something more sinister than that) nearly got Donald Trump killed, the agency is focused on what really matters:

Mean comments on Twitter about their female agents.

The agency isn't trying to figure out why they failed to prevent the assassination attempt -- or rather, trying to give us one good reason why we shouldn't believe they deliberately allowed it to occur.

Instead, they're busy valiantly defending their DEI initiatives.

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Posted in: Rally shooter had photos of Trump, Biden and other U.S. officials on his phone, AP sources say See in context

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle for her to appear before the committee on Monday. Republican have been calling for Cheatle to resign in the wake of the shooting, though she has said she has no intention do so.

Losing her job should be the absolute least that happens to her.

She should also be investigated for criminal negligence -- if not for something even more sinister.

There's only one logical explanation for why a 20-year-old mental patient and kitchen worker was able to bring a high-powered rifle with a range-finder on top of a roof with a clear line of sight to Trump only 150 yards from him.

There's only one explanation for why Trump wasn't pulled off that stage for his own safety, after multiple rally attendees practically begged security forces for a full three minutes to do something about that guy on the roof in firing position with a rifle.

There's only one explanation for why Secret Service snipers had their rifles trained on the guy for at least 30 seconds that could be seen on a video (and who knows how long before that), but took no action until after he had fired at Trump.

There's only one logical explanation for all of this:

Because this assassination attempt was deliberately allowed to happen.

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Posted in: Prominent Democrat Schiff calls for Biden to withdraw: Democrats aim to nominate before convention See in context

It doesn't matter now whether they replace him.

Trump won the election the second that Thomas Crooks took a shot at him that he never should have been allowed to take.

An assassination attempt that was obviously allowed to happen on purpose.

No way is the Secret Service even capable of that level of bumbling, grotesque incompetence.

So, keep Biden in there, Democrats, or replace him. Doesn't matter. The deal was sealed for Trump the second that bullet came within an inch or two of killing him.

About the only way the Dems can even hope to win, at this point, is to replace Biden with JFK after somehow resurrecting him from the dead.

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Posted in: U.S. right criticizes Secret Service for using female agents to protect Trump See in context

I don't think most people on 'the right' are complaining about female Secret Service agents.

The far bigger complaint is that this assassination attempt was allowed to happen at all.

A 20-year-old nursing-home kitchen worker did not suddenly morph into Ethan Hunt the Ninja, outfoxing and eluding Secret Service agents and PA state police to stealthily position himself to assassinate a presidential candidate/former president.

Nobody should have been allowed on that rooftop at all.

From almost the very moment he first arrived in the vicinity of Trump's rally, he was on the security force's radar. He was pegged as a 'subject of concern.' They had their suspicions about him from the beginning.

And they did nothing. They didn't detain him. They didn't get Trump off the stage and delay the start of the rally. They didn't do any of the things that comprise Security Detail 101.

And the shooter was spotted on the roof by bystanders who practically begged the security forces to act against him -- which they didn't for nearly 3 full minutes, and only after he'd fired at Trump.

This was allowed to happen by somebody in the chain of command. No way this was just 'incompetence.'

It makes sense. If Trump is just like Hitler, as the left so often claim, then why wouldn't it be morally permissible (even morally righteous) to assassinate him?

Nobody would've morally objected to an assassination of Hitler. If anybody had pulled that off, he/she would be regarded as a hero today.

That's why incessantly and rabidly labeling someone as 'Hitler' simply because they don't like his politics is dangerous. It's incendiary rhetoric that almost got Trump killed -- which, apparently, is what someone making the security decisions wanted.

Somebody left the metaphorical door open for Crooks to take a shot at Trump. No way this was anything else.

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Posted in: U.S. right criticizes Secret Service for using female agents to protect Trump See in context

It was easily the most preventable assassination attempt in U.S. history. And the Secret Service, plus the state police, dropped the ball on multiple levels.

Such a bad dropping of the ball, that its only explanation is that it was on purpose.

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Posted in: U.S. right criticizes Secret Service for using female agents to protect Trump See in context

The agents who were actually up there on stage with Trump -- all of them -- did a very good job of protecting him once the shots rang out.

The issue here isn't that there were one or two female agents protecting Trump.

The issue here is that this shooting wasn't prevented in the first place.

It was easily the most preventable assassination attempt in U.S. history. And the Secret Service, plus the state police, dropped the ball on multiple levels.

It was a disgustingly glaring level of incompetence that these two agencies are actually incapable of -- which leads to the undeniably logical conclusion that someone up the chain of command ALLOWED this to happen.

So, female agents aren't the issue here.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to shoulder $3.3 billion in G7 loans for Ukraine See in context

itsonlyrocknrollToday  06:06 pm JST

Ukraine need unequivocal support, the advance weapons systems, full navy, full air, ground, logistical superiority, intel.

How to say "we should pursue policies that will drag us closer and closer to World War III" without the inconvenience of having to use the actual words.

There are no good logical reasons why Japan, the U.S., or pretty much any country in the West should care so much about who controls some nondescript windswept chunk of land in a relatively small slice of Ukraine.

Emotional and virtue-signaling reasons, maybe, but not logical ones.

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Posted in: Japan arranging to shoulder $3.3 billion in G7 loans for Ukraine See in context

Gazillions of dollars, yen, euros, etc. being dumped into the bank accounts of what consistently ranks, year after year, as one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

Foreign policy based on pure emotion and social-media emojis that reek of virtue signaling? That's not leadership. And it's certainly not furthering peace -- it's only enabling war.

The citizens of many countries in the world should be able to claim Zelensky as a dependent on their tax returns. This is getting ridiculous.

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Posted in: Protesters rally at GOP convention for abortion and immigrant rights, end to war in Gaza See in context

Indeed, no new wars broke up during Trump's previous four years in office.

broke out

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Posted in: Protesters rally at GOP convention for abortion and immigrant rights, end to war in Gaza See in context

"Abortion rights"? There is no right to commit unjustifiable homicide. And abortion is unjustifiable homicide.

"Immigration rights"? There already are avenues and channels to legal immigration. Sneaking into the country and then demanding to stay, though, is not a right.

The war in Gaza? Funny, such things never happened when the supposedly "warmongering" Trump was the president last time.

Indeed, no new wars broke up during Trump's previous four years in office. Not in Gaza, not in Ukraine, not anywhere.

So why are these protesters bellyaching about Gaza at the Republican convention? They should be taking that up with Biden.

He's the one under whose watch the world has become on fire.

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Posted in: MLB batting average near half-century low and velocity at all-time high See in context

Part of it may be the expansion of interleague play.

The more teams you play against, the more pitchers you're going to face -- but you'll be facing them less frequently, and oftentimes you'll be facing pitchers you've never faced before.

That is advantageous for the pitchers.

Back in the day when there were fewer teams in each league, and with no interleague play, you faced the same pitchers more frequently.

Also, it's much more common nowadays to bat against three or four different pitchers in the same game. In the past, when starters typically were left in the game longer, you would often bat against him three or even four times.

All of this has to have some effect on batting averages and strikeouts.

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Posted in: Biden orders Secret Service to protect RFK Jr after attempt on Trump's life See in context

Here’s the official story so far:

A random 20-year-old nursing-home kitchen worker, acting completely alone, walked within 150 yards of a presidential campaign rally with a rifle.

He climbed onto a rooftop in full view of Secret Service snipers, set up his shot, and fired without anyone intervening (despite multiple bystanders pointing him out to the police) and with no help from anyone.

This 20-year-old is also so politically radical as to attempt an assassination -- and yet not radical enough to have ever posted any political writings or commentary on any social media site ever in his life.

He also wrote no manifesto and left behind no indication about why he did it.

His last and only political act, before attempting to kill the Republican candidate, was to register as a Republican.

You are required to believe all of this, and you are forbidden to ask questions about it -- or else you are a conspiracy theorist.

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Posted in: Biden orders Secret Service to protect RFK Jr after attempt on Trump's life See in context

I'd never vote for RFK Jr. in a million years, but let's all hope and pray that he gets FAR better protection than was offered Trump.

The other day, we saw what was easily the most preventable assassination attempt in U.S. history.

Multiple citizens noticed the guy on the roof with a rifle.

They filmed him on their smartphones.

They alerted the police and the Secret Service -- who then proceeded to do NOTHING for several minutes, until AFTER he took a shot at Trump.

The agents who were right near Trump, who surrounded him after the shot attempt, all did a great job.

But prior to that ... it's absolutely stunning that this was allowed to happen.

And yes, I do wonder if it was literally allowed to happen.

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Posted in: 98% with mixed Japanese heritage experience microaggressions: survey See in context

falseflagsteveToday  07:07 am JST

Micro aggressions are for wimps. I don’t have time to worry about cobblers like that time is too short and ignore the ignorant people cos they just ain’t worth it. Am I right?

You are right and I couldn't agree more.

I detest the term "micro-aggressions." It's a made-up term, foisted on us by professional victims -- people who are on a perpetual search for something by which to be offended.

Good grief, if you can't be PRAISED for something without turning it into some personal slight, you need a skin transplant because the skin you have now is way too thin.

I still get praised for my chopstick-using ability by Japanese people who know I've been living here since the Clinton administration. Including my Japanese father-in-law.

But for crying out loud, they don't mean anything bad by it.

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Posted in: In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying 'it's time to cool it down' See in context

Former Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, recently declared on MSNBC that Trump is more dangerous than Hitler and Mussolini.

And she's not even CLOSE to being the only one on the Left pushing this message.

Numerous assassination attempts were made on Hitler and Mussolini. If any of those attempts had succeeded, the assassin would be regarded as a hero today.

So if Trump is cast as being worse than them ... well, whether intended or not, the message is being sent that violence against him would be justified. If not even heroic.

Meanwhile, the "MAGA crowd" hasn't started one riot or even so much as set one building on fire in response to the attempt on Trump's life.

Tells us which side really needs to cool things down.

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Posted in: In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying 'it's time to cool it down' See in context

To the crowd chanting in mantra mode that "the shooter was a Republican":

First, he donated money to an undeniably Democrat political effort called the “Progressive Turnout Project.”

Second, his home state of Pennsylvania doesn't have open primaries. That means you have to be a registered Republican to vote in Republican primaries there.

And many Democrats in Pennsylvania actually registered as Republicans this past primary season -- so that they could vote against Trump in the primary.

Facts matter. They really do.

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Posted in: In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying 'it's time to cool it down' See in context

By the way, after George Floyd died, massive and destructive riots broke out immediately in cities all over America, and soon in other countries.

After the attempt on Trump's life ... there hasn't been a single "MAGA riot" anywhere.

Just my two cents with regard to which side of the ideological aisle needs to work more on their "cooling down" skills.

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Posted in: In prime-time address, Biden warns of election-year rhetoric, saying 'it's time to cool it down' See in context

Mike Johnson, Speaker of the House:

“President Biden himself said in recent days, ‘It’s time to put a bulls' eye on Trump.’ I know he didn’t mean what is being implied there, but that kind of language on either side should be called out."

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