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Posted in: 316 people are shot every day in America. Here are 5 stories See in context

bass4funkToday  12:35 pm JST

Stopped reading there. Not serious. Just partisanship. Pointless continuing any discussion.

No, it’s just liberals want a one-sided gun hating discussion and ignore any opposing viewpoints on the issue.

You make them so easy to ignore.

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Posted in: Pelosi bars Trump allies from Jan 6 probe; GOP vows boycott See in context

McCarthy said the GOP won't participate in the investigation if Democrats won't accept the members he appointed.

No loss. What would they contribute anyway? Could any of them, if presented with undeniable evidence of wrongdoing by Donald Trump, condemn him?

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Posted in: Suga cabinet support rate hits low of 35.9% See in context

beentofivecontinentsJuly 19  10:49 pm JST

"It's amazing the approval rate actually rises above single figures."

A lot of companies and people get easy money when they vote LDP (at the expense of the rest of US).

A lot of people they ask for these polls probably don't even know there are other parties to choose from, or can't remember what they're called or what they stand for.

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Posted in: Suga cabinet support rate hits low of 35.9% See in context

Commodore PerryToday  04:50 am JST

Suga is trying his best I am sure. Cut him some slack.

Tell that to the people who took part in the poll.

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Posted in: Suga cabinet support rate hits low of 35.9% See in context

chillygonzalesToday  09:04 am JST

"nonsensical policies (like the alchohol ban) that do nothing to materially benefit ordinary people."

Do you mean nonsesncial policies such as:

1) the lowest covid death rate in the G7?

That's a statistic, not a policy.

2) Free Vaccinations for everyone in Japan.

It still seems to be awfully difficult to get one, though.

3) the lowest unemployment rate in the G7.

How's that a result of LDP policies?

4) A record budget surplus

Really? Here was me thinking they were running horrendous deficits. How specifically has the LDP brought this miracle about?

5) a Japan that is both safe at home and abroad.

That's more in spite of the LDP and its sabre rattling than because of it.

6 A Japan that saw none of the riots that the west saw. - United States Capitol attack just to name one.

How exactly have the LDP managed to bring this about? Can you be specific?

7) the lowest number of covid cases in the G7

It's never an indication of a convincing argument when you repeat yourself.

Thanks for your concern but I like the nonsensical policy of the LDP. Japan is much better shape than any country in the world. Not bad for old men.

You've just rattled off a list of things that the LDP are hardly even responsible for.

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Posted in: Suga cabinet support rate hits low of 35.9% See in context

I would also caution anyone taking this to mean that the LDP will lose the upcoming election; we've seen it before - low approval ratings don't necessarily translate into an election loss in Japan, especially not with how bad the opposition is at siezing the moment and presenting themselves as a legitimate alternative (to say nothing of the broken election system and general voter apathy).

Right - the most consistent voters, i.e. elderly folks in over-represented rural areas, tend to vote for their local LDP good ol'boy rather than the party as a whole or whoever's Prime Minister. What might help is if one opposition party could present a really strong message of what it stood for AND raise enough funds to field as many candidates as the LDP and Komeito.

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Posted in: UK health chief tests positive for virus as Britain tightens restrictions on France travel See in context

LudditeToday  05:47 pm JST

Both Johnson and Sunak, the Chancellor, have been ‘pinged’ by the track and trace app after being in contact with Javid. It was announced today that they will NOT be isolating, unlike the almost half a million people in England who have been obliged to do so. 

They've had to do a u-turn on that, apparently they will be self-isolating after all.

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Posted in: Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals See in context

bass4funkToday  07:44 am JST

Yeah, Putin must completely and absolutely scared out of his wits wondering what drastic and decisive measures Joe is going to take to stop the cyberattacks in its tracks.

Donald Trump showed everyone how to handle Putin, right?

"I have president Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be," President Trump said, standing at podium side-by-side with the Russian president during a joint press conference Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

He continued: “So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

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Posted in: Toyota halts donations to Republican objectors to Biden's win See in context

bass4funkToday  02:16 pm JST

"Like how the Republicans were using the CIA to bankroll their right-wing nationalist friends in the LDP?"

Well, now...

In other words you condone what happened.

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Posted in: Toyota halts donations to Republican objectors to Biden's win See in context

darknutsToday  01:41 pm JST

Good. Now stop giving money to traitorous, flag hating democrats.

If they're "traitorous" I suppose they should all be lined up and shot?

Foreign entities should not be giving money to elected officials.

Like how the Republicans were using the CIA to bankroll their right-wing nationalist friends in the LDP?

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Posted in: Toyota halts donations to Republican objectors to Biden's win See in context

Commodore PerryToday  07:08 am JST

Wait until a Republican gets back in the White House, Toyota.

Weak--those whining libs wouldn't be able to buy new cars anyway.

I suppose you're so rich and successful from being a conservative zealot that you can buy a new car every week.

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Posted in: Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube See in context

bass4funkToday  09:24 am JST

...but do you think he'll win the cases?

in all likelihood yes, because this is not just about him, this is about conservatives in general

The article makes it clear that other conservatives are not facing similar restrictions.

*I personally wouldn't ever consider going to court and wasting everyone's time and money, the court's and my own, if I didn't think I had a better than even chance of winning. What chance do you think Trump has?**

A very big chance, Because he’s backed up by other plaintiffs

It doesn't change this fundamental fact though, does it?

Barrett said Trump was fundamentally misunderstanding the Constitution. “The First Amendment applies to government censorship or speech regulation. It does not stop private sector corporations from regulating content on their platforms,” he said by email. "In fact, Facebook and Twitter themselves have a First Amendment free speech right to determine what speech their platforms project and amplify -- and that right includes excluding speakers who incite violence, as Trump did in connection with the January 6 Capitol insurrection.”

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Posted in: Trump files suit against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube See in context

bass4funkToday  08:04 am JST

"Why not? People have been ..." (cont. p94)

I definitely agree. 

My eyes glazed over when I saw the other twenty or so lines, but do you think he'll win the cases? I personally wouldn't ever consider going to court and wasting everyone's time and money, the court's and my own, if I didn't think I had a better than even chance of winning. What chance do you think Trump has?

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Posted in: Suga 'humbly accepts' failure of LDP to win majority in Tokyo assembly See in context

NipponGloryJuly 5  05:08 pm JST

i fully support the LDP...

Why? What's the appeal in a bunch of sleazy old rich guys from political families with nasty pomade, combovers or punch perms doused in Grecian 2000, who spend all their time on golf courses, in high-end Tokyo restaurants or dozing off in the Diet? Is 25%i or so of the Japanese population just so clueless and gullible they look at those stupid faces leering out at them from posters all over their neighbourhoods and think they're doing themselves any favours by voting for them? You fully support 4th or 5th generation vulgar, provincial trash who are only interested in ripping you and all the other rubes off for their own benefit. Hope you enjoy your country going down the drain.

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Posted in: Jan 6 rioters accused of erasing content from social media, phones See in context

BlacklabelToday  08:25 am JST

The new excuse when liberals can’t find evidence- it must have been deleted!

So if you'd committed a crime and there was evidence of it on your phone, you'd just leave it there?

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers earned average of ¥24.16 million last year See in context

Hang on though - this article is about whatever else Japanese politicians are earning on top of their official salaries and allowances. Admittedly I think one Diet member's official salary is much more than the whole lot of them together are worth, but I'm not too bothered about money they're making on the side unless there are vested interests involved.

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Posted in: Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax fraud charges See in context

BlacklabelToday  09:21 am JST

Minor charges considering the five years they have been witch hunting.

Is it really "witch hunting" though, if they've got tangible evidence of actual offenses?

this is worth more as proof of partisan political persecution than it hurts as any crime of significance.

A crime isn't significant when it potentially involves a man who was once elected to the highest political position in the world?

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

Commodore PerryJune 30  05:15 am JST

Japan--make a special exception for the death penalty in this case.

He's 60 years old. This is Japan. He might well die of old age in solitary confinement before they got round to setting a date for his execution.

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Posted in: Trump Organization lawyers make last pitch against prosecution See in context

ulyssesToday  11:32 am JST might be smart to grab whatever you can and scoot!!!

Maybe not so smart. You never know who might turn up wanting it back.

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Posted in: Biden, Israeli President Rivlin to discuss Iran, Israel defense needs See in context

bass4funkToday  07:51 am JST

No matter what happens in Israel, the US will never abandon or stop giving aid to Israel.

No matter what happens? Israel could turn into a Zionist version of Iran or Saudi Arabia, with ultra-orthodox Taliban-like characters going around terrorizing everyone, and the US would support them nevertheless? Actually, going by the way they've kissed up to people like the Saudis, Pinochet, Noriega and, let's not forget, the CIA-bankrolled LDP, that's not so hard to imagine.

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Posted in: Suga upholds Japan's apologies for wartime aggression, comfort women See in context

Hito BitoToday  12:43 pm JST

There are political incentives on the part of Chinese and Korean politicians, all of whom were born years after "the war" came to an end, to keep this trick guilt card hanging over Japan's head for all eternity. It serves a purpose domestically to keep the "us and them" hatred simmering at a boil for as long as they can, if only to play "look not here, but there!" with their local constituents.

Japanese right-wing politicians do quite nicely for themselves by playing the "victors' justice victim" card, and pretending they give a crap about all the Japanese people needlessly sacrificed by the wartime regime when they're "praying" at Yasukuni.

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Posted in: Trump's company could face criminal charges in New York City See in context

bass4funkToday  10:01 am JST

What? So that means then when the GOP take the House Joe and Hunter have a lot to look forward to.

That will be okay though, won't it, because it'll be people you approve of going after people you disapprove of, but it's a travesty of justice and a pointless taxpayer-funded witch hunt when it's the other way round.

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Posted in: Trump's company could face criminal charges in New York City See in context

bass4funkToday  11:17 am JST

Yes, Democrats have been trying for 5 years and Nadler 30 and they end up being more disappointed and angrier each time.

How would any case against Trump get anywhere when it would inevitably come before the pre-2021 GOP majority in the Senate? They would have voted to acquit him even if he really had shot someone in broad daylight on 5th Avenue, and the usual GOP shills would have been here all day day after day making excuses for him.

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Posted in: 'What planet' are they on? Judge blasts Republicans for downplaying attack on U.S. Capitol See in context

bass4funkToday  12:22 pm JST

"If a tape came out romorrow of him calling the president of Ukraine and offering him aid in exchange of dirt on his political opponents, I can assure you the vast majority of liberals would support his impeachment. I know I would."*

Ok, that’s one liberal that would. Lol

Whereas if absolutely damning evidence emerged that incriminated Donald Trump in anything there's no way you would support convicting him, is there.

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Posted in: U.S. Republicans block Senate Democrats' voting rights bill See in context

P. SmithToday  07:43 am JST

The GOP is the greatest threat to US democracy at the moment.

I'm just waiting for "That's what we think about Democrats lol."

Actually, I think a bigger problem is the system that allows them to do this kind of thing.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

All that self-publicity must be very taxing.

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Posted in: Suga cabinet to face no-confidence motion from opposition parties See in context

I suppose that was "impolite to another user." What about calling other users "deluded"? The moderators don't think that's impolite?

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Posted in: Putin praises summit result, calls Biden a tough negotiator See in context

AnonymousToday  12:01 pm JST

When an adversary like Putin says your leader is a “shrewd” negotiator, you know that adversary took your leader to the cleaners.

I do know that hardcore online partisans would say Putin took Biden to the cleaners even if Biden had got him to cede Siberia to the USA and scrap the entire Russian nuclear arsenal.

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Posted in: Lawmakers vote down no-confidence motion against Suga's cabinet See in context

klausdorthJune 16  07:54 am JST

Suga will continue with his "show" and the opposition should have stronger arguments for a no-confidence vote.

It doesn't matter how strong the arguments are, these no-confidence motions are always a total waste of time.

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Posted in: Israel strikes Gaza in response to incendiary balloons See in context

Commodore PerryToday  05:55 pm JST

When did I affirm there are a Palestinian people? 

There does seem to be a lot of people living in the area that you claim has belonged to the Jews since the time of the Old Testament, yet they're not Jews themselves. Are you going to deny that? So given that it's the 21st Century and we should have put aside ridiculous disputes over ethnicity and religion at least five hundred years ago, why not have a country in which everyone who lives there has the same rights and gets treated the same? Ah, wait a minute though - I don't suppose it would do for the majority of an area's population to have the democratic right to determine what kind of country they live in, would it.

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