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Posted in: Israeli strike destroys Gaza building with AP, other media See in context

bass4funkToday  01:40 pm JST

"With all their cash, state-of-the-art weapons and special forces don't they have better military options than indiscriminate airstrikes?"

Yes and No.

As is often the case with your comments I don't quite see what you're getting at there. However if you're implying that there are military options the IDF do not have recourse to for whatever tactical, strategic, legal or moral reasons they're not really "better," are they.

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Posted in: Israeli strike destroys Gaza building with AP, other media See in context

justaskingToday  12:50 pm JST

I'm not saying Israel is not to blame, but what would you have them do when Hamas fires thousands of rockets at them non-stop? Diplomatic protest?

With all their cash, state-of-the-art weapons and special forces don't they have better military options than indiscriminate airstrikes?

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Posted in: Israeli strike destroys Gaza building with AP, other media See in context

Toasted HereticToday  10:56 am JST

To be fair, barely literate commentaries from the extreme right on how Israel won't concede are just poorly informed opinion.

I think it makes them feel big and tough to be on the same side as the people with all the money, guns, tanks, warplanes and missiles.

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Posted in: In devotion to Trump, House GOP tabs Stefanik for a top post See in context

Toasted HereticToday  11:47 am JST

"The feeing is Mutual and you’re not American so, no need to worry."

Despite the demographic being majority American (or so I'm told), this is an international site with international stories which the rest of the world has every right to post on and comment.

"bass4funk" does also have the right to dismiss other people's opinions if he so chooses, just as we have the right to dismiss his.

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Posted in: Proposed bipartisan probe of deadly U.S. Capitol attack wins support See in context

bass4funkToday  08:34 am JST

this definitely helps the GOP in getting all their ducks in order and focus to keeping their eyes on the House. 

Definitely not getting a "conservative independent who hates both parties equally" vibe here so much as "paid RNC shill."

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Posted in: Proposed bipartisan probe of deadly U.S. Capitol attack wins support See in context

bass4funkToday  09:42 am JST

statues being pulled down, sacred statues.

"Sacred?" I thought they were all of people like Confederate generals.

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Posted in: What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan 6 attack See in context

bass4funkToday  10:57 am JST

Not anymore considering what is happening on a daily and minute-to-minute basis with Biden and if it were that bad, Republicans wouldn't be gaining seats as in the case of Texas.

Republicans gaining seats in Texas?!??! I never thought I'd live to see the day.

Hang on though.... isn't Texas... kind of fairly safe Republican territory? One of those... what do you call them... "red" states? Sorry, I'm not that impressed now that I come to think about it.

Bob FosseToday  11:28 am JST

Any comments on the insurrection Bass?

Of course not. He's obviously pinned his colours to the all-new and improved, shiny and sparkling 100% Trump-lovin' GOP. Their downplaying of the whole issue basically makes them look bad, which makes their supporters look bad by association, and I doubt that sits well with their egos.

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Posted in: What insurrection? Growing number in GOP downplay Jan 6 attack See in context

bass4funkToday  09:46 am JST

The GOP base shrinkage continues as they pander to alternate realities.

"Shrinkage?"

Nothing to say about the actual topic of the article? Just more parroting of "78 million Trump supporters... blah blah blah... woke... libs.... GOP House 2022... blah blah... This message was approved by the RNC...etc etc (cont. p94)"? Can't say I'm surprised.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

StrangerlandToday  12:20 pm JST

America is about to become a three-party nation. This Republican civil war is awesome!

I respect Republicans who would rather leave the party than kowtow to a demagogue and compromise on their beliefs. Meanwhile others start off sounding principled, saying they've had it with Trump and that he was responsible for what happened in Congress, and end up going grovelling to Ma-ra Lago, bleating that they can't win without him. That kind of moral cowardice shouldn't be forgotten, but some people are obviously quite forgiving of the shortcomings of politicians on "their" side.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

GdTokyoToday  12:23 pm JST

She is going to sink her teeth into the former guy's leg and not let go.

Right. It's not as if she has anything to lose, is it. Besides, "determined defender of truth and free speech" is a much better look for a politician than "spineless Trump lackey."

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

P. SmithToday  08:44 am JST

It’s not an opinion that there was no fraud in the election, it’s a fact. It doesn’t matter how many people believe otherwise; facts don’t depend on conservatives’ feelings.

According to Newt Gingrich everyone in the country possibly believes Biden won fair and square. I seriously cannot see all those 2020 Trump voters clinging to this delusion of his or sticking with him right through to 2024.

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Posted in: GOP purges Cheney for 'unity,' but Trump bent on retribution See in context

“Whatever the rest of the country thinks or whatever his opponents in the news media think, he believes that he lost the White House illegitimately, and that’s a pretty big grudge, so I don't think he's going to give up that sense of grievance very easily,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Whatever the rest of the country thinks.

I wonder if he realises just what he's said there.

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Posted in: UK Labour leader reshuffles team after poor local election results See in context

itsonlyrocknrollMay 10  10:02 am JST

Far simpler for Starmer to step down. This has all the hallmarks of shuffling the deck chairs.

Unless there's anyone stellar lined up to replace him changing leader would be just like shuffling the deck chairs, wouldn't it?

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

GoodlucktoyouToday  11:14 am JST

Lived in Edinburgh for a time, where rich English toffs live. I never met a single Scot who liked the English.

There are 5.45 million people living in Scotland. How many Scots did you meet?

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Posted in: Scottish nationalists vow independence vote after election win See in context

I'm disappointed that people in my country are thick enough to give a majority to a bunch of odious jumped-up district councillors and think they should have the power to determine the destiny of the whole UK when all they're good for is wracking up debts.

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Posted in: Bill to amend law on Constitution revision referendum likely to pass Diet See in context

If I dare make a negative comment about Suga or the LDP I wonder if I'll get 15 downvotes too.

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Posted in: Britain, Japan agree to strengthen trade and security partnership See in context

MartimuranoMay 4  09:43 pm JST

I don't think so UK is actually run by an incredibly astute, charismatic and dynamic operator - he is a brilliant academic, a guy who actually gets things done (egs. lockdowns, mass vaccination roll-outs, booming-economy, getting-the-hell-out-of-the-European-muddlers-and-morons).....

He also gets rich Tory supporters to lend him money for expensive interior refurbishments, fails to declare the loans and lies about it when questioned in Parliament. He's also reported to have said he'd rather see bodies piled high in the streets than declare another lockdown.

small wonder that he's very popular really.

He's just lucky that a lot of British people, willfully or otherwise, seem to be blind to his faults.

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Posted in: Beyond the pandemic: London votes for a mayor during crisis See in context

bass4funkToday  09:51 am JST

"Khan has been terrible for London. I sincerely hope he loses. And he’s racist"

I would tend to agree.

Then I trust you won't be making any further remarks about Europeans or Britons commenting on US politics.

bass4funkToday  10:59 am JST

How closely have you followed Khan? Reading Trump’s trash Tweets about him?

As much as you closely followed Trump.

If you're implying that someone else followed news about Trump extremely closely, it's surprising that the Mayor of London is that important to you.

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Posted in: UK denies that Johnson said 'let the bodies pile high' See in context

WolfpackApr. 26  08:05 pm JST

This is how it works- the press publishes an outright lie about a conservative politician...

Oh those poor conservatives. Doomed to be forever vilified by The Left, eh? Do you actually know anything at all about The Daily Mail and its political stance?

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Posted in: Virus surge, by-election losses put Suga's future in question See in context

Derek GrebeToday  08:52 am JST

Why is it so impossible for the best and brightest, most well-educated political minds in Japan to put forward a credible opposition?

Well now. First off, running for office is extremely expensive but loopholes in the political funds control laws allow incumbents to acquire funds from local donors and then pass them on to their offspring, along with their campaign organisations, support base and family brand name. LDP politicians tend to be rather good at building these personal power bases even though they're terrible at everything else, and they don't really care much about party policies at the national level because so much of their funding comes from local sources. Opposition politicians can get funding the same way so they don't have much interest either in following coherent ideologies that could give them an edge against the LDP.

Second, there's a vote value disparity that favours people in rural areas, and as they are often conservatively inclined they're inclined to vote LDP. Opposition parties just don't have the money to put up candidates to challenge LDP incumbents, and residents of these areas who don't like the LDP are very likely not to bother voting because it's either a foregone conclusion (they think) or there just isn't anyone else to vote for. Of course, it doesn't help much when opposition candidates have pretty much the same ideas as people in the LDP, e.g. Yuriko Koike, who was a senior LDP member at one time herself and wouldn't have centrist or left-leaning politicians in her party prior to the last election.

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Posted in: Suga declares state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region See in context

A quasi-state of emergency is already in effect in the major cities in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, as well as six other prefectures, consisting of measures including the 8 p.m. cutoff for restaurants and bars and capping attendance at large events at 5,000.

But they have been unsuccessful in bringing down coronavirus cases, with the nationwide tally of new infections surpassing 5,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday. 

In other words, these state of emergency declarations are just empty gestures. Even if the number of infected people does go down it'll just shoot up again when the restrictions are lifted because politicians don't have a clue what else to do.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth marks 95th birthday, days after husband's funeral See in context

P. SmithToday  12:08 pm JST

BigYen: Thanks for the reply. Why not just make the PM the head of state?

Same reason the US has Congress and the Supreme Court - checks and balances. One person with unchecked control over the executive and legislative branches of government could easily abuse it.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

GaijinjlandToday  11:18 am JST

The pot calling the kettle black. At least Japan, for the most part, is transparent unlike China. 

Someone needed to call Aso out for being a useless old moron. The Japanese media and establishment are too spineless, which is why he's been Deputy PM and Finance Minister for the past nine years. Like the late Duke of Edinburgh with a lot less intelligence and lot more actual power.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

MeiyouwentiToday  07:43 am JST

Kind words from the world’s biggest polluter. China has been dumping radioactive waste into the ocean for year, as well as plastics and all kinds of industrial waste.

Do you ever hear Chinese politicians saying the water from those oceans is safe to drink? Or the water from the Yangtze River? Hypocrites though they may be, Taro Aso was asking for it with a dumb comment like that.

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Posted in: Iran to begin 60% uranium enrichment after nuclear site incident See in context

WolfpackToday  12:04 pm JST

"So, simple question - is Iran closer to getting a nuclear weapon and are we safer now or in 2016?"

So you trust the crowd who chants ‘Death to America’ at every public gathering and calls Jews pigs? 

Either you don't understand a simple either ... or... question or you're trying to disingenuously weasel out of acknowledging that we are less safe after four years of the Trump administration with strawman arguments and generic waffle about those horrible Iranians. As you don't appear to be completely stupid I suspect the latter.

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

FonzyToday  08:20 am JST

If the unionists still claim they are "British" (after 400 years on the make, contributing nothing but bigoted orangism mascarading as "culture" in Ireland) they should really go back to....Britain (Daw), and peace would prvail, at last. THAT is the only permanent solution.

What do you think the chances are of anything like that ever happening? Got any realistic suggestions?

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

PaulToday  06:22 am JST

Wolfpack is correct.

The Unionist population in the North is one million. In the whole of Ireland it is still only one million. The nationalist population in the North is one milion. In the whole of Ireland it is almost six million.

Even if we count dissenters on top of unionist voters in an all-Ireland vote, if only half of the nationalist population voted for a United Ireland it would pass by a country mile.

Why should it be an all-Ireland vote? Because nationalists are certain it will deliver a result they like? The people that reunification would have the biggest impact are in Northern Ireland, and as it would be a foregone conclusion why even have a referendum? The Ulster unionists would end up feeling as angry and disenfranchised as the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish who voted to remain in the EU but lost out due to the majority of English people voting to leave. It doesn't bother me at all if Ireland is reunified and the north becomes part of the Republic, but an all-Ireland referendum would be a travesty of democracy. Better to have two - one for the people in Northern Ireland to decide if they want reunification or not, and other for the people in the Republic to decide if they accept the result.

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

WolfpackApr. 11  10:17 am JST

Just give Northern Ireland back to the Irish. Problem solved.

No, the problem is the Unionists who don't want Britain to give Northern Ireland back to the Irish, and who know there would be no chance whatsoever of it remaining part of the UK if everyone in Ireland got to vote in a referendum on reunification. In case you didn't know the same Unionists have MPs representing them in Westminster that governments sometimes depend on to get legislation passed, so their opinions are not going to get ignored. If it hadn't been for them Britain would probably have allowed a united Ireland to become independent at least a century ago.

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Posted in: Experts say Suga gov't unlikely to approve female monarch See in context

Experts see it as unlikely that a government panel will reach a conclusion to allow a reigning empress despite widespread public support for the idea.

Well of course. LDP politicians would rather get money and votes from ageing male right-wing nutjobs than death threats, bullets and severed fingers in their mailboxes.

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Posted in: Defying Beijing, U.S. loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts See in context

bass4funkToday  12:04 pm JST

Liberals always capitulate when it comes to appeasing our adversaries.

You're very relaxed about appeasing Israel and Saudi Arabia. They're not much better than your adversaries and the Saudis are about as bad as anyone gets.

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