Let the Dems call Bolton or Mulvaney and then Mitch can call the Biden’s and even the whistleblower, betcha the Dems won’t allow it.
Democrats are calling for witnesses directly involved in the subject matter of impeachment. This is not a trial on the Bidens and certainly isn't proper to expose a whistleblower, it is about the verification of the impeachment of the president.
It follows if he has nothing to hide, the Republicans would want the truth, and allow for witnesses to Trump's wrong doings concerning the Ukraine, but they obviously have such a problem with finding truth, it doesn't matter to them, anymore. As in the idea of putting Biden on the stand, it is the policy of the Republicans to continually have straw man arguments and fallacy of logic, ubiquitously, so they can follow the demagoguery of Trump, which is based on lies.
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You idiotic narcissist, Donny. Davos isn't an economic summit. He again manages to say nothing about the issues at hand, only embarrassing himself and the US by being arrogant, dismissive and completely showing disregard for the realities of science, which go over well with his cultish fools, but making up his own stories is juvenile, damn stupid and dangerous.
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Here's reality, I have been in Japan for over 17rs and as long as you do not break the law, no harm to you and even foreigners live in harmony. Don't break the laws that's it and all these feelings don't exist. If you do break the law, then pay the price.
In a vacuum, this is a correct statement, and how foreigners need to adhere to laws.
But outside the reasoning of not breaking the law, if everyone is obedient, what it leads to is loss of self expression and individualism. It's probably why hikikomi is such an issue, as well...you can't get into trouble if you don't leave your dwelling.
In essence, people have to take some chances and do things that stretch the limits. In Japan, people are encouraged to stay within the circle and work from there, not daring to go outside that circle. It all is part of the culture of obedience and while I understand why you have written what you did, it does hinder the mind to declare obedience and always follow the rules, leading to the salary man type lemming behavior and inability to think for oneself that many foreigners find difficult.
Ultimately, this trait of the Japanese is one of the main reasons people in Japan do not find the justice system a problem, nor challenge it. They believe anyone who is arrested is guilty, and if they were good, law abiding people, they wouldn't have gotten arrested, in the first place. No mistakes people lead to rather dull people, imo. But if they do wrong, they should get a fair trial.
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One thing I feel strange is that so many people here are on the side of Ghosn while you must be living on small salaries, I presume with your permision. Ghosn earned hundred times more than a Japanese company president could earn. So long as there are people who think Ghosn a hero, capitalism is safe.
Ghosn is a hero for many because he has been the only person who has brought the unfair Japanese justice system into focus. It did take money on his part to escape, but the possibility the Japanese will actually be forced to and perhaps admit a mistake of their ways is no small feat. You are taking one part of his life...his CEO position...believing it has to do with the unfair practice of justice in Japan, and it is actually mutually exclusive of the reason as to why Ghosn's side is taken by many. In fact, vilifying him because he is a CEO and a capitalist in this matter is actually quite prejudicial, as it has nothing to do with why he jumped bail.
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Reading statements from the prosecution side of this Ghosn case is akin to what the Democrats are doing do President Trump. Where are the FACTS and hiding possible EXCULPATORY evidence. I was so glad CG showed the is wasn't HE did it, it was the company, NISSAN. We saw Saikawa's signature and that is enough to show it wasn't Ghosn alone, it was the company. As for the under reporting of compensation, as Ghosn explained, it wasn't decided, had not been approved and not PAID. Total sham and shame on Nissan and the prosecution. The talk in MSM about merging Renault and Nissan...FALSE. Ghosn wanted to establish a holding company so Renault and Nissan have equal say....Nissan was pissed that the French government has double voting rights and Nissan ZERO. Plus, Nissan was opposed to a planned addition of FCA into the Alliance. Truth was said last night.
Excellent, Senkan. 100%.
EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE, MORI SAN!!
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Mori and Japan need to face the reality the system of justice is not fair. They'll be under scrutiny and should want to change. The Japanese people should be standing up for Ghosn, but likely will not. There's something about the educational system and culture that makes standing up for integrity and the right thing a difficult problem for the Japanese people, who get staunch and stubborn in issues where it would seem obvious an intelligent, caring person would want to rethink things.
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Here I need to say that there is no good one at all in this entire story; both sides did wrongdoings and likely breached the laws.
First of all, the Japanese justice system is the law, they're being questioned in their fairness and execution of the law, but they can't breach the law, they're not the accused, and no one else at Nissan, in this case, was, except for Mr. Ghosn.
Ghosn's conference is mainly about wanting a chance to a fair trial. To be considered innocent until proven guilty, and was not given the chance to do so. Rather, he was put in a small cell with no windows, and not given a court date or access to his wife's visits, for six months plus, and interrogated up to 8 hours in an attempt for prosecutors to get him to admit something he believe he did not do. That's not justice. I would completely disagree with the assessment he wasn't articulate and clear in his strong statements. I understood him, perfectly fine, and he didn't come off as some English teacher whatever, at all.
He did flee, which goes against Japanese law, but his reasoning made a lot of sense. If you're dealing with injustice, do you just sit and wait for your death? He's a brave guy for not waiting for Godot, and doing something about it.
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Ghosn is a hero for his courage, clarity and intelligent actions and words. He doesn't hate the Japanese people, at all. In fact, one gets a sense of his love for Japan, and only despises a justice system that is egregious in its unfair and often cruel ways. A justice system that brands and treats a person as guilty before trial, with pretty much torturous attitudes should not exist, in what is a very modern country in many ways.
The image of Japan of omotenashi, which means to wholeheartedly look after guests, and is thought of as a microcosm of Japan, representing the Japanese mindset of hospitality centering around care rather than expectation gets completely lost in the justice system. In fact, just the opposite. An accused, before a fair trial, is treated inhumanely but even more so, fairness and decency rights are taken away. It becomes a nonsensical guilt sham.
When what Mr. Ghosn experienced happens, Japan shows its hypocritical side, and would be better off to admit her wrong doings. An accused is not guilty before a fair trial, and the 99%+ conviction rate in no way can possibly be fair, but they rely on POV of their omotenashi side and say, 'see, we are the most hospitable humans on earth, how can our reasoning and actions be wrong?' The hypocrisy is shameful.
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Trump is so full of himself.
Ain't it great?!
No, not at all.
It just means he's a narcissist, and it ain't great.
People who are in love with narcissists buy into the lies and don't realize narcissists think they're Einstein and all others are idiots. When people who love narcissists finally move on, they realize how much happier and stronger they are away from them, but with a gain of perspective and intelligence, tend to berate themselves for believing the lies in the first place.
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Absurd is as absurd does.
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“We have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,"
An idiotic madman tweets with disregard for intelligence, international understanding and, just plain human decency. What a horror of an individual.
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What you and many people here fail to realize is that Japan is not a common law country. Its a civil law country so therefore the role of lawyers is more along the lines of advisors. They dont prepare cases here, that is the job of the judges. The role of the judge is exponentionally more important in Japan, therefore the time is not really for preparing a case, but rather enough time for the judges to get ready to hear the case.
Due to this, what alot of people here keep spewing which is absolute hogwash, is that Ghosns lawyers dont get to see evidence before hand. Thats because they dont need to in a civil law system.
So, this makes little sense to me. What is the use of a defense or prosecuting lawyer and how does a person get a fair trial, if they don't make a case and the judge sides with guilty judgment 99% of the time? With a 99% conviction rate, this idea of judges being the reason it takes time to make a case exacerbates the idea there is no fair trial, in Japan. It follows that it is not just reasonable, but logical that Ghosn fled the egregious Japanese justice system.
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”Not sure what legal reason Japan would have to prevent Carole from leaving Japan.”
Have you forgotten when Carlos was re-arrested and taken from their residence, and the police confiscated some of her passports but she skipped the country using one she hid from them, her American if I recall correctly.
That still doesn't answer to not having a legal reason to prevent her from leaving Japan, and the Japanese attempting to take all her passports. It further's the case that Japan's justice system is unfair. Being Ghosn's wife is not a legal reason.
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why is everyone blindly defending this man? Justice system may not be perfect but it doesn’t mean he is innocent.
Not blindly defending him, and not judging whether he is innocent or not. This is a matter of the justice system not allowing for fairness in determining whether Ghosn may be innocent or guilty. If Ghosn were found guilty, through a fair process, I wouldn't be defending him, at all.
Everyone wants the criminal justice system to be fair. Whatever one’s values, political affiliations, or ideology, an unfair criminal justice system is a faulty criminal justice system. While what is fair or not is subjective, objectively, Japan should be looking for fairness. It isn't about being perfect, in Japan's case, it simply is too unfair to believe jailed individuals stay jailed until they admit guilt. That's crazy. That's closer to a form of torture to admit guilt, than justice.
Many think Japan's justice system is unfair in its treatment of Ghosn. Ghosn fleeing is what anyone *should* do, if the justice system isn't fair.
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I don't care if he is innocence or not. That he is able to escape is the serious issue.
Whether he is guilty or innocent is not the issue here, the issue is was he being treated fairly by the Japanese justice system? He wasn't. His escape was a consequence of it.
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Perhaps Japan knew he left and was their way to avoid an embarrassing long drawn out court case that they know is weak.
Either way, letting him go or keeping him locked up, Japan is looking like a fool in its inability to have a fair justice system carried out properly.
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Japan reaps what she sows with an archaic justice system that deems you guilty until you admit it. Ghosn flees. Japan is mad and embarrassed.
Japan, instead of being introspective and realizing her justice system is at fault and needs to change the idea of jailing a person until they admit guilt, requires a fair 'innocent until proven guilty' protocol, will now just limit or eliminate bail to the accused, citing 'Ghosn's disappearance'.
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Even 92 year old queens are smart enough to understand scientific proof.
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Bottom line, is he will be impeached
Yeah, we'll see if they ever actually take it up for a vote and if they have the votes.
Wanna bet? The house will impeach Trump. Naw, I wouldn't bet with you, it'd be like taking candy away from a baby.
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Attacking Pelosi, and whining on with misogynistic words such as hysterical nut and hell hath no fury like a women are typically Trumpet juvenile name calling. Bottom line is she is a patriot, and will impeach Trump based on protecting the constitution.
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Even if it were impeachable, it's going to get snuffed out the moment it hits the Senate.
Trumpets believe that 'even if it were impeachable', meaning whether they believe it is true or not, they would not favor impeachment. It is typically wrong and being lemmings while looking thru fascist glasses. Bottom line, is he will be impeached, that's a process for the House, not the Senate.
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'Trump, the world thinks you are an incompetent, ignorant, dumb, deranged buffoon—and they are right. And you prove it to them every day.'
The most accurate description, by George Conway, of why leaders of the world believe Trump is folly. Unfortunately, being the village idiot isn't funny because Trump represents the USA at the highest level and he doesn't practice diplomacy and proper manner. His acts are those of a bully and a thug. His disrespectful comments and lack of proper behavior and attacks toward leaders in both the USA and throughout the world are unacceptable and embarrassing and ultimately leads to comments of derision toward him by foreign leaders. He reaps what he sows, and it's the first time in our history an uncouth buffoon is universally ridiculed as president of the USA.
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Haha. Lincolnman, this is exactly what the state run media of the fascist Trump regime would write up:
"The world's greatest and slimmest leader arrived in London today to adulation by millions of adoring supporters. His stable genius was on full display when he commented on trade negotiations with China which caused an immediate increase on world stock markets. His overflowing charisma charmed all his European counterparts. And he made a strong rebuke and threat to Putin over Russia's continued invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea"....
I realize it's written in humor, but all the Trumpets don't realize this is the lies they live. Ignorance is bliss.
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Why would he waltz into a perjury trap?
Haha. Really funny. Trump in a perjury trap? How? He's always lying so often, he doesn't know truth from lies, he can't help but perjure himself, no matter what he thinks he saying. His lies are facts and facts are lies and he doesn't have a clue which is which. He'd probably opposite speak his story in the middle of the same sentence, which he has done more than few times. He's obviously unhinged, so it's no surprise, but perjury trap? hahaha.
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On my bicycle, a runner in front of me, on the change of light to green, he ran forward. I was slowly moving on my bicycle, when a truck runs the red light and through the intersection at a good 60 KM. I had my hands on the brakes to stop, but still only missed the truck by inches, which barely missed the runner in front of me on the other side of the truck. Briefly saw the driver, a young guy texted madly...completely unaware he had run a red light and almost killed someone. Definitely laws have to be stricter. It might help just to make texting and walking illegal...way too many people walking blindly in stations and on the road, I'm sure that behavior leads to people texting while driving...
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I laughed out loud when Rudy said that.
Everyone knows it was a joke except for the anti-Trumpers :D
I laughed too, knowing Rudy is a weasel, he's not going to prison for Trump, he's gonna sing. Trump's closest people, like him and Rudy, are not one's with integrity, as a priority. Only Trumpets cult can possibly believe Rudy made a joke and won't save his own ass. Just look at the guy and listen, he'll definitely turn on Trump, no question about it.
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Yes Crazy Joe!! Exactly!!: The Party of Trump has ceded all claims to being the party of law and order, the military, fiscal responsibility, and national security. Now they just do anything and everything to remain in power. No true American, who values the ideals and principles that the nation was founded on, should ever vote Republican again.
100% agreed. The Republican and Trump base who lie on the impeachment issue, and believe it untrue, in spite of all the testimony exposing the president as doing a quid pro quo with Ukraine should face themselves in the mirror, to their families and their faith. Quit lying, Trumpets. If you've ever heard a 4 year old lie, and know they did eat the cookies they weren't supposed to, that's you. Quit being so juvenile, just stop it, and do the right thing.
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I was aware of custody type problems. As an American expat, I married a Japanese woman and we had two children in Japan. I had been taking care of the children since ages 1 and 3, and the short story is, my ex wife wanted a divorce, and for me it was contingent on giving me custody of the children, as I had heard of problems seeing your own kids and the archaic ideals of parental contact in Japan. She allowed it, and I was a single father with a six and eight year old.
Today, I proudly have a great relationship with my adult age kids, who are both college educated in their young twenties. I raised the kids, with some difficulty, and with little help from my ex wife during the formative years, but always allowed contact whenever she desired. It was imperative in my mind to allow the children access to her, and I had little spite and bitterness toward their mom in that it was definitely the best thing for the children to try and maintain some civil discourse.
As the ex wife succeeded in her work, she has paid for most of the kids' college education, which I am grateful for and it shows that keeping her in the loop was very important for various reasons, but mostly, kids have needs from both parents. They experienced non negotiable love from me. They learned the realities of Japan and life's difficulties from both of us. It's not that my ex wife did not love the children to leave them to me, she did love them, but she was not mature enough nor have the ability raise them, as I did. She just wasn't the person to parent them.
It all worked out, but I thank my ex wife for perhaps having the sense to know she wasn't equipped to be their main parent. I'll never know if she consciously knew this, or just skipped the difficulties and sacrifices, as parenting is difficult enough without being in a foreign country on your own, incapable of reading in Japanese, and she may or may not have realized how I could have easily messed up my children's lives. But I didn't. It may be the only thing I've ever truly succeeded in my life, and I'm happy and lucky to have had the opportunity. Bottom line is the kids are great, happy and productive having good relationships with both me and the ex.
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Is the purpose of the Schiff show to find the truth or to support impeachment?
Duh. Both. It's finding truthful evidence to impeach Trump.
”if she testified”, we would be asking her, not you.
I'm 100% sure they wouldn't be asking me. I'm 99% sure they wouldn't ask Chalupa. Point is, she doesn't bring anything to the impeachment proceedings other than to say the Kremlin was involved, not Ukraine, making it a moot point in the context of gathering evidence for these hearings.
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If Schiff didn’t block Alexandra Chalupa from testifying we could hear all about Ukraine and the DNC interfering in 2016.
Chalupa, who has said the Ukrainian-interference theory is a distraction promoted by the Kremlin. And there’s no evidence that the DNC used the information Chalupa found, or that there was any kind of concerted effort within the Ukrainian government was trying to help Hillary Clinton.
If she testified, it'd just bring more evidence the Kremlin was way more involved than Ukraine, but useless for impeachment purposes, at this time.
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