TheLongTermer comments

Posted in: As the coronavirus pandemic forces the U.S. to step back from its global leadership role, now is the time for Japan to reassess its overreliance on its top ally and build its own defense capabilities. See in context

They been on this mess for years; get the US bases out, rebuild their military. Some of them want to wear the shoulder boards and call the shots. Seems that would be rather difficult being that their equipment mostly comes from the US. I guess they could get it second hand, copy/change it, but they would always be behind.

Im not too concerned yet, but if they were to control shipping lanes or they might convince some Dem loon politician to allow "JSDF" bases to be built up in the US and other overseas territories, that would be concerning. I dont ever see that happening, but with this latest bunch of loons, who knows.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at NASCAR over flag, noose; criticizes Redskins, Indians for weighing name changes See in context

Actually, if you would just put forth a bit of effort and dig, you would find Trump has passed many acts that benefit us all.

MSM never mentions them but Im finding out all the time through more transparent media sources.

I find it very strange that so many defend and support Biden, but under his bosses regime, no talk of changing teams names, removing statues, cancel this and that. Why not? They had 8 years to do it and got so much done for the LGBTQ community.

And make no mistake, Im in favor of changing the teams names as those Indian names are disrespectful.

Why all the sudden urge to cleanse everything though?

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Posted in: 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' country singer Charlie Daniels dies at 83 See in context

I also think there is some overlap from Southern Rock classic country and R&B; I can hear some country influence in some of the great R&B like the Isley bros etc, or maybe the R&B influenced the country. Anyways, those legends will never be replaced.

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Posted in: 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' country singer Charlie Daniels dies at 83 See in context

I grew up on CDB, MTB, Jerry Reed, and other great Southern bands. They were in keeping of the story telling traditions of the South, "the man with the golden thumb" or "the bird" by Jerry Reed, "the legend of the wooley swamp" by CDB, seems nothing like it will ever arrive on the scene again. Some songs by CDB would be deemed inappropriate by todays ridiculous cancel culture. The artwork alone on those old cover albums was worth buying the record for.

@Starpunk,

I dont think Alabama was ever considered Southern Rock, more of a classic country sound out of Fort Payne but with some of the fiddle licks from CDB, can agree on that.

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Posted in: Who owns the street? Seattle protest zone sparks property rights debate See in context

"Our role as the City is to protect both protesters, residents and businesses," said mayoral spokeswoman Stephanie Formas.

"There are more than 500 residents and dozens of businesses and employees. The City has an obligation to protect their safety and essential services," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in emailed comments.

This spectacle was one of the more bizarre episodes of the Dem peaceful riots show; but I will admit its been an amazing event to observe; the complete failure of leadership, blame shifting and opportunist within the ranks of these people. It seems not all Dems and Socialist are created alike and the usual Dem cannibalism is in full effect. The mayor, a Dem, and former appointee by Obama, was on national TV telling us this would be the summer of love, but only a few weeks had past and dozens of criminal acts to include murder have occurred. I find it suspicious that MSM has barely given this episode a mention, and we havent even got to the other cities and the enormous damages that were done during the peaceful riots. Instead its back to COVID blame and numbers, but during the climax of the peaceful rioting, not a word about COVID. I find that strange.

Will this mayor be held accountable for her actions? Who will pay for the damages done to private and public property? Will there be any reasonable accountability and reporting by MSM?

It seems the mayor should of picked a role; become a protester and abandon her office, or direct authority and leadership as an elected official and protect the people who elected her. Im now confused by the logic, did she think her initial actions would later result in more votes or just didnt think it through?

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Posted in: Trump posts video of couple brandishing guns toward protesters See in context

People should realize there is more to property/personal defense than just a gate; its done in layers. Physical barriers can be defeated, then its instrusive detection, could be geese, dogs, guineas etc. Then infrared, ultra sonic, CCTV, finally door step diplomacy.

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Posted in: What every fiance should know before meeting his father-in-law See in context

I was once told by a Japanese guy that if you marry a Japanese woman, you become part of her family, and you must commit to that, like their family is now your priority and you are their property. I told him thats not my culture but he insisted this is Japan and thats how it is. Of course, not for me, but I think its an unspoken but practiced rule in Japan that you are now part of the wifes family.

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Posted in: Trump tweets video with 'white power' chant, then deletes it See in context

Trump fans won't even call him out for it here. Must be white supremacist supporters

wow the media was so quick to make an opportunity of this crap, even after the peaceful riots, never miss a beat, those sweet hearts. Have all our best interest at heart.

I saw the tweet.

another so what? moment. He acted before thinking, thats it. I can think for myself. he wanted to show his support but some guy replied to another and said white power.

Whoopie doo.

I wont be breaking any glass or hurting other people.

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Posted in: Closing time for some California bars as U.S. posts record COVID cases See in context

All I can say is, I am so happy I left California, good luck to them all, they can keep their out of control Marxist policies.

Meanwhile, in more northern parts of the Left Coast, stupid people seem to be winning stupid prizes:

The lawsuits are starting to pile up for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan over the city's handling of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, where a shooting left one man dead earlier in June.

"I can't understand how anybody could say the mayor and the governor of the state should abdicate their enforcement authority ... to just give that up to an armed group of people who aren't elected."

Any indications this might repeat across the nation? Staying tuned.....

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Posted in: Trump says he is staying in Washington to protect law and order See in context

Sure these must be minor issues. 120,000 dead, the highest single day new infections ever and trump is more worried about statues of bigots.

We appreciate that, but during the peaceful riots, I didnt see any "please go ahead and riot and release your frustrations, but wear the mask, practice safe social distancing, assign a monitor to your crew to take temps before you break glass and enter stores"

Why not? Beacause thats counter productive to acts of violence. During an act of violence, the last thing you have on your mind is the well being of others.

So now that the economy is opening up, you want me to practice safe social distancing and submit to temp checks? I was with that before the peaceful riots, and I still am, but Im trying to follow the "authority" aka media and Dem elites, on which instruction to follow? Burn it all down or back to shelter in place?

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Posted in: Trump says he is staying in Washington to protect law and order See in context

I dont understand the excuse of "stoking racial tensions". During Obama, I didnt see any racist groups, burning crosses in national parks, going nuts during the 1st Black Presidents tenure. Many people were not happy with his stoking of strange ideas in his 2nd term so they voted Trump. If Biden gets elected in Nov,, Im not going to go nutso and riot. Its the democratic process.

Could it be your just not happy with Trump being president and you want to act like a spoiled child and have tantrums?

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

Jesus Anna, if generic questions ain’t your thing you need to get the first plane out of dodge! Poor wee thing.

Well lets flip that. A native goes up to a Japanese in the US and ask:

Why you come here?

How old are you?

Why you use chop sticks when you eat?

Do you speak English?

The reply would probably be "get the hell away from me"

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Posted in: Trump says he is staying in Washington to protect law and order See in context

There has been 24/7 Trump fact checking for 3.75 years now.

Id like to know why, during the Biden/Obama 8 years, there were no riots, tearing it all up? There were police shootings, mall shootings.

Also, right before the peaceful riots, people were arrested for attending churches and sitting in parks. Then a jump to burning churches and destroying parks.

So now, its back to accountablity? Fact checking? your using the same lure, them COVID stats and Trump no mask....

I guess Im the old bass in the lake, I need a new lure

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

I get asked why I am so tall and people recoil in horror when I say I have a degenerative, terminal, genetic condition. Serves them right.

when I get these annoying intrusive and sometimes racist questions, I just return the question with "today Im not available to teach English" or "please ask her or him" (Japanese bystander) Problem solved everytime

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

What a brilliant lady!

Before at interviews I would do the same thing; pre empt all the racist questions

My nationality is

My age is

My Japanese ability is

Ive lived in Japan since

My marriage status is

I actually had one interview years ago, where they had a subsidary in the US and needed a monitor (spy) to report back how the natives were performing. The location was remote and Im sure they got a tax subsidy to hire the locals there, and they couldnt keep Japanese staff to train them as they would all leave.

Because they had experience with the US HR laws etc, they straight up told me at the interview, we can ask you questions we cant ask in the US, and the panel of zombies began their interrogation.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka called racist after posting meme in response to COVID-19 cases See in context

She still has the fresh gaijin look about her, whereas the young lady who was raised the majority of her life in Japan and was miss Japan, had that more native look, connected to the real. If she moves to Japan and goes in deep, with all her mannerisms being challenged and the huge struggle that comes with the wash, I think she would look different.

Boku no kokuseki sono mama kekko desu. Even with all the moronic things going in the US Im not changing my nationality to Japanese.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka called racist after posting meme in response to COVID-19 cases See in context

I disagree, I think she and other mixed Japanese are highly intelligent and come with insight and truth to a very real issue and problem in Japan.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka called racist after posting meme in response to COVID-19 cases See in context

"It's because of you black people keep being hated and now I hate you. If you want to be treated like you're Japanese, speak and write in Japanese."

Classic. How many times do we hear that? but there seems to be a disconnect; if she wont tweet in Japanese then many Japanese feel its an insult, or that she is not Japanese enough or talking down to them because due to their education system, she has the advantage. The catch is, once you start in Kanji, you already lost.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka called racist after posting meme in response to COVID-19 cases See in context

The word "racism" is so over-used that it is almost devoid of meaning, except as a way to try to win your argument

I once heard it said, in order to survive in Japan, you must become racist yourself in order to maintain some sort of dignity. . There is a mentality of us vs them, we Japanese vs the rest of the world and no effort is made to even try and understand others. All the pandering will just exhaust you. There isnt a week that goes by where I dont hear somebody in a restaurant or event kitchen, when yours truly arrives on scene, and while sitting while being gaijin, all sorts of "gaijin blah blah" suddenly are heard. I didnt even get a chance to introduce myself, and Im already being talked about. There is no discussion about the "G" word and its long term effects on the mental health of us.

She's technically Japanese, but really, she is not. Just like I am Canadian, not English.

I dont think she really understood the implications of choosing Japanese nationality. If she tweeted in Kanji, I would see and there would be the usual rabbit hole army of Nihonronjin nasties who would attack, just like we saw with the halfu miss Japan young lady.

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Posted in: U.S. records 34,700 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday; highest one-day total since April See in context

You also said all that before the peaceful riots. Yes, there has been a set back due to the demonstrations. Can a honest discussion be had? Id like to know those stats. and any correlation of the riots and the COVID spikes, its effect on national debt and other missing information

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Posted in: U.S. records 34,700 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday; highest one-day total since April See in context

So what do you want Trump to do? He gave out checks, defense act to go crazy making ventilators, mask delivered to all these crying Dem governors. Then there was a new fever; nutso fever and lock down guidelines were ignored. So you want the guidelines back in place AND blame Trump? You want the police back, AND defund them?

Also, is nutso fever is dying out or......I cant keep up! Any COVID updates from the CHOP and other autonomous zones?

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Posted in: U.S. records 34,700 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday; highest one-day total since April See in context

“We need everybody to behave perfectly and work together perfectly” to slow the infection rate, Houston Methodist's Boom said. “When I look at a restaurant or a business where people ... are not following the guidelines, where people are just throwing caution to the wind, it makes me angry.”

Interesting. I guess it depends on the cause and stress level. I saw lots of stressed out people barely 2 weeks ago...getting their loot and burn on. Angered by that...or that doesnt count?

Just wanted to get that on the record...

Well there is allot of things on record, lincolnman. During the darkest hour of the peaceful riots, some Dem leaders and elites were posting "defund the police" "burn it all down" and "combating white supremecy takes priority over the COVID"

Still waiting on those stats and COVID infection rates due to the peaceful riots. For some reason, MSM hasnt mentioned them. Full circle blame to "Trump doesnt wear a mask"

Do you think it might be that nutso fever is the cure and they are still studying that?

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

@Mark,

I agree, good riddance to Bolton, but I dont know why he was ever hired to begin with, along with Mattis.

Trump seems to have good sense when it comes to people, maybe he just kept them on for sympathy. He also complained about Mattis, "is he a dem or repub" I could never tell either, Seems he read allot of books though.

Barr, sec treasury and the guy doing labor, make for a good Trump team.

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Posted in: In the United States, when the economy gets bad, people get laid off one after the other, and the unemployment rate shoots up. But for Japanese employers, laying people off is difficult both psychologically and practically. See in context

Comparing apples to oranges. My understanding is that only a minority of Japanese even have full-time protected jobs and the rest are dispatch or part-time and probably not included in the number. You can easily get a full-time job in the US and you are basically not protected from dismissal, which is why the economy is dynamic not sclerotic.

This is 100% correct. Many Japanese get laid off or fired, I have seen it, but it happens at smaller companies. They cant afford to keep unproductive types around. Ive seen kojo chos get ristra...aka fired. I think once I was just hired, to be kind of a buffer, for this shacho had planned- get rid of staff he didnt like. Having a gaijin around kind of sent the message, "going to part with the usual ware ware Nihonjin atama katai ways" They get locked up in feelings and culture, so having a gaijin around makes it easier to do. One of the many unspoken but very real realities of Japan.

Zombie sei shain?, its more difficult, but those jobs are guaranteed to freshmen who are expected to give their life to that company. In Japan a pedigree/degree pipeline from preschool to juku to university goes a long way in getting a job. Many live in dorms and live a life of frugality. Its a collective effort, and those gains are what makes it all work, along with other cross colabs with other companies.

The logic that Ishikawa is trying to transmit is hard to follow. US people dont suffer psychologically if laid off, so things are easier in the US? Or Japanese care more about feelings? Cant have it both ways; Gaijin are impossible to understand and train, or Japanese are impossible to fire. Sound more like micky mouse logic to me.

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Posted in: Trump visits border wall in Arizona as coronavirus cases surge in more than 10 states See in context

all these jars of pennies lincolnman. Im getting worked up

get them out of here!

Im offended by your name also!

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Posted in: Trump visits border wall in Arizona as coronavirus cases surge in more than 10 states See in context

Dont cash your Trump check just yet, Lincolnman. The bills you get might have an image of Jackson on them.

Ben was also white, something was wrong with him.

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Posted in: Trump visits border wall in Arizona as coronavirus cases surge in more than 10 states See in context

The images of George Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson on all coinage and paper bills must go.

"In God we trust,"

gotta go.

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Posted in: Trump visits border wall in Arizona as coronavirus cases surge in more than 10 states See in context

Red State Governors botching and bungling just like Trump - Trump kills his supporters, these Governors kill their residents...

Thats cute because a recent news story shows Chicago shootings at over 100 in just a few days. The CHOP has had 3 shootings, and Dem mayor is back tracking on summer of love defense. Interesting how she snubbed Trump but is now backed into a corner. Other Dem cities are in chaos. Please be transparent in your reports.

Your COVID blame is also getting tired because, if you were attentive, you would of noticed that during the peaceful riots, when people were entering stores, they werent getting their temp checked. A new protocol was in play; break the glass, enter, get whats yours? then run out. No monitor to take their temp as they would of been beat down. Concern for the virus and surfaces wasnt a priority.

Looking at my US coinage, I see an image of George Wash and on a bill, I see Andrew. Should I send it back to the treasury? Im getting offended.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

@Xeno,

nice shiny object but seems counterfeit because you left out the part about tens of thousands of young men who died, on islands and other places. Without their sacrifice, many of those Isorokus Tojos or Yamashitas would of been pounding the table with demands, then more demands just like they did in Singapore or Hong Kong. what a scary world it would of been. If Japan would of won or negotiated a cease fire with conditions, they would of never been so kind.

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Posted in: U.S. demanded Japan pay $8 bil annually for troops: Bolton See in context

Had nothing to do with money and poor economic situation. The economic situation was the best its every been before the shut down. He was stopping the pattern of bowing to Japan China Korea and other countries and demanding they play fair

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