Toasted Heretic comments

Posted in: China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver See in context

Please don’t give in to the communist

China is not communist. Yes, the ruling party keeps the name but these days (as happens so often) it has nothing to do with the tenets of communism.

In spirit, I agree. Don't give in to totalitarianism.

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Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine See in context

The nations that protest most have shameful histories of war crimes, I guarantee.

Oddly, am in agreement with you. But I still think the fetish, or cult of war criminals should be shunned. In any country that does it.

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Posted in: Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son See in context

Yes and then the country will be like Colorado, weed smoking pot headed zombies walking incoherently around

I think you get your information from outmoded and archaic sources like "Reefer Madness". Recreational users include doctors, journalists, politicians, dentists, teachers, architects etc etc. But it's not just the so-called "respectable" professions. People from all walks of life use drugs. Of course, it's when it becomes all consuming, like alcohol or any other addiction - that's a danger. But most recreational users aren't like that. And they certainly wouldn't be doing it at work.

Certainly far more coherent and focused people, than the occupant of the WH, who relies on (allegedly) adderall and sudafed.

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Posted in: Lost something on a Japanese train? Look for it at the railway’s lost-and-found market See in context

Love these kind of stores. Always a bargain to be found.

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Posted in: Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son See in context

Doesn’t absolve the fact that what the reason, these men are perpetrators of these alleged crimes.

Supply and demand.

Cut out the cartels and middlemen by legalizing drugs. It's really that simple.

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Posted in: Elderly woman describes her flood victim husband's final moments See in context

Saw this yesterday. Reduced to tears. How utterly heartbreaking.

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Posted in: Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament See in context

So Farage and I agree no deal is better than this deal. It's too bad there is no possibility of carrying out the voters' wishes on Oct. 31 and truly leaving the EU. UK politics bites the big one.

You are very keen on the UK leaving the EU and yet are silent as to when asked about whether the 6 counties should leave the UK. Given all the grief and possible devastation on border communities (both economic and the worry of violence), is it not better to do the deal with Ireland in mind, rather than rush it through for the sake of it?

Do you think the UUP are correct in their recent assessment of the DUP's stance?

Personally, I'm fairly chuffed that the Unionists are in a bit of disarray but I'd rather see Dublin stay strong and not be bullied by a tiny bunch of creationists who have shown the people of Ireland nothing but contempt.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup quarterfinals: Major rivalries and a surprise package See in context

Upvote for everyone here. Because we all have our favorites and we want them to do well.

COYBIG and also good luck to Japan, who have been nothing short of extraordinary so far.

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Posted in: New Zealand plans armed police patrols after Christchurch massacre See in context

A necessary move in light of the threat from the far right, incel insurrectionists and ammosexuals who prey on people because of perceived "otherness".

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Posted in: How can elderly people, especially those who live alone, be best protected when natural disasters like flooding, landslides and earthquakes occur? See in context

Keep in touch with your neighbors and community. Don't be afraid to reach out.

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'crazy' Nancy Pelosi and Democrats; defends Syria pullout See in context

Say what you want, but Trump can work a crowd

Most demagogues and tyrants can. They single out their critics, the press and foreigners, whipping their audience into a frenzy.

I wonder when the precise moment in recent history was, the equivalent of the Beer Hall Putsch, when the far right ideologies took hold and people got behind it. I suppose the nearest and most obvious moment was the nazis marching with their despicable chants and their "fine people" endorsement. But it was there before. The birther theories, the tea party and of course, Jim Crow and centuries of bigotry.

It's not surprising, with all that history, that such a man like Trump could become PotUS. I wonder will it take some sort of a D-Day style landing to liberate the US, if he holds onto power and the Democrats prove to be ineffectual?

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'crazy' Nancy Pelosi and Democrats; defends Syria pullout See in context

Nancy Pelosi is the worst of the left as Donald Trump is the worst of the right. They belong together.

Pelosi is not left. She's Center-right. But I agree with posters who criticise her lack of foresight.

But that's what happens when you have two parties that are similar, in keeping the elite in power.

I hope one day to see Democratic party with the likes of AOC at the helm, offering a real alternative.

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Posted in: William Shatner beams in with hit TV show at 88 See in context

Loved watching him in "Boston Legal"!! Denny Crane was an awesome character!! And after all of the history around Star Trek, such a different side of Shatner!!

Completely forgot about that excellent show. Good call.

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Posted in: What's wrong with having a mother complex? See in context

My mother passed away 2 weeks ago today from brain cancer. I took my wife and kids to my aunt's in Vancouver where she was staying and for 7 weeks all we did was visit my invalid mother every day and spent as much time with her as we could. My brothers did the same. None of us have a mother complex. We just loved her and appreciated her. That time spent with her made her passing a lot easier to deal with.

Sorry for your (and zichi's) loss. I understand what you are going through. The grief and sense of loss doesn't go away but it does become easier. I didn't always get on with my mom, but I loved her.

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Posted in: White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid See in context

Never knew you knew his thinking. But then again, liberals are the supreme clairvoyance

How do you know what all liberals think?

It doesn't take ESP to work out that your reich is floundering. Lie after lie, scandal after scandal and all presided over by a mentally unwell PotUS with delusions of grandeur.

And still the Trumpist cult cheers him on. Bizarre.

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Posted in: White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid See in context

So there was a quid-pro-quo, despite Trump repeatedly saying there wasn't.

And Mulvaney's story seems to be changing every 5 minutes.

And Perry is out.

Just another day in the nightmarish, corrupt Trump administration.

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Posted in: What's wrong with having a mother complex? See in context

Feminism killed real men, there are non left.

As a real man, could you explain your undoubted success?

The biggest losers are women, as they're dying to find a real cowboy to sweep them off their feet but instead they have to babysit all these soyboys.

What an amazing insight into the workings of the female mind.

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Posted in: Dry money See in context

The kind of money laundering I can support.

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Posted in: Trump leaves Turkey and Syria to argue it out; Pelosi says he had 'meltdown' See in context

Not quite; that was the neocon wing of the Republican party. There are neocons in the Democratic party as well, such as Hillary Clinton.

Going to agree with you there, Joe. All that PNAC stuff which we thought we'd seen the last of. And horrible memories of Madeleine Albright defending sanctions that cost the lives of half a million children in Iraq.

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Posted in: Uruguay rugby players assault staff, damage Kumamoto restaurant See in context

plus cleanup, and hired workers cost, I’d say 4mill is about right.

Yep, it's not cheap fitting and running a venue.

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Posted in: 7 crew missing after North Korean fishing boat capsizes See in context

RIP to the victims. Doesn't matter what their nationality happens to be.

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Posted in: Trump leaves Turkey and Syria to argue it out; Pelosi says he had 'meltdown' See in context

I'm guessing you don't have any family members who were serving in the military in Syria.

I'm not foolish enough to divulge personal details, esp those that could affect family.

If you're so concerned about the Kurds, go over there as a mercenary.

One can have affinity with and concern for any group in the world without having to be there. If Trumpists have so much concern over Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places like the US border or Venezuela, or Brexit Britain - one could ask why don't they go there?

Let Putin have the "great PR." And let the Russian troops put themselves in harm;s way. We're done there.

You're done here, too. Can your troops please leave, thanks.

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Posted in: Trump leaves Turkey and Syria to argue it out; Pelosi says he had 'meltdown' See in context

Russian troops have taken over and moved into abandoned U.S. military bases. Great PR for Putin.

All roads lead to Putin.

8 days since the US was an ally of the Kurds but now the critical partners in fighting ISIS are likened to terrorists.

I feel like I'm reading 1984 again.

Bipartisan pushback from Congress, even the evangelicals, is building. We say it often, but is this the final straw?

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Posted in: Obama endorses Trudeau in unprecedented move See in context

Because it’s odd that a person wearing black face, which is supposedly the most offensive thing a white person can do, is glowingly endorsed by a victim of his multiple transgressions.

Dishonesty and arguing in bad faith are pretty offensive, I'd say.

I'm guessing that Obama has the strength and grace to be in a forgiving mood and focus on what they have in common.

just shows liberals with selective outrage and groupthink over all other.

Bit like Trumpists, come to think of it. Outraged over comedians going against Trump but fine with their own videos advocating violence against Democrats etc.

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Posted in: Obama endorses Trudeau in unprecedented move See in context

Obama is reduced to endorsing political candidates outside America

Could be worse. He could have a history of praising dictators and autocrats.

Like Kim, Putin, MBS, Xi, Erdogan, Duterte?

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Posted in: Trump leaves Turkey and Syria to argue it out; Pelosi says he had 'meltdown' See in context

The US abandons those who fight alongside it.

This will not be forgotten.

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Posted in: Are China's 'internal affairs' going more global? See in context

Totalitarian state lacking fairness, nuance and empathy seeks perpetual rule through violence, oppression and fear.

Details at eleven.

When its leader, Donald Trump, holds a press conference.

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Posted in: William Shatner beams in with hit TV show at 88 See in context

His Twitter feed cracks me up.

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Posted in: For Lewis Hamilton, social media backlash is familiar feeling See in context

Why are vegans so authoritarian?

How so? I think you're confusing Hamilton with Putin

https://vegannews.co/president-vladimir-putin-bans-all-forms-of-animal-cruelty-in-russia/

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Posted in: Trump boasts that U.S. would win tariff war with Europe See in context

President Trump is right that the US will prevail. MAGA!

What does that actually mean, though? We know you and Russia want the EU diminished and powerless, but how will the US "prevail" and what does MAGA involve, exactly?

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