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Posted in: Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers See in context

> Chico3Feb. 12  03:14 pm JST

I'm puzzled as to the meaning of that sign. Wipeout Sexism or Wipeout Sexist?

I believe if you asked him, the answer would be....

"Yes."

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Posted in: Landmark Sydney casino project hit by laundering probe See in context

A casino operator with ties to organized crime?

I would think it'd be harder to find a casino operator who doesn't have ties to organized crime.

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Posted in: Girl sues Tokyo high school that made her drop out for breaking no-dating rule See in context

Don't worry. A few more years of the birth rate plummeting and the oyaji having no inclination to change the work culture in Japan, and all these private high schools will drop their rules preventing young dating. Heck, some of them might even make getting a significant other a requirement for graduation.

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Posted in: Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims See in context

It’s a private for profit company, and they have full control of the machines.

Except that A) Smartmatic wasn't involved with the disputes that Fox & Frauds have linked them to, and B) they don't have full control of the machines.

And the use of these companies is a product of Republican pushing for increased privatization of everything from prisons to police to politics.

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Posted in: Mori scolded by wife, daughter after saying women talk too much at meetings See in context

If anyone's talking to much, it seems that Mori's the prime candidate. Perhaps there should be some rules implemented to restrict what he says?

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Posted in: Capt Tom Moore, WWII vet whose walk cheered UK, dies at 100 See in context

I quote from my alma mater:

And when our work is done,

Our course on Earth is run,

May it be said 'well done,'

Be thou at peace.

A salute, Captain Tom. May you reap rich rewards in whatever comes in the next life.

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Posted in: Senate blocks constitutional challenge to Trump impeachment trial See in context

Eh, not so much. Rand Paul likes to showboat by erecting his little barricades to legislative progress. He files objections to block appointments or he'll declare a filibuster to delay the Senate. He does this sort of thing all the time to get his name and face in the press. He has no legislation to offer, no new ideas so this is his way to remind his state he is busy, cough cough, "representing" his constituents.

Pretty much just like his daddy. Ron Paul, for all the internet buzz and 'heat' he got during the last few years of his time in Congress, pretty much did diddly squat during his entire time in the House. Get up, grandstand a bit, but when it comes time to actually get dug in, fades back behind an increasingly transparent veneer of supposed idealism.

And like his daddy Ron, Rand Paul tried to run for President, and quickly faded when he realized that it would take hard work and pragmatism instead of grandstanding to actually make some headway.

Face it, if Rand wasn't from Kentucky, there's no way he'd have been elected the first time, let alone the second.

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Posted in: House Democrats deliver Trump impeachment charge to Senate See in context

> Raw BeerToday  11:02 am JST

There's much talk about impeaching Trump, but little/no talk about Rep. Marjorie Greene submitting articles of impeachment against Biden.

That's because there's about as much chance of that Qanon supporting whackjob's articles getting passed as I do of becoming the next king of England.

Someone trying to raise a ruckus for partisan political reasons by declaring that they were submitting articles of impeachment is pretty de rigeur for the US at this point. In fact, every President since Reagan has had someone submit articles of impeachment against them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_investigations_of_United_States_federal_officials

Except for Clinton and Trump (twice), none of the articles ever cleared the subcommittee stage.

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Posted in: U.S. virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up See in context

The article said in recent days. Not two weeks ago, not last month. The disarray and confusion and shortages are happening now under Biden’s watch.

You do realize that Joe Biden was inaugurated only 5 days ago, correct? Now, taking into account that this was written at least a day ago, with quotes mined at least one day to a week before that... yeah, we know who's responsible for the disarray and confusion.

The Biden admin is trying to fix what was left behind, but in pandemic timelines they're coming in at the bottom of the ninth, already down runs and an out or two.

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Posted in: U.S. virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up See in context

> Mr. NoidallToday  07:25 am JST

The vaccine rollout in the U.S. has been marked by disarray and confusion, with states complaining in recent days about shortages and inadequate deliveries that have forced them to cancel mass vaccination events and tens of thousands of appointments.

and these are the people that want to run healthcare.

You're right. Trump and his ilk should never be allowed to form healthcare policy ever again. Glad we can agree on something, because it was his 'hands off' disorganized approach that let to the above disarray and confusion.

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Posted in: Billionaires thriving as poor suffer in widening COVID-19 divide: Oxfam See in context

I feel sorry for those that think money is the answer to happiness and freedom.

I forget who said it (I want to say a comedian I heard once), but many people who say 'money can't buy happiness or freedom' are living in a ridiculous haze.

Because while money might not buy you freedom or happiness, you can almost guarantee that the lack of money will create a metric ton of stress, lack of freedom, and unhappiness.

Tell the guy who has to work two jobs to even pay for a 'basic' lifestyle that it's not the lack of money that's affecting him, it's his mindset.

Or tell people like my parents, too poor to pay for the assisted living or medical care they need, that money can't buy them freedom or happiness. Oh, I'm sure many reading this would say that their ungrateful son should be helping them, but I'm barely keeping my own family above water as is, working 60+ hours a week.

Tell the kid who goes to bed hungry, who knows deep down in their gut that their only chance at escaping a ghetto is to either be a one in a million talent with a basketball, soccer ball, or just the ability to beat another human being unconscious, to join a military force at little more than poverty wages, or to enter a life of crime. Tell them that money can't buy them some freedom and happiness.

No. The truth is that while money may not be the full answer to happiness and freedom, they sure can purchase a lot of opportunities for both.

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Posted in: Biden pushes to get food, cash to crisis-hit Americans See in context

Pretty bigig difference !!..

A bigly difference, IMO.

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Posted in: Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks See in context

Just curious, can anyone tell me an airport, airline, and public transit system in America right now that lets you patronize the establishment or vehicle without a mask? Prior to Jan 20th.

The biggest issue is that lots of idiots are throwing their temper tantrums by claiming 'there ain't no law' that says they have to wear a mask. A claim made many times by certain posters on this very website, in fact. So if 'there ain't no law' then these airlines, etc 'can't take away mah rahts' in their frequent childish tantrums.

At least 1500 people have been put on the no-fly list for refusing to wear masks, with many protesting using such language.

Fine. Now it's governmental policy. It's law.

So put the darn mask on.

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Posted in: Attorneys call for Giuliani to lose law license over false claims, mob incitement See in context

Between this and losing his sponsorship by Just For Men, Rudy's in for a hard 2021.

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Posted in: Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers See in context

Bernie awesomely looked ready to tell everyone to get off his lawn.

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Posted in: Trump supporters rally in Tokyo See in context

Instead of nettouyoku, can we call this group the bakauyoku?

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Posted in: 'We must end this uncivil war,' Biden says, taking over a U.S. in crisis See in context

Today was a day to feel good, to hope that the dream that is America, and the ideals it has espoused and says it was founded on, have not gone down the path into the night.

Tomorrow the hard work starts, as the brass bands get put away, and the flags get picked up off the lawns. Tomorrow is the day that we must work to bring the nation back onto course. To clean up the mess left over the past four years, and to bear with the burdens placed upon our shoulders for far too long by far too many of us.

Let us have faith that tomorrow, we can do the work.

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Posted in: 49-year-old disqualified exam-taker arrested over refusal to leave toilet See in context

When asked how he felt he did before being disqualified for the exam, the man probably replied "I'm fine, thank you, and you?" in a robotic monotone.

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

 For all of Trump's fault, at least he embraced all Americans.

Don't make me laugh. Barely a day could go by without Trump dog whistling, mocking, bullying, and more. Whether it was referring to people as 'bad hombres' or 'thugs' or vowing to protect 'suburban housewives' and more, not a day went by without Trump trying to divide America into camps.

Embraced all Americans? Only if you are saying that Trump maliciously sees all Americans not named Trump as peasants who are beneath him, only to be separated by whether they believe his cynical garbage or not.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

Then why are they called black colleges?

They aren't. They're known as 'historically black colleges & universities,' or HBCUs. Back in the segregated days, they were the only colleges many black students could go to. None of them are 'only black' in any way, shape or form.

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Posted in: Kyrgios calls Djokovic 'tool' after quarantine demands See in context

Kyrgios is normally a tool... but apparently this tool's found the right bolt, because he's dead on with this one.

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Posted in: Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of color, part of racial justice effort See in context

How much black does a person need to have to be accepted at a ‘black’ university?

None. There are White students and students of all ethnicities at the various HBCUs. In fact in 2008, the valedictorian of Morehouse College, one of the most historical HBCUs, was white. I was even offered a scholarship to North Carolina A&T, a HBCU, when I'm not Black.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration See in context

Biden won because of middle class voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida.

And do you honestly think that the 'middle class voters' of these states didn't grow up listening to Bon Jovi if they're from the 80s, or J-Lo and Justin Timberlake in the millenium? Even Gaga's debut was 12 years ago, someone who was a first time voter when she debuted would now be north of 30, most likely with kids.

They are representatives of what the 'middle class' listens and listened to. If anything, they're all a bit dated, bland, and getting into fuddy-duddy range, pop culture wise. We're not talking about Biden having Post Malone or Megan Thee Stallion up there.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

The media, nor the author know the sentiments of these people concerning the people incident.

Pretty easy to deduce the sentiments when they refuse to condemn the violence, when they continue to support the lies of Trump, when they continue to play false 'what about' games and continue to peddle conspiracies and deal in seditious language.

When members of Congress don't vote to impeach, when people like Jim Jordan, Lauren Broebert, and Margorie Taylor-Greene in addition to Matt Gaetz continue to support the lies, the falsehoods, and the gaslighting pandering... yeah, pretty doggone easy to 'deduce the sentiments' of people who continue to support this lot.

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Posted in: Team GB 'hugely confident' Tokyo Games will go ahead See in context

I will hand out one compliment. You really can't think of a better last name for the guy. Maybe if his name was Albion England that would top it.

It would be like the head of the USIOC being named Andrew Merica, or the head of the French group being named Francois, and the Deutschland head being Germain.

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Posted in: Why do you think government leaders wear work overalls at press conferences ad meetings during crises like the coronavirus? See in context

To quote the immortal Mel Brooks as the Honorable Governor William J. Le Pettomaine:

"We gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs, gentlemen! Harumph! Harumph!"

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Posted in: Visiting Texas to see border wall, Trump takes no responsibility for Capitol riot See in context

For those who claim that Donald 'learned his lesson,' or that he has somehow been cowed by the reaction and that no use of impeachment or the 25th Amendment is necessary... read the man's own words. Listen to what he says.

He feels no guilt, no responsibility for what happened. He thinks his words were, as always, 'perfect.' He believes he is, as always in his mind, right.

And as such, he cannot be expected to rationally act or to fulfill the oath he took. He should be removed from office either via the 25th Amendment, or impeachment. Failure to do so would be a weakening of the country, and an open endorsement of sedition by those who support him or fail to punish him.

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Posted in: Do you find it troubling that Big Tech can silence a U.S. president, or anyone, for that matter? See in context

What is needed is for the readers to get educated as to what is real and what is not. Let the apples fall where they may. Most people know how to determine the difference.

Except that, as has been proven time and time again, 'most people' don't know how to determine the difference.

As for the question of 'silencing' a US President, he's hardly silenced. All he has to do is walk into the press room, and he'll be on TVs around the world. Or put out a statement through the White House press office.

The simple fact is, even without his Twitter account, Donald Trump has more access to getting his words heard around the world than almost anyone in existence. This is inherent with the job he's (not) doing. The President of the United States sneezes, and ten million people offer a tissue.

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Posted in: FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week See in context

And of course, Donald does nothing. It's not like he can't just call a press conference and say "Don't do it."

He'd rather sit back and watch it all burn.

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Posted in: Democrats prepare 'incitement of insurrection' charge against Trump See in context

 “They’re not only going to create bad feelings in Congress, they’re really going to create tremendously bad feelings in America,” said Rep Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

A common dodge put out by the Republicans, but here's the thing. Donald Trump, Rudy Guiliani, Don Jr. and others clearly incited a riot and insurrection. These are crimes.

You want to know what's going to create division? Letting rebellion and insurrection go unnoted and unpunished. That'll cause bad feelings.

Senator Roy Blunt tried to state that 'Donald touched the hot stove once, he won't do it again.' Why? If you don't impeach or 25th him, he won't have gotten burned. He won't have suffered anything in his eyes. Same as what happened with the last impeachment, when numerous Republicans said 'Oh, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He's been shamed, he won't do it again now.'

Garbage. It didn't work with the last impeachment. If anything, it didn't shame Trump but emboldened him. He figured he'd gotten away with it once, so why not more? The idea of shame would work with someone who has morals. Trump doesn't, he's a narcissistic sociopath. The greatest punishment he's gotten for all of this is being kicked off of Twitter. That's it.

So tell me Republicans in Congress, what is to stop Trump? A promise? Who cares, he's shown that any oath doesn't mean anything to him, from marriage vows to the oath of Presidency. That he'll be shamed? Equally useless.

And letting Trump skate on this would only further encourage and enflame his minions and cult members. After all, Grand Poobah Trump got off, the 'libs' are scared of him, right? Their cause must be righteous therefore! Time to sacrifice for the man touched by God to bring righteousness to America and make America great again, Donald Trump! (And mods, before you modify or delete that, those are all quotes and comments lifted directly from public figures talking about Donald Trump already)

No. The only way to actually 'heal' is to call out, and punish, those who openly incited a riot. That includes removal from office.

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