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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  07:16 am JST

... it seems the next connivance is to try to erode Trump’s popularity by squandering millions of taxpayers’ money on frivolous law suits.

Surely they won't waste their time or anyone's money and make idiots of themselves in court if Trump's tax records don't contain any evidence of wrongdoing?

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Posted in: Leader of political party that refuses to pay NHK ordered to pay NHK See in context

Some also pointed out that even though he lost this court case, Tachibana is still very much winning in the long run. He is constantly representing himself while NHK has to employ a legal team to continuously wrangle with him in court over trivial sums of money. 

Morons. I wonder how much all that sets them back.

Tachibana often explains [Crush NHK] to mean “destroy the ways they currently do business” and set up a fair model, such as a scrambling system for non-payers, in its place.

They'd be much better off doing as he suggests, although then they'd have to make programmes that lots of people actually wanted to watch or the executives would have no money for slush funds and huge over-priced corporate headquarters.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  08:44 am JST

"Pro-Trump commenters rather like to give the impression that they all form one dedicated block of people who are going to stick with Trump come hell or high water all the way through to 2024 and beyond."

Sure. But a lot of the Trump frenzy is media-inspired. 

I think this kind of thing inspires a different kind of Trump frenzy:

Only on Fox News was Trump even called a “former president” on air during his appearances. Kelly referred to “President Trump” and “Joe Biden.”

A lot of people are in awe of you, and I am one of those people,” Kelly told Trump.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  08:23 am JST

It paints all 75 million voters of Trump as some kind of loonies.

Pro-Trump commenters rather like to give the impression that they all form one dedicated block of people who are going to stick with Trump come hell or high water all the way through to 2024 and beyond. I prefer to see them as consisting of a certain number who are indeed like that, and many more who are just lifelong Republicans who would never vote for any Democrat, or moderates who liked how Trump was running the country but could flip to the Democrats if Biden does a better job or if Trump gets into more legal and financial trouble.

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Posted in: Opposition demands Suga's son appear in Diet over bureaucrat dinners See in context

Ricky Kaminski13Today  02:27 pm JST

...but really shouldn't the opposition be focussing on policy issues ( do they have one? ) you know the pandemic stuff and the shakey economy?

What, and just completely ignore this kind of thing? Do you think the LDP would turn a blind eye if opposition politicians carried on the same way?

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Posted in: Proud Boys suspect's lawyers blame Trump for Capitol attack See in context

Raw BeerToday  09:37 am JST

Hoping to get a lighter sentence, of course they will blame Trump. 

Just like Trump threw them all under the bus after he'd told them to "fight like hell" and they actually did it? That's right-wingers for you - all for one and each man for himself.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

cleoToday  05:28 pm JST

The five ladies who will magnanimously be allowed to sit at the back of the room with duct tape over their pretty little mouths are lawmakers, ie elected representatives of the people.

Let them speak.

Even better, elect some of them to the board. Then again, as it seems to be people like Yuriko Koike, Anri Kawai and Tomomi Inada who do well in the LDP I'm not sure it would make much of a positive difference.

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at McConnell, calling him 'dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack' See in context

lincolnmanToday  10:14 am JST

What this does signal though is the formal declaration of civil war within the Repub Party - its on now; the GOP vs the GQP....

And the only winner is the Dems...

Which makes it surprising that anyone who professes to be a conservative would be pleased at the prospect of Trump splitting the Republican Party. It's not as if all 70 million or so Americans who voted for him are going to stick with him and he's not going to widen his base very much by preaching to the converted and p***ing off everyone else.

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Posted in: Mori's sexist remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap See in context

"We should not only seek (Mori's) resignation but also correct the background that generated his remarks," Minashita said.

That can't happen until all the old men like Mori who have far too much power and influence either die off or are shunted off to nursing homes and kept sedated. They all get far more respect and deference than they have ever deserved, as the seniority system for promotions and rigged Diet elections guarantee that none of these useless old codgers have ever had to be competent or successful at anything to get to the top.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him See in context

bass4funkToday  07:51 am JST

Knew this was going to happen, now for the second time in history Trump was rightfully acquitted twice

"The second time." "Twice." "Rightfully." Really. Not even the correct word, but...

McConnell sharply criticized his former ally in a speech on the Senate floor shortly after Trump was cleared in a 57-43 vote, saying the rioters had been "fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth. Because he was angry he'd lost an election."

"Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty," added McConnell. "Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."

I wouldn't call that "rightfully." Or "rightly." I wonder if McConnell would voted for acquittal if he'd been a juror in a criminal trial with rules to guarantee a just and unbiased verdict.

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Posted in: Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  08:00 am JST

I hope Trump doesn’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Doubt it. They'll have the consolation of knowing that he was acquitted on a technicality by Republican Senators, not because they actually thought he was innocent but because they had an excuse to weasel their way out of losing the votes of his looney tunes base. A proper jury trial or a secret ballot would have delivered a different result from a farcical Senate impeachment trial.

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Posted in: Rioters acted on Trump's orders, Democrats say in trial See in context

Concerned CitizenToday  09:15 am JST

"Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump's impeachment said Thursday the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on "the president's orders” "

Please provide a verbatim, word for word quote, where Trump specifically 'ordered' the attack on Capitol Hill.

That's a deflection. What Trump actually said is not what's being addressed here.

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Posted in: Trump trial gets go-ahead after emotional, graphic first day See in context

Mr. NoidallToday  08:30 am JST

If there are crimes Trump has committed, then they need to be taken up in lower courts. 

Sounds like a good idea. I wonder how he would get on with impartial jurors who don't have to be scared of losing their jobs if they antagonise his base.

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Posted in: Trump lawyers blast impeachment trial as 'political theater' See in context

bass4funkToday  09:53 am JST

He did? Show it, show the EXACT WORDS VERBATIM where he told his supporters to engage and commit acts of violence. Go ahead, prove it.

If you were making a political speech, you knew there were armed people in the audience who were likely to turn violent and you told them to "be wild" or "fight like hell", what do you think would happen?

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Posted in: Trump lawyers blast impeachment trial as 'political theater' See in context

Burning BushToday  07:20 am JST

Let's put Trump back onto the center stage of American politics.

How do you do that when he isn't actually going to show up for the trial.

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Posted in: Woman arrested over deaths of two young sons See in context

It's natural and understandable to condemn this woman as evil and call for her to be executed, but if no one makes an effort to get to the causes of this, understand them and start doing something about them it's just going to go on happening. It's already happening a lot, and this indicates a much bigger problem than just one "evil" woman.

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Posted in: Olympic organizers apologize to volunteers over Mori's remarks See in context

JeffLeeToday  07:04 am JST

The Einsteins who appointed him in the first place should have realized the kind of attitudes held by most 83-year-old Japanese men, especially if they're LDP members, not mention Mori's own history of offensive remarks. I hope they apologized for making the wrong choice in choosing Mori.

I keep wondering exactly who those Einsteins were.

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Posted in: Koike says Olympics facing 'major issue' after Mori's sexist remarks See in context

rcchFeb. 6  06:57 pm JST

"She might be a woman and obviously quite media-savvy but otherwise she's just another aging right-wing nationalist who had her chance to change Japanese politics in the 2017 election but blew it."

yes, 2017. but. my point is that we have to start somewhere.

After that debacle I don't think we'll be starting with her. She's a conservative and if the 2017 election is anything to go by she won't have anything to do with more centrist or left-leaning politicians. So even if she can get a major political movement going nationwide she'll be offering a choice between well-entrenched LDP incumbents and candidates who really aren't all that different from them. If I were a conservative who had been voting for the local LDP gauleiter all my life I wouldn't see much point in switching, personally.

Careful with words; ”aging right-wing nationalist” doesn’t mean she is the same as an aging Japanese man,

I did note that she's definitely not a man.

....sexist, racist, ultranationalist, grandson/son/whatever of a former Japanese PM/politician, who can’t speak a word of English = Japan vs the rest of the world / Japanese vs gaijin mentality. Koike isn’t any of these things so... good enough for me. Of these two ( a kusojiji/oyaji and a conservative woman ), I’d prefer the latter.

Judging by her adherence to causes such as Yasukuni Shrine visits and historical textbook "reform" I'd guess that even if she isn't a 3rd generation misogynist dinosaur herself it would hardly matter if she became prime minister because she would be letting those kinds of people call all the shots.

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

WolfpackFeb. 4  12:37 pm JST

I think he is confusing his colleagues with the ladies at the hostess clubs. He is a fairly old guy. Just laugh it off and keep doing your jobs. He was raised in a different era. We should be tolerant and not cancel him just because he isn’t up with the latest Twitter hashtag campaign. Someday we will all get old - the times will change again and the current wokesters will be the ones living in the past.

You think it's all right then, to keep an old, confused man in such a prominent role where his gaffes draw huge amounts of media attention and cause embarrassment to the whole country? I think it would give a somewhat better impression if the organising committee was headed up by someone younger who didn't say stupid things and got coverage for making smart decisions and getting stuff done. Then the only people who would have to be tolerant would be his family and presumably the other rich old men he hangs out with at various exclusive functions and expensive restaurants.

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Posted in: Koike says Olympics facing 'major issue' after Mori's sexist remarks See in context

rcchToday  09:00 am JST

I’ve said this before. Koike Yuriko, while far from being perfect, could be the beginning of a much needed change that needs to happen in the world of Japanese politics and eventually in Japan.

She might be a woman and obviously quite media-savvy but otherwise she's just another aging right-wing nationalist who had her chance to change Japanese politics in the 2017 election but blew it.

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Posted in: Lawmaker Anri Kawai resigns over 2019 vote-buying scandal See in context

smithinjapanFeb. 3  07:30 pm JST

"The party will make efforts to regain the public trust" should be the motto of the LDP, since they can't go a single day without a scandal of some sort, and then underneath say, "NOT!" because they never do. 

Why would they bother. They've never needed the public trust. They seem to have everything set up so that they keep winning elections no matter what.

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Posted in: Edano says opposition party ready to prove it is viable alternative LDP See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponToday  09:25 pm JST

Wow. People supporting communism.

Like the Republican Party and the CIA support the LDP?

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

danToday  01:43 am JST

And they expect the good old ippanjin to follow orders while they go galavanting around town with hostesses?!!

Of course they do. They basically run this country for their own benefit. Everyone else has "respect for authority" so deeply ingrained in their psyches after generations of feudalism that these daimyo wannabes do as they please and expect to be kowtowed to.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

ReasonandWisdomNipponJan. 27  10:58 pm JST

It will be a shock to you, but globally, leaders and politicians have made serious mistakes when it comes to this pandemic!

Don't you think people who make serious mistakes should face some consequences? What do you suppose would happen to you at work if you made serious mistakes like that? Would your boss just let you get away with them? I see no reason why these LDP ... people shouldn't be held to the same standards as everyone else.

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

WolfpackToday  08:33 am JST

"Then let’s run on the results. “The Democratic Party: we’re not ok with sedition.”"

After last year that’s pretty funny.

A characteristically disingenuous false equivalency.

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Posted in: Trump shuns 'ex-presidents club' — and the feeling is mutual See in context

RecklessJan. 25  05:26 pm JST

To be fair, Trump is the ONLY president who made progress in the Middle East, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel...

What's that actually achieved?

....and he probably was on the cusp of recognizing Taiwan as an independent country.

Doubt it. In spite of the Twitter trash talk he was too much of a wuss to really annoy the Chinese.

Zaphod

..and quite rightly so. Trump was elected because he was not part of the neocon-neolib cabal. Seeing him hobnobbing with these swamp creatures would be a big disappointment for his supporters

Seeing him hobnob with foreign despots like Putin and Kim Jong-Un is okay though? Getting saved from an impeachment trial conviction by obliging GOP swamp creatures like Mitch McConnell is okay too?

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Posted in: Arashi's Matsumoto cast as lead for 2023 NHK drama See in context

Pukey2Jan. 21  11:15 am JST

Ascissor:

You took the words right out of my mouth. Acting ability just doesn't seem to be that important.

I believe they're aiming for "multi-platform compatibility," i.e. the ability to perform in bland, formulaic pop groups, appear in bland, formulaic TV dramas, variety shows and commercials, and star in bland, formulaic films based on bland, formulaic manga and anime.

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Posted in: Republicans grapple with post-Trump future See in context

WilliBToday  01:37 pm JST

... there is really no substantial difference between the neocon and neolib establishment parties.

Makes sense to me. I don't think much can be achieved if you have radically divergent parties and a political system that means compromise is necessary between whoever controls the executive and the two houses of the legislature to get anything done.

I hope very much that Trump starts a new, clean populist party and puts the "republican" establishment in the dustbin.

So a lot of Democrats, probably. Such a schism would only benefit them.

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Posted in: Republicans grapple with post-Trump future See in context

AttilathehungryToday  11:08 am JST

Simon, the US is basically 50/50. Perhaps a few percent either way each election cycle.

Usually in the Democratic direction these days though.

Hell, the CNN political director was describing the lights in Washington like "extensions of Joe Biden's arms embracing America."

I think they would have stuck a different tone if they hadn't thought that was what most people wanted to hear.

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Posted in: Republicans grapple with post-Trump future See in context

AttilathehungryToday  10:17 am JST

Yep, Fox news leans right. No question. However, compared to the left leaning cabal of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, plus every major newspaper (LA Times, WaPo, New York Times), plus big tech.... a drop in the bucket. The media consortium is nearly total.

Election results appears to indicate that the majority of prospective viewers and readers are left-leaning too so it's maybe just a matter of giving the public what it wants.

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