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Old 2021-02-28, 15:25   Link #161
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I thought samurai were supposed to follow a code of honor. Lying about the 2020 election doesn't seem to fit.
If we go by the romanticized version of The Soul of Japan (1900) that would be truth. But imo Samurai were the medieval version of Judge Dredd, there is a reason why no one in his right mind would ask to return to those days where there were no police officers or the rule of law.

Gemki Fujii seems no different from the average Trump cultist, he either believes all the lies or isdelusional enough to thinks those lies are the path to righteousness.
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Old 2021-02-28, 20:45   Link #162
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These right-wing bushido revivalist types have always been an ugly little subset of modern Japanese culture. Let's not forget Mishima Yukio, who was so wrapped up in the fantasy that he forced his assistant to behead him and then commit seppuku.
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Old 2021-02-28, 20:52   Link #163
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It seems they hate China a lot, and are convinced that Trump is the only “cure” because he tweets mean things about China

You can probably blame the later part on Fallun Gong and Happy Science cult on selling the idea.

You live in Japan, so you probably know more. How much influence does Happy Science have. Are we looking at a another Aum in the making?

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Old 2021-02-28, 21:42   Link #164
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As an outsider it's hard for me to say, but I would equate their influence roughly to the Scientologists in the U.S.. Most people find them weird and scary but they have a few high-profile devotees, some media influence, and shit-tons of money.
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Old 2021-03-01, 04:18   Link #165
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I get it. The Republican Party in such in name only; they're better calling themselves the Fascist party, but unfortunately associating everything surrounding Hitler is best found only on the fringe side of things (there are definite spots on the Internet where the Nazis are actually seen as the good guys).

But when the Democrats prove their Republican-given nickname of Do-Nothing Democrats... those like myself lose faith in politics completely. The latest example? "Not all the Democrats want a $15 minimum wage".

As a comment on the Internet put it... the majority of senators in the party still think we're in the 90's where you can work in good faith with the Republicans.
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Old 2021-03-01, 12:17   Link #166
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The Administration has located the parents of 105 of the 611 separated children reported last month. That strikes me as pretty speedy and not likely to continue at this pace. One tendentious issue is whether to allow parents outside the US to return and be united with their children. Once in the US, they would likely apply for asylum and be able to stay while their cases are adjudicated.
The Administration has decided. Reunited families can return to their countries of origin or remain in the United States.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/imm...unite-n1259141

Expect to hear wild howls of dismay on the right.
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Old 2021-03-01, 20:15   Link #167
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As with the student debt cancellation,

I'll believe it when I see it.

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Old 2021-03-01, 23:13   Link #168
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The Administration has decided. Reunited families can return to their countries of origin or remain in the United States.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/imm...unite-n1259141

Expect to hear wild howls of dismay on the right.
And sullen silence on the left.
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Old 2021-03-03, 16:29   Link #169
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If you can't produce a quote from yourself criticizing when Donald Trump attacked Syria's airport four years ago, this quote amounts to sheer hypocrisy.

For the record, I think War Powers Resolution resolution should be outlawed.
I have said nothing about my position on either Biden or Trump bombing Syria, the statements by Biden's press sec do not require me editorializing.
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Old 2021-03-03, 17:21   Link #170
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So CPAC has ended and them having a golden statue they think will bring them prosperity did not incite the ire of the evangelicals? they are christians in nothing but name.

Seems trump does not need to make his own political party, we can just ask the GOP to harass anyone that opposes him and they will gladly oblige like the spineless cowards they are. But expect no gratitude from trump, anyone here remember the name of the first GOP senator to support trump as a candidate? He is already history and so will be the rest of the appeasers!

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Old 2021-03-03, 20:55   Link #171
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Have to say, I am terrified of the potential tomorrow could hold...
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Old 2021-03-04, 06:33   Link #172
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Old 2021-03-04, 17:11   Link #173
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What? You can live forever on $1400? Well clearly we've all been living wrong somehow all this time. Man oh man where would we be without good old Mcconnell to explain the facts of life to us.

Damn thinking for myself sure is hard.

Sheesh do these politicians even think before they speak or do they just spit out the first stray thought that pops into their heads?
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Old 2021-03-04, 17:41   Link #174
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What? You can live forever on $1400? Well clearly we've all been living wrong somehow all this time. Man oh man where would we be without good old Mcconnell to explain the facts of life to us.

Damn thinking for myself sure is hard.

Sheesh do these politicians even think before they speak or do they just spit out the first stray thought that pops into their heads?
The really sad part isn't the politicians and their bullshit but those than agree with them or than are easily convinced by them.
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Old 2021-03-04, 20:25   Link #175
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Those that he might be worried about are either already gaming the system, or are on social security or assisted living programs already. Everyone else is either still making up for lost hours of work, or are out of work still due to the current emergency.

Plus, depending on the state, that could be between two weeks and a month worth of pay, if full time, or part time with a higher minimum wage.

Besides, it just mean the IRS won't have to refund nearly as much to low income tax payers next year, like with this year.
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Old 2021-03-04, 22:37   Link #176
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He's not actually worried about anybody, and virtually nobody is "gaming the system" - that a race-driven right-wing myth. He's just expressing his party's visceral opposition to any distribution of wealth to non-millionaires/billionaires.
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Old 2021-03-05, 11:33   Link #177
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He's just expressing his party's visceral opposition to any distribution of wealth to non-millionaires/billionaires.
That is only the excuse, the existential threat to the GOP is the democrats actually doing their work, which hasn't been the case with the GOP, since at least their last two presidents were morons which only did power grabs, but didn't accomplish anything that improved the life people at main street (you know, the ones that vote). McConnell is trying to stop a total wipeout in 2022, as I have said before, he will do anything within his grasp to make the democrats look incompetent, which is quite difficult since donnie lowered the bar so much that even dubya started to look good!
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Old 2021-03-05, 16:07   Link #178
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McConnell is trying to stop a total wipeout in 2022, as I have said before, he will do anything within his grasp to make the democrats look incompetent, which is quite difficult since donnie lowered the bar so much that even dubya started to look good!
Honestly, judging by how democrats have been handling the coronavirus relief package so far, democrats are setting themselves up for a 2022 Wipeout all on their own, Moscow mitch doesn't even need to lift a finger.
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Old 2021-03-05, 20:17   Link #179
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Sad part is that people will look at it as 1 or 2 Dems didn't want to pass it, so they're all bad. But the 50 GQP members who also didn't want to pass it are fine because media told us it was the Dems' fault.
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Old 2021-03-05, 20:51   Link #180
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The Democrats gained nine seats in both the House and the Senate in 1934, contrary to the usual anti-incumbent effect we see in off-years. I think 1934 is a pretty interesting comparison to 2022. Partisan alignments were strong then as well, but the Democrats increased their margins by implementing New Deal policies. Seems to me that Biden and company are hoping to see similar results after defeating COVID and putting people back to work. Here's one projection of the likely effects of the $1.9 T Biden plan:

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Much of the improvement in the economy occurs before the 2022 election.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-fr...iscal-package/
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