Taste You Can Believe In
(via kaesespaetzle)Source: pizzaforpresident
Sarah Palin is so fucking stupid and incompetent, it’s astonishing that she doesn’t accidentally set herself on fire multiple times a day.
And whenever John McCain whines about the Tea Party, remember that he’s the asshole who gave that lunatic a national platform.
This reads like it was translated from Japanese into English by a machine that added punctuation at random.
Have you ever stood in a line for WIC? PREGNANT WOMEN WILL WAIT AS LONG AS SIX HOURS with noisy toddlers to get their coupons for free proteins like cheese and dry beans. DRY BEANS. They can’t otherwise afford this necessary food to meet their monthly protein requirement to have healthy babies.
Do people honestly have any idea what sort of a problem food is in this country and how many children don’t have regular access to healthy meals? Do they know how many pregnant women don’t get the proper nutrition?
Fuck you Republicans.
I’m not even tagging these posts “politics.” This is basic humanity; it’s not me being a liberal—it’s me being a decent human and these congresstwits being INHUMAN.
When I tried to explain this to my friend in Canada she assumed I was making this up, because no one could be that cartoonishly evil.
I am saving this GIF for future use:
(via stfusexists)Source: beeishappy
Jason Jones talks to Gina Loudon, conservative analyst.
oh my fucking god
THIS ISN’T SKETCH COMEDY
THIS IS AN ACTUAL FUCKING CONSERVATIVE BEING INTERVIEWED
WHO SMILES AND SAYS “YES, THANKS” WHEN TOLD SHE’S BEING CONDESCENDING
AND WHO ACTUALLY BOASTS ABOUT REPUBLICANS NOT BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THEY EXPLAIN
THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT GIFSET ENCAPSULATION OF POE’S LAW I HAVE EVER SEEN
I AM OFFICIALLY 1000% DONE WITH AMERICAN POLITICS
His breaking character here was amazing. The fact that she’s a conservative ANALYST - not just some random person they pulled off the street, but someone who considers it their JOB to know their shit, who’s written books and gone on a billion conservative TV and radio shows - that fact that she’s a professional Republican and can’t grasp the basic issues with our old healthcare system, it’s mind-boggling.
"The private system has worked really well for a long time" yeah minus the actual TENS OF MILLIONS of people who couldn’t get insurance before the Affordable Care Act, we were doing greeeeeeeeat with the "free market solution."
"If you think homosexuality is an unnatural condition, I cannot agree with you."
Kevin Rudd smashes a pastor’s views on marriage equality on Q&A [x]
that man is the leader of a nation?
can he tour America? someone give him Real American Dollars so that happens.
(via wilwheaton)Source: raphmike
In a break from a nearly two-decade tradition, Abe dropped all mention of Japan’s responsibility as an aggressor against other Asian countries at an annual memorial ceremony honoring those killed in the war on Aug. 15.
Abe, who followed the precedent in 2007 during his first stint as prime minister, called for a review of this year’s speech, according to sources.
“I wanted (the speech) written from scratch,” Abe was quoted as telling his aides. “I would like you to fundamentally rethink for whom and for what purpose the ceremony is held.”
In explaining Abe’s thinking, a senior government official said, “An apology to Asia does not fit the occasion (for a memorial ceremony honoring the war dead).”"
Yes it does, you asshole, because YOU STARTED THE WAR. Not “you” personally but your predecessors. And if you can’t figure out a way to honor military casualties on both sides you need to get out of the speechwriting business.
Because guess what? Lots of prime ministers have given speeches on August 15th and for nearly twenty years (jesus how has it been only twenty years since Japanese leaders started taking their role in World War II seriously) they all threw in a line or two about how sorry they felt about killing so many people.
It’s possible to mourn your dead while also acknowledging your failures. Frankly, it’s required if your nation flat-out invaded others.
Look, I cringe a little when foreign headlines declare Japan is “moving right” because of people like Shinzo Abe. His views do not reflect the average Japanese person’s opinions on past militarism. But so long as Japanese people continue to elect clueless politicians who see nothing wrong with alienating Japan’s neighbors under the guise of “paying respect to the dead,” things aren’t going to get any better. They’re going to get worse.
And while we’re on the subject, I think it’s high time an American President made the trip in August to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You don’t have to apologize for the bomb, but you could at least show remorse that so many civilians were standing underneath it at the time.
The source for the above quotation in the Asahi Shimbun
A list of speeches by Japanese Prime Ministers, including addresses made on August 15th over the years (scroll down to view past leaders)
Hashimoto then said he also wanted to resign as coleader, saying: “I want to concentrate on issues in Osaka, including my plan to reorganize Osaka and nearby municipalities into a larger metropolitan administrative entity. Because there will be no national elections for the time being, I want to bring an end [to my time in this post].”
This caused a furor among members at the meeting. Shintaro Ishihara, the other coleader, told Hashimoto, “If you resign, I can no longer live.”"
After causing an international incident with his big mouth and getting trounced in the recent national elections, Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto tried to step down as the leader of his (struggling) party, only to be told to stay.
You wanna know why Japanese politics is so fucked up? Look no further.
I’ve made no secret of my contempt for many things Toru Hashimoto has said and done over the years, but there’s a reason he was elected governor and later mayor of Osaka: he has plans to fix Osaka. Specifically, he wants to smash the entrenched bureaucracy of the city/prefecture separation and create a single administration for Osaka.
I’m no insider but in my limited capacity I’ve already seen the inanity that comes from having too much government. During my JET years I attended many meetings and seminars that were exclusively for prefectural JETs - those teachers working for the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education as well as those working for smaller, local BOEs. However, those who worked for the City of Osaka BOE had to attend entirely separate meetings and seminars.
Never mind the amount of time that was wasted, think of how much money must have been spent on keeping two groups of similar employees apart for decades.
So yes, Hashimoto is a tool, but he has shit to do. Important shit. And the fact that he’s a known commodity to everyone in Japan shouldn’t take precedence over him getting shit done.
Is this a situation of his own doing? Pretty much. No one forced him to take his “Osaka Restoration Party” and turn it into the “Japan Restoration Party” by aligning it with other failing parties. No one forced him to team up with Shintaro Ishihara, a vile racist, sexist asshole who cannot possibly depart the political world (if not our mortal coil) soon enough.
But now that he wants out, they won’t let him out. Which means he’s worth more to that pathetic political party as a “controversial” figure than he’s worth as a competent leader of Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area.
tl;dr: Asshole gets what he deserves, but his constituents pay the price.
No, he fucking doesn’t.
The Mainichi Shimbun is reporting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit the Yasukuni Shrine this summer on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender. That’s good news, but only if you read the headline and walk away because the meat of the story is “August is not the timing for a shrine visit.”
OK, if August is not the right time to visit Yasukuni, when is it the right time? SPOILERS: it is never the right time to visit Yasukuni because that place is awful. And the fact that the leader of Japan won’t acknowledge that tells you everything you need to know about his view of history.
For those new to the story, the Yasukuni Shrine is, on its face, a memorial to those who died fighting for Japan in wars. Not just World War II but all wars - the shrine was built back in the 19th century. It is this status that makes Japanese people go crazy whenever anyone suggests that visiting the shrine is controversial or wrong. “What’s wrong with honoring the dead?” is the loud response, as if opponents object to that as a concept.
The problems (yes, plural) are as follows: straight-up war criminals are included on the list of people enshrined at Yasukuni, and the shrine includes a war museum on the grounds that paints Japan’s militarism of the 20th century as a great big misunderstanding. It wasn’t an invasion, silly, we just wanted to protect Asia from those greedy Europeans! And those war criminal proceedings were a big sham.
So no matter how they dress it up (e.g. “The Prime Minister made a personal visit to the shrine, this is not political, stop asking questions”) the very nature of Yasukuni makes it political. Every time a prime minister or other high-ranking Japanese official visits Yasukuni, leaders in neighboring countries get (rightly) ticked off.
Which brings me back to article above: Abe isn’t passing on a Yasukuni visit because he feels bad about Japan’s military past, he’s not going because he doesn’t want to (further) weaken the relationships Japan has with nearby Asian nations. In other words, he’s making the right call for the wrong reason.
Various Japanese leaders in the years since World War II have apologized and tried to make amends for the nation’s shameful past. But a great many leaders have also downplayed or denied Japan’s military misdeeds. This is ongoing, and each new cry of “golly we sure didn’t mean to kill so many people” reopens the wounds of seventy years ago.
So to Abe and any other Japanese politicians out there, stop going to Yasukuni. STOP GOING TO YASUKUNI. You want to have a private moment, have a private moment. Visit a cemetery or a veterans’ home. Go to Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Don’t play dumb, and don’t act surprised or indignant when your visit to a hateful place makes people hate you.
Hell, not even the Emperor visits Yasukuni because he recognizes its faults and his great-grandfather founded the fucking place. Be more like him.