akujunkan: (Default)
...about "unacceptable" and "racist" comments made to "university students" by a the Japan Bureau Chief that Okinawans were "masters of extortion (ゆすりの名人)," I said, "I bet that happened at the good ol' alma mater." Nailed it. )

That will be all.
akujunkan: (pluto)
...why, it's perfectly fine for you to say something retarded and shitty, but when someone else points out in response that what you just said was pretty retarded and shitty, your "First Amendment rights" are being violated.

I think we all know who I'm talking about.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
...and I'm looking at you, Darin Bolton, Eric Hairston, Shawn Schlegal, et.al., piss me off. It's not "the bank's fault" for making massive loans to you any more than it is "the bank's fault" in the case of all the undergraduate and graduate students I know who took out loans for much smaller sums of money, never anticipating that they'd be facing a job market with sustained levels of nearly 20 percent unemployment after they graduated. The Great Recession wasn't their fault either, but unlike you, society expects them to pay all of their student loan debt back.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (ajk)
...or I was, until I ran into Insane Neighborhood Lady. )

I'm not even sure which one's my hatevorite. But man, that lady and the warm sunshine. I think I'm going to stay indoors for the rest of my life from now on.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
Here's your answer: Question: which of these foreign heads of state just visited America?
a) Gordon Brown
b) The pope
c) Lee Myung-bak

Answer. )

Frankly, this is why Americans fail so miserably when it comes to international relations, and why we ended up with 4,000 war dead and a horrible president, but one that most of us deserve thanks to our willful ignorance.

'But the pope spoke out about human rights!' say the naysayers. )

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
...Happy Birthday, dear Iraq Conflict, Happy Birthday to you!

I'd like to publicly apologize for being so late in offering my wishes. After all, you've reached a very important milestone this year.

You all know all the things I could say at this point, so I won't even bother reiterating them here.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (ajk)
...which is a shame, because this:

::CLICKITY::


is priceless.

For. The. WIN.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
Please tell me I'm not the only one irked by his much ballyhooed decision to withdraw as artistic advisor for the Beijing Olympics because of China's then unwillingness to intervene in Sudan.

Maybe Spielberg believes his actions demonstrate altruistic sacrifice in the name of the greater good. From where I'm standing, however, all they demonstrate is that while Spielberg's "conscience will not allow [him] to continue with business as usual" when it comes to China's middling influence over Sudan, it was happy to do just that while China violates the rights of its own citizens.

In other words, Spielberg will intervene in a situation where China has no direct control over violations of human rights, but he's not brave enough to make a stand against a much more egregious violater who can offer him publicity (and perhaps product tie-ins and licensing fees), and whose abuse of its own citizens isn't currently considered sexy by TV news networks.

Way to strike a blow at the heart of human repression, Steve! Your ability to look the other way when there's great personal benefit to you is sure to strike fear into the hearts of wealthy, influential human rights-violating regimes the world over!

That will be all.

Oh, Japan.

Feb. 19th, 2008 01:53 am
akujunkan: (Default)
I'm pretty sure one of you on my flist mentioned this a few weeks back. It's also been in evidence on my mixi page. Anyway, Japanese people seem to really, really like Obama. Why? Who knows? )

ETA: Their CIR, if they have one, must be having a blast with this.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (ajk)
So. So. So. I think the interview went really well today. Cross your fingers for me, everyone.

Energized from my potential success, I dashed from the Wilson Center onto the metro, and made it to campus in record time, where I got in line to see Barack Obama. The line was moving forward at a decent clip, so it was almost foreordained that the arena would reach capacity when I was still thirty feet away from the door.

Undaunted, I headed to the library, where I made my way into Media Services, and watched it live on a screen there. As a consolation prize, I was able to leave as soon as the talk was over, instead of being locked inside the arena, as were most of my friends.

Barack Obama is certainly charismatic and an excellent speaker who can deliver a riveting speech filled with agreeable generalities. And that's the problem with him, as far as I'm concerned: all the makings of a good leader, but no discernable stand on any issues.

And then I went home and watched the State of the Union address. )

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
The BEST article I've encountered on Bush's economic 'miracle.' )

READ THIS ARTICLE.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (Default)
88% Mike Gravel
84% Dennis Kucinich
78% John Edwards
77% Bill Richardson
73% Barack Obama
73% Chris Dodd
69% Hillary Clinton
67% Joe Biden
31% Ron Paul
28% Tom Tancredo
25% Rudy Giuliani
23% Mitt Romney
22% Fred Thompson
20% Mike Huckabee
20% John McCain
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

That will be all.
akujunkan: (Default)
...happened to be going to see No End In Sight. Which happens to be the single best explanation for the mess that we are currently in in Iraq, and I urge everyone who reads this to go check it out.

Once you've recovered, you will be highly, highly impressed.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (kisama)
...in a march from the Burmese Chancery to the Chinese Embassy in downtown D.C. to protest the junta's crackdown on Burmese demonstrators. (FWIW, the Big City back home plays host to the largest community of Burmese exiles in the country; it's pretty neat that there are seven or eight Buddhist Temples operating in the bastion of reactionary, conservative Christianity that is INakaland.)

It was quite gratifying to watch the Chinese diplomats perform the walk of shame from the embassy doors once working hours had ended. (Seriously, these people sent a dude with a leaf blower out to try to disrupt the speeches.) But even more gratifying was the massive amount of people, from all walks of life, who showed up to take part--everyone from Buddhist Monks to Code Pink )

Will it make a difference? Probably not as much as anyone would hope, but at least it's better than sitting on my ass in INakaville, wishing I could have done something.

ETA: Fuck Ratzinger and the Catholic Church for ordering Catholic clergy in Burma not to participate in demonstrations. Talk about bullshit...

That will be all.
akujunkan: (Default)
...goes to whoever pasted this bumper sticker:



in my new neighborhood. (In all seriousness, the photo leaves me with some questions: 1) I thought Cheney was Satan; and 2) if he isn't, is this a typically cut throat reaction to his ousting in favor of the Bush・Zombie Reagan ticket of '04?)

In other news, you read right. I have a neighborhood because I have an apartment now. \(^_^)/ No word yet on move-in dates, though.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (pluto)
The AU newspaper alerted me to the fact that none other than Tom DeLay is scheduled to speak at the university during Family Weekend.

I have yet to decide whether this is a belated unintentional punchline to his heinous record, or an amazing stroke of disaster-planning genius. I mean, even I'd probably want my mom and dad to hold me in the event I found myself within close proximity to the man, and I'm going on 30.

That will be all.
akujunkan: (Default)
and U.S. Foreign Policy has generated no small amount of controversy. )

That will be all.

Profile

akujunkan: (Default)
akujunkan

July 2014

S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930 31  

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Oct. 19th, 2017 06:16 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios