Roos-colored Glasses

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Outside the United States, American elections are watched closely with an eye to predicting the impact of possible "regime change" on bilateral relations.

Sitting around in his underwear in the Kantei, drinking beer with his boys, prime minister Noda is likely to have wondered what a Romney administration might mean for Japan.


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Arizona Republican Congressional hopeful Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is, as a Republican, "tough" on immigration, though she is herself an immigrant. In an interview with a conservative website last year, she said:

"If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican or they look, you know, like a lot of people in South America, dark skin, dark hair, brown eyes. And they mix. They mix in. 
And those people, their only goal in life is to, to cause harm to the United States. So why do we want them here, either legally or illegally? When they come across the border, besides the trash that they leave behind, the drug smuggling, the killings, the beheadings. I mean, you are seeing stuff. It’s a war out there."

To paraphrase Kurtz, "The beheadings! The beheadings!"


Buying Chris Christie

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If you type "How fat is" into Google, the fifth result from the top is "How fat is Chris Christie?"

If he moves up two places, pollsters say, he'll have enough of a national profile to consider running for president.


We Shall Never Surrender

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Here's the background on Winston Churchill's famous "we shall fight on the beaches" speech.

And you can listen to it here.

Assange's real speech was somewhat more banal. BBC video here.


The Holidaymakers

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Yes, it's the silly season again, during which politicians around Asia rake Japan over the coals of history in an effort to bolster their nationalist credentials.

While Hong Kong "patriots" voyaged to the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Wednesday, outgoing South Korean president Lee Myung-bak marked the 67th anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule by suggesting that if Japanese emperor Akihito were to come to his country (invitations have been extended by previous South Korean presidents), he would be very welcome to kowtow to the Korean people in apology.

My guess is the emperor and empress won't be holidaying in Korea any time soon.



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U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials second-place finisher Ryan Hall is the United States's fastest marathon runner, and a religious man. So religious that God is his coach.

According to the New York Times, reporting in January on the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon, a race in which Hall finished second, "Sometimes, God wakes him in the middle of the night and gives him training guidance 'that blows me away'". 

The Times report continued: “I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know how to talk to God, and I know he wants to give me insight and be involved in the process and he loves it when we’re dependent on him.”

In yesterday's Olympic marathon, Hall failed to finish, citing a hamstring injury. Time for a new coach?


Four Fencers

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Seppuku, yes. Olympic fencing, not so much ... until this Olympic Games, when Japan's fencing team took the silver medal in men's foil.


Taking a Dive

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China won all 10 gold medals at last year's world championships, and have won seven of eight so far at the Olympic Games. 'Nuf said.
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